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TUESDAY: Seattle City Council District 1 candidates side by side in West Seattle again

General-election voting starts in just a week and a half, as soon as your ballot arrives. If you haven’t yet settled on a candidate in the Seattle City Council District 1 race, you can see the contenders side by side again in West Seattle tomorrow night. At 7 pm Tuesday (October 10th), Rob Saka and Maren Costa will be back in the spacious Walmesley Center at Our Lady of Guadalupe (same place we had our forum two weeks ago), this time for a forum presented by the Westside Interfaith Network and the League of Women Voters. West Seattle broadcaster/journalist Brian Callanan will moderate. All are welcome. The venue is on the northeast corner of 35th and Myrtle.

WEST SEATTLE HALLOWEEN: Arbor Heights spookiness

Just over three weeks until Halloween, and we’re spotlighting decorated West Seattle homes again this year! Thanks to Meaghan for the first one – her family’s spooky setup is in Arbor Heights, at the corner of 100th and 35th.

If you have – or have seen – a great display, let us know where; photos are welcome but not mandatory, we’ll be out taking pics too. We’ll also list displays, whether ongoing or just for the big day/night, on the WSB Halloween Guide page, which will be published soon, with seasonal events listed too. is the best way to send us something – thank you!

TRIPLE BILL: Three mini-concerts for The Art of Music during October’s West Seattle Art Walk

October 9, 2023 5:16 pm
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 |   West Seattle Art Walk | West Seattle news | WS culture/arts

Thursday night brings the first West Seattle Art Walk of fall, and with it, three mini-concerts celebrating The Art of Music. Coordinator John Redenbaugh tells us who’s performing this time:

The next free admission Art of Music performances presented by the West Seattle Junction Association are coming up on Second Thursday Art Walk evening October 12 at three locations — Lana Sparks in the Alaska Junction at Verity Credit Union (4505 California SW):

Cyd Smith in Morgan Junction at Beveridge Place Pub (6413 California SW):

And Swing 3PO in the Admiral District at Antico Soprano’s Pizza & Pasta Restaurant (2348 California SW).

Musicians will perform from 6 pm to 7:45 pm (with one 15-minute break at the midpoint). 

We have two Supporting Sponsors for this year’s Art of Music performances: the Admiral Neighborhood Association and the Morgan Community Association. Also: Funding provided by the Neighborhood Matching Fund from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

And thanks to all that, you can watch/listen to Art of Music mini-concerts for free! The Art Walk itself will be happening that night “5 pm until late” as always – watch for that preview soon. (WSB is a longtime WSAW community co-sponsor.)

STUDENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Fairmount Park Elementary event

October 9, 2023 3:59 pm
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 |   How to help | West Seattle news | West Seattle schools

Middle- and high-school students looking for volunteer opportunities might be interested in this announcement we were asked to share:

Volunteer opportunity for middle and high school students:

Fairmount Park Elementary PTA is hosting their annual Falcon Fest on Friday, November 3, 2023 and is looking for middle-school and high-school volunteers to help set up, run game stations, and clean up after.

Volunteer shifts are 4:30-5:30 pm, 5:30-7:00 pm, and 7:00-8:30p m.

Fairmount Park Elementary is located just off Fauntleroy at 3800 SW Findlay St

Please contact for more info and to sign up!

FOLLOWUP: Lincoln Park pickleball project gets promised page

(WSB photo, Lincoln Park’s former tennis-court site)

Another Seattle Parks note: When the plan to convert former tennis courts in Lincoln Park to 6 pickleball courts was quietly announced three and a half weeks ago, the city promised project information online. It’s finally added a page (thanks for the tips) – see it here. The page answers one major question some opponents of the plan have had – where Parks found the money for the court conversion. The $140,000 is attributed to the Associated Recreation Council, an independent nonprofit that has long supported Parks programs. It has its own staff and a volunteer Board of Directors. You can see the ARC’s financial documents here; its annual reports (newest one is from 2021) list hundreds of individual and organizational donors. The pickleball-project page on Parks’ site, meantime, says the plan for a “new” dedicated pickleball facility – which a city study suggests would be at Hiawatha – is “long term,” while this kind of conversion is “mid-term.” Parks says this will be built by the end of the year.

WEST SEATTLE PARKS: Junction ‘landbanked’ site chat Tuesday

(WSB file photo)

Reminder – tomorrow (Tuesday, October 10th) Seattle Parks reps will be at the long-“landbanked” future park in The Junction. It’s been a long time since they developed designs for the two-thirds-of-an-acre site in the 4700 block of 40th SW, and they want to at the very least refresh everyone’s memory of what’s planned, before projected construction next year. You can talk with them about the park plan and your hopes for it at the site tomorrow, and/or answer this survey about potential added park features. They’re scheduled to be at the site 4-6 pm Tuesday.

Holiday closures/changes, and what else is happening on your West Seattle Monday

October 9, 2023 10:08 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(This morning’s sunrise, photographed by Jerry Simmons)

As noted earlier, today is a state (Indigenous Peoples’ Day) and federal (Columbus Day) holiday. That means some closures and changes:

SEATTLE PARKS FACILITIES: Most are closed today – here’s the list.

LIBRARIES: City and county systems are both closed today.

US POSTAL SERVICE: No regular delivery; post offices closed.

BANKS: Most (if not all) closed in observance of the federal holiday.

And here’s what IS happening – Monday highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

FOR VETERANS: If you need help filing a disability claim, the DAV offers free drop-in assistance 9 am-1 pm. (4857 Delridge Way SW)

POP-UP ART SHOW: First day of a one-week pop-up organized by Alki Arts and showcasing multiple local artists, 11 am-5 pm in the Senior Center’s corner space (California and Oregon).

GET CRAFTY: 6-10 pm, this is “Crafting and Creativity Night” at The Missing Piece (9456 35th SW), info here.

D&D: Open D&D starts at 6:30 pm at Meeples Games (3727 California SW), all welcome, first-time players too. $5.

MONDAY MEDITATION IN FAUNTLEROY: Free weekly Zen sitting/meditation at the chapel at Fauntleroy UCC (9140 California SW), 7 pm-8:30 pm.

MONTHLY INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION: The Alki Dharma Community welcomes you to this regular second-Mondays event, 7 pm at Alki UCC (6115 SW Hinds).

BEDHEAD OPEN MIC: Weekly BedHead Open Mic at West Seattle Church of the Nazarene (4201 SW Juneau), 7 pm (signups at 6:30) – info in our calendar listing.

MONDAY NIGHT TRIVIA! Three weekly events – 7 and 8 pm Sporcle Pub Quiz at Three 9 Lounge (4505 39th SW); 7 pm at The Good Society (California/Lander), 7:30 pm with QuizFix at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW)

MUSIC AT THE ALLEY: Live music with The Westside Trio, 8 pm at The Alley (behind 4509 California SW), 21+, no cover.

Have a West Seattle/White Center event to add to our calendar ? Please send info to – thank you!

Celebration of Life planned November 4 for Diane L. Fields, 1959-2023

Family and friends will gather next month to celebrate the life of Diane Fields. Here’s what they’re sharing with her community now:

Diane Lynn Fields
Birth April 30, 1959 – homecoming September 18, 2023

Daughter to James (deceased) and Annie Fields, sister to Simeon Davis Fields and Mother to Cassie Ann Fields. Diane had a great many loved Uncles, Aunts, and cousins in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Seattle. Diane also left behind a great many very loved friends.

Diane was born and raised in Seattle and attended Wedgwood Elementary School from kindergarten to sixth grade, Jane Addams Junior High School, and graduated from Nathan Hale High School in 1977. Diane attended and graduated from George Fox College in Newberg, Oregon.

Diane spent most of her adult life living and raising Cas in West Seattle, where she also volunteered and loved spending time. She was active in PTSAs at Alki Elementary, Denny Middle School, and Aviation High School, including being the President of the Denny PTSA.

Diane had a huge heart, and in recent years opened her home to several different exchange students. This summer she took a trip to several countries in Europe, visiting students she had shared her home with while they were in Seattle.

Diane loved her family and friends and had great memories of the people she worked with through the years. You may have seen her in recent years at Home Depot, King County, or Seattle Public Utilities. Diane loved her dogs Dusty, Buddy, Brandi, and Shaggy, her Mariners, and Seahawks.

Diane’s viewing will be held Sunday, October 15th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at Bonney Watson, 16445 International Blvd, Seatac, WA 98188. Her Celebration of Life will be held November 4th, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Hope Church NW, 200 SW Langston Rd, Renton, WA 98057. If you attend either event, please wear Mariners or Seahawks gear, if you have it, to recognize Diane’s love for those teams.

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries and memorial announcements by request, free of charge. Please email the text, and a photo if available, to

TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, WEATHER: Monday notes, with low-bridge closure continuing

October 9, 2023 6:03 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

6:03 AM: Good morning! It’s Monday, October 9th, observed in our state as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, observed federally as Columbus Day.


Rain expected today, high in the low 60s. Sunrise today is at 7:19 am; sunset, 6:32 pm.

(Sunday photo by Tony Tschanz)


Third day of West Seattle low bridge being closed to surface (driving, riding, walking, running, rolling) use, for cylinder work. Free transit rides available – explained in the final paragraphs here.


Through tomorrow, SDOT expectss daily lane closures for “preventive maintenance.”


Water Taxi – Running on a Sundaay schedule today. < Metro – Regular schedule except for Water Taxi shuttles, which like the boats are on a Sunday schedule today; check advisories here.

Washington State Ferries – 2-boat service on the Triangle Route. Check alerts for changes, and use Vessel Watch to see where your ferry is.


Delridge cameras: Besides the one below (Delridge/Henderson), cameras are also at Delridge/Genesee, Delridge/Juneau, Delridge/Orchard, and Delridge/Oregon.

High Bridge – the main camera:

High Bridge – the view from its southwest end (when SDOT points the 35th/Avalon/Fauntleroy camera that way):

1st Ave. S. Bridge – southeastern route across the river:

Highway 99: – northbound side at Lander:

MORE TRAFFIC CAMS: See all working traffic cams citywide here, most with video options; West Seattle and vicinity-relevant cameras are on this WSB page.

BRIDGE INFO: The @SDOTBridges feed on Twitter/X shows whether the city’s movable bridges are opening for vessel traffic.

If you see trouble on the bridges/streets/paths/bay, please text or call us (when you can do it safely, and after you’ve reported to authorities). Thank you!

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Another grab-and-drive purse-snatch robbery

This happened around 6:30 pm Sunday in Morgan Junction, Christine reported via email:

I witnessed a purse snatch on Fauntleroy 1 block west of Starbucks. Suspect is white male wearing all black/ski mask and drove off in red/orange small Kia. Cops were called, issued case number, and little old lady is okay.

Police audio from the incident doesn’t have much to add – noting two juveniles possibly involved. SPD incident # is 23-292032.