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WEST SEATTLE HALLOWEEN: Another night-and-day display

October 14, 2023 8:59 pm
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 |   Halloween | West Seattle news

We’re continuing to spotlight local Halloween decorations. Tonight’s photos are from Lacey, who tells us: “We have our annual display up. Big pumpkin scarecrow, lots of skeletons, and a spooky graveyard. We are a half block south of Roxbury on 18th Ave SW. Fun to see day or night!”

If you have – or have seen – a memorable display, let us know so we can feature it! Email (with or without photos – if it’s just a tip, that’s OK too). See what we’ve already shown, by scrolling through our Halloween coverage archive here.

COUNTDOWN: One week until habitat helpers dig into salmon- and whale-saving work during Duwamish Alive!

October 14, 2023 7:11 pm
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 |   Environment | How to help | West Seattle news

Love where we live? Love the fact that orcas and salmon live in the waters around us? Worried about their chances of survival? You can spend a few hours taking action next Saturday during the fall Duwamish Alive! event. Here’s a reminder from the Duwamish Alive! Coalition:

The Duwamish River is alive with its returning salmon and wildlife. This is a year with one of the largest Pink salmon runs in recent history. In caring for the river, and all those depending upon it, communities will join together for a day of impact at the semi-annual Duwamish Alive! habitat restoration event on Saturday, October 21st. Starting at 10:00 am, community members will roll up their sleeves at multiple sites, to plant native plants, remove invasive plants, and mulch for critical restoration work in the ongoing effort to revitalize Seattle’s only river and its 5 species of salmon, especially its Chinook. which are important for the Southern Resident Orcas.

Efforts include caring for Duwamish Tribal Sacred Sites along the river, special salmon-habitat sites that are critical for juvenile salmon as they make their way to Puget Sound, a kayak river cleanup, creating pollinator-plant meadows, improving the river’s upland forested Greenbelt, and restoring Hamm Creek at a site that honors military veterans and John Beal, the person who started the immense effort in restoring the river’s health. This is a day of not only improving the health of the Duwamish Watershed but also connecting with community. All are welcome to join this effort. This is a family-friendly event, all ages welcome.

For more information and volunteer registration, go to

Four locations on the list of locations you can choose from are in West Seattle – the other two aren’t far.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: School’s Pride flag stolen, again

That’s the flag pole at the Community School of West Seattle at 22nd and Roxbury, again without its Pride flag. CSWS’s Whitney Young says it’s been stolen for the third time, sometime last night or this morning, The previous two thefts were in May and June. They’re checking to see if they caught the thief on camera. If you have any information, the SPD case # is 23-917640.

YOU CAN HELP: Fall-fundraising finish line in sight for Friends of Roxhill Elementary

October 14, 2023 4:51 pm
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 |   How to help | West Seattle news | West Seattle schools

Two ways to help Roxhill Elementary as its support organization concludes its fall fundraising – here’s how:

Friends of Roxhill Elementary is wrapping up our 2 Fall fundraisers this weekend and so we are calling on our West Seattle community to help us reach our goals.

1. The Back to School Field Trips and Classroom Fund provides teachers with money for field trips and to equip their classrooms with much-needed supplies, like educational games, toys and books. The goal this year is to give each teacher $20 per student. Donate at:

2. There are only 3 more days to order from the Fall Flower Power Fundraiser! Buy flower bulbs, kitchen garden herbs, sprouts and seeds to bring some joy to your home garden or window sill. Friends of Roxhill Elementary receives 50% of the profits from every order. Order deadline is this Sunday, October 15:

SPORTS: Football victories for Chief Sealth IHS, West Seattle HS

On the second-to-last Friday of the regular season, both local high-school teams won last night. Playing at home at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex, Chief Sealth International High School beat Nathan Hale, 32-12, according to the Metro League scoreboard, which says West Seattle High School defeated Ingraham at Northwest Athletic Complex, 14-7. WSHS is now 5-1 and wraps up the regular season at 7 pm next Friday (October 20th) at home at NCSWAC vs, Hale, while at that same time, CSIHS, now 5-2, will play Roosevelt at NWAC.

PHOTOS: Here’s what solar-eclipse watchers saw from West Seattle

Thanks to everyone who sent photos! The clouds made for some dramatic views of this morning’s partial solar eclipse. Above is what Coleman Smith saw from 35th and Holden. Below, Brian‘s view from Highland Park:

Highland Park is also where West Seattle skywatching expert/educator Alice Enevoldsen hosted an eclipse-viewing event at Westcrest Park. Jason Enevoldsen shared this photo:

For a closeup view of the mostly-covered sun, here’s what Jamie Kinney saw:

And another look through the clouds, via William Wright‘s photo:

(added) From Scott Nelson:

And from Kevin Freitas:

The eclipse peaked in our area with 80 percent coverage at 9:20 am. Next spring, April 8th, 2024, will bring another partial solar eclipse – 20 percent coverage in that area – watch Alice’s website for viewing info (and advice).

CONTINUING SUNDAY: West Seattle Ski Swap 2023

October 14, 2023 11:34 am
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 |   Triangle | West Seattle businesses | West Seattle news

(WSB photos)

The shopping started early at this year’s West Seattle Ski Swap, happening now at the VFW Hall in The Triangle (3601 SW Alaska). It’s presented by Mountain to Sound Outfitters (WSB sponsor), whose store is across the street, and proprietor Greg Whittaker decided to open the doors early so shoppers didn’t have to wait in line. It’s not just skis, though they are available in abundance – you’ll also find snowboards:

And boots:

Plus gloves and other apparel/gear to keep you comfortable during your winter adventures:

Most of the items are from hundreds of your neighbors who consigned them for the sale. Day 1 continues until 5 pm, and then there’s a second Ski Swap day tomorrow (Sunday, October 15th), 10 am-4 pm.

UPDATE: Fire in vacant Highland Park house on redevelopment site

7:47 AM: SFD is just arriving at what’s described as a vacant building where a fire is burning, at 9th/Henderson. Updates to come.

7:50 AM: Firefighters say this is a vacant house and the fire appears to have originated in the basement.

7:55 AM: Both lanes of 9th SW are blocked by the response.

8:04 AM: They’ve “knocked down” the fire enough to search inside the house. So far they haven’t found any signs of the fire extending beyond what they’ve already extinguished.

(Added: WSB photo)

8:10 AM: Fire’s out. Firefighters tell us at the scene that their investigator is on the way to find out what happened. No one was in the house when firefighters arrived, and so no injuries are reported. Photo added. Some SFD units are being dismissed.

(Added: Photo by Tim Durkan)

8:26 AM: Records show the house is on a large lot – 12,000+ square feet – that sold to an LLC last year for $1.1 million. There’s a redevelopment proposal making its way through the city system, for 12 townhouses. (added) Records show the demolition permit was issued months ago.

8:48 PM: Police just told dispatch that 9th is open again.

ADDED: We followed up with SFD, Here’s what spokesperson David Cuerpo told us: “Firefighters extinguished a basement fire in a vacant residential building. No injuries were reported. Fire investigators ruled the incident as incendiary (intentionally set) and forwarded their findings to SPD.”

WEST SEATTLE SATURDAY: 23 notes, including eclipse-watching!

October 14, 2023 6:16 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Lincoln Park scene, photographed by Theresa Arbow-O’Connor)

Welcome to the weekend! Highlights for today/tonight, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

NO WATER TAXI: The West Seattle Water Taxi is out of service this weekend for maintenance going into the fall/winter seasons.

PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE: Will we get to glimpse it here? Skywatching expert/educator Alice Enevoldsen has a plan, 8 am-10 am at Westcrest Park (9000 8th SW), with contingencies – see our calendar listing. If she announces a change or cancellation, we’ll update here. (8 AM UPDATE: Alice was headed to Westcrest as of about 10 minutes ago, in case the eclipse becomes visible between clouds.)

FREE GROUP RUN: Get your weekend going with this weekly West Seattle Runner (2743 California SW) group run, All levels welcome. Meet at the shop by 8 am.

WEST SEATTLE SKI SWAP, DAY 1: Skis, snowboards, boots, gear – get everything you need to start getting ready for the winter-sports season at this big community sale presented by Mountain to Sound Outfitters (WSB sponsor), 10 am-5 pm at the VFW Hall (3601 SW Alaska), continuing Sunday.

SOUTHWEST ARTIST SHOWCASE: You can go admire the community art on display at Southwest Library (9010 35th SW), open 10 am-6 pm.

SOUTH DELRIDGE FARMERS’ MARKET: The weekly farmers’ market on the grounds of Hope Academy (9421 18th SW) is open for shopping 10 am-2 pm through the end of this month, prioritizing vendors of color, presented by African Community Housing & Development.

SSC GARDEN CENTER: Fall is planting season, and you can shop for student-raised plants at the South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor) Garden Center, open 10 am-2 pm on the north end of campus.

MORNING MUSIC: 10:30 am-noon at C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), Marco de Carvalho and Friends perform. Learn about Marco’s music here.

FREE WRITING GROUP: 10:30 am in West Seattle, registration required – see full details in our calendar listing.

FAMILY READING TIME: Every Saturday at 11 am at Paper Boat Booksellers (6040 California SW).

POP-UP ART SALE: Second-to-last day for the Alki Arts multi-artist pop-up in the pop-up space at Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon), 11 am-6 pm.

ART-GLASS PUMPKIN PATCH: Seasonal specialties at Avalon Glassworks (2914 SW Avalon Way), noon-4 pm.

VIETNAMESE CULTURAL CENTER: The center is open to visitors noon-3 pm, as explained here. (2234 SW Orchard)

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: See what’s new at the home of West Seattle’s history – visit the Log House Museum (61st/Stevens) 12-4 pm.

VISCON CELLARS: Tasting room open – wine by the glass or bottle – 1-6 pm at Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW; WSB sponsor).

NORTHWEST WINE ACADEMY: 1-6 pm, with student-produced wines available. North end of South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus. (6000 16th SW)

INTERGENERATIONAL PAPER COLLAGE: Hands-on art creation at Southwest Library (9010 35th SW), 1:30 pm – please register before going.

BURGERS & BEATS: Saturday night food and music at Revelry Room – burgers start at 6, DJs at 9. (4547 California SW, alley side)

COFFEEHOUSE MUSIC: 7-9 pm, indie artist Paul Gerard performs at C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), all ages, no cover.

ALL-AGES OPEN MIC: 7-10 pm at The Spot West Seattle (2920 SW Avalon Way)

AT THE SKYLARK: Punk and indie rock with Karoshi, Plash, Jjanggoo at The Skylark, 7 pm doors, 8 pm music, $10. (3803 Delridge Way SW), 7 pm, $10 at the door.

SOUND BATH FOR THE NEW MOON: 7:30 pm at Move2Center (3618 SW Alaska), $40.

HAUNTED DRAG! Halloween-season edition of “Out at the Box,” 9:30 pm at Box Bar (5401 California SW).

Planning a concert, open house, show, sale, event, meeting, seminar, reading, field trip, fundraiser, class, game, or ? If the community’s invited, get your event on our calendar! Please email info to – thank you!