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BASKETBALL: West Seattle High School girls open district-tournament play with a victory

Both West Seattle High School basketball teams advanced in the district tournament tonight, in victories at home. We’ll tell you about the games separately, starting with the girls:

“Welcome to win or go home basketball,” is how the announcer started the night. The WSHS girls went all out to avoid the latter, first to score against Bishop Blanchet, and never behind, winning 61-50. #4, senior Carmen Cruz, was top scorer with 21 points, including four 3-pointers.

Second-leading scorer was #21, junior Alyssa Neumann, with 17:

Right behind was #15, senior Lucy Larson, with 16, including three 3’s:

Halftime score was 33-24.

Head coach Darnell Taylor‘s Wildcats emerged for the second half with even tighter defense than they’d deployed to keep the lead throughout the first half.

But then toward the end of the third quarter they started to falter a bit. Blanchet got within two points at the start of the fourth quarter, 42-40, but then a Cruz three-pointer snapped them out of it, and they kept the Bears at bay the rest of the way. This was the third time WSHS had beaten Blanchet this season. Next up, the Wildcat girls face Lake Washington at Sammamish High School (100 140th Ave. SE, Bellevue) at 6:30 pm Tuesday (February 13th) – see the full district-tournament bracket here.

VIDEO: Celebrating Tết at West Seattle’s Vietnamese Cultural Center

Lunar New Year festivities continue, here and around the world. This afternoon, a lively lion dance by Vovinam Burien was the highlight of this year’s Tết celebration at the Vietnamese Cultural Center of West Seattle.

The Tết celebration here also included flag-raising, with veterans of the South Vietnamese military:

Ducly Bui runs the center at 2236 SW Orchard, which hosts several public celebrations each year:

Family members assist, including Lanh Bui:

It’s a regional draw, all ages:

If you haven’t visited the Vietnamese Cultural Center, it’s usually open to the public noon-3 pm Saturdays.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Broken car windows

Sent by a reader who signed “distressed resident of West Seattle”:

My partner’s car window was parked on Fauntleroy Way in front of the Maris Apartments last night. We woke up this morning to find the back right window smashed and a few dog walkers mentioned they had seen 3-4 other car windows smashed along the way as they were passing us.

Nothing is believed to have been stolen, which angers us even more because it feels whoever is responsible for this did this just because. We also found an interesting looking tool that may have been used to cause the break as it was sitting in the middle of the glass on the ground. It happened sometime between 10 pm and 10 am. We have filed a police report and inquired in our apartment building for potential footage.

VIDEO: Camp Long’s south entrance gate dedicated as legacy of park’s longtime leader Sheila Brown

(WSB photos and video)

A ceremony and celebration in the midday sunshine dedicated Camp Long‘s new south entrance gate in the name of the park’s longtime leader and champion, Sheila Brown. It was one of her last wishes before her 2021 death at age 59, an upgraded entrance to make the sprawling park more accessible. A partnership between Seattle Parks and the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, plus more than 100 donors, made it happen.

Before the ribboncutting, a crowd we counted at more than 50 people gathered on 29th, blocked off for the occasion, to hear about Ms. Brown and the project. We recorded them all on video:

Speakers included Seattle Parks superintendent AP Diaz, Caroline Borsenik of DNDA, and representatives of Ms. Brown’s family and friends, as well as a Muckleshoot Tribe member providing a blessing. Camp Long’s Matt Kostle emceed:

Attendees were invited to enjoy treats including s’mores – but most of all, they were encouraged to explore Camp Long, today and in the future, through the new Sheila Brown Memorial Gate:

Its materials, by the way, include reclaimed stone. If you’ve never been to Camp Long, it’s one of the city’s Environmental Learning Centers, with features including a pond, climbing rock, and cabins you can rent for camping, and a historic lodge, with the main entrance at 5200 35th SW.

WHALES: Orcas in the area

2:42 PM: Just got a text from Kersti Muul that orcas are visible from Constellation Park, looking across Puget Sound toward the Southworth ferry terminal. They’re northbound. Let us know if you see them!

4:10 PM: Still in the area, according to an Orca Network commenter who reported orcas just south of Restoration Point on the south end of Bainbridge [map].

BIZNOTE FOLLOWUP: Opening date set for Sebastiano’s

That’s a look inside Sebastiano’s, the wine shop/wine bar about to open at 3278 California SW. We reported last month on Sebastiano Tecchio‘s plan for the cozy space where he previously managed Molly’s Bottle Shop. Now he sends word that he’s planning to open this Wednesday, February 14, at 2 pm. He says Sebastiano’s will be “focused on natural and organic wines from around the world, with a good selection also of domestic and local wines.” Hours will be 2-8 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays, noon-6 pm Sundays, closed Mondays and Tuesdays.


WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen pink Astro van (update: found)

ORIGINAL SATURDAY REPORT: The photo and report are from TT via email:

My 2000 Chevy Astro van was stolen between 2/8 after 7 pm and 2/9 9 am. It was parked at the Lighthouse townhomes on Delridge. She is bright pink, fuzzy pink dice hanging (if still there), pink cowboy hat on dash (again, if still there). Her name is Pinky. PLEASE HELP ME FIND HER. SPD incident #24-037546.

Call 911 if you see TT’s van.

MONDAY UPDATE: The owner has commented below that her van has been found.

WEST SEATTLE WILDLIFE: Seen on nighttime low-tide walk

Thanks to Brandy DeWeese for photos from one of our featured Friday events – the Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists’ nighttime low-tide walk at Constellation Park south of Alki Point.

No organized event tonight – but the -2.3-foot low tide at 11:19 pm is almost as low as last night’s.

The volunteer beach naturalists are usually out at Constellation Park and Lincoln Park multiple times during summer’s daytime low tides – watch this webpage (and our calendar) for the schedule.

Camp Long celebration, basketball battles, pancake pop-up, more for your West Seattle Saturday

(Winter blooms, photographed by Tom Trulin)

As your weekend kicks off, here’s our list of today/tonight possibilities in West Seattle, mostly from our event calendar:

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

FREE! HEAVILY MEDITATED: Arrive by 8:50 am for community meditation at Move2Center (3618 SW Alaska). Free event but registration required.

PANCAKE POP-UP: Sample savory Chilla pancakes and buy the mix, during the Ojaswe pop-up at Delridge Grocery Cooperative (5444 Delridge Way SW), 9:30 am-12:30 pm.

SSC GARDEN CENTER: Scheduled to be open today:

We are open 10 am-2 pm on Fridays and Saturdays! We have all your indoor plant needs, with pots, advice and more! Plus, any last-minute winter outside plants you might need. The Garden Center at South Seattle College provides Landscape Horticulture students the opportunity to increase their knowledge of plants while gaining real-world retail experience. Plants available for sale are selected, propagated, grown and presented by students. Additional plants are brought in from local growers. Proceeds benefit Landscape Horticulture Program projects.The selection includes perennials, ground covers, shrubs, some annual edibles and flowers, as well as indoor plants. The Garden Center is located in the North Parking Lot at South Seattle College (6000 16th Ave SW)

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

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

CAMP LONG CELEBRATION: The new south gate to Camp Long (29th/Brandon) in honor of longtime director Sheila Brown will be officially dedicated and celebrated today at 11 am – ribbon-cutting, music, refreshments, more.

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

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM OPEN: The home of West Seattle history is open for your visit, noon-4 pm. (61st/Stevens)

VIETNAMESE CULTURAL CENTER: The center is open to visitors noon-3 pm, as explained here. (2236 SW Orchard)

ALSO AT THE CENTER: 1-3 pm, Vietnamese New Year celebration with flag-raising and lion dance, all welcome.

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

MATRESCENCE MINI-RETREAT: For relatively new moms. 1-4 pm – registration required – at Limber Yoga (35th/Kenyon).

VALENTINE AFTERNOON TEA: 1 pm at My NecessiTea (3237 California SW) – reservations required (check to see if they’re accepting any last-minute).

NORTHWEST WINE ACADEMY: Tasting room/wine bar open 1-6 pm, north end of South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor) campus.

TREAD-A-THON: Fundraiser for new West Seattle Girls’ Water Polo team. 3-5 pm at Medgar Evers Pool, which is in the Central District, but you can support them without being there – our preview explains how.

BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS: Two must-win district-tournament games tonight for the West Seattle High School basketball teams – both at home, both hoping to pack the gym with a cheering crowd. The girls play Bishop Blanchet at 5:30, and the boys face undefeated-in-league-play Roosevelt at 7 pm – your ticket’s good for both games; buy here. (3000 California SW)

MUSIC AT THE COFFEEHOUSE: John Shaw at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm, no cover.

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

‘BORN WITH TEETH’: Second weekend continues for the newest play at ArtsWest (4711 California SW; WSB sponsor), 7:30 pm – tickets here.

LIVE AT THE SKYLARK: Fast Nasties, Sugar Bones, Black Bird Collective at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW), 8 pm, $10.

BEATS: Saturday night DJ at Revelry Room – 9 pm. Go here to see who’s DJing tonight. (4547 California SW, alley side)

KARAOKE: Saturday night, sing at Talarico’s Pizzeria (4718 California SW), starting at 10 pm, with Michael Van Fleet.

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