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SUMMER: ‘Scaled-down’ Seafair Pirates Landing at Alki on Saturday

(2019 Seafair Pirates Landing photo by David Hutchinson)

If you haven’t already seen it in our calendar – the Seafair Pirates Landing returns to Alki Beach on Saturday (June 25th). But it’s a “scaled-down” version of the event, Seafair tells us – no vendors, but, “There still will be a PA system for commentary and the usual shenanigans.” They’re expected to land around 1:30 pm, “storming the beach to steal the key to the city,” says Seafair. This time around they’re under the skullduggery of the incoming Captain Kidd, Michael “Mouthfish” Brown, who’s taking the wheel from the outgoing Captain Kidd, Damian “Terrible” Terrell. Remember there’ll be offshore cannon fire as the Pirates approach, so the event’s not for the easily startled. If you’re new – the Seafair Pirates have sailed the summer seas of Seattle since 1949, and participate in countless parades and festivals as well as devoting time to various charitable deeds. Be mindful that 1:30 pm time is approximate – we advise not waiting till the last minute! The actual landing is usually in the vicinity of Alki Bathhouse.

WEST SEATTLE SCENE: Summer solstice celebration at Delridge P-Patch

As featured in our daily event list and calendar, a new summer-solstice celebration is debuting today! The gardenkeepers (above) invite you to stop by the Delridge P-Patch (5078 25th SW) for all-ages fun until 7:30 pm. We went over just as it was getting started.

You can buy dinner from West Seattle’s own Chef Gino Williamson, proprietor of – he’s on the Delridge side of the garden (by the sidewalk) and at center in our top photo. Organizers told us this is an extension of their regular 6 pm Tuesday storytime. (added) Several kid activities:

A small plant sale too:

You can even spend $1 on an entry to guess how tall the P-Patch’s tallest sunflower will be at season’s end!

FOLLOWUP: Here’s the lineup for the return of West Seattle outdoor movies

With the weather finally warming, time to think about even more of what’s happening this summer. As we first reported in March, outdoor movies are returning. The current plan is for five Saturday nights in the Hotwire Coffee (4410 California SW) courtyard, site of many summers, though Chris Mackay of the West Seattle Junction Association tells WSB the location might change for the final one. Start time is expected around 9 pm for the July movies, 8:30 pm for August.

JULY 23 – “The Goonies”
JULY 30 – “The Never-Ending Story”
AUGUST 6 – “Encanto”
AUGUST 13 – “Coco”
AUGUST 20 – “Back to the Future”

Those were chosen from a list of 18 on which WSJA (as we also reported at the time) sought votes in March. No admission charge, bring your own chair; more details as it all gets closer.

COUNTDOWN: Highland Park Improvement Club ‘Reset Fest’ on fire anniversary next Saturday

Rather than grieving on the first anniversary of the fire that ravaged its community-owned building, Highland Park Improvement Club is throwing a party.

Next Saturday is June 25th, one year since the early-morning HPIC fire. That afternoon and evening, at nearby Riverview Playfield (7226 12th SW), HPIC is presenting Reset Fest, with live music, food, and fun for all ages. (So far the forecast looks promising – sunny and 70s.) It’s also a chance for you to see and hear about the plans for HPIC’s rebuild (here’s our most-recent report) – architect Matt Wittman will be there to present the design and answer questions. Plus, the celebration is a fundraiser as HPIC, a volunteer-run nonprofit organization, starts seeking what it’ll take to rebuild beyond the basic insurance coverage. Be at Riverview for the party between 2 pm and 7 pm next Saturday.

CONTINUING SUNDAY: West Seattle Rock and Gem Show returns

(WSB photos)

It’s a summer full of comebacks for events that went on pandemic hiatus. This weekend’s big return: The West Seattle Rock Club‘s annual Rock and Gem Show at Alki Masonic Hall (which is in The Junction at 40th/Edmunds). You can look at and learn about rocks and minerals of many sizes, shapes, and colors:

You’ll see items made from rocks, too – like the clothespins above! Admission is free, but if you have a few quarters, you can try your luck here:

The show continues until 5 pm today and again 10 am-5 pm on Sunday.

WEEKEND PREVIEW: Hike on Saturday to celebrate National Trails Day

June 3, 2022 11:34 am
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The weekend’s almost here and you have many options for how to spend it. If you haven’t already seen this one in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar – here’s a reminder of one option for celebrating our greenspaces, sent by Judy Bentley:

On National Trails Day, Saturday, June 4, follow the water in the Puget Creek Watershed. Under the guidance of Steve Richmond, long-time advocate for restoring the health of Puget Creek, follow the creek from its origins near Puget Ridge Edible Park to its outlet into the Duwamish Waterway near the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center. Part of this three-mile trail from ridge to river and back is standard gravel; other parts are unimproved social trails. Begin at the Puget Ridge Edible Park, 1899-1801 SW Brandon St, at 11 a.m. RSVPs welcomed at

2 DAYS AWAY! Last-minute notes for 2022 Loop the ‘Lupe

June 2, 2022 6:17 pm
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(WSB photo from 2019 Loop the ‘Lupe)

Even if you’re not registered yet, it’s not too late to get in on this year’s Loop the ‘Lupe, four events this Saturday (June 4th) at Walt Hundley Playfield (34th/Myrtle). For one, you can still register online – price goes up tonight at midnight. You can get a discount if you sign up for Loop the ‘Lupe AND July 23rd’s Float Dodger 5K (look for the bundling option here). Packet pickup is tomorrow, 4-6 pm at West Seattle Runner (2743 California SW; WSB sponsor) for those who have registered by then – and your bib number will be good for a discount on shoes and running gear while you’re at WSR. You can also wait to get your packet on race day, and if you decide to wait until then to sign up, on-site registration starts at 10 am. (Event schedule: 11 am obstacle-course start, 11:45 am 5K, noon Senior Saunter, 1 pm Youth Dash.) One more thing – even if you’re not running/walking/etc., you are invited to the barbecue and beer garden – $4 burgers/hot dogs and $5 Georgetown beer), with live music from West Seattle School of Rock. You can also donate on-site to the Loop the ‘Lupe beneficiary, Our Lady of Guadalupe‘s community programs (explained here).

RETURNING: Weekly tours of Alki Point Lighthouse resume Sunday

(Photo courtesy U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary)

Weekly tours of Alki Point Lighthouse are returning, as just announced by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary! Last year, two tours were given, in September, after a tour-less 2020, so this is the first full season since 2019. Here’s the announcement:

The tours of Alki Point Lighthouse will be back this year! First day of the season is this Sunday, May 29th. First visitors enter the site at 1 p.m. Last tour begins at 3:45. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary plans to provide tours every Sunday afternoon during the summer season through Labor Day weekend, pending availability of sufficient volunteer staffing. Tour updates will be published on Friday each week.

This year, in order to enhance safety and reduce crowding, the tour team is piloting a new system to manage the number of visitors in the lighthouse, in the tower and on site. No reservations are needed but there will be a sign up sheet at the gate on the day of the tour for visitors to sign up for a tour time slot for that afternoon. They may also be assigned a specific time to go up to the tower’s lantern room.

Visitors age six and up may climb to the lantern room at the top of the tower. All children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult while on the lighthouse site. Service animals are welcome, but no pets are allowed. For more information about the site and other visitor guidelines, go here.

Questions can be emailed to:

The lighthouse is at 3201 Alki SW and has a long history you can read about here.

NEW EVENT: West Seattle High School hosting car show next month

Three years after the last West Seattle Car Show, there’s a new event for showing off amazing automobiles.

West Seattle High School automotive-technology instructor Carmin Thomas sends word that they’re hosting a car show on June 11th – open to the public to enter, as well as to students. It’s non-competitive, so you won’t have to figure out what class you’re entering – just sign up and show up. The full version of the flyer has a QR code you can use. Entry fee is $5 for students, $10 for non-students. Even if you’re not interested in entering, you’re welcome to come look, 1-4 pm on Saturday, June 11th. The school is at 3000 California SW.

LAST CALL: One more day to register for Bridging Our Communities Together!

May 22, 2022 1:20 pm
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Help buy a new roof for the Log House Museum! That’s part of what the Southwest Seattle Historical Society is raising money for by presenting its Bridging Our Communities Together celebration on June 3rd. Tomorrow (Monday, May 23rd) is the deadline to register, according to this update from the SWSHS:

We look forward to seeing you on June 3rd for Bridging Our Communities Together: Celebrating 25 Years of the Log House Museum. We’ll host an evening reception, silent auction, and hear from a panel of some of our founders as we raise a toast to our past and craft a vision of our future together. Registration closes on May 23rd, so purchase tickets now if you have not already!

Your ticket will help put a new roof on the beloved Log House Museum, fuel a brand-new lecture series, and support our work preserving the stories of the Duwamish Peninsula.

Bidding on auction items opens on May 30 and closes on June 3. More of our 20+ auction items are posted every week!

Register HERE today and be sure to follow the instructions below:

*If you registered for last year’s auction you can utilize the same login information to register for the event.

*Remember to register for the auction after purchasing your ticket.

*If you are registering for the first time, click on “Create Account” at the top of the page to register for your Personal Link which will allow you to bid on auction items. You will need to set up a login which you can use to access the auction items.

The June 3rd event is happening at Salty’s on Alki (1936 Harbor SW; WSB sponsor).

WEST SEATTLE WEEKEND SCENE: First outdoor market at The Heron’s Nest

May 21, 2022 3:13 pm
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Looking for something to do with the rest of your sunny Saturday afternoon? Also from our daily preview, The Heron’s Nest is hosting its first monthly outdoor market.

16 vendors are there today; co-organizer Maari Falsetto says they are hoping to build to 40 at the third-Saturday event. (Added: That’s Maari, who you might know from Inner Alchemy, at left below, with Waiman and Amanda from Heron’s Nest.)

Food, art, more – get to 4818 Puget Way by 6 pm.

Next month’s market will be 10 am-6 pm Saturday, June 18th.

DESTINATION DELRIDGE: One big night of food and fun ‘in support of art, nature, and neighborhood’

You can dine, dance, learn, and enjoy entertainment this Saturday night (May 21st) while giving a boost to the many programs under the wings of DNDA. Here’s the reminder we just received:

Join DNDA to awaken new possibilities in support of art, nature, and neighborhood, as community members come together to raise funds and support DNDA’s programs in SW Seattle. Destination Delridge: Awaken is this Saturday, May 21st at DNDA’s Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. The event will generate proceeds to sustain DNDA’s low-income housing facilities, youth arts and educational programs, and environmental restoration efforts in Southwest Seattle.

Destination Delridge: Awaken
Saturday, May 21
6 pm Doors | 7 pm Dinner | 8 pm Dancing
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
4408 Delridge Way SW
Tickets available here

Delicious food and drink will be provided by Chef Mulu Abate of Phresh Eats, and entertainment includes live music from Goody Bagg and Sabyu, live painting by Cleopatra Cutler, poetry from Jamaar Smiley, an intergenerational dance performance from Northwest Tap, an aerial performance by Gabby Leiva, and a dance party with KEXP’s DJ Toya B.

“Not only is Destination Delridge a great party featuring stellar performances,” said DNDA Executive Director David Bestock, “it’s rooted in our community and is an important event to sustain all of our innovative art, nature, and neighborhood programming.”

Destination Delridge attendees will mix, minglem, and learn about DNDA’s exciting programs, such as the Restorative Justice program for students at Interagency Academy, Seattle Public School’s alternative high school. Testimonials from DNDA’s other programs, such as the Summer Youth Program and Urban Forest Restoration Program, will be interweaved throughout the event as well.

Guests will engage in interactive art, a raffle, wine ring toss, a raise-the-paddle, and an online silent auction, with all proceeds benefitting DNDA’s programs and the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.

Tickets for the event can be purchased through the organization’s website. For more information, call the DNDA office at 206-935-2999 or email

YOU CAN HELP: Dinner and dancing Friday with West Seattle Big Band to benefit WSHS musicians

If you haven’t already seen this on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar – you can dine and dance (or sit and listen) this Friday night while giving student musicians a boost:

West Seattle High School Big Band Dinner Dance
Friday, May 13th from 6-9 pm
West Seattle High School Courtyard
(Commons if inclement weather)

Featuring the West Seattle Big Band, with performances from our high-school musicians, including our Jazz Bands. Dinner will be provided by Thai U Up, with dessert from our very own WSHS culinary students.

Dinner/Dance tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door for adults and $20 students/children; $10 dance-only tickets are available.

Not only a community performance, this event will help Raise Funds for Fundamentals! Money raised will help us build our foundation with instrument purchases, sheet music, and coaching. We will have direct donation opportunities and a raffle for some really nice baskets filled with gift cards, opportunities, services, much more. We are still accepting donations if you or your business would like to donate!

Please visit for reservation and payment instructions. Any questions, donations, concerns can be sent to

As explained on its website, the WS Big Band was originally formed by WSHS alumni 26 years ago.

WEEKEND SCENE: Seattle Fire Department open houses for Neighbor Day

May 7, 2022 11:31 am
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Until 1 pm, Seattle Fire Department stations all over the city are open for visitors as part of Neighbor Day. Above, Station 37 is at 35th/Holden, and it’s been housing extra apparatus during the West Seattle Bridge closure – like Ladder 13, shown in the photo. 37 is one of five SFD stations in West Seattle; the others are

Station 11 in Highland Park (16th/Holden)
Station 29 in North Admiral (2139 Ferry SW)
Station 32 in The Triangle (38th/Alaska)
Station 36 by the bridge (3600 23rd SW)

Up for a night out to support West Seattle Food Bank? Last day for tickets!

May 2, 2022 1:28 pm
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If you would like to support the West Seattle Food Bank‘s work fighting food and housing insecurity, you can enjoy a night out at this year’s Instruments of Change event – but hurry and get your ticket(s), because today is your last chance to get in on the in-person event! WSB is media sponsor for this year’s IoC – and we’re sharing the WSFB reminder:

Today, May 2nd is the last day to purchase tickets for Instruments of Change 2022

Hybrid In-Person & Virtual Event and Auction

This celebration will include an auction, fun activities, and an informative program about the impact your donations have made in the community. This year there is an option to participate in person (ticket includes dinner) at the Seattle Design Center or join remotely from your own home.


To celebrate our community and raise funds to continue keeping our neighbors safe, fed, healthy, and housed during these challenging times. Share an evening with some of your most-caring neighbors.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

In Person at Seattle Design Center – Doors at 6:00 pm
Online virtual program – 7:15 pm

At Seattle Design Center or Online!

In Person: 5701 6th Ave S.

Online: West Seattle Food Bank YouTube Channel

All attendees will be emailed a link to participate in the program and auction. Must be registered to receive link to live show and online bidding link.


Ways to Participate:

In-Person: Enjoy dinner, cocktails, games, and more with your neighbors at the Seattle Design Center. Ticket price is $125.

Register for dinner tickets by May 2nd

Online: Take part in the auction and watch the live program streamed on our YouTube Channel for FREE! (Registration still required for online bidding)

Purchase Tickets here:

WEEKEND SCENE: Healthy Kids Day returns to West Seattle YMCA

April 30, 2022 10:57 am
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No need to worry about the weather – Healthy Kids Day fun is happening indoors at the West Seattle YMCA (3622 SW Snoqualmie; WSB sponsor). We stopped by to see how it’s going. Kids can bounce and jump in the gym:

Art-making too:

It’s all free, membership NOT required, and happening until 1 pm!

SATURDAY: Healthy Kids Day returns to West Seattle YMCA

April 29, 2022 7:12 pm
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Tomorrow’s the day – the return of Healthy Kids Day at the West Seattle YMCA (3622 SW Snoqualmie; WSB sponsor) in The Triangle! The Y welcomes families to help them celebrate “30 years of healthy kids … to celebrate kids being kids and to set them up for a summer of success!” It’s happening 10 am-1 pm Saturday, all free, membership not required. Don’t worry if the weather’s iffy – Healthy Kids Day includes indoor options too. Our calendar listing includes some of the activities you’ll be able to check out during HKD.

RETURNING: West Seattle Float Dodger 5K back, ready for participants and sponsors!

April 25, 2022 2:24 pm
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(WSB photo from 2019 Float Dodger 5K)

With the return of the West Seattle Grand Parade this summer, a major pre-parade event is coming back too: West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) says it’s reviving the Float Dodger 5K, a fun run/walk on the parade route, round trip from the Admiral District. Registration is open now! Here’s the announcement from WSR:

Float Dodger 5K is back this year on July 23rd. Run or walk the parade route of the West Seattle Grand Parade right before the parade starts. Root-beer floats await you at the finish line. 100% of the proceeds goes to West Seattle Food Bank.

That’s not only proceeds from entries, but also from sponsorships, so the more sponsors they get, the more the WSFB is helped. Sponsor spots are now open, starting at $150. Here’s how to find out more about sponsoring. To register for the 5K – discount pricing until May 1st – go here.

P.S. Another donation that’ll contribute to the event – a beer garden with a donated keg from Good Society!

COUNTDOWN: 1 month to West Seattle Food Bank’s hybrid ‘Instruments of Change’ gala

April 13, 2022 7:35 pm
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One month from tomorrow, the West Seattle Food Bank welcomes supporters both in-person and online for this year’s “Instruments of Change” benefit gala. It’s happening on Saturday, May 14th, in-person at 6 pm at the Seattle Design Center in SODO, online at 7:30 pm. This is a fundraiser for the WSFB’s work fighting food insecurity and homelessness. If you attend in person, you can expect happy hour, games, dinner, silent and live auctions, and the program; online, expect a pre-program virtual happy hour with chat games, virtual bidding on the silent and live auctions, and the program. There’s also an option for online guests to have the same dinner delivered that in-person guests will enjoy, from West Seattleite-owned Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering. You can buy your ticket – or register for the free online event – by going here. (WSB is media sponsor for this year’s Instruments of Change.) P.S. Want to donate something for this year’s auction? You can do that here.

DEAL: Discount registration this week for Loop the ‘Lupe 2022

April 12, 2022 1:26 pm
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(WSB file photo from Loop the ‘Lupe)

Loop the ‘Lupe – four events in one, including an obstacle course – is coming back on June 4th, and you can register for a discount through Friday. Go here to sign up for – and find out more about – the 5K obstacle course, 5K fun run, Senior Saunter, or Youth Dash, all of which will have staggered starts between 11 am and 1 pm on Saturday, June 4th at Walt Hundley Playfield. Proceeds from Loop the ‘Lupe support Our Lady of Guadalupe’s social-service work, including, as explained here, “social outreach programs, including a safe parking area for our homeless neighbors (with support from the Urban League), assistance to immigrant families, visits to elderly shut-ins, rent and utility assistance, and more.” Discount registration continues until just before midnight Friday night, and then the prices go up. (WSB is media sponsor for Loop the ‘Lupe again this year.)

EGG HUNTS: This week’s West Seattle fun starts tomorrow

April 11, 2022 12:10 pm
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(WSB photo – seen in Gatewood)

The weather may still be hinting at wintry, but it’s time for spring celebrations. West Seattle egg hunts are back this year, and the first starts tomorrow:

FAUNTLEROY EGG HUNT: Again this year, the Fauntleroy Community Association has recruited volunteers to hide eggs, with non-candy surprises inside, around various parts of the neighborhood, at various times, tomorrow (Tuesday, April 12th) through Saturday. Find the boundaries, and info on recycling eggs you find, here.

DELRIDGE EGG HUNT: Seattle Parks skipped egg hunts the past two years but is returning at a smaller scale this year, with one West Seattle hunt, for kids 3-11 – 10 am Saturday (April 16th) at Delridge Community Center (4501 Delridge Way SW).

LINCOLN PARK EGG HUNT: Eastridge Church is again presenting an egg hunt in the south meadow at Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW), also at 10 am Saturday. They promise thousands of eggs plus “field games and inflatables.”

BEER GARDEN EGG HUNT: At 3 pm Saturday, Ounces (3809 Delridge Way SW) will have an egg hunt for kids under 10. If you can, bring a nonperishable food donation for the West Seattle Food Bank.

CHURCH EGG HUNTS ON EASTER: On Easter Sunday, some local churches offer egg hunts after services. We have two on our Easter/Holy Week services list so far and expect to be adding more in the next few days.

Anything to add? Email us – – thank you!

RETURNING: West Seattle YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day

April 6, 2022 4:29 pm
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Another annual event coming back for 2022 after a pandemic hiatus: Healthy Kids Day at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor). The Y has announced that it’s set for 10 am-1 pm Saturday, April 30th, at its main local branch, 3622 SW Snoqualmie in The Triangle. It’s a free event with activities for all ages, and membership is NOT required – it’s open to everyone. Here’s more info on what activities they’re planning – we expect more details as the event gets closer.

EGG HUNTS: 4 more in West Seattle

April 1, 2022 8:10 pm
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(WSB file photo)

We’ve already told you about the weeklong Fauntleroy Community Association egg hunt. Four more have been announced for West Seattle this month. They’ll all be in our calendar soon but first, quick mentions:

THE HERON’S NEST: The outdoor-education site near Puget Park plans a Spring Egg Hunt 1-4 pm Sunday, April 10th. Free, all ages, with other activities including art projects and guided bird/nature walks.

DELRIDGE COMMUNITY CENTER: Seattle Parks has just announced a scaled-down list of egg hunts; the only one in West Seattle will be at 10 am Saturday, April 16th, for ages 3-11.

EASTRIDGE CHURCH @ LINCOLN PARK: The annual egg hunt in Lincoln Park’s south meadow, presented by Eastridge Church, is also at 10 am April 16th. 15,000 eggs, Easter Bunny photos, field games, and inflatables are promised; the free event is “designed for families with children through 5th grade.”

OUNCES: A Beer Garden Egg Hunt for kids under 10 is planned at 3 pm April 16th. This too is free.

P.S. West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor)’s popular indoor egg hunt is NOT making a comeback this year, the store has told us.