West Seattle, Washington
As always, we will start each day this weekend with a list of what’s happening. But tonight we’re pulling out a few holiday highlights for an extra mention:
JOIN A HOLIDAY SCAVENGER HUNT: Final weekend for this scavenger hunt. Organizer Alice Kuder says 23 teams are participating – almost double last year – and it’s not too late to jump in for the final weekend. Here’s another team selfie:
The Winter Wander website explains how to play.
SHOP THE FIRST-EVER HOLIDAY MARKET @ HERON’S NEST: If you haven’t been to The Heron’s Nest – just uphill, and yet a world away, from West Marginal Way – Saturday’s first-ever holiday market, 10 am-6 pm, is a perfect opportunity. Details are in our calendar listing. $1 entry fee. (4815 15th SW)
TAKE YOUR PIC WITH SANTA: Multiple chances this weekend – My Three Little Birds (4736 California SW) will host Santa 11 am-2 pm Saturday; he’s scheduled to visit the Menashe Family Lights (5605 Beach Drive SW) 6 pm-10 pm Saturday (bring a nonperishable-food donation); and you’ll find him at Tram’s Salon (4110 California SW) on Sunday, 11 am-2 pm
HIGHLAND PARK PTA’S COMMUNITY HOLIDAY PARTY: All are welcome to celebrate the season at Drunky Two Shoes (9655 16th SW, White Center) with the Highland Park Elementary PTA on Sunday, noon-4 pm. Santa photos, free cocoa bar for kids, drink specials for grownups, HPEPTA gets part of the proceeds.
SEE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS ON THE RUN: Finish the weekend with an invigorating and cheery tradition, the annual West Seattle Christmas Lights Run, 4:30 pm from West Seattle Runner (2743 California SW; WSB sponsor) – info here.
Check out our Holiday Guide for much more, this weekend and beyond – and let us know if you have something special going on and we don’t have it listed yet – firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
Just a few days until registration opens for classes and programs at city-run community centers in West Seattle (and citywide). Here’s one set of classes Seattle Parks wants you to know about:
Get into shape and meet new friends! Seattle Parks and Recreation is offering in-person fitness classes at local community centers this winter, including its Lifelong Recreation for Adults 50+.
Here are several winter offerings; each class title is linked to a page with online registration and more information. Classes begin Jan- Registration opens December 14 at Noon. Register here or call 206-684-5177.
AND MORE! See full winter brochure.
Scholarships are available if you need help with the fees.
10:00 AM: Two big events are happening in The Junction in the next four hours – the West Seattle Farmers’ Market in its usual place, California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska, and West Seattle Junction Harvest Fest trick-or-treating along the sidewalks throughout the business district. See the map of “treat stations’ here – and look for merchants giving out treats, too. This all goes until 2 pm – we’re on scene at the plaza on the southwest corner of California/Alaska, and we’ll be adding photos and updates.
10:40 AM: Steady stream of trick-or-treaters. Our 150 granola bars are almost gone and it’s on to the candy. Take a look at eveeybody participating all around The Junction – there are photo booths and other fun features here and there And lots of costume-watching.
11:20 AM: Lots of polite kids as well as tiny ones being taught by their parents to say “thank you.” Good job, everybody!
12:10 PM: Candy hasn’t run out yet. We have some non-candy treats too, courtesy of the Junction Association:
Spider rings and neighborhood pins, while they last.
12:49 PM We have seen hundreds of costumes – dinosaurs are popular, Star Wars is still going strong, lots of other space/sci-fi/fantasy characters, even the Time Variance Authority from “Loki”:
Another hour left to get here!
1:27 PM: Crisis – we might run out of candy before 2 pm arrives. Will bring more last year. Still a steady flow of families through The Junction.
1:33 PM: Saved by the bag:
Looks like we’re good until 2 pm after all. Will add more photos later. For other Halloween happenings today/tonight, see today’s preview, plus the list (and the decoration locations) in our Halloween Guide!
ADDED 9:04 PM: More photos, as promised, from the first Junction trick-or-treat event in two years.Many local businesses joined in – including some (like us) who aren’t located in The Junction but got a chance to set up and take part – like North Delridge’s Mode Music Studios (WSB sponsor):
Sound Painting Solutions had a dinosaur offering mini-pumpkins:
The Junction merchants themselves were amply represented – like Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor):
Outside Menashe and Sons Jewelers, we found many members of the family:
Pegasus Book Exchange was in:
In the costume-creativity category, another sighting:
And a few more cute pups:
Now on to the holidays!
3:26 PM: The first of four local business-district trick-or-treating events is happening now! Wander around The Admiral District before 6 pm to show off costumes and get treats. Above, the scene inside Alki Bike & Board; below, candy and cider at Arthur’s. . More photos to come.
3:52 PM: Walking around to check on participation – the block of California north of Admiral, both sides; south of Admiral, to Safeway on the east side and to Fit4Mom on the west side. Also a few on the south side of Admiral east of California.
5:39 PM: Here’s some of who we saw – at Circa:
At Bebop Waffle Shop:
At Brent Amacher State Farm:
And other sightings in the first hour:
See our West Seattle Halloween Guide for other business-district trick-or-treating in the next two days – starting with Alki Beach, 10 am-noon Saturday!
With Halloween now six days away, the West Seattle Junction’s weeklong Harvest Festival is on – starting with the Scavenger Hunt! Here’s an update from the Junction Association:
What flies above but haunts below? You’ll need to figure out this clue, plus 12 more to get the goods during the second annual Harvest Fest Scavenger Hunt. Beginning today (Monday, October 25th), pick up your scavenger hunt map from participating businesses. Or, if you purchase a tote bag, the scavenger hunt map will be included. Here’s part of it (the official version also has the clues):
Harvest Fest Totes for Kids – The Junction is bringing the joy of Harvest and Halloween in one special tote. Each box has a seasonally themed or musically themed craft, individually wrapped Halloween treats, and a special surprise from the Junction! $35 each ($45 value). UPDATE: There are seven remaining tote bags! Email the Junction at email@example.com for yours. Pick up at the Junction office (located above Shadowland) – we will email you an invoice to pay via credit card.
Harvest Fest Adult Totes – SOLD OUT
Go here for other Harvest Fest details, including online Haunted Trivia this Friday, and Junction Trick-or-Treating on Sunday, 10 am-2 pm outside businesses along the sidewalks, plus bonus treat stations (including the KeyBank Plaza, where we’ll have a booth too).
Though the full West Seattle Monster Dash 5K is “virtual” again this year, the in-person Kids’ Dash/Family Fun Event is happening right now, until 1 pm. We were at the White Center Cooperative Preschool play area (10806 12th Ave SW) for the first of several “dashes” they planned to run today.
This is a chance to show off your costume. Parents too!
There’s a registration fee, which benefits the nonprofit West Seattle Cooperative Preschools, and includes a Monster Dash T-shirt.
Follow the signs to the back of the school and you can’t miss the canopies. Kids can do crafts as well as participate in the dash (five laps around the sport court).
P.S. As noted in our morning preview, there’s still time – through Halloween – to register for the virtual 5K and enter the drawing for a jersey that the Sounders fan in your life would love. (Here’s how.)
The photo’s from Mary, one of the latest contributors to the list of decorated houses in the WSB West Seattle Halloween Guide. Going into what you might call Hallo-weekend #1, we’ve got places to do and things to see. We’ve added more events as well as decoration locations. This weekend’s events include:
We’re still adding events and decoration locations as we hear about them – firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
This year’s West Seattle Monster Dash – supporting West Seattle Cooperative Preschools – is both a virtual 5K – happening right now! – and in-person kids’ dash/family-fun event next Saturday, and organizers have a new incentive:
The 10th annual Monster Dash 5K and fundraiser to support West Seattle Cooperative Preschools is in full swing, and we have prizes for you! We are so excited to announce the giveaway of a 2016 Jersey signed by Gustav Svensson, generously donated by the Seattle Sounders. Let us know what winning this jersey would mean to you or the special Sounders fan in your life. To be eligible to win
1.) email your story by October 31st to: email@example.com AND 2.) support Monster Dash by participating in one of the following ways:
Virtual 5K: Register HERE and run anywhere! Be sure to come back and log your time by October 24th – top male and female finishers receive $50 gift cards to Super Jock ‘N Jill. Registration includes a 10th anniversary Monster Dash t-shirt.
Kids Dash and Family Fun Event: Held at White Center Co-op Preschool on October 23 from 10 am – 1 pm. Join us for a staggered-start dash (beginning roughly every 20 minutes), kids’ crafts, and a themed photo backdrop. Costumes encouraged! Price includes a 10th anniversary Monster Dash t-shirt. Event registration is limited to children 12 and under. Registrants of the Kids Dash will be put into a drawing to win a month of free classes courtesy of the Little Gym, four tickets to the Seattle Aquarium, and more!
Donate: You can donate directly to our event, or help boost our cause by setting up your own fundraising page. The top fundraiser wins a cocktail kit and a $50 gift card to The Westy. Raising $100 or more earns you a free 5K registration (note: must register for the 5K prior to setting up fundraising page.) Donations will be accepted through October 31st.
Though this year’s West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival is again scaled down from the full pre-pandemic in-the-street celebration, one activity will be back this year – business-district trick-or-treating.
While the West Seattle Farmers’ Market continues in its usual spot on Sunday, October 31st, 10 am-2 pm, participating businesses will offer trick-or-treating along the sidewalks during that same time period. The West Seattle Junction Association plans additional candy stations, too.
While the ore-pandemic tradition of Harvest Festival activities and games on a bonus block of open street will NOT be back this year, WSJA is again offering you a chance to support local businesses by ordering tote bags – kid and adult versions are available here until they sell out. WSJA thanks tote-bag buyers from previous pandemic-era festivals – so far those sales have “infused $95,000 back into the local Junction businesses in 2020-21,” the organization says.
P.S. Harvest Fest plans also include a Scavenger Hunt and Trivia Night – details on the official webpage.
Registration is open for this year’s West Seattle Monster Dash Virtual 5K and in-person Kids’ Dash:
Monster Dash Virtual 5K
Benefitting South Seattle Cooperative Preschools
October 15-24, 2021
Register here (runsignup.com)
Join Monster Dash enthusiasts from all over the globe as they participate virtually in this year’s 10th Annual Event. Participants can complete the Virtual 5K wherever and whenever they like! 5K registration includes a t-shirt featuring our iconic Monster.
Here’s info on the in-person event, also a benefit for the co-op preschools:
Monster Dash Kids Dash & T-Shirt Pick-Up
Saturday, October 23, 2021
10 am – 1 pm
White Center Co-op Preschool
10806 12th Avenue SW
Come race around our Monster track, create Halloween arts and crafts, and pick up your Monster Dash t-shirt. Wear your costume and pose in front of our photo booth! Kids Dash registration includes a t-shirt featuring our iconic Monster.
(Same registration link.)
Learn! Build! Compete! If you have an 8th- through 12th-grader in the family who is interested in robotics, SkunkWorks Robotics invites you to an open house Saturday afternoon.
Skunk Works Robotics is a team for 8-12 graders who want to work hard, have fun and build competitive robots. We are having an open house on October 2nd at 1 pm at the former Beverly Park Elementary at 11427 3rd Ave S. in north Burien.
Skunk Works has been competing for 16 seasons and has won multiple awards including 3 last season: Excellence in Engineering Award, Designer’s Award and the Skills Competition Award.
The organization draws from all over the region and usually has participants from several school district. Here’s the open-house flyer.
The Kindie West family-music concert series is returning to the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, two Sundays a month, October through March. The artists are part of Kindiependent, “a collective of like-minded musicians who are passionate about cultivating a vibrant kids and family music scene in the Pacific Northwest.” Here’s the lineup:
October 24 and January 9 – Dani and the Bee
November 7 and January 23 – The Not-Its!
November 21 and February 6 – Harmonica Pocket
December 5 and March 6 – Johnny Bregar
December 19 and February 20 – Eli Rosenblatt
Doors open at 10 am, shows are at 10:30, lasting about an hour. These are ticketed shows, with an admission charge for everyone 6 months and up, but they’re offering discounted family passes too. Free parking behind the schoolhouse; COVID guidelines will be followed.
From today’s preview list – the Dream Dinners West Seattle (WSB sponsor) outdoor open house is happening until 8 pm at 4701 41st SW! The free bites available when we stopped by included arroz con pollo and M&M cookies. If you get there before 7 pm, you can enter a prize drawing. Proprietors Meghan and Mark Hogan are fundraising for Treehouse, which helps foster kids.
Here’s how to join DDWS in helping Treehouse:
2. PURCHASE DREAM DINNERS – FOR SCHOOL SUPPLIES & MUCH MORE
We are offering 3 medium Family-Size meals in which each meal serves 2-3 people for $50. We will give back $10 to Treehouse to purchase more essential school supplies, school clothes, extra-curricular supplies for art, sports, musical instruments, acting, bikes and more.
PLEASE SELECT A DINNER PICK-UP DATE & TIME:
Click the link to sign up & select your 3 family-size meals.
We request 24-hour advance notice to prepare meals. Please sign up before dates below.
Thursday, September 23rd from 6:30 pm-7:30 pm dreamdinners.com/session/899385
Friday, September 24th from 12 pm -1 pm dreamdinners.com/session/899386
Saturday, September 25th from 10:30 am -11:30 am https://dreamdinners.com/session/899387
The Senior Center of West Seattle invites you to be part of its annual fundraising breakfast – online again this year – and enjoy some morning magic. Just one week away – 8 am Tuesday, September 28th – here’s the announcement:
You are invited to join the Senior Center of West Seattle, as we celebrate 50 years of services to the West Seattle community.
To protect your safety, we’ve made the decision to hold our event virtually again this year, given the increasing rates of the Delta variant of COVID-19. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t have a great time celebrating our community’s seniors!
Our program will feature world-renowned Magician Nash Fung. (You can get a sneak preview of his tricks here.) Plus, we’ll look back on 50 years of history serving seniors in the West Seattle community and share how you can help us shape the future of the Senior Center.
Join us from anywhere in the world for this fun virtual event, by yourself or safely gathered with friends and neighbors. You can also make an early donation to help us reach our goal of raising $100,000 by the end of September. If you make a gift of $250 or more before the event you’ll get a delicious breakfast delivered to your door to enjoy that morning.
As you know, the Senior Center is a vitally important community asset that promotes mental, emotional and physical health as we age. Your support ensures the programs, services and critical outreach seniors are counting on continues in the coming year.
You are part of helping our community stay connected during these turbulent times.
Though this event is virtual, the Senior Center is open again for some services and events – it’s at 4217 SW Oregon in The Junction.
Sunday, the four-events-in-one Loop the ‘Lupe – an obstacle course, 5K run/walk, youth dash, and Senior Saunter – is back, and it’s not too late to be part of it. We asked race director Brian Callanan for updates – he had four:
REGISTRATION STILL OPEN! But – “There’s a $5 price increase that kicks in on Saturday, so get signed up soon – here. People aged 3 to 83 have registered this year, along with several top finishers from the Alki Beach Sunset Run. So, plenty of fun for people of all ages and elite athletes, too! School of Rock is providing live music, food and drinks are available, and we’re featuring a beer garden courtesy of Georgetown Brewing.”
PACKET PICKUP: Don’t wait till Sunday – get your T-shirt, bib, and swag bag during the packet-pickup event on Saturday, 3-5 pm at West Seattle Runner (2743 California SW; WSB sponsor).
GET VACCINATED, GET A DISCOUNT! Brian says, “Through a partnership with Bird’s Eye Medical and the WA Dept. of Health, we’re offering COVID vaccinations onsite. bit.ly/Loop_Vaccination is the link for people to register (though we’re taking walkups, too). Pfizer and Moderna shots will be offered. Immunocompromised people can get their booster, but boosters are not available to the general public, as of yet. OLG is working on a second clinic within the next few weeks to make sure everyone who gets the vaccine gets their second shot. We’re offering a half-off race entry fee discount to anyone who registers for a vaccine; send confirmation of your appointment to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
MASK REMINDERS: “The state recommends that fully vaccinated individuals wear a mask in crowded outdoor public places if 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained. If you are not fully vaccinated, you are required to wear a mask. While we will do our best to space out participants in waves during the event, please consider your safety and other participants, too.”
Again, you can register for Loop the ‘Lupe here; the four events are explained here (with start times between 11 am and 1 pm),. It’s all happening at Walt Hundley Playfield (34th and Myrtle) this Sunday. (WSB is a community co-sponsor.)
The return of Loop the ‘Lupe is now only nine days away. You can sign up tonight and get a $5 discount using the code SUMMER5. Loop the ‘Lupe, on Sunday, August 29th at Walt Hundley Playfield, offers four events: Seattle’s only obstacle-course event, a 5K fun run, a Senior Saunter, and a Kids’ Dash. It’s a fun way to celebrate the almost-end of summer and support what coordinator Brian Callanan describes as “the social outreach work at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, which operates a safe parking lot for homeless neighbors, coordinates voter registration and racial justice education, holds an annual Day of Service benefitting various organizations in the region, and much more.” Along with the aforementioned four events, Loop the ‘Lupe will feature live music, food, drinks, and a beer garden. To register, go here – and remember the SUMMER5 code if you sign up tonight! (WSB is a Loop the ‘Lupe community co-sponsor.)
In case you haven’t seen this in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar – tomorrow night you have the chance to help a local nonprofit school while enjoying an outdoor family-music concert. Dani & the Bee are performing as a fundraiser Thursday night (August 19th) for the Community School of West Seattle. The concert is at 6 pm in White Center Heights Park (7th SW and SW 102nd). It’s free to attend but “donations are greatly appreciated,” says CSWS board president Whitney Young. You can donate/RSVP by going here..
What a day for pup-watching as well as people-watching at the beach. Just after 1 pm, the second major parade of Alki Beach Pride 2021 took off eastbound from Statue of Liberty Plaza – this one, people-powered:
The people who powered it most of all – ABP organizers Stacy and Jolie Bass-Walden:
This is the seventh year for ABP – usually a giant beach party until the pandemic forced some changes last year and this year (here’s the full schedule).
Not too late to be part of it – the outdoor movie “But I’m a Cheerleader” screens at Alki Playground starting at 8:15 pm. (Our coverage of some of yesterday’s events is here.)
Smiles, waves, billowing flags, and honking horns kicked off this year’s Alki Beach Pride weekend – celebrating the LGBTQ+ community – with a car/motorcycle parade that left Jack Block Park shortly after noon. Even a classic fire truck!
Here’s our video of the entire parade as it headed onto Harbor Avenue SW, beach-bound:
After the parade, we headed uphill to The Admiral District, where the Rainbow City Band was serenading outdoor diners on restaurant row:
Day 1 festivities continue with parties at West Seattle Brewing and Alki Beach Pub; tomorrow includes a rolling/biking parade from Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza at 1 pm and an outdoor movie at 8:15 pm at Alki Playground – see the full schedule here. This is the 7th year for ABP, but as explained here, its roots go back much further.
Another way to show West Seattle pride – Highland Park Improvement Club merch! It’s part of what you’ll find outside HPIC (1116 SW Holden) today during the summer’s second Giant Garage Sale – happening outdoors, less than two months after the big fire that ravaged the historic building.
Just like any good Giant Garage Sale, sellers are offering a variety of stuff – with some helping out their hosts too:
Another way to support HPIC – have a drink:
The portable bar survived the fire and is set up again today for thirsty Giant Garage Sale’rs. As for the post-fire recovery, HPIC’s Kay Kirkpatrick tells us they’re still dealing with the insurance company. Fencing is the newest addition around the century-old building:
But as is evidenced again today, HPIC isn’t letting the fire damage push it out of its community-centered role – watch for other outdoor events while the summer/fall weather allows. (P.S. As a nonprofit, they’re also continuing to accept donations, here.)
This weekend’s biggest event is a collection of events – Alki Beach Pride, which Stacy Bass-Walden and her team have kept going through the pandemic – and this year, ABP’s 7th year, there’s a big lineup of events! Highlights will include:
CAR PARADE: Start arriving 10:30 am Saturday at Jack Block Park (drive into the entrance at 2130 Harbor Avenue SW), decorate your car, and roll out at noon to head toward the beach.
RAINBOW CITY BAND: Performing at noon Saturday in The Admiral District (2300 block California SW) and then “in several spots on the Alki boardwalk.”
VOLLEYBALL TRAINING: Join the West Seattle Reign on the beach volleyball courts 11 am-7 pm on Saturday, all ages.
COVID-19 VACCINE POP-UPS: Two chances to get vaccinated – noon-7 pm Saturday at Alki Bathhouse (60th/Alki), 3-9 pm Sunday at Statue of Liberty Plaza (61st/Alki).
ABP AFTERPARTY: At Alki Beach Pub (2722 Alki SW), 10 pm-close on Saturday night.
PRIDE PAINT & SIP: 11 am Sunday at 59th/Alki, hosted by Kay the Painting Lady
KAYAK/SUP PARADE: Meet at 11:30 am Sunday at Seacrest – Alki Kayak Tours is offering 25% off rentals.
ROLLER PARADE: 1 pm Sunday, meet at the Alki Statue of Liberty (61st/Alki) and roll toward Seacrest Park.
INDIGENOUS STORYTELLING: After the roller parade, listen to Hailey Tayathy tell stories “Imagining Queer Indigenous Futures” at Seacrest, 1:45 pm Sunday.
OUTDOOR MOVIE: 8:15 pm Sunday, “But I’m a Cheerleader,” at Alki Playground (59th/Stevens)
Supporting ABP and the LGBTQ+ community, many businesses beyond the beach are offering specials – see the list here!
The return of Loop the ‘Lupe – four events in one! – is a little over three weeks away. You can choose between Seattle’s only obstacle-course event, the 5K fun run, the Senior Saunter, and/or the Kids’ Dash, all at Walt Hundley Playfield on Sunday, August 29th. The obstacle course features seven obstacles on a distance-certified 1K “loop.”
If you’re not already registered, there are five good reasons to do it today: Registration fees for the obstacle course and 5K are discounted $5 through tonight – then tomorrow the fee goes up. Loop the ‘Lupe, with community co-sponsors including WSB, raises money, explains race director Brian Callanan, for “the social outreach work at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, which operates a safe parking lot for homeless neighbors, coordinates voter registration and racial justice education, holds an annual Day of Service benefitting various organizations in the region, and much more.” It all stretches across the morning and afternoon on August 29th, also including live music, food, drinks, and a beer garden.
To register, go here!
The biggest Night Out party in West Seattle is tomorrow night (Tuesday, August 3rd) in The Junction. As previously reported, the West Seattle Junction Association put out a call for buskers to perform, and so far more than 20 are signed up, including fiddler Dawn Hepburn, a local regular (here she is playing at the Farmers’ Market in July):
Other performers range from world music to an Elvis tribute! WSJA invites you to come to The Junction 5:30-9 pm tomorrow – either instead of your own Night Out party or after yours winds up! Some venues are offering food/drink specials and some stores are staying open late – see the list (still growing) of participating businesses and buskers by going here.