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THIS WEEKEND: West Seattle YMCA Healthy Kids Day on Saturday

(WSB photo from Healthy Kids Day 2017)

Free fun – no membership required – this Saturday at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor), for the annual Healthy Kids Day, 10 am-1 pm! As announced by the Y, the event “features activities such as hands-only CPR lessons, free helmets and helmet fittings, games, healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts to motivate and teach families how to develop and maintain healthy routines at home throughout the summer months.” Performances include a dance team at 11:30, martial arts at noon, and Baby Shark at 12:30 pm; Y executive director Shalimar Gonzales says a fire truck is expected on site 11 am to noon, plus: “Helmet fittings, games, CPR training, and all other activities will occur through the day.” (Outdoors and indoors.) And smoothies from nearby Chaco Canyon Café! One more bonus: If you’re not a Y member and would like to be, no joining fee! The Y is at 3622 SW Snoqualmie in The Triangle.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! West Seattle Helpline to celebrate with bowling and pizza

Pizza, bowling, and birthdays! They go together so well that West Seattle Helpline is combining them in an event to which you are warmly invited:

Join us for our 30th birthday celebration with our neighbors and help strike out homelessness!

It will be a fun night of food, drinks, activities, and celebration. Our birthday party will be at West Seattle Bowl on April 26th from 6-8 pm. Enjoy two hours of bowling (including shoe rental), pizza, a drink ticket, and cake for just $20/person!

Tickets for the birthday party are on sale and available at wshelpline.org/birthday.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Not sure what the Helpline is all about? Go here!

TIME TO HIKE … with West Duwamish Greenbelt Trails, starting Saturday

(Photo courtesy West Duwamish Greenbelt Trails)

Ready to get out and walk in the city’s largest stretch of forest – which happens to be in West Seattle? The first hike of the season is this Saturday! Judy Bentley sends the invitation:

Hiking season is beginning in the West Duwamish Greenbelt. Hike with the West Duwamish Greenbelt Trails group (www.wdgtrails.com) on guided walks to find birds, bugs, mushrooms, native plants, geology, and history. Meet the first Saturday of each month at 10 a.m., usually at the trailhead at 14th Ave. SW and SW Holly Street, but starting places may vary; watch postings for individual hikes. We hike mostly on constructed and maintained gravel trails, suitable for family outings.

The West Duwamish Greenbelt is the largest contiguous forest in Seattle, spreading over 550 acres in West Seattle from the tip of Pigeon Point to Westcrest Park. Urban forests are important community spaces that increase our city’s natural beauty, contribute to our health, and make the natural world accessible for everyone to enjoy.

Here’s the schedule for the 2019 season. All hikes start at 10:00 a.m.

April 6 – Bird-watching hike with Scott Markowitz, an international birder, member of the board of directors at Tahoma Audubon. Meet at the Puget Park trailhead at 4418 21st Ave. SW.

May 4 – Insect hike with a bug club member.

June 1 – “Walking Native Land” on National Trails Day with Ken Workman of the Duwamish Tribe. Walk from the Chinese Garden at South Seattle College to the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center on West Marginal Way and back. Two miles, 200 feet elevation gain, some unimproved trails.

July 6 – Native plant identification with Steve Richmond of GardenCycles

August 3 – Geology and land use history with Paul West and Craig Rankin

September 7 – History of the greenbelt with Matt Groshong, Randy Nelson, and Craig Rankin

October 5 – Mushrooms with Kim Traverse of the Puget Sound Myco Society

Big fun for little ones in a Hiawatha Community Center comeback

April 2, 2019 11:29 pm
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Got little one(s)? Classes set to make a comeback at Hiawatha this month might be perfect for them – so signups are happening now! The announcement:

Toddler dance is back at Hiawatha Community Center! Join us for a weekly 40-minute dance class that uses movement and music to stimulate brain reflexes, teaches social-emotional learning skills, and encourages joy and self-expression. Taught by our certified dance instructor, Marika, your little one is bound to have a blast exploring creative movement in this safe and positive environment.

Wednesdays, April 24 – June 12
Parent and Me: Creative Movement Class (Ages 2-4) -11:30-12:10 pm
Creative Movement Class (Ages 3-6) – 12:15-12:55 pm

Our spring 8-week session begins on April 24 and we’ll need a minimum number of enrollments to run the class, so please sign up early so we know the class will go. You can register online at seattle.gov/parks by clicking on Sign Up For Activities, or calling Hiawatha Community Center at 206.684.7441. (Parent and Me: Creative Movement: Activity #21109, Creative Movement: Activity #21110)

Parents’ Night Out event @ West Seattle High School

March 22, 2019 9:56 pm
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Need a break? Next weekend, here’s a chance to help West Seattle High School students and let them help you! The announcement:

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT 3/30/2019

Let WSHS sophomore-class students watch your kids while you enjoy an evening out!

What: This event is for child care for kids ages 3 (potty trained) to 11 years old and includes pizza, drinks, snacks, games, movies, and crafts.

When: Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 5:30-10:30 pm.

Where: West Seattle High School, 3000 California Avenue SW. Check in at the historical entrance on the left side of the building.

Cost: $35 per child or $30 with 2 cans of food donations for the West Seattle Food Bank.

For more information and to RSVP, contact email: wshsco2021@gmail.com

Thank you so much for your support!

THINK SUMMER! Seattle Audubon Nature Camp in West Seattle

March 20, 2019 9:00 am
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(Photos courtesy Seattle Audubon)

Haven’t finalized summer-camp plans yet? Seattle Audubon tells WSB there’s still room in its West Seattle day camps! They’re offering weeklong day camps in July and August, based at Explorer West Middle School (WSB sponsor) and with all of West Seattle’s natural wonder to explore.

You can see the dates and themes by going here. There are West Seattle sessions for kids and teens going into grades 1 through 9. Registration – including information about applying for scholarships – starts here.

NEW AT HIAWATHA! Dance fitness for teens/adults, tumbling for toddlers/preschoolers

ORIGINAL REPORT, 10:03 PM MONDAY: West Seattle’s historic Hiawatha Community Center wants you to know about new classes:

That’s Darja, who’s teaching a new COMMIT Dance Fitness class for ages 16 and up on Tuesday evenings – an 8-week class starting tomorrow night; call Hiawatha tomorrow to sign up, 206-684-7441. And in a couple weeks, Hiawatha’s Andrea Sisco tells us, they start tumbling classes for toddlers and preschoolers:

Tumbling (Ages 2-3) – Tuesdays, 10:00-10:45 am (Session 1: 4/2-5/7, Session 2: 5/14-6/18)

Tumbling (Ages 4-5) – Tuesdays, 11:00-10:45 am (Session 1: 4/2-5/7, Session 2: 5/14-6/18)

Let’s tumble! Come join our experience and encouraging teachers and learn how to roll, tumble, balance, and explore movement. Your child will improve their self-confidence, body awareness, and learn a few gymnastics skills while having fun in a safe, positive environment.

You can sign up online by going here.

TUESDAY UPDATE: As per comment discussion and our subsequent followup with the center, the dance-fitness class was canceled after the information was sent to us with a request for publication, but we weren’t notified about the subsequent cancellation. The kids’ tumbling classes, though, are on.

DEAL! Early-bird registration open for 2019 West Seattle 5K

March 10, 2019 3:33 pm
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(2018 West Seattle 5K photo by David Hutchinson)

Ten weeks from today, runners and walkers will fill Alki Avenue for a few hours during the 2019 West Seattle 5K. If you’re planning to be among them, you can register now and get the early-bird discount. The WS5K (with community sponsors including WSB) starts just after 9 am on Sunday, May 19th, at 61st/Alki, and raises money for West Seattle High School students via the PTSA. You can register online right now by going here; don’t procrastinate, as the early-bird rate is this month only!

SATURDAY: The Big Plunge at Alki – new date, less ‘polar’

February 20, 2019 12:51 pm
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 |   Fun stuff to do | How to help | West Seattle news

(February 9th photo)

As Christopher Gilliam wrote when emailing us that photo on February 9th – it was “ironic” that the polar-bear-swim Big Plunge at Alki had to be postponed that day because the weather was just TOO “polar.” Now the new date is just three days away – this Saturday (February 23rd) – so we’re reminding you about the Special Olympics of Washington fundraiser. Even if you aren’t plunging (they’re hoping for enough participants to set a world record), you might want to check out the festivities anyway: Food trucks, beer, music – details are here (just keep scrolling down that page) as well as the schedule (before and after the 1 pm “plunge”). If you do want to plunge, here’s where to sign up.

Sip tea, support families! WestSide Baby invites you to CommuniTea 2019

(WSB photo from 2018 CommuniTea)

You don’t have to wear a hat – it’ll still be a fun afternoon if you buy a ticket to enjoy tea and treats, plus inspiration, at this year’s CommuniTea, benefiting WestSide Baby and its work assisting thousands of local families. Again this year, the CommuniTea will be at the Sheraton in downtown Seattle. It’s set for Sunday, March 31st, doors opening at 1 pm with live jazz and mimosas, tea and program at 2 pm. Individual tickets are $75; a table for 10 is $600. You can RSVP here.

LOVE HISTORY? Another chance to see ‘Seattle Now & Then: The Historic Hundred’ authors

Love history? You have a chance this week to celebrate it as Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard return to West Seattle with an illustrated talk about their recently published book Seattle Now & Then: The Historic Hundred.” West Seattle historian and writer Clay Eals, who edited the book, will be part of the presentation, 6 pm Thursday (January 24th) at Aegis Living (4700 SW Admiral Way). Everyone’s welcome to what will be, Eals notes, “the 25th event on behalf of the book since its launch on Paul’s 80th birthday last October 28.” Find out about the previous presentations – including videos – on the book’s website. Better yet, just go! It’s free, and Aegis will treat you to appetizers and beverages.

YOU CAN HELP! Get looped in on pitching in with Loop the Lupe 2019

January 19, 2019 6:46 pm
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(WSB photo from 2018 Loop the Lupe)

Summer is closer than you think. So are fun summer events like Loop the Lupe. They run on volunteer power and need to stock up on that early, so you’re invited to find out more. From organizer Brian Callanan:

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!

An informational meeting on how you can help make the Loop the Lupe Obstacle Course and 5K Fun Run in 2019 a smashing success is happening Wednesday, January 23rd, 7 p.m., at the Pastoral Center at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. School groups, families looking for volunteer hours, WE WANT YOU!! Help us take this event over the top- -it’s happening June 8 at Walt Hundley Playfield! RSVP to loopthelupe@gmail.com.

Thanks, and GET IN THE LOOP!

The OLG Pastoral Center is on the NE corner of 35th SW/SW Myrtle.

YOU CAN HELP! 2 Combat Arts Academy events Saturday to support West Seattle Food Bank

January 17, 2019 6:42 pm
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 |   Delridge | Fun stuff to do | How to help | West Seattle news

Combat Arts Academy (WSB sponsor) proprietor Sonia Sillan announces, “2 events are happening on Saturday in support of the West Seattle Food Bank and our annual January food drive.” All the money raised by both will support WSFB, because CAA coaches are donating their time. First event is a Women’s Self-Defense and Empowerment Workshop for ages 13+, 11 am-1 pm Saturday at CAA’s North Delridge location (5050 Delridge Way SW), by donation ($30 or 30 non-perishable food items)- preregister here ASAP! Second event is Parents’ Night Out, 6 pm-9 pm at CAA’s Burien location (115 SW 153rd), also by donation (also $30 or 30 non-perishable food items) – preregister here ASAP!

THINK SUMMER! Mode Music Studios and Boom Studios LLC start camp signups and invite you to a fair

The heart of winter is time for many families to get ready for summer, by signing up for camp. Mode Music Studios (WSB sponsor) and Boom Studios LLC have just opened registration and are also offering a camp fair this weekend if you want to sign up in person:

Mode Music Studios and Boom Studios LLC are collaborating to bring you half day and full day summer camps in a variety of ways. Choose from music, theater, or dance camps alone or pair them with another half day to make it a full day of the arts! Enrollment is open starting January 7th at noon to the public. Take advantage of 10% off early enrollment from now until March 15th!

We are hosting a Boom and Mode Studios Summer Camp Fair Sunday, January 13th from 3-6:00 pm. Spin our prize wheel for the chance to win discounts on our full day camps! Performances from our Mode Music Studios students and Boom Dance Hip Hop Crew will be popping up through out the day. Snacks and crafts are available to the kids, as well as a glimpse into our new studio space and winter class signup.

We hope to see you there!

Visit any of our websites for summer camp signup and winter class information.

modemusicstudios.com
modemusicandperformingarts.org
boomstudiosllc.com

We can’t wait to start 2019 with a bang and secure your spots in our awesome summer camps this year!

Sunday’s fair is at 3801 Delridge Way SW.

Parents’ Night Out on Saturday: Space available for your kid(s)!

December 3, 2018 9:00 am
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 |   Fun stuff to do | West Seattle news

Have fun next Saturday night while your kid(s) do the same! We’ve heard from organizers and there’s still room for more to participate:

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT 12/8/2018

Let West Seattle High School sophomore class students watch your kids while you enjoy an evening out!

What: This event is for child care for kids ages 3 (potty trained) to 11 years old and includes pizza, drinks, snacks, games, movies, and crafts.

When: Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 6-10 pm.

Where: West Seattle High School, 3000 California Avenue SW. Check in by main entrance on the school courtyard.

Cost: $30 per child or $25 with 2 cans of food donated for the West Seattle Food Bank.

For more information and to RSVP, contact: wshsco2021@gmail.com

Thank you so much for your support!

West Seattle Sophomore Class ASB

West Seattle’s Hallo-week begins, glowingly, at Delridge Community Center

October 25, 2018 11:14 pm
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(WSB photos)

With Halloween on a Wednesday this year, there’s a full Hallo-week leading up to it, and the fun started ramping up tonight – first big event out of the gate was the Delridge Community Center‘s Glow-in-the-Dark Party.


Most of this event is, well, in the dark – enhancing the truly spooky spirit:

West Seattle’s three other city-run community centers have special events Friday night – see the listings and dozens of other Hallo-week events in our guide!

SATURDAY: Dance, drink, dine to support West Seattle Community Orchestras’ student musicians

October 23, 2018 1:40 pm
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 |   Fun stuff to do | How to help | West Seattle news | WS culture/arts

Don’t have party plans set yet for this Saturday night? It’s your next chance to have a good time for a good cause. The West Seattle Community Orchestras rely on community generosity to help make it possible for student musicians to play for free. Here are the newest party details:

Rummage through your costume collection and then plan to join West Seattle Community Orchestras (WSCO) for its annual gala fundraiser in support of free participation in our orchestras for student musicians!

The West Seattle Big Band will once again provide music for dancing—and just plain good listening!

(WSB photo, WS Big Band at last Sunday’s Fauntleroy Fall Festival)

Very special items for our silent and live auctions have been donated by our generous supporters. Here’s a small sample:

Canlis | Seattle Shakespeare Theatre | Boehm’s Candy Kitchen | Beer Junction | Chihuly Garden | MoPOP | Kenyon Hall | Seattle Storm | Lake Union Civic Orchestra | PlantAmnesty | Seafair | Countryside Café | Elliott Bay Brewery | Ivar’s| Caffe Ladro | Pagliacci Pizza | Bakery Nouveau

Here’s the agenda:

6:00-7:15: Doors open, cocktail reception, silent auctions, entertainment by WSCO musicians
7:15: Buffet dinner served
7:55-8:40: Live auction, raise the paddle, dessert dash
8:40++: Dancing to the West Seattle Big Band!

Your support will help WSCO continue to provide FREE participation and instruction in orchestral music for our student musicians.

Here’s the important info:

— Saturday, October 27, 6:00 to 11:00 p.m.
— Alki Masonic Lodge, 4736 40th Ave. SW.
— Adults 18+ $40, children 6-17 and seniors $25

Plan to have fun while supporting this vital West Seattle resource! REGISTER & PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE HERE. Tickets also available at the door. Costumed or not, don’t forget your dancing shoes!

38 ways to celebrate fall, Halloween, Dia de los Muertos …

October 22, 2018 4:01 pm
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As of right now, 38 events are listed in our West Seattle Halloween Etc. Guide – for kids, adults, even pets – many, but not all, later this week and this weekend. But we’re sure there’s more, and we’d love to add yours. White Center and South Park events are welcome as well as everything happening in West Seattle. Please e-mail us the info at westseattleblog@gmail.com!

PHOTOS, VIDEO: Fauntleroy Fall Festival 2018!

2:55 PM: The sun has arrived! And the Fauntleroy Fall Festival is on, until 5 pm, at the church/schoolhouse/Y in the 9100 block of California SW. Here again is what’s happening and who’s here:

(If you can’t view what’s above, here’s the PDF version.) Among the attractions: The Falconer:

3:35 PM: This is an outdoor-indoor festival – something going on at every turn. Music, too! Inside The Hall at Fauntleroy on the west side of the street:


Elvis is in The Hall, too!

Meantime, outside the church/Y on the east side of the street, here’s who was playing when we arrived:


To get between them, you’ll be assisted by volunteer crossing guards!

This is all free (except for food/drink) – this year funded in part by a city Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund Grant.

5 PM: Festival’s over! Big turnout, all ages. Adding more photos/video in the next hour-plus. Starting with pumpkin-painting:

ADDED: More video – first Elvis:

The West Seattle Big Band:

Festival vendors included Endolyne Joe’s (WSB sponsor) with a multigenerational team:

And Wildwood Market with proprietor Lonjina:

Climbing was easier with a little help:

And it’s not the Fall Festival without salmon-hat-making (supervising off-camera, Judy Pickens):

By the way, Fauntleroy welcomes you back next Sunday (October 28th) – drum to welcome the salmon home (and bring fish jokes!) at 5 pm at the fish ladder across and upslope from the ferry dock.

Days until first-ever Monster Bash for Mode Music and Performing Arts

October 8, 2018 9:45 am
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 |   Fun stuff to do | How to help | West Seattle news | WS culture/arts

Get your Halloween season going this Saturday by being part of a first-ever West Seattle event – the first Monster Bash fundraiser for nonprofit Mode Music and Performing Arts!

It’s MMPA’s first year of providing music and performing-arts education at Title I schools including Highland Park and Roxhill Elementaries, along with partial and full scholarships for families in need, all intended “to create equity in arts programming within our educational system.” And they’re raising money by offering you a night of food, drinks, music, theater, and fun! KEXP DJ Troy Nelson is hosting. Tickets are only $20 in advance ($25 at the door); the party’s happening at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW), 7:30-10 pm Saturday (October 13th). Get your ticket(s) online now!

Are you ready … for fun? Play Disaster Trivia in West Seattle!

October 7, 2018 10:36 am
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 |   Fun stuff to do | Preparedness | West Seattle news

Things are going to get disastrous during the next Trivia Night at Talarico’s in The Junction. The announcement explains:

Wednesday, October 10th is “Disaster Trivia Night” at Talarico’s Pizzeria, 4718 California Ave SW. Starting at 8:30 pm and going until about 10:15, you and your friends can test your knowledge about disaster preparedness and disaster movies.

In addition to the prizes awarded to the top finishers, West Seattle Be Prepared, our local preparedness group, will hold a raffle of disaster supplies as a fundraiser. See how much you know and at the same time you will help out a great organization. $2 to play, which becomes the prize money.

See how much you know, learn something you don’t, help out a great organization, and do it all with beer and pizza or pasta and wine (are those survival foods?)

It’s best to make a reservation at Talarico’s to ensure your team has a seat! 206-937-3463. Over 21 only. Questions? Email info@westseattlebeprepared.org

LAST CALL! Here’s how to be one of this year’s ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors’

October 4, 2018 9:00 am
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 |   Fun stuff to do | How to help | West Seattle news

Got your ticket(s) for Neighbors Helping Neighbors, the West Seattle Helpline fundraising dinner that’s now eight days away? Ticket sales end tomorrow (Friday). Helping the Helpline means you’re helping prevent homelessness; providing emergency assistance to help people stay in their homes is a big part of what the nonprofit does. Your ticket gets you a seat at the 6 pm October 12th event at The Hall at Fauntleroy (9131 California SW), which starts with music, a cocktail hour, and silent auction, continuing through dinner, a live auction, and dessert dash. Tickets are available online here.

P.S. If you voted for WS Helpline in the recent HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) grant competition, a big thanks from WSH – they won!

West Seattle Halloween Etc. Guide: Send us your event info!

October 1, 2018 9:43 am
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 |   Fun stuff to do | Holidays | West Seattle news

As we do every year, we’ll be publishing the West Seattle Halloween Etc. Guide page, listing all the special events coming up this month, and they’re starting soon, so we’re working on it sooner than usual! If your organization/business/school/facility/group/etc. is planning something that’s open to the public, please e-mail us the info as soon as you can – just the basic what/when/where details, and a website link if you have one – westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!