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WEST SEATTLE THANKSGIVING: Hall at Fauntleroy update

November 19, 2023 6:21 pm
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 |   Fauntleroy | Holidays | West Seattle news

Just four days until Thanksgiving, and the free community dinner at The Hall at Fauntleroy. For those interested in helping either instead of, or in addition to, enjoying the dinner, here’s an update:

We are full on volunteers (yay!), but if people would still like to be involved, they can deliver desserts day-of [Thursday] starting at 9 am, or warm clothes/socks/blankets to the schoolhouse hallway anytime leading up to Thanksgiving.

As noted here, the dinner – a quarter-century tradition – is set for noon-3 pm on Thanksgiving Day, and everyone is welcome. The Hall is at 9130 California SW, on the south end of historic Fauntleroy Schoolhouse.

WEST SEATTLE WEEKEND SCENE: Holiday Gift Fair at Our Lady of Guadalupe

November 19, 2023 10:31 am
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More holiday-bazaar shopping today! This is the gift fair inside Walmesley Center at Our Lady of Guadalupe (35th/Myrtle) until 2 pm, with a special focus on handmade and fair/ethical-trade items.

There’s also a bake sale raising money for WestSide Baby:

You can have lunch there too – mac and cheese, lumpia, and Frito chili pie are promised. This is one of two gift fairs/bazaars today, along with the second day at Peace Lutheran (noon-3 pm, 39th/Thistle).

Looking for a bazaar to sell at? Village Green West Seattle wants you!

November 18, 2023 2:50 pm
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 |   Holidays | West Seattle news | Westwood

Though today was the biggest holiday bazaar day of the season, there are more to come, including one at Village Green West Seattle (2615 SW Barton; WSB sponsor) that has room for more vendors – here’s the announcement:

Village Green West Seattle is hosting a local Festive Holiday Fair. We are looking for 5-6 more local artists, candle makers, quilters, glass makers, ETC., to come and set up shop at our community. This event is open to the public; it will be on Wednesday, December 6th, from 12-3 pm. Local vendors/artists, please reach out to Corinne at corinne@villagegreenretirement.com or call 206.937.6122 to reserve your spot.

CONTINUING. SUNDAY: Peace Lutheran’s Holiday Bazaar

The holiday spirit abounds at the Peace Lutheran Church Holiday Bazaar in Gatewood, happening both days this weekend in the church’s gathering hall (enter off 39th just north of Thistle). Lots of treats, too:

You’ll also find a table with fair-trade coffee, chocolate, and tea for sale. Jewelry too:

And you or someone on your gift list can combat cold feet with these slippers:

We also noted plants, poetry books, and suet for your backyard birds. The bazaar continues until 3 pm today and will be open tomorrow too, noon to 3 pm. Proceeds are benefiting local nonprofits including the Westside Neighbors Network Shelter (and thanks to bazaar organizers for sponsoring WSB this week to get the word out).

From steampunk to dog treats @ Arrowhead Gardens holiday bazaar

November 18, 2023 12:28 pm
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Josephine Delellis‘s “steampunk” creations – lots of gears! – are among the unique handmade items filling the rooms and hall of the Arrowhead Gardens Welcome Center right now during this year’s Holiday Bazaar. There are treats for people and pups, too, and preserves – or maybe you need something to stay warm, in which case Gail Jackson‘s hats and scarves might be just right.

Mary Hostetter‘s wreaths are not to be missed (we bought a glorious purple one a few years ago and it’s a holiday fave:

Mary Wood‘s colorful creations caught our eyes too:

Arrowhead Gardens is at 9200 2nd SW, at the end of the SW Roxbury corridor just before the hill that takes you to Highway 509. The Welcome Center is on the east side of the complex. The bazaar (one of the events featured in our WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide) is today only, continuing until 3 pm.

UPDATE: West Seattle’s two pre-Thanksgiving turkey giveaways

If you could use a little holiday help in getting a turkey on the Thanksgiving table, now’s the time. Above, Eastridge Church started its annual giveaway at 9 am – 40 volunteers giving out 700 turkeys and tote bags of groceries, according to Pastor Craig Mathison:

Just walk up to the front of the church at 39th/Oregon. Meantime, the West Seattle Food Bank‘s annual drive-up/ride-up turkey distribution has just started in the north lot at South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor):

(Photos added)

The Food Bank tells us demand is “way up” this year:

If you can’t get to either event this morning but you need pre-Thanksgiving food help, the WS Food Bank’s headquarters at 35th/Morgan will be open noon-7 pm Monday, 10 am-2 pm Tuesday and Wednesday.

11:17 AM: The WSFB just called to let us know they’re out.

WEEKEND PREVIEW: Shop local and handmade at half a dozen locations Saturday

Saturday is a huge day if you’re ready to shop:

The Peace Lutheran Church bazaar at 39th/Thistle in Gatewood is one of six holiday bazaars and craft fairs listed for Saturday in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide. Organizers have been advertising the event on WSB to ensure you know you’re invited – in addition to selling handmade and fair-trade items 10 am-3 pm, they’re also offering craft activities for kids 10 am-2 pm and a hot lunch option 11 am-1 pm. If you can’t get there Saturday, they’ll do it again – minus lunch and crafts – noon-3 pm Sunday.

WHITE CENTER LIBRARY GUILD BAZAAR/BOOK SALE, NOVEMBER 17 & 18: Two-day bazaar and book sale at White Center Library – on Friday and Saturday (11 am-4 pm both days). (1409 SW 107th)

Also tomorrow – the Alki Masonic Center‘s holiday bazaar, 9 am-4 pm in The Junction … the Arrowhead Gardens craft fair, 10 am-3 pm, promising “wreaths, floral arrangements, crochet and knitting crafts, and homemade goods” … Admiral Church is having an “Old World-style Christmas Market,” 10 am-4 pm … it’s the second day of the White Center Library Guild‘s bazaar and book sale, 11 am-4 pm … and if you don’t mind venturing a little further south, the Shorewood Elementary PTA also invites you to their holiday bazaar too, 10 am-4 pm. Follow the links for addresses, or find them in our updated-daily Holiday Guide and see what else is happening!

SANTA = YOU: Toys for Tots time at Northwest Insurance Group

November 17, 2023 8:46 am
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 |   Holidays | How to help | West Seattle news

Here’s your chance to be Santa, without needing the beard and suit (unless you have them already) – Toys for Tots time! The photo above shows what generous people brought last year to Northwest Insurance Group (5431 California SW; WSB sponsor), and John Moore tells us they’re now collecting donations for this year. We asked John what might be most appreciated this year: “Older kids (11 and early teens) tend to be the most challenging and left out as far as gifts. Items like soccer, football, basketball balls tend to be popular- just nothing wrapped, as they have to be sorted by the Marine Corps.” Whatever you can donate it, bring it to the Northwest Insurance Group office any weekday between 8 am and 4 pm (except Thursday and Friday next week) by December 11th. This drive and others are featured all season long in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide!

REMINDER: Two turkey giveaways in West Seattle on Saturday

November 16, 2023 6:59 pm
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(WSB photo, 2022 Eastridge Church turkey giveaway)

With Saturday just two days away, we’re reminding you that this year’s two pre-Thanksgiving turkey giveaways happen that day. Starting at 9 am, Eastridge Church is providing hundreds of turkeys and bags of groceries, at 39th SW and SW Oregon (across from West Seattle Bowl). It’s walk-up, not drive-up/ride-up. Then starting at 10 am, the West Seattle Food Bank has its annual turkey-and-food-box giveaway in the north lot at South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor). Both are first-come, first-served, while supplies last.

WEST SEATTLE HOLIDAY GUIDE: 2023 version 1.0 is live!

November 15, 2023 12:39 pm
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This year’s WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide is now live! It’s a work in progress all season long, with additions as we get word of them, and removals after events are over, so check it often. It starts with Thanksgiving-related info and continues through lists including holiday bazaars (hint: this Saturday is a HUGE day for those), gift wrapping, Santa photos, Christmas Ship stops, holiday concerts and plays, light shows, celebrations, donation drives, church services, Small Business Saturday sales, and a LOT more. Thanks to everyone who’s already sent information on what they’re offering … if you have something coming up but haven’t sent that info to us, hurry! Whatever you want the community to know, westseattleblog@gmail.com is the best way to reach us so we can get it into the guide (and if time/date-specific, into our year-round calendar too) – thank you!

HOLIDAY HELP: John L. Scott Westwood launches donation drive for Forgotten Children’s Fund

Another West Seattle business is launching a holiday donation drive, and sharing information about how you can help. Today is the first day of the Forgotten Children’s Fund drive at John L. Scott Westwood Real Estate (WSB sponsor). Here’s the announcement:

John L Scott Westwood /The Madrona Group are taking toy donations/money donations from November 15- December 22, 2023. We are working again with THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN’s FUND, which works to give underprivileged children and their families a truly MERRY CHRISTMAS/ With the support of our West Seattle Community, we are able to purchase, wrap, and have Santa and his Elves deliver gifts every year.

The Forgotten Children’s Fund began when a boy named Craig wrote a letter to Santa Claus in December of 1976. That letter never got delivered to Santa’s North Pole, but it did reach a restaurant in Seattle called Francisco’s. The letter immediately captured the heart of Mr. Dick Francisco, and the Forgotten Children’s Fund was created to help others in similar situations. The FCF currently operates in King County, Lewis County, North Counties (including Skagit, Island, Snohomish and Whatcom Counties) and Chelan Counties of Washington State.

Visit forgottenchildrensfund.org to donate, volunteer or just learn more about this organization.

The kids are under 12 years old. The most-requested items are Legos, LOL dolls, Barbies, action figures, Sonic, Paw Patrol, Lincoln logs, Hot Wheels, unicorns, sport balls, arts & crafts, science projects, etc. We can always
use gift cards for the older kids.

Please bring your unwrapped gifts to: John L. Scott Westwood at 2600 SW Barton Street, Suite A-6 (Westwood Village), Monday-Friday 9 AM to 4 PM. You can also donate at John L. Scott Bothell and John L. Scott Mukilteo.

Checks can be made to THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN’S FUND – P.O. BOX 365 – MOUNT VERNON, WA 98273. Questions? Contact Natalie Trius at 206-938-5572 or natalietrius@johnlscott.com

The John L. Scott Westwood office is on the breezeway.

HOLIDAY GIVING: Here’s what Dave Newman State Farm Insurance Agency is collecting to help keep people warm

November 14, 2023 9:00 am
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 |   Holidays | How to help | West Seattle news

(File photo from a previous year’s drive)>

We’re continuing to tell you about holiday-season donation drives – like this one that just launched at longtime WSB sponsor Dave Newman State Farm Insurance Agency, to help keep people warm as the coldest time of year arrives:

The 10th annual winter clothing drive has begun at Dave Newman State Farm Insurance Agency.

In conjunction with the West Seattle Food Bank/West Seattle Helpline, we are collecting donations of clothes, coats, and shoes from November 13th until January 1st. Please drop off your donations at 3435 California Ave SW. The office is open for donations Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 9 am to 5 pm. Tuesdays 9 am to 2 pm. For undergarments and socks, please donate only new and unopened packages of clothing items.

Pickup may be available for those who have donations but are unable to transport them. For further information, contact the State Farm office at 206-932-1878.

Thank you, West Seattle, for your generosity and spirit of giving.

WEST SEATTLE THANKSGIVING: Husky Deli’s dinner plan, plus Holiday Guide reminder

November 13, 2023 3:30 pm
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 |   Holidays | West Seattle news

With Thanksgiving just a week and a half away, we’re almost ready to launch this year’s WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide. Thanks to everyone who’s already sent information on holiday-season events – bazaars/pop-up shops, donation drives, performances, open houses, holiday food specials, etc. … if you have something coming up but haven’t sent that info to us, hurry! Whatever you want the community to know, westseattleblog@gmail.com is the best way to reach us so we can get it into the guide (and if time/date-specific, into our year-round calendar too) – thank you!

THANKSGIVING NOTE: The guide will start off with Thanksgiving-related notes, which we’ve also been spotlighting here in the news stream. One more we’ve received word of – if you need help assembling Thanksgiving dinner, Husky Deli is another venue offering to make the whole thing for you to heat at home – $150 to serve five people – roasted turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, bread rolls, and a half-gallon of Husky ice cream (you choose the flavor). Get your order in by Monday, November 20th, for pickup the day before Thanksgiving (Wednesday, November 23rd).

WEST SEATTLE HOLIDAYS: Alki Bike & Board gathering gifts for Treehouse kids

November 11, 2023 3:42 pm
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 |   Holidays | How to help | West Seattle news

That festive corner is dropoff spot for a donation drive for Treehouse foster youth at Alki Bike & Board (2606 California SW; WSB sponsor) this holiday season. You can go here to see what they’re collecting. Donation dropoffs are during store hours – 10 am-6 pm Fridays and Saturdays, noon-5 pm Sundays, noon-6 pm Tuesdays-Thursdays. The drive continues through December 15th, and there’s one request; “Please make sure all items are NEW or in GREAT used condition.”

P.S. If your business, organization, school, etc., has a holiday-season donation drive, email us info – westseattleblog@gmail.com – we’ll have a dedicated ongoing list as usual in our forthcoming West Seattle Holiday Guide.

WEST SEATTLE THANKSGIVING: Two turkey giveaways again this year

(WSB photo, WSFB giveaway, November 2022)

If you need help to get a traditional Thanksgiving dinner on the table this year, you have two opportunities next weekend to get a free turkey. Both are happening on Saturday, November 18. Starting at 9 am, Eastridge Church will give away hundreds of turkeys and bags of groceries, at 39th SW and SW Oregon (across from West Seattle Bowl). Starting at 10 am, the West Seattle Food Bank will present its annual turkey-and-food-box giveaway in the north lot at South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor). Both are first-come, first-served, while supplies last, and neither requires any ID or proof of need.

THANKSGIVING: West Seattle Eagles’ free dinner

In addition to The Hall at Fauntleroy, the West Seattle Eagles usually offer a free community Thanksgiving dinner, and they’ve sent word it’s happening again this year. All are welcome at their HQ at 4426 California SW in The Junction, 2-5 pm on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 23). They promise a “full, traditional meal,” all ages welcome, just show up.

HOLIDAY BIZNOTE: Skylark’s take-home Thanksgiving dinners

November 7, 2023 6:11 pm
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 |   Holidays | West Seattle news | West Seattle restaurants

Two weeks and two days until Thanksgiving – if you’re looking for cooking help, The Skylark in North Delridge can offer you some assistance. Skylark proprietor Matt Larson emailed to say, “We will be offering take-home Thanksgiving dinner again this year featuring house-smoked turkey plus sides. Order must be in by Friday the 17th and pickup is Wednesday the 22nd. Orders can be placed on our website.” Sides available include mashed potatoes, stuffing, and green-bean casserole. (Anybody else with Thanksgiving take-home – or dine-in – offerings? Email us – westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!)

How to join in The Hall at Fauntleroy’s free Thanksgiving feast – as a diner, donor, and/or volunteer

(WSB photo, Thanksgiving 2022)

For a quarter of a century, The Hall at Fauntleroy has served a free Thanksgiving feast to community members – open to all. In addition to diners, they’re also again welcoming volunteers and dessert donors, Here’s the announcement:

All are welcome on Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 23rd from 12 pm-3 pm – for this year’s annual Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner! The delicious meal, created this year by Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering‘s Jr. Sous Chef Zach Mosely, will include a traditional turkey dinner and all the trimmings, with desserts donated by the community. No need to RSVP, just show up at Hall at Fauntleroy (9131 California Ave SW) on Thanksgiving Day between 12-3 pm.

This event happens with the help of many wonderful volunteers. You can sign up to volunteer or bring a dessert on signup.com.

Gently used warm clothing, new blankets and socks, and dessert donations can be dropped off at our SODO office at 4105 Airport Way S., from Monday, November 20, to Wednesday, November 22, from 9 am-3 pm [or drop in Fauntleroy Schoolhouse hallway bin] or bring it to The Hall at Fauntleroy on Thanksgiving Day from 10 am-1 pm.

HOLIDAYS: Astra Lumina light show coming to West Seattle

As we move into the season of long dark nights, we have news of a light show coming to West Seattle for the holiday season. The website for the Seattle Chinese Garden, which is on the north end of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus on Puget Ridge, points to the site for Astra Lumina, a traveling light show described as an hour-long “enchanted night walk” along a “celestial pathway of lustrous light, cosmic visions, and astral song” comprising a “multisensory immersive experience for all ages.” It’s been to 19 other places, including Los Angeles, for which this promotional clip was prepared:

This is expected to be a regional attraction, December 8-31, running Thursdays-Sundays, 5 pm-10 pm (Saturdays until 1 pm), then seven nights a week December 14-31. Admission, according to the Astra Lumina website, will be $41 for ages 13 and up, $35 seniors 65+, $31 kids 4-12, group discounts available, plus paid parking if you drive. Lots of info on this page (scroll down and you’ll find an FAQ link).

WEST SEATTLE HOLIDAYS: Ready to order your greens?

November 4, 2023 8:23 pm
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If you’re ready to shift gears into the holiday season, here’s another way to do it – Hope Lutheran School (WSB sponsor) is selling wreaths and garlands:

Get your Holiday Greens! Orders due this Monday, November 6th!

Order your wreaths and garlands today and check that off your Holiday list while benefiting Hope Lutheran School’s East Coast Fundraising committee for 7th- and 8th-grade students.

Order online at: form.jotform.com/232977354905164

Act quick!

CONTINUING THIS WEEKEND: Fauntleroy Fine Art and Holiday Gift Show launches shopping season

November 3, 2023 5:44 pm
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 |   Fauntleroy | Holidays | West Seattle news | WS culture/arts

Ryan Milles‘ air plants and holders are the first things you’ll see when you walk into the Fauntleroy Fine Art and Holiday Gift Show, starting tonight and continuing through the weekend at the Fauntleroy Church Fellowship Hall. This year, among the arts and crafts, you’ll also find books:

Author Susan Whiting Kemp is there with her novel “The Climate Machine” and short-story collection “We Grew Tales.” Of course there’s visual art too – here’s some of what veteran show participant Tom Costantini is selling:

Handmade creations too – lots of quilted options:

Set up on the stage is Qui Moede with Lock + Keep – “calligraphy and keepsakes”:

You’ll also find jewelry, metal art, collage, woodblock, wearables, body-care creations, and more; the artist list is in our calendar listing. The show/sale – with holiday music and decor to help you ease into the spirit – is on until 8 tonight, then again 10 am-4 pm tomorrow, and 11 am-2 pm Sunday. Fauntleroy Church is at 9140 California SW.

Speaking of art: One more week to submit yours for GLOWS in The Junction

The West Seattle Junction Association is still accepting submissions for the GLOWS projected-light show on December 9 – the new deadline is November 10, one week from today. It’ll be part of Glorious Lights of West Seattle, which in turn is part of the big night of holiday festivities in The Junction, also including the Christmas Tree Lighting, Night Market, and light-costume contest. The Community Art Spectacular will feature images projected on the seven-story Alaska House building that night, next to Junction Plaza Park, from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. The categories announced by WSJA are:

1. The significance of light during the winter
2. How you GLOW as part of our community
3. The brightest thing(s) in your West Seattle life
4. Who is your glorious light of West Seattle? (bonus category)

Art-medium categories include: fine and graphic art, photography and silent video shorts, and original AI-generated art (prompts cannot be from another artist or piece of art). The show will be curated as well as supported by a committee of art and legal experts. Everyone is welcome to enter – submit via this form and visit the Hometown Holidays page for more information. Again, the deadline is now November 10th.

THANKSGIVING & BEYOND: Have something for our 2023 West Seattle Holiday Guide?

November 3, 2023 11:52 am
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With Halloween over and Thanksgiving less than 3 weeks away, we’re working on this year’s WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide. If you haven’t already sent information on your holiday-season event, bazaar/pop-up shop, donation drive, fundraiser, performance, open house, holiday food specials, etc. … now’s the time to get that info to us so we can share it with tens of thousands of your neighbors. Whatever you want the community to know, westseattleblog@gmail.com is the best way to reach us so we can get it into the guide (and if time/date-specific, into our year-round calendar too) – thank you!