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Seattle Public Library bringing back due dates

In case you missed the announcement this past week – the Seattle Public Library is bringing back due dates. Here’s the announcement:

That stack of books and DVDs you’ve had since March? We’re ready for them to come back! Starting Nov. 1, staggered due dates will be applied to all physical materials currently checked out from The Seattle Public Library. Due dates were suspended when Library buildings were closed to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

“Now that Curbside Pickup and book return services are in full swing, it’s important we get books and other materials back to ensure a well-stocked collection for patrons who are ready to check out new items,” said Bo Kinney, managing librarian for the Library’s Circulation Services.

Loan periods will remain the same as they were prior to the Library’s COVID-19 closure: three weeks for most materials and two weeks for DVDs and Peak Picks titles. Patrons will be contacted individually about specific due dates and return options.

BOOK DROPS OPEN DAILY

The Library is now accepting returns at 13 Library locations [in West Seattle – High Point and Southwest]. No appointment is necessary to return materials. Book drops are open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or until they are full.

Two weeks before a patron’s due date, a one-time email notice will be sent asking for materials to be returned and providing information about return options. We will also be sending regular due date reminders and other notices, available by email, phone, and text message. See spl.org/notifications for more detail. To pick up new holds while returning books, visit the Library’s Curbside Service page for locations, hours and appointment options.

NO MORE LATE FINES

The Library no longer charges daily late fines for overdue items, thanks to the 2019 Library Levy, and, if no one else is waiting, an item may be renewed up to three times. However, patrons are still responsible for returning items on time. If an item is kept 31 days past the due date, a patron’s Library account will be temporarily suspended and some digital media services will not be accessible until all overdue items are returned. (Normally, a patron’s account would be suspended if an item is kept 14 days past its due date, but that rule has been relaxed during this time.)

As for when SPL will reopen for in-building service – they’re still working on that.

WEST SEATTLE SATURDAY: Here’s what you can do today/tonight

(Photo by Jerry Simmons)

Here’s what’s ahead today/tonight:

TRAFFIC ALERT: SW Edmunds is closed at Delridge all weekend.

HALLOWEEN GUIDE: Just launched last night – including our list of decoration locations sent by readers so far.

WEST SEATTLE JUNCTION HARVEST FEST: Get your scavenger-hunt map, stop at a cider/cocoa location, browse the window displays – it’s a new kind of celebration this year; details here.

REMODELED HOME TOUR: 10 am-5 pm online, with Potter Construction (WSB sponsor) participating – more info here, including the link to use to sign up and take the tour.

FOOD-BOX DISTRIBUTION: The Greater Seattle Filipino-American SDA Church is distributing free boxes of food – dairy, fruit, vegetables, meat, milk, bread – 1-4 pm. Drive up, ride up, walk up. (2620 SW Kenyon)

WINE TIME: 1-4 pm, Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) is open for you to stop by and pick up their wine(s)! (5910 California SW)

SPOOKY TOWN @ STEVE COX MEMORIAL PARK: 2-5 pm, it’s a pre-Halloween “grab and go” event.

Families are welcome to drive or walk through the park to pick up goodie bags packed with face masks, DIY arts and crafts projects, official Spooky Town slime, candy, prizes, and even pumpkins (while supplies last). Don’t miss the “Pumpkin Patch Maze” on the outdoor basketball court, a Dragon Eye hunt on the multipurpose field, the I Spy Spooky Town Adventure in the windows of the Log Cabin, and a step and repeat photo opportunity on the Log Cabin steps.

(1321 SW 102nd)

THE HEEBIE JEEBIES LIVE ONLINE: The quintessential Halloween band will perform at Parliament Tavern, but don’t go there to see them – it’s live online tonight at 7 pm, streaming here.

VOTE! Haven’t sent in/dropped off your ballot yet? Early voting is wildly popular this election. Here’s the map/list of drop boxes.

WEST SEATTLE THURSDAY: What’s ahead today/tonight

(Moment of rest for an Anna’s Hummingbird, photographed by Jerry Simmons)

Quick look at what’s up today/tonight:

FLU SHOTS: Another drive-up clinic, 10 am-5:30 pm at Chief Sealth International High School (2600 SW Thistle). Open to all; the city is covering costs for people without insurance. Our preview explains how to get an appointment.

TRIBUTE TO RBG: The West Seattle Democratic Women‘s monthly meeting online at 11 am today includes a tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. If you are interested in attending, email wsdwomen@yahoo.com ASAP.

DEMONSTRATION: Scott‘s twice-weekly sign-waving for Black lives is 4-6 pm at 16th/Holden. Signs available if you don’t have one.

BUSINESS NETWORKING: Do it online with the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, 5:30-7:30 pm. Our calendar listing explains how to participate.

WEST SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION COALITION: 6:30 pm online, with SDOT guests featured to discuss the newly released West Seattle Bridge Cost-Benefit Analysis as well as the Stay Healthy Streets program. Attendance info is in the WSTC calendar listing.

ONLINE BENEFIT CONCERT: Three musicians perform in an online concert presented at 8 pm by the Pigeon Point Anti-racism Project, benefiting the Black Voters Matter Fund. Our preview explains how to watch.

WEST SEATTLE WEDNESDAY: Bridge meeting, 10-venue dining fundraiser, free pumpkins, Junction Harvest Fest, more…

(Golden-crowned Kinglet, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Big day! Here are the highlights:

GET YOUR FLU SHOT: The city has clarified that the drive-up/ride-up flu-shot clinics at local schools are open to EVERYONE, and if you’re uninsured, they’ll cover the cost: One is happening today at Madison Middle School (3429 45th SW) until 5 pm, and others are coming up in West Seattle. Get an appointment before you go; our preview explains how.

GET A FREE PUMPKIN: Happening today outside Lafayette Elementary:

he Lafayette Garden program has extra pumpkins and would like to offer them up to the community! Stop by the school (2645 California Ave SW) to pick one up for yourself, they will be by the flag pole from 10-4, or until they are gone. Our students have been learning all about the ones they took home with a pumpkin S.T.E.M. lesson that encourages the kids to measure, weigh and learn about their pumpkin. Lessons will be out front as well for anyone looking for a fun activity to do with their child. If you are interested in exploring garden programming at your school or have any questions don’t hesitate to leave your name in the box by the pumpkins. The pumpkins were made possible through a grant by the Robins Family foundation (thank you!).

DINE OUT AND SUPPORT WSHS SENIORS: Today’s the day for the big fundraiser we’ve been previewing! 10 local venues donating part of their proceeds to support the West Seattle High School Class of 2021 – just dine in or take out sometime today. Our most-recent preview has the list of participating food/beverage spots. Plus – the band Aurora Avenue at Lady Jaye (4523 California SW) 4-4:45 pm.

WEST SEATTLE BRIDGE COMMUNITY TASK FORCE: Two big items during today’s noon meeting – a presentation about the newly emerged option for a pootentially faster replacement, plus a discussion of the Cost-Benefit Analysis made public Tuesday (here’s our coverage), which compares and analyzes repairing vs. replacing. Here’s the link (UPDATED) to watch the meeting; for questions/comments, before/during/after, email westseattlebridge@seattle.gov.

WEST SEATTLE JUNCTION HARVEST FEST: The 10-day celebration begins today! Get a scavenger-hunt map, stop for cider or cocoa, enjoy festive displays. All the details are here.

TODAY/TONIGHT: West Seattle Crime Prevention Council & 4 more options

(Today’s sunrise, photographed by Carolyn Newman)

Notes for the day/night ahead:

CITY COUNCIL BUDGET CHANGES: The council is now in the “issue identification” round, which means talking about ways they might change the mayor’s plan. They’ll be meeting all day, in sessions starting at 9:30 am and 2 pm. They’re looking at the Parks and SDOT budgets in the morning, SPD in the afternoon. There’s a public-comment period at the start of the morning meeting. Info on how to sign up to comment, and how to watch the meeting, is all on the agenda.

DEMONSTRATION: Scott‘s twice-weekly events continue into the fall:

Black Lives Matter sign waving

Tuesday Oct 20, 4 to 6 pm, corner of 16th SW and SW Holden

Thursday, Oct 22, 4 to 6 p,, 16th and Holden

Come show support for BLM and ending systemic racism. Hold signs, meet neighbors, and stand for racial justice. Scott at PR Cohousing, endorsed by Hate-Free Delridge. Signs available.

SEATTLE LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL INFO NIGHT/VIRTUAL TOUR: 6 pm, prospective families are invited to learn more about West Seattle’s only independent high school. Email dmeyer@seattlelutheran.org to get the link. (Preview video here.)

WEST SEATTLE CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL: 7 pm 6:30 pm online, hear from and talk with local police – crime trends, neighborhood concerns. All welcome. Here’s the link (via Teams) to attend. (Note: Apologies for the inaccurate time – this meeting has been at 7 pm for years but apparently has now changed.)

TENANT-RIGHTS BOOTCAMP: 7 pm 4 pm online, presented by Be:Seattle, co-sponsored by the South Park Neighborhood Association, “a neighborhood-by-neighborhood series teaching renters how to to assert their rights, find solutions to various issues, and fight for more renter protections.” Register here to get the participation info.

WEST SEATTLE SUNDAY: Drumming to summon the salmon, Ski Swap day 2, more…

(Thursday sunset at Cormorant Cove, photographed by Theresa Arbow-O’Connor)

What’s ahead for your Sunday:

ONLINE CHURCH SERVICES: Updated listings and links for 23 West Seattle churches – find them here.

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in The Junction. Scroll down the page at this link to find the vendor list and map for this week. (Enter at California/Alaska; pickups for online orders are at California/Oregon)

(WSB photo from last Sunday, Denis Shapiro of the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle)

TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTION: 10 am-1:30 pm near the market’s entrance/exit, look for the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle, collecting new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. (California/Alaska)

WEST SEATTLE SKI SWAP DAY 2: 10 am-4 pm, shop for skis, snowboards, and gear at the VFW Hall in The Triangle. (3601 SW Alaska)

WEST SEATTLE TOOL LIBRARY: Open 11 am-4 pm – need a tool to fix or improve something? (4408 Delridge Way SW)

DRUMMING TO CALL THE SALMON HOME: 4 pm, gather – masked and distanced – near Fauntleroy Creek for this annual autumn tradition. All ages welcome. Bring any kind of drum you have handy – makeshift is welcome too. (4539 SW Director Place)

FREE TO-GO DINNER: White Center Community Dinner Church will serve to-go meals at 5 pm, outside, near the Bartell Drugs parking lot in White Center, SW Roxbury St. & 15th Ave. SW (9600 15th Ave SW)

Anything else happening? Let us know – text 206-293-6302 – thank you!

WEST SEATTLE SATURDAY: What you need to know today

(Photo by Robin Sinner)

Welcome to Saturday!

TRAFFIC ALERT: The SW Oregon closure east of Delridge is scheduled to continue today.

VOTING REMINDER: Ballots continue arriving, and early voting is encouraged; here’s how to get your ballot into an official local drop box.

HELP OTHERS STAY WARM: 9 am-1 pm at Hope Lutheran, it’s a drive-up/ride-up/walk-up donation drive, collecting coats – new ones for kids, used ones for men – more details here. (4456 42nd SW – enter lot off 41st)

EXPLORE EXPLORER WEST MS: 10 am this morning, online, Explorer West Middle School (WSB sponsor) has the first “remote school preview” of the year – you need to pre-register; details are here.

WEST SEATTLE SKI SWAP: Skis, snowboards, gear, all await you at this year’s swap, 10 am-5 pm today and 10 am-4 pm tomorrow at the West Seattle VFW Hall (3601 SW Alaska), presented by Mountain to Sound Outfitters

BOOK LAUNCH: Sean Petrie is scheduled to be at Paper Boat Booksellers at noon to sign his book of West Seattle poems, “Listen to the Trees,” as previewed here. (6040 California SW)

WEST SEATTLE THURSDAY: Drill, dine-out fundraiser, demonstration, Design Review, community meetings, more…

(Lion’s Mane jellyfish, photographed by Stewart L.)

In the hours ahead:

EARTHQUAKE/TSUNAMI DRILL: It’s Great Shakeout Day – do an earthquake drill at 10:15 am. Tsunami-warning sirens around the state will be tested, too.

DINE-OUT SCHOOL FUNDRAISER: 10:30 am-10 pm today, you can get food from MOD Pizza at 4755 Fauntleroy SW and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Lafayette Elementary PTA. Details are in our calendar listing.

CITY COUNCIL BUDGET MEETING: 2 pm online, the City Council gets back to work on the budget. This is the start of the “issue identification” phase – the first meeting is a primer on the process as well as an overview of some key budget numbers. The meeting agenda explains how to watch and how to comment at the meeting’s start (advance registration starts at noon).

DESIGN REVIEW FOR 9218 18TH SW: 4 pm online, the Southwest Design Review Board gets its first look at this South Delridge project, as previewed here with links to the design packet and viewing/commenting information.

DEMONSTRATION: 4-6 pm at 16th/Holden, organizer Scott invites you to the twice-weekly sign-waving for Black lives. Signs available if you don’t have your own.

(Wednesday’s sunset – photo by Gabby R., age 9, from Upper Fauntleroy)

SUNSET: 6:20 pm. (We “fall back” on November 1st.)

ALKI COMMUNITY COUNCIL: 7 pm online, with topics including ongoing public-safety concerns in the beach area; local police will be there. Two ways to access:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 995 1615 6974
Passcode: 638862

Phonr: 206-337-9723 (same codes as above)

NORTH HIGHLINE TOWN HALL: 7 pm online, King County departments present information for, and take questions from, residents of White Center and vicinity. Two ways to access:

Zoom: kingcounty.zoom.us/j/95932613768 (Passcode: VOTE2020!)

Phone: 253-215-8782 (Webinar ID: 959 3261 3768; Passcode: 900924959)

WEST SEATTLE WEDNESDAY: What is and isn’t happening today/tonight, plus 2 stormy sea scenes

(Water Taxi, photographed Tuesday by David Hutchinson)

The weather has calmed, but the memories are fresh, and we have two cool sea scenes to share along with notes about what is and isn’t happening today/tonight.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION CANCELED: The West Seattle Eagles parking lot was set to be the scene of another food-box distribution this morning right about now – but we got word a short time ago that it’s been canceled.

UNDERSTANDING MEDICARE: Presentation at the Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon), 11 am. Call to see if there’s space; our calendar listing explains how.

SPECIAL SCHOOL LUNCH ITEM: 11:15 am-1:15 pm, in honor of National Farm to School Month, smoked-salmon chowder is on the menu today at Louisa Boren STEM K-8 (5950 Delridge Way SW), one of the Seattle Public Schools meal-distribution sites in West Seattle.

(Pilot boat Pacific Arrow, photographed Tuesday by Dan Ciske)

34TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS: 7 pm online, our area’s largest political group meets for the last time before the general election. Go here for the agenda, and a link for registration if you’re interested in attending.

WEST SEATTLE TUESDAY: What’s happening on this blustery day

(Photo by Jerry Simmons)

The “Wind Advisory” alert moved up a few hours overnight, so it’s in effect now through 6 pm. Keep everything charged and stay safe – let us know (text/voice 206-292-6302) if you lose power, see a downed tree or flooding, etc. Meantime, here’s what’s happening:

JUNCTION PLAZA PARK MEETING: 2 pm online, as previewed here, a community meeting to talk about the public-safety concerns at the 42nd/Alaska park. Scroll down this page to find connection information.

SWEETS POP-UP: 4-8 pm at Itto’s Tapas, go get dessert from Sticky Treats and Sweets at their next pop-up! Here’s the menu. (California/Genesee)

DEMONSTRATION: From organizer Scott:

Black Lives Matter sign-waving

Tuesday, Oct 13, 4 to 6 pm, corner of 16th SW and SW Holden

Thursday, Oct 15, 4 to 6 pm, 16th and Holden

Come show support for BLM and ending systemic racism. Hold signs, meet neighbors and stand for racial justice. Scott at PR Cohousing, endorsed by Hate-Free Delridge. Signs available.

‘LISTEN TO THE TREES’ 6 pm online, poet Sean Petrie previews his new book of West Seattle-inspired poetry, “Listen to the Trees: A Poetic Snapshot of West Seattle, Then and Now,” a collaboration with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. Viewing info (register in advance) is in our preview.

FAUNTLEROY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: 7 pm board meeting, online. Community members welcome; register to attend – find the link here.

WEST SEATTLE SUNDAY: What’s ahead

(Lincoln Park – photo by Theresa Arbow-O’Connor)

Welcome to Sunday! First, the online church services (with a few in-person mentions):

ADMIRAL UCC: Worship video for today is here.

ALKI UCC: 10 am online service via Zoominfo and link on church’s home page.

ALL SOULS SEATTLE: Find videos here, including the plan for today’s drive-thru communion.

BETHANY COMMUNITY CHURCH: Livestreaming for West Seattle here at 9:30 am.

CALVARY CHAPEL: Today’s service audio will be here, along with info on 10 am in-person service, 6 pm online all-church prayer, and 7 pm online evening worship.

THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS: West Seattle Ward has Sunday services via Zoom at 10 am, one hour long, all welcome. They last an hour. Here’s the link.

EASTRIDGE CHURCH: Livestreaming here at 9 am and 11 am.

FAUNTLEROY UCC: Service will be streamed at 10 am on the church’s YouTube channel – special this week: “Fauntleroy Church will get by with a little help from our friends, the Beatles, for an all-Beatles music worship service. Tune in for an hour of recentering with music that’s sure to evoke joy and maybe even some swaying and dancing at home!”

FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH OF WEST SEATTLE: Today’s online liturgy is here.

GRACE CHURCH: Livestreaming here, 10:30 am.

HALLOWS CHURCH: Virtual worship-watch party at 10 am – register here.

HOLY ROSARY CATHOLIC CHURCH: Livestreaming at 10:30 am here. Also, “in-person” attendance by pre-registration for both those Sunday Masses (as well as 5 pm Saturdays) – sign up here.

HOPE LUTHERAN: Today’s worship service and children’s story are viewable here.

OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE CATHOLIC CHURCH: Livestreaming at 10 am, here. (To attend in-person Saturday Mass, register here.)

PEACE LUTHERAN: Livestreaming at 10:30 am on YouTube.

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH: 9 am, parking-lot service in church/school lot. ONLINE: 10 am class “The Path,” and Kidz Club; 11:15 am livestreamed service, via YouTube (the bulletin is here).

TIBBETTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (WSB sponsor): The video service for today will be here, as will Sunday School.

TRINITY CHURCH: Livestreaming here, 10 am. (In-person services too; registration required.)

WEST SEATTLE CHRISTIAN CHURCH: The video service for today is here.

WEST SEATTLE CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE: Livestreaming here, 11 am.

WEST SIDE PRESBYTERIAN Livestreaming at 10 am on the church’s YouTube channel. (In-person prayer services during the week – info here.)

WESTSIDE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION: Livestreaming at 10:30 am – information on today’s service is here.

WESTWOOD CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY: Online (and in-person) worship at 11 am; info here.

Any other churches to add? Please email us – westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

Here’s what else is happening:

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in The Junction. Scroll down the page at this link to find the vendor list and map for this week. (Enter at California/Alaska; pickups for online orders are at California/Oregon)

TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTION: 10 am-1:30 pm near the market’s entrance/exit, look for the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle, collecting new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. (California/Alaska)

ALKI UCC DONATION DRIVE: 11 am outside the entrance to Alki UCC:

A huge shout-out to all the generous people who filled our lobby with donations of non-perishable food, school supplies and men’s casual/work clothing during our last expanded donations drive. The next Call for Donations is this Sunday, October 11, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, outside Alki UCC’s front entrance at 6115 SW Hinds

Food and basic supplies such as toilet paper and diapers are distributed through the White Center Food Bank. We’re accepting school supplies for all grades on behalf of one or more local schools to be distributed when students are back at in-person learning. Suggestions include backpacks, #2 pencils, black and blue ink pens, crayons, lined paper, glue, small scissors, colored pens, writing notebooks and colored paper.

Donations of clean, new or used men’s casual/work clothing are distributed through the Westside Interfaith Network’s hot lunch program for people experiencing homelessness, The Welcome Table. There is a constant and growing demand for denim apparel, khaki’s, hoodies, tee shirts, sweatshirts, clean underwear, socks, shoes and all kinds of outerwear for the fall and winter. Please … NO dress shirts, sport coats or suits

(6115 SW Hinds)

WEST SEATTLE TOOL LIBRARY: Open 11 am-4 pm – need a tool to fix or improve something? (4408 Delridge Way SW)

DNDA ‘CABIN FEVER’ VIRTUAL BRUNCH: Starts at noon online – details in our preview.

FREE TO-GO DINNER: White Center Community Dinner Church will serve to-go meals at 5 pm, outside, near the Bartell Drugs parking lot in White Center, SW Roxbury St. & 15th Ave. SW (9600 15th Ave SW)

Anything else happening? Let us know – text 206-293-6302 – thank you!

WEST SEATTLE SATURDAY: Here’s what you can do

(Seen at Lincoln Park; photographed by Mike Munson)

Welcome to the weekend. Notes for today/tonight:

SCOUTING FOR FOOD: If you got a door-hanger last weekend, put your donation out for Cub Scouts to return and pick up between 9 am and noon today, as explained here.

FREE FOOD: Greater Seattle Filipino-American SDA Church is distributing food boxes again today – all welcome to drive up, ride up, or walk up to the church at 2620 SW Kenyon, 1:30-4 pm.

DUWAMISH TRIBE CELEBRATION: 5-6:30 pm online, you are invited to the Duwamish Tribe‘s Resilience Gala & Native Art Auction. Register here to enjoy “words, song, dance, and other exclusive performances from Duwamish Tribal members and allies.” You also can bid in the art auction through October 17th.

NIGHT OF GIVING: Another virtual gala tonight – this one for Delridge-headquartered Southwest Youth and Family Services. Go here to register for the 6 pm event, which starts with a “cocktail hour” via Zoom and then at 7 pm moves to a YouTube event. (You can also bid now on the silent-auction items.)

(Wednesday sunset, photographed by Chris Frankovich)

SUNSET: 6:29 pm. (Three weeks until we “fall back” an hour.)

West Seattle Art Walk & more for your Thursday

It’s the second Thursday in October, and that means West Seattle Art Walk night! That’s where we begin our list of what’s happening:

ART WALK: Both in-person and online, tonight’s the night to enjoy great art by local artists, displayed by local businesses; the full rundown is here. Highlights: Verity Credit Union (4505 California SW; WSB sponsor) is one of the venues where you can meet the artist – distanced, of course (and Verity has a big folding-door facade, so it’s open-air) – Natalie Millsap, 6-8 pm; Canna Culture Shop (5435 California SW; WSB sponsor) features artist Brigitte Halpin starting at 5 pm; that’s also the reception start time at new business Doll Parts Collective (6016 California SW), with artist Kat Honda Whitham. Also tonight: Watch for live updates from The Junction on Instagram.

Also happening today/tonight:

FLU SHOTS: Neighborcare is having a clinic for patients at its High Point clinic, until 4 pm. Call to see if appointments remain – 206-461-6950. (6020 35th SW)

DEMONSTRATION: As announced by organizer Scott:

Black Lives Matter sign-waving

Thursday, October 8, 4 to 6 pm, 16th and Holden

Come show support for BLM and ending systemic racism. Hold signs, meet neighbors, and stand for racial justice. Scott at PR Cohousing, endorsed by Hate-Free Delridge. Signs available.

WORDS, WRITERS, SW STORIES: Tonight – so register ASAP!

‘Words, Writers, & SouthWest Stories,’ a historically based speaker series from the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, is excited to announce that it is hosting James Gregory for a live Zoom presentation on Thursday, October 8 at 6:00 PM. Gregory will deliver a presentation titled “The Seattle General Strike.”

Registration is required. Registered participants will be emailed a link to the presentation on the date of the event. Please register here.

That same link has details about the event, too.

APPOINTED SHERIFF, NOT ELECTED? One of the measures on your forthcoming ballot would change the King County Sheriff from elected to appointed. It’s among the topics at tonight’s meeting of the community council for White Center and vicinity, the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council, online at 7 pm, with guests including Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht. Our partner site White Center Now has details including how to connect.

(Tuesday’s moon with The Mount’s star, photographed by Jerry Simmons)

SUNSET/MOONRISE: 6:33 pm/10:28 pm.

WEST SEATTLE WEDNESDAY: Bridge Task Force, District 1 Community Network, microschool fair, more…

(Mount Rainier, photographed recently by Jerry Simmons)

Five events in the hours ahead:

WEST SEATTLE BRIDGE COMMUNITY TASK FORCE: Noon-2:30 pm online. Agenda and viewing info are in our Tuesday preview.

FREE BOXES OF FOOD: Drive/ride/walk up to the West Seattle Eagles lot, expected to be available starting just after noon, while they last, All welcome. (4426 California SW) 11:59 AM UPDATE: We’re told the truck is running late and this isn’t expected to start until after 1:30 pm.

WEST SEATTLE MICRO-SCHOOL FAIR: 5 pm today, online. Register here. The announcement:

With some West Seattle schools like Little Pilgrims closing permanently, most others focused on remote learning, and some bigger center-based programs experiencing COVID scares, new neighborhood schooling options are emerging as the community looks for safer options. Parents are invited to a community event to learn about childcare and school options now or to learn about joining the waitlist for programs next year. All featured programs have a 8:1 or smaller child/parent ratio and follow strict CDC guidelines for schools/childcare programs. The event will feature different types of programs with a wide range of rates, including:

-half day/full day outdoor-focused programs (forest school) in Schmitz Park and other local parks
-half day/full day preschool programs
-half day/full day early elementary K-4th grade micro-schools and virtual programs
-virtual micro-school options

To RSVP for the WEST SEATTLE SCHOOL FAIR, click here. For any parents who can’t make the event time, if you register, you’ll get a link to view the event as well as a recap of the full list of all available programs sent to you after the event.

SDOT MEETING ABOUT 26TH SW: As noted in the Delridge road project’s most recent bulletin, a proposal for “diverters” where the 26th SW greenway crosses Brandon and Genesee is back – or, the city could convert that stretch into a no-through-vehicle-traffic “Stay Healthy Street.” An online community meeting is planned tonight at 6:30 pm – find the connection info by scrolling down the project page and looking for the section headed “Upcoming meeting about adjacent Delridge Neighborhood Greenway.”

DISTRICT 1 COMMUNITY NETWORK: 7 pm tonight, this West Seattle/South Park coalition has two major agenda items – talking with City Councilmember Lisa Herbold and discussing the bridge. The meeting link is here, or call 253-215-8782, meeting ID 894 3131 0146 and password 422860 for either option.

WEST SEATTLE TUESDAY: 6 for today/tonight

(Monday shadow on Charlestown standpipe, photographed by Vincent)

Here’s what’s happening in the hours ahead:

PLAY AREAS REOPEN: After 6+ months, city parks’ play areas reopen today. The announcement includes safety rules. P.S. Adult fitness equipment at parks reopens today too.

RENTERS’ RIGHTS: Online at noon, the Admiral Neighborhood Association and Be:Seattle co-host a “bootcamp” for tenants. Register here to find out how to participate.

COMMUNITY BOOK STUDY ON RACE: Eight-week series presented by Alki UCC starts at 2 pm today, online – info’s on the church home page.

DEMONSTRATION: As announced by organizer Scott:

Black Lives Matter sign-waving

Tuesday Oct 6, 4 to 6 pm, corner of 16th SW and SW Holden

Thursday, Oct 8, 4 to 6 pm, 16th and Holden

Come show support for BLM and ending systemic racism. Hold signs, meet neighbors, and stand for racial justice. Scott at PR Cohousing, endorsed by Hate-Free Delridge. Signs available.

YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE CITY BUDGET: Share them during the City Council’s public hearing, online at 5:30 pm. Speaker signups start at 3:30 pm; the agenda explains how, as well as how to view/listen.

ADMIRAL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: ANA’s meeting starts at 7 pm online. Featured topics:

*Discussion with Seattle Police Dept. SW Precinct leadership
*West Seattle Emergency Hubs update
*Opportunities to support and collaborate with community-led efforts across District 1
*Future ANA Board positions

To get the link for viewing, email info@admiralneighborhood.org.

WEST SEATTLE SUNDAY: Road-work reminders, online church services, and what else is up

(Spider and web in the West Seattle mist, photographed by Kerri MacDonald)

Welcome to Sunday. First, the road-work reminders:

WEST MARGINAL/HIGHLAND PARK WAY: SDOT’s work to reconfigure part of this intersection starts at 7 am today – here’s what you need to know.

DELRIDGE/OREGON: Oregon is closed at Delridge as part of the ongoing project but will reopen by early tomorrow.

32ND/BARTON: Concrete-replacement work was done Saturday and is curing today, so that’s still expected to affect traffic flow in the area.

(Photo by Theresa Arbow-O’Connor)

Now, the online church services (with a few in-person mentions):

ADMIRAL UCC: Worship info for today is here – World Communion Sunday will be celebrated on the church lawn at 10:30 am.

ALKI UCC: 10 am online service via Zoom, featuring this year’s Blessing of the Animals – info and link on church’s home page.

ALL SOULS SEATTLE: Updated worship info is here, including the plan for today’s drive-thru communion.

BETHANY COMMUNITY CHURCH: Livestreaming for West Seattle here at 9:30 am.

CALVARY CHAPEL: Today’s service audio will be here, along with info on 10 am in-person service, 6 pm online all-church prayer and 7 pm online evening worship.

THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS: West Seattle Ward has Sunday services via Zoom at 10 am, one hour long, all welcome. They last an hour. Here’s the link.

EASTRIDGE CHURCH: Livestreaming here at 9 am and 11 am.

FAUNTLEROY UCC: Service will be streamed at 10 am on the church’s YouTube channel.

FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH OF WEST SEATTLE: Today’s online liturgy is here.

GRACE CHURCH: Livestreaming here, 10:30 am.

HALLOWS CHURCH: Streaming at 10 am via the church’s YouTube channel.

HOLY ROSARY CATHOLIC CHURCH: Livestreaming at 8:30 am and 10:30 am here. Also, “in-person” attendance by pre-registration for both those Sunday Masses (as well as 5 pm Saturdays) – sign up here.

HOPE LUTHERAN: Today’s worship service and children’s story are viewable here.

OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE CATHOLIC CHURCH: Livestreaming at 10 am, here. (To attend in-person Saturday Mass, register here.)

PEACE LUTHERAN: Livestreaming at 10:30 am on YouTube.

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH: 9 am, parking-lot service in church/school lot. ONLINE: 10 am class “The Path,” and Kidz Club; 11:15 am livestreamed service, via YouTube (the bulletin is here).

TIBBETTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (WSB sponsor): The video service for today will be here, as will Sunday School.

TRINITY CHURCH: Livestreaming here, 10 am. (In-person services too; registration required.)

WEST SEATTLE CHRISTIAN CHURCH: The video service for today is viewable here.

WEST SEATTLE CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE: Livestreaming here, 11 am.

WEST SIDE PRESBYTERIAN Livestreaming at 10 am on the church’s YouTube channel. (In-person prayer services during the week – info here.)

WESTSIDE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION: Livestreaming at 10:30 am – information on today’s service is here.

WESTWOOD CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY: Online (and in-person) worship at 11 am; info here.

Any other churches to add? Please email us – westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

Here’s what else is happening:

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in The Junction. Scroll down the page at this link to find the vendor list and map for this week. (Enter at California/Alaska; pickups for online orders are at California/Oregon)

TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTION: 10 am-1:30 pm near the market’s entrance/exit, look for the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle, collecting new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. (California/Alaska)

ALKI UCC PETS & PEOPLE WALK-BY: 11 am outside the entrance to Alki UCC, pets and people are invited to a “community walk-by” following up on the 10 am livestreamed “Blessing of the Animals” service. (6115 SW Hinds)

WEST SEATTLE TOOL LIBRARY: Open 11 am-4 pm – need a tool to fix or improve something? (4408 Delridge Way SW)

CAMP SECOND CHANCE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE: 2 pm online meeting for updates, questions, and concerns about West Seattle’s only city-sanctioned tiny-house encampment. Our preview has information on how to watch listen, and/or participate.

FREE TO-GO DINNER: White Center Community Dinner Church will serve to-go meals at 5 pm, outside, near the Bartell Drugs parking lot in White Center, SW Roxbury St. & 15th Ave. SW (9600 15th Ave SW)

Anything else happening? Let us know – text 206-293-6302 – thank you!

WEST SEATTLE SATURDAY: 8 notes

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(Carrie Brown’s view of Friday fog in The Junction)

First Saturday of October – here are notes for the hours ahead:

ROAD-WORK REMINDERS: Two reminders for today – SW Oregon is closed at Delridge, and could stay closed until predawn Monday. … In Westwood, concrete work is planned on SW Barton at 32nd SW.

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS: At 10 am in the West Seattle High School parking lot, neighboring St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church will present its annual Blessing of the Animals. This year, you and your pet(s) can either stay in your car or, masked and distanced, stand outside. (3000 California SW)

DONATION DRIVE, FLU SHOTS, MORE: 10 am to 2 pm in the north lot at Our Lady of Guadalupe, you’re invited to get a flu shot, register to vote, donate food and/or toiletries, or any combination of the above. (35th/Myrtle)

SIDEWALK SALE: New Morgan Junction business Doll Parts Collective invites you to come to theirs, 9 am-3 pm. (6016 California SW)

(Photo by Stewart L.)

START MEDITATING: 10 am online, Puget Sound Zen Center – which has West Seattle gatherings in non-pandemic times – invites you:

Thinking about starting or rebooting a meditation practice this fall? In this free online sessions we’ll talk about how meditation can help in troubling times; beginner/refresher Zen basics; meditating online at home; and info on our fall online retreat and classes. Bring your questions and bring a friend. Visit PSZC.org for details and Zoom link.

HARVEST FEST IN SOUTH PARK: Noon-8 pm at Osprey Bistro and Tin Dog Brewing. Go here to find out how to get a reservation. (309 S. Cloverdale)

(Photo by Jerry Simmons)

BIDDING BEGINS: The Duwamish Tribe‘s virtual Gala/Art Auction is one week from tonight, but you can register today and start bidding!

SUNSET: 6:44 pm.

WEST SEATTLE FRIDAY: Here’s what’s up

(Thursday photo by Theresa Arbow-O’Connor)

For the hours ahead:

CITY COUNCIL BUDGET MEETING: 9:30 am and 2 pm, the City Council’s first week of budget meetings concludes with presentations on the city’s homelessness response and by the Office of Housing in the morning, SDOT and Parks in the afternoon. Viewing info and documents are all linked in the agenda.

FREE FOOD: 1:30-4:30 pm, drive/ride/walk up to the Greater Seattle Filipino-American SDA Church and get a free box of food, while supplies last. (2620 SW Kenyon)

DEMONSTRATION: From organizer Nancy:

If I don’t stand and act against racism, then who will? If not now, then when?

What: Weekly anti-racist vigil
When: Friday, October 2nd, from 5:30-6:30 pm
Where: Pedestrian overpass on Delridge at the Delridge Community Center/Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.

Please remember to wear your masks! If you can’t come in person, please consider passing on the info to your networks.

(Thursday sunset, photographed by Jonathan Vogel)

SUNSET: 6:45 pm.

WEST SEATTLE THURSDAY: From Design Review to fighting flu, plus reopenings, & more

(Wednesday murkiness, photographed by Jen Popp)

Welcome to October! Happening in the hours ahead:

CITY COUNCIL BUDGET MEETING: Day 2 of the budget review, with online meetings 9:30 am and 2 pm, as city departments continue their presentations to the council. Today, SPD is scheduled to take up the entire first session; in the afternoon, Community Safety is the first discussion, followed by Municipal Court and Office of Economic Development. Here’s the agenda with document links.

DRIVE-THRU FLU SHOTS: Second-to-last chance in West Seattle for Seattle Public Schools students, staff, and families to get a flu shot at a drive-thru campus clinic. Today, 10 am-5 pm at Louisa Boren STEM K-8. First – register here. (5950 Delridge Way SW)

AZUMA SUSHI REOPENS: Takeout only – lunch and dinner – call 206-937-1148 to order. (4533 California SW)

DEMONSTRATION: As announced by Scott:

Black Lives Matter sign-waving

Thursday, October 1st, 4 to 6 pm, 16th and Holden

Come show support for BLM and ending systemic racism. Hold signs, meet neighbors, and stand for racial justice. Scott at PR Cohousing, endorsed by Hate-Free Delridge. Signs available.

PIZZA & ICE CREAM FUNDRAISER: 4-9 pm, it’s a dine-out benefit for Lincoln Park Co-Op Preschool at Proletariat Pizza (9622 16th SW) and Full Tilt Ice Cream (9629 16th SW) in White Center. Just mention Lincoln Park Co-op Preschool! (Here’s the flyer.)

DESIGN REVIEW: 4 pm online, the Southwest Design Review Board takes its first look at the newest proposal for 9201 Delridge Way SW, a 5-story apartments-and-retail building. This page has links for watching the meeting, commenting, and previewing the design packet.

(Tuesday sunset, photographed by Theresa Arbow-O’Connor)

THE ALLEY REOPENS: 4 pm, the doors reopen at The Alley, behind Be’s. (4509 California SW)

‘SHE TRAVELED SOLO’: Online history presentation at 7 pm:

She Traveled Solo: Strong Women in the Early 20th Century

The Woman’s Century Club, The Steamer Virginia V Foundation, and Humanities Washington are pleased to present Port Townsend scholar Tessa Hulls for an online talk on some fascinating women in the early 20th century – explorers, mountaineers, and even a circus performer. Hulls tells the stories of women who defied expectations and embarked on unprecedented journeys, enhancing her talk with historical photographs, primary documents, and hand-drawn illustrations.

Cost: Free and open to the public! Pre-registration required. This is a virtual event. After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email with instructions.

Registration link

HAPPENING TODAY/TONIGHT: Online Town Hall & more

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(American Constellation passing The Arroyos while headed from Tacoma to Anacortes this morning – photographed by Chris Frankovich)

As noted last night, some smoke has shown up again. But forecasters insist we will NOT be dealing with bad air quality – nothing worse than a dip into “moderate.” In the meantime, here’s what’s happening today/tonight:

THE MISSING PIECE OPENS: First day for the new game café. (35th/Roxbury)

CITY COUNCIL BUDGET MEETINGS: After the introduction of the mayor’s proposal Tuesday, the council begins its meetings as the Select Budget Committee. First meeting of the day – outlining the process, and presenting the plan – is under way ; then, department presentations begin with a 2 pm session. It’s all streamed via Seattle Channel; the agenda for both sessions, with document links, is here.

ICE CREAM TRUCK ON GENESEE HILL: Across from GH Elementary, the PTA is hosting the Full Tilt Ice Cream truck, selling $6 cones to help their school-supply drive. 3-6 pm. (50th/Dakota).

BURRITOS FOR LAFAYETTE: Another PTA fundraiser – this one for Lafayette Elementary, 4-8 pm, at Chipotle in The Junction. (4730 California SW)

TOWN HALL: City Councilmember Lisa Herbold is hosting her first one since April, online 5:30-7:30 pm tonight – first hour on public safety, featuring Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz and Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Kevin Grossman, second hour on the West Seattle Bridge. It’ll be streamed live on YouTube; RSVP via this form to get the link for asking questions.

WEST SEATTLE SATURDAY: Recycling, music, more!

(Photo by Danny McMillin – Canada Geese passing Alki Point)

The first weekend of fall begins!

RECYCLE/REUSE/SHRED EVENT: 9 am-1 pm, bring your recyclables/reusables – as listed here – and/or up to four boxes of paper for shredding. Free dropoff event. Masks required. In The Junction parking lot off 42nd SW south of SW Oregon. (10:30 am: See comments – some capacity already maxed out -we are en route for a separate update.)

WALKING ‘FROM CANADA TO FLORIDA’: Ken King is walking five miles to fight suicide, as previewed here. You are welcome to join him, starting at 10 am at Canada & Beach Drive [map]. and you can donate here.

PLASTIC-FILM DROPOFF EVENT: More free recycling! 1 pm-4 pm at PCC (2749 California SW), Ridwell will be on site to accept plastic film – including grocery bags – for recycling. More info in our preview.

VISCON CELLARS: Though there’s no tasting at the Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) tasting room (yet), you can drop by to pick up local wine, 1-4 pm. (5910 California SW)

KENYON HALL PRESENTS ORVILLE JOHNSON: Online tonight, presented by historic Kenyon Hall:

At 7:45, we’re delighted to present West Seattle guitar legend Orville Johnson.

Orville acquired his love of singing as a youth in the southern Illinois fundamentalist Pentecostal church he attended. When he later began playing guitar and dobro, he responded to the roots music that surrounded him by learning to play the blues, bluegrass, rockabilly, and country music, now all part of the mosaic that characterizes his own mongrel music. He’s a singer, instrumentalist, record producer, songwriter, session player, teacher, the top dobro player on the West Coast, and, above all, an instinctive and sensitive musician.

To attend Orville’s concert Saturday, please click on this link. The concert is free, and there’s a link included in case you’re able and moved to donate. Orville and Kenyon Hall will share your largesse, for which we’re very grateful.

If you’re unable to attend (tonight), you can still use the same link for future viewings.

WEST SEATTLE THURSDAY: Stormy weather, and what’s happening today/tonight

(Northern Flickers in The Arroyos, photographed by Mark MacDonald)

Stormy morning – just had some thunder this past half-hour, and then a bit of sunshine. The forecast says it’ll be showery on and off all day, with more thunderstorms possible “early in the afternoon.” Here’s what else is happening:

TASTE OF WEST SEATTLE, FINAL DAY: Today/tonight, it’s your last chance to get special menu items at food/drink establishments around West Seattle and know that you’re doing something good – besides supporting local businesses, you’re supporting the West Seattle Food Bank‘s work to fight hunger and homelessness. You have dozens of options – see the list of participants (and menu items) here! (WSB is a community co-sponsor of the Taste of West Seattle.)

GOVERNOR’S BRIEFING: 2:30 pm, the governor plans a briefing/media Q&A “to discuss the state’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic and new protocols for safe airline travel in Washington state.” It’ll be livestreamed – and available for playback later – here.

DEMONSTRATION: 4-6 pm, Scott‘s twice-weekly sign-waving demonstration in support of Black lives is planned at 16th/Holden, “signs available” if you don’t have your own.

WEST SEATTLE DEMOCRATIC WOMEN: As previewed here, WSDW is scheduled to hear from and talk with City Councilmember Lisa Herbold tonight, two days after the council voted to override those mayoral vetoes. The online meeting starts at 6, with Herbold scheduled at 6:30. Public welcome – email wsdwomen@yahoo.com to register and get access info.

WEST SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION COALITION: 6:30 pm, online meeting with 3 main topics: bridge-closure traffic mitigation, the scooter-share program, and community scooter-/bike-share concerns. Guests are expected from SDOT and West Seattle Bike Connections. Here’s the link.

WEST SEATTLE WEDNESDAY: Bridge Task Force meeting, Taste of WS day 4, traffic relief @ HPAC, more

(Great Blue Heron, photographed at Seacrest by Jerry Simmons)

Notes for a blustery Wednesday:

TASTE OF WEST SEATTLE, DAY 4: Second-to-last day to enjoy special menu items at food/drink establishments around West Seattle while benefiting the West Seattle Food Bank‘s work to fight hunger and homelessness. You have dozens of options – see the list of participants here! (WSB is a community co-sponsor of the Taste of West Seattle.)

FLU SHOT CLINIC: 10 am-5 pm, Madison Middle School is hosting a drive-up flu-shot clinic today, as explained here. (3429 45th SW)

BRIDGE TASK FORCE MEETING: Noon today, the West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force meets for the ninth time. Topics include the West Marginal Way SW plan (here’s our report from last Friday) and the Cost-Benefit Analysis that will play a key role in the “repair now/replace later or replace now” decision. Here’s the agenda; here’s the main link for watching. When breakout-discussion time happens, stay on the main link to watch group A, or go here for group B.

RECONNECT WEST SEATTLE @ HPAC: 7 pm tonight, join the community council for Highland Park, Riverview, and South Delridge in talking about not only the city’s plan for bridge-detour traffic mitigation, but also what else the community needs. This preview includes how to participate.