West Seattle Event Calendar

*3/28/20 NOTE: As the COVID-19 situation continues, the calendar isn’t of much use, but we’re adding known online events, so let us know if you’re scheduling one!*

(original introduction) Want your West Seattle event/meeting/performance to be listed here? Please send basic info to westseattleblog@gmail.com – thanks! Please include full details AS PLAIN TEXT IN YOUR E-MAIL, *not* in an attached doc/poster/flyer/etc. A web link for more info helps too. Thank you!

USING THE CALENDAR: Mouse over any entry to show the “plus” sign at right; click it to expand the item for more info without leaving this page; click “read more” for the FULL listing, usually including a map, plus a chance to post a comment/question.

Jan
12
Sat
Wetland Block Party @ The Delridge Wetlands
Jan 12 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Get to know your local Wetland!

Join us for a block party at the Delridge Wetland Park! Learn more about how the Wetland will become a living community asset as we celebrate with free food, music, and art.

To learn more, visit the Delridge Wetland Park website.

Jan
26
Sat
Westcrest Park Forest Restoration Work Party / Evento de Restauración en el Bosque del Parque Westcrest @ Westcrest Park
Jan 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join DIRT Corps in revitalizing Westcrest Park. We are working on the parcel of land next to 8th Ave that is overgrown with Himalayan blackberries! It’s up to us and our volunteers to bring it under control!

The beginning of this volunteer event will include a brief weed ID. Then, we will combine knowledge with action as we work to clear this beautiful space of harmful species that overtake the area. Many of you might already have this experience in your own backyard.

Let’s work together to gradually transform and maintain Westcrest Park and make it a great public space for everyone to enjoy. Let us know of any questions, hope to see you out there.

PLEASE RSVP HERE: Westcrest Park Forest Restoration.

Acompaña a DIRT Corps a revitalizar el Parque Westcrest. ¡Estamos trabajando en la tierra de la parcela de la 8a avenida del Parque Westcrest en donde la zarzamora está demasiado crecida! ¡Está en nuestras manos como DIRT Corps y en la de los voluntarios el mantener el control del crecimiento de la zarzamora en este espacio! El inicio de este evento voluntario incluirá una breve introducción de plantas invasoras. Combina el conocimiento con la acción mientras trabajamos para limpiar este hermoso espacio de las plantas invasoras que lo dañan y lo van desplazando de él. Muchos de ustedes han experimentado esto en sus patios traseros en casa.

Trabajemos juntos para transformar y mantener gradualmente el Parque Westcrest y hacer de él un espacio agradable al público para que todos puedan disfrutarlo. Déjanos saber si tienes alguna pregunta, esperamos verte ahí.

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WEAR: Wear closed-toed shoes, long sleeves, long pants, and a hat. Dress for the weather.

VESTIMENTA: Zapatos cerrados, camisa manga larga, pantalones largos y un/a gorro/a. Vístase de acuerdo al clima.

MEET: Meet next to the p-patch gardens. See the map of parking and work area.

PUNTO DE ENCUENTRO: Al lado del P-Patch (jardín comunitario). Mapa del parqueadero y del área de trabajo.

BRING: Bring water and lunch if you think you are going to get hungry. DIRT Corps will provide coffee and light refreshments.

QUE TRAER: Agua y almuerzo (si crees que te va a dar hambre pronto). DIRT Corps proveerá café y un pequeño refrigerio.

PARK: Park in the south parking lot of Westcrest Park, entrance is off SW Henderson St. See Map.

PARQUEADERO: Parqueate en la zona sur del Parque Westcrest, la entrada está en la parte sur-oeste de la calle Henderson. Mapa.

Feb
19
Tue
Advocacy for Birds and Climate: What You Can Do @ Senior Center of West Seattle
Feb 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The class will explore how Seattle Audubon is working to understand and protect the region’s birds, as well as review the current state of climate science and a variety of strategies and tactics to successfully move conservation initiatives forward.

Traditional lecture with written materials, and active participation and discussion.

Presented by John Brosnan, Seattle Audubon Executive Director

Appropriate for ALL audiences.

Tuesday, February 19th, 7-9 pm
Senior Center of West Seattle, Nelson Room
$10 Seattle Audubon members
$25 non-members Limit: 25

RSVP’s are required at https://my.seattleaudubon.org/event/seattle-audubon-winter-2019-classes/e213994

Seattle Audubon members enter promo code SASMEMBER during registration to receive the member discount.

Feb
23
Sat
Westcrest Park Forest Restoration Work Party / Evento de Restauración en el Bosque del Parque Westcrest @ Westcrest Park
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join DIRT Corps in revitalizing Westcrest Park. We are working on the parcel of land next to 8th Ave that is overgrown with Himalayan blackberries! It’s up to us and our volunteers to bring it under control!

The beginning of this volunteer event will include a brief weed ID. Then, we will combine knowledge with action as we work to clear this beautiful space of harmful species that overtake the area. Many of you might already have this experience in your own backyard.

Let’s work together to gradually transform and maintain Westcrest Park and make it a great public space for everyone to enjoy. Let us know of any questions, hope to see you out there.

PLEASE RSVP HERE: Westcrest Park Forest Restoration.

Acompaña a DIRT Corps a revitalizar el Parque Westcrest. ¡Estamos trabajando en la tierra de la parcela de la 8a avenida del Parque Westcrest en donde la zarzamora está demasiado crecida! ¡Está en nuestras manos como DIRT Corps y en la de los voluntarios el mantener el control del crecimiento de la zarzamora en este espacio! El inicio de este evento voluntario incluirá una breve introducción de plantas invasoras. Combina el conocimiento con la acción mientras trabajamos para limpiar este hermoso espacio de las plantas invasoras que lo dañan y lo van desplazando de él. Muchos de ustedes han experimentado esto en sus patios traseros en casa.

Trabajemos juntos para transformar y mantener gradualmente el Parque Westcrest y hacer de él un espacio agradable al público para que todos puedan disfrutarlo. Déjanos saber si tienes alguna pregunta, esperamos verte ahí.

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WEAR: Wear closed-toed shoes, long sleeves, long pants, and a hat. Dress for the weather.

VESTIMENTA: Zapatos cerrados, camisa manga larga, pantalones largos y un/a gorro/a. Vístase de acuerdo al clima.

MEET: Meet next to the p-patch gardens. See the map of parking and work area.

PUNTO DE ENCUENTRO: Al lado del P-Patch (jardín comunitario). Mapa del parqueadero y del área de trabajo.

BRING: Bring water and lunch if you think you are going to get hungry. DIRT Corps will provide coffee and light refreshments.

QUE TRAER: Agua y almuerzo (si crees que te va a dar hambre pronto). DIRT Corps proveerá café y un pequeño refrigerio.

PARK: Park in the south parking lot of Westcrest Park, entrance is off SW Henderson St. See Map.

PARQUEADERO: Parqueate en la zona sur del Parque Westcrest, la entrada está en la parte sur-oeste de la calle Henderson. Mapa.

Mar
30
Sat
Westcrest Park Forest Restoration Work Party / Evento de Restauración en el Bosque del Parque Westcrest @ Westcrest Park
Mar 30 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join DIRT Corps in revitalizing Westcrest Park. We are working on the parcel of land next to 8th Ave that is overgrown with Himalayan blackberries! It’s up to us and our volunteers to bring it under control!

The beginning of this volunteer event will include a brief weed ID. Then, we will combine knowledge with action as we work to clear this beautiful space of harmful species that overtake the area. Many of you might already have this experience in your own backyard.

Let’s work together to gradually transform and maintain Westcrest Park and make it a great public space for everyone to enjoy. Let us know of any questions, hope to see you out there.

PLEASE RSVP HERE: Westcrest Park Forest Restoration.

Acompaña a DIRT Corps a revitalizar el Parque Westcrest. ¡Estamos trabajando en la tierra de la parcela de la 8a avenida del Parque Westcrest en donde la zarzamora está demasiado crecida! ¡Está en nuestras manos como DIRT Corps y en la de los voluntarios el mantener el control del crecimiento de la zarzamora en este espacio! El inicio de este evento voluntario incluirá una breve introducción de plantas invasoras. Combina el conocimiento con la acción mientras trabajamos para limpiar este hermoso espacio de las plantas invasoras que lo dañan y lo van desplazando de él. Muchos de ustedes han experimentado esto en sus patios traseros en casa.

Trabajemos juntos para transformar y mantener gradualmente el Parque Westcrest y hacer de él un espacio agradable al público para que todos puedan disfrutarlo. Déjanos saber si tienes alguna pregunta, esperamos verte ahí.

—————————

WEAR: Wear closed-toed shoes, long sleeves, long pants, and a hat. Dress for the weather.

VESTIMENTA: Zapatos cerrados, camisa manga larga, pantalones largos y un/a gorro/a. Vístase de acuerdo al clima.

MEET: Meet next to the p-patch gardens. See the map of parking and work area.

PUNTO DE ENCUENTRO: Al lado del P-Patch (jardín comunitario). Mapa del parqueadero y del área de trabajo.

BRING: Bring water and lunch if you think you are going to get hungry. DIRT Corps will provide coffee and light refreshments.

QUE TRAER: Agua y almuerzo (si crees que te va a dar hambre pronto). DIRT Corps proveerá café y un pequeño refrigerio.

PARK: Park in the south parking lot of Westcrest Park, entrance is off SW Henderson St. See Map.

PARQUEADERO: Parqueate en la zona sur del Parque Westcrest, la entrada está en la parte sur-oeste de la calle Henderson. Mapa.

Apr
6
Sat
First Saturday hikes in West Duwamish Greenbelt @ (see listing)
Apr 6 @ 10:00 am

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 am, 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 am.

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. S.W.

May 4: Insect hike with a bug club member.

June 1: “Walking Native Land” on National Trails Day with Ken Workman, a descendant of Chief Seattle and a member of the Duwamish Tribe. Ken will talk about his personal experience growing up in the greenbelt and his tribe’s use of the land and nearby Duwamish River.

The hike begins at 10 a.m. near the Chinese Garden at South Seattle College. We’ll walk down Puget Ridge to the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center and return. This hike is on unimproved trail with aspirations to be a connector between ridge and river, about two miles round-trip with 200 feet of elevation gain coming back. Wear good shoes or boots and be prepared for small obstacles like logs, brush, and walking near the edge of West Marginal Way.

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

Apr
27
Sat
Earth Day Walk @ Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am

Celebrate Earth Day 2019! Everyone is welcome!

Join us either at Holy Rosary or Our Lady of Guadalupe Church to walk to the Rotary View Point totem pole (35th Ave. SW and SW Alaska St.–near West Seattle Stadium) where we will celebrate God’s creation and pray for its protection.

If possible, please bring gloves as we will be collecting litter as we go.

Posters and signs are welcome.

This event is co-sponsored by Holy Rosary Church and OLG Green Ministry.

Earth Day Walk @ Holy Rosary Church
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am

Celebrate Earth Day 2019! Everyone is welcome!

Join us either at Holy Rosary or Our Lady of Guadalupe Church to walk to the Rotary View Point totem pole (35th Ave. SW and SW Alaska St.–near West Seattle Stadium) where we will celebrate God’s creation and pray for its protection.

If possible, please bring gloves as we will be collecting litter as we go.

Posters and signs are welcome.

This event is co-sponsored by Holy Rosary Church and OLG Green Ministry.

May
4
Sat
First Saturday hikes in West Duwamish Greenbelt @ (see listing)
May 4 @ 10:00 am

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 am, 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 am.

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. S.W.

May 4: Insect hike with a bug club member.

June 1: “Walking Native Land” on National Trails Day with Ken Workman, a descendant of Chief Seattle and a member of the Duwamish Tribe. Ken will talk about his personal experience growing up in the greenbelt and his tribe’s use of the land and nearby Duwamish River.

The hike begins at 10 a.m. near the Chinese Garden at South Seattle College. We’ll walk down Puget Ridge to the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center and return. This hike is on unimproved trail with aspirations to be a connector between ridge and river, about two miles round-trip with 200 feet of elevation gain coming back. Wear good shoes or boots and be prepared for small obstacles like logs, brush, and walking near the edge of West Marginal Way.

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

May
8
Wed
Entomology lecture series @ Senior Center of West Seattle
May 8 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

West Seattle Entomologist Jen Paur of Tiny Science will be conducting a series of four lectures on the interesting and exciting lives of insects. Jen is an enthusiastic speaker who can engage audiences of all ages with her great passion for insects. She brings a selection of beetles, butterflies, mantises, or stick insects when she speaks. Wednesdays, May 8, 15, 22, 29 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. And if you like, you can join us before class at 5 pm for $3 beers in our Cafe!

1. Insects in General: This class will cover the history of insects from the Cretaceous period and their defining features and key assets that allowed them to become masters of our planet. The audience will leave with a new level of appreciation for insects from this fun talk.

2. The Orders of Insects: There are 32 different types of insects! Many that we are familiar with, some that we are not! We will explore these different types.

3. Comparative Study of Insects: How can one type of animal with three body parts, six legs, and four wings can take on so many different shapes and roles?

4. Insect Niches: Insects are incredibly diverse and abundant. We will explore how insects exploit niches, including topics like parasitoidy and eusociality, which are way more exciting than they sound!

Lecture Series is $20 members/$25 non-members. All ages welcome. Please sign up in advance by calling 206.932.4044 x1, as a minimum number of participants is required for this series to occur. SCWS, 4217 SW Oregon St.

May
15
Wed
Entomology lecture series @ Senior Center of West Seattle
May 15 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

West Seattle Entomologist Jen Paur of Tiny Science will be conducting a series of four lectures on the interesting and exciting lives of insects. Jen is an enthusiastic speaker who can engage audiences of all ages with her great passion for insects. She brings a selection of beetles, butterflies, mantises, or stick insects when she speaks. Wednesdays, May 8, 15, 22, 29 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. And if you like, you can join us before class at 5 pm for $3 beers in our Cafe!

1. Insects in General: This class will cover the history of insects from the Cretaceous period and their defining features and key assets that allowed them to become masters of our planet. The audience will leave with a new level of appreciation for insects from this fun talk.

2. The Orders of Insects: There are 32 different types of insects! Many that we are familiar with, some that we are not! We will explore these different types.

3. Comparative Study of Insects: How can one type of animal with three body parts, six legs, and four wings can take on so many different shapes and roles?

4. Insect Niches: Insects are incredibly diverse and abundant. We will explore how insects exploit niches, including topics like parasitoidy and eusociality, which are way more exciting than they sound!

Lecture Series is $20 members/$25 non-members. All ages welcome. Please sign up in advance by calling 206.932.4044 x1, as a minimum number of participants is required for this series to occur. SCWS, 4217 SW Oregon St.

May
22
Wed
Entomology lecture series @ Senior Center of West Seattle
May 22 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

West Seattle Entomologist Jen Paur of Tiny Science will be conducting a series of four lectures on the interesting and exciting lives of insects. Jen is an enthusiastic speaker who can engage audiences of all ages with her great passion for insects. She brings a selection of beetles, butterflies, mantises, or stick insects when she speaks. Wednesdays, May 8, 15, 22, 29 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. And if you like, you can join us before class at 5 pm for $3 beers in our Cafe!

1. Insects in General: This class will cover the history of insects from the Cretaceous period and their defining features and key assets that allowed them to become masters of our planet. The audience will leave with a new level of appreciation for insects from this fun talk.

2. The Orders of Insects: There are 32 different types of insects! Many that we are familiar with, some that we are not! We will explore these different types.

3. Comparative Study of Insects: How can one type of animal with three body parts, six legs, and four wings can take on so many different shapes and roles?

4. Insect Niches: Insects are incredibly diverse and abundant. We will explore how insects exploit niches, including topics like parasitoidy and eusociality, which are way more exciting than they sound!

Lecture Series is $20 members/$25 non-members. All ages welcome. Please sign up in advance by calling 206.932.4044 x1, as a minimum number of participants is required for this series to occur. SCWS, 4217 SW Oregon St.

Jun
1
Sat
First Saturday hikes in West Duwamish Greenbelt @ (see listing)
Jun 1 @ 10:00 am

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 am, 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 am.

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. S.W.

May 4: Insect hike with a bug club member.

June 1: “Walking Native Land” on National Trails Day with Ken Workman, a descendant of Chief Seattle and a member of the Duwamish Tribe. Ken will talk about his personal experience growing up in the greenbelt and his tribe’s use of the land and nearby Duwamish River.

The hike begins at 10 a.m. near the Chinese Garden at South Seattle College. We’ll walk down Puget Ridge to the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center and return. This hike is on unimproved trail with aspirations to be a connector between ridge and river, about two miles round-trip with 200 feet of elevation gain coming back. Wear good shoes or boots and be prepared for small obstacles like logs, brush, and walking near the edge of West Marginal Way.

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

Orca Action Month Sea Kayak Tour @ Alki Kayak Tours
Jun 1 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

June is Orca Action Month! Come join us for a special treat this summer to learn about our Southern Resident orcas with a new guest speaker from Washington Environmental Council each week. We will paddle from the Seacrest Boathouse (Marination) to the Alki Lighthouse and back. Get offshore with us and explore Elliott Bay on an adventure that changes daily. We will meet at 10 a.m. and after a brief kayak fitting and tutorial, get in the boats and head on around Duwamish Head toward Alki beach. Incredible views of the city, the Cascade Mountains, and the Olympic Mountains will be the backdrop for an urban wildlife exploration and journey along a peninsula rich in history.

Date: Every Saturday in June
Time: 10 am–1 pm
Location: Alki Kayak Tours, 1660 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle
Link: http://www.kayakalki.com/orca-month-tour

Price: $45

June 1 – Southern Resident Orca Intro
June 8 – Lack of Food Impacts
June 15 – Vessel Noise and Disturbance Impacts
June 22 – Pollution Impacts
June 29 – Southern Resident Orca Intro

This trip is very popular so book now! Reservations are required, but we can sometimes sign you up on short notice.

In the event of heavy winds or interest, the Duwamish River Tour is the alternate destination for our day trip.

Before your trip, meet the guides or speed up your check-in by downloading and printing our liability waiver in advance.

For more info about Orca Action Month, please visit https://orcamonth.com.

Hosted by: Alki Kayak Tours and Washington Environmental Council

Birds of the Duwamish River Valley – free birding session & program @ Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center
Jun 1 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join the Duwamish Longhouse and Seattle Parks & Recreation for FREE in-field birding sessions and program with volunteer Seattle Urban Nature Guide, Elaine Chuang.

Saturday June 1st
Program 11 am–1 pm
Early Birding Session 9:45 am
After-program Birding Session 1:15 pm

Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center
4705 W Marginal Way SW, Seattle WA

West Seattle High School Class of 1957 Reunion @ Salty's on Alki
Jun 1 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

West Seattle High School
Class of ’57
2019 All School Reunion Warm Up Event

Saturday June 1 2019
Salty’s on Alki
2:00 – 5:00 pm
Cost- $50

Send checks – made out to WS Class of ‘57 to:
Beverly McMillin
102 State St So # 114W
Kirkland, WA 98033

A great opportunity to set the mood for the All School Reunion!!

For more information please contact:
Beverly McMillin 206-498-9955 chochosan29@hotmail.com
Gwen Fraser 206-228-4068 gfraser49@msn.com

West Seattle High School 2019 all-school reunion
Jun 1 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL ALL-SCHOOL REUNION

First off – please note that we’re shaking things up a bit this year! With accessibility issues of many of our honored guests, and a very small cast of volunteers managing this event, we’ve opted for a MUCH simpler approach than in years past. Instead of breaking out into classrooms, we are designating tables for each range of years in or around the Commons, and for some in the Library. Think very large open house vibe. As laid out in the program map, tables will be organized chronologically by year range, so most of you will be next to the table of classes in the range above or behind you. No more climbing stairs, hunting for elusive rooms, traversing a daunting length of hallways, and dashing between classrooms to find and greet friends and family from other years.

We thank you in advance for supporting this change! As always, we welcome suggestions for improvement (highly recommended to be accompanied by offers for help ;) ), in our effort to maximize community and rapport while minimizing effort for planners and guests alike.

2019 Schedule of Events

4:00 – 5:30 pm View the Classic Cars showcased on SW Stevens outside the Historical entrance

4:00 – 4:30 pm Sign in, pick up programs, name tag and roam the halls

4:30 – 5:30 pm Individual Class Reunions in the Commons (or Library)

5:00 – 5:30 pm Hall of Fame Member’s video plays in the Theater

5:30 – 7:00 pm Presentations in the Theater: Scholarships Announcements, Recognition of the 50th Reunion of the Class of 1969, Hall of Fame Induction

And….

4:00 – 6:45 pm WSHS Baseball Team selling Mariners Tickets to benefit the WSHS Baseball

4:00 – 6:45 pm Refreshments available for purchase to benefit the Student Booster Club programs

West Seattle High School 2019 All-School Reunion After-Party @ Whisky West
Jun 1 @ 7:30 pm

West Seattle High School Alumni All-School Reunion After-Party Open Mic at Whisky West, Sat 6/1 7:30 pm:

Tim Turner has announced 2019 is his last year to host the annual open-mic live music event long known as the Westside High Alumni All-School Reunion After-Party. This event, started in 2006, features any number of willing and talented alumni musicians. Expect to see many of the usual suspects including Kevin Mason and others. In addition, there will be a special performance this year. The Crystal Sect band, made up of West Seattle High School students back in the 60’s, will perform a musical reprisal. Joining Tim are the other former Crystal Sect band members, Tom Hopp on bass, Dave Coleman on drums, Bob Rice on guitar, and Marc Orsen on keys.
Whisky West enjoys welcoming this robust community of revelers, and offer concoctions such as The Westside High and The Wildcat specialty drinks sporting visual hues of blue and gold.

Drop on over following the All-School Reunion for great snack and dinner options in addition to their notable beverage offerings, where fellow Westside High Alumni share an evening of music, dancing and community.

21 and older, please.

No official association to the West Seattle High School Alumni Association

Jun
2
Sun
Bilingual Drag Queen Storytime / La Hora del Cuento Drag Queen Bilingüe @ Duwamish Waterway Park
Jun 2 @ 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

Join us at the South Park Pride Picnic as South Park Branch hosts a storytime in English and Spanish with One. For all ages. ¡Acompáñenos en el South Park Pride Picnic! La sucursal de South Park presentará la Hora del Cuento Bilingüe con One. Para todas las edades.

1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 2 at the Duwamish Waterway Park

Jun
5
Wed
White Center Pride @ Various WC venues
Jun 5 all-day
Jun
6
Thu
White Center Pride @ Various WC venues
Jun 6 all-day
Jun
7
Fri
White Center Pride @ Various WC venues
Jun 7 all-day
Dolly & The DJ @ Outwest Bar
Jun 7 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Dolly Madison hosts a night of drag, drinks, and dancing. Get your groove on to 80’s and 90’s music videos in between West Seattle’s #1 Drag show, at Outwest Bar

Jun
8
Sat
White Center Pride @ Various WC venues
Jun 8 all-day
Orca Action Month Sea Kayak Tour @ Alki Kayak Tours
Jun 8 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

June is Orca Action Month! Come join us for a special treat this summer to learn about our Southern Resident orcas with a new guest speaker from Washington Environmental Council each week. We will paddle from the Seacrest Boathouse (Marination) to the Alki Lighthouse and back. Get offshore with us and explore Elliott Bay on an adventure that changes daily. We will meet at 10 a.m. and after a brief kayak fitting and tutorial, get in the boats and head on around Duwamish Head toward Alki beach. Incredible views of the city, the Cascade Mountains, and the Olympic Mountains will be the backdrop for an urban wildlife exploration and journey along a peninsula rich in history.

Date: Every Saturday in June
Time: 10 am–1 pm
Location: Alki Kayak Tours, 1660 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle
Link: http://www.kayakalki.com/orca-month-tour

Price: $45

June 1 – Southern Resident Orca Intro
June 8 – Lack of Food Impacts
June 15 – Vessel Noise and Disturbance Impacts
June 22 – Pollution Impacts
June 29 – Southern Resident Orca Intro

This trip is very popular so book now! Reservations are required, but we can sometimes sign you up on short notice.

In the event of heavy winds or interest, the Duwamish River Tour is the alternate destination for our day trip.

Before your trip, meet the guides or speed up your check-in by downloading and printing our liability waiver in advance.

For more info about Orca Action Month, please visit https://orcamonth.com.

Hosted by: Alki Kayak Tours and Washington Environmental Council

Dolly & The DJ @ Outwest Bar
Jun 8 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Dolly Madison hosts a night of drag, drinks, and dancing. Get your groove on to 80’s and 90’s music videos in between West Seattle’s #1 Drag show, at Outwest Bar

Jun
9
Sun
White Center Pride @ Various WC venues
Jun 9 all-day
Jun
15
Sat
Orca Action Month Sea Kayak Tour @ Alki Kayak Tours
Jun 15 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

June is Orca Action Month! Come join us for a special treat this summer to learn about our Southern Resident orcas with a new guest speaker from Washington Environmental Council each week. We will paddle from the Seacrest Boathouse (Marination) to the Alki Lighthouse and back. Get offshore with us and explore Elliott Bay on an adventure that changes daily. We will meet at 10 a.m. and after a brief kayak fitting and tutorial, get in the boats and head on around Duwamish Head toward Alki beach. Incredible views of the city, the Cascade Mountains, and the Olympic Mountains will be the backdrop for an urban wildlife exploration and journey along a peninsula rich in history.

Date: Every Saturday in June
Time: 10 am–1 pm
Location: Alki Kayak Tours, 1660 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle
Link: http://www.kayakalki.com/orca-month-tour

Price: $45

June 1 – Southern Resident Orca Intro
June 8 – Lack of Food Impacts
June 15 – Vessel Noise and Disturbance Impacts
June 22 – Pollution Impacts
June 29 – Southern Resident Orca Intro

This trip is very popular so book now! Reservations are required, but we can sometimes sign you up on short notice.

In the event of heavy winds or interest, the Duwamish River Tour is the alternate destination for our day trip.

Before your trip, meet the guides or speed up your check-in by downloading and printing our liability waiver in advance.

For more info about Orca Action Month, please visit https://orcamonth.com.

Hosted by: Alki Kayak Tours and Washington Environmental Council

Jun
21
Fri
Summer Solstice Sunset Watch 2019 @ Solstice Park
Jun 21 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

From Alice Enevoldsen:

Friday, June 21, 2019, 9 pm Solstice Sunset Watch (official sunset is supposed to be 9:11pm).

I’ll be there 8:30 pm-9:30 pm

Wear insect repellent, please don’t spray insect repellent near or upwind of other people.

Map: http://www.alicesastroinfo.com/2009/06/solstice-park-west-seattle/

Equinox Moment (Seattle): Friday, June 21, 2019 8:54am

U.S. Naval Observatory
Astronomical Applications Department
Seattle, King County, WA (Longitude W 122° 20′, Latitude N 47° 38′)

Friday, June 21, 2019 Pacific Daylight Time
Sun
Begin civil twilight 4:31 a.m.
Sunrise 5:11 a.m.
Sun transit 1:11 p.m.
Sunset 9:11 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:52 p.m.
Moon
Moonrise 11:52 p.m. on preceding day
Moon transit 4:32 a.m.
Moonset 9:19 a.m.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Last Quarter on June 25, 2019 at 2:46 a.m. (local daylight time)

Jun
22
Sat
Orca Action Month Sea Kayak Tour @ Alki Kayak Tours
Jun 22 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

June is Orca Action Month! Come join us for a special treat this summer to learn about our Southern Resident orcas with a new guest speaker from Washington Environmental Council each week. We will paddle from the Seacrest Boathouse (Marination) to the Alki Lighthouse and back. Get offshore with us and explore Elliott Bay on an adventure that changes daily. We will meet at 10 a.m. and after a brief kayak fitting and tutorial, get in the boats and head on around Duwamish Head toward Alki beach. Incredible views of the city, the Cascade Mountains, and the Olympic Mountains will be the backdrop for an urban wildlife exploration and journey along a peninsula rich in history.

Date: Every Saturday in June
Time: 10 am–1 pm
Location: Alki Kayak Tours, 1660 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle
Link: http://www.kayakalki.com/orca-month-tour

Price: $45

June 1 – Southern Resident Orca Intro
June 8 – Lack of Food Impacts
June 15 – Vessel Noise and Disturbance Impacts
June 22 – Pollution Impacts
June 29 – Southern Resident Orca Intro

This trip is very popular so book now! Reservations are required, but we can sometimes sign you up on short notice.

In the event of heavy winds or interest, the Duwamish River Tour is the alternate destination for our day trip.

Before your trip, meet the guides or speed up your check-in by downloading and printing our liability waiver in advance.

For more info about Orca Action Month, please visit https://orcamonth.com.

Hosted by: Alki Kayak Tours and Washington Environmental Council

More Than Just Trees: Native Tree Ecology & Identification Program @ Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center
Jun 22 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Curious to know more about lowland forests? Join the Duwamish Longhouse and Seattle Parks & Recreation for a FREE informational program and field identification of prominent low-land tree species with SPR Naturalist, Jacob de Guzman.

June 22nd, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
at
Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center
4705 W Marginal Way SW, Seattle

After program outdoor tree identification session 1:15 pm

Native Tree Event at the Duwamish Longhouse @ Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center
Jun 22 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

What:  More than just Trees: Native Tree Ecology and Identification Program

When:  11am-1pm, Saturday June 22nd. (After-program outdoor tree identification session 1:15pm)

Where:  Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center (4705 West Marginal Way SW, Seattle WA)

Curious to know more about lowland forests? Join the Duwamish Longhouse and Seattle Parks and Recreation for a free informational program and field identification of prominent lowland tree species with SPR Naturalist Jacob de Guzman.

Jun
27
Thu
Wetland Restoration Event @ Delridge Wetland Park
Jun 27 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join our work-in-progress at Delridge Wetland Park, a DNDA project to restore a natural wetland and teaching space on the site of an old Seattle City Light substation. You and your fellow volunteers will participate in fun, hands-on conservation work led by staff from our Restoration team. Depending on the time of year, our work may include removing invasive plants, planting native species, and mulching new plantings. Our work parties are often accompanied by live musicians, bringing the arts and nature together for our enjoyment!

What to Bring: Please dress appropriately with long pants, warm and dry layers, closed-toed shoes and rain gear as needed. We provide gloves, tools, a light granola bar snack (feel free to bring a lunch) and a jug of water. Please bring a refillable water bottle.

What we provide: tools, gloves, training and safety talk, water and granola bars.

Click here to sign up as an individual

Click here to register as a group

Jun
29
Sat
Orca Action Month Sea Kayak Tour @ Alki Kayak Tours
Jun 29 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

June is Orca Action Month! Come join us for a special treat this summer to learn about our Southern Resident orcas with a new guest speaker from Washington Environmental Council each week. We will paddle from the Seacrest Boathouse (Marination) to the Alki Lighthouse and back. Get offshore with us and explore Elliott Bay on an adventure that changes daily. We will meet at 10 a.m. and after a brief kayak fitting and tutorial, get in the boats and head on around Duwamish Head toward Alki beach. Incredible views of the city, the Cascade Mountains, and the Olympic Mountains will be the backdrop for an urban wildlife exploration and journey along a peninsula rich in history.

Date: Every Saturday in June
Time: 10 am–1 pm
Location: Alki Kayak Tours, 1660 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle
Link: http://www.kayakalki.com/orca-month-tour

Price: $45

June 1 – Southern Resident Orca Intro
June 8 – Lack of Food Impacts
June 15 – Vessel Noise and Disturbance Impacts
June 22 – Pollution Impacts
June 29 – Southern Resident Orca Intro

This trip is very popular so book now! Reservations are required, but we can sometimes sign you up on short notice.

In the event of heavy winds or interest, the Duwamish River Tour is the alternate destination for our day trip.

Before your trip, meet the guides or speed up your check-in by downloading and printing our liability waiver in advance.

For more info about Orca Action Month, please visit https://orcamonth.com.

Hosted by: Alki Kayak Tours and Washington Environmental Council

Jul
6
Sat
Friends of Lincoln Park Restoration Event @ Lincoln Park
Jul 6 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday, July 6th FLiP Urban Forest Restoration Event

Have you visited the forest, lately? It’s a beautiful time in Lincoln
Park and also time to protect our urban forest and remove invasive
plants! See you in the park!

• Register here: https://seattle.greencitypartnerships.org/event/15135/

• Saturday July 6, 9am to noon.

• Meet near the NORTH parking lot Kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose
St). If you miss us at 9am, check the kiosk map to see where we’re
working or call Sharon at 206.464.1068.

• Dress in NW layers to stay warm/cool and dry. We suggest long
sleeves and pants year-round to protect from scratches and a water
bottle to keep hydrated. Wear closed toe, sturdy shoes or boots. Bring
garden gloves and your favorite tool, if you have them. We will have
extra tools and gloves to borrow.

The fabulous and fun FLiP (Friends of Lincoln Park) crew meets the
first Saturday and third Sunday of each month. Temps are warming and
rain never stops us, but if there are high wind warnings, it’s not
safe to be in the woods and we’ll need to cancel.
https://friendsoflincolnpark.blogspot.com/

First Saturday hikes in West Duwamish Greenbelt @ (see listing)
Jul 6 @ 10:00 am

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 am, 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 am.

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. S.W.

May 4: Insect hike with a bug club member.

June 1: “Walking Native Land” on National Trails Day with Ken Workman, a descendant of Chief Seattle and a member of the Duwamish Tribe. Ken will talk about his personal experience growing up in the greenbelt and his tribe’s use of the land and nearby Duwamish River.

The hike begins at 10 a.m. near the Chinese Garden at South Seattle College. We’ll walk down Puget Ridge to the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center and return. This hike is on unimproved trail with aspirations to be a connector between ridge and river, about two miles round-trip with 200 feet of elevation gain coming back. Wear good shoes or boots and be prepared for small obstacles like logs, brush, and walking near the edge of West Marginal Way.

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

Jul
8
Mon
Get To Know Native Bees @ Delridge Library
Jul 8 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

At the Delridge Library:

Learn about native bees with local bee-lover and educator Demarus Tevuk.

Discover cool facts about native bees, draw a bee and learn about the different parts of a bee’s body. Create nesting tubes out of recycled paper and take home your own bee hotel! You’ll also play the “pollination game” as Demarus Tevuk shares her knowledge of sustainability from the Native American perspective. For ages 7+. Registration required; class maximum is 25.

This program is part of this year’s Summer of Learning program Explore Your World!, which encourages reading and activities around science, technology, technology, arts and math. We are offering over 250 free youth programs throughout the city this summer. You can pick up a Summer Action Guide at any Library location beginning June 24th.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Online registration for this program opens two weeks before the program starts and closes three business days before the program date. Make changes to your registration after that date by calling or visiting the branch.

The 2019 Summer of Learning program, Explore Your World!, is funded by generous support from The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

Jul
29
Mon
Bug Club @ High Point Library
Jul 29 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Connect with nature, be a citizen scientist, and find friends who share your interests at Bug Club. Service Learning credit is available for participation.

During this week long program youths ages 11-14 will go outside every day to discover and document the diversity of insects in the neighborhood. Youths will join a growing community of citizen scientists and help further research into arthropods and their habitats. We’ll also have a lot of fun! Service learning credit is available for participation. For ages 11-14.

This program is part of this year’s Summer of Learning program Explore Your World!, which encourages reading and activities around science, technology, technology, arts and math. We are offering over 250 free youth programs throughout the city this summer. You can pick up a Summer Action Guide at any Library location beginning June 24th.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Online registration for this program opens two weeks before the program starts and closes three business days before the program date. Make changes to your registration after that date by calling 206-684-7454 or visiting the branch.

The 2019 Summer of Learning program, Explore Your World!, is funded by generous support from The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

Jul
30
Tue
Bug Club @ High Point Library
Jul 30 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Connect with nature, be a citizen scientist, and find friends who share your interests at Bug Club. Service Learning credit is available for participation.

During this week long program youths ages 11-14 will go outside every day to discover and document the diversity of insects in the neighborhood. Youths will join a growing community of citizen scientists and help further research into arthropods and their habitats. We’ll also have a lot of fun! Service learning credit is available for participation. For ages 11-14.

This program is part of this year’s Summer of Learning program Explore Your World!, which encourages reading and activities around science, technology, technology, arts and math. We are offering over 250 free youth programs throughout the city this summer. You can pick up a Summer Action Guide at any Library location beginning June 24th.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Online registration for this program opens two weeks before the program starts and closes three business days before the program date. Make changes to your registration after that date by calling 206-684-7454 or visiting the branch.

The 2019 Summer of Learning program, Explore Your World!, is funded by generous support from The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

Little Critters @ Delridge Library
Jul 30 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

At the Delridge Library:

Bring your littlest animal lovers to this fun program! We’ll wonder and learn about a delightful animal through a fun puppet story, then get to meet (and even touch) that animal in real life! Animal species vary widely, and will not be known until the day of the program. For ages 6 and under.

This program is part of this year’s Summer of Learning program Explore Your World!, which encourages reading and activities around science, technology, technology, arts and math. We are offering over 250 free youth programs throughout the city this summer. You can pick up a Summer Action Guide at any Library location beginning June 24th.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

The 2019 Summer of Learning program, Explore Your World!, is funded by generous support from The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

Jul
31
Wed
Bug Club @ High Point Library
Jul 31 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Connect with nature, be a citizen scientist, and find friends who share your interests at Bug Club. Service Learning credit is available for participation.

During this week long program youths ages 11-14 will go outside every day to discover and document the diversity of insects in the neighborhood. Youths will join a growing community of citizen scientists and help further research into arthropods and their habitats. We’ll also have a lot of fun! Service learning credit is available for participation. For ages 11-14.

This program is part of this year’s Summer of Learning program Explore Your World!, which encourages reading and activities around science, technology, technology, arts and math. We are offering over 250 free youth programs throughout the city this summer. You can pick up a Summer Action Guide at any Library location beginning June 24th.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Online registration for this program opens two weeks before the program starts and closes three business days before the program date. Make changes to your registration after that date by calling 206-684-7454 or visiting the branch.

The 2019 Summer of Learning program, Explore Your World!, is funded by generous support from The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

Aug
1
Thu
Bug Club @ High Point Library
Aug 1 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Connect with nature, be a citizen scientist, and find friends who share your interests at Bug Club. Service Learning credit is available for participation.

During this week long program youths ages 11-14 will go outside every day to discover and document the diversity of insects in the neighborhood. Youths will join a growing community of citizen scientists and help further research into arthropods and their habitats. We’ll also have a lot of fun! Service learning credit is available for participation. For ages 11-14.

This program is part of this year’s Summer of Learning program Explore Your World!, which encourages reading and activities around science, technology, technology, arts and math. We are offering over 250 free youth programs throughout the city this summer. You can pick up a Summer Action Guide at any Library location beginning June 24th.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Online registration for this program opens two weeks before the program starts and closes three business days before the program date. Make changes to your registration after that date by calling 206-684-7454 or visiting the branch.

The 2019 Summer of Learning program, Explore Your World!, is funded by generous support from The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

Aug
2
Fri
Bug Club @ High Point Library
Aug 2 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Connect with nature, be a citizen scientist, and find friends who share your interests at Bug Club. Service Learning credit is available for participation.

During this week long program youths ages 11-14 will go outside every day to discover and document the diversity of insects in the neighborhood. Youths will join a growing community of citizen scientists and help further research into arthropods and their habitats. We’ll also have a lot of fun! Service learning credit is available for participation. For ages 11-14.

This program is part of this year’s Summer of Learning program Explore Your World!, which encourages reading and activities around science, technology, technology, arts and math. We are offering over 250 free youth programs throughout the city this summer. You can pick up a Summer Action Guide at any Library location beginning June 24th.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Online registration for this program opens two weeks before the program starts and closes three business days before the program date. Make changes to your registration after that date by calling 206-684-7454 or visiting the branch.

The 2019 Summer of Learning program, Explore Your World!, is funded by generous support from The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

Aug
3
Sat
First Saturday hikes in West Duwamish Greenbelt @ (see listing)
Aug 3 @ 10:00 am

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 am, 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 am.

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. S.W.

May 4: Insect hike with a bug club member.

June 1: “Walking Native Land” on National Trails Day with Ken Workman, a descendant of Chief Seattle and a member of the Duwamish Tribe. Ken will talk about his personal experience growing up in the greenbelt and his tribe’s use of the land and nearby Duwamish River.

The hike begins at 10 a.m. near the Chinese Garden at South Seattle College. We’ll walk down Puget Ridge to the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center and return. This hike is on unimproved trail with aspirations to be a connector between ridge and river, about two miles round-trip with 200 feet of elevation gain coming back. Wear good shoes or boots and be prepared for small obstacles like logs, brush, and walking near the edge of West Marginal Way.

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

Aug
22
Thu
Little Critters @ Southwest Library
Aug 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

At the Southwest Library:

Bring your littlest animal lovers to this fun program! We’ll wonder and learn about a delightful animal through a fun puppet story, then get to meet (and even touch) that animal in real life! Animal species vary widely, and will not be known until the day of the program. For ages 6 and under.

This program is part of this year’s Summer of Learning program Explore Your World!, which encourages reading and activities around science, technology, technology, arts and math. We are offering over 250 free youth programs throughout the city this summer. You can pick up a Summer Action Guide at any Library location beginning June 24th.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

The 2019 Summer of Learning program, Explore Your World!, is funded by generous support from The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

Aug
25
Sun
Fifth Annual Alki Beach LGBTQ+ Pride Event – NEW DATE
Aug 25 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

New date:

Date: Saturday August 25th, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM-7:00 PM
Location: 2701 Alki Ave SW (on the beach)
Event: 5th Annual Alki Beach Pride LGBTQ+ Event
Contact: Facebook @AlkiBeachPride

Live Music… food trucks… beer garden.

Aug
30
Fri
Butterfly Wingding @ Southwest Branch Library
Aug 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

At the Southwest Branch Library: Learn about butterflies and citizen science projects!

Plant a butterfly garden using native seeds, make a collage with real butterfly wings, examine wings with light boxes and magnifiers, make and fly a paper butterfly in a wind tunnel, and explore symmetry in nature. Youth will also learn how to participate in citizen science initiatives such as the Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper, the International Monarch Monitoring Blitz (July 28-August 5), and the Cascades Butterfly Project. Youth will take home their gardens, collages, and citizen science materials. Butterfly wings are courtesy of the Pacific Science Center – all butterflies died naturally. For all ages.

This program is part of this year’s Summer of Learning program Explore Your World!, which encourages reading and activities around science, technology, technology, arts and math. We are offering over 250 free youth programs throughout the city this summer. You can pick up a Summer Action Guide at any Library location beginning June 24th.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

The 2019 Summer of Learning program, Explore Your World!, is funded by generous support from The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

Sep
7
Sat
First Saturday hikes in West Duwamish Greenbelt @ (see listing)
Sep 7 @ 10:00 am

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 am, 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 am.

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. S.W.

May 4: Insect hike with a bug club member.

June 1: “Walking Native Land” on National Trails Day with Ken Workman, a descendant of Chief Seattle and a member of the Duwamish Tribe. Ken will talk about his personal experience growing up in the greenbelt and his tribe’s use of the land and nearby Duwamish River.

The hike begins at 10 a.m. near the Chinese Garden at South Seattle College. We’ll walk down Puget Ridge to the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center and return. This hike is on unimproved trail with aspirations to be a connector between ridge and river, about two miles round-trip with 200 feet of elevation gain coming back. Wear good shoes or boots and be prepared for small obstacles like logs, brush, and walking near the edge of West Marginal Way.

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

Westcrest Park Forest Restoration Project @ Westcrest Park
Sep 7 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Westcrest Park Forest Restoration Project with DIRT Corps.

Join DIRT Corps in revitalizing Westcrest Park. We are working on the parcel of land on West Edge, and it is overgrown with Himalayan blackberries! It’s up to us and our volunteers to bring it under control. Let’s work together to gradually transform and maintain Westcrest Park to make it into an even greater public space for everyone to enjoy. Get outside and learn about restoration methods while improving the health of a forested neighborhood park. The beginning of this volunteer event will include a brief weed identification.

Please bring water and also lunch if you think you are going to get hungry. DIRT Corps will provide coffee and light refreshments.

Contact: veronica@thedirtcorps.com. Registration is available online.

Celebrate 80 Years of Climbing Schurman Rock at Camp Long’s Mountain Fest @ Camp Long
Sep 7 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Seattle Parks and Recreation opens historic Camp Long for its free, family-friendly Mountain Festival on September 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.—where anyone, from novices to hard-core enthusiasts, can get their hands on the rocks and feet off the ground.

Visitors to the Camp Long Mountain Fest will find an exhilarating mix of climbing, conviviality, and challenge. They can test themselves on the high ropes course,* and swap stories afterwards, or simply enjoy some downtime and spirited conversation with kindred climbers around the fire pit, eating hot dogs and s’mores (vegetarian options available).

Vertical World, a local climbing gym, will run a climbing wall where individuals can scale the same rock that Clark Schurman and Fred Beckey, living legends among Northwest mountaineers, used to practice on.* Schurman Rock was constructed between 1938 and 1939 by the Works Progress Administration, and is believed to be the first artificial climbing structure in the U.S.. Mountain Madness, a climbing guide and mountaineering company, will run a rappel station down the camp’s “Glacier Wall.”

Visitors can also listen to presentations from Mountaineers Books authors including Jeff Smoot, Linnea Westerfield, and Susan Elderkin. Camp Long cabins will host local artists including photographer Holli Margell and Molly Hashimoto. In addition, multiple community organizations will be on site to discuss nature-focused issues from noxious weeds to bird identification.

* Space for climbing and ropes course is limited so early arrival to the festival and sign-up is encouraged. Waivers are required for all climbing activities and will be available at the lodge.

All events are free and take place at Camp Long (5200 35th. Ave. SW). Located in West Seattle, this 68-acre park offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy nature, hike in the forest, camp overnight in rustic cabins, rock climb, and learn about natural history. A talented staff of naturalists and ropes-course staff lead ongoing group environmental education and rock climbing classes. Programs at Camp Long are designed to be fun, educational, and interactive experiences for all ages.

For more information about the Camp Long Mountain Fest, please call 206-423-3460 or visit the Camp Long climbing rock page. Camp Long Mountain Fest is sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Associated Recreation Council. Partners include O2 Outdoor Opportunities Program, Girl Scouts of Washington, Mountain Madness, Mountaineers Books, WA Alpine Club, Vertical World, and King County Noxious Weed Program.

Mountain Fest at Camp Long @ Camp Long Environmental Learning Center
Sep 7 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Camp Long Mountain Fest is a free, family-friendly celebration of Seattle’s vibrant outdoor community and Camp Long’s place in mountaineering history.

Participants of Mountain Fest will enjoy a day of free rock climbing, rappelling, mountain-themed games and activities, as well as opportunities for nature-based learning. They will also develop outdoor living skills and experience an array of programs offered by Camp Long and other local organizations.

Sep
21
Sat
Plants and Animals of Roxhill Park and Bog @ Southwest Library
Sep 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join EarthCorps and the City of Seattle’s Parks Commons Program to learn about the ecology and history of Roxhill Park! Best known for its ancient peat bog that stands at the headwaters of Longfellow Creek, this neighborhood park is one of the most biodiverse natural areas in Seattle!

This event will start with a presentation by EarthCorps Volunteer Specialists who will talk about the positive impacts of urban green spaces, the history and establishment of Roxhill Park, and how to identify the native species in the park.

The presentation will be followed with a walking tour around Roxhill with EarthCorps’ Ecologist to further explore and chat about the plants and ecology of the park.

This is a great event for anyone who wants to learn more about their local park, practice their plant ID skills, and connect with others over their love of park spaces!

For more information contact: Mariska@earthcorps.org.

Sep
28
Sat
Chief Sealth Class of 1969 50-Year Reunion @ Sea-Tac Marriott
Sep 28 all-day

For more info, email chiefsealth69@gmail.com and go here.

Oct
5
Sat
First Saturday hikes in West Duwamish Greenbelt @ (see listing)
Oct 5 @ 10:00 am

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 am, 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 am.

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. S.W.

May 4: Insect hike with a bug club member.

June 1: “Walking Native Land” on National Trails Day with Ken Workman, a descendant of Chief Seattle and a member of the Duwamish Tribe. Ken will talk about his personal experience growing up in the greenbelt and his tribe’s use of the land and nearby Duwamish River.

The hike begins at 10 a.m. near the Chinese Garden at South Seattle College. We’ll walk down Puget Ridge to the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center and return. This hike is on unimproved trail with aspirations to be a connector between ridge and river, about two miles round-trip with 200 feet of elevation gain coming back. Wear good shoes or boots and be prepared for small obstacles like logs, brush, and walking near the edge of West Marginal Way.

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

Mushroom Walk @ 14th Ave. SW and SW Holly St. trailhead
Oct 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday, October 5th
10 am – noon

Kim Traverse, past president of the Puget Sound Mycological Society, will guide us through our West Duwamish Greenbelt hunting and identifying mushrooms! October is an excellent time to find mushrooms growing wild in our West Seattle forests. All ages are welcome. Please wear sturdy footwear and be prepared for the elements.

We will meet at the 14th Avenue SW and SW Holly Street trailhead, which can be accessed from Metro route 125.

Sponsored by the West Duwamish Greenbelt Trails Group, www.wdgtrails.org

Oct
10
Thu
Hiawatha Celebrates National Coming Out Day
Oct 10 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

This year on Thursday, October 10th from 5-7 p.m., the Hiawatha Community Center will be hosting its second annual National Coming Out Day Celebration. Whether it’s coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) or as an ally, we come together in celebration and advocacy of equality and living openly. In an effort to gather together resources for the community, we’re hosting this event not only as a celebration but also as a show of support for our LGBTQ neighbors and their journey. There will be community organizations with LGBTQ resources, music, art projects, and food. See you there!

Oct
13
Sun
Fall Family Forest Adventure @ Camp Long
Oct 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Fall nature outings are open for registration now!  Sign up for the popular nighttime walks, bird tours, mushroom walks, and so much more…

Fall Family Forest Adventure at Camp Long.

All ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and everyone attending must be registered for the program.

Oct
20
Sun
Annual Salmon Drumming at Fauntleroy Creek
Oct 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Salmon drumming on Fauntleroy Creek
Oct. 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The “silver anniversary” season of the first spawning in Fauntleroy Creek in modern history will kick off with the annual drumming on Sunday, Oct. 20, 5 pm on the creek level at SW Director and upper Fauntleroy Way. Drumming will be your sound guide to the exact location. Free for all ages; rain or shine. The salmon watch will also start on Oct. 20; details at www.fauntleroywatershed.org.

Oct
23
Wed
National Parks Concert at Benaroya Hall @ Benaroya Hall
Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Northwest Symphony Orchestra (featuring West Seattleite Anthony Spain as conductor ) will collaborate with Washington’s National Parks to provide a spectacular visual and musical presentation/concert for the Seattle/West Seattle area. This is a unique and innovative concert that promises to be great fun for families.

The concert will  include The Musical Mountaineers (as featured on KOMO 4, KING 5 Television, and  in the October 2019 issue of Seattle Magazine).

The concert is scheduled to include:

  • An Outdoor Overture by Aaron Copland
  • Mount Takhoma (Mount Rainier) by Gregory Short
  • Selections with choirs/students from Highline School District
  • Winter (from the Four Seasons) by Antonio Vivaldi (featuring Kaia Selden violin soloist with visuals by Adrian Wyard)
  • Academic Festival Overture by Johannes Brahms
  • Enchanted Garden by Maurice Ravel
  • Lohengrin: Prelude to Act III by Richard Wagner
  • Liberty Fanfare by John Williams
Oct
26
Sat
Fauntleroy Creek ‘open creek’
Oct 26 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

You are invited to visit Fauntleroy Creek, where it’s spawner season! From Judy Pickens:

Volunteers will host an “open creek” Saturday (11/10) afternoon from noon to 3:00 at the fish ladder (SW Director and upper Fauntleroy Way SW). Come to the viewpoint there and a watcher will invite you down. Children need to bring a parent. Dogs should be leashed and well behaved.

Nov
14
Thu
LGBTQ Second Thursday OUT! @ Senior Center of West Seattle
Nov 14 @ 6:00 pm

Senior Center of West Seattle welcoming the LGBTQ community, their family & friends.

Thursday, November 14, at the Center, Social Hour at 6 pm followed by dining in and a group discussion of “How Do You Find Joy?”

December 12: Social hour at the Center at 6 pm followed by dining in our holiday dinner and a gift exchange. To participate in the gift exchange, bring a wrapped gift of $10 or less.

Nov
16
Sat
Volunteer Forest Restoration Event @ (see listing)
Nov 16 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

You and your fellow volunteers will participate in fun, hands-on conservation work led by staff with DNDA’s Urban Forest Restoration Program. Restoration work includes removing invasive plants, planting native species, and mulching new plantings, depending on the restoration progress in each site. Work parties are often accompanied by live musicians, bringing the arts and nature together for our enjoyment!

December 3, 2019
Delridge and Myrtle Site, 21st Ave SW and SW Myrtle St
December 10, 2019
College Street Ravine, 5050 SW College St, Seattle, WA 98116
December 14, 2019
Thistle Street Greenspace, 25th Ave SW and SW Thistle St
December 17, 2019
Delridge and Myrtle Site, 21st Ave SW and SW Myrtle St

You can sign up as an individual or register as a group, online in the event listings at: https://dnda.org/news/events/

What to Bring: Please dress appropriately with long pants, warm and dry layers, closed-toed shoes and rain gear as needed. Please bring a refillable water bottle and a lunch (if desired)

What We Provide: Tools, gloves, training and safety talk, a light granola bar snack and a jug of water.

Nov
22
Fri
Gaybaret @ Vashon Center for the Arts
Nov 22 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Drawing on the theatrical form of a cabaret, featuring original songs and stories laced with a bit of magic, two islanders, David Mielke and Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma, have written and will perform the premiere of their innovative show, “Gaybaret,” on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 22, 23, and 24 at Vashon Center for the Arts’ Kay Hall.

After sharing their lives for close to a decade, last year Mielke and Pruiksma took the traditional steps to sanctify their partnership through marriage. Their wedding, however, was anything but conventional. As professional performers, storytellers, musicians, and writers, the couple told the story of how they met — honoring friends, teachers, and experiences that led to their meeting and readiness to commit to a life partner — and they did so using a cabaret-style form of story and song. They called it “Gaybaret.”

“‘Gaybaret’ sounds campy and frivolous,” Mielke said, “but at the wedding, it quickly became not just that as the guests’ emotions started being tapped into. The best part was afterwards, when so many people wanted to talk about what came up for them that had nothing to do with gayness or LGBT stuff.”

That’s when the duo realized what they had created might be meaningful to a wider audience. Because the first iteration concluded with their marriage, they had to write a new ending, adding other elements, to fashion a stand-alone performance. While the show is based on their lives, Pruiksma said, it is not just a work of nonfiction; it is also a work of art.

“The artfulness opens it to other people,” he said, “so it is not just a show about LGBTQ experience, rather the art allows the specific to become universal. It is both a work of art and how art changes us and helps us grow into who we are, along with people and mentors who help us.”

Though the show is like a cabaret, it also includes ritual. With Pruiksma on piano, each performer alternately tells their own story and sings songs — about letting go of old shame and acknowledging the mystery of life. As with many rituals honoring what is known but unseen, the show bows to the joyful play of what seems to be serendipity.

“There’s a thread running through the show of openness to wonder, to the poetry of lived life,” Pruiksma said. “Our experiences may appear to be chaotic and random, but often there is some more mysterious pattern we can see or help to create that leads to unexpected gifts.”

To metaphorically, visually, express the notion of these gifts, the performers construct a bridge. When the cabaret opens, random pieces of driftwood lie scattered about stage, each symbolizing a different life experience. As the show progresses, the duo fit the pieces together, eventually forming a bridge.

“It’s a bridge that connects us,” Mielke said. “The idea is that we could see our negative experiences as stumbling blocks to trip over, or we can find a way to reimagine them, turning them into something positive to serve as steps toward where we’d like to go. If nothing else, it gives us compassion.”

That transformation, Pruiksma said, has a healing power. It leads to changes in perception of ourselves and our world, which leads to taking new actions “and living more fully in line with our deepest hopes and highest intentions.”

A deep hope and intention of the couple is to keep offering the show to others, to take it on the road.

“It is a celebration of the gifts we’ve been given by cherished friends and works of art, so it is the passing along of the gift. The gift is given by passing it along,” Pruiksma said.

“The energy of this piece is different, like it has a life of its own,” Mielke added. “Again, it is the mystery of it. I try not to analyze but just say ‘yes.’ Where there is the presence of grace or the muses, it is so juicy. You are in the flow.”

That flow also brings unexpected things, Pruiksma said, like the opportunity to hold a preview panel discussion. Pruiksma applied for and was awarded a 4Culture grant, which together with VCA and the Vashon Heritage Museum exhibit, “In and Out: Being LGBTQ on Vashon Island,” will sponsor “Prelude to a Gaybaret: A Historical Panel on the Art of Transformation.”

Five panelists panelists — Jami Sieber, Latosha Correll, Leo MacLeod, Matt Baume, and Timothy White Eagle — will discuss the art of transformation: how art helps us know ourselves more fully; how rituals like a marriage or theater offer possibilities of healing; and how we make sense of historical change in our own lives, acknowledging both the curses and blessings of the past.

The production is also hosting a drawing for an all-inclusive “Night Out on Vashon,” with a pair of tickets, dinner at May Kitchen + Bar, and luxurious accommodations at the Lodges on Vashon. Learn more and enter by November 15, 2019, at driftwoodbridge.com.

“Gaybaret: An Offering of Story and Song” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 23, and at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at Kay Hall. Tickets are $10-$23.

“Prelude to a Gaybaret” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Kay Hall. Tickets are free for youth age 18 and under, with a suggested donation of $10 for adults. All proceeds benefit the Vashon Heritage Museum

Nov
23
Sat
Volunteer Forest Restoration Event @ (see listing)
Nov 23 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

You and your fellow volunteers will participate in fun, hands-on conservation work led by staff with DNDA’s Urban Forest Restoration Program. Restoration work includes removing invasive plants, planting native species, and mulching new plantings, depending on the restoration progress in each site. Work parties are often accompanied by live musicians, bringing the arts and nature together for our enjoyment!

December 3, 2019
Delridge and Myrtle Site, 21st Ave SW and SW Myrtle St
December 10, 2019
College Street Ravine, 5050 SW College St, Seattle, WA 98116
December 14, 2019
Thistle Street Greenspace, 25th Ave SW and SW Thistle St
December 17, 2019
Delridge and Myrtle Site, 21st Ave SW and SW Myrtle St

You can sign up as an individual or register as a group, online in the event listings at: https://dnda.org/news/events/

What to Bring: Please dress appropriately with long pants, warm and dry layers, closed-toed shoes and rain gear as needed. Please bring a refillable water bottle and a lunch (if desired)

What We Provide: Tools, gloves, training and safety talk, a light granola bar snack and a jug of water.

Gaybaret @ Vashon Center for the Arts
Nov 23 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Drawing on the theatrical form of a cabaret, featuring original songs and stories laced with a bit of magic, two islanders, David Mielke and Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma, have written and will perform the premiere of their innovative show, “Gaybaret,” on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 22, 23, and 24 at Vashon Center for the Arts’ Kay Hall.

After sharing their lives for close to a decade, last year Mielke and Pruiksma took the traditional steps to sanctify their partnership through marriage. Their wedding, however, was anything but conventional. As professional performers, storytellers, musicians, and writers, the couple told the story of how they met — honoring friends, teachers, and experiences that led to their meeting and readiness to commit to a life partner — and they did so using a cabaret-style form of story and song. They called it “Gaybaret.”

“‘Gaybaret’ sounds campy and frivolous,” Mielke said, “but at the wedding, it quickly became not just that as the guests’ emotions started being tapped into. The best part was afterwards, when so many people wanted to talk about what came up for them that had nothing to do with gayness or LGBT stuff.”

That’s when the duo realized what they had created might be meaningful to a wider audience. Because the first iteration concluded with their marriage, they had to write a new ending, adding other elements, to fashion a stand-alone performance. While the show is based on their lives, Pruiksma said, it is not just a work of nonfiction; it is also a work of art.

“The artfulness opens it to other people,” he said, “so it is not just a show about LGBTQ experience, rather the art allows the specific to become universal. It is both a work of art and how art changes us and helps us grow into who we are, along with people and mentors who help us.”

Though the show is like a cabaret, it also includes ritual. With Pruiksma on piano, each performer alternately tells their own story and sings songs — about letting go of old shame and acknowledging the mystery of life. As with many rituals honoring what is known but unseen, the show bows to the joyful play of what seems to be serendipity.

“There’s a thread running through the show of openness to wonder, to the poetry of lived life,” Pruiksma said. “Our experiences may appear to be chaotic and random, but often there is some more mysterious pattern we can see or help to create that leads to unexpected gifts.”

To metaphorically, visually, express the notion of these gifts, the performers construct a bridge. When the cabaret opens, random pieces of driftwood lie scattered about stage, each symbolizing a different life experience. As the show progresses, the duo fit the pieces together, eventually forming a bridge.

“It’s a bridge that connects us,” Mielke said. “The idea is that we could see our negative experiences as stumbling blocks to trip over, or we can find a way to reimagine them, turning them into something positive to serve as steps toward where we’d like to go. If nothing else, it gives us compassion.”

That transformation, Pruiksma said, has a healing power. It leads to changes in perception of ourselves and our world, which leads to taking new actions “and living more fully in line with our deepest hopes and highest intentions.”

A deep hope and intention of the couple is to keep offering the show to others, to take it on the road.

“It is a celebration of the gifts we’ve been given by cherished friends and works of art, so it is the passing along of the gift. The gift is given by passing it along,” Pruiksma said.

“The energy of this piece is different, like it has a life of its own,” Mielke added. “Again, it is the mystery of it. I try not to analyze but just say ‘yes.’ Where there is the presence of grace or the muses, it is so juicy. You are in the flow.”

That flow also brings unexpected things, Pruiksma said, like the opportunity to hold a preview panel discussion. Pruiksma applied for and was awarded a 4Culture grant, which together with VCA and the Vashon Heritage Museum exhibit, “In and Out: Being LGBTQ on Vashon Island,” will sponsor “Prelude to a Gaybaret: A Historical Panel on the Art of Transformation.”

Five panelists panelists — Jami Sieber, Latosha Correll, Leo MacLeod, Matt Baume, and Timothy White Eagle — will discuss the art of transformation: how art helps us know ourselves more fully; how rituals like a marriage or theater offer possibilities of healing; and how we make sense of historical change in our own lives, acknowledging both the curses and blessings of the past.

The production is also hosting a drawing for an all-inclusive “Night Out on Vashon,” with a pair of tickets, dinner at May Kitchen + Bar, and luxurious accommodations at the Lodges on Vashon. Learn more and enter by November 15, 2019, at driftwoodbridge.com.

“Gaybaret: An Offering of Story and Song” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 23, and at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at Kay Hall. Tickets are $10-$23.

“Prelude to a Gaybaret” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Kay Hall. Tickets are free for youth age 18 and under, with a suggested donation of $10 for adults. All proceeds benefit the Vashon Heritage Museum

Nov
24
Sun
Gaybaret @ Vashon Center for the Arts
Nov 24 @ 2:30 pm

Drawing on the theatrical form of a cabaret, featuring original songs and stories laced with a bit of magic, two islanders, David Mielke and Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma, have written and will perform the premiere of their innovative show, “Gaybaret,” on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 22, 23, and 24 at Vashon Center for the Arts’ Kay Hall.

After sharing their lives for close to a decade, last year Mielke and Pruiksma took the traditional steps to sanctify their partnership through marriage. Their wedding, however, was anything but conventional. As professional performers, storytellers, musicians, and writers, the couple told the story of how they met — honoring friends, teachers, and experiences that led to their meeting and readiness to commit to a life partner — and they did so using a cabaret-style form of story and song. They called it “Gaybaret.”

“‘Gaybaret’ sounds campy and frivolous,” Mielke said, “but at the wedding, it quickly became not just that as the guests’ emotions started being tapped into. The best part was afterwards, when so many people wanted to talk about what came up for them that had nothing to do with gayness or LGBT stuff.”

That’s when the duo realized what they had created might be meaningful to a wider audience. Because the first iteration concluded with their marriage, they had to write a new ending, adding other elements, to fashion a stand-alone performance. While the show is based on their lives, Pruiksma said, it is not just a work of nonfiction; it is also a work of art.

“The artfulness opens it to other people,” he said, “so it is not just a show about LGBTQ experience, rather the art allows the specific to become universal. It is both a work of art and how art changes us and helps us grow into who we are, along with people and mentors who help us.”

Though the show is like a cabaret, it also includes ritual. With Pruiksma on piano, each performer alternately tells their own story and sings songs — about letting go of old shame and acknowledging the mystery of life. As with many rituals honoring what is known but unseen, the show bows to the joyful play of what seems to be serendipity.

“There’s a thread running through the show of openness to wonder, to the poetry of lived life,” Pruiksma said. “Our experiences may appear to be chaotic and random, but often there is some more mysterious pattern we can see or help to create that leads to unexpected gifts.”

To metaphorically, visually, express the notion of these gifts, the performers construct a bridge. When the cabaret opens, random pieces of driftwood lie scattered about stage, each symbolizing a different life experience. As the show progresses, the duo fit the pieces together, eventually forming a bridge.

“It’s a bridge that connects us,” Mielke said. “The idea is that we could see our negative experiences as stumbling blocks to trip over, or we can find a way to reimagine them, turning them into something positive to serve as steps toward where we’d like to go. If nothing else, it gives us compassion.”

That transformation, Pruiksma said, has a healing power. It leads to changes in perception of ourselves and our world, which leads to taking new actions “and living more fully in line with our deepest hopes and highest intentions.”

A deep hope and intention of the couple is to keep offering the show to others, to take it on the road.

“It is a celebration of the gifts we’ve been given by cherished friends and works of art, so it is the passing along of the gift. The gift is given by passing it along,” Pruiksma said.

“The energy of this piece is different, like it has a life of its own,” Mielke added. “Again, it is the mystery of it. I try not to analyze but just say ‘yes.’ Where there is the presence of grace or the muses, it is so juicy. You are in the flow.”

That flow also brings unexpected things, Pruiksma said, like the opportunity to hold a preview panel discussion. Pruiksma applied for and was awarded a 4Culture grant, which together with VCA and the Vashon Heritage Museum exhibit, “In and Out: Being LGBTQ on Vashon Island,” will sponsor “Prelude to a Gaybaret: A Historical Panel on the Art of Transformation.”

Five panelists panelists — Jami Sieber, Latosha Correll, Leo MacLeod, Matt Baume, and Timothy White Eagle — will discuss the art of transformation: how art helps us know ourselves more fully; how rituals like a marriage or theater offer possibilities of healing; and how we make sense of historical change in our own lives, acknowledging both the curses and blessings of the past.

The production is also hosting a drawing for an all-inclusive “Night Out on Vashon,” with a pair of tickets, dinner at May Kitchen + Bar, and luxurious accommodations at the Lodges on Vashon. Learn more and enter by November 15, 2019, at driftwoodbridge.com.

“Gaybaret: An Offering of Story and Song” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 23, and at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at Kay Hall. Tickets are $10-$23.

“Prelude to a Gaybaret” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Kay Hall. Tickets are free for youth age 18 and under, with a suggested donation of $10 for adults. All proceeds benefit the Vashon Heritage Museum

Nov
25
Mon
Public Health Café: Air Quality and Health in the Duwamish River Valley @ Taqueria Rincon Express
Nov 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A community cafe and storytelling event with Duwamish Valley neighbors and UW scientists Joel Kaufman and Edmund Seto.

South Seattle’s Duwamish Valley has high levels of industrial and traffic-related air pollution, as well as high rates of asthma and cardiovascular disease. Join local neighbors and UW researchers to learn about air pollution and hear the latest updates on community interventions and policies designed to improve health.

Light snacks will be served; no host bar and full menu available. Spanish, Vietnamese and Somali interpretation provided.

Hosted by the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition and UW EDGE Center.

Dec
3
Tue
Volunteer Forest Restoration Event @ (see listing)
Dec 3 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

You and your fellow volunteers will participate in fun, hands-on conservation work led by staff with DNDA’s Urban Forest Restoration Program. Restoration work includes removing invasive plants, planting native species, and mulching new plantings, depending on the restoration progress in each site. Work parties are often accompanied by live musicians, bringing the arts and nature together for our enjoyment!

December 3, 2019
Delridge and Myrtle Site, 21st Ave SW and SW Myrtle St
December 10, 2019
College Street Ravine, 5050 SW College St, Seattle, WA 98116
December 14, 2019
Thistle Street Greenspace, 25th Ave SW and SW Thistle St
December 17, 2019
Delridge and Myrtle Site, 21st Ave SW and SW Myrtle St

You can sign up as an individual or register as a group, online in the event listings at: https://dnda.org/news/events/

What to Bring: Please dress appropriately with long pants, warm and dry layers, closed-toed shoes and rain gear as needed. Please bring a refillable water bottle and a lunch (if desired)

What We Provide: Tools, gloves, training and safety talk, a light granola bar snack and a jug of water.

Dec
10
Tue
Volunteer Forest Restoration Event @ (see listing)
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

You and your fellow volunteers will participate in fun, hands-on conservation work led by staff with DNDA’s Urban Forest Restoration Program. Restoration work includes removing invasive plants, planting native species, and mulching new plantings, depending on the restoration progress in each site. Work parties are often accompanied by live musicians, bringing the arts and nature together for our enjoyment!

December 3, 2019
Delridge and Myrtle Site, 21st Ave SW and SW Myrtle St
December 10, 2019
College Street Ravine, 5050 SW College St, Seattle, WA 98116
December 14, 2019
Thistle Street Greenspace, 25th Ave SW and SW Thistle St
December 17, 2019
Delridge and Myrtle Site, 21st Ave SW and SW Myrtle St

You can sign up as an individual or register as a group, online in the event listings at: https://dnda.org/news/events/

What to Bring: Please dress appropriately with long pants, warm and dry layers, closed-toed shoes and rain gear as needed. Please bring a refillable water bottle and a lunch (if desired)

What We Provide: Tools, gloves, training and safety talk, a light granola bar snack and a jug of water.

Dec
12
Thu
LGBTQ Second Thursday OUT! @ Senior Center of West Seattle
Dec 12 @ 6:00 pm

Senior Center of West Seattle welcoming the LGBTQ community, their family & friends.

Thursday, November 14, at the Center, Social Hour at 6 pm followed by dining in and a group discussion of “How Do You Find Joy?”

December 12: Social hour at the Center at 6 pm followed by dining in our holiday dinner and a gift exchange. To participate in the gift exchange, bring a wrapped gift of $10 or less.

Dec
13
Fri
Nighttime at the Beach @ Me-Kwa-Mooks Beach West Seattle
Dec 13 @ 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Enjoy a unique Salish Sea adventure. Bring a flashlight and join a Seattle Urban Nature Guide at Me-Kwa-Mooks beach for a captivating urban nature outing/tidepool exploration at night. Program starts at Emma Schmitz Viewpoint. Please wear shoes that can get wet and handle slippery surfaces and dress for the weather.

Ages 18 and up. Everyone attending must be registered for the program.

Dec
14
Sat
Volunteer Forest Restoration Event @ (see listing)
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

You and your fellow volunteers will participate in fun, hands-on conservation work led by staff with DNDA’s Urban Forest Restoration Program. Restoration work includes removing invasive plants, planting native species, and mulching new plantings, depending on the restoration progress in each site. Work parties are often accompanied by live musicians, bringing the arts and nature together for our enjoyment!

December 3, 2019
Delridge and Myrtle Site, 21st Ave SW and SW Myrtle St
December 10, 2019
College Street Ravine, 5050 SW College St, Seattle, WA 98116
December 14, 2019
Thistle Street Greenspace, 25th Ave SW and SW Thistle St
December 17, 2019
Delridge and Myrtle Site, 21st Ave SW and SW Myrtle St

You can sign up as an individual or register as a group, online in the event listings at: https://dnda.org/news/events/

What to Bring: Please dress appropriately with long pants, warm and dry layers, closed-toed shoes and rain gear as needed. Please bring a refillable water bottle and a lunch (if desired)

What We Provide: Tools, gloves, training and safety talk, a light granola bar snack and a jug of water.

Dec
17
Tue
Volunteer Forest Restoration Event @ (see listing)
Dec 17 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

You and your fellow volunteers will participate in fun, hands-on conservation work led by staff with DNDA’s Urban Forest Restoration Program. Restoration work includes removing invasive plants, planting native species, and mulching new plantings, depending on the restoration progress in each site. Work parties are often accompanied by live musicians, bringing the arts and nature together for our enjoyment!

December 3, 2019
Delridge and Myrtle Site, 21st Ave SW and SW Myrtle St
December 10, 2019
College Street Ravine, 5050 SW College St, Seattle, WA 98116
December 14, 2019
Thistle Street Greenspace, 25th Ave SW and SW Thistle St
December 17, 2019
Delridge and Myrtle Site, 21st Ave SW and SW Myrtle St

You can sign up as an individual or register as a group, online in the event listings at: https://dnda.org/news/events/

What to Bring: Please dress appropriately with long pants, warm and dry layers, closed-toed shoes and rain gear as needed. Please bring a refillable water bottle and a lunch (if desired)

What We Provide: Tools, gloves, training and safety talk, a light granola bar snack and a jug of water.

Jan
14
Tue
Tinkergarten Free Trial @ Lincoln Park
Jan 14 @ 10:00 am – 10:50 am

At Tinkergarten, families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. In this free trial class, Tinkergarten Leader, Alison Arnote, will facilitate an expert-designed play scenario, allowing children of various ages and needs to explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, and create together. Parents and caregivers learn, too, as we share insight into your child’s development.

This trial class is:

  • Designed for children ages 18 months-8 years. Child/children are accompanied by an adult. Siblings of any other age are most welcome.
  • Limited to the first 15 families who register.

Kids may get a bit messy (Hurrah!), so please send them in clothing that can get dirty.

We start the class at the specified location but may end within a reasonable walk from that location.

This trial class is free.

Sign up at https://tinkergarten.com/classes/90855.

Visit https://tinkergarten.com/classes for more times and locations.

Mar
7
Sat
Urban Forest Restoration with FLIP @ Lincoln Park
Mar 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Help us restore another beautiful forested area of Lincoln Park. We’ll be removing invasive plants and trees and making room for future native plantings. We guarantee a great nature-workout and lots of eco-karma! Kids welcome.

• Please Register Here: https://seattle.greencitypartnerships.org/event/17231/
HAVE A LARGE GROUP? Contact Lisa McGinty: lmcginty206@gmail.com

• 9 am to noon

• Meet near the NORTH parking lot Kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose St). If you miss us at 9am, check the kiosk map to see where we’re working or call Lisa: 248.506.7155

• Dress in NW layers to stay cool/warm and dry. We suggest long sleeves and pants year-round to protect from scratches AND a water bottle to keep hydrated. Wear closed-toe, sturdy shoes or boots. PLEASE bring garden gloves and your favorite tool, if you have them. We will have some extra tools and gloves to borrow. Kids welcome!

DID YOU KNOW? The fabulous and fun FLiP crew meets the first Saturday and third Sunday of each month. Rain never stops us, but if there are high wind warnings, it’s not safe to be in the woods and we’ll need to cancel.

More info here: friendsoflincolnpark.blogspot.com

Free Native Plant ID Workshop @ Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center
Mar 7 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Looking for easy ways to identify Pacific Northwest trees? Join the Duwamish Longhouse and Seattle Parks and Recreation for a FREE informational program and field identification of prominent low-land tree species with SPR Naturalist, Jacob de Guzman.

Free Native Plant ID Workshop
Native Trees: Identification and Ecology

Saturday March 7
Program 11:00 am-1:00 pm;
After-Program Outdoor Tree ID Session 1:15pm at Hering’s House Park

Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center