‘Sound Respect’: Button-design vote next for West Seattle Hi-Yu’s 2015 theme honoring Puget Sound & what’s in/around it

February 1, 2015 at 11:06 am | In West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival, West Seattle news | No Comments

Inspired by those two proposed float designs (backstory here), West Seattle Hi-Yu‘s 2015 theme is “Sound Respect” – as in, respecting and caring for Puget Sound – and the next step is choosing a button design. Like the float, it’ll be chosen from community-generated designs brought to tomorrow night’s Hi-Yu meeting:

The button design does not have to include any or all of the elements. Use your imagination. Draw several ideas, with color, in a circle that is the size of a Hi-Yu button (2″ across the center of a round button) … After the button design is selected, a graphic designer will make the necessary adjustments to refine it for the button to be printed and the buttons will then be made for the 2015 Hi-Yu Festival.

Hi-Yu buttons are sold at events throughout the summer as a fundraiser for the all-volunteer nonprofit. Tomorrow night’s meeting is at 7 pm in the lower-level meeting room of Admiral Congregational Church (California/Hill).

Another way to keep busy until game time: Food drives’ last day

February 1, 2015 at 9:15 am | In How to help, West Seattle news, WS & Sports | No Comments

Big snack spread planned for The Big Game? In honor of that abundance, here’s something more you can do in the next few hours: Score a touchdown against hunger by contributing to one or both of two local churches’ Super Bowl-linked food drives. Before 1 pm or so, take a nonperishable item or two or three or … to Tibbetts United Methodist Church (3940 41st SW; WSB sponsor; backstory here) and/or Peace Lutheran Church (39th/Thistle; backstory here).

P.S. The food drives are part of our West Seattle Super Bowl Spirit list – see it in full here.

Happening now: WSFA 25K/50K, round trip from Lincoln Park

February 1, 2015 at 8:21 am | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 2 Comments

They’re on the run again for a Super Bowl Sunday tradition – the West Seattle Fat Ass 25K/50K, billed as “a no-fee, no-shirt, no-aid, no-whining type event,” the most hard-core fun run of the year. It’s also “no roads closed,” so you’ll see the ~200 runners – including the group who sent the photo – along sidewalks and paths in the next few hours, one round-trip to/from Lincoln Park for the 25K, two for the 50K, scheduled to have started around 8 am.

VIDEO: Toe Tag rocks Easy Street for ‘Hide the Knives’ release

January 31, 2015 at 11:51 pm | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 1 Comment

Easy Street Records rocked tonight. Hard. Loud. Local. The band: Toe Tag. Our camera could only handle about half a minute:

They’re longtime musicians, but not fulltime – the lead singer has a day job you might know him from.

That’s Lord Zippy Blaine. Yes, THAT Zippy. But on this Saturday night, he and bandmates Steve (bass), Alex (guitar), and Chris (drums) were all about the music:

The occasion: New 11″ from Toe Tag, “Hide the Knives.”

If you didn’t catch Toe Tag at Easy Street tonight, they’re on the bill at the Benbow at 9 pm next Saturday.

Super Bowl eve! West Seattle Seahawks spirit scenes

January 31, 2015 at 8:16 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 2 Comments

Game Day is just hours away, and Seahawks spirit is everywhere. The Friday night fog couldn’t even stop it, as Craig Young‘s photo above shows – and the photo Mike Russell tweeted:


This next photo was sent earlier today by the West Seattle Trader Joe’s crew:

And James shared this image of two young 12s in his household:

(added) Spirit at Denny International Middle School – assistant principal Patricia Rangel tweeted photos with the Lunch Ladies:


Anything to add? editor@westseattleblog.com – meantime, here’s our list of notes, including where to watch. It’s not all-inclusive, so be aware that if you try to go anywhere after about 2:30 pm tomorrow, particularly restaurants that you wouldn’t expect to have the game on, you just might find them closed. It is a bit of a holiday, after all.

West Seattle weekend scene: Seen in the stands at WSHS

January 31, 2015 at 5:02 pm | In Neighborhoods, West Seattle news | No Comments

Last night at the West Seattle High School gym, we spotted that familiar-but-not-seen-for-a-while smile in the stands, someone especially familiar to those involved with local neighborhood groups – former longtime Neighborhood District Coordinator Stan Lock. Four years ago, in a round of Department of Neighborhoods changes/cuts, Stan was moved to the Central Area; earlier this month, a DoN rep told the Morgan Community Association (as reported here) that Stan had just retired. Last night, he confirmed it, saying he has no plans right now except to enjoy his first grandchild – a girl born to his daughter on New Year’s Eve. Stan told us he misses everybody he knew and worked with in West Seattle. He was at the game with his brother, a Garfield fan.

Happening now: School of Rock-West Seattle’s grand-opening party

January 31, 2015 at 2:43 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | No Comments


They’ve got rhythm! Our quick Instagram clip shows kids getting a demo drumming lesson from teacher Daisy at the grand-opening party for School of Rock-West Seattle (WSB sponsor). Other demos and live performances are planned, along with door prizes and enrollment discounts, as the party continues through 6 pm at 4701 41st SW (outer east side of Jefferson Square, just south of SW Alaska).

P.S. If you’re a food-truck fan, the Cheese Wizards truck is there until 4.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen car, bike, flag, diapers; police’s advice on preventing/deterring car prowls

January 31, 2015 at 12:55 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news, West Seattle police | 6 Comments

The most recent reader reports – if you have information on these or any other cases, call 911:

STOLEN CAR: Federico‘s black Dodge Caliber, ANK8969, was taken overnight near California/Brandon.

(added) POSSIBLY STOLEN CAR, FOUND: Nicole reported it to police, but wanted to make note of it here too – a white 4-door Nissan Sentra, plate 035ZWO, at 35th/Henderson for more than 3 days, “contents are ransacked, bag of mail on the floor, body damage to passenger side, spare tire on front passenger side.”

(back to original roundup) STOLEN BICYCLE: Colton reports this was stolen near California/Hinds:

And a PS: “Only thing that’s different on the bike is that it now has a black seat post.”

STOLEN FLAG: On the eve of the big game, no less! Steve reports, “Sometime last night someone came up to our brightly lit driveway and stole my Seahawks flag that has been flying all season. The pole was in the neighbor’s yard…but no flag.”

CAR PROWLS: Emily reports, “Last night on the 1600 block of SW Massachusetts/Bonair/Sunset Avenue, two unlocked cars were gone through. Gloves and a flashlight were stolen, and an ignition was broken.” … Not far away, Melani reports, a trailer hitched to a truck was broken into … on the corner of Massachusetts and 44th.” Taken: Work tools, some heavy-duty, including a chop saw. … Earlier this week near 18th/Elmgrove, Alison reports, car prowlers took “two big boxes of diapers, about 250.”

(added) ANOTHER CAR PROWL: Just after we published this roundup, we got this from Russell, so we’re adding:

I just reported a theft from my truck parked on 41st Avenue SW near SW Monroe Street. The theft occurred between 10 pm last night (Jan. 30) and 8am this morning (Jan. 31). Most of my tools were left in place, however, a very expensive metering device was taken. It was in a black Pelican hard case. The meter is a GEM 2000 Gas Analyzer manufactured by Landtec North America. Serial number: 11456. Also taken was an aluminum clipboard with field notes in it, which I retrieved from a guy on 26th Avenue SW who called me to say it was in his front yard (my business card was inside), between the West Seattle Golf Course and Delridge Playfield. I filed the report with Officer N. Meyst, Incident #15-35175.

ADVICE FOR PREVENTING/DETERRING CAR PROWLS: From SPD’s Southwest/South Precincts Crime Prevention Coordinator Mark Solomon (who also discussed some of this at last week’s West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network meeting):

POLICE CHIEF HERE TUESDAY: Another reminder – 7 pm Tuesday at the SW Precinct (Webster/Delridge), you’re invited to Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole‘s first local “community conversation.”

One week until Seattle Stairway Walks Day: Signed up yet?

January 31, 2015 at 10:57 am | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

This time next Saturday morning (February 7th), you could be out for a walk exploring some of the best views in West Seattle (or a different part of the city), during one of 14 tours that’ll be part of Seattle Stairway Walks Day, presented by Feet First. Three West Seattle routes are on the list this year:

*Longfellow/Pigeon Point tour
*Fauntleroy/Morgan tour
*Alki From Above tour

All 14 of the routes around the city are taken from West Seattleites Cathy & Jake Jaramillo‘s book, “Seattle Stairway Walks: An Up-and-Down Guide to City Neighborhoods.” The walks will all run 10 am-noon next Saturday; space is limited to 35 per walk – online signups are happening right now, so you can save your spot(s). Admission is by donation but “no one will be turned away,” says FF.

West Seattle Saturday: ‘Super String’ event; School of Rock grand opening; Fauntleroy chili cookoff; more!

January 31, 2015 at 6:30 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 3 Comments

Thanks to Long Bach Nguyen for two more awesome photos of the beauty that rolled in along with Friday’s fog (above and a few paragraphs below). Now on to what’s up for today/tonight:

BENEFIT HAIRCUTS: Final Saturday for Delridge Community Center-benefit haircuts – look for the Airstream on the southeast side of DCC, with Rudy’s Barbershop stylists, 8:30 am-3:30 pm. (4501 Delridge Way SW)

GIVE A LIFE-SAVING GIFT: If you can donate blood, Westwood Village is hosting the Bloodmobile today, 9:30-noon and 1-3:30 pm, walk-up donors welcome, details here. (2600 SW Barton)

SUPER STRING SATURDAY! The Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra-presented event, 10 am-1 pm, includes a mini-concert by the SYSO and more, plus West Seattle Community Orchestras say they’ll be on hand with their “instrument petting zoo” 9:30 am-11:30 am. It’s all happening at Chief Sealth International High School. (2600 SW Thistle)

NEIGHBORHOOD MEETINGS FOR CSO PROJECTS: 10:30 am-noon at SE corner of Delridge/Orchard, 1-2:30 pm on the west side of Barton Place/Henderson, neighbors are invited to come learn about the Seattle Public Utilities combined-sewer-overflow projects that are scheduled to get going soon – more (including maps) in our preview.

SCHOOL OF ROCK-WEST SEATTLE – GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION! 1-6 pm today, check out the brand-new School of Rock-West Seattle (WSB sponsor). Live music, door prizes, food truck selling gourmet grilled-cheese sandwiches, registration deals – here’s the schedule. (4701 41st SW)

Then, as the evening continues…

FAUNTLEROY CHILI COOKOFF: 6 pm, chili and cornbread at Fauntleroy UCC Church – $7 gets you food and votes, to help decide whose chili wins! Meat and vegetarian options. (9140 California SW)

TOE TAG @ EASY STREET: 7 pm, longtime Northwest punk-rockers (including a well-known food dude) celebrate a new record release (“Hide the Knives”) with a live show in-store at Easy Street Records, free.

WESLEY WOO @ C & P: 7-9 pm, award-winning musician live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) with roots in Motown, blues, alt-rock, free. (5612 California SW)

MORE MUSIC, PLUS THEATER, AND … see for yourself on the calendar.

Friday night basketball, report #2: West Seattle HS hosts Garfield

January 31, 2015 at 5:15 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | No Comments

At West Seattle High School on Friday night, the Wildcats played host to the Bulldogs. First, the girls-varsity team with yet another win:

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
That’s junior Lexi Ioane, who led with 18 points and 10 rebounds in WSHS’s 55-39 win over Garfield. Senior Emily Fiso was next with 15 points:

Junior Gabby Sarver, who led in assists with 6, was third in scoring, at 8 points:

In the nightcap, the boys-varsity team lost to Garfield, 82-58. Sophomore Nate Pryor topped the Wildcats’ scoring with 20:

Senior Andre Moore was next with 18:

The regular season wraps up with home games next Friday against Franklin – girls varsity at 6:30, boys at 8.

P.S. A “Blue Friday” sighting among the band:

Friday night basketball, report #1: Chief Sealth hosts Roosevelt

January 31, 2015 at 3:09 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | No Comments

Another busy Friday night of home games around the peninsula. First, at Chief Sealth International High School:

We caught up with the cheer squad for the first time in a while. They rallied the crowd through a nailbiter in the nightcap, as the Sealth boys-varsity team beat Roosevelt, coming back for a 54-51 victory, after being down 29-22 at halftime. Top scorer: Senior Ahmed Mohamed with 14, followed by Alloney Burris, also a senior, with 12.

Earlier, in the girls-varsity game:

That’s junior Allison Hadaway, who led scoring with 18 points, half the Seahawks’ total as they fell to the Rough Riders, 56-36.

The regular season ends next Friday night with Sealth hosting Eastside Catholic – girls varsity at 6:30, boys at 8.

‘How do I get to ‘yes’?’ prospective Alki Homestead purchaser asks Landmarks Board committee at first review

January 30, 2015 at 8:19 pm | In Alki Homestead, West Seattle history, West Seattle news | 5 Comments

(2012 WSB photo of Alki Homestead, with part of parking lot visible at left)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

If you own a city landmark, what you do with it is subject to a set of rules that can delve into details as minute as window trim.

And you usually have to go before the city Landmarks Preservation Board to get approval before renovations/changes. If they’re significant enough, before you ever get to the full board, you’ll need to deal first with a subset of the board, its Architectural Review Committee.

This morning on the 40th floor of the city Municipal Tower downtown, that committee met with someone who isn’t even a landmark owner yet: Prospective Alki Homestead (Fir Lodge) purchaser Dennis Schilling, who, as reported here earlier this week, has to decide soon whether to go ahead with a deal to buy the 111-year-old log structure, vacant since an electrical fire six years ago. He made it clear he is seeking reassurance that he won’t be buying himself a long-drawn-out process; toward the end of the discussion, he asked flat out, “How do I get to ‘yes’?”

He didn’t get a specific answer on that, but he did get positive feedback on the part of the proposal that had to be evaluated first:

Click to read the rest of ‘How do I get to ‘yes’?’ prospective Alki Homestead purchaser asks Landmarks Board committee at first review…

West Seattle sunset scenes: Foggy Friday’s finale

January 30, 2015 at 6:54 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle weather | 1 Comment

Sunset splendor tonight, with the fog. Thanks for sharing photos! This one’s from Jeff:

From Cam:

From Mike, looking toward West Seattle from downtown:

And from Clay:

More fog in the forecast for tomorrow – but it’s expected to accompany clouds, no sun sightings, with rain to follow on Super Bowl Sunday.

Highway 99 tunnel: Repair-pit digging’s done, says WSDOT

January 30, 2015 at 4:49 pm | In Alaskan Way Viaduct, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

(At 3:39, WSDOT’s video shows excavation on its final day, today)
Just in from WSDOT, the latest Highway 99 tunnel news: The pit being dug to lift out the tunneling machine’s damaged cutterhead has reached the desired depth, 120 feet.

… Approximately 20,000 cubic yards of material was removed from the ground over the course of excavation, which began in mid-October. With excavation complete, crews can begin construction of the concrete cradle at the bottom of the pit. The cradle will support the machine after it moves through the pit’s southern wall, which is about 20 feet thick.

STP plans to tunnel through the concrete wall. The length of time it takes Bertha to reach the pit will depend largely on her ability to mine through and digest the concrete. If she’s unable to mine through the wall, STP will create an opening from within the pit to give her an unobstructed path forward. Once inside the pit, crews will use the massive red gantry crane … to hoist the front end of the machine to the surface for repairs.

Today’s update also says, “Settlement levels near the pit remain stable.”

(WSDOT photo)
Meantime, for more info on that giant crane – which you’ve likely noticed right next to the Viaduct downtown – check out Seattle Times (WSB partner) transportation reporter Mike Lindblom‘s story from two weeks ago.

About the police/fire response at California/Admiral

January 30, 2015 at 4:27 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 9 Comments

(WSB photo)
Lot of questions came in about a police/fire response at California/Admiral a little while ago. We got there as it was breaking up, and here’s what police told us: They were called about a man who was yelling unintelligibly. But he didn’t commit a crime, and wasn’t in need of medical attention, so they all wound up leaving, as did he.

See where encampments might be allowed in West Seattle under mayor’s new proposal

January 30, 2015 at 3:50 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle politics | 55 Comments


The recent “One Night Count” showed 2,800 people sleeping on the streets of Seattle. City leaders agree there has to be someplace for them to go, and Mayor Murray is pursuing a proposal to allow more encampments. Under the zoning-related rules in his proposed ordinance, they could be allowed in The Junction, at Westwood Village, even, ironically, on the site long home to the encampment calling itself “Nickelsville” until the city evicted its residents more than a year ago. The agenda made public today for a City Council committee meeting next week includes the map you see above, showing the areas of the city where Mayor Murray’s new proposed policy would allow up to 3 “transitional encampments” at any one time. Click the image to see the full PDF version, which you can use to zoom all the way in to specific streets and blocks. It’s in essence a zoning map, as the gist of his proposal is to allow them in “Industrial, NC2, NC3, Commercial (C),Downtown (except DMR, PSM and IDR), and Seattle Mixed Zones.” But this wouldn’t just mean someone can show up, set up a tent and start an encampment – there are a variety of other rules in the proposal, about how they would be managed, how close encampments could be to each other, and more – see documents here and here. While those documents are for a briefing at 2 pm next Tuesday during a meeting of the Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability Committee, the committee’s public hearing isn’t scheduled until 5:30 pm February 26th – here’s the official notice. P.S. Here’s the list of currently authorized encampments in Seattle.

Rallying ’round: 2nd annual pre-Super Bowl Delridge/Andover flag-raising

January 30, 2015 at 3:15 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 1 Comment

The actual raising of the 1,500-square-foot “12″ flag at Delridge/Andover was only one of the attractions during today’s midday rally, second year in a row, co-presented by two companies with their corporate headquarters in West Seattle’s biggest office building, Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor) and Bartell Drugs. The crowd yielded sights such as the 12th Dude:

The 12th Buzzcut:

And of course, many variations of Skittles:

The flag made its debut last year, just before the Seahawks’ first Super Bowl win. Here’s hoping it’s a 1,500-square-foot good-luck charm helping them “Re-Pete.”

West Seattle Blue Friday: South Seattle College says ‘Go, Hawks!’

January 30, 2015 at 12:59 pm | In Puget Ridge, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 1 Comment

Here’s the photo op we mentioned earlier – South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) students and staff gathered this morning to show their Seahawk-fan spirit! That’s our photo above; the college says its own “official” version will be on the SSC Facebook page later this afternoon. While there, our photographer put 2-year-old Mia on the WSB Instagram feed:


ADDED 2:26 PM: More photos:

We’re continuing to collect West Seattle Seahawk-spirit notes – including where to watch on Sunday – here.

West Seattle Super Bowl spirit: State ferries’ Seahawk names

January 30, 2015 at 12:06 pm | In Seen at sea, Transportation, West Seattle news | No Comments

Fauntleroy's 12th man

(M/V Tillikum with Seahawks-fan flags in September 2013; photo by Paul Brannan)
Just like last year, Washington State Ferries is giving its vessels honorary temporary names on Sunday, as a show of support for the Seahawks in the Super Bowl. Here are the three that sail out of Fauntleroy:

M/V Issaquah: “M/V Russell Okung
M/V Tillikum: “M/V Kevin Williams
M/V Evergreen State: “M/V Byron Maxwell

Same names as last year except for the Tillikum; see this year’s full system-wide list here.

West Seattle Chamber of Commerce: 2014 review, 2015 vision

January 30, 2015 at 11:47 am | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | No Comments

It was time for the changing of the guard at the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce‘s annual meeting Thursday at The Sanctuary at Admiral – in our top photo, with Chamber CEO Lynn Dennis (center) are outgoing board chair Nancy Woodland of WestSide Baby and incoming board chair Hamilton Gardiner of Holmquist & Gardiner, PLLC. 2014 achievements reviewed at the meeting include a 10 percent increase in membership, to 165; more than 20 events presented, including lunch meetings featuring topics from business strategy to transportation issues (with guests from Metro, Sound Transit, and the Port of Seattle) to networking; and even a community cleanup, in the Walking on Logs area alongside the southwest side of the West Seattle Bridge. After lunch, attendees brainstormed for the year ahead:

Chamber leaders say members have made it clear that business networking and mutual support is the major reason they join and participate, so that’ll be an increasing focus for 2015. If you’re a local business owner/supporter and interested in membership, find info – and the schedule for upcoming Chamber events, including the monthly “After Hours” mixers at local businesses – at wschamber.com.

P.S. Other Chamber board officers for 2015 are vice chair Elizabeth Pluhta from South Seattle College (WSB sponsor); treasurer Ryan Letson from Jackson, Morgan & Hunt, PLLC (WSB sponsor); and recording secretary Paul Prentice from Prentice Design.

West Seattle whale-watching: Orcas headed this way

January 30, 2015 at 11:07 am | In Seen at sea, West Seattle news, Wildlife | 4 Comments

11:07 AM: Thanks to Trileigh for sounding the alert that Orca Network tipsters are reporting orcas headed north in Colvos Passage on the west side of Vashon – which means they might be visible from here at some point soon. The fog is of course complicating things, and even without fog, the whales might stay along the western shore of the sound, but we wanted to make sure you knew.

2:11 PM: The whales have gone into Rich Passage, which leads to Bremerton, as of the newest comments on the same Orca Network post we’ve linked above.

West Seattle Friday: Seahawks spirit; theater; music; sports; more!

January 30, 2015 at 9:04 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Foggy view from Alki Beach this morning – photo by Don Brubeck)
It’s not ALL about the Super Bowl countdown today/tonight – but close! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

FULL SEAHAWK-SPIRIT LINEUP: See our full list of West Seattle events/notes, covering today through Sunday, published last night.

SPEAKING OF SPORTS – WSLL DEADLINE: West Seattle Little League reminds you to sign up by today to avoid a late-registration fee – details are in our previous report.

GIVE A LIFE-SAVING GIFT: If you can donate blood, consider stopping by the Bloodmobile at PCC Natural Markets-West Seattle (WSB sponsor), 10 am-noon and 1 pm-4 pm today. (California/Stevens)

‘THE BEATLES AND ME ON TOUR’: 7 pm at Easy Street Records in The Junction, meet author Ivor Davis as he signs his new book about covering The Beatles during their first US tour. (California/Alaska)

SOUTH SEATTLE COLLEGE 12TH FAN PIC: 11:15 am, students/faculty/staff/etc. at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) are invited to be part of a big “Go, Hawks!” photo outside the library. (6000 16th SW)

12TH FLAG RALLY: Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor) and Bartell Drugs present the second annual pre-Super Bowl rally at their corporate HQ in West Seattle, 11 am- 1 pm, with the 1,500-square-foot “12th flag” scheduled to go up at 12:12 pm. (Delridge/Andover)

DAVE HOLO TRIO: 5 pm, live music at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor). (1936 Harbor SW)

HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Big slate of home games again tonight – girls’ and boys’ varsity, for both West Seattle High School and Chief Sealth International High School. WSHS hosts Garfield; CSIHS hosts Roosevelt. Identical schedules at both gyms – girls’ junior varsity at 3:30, boys’ JV at 5, girls’ varsity at 6:30, boys’ varsity at 8.

BOBCAT BOB: C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) features a fave tonight, 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

’4000 MILES’: 7:30 pm, the Pulitzer-nominated dramatic comedy directed by Mathew Wright is onstage at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor) – tickets available here. (4711 California SW)

BLUES AT KENYON HALL: Johnson, Miller, and Dermody, 7:30 pm at historic Kenyon Hall. (7904 35th SW)

CHRISTINA SHINKLE AND FRIENDS: 7:30 pm, live music at Admiral Bird. (California/Admiral)

WEST COAST BUMP BAND: Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) presents this danceable band and its Motown-and-more grooves, kicking off a BIG party weekend. (6451 California SW)

THE SLAGS: Local favorites, rocking the Poggie Tavern tonight, 9 pm. (4717 California SW)

AS USUAL, THERE’S MORE … so we invite you to browse the full calendar, for today/tonight and beyond.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Updates for a foggy Friday

January 30, 2015 at 7:03 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:03 AM: Traffic’s OK so far, according to every place we’ve been watching, but fog is a factor, as you can see on the cameras right now. One more reminder – no classes at Seattle Public Schools today for the “day between semesters.”

7:46 AM: We’re heading for the bridge because of a story downtown. On Fauntleroy Way, the fog shows up just north of Morgan Junction. (minutes later) Fog’s still thick, heading onto the bridge, where the daily backup isn’t starting until just past the Admiral/Avalon onramp.

7:54 AM: Even the 4th Avenue offramp is all but empty.

West Seattle Super Bowl spirit: What’s up, now through The Game

January 29, 2015 at 10:44 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 15 Comments

(SUNDAY UPDATES – scroll down)

(12th fish! Fauntleroy Schoolhouse shared the photo taken out front)
Miscellaneous West Seattle Super Bowl spirit – some of which we’ve mentioned before, some of which we hadn’t, but it’s time now to collect it all in one place and just add to it if more comes in before the game:

FRIDAY

BIG PICTURE: South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) is taking an all-campus photo at 11:15 am Friday, outside the library, by the statue. If you have any involvement with the college, be there, in gear (or at least in blue and/or green)!

12TH FLAG RALLY: As previewed here earlier this week, the official pre-Super Bowl raising of the 1,500-square-foot “12″ flag at Delridge/Andover is set for 12:12 pm Friday, during an 11 am-1 pm rally.

PARTY SUPPLIES? Alki Party Treasures (WSB sponsor) is offering a 10 percent discount and next-day delivery on football-themed items for your party – as long as you order by 11 am Friday. Use the code SUPERBOWL.

FREE TEMP TATTOOS: West Coast Entertainment in The Admiral District continues giving away Skittles to West Seattle Segway tour-takers this week, and on Friday you can stop by WCE HQ (2705 California SW) 9 am-5 pm for “your FREE Seahawks airbrush tattoos. There will even be FREE popcorn while you wait!”

HOMESTREET BANK (WSB sponsor) 11:02 am update – now out of piggy banks!

SUNDAY AND SOONER

MARINATION MA KAI: This WSB sponsor is closing early on Sunday, 3 pm. But you can order food for your party, and more:

Spicy Garlic Chicken Wings! (Only available Feb. 1st) $12 gets you 12 chicken wings and a pretty tasty bite for during the big game!!! Wings can be pre-ordered by calling 206-328-8226 any time this week.

12th Man Taco or Slider packs! Get 12 tacos or sliders for only $30 bucks, walk-in only.

*Lastly, we are offering a 12% food discount to those wearing Seahawk gear all week long! Go Hawks!*

At Seacrest Pier. (1660 Harbor SW)

HOTWIRE ONLINE COFFEEHOUSE: This WSB sponsor is closing at 3 pm on Sunday and serving up a menu including special Seahawk-themed drinks in the meantime. (4410 California SW)

‘UNITED IN BLUE’ FOOD DRIVE: Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor) continues collecting food as part of a coast-to-coast challenge vs. New England churches – here’s how to donate. (3940 41st SW)

‘SOUPER BOWL’ FOOD DRIVE: Peace Lutheran Church in Gatewood will take your dropoffs at the Thistle St. doors any time through Sunday, or inside the church at 8:30 am-1 pm on Game Day:

The church is at 39th/Thistle.

(added) AGAIN AND AGAIN KIDS’ CONSIGNMENT: Sale until kickoff – at least 12 percent off. (4832 California SW)

SUNDAY

HARRY’S CHICKEN JOINT: This WSB sponsor is open 11 am-3 pm on Super Bowl Sunday. (6032 California SW)

*HIGHLAND PARK IMPROVEMENT CLUB: All-ages potluck tailgating; doors open 2 pm. (12th/Holden)

FEEDBACK LOUNGE (WSB sponsor): Click through to their website to see both versions of their Seahawks/Super Bowl poster, including the one NOT involving the colors blue and/or green. Open 11:30 am on Sundays, Super Bowl and otherwise.

PEEL AND PRESS: From proprietor Dan, “We will be opening on Sunday and having a Seahawks viewing party starting at 1 pm and going until 8 pm. We will have a menu limited to pizza and appetizers for the day but will have full bar, take-out and growler fills available during those times.” (6503 California SW)

(added) FRESHY’S COFFEE: From proprietor Amber, “Freshy’s will be projecting the game on a big screen today. Come and celebrate with yummy pulled pork sandwiches, beer and mimosa specials…or just coffee for those who just want a chill place to watch!” (2735 California SW)

SKYLARK CAFE: “We’ll be showing the game on all 3 screens, including our giant 112″ screen above the stage. Brunch service is from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., then we switch to the dinner menu for gametime!” No reservations so get there early. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

SUPER BOWL PIZZA: Zeeks Pizza (WSB sponsor) opens at 11 am as usual. Pagliacci starts delivery at 2.

(added) SUPER BOWL AT THE BRIDGE: Via e-mail, “We are so excited to be a part of this crazy energy for the second year in a row!! For Super Bowl we are opening up at 9 am, offering brunch from 9 am-2 pm and selling Bridge Super Bowl T-shirts for $12, includes a Bridge glass and Skittles. Available while they last.” (California/Graham)

ADMIRAL BIRD: First coffee shop we’ve heard to be hosting a Super Bowl party. (California/Admiral)

TRINITY WEST SEATTLE: First church we’ve heard to be hosting a Super Bowl party, as announced: “… with three huge HD screens and a pretty epic sound system. Last year we had a great turnout from our neighborhood and wanted to open it up for folks that might not have a party to attend or place to watch the big game. We’ll have food and drinks around 2:30 and kickoff is at 3:30 this Sunday.” (35th/Ida)

SUNDAY ALTERNATIVE – FAMILY SWIM: From Southwest Pool, “Not a football fan? Bring your family to a specially priced Family Swim for only $2 per person. Children must be accompanied into the water by an adult.” 2-3 pm. (2801 SW Thistle)

P.S. Thanks to the tipster who shared this link – KING 5 went to Providence St. Joseph’s to talk with the “12th Nuns.”

P.P.S. Anything to add? editor@westseattleblog.com – ASAP – thanks! Go, Hawks!

About the helicopter in Lincoln Park/Morgan Junction area

January 29, 2015 at 8:54 pm | In Helicopter, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

Thanks for the texts/other messages about Guardian One circling for a few minutes in the north Lincoln Park/Morgan Junction area a short time ago. Mystery to us until G-1 tweeted:


They’ve since moved on.

West Seattle coyotes: 2 more Upper Morgan/Gatewood sightings

January 29, 2015 at 8:20 pm | In Coyotes, West Seattle news, Wildlife | No Comments

Don’t know if it’s the same coyote, but two people reported sightings in the same general area of Gatewood/Upper Morgan (map) this afternoon. The photo is from John, who e-mailed to say: “Just took this pic this afternoon on Willow, between 39th and 38th. I was walking my dog and this coyote ran out in front of us, crossing the street into the backyard in the alley.” We also got a phone call from someone who reported seeing a coyote on SW Frontenac between 39th and 40th, headed east, around 4 pm. Our most recent round of sighting reports was Gatewood-centric, too. Remember that as advised by wildlife experts, best thing to do if you see one is to try your hardest to scare it away.

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