National Night Out Against Crime

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Photo credit: West Seattle Blog

We are one week away from National Night Out Against Crime (Tuesday, August 2nd).

Many of your neighbors have registered their events with the Seattle Police Department; which they very much appreciate that, and the invitations you have extended to to stop by your neighborhood events.

If you haven’t yet registered your event, it’s not too late. The registration link is active until 5pm, Monday, August 1st.  This event is always fun and a great way to reconnect with neighbors and meet new ones.

Use the following link to register your event; registration will allow you to block off your (non-arterial) street – www.seattle.gov/police/nightout/.

Printable invitations and street closure signs can be found at: www.seattle.gov/police/nightout/materials.htm

Watch the 2015 video!


Shelby’s Bistro and Ice Creamery Opens in the Junction

Ribbon has been cut to announce the grand opening today of Shelby’s Bistro and Ice Creamery. As Shelby quotes “The ribbon cutting is at 10:45 am and then a new icon opens on the corner of California Ave SW and SW Edmonds St!”

We had a chance to sample some of the delicious food during Shelby’s soft opening over the weekend. The caesar salad was well-presented with crisp green lettuce, a tangy dressing, and was piled high with a generous amount of crispy croutons. The salmon burger had a delightful smoky finish nestled between two soft, pillowy buns. Lunch was finished with a scoop of chocolate cookie dough ice cream drizzled in caramel sauce.

Lunch

Tuesday – Sunday  11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Weekend Brunch

Saturday – Sunday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Dinner

Tuesday – Thursday  4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Friday – Saturday  4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Sunday  4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

“Snacky” Hour

Tuesday – Friday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Includes discounts on appetizers, beer and wine.  Inspired by after school snacks.

Monday  Closed

 

 

 


Summer Fest Eve July Art Walk

Tonight is Summer Fest Eve (and the July Art Walk), or what’s known around The Junction as “Local’s Night”! In preparation for the huge festival this weekend, we’ll be closing the streets this evening for setup. But once the streets are closed, the fun begins! We have an amazing evening in store with live music, shopping, and a special Art Walk night. It’s going to be a great time!

Summer Fest Eve July Art Walk

 

SUMMER FEST EVE EVENTS

Elliott Bay Brewing Company is re-brewing the Alpine Lakes Pale, and on Summer Fest Eve (tonight), they will be hosting the official release of this tasty beverage for everyone to sample and enjoy! This charity beer was brewed in honor of the passage of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions passed in December of 2014!

From the Alpine Lakes Pale Challenge Page:

Last year in February we celebrated the passage of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions in December of 2014 by drinking a pint of success, the Alpine Lakes Pale. And it was delicious, and even better news is it is BACK! Elliott Bay Brewing Company has generously agreed to brew this charity beer again- $1 for every pint sold of the entire batch will be donated to Washington Wild.

In 2015, to trigger the release of the original Alpine Lakes Pale release Brewshed® Supporters like you helped us raise over $3,000 and now we want your help to do it again! For every $5 you donate, the cost of a pint, a raffle ticket will be entered in your name to win free swag! 1st Place is a mixed case of 12 22’s Icicle Brewing Company Beer (Dirty Face Amber, Crosscut Pilsner, Bootjack IPA, and Dark Persuasion). 2nd Place is tickets to our next Pub Crawl this summer and 3rd Place is an Art Wolfe Book.

For more information please visit the Brewshed website here.

 

Summer Fest Eve July Art Walk

West 5 (4539 California Ave SW) will be setting up their outdoor cafe as soon as the streets close at 6pm tonight. Starting at 7pm, The Jazz Night School All Star Big Band will be performing. Jazz Night School is a non profit, music education organization that provides a variety of exceptional experiences in jazz for people of all ages, levels and backgrounds. This includes music instruction and performance ensemble classes, public music performances and more. Jazz Night School is Seattle’s largest all-ages jazz program.

 

JULY ART WALK

July Art Walk will be happening from 6 – 9pm tonight! Spend the evening strolling and exploring West Seattle while enjoying art, music, and more. Our participating artists, businesses, and organizations are planning some great events to celebrate our vibrant art culture in West Seattle!

We also have an extra special event planned for Summer Fest Eve Art Walk. Stop by The Junction for Historic Mural Tours with Clay Eals of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society! Learn more about these scenes of local history and how they came to grace the walls of the businesses in The Junction.

 

WHO: FREE and open to the public!

WHEN: First tour begins at 6:00pm and the second starts at 7:30pm.

WHERE: Meet at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse located at 4410 California Ave SW in The Junction

Summer Fest Eve July Art Walk
By Melanie Biehle at Click! Design That Fits

 

More About Art Walk:

This free art event encourages you to visit venues across greater West Seattle, both in The Junction and beyond. Many venues will also be inviting their featured artist(s) to meet the public and answer questions. The following businesses, organizations, and artists will be participating:

In The Junction:

Capers : Genna Draper, Beth Farrow, & Maria Wilson
4525 California Ave SW

Additional Info from Capers:

Gorgeous paintings, beautiful pottery, music, and always something to sip. Our artists are always here to meet and greet. A terrific eve in the neighborhood!

Click! Design That Fits : Works by Melanie Biehle
4540 California Ave SW

Additional Info from Click!:

Click! will be starting our annual Summer Fest sale on Summer Fest Eve this year!

Cupcake Royale
4556 California Ave SW

Shadowland
4458 California Ave SW


Twilight Gallery
: Lauren Seiffert and Megan Lingerfelt
4306 SW Alaska St

Additional Info from Twilight Gallery:

New Small Works!
Each month, starting July 2016, Twilight Gallery will have one or two featured artists in the boutique. This allows us to feature small works, textile and fiber art, wearable art pieces and have a wider reach of handmade from around the country, adding dialogue to our solo and group exhibits in the art gallery. Our first featured guests are Portland’s Lauren Seiffert and West Seattle’s Megan Lingerfelt…


Wallflower Custom Framing
: Troy Sass
4735 42nd Ave SW

Wild Rose’s Antiques & Gifts :
4529 California Ave SW

Windermere Real Estate
Hosted by Kim Tingley
4526 California Ave SW

 

Summer Fest Eve July Art Walk
by Laura Beso at Viscon Cellars

In Greater West Seattle:

Chill Massage Therapy & Modern Apothecary

6969 California Ave SW

Locöl Barley & Vine : Works by Jay Massimino
7902 35th Ave SW

Viscon Cellars : Works by Laura Beso
5910 California Ave SW

Additional Info from Viscon Cellars:

No Tasting fees for Art Walk participants that come into Viscon Cellars for Art Walk Thursday!

West Seattle Cellars : B. Perreault
6026 California Ave SW

Additional Info from West Seattle Cellars:

Our regular Thursday night wine tasting, which coincides with July Art Walk and Summer Fest Eve this week, will feature French wines from the Loire Valley.

Check out the Art Walk walking map here for the complete list of businesses and their locations. Also find information about this quarter’s featured artist, Genna Draper.

 

Summer Fest Eve & July Art Walk

Thursday, July 7th / 6-9pm / The Junction & Greater West Seattle

 


Woof! Pet Junction Highlights at Summer Fest

Pet JunctionThe West Seattle Summer Fest (July 8th-10th) is a time for community members to enjoy the vibrant downtown West Seattle Junction. The Junction merchants will be presenting a full entertainment line-up on the California stage. Shopping galore with 150+ vendor booths filled with an impressive variety of goods. Your favorite Junction restaurants have sidewalk cafes which offer the best seat in the house for music and people watching. Plus, the YMCA will be sponsoring the popular kids area.

In addition to our music, shopping and dining, this year the folks at Next to Nature will be presenting Pet Junction. Stop by to check out their favorite vendors and nonprofits. Pet Junction will be offering a host of resources to be good companions for our pets. You will find information on keeping your pet in good health, opportunities to meet local animal relief organizations, and lots of fun for our furry friends.

Location: On the sidewalk in front of Next to Nature.

 


5 Tips for Shopping Summer Fest

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The West Seattle Summer Fest (July 8th-10th) is well on the way to being one of the premiere festivals in Seattle. In addition to the music schedule, you’ll find a wide array of shopping options for the entire family.

Here we’re sharing some of our tips for shopping Summer Fest:

  1. Being a recycling city, bring a couple of canvas bags to fill up with goodies. Check out Avalon Glassworks (booth 44) for some summer-inspired gifts and unique glass jewelry.
  2. Water is a must when you’re strolling the streets. A number of vendors will be giving away free water bottles. Stop by for some refreshments and meet the friendly folks at the booths.
  3. Start by the music stage to work yourself down the street. Take a fill from the beer garden before you dive into the shopping.
  4. Take a break at many of the outdoor cafes. Don’t shop on an empty stomach. Taking a break at one of the outdoor cafes (we recommend Elliot Bay Brewing, West 5 and Seattle Fish), all have great food and people watching.
  5. Remember to shop inside at many of the merchants too. You’ll find sales during Summer Fest you may not find during the year. Click! Design that Fits and Fleurt usually have great sales.

 

 

 


Countdown to Summer Fest Music!

Summer_Fest_Band1 Summer Fest 2016 is a week away! We’re so excited to host an amazing weekend of awesome local music, great shopping, delicious festival food, and more. Come hang out with us and get in on the best party of the year in West Seattle!

This year we’re particularly stoked for the music. We’ve put together a line-up of some of the best bands in the PNW. These are acts that you would normally have to pay hard cash to see at our local clubs and venues in Seattle, but we’re bringing them all together for three days of FREE live music. Why free you may ask? Because West Seattle is the best neighborhood in the city (naturally), and we love having the chance to say thanks to all our local people while inviting the entire metro area to come see what’s just across the bridge. We throw a mean party!

 

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So who’s playing this year?

Our 2016 headliners include Tacocat, Grace Love & the True Loves, and Chastity Belt. We’ll be rounding out the lineup with performances by over 20 bands, musicians, and DJs including Pillar Point, Hobosexual, The Dusty 45’s, Bread & Butter, Acapulco Lips, Crater, Draemhouse, Maszer, and more! You can explore the full lineup, watch videos by each band, and get to know the schedule better all on the Summer Fest website – just click on the MUSIC page to get started.

You can also listen to select tracks from the lineup on from our curated YouTube playlist. Just press play, sit back, and enjoy!

 

Summer Fest 2016 Band Lineup – Links to Learn More

Band Info and Videos

YouTube Playlist

Facebook Event Page


Coming Soon! 2016 West Seattle Outdoor Movies

2016 West Seattle Outdoor MoviesAfter Summer Fest, we’ll be keeping the party going the rest of the summer with a great selection of films. We’ll be showing a wide variety of fun picks from family-friendly favorites, to cult classics, to high-energy summer blockbusters. Here’s the full line-up:

  • July 16 – STAR WARS VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS – FEATURING: TRIVIA NIGHT – Sponsored by Hope Lutheran School, Sound Credit Union, & West Seattle Blog
  • July 23 – MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL – FEATURING: LIVE MUSIC – Sponsored by Elliott Bay Brewing Company & The Beer Junction
  • July 30 – SCHOOL OF ROCK – FEATURING: LIVE MUSIC – Sponsored by West Seattle School of Rock
  • Aug 6 – SKYFALL – FEATURING: TRIVIA NIGHT – Sponsored by Smile Secrets, Senior Center of West Seattle, & Hotwire Online Coffeehouse
  • Aug 13 – THE LEGO MOVIE – FEATURING: COMMUNITY BBQ – Sponsored by Chipotle Mexican Grill, West Seattle Farmers Market, West Seattle Christian Church, Swedish Pediatrics West Seattle, & Curious Kidstuff
  • August 20 – THE PRINCESS BRIDE – HELD AT WEST SEATTLE YMCA – Sponsored by The Zack & Jodi Hill Team, HomeStreet Bank, Windermere West Seattle, & Coastline Burgers

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This season is also special because it will be the final year that Hotwire Online Coffeehouse will host Outdoor Movies. Next year our friends at the West Seattle & Fauntleroy YMCA will be taking over and hosting the 2017 season at their brand new campus. This transition will allow us to accommodate more people at each movie and get more of the community involved in this fun event. We’ll be celebrating the “passing of the baton” by holding the final movie of the 2016 season, Princess Bride, at the newly expanded West Seattle YMCA campus. Come see what the future will hold and join us in ushering in another awesome year of Outdoor Movies!

 

Coming Soon! 2016 West Seattle Outdoor Movies

2016 Season begins July 16th


FREE Shredding Event

The West Seattle Junction Association and  Windermere-West Seattle are once again teaming up to bring you our annual FREE Shredding Event.

Shredding Event 2016

We’ll be offering shredding and electronic recycling services to the community tomorrow, Saturday, June 11. Please bring your old statements or other sensitive documents to be professionally destroyed on site. You can even watch your documents being cross-shredded via the viewing monitor. For a list of items that can be e-Cycled, please click here.

 

FREE Shredding Event in The Junction

Saturday, June 11th / 4526 California Ave. SW*

*In The Junction parking lot, behind West Seattle Computers

 


June Art Walk

Please join us for June Art Walk, tonight (6/9) from 6 – 9pm! Spend the evening strolling and exploring West Seattle while enjoying art, music, and more. Our participating artists, businesses, and organizations are planning some great events to celebrate our vibrant art culture in West Seattle!

June Art Walk
by Marilyn Hoppe at Capers

 

This free art event encourages you to visit venues across greater West Seattle, both in The Junction and beyond. Many venues will also be inviting their featured artist(s) to meet the public and answer questions. The following businesses, organizations, and artists will be participating:

In The Junction:

Basin Pacific Insurance & Benefits – Seattle : Works by Brittany Hunt
4210 SW Oregon St

Capers : Ricardo Romero Cortez Duque and Marilyn Hoppe
4525 California Ave SW

Click! Design That Fits : Works by Melanie Biehle
4540 California Ave SW

Cupcake Royale
4556 California Ave SW

Hotwire Online Coffeehouse
: Elizabeth Blanton Photography
4410 California Ave SW

Twilight Gallery
: Stories Told, Remembered – Satpreet Kahlon
4306 SW Alaska St

Wallflower Custom Framing
: Rodolfo Rios Garza “Dreams of Love and Passion”
4735 42nd Ave SW

Wild Rose’s Antiques & Gifts : Works by Janet Ramble
4529 California Ave SW

Windermere Real Estate
Hosted by Kim Tingley
4526 California Ave SW

 

June Art Walk
by Satpreet Kahlon at Twilight Gallery

In Greater West Seattle:

Admiral Bird Cafe
2600 California Ave SW

Brace Point Pottery : Works by Diane Culhane, Deb Schwartzkopf, & Loren Lukens
4208 SW 100th St

Locöl Barley & Vine : Works by Jay Massimino
7902 35th Ave SW

Viscon Cellars : Works by Laura Beso
5910 California Ave SW

West Seattle Cellars : Photography by Kaddee Lawrence
6026 California Ave SW

 

June Art Walk
by Laura Beso at Viscon Cellars

 

Check out our walking map here for the complete list of businesses and their locations. Also find information about this quarter’s featured artist, Stephanie Hargrave.

 

June Art Walk

Thursday, June 9th / 6-9pm / The Junction & Greater West Seattle


Historic Mural Tours in The Junction

We have an extra special event planned for this Art Walk Thursday, tomorrow June 9th. Stop by The Junction for Historic Mural Tours with Clay Eals of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society! Learn more about these scenes of local history and how they came to grace the walls of our businesses here in The Junction.

Historic Mural Tours

Clay Eals was kind enough to share a little more about the murals, for those who are unfamiliar with them:

Longtime West Seattleites may look at them as treasures that illuminate our past. Newcomers may wonder how they came to be.

But no matter how long you have lived here, you likely have noticed the increasing deterioration and attrition of the Murals of West Seattle.

The Murals of West Seattle project was led by longtime local business leader Earl Cruzen in 1989-1992. Earl was a persuasive pied piper in the West Seattle business community, drumming up bare walls, funds from generous building owners and the key ingredient of enthusiasm to bring the project to fruition.

Earl recruited world-class muralists whose work adorned the coastal Washington towns of Long Beach and Ilwaco and the former Canadian lumber town of Chemainus, north of Victoria, B.C.

I was part of Earl’s team (as was the late graphic artist Moe Beerman) for this truly exhilarating project. As president of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society board I helped supply vintage photos for the muralists to interpret and render colorfully on the walls of The Junction and beyond.

Part of the excitement was the ability for everyone to watch the murals come to life and to interact with the visiting muralists as they did their summertime work day after day. The result was 11 unique art pieces, and for more than a quarter-century, the murals have brought to life the rich history of much of the Duwamish peninsula – the very definition of tangible community-building.

To read Clay’s complete blog post on the murals and the decisions facing the neighborhood in preparing to preserve and protect them for the future, please stop by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society website.

  • WHAT: The Junction Historic Mural Tours with Clay Eals of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society
  • WHO: FREE and open to the public!
  • WHEN: First tour begins at 6:00pm and the second starts at 7:30pm.
  • WHERE: Meet at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse at 4410 California Ave SW in The Junction

 

Historic Mural Tours in The Junction

Thursday, June 9th / 6:00pm and 7:30pm / Meet at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse