Spring Wine Walk in the Junction

We can only describe this Wine Walk as one filled with excited and vibrant people as they strolled the Junction! The May 18th, 2018 Wine Walk brought the neighborhood together enjoying a springtime evening event. 15 wineries were paired up with Junction merchants who offered small bites along with wine tastings from some of the area’s best cellars.

Photos by T. Littlejohn and JW Frampton Photography

Watch for the Late Summer Wine Walk September 28th, 2018.

Find out more here how to volunteer with the Junction.

 

 

 


West Seattle Outdoor Movie 2018 Season

The West Seattle Outdoor Movies lineup has just been announced! Packed full of action from Wonder Woman to Black Panther, 2018 is going to be a season of excitement. Now in the 14th year, your Junction merchants are pleased to continue to bring this free event to West Seattle.

2018 Movies

  • Saturday, July 21st Wonder Woman 2017 PG13
  • Saturday, July 28th The Secret Life of Pets 2016 PG
  • Saturday, August 4th Star Wars: The Last Jedi 2017 PG13
  • Saturday, August 11th A Wrinkle in Time 2018 PG
  • Saturday, August 18th Coco 2017 PG
  • Saturday, August 25th Black Panther 2018 PG13

Bring your blankets, chairs family & friends for the 14th year of the WS Outdoor Movies. Located by the Fauntleroy/West Seattle YMCA at the NEW festival street with now more room to enjoy the West Seattle Outdoor Movies.  All movies start at dusk and are FREE. Gates open at 6:30pm. Concessions and raffles too, all proceeds go to charity.

Find the West Seattle Outdoor Movies on Facebook and Twitter.


Second Annual Ladies Night

West Seattle Junction

The 2nd Annual Ladies Night at Junction True Value is on June 20th from 6pm – 8 pm.

There will be prizes, drawings and vendor demonstrations. The 1st 100 ladies will receive a bag filled with goodies. All ladies can take advantage of 20% off store-wide savings and 10% off power tools (excluding stihl products and sale items).

Refreshments and yummy snacks will be served. Ladies only!

Come and join the fun!

Junction True Value is located at 4747 44th Ave SW

Facebook event here.


A Rebirth for the West Seattle Murals

Murals of West Seattle

A gift of $100,000 to West Seattle Junction Association from Adah Cruzen, in honor of late husband Earl Cruzen, undergirds campaign to restore Murals of West Seattle

The West Seattle Junction Association is deeply grateful to announce receipt of a $100,000 contribution from longtime Alki resident Adah Rhodes Cruzen that will jumpstart restoration of the nearly 30-year-old historical Murals of West Seattle.

Cruzen made the contribution this month on behalf of the estate of her late husband, Earl Cruzen, who is widely recognized as the “father of the murals” and who died Jan. 23, 2017, at the age of 96.

“This extraordinary gift will spark the rebirth of our beloved Murals of West Seattle,” says Lora Swift, executive director of the West Seattle Junction Association. “We are thrilled by Adah Cruzen’s generosity and once again inspired by the vision and hard work of Earl Cruzen to create a unique project to inspire our community.”

All of the 11 murals were painted in or near the West Seattle Junction except one (“Morgan Street Market”), which is seven blocks south at Morgan Junction. Dan Austin, owner of Peel and Press in the Morgan Junction, has led a fundraising effort to restore the Morgan mural since 2015.  Last month, plans were announced, based on contributions from the building owner and Morgan Community Association and a discount from mural restorer Bob Henry, to begin restoration of the Morgan mural this summer.

“My goal in restoring the Morgan Junction mural is to reignite interest around all of Murals of West Seattle,” Austin says. “So many people before us worked tirelessly to make these murals a reality. Adah’s amazing gift will allow these to remain part of West Seattle for generations to enjoy.”

Cruzen says she made the contribution to honor her late husband, a lifelong resident and business leader of West Seattle. “Earl loved the murals,” she says, “and he would be delighted to be able to give them new life.”

Adah Cruzen West Seattle Junction

The Cruzen gift, Swift says, will be married to an existing fund of $3,800 for mural restoration and a recent $5,000 grant from the West Seattle Garden Tour to provide the lion’s share of a campaign to restore the Junction’s 11 historical murals to their former glory.

The Murals of West Seattle project has a homegrown history. As chair of the then-Junction Development Committee (a combination of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, West Seattle Junction Association and West Seattle Trusteed Properties), Earl Cruzen originated the project with the help of fellow West Seattleite Moe Beerman after the two and their wives visited similar mural sites in southwestern Washington and Chemainus, B.C.

During five summers from 1989 to 1993, world-renowned artists created the Murals of West Seattle, based on historical photographs from the Duwamish peninsula provided by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

Of the original 11 murals, nine remain in their original locations. In 2016, one (“Alki in the Twenties”) was re-created in a different location on the same property, and another (“Midnight Call”) was taken down. Over the past three decades, while two murals have gotten touch-ups, all of the existing murals have suffered the ravages of weather and graffiti.

Full restoration of the murals will cost in the neighborhood of $195,000, Swift says, and additional funds will be raised via crowd-funding and other methods.

The West Seattle Junction Association is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and contributions to the association for the mural-restoration fund are tax-deductible.

The goal is to raise funds not only to restore the existing murals but also to recreate the “Midnight Call” mural. Further, Swift and Austin aim to establish a yearly fundraising event to maintain the condition of existing murals and add new ones.

More background on the Murals of West Seattle is available at this web page of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

An obituary and eulogy for Earl Cruzen is available at this web page of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

Here is a complete list of the Murals of West Seattle, in chronological order of their creation in 1989-1993:

Mural #1: West Seattle Ferries by Bill Garnet
4707 CALIFORNIA AVE SW

Mural #2: The Junction by Eric Grohe
4747 CALIFORNIA AVE SW

Mural #3: Midnight Call by Don Barrie (removed in 2016)
4713 44TH AVE SW

Mural #4: Mosquito Boat Landing by Susan Tooke
4554 CALIFORNIA AVE SW

Mural #5: The First Duwamish Bridge by Robert Dafford
4740 44TH AVE SW

Mural #6: Morgan Street Market by Bruce Rickett
6501 CALIFORNIA AVE SW 98136

Mural #7: Alki in the Twenties by Bruce Rickett (re-created in 2016)
4755 FAUNTLEROY WAY SW

Mural #8: Tuesday Bank Day by Alan Wylie
4501 CALIFORNIA AVE SW

Mural #9: The Hi Yu Parade by Lanny Little
4412 CALIFORNIA AVE SW

Mural #10: The Old Mud Hole by Mike Svob
4520 44TH AVE SW

Mural #11: Press Day by Alan Wylie
4727 44TH AVE SW

Including the (unofficial) 12th Mural: Walking on Logs

You can donate now to the Mural Project, your donation is tax deductible as the Junction Association is a nonprofit.

Make checks payable to: West Seattle Junction Association

Mail check to:

West Seattle Junction Association

c/o Mural Project

4210 SW Oregon St, Suite A

Seattle, WA 98116

The Junction will send you a receipt.

Links:

Morgan Community Association morganjunction.org

Peel and Press www.peelandpressws.com

Murals of West Seattle www.facebook.com/muralsofwestseattle

West Seattle Garden Tour www.westseattlegardentour.org

Southwest Seattle Historical Society www.loghousemuseum.org/blog/what-is-the-future-of-the-murals-of-west-seattle

Obituary and eulogy for Earl Cruzen www.loghousemuseum.org/blog/advisory-council-member-earl-cruzen-father-of-the-murals-of-west-seattle-has-died


Summer Fest Bands Announced

West Seattle Summer Fest Announces 2018 Band Line-Up

Summer Fest Band Poster

Let’s Close the Streets and See What Happens

Summer Fest Featured Headliners Shannon and the Clams & The Briefs

The West Seattle Junction Association is excited to announce the full music line-up for West Seattle Summer Fest. This 36th annual event will occur July 13-15 in the West Seattle Junction.  

Music is once again taking center stage with a stellar line-up that includes some of the best bands in the Northwest. Big names for this event also include Kinski, Dude York, Spesh, and The Black Tones. West Seattle’s Ben Jenkins and Troy Nelson, co-founders of Killroom Records, booked the event lineup and had this to say:

“We had a lot of fun rounding up the artists for West Seattle Summer Fest 2018. Showcasing artists that are making a significant impact in our city is something we focused heavily on this year. We also wanted to represent all genres from our vibrant music scene. We’re excited to see this line-up come together!”

In addition to the headliners, festival goers can catch more than 20 artists performing on the California main stage Friday through Sunday. The diverse lineup includes artists like Mirrorgloss, Dusty 45s, HYWAYS, Trick Candles and Versing.

This FREE 3-day party in the streets celebrates West Seattle as a thriving music and arts community.  Sidewalk cafes, shopping, Gaming Tents, GreenLife, kids’ rides, and a beer garden next to the festival stage, means there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Check out music from the full line-up on the Summer Fest band page. Find out more about the music line-up on the official Summer Fest website, Summer Fest Facebook page, on Twitter, on Instagram and on Snapchat wsjunction.

 

Set Time Friday, July 13   Saturday, July 14   Sunday, July 15
11:30am Boom Dance Dancepowered
12:00pm Rat City Brass
12:30pm School of Rock
1:00pm Apache Pistol
1:30pm Drippy Baby
2:00pm Hula Bees
2:30pm Scott Yoder
3:00pm HYWAYS
3:30pm Falon Sierra
4:00pm Dusty 45s
4:30pm Trick Candles
5:00pm
5:30pm Fruit Juice Gypsy Temple w/ Misundvstood
6:00pm
6:30pm Versing Mirrorgloss
7:00pm
7:30pm The Black Tones Spesh
8:00pm
8:30pm Kinski Dude York
9:00pm
9:30pm Local DJ Local DJ
10:00pm The Briefs Shannon and the Clams

 

About West Seattle Summer Fest

West Seattle Summer Fest is a production of the West Seattle Junction Association and managed by Monumental Undertaking. Now in its 36th year, this festival keeps getting bigger and better with free music, great food and shopping, and loads of fun for kids of all ages. Old school West Seattleites still call it Street Fair or Sidewalk Sale, which is truly how this event began back in 1982. But no matter what it’s called, it’s a great time to close the streets, get together, and have the best festival of the year!

 

 


Spring Clean in the Junction

West Seattle Junction Association
April 21st, 2018
4 hours of clean up
26 volunteers
17 bags of trash and compost

Pictures from the April 21st, Spring Clean in the Junction. Fellow neighbors and businesses joined together for the 2ND Annual West Seattle Junction Spring Clean Saturday, April 21st 9am to 12 Noon. The Junction supplied breakfast, coffee, cleaning supplies and a nifty volunteer tote.

Activities included picking up litter, stenciling storm drains to prevent water pollution, painting out graffiti, removing invasive plants, and more. Seattle Public Utilities and the Junction Association supports volunteers by providing free tools like garbage bags, gloves, garbage grabbers, safety vests, and paint supplies.

There was something for everyone, kids included!

Photos by: DerbyPhotography   www.karenderby.com


Junction Receives Grant to Help Restore Mural

West Seattle Junction Murals

Seattle, WA – April 8, 2018 – West Seattle Garden Tour announces it has selected seven local non-profits as beneficiaries of the 24th annual tour. Proceeds from the 2018 garden tour will support improvements to four public gardens, a summer theater program for youth, the Urban Forest Symposium, and a mural restoration project in West Seattle.

 

Each year West Seattle Garden Tour, a 501(c)(3) organization, seeks out other non-profits whose goals fit their mission—to promote horticultural-based interests, educational projects, and arts programs—within West Seattle and neighboring communities. The garden tour’s designated beneficiaries for 2018 are: ArtsWest, the Arboretum at South Seattle College, Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden, Little Red Hen Project, PlantAmnesty, Seattle Chinese Garden, and West Seattle Junction Association.

 

West Seattle Garden Tour intends to raise $26,750 for the seven local projects from the sale of garden tour tickets, a raffle on tour day and sponsorship revenue. Information about the selected beneficiaries and the projects WSGT expects to fund can be found at westseattlegardentour.org/beneficiaries.

 

ARTSWEST

Funds from West Seattle Garden Tour will support ArtsWest’s Theater Education Program, where students learn more than how to sing, dance, and act. They learn how to think creatively, take calculated risks and work as a team.

West Seattle Garden Tour was originally founded in 1995 to fund ArtsWest. As the tour has evolved over the years to support a variety of community organizations promoting horticulture, education and the arts, ArtsWest remains as the tour’s legacy beneficiary. | artswest.org

 

THE LITTLE RED HEN PROJECT

The Little Red Hen Project provides the Delridge community with an opportunity to grow and maintain a backyard food source through a learning garden and classes at the Delridge Community Center. West Seattle Garden Tour will fund construction of an artistic and functional trellis in the “Winter Feast Garden” located at the heart of their recently expanded 4,800 square-foot garden space.| thelittleredhenproject.org

 

THE ARBORETUM AT SOUTH SEATTLE COLLEGE

West Seattle Garden Tour funding will provide for the design and construction of a new message hub and kiosk at the Arboretum’s south entrance, creating a large, attractive presence to welcome visitors to the site. | sscarboretum.org

 

HIGHLINE SEATAC BOTANICAL GARDEN

West Seattle Garden Tour funding will pay for the design and construction of a “Victory Garden” within a Neighborhood Heritage Garden. The Neighborhood Heritage Garden commemorates the neighborhood history of the houses that once existed on the property before SeaTac Airport’s runway expansion | highlinegarden.org

 

PLANT AMNESTY

West Seattle Garden Tour’s financial support will help fund the 10th annual Urban Forest Symposium which brings together arborists, land managers, planners, volunteers, and advocates from around the region. This year’s theme focuses on building effective partnerships for a healthy urban forest. Participants will learn to leverage their unique skills in coalition to accomplish shared goals of the broader Northwest horticultural community. | plantamnesty.org

 

SEATTLE CHINESE GARDEN

The Seattle Chinese Garden inspires exploration of nature and culture through a harmonious intermingling of landscape and traditional architecture in a secluded setting atop Puget Ridge. In 2018, West Seattle Garden Tour funding will enhance the Garden with three varieties of camellia shrubs—Camellia sinensis (the tea plant), spring blooming Camellia japonica, and late fall’s glorious red blossoms of Camellia sasanqua. | seattlechinesegarden.org

 

WEST SEATTLE JUNCTION ASSOCIATION

West Seattle Garden Tour funding will help restore “The Mosquito Fleet” mural which is affixed to the historic Campbell Building in the Junction, bringing it back to its former glory. This mural is one of eleven murals originally created from 1989 to 1993 to provide a unique window on the Duwamish peninsula’s rich history and identity. | wsjunction.org

 

ABOUT WEST SEATTLE GARDEN TOUR

Since its inception in 1995, West Seattle Garden Tour has been one of the premier garden tours in the Northwest, as well as a fundraiser for local non-profits. The all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization annually donates approximately $25,000 to local beneficiaries in support of their horticultural, educational and artistic missions. The 2018 tour is on Sunday, June 24. Tickets are on sale now on the tour’s website. In early May, they will also be on sale at four retail outlets to be announced in the coming weeks. | westseattlegardentour.org.


The One and the Two and the Three for Record Store Day

Record Store Day West Seattle Junction

Vinyl fanatics, are you ready? Record Store Day 2018 is Saturday, April 21st, and Easy Street Records will be opening up the shop at 7am sharp for all of your shopping needs! Of course, there will be many brave customers waiting in line in the wee hours to ensure they get the exclusive, limited edition records of their dreams, ESR shall reward & sustain you with free Caffe Vita coffee and freshly cooked bacon (served up by Easy Street Guy himself).

  1. 1. So, they open the doors, and you go upstairs where all the goodies are, then pick out one of each RSD title that you want (because only one of each title per customer is allowed)…then what?
  2. 2. Check out their used vinyl while you’re up in the vinyl loft…Easy Street is constantly buying collections, and they will have the cream of the crop out there for RSD.
  3. 3. Then head downstairs, put your name on the list for breakfast at the cafe, and check out the outstanding selection of CDs, DVDs/Blu-Rays, and books while you wait. Visit the Pearl Jam pop-up shop. Buy some Easy Street, PJ, and Sub Pop swag. Grab a beer or coffee drink while you shop! Easy Street will also be giving away & raffling off cool stuff from “the archive” all day long.

At 5pm, hometown fave NOAH GUNDERSEN will take to the stage for a special RSD performance! Noah will be followed at 7pm by HYWAYS, a new Seattle project led by singer-songwriter Mike Giacolino! Featuring an all-star line up with members of Rose Windows, Son Volt and Sera Cahoone, Hyways will mix up country and psychedelia with indie rock, folk and prog rock for the RSD faithful!

It’s a full day at Easy Street! We’ll see you there.


West Seattle Resource Roundup Site Launched

In 2016, the West Seattle Junction Association (WSJA) and the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce (WSCC) partnered and received a grant to conduct a study on the common challenges to and resources for the West Seattle business community. This study would give them direction about what challenges were most pertinent to the community and which resources were most helpful, or most needed.

The study was done through 32 interviews primarily with business owners in the seven business nodes (Alaska Junction, Morgan, Alki, Avalon, Admiral, 35th, Westwood Village) and a few community stakeholders, all located in West Seattle. Delridge, currently being surveyed under a different grant, was not included in this survey.

There were three deliverables:

  • Interviews with business owners and community stakeholders
  • Host an event for business nodes to discuss findings, collect stories, and discuss solutions
  • Document findings and recommendations for the Office of Economic Development (OED) and the business community

Identified Challenges

The challenges, as shown from the data, can be put into two buckets: tangible and intangible.

Tangible Challenges Intangible Challenges
These challenges can be pointed to and counted. They are physical, direct challenges that are harming businesses. These challenges are more based in emotion or perspective. It is not easily measured or counted, but it is pervasive.
Parking & Transportation Relationship with City of Seattle
Cost of Doing Business in Seattle Feeling of Helplessness
Homelessness Loss of Community Feel
Space/Infrastructure  

Desired Results

WSJA and WSCC were interested in determining some of projects they could jointly take on together that would have the most effective impact on the business community. The goals of this project were to determine the key challenges that West Seattle businesses face, identify common threads between business nodes, and collect information on key resources available to the community. This report aggregates the information collected, summarizes the highlights of the data, and gives recommendations for projects best suited for WSJA and WSCC.

Recommendations

These recommendations are right-sized to the capacity of WSJA and WSCC, both small organizations.

  • Market West Seattle to New Residents
  • Close Divide Between City of Seattle and West Seattle Businesses
  • Continue Hosting Solutions-Focused Programming
  • Get Involved in West Seattle Mural Project

Resource Round Up West Seattle JunctionPart of the results were geared towards a way to connect all of the West Seattle resources together in a living website. The website would focus on gathering resources around West Seattle that could be referenced by both business and citizens. The result was the new West Seattle Resource Roundup site that ties together nonprofits, media, city and neighborhood groups.

Everyone is encouraged to use the interactive calendar to post events and to email the West Seattle Resource Roundup with site link additions. Further, all groups and businesses are encouraged to put the link on their websites with the Resource Roundup icon.

Click on the website to read the full report! Plus, watch for more news on the follow-up grant connecting new incoming residents to businesses.


Rocking the Dinnertime at the Dream Dinners and School of Rock Open House

Dream Dinners West Seattle Junction
Busy Parents Open House with School of Rock

Let us help you “Grow Great Kids”–

Space is still available

Tuesday, April 3rd  —  6:30 PM

4701 41st Ave SW  Suite 100 and 110–Jefferson Square

Join Dream Dinners for a BUSY PARENTS Open House on April 3rd at 6:30 PM, co-hosted by their amazing neighbors School of Rock.  At School of Rock West Seattle, learning music in a lesson room is just the beginning. We get kids playing on stage as quickly as possible, teaching them to play as soloists and as part of a team. This immersive method motivates them to be their best, helping them learn skills faster and more thoroughly.

As both rockers and educators, School of Rock West Seattle’s instructors are passionate about creating a legacy of music by helping your kids succeed in music and beyond. Visit School of Rock West Seattle today to learn more about our creative community.

School of Rock will host tours and break out trial lessons. Please let School of Rock at

206 294 3175 know if you have any questions!   Rock On.

 

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Dream Dinners will be co-hosting this amazing BUSY PARENT event. Guest new to Dream Dinners are invitied to learn how Dream Dinners works, taste some of our great food, and assemble 3 medium family size dinners for just $34.99!
Click the link below to RSVP.  Password is dinner

Dinner choices include:

  • Pecan Crusted Pork Chops with Oven Roasted Broccoli
  • Monte Christo Chicken
  • Chicken Costoletta with Almond Green Beans
  • Chicken with Honey, Garlic and Orange
  • Tortellini al Forno

6:30 PM

Password:  dinner

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