2nd Annual Emerald Water Anglers Fly Fest

Emerald Water Anglers is having their annual fly fishing event at Me Kwa Mooks park from 10am to 4pm this Saturday, June 4th. They’ll have professional demo rods to try out, casting instruction from IFFF certified instructors, as well as their 10th annual Guide Staff Cook Off.

Emerald Water Anglers Fly Fest

During the cook off the entire guide staff will be competing against one another to cook the best stream-side meal. They’ll each be drawing from their own repertoire of meals they make when guiding, and each cook will have $30 and 30 minutes to prepare food for 3 people.  This event is judged by Brad Glaberson, owner of Cucina Fresca, and Eric Donnelly, owner of Rock Creek and Flint Creek Restaurants here in Seattle, as well as two other food experts.

Emerald Water Anglers will also have the sales reps from Patagonia, Winston, Simms, Loomis, Scott, Yeti, Echo and other manufacturers they carry doing free demos.

This free event is open to the public and kid friendly!


2nd Annual Emerald Water Anglers Fly Fest

Me Kwa Mooks Park, West Seattle / Saturday, June 4 / 10 am – 4 pm

2016 Community Tent at Summer Fest


West Seattle Summer Fest 2016 Community Tent

West Seattle Nonprofits And Community Groups Are Encouraged To Apply!

Now is the time to apply for the 2016 Community Tent at West Seattle Summer Fest – July 8, 9, and 10. We’re accepting applications from West Seattle nonprofits and community groups who are interested in being considered for this FREE space in the festival. Priority will be given to local groups who strive to benefit, strengthen, and educate the West Seattle neighborhood in a direct way.

The purpose of the Community Tent at Summer Fest is to allow West Seattle’s small neighborhood nonprofits and community groups easy access to the largest event of the year in West Seattle – free of charge! Each year over 20,000 people attend Summer Fest, making it a great place for local groups to reach out to the community and connect with like-minded people.

West Seattle Summer Fest 2016 community tent

The Community Tent will be centrally located in the heart of the festival, near the intersection of SW Alaska Street and California Avenue SW. A tent, tables, and chairs will be provided. Participants are encouraged to set up their table and area with displays that reflect their mission and contributions to the West Seattle community. Participants are welcome to bring props, brochures, and other materials to promote their organization and encourage festival attendees to stop and chat. Please note that NO SALES will be permitted in the Community Tent area.

Interested neighborhood nonprofits and community groups can apply by emailing Jenelle Clark of WSJA by June 17th at . Applications should include details about the nonprofit or group applying and their direct impact in the West Seattle neighborhood.

Interested participants are also encouraged to visit the official West Seattle Summer Fest event website at www.westseattlefestival.com for general information about the larger event.


Event Hours:

Friday & Saturday, July 8 & 9
10am – 6pm

Sunday, July 10
11am – 5pm

Available Community Tent Shifts:

Friday/Saturday: 4-hour slots
10am – 2pm
2pm – 6pm



Sunday: 3-hour slots
11am – 2pm
2pm – 5pm



Applications Now Open: 2016 Community Tent at Summer Fest

Applications due by June 17th / Apply by emailing Jenelle at WSJA


Introducing Our Summer Fest 2016 Band Lineup

It feels like summer is almost here, and as we look forward to long days soaking in the sunshine, we’re excited to announce the West Seattle Summer Fest 2016 band lineup! Mark your calendar for July 8th-10th to enjoy free, live music in the heart of our neighborhood. You’re not going to want to miss this one!

We’re bringing together some of the best bands in the Northwest for three days of awesome music – right here in West Seattle.


Summer Fest 2016 Band

Tacocat, Grace Love & the True Loves, and Chastity Belt are headlining an amazing lineup of over 20 bands this year.

We’re very proud that these bands represent a cross-section of the diverse music that is made and appreciated in Seattle. Rock, hip hop, electronic, blues, metal, and more can be found this year at Summer Fest. West Seattle’s Ben Jenkins and Troy Nelson, co-founders of the new Killroom Records, booked the event lineup and had this to say about it:

“We had a lot of fun rounding up the artists for West Seattle Summer Fest 2016. 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, including rock, hip hop, electronic, blues, metal, and more. We’re excited to see this lineup come together!”

In addition to our headliners, the lineup also includes fresh, up-and-coming artists like Tomten, Maszer, DoNormaal, and Draemhouse as well as stalwart Seattle influencers like Pillar Point, Hobosexual, and The Dusty 45’s.


Summer Fest 2016 Band

Stop by the NEW West Seattle Summer Fest website to learn more about each band and explore their music & videos. Also check out our Summer Fest Facebook event page to stay up to date with the latest news and RSVP to let your friends know you’re coming to the best local festival of the year!


Summer Fest 2016 Band Lineup

More info at: www.westseattlefestival.com

YouTube Playlist of the bands

May 2016 Art Walk

Please join us for May Art Walk, tomorrow night (5/12) 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!

May Art Walk
Painting by Blake Liliane Hellman


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 Charlie Cotugno
4210 SW Oregon St

Capers : Works by Ricardo Romero Cortez Duque
4525 California Ave SW

Click! Design That Fits : Works by Blake Liliane Hellman
4540 California Ave SW

Cupcake Royale
4556 California Ave SW

Hotwire Online Coffeehouse
: Linda McClamrock May Artist Reception
4410 California Ave SW

Twilight Gallery
: WEIGHT by Kim Merritt
4306 SW Alaska St

Wallflower Custom Framing
: Works by Cariña Booyens
4735 42nd Ave SW

Wild Rose’s Antiques & Gifts : Works by J. Louis King
4529 California Ave SW

Windermere Real Estate
Hosted by Kim Tingley
4526 California Ave SW


May Art Walk
Art by Linda McClamrock

In Greater West Seattle:

Admiral Bird Cafe : Music by guitarist Greg Miller
2600 California Ave SW

Brace Point Pottery : Works by Bill Reiswig, Filip Reutov, and Loren Lukens
4208 SW 100th St

Locöl Barley & Vine : Works by Dervim Ozkan
7902 35th Ave SW

South Seattle College Art Gallery : Annual Student Art Show 2016
6000 16th Avenue SW

Viscon Cellars
5910 California Ave SW

West Seattle Cellars : Works by Ben Smith
6026 California Ave SW


May Art Walk
Photograph by Ben Smith


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.


May Art Walk

Thursday, May 12th / 6-9pm / The Junction & Greater West Seattle

Mother’s Day in The Junction

Celebrate Mother’s Day in The Junction! Our merchants and Junction friends have some great deals and events planned to help you select the perfect gift and plan a fun day for all the moms in your life. Read on below to get all the details. We’ll be updating this post throughout the week with more info as it comes it.

Mother's Day

West Seattle Farmers Market

Their annual Mother’s Day celebration is just around the corner! Langley Fine Gardens (Vashon Island – and also a founding farmer of the WSFM) will be donating 100 sweet pea plant starts to the first 100 mothers who visit the market. Mothers can pick up their plant starts at the information tent in the middle of the market.

Sunday, May 8 / 10am / West Seattle Farmers Market Website


Mother's Day

Cupcake Royale

Take your mother out for a Cupcake Royale mom date on Sunday. They are having a special buy 1 cupcake, get one free! Plus, the first five mom dates at each of their cafes will receive fresh flowers from Blong’s Garden.

Sunday, May 8 / opens at 8am / 4556 California Ave SW / Cupcake Royale Website


Mother's Day

Senior Center of West Seattle

Tickets: $6 for SCWS members, $8 for non-members

Whether you are a mom, grandma, aunt, caregiver, etc…, everyone is invited to celebrate mothers with a fabulous meal! The Senior Center will be serving chicken parmesan, lime & herb orzo, broccoli, dessert, and coffee by Hotwire Online Coffeehouse. Entertainment will be provided by The Ukes and there will be a pretty bonnet contest. Sign up to win!

Tuesday, May 10 / 11:45am / 4217 SW Oregon St. / Senior Center of West Seattle Website


Mother's Day

Click Design That Fits

New for Mother’s Day – locally made porcelain bud vases from Clicks! very own Michelle Ting. Get one for mom and just add flowers. So simple! They also just received their collection of KONZUK‘s diamond-dust-and-concrete jewelry yesterday, and more is hitting the floor this afternoon. This jewelry is perfect for fashionable moms with great taste.

4540 California Ave SW / Click! Design That Fits Website


Celebrating Mother’s Day in The Junction

Sunday, May 8th – Tuesday, May 10 / West Seattle Junction

Smile Secrets Awarded by Talk of the Town

The Junction’s Dr. Kari Chellis and her team at Smile Secrets have just won another prestigious award. This time they are being awarded for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction by “Talk of the Town”. They achieved the highest possible customer satisfaction rating of 5 out of 5 stars, and they take home their seventh straight win for the “Talk of the Town” Award.

Dr. Chellis Top Dentist Smile Secrets

Dr. Chellis and her team have been serving patients in West Seattle for over 20 years. They offer Cosmetic and Gentle Care for patients of all ages, which includes: Invisalign, Whitening, Bonding, Veneers, Implants, Botox (Skin Care), Dermal Fillers, Laser Gum Therapy, Salivary DNA Tests and more.
For more information on Smile Secrets, please call 206-935-5522, visit their website at www.smilesecrets.com or follow their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/drchellis

About Dr. Kari Chellis & Smile Secrets:

Dr. Chellis is a Seattle native who received her BA of Science in Dental Hygiene from Loma Linda University in 1976, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She then received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Washington in 1992 and graduated top in her class. She opened her practice, Smile Secrets, in West Seattle in 1994 and specializes in Gentle Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, which includes: Sedation, Implants, Salivary DNA Screening, Botox (Skin Care), Laser Gum Therapy, Invisalign, Veneers, Bonding and more . She’s known as the “Gentle Dentist” by her patients and has won several awards, including Seattle Met Top Dentist (2014, 2015 & 2016), American’s Best Dentist, Talk of the Town (7 years in a row) and the prestigious Patient’s Choice Award.

The Junction’s Day of Giving

Junction's Day of Giving

On April 30th, Junction businesses will donate 10% of their sales to nonprofits.

We are pleased to announce The Junction’s Day of Giving, happening this Saturday, April 30th, starting at 10am! During this first annual fundraising event, 29 local businesses will team up with their favorite nonprofits for a fun day of shopping and eating to benefit a variety of important causes. You can stop by your favorite Junction retailers and restaurants to lend your support by making purchases, and making a difference.

This new event came about in response to the desire of our local businesses to have a day to celebrate the spirit of “neighbors helping neighbors” that is so prevalent in West Seattle. Within The Junction business community, there is a profound sense that giving back is the right thing to do. Many Junction businesses already actively contribute to local nonprofits and community initiatives throughout the year – both financially and through volunteer hours.

Junction's Day of Giving

West Seattle Cyclery is one business that donates many volunteer hours throughout the year. Owner, Brad Loetel, and his employees give their time to local causes that speak to them not only as a business serving the cycling community, but also as people who love their sport and their neighborhood.  “Since we’ve opened, giving back to the community has always been a part of our mission statement,” Mr. Loetel explained. “We’ve had that strong position from the beginning – to find a way to give back,” he said. When asked how West Seattle Cyclery chose their nonprofits for the Day of Giving, Mr. Loetel responded:

“We feel strongly about these programs. We have felt passionately about them for a while. The Major Taylor Project does a wonderful job of getting kids on bikes and getting them into cycling. We’ve also been supporting Obliteride for 3 years. A lot of customers who participate [in the Obliteride] ride to support family members with cancer. [The Day of Giving] is a good way to bring visibility to these.”

Like West Seattle Cyclery, many Junction business owners and their employees feel that by supporting local nonprofits, they can bring greater attention to this important work and help the West Seattle neighborhood to thrive. “We are continually surprised and humbled by the support our community extends to us, and want to give back in whatever way we can to say thanks and support others,” said owner John Smersh of Click! Design That Fits.

Junction's Day of Giving

Many participating nonprofits are equally excited to partner with the businesses on this new event. “I hope that people across West Seattle see the treasure of local merchants we have in the Junction, and how committed this business community is to helping our whole community,” said Josh Sutton, Executive Director of the West Seattle and Fauntleroy YMCAs. “The Y will be communicating news about the Day of Giving to our members and participants, with the hopes that many people will turn out and support these businesses who are making a difference,” he said.

For many of the nonprofits, The Day of Giving will allow them the opportunity to connect with a wider audience and share their mission and goals more broadly. Clay Eals, Executive Director of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, explained how important connecting with the community is:

“Contributions from the Duwamish peninsula are the lifeblood of our organization, particularly since grant sources of operating funds are few. Giving locally has a profound sense of satisfaction because donors know that the contributions will have a tangible effect where they live and work. For us, that means closer relationships with those who care most about our peninsula. Our work – indeed, life itself – is all about relationships.”

Junction's Day of Giving

Visit The Junction’s Day of Giving landing page for a complete list of all participating businesses and nonprofits.


The Junction’s Day of Giving

Saturday, April 30th / West Seattle Junction

Earth Day at Fleurt

Tomorrow – Friday, April 22nd – is Earth Day. Please join Fleurt in celebrating our planet by dropping off your gently used vases, containers, pots and jars. In exchange for helping to recycle and keep waste out of our landfills, Fleurt will be giving away a mini cactus for every drop off!

Earth Day at Fleurt
These adorable little cacti add lots of personality to your home, make great modern centerpieces, and require very little care. Snag one for your own southwest-inspired zen garden and feel good about helping to do your part for the environment.

This event will be going on all weekend-long from, Friday through Sunday at Fleurt in The Junction. Fleurt is open daily until 5pm.

Also, if you are recently engaged, planning a wedding, or know someone getting hitched please check out Fleurt’s new website dedicated to weddings: www.Fleurtweddings.com


Earth Day at Fleurt

Friday, April 22 – Sunday, April 24 / 4536 California Ave SW

Trivia Night Fundraiser at the Senior Center

The Senior Center of West Seattle is hosting a TRIVIA NIGHT fundraiser tomorrow night – Tuesday, April 19th – at the Center! Join them for a night of food, fun, facts, and friends to benefit the myriad programs and services that the Senior Center provides to the community. Build your own team to battle against other teams, or come by yourself and they’ll put you on a team. There are prizes for the top four teams and all ages are welcome!

Trivia Night Fundraiser

This event will be hosted by Phil Tavel, who’s been hosting Trivia Night at Talarico’s for eight years. Complimentary snacks and no host bar with beer, wine, and a featured cocktail sponsored by West 5.

The doors open at 7pm with trivia starting at 7:30. Tickets are $12 per person in advance or $15 at the door. If you come as a team of 6 to 8, you’ll pay only $10 a person! Call 206 932 4044 x1 to register. This event is generously sponsored by Talarico’s, West 5, and Meeples Games.


Trivia Night Fundraiser at the Senior Center

Tuesday, April 19th / 7pm /

Record Store Day 2016 at Easy Street Records

Record Store Day 2016

Record Store Day 2016 is this Saturday, April 16th at Easy Street Records! They’ve planned a whole day of exciting music releases and fun events to celebrate. To start things off, Easy Street will be selling the Special Edition of “The Sonics Live At Easy Street” and it’s ONLY available from them on Record Store Day! This limited run of 500 on jet black vinyl, will include the following:

* Custom-screened, hand-numbered outer sleeve
* Copy of signed set list
* Ticket for the event
* Download card good for two free bonus songs from the concert not included on the album
* Detailed liner notes by Easy Street president Matt Vaughan


Record Store Day 2016
Here’s a little more about the show where this record was recorded:

“The Sonics’ Record Store Day in-store last year was one of the biggest and most awesome events we’ve ever hosted, featuring guests such as Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready, Ben Shepherd (Soundgarden), the Screaming Trees’ Mark Pickerel and Van Conner, Emily Nokes (Tacocat), Chris Ballew (Presidents Of The United States Of America, Caspar Babypants), Matt Lukin (Mudhoney), and many others (including original Sonics bassist Andy Parypa). We’ve heard the vinyl, and trust us, it sounds absolutely fantastic.”

Easy Street Record Store Day 2016 Events!


Greg Vandy Book Signing & Q&A – 3pm-6pm

Record Store Day 2016

Greg Vandy is host of KEXP’s “The Roadhouse” and the man behind the online magazine American Standard Time, which focuses on American roots music. Vandy’s latest project is a book titled 26 Songs In 30 Days: Woody Guthrie’s Columbia River Songs & The Planned Promised Land In The Pacific Northwest, which tells the story of how Woody Guthrie wrote all those songs in that little time – including classics like “Roll On Columbia” and “Pastures of Plenty” – when he was hired by the Bonneville Power Administration to promote the benefits of cheap hydroelectric power, irrigation, and the Grand Coulee Dam. Vandy takes readers inside the unusual partnership between one of America’s great folk artists and the federal government, and shows how the first American folk revival of the 1930’s was a response to hard times.

Vandy will participate in a live Q&A with Easy Street’s own Andy Nelson starting at 3pm on Record Store Day, followed by book signing until 6pm.


Easy Street Opens Pop-Up Shop At KEXP’s New Home On Record Store Day!

Record Store Day 2016

Easy Street will be opening a pop-up shop At KEXP’s New Home On Record Store Day! If you’re downtown on Saturday or Sunday this weekend, represent and support West Seattle by stopping by the Easy Street pop-up shop during the Grand Opening of KEXP’s new home at Seattle Center. “You can’t open on Record Store Day and not have records to buy,” says Easy Street owner Matt Vaughan. Stocked with an assortment of RSD exclusives plus new and old titles, the Easy Street pop-up will be open Saturday, April 16 from noon to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Acapulco Lips Record Release In-Store – 7pm

Record Store Day 2016

Local band, the Acapulco Lips will be playing at a special Record Store Day in-store event starting at 7pm at Easy Street. Here’s a little more about the event:

“Acapulco Lips’ self-titled debut album (out 4/15) is also the debut of their Southwest Seattle-based label, Killroom Records, who say the local trio is “bound together by a studied adoration towards the loud, reckless, rebellious sonic traditions of psych, garage, soul, and surf rock…from transporting guitar jangles, assertively revved up percussion, boogie-friendly bass breakdowns, topped with disarmingly charming coos and aahs.” Come see them mix it all up at Easy Street, 7pm on RSD!”


Record Store Day 2016 at Easy Street Records

Saturday, April 16 / 4559 California Ave SW