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Twelfth Night Productions Open The Miss Firecracker Contest April 9, 2010
Twelfth Night Productions (TNP) is proud to open its spring production, The Miss Firecracker Contest, by Beth Henley on Friday April 9 at the Youngstown Cultural Center in West Seattle.


The Daystar Retirement Village in West Seattle may not be searching for Bobby Fischer, but the home did make a big move with its new oversized chess set it just acquired.

“I have a dream that by the use of the chess game we can get the residents’ brains more active,” enthused Gail Sherman, activities director. “Even our residents who are the spectators are thinking actively as they’re watching. The Community School of West Seattle’s kindergarten to third graders are learning to play chess. They visit us the first and third Thursday of every month.”

The private school is at 9450 22nd Avenue SW. Sherman said they walk a few blocks to the home, at 2615 Southwest Barton Street.

“The students have been visiting for over three years, and engage residents with drawing and story-telling” Sherman said. They are little actors and actresses, and now this chessboard will be a way for the students to engage residents with a real thinking game.”

Giant chess set photo-1.jpg
Photo credit: 
Steve Shay

PROTECTING THE KING. Bill Crooks, 89, a new resident at Daystar Retirement Home in West Seattle, makes the first move with a new chess set acquired by the home Saturday, April 3. Activities director, Gail Sherman, standing in center, and residents observe.

Sunday Apr 11 at West Seattle Library

With its official flower—the daffodil—in full bloom, the West Seattle Art Club will celebrate its 100th year with a centennial tea next Sunday, April 11th, from 2-4 pm at the West Seattle Library. Thirty members strong since 1910—and limited by charter to that small number—the group continues a legacy of art education, support of the arts, and community activism.

The second oldest art club in the state owes its existence to the foresight of one Katherine B. Baker who, after moving from Chicago in 1909, felt that Seattle's cultural scene needed a bit of a boost. In April, 1910, she and several friends gathered in the Palm Avenue home of Mrs. J. Walter Hainsworth to create the West Seattle Art Club.


The West Seattle Art Club visitor register contains names going back to the early years of the last century. The group celebrates its 100th year next Sunday, Apr 11 with a tea at the West Seattle Library.

Click the image to see a page from the guest register and a photo of the club members.

Spring Rummage Sale
Tibbetts United Methodist Church
3940 41st Ave S.W.
March 12, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and March 13, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Household items, knick knacks, furniture, books, clothing for all ages and many collectables. Snack bar with coffee and doughnuts. Proceeds to to the United Methodist Women for their outreach program.

Pet Food Drive for White Center Food Bank
Now through March 13, 2010
White Center Kiwanis is collecting dog and cat food. Pet food can be dropped off in Burien at A Place For Pets (431 S.W. 152nd St.) or the Law Offices of Gerald Robison (648 S. 152nd St. #7), or in West Seattle at Hotwire Coffee House (4410 California Ave S.W.) by March 13. On March 13, pet food can be dropped off at the White Center Food Bank (10829 8th Ave S.W.) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On-line donations can be made at www.whitecenterfoodbank.org.

St. Patrick's Day 3.1 Mile Walk
West Seattle Stadium
4432 35th Ave. S.W.
206-876-0455 or 206-684-4664
Saturday, March 13, 10 a.m. registration,


Highland Park Improvement Club Dance with Lauren Petrie

Dance this Saturday, February 27
with musician Lauren Petrie.
7pm – 10pm, $5 donation, byob.
All are welcome!

Highland Park Improvement Club
1116 SW Holden St
Seattle, WA 98106

For more information

And here’s the club’s website:


Highland Park Improvement Club
1116 S.W. Holden St.
Seattle, WA 98106
Pack 793 holds annual event

Cub Scout Pack 793 gathered on Thursday Feb, 18 at the Holy Family Hall for the Annual Blue and Gold celebration for Boy Scouts of America. Approximately 100 Cub Scouts from Tigers all the way up to WeBeLos and their parents plus some special guests participated.
2010 marks the 100th Anniversary for Boy Scouts of America and this event marked the occasion with cakes and other decorations commemorating the event.

On the agenda were skits, a slideshow, some awards and some discussion of Boy Scouts and what they are doing.
The Master of Ceremonies and running the event was Don Stoll, the Pack Leader.

But before any of the other activities it was time to dig in to the Taco Bar complete with tortillas, taco shells, spanish rice, guacamole, cheese, tomatoes, olives, ground beef and diced chicken.

Photo credit: 
Patrick Robinson

Lucas Richardson, Ethan Moss, Jorve Merca, Luca Kennedy, Connor Merz and Max Debiec and many, many more bellied up to get their tacos on Thursday during the annual blue and gold celebration held at Holy Family Hall.

Fauntleroy Food Fest & Annual Membership Meeting

The Fauntleroy Food Fest & Annual Membership Meeting features scrumptious nibbles from neighborhood restaurants and other purveyors of fine foods.

Come out to meet and greet friends and neighbors, enjoy food samples from local eateries and stop by information tables of neighborhood and government organizations. The Original Bakery, Endolyne Joe's, Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering, Bird on a Wire Espresso, Guadalajara Mexican restaurant and Giannoni's Pizzeria will be there with samples of their tasty offerings.  read more »


The Hall at Fauntleroy
9131 California Ave. SW Fauntleroy Community Association
Seattle, WA

Just five and a half months after the former Phoenecia at Alki Restaurant closed its doors due to the death of its owner, Seattle icon Hussein Khazaal, it rises again with a grand opening Friday night, Jan. 29, 5pm-11pm. The location is the same, 2716 Alki Avenue SW, but the interior’s carpeting and white tablecloths have been removed to expose the unpolished, retro cement floor and heavily laminated wooden tabletops. Bar seating has also been added. The prices are generally lower, and some of the old dishes will remain, though tweaked slightly.

“We couldn’t even walk inside the restaurant for a month after my father died,” said Hussein’s son, William, 35. His Lebanese-born father died Aug. 7 in his sleep in his West Seattle home. He was 63. Hussein left behind William, Sonya, Nadia, four grandchildren, and his wife of 40 years, Inaam. She is the owner of the new restaurant, simply called Phoenecia.

Photo credit: 
Steve Shay

William Khazaal and his family have helped his mother, Inaam, reopen the Phoenecia Restaurant. It closed its doors Aug. 7 when its owner, Hussein 63, died in his sleep in his West Seattle home. Inaam was his wife of 40 years, and William, their son.

West Seattle Memories

The tree-lined coast of West Seattle from Brace Point to Pt Williams was originally called Fauntleroy Park. When the city of Seattle bought it in 1922, during a time much closer to the Civil War than we are now, they renamed it Lincoln Park. Surely the Duwamish before them had their own names for this forest of cedars and firs along the Puget Sound. But in the 1970’s, my brother Troy and I just called Lincoln Park - “freedom”.

I can’t apologize for growing up in simpler and somewhat quaint time, where kids were free to roam Lincoln Park all day long as long as we were home before the street lights came on. We were explorers, and there was much to be discovered.

Our first order of business was to ride bikes to our favorite forts and hideouts in the park intent on stopping for candy on our way home. But try as we might, our bicycles always forced us to stop at the optimistically named Lincoln Park “Grocery” before we ever got to the park.

Content and location meeting February 4th

The West Seattle Trails and Wayfinding Project is inviting the public to attend a meeting to define the contents and locations for 3 Alki area kiosks. The meeting will be at the Alki Community Center, February 4, Thursday, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Background on the project is at . The meeting will focus on the content for three kiosks, including a discussion of themes, images and photographs to accompany, and the kinds of motifs which would be appropriate for art located on the bottom half of the kiosks. Each kiosk is intended to have a common side - the map - and a unique-to-the-location other side which is the focus of the meeting.

The general location for the three Alki kiosks is:

1) In the vicinity of Me Kwa Mooks Park and/or Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook on Beach Drive.
2) In the vicinity of the Statue of Liberty on Alki Avenue
3) In the vicinity of Seacrest Park on Harbor Avenue

Photo credit: 
Chas Redmond

This kiosk on Delridge is similar to 3 more to be installed in other locations around West Seattle. A meeting to determine the content and and exact placement is being held February 4th at the Alki Community Center.

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