Festivals/Annual Events

The styles varied among the 18 bands at this year’s Jazz Walk, and each of the 12 venues lent its aura to the Nov. 20 performances.

Many among the Jazz Walk attendees stuck to venues along Ballard Avenue, where Hadley Caliman and Pete Christlieb reunited to play in front of a large and delighted crowd.

Further along down the street, bars and restaurants hardly had enough seats for acts like the McTuff Trio and the Brent Jensen Quartet.

For those not yet 21, the Jazz Walk had plenty of venues to offer. Egan’s Jam House hosted the talented Chad McCullough Group. And, at perhaps the oddest venue of all, visitors could lounge around on couches or recliners and enjoy music from Collier and Dean at Skarbos Furniture.

Click on the image above for a slideshow from the 2009 Jazz Walk.

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Photo by Andrew Doughman

Hadley Caliman, right, and Pete Christlieb teamed up on saxophone during the Ballard Jazz Walk. CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS.

Boy Scout Troop 100 kicks off its annual Christmas tree sale the weekend after Thanksgiving at St. Alphonsus Church, located on 15th Avenue Northwest and Northwest 57th Street.

The St. Al's tree sale is a tradition of nearly 60 years in the Ballard community.

Trees of all shapes and varieties are hand-picked by some of the troop's fathers and sons.

The trees are freshly cut and replenished every few days and are guaranteed fresh.

Scouts volunteer their time to work at the tree sale.

The money raised enables the scouts to participate in many activities throughout the year. Some of the proceeds are donated within the community.

The tree lot will be open from Nov. 29 to Dec. 20 or until the trees sell out.


Fifty years after penning the Whitman Alma Mater for Whitman Middle School, former music teacher Bob Cathey stood against a wall in the school cafeteria, watching a new generation of Whitman Wildcats give tribute to their school with his song.

The Third Annual All School International Potluck Nov. 19 at Whitman Middle School was also the 50-year anniversary of the dedication of the school, located at 9201 15th Ave. N.W.

According to a history of Whitman Middle School by Seattle Public Schools, Northwest Elementary School opened on the site of the former Olympic Golf Course as an overflow building for the Crown Hill School in 1953.

The building temporarily became the Northwest Junior High School after the Crown Hill School moved.

Whitman Junior High School was officially dedicated on Nov. 19, 1959. The dedication served as the debut for the Whitman Alma Mater, "Salute to Whitman," by Cathey.

Whitman, named after a Protestant missionary who settled in Walla Walla in 1836, became a middle school in 1981.

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Michael Harthorne

Former Whitman Middle School music teacher Bob Cathey watches the Whitman band perform. Cathey's "Salute to Whitman" was performed at the dedication of the school on Nov. 19, 1959.

Westwood Village shopping center presented its first West Seattle Chamber of Commerce After Hours open house. In addition to merchants leaving their doors open and offering food and beverages Thursday night, Nov. 19, the center's Santa House officially opened. It occupies a storefront a few doors east of Bed Bath & Beyond.

Stuart Crandall, Westwood Village property manager, and Patricia Mullen, president of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon to Santa's House which Crandall designed and built.

Participating merchants donating food included Wyatt's Jewelers, Chicos, Giannoni's Pizza, Reflections Dental Center, State Farm, Rain Day Spa, the Sub Shop and others.

The White Center Food Bank set out containers to donate food in Santa's House.

Nancy Woodland of WestSide Baby discussed the Santa Diaper Drive which supplies White Center Food Bank and West Seattle Food Bank with diapers. Diaper donations are also accepted at the Santa House.

"We are a neighborhood shopping center and so the whole neighborhood can shop here, said Crandell. "We have seen increased sales and anticipate a busy Christmas shopping season."

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Steve Shay

Sixteen month-old Sofia Martinez hands Santa a present in the Westwood Village Santa House during its grand opening Thursday night, Nov. 19. Santa says he summers in West Seattle.
Click on the image to see a slideshow of the event.

The White Center Community Development Association (White Center CDA) is holding their seventh annual Community Summit, at Mt. View Elementary on Saturday, December 5 from 9:30am-4:00pm, admission is free. Childcare is available.

The aim is "to celebrate White Center while recognizing the community work and service that has shaped the area," according to an announcement released today.

Attendees will have access to numerous community organizations, partners and individuals who continue to make White Center a thriving neighborhood. Workshops, a resource fair and affinity groups will be available in several different languages. Food and cultural entertainment will reflect the diversity of White Center’s communities.

Attendees will also take part in an interactive electronic polling session to give feedback on their neighborhood, its environment and resources. The Neighborhood Plan, a book that contains a summary of community projects seeking to improve the lives of White Center residents, will be given to each attendee free of charge.


The Woodland Park Zoo will be holding a food drive for the Phinney Neighborhood Association Nov. 21 during its annual Turkey Toss.

Non-perishable food items can be dropped off outside the zoo's south entrance. Zoo admission is not required to donate food.

After donating food, zoo-goers can see snow leopards, Komodo dragons, grizzlies, lions and more carnivorous species chow down on raw, store-prepared turkeys at the Turkey Toss presented by Franz Bakeries.

The event is part of the zoo’s ongoing program to help enrich the lives of the zoo’s animals, promote natural animal behavior, keep animals mentally and physically stimulated and engage zoo visitors.

The donated food will benefit the Phinney Neighborhood Association soup kitchen program, which operates two days a week at St. John United Lutheran Church and one day a week at Calvary Lutheran Church in Ballard.

Food donations that are in demand are non-perishable juice, jam, canned fruit, beans, canned vegetables, chili, ketchup and powdered creamers.

The food drive lasts from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 21. The Turkey Toss will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo

A lion munches on a turkey during a previous Woodland Park Zoo Turkey Toss.

On Nov. 7 the Sixth Annual Crown Hill Arts Festival will offer Ballardites a chance to see a wide array of performances, from flamenco to African drumming, and alert neighbors as to what is going on artistically in the community.

"It builds awareness of not only what is going on in the building, but what is going on in the community," said Crown Hill Center Project Manager Catharine Weatbrook. "It's a lot of fun to see what your neighbors are doing."

The performances put on during the festival will be conducted by organizations, many of them run by area locals, housed within the Crown Hill Center.

The festival will also include an art show and beer cellar raffle.

The Gilbert and Sullivan Society, one of the buildings newest tenants, will perform selections from a number of its musicals.

Weatbrook could not say what she is looking forward to most at this year's festival.

"I can't pick one," she said. "It's all a lot of fun. There are always great surprises."

Though the Crown Hill Arts Festival is in its sixth year in the same building, this year technically marks its Crown Hill Center debut.

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Michael Harthorne

Lara McIntosh leads her Wassa Dance class at the Crown Hill Center. Many center tenants will be performing during the Nov. 7 Crown Hill Arts Festival.

Trick-or-treaters take over Ballard

Halloween revelers of all ages took to the streets of downtown Ballard Oct. 31 for the annual trick-or-treating event.

Participating businesses handed out candy, a photo booth was set up outside the old Ballard Camera shop and buskers entertained the hundreds of people, many in costume, who packed the sidewalks.

Popular characters, such as Spiderman and Harry Potter, lurked around every corner, but there were also some nifty homemade robots, a giant Peep and a topical tribute to swine flu.

Click the image above for a slideshow from the event. If you would like to add your Ballard Halloween photos to the slideshow, please email them to michaelh@robinsonnews.com.

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Michael Harthorne

Trick-or-treaters can grab some candy, if they dare, outside Matador on Market Street during the annual trick-or-treating event. CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS.

The Seattle Police Department has issued the following tips to parents whose ghouls and goblins will be making the rounds on Halloween night Saturday, Oct. 31.   

• Don't allow children go "Trick or treating" alone. An adult should accompany young children and make sure that all children carry a glow stick or flashlight and wear reflective clothing. 
• Accompany young children to the door of every house they approach. Stay within sight of the door when opened.  Children should be cautioned to never enter a home without prior permission from their parents.
• Stay in familiar neighborhoods and only visit well-lighted homes that have their outdoor lights on.  Parents should be familiar with every house and with all people from which the children receive treats.
• Children should be cautioned never to approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless they know the owner and are accompanied by a parent.  
• All costumes and masks should be clearly marked as flame resistant. When using facemasks, make sure the child can see and breathe properly and easily.


The historic Admiral Theater is hosting a few spooky events this Halloween.

Boo-Yah! Live Halloween Comedy starts Friday, Oct. 30 at 9 p.m.

According to the theater, "watch a group of campers spin terrifying true stories into horrifically funny campfire tales, which are played out live before your eyes."

This is a kid-friendly show.

On Halloween night, Saturday, Oct. 31, enjoy Shambala, a Three Dog Night Tribute Band. There will also be a costume contest.

At 10 p.m. there will be a showing of "REPO-The Genetic Opera." Then later, at midnight, the traditional showing of the "Rocky Horror Picture Show."

Tickets are $12.50 in advance and $15 at the door. After midnight on Oct. 30, tickets can be purchased at the door for $15 for adults and $8 for children under 12.

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