January 2021

The Admiral Theater opens again Feb. 5 in limited capacity

It's been a bumpy road for movie theaters during the pandemic with some closing permanently, some (such as AMC) renting their spaces out for private events) but the historic Admiral Theater in West Seattle has tried reopening and now will reopen again on Feb. 5.

During the early days of the pandemic they shut down, and then last October tried to open as restrictions were eased. That did not last long. The Admiral shut down again in November as Phase 1 restrictions came back.  

But Governor Inslee announced last week that Phase 2 status of "Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery" will take effect Feb. 1 which means movie theaters will be allowed to operate at 25 percent capacity or 200 people maximum, whichever is fewer. 

The films to be shown include (links to advance ticket purchase):


West 5, a true West Seattle original celebrates 18 years with rolled back prices

Re-opened in house dining will be a boost for the local landmark

Established in 2003 as a novel “Non-Smoking Cocktail Lounge” West 5 is celebrating its eighteenth year in business in West Seattle in the month of February. West 5 will re-open for in-house dining in conjunction, and at capacities, provided from Washington state and local health district.

Starting February 1st, West 5 welcomes back the neighborhood with special rolled back prices:

  • Astral Mac N Cheese 7.00

  • Sloppy Joes 7.00

  • Mai Tai 7.00

Rolled back prices are offered for Online Orders, in-house dining (limited capacity), walk up or phone-in orders during all hours of operation. Check the West 5 website the most current hours www.westfive.com (currently noon-8:00).


HERBOLD: Highland Park home zone survey

District 1 City Councilmember Lisa Herbold shared this announcement in her newsletter to constituents Jan. 29.

As part of the Reconnect West Seattle program to address the impacts on neighborhoods from the closure of the West Seattle Bridge, SDOT initiated work on the Home Zone program in Highland Park, South Park, and Georgetown. A Home Zone involves the neighborhood working together to prioritize improvements that calm traffic and improve pedestrian mobility and neighborhood livability.


HERBOLD:West Seattle Bridge funding: Regional funding secured; State and Federal options

District 1 City Councilmember Lisa Herbold shared this news on Friday Jan. 29 in her newsletter to constituents:

On Thursday, the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) Executive Board voted to approve $14.4 million in funding for the West Seattle Bridge project.

Thank you to PSRC Executive Board members Council President González, Councilmembers Lewis and Strauss and Mayor Durkan for their work at the Executive Committee. Thanks also to members from King County, Pierce and Snohomish Counties, for affirming the importance of the West Seattle Bridge as a critical regional asset.


HERBOLD: Vaccination site coming to West Seattle; Nothing firm yet but news should come next week

COVID testing site will be converted to vaccination site

District 1 City Councilmember Lisa Herbold shared this announcement in her weekly news letter to constituents on Friday Jan. 29.

A couple weeks ago, I let you know that the Seattle Fire Department has begun COVID vaccinations starting with mobile teams that will vaccinate up to 1,000 residents and staff of adult family homes and some permanent supportive housing residences.

I explained that the City has the infrastructure in place to quickly turn at least one of the existing COVID testing sites into a mass vaccination site – what we don’t have is access to the necessary vaccine supply.  I’ve heard from many of you wanting to know what’s in store for West Seattle, given the closure of the West Seattle Bridge and ongoing restrictions on lower level bridge access and significant congestion on detour routes off of the peninsula.


Mixed use self storage facility coming to former funeral home site in White Center

The site of the former Yarington's Funeral Home, which burned down on July 8, last year,  at 10708 16th SW in White Center is now going to be a self storage facility, according to a public notice filed July 19.

A corporation called WA SS 16 AVE 20, LLC out of Miami, Florida filed the notice regarding their plan to build the facility there, which will require soil disturbance. That meant they had to file notice with the Washington State Department of Ecology to declare where the runoff from construction activities would go. In this case, it's going to nearby Mallard Lake.

Mallard Lake



Stone Cottage team has one more event prior to a mid February move

"Karaoke Rock Concert" is the last in a series of events meant to raise funds and awareness; $63,000 raised of $110,000 goal


The latest from the “Save the Stone Cottage” team:

One final “Story Stone” remains to be claimed, and this time there’s a ‘musical’ way to win it…

Friday, February 12, 2021— join us live at 7pm for a “Karaoke Rock Concert” and music trivia competition on Zoom

“Finding the Story Stones” Competitions

In a race to beat the wrecking ball, throughout January 2021 the “Save the Stone Cottage” committee have put on a series of educational, entertaining, and inspiring events called “Finding the Story Stones,” to raise awareness about our fundraising drive.

Finding each of the “Story Stones” has been unlocking elements of the unusual stories surrounding the Stone Cottage, Eva Falk, and the early history of Seattle and Alki. The final of these four fun activities will be held on February 12, 2021, capping off the series of fun events.


Seattle Gardening; Starting seeds indoors

Brought to you by West Seattle Nursery

EDITORS NOTE: This is the first in a series of columns prepared by the staff at the award winning West Seattle Nursery.  The Nursery is open for shopping, following COVID guidelines and they offer an array of trees, shrubs, bedding plants, garden supplies, decor and gift items. They are located at 5275 California Ave SW and you can find them online at https://www.westseattlenursery.com

If you’re anxious to get started on your spring garden, consider starting seedlings indoors.  If you plant seeds by the end of February, seedlings will be ready to transplant outdoors in 4 - 8 weeks, depending on the variety, when the soil and daytime temperatures are warmer.


Pop Up blood donation event at WS Senior Center could win you a car

information from West Seattle Senior Center

Your donation could put you in the driver’s seat!  When you donate blood with Bloodworks between Dec 28 - March 17, you will automatically be entered for a chance to win a car!  The lucky winner will have their choice among 9 pre-selected new vehicles from Haselwood Auto Group.  More info at www.bloodworksnw.org/winacar

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