August 2023

Opening events planned for four Seattle schools 

West Seattle Elementary opening will feature ribbon cutting ceremony

Information from Seattle Public Schools

Four new or expanded elementary schools will open for the new school year on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023. Funding for these construction projects came from the 2019 voter-approved capital levy, Building Excellence V (BEX V).  

Ribbon-cutting ceremonies are scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 31; Wednesday, Sept. 6; and Thursday, Sept. 28.  


JAMES BALDWIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (formerly Northgate Elementary School) 

11725 1st Avene NE, Seattle 

New school building replaces former Northgate Elementary building and opens with a new name, selected by the school community 

  • Thursday, August 31, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

    • Event starts at 10:30 a.m. 

    • Ceremony starts at 11 a.m.   

  • Location: main entrance on 1st Ave NE; indoors if rain 


Tickets now on sale for Taste of West Seattle 2023

On September 28th, 2023 at The Hall at Fauntleroy the Taste of West Seattle is happening again to benefit the West Seattle Food Bank. This local food festival will feature samples from local restaurants and businesses. 

VIP admission at 5:30pm, General admission at 6:00pm

All guests must be 21+ to attend.

General Admission: $75

General admission gives you the opportunity to try samples from 30+ West Seattle's favorite local restaurants, cafes, breweries, and wineries!

VIP Admission: $125

VIP admission also grants early entry at 5:30pm, access to reserved seating areas, and a gift bag!

For event questions, email


Husky Deli opening a new Ice Cream window for after hours treats

Open late till 10 pm on Friday and Saturday nights

The iconic Husky Deli, operating in the heart of the West Seattle Junction at 4721 California Ave SW since 1932 doesn't change things frequently.

When you have a winning formula for more than nine decades why change?

But the owner of Husky, Jack Miller, kept hearing that people were looking for ice cream in the evening.

The Husky Deli store closes at 7pm but now a new ice cream only window will stay open from 7pm to 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights. 

"It was a natural evolution and people who are looking for treat can swing by and get it," Miller said.

Husky makes all its own ice cream in house and features a huge range of flavors.

husky sign


Own a small business in the Seattle area? Your marketing coach is here

Whitney Moore opens small business marketing firm after a successful run at WS Chamber

After a remarkable run as Executive Director of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Whitney Moore is leveraging that experience and know how to help small firms around the northwest get their marketing message out to their customers.

Electric Butter Marketing, which launches officially Sept. 1 is a boutique marketing agency offering services in:

  • Social Media Marketing 

  • Social Media Content Planning + Training 

  • Event Marketing


Seattle Police Foundation provides round 2 of citywide free steering wheel lock giveaway

Especially aimed at theft prone Kia and Hyundai owners

by Public Affairs 

In response to a rise in vehicle thefts involving certain Kia and Hyundai models, SPD’s Crime Prevention Coordinators will be giving away steering wheel locks at each of its five precincts this month. The devices are available at no charge to people who live or work in the City of Seattle, with a focus on those who own or lease a Kia or Hyundai vehicle.


  • Saturday, September 2nd : 9:30a.m. – 11:30a.m. 



Sidewalk closed on Highland Park Way SW between SW Holden St & SW Portland St

Information from SDOT

To increase safety and accessibility, we are rebuilding the sidewalk on the west side of Highland Park Way SW between SW Holden St and SW Portland St. The sidewalk will be closed from August 28 - September 8. If you are walking or rolling in the area, please use the sidewalk on the east side of Highland Park Way SW. There are crossings at SW Holden St and SW Kenyon St. 


Mountain 2 Sound Outfitters ending paddlesports sales

Mountain to Sound Outfitters (M2S) in West Seattle announces it will no longer continue its Paddlesports department.  Owner Greg Whittaker said "After several years of attempting to grow the category, we have determined that it is no longer a feasible category for us in the Seattle market.   Mountain to Sound Outfitters on water location, Alki Kayak Tours, will continue to operate as a rental, instruction, and touring operation for paddle sports, and will offer demo kayaks and stand up paddleboards (SUPs) for certain brands.  M2S will continue to be the go-to winter sports provider for the Seattle market and is currently ramping up for the upcoming winter 23-24 season.  


Strike may be brewing by Local 302 members affecting Seattle Public Schools

Culinary, custodial, security and gardening workers may walk out; District expects to start the new year on time Sept. 6

A strike is looking increasingly likely by IUOE 302 workers since they say Seattle Public Schools is not offering an acceptable contract, set to expire Aug. 31. 

The first day of school is Sept 6. 

The approximately 400 union members are culinary, custodial, security and gardening workers. That means no school lunches, no trash service, no guards on duty among other impacts. These factors could delay the start of school for an indefinite period. The district serves more than 27,000 meals daily.

In an email to members the union said:


Fundraiser Aug. 31 at Southgate Roller Rink to help a beloved community member beat cancer

The West Seattle / White Center community is rallying to support a beloved community member after a cancer diagnosis. 

Event link here

Katie is the manager at the Southgate roller rink. This same community of White Center locals and especially the White Center queer community rallied together to raise $100K to rebuild the Lumberyard in 2021. Now they are gathering funds for another good cause, ensuring that a loved person in the community has what she needs to face a recent cancer diagnosis.