FIREWORKS: Sales begin for last legal holiday in North Highline

June 28th, 2021 Tracy Posted in Holidays, White Center news 2 Comments »

The last season of legal fireworks-selling in unincorporated King County has begun. That stand by Roxbury Lanes is one of multiple fireworks stands that opened today. The rules allow sales 9 am-11 pm daily through the 4th of July (Sunday), and the 4th is the only day you can legally set them off (9 am to midnight). Starting next year, fireworks will be completely banned in unincorporated King County, as they are in jurisdictions neighboring White Center – Burien, Seattle, and Tukwila.

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Time to take out the tree: How to recycle yours

January 1st, 2021 Tracy Posted in Environment, Holidays, White Center news Comments Off on Time to take out the tree: How to recycle yours

O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree … time to take you out before you dry out. If you have curbside service from Waste Management, you can put yours out with your yard waste – just be sure it’s cut into sections no longer than four feet. Or if you just want to drop off the entire tree, here’s an option the next two days:

Annual Scout Troop Christmas Tree Recycling will be Jan. 2 & 3

January 2, 2021 – January 3, 2021

Burien Eagles, 920 SW 150th Street

9 am-4 pm both days

Local Scout Troop 375/8375 will be holding their annual Christmas Tree Recycle the weekend of Jan. 2 & 3, 2021. Bring your tree to their recycling station at the FOE Burien Eagles Lodge parking lot, located behind the Countryside Cafe. No flocked trees please. Suggested Donation $5.

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HOLIDAY GIVING: Help local firefighters’ donation drive

November 15th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Holidays, How to Help, White Center news Comments Off on HOLIDAY GIVING: Help local firefighters’ donation drive

If you can help – local firefighters who serve North Highline and Burien are looking for assistance in this year’s donation drive:

Whatever you can give, District 2 will use to buy food to donate to the 25 families it’s helping this season.

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HALLOWEEN: Safer trick-or-treating

October 31st, 2020 Tracy Posted in Holidays, White Center news Comments Off on HALLOWEEN: Safer trick-or-treating

Hope you’re having a safe Halloween! Many residents found creative ways to facilitate no-contact trick-or-treating. Tom sent this candy-chute photo from his White Center porch.

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North Highline Unincorporated Area Council update – including free masks and hand sanitizer!

July 1st, 2020 Tracy Posted in Coronavirus, Holidays, North Highline Fire District, North Highline UAC, White Center news Comments Off on North Highline Unincorporated Area Council update – including free masks and hand sanitizer!

From the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council:

As in our prior years, the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council (NHUAC) will not be holding July and August meetings. We will resume meetings on Thursday, September 3rd. Wishing everyone a safe, happy, warm, summer –

In the meantime, please see the info below regarding mask and hand sanitizer distribution that the North Highline Fire District in partnership with NHUAC and King County, will be handing out on July 4th.

The North Highline Fire District is Pleased to Announce

We will be distributing face masks (2 per person) and hand sanitizer (1 bottle per household) on July 4th in partnership with the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council and King County.

Your firefighters work hard to ensure the safety of North Highline.

We look forward to seeing you in our community on July 4th and making sure you have the protective gear you need to stay healthy!

If you need a mask or hand sanitizer before the 4th of July, please e-mail your contact information to: office@northhighlinefd.org

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White Center’s 2019 community Christmas tree

December 14th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Holidays, White Center news 1 Comment »

White Center’s 2019 community Christmas tree is now twinkling over the intersection of 16th/Roxbury/Delridge, after a lighting ceremony tonight. Please accept our apology for publishing what turned out to be the wrong date for the event – the first announcement we received about the tree lighting and Night Market said December 15th, but when we received a second announcement saying “Saturday,” we failed to catch the discrepancy.

P.S. Next year will mark the 10th anniversary of the return of White Center community Christmas tree lightings – here’s our coverage of the first one back in 2010.

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White Center Tree Lighting to include tribute to Tommy Martin

December 12th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Holidays, White Center news 1 Comment »

(WCN photo from 2018 Tree Lighting)

We told you last week about the White Center Christmas Tree Lighting event coming up Sunday (December 15th). Tonight, we have more information: It’ll start at 5 pm and will include a tribute to Tommy Martin, the local enterpreneur and community advocate who died suddenly earlier this year. The White Center Eagles‘ Christmas carolers will sing, local businesses will provide refreshments, and Santa Claus is expected to make an appearance. And they’ll be collecting food for the White Center Food Bank, so please bring a donation if you can. This will all happen at the mini-park by Mac’s Triangle Pub at Delridge/16th/Roxbury.

SATURDAY NIGHT NOTE: Just discovered that we had wrong info and this happened tonight. Our apologies, and we are sorry to have missed it … off to photograph the tree soon as we can.

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White Center’s 2019 Tree Lighting – plus Holiday Market! – set for December 15th

December 4th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Holidays, White Center news 2 Comments »

(WCN photo from 2018 Tree Lighting)

The date is set for this year’s White Center Tree Lighting – and a Holiday Market is happening that evening too, for the first time. Here’s the announcement we received today:

White Center is hosting its first annual Holiday Market, on December 15th at 4 pm, in tandem with the Tree Lighting! It will take place in the business district with holiday marketplaces in two locations (at Miss Sheryl’s Ballet & Drunky Two Shoes BBQ). there will be featured local performers, and specials all up and down the heart of White Center!

Local artists of handmade items (please no MLM) wishing to participate in the market are encouraged to contact Sheryl at onpointmom@gmail.com for more information.

The Tree Lighting in the mini-park outside Mac’s Triangle Pub will happen that night at 6 pm.

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HOLIDAYS: Shopping @ White Center Library Guild’s bazaar/book sale

November 16th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Holidays, White Center news Comments Off on HOLIDAYS: Shopping @ White Center Library Guild’s bazaar/book sale

Whatever you’re looking for, you just might find it at the White Center Library Guild‘s bazaar and book sale, on until 3 pm at the library (1409 SW 107th).

Proceeds benefit library programs.

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SATURDAY: White Center Library Guild’s Holiday Bazaar and Book Sale

November 14th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Holidays, White Center Library, White Center news Comments Off on SATURDAY: White Center Library Guild’s Holiday Bazaar and Book Sale

Saturday (November 16th) from 10 am to 3 pm at the library, 1409 SW 107th: “Used books, non-English language books/CDs/ DVDs, white-elephant gifts and holiday items for sale. All proceeds benefit the programs for the White Center Library. A free all-ages craft activity will be offered during the bazaar.”

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4TH OF JULY: Extra fireworks enforcement

July 3rd, 2019 Tracy Posted in Holidays, King County Sheriff's Office, Safety, White Center news 5 Comments »

From the King County Sheriff’s Office:

King County’s unincorporated communities will get assistance in keeping the Fourth of July holiday safe, with a $25,000 boost in Sheriff funding for increased patrols. Metropolitan King County Councilmembers Joe McDermott, Larry Gossett, and Reagan Dunn announced that funds for the King County Sheriff’s Office were prioritized in the King County Budget. These patrols will be on the lookout for illegal fireworks usage during the Fourth of July holiday.

“With growing concerns over public safety, these funds for the Sheriff are intended to ensure a safe 4th of July celebration for everyone,” said McDermott.

“It is important that residents of our unincorporated areas can celebrate our Independence Day, but do it in a safe and legal manner,” said Gossett. “These increased patrols will go a long way to ensure that.”

$25,000 was prioritized to cover 300 hours of extra emphasis which will be split between the three sheriff precincts; Northeast, Southeast, and Southwest King County. The intent of this action is to ensure deputies can better respond to 911 calls made in response to illegal fireworks.

“My first priority as folks celebrate Independence Day is to help ensure the safety of unincorporated residents,” said Dunn. “I worked hard with my colleagues to get the additional funding that the Sheriff’s Office needed in order to provide a heavier police presence leading up to and on the Fourth.”

“The additional funding that we received from the King County Council is being used to proactively respond to illegal firework calls,” said Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht. “We want everyone to have a safe 4th of July.”

In unincorporated King County, fireworks may only be discharged on July 4 from 9 a.m. to midnight. Residents are encouraged to act responsibly when using fireworks. Examples of legal fireworks include cone fountains, smoke devices, mines/shells/cakes, wheels, parachutes, roman candles, ground spinners, cylindrical fountains, sparklers, and poppers.

There are a number of free fireworks shows located around King County. The cities of Bellevue, Auburn, Carnation, Des Moines, Federal Way, Kent, Kenmore, Maple Valley, Mercer Island, Newcastle, Mountlake Terrace, Renton, Sammamish, Seattle, and Tukwila are all hosting public fireworks displays on July 4th. (Here’s a list.)

For more information about how to use fireworks safely and legally, go here.

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MLK DAY OF SERVICE: Volunteers @ WestSide Baby

January 21st, 2019 Tracy Posted in Holidays, How to Help, WestSide Baby, White Center news Comments Off on MLK DAY OF SERVICE: Volunteers @ WestSide Baby

(Photos by Patrick Sand for White Center Now and West Seattle Blog)

Fixing up gently used car seats to help keep kids safe is part of what dozens of volunteers did at WestSide Baby in White Center today, for an MLK Day of Service project organized by United Way of King County. WS Baby has a mountain of car seats to move:

Volunteers were from businesses and organizations including Starbucks and Nordstrom.

They also helped process and package donated clothes and diapers for some of the thousands of families WS Baby serves in a growing area of King County.

Many brought their own kids to help out. WS Baby’s executive director Nancy Woodland reminds us volunteer help is needed and welcome year-round.

Here’s how you can help!

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NEW YEAR’S EVE: Ride Metro for free again this year

December 21st, 2018 Tracy Posted in Holidays, Metro, Transportation, White Center news Comments Off on NEW YEAR’S EVE: Ride Metro for free again this year

Just announced by the county:

For the second year, King County Metro will offer free rides on New Year’s Eve. Rides will be free from 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, to 4 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1, including DART and Access service. In addition, Metro will add buses to its night routes. The Seattle Streetcar also will be free on New Year’s Eve, and Sound Transit will extend the operating hours of Link light rail service between Angle Lake and the University of Washington.

“As we ring in another new year together, we are glad to again offer free rides on Metro to help keep the celebration safe for everyone,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “We appreciate all our customers, and hope folks who give transit a try during the holiday season will join the half-million daily Metro riders who depend on our safe, friendly, and reliable service all year ’round.”

“Access to safe and reliable transportation is a cornerstone of Metro’s mission and New Years Eve is no exception. We hope existing and future riders will utilize Metro to help them celebrate the New Year this year,” said King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove, who proposed the idea in 2017.

King County Metro will operate reduced weekday schedules on New Year’s Eve on some routes, with extra buses on several routes serving destinations such as Seattle Center, Capitol Hill and downtown. New Year’s revelers can take advantage of Metro’s recently expanded Night Owl network, with added service on major routes between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.

Sound Transit will operate extended Link light rail service with trains running until 2 a.m. pm New Year’s Eve. The last trains to leave Westlake Station depart at 2 a.m.

The Seattle Streetcar will operate until 1 a.m.

Metro routes with added trips as needed will include 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 14, 24, 32, 36, 40, 41, 62, 65, 70, 101, 106, 120, 124, 150, 255, RapidRide A, B, C, D and E lines, and ST 550 and ST 554. The fareboxes and ORCA card readers on Metro buses will be covered to remind customers not to pay. A regular valid fare will be required on Sound Transit Express buses.

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VIDEO: 2018 White Center Christmas Tree Lighting honors memory of King County Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Cox

December 2nd, 2018 Tracy Posted in Holidays, White Center news Comments Off on VIDEO: 2018 White Center Christmas Tree Lighting honors memory of King County Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Cox

A weekend of tree lightings wrapped up with the White Center Christmas Tree Lighting tonight:

This was more than a tree lighting – it was also a tribute to the memory of King County Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Cox, a White Center community leader killed in the line of duty exactly 12 years ago.

Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht was there to join in the tribute.

She spoke briefly:

The tree itself honors law enforcers with its blue lights and firefighters with its red lights:

Members of both groups were among those in attendance:

Among the tree sponsors, neighboring Mac’s Triangle Pub, whose namesake was of course there:

Dancers Nina and Sureya from Miss Sheryl’s Ballet – whose proprietor Sheryl Clinton leads the WC Chamber of Commerce – performed:

You can see the tree throughout the season on the north side of the Delridge/Roxbury/16th intersection.

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White Center Christmas Tree Lighting this Sunday night

November 28th, 2018 Tracy Posted in Holidays, White Center news 4 Comments »

(WCN file photo)

You’re invited to the White Center Christmas Tree Lighting this Sunday (December 2nd), as announced by the White Center Chamber of Commerce:

Please join us as we celebrate the holiday season and pay our respects to Deputy Steve Cox on the anniversary of his passing. Chili, Donuts, Apple Cider & Cocoa will be on sale to benefit the White Center Food Bank. Food donations greatly appreciated.

This community event is sponsored by Meat the Live Butcher, Center Tool Rental, Mac’s Triangle Pub, Miss Sheryl’s Ballet, Tommy Sound Studios, Good Day Donuts, and the White Center Chamber of Commerce.

The event is set for 5 pm in the mini-park by Mac’s (Delridge/Roxbury). And if you’d like to help hang lights on the tree, they’re welcoming volunteers at 11:30 am Saturday.

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HOLIDAYS: A visit to the White Center Library Guild’s bazaar/book sale

November 17th, 2018 Tracy Posted in Holidays, White Center news Comments Off on HOLIDAYS: A visit to the White Center Library Guild’s bazaar/book sale

1:37 PM: Out and about on this sunny pre-Thanksgiving Saturday? Stop by the White Center Library before 3 pm for the Library Guild’s annual bazaar and bake sale. Some handcrafted items, and some rummage sale-y items too:

Proceeds benefit library programs. Haven’t been to the library? It’s at 1409 SW 107th.

ADDED 9:40 PM: Thanks to Gill Loring for sharing these photos:

This bazaar had raffles – above, the afghan winner; below, the Mariners Gift Pack winner:

And … it’s not a bazaar without warm fuzzies:

By the way … the library will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

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SATURDAY: 2018 Holiday Bazaar & Book Sale @ White Center Library

November 12th, 2018 Tracy Posted in Holidays, Libraries, White Center Library, White Center news Comments Off on SATURDAY: 2018 Holiday Bazaar & Book Sale @ White Center Library

(WCN photo from 2017 bazaar)

Saturday’s the day you can do holiday shopping at the library! It’s the Holiday Bazaar and Book Sale put on by the White Center Library Guild:

Books, white elephant, holiday, and gently used household treasures galore. All proceeds benefit the programs for the White Center Library.

Saturday, November 17th 10 am to 3 pm, WC Library, 1409 SW 107th

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Happy Halloween!

October 31st, 2018 Tracy Posted in Holidays, White Center news Comments Off on Happy Halloween!

Thanks to Gill Loring for one of the area’s most abundantly decorated Halloween houses!

This is on “the west side of 26th Ave. SW just north of SW 104th,” Gill tells us.

Got your plans for tonight yet? Many White Center establishments are inviting you in for a party.

And you can trick-or-treat at participating businesses between 4 and 6 pm. Stay safe and have a happy Halloween!

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Family Halloween Carnival coming up at Steve Cox Memorial Park on October 27th

October 15th, 2018 Tracy Posted in Fun, Holidays, White Center news Comments Off on Family Halloween Carnival coming up at Steve Cox Memorial Park on October 27th

(Photo courtesy King County Parks)

Early reminder so you can be sure this is on your calendar!

The Annual King County Parks Family Halloween Carnival is coming up on Saturday, October 27th from 2-5 pm at the White Center Community Center, in Steve Cox Memorial Park (1321 SW 102nd).

Doors open at 2 p.m. and admission is FREE.

Local teens have planned nearly 30 different spooky town-themed crafts and games for local children ages 10 and under.

Tickets for each activity are sold for .25 each or 4/$1.

In addition to the games, the carnival will also feature a free juggling performance at 3:30 p.m.

This year’s carnival is once again sponsored by the Teens and Staff of the White Center Teen Program. The WCTP offers free recreational, educational and social enrichment programming to over 1200 culturally diverse participants ages 12-19 each year. The program operates five days a week, forty-eight weeks a year and provides structured recreational classes and programs, homework assistance, educational and computer resources, leadership training, volunteer opportunities, special events, field trips, and drop-in activities.

The Annual Halloween Carnival is traditionally one of the teens favorite volunteer events. Program staff estimate at least 50 teens will volunteer at the event. For additional Information, please contact Darlene Sellers, Recreation Coordinator at 206.477.2104

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Holiday freebie: Li’l Woody’s offering you a free burger Labor Day afternoon

August 29th, 2018 Tracy Posted in Food, Holidays, White Center news Comments Off on Holiday freebie: Li’l Woody’s offering you a free burger Labor Day afternoon

Li’l Woody’s in White Center says you deserve a treat on Labor Day, so it’s offering you a free burger 2-5 pm Monday. The caveats:

– No other sandwiches
– Extras cost extra
– Limit 1 burger per customer

As you probably know, Li’l Woody’s is adjacent to Beer Star, at 16th/98th.

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