VIDEO: Street bands bring HONK! Fest West to White Center

June 2nd, 2018 Tracy Posted in Fun, White Center news 1 Comment »

12:58 PM: Today’s the day! HONK! Fest West is spending its second day of this year’s three-day festival in White Center – 1 to 6 pm. Go to the official site for the band list and locations. Free and fun. Coverage to come!

2:19 PM: Just spent the past hour wandering and enjoying:

The “stages” are at 16th/Roxbury, 16th north of 98th, and 98th east of 16th. You can wander between the areas because the streets are closed to traffic!

Each stage area has a board listing who’s up and who’s coming up. No admission charge – just wander and enjoy!

ADDED SATURDAY NIGHT: More video!

ADDED SUNDAY: More video and photos:

You can read some of the festival backstory/context here.

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PHOTOS: Cambodian New Year Festival in White Center

April 28th, 2018 Tracy Posted in Fun, White Center news 2 Comments »

12:21 PM: The celebration is on, rain or shine! Until 5 pm, the Cambodian New Year Festival is happening on SW 98th in downtown White Center.

As announced by the Cambodian Cultural Alliance of Washington, it’s “a day full of entertainment, food, and fun! … tons of activities for children and parents: Banana-eating contest, Cambodian hacky sack (saiee) 8 vs 8 … Robam dances, guest speakers, poetry, live Cambodian band, live performances with Cambodian Classical instruments, local talents, open mic …. and many more. There will also be booths for community sponsors, and vendors selling delicious food! Free photo booth with a photo to take home for memories. Admission is FREE and all are welcome.”

ADDED 6:25 PM: Photos from a re-created traditional wedding procession during the festival:

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COUNTDOWN: White Center 5K 2018 getting closer!

March 8th, 2018 Tracy Posted in Fun, White Center 5K, White Center news Comments Off on COUNTDOWN: White Center 5K 2018 getting closer!

A little over two weeks until this year’s White Center 5K!

Signed up yet? If not – go here. It’s big fun on the morning of Saturday, March 24th, with racers starting at 9 am, walkers 10 minutes later. Three WC nonprofits (White Center CDA, YES Foundation of WC, White Center Food Bank) benefit from the proceeds, and you benefit from a morning of superhero-themed fun. Note that:

Registration includes a free T-SHIRT!

The course is pet-friendly, stroller-friendly, and wheelchair-accessible.

Race packet can be picked up at White Center Heights Park on race day at 7:45 AM.

Questions? Email us at whitecenter5k@gmail.com

WC Heights Park is where it all begins – 7th SW and SW 102nd.

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‘Rocktoberfest’ benefit at Company Store on September 9th for cancer-fighting documentary

August 28th, 2017 Tracy Posted in Fun, Health, How to Help, White Center news Comments Off on ‘Rocktoberfest’ benefit at Company Store on September 9th for cancer-fighting documentary

Coming up in White Center in less than two weeks!

ROCKTOBERFEST: A Benefit Event
Supporting production of the “Circle of Cells” Documentary

Rocktoberfest is an age 21+ Oktoberfest-themed event benefitting Circle of Cells: a unique, autobiographical documentary about international stem cell donation and cancer survivors. Rocktoberfest takes place on Saturday, September 9th at Company Store in White Center, starting at 6:00 pm.

“Rocktoberfest is a fun way for people to contribute to cancer survival methods,” says Sara Rose Hansen, producer of the Circle of Cells documentary.

“The mission of my film is to increase awareness of the simple, yet often misunderstood, process of stem cell donation; and bolster registration on the National Marrow Donor Program.”

As Zoe Mandels, the owner of Company Store, said, “I am so excited to help Sara Rose get this information out there; her documentary will have such a positive impact on people helping people.”

Rocktoberfest boasts many attractions, including:

“Be The Match” registration and information booth for potential stem cell donors.
Bavarian beer garden, bratwurst and pretzels open at 6:00 pm.

Four talented, local bands starting at 8:00 pm:

Tripp Rezac Band
Snaketopus
Cartoon Heart
Valerie Cavell

Silent auction and raffle prizes from Seattle businesses and artists.

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Cine en el Parque returns to White Center; Cine en el Parque vuelve a White Center

July 26th, 2017 Tracy Posted in Fun, Steve Cox Memorial Park, White Center news Comments Off on Cine en el Parque returns to White Center; Cine en el Parque vuelve a White Center

Cine en el Parque is back! One week from Friday, here’s what’s happening for this summer’s special event:

Join King County for a special outdoor movie night in White Center. We’ll be showing Moana – in Spanish with English subtitles – at Steve Cox Memorial Park on Saturday, August 5. This is a free event so bring your low-backed chairs, blankets, snacks, and enjoy a relaxed evening in the park. The movie will be projected onto a 40-foot tall inflatable movie screen so invite your friends and family – we’ve got space!

Seating opens at 6:30 pm, movie starts at dusk (around 8:30 pm). Lucha Libre Volcanica will be performing before the movie.

The park is at 1321 SW 102nd.

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HAPPENING NOW: Cambodian New Year Street Festival in White Center

April 29th, 2017 Tracy Posted in Fun, White Center news Comments Off on HAPPENING NOW: Cambodian New Year Street Festival in White Center

(Photos by Gill Loring)

If you haven’t been there yet, you have until 5 pm to get to this year’s Cambodian New Year Street Festival in downtown White Center.

It’s brought out hundreds of people for performances, food, and fun at and around 16th/98th:

This is the festival’s 15th year.

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White Center food and drink: Zanzibar now open

April 6th, 2017 Tracy Posted in Beverages, Fun, restaurants, White Center news Comments Off on White Center food and drink: Zanzibar now open

You’ve probably seen the sign, if you haven’t been in already. Now we have confirmation that Zanzibar has opened at 9609 1/2 16th SW. From Sarah Friesema:

New bar with food has opened in White Center – Zanzibar features local craft beer on tap, wine, full liquor license, and food including panini sandwiches and some street food favorites. Live music, no TVs, and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

Open 3 pm to 11 pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, midnight Fridays and Saturdays. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

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SATURDAY NIGHT: Jubilee Days fundraiser to ‘elect’ Unofficial Official Mayor of White Center

March 28th, 2017 Tracy Posted in Fun, White Center Jubilee Days, White Center news Comments Off on SATURDAY NIGHT: Jubilee Days fundraiser to ‘elect’ Unofficial Official Mayor of White Center

If you don’t already have your ticket(s) for this – hurry! It’s a fun(draiser) for White Center’s Jubilee Days festival:

Who will become the first Unofficial Official Mayor of White Center??

Join us on April 1, 2017, at the White Center Eagles for the election of the first-ever Unofficial Official Mayor of White Center!

The Mayor of White Center will be elected via “campaign donations” raised by each candidate. The final election will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017, and the winner will be determined by the number of “votes” (i.e. dollars) raised in their name. All proceeds go to support the production of White Center Jubilee Days.

The final candidates for Mayor of White Center are:

• Justin Cline
• Brian Cooper
• Floyd Dog
• Donnie “D” McDermott
• Geoffrey “MacDaddy” McElroy
• Christine Spencer

To “vote” for your favorite candidate by contributing to their campaign, go here.

The April 1st Election Fundraising Event at White Center Eagles will feature:

• Prime Rib Dinner!
• Door prizes!
• DJ Plantkiller!
• Mayoral Debates!
• Last-chance voting and announcement of the election winner!

Tickets are $35 each, and include dinner, or $250 for a table for eight people. Come join us for an exciting election night in White Center!

April 1st White Center Mayoral Election Fundraiser

Saturday, April 1, 2017 – 6 pm

White Center Eagles, 10452 15th Ave SW

Tickets, voting, and more information available at jubileedays.org.

This year’s dates for Jubilee Days, by the way, are July 19-23.

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SATURDAY MORNING: White Center 5K 2017

March 24th, 2017 Tracy Posted in Fun, How to Help, White Center news Comments Off on SATURDAY MORNING: White Center 5K 2017

Start your weekend in a big way – at the White Center 5K. It takes off from White Center Heights Park (7th SW/SW 102nd) Saturday morning, with this schedule:

7:30 Doors Opens to the public
8:45 Warm-Up Activity
9:00 Racers Begin
9:10 Walkers Begin
10:00 Entertainment, Race Winners Announced

If you missed out on online registration, here’s what you’ll pay to sign up right before the race:

0-6: Free
7-18: $30
19-59: $40
60+: $30

Your race fees benefit three local nonprofits:

White Center Community Development Association
YES Foundation of White Center
White Center Food Bank

And when it’s all said and done, you’ll find the Saturday race results here.

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PHOTOS: White Center Bike Playground is open!

October 1st, 2016 Tracy Posted in Fun, safety, White Center news 3 Comments »

Photos by Leda Costa for White Center Now

A red light operator on the course.

Learning can be fun! Just ask the young riders who helped inaugurate the new White Center Bike Playground in Dick Thurnau Memorial Park today – a place to learn how to ride safely, and joyfully.

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Cascade Bicycle Club, the YES! Foundation of White Center, and White Center Community Development Association made it happen – you might recall the community planning meeting back in January. Today’s party offered music, snacks, and some giveaways during the party, including one announced by Senior Director of Education Shannon Koller, with a winner jubilantly raising her hand:

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Cascade Fleet Coordinator Stephen Rowley helped riders with some adjustments:

Cascade Fleet Coordinator Stephen Rowley helping raise the bike seat.

The celebration included a Duwamish Tribe member with a song of gratitude:

Cold Water singing a song.

And King County Council chair Joe McDermott pointed out that while this is the first bike playground in the state, it certainly won’t be the last:

King County Council Chair Joe McDermott speaking at the grand opening.

The stars of the show though were the riders:

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It will evolve – and those who showed up for the party shared ideas for what else it should include:

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Cascade’s Koller told WCN that they hope to have people at the park on the weekends to loan bikes and helmets, to “set up some of the rodeo signs we put out today, do some teaching, potentially do learn to ride if folks are interested in that. Eventually we hope to have summer camps here. We’ve got some high school ride clubs that are nearby, the Major Taylor Project would come out and practice all of these right of way scenarios. It really is for all ages and abilities.”

P.S. If you’re wondering where to find the Bike Playground – Kathy Dunn from West Seattle Bike Connections offered a detailed explanation of how to get there: “If coming from 16th Ave SW, turn east on 107th, go past the White Center Library to 12th Ave SW, jog right one block in front of Mt. View Elementary School, then left at the stop sign onto 108th. Proceed 2 blocks to 10th SW, turn right. Entrance to Dick Thurnau Park is on the left. turn left into the parking lot. The Bike Playground is entered from the very north end of the parking lot where the tennis courts used to be.”

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11 bands set for Rat City Recon 2016 at Southgate Roller Rink

August 30th, 2016 Tracy Posted in Fun, Music, southgate, White Center news 2 Comments »

Just out of the WCN inbox – the lineup for this year’s Rat City Recon, a music-and-more festival planned for September 17th at Southgate Roller Rink:

If you wanna rock, you gotta roll down to White Center for the 4th Edition of RAT CITY RECON! All the Recon action will be happening at Southgate Roller Rink. Eleven bands on three stages.

Rat City Recon and Monumental Undertaking present

RAT CITY RECON 2016

Saturday, September 17, 2016 – 6 pm-2am

Southgate Roller Rink, 9646 17th Ave SW

$10 at the door, or advance will call tickets available (here)

21+, valid I.D. required

THE BANDS:

Pink Parts
ex-Licks
Githyanki
Tough Times
Slow Elk
The Grindylow
Rat City Ruckus
Glose
Wild Powwers
Stallion
Heiress

Beer & cider available in beer garden outside and indoors at the bar; event is 21+, VALID I.D. REQUIRED!

Food vendors – Sweet Lou’s Wings, more TBA

If you want to roller skate: $4 skate rental fee or bring your own; everyone skates at their own risk

Public transportation/ride share: Metro buses 60, 120, and 128; Car2Go home area ends one block north of Southgate Roller Rink at SW Roxbury Street, so you can park and walk easily to the venue

Recon 2016 is sponsored by: Full Tilt Ice Cream, Mac’s Triangle Pub, Match+Gasoline LLC, Noble Barton, Proletariat Pizza, Rat City Bikes, Rat City Records, Southgate Roller Rink, Zippy’s Giant Burgers

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IN WHITE CENTER TONIGHT! Cine en el Parque/Movie in the Park

August 6th, 2016 Tracy Posted in Fun, White Center news Comments Off on IN WHITE CENTER TONIGHT! Cine en el Parque/Movie in the Park

It’s been more than a month since we first told you about this – and tonight’s the night!

King County Parks and the White Center Community Development Association invite you to Steve Cox Memorial Park tonight to see “El Gallo Con Muchos Huevos,” free!

More info here; the movie starts at dusk at the park (1321 SW 102nd), but you can arrive as early as 6:30 pm for games, music, food, and fun.

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White Center Promise celebration @ Greenbridge Plaza

August 5th, 2016 Tracy Posted in Fun Comments Off on White Center Promise celebration @ Greenbridge Plaza

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Happening right now at Greenbridge Plaza (9800 8th SW), hundreds of people are at the annual White Center Promise Celebration, which includes an early-back-to-school backpack giveaway.

Fun activities too:

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This is all happening until 7 pm.

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Cine en el Parque/Movie in the Park returns to White Center on August 6th

July 2nd, 2016 Tracy Posted in Fun, Steve Cox Memorial Park, White Center news Comments Off on Cine en el Parque/Movie in the Park returns to White Center on August 6th

King County Parks and the White Center Community Development Association invite you to mark your calendar for this:

That’s the trailer for “El Gallo Con Muchos Huevos,” which will be onscreen at Steve Cox Memorial Park (1321 SW 102nd) at dusk on August 6th (you can arrive as early as 6:30 pm), as this year’s “Cine en el Parque/Movie in the Park.” Free! Enjoy games, music, food, and fun. Here’s a look at last year’s first-ever event:

See you at the movie!

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TODAY: 14th annual Cambodian New Year Street Festival in White Center

April 30th, 2016 Tracy Posted in Fun, White Center news 1 Comment »

It’s a springtime tradition in White Center – the Cambodian New Year Street Festival in White Center, presented by the Cambodian Cultural Alliance of Washington. It’s happening today (Saturday, April 30th), 10:30 am-5 pm on SW 98th, between 15th and 16th. Admission is free and a big schedule of music, dancing, and other entertainment is planned. Here’s the schedule, from CCAW’s Facebook page:

See you there!

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White Center Halloween: Business trick-or-treating today!

October 31st, 2015 Tracy Posted in Businesses, Fun, White Center news Comments Off on White Center Halloween: Business trick-or-treating today!

Rain or shine, storm or calm, it’s Halloween, and more than 20 White Center businesses promise to have candy for trick-or-treaters starting at noon. See the list here. And at 1 pm, Kimya Dawson performs at Full Tilt Ice Cream!

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PHOTOS: Holy Family Street Fair today & tomorrow

September 12th, 2015 Tracy Posted in Fun, Holy Family, White Center news Comments Off on PHOTOS: Holy Family Street Fair today & tomorrow

The annual Street Fair at Holy Family Church and School starts at 11:30 am today and continues through 8 tonight, then on Sunday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. On the west side of the church, 20th SW will be closed south of SW Roxbury, and that’s where you’ll find vendors, entertainment, and more. No charge for admission – but bring $ for food/drink and raffles, among other things.

ADDED 4:38 PM: Stopped by for a few photos! Above, that’s Gabe Alisna from Dignity Memorial. Below, a familiar sight on the Holy Family grounds:

We also found the Seattle Fire Department’s Engine 11 visiting – popular with kids:

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TONIGHT: Movie Under the Stars, en Español, at Steve Cox Memorial Park

August 22nd, 2015 Tracy Posted in Fun, Steve Cox Memorial Park, White Center news Comments Off on TONIGHT: Movie Under the Stars, en Español, at Steve Cox Memorial Park

Tonight’s the night!

King County’s full announcement with details:

Grab your blanket, low-backed chairs, and your friends and family and take in “Película Bajo las Estrellas” or “Movie Under the Stars,” at King County’s Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center on the evening of Saturday, Aug. 22. The event will open at 6 p.m., with the movie starting about 8:30 p.m. Don’t forget to bring your own seating.

King County, with support from White Center Community Development Association will screen the popular comedy “El Padrecito.” Similar to the popular outdoor movie series King County Parks hosts at Marymoor Park, this fun, family-friendly outdoor movie event will also include live entertainment and food trucks.

“Our outdoor movie nights at Marymoor are extremely popular, so we decided to broaden the opportunity for this fun experience to more of our community,’” said King County Parks Director Kevin Brown.

While there is no cost to attend, a food donation to the White Center Food Bank is suggested.

The movie will be shown in Spanish with English subtitles, and offers a chance for King County and community partners to share information with Spanish speaking residents about the programs and services available to them.

Steve Cox Memorial Park is at 1321 SW 102nd St in White Center.

Entertainment is provided by Los Relucientes del Norte and Seattle’s Mexican Folk Dance Group the Joyas Mestizas. Food trucks include: The Mayas Restaurant and Fiesta Time Catering Mobile Mayan food truck.

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SUNDAY: White Center Kiwanis pancake breakfast; Jubilee Days parade; Zippy’s burger-eating contest

July 19th, 2015 Tracy Posted in Food, Fun, White Center Jubilee Days, White Center Kiwanis Club, White Center news Comments Off on SUNDAY: White Center Kiwanis pancake breakfast; Jubilee Days parade; Zippy’s burger-eating contest

While the Jubilee Days street fair continues, three events of note today (Sunday, July 19th), one part of Jubilee Days, two that are separate:

WHITE CENTER KIWANIS PANCAKE BREAKFAST: 7:30 am-1 pm at Holy Family School (9615 20th Ave SW), come have breakfast for $7 – kids 5 and under eat free. You can also purchase drawing tickets at the breakfast for special baskets, with the proceeds benefiting a variety of local nonprofits. Bring diapers for the WestSide Baby drive, too!

JUBILEE DAYS PARADE: 11 am, watch the parade as it heads northbound on 16th SW from SW 112th to SW 100th.

BURGER-EATING CONTEST: Love Zippy’s Giant Burgers? How many could you eat at one sitting? Pay $15 to enter and get a chance to win $100. Just show up at Zippy’s in White Center (9614 14th SW) at 1 pm to sign up – there’s room for 20 contestants, and you have to be 18 or older – and then gear up to chow down at 2 pm.

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White Center Jubilee Days: Street fair and carnival all weekend!

July 18th, 2015 Tracy Posted in Fun, White Center Jubilee Days, White Center news Comments Off on White Center Jubilee Days: Street fair and carnival all weekend!

The big festival weekend is here and that means it’s street fair time for White Center Jubilee Days – 17th SW south of Roxbury – while the carnival continues at Steve Cox Memorial Park. See the stage schedules on the official website; it’s not just music – for example, the Highline Bears plan a demonstration on the main stage at 2:30 pm.

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