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VIDEO: Happy 95th birthday to Adah Cruzen!

West Seattle philanthropist Adah Rhodes Cruzen celebrated her 95th birthday with an ice-cream social at Aegis Living of West Seattle this afternoon. Clay Eals sent the photo, as well as this video of Adah being serenaded by The Ukes:

She’s made headlines multiple times in the past year and a half – first with a gift toward restoring the historic West Seattle murals that her late husband Earl Cruzen made happen, then with gifts to the Senior Center and to the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, followed by one to the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce. Last summer, she rode in the West Seattle Grand Parade as the recipient of the Orville Rummel Trophy for Outstanding Service to the Community.

UPDATE: Annual Christmas-tree bonfire on Alki

9:11 PM: Thanks to the texter who sent photos from a briefly sizable Seattle Fire response at 58th and Alki. Turns out tonight’s the night of the annual unofficial Christmas tree bonfire:

Though the SFD response was quickly downsized, radio communication indicates the remaining SFD personnel on the scene are now asking for SPD help with “crowd control.”

9:52 PM: The SFD log shows the call now closed. Meantime, David Hutchinson sent this photo:’

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen black Forester; another Audi-theft attempt; illegal dumping plagues church

Three reports in West Seattle Crime Watch tonight:

STOLEN SUBARU: Texted report – “Unfortunately our black 2016 Subaru Forester was stolen last night from our driveway in North Admiral. OH license plate GWA1001 … sizable dent in the driver’s-side door.” Call 911 if you see it.

ANOTHER AUDI THEFT ATTEMPT: This happened last month, but Adrian just heard about the rash of crimes targeting Audis and so shares this report of what happened near 35th/Cambridge:

Someone attempted to steal my 2003 Audi A4 from in front of my house in the early morning of December 19th. They nearly totaled the car by destroying the door lock and ignition cylinder. The car is still at the dealership today getting fixed. They also stole a green Northface rain jacket and a Pelican brand case from the car.

ILLEGAL DUMPING AT CHURCH: From the Rev. Kate Wesch at St.John the Baptist Episcopal Church:

Local church and neighbors are concerned at the recent rise in incidents of illegal dumping of large items such as furniture in the area surrounding West Seattle High School and St John the Baptist Episcopal Church. In each situation, the church, which operates entirely upon the donations of parishioners, incurs the costs in time and money, to dispose of these items. It has become both a frustration and a burden for the small staff and volunteers. Church members urge neighbors to keep an eye out and if you see something, say something.

The items in the photo, she says, are a couch and chair. She adds, “And we still have a large tv stand left three weeks ago while we were having a Sunday morning service!”

SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: USS Nimitz, outbound again

No photo but thanks to Aaron for the tip – almost four weeks after its most-recent return from a training voyage, the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) headed back outbound after dark tonight. MarineTraffic.com shows it currently passing Whidbey Island.

WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: Alert level now up to Winter Storm Watch

That’s the newest alert map from the National Weather Service, which now has our area under a Winter Storm Watch starting at 4 pm Sunday. The summary: “Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of a trace to 2 inches possible with locally up to 4 inches.” Weather analyst Cliff Mass goes into more detail in his newest update, saying it looks like the south part of the city (that’s us) looks to be in line for more than the northern part of the city. He adds that an array of outlooks he’s analyzed show, “Virtually no chance of snow in Seattle before 3 PM, but considerable uncertainty for amounts after that.” Let us know when you spot the first flakes (206-293-6302 is our 24/7 hotline, text or voice.)

SCHOOLS: From world travel to escape-room design, J-Term at Seattle Lutheran HS

(First 3 photos by WSB’s Patrick Sand)

Those Seattle Lutheran High School students are headed west today – almost 6,000 miles west, to Fiji. Their trip is part of this month’s J-Term at SLHS, West Seattle’s only independent high school. After the holidays each year, students spend the rest of January with a nontraditional focus, described as “an in-depth experience through holistic education by adding variety to the normal curriculum and offering new and unique learning opportunities.” (See the course catalog here in PDF.) That group will spend two weeks in Fiji studying its culture and ecology and learning to dive. Another group will be focused on design – here’s a room redesigned by students during J-Term last year:

Yet another group is studying painting:

The amateur-radio class was studying for the licensing test, so no broadcasting was happening when we visited. Teacher Stacy Robertson provided a few more photos – here’s one from “Culture, Music, and Cooking: Colombia, Spain, and Mexico”:

These students are working on “upcycling”:

And here’s a group designing an escape room:

They’ll be visiting The Escape Artist in The Junction on a field trip. Not far, since SLHS is at 4100 SW Genesee, just north of The Junction.

West Seattle scene: Girl Scouts earn their jewelry badge

Small independent local businesses serve their community in ways beyond simply offering goods and services, and here’s one: Diana Palmer sent the photo taken earlier this week at Menashe and Sons Jewelers (WSB sponsor) in The Junction, explaining that the Girl Scouts are Lafayette Elementary students, “led by 5th graders Payton Palmer and Gwen Tomlinson, earning their ‘jewelry badge’ Being handed out by store owner Jack Menashe.” She says he answered their questions, and “sent them home with a goodie bag including their very own real garnet,” explaining that it’s January’s birthstone. (P.S. We were curious so we looked it up – here’s a chart of Girl Scout badges/awards.)

SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: First sailboat race of 2020

11:12 AM: Thanks to James for the photo – off West Seattle, those sailboats are part of the first race of the year, the Three Tree Point Yacht Club‘s Duwamish Head Race. They started in Des Moines, then were heading to Duwamish Head, Blakely Rock, and back to Des Moines.

ADDED 1:12 PM: Thanks to Jim Borrow for sending the next two photos:

This race is part of the Southern Sound Series.

8 for your West Seattle Saturday!

(Transient orca T124A2, seen from Harbor Ave last Tuesday, photographed by Eilene Hutchinson)

Options for your Saturday, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

BE PILATES OPEN HOUSE: Everyone’s welcome to check out Be Pilates‘ new home, 8 am-1 pm. (4435 35th SW)

PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 9 am-11 am, visit Admiral Cooperative Preschool, housed at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor), to learn about the program. (3940 41st SW)

INTRODUCTION TO ZEN: Free event, 10-11:30 am at Fauntleroy Church, full details here. (9140 California SW)

MARTIAL-ARTS GRAND OPENING: Au Lac Vovinam will be offering classes at the West Seattle VFW Hall, and at noon today, you’re invited to visit for the grand-opening event, including demonstrations and food, (3601 SW Alaska)

‘STRONGER THAN MEDICINE’ SCREENING: 7 pm at Kenyon Hall, “a story of leadership and community showing up for the common good.” Free. but guarantee your seat here. (7904 35th SW)

DANNY & CARLA COLEMAN: 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor): “Their collaborative musical style has been termed “ethereal Americana”—fusing elements of folk, jazz, rock, blues, and classical music.” No cover. All ages. (5612 California SW)

WEST SEATTLE BANDS: It’s an all-WS slate at The Skylark at 7 pmFinal Body, Secret Caves, Slayanne, Mercury. $8 cover. 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

JOHN STEPHAN BAND: 9 pm at Poggie Tavern, blues/rock. No cover. 21+. (4717 California SW)

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VIDEO: Power trouble in West Seattle

1:56 AM: Lots of reports of flickers (or slightly longer), in various West Seattle areas. So far we haven’t heard o anyone whose power went out and stayed out, and there’s nothing on the map, but apparently there was a related transformer problem in the 26th/Juneau area.

ADDED 12:32 PM: Thanks to K for the security-camera views of the flashes some noted at the time:

Those cameras are in the Westwood/east Highland Park area.