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PHOTOS: Lantern Festival shines at Seattle Chinese Garden

(WSB photos by Meghan Jones. Above, Katie Yuen served sweet brown-sugar dumplings in ginger broth)

The rain (mostly) stopped just in time for a festival – today’s Lantern Festival at Seattle Chinese Garden. Photojournalist Meghan Jones was there for WSB. A highlight: A scavenger hunt celebrating the Year of the Rat, with children 12 and under looking around the garden to locate 12 hidden “rats”:

One young festivalgoer found a rat on the garden’s Dragon Seeker statue:

Kids who located all 12 are entered into a trophy drawing planned later this week. Meantime, if you preferred to watch and listen, you had much to enjoy as well: Sharon Chuen sang traditional Cantonese opera to guests in the garden’s Knowing the Spring Courtyard:

Also in the courtyard, Tai Chi was demonstrated by Julian Leung:

And yes, there were lanterns at the Lantern Festival – Aolani Chan helped guests of all ages make paper lanterns:

You don’t have to wait for the next festival to visit the garden – it’s open dawn to dusk daily, on the north end of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus, at 6000 16th SW on Puget Ridge.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Mail theft; cars prowled; packages taken; tools recovered

Three property-crime-related reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:

MAIL THEFT: Mark reports, “Mail theft early am of 2-7-2020. 10000 block of 26th Avenue SW. Locking box forced open, neighbors’ mail missing also.”

CAR PROWL, PACKAGE THEFT: Christopher reports:

My immediate area was hit by a car prowler early this morning around 2am. (3200 California Ave. SW. Mid-block. Alley between Cali and 44th, Hanford and Hinds).There was an attempt on my next-door neighbor’s car with no loss or damage. And then the neighbors to the west and south both had windows broken. The thief took an odd assortment of things. Passed up tools and loose change in plain view but took an orange and white umbrella from one car and a paper registration from another.

His cameras caught multiple angles – this is the clearest:


In the process of looking through security clips I found footage of a package thief stealing two Amazon packages off my neighbor’s doorstep. That theft happened on 2/4 around 5:11 pm while it was still light so the footage is better.

Notice the person appears to go in for scoping, then emerges, then pulls up a hood and goes in again,

STOLEN TOOLS RECOVERED: Missed this on SPD Blotter Friday afternoon while we were in court – an undercover buy-back sting recovered tools stolen in a West Seattle burglary. Details are here.

West Seattle weekend scenes: Sandbags and seals @ Alki

Seen on Alki tonight – above, the full moon rising in the distance, the reason for “king tides” that have led to a line of sandbags along the water-side edge of Statue of Liberty Plaza. Next high tide will be 12.4 feet at 5:44 am; this week’s king tides (here’s a chart) peak with a 12.9-foot high tide at 7:24 am Wednesday (February 12th). Walking a bit further east along Alki, we discovered Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network volunteers taping off part of the beach because of two harbor seals:

That’s the best we could do with two on-their-backs seals – top one, older and a bit scrawny-looking, second photo, a pup – at sunset. Remember that if you see a marine mammal on the shore, or in distress offshore, call SSMMSN at 206-905-SEAL.

CONGRATULATIONS! RJ Sen’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor

(WSB photos)

Congratulations to RJ Sen, whose Eagle Scout Court of Honor was celebrated last night at West Side Presbyterian Church. He is a senior at West Seattle High School and has been involved with Scouting since childhood years in Singapore, joining Troop 282 after arriving here.

He’s served in leadership roles including Junior Assistant Scoutmaster, and has been accepted as an adult Assistant Scoutmaster, according to Troop 282’s Assistant Scoutmaster Don Bazemore, who shared the news of RJ’s achievement.

TERMINAL 5: Here’s how much more pile-driving time the port is seeking

As reported here last month, the Terminal 5 modernization project is trying to make up for time lost during a two-month-plus stopdown in pile driving, blamed on a problem with timber piles breaking. As part of the catching up, as previously announced, pile-driving is planned tomorrow. Meantime, a recent briefing for port commissioners indicated a proposal for pile-driving beyond the February 15th “fish window” deadline, and now we know how much of an extension they’re seeking. Port spokesperson Peter McGraw tells WSB:

The Port of Seattle and The Northwest Seaport Alliance have requested an additional nine working days beyond February 15, 2020 to complete in-water pile driving at Terminal 5. This work will occur during the week, and not on weekends or the President’s Day holiday…. The Port, The NWSA, and their contractor have made significant progress to recover lost in-water construction time. The extension request is the minimum necessary to complete installation of piling for this construction phase. If the request is approved by federal and state agencies, the port will notify the public immediately.

If you have questions/concerns, you can email – also note that the Port is expected to have reps at the next meeting of the West Seattle Transportation Coalition, 6:30 pm February 27th at Neighborhood House High Point (6400 Sylvan Way SW).

UPDATE: About the police response in Seaview

1:09 PM: We’ve been answering many texted/emailed questions about the police response near 45th/Brandon in Seaview. Police have been trying to talk a person reportedly in crisis, possibly with access to firearms, into coming out.

2:49 PM: Just eent by again to check after about an hour without scanner access. Scene is clear – streets reopened, no police in view.

TUESDAY: Next step toward saving Roxhill Bog

That Seattle Municipal Archives photo from 1961 shows some of the peat in the area of Roxhill Park – which holds the peat bog at the historic headwaters of Longfellow Creek. As community advocates have noted for years, it’s endangered – but finally there’s movement toward taking real action to save it. If you’re interested, you’re invited to a meeting Tuesday:

Roxhill Park Bog/Longfellow Creek Headwater Restoration Project
Tuesday, February 11th 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Lower Level, SW Teen Life Center, 2801 SW Thistle

In a collaborative effort of community, nonprofit organizations, county and city agencies to restore Roxhill Bog’s ecosystem and provide the community with a safe and engaging natural area for recreation and education you are invited to a stakeholder project meeting to learn about this effort, its importance to the health of Longfellow Creek, its salmon. and saving of one of the last peat fens in Seattle. Climate change and urbanization have caused Roxhill Bog to degrade to a critical tipping point if not addressed now, restoration of its natural functions may no longer be feasible.

A hydrology study being conducted by Natural Systems Design is one of the first steps to restore Roxhill Bog’s natural hydrology, enhancing its water quality, improving ecological resiliency and benefiting salmonid recovery in Longfellow Creek and the greater Green-Duwamish basin.

The goal is to revitalize this natural area so it can again contribute to the creek’s health, support one of the most diverse bird populations in the city, enhance environmental education, foster outdoor recreation, improve neighborhood health and safety.


Overview of Roxhill Bog, its history, community, environmental & social challenges, opportunities
Connection to Longfellow Creek basin
Hydrology Study by Natural Systems Design
Discussion Breakout

16 ways to enjoy your West Seattle Saturday!

(Western Grebe, photographed by David Hutchinson)

Welcome to the weekend! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

DELRIDGE GROCERY CO-OP CLEANUP Join co-op volunteers for an all-ages family-friendly street cleanup – meet up at Youngstown Coffee Company‘s Delridge HQ starting at 9:30 am, clean up 10 am-noon. (5214 Delridge Way SW)

Bright West Preschool, 10 am-noon (9236 35th SW)
Community School of West Seattle, 10 am-2 pm (9450 22nd SW)

WOMEN’S PERSONAL SAFETY CLASS: 10 am-1 pm at the Southwest Precinct. Free. Looks iike there’s still room. (2300 SW Webster)

HAVE A HEART – AND A HAIRCUT – DAY: 10 am-2 pm, Illusions Hair Design (WSB sponsor) is offering discounted haircuts and donating all proceeds to West Seattle Helpline. Call fast to see if an appointment is left! (5619 California SW)

‘WORLD DAY OF THE SICK’ MASS: 10 am in the chapel at Providence Mount St. Vincent, a special service to bless anyone struggling with illness or poverty. All welcome. (4831 35th SW)

BASKETBALL: As announced during last night’s WSHS-Chief Sealth IHS games, Madison Middle School and Denny International MS face off this morning: girls at West Seattle High School (3000 California SW), boys at Denny (2601 SW Kenyon), both games at 10 am.

WRESTLING: Chief Sealth International High School is hosting the Metro League tournament today, starting at 10 am.

LANTERN FESTIVAL: 2-6 pm at the Seattle Chinese Garden on the north end of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus. Watch, taste, create! Here’s the event flyer. (6000 16th SW)

LOVE SEAFOOD? Enjoy crab and pasta with the Lions Club of West Seattle, raising money at and in part for the Senior Center, Doors open at 5 pm. Get your ticket(s) in advance online! (4217 SW Oregon)

FAL-CON: 5:30-9:30 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy, as previewed here, it’s not your standard PTA fundraiser – Fairmount Park Elementary is doing something very different. Check to see if tickets are still available. (9131 California SW)

REVELATION ART EVENT: 7 pm, West Seattle Christian Church hosts a faith-inspired workshop. Advance tickets are available online. (4400 42nd SW)


The Klez Katz are dedicated to the preservation and encouragement of the rich musical heritage of the Yiddish diaspora. Their repertoire encompasses freilach, bulgar, sher, terkishe, khosidl, theater music, folk songs and even the odd klezmer-influenced jazz tune, performed on tenor and soprano saxes, clarinet, flute, trombone, bass, accordion, and vocals.

Admission info is in our calendar listing. (7904 35th SW)

EVENING LOW TIDE BEACH WALK: This weekend’s full moon means a low-low tide tonight (-2.5 feet at 10:22 pm) means it’s time to explore Constellation Park south of Alki Point with volunteer Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists, 8:30-10:30 pm. Look for the canopy. (63rd SW/Beach Drive SW)

’90S PARTY: 9 pm at Admiral Pub, “VJ Andy will be playing all your favorite ’90s music videos, so come dressed up for some ’90s fun.” 21+. (2306 California SW)

AT PARLIAMENT TAVERN: Caleb + Walter, Country Dave, guests, all performing live, starting at 9 pm. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

SEE ALL OUR LISTINGS … by checking out the full calendar here.