Photo Poem: Great Joy and Delight in Flowers

Friday, August 26, 2016

Photo by Robert "Bob" Barta

Great Joy and Delight In Flowers
By Robert "Bob" Barta

The intent of this post is to encourage the art of admiring the beauty of flowers as a way to disengage your mind from the stresses of your day.

Take a neighborhood walk and look for their beauty in natural settings or well kept flower beds or commercial displays in your local stores. In addition, natural decorative grasses or trees in blossom provide opportunities to capture and store nature’s beauty on your iPhone or Android or computer hard drive. The sensation of instant joy and delight is always there whenever you need or want it.

As a release from the stress of shopping, pause briefly and gaze at the beauty of flowers on display. I’m confident that you will forget your tired feet and just let your mind enjoy beauty that you may have been passing by because of the debilitating habit of hurry, rush, rush!

The job of flowers is to show off their beauty. Your privilege is to appreciate and be thankful for them fulfilling their purpose.

Great Joy and Delight In Flowers

The joy from flowers is the experience of great delight,
It scares away daunting and threatening fright.
Pause a moment to contemplate their beautiful dress,
Their joyful spirits can help you sweep away any mess.

Joy is watching a garden of flowers in breezy motion,
It’s as soothing as a healing skin lotion.
Joy in nature is all around,
Open your eyes and wear its crown.

A photo of flowers now and then,
Is an invitation to joy on which you can depend!

©2016 by Robert J. Barta-Blooming Bobville the practical poet. Best of luck and always be fresh and blooming with fun and joy.

P.S. Occasionally extend your gazing delight with a purchase of flowers. In addition, a bouquet of flowers is a wonderful way to show appreciation, thankfulness and caring for others you love and respect. You’ll surely add joy and delight to their day. (see previous story)


Class: Wildlife-friendly gardening for beauty & sustainability

Register now - these classes fill up! - Ed.

A Saavy Gardener class: Wildlife-friendly gardening for beauty and sustainability, will be offered on Wednesday September 28, 2016, 6:30–8:00 pm, at North City Water District, 1519 NE 177th Street in Shoreline 98155 (Click for directions)

Welcome songbirds, butterflies, and beneficial insects into your yard while conserving natural resources at the same time.

This class will help you discover how urban wildlife can provide you with year-round natural pest and weed control, not to mention better pollination.

See beautiful, tried-and-true plants in Magnuson’s Bird-Friendly Landscape as you learn about design techniques and maintenance practices that can attract and nurture the kids of wildlife that become a benefit to your whole garden for years to come.

Light snacks including fresh fruit, crackers and coffee/teas will be available.

Class is free but you must register to attend:
Emily Bishton
About Our Presenter:

Emily Bishton is a landscape designer and educator who has designed sustainable landscapes throughout the Seattle area since 1997. She specializes in wildlife-friendly and child-friendly gardens, edible landscapes, and in teaching clients how to use organic practices to install and maintain their gardens.

Her public landscape projects have included the Magnuson Community Center Bird-Friendly Landscape and Resource Conservation Landscape, the Orca at Whitworth School Garden, and Bradner Gardens Park Winter Interest Garden.

Emily is also the Director and Lead Instructor for Magnuson Nature Programs, which provides hands-on outdoor gardening and nature education for children, adults, and families.

Follow Emily: Website | Blog | LinkedIn | Twitter


Public Notice: Shoreline Fire Commissioners


As required by RCW 42.30, the Open Public Meetings Act, you are hereby notified that the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Shoreline Fire Department will hold a Special Meeting/Workshop on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Shoreline Fire Department, 17525 Aurora Avenue North, Shoreline, Washington.

The purpose of the workshop is to discuss the Board of Commissioners’ 2017 budget.

Notice posted by: Pam Webb, Executive Assistant, August 27, 2016


Register now for Shoreline Parks & Recreation classes

Digital guide
The Fall Parks and Recreation guide is out and registration is open for classes and recreation in Shoreline.

Here are some of the New classes for fall:

Preschool classes:
  • Expanded Shoreline Music Together sessions - sing, dance and play instruments with your little ones! Also check out the free demo class on Wed. 9/14 at 10:30am at the Spartan Recreation Center.
  • Parent-child yoga class - for youth ages 3-4 and their parents...basic yoga poses and games
  • Froggy Holler Outdoor School: A returning favorite program starts September 12th. (pg 7)

Youth programs:
  • New after-school LEGO programs, Minecraft and Lift-Off (all things that fly) using Legos. 
  • New drawing class for kids after school - from Doodles to Drawing.

New programs for adults:
  • Drop-in Pickleball in the Spartan gymnasium, Tues and Fri. 12noon-2pm and Saturdays 10am-12noon 
  • 4 of the Best - new fitness class incorporating a mix of weight training, Pilates, Zumba and yoga
  • Dynamic Stretches for Life - yoga, ballet and Pilates combo class

Register now


Do you know a 4th grader?

Every Kid in a Park is a White House youth initiative offering all 4th graders and their families free park passes starting September 1, 2016.

This pass provides free access to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more for the youth and their family!


State Fire Marshall reports on 4th of July fires and injuries

Northshore Fire reports NO fires and NO fireworks related injuries.

Shoreline had NO major fireworks-related fires or injuries on July 4!

"But," commented Shoreline Fire, "it is astounding that Harborview treated 40 adults and children for trauma related to illegal fireworks. 
"Despite all of the warnings and public education campaigns, some people still don't know how to protect themselves from life-altering injury on what should be a safe and sane summer holiday!"

And on that note, here's what happened in the rest of the state.

Serious fireworks-related injuries from June 1 to July 31, 2016 in Washington State rose by 40% according to the latest figures from the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

The majority of these injuries occurred on the Fourth of July.

This year, fireworks injuries resulted in amputations, first, second, third degree burns and hearing and eyesight loss. 16% of those injured were due to alcohol or drug impairment.

In addition, fireworks-related-fires resulted in an estimated nearly $200,000 in property loss during the same period.

There were 67 fireworks-related fires with 62% of them occurring on the Fourth of July holiday.

Key Highlights – June 1 to July 30, 2016:

  • There were 226 fireworks-related injuries reported. This number includes legal consumer fireworks, illegal devices and diverted 1.3G shells
  • The top 3 parts of the body most often injured were hands and fingers (86 injuries), followed by face, eyes and ears (65), and legs (20)
  • Contributing factors in 16 % of all injuries (37 injuries) were due to alcohol or drug impairment
  • 164 injuries (74%) occurred on the Fourth of July
  • King (43 injuries), Snohomish (42) and Pierce (29) Counties reported the highest number of injuries
  • There were 67 fireworks-related fires reported, resulting in $199,500 in property loss. This number includes legal consumer fireworks, illegal devices and diverted 1.3G shells
  • 42 fires (62%) occurred on the Fourth of July


Jobs: Senior Office Administrator - Real Estate Services

WSDOT is currently seeking an administrative professional who has exceptional organizational and communication skills to help support the Northwest Region Real Estate Services Office. This professional will be supporting an eclectic team that acquires and manages the real estate needed for WSDOT transportation projects.

Administrative tasks go beyond meeting office staff needs; the successful candidate must be friendly, approachable, professional, and proactive meeting customer expectations. In light of this, an individual with initiative, an aptitude for process improvement and excellent problem-solving skills is geared to thrive in this position.

View whole announcement and apply HERE


Free outdoor movie Saturday

The Ballinger and Meridian Park Neighborhood Associations are presenting the 8th annual Outdoor Movie Night on Saturday, August 27 at 6:00pm with the movie to start at 8:30pm.

The venue is the field at the Aldercrest Annex 2545 NE 200th St, Shoreline 98155 (near 25th NE and Ballinger Way NE).

Walk in or carpool. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. No pets, please.

Snacks will be sold. Feel free to bring your own food.

This event is free.


New mural on Shoreline Pool

Splashes of Color by Sara Snedeker
Photo courtesy City of Shoreline

By Diane Hettrick

If you have driven past the Shoreline Pool in the past thirty days, you will have seen the new, colorful mural on the side of the building.

Completed mid-July, it is the work of Shoreline mural artist Sara Snedeker. Sara is also responsible for the octopus in the parking lot at Sears at the site of the Shoreline Farmers Market. (see previous article)

The City of Shoreline partnered with the Artquake Collective to design a mural that captures the spirit of a community pool while engaging the imagination.

Something special about this mural is that part of the work was done by Shorecrest students.

Sara says,
"I've been working with students on murals for a few years now. One student in particular has helped on nearly every mural I've created in shoreline (Dayana Fairchild). The students love painting and told their friends. Through word of mouth roughly eight students helped complete the pool."

Other murals can be seen on her website


Legacy Giving for the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center

Exercise classes at the Senior Center
Whether you use the services of the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center or not, you can appreciate what they do for the seniors in our community and want them to continue for generations to come.

Stable funding is always an issue for senior programs, whose fortunes rise and fall with the economies of the agencies and cities that fund them.

Memberships and donations are always welcome, but leaving a legacy gift to the senior center is a way "you can help this place bring love, care, and meaning to thousands of seniors’ lives."

To learn about including the Shoreline-LFP Senior Center in your will, contact Judy Parsons, Marketing and Outreach, 206-365-1536 (Monday or Tuesday) or email.


Business workshops for artists and crafters

Artists and Crafters Unite!

Time to roll up your sleeves, put on your business hats, and get down and dirty with the numbers and paperwork side of being an artist.

This fall the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council will be hosting a series of Art/Business Workshops designed to help you put your best foot forward.

You’ve already done the hard work of pouring your talents and skills into your art, now let us help you take that next step and polish your professional side.

Workshops are held on Tuesdays from 6:30pm - 8:30pm at Shoreline City Hall, Room 301. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased via Brown Paper Tickets.

Professional Practices in the Arts – September 11

This workshop will go over various artwork pricing methods, proper artwork presentation and framing, knowing your market, and self-promotion tools. Presented by Lorie Hoffman and Tara Shadduck of the Arts Council, topics covered will also include how to approach galleries, knowing when to pay for a show and when not, and where you can find more resources to continue to polish your professional side.

Writing an Artist Statement and Bio – September 27

The Artist Statement is a powerful tool, along with titles it’s one of the only ways artists have to give context to their artwork and guide the viewer on how to see your pieces. You work hard to make your art, make sure your Artist Statement is helping you convey that process and supports your vision. Participants should bring what they currently have for statements & bios and be prepared to actively work on their statements during the workshop.

Selling and Discussing Your Own Art: How to Address Performance Anxiety Like a Classical Musician – October 11

Having your artwork judged by others undoubtedly puts many artists in uncomfortable and vulnerable positions. This seminar will examine the latest research and practices of managing performance anxiety by applying lessons used by classical music students and professionals alike. Art in every form requires a confident artist to advocate for its value and importance.

Dr. Kate MacKenzie is a professional musician and musicologist who specializes in understanding performance anxiety in its many complex forms. This seminar will also include a group discussion that will be open for questions and concerns.

Email any questions to or call the Arts Council at 206-417-4645

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate creativity and inspire our community through the arts.


Shoreline Library Board meeting Sept 1

Shoreline Library Board Meeting

Thursday, September 1, 2016  6:30-8:00pm Richmond Beach Library, 19601 21st Ave. NW, Shoreline 98177

Agenda Highlights - Link to Agenda

  • KCLS Staff Report

Comment on Agenda items


Make claims to City of Seattle for damage from the power surge

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Areas affected by the power surge
Map from Seattle City Light power outage page

By Diane Hettrick

The last power outage, on Friday, August 19, was unusual in that it was caused by a power line that detached from an insulator and fell across the lower wires.

According to Seattle City Light, "An insulator on a transmission line broke. When it did, the line dropped onto distribution lines below. The energy surge popped breakers, fuses and switches."

Usually our power outages are caused by trees and branches falling on power lines.

This was was also unusual because of the strength of the power surge and the amount of damage in individual homes in the outage area.

Here is some of the damage being reported:
  • a brand new washer, bluray / dvd player, and hot tub control panel
  • our refrigerator and microwave are fried and we had to replace the breaker that controls them. The power surge also destroyed the surge protectors that our electronics were plugged into.
  • washing machine, computer and stereo all are not functioning
  • fried appliances and outlets not working even after checking circuit breaker
  • dishwasher, washing machine, computer, modem, and surge protectors
  • stove, TV, and dishwasher
  • fridge, dimmer switches
  • furnace, surround sound, coffee pot, and a surge protector, although it did its job and saved the computer, printer and modem.
  • washing machine, gfci outlet and a power strip.
  • microwave
  • tower fan
  • the range works great but the oven thinks the door is always open even when it's closed
  • washer, computer and stereo
  • oven doesn't work but the cooktop and clock do (and the oven light is now permanently "on"). 
  • washer, dryer AND dishwasher 

As you can see from the list, the damage is complete for some appliances, and partial for others. If you live in one of the red zones and you own any of these items, it would be prudent to see if they still function before you submit your claim.

City Light refers questions about damages to the claim process webpage for the City of Seattle. The form is online. The form seems geared to vehicle accidents but it is their standard claim for damages form.

Here's the webpage:  The form is on the page and can be printed off.

The form begins with this statement:
If you believe the City is at fault for an incident or accident resulting in loss, injury or damages, you can file a claim requesting payment. Details on the claim filing process, frequently asked questions and links to the Claim for Damages forms are below. If you have additional questions or need interpretation, please call the City's Customer Service Bureau at 206-684-2489.

Customer Service might be able to help if you have specific questions about how to fill out the form. If you call and ask about making a claim, they will just refer you to the website.

Both the City of Shoreline and the City of Lake Forest Park advise citizens to submit the claim form. In all cases, the claimant needs to have proof for the amount they are claiming, such as receipts from repairs or purchase receipts.

My personal advice is that when dealing with a bureaucracy, over-document. Take pictures, and include any document which could have bearing on your claim. If you have an item which can't be repaired and you don't have the purchase receipt, find the item online and submit a photocopy with the serial number / ID info from your item. Get a signed statement from a repairperson. Do whatever you can to answer any questions an adjustor might have.

Consult your insurance agent to see what your homeowner’s policy might cover if your City Light claim is not accepted.


Come Back, Blood Donors! Zika deferrals only 28 days

Bloodmobile in Richmond Beach this Saturday

By Tom Petersen

Blood collections nationwide are down as much as 20% as precautionary measures to stop the spread of the Zika virus have deferred many willing or potential donors over the last 8 months.

Blood supplies in the Puget Sound region, like everywhere else, have dropped to "crisis" levels this summer.

The normal seasonal lull, added to the loss of locals that have travelled to Latin America and the Caribbean, and exacerbated by the humanitarian need to ship some blood products to Florida and Puerto Rico, where entire populations are in a state of perpetual ineligibility, has supplies of most blood types at "critical" levels.

Zika deferrals not long or permanent: Bloodworks Northwest is getting the word out that donors who have been deferred for recent travels to Zika-affected territories are only discouraged from giving blood for 28 days.  People who have not fallen ill during that window are safe to donate.  People who went abroad in the winter or spring can donate blood this summer.

Past deferrals may not permanently disqualify donors: People who have thought about or tried to donate blood but were asked not to for whatever reason -- travels to disease-ridden locales, low iron, sniffles, temporary or past use of certain medications, new tattoos -- are encouraged to come back. The standard questionnaire and consultation at the bloodmobile or donation center may well reveal that it's safe to donate again.

Deferred? Help find new donors: Past blood donors who, for whatever reason, can no longer give blood are encouraged to help recruit new donors. The number one inspiration for new blood donors is not posters, A-boards, or articles like this one, but the personal example of a friend or family member that can attest to the ease and importance of donating blood.

The need for blood is constant: Even with advanced surgical techniques that lesson the need for large transfusions for some surgeries, the need for blood never slackens for cancer patients, people with blood disorders, and the "misadventurous."

Air-conditioned Bloodmobile in Richmond Beach this Saturday: Bloodworks' mobile unit will be at its customary spot, in front of the Shoreline Fire Safety Center at the corner of Richmond Beach Road (195th) and 20th Ave NW, from 10am to 4pm Saturday, August 27.

Appointments are recommended but not necessary; walk-ups are welcome and encouraged.  All donors must have photo ID or a Bloodworks / Puget Sound Blood Center card. The bloodmobile is closed for lunch from noon to 1.

Make appointments online


Missing: Ralph the Box Turtle

Ralph the box turtle has wandered away from his family and they are distraught.

Ralph is about 6 inches long, 4 inches wide, and 4 inches tall with a domed shell. His top shell is olive colored; bottom shell is hinged. His body is black with orange and yellow spots.

He was lost around 198th and Wallingford.

Box turtles do very well in this weather, so it's very likely he's still around. They like the heat of the day, and they like to burrow and hide in dark corners.

A box turtle is actually a tortoise, which is a land animal; he's not the kind of guy who would enjoy being put in the lake. (He'd drown.)

If you live in this area of the Echo Lake neighborhood, look around your yard.

If you find him, call Dawn at 206-650-0033 or Dean at 206-841-9329.


Imagine Lake Washington 8.8 feet higher than it is now

Section of Lake Forest Park from Google Earth

Beach Drive, LFP Civic Club, Shore Drive, Sheridan Beach... there's a good chance that properties in these neighborhoods used to be underwater - literally.

From History Link: Waterway Rearranging

One hundred years ago this week, on August 25, 1916, the Montlake Cut connecting Lake Washington and Lake Union was opened and Lake Washington soon began to drop, by an eventual total of 8.8 feet to the level of Lake Union. The work was part of the construction of the Lake Washington Ship Canal, which had begun five years earlier. As the water level in Lake Washington fell, and that in Salmon Bay to the west rose to match the level of Lake Union, the changes had a dramatic effect throughout King County.

At the south end of Lake Washington, the Black River -- which had been the lake's outlet into the Duwamish River valley -- disappeared, which helped reduce flooding in the valley. Meanwhile, construction of the Ballard Locks on the other end of the ship canal led to the raising of water levels in Salmon Bay, home of Fishermen's Terminal, turning it from a saltwater inlet into a freshwater bay.

Communities around Lake Washington gained waterfront, but most of it was originally wet goo. On the Seattle side of the lake, where Montlake Boulevard ran, a few extra feet of land extended from the roadway, and much if it is now used as open space. On the other side of the lake, a sandy beach was exposed in Juanita Bay, which became a popular resort and later a park. In Bellevue, the American Pacific Whaling Fleet chose Meydenbauer Bay as its freshwater home port once the canal provided a connection to Puget Sound. And in Renton, acres of exposed shorefront would years later become home to one of Boeing's manufacturing plants, as well as an airport.


Shoreline Fire visits Y camp at Shoreview Park

Shoreline Fire visits Y Camp at Shoreview Park
Photo courtesy Shoreline Fire

Shoreline Fire took a fire truck to visit the YMCA camps at Shoreview Park on Thursday.

Spraying water from deck gun
Photo courtesy Shoreline Fire

"What fun and we got to cool some of the kiddos while showing them how far we can spray water."

Waiting for the spray
Photo courtesy Shoreline Fire

"A chosen few were waiting to "catch" water as we got to show how far we could spray water from our deck gun."


Shoreline resident receives $3000 BECU Scholarship

Brett Bashaw
Photo courtesy BECU
The BECU Foundation has awarded Brett Bashaw, a Shoreline resident, a $3,000 BECU Foundation scholarship.

Brett Bashaw, a Shoreline Community College graduate, volunteers at the American Red Cross. 

He will attend Western Washington University studying social work and social services.

“As a Special Education para-educator, I am an advocate, a counselor, a role model and a cheerleader.

"Working in Special Education has pushed me even more to grow further in my own education in the hopes that I will be more equipped to help others.

"I have spent much of my time either volunteering at a drop-in center for homeless youth, or working to assist struggling families through my time spent volunteering at The American Red Cross.”

He’s among 80 students to receive the award. The scholarship recipients were chosen based on their academic performance and passion for helping others through volunteering. Since 1995, the BECU Foundation has awarded more than $2.2 million in scholarships to 950 student members.

His hometown is Edmonds, and his high school was Edmonds Woodway.


In The Garden Now …. Double Delight Star Gazer Hydrangea

Hydrangea Star Gazer double blossom

Text and photos by Victoria Gilleland

What a gorgeous hydrangea! There are hundreds of different Hydrangea varieties available but not many as beautiful as this stunner. The variegated color pattern of the blossoms makes a truly unique statement in the summer garden.

Star Gazer has gorgeous variegated flowers that may be blue or pink and white depending on the soil in which it is grown. In the Northwest our soil is usually acidic so flowers will likely be blue.

Double Delight Star Gazer Hydrangea 
Blossom color varies widely depending on growing conditions. Some shrubs produce blue or pink pastel colored blossoms while others have intense blue, purple, pink or reddish variegated flowers. 

Star Gazer is usually around 4 x 4 feet and blooms reliably on both old and new wood throughout summer. Like most hydrangeas locate this shrub in a shady spot. More sun is an option if the plant is watered regularly. 

Double Delight Star Gazer Hydrangea would make a fabulous addition to most any shade garden!

Botanical Name: Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Kompeito’

Victoria Gilleland is the owner of Cottage Garden Designs, a Garden Design company specializing in Redesign of Residential Gardens, Garden Consultation and Coaching. She has been designing gardens in the northwest for over 20 years.


Final performances of Oliver! Thursday, Friday, Saturday

The final three performances of Aurora Theatre Company's production of "Oliver!" will take place this weekend - August 25-26-27 at Shoreline City Hall in the courtyard, 17500 Midvale Ave N, 98133.

The weather will be perfect for an evening outdoors!

The show begins at 8:00pm and doors open at 6:00pm for picnicking. Tickets are FREE to the public and reservations can be made online.

If you like what you see, consider making a gift of support to help cover the costs of renting sound and lighting equipment for this summer's "Oliver!"

They need at least $2700 to cover this production.

When you make a tax deductible donation to Aurora Theatre at the online site indiegogo, you might win one of the perks:
  • gift cards to Dinner for 2 at Tilth Restaurant
  • Dinner for 2 at Cascina Spinasse
  • Brunch for 4 at Loulay Restaurant
  • the Lark Restaurant cookbook
  • 2 tickets to ACT Theatre
  • 2 tickets to Seattle Shakespeare Company
  • 2 tickets to Village Theatre
  • 2 tickets to Seattle Musical Theatre
  • 2 tickets to Taproot Theatre
  • 2 tickets to ArtsWest Playhouse
  • 2 tickets to Jazz Alley
  • 2 hours of Garden/Landscape Consultation from Earth Healer LLC 
  • gift certificates to purchase half price tickets on Goldstar 
Help us to continue to provide our annual FREE summer outdoor musical!


Beer and Blooms: donation dahlias now at Ridgecrest Public House

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Bouquets at the streetside table
for a donation to the Senior Center

Ridgecrest resident John Hibbs' 75 varieties of dahlias are still producing gorgeous blooms. In fact, he just fertilized them to make them produce more.

He is still placing multi-colored bouquets at his streetside table at 11th NE and NE 158th in return for a donation to the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center. He will continue as long as his dahlias are blooming. (see previous article)

Now there is another place to pick up a bouquet. The Ridgecrest Public House, 520 NE 165th St in the small business district for the Ridgecrest Neighborhood, is now displaying John's blooms.

"The place looks like a wedding," laughed owner Megan Kogut.

The Ridgecrest Public House - before dahlias

Megan Kogut and Jared Swalwell are taking ten bouquets a week for the pub and donating to the Senior Center fund. If customers want to donate, they can take home a bouquet.

John is elated. "Combining the stand and the Ridgecrest Pub we've collected about $350 for the Senior Center in the first two weeks!!"

John would be happy to supply another nearby business - perhaps in North City.

Updated 8-25-2016


7th District has one of several interesting Washington congressional races

By Evan Smith

The 7th Congressional District contest to replace longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott will be the only one in Washington this November without an incumbent. But that contest, which will match two Democrats, State Rep. Brady Piñero Walkinshaw and State Sen. Pramila Jayapal, is just one of several interesting Washington congressional races on the November 8 ballot.

Final certified results of the August 2 primary from the 7th District showed Jayapal with 42 percent of the votes to Walkinshaw’s 21 percent and King County Councilman Joe McDermott’s 19 percent. The remaining votes were divided among two other Democrats, two Republicans and two independents.

The 7th District includes Shoreline and Lake Forest Park, Edmonds, Woodway, most of Seattle and Seattle’s southwest suburbs.

In three other districts, incumbents go into November without winning primary majorities.

The three incumbent Washington congressional representatives who led primary balloting with vote percentages of less than 50 percent were Republican 4th District U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, with 46 percent in central Washington; Republican 5th District U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, with 42 percent in eastern Washington; and Democratic 10th District U.S. Rep. Denny Heck with 47 percent in the south Puget Sound area.

Newhouse faces a general-election rematch against tea-party Republican Clint Didier, who took 28 percent of the primary votes with the leading Democrat taking 22 percent. Newhouse defeated Didier in the 2014 general election by a 50.8 percent to 49.2 percent margin.

McMorris Rogers will face Democrat Joe Pakootas in November.

Heck will face Republican Jim Postma in November after Postma won 37 percent to finish ahead of the 13 percent for a second Democrat.

Incumbent Washington U.S. representatives who won primary majorities were: 1st District Democrat Suzan DelBene, who took 54 percent of votes in inland parts of King, Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties; 2nd District incumbent Democrat Rick Larsen with 52 percent in coastal areas of northwest Washington; 3rd District Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler with 55 percent in southwest Washington; 6th District Democrat Derek Kilmer with 58 percent on the Olympic Peninsula; 8th District Republican Dave Reichert with 57 percent in Chelan. Douglas, Kittitas, east King and east Pierce counties; and 9th District Democrat Adam Smith with 56 percent in south King and north Pierce counties.

Reichert will face Democrat Tony Ventrella, who won 17 percent of primary votes despite suspending his campaign.

Evan Smith can be reached at


After-school steel drum music program begins Sept 26

Gary Gibson working with students in adult class

After two years of organizational preparation and fundraising, Steel Magic Northwest is delighted to announce the launch of a unique new after-school music program for youth in the Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, and Shoreline areas.

Modeled after some of the 200 similar programs around the U.S. visited by Executive and Artistic Director Gary Gibson (as guest performer, composer, and clinician), Steel Magic Northwest will provide after-school steel orchestra to youth from 5th through 12th grades, and one adult evening class.

Financial barriers to participation in the youth program will be minimized through a sliding scale and tuition waiver for low-income families.

Steel Magic Northwest drums

Although the steel band is not a new thing in the Seattle region, the creation of a sustainable, long-term, continuous youth program with nationally recognized leadership and the size necessary to create a full orchestral sound has eluded this area.

Model organizations have demonstrated the many community benefits of these programs, which have been active in other parts of the country since the mid 1960’s.

Gibson, a national champion of Trinidad’s premier steel band competition, and an international award winner in composition of steel pan music, founded the organization after “getting tired of getting on airplanes to see this done at its full potential,” and set out to create a new national model program in his own backyard in the Edmonds, Lynnwood, and Shoreline areas.

‘This kind of music program is quite different than traditional band or orchestra or choir in many ways, and the benefits to the participants go much, much deeper than an education in music,” Gibson says.

He points out that teamwork and leadership skills, in particular, are in play more in the steel band than any other musical ensemble type, and that players typically have more of a sense of responsibility to, and ownership of, the group.

Teamwork and leadership skills are important in steel bands

He is also quick to emphasize that, musically, the steel orchestra is capable of playing a wider variety of music styles than most groups.

“Caribbean styles like calypso and reggae are what most audiences expect to hear, but my groups also play classical music, jazz, funk, pop, you name it. Properly arranged and executed, there is nothing lacking.”

Gibson founded the organization in the summer of 2014, assembled a board of trustees, obtained IRS tax-exempt status, and raised more than $60,000 for a brand new set of steel orchestra instruments, complete with cases and carts and stands.

Steel Magic Northwest launches its community-based program starting on September 26, with 12-week classes for youth from 5th through 12th grades and adults. Classes are held in Edmonds.

For more information, visit the website.


Brookside Elementary School burglarized

Surveillance photo from staff room at Brookside
showing the two burglars

Brookside Elementary was burglarized earlier this week.

Lake Forest Park Police are asking if anyone can identify either of these individuals or if they have any tips.

Call or email Detective Tony Matthews at 206-364-8216.

Brookside is a K-6 Shoreline Public School, located in Lake Forest Park at 17447 37th Ave NE.

School begins Wednesday, September 7, 2016.


Death notices as of August 21, 2016

Obituaries are condensed biographies of people's lives, written by the people who loved them. Like a memorial service, they tell us things we may not have known about the person, and may leave us wishing we had known them better.

Obituaries from The Seattle Times

Dr. Felipe Galvez Castro  1923-2016  Born in the Phillippines, where he received his M.D. degree. Father of five children, the family immigrated to Seattle in 1974. Viewing, rosary, and special mass were celebrated at St. Mark, with interment at Holyrood.

Sharon Muree Frances Ivester  1931-2016  She worked as a bookkeeper and retired from Plywood Supply after 30 years. A Lake Forest Park resident, she was married for 67 years and had three children. She loved golf. She died after a long struggle with Alzheimer's. Services and burial at Acacia.

Diane Marie (Lund) Forde  1943-2016  A Celebration of Life was held at Aurora Nazarene Community Church for Diane Ford, who died after a five year battle with cancer. 

Allan Richard Morgan  age 69, of Shoreline, died peacefully July 15.In lieu of flowers, donate to Washington Waterfowl Assoc or American Diabetes Assoc in his honor.

Emmanuel John Xenos  1931-2016  Born on the Greek island of Leros, his family came to the Northwest in 1947. He served in the Navy. A businessman, he owned several restaurants including the Dairy Delight in Seattle, and the Viking House Restaurant in Poulsbo. He later owned the Viking Marine Supply stores. Emmanuel was dedicated to his Greek Orthodox Church and was also very involved in the Lion's Club and Sons of Norway.

Jean Kraft  1923-2016  During WW II she sang and played piano for the USO while working at Boeing inspecting airplane parts. Celebration of Life at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Shoreline.

Axel "Ted" Theodore Peterson Jr.  1923-2016  Flew F-6F Hell Cats during WW II. Worked for E.J. Bartells for 35 years, retiring as president of the company. A celebration of life was held at the Shoreline Elks.

(Fritz) Ludwig Fred Horand  1924-2016  US Navy pilot during WW II. A watchmaker by trade, he loved traveling, dancing, and spending time with grandchildren. Services at Richmond Beach Congregational Church.


Jobs: Communications Consultant 3

WSDOT has a 12 month opening for a Communications Consultant 3.

The Northwest Region is seeking a qualified candidate who excels in writing, social media, media communications, videography and non-linear editing.  Use your passion and experience in project management to review and edit written materials that include press releases, project web pages communication plans and correspondence databases.

Complete description and application information here


Shoreline High School Class of 1961 55th Reunion

Shoreline High School Class of 1961 55th Reunion

Friday, August 26: 2:00 - 3:00pm Shoreline Center - Memorial in Board Room, followed by a tour of our former campus. Superintendent Rebecca Miner will speak and lead a tour.

Friday, August 26: 4:00 - 8:30pm Nile Country Club Red Room and 19th Hole Café for a no host gathering.

Saturday, August 27: 5:00 to 8:00 Virginia V Cruise (located next to MOHAI) - a prepaid event

For more information, contact Janice Franett, 206-235-1943.


Photo: Dusk to Dawn - Blue Bridges 2

Blue Bridges 2
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Another view of the Blue Bridges that cross 155th and Aurora to carry the Interurban Trail across Aurora. Part of a series by Wayne Pridemore.


Charles Mack at Grinders Saturday

Charles Mack plays at Grinders Saturday

Charles Mack plays at Grinders on Saturday, August 27.

Grammy Nominated, Charles Mack, former bassist for Lucky Peterson and Grammy Award winner James Cotton, Charles Mack has shared the stage with a number of accomplished artists in a variety of genres ; alternative rock group Inflatable Soule, rap group Cypress Hill, blues, R/B and jazz artists Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy, Marcus Miller, Otis Taylor, Shemekia Copeland, Otis Rush, Maria Muldaur, Marcia Ball, Bernard Allison, Johnny Winter, Jimmy Johnson, Kenny Neal and numerous Jazz ensembles.

By fusing an amazing blend of music and experience over his career Charles brings an incredible and unique presence to every performance. You will experience a multitude of feelings and emotions all while sitting back and enjoying the ride through a mixture of soul, funk, blues, rock, R/B and folk that will leave you satisfied but clamoring for more all at the same time!

Grinders 19811 Aurora Ave N, 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. - $10.00 cover

Reservations Recommended - Call 206 542 0627. Arrive between 6:30-7:30 p.m. for reservation. After 7:30 p.m. seats are given to standby guests.


Fire damages storage lockers and blocks traffic on Aurora Tuesday afternoon

Photo courtesy Shoreline Fire

Shoreline Fire responded to a commercial structure fire at 14900 Aurora Ave around 1pm on Tuesday.

Photo courtesy Shoreline Fire
A van parked at the Public Storage facility left a lit candle unattended inside.

The candle started a fire that spread from the van to the storage facility, damaging five storage units.

Two people went to the hospital with minor injuries.

Northbound traffic was restricted to one lane for an hour and a half.


Citizens support new ballot drop box locations

Ballot drop box at LFP City Hall. There was also a drop box
at the Shoreline Library and Central Market in Shoreline.
Photo by Sarah Phillips

King County Elections Director Julie Wise briefed the Metropolitan King County Council’s Government Accountability and Oversight Committee Tuesday on the performance of ballot drop boxes in the primary election following their recent expansion.

This year’s August primary election saw a record percentage of ballots returned using King County Elections drop boxes. The dramatic increase came in the first election following an effort by the King County Council and Director Wise to significantly expand ballot drop box locations.

“Voters used drop boxes in record numbers for the Primary Election,” said Julie Wise, King County Elections’ Director. “This is exactly the convenience we hoped this investment would bring our voters and I think the numbers will only go up from here.”

Nearly 36 percent of voters (more than 160,000 voters) cast their primary ballots via drop boxes. This is a substantial increase compared to the 2015 general election, in which 26 percent of ballots were returned via drop boxes. This year, over 100,000 primary ballots were returned to drop boxes on Election Day, 20,000 more than any previous Election Day total.

“I am thrilled by the popularity of new ballot drop boxes, especially the Lake City Library Drop Box in my district, where more than 6,500 voters cast their ballots -- the most ballots among any of the new drop boxes,” said Council Vice Chair Rod Dembowski, the author of the original motion. 
“The strong endorsement by voters of this initiative confirms its importance. I'm also very pleased to see the significant number of ballots returned in communities that have historically faced higher barriers to civic participation.”

In December 2015, the King County Council passed a motion asking King County Elections to develop a plan to improve access and convenience of ballot drop-off locations throughout King County. A primary aim of the motion was to lower barriers to voting. The Elections Division's plan, which was approved by the Council on May 2nd, 2016, adds 33 additional ballot drop-off locations in King County for a total of 43 locations.

For the August primary election, a total of 29 ballot drop box locations were ready for voters. The remaining locations will be open in time for this fall’s general election. Once the plan is completed later this year, more than 90 percent of King County residents will live within three miles of a ballot drop box.

Among the most used new locations are the Lake City Library, University of Washington – Schmitz Hall, and High Point Library drop boxes, all located in areas that scored highest in the evaluation for key equity demographic characteristics.

Scores were based on an Equity and Social Justice metric that considered a combination of diversity, household income, and English proficiency. Strong return rates at these locations signal progress for King County’s ongoing efforts to lower barriers to voting and strengthen the ability for all citizens to exercise the right to vote.

For the November general election, all 43 drop boxes will be open. Drop box locations and site selection criteria can be found in the Ballot Drop-off Location Plan.


Artists in Action at Sky Nursery Saturday and Sunday

“Yellow Iris” reproduced courtesy of Terri Davis
Saturday August 27 and Sunday August 28 from 11 am – 5 pm at Sky Nursery 18528 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline 98133, 206-546-4851.

Artists in Action at Sky Nursery

Northwest Artists in Action is a group of accomplished fine artists who love to create and display their art in public.

The unique feature of the group is that each artist will be creating an art project on site.

This gives you a chance to see a painting being created in real time and the opportunity to discuss the art with the artist.

Each artist specializes in one or more of the fine arts media - oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, or pencil.

Stop by and admire a variety of paintings and sketches in progress, plus a display of finished original art available for purchase.


Protesters at Shoreline Planning Commission meeting

Protest at City Hall Planning Commission meeting Thursday

Residents from the 145th Station rezone area who had expected to be able to comment during the extension of the Planning Commission meeting on Monday, August 22 protested outside City Hall.

The Commission meeting was continued from the previous Thursday, August 18. Residents interpreted statements at the end of the Thursday meeting to mean that public comment would also be continued to the Monday meeting.

The City issued a statement saying the Public Comment was closed and the Monday meeting was for the Planning Commission to finish their deliberations.


Call for Small Art: 6X6NW – new Exhibition and Fundraiser event

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is currently accepting submissions for 6X6NW, an exhibition and fundraiser event featuring hundreds of small artworks. Each artwork must be 6”x 6” and artists may enter up to 10 artworks of any medium (2D or 3D). There is no fee to enter.

All entries will be exhibited during 6X6NW on October 8 and offered for sale to the public for $36 each. The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council will receive a 66% commission on any works sold. 
Artists may elect to waive their 34% commission and contribute their work(s) as a full donation to benefit the Arts Council’s community arts programming and events.

Interested in taking pART? Participation is open to all — no art background is required! All you have to do is visit the webpage, fill out the registration form (no artwork photos needed), and follow the simple instructions for submitting your work to the Arts Council.

Prizes will be awarded in several categories, including People's Choice, and participants will receive 6 free tickets to the event at Shoreline Community College on October 8 (a $60 value), 1 drink ticket (a $6 value), and recognition on the Art Council’s website.

Entries Due: September 30 or Postmarked by September 29

6X6NW is a fundraiser to support Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council programming and will be held on Saturday, October 8 in the Lobby of the Student Union Building at Shoreline Community College – 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Bldg. 9000, Shoreline, WA 98133.

Please note: Artworks will not be insured by the Arts Council or Shoreline Community College. The Arts Council reserves the right to not display any work for any reason. Photography of the artworks during the exhibition will be permitted. Commission checks will be issued within 30 days of the exhibition and sent to the address provided on the application.

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate creativity and inspire our community through the arts.


Notice: Sept 1 Planning Commission meeting cancelled

Public Notice:

You are hereby notified that the next regular meeting of the Shoreline Planning Commission to be held on Thursday, September 1 at 7:00 p.m. has been cancelled.

The next regular meeting will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.


What are your burning questions - ask them Sept 20 at the Senior Center

Scott Theisen, social worker at the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center, will be the featured speaker at the What's Up September 20 workshop at the Center.

Bring your burning questions for Scott to answer.

Suggested Donation $2 members - $4 non-members


Seattle Times endorses State Rep. Pollet for re-election in 46th District

Our news partner the Seattle Times has endorsed Democratic State Rep. Gerry Pollet for re-election in the 46th District.

In an August 10 editorial, the Times said this:

“Pollet is an environmental activist and public-health instructor at the University of Washington. The Democrat has represented the district, which includes Northeast Seattle, Lake Forest Park and Kenmore, since 2011."
and this...

"Challenger Stephanie Heart Viskovich is a Libertarian activist in the medical-marijuana industry. But during a meeting with this editorial board, she lacked insight into issues such as the state’s McCleary education-funding settlement and Sound Transit 3."

The other 46th Legislative District representative, Democrat Jessyn Farrell, is running unopposed.

See the full Seattle Times editorial here.


Jobs: Avalanche Forecast & Control Specialist 2

WSDOT has two positions in Kittitas County – Hyak – Snoqualmie Pass for Avalanche Forecast and Control Specialists.

The South Central Region has two positions available with our Avalanche Forecast and Control Team stationed at Hyak on Snoqualmie Pass. The Avalanche Forecast and Control Team makes it possible for people and businesses to travel safely on our state highways through effective and efficient management of snow and avalanche related risks. These positions primarily cover Snoqualmie Pass and Chinook Pass.

The first position available is a permanent full-time position. The second position is a permanent seasonal position, and generally works 7-9 months. Both positions are a great opportunity for those with a strong background in skiing, avalanche forecasting and mitigation, and weather instrumentation.

If you have experience as a professional ski patroller with an avalanche center or highway program, one of these positions may be the job for you. We seek individuals with a desire to apply a variety of skills including triggering avalanches with explosives and ski cutting techniques, data management and instrumentation experience, and alpine ski touring.

To view the entire announcement and to apply, please visit: Avalanche Forecast and Control Specialist 2


Annual dahlia show at Sky Nursery Saturday and Sunday

Saturday, August 27-Sunday, August 28
during store hours 9am to 6pm

The West's largest dahlia show returns to the nursery with a great wealth of blooms.

The Puget Sound Dahlia Association is America's leading dahlia club and prides itself in putting on a spectacular floral exhibition.

You will be able to admire dahlias in all their forms and colors, as well as baskets, arrangements, and vases - and all in natural lighting!

Sky Nursery also invites gardeners to bring their own bouquets and individual dahlias for display. 

The Show is free and details can be read on the Dahlia Association webpage or the Sky Nursery webpage.


19 year old man who killed three teens, including SCC employee, pleads not guilty

According to a story in The Seattle Times, Allen Ivanov, 19, pleaded no guilty to three counts of aggravated first-degree murder, including Jacob M. Long, 19 of Everett, who was an employee at Shoreline Community College. (see previous article).

Another teen was seriously wounded in the attack, which took place at a Mukilteo house party on July 30.

According to the Times story,

Allen Ivanov pleaded not guilty to three counts of aggravated first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder during a brief hearing in Snohomish County Superior Court. 
Aggravated first-degree murder is punishable by either life in prison without parole or the death penalty. Snohomish County prosecutors have not announced whether they will seek the death penalty.

According to the story, Ivanov was angry with his girlfriend for breaking up with him. He bought an AR-15 assault-style rifle and read the instructions in the car before going into the house and killing her and her friends.


Food Truck party Wednesday in Richmond Beach Saltwater Park

Life is short. Eat dessert first.
Six Strawberries treats.
Food Truck Shoreline, Wednesday, August 24, 5:00 to 8:00pm at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park, 2021 NW 190th Street, Shoreline 98177.

Sponsored by Richmond Beach Community Association and City of Shoreline's Office of Economic Development

August 24 kicks off the first of three Wednesdays of food trucks in Richmond Beach. With breathtaking views, a fantastic weather forecast, incredible food and a fun, high energy Latin band, this beach party promises to be a good time!

Choose scrumptious fare from two dinner trucks and a dessert truck in the lower parking lot, then move to the upper shelter to enjoy your food and live music.

Coco Loco is a Latin band with lots of personality, playing a variety of originals and classics from an array of styles including cha-cha-cha, cumbia, samba, salsa and more. Soak up their infectious energy -- this band is about having fun!

Coco Loco - infectious energy
Wood Shop BBQ offers authentic Kansas City and Texas style barbecue. Enjoy custom dishes like Kansas Style Pork Spare Ribs, Texas Style Brisket or The Woody--a tray of Smoked Jalapeño Mac topped with Pulled Pork, pickled red onions and original sauce. Barbecue doesn't get any better than this!

Chopstix food truck brings to the streets the soulful flavors of traditional Asian cuisine with the restraint and style of modern dining. Try the award winning Peking Duck Tacos! Let the delicious and savory flavors bring a satisfied smile to your face.

Chopstix Food Truck
Six Strawberries is Seattle's first artisan ice-pops company and bicycle food cart. All of their ice-pops are dairy free. Along with their eight main flavors (Strawberry, Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, Peach Lemonade, Mixed Melon, Fudge, Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter, Caffe Vita Latte and Matcha Green Tea), they are continually creating new ice-pops, from in-season fruit pops to guilty pleasures!

More info and each week's lineup here.


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