In The Garden Now…..Mock Orange

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Mock Orange ‘Snow Dwarf’ 

Text and photos by Victoria Gilleland

There are dozens of scented shrubs that can be grown in Northwest gardens, but Mock Orange is among the easiest to grow and one of the most fragrant. With many varieties to choose from you can probably find one for your garden or to grow in a pot. There’s even a native that might be a nice addition to your garden if you have the space.

Mock Orange bears its common name for good reason. The scent of the flowers is a lot like that of orange blossoms. Since few of us in this area have flowering orange trees, it’s a real treat to get a whiff of that heady scent on a stroll through the garden.

Like many fragrant plants the scent is more intense when the air temperatures are higher and the air is still. This shrub is typically in bloom for four to six weeks in May and June depending on the weather and location in the garden. Bees and butterflies are attracted to the flowers and deer tend to leave the plant alone.

Mock Orange ‘Innocence’
My personal favorite, ‘Innocence,’ is in full bloom right now. This is a very fragrant single flowered variety developed by French hybridizer Victor Lemoinei in 1896.

It’s been flourishing in my part shade garden for about 15 years and has been kept a reasonable size by pruning each year right after the plant has finished blooming.

If left to reach its potential size it could easily end up 8 feet tall and wide. It produces masses of very fragrant single flowers that are set off by stunning variegated foliage.

My shrub has been disease and pest free for its entire life in my garden.

I have to confess that I’m a sucker for beautiful variegated foliage and ‘Innocence’ has it in a rather delicate looking green, yellow and white pattern. This is such a wonderful contrast to garden green. I’d be tempted to grow a beautiful shrub like this for the foliage alone!

If you’re interested in a smaller plant consider ‘Snow Dwarf,’ a lovely very fragrant double flowered variety that will stay quite compact at about 3 feet tall and wide.  The foliage on this plant is a soft green.  This one could reside comfortably in a large container for many years.

If there was a “Garden Fragrance Competition” adding Mock Orange to your garden could earn you a Blue Ribbon! And besides, you can’t have too many fragrant plants.

Botanical Name:  Philadelphus lemoinei ’Innocence’
Philadelphus ‘Snow Dwarf’

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.  


Shoreline Girl Scout selected for 2017 Global Action Team

Delaney Browne of Shoreline has been selected for a second year to be part of the Girl Scout Global Action Team.

The goal is to spread awareness and take action to promote the importance of access to healthcare for women and girls worldwide.

The Global Action Team is a group of teens in grades 9-12 who will spend a year researching this important topic impacting our local and global communities. Through collaborations with local organizations and community members, Global Action Team members become advocates for women everywhere, and help educate and inspire others to do the same.

Team members can reapply each year that they are eligible (9th through 12th grades). Since the focus areas change each year, the team members get the unique experience of researching a new global issue and taking action on that issue with their fellow team members.

This year, they decided to focus on access to healthcare for women and girls worldwide. The team researched this issue and its impact in South Asia, Western Europe, and West Africa and developed a Take Action Project of making reusable pads to distribute to regions where access to feminine hygiene products is difficult.

The program focuses on three main themes each year even though the area of focus changes. The team members change and the summit attendees will change each year as well. Below are the three consistent themes of the Global Action Team:

  1. Taking Action: In this program, the team creates a Global Take Action Project that has an impact in the community and inspires others to act—creating change for the better.
  2. Global Awareness: Girl Scouts develop cultural awareness through the project by collaborating with a World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) member organization in another country.
  3. Leadership: The team leads the annual Global Action Summit—a weekend retreat for younger Girl Scouts. During this exciting event, team members teach younger girls about action through advocacy, making global connections, and how to follow through on large projects that impact in their community.

Delaney says, “I wanted to be a part of the Global Action Team because I have a lot of opinions on how the world can be a better place and I'd like to be in a position to be able to spread awareness and make changes on global issues. 
"I have experience on this team and have learned that every year is completely different from the topics to the members. Going into the experience with an open mind is key. My goal for this year is to be a strong member of the group, helping when and where ever I can.”


Kiwanis dinner is open to the public

Visitors are welcome to attend a dinner meeting of the North Central Seattle Kiwanis club, a club that represents all of north Seattle in serving the needs of kids.

The club provides an annual free summer camp, Camp Casey on Whidbey Island, for up to 90 kids with physical disabilities.

They also help with Project Cool in providing backpacks loaded with school supplies to homeless kids -- and have other service projects as well.

When? Thursday, June 29th from 6:30 to 8:00pm. Dinner begins at 6:30pm, and the program begins at 7:00pm

Where? PROVAIL - 12550 Aurora Ave N, Seattle 98133

There is ample free parking behind the PROVAIL building.

Guest program speaker will be Mary Ann of Friendship Adventures, an organization based in Kirkland. Their program provides socialization opportunities to build inter-personal skills and promote independence for special needs persons. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation.

RSVP to Barb Williams to help with meal planning. Dinner will be provided for $12.00 but first time visitors eat free.


Cartoon: No fly list

Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter can be found under Features 
in the first column of the front page of the Shoreline Area News.


LFP man charged with vehicular homicide in pedestrian death on I-90

Eric L. Leavitt, 42, of Lake Forest Park, has been charged with vehicular homicide in the death of a pedestrian around 11pm Tuesday on I-90.

Brandi Frericks of Issaquah and and her 11 year old child were in a disabled vehicle on the side of the road, westbound on I-90 at milepost 24.

Her boyfriend, Robert W. Thompson of Snoqualmie, came to help her.

Thompson was standing between the two vehicles, attaching a tow chain, when Leavitt, who was driving westbound in Lane 1 of 3, left the roadway and struck Thompson and the disabled vehicle.

Leavitt continued past the scene, lost control, left the roadway and came to rest in the ditch on the right side.

Thompson died at the scene. Frericks was injured and transported to Overlake Hospital, along with her child, who was not injured.

Leavitt was not injured and was booked into King County jail.

Police say that alcohol or drugs were involved.


Be on the lookout for the Hillbilly Bandit

The Hillbilly Bandit has robbed 5
Puget Sound banks
At about 9:30am on May 9th, Everett Police officers were dispatched to Wells Fargo Bank (1801 Broadway Ave) in Everett on the report of a robbery. 

When officers arrived, the male suspect had already fled the bank and a K-9 track was unsuccessful.

The teller told officers that a male entered the bank and handed her a note demanding money. When she hesitated, the male left. No weapons were seen or implied and no money was taken.

Surveillance footage here

Detectives believe this same male has been robbing Puget Sound banks since the middle of last year:
  • 6/27/16 Red Canoe Credit Union 33616 Pacific Hwy S - Federal Way
  • 7/25/16 Red Canoe Credit Union 601 39th Ave SE - Puyallup
  • 9/16/16 Sound Credit Union 1802 N Pearl St - Tacoma
  • 4/04/17 Banner Bank 18415 33rd Ave W - Lynnwood
  • 5/09/17 Wells Fargo Bank 1801 Broadway Ave - Everett

Anyone with information about these robberies, or knows the suspect, is asked to call the Everett Police Department TIP LINE at 425-257-8450 or Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound at 1-800-222-TIPS.

The flyer has more photos


Dems endorse 1 Shoreline incumbent, 1 challenger; 3 LFP incumbents, 1 challenger

By Evan Smith

Local Democrats have endorsed a Shoreline City Council incumbent and a challenger, and three Lake Forest Park incumbents and one challenger in 2017 elections.

Democrats in the 32nd Legislative District have endorsed Shoreline Council incumbent Chris Roberts and challenger Jin-Ah Kim.

Kim will meet incumbent Councilman Keith McGlashan in the November 7 general election. Roberts will be unopposed on the November ballot, as will incumbent Councilman Will Hall.

The Democrats made no endorsement in the three-way primary to replace retiring Councilwoman Shari Winstead. Political newcomers Carolyn Ahlgreen, Susan Chang and Bergith Kayyali are running in the August 1 primary, with two qualifying for the general-election ballot.

In Lake Forest Park, 46th Legislative District Democrats have endorsed City Council incumbents Mark Philips, John Resha and Semra Riddle, and challenger Benjamin Gonzalaz O'Brien. O'Brien will meet incumbent John Wright in November. Phillips, Resha and Riddle will be unopposed.

Democrats in both districts have endorsed Shoreline School Board candidate Heather Fralik. Fralik and Jill Brady are running for the position that incumbent Debi Ehrlichman is leaving after three four-year terms. Democrats have not endorsed either candidate in the other school-board contest between incumbent David Wilson and challenger Steven Pollak.

King County Democrats have endorsed incumbent County Councilman Rod Dembowski, incumbent County Executive Dow Constantine and incumbent County Sheriff John Urquhart. Constantine has three challengers on the primary ballot for the two places on the general-election ballot. Uhrquart has one challenger in November. Dembowski is unopposed.

Local Republicans have listed no endorsements for 2017.

All local offices are non-partisan.

The 32nd Legislative District includes Shoreline, part of northwest Seattle, Woodway and nearby unincorporated areas of Snohomish County, south Edmonds, the city of Lynnwood and part of Mountlake Terrace.

The 46th District includes Lake Forest Park, Kenmore and northeast Seattle.

Evan Smith's email address is


Summer Smash Tennis Tournament returning to Snohomish in July

The third annual Snohomish Summer Smash, a three-day tournament for high school players ages 14-18, will take place July 21st-23rd at the Snohomish High School Tennis Courts.

Registration costs are $25 for Singles players and $40 for Doubles teams, with a two-match minimum ensured for players, and water and tournament t-shirts provided. Trophies will be awarded for each division winner. Proceeds go to the Snohomish High School Boys and Girls Tennis Teams.

Tournament Director Kraig Norris, in conjunction with Snohomish High School Coach Dick Jansen, created the tournament two years ago in effort to create more competitive playing opportunities for high school players.

“We have reached out to the coaches of thirty five high schools from Shoreline to Blaine, trying to increase exposure and get as many players competing as possible,” Norris said. 
“This is a chance for players from different districts and divisions to compete against each for the first time. For someone hoping to secure a spot on their Varsity team, this is a chance to get some playing time, and players who have played only Singles will have a chance to try their hand at Doubles, and vice versa.”

This year’s State Tournaments saw thirteen Summer Smash alums compete, including six who medaled. Registration deadline for the tournament is July 12th, and players interested in participating can email the tournament director for a registration packet, or go to the website.


Yancey C. Blalock Lodge awards four bikes to Lake Forest Park students

LFP Elementary students won bikes in a drawing
after completing a reading program

Seattle’s Yancey C. Blalock Freemason Lodge generously offered their “Bikes for Books” program to Lake Forest Park Elementary to encourage students to read books and lead a healthy, active life.

From February to June, K-6 students who met their teacher’s monthly reading goal entered a ticket into the “Bikes for Books” drawing.

On the last day of school, teacher-librarian, Frank Kleyn, along with members of the Yancey C. Blalock lodge, drew four names to win bicycles and gift cards for new helmets.

All Lake Forest Park students were inspired to read books and participate in the “Bikes for Books” program.

Our staff and students thank the Yancey C. Blalock Freemason Lodge for encouraging our students to read books and ride bikes. Thank you!


Shorecrest grad receives scholarship at WWU

BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University student Makenzie A. Muilenburg, daughter of Jenny Muilenburg of Seattle, has received the $1,500 Adams / Woodring Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The Adams/Woodring Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate and graduate students of the Psychology department. The primary purpose is to attract and retaom students with superior promise.

Muilenburg graduated from Shorecrest High School in 2012. She is a graduate student at Western pursuing her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling.


Lowest tides of the month right now - beach walks Saturday - Monday

Friday, June 23, 2017

Low tide at Richmond Beach Friday, June 23, 2017

This weekend will have the lowest tides of the month.

Saturday 6/24  10:42am -3.71feet

Sunday  6/25  11:27am  -3.64 feet

Volunteer beach naturalists will be leading free and informative beach walks. Waterproof footwear is recommended. No need to sign up, just show up.

Saturday June 24 10:00am - 2:00pm
Sunday June 25 10:30am - 2:30pm
Monday June 26 11:00am - 3:00pm 


Old Dog Haven’s 6th Annual Walk for Old Dogs Sunday July 23

Old Dog Haven’s 6th Annual Walk for Old Dogs

Sunday July 23, 10:30am -3:00pm
Cromwell Park 18030 Meridian Ave N Shoreline 

Join us for a walk in the park with your dog.

The Walk for Old Dogs is Old Dog Haven’s biggest annual fundraiser. Every penny raised at the Walk will be used to care for the over 300 senior dogs in our permanent foster homes. Our vet bills average about $80,000 per month and, thanks to our generous sponsors, every penny raised at the Walk will be used to care for the senior dogs in our care.

What began six years ago as a way to raise money and provide an opportunity for people who love old dogs to spend time together has morphed into the largest gathering of old dogs ever held anywhere in the U.S. You have to see it to believe it!

The event is an experience you don’t want to miss. Old dogs, young dogs and people of all ages are welcome. The Walk is not a race but a fun 1/3 mile promenade to celebrate with our senior dogs! It's a nice stroll on a paved path along lawns and fields.

Walk as much (or as little) as you and your dog prefer! Before the walk you can browse the many sponsor booths (many offering samples and goodies) and pet-related vendors.

The registration fee is $25 and includes a Walk for Old Dogs canvas tote. You can go to the Walk website to register, make a donation if you’re unable to attend (Old Dog Haven is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization — donations are tax-deductible) and find out everything you need to know about the event.


Forman-Finley at North City Bistro Friday and Passarim on Saturday

Forman-Finley Band with Cherrie Adams

Forman-Finley featuring Cherrie Adams will be at the North City Bistro on Friday June 23rd, and here is the link for tickets

The Forman-Finley Band with Cherrie Adams plays jazz, blues, latin, funk and gospel with joy and ease. Cherrie Adams brings a deep feeling for the American Song Book, allowing the warm emotions, sadness, or humor in a song to emerge naturally.

Steve Forman's guitar, Paul Finley's piano, Rick Leppanen's bass and Jeff Busch's drums help each song find fresh and often surprising moments.

The band can be spontaneous because every member brings to each piece the flexibility and depth that spring from decades of experience with his or her art. For example, a swing standard may take on Afro-Cuban qualities (Paul has spent years playing in Salsa bands), and another may take on the sound of gypsy jazz (Rick has played in the highly regarded Pearl Django for 20 years), or Steve may cut loose on some powerful blues guitar that he learned while playing in blues and funk bands in the Northwest and Chicago. It all means committed, compelling, improvised music!


Passarim will be back for a Beautiful night of Bossa Nova on Saturday June 24th and here is the link for tickets.

Passarim is dedicated to recreating the original cool style of bossa nova music of the late 1950s and early 1960s.

The quintet is based in Seattle and performs regularly at Serafina Restaurant and Egans Ballard Jam House. The group has recently been featured on the Starbucks bossa nova compilation entitled In A Bossa Nova Mood.

Passarim is available to provide an understated and seductive musical experience at your next party or function. Please contact us for more information.

Francesca Merlini  Vocal
Nick Torretta  Saxophone, Flute
Brian Willett  Guitar
Leo Raymundo  Stand-up Bass, Vocals
Paul Miranda  Drums, Percussion

The North City Bistro is located at 1520 NE 177th St, Shoreline 98155 in the North City Business District. It is a restaurant, wine bar, and jazz venue, and family friendly, both sophisticated and neighborly.


8th Annual Festival of Shorts at Driftwood Players July 7-9

Edmonds Driftwood Players is pleased to present our popular 8th Annual Festival of Shorts.

Eight great short plays were selected from over 400 submissions from around the world.

The finalists were chosen through "blind" readings by our selection committee. 

These never before produced shorts will make their debut on the stage at the Wade James Theater in Edmonds. 

The theme of this year's festival is "Unintended Consequences".

The selected playwrights will exhibit their most innovative, hilarious, or profound 15 minutes of stage-time, with actors and directors chosen through Driftwood auditions. At each of the four performances, the audience selects their favorite and on Sunday, a panel of esteemed judges will select an overall festival winner.

Festival producer and Executive Producer of the TIPs (Theater of Intriguing Possibilities) Series, Diane Jamieson, is thrilled with this year's submissions and can't wait for everyone to join us this year! Our Festival of Shorts closes out our 2016-17 Season and our TIPs Series.

Our finalists for 2017 are (in no particular order):
  • Passing Lane by Steven D. Miller, Duluth, GA 
  • Spare Change of Strange Angels by Cayenne Douglass, New York, NY 
  • Good Ol' Mom and Dad by Eric Bischoff, Seattle, WA 
  • Lover's Leap by Ken Levine, Los Angeles, CA 
  • Wheelchair Chicken by Jason Cannon, Sarasota, FL 
  • Did you Find Everything OK? By Nicole L. V. Mullins, Battle Creek, MI 
  • Comfort Zones by Mark Rigney, Evansville, IN 
  • The Nurse by Philip W. Hall, New York, NY Performances: Friday-Sunday, July 7 - 9, 2017

Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm
Performances at the Wade James Theatre, 950 Main Street, Edmonds

Purchase tickets here or 425-774-9600.


Classifieds: Special meeting notice Shoreline Fire Commissioners


June 28, 2017

As required by RCW 42.30, the Open Public Meetings Act, you are hereby notified that the Board of Commissioners of the Shoreline Fire Department will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 3:00pm at the Shoreline Fire Department. The purpose of the special meeting is to conduct a work session to discuss the Impact Fee Mitigation Program.

DATE OF MEETING: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

TIME OF MEETING: 3:00 p.m.– 5:00 p.m.

LOCATION: 17525 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133


Introductory statements from Shoreline Council candidates in the primary

Evan Smith
By Evan Smith

Shoreline City Council candidates Carolyn Ahlgren, Susan Chang and Bergith Kayyali recently sent statements introducing themselves to voters.

The three are running in the August 1 primary for the position that Shari Winstead is leaving after two four-year terms.

The primary will narrow the field to two for the November 7 general election.

Three other Shoreline Council positions will appear only on the November ballot because each has only one or two candidates.

Here are the statements from the three primary candidates in the order their names will appear on the primary ballot box and in the voter's pamphlet:

City of Shoreline, Council Position 5

Susan Chang

My family moved to Shoreline in 2009 because of the great schools, involved communities, and amazing parks. I'm running for City Council to preserve and enhance what many residents love about our city.

I'm a civil engineer, City of Shoreline Planning Commissioner, former Girl Scout cookie mom, and community volunteer. From my experience in the private and public sector and academia, I would bring strong policy and technical expertise to the Council.

I'm ready to listen and to work hard to make decisions that benefit the citizens and businesses of Shoreline. Please see

Bergith Kayyali

Having lived in Shoreline over 40 years, I love the cultural diversity, trees, open spaces and way of life. My goal is a green Shoreline based on sustainable growth and development. I want to prove that we do not need massive redevelopment to be a competitive city and that we must listen to the voices of the citizens of Shoreline who are against the massive rezone approved by the City Council. I will help preserve a City that cares about the future, honors our environment and respects the needs of all of its diverse citizens!

Carolyn Ahlgreen

Carolyn Ahlgreen, candidate for Shoreline City Council, moved to the area at the invitation of her grandfather and went to school locally. She worked for the State of Washington, Child Support Division for 10 years, is now in health care and an active member of SEUI 775.

As a founding member and Certified Family Advocate for the Family Support Network, she was on the BOD for almost 20 years.She is a certified mediator, court facilitator, and arbitrator.

She is an active Precinct Committee Officer and the PCO coordinator for Shoreline.


Lake Forest Park Community Blood Drives SATURDAY and MONDAY

Lake Forest Park Community Blood Drives – June 24th and June 26th, 2017

Two chances to be a lifesaver for someone in critical need of blood or blood products this summer!

As summer begins, blood donations often decrease as high school and college students (and many of us!) take off on summer vacations.

Please join us at one of our community blood drives to help boost the summer supply of blood and blood products for our neighbors with ongoing critical needs for these products as well as for those who may experience an unexpected critical need for these products.


Hosted by Lake Forest Park Town Center and BloodworksNW
Lake Forest Park Town Center, Bus in the upper parking lot next to Windermere Realty
Ballinger Way at Bothell Way NE
Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 10am to 4pm (closed 1-2pm)
Schedule online or call 1-800-398-7888.


Hosted by Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church and BloodworksNW
Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church, 17440 Brookside Blvd NE, Lake Forest Park, Fellowship Hall
Monday, June 26, 2017 from 1-7pm (closed 3-4pm)
Schedule online or call 1-800-398-7888.

Walk-ins are also welcome! Invite/bring a friend! 
Photo ID or BWNW/PSBC blood donor card required at time of donation.

Consider being a lifesaver this summer by sharing a little time and blood at one of our community blood drives. Thanks for considering and donating!


Op-Ed: State Insurance Commissioner reacts to the U.S. Senate Health Bill

Insurance Commissioner
Mike Kreidler
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Senate today releasing its draft health care bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act: 

"The Senate Republicans drafted their health care bill in secret, and now we know why: It will erode the stability of our health insurance market and cause people – especially those who are sick or poor - to pay significantly more for less coverage.

"This is not partisan rhetoric, it’s how insurance works. By removing the individual mandate, you guarantee that fewer healthy people will get coverage. If only people who need coverage buy it, the costs will rise for everyone. By removing the funding for cost-sharing subsidies, people will face unaffordable deductibles and copays.

"The Senate bill is not a mirror image of what the House passed, but the result is the same: It will seriously destabilize the health insurance market and harm the millions of individuals and families who have counted on having access to meaningful and affordable coverage.

"The Senate bill makes deep cuts that will directly harm people who rely on Medicaid for their insurance. It reduces the number of middle-income people who qualify for premium subsidies and rolls back the Medicaid expansion starting in 2021. Medicaid covers half of all births in our country, and cutting its funding jeopardizes the health of women and children.

"Like the bill passed by the U.S. House, it allows states to waive requirements to cover essential health benefits such as contraceptives, maternity care and mental health care. And just like the House Republicans, Senate Republicans have rushed through their legislation in the dark of the night and without a thorough examination of the costs and effects on consumers by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Up to 24 million Americans would lose coverage under the House version and we estimated that 700,000 people in Washington state could lose coverage if the bill becomes law.

"My review of the Senate plan has just begun, and the CBO score – expected next week – will shed light on the true impacts we can already begin to see.

"As I’ve said many times before, we can make meaningful improvements to the Affordable Care Act that will help people in real ways using sound insurance principles, including tackling rising out-of-pocket costs for medical services and the surging prices of prescription drugs.

"The latest bill pushed in secrecy by the Republican-controlled Congress will not bring relief to anyone other than the wealthy in search of another tax break. Everyone should be able to buy health insurance, regardless of their income, age or health. Republicans are targeting the very same people they are sworn to represent, and people’s lives are at risk."


Everything you need to know about Fireworks

Courtesy Kenmore fireworks show

Fireworks are prohibited in Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, Seattle, Edmonds, Woodway, Lynnwood.

Soldiers often experience acute PTSD with fireworks. Animals, particularly dogs, are often terrified and there are always a few runaways on the 4th.

Unincorporated Snohomish county allows fireworks during the day, but not in parks, trails, public property, public streets, sidewalks, parking lots, or school property.
  • Also prohibited to Discharge fireworks on private property without permission, and to discharge fireworks from private property onto public property. Possess or discharge illegal fireworks. Firecrackers, rockets, rockets, M-80s, dynamite, and all homemade fireworks are all illegal.
  • Here's a map for SnoCo.
According to the State Fire Marshall's office,

Last year, there were 327 fireworks-related injuries and/or fires reported to the State Fire Marshal’s Office by fire departments and hospital emergency rooms. With retail fireworks stands opening across the state on June 28, this explosive event demonstrates just how important it is to celebrate safely.
The Marshall says to Always remember to use the three Bs of fireworks safety:
  • Be Prepared – Have water nearby and put pets indoors
  • Be Safe – Only adults should light fireworks
  • Be Responsible – Clean up fireworks debris
  • Don’t take any chances, be sure the fireworks you purchase are legal to possess and discharge. Know the dates and times fireworks are allowed in your community. Stay away from high powered illegal explosive devices.
  • Do not alter fireworks or make any type of homemade device. The damage they cause can be devastating and life altering. For more information visit our website
There are several large fireworks shows nearby on the 4th.

Two are on Lake Washington.
  • Kenmore has a show at Log Boom Park with fireworks over Lake Washington. 4th of July Fireworks. Lake Washington, Log Boom Park. July 4th. 10:00pm.
Pick the right spot and see both Logboom and Sheridan Beach fireworks.
  • Sheridan Beach Community Club is having a private event but the fireworks will be visible from vantage spots on the lake and other locations nearby. 10:15pm
Two are on or near Puget Sound.
  • An Edmonds Kind of 4th from the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce at Civic Stadium, 6th and Bell, at 10pm on the 4th.
There are places in Richmond Beach and Edmonds where you can see both Edmonds and Kingston displays at the same time. But the people who know where they are, aren't telling.
Seattle at Lake Union
  • Seafair family event at Gasworks Park. Fireworks start at 10pm. The music stage has continuous performances from noon until the fireworks start. There is the usual free seating on the grass, but you can buy tickets for less crowded areas.
  • King County Metro will deploy more than 40 extra buses from 10:30pm to midnight on routes serving Seattle Center, Gas Works Park, downtown and light rail stations to help crowds get home. Read more 
For all these events you need to arrive early, both for parking and for seating.

If you are traveling out of town for the 4th, here's a list for the entire state.


Business Pros: Get Clear on Your Priorities for Your Business

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Business Pros: Get Clear on Your Priorities for Your Business
Wednesday, June 28, 5:30-7:30pm
Mountlake Terrace Library, at 23300 58th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace 98043.

Working harder does not always equal more success. We will work through 5 key strategies to help you become more focused and productive. If you simplify your life, you will become more focused, possess more energy, and experience less stress. This is the first step to lead the business you deserve!

Anna Rohrbough is a Transformational Leadership Coach and Speaker partnered with the #1 Leadership expert in the world - John C. Maxwell.

Anna is an accomplished speaker, with an opportunity to speak on the TEDx stage, as well as an international trainer. She is also a sought-after TEDx speaker coach who helps individuals find their voice and speak their message.


Classifieds: LFP City Council meeting June 22 cancelled - special meeting set for Jun 29

June 22 City Council Meeting Canceled: Lack of Quorum; Special Meeting Set for June 29

The Lake Forest Park City Council regular meeting for June 22, 2017 is canceled.

Due to two members attending the Association of Washington Cities Annual Conference, one member on vacation, and the unexpected illness of one member, the City Council is unable to form a quorum to hold the meeting.

In noting that the City Council has a lot to accomplish in a short period of time, Deputy Mayor Catherine Stanford has asked that a special meeting be set for Thursday, June 29, 2017, at 7:00pm, in the City Council Chambers. She further asked the staff to try to reschedule the recognition and two regional issue presentations that were among the items on the agenda of the canceled meeting.

The agenda for the special meeting on June 29 will be posted in compliance with state law.


Flying saucers, men in black, and Roswell - it all started in Washington state

From the free online encyclopedia of Washington state history

Seventy years ago this week, the modern phenomenon of unidentified flying objects was born on the sunny afternoon of June 24, 1947, near Mt. Rainier, when pilot Kenneth Arnold espied nine shiny objects skimming the crest of the Cascades "like a saucer would if you skipped it across the water."

News of Arnold's encounter made national headlines and soon everybody was seeing flying saucers.

Two weeks later, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer published the first purported photo of a mystery disk, which was snapped as the object flew over Lake City. Then, on July 9, the U.S. Army issued and promptly retracted news that it had recovered the wreckage of a crashed saucer near Roswell, New Mexico.

Amid mounting hysteria, two Tacoma log salvagers approached Amazing Stories magazine with their account of a "giant flying donut" that supposedly had exploded over Maury Island on June 21, 1947. They said they had slag-like fragments to prove it, but a mysterious "man in a black suit" had spoiled their photographs. The army dispatched two investigators, who died in a plane crash while returning to their base, thus planting the seeds for all the conspiracy theories to come.


Update to Shoreline stabbing

The Sheriff's office has let us know that the mother who was stabbed by her son on Wednesday is expected to recover, although she faces a long recovery.

See previous story


Breakfast at the Senior Center during Shoreline Arts Festival June 24 & 25

Start your Arts Festival visit with Breakfast at the Senior Center
Yipee! The famous Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Festival BREAKFAST is back!

Start your festival day off with lots of power from a hearty Senior Center stack of pancakes (chocolate chip, blueberry or plain) or maybe a Belgium Waffle

… then of course, you could fill up with the Shoreline Scramble!

Chef Donnie and his volunteer crew look forward to serving you a wonderful meal, so join us in the senior center dining room 8:30am to noon, both days Saturday and Sunday.

Starting at 9:30am our crew will open the Bargain Corner Thrift Shop that will be open all day until 5pm, both days. Store Manager, Gina Boetes, promises some terrific Arts Festival specials. There’s bound to be a treasure just waiting to be discovered!

Purchase raffle tickets to win this hand-made quilt

Once again the ThimbleBelle Quilt Group will have a display of the most beautifully designed and creative quilts.

Among them, of course, is the debut of this year’s Holiday Bazaar quilt, Asian Inspiration. They are beginning raffle ticket sales during the festival; the drawing will be held on Saturday, November 4th. Sales for this quilt, created every year, go to the Senior Center.

This year, we are pleased to have the Korean and Taiwan cultural rooms at our center. Please welcome them and come see all of the special art, clothing, and activities they will be presenting.

Quilt detail
Raffle tickets will be on sale

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center is located in the southern-most building at the Shoreline Conference Center, 18560 1st Ave NE #1, 206-365-1536,  We are a Community Partner of Sound Generations.


Shoreline City Council meetings cancelled for Summer Recess

You are hereby notified that the following Shoreline City Council meetings have been cancelled due to the annual Council summer recess:
  • City Council Workshop Dinner Meeting Monday, June 26, 2017
  • City Council Regular Meeting Monday, June 26, 2017
  • City Council Regular Meeting Monday, July 3, 2017
  • City Council Workshop Dinner Meeting Monday, July 10, 2017
  • City Council Regular Meeting Monday, July 10, 2017

The next meeting of the Shoreline City Council will be held at 7:00pm on Monday, July 17, 2017 at Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N.


Rep. Javier Valdez receives committee assignments in state legislature

Rep. Javier Valdez, D-46
By Evan Smith

Newly appointed 46th District State Rep. Javier Valdez has joined the Education, Judiciary and Transportation committees in the State House of Representatives.

  • The House Education Committee considers issues relating to kindergarten through twelfth grade (K-12) education.
  • The House Judiciary Committee considers a wide variety of subjects relating to civil and criminal law, including issues involving commercial law, torts, probate, guardianships, civil commitment, firearms, eminent domain, landlord/tenant law, Consumer Protection Act remedies and processes, and courts and judicial administration; as well as family law issues such as marriage, marriage dissolution, child support and adoption.
  • The House Transportation Committee considers the transportation budget, revenue sources for transportation funding, and issues relating to transportation policy and transportation agencies, including the Department of Transportation and the Washington State Patrol.

Valdez recently won appointment to the legislative seat that former State Rep. Jessyn Farrell gave up in early June to pursue her campaign for mayor.

Valdez will hold the House seat through the 2018 general election. The position would have been on 2017 ballots if it had become vacant before the concert May filling week.

The 46th District includes Lake Forest Park, Kenmore and northeast Seattle.


Success Story - E-Cycle Washington electronics recycling program

E-Cycle Washington, the state’s electronics recycling program, has been in operation for nine years, collecting more than 345 million pounds of electronic devices and keeping them out of the landfill.

In 2016, E-Cycle collected more than 36 million pounds of TVs, computers, monitors, e-readers, and portable DVD players for recycling.

Recycling saves energy and conserves resources, but it also protects the environment by capturing toxic materials.

Electronic devices contain lead, cadmium, polybrominated flame retardants, and other toxics. Ecology estimates that 24.7 million pounds of lead alone has been recycled through the E-Cycle program.

E-Cycle Washington is the state’s first manufacturer-funded product stewardship program, meaning that the companies that make these electronics pay to ensure they can be recycled at the end of their useful lives.

Across the country, 25 states have electronics recycling laws and Washington is consistently one of the highest performers.

In 2016, Washington consumers recycled 5.05 pounds of electronics per person. That high rate is made possible in part by the convenient statewide collection network of more than 350 free drop-off sites for used electronics.

More than half of these sites are charitable organizations that are able to find new homes for the functional electronics they receive, which saves even more energy and resources.

Go to the website or call 1-800-RECYCLE to find free drop-off sites.

Local drop-off sites:
  • Goodwill Shoreline – 14500 15th Ave NE
  • St Vincent de Paul Shoreline – 13555 Aurora Ave N
  • Deseret Industries Shoreline – 17935 Aurora Ave N
  • Salvation Army Shoreline -15403 Westminster Way N and van at Fred Meyer, 18325 Aurora Ave N


Distracted Driving law takes effect July 23 - no hand held cell phone use

Starting July 23, drivers can be ticketed for having an electronic device in hand, even when stopped at a red light or in traffic.

Hands free is allowed.

The first ticket will cost at least $136 - and subsequent tickets will be much higher.

The law also allows charges for driving and smoking, eating, or grooming, if you are pulled over for something else.


Jobs: SCC Classified Staff - CEO Program Assistant

The Career Education Options (CEO) program at Shoreline Community College offers 16 to 21-year-olds without a high school diploma the chance to return to school for the education and job training required for a successful career along with the needed tools to succeed in the college environment.

Under the general direction of the Director of the Career Education Options program, this position provides office support services to teens/young adults and department staff in support of fostering student success. This position staffs the department front desk, serving as the first point of contact for students, potential students, staff and the community.

Complete job description and application


FREE Shuttle Service to the Shoreline Arts Festival

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Take the festival shuttle and don’t stress about parking!

Parking is a breeze with the Shoreline Arts Festival Shuttle Service!

Running every 20 minutes during festival hours

Saturday 9am-9pm and 
Sunday 9am-6pm, 

the shuttle will make stops at
  • the Shoreline Farmers Market
  • Meridian Park Elementary, and then come to the 
  • Shoreline Arts Festival.
The Shuttle Service is provided through the generous support of Shoreline Community College.

Look for the yellow and black Shoreline Arts Festival Shuttle Stop signs at the stop locations and you’ll be on a shuttle to the festival in no time!

The Shoreline Arts Festival is a free community event with something creative and fun for everyone! 

Don’t miss these two extraordinary days of music, dance, theater, visual arts, food, culture, and more at the Shoreline Center (18560 1st Ave NE. Shoreline) on Saturday, June 24 from 10am to 6pm and Sunday, June 25 from 10am to 5pm.

But wait, there’s more! At 6pm on Saturday, the Main Stage, Food Truck Food Court, and Beer Garden will get the party kicked into gear with some energetic K-Pop music and more fun with friends and family!

For more information, visit the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Arts Council’s website.

The Shoreline Arts Festival is a program of the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council with major support from the City of Shoreline, City of Lake Forest Park, and 4Culture. 


Mayor Roberts named Advocacy All-Star by Association of Washington Cities

During a session Wednesday at the Association of Washington Cities conference in Vancouver, Washington, Shoreline Mayor Chris Roberts was named an Advocacy All-Star.

AWC’s Advocacy All-Star Awards recognize and celebrate the actions of city officials who consistently advocate for all 281 cities and towns.

Officials receiving this award conducted advocacy efforts throughout the 2016 interim and 2017 legislative session.


Man stabs mom in Shoreline

2100 block N 156th
A man stabbed his mother multiple times at a house in Shoreline and then called the police to report an intruder was in his home. 

Police received a 911 call just before 12:30pm Wednesday from a house in the 2100 block of N 156th St.

The caller said someone was in his house that he didn’t know but refused to answer questions.

When police arrived they were met at the front door by a 34 year old man who was holding two knives and was covered in blood.

Deputies told the man to drop the knives and then detained him while they searched the house.

Inside the house, deputies found a 65 year old woman who had been stabbed multiple times. She told police her son had stabbed her. Police determined there had been no intruder.

The woman was taken to Harborview with life threatening injuries. The suspect was booked into the King County Jail. Charges will be determined by the prosecutor’s office.

The area was blocked during the response and news helicopters circled overhead.


Photo: Lovely evening

Lovely evening - Monday
Photo by Jan Hansen

Oh, how lovely is the evening, is the evening

When the bells are sweetly ringing, sweetly ringing

Ding dong, ding dong, ding dong

According to Wikipedia, "Lovely Evening" is a German song found in the book 55 Songs and Choruses for Community Singing, published in 1917. The tune is generally sung in a round, and sung three times through.


Local legislator says that slow progress towards state budget is frustrating

Evan Smith
By Evan Smith

Democratic State Rep. Ruth Kagi said last week that the legislature's slow progress on writing a state budget is frustrating to both legislators and their constituents.

She said this as she predicted that the legislature would be unable to reach agreement on a state budget by the time the Legislature finishes its second special session Wednesday, June 21, forcing Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee to call a third 60-day special session starting Thursday, June 22, to finish a state budget.

After a 105-day regular session and two 60-day special sessions, the Democratic-controlled State House of Representatives and the Republican-controlled State Senate have been unable to reach agreement on a state budget, particularly on how to provide full state support for public schools.

If legislators don't have a 2017-2019 budget by June 30, most of state government would shut down.

Kagi represents the 32nd Legislative District including the city of Shoreline, part of northwest Seattle, Woodway and nearby unincorporated areas of southwest Snohomish County, south Edmonds, the city of Lynnwood and part of Mountlake Terrace

She is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, chairwoman of the committee on early learning and social services, and a member of the Environment Committee.


Shoreline Fire Calls June 12-18

Shoreline Fire Engine 64 heads for a call
Siren is on
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Shoreline Fire calls for the week of June 12-18

Aid - 74
Aid Non Emergency - 17
MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident) - 4
CMT - 7
Medic - 22
Medic Weapons - 1
MVA Medic - 1
Cardiac Arrest - 1
AFA (Automatic Fire Alarm) - 9
Electrical Odor - 1
Gas Spill/Absorbent - 1
Natural Gas/Line Fracture - 1
Service Call - 4 (1 blood draw for PD, 1 resident unsure if kettle left on on the stove)
Smoke/Burn Complaint - 1 (smoldering bon fire at the beach)


Public Art City of Shoreline #15b: Salmon Hunt

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

City of Shoreline Public Art Collection
Kayu Kayu Ac Park 19911 Richmond Beach Drive NW
King County Brightwater Mitigation Program and the City of Shoreline 2010

Salmon Hunt  James Madison, artist.  aluminum

Tulalip Tribes member James Russell Madison was born December 7, 1973, into a family steeped in traditional Salish and Tlingit Northwest-coast Native art. He began carving when he was 8 years old, his first lessons learned from his grandfather Frank Madison (1923-2002). An uncle, Steve Madison, was also an early teacher, and James learned abstract painting and sculpting from his father, Richard Madison (b. 1952).

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

While James Madison is a master wood carver, he also works in a variety of contemporary media, including glass, bronze, and stainless steel, and seeks to combine the new with the old. He described his method as trying to "create art with an open mind in the sense that I am always thinking of new ways to add a modern twist to a traditional piece. This allows for me to help to keep my culture alive. As we move into the future, so do the teachings of my ancestors" (Madison website).

--Text from History Link article


“Experience Korea!” at the Shoreline Arts Festival

Photo by Jerry Pickard
Korean American Historical Society (KAHS), in collaboration with Korean American Artists Association of Washington, is excited to host once again the Korean arts and culture room (“Experience Korea!”).

It will be at the 27th Annual Shoreline Arts Festival on Saturday, June 24, 2017 and Sunday, June 25, 2017, inside the Bridge Room at Shoreline Center at 18560 1st Avenue NE, Shoreline 98155.

Come experience the beauty, accessibility, and warmth of Korean culture and arts in a safe, fun, and inviting environment. 

“Experience Korea!” is an interactive room where visitors can learn about Korean culture and arts through fun, hands-on activities that involve all the senses.

Guests can learn to play the game of Yut Nori, read Korean children's books, make traditional Korean clothing (Jong-y-Jup-Ki), write their names in Korean (HanGul), dress up in traditional Korean clothing (HanBok), play traditional musical instruments (AkGi), and much more.

While the kids are engaged, parents can relax, read about Korean history and culture, partake in tasty treats and drinks which are served on traditional holidays, or participate in the hands-on activities as well.

We will have many fun activities and demonstrations in the room for the whole family.

In addition, people are taking notice of Korean culture as K-Pop and Korean drama are becoming a worldwide phenomenon! There will be a K-Pop singing and performance competition for non-Koreans, hosted by SeattleN (Korean online magazine), on the mainstage Saturday, June 24, from 6pm to 9pm.

Experience Korea! Is sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Seattle, Korean American Artists Association of Washington, Korean American Health Professionals Association (KAHPA), Korean American Historical Society, Seattle-Washington State Korean Association, and Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council.

Korean American Historical Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the collective memory of Koreans living in the United States and abroad and promoting awareness and pride in the ethnic heritage and experience of Koreans.

Hosted by the Shorline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council, Shoreline Arts Festival (SAF) is an annual community event which attracts over 10,000 persons of diverse age and background over a course of two days. SAF highlights arts and culture, as well as various ethnic cultural arts of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Middle Eastern, and more.

For more information about KAHS, contact Matthew Benuska, 253-235-9393.



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