First sunset of fall

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Photo by Mary Igl

It's fall, the weather is turning, but at least the sunsets are still beautiful.


AG Ferguson first to enforce federal law protecting online shoppers

Approximately 38,000 Washington consumers affected

In the first enforcement action of its kind, Attorney General Bob Ferguson is suing a Philadelphia-based online company for violations of the federal Restore Online Shopper’s Confidence Act (ROSCA) and the state’s Consumer Protection Act.  

The Attorney General’s action was filed Monday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington against Internet Order LLC and its CEO, Daniel Roitman, doing business as Stroll. The company is accused of using deceptive marketing tactics to lure millions of customers nationwide, including more than 38,000 in Washington.

The company markets and sells foreign language audio courses online, mostly via the website www. pimsleurapproach .com. The courses are widely marketed under the brand name Pimsleur Approach with advertisements featuring their basic language program. The website and marketing promote the “Quick and Simple Course” with a low price “introductory offer” on a set of self-instruction CDs for “only $9.95.”

According to the lawsuit, consumers who purchased the introductory set for $9.95 were unknowingly and automatically enrolled in a “negative option” purchase plan, which obligated them to receive up to four advanced-level additional courses at a cost of $256 each.

In order to avoid charges, consumers were required to ship the advanced-level courses back to the company at their own expense within 30 days. If they failed to do so, they would be automatically charged $256 on the card they used to purchase the introductory “Quick and Simple Course.” The consumers’ total obligation under the negative option “Rapid Fluency Program” could amount to as much as $1,024. 

“The company hid the terms of the negative option program in its advertising, and misled consumers into thinking they’d only ordered the inexpensive introductory course for $9.95,” said Ferguson. “Consumers were shocked to find significant charges appearing on their credit card statements for products they hadn’t ordered, and then angered when the company refused to cancel those charges.” 

Although each program included a “100% money back guarantee” and a “risk free” 30-day trial, Ferguson alleges the company’s unfair policies made it unreasonably difficult for customers to cancel their enrollments or return items they hadn’t ordered.

Consumers were required to obtain special authorization from the company before they could ship back unordered products, were charged $64 “restocking” fees in some instances, and were subjected to high pressure sales tactics even after stating that they hadn’t ordered anything beyond the introductory course.

“To make matters worse, consumers who refused to pay were hounded with dunning letters and threatened with collection agency action,” Ferguson said.

The company is accused of:
  • failing to clearly disclose the terms of its negative option sales program;
  • failing to obtain agreement from consumers to sign up for the program;
  • failing to provide simple mechanisms to cancel the program as required by law; 
  • making misrepresentations in the context of its advertising; and
  • using unfair methods in its collection practices. 

Washington is the first state to bring an action under ROSCA, which went into effect in December 2010. Senior Counsel Paula Selis is leading the case for Washington. The Pennsylvania Attorney General has also filed a lawsuit against the same company for violations of its state consumer protection laws. 


October Events at the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden

Kruckeberg announces some exciting programs and sales coming up in October

Botanical Watercolor, 10/2 and 10/4 

What better backdrop than the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden to learn the basics of classical Botanical Watercolor technique, with teacher and freelance artist Kathleen McKeehen. Students will focus on painting mushrooms; all levels are welcome. $60

Botanical Lotions, 10/5

Learn to make body care products using botanical and all-natural ingredients in this hands-on workshop taught by MsK Nursery Manager, Roseann Beaudry. Featuring plants that you can grow in your own garden, this class will show you how to make affordable and personalized lotions that are perfect for holiday gifts. You will leave with samples and recipes. $35

Fall Tree and Shrub Sale (10/10-12 and 10/17-20)

Fall is our favorite time to plant! For two weekends enjoy discounts of 10-50% on all trees and shrubs in the nursery. Clearance items and select perennials also on sale. Bring your family to enjoy a cup of hot cider and a stroll through the garden to view the fall foliage. Workshops and tours each day of the sale!
  • Fridays (10/10 and 10/17) – 1-2pm, Seminar: Transplanting Trees and Shrubs - Free
  • Saturdays (10/11 and 10/18) – 10am-12pm, Family Workshops: Make a Leaf Press (10/11) and Pressed Leaf Crafts (10/18) - $10/person. 
  • Saturdays (10/11 and 10/18) – 11am-1pm, General Garden Tour - $10/person.
  • Sundays (10/12 and 10/19) – 1pm-2pm, Garden Intro Tour - Free

The Kruckeberg Botanic Garden is open from 10am-5pm, Friday-Sunday. There is no admission fee. 
20312 15th Ave NW, Shoreline WA 98177


5 talleres en Español para Padres

Para los padres de Shoreline y Lake Forest Park

El cupo es limitado – llama ahora para registrarte 206-801-2719 o envía un correo electrónico a con tu nombre y número de teléfono.

(To see a version in English, click here.)

Updated 09-23-2014 9:54am


Shorewood boys tennis defeat Mountlake Terrace 6-1

The Shorewood boys tennis team defeated Mountlake Terrace 6-1 and improved their record to 8-1 overall and 4-0 in WesCo South.

Cameron McDowell won his seventh straight match at number one singles to improve his individual record to 8-1. The T-Birds host Edmonds- Woodway on Thursday September 25 at 3:30pm.

At Mountlake Terrace H.S.

  • Cameron McDowell (S) def. Henry Brener 6-0, 6-4
  • Jeremy Ansdell (MT) def. Hugh Gaervert 7-5, 7-5
  • Gunnar Thorstenson (S) def. Adam Lorraine 6-2, 6-2
  • Jack Bong (S) def. Collin Rhodes 6-0, 6-1.

  • Scott Park-Kyle Berquist (S) def. Drake Day-Jake Peters 6-0, 6-2
  • AJ Barth-Eli Hecker (S) def. Minchoel Jung-Ricky Bridges 6-0, 6-2
  • Cameron Hartford-Simon Foinash (S) def. Max Leidig and Caleb Sill 6-0, 6-0 

Records—Shorewood 4-0 league, 6-1 overall. Mountlake Terrace 0-3, 3-3.


A few seats left for free Savvy Gardener class Wednesday evening

Monday, September 22, 2014

There are still a few seats left for the Wednesday night, September 24th FREE Class at North City Water District  - Fabulous Fall Leaves…. Your Key to a Great Garden!

More information and Register here

Updated to correct name of sponsoring organization 09-23-2014 9:51am


Envision livability

After helping to transform the pedestrian-scape of Bogotá, Colombia, as parks commissioner, Gil Penalosa joined a nonprofit organization, 8-80 Cities, and now advises decision-makers around the world on how to create a more livable community.

Penalosa will be the keynote speaker at a free public event, “What Does a Vibrant City of the Future Look Like?,” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196th St. SW in Lynnwood. The event is sponsored by Community Transit and the Puget Sound Regional Council.

Penalosa will present studies of sustainable city design. “When we design our cities around cars, we just get more cars,” Penalosa said. “But when we design our cities around people, we get healthier and happier people. If everything we did in our public spaces had to be fantastic for the 8- and the 80-year-old, we'd probably end up with communities that were good for everybody.”

The presentation will be moderated by Josh Brown, executive director of the Puget Sound Regional Council, which conducts transportation, growth management and economic development planning for King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

The presentation will be covered live on Community Transit's Facebook page and on Twitter using the @ #8-80cities. While in town, Penalosa will also speak to a group of community and business leaders at an event sponsored by Community Transit and Economic Alliance Snohomish County.


Crime watch: vacant homes

By Diane Hettrick

Lake Forest Park police just sent a notice to their block watches, advising them of several burglaries last week targeting vacant homes.

In the Shoreline police blotter, there are often reports of burglaries to vacant homes. Sometimes the owner is on vacation. Sometimes the owner is sick and in a rehab facility. Often, it's a vacant home for sale.

These are perennial targets. Whether you are part of a formal block watch or not, keep an eye on houses you know are vacant and call 911 if you see anything out of the ordinary. Sometimes it is burglars, sometimes it is squatters. Sometimes it is the owner, checking their property. The police will be very nice to them and tell them how lucky they are to have a neighbor watching out for them.


New Shoreline clinic will serve seniors only

A medical clinic with a unique format will be opening soon in Shoreline.

Iora Primary Care serves clients who are 65 and older, and uses a unique team care approach to health.

Patients have access to a doctor or nurse practitioner, nurse, and behavioral health specialist, but are also assigned to a patient advocate, who serves as their health coach.

The health coach lends an ear if patients want to talk and follows up to make sure they are getting and taking their medications. If the patient misses an appointment, the health coach calls to find out if something is wrong.

Iora's financial model is to partner each of its clinics with an insurer. In Las Vegas, for example, their partner is the Culinary Union, whose workers fill most of the non-skilled jobs in the city. In Shoreline, the partner is Humana Insurance and clients will be 65 and older.

Opening soon, the Shoreline clinic will be located at 15214 Aurora, in the three storefronts south of JoAnn Fabric.

"We're very pleased about the location," said local manager Josh Levine. "It has access to transportation on Aurora as well as plenty of on-site free parking. The site itself is one level and handicapped accessible. Most of all, all the windows give it a lot of light."

Iora, he explained, strives for a home-like setting, rather than a sterile, clinical setting.

The Iora Primary Care team plans outreach to the general community, providing wellness classes and groups like yoga, bingo, knitting and diabetes.

Shoreline will be Iora's second Puget Sound clinic. They recently opened a clinic in the Central District, on 23rd and Jackson. Other clinics are in Maine, New Hampshire, Nevada, and New York.

They find that their model is very successful. Patients are healthier and costs are lower for the insuring companies.

Our investment in primary care includes what we do for our patients as well as taking the time to coordinate care that happens outside of our practices. This results in healthier people. And healthier people leads to lower costs thanks to lower rates of specialty care, diagnostic use, ER visits and hospital admissions.

Updated logo and link to website 09-23-2014 10:08am


Aloha Luau to benefit Senior Center Oct 4

Tickets are on sale now for the annual Aloha Luau for the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center.

The event includes a full traditional luau meal and entertainment.

General admission for Adults: $20.00, Senior Center Members: $18, Children 12 and under: $5.00

Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center, 18560 1st Ave. NE #1, Shoreline, WA 98155
Directions Getting Here, Telephone: (206) 365-1536, Fax: (206) 364-8930, email


WeatherWatcher: First Fall Storm, Weekly Report

First Major Storm of the Season
Weather Data

First major storm of the fall season is on the way. The storm is expected to arrive Tuesday afternoon-mid evening. A particularly strong system for this time of year is expected to bring us showers by the afternoon and steady rain overnight with breezy winds. I suspect it is possible for a scattered power outage, however unlikely. We are expecting from a half inch to a full 1 inch of rainfall out of this event. Check those storm drains and make sure they remain clear.

Forecast: After Tuesday's storm we will see showers through Friday. High temperatures are going to be much cooler than we're used to, but much closer to normal finally. Highs are looking to be in the mid 60's with lows in the mid 50's. This week should remind us very clearly that fall has arrived. Next weekend looks dry right now with temperatures nearing 70, longer range forecasts seem to agree that rain showers will return next week as well.

Weather data:
September 2014 daily high and low temperatures.
Graph by Carl Dinse

Last week September 13th - 19th
High temperature: 84.7°F (Sunday)
Low temperature: 49.1°F (Saturday)
Rainiest day: 0.12 inches (Thursday)
Total rainfall: 0.12 inches
Warmest day: 66.3°F (Monday)
Coldest day: 61.3°F (Thursday)
Average temperature: 63.7°F
Historic average: 62.1°F

Sunday September 21st had a high temperature of 85.6°F, another day above 80°F.

For weather updates and current conditions please visit


Saltwater Park volunteer work party Saturday

Saltwater Park
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Saltwater Park volunteer work party on Saturday, Sept. 27, 9:00am to Noon.Richmond Beach Saltwater Park, 2021 NW 190th Street, Shoreline 98177.

Join your neighbors and other community volunteers to continue to restore Richmond Beach Saltwater Park by removing invasive plants. Service participants will learn a brief history of restoration work completed at the park.

Volunteers should come prepared for weather and may wish to bring a snack. Park at the lower parking lot and meet at the picnic shelter closest to the playground.

The clean up is sponsored by City of Shoreline. For more information contact Parks Project Coordinator Maureen Colaizzi 206-801-2603.


Breakfast for Wonderland Child Development Center Oct 11

Register or donate at Wonderland's website.
816 NE 190th Street 
P.O. Box 55399 
Shoreline, WA 98155


Little Lemon Drops raise thousands for uncompensated care at Children's Hosopital

Prize wheel $1 per spin

Photos by Lisa Hirohata

The Little Lemon Drops Junior Guild for Seattle Children's hospital held its third annual outdoor movie night on September 6, 2014 and raised almost $11,000.

Current members line up in front of their younger selves

The funds will be donated to the hospital for uncompensated care, meaning families will be able to obtain quality healthcare for their children without worrying about paying for the services.

Marques Mar talked about spending
his childhood in the hospital

Guest speaker Marques Mar spoke about his experiences at the hospital as a heart patient from the age of 4 days old. He was born with a severe heart defect and has had 3 open heart surgeries, 3 pacemakers and will have more procedures in the future. He is now 14 years old and starting 9th grade at Issaquah High School.

Minions came to visit the crowd

This group of seventeen enthusiastic girls ranges in age from 11 to 17 years old. They attend Shoreline and Seattle area schools. Over the last 8 years, the Guild has raised over $55,000. 

The Guild is still accepting donations via Paypal on their website.


Outdoor adventures with the Boy Scouts

Sunday, September 21, 2014

For information, contact Andy Simonsen 425-640-8066 or see the webpage.


Volunteers still needed to count bicyclists and pedestrians

Photo courtesy Sound Transit
Calling all volunteers: It’s not too late to help with Washington’s seventh annual bicycle and pedestrian count taking place Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 in cities across the state.

In 2013, about 275 volunteers counted more than 66,000 people who walked or biked to their destination. This year, about 400 volunteers are needed in more than 40 cities planning to participate in the annual survey.

The Washington State Department of Transportation and Cascade Bicycle Club began recruiting volunteers in mid-August to tally the number of people bicycling and walking along paths, bike lanes, sidewalks and trails. 

“We appreciate all the volunteers who have already signed up, including Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson. There’s still time to get involved,” said Paula Reeves, WSDOT community design manager. “The volunteers’ counts help us measure the results of bicycle and sidewalk investments and better plan for future projects.”

Anyone interested in helping can sign up online. For more information, visit WSDOT’s survey website, email the Cascade Bicycle Club or call 206-861-9890


Educational session on Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Sept 30

On Sept. 30th At 6:30pm on the Anderson House campus,
Dr. Lerner will be doing a presentation on 
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
and it will be open to the public.

RSVP to Michaël Francart 206-643-3037

Anderson House
17127 15th Ave NE
Shoreline, WA 98155


Quick Start Shoreline - Tuesday September 23

Join the business community at Quick-Start on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 12:00 to 1:30pm at Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Avenue N. for the second of a special two part series on helping your business become more visible.

Quick-Start Shoreline is presented by Shoreline Community College Small Business Accelerator and the City of Shoreline. These workshops are designed to be helpful for start-up, existing or potential business owners. Sessions are free and open to the public. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch. 

Voice, Video and Visibility 

Stop hiding and get your Business Seen!

Do you know you should be doing video, but you've avoided it for one reason or another? Have you avoided being behind the camera? Do you have a message you want to share with more people?

Then, this is the event for you! 

You will learn how to:
  • Craft your message with ease
  • Use video to create connection with your audience
  • Face the camera with confidence
  • Leverage video so you are seen and heard as an expert

Our presenters are:

Michelle Mazur
Michelle is a Speech Designer, Idea Architect and Public Speaking Coach who helps smart service-based entrepreneurs communicate and explain their ideas, so they are listened to and acted on. 
Greg Sommers-Herivel
Greg is a videographer that makes his clients feel at ease in front of their camera so they can get their message out into the world.
Tracey Warren
Tracey teaches people how to connect with their potential clients off and online.


Walking tour of 145th Street subarea for light rail station

City staff will lead a “walk-shop” tour of the 145th Street Station Subarea on Friday, September 26, 2014, from 2:00-4:00pm.

Tour groups will meet at the Park and Ride on 5th Avenue, north of 145th Street and follow a route outlined in the walking tour map available online.

Join city staff to learn more about the coming light rail service and what it will mean for your neighborhood.


Lake Forest Park Rotary feeds market customers

The Lake Forest Park Rotary staged a free pancake breakfast for customers at the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market on Sunday, September 21, 2014.

LFP Rotary poses after feeding breakfast
to shoppers at the Farmers' Market
Photo by Jerry Pickard
LFP Rotary grill masters caught in action flipping pancakes
Photo by Jerry Pickard


Shoreline Community College Plus 50 Classes: Teach Yoga as a Career

Photo by Ervin Vice

Shoreline Community College Plus 50 Classes: Teach Yoga as a Career - Fall 2014.

This is a for-credit classes and is open to all, regardless of age.

Call to register and enroll: 206-533-6706

So you've practiced yoga for a while and it has become a consistent and positive aspect of your life. Ever thought of teaching? With Plus 50’s new Teach Yoga as a Career instructional course, students will explore career possibilities for prospective and current yoga teachers.

Learn who can teach yoga, how training is acquired, and what certifications are necessary. Students will get an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the art and the business of yoga. Taught by yoga practitioner, teacher, and Richmond Beach studio owner, Angeline Johnston.

4:00-7:00pm Th | 2200, Building 2205 | Instructor: Johnston, A.
Tuition: $25.07 | Start date: 9/25/14 | End date: 10/9/14 | P-BUS 210 | Item 3046


On the Mayor’s Mind - The Budget

Shoreline Mayor Shari Winstead
On the Mayor’s Mind - The Budget
September 22, 2014
By Shoreline Mayor Shari Winstead

When most of us talk about our budget, we are usually referring to our household budget. Money in vs. money out. Will you buy a new furnace or have that remodel project done? Or maybe this will be the year that you have your plumbing upgraded. But budgets are everywhere. In our homes, hopefully somewhere in the list of things we teach our kids about, and of course, in government.

There are many of us who work with budgets in our careers, and some who never really do much with a budget for their employer. My first real career-budget experience was when I was working for former King County Councilmember Bob Ferguson. In 2007, he was the Chair of the Budget Committee. I really had no idea what that meant, but I did know that at the King County Council, the Fall season was actually known as “budget season”.  I thought that was very peculiar. It was hard to grasp the depth of the work that would be done in analyzing income sources, and in making recommendations on where the money should be spent, and even more difficult, was how to fund really important projects, when there was no money in the coffers. 

First, almost every other King Council committee stops meeting during this time, because all the members are attending budget meetings. The budget is the only acceptable reason that pretty much every other issue is put on hold until January. It’s very complicated, with many decisions to be made, as well as many people to meet with to discuss ideas for how the money should be prioritized. It’s basically the same as your household budget - money in vs. money out. But where the money comes from, how much you expect to receive, and how it will be spent are all complicated issues. A lot of the work is making projections (known in our household budget as “our best guess”). Who decides how the money will be spent is not left to one or two people. Decisions are made by the elected leaders, only after receiving input from the public (that’s you). The year I was staffing the King County budget, we held 5 or 6  evening-meetings for the public in different locations through the County, - West Seattle, Kent, North Seattle, and Central Seattle. It was important that we went to different locations to give folks the opportunity to be heard. It was a great learning experience.

Something like a budget is not, to most people, very exciting. They think it will be boring, or hard to understand, or that their opinions don’t matter. And while I can agree that it is much more fun to be designing a community garden or talking about safety in our community, the budget is really where the rubber hits the road. It’s the process where we decide how your money is going to be spent - street maintenance, sidewalks, police services, investing in a marketing campaign to bring economic development to Shoreline.  It’s all in there - and your opinions do matter!

So please consider this your personal invitation to attend the budget meetings starting on Monday, 9/22. We will kick off the budget process with our first discussion of the the 2015 budget at our first meeting. This is probably the most interesting because it is an overview of what is coming in the 2015 budget. The actual budget is then delivered to the Council on October 13, and our budget focused meetings continue every Monday evening through Nov 10, with final adoption of the budget on November 24.

Come on out and learn what it’s all about, or you can always catch our meetings on public access TV (Ch. 21), or stream them from the internet.


Countdown to Parkwood's Inaugural Community Garage Sale

Three more days to register for the Parkwood Community Garage Sale this Saturday, September 27! 

For a registration fee of $25, which benefits Parkwood Elementary's 6th grade camp, you can have a spot and sell your 'stuff', baked good, crafts, plants and more.

Join the 40+ Parkwood vendors, clean out your house (fall cleaning?!), get rid of some stuff and make a bit of 'dough' - all at the same time!

The weather looks perfect. So why wait? Click on link to download the registration form and submit with payment by Wednesday to Parkwood Elementary School PTA. Questions? Email for answers.


Storytime and signing line - popular children's author at Third Place Books next week

It's a full plate at Third Place Books next week, with five authors appearing in the store. 

Third Place Books is in the upper level of Town Center at the intersection of Ballinger Way and Bothell Way in Lake Forest Park.

Here's what's on tap:

Obert Skye
Katfish (Henry Holt)
Monday, September 22 at 6:30pm 


Children’s author and illustrator of the Creature from My Closet series and the bestselling children’s fantasy adventure series Leven Thumps and the Pillage trilogy, comes a story about a boy trying to set things right with the help of Katfish, a mashup of Katniss from The Hunger Games and the Little Mermaid. 

Dorothy Van Soest
Just Mercy (Apprentice House)
Tuesday, September 23 at 7pm

Just Mercy is a heart-wrenching and ultimately redemptive family drama of forgiveness, destiny, and the true nature of justice. Dorothy Van Soest is a local writer, social worker, political and community activist, as well as a retired professor and university dean. 

Lois Leveen
Juliet’s Nurse (Atria Books)
Wednesday, September 24 at 7pm

Award-winning author Lois Leveen dwells in the spaces where literature and history meet. Leveen’s richly detailed novel offers a wholly original and intriguing take on Romeo and Juliet through the imagined life of Juliet’s faithful nurse, whose secret loves and tragedies rival the young lovers’ own.

Brian Hart
The Bully of Order (Harper)
Thursday, September 25 at 7pm

Set in a logging town on the lawless Pacific coast of Washington State at the turn of the twentieth century, this spell-binding novel tells the story of the Ellstrom family and the violent social and historical forces that tear them apart. Brian Hart is the author of the novel Then Came the Evening. 

Gretchen S.B. 
Hollownton Homicide 
Saturday, September 27 at 6:30pm

Local author Gretchen S.B.’s first book in her new urban fantasy series introduces readers to homicide detective Anthony Hollownton, and his partner Rick Nelson, as they solve a case unlike any they have ever come across, where they must decide if the paranormal truly exists. 


Seminar: Bulbs for Spring Brilliance

Saturday, September 27th
11 am – 12:30 pm

Bulbs for Spring Brilliance
Emily Apple Wilkins

Make your garden wake from winter with waves of color and fragrance from daffodils, hyacinths, tulips…. 

Enjoy the lesser-known bulbs too — January snowdrops bravely anticipating the certainty of spring, heart-shaped cyclamen in Valentine colors, allium’s fireworks-like bursts of starry flowerets.

Emily will show you favorite bulbs (and bulb combinations) and demonstrate everything you’ll need to plant them correctly for a dazzling display next spring.

Sky Nursery 18528 Aurora Ave N. Shoreline, WA 98133   206-546-4851 


Monster Mash Dash on Saturday, October 11

Get ready to dash at the Monster Mash

2014 Monster Mash Dash, Saturday, October 11th, 9am

It's time to start preparing for Shoreline's 5k Monster Mash Dash! Last year brought out some awesome and crazy costumes for Shoreline's annual 5k family fun run.

Superheroes, villains and monsters all joined forces to tackle the Interurban Trail in the name of health and fitness. With this year's Dash just a couple of weeks away you better get your costume ready (it's a costume contest too!) and be prepared to "run for your life!"

What is the Dash Like?

The Monster Mash Dash is a family 5k fun run and walk along Shoreline's Interurban Trail. All ages and abilities are encouraged to participate so bring the whole family and costumes are highly encouraged for optimal spookiness.

The course starts on the Interurban Trail at 175th St. and heads south to 148th and then returns north to the starting location again. Prizes will be awarded for the best costume in each age group as well as best group costume. More information including pre-registration online.

How to prepare

Shoreline's Interurban Trail is an excellent tool to help you stay in shape or prepare for walking/running events. The trail extends continuously for 3 miles running the entire length of the City from north to south. Beyond Shoreline the interurban trail extends north up to Everett and south down to Seattle making it an excellent option for getting from one place to another by foot or bike. 


Successful Trekking in South America - Tuesday at RB Library

Photo courtesy

Successful Trekking: Patagonia, Nepal, Peru, Camino de Santiago and More!

Tuesday, September 23 from 7-8pm at the Richmond Beach Library meeting room, 19601 21st Ave NW, Shoreline, WA 98177.

Learn what it takes to hike into magnificent Machu Picchu, trek in the breathtaking Annapurna region of Nepal, hike all the way across Spain along the Camino de Santiago and more!

Sheri Goodwin, of Transformational Journeys, will introduce you to appropriate ways to prepare for your dream journey.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Richmond Beach Library.


First round of Metro bus cuts start next Saturday

28 routes deleted, 13 routes revised to match available revenues

Metro’s first round of unprecedented service cuts go into effect Sept. 27, and riders are strongly encouraged to use the next week to prepare for changes to dozens of routes and make alternate travel plans as needed.

Service will be canceled on 28 routes and reduced or revised on another 13 routes. As a result, riders will see about 250 closed bus stops, nearly 1,200 changed bus stop signs and 800 posted rider alerts. 

Information for riders

Summary information for riders is available in orange Rider Alert brochures on buses and at transit information hubs, as well as on the Metro website. By entering a date after Sept. 27 in Metro’s online trip planner, riders can see what alternatives are available as routes are canceled or revised. New orange timetables also are available. Metro customer service is providing trip planning help at 206-553-3000.

An estimated 2.3 million annual rides will be lost due to these canceled and reduced routes, said Metro Transit General Manager Kevin Desmond. Metro provides approximately 400,000 daily rides each weekday and 118.6 million in 2013.
“We hope riders take time to prepare for these changes so they are ready Sept. 27 and during that first week of commutes,” Desmond said. “As we cancel routes and reduce service, riders face possible longer travel times due to more crowded buses and a longer walk to reach our service. 
“It’s unfortunate to be cutting service when ridership demand is so high – when we should be increasing service by 15 percent – but it’s a necessary step to bring spending in line with available revenues.”

(* – potentially revised in two phases)

· 28 deleted routes: 7X, 19, 47, 48X, 61, 62, 139, 152, 161, 173, 202, 203, 205X, 209, 210, 211X, 213, 215, 243, 250, 260, 265, 280, 306X, DART routes 909, 919, 927, 935.

· 13 revised routes: 27*, 30*, 200*, 204, 208, 212*, 236*, 238*, 249*, 312X, 331, DART routes 903, 931.

· 7 route adjustments: No-cost route schedule adjustments or revisions also are posted online: Routes 24, 33, 48, 49, 122, 178, 201.

More service cuts ahead

In addition to cuts this month, further rounds of service cuts are proposed for February 2015 and March 2016, with three rounds totaling 400,000 service hours – a newly reduced figure thanks to efforts at reforms and cost efficiencies. These are proposed by King County Executive Dow Constantine as part of the 2015-2016 budget and represent a revised figure from a previous service cut proposal of 550,000 hours. The King County Council will consider transit service levels as part of deliberations on the county’s biennial budget. 


LFP Council committee of the whole meets Monday

LFP City Council committee of the Whole meets on Monday, September 22 at 6pm at LFP City Hall, Town Center, intersection of Ballinger and Bothell Way.

Proposed Agenda of items for discussion

  1. Discussion on Legislative Agenda
  2. Ad Hoc Communications Committee Report
  3. Brief Discussion of Governance Manual
  4. City Attorney Hiring Process


Power outage in Lake Forest Park Friday

A power outage Friday 4:25am in Lake Forest Park was caused by a tree branch on wires. 324 customers were affected on NE 202 St and west of 37 Ave NE.

Power was restored by 11 am the same day.


LFP City Council Thursday Sept 24

The Lake Forest Park City Council Regular Meeting will be Thursday, September 25, 2014, 7pm, City Hall, Town Center.

  • Presentations from
    •  County Councilmember Rod Dembowski,
    • YMCA, 
    • Center for Human Services, 
    • Third Place Commons.
  • Ordinance on extending City Light franchise 
  • Expansion of photo enforcement program
  • Salary and position adjustments


Garden Design & Growing Healthy Soil: Natural Yard Care Workshop Series

Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 7-9pm at Lake Forest Park City Hall, Town Center, intersection of Ballinger and Bothell Way.

Fall is the perfect time to enhance the design of your yard and garden. Natural Yard Care is coming to the  City of Lake Forest Park, It’s free! 

Good design leads to an attractive yard that fits your lifestyle; inviting, functional outdoor spaces; gardens built for easy maintenance; and a  sustainable and safe living environment for your family, pets and community.

Most Lake Forest Park neighbors share these goals. Natural Yard Care can help you get there whether you’re starting from scratch or planning a complete yard overhaul. 

Free Natural Yard Care workshops will have tips to help make the most of your yard. You’ll learn how to design an attractive yard; healthy soil building; growing a naturally lush lawn; about beautiful, low maintenance plant combinations; and smart watering techniques.


Emergency drills next week at King County International Airport

Drils can be very realistic
This was an emergency drill in Shoreline
In late September, emergency responders and aviation officials from south King County will be conducting a series of mass casualty incident (MCI) drills at the King County International Airport.

Be advised that this is only a drill. The scenario will be visible from I-5, Airport Way, and Beacon Hill and is a potential visual distraction.

The dates of the drills are Sept. 22, 23, 24, 25, and 26. There will be two drills each day. The sessions run from 9 a.m.–noon and 1:30–4:30 pm. 

These practice scenarios help prepare firefighters, police officers, and paramedics for an actual plane crash by creating a realistic environment with a large number of “patients”. 

While emergency responders deal with patients daily, MCI situations are relatively rare and have different medical protocols. Aircraft or bus crashes and hazardous materials leaks are examples of MCI situations.

The drill also helps the King County International Airport meet FAA requirements for its Airport Emergency Plan.

Over the course of the 10 sessions, approximately 700 personnel including first responders, communications specialists, “volunteer actors” and Airport personnel will participate in the drill.

The scenario will involve a large aircraft at the south end of the KCIA. An aircraft body mockup will represent a commercial jet, and dozens of volunteer actors will have make-up to represent various injuries. Emergency vehicles will respond, stage, and arrive at the crash scene just as they would during a real emergency.


Shoreline City Council special meeting Monday

As required by RCW 42.30, the Open Public Meetings Act, YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that the Shoreline City Council will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, September 22, 2014.

The meeting will begin at 5:45 p.m. and is scheduled to conclude by 7:00 p.m. It will be held in Conference Room 303 at Shoreline City Hall, located at 17500 Midvale Avenue N, Shoreline, WA 98133.

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the Citizen Survey. 


Notice of 46th District Democrats' Endorsement Meeting 9/28

Pursuant to 46thLD Bylaws, this meeting replaces the endorsement meeting that could not be held to completion on 9/18/2014 due to lack of appropriate venue, and is called under Article IV, Section 3, Sub d, and Article IV, Section 4 of the Bylaws of the 46th District Democratic Organization.

Sunday, September 28th
North Seattle Community College in the "Baxter" room.

Meet and Greet will start at 10:30am and the meeting will begin promptly at 11am. It is scheduled to end at 1pm

The Primary Agenda item is the General Election Endorsement process

No parking passes are needed for a Sunday evening.

North Seattle College
9600 College Way North
Seattle, Washington 98103


Wade James Theatre / Driftwood Players opens wine bar in lobby

The Edmonds Driftwood Players who reside at the Wade James Theatre at 950 Main St, Edmonds, WA 98020 have opened their Season 56 with a splash.

In the lobby, patrons can now sidle up to the wine bar and have some wine before the show or at intermission.

You can even purchase your intermission drink before the show starts so your wine will be poured and waiting for you at intermission.

Come Play with Us! and make a social event of an evening or afternoon at the theater.

Now playing - Night Watch (see previous article).


Celebration at Sunset Park on Oct 4

You are cordially invited to “Celebrate Sunset” on Saturday, October 4 from 11am to 1pm with a public art installation dedication at noon.

Sunset School Park, 17800 10th Ave NW, Shoreline 98177.

Join with your neighbors and friends to “Celebrate Sunset,” our new community gathering space in the Richmond Highlands neighborhood.

 Activities organized to date include:
  • Hillwood soccer games on the upper field
  • Shorewood drill team bake sale
  • Boy Scout hot-dog BBQ fund raiser,
  •  Craft and sport activities for youth on the lower field
  • A community garden harvest party
  • Meeting and greeting your neighbors!
In addition there will be a dedication of the new public art installation titled “Sunset” paid for by the a City of Shoreline Neighborhood Mini-Grant, Richmond Highlands Neighborhood Association, and the Friends of Sunset Park.


Words Worth

cabal \kuh-BAHL\ noun

*1 : the artifices and intrigues of a group of persons secretly united in a plot (as to overturn a government); also : a group engaged in such artifices and intrigues

2 : club, group

In _A Child's History of England_, Charles Dickens associates the word "cabal" with a group of five ministers in the government of England's King Charles II. The initial letters of the names or titles of those men (Clifford, Arlington, Buckingham, Ashley, and Lauderdale) spelled "cabal," and Dickens dubbed them the "Cabal Ministry." These five men were widely regarded as invidious, secretive plotters and their activities may have encouraged English speakers to associate "cabal" with high-level government intrigue. But their names are not the source of the word "cabal," which was in use decades before Charles II ascended the throne. The term can be traced back through French to "cabbala," the Medieval Latin name for the Kabbalah, a traditional system of esoteric Jewish mysticism. 


History Day -- Leadership and Legacy

Visitors to know that we are proud sponsors of Washington History Day, which encourages students to become historians by developing skills in research, analysis, and presentation.

This year's History Day topic is "Leadership and Legacy," and to help students choose an interesting subject for their research, we've created a blockbuster list of Washington leaders worthy of consideration.

Also, teachers should know that the annual free History Day workshop at UW Libraries is set for Saturday, October 4.

In the morning, several History Day teachers will present sessions on how students can make good use of UW Library resources and create exhibits, documentaries, performances, or websites.

The workshop in the afternoon will provide hands-on activities in Special Collections. Attendance at this afternoon session will have to be limited, so register now.


Death Notices as of September 21, 2014

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.

Allie Ann Christman Evans  1917-2014  Allie Evans was a nurse who married a doctor and raised her family in Lake Forest Park. She was "active in the schools and city government, including organizing the Lake Forest Park campaign for sewer bonds, Chairman of the City Planning Commission and candidate for mayor." After the children were grown, she tried many careers -bookkeeper, travel agent, beauty salon owner, restaurant owner, jewelry design, and ultimately a return to nursing where she served as a program manager and consultant.

Alfred S. Robinson  age 88  Services at Ronald United Methodist Church.

Mark Christopher Fenner  1958-2014  Capt. Fenner, a 1977 graduate of Shorecrest, died suddenly on the deck of a vessel he was piloting. After discharge from the Marine Corps, he began a career at sea, becoming captain on research vessels. Memorial at North City Eagles and services at Holyrood.

Dean Lynn Endelman  1945-2014  "In true northwest fashion he loved "tall pointy green trees" and maintained a persistent fascination with the weather." His last year was difficult but he managed to see the Seahawks win, have one more trip to Maui, and see a beautiful Northwest summer. Memorial held at the Lake Forest Park Civic Club. He requested that his obit include an endorsement for Initiative 594 for background checks at gun shows.

Elizabeth Jean (Colello) Kost  1938-2014  After graduating from high school in 1968 she married Peter Kost and they lived in Lake Forest Park before building a home in Windermere.

Ruth Helen McCurdy  1915-2014  Shoreline resident was a member of the Richmond Beach Garden Club and the Richmond Beach Congregation Church Thursday Circle for many years. She served over 25 years as RSVP for the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations in Ruth's name to the Senior Center.

Charles (Chuck) Balch  1932-2014  Volunteer driver for the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center.

Margaret W. (Kruick) DeFrees  age 95  She was devout in her Christian faith. Services held at First Christian Reformed Church in Shoreline. Remembrances in her name to Shoreline Christian School.

Dorothy Patricia Fordyce  1924-2014  Memorial services at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Shoreline. Donations suggested to Calvin Presbyterian Church.

Chermi Lorraine Harlick  1970-2014  She traveled widely, and supported many causes. She attended Shoreline Community College.

Cheryl D. Keiffer  1946-2014  Services at St. Mark Catholic Church in Shoreline and burial at Holyrood.

Cheryl L. Hill  1957-2014  Born in Shoreline, passed away in Boise ID.

Marian Adachi Kohn  1929-2014  "Her garden was her resume."  Shoreline resident since 1972, she grew rare and native plants on her nearly one acre land in Shoreline, including 140 rhododendrons. She was generous with plantings and seeds. "Marian also co-taught classes as a volunteer in the horticulture program at Edmonds Community College, volunteered at the University of Washington in botany, zoology and the Burke Museum, and for a year at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C."

Charles William McGuinn  1925-2014  Services at Richmond Beach Congregational Church in Shoreline.

John Anthony Murphy  1920-2014  Services at St. Mark Catholic Church in Shoreline.


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