Donate two hours today to Parkwood Elementary

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Today, Friday, October 24, from 3-5pm Parkwood Elementary School is hosting its fall Grounds Clean Up to prep their grounds for winter.
We welcome anyone who has 1-2 hours to spare! No RSVP necessary.

Come alone or bring your kids. Bring your favorite tools (gloves, brooms, wheelbarrows, shovels, or buckets). 

Contact Marion Mohrlok at newsletter @ if you need more information.

1815 N 155, just off Meridian, Shoreline 98133.


New KIA dealership grand opening Thursday

Greg Olson is toasted by John Crowe
at the Grand Opening of the KIA dealership
Photo courtesy City of Shoreline

Greg Olson is toasted and congratulated by John Crowe, VP of KIA Motors America, on the grand opening of Shoreline's new Chuck Olson KIA dealership. The grand opening was held on Thursday, October 23 at the dealership.

New KIA dealership in Shoreline
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The Kia dealership is part the Chuck Olson's family of businesses. The new facility is built on the property where Parkers was located, on the corner of 170th and Aurora. 17001 Aurora Ave. N, Shoreline 98133.


Shorecrest soccer undefeated in league play

Shorecrest 3, Marysville Pilchuck 0
At Shoreline Stadium, Tuesday, October 21

Sophia Viviano scored all three goals for Shorecrest in a shutout against Marysville Pilchuck on Tuesday at Shoreline Stadium. Kate Wiper was in goal for the Scots. 

Goals—Sophia Viviano (SC) 3.
Assists—Kayla Holland (SC), Emily Hicks (SC). 
Goalkeepers—Marysville Pilchuck: Emily Dunsten. Shorecrest: Kate Wiper. 
Records—Marysville Pilchuck 2-5-3 league, 2-8-4 overall. Shorecrest 9-0-0, 10-2-0.


Shorewood soccer over Oak Harbor Thursday

Thursday night, Oct 23, was Senior night as Shorewood soccer hosted Oak Harbor.
Shorewood 3  Oak Harbor 0

Shorewood Senior Siena Helland scored at the 14th minute on an assist from Senior Mikayla Morgan. At the 32nd minute Morgan McFarland scored on another assist from Mikayla. The half ended with Shorewood up 2-0.

In the second half Siena scored her 2nd goal. The game ended 3-0 Shorewood. Oak Harbor had Makenzie Perry in goal and are 1-7-2 in league and 5-7-2 overall.  Shorewood used Ashley Garay and Maddie Bell-Knight in goal and are 7-2-2 in league and 8-5-2 overall.


Shorewood - Shorecrest swim - dive October 23

The swim and dive teams from Shorewood and Shorecrest met on October 23 at the Shoreline Pool.

Shorewood won the event, 117-68.

Shorewood's record now stands at 9-2.

200 medley relay—Shorewood (Britt Blomso, Christina Garrison, Nicola Gerbino, Maya McCants), 1:56.52;
200 freestyle—Schuyler Peters (SC) 2:11.09; 
200 individual medley—Gerbino (SW) 2:28.02; 
50 freestyle—Garrison (SW) 27.02; 
Diving—Cierra Medalia (SW) 143.30; 
100 butterfly—Blomso (SW) 1:01.62; 
100 freestyle—Gerbino (SW) 59.46; 
500 freestyle—Peters (SC) 5:58.14; 
200 freestyle relay—Shorewood (McCants, Megan Pitts, Garrison, Blomso), 1:45.60; 
100 backstroke—Grace Stallings (SC) 1:14.03; 
100 breaststroke—Julie Moss (SC) 1:17.72; 
400 freestyle relay—Shorewood (Pitts, McCants, Garrison, Blomso), 3:56.79


Shoreline City Manager's Report 10-20-2014

Update for the Week of 10/20/2014
From Shoreline City Manager Debbie Tarry

October 20 Council Meeting

Dinner Meeting
·         Joint Meeting with the Shoreline Community College Board of Trustees and President:  The City Council and Community College Board of Trustees were able to discuss partnership opportunities including long-term strategic planning, improvements to 145th, signage, and a Shoreline promotional campaign.

Regular Meeting
·         Authorized the City Manager to Execute a Contract with CH2MHill for the Development of the 145th Street Route Development Plan
·         Adopted Resolution No. 364, Hazard Mitigation Plan
·         2015 Budget Department Presentations

October 27 Council Meeting

Dinner Meeting (5:45 p.m.)
·         Joint Meeting with the Shoreline School District Board of Directors: Draft agenda.

Regular Meeting
·         Interlocal Agreement with the City of Bellevue for Pooled Funding for Human Services: Since 2003, the City has been participating in a pooled funding arrangement with other North and East King County cities for human service funding. The eight cities that participate in the Pool are Bellevue, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Redmond, Sammamish and Shoreline. This arrangement allows selected programs that receive funding from some or all participating cities to sign a single contract with the City of Bellevue. Until now, there has been no administrative fee charged by Bellevue. The proposed Interlocal Agreement updates this pooled funding arrangement and provides for the administrative fee for Bellevue to continue administering the pool. The City's costs are estimated to be $1,575 per year to participate in the Pooled Fund.
·         Committee of Elected Officials Update: This will be an opportunity to update the full Council on the work of the Ronald Wastewater District Transition Committee of Elected Officials. Councilmember McConnell and Roberts are the City’s representatives on this committee.
·         2015 Budget: This will be a continuation of the department presentations. It is anticipated that the focus of the presentation will be on Public Works and the Capital Improvement Program.
·         Executive Session Property Acquisition

Echo Lake Park Construction Update
The recently planted grass seed at Echo Lake Park has germinated and grass is growing. However a small pond has developed in the lowest portion of the seeded area near the playground. Staff is investigating why there is standing water in the park. The area where the water is “ponding” is 18" higher than this same area prior to construction, plus a drywell was installed in this area to allow water to percolate into the ground more quickly. As you can imagine we were surprised to see standing water where there was none before, especially after raising the elevation and installing the drywell. During construction new soils were brought onto the site and infiltration rates were disrupted, sometimes requiring some time until they become reestablished. By monitoring the site we can learn more and resolve any issues.

Aurora Construction
Staff and EnviroIssues have developed a brochure to help explain construction phasing along Aurora. EnviroIssues will be handing these out to businesses along the corridor, and it will be posted on the City’s website. We’ll also get the flyer to all residents along the eastside of Aurora in the construction area when we move to that side near the end of 2014.

Calendar Items
·         October 28, King County Youth Action Plan meeting. King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski is sponsoring this effort.

This and That
·         Snohomish County Boundary Review Board appeal submitted by Ronald Wastewater District on October 9.
·         The newest “Little Free Library” is at Spartan Gym. John Thielke, one of the regular basketball players at Spartan, made, installed and donated the Library to the City. His wife is on the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council and he made one for the Arts Auction that was purchased for $875. Mary Anne Kelly, Spartan Recreation Center Manager, took the initiative to work with John to have this installed at the Spartan Recreation Center.
·         The City received a $18,000 grant from King Conservation District to continue to remove invasive plants at Saltwater Park and Boeing Creek Open Space. Work will include the removal of invasive plants and the replanting of native vegetation to improve the environmental health of these parks. Bethany Wolbrecht-Dunn and Maureen Colazzi were the staff who worked on this grant application!
·         Police Officer Leona Obstler along with other police officers and our CRT staff worked together to address on-going concerns with a vacant home at 19015 8th Ave NW. This home has been vacant for over two years and has no power. Last week our police department received a call of transients in the home. The police removed three heroin users with one being arrested and two being trespassed. Police have contacted the attorney for this property and he has agreed to sign a Trespass Authorization, get the property better secured, and post No Trespass signs.


Live music: open mic with Kathy Morris at The Bounty Saturday

Open Mic with Kathy Morris Saturday, October 25 at The Bounty in North City, 17551 15th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155, 206-549-9149. Hosted by Kathy Morris and Merry Kay Clayton, 7-10pm.

Neil Eric Sundberg of Light Touch Piano Moves LLC is providing his Mason Hamlin BB grand piano for the show. A few words from him,

"I love sharing this piano and hearing it played by pianists of all kinds. Maybe start a video log of people playing it. Mason Hamlin, for those that don't know, is a world class piano. These pianos I have are from the new company and they both have beautiful bell like tone in my opinion . Their range of expression and volume is awesome. So I hope you come and listen and play it . Anyone is welcome to do so.'

Miss Fiona Ray

Musical guest for October 25th will be Miss Fiona Ray, from Tacoma WA.

Fiona was a competing Traditional Irish Dancer for 9 years. Now as singer and musician, Fiona Ray is a consummate performer, who enjoys collaborating as much as playing solo. Her developing musical style captivates audiences of all ages.

The first half hour is dedicated to performance by the youngest students.7-10 pm  at The Bounty 

Sign up starts at 6:30pm.


Photo: Scary rain cloud

Photo by Mary Igl

This ominous looking rain cloud that Mary Igl captured on its way into Shoreline today may be nothing compared to what's coming.


WeatherWatcher: A One Two Punch for Windstorms

I wanted to talk about a couple of developing weather systems that are heading our way this weekend and early next week. 

First, Saturday evening we have a significant storm with a particularly deep low pressure center moving in. A lot of rain is expected in the morning and through the afternoon with breezy conditions. Saturday evening is when the real fun begins with winds picking up as the low pressure center tracks over Northwest Washington into British Columbia. There is still some uncertainty to this storm so I think the strong winds could be a hit or miss at this point. If we do get hit with the winds, the National Weather Service is expecting wind gusts up to 45 mph, not enough to meet any high wind warning or advisories as of now. Look for winds to peak late evening and into the overnight hours of Sunday morning.

Monday-Tuesday the remains of Hurricane Ana (The one that skirted west of Hawaii last week) is likely to approach the west coast as a modified cold core storm. It is currently recurving and getting caught in the jet stream north and west of Hawaii. Details of how this storm may develop as far as winds go is very uncertain, and exactly where it will hit is also uncertain at this time. We will likely get a lot of moisture and rain from this storm at the least. 

Potential, is the word I am using for the Monday-Tuesday storm. The 1962 Columbus Day Storm was a similar situation but slightly different track than is expected of this one. Even though these once tropical cyclones are no longer, they sometimes redevelop into extratropical storms with very significant winds. I highly recommend reading up on the Columbus Day storm linked above and learn some weather history. I like to remind my friends and neighbors when they think we have severe weather events now, to look back and read about some of these events that happened. The 1962 storm is only one example of severe weather the Northwest has endured over the past 150 years.

When storm warnings and watches are issued I will post updates on them as much as I can.  Some of these storms can develop with little notice.  Be sure to check for current conditions and information on forecasted winter storms.


New voters can register through Monday for November election

By Evan Smith

New Washington voters can register through Monday. Oct. 27, to vote in the Nov. 4 election, but they must register in person at the King County elections office in Renton or the county voter registration annex in downtown Seattle.

The deadline for registration by mail or online, or for previously registered Washington voters to file a change of address, was Oct. 6.

Voters who register in person can either get a ballot by mail or vote on accessible machines at the elections office if they choose to wait for their registration to be validated through the state voter registration database, a wait that requires a few minutes.

Evan Smith can be reached at


Halloween is a big deal at Third Place Commons

Halloween is a very big deal at Third Place Commons, with halloween-themed events from Saturday to Halloween.

Starting Saturday, October 25, with the Northwest Ballet Halloween Dance Recital 12-12:45pm, get into the spirit of the season with chilling and fun dances.

A couple of hours later, see the Halloween Belly Dance Hafla 2-5pm for a Halloween celebration of belly dance, with spooky costumes and spirited shimmies. Ottoman Belly Dance and Pied Peacock Productions team up to put a little shake in the season. 

The next day, Sunday, October 26, see the Beyond Expectations Piano Recital from 2-3pm as young artists aged 6 to 16 celebrate Halloween with piano pieces to chill and thrill. Funny, wild and scary! 

Take Monday off, but come back on Tuesday, October 28 for Scary Stories for Brave Listeners 7-8pm. Local storytellers will share frightening, yukky, and true tales of ghosts and hauntings, followed by an open mike for audience members with a scary tale to tell! Refreshments will be served (to survivors.) This program is not recommended for young or timid listeners.

Take a break from orange and black on Wednesday, October 29 with the 96th Street Combo 7-8pm, 
featuring advanced students from Music Center of the NW, presenting jazz standards and modern compositions in a style that is relaxed and entertaining. Learn more about the Music Center of the NW.

Rest up on Thursday for a full evening of entertainment on HALLOWEEN Friday, October 31
Celebrate at Third Place and the Town Center at Lake Forest Park.

4 – 6 pm Trick-or-treat at participating Town Center merchants. Look for balloons outside participating stores. 

6 – 6:45 Fun Family Music in the Commons. What a fabulous way to celebrate Halloween! Musician Eli Rosenblatt brings together world-music, language, movement and imagination in a high-energy mix to create an exciting interactive experience. Original salsa, swing, samba and hip-hop songs inspire free self-expression in a spontaneous, joyful atmosphere for people of all ages, sponsored by KCLS.

7:30-9:30 Dance Halloween Night Away. So, what do we do when Halloween falls on a Friday night? We make sure you've got spirited, fun music on the Third Place Commons Stage. Join Eli Rosenblatt and his band Salsa Sur for a special evening: Son, Salsa and Cha Cha Cha to make you shake it all night long!

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


Third Train Running at the Taphouse Friday

Third Train Running at the Taphouse Friday

If you've been waiting to see Third Train Running, you'll have the opportunity Friday the 24th at the Easy Monkey Taphouse, 17537 15th Ave, Shoreline from 8 to 10 pm.

Featuring Taphouse owner Steve Erickson and his daughter Lindsay, the band is known for its appearances at the Pinky's Passion Walk to a Future without Parkinson's events.


Saltwater Park work party Saturday

Richmond Beach Saltwater Park will hold a Volunteer Work Party this Saturday, Oct. 25, 9:00am to Noon at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park, 2021 NW 190th Street.

Join your neighbors and other community volunteers to continue to restore Richmond Beach Saltwater Park. Learn a brief history of restoration work completed at the park and help remove invasive plants at the park. 

Bring a snack and come prepared for the weather. Park at the lower parking lot and meet at the picnic shelter closest to the playground.

Sponsored by City of Shoreline For more information contact Parks Project Coordinator Maureen Colaizzi at  206-801-2603.


The Caution for Echo Lake has been lifted

Echo Lake is no longer posted for toxic algae

According to Jennifer Adams, Surface Water Quality Specialist in the Shoreline Public Works Department, seven algae scum samples have been tested for toxicity in 2014.

The sample collected at the center of Echo Lake on October 6, 2014 tested positive for 7.45 µg/L for microcystins.  The Washington State Provisional Recreational Guidelines recommend caution when microcystins are ≥ 6µ/L.  As a result of this sample, a Caution was posted on October 9, 2014.

Two subsequent surveys of the lake (on October 13 and October 20, 2014) found no algae scums from which to sample. The Caution posting has been lifted.


Light reading for transportation enthusiasts

WSDOT says,

If you’ve been looking for some light reading to pass the time on these wet and windy fall nights, you’re in luck. We recently published our annual Corridor Capacity Report. I don’t want to give away too much of the story (especially the surprise ending!), but it’s full of traffic trends, stats and figures.
It might even help you understand why you spend so many hours in traffic every day.


Imagery of the Washington Cascades: Stories from a Guidebook Photographer

Imagery of the Washington Cascades:
Stories from a Guidebook Photographer 

Alan L. Bauer is a professional photographer who has among many other things been a co-author and photographer for Washington State titles with The Mountaineers Books for much of the past ten years. His new enhanced second edition of Day Hiking-Snoqualmie Region was just released in May 2014.

He will speak in a free presentation at the Lake Forest Park Library meeting room on Monday, October 27 from 7 to 8:30pm. The library is on the lower level of Town Center, by the escalator.

Town Center is at the intersection of Ballinger Way and Bothell Way.


Photo: Booooooooo

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

These guys are on NW 158th in the Richmond Highlands neighborhood. They manage to be scary and cute all at the same time.


Sale of Christmas ornaments this weekend

Hair Brokers Salon in Richmond Beach is known for its lavish and extensive Christmas decorations. Now they are selling off the entire collection - 30 years worth.

The sale will be set up at the Innis Arden Clubhouse, 1430 NW 188th over two weekends - October 25-26 and November 1-2, 9am - 6pm.


Computer Q and A at Third Place Commons Sunday

Brian Boston shares his computer magic in a session Sunday at Third Place Commons in Lake Forest Park Town Center, corner of Ballinger Way and Bothell Way.

Sunday, October 26, 2:30 - 4pm

Ask questions and get user-friendly answers during this free workshop. This month’s topic explores the timely topic Five Reasons Your Computer Is Slow.


Local school changes their name

Students at NWSDHH pose with their new sign

Northwest School for Hearing-Impaired Children (NWSFHIC) will now be called Northwest School for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children (NWSDHH).

While we have updated our name to reflect current terminology, our mission to provide on-grade level education to our region's deaf and hard-of-hearing children remains the same. We are preparing our students to become confident, articulate and academically competitive learners and community members."


SW soccer loses in last ten minutes of game

Shorewood played at Arlington Tuesday night in a very competitive game that saw Arlington finish a shot by Olivia Larsen 13 minutes into the game.

Arlington had numerous chances but Ashley Garay and the Shorewood defense were able to avoid a second score.

In the second half Arlington had many chances and Shorewood only a few but high quality. The game finally broke Arlington's way as Bre Moren scored twice in the last 10 minutes to seal the victory.

Arlington's goalie was Kat Sanchez and they are 7-2-0 in league and 11-2-0 overall.  Shorewood's goalie was Ashley Garay and they are 6-2-2 in league and 7-5-2 overall.


Shorewood tennis players in championship matches this week

Shorewood's number 1 seeded doubles team of Cameron McDowell and Jack Bong won two straight matches to advance to the WesCo South doubles final championship match. The T-Birds doubles team has qualified for next week's District 1 tennis tournament at Jackson high school. McDowell and Bong defeated teams from Glacier Peak and Mountlake Terrace.

Shorewood's other doubles team, number 2 seeded Scott Park and Kyle Berquist, defeated a team from Edmonds - Woodway in a hard fought three set match to advance to the semi-final match.

Shorewood singles players Hugh Gaevert and Gunnar Thorstenson stayed alive by winning their first round matches. Gaevert defeated opponents from Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds- Woodway. Thorstenson defeated an opponent from Mountlake Terrace in his first match then lost a close match, 4-6, 4-6, to the number 2 seed from Meadowdale. His third match was suspended due to darkness and will be continued when the tournament starts again.

The league tournament was scheduled to start Wednesday October 22 and be rescheduled to the first dry day this week. Matches start at 1pm at Glacier Peak high school.


Shoreline Player of the Week

Melissa Schuetz
Photo by Wilson Tsoi
This week’s Shoreline Player of the Week is soccer player Melissa Schuetze. Melissa posted her 6th and 7th shutouts of the season versus Green River & Edmonds last week. Late saves against Edmonds shut down the Triton offense and helped the ‘Phins to a 0-0 draw. The result helped solidify Shoreline’s second place spot with two games left in the season.

Coach Aaron Howe shared that Melissa’s ball distribution is improving every week, helping set up an improving Dolphin offense. He adds that she “busts her tail every game, becoming a vocal leader keeping the defense together.”

The Lady Phins have three games left in the season before playoffs. A second place finish will give the ladies a first round home game hosting the East Region #3 on November 5th.


Photo: low clouds

Low Clouds - photo by Mary Igl

Weather like this just makes me want comfort food. Anyone know where to find a good chicken pot pie?


Ride Sounder game train to Sounders FC match Saturday

Sounders FC fans can take an easy ride to the stadium this Saturday by skipping traffic and taking Sound Transit's special Sounder service to the Sounders FC match against the Los Angeles Galaxy at noon.

The train from the north will leave Edmonds at 10:41am. Return trains will leave King Street Station 35 minutes after the match.

Many ST Express buses also drop off passengers near the stadium. Link and ST Express bus schedules are available here.

Regular fares apply for all Sound Transit services. Getting an ORCA card is a great way to skip lines at ticket vending machines. Cards only cost $5 for adults, plus whatever amount a rider chooses to load in the card's E-Purse or the cost of a pass that is good for unlimited transit trips. ORCA works on trains, buses and ferries throughout the region. More information is available here.


Public Hearing on Lyon Creek Flood Reduction Proposal scheduled for Tuesday Oct 28

Residents and others interested in the Lyon Creek Flood Reduction proposal are invited to attend a public hearing before the City’s Hearing Examiner on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 6:00pm, in the Lake Forest Park City Hall Council Chambers, 17425 Ballinger Way NE.

The proposal is primarily a stream corridor improvement for Lyon Creek that begins at the new Whispering Willow Park and ends at the Lyon Creek Waterfront Park. The intent of the project is to reduce flooding in the vicinity of City Hall, the Town Center shopping center, the Northshore Fire District Station located in Lake Forest Park, several single-family homes, and two major regional arterials: Bothell Way NE (SR 522) and Ballinger Way NE (SR 104). Significant amounts of wetland and stream restoration and enhancement are also included in the proposal.

At this time, the Planning Department is recommending approval of the proposed project. Comments are welcome and must be received by 4:00pm on Monday, October 27, 2014. Written comments can be mailed or hand delivered to the City of Lake Forest Park Planning Department, 17425 Ballinger Way NE, Lake Forest Park, 98155. Comments may also be submitted via email. Additional information is available through the Planning Department at 206-368-5440, or by clicking on the Public Hearing Information link.


Dance like no one is watching - Friday at the World Dance Party

No judgement - no partners - no prior knowledge. 
Just come and have a great time!
Friday, October 24, 6:30 to 9pm
Shoreline Community College Pagoda Union Building #9000 (map). 
Free parking on campus - follow the signs.

Free - but bring a dish for the potluck.


Water district building flooded

North City Water District building
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Rooms on the south and east side of the North City Water District building were flooded when a valve broke in the water feature in the building.

Staff have been temporarily relocated into the Board Room, and board meetings are being held in the lobby. Community groups scheduled to use the space have been notified.

The District is still open for business but not able to accept walk-in customers.

Their insurance company, Enduris, is in charge of repairs, and the District hopes to reopen the office in early November.


Hillwood Park stream restoration work Oct 25, 26, Nov 8

Hillwood Creek perseveres
Photo by Boni Biery 

Hillwood Community Network will be planting the first segment of a multi-year stream buffer enhancement along the creek running through Hillwood Park. It will take three planting days this year and they can use your help.

The goal is to establish a wetland meadow that attracts/ supports native birds for the entire length of the creek over time.

The creek, officially known as Boeing Creek Reach 12 drains into Pan Terra, then Boeing Creek and the Puget Sound. The original creek was filled in years ago when the park was created, damaging the creek and destroying the wetlands around it. 

The outlines of the creek can still be seen. The ground no longer has an opportunity to soak up the water and it rushes into Boeing Creek. adding to all the water that scours out the walls of the Boeing Creek during storm events.

The goal of the restoration project is to recreate a beautiful and functional wetland meadow that will naturally "manage" the water and reduce the flashy scouring of Boeing Creek while at the same time making a place for native birds to perch, nest and feed.

Let organizers know which day(s) you will be able to help by emailing  birdsbeesfishtrees @ with “Hillwood Creek” in the subject line.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own gloves and hand digging tools; and dress for the weather. Community Service credit is available.

Hillwood Park, 19001 3rd Ave NW, Shoreline 98177, next to Einstein Middle School.
10am to 2pm each day.

  • Sat - October 25th
  • Sun - October 26th
  • Sat - November 8th


Big Halloween carnival Saturday

The 28th annual RBCA carnival - bring the whole family - wear costumes - cake walk - dare the haunted house - Saturday, October 25, Syre Elementary School 19545 12th Ave NW.


Town Center sold to Merlone Geier for $37 million

Town Center has a new owner
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The Daily Journal of Commerce reports that Merlone Geier Partners of San Francisco is the buyer of Lake Forest Park Town Center in a $37 million deal. Madison Marquette of Washington D.C. is the seller.

Town Center, located at the intersection of Ballinger Way and Bothell Way, at 250,130-square feet is by zoning codes, the primary business district in Lake Forest Park.

Paul and Billy Sleeth of Colliers International represented the seller.

Merlone Geier Partners are also the new owners of the Tops Foods properties in western Washington, including Shoreline and Edmonds.


Photo: They love Halloween

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

This yard is just off 5th NE on NE 153rd. These are people who really love Halloween and decorationg! Rumor is that they decorate just as lavishly for many holidays.


City of Shoreline and King County seek input on development of County's Youth Action Plan

On Tuesday, October 28, the City of Shoreline and King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski invite Shoreline and other North King County youth and those who care for them to an open house and focused discussion on the development of King County's Youth Action Plan.

The County currently spends approximately $75 million in services and programs to serve its youth population, infant to young adult (24 years old and younger). The County wants to ensure that all of its young people have the chance to thrive as children and succeed as adults.

The Youth Action Plan will guide and inform the County’s annual investment in services and programs serving these populations.

King County has long been a leader in supporting programs for children, youth and young adults – from developing sports fields in local neighborhoods to providing public health visits for low-income infants and children, from establishing a Youth / Family Services Network to help at-risk teens and families to assisting youth who have become involved with the criminal justice system to take a fresh path. Unfortunately, the recent recession has significantly reduced or eliminated support for many programs, and programs still receiving County funding are operated through many different agencies, often with little coordination between them.

In order to reach the countywide strategic goal of every youth being able to realize their full potential, the Metropolitan King County Council agreed to take a new approach. 

On January 21, 2014, the Council approved legislation calling for the development of a Youth Action Plan that will set King County’s priorities for serving its young people. 

As required in the legislation, the Plan is being developed by an appointed Task Force comprised of representatives from a broad range of organizations and entities with substantial expertise and knowledge relevant to infants, children, and youth. The Task Force encompasses a wide range of views and experiences, reflecting the diversity of its members’ geographic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.

The Task Force needs to hear from and about King County youth to better understand their needs and how best to address them. Some of the questions the Task Force will be asking include: 

  • What are the needs of our youth?
  • What challenges are youth facing today?
  • How are youth needs changing?
  • How can King County help?

The event will be from 6:30 to 8:00pm at Shoreline City Hall in the Council Chamber. Youth between 12 and 24 years old who are unable to attend the event can complete the Youth Action Plan Survey online.

For more information visit this website.


Small pond at Echo Lake Park is unintended

Small pond at Echo Lake Park
Photo by J. Polit

Echo Lake Park is still under construction with the protective fence still up.

The recently planted grass at Echo Lake park is growing as planned. What did grow unplanned is a pond in the lowest portion of the seeded area near the playground and restroom.

Park staff are working to determine the cause of the unexpected “ponding”.  The area where the pond is located was re-graded during construction and is 18” higher than the lowest part of the park in the location previously.

In addition, a drywell was created in that vicinity to give any water that might pond a place to infiltrate.

Dick Deal, Parks Director said "You can imagine our surprise after the rains last week to see standing water where there was none in this area of the park prior to construction."

Construction and new soils brought onto site can change the soil infiltration rate.

"We also noticed that Echo Lake is quite high after the rains last week, possibly raising the water table in the vicinity. City staff will monitor the site and work with the contractor and design staff to learn how best to proceed."

Deal said that all in all, the park improvements look good and will be a nice addition to the park when the turf area gets established for the community to enjoy.

At this time no date has been selected for a dedication or park opening.


Live music at North City Bistro this week

North City Bistro and Wine Shop

Jazz Guitar, Stellar Vocals and World Fusion at the North City Bistro and Wine Shop, 1520 NE 177th, Shoreline.

We are looking forward to a very varied musical experience this week at the Bistro.

No music on Wednesday, but Thursday we bring in a new act, The Eli Meisner & Milo Peterson Duo. This will be a unique show, with 2 Wonderful Jazz Guitarists, playing from 7:00-9:30.

Here is a link to Eli's page where you can hear some of his music. And here is a link to Milo's music:

On Friday, we are very happy to welcome Kate Westin and The Hans Brehmer Trio back in the house! Last time they played they packed the house, and it's looking like they may do that again, so please call or email for reservations if you want a good seat.

They will play from 8:00-10:00, for a $10 cover. This is sure to be a very fun and entertaining evening!

And Saturday, Somewhere In Between will perform their unique style of World Fusion. They will be joined by David George Gordon on Harmonica and vocals, so this will be a great night of original music speckled with a soupçon of traditional blues with a twist. They will play from 8:30-10:30 for $8 Cover.

Here is a link to a site where you can preview some of their music.

So, please come in for one or more of these shows, as we are happy to support Local Live Music, and hope you are too!

We have a number of new items on our menu too, so come in for a glass of wine, cocktail and some food, then stick around for the music.

Thur Oct 23 - Eli Meisner Trio
Fri Oct 24 - Kate Westin w/Hans Brehmer Trio
Sat Oct 25 - Somewhere In Between
Fri Oct 31 - Little Bill Trio
Sat Nov 1 - Four
Wed Nov 5 - Jazz Jam w/Darin Clendenin Trio
Thur Nov 6 - Art Sincerely Event
Thur Nov 6 - David Lee Howard
Fri Nov 7 - Jazz Pearls
Sat Nov 8 - Phil Randow Quartet
Wed Nov 12 - Marian Call
Thur Nov 13 - Jennifer Keinzle
Fri Nov 14 - Arlene, Elise & Pat
Sat Nov 15 - Toast w/Rod Cook, John Bayless & Chris Leighton
(our website, below, has times and cover charge details)

Here is a link to our Facebook page and our Website.

And please remember, North City Bistro is All Ages All the Time (and we don't charge cover for your kids:)!


Opera Workshop at Shoreline Community College

Now in its 45th year, the Opera Workshop is offered during Winter Quarter at Shoreline Community college and provides training and experience for singers wishing to explore the musical and dramatic world of opera literature.

SCC opera workshop auditions are open to the community as well as all SCC students.

Auditions are Wednesday, October 29, from 3 to 6pm in the SCC Campus Theater. Singers should come prepared to sing a memorized song or aria. A pianist will be provided.

The opera workshop class meets between 3:00-5:30pm beginning January 5, 2015, with performances February 20, 21, and 22. Opera productions are fully staged and accompanied by orchestra.

For questions, or more information, contact Dr. Charles Enlow, office #864 on the SCC campus or call 206-546-4524. Dr. Enlow is the producer and music director of Shoreline Community College’s annual Opera Workshop. 


Harvest Festival Saturday at Central Market

Hay rides at Central Market
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Central Market Shoreline continues its celebration of fall Saturday, with its popular hay rides.

'Build-your-own' caramel apples, chow down at their Pumpkin Brat BBQ, and much, much, more!

Saturday, October 25, 11:00am - 4:00pm

Central Market is located on the upper level of Aurora Square - entrance on Westminster Way - look for the signature silo on the building.


New Technologies in Brain Research and Therapies Oct 23 at SCC

New Technologies in Brain Research and Therapies
Dr. Jan-Marino Ramirez, Director
Center for Integrative Brain Research, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Seattle

Thursday, October 23, 7:00-8:30pm
Shoreline Community College, Room 9208 PUB

Dr. Ramirez is an accomplished leader in the development of therapies that treat both physical and emotional aspects of brain disorders in children and adults, including autism, ADHD, SIDS, and epilepsy.

This event is FREE and open to the public.


Day of the Dead Shadow Altar Boxes Saturday at RB Library

Shadow Altar Box to honor the dead

Built Shadow Altar Boxes Saturday, October 25, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm at the Richmond Beach Library, 19601 21st Ave NW 98177, 206-546-3522.

Day of the dead altars are built during Dia de los Muertos to honor the lives of those who have passed. They are often quite beautiful creations, constructed with love and care. Creating these altars is one of the most important traditions during Day of the Dead in Mexico and in Mexican-American communities around the globe.

Participants will learn how to create an “Altar, shrine or shadow box” by cutting, bending and altering carton boxes using Loteria cards (Mexican bingo), colorful paper , gem stones , assorted paper and found objects. Participants are welcome to bring a picture of their family loved ones to honor a Shrine.


Four parks in an hour on this hearty walk

Photo by Danyelle Harp
Shoreline Walks closes the season with Richmond Beach Parks Walk on Saturday, Oct. 25, 9:30am visiting four parks. The rating is moderate, approximately 3.4 miles and 90 minutes.

Join walk leader Mary Jo Gerst on Saturday, October 25th on a hearty 3 mile walk around Richmond Beach exploring four of the neighborhood parks. The walk starts at 9:30am at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park and is part of the Shoreline Walks free community walking program. The walk will explore roads that connect all the area parks and offer opportunity to take in the great fall colors. 

Walkers should meet at the entrance to Richmond Beach Saltwater Park by 9:30am. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Walk is rated moderate for some hills. This is the last walk for the 2014 season of Shoreline Walks, but the program will continue next spring. 

Meet at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park, Park Entrance at 2021 NW 190th Street.


Anderson Community to hold Halloween Carnival Saturday

Bring the Pre-K to 6th grade kids to the free Anderson Community Halloween Carnival Spooktacular this Saturday, October 25, from 1-3pm, for games, snacks, crafts, candy, prizes and fun!


Photo: Halloween Entry Garden

Monday, October 20, 2014

Victoria Gilleland and Doug Gochanour shared a photo of their entry porch on Circle Drive in Lake Forest Park. The Red Dragon Wing Begonias have been blooming since May. The pumpkins and gourds arrived in October.

The rich colors of fall are with us!


St Luke School's Unity day celebrates uniqueness, diversity, and tolerance

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and Unity Day is a day where people across the nation wear orange in unity to say no to bullying.

St. Luke School’s 2nd Annual Unity Day Event will happen this Wednesday, October 22, at 2:00pm. 

This year’s theme is “Cool to be Weird” inspired by a song written by local Seattle musician, Tai Shan. We are thrilled to have Tai at the school to perform her amazing song (listen to it here), inspired by The Sneetches story by Dr. Seuss, about celebrating uniqueness, diversity and tolerance. Additionally, the student body will be in orange for unity and take part in activities that celebrate the message of the concert, being unique and comfortable in your own skin.

This event is being sponsored by CLUBG, St. Luke’s Girls Leadership and Sisterhood Club. This club was co-founded by a mom and daughter team, Kimberly and Kaitlin Bell, an 8th grade student at St. Luke. CLUBG’s mission is “girls helping girls develop leadership and sisterhood skills in school communities”, with a key focus on early awareness and prevention of the relational bullying dynamics girls often face in the middle school years.

CLUBG includes a foundational bullying prevention program called Power Up delivered to younger girls in partnership with Girls Scouts Western Washington, followed by an ongoing community of girls supporting each other through monthly connects, leading take action projects in their school, and providing mentoring to the next generation of girls.

St. Luke School is located at 17533 St Luke Place North in Shoreline.


Scotoberfest on Saturday and you are invited

It’s Scotoberfest and you’re invited! 

Enjoy beer, brats, and bargains with the Northwest Scottish community. Hosted by Northwest Junior Pipe Band on Saturday, October 25, 1:00pm - 4:00pm, at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, 722 N 145th St in Shoreline. 


Admission is free; food and drink will be available for purchase. And there will be a rummage sale in the parking lot! 

Join us for an afternoon celebration of Scottish culture, pumpkins, and pipes to support NWJPB Northwest Junior Pipe Band.


Former Shorecrest Student and Seattle Singer songwriter donates proceeds of New Album to Susan G Komen

Former Shorecrest student, singer and songwriter Kristin Chambers will be performing her title track "Everything Woman" on King 5 TV's NewDay Northwest, Wednesday Oct. 22, kicking off a week of donating all music download sales to the Susan G. Komen Organization.

Kristin's mother-in-law is a 21 year survivor and two of her close friends have just come out of treatment cancer free. Kristin would like to continue to help researchers make sure everyone can join them in the survivors circle.

“Everything Woman” is a new compilation of original songs that captures Kristin's poetic, heartfelt lyrics and her authentic folk-pop melodies as never before. Produced by Eric Eagle (Jesse Sykes) of Seattle's Skoor Sound, "Everything Woman" comes to life with the all-star musical artistry of Keith Lowe (Fiona Apple), Jeff Feilder (Amy Ray), Michael Stegner, Steve Moore (Sufjan Stevens), Al Keith and the arranging brilliance of Hans Teuber.

To hear the title track click Everything Woman. Her pre-release rendition of Beck’s “Eyes That Say I Love You” has already caught the attention of The Seattle Weekly as the top staff pick for summer singles not to miss. To hear her rendition click here “Eyes That Say I Love You”.

In 2010 Kristin released her first original self-produced album “Kristin Chambers", and in 2012 “Endless Road,” which garnered over 100,000 downloads and fans over the internet radio waves. On “Everything Woman,”with the guidance of Producer Eric Eagle, Kristin infuses elements of soul with her beautiful melodies, and poetic lyrics, creating amazingly fresh music.


World Dance party Friday at Shoreline Community College

Learn and then dance the salsa, African rhythm, folk, Bollywood - and who knows what else?

Sponsored by the City of Shoreline, Shoreline Community College, and Dale Turner YMCA, no particular dance experience is necessary, just a willingness to get out on the floor and move.

World Dance Party, Friday, October 24, Shoreline Community College, Pagoda Union Building #9000, 16101 Greenwood Ave N. (map).Special guest performers Different Drummers  (African drumming). 

Event is free, just bring a dish to add to the potluck. Free parking.

Potluck at 6:30pm and dancing from 7-9pm.


Video: forum on gun initiative

Our friends at My Edmonds News videotaped the forum on gun initiatives 594 / 591.

Speaking for I-594 - State Senator Maralyn Chase.
Speaking against I-594 - Jason Colberg

David Donnan was the moderator.

The forum, held Sunday, October 19, 2014, was sponsored by the Peace and Justice Committee of the Richmond Beach Congregational Church.

Initiative 594 would expand background checks on gun purchasers in the state. Initiative 591 would prohibit the state from adopting background checks or other restrictions on firearms stricter than federal laws.


Two hours to spare? Donate them to a local school

This Friday, October 24, from 3-5pm, Parkwood Elementary School is hosting a fall Grounds Clean Up to prep their grounds for winter.

We welcome anyone who has 1-2 hours to spare! No RSVP necessary.

Come alone or bring your kids. Please bring your own tools (gloves, brooms, wheelbarrows, shovels, buckets). 

For more information, contact Marion Mohrlok at newsletter @

Parkwood Elementary School, 1815 N 155th St, Shoreline, WA 98133.


Shorecrest Hip Hop Dance Team performing at the Moore Theatre Nov 7

If you purchase a ticket through the link below, 15% of your ticket will go towards the group. This will be a great contribution as the team is preparing to go to Nationals this year in Orlando, Florida!

Show/Ticket Information
November 7th: 7:30PM

Global Party is a high energy performance of cultural and contemporary dance and music. The performance features young, talented, Northwest performers celebrating rich cultural traditions from around the world. A not-to-be-missed experience for all ages. Think Global, Celebrate Local!

To support Shorecrest High School Hip Hop Dance Team visit this webpage

From this link only there are NO Fees on all tickets and help with fundraising efforts for the team! Purchase tickets by November 6th

During checkout when you are entering your payment/address, please type
 "SHORECREST HIP HOP" under the "Billing Address #2"


Freeway blocked from Shoreline to Northgate Monday morning

Traffic camera on the pedestrian bridge at 195th

All but HOV lane were blocked southbound I-5 at Northgate during the rainy Monday morning commute.

Multiple collisions, including a jack-knifed semi, a broken barrier and a diesel spill, had all but the HOV lane of southbound I-5 at Northgate way and the ramp from Northgate to southbound I-5 blocked.

Still a lot of moisture in the air as you go farther south
NE 175th

The backup at 7:30am was 10 miles and growing quickly. Drivers from Sno County were heeding traffic reports to avoid the area and I-405 was just as blocked.

Normal arterial routes through Shoreline were equally jammed - specifically 15th NE. Neighborhood streets worked for a few blocks but drivers eventually had to gain access to an arterial.

Commute times were more than doubled.

Updated 10-20-2014 9:05pm


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