Sing it out: Karaoke in the Park starts Tuesday

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

If you want a public venue for your singing talents, Shoreline is providing it for you. Karaoke in the Park starts on Tuesday, July 7, and continues every Tuesday in July.

Cromwell Park Amphitheater, 5:30 to 8pm, 18030 Meridian Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133, next to the courthouse.


Lunchtime performances start Tuesday with a reptile show at Saltwater Park

City of Shoreline lunchtime events begin Tuesday, July 7 at noon with an interactive reptile show at Saltwater Park.

Sun and shade - performances happen every Tuesday at noon through August 11 and alternate between Saltwater Park and Hamlin Park - so take your choice of environment. 


Dress the ponies for SummerSet Arts Festival

Monday, July 6, 2015

Winged ponies by Ann Blanch,
Lynn Ahnen Turnblom, and Sue  Williams

SummerSet Arts Festival seeks Shoreline Ponies Sculptures Enhancers

SummerSet Arts Festival: Celebrating Ronald Bog 2015 invites the creative people of Shoreline to submit ideas/plans to dress the Shoreline Ponies Sculptures by Ronald Bog Park on N 175th for this year's festival on September 12th.

In 2012 this event started an annual tradition of simultaneously installing art on the street, ponies, and in the park, signifying the festival that caps a summer of outdoor fun in our area.

The winning idea/artist or team will receive an up to $250 honorarium to carry out their vision and will earn their place in Shoreline history! For more information contact Cynthia Knox 206-218-3302. Interested parties must contact Cynthia by July 20th to be considered for this opportunity.


Free Concerts in the Park set to rock Shoreline & Lake Forest Park

The Wild Snohomians on Wednesday

Oh baby, this is going to be one great summer! Below you'll get a taste of each July concert (don't worry, we've got August concerts too, but we didn't want to overload you with too much AWESOME all at once), so mark up your calendars, put these in your phone, write them on your arm, but just don't miss these concerts!

All concerts are free and start at 6:30pm on Wednesdays (unless noted) rain or shine. If it rains, we’ll simply dance in the rain! Bring a chair or blanket and come out and enjoy some music and festivities with your neighbors! For more information and details on the full summer lineup, as well as other fantastic arts opportunities, visit the Arts Council website or call 206.417.4645.

July 8 - The Wild Snohomians - Rock and Americana, Covers and Original Music

Pfingst Animal Acres Park, 17411 Brookside Blvd. NE, Lake Forest Park

The Wild Snohomians have been playing originals and eclectic covers while blurring musical boundaries since early 2009. Influences include Dave Alvin, surf, Los Lobos, blues, rock, the 1960s, Buck Owens, folk, rockabilly, The Cramps, country, and Russ Meyer. Call it Americana, roots, roadhouse, or anything you want, just come out and see this concert and you'll have a great time!

Shakespeare in the Park on July 15

July 15 - Shakespeare in the Park: Seattle Shakespeare co./Wooden O Productions present: As you like it

Richmond Beach Library Park, 2201 NW 197th Street , Shoreline

Exiled from their home and disguised to avoid attention, Rosalind and Celia seek refuge in the secluded forest of Arden. Once there, the witty pair get caught up in the romantic tangles of the locals and find their own love interests as well. Rosalind’s disguise as a man gives her a newfound freedom, but it’s not without its complications to be sure. This is Shakespeare’s sparkling romantic comedy in which lessons of love are learned by all.

Neil Diamond tribute band
at Swingin Summer Eve

July 22 - Cherry Cherry Band at the City of Shoreline’s Swingin’ Summer Eve 

Cromwell Park, 18030 Meridian Ave. N. Shoreline

Neil Diamond Tribute Band Cherry Cherry Band plays for the City of Shoreline’s Swingin’ Summer Eve. Neil Diamond’s music is timeless and ageless. His classic songs evoke memories that every crowd will enjoy. Cherry Cherry Band will entertain audiences young and old alike.

Jessica Lynne country / bluegrass July 29

July 29 - Jessica Lynne - Country/Bluegrass

Pfingst Animal Acres Park, 17411 Brookside Blvd. NE, Lake Forest Park

Within a year of her arrival, Lynne has planted herself center stage in Seattle’s music scene. With the media comparing her to such luminaries as Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and even Dusty Springfield. Having opened for national acts such as Radney Foster, Elisabeth Cook and Katie Armiger – Lynne has shows her musical career is on the fast track. Between her sunny lyrics, strawberry blond curls, and honeyed voice, Lynne’s output already evidences an implicit and consistent color scheme.

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


Home sales in Lake Forest Park - June 2015

These are representative of the home sales at each price point in Lake Forest Park during the month of June 2015.


Free movie screening: Fixing Juvie Justice - Racial equality and social justice

Learning Center North and NUHSA Free Movie Screening : Fixing Juvie Justice - Racial Equity and Social Justice 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall
14514 20th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155

The US incarcerates youth at alarming rates – 17 times more than France, for example. King County has greatly reduced its juvenile detention numbers since 1998 but racial disproportionality increases.

A new practice called “Community Conferencing” is being developed in Baltimore based on the traditions of the Maori culture of New Zealand. It is helping young people and their communities change their lives. Can the wisdom of the Maori and indigenous cultures worldwide help slow the flow of youth into jails? Are the lessons of New Zealand and Baltimore meaningful for King County?
“Fixing Juvie Justice” is a film about transformative / restorative justice that is being shared throughout the County, including the Executive’s Office, Juvenile Court, Community and Human Services, and Adult and Juvenile Detention, YouthSource Renton– and Learning Center North! 

Please come July 28 @ 4:30pm. to continue this discussion. For more information, Guru Dorje (206-533-6733) or email NUHSA staff


Shorewood student's Ride 2 Freedom draws attention to Falun Gong persecution in China

Press conference in Las Vegas

By Flora Yan
Ride2Freedom Youth Ambassador of China

This is Flora Yan, a sophomore from Shorewood High School. I am the student who missed 19 school days include EOC exams, almost all the finals, final projects, and a lot of assignments which originally needed to be turned in before the school ends.

Actually, the 19 absences are for a really impressive and worthy cause.

I became a global youth ambassador of Ride2Freedom biking team in May, 2015. Ride2Freedom is a 3000 mile, 45 day cross-country biking from LA to DC which started on June 1st, the international children's day. 

The bicyclists are two dozen youths from 11 to 19 years old who represent 14 countries such as France, Hungary, Iran, Peru, Singapore, India, etc. They came to the U.S. from their own countries just because of this project which is set out to be the largest cycling event in U.S. history. 

Our mission through this is to raise awareness of a 16-year persecution to a group of people who practice Falun Gong in China.

Falun Gong, or Falun Dafa, is a spiritual meditation practice based on the three principles of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance. It was introduced to the public in 1992, by Mr. Li Hongzhi in the JiLin Province of China. The Chinese Communist Party was supportive with Falun Dafa since it gives millions of people a healthy mind and body and impacted the whole society positively by upgrading people's moral standard in the years between 1992 and 1999. 

But soon the Chinese Communist Party saw it as a huge threat to their regime because the number of people who practice Falun Gong is more than the party's members. Later they started the persecution in July 1999, it has already lasted for 16years till today. A lot of awful things happened in the persecution such as the Forced Live Organ Harvesting: Taking away Falun Gong practitioners' organs without anesthesia and their consent while they are still conscious, then selling them in the black market for the party's profit. 

All of our riders practiced Falun Dafa since we were really young. Some of our team members even have first-hand experience of this horrible persecution. 

My grandma was put into detention center for half of a year when I was only 1 year old, then she was forced to leave her home for one and a half years. 

But unfortunately, right now, in America, even in the world, there aren't many people who know about this long-lasted genocide. So that's why we are doing Ride2Freedom -- we are trying to spread the word and let people in the world listen to our young generation's voices. 

For more information, you can go to our website. It is linked to our Facebook and other social media pages.

We have already gone through LA, Las Vegas, Cedar City, Salt Lake City, Cheyenne, Denver, Kansas City, Columbia, St. Louis, Ferguson, and Chicago. We will be arriving at Ft. Wayne in Indiana tomorrow.


Sneak Peek at Standardized Test Results

By Marianne Deal Stephens

The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction has released a sneak peek at the 2015 Washington State Smarter Balanced test scores. The Smarter Balanced tests are based on the Common Core Learning Standards that Washington formally adopted in 2011 for English Language Arts and Mathematics. The Preliminary Smarter Balanced Scores provide a glimpse of the results of the controversial new standardized tests. 

The results reflect about 90% of scores, and OSPI states that “Washington students … are generally scoring higher than last year’s field tests indicated they would”. In preliminary English Language Arts results, Washington students' scores were from 14 to 21 percentage points higher than the 2014 field tests, which function as the prediction model.

ELA Charts. Credit: OSPI July 2015

Preliminary Mathematics results are 13-18 percentage points above the predicted results for all grades except 11th grade, which is 4 points below the field test level.

Math charts. Credit: OSPI July 2015

OSPI cautions that results vary by district, grade level, and content area. Disaggregated district results will be available in August. The current set of results does not factor in students who opted out and refused to take the tests. Proficiency rates “will be lower when refusals are included.” 

These preliminary results indicate the proportion of students who earned levels 3 or 4 on the test. Smarter Balanced results are described on a four-level scale with levels 3 and 4 meeting standard. See Smarter Balanced Achievement Level Descriptors

Much of the controversy about the tests centers on the anticipated proportion of students achieving standard. The projections for both English Language Arts and Mathematics estimated that more than 50% of students would score at levels 1 or 2, not meeting standard.

These “cutoff levels” gain praise from some and criticism from others. “States Grapple With Common Test-Score Cutoffs” Education Week discusses the higher bar of the new achievement levels, and describes how the work by Smarter Balanced and PARCC (the firm behind the other major Common Core-based tests) “to set a higher level for mastery on their tests is praised in some quarters as a welcome boost in expectations. But in others, it’s decried as a setup for student and school failure.”
On standardized tests, students in the Shoreline School District generally score above state averages. When setting targets for the new Smarter Balanced tests, the District used relative performance rather than absolute numbers. For example, on the 2013-14 Reading MSP, Shoreline School District 4th graders performed 12.8 percentage points higher than state average. The district aims to maintain that trend and other grade level and subject area trends.
SSD.4th Grade Reading Trend charts.
Credit OSPI Washington State Report Card
Near the end of August, Shoreline residents will be able to compare local with state results. Though the new Smarter Balanced tests were fully implemented in the spring of 2015, their use as a graduation requirement is being phased in. See Tests Required for Graduation for the particulars, which vary by class year.


Shorewood grad and two Kenmore students named WWU Outstanding Graduates

Western Washington University honored its Outstanding Graduates for the 2014-15 academic year at spring Commencement Saturday, June 13.

Faculty members from dozens of academic departments and programs select one graduate to honor as the Outstanding Graduate of the year. Selection is a high honor based on grades, research and writing, service to the campus and community, and promise for the future.

This year’s Outstanding Graduates include Ellen Olsen of Shoreline and Rachel Hsu and Corena Sharp from Kenmore. 

Ellen Olson, Outstanding Graduate in Geology

Ellen Olsen, the Outstanding Graduate in Geology, graduated magna cum laude in March with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and a minor in Anthropology. Olsen is a recipient of the President’s Scholarship and the James Talbot Scholarship. She received grant funding for her thesis research on the formation conditions of Skagit gneiss rocks called migmatites in the crystalline core of the Cascades Range, using cutting-edge geo-chemical analytical tools. She is working with Geology Research Associate Brian Rusk to continue her research and plans to submit a manuscript to present her work at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Baltimore. She hopes to begin graduate school in fall of 2016 in either igneous or metamorphic petrology studies. A graduate of Shorewood High School, Olsen is the daughter of Patti and Norm Olsen.


Rachel Hsu
Outstanding Graduate in Art

Rachel Hsu, the Outstanding Graduate in Art, graduated in June with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in Art and a minor in Art History. Hsu’s work was part of nine exhibitions during her senior year, including two solo exhibitions. She also led the development of the first BFA catalogue for the Art Department. Art faculty members say Hsu is one of the best students they’ve seen in the department in recent years and a promising young artist. Hsu plans to partake in artist residencies and work before attending graduate school. She is the daughter of David and Rose Hsu and a graduate of Inglemoor High School in Kenmore.

Corena Sharp, Outstanding
Graduate in American
Cultural Studied
 Corena Sharp, Outstanding Graduate in American Cultural Studies, graduated in June with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She completed a major in American Cultural Studies as well as a Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies concentration in Law, Diversity and Justice: Transnational Advocacy – along with minors in International Studies, and Education and Social Justice. Sharp presented her research at Scholars Day and at an event for Fairhaven Alumni at Back2Bellingham. She is the recipient of a Libraries Undergraduate Research Award and a Public Anthropology Award for Excellence in Writing. She studied abroad in the Dominican Republic, volunteered at the Womencare Domestic Violence Shelter and worked as a seasonal fruit inspector for the Washington State Department of Agriculture. This fall, she will attend Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, where she will major in International Relations. Sharp is the daughter of Sally and Gary Sharp and a graduate of Inglemoor High School in Kenmore. 


History of the Movie Business in Seattle

July 21, 10:30 to 11:30am at the Senior Center, Bud Saffle, "Mr. Movie Man", will tell stories of the movie business in Seattle during its heyday.

The Senior Center is located at 18560 1st Ave NE, the southern-most building on the Shoreline Center campus. Park in the south parking lot.



Photo: Korean beauties

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Photo by Jerry Pickard

These two beauties were part of the Korea room at the recent Shoreline Arts Festival.

At one point, there was a parade of Korean women dressed in different colors, but in the style of the dress on the right. They were headed for the Shoreline Room at the other end of the building, for a performance.

You never know quite what you are going to see at the Festival!


Six authors in five days at Third Place Books this week

Romance, paleo cooks, and three ways to turn your life around and do the right thing - all at Third Place Books this week. Upper level of Town Center, 17171 Ballinger Way NE, Lake Forest Park.

Ryan Winfield
Falling for June (Atria)

Monday, July 6 at 7pm

A new contemporary romance and the third book in the Jane’s Melody trilogy from local author Ryan Winfield.

Kelli Estes
The Girl Who Wrote in Silk (Sourcebooks)

Tuesday, July 7 at 7pm

Inspired by true events, Kelli Estes’s brilliant and atmospheric debut serves as a poignant tale of two women determined to do the right thing, and the power of our own stories. 

Allan Ament
Learning to Float (Booktrope)

Wednesday, July 8 at 7pm

Learning to Float describes Allan’s transformation from a criminal defense attorney to a compassionate, emotionally vulnerable caregiver.

Russ Crandall 
Paleo Takeout (Simon & Schuster)

AND Jenny Castaneda
One Pot Paleo (Page Street)

Thursday, July 9 at 7pm

Join two popular paleo bloggers with their newest cookbooks. In Paleo Takeout, the critically acclaimed author of The Ancestral Table re-creates everyone’s favorite takeout meals. In One Pot Paleo Jenny Castaneda creates healthy, hearty paleo meals without the dishes, mess or stress.

Jesse Goolsby
I’d Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them (Houghton)

Friday, July 10 at 6:30pm

In this powerful debut novel, three American soldiers haunted by their actions in Afghanistan search for absolution and human connection in family and civilian life.


Grief support groups at Swedish Edmonds

Swedish Edmonds offers three different support groups for those who are grieving. Classes are free and drop-in.

Ongoing Grief Support Group
Offered two times each month, this group does not require registration. You may attend once, or as often as you wish, for as long as two years.
Where:  The Center for Healthy Living
4100 Alderwood Mall Blvd., Suite 1 (next to the AAA office)
Lynnwood, WA  98036
When:   First and third Tuesdays, July 7 and 21 from 2:30-4 p.m.
Cost:   FREE
For more information please call 425-640-4404 or visit

Early Days of Grief Support Group
This monthly drop-in group is for people who are in the first year of mourning the death of a loved one. The group meets the second Wednesday of the month. No registration required.
Where:  Swedish Edmonds
        21601 76th Ave W, Edmonds, WA 98026
When:   Second Wednesday, July 8 from 6:30-8 p.m.
Cost:   FREE
For more information please call 425-640-4404 or visit

P.S./Parent Support Group
This drop-in support group is for parents who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss. Group meets the third Wednesday of the month. No registration required.
Where:  Verdant Community Wellness Center
4710 – 196th St. SW
Lynnwood, WA  98036
When:   Third Wednesday, July 15 from 7-9 p.m.
Cost:   FREE
For more information please call 425-640-4404 or visit 


Baskin-Robbins closes in Lake Forest Park

Baskin and Robbins in LFP is closed

Photo and text by Jerry Pickard

They have been a feature on the southeast corner of the lower mall in Lake Forest Park for a generation.

On hot summer days Baskin Robbins was the place to go to cool off with a selection from their advertised 31 flavors. Since last Wednesday Mothers and Dads with small children, Teens, and the Elderly have walked up to the door and peered through the windows of the empty store in disappointment.

Rumor has it that the space and the adjoining  space which used to be Mud Bay Pets will be converted to a MOD Pizza store.

Fortunately for fans of the 31 flavors, the Shoreline store is still open at 926 N 185th St just west of Aurora.


32nd District Republicans meet Thursday

Mathew Patrick Thomas will be the guest speaker when 32nd Legislative District King County GOP meets Thursday, July 9,  at the Shoreline Library, beginning at 7:00pm.

Thomas is the King County GOP state committeeman, as well as finance chairman for the Washington State Republican Party.

The library is located at 345 NE 175th St., Shoreline 98155.


Experience Africa in Shoreline

African drumming - and step dancing! Throw in a little poetry and comedy and you have an evening of cultural inclusion - and great entertainment.

July 25, 7-10pm, Shorewood High School Performing Arts Center, 17300 Fremont Ave N, Shoreline 98133.

Under the direction of Ghanaian-born griot and percussionist Eben Pobee (JHP Cultural and Diversity Legacy), The Cultural Heritage is a myriad of music and dance traditions practiced by West African artists.

This year's exceptional program features world-renowned guest performers representing Ghana, Mali, Senegal, Gambia, Nigeria, Guinea, and Liberia. As the Program acknowledges the vast influence of West African performance traditions throughout the African Diaspora, 2015 performers include local Obo Addy Legacy Project- Okropong artists sharing music and dance from Ghana and West Africa at large, Featuring is the Seattle Cultural Crew.

Updated name of venue 07-06-2015 2:17pm


Hillwood 8th Annual Ice Cream Social

Hillwood Neighbors are reminded of the 8th Annual HIllwood Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, July 8 from 6:30 to 8:30pm.

Meet at HIllwood Park, near the play equipment, N 190th St. and 3rd NW, for a party for our neighborhood!

There will be free ice cream with toppings for all, live music, kids entertainment, and a dedication of the wetlands restoration project. Dogs on leash are welcome.

This year Recology/Cleanscapes will join us with their Stump the Recycler game. Bring your recycling questions.

Brought to you by HIllwood Community Network. For more info email or 546-5430.

Map of Hillwood neighborhood


Early bird price for full day camp August 17-21 for Pre-K through 4th grade

Early enrollees will pay only $198 for a week of full day camp if they pay by July 31.

30 hours of excellent childcare and STEM enrichment classes - August 17-21 at Shoreline Community College.

Time Travel and Shark Tooth Islands and Icky Me Minion Party Camp

More information and registration here or contact  Tamara Menteer Gonzalez, Challenge Island Owner and Lead Fun-Time Hostess, 206-445-8513


Dunn Gardens marks first 100 years with a slate of events

Photo by Eric Shallit

Centennials are worth celebrating and The Dunn Gardens in North Seattle is in full party mode for its milestone anniversary.

Two special events are planned during July to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of one of Seattle’s hidden treasures.

On July 19, three bands will entertain guests for an afternoon of “Music on the Lawn” at The Dunn Gardens.

A few days later, on July 23, its Great Lawn will become an elegant setting for a benefit celebration of the Olmsted Legacy with a guest speaker from one of the nation’s preeminent cultural institutions.

Tickets are limited for both events and may be reserved online at The Dunn Gardens.

July 19 toe-tapping concert
For the July 19 concert, talented musicians promise a groove that excites the feet. A beverage comes with each ticket sold and hot dogs and ice creams will be available for purchase.

The toe-tapping entertainment will be provided by Waldorf Drummers, Marilyn and the G-Strings (a ukulele rock band), and Swamp Soul (a mixture of French, blues and zydeco). The $20 ticket price includes choice of a beverage. Ice creams and hot dogs will be available for purchase. Children 12 and under are free with an accompanying adult.

Festive Dinner and Fundraiser July 23
The tempo shifts on July 23 as guests distinguished by their efforts and philanthropy in areas of history, horticulture, environment, conservation, parks and service to The Dunn Gardens gather for a festive dinner and endowment fundraiser with keynote speaker Scot Medbury, president of Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The evening includes libations, an exhibit of vintage cars, a showcase of works by glass artist/designer Jesse Kelly, and a “Raise the Paddle” auction for the Olmsted Legacy.

Featured speaker Scot Medbury

For featured speaker Scot Medbury, the appearance at The Dunn Gardens marks a return to the city where he earned two degrees. The University of Washington graduate holds a master’s degree in Forest Resources from the Center of Urban Horticulture and a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.

Limited seating for the July 23 endowment dinner is available. Tickets, at $150 each, may be reserved at The Dunn Gardens.

Proceeds from both the Music on the Lawn and Centennial Dinner events benefit The E.G. Dunn Historic Garden Trust, a tax-exempt charitable organization.

Dunnton Abbey Garden Party August 8
In addition to the events during July, the garden’s centennial celebration includes a Dunnton Abbey Garden Party on Saturday, Aug. 8. It will be a grand event in the Edwardian tradition and will include a period fashion show, vintage cars, croquet and flower arranging.  Costumes optional.  An early bird price remains in effect until July 8. Reservations may be made at The Dunn Gardens.

Photo contest
Throughout the year the Dunn Gardens is holding a photo contest. Both amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit entries by Oct. 26. Contest rules and submission guidelines are online.

The Dunn Gardens are open to the public for docent-led guided tours. The schedule runs through July, and from Sept. 1 through October. Reservations are required.

Dunn Gardens, a member of both the State and the National Register of Historic Places, is supported by memberships, donations and volunteers. The E.B. Dunn Historic Garden Trust was established in 1993 as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization to conserve Dunn Gardens and other significant gardens in the Pacific Northwest. Its mission is to open the gardens for public enjoyment, education and research.

Dunn Gardens 13533 Northshire Rd NW, Seattle, WA 98177. Map. West of Bitter Lake


Kenmore Summer Concert Series begins Thursday

St. Edwards State Park
The annual Kenmore Summer Concert Series offers music six consecutive Thursday evenings starting July 9 from 6 to 8pm at Saint Edward State Park, 14445 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore, WA 98028.

Concertgoers are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic dinners to share a special summer night by the open stage.


Where the Beat hits the Street: Jazz Walk coming up in August

The 9th annual North City Jazz Walk will be held on Tuesday, August 11 along 15th NE in Shoreline.

This popular event features music at ten venues in the North City Business District. Thank you to the City of Shoreline for their sponsorship and for closing the street at 6pm and reopening it at 11pm.

Tickets are $15 prior to the event and $20 the day of the event. Tickets are limited.

For a complete list of artists, more information or to purchase tickets, go to the webpage


After Shorewood offers Write & Ready College Application Essay Workshops for Rising Seniors

The senior year of high school is a busy time, and students can take some of the stress out of it by working on college application essays this summer.

After Shorewood, a Shorewood High School PTSA committee, is offering a series of workshops in July for the Shorewood Class of 2016. These workshops will address essay topics and drafts, other senior-year tasks, and college lists. 

We encourage students who are not confident about their college chances because of finances, grades or other situations to come work with us. The workshops will be led by volunteers Mandi Counter, Marianne Stephens, and Lisa Surowiec who have professional and personal experience.

Wednesday Morning Series, 10:00am –12:00pm, Shorewood Library

July 8 #1 Start Your Essays: brainstorming, college essay overview
July 15 #2 Get Going on Other Tasks: make the coming year less stressful!
July 22 #3 Is Your Essay You? go over drafts; work on voice, content, and approach
July 29 #4 Refine Your Essays and Your College Lists: final writing steps; college application Q / A

Saturday Morning Series, 9:00am –12:00pm, Ronald United Methodist Church, 17839 Aurora Avenue North; enter on Linden Ave North

Parents of first-generation-to college students are welcome to come and ask questions during the Saturday workshops.

July 11 #1 Start Your Essays and Other Tasks: content of workshops #1 and #2 above
July 18 #2 Is Your Essay You? Revise and Refine: content of workshops #3 and #4 above  

There is no cost for the workshops, which are part of Shorewood PTSA’s mission to assist all students. Parents of students participating in the workshops are encouraged to remember Shorewood PTSA during the annual membership and donation drive in September. 

Students may attend all of a series or as many sessions as they can. Registration appreciated but not required:  Register for Write and Ready here. If you have questions or the registration form is not working, email the organizers.  

Don’t have a Shorewood senior? After Shorewood can help Shorewood 9th-11th graders as well. Visit our website for resources on colleges, scholarships, enrichment programs, and non-college options. And sign up for our weekly email by sending a request to Past issues can be found on the Documents/ Email Archives page.

After Shorewood aims to support families in the quest for possibilities After Shorewood, whether the students are headed for college, vocational school, the military, or the workforce.


Shoreline Fire Department Prop. 2: Voters’ pamphlet material

Shoreline Fire Department Proposition 2 on the Aug. 4 ballot is would replace an expiring bond. Here is the material on Prop. 2 that will be in local voters’ pamphlets to be mailed July 15-16:

The proposition requires a 60% yes vote with a minimum turnout of 7,605 voters (Washington Constitution, article VII, section 2(b))

Shoreline Fire Department Proposition No. 2
General Obligation Fire Construction Bonds Principal Amount of Not to Exceed $9,500,000


The Board of Fire Commissioners of Shoreline Fire Department adopted Resolution No. 15-01 concerning a proposition to construct capital improvements and to acquire equipment. This proposition will authorize the District to rebuild/relocate Station 63 (North City), purchase a ladder truck, three fire engines, three aid cars, rescue vehicles and self-contained breathing apparatuses, and build an outbuilding at Station 61 (Training and Support building 175th and Aurora), all in accordance with the District’s long-range plan; to issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $9,500,000 maturing within a maximum term of 10 years; and levy annual excess property tax levies to pay and retire such bonds, all as provided in Resolution No. 15-01.

Should this proposition be:  Approved __    Rejected ___


Shoreline Fire Department seeks voter approval to sell $9,500,000 in general obligation bonds to finance the rebuild/relocation of Station 63, purchase of a ladder truck, three fire engines, three aid cars, rescue vehicle refurbish, self-contained breathing apparatus, and construct an outbuilding at Station 61, all in accordance with the District’s long-range plan.

For questions about this measure, contact Matt Cowan, Fire Chief, 206-533-6510, 

Statement For

The sale of capital bonds are the method used to finance high cost firefighting equipment, facility construction and renovations. The SFD’s current 20-year bond retires in 2016. The proposed 10-year replacement bond will be used to finance much needed equipment and construction expenditures that were deferred in order to maintain service levels during the recession.

For example, the SFD’s ladder truck is 21 years old, well beyond its life cycle of 15 years. Station 63 is 45 years old and does not meet current or future needs. Three front line fire engines, three aid cars, and SCBA breathing apparatus for our firefighters also need to be replaced over the next few years.

The bond is also cost effective. Under the expiring 20-year bond the owner of a $300,000 home has been paying $54 per year. The new 10-year bond will reduce the cost to $48 per year.

Passing this bond, in conjunction with the proposed fire benefit charge, will provide the SFD with the facilities, equipment and tools necessary to continue providing the citizens of Shoreline a high level of service.  This is also likely the last bond that we will ever need. We urge you to vote yes.

Submitted by Allen Alston and Brett Defenbaugh, 

Statement Against
No statement submitted.

Statements in favor of and in opposition to a ballot measure are submitted by committees appointed by the jurisdiction. No persons came forward to serve on the committee and to write a statement in opposition. If you would like to be involved with a committee in the future please contact the jurisdiction.


Photo: 4th of July parade in Edmonds

Saturday, July 4, 2015

4th of July parade
Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Edmonds makes a very big deal out of the 4th of July. A big parade, a big fireworks show. Lots of auxiliary events like the children's parade, a 5k fun run/walk.

The whole thing has been going on for years and is sponsored and organized by the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce.


Heart for Hope: Benefit at Easy Monkey in August

HeART for hope - artists making a difference. August 14 and 15 from 11am to 9pm for art, food, and prizes. 

Easy Monkey Taphouse, 17537 15th Ave NE, Ste B, Shoreline 98155. 

Benefiting Children's Hospital, Parkinson's research, Snohomish County Homeless

Free admission.


Sound Shooters: White Space / Negative Space

Hitomi Dames
By Hitomi Dames
Photos by Hitomi Dames except as noted

I am not a minimalist, but I like using white space or negative space and creating a clean work.

White Space / Negative Space

You can think negative space and white space are the same.

The nothing or empty space in your composition is called:
  • negative space in art;
  • white space in design.
I’m sure you have seen this “Rubin’s vase“ before. You can see two faces in this image. 

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons
By Rubin

Negative space itself can be subject. 
  • Some artists start drawing negative space first.
  • Some start drawing shadow first rather than the subject.
You can't do that in photography, but if you have an eye to see negative space you include it within a frame and shoot.

These are examples using negative space /white space in my photography.

Flower with Negative / White space

I framed this dahlia with the negative space on one side.


The background, petals of amaryllis (image below) has the effect of white space which creates an interesting composition. 

Music notes

Open Space

I sometimes call white space ‘open space’ in images like below. Open space makes your work feel free and light.

Spider in Open Space

If you include sky, you can create white space easily. 

UW Campus

The negative space (sky) image below is broken to 5 pieces by the foreground object, and that makes an interesting composition.

Space Needle and Eagle

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Shoreline Fire Prop 1: Voters' pamphlet material

The Fire Benefit Charge, Prop. 1, is one of two Shoreline Fire Department measures on the Aug. 4 ballot.
Here is voters' pamphlet material on Prop. 1, which requires a 60% Yes vote to pass.

Shall Shoreline Fire Department be authorized to impose benefit charges each year for six years, not to exceed an amount equal to sixty percent of its operating budget, and be prohibited from imposing an additional property tax under RCW 52.16.160?

Shall this measure be approved? Yes . No


Shoreline Fire Department provides emergency medical, and fire protection service to approximately 13.5 square miles of service area in King County.

A benefit charge is not a property tax. The benefit charge is a user fee designed to allocate the cost of the services provided by the District in reasonable proportion to the measurable benefit a property receives. The benefit charge will be based on a formula that takes into consideration levels of service, fire flows, the square footage of structures and the type of structures.

The District Board of Commissioners has determined that a benefit charge, provides the fairest, most stable, reliable and cost effective method for financing the operations of the District and maintaining a satisfactory level of services.

The proposition requests voters to authorize the benefit charge to be collected for six years from 2016 through 2021. If approved by the voters, the benefit charge will be established by November 30th of each year for collection the following year, Prior to establishing the benefit charge each year, the District Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing and each year property owners will have the right to appeal the amount of the benefit charge.

For questions about this measure, contact Matt Cowan, Fire Chief, 206-533-6510.

Statement For

King County and the City of Shoreline have one of the best fire and emergency medical systems in the nation. Your odds of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest in Shoreline are literally the highest in the world, 65%. Our fire department has also been rated as a level 3, which is very good. This high level of service is because our voters have consistently provided the SFD with the funding necessary to protect our citizens and our property. A Fire Benefit Charge (FBC) is more appropriate and the best way to provide funding for the future.

A FBC is a more equitable, and dependable method of funding. It is based on the inherent risk of a building, it’s size and use. The FBC system is flexible and allows homeowners an opportunity to provide input to our elected Fire Commissioners every year. For more detailed information visit the SFD website.

Many of the best fire departments in the region are successfully using the FBC system: Northshore, Woodinville, Kent, North Highline, and Issaquah. Many others are moving in that direction. As a Citizen I urge you to continue your support of the SFD and vote yes.

Submitted by Allen Alston and Brett Defenbaugh, 

Statement Against

No statement submitted.

Statements in favor of and in opposition to a ballot measure are submitted by committees appointed by the jurisdiction. No persons came forward to serve on the committee and to write a statement in opposition. If you would like to be involved with a committee in the future please contact the jurisdiction.


Biggest Loser casting call in Lake Forest Park July 18

The television reality show The Biggest Loser will have a casting call in Lake Forest Park on Saturday, July 18.

The show is looking for teams of two people, each at least 80 pounds overweight, who want to lose weight and get in shape.

Contestants are put on a weight loss diet and a strict regime of physical exercise with a trainer. The one who loses the most weight wins $250,000. 

The casting call is on Saturday, July 18, from 10am to 4pm at Planet Fitness Gym on the lower level of Lake Forest Park Town Center, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155.

The show is going to eight cities around the United States to recruit contestants. They also take video entries.


Too close to home: Lynnwood Fire Department puts out roadside fire north of Alderwood Mall Parkway

Lynnwood Fire responded to roadside grass fire
on SR-525, north of Alderwood Mall Parkway.
Photo courtesy Lynnwood Fire Department

From our friends at Lynnwood Today

Just after midnight on Saturday, July 4, the Lynnwood Fire Department was called to State Route 525, north of Alderwood Mall Parkway to put out a small roadside grass fire. The cause of the fire was unknown.

The fire started just after midnight on Saturday, July 4
Photo courtesy Lynnwood Fire Deptartment


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