Quick Start Shoreline today features hypnotist

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Join the business community at a Quick-Start “Working Session” TODAY Tuesday, February 9 from 12:00 to 1:30pm at Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N, 98133, room 301.

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 and potential business owners, and business leaders who want to sharpen their innovation and entrepreneurial skills in a welcoming environment. Sessions are free and open to the public. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch. Noon Networking. 12:15 lecture. Free.


Quick-Start Shoreline features peak performance hypnotist Whitney Buckingham.

Whitney Buckingham, CHT, NLP, graduated from Whitworth University before attending The Institute for Therapeutic Learning. She became a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists in 1994.

After becoming certified in Hypnotherapy and Neural-Linguistic Programming in 1992, she began using her skills professionally both in therapeutic and entertainment contexts.

Her extensive client list includes Microsoft, Boeing, Washington State Firefighters, Fred Hutchinson Hospital, Children's Hospital, University of Washington and more than fifty High Schools throughout the Northwest, California and Alaska.


Photo: Lunar New Year at Brookside Elementary

Monday, February 8, 2016

Photo courtesy Shoreline Public Schools

Brookside Elementary students and Mandarin teacher Hua Zhang celebrated by dressing in traditional clothing and performing a dragon dance.


Dembowski meets with Shoreline City Council

Councilmember Dembowski, front, 2nd from right
poses with 2016 Shoreline City Council

County Councilmember Rod Dembowski attended his annual joint meeting with the Shoreline City Council on Monday evening, February 8.

Our partnership on transit, human services, environmental protection, affordable housing and many other issues is strong. It's an honor and pleasure to work with these talented leaders on behalf of Shoreline's residents.
On the agenda:

  • Best Starts for Kids levy update
  • King County's Homelessness emergency declaration
  • King County's orphaned roads legislation
  • Metro long range plan update
  • Shoreline 145th Corridor update
  • Sound Transit 3 candidate planning process


Diana Renn at Third Place Books Feb 16 with new book

Blue Voyage, by Shorecrest graduate Diana Renn
at Lake Forest Park Feb 16

Diana Renn of Lake Forest Park, now living and writing in Boston, is touring with her newest book, Blue Voyage, a Young Adult mystery that takes readers on a nail-biting adventure in Turkey.

In BLUE VOYAGE (Viking/Penguin; October 2015), acclaimed author Diana Renn introduces readers to Zan, a politician’s daughter and an adrenaline junkie. Whether she’s rock climbing or shoplifting, she loves to live on the edge.

But she gets more of a rush than she bargained for on a forced mother–daughter bonding trip to Turkey, where she finds herself in the crosshairs of an antiquities smuggling ring. These criminals believe that Zan can lead them to an ancient treasure that’s both priceless and cursed. Until she does so, she and her family are in grave danger.

Zan’s quest to save the treasure—and the lives of people she cares about—leads her from the sparkling Mediterranean, to the bustle of Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, to the eerie and crumbling caves of Cappadocia. But it seems that nowhere is safe, and there’s only so high she can climb before everything comes tumbling down.

In addition to BLUE VOYAGE, Diana is the author of the young adult mystery novels TOKYO HEIST and LATITUDE ZERO. She is also the Fiction Editor at YARN (Young Adult Review Network), an award-winning online magazine featuring short-form writing for teens.

Diana lives outside of Boston, but grew up in Lake Forest Park and is a graduate of Shorecrest High School.

Diana will be appearing at two Seattle bookstores in February to promote BLUE VOYAGE. On Monday 2/15/16, she will be at Seattle Mystery Bookshop at 12:00 noon for a book signing and informal conversation with readers.

On Tuesday 2/16/16 at 7:00pm, she will give a reading and short talk at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park; Turkish refreshments will be served. Mystery fans of all ages are welcome at both events.


Free health classes at Iora Primary Care

Iora Primary Care in Shoreline offers free classes and groups for adults 65+. If you're interested in yoga, fitness, movies, games, and educational opportunities, come drop by for a visit! This months featured classes include:

Movie - Fed Up: February 16 at 11:30 am

Fed Up is a movie that shows how the first dietary guidelines issued by the U.S. government 30 years ago overlooked the role dietary sugar plays in increasing risk of obesity, diabetes, and associated outcomes, particularly in children. Free popcorn!

Dealing with Loss: February 17 at 10 am

A new monthly group for support and discussion. Identify ways to heal and care for yourself and others in your life. Please bring a family member or friend. Facilitated by Debbie Yoro, Social Worker.

Fitness and Strengthening: All Fridays at 10am

All levels welcome. Join Health Coach Chelsea Calpe as she leads a class that will incorporate strengthening, flexibility, and endurance. This is a new class that uses dumbbells for a portion of the class.

For more information call 206-518-9021, visit at 15214 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline 98133 or check out the calendar on the webpage.

The sessions are free and open to all, but the focus is on those 65 and older and their caregivers.


NE 178th Street final paving begins - use alternate routes Tuesday and Wednesday

Final roadway surfacing on the NE 178th Street Phase 2 project began Monday with grinding of the intersections at 33rd, 35th, 37th, and Brookside.

Asphalt will be placed Tuesday and is expected to be completed by Wednesday. Motorists are urged to use alternate routes to avoid the construction zone.

The City thanks you for your continued patience.


Washington Wild girls’ hockey teams earn Gold in Surrey SuperHearts Tournament

Washington Wild 14U team in Surrey
takes home the Gold medal
Photo courtesy WW

The 14u Rep Tier 2 Washington Wild team of the Western Washington Female Hockey Association (WWFHA) takes home the gold medal in the championship title game in the Surrey SuperHearts Tournament on Sunday.

The Washington Wild 14u Rep girls’ ice hockey team is made up female players from Western Washington and practices out of the Highland Ice Arena in Shoreline.

The team played in the Surrey SuperHearts Tournament over the weekend against several teams from British Columbia. The Wild earned a 3-1 record in round-robin play of the tournament, losing to Surrey 2-1 in the first game, and then defeating Kelowna 4-2, North Shore 12-1, and Alaska 4-3.

The Wild met the host team, the Surrey Falcons, in the championship game on Sunday, which ended in a 3-3 tie after regulation time. A 5 minute over-time was played, however, neither team scored. The Wild ended the game in a shootout in the fifth round on a goal by forward Kutes Kutes of Kirkland, and the stingy goaltending by Olivia Colgan of Maple Valley.

Western Washington Female Hockey Association (WWFHA) – Washington Wild - is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), volunteer-run association dedicated to promoting girls’ ice hockey and developing female players in the US Pacific Northwest. WWFHA is the only all-girl association in the area and has both competitive and recreational teams at all ages, and the only all-girl beginner program in the state. More information here.


Food Truck schedule for the week - gourmet food from a truck

Bread and Circuses

Ridgecrest Public House Week Food Truck Schedule, February 9-14, 2016

The Ridgecrest Public House at 5th NE and NE 165th continues to sponsor food trucks outside their business most weekdays.

Those over 21 are welcome to bring their food inside the Pub to eat.

The winter hours are 5-8pm. When the weather gets better, the hours will be extended and outdoor seating will be available.

Tuesday 9th: Bread and Circuses
Sandwiches: burger, roast port, salmon reuben, chicken, tofu taco, and fried Brussel sprout caesar

Wednesday 10th: Napkin Friends
Soups, sandwiches, salads

Thursday 11th: The Peach and The Pig
Pulled pork, grilled chicken, or mushroom sandwiches, meatballs and mushrooms, prawn salad, beer

Friday 12th: Streetzeria
Italian food, salads, salads on flatbread, 11 different pizzas

Saturday 13th: Off the Rez
Tacos (pulled pork indian, beef chili indian, chicken chili verde), Quinoa Succotash. Indian as in Native American

Sunday 14th: Yummy Box
Asian food: pork stew, bacon burger, Indonesian beef, popcorn chicken, chicken curry, fried noodles.


Register now for the Average Joe Cat Show and Photo Contest

Registration is open now for the Average Joe Cat Show and Photo Contest to be held in Shoreline on Saturday, May 7.

People's Choice voting will begin in March so be sure to enter soon!

Do you own or work for a business that loves cat lovers? Vendor Booths and Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Visit the webpage for more info.


Travel to South Africa - Thursday morning at Shoreline Community College

Personal Transformation and Travel to South Africa
A Report on the summer 2015 Study Abroad Experience

Dr. Charles Johnson

Dr. Ernest Johnson and Student Participants

 Shoreline Community College Room 9208
16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline 98133

Thursday, February 11, 2016
11:30-12:20 pm

This past summer, a group of students led by Professor Ernest Johnson experienced a 4-week summer program in Cape Town where they examined the social and cultural history of South Africa, and explored current efforts to create a democratic, multicultural nation.

Fall quarter they reported on what they saw. Now they will report on what they felt and what they heard from the people they met. They participated in many social events and historical lectures, including school visits, lectures by community leaders, and home-stays inside “Black” townships and homelands.

The location is Room 9208 in the PUB at Shoreline Community College, 16101 Greenwood Ave, Shoreline 98133. (Campus maps)

The free program starts at 11:30am. There is a nominal charge for Parking during the day.

Sponsored by the Global Affairs Center.


Diggin' Shoreline is busy in March with three free community events

Dormant season over! Diggin’ Shoreline kicks off 2016 growing season with 3 great community events

The dormant season is coming to an end. Time to get gardening! Diggin’ Shoreline’s 2016 emphasis is TREES. Here’s where you will find us in the coming weeks:

Saturday, February 27, 10am to noon

Diggin’ will host its annual Tool Sharpening and Story Telling Event at the Shoreline Children’s Center on Saturday, Feb 27 from 10:00am to Noon. A sharp tool is a gardener’s best friend, and sharpening those rusty, dull pruners and shovels is more fun with friends! Pick up some tips from the experts. In the school’s mini-orchard, there’ll be a demonstration on planting bare root trees, and making proper pruning cuts. Storytelling and hot chocolate round out the activities. Dress for the weather and bring your family, friends, tools, and work gloves. This is a kid-friendly event. Address: 1900 N 170th St, Shoreline 98133.

Monday, March 7, 7pm

Ballinger Neighborhood Association has invited Diggin’ Shoreline to show their presentation on The History of Locally Produced Food on Monday, March 7 at 7pm at North City Water District. It’s a fascinating look at our neighborhoods as told from the unique perspective of Shoreline and Lake Forest Park historical food production. In researching the original article, author Brian Peterka worked closely with Vicki Stiles, director of the Shoreline Historical Museum. The presentation is both anecdotal and informative, and one gardeners and history buffs alike are sure to enjoy! Open to the public. Address: 1510 NE 177th St, Shoreline 98155.

Saturday, March 12, 10am to 2:00pm

Look for Diggin’ at the Lake Forest Park Earth Smart Green Fair on Saturday, March12 from 10:00am to 2:00pm at Lake Forest Park Town Center where we’ll again join other organizations in sharing information on environmentally safe living through natural yard care and organic gardening practices.

Diggin’ Shoreline is an all-volunteer, 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. We envision people throughout our city inspired and nourished by gardening in community, with deep connections to our earth, our health, our cultures, and our neighbors. We invite you to imagine with us.


Photo: The garden thinks it's spring

Photo by Jan Hansen

There are jonquils sprouting in my garden, but Jan Hansen has flowers in full bloom in her garden. Beautiful - but does this mean snow in April?


Hooked on Hellebores - Wednesday at Sky Nursery

Wednesday, February 10
1:00 pm  – 2:30 pm
Hooked on Hellebores with Katie Miller of Skagit Gardens

Winter-blooming, cold-hardy, shade-tolerant, perennial, with handsome evergreen foliage ranging from silver to darkest green—hellebores are a must for the Northwest gardener.

Come get “hooked” on them with Skagit Garden's Katie Miller. She’ll show you some of the multitude of new hellebore varieties now available and how you can use them to keep your outdoor living spaces full of fresh color and bloom November through April.

Single flowers, double flowers, speckled or pristine, in shades of white, purple, apricot, or more…. For your containers or for your flowerbeds, there is a hellebore perfect for you.

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


Where does the water go? Echo Lake neighborhood will hear from surface water staff

At the February 16 meeting of the Echo Lake Neighborhood Association, Uki Dele, City of Shoreline Surface Water and Environmental Services manager, will talk about water issues in the City and particularly in the Echo Lake neighborhood.

Included will be information of measures taken to improve the water quality in Echo Lake, City incentives for residential construction of Rain Gardens and Conservation Landscaping.

The meeting will be held at Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N, 3rd floor, Tuesday, February 16, from 7-9pm. Free parking in City garage and surrounding areas.

Do you live or work in the Echo Lake Neighborhood?

Echo Lake Neighborhood map


AARP tax help at the libraries

Get free individualized tax preparation assistance provided by trained AARP Foundation volunteers.

No age or income limits.

Bring picture I.D., documented proof of Social Security Number, and last year's return as well as any current tax documents. Electronic filing of all returns.

Shoreline Library

Thursdays from February 4 through April 14, starting 3:30pm - ending 8pm.
Saturdays from February 6 through April 9, starting 11am - ending 4pm.

Shoreline Library large meeting room, 345 NE 175th, 98155.
Walk-ins only, no appointments.

Richmond Beach Library

Fridays from February 5 through April 15, starting 10am - ending 4pm at the Richmond Beach Library meeting room, 19601 21st Ave NW, Shoreline 98177.

Schedule your appointment by calling the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center at 206-365-1536. Walk-ins will be accommodated as time permits.


Richmond Beach to hear about the State of the City Tuesday

In January, President Obama spoke to the nation with the annual President’s State of the Union address. It seems only fitting that City of Shoreline officials also deserve equal time to present the State of the City Address to our Richmond Beach Community.

Therefore, on Tuesday, February 9, at 7:30pm, at the Richmond Beach Congregational Church, City of Shoreline officials will provide their perspective on Shoreline today and their vision for Shoreline tomorrow. A panel composed of City Manager Debbie Tarry, newly-elected Shoreline Mayor Chris Roberts, and Economic Development Manager Dan Eernissee will focus their comments on the following topics:

  • The changing face of Shoreline from the time it was incorporated as a city (1995) until the present.
  • The implications of these demographic changes for visioning a Shoreline of the future.
  • An update on the latest in light rail station planning in preparation for seven years from now when Shoreline’s two stations will be operational.
  • Status of Shoreline’s largest transportation project to date, the Aurora Avenue North corridor.
  • Current happenings in economic development throughout Shoreline as well as economic development envisioned for the future.
  • Status report on the Transportation Corridor Study (TCS) and the Point Wells Environmental Impact Study (EIS).  (Note: The community meeting will not focus debate on Point Wells or rezoning. There are other forums for these necessary discussions.)
  • Shoreline’s 10-year financial sustainability strategies and the implications for your bank account.

Leading Shoreline now and into the future is a tremendous challenge. With about 140 employees, an annual budget of over $50 million dollars and a diverse array of projects such as those mentioned above, City of Shoreline staff will have a whole lot 'cooking on the front burners'. Come learn how our leaders plan to tackle these projects and how they can use your help as residents to meet these challenges.

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 9, 7:30pm, Richmond Beach Congregational Church, 1512 NW 195th Street, lower level. And don’t forget to come for tea, coffee and cookies at 7:00pm and visit with neighbors. 

March 8 RBCA General Meeting Preview: Parks

The March 8 RBCA General Meeting features two speakers.
City of Shoreline Park Project Coordinator Maureen Colaizzi will talk about the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan update. Alan Coburn, President of Green Trails Maps, a publisher of high-quality, recreational trail maps, will give a presentation on the recreational opportunities of our national forests, national parks and ocean beaches.


Eight vehicle accident on I-90 kills two, closes road for eight hours

The drivers of the big rigs were not injured
but a couple in a passenger car died
Photo courtesy Washington State Patrol

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) troopers investigated an eight vehicle, fatality collision Friday morning on westbound I-90 west of Snoqualmie Pass at mile post 51.

Among the vehicles involved were two semi-trucks and trailers. The driver of one of the semi-trucks, a car carrier, has been arrested for investigation of vehicular homicide. Two individuals traveling in a passenger car died at the scene.

Troopers believe the driver of the car carrier was traveling westbound and lost control before veering across all lanes of traffic and coming to rest in the roadway.  This caused a “chain reaction” type of incident that blocked the freeway for several hours.

Vehicle #1, a 1996 freightliner car carrier with a 24 year old driver from Zillah, was traveling westbound in lane one of three. The driver lost control and hit a snow bank on the right side, coming to rest across all lanes of I-90. He was later transported to Overlake Hospital but reported to have no injuries.

Vehicle #2, a 2001 Volvo 4-door with a man and woman from Ronald, were traveling westbound in lane two and struck the car carrier.

Vehicle #3, a Ford pickup, and #4, a Subaru Legacy, managed to run into the snow bank on the right side. The pickup driver was not injured but the driver of the Legacy was transported to Overlake with injuries.

The #5 vehicle, a Dodge Ram pickup, struck #2 vehicle which had already run into the car carrier. The couple in Vehicle #2 died at the scene and the driver of #5 was transported to Overlake.

Vehicle #6, a Ford pickup driven by a 50 year old driver from Ronald, managed to stop without hitting anything, but Vehicle #7, a Dodge Dakota pickup, ran into him. The Dodge rolled over, landing on its top in the roadway. The Dodge driver was injured but not taken to the hospital. The driver of the Ford was taken to Overlake.

Vehicle #8, another semi-truck and trailer, hit Vehicle #1, the car carrier. The driver was not injured.

All the vehicles were towed from the scene.

The roadway was blocked for over eight hours and ten minutes.

Five subjects in all were transported to Overlake Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries, including the driver of the car carrier. A WSP trooper who is Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) contacted the driver of the car carrier and later determined that the driver was under the influence of drugs.


Shoreline MMA Team wins big in Salem

Sunday, February 7, 2016

From left: Howie, Nick, Sam, Russel, Jonny.
Photo courtesy Shoreline MMA

On Saturday January 30, 2015 Team Wise, fighting out of Shoreline MMA (mixed martial arts) competed at the prestigious Ground Warrior Submission Tournament in Salem, Oregon.

This is a Jiu Jitsu tournament featuring a no points, submission only format. This format most closely reflects the true art of Jiu Jitsu.

Coaches Aric and Riley Wiseman took five competitors to the tournament: (in order of appearance in the photo) Howie, Nick, Sam, Russel and Jonny. They competed in several different divisions up to and including Expert, the highest level.

Team Wise performed incredibly well with an astounding 29 submission victories out of a total of 29 matches. All five competitors scored double Gold medals,winning in both Gi and No-Gi divisions. 

Howie competed in an additional weight class in No-Gi to earn a 3rd Gold medal. In addition both Howie and Sam won Fastest Tap trophies for submitting their opponents -- Sam in 6 seconds, Howie in 14 seconds.

Even though Team Wise took just five competitors they managed to take 3rd Place Overall in Youth/ Junior Combined Gi and No-Gi!


Kirkland film screening: Screenagers - the impact of screen time on families

IndieFlix and ParentMap are proud to present the premiere public film screenings of the documentary 'SCREENAGERS', that sheds light on the impact screen time is having on families, and explores how learning, playing and socializing online affects teens' developing attention span, fragile self-esteem and moral instincts.

View the trailer here.

This is a great resource for parents and full of information that is vital in today's world.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 7pm, Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave, in downtown Kirkland 98033

Tickets and details online.


Car accident in North City Feb 2

A reader reported passing the scene of a vehicle accident at the intersection of 15th NE and NE 175th in North City on Tuesday morning, February 2.

She noted that "It had such a large response of firetrucks and police and there was glass everywhere."

Shoreline Fire confirms a two-car crash at that location at 10:16am on February 2. Two patients were transported to Harborview.


Skagit Valley day trip - migrating waterfowl

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Photos and text by Wayne Pridemore

Now is a great time to visit Skagit Valley to view the migrating waterfowl. The adult Tundra Swans are pure white while the juveniles are mainly a light shade of gray. The waterfowls numbers will usually diminish by middle February.

For more information: Skagit Valley Bird Watching

Bird Lady Christine Southwick adds:

Tundra Swans and Snow Geese over-winter here in one of the largest migration sites in the US.
If you go to view these magnificent and easily-seen birds, be respectful of private property. If it doesn't say Public property, then it is private, and no one should enter unless given specific permission. This is one of the area's landholders pet-peeves and has resulted in some land NOT being planted/left fallow for the wintering birds. Also, pull over to the side of the roads, or find a pull-out and walk back (using the road shoulders). One more tidbit: crowding the swans and geese and causing them to fly wastes valuable energy, and could result in diminished survival. Enjoy--these birds are big enough that they can be seen without binoculars.


Edmonds Driftwood Players pays tribute to dysfunctional families

Edmonds Driftwood Players pays tribute to dysfunctional families of the 1950s in Neil Simon’s Proposals, February 19-March 6, 2016

Neil Simon’s 30th play, Proposals is a romantic comedy-drama set in the Pocono Mountains. Housekeeper Clemma tells the story through her memory of one idyllic afternoon in the summer of 1953. She is looking back on the events when nine people converged on this tranquil country home and not so tranquilly sorted out their tangled lives and loves.

Director Paul Fouhy says of Proposals, “This will be a delightful evening that will fill your lives with joy and a hopeful look at love, happiness, and ourselves, as seen through the lens of a bygone era.” 

Proposals features the talents of Nicholas Horiatis, Jana Gueck, and Cynthia King. When asked how it’s been working with the cast, Fouhy said “I know I have the most amazing cast I have ever worked with on a show. They are bright, insightful and amazing people.”

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Neil Simon has received more combined Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer. Born in New York, where most of his plays are set, Simon began writing for television in the 1950’s, and shortly thereafter, for the stage. His semi-autobiographical works usually revolve around marriage and family, and capture the humor that often accompanies the sadness of life.

Of Proposals, Simon has said, "I didn't want it to be an out-and-out comedy or an out-and-out drama.”

Simon has written more than 30 plays in his career and has been honored with Tony awards for Biloxi Blues, Lost in Yonkers, and The Odd Couple.

Performances: February 19-March 6, 2016
Thurs-Sat at 8:00pm, Sunday at 2:00pm
Performances are at the Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St Edmonds, WA 

Tickets are $25.00. Senior/Junior/Military $22.00.
Purchase tickets online or by phone 425-774-9600 option 3. 


Insurers should be current on emerging treatments for consumers

Insurance Commissioner
Mike Kreidler
Washington state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, Blog Post

A growing concern for consumers and health insurers is the cost of prescription drugs and specifically, treatment for debilitating and life-threatening diseases.

Hepatitis C is a good example. New drugs are now used to cure this life-threatening liver ailment with proven success. But the pills are costly, ranging from $55,000 to almost $95,000 per patient for a standard 12-week treatment period.

Two nationwide organizations, the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the Infectious Disease Society of America, now recommend that most patients receive treatment even if they are in the early stage of the disease versus waiting until it has progressed.

Last November, the federal government encouraged states to ensure that health coverage policies are “informed” by the treatment guidelines noted above.

Unfortunately we do not have the authority to mandate that insurance companies abide by the guidelines. However, we do expect insurers to be current on all appropriate guidelines that best serve consumers. That is true for all types of treatments.

We recently asked health insurers in Washington if they were aware of the new guidelines and if they were making any changes to how they were treating patients with this disease. The responses were varied, but there were common themes:
  • No company excludes treatment.
  • All allow testing to detect the disease.
  • All recommend that patients consult their doctors on the best course of action. 

What’s also evident is that insurers are trying to manage their claims costs. That’s not unexpected. Future prescription drugs for ailments such as multiple sclerosis and high cholesterol are expected to cost even more than the hepatitis C treatment.

The emphasis for insurers, though, should be on ready access to appropriate treatment that leads to a healthier state and nation overall.

If you believe you’ve not getting access to prescription drugs or other necessary treatment, we can help you understand your rights to appeal and even contact your insurer on your behalf.


Local Girl Scouts on Global Action Team

Meet the newest members of the 2016 Girl Scout Global Action team! Delaney Browne and Catherine Lavy of Shoreline have been selected to spread awareness and take action to help overcome violence against women and girls.

The Global Action Team is a group of girls in grades 9-12 who will spend a year researching this important topic impacting our local and global communities.

“I became a member of the Global Action Team because it is important to increase awareness of violence against women and girls because it is simply not okay. The more we talk about it the more we can shine a light on such a dark issue.”
- Delaney Browne

Through collaborations with local organizations and community members, Global Action Team members become advocates for women everywhere, and help educate and inspire others to do the same.

“I have always been interested in learning about new topics, especially ones that affect our world so harshly. I want to help spread awareness of the violence against women and children to make sure other girls can have a better understanding of them as well.”
- Catherine Lavy

Their culminating project is a Global Action Summit for girls in grades 6-8, where they teach the girls the importance of advocacy and global competency.


Shoreline City Council meetings Monday

Shoreline City Council Meetings

Monday, February 8, 2016 – Special Meeting 5:45pm
King County Councilmember Dembowski

Monday, February 8, 2016 – Regular Meeting 7:00pm
Agenda Highlights

  • Motion to Authorize the City Manager to Execute a Contract for Professional Services with Evergreen Traffic Engineering for Aurora Transit And Signal Timing Services in an Amount Not to Exceed $89,262
  • Adoption of Ord. No. 734 – Deleting Collective Garden Provisions in the Shoreline Municipal Code
  • Adoption of Ord. No. 735 – Amending the City of Shoreline’s Development Code to Establish Regulations Related to Recreational and Medical Cannabis
  • Appointment of Planning Commissioners
  • Discussion of McAleer Creek and Lyon Creek Surface Water Basin Plans


Crime in Shoreline - week ending 2-1-2016

Selected items from the Shoreline Police blotter, week ending 2-1-2016

Several suicide attempts and domestic violence this week.

1-22  Water collecting in back yard started seeping into the house. Homeowner discovered someone had stuffed the drain pipe with rags. 18xx NE 175th.
1-25  1xx NW 183rd residential burglary. Back patio glass shattered.
1-25  Woman stopped for pedestrian violation had two warrants and violation of a no contact order. Attempted to flee on foot and was caught.
1-26 12xx NE 168th - vehicle in driveway spray painted with green paint.
1-26  Eight units at public storage 14900 Aurora were pried open.
1-29  Police pick up person on street with eight pair of jeans stolen from Sears.
1-29  Police stopped a subject for possible vandalism of a bus shelter and discovered he was a minor in possession of alcohol and graffiti supplies. Identified as "I am Now" tagger.
1-30 Male stuffs a thousand dollars worth of nail, hair, and beauty products in a back pack at leaves Fred Meyer without paying. Loss Prevention contacts him - he leaves backpack with ID and leaves on foot.
1-30  Three juveniles in Echo Lake Park at 7:42pm smoking hash oil in a bong.
1-31  Man drinks at friend's house, drives his car into a pole at 202xx Ballinger Way, leaves car and goes to McDonalds to eat.


Photo: Saltwater Sunset

Friday, February 5, 2016

This is the view that people sit in their cars to see. The upper level parking lot at Saltwater Park is always full at sunset for the evening show over the water.

Lee Lageschulte took this photo on a clear day.


Raising boys: documentary film March 6

Join the Shoreline Community and Shorewood PTSA to see a thought provoking documentary on raising boys. The film is for anyone who is concerned about how we raise young people in today’s world, not only parents of boys. The film is recommended for parent/ guardians/ coaches/ teachers and is appropriate for students 14 and up.

A Community MOVIE - The Mask You Live IN, will be shown at the Shoreline Auditorium, Shoreline Center, 18560 1st ave NE on March 6th at 5pm followed by a panel discussion from 7-8pm. $7 adult, Tickets online.

YMCA on-site childcare can be purchased also. High school students free at the door with ID. Food Trucks at 4pm!


AG secures $1 million for Washington­ homeowners in legal action against HSBC for mortgage abuses

At least 1,300 Washington borrowers eligible to receive up to $1,400 in cash payments

Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Friday that Washington homeowners will recover $1 million, as part of a $470 million agreement secured for homeowners nationwide through a state-federal legal action against mortgage lender and servicer HSBC.

The agreement provides $59.3 million in direct payments to 75,000 consumers nationwide for past foreclosure abuses. Washington’s share of approximately $1 million will be available for 1,300 borrowers. The amount each borrower receives depends on how many submit a claim, and is estimated to be $800-$1,400 each. HSBC will also pay $40.5 million to the federal government.

The agreement also provides $370 million in nationwide loan modifications and other relief for borrowers in need of assistance, imposes tough new mortgage servicing standards, and grants oversight authority to an independent monitor.

“HSBC engaged in unacceptable, abusive practices that hurt Washington homeowners,” Ferguson said. “My office will not tolerate companies that don’t play by the rules and treat borrowers unfairly. This action holds HSBC accountable to compensate Washington families who lost their homes, assist those in danger of foreclosure, and abide by tough new serving standards.”


Shoreline police capture fugitive from Alaska

Shoreline Police report:

Shoreline Detectives became aware of a fugitive from Alaska possibly hiding in the North King County area. The suspect had an active warrant for his arrest for homicide. Wednesday night our Detectives were able to locate and arrest him in Shoreline without incident.


Phoenix Theatre presents: Communicating Doors

Phoenix Theatre presents 
Communicating Doors
by Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by Christine Mosere 
February 5 thru February 28

Friday and Saturdays 8:00 pm, Sunday 2:00 $19.00 Adults, $16.00 Seniors/Military/Students
Tickets by calling 206-533-2000 or Phoenix Theatre Website.

Story: Set in a the  future, a prostitute flees for her life through a hotel communicating door only to find herself 20 years in the past. Stalked by the killer in the present and the past, the opportunity to alter time for the better puts the lives of three women at stake.  Science fiction with the comedic, devious Ayckbourn touch.“… Of course, Ayckbourn has added …bizarre details of his own…This is the show to see”. - New York Post  *May contain some adults themes

Cast: Carlos Martinez, Curt Simmons, Elizabeth Adkisson, Simone Barron, Dan Jacoby, Melanie Calderwood

The Phoenix theater is located at 9673 Firdale Ave. Edmonds, WA 98087.
Produced with permission  with Samuel French


HistoryLink: Every month is Black History Month

HistoryLink, Washington's online encyclopedia, notes African American "firsts" in Washington history.

Every month is Black History Month at HistoryLink, and this week we note some of the many African American "firsts" in Washington history. We begin with George W. Bush and his family, who in 1845 were among the first Americans to settle north of the Columbia River in what is now Thurston County. Seven years later, Manuel Lopes became Seattle's first black citizen and businessman, and in 1883 John Conna moved to Federal Way and would later become Washington Territory's first black political appointee.

In 1899 the University of Washington School of Law admitted William McDonald Austin, who would become its first black graduate. Fifty years before Seattle hired its first black teachers, Kitsap County hired Jane A. Ruley in 1897, the same year that Mary B. Mason became the first black woman to seek her fortune in the Klondike gold rush.

In 1913 Seattle got its first national civil-rights organization with the founding of a branch of the NAACP. In the early 1940s, Yesler Terrace opened and was believed to have been the first racially integrated public-housing project in the United States. In 1942 Florise Spearman became Boeing's first African American employee, and in 1947 Willetta Esther Riddle Gayton became Seattle's first black professional librarian. In 1950 Charles Stokes became the first black legislator from King County, and Zoƫ Dusanne opened Seattle's first professional modern-art gallery.

John Prim became Washington's first African American judge in 1954, and in 1963 Carver Clark Gayton was appointed the state's first African American FBI special agent. Carl Maxey was Spokane's first black attorney, James Chase was Spokane's first black mayor, and Benjamin F. McAdoo was the first African American architect to maintain a practice in Washington. Dr. Earl V. Miller was the first African American urologist west of the Mississippi, and Dr. Rosalie Reddick Miller was the first African American woman to practice dentistry in the State of Washington.


On the Mayor's Mind: Homelessness

Shoreline Mayor Chris Roberts
By Shoreline Mayor Chris Roberts

Earlier this week, the Seattle Times ran an editorial calling for more regional partnership on addressing the issues of homelessness. As a resident of Shoreline, I know that we cannot solve this or other issues alone.

Last December, the Council adopted a resolution expressing support for the King County emergency proclamation in response to the growing crisis in the level of homelessness in the region.

In that effort, we directed our city staff to review policies and procedures to address homelessness. Included in those efforts would be a review of city codes to ensure that we do not criminalize the status of being without a permanent home.

The One Night Count, conducted on January 29th, identified 135 individuals in North King County without shelter  This represents a 280% increase since 2015. In addition, the Shoreline School District identifies over 300 students without permanent housing.

Across the state and region, cities are taking steps to address this issue. I was proud to work  with the Association of Washington Cities to make human services, homelessness and affordable housing one of the priorities in the association’s legislative agenda. Within King County, the Sound Cities Association has also made addressing homelessness a priority.

Making homelessness rare and one-time is a challenge for every jurisdiction and I am confident Shoreline will do its part.

The City expressed support for legislation that would allow a property tax credit for landlords preserving affordable housing when we met our legislators.

The City is partnering with the Ronald United Methodist Church, Compass Housing Alliance, and Hopelink to build 60 units of very affordable housing, including housing for veterans and their families near in our Town Center . It is expected that these units will be completed in 2017.

Also, the Council directed an increase in funding for Hopelink’s rental and utility assistance programs. This budget amendment should help Shoreline families remain in their houses.

We know there is still more to do, and I greatly appreciate the efforts of every Shoreline resident who works to provide individuals that happen to be homeless shelter, food, supplies, or comfort.


Leprechauns in the Garden - March 12-13 at Kruckeberg

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Leprechauns in the Garden - Kruckeberg Workshop on Saturday March 12 and Sunday March 13

Signs of spring are soon to be popping up all over the Garden, and you know what that means... leprechauns!

On Saturday, March 12, we are offering 4 sessions for kids to build leprechaun traps! Kids of all ages will enjoy creating a container garden featuring plants from the Garden.

Learn about leprechaun lore then decorate your container with ‘gold’ and other shiny items to lure in those sneaky leprechauns!

Board member Krista Tenney
builds a leprechaun trap
  KBGF Members: $5 | Non-members: $20
Register here for a workshop 

And all that weekend, join us for a self guided Leprechaun Hunt looking for signs of these little troublemakers in the Garden. There is no fee for this event, but donations are welcome and help us continue to offer fun free family programs like these.

Kruckeberg Botanic Garden is located at 20312 15th Ave NW, Shoreline, WA 98177.


Reminder: Briarcrest storytelling Friday night

Hey Briarcrest! Come join your neighbors for an evening of storytelling on Friday, February 5 from 7:00 to 9:00pm.

We will welcome two special guests whose tales will inspire the rest of us to tell one of our own! Come prepared with a five- to seven-minute story to share, or just come to listen and enjoy. Feel free to bring a treat to share!

We'll be meeting at the home of Jon and Amy Anscher, 16010 - 25th Avenue NE, Shoreline. There is plenty of parking in the east Hamlin Park lot as well as at Kellogg Middle School.

This is a free, all-ages event sponsored by your Briarcrest Neighborhood Association, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote community. We hope you'll join us!


The Hand of Thor: 125 Years of Norwegian Heritage in Richmond Beach

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Museum Director Vicki Stiles will present
The Hand of Thor: 125 years of Norwegian Heritage in Richmond Beach

Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center
18560 1st Ave South (facing 185th)
10:30 - 11:30am

All are welcome


Girls Try Hockey for Free session Feb 20

Girls’ Try Hockey for Free session on Saturday February 20 at 2:30pm at Highland Ice Arena in Shoreline for all girls, ages 4 – 12 years. Try the sport of ice hockey in a welcoming and open environment! 

Saturday February 20, 2:30pm - 3:30pm ( Note: Please arrive 45 minutes early to get skates sized)

Highland Ice Arena, 18005 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline 98133

Bring a bike helmet, warm clothes / sweats, and mittens / gloves. We will provide skates and sticks... and other hockey gear - while supplies last. If you own hockey equipment bring it, but if not -- no worries! 

What you get for this special Try Hockey for Free event (once per year!)
While supplies last....  A free USA Hockey jerseys, hockey stickers, NHL Trading cards!

Please register so we can plan skates sizes.

Detailed information or Email inquiries.


4th Annual Career, Technical and Community College Fair Tuesday

Do you have questions about life and career after high school? Wondering what resources and opportunities are available to help students prepare for success after high school?

Get answers to those questions and more when Shorecrest and Shorewood High Schools host the 4th Annual Career, Technical and Community College Fair on Tuesday, March 1 from 6-8pm at the Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave NE.

The event is free and open to all Shoreline / Lake Forest Park high school students and their families.

There will be over a dozen breakout sessions hosted by hiring, technical, college and financial aid experts.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about: aerospace, apprenticeships, cosmetology, filmmaking, interactive entertainment, firefighting, gap year programs, healthcare, military, local employers and much more.


Structure fire on Aurora brings huge fire response

Emergency vehicles line the street
which was closed to traffic
Photo by Lien Titus

A small building at 17214 Aurora, housing an apartment and two businesses, caught on fire just after midnight Thursday morning.

From the back, the fire damage is apparent
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

The fire reportedly was accidental and started in the apartment. Two people safely evacuated.

Smitty's Old Fashioned Barber Shop appears to have suffered a lot of damage and Del-Bent Printing has smoke damage.

The Shell station at 17255 Aurora and Carter Subaru at 17225,
across the street from the fire, were lined with fire vehicles
Photo by Lien Titus

Fire crews from Shoreline and Northshore were stymied in their efforts because the closest hydrant had been damaged the previous week when it was hit by a car. It had not yet been replaced.

No one was hurt in the fire
but two residents were displaced
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Many Shoreline residents were awakened by sirens from a dozen emergency vehicles converging on the scene.

The street was closed between 170th and 175th on Aurora for over two hours while crews were on scene, and power was shut off to the immediate area. The street reopened around 3:45am.


House committee hears Pollet bill on community college affordability

By Evan Smith

State Rep. Gerry Pollet’s bill on community-college affordability had a hearing Wednesday in the House committee on higher education.

The bill, the Washington Promise, would waive two years of tuition for eligible students in associate-degree or certificate programs at Washington community and technical colleges; it also would require a quarter-long course to teach skills for college success.

State Rep. Jessyn Farrell is among co-sponsors.

State Sen. David Frockt and another senator are pushing a companion bill in the Senate.

Pollet, Farrell and Frockt are Democrats representing the 46th Legislative District, including Lake Forest Park, Kenmore and northeast Seattle.

Pollet said at the hearing, “Opening the door to free community college is a proven way to boost high school graduation rates and provide families with a ladder to improved careers and security.”

Other House Democrats noted that nearly 60 percent of students with higher education in Washington attend a two-year college. They say that the Washington Promise measure would help students find good paying jobs, and boost Washington’s economy.

Democrats add that student-loan debt for community college students in Washington has doubled in recent years and that while tuition was reduced significantly for students at four-year schools this year, community and technical college students got a very small reduction.

They say that the average community college student in Washington is over 25 years old, and many community- and technical-college students can’t complete their degrees because of rent or childcare costs.


Photos: Street Art

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Lee found this example of street art on 23rd NW. It's chalk and probably gone in today's rain so it's good that she was able to capture it. The artist is unknown.


Attorney General Ferguson to meet with Rain City Rotary Thursday evening

Attorney General Bob Ferguson will be visiting the Shoreline Rain City Rotary Club on Thursday, February 4, at 7:10pm.

Bob will be speaking about recent cases and the general work of the office, but it will also be an informal conversation with the club members.

A Rain City representative said, “Rain City Rotary has decided to focus on Homelessness. We look forward to hearing what Attorney General Ferguson has to say about this subject.”

The club meets at Shoreline City Hall in the Legacy Room on the third floor. 17500 Midval Ave N.


Lake Forest Park Library Advisory Committee seeks member

Lake Forest Park Library
Photo by Jerry Pickard

The Lake Forest Park Library Advisory Committee is seeking applicants interested in being considered to fill a current vacancy. Committee members serve three-year terms, and this term runs from the time of appointment through February 28, 2019.

The Committee serves as a liaison between the Lake Forest Park Library, the Lake Forest Park City Council, the Lake Forest Park Mayor, the community of Lake Forest Park, and the King County Library System.

Meetings are held quarterly, in March, June and September on the fourth Wednesday of the month; in December the meeting is held on the first Wednesday of the month. All meetings begin at 7:00pm at the Lake Forest Park Library on the lower level of Town Center, intersection of Ballinger and Bothell Way in Lake Forest Park.

If you are interested in serving in this volunteer capacity, contact Lake Forest Park Mayor Jeff Johnson, 206-368-5440 by Friday, February 19, 2016. 


Kamishibai storytelling is focus of new Arts of Kenmore Gallery exhibit

Japanese Kamishibai street storyteller
Photo by Aki Saito

An exhibit celebrating the Kamishibai Literacy program at Moorlands Elementary, will open Friday, February 5th at the Arts of Kenmore Gallery in Kenmore City Hall, 18120 68th Ave NE.

The public is invited to an opening-day reception for “The Art of Kamishibai,” from 6:30 to 8pm that will include a special presentation by Jennifer Schroeder, Moorlands librarian. Refreshments served.

Kamishibai means paper story, the Japanese art of storytelling. Before the invention of television, it was the neighborhood cartoon for children. Kamishibai artists would clap blocks together and children would gather to hear folklore stories and give pennies for sweets.
The Kamishibai stories are used at Moorlands elementary to meet Washington State Standards for 3rd Grade Literacy, fulfilling Pacific Rim and Asian culture requirements. Moorlands is a recipient of the AOK Grants for Schools, providing funding to Kenmore public schools for all disciplines in Arts education.

“The Art of Kamishibai” is the latest in a series of five exhibitions mounted throughout the year by Arts of Kenmore, a nonprofit organization that also produces the annual Kenmore Art Show at Bastyr University in June. AOK Gallery exhibits are made possible by sustaining support from the City of Kenmore, 4Culture, and membership. The exhibit will remain on display through February 25.

The mission of the Arts of Kenmore, a non-profit, all-volunteer organization, is to promote the Arts in the Kenmore community through the annual art show and other programs, including AOK Grants to six public schools and regular exhibits at the AOK Gallery at Kenmore City Hall.

For more information see the webpage, or email.


Philosophy and Film - free, online 'mind-blowing' course from SCC instructor

One of the most popular courses at Shoreline Community College, Philosophy and Film, is back this quarter and is F-R-E-E! The Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) is taught by William Lindenmuth and starts Monday, February 8.

This course will examine a variety of philosophical arguments through the medium of film. It will consist of video lectures, readings, and lively discussion. Students will engage a wide range of exciting thinkers, issues, and movies with the goal of understanding both how our world is and how we want it to be.

Sign up to take this mind blowing class today!

Want a sneak peek at the awesomeness you’ll learn in this class? Watch the course intro video.


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