Pink Polka Dots Junior Guild golf tournament fundraiser for cancer research

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Founded in 2006 by Lake Forest Park 6th graders in memory of their friend, Sydney Coxon, the Pink Polka Dots are a Seattle Children’s Hospital Junior Guild funding research to cure cancer.

Guild members selling hand made cards
at Third Place Commons market
You may have seen members selling handmade cards and gifts at the LFP Third Place Commons Holiday and Farmer’s Markets, or selling lemonade along the Burke Gilman trail this summer.

This year's tournament will be held at
Echo Falls golf course in Snohomish

The Pink Polka Dots also team up with local sponsors and the Coxon Family Foundation to host the Sydney Coxon Memorial, a fun afternoon of golf followed by an inspirational evening program, including dinner, a silent auction, and dessert. This year we will be hosting at a fabulous new venue, The Golf Club at Echo Falls, in Snohomish.

In eleven years, these philanthropic youngsters have raised over $850,000 to fund groundbreaking research for better treatments, and hopefully someday a cure, for pediatric brain tumors and many other cancers.

Members of the Pink Polka Dots Guilde

The Pink Polka Dots’ fundraising supports the work of Dr. Jim Olson at Children’s Hospital and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

The funding has allowed researchers to develop exciting treatments including “tumor paint” which makes cancer cells glow for easier surgical removal, and a drug-delivery device which will increase efficacy and minimize side effects of chemotherapy treatment.

Dr. Olson’s latest effort, “Project Violet”, involves discovering and producing cancer-fighting optide drugs from natural sources, like flowers and insects.

Lemonade stand on the Burke Gilman Trail

Funding from Guilds and patient families is critical to researchers' ability to keep moving forward to save lives of children and adults with cancer, and potentially other diseases like Alzheimers and diabetes. To read more about the research and make a donation to the Pink Polka Dots, visit their website.

To Register for Golf and Dinner ($125 pp) or just the Dinner and Evening Program ($60 pp), or to Sponsor or Donate, go to the event site.

The Pink Polka Dots Jr Guild is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Celebrate Shoreline Cruise-In car show Saturday

The Celebrate Shoreline Cruise-In Car Show

Saturday August 19, 2017
10:00am to 3:00pm 

NEW LOCATION (3rd Year!) – at the upper Sears parking lot next to the 
Shoreline Farmer’s Market – with tons of trophies and beautiful cars

Get Car show form here! CS Car Show App 2017
contact us at or 206-542-7111


Free tickets to movies on Friday and Saturday


The Shoreline Area News and Shoreline Community College continue their partnership to keep you entertained this summer with free movies.

  • 8/18: Friday 7pm - The Lego Batman Movie Batman: 9:30pm The Dark Knight
  • 8/19: Saturday 11am - The Avengers, 1:30pm - The Lego Batman Movie
4k Digital Cinema Projector and Dobly 7.1 Surround, LOTS of leg room, and free parking.

Free tickets for all movies with the special deal between the college and Shoreline Area News. Any tickets are good for BOTH films, or one if they only want to see one film. Either way, a ticket is good for both showings that day.


To get your free tickets, email us with your name, how many tickets, and what day (or both days!). The subject should be Superheros.


Get on the list for Northshore CERT class

CERT is an organization of volunteer emergency workers who have received specific training in basic disaster response skills with the intent of supplementing existing emergency responders in the event of a major disaster. 

Following a major disaster, local Fire, Medical, Police, City, and other first responders may not be able to meet the demand for their services. Residents and visitors to our community may need to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life sustaining needs.

The Northshore Emergency Management Coalition CERT program will educate participants about local hazards, basic disaster preparedness, and provide hands on training that includes fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. After completing the CERT academy, volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in additional drills and exercises to keep their skills sharp and continue to enhance their knowledge and abilities.

The next CERT academy will begin on September 11, 2017. Registration opens approximately four weeks prior. Classes do fill up and registration is open to the first 30 that submit a completed registration form along with the $35 class fee.

For more information on Northshore Emergency Management Coalition CERT program or to be sure to be notified as soon as registration begins, contact the program manager at 425-354-1744 or by email.


Letter to the Editor: By failing to condemn, Trump condones

To the Editor:

I am responding to Maggie Wilson’s letter published on August 15th. Extremists of any sort can be a danger. But to call the Charlottesville protestors of hate speech “anti-First Amendment” and to put leftist violence on the same plane as the organized espousal of institutional racism serves only to obscure the real issue: The particular menace of hate groups is that their messages promote violence (and worse) against minorities.

Secondly, Wilson has missed the message in Trump’s choice of words. By failing to condemn the hate groups up front (not their right to hate-speech), Trump implicitly condones them. If you have any doubt about that, read what the alt-right is saying about his words.

I would also like to point out that the “dead cops” clip Wilson attributed to BLM was actually of a small contingent of protestors taken after the end of the 2014 Millions March, whose actions were later disavowed by the event’s organizers.

G. Armsden
Lake Forest Park


Finding Kind: end girl-on-girl bullying

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Give your daughter the tools she needs to combat bullying

Almost every girl has experienced bullying. Unfortunately, almost every girl has also contributed to bullying.

The Finding Kind campaign is a movement to end girl-against-girl bullying.

The two-hour Finding Kind event includes a screening of the Finding Kind movie and a facilitated discussion about what girls can do to help prevent and address bullying at school and in the community.

Surveys of girls who participate in a finding kind event report that:
  • 96% were compelled to be kinder to girls after the event
  • Two out of every three girls apologize to someone during or after the event
  • 90% agreed that they did not want to participate in gossip or drama after experiencing the event.
  • 90% realized that they were not alone because of their participation. 

The trailer for Finding Kind is here

Saturday, August 26, from 11:30am - 2pm
The Edmonds Theater, 415 Main Street, Edmonds, WA 98020
For Girls entering 5th through 12th grade
Cost: $8 per person

Hosted by: Girl Scout Senior Troop 41002

While this event is open to the public, the program is designed for girls and their parents/leaders.


Police department Charity Salmon BBQ Sunday in LFP

Once again this year, your Lake Forest Park Police Department will be cooking up some wild Alaska Sockeye Salmon this Sunday from 10am-4pm (or while supplies last) at City Hall during our great farmer’s market.

The Police Department and our officers are committed to helping Special Olympics Washington with this wonderful fundraiser. Last year, with the help of our major sponsors (Albertsons, Costco, and Icicle Seafoods), we raised just over $13,000. 100% of the proceeds go directly to those special athletes.

In addition to the BBQ, there will be a raffle. The grand prize for the raffle are two club level tickets to the Seahawks v. Cardinals game at Centurylink on December 31st. And, there are UW Football tickets to the Cal game on October 7th.

Lastly, there will be a dunk-tank where you can come try to dunk the Mayor, the police chief, or other officials!

Chief Sutton says, "Thank you all for your support of the Police Department and this event in the past- hopefully you can make it out this Sunday to support our effort this year!"

Town Center, lower level, intersection of Ballinger and Bothell Way, Lake Forest Park.


Jazz Walk - where the beats and the eats and the treats hit the streets

The North City Jazz Walk filled five blocks of the business district with jazz and food and people on Tuesday, August 15.

Photos by Steven H. Robinson

Treats! Melissa Banker holds the leashes while son Chace Banker holds the rapt attention of their Norwegian Elkhounds with a piece of Krispy Kreme donut.

Where the feet meet the street.
People were on the street throughout the event, as well as filling the eleven venues.

How's this for a different kind of treat? One of the most popular jazz singers in the Northwest, Greta Matassa, performed at the Arts Council's Showmobile outdoor stage.

The Eats were many and varied. Besides Krispy Kreme, and the Here and There food truck, Leena's and Peking House moved to the street. Here and There had a steady but manageable line all through the event. Easy Monkey, North City Bistro, North City Lounge, and Vesper served food inside.

North City Water had popcorn and snacks. Standard Bakery has Sweet Treats. Bethel Lutheran had root beer floats. Rain City had pretzels and beer.

There were a lot of options.

Hook Me Up is a loud and lively, toe-tapping group. They always play at an outside venue, filling the street with music. They kept the beat going into the night.

Vesper Restaurant and Bar has enough indoor space for the bands and some spontaneous dancers. Music performed by Hopscotch and Daniel Arteaga.

13 year old Brooke Lambert was one of the featured singers at the Bethel Lutheran venue. Young in age, but a mature and professional sounding singer, she's one to watch.

The sun was going down and the Rain City Rotary Beer Garden had the best seats in town.


Champagne Sunday performs at Arts Council Concert in the Park

Champagne Sunday performs in Paramount School Park
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Families enjoyed a free performance by Champagne Sunday at Paramount School Park on Wednesday evening, August 16, 2017

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council’s Concerts in the Park are always free and held at various community parks throughout Shoreline and Lake Forest Park on Wednesdays in July and August at 6:30pm (unless otherwise noted), rain or shine.

Concerts in the Park are supported by the City of Shoreline, City of Lake Forest Park, 4Culture, Aegis Living of Shoreline, and by Arts Council friends and members.

For more information and details, visit the Arts Council’s website or call 206-417-4645.


Dahlias for Senior Center

Oregon Reign
Photo by John Hibbs
Oregon Reign
7-9" blooms
4-6' tall
Form: Informal Decorative

Strong stems, great cutter and holds up well in bouquets

The dahlias are starting to bloom and Shoreline resident Dr. John Hibbs is back with his project to raise money for the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center.

Hibbs is a dahlia grower, with 75 varieties in his Ridgecrest yard. He has partnered with the Ridgecrest Public House and Bastyr University to provide bouquets of dahlias.

The Pub offers the bouquets in return for a donation to the Senior Center, where Hibbs supervises a weekly naturopathic medicine shift.

Suggested donation is $1 a stem.

The Senior Center, which took a significant financial hit last year when United Way decided to concentrate its funding elsewhere, can use the money.

Last year, Hibbs raised $1670 for the Senior Center with his blooms. He is hoping to bring in more this year. Bastyr is partnering with him once again. Last year they took 100 blooms a week for six weeks and contributed $600.

Bastyr used the flowers to decorate events, acknowledge employees, grace Board meetings, offices, and cafeteria tables.

You can pick up a bouquet at the Ridgecrest Public House, located at 520 NE 165th St, Shoreline 98155 in the Ridgecrest business district, open 4pm – 12am seven days a week.


Solar Eclipse information drop-in session at Shoreline Library Sunday

Solar Eclipse Information Drop-In Session Sunday, August 20, 2017, 2-3:30pm at the Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th, Shoreline 98155.

Shoreline Library is pleased to announce that they are joining more than 1,000 libraries across the country to participate in the celestial event of the century, the August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse.

During this national event, the shadow of the moon will sweep across the United States from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean in a spectacle that hasn't occurred in decades. The rest of the U.S. and North America will see a partial eclipse, with the Moon covering up only part of the Sun. It is aptly named the Great American Eclipse.

The solar eclipse event takes place Monday, August 21, 2017.

The Shoreline Library will offer a drop-in information session where you can pick up a pair for free eclipse viewing glasses, view videos about the eclipse, and take home a Solar Eclipse Guide.

Join us outside the library at 9:45am on Monday morning, August 21, to view the eclipse, weather permitting. The eclipse will be at its peak at around 10:20am.

The Shoreline Library has joined the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) and its NASA@ My Library project, which are providing resources and STEM activities to libraries across the nation related to the eclipse.

Partners include NASA, the American Library Association, the Girl Scouts, the SETI Institute and many other organizations. This project was made possible through support from the NASA Science Mission Directorate and the National Science Foundation.


Two local coffee shops closed by Health Department

Coffee Sensation closed for health code violations
The Seattle and King County Health Department closed two local coffee shops for violations recently.

One has since reopened. The entire list can be seen here.

Coffee Sensation — Lake Forest Park, 8/11/17
19305 55th Ave NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
Closed: August 11, 2017 at 6:00pm
Reasons: Operating without a valid permit
Imminent health hazard: No access to commissary or warewashing facilities
Status: Closed

Kenmore Beans — Kenmore, 8/9/17
15012 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore, WA 98028
Closed: August 9, 2017 at 1:45pm
Reasons: Operating without a valid permit
Status: Reopened August 10, 2017 at 1:30pm


Family Day at the LFP Farmers Market Sunday

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Don’t miss the fun at Family Day at the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market, presented by Third Place Commons, this Sunday, 10am to 3pm.

Co-presented by the City of Lake Forest Park, Family Day is filled with family-friendly additions for one day only. LFP Mayor Jeff Johnson will be there handing out goodies and sharing community information. And the city will bring in a couple of kid-friendly, “big rig” city vehicles for the little ones to explore.

The day will also be filled with live music beginning with local favorites the Milner Family Fiddles at 11am, followed by steel pan musician Obe Quarless at 1pm.

You’ll also want to be sure to stop by the Bubble Zone where youngsters can experiment with an assortment of bubble wands in different shapes and sizes. And the first hundred kiddos can take away free mini-bubble bottles of their own!

Milner Family Fiddles

In addition, the Lake Forest Park Police Department will join us for their annual Charity Salmon BBQ fundraiser with all proceeds to benefit the Special Olympics. They’ll be serving up baked salmon with sides and also offering up a raffle with great prizes including New Year’s Eve Seahawks tickets.

All this plus a dunking tank! Want to know who will be in the tank? You’ll have to stop by and see!

Of course, the market will also feature all your regular favorites like beautiful flowers, fresh produce, meat, fish, unique local and handmade products, and yummy treats! The LFP Farmers Market is always a great place to spend your Sunday and this week it will be better than ever. So mark your calendars and be sure to join us.

The LFP Farmers Market is presented by Third Place Commons and runs every Sunday from 10am to 3pm at Lake Forest Park Town Center at the intersection of Bothell Way and Ballinger Way. More information here.


Toddler survives two story fall

Arabella Apartments
On Friday, August 11, 2017, a three year old boy fell out of a second story window from an apartment at the Arabella, 17763 15th Ave NE in the North City business district of Shoreline.

Fire and police responded. The child was taken by Aid car to Children's Hospital, with reportedly only minor injuries.


Letter to the Editor: Political violence has indeed come from "many sides"

To the Editor:

Jesse Salomon's sensationalistic letter about Charlottesville is wrong on so many levels.

Salomon calls Heather Heyer a "pro-democracy activist". Heyer's death was tragic, but she was at the scene as part of an anti-First Amendment mob, there to deprive others of their right to free speech. To me, that's kind of the opposite of "pro-democracy". The free speech in question was vile and hateful, but it's still protected by the First Amendment - just look up "Skokie Nazi march".

Salomon condemns President Trump for mentioning violence "on many sides". Where has Salomon been for the last 2 years? There's been plenty of political violence, and it has indeed come from many sides, and frankly, most of it has come from Salomon's side - the so-called "progressive left". A few examples:

In June, a Bernie supporter shot up a Republican baseball practice, nearly killing Representative Steve Scalise.

In May, a violent leftist mob forced professor Bret Weinstein to leave the Evergreen State campus in fear for his life.

Multiple conservative speakers, including Heather MacDonald, Charles Murray, and Ann Coulter, have had their speeches shut down by violent mobs.

In Portland, the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade was cancelled, because organizers received this email: "bar the Multnomah County Republicans or we will have two hundred or more people rush into the parade and drag and push those people out."

Black Lives Matter chanted "What do we want? DEAD COPS!", and Micah Johnson, who "wanted to kill white people", gunned down 5 Dallas cops as they were guarding protesters at an anti-police brutality march.

I could go on and on, but you get the idea. So please, Mr. Salomon, get off your high horse and remove the plank from your own eye before complaining about the speck of dust in the President's eye.

Maggie Wilson


Classifieds: Shoreline City Council Meeting Cancellation Notice


You are hereby notified that the following Shoreline City Council meetings have been cancelled:
  • City Council Regular Meeting Monday, August 21, 2017 
  • City Council Workshop Dinner Meeting Monday, August 28, 2017 
  • City Council Regular Meeting Monday, August 28, 2017 
  • City Council Regular Meeting Monday, September 4, 2017  (Labor Day) 
The next Shoreline City Council meetings are scheduled as follows:
  • City Council Special Meeting Monday, September 11, 2017 at 5:15 p.m. 
  • City Council Regular Meeting Monday, September 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. 

Dated this 15th Day of August, 2017.
Jessica Simulcik Smith City Clerk


Celebrate Shoreline Skate Competition Friday at Paramount School Park

Free skate competition at Paramount School Park on Friday, August 18 from 3pm to 7pm. Anyone can enter, but helmets and signed waivers are required. More information here.

Paramount School Park, 15300 8th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155.


Op-Ed: Washington state Republican chair responds to Charlottesville

Susan Hutchison, Chair of the Washington state Republican party, issued the following statement:

The event in Charlottesville called “Unite the Right” was a White Supremacist and neo-Nazi protest march and had nothing to do with the Republican Party. Republicans will never “unite” with these extremists and their views.

I am a co-sponsor of this RNC resolution which denounces these extremist organizations and also explains the historical record of Republicans against racism. Please read it here.

It came to light yesterday, that one participant at the march was the President of College Republicans at WSU. While the Republican Party has no authority over the organization called College Republicans (CR), I promptly contacted their national and state offices with this message:

Swift action is required against James Allsup, the President of CR-WSU who marched in the “Unite the Right” event this weekend. His videos were repulsive and do not represent the values and standards of the Republican Party. I call on you to denounce his actions and affiliations with all white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups.

Allsup resigned late yesterday. It should be noted that in a news report Sunday, Allsup did not claim to be a Republican but instead a “paleo-conservative” or “right wing libertarian”.

The Democrats and leftists in our state hope to tie this ugly episode to the Republican party, our elected officials and candidates. Instead, we will use their attacks as an opportunity to affirm our Party’s stand against racism and bigotry.


Chairman Susan Hutchison
Washington State Republican Party
WSRP on Facebook


Shoreline Walks: Community College and Farmers Market Saturday

Walk to the Shoreline Farmers Market
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Join fellow walkers in exploring areas of Shoreline Community College, Boeing Creek Park and the Farmers Market as part of “Shoreline Walks”, a free Community Walking program sponsored by the City of Shoreline.

On Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 10am, walk leader Dan Short will lead the group on a fun 2.5 mile walk that is rated moderately easy. Walk includes some trails, roads and will finish at the farmers market for some pursuing of local vendors.

We’ll do a circuit around the college including some sections of flat wooded trails in the neighboring Boeing Creek Park. We’ll finish our walk with time to explore the Shoreline Farmers Market going on at Aurora Square.

Walk is approximately 2.5 miles / 1.5hrs and is moderately easy
Meet at Sears rear parking lot, Aurora Square, 15300 Westminster Way N

Check out the webpage for more details or contact Marianne Johnson, 206-801-2638.


Photo: Flowers at Sunset School Park

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

These beauties must like full sun because they bloomed vigorously in the middle of our heat wave.

They are in the garden at the Sunset School Park in NW Shoreline.


Not too late to register for the Back to School Event

It’s not too late to register for the Back to School Event for Shoreline School District Families.

Register online or by phone at 206-393-4916.

Please register by August 18th to guarantee supplies.

The Back to School event is a community effort that provides school supplies, haircuts, and clothing assistance to families in the Shoreline School District who are living with a low income and/or experiencing circumstances in their life that make it challenging to prepare their children for going back to school.


Jobs: SCC

The following position is available at Shoreline Community College

Career Navigator – Adult Basic Education (Temporary –1 year)
Closes 9/4/17

This position is responsible for recruiting, enrolling, and providing wrap around support for all ABE students. The position offers navigation and student support, success coaching, and barrier reduction to ensure that the diverse ABE student population can successfully transition to the next level of their educational and/or career pathway.

Description and application


Letter to the Editor: Trump's response to the Nazis

To the Editor:

In reference to The Seattle Times article from 8-12-17 "Trump says many sides to blame for violent clashes in Virginia".

My grandmother grew up in Nazi Germany. She used to tell me of the times that led to the rise of the Nazi party. During the instability and economic chaos of the Weimar period fascists and communist supporters would clash in the streets, much like we are starting to see today in the U.S. The Nazi party successfully took advantage of the chaos they helped create by arguing that they would bring stability.

Trump is sowing chaos and racial discord. By refusing to quickly condemn the Nazi terrorist murder of a pro-Democracy activist at a Virginia rally this weekend he sent the message that the victims are equally to blame. In his own words he described the event as an "egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence that’s on many sides.”

This was about a Nazi murderer and a pro-democracy murder victim. That Trump refused to quickly condemn the Nazis shows which side he is on.

The lesson that I learned from my grandmother is this: Never let them get away with it. If they intimidate you into silence they will take advantage to secure their own power. That is their goal. They are not asking to be heard, or to have a dialogue. As they become more powerful they will intimidate you more and the consequences to you will be more severe. These are the times where we can still speak out and stop the rise of racists and fascists. Today that is our most patriotic American duty. It is a duty not left to protestors but to all of us.

Jesse Salomon


Free Concert by Champagne Sunday, Wednesday at Paramount School Park

Monday, August 14, 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 6:30pm (rain or shine)
Paramount School Park
15300 8th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155

Pack a picnic dinner, gather your family and friends, and come enjoy a free performance by Champagne Sunday, at Paramount School Park on Wednesday, August 16th, 6:30pm.

Endearingly labeled as “Pearl Jam meets Bette Midler”, Champagne Sunday began in Ventura, California in 2005 migrating up to the Pacific Northwest in recent years where they fell in love with the music scene.

Husband and wife members Jessi and Jared Fredeen have been tearing up stages and crowds nationwide with their unique upbeat, roller coaster style shows, firing off gypsy-punk rock songs alongside everything from intimate tear-jerkers to anthemic foot-stompers. This act has a ton of energy, heart, and talent that makes for an engaging, powerful show.

Aegis Living of Shoreline’s free “Hydration Station” will be onsite once again, so be sure to try some of their tasty infused waters throughout the evening.

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council’s Concerts in the Park are always free and held at various community parks throughout Shoreline and Lake Forest Park on Wednesdays in July and August at 6:30pm (unless otherwise noted), rain or shine. Concerts in the Park are supported by the City of Shoreline, City of Lake Forest Park, 4Culture, Aegis Living of Shoreline, and by Arts Council friends and members.

For more information and details, visit the Arts Council’s website or call 206-417-4645.


Jobs: Social Worker

The Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center has an opening for a part-time social worker.

16 hours a week - Tuesday and Wednesday
Open until filled

Provide information and assistance, arrange for services, problem solve, advocate, individual counseling, maintain existing support and education oriented groups, as well as start new ones. Oversee the volunteer friendly visitor program.


Services Thursday for William Hugh Thomas

William Hugh Thomas
William Hugh Thomas passed away August 6, 2017, at Crista Senior Living in Shoreline, Washington.

Bill was born to Keziah Franks Williams Thomas and John H. Thomas on November 8, 1918, at the Seattle General Hospital, and passed away three months short of his 99th birthday.

January 23, 1942, he married the love of his life, Shirley Jennings. They recently celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary surrounded by their large family.

After his graduation from Lincoln High School in Seattle in June 1937, Bill joined the U.S. Navy on his birthday at age 17, the earliest he was eligible to enlist.

During World War II, Bill worked as a carpenter’s mate on several ships. Following the war, he stayed in the Naval Reserve until 1949, when he received his discharge papers.

While in the Naval Reserve, he also worked in the Seattle Police Department until rejoining the military in April 1949, this time in the U.S. Army, as a Second Lieutenant. He retired from the Army in December 1963, as a Chief Warrant Officer in criminal investigation.

Following his graduation from the University of Washington in June 1967, Bill established the Law Enforcement program at Shoreline Community College. He retired in 1981 after teaching at SCC for 16 years.

He and Shirley spent considerable periods of time in Israel and enjoyed numerous cruises in various parts of the world. He carried out his love of gardening at their homes on Dayton Avenue North in Shoreline (1963-1973), in Kingston, Washington (1973-1995), and at Richmond Beach in Shoreline, Washington (1995-2015).

A proud Welshman through and through, Bill sang in church choirs and Welsh choirs his whole life. He especially enjoyed singing with many friends in the choir at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Shoreline.

Bill is survived by his wife, Shirley Jennings Thomas; sons John, David (Linda), Stephen (Glennyce), James (Sandra), and Daniel (Julie) Thomas; numerous nieces and nephews; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Robert (Aileen) Thomas and daughter-in-law Shelly Thomas.

A celebration of Bill’s life will take place at 2pm on Thursday, August 17, 2017, at Cristwood Activity Center in Shoreline, Washington, with his grandson, The Rev. Seth J. Thomas, officiating.

Donations can be made to King’s Schools at Crista Ministries, 19303 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133.


Car - motorcycle accident Saturday

A motorcyclist collided with a car on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the intersection of 5th NE and NE 145th near the northbound entrance to the freeway in Shoreline.

According to Shoreline Fire, who responded to the scene, the motorcyclist escaped without serious head injury, although witnesses report he may have had broken bones.

The driver of the car was reported by witnesses to be in shock and was apparently treated at the scene.


LFP residents: Early registration for Fall Recreation Programs with City of Shoreline begin Wednesday

Live in Lake Forest Park? Interested in recreation?

Take advantage of recreation programs offered through the City of Shoreline.

Lake Forest Park residents are eligible for a 24-hour early registration period prior to the start of each season’s programs plus an 8% discount on all program fees (not rentals) through the entire year!

Fall 2017 early registration for Lake Forest Park Residents is Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 12:01am online and 8:00am in person.

Reminder: the City of Lake Forest Park offers scholarship reimbursements for eligible residents of youth and specialized recreation participants who are registered and attend cultural, recreation, or aquatic programs and camps.

The City will reimburse each qualified Lake Forest Park resident up to $100 for summer quarter (and up to $50.00 per quarter for fall, winter and spring). The application form can be downloaded by clicking here or found in the lobby at City Hall.

You may also find more information on how to register, scholarship opportunities, or the partnership with City of Shoreline on our website here.

View the Fall Digital Guide Here


Sasquatch: Man-Ape or Myth Aug 17

Shoreline resident Vicki Montzingo
in her role as Baby Sasquatch in the
movie Harry and the Hendersons
Sasquatch: Man-Ape or Myth?

Thursday, August 17, 2017, 7-8:30pm, Shoreline Library 345 NE 175th, Shoreline 98155.

Throughout the Northwest, people have been reporting encounters with the Sasquatch — a hairy, eight- to ten-foot-tall hominid — for hundreds of years.

Yet aside from a collection of large footprint casts and a sizable assemblage of eyewitness accounts, some attributable to the earliest humans in the Northwest, no scientifically accepted evidence has been offered to establish this being's existence.

Author David George Gordon evaluates the data gathered about the legendary Northwest icon, discusses the rules of critical thinking and the workings of the scientific method, and explains how one can become an effective "citizen scientist" by gathering credible evidence that can be used to substantiate the Sasquatch's status as either Man-Ape or Myth.

Attendees are encouraged to tell their tales and share their experiences with this mysterious creature.

Sponsored by the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau


State seeks volunteers to count people who bike and walk

Photo by Mary Jo Heller
Bicycle and pedestrian 
annual count September 26-28

The number of people who choose to walk or ride bicycles as their mode of transportation is increasing in Washington each year.

Just how many? Here is an opportunity to help the state find out. Volunteer registration is now open for anyone who wants to help count the number of people who walk or ride bicycles to their destinations during a three-day survey starting Tuesday, September 26.

Volunteer support is vital to the success of this project, and about 400 people are needed for the count. In 2016, volunteers tallied more than 78,000 people biking and walking in communities across Washington.

For this ninth annual survey, the Washington State Department of Transportation and Cascade Bicycle Club are partnering with FeetFirst, Washington Bikes and Futurewise to help count the number of people bicycling and walking Tuesday, September 26 through Thursday, September 28.

“Data from this survey help state and local governments plan and evaluate improved connections for Washingtonians who walk and bike, in a similar way we plan for other modes of travel,” said Active Transportation Division Director Barb Chamberlain. “Volunteers make the collection process possible – we couldn’t do this work without them.”

This volunteer effort makes sure that people who bike and walk are counted as essential users of the transportation system. Data collected during the count is used by state and local agencies to estimate demand; measure the benefit of bicycle and pedestrian project investments; and improve policies, project designs and funding opportunities.

In addition to the annual count, WSDOT, Cascade Bicycle Club, and local agencies are partnering to install permanent counters at locations around the state. To see data from both data collection programs, visit the WSDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Portal.

To learn more, visit WSDOT’s website, email Cascade Bicycle Club or call 206-954-4896.
Sign-up to volunteer here


Mountain Loop Trails: Hikes for Fall

Mountain Loop Trails: Hikes for Fall
Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm
Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace 98043

Connecting Granite Falls and Darrington, the Mountain Loop Highway offers access to a variety of trails and spectacular photography opportunities.

Join Edith Farrell, naturalist photographer and hiker with over 25 years' experience in the Mountain Loop area, to discover the best trails and areas for Fall foliage, and which trails are open and best for Fall hiking. Also includes basics such as levels of hikes, locating trailheads, and safety concerns.


LFP Citizens Committee meets Tuesday

The LFP Citizens Commission group is meeting on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Third Place Commons, upper level Town Center, Lake Forest Park.

They are working on an Annual Report, monitoring transportation options for Lake Forest Park. The theme for August is "Transportation".

We are also going to talk about some crime prevention type concerns that have been popping up in the community.
The group is not affiliated with the City of Lake Forest Park.


Drive sober or get pulled over

During all of 2016, impaired drivers were involved in crashes that resulted in 277 deaths and another 371 serious injuries.

These crashes are not only tragic, they are completely preventable.

That is why extra DUI patrols will be out statewide from August 18 through September 4. The patrols will be looking for drunk or drugged drivers, and will uphold all traffic laws.

In north King County, the Lake Forest Park, Seattle, and Shoreline Police Departments, the Washington State Patrol, and the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board will be canvassing the roadways in search of impaired drivers.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is designed to encourage all drivers to make the right choice. 

Designate a sober, drug-free driver, take a cab, catch a ride share, Uber, Lyft or walk with a friend.

These extra patrols are part of Target Zero — striving to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030.


Photo: Shoreline City Hall lobby

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Every time I look at the photo, I think the clouds are in the sky. The seating area looks like land next to a pond.

This is the lobby of Shoreline City Hall, with some added art pieces. Steve Robinson got the perfect angle to show up the clouds, which are called Cloud Bank.

Artist Leo Saul Berk deliberately designed them so they would look different from every angle.


North City Jazz Walk Tuesday evening - answers to all your questions

Tuesday August 15, 2017
6-10:30pm on 15th Ave NE

1. What is going on here?
This is the 11th Annual North City Jazz Walk.
Street closes at 6pm on 15th Ave NE between 175th and 180th.
Jazz Bites start at 6pm and the music lasts from 6:30-10:30pm.

2. Where do I park? Note: “St Mark’s is not available this year”.
Parking is free at the following locations:
  • Loyal Automotive: 1211 NE 175th St
  • North City Lumber 1221 NE 175th St
  • US Post Office 17233 15th Ave NE
  • Maid Brigade 17229 15th Ave NE
  • Anderson House 17201 15th Avenue
  • Center for Human Services 17018 15th Ave NE
  • Park ‘n Ride at Buddha Jewel Monastery 17418 8th Ave NE 
  • Safeway *after 7pm* 17202 15th Ave NE 
  • Street parking is also available: please do not block driveways.
IF you park within the street closure area you will not be able to move your vehicle until after the event closes at 10:30pm.

3. Is this event free?
You may stroll the street, grab an inexpensive bite to eat and hear three open to the public music venues OR purchase a bracelet and have access to eight additional indoor venues.

Bracelets are $15.00 until midnight 8/14 and $20.00 day of event.

4. Where do I buy tickets, how much does it cost?
Visit the website:
Several North City businesses have tickets until Monday pm, for $15.00.
Tuesday at 6pm there will be three ticket booths on the street.
Tickets will be Available on the night of the event for $20.00 each.
You may pay with Cash, check or a credit card.

5. What if I have a receipt for an online purchase?
You must exchange the receipt for a bracelet at one of the three ticket booths.

6. What time is the event over; when will the street reopen?
The event ends at 10:30pm. And street will reopen at 11pm.

7. Who is performing and where?
Visit the website at
Pick up a brochure at any ticket booth.


Coming to a galaxy near you - Free outdoor movie at Paramount Park Friday

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Coming to a galaxy near you - Free outdoor movie featuring "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" on Friday, August 18 at Paramount School Park, 15300 8th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155.

Garrison Titan
Come get your seats early and watch the Celebrate Shoreline Skateboard competition.

Get your photo taken at our photo booth, and
Enjoy food from Galaxy Doughnuts and Hot dogs.

Bring chairs, blankets, and dress for all weather! Food for sale.

Also scheduled to appear are members of Garrison Titan, Washington's branch of nationally organized Star Wars cosplayers.

Invited you are, Fun we will have!

Film starts at 8:30pm. Costumes optional!

Presented by the Ridgecrest Neighborhood Association.


Photos: When the neighbors come visiting...

By Diane Hettrick

Friendly neighbors have been dropping in to visit this week.

In Innis Arden, Bill Schnall's deck rail was a hospitable perch for this young hawk.

In Lake Forest Park, a slightly larger guest showed up on Jerry Pickard's street.

His neighbor Kira took this photo of her morning guest.


Jobs: Kruckeberg

KBGF is currently looking for a part-time horticulturist to join our staff. Individuals should be outgoing, customer service oriented and able to perform rigorous tasks such as bending lifting, and walking. Weekends required. Interested parties should send a letter and resume to:

Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Foundation
P.O. Box 60035
Shoreline, WA 98160-0035

or email


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