Staff has the day off - Shoreline Area News resumes Friday

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Wayne Pridemore
Thanks to Shoreline Area News photographer Wayne Pridemore for working on Thanksgiving to get the photos of the Richmond Beach Fun Run.

The rest of us took the day off.

Regular publication will resume Friday evening.

--Shoreline Area News



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Under the Sea Fun Run in Richmond Beach on Thanksgiving

Ready to run!


Text and photos by Wayne Pridemore

Richmond Beach's annual Thanksgiving Fun Run was at the Saltwater Park. This year's theme was "under the sea" for the 3.4 mile course. The runners, walkers, joggers, baby strollers, and dogs took off at 8:30am Thanksgiving morning. The RBCA event raises donations and food for Shoreline's Hopelink program.


Three young volunteers working at the fun run were, 
from left, Mary Haanen,, Annaleise Morrison, and Lola Wagoner.


One of the more creative costumes for the 'under the sea" fun run was worn by Daryl Hoogerwerf. Daryl was raised in Shoreline and attended Sunset Elementary. He now lives in Hansville.


The Richmond Beach Community Association volunteer crew at the Thanksgiving run. 
They set up the course, registered runners/walkers, took donations, directed traffic, and had a good time at the event.


The crowd of runners and walkers head towards the starting line.


There were hundreds of participants starting off on their run.

You can view other photos of the run by going to 



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Happy Thanksgiving!



Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers and contributors. 

Don't work yourself into a frazzle - don't try to eat everything - and don't talk politics with relatives!

Do have a warm and happy day with someone you love and appreciate.

--The Shoreline Area News



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Free black cat and kitten adoptions on Black Friday

Worf - male, neutered, 3 years old
with wonderful round gold eyes
Instead of fighting crowds for the latest gadget at the mall, shop for a new best friend at Seattle Humane this Black Friday, November 24, 2017! 

For one day only, they’ll be waiving the adoption fee for every all black, black-speckled, black-spotted, and black-striped cat or kitten in their care.

"We’re promoting black cats because statistics reveal they spend more time in shelters," says Jenna Pringle, Marketing Communications Manager at Seattle Humane. 
"Black cats don’t photograph or show as well as their more colorful counterparts, but look more closely and you’ll find that black fur is beautiful, and these pets are some of the most loving and expressive ones."

It's best for all family members to meet any prospective new pet. So if you're looking to adopt a cat for the holidays, make it a family event and come into Seattle Humane's brand new shelter in Bellevue to meet with an Adoption Advisor.

Located at 13212 SE Eastgate Way in Bellevue, the shelter will be open from 11am to 8pm Friday for this special one-day only event.

View some of the many adoptable cats online.



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Native Flute player Peter Ali performs Saturday at Third Place Commons

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Peter Ali, flute player
Photo copyright Marc Weinberg
Take a break this Saturday from a hectic weekend of shopping and frenzied family time to do something enriching for spirit. Head to Third Place Commons to honor Native American Heritage Month with a performance by flutist Peter Ali. 

Ali will perform traditional music on a variety of Native flutes, each with its own story, and will also share stories from his own rich, ethnic heritage.

Like all events at Third Place Commons, this event is free of charge and family friendly. So don’t miss this special performance, Saturday, November 25th at 2pm. (Check the online calendar to find out about all the other fabulous, free events coming up.)

Third Place Commons is a community-supported nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering real community in real space. Third Place Commons is located in Lake Forest Park Town Center at 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park 98155.



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"Brother, Can you spare a... raincoat?"

Homeless man sleeping in Seattle doorway
Photo courtesy Seattle Municipal Archives 35985
By Rob Oxford

"Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?", is one of the best-known American songs of the Great Depression. Written in 1930 by lyricist E. Y. "Yip" Harburg and composer Jay Gorney, it was made famous by Tacoma's own Bing Crosby.

In an average week I will spend between 40 to 50 hours in and out of downtown Seattle. 

My job requires that I travel from the affluent neighborhoods of Magnolia and Madison Park, through the corridors of South Lake Union and Fremont and occasionally past some of the not so glamorous dwellings in Rainier Beach and South Park.

In each of these communities you will find a home. It may not be a large home, it may not be a new home, but nonetheless it is a home. At night the lights are on, the shades are drawn and the house is warm. Inside families are conversing and keeping each other company, reliving the day's activities and making plans for tomorrow. But just outside, sometimes only feet away, the homeless wander.

I am somewhat ashamed to admit that during the warmer months of the year, I rarely consider their plight. I'm often so busy trying to complete the day's tasks that I hurry by with my mind on other things. There's so much to do and so little time. I have to make it home in time for my sons' football or baseball games. I have a yard to mow. The car needs washing or I simply want to relax. After all, I worked my 8, 9 hours. I did my time!

But during the fall, things slow down. The rain starts to fall, the wind starts to blow, it gets colder and things... slow... down. I'm not as busy. I start to notice the people on the street. I start to notice their cardboard shelters. I have more time to read their cardboard signs and I have more time to think.

I don't presume to understand why some people are homeless. I know there are many factors involved. Mental illness, drug addiction, family quarrels, all are contributing factors. But it's so much more involved.

When I first moved to Seattle from a small town in Texas, I felt compelled to give my spare change to the first person who asked for it. I'd never witnessed "panhandling" on this level before and it was "spare" change, right? I could afford it.

Then many years later, after being fired from a radio job in Denver, I found myself back in Seattle living in a van. At night it was cold. I was dry and reasonably safe, but at night it did get cold. I had a brother 45 minutes south of Seattle I could have stayed with, but I was stubborn, I was angry, full of too much pride and he'd helped me too much already. I needed to do this on my own. I was fortunate to have been employed, and I didn't need to "beg". Thankfully I only spent a few months on the street, but I learned a lot about myself.

I also learned a lot about being homeless. I learned there are ways to help the homeless without giving money directly to them. I learned that when you say you don't have any change to spare and genuinely mean it, most often they believe you.

I learned that wishing them "good luck" and meaning that too is quite often enough. I learned that a heartfelt smile is better than acting like they don't exist. I learned that sometimes I can afford to buy two hamburgers, one for me and one for you. And just today, I learned that the extra raincoat I had stuffed behind my driver's seat, that I forgot was even there, can sometimes seem like the greatest present ever received.

Sure, there will always be those who take advantage of the kindness of strangers. There will be those who try and take advantage of "the system" - whatever "The System" is. 

As my Father would say: "There will always be some who expect everything to be given to them on a silver platter". But that's not my concern, my concern is to try and treat those less fortunate than myself with kindness and dignity. Not just during the winter months, when things are slow and time allows you to give them more thought, but during all 12 months of the year.

Happy Thanksgiving!



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Do you eat at downtown restaurants?

Miller's Guild located at 612 Stewart St, Seattle 98101 was closed by a Public Health food inspector on November 21, 2017 due to an ongoing foodborne illness outbreak investigation associated with salmonellosis.

Six persons from four separate meal parties became ill after eating at the restaurant on different dates during 8/15/17 –11/3/17; one of the ill persons was hospitalized and has since recovered.

The restaurant is in the Westlake area of downtown Seattle.

The establishment will be reopened once the inspector confirms that all issues have been resolved.



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Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Thankful



Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter can be found under Features 
in the first column of the front page of the Shoreline Area News



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CORRECTION: No Recology pickup service in Shoreline Thanksgiving

This is the pattern for Recology and for Republic
Somewhere, Recology is not taking Thanksgiving off, as per the website I checked, but it's not in Shoreline, where drivers will be eating turkey instead of picking up garbage.

According to the Shoreline Recology site, "If your collection falls on Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year's Day, your collection will be one day later that week."

Sorry for the confusion - and thanks to the readers who pointed it out!

--Diane Hettrick



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Memories of Summer: Quail on a fence

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Photo by Wayne Pridemore



Floating feathers of a quail,

feathers from a quail's tail.

Feathered wings will tell a tale,

of the quail on wind and sail.

---Roger's Rhymes


Photo by Wayne Pridemore


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Brookside Elementary named a state School of Distinction

Brookside Elementary School
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

Brookside Elementary was recently announced as one of only 98 schools in the State to be honored as a School of Distinction by the Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) and their partner organizations.

Brookside was selected for the prestigious recognition by being in the top five percent of highest improving schools in the State for increased English language arts (ELA) and math achievement.

“This is an incredible and well-deserved honor for the students, staff and families of Brookside Elementary,” said Superintendent Rebecca Miner. 
“Their focus on continuous improvement as learners and educators is an inspiring example of what is possible in public education.”

Now in its 11th year, the School of Distinction Awards were created to recognize the highest improving schools in Washington State. The awards recognize and celebrate school staff, students, and leaders who improve performance for all students over a sustained period of time in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics.

Brookside Elementary and other School of Distinction Award winners from around the region will be recognized at a reception on December 11, 2017 at the Puget Sound ESD in Renton.




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Board game night at Arcane Comics in Shoreline Saturday

Terraforming Mars is one of the games available
to play at Board Games Night at Arcane Comics


On Saturday, November 25, 2017 Arcane Comics is hosting their bi-monthly board game night at their shop in Shoreline.

Saturday, November 25 at 4pm - 8pm
Arcane Comics, 15202 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline 98133

They will have some games on hand to teach, but also plenty of space to bring in your own to play or share.

They will provide table space and a friendly environment to play, share, and talk about board games with other people who share your passion.

During our Board Game Night, ALL board games and gaming supplies purchased in-store will be 15% OFF! (excludes Magic and Pokémon cards)

Snacks and beverages will be available to purchase as well!

Forbidden Desert

Games that will be available to play include:

-Boss Monster
-Citadels
-Codenames
-Dominion
-Dwarves: Dig, Delve, Die
-Drink!
-Fluxx: Cartoon Network
-Forbidden Desert
-Jenga
-King of Tokyo
-Munchkin
-One Night Ultimate Werewolf: Daybreak
-Rhino Hero
-Rick and Morty: Total Rickall
-Scrabble Slam
-Slamwich
-Small World
-Tem-Purr-A
-Terraforming Mars
-Ticket to Ride
-Timeline: Americana
-Titans Tactics
-The Uncanny X-Men Alert! Adventure Game

And if you have never heard of any of them, they come with instructions!


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State Fire Marshal: Make fire-safe cooking habits a priority in your kitchen


From the State Fire Marshal's Office

Did you know that Thanksgiving is the number one day of the year for home cooking fires?

Many of these fires are the result of unattended cooking, and a number of these fires involve turkey fryers.

This year, the State Fire Marshal’s Office is advising that residents plan ahead to ensure a safe, fun and food-filled holiday.

Keep your holiday dinner delicious by practicing safe habits while in the kitchen with these fire safety tips:

Kitchen Caution
  • Never leave the stove unattended. If you leave the kitchen, turn the burner or oven off.
  • Keep your cooking area clear of anything that can burn.
  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove.
  • Keep a pan lid or baking sheet nearby to cover a pan fire.
  • Wear short sleeves or roll sleeves up.
  • Keep an ABC rated fire extinguisher in an accessible location.
Turkey Fryer Caution
  • Choose a fryer with thermostat controls to prevent oil from overheating.
  • Before operating a turkey fryer, always read and follow the instruction manual.
  • Thaw your turkey completely— ice will cause hot oil to splatter.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the fryer.
To learn more about kitchen caution and how to prevent home fires, visit the State Fire Marshal’s website and Twitter feed.



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City Calvary Chapel packs shoeboxes for children worldwide

Shoebox full of treats for a child in need
Last week City Calvary Chapel was again the Drop-Off location for Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child.

Churches, schools, groups and individuals dropped off 1145 shoe boxes packed with toys, t-shirts, dolls, school supplies, hygiene items, books, etc. and maybe a message and photo of the sender.

These boxes are shipped all over the world and distributed to children who may never have received a gift from anyone in their lives.

Our Northwest boxes are going to Peru, the Philippines or Indonesia.

Volunteers at City Calvary and a little girl
who came in with her mother

Last year the Samaritan's Purse organization, which has existed for 20 years, collected 11.5 million boxes nationwide which were sent to 104 countries.

The website Operation Christmas Child has videos of the faces of the children when they open boxes which have been carried by trucks, canoes, even camels to villages across the globe.

Top donations came from Seattle Formosan Christian Church, Shoreline Christian School, Shoreline Community Church, Network Christian Ministries, and Lake City Presbyterian Church.

The organization, Samaritan's Purse, is involved in rescue operations throughout the year and throughout the world. 

They have the means to construct an operational hospital in a day and bring in the personnel to deliver the services needed in all kinds of trauma and tragedies, from earthquakes, floods to refugee crises.



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Learn to decorate Holiday wreaths at RB Library Nov 29

Learn how to decorate a beautiful holiday wreath with easy to make bows and unusual items.

This demonstration will show you how you can start with a simple Evergreen wreath and embellish it with everyday items to create a unique arrangement without breaking the bank!

Come see how it's done, or bring your own wreath or swag to get started right away. Ribbon for bows will be provided.

Holiday Wreaths, Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 6:30pm - 8pm, Richmond Beach Library, 19601 21st Ave NW, Shoreline 98177.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Richmond Beach Library.



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Photo: Blondie

Photo by Bruce Hill

I just realized that I don't think of ducks as birds. Birds are those speedy little creatures darting around the trees checking for bugs, taking baths in bird baths and puddles, and eating from colorful bird feeders.

Ducks are big and noisy and use lakes for their baths. They're like the tamest, calmest form of wildlife. They don't eat your cats like the coyotes do, steal your fish catch or raid your pond like the otters do. They don't eat your tulips, or munch on your garden like the deer do.

In fact, they usually stay out of your yard, and you have to go to them at Echo Lake, Ronald Bog, Twin Ponds, Bitter Lake, and the catchment pond at the I-5 interchange.

They have adorable, clumsy babies who fall down sewers and have to be rescued. They march their babies across busy roads, halting traffic.

They're noisy and if there are too many of them, they can leave a serious amount of poo behind.

But they are pretty and entertaining to watch. They are in a special category of their own.

--Diane Hettrick


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Dance Fremont to perform The Steadfast Tin Soldier in Shoreline Dec 9-10

Dance Fremont will perform The Steadfast Tin Soldier
at Shorecrest Performing Arts Center on Dec 9-10


Dance Fremont announces its 21st season of the tender Hans Christian Andersen tale of The Steadfast Tin Soldier, A Story Ballet. This production reflects the dreams and work of a number of Fremont artists and young students from Dance Fremont.

Colorfully hand-tailored costumes, locally designed and hand-painted scenery, a cast of fifty young dancers and an ensemble of musicians join together to present this charming holiday dance event. 

Vivian Little, director emerita of Dance Fremont, choreographed the ballet, and composer, lyricist and librettist, Kathleen Mills conducts The Steadfast Tin Soldier Ensemble.

Signing in Exact English (S.E.E.) has been incorporated into the choreography to make this performance accessible for the hearing impaired. The show content is delightful and appropriate for all ages.

Holiday Ballet: 201st Annual Performance of The Steadfast Tin Soldier, A Story Ballet on December 9 - 10 - Saturday 2:00pm and 7:30pm, Sunday 2:00pm at the Shorecrest Performing Arts Center 15343 25th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155

Admission: $20 for adults and $15 for Children under 12 years



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Winter is coming ... ELNA to hear about how to prepare

The Echo Lake Neighborhood Association (ELNA) will meet on Tuesday evening, 7-9pm at City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N, 3rd floor.

Speakers from Shoreline Fire and Home Depot will talk about ways to prepare for the cold winter that is coming.

The Echo Lake Neighborhood is bounded by I-5, Aurora, 205th, and 185th. All who live or work in this area are welcome members.

More information about ELNA on the web, on Facebook. Contact for more information by email or voice message at 206-486-5712.



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CPR and Fire Aid class in Shoreline - pay on Saturday and take a friend for free

Learn CPR and first aid

WestCoast CPR Training in Shoreline is offering a Buy 1 - Give 1 special for a Certified CPR/AED and First Aid Class at their facility, a $99 value.

They offer 1-Hour CPR Classes/ 7 Days a Week, but this offer is Valid for Purchases on Small Business Saturday November 25, 2017. Register by phone 206-629-5295.

Call Saturday, but your class can be scheduled anytime before January 31st. Class details and schedules here.

Both participants will receive certification cards in Adult/Child/ Infant CPR/ AED and Basic First Aid. Offer does not include Healthcare Provider BLS CPR.
Learn how to safely and calmly handle a medical emergency with CPR and First Aid training.

Blended CPR classes are part online video course, and part in-class practice at WestCoast CPR Training in Shoreline. The online course takes about 1.5 hours, and the hands-on practice class is just 1-hour or less in class.

Great “Peace of Mind” Gift for the Holidays! Thank you for supporting your local Shoreline Small Businesses!

CPR Classes in Shoreline at WestCoast CPR Training, 17544 Midvale Ave N. Suite 201, Shoreline, 98133, 206-629-5295.



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How to avoid package thieves

Package thief at work. Accomplice is waiting
in blue car. Photo courtesy LFP Police.
From LFP Police

Not only were mail thieves at work last week, so were the package thieves.

Tips to avoid this from happening: 
  • Require a signature for all package drop-offs, 
  • have packages delivered to a secure location (neighbor, place of business, Amazon drop boxes, etc.), and 
  • obtain packages immediately once delivered.
Remember to always call 911 if you see something out of place or suspicious!



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Shoreline Fire Calls Nov 13 - 19

Photo by Wayne Pridemore
Shoreline fire calls for November 13-19

  • Aid - 70
  • Aid Non Emergency - 9
  • MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident) - 5
  • CMT (Community Medicine Team) - 9
  • Medic - 67
  • MVA Medic - 0
  • Cardiac Arrest - 5
  • AFA (Automatic Fire Alarm) - 27
  • Flooding Minor - 1 (1 apartment in apartment complex)
  • Haz - 1 CO alarm
  • Natural Gas in the Area - 1 
  • Service Call
    • 1 tree into a house, 
    • 3 calls tree/wires blocking roads, 
    • 4 calls of people stuck in an elevator, 
    • 1 unknown smell, 
    • 1 individual in wheelchair needs assist w/elevator not working.
  • Smoke/Burn Complaint - 1
  • Smoke Smell - 1 (result was a fire in the fireplace, smoke from chimney)
  • Wires/Flames from Down Line - 1


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Good Morning, Shoreline - Chamber event Tuesday morning

Attorney Robert Brouillard will speak at
Chamber breakfast at Aegis Tuesday
The Shoreline Chamber of Commerce will hold a networking event at Aegis of Shoreline on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 7:30am - 8:30am.

Energize your day with coffee, a light breakfast and networking. Build relationships with and get inspiration from other members of the Shoreline business community. Reconnect with friends, make new acquaintances and create new business opportunities.

Bring business cards if you have them, and be ready to share a story about your business.

Aegis of Shoreline is providing a complimentary gourmet continental breakfast, and we will meet in one of the rooms in their beautiful facility. We will start at 7:30 and end at 8:30, but feel free to drop late or leave early as needed.

The speaker will be Robert Brouillard, of the Law Office of Robert P. Brouillard.

Presented by the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Aegis of Shoreline.Aegis of Shoreline 14900 1st Ave NE, Shoreline WA 98155

RSVP by email



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Holiday cat food drive for Shoreline cat rescue

Monday, November 20, 2017

Cat food drive at
Cats Exclusive
Shoreline veterinary clinic and boarding center Cats Exclusive has named Shoreline's Seattle Area Feline Rescue as the recipient of its annual cat food drive.

During this season of giving please include on your list those pets in need. The Seattle Area Feline Rescue is a local non-profit shelter, located in Shoreline, helping homeless cats and kittens find new homes.

Bring in cat food of any kind to Cats Exclusive and help us fill the collection barrel located in our lobby.

For each pound donated now through December 23rd, Cats Exclusive Veterinary Center will match your donation, pound for pound.

Cats Exclusive 19203 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline 98133



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Photo: Fall foliage still on trees

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Some trees are still holding on to their leaves. With any luck, the displays will continue until holiday decorations go up so we can ignore the dark cloud cover and early darkness.




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Ken Noreen and the Shoreline Concert Band: End of an Era

“End of an Era” is a true celebration of Ken Noreen's 54 years of music education in Shoreline.

Tuesday, November 28, 7:30pm, Shorewood High School Performing Arts Center, 17300 Fremont Ave N, Shoreline 98133.

After spending 30 years with the Shoreline Public School, this marks 24 years as the Director of the Shoreline Concert Band. This band includes students at Shoreline CC plus some 45 community musicians.

This concert features the regular Fall Concert of the band plus the U of Washington Concert Band  and an alumni and friends band that will finish the program with a grand rendition of “Overture 1812.”

Some 50 to 60 past students will join the Shoreline Concert Band for this production.

There is no charge for the concert, but donations will be asked for at the door that will go to the formation of the Ken and Pearl Noreen Scholarship Endowment at Shoreline Community College.



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Meridian Park Neighborhood Assn conversation with Director of Parks on Tuesday

Sunday, November 19, 2017


Future of Shoreline Parks, Open Spaces, and Recreation Revealed This Tuesday 11/21/17

Meridian Park Neighborhood Association will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 21st at Shoreline City Hall on the third floor. The speaker will be Eric Freidl, Director of Parks, Recreation, and Open Space for the City of Shoreline. A plan was recently completed after surveying residents and getting input about use and ideas in these many areas, and Mr. Freidl will present this completed PROS plan and answer questions. Everyone is invited to attend, bring your questions and comments, and find out what this means for the parks, green spaces, public art, and recreation in your neighborhood!

MPNA meets on the third Tuesday of the month at Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave. N in Shoreline. All Shoreline residents are welcome to attend these meetings, and light refreshments will be served. If you have questions, call Cynthia Knox at 206-218-3302 or email meridianparkna@gmail.com.



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Recycling: Clean, empty, dry

Every year, Americans recycle more than 87 million tons.

Unfortunately, not everything placed in a recycle bin is ready to be recycled.

Did you know that a recent study showed two-thirds of Americans will put something in the recycling cart even if they are unsure if it is recyclable?

Sometimes, perfectly good items (such as paper) are ruined because other items are wet or soiled. Contaminated recycling hurts the environment.

What can you do? Remember: Empty, Clean, Dry.

Empty – make sure each container is completely empty

Clean – each container should be free from food and other residues

Dry – Dry containers ensure that other recyclables, such as cardboard and paper, remain uncontaminated

--Republic Services



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Lights of Unity: Chabad Jewish Center of Snohomish County public menorah lighting at Lynnwood City Hall



In light of recent tragic events in Texas, Las Vegas and around the world, the Chabad Jewish Center of Snohomish County invites you to celebrate the Festival of Lights with “Lights of Unity”, celebrating the light and joy of our shared freedoms and the immeasurable value of every human being.

The sixth annual Lynnwood public Menorah Lighting Ceremony will take place at 6:00pm on Tuesday, December 12, at the Lynnwood City Hall 19100 44th Ave W, Lynnwood 98036.

The event will feature speeches by the Rabbi of the Chabad Jewish Center and Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith, as well as the kindling of the giant nine-foot Menorah, delicious Holiday treats and musical performance by the Seattle based Klez Katz Klezmer band.

Join the community at a public display of unity at this exciting Menorah Lighting Ceremony. Bring the kids and make this your special Chanukah celebration. We encourage everyone to bring a candle to light in unity.

Chabad Centers all around the world are dedicated to spreading light and goodness in their respective communities. Chabad’s answer to the darkness and destruction is an increase in light and warmth.

The kindling of the Menorah each night of the holiday highlights Chanukah, a celebration for all time.

"It is a holiday that enriches our lives with the light of tradition," said Rabbi Berel Paltiel, director of the Chabad Jewish Center. "In ancient times our ancestors rededicated the Temple in Jerusalem with the Menorah. Today, we rededicate ourselves to making this world a better and brighter place." 

Chanukah also propagates the universal message that ultimately good prevails over evil, freedom over oppression and light over darkness.

In its Chanukah outreach campaign, Chabad of Snohomish County joins thousands of Chabad centers across the globe that are staging similar public displays of the Menorah and its symbolic lights. From Australia to Africa, Columbia to Hong Kong, New York City’s statue of liberty to the White House lawn, hundreds of thousands will experience the joy of Chanukah with Chabad.

For more information, contact the Chabad Jewish Center at 425-741-9633.



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Rob Oxford: Giving just a little bit

By Rob Oxford

A friend recently contacted me about an upcoming concert his son was interested in attending. It seems this particular artist happened to be his son's favorite and he'd not yet had the chance to see him perform live.

Knowing my way around the entertainment industry, I made a few phone calls and sent a few emails. Unfortunately, this was several months ago and it appeared as though this time, I was not going to be "the man of the hour". I hadn't gotten any response from the artist's management team and I was running out of time and options. However, not being the type to give up easily, I sent one last email.

I should tell you that during my 25 years in radio, one of my greatest joys has been the ability to provide friends with experiences only those in my line of work have the opportunity to enjoy. Afterall, one can only go to so many concerts, am I right? I've seen some bands a dozen times, hung out backstage on more than a few occasions and interviewed countless artists. Yes, it's always a thrill to meet a star and every so often they're genuinely thrilled to meet you. That's when it's special.

But it's equally special to have a listener call you during your radio shift or run into you at an event and say; "Do you remember when you gave me those backstage passes to Pearl Jam? I'll never forget that." Unfortunately, more often than not I have forgotten, but that's not the point. The point is, I made a lifelong friend and sometimes they're already friends, which is the case with Kip Kane.

Roger Hodgson
Kip was hesitant at first, but asked me if I had any connections with Roger Hodgson, the creative genius behind Supertramp.

He told me his son Luke, a keyboard player himself, is a huge Supertramp fan, would love to see the show and if at all possible, say hello afterward.

To be quite honest, it was a pretty tall order considering I had never met Roger myself. But, considering the type of guy Kip is and as President of The Shorecrest H.S. Boosters, how much of himself he gives to our community, I had to try.

So I sent one last email. This time I got a response. It read in part, "Roger wold love to meet with Luke and Kip after the show. He has a soft spot for young musicians. We will have passes for you at the door under Luke's name. Do you also need tickets?"

The show, his last of the current tour, had been sold out for quite some time so I was delighted at the response I had just received.

Unfortunately, there was a catch.

Neither Luke's Dad nor I had considered that the venue was 21 and over. We tried our best to arrange a special backstage meet-n-greet, but considering this specific venue is also a Casino, it just wasn't going to happen. The Head of Security was gracious while delivering the bad news, but the fact remained, Luke was going to have to wait four more years to meet his favorite songwriter.

The show was fantastic and if Mr. Hodgson's performance is any indication, he'll surely be back again in four years and most likely a lot sooner. But I was disappointed that Luke couldn't meet Roger. I was even more disappointed that Roger couldn't meet Luke. You see Luke is a Senior at Shorecrest High School and has autism. An incredibly talented young man, who plans on studying music production after he graduates, I have no question that someday it will be Luke who's meeting with a young fan backstage.

I would like to personally thank Shakti with Mr. Hodgson's Management for trying so hard to accommodate our request and for the autographed CD Luke recently received in the mail. Luke is currently in the process of writing his own note of thanks.



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Book Review by Aarene Storms: Every Breath

Every Breath by Ellie Marney  (Every #1)

Rachel Watts has recently moved with her family from their failed farm in the country to a crowded house in Melbourne. She misses the farm and the quiet of the land. But soon, she is drawn into friendship-- and more--with genius-boy James Mycroft who lives down the street. Together the teens research obscure crime-solving strategies and write essays for the "Diogenes" website.

Allusions to Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson abound, especially when the teens discover that their friend, known only as "Homeless Dave," may have been murdered... after he was dead. And, as in the famous story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the key to the crime may lie with a dog that didn't bark.

Nice world-building, excellent characters, and great action sequences (especially in the second half of the book). The romance between Mycroft and Watts bubbles quietly at first and is certain to boil over soon-- the steamy kisses on the page are definitely only the beginning of the physical side to their relationship.

Australian slang may boggle some readers.

An Australian "Hills Hoist"sounds more ominous than it actually is.

This is a great introduction to a fun new series. I look forward to volume 2!

The events may not have happened; still, the story is true.
--R. Silvern
Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS



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New North City pump station goes live - planning for the future

Pump Station Denny
Photo courtesy North City Water District
By North City Water District 

We are thrilled to report that our new North City Pump Station is live!

Not only is it helping us meet fire flow and water pressure needs throughout our district, it will also help us address the development that will follow the new future light rail stations in our community.

However, there was still one last, important step. As of October 2017, we were pleased to give this facility a very special name, in honor of a very special employee.

Denny Clouse
Introducing the North City/ Denny Clouse Pump Station— in honor of one of our most dedicated employees.

During the eleven years since Denny came to us from the Medford Water Commission, he has mentored our staff, and worked hard to improve operations, helping our District become a model of a well-run public utility.

In 2011 he received the George Warren Fuller Award from the Pacific Northwest Section of American Water Works Association.

In recognition and gratitude for all that Denny has done for our District, our Commissioners voted to formally call our newest facility the North City/ Denny Clouse Pump Station.


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Shoreline's World Concern aids 22,000 Rohingya refugees

Photo credit: Wendy van Amerongen/Medair.
World Concern, a Shoreline-based humanitarian agency, is distributing critical shelter materials and hygiene kits to 22,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh camps.

Working in coordination with Integral Alliance partners Medair, a Swiss aid agency, World Concern is reaching refugee families with desperately needed emergency supplies to shelter and protect vulnerable families who fled extreme violence with nothing.

More than 600,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in overcrowded refugee camps and makeshift settlements near the Myanmar border in Bangladesh since August 25, 2017. Tens of thousands of people, mostly women and children, are in need of shelter, food, water, and medical care.

“We’re specifically targeting people who have been left out of aid distributions,” said World Concern Director of Disaster Response Chris Sheach. “We’re reaching people who have not had a roof over their heads in six weeks since they left Myanmar.”

Sheach said the situation there is the worst he’s seen in his career. Many children are visibly malnourished and suffering from diarrhea and skin diseases.

Fifty-one-year-old Aadil was among 1,250 refugees who received emergency supplies today. “I lost everything, my house and contents, cows, goats and a huge amount of land with rice. Fortunately my family is fine, though struggling. I cannot say thank you enough,” he said.

World Concern will continue to assist thousands of refugees through November and ramp up the response in the coming months as funding allows. You can donate online 


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Tuesday morning at Senior Center - What do I want to do in retirement



Anyone contemplating retirement is welcome to attend this special presentation at the Senior Center, talking about preparing for activities in retirement.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Suggested donation $2 members / $4 non-members. 18560 1st Ave NE - south end, parking lot. 



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LFP Citizen's Commission meets Tuesday

LFP Neighborhoods
The next meeting of the Lake Forest Park Citizen's Commission will be Tuesday, November 21st, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

It will be held at the Town Center at Lake Forest Park, located at 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. We will be meeting in the Stadler Room of the Third Place Commons, if available.

At this meeting we will be talking about Organizing Neighborhoods (How, Why, and What to do), to help with the Commission System, C.S.-P.R.O.S.T. (Cultural Services - Parks, Recreation, Open Space, and Trails) planning, and important city related functions (from Crime Prevention / Block Watch, to Emergency Preparedness / Map Your Neighborhood Events).

We will also be preparing for our LFP Citizen's Commission -Annual Spoke's Council Meeting,
on Tuesday, November 28th, 7-9 p.m., at the Town Center at Lake Forest Park.

Everyone is invited, and welcome to attend, either or both events.
Both events are Free, Open to the Public, and Non-Partisan.

The Citizen's Commission is not affiliated with the City of Lake Forest Park.



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Kruckeberg Solstice Stroll 2017


Solstice Stroll 2017
Friday and Saturday December 8-9, 2017

Winter is beautiful at night, come see the garden aglow with twinkling lights.

Suggested donation: $10

Solstice Stroll
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

For this event, the garden will be closed during normal hours for this weekend only.

Parking is offsite at the Richmond Beach Congregational Church down the street from the garden at 15th Ave NW and Richmond Beach Road – Free Shuttle Provided.

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

Parking and shuttle service at 1512 NW 195th St, Shoreline 98177



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Working through Bereavement in the Holiday Season

Saturday, November 18, 2017

WORKING THROUGH BEREAVEMENT
in the Holiday Season

If you are in bereavement due to:

the death of a loved one, friend or pet; 
loss of employment or your home; 
a dream not realized or lived out

Join us on Saturdays
Dec. 2-16, 30 2017 through Jan. 6, 2018
Noon to 1:30pm

Group leader is Br. John Ryan, OSF, A.A.B. 
Bereavement Counselor 

St. Dunstan’s Church - lower level, room 9

206-363-4319

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