Photo: Wind created rainbow

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Wind created rainbow at Edmonds waterfront
Photo copyright Marc Weinberg

Marc Weinberg was sheltering behind a bush, trying to keep his camera dry as the wind gusts on Tuesday whipped the water into sprays. With the sunshine, Marc was able to capture this ephemeral rainbow in the mist.


Preserving, renovating, and building veterans and heritage facilities in Shoreline and Kenmore

King County Councilmember
Rod Dembowski
King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski secures Building for Culture grants 

Projects in Shoreline and Kenmore will receive funding to help build, maintain, and preserve arts, heritage, and cultural facilities in these communities.

“This was a unique opportunity to make game-changing investments in our arts and heritage organizations,” said Metropolitan King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski. 
“Building for Culture dollars will make possible long desired capital investments in the Shoreline Historical Museum, fund completion of the Shoreline Veterans Memorial, help preserve the Richmond Masonic Center, and continue renovation of the Kenmore Community Club.
"These organizations have a tremendous impact on our community, and these grants will ensure they continue to serve our residents for years to come.”

Rod Dembowski and Dwight Stevens, Chair of the Shoreline Veterans Association, at the construction of the Shoreline Veterans Memorial Plaza, outside of Shoreline City Hall.

The funding to build, maintain, expand, preserve, and improve new and existing cultural facilities was allocated from the Building for Culture program and was unanimously approved by the County Council. Building for Culture is a partnership between King County and 4Culture, King County’s cultural services agency, using bonds backed by the hotel-motel tax.

“Thanks to Councilmember Dembowski’s continued advocacy, we are able to complete the Shoreline Veterans Memorial,” said Dwight Stevens, WWII Veteran and Chair of the Shoreline Veterans Association.  
“The late Frank Moll and I conceived the idea for the Shoreline Veterans Memorial six years ago, as a way to honor the men and women who have served our country. It’s heartening to know that the $20,000 grant from King County will make this dream a reality.”

Dembowski has secured a total of $40,000 in County funding for the Shoreline Veterans Memorial. 

Shoreline Historical Museum expansion plans
“The Shoreline Historical Museum is thrilled to receive a $250,000 grant – about 25 percent of our construction project budget – from King County,” said Vicki Stiles, Executive Director of the Shoreline Historical Museum. 

“We thank Councilmember Rod Dembowski for supporting this critical funding. Our new building will allow us to continue our mission of preserving, recording, and interpreting the rich heritage of the Shoreline area.”

In addition to the funds supporting projects in District 1, Councilmember Dembowski worked to ensure a $200,000 grant for Seattle Repertory Theatre was included in the final project list.

“I would like to extend my appreciation to Councilmember Rod Dembowski and the entire County Council for their support of Seattle Repertory Theatre,” said Jeffrey Herrmann, Managing Director of Seattle Repertory Theatre. “The funds will go to needed renovations, that all of King County will be able to enjoy.”

Richmond Masonic Lodge in Shoreline
will receive funds for renovation
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The facilities receiving funding in District 1 are:

Grant Award
City of Shoreline Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services
Shoreline Veterans Recognition Plaza
Kenmore Community Club
2016 Kenmore Community Club Interior Rehabilitation
Richmond Masonic Center Association
Foundation and Kitchen Renovation
Shoreline Historical Museum
New Collections Facility and Research Center

The bonds supporting these projects are made possible by early retirement of the Kingdome debt. State law requires that hotel-motel tax revenues King County collects this year after repayment of the Kingdome debt be directed to arts and cultural programs.


Holiday Tree, Wreaths and Garland Sales December 5, 6 & 7 to benefit Shorecrest High School Spree

Help Shorecrest seniors celebrate a drug and alcohol free grad night party in June by buying your holiday trees and wreaths from the Spree committee.
Friday - Saturday, December 4-6 in North City


Salvation Army and Bartell Drugs team up for holiday toy drive

Shoreline Bartells in Gateway Plaza
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Bartell Drugs is once again partnering with the Salvation Army to provide holiday gifts for children in need by collecting new, unwrapped toys during its 12th annual Salvation Army “Toy ‘N Joy” drive, now through December 13.

The toy donations will be accepted at 61 Bartell Drugs locations in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Toys will be distributed to low-income children and youth the week before Christmas through the Salvation Army’s “toy warehouses.”

Shoreline Bartell Drugs is located in the Gateway Plaza shopping center at N 185th and Aurora.  

Donation options include:

--Choose a “gift request tag” from the “Toy ‘N’ Joy” display in the store and return the gift to the donation barrel with the tag affixed to it.

--Donate new, unwrapped gifts appropriate for children up to 14 years-of-age.

 “This community-wide drive helps make the holiday season brighter for deserving children in the neighborhoods we serve,” said Bartell Drugs President and CEO Brian Unmacht. “The generous response by our customers over the past eleven years has been gratifying.”

The five-week drive in 2014 generated over 4,543 toy donations by Bartells’ customers — the estimated equivalent of $68,145 in toys provided to the Salvation Army.

Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud to celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2015 with customers and employees. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future - and how the drugstore chain could better serve its customers. Operating 64 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain.


Executive Constantine rallies metropolitan regions across the country to welcome Syrian refugees

Lith Majid hugging his daughter and son after their rickety boat
reached the sanctuary of safe shores
Photo by Daniel Etter

Elected leaders in metropolitan regions across the country are signing a declaration written by King County Executive Dow Constantine welcoming refugees fleeing war-torn Syria.

The declaration also "encourages federal leaders to act responsibly, and consistently with basic American values, and to avoid actions that would betray our nation's principles and put our country at greater risk."

Within 48 hours, officials in 10 major urban counties in the Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, and Northwest had signed the Executive's declaration.

"Local elected leaders from across the country are joining me to welcome refugees fleeing war and tyranny," said Executive Constantine. "We stand united as America's metropolitan regions to uphold our tradition of compassion and the recognition that we are a proud nation of immigrants."


Chief Sutton: Stay vigilant and call 911

Chief Sutton
A letter from the Lake Forest Park Chief of Police Steve Sutton:

Citizens of LFP,

It’s been over a week since the horrific attacks in Paris. All over the world and in the U.S. our freedoms are eroding because of the threat of terrorism. This terrorism comes in all forms and we need to remain vigilant – even in our great little city.

Over the past year, we have really been working hard educating you all about calling 911 when you see something out of the ordinary, something that just isn’t right, or something suspicious.

Because of your calls, we have interrupted burglars stealing from homes, arrested crooks in the act, and responded to make sure you and your neighbors are safe.

Now more than ever, we need your help. We need you to keep your eyes open, communicate with your neighbors, and call us if you observe suspicious behavior.

We want to stop something before it happens and our citizens are the key to that goal.

Thank you all for your support of the police department and our officers. We are by no means perfect, however we are your officers working hard to make Lake Forest Park one of the safest places in the Puget Sound Region. If you have neighbors and friends that you can share this message with, please do!


Two SCC volleyball players honored by NWAC

Raquel West and SCC Volleyball team
Photo courtesy SCC

The Shoreline Dolphins' magical Volleyball season continues as two members were honored by the NWAC.

Head Coach Raquel West, fresh off being named the North Region Coach of the Year, was named the NWAC Coach of the Year for the 2015 season. West was chosen from all of the head coaches of the 29 community college volleyball programs in the Pacific Northwest. West led the Phins to a 28-12 overall record, a North Region Title, and a 5th place finish at the NWAC tournament.

Anya Golubitskikh capped off her season by being named to the NWAC Championship All-Tournament Team. Golubitskikh garnered North Region First Team Honors earlier in the week and followed that up by finishing 10th in the NWAC Tournament with 3.44 Kills per game. She had 55 Kills in 5 matches with a .227 Hitting Percentage. Golubitskikh also added 6 Service Aces, 26 Digs, and 11 Blocks through the Phins’ tourney run.

--Donald Brady


Santa is coming to North City

North City Business Association would like to cordially invite you all to attend our 18th annual tree lighting event at Les Schwab on Saturday, December 5th beginning at 6:30 pm.

Santa will arrive in his custom "sleigh" to official light up the tree on top of the reservoir. We will have coffee, cookies and photos as we join in the sing along.

Donations for the food bank would be appreciated.


Jobs: MOD Pizza

MOD Pizza in Lake Forest Park is expanding and searching for some great people to grow with us. Launched in 2008, the MOD Pizza concept is unique in its combination of thin crust, artisan-style pizza that is made-to-order and served 'fast' in a stylized environment -- all at an incredibly affordable price.

• Cooks
• Pizza Prep
• Cashiers

• $10.50
• Must be 18+ to apply
• Quick serve experience is appreciated, but not a necessity
•PM availability is required and weekend availability too.
• Competitive wages
• Medical, vision, and dental benefits
• Creative scheduling available

Click Here to Apply Online


Cancelled: Shoreline Planning Commission meeting Dec 3

Shoreline Planning Commission
Thursday, December 3, 2015

As required by RCW 42.30, the Open Public Meetings Act, you are hereby notified that the following meeting of the Shoreline Planning Commission has been CANCELLED. The next meeting of the Shoreline Planning Commission will take place on December 17, 2015.


Nov 30 is the deadline to purchace a brick in the current order for Veteran's Plaza

Monday, November 30 is the final day to purchase a brick for the Shoreline Veterans Association's Veterans Recognition Plaza. The next order will take place when 50 bricks have been purchased.

Bricks are $100 and can honor veterans present, past and future.

The Shoreline Recognition Plaza is located at Shoreline City Hall.

Order a brick here  or call 206 546-2894.


Crime in Shoreline Week of November 16

Selected items from the Shoreline Police Blotter, week of November 16, 2015

11-03  Two, possibly three suspects stole Grey Goose vodka from Central Market and escaped in vehicle and on foot. Vodka recovered, suspect threatened to come back.
11-04  Driver in traffic stop at 12xx N 160th was driving without a valid license and was arrested after running from officer.
11-05  Man with unleashed dogs on Shorewood High School grounds was Trespassed.
11-06  Burglary 11xx NE 185th, jewelry stolen.
11-07  3xx NE 175th, burglar used key to steal tools from garden shed.
11-07  14600 15th NE. Driver left van in middle of street and walked into nearby store.
11-07  N 175th and Aurora. Driver was stopped and questioned for failure to transfer vehicle title. Gave false name then ran from police. Arrested for resisting arrest.
11-08  Vandal threw a paving stone through window of James Alan Salon at 192nd and Aurora.
11-08  Counterfeit money passed at Aurora McDonalds.
11-08  Tools stolen from house for sale.
11-08  Graffiti at Twin Ponds park.
11-08  NE 175th and 12th NE - vehicle stolen, then found.
11-09  150th and Aurora - attempted traffic stop ends when vehicle leaves scene at high rate of speed.
11-09  Traffic stop found driver without title to car and with meth.
11-09  Traffic stop discovered two passengers with warrants.
11-09  Unlocked bicycle stolen from just outside main entrance to Aurora Village Starbucks.
11-09  Burglar kicked in locked side door at 3xx N 150th.
11-09  Graffiti in all the Rapid Ride bus shelters on Aurora.
11-10  Arrested heroin dealer at N 175th and Aurora, 10pm.
11-10  Woman with felony warrant questioned by police lied about her name and was arrested for obstructing an officer.
11-10  Unknown male stole candy from Bartells, fought with loss prevention officer, fled in vehicle.
11-10  Bus shelter tagger hit Richmond Highlands park.
11-11  Car load of juveniles on joy ride, in possession of marijuana, were stopped at 166xx and 18th NE and released to parents.
11-11  Victim left debit card in ATM machine at Key Bank. Someone ran up $1100 in charges.
11-11  183xx 6th NW residential burglary. No forced entry. Took electronics, money, and alcohol.
11-11  Man Trespassed, escorted off property for harassing Walgreens customers 145th and Aurora.
11-12  Bus shelter tagger got fence at Shell station at 172nd and Aurora.
11-01  Bicycle stolen from home at 16xx N 175th.
11-12  Skinny white male in his 40s driving van tried to pick up Shorewood student walking home from school 16100 block of Meridian.
11-12  Police responding to audible burglar alarm found broken window but no entry at home at 160xx and Dayton.
11-12  Highly intoxicated individual walking in traffic at 166th and Aurora, taken for detox.
11-12  Subject assaulted at Aurora Village transit center and backpack taken.
11-13  N 175th and 10th NE - attempt to steal vehicle from park n ride.
11-13  Safe found in ditch at Dayton Ave N and 200th.
11-13  155th and Ashworth, pizza delivery guy left keys in ignition, car stolen.
11-13  Auto stolen from Euro Deli at 200th and Aurora.
11-14  Unknown suspects broke window at coffee stand at Ballinger Chevron, may have entered.
11-14  Wallet and clothing taken from car parked at Linden Apts.
11-14  197th and 15th NW - burglar broke window to gain entry.
11-14  157th and Ashworth - broken window and possible entry.
11-14  Vehicle stolen from 147th and 15th NE was impounded after being involved in a hit and run.


Pedestrian hit in crosswalk on Meridian Monday evening

A 19 year old Japanese exchange student was hit in a crosswalk at 163rd and Meridian at 6:28pm on Monday evening.

The driver is a 60 year old Seattle resident. Police report that alcohol, drugs, and speed were not factors in the accident. It was very dark and raining at the time of the accident and residents report that visibility is poor in that area in spite of the lighted crosswalk.

The UW student, who lives with a Shoreline host family, was transported to Harborview Medical Center in serious condition.

Detectives with MARR (Major Accident Response and Reconstruction) responded and are investigating the accident.

Meridian Ave N was shut down at N 163 St until 9:45pm.


Costco takes chicken salad off Washington shelves due to E. coli

Department of Health

"Chicken Salad made with Rotisserie Chicken" from Costco has been connected with at least one case of E. coli O157:H7 in Washington. Consumers who purchased this product – item number 37719 – from any Washington Costco location should discard it.

The Department of Health, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other western states, are investigating E. coli illnesses from chicken salad purchased from various Costco stores in late October. Washington has confirmed one case of E. coli O157:H7 from King County, who became ill in late October. This confirmed case was not hospitalized.

"We take E. coli very seriously in Washington," said State Epidemiologist Dr. Scott Lindquist, "and we are working with CDC and state partners to determine the source."

Others states with confirmed E. coli cased linked to Costco chicken salad include Colorado, Montana, and Utah. In addition to CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture are working with Costco to determine the source of the contamination.

People who have eaten this product and feel ill should consult with their health care provider. If you have leftover product in your refrigerator or freezer do not eat it and discard the product. People usually get sick 2-8 days after getting E. coli. Only people who have symptoms should see a health care provider.

Most people infected with E. coli develop diarrhea – often bloody – and abdominal cramps. Most people recover within a week. Some illnesses last longer and can be more severe, resulting in a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

HUS can occur in people of any age, but is most common in young children under five, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of HUS can include fever, abdominal pain, pale skin tone, fatigue and irritability, small, unexplained bruises or bleeding from the nose and mouth, and decreased urination. People who have these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.

Antibiotics and antidiarrheal medicines should not be given unless E. coli is ruled out, since they may increase the risk of HUS in people with E. coli infections.

Visit our E. coli webpage for more information.


Photo: Sunrise on The Brothers

Photo by Jan Hansen

The tallest, double peak in the photo is called The Brothers. From Wikipedia:

"The Brothers are a pair of prominent peaks in the Olympic Mountains which are located near the Hood Canal in Washington state on the boundary between Olympic National Park and The Brothers Wilderness.

"The south peak, rising to 6,842 feet (2,085 m), is 192 feet (59 m) higher than the north peak.[1] No official trails approach the summit, but the south peak is considered a non-technical climb. The Brothers' distinctive double summit is clearly recognizable from Seattle.

"In 1856, surveyor George Davidson named these mountains in honor of two brothers of Ellinor Fauntleroy, his future wife. He called the southern peak Mount Edward and northern peak Mount Arthur."


LFP Elementary Holiday Bazaar Dec 12

Monday, November 23, 2015

Join us at the Lake Forest Park Elementary school Holiday Bazaar. Saturday December 12 from 9:30am - 4pm at Lake Forest Park Elementary School 18500 37th Ave NE in Lake Forest Park.

Shop for unique items and gifts from local artists, vendors and students. Warm up with a cocoa at the custom hot chocolate bar, get your photo taken in the Wonderland Photo Booth and drop the kids off at the Kid Zone for some Holiday crafting while you shop!


In concert: Shoreline Concert Band, Around the Sound Concert Band, UW Wind Ensemble, and Jeff Kashiwa

Jeff Kashiwa, guest soloist

First concert of the school year for the Shoreline Concert Band is next Tuesday, Dec. 1 at Shorewood High School Performing Arts Center at 7:30 pm. 17300 Fremont Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133.

This special concert features three bands and a guest soloist. The Around the Sound Concert Band directed by Michael Alstad will begin the concert; then a special treat for concert band lovers, the University of Washington Wind Ensemble will play. This outstanding group is directed by Timothy Salzman. Now in his 29th year at the U of W he has become world famous as a conductor and teacher. He travels to Asia many times a year to guest conduct.

Finally the Shoreline Concert Band under the direction of Ken Noreen, in his 22nd year in that position, will end the program. The theme of the evening is “Pacific Rim Notes”  and will feature several interesting pieces with this theme in mind. Richard Brown is a nationally known composer and has given the band the challenge of his new work, “Fantasy on a Chinese Theme.”

The guest soloist is Jeff Kashiwa who is currently teaching at Shoreline Community College. Kashiwa is a former student of Ken Noreen from when they were both at Shorecrest High School.

Ken says, “Out of most 10,000 students, Jeff was one of the top five as a person and musician.”

Jeff Kashiwa is a jazz saxophonist native to Seattle who became known on the music scene in 1989 as a member of popular contemporary jazz group The Rippingtons.

In 2004, Kashiwa created a new group called,"The Sax Pack" along with fellow saxmen and friends, Steve Cole and Kim Waters. Along with being cohesive musically, the trio share a unique and comical camaraderie on stage.

Kashiwa plays soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute and the EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument). Kashiwa currently teaches onlineMusic Technology and various ensembles at Shoreline Community College.

All of this entertainment has no admission charge, but you will be offered the opportunity to contribute to the Music Scholarship.


Call to Artists: Competition for Kenmore Art Show Poster

A “PLAYFUL” Theme Group Exhibit at the Kenmore City Hall Gallery 
June 3, 2015 – August 18, 2016
Opening Reception Friday, June 3, 6:30- 8:00pm

One winning piece will be selected for use on the 2016 Kenmore Art Show Poster

Benefits of being the winning artist include:
  1. Artist will receive appropriate recognition on all images used by AOK
  2. Will be the “Featured Artist” at the 2016 Kenmore Art Show and on the AOK website
  3. Recognition in the 2016 Kenmore Art Show Program
  4. Recognition at the Kenmore City Hall Gallery Opening Reception
  5. Recognition at the Kenmore Art Show Awards Reception
  6. Opportunity to display a limited number of works at the 2016 Kenmore Art Show

Submissions due by Friday, January 15th, 2016


Thanksgiving tips for pet owners from Seattle Humane

The bounty of rich, tempting foods at Thanksgiving can pose health hazards to our four-legged friends, making Thanksgiving a busy time for emergency veterinary clinics. Seattle Humane urges pet guardians to follow five common sense tips to keep pets healthy and happy during the holiday fun and festivities:

1. Keep the feast out of reach! Agile and creative dogs or cats can capture a special treat from the kitchen counter, trash or even the dining room table.

2. Resist offering your leftovers. Rich and fatty foods like dressing, pie, and gravy can lead to serious and painful pancreatitis.

3. No turkey bones! Turkey bones can cause very serious and sometimes fatal consequences for your pet.

4. Plan ahead for pets. Stop by a pet food store and purchase some new dog biscuits or cat treats and then reduce the amount of his regular meal to accommodate the treats he will be getting throughout the day. Remember, biscuits and treats are usually much higher in calories than regular pet food, so having him skip dinner may be a prudent choice if he has been snacking all day.

5. Make a special treat. Some people enjoy cooking for their dog and cat while they are cooking for the rest of the family. Pick up a recipe book just for companion animals at the book store, or just type “homemade pet treat recipes” into your favorite web search engine for lots of interesting choices.

Seattle Humane, located in Bellevue at the junction of I-405 and I-90, is open the day after Thanksgiving from 11am to 8pm. Fees are waived all day on black cats for "Black Cat Friday" (our version of Black Friday). View adoptable pets.

And if you ignore any of these, Shoreline has an excellent emergency vet office, the Animal Medical Service, 14810 15th Ave NE, Suite B, Shoreline 98155, 206-204-3366, open 24 hours.


Local legislators say Eyman wrong about deal to repeal initiatives

By Evan Smith

Local state legislators say that initiative sponsor Tim Eyman was wrong when he said recently that legislative Democrats had planned to ask Republicans to join them in voting to repeal one voter-approved initiative in exchange for Democrats’ joining Republicans in voting to repeal another.

Eyman, however, says that the denials had come after he had caught legislators in a scheme to trade away the initiative.

Eyman sent a message to supporters two weeks ago headlined “BETRAYAL: Democrats' offer Republicans a deal: ‘Vote with us to repeal I-1366 and we'll vote to repeal I-1351.’"

Initiative 1366, the Eyman-sponsored measure passed in the Nov. 3 general election, would reduce the state sales-tax rate unless legislators propose a constitutional amendment to require either a two-thirds vote of the legislature or a statewide popular vote to raise taxes. A proposed constitutional amendment would need a two-thirds vote of both the Senate and the House before going to a statewide ballot, where it would need a majority vote.

I-1351, passed a year earlier, would reduce class sizes in all public schools.

Democratic State Rep. Jessyn Farrell said Nov. 11 that she had heard nothing about such a deal.

State Rep. Cindy Ryu, the House Democratic majority whip, said that Eyman had made up the idea of a proposed deal.

Democratic State Rep. Ruth Kagi, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, agreed, saying, “He is totally making it up. It's unbelievable.”

 The legislature can repeal or amend an initiative with two-thirds votes of both the Senate and the House during the first two years after voters pass the measure; changes after two years require a simple majority. Democrats hold a slim majority in the House; Republicans have a slim majority in the Senate.

Eyman had this response last week: “Since the election, we were hearing about it nonstop from electeds, staffers, and lobbyists. Once we outed them and spotlighted their scheme to horse-trade away our initiative, they're now denying it.” He added, “Sunshine is the best disinfectant.”

Farrell represents the 46th Legislative District, including Lake Forest Park, Kenmore and northeast Seattle. Kagi and Ryu represent Shoreline, Woodway, south Edmonds, Lynnwood, and the rest of the 32nd Legislative District.

The statewide count from the Nov. 3 election posted Monday shows I-1351 passing by a 51.5 percent to 48.5 percent margin. Elections officials plan final certification of results Tuesday.

Evan Smith can be reached at


Bereavement support group at St. Dunstan's

Holiday Season and

If you are in bereavement: the death of a loved one,
friend, or pet; loss of employment or your home;
a dream not realized or lived out.

Group leader is Br. John Ryan, O.C.P., Pastoral Associate
at St. Dunstans, Shoreline, and a member of the American Academy of Bereavement.

Every Saturday Nov 28, 2015 through Jan 2, 2016
10:00am until noon
St. Dunstan’s Church - lower level, room 9
722 N 145th St, Shoreline, WA 98133

To register, call the parish office: 206-363-4319
Monday - Thursday 10:00am until 1:00pm


The Steadfast Tin Soldier, A Story Ballet Dec 12-13 in Shoreline

Ballerina and Solider
in The Steadfast Tin Soldier
Dec 12-13 in Shoreline

Dance Fremont announces its 19th 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 seventy 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.

Ticket prices are affordable and the show content is delightful and appropriate for all ages.

19th Annual Performance of The Steadfast Tin Soldier, A Story Ballet
December 12 - 13 - Saturday 2:00pm and 7:30pm, Sunday 2:00pm
Shorecrest Performing Arts Center 15343 25th Ave. NE
Admission: $20 for adults and $15 for Children under 12 years
Tickets available online


Overeater's Anonymous to hold special pre-Thanksgiving event Wednesday

Thanksgiving usually brings excitement, nostalgic traditions and family and friends together. But it also tends to be a holiday that revolves around food consumption. For those who battle compulsive eating, the added stress of Thanksgiving and the abundance of food can trigger overeating. This often leads to embarrassment, guilt, depression and unwanted pounds.

For individuals struggling with various food addictions, especially during the holidays, Overeaters Anonymous (OA) can provide much-needed support and a path to recovery. OA offers a 12-step program that addresses emotional, physical and spiritual well-being as a path to recovery. OA’s members are given the tools to seek and find recovery from compulsive eating behaviors.

This Wednesday, November 25, we'll be holding an event called 'Attitude of Gratitude'.  You can come and hear several speakers share their experience, strength and hope regarding their recovery from overeating and the Overeater's Anonymous 12-step program.

It's a great way to get support and find some hope the night before Thanksgiving. It's from 7-9 pm at Bethel Lutheran Church, 17418 - 8th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155. It will be downstairs in the fellowship hall.

OA members will be available at the event to discuss recovery and give support.


Project Update: Lynnwood Link Extension

Lynnwood Link Extension: Final design set to start, new video animation

Board action and approval

On Thursday, November 19, the Sound Transit Board of Directors approved the project and budget to move into the final design phase which is scheduled to start early next year. 

During the final design phase of the project, engineering and design work will be advanced on the trackway, stations, train control systems, and public art.

At key design milestones, Sound Transit will engage with the public and project partners for input on a variety of project aspects including station designs and construction details.

New video animation

Final design work will focus on the final route and stations identified by the Board earlier this year. A new video animation of the final route and stations is posted online here.

Property acquisitions approved

A limited number of property acquisitions were approved by the Board at their meeting on 11/19. After all the affected property owners were notified, the Board approved this first round of acquisitions since the acquisition requirements for these parcels will not change as the plans advance during final design. For some property owners, this action responds to their requests to be considered for acquisition as early as possible and for others it brings some certainty to the timing of the process.

Another round of acquisitions is expected to be approved by the Board around the middle of next year and after designs have progressed far enough for confirmation of the acquisition needs. A final round of acquisitions will need about 60% of final design to be completed before they can be authorized.

Schedule overview 2016-2023
  • Early 2016 – Final design begins 
  • Mid 2016 – Station design public meetings start 
  • Mid 2016-2017 – Additional property acquisition confirmed, property owners notified 
  • 2018 – Construction begins 
  • Late 2023 – Open for service 
For more information

For more information about the Lynnwood Link Extension project, contact Roger Iwata at 206-689-4904.

Lynnwood Link Extension web page


Guerrilla art at Paramount Park

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Stacked Rocks
Photo by Donna Eggen

Donna Eggen was charmed by these stacked rocks she found in Paramount Park. Guerrilla art? Mini-Stonehenge? Someone really bored in the park? An art installation too new to have a plaque?

Whatever it was, it was a fun discovery on a winter walk.

Stacked Rocks close up
Photo by Donna Eggen


Shoreline Historical Museum Trillium Award winners revealed

“Trillium Award Winners 2015”

From left: Nancy and Carl Hansen holding the North Seattle Trillium Heritage Award; Robert Haig and Alison Haig, recipients of the Lake Forest Park Trillium Heritage Award; and Ken Callahan and Jerry Parton accepting the Trillium Heritage Award for the Shoreline Masonic Center.

As part of its Preservation Recognition Program, the Shoreline Historical Museum Saturday gave its 10th Annual Trillium Heritage Awards to three deserving contestants in North Seattle, Lake Forest Park and Shoreline. All of the award winners have worked to keep the historical integrity of their buildings intact, giving their surrounding communities depth and meaning that might otherwise have been lost. We congratulate the following award recipients:

The award for North Seattle went to Carl and Nancy Hansen for their historic Summer House at 14410 3rd Ave. NW, on the south side of the Seattle Golf Club. The beautiful tudor-style home was built in 1928 by Bessie and Charles Pye Burnett, who spared no expense in the details of the home, such as Batchelder art tiles in the floor, hardwood floors and elegant formal spaces, indoors and out. 

Mr. Burnett was an important real estate broker, and the Burnetts were well-known in Seattle’s high society, attending fundraisers and gatherings. In 1932, their son, Charles Pye Burnett, Jr., an up-and-coming attorney, married Frances Green, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Green. While originally built as a get-away, it appears that the Burnetts eventually made the Summer House their permanent residence, preferring the quiet life “out in the country” near The Highlands, to that of Capital Hill, their previous area of residence.

Accepting the award for a historic building in Lake Forest Park were Alison Haig and Robert Haig, owners of the 1939 Lake House built by Albert and Claire Kollmorgan at 15028 - Beach Drive NE.

There were few other houses nearby when the cabin-style home was built in the southern reaches of Lake Forest Park. While Bothell Way was nearby, there were no roads to the properties along the lake in that area. Mrs. Kollmorgan told the Haig family, who are only the second owners of the house, that all of the building materials had to be barged in. The exterior rough-cut cedar planks, and interior details such as knotty pine walls, fir floors and blacksmith-forged latches and handles give the Lake House its character.

Mr. Kollmorgan was a tailor and part owner of Duncan McGregor fine men’s clothing in Seattle. But his life-long avocation was casting and fly fishing. He was on the board of the Seattle Casting Club and competed in many casting tournaments and fishing derbies. Perhaps building a house on the lake where he could practice casting was his dream.

The Trillium Heritage Award for the Shoreline area was presented to the Shoreline Masonic Center, represented by Jerry Parton and Ken Callahan, members of the Shoreline Lodge #248. The Masonic Center, at 753 - N 185th St. was built in 1922, and has been in continuous operation as a Masonic building since its construction.

The building has been a community gathering place from the beginning, not only for Masonic lodge members and lodge youth activities, but for dozens of community organizations and hundreds of community meetings over the last 93 years.

A good deal of work has gone into repairing and restoring the iconic structure, and Lodge members hope to have everything complete by 2022, when the organization will celebrate the building’s 100th anniversary. The building was awarded King County/Shoreline Landmark status in 2010.

The Shoreline Historical Museum’s Trillium Heritage Awards raise awareness of the community’s roots, and encourages excellence in the maintenance and perpetuation of historic buildings in accordance with their original style. Congratulations again to the 2015 Award recipients.


Book Review by Aarene Storms: The Undertaking of Lily Chen

The Undertaking of Lily Chen by Danica Novgorodoff

When Deshi's older brother Wei dies accidentally, his parents send Deshi on a quest to bring back a "corpse bride" so that their eldest son will not be alone in the afterlife.

With cash in hand, Deshi seeks out a grave robber ... but the search is, ultimately, much more complicated than just digging up some bones to be buried along with Wei.

This story of modern China is full of fascinating, flawed characters. Deshi and Wei are hardly ideal, upstanding citizens: Wei is a drunk, a gambler, and a jerk. Deshi is now working as a security guard having messed up as an army pilot. Lily is pretty, but is also pretty annoying at times.

The supporting cast is equally dinged-up, and this makes the story much more interesting, and makes the ending much more satisfying.

Beautiful romantically-washed watercolor landscapes juxtaposed with wobbly line-drawn human figures allow the reader's eyes to travel quickly through the book, and the quickly moving narrative suits the illustrations.   

Recommended for readers ages 14 to adult. The characters are all adults, but the family dysfunction issues will appeal to teens. No cussing, some (cartoon) blood, the on-page sex scene is tactfully masked with blankets and black ink.

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


Photos: a beautiful day for the November Farmers Market

Photo by Jerry Pickard

It was a sunny November day on Sunday, nice enough that the "indoor" market farmers and vendors set up outside in their usual locations. Clearly, the vendors were not in shirtsleeves but it was pleasant in the sunshine in Lake Forest Park.

Late blooming apples and pears are delicious this time of year.

Photo by Jerry Pickard
In keeping with the season, Rose Island was selling wreaths, both evergreen and dried flower.

Photo by Jerry Pickard
A sample of hot tea was perfect for the occasion. Shen Zen Tea had many flavors for sale.

Photo by Jerry Pickard

Root crops, potatoes, beets, and carrots filled the vegetable booths, giving buyers a chance to stock up with fresh vegetables.

The next market will be held on Sunday, December 13, 10am-3pm at Town Center in Lake Forest Park, intersection of Ballinger Way and Bothell Way.


Three artist studio sale Dec 5-6 in Shoreline

Annual holiday show and sale on Saturday and Sunday, December 5-6, 10am to 5pm at the home studio of Paul Lewing, 105 N 200th St, Shoreline 98133. For info call 206-801-7332.

Paul Lewing: Ceramic Tiles, Trivets, Ornaments, Acrylic Paintings
Gay Jensen: Fiber/Mixed-Media Art, NEW 3-D Explorations, Cards
Kathy Dannerbeck: Handcrafted Sterling Silver and Resin Jewelry

Please join us for great art and treats as we continue the holiday show tradition.


Justice Department promotes King County's campaign to reduce gun violence

King County's gun-violence prevention program got a boost this month from billboards and Sound Transit ads paid for by the U.S. Department of Justice. The $30,000 campaign encourages residents to safely store their guns to prevent them from being used to commit crimes.

A 2005 study found that safe storage reduces firearm suicides by 78 percent and unintentional shootings by 85 percent. King County's LOK-IT-UP program is a partnership with Harborview, Seattle Children's, Washington State Department of Health and multiple law enforcement agencies and gun retailers working together to promote safe firearm storage.

"A public-health approach to reducing gun violence relies heavily on awareness and education," said King County Executive Dow Constantine. "Thanks to this investment by the Justice Department, more people in our region are aware of our effective violence-reduction program."


Shoreline City Council Meetings Monday

A workshop dinner meeting at 5:45pm and regular council meeting at 7pm for the Shoreline City Council on Monday, November 23 at City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N.

The dinner meeting is an executive session to discuss personnel matters and is not open to the public.

The regular council meeting will include:


(a) Adoption of Ord. No. 728 - 2016 Budget, Fee Schedule and 2016-2021 Capital Improvement Program

(b) Adoption of Ord. No. 729 – Property Tax Levy



Tickets on sale for Physical Poetry dance showcase

Photo by John Freitag

Shorecrest High School Hip Hop Dance Team brings “Physical Poetry” to Shorecrest Performing Arts Center on January 8 - 9, 2016, 7:30pm, 15343 25th Ave NE, Shoreline.

Exciting, heart-stopping, foot-stomping dance forms including hip hop, jazz, lyrical, tap, tango, Croatian, Chinese traditional, modern, and more guarantee to keep attendees on the edge of their seats anticipating more.

Experience two spectacular evenings on Friday and Saturday, packed with amazing talent from the Greater Seattle Area, on one stage. This family friendly event will have the audience craving more!

Photo by John Freitag

Advanced tickets are $15 and can be purchased now online. Tickets are $18 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Shorecrest Hip Hop dance club.

The show was SOLD OUT last year and we expect the same this year. Purchase your tickets now to reserve your seat at this popular event.

Coached and choreographed by Rex Kinney, assistant coach John Roque, and advisor Jacqui Drew.

Photo by John Freitag

SC Hip Hop Dance Team's purpose is to promote diversity within the community by utilizing hip hop dance as the medium. While learning teamwork, responsibility and dance, the team develops camaraderie and a sense of belonging with their teammates. Along with the awards and accomplishments received, SC Hip Hop continues to promote spirit and good will to their audiences. 

Awards include an Academic Excellence Award in 2006 and 2007, District Title wins from 2004-2015, State Championship Titles in 2006, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015 and National Titles in 2010, 2012, and 2015.


Shorecrest High School Jazz Concert on Tuesday

The Shorecrest High School Jazz Ensemble and Stage Bands will be performing at 7:30 Tuesday, November 24 at the Shorecrest High School Performing Arts Building.

This free performance features jazz music which will lift your spirits and soothe your soul, something we could all use these days.

The concert will feature 45 student musicians in two ensembles directed by Mark Adamo and Vince Caruso.

Admission is free.

Shorecrest Performing Arts Center, 15343 25th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155.


Live music at One Cup Coffee from acoustic guitarist Ronnda Cadle

Ronnda Cadle at One Cup Coffee Dec 13

Ronnda Cadle, Ambient Fingerstyle Acoustic Guitarist, will be performing at One Cup Coffee in Shoreline on Sunday, December 13, from 9-11am.

Cadle's latest CD was produced by former Windham Hill Records founder and GRAMMY winning producer William Ackerman.
Ronnda Cadle’s music offers purity that is breath-taking. The sincerity of her expression leaves no room for anything but the essential. 
Though a very accomplished guitarist, there is an innocence to her music in which beauty, grace and open emotion are un-obscured by ego and unencumbered by gratuitous flourish. When you listen to Ronnda Cadle you believe her unconditionally.” 
—Will Ackerman, Windham County, VT

One Cup Coffee Shoreline, 16743 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline.
FREE (donations appreciated)
Sunday Dec 13, 9-11am


Beer run for Richmond Beach Runners Monday night

Join us on Monday, November 23 at 6:00pm for a run from Shoreline's new Ridgecrest Public House, 520 NE 165th Street, Shoreline, WA 98155.

We'll head east from the pub, down the hill and through Hamlin Park.  We'll follow 25th to 145th, across 15th, and come back on 12th.  Here's the route.

After the run, Ridgecrest Pub is hosting a Brewer's Night with Ghostrunners Brewery. Ghostrunners brews such beers as Negative Split Stout, 5K IPA, and Pace Maker Pale - all running themed beers. It should be a great time!

All Social Runs begin at 6:00pm - rain or shine. After the run, stick around for some conversation and a pint or two. All paces, experience levels, and beer preferences (even root beer) are invited and welcome.

Remember, it will be dark when we begin our run. Run smart. Run safe. Please bring your safety gear for the run - fluorescent apparel, vest, headlamps, blinky lights, etc. Let's stay visible and safe this fall and winter!


WeatherWatcher: Cold and a chance of the S word

Forecast: We have a modified arctic cold front sliding down the coast of British Columbia. There is a lot of cold air behind this front but it does not look like at this time that it will arrive during or before the precipitation does. So this actually looks like almost a carbon copy of what happened last year in November.

The little snow of November 29, 2014
Monday afternoon rain is expected to pick up, with not much more than a quarter inch of rain. Monday night the cold front passes and some of the cold air starts to make its way into the region. Snow is expected to mix with the rain after midnight with no accumulations.

Tuesday we are expected to see some hit or miss rain or snow showers, but it's going to be marginal at best. The real cold air arrives Tuesday evening, bringing our low temperatures into the 20's.

By this time the air is expected to dry up too much to allow any precipitation. Cold and dry air is expected to last through the next weekend as an upper level high pressure system parks over the Western Canadian coast blocking the passage of any Pacific storms.  Daytime highs in the upper 30's - low 40's, with lows in the 20's.

Bottom line is I am not expecting anything more than a trace, and if we get any at all most of it will probably melt off during the daytime with the exception of some sheltered spots. The big story here will be that we will have our first solid freeze at least during the overnight hours for several days through the holiday weekend.

Last week's wind: Though an impressive storm, Shoreline and Lake Forest Park were not hit as hard as some other areas were in the region on Tuesday. The peak wind gust I found in the area was at the North City Elementary weather station clocking winds at 37mph in the late morning hours. Power outages did not appear to be very wide spread or long lasting within the city boundaries.

Here's some graphs for the month of November:

Daily Rainfall in inches for November 2015

Daily high and low temperatures for November 2015

Daily Maximum wind gusts for November 2015.

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