Photo: Fall comes to Animal Acres

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Photo by Jerry Pickard

"Well," she grumbled, "if it has to be fall, at least it's pretty."


65th wedding anniversary for Shoreline couple

Shirley and Marvin Marler
Married 65 years

Marvin Dewey and Shirley Lorene Marler are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary Thursday, October 20, 2016.

You will find them eating lunch together at the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center as they do every week day.

At 88 and 86 years of age, they still volunteer and help out every day at the Center. 

Their son Dewey says, "Currently lunch at the Shoreline Senior Center is their main activity since most of their friends are gone. They plan everything around it from doctor appointments to when family can come visit! We're blessed to have a facility like that to help keep them active and make new friends."

Wedding Day

They met in the Tri-Cities but soon moved to Shoreline where they raised their three children, sons Dewey and Greg and daughter Kim. Greg passed away at the age of 36. They have five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Kim says, "Their family is their life. Always has been – always will."

There's a family ritual. When one of the family would drive away, Marvin and Shirley would wave goodbye from the back door where cars were parked. Then, as the family member circled the block to leave, Marvin and Shirley would go to the front window to wave as they drove by.

With all of their own children long out of the house, Marvin and Shirley extend their family to the neighborhood children.

Kim says, "They have taken to looking out for the neighborhood kids waiting for the bus right outside their house. My dad opens their garage when it is raining so the kids can come in and stay dry. 
"What I love is how my mom waves at the bus every single morning. She gets up, gets ready so she can wave at a bus of junior high and high schoolers. And they wave back! So wonderful." 

Marvin has a brick on the veterans' memorial at City Hall from when he was in the Navy in WWII. After the Navy he drove big rig semi trucks for 30 years for the Bon Marche delivering to Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Eugene, Oregon.

After the kids were raised Shirley went to work for the Bon Marche as well, working in their distribution warehouse at South Center where they both eventually retired. They enjoyed camping and took their RV across the United States from Florida to Alaska.

No one could have a better testimony than praise and love from their children.

In Kim's words, "My parents are the most humble and selfless people I know. Always giving to others and expecting nothing in return. My brothers and I love them to the moon and back. Our children as well." 

And, we are happy to say, they are regular readers of the Shoreline Area News!


Doggies and donuts for Highland Terrace neighbors

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Bring your four-footed friend and meet your Highland Terrace neighbors for a walk in the Shoreview off-leash dog park on Saturday, October 22 from 9-11am.

320 Innis Arden Way - enter through Shoreline Community College west entrance.

Event will be cancelled in case of inclement weather.


Mystery Stairs revealed

The Mystery Stairs are located in Ridgecrest Park, 108 NE 161st in the Ridgecrest neighborhood.

At 3.88 acres, it boasts a baseball diamond and handball court.

The stairway leads to a former playground, which used to have a slide.

Congratulations to all of you who came up with either the slide or the correct park, or both!


Shoreline filmmaker has entry at Seattle Shorts film festival

This Pretty Face
Shoreline filmmaker Justin Robert Vinall's latest short THIS PRETTY FACE will be showing at the Seattle Shorts Festival, November 11-13 at SIFF Film Center, 305 Harrison St, Seattle 98109.

Justin, who is a graduate of the Shoreline Community College film program, explores the idea of subjective standards of beauty.

He said his love of horror movies began at the age of six when he accidentally walked into his parents' living room while they were watching Alien!

He was hooked.

Vinall's film is part of the Made in Washington block of films, which has sold out. However, the Shoreline Area News has two tickets to give away for Sunday November 13 at 4:45pm. Contact us by November 3 and we'll choose a name from the hat on November 4.


Forum on Carbon-Tax Initiative Sunday in Shoreline

An election forum Sunday at the Richmond Beach Congregational Church will cover one of several measures on the November 8 general-election ballot.

Initiative 732 would tax carbon emissions and reduce some other taxes, but opponents say that the tax cuts would deprive the state of needed revenue.

Representatives of the “Yes” and “No” sides will make presentations at the event scheduled for 11:30am Sunday after the church coffee hour in Pilgrim Hall in the basement of the church at the corner of Richmond Beach Road and 15th Ave NW (1512 NW 195th St, Shoreline).

The forum comes a day or two after ballots and voters’ pamphlets arrive. Voters often bring their voters’ pamphlets to such events.


Register for Wreath Making workshop at Kruckeberg

Join Kruckeberg for this fun annual tradition! Make your own festive holiday wreath, swag or garland with fresh greenery from the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden and instruction from their experienced wreath and bow makers.

This workshop is very popular so register soon. There will be two identical, back to back sessions, at 11:30 and 1pm on Sunday, December 4.

$25 for KBGF members, $35 for non-members, supplies included.
Register here. Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, 20312 15th Ave NW, Shoreline 98177.


Hamlin Halloween Haunt for toddlers to ten year olds & others - Friday

Hamlin Halloween Haunt is a free event open to everyone.

The event is geared towards toddlers – 10 year olds. Activities include hayrides, Halloween games, toasting marshmallows around a campfire, stories and songs, as well as hands on activities.

Bring the kids for spooky songs and stories as you toast marshmallows around a campfire, ride the hay wagon, play Halloween games, and have your face painted.

Dress warm and bring a flashlight. The event will be held regardless of weather.

The event takes place on Friday, October 21 from 6:00 – 8:30 pm at Hamlin Park, 16006 15th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155.

For additional information call 206-801-2600 or visit the webpage.


Boo Bash!!! dance for individuals with developmental disabilities - Friday

Boo Bash!!! is a dance for individuals with developmental disabilities. Registration is appreciated but not required - online, by phone 206-801-2600, or pay the $6 at the door.

Friday, October 21, 6 – 8pm, Spartan Recreation Center, 202 NE 185th St, Shoreline 98155.

Come dance the night away with Captain Jack and the Pirates and celebrate a spooktacular Halloween! Dress up if you dare.

There will be a live band, light refreshments, and a night of dancing!


Shorewood soccer vs Oak Harbor

Shorewood soccer vs Oak Harbor
10-19-2016 at Oak Harbor

Shorewood 1 - Oak Harbor 1

Shorewood played Oak Harbor on a beautiful night on the island. Harbor opened the scoring at the 17th minute on a long shot in the upper corner by Gillian Crossley. Shorewood equaled on a PK by Anna Tinoco in the 27th minute.

Surprisingly that is how the game ended. Both teams created chances, but Shorewood's Abby Manis and Harbor's Traci Miller-Olmstead were equal to the task making multiple nice saves and keeping the nets clean the rest of the night.

Shorewood is 2-6-3 while Harbor is 1-8-1.

--Coach Bill Wilkins


Donate Blood in Richmond Beach Saturday

By Tom Petersen

The Bloodworks Northwest mobile unit returns to Richmond Beach this Saturday, October 22. It is hoped that another good turn out will fill the bus, as the neighborhood did in August.

The bloodmobile is open from 10am to noon, and from 1pm to 4pm. Appointments are recommended but not necessary; walk-ups are encouraged and needed! All donors must have photo ID.

The Richmond Beach blood drive is held in front of the Shoreline Fire Safety Center, at the corner of Richmond Beach Road and 20th Ave NW.

There is always the need for new donors, and experienced donors are encouraged to bring a friend! A recent regulatory change from the Food and Drug Administration limits people to five donations a year (down from six), and deferrals for people who have lately traveled to areas afflicted with the Zika virus have also impacted donations.

The Zika "quarantine" is only 28 days. All potential donors receive a screening; people not sure if they are eligible, but who would like to donate blood, should come to the bloodmobile to find out.


Mystery Stairs - do you know where they are and what they lead to?

Photo by Seattle Poppy

Here's a test - do you know where these stairs are and what they lead to?

Hint: they are in a Shoreline city park.

You have until tomorrow to guess.


KCTS 9 wins award for documentary Wildlife Detectives: Mystery Sharks of Seattle

From Mystery Sharks of Seattle

16 foot predatory sharks in Puget Sound

KCTS 9 is pleased to announce that locally-produced documentary Wildlife Detectives: Mystery Sharks of Seattle has been honored with the 2016 Wildlife Conservation Film Festival (WCFF) Award for Best Wildlife Crime Film. 

This is the second year in a row that a KCTS 9 Digital Studios production has been honored by WCFF. 

Wildlife Detectives: The Poaching of Puget Sound took home the award in 2015.

“KCTS 9 is proud to have our film honored on an international stage,” said Carlos Espinoza, Senior Vice President, Content and Marketing. 
“The mystery of the sixgill sharks is a great example of the many captivating stories we’re exploring in our own backyard. Only public media can tell these stories, because our members generously support our in-depth environmental journalism.”

Few are aware that there are 16-foot predatory sharks swimming under the surface in the shallows of Puget Sound. The sixgill sharks suddenly appeared in the late 1990s and early 2000s and then vanished just as quickly.

Six gill shark
Photo courtesy Seattle Aquarium

Originally airing in May 2016, Wildlife Detectives: Mystery Sharks of Seattle follows divers and researchers on their quest to discover more about these elusive creatures.

The documentary will air again on KCTS 9 on Wednesday, October 26 at 8:00pm. Watch online anytime and for companion content, see this website

Focusing on natural history and biodiversity, the WCFF brings together a curated group of independent films. It is attended by filmmakers, scientists and conservationists with the mission of engaging audiences about the need for an importance of global biodiversity.


Fahrenheit 451 opens Thursday at the Driftwood Players

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Where will you be this Thursday night? If you are planning to be in Edmonds at the Wade James Theater, you will have the opportunity to watch one of the most revered pieces of science fiction by Ray Bradbury brought to life.

See previous article for more information.

Performances: October 20 - 30, 2016
Thurs-Sat at 8:00pm, Sunday at 2:00pm

Performances are at the Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St, Edmonds
Tickets are $20.00. Senior/Junior/Military,$18.00.

Purchase tickets online or call the box office 425-774-9600, option 1.


Photos: Shorewood volleyball vs Snohomish

SW volleyball played Snohomish Tuesday October 18 at the Shorewood Gym.
Final score Snohomish 3 games out of four.

game 1     SW 25   Sno   22
game 2     SW 19   Sno   24
game 3     SW 13   Sno   25
game 4     SW 11   Sno   24

Photos by Wayne Pridemore

Shorewood Varsity was moving to the beat, feeling good, and having fun! 

Snohomish's Grace Raper smashes the ball just over the block of Shorewood's number 8, Bella Hotham, and number 24, Olivia Watson.

T-Bird Amber Langlois sets the ball up in the backcourt 
as team mate Kaitlyn Nagamatsu watches the action.


Eagle Scout Park open house Thursday

The open house at Eagle Scout Park, postponed from last week because of the weather, will be held at 4pm on Thursday, October 20, to discuss the proposed expansion of the park.

If the weather is inclement, the open house will be held at Lake Forest Park City Hall next to Town Center.

The park is a small area at the corner of NE 178th St at NE 180th St. Parking across the street at Animal Acres on Brookside Blvd.

Updated 10-19-2016


Cats: Happy ending for Mr. Cocoa and Ty Hootie

New family
Do you remember the story about the bonded pair of kitties whose owner moved out of the country and left them in the Purrfect Pals shelter? See the previous story.

After ten months in the shelter, they have finally been adopted.

Here's the story from Purrfect Pals.

Finally the wait is OVER!!!! After waiting 10 months, 5 year old Mr. Cocoa and his best friend, 13 year old Ty Hootie were adopted last night at Denny's Pet World. These attractive, affectionate, lap-loving boys came to Purrfect Pals in January when their human companion moved out of the country. These sweet boys are terrific cats who, despite being featured several times, and being volunteer favorites, just couldn't find anyone interested in taking them home. Until now!

Olivia and Audrey (nice, nice young women) had been to many shelters, searching for the perfect-for-them cat, an older cat who needed love. When they arrived at Denny's Pet World yesterday they weren't planning to adopt a cat right away - much less a pair of cats - but that's exactly what happened! When they met the bonded pair it was quite clear that Ty and Cocoa were very comfortable with them and the boys turned on their charm full-blast. How could Olivia and Audrey NOT fall in love with these two sweethearts? Audrey and Olivia have promised the boys that if they ever move, these kitties will always come along.

Congratulations to Ty, Cocoa, Olivia, and Audrey!


Homeless in Shoreline

Tent living in a harsh winter

Text, Marc Weinberg and Greater Seattle Cares
Photos by Marc Weinberg

Local media has been reporting on the homeless issue in Seattle for years and the city’s commitment to end homelessness by 2020. In more recent times the subject has been referred to in Seattle and other major cities as a ‘crisis.’

Tent City 3 in the snow

My eyes were opened wide to the situation during the winter of 2008-09 when Calvin Presbyterian Church (Shoreline) hosted Tent City 3. It was a harsh winter and I rounded up donations for them from my home and others. With the camp’s permission, I began a photo documentary of their life and found avenues for publication of a text as well as images to bring attention to their needs.

For seven years I kept hearing the phrase from tent campers, church staff and volunteers of other support groups that “everyone knows someone who is homeless.” While I too repeated this expression over the years, I felt a strange sense of perhaps “guilt” because if it were true, I didn’t really know anyone beyond the campers I had met who were homeless.

Everything changed in this regard when in mid-September 2015 I received an email which simply said, “Is this you Dad?” It was from my daughter, who for many reasons had remained out of my life for 32 years. With great joy we got together a few weeks later when she came from Florida to visit.

It was only then that I became aware that she had been homeless and lived in her car for a year during the most recent decade of her absence. Today, more than a year later, I’m happy to report that not only do I really know someone who had been homeless, but now we are back in each others lives.

Close to home is Camp United We Stand currently at the Richmond Beach Congregational United Church of Christ in Shoreline, 1512 NW 195th St, Shoreline 98177, 206-637-1052.

Right now there are 30 people there. Many of their histories are similar to that of my daughter. Reasons for being homeless are many, and where you stand in the politics of what to do about it matters only if you can acknowledge the reality of the moment and contribute to a solution.

A happier day at Camp United We Stand

It is my wish that more in our community would visit this camp, meet the people and find a way through your social network to participate in a solution with short and long range goals.

On Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 7:00pm, the Shoreline Planning Commission will hold a public hearing (see previous article) to take citizen comments on planned changes to the regulations for tent cities, which would then be called 'Transitional Encampments'. The meeting will be held at Shoreline City Hall Council Chambers, 17500 Midvale Ave N. Comments can also be sent by email.

The following comes from Greater Seattle Cares. Please note that the United We Stand camp will be moving November 6-7 to another Shoreline church.

Greater Seattle Cares has provided the following:

All the encampments have been requesting new tents. This is especially important as they prepare for the rainy, cold, winter weather. With some recent generous donations and a grant from the Fales foundation, GSC has been able to make a large bulk purchase of new tents and tarps for Tent City 3, Camp Unity Eastside, and Camp United We Stand.

Carport tents for public spaces at Camp United We Stand

Not only will we be able to fulfill the tent requests we have received, but we’ll also have additional tents to donate when new requests come in. These tents include singles, doubles, and family-size tents along with tarps for each, which make the tents last about twice as long. We have also purchased some carport tents, which the camps use for their public spaces, such as the Kitchen Tent, the Donations Tent and the Security Tent.

With winter not far away, waterproof shelter is not the only thing the camps will be needing. Winter clothing, blankets, sleeping bags, batteries for flashlights, lanterns and hand warmers will also soon be in great demand.

Also, a hot meal can go a long way toward keeping someone warm in cold weather. Have you thought about cooking a meal for a camp near you? Check our the meal page on our website!

Camp United We Stand is planning to move to St. Dunstan’s in Shoreline.

On Wednesday, October 5, at 7:00pm there will be a meeting at St. Dunstan’s Church to discuss plans to host. Camp residents and members of their Board will be present to address questions or concerns from the neighborhood. You are invited to come and to ask any questions you may have. St. Dunstan’s is located at 722 N 145th St, Shoreline, WA 98133.

Requests: United We Stand is hoping for men’s and women’s long johns, socks, boxer briefs and other clothing.

Other Topics of Interest:

It’s nothing new to say that the answer to homelessness is to provide homes for people who have none. It’s also not news that the Puget Sound region does not have enough low-income housing.

So, while people wait to get into housing, our area’s number of encampments has grown from two to ten.

Seattle’s Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) has been experimenting with a better solution though: semi-permanent Tiny House Villages. A Tiny House is defined as a building with less than 120 square feet (e.g. 10’ x 12’), sometimes with electricity. A Tiny House Village includes a number of these small homes with a shared kitchen and bathrooms.

This week, members of GSC will be meeting with representatives from LIHI to tour one of their tiny house communities and learn what is involved in hosting one. We will soon be reaching out to see if any of our church contacts would consider allowing LIHI to build some Tiny Houses on their property.

If you would like more details on any of these topics contact

Thank you all for your support and especially your big hearts and generous spirits in doing what you can to help those experiencing homelessness.

Photo captions corrected for United We Stand 10-19-2016


Charles The Clown and Biscuit The Dog Puppet starring in Halloween Puppet video on YouTube

Charles the Clown
Lake Forest Park's Charles The Clown -- seen locally at Third Place, in area libraries, schools and parties, has a new, kid friendly Halloween video.

Halloween Puppet, can be found on his Youtube channel.

The clown, known for his funny programs and gentle approach to children’s entertainment, is a Children’s Medical Center regular.

The new video, produced with his wife, Linda Kirschner Kraus, a psychologist and early childhood specialist, is designed to help young children appreciate the silly side of Halloween.

“An upbeat clown video is particularly important this year,” Charles says, referring to all the publicity from scary clown sightings.

A key feature to Charles’ live performances is showing the audience how he becomes a clown. The transition is a comedy routine borrowed from his awarding winning A/M video. As he tries to get into the costume and apply his makeup, just about everything goes ‘wrong.’ 

The video was shot on the Charlie Chaplin Sound Stage, where Chaplin filmed most of his movies, and where Red Skelton taped his long running television series. A short version of the routine is found on another Charles The Clown video, Costume Fun.

The new Halloween video features Biscuit and Charles explaining costumes and the art of trick or treating. The highlight of the eight minute video has the camera follow the dog puppet on his Halloween rounds.

“I’m just a supporting player,” Charles admits. “Biscuit The Dog Puppet has more lines … and more fleas.”

Halloween Puppet  is aimed at children three and above.

A favorite at libraries, schools, festivals and parties, Charles recently returned from a four state, 30 city show tour.

“Needed to get back in time to carve the pumpkin,” he explained.


World Concern aids Hurricane Matthew survivors in Haiti

Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew
Photo courtesy World Concern

As the death toll soared past 1,000 in Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Shoreline-based World Concern has reached survivors in the south and southwest regions of the impoverished island nation with urgently needed supplies.

Several days after the storm, hundreds of people in the hard hit community of St. Jean de Sud received food and emergency supplies from World Concern and their Integral Alliance partners. And in the coming days, much needed household water filters – which will aid in preventing the spread of cholera and water-borne diseases – were distributed to families in Les Cayes. Additional families are receiving shelter materials and supplies – but thousands more are in need.

World Concern Disaster Response Director Chris Sheach, who is on the ground in Haiti, says entire communities are devastated and the needs are overwhelming.

World Concern is now focusing on reaching thousands whose homes were lost or damaged, providing a two-week supply of emergency food, shelter materials, and access to clean water through household water filters. The increased threat of cholera and other water-borne diseases is high, so providing access to safe drinking water is a top priority.

The full extent of the damage from Matthew is yet to be known, but the UN is calling Hurricane Matthew’s devastation in Haiti the worst humanitarian crisis the country has seen since the 2010 earthquake, with an estimated 750,000 people in need of aid.

Anyone wishing to help can provide a family with an emergency survival kit for $48 by donating online.

World Concern is a Christian global relief and development organization. Areas of expertise include disaster response, clean water, education, food security, child protection, microfinance and health. For more information.


NUHSA continues conversation on housing the homeless

From the North Urban Human Services Alliance

Last month, NUHSA held a Resources Training on "How Can I Help?"

The room was packed, and the training served largely to let us know there is so much passion and concern around the challenging issue of homelessness, and that people truly want to know how to make an impact in a positive way.

The issues are daunting and no one person can fix everything. However, together we can begin to influence policy, increase awareness, and create true change.

To that end, NUHSA is re-convening its Homeless to Housed committee, and the community is invited to participate.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, October 25, 4 to 5:30pm, Third Place Commons Stadler conference room (the glass-walled room, upstairs, in the northeast corner near the Kitto Japanese restaurant).

People in our community are already coming up with ideas and proposals to make a positive impact. Now we would like to bring together people with time, energy, ideas, passion, and commitment to make it all happen.

From a possible "Day Center" site in Kenmore, to Shoreline's interest in an affordable housing site on north Aurora, to the renewal of the Vets and Human Services Levy, there is much work to be done but there is also much energy to do it.

History has proven that the people in our community, at every level from individual to corporate to government, are committed to promoting the overall well-being of everyone.
Together, we will work to address the issues surrounding homelessness, and show that North King County continues to lead the charge in building and maintaining communities that value every citizen; that work to ensure everyone in our neighborhoods has the opportunity to thrive.

Join with NUHSA Tuesday, October 25, to be a part of this important work. If you're interested but can't make that meeting, email to be kept informed.


Fall Festival at LFP Presbyterian on Saturday, Oct 29

Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church invites you to their Fall Festival, Saturday, October 29 from 2-4pm, 17440 Brookside Blvd NE, LFP.

Especially for kids age 2 to 12.

Cave of Wonders - glow in the dark crafts, rocks and fossils, cave slime!


Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest free community movie

Diggin' Shoreline invites you to a free community showing of the movie, Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest.

It will be shown on Saturday, November 5, 2016, from 1-4pm, Shoreline City Hall Council Chamber, 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline 98133.

Doors open at 1pm, and the movie will play twice (1:15pm and 2:30pm).

Come early, get your bag of free organic popcorn. Activities are child-friendly and admission is free!

This animated film, popular with adults and children alike, tells the story of the struggle to save trees from destruction, emphasizing the role of life-giving trees in sustaining the quality of life for people, plants, and animals.

Before, during and after the movie, experience the interactive exhibits and learn from local environmental experts the many characteristics and benefits of trees, and how to grow, plant and preserve them for future generations.

Participating exhibitors include City of Shoreline PRCS Tree Board, Friends of Piper’s Creek Orchard, Interurban Tree Preservation Society, Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, Northwest Basket Weavers, Plant Amnesty, Seattle Audubon, and more!

This presentation by Diggin’ Shoreline is made possible through partial funding by a City of Shoreline Environmental Services Mini-Grant.


32nd Dems Presidential Debate watch party

The 32nd District Democrats are partnering with Northwest Progressive Institute to host the third and final Presidential Debate watch party - open to all.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 6:00pm, Shoreline Masonic Center, 753 N 185th St, Shoreline 98133.

In addition, early bird tickets for Election Night at the Nile can be purchased online here or at the Debate Watch Party.


Courtesy is Contagious in Kenmore's park cleanup event Saturday

Photo courtesy City of Kenmore

The City of Kenmore will host the annual Jack V. Crawford 'Courtesy is Contagious in Kenmore' Day park cleanup event on Saturday, October 22 in honor of Kenmore's first Mayor Jack V. Crawford.

Volunteers are needed to help with mulching, planting, weeding, and picking up trash from 9am to noon at Log Boom Park, 17415 61st Ave NE.

In 2009, City Council proclaimed October 22 'Cour­tesy is Contagious in Kenmore' Day as an annual observance in honor of Mr. Crawford, who passed away in December 2008. Mr. Crawford served on the Kenmore City Council from the City’s incorporation in August 1998 through December 2005. During his Council tenure, he held the position of Kenmore’s first Mayor from 1998 through 1999; and held the position of Deputy Mayor from 2000 through 2001.

In 2008, while serving as the president of the Kenmore Heritage Society, Mr. Crawford played a key role in developing the Kenmore History Path at Log Boom Park. The Heritage Society dedicated the path to Mr. Crawford in August 2009. The skate court at Kenmore City Hall is also named after Mr. Crawford.

Bring your own work gloves; other tools will be provided. Adults can register on site and any volunteer under 18 years of age must preregister. This is a great opportunity to garden and help keep Kenmore's parks beautiful!

For more information, contact Volunteer and Events Supervisor Sarah Sandquist 425-398-8900.


In The Garden Now ... Clown Flower

Bouquet Blue Torenia

Text and photo by Victoria Gilleland

This little beauty has been blooming since early summer and shows no sign of slowing down as fall marches along. True blue flowers are hard to come by at any time of year and those with such a long bloom time are to be treasured.

The intense blue petal color intensifies next to the bright white and yellow in the throat of the flower. When you look down into the face of these little flowers you’ll see how “Clown Flower” has become a popular common name.

On top of all this Hummingbirds love these blossoms and the plant tends to be less than tasty to deer. Slugs and other pests have left my plants alone as well.

Torenia grows and blooms well in part shade and is a compact mounding annual reaching about 6 inches high and 15-20 inches wide. It looks great draped over the edge of a pot or can be grown in a garden bed. It’s a very versatile easy care plant.

Give this long blooming annual a try in your garden next year.

Botanical Name: Torenia Bouquet Blue

Victoria Gilleland is the owner of Cottage Garden Designs, a Garden Design company specializing in Redesign of Residential Gardens, Garden Consultation and Coaching. She has been designing gardens in the northwest for over 20 years.


Property taxes for second half of 2016 due October 31

King County property owners who pay their taxes themselves, rather than through their mortgage lender, have until Monday, October 31 to pay the second half of their 2016 property taxes. After that date, interest charges and penalties will be added to the tax bill.

To make the process easier, King County provides several ways for property owners to pay their taxes quickly and conveniently. Tax payments can be made:
  • By mail if postmarked no later than October 31, 2016. Taxpayers should include their tax statement and write the property tax account number on their check or money order. Cash should not be sent through the mail.
  • Online using King County's convenient, secure online eTax application available here. Taxpayers may pay with a credit card or an electronic debit from a checking account (eCheck). The online option provides immediate payment confirmation for current year or delinquent year(s) property tax bills.
  • In person at Treasury Operations, on the sixth floor of the King County Administration Building, 500 Fourth Ave in downtown Seattle. Treasury Operations is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. On October 31, Treasury Operations will be open until 5pm.
  • At a King County Community Service Center if paid by check for the exact amount due. Taxpayers can find the address, phone number, and operating hours of the center in their area here. In Shoreline, the Service Center is in the District Courthouse, 18050 Meridian Ave N, Shoreline 98133.
For questions about missing tax statements or other tax payment information, contact King County Treasury Operationsor call 206-263-2890.

Some low-income seniors may be eligible for a break on their property taxes through the senior citizen tax exemption. Residents over the age of 61 making less than $40,000 per year can get information on exemption and deferral programs from the King County Assessor's Office or 206-296-3920.


FBI Operation Cross-Country recovers five Washington children from sexual exploitation

This past week, three Child Exploitation Task Forces (CETFs) in Washington State, along with other local partners, recovered five juveniles and contacted 67 adults being exploited through prostitution. Some of the adults had been forced into prostitution as juveniles. The local operations were part of Operation Cross Country X (OCC10).

In Washington State, the CETFs arrested 14 subjects suspected of commercially exploiting children and/or adults, and related crimes.

Interviews with subjects and adults engaged in prostitution provided significant leads toward identifying other juveniles that are being exploited through prostitution. The CETFs recovered drugs and several vehicles during the operations.

Operations took place October 13-15, 2016. Operations occurred in Airway Heights, Bellevue, Everett, Kent, Lakewood, Pasco, Spokane, Tukwila, and throughout King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties.

Victims and the pimps travel throughout eastern and western Washington to work and do not necessarily reside in the area where they were located this week.

The multi-agency CETFs, working with additional partnering agencies, made contact with young women involved in prostitution through the use of undercover agents and detectives and by canvassing areas where street prostitution is known to occur.

All the victims were offered referrals to and information on a variety of services within the community, such as job training, housing, counseling, and medical and education assistance. Immediate medical and safety needs were addressed.

This is the 10th iteration of the FBI-led initiative that took place across the United States and, for the first time, also took place in several countries around the world. Law enforcement partners from Cambodia, Canada, the Philippines, and Thailand held operations in their respective countries.

The annual OCC operation is one element of an ongoing strategy to combat the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). CETFs in Washington conduct investigations and operations throughout the state, year-round. A challenging element of this criminal activity, though, is that pimps and their victims often travel throughout the nation to engage in prostitution and do not necessarily reside in the area where they are located by authorities. By focusing efforts nation-wide during a specified period of time, the FBI and its partners are able to cast a broad net for a better opportunity to identify, locate, and recover victims before they are moved to another area. Additionally, gathering intelligence from nearly simultaneous operations helps CETFs further understand this crime.

The FBI Seattle Division works with law enforcement partners on three dedicated Child CETFs
in Washington State, based in Seattle, Spokane, and Tacoma.

The North-Central Sound CETF is a partnership between the FBI, the King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO), the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bellevue, Everett, Kent, Mt. Vernon, Port of Seattle, SeaTac, Seattle, and Tukwila police departments.


Harvest Fest at Sky Nursery Saturday

It's Halloween at Sky
Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Saturday October 22th 11 am – 4:00 pm - Sky Nursery 7th Annual Harvest Fest

Harvest Fest is a family fun day! Kids can 'bowl" with pumpkins, dig for "fossils", make a mask, wear a costume and pose for the camera in our “Silly Picture Booth”, and so much more!

Adults can enjoy craft vendors, seasonal d├ęcor, food vendors, and more!

Help kick off Sky's “share the abundance” food drive with a gift of packaged food for Hopelink. 

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


Shoreline man honored as 2016 Advocate of the Year by the National Brain Tumor Society

Monday, October 17, 2016

Matt Hanson honored by
National Brain Tumor Society
Shoreline resident Matt Hanson has endured two of his loved ones diagnosed, separately, with two of the eight deadliest cancers

Matt has turned this burden into, now, an award-winning dedicated to cancer advocacy.

On November 11th, Matt will be honored with the 2016 Advocate of the Year Award at the National Brain Tumor Society’s (NBTS) National Gray Gala in Boston, Massachusetts.

NBTS is the largest patient advocacy and research funding nonprofit in the U.S. dedicated to the brain tumor / brain cancer cause.

Its Public Policy Advocacy Program includes more than 30,000 volunteer advocates and Matt was chosen from the entire lot for this inaugural honor.

Yet, before he shone as a brain tumor advocate, Matt honed his advocacy chops in the pancreatic cancer community.

Then, Matt’s brother-in-law was diagnosed with a glioblastoma in 2014 – the most common and deadliest brain cancer, with a survival rate of less than 10%. Matt immediately found NBTS and attended our Head to the Hill Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. in May of 2014, while his brother-in-law was very sick. He lost him two months later. He soon became more deeply involved in our Public Policy Advocacy program year-round, eventually becoming the volunteer State Lead Advocate for Washington.

In this role, Matt meets with local hospital staff, connects with other local and national volunteers, recruits new brain tumor advocates from Washington (and has even recruited advocates from Hawaii), and advocates for NBTS with his own members of Congress and with Congressmen and women throughout the states. He is a highly involved advocate who is always looking for new ways to connect, advocate, and do well for the organization. Matt also personally requests that May be proclaimed Brain Tumor Awareness month in the State of Washington each year.

For this year’s Head to the Hill, his goal was to make sure every congressional member in the state of Washington received a visit from NBTS. Aside from his scheduled meetings, he facilitated 10 offices to receive our information folder - considering the vast size of Capitol Hill, it was a huge feat!


Big Pumpkin Bash in North Seattle this Saturday

Family Halloween Carnival event this Saturday October 22nd from 6-8 pm at the Broadview Thomson School gymnasium, 13052 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle 98133.

Family friendly, carnival games for kids age 12 and under.

Holiday entertainment, face painting, candy and prizes and the Cake Walk.

Bring a can of food for the food bank.

Costumes are encouraged but not required.

Wristbands for unlimited games, one cakewalk and one popcorn are $8 each.


City Light completes Cable Injection Project in Lake Forest Park

Typical cable injection work in Seattle
Photo courtesy Seattle City Light
In September 2016, Seattle City Light worked to upgrade about a mile of aging electrical cable in parts of Lake Forest Park through a process called silicone injection.

The silicone injection is intended to fill cracks in the cable insulation to prevent outages.

This work extends the life of the cable for an additional 25 years and improves electrical reliability.

Seattle City Light’s contractor, Novinium, recently completed the testing and cable injection as of late September 2016.

Roughly 50 percent (about half a mile) of the underground cable was suited to injection, while the remaining 50 percent of cable will need to be replaced at a later date.

For more information about this project and others, visit Seattle City Light’s construction website. Search for utility construction projects in your area by neighborhood, address and ZIP code.


Women in STEM conference hosted by King's High School Cyberknights

A panel of distinguished speakers encouraged
the young women to pursue careers in STEM

King’s High School Cyberknights presented the Women in STEM conference in Shoreline on October 15th at CRISTA's Schirmer Auditorium.

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The women in STEM conference was designed to show young women that they too can rock the STEM field. Through inspiring speakers and joining with like-minded ladies, we hope to spark a passion for the STEM field in the hearts of young women from all around the world.

Lauren Stroemel created and ran the event.

The women in STEM conference was inspired by the gender gap in the STEM field. 

“I’ve always been passionate about getting more women interested in STEM because of the struggles I myself have faced and overcome,” said Cyberknight Lauren Stroemel, who created and ran the event. 
“I wanted to help encourage the women and girls that are interested in STEM so they don’t lose hope and drop something that they might be gifted in. 
"What better way to inspire young ladies than to connect with other women who face similar trials, but hold the same passion in their hearts?"

Deb Limb, former Director of Structural Engineering
at Boeing, was the keynote speaker

Keynote speaker Mrs. Deb Limb, the former Director of Structural Engineering at Boeing, along with a panel of experienced STEM professionals shared their experiences as women in the STEM field. They gave advice to the next generation of women entering STEM through a question and answer session.

It was a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the STEM field from experienced professionals and to fellowship with other women with a passion for STEM.

King's High School is located in Shoreline.


School Board approves bond proposition for February 2017

Kellogg Middle School
Built in 1953, closed in 1977. Remodeled and reopened in
1983. Some improvements and classroom additions.
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

At their October 10 meeting, the Shoreline Public Schools Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution placing a bond proposition on the February 14, 2017 special election ballot.

“The bond proposal we are asking Shoreline and Lake Forest Park voters to approve is a critical component of our Future Shoreline initiative,” said Board President David Wilson. 
“Approval of the bond will provide our students and staff with learning facilities that will continue to support the highest levels of achievement by allowing us to align our instructional programs and configurations to give our students the very best learning experience possible well into the future.”

Parkwood Elementary School
Completely remodeled in 1987 and three
classrooms added in 1998

On Tuesday, February 14, 2017, Shoreline and Lake Forest Park voters will consider a $250 million school construction bond that will allow the school district to:
  • Alleviate elementary overcrowding and reduce class sizes;
  • Provide learning environments to support student achievement;
  • Expand and enhance early learning opportunities; 
  • Design new buildings to enhance school safety and security; and
  • Capture an estimated 10 percent state match.

Projects to be completed if the bond passes include:
  • Constructing an Early Learning Center at the Shoreline Children’s Center site to house tuition-based preschool, Head Start and Early Childhood Education
  • Rebuilding Einstein Middle School
  • Rebuilding Kellogg Middle School
  • Rebuilding Parkwood Elementary School

Einstein Middle School
Built in 1969, a new "pod" of classrooms was added in 2000.
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

The Board made its decision based on a study completed by the Facilities Planning Committee (FPC), consisting of parents, staff and community members, over the past year.

The committee thoroughly reviewed each facility’s building condition report, which ranks the facility’s structure, systems and safety components, as well as demographic studies projecting future enrollment growth. The FPC also heard reports and recommendations from the Instructional Program Planning Committee (IPPC), which reviewed the district’s current instructional programs and configurations.

The Children's Center was built in 1957 as
Meridian Elementary and closed in 1982.
In 1985 it reopened as The Children's Center

“I want to thank these committees for the incredible job they did in developing a plan where the instructional needs of our students determined the construction recommendations,” said Superintendent Rebecca Miner. 
“They were very thoughtful and forward-thinking in their review and recommendation. I look forward to sharing this information with the community in the coming months and engaging in a conversation about the future of our amazing school district.”

Community bond information meetings have been scheduled for:

  • Oct. 26, 2016 at 7pm at Shoreline Center Board Room (18560 1st Ave. NE)
  • Nov. 15, 2016 at 7pm at Shoreline Center Board Room (18560 1st Ave. NE)

*Spanish, Amharic, Korean, Tigrinya and Vietnamese interpreters will be available at the Nov. 15 meeting

  • Nov. 29, 2016 at 7pm at Richmond Beach Library (19601 21st Ave. NW)
  • Dec. 1, 2016 at 7pm at Lake Forest Park Library (17171 Bothell Way NE)

Other presentations are currently being scheduled for community groups and organizations. If you would like to schedule a presentation for your group, contact the Superintendent’s Office at 206-393-4203.


Photo: Orange leaves

Photo by Lee Langeschulte

I don't think I've ever noticed this before - a green tree with one section of orange-gold leaves. It's like someone with dark hair and a white streak - beautiful and dramatic.



Story Tellers: Scary Stories for Brave Listeners

Tuesday, October 18, 7-8:30pm, Lake Forest Park LibraryMeeting Room

Local storytellers will share frightening, yukky, and true tales of ghosts and hauntings, followed by an open mike for audience members with a scary tale to tell!

Refreshments will be served (to survivors.) This program is not recommended for young or timid listeners!

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


Time to start writing your novel with a session at the Richmond Beach Library.

Gearing Up to Succeed in NaNoWriMo, Monday, October 17, 3-5pm at the Richmond Beach Library
Meeting Room.

Have you decided that it's time to begin writing your novel? Join New York Times bestselling author Bob Mayer and Jen Talty as they uncover tips and techniques to write faster, turn off the internal editor and get that manuscript finished in thirty days!

Registration is not required to attend this program at the Richmond Beach Library, 19601 21st Ave NW, Shoreline 98177.


Watch the Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates at the Shoreline Library

Wednesday, October 19, 6-7:30pm, Shoreline Library large meeting room.

Are you planning to watch the presidential and vice presidential debates? Come to the Shoreline Library to join the political process and watch the debates with your community. The debates will be projected onto a screen in our spacious meeting room.

Third presidential debate hosted by University of Nevada, Las Vegas.


Authors at Third Place Books - women in history, self-treatment, and island populations

Women who changed history is the theme of Sam Maggs' book, which he will discuss on Tuesday evening at Third Place Books, upper level Town Center, intersection Bothell and Ballinger Way.

Sam Maggs
Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History (Quirk)
Tuesday, October 18 at 7pm
In Wonder Women, author Sam Maggs tells the stories of the brilliant, brainy, and totally rad women in history who broke barriers as scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers, and inventors.

Sue Hitzmann
The MELT Method (HarperOne)
Wednesday, October 19 at 7pm
In The MELT Method, therapist Sue Hitzmann offers a breakthrough self-treatment system to combat chronic pain and erase the effects of aging and active living in as little as ten minutes a day.

Kathleen Alcala
The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island (UW)
Thursday, October 20th at 7pm
Combining memoir, history, and a blueprint for sustainability, The Deepest Roots shows how an island population can grow into responsible food stewards.


Workshop: Making Sweet Vermouth

This workshop will cover the origins, market examples, variations and botanical ingredients in sweet vermouth. There will be a live demonstration, showing how to make a batch of Vermouth in your own kitchen.

Attendees will leave with a small sample of D.I.Y. vermouth, recipe and instructions and a starter batch of botanical ingredients to get you going on your first batch.

Taught by Scott K James.

Read more here. Participants must be 21 or over.

Saturday, November 12, 3pm, Kruckeberg Botanic Garden.
$40 for KBGF members, $50 for non-members,supplies included.
Register here (registration will close on 11/5)


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