Crime in Shoreline week ending 7-18-2016 - Found: bones and golf clubs

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Selected items from Shoreline police blotter week ending 7-18-2016

Man Trespassed from Richmond Beach QFC for stealing alcohol. Other Trespasses from construction site, Ballinger McDonalds, Goodwill, Fred Meyer, Evergreen RV Supply, and Sears.

Graffiti at Echo Lake park, Innis Arden Reserve, Richmond Beach park, Paramount School park, Ridgecrest Park, Ballinger neighborhood, Shoreview park, Twin Ponds park, 2 vans at Earl's Garage, and Richmond Highlands park.

7-10  Adult male attempted suicide.
7-10  Burglary attempted at 148xx Meridian.
7-10  Arrested two men on warrants who were behind the bathroom at Echo Lake Park; one in possession of a meth pipe.
7-10  Physical altercation in Trader Joes parking lot.
7-10  Attempted burglary at Action Machine on Aurora.
7-10  Subjects attempted to check into homeless camp together in spite of no contact order between them.
7-10  Victim hit in the face in disturbance at home but attacker left before police arrived.
7-11  Landscapers find large bones in back yard of newly purchased home on Interlake.
7-11  Arrested female at Goodwill for shoplifting; found suspected meth in her backpack. She complained of chest pains so Aid was called and transported her to NW Hospital.
7-11  Domestic assault to female.
7-11  Family disturbance, yelling.
7-11  Subject high on drugs picked up in front of auto repair shop on Aurora.
7-11  Brother assaults brother.
7-12  Driver in stolen vehicle flees from police.
7-12  Car window smashed in front of Aurora Safeway, bag stolen and card used at Aurora McDonalds.
7-13  Subject injured in fight with mother's ex-boyfriend in dispute over juvenile discipline.
7-13  Unitarian church receives mail telling them to convert to Christianity.
7-13  Unknown male calls Pho 99 restaurant and tells them they must pay $765 immediately or their power will be shut off.
7-13  Male passed out in bushes at 160th and Fremont.
7-13  Prostitute working the upper lot at Sears.
7-13  Graffiti at Sunset School Park - some over children's artwork.
7-14  Found golf clubs and power tools hidden in bushes N 194 and Corliss.
7-14  Firefighter assaulted at Aurora Transit Center.
7-15  Stolen vehicle recovered near Dayton and Westminster, drugs in car, driver arrested.
7-16  Husband assaulted wife in car and threw her phone out of the window.
7-16  Arrested subject with burglar tools inside construction site.
7-16  Man reported people were trying to get into his car in the Sound Credit Union parking lot. Security footage showed that he was alone in the lot.
7-16  Civil standby while woman removed belonging from house; her husband had broken the rear window of her car earlier in the day.
7-17  Neighbor reported open windows in vacant house next door and police found a squatter in the house


Photo: Sharing the log

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Photo by Bruce Hill

Whether you are sunning yourself with the family, or just perching for a while, there's plenty of room on the log for all to coexist peacefully at Bitter Lake.


Reading party in the Park Wednesday evening

Richmond Beach Library Park
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Reading Party in the Park, Wednesday, July 27, 6 - 8pm in the park next to the Richmond Beach Library, 19601 21st Ave NW, Shoreline 98177.

Bring your own blanket or lawn chair and favorite summer read and join us as we listen to soothing music that complements the reading experience! Reading parties are a great way to share your love of reading in a relaxing, fun atmosphere.

Local DJs will share ambient, downtempo, neo-classical and relaxing cinematic sounds to add a unique dimension to reading in the park.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Richmond Beach Library.


WSDOT: Making Good To Go! work better for customers


A year ago, Good To Go! introduced a new customer service policy offering first-time forgiveness of late fees and civil penalties on unpaid toll bills.

Everyone can now call Good To Go! to request a one-time waiver of all unpaid late fees and penalties as long as they agree to pay the original tolls.

In the past year, over 75,000 vehicle owners have had their civil penalties and fees waived and we’ve dismissed over $25 million in civil penalties and late fees.

Of course, for most customers this never comes up – only about 2 percent of trips result in a civil penalty. Learn more about all the ways to lower your toll bill.


Book Review by Aarene Storms: Circus Mirandus

Book review of Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

Micah has listened to Grandpa Ephraim's stories about the magical Circus Mirandus all his life, and all his life, Micah has dreamed that someday he would be able to meet Big Jean the intelligent elephant, to taste the astonishing candies that light up when you bite down, and most of all, to see a performance of the amazing Man Who Bends Light.

But now, Grandpa Ephraim is dying and nasty Aunt Gertrudis has come to stay. She has nothing good to say about Micah or about Grandpa Ephraim, and certainly nothing good to say about magic. The Lightbender promised Grandpa Ephraim a miracle, but will a miracle be enough?

Kids who want more stories like Peter and the Starcatchers and James and the Giant Peach will be thrilled to find this title. Adults who love The Night Circus and Big Fish will be delighted to learn that they have still not outgrown the magic.

Highly recommended for readers and listeners of all ages.  

This book does NOT feature:
sex, drugs, rocknroll, violence, cussing, wild animals harmed in the enjoyment of this book

This book DOES feature:
talking birds, friends who don't always believe you but still stay friends, trustworthy people, magic, and at least one miracle

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


City Council Committee of the Whole Meeting Monday in LFP

LFP City Council Committee of the Whole Meeting on July 25, 2016

The Committee of the Whole will consider draft legislation for Commissions and Task Forces, which are currently on hiatus.

The meeting will begin at 6pm in the City Hall Council Chambers, second floor, 17425 Ballinger Way NE, Lake Forest Park Town Center.


Wisdom Café: Clearing Space -- Living Life With Intention and Discovery

Wisdom Café: Clearing Space -- Living Life With Intention and Discovery

Sunday, July 24, 2016, 2-3pm, Shoreline Library large meeting room 345 NE 175th St, Shoreline 98155.

Staying intentional and awake are choices we can make at any age. Being older often gives us time to explore and discover what matters most to us.

Join us for a group discussion. Participants engage with others, are motivated to try new things, and are inspired by sharing life experiences. Come share your wisdom! These cafés provide an opportunity to converse and connect with others in discussions of universal topics such as gratitude, death, happiness and what gives life meaning. Come for one session or more in a facilitated small group conversation.

Registration requested (scroll down to find the specific event)


Theater Review: An Evening of One-Act Comedies at The Phoenix

I'm Herbert - at The Phoenix Theatre

An Evening of One-Act Comedies
And other short Pieces
Directed by Molly Brusewitz
The Phoenix Theatre
July 22 - August 28, 2016

Review by Doug Gochanour

The Phoenix Theatre is presenting three short comedies and a few surprise pieces that will tickle your fancy, and may even trigger some reflection of personal experiences.

Overtones, by Alice Gerstenberg, offers a fascinating encounter between two women, who each fell in love with the same starving artist. One of the women chose to marry a different man, who was successful in providing her a wealthy lifestyle. But, she still carried feelings for the artist, and experienced jealousy over her lost love.

The other woman married the artist, but was very envious of the wealth she saw her former acquaintance exhibiting. She comes to visit this woman of wealth, attempting to arrange for her artist husband to be “commissioned” to paint a portrait of her. They need the income.

Each woman has a “shadowing” second actress, playing and saying how she really feels, while the outward conversation is in a very polite and civilized demeanor. It is fun to see what they say, followed by what they really mean.

I’m Herbert, by Robert Anderson, finds us with a very senior couple sitting together reminiscing on their porch. Each has had more than one previous marriage and/or fling.

Senior moments strike often and hard as they attempt to discuss their past. They can’t agree on who did what, and with whom. They occasionally fail to remember which spouse it is, with whom they are talking.

The third play is Here We Are. It is by Dorothy Parker, a very famous poet, short story writer, and critic from the 1920’s and 1930’s. It seems like there should be a movie made of Parker’s life. Her wit lives on, though few of us recognize the source.

In this play, two 1920’s newlyweds have just boarded a train on their way to their honeymoon. Their conversation and body language offer lots of laughs as they circumnavigate wedding night jitters. The husband especially, tries hard to be kind and loving, but seems to keep stumbling upon a word, and issue, a gesture, or something, that his new wife finds objectionable. Actors Debra Rich and Steve Heiret are wonderful in this very funny interchange. Ride along with them and enjoy the humor.

The Phoenix Theatre Season 9 is now taking subscriptions. Don’t miss out on the fun!!

The Theatre is located in Firdale Village, just north of Shoreline, 9673 Firdale Ave, Edmonds, WA 98020.

Tickets are available online.


Friends of the Lake Forest Park Library Book Sale Sunday

Friends of the Lake Forest Park Library Book Sale at the LFP Farmers' Market, on Sunday, July 24, 10am - 3pm.

Stock up for summer reading at the Lake Forest Park Farmer's Market.

Friends of the Lake Forest Park Library have collected hundreds of cookbooks, children's books, and trade paperbacks, all offered for $1 each.

Look for the Book Sale at the Farmers' Market Sponsor's Table. All proceeds will go towards fall library programs.

The Farmers' Market is held in the lower level parking of Town Center, intersection of Bothell Way and Ballinger Way.


Letter to the Editor: A wonderful poem

To the Editor:

"All Things are Connected". What a wonderful poem by 3rd grader Barret Jones in the July 18 issue of the SAN! Congratulations to him and to his teacher who was able to help bring forth this thoughtful and mature piece of writing. Thank you!

Vicki Westberg


Need to contact people who bought Veteran's Bricks this week

A letter addressed to the Shoreline Veterans Association, containing an application for a brick in Shoreline's new Veterans Recognition Site, was lost during the rainstorm Friday, July 22 at noon, at either the parking lot at Albertsons at 130th and Aurora Ave N. or Fred Meyer at 183rd and Aurora N.

The envelope had been mailed to the Vets this last week.

If it was possibly your application, please call Dwight Stevens at 206-546-2894 as soon as possible.

The envelope was a small one (letter size), as opposed to a business sized (legal) envelope.


Weather cooperates for Swingin' Summer Eve

The Sunshine Junkies were the star of the show

Photos by Steven H. Robinson

The Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Arts Council and the City of Shoreline held their first annual summer party on Wednesday, July 20 in Cromwell Park, and managed to score the only nice evening of the week.

It might have been the influence of the band - a roots / rock band called "Sunshine Junkies". Or perhaps it was karmic balance for 2014 when it rained so much that the park flooded (i.e. retained surface water the way it was designed to) and the whole event had to be cancelled.

Swingin' Summer Eve is also the home of the Council of Neighborhoods annual used books sale. Seven neighborhoods collected books, CDs, and DVDs and sold them at very affordable prices. It wasn't unusual to see people walking away with grocery bags full of bargains.

 And the Arts Council reminded people that additional funds means additional programming.

 For the kids, there were food trucks and the giant inflatable slide.

It was a pleasant evening in the park and everyone appeared to be having a good time. The event is usually held on the third Wednesday in July, so mark your calendars and watch this space for next year's event.


Little Bill and the Blue Notes at Grinders Saturday - Brazilian music at North City Bistro - Bands at Darrell's

Little Bill and the Blue Notes play at Grinders, 19811 Aurora Ave N, at 7:30pm on Saturday, July 23. Call 206 542 0627 for reservations.

En Canto, Brazilian Music, will play their first show at the North City Bistro on Saturday from 8:00-10:30 for $10 cover. Call (206) 365-4447 and make reservations so you get a table, and you can buy tickets for this show at this link. 1520 NE 177th St, Shoreline 98155.

Darrell's will have Lust Punch, Mister Master, and Further North, playing from 9pm to 2am. 18041 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline 98133

All venues have food and alcohol. Grinders is a family venue, the Bistro has a family area and a bar, Darrell's is a tavern. You are expected to order food or drinks, and often a cover charge. All three have atmosphere - of very different kinds!


Special guest at the Meridian Park car show - Elvis is in the room

This is a test.
Which one of these people is Elvis?

Give up?
Here he is in his vintage convertible at the recent Meridian Park Car Show.

His incognito name is Danny Vernon and he was the headliner at the show.

The people with him in the photo are, from left,
Danny's wife Marcia Vernon,
show organizer Martin DeGrazia, his wife Holly
and daughters Melissa and Mariana.

This Seafair event was held at Meridian Park Elementary on Sunday, July 17.
Proceeds benefit the MP PTSA.


Bing Bang Boom Show at Shoreline Library Monday evening

Duo Finelli, July 2012.
Photo by Nicole Landau.
Bing Bang Boom Show

Monday, July 25, 7pm at the Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th, Shoreline 98155.

Presented by Duo Finelli, Luz Gaxiola and Molly Shannon.

Family program, all ages welcome with adult.

When Molly and Luz join forces to put on a circus show with dance and music, there will be plenty of mishaps. Discover how they find funny solutions to their problems through curiosity, playfulness and working together.

Space is limited; first come, first seated.


Cartoon by Whitney Potter

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


The Magically Ridiculous Game Show at LFP - for age 5 and older - Saturday

The Magically Ridiculous Game Show 

Saturday, July 23, 2pm on the Third Place Commons Stage in Town Center intersection of Bothell Way and Ballinger Way, Lake Forest Park.

Presented by Jeff Evans for ages 5 and older with adult.
This is your chance to be a “pretend” game show contestant at this program featuring silly sports, goofy games and amazing tricks.

Discover how science, reading and art can help you win games. Learn the history and the math behind the world’s best-selling toy, Rubik’s Cube.


Meeting time and date changes for Fire Commissioners


As required by RCW Chapter 42.30, Open Public Meetings Act, you are hereby notified of the following changes to the regularly scheduled meetings of the Board of Commissioners of the Shoreline Fire Department:

August 4, 2016 Meeting start time change; meeting will begin at 4:00 p.m.

The regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners will be suspended for the Department’s promotional/pinning ceremony. The regular Board meeting will resume immediately following the ceremony.

August 18, 2016 Meeting rescheduled to August 25, 2016, 5:00 p.m.

The regularly scheduled meetings will be held at Shoreline Fire Department, 17525 Aurora Avenue North, Shoreline, Washington.

Notice posted by: Pam Webb
Executive Assistant

July 22, 2016


Richmond Beach runners doing the Interurban Trail Saturday morning

Saturday, July 23, a bunch of motivated runners will do the Interurban South run - up the hill to the interurban trail, heading South (right) on the trail.

This run has two distinctions - first it is the most straightforward run as there is literally one turn to the right.

In addition, if you make it up the hill at the start, it is actually their flattest run the rest of the way!

Just a little motivation to press on up the hill - see if you can get to the Aurora Bridge!

There is childcare available.

Start at 8:00am at the Richmond Beach Coffee Company, 1442 NW Richmond Beach Rd, Shoreline 98177. Check out the MAP


Parks Board to study sites for future aquatic center

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services / Tree Board Special Meeting
Thursday, July 28, 2016, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.*

*Note the change in time and meeting place
City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N, Room 104

Agenda Highlights

The Board will review the "Aquatic / Community Center Feasibility Study" subcommittee's recommendation of potential future areas, and the set of criteria and evaluation tools used to select them.

The Board will tour the top general areas, provide feedback on the criteria and evaluation tools, and may act to endorse the subcommittee's recommendation.

Link to the Community Calendar for the full agenda and agenda packet materials.

Comment on Agenda Items


Introductory candidate statement from 46th District Rep. Pollet

Incumbent 46th Legislative District State Rep. Gerry Pollet recently sent a statement introducing himself to voters. His opponent, Libertarian Stephanie Heart Viskovich, has not sent a statement.

The two are running on the August 2 primary-election ballot with both likely to advance to the November 8 general election.

The 46th District includes Lake Forest Park, Kenmore and northeast Seattle.

Here are the introductory statements:

Legislative District 46, Representative Position 1

Gerry Pollet (Prefers Democratic Party)

I ask to continue serving as your State Representative to make our tax system more fair, champion schools, make college affordable, protect our environment and consumers.

I am deeply involved in our community – from reducing overcrowding in our schools to protecting Lake Washington. I understand higher education as a faculty member at the UW School of Public Health.

2014 and 2015 Higher Education “Legislator of the Year.”

I lead efforts to close corporate tax loopholes; and, have passed legislation ending predatory car towing, and the first law in the nation to protect our youth from being addicted to e-cigarettes.

Stephanie Heart Viskovich (Prefers Libertarian Party)

Has not responded to requests for a statement.


Northshore Performing Arts Center Foundation announces 2016-2017 season

Friday, July 22, 2016

Northshore Performing Arts Center Foundation announces 2016-2017 season

The Northshore Performing Arts Center Foundation (NPACF) was established by Northshore-area residents (Bothell, Kenmore, Mill Creek, and Woodinville, WA) who were committed to bringing a cultural center to their community, where they could enjoy the performing arts, engage their children in creative educational programs, and experience culturally rich performances from around the globe. 

Through NPACF’s partnership with the Northshore School District and the City of Bothell, they have a beautiful state-of-the-art 600 seat theatre on the campus of Bothell High School, 18125 92nd NE, Bothell 98011 (directions)

Box Office (not located at the theatre site): 425-298-3449; Customer Service: 425-984-2471

Season Lineup

September 24, 2016
Chris Mann - Saturday, 9/24/16 - 7:30 PM

A new musical experience featuring songs from the golden age of Broadway and the Great American Songbook. Currently starring as the Phantom in the national tour of Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera, Chris Mann’s fame rose as Christina Aguilera’s finalist on NBC’s The Voice.

November 12, 2016
Chris Perondi's Stunt Dog Experience - Saturday, 11/12/16 - 2 PM
Chris Perondi's Stunt Dog Experience - Saturday, 11/12/16 - 6 PM

The world's largest "stunt dog show!" With amazing tricks, stunts, comedy antics, dancing dogs, and athletic feats, it is the most entertaining show of its kind!

December 17, 2016
Geoffrey Castle's Celtic Christmas - Saturday, 12/17/16 - 7:30 PM

Don't miss one of the greatest electric violinists of all time! Celtic Christmas is a wonderful new Northwest holiday tradition. This high energy stage show will bring the joy and magic of the holidays to NPAC.

February 11, 2017
Doktor Kaboom! LIVE WIRE! The Electricity Tour! 

Fun and educational for families of all ages! Doktor Kaboom! will explore the fundamentals of electrical energy and this history of humanity’s adventures into its potential. Great for all ages!

March 11, 2017
Creme Tangerine: 1 - Saturday, 3/11/17 - 7:30 PM
Seattle's favorite Beatles tribute band does the hit songs of the Beatles. Creme Tangerine’s high energy, quality performances appeal to those already familiar with and new to the music of The Beatles. Playing the “1” album, you’re sure to hear all of your favorites.

April 8, 2017
The Brothers Four - Saturday, 4/8/17 - 7:30 PM

Back by popular demand! With hits like "Greenfields" and "Michael, Row the Boat Ashore," The Brothers Four's elegant harmonies blend flawlessly with traditional folk instrumentation of the guitar, mandolin, banjo, and bass.


Backyard Birds: Steller's Jay

Steller's Jay
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Photo and text by Wayne Pridemore

For the past several years Steller's Jay's have visited our yard in Shoreline to check out any possible food treats. 

They are very fond of peanuts in the shell (unsalted) which they pick up and carry away. They will return in a minute to carry off another until the nuts are gone.

The Steller's Jay is the largest in North America and will display the long dusky head crest when agitated or alarmed. They nest in conifer trees and eat nuts, seeds, fruits, insects, and other birds' eggs.


Organizers say Old Dog Haven’s 5th Annual Walk for Old Dogs a HUGE Success

Marvin won the prize for Best Costume
Well over 400 people and their dogs strutted their stuff at Old Dog Haven’s Walk for Old Dogs at Cromwell Park in Shoreline on July 17.

The Walk was a fundraiser hosted by Old Dog Haven and over $117,000 was raised by the event!

All of the money raised helps to pay veterinary expenses--which average about $80,000 per month—for the 304 senior dogs in Old Dog Haven’s care.

The 3rd Place Team contained Meka (right)
who took the prize (with owner) for best decorated stroller

The top three fundraising teams and the top three individual fundraisers led the walk, flags held high as they balanced their prizes while holding leashes. The top fundraising team — T-Town Dogs — raised $15,955 for the dogs and the top individual fundraiser — Peabody Johansen — raised $4,750.

Sandy and Phil Krutsinger
Longtime Old Dog Haven fosters Sandy and Phil Krutsinger were honored for their dedication and commitment to Old Dog Haven. Sandy started fostering for ODH in 2005 (before she married Phil) and has fostered 71 dogs during the past 11 years! Foster parents are always needed. Go to the Old Dog Haven website for more information about fostering.

Dogs of all ages, breeds, sizes, and mobility enjoyed an afternoon in the park with the people who love them. They competed in contests, had free massages, nail trims, scarfed down goodies from the Seattle Barkery, socialized, met new friends, fished tennis balls out of wading pools to keep cool and just loved being there.

Oldest dog Oliver
with John Schumacher
Photo by SeattleDogSpot
The oldest dog in attendance was ODH Final Refuge dog Oliver who lives with and is loved by Mary and John Schumacher. Oliver is 20!

All dogs were eligible to enter contests in the Pageant, which produced winners in the categories of Best Costume, Best Trick and 30 Yard Lollygag. Prizes and ribbons were award to the top three winners in each category.

Old Dog Haven is grateful to the community for supporting their efforts, including sponsors for the event, media contacts, people who donated prizes, volunteers, organizers, and everyone who helped make the day such a resounding success. Paws up to all of you!


You can Find Nemo in Ridgecrest at the Outdoor Movie July 30

FREE Outdoor Movie Night: "Finding Nemo"
Saturday, July 30
Paramount School Park
15298 8th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155

Join the Ridgecrest Neighborhood Association at our first annual FREE outdoor movie night.
The movie starts at 9:15pm - come grab a seat as early as 7:30pm.

We'll have pre-show entertainment and refreshments available for purchase.

Until then, just keep swimming!


Conservation Futures Citizens Committee recommendations include purchase of wooded property in LFP with Lyons Creek tributary

On Tuesday, the Conservation Futures Citizens Committee presented recommendations to the King County Council, Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee for allocation of program funding for Conservation Futures Tax and Parks Levy open space projects for 2017.

The committee’s recommendations include significant conservation investments in King County, including projects in Lake City, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, and Bothell.

Recommendations by the committee include additional funding for the Wayne Golf Course in Bothell, the acquisition of a 5.6 acre wooded property in Lake Forest Park that contains a tributary to Lyons Creek, and the acquisition of a woodland trail in Kirkland between Juanita Heights Park and Juanita Beach Park on Lake Washington.

“I’m very excited about the Conservation Futures Citizens Committee’s recommendations,” said Rod Dembowski, Chair of the Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee, “I commend the work of the committee.”     

The committee received over $22 million in requests for CFT funds, there is an estimated $11.6 million 2017 CFT funds available for distribution to projects.

The King County Council will take action on the recommendations during the budget process in the fall.


Fall 2016 Create & Make Workshop registration now open

Fused glass by Theresa Novion

Join the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council on Wednesdays this fall to explore new artistic mediums and techniques in 5 exciting workshops lead by professional, local artists.

Workshops are $35 each (or get a season’s pass for $150) and are held from 6:30 – 8:30pm in the Horizon Room of the Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline, WA. All materials are provided, all you need to bring is your imaginative spirit!

The series kicks off on Wednesday, September 7 with Theresa Novion’s Fused Glass Masterpieces Workshop, where you can use different types of glass to create a 4” x 8” composition to put on a stand or hang in a window.

Then, come back for more:

Cardboard Journal by Amy Duncan
Corrugated Cardboard Journals with Amy Duncan September 21

Create a one of a kind journal using the common materials of corrugated cardboard, kraft paper mailing tape, and paper scraps.

Painting on Plexiglass with Rosie Peterson – October 5

Throw everything scary about painting and drawing out the window with painting on plexiglass! Use photos, tracing, and abstract painting to achieve fun and surprising results.

Script Fest - Kellie Moeller
Script Fest with a Tengucho Touch with Kellie Moeller – October 19

Experience the magic of Tengucho rice paper as you lean the brush alphabet and complete a small calligraphy/collage artwork.

Discover the Joy and Power of Mandalas with Shabeena Helsley – November 2

Complete a landscape painting detailing the lights and darks of an evening scene created by moonlight reflecting off the surface of a lake

Love all the workshops? Then don’t miss out:
Get the Season’s Pass for only $150 to access all 5 workshops and save money at the same time.

Got questions? More info is available on the Arts Council’s website.

Want to talk to a human? Email Janessa Post or call the Arts Council’s office at (206) 417-4645.

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate creativity and inspire our community through the arts.


Tech Talk: Windows 10 Upgrades: I Hear Stories…

Thursday, July 21, 2016

I hear stories...
By Brian Boston

Windows 10 Upgrades: I Hear Stories…
In helping people with Windows 10 upgrades, I hear a lot of stories. So do you:
  • “I heard Windows 10 has a lot of problems.”
  • “I heard Microsoft is upgrading people without their permission.”
  • “I hear that there are privacy concerns with Windows 10.”

There are other rumors going around but these seem to be the top three I hear. Usually these concerns come without specifics, because most of us remember the headlines long after the details have faded. It’s difficult to respond without the actual context of the concern. The best I can do is give me my “take” on what the concern is and whether it should be your concern. So here goes:

Windows 10 has a lot of problems – Not Accurate
As someone who installs Windows 10 once to twice a week and has been using it on many systems for more than a year (if you count pre-release versions), I am always surprised to hear people tell me this. As a support guy, I expect to directly encounter all sorts of problems. Windows 10 has been one of the least problematic upgrades I have ever experienced. It doesn’t mean that Windows 10 is problem-free, but I find it more forgiving than other Windows versions. We can’t escape problems with old hardware or out-of-date software, but it handled nearly everything else well.

This lack of serious issues made it hard for tech journalists to come up with the usual articles around the public release of Windows 10 detailing problems. So the stuff they found was more obscure and unusual, leaving more room for speculation and concerns. Unfortunately, the headlines were still the same size. Bill Gates was speaking about Gates Foundation work when he said, “Headlines in a way are what mislead you because bad news is a headline and gradual improvement is not.” Good software launches seem to also fit that pattern.

Upgrading to Windows 10 without permission – Not Technically Accurate, But Very Annoying
While Windows 10 has a very smooth upgrade experience overall, their aggressive practices to get people to upgrade have been less laudable. Besides the endless update reminders, the practice of “pre-downloading” the upgrade on people’s systems and changes in how the upgrade is handled through Windows Update. That last set of items has tripped many people up and caused unintended upgrades.

The first occurred when, Microsoft started moving the Windows 10 upgrade on Windows 8.1 and 7 systems from an “Optional” status to “Recommended.” This shouldn’t be a problem, except that most people who are using automatic updates are installing, by default, any Recommended updates. In effect, Windows 10 starts a download-and-install process on these systems. While it’s possible to stop the process at a couple of points (like not agreeing to the user license when prompted), the options to say no aren’t terribly obvious. This has led people to thinking they haven’t agreed to the upgrade when, technically, they have.

If you prefer not to upgrade to Windows 10 or wish to upgrade of your own accord, you need to turn off the feature that automatically installs Recommended updates. I have detailed steps to do this in this document. The first two pages lay out the problem with page 3 going step-by-step through the solution.  Essentially, you are going to the Windows Update tool and unchecking an item in the Change Settings area designed to give you recommend updates the same way you receive important updates. While I have mentioned this before, it’s clear from discussions that the message benefits from repeating it here.

You can also put an end to the most aggressive upgrade “incentives” by using Steve Gibson’s tool Never 10 tool. This simple utility uses methods provided in Windows to suppress these messages and can be reversed at any time to allow you to install on your terms.

Windows 10 privacy concerns – Not as Bad as You Think …and Largely Controllable
With little evidence of technical problems at Windows 10’s release, at lot of tech press focused attention on the information that Window 10 collects about you, your preferences, and your system.  Within all the claims and clamor, concerns break into four areas of possible collection:
    1. System Improvement
      Though Microsoft has been collecting information on computer crashes for years to improve stability on their systems, the depth and detail of information collected has increased dramatically in the last few years. Most of this kind of detail known as “system telemetry” details your computer’s behavior and how you interact with it to improve future product releases. By default, Windows 10 ‘s Diagnostic and usage data (under the Feedback and diagnostic areas in Settings/Privacy) is set to Full. You can limit the capability by changing the setting to Basic or Enhanced. See Microsoft’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on feedback, diagnostic, and privacy .
    2. Network WIFI Settings
      Windows 10 adds a capability previously called WI-FI sense on Windows phones that lets you share trusted WI-FI settings with people in your Contact Lists. This is one group of privacy settings I prefer to disable. You will find them in Settings/Network/Wi-Fi/Manage Wi-FI Settings. “Connect to suggested open hotspots” and “Connect to networks shared by my contacts” can both be switched off. Microsoft appears to be removing this feature in its next major release of Windows 10, due shortly after the July 29 free upgrade period ends.
    3. Ad preferences
      Microsoft, like Google, Amazon, and Facebook, collects information on searches, purchases and other Internet activity to help guide what advertising is presented to you in its products, web sites and services. The data profile it collects shows preferences buts doesn’t contain any personal data. The only association with you and your Microsoft account is an “advertising id.” While it’s possible to turn off this advertising id, this only has the consequence of making the ads you see more generic and less based on your interests. You can do this in Windows 10 using Settings/ Privacy/ General/ Let apps use my advertising ID….  Also, this can be controlled through Microsoft’s “Opt-Out” web page.
    4. Cortana
      Perhaps the newest data collector and the most “personal,” Cortana will collect information about your interests and activities IF you tell it to do so. If you are concerned about what Cortana will track, go to the Notebook on Cortana’s menu and disable the features you wish not to track. You can also go to the Bing Personalization page  and clear information on Interests it has already collected.

There are, of course, many more stories I hear about Windows 10, especially as we inch closer to the end of July and end of its free upgrade period. More on that in an upcoming post. Perhaps the most important point of confusion for many people is "end of the free upgrade period" means.

Defining the "End of Free"
It does mean that upgrades from 7 or 8.1 will no longer be free after midnight, July 29th. It doesn't mean that people who have already upgraded to Windows 10 will need to pay for future upgrades. If you have already upgraded to Windows 10, you will be automatically upgraded for free to the next Windows 10 release, due to be released on August 2nd. Microsoft has stated that people who have already upgraded will continue to get free upgrades for the life of their computer.

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Shoreline Little League Baseball Juniors in the State Tourney

Shoreline Little League plays hard

Text and photos by Geoff Vlcek

On Saturday the Shoreline Little League Junior level baseball team played down in Vancouver, Washington, against Redmond. The boys played hard but the errors early in the game really were too tough for them to overcome.

Late in the game the game they made a comeback which allowed SLL to get the score closer but Redmond held off SLL’s surge to take the game by a score of 14-7 in 7 innings.

Entering the losers' bracket with some fire under their feet to get back into their winning ways, their next game was on Sunday against District 5. On Saturday, District 5 lost to West Valley by a score of 23-1, according to the Washington Little League website.

Shoreline started this game with a bang, scoring 14 runs in the first 2 innings. District 5 was a really young team with little experience, but they put 100% into the game, even down 21-0 going into the top of the 5th and final inning.

Shoreline allowed a run in that inning and came out on top by a score of 21-1. Normally the game would have gone a full 7 innings, but there is a mercy rule that goes into effect when a team is up by at least 10 runs after 5 innings of play are completed.

Then on Tuesday the boys faced Redmond again in a rematch after they were beaten by 7 runs on Saturday by the same team. This time Shoreline showed true dominance by ending the game in the 6th innings with a walk-off scoring run for a 15-5 win. This was a huge win since they lost their first game and you are eliminated when you lose 2 games.

Thursday Shoreline plays Steel Lake/ Kent from District 10 at 6pm on the same field, Glenwood, in Vancouver, Washington. Steel Lake/ Kent lost their first game of the tournament 6-4 but has since won 3 straight, including a win Wednesday of 15-5 over North Kitsap from District 2.

Shoreline has to win Thursday, win Friday and then win two games on Saturday to win the State Championship, but from what I have seen from this team so far, I have no doubt they can pull it off.


New Washington voters can register through 4:30pm Monday

By Evan Smith

New Washington voters can register through 4:30pm Monday to vote in the August 2 primary election, but they must register in person at either the King County Elections Office in Renton or the King County Elections Voter Registration Annex in downtown Seattle.

In-person registration is at the county elections office, 919 SW Grady Way, Renton. The registration annex is at the King County Administration Building, 500 4th Ave, Room 440, Seattle. The elections office in Renton is open Friday and Monday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. The registration annex is open Friday and Monday from 8:30am to 1pm and 2pm to 4:30pm.

Voters who register in person can either get a ballot by mail or vote on accessible machines at the elections offices if they choose to wait for their registration to be validated through the state voter registration database, a wait that requires a few minutes.

The deadline to register on line or by mail or for currently registered Washington voters to update their addresses was July 4.

Evan Smith can be reached at


Hook Me Up at the North City Jazz Walk

Hook Me Up at the 2015 Jazz Walk
Photo copyright Marc Weinberg

Come and hear Hook Me Up at the Frank Door Delivery Store at Tuesday, August 16 as part of the 10th Annual North City Jazz Walk. Music begins at 6:30 pm.

This site is sponsored by the Rain City Rotary and the office of Brad Lancaster Law and features outdoor seating with a beer and wine garden.

Hook Me Up, a Tacoma based quartet featuring trumpeter Tracey Hooker, will be playing a mix of jazz and pop — familiar themes with a fresh jazz treatment.

From the music of Chuck Mangione to Stevie Wonder, you’ll recognize that these players bring years of wisdom and experience to the stage.

There are also nine other venues with music and a variety of food items for purchase.

Be advised the 15th Ave NE between 175th and 182nd NE will be closed between 6:00pm and 11:00pm during the North City Jazz Walk.

Tickets are available for $15 at several local businesses as well as online. Day of tickets will be $20.

Further information and tickets here 


Washington delegation at the Republican National Convention

Washington delegation at the RNC
Photo courtesy Lori Sotelo

The Washington delegation at the Republican National Convention could be spotted in the crowd with their evergreen headgear.

State Republican Chair Susan Hutchinson
Photo courtesy Lori Sotelo

The Washington delegation cast its 44 votes in unity for the candidate the primary voters of Washington State supported, Donald Trump.


Proposal to make Puget Sound a no-discharge zone for vessel sewage

The Department of Ecology, with support from other state agencies, has formally requested that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protect Puget Sound by making it a no-discharge zone for vessel sewage.

The move would prohibit commercial and recreational vessels from releasing sewage into Puget Sound.

The Sound’s shellfish beds, swimming beaches and protected areas are especially vulnerable to vessel sewage. The sewage discharged contains relatively high concentrations of bacteria and viruses that can remain active even several miles or hours after entering the water.

“Washington has made a tremendous investment in the protection and restoration of Puget Sound,” said Ecology Director Maia Bellon, the agency that is leading the request. “This designation is an important piece of our strategy, and is a necessary step forward for one of our state’s most prized ecological treasures.”

The no-discharge zone would be the first in Washington and the Northwest. The EPA has established more than 90 such zones in 26 states.

The no-discharge zone designation is a near-term action on the Puget Sound Action Agenda.

“This designation is an important tool in recovering Puget Sound,” said Sheida Sahandy, executive director of the Puget Sound Partnership. “It supports one of the region’s key strategic initiatives – restoring and re-opening shellfish beds. It also helps achieve both environmental and economic recovery outcomes.”

The Partnership is the state agency leading the region’s collective effort to restore and protect Puget Sound. It coordinates the Action Agenda, a regional recovery plan, by working with hundreds of partners – governments, tribes, scientists, businesses, nonprofits and others.

If approved by EPA, Ecology and other agencies would begin implementing the zone’s no-discharge requirement with education and technical assistance. These efforts would be augmented, as needed, by law enforcement in response to violations.


Missing teenager found in Federal Way

Florida girl found in Federal Way
after disappearing from Skagit County
Katelynn “Katie” Barlow, 14, is now safe with law enforcement authorities after she was located in Federal Way Thursday afternoon. She appears to be healthy and unharmed, but will be assessed further.

The joint investigation by the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI developed information that led to Katie at a mall in Federal Way. Before her recovery around 1pm, she was last seen on Sunday, July 17, around 10:30pm in the Big Lake, Washington, area, where she had been vacationing with extended family. Katie’s home residence is in Brevard County, Florida.

Investigators appreciated the abundance of tips, and support for their search. There have been no arrests. The investigation will continue in order to learn more about the circumstances of Katie’s disappearance.


Photo: Drink like a fish

This drinking fountain is located on the Burke-Gilman Trail at the intersection of Beach Drive NE and Bothell Way NE.

Stop by on your healthy walk / bike ride and take a look. Another project to remember the rich history of inter-agency cooperation to achieve a healthier Lake Forest Park in the future. It was installed in 1994 and still draws folks’ eyes today.

--Courtesy of Pete Rose, LFP City Administrator


Seattle Times: Feature story on Olympic diver Katrina Young

Shoreline resident makes the Olympics
Katrina Young, platform diver

Shoreline native Katrina Young, a graduate of Shorecrest High and Florida State, used a clutch performance at the Olympic trials in June to qualify for the Olympics in the women’s 10-meter platform.

The Seattle Times wrote a feature article on Shoreline resident Katrina Young, who qualified in June for the U.S. swim team for the 30 meter platform dive.

See the article here.

The Olympics are expensive for U.S. athletes, as the U.S. is one of the few countries that does not subsidize its athletes. Katrina has a fundraising page where people can donate to help her with expenses.


Northshore Emergency Management Coalition (NEMCo) events

The Northshore Emergency Management Coalition (NEMCo) will be sponsoring several events this fall regarding emergency preparedness and would like to see you there:

September 24th – Northshore Emergency Preparedness Fair

Lake Forest Park Town Center, 10am-2pm.
Give-a-ways, emergency supplies, hands-on activities, etc.

October 1st – Northshore Emergency Preparedness Workshop

Northshore Fire Station (Kenmore), 9am-1pm
Hands-on activities, simulated fire suppression, gas shut-off and generator examples, etc.

October 6th (Every Thursday for 8 weeks) – Community Emergency Response Training (CERT)

Northshore Fire Station (Kenmore)
Evening hours

For more information, contact Carl Lunak


"Meat" and Greet BBQ with American Legion July 30

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The American Legion Post 227 in Shoreline will host a Veterans “Meat” and Greet BBQ event during the hours of 11:30 to 2:30pm on Saturday, July 30, 2016.

The event is open to all U.S. Military active duty and veterans having served in the five branches of service with honorable discharge, also war time merchant marines. The Post Auxiliary will participate as well, along with family members and guests of veterans.

Come and join us for burgers (including some vegans) and hot dogs along with the “tasty” side dishes, salads and condiments.  Let’s not forget the watermelon, soft drinks and bottled water to be served. Leave your money at home, as the food will be served at no cost to those attending.

Please come during the “grilling hours” stated above. Bring family, friends and especially your veteran friends and enjoy the conversation and fellowship.

The American Legion Post is located at 14521 17th Ave. NE, Shoreline, 98155.

Event:   “Meat” and Greet BBQ
Date:   Saturday, 30 July 2016
Time:   11:30 to 2:30pm
Location:   14521 – 17th Ave. NE, Shoreline 98155
[Behind Goodwill at NE 145th St and 15th Ave NE]


Continuing Education: type faster with more accuracy with Quick Keyboarding

Type Faster and with More Accuracy: Quick Keyboarding with Keytimer - Course Fee $40.00

Learn to type by touch using all your fingers and/or increase your speed and accuracy.

At the end of the first session, you will be able to type all the letters of the alphabet, the horizontal numbers, comma and period on the keyboard without looking at your fingers.

Using a scientifically designed book, you will see quick results.

Textbook: (with software): KEYTIME® Skillbuilder© Learning Kit and KEYtimer© Software CD,available in bookstore as a kit. ISBN 978-0-9627395-0-7

8:00am-12:00pm MTWTh
Start date: 7/25/16 - End date: 7/28/16
Building 5000, Room 5116, Shoreline Community College,
16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline 98133.
Instructor: Lewis, L.
Course P-CMP 100, Item 081


Aurora Theatre Company presents Oliver! at Shoreline City Hall outdoor theater

8 Performances Only! August 11-12-13   19-20   25-26-27

Aurora Theatre Company presents


Book, Music and Lyrics by Lionel Bart
Based on the Charles Dickens novel "Oliver Twist"
Vocal Direction by Dori Baunsgard        Musical Direction by Michelle Choate


The City of Shoreline  -  Gravity Payments  -  Charlie's Produce
Smeraldo Restaurants  -  Havana Social Club and The Saint
Ronald United Methodist Church

Be an Angel!
Aurora Theatre is seeking donations for 2016 summer productions


Shoreline Little League Baseball Juniors win District 8 Championship

Photos and text by Geoff Vlcek

On Saturday, July 9th, the Shoreline Little League Juniors level baseball team won the District 8 championship game in dramatic fashion against the NE/RUG team.

Shoreline led for most of the game until the top of the 7th inning where NE/RUG took a 7-6 lead. The SLL boys rallied in the bottom of the 7th inning to tie the game back up at 7-7.

Since their games normally end after 7 complete innings, unless the game is tied at that point, they went into an 8th inning where Shoreline held NE-RUG to zero runs.

Then in the bottom of the 8th inning Shoreline’s Alex Krasnoselsky came up to bat with a runner in scoring position and hit a walk-off single to win the District 8 Championship for Shoreline Little League.

The team now moves on to the State Tournament in Vancouver, Washington.

Congrats to the players, coaches and parents. 

Freddy Byington
Connor Carrell
Kallon Daley
Erik Ertsgaard
Vinnie Hacker
Ethan Hancock
Alex Krasnoselsky
Bryce Lindberg
Anders Lone
Tanner Lynch
Joe Lynch
Stephen McLeod
Kenji Miller
Cooper Warren

Manager: Brian Sims-Fahey
Coaches: Carl Miller, Jason Hancock


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