Shoreline Arts Festival continues on Sunday

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Beware the dragon swimming through the hedge

An enthusiastic crowd created foliage hats at the Kruckeberg booth, bought raffle tickets from the quilters, watched the dancers in the Arab room, watched their children make art projects and fish prints and bought wonderful things from the vendors such as the diaphanous scarf that folds into eighteen different styles.

Almost half the visitors were wearing foliage hats
made at the Kruckeberg booth

Our photographer Jerry Pickard was checking it all out and taking photographs. The Shoreline Arts Fair continues on Sunday, from 10am to 5pm at the Shoreline Center.

The iconic Fish Prints - drying in the sun

Philippine dancers beat their drums and marched
the length of the festival
Marco Saffarini hands out Arabic alphabet samples
in the Arab Cultural Room

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More photos from the Arts Festival


Jeremy Jonkman, JJ's Photography
Photo by Carl Dinse

Shoreline native Jeremy Jonkman of Jonkman Photography, is a regular vendor at local arts festivals, selling his scenic and wildlife photographs.

Minion
Photo by Carl Dinse

New to the festival this year, a Minion, who was hopping around the hallways with a couple of friends - no sign of Despicable Me in the offing.

Doll vendor
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Magnetic memo boards
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

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Local music: Shoreline rock band Imperials plays at the Comet Tavern July 4th

By Carl Dinse

A local music rock band - Imperials - from Shoreline, Washington will be playing at the Comet Tavern July 4th, 2013.  The show starts at 7pm.
Keegan King, Morgan Chosnyk, Louie Husted
Photo by Carl Dinse

Imperials began as a smaller group in 2008 known as Broken Knives. They were started by Morgan Chosnyk and Louie Husted but shortly after broke up when Louie moved to Los Angeles, CA.  

In May 2012 Louie moved back up to Shoreline, and along with Morgan, and Jeff Alvarez, they formed the band Imperials.

Morgan did lead vocals, Louie was bass guitar and Jeff Alvarez was on drums. Keegan King was asked to join on guitar in August 2012. They played three live shows in Seattle before the band decided to take a hiatus at the beginning of January 2013.

During this time Jeff Alvarez had quit the band and Alex Hawley joined the band as a bass guitar player and practiced with Keegan and Louie with some new songs. Later on Morgan started writing and singing for the band again in practice and they are returning to the stage at the Comet Tavern July 4, 2013 at 7pm.

Current line-up:
Morgan Chosnyk - Lead Vocals and Drums
Louie Husted - Drums and Guitar
Keegan King - Guitar and Keyboards
Alex Hawley - Bass

Their music genre is self-described as closest to Goth Rock, Dark Wave, rooted with a little good ol' Seattle 90's Grunge. The band's influences are Deftones, Smashing Pumpkins, Yeah Yeah Yeah's, Susie and the Banshies, and Horror movie soundtracks. 

You can hear them on Soundcloud but I recommend seeing them live as they bring much more energy to the stage than they do to the studio.


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Shoreline residents to be honored

Mr. Frank W. Cranston, 82 and his wife Ardie, both long-time residents of Shoreline, will be honored by a special reception hosted by Mr. Cranston's former students of the 5-6th Grades of Interlake Elementary School, Wallingford District, Seattle, WA. 

This is the 50th anniversary of the graduation of the two-year experimental class program run by the Seattle School District in the early 1960's. Mr. Cranston is a Korean War Veteran and a graduate of Seattle Pacific University and a 30 plus year veteran of Teaching and School Administration (Principals and Counseling). 

The former students, some from the Shoreline area, will gather on Sunday, June 30th at 3pm in the Reception Room of Shoreline Community Church, 125 NE 185th St, Shoreline 98155, to honor and say thank you to and present certificates to Mr. and Mrs Cranston for their long-time dedication to public and community service.

The public is welcome. Contact Col. (R) Ray Coffey, Shoreline, 206-510-8428 for further information.


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WeatherWatcher: Weekly Weather, HOT outside

-The week ahead
-Daily High temperatures
-Last week's data
The week ahead:  It will be very warm Monday - Wednesday. In fact, the National Weather Service in Seattle has issued an excessive heat watch in effect from Monday morning through Monday evening. High temperatures on Monday and Tuesday are expected to reach the high 80's through the mid 90's. Wednesday will cool slightly to the low-mid 80's. Thursday - Saturday will cool down and go back to our normal marine air-conditioned weather with morning clouds and sunny afternoons with highs in the mid 70's. We do not have any rain in sight for the next 10 days.

Daily high temperatures last week:
Saturday: 81.7°F
Sunday: 71.1°F
Monday: 72.1°F
Tuesday: 78.7°F
Wednesday: 73.8°F
Thursday: 70.7°F
Friday: 91.6°F

Last week's data:
High temperature: 91.6°F (Friday)
Low temperature: 50.4°F (Saturday)
Rainiest day: 0.33 inches (Tuesday - Thunderstorm)
Total rainfall: 0.69 inches
Warmest day: 70.9°F (Friday)
Coldest day: 61.2°F (Monday)
Average temperature: 63.8°F
Station historic average for last week: 58.5°F

Warmest and coldest days are based on average temperature of the entire day, starting at midnight. All other averages are based on the whole week, starting Saturday morning at midnight. All weather data unless otherwise noted is sourced from Carl's Shoreline Weather.

For weather related updates or storm warnings, check out my weather station web page or follow me on Twitter: @SWeatherWatcher


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Book Review by Aarene Storms: The Diviners

The Diviners by Libba Bray
Evie McNeill is a thoroughly modern flapper, exiled from her Ohio hometown for revealing the unwholesome secrets of the son of a powerful local man, and sent (happily) to live with her uncle at the Museum of American Folklore, Superstition and the Occult in Prohibition-era New York City.

Once there, it becomes obvious to Evie and the reader that the "creepy-crawlies" aren't confined to Uncle Will's museum. There are strange things afoot ... and one of them is a serial killer, returned from the dead and determined to finish the grusome rituals that will release the Beast and drop Hell on the waiting world.

With a huge cast of characters, lots of historical context, accurate political, social and musical references, this book is a terrific immersion into 1920's New York. It's also a ripping good mystery and thrilling horror story with just a touch of romance.

The audiobook read by January LaVoy is outstanding, and successfully created all the suspense, terror, and fun of the book in the front seat of my pickup truck.

Pos-i-tute-ly adorable book trailer available online HERE.
Search for "Diviners Radio" on You Tube to find episodes of the story interpreted as a radio play

With blood and guts on the page, this book may be overwhelming for squeamish or timid readers. Be bold if you are able. Highly recommended--I can hardly wait for the second book!

The events may not have happened; still, the story is true. --R. Silvern

Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS


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July 5th Story Swap at the Bridge Coffee House

Coffee at The Bridge
Come be showered by the sparkle of stories on Friday, July 5th, 7-9 pm at the Bridge Coffee House. Both listeners and tellers are invited to Seattle Storytellers Guild’s free, welcoming Story Swap.  Storytellers offer personal or traditional stories for adults lasting approximately 5 minutes. 

Host Cynthia Westby can be contacted with questions. The Bridge Coffee House is located at 2150 North 122nd Street, Seattle, WA  98133. Coffee and snacks are available for purchase.

The Seattle Storytellers Guild is a nonprofit organization of tellers and story enthusiasts who actively promote the art of storytelling. Storytellers of all levels and interests are welcome.


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REX Award to Irons Brothers Construction

Joseph and Melissa Irons, along with designer Terence Tung,
accept the REX award

The Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish County's Remodeling Excellence Awards (REX) are held each June to celebrate and honor the quality work done by its remodeler members. Categories range from remodeled porches to kitchens to major additions and whole homes.

This year two awards were presented to Irons Brothers Construction in Shoreline for their small bathroom and kitchen remodels completed in 2012-2013. Twenty-five awards were presented at the annual awards banquet on June 22nd at the Glendale Country Club in Bellevue.


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Boat capsizes off Saltwater Park - three men rescued

Photo copyright Marc Weinberg
 

Shoreline police responded to a 911 call about a small boat capsizing off Richmond Beach at 6:10pm Friday evening, June 28, 2013.

According to preliminary police reports, three Richmond Beach men, aged 30, 22, and 21, were out in a small aluminum boat about 200 yards off Richmond Beach Saltwater Park when they were capsized by the wake of a passing boat.

Photo copyright Marc Weinberg


The aluminum boat capsized, sending the three men into the water. They reportedly had life vests in the boat, but were not wearing them.

Onlookers on the beach called 911, prompting an immediate response from Shoreline Fire and Police department, along with King County Marine Units and the SAR rescue Helicopter.


SAR Rescue Helicopter. Photo copyright Marc Weinberg.




Deputy Muir was the first unit to arrive and utilized Saltwater Park’s six-wheel ATV to transport Medics and equipment down to the beach. These first responders were able to get all three victims out of the water and they were transported to Northwest hospital to be treated for hyperthermia. 

The boat was recovered by a Good Samaritan. 
Alcohol was not involved.

Marine Deputy Greg McKinney is the lead investigator on the incident.

Updated 6:47pm

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Councilmember John Wright to be certified as Advanced Certified Municipal Leader

Friday, June 28, 2013

Councilmember John Wright
carries the flag for Lake Forest Park


The Association of Washington Cities conference is held each year in a different city in Washington State, and is a gathering of elected Mayors and Council-members, as well as City Managers and Administrators from cities statewide.

The conference affords networking and information sharing among participants, as well as training opportunities in the areas of public sector resource management, roles, responsibilities, and legal requirements, community planning and development, and effective local leadership.

They also provide the latest information available on new laws and regulations being considered by the legislature. The training and information sharing allow elected officials to broaden their expertise and effectiveness.

John, who holds a seat on the Lake Forest Park City Council, reports, 
"After 18 months in office I was able to earn CML certification (Certified Municipal Leader) from AWC, and with this conference I will be certified as an Advanced CML 
"During this conference we worked on a coalition between Lake Forest Park,  Shoreline, Kenmore, Bothell, and Woodinville on investment in the SR-522 corridor, as well as other issues. 
"As usual, attendance is well worth it!"

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Memorial Stone in place in time for the Arts Festival

Steve Shelton next to Class of 61 Memorial Stone
in the patio of the Shoreline Center (Shoreline High School)

As you browse your way through the Shoreline Arts Festival this weekend, make a point of locating the interior patio and admiring the results of all the hard work by members of Shoreline High School graduating classes and friends.

Steve Shelton, Lincoln HS Class of 61, married into the clan. In the photo, he poses next to the Memorial Stone, dedicated to Shoreline '61 members who have died. The stone was in a temporary position while the grounds were being refurbished, and now it is by the tree in its permanent location.


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A great Senior Center Breakfast leads to a journey through the Arts Festival

Hokulani Hula Studio Dancers
will dance at the Shoreline Arts Festival
Eat your Arts Festival Breakfast at the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center: a good way to start your day at the Shoreline Arts Festival.

On your way to the festival, stop and shop at the Senior Center's Bargain Corner Thrift Shop. Breakfast is served both days of the festival and the Thirft Shop will be open. The place is full of great bargains .... thus the new name for the shop.

Then, as you make your way through the conference center, stop to admire the quilts made by the Senior Center ThimbleBelles. Be one of the first to get a raffle ticket for their Holiday Bazaar quilt which will be raffled off during the bazaar in November.

On Saturday, at10:45am the Senior Singers will be singing in the Shoreline Room. Get ready for a vicarious trip to the Islands of the Pacific at 12:15pm. The Hokulani Hula Studio Dancers and Kupunas will whisk you away to the tropics.


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Metro Bus Survey for Route 358



Aurora Avenue North is one of the most heavily used transportation corridors in King County.

Carrying large numbers of vehicles and transit riders, it connects neighborhoods, serves major recreation and event venues as well as business and retail centers, and it is a key thoroughfare for commuters traveling daily to and from work.

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is working on a number of ideas and projects to help all traffic move better in this corridor, and to support King County Metro Transit’s new RapidRide E Line when it begins service in 2014.

To assist in this effort, SDOT is conducting a survey for riders of Metro bus Route 358 and others. The survey is open until July 5. Metro encourages riders with an interest in the Aurora Avenue North corridor to participate in the survey.


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Seattle City Light You Tube Channel now offers closed captioning


They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but Seattle City Light is taking it steps further by making your viewing experience that much better. City Light is offering closed captioning on all 57 videos posted on the Seattle City Light YouTube channel. The utility plans to continue adding closed captioning to all its future videos as well.

The City Light YouTube channel provides valuable information for customers about safety, a cleaner environment, community projects and even how to save money while using less energy. Through its videos, City Light hopes to add value, opportunity and enrichment to the lives of its customers.

“We strive to make changes that create an accepting environment for people of all backgrounds,” said Jorge Carrasco, Seattle City Light General Manager and Chief Executive Officer. “Closed captioning provides those with or without hearing disabilities the opportunity to obtain valuable information with ease.”

Closed captioning for YouTube videos is not a requirement of the American Disabilities Act (ADA).

Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States. It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to nearly 1 million Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.


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All Things Asian at Seattle Children's Shoreline Bargain Boutique

Chi-fu Chinese Imperial Court Robe
for sale at Children's Thrift Shop


Join us for our All Things Asian Event at Seattle Children’s Shoreline Bargain Boutique starting Saturday June 29th and running throughout the month of July.

Here are just a few of the many items we have for the event.

  • A pair of Sterling Silver Abacus Cufflinks form 1950
  • Chi-fu Chinese Imperial Court Robe. 9 Dragon’s with 5 claws indicates it belong to someone in the Emperor’s Court dated approx between 1700-1800’s.
  • Manchu Women’s Formal Court Collar Piling. 5 clawed dragon with gold couching 1800’s



Seattle Children’s Hospital  
Shoreline Bargain Boutique
206-448-7609
15835 Westminster Way N (Aurora Square)
Shoreline, WA 98133
Monday to Friday, 10am to 5:30pm
Saturday, 10am to 5pm
Sunday, 12pm to 5pm


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Shoreline Arab picnic kicks off planning for Seattle Center Arab Festival

The Arab Center of Washington will sponsor a cultural heritage room at the Shoreline Arts Festival this Saturday and Sunday at the Shoreline Center. They will be in the McAleer Room at the south end of the facility, with displays, music, and information, and they invite you to drop in to see them there.

The picnic lasted through the early evening,
with people coming and going throughout the event
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Members of the Arab community gathered in Shoreline's Hamlin Park Sunday, June 23, 2013 for a picnic which served as a kick-off for planning for the Arab Festival to be held at Seattle Center October 12-13, 2013.

The picnic was a social event, to give people of Arab heritage a chance to meet and socialize. 

"We hold several picnics during the summer", said Huda Giddens, President of the Board of Directors of the Arab Center of Washington, "holding them in different locations to make it convenient for people." A previous picnic was held in Kent and the next one is planned for August 17 in Sammamish.

Huda Giddens gets everyone's attention for announcements
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

"Everyone is welcome to attend", said Giddens. "We welcome those whose heritage includes Arab, as well as anyone interested in the Middle East."

The sponsoring organization, the Arab Center of Washington, is a cultural and heritage group, with no political or religious affiliations. Its goal is to increase the understanding of Arabs and Arab culture and to bring people together.

Those at the Shoreline picnic represented at least a dozen different Arab countries, either as their country of origin, or through a parent or grandparent. 

Board Members react with pleasure at the ribbon cutting
From left: President Huda Giddens, Board member, Marco Saffarini, Secretary Su Nelson,
and Board members Mary Toutonghi and Afifi Durr of Shoreline
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The Board of the Arab Center held a ceremonial ribbon-cutting for the Arab Festival, and signed up volunteers. The Festival will feature many lectures, local musicians, and authors as well as an internationally-known musician, Simon Chaheen.

Updated 06-29-2013 6:50pm

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King County Council unanimously approves sale of Brugger’s Bog Maintenance Facility to the city of Shoreline

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The decant facility has been vacant since King County surplused it
Photo by Steven H. Robinson


The Metropolitan King County Council voted unanimously at its June 24 meeting to approve an ordinance authorizing the sale of land designated as surplus by the King County Roads Division to the city of Shoreline. The property is adjacent to Brugger’s Bog Park and wetlands, and will serve as a maintenance facility for the city of Shoreline. The legislation was sponsored by County Councilmember Rod Dembowski.

Shoreline has outgrown their current one-acre facility, which houses both the City’s parks and public works maintenance operations. The purchase of the Brugger’s Bog maintenance facility will allow for additional space for equipment storage and equipment maintenance, and will serve as a fueling site for both city of Shoreline vehicles and Police vehicles, which currently have to travel to Lynnwood to fuel their patrol cars. In addition, King County and the City will jointly use the site as a decanting facility for vactor trucks.

“We are pleased to be able to acquire this property in order to serve the residents of Shoreline,” stated Shoreline Mayor Keith McGlashan. “On behalf of the City, I want to express my appreciation for Rod’s leadership in passing this legislation that is critically important to our City.”

The sale was supported by the Friends of Aldercrest and the Sound Cities Association.

“I am pleased that we were able to pass this ordinance, that will ensure Shoreline can effectively maintain its parks, streets, and utilities as the city grows,” said Councilmember Dembowski. “I appreciate the city of Shoreline’s commitment to work with the Shoreline Water District during its planning process for possible joint use of the site.”

King County and Shoreline also partner in providing residents many regional services. Through King County, Shoreline contracts its police, District Court, animal control, jail, public defense, traffic signals and road maintenance. 


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Public radio report cites State Sen. Chase as legislator invited on foreign trip


Washington Public Radio reported Wednesday that Democratic State Sen. Maralyn Chase was among legislators invited on a foreign trip paid for by representatives of Turkey and Azerbaijan.

Reporter Austin Jenkins said in a public radio report that several Washington state lawmakers were invited on a 10-day tour of Turkey and Azerbaijan - an overseas excursion that has raised questions in the Capitol about when a foreign trip is legitimate legislative business and when it is a junket.

The invitations were hand delivered to legislative offices early this spring. The cover letter began: “We want to invite you to Turkey and the U.S.-Azerbaijan Convention".

Chase said, “We were going to be tourists." Chase initially signed up for the all-expenses-paid trip in May. It included a visit to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul and a boat tour on the Caspian Sea, along with meetings and briefings.
“We were going to see the things that they wanted us to see, and we would have gone to Azerbaijan, and we would have done wonderful things,” Chase told Jenkins. “We would have built memories and good relationships that make for closer ties between our countries.”

In the end, Chase didn’t get to go on the trip because the Legislature went into its overtime session. Several other lawmakers also had to cancel.

But Jenkins raised the question: should Chase have accepted the invitation in the first place? He said that a lawyer for Washington Senate Democrats had looked at the itinerary and drafted a memo. It warned: “acceptance of the trip … would be risky, due to the lack of connection with legislative activities.”

Chase disagreed. She argued that world travel is vital to her job as the ranking Democrat on the Trade and Economic Development Committee.

“I think it’s a matter of cultural competency,” she said.

But Washington’s Legislative Ethics Board applies a different standard. in 2002, the Board developed a three-pronged test to determine if a trip is legitimate legislative business or a junket. This followed a scandal involving lawmakers going to the Rose Bowl.

The Board asks first, is the legislative purpose of the trip substantial? Second, if the sponsor wasn’t paying, would it be legitimate to use tax money to pay for the travel? And finally, did the Legislature evaluate the trip in advance? 
Republican Sen. Jim Honeyford, a member of the Legislative Ethics Board, calls that last one the “check before you go” rule.
“Because you can’t undo it afterwards,” Honeyford said.

Much of the foreign travel that state lawmakers now do is related to trade missions. These are specifically allowed in Washington’s legislative ethics guidelines.

For instance, last year nearly a dozen legislators participated in a trip to Taiwan valued at nearly $7,000 per person. The all-expenses trip was sponsored by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office. The itinerary included tourist stops, but mostly meetings and briefings with government officials and trade representatives. Democratic Sen. Karen Fraser says it wasn’t a junket. “It was very targeted on trade,” she said.

By contrast, this year’s invitation to Turkey and Azerbaijan was not billed as a trade mission, and it wasn’t sponsored by a government entity. In fact, the Honorary Consul General of Turkey in Washington had previously flagged the sponsors of the trip as having possible ties to radical Islamist policies. In the end, one Washington state senator did still make the trip: Republican Pam Roach, who says she did not pre-screen the trip with legislative lawyers. 
“I was able to participate and very glad that I did,” she said.
Roach says she was one of about 300 legislators and others from around the country to go on the trip. She says travel like this is about spreading democracy, and there was no attempt to influence her political views.

“What is the potential problem? Legislators go different places around the world often,” Roach said.

Jenkins said it’s up to individual legislators to decide whether to accept an all-expenses-paid trip.

But there’s always the risk someone will file an ethics complaint after the fact.
         
Chase represents the 32nd Legislative District, including Shoreline, part of northwest Seattle, Lynnwood, part of Mountlake Terrace, south Edmonds, and Woodway and nearby unincorporated areas of southwest Snohomish County.


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Everyone READS: Where'd You Go, Bernadette


Marking the ninth year of this community literary event, all three libraries have joined to promote the same book for book clubs and discussion groups.

Shoreline and Richmond Beach have joined with Lake Forest Park READS and chosen the book:

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Read the book and participate in library book discussion groups and an author event.

Book Discussion Group at the Richmond Beach Library
  • Monday, July 1, 7pm

Book Discussion Group at the Shoreline Library
  • Monday, July 22, 7pm

Author Event at Third Place Commons Stage
  • Monday, July 29, 7pm

Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette, joins Third Place Books Discussion Group.

Sponsored by the City of Lake Forest Park's Library Advisory Committee, the City of Shoreline Library Advisory Board, Friends of the Shoreline, Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, Friends of Third Place Commons and Third Place Books.


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Obituary: Gathering to honor Joe Phillips on Saturday at Richmond Beach Library

The Shoreline community will miss long-time community member J. Joe Phillips, who passed away on June 5, 2013. 

He and his wife of 55 years, Eve, hosted the Talk Time programs for non-native English speakers at the Richmond Beach and Shoreline public libraries, and Joe has served on the boards of the libraries, the Richmond Beach Community Council, helped with the RB Library art show each spring, and was  the founder of the Syre Elementary Boy Scout and Cub Scout troop in Richmond Beach.

In lieu of flowers his family kindly asks that friends of Joe honor him with a used book donation or contribution to the Richmond Beach Library. An open house/gathering will be held at the Richmond Beach Library to honor this fine man on Saturday, June 29, 2013 between 10:30am and 2:00pm at 19601 21st ave NW, Shoreline.

--Anina Sill

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Flags at half-staff Monday


Governor Inslee is deeply saddened with the death of Spc. Robert W. Ellis, 21, of Kennewick, and directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff in his memory Monday, July 1, 2013. He died June 18 in Afghanistan of injuries sustained from indirect fire.

Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business on July 1 or first thing Tuesday morning, July 2.

Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.


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Kenmore Art Show June 27-30 - free presentations




The 15th Annual Kenmore Art Show will be held June 27 to 30, 10am to 8pm on the beautiful Bastyr University Campus (map). The public is invited to stop by to view the juried paintings, drawings, artisan works, photography, sculpture and youth artworks, all of which are priced to sell.

There is a schedule of daily musical performances, including a concert in the chapel. 

The Arts of Kenmore presents these free events

Saturday, June 29 
Presentations in the Bastyr Auditorium:

11:00- 12:30pm – Introduction to Digital Photography – Presenter:  Bob Joiner
Learn how to get the best from your digital camera. Bob will provide an overview of the capabilities of different digital cameras. Professional techniques will be described for photographing people, wildlife, landscapes and more. Tips for framing shots, use of camera settings and understanding lighting situations will be provided.

12:30 – 2:00pm – Lightroom 4 Digital Photo Editing – Presenter:  Bill Royce
Learn the basics of using Lightroom 4. This program from Adobe is designed specifically for photographers. Lightroom is powerful yet easy to use. Apply a wide range of techniques to improve your photographs, manage and present your photos. Lightroom lets you spend less time in front of your computer and more time in taking photos. An introduction to some of the new Lightroom 5 features will be provided.

Sunday, June 30th  
Presentations in the Bastyr Auditorium:

6:00-7:00pm  Juror’s Criteria – What are Jurors Looking For? – Presenters: Joe Mac Kachnie, Leon White and Ray Fischer
We all want acceptance, it is a basic human desire. You entered the Art Show and your goal is acceptance. What can you as an artist do to improve the odds that your piece will be accepted … ‘juried in’ to the show? This experienced panel of jurors will explain the art critique process and provide tips for creating great art. What really matters, the first impression, design, color, composition, technique, style, presentation, creativity? The more you know the better you can be.

Joe Mac Kachnie
Joe is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society and the Puget Sound Group of NW Painters. He is a member of the American Impressionist Society, the Oil Painters of America, the Northwest Pastel Society and is the past president of both the Eastside Association of Fine Arts and Puget Sound Group of NW Painters. He teaches art workshops locally and in Europe. Joe has artworks in several local galleries and has had artworks in the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio and the National Arts Club, Grand Gallery in New York, NY.

Leon White
Leon is a regional, national and international award winning artist in painting and sculpture. His art is included in private, corporate, city, and museum collections. His first New York City exhibit at age 27 was dedicated to his mentor Henry Fonda. He was invited to exhibit at the International Center of Fine Contemporary Arts in Paris France in 1983. In addition to Leon’s formal degrees in art, music, drama and sculpture he has studied and painted with prominent national and international artists including Edgar Whitney, Zolton Zsabo, Tony Van Hasselt, Judi Wagner and others.

Ray Fischer
This year’s ‘Digital-New Media’ art juror has an Interdisciplinary Visual Arts degree from the University of Washington and a minor in Geography. An avid photographer and Photoshop expert, he has been an adjunct instructor at ITT Techni¬cal Institute for the last ten years. He teaches Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign along with basic design theory and other classes in the Graphics Communications program. He also teaches rapid visualization sketching for the CAD program as well as design classes targeted for them. He has an interest in all aspects of digital art including 3D and photo illustration.


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Shoreline Chamber Round Robin Luncheon July 10




Membership Luncheon, Wed., July 10, at 11:45 , Shoreline Center, Alumni Room, RSVP, $20

"Round Robin" Luncheon 
led by Sandy Bjorgen, IMPROV-able Results

Join the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce for a "Round Robin" luncheon. Come prepared with your best 60 second statement that conveys the essence of what you or your business has to offer.

What is a "Round Robin?" The opportunity for each participant to tell the individuals they are seated with about their business. Then everyone gets up and changes tables so there is the opportunity to speak to a new group of people. There will be multiple rounds to maximize the networking opportunity. Bring plenty of business cards to pass around and expect this to be a light hearted event.

RSVP is required no later than Tuesday morning, July 9, for members and visitors. Send an email to the Chamber or register on-line with a credit card.

Note: If you need to cancel your reservation you must let the office know before the deadline to avoid being charged.  If you do not have a reservation you will be seating on a space available basis once the luncheon starts.


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Donate Blood Twice This Summer, starting with this Saturday in Richmond Beach

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Look for the large-capacity bloodmobile in front of
the Shoreline Fire Safety Center in Richmond Beach

By Tom Petersen

The Puget Sound Blood Center mobile unit will be in Richmond Beach this Saturday, June 29, to kick off their annual “Give Twice This Summer” campaign. Summer is a particularly important time to donate blood, because accidents and elective surgeries are up, while many regular donors go on vacation and large blood drives at high schools and colleges stop. PSBC sent out an alert last week that it is starting the summer about 500 pints below what is considered a safe supply, so every blood drive and donor center is calling for everyone to pitch in.

Snacks for all donors

The bloodmobile will be parked in front of the Shoreline Fire Safety Center from 10am to 4pm. Appointments are recommended but walk-ups are welcome. Donating blood takes about 45 minutes. The big bus can take 8 to 10 donors an hour, minimizing waiting (as long as everyone doesn’t show up at once).

Richmond Beach’s theme this year is “Bring A Friend!” Blood donations are a cheerful habit to maintain, and Richmond Beach already has a block party atmosphere when the bloodmobile is the neighborhood. PSBC is always looking to expand the pool, though, so experienced donors are encouraged to bring newbies and friends who need to get back in the habit.


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Cultural Rooms enrich the 2013 Shoreline Arts Festival

Learn to write your name in Korean calligraphy


Returning this year to the Shoreline Arts Festival will be the popular Cultural rooms highlighting community groups from China, Korea, and the Arab culture. The Arts Festival will also play host to the 16th Philippine Festival and Parade.

The Puget Sound is popular for Arab and Middle Eastern Americans to settle, because of the high-tech job market, quality of life, good education, and acceptance of newcomers. The Arab world encompasses 22 countries, which include many faiths and cultures.  Come gain a more nuanced understanding of this influential culture though art.

In the Korean cultural room  you can learn the art of  “Jongi Jeopki” paper folding and learn to write your name in Korean calligraphy. Also, with the popularity of Psy and Gangnam Style, we are presenting a K-pop concert on Sunday in the Auditorium. Come learn where exactly Gangnam is and what it means to do it Gangnam Style.

The Shoreline Arts Festival is held on Saturday June 29 (10am-6pm) and Sunday June 30 (10am-5pm) at the Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave N.

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture all of the arts in the community through programs and events, arts education, advocacy, and support for artists and arts organizations. 


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King County Executive Dow Constantine on today’s Supreme Court Marriage Equality decision

A crowd of 300 in Seattle listens to speakers while waiting for the
US Supreme Court decision on DOMA
Photo by Steph Brusig

Court strikes down DOMA, which denied federal benefits to same-sex families.

Statement from King County Executive Dow Constantine:

“I am pleased and proud that the Supreme Court has officially recognized the civil rights of same-sex couples, rights that Washington State voters embraced last year.

Being able to issue the first marriage licenses to happy same-sex couples was one of the highlights of my career. Thankfully, it appears that there will be many more such joyful moments as our nation moves, sometimes slowly, sometimes quickly, ever closer to the ideals announced at our founding. I am proud of King County and Washington State for helping to nudge the nation toward justice.”


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Kitchen items were popular at the Shorewood surplus auction Wednesday

Kitchen items were a popular item
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

Kitchen items were popular at the auction held Wednesday at the old Shorewood High School. Many of the items and equipment in the Culinary Arts department were over twenty years old and were not moved to the new high school.

A public auction was held for these surplused items, conducted by the James G. Murphy Co..

The auctioneer from the James G. Murphy Co.
gets the auction under way in the former culinary arts area

The churros warmer went for $50
The popcorn machine went for $200

The new Shorewood High School will open for classes September 2013.



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Ronald Wastewater Board votes to hire attorney, challenge assumption by City of Shoreline

At its meeting on June 25, 2013, the Ronald Wastewater Board of Commissioners voted to authorize the hiring of an attorney to challenge the Letter of Agreement it signed with the City of Shoreline in 2002.

The City's understanding is that the LOA was an agreement for the City to assume Ronald Wastewater over a 15 year period. The City has been working steadily toward that goal, through several administrations.

Ronald Wastewater is challenging the wording and intent of the LOA and fighting to remain independent of the City.

All they agree on is that there is "a clear distinction between the District's interpretation and the City's regarding the intent of the LOA, how it is to be executed, and the State law."

The two entities recently exchanged letters which drew the lines between them and hardened their positions, and now it appears that the matter may be resolved in court. (Ronald's letter. Shoreline's letter.)

Interestingly, one of the signers of the LOA 15 years ago was Commissioner Arthur Wadekamper, who is still on the Board. 

Commissioner Arnie Lind was challenged for his commissioner position in 2011 by Robert Ransom, who ran on a platform of absorbing the district into the City. Shortly after Ransom won his seat on the three position Board, the Commissioners voted 2-1 to increase the Board to five members. They appointed Lind to one of the new seats, along with Richard Matthews.

The resolution passed by the Board on June 25 was signed by all the Commissioners except for Bob Ransom, who wrote "Abstain - I think mediation and talking should come first."


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Mark McVeety elected next president of Shoreline Community College Foundation

Mark McVeety, President
Shoreline CC Foundation
Mark McVeety, Shoreline Community College Small Business Accelerator, has been elected as the next President of the Shoreline Community College Foundation.

The Shoreline Community College Foundation is dedicated to increasing student access and success at Shoreline Community College through raising funds, building partnerships, and advocating for students and the college.

The SCC Foundation was established in 1984 to provide funding for student and college needs not otherwise met by state funding and tuition fees. A volunteer board of directors composed of representatives of community leaders, business and industry, alumni, and educators governs the Foundation.

McVeety is the creator of the Quick-Start Shoreline weekly business workshops, where members of the business community share their expertise with each other, and is one of the creators of the new Shoreline Film Office.

He takes office on Monday, July 1, 2013.




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What's Cooking at Central Market?


If you're looking for inspiration, answers, tips or new recipes - come by the Culinary Resource Center near Produce at Shoreline Central Market, upper level Aurora Square on Westminster Way. 

There's often something to sample, and always recipes for the taking. Below is the lineup for demonstrations. 

The kiosk is staffed 10 am-6:30pm daily (9 am-5:30pm Sundays) with sampling noon to 4:30pm. If a line appears under the recipe, click to go to the full recipe.

Thurs, June 27
Gluten-Free Pasta Salad with Blueberries and Herbs with vinaigrette

Fri, June 28  Vegetarian Taco Night

Sat, June 29

Sun, June 30
Hot Dog Tasting! Meat or veggie? Find your favorite!

Mon, July 1

Tues, July 2

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Public Notice: Shoreline Fire Board of Commissioners meeting change

As required by RCW Chapter 42.30, Open Public Meetings Act, you are hereby notified that the Thursday, July 4, 2013 regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Commissioners of the Shoreline Fire Department has been changed to Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. at Department Headquarters, located at 17525 Aurora Avenue North, Shoreline, WA 98133.


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Shoreline Arts Festival Preview: A Lively Literary Room

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Mindy Hardwick will be in the new
Literary Room

New this year to the festival is an engaging, educational line up of authors and writers of all stripes. Come get your book on at the 2013 Shoreline Arts Festival!

Interested in the literary arts? Maybe there’s a book in you that’s waiting to come out? Join us in the Alumni Room of the Shoreline Center to chat with local authors!

Talks include how to get involved with National Novel Writing Month (endearingly called NaNoWriMo), how to market your books, self-publishing, reading of short plays by local playwrights, a flash fiction and poetry writing workshop for tweens and teens, children’s story time, graphic novels, and a very special talk with Mary Daheim, a Seattle author with more than 50 mystery novels to her name.

Have you seen what has happened to "comic books?" There's a whole genre called "graphic novels" such as that done by local author/artist Charlie Capp. Here's a sample.

The Shoreline Arts Festival is held on Saturday June 29 (10am-6pm) and Sunday June 30 (10am-5pm) at the Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave N.

The Festival is free and open to the public and includes music performances, cultural rooms, artist’s marketplace, hands-on art for kids, free photo-booth, juried art shows, and surprises around every corner!

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture all of the arts in the community through programs and events, arts education, advocacy, and support for artists and arts organizations.

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Can we climb two million stairs?

Councilmember Doris McConnell
does her part for the stair climb
Photo by Keith McGlashan
Shoreline is almost at 2 million stairs climbed as part of the Million Stair Challenge. As of June 24th the total is at 1,774,766 stairs. Down to the home stretch, organizers are hoping to hit the 2 million mark this year.

Top climbers so far are Bill Clements and Kinin Taylor (see previous story) who, combined, have over a quarter of a million stairs climbed!

Over 370 people have participated so far in the Million Stair Challenge, which runs during the month of June out of Richmond Beach Saltwater Park.

There is plenty of room for more climbers and plenty of time left to participate so come on down to the park and start climbing.

Details about the Million Stair Challenge and current stair climbing totals can be found online.


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Shoreline Schools receives national awards for website, newsletter


The Shoreline School District website has received a Merit Award from the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA), a distinction which places it among the best in the country.

This year NSPRA honored only 26 districts nationwide for their websites. Shoreline was the only district in Washington to receive an award for its website for 2013.

District Webmaster Brent Degenhardt redesigned the front page this year and introduced a new, easy to navigate format for schools and departments as well.

The District newsletter Flagship was one of only 27 external school district publications nationwide to receive an award this year.

Flagship is published quarterly and mailed to all residences and businesses in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park. Craig Degginger, the District’s public information officer. is the editor of Flagship.


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Two Shorecrest soccer players, one from Shorewood, score, as Wesco 3A South plays to 3-3 tie with North division in all-star game


Chris Iacolucci and Morgan West of Shorecrest and Taj McChesney of Shorewood scored the three Western Conference 3A South goals as the South team played to a 3-3 tie with a team from the North division.

Danny Han of Shorewood assisted on one of the South goals. Calvin Crawford of Shorewood and Sam Schober of Shorecrest shared goal keeping for the South.

The South took a 3-0 halftime lead in the June 5 all-star match in Snohomish before the North responded with three second-half goals.

The South had two chances to win it in the last five minutes, but couldn't put either of them in the net.


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Author events at Third Place Books June 27-28

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Third Place Books
Author Events
17171 Bothell Way NE
Lake Forest Park, WA  98155


Sally Ooms
Finding Home: How American Prevail
Thursday, June 27 at 7pm

Ooms has collected stories from everyday Americans who have solved problems that our society hands us on a daily basis. Included are the voices of vets, foster kids, single moms and laid-off workers, retirees and business owners.




Sahar Delijani
Children of the Jacaranda Tree (Atria)
Friday, June 28 at 6:30pm

A stunning debut novel set in post-revolutionary Iran gives voice to the men, women, and children who won a war only to find their lives and those of their descendants imperiled by its aftermath. Sahar Delijani, a Pushcart Prize nominee, was born in Tehran's Evin Prison in 1983 and grew up in California. She lives with her husband in Turin, Italy,


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