Photo: Hydrangeas

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

These are the most beautiful blue hydrangeas I have seen. I believe they are growing in Lee's garden.

From the page Hydrangeas! Hydrangeas! 

One can rarely change the intensity of a color (how strong or pale the color is). The intensity develops for a number of reasons: the heredity of a particular hydrangea variety, weather conditions (hot or cold, humid or dry), health of the plant, and possibly other natural factors. Fertilizing hydrangeas once or twice a year may result in a little more saturated color simply because the health of the plant may be improved.



Theater review: For Better - love in the age of technology

For Better
By Eric Coble
Directed by David Bailey
The Phoenix Theatre
July 21 - 30, 2017

Review by Doug Gochanour

We have come a long way in communication technology since Maxwell Smart made phone calls using his shoe. The latest is a wearable device, a “ring” worn on the index finger, which allows bone conduction phone communication when that finger is held into the ear. This gives new meaning to a phrase like ring tones.

When paired with apps like Seri, Google, GPS and more, the ring finger phone brings the current information age right into your head. Before you just “thumb your nose” at a finger to your ear, you might give some thought to how this may improve your life. How may it complicate your life and your relationships, as well?

Technology has made it easier to keep in touch, but that is no substitute for real touch, as in human contact. This seems especially true if you are married or if you are in a committed relationship.

Eric Coble has conjured up this clever farce, humorously examining our increasing dependence on digital gadgetry. You may find it a bit technologically dated. Unless re-written occasionally, the play may not keep up with humor in new tech devices.

For Better is a romantic comedy, which explores the nature of relationship complications accompanying the digital age.

Cristin Fenzel captures our attention as Karen, a young woman who is planning to get married very soon, though she is dealing with a long-distance relationship. Karen has only met Max a couple of times, but has a great deal of contact via phone, messenger, and email. 
Max buys an engagement ring online and sends it to Karen by FedEx. Their individual work situations will have them located in different places most of the time. Can they find enough romantic contact to satisfy each of them?

Karen’s sister Francine (Angela Snyder) met her husband Michael (Morgan Peeler) through an online dating site. Those sites offer a kind of digital version of natural selection, allowing clients to create an online representation of the personal image they wish to present. A computer sifts through the profiles of every client in the system and offers up a match.

Karen’s Father (Jeffrey Strom) delights us with hilarious one-liners. He expresses the fear and frustration many feel in dealing with new technology. He also sends special email with touching sentimental reminders of his love for his daughters. It is a very noteworthy performance.

Further amusement comes from observing Lizzie (Cassandra Carskadon), as she runs the gamut of hotness and coolness. Her exchanges with Michael – a former flame – fall into the category of phone sex. 

It also leads Michael to demonstrate the potential pitfall of switching between conversations with two people on different lines. Say the wrong thing and big trouble will ensue.

Poor Stuart (Tim Takechi) travels the globe as a “can you hear me now” character. He has difficulty communicating his feelings, with technology or not. In the end he might benefit from Lizzie setting him into a tizzy.

But in our constantly connected world, with email, texts, Skype and camera phones, do a modern bride and groom need to be in the same country to honeymoon together?

“Technological singularity” poses that the invention of artificial super-intelligence will trigger explosive technological growth, and bring incomprehensible accelerating changes to human civilization. Perhaps as we get smarter, we will see the humor of it all much more quickly.

Fortunately for us, The Phoenix Theatre emphasizes laughter over drama in all its play selections and presentations. Come enjoy For Better, and be prepared to laugh a lot and think a bit, as well.

The Phoenix Theatre is located in Firdale Village, 9673 Firdale Ave, Edmonds 98020.


New distracted driving law includes secondary ticket for eating or smoking while driving

Washington's new Distracted Driving law takes effect on Sunday, July 23.

The offense is called e-DUI "Driving Under the Influence of Electronics"
  • First E-DUI – $136
  • Second E-DUI (within 5 years) – $234

Basically, it says that you can be ticketed for touching an electronic device while you are driving, even if you are stopped in traffic or at a red light.

Dangerously Distracted: You can also get a $99 ticket for other types of distractions such as grooming, smoking, eating, or reading if the activity interferes with safe driving, and you are pulled over for another traffic offense.

Details here


Jobs: City of Shoreline

The following jobs are listed for the City of Shoreline

Job Title Job Type

Asset Management Functional Analyst Full-Time Regular
Administrative Services Department
Information Services

Assistant Pre School Instructor (Froggy Holler) - Extra Help Extra Help Ongoing
Parks, Recreation Cultural Services

Extra Help - Swim Instructor Extra Help Variable Hour
Parks, Recreation Cultural Services

Extra Help -- Public Works Seasonal Laborer Extra Help Seasonal
Public Works
Utility Operations

Lifeguard/Swim Instructor - Extra Help Extra Help Variable Hour
Parks, Recreation Cultural Services

Outdoor Hikes and Trip Instructor - Extra Help Extra Help Ongoing
Parks, Recreation Cultural Services

Senior Management Analyst Full-Time Regular
Public Works

Specialized Recreation Specialist - Extra Help, ON-CALL Extra Help Ongoing
Parks, Recreation Cultural Services


Lee's red flowers are Crocosmia "Lucifer" - thank you readers

Crocosmia Lucifer
By Diane Hettrick

Thank you to all the readers who identified Lee Lageschulte's lovely and dramatic red flowers.

Martin Kral said "It's a crocosmia, variety 'Lucifer'. The cultivar is taller than most crocosmias and also much brighter red than the usually yellow or dark rust standard varieties. It grows easily, is undemanding, and attracts hummingbirds."

Chris Gaston sent a link and said they are also called montbretia. Judith Muilenburg agreed and commented that she prefers the orange.

Thank you to Deirdre Miller, JM, Randi, Jerry Pickard, Cathy Floit, Melissa Banker, Scott Francis, Travis, Rose Thygesen, Brenda Kent, Donna Eggen, Krista Tenney, Judy Bauer, Nancy Utter, Cheryl Workman, Regina, a couple of anonymous comments, and anyone I might have missed.

One person sent the results of a Google search. Many people commented that they had the red and orange varieties in their yards and several said they wanted more.

Johanna Warness said that "I got a few bulbs from a woman who was going to throw them away about 20 years ago and now I have them all over my yard - the hummingbirds love them."

Some of the other comments:
  • A bright and colorful addition to the garden.
  • They do best in full sun.
  • Red and orange
  • Fred Meyer had some on sale - would love to have some more!
  • Hummingbirds love them!
  • My mom calls this Devils Tongue.
  • It "naturalizes" which means if you start with 5 in a couple of years you will have 15-20... 
  • The common variety is more orange. 
  • They are good looking and hummingbirds and bees like them but you got to watch the runs on these things. They will take over your garden. -- Anonymous

I was going to say how surprised I was that so many people had the plant because I was sure I had never seen one before Lee's photo. Then I noticed that my neighbor, two doors down, has one planted right at the street.


Fircrest fire - charred remains and brown water

A fire crew remained on the scene to put out the hot spots
Photo by Debbie Kellogg

You may not think of the water district responding to a fire, but it's important that fire fighters have access to enough water to fight the blaze.

In Thursday's massive fire at Fircrest, the North City Water District opened a normally closed valve to a long dead end water main inside the Fircrest property.

According to Denny Clouse of the North City Water District,

The fire departments were putting water on the fire at approximately 5000 GPM (Gallons Per Minute), which in the Fircrest steel pipes exceeded the normal velocity of 8 FPS (Feet Per Second) to around 15 FPS or more. This pushed sediment that resulted in Brown Water into residential water mains.

Residents were advised that their water was safe and they should just run the water until it cleared. Most reported that it did not take very long before the sediment was gone.


Lamont Thomas "The Running Man" featured in Seattle Magazine story

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Running Miracle is available at Third Place Books.
Shoreline's Running Man, Lj Thomas, was recently featured in the Seattle Magazine (How a Crippled Boy Became Shoreline's Inspirational 'Running Man')

It has been a summer of ups and down for Lj.

His autobiography was published in June. (see our previous story). 

A month ago, he tripped over a curb on his daily run, fell, and fractured his femur. It required surgery and a titanium plate. He has been unable to work and was in a wheelchair until just two weeks ago. 

He will not be able to go back to work for a couple of months. However, the bone is healing properly, something that Lj doesn't take for granted.

His book is for sale online and Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park has copies for sale. He is grateful that people are donating to his GoFundMe page to help keep him afloat financially until he is able to go back to work.

While not running, he is starting to get around. He is scheduled for an author event at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park at 7pm on September 6.


Emergency repairs allow Shoreline pool to reopen

After a break in the water line north of the Shoreline Conference Center on Friday, July 14, closed down the Shoreline Pool, emergency repairs were completed on Sunday July 16, allowing the pool to reopen on Monday.

Because of the emergency response, there was very little disruption to regularly scheduled classes and events at the pool.

The pool is scheduled from 5:30am to 8:45pm on weekdays and sometimes into the night for kayak classes, synchronized swim, private team practices and other private rentals.


Nominations open for King County Executive's Small Business Awards

Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy. In Washington, small businesses employ 1.3 million people and generate millions of dollars of economic activity that are invested right back into local communities.

For the seventh year, King County Executive Dow Constantine will recognize the importance and accomplishments of small businesses in our region with the Executive's Small Business Awards. Nominations are now being accepted here

Nomination categories are:
  • Overall Small Business of the Year
  • Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year
  • Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year
  • Exporting Small Business of the Year
  • Green/Sustainable Small Business of the Year
  • Workforce Development Small Business of the Year
  • Rural Small Business of the Year

To be eligible for the awards, businesses must be located in King County, have 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees, and have been in business for at least three years. Previous award winners and last year's finalists are ineligible for nomination. Small businesses can be nominated in more than one category, but a separate nomination form must be completed for each category.

Nominations close on August 5. Winners will be announced at an awards event in the fall.

Find more information about the Executive's Small Business Awards, and the nomination form here.

Read more online


Free summer meals for kids & teens - United Way Summer Food Invasion

Kids and teens can eat free this summer with United Way of King County's Summer Food Invasion.

Summer meals sites are hosted throughout the county at parks, libraries, churches, and more, and provide healthy meals and fun, educational activities every day.

Sites are open now through the end of August. 

Meals are free and open to all youth ages 18 and under, and no enrollment or pre-registration is needed. 

Meal sites in Shoreline include:

Paramount School Park (15300 8th Ave NE, Shoreline)
Monday - Friday
Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Snack: 1:30 -2:00 p.m.

Ronald United Methodist Church (17839 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline)
Monday - Thursday
Breakfast: 10:30 -11:30 a.m.
Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Shoreline Library (345 NE 175th St, Shoreline)
Monday - Friday
Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

To celebrate the Summer Food Invasion, United Way of King County is also hosting free Food Invasion Field Days at sites across the county, with exciting activities for all ages, including an obstacle course, bounce house, face painting, crafts, free food for all, and more!

Join us at a Field Day near Shoreline, at the Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle 98125 on August 17 from 12:00 to 3:00pm.

Find other summer meal sites and Field Day locations here


Temporary Public Art #1: Light Energy

Photo courtesy City of Shoreline

Elise Koncsek's "Light-Energy" (acrylic plastic, wire, rope, wood, monofilament) on view at Brugger's Bog until October 20.

This piece is under the willow before you cross the drainage; there are also two other smaller elements deeper in the park's trees as you walk over to the west side.

Brugger's Bog is in the Ballinger Neighborhood, at 19553 25th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155.


Swingin' Summer Eve - great for books and families

Photos by Steven H. Robinson
Text by Diane Hettrick

Swingin' Summer Eve, held Wednesday evening July 19, 2017 at Cromwell Park, is one of those mellow summer evening events that have enough things to do to be entertaining, but not so action packed as to be frenetic.

You can see it all in a short time and then chill out.

Several hundred people did just that, lounging on the grassy hillside and listening to Beatles tribute band Creme Tangerine play. The little children ran in happy circles, chasing each other and no one was irritated by the noise.

Book lovers have learned to mark this event on their calendar for the Council of Neighborhoods used book sale. Always many children's books, and readable summer fare. The Council provides grocery bags and shoppers fill them up.

The weather was perfect (how often can you say that in the Northwest?)

The fire department was there with a truck to delight the children. There were information booths and a giant inflatable slide.

Food so you can have dinner there. Always treats for the kids.

A lovely party, co sponsored by the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Arts Council and the City of Shoreline.


A dog's eye view of the Fircrest fire fight

Using the ladder truck to put out the hot spots
left over from the Fircrest fire

Text and photos by GM Wiegand

Early afternoon visitors at the Eastside Dogpark got to watch quite a spectacle!

Gabriel, S.D. was more interested in the treats
than the dramatic scene behind him

Admittedly the four legged visitors were more interested in chuck-its and treats rather than the spectacular performance by the Firefighter, managing a big hose from the top of his ladder!

Fire crews from Woodinville, Bothell, Northshore, Kirkland,
Snohomish, and Seattle responded to assist Shoreline

I was pretty impressed by the “Motor Pool”, sporting vehicles from Shoreline, Kirkland and Northshore.

Since the wind was blowing the smoke away from us, we gawked a little, while the Dogs had a good run.


Shoreline Fire calls July 10-16

Battalion Chief showing the kiddos our Engine
at Swingin Summers Eve!
Photo courtesy Shoreline Fire
Shoreline Fire calls for the week of July 10-16

Aid - 66
Aid Non Emergency - 12
MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident) - 10
CMT (Community Medicine Team) - 5
Medic - 33
Cardiac Arrest - 2
AFA (Automatic Fire Alarm) - 8
Bark Fire - 4
Smoke/Burn Complaint - 3
Smoke/Haze in the Area - 1
Service Call - 3
Structure Fire Unconfirmed - 1 (electrical problem with hot panel, no fire)


Shoreline Public Art Expo Aug 2 at City Hall - meet the artists

Nightingale Dance Troupe
Photo courtesy City of Shoreline

The culmination of a year of public art projects and exhibitions, Shoreline’s Public Art Expo event offers inside glimpses of current street-piano artworks, site specific sculpture projects in urban forests and public space, and three indoor exhibitions at City Hall.

Artists will be in attendance to share their stories of the application process, installation and fabrication, and ongoing challenges.

Wednesday Auguar 2, 6:30pm – 8:30pm City Hall at 17500 Midvale Ave N in Shoreline 98133.

Kelly Lyle - in progress, a riff on the Wizard of Oz with a red brick road
(interurban trail at Ronald Place)  instead of the usual yellow brick road --
Photo courtesy City of Shoreline

Pop-Up Pianos: Now in its 6th season, recently finished piano artwork on display by Megan Reisinger, Joseph Brooks, Kelly Lyles, and Cynthia Knox.

Interurban Artscape: Sculpture exhibition at Town Center Interurban Trail features site specific projects by Todd Lawson and Bill Franklin, with additional new work by Ken Barnes and Matt Babcock.

Ceramic by Jacob Fortran
The Fine Arts of Sustainability Guest Curated by Photographer Anna Mia Davidson, with large scale photographs by Eirik Johnson (Courtesy Gibson Gallery Seattle) and Annie Musselman. Second Floor, Through October 20, 2017.

Beyond the Picture Plane Guest Curated by Architect Ray C. Freeman III. An exhibition of augmented-reality artwork featuring viewing pads, wall-mounted sculpture with scanning targets, pedestals, and other new media art objects. First Floor Temporary Gallery. Through August 10.

The Performance of Place Guest Curated by Artist Christen Mattix. A group exhibition exploring intersections of place and performance. Francie Allen, Garth Amundson & Pierre Gour, Amber Barney-Nivon, Erica Elan Ciganek, Tiffany Danielle Elliot, Maggie Hubbard, Scott Kolbo, Jess Levine, Kelly Lyles, Christen Mattix, KateVrijmoet, Matthew Whitney. Fourth Floor, Through October 20, 2017.

PLUS in Lobby: Nightingale Dance Troupe Performance; Lauren Iida Jacob Foran, Beneath an Eyelid Lies a Moon (ceramic head series) 2015; Péppe, Swirling Cherry and Butterfly (wood sculptures); Washington State Button Society, display vitrine.


Walk for Old Dogs

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Oliver needed a nap after winning a ribbon
as Oldest Dog at the 2016 Walk

Sunday is the Walk for Old Dogs at Cromwell Park. It is a benefit for Old Dog Haven which takes in abandoned old dogs and finds them homes to live out their lives. ODH pays most of the vet bills for these dogs, making it financially feasible for people to take them in.

The Walk for Old Dogs is their main fundraiser

Anyone can join in -The registration fee is $25 and includes a Walk for Old Dogs canvas tote. Register here Walk website

If you can't attend, you are welcome to make a donation (Old Dog Haven is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization — donations are tax-deductible)

Sunday, July 23, 2017, 10:30am -3:00pm, Cromwell Park, 18030 Meridian Ave N, Shoreline 98133.


Reps. Kagi and Ryu respond to major fire at Fircrest facility

Smoke fills the sky from the fire
at Fircrest
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Reps. Kagi and Ryu respond to major fire at Fircrest facility 

Statement by Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-32nd District)

“This morning there was a substantial fire at Fircrest. Fircrest is a vital part of our community and performs critical work taking care of individuals with serious developmental disabilities from around the state.

“We have consulted with the Department of Social and Health Services about the safety of clients and staff at Fircrest, damage caused by this fire, and what happens next.

“The Department has assured us that there is a plan for continuing operations in the short term and will address the fire damage in the long term.

“We will continue to work, as lawmakers and representatives of the district, to make sure that the people at Fircrest won’t see a disruption in their care.

“I appreciate that the staff at Fircrest and firefighters responded quickly and safely evacuated very vulnerable clients.”

Statement by Rep. Cindy Ryu (D-32nd District)

“This was a serious fire—and the response by Fircrest staff and firefighters to safely evacuate everyone was seriously heroic.

“If this building is a total loss, it needs to be rebuilt or its function restored elsewhere. Additionally, we need to address ongoing infrastructure problems at Fircrest. That would require funding in the state capital budget and we will work together for one that funds construction projects for Residential Habilitation Centers like Fircrest, schools, colleges, parks, community services, and the environment around the state.

“I want to thank the staff and firefighters for their stellar efforts in the face of what could have been a terrible tragedy and ask for community support during these difficult times for Fircrest staff and clients.”


Major fire at Fircrest

Building fire at Fircrest
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

A fire in a gas dryer at Fircrest has destroyed the entire building housing the laundry.

Fire crews from Woodinville, Bothell, Northshore, Kirkland, Snohomish, and Seattle are responding.

The fire spread rapidly in the old building and collapsed the roof.

Crews are attacking the fire from all sides to keep it from spreading.

Photo courtesy Shoreline Fire

North City Water is having no trouble delivering sufficient water to fight the fire, but fire crews are hampered in getting sufficient water to the fire because of the old, small pipes in the Fircrest site.

Because there were laundry chemicals in the building, the fire is being treated as a haz-mat. There has been an effort to keep media and bystanders out of the path of the smoke, which is traveling north.

Uncertain if the residents are being moved, but Shoreline Fire reports that "all evacuated."

Fircrest is a residential facility for severely disabled people. It is located at NE 155th and 15th NE in Shoreline.

This story will be updated as information is available.

updated 11:38am


In The Garden Now…Deutzia ‘Magician’

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

‘Strawberry Fields’ Deutzia

Text and photo by Victoria Gilleland

Here’s another fabulous old-fashioned flowering shrub developed by French hybridizer Victor Lemoinei back in 1925. This is a medium to large shrub that will be 6 feet high and wide.

The plant will stay more compact in full sun and stretch to a larger size if grown in a shadier location.

Keep it smaller by pruning immediately after it finishes blooming in summer. If you wait until spring to prune you will be removing wood that would have produced flowers. This plant flowers on old wood.

‘Magician’ produces masses of pink and white flowers … even in the shade. My plant is nestled among taller shrubs and is actually shaded on each side by evergreen trees. And yet it blooms beautifully!

Consider this easy to grow beauty for you garden!

(Botanical Name: Deutzia Magician)

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


Local children in production of Madagascar at Seattle Children's Theatre

Seattle Children’s Theatre Student Shows presents Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr. from August 3rd-5th, 2017, for ages 5 and up in the Charlotte Martin Theater at Seattle Center.

The production stars local drama students in cast and crew roles working alongside professional SCT staff to produce the musical version of DreamWorks’ popular animated film, with book by Kevin Del Aguila; music and lyrics by George Noriega and Joel Someillan; directed by Hattie Anders.

The tale follows in Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo and, of course, the hilarious, plotting penguins as escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.

$12 tickets are available online or by contacting the SCT Box Office at 206-441-3322.

Local Cast Members:

Ava Drummond; Ensemble

Leif Coomer; Ensemble

Seattle Children’s Theatre which celebrates its 43rd season in 2017-2018, performs September through June in the Charlotte Martin and Eve Alvord Theatres at Seattle Center. Since its inception, SCT has gained acclaim as a leading producer of professional theatre, educational programs, and new scripts for young audiences.


Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip RV Saturday morning at Third Place Books

Third Place Books is proud to present the 
Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip RV 
at Third Place Books Lake Forest Park
Town Center, Ballinger and Bothell Way
Saturday, July 22 from 10 am to 12 pm 

Kids and families will have the opportunity to participate in their very own “pop-up” reading festival, engage in fun reading activities, and meet a bestselling author.

At this reading road trip stop, kids and families will enjoy a fun morning of reading related activities including:
  • An author visit and book signing with bestselling author and illustrator Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet series) and Troy Cummings (Notebook of Doom series) 
  • An activity station filled with a variety of reading activities and crafts for all ages 
  • Giveaway tables and a prize wheel! 
  • Costume character appearances including Captain Underpants, Clifford the Big Red Dog® and Geronimo Stilton


NW SolarFest Sustainable Living Fair Saturday at SCC

Find the alpaca at NW SolarFest

NW SolarFest Sustainable Living Fair
July 22, 2017
10 am – 5 pm
Shoreline Community College
16101 Greenwood Ave N
Shoreline 98133


Learn how to live a more sustainable life and see what choices might work for you and your family.

Bring the family and visit the KIDZone to get a solar mini car, build a birdhouse, make your own trail mix, and many other activities.

Solar curious? Talk to local solar installers and see what solar solutions are right for you. 

Electric cars and electric bikes at SolarFest

Tour tiny houses, see the latest in electric transportation and test ride an electric bike. Check out the solar art gallery. Join the Barter Fair. Find the alpaca. Be mesmerized by the roaming magicians.

Participate in meaningful discussions in the Conversation Cafés. Screen the film “Living Tiny Legally” at the campus theater.

Visit booths that highlight products, services and information to help you make choices that will help leave a cleaner, safer planet for our children.

Enjoy the low carbon, high joy, food and entertainment.
Main Stage, Busking Stage and roving entertainment all day.

Bring something for BarterFest

Some scheduled highlights:
  • Tiny Houses on display, screening of “Living Tiny Legally” (3pm), Tiny House Meetup (1pm)
  • Conversation Cafés on Sustainable Living, 2 stages (on the hour and ½ hour)
  • KIDZone – High Voltage Demo, The Insect Safari, Home Depot make and take activities, PCC Build Your Trail Mix, Mini Solar Car Giveaway, Readings of “Big Adventures of Tiny House”, “The Lorax” movie, theater 11am, Bee Hive Jive at 3pm
  • Seattle Barter Fair - bring your homegrown or homemade items to trade (2-4pm)
  • Transportation Zone includes 100% electric vehicles; Cars and Bicycles
  • Solar Art Gallery, Room 1402
  • Win prizes with our Sponsor Passport
  • Raffle fundraiser to win a Rad Power Electric Bike
  • The 14th annual NW SolarFest is organized by Shoreline Solar Project a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit that promotes renewable energy and sustainability practices. 

For more information visit the website or email

Photos courtesy SolarFest


Destinations: Shoreline residents enjoying the Seafair Bon Odori festival

Shoreline residents Gidget and Dennis Terpstra
at the Bon Odori festival in Seattle

By Dennis Terpstra

The Seattle Bon Odori Festival is an annual Seafair community event, held this year on July 15-16 in Seattle's International District.

Gidget participating in a group dance
Photo by Dennis Terpstra
Everyone is welcome to participate in the traditional Japanese folk dancing in a giant oval in the street.
Gidget's traditional kimono
Photo by Dennis Terpstra

Many wear the colorful traditional Japanese kimonos, yukata and happi coats.

People also enjoy the entertainment, food booths and refreshments, taiko drumming, and crafts exhibits.

Dances often depict a group such as fishermen, coal miners, or baseball.

Traditional or current popular music may be played.

The Obon festival, about 500 years old, traditionally celebrates and gives thanks for the blessings of those who have gone on before.

Today it has become more associated as a fun community summer festival.


WET N’ WILD is coming this Saturday

WET N’ WILD is coming this Saturday

It will be hot this weekend! Come have a blast and get wet with sprinklers, a huge slip n’ slide, giant bubble blowing and lots of other fun, and it’s FREE!

This is Wet N’ Wild’s second year and we’ve added a bouncy house, a water balloon sling shot war and a squirt gun war zone.

The Richmond Highlands Neighborhood Association invites you to join the fun at Wet N’ Wild this Saturday, July 22, from 3-5pm at Sunset School Park, 17800 10th Ave NW, Shoreline 98177.

Bring fun loving kids of all ages, your beach towels, and prepare to have a great time.

To volunteer or ask questions, contact Pete Gerhard


Home Preservation workshop for Wells Fargo customers

Home Preservation workshop hosted by Parkview Services, Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 9am to 5pm, 17544 Midvale Ave N, Ste LL, Shoreline 98133.

Overcome payment challenges, avoid foreclosure, and find resources in this workshop for Wells Fargo customers.

Register online by Tuesday, July 25 or call 855-692-7208 for more information.


Photos: A walk in the park

Text and photos by Wayne Pridemore

On this beautiful morning we went for a walk in our favorite park in Shoreline.

Richmond Beach Saltwater Park is the only park in Shoreline that provides the public safe access to the saltwater shoreline. (see previous article)

A walking bridge over the railroad tracks is the key for safety.

The 40 acre park features Puget Sound views, walking trails, picnic shelters, exercise stairs, playgrounds, permanent restrooms, native floral, and wildlife.

There are photo opportunities all around.


Build a Better Dog House Show

Eric Ode builds a better doghouse
The Build a Better Dog House Show

Wednesday, July 26, 10:30am at the Lake Forest Park library, lower level Town Center, intersection of Ballinger and Bothell Way NE, 98155.

Presented by Eric Ode.

Ages 3 to 7 and families.

Zip across the globe with Benjamin D. Dog in his Tele-Traveling Transportamatic machine as he visits pyramids, castles and palaces to be inspired to build the world’s most amazing dog house!


The League of Incredible Houses Building Workshop, Wednesday 6pm

The League of Incredible Houses Building Workshop 

Wednesday, July 19, 6pm at the Richmond Beach Library, 19601 21st Ave NW, 98177.

Presented by Witty Scientists

Ages 8 to 11 with adult. 

Discover some incredible and creative houses that exist around the world. Learn about unusual architecture, create a design for a futuristic house and build a model you can take home. 

All supplies provided.


Animals Build It Puppet Show Jul 26 at Shoreline Library

Animals Build It Puppet Show, Wednesday, July 26, 10:15am.

Shoreline Library, 
345 NE 175th NE, 98155.

Making the world a better place, one puppet show at a time!

Family program, all ages welcome with adult.

Sing and dance along with a musical cast of puppets and discover how animals build shelters and gather food to create their own worlds. 


Public Art City of Shoreline #17: Livable City

Photo by Jerry Pickard

City of Shoreline Public Art Collection
45 poles in the area of Aurora Avenue between N 175th St and N 185th St
1% for Art Program 2011

Livable City  Kathleen Fruge-Brown, artist. Digital print on fabric from three sets of original linoleum block prints

Artist’s statement: In designing the Livable City street banners, I tried to distill the qualities that make Shoreline’s Town Center unique. The bustle of commerce along the Aurora corridor, its neighborhoods and side streets, the verdant trees, bluffs, and waters that surround it — all of these have their part in Shoreline Town Center’s distinctive character. The designs, taken from my hand-carved block prints, incorporate images that celebrate the values and beauties of this very livable city.

--Text courtesy City of Shoreline


From the Chief: Crime reporting in Lake Forest Park

National Night Out Against Crime is scheduled for Tuesday Night August 1st this year. If you would like to plan a neighborhood party in Lake Forest Park, please get in touch with our liaison Casey Krysminski and check out our webpage for more info. 

Over the past several years, we have seen a decrease in crime here in LFP, which I firmly believe is a result of our active citizenry. We are have been talking about immediate reporting of suspicious behavior, and it is paying off.

Year to date, residential burglaries are down more than 40% and all thefts are down nearly 10%. This is not the trend of our neighboring cities. Great work LFP!

Please remember to always call 911 if you see something suspicious or even out of place. I was called yesterday by a NextDoor participant who reported to me that someone on NextDoor was warning neighbors about a suspicious vehicle in the neighborhood, however the police did not get called.

If you call us, we will come!! We understand the urgency of these types of calls and want to assure our citizens of our responsiveness.

--Chief Steve Sutton, Lake Forest Park Police


Sound Transit seeks volunteer to serve on agency oversight panel

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sound Transit is seeking a volunteer from North King county to help the agency succeed in meeting its commitments to the public by serving on the Citizen Oversight Panel (COP)

The COP was created in 1997 to independently monitor Sound Transit and make sure it meets its commitments to build and operate a regional bus, light rail and commuter rail transit system.

Its 15 members represent a variety of interests, professional expertise and experience. The panel meets twice monthly during normal business hours and acts as an independent oversight entity by digging into agency details, asking hard questions, and reporting its findings to the Sound Transit Board of Directors.

To apply, submit a completed application and a résumé to Dave Somers, Sound Transit Board Chair, 401 South Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98104-2826. Application materials are available online

To qualify an applicant must:
  • Be a registered voter within the Sound Transit District and reside and/or work in Pierce, South King or North King counties.
  • Have experience/skills in one or more areas related to the panel's responsibilities: business management; engineering; financial management; public facilities and services; large projects construction management; government processes; and public policy development or review.
  • Be able to attend meetings twice each month during normal business hours.
Appointment Process

Copies of all applications and resumes will be provided to the Sound Transit Board for its review. The Board's Executive Committee will review and recommend candidates. The Board of Directors will confirm the appointments.

Sound Transit actively seeks to include persons from diverse backgrounds and professional areas of expertise to support agency oversight, planning and operations. Persons of color and women are encouraged to apply.


New Washington voters can register through Monday

New Washington voters can register through 4:30pm. Monday, July 24, to vote in the August 1 primary election, but they must register in person at either the King County Elections Office in Renton or the County Voter Registration Annex in downtown Seattle.

In-person registration is at the King County Elections office, 919 Grady Way, Renton, from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday, or at the County Voter Registration Annex in the King County Administration Building, 500 4th Ave, Seattle, Room 440 from 8:30am to 1pm and 2pm to 4:30pm Monday through Friday.

Voters who register in person can either get a ballot by mail or vote on accessible machines at the elections office 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 change their addresses or other information was July 3.

--By Evan Smith

Evan Smith can be reached at


Presentation on City Light "Smart Meters"

Innis Arden resident Betty Ward is concerned about the Smart Meters that Seattle City Light plans to install in Shoreline in place of the existing meters.

She has organized a meeting to share the perceived risks of the meters and invites the community to attend. The presentation will be on Thursday, July 20 at 7pm in the Innis Arden Clubhouse, 1430 NW 188th St, 98177.

There will be a showing of the movie, "Take Back Your Power", which postulates that "Smart" Meters, also known as, "Advanced" meters, can be harmful to your health and our environment, an invasion of our privacy, can be a fire hazard, and are more costly than our present analog meters. 

Seattle City Light is planning to install Smart Meters on every residence, condo, apartment, and business in the city of Shoreline starting the end of July.

Come and learn how you can oppose this program by joining the letter writing campaign to demand an analog meter option from Seattle City Light. Learn how to "opt out" of this program that poses a risk to our safety and security. Please mark your calendars and learn how to protect you and your family.

An electrical engineer will be at the meeting to answer your questions.


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