Public Art City of Shoreline #3: Parade Route

Friday, March 24, 2017

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

City of Shoreline Public Art Collection
North City neighborhood on 15th Ave NE at NE 177th St, NE corner
City of Shoreline 1% for Art Program 2007

Parade Route  Chris Bennett, artist. Cast bronze

Bennett specializes in classically formed sculptures of people and wildlife drawing inspiration from nature and local history. For the North City neighborhood, he designed this grandfather holding his grandson on his shoulders to reference the Celebrate Shoreline parade that used to go down 15th Avenue each August.

--Text courtesy City of Shoreline


Theater review by Doug Gochanour: Leaving Iowa at the Driftwood Players

Leaving Iowa by the Driftwood Players
Wade James Theatre in Edmonds

Leaving Iowa

By Tim Clue and Spike Manton
Directed by Eric Bischoff
Produced by Brian Toews
Edmonds Driftwood Players

March 23 – April 2, 2017

Review by Doug Gochanour

Are we there yet?  ~~~ I’m going to pull this car over!

This fun family ROAD TRIP adventure has shades of a guilt trip theme as well. It is geared to vacationers from 10 to 110 years of experience.

Some of our own memories may seem to be of torturous circumstances, while others give us pleasant reasons to recall events from our past. Spending time in cars has been an integral part of lifestyles for the biggest part of our lives. It is no wonder that vivid memories surrounding events associated with driving vacations, often generate very strong emotions.

Don Browning (Robert Hankins) returns to Iowa to visit his Mom (Bonnie Ronan) and his Sis (Cristin Fenzel). During this visit it is decided that Don will set off on a journey to return the ashes of his Dad (Justin Tinsley), to Dad’s childhood home. As he is traveling, Don envisions flashbacks of unpredictable family road trip experiences.

Don sets off on a final journey with his Dad in hand
Photo courtesy of Edmonds Driftwood Players

A complication arises when Don discovers that a Grocery Store sits on the location of his Grandma’s home. Naturally, Don decides to drive around to many of their family vacation destinations, seeking an appropriate site for Dad’s remains.

There are lots of laughs along the way. Many of the more memorable occurrences are portrayed. The marvelous cast brings the audience along for the ride in both past and present times. James Wilson and Rebecca O'Neil wonderfully portray many unique characters, which are encountered along the way, both past and present. Imagine someone selling a wind chime made of petrified Apache toenails.

Don and his family encounter a variety of characters
Photo courtesy Driftwood Players

As Don travels those somewhat familiar roads of vacation trips past, he begins to realize that a bonding of family relationships had resulted from those experiences together in the family car. Fortunately for Don, a brochure gives him a clue for a perfect resting place, allowing Don and his relationship with his Dad, to finally become centered.

The set design, sound, lighting, and costumes deserve special recognition. Everything came together in a most enjoyable way.

Be sure to experience this delightful comedy at the Wade James Theatre. As you enjoy the Edmonds Driftwood Players performance, search your own past adventures for moments you may choose to cherish.

The Edmonds Driftwood Players has been entertaining and educating this community since 1958. It is one of the oldest continually operating community theatres in Washington State. Take advantage of this great community resource.

Performances at Wade James Theatre, 950 Main Street, Edmonds 98020. Purchase tickets online.


Shoreline Communities Rising! meets Apr 2 at Senior Center

Shoreline Communities Rising! meeting
The Shoreline Communities Rising (CR) group will meet at the Shoreline Senior Center from 12:00 to 2:00pm on Sunday, April 2nd, 2017. The Center is at 18560 1st Ave NE, the southernmost building on the Shoreline Center campus.

Shoreline Communities Rising! is a non-partisan neighborhood action group, with a stated mission of "Helping each of us become the activist we want to be, while shaping a future that works for everyone."

At the March 5 meeting, about a dozen working groups shared information about what they have discovered and explored from topics identified at previous gatherings.

Most of these groups have a point-person and include such interests as “Accessibility to Health Care,” “Disaster Preparedness,” “Needs of the Vulnerable,” “Immigrant Rights,” “Media,” “Nonviolent Communication,” “Resource Sharing,” and “Sustainable Living.”

Other working groups can arise from the interests of those who attend the meetings. Based on input from all in attendance and from a recent email survey, next steps are being determined.

The focus of the April meeting will be shifting toward creating actions designed to address some of the many challenging issues (see above) facing our community and the larger world around us.


Seven poets gather for group reading in Shoreline

As an art form of language and the distilled essences of the human condition, poetry offers a primary window into the aspirations and sorrows of our times.

In recognition of National Poetry Month in April, the Shoreline Public Art Program welcomes seven poets from around the Puget Sound region (from Bellingham to several islands; from Woodinville to Seattle’s north end) for a night of profound reflection at Darrell’s Tavern, widely recognized for its lively subculture of contemporary music.

Monday, April 3, 2017, 7:00 – 10:00pm will be the first time that Darrell’s has hosted a night of poetry. Darrell’s is located at 18041 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline 98133.

The seven poets (Roberta Feins, Susan Hawke, Christen Mattix, Britney Schroeder, Woron Ta Tele, Kilam Tel Aviv, Carolyne Wright) range from prize-winning, widely published authors to those who are in the early stages of their literary careers; they represent a diversity of voices from many different backgrounds and literary styles, from formal poetic verse to rap and hip hop.

Each poet will read for approximately 20 minutes; funding is provided by Shoreline’s Public Art Program. The event is free; apologies to those under 21 as Darrell’s is an adults-only tavern.


The Tulip Ride mixes motorcycles and animal rescue

Pre-ride check
Chris Evans Photography

The Tulip Ride is a guided motorcycle ride that raises money for Seattle Humane. Last year, hundreds of bikers and their passengers raised $100,000 for Seattle Humane!

The riders will be joined by actresses Tricia Helfer (Lucifer / Battlestar Galactica) and Katee Sackhoff (Longmire / Battlestar Galactica), actors Karl Urban (Star Trek / Lord of the Rings),  Kurt Yaeger abd Chris Reed (Sons of Anarchy) and Bender and Bailey from 106.1 KISS FM’s “The Bender and Molly Show”. The celebrities will be available for photographs before and during the ride.

Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 9:30am 

Meet at Blazing Bagels in Redmond at 6975 176th Ave NE, Suite 365 and ride to the RoozenGaarde Tulip Farm located in Mt. Vernon at 15876 Beaver Marsh Rd. For specific route information, check out the Tulip Ride site’s route map.

Register for the 2017 Tulip Ride

•    VIP Road Captain: $1,000
•    Rider + Motorcycle: $75
•    Passenger Only: $50
•    Donate (sponsor a rider): $10 minimum

All tickets include the ride, admission to the tulip farm, a BBQ lunch and a moto-themed gift bag including a commemorative pin.

The Tulip Ride began 17 years ago as a way for several Microsoft employees to blow off steam during the launch of the original Xbox. On a whim, a group rode up to the Skagit Valley Tulip festival. They extended the ride by heading to LaConner for lunch and then home by cruising down Highway 20 over Deception Pass. It was such a great day that it became an annual tradition that grew into the charity event it is today.



Snack-Walk Garden - Young gardeners and parents invited to workshop Wednesday

Creating a Snack-Walk Garden – hands-on and kid-friendly!

Wednesday March 29, 2017, 6:00–7:30pm at North City Water District, 1519 NE 177th Street in Shoreline.

Learn which vegetables, fruits, herbs, and other plants are easy to grow in the family garden, inspire the imagination, are safe for children and pets, and fun to touch, smell, and taste on frequent “snack walks”!

This class is designed for our young Savvy Gardeners and their parents: hands-on and kid-friendly! Light snacks including fresh fruit, crackers and coffee/teas will be available. Registration required… see contact info at the bottom of this article.

The class is free, but you must register to attend. Simply send an email  or call 206-362-8100.


Letter to the Editor: Let City Council know you support Planning recommendations for Deep Green Incentive program

Thursday, March 23, 2017

To the Editor:

This is an update on the March 14th op-ed entitled "Shoreline's Deep Green Incentive Program will sacrifice livability", which Pamela Cross, Barbara Twaddell, and I wrote.

We have good news! The Shoreline Planning staff has heard the voices of the citizens of Shoreline. The Planning staff is recommending that the City Council remove the density bonus from R-4 and R-6 zones. Please see Page 10 of the City Council meeting documents for March 27th here.

We're not completely out of the woods yet, though, as the Council still has to agree to the removal of the density bonus, so please contact the Council to let them know that you agree with the Planning staff's recommendation. Send email to, or fill out a comment form here

Or better yet, speak at a City Council meeting. The Council plans to discuss the Deep Green Incentive Program on March 27th, and adopt the measure on April 17th. The Council meets at 7pm in the Council Chambers on the 1st floor of City Hall, at 17500 Midvale Ave. N.

Thank you for your support.

Margaret Willson


Track meet Thursday with Shorewood, Meadowdale, Glacier Peak

Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Shoreline Stadium

Dual Meet Scores - Through Event 35


Shorewood 91.00 54.00 Meadowdale

Glacier Peak 86.00 59.00 Shorewood

Glacier Peak 93.50 51.50 Meadowdale


Shorewood 90.00 56.00 Meadowdale

Glacier Peak 104.00 45.00 Shorewood

Glacier Peak 112.00 33.00 Meadowdale

Individual results here


Shorewood girls' tennis has 1-2 record for non-conference play

Shorewood lost two of their first three matches at the start of their Spring Wesco tennis season. All three matches were non conference. Shorewood's record is 1-2.

They lost to Jackson high school on March 16th 2-5. Winners versus Jackson were, last year's Wesco and District 1 singles champion and WIAA 4th in state, Sasha Gaeth, and Tess Galley and Anna Soper at number three doubles.

On March 22nd Shorewood defeated Arlington high school 5-2. Winning for the Birds versus Arlington were Sasha Gaeth, Maddie Bong, and Meredith Rand in singles. Winning in doubles were Summer Cornell / Nicole Nelson and Michelle Yang / Anna Soper.

March 23rd in the T-Birds first home match they lost 3-4 to the Stanwood Spartans. Sasha Gaeth won her third straight singles match in straight sets.

Thursday, March 23 at Shorewood courts


1. Sasha Gaeth SW def. Taryn Smith ST 6-0, 6-0
2. Bretta Petersen SW def. Lacy Cunningham ST 6-3, 7-5
3. Brooke Strowbridge ST def. Maddie Bong SW 6-2, 6-2
4. Emily McDowell SW def. Shawna Lingrey ST 6-3, 6-2


1.  Bradie Ferguson / Melissa Ness ST def. Summer Cornell / Nicole Nelson SW 7-5, 6-1

2. Kianni Demmert / Mariah Mueller ST def. Michell Yang / Tess Galley SW  4-6, 7-6 ( 7-5 ), 6-2

3. Ashley Brier / Mackenzie O' Brien ST def. Brenna Day / Samantha Rand SW 6-1, 6-0

--Arnie Moreno


Shorecrest girls' tennis over Marysville-Pilchuck 6-1

Varsity Girls' Tennis
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Shorecrest 6 - Marysville-Pilchuck 1
At Kellogg MS Courts
Shorecrest overall record 2-1

Shorecrest players listed first


1. Anna Burke Gr 10 vs Natalie Grimm Gr 12, 6-1, 6-1  W
2. Sophie Ivens Gr 10 vs Taylor Boyle Gr 12, 6-0 6-0  W
3. Eli Parsek Gr 12 vs Destany Bogart Gr 12, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 5-10  L
4. Bella Saunders Gr 10 vs Paige Bramer Gr 10, 6-0, 6-0  W


1. Tessa Farnam Gr 12 vs Cheyenne Coe Gr 11
    Julie Moss Gr 12 vs Dana Bichel Gr 10   6-1, 6-0  W

2. Kim Tran Gr 10 vs Joslynn Scharpp Gr 10
    Zulka Bayasgalan Gr 12 vs Rosa Palma Gr 12   6-1, 6-1  W

3. Sydney Leek Gr 11 vs Emil Anderson Gr 10
    Kate Wiper Gr 12 vs (no player)  Forfeit 1-0    W

--Robert Mann


Nominate an outstanding LGTQ business leader for Business Pride award

Do you know someone who is advancing equality in the workplace? 

Puget Sound Business Journal, in partnership with the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA), invites you to nominate an outstanding LGBTQ business leader, ally or advocate in the Puget Sound area who is making a difference in the corporate world.

Nomination Deadline is March 31.
Honorees will be announced in late April.

View last years honorees here.


Photo: Spring is nature's way of saying Let's Party!

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Lee says "Enjoy this lovely day, sun is out at the moment, trees and flowers are in bloom, it is such a beautiful time of year."


Sound Transit: Last chance to help name your future station

Lynnwood Link
Lynnwood Link Extension station naming wrapping up - Last chance to help name your future station 

Time is running out! You have one last chance to send Sound Transit your suggestions for naming the Lynnwood Link light rail stations.

Shoreline has two stations - 185th and 145th.

Take this survey and let us know the best station name from the narrowed list of the names we have heard so far or add your own suggestion.

For more information on the station naming criteria, see the Station Naming display board (last in the file) from the November 2016 open houses.

Sound Transit received over 650 station name suggestions during its open houses in November 2016.

The Sound Transit Board is expected to adopt station names this spring or summer.

More information here or call the Community Outreach Team, 206-398-5300


DSHS community meeting highlights change of plans for Fircrest site

Fircrest Activity Center
By Jean Hilde

DSHS is hosting a community meeting at the Fircrest Activities Building next Wednesday, March 29 from 7:00 to 8:30pm to present its update on the proposed master plan for the property.

DSHS has some very different ideas for Fircrest than were expressed in earlier community meetings.

It appears that DSHS now intends to implement numerous suggestions from the proposed 2010 master plan (which never went anywhere) including reducing the Fircrest Center's footprint while using 20-plus acres of "excess property" for such things as "mixed-income residential", "townhouses", "governmental offices" and "public service uses."

What DSHS is proposing could result in some very substantial changes to Fircrest and to the surrounding neighborhoods. I encourage you to attend this meeting to learn what DSHS has in mind as well as to voice your opinion about changes being proposed for our community.

Fircrest is located at 15230 15th Ave NE Shoreline 98155


Shorecrest Varsity Girls Tennis Mar 22

Shorecrest Varsity Girls Tennis
Wesco 2A/3A
3/22/17 at Stanwood
Shorecrest 4 - Stanwood 3
Shorecrest overall record 1-1

#1 Anna Burke Gr. 10 (SC) vs Taryn Smith Gr. 12  (6-1, 6,3 W)
#2 Sophie Ivens Gr. 10 (SC) vs Lucy Cunningham Gr. 11 (6-0, 6-0 W)
#3 Eli Parsek Gr. 12 (SC) vs Hannah Grierson Gr. 11 (7-5, 6-4 W)
#4 Bella Saunders Gr. 10 (SC) vs Brooke Strowbridge Gr. 10 (6-3, 6-3 W)

#1 Tessa Farnam  Gr. 12(SC) vs Bradie Fergson Gr. 12 (2-6, 2-6 L )    
     Julie Moss Gr. 12(SC) vs Melissa Wess Gr.12

#2 Kim Tran Gr. 10 (SC) vs Kianni Demmert Gr. 12 (7-5, 2-6, 4-6 L)
     Zulka Bayasgalan Gr. 12 (SC) vs Mariah Meuller Gr. 12

#3 Sydney Leek Gr. 11 (SC) vs Ashley Bierer Gr. 12 (1-6, 4-6 L)
    Kate Wiper Gr. 12 (SC) vs MacKenzie Obrien Gr. 12

#4 Coco Hart Gr. 11 (SC) vs Shawna Lingrey Gr. 12 (4-8 L)
     Nastay Kot Gr. 11 (SC) vs Abby Taylor Gr. 12

#5 Emma Leek Gr. 9 (SC) vs Emma Ross Gr. 11 (8-6 W)
     Katie Jerauld Gr. 11 (SC) vs Ashley Peterson Gr. 11

--Robert Mann


Photos: Shorewood - Shorecrest boys' soccer Mar 21

Boys' Soccer
Shorewood vs Shorecrest

Final score SC 1 and SW 0

Photos by Wayne Pridemore

Shorecrest's #9 Elliot Misic defends as Shorewood's #17 Liam Ammador-Emmons brings the ball towards the sideline.

Thunderbirds Quinn Panek #9 and Emanue Abeye #4 battle the Scot's Finn Hoffmann #19 and Naseem Hag #11 for the ball.

Shorewood's Jack Bong #13 and Quinn Panek #9 attempt on goal is stopped when Shorecrest's Brian Halvorson #5 moves to clears the ball. Brian's team mates Naseem Hag #11, Alaiyi Lawson #4, and goal keeper Carter Clasen watch.

Shorewood's Jack Bong on left and Shorecrest's Brian Halvorson eye the ball.

Late in the game Thunderbird Theo Steinmetz brings the ball up field while Scot players Rhys Kroehler and Mohamed Hassan defend.


Jobs at WSDOT in Shoreline
WSDOT has a major facility in Shoreline with these job openings listed.

Design Engineer
WSDOT's Northwest Region Project Engineering Office located in Shoreline is looking for Lead Design Engineers to identify design solutions and direct activities that are necessary for the development of improvement and preservation projects. This role has a high impact on WSDOT's mission to provide and support safe, reliable, and cost effective transportation options.
Description and application here

General Maintenance Worker
The perfect candidate will be someone who is able to work in a fast-paced environment, and enjoys performing work duties that change from day-to-day, from changing light bulbs to reconfiguring office space, to performing minor repairs or assisting with plumbing projects or equipment installations. If you have work experience performing general building maintenance that is great, but if you are also looking to break into the maintenance trade or are looking to gain hands-on work experience, this is a great opportunity.
Description and application here

Project Manager - Connecting Washington
The Northwest Region Project Engineering Office, located in Shoreline, is looking for a pair of project managers who will be responsible for managing and delivering large transportation improvement projects. These positions will not be directly supervising staff, but will manage and work collaboratively with consultants and contractors to ensure design project deliverables are met.
Description and application here

Lead Real Estate Appraiser
WSDOT is seeking an experience appraiser with exceptional leadership skills to provide technical guidance, leadership, and expertise to staff appraisers including developing scope of work and innovating and streamlining processes.
Description and application here

Area Traffic Engineer – Safety Management and Operations
 The NWR is looking for an Area Traffic Engineer – Safety Management and Operations to provide strategic management and leadership for the Region's Safety Management program as well as for performance monitoring.
Description and application here


Shoreline Short Short Film Festival Film Preview #3 – Music Videos

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Saturday, March 25, 7pm, Shoreline Community College Theater. Tickets.

Filmmakers from across Washington have submitted their “short short” films and you’re invited to see the best of the best during the inaugural Shoreline Short Short Film Festival on Saturday, March 25 at 7:00pm in the state-of-the-art Shoreline Community College Theater, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, 98133 (campus maps).

The evening will showcase a juried selection of 3-10 minute films made by emerging and developing filmmakers working in our community. The top filmmakers will be honored with impressive Golden Sasquatch statues and other prizes, and you can vote (live on screen) for your favorite filmmaker to win the Viewer’s Choice Award!

Tickets are $20, parking is free, and popcorn, candy, soda, wine, and beer will be available for purchase. Don’t miss your opportunity to support up-and-coming filmmakers during this fun, community event!

The Shoreline Short Short Film Festival aims to support emerging and developing filmmakers in the Pacific Northwest and encourage appreciation for the art of filmmaking in our community.

This event is presented with support from Shoreline Community College, the City of Shoreline, City of Lake Forest Park, 4Culture, and individual donations from people like you.

Music Videos
When we said short shorts, we were surprised to see several music video entries, but happily surprised! These submissions ranged from animated to high art and showcase not only local filmmaking talent, but incredible local musical talent. These entries are a feast for the eyes and ears!

To see all the films, visit the Arts Council website. Here’s a sneak peek:

(I Wanna Meet) Bill Nye
Directed by Amanda Drewniak
Written/Performed by Jon Yoon

Amanda Drewniak is a multi-media artist, filmmaker, producer, and artistic curator, currently living in Seattle, Wa. She has artistic desire and passion, and an insatiable appetite to create.

Goon Years
Directed by Chris Mathews Jr
Performed by Light Thieves

Future Colors focuses on the conflicting ideas of living for the moment versus wondering what the future holds. In a narrative fashion, the lyrics are a reflection of life moving forward, whether or not we are ready for it. Channeling a harmonious sound somewhere in the realm of The Dirty Projectors, Chris Mathews Jr. brings an astral display of vibrant colors and dreamy swirls with the video for “Goon Years”. Perhaps because Mathews also is responsible for the recording and mixing of the newest LP, the visuals flow organically with the fluid, mellow and yet still effervescent quality of the music, in symbiosis with its lyrics: “A nest of dreaming fools, just leave me with my eyes closed.”

Night Walk
Directed by Neely Goniodsky
Written by Benjamin Verdouse
Produced by Brick Lane Records and Northwest Film Forum

‘Night Walk’ illustrates the innards of a relationship of a couple living in New York. This is a somewhat autobiographical piece for the songwriter Benjamin Verdouse. The storyline for the film is from his recent album The One and The Other, set to the sound track of ‘Night Walk’

Real Right Now
Directed and Produced by Sam Cahill
Written by Ryan Caraveo

Music Video directed by Sam Cahill for Ryan Caraveo’s song “Real Right Now” off the album “Maybe They Were Wrong”.  Director’s Satement:  “My goal with this music video was to give Ryan Caraveo a different look in the Hip-Hop industry. We really wanted to add an adventurous edge to this video and make it relatable to more people than your typical trapped out music video. It was a lot of fun to make (other than the rain) and hope that it brings in different eyes from all around.”


Provide feedback on finalists for math curricula for Shoreline Schools


The Shoreline School District is currently reviewing two math curricula to be used in our Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 classes, “Math Vision Project” and “College Preparatory Math”.

Both curricula will be available for viewing and feedback at the Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th St 98155 from Thursday April 6 to Sunday April 9.

Ask for materials at the Information Desk. For more information on the process, see the website


Shorewood drops final non-league softball game Tuesday, returns to Wesco play with Wednesday loss

The Shorewood softball team finished the non-league part of its schedule with a 14-1 loss at Bainbridge Tuesday before returning to Wesco play with a 15-4 loss at Lynnwood Wednesday​.

The Tuesday home loss to Bainbridge was shortened to six innings by the mercy rule.
The Thunderbirds now take a 0-2 Western Conference record (0-4 overall) into a Friday 4pm home game with Edmonds-Woodway.

The Shorewood junior varsity took a 1-1 overall record into a Wednesday game at Lynnwood.

Score: Shorewood vs. Bainbridge at Meridian Park, Tuesday, March 21:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 --- R H E

BAINBRIDGE -- 2 5 0 0 7 0 X -- 14 19 1

SHOREWOOD - 0 0 1 0 0 0 X --- 1 4 2







Kenmore Native and 'The Voice' Contestant Gaby Borromeo Performs at Kenmore City Hall March 23

Kenmore native and The Voice contestant
Gaby Borromeo
She’s got purple hair and a killer voice!

Come to Kenmore on Thursday, March 23, to hear Kenmore native and The Voice season 12 contestant Gaby Borromeo perform as her home town celebrates her success.

The event is from 5:30 – 6:00pm at Kenmore City Hall, 18120 68th Ave NE.
Gaby began singing karaoke at eight years old. 

After a family party, her relatives encouraged her parents to enroll her in lessons, and with classical training, she started to record demos with a local Seattle producer.

She obtained her GED and moved to New York at 15, where she worked with numerous production companies, including John Legend.

View Gaby's blind audition on The Voice that got her to the next level - here 


Photo: Spring flowers

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Actually now that I see the orange centers, maybe these aren't daffodils.

Apologies to those of you who get indignant when I don't properly ID the flowers. I figure you can enjoy their beauty without knowing their names.

Happy Spring!



For the Birds: Spring is in the Air - Can you hear it?

Black-capped Chickadee
Text and Photos
by Christine Southwick

Early morning walks are being invigorated by the cheerful sounds of American Robins singing their Cheery-up Cheery O songs, with lots of other birds adding their melodies.

How Happy are these sounds?

Have you noticed that the song that Black-capped Chickadees are singing has changed? No longer just the “Dee dee dee dees” contact call of the winter time, now there is what I call a “Fee bee” song.

As one of my friends said, it’s the “I’m looking for a wife song”-- I’ve claimed a space, now all I need is a female to make the nest, and we can raise a family song….

Pugnacious Song Sparrow

Our resident Song Sparrow and Spotted Towhee males are no longer singing their more sedate winter songs which keep their territories marked during the winter months. They have now started singing their “I’m looking for a wife song”

Both males and females can sing, but it is the males, driven by their rising testosterone that belt out those awe-inspiring melodious songs.

Female Spotted Towhee calling

In our area, Pacific Wrens seem to go on forever before stopping, then repeating again and again. Spotted Towhees have started singing their trilling song, usually from a leafless branch about 4-6 feet from the ground. Here in Shoreline, you may have breeding Dark-eyed Juncos. Their trilling song can be hard to tell from the Spotted Towhee’s, but right now the Spotted Towhees are singing, and the Dark-eyed Juncos seem to just be chasing each other.

The majority of bird sounds we hear in the winter are call notes to stay connected to individuals and the flock. For example, in the winter we hear juncos making their clicking sounds (almost like a clock ticking), but in the summer, the male juncos sings almost as loudly as Spotted Towhees.

Male Spotted Towhee
Some studies have suggested that successful females have learned not to sing or call as much as males since singing near a nest can cause predation.

I have observed chickadees making a soft call note just before arriving at their nest with food.  
Their nestling come to the cavity opening loudly demanding to be fed, and as soon as the parent(s) leave, drop away from the opening, becoming quiet until the next feeding.

That makes it hard to know where chickadees are nesting and if the nestlings have hatched. This is great survival adaptation by chickadees, but frustrating for predators and human observers.

For those who thought only male birds sing


Lake Forest Park regular City Council meeting Thursday

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

City of Lake Forest Park City Council regular meeting, Thursday, March 23, 2017, 7pm. City Hall Council Chambers, 17425 Ballinger Way NE

Presentation – State of the Court Report

Resolution 1608/Updating the City’s Social Media Policy

Council Action or Discussion

1. 2016 Stormwater Management Plan Review

2. Discussion of Successor Interlocal Agreement for King County Regional Animal Control – introduction


Book review by Aarene Storms: Some Kind of Courage

Some Kind of Courage
by Dan Gemeinhart

12-year-old Joseph has lost almost all of his family. His mother and little sister died of typhoid. His father was mortally injured by a wagon that flipped over on him when they were going down a hill. All Joseph has left are memories and a horse. And then Mr. Grissom sells the horse.

Joseph loves that horse so much that he takes off after her - following a no-good horse trader through the wilderness of the Wenatchee Valley where he encounters a hostile grizzly bear and a not completely hostile group of Native Americans. He befriends a Chinese boy who speaks "not a lick of English" through the entire story. He helps a family of settlers and runs afoul of a horse thief and highwayman. His happy ending seems sure ... and then tragedy strikes.

Read this story for the historical context (Washington State in the 1890's, just after statehood), for the adventure (grizzly bears! horse racing! gunfights! river running!) for the wonderful character of Joseph, or for the beautiful descriptions of loving relationships between good people.

Or better yet, listen to the audiobook, nimbly read by Andrew Eiden, who sinks deeply into the dialect of the characters and almost gets the pronunciation of "Yakima" entirely right.

Highly recommended for ages 10 to adult. No sex, no romance, some blood, some alcohol, some minor cussing.

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


Tax structure, education funding top concerns during 32nd District Town Hall

Sen. Maralyn Chase D-32 at her town hall
in Mountlake Terrace on Saturday

By Natalie Covate
Reprinted from

State Sen. Maralyn Chase told her 32nd Legislative District constituents during a Saturday Town Hall meeting that the best way to fix the state’s budget is to overhaul its tax system.

To do that, she said, citizens across the state need to know about its issues.

She began that process by distributing a series of charts to the town hall’s attendees. One showed the percentage of a household’s income that is paid in taxes, broken down by income levels. According to that chart, using a study from the Institute of Taxation and Economic Policy, those who make $21,000 or less in Washington state pay 16.8 percent of their income in taxes. Families making $507,000 or more, by contrast, pay about 2.4 percent of their household income in taxes.

Chase distributed this chart on Saturday, showing what percentage of income households pay in taxes
based on their total income.

The chart is compared to similar charts from Oregon, California and Idaho, where the highest and lowest income levels pay nearly the same percentage of their income. The highest income levels pay approximately 2 percent less than the lowest in all three states.

“This tax structure doesn’t generate enough revenue,” Chase said. “We need to take a fundamental deep dive into how we collect taxes.”

She also distributed a county map of Washington, showing how much money the state spends in any particular county compared to the tax money raised in that county. Six counties pay more than they receive, including King and Skagit counties, according to the chart. San Juan county received the least, at 54 cents cents per dollar. Stevens County received the most, at $1.95 per dollar.

Snohomish County received $1.04 per dollar, which would be less than average, according to the chart.

Chase said she plans to distribute both of these charts across the state.

“When I say I’m going to put these charts out statewide, I am,” she said. “People need to know what our tax system is. We’re paying 10 percent in sales tax, for God’s sake. We have to have a reduction in sales tax. We can’t have lower-income people paying 16 percent of their total income in tax.”

Chase said informing the state’s population about the current tax system may help a tax reform pass in the future, though she thinks putting forward a bill for an income tax right now wouldn’t make it far through the Legislature.

She also told constituents she would like to see the state’s B/O go away.

“You can’t put a $15 minimum wage on small businesses with this horrible B/O tax,” Chase said. “Strong businesses hire people.”

She said the current tax structure is contributing to problems balancing the budget. Right now, the state Legislature is struggling to fully fund basic education, as is required by the state constitution. Chase said she does not support cutting funding to programs providing health care, public safety or other basic state services to fund education.

But, she said, it’s clear that education needs additional funding. In her opinion, the effort needs to benefit public schools rather than privatizing schools.

“Public education works,” she said. “When they say they want good education, you tell them to fund the public schools.”

She would like to see school administrators, superintendents and teachers in Olympia helping legislators determine how much money the public school system needs to function properly. Then, the legislators can focus on securing the funding.

The way to get the funding, she said, is not through more of the same sorts of taxes Washington residents already pay.

“I will not vote for another regressive tax,” Chase said. “I will not.”

The 32nd Legislative District covers part of Edmonds and Lynnwood, as well as a portion of Mountlake Terrace west of I-5, all of Shoreline and a portion of northwest Seattle.


UW Bothell study finds Arabs who travel to the West more likely to have positive feelings about Western people

Karam Dana, Assistant Professor UW Bothell
People from the Arab world who travel to the West are more likely to have positive feelings about Western people, according to a study conducted by Karam Dana, the director of the Middle East Public Opinion Project at the University of Washington Bothell.

“Informed by theory, and based on empirical evidence, I argue that when one has traveled to the West or has family living in the West, there is the potential to create a positive image of Western people, even if it does not contribute to support for Western policies,” Dana writes in the study published recently in the peer-review journal Territory, Politics, Governance.

Arab Middle Easterners make a distinction between the people of the West and governments of the U.S. and Western Europe that represent them. It’s the foreign policies of the governments that contribute to and intensify negative feelings, not the culture, Dana says.

The study, “Anti-Western feelings in the Arab world and the role of exposure to the West: rethinking connections through public opinion” is the fourth paper Dana has published based on a survey he conducted in 2013 in Palestine. He hopes to conduct a similar survey of social, economic and political opinions next year and compare changes over the five-year period.

Dana recommends more investment in opportunities for travel and educational exchanges to build understanding.

“We are banning travel while empirical and theoretical findings suggest the total opposite – that increased travel tends to increase more harmony between the East and West,” says Dana, an assistant professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences who also directs the American Muslim Research Institute.

UW Bothell provides access to an exceptional University of Washington education to students in a small campus environment that fosters student achievement. 


Jobs: WSDOT summer student internships
The WSDOT Northwest Region Environmental Office is currently seeking enthusiastic student candidates for summer internships. This is a great opportunity to learn about the exciting work WSDOT is doing to meet environmental stewardship goals in a real world setting.

The Environmental Office directly supports the transportation needs of Washington State by providing environmental technical studies, field investigations, interagency coordination, and construction support to WSDOT projects and operations.

The successful candidates will receive exposure to the various roles in the Environmental Office and WSDOT project teams and gain hands-on experience assisting the program in hydraulics, biology, cultural, air quality, acoustics, water quality, and wetlands studies.

This is a temporary position/internship lasting approximately three to five months.

To view whole announcement and to apply, click HERE


Horizon View Park field damaged by teenaged male

Horizon View Park
Photo by Jerry Pickard

An 18 year old male has been identified in the damage to the field at Horizon View Park in Lake Forest Park.

On Saturday, March 11 the boy drove his car onto the field, causing extensive damage to the turf.

The vehicle was stuck in the field when Lake Forest Park police arrived, so identifying the driver did not take long.

His name has not been released as charges, probably of malicious mischief, are pending a full assessment of damages to the field.


Southbound I-5 express lanes Saturday and Sunday

WSDOT maintenance crews will keep the southbound I-5 express lanes closed on both Saturday and Sunday so City of Seattle crews and contractors can clean up trash and debris along the interstate from people camping.

The express lanes will open in the northbound direction at 1:30pm each day.


LFP Early Registration for Spring / Summer Recreation Programs

Recreation Guide
Live in Lake Forest Park? Interested in recreation? Take advantage of recreation programs offered through the City of Shoreline.

Lake Forest Park residents are eligible for a 24-hour early registration period prior to the start of each season’s programs plus an 8% discount on all program fees (not rentals) through the entire year!

Spring/Summer 2017 early registration for Lake Forest Park Residents is Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 12:01am online and 8:00am in person.

The City of Lake Forest Park offers scholarship reimbursements for eligible residents of youth and specialized recreation participants who are registered and attend cultural, recreation, or aquatic programs and camps. The City will reimburse each qualified Lake Forest Park resident up to $100 for summer quarter (and up to $50.00 per quarter for fall, winter and spring). The application form can be downloaded here or found in the lobby at City Hall.

You may also find more information on how to register, scholarship opportunities, or the partnership with City of Shoreline here

Recreation Guide and More Information...


Nordic music concert features “play in” for young musicians

Seattle Lilla Lag
Sunday, March 26, at 4:00pm, the Seattle Lilla Spelmanslag will play lively tunes from the Nordic countries at St. Dunstan Episcopal Church, 722 N 145th St in Shoreline.

Tickets are $11 online and $11 and $12 at the door. Free parking is plentiful, and seating for disabled people is available.

Spelmanslag members range in age from 8 – 18 years old. They are dedicated, hard workers who love playing, and it shows. You’ll hear beautiful music played with energy, finesse, and spirit.

This year, they invite community youngsters to bring their instruments and join them in a “play in” at the end of the program. Kids from the audience will learn a tune on the spot, then perform together with the Spelmanslag members. If you know of aspiring young musicians, please let them know about the concert and this unique opportunity.

Spelmanslag members were featured last year in the Norwegian folk music magazine, “Folkemusikk,” for their accomplishments. They are frequent performers at Northwest Folklife Festival and Skandia Folkdance Society dances, and last year they recorded a CD of music from Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark.

The group often plays in three voices, including melody, full harmony, and simplified harmony. Learning by ear, in the traditional way, the kids not only learn to play as part of an ensemble and style tunes for dancing, they also learn ensemble skills. For most, playing in the Lilla Spelmanslag has been the first experience of playing in a larger group.

Members will study and perform music in Denmark this summer, fulfilling a dream made possible, in part, through the proceeds from this concert. When you hear these kids play March 26, you’ll swear you are with them in Scandinavia.


Celebration of Life for Gloria Bryce to be held Friday, March 31

Gloria Bryce
Gloria J. (Kortus) Bryce passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at the age of 63, after a heroic battle with cancer.

Born in Pipestone, MN, and moving to Whatcom County at age 2, she was raised on a dairy farm developing her life-long work ethic, integrity and commitment to all endeavors.

 Gloria was exuberant in her love for life and all that it offered, including travel, other cultures, and most especially her 14 grandkids and 9 great-grandkids.

The Arts brought her both pleasure and enlightenment, reflected in her 18 years on the Shoreline / LFP Arts Council Board.

She loved sports, both as a participant (playing in a woman's tackle football league, a volleyball team and as a 250+ bowler) and as an avid Seahawks fan.

For the last 10 years she shepherded an unsightly Shoreline area from an overgrown blackberry / weed infested "jungle" to a wonderful community trail and was proud, honored, and humbled when it was officially named "Gloria's Path" this past month.

The path was named for Gloria in
February of this year.
Her radiant smile and her effusive personality created instant friendships; she truly had a heart of gold. She balanced living every aspect of life to its fullest while taking time to savor every moment.

For forty incredible, wonderful, amazing years, Gloria and her husband Herb traveled life lovingly together.

Celebration of Gloria's Life will be held at
Richmond Beach Congregational Church,
1512 NW 195th St
Shoreline, 2:00pm, Friday March 31st.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Shoreline / LFP Arts Council


Shoreline Short Short Film Festival Film Preview #2 – Documentaries and Art Films

Monday, March 20, 2017

Shoreline Short Short Film Festival

Film Preview #2 – Documentaries and Art Films
Filmmakers from across Washington have submitted their “short short” films and you’re invited to see the best of the best during the inaugural Shoreline Short Short Film Festival on Saturday, March 25 at 7:00pm in the state-of-the-art Shoreline Community College Theater, 16101 Greenwood Ave N.

The evening will showcase a juried selection of 3-10 minute films made by emerging and developing filmmakers working in our community. The top filmmakers will be honored with impressive Golden Sasquatch statues and other prizes, and you can vote (live on screen) for your favorite filmmaker to win the Viewer’s Choice Award!

Tickets are $20, parking is free, and popcorn, candy, soda, wine, and beer will be available for purchase. Don’t miss your opportunity to support up-and-coming filmmakers during this fun, community event!

Reserve your tickets today

The Shoreline Short Short Film Festival aims to support emerging and developing filmmakers in the pacific northwest and encourage appreciation for the art of filmmaking in our community.

This event is presented with support from Shoreline Community College, the City of Shoreline, City of Lake Forest Park, 4Culture, and individual donations from people like you.

Documentary and Art Films
Here’s a sneak peek at the stunning Documentary and Art Film entries for the night. To see all the films, visit the Arts Council website.

Jello Underground

Jello Underground
Directed by Gracie Garnet
Produced by Gregory Baxley

Introducing viewers to the unique and exciting world of underground jello wrestling, this film chronicles a Seattle-based event that was founded in 2009 and continues to thrive with a dedicated fan base. Jello Underground is the only female-produced jello wrestling show in the world. Destroying preconceived notions with an epic and empowering presentation of high-octane athletic combat and stage theatrics. The film features wrestlers of varying backgrounds discussing public perception, how the event has impacted nightlife culture, and what it feels like to be a part of something so extraordinary. With cast interviews, tons of wrestling action, and an intimate look behind-the scenes.

Andy At Night
Directed by Stephen Takashima
Staring Andy Pindelski

A quirky mini-doc about thrash metal and cubicles. Made with blood, sweat, metal and salt granules.

Infinity Hotel

Infinity Hotel
Directed by Neely Goniodsky
Written by Neely Goniodsky and Amelia Urry
Staring Meghan Riley (voice)

The Infinity Hotel is a place with an infinite number of rooms. When guests arrive, all other guests shift one room over in perpetual limbo. With one exception…

Open Exhibition
Directed by Tommy Tang
Produced by Bobby McCallen, Long Tran, Toran Whitaker, and Collin Anthony Hanks

An exploration of Seattle street art. We follow painters, stencilers, and taggers to find out what makes graffiti both empowering and controversial.

When the leaves fall

When the Leaves Fall
Directed and Produced by Tommy Tang
Starting Timothy Mei, Isaac Mei, Juliet Dang, Sandra Geldenhuys-Scragg

A young boy tries to cure his brother’s terminal illness when he overhears the doctor.


Special Needs PTSA Mar 23 - transitions to middle and high school and beyond

Planning for Special Education Student Transitions to Middle and High School, and Beyond.

The Shoreline Special Needs PTSA is hosting a district panel discussion at its member meeting at 7pm Thursday, March 23.

The panel will work to demystify what to expect as special education students transition from elementary to the upper grades.

Scott Irwin, secondary services director, is assembling panelists and a program to cover:
  • Program options in middle and high school, including what to expect in transition from elementary school
  • Understanding how graduation requirements are accommodated based on the child's situation
  • Assessments and types of diplomas
  • Transition services / the 18-21 program

You can send in questions for the district team in advance or fill out question cards during the session.

Come for networking and community building time at 6:30pm, with the meeting beginning at 7pm. 

Location is the Ballinger Room at the Shoreline Center, (south end) 18560 1st Ave. NE, 98155.

New this month: chapter members will adjourn to Jersey's Great Foods at 1306 N 175th St for after-meeting social time!


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