Photo: Flowers before the snow

Friday, February 16, 2018

"Christmas Cheer"
Photo by Lee Lageschulte

This pink rhodie is in full bloom, ahead of a forecast for pounding rain and possibly snow. We'll enjoy it while we can - it may be a little bedraggled after the weekend.



Annual Tool Sharpening & Tree Pruning Event

Diggin’ Shoreline 6th Annual Tool Sharpening and Tree Pruning Event
Saturday, February 24, 10am – 2pm

Grab those rusty pruners, loppers, shovels, and hoes, and head to Diggin’s perennially popular Tool Sharpening and Tree Pruning event led by Diggin’ board members John Ruby and Zeth Peterka.

Be sure to dress warmly and bring gloves as we’ll be sharpening tools out of doors and under cover.

Tour the homeowner’s garden where dwarf fruit trees and berries are artistically nestled among the perennial beds, see how easily you can incorporate fruits into your landscape. Take part in the tree pruning demonstration and learn how to make selective cuts to maintain manageable trees and maximize fruit production.

Limited street parking available. Carpooling is encouraged. Your reply is encouraged (but not required) so that we’ll be sure to have plenty of sharpening supplies, and hot beverages on hand.

To let us know you’re coming, email or call 206-437-9118 by Friday evening, February 23.


WeatherWatcher: Wind Advisory then Arctic Outbreak

Snow on NE 193rd St and 3rd Ave NE
January 18, 2012. Photo by Carl Dinse
Wind Advisory: The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a wind advisory that is in effect for Saturday from 7am to 7pm. Southerly winds are expected to increase to 20-30mph with gusts near 45mph. The peak of the winds are expected during the afternoon hours.

Winds this strong can snap tree branches and cause local power outages.

Forecast: There are a lot of things going on over the next five days. We have a little wind storm for Saturday, bringing with it rain and a lot of mountain snow. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid to upper 40's.

Arctic Outbreak:
Overnight Saturday night into Sunday morning, close to 3am, the first arctic front pushes south. Temperatures are expected to fall into the low 30's and rain showers are expected to change over to snow showers.

Sunday snow showers are expected in the morning and afternoon. Models have been somewhat indecisive on accumulations but they have been consistent on a convergence zone forming.

If the zone forms, and if it forms over the Shoreline area we could get anywhere from 1-6" of snow. Most of the model runs have had it over the Lynnwood - Everett area, however, so we may be missed. The remainder of the region outside of the convergence zone could still see a 0-1" of snow accumulation.

Winds Saturday night - Sunday night are expected to continue gusting up to 45mph with a shift from south to north occurring Sunday morning when the first arctic front arrives. Sunday night these north winds are going to bring a second arctic front through the area. By this point there isn't expected to be any moisture left, so snow showers should end. These are expected to be the coldest temperatures we've had since December 2016.

Monday we are looking at clear skies with cold temperatures. Monday morning lows are expected to be in the mid-lower 20's and the high temperature probably near the mid 30's. Monday night into Tuesday morning is another cold night, possibly a record breaker with lows in the low 20's or upper teens.

Tuesday - Friday: Temperatures will remain cold, but not as cold as Tuesday morning. Snow levels are expected to remain between sea level and 500 feet for the entire week. Showers are expected to return starting as early as Tuesday afternoon. We have a chance of snow or rain for the remainder of the week.

Sometimes when we have a forecast like this we could easily see rain, or we could easily see snow for the majority of the week. I'll continue to provide updates as this arctic blast develops. At this time there have not been any winter weather watches, warnings or advisories issued. However it is important to know the possibility of an all-out classic snowstorm event is very significant in the next several days.

Bottom line: Be prepared for winter weather conditions over the next 5-7 days. Keep any exposed outdoor pipes insulated and be prepared for winter driving.

For current weather conditions visit


Shorecrest Hip Hop goes to Hamilton

The Shorecrest Hip Hop team poses in front of the marquee for Hamilton at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle.

Shorecrest Hip Hop in the Paramount Theatre
for Hamilton

Tickets to Hamilton are selling for $199 to 320. Coach Rex Kinney, through his affiliation with the Seattle Theatre Group, was able to get his team in for free to a dress rehearsal for the popular show.


Hispanic Arte & Culture exhibit opens March 2 at Kenmore City Hall

Night Bloom by Laura Glover

The Arts of Kenmore Gallery invites the public to the Opening Reception event on March 2, 2018, 6:30-8pm at Kenmore City Hall, 18120 68th Ave NE, Kenmore 98028.

The juried exhibition features culturally interpretative works by local artists of Hispanic / Latino heritage, and curated to enrich and engage our growing community on the north side.

Featured artists: Rene Julio Díaz, William Garza, Rodolfo Garza, Laura Grover, Hugo Moro, Sylvia Kurin, Beth McBeth Perez, Ruben Rodriguez-Joya, Diana Scheel, and Angie Hinojos Yusef.
The Jurors for this exhibit are the globally acclaimed artist Alfredo Arreguín, and Seattle Arts Commissioner Juan Alonso-Rodríguez.

A presentation and artist awards begin at 7pm. Entertainment and light refreshments served. The exhibit is open to the public through May 24.


St. Luke student serves as page in state legislature

Matthew Reyes served as page to Rep. Ryu
Photo courtesy LSS
Matthew Reyes, a student at St. Luke School, served as a page this week in the Washington State House of Representatives.

Sponsored by State Rep. Cindy Ryu (D-32), Matthew is the son of Pamela Reyes and Arnel Reyes of Shoreline.

Pages perform a wide variety of responsibilities, from presenting the flags to distributing amendments on the House floor.

In addition to contributing to the efficient operation of the Legislature, pages receive daily civics instruction, draft their own bills, and participate in mock committee hearings.

Matthew’s favorite subject in school is mathematics and he loves to play football as well as basketball in his spare time.


Resource Fair - local summer camp and after-school programs

Need ideas for the kids for summer?

​Attend the Shoreline PTA Council’s FREE Resource Fair to learn about local summer camp and after-school programs.

Browse tables from more than 20 exhibitors offering programs for preschool through high-school. Free childcare (by advance reservation only) provided by the Dale Turner YMCA.

Monday, February 26, 2018 from 7-9pm in the Shoreline Room in the north end of the Shoreline Center 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline 98155


Happy Year of the Dog

Chinese New Year, Friday, February 16, 2018 - the Year of the Dog. Chinese New Year is based on the lunar cycle. It occurs between January 21 and February 20.

Celebrations last for two weeks with dragon parades and a lot of fireworks - so much so that the state fire marshal sent out a reminder to check local fire codes.

Locally, Shoreline resident Hua Zhang had an early New Year's parade with her Mandarin class at Meridian Park Elementary School.


2018 Shoreline Short Short Film Festival March 3

Thursday, February 15, 2018

2018 Shoreline Short Short Film Festival
Saturday, March 3

Doors Open at 6pm - Movies Begin at 7pm
Shoreline Community College Theater

Lights, Camera, Action! It’s almost time for the Shoreline Short Short Film Festival!

Filmmakers from all over Washington have submitted their “short short” films and you’re invited to see the very best during the Shoreline Short Short Film Festival on Saturday, March 3 at 6pm in the state-of-the-art Shoreline Community College Theater. Doors open at 6pm, and the movies start at 7pm.

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 for your favorite filmmaker to win the Viewer’s Choice Award!

This year we added a student film category to help encourage young budding filmmakers to get more exposure and share their work with the community.

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 or buy them at the door.

And if you are a member or become a member of the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council, you get two free tickets to the Film Festival!

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

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.


More Flu Expected in WA; Vaccine Effectiveness Estimates Released

Washington State Department of Health

Preliminary data released today estimates the 2017-2018 flu vaccine to be 36 percent overall effective at preventing flu illness.

Washington’s health officials want everyone to know it isn’t too late to get a flu shot since flu activity is still expected to be high for several more weeks.

This year is a reminder of how unpredictable and serious flu can be. Every flu season is different based on many factors including the circulating viruses and how well the flu shot protects against those viruses.

“Washington has seen a lot of the H3N2 strain of flu, which causes more severe illness in young children and those over 65 years old,” said Washington state’s Communicable Disease Epidemiologist Dr. Scott Lindquist. 
“This year’s vaccine protects against H3N2, but that strain of the virus is known to change frequently throughout the season, making the vaccine less effective against the virus. Protection is higher against other strains included in the vaccine and can help flu illness be milder and shorter for those who still get sick.”

The Department of Health urges everyone aged six months and older, including pregnant women, to knock out flu with a flu shot. Visit for places to get your vaccine, weekly flu activity updates, and frequently asked questions and concerns about the flu vaccine.

“There are important steps to take to avoid getting the flu; get a flu shot every year, avoid contact with sick people, wash your hands often and stay home if you’re sick. 
"No vaccine is 100 percent effective, but they still provide some protection against serious flu complications, including death,” Lindquist said.


Registration open for Great Discussions 2018

Registration is now open for Great Discussions 2018 at Shoreline Community College.

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs.

The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today.

April 12 – May 31, 2018, on eight consecutive Thursday evenings, from 6:30- 8:30pm.
Shoreline Community College, Room 1010(M), 16101 Greenwood Ave N, 98133.

Topics include:
  • South Africa’s fragile democracy
  • Russia’s foreign policy
  • China and America: the new geopolitical equation
  • Turkey: a partner in crisis
  • Media and foreign policy
  • Global health: progress and challenges
  • U.S. global engagement and the military
  • The waning of Pax Americana?
NOTE: Date of each topic to-be-announced.

Summaries provided at the GAC website. Scroll down the page to “Topic Summaries"

6:30 – Video (compliments briefing paper)
7:00 – Remarks by moderator
7:30 – Group discussion

Discount if you register before March 16!!
  • $25 Community Members ($35 after March 16)
  • $25 students *Registration includes briefing papers plus light refreshments.

For more information contact Larry Fuell


Sky seminar: Starting seeds indoors

Sunday, February 18th
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Starting Seeds Indoors 201 
Emily Apple Wilkins

Have you tried starting seeds but sometimes had problems?

Emily will help you learn to troubleshoot common problems.

Slight differences in germination temperatures, seed storage, light levels, humidity, and other factors can sometimes make a big difference in your success.

You’ll learn how to diagnose damping-off, what to do about spindly seedlings, and more. Emily will also go over when and how to “pot up” your seedlings and give more detailed information on transplanting.

Feel free to bring in troubled seedlings, or photos, for Emily to diagnose! 

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


Edmonds police arrest Harvey’s employee for hate crime in connection with incident involving teens

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Republished from My Edmonds News

A 45-year-old female employee of Harvey’s Lounge was arrested on charges of malicious harassment Wednesday in connection with racially motivated threats involving two African American teenagers that occurred Feb. 4 outside of Harvey’s Lounge, located in the 21100 block of Highway 99.

Malicious harassment is commonly known as the “Hate Crime” law for Washington state. The Lynnwood woman was arrested at Harvey’s around 5 p.m., interviewed by police and then transported to Snohomish County Jail, McClure said.

An 18-year-old Edmonds man and his 14-year-old sister said they were outside the lounge working on a school photography project the evening of Feb. 4 when the woman came out of the Harvey’s carrying a baseball bat and threatening them with a racial slur.

According to McClure, Detective Julie Govantes led the investigation into this incident which was first reported to police on Feb. 5.

The investigation included the reviewing of surveillance footage, multiple interviews and consultation with the FBI. The suspect was arrested “after inconsistencies in her version of events came to light and she was seen on the business’s surveillance video wielding a bat and yelling towards the victims,” McClure said.

The 18-year old victim told detectives “he felt that he was about to be violently assaulted when the female employee came out of the business with the bat and yelled at him and his sister to leave the property while being called a derogatory racial slur,” McClure said.
“After a thorough investigation, Detective Govantes developed probable cause to believe that the victims were threatened and placed in fear because of their race while the suspect was armed with a bat,” McClure added.
“We recognize the emotion that these types of incidents can create and will do our part to hold any perpetrator accountable if we establish that a crime has been committed,” said Edmonds Police Chief Al Compaan. “We appreciate the ongoing support of the community in the interest of public safety.”

McClure said that police took their time to develop the case so they had probable cause to make an arrest, and he credited the efforts of Govantes. “She’s been working non-stop on this case and it’s been her only case since it was reported,” McClure said.

Edmonds police urge the public to always report matters such as this so that they can be investigated, McClure added.


Smiles for Veterans - free dental day Saturday, March 3

Saturday, March 3, 2018, 8am to 4pm, on a first come, first served basis, the Pima Medical Dental Clinic on 9709 3rd Ave NE, Seattle 98115, offers exams, cleanings, fillings and extractions for Veterans and homeless people.


Fire and Water: Shoreline Fire to stage practice drills at North City Water maintenance site

Shoreline Fire training tower. Now they can train in the old
Northwest church building on 15th NE, thanks to
the North City Water District. Photo courtesy SL Fire.
From North City Water District

Our new Maintenance Facility is making steady progress: we’re close to submitting permits to the City of Shoreline, and hope to put the first contract for Site Work out to bid this spring.

However the most exciting news during this first stage is an opportunity to collaborate with a local government agency: Shoreline Fire Department will be using the property for multiple training exercises with other regional fire departments, before the site work (and eventual building demolition) begins.

Other than various fire department vehicles on the site, you won’t see much activity: most of the training will be taking place inside the vacant buildings. There will also be NO burning… if you see something that resembles smoke, it’s “Hollywood” smoke, not the real thing.

Shoreline Fire training hoist. Firefighters train
 under many kinds of conditions.
Photo courtesy Shoreline Fire via NC Water
We’re thrilled that these old buildings can serve a final purpose — not only helping our local Shoreline Fire Department with various response and training efforts, but also providing an opportunity for them to practice with neighboring departments, helping all of them better anticipate and support each other in the event of a real emergency.
Once these training efforts are complete and our permit is in hand, we’ll begin the first phase of the project: demolition of existing structures, installation of utilities and related infrastructure, followed by improvements along each of the three sides of the property.

The second contract for Building Construction will go out later in 2018. We opted to separate the efforts into two contracts, given how competitive the construction market is, and how committed we are to finding any and all methods to stay on budget.

If you have any questions about this project, or about the fire department training exercises, feel free to give us a call at 206-362-8100.


Crash snarls morning traffic on SR 522 in Lake Forest Park

A three vehicle collision on SR 522 just north of NE 145th Street around 8am Thursday morning backed up traffic from Kenmore to NE 145th.

One vehicle was disabled and blocking the southbound lane. With only one lane open, traffic was crawling through Lake Forest Park.

A tow truck responded quickly and cleared the roadway.


Shorecrest Girls play Saturday for District Championship

Julia Stand as a frosh player
Photo by Wayne Pridemore
The Shorecrest Girls basketball team drubbed Lynnwood by a 58-36 count in the Northwest One District 3A semi-finals Tuesday night at Mountlake Terrace.

They will face Stanwood this Saturday at 5pm up at Jackson HS for the District Championship. Both teams have qualified for next weekend’s State Tournament regional round.

The Scots defeated the Spartans 55-51 in the Stanwood gym on February 5.

In the Lynnwood game, the Scots (16-6 this season) sputtered some at the beginning, but soon found their legs thanks to the outside shooting of sophomore Amanda Lee, whose ‘three-atrics’ included five baskets from behind the 3-point line. And senior captain Julia Strand delivered her usual brilliant performance, scoring 18, with the majority coming from quick cuts under the basket along with one 3-pointer.

Strand, the leading scorer on the SC State Championship team from two years ago, was lost last year to a knee injury suffered in the second game of the season. This year’s team is young, with Strand and Shelby Gresch the only seniors.

“Saturday will be the biggest stage this team has seen, but I think we’ll be ready,” said Strand.


Seattle Rose Society seminar at Sky on Saturday

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Saturday, February 17th 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Everything’s Coming Up Roses! Seattle Rose Society

Roses are the very emblem of romance and beauty, and they perform brilliantly here in the mild climate of the Northwest when you meet their basic needs.

Join rosarians from the Seattle Rose Society for a full day of rose mania. An affiliate of the American Rose Society, the Seattle Rose Society has been promoting — and growing — roses here since 1913! 

Among other activities, the Rose Society helped plan the Woodland Park Zoo Rose Garden (now a nationally recognized site with over 300 varieties), and every June they hold a Rose Show in which local rosarians and amateurs can compete.

The Rose Society will hold four seminars on specific aspects of rose growing, and experts will be available to share their enthusiasm throughout the day. Come for one or more of the seminars, or come for the full day!

10 am - Rose Pruning- Roses require yearly pruning to perform their best. Fortunately, learning  the basics for different varieties (hybrid teas, shrubs, climbers, tree roses) is not difficult.

11 am - Rose Selection- Over a century’s experience goes into these top picks for the Northwest!

Noon - Break

1 pm - Planting, Mulching, Feeding, and Fertilizing Your Roses- Roses reward proper care with  lavish bloom! Learn how to get the most out of your plants.

2 pm - Disease Control- Proper siting, pruning, and care of your roses can prevent many common  problems. But if you have had problems with blackspot or mildew or other issues, let the region’s experts tell you the gentlest ways to address them. 


Paper shredding event Mar 31

Shred event on Saturday, March 31, 2018 from 10am – 2pm at upper level of Aurora Square, on Westminster Way west of N 155th.

The Shred-It van will be parked near the entrance at 15505 Westminster Way N., Shoreline.

The event is a fundraiser for Shoreline Relay for Life (American Cancer Society). All donations are welcome and there is a five banker box limit.


Áegis Living free seminar Tuesday

Áegis Living presents a free seminar on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 from 6 to 7:30pm at  their facility at 14900 First Ave NE, Shoreline 98155.

RSVP at 206-455-6527.


Update: private property redevelopment at and around Aurora Square

Image courtesy City of Shoreline
Several major pieces of property in and around the Aurora Square shopping area have been in play for several years.

Here's the update from the City of Shoreline:

Sears sold its 17 acre property property to Merlone Geier Partners in mid-2017 and is closing retail operations in April 2018. Merlone Geier Partners launched a website in January 2018 to solicit input and provide updates on redevelopment progress.

Super China Buffet site
The Super China Buffet site application to replace the restaurant with an apartment building expired in 2017. The applicant was unable to get a needed internal shopping center operational agreement amendment from the other CRA property owners.

Triangle property on Aurora
The triangle property between Westminster Way N and Aurora Avenue N was proceeding in 2016 when the developer, Lobsang Dargey, ran into legal issues with the SEC. The property was put into receivership, and the City worked with the Receiver to get the buildings demolished and is now working with the company that has the project under contract, Trammell Crow Residential.

TCR has resolved two major hurdles: 1) resolved bankruptcy issues, and 2) received approval on its environmental cleanup plan of former dry cleaner contamination from the Department of Ecology. Now the 324-unit project is completing the building permit process and hopes to break ground in June 2018.


Intersection at Westminster and 155th redesign

The City of Shoreline will hold a Westminster and 155th Intersection Design Project Public Meeting on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 6pm to 7:30pm at Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N Shoreline 98133

Help us transform Westminster Way into a place you’d like to stroll. Come comment on the plan.

Project information is available here,

There is a conceptual design for the intersection that includes:
  • Squaring up the intersection
  • Upgrading bicycle and pedestrian facilities
  • Rebuilding the signal
  • Adding natural drainage
  • Place making
This project supports the Aurora Square Community Renewal Area


LFP Deputy Mayor Catherine Stanford elected 2018 Director at Large of the Sound Cities Association

LFP Deputy Mayor Catherine Stanford
Deputy Mayor Catherine Stanford of Lake Forest Park has been elected a 2018 Sound Cities Association (SCA) Director at Large, one of the top five officers of the organization, which represents 38 King County cities and provides a regional voice for nearly one million people.

“Deputy Mayor Stafford brings tremendous experience to our Board and is known as catalyst who can get things done, locally and regionally,” said Deanna Dawson, SCA Executive Director. 
“We look forward to her leadership as an officer of our Association in 2018.”

SCA provides regional direction in areas such as economic and community development, transportation, land use, health, government operations, the environment, education, public safety, social welfare and other public policy issues.

Catherine Stanford was first elected to City Council in 2008 and is currently serving her third term on the Council. Prior to serving on the Council, she served on the Lake Forest Park Planning Commission for ten years (Chair for five) and the Board of Third Place Commons, chairing the Farmers Market Committee.

Deputy Mayor Stanford also served as President, Puget Sound Regional Council Economic Development District Board, and is a Board Member, King County Economic Development Council.

Her career spans over 35 years in commercial real estate and includes work in both the public and the private sectors. She is currently the owner of a Seattle-based consulting business that specializes in real estate and assists clients in government and public affairs; strategic planning; and property development. Her clients include municipalities; developers; non-profit groups and industry associations. She also teaches classes in Strategic Facilities Planning and Project Management.

Prior to starting her own business, she was the Director of Real Estate for Pike Place Market in Seattle; Corporate Real Estate Manager for a worldwide high-tech manufacturing company in the San Francisco Bay area; and Director of Asset Management for a real estate development company, also located in the San Francisco Bay area.

SCA, which was formerly known as the Suburban Cities Association, was established more than 40 years ago to help King County cities act locally and partner regionally to create vital and thriving communities through advocacy, education, leadership, mutual support and networking.


46th District telephone town hall Monday

Sen. David Frockt, Rep. Gerry Pollet, and Rep. Javier Valdez, legislators representing the 46th Legislative District will hold a Tele-Town Hall meeting with 46th legislative district constituents.

7:00pm – 8:00pm, Monday, February 19, 2018

Live on your phone! Calls will go out to thousands of homes throughout the 46th legislative district.

When you pick up, you’ll be able to listen live and ask a question.

If you don’t get a call but want to participate, call 877-229-8493 and use ID Code 116293

You can sign up to take part on your wireless phone here

Listen live online

Your state lawmakers want to hear directly from you on the issues that you care about in the state legislature, from schools to climate change, safe roads to fairer taxes.

46th Legislative District has part of King County and the city of Seattle including Lake Forest Park, Kenmore and Lake City.


Jobs: Bethel Lutheran Church

A new position is open at Bethel Lutheran Church: Director of Community Engagement. This is a full-time position with benefits focused on community engagement and outreach:

The first point of contact for community groups and individuals, the DCE oversees Bethel’s community engagement and day-to-day operations including (but not limited to): helping lead congregational outreach and evangelism, communications and social media, facility management, and general office duties.

For the complete job description, qualifications, and expectations go to DoCE Description

Bethel Lutheran is located at 17529 15th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155 in North City.


Valentine's Day Wednesday

Also Ash Wednesday and the day Oregon was born - statehood day 1859.


Valentine's Day on Thursday at the Edmonds Art Walk

Stroll romantic downtown Edmonds during Art Walk this Thursday, February 15th from 5-8pm

Valentine's Day may be on Wednesday this year, but you can extend the romance by taking your sweetheart on a lovely evening stroll through the charming and picturesque downtown this Thursday for Art Walk Edmonds.

Demonstrations abound this month! Darlene Gentry Lucas will be at Cascadia Museum (190 Sunset Ave) sharing her acrylics as watercolor technique. Sue Robertson at ARTspot (408 Main St) will be revealing some secret texture-making tricks. Don't forget to stop in at Aria Studio Gallery (535 Main St) at 6:30pm where Joan Archer always demonstrates watercolors.

If you and your sweetie would rather look than learn, be sure to stop in Cole Gallery (107 5th Ave S) to see Pam Ingalls' amazing show "Facing Edmonds," featuring the notables as well as ordinary citizens from our fair town. Franky Castle is back this month at Hunni Co. (186 Sunset Ave) with his unique take on Edmonds as well as local artist Drie Chapek. Multidimensional drawings by Phil Keane at Edmonds Vision Center (201 5th Ave S) are incredibly detailed, and Nilia Fajardo will showcase bright and fun alcohol inks and mixed media at Windermere Real Estate (210 5th Ave S).

Sure to tug on your heartstrings this month is the featured art show by local aspiring artists of area elementary schools. Coldwell Banker Bain (108 5th Ave S) will feature the artwork of Seaview Elementary. Art from Edmonds Elementary will grace the walls of RE/MAX Direct Realty (110 4th Ave N). The art shows are a kick-off for “Read Across America” Day on March 2nd.

There is so much more! Murder-mysteries, photography, pottery, abstracts, mixed media -- you will surely find what makes your heart go pitter-patter at this month's Art Walk. Check out the map to plan your route. Then come walk with us!

Click here to download the Art Walk Map!


Lent at Bethel Lutheran in North City

Bethel Lutheran Church invites all to gather for a meal and/or worship during the Lent season. The church is located in North City at 17529 15th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155. 206-362-4334.


46th District Dems meet Thursday night

Thursday Night is Climate Change Action Night for the 46th District Democrats 

We will hear from a dynamite panel moderated by our own former Chair Jesse Piedfort, now of the Sierra Club.

State Supreme Court Justice Sheryl McCloud will be stopping by for a chat.

Doors open at 6:30pm for the Social Hour, featuring the Climate Change Action tabling fair, as well as Justice McCloud, who will be available for meet-and-greet.

The meeting will start promptly at 7pm. First presentation is from Justice McCloud, then the panel presentation starts just before 7:30pm.

They meet at the Mennonite Church Auditorium in the heart of Lake City (3120 NE 125th St)

Parking is available behind the building and across the street at the VA / Chase Bank lot after 6pm. Bikes can be secured in the building, out of the weather. Many Metro bus routes serve Lake City. 

46th District meetings are fully ADA accessible.


Jobs: Center for Human Services

The Center for Human Services, with several locations along 15th Ave NE in Shoreline, has job openings, primarily in Behavioral Health (Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment). 

They accept resumes and cover letters electronically (via email). Application procedures are outlined in each job announcement. Bi-Lingual/Bi-Cultural Candidates are encouraged to apply.


Valentine's Day - Sole Mates

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


Public invited to American Legion pancake breakfast Feb 24

Here’s an idea to brighten your day!

On Saturday, February 24, don’t bother making breakfast and doing the breakfast dishes. Instead, come to American Legion Post 227 and let us make breakfast for you.

Better yet, bring along some friends and neighbors to enjoy that breakfast and some good conversation with you.


Neal Shusterman and Holly Black at Third Place Books this week

Neal Shusterman presents his sequel to Scythe and Holly Black reads from her new series at Third Place Books author events Friday and Saturday.

The authors typically read from their book, talk about the book, answer questions from the audience, and then sign the copies that fans have purchased.

Third Place Books is located on the upper level of Town Center in Lake Forest Park at the intersection of Ballinger Way and Bothell Way.

Neal Shusterman
Thunderhead (Simon and Schuster)
Friday, February 16 at 6 pm

Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds — and the Thunderhead is not pleased — in this chilling sequel to the Printz Honor Book Scythe from National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author of the Unwind dystology.

Holly Black - The Cruel Prince
Saturday, 17 February | 6 pm

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, the first book in a stunning new series about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a web of royal faerie intrigue.


Book Review by Aarene Storms: Scythe

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Neal Shusterman will read from his new book and sign copies on Friday, February 16 at 6pm at Third Place Books.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

In this futuristic dystopia, death has been eliminated. Diseases are gone, injuries can be fixed, and humans will live forever unless they are purposely, permanently killed by a licensed "Scythe." The scythes are responsible to keep the world's resources sustainable by deliberately selecting individuals to glean from the population.

Citra and Rowan are unwilling apprentices to Scythe Faraday, who teaches them the art of killing with poisons, knives, swords, guns, and their bare hands. They are not unwilling to learn what Faraday has to teach ... until a rival Scythe imposes a new rule: only one of the apprentices will be chosen as Scythe, and that one must kill the other.

Of course, things go terribly wrong. The author's talent lies in creating a thought-provoking narrative so compelling that even reluctant readers will be anxious to find out what goes wrong next.

This is first in a new series but does not end on a suspenseful note, so it's okay to stop reading at the end of this volume. Book #2 Thunderhead is scheduled for publication in November 2017.

Blood and death, but not generally gory. Minimal cussing. A few kisses and no sex, although a forbidden romance will probably develop in later volumes.

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


School levies passing in first election returns

With 25% of the ballots counted, both Shoreline Schools' levies are passing.

The replacement levy for education is passing with 66.4% of the votes being Yes.

The replacement levy for technology is passing with 68%.

Most of the school measures in King County are passing. Some notable exceptions are the Tahoma School District, which is failing all three of its propositions and the Snoqualmie School District, which is failing both of its levies. The Kent School District is failing one proposition and passing the other.

Mercer Island has the highest pass rate so far, with 71% of voters saying Yes. They also consistently rank as one of the best school districts in the state.

We'll see if any of these change over the next few days. Dropbox ballots were picked up at 8pm Tuesday; ballots mailed Tuesday will take a couple of days to get into election headquarters.

You can find out if your ballot has been counted on this page.

--Diane Hettrick


Auditions for summer intensive at Olympic Ballet School in Edmonds

Grace - Olympic Ballet
Olympic Ballet School, official school of Olympic Ballet Theatre based in Edmonds, will be holding auditions for its 2018 Summer Intensive this Saturday, February 17th. 
Information available here

Audition schedule

Saturday FEBRUARY 17:

9:45-11:15 (Boys and Girls ages 12-15)
11:00-12:30 (Boys and Girls ages 8-11)
11:15-12:45 (Boys and Girls ages 16+)

Saturday MARCH 10:

9:45-11:15 (Boys and Girls ages 12-15)
11:00-12:30 (Boys and Girls ages 8-11)
11:15-12:45 (Boys and Girls ages 16+)

Location: Olympic Ballet School Studios, 700 Main St, Edmonds 98020

On the day of the audition, registration / check in will take place at the Olympic Ballet administrative office (Room #306). Check in begins at 9am.

To Register: Contact the administrative office or call 425-774-7570.

If an interested student is not able to make the listed audition times, contact Artistic Director Mara Vinson to arrange an evaluation class. International students accepted. Video auditions accepted.

All auditions take place at Olympic Ballet Studios 700 Main Street, Edmonds 98020. Audition fee is $25 with preregistration or $35 at the door. Exact cash or check only. Please make check payable to Olympic Ballet School.

NEW THIS YEAR: Housing is available for non-local students, including international students, for summer intensive duration.


WeatherWatcher: Wet snow mixed with rain possible

As of 10pm Tuesday night there are reports around the area of snow mixing with rain, especially in the north of Shoreline and Lake Forest Park. Temperatures got a little colder than expected and there are actually light snow accumulations in Marysville and Everett, with snow falling in parts of Edmonds and Lynnwood as well. I've also gotten a report that rain has changed over to snow in the Hillwood neighborhood in Shoreline.

Our La Niña pattern that we have been expecting all winter finally set up this week and is generating a cool northwest flow over the region. This has been persistent enough over the past few days to bring snow levels down to the lowlands in spots. Accumulation is not expected and the National Weather Service still has only rain forecasted for Tuesday night and Wednesday.

What to expect: Snow to mix in with rain at times, at other times it could be all snow in the overnight hours with some spotty, wet accumulations of a dusting to maybe an inch. As long as we stay above freezing anything that does stick probably won't last long. This system is not likely to be a major winter weather event. Sorry kids, this probably won't make Wednesday a snow day.

The main precipitation will likely end around 10am Wednesday morning with some partial clearing and showers. Another system moves in Thursday afternoon which could be marginally cold enough to see some snowflakes mix in with the rain or a change to wet snow. Thursday night through the weekend we have equal chances of rain or snow. Farther out forecasts show that we will continue to slowly cool down. The forecasts are too far out to tell right now but Sunday evening into next week could be a snow event. We need to keep an eye this. I'll be providing updates as conditions develop and forecasts become more certain.

For current weather conditions visit


Photo: Flowers for Valentine's Day

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Fred Meyer has a display of primroses, which are bright, cheerful little outdoor plants. These are destined to become valentine's day gifts.

Valentine's Day is this Wednesday, February 14.


Opioid overdose reversal medication to be available at public high schools and college dorms

Rep. Gerry Pollet D-46
The Washington House of Representatives adopted a bill Monday which would ensure that the opioid overdose reversal medication, naloxone (also known as Narcan), will be available at public high schools and college dorms across Washington.

The overdose reversal medication is easily administered – usually by a nasal spray – and extremely effective in reversing overdoses. There are virtually no risks from administering the drug mistakenly. A delay of even a few minutes, while waiting for first responders, can be fatal.

HB 2390, introduced by 46th District Representative Gerry Pollet (D-Seattle, Lake Forest Park and Kenmore), will ensure that there is one school staff member on site trained to recognize overdoses and administer the overdose reversal medication.

At public college dorms, the college will have a plan for where the naloxone is stored and who is trained to administer it, such as residence hall aides. The bill protects someone who is designated and trained under the school and college policies from any liability for attempting to save a life, similar to legislation adopted for “epi-pens.”

HB 2390 was passed by the House on a 79-19 vote and now goes to the State Senate. Washington will be the first state in the nation to make provision for naloxone to be available at public schools and college dorms.

“We need to do everything possible to save the lives of young people during this opioid epidemic,” said Pollet. 
“It reaches everywhere in our state and, sadly, every school and college. Naloxone is safe and easily administered. We need to educate people to recognize overdoses and enable school and college dorm staff to administer – especially since so few public schools have nurses on hand.”

Pollet thanked citizen advocate Corina Pfeil of Kenmore for her “heroic citizenship and advocacy” on behalf of the legislation and developing materials and expert testimony as well as testimony from parents and others personally impacted by overdoses.

Rep. Gerry Pollet, D-Seattle (46th Legislative District), represents part of King County and the city of Seattle including Lake Forest Park, Kenmore and Lake City.


LFP resident will read from her new book Thursday at Third Place Books

On Thursday, February 15, 2018, Alice K. Boatwright of Lake Forest Park will be reading from her new book, What Child is This? at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park.

The reading and book signing will be held from 7-8:30pm. This event is free.

What Child is This? is the second book in her Ellie Kent mystery series, which was published by Cozy Cat Press in November 2017. 

The first book, Under An English Heaven, won the 2016 Mystery and Mayhem Grand Prize for best mystery and has generated an enthusiastic following.

Boatwright says that "While I have lived in Lake Forest Park since 2014, this series is inspired by my experiences as an ex-pat living in a village in the English Cotswolds. Like me, Ellie Kent is an American. In her case, love brings her to an English village as the vicar's new wife, but death keeps her guessing how long she'll be there. . .

What Child Is This? (Cozy Cat Press)
Thursday, February 15 at 7 pm
Third Place Books

Newlywed American Ellie Kent is looking forward to her first English village Christmas, but a missing Oxford student and an abandoned baby soon draw her away from the fireside into danger. When a body is discovered on Boxing Day, Ellie comes to believe these events may be linked to a group of teenage girls who identify with Shakespeare’s tragic Ophelia. The sequel to Under An English Heaven, winner of the 2016 Mystery and Mayhem Grand Prize.

Third Place Books is located on the upper level of Town Center, Lake Forest Park at the intersection of Ballinger Way and Bothell Way.


Members sought for school naming committee

Gate at the old Children's Center
Photo by Dan Short
Shoreline School District is beginning the process to select a name for the new site that will be home to our Preschool, Early Childhood Education and Head Start programs. 

This new center is now under construction and slated for opening in December 2018.

The District is currently seeking individuals interested in sitting on a School Naming Committee.

The purpose of the committee is to develop and submit a list of at three potential names for the school to the Shoreline School Board for consideration.

Selected members would need to be available to attend 2-3 meetings to be scheduled between late February and early April.

If you are interested in serving on the committee, fill out the electronic application linked below or get a hard copy from your school's office. Applications are due by February 23, 2018.

Committee Application


Rotary Club Breakfast Cook position available

Breakfast buffet
Rotary Club Breakfast Cook position available

Location: Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church, 17440 Brookside Blvd NE, Lake Forest Park 98155.

Time: Wednesday Breakfast served 7:20am

Pay: We pay $8 per attendee (average attendance 38) with a minimum count of 25.

That works out to be an average day pay of 38*8= $304 and an average monthly pay of 4.3*304= $1,307.

Our current cook says he spends $90 per week and buys the food at Costco or WinCo.

The average pay, less costs, is $214 per week.

Hours: Our current cook arrives around 5:30 am and leaves around 8:45 am.

Duties: Buy the food; prepare the breakfast and coffee; lay simple table setups (paper placemat and napkin); set out containers with knives, forks, and spoons and a stack of plates and cups; put dirty dishes and utensils in the fast, commercial dishwasher/sanitizer, and place them back on the shelf/drawer. He prepares the breakfast in the church kitchen which is separated from the meeting room by a counter. The buffet breakfast includes scrambled eggs, quiche, bacon, sausage patties, cubed fruit, granola, yogurt, and pastry.

Rotarians help with setting up the buffet, returning dirty dishes, and clearing the tables.

The job begins the first Wednesday in March 2018. We suggest those interested contact us and come to a breakfast in February for answers to questions.

Contact Claire Conway, President of LFP Rotary Club at 206-660-0501.


Shorewood team to attend state bowling championships

Monday, February 12, 2018

Shorewood bowlers and coaches appreciate the
community support they received.

After a fundraising campaign by a parent, the Shorewood bowling team has enough money to send the whole team to the weekend state championships in Tacoma February 17-18, 2018.

After finding out that many of the team members did not have the money for the trip, Michelle Van Patten starting a fundraising campaign.

She set a goal of $2000 to pay for lodging and meals for the team.

The campaign is still open, but she has already raised $1670, which is enough to pay for lodging for the team, and for a team dinner after the practice session.

They are very appreciative of the support they received from family, friends, and community.


53rd Annual State High School varsity bowling championships Feb 17-18

Kelly Kulick, TEAM USA
to attend State bowling finals
Shorewood and Shorecrest will both send teams

The 53rd Annual Washington State Bowling Proprietors’ Association (WSBPA), State High School Varsity Bowling Championships will be held Saturday and Sunday, February 17-18, 2018, at Narrows Plaza Bowl in University Place (Tacoma, WA) (2200 Mildred Avenue West),  Admission is FREE.

Two time Professional Women’s Bowling Association Champion and 12 time member of TEAM USA, Kelly Kulick, with Storm Bowling Products will be on hand all weekend and will throw out the ceremonial 1st ball Saturday morning at 10:30am along with the 24 team captains.

24 five-person teams will compete in three divisions along with 72 bowlers competing in a singles division. The event will take over two days to crown State Champions.

Teams qualified for the State Championships based on their order of finish in regional leagues held statewide between November 1st and January 31st.

More than 1,000 student athletes statewide participated during the bowling season. Now in its 53rd year, this is the 2nd longest running High School Bowling Championship in America, following only New York. Media coverage is invited and will be assisted.

Teams will bowl five, 5 games matches on Saturday beginning at 10:30 a.m. using the Swiss Format. Teams return Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. to bowl, five additional matches with total points won over the two days determining the State Champions.

Bowlers entered in the singles event will roll eight games of qualifications (5 on Saturday and 3 on Sunday), before the field is cut to the top 5 bowlers in each of three divisions for boys and girls.

A stair-step finals will match the 5th qualifier in a one game match against the 4th qualifier. Winners keep advancing to eventually face the high qualifier for the championship.

Team Event

Division I      Average Region
East Wenatchee  909     Central WA
Oak Harbor      903     Skagit
Moses Lake      901     Central WA
Shorewood       897     Northend
Bellarmine 1    880     Tacoma
Riverside       874     Skagit
Bellarmine 2    865     Tacoma
Valley 1        861     Spokane

Division II     Average
Omak    840     Central WA
Mt. Spokane     822     Spokane
Wenatchee       805     Central
Shorecrest      787     Northend
Shadle 1        787     Spokane
R.A. Long       768     Cowlitz
Ferndale        765     Skagit
Mariner         761     Snohomish

Division III    Average
Valley 2        759     Spokane
Shorewood 2     739     Northend
E. Wenatchee 2  736     Central WA
Castle Rock     736     Cowlitz
Rogers          732     Spokane
Lake Stevens    729     Snohomish
Kamiak          714     Northend
Marysvillel     696     Snohomish

The Washington State Bowling Proprietors’ Association is a State Chapter of the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America based in Arlington, Texas.


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