CORRECTION: No Recology pickup service in Shoreline Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

This is the pattern for Recology and for Republic
Somewhere, Recology is not taking Thanksgiving off, as per the website I checked, but it's not in Shoreline, where drivers will be eating turkey instead of picking up garbage.

According to the Shoreline Recology site, "If your collection falls on Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year's Day, your collection will be one day later that week."

Sorry for the confusion - and thanks to the readers who pointed it out!

--Diane Hettrick


Memories of Summer: Quail on a fence

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Floating feathers of a quail,

feathers from a quail's tail.

Feathered wings will tell a tale,

of the quail on wind and sail.

---Roger's Rhymes

Photo by Wayne Pridemore


Brookside Elementary named a state School of Distinction

Brookside Elementary School
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

Brookside Elementary was recently announced as one of only 98 schools in the State to be honored as a School of Distinction by the Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) and their partner organizations.

Brookside was selected for the prestigious recognition by being in the top five percent of highest improving schools in the State for increased English language arts (ELA) and math achievement.

“This is an incredible and well-deserved honor for the students, staff and families of Brookside Elementary,” said Superintendent Rebecca Miner. 
“Their focus on continuous improvement as learners and educators is an inspiring example of what is possible in public education.”

Now in its 11th year, the School of Distinction Awards were created to recognize the highest improving schools in Washington State. The awards recognize and celebrate school staff, students, and leaders who improve performance for all students over a sustained period of time in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics.

Brookside Elementary and other School of Distinction Award winners from around the region will be recognized at a reception on December 11, 2017 at the Puget Sound ESD in Renton.


Board game night at Arcane Comics in Shoreline Saturday

Terraforming Mars is one of the games available
to play at Board Games Night at Arcane Comics

On Saturday, November 25, 2017 Arcane Comics is hosting their bi-monthly board game night at their shop in Shoreline.

Saturday, November 25 at 4pm - 8pm
Arcane Comics, 15202 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline 98133

They will have some games on hand to teach, but also plenty of space to bring in your own to play or share.

They will provide table space and a friendly environment to play, share, and talk about board games with other people who share your passion.

During our Board Game Night, ALL board games and gaming supplies purchased in-store will be 15% OFF! (excludes Magic and Pokémon cards)

Snacks and beverages will be available to purchase as well!

Forbidden Desert

Games that will be available to play include:

-Boss Monster
-Dwarves: Dig, Delve, Die
-Fluxx: Cartoon Network
-Forbidden Desert
-King of Tokyo
-One Night Ultimate Werewolf: Daybreak
-Rhino Hero
-Rick and Morty: Total Rickall
-Scrabble Slam
-Small World
-Terraforming Mars
-Ticket to Ride
-Timeline: Americana
-Titans Tactics
-The Uncanny X-Men Alert! Adventure Game

And if you have never heard of any of them, they come with instructions!


State Fire Marshal: Make fire-safe cooking habits a priority in your kitchen

From the State Fire Marshal's Office

Did you know that Thanksgiving is the number one day of the year for home cooking fires?

Many of these fires are the result of unattended cooking, and a number of these fires involve turkey fryers.

This year, the State Fire Marshal’s Office is advising that residents plan ahead to ensure a safe, fun and food-filled holiday.

Keep your holiday dinner delicious by practicing safe habits while in the kitchen with these fire safety tips:

Kitchen Caution
  • Never leave the stove unattended. If you leave the kitchen, turn the burner or oven off.
  • Keep your cooking area clear of anything that can burn.
  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove.
  • Keep a pan lid or baking sheet nearby to cover a pan fire.
  • Wear short sleeves or roll sleeves up.
  • Keep an ABC rated fire extinguisher in an accessible location.
Turkey Fryer Caution
  • Choose a fryer with thermostat controls to prevent oil from overheating.
  • Before operating a turkey fryer, always read and follow the instruction manual.
  • Thaw your turkey completely— ice will cause hot oil to splatter.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the fryer.
To learn more about kitchen caution and how to prevent home fires, visit the State Fire Marshal’s website and Twitter feed.


City Calvary Chapel packs shoeboxes for children worldwide

Shoebox full of treats for a child in need
Last week City Calvary Chapel was again the Drop-Off location for Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child.

Churches, schools, groups and individuals dropped off 1145 shoe boxes packed with toys, t-shirts, dolls, school supplies, hygiene items, books, etc. and maybe a message and photo of the sender.

These boxes are shipped all over the world and distributed to children who may never have received a gift from anyone in their lives.

Our Northwest boxes are going to Peru, the Philippines or Indonesia.

Volunteers at City Calvary and a little girl
who came in with her mother

Last year the Samaritan's Purse organization, which has existed for 20 years, collected 11.5 million boxes nationwide which were sent to 104 countries.

The website Operation Christmas Child has videos of the faces of the children when they open boxes which have been carried by trucks, canoes, even camels to villages across the globe.

Top donations came from Seattle Formosan Christian Church, Shoreline Christian School, Shoreline Community Church, Network Christian Ministries, and Lake City Presbyterian Church.

The organization, Samaritan's Purse, is involved in rescue operations throughout the year and throughout the world. 

They have the means to construct an operational hospital in a day and bring in the personnel to deliver the services needed in all kinds of trauma and tragedies, from earthquakes, floods to refugee crises.


Learn to decorate Holiday wreaths at RB Library Nov 29

Learn how to decorate a beautiful holiday wreath with easy to make bows and unusual items.

This demonstration will show you how you can start with a simple Evergreen wreath and embellish it with everyday items to create a unique arrangement without breaking the bank!

Come see how it's done, or bring your own wreath or swag to get started right away. Ribbon for bows will be provided.

Holiday Wreaths, Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 6:30pm - 8pm, Richmond Beach Library, 19601 21st Ave NW, Shoreline 98177.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Richmond Beach Library.


Photo: Blondie

Photo by Bruce Hill

I just realized that I don't think of ducks as birds. Birds are those speedy little creatures darting around the trees checking for bugs, taking baths in bird baths and puddles, and eating from colorful bird feeders.

Ducks are big and noisy and use lakes for their baths. They're like the tamest, calmest form of wildlife. They don't eat your cats like the coyotes do, steal your fish catch or raid your pond like the otters do. They don't eat your tulips, or munch on your garden like the deer do.

In fact, they usually stay out of your yard, and you have to go to them at Echo Lake, Ronald Bog, Twin Ponds, Bitter Lake, and the catchment pond at the I-5 interchange.

They have adorable, clumsy babies who fall down sewers and have to be rescued. They march their babies across busy roads, halting traffic.

They're noisy and if there are too many of them, they can leave a serious amount of poo behind.

But they are pretty and entertaining to watch. They are in a special category of their own.

--Diane Hettrick


Dance Fremont to perform The Steadfast Tin Soldier in Shoreline Dec 9-10

Dance Fremont will perform The Steadfast Tin Soldier
at Shorecrest Performing Arts Center on Dec 9-10

Dance Fremont announces its 21st season of the tender Hans Christian Andersen tale of The Steadfast Tin Soldier, A Story Ballet. This production reflects the dreams and work of a number of Fremont artists and young students from Dance Fremont.

Colorfully hand-tailored costumes, locally designed and hand-painted scenery, a cast of fifty young dancers and an ensemble of musicians join together to present this charming holiday dance event. 

Vivian Little, director emerita of Dance Fremont, choreographed the ballet, and composer, lyricist and librettist, Kathleen Mills conducts The Steadfast Tin Soldier Ensemble.

Signing in Exact English (S.E.E.) has been incorporated into the choreography to make this performance accessible for the hearing impaired. The show content is delightful and appropriate for all ages.

Holiday Ballet: 201st Annual Performance of The Steadfast Tin Soldier, A Story Ballet on December 9 - 10 - Saturday 2:00pm and 7:30pm, Sunday 2:00pm at the Shorecrest Performing Arts Center 15343 25th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155

Admission: $20 for adults and $15 for Children under 12 years


Winter is coming ... ELNA to hear about how to prepare

The Echo Lake Neighborhood Association (ELNA) will meet on Tuesday evening, 7-9pm at City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N, 3rd floor.

Speakers from Shoreline Fire and Home Depot will talk about ways to prepare for the cold winter that is coming.

The Echo Lake Neighborhood is bounded by I-5, Aurora, 205th, and 185th. All who live or work in this area are welcome members.

More information about ELNA on the web, on Facebook. Contact for more information by email or voice message at 206-486-5712.


CPR and Fire Aid class in Shoreline - pay on Saturday and take a friend for free

Learn CPR and first aid

WestCoast CPR Training in Shoreline is offering a Buy 1 - Give 1 special for a Certified CPR/AED and First Aid Class at their facility, a $99 value.

They offer 1-Hour CPR Classes/ 7 Days a Week, but this offer is Valid for Purchases on Small Business Saturday November 25, 2017. Register by phone 206-629-5295.

Call Saturday, but your class can be scheduled anytime before January 31st. Class details and schedules here.

Both participants will receive certification cards in Adult/Child/ Infant CPR/ AED and Basic First Aid. Offer does not include Healthcare Provider BLS CPR.
Learn how to safely and calmly handle a medical emergency with CPR and First Aid training.

Blended CPR classes are part online video course, and part in-class practice at WestCoast CPR Training in Shoreline. The online course takes about 1.5 hours, and the hands-on practice class is just 1-hour or less in class.

Great “Peace of Mind” Gift for the Holidays! Thank you for supporting your local Shoreline Small Businesses!

CPR Classes in Shoreline at WestCoast CPR Training, 17544 Midvale Ave N. Suite 201, Shoreline, 98133, 206-629-5295.


How to avoid package thieves

Package thief at work. Accomplice is waiting
in blue car. Photo courtesy LFP Police.
From LFP Police

Not only were mail thieves at work last week, so were the package thieves.

Tips to avoid this from happening: 
  • Require a signature for all package drop-offs, 
  • have packages delivered to a secure location (neighbor, place of business, Amazon drop boxes, etc.), and 
  • obtain packages immediately once delivered.
Remember to always call 911 if you see something out of place or suspicious!


Shoreline Fire Calls Nov 13 - 19

Photo by Wayne Pridemore
Shoreline fire calls for November 13-19

  • Aid - 70
  • Aid Non Emergency - 9
  • MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident) - 5
  • CMT (Community Medicine Team) - 9
  • Medic - 67
  • MVA Medic - 0
  • Cardiac Arrest - 5
  • AFA (Automatic Fire Alarm) - 27
  • Flooding Minor - 1 (1 apartment in apartment complex)
  • Haz - 1 CO alarm
  • Natural Gas in the Area - 1 
  • Service Call
    • 1 tree into a house, 
    • 3 calls tree/wires blocking roads, 
    • 4 calls of people stuck in an elevator, 
    • 1 unknown smell, 
    • 1 individual in wheelchair needs assist w/elevator not working.
  • Smoke/Burn Complaint - 1
  • Smoke Smell - 1 (result was a fire in the fireplace, smoke from chimney)
  • Wires/Flames from Down Line - 1


Good Morning, Shoreline - Chamber event Tuesday morning

Attorney Robert Brouillard will speak at
Chamber breakfast at Aegis Tuesday
The Shoreline Chamber of Commerce will hold a networking event at Aegis of Shoreline on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 7:30am - 8:30am.

Energize your day with coffee, a light breakfast and networking. Build relationships with and get inspiration from other members of the Shoreline business community. Reconnect with friends, make new acquaintances and create new business opportunities.

Bring business cards if you have them, and be ready to share a story about your business.

Aegis of Shoreline is providing a complimentary gourmet continental breakfast, and we will meet in one of the rooms in their beautiful facility. We will start at 7:30 and end at 8:30, but feel free to drop late or leave early as needed.

The speaker will be Robert Brouillard, of the Law Office of Robert P. Brouillard.

Presented by the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Aegis of Shoreline.Aegis of Shoreline 14900 1st Ave NE, Shoreline WA 98155

RSVP by email


Holiday cat food drive for Shoreline cat rescue

Monday, November 20, 2017

Cat food drive at
Cats Exclusive
Shoreline veterinary clinic and boarding center Cats Exclusive has named Shoreline's Seattle Area Feline Rescue as the recipient of its annual cat food drive.

During this season of giving please include on your list those pets in need. The Seattle Area Feline Rescue is a local non-profit shelter, located in Shoreline, helping homeless cats and kittens find new homes.

Bring in cat food of any kind to Cats Exclusive and help us fill the collection barrel located in our lobby.

For each pound donated now through December 23rd, Cats Exclusive Veterinary Center will match your donation, pound for pound.

Cats Exclusive 19203 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline 98133


Photo: Fall foliage still on trees

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Some trees are still holding on to their leaves. With any luck, the displays will continue until holiday decorations go up so we can ignore the dark cloud cover and early darkness.


Ken Noreen and the Shoreline Concert Band: End of an Era

“End of an Era” is a true celebration of Ken Noreen's 54 years of music education in Shoreline.

Tuesday, November 28, 7:30pm, Shorewood High School Performing Arts Center, 17300 Fremont Ave N, Shoreline 98133.

After spending 30 years with the Shoreline Public School, this marks 24 years as the Director of the Shoreline Concert Band. This band includes students at Shoreline CC plus some 45 community musicians.

This concert features the regular Fall Concert of the band plus the U of Washington Concert Band  and an alumni and friends band that will finish the program with a grand rendition of “Overture 1812.”

Some 50 to 60 past students will join the Shoreline Concert Band for this production.

There is no charge for the concert, but donations will be asked for at the door that will go to the formation of the Ken and Pearl Noreen Scholarship Endowment at Shoreline Community College.


Meridian Park Neighborhood Assn conversation with Director of Parks on Tuesday

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Future of Shoreline Parks, Open Spaces, and Recreation Revealed This Tuesday 11/21/17

Meridian Park Neighborhood Association will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 21st at Shoreline City Hall on the third floor. The speaker will be Eric Freidl, Director of Parks, Recreation, and Open Space for the City of Shoreline. A plan was recently completed after surveying residents and getting input about use and ideas in these many areas, and Mr. Freidl will present this completed PROS plan and answer questions. Everyone is invited to attend, bring your questions and comments, and find out what this means for the parks, green spaces, public art, and recreation in your neighborhood!

MPNA meets on the third Tuesday of the month at Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave. N in Shoreline. All Shoreline residents are welcome to attend these meetings, and light refreshments will be served. If you have questions, call Cynthia Knox at 206-218-3302 or email


Recycling: Clean, empty, dry

Every year, Americans recycle more than 87 million tons.

Unfortunately, not everything placed in a recycle bin is ready to be recycled.

Did you know that a recent study showed two-thirds of Americans will put something in the recycling cart even if they are unsure if it is recyclable?

Sometimes, perfectly good items (such as paper) are ruined because other items are wet or soiled. Contaminated recycling hurts the environment.

What can you do? Remember: Empty, Clean, Dry.

Empty – make sure each container is completely empty

Clean – each container should be free from food and other residues

Dry – Dry containers ensure that other recyclables, such as cardboard and paper, remain uncontaminated

--Republic Services


Lights of Unity: Chabad Jewish Center of Snohomish County public menorah lighting at Lynnwood City Hall

In light of recent tragic events in Texas, Las Vegas and around the world, the Chabad Jewish Center of Snohomish County invites you to celebrate the Festival of Lights with “Lights of Unity”, celebrating the light and joy of our shared freedoms and the immeasurable value of every human being.

The sixth annual Lynnwood public Menorah Lighting Ceremony will take place at 6:00pm on Tuesday, December 12, at the Lynnwood City Hall 19100 44th Ave W, Lynnwood 98036.

The event will feature speeches by the Rabbi of the Chabad Jewish Center and Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith, as well as the kindling of the giant nine-foot Menorah, delicious Holiday treats and musical performance by the Seattle based Klez Katz Klezmer band.

Join the community at a public display of unity at this exciting Menorah Lighting Ceremony. Bring the kids and make this your special Chanukah celebration. We encourage everyone to bring a candle to light in unity.

Chabad Centers all around the world are dedicated to spreading light and goodness in their respective communities. Chabad’s answer to the darkness and destruction is an increase in light and warmth.

The kindling of the Menorah each night of the holiday highlights Chanukah, a celebration for all time.

"It is a holiday that enriches our lives with the light of tradition," said Rabbi Berel Paltiel, director of the Chabad Jewish Center. "In ancient times our ancestors rededicated the Temple in Jerusalem with the Menorah. Today, we rededicate ourselves to making this world a better and brighter place." 

Chanukah also propagates the universal message that ultimately good prevails over evil, freedom over oppression and light over darkness.

In its Chanukah outreach campaign, Chabad of Snohomish County joins thousands of Chabad centers across the globe that are staging similar public displays of the Menorah and its symbolic lights. From Australia to Africa, Columbia to Hong Kong, New York City’s statue of liberty to the White House lawn, hundreds of thousands will experience the joy of Chanukah with Chabad.

For more information, contact the Chabad Jewish Center at 425-741-9633.


Rob Oxford: Giving just a little bit

By Rob Oxford

A friend recently contacted me about an upcoming concert his son was interested in attending. It seems this particular artist happened to be his son's favorite and he'd not yet had the chance to see him perform live.

Knowing my way around the entertainment industry, I made a few phone calls and sent a few emails. Unfortunately, this was several months ago and it appeared as though this time, I was not going to be "the man of the hour". I hadn't gotten any response from the artist's management team and I was running out of time and options. However, not being the type to give up easily, I sent one last email.

I should tell you that during my 25 years in radio, one of my greatest joys has been the ability to provide friends with experiences only those in my line of work have the opportunity to enjoy. Afterall, one can only go to so many concerts, am I right? I've seen some bands a dozen times, hung out backstage on more than a few occasions and interviewed countless artists. Yes, it's always a thrill to meet a star and every so often they're genuinely thrilled to meet you. That's when it's special.

But it's equally special to have a listener call you during your radio shift or run into you at an event and say; "Do you remember when you gave me those backstage passes to Pearl Jam? I'll never forget that." Unfortunately, more often than not I have forgotten, but that's not the point. The point is, I made a lifelong friend and sometimes they're already friends, which is the case with Kip Kane.

Roger Hodgson
Kip was hesitant at first, but asked me if I had any connections with Roger Hodgson, the creative genius behind Supertramp.

He told me his son Luke, a keyboard player himself, is a huge Supertramp fan, would love to see the show and if at all possible, say hello afterward.

To be quite honest, it was a pretty tall order considering I had never met Roger myself. But, considering the type of guy Kip is and as President of The Shorecrest H.S. Boosters, how much of himself he gives to our community, I had to try.

So I sent one last email. This time I got a response. It read in part, "Roger wold love to meet with Luke and Kip after the show. He has a soft spot for young musicians. We will have passes for you at the door under Luke's name. Do you also need tickets?"

The show, his last of the current tour, had been sold out for quite some time so I was delighted at the response I had just received.

Unfortunately, there was a catch.

Neither Luke's Dad nor I had considered that the venue was 21 and over. We tried our best to arrange a special backstage meet-n-greet, but considering this specific venue is also a Casino, it just wasn't going to happen. The Head of Security was gracious while delivering the bad news, but the fact remained, Luke was going to have to wait four more years to meet his favorite songwriter.

The show was fantastic and if Mr. Hodgson's performance is any indication, he'll surely be back again in four years and most likely a lot sooner. But I was disappointed that Luke couldn't meet Roger. I was even more disappointed that Roger couldn't meet Luke. You see Luke is a Senior at Shorecrest High School and has autism. An incredibly talented young man, who plans on studying music production after he graduates, I have no question that someday it will be Luke who's meeting with a young fan backstage.

I would like to personally thank Shakti with Mr. Hodgson's Management for trying so hard to accommodate our request and for the autographed CD Luke recently received in the mail. Luke is currently in the process of writing his own note of thanks.


Book Review by Aarene Storms: Every Breath

Every Breath by Ellie Marney  (Every #1)

Rachel Watts has recently moved with her family from their failed farm in the country to a crowded house in Melbourne. She misses the farm and the quiet of the land. But soon, she is drawn into friendship-- and more--with genius-boy James Mycroft who lives down the street. Together the teens research obscure crime-solving strategies and write essays for the "Diogenes" website.

Allusions to Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson abound, especially when the teens discover that their friend, known only as "Homeless Dave," may have been murdered... after he was dead. And, as in the famous story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the key to the crime may lie with a dog that didn't bark.

Nice world-building, excellent characters, and great action sequences (especially in the second half of the book). The romance between Mycroft and Watts bubbles quietly at first and is certain to boil over soon-- the steamy kisses on the page are definitely only the beginning of the physical side to their relationship.

Australian slang may boggle some readers.

An Australian "Hills Hoist"sounds more ominous than it actually is.

This is a great introduction to a fun new series. I look forward to volume 2!

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


New North City pump station goes live - planning for the future

Pump Station Denny
Photo courtesy North City Water District
By North City Water District 

We are thrilled to report that our new North City Pump Station is live!

Not only is it helping us meet fire flow and water pressure needs throughout our district, it will also help us address the development that will follow the new future light rail stations in our community.

However, there was still one last, important step. As of October 2017, we were pleased to give this facility a very special name, in honor of a very special employee.

Denny Clouse
Introducing the North City/ Denny Clouse Pump Station— in honor of one of our most dedicated employees.

During the eleven years since Denny came to us from the Medford Water Commission, he has mentored our staff, and worked hard to improve operations, helping our District become a model of a well-run public utility.

In 2011 he received the George Warren Fuller Award from the Pacific Northwest Section of American Water Works Association.

In recognition and gratitude for all that Denny has done for our District, our Commissioners voted to formally call our newest facility the North City/ Denny Clouse Pump Station.


Shoreline's World Concern aids 22,000 Rohingya refugees

Photo credit: Wendy van Amerongen/Medair.
World Concern, a Shoreline-based humanitarian agency, is distributing critical shelter materials and hygiene kits to 22,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh camps.

Working in coordination with Integral Alliance partners Medair, a Swiss aid agency, World Concern is reaching refugee families with desperately needed emergency supplies to shelter and protect vulnerable families who fled extreme violence with nothing.

More than 600,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in overcrowded refugee camps and makeshift settlements near the Myanmar border in Bangladesh since August 25, 2017. Tens of thousands of people, mostly women and children, are in need of shelter, food, water, and medical care.

“We’re specifically targeting people who have been left out of aid distributions,” said World Concern Director of Disaster Response Chris Sheach. “We’re reaching people who have not had a roof over their heads in six weeks since they left Myanmar.”

Sheach said the situation there is the worst he’s seen in his career. Many children are visibly malnourished and suffering from diarrhea and skin diseases.

Fifty-one-year-old Aadil was among 1,250 refugees who received emergency supplies today. “I lost everything, my house and contents, cows, goats and a huge amount of land with rice. Fortunately my family is fine, though struggling. I cannot say thank you enough,” he said.

World Concern will continue to assist thousands of refugees through November and ramp up the response in the coming months as funding allows. You can donate online 


Tuesday morning at Senior Center - What do I want to do in retirement

Anyone contemplating retirement is welcome to attend this special presentation at the Senior Center, talking about preparing for activities in retirement.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Suggested donation $2 members / $4 non-members. 18560 1st Ave NE - south end, parking lot. 


LFP Citizen's Commission meets Tuesday

LFP Neighborhoods
The next meeting of the Lake Forest Park Citizen's Commission will be Tuesday, November 21st, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

It will be held at the Town Center at Lake Forest Park, located at 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. We will be meeting in the Stadler Room of the Third Place Commons, if available.

At this meeting we will be talking about Organizing Neighborhoods (How, Why, and What to do), to help with the Commission System, C.S.-P.R.O.S.T. (Cultural Services - Parks, Recreation, Open Space, and Trails) planning, and important city related functions (from Crime Prevention / Block Watch, to Emergency Preparedness / Map Your Neighborhood Events).

We will also be preparing for our LFP Citizen's Commission -Annual Spoke's Council Meeting,
on Tuesday, November 28th, 7-9 p.m., at the Town Center at Lake Forest Park.

Everyone is invited, and welcome to attend, either or both events.
Both events are Free, Open to the Public, and Non-Partisan.

The Citizen's Commission is not affiliated with the City of Lake Forest Park.


Kruckeberg Solstice Stroll 2017

Solstice Stroll 2017
Friday and Saturday December 8-9, 2017

Winter is beautiful at night, come see the garden aglow with twinkling lights.

Suggested donation: $10

Solstice Stroll
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

For this event, the garden will be closed during normal hours for this weekend only.

Parking is offsite at the Richmond Beach Congregational Church down the street from the garden at 15th Ave NW and Richmond Beach Road – Free Shuttle Provided.

Kruckeberg is located at 20312 15th Ave NW, Shoreline 98177.

Parking and shuttle service at 1512 NW 195th St, Shoreline 98177


Working through Bereavement in the Holiday Season

Saturday, November 18, 2017

in the Holiday Season

If you are in bereavement due to:

the death of a loved one, friend or pet; 
loss of employment or your home; 
a dream not realized or lived out

Join us on Saturdays
Dec. 2-16, 30 2017 through Jan. 6, 2018
Noon to 1:30pm

Group leader is Br. John Ryan, OSF, A.A.B. 
Bereavement Counselor 

St. Dunstan’s Church - lower level, room 9



Jobs: WSDOT Shoreline

The following positions are open at the Shoreline office of the WSDOT

TE 3-Design Team Lead
Open until filled
Ideally, someone with Professional Engineering license or the ability to obtain Professional Engineering license in the near future.
Description and application

TE 2-Lead Designer
Closes 11/23/17
Develop and check engineering design calculations, prepare design files, assist in project development, and provide guidance to Engineers in basic design, quantities, cost calculations, plans, and exhibit preparation.
Description and application

Fiscal Analyst 1
Closes 11/23/17
Entry-level position learning internal software systems, using standardized office equipment and learning state and federal regulations.
Description and application

TPS 3-Biologist/Environmental Permit Coordinator
Closes 11/22/17
Apply you current environmental policy, biology experience and training to deliver transportation projects. Your efforts will positively affect the natural ecology of our region along with the livelihoods of our State's citizens.
Description and application


Shoreline City Council Meeting Monday - action of property tax, 2018 budget, fire impact fees

2017 Shoreline City Council

Monday, November 20, 2017 – Regular Meeting 7:00pm

Consent Agenda
  • Adopting Ordinance No. 792 – Repealing in its Entirety Chapter 12.40 Impact Fees for Transportation and Adding a New Chapter to Title 3 Revenue and Finance, Chapter 3.80 Impact Fees for Transportation to the SMC
  • Adopting Ord. No. 799 – Amending SMC 2.30.040 Establishing Maximum and Minimum Allotments for the Employee Benefits Package
  • Adopting Ordinance No. 805 – 2017 Budget Amendment
  • Authorizing the City Manager to Amend the 2017-2018 Human Services Finding Plan and Authorizing the City Manager to Execute Contracts to Implement Approved Programs and Projects
Action Items
  • Adopting Ordinance No. 807 – Property Tax Levy
  • Adopting Ordinance No. 806 – 2018 Budget, 2018-2023 Capital Improvement Program
  • Adopting Ordinance No. 791 – Adoption of Fire Impact Mitigation Fees
Study Item
  • Discussing Funding for Sidewalk Repair, Retrofit and Maintenance

Link to full Agenda and documents

Comment on Agenda items


Recruiting has started for new LFP City Administrator

LFP City Administrator will retire March 31, 2018
Photo courtesy City of Lake Forest Park
Colin Baenziger and Associates, hired to recruit candidates for Lake Forest Park City Administrator, have posted the recruiting brochure for the position.

Applications are due by December 1, 2017.

See the recruiting brochure at Colin Baenziger and Associates. It starts with the beauties of Lake Forest Park, touches briefly on the engaged citizenry who "expect to be heard," then segues into several pages of qualifications, including being a great communicator and valuing transparency.

Current City Administrator Pete Rose is retiring on March 31, 2018, after almost six years of service to the City. He gave a year's notice, to allow the city to plan for his replacement.


WSP seeks witnesses to fatal crash on southbound I-5 Sunday in Everett

Shoreline driver transported to hospital

Republished from Lynnwood Today

The Washington State Patrol’s Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) is investigating a six-vehicle crash that occurred on Sunday, Nov. 12 and are looking for anyone who may know anything about the crash.

One driver from Everett was killed in the crash. Two drivers, from Lynnwood and Shoreline, were injured in the collision. A driver from Mountlake Terrace was also involved in the crash.

The collision was reported at 11:40pm Sunday when a vehicle was disabled on the shoulder of southbound I-5 in Everett. Three vehicles then crashed into the disabled vehicle. Later, a semi-truck and another vehicle also crashed.

According to the Washington State Patrol, MAIT detectives are examining all aspects that led to this collision and are seeking additional witnesses that may have information surrounding this tragic collision.

If you know anything about this collision, or know someone who does, you are asked to email or call Detective Russ Haake at 425-401-7717,  or Detective Sergeant Jason Kraus at 425-870-4598.


Safe Streets: new lighted beacons at crosswalk on 40th Pl N at NE 185th

Flashing lights at 40th Pl NE and NE 185th
Photo courtesy City of Lake Forest Park
New Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) Signals have been installed on 40th Pl NE and NE 185th St in Lake Forest Park near Eagle Scout Park.

The signals are pedestrian activated, meaning they feature a push button mounted on a post that pedestrians press to activate the flashing lights.

Photo courtesy City of LFP
The new signals are an important feature to enhance pedestrian safety in Lake Forest Park. 

This location was recommended to the City through the Safe Streets Study adopted earlier this year by City Council.

See Project Files for more details about the Safe Streets Study.

More of these beacons will be added to crosswalks around the City.


World Without Hate - Dec 3 at Shoreline Center

World Without Hate, on December 3rd from 3-5 at the Shoreline Center, Shoreline Room (north end of complex).

Rais Bhuiyan will describe the path he has been on since being shot in the face by a white supremacist, ten days after 9/11.

His story is about the transformational power of forgiveness, of embracing compassion and mercy, and of teaching others the beauty and peace found in acceptance and empathy.

World Without Hate is a movement, stemming from Rais’s journey of survival to hope and healing, cultivating a world that we all deserve, inspiring a world without violence, a world without victims, and a World Without Hate.

Rais will also share info about WWH’s Empathy Ambassadors Leadership Training Program.

Free tickets here

Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave NE. Carpool if possible, as on-street parking has been removed from 1st Ave NE. Shorewood student volunteers will be helping to direct attendees to available parking.


PTA Benefit at Elevated Sportz on Dec 4 No School Day

Print off this flyer and take it in for discounts on Dec 4

Let your kids burn off energy at Bothell's Elevated Sportz trampoline center and help the Shoreline Special Needs PTSA chapter raise funds.

Monday, December 4, 2017, 10am to 9pm, 18311 Bothell Everett Hwy #140, Bothell 98012 - no school day for Shoreline Schools.

Mention the chapter when you buy tickets and any extras onsite (advance online sales don't count) and the chapter gets 20% of the proceeds that day. Download the flier and get more info about Elevated Sportz here.

Interested in the special needs chapter, which covers the entire Shoreline school district? There's still time to become a member. Here's the website to learn more.


UW Bothell Pub Night Talk at McMenamins: “The Greenhouse Gas Mystery”

Surya Pathak
Surya Pathak, associate professor in the School of Business at UW Bothell will speak on “The Greenhouse Gas Mystery: Reducing the Global Carbon Footprint”.

7pm Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at Haynes’ Hall, McMenamins Anderson School, 18607 Bothell Way NE, Bothell

Surya Pathak discusses how the carbon footprint of a product is measured and what society can do to reduce the global carbon footprint. Followed by Q/A. All ages welcome. Free.

UW PUB Night Talks


New Rhythmatics performance is benefit for Northwest Harvest

New Rhythmatics donating ticket sales to Northwest Harvest

The New Rhythmatics are very grateful to be able to share joy through playing music we love. Please join us at North City Bistro on Wednesday, November 22nd, in sharing a little something more with our community.

In anticipation of extra holiday need for local families, 100% of ticket proceeds from this show will be donated to Northwest Harvest. The first 10 pre-purchased ticket holders will receive a choice of The New Rhythmatics CD or t-shirt (limited sizes and colors)! We'll be playing our danceable repertoire of twisty blues, swamp soul, classic country, 60's pop and swing tunes.

Check them out on Facebook.

Let's support our neighbors and have a great time doing it! Music starts at 7:30.

Tickets here or call 206-365-4447 for reservations.


Scene on the Sound: Snow-capped mountains

Friday, November 17, 2017

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Snow capped peaks hobnob with white clouds, as the Olympics gets an early covering of snow.


Take the LFP Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails (PROST) Plan Survey

First question in survey:
What neighborhood do you live in?

Your input is needed! The City of Lake Forest Park is working on its first Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails (PROST) Plan.

Share your thoughts and ideas by taking the survey before December 1st, and share the link with your LFP neighbors and friends!


Jobs: Shoreline Community College

New positions available at Shoreline Community College

Hourly (Temporary) Program Assistant (Counseling) 
Part-time clerical support. Under general direction of the Director of the Counseling Center, this position will provide support to the counseling department in a variety of on-going projects.
CLOSES: 12/10/17
Classified Staff - Program Specialist 2-Loans
CLOSES: 12/10/17
Enrollment and financial aid services. Responsible for administering specialized financial aid programs in compliance with federal, state and college regulations and policies.
Description and application

Application materials and information on this and other open positions can be found online

Questions regarding employment at the College may be directed to HR by email or by phone at 206-546-4769.


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