Boats at Edmonds Marina

Monday, November 28, 2022

 
Photo by Lee Lageschulte

A beautiful photo from Lee Lageschulte of the small marina on the Edmonds waterfront, backlit by the setting sun.



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Who Lives Here? Peeking Under the Earth Art mural workshop at Richmond Beach Library

Help turn the mural at the Richmond Beach Library into an underground wonderland! 

Working with professional artist, Ann Blanch, use your imagination to create mysterious creatures.

Ages 5 and older, tweens, teens and adults.

Please register everyone in your group, including adults, and attend only one session, 10:30am or 11:15am.

Saturday, December 10
All materials provided. After the display period, art will be returned to the participants.

Richmond Beach Library
19601 21st Ave NW, Shoreline, WA, 98177. (206) 546-3522

Sponsored by the Friends of the Richmond Beach Library.


 

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Drop-in technical help at Richmond Beach and Kenmore libraries

Have computer or software questions? 

Library staff can provide help on tasks such as filling out applications, connecting through Zoom, email, social networks, navigating a tablet and learning to download free eBooks.

You may bring your own device, but library staff cannot provide hands-on or hardware assistance.

Registration not required. Safety guidelines and current protocols followed.

Richmond Beach Library
19601 21st Ave NW, Shoreline, WA, 98177. (206) 546-3522
  • Friday, December 2, 2-3:30pm
  • Friday, December 9, 2-3:30pm
  • Friday, December 16, 2-3:30pm
Kenmore Library
  • Sunday, December 4, 2-3:30pm


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Bellevue Police Officer Jordan Jackson dies in the line of duty

Officers and friends standing vigil for Jordan Jackson
Harborview Hospital about 6pm, 11-21-22
Photo by Craig Hanaumi

Police departments around the state are mourning the death of 34-year-old Bellevue police motorcycle officer Jordan Jackson.

Officer Jordan Jackson
He was seriously injured during a collision Monday morning, November 21, 2022 on Bellevue Way SE. Investigators say the officer was traveling northbound near SE Wolverine Way when a white car struck his motorcycle. 

He was rushed to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, and died that evening. He leaves behind a wife and two children under the age of five.




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Last free session Wednesday for National Novel Writing Month

Rethinking Revision
Wednesday, November 30, 2022, 6 – 6:45pm

Shoreline Community College
Park anywhere (it's free after 4:00pm)
Room 4202 in the library

Come to this session that caters to those doing the National Novel Writing Month challenge where you try to write an entire novel in a month! As we approach the end of National Novel Writing Month, many will start revision or editing their novel. The cursed word "editing" doesn't have to be a chore as we can approach it with a creative and fun set of strategies.

National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo is a writing challenge that started in 1999 and is intended to support a nonprofit called the Young Writers Program, an outreach program that gets teens and younger students interested in creative writing. 

Over 20,000 people in the Seattle area typically sign up to participate each year. During the month long challenge, writers not only get a taste of producing work under a deadline, but explore their writing community and have a chance to experience what it is like to be supported and encouraged by others who are striving for similar creative goals. 
 
The library at Shoreline Community College has been hosting free weekly writing classes, taught by professors. The community is welcome.



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Gallery North Annual Holiday Show December 2022

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Thriving land, artist Silena Wei Chen

Every year Gallery North presents as its Featured Artist for December . . . us! A special holiday show featuring themed work by all member artists.

Christmas Eve. Photography by Sam Spencer

Come enjoy a smorgasbord of warm and colorful wintery art including Kuria Jorissen’s spectacular astrophotography, Lynnea Matson’s lovely and masterful watercolors, bronze medallions by Anne-Lise Deering, Silena Wei Chen’s evocative abstract swirls, Hannah Mason’s powerful, popular linocut prints, Sam Spencer’s haunting photography, plus paintings by Leanna Leitzke, Theresa Williams, Tatyana Brown, Irina Milton, Lonni Flowers, Jurate Harrison, and more.

It's a Holiday Season. Painting by Tatyana Brown

The public is invited to come to Gallery North to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments on Saturday, December 3, 2022 from 1pm to 4pm, and during the Edmonds Art Walk on Third Thursday, December 15, from 5pm to 8pm.

Old Anderson's Place. Artist Lynnea Mattson.

Gallery North has been in operation for more than 60 years, continuing its mission to promote and sell local art in the heart of beautiful downtown Edmonds. 

It is located at 401 Main Street in Edmonds, open 7 days a week from 11-5. For further information please visit the Gallery North website at www.gallerynorthedmonds.com or call the gallery at 425-774-0946.



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WeatherWatcher: Snow level flirting with the lowlands all week

Clouds and precipitation over Puget Sound
Photo by Frank Kleyn

The photo is an impressive capture by Frank Kleyn of some convergence zone action over Puget Sound. At the north end of that cloud is a nice column of precipitation reaching the ground.

Cold and Snow potential:

Forecast models have been painting a picture since last Wednesday of the potential for several arctic waves to move through this coming week. There is still a lot of uncertainty, especially for mid- and late-week but expect the snow level to fluctuate between sea level and 1,000 feet all week. 

Plenty of showers are expected, as well as a cold front moving in through Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

There is a winter weather advisory issued for western Snohomish county, including Woodway, Edmonds, Lynnwood and Everett. Shoreline might be snagged into a little of that fun as well. 

The winter advisory is in effect from 10pm Sunday evening until 10am Monday morning. Some snow showers are possible, and there could be some spotty accumulation of a dusting to an inch or so in some neighborhoods.

An active convergence zone is hanging out in Snohomish and north King counties overnight into Monday morning. Heavier showers could temporarily bring the snow level down to the surface and produce a small wet accumulation. Things should warm above freezing Monday as the sun rises and takes care of any frozen stuff left over.

Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning is expected to be mostly sunny and clear. Look for it to be breezy with winds gusting to 30mph and temperatures near 40°F for a high, and lows in the 20's. The next event arrives Tuesday afternoon into the evening, with winds increasing as the storm approaches.

Tuesday-Wednesday potential for snow:

Tuesday evening south winds are expected to increase, gusting to 30mph initially and increasing to 40mph late into Tuesday night. Rain or snow is likely with a snow level starting around 400 feet (most of the higher parts of Shoreline and Lake Forest Park). 

A few inches of snow accumulation are possible, but it's not certain with this event. Current high-resolution forecasts from the UW WRF GFS model show snowfall of around 4-6 inches in the Shoreline and Lake Forest Park area, but this is not accumulated on-the-ground snow. A lot of that snowfall will likely melt.

Wednesday it is expected that we warm up and transition to all rain for the day, but rain will taper off to showers, with winds still breezy through the day. Snow levels will still be hovering near 500 feet so it's marginal whether we will actually see snow on the ground.

Remainder of the week and into the weekend:

For Wednesday night through the weekend, the chance of rain or snow showers continues in the forecast. There are hints of another storm on Friday but for now they're backing off and calling it just showers likely. Thursday night into Friday could be our coldest window, with snow showers forecasted for Friday morning and a snow level at sea level.

Bottom line:

This is a week of uncertainty, and things could change rapidly. My best advice is to be prepared to deal with winter weather this week, especially before Tuesday evening. We could be dealing with the wintry mix weather for more than a week. A slight change in a storm track or strength could make all the difference in a big snow event or a mild rain event. 

Be sure to keep checking back on our webpage for updates in the forecast. I will try to keep my twitter feed updated as well on my weather station webpage if things change with short notice.


For current weather conditions visit www.shorelineweather.com




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Shoreline Severe Weather Shelter will be open Monday night, November 28, 2022


The Shoreline Severe Weather Shelter will be open Monday, November 28, 2022 at 8:30pm.

The shelter is housed at St. Dunstan’s Church at 722 N 145th St, Shoreline WA 98133.



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Sunset over the Olympics

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Looking south over Puget Sound, these are the southernmost peaks visible from Edmonds / Richmond Beach.



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Conflict De-escalation training Monday at St. Dunstan's - hybrid format

On Monday November 28, 2022 at 7pm St. Dunstan’s will host Conflict De-escalation training.


It is designed for volunteers with our local housing insecure population or anyone who might encounter a situation where these skills would be useful.

Join this training to learn basic de-escalation strategies for approaching an agitated or unstable person and find out how to reduce the likelihood of further crisis escalation. 

This training will also teach you to spot some behaviors and triggers to be aware of.

Presented by North Sound Radar Navigator Sventlana Kirilova, MA, LMHC, MHP, and hosted by St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, North Urban Human Services Alliance (NUHSA) and the City of Shoreline.

Join in person at St. Dunstan's church, 722 N 145th St, Shoreline, WA 98133 or email staff@nuhsa.org for the Zoom link.

Questions? Email staff@nuhsa.org



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HomeTechHacker: Precautions You Should Take When Using Public Wi-Fi

By Marlon Buchanan

Most businesses that directly serve consumers, like hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, and retail shops, provide Wi-Fi for their customers. 

This means that even if you are using a device that doesn’t have a cellular connection, like many tablets and laptops, you’re almost always close to a place that can give you access to the Internet via public Wi-Fi. 

While this is a great convenience, it's not without risk. The convenience and number of people using public Wi-Fi also make it an attractive target for cybercriminals.

Although most public Wi-Fi hotspots are safe to use you should still protect yourself by taking the follow precautions:

Use a VPN

I recommended using a virtual private network (VPN) to limit how much your activity is tracked on the Internet. A VPN can also protect you on public Wi-Fi by providing an extra layer of encryption on all of your activities. When using a VPN, hackers trying to employ a man-in-the-middle attack will have to decrypt the information they’ve stolen in order to use it, which takes more time, resources, and know-how than most hackers are able to spend.

Turn off file sharing services

It’s unlikely that you want to share files with anyone else connected to the same public Wi-Fi as you, so you should turn off sharing. Leaving sharing on enables hackers to exploit your system with malware. You can turn off sharing in the control panel of both MacOS and Windows, and you can even set sharing to automatically turn off when connecting to specific networks.

Stick to HTTPS sites

HTTPS is the secure and encrypted version of HTTP. It can protect you from man-in-the-middle attacks. However, make sure to pay attention to any warning your browser may give, even about HTTPS sites. Some hackers will attempt to give you a fake/invalid SSL certificate in order to make an HTTPS site look trusted. Your browser should detect this, but you have to pay attention to the warning.

Turn your Wi-Fi off

If you aren’t actively using your Wi-Fi to connect to a network, go ahead and turn it off. Wi-Fi devices still transmit and receive some information even when they are not connected to a network. Although the chances are small, it’s possible for a cybercriminal to exploit your Wi-Fi even when you aren’t connected to a network. As a bonus, you’ll have better battery life!

If your mobile device has antivirus software, turn it on

This is good general advice, but it’s especially important if you connect to public Wi-Fi. Antivirus software can detect common pieces of malware on your system.

Double-check that you are connecting to the right Wi-Fi network

Hackers will sometimes use an access point with a legitimate-sounding Wi-Fi network name to trick users into connecting to it. Then they can proceed to monitor everything you do over the connection and place malware on your device. Double-check the Wi-Fi name and credentials with the business providing the public Wi-Fi.

Using public Wi-Fi is convenient, but not without risks. If you take the precautions above you’ll significantly reduce the chances of anything nefarious occurring.

Marlon Buchanan
Marlon Buchanan is a best-selling author,
IT Director, and founder of HomeTechHacker.com, a website with free resources to help you make the most of your home technology. 

You can find these and additional tips about cybersecurity best practices in his book The Personal Cybersecurity Manual: How Anyone Can Protect Themselves from Fraud, Identity Theft, and Other Cybercrimes.

Previous columns can be found HERE





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Third Place Books booksellers' Top Ten Books of 2022

Out of all the books we read this year (and we read a lot), we asked our booksellers to choose their favorite books published in 2022.

Announcing: our Top 10 books of the year!

There are books on this list for every reader in your life. See our favorite picks for literary fiction, tell-all memoirs, books that take you on a wild ride, books that will make you ugly cry, and more. At least one (we hope!) might change you forever.

Whether you're picking up a book for yourself or another reader in your life, here are 10 books that will entertain, educate, and inspire.

See our Top 10 of 2022

Third Place Books is located on the upper level of Town Center at the intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way NE in Lake Forest Park. Shop in the store, order in person, online, or on the phone 206-366-3333.


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Gloria's Birds: Up, up, and away!

Saturday, November 26, 2022

 
Photo copyright Gloria Z. Nagler

(American Wigeon taking flight over Lake Washington the other day)

--Gloria Z. Nagler


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Jobs: Kitchen position open at Drumlin in Shoreline

Cheesecake at Drumlin
Kitchen position open at Drumlin in Shoreline

We are hiring at Drumlin for temporary or permanent employment for a kitchen position. We serve beer, cider and wine from the bar, and a small kitchen in Drumlin supplements the nightly food trucks at the curb, hosted by sister bar Ridgecrest Public House. 

We have six full time staff and three part time staff, all knowledgeable, funny and kind. Behind the scenes is clean, organized and fun, and all the customers are having a good day, or at least trying to. We are locally owned.

We are looking to fill one full time or two part time positions to cover Wednesday – Sunday evenings 2 - 10pm at Drumlin. 

You assemble, prep and plate sandwiches, salads, desserts and snacks; occasionally serve and bus tables; wash dishes; organize and inventory; and do some relatively simple prep according to recipes (hummus, cheese sauce, Brussels sprouts, etc.)

We do not require prior commercial kitchen experience, but you need to have significant familiarity with and strong interest in cooking and kitchen organization to enjoy this position. You must also enjoy prioritizing, multitasking, moving quickly, communicating, problem solving, and working well with others.

This is a great job for people who like doing things with their hands and having people around them, but not necessarily engaging directly with people as the primary part of their job. This is also a great position for those looking to grow into a more complex cooking position as our kitchen evolves and gets more ambitious. 

Pay starts at $17/hour DOE plus pooled tips averaging $8/hour, and we pay for great health benefits for full time employees.

Please send a resume and an email about your career goals and what you'd bring to Drumlin to megan@drumlin.pub.



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Bobcat by Grace Cole Nature Park

Bobcat staring from the trees
Alicia Cheshier frequently walks her dog by Grace Cole Nature Park on 30th NE in Lake Forest Park. 

She has seen deer and coyotes and this was actually the second time she has seen this bobcat.

And it's a big one. 

She took a video, so these are screenshots from the video. 

Still wary, the bobcat stopped to assess the danger
The cat stopped in the greenery and looked at her and her dog Rex before setting foot on the driveway. 

It then stopped again to stare at them before trotting into the greenery on the other side.

We do have resident bobcats but they usually stay away from people and dogs.
Note the long legs and short tail

This one was seen about the same time as the cougar.

One of my neighbors had a bobcat on her deck one snowy year, before any of us knew they were around.

She wasn't sure what she was seeing and described it as a really big cat. There's no way that anyone would even consider this cat was anything but wild.

Photos from video by Alicia Cheshier

--Diane Hettrick



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Cormorants at the Bog

 
Photo by Martin De Grazia

Suddenly Ronald Bog seems to be full of birds. Maybe it's the rain and change of weather. These are cormorants. We have a lot in the area. Besides the Bog there is a cormorant nesting tree by Echo Lake. Cormorants are often seen at Lake Washington and Puget Sound.

Christine Southwick wrote an article about them in her For the Birds column which we previously published: Cormorants, the Fishing Birds.

--Diane Hettrick



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Highland Ice Arena clearing storage and selling everything

For sale at Highland Ice
Highland Ice Arena has been regularly listing items for sale as they clear out the building. This is one of the more recent notices.

This popcorn machine and warmer are available. 

Who has a movie room or watch the game on the big screen at home? While we didn’t pop any popcorn, the stirring arm works and both pieces get hot. $150 OBO

No guarantee that this is still available. I recommend following their Facebook posts to see the other items for sale. 

You might find the perfect thing at an affordable price for your organization.

The Zamboni has not yet been listed.

--Diane Hettrick



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Ramp closures overnight Monday and Tuesday at SR 104

Sound Transit will close several ramps overnight next week as part of the ongoing Lynnwood Link extension project.

  • The eastbound SR 104 on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close nightly from 8pm to 4am Monday, Nov. 28, through the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 30.
  • The southbound I-5 off-ramp and on-ramp at 220th St SW in Mountlake Terrace will close nightly from 11:59pm to 5am the following morning, Monday, Nov. 28, through the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 30.
  • The SR 104 HOV ramps to I-5 will close from 12:01am to 5am on Wednesday, Nov. 30, and Thursday, Dec. 1.
  • The southbound I-5 off-ramp to 236th St SW in Mountlake Terrace and the intersection at the Mountlake Terrace transit station will close from 11pm to 5am nightly from Wednesday, Nov. 30, through the morning of Friday, Dec. 2.
SR 104 is a state highway that runs from Lake Forest Park to Edmonds. I-5 goes over SR 104 at the border of King and Snohomish counties. On the Snohomish county side west of the freeway the street is also called 244th SW. On the King county side west of the freeway the street is called NE 205th.

East of the freeway the road is called Ballinger Way NE.

The Sound Transit rail is being built east of the freeway and the Mountlake Terrace Station is half a mile north.


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Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Pete's Thanksgiving

Friday, November 25, 2022

 

Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter HERE





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Girls try hockey for free - Saturday, December 3, 2022 at Kraken Community Iceplex

 
Girls ages 4 -17 are invited to the Kraken Community Iceplex at Northgate to try ice hockey. No gear or experience required - but bring a bicycle helmet if you have one.

The fun starts at 1:10pm on Saturday, December 3, 2022. But you are invited to come early to watch a game at 11:45am between the 12AA Wild vs U13 Tri-Cities Predators.




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AG Ferguson pursues funding for organized retail crime unit

Break in at Shoreline business.
Photo courtesy KCSO
Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that he is pursuing funding from the Legislature to establish an Organized Retail Crime Unit in his office.

Organized Retail Crime involves a group of individuals that steal products not for their own personal use, but to resell them for a profit. 

This does not include general retail crimes like petty theft, shoplifting or poverty-driven crimes.

Ferguson convened an Organized Retail Crime Task Force this year to improve coordination and collaboration among law enforcement agencies to address these multi-jurisdictional crimes that endanger employees and cause significant economic harm to our state. 

The Task Force is focused on sophisticated, organized crime rings that account for almost $70 billion in retail losses across the country. More than 100 individuals attended the first Task Force meeting, including retailers, workers, small business owners and state, local and federal law enforcement. 

A consistent message at the meeting was the need for additional resources to address these sophisticated crimes.

Kenmore break in.
Photo courtesy KCSO
The Organized Retail Crimes Unit will be able to assist with investigations — including coordinating them across multiple jurisdictions — and deploy resources where they are most needed. 

The unit will also be able to prosecute cases referred the office by county prosecutors. Without such a referral, the Attorney General’s Office has no jurisdiction over criminal matters.

“Washington law enforcement agencies have limited resources to tackle these sophisticated crimes,” Ferguson said. 
“A modest investment in a centralized statewide organized retail crimes unit will hold criminals accountable and deter crimes which cause significant economic harm to our state.”

“As the retail industry continues to recover from the pandemic, there has never been a more critical time in Washington state to address the growing impacts of organized retail crime on public safety and the safety of our customers and retail employees,” said RenĂ©e Sunde, president and CEO of the Washington Retail Association. 

“Funding the unit is an important part of a multi-pronged approach to coordinate the efforts of state and local law enforcement, prosecutors, retailers and policymakers at multiple agencies and levels of government.”

“Organized retail crime harms workers in communities across our state,” said Faye Guenther, president of UFCW 3000. “A centralized unit in the Attorney General’s Office focused on combating this problem will improve the lives of Washingtonians.”

UFCW 3000 is the largest UFCW local union in the country with over 50,000 members working in grocery, retail, health care, meat packing, cannabis and other industries across Washington state, northeast Oregon and northern Idaho.

To fund the 10 full-time positions, the Attorney General’s Office is asking for approximately $1.5 million per year.

Nine other states have a task force dedicated to organized retail crime. Multiple states recently established similar units in their state attorney general’s office, including Arizona and Michigan.



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UW Med: Young children are being hit hard by RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) and influenza

Photo courtesy UW Med
UW Med reports that our community currently has very high levels of viral respiratory disease, and young children are being hit hard by RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) and influenza. 

These viruses come every winter, but the surge is happening early this year and involving many more children than usual. 

As a result, primary care clinics, urgent care sites, emergency rooms and hospitals are all extremely busy.

We want to help you stay out of clinics or emergency rooms if you do not need to be there. But we also want to be sure you recognize when your child needs medical care.

What is RSV? 

RSV is one of the many viruses that cause respiratory illness ― illnesses of the nose, throat and lungs. For most children and adults, RSV causes a cold. Cold symptoms can usually be managed at home and generally last 7-10 days. 

Cold symptoms include:
  • Fever (temperature of 100.4 Fahrenheit or higher)
  • Cough (dry or wet sounding)
  • Congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Fussiness in children and poor feeding
You do not need to have your child tested or see a doctor for cold symptoms. While there is no specific medicine for RSV, you can treat the symptoms if your child is uncomfortable:
  • Use acetaminophen or ibuprofen to treat fever or pain, such as a sore throat.
  • Use a humidifier or vaporizer to add moisture to the air in your home. This can help ease congestion and coughing. Be sure to keep the humidifier clean to prevent the growth of bacteria and molds.
  • Drink fluids. Continue breastfeeding or bottle-feeding your infant as you would normally. For older children and adults, stay hydrated with water, warm fluids, such as soup, or ice pops to soothe a sore throat.
  • Feed infants smaller amounts and more frequently to allow them to catch their breath.
  • Keep your baby’s nose clear of mucous.
  • Try saline nasal drops. Non-prescription drops are a safe, effective way to ease congestion, even for young children. Follow instructions on the product.
  • Stay away from cigarette smoke. Secondhand smoke can aggravate symptoms.

Severe RSV: 
Some children experience RSV infections that are more severe. For example, very young babies, children born prematurely, and those with a chronic medical condition (such as a heart defect or asthma) are at increased risk of severe disease. But even healthy children can become sick when RSV moves down into the lungs to cause bronchiolitis or pneumonia.

Children with severe RSV have cold symptoms but also signs of respiratory distress:
  • Fast breathing
  • Pauses in their breathing
  • Flaring of the nostrils and head bobbing with breathing
  • Rhythmic grunting during breathing
  • Belly breathing, tugging between the ribs and/or the lower neck
  • Wheezing
  • Blue coloration of lips, mouth or skin
If your child is having severe difficulty breathing, call 911.

When to Get Help
You know your child best. If you are concerned that this is more than a cold, please seek help. 

Call your child’s primary care provider or seek urgent care if your child:
  • Is less than 8 weeks old and has any fever above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Has a sustained fever over 104 degrees F, no matter their age.
  • Is lethargic or hard to arouse.
  • Has any signs of respiratory distress (listed above).
  • Has signs of dehydration (no tears, dark urine, very dry mouth).
  • Has RSV symptoms along with a chronic health condition, such as a heart defect or lung disease.

Staying Healthy
Even when RSV and influenza are moving through the community, we can help keep our family and children safe. See also Time To Increase Protection Against Surging Respiratory Viruses for advice from Public Health – Seattle - King County.



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Happy Day after Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 24, 2022

 

Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving!





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Alternative holiday main dish: Tofurky

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Tofurky. Photo by Jacob Metcalf

What are you having for dinner this Thanksgiving Day?

Pictured above is a roasted tofurky - a Thanksgiving main dish for vegans and vegetarians, made from flavored and molded tofu, stuffed with dressing.

This photo is a favorite of contributor, former regular columnist / reporter, and friend of the Editor, Frank Workman. When I first published this photo, around 2010, dedicated carnivore Frank was inspired to contact me to huff and puff about this abomination. 

I wrote back to tell him I was so inspired by his response that I would be publishing regular articles - tofu easter eggs, tofu valentine chocolates... 

This was the beginning of a wonderful friendship and probably a hundred articles from Frank about sports and people and anything else that caught his attention.

He moved to California and gradually lost contact with the Shorecrest sports scene, but he checks in occasionally with special requests for tofu.

--Diane Hettrick


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Santa returns to North City for the tree lighting December 3, 2022

Santa arrives -2018 photo by Steven H. Robinson

Santa is Returning this year to North City!
Saturday, December 3, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Join in the fun at Les Schwab Tires parking lot

The annual Holiday Tree Lighting Festival is produced by the North City Business Association in partnership with the North City Neighborhood Association and North City Water District not to mention generous in-kind contributions from the local Les Schwab, and North City Business Association members including Golden Bow Gifts and Flowers, and Center for Human Services.

In addition to the appearance of hundreds of colorful lights in the shape of a giant Christmas tree on top of our community’s 3.7 million gallon reservoir in North City, festivities include live music, refreshments, gifts for the kids, and photos with Santa Claus.



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Stocking Stuffer Show at ShoreLake Arts Gallery through December


Photo courtesy ShoreLake Arts

ShoreLake Arts Gallery Presents
Stocking Stuffer Show - Now through December 31, 2022

Shop this holiday season and support your local arts organization at the same time! 

ShoreLake Arts Gallery has a large selection of handmade art items by Pacific Northwest artists, including jewelry, ceramics, glass, fiber, paper goods and wood. We are always on the lookout for new and interesting inventory - stop by and discover our most recent finds!

On the walls will be 12”x12” (or smaller) paintings, mixed media, prints, and photography – the perfect gift size. Plus, boxes and bags are available for most small items helping to make your gift-wrapping a snap.

Extended 2022 Holiday Hours:
  • Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm - 5pm
  • Sundays: November 20 - December 18, 12pm - 5pm
  • Mondays: December 5, 12 & 19, 12pm - 5pm
  • Saturday, December 24, 10am – 5pm

CLOSED: Thanksgiving (Nov 24), Christmas Day (Dec 25) & New Year’s Day (Jan 1)

These hours may change. If you are making a special trip, please call first to make sure we are open: 206-588-8332.

While at the gallery you can sign up to become a member of ShoreLake Arts and receive 10% off all of your gallery purchases throughout the year!

Photo courtesy ShoreLake Arts

2022 Participating Artists: Erynn Allen, Magrit Baurecht, Elsa Bouman, Jennie de Mello e Souza, Joan Glenn, Margaret Hartley, Beth Henkes, Sarah Huang, Cheryl Hufnagel, Monica Josephson, Alison Leigh Lilly, Marsha Lippert, Jennifer Munson, Teresa Stern, Brandi Young, Anna Zachariah, Michelle Zeidman

Questions: 206-588-8332 (Wed or Thurs only 12pm-5pm) or gallery@shorelakearts.org

The ShoreLake Arts Gallery is a program of ShoreLake Arts and is located inside the Town Center in Lake Forest Park on the lower level. 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155.

ShoreLake Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate creativity and inspire our community through the arts. Established in 1989.



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Kenmore Luminary Walk Friday December 2, 2022 at Log Boom Park

Friday December 2 from 4 - 7pm at Log Boom Park. 

Join us for an evening of celebration and light featuring over 200 luminarias placed along the Burke-Gilman Trail and Log Boom Park. 

Event includes food vendors, musical performers, and 1/3 mile luminaria lit pathway.


Dress for winter weather conditions
 
Lighted luminary path will be along the Burke Gilman Trail and in Log Boom Park

Parking: 
  • First come, first serve along NE 175th St.
  • Limited parking in the Log Boom Park parking lot 
  • There are 4 ADA parking spots in the Log Boom Park parking lot
  • Limited additional parking available at The Vine Church 6214 Bothell Way NE


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Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Hobble

 

Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter HERE



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Play structure open in Echo Lake Park

Play structure at Echo Lake Park
Photo by Johanna Pollit
By Diane Hettrick

One of the most popular play structures in the City of Shoreline is open for business in Echo Lake Park after being destroyed in an arson fire in April 2022 (see previous article)

Repairs had to wait on the police investigation and insurance claim. Then the parts were not stock and would have to be manufactured. It was more cost effective to purchase a completely new structure.

In the duration, the area was cordoned off with orange netting.

Barbara Jeanne the Gray Turtle watches from the side
Photo by Johanna Pollit

The park is on the Interurban Trail at N 200th and Ashworth Ave N and is popular year round, both with nearby families and with families walking the Interurban Trail. It was the last park refurbished in the previous parks bond.

Once the new structure was received, it took only a few days to assemble it. Barbara Jeanne the turtle is back, placed so she can watch the kids at play.

The structure is specially designed for very young children and has nearby benches for the adults.

Thanks to the City and the Parks Department for staying on top of this



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Flying ferry

Photo courtesy WSDOT

No one can say that WSDOT is not innovative. Now they have flying ferries!

We’re overjoyed to have been invited to take part in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year. Here’s a behind the scenes look at us practicing with our giant balloons

We'll have to watch the parade to see if this is really true!



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View from the top

Photography by Jay Lindberg
This stunning view was taken by Shoreline resident Jay Lindberg from the 47th floor of a building at Stewart and Denny Way in Seattle.

The photo was taken around 5:45pm. One good thing about shifting to standard time and darkness is that you can take night shots without it actually being, well, night!



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Department of Health strongly urges individuals get vaccinated to prevent spread of flu

 

DOH Communities seeing rapid increase in flu activity across the U.S.

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) wants the public to know flu cases are rising quickly in Washington state and nationwide. Flu hospitalizations are at the highest rates seen in 10 years for this point in the year. In the last two weeks, DOH is reporting high cases of flu-like illnesses in Washington.

Flu illness can have serious health consequences, especially for people who are under five years old, age 65 or older, pregnant, immunocompromised, or have chronic health conditions.

In addition to the flu, other respiratory illnesses, such as COVID-19 and RSV, are combining to push our hospitals to emergency capacity. Help keep yourself and your community healthy by getting a flu vaccine and taking other measures to prevent illness.

“Our state’s pediatric healthcare system is overloaded with extremely high numbers of children with respiratory infections,” said Tao Sheng Kwan-Gett, MD, MPH, chief science officer for DOH. “Families urgently need to do everything they can to keep everyone healthy and avoid the need for healthcare, and flu vaccination is one of the most important prevention tools.”
Following the proper prevention and hygiene practices can halt the spread of respiratory illnesses. 

Washington State Department of Health recommends:
  • Get vaccinated. Vaccination is your best defense against flu and COVID-19.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer when soap is not available, and hands are not visibly soiled.
  • Consider wearing a mask in crowded settings.
  • If you are sneezing or coughing, wear a mask or use the crook of your arm or a tissue to avoid getting germs onto your hands or spreading virus in the air.
  • Avoid close contact with sick individuals.
  • If you feel sick, stay home.
The most common strain so far is influenza A (H3N2). This strain typically causes more severe disease. All available flu vaccines provide protection against H3N2.

DOH strongly recommends everyone aged 6 months and older get the flu vaccine as soon as possible. It takes two weeks for the flu vaccine to be effective making it a key time to get vaccinated before people get together for the December holidays. If you get the flu when you are vaccinated, it’s typically milder and the vaccine can prevent serious complications including hospital care.

The flu vaccine is available at most pharmacies, health care providers’ offices, and clinics. State employees are eligible to receive SmartHealth points for receiving a flu vaccine. The flu vaccine can be received on the same day as the updated COVID-19 updated booster and other vaccines.

Find out more at KnockOutFlu.org


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Volunteering: One summer's work in Shoreline Park

Starting point: August 21, 2022

Two dedicated volunteers, Sara and Cristin, have been spearheading a project to remove blackberries and other invasive plants from Shoreline Park.

Major progress: September 18, 2022

The park, which stretches between 1st and 3rd NE, just north of the Shoreline Center, has always been kept trimmed by the Shoreline Parks department, but the vegetation around the trees is primarily blackberry vines.

November 20, 2022

Sara, Crisin and their family, friends, and neighbors have been working on the park all summer, with dramatic results, as you can tell by the photos.

November 20, 2022
A dramatic difference.

They are through for the year but will be resuming work next year. If you are interested in helping, the work parties will be listed on the Green Shoreline Partnership website or you can contact the Echo Lake Neighborhood Association at ELNABoard@gmail.com or check the ELNA Facebook page for notices.

--Photos by Sara Cammeresi



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