Seattle Area Feline Rescue (SAFe) begins renovation of its new space in Ballinger Village

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Kelsi Eldredge, SAFe's Development and Communications Manager

Seattle Area Feline Rescue (SAFe) has begun renovation of its new space in Ballinger Village. They have leased two adjacent spaces near by the Subway, formerly a juice bar and a tanning salon.

We covered the details extensively in a previous article Why a Cat Would Need 6,000 square feet

Currently, they are on track to open in the new location in July.

SAFe Rescue saves feline lives by taking in homeless cats, giving them the care they need, finding them loving homes, and supporting their human companions. SAFe Rescue believes each cat has inherent value and that humans and felines enrich each other’s lives. This bond builds compassionate communities with empathy for all living things.


Skandia offers Nordic dance lessons at Phinney Neighborhood Center in north Seattle

Wednesdays, March 29 - May 3, 2023 from 7:15–9pm


The Nordic dance class continues on Wednesdays from 7:15 to 9pm

This is a chance to learn the basics and variants of schottis, waltz, snoa, hambo, telegangar, and other lovely couple dances, as well as fun mixers that we do at the Friday dances. 

We will also teach any requested dances. 

Lisa Brooks and Elaine Mathies will teach the six-week series from March 29 to May 3.

Singles and couples, and new and advanced dancers are welcome! Previous experience and a partner are not required. We change partners frequently. Bring clean dance shoes with smooth soles and low, flat heels for easy turning. 

Show up any time (not necessarily at the beginning of a series); no need to pre-register. Everybody must be vaxxed and boosted (bring the info), and masked.

The classes are $10 per evening for Skandia members and $12 for nonmembers, or $45 for Skandia members and $55 for non-members for a six-week series. 

Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, room 1, blue building, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle. Take the 5 bus or park in a PNA lot.


Music at The Commons

North Seattle Jazz Orchestra at The Commons Saturday

Look who's coming back to the Commons! The North Seattle Jazz Orchestra will take the stage at Third Place Commons this Saturday at 7pm for a big band extravaganza!

Or if you prefer to boogie down to R/B, blues, and soul, join us Friday night at 7 for the Seattle Houserockers. Either way, the joint will be jumping! See you at the Commons!

The Commons is on the upper level of Town Center, intersection Bothell and Ballinger Way NE, Lake Forest Park.


You’re invited to The Red Event: Seattle T2P2’s Sixth Anniversary Party and Friendraiser

Join us to celebrate period power and commemorate six years of helping people period Saturday, May 6, 2023 from 12 - 4pm. We’ve raised over 500,000 pads and tampons in the fight against period poverty! 

We want to thank our donors, members, volunteers, and partners. We’d also love to meet new people (that’s why we’re calling this a friendraiser)! Bring the whole family, invite your friends, and let’s party!

The Lake Forest Park Civic Club, 17301 Beach Dr NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155 overlooks Lake Washington and has beautiful, Instagram-worthy views.

Tickets cost $15 (free entry for children under 10). Your event ticket includes three raffle tickets. You can win extra raffle tickets by bringing packages of pads or boxes of tampons to donate: each donation item earns one raffle ticket! Help us build Towers of Tampons and Pyramids of Pads.

Food and drinks:
Beer, wine, and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. There will also be a champagne pyramid, plus we’ll have tea time!

Red, pink, or white attire is encouraged but not required. Please dress as outrageously or as casually as you’d like!

Other features to look forward to
  •  Red Carpet entrance
  •  Photo booth opportunities
  •  Glitter tattoo station
  •  Kids’ corner/craft zone!



Letter to the Editor: Much-needed Affordable Housing

To the Editor:

HB 1110, a bill to Increase middle housing in areas traditionally dedicated to single-family detached housing, has passed the State House of Representatives and is now being considered by the Senate.

It will override most local zoning/building codes, with the goal of providing "affordable housing."

However, no truly "affordable" housing is required by this bill.

The HUD 2021 median income for King County was $106,326. Using the formula in HB 1110, where housing costs (including utilities other than phone) should not exceed 30% of:

  • 80% of the median income for a homeowner, or $2,127 per month; or
  • 60% of the median income for a renter, or $1,595 per month. A renter earning a wage of $20 an hour for a 40-hour week, or $3,440 gross per month, is using 46% of that monthly income on housing. This is not affordable.

HB 1110 explains, "To unlock opportunity for Washingtonians it is necessary to lift bans on the development of modest home choices in cities near job centers, transit, and amenity-rich neighborhoods." 

It includes definitions for "Low-income household" and "Extremely low-income household," yet nowhere does it require that anything besides "affordable housing" be built, and the "affordable housing" is optional. 

There is no mandate for it. Will developers provide “affordable ownership” opportunities, or will our cities be filled with more townhouses selling at upwards of $600,000 and $700,000, and more? This bill needs to be amended for those of us seeking “affordable housing” and "affordable ownership".

You can read the entire bill here:

You can comment on HB 1110 here:

Jonelle Kemmerling
Shoreline, WA


Boating safety class in Shoreline

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Edmonds Flotilla 12 is to commence the public education program: 

BOATING SKILLS and SEAMANSHIP, Tuesday March 28, 2023 to Tuesday May 16, 2023. 

This comprehensive boater certificate course consists of eight core two hour lessons providing up-to-date knowledge for handling boats. 

Class room location: Chuck Olson Chevrolet, 17037 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133. Class hours 7-9pm. Textbook required. 

For further details email or web search USCG Auxiliary “Take a Boating Safety Class”


Lithium-ion battery recycling event Saturday April 22, 2023

Photo by Laura Rivera on Unsplash
On April 22, 2023 from 9:00am to 2:00pm Rotary District 5030 will hold a battery recycling event in Lake Forest Park.

There will be a drop-off site at the Lake Forest Park Town Center on the lower level across from the main entrance. 

Batteries collected there will be taken to the main pick up site at the Bellevue Downtown Park where Redwood Materials, a California company, will collect them for recycling. 

Here is the list of acceptable items.
  • Cell phones, laptops, tablets, electric toothbrushes, wireless headphones, power tool batteries.
  • Bluetooth headphones and headsets, keyboards, mouse, digital cameras (pull memory card), e-readers (Kindles and Nooks), game controllers (X-Box, Nintendo, PlayStation), Smartwatches. 
  • Smoke / fire / carbon monoxide detectors IF 10yr without battery changers (ion or photoelectric alarms) 

Generally they will accept lithium-ion and nickel metal hydride batteries - any rechargeable device with a lithium-ion battery

You may bring the entire device with no need to remove battery from the device

Before dropping off a personal device, you should sign out of all your accounts and perform a factory reset.

This is a great opportunity to take care of all these otherwise non-recyclable devices and participate in an important environmental program.


Starbucks workers protest and strike

SEATTLE, WA – The day before Starbucks' annual shareholder meeting, and introduction of the new CEO after Howard Schultz resigned two weeks early, Starbucks workers protested in front of company headquarters in Seattle's SoDo neighborhood.

Workers at over 100 stores in Seattle, Los Angeles, Memphis, New York and more went on strike Wednesday calling on Schultz and other leaders to heed their calls for better working conditions and a voice on the job.

The company’s workers are demanding basic rights like livable wages with consistent scheduling, safe and respectful workplaces, and the right to organize free from fear and intimidation.

Wednesday’s day of action also served to welcome the company’s new chief executive, Laxman Narasimhan, and ask him to partner with its workers and union to build a company that lives up to its stated progressive values.

“Starbucks baristas like me are the ones who keep our stores running. We remember our customers’ regular orders, make the lattes, clean up spills, and are often the bright spot of our customers’ days. 
"We are the heart and soul of Starbucks,” said Sarah Pappin, a Seattle Starbucks worker and member of Starbucks Workers United. “Starbucks should respect our right to organize and meet us at the bargaining table. We are Starbucks, and we deserve better.”

At least one local store has unionized, the Gateway Plaza store at 185th and Aurora.


Tuesday's sunset

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

The Edmonds ferry, sailing off into the sunset...


988 Suicide and Crisis lifeline

988 Fact: It’s OK to not say who you are or where you are when you call, text or chat 988. 

The 988 Lifeline is here for you.
If you are a LGTBQ youth, press “2” to talk with someone from the Trevor Project.


Shorecrest varsity tennis

Varsity girls tennis
Shorecrest 4 Lake Stevens 3
At Lake Stevens HS

  • Cami Sikora (S) def. Bhumika Sansuddi 6-7(5), 7-5, 7-5 W, 
  • Angie Olson (L) def. Megan McMullen 6-1, 6-3, 
  • Claire Mitchell (S) def. Karen Bookspun 6-3, 6-3 W, 
  • Cora Joes (L) def. Lily Haessler 7-6(8), 4-6, 7-5. 

  • Sofia Francescutti-Melinda Lee (S) def. Ruchika Sunsuddi-Lisel Kuhrau)1-6, 6-4, 6-3 W, 
  • Nicole Constantiescu-Erin Wright (L) def. Ally Miner-Zoe Greenzweig 8-6, 6-4, 
  • Delaney Davis-Nur Bajrai (S) def. Ava Robinson-Anisa Yaser 6-3, 6-7(2), 7-5 W.

--Rob Mann


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Gonzaga

 From Gonzaga Fan Whitney Potter


Still an opportunity to get tickets for Bloom! - ShoreLake Arts Gala on Saturday

Bloom! Cultivating Creativity
ShoreLake Arts' annual Gala

Saturday, March 25, 5:30 pm
Nile Golf and Country Club

Come party with ShoreLake Arts!

There's still a few days to get your tickets for Bloom! Cultivating Creativity, our annual Gala for the Arts, on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at the Nile Golf Club to celebrate and support arts programming in our communities.

An evening of art, awards, fun games, community and a Live Auction.

Auction items include:
  • Seahawks Season Tickets for Two
  • Caribbean Vacation and 100,000 Alaska Airline Miles
  • A Cultural Cornucopia - tickets to some of the best events around town
  • Garden Design+

More Gala information

We look forward to seeing you on March 25!


Lake Forest Park startled with a hail storm on Monday afternoon

Photo by Gordon Snyder
Lake Forest Park was startled with a dramatic hail storm mid-afternoon on Monday, the First Day of Spring.

WeatherWatcher Carl Dinse explains:

It’s that time of year when the sun is strong enough to heat up the surface significantly, while the atmosphere is still very cold. 
This generates moderate convection strong enough to support heavy showers with hail, and sometimes lightning. 
This typically happens after a storm front moves through the area, such as what happened Monday mid-morning.

The photo is from the last time this happened, on March 3rd of this year.


Celebrate the volunteers and community partners behind the Shoreline Severe Weather Shelter - Friday March 24, 2023

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

As was previously announced, the Shoreline Severe Weather Shelter has closed for the season and permanently in its current format, that had served the North King for 4 years. 

Join us this Friday, March 24, 2023 at Saint Dunstan’s Church from 5pm - 6:30pm to recognize and celebrate the volunteers and community partners behind the Shelter - and learn how you can get or stay involved in supporting community members struggling with shelter and food insecurity. 

Brief remarks will take place at 5:45pm.

Click here for more information, as well as to RSVP.


Local residents named to Dean's List at Dickinson College

CARLISLE, Pa. (March 21, 2023) - Dickinson College has announced the following students were named to the dean's list for the fall 2022 semester. 

All students earning a position on the dean's list - a recognition of academic excellence - must have a grade-point average of 3.7 or above on a 4.0 GPA scale for the semester.


Shoreline, WA
  • Lily Hogan, a sophomore philosophy major. Hogan is a graduate of Shorewood High School and is the daughter of Don and Shelly Hogan of Shoreline, Wash.
  • Michael Wymer, a sophomore history major. Wymer is a graduate of Shorewood High School and is the son of Bill and Annie Wymer of Shoreline, Wash.
Dickinson College, located in historic Carlisle, Pa., was chartered in 1783. The private, liberal-arts college is nationally recognized for its cross-disciplinary, active approach to learning, international education, civic engagement and its commitment to teaching its students about sustainability across the curriculum, the community and the globe. 


Music to Mend the Soul - free concert Sunday at Richmond Beach Congregational Church 3pm

FREE Concert - Sunday, March 26, 3:00pm
Richmond Beach Congregational Church, UCC
corner of 15th Ave. NW and NW Richmond Beach Road

Donations and Canned Food will be accepted in support of Northwest Harvest

Jordan Lorealis Wright and Luke Raffanti, both accomplished musicians, have enjoyed years of friendship and collaboration ranging from opera arias at a wine and chocolate bar to pop songs at a country club sorority birthday party.

They are excited to finally come together to perform a recital celebrating their love of their musical craft and the power it has to uplift. 

The program is a total smorgasbord:
  • Jordan: Selected poems of Emily Dickinson set by Copland; Selected songs by Franz Liszt; Opera arias by Dvorak (Rusalka's Song of the Moon) and Puccini (from Turandot)
  • Luke: Songs including work by Schubert, Dvorak, Faure, Donaudy (if he doesn't chicken out) (that's a note directly from Luke and not from Katie!); Piano solos by Liszt, Scriabin, Schumann, Debussy


Brook Buettner announced as first Executive Director of newly formed Regional Crisis Response (RCR) Agency

Brook Buettner, Executive Director
Regional Crisis Response Agency
The newly formed Regional Crisis Response (RCR) Agency announces Brook Buettner as its first Executive Director. 

The RCR Agency provides regional mobile crisis response services for the five north King County cities of Bothell, Kenmore, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, and Shoreline.

“Brook’s decade of experience in the King County crisis system and her proven track record building and leading the successful RADAR program made her a clear and unanimous choice by the RCR Board to be RCR’s first Executive Director,” says RCR Board President Kurt Triplett. 
“We all see Brook’s leadership, passion, and vision as exactly what it will take to make this innovative program a success.”

Buettner comes to RCR having managed the North Sound Response Awareness, De-escalation, and Referral (RADAR) Navigator Program for the last three years. The RADAR Navigator Program deploys Social Worker/ Navigators to address the needs of individuals in crisis with behavioral health issues and/or developmental disabilities and connect them to the community of care. 

Under her leadership, RADAR improved the lives of people served, showing incredible outcomes like a 67% reduction in adult jail bookings and a 60% reduction in crisis services events for people touched by the program.

Prior to managing RADAR, Buettner worked for King County Department of Community and Human Services for several years as the Familiar Faces Initiative Manager and a Health and Housing Integration Specialist. She has also worked in the County’s Department of Public Defense as well as for the Downtown Emergency Services Center Crisis Solutions Center.

“I’m thrilled to be part of this exciting and ground-breaking approach to getting people in North King County experiencing behavioral health crisis the right resources at the right time,” said Buettner. “We are poised to build a whole new approach to first response in our community.”

Buettner holds master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Administration from the University of Washington. She also serves on the Executive Board of the North Urban Human Services Alliance and Co-Responder Outreach Alliance.

The RCR Agency ( consolidates and expands the services provided by the successful North Sound RADAR Navigator and Kirkland Community Responder programs with the goal of offering services on a 24/7 basis. 

When all positions are filled, the RCR Agency will have 13 full-time staff, an initial $5 million biennial budget, and will deploy Crisis Responder Mental Health Professionals to serve community members in the five-city region who are experiencing behavioral health crises. 

The RCR Agency Crisis Responders may refer community members in crisis to a new behavioral health crisis response center (, which is scheduled to open in Kirkland in 2024.


Big Feelings in Small Moments: Writing Poetry

Big Feelings in Small Moments: Writing Poetry
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 from 6:30-7:30pm

Lake Forest Park Library
Lower level of Town Center, Lobby
Intersection of Ballinger and Bothell Way NE
Lake Forest Park WA 98155

Analyze poems, practice techniques, write your own poem and share! All levels welcome.

Presented by Debby Bacharach.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lake Forest Park Library.

Please register,


Jobs: WSDOT Safety Officer 3

Safety Officer 3
Shoreline, WA – Headquarters
$58,665 – $78,876 Annually

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is currently seeking a senior-level Safety Officer 3 (SO3) for the Northwest Region in Shoreline, WA. The incumbent will be responsible for ensuring WSDOT's compliance with federal, state, and local regulations, laws, codes, and other nationally recognized good safety and health practices. 

The SO3 will oversee the delivery of various protection programs and work with all levels of staff to identify and implement safety and health improvements. Our ideal candidate will have experience working in a construction related safety capacity. If you are committed to health and safety, are an effective communicator and trainer, and possess a willingness to travel throughout the region, we encourage you to apply for this position.

Job description and application


Spring arrives in the Northwest

Crocus photo by Lee Lageschulte

Spring flowers by the Salish Sea and rumors of a hailstorm by Lake Washington. Our weather is not boring.


Seattle Labor Chorus Fundraising Concert April 1, 2023 with guests Jim Page and Al Bradbury

Seattle Labor Chorus singing in the rain

Workers On the Rise - Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Seattle Labor Chorus Fundraising Concert
Saturday April 1, 2023

Doors open at 4:30pm, Concert 5-6pm and Social 6-7pm
Keystone Church in Seattle 

Come join us in celebrating songs of working people and 25 years of the Seattle Labor Chorus (SLC)! With special guest Alexandra Bradbury and Seattle's own Jim Page. We welcome everyone, no matter the amount donated. This event is supported in part by the Abe Keller Peace Education Fund.

Our online auction is open until Sunday, March 26 at 11:45pm.  check it out!

More information about our special guests.

Al Bradbury
Alexandra "Al" Bradbury

Al Bradbury is an occasional singer-songwriter and a proud member of the traveling musicians union, AFM Local 1000. 

The Seattle Labor Chorus sings many of her songs! 

She is also the editor of Labor Notes, a media and organizing project for activists who want to put the movement back in the labor movement.

Jim Page
Jim Page

Jim Page sings of politics and romance, adventure and comedy, tragedy, history, and meditations on life, death and the absurd. 

His improvisations are legendary, and if there’s anything to talk about that he hasn’t sung about it’s just that he was too busy singing about something else. 

More info be found here, We are thrilled to share a stage with him.


Pastor JT Burk joins the ministry of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on March 26

JT Burk, Pastor
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
The congregation of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church has been engaged in a search for a new pastor since Pastor Pam Russell retired in August, 2021. 

We are happy to announce that Pastor JT Burk will be joining us for worship beginning on Sunday, March 26, 2023, at 10am. 

The congregation invites everyone to join us in welcoming our new leader. A formal installation ceremony will be held on April 29th, at 1pm, with the presence of Bishop Shelley Bryan Wee.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 14514 NE 20th Ave. Shoreline, is a congregation of the ELCA, Northwest Washington Synod. 

We welcome all worshippers, and celebrate God’s grace to all humanity, all ethnicities, all cultures, all sexual orientations, and all gender identities. 

For more information, see our website at


WSDOT suspends search for missing Tacoma pilot near Queets

Detailed flight paths show the intricate routes aviation search and rescue pilots flew near Queets the week of March 12, 2023. Graphic courtesy WSDOT.

OLYMPIA - The Washington State Department of Transportation on Monday, March 20, 2023 called off the search for a missing 2006 Cessna T182 Turbo Skylane. The plane was piloted by Rod Collen on Monday, March 6, who departed from the Tacoma Narrows Airport at 5:35pm, fell off radar abruptly a few minutes later and has not been seen or heard from since. 

WSDOT Air Search and Rescue crews have searched for 13 days and found no traces of the aircraft or pilot during this time.

WSDOT, who coordinated the search alongside several municipalities and partners, has exhausted all available resources, leads and areas to search based on the information provided to date. Recently released aerial search flight paths show extensive effort in the targeted search area by crews to locate the missing plane.

Barring new leads or developments, no additional aerial searches are planned. Anyone who thinks they saw or heard the plane Monday, March 6, or spotted anything in the area, should call the State Emergency Operations Center at 800-258-5990 with details. The plane's tail number is N24289. A detailed series of events, including photos of the mission and daily updates, were provided on the WSDOT blog.

This is not the outcome searchers and the many partners had hoped for and our thoughts are with both the family and everyone who worked to try and locate the aircraft. 

The family has been kept informed of search activities and has been briefed about this decision.

Agencies assisting in the search included: Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Tacoma Police Department, Olympic National Park, Quinault Tribal Nation, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Coast Guard, the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, Civil Air Patrol National Forensics Radar Team and Washington Air Search and Rescue.

Several minutes into the flight the plane's Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system was either turned off or malfunctioned and the plane was no longer visible on normal air traffic controller tracking systems. 

With the help of a specialized radar forensics team, primary radar returns were located that placed the aircraft in a 36-square mile section near the coast between Lake Quinault and Queets in rugged forest terrain. The final radar plots show the aircraft made a very rapid descent towards the ground. Collen was the only one in the plane.

WSDOT Air Search and Rescue would like to remind aviators to always communicate desired flight plans, take advantage of ADSB, have a 406 MHz ELT that is fully registered and establish personal minimums based on pilot proficiency and fatigue level.

WSDOT, by statute (RCW 47.68.380) is charged with the coordination and management of aerial search and rescue within the state. The agency works in conjunction with volunteer search and rescue groups, law enforcement and other agencies, such as the U.S. Navy, in carrying out such searches.


Varied thrush soon to move on

Varied thrush photo by Jo Simmons

We have had such a wonderful winter with all the varied thrushes. They’ll be moving on soon. This photo was taken from my bedroom window.

--Jo Simmons


2023 Theatre Scholarships

Edmonds Driftwood Players, a nonprofit community theatre, is proud to announce it will be offering one $500 Ralph Eaton Technical Scholarship and one $500 Theatre Arts Scholarship. 

The 2023 Theatre Arts Scholarship was generously funded by an anonymous donor to honor and acknowledge the over 20 years of service of EDP’s longtime member, Joanne Branch. 

All theatre majors are welcome to apply, but technical degrees will receive priority for the Ralph Eaton Technical Theatre scholarship. 

Scholarships may be used toward tuition at any college, university, or technical school in the United States.

Deadline for 2023 Scholarship Applications: April 30, 2023

Submit via email to:

Student eligibility rules:
  • Be a graduating high school senior or currently attending college
  • Have a permanent residence (usually where their parents live) in Snohomish or King CountiesHave demonstrated interest and consistent participation in the theatrical/technical arts and intend to pursue further education in theatre arts (performing or technical) in a college, university or technical school
  • There is no limit on the number of years the student can apply during their college attendance

Applicants are required to submit the following documentation for consideration:
  • Applicant name, current address, phone number, and e-mail address (If a minor, then parent/guardian name(s) and address(s) are also required)
  • Name of your current school, and name of counselor/advisor
  • Intended college/university/technical school for fall 2023
  • A list of high school or college extracurricular activities, and any awards or honors received
  • A list of shows and role/title in which you have participated
  • A letter of recommendation from a drama teacher or another theatre mentor
  • An essay of 300-500 words about your interest in theatre arts and what you plan to study
  • Transcripts of grades, including the 1st semester of senior year or latest quarter/semester of college

Recipients will be selected through an evaluation of the above information as to content, presentation, and completeness. Incomplete submissions will not be considered for awards. It is recommended to submit all required documents at the same time as your application. If your school or mentor would like to submit documents directly to EDP, that is acceptable as long as we receive them by the application deadline. We will not be able to follow-up with individuals regarding missing pieces of their application packets.

The Ralph Eaton Technical Theatre Scholarship was started in 2011 by the family of Ralph Eaton, who was a beloved, long-time volunteer and friend to many at the theatre. The Theatre Arts Scholarship is a long-standing EDP tradition since 1988.

About Edmonds Driftwood Players: Edmonds Driftwood Players is a volunteer-based, non-profit community theatre with the mission to produce live theatre that entertains, enriches and engages the community. Established in 1958, it is one of the oldest operating community theatres in Washington State.


Jobs: Set-up Assistant at the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market

Third Place Commons is now hiring for the 2023 season at the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market

The LFP Farmers Market, a food and plant focused market beginning its 18th season, is a friendly, well-established community of long-time vendors and dedicated shoppers. The market is seeking a Community Booth Set-up Assistant for the season. 

Read brief description below and get full details at

Community Booth Set-up Assistant: The Community Booth Set-up Assistant is an integral part of the weekly market process. Position requires a strong, highly responsible individual to load-in and load-out our info and community booth essentials and signage each Sunday. Training provided. Use of personal vehicle required. This is a seasonal, contract position that will start May 14th and run through October 15, 2023.

The position will remain open until filled. However, priority consideration will be given to applications received by Monday, April 10th.

This position has been filled by a volunteer in the past, but is now a paid position. Pay is $120 per market day (average of 1.5-2.5 hours per day).

The Lake Forest Park Farmers Market is a program of Third Place Commons, a community-supported 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has been building real community in real space in the heart of Lake Forest Park for more than 20 years. 

To learn more, or to make a gift to support the market & the Commons, visit


Gloria's Vegetables: First trip to the garden this year:

Monday, March 20, 2023

No insects, just cabbages and daffodils...ah, well, not even Spring yet!

--Gloria Z. Nagler


Sound Transit: Online open house about Stride bus rapid transit through April 8

Rendering of the Shoreline/Seattle 15th Ave NE westbound platform

Sound Transit wants to hear from you! 

Since releasing the Stride S3 Line 60% draft design plans in November 2022, the project team has worked to finalize the 60% designs. 

Sound Transit also finalized the Stride S1 and S2 Line 60% designs. Learn about the latest designs and share your thoughts about construction between February 22 and April 8, 2023. 

The online open house is available in English, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese. 

Stop by an in-person drop-in session 

The project team is hosting in-person drop-in sessions for each city along the Stride S3 Line project corridor. We hope you will attend to learn about the latest designs. Subject matter experts will be present to answer questions. 

The S3 line segment along NE 145th St includes BRT stations at the Shoreline South/148th light rail station and on NE 145th Street at 15th Ave NE and 30th Ave NE. 

There will also be roadway widening for bus lanes and new sidewalks westbound between 8th Ave NE and 6th Ave NE, and in both directions between approximately 12th Ave NE and 17th Ave NE. Sidewalk upgrades are also associated with the station located at 30th Ave NE.

Design refinements include:
  • Roadway, driveway, and sidewalk/planting strip refinements to reduce property and tree impacts.
  • Utility design and relocation.
  • Design of stormwater management systems.
  • Pavement design and signage.

The dates and times for the in-person drop-in sessions are: 
If you have questions about the latest designs for Stride S1 and S2, please email  


HomeTechHacker: Why You Should Use Multi-Factor Authentication

Duo Mobile
By Marlon Buchanan

Are you worried about being hacked? Do you worry about cybercriminals breaking into your online accounts? If so, you should be using Multi-factor authentication (MFA).

MFA is a security process that requires users to provide multiple pieces of evidence, or "factors," to verify their identity before accessing a system or service. This is in contrast to traditional authentication methods, which typically only require a single factor, such as a password. 

The multiple factors include:
  • A password, passphrase, or personal identification number (PIN) – Something you know
  • A token, smartcard, or key – Something you have
  • Biometrics like a fingerprint, voice recognition, or a retinal scan – Something you are

Hardware key
You’ve probably been using multi-factor authentication for years. When you go to an ATM machine to withdraw money, you insert an ATM card (something you have) and then enter a PIN (something you know). This is using multiple methods, or factors, to authenticate that you are you and can have access to your bank account.

Multi-factor authentication can use 2, 3, 4, or more methods of authentication. Two-factor authentication, or 2FA, is a type of multi-factor authentication that requires only two methods. The ATM example above is 2FA. So is your bank emailing or texting you a one-time authorization code when you log in to their website.

MFA has become increasingly important in recent years due to the proliferation of data breaches and cyberattacks. With traditional single-factor authentication, a hacker only needs to obtain a user's password in order to gain access to their accounts. With MFA, even if a hacker manages to obtain a user's password, they still need to provide additional evidence of their identity in order to access the system or service.

Yubi Key
MFA is an effective security measure because it makes it much more difficult for a hacker to gain access to a system or service. Even if a hacker manages to obtain a user's password, they still need to provide additional evidence of their identity in order to access the system or service. This added layer of security can significantly reduce the risk of unauthorized access and data breaches.

In addition to providing increased security, MFA can also improve user experience by reducing the risk of account lockouts and other security-related issues. With traditional single-factor authentication, users may experience account lockouts if they forget their password or enter it incorrectly. With MFA, users have additional methods of verifying their identity, which can reduce the risk of account lockouts and make it easier for users to access their accounts.

Marlon Buchanan
I recommend that everyone use MFA when it is offered. Most social media and financial accounts offer some form of MFA. 

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Heroes' Café hears from Carol Janssens and Faith about volunteering with Red Cross to aid Hurricane Ian victims

Service dog Faith wearing her 
Heroes' Cafe badge
Photo by Doug Cerretti
By Doug Cerretti

Carol Janssens and her four-legged friend, Faith, are volunteers for the American Red Cross Northwest Region. 

Faith, a Labrador, is trained as a support and therapy dog. They have two areas of expertise. The first is the Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) program which supports military personnel, veterans, and families including monthly visits to Heroes Café in Shoreline and Heroes Café in Lynnwood. 

Their second function is disaster relief: sheltering and reunification of families after fires and natural disasters such as tornadoes, floods and hurricanes. 

Damage around Ft. Myers
Photo courtesy of Carol Janssens
At Heroes Café Shoreline last Tuesday, March 14, 2023 Carol told attendees about their deployment to Florida after Hurricane Ian last fall. 

Hurricane Ian was the third-costliest weather disaster on record and the deadliest hurricane to strike Florida. 

The American Red Cross Northwest Region deployed 27 volunteers including Carol and Faith. 

After landing in Orlando, the team rented cars and drove to Ft. Myers near the center of destruction and joined FEMA in disaster relief.

Carol Janssens and Faith
Photo by Doug Cerretti
The destruction was widespread with 1000s of families in need. Carol served as the Reunification Manager directing 19 team members to help in the reunification of families. 

With power outages and cell towers destroyed communication was impossible except for the phone service Carol’s team had which allowed families to communicate with each other i.e., to let their families know they were safe. 

They also made wellness visits, arranged for doctor visits if needed and acquired needed medicines. 

Carol and Faith stayed in one of three FEMA tents which housed 2000 people. Fortunately, the tents were air conditioned as the temperatures in the Ft. Myers area rose to 90 degrees.

The dining tent fed 2000 aid workers
A fourth tent served as a dining hall and specialized trailers were on site that provided bathrooms with flush toilets (much better than Honey Buckets), showers and laundromats. 

After 2 ½ weeks Carol and her team moved to a hotel once their power was restored. 

Volunteers were given debit cards and encouraged to visit restaurants and stores to help the local economy. Carol and Faith returned home after 4 ½ weeks.

Legion member Fred Cornelius, Jr shared a
photo of his home near Ft. Myers
At the end of Carol’s talk, Shoreline’s American Legion Post 227 member Fred Cornelius, Jr. related that his house and car in North Port, 20 miles from Fr Myers was severely damaged. 

Only now, 6 months after the hurricane was Fred able to get a new roof and is now able to repair the extensive water damage to the interior. 

Mold fills the interior of Fred's home,
a result of 19 inches of rain and no roof.
Photo courtesy Fred Cornelius, Jr.
That happens when you get 19 inches of rain with no roof. Fred said it will take a long time for he and others to recover as there is a scarcity of most everything: contractors, building materials, gasoline and groceries. 

Food trucks make daily visits to his community. Power has not been restored in many areas and several roads are still impassible. Carol said that it will take years for things to get back to normal and for some, it may never get back to normal.

It will take years for Ft. Myers to get back to normal
It should be noted that the vast majority of American Red Cross people like Carol are volunteers. They are not paid except for expenses, whether helping families find housing after a local apartment building fire or traveling 3300 miles to Florida to aid hurricane victims. What a wonderful group of dedicated people!

To help the American Red Cross mission please donate money or, just as important, donate blood as there is a critical shortage. 


The Starr Sutherland, Jr Post 227 of The American Legion, 14521 17th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155, is sponsoring a blood drive from 1 pm to 6 pm Friday, March 24, 2023. You can make your reservations for the Blood Drive using the "Shoreline" sponsor code at

Heroes' Cafe Shoreline meets the second Tuesday of every month from 9:00am to 1:00pm at the Seattle Scottish Rite Center, 1207 N 152nd St, Shoreline, WA 98133. Veterans, Family, Friends and the Community are welcome.


Red Cross blood drive Friday March 24, 2023 at American Legion

The Starr Sutherland, Jr Post 227 of The American Legion, 14521 17th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155, is sponsoring a Red Cross blood drive from 1pm to 6pm Friday, March 24, 2023. 

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