Single vehicle fatality Tuesday morning

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Shoreline Fire reports a single car vehicle collision at some point after midnight Tuesday morning. The car was somewhat hidden from the road, off in the trees.

Fire/EMS, in conjunction with the police department that there was a single deceased occupant.

This collision occurred west of Fremont on the south side of 185th Street.

It was discovered by a passerby after 5am. MARR (Major Accident Response and Reconstruction) King County were on scene investigating most of the morning.


Richmond Jr. Football free skills camp

Football is just around the corner and Richmond Jr. Football wants your child to get the most out of his/her experience this season. 

That’s why they have partnered with Ford Sport Performance to present a free skills camp. Again, admission is free. Don't miss out! This camp will focus on the following:

  • Conditioning - Participants will work on drills that will help train and customize their bodies to provide them with a performance advantage.
  • Speed and Agility - FSP has designed several drills centered on speed and agility to enhance athletic performance.

Event details
Where: Shoreline Stadium, 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155
Date: This Saturday (July 27, 2019)
Time: 11:00am to 1:00pm (arrive between 10:15 and 10:45am)
Who: Boys and Girls (ages 6 to 13)

How to register 
Send an email with the following information to:
  1. Child's full name
  2. Child's grade level
  3. School where child is currently enrolled

All athletes who are interested in sharpening their skills and abilities are welcome; soccer, basketball, track and field, football, baseball, etc. Participants will receive a 20% off coupon for Dick's Sporting Goods.


Local dogs walking their people in the park

Starting at the left is Jack with his human Bill Clements, Kipling with Elizabeth Park, Marlowe and Rosie with Laurie Ann Dudley, and good old Owen with Bert Dudley in tow. It's a dog world.

Text and photos by Wayne Pridemore

Every week day a group of Richmond Beach dogs take their people for a walk. The dogs meet each morning at 7:30am at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park.

Through Richmond Beach Saltwater Park

For the last six years, Jack, Kipling, Marlowe, Rosie, and Owen have taken their people for a morning walk. They find that their humans are more relaxed for the rest of the day. It also seems to help keep excess weight off their charges. 

The walk starts at the park entrance and then goes out to the point and back. After leaving the park they take the humans north on 21st Ave NW. The routine is year round.


Jobs: WSDOT Shoreline

Biologist/Environmental Permit Coordinator (TPS3) 
Closing Date/Time Continuous - First review on 8/5/19

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is seeking a motivated project delivery-focused individual to fill the role of Biologist/Environmental Permit Coordinator. This position will serve as an interdisciplinary technical and regulatory specialist, and will primarily be responsible to conduct advanced transportation studies related to biological and aquatic resources.

The successful candidate will also serve as the environmental representative for projects to support scoping, design, construction, and post-construction efforts to meet NEPA, SEPA, ESA, Clean Water Act environmental reviews and permitting requirements. Our top candidate must have advanced collaboration and communication skills as this position communicates with many project partners including: Tribal Governments, the Landscape Architecture Office, Real Estate Services Office, Project Engineering Design and Construction Offices and Federal, State, and Local Agencies.

View the entire announcement and apply here: Biologist/Environmental Permit Coordinator

Assistant Real Estate Services Manager
Closing Date/Time Continuous - First Review 7/30/19

WSDOT is looking for an experienced and ambitious individual with polished project management skills to serve as the Assistant Real Estate Services Manager of the Northwest Region. Your knowledge, skills, and initiative will help support, manage, and lead a skilled and diverse 35 employee team for all of the Northwest Region's Real Estate Services programs.

View the entire announcement and apply here: Assistant Real Estate Services Manager


LFP City Council hiring consultant to design culvert replacements

Lake Forest Park City Hall
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
City of Lake Forest Park City Council regular meeting Thursday, July 25, 2019, 7:00pm in the City Hall Council Chambers 17425 Ballinger Way NE.


Ordinances and Resolutions

1. Ordinance 1195/Amendment to Civil Service Rules, LFPMC 2.40.195

2. Resolution 1741/Authorizing Mayor to Sign Agreement for Consultant Services with Gray and Osborne, Inc. to Design a Replacement for Culverts L80 and L90

Staff document (portion)

Culverts L80 and L90 are immediately downstream of a collapsed private culvert that exists on private property on the west side of SR 104, north of NE 185th Street.

Immediately north of the collapsed culvert is a culvert which passes underneath SR 104, identified as L100. Culvert L100 is the responsibility of WSDOT and they are currently designing a replacement as this culvert is included in a list of culverts with fish passage shortcomings WSDOT is required to replace in accordance with a court case.

The City and WSDOT have been communicating for several years about the culverts in order to coordinate our efforts to replace the culverts in a way that results in a proper and efficient transition between the projects.

Preliminarily, there have been discussions about including L100 in a project for which LFP would be the lead agency to replace all three culverts and restoring the creek in the collapsed portion. This proposal would be very similar to that which occurred during the replacement of the Lyon Creek culverts in 2015, where the replacement of WSDOT’s culvert under SR 522 was included in the City’s culvert replacement project, with WSDOT reimbursing the City for the cost of design and construction. 

While that arrangement worked well, WSDOT has scheduled the replacement of L100 for 2021 while the City project is not expected to be ready for construction until 2022.  We are not ruling out a joint project, however, and will continue to communicate with WSDOT on this topic during design.


New water fountain in Horizon View park

The Northshore Utility District purchased, donated, and installed a new drinking fountain at Horizon View Park.

The park is located at 19845-20099 47th Ave NE, Lake Forest Park 98155

Photo courtesy of City of Lake Forest Park.


Shoreline Place demolishes old catalog building

Demolition of catalog building at Shoreline Place
Photo courtesy Merlone Geier

Merlone Geier announced that they have started demolition of the old Sears Catalogue Building on the north side of the property near the entrance from 160th. It is preparation for future development and construction, and improves safety on the property.

They stated that "the Shoreline Planning Commission unanimously recommended our Shoreline Place Development Agreement to City Council." The City Council will now review the Development Agreement starting on August 5.

The catalog building was behind the upper level
of the old Sears building
Photo courtesy Merlone Geier

They will be at Celebrate Shoreline 2019 as sponsors of the Family Stage and welcome you to come talk to them.

For more Shoreline Place information and updates, see them on Facebook, Instagram, and website.


Letter to the Editor: Reasons to vote for David Chen for Shoreline City Council

To the Editor:

I appreciate anyone running for Shoreline City Council. It’s not easy to run for office, but more choices and conversations make a healthy democracy, especially in a rapidly growing city with changing demographics.

Shoreline currently has only two first-term Council members: Betsy Robertson, appointed in 2018 and running to keep her seat this year, and Susan Chang, who could run again in 2021. The seven others have served multiple terms.

I’ve been writing letters to City Council for five years, advocating for policies and funding for neighborhood business areas to improve walkability, community and the local economy. I’ve watched Council and City staff instead focus on proposing new taxes and planning discrete projects, all on or west of Aurora Ave, including Shoreline Place, the proposed Community Aquatic Center, and an ongoing focus on the “Town Center” at City Hall.

They have not tackled the more challenging goals of reallocating existing funding for new priorities and encouraging good redevelopment everywhere, particularly in rezoned areas near the future light rail stations to the east.

But growth needs infrastructure and policy to help all neighborhoods serve all residents as well as possible in the future.

David will represent a broader range of residents regarding these more challenging goals. Both of his opponents, Doris McConnell and Ginny Scantlebury, are longtime Shoreline residents who live on the water in Richmond Beach. Both prefer to slow the rate at which Shoreline changes and have not been champions regarding quality of redevelopment.

Residents on east side are in general less wealthy and more diverse, with more newer residents who are generally less connected politically. David is from Echo Lake, and his priorities are affordable and diverse housing options and the local economy. David is curious and articulate, passionate about representation and demographics, and ready to dive into policy details. He’d provide more balance and great energy to City Council.

Megan Kogut PhD


CRISTA Media adds Sara Willy as KCMS / KCIS Marketing and Promotions Director

Sara Willy

CRISTA Media is pleased to announce the hiring of Sara Willy as Marketing and Promotions Director for KCMS (SPIRIT 105.3 FM) and KCIS (630 AM), effective August 1, 2019. 

Willy is returning to broadcast media after several years spent in the world of theatre. In addition, since 2011 she has owned and managed seven hyper-local Seattle neighborhood news blogs.

Her vast professional experience also extends to event production and management, marketing, and media sales.

She owns a BA in Communications from Western Washington University, and a master’s degree in Educational Theatre from New York University.

A native of Seattle who carries a deep passion for her local community, Willy currently resides in Magnolia with her two sons.

Established in 1954, CRISTA Media owns and operates KCMS SPIRIT 105.3 and KCIS 630 in Seattle (WA), KWPZ PRAISE 106.5 in Bellingham (WA), KFMK SPIRIT 105.9 in Austin (TX), and multi-market HD radio/music streaming services LIFT Radio, Sky Country Radio and Quiet Time Radio. CRISTA Media is part of the CRISTA Family of Ministries.


East Wenatchee using goats to protect city from wildfires

Filbert and friends take a short nap
Photo copyright Marc Weinberg

Now that wildfire season has begun, the city of East Wenatchee, just across the mountains, is using a very large herd of goats to eat and trample the dried grasses and vines that helped sustain and spread a wildfire by the town last year.

The city lost 28 houses when sparks from burning grasslands were picked up by the winds and spread to homes.

The Seattle Times has the story: Goats gobble wildfire fuel around Wenatchee, where dozens of homes burned in 2015.

Shoreline residents know how effective goats are. The city has been using Earthcraft Services goat herds for seven years, to clear steep slopes in Shoreline. (Shoreline's urban shepherd)

The wildfires in Shoreline and north Seattle have primarily been on the steep slopes next to the freeway. Often they threatened homes. One wildfire last year managed to burn both sides of the freeway.

Perhaps WSDOT would consider maintaining their property with a few goat herds.

--Diane Hettrick


Sweet Alchemy ice cream cart in Downtown Ridgecrest this Saturday

Downtown Ridgecrest has an ice cream cart this Saturday evening, on July 27, 2019. 

Sweet Alchemy, started by a UW graduate, is an ice creamery that focuses on small batch, organic ice cream made with local ingredients.

Sweet Alchemy has two brick and mortar locations in the University District and Ballard.

Sweet Alchemy also has a portable ice cream freezer for events, and they'll be scooping in front of Ridgecrest Public House from about 5 - 9pm Saturday evening.

People 21 and over can enjoy dinner from the dinner food truck Don Luchos's Peruvian Sandwiches and ice cream paired with beer, cider, wine or nonalcoholic beverages, either inside with air-conditioning or on the south-facing patio of Ridgecrest Pub. People of all ages can eat and drink non-alcoholic beverages on the picnic tables adjacent to the patio.

For more information about the nightly food trucks in Downtown Ridgecrest, see our food truck schedule.


Free help with genealogy "Brick Walls" Saturday

Who are you and where
did you come from!!!!
Sno-Isle Genealogical society offers free "Brick Wall" help this Sat. July 27 starting at 10am to 3pm at the Sno-Isle Research Library, 19827 Poplar Way, Heritage Park, Lynnwood.

An experienced researcher will work "one on one" to help solve your research problem.

Call on Thursday between 11am - 3pm to make a Saturday appointment. Phone: 425-775-6267.


Photo: Brilliant red flowers

Monday, July 22, 2019

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Aren't these gorgeous? I love the mix of solid color and white edges.

What are they?

Are the ones with white completely different or are they just the new flower opening up?



Painted Pianos

The Painted Pianos have been installed in their summer locations. People are encouraged to play the pianos but if your childhood didn't include piano lessons, admiring the art is sufficient.

Arcane Comics in Parkwood Plaza
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

“Fantastic Green Spaces” by Joseph Brooks is now in place in front of Arcane Comics at Parkwood Plaza 15220 Aurora Ave, Shoreline 98133.

Marijke Keyser's organ looks different from every angle. Here are photos of the front, the side, and the back. This is the only organ in the show. It is on the north side of City Hall Council Chambers, by the Veteran's Memorial.

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

There are 11 pianos around Shoreline - visit them all - you have until September 20, 2019.

Central Market
Arcane Comics
Sky Nursery
Monka Brewing
North City Water District
Richmond Beach Library
Shoreline Library
Shoreview Dog Park
Spartan Community Center 
City Hall
Modern Glaze

Want your picture in the paper? Send us a photo of you with one or more of the pianos.

7-23-19  Added name and location of piano


The Code: Behind-the-scenes history of the people who built Silicon Valley

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 7pm, Third Place Books, author Margaret O’Mara will read from her new book: The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America 

Long before Margaret O'Mara became one of our most consequential historians of the American-led digital revolution, she worked in the Clinton White House in the earliest days of the commercial Internet.

Deploying a wonderfully rich and diverse cast of protagonists across four generations of explosive growth in the Valley, O'Mara has wrestled into magnificent narrative form one of the most fateful developments in modern American history.

The Code is the true, behind-the-scenes history of the people who built Silicon Valley and shaped Big Tech in America.

You'll have to wait until Saturday, July 27 at 6pm for another author this week, when Nick He reads from his book: Two Dads and Three Girls

One hundred percent made in China, Nick grew up in an environment where being gay was not an option. In this memoir, he takes readers on his journey from growing up as a confused "straight" boy from China to having a lovely husband and three girls through surrogacy.

Two Dads and Three Girls is a celebration of courage and love. It challenges each of us to dig deep into our soul to find what matters most to us, gain courage through the stories, and live our lives in truth.

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

Call the bookstore to reserve a copy of one of these books, then have the author sign the book at the event. 206-366-3333.


Echo Lake Neighborhood held a work party and picnic in Echo Lake Park

Volunteers in Echo Lake Park
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The Echo Lake Neighborhood Association held its annual work party and picnic in Echo Lake Park on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.

The weather was perfect for the many volunteers who came to weed the flower beds and spread new mulch.

Over 80 ELNA residents and guests had
dinner in the park
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

After the work party there was a picnic where people had a chance to sit down and eat together. ELNA neighbors were joined by Shoreline City council members and candidates, Shoreline School Board and candidates, City staff, Schools administrators, and water district commissioners, for informal conversations on a lovely summer day.

Lakeside resident Barbara Lacy was checking in to get tools to pick up
a pile of bread that someone had left for the birds while Shoreline Councilmember
Susan Chang was getting ready to write a check to Hopelink
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The new center director for Hopelink joined the group and gave tax receipts for the food and cash donations neighbors brought.

This was also the last opportunity for people to bring books for the Council of Neighborhoods book sale the next evening.

On August 15 and August 22, ELNA will hold Frolic by the Lake events with food trucks and family activities. All are welcome to attend.


Coffee hour at the Senior Center to learn about the Property Tax Bond Measure to fund the Community Aquatics Center

City of Shoreline webpages

Want to learn more about 2019 General Election Ballot to Authorize a Property Tax Bond Measure for the Community Aquatics Center?

A Coffee Hour will be co-hosted by Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center and Shoreline Parks and Recreation Staff, Eric Friedli and Angie Ramirez

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 10:00am – 11:00am
Ask questions, find answers and review the proposed building specs

All are welcome!

Shoreline – Lake Forest Park Senior Center
18560 1st Ave NE, Bldg G
Shoreline, WA 98155


Shakespeare in the Park - Romeo and Juliet - Wednesday July 24

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Shakespeare in the Park will present Romeo and Juliet on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:30pm in Richmond Beach Community Park, 2201 NW 197th St (sometimes known as Library Park).

The timeless story of a whirlwind romance. Spend an evening with star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet.

From first shy glance, to a stolen moment away from disapproving eyes, to whirlwind romance that races to a dire conclusion, two love-struck teenagers risk everything to be together. 
Caught between their feuding families, Romeo and Juliet struggle to overcome generations of hatred and build a world where their love can thrive. Twists and tragedy hinder their desire to be together until they decide to take a chance on a daring scheme that hurtles them to their final fate.

Performed by Seattle Shakespeare’s Wooden O cast, featuring an all-female company. The production takes inspiration from Shakespeare’s original casting practice, but with a modern sensibility giving a whole new look at this classic story.

This free program is presented by the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council. Support is provided, in part, by the City of Shoreline, City of Lake Forest Park, and generous members and donors.


The 9PM Routine

The Lake Forest Park Police Department is running a new social media campaign called 9PM Routine.

What is 9PM Routine? 

Every night, remember to

  1. take all valuables out of your cars and lock the doors, 
  2. grab the mail out of the mailbox, 
  3. make sure the family’s bikes are secured, 
  4. close the garage door, 
  5. turn on your exterior lights, and 
  6. close the house up tight.

To help you get in the habit, almost every evening around 9PM, the police department will post a funny reminder on its Facebook page.

The one posted here was a kind of parting gift to retiring Chief Steve Sutton. As you can see, the officers enjoyed picking on the boss.

Follow Lake Forest Park PD on Facebook to see all of them.


Lake City Summer Festival and Parade Saturday, August 3

Lake City will hold its annual summer festival and parades (three of them!) on Saturday, August 3, 2019. Lake City has been holding this summer event since 1950, as part of the SeaFair celebration.

There are three parades, a salmon BBQ, beer gardens, car show, drone racing, dancers, artists, crafters, family fun zone, and a free movie about Chief Seattle's daughter!

When twilight arrives, the parades down Lake City Way begin. There’s the Rotary of Seattle NE kid’s parade at 6pm; the Original Dog Parade at 6:30pm; and The Seafair Grand Parade at 7pm, featuring all you favorites - Drill Teams, Marching Bands, Clowns, Pirates, and more.

And with the expanded parade route, there will be more majestic floats from all over the PNW!

Bring your chairs and enjoy the show. 

Lake City shares a border with Shoreline and Lake Forest Park at NE 145th. The heart of Lake City and where most of the events take place is around NE 125th. Be sure to check the map so you don't miss anything!

Parking is a challenge, so they run a shuttle service in to the events.

Lots of information on their website.


Friday afternoon at the movies Aug 2

Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center and Scarecrow Video’s Silver Cinema Project partner to show some of the most beloved classics for all to enjoy again and again.

This month, GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL will be shown on Friday, August 2, 2019 from 1:30 - 3:30pm in the Bridge Room. There is a suggested donation of $2.

The Senior Center is located at 18560 1st Ave NE in the southernmost building on the Shoreline Center campus.

GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL is set at the fictional war-torn European country Zubrowka in the 1930s. 
The Grand Budapest Hotel tells the story of two people: Monsieur Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes), a concierge, one of his employees, the lobby boy Zero (Tony Revolori), and the friendship they form as they team up for several misadventures while trying to prove Gustave's innocence after he was framed for murder.

The cast is full of characters that help make this 2014 murder mystery a winner of a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture- Musical or Comedy.

Watch for Tilda Swinton, F Murray Abraham. Adrian Brody, Willem Defoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, and, believe it or not, many more!


Flags at half-staff Tuesday for Ret. Associate Justice Stevens

Pursuant to a Presidential Proclamation, Governor Inslee hereby directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, in memory of Retired Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, John Paul Stevens.
Retired Associate Justice Stevens passed away on July 16 from complications of a stroke at the age of 99.

Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on Tuesday, July 23, 2019.

Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.

Retired Associate Justice John Paul Stevens will lie in repose in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court of the United States on Monday, July 22. The public is invited to pay respects from 10:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. A private ceremony at the Supreme Court will begin at 9:30 a.m. A private funeral service and interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday, July 23.

Please call (360) 902-0383 if you have any questions about this flag lowering.


Multiple organizations receive money from local Buddy Poppy donations

USO Northwest center at SeaTac
By Carl "Chris" Christopherson

Members of VFW Post 3348 twice annually (Memorial Day and Veterans Day) enjoy discussing and then voting on which organizations will receive donations from the net proceeds from their Buddy Poppy events.

Having already delivered 25 Gift Cards ($50 each) to the 25 veterans who live in the Compass Veterans Center in Shoreline, (see previous article) the members decided to donate the remaining $6,750 to other organizations that serve veterans.

Some larger organizations regularly receive millions annually. Any donation we may make to them would only have the effect of a drop in the ocean, so we deliberately choose organizations where our donation will either make a difference or of whom we are particularly fond.

USO Northwest at SeaTac provides many services

Those organizations that our members chose were
  • VFW National Home for Children
  • VFW Unmet Needs 
  • USO Northwest (SeaTac)
  • Two VFW Department of Washington Funds
  • Fisher House of Puget Sound
  • WA Soldiers Home in Orting, WA
  • Veterans Home in Port Orchard, WA
  • U.S. Volunteers – Joint Service Command 103rd BCT 
  • Joint Service Committee 

It would take pages to adequately describe these organizations. Here are some less verbose comments on a few of the organizations we did choose:
  • $500 for USO Northwest @ SeaTac. VFW members who volunteer at USO tell of the need for small things e.g. coffee, sugar, etc. that they offer to Active Duty veterans and their families at SeaTac airport.

VFW National Home for Children in Michigan
Washington VFW sponsors one of the houses

  • $500 for VFW National Home for Children. This is a 600-acre facility in Eaton Rapids, Michigan that has 42 single-family homes available only to military families. Each house has a sponsor. The VFW Department of Washington [State] sponsored one of those houses. 
  • There are four Veterans Homes in WA State --- two on the West Side and two on the East Side (Spokane and Walla Walla). We focus on the West Side:
    • $1,500 for WA Soldiers Home (Orting, WA) --- $500 for their cemetery which we were told was a need. The remaining $1,000 was for the Home itself.
    • $1,450 for Veterans Home (Port Orchard, WA) --- $600 for their cemetery which we were told was a need; $500 to “Building 9” which helps the homeless; $350 to their Nursing Home.
Families live at the VFW National Home for Children

  • $500 for Fisher House which is literally 50 yards away from the VA Hospital in Seattle. It houses family members of existing patients in the VA hospital who cannot otherwise afford to stay in a local hotel.
  • $500 for the Joint Service Committee. These are local veterans who volunteer to help other veterans with their VA claims. They are led by an attorney who is a member of VFW Post 3348 and is VA certified. He understands what the VA looks for on VA Claims and is very effective in helping veterans with their VA Claims; he is breathtakingly effective at helping veterans with PTSD. 
All VFW members are very appreciative of the public for the donations they make in exchange for Buddy Poppies.


Dahlias for Seniors 2019 starts now

Bouquets are waiting for you at the Ridgecrest Pub
Photo by John Hibbs, ND

By John Hibbs, ND

Thanks again to everyone who came to the May dahlia tuber sale. In addition to raising almost $800 for our Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center, there will a lot more dahlias blooming in our town this summer!

It’s been an exceptional growing season, with lots of sun and rain, and the Dahlias for Seniors fundraiser for the SL-LFP Senior Center is off to an early start. The dahlias (my front yard!) are exploding about two weeks ahead of when they were expected.

John's front yard is exploding with dahlias
Photo by John Hibbs, ND

Dahlias for Seniors is partnering again this year with Megan Kogut, savvy and community-minded owner of Shoreline’s own Ridgecrest Public House (520 NE 165th St, Shoreline 98155). Yesterday I made first delivery to the Pub, and you can pick up a bouquet seven evenings a week there, now through October, on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays shortly after opening.

And like last summer, in two weeks you can begin picking up bouquets for a donation at the SL-LFP Senior Center (18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline 98155); deliveries Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays after about 10:30am.


Children, youth and volunteers plan a fun week at Vacation Bible Adventure and Youth Basketball Clinic

Children from throughout Shoreline and neighboring communities will learn about different wild animals during Vacation Bible Adventures at Berean Bible Church next week. Over 100 children come from throughout the community with the balance of some 40 from the church family.

Over 90 volunteers help throughout the week doing a variety of tasks. Volunteers come from throughout Shoreline, the eastside, Seattle, Edmonds, Lynnwood and as far as Everett and Marysville.

“Our volunteers are dedicated to helping each child feel special, regardless of what role they are serving in,” stated Suzy Bates, director of the annual VBA program. 
“We have workers who provide snacks, help children do crafts or woodworking projects, play outdoor and indoor games, lead science and other hands-on activities. Some have administrative roles, but most are directly involved with sharing God's love with the children and providing encouragement,” Bates added.

Berean has offered VBA since the late 1960s at the church now celebrating its 55th year of serving the Shoreline area at the same location. Many of the volunteers are charter members of the church or have served since their youth when they, too, participated in the early years of VBA.

Two couples, Jerry and Sandie Johnson, along with Dave and Sharon Amundsen, have probably volunteered at VBA the most years.

Sandie has helped in the crafts for different age groups. “I want the kids to have a good time, doing the games and crafts,” she said. “It’s always a rewarding experience.” 

The Johnsons and Amundsens are long-time volunteers

“I’ve done everything from teaching how to build a fire and cook something to helping organize and obtain the materials used in various projects, including construction of the water blasters,” Jerry stated with enthusiasm. He has taught children to clean fish, build outdoor rain shelters, assemble woodworking kits and led many, many outdoor games. 
“We try to make the games and activities relate to the theme of each year’s Vacation Bible Adventure. It’s wonderful to see the kids learn and develop friendships,” he continued. “I love the opportunity to help the kids” he added.

“Our congregation is dedicated to providing spiritual encouragement to children from our community,” added Bates. “The congregation volunteers not just during a week of VBA each summer but during our Wednesday evening children's club programs during the school year.”

The Vacation Bible Adventure begins next Monday, July 22 until Friday, July 26, 2019 and runs from 9:00am through noon. They are still taking registrations, so go here for a registration form or contact Suzy Bates at Berean Bible Church at 206-363-1466 or e-mail for more information.

The church is located at 2345 N 185th at 1st Ave NE diagonally across from the Shoreline Center.

--Text by Bob Junell
--Photos by Jennifer Kauppila and John Bates


Book review by Aarene Storms: Drag Teen

Drag Teen by Jeffery Self

18 year old JT is stuck in Clearwater, Florida where the water isn't clear. He dreams of life somewhere -- anywhere -- else, but his family is content running a roadside gas station and eating food from the dollar store, and they consider a few classes at Clearwater Tech School sufficient "higher education" for their vision of JT's future. No support there.

JT's boyfriend Seth proposes a solution: a drag queen competition for teens in New York City. The prize for first place is a four-year scholarship. Why would JT, a talented singer and drag-queen wannabe, not want to participate?

The answer to that, and some other stuff, is the guts of this book.

Part unlikely-road-trip adventure, part fish-out-of-water drama, part coming-of-age story, Drag Teen is a fun read. 

Sure, the plot relies too heavily on coincidence, and some of the characters were so two-dimensional that it's a wonder they could get Spanx to stay on, and clearly the narrator's personal arc was copied from some old "afterschool special" formula, and the ending was completely non-credible.

But for all the weaknesses, I enjoyed reading this book.

Recommended for readers ages 12 and up.

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


Jobs in Shoreline and Mountlake Terrace

The City of Mountlake Terrace has announced new job openings.

Maintenance Worker I - Public Works
Under the supervision of the Public Works Supervisors, Operations Manager, Public Works Director and may also receive direction from Maintenance Worker II, performs maintenance of City infrastructure including (but not limited to), streets, sewer systems, storm water systems and water systems as required to provide a clean, safe, and functional environment for all city patrons and employees.

More information view the attached job description: here

Site Assistant - Before and After School Programs (half-time)
This half-time position is for a before and after school site. Position is responsible for assisting with various youth programs: arts and crafts, games, sports, special events and leisure activities for kids aged 3-12. The candidate is required to possess terrific organizational skills, leadership, and responsibility.

This position must be available 7:15 - 9:15 a.m. and 3:00 - 6:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Work hours/location are subject to change. More information and view the attached job description: here

WSDOT in Shoreline has these new openings

Administrative Assistant 3
Closing Date/Time: Thu. 07/25/19 11:59 PM Pacific Time

WSDOT is seeking an energetic and organized administrative professional to independently perform duties in direct support of senior management. This position will establish and improve procedures and manage the day-to-day administrative functions relating to payroll, travel, accounting, and supplies. Specifically supporting the SnoKing Assistant Regional Administrators (ARA) and NW Region Communications Manager, we are looking for a highly organized, efficient individual with exceptional communication skills.

View the entire posting and apply here: AA3

Associate Designer - Transportation Engineer 2
Closing Date/Time: Thu. 08/08/19 11:59 PM Pacific Time

The Associate Designer position will serve in Construction or Design offices located in Shoreline, Washington.

Apply standard engineering procedures and techniques to accomplish a wide variety of work in the office and field. Work performed may include performing design work in support of consultant design led projects, and assisting Project Managers in consultant led project management.

View the entire posting and apply here: Associate Designer - TE2


Paddle Safe Week is July 21 to 27

Paddlesports continue to grow in popularity, and so do fatal accidents involving paddlers. 

Since 2012, close to half of all boating fatalities in Washington state involved paddlecraft. 

Capsizing and swamping are the leading type of accident, and the leading cause of death is drowning. 

In many cases, victims were not wearing life jackets.
“Many paddlers don’t realize their paddlecraft are actually boats, and the same rules of the road, navigation and safety apply,” said Rob Sendak, Boating Program manager. 
“All paddlers are responsible for knowing laws and keeping themselves and others safe. They should seek out some type of formal instruction, whether it’s (from) a certified instructor, a paddling group or an online course. 
“In addition to getting educated, the number-one safety precaution paddlers can take is to wear a lifejacket — always,” Sendak added. “It’s the best way to protect their life in case of an accident.” 

Last month, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a proclamation declaring July 21 through July 27 as Paddle Safe Week. During this time, State Parks Boating Program will place additional focus on the following eight safety tips:

Get educated
Knowing about paddling safety leads to a more enjoyable experience. Numerous classes are available through local clubs and outfitters, city and county parks and recreation departments and online.

Always wear a life jacket
State law requires all vessels, including canoes, kayaks and stand up paddleboards, to have at least one properly fitted Coast Guard-approved life jacket for each person on board.

Carry essential gear
Essential safety gear includes a whistle or other sound-producing device (required by law). In addition, people should carry some form of communication device such as a cell phone (in a waterproof bag) or VHF marine radio (while on coastal waters). Other essentials depend on the type of waterway and length of trip and should be researched in advance.

Avoid alcohol and drugs 
Operating any vessel, including paddlecraft, while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or marijuana, is not only unsafe, it’s illegal.

Check and understand the weather
Paddlers should check the weather frequently before and during their trip, keeping an eye on current conditions and forecasts. Check warnings, weather conditions, wind and wave forecasts, tides and current conditions or river flows— and understand when conditions are beyond their capabilities.

Protect against cold-water shock
Many of Washington’s waters remain below 60 degrees all year — including lakes and rivers — even during hot weather. The biggest risk is not hypothermia; it’s cold-water shock, which occurs in the first stage of immersion. Professionals recommend avoiding cotton and wearing synthetic materials when a wet or dry suit is not available.

Be visible to other boaters
Paddlecraft sit low on the water, so it can be hard for other boaters to see them. The Boating Program advises paddlers to wear bright neon colors and colors that contrast, put highly reflective tape on paddles, use a flagpole and carry a bright light.

File a float plan
Before going out on the water, even for a brief time, people should always tell a trusted friend or relative their plan. Include names of everyone going, the route, what time they’re going and returning and what to do if they don’t return when expected.

Learn more paddlesport safety tips here.


42 mile paved trail will run from Renton to Woodinville and connect to four light rail stations on the east side

Elected officials and community partners on Saturday unveiled Eastrail, the new name for the emerging 42-mile multipurpose previously known as Eastside Rail Corridor.

They also announced a new nonprofit partner that will help complete its transformation from a lightly used freight rail line to an uninterrupted paved trail.

The trail will reach from Gene Coulon Park in Renton through Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, and extend north to Woodinville and Snohomish County.

It will connect to four light rail stations that Sound Transit will open in 2023 as part of its East Link extension.

“Today, we accelerate our unified effort to complete an ambitious 42-mile regional trail that will connect Eastside communities with a scenic paved path,” said Executive Constantine. 
“Eastrail will offer a convenient, healthy way to get to and from four of the 10 Link light rail stations we will open on the Eastside in 2023."


Gallery North celebrates its 10th annual Beauty of the Northwest show

Shimmering Sunset
Painting by by Beverly Fotheringham

Gallery North announces its 10th annual Beauty of the Northwest invitational art show featuring 58 works of art created by 37 Washington artists.

This exhibit allows the artists to explore various creative interpretations that celebrate the splendor of our region. 

The show opens August 1st at Gallery North in downtown Edmonds. All artwork is available for purchase during the show which is open to the public seven days a week until August 30th.

Aging Gracefully
Artist Lyla Jacobsen
Guest juror Darlene Lucas will select the awards for the 2019 Beauty of the Northwest show. Ms. Lucas is a well-known local artist who has successfully exhibited in many galleries and special exhibitions throughout the state.

Juror Darlene Lucas says, “I look carefully at every work of art. I am looking first of all for strong visual design and personal interpretation. This should be supported with technical competence… there are many ways to produce excellent works.”

The poster art for the Beauty of the Northwest is the painting “Shimmering Sunset” by Beverly Fotheringham. The award for this year was donated by Digital Canvas NW.

The Artists’ Reception will be at Gallery North on Saturday, August 10th from 1 to 4pm with awards presented at 2pm. Edmonds Art Walk on August 15th from 5-8pm will feature the Beauty of the Northwest exhibit. The public is invited to attend both of these free events to enjoy refreshments and meet many of the artists.

About Gallery North: In operation for more than 55 years, Gallery North is one of the longest running artist-run cooperative galleries in the nation. It continues its mission to promote and sell local art in the heart of downtown Edmonds. Open 7 days a week, Gallery North is located at 401 Main Street, Edmonds.


CNBC ranks UW Bothell No. 2 on list of public colleges that ‘pay off the most’

Saturday, July 20, 2019

CNBC Make It has ranked the University of Washington Bothell No. 2 on its list of public colleges that provide the greatest return on investment.

And No. 1? The University of Washington Seattle.

The ranking of colleges that “pay off the most” was based on CNBC’s analysis of data provided by The Hechinger Report’s Tuition Tracker and PayScale’s College Salary Report.

According to the CNBC Make It list:
  • The average net cost for UW Bothell students from families with an annual income of $48,001 to $75,000 is $8,767.
  • The median salary for alumni with 0-5 years of experience is $58,200.
  • The median salary for alumni with 10-plus years of experience is $104,100.
  • The salary average, early and mid-career, is $81,150.

The UW campus in Seattle was ranked No. 1 on the CNBC Make It list, published July 16. The UW also was ranked No. 28 on the Times Higher Education’s world university rankings for 2020, released July 17.

“UW Bothell is a student-centered campus with faculty and staff committed to helping students succeed,” said Sharon A. Jones, UW Bothell vice chancellor for academic affairs. 
“We meet students where they are, offering core classes in the evening, instituting an early warning system that alerts counselors when students experience drawbacks and ensuring the work they do here mirrors what they’ll be doing out there. 
“We are pleased by the recognition, because we believe in the power of a UW Bothell degree to transform lives and uplift communities.”

Sean Marsh, interim associate vice chancellor of advancement, said, “As we near our 30th year in 2020, UW Bothell has more than 22,000 alumni, and most of them remain in the state of Washington where they are innovating new technologies and contributing to the region’s quality of life.”

UW Bothell provides access to an exceptional University of Washington education to students in a campus environment that fosters student achievement. Offering more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, UW Bothell builds regional partnerships, inspires change, creates knowledge, shares discoveries and prepares students for leadership in the state of Washington and beyond.


Photos: Hydrangeas in Japanese art

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

By Wayne Pridemore

The hydrangea, "ajisai" in Japanese, is the floral symbol of rainy season. The flower is adored and honored by most Japanese like they do for ume, sakura, and irises. 

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

These wonderful plants have come into bloom in our yard.

A hanging scroll painting of hydrangeas attributed to Ogata Korin (1658-1716), part of the Metropolitan Museum collection.

Japanese dish with Hydrangeas decoration from the Edo period, 1615-1868, an example of Nabeshima ware. These were reserved exclusively for use as presents to members of the ruling class.

A lovely print from the British Museum, artist unidentified but of the Maruyanna school showing a blue hydrangea filled with text and poems.

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