New Shorewood Technology Student Association sends team to state competition and returns with honors

Saturday, April 1, 2023

Shorewood Technology Student Association
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

Shorewood High School started its first Technology Student Association (TSA) chapter this year and entered the Washington TSA state competition.

Shares TSA Advisor Ms. Nouwens, “These students have just been amazing in their determination, perseverance, and positive energy to get their chapter off the ground. At the 11th hour, TSA Chapter President Grace Abernathy and Maddy Costello rallied the troops to form teams and enter the state competition.”

Eleven students competed, with teams and individuals participating in 10 different events as well as two entries into the cardboard boat contest, with “The Perfect Storm” and “The SS Stormray.” 

Ready for the cardboard boat contest
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

Students also put in more than 25 hours of volunteer time over the three days to help events run smoothly.

Grace Abernathy 1st in State for Debating Technological Issues
Reagan Dunphy 1st in State for Forensics

Finalist Results:

  • Debating Technological Issues: Grace Abernathy and Andrew Mitchell placed 1st in State!
  • Forensics: Reagan Dunphy and Andrew Mitchell placed 1st in State!
  • Structures: Lily Doll and Rachel Li were finalist competitors in the top 20.
  • Board Games Design: Inara Cutler, Kat Sitaras, Rachel Li, Lily Doll, and Aya Burpee were finalist competitors and finished in the top 12.
Forensics team Andrew Mitchell and Reagan Dunphy placed 1st in State
Andrew also placed first in State for Debating Technological Issues
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

Participants and Events:
  • Grace Abernathy: Tech Debate, Essays on Tech, Extemp Speech, Tech Problem Solving, On Demand Video
  • Aspasia Banchero: Architectural Design, Promotional Design, Board Games
  • Maddy Costello: Tech Problem Solving, On Demand Video
  • Inara Cutler: Tech Problem Solving, On Demand Video, Board Games
  • Lily Doll: Structural Design, Tech Problem Solving, Board Games
  • Reagan Dunphy: Forensics, Essays on Tech
  • Kian Hammer: Board Games
  • Corbin LeRahl: Board Games
  • Rachel Li: Structural Design, Promotional Design, Board Games
  • Andrew Mitchell: Forensics, Tech Debate
  • Kat Sitaras: On Demand Video, Board Games


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Fix ??

Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter HERE


North Helpline Empty Bowls events raise nearly $40,000 for food banks and homelessness prevention programs

Finding just the right bowl takes some time
Photo courtesy North Helpline

North Helpline held a multi-location "Empty Bowls" fundraiser March 24-26, 2023. (see our previous article) Pottery studios, school art classes, and individuals donated bowls.

Participants chose a bowl and purchased it for $30. The bowl was filled with soup and the money went to support North Helpline's programs.

They report:

Our 14th annual community meal was a hit!

We are so grateful for everyone in our community that came together to make our 14th annual community meal such a success.

The joy of finding just the right bowl
Photo courtesy North Helpline

Together we raised nearly $40,000 to support our two food banks and homelessness prevention programs!

Thank you to the many community partners that helped us raise essential funding. 
  • To our incredible soup donors without which there would be no meal to share. 
  • To all the amazing artisans, students, and local craftspeople that donate each and every one of our bowls. 
  • To the many local businesses, museums, and neighbors that donate to our online auction. 
  • Finally, the amazing crew of volunteers that help us plan and run Empty Bowls year after year.
Most of all, thank YOU for supporting our community meal and the neighbors we serve.


Shoreline School District students honored at State PTA Reflections program

“Gaia’s Playground”
Photograph by Natalie Lesh
Reflections® is a theme focused National PTA and Washington State PTA arts recognition program. 

The Reflections program celebrates student creativity and encourages school age youth to express themselves through the arts. 

Student art is judged first at the school level. Finalists from the school level then move on to the district level and then the state and national levels for judging. 

The theme this year was “Show Your Voice.”

The 2022-2023 Washington State PTA Reflections finalists have been announced.

Congratulations to the following student artists in our school district:

Geneva Betnal, Brookside Elementary School
Honorable Mention in the Dance Choreography category for Intermediate Elementary (grades 3-5)
Dance titled “Fly Away”

Desmond Wirkala-Bryant, Einstein Middle School
Honorable Mention in the Film Production category for Middle School (grades 6-8)
Film titled “Vocal Ascension”

Madeline Buker, Echo Lake Elementary School
Outstanding Interpretation in the Music Composition category for Primary Elementary (grades K-2)
Composition titled “The Tailwagger”

Natalie Lesh, Shorecrest High School
Honorable Mention in the Photography category for High School (grades 9-12)
Photograph titled “Gaia’s Playground”

Students receiving the Washington State Outstanding Interpretation award qualify for National PTA Reflections level judging and their submission has been forwarded to National PTA. 

Best wishes to student Madeline Bunker whose musical composition “The Tailwagger” will be moving on to be judged at the national level!
See her composition below!

All are invited to join in honoring this year's Reflections finalists 
by attending the

Washington State PTA Reflections Student Recognition Celebration
Thursday, April 27, 2023 from 6:30 - 8:00pm
Online/ virtual program

During the WSPTA Reflections Celebration award-winning students’ artwork will be shown with live hosts guiding attendees through activities and a live chat feature so the audience can congratulate students as their artwork is displayed. 

You must “reserve a spot” to view the online program. Free to register. For more information click here. To reserve a spot (free) click here


Sound Transit: Stride bus online open house continues through April 8

Bus stop design
Sound Transit wants to hear from you! 

Learn about the latest designs Sound Transit has for the Stride S1, S2 and S3 bus lines and share your thoughts about construction until April 8 at an online open house that is available in English, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese. 

Three in person open houses have already been held, with focus on Lake Forest Park, Seattle / Shoreline, and Kenmore.

Stride 3 runs from Woodinville through Kenmore and Lake Forest Park. It continues along 145th in Shoreline to the new 148th Shoreline South Transit Center.


Cameras, security guard, and Shoreline Police catch the bad guys

On Friday March 31, 2023 at about 3:30am, Shoreline Police officers responded to a residential burglary in progress in the 20200 block of Aurora Ave N.
The reporting party, a security employee, stated he was watching two males on Live CCTV, lift the garage door to gain access to the secured parking garage that is only accessible to the residents. 

When officers arrived, they located one male suspect who tried to run away from them. The second suspect, who was wearing a facemask and gloves, was found hiding behind a vehicle. 

Drugs and burglary tools were in their backpack.

Both suspects were arrested for Residential Burglary and booked into jail.


LFP homeowner fatally shoots intruder

Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 1:35pm, dispatch received a report of a residential burglary in progress in the Hillside neighborhood of Lake Forest Park. 

The suspect forced entry into an occupied residence and was fatally shot by the sole resident. 

Police and fire arrived within minutes, attempted life saving measures, secured the scene, and determined there was no threat to the public.

LFPPD, WSP, and the Major Crimes Task Force Detectives began conducting a thorough on-scene investigation which concluded around midnight. 

This is an ongoing investigation.


Pedestrian struck and killed on Aurora Thursday morning

Early Thursday morning, March 30, 2023, Shoreline police officers investigated a fatal vehicle vs. pedestrian accident in the 16700 block of Aurora Ave N. 

The investigation was turned over to MARR, the King County Sheriff’s Office Major Accident Response and Reconstruction Unit.

We encourage pedestrians to practice safety especially at night, such as carrying a flashlight to increase your visibility and walk only on sidewalks.


Good Friday and Easter services at City Calvary Chapel

Photo by Andy Haner
City Calvary Chapel
invites you to attend Good Friday services at noon Friday, April 7, 2023.

Join us Easter morning, April 9, 2023 at 10 o’clock at 15211 15th Ave NE, Shoreline


April author events at Third Place Books

Friday, March 31, 2023

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Third Place Books 
Lake Forest Park
April 2023 EVENTS

Please note: all times below are Pacific Time.
Both virtual and in-person events require registration in advance. Unless ticketed, events are free and open to the public. See for details.
() – denotes ticketed event
() – denotes event for children or middle grade readers


Tuesday, April 4 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Elana K. Arnold and Martha Brockenbrough
Harriet Spies and To Catch a Thief
It’s a joint book launch! In Elana K. Arnold’s Harriet Spies, the unforgettable star of Just Harriet returns for another mystery on Marble Island. In Martha Brockenbrough’s latest middle grade novel, To Catch a Thief, a thief steals Urchin Beach’s precious dragonfly staff, which is the source of all its good fortune and the most important part of the upcoming Dragonfly Day Festival.
Monday, April 10 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Sisters in Crime Night
Hosted by Marty Wingate
We’re pleased to welcome this long-standing Lake Forest Park writing group, Sisters in Crime, for an evening of readings from group members. Readers will include Catherine Linka, Joyce Yarrow, Jeanne Matthews, Alice K. Boatwright, Cynthia Baxter (Cynthia Blair), Curt Colbert, and Kate B. Jackson.
Thursday, April 13 at 6pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Angie Thomas with Christine Day
Nic Blake and the Remarkables: The Manifestor Prophecy
Internationally bestselling superstar author Angie Thomas makes her middle grade debut with the launch of a new fantasy trilogy inspired by African American history and folklore, a story that Rick Riordan calls "one of those rare books that will instantly become the best friend you didn’t know you needed." Christine Day, the author of I Can Make This Promise and The Sea in Winter, joins in conversation. Tickets required. See for details.
Monday, April 17 at 6:30pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Local Author Open Mic
Calling all local writers and poets! Come share your work and develop your craft with other local authors on the third Monday of every month. For consignment requests, see for details.
Tuesday, April 18 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Susan Meissner with Kate Quinn
Only the Beautiful
Meissner’s latest historical novel is a heartrending story about a young mother’s fight to keep her daughter and the winds of fortune that tear them apart. Kate Quinn, author of The Diamond Eye, joins in conversation.


Thursday, April 20 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Jeannette Walls
Hang the Moon: A Novel
The author of the bestselling memoir The Glass Castle returns with a new novel, about an indomitable young woman in Virginia during Prohibition. You will fall in love with Sallie Kincaid, a feisty and fearless, terrified and damaged young woman who refuses to be corralled.
Saturday, April 22 at 11am (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Storytime with Katherine Roy
Making More: How Life Begins
Join us for storytime! Lucid, informed, and illuminated by beautiful paintings, Making More weaves a story that seamlessly explains life’s most fundamental process, answers children’s questions, and provides an essential tool for parents, caregivers, and educators.
Tuesday, April 25 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
David Nikki Crouse
Trouble Will Save You: Three Novellas
In these three deeply observed novellas, the award-winning author and director of the Creative Writing Program MFA at UW dramatizes the lives of women living in Interior Alaska. Each novella acts as an extended meditation on grief, loss, and the nature of imagination.
Wednesday, April 26 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Gretchen Rubin with Jon Mooallem
Life in Five Senses: How Exploring the Senses Got Me Out of My Head and Into the World 
One of today's foremost observers of the condition of happiness, and host of the popular podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin, discusses her layered story of discovery filled with profound insights and practical suggestions about how to heighten our senses and use our powers of perception to live richer lives. New York Times Magazine writer at large Jon Mooallem joins in conversation. Tickets required. See for details.
Thursday, April 27 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Tove Danovich with Kelly Jones
Under the Henfluence: Inside the World of Backyard Chickens and the People Who Love Them
Since first domesticating the chicken thousands of years ago, humans have become exceptionally adept at raising them for food. Yet most people rarely interact with chickens or know much about them. Culture reporter Tove Danovich explores the lives of these quirky, mysterious birds. Kelly Jones, author of Unusual Chickens, joins in conversation.
Saturday, April 29 at 11am (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Storytime with Kobi Yamada
The popular children’s book author of many inspiring gift books—including Noticing, Feeling Grateful, Maybe, and Finding Muchness—joins us for a special Independent Bookstore Day reading and craft extravaganza for kids.
Saturday, April 29 (All locations)
Come celebrate your neighborhood bookstore at our favorite annual event! In addition to participating in the Seattle Bookstore Day Challenge, visit your favorite Third Place Books locale to win prizes, browse staff picks by local authors, and make your own TPB bookmark.

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


Wednesday's show

Photo by Lee Wolfe

Slowly the west reaches for clothes of new colors which it passes to a row of ancient trees.
You look, and soon these two worlds both leave you.
One part climbs toward heaven, one sinks to earth.
One moment your life is a stone in you, and the next, a star.

- Rainier Maria Rilke (1875-1926), from “Sunset”


Phillippa Kassover announces retirement from Lake Forest Park City Council

LFP Councilmember Phillippa Kassover
Photo courtesy City of Lake Forest Park
Dear friends and neighbors,

I am very grateful for the ongoing support and encouragement of so many Lake Forest Park residents, local elected leaders, and regional organizations since I first announced my candidacy for the Lake Forest Park City Council eight years ago. 

Thank you for your support and valuable input!

It has been my honor to serve and one of the most stimulating, fascinating, and worthwhile experiences of my life. 

I have met so many talented public servants and passionate, engaged citizens who believe deeply in our democratic way of life, work every day to help make this a better place to live for all of us, and help care for our precious Northwest ecosystem. 

It has truly been my privilege to work alongside them in these endeavors as we tackle the challenges before us.
It has been my special privilege to serve with a remarkable group of other LFP council members during the past eight years, all of whom have been generous with their time and talents, resolute and focused on the best interests of our city, and have served with exceptional civility and grace. No-one could ask for better colleagues!

However, it is now time for me to pass the torch and retire from public office to spend more time with my family who live close, and those who live far away. 

I am making this as public an announcement as possible so that those in our community who have thought about how they might contribute or serve have the time to consult with family and friends to determine if local government might be their next step in life.
Filing week here in King County takes place May 15-19, followed by the primary election on August 1st, and the general election on November 7th. My term will end on December 31, 2023, and a new council member will begin on January 1, 2024.
The city of Lake Forest Park is blessed with a wealth of talented residents, and I am confident that our community will continue to be served by an exceptionally collegial and thoughtful council.


Phillippa Kassover


Neighbors organize to spruce up Northcrest Park on April 22, 2023

Neighbors working at Northcrest Park
Photo by Patricia Hale

Neighbors show Northcrest Park some Love in honor of National Volunteer Week and Earth Day: Saturday, April 22, 2023 from 10am until noon.

Meet at the north entrance, 827 NE 170th, Shoreline WA 98155

Playground at Northcrest Park
Photo by Patricia Hale

Everyone is invited
to attend this kick-off event of a long term project to promote park health and prepare for installation of native plants.

All ages welcome. You must register.

For details and registration, go to:


Thank you for Supporting the Shoreline Schools Foundation’s Spring Event on March 23, 2023

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Thank you for Supporting the Shoreline Public Schools Foundation’s Spring Event Luncheon on March 23, 2023 at the Shoreline Center!
  • 110 guests gathered after three long years.
  • A special volunteer - Geneva Norton - was honored.
  • Dr. Rick Stevenson inspired us to help kids find their place in the universe
  • More than $82,000 was raised to support opportunities for educational success.
There is still time to help us reach our goal of $100,000.

Donate Today!


2023 ShoreLake Arts Battle of the Bands - call for bands

2023 ShoreLake Arts Battle of the Bands
Call for Bands!

Applications Due: May 1, 2023

The 2023 ShoreLake Arts Battle of the Bands is coming back to Lake Forest Park!

Bands will battle it out to win recording studio time at the world-famous Robert Lang Studios and cash prizes. This unique competition provides these up-and-coming musicians a platform for their music and a unique pathway to build their musical skills and network with industry professionals.

  • 1st Place: $1,500 - Plus, one day of recording at Robert Lang Studios ($1,000 value)
  • Runner Up: $1,000
  • People's Choice: $500
Honorarium: Each band selected to take part in the competition will receive a $300 honorarium for their participation in the event.

Deadline to apply: May 1, 2023
  • $5 application fee
Application Requirements:
  • Music must be original (no covers allowed)
  • All genres of music are accepted.
  • Bands must be working in Washington State
  • Bands must have the proper license to all copyrighted music, video, and images included in the duration of their involvement.
  • Competition is restricted to bands (not solo musicians)
  • All entries are final and may not be withdrawn from the event once submitted.
  • By submitting an entry to the ShoreLake Battle of the Bands, you attest that all information provided is accurate and complete, that you have the authority to submit said entry for consideration, and that you have read, understand, and agree to all terms of entry.
  • You must not have won a previous ShoreLake Battle of the Bands competition.
Notifications will be sent out by June 9, 2023. Tickets for the live, open-air concerts will be available online in June.

More information here including application forms

Event details
  • Where: Pfingst Animal Acres Park 17435 Brookside Blvd NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
  • When:
    • Semi-Final Pool #1: Thursday, August 3
    • Semi-Final Pool #2: Friday, August 4
    • Final: Saturday, August 5

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.


Gloria's Birds: "I'm singin' in the rain, just singin' in the rain!"

Photo copyright Gloria Z. Nagler

But it's not raining, I said to Sergei as he sang. I know, he replied, but the ferry captain loves this tune!

(Made this portrait of Sergei the Surf Scoter as our ferry pulled out of the Kingston dock the other day. A positively artistic bill!)

--Gloria Z. Nagler


Please touch the Art: Tactile Vision art exhibition at Graphite Arts Center in Edmonds

Graphite Gallery at Graphite Arts Center opened a “touchable” art exhibition "Tactile Vision" on March 25, 2023.

A true “hands on” exhibit, Tactile Vision is a unique, interactive art installation which focuses on the sense of touch to experience art. 

Themes of nature and human form are explored throughout the exhibit in figurative and abstract ways. 

Works in the show include three-dimensional sculptures in stone, wood and bronze, as well as low-relief pictures created using embossed paper. Tactile Vision is designed especially for those who are blind, or visually impaired. Artworks will be labeled in text and braille. Guide dogs are welcome.

The Gallery at Graphite welcomes visitors of all ages, sighted or blind, to “please touch the art.”

Tactile Vision would not have been possible without the insight and talents of curator and local artist Jim Ballard who has been working to create touchable images and books for the visually impaired for over 10 years. 

Ballard provided valuable assistance to Graphite Gallery Director Tracy Felix in understanding the world of the visually impaired and planning an exhibition which would be meaningful and beautiful to both sighted and blind visitors.

Artists featured in Tactile Vision include: Jim Ballard, Mary Ann Tokars-King, Julie Perrine, Gary Word, Mike O’Day, Richard Hestekind, David Varnau and Tracy Felix.

Graphite Gallery is open Saturdays 12-4pm; daily 4-9pm with access through Charcoal Restaurant; and on Art Walk Third Thursdays April 20 and May 18, 5-8pm. Tactile Vision closes June 10.

For more information about Tactile Vision and upcoming associated events, as well as other happenings at Graphite, follow us on social media:
  • Facebook - Graphite Arts Center - Edmonds
  • Instagram - Graphite_Edmonds

Graphite is the home of the non-profit Art Start Northwest which was founded in 2015 to champion the creative process and to make art accessible to all. 

Co-founder of Art Start Northwest Tracy Felix says, “Because it is entirely accessible through touch, Tactile Vision beautifully fulfills the mission of the organization by offering those in the visually impaired community with an impactful art experience often not available.”

Graphite Arts Center is Edmonds' newest facility dedicated to the arts. Graphite is a vibrant, active, multi-use arts center. Graphite Arts Center includes Graphite Gallery; art book library; classroom space; artist studios, and more. 

Graphite hosts monthly movie nights and is open during Art Walk Edmonds on the third Thursday of the month. Graphite and Charcoal restaurant are both located at 202 Main Street, Edmonds WA 98020


County Assessor releases Taxpayer Transparency Tool for April Ballot

Image courtesy King county
King County Assessor John Wilson today released his April 2023 general election Taxpayer Transparency Tool.

It is a website which provides each King County taxpayer an individualized accounting of where their property tax dollars go, and the estimated cost of any proposed property tax measure to be voted on.

“Taxpayers have a right to know where their money is going, and what each proposed property tax levy will cost them,” said Wilson. 
“Property taxes keep going up. We need to make sure the public understands why.”

Property Tax Measures on the April Ballot:

All voters in King County will be asked to vote on King County Prop 1: Crisis Care Centers Levy; mental health and substance use disorder services -- a new levy to fund mental health and substance use disorder services.

The tool can be found at

There is also a link to the tool on the Assessor’s web page

The Transparency Tool only shows the impact of property tax measures. Other ballot measures, including sales tax measures or benefit charges, are not included.

The Tax Transparency Tool was introduced by Assessor Wilson and first used during the April special election in 2018.


Twenty Einstein Middle School students make the finals at Technology Student Association state conference

Einstein TSA Team
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

Twenty Einstein Middle School Technology Students Association (TSA) members attended the four-day state conference and competed.

More than 1600 students from 120 middle and high schools competed in events such as Coding, Website Design, Robotics, Cybersecurity, Essays on Technology, Fashion Design, Tech Bowl, and more.

All of the Einstein students made it to the finalist level or higher, and Einstein placed first, second, or third in 14 individual and team events!

CAD Foundations
2nd Place: Maya Mirabueno

Career Prep
Semifinalist: Velvet Wu

Children's Stories
2nd Place: Willem Brus, Reese Davison, Coren Murphy, Julia Schielke
Semifinalists: Christina Clark, Czarina Clark, Daphne Laclergue

1st Place: Ellery Ang-Lee, Ezra Miller
Semifinalists: Jason Logan, Michael Owoola

2nd Place: Ellery Ang-Lee

Data Science Analytics
Finalists: Ellery Ang-Lee, Ezra Miller

Digital Photography
1st Place: Daphne Laclergue
2nd Place: Yeva Gomilko
Semifinalist: Jay Olyander

Essays on Technology
1st Place: Czarina Clark
3rd Place: Maya Mirabueno 3RD PLACE
Finalist: Daphne Laclergue

Fashion Design
2nd Place: Willem Brus, Reese Daison, Coren Murphy, Julia Schielke

Finalists: Maya Mirabueno, Velvet Wu

Mass Production
Finalists: Christina Clark, Czarina Clark
Finalists: Jason Logan, Michael Owoola, Eloise Reinhardt, Anthony Ung

Microcontroller Design
Finalists: Jason Logan, Michael Owoola

Off the Grid
Finalist: Mac Featherstone

On-Demand Video
1st Place: Willem Brus, Christina Clark, Reese Davison, Coren Murphy, Julia Schielke
Finalists: Yeva Gomilko, Eli Graves, Jay Olander, Anthony Ung, Velvet Wu

STEM Animation
Finalists: Aaden Claar, Mac Featherstone

Tech Bowl
1st Place: Eli Graves, Jay Olander, Anthony Ung

Technical Design
Finalists: Willlem Brus, Reese Davison

Video Game Design
Semifinalists: Willem Brus, Reese Davison, Mac Featherstone, Jula Schielke

Website Design
1st Place: Coren Murphy, Eloise Reinhardt, Velvet Wu
2nd Place: Jason Logan, Michael Owoola
3rd Place: Christina Clark, Czarina Clark, Daphne Laclergue


On the Menu at Le Petit Paquet: Change!

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Le Petit Paquet photo by Wayne Pridemore
By Jamie Holter

It’s been just over a year since Le Petit Paquet opened in the old Streetzeria Pizza location in Richmond Beach on Richmond Beach Road at 20th Ave NW. 

On the menu for year two? Change! And it’s all good.

Zephyr Paquette is the owner, a little dynamo package herself, just as her restaurant’s name implies. 

In the last year, she’s stayed true to the excellent pizza we have come to expect and added a bit more: fresh ingredients from local farmers. 

She dries her own herbs and continues to focus relentlessly on quality and tasty food.

Date night. Photo by Jamie Holter
But here’s what’s new.
Wednesday is Date Night! 

$50 and tip includes a pizza + salad + a bottle of wine. What??? That’s amazing. 

It’s not just any bottle of wine. Zephyr prides herself on carefully chosen wine, chosen with her best customers’ tastes in mind. 

You can buy a bottle to take home with you from the retail wall, too.

On Fridays, she releases the “Fresh Sheet.”
 The Friday night dinner menu goes beyond pizza to include Duck Confit or Halibut or Scallops, whatever is fresh at the moment. 

Her summer burrata has roasted peaches, pickled cherries and white balsamic reduction. Yum. Oh, and lemon bars. Yes, the lemon bars.

She’s wrapping up work on the outside patio. Dogs are not only welcome, but enthusiastically so. (Her pup, Ziggy, herded me around the restaurant for a while then sat down, allowing me to scratch his shoulder for 10 minutes. Sorry, I was distracted by this adorable dog.)

Zephyr sees movie nights and outdoor dining
Photo by Jamie Holter
But wait, there’s more!

Zephyr is going to use the huge open space behind the restaurant to expand the eating area and show big screen movies over the summer. 

Buy dinner (or her new “lunch box” concept), bring a blanket, and watch a movie. 

That’s her plan and she hopes it is yours as well. 

New tables for the back yard
Photo by Jamie Holter
The day I visited, she was sanding and priming two gorgeous pieces of wood that will soon become tables. She plans a bar out back too.

Photo by Jamie Holter
But it’s the staff who she is proudest of right now. 

Every kitchen employee is 19 and under so she considers the workplace a teaching kitchen. 

She knows the backstory of each student which was impressive.

So if you haven’t been to Le Petit Paquet in a while, consider a visit before summer. 

Bring a date on Wednesday or your best dog anytime and definitely make a plan for a family or friends movie night with the big blow up screen between May and October.


Celebrate Earth Day by picking up litter in the Hillwood Neighborhood

It's time to sign up to clean up Hillwood Neighborhood in honor of Earth Day 2023! 

In 2021, neighbors collected 385 gallons of trash. 

Let's outdo that this year on APRIL 15, 2023 from 10am to 12 noon. 

Singles, couples, friends and families are all encouraged to join in (parents will sign wavers for younger kids at check-in). 

Sign up by contacting George, HNA treasurer, and tell him your zone choices:

Choose your zone
You may collect trash in your own home zone, or if your zone has been claimed already, please accept another zone (or two!) to work in. 

There will be two sign-in and turn-in locations: Hillwood Park and the Shoreline Park and Ride (see map). There is ample parking at both locations. 

Kits including safety vests, litter pickers, buckets and gloves will be provided. Snacks and water will be available, too.

Please note: Litter collecting on Aurora Ave N should not include child helpers. Also, Richmond Beach Rd and 205th will have more trash and traffic than other roads in Hillwood.

Thank you for signing up to CLEAN UP HILLWOOD on April 15!


You are invited to Holy Week at First Lutheran Richmond Beach

You are invited to Holy Week at First Lutheran Richmond Beach
  • Palm Sunday: April 2 at 10:00am*
  • Maundy Thursday: April 6 at 7:00pm*
  • Good Friday: April 7 
    • "Walk With Jesus" Prayer Walk - 6:00pm Participate in a Prayer Walk at FLRB. Pray and walk through the days of Holy Week with prayer stations around the church grounds. Prayer in the Sanctuary, Communion at one of the stations outside. A great event for people of all ages particularly families with children.
    • Traditional Service - 7:00 pm*
  • Easter: April 9
    • Worship services at 9:00am and 11:00am*
    • Easter Breakfast - 9:45am to 11:15am
    • Easter breakfast is back! This is an annual youth fundraiser. Money raised is used towards youth trips. Every year the youth go to Tillamook, OR and serve with Habitat for Humanity, and in the summer of 2024 they will be heading to New Orleans for the National Youth Gathering.
    • Easter Egg Hunt - 10:30am Families are invited to join us outside in the preschool playground for an Easter Egg Hunt. Egg hunt is designed for elementary kids and younger.
* Marked worship services also livestreamed. Visit our YouTube Channel ( to view the livestream or recordings of past livestreams.

First Lutheran Richmond Beach
18354 8th Ave NW, Shoreline, WA 98177


Shorecrest DECA members compete at state - 10 qualify for national competition

Shorecrest DECA Team members
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

Recently, 39 Shorecrest High School DECA members competed at the state competition in Bellevue against 4,200 students from around the state. 

The students represented the Scots well, with 10 students qualifying for the international competition in Orlando next month.

Quick Serve Restaurant Management:
  • Ally Miner
School-Based Enterprise – Food Retail:
  • Abe Denton, Megan McMullen, and Elena Zarodynuk
Project Management - Community Awareness Plan:
  • Shivraj Raichur, Sohum Vohra, and Kayla Trang - Environmental Awareness Week
  • Golha Bozorgi, Cadence Rotarius, and Fiona Reed - THRIVE Mental Health Awareness


Jobs: Lead Cook and Foodways Manager at Camlann Medieval Village

a living history museum project located in Carnation, WA

Lead Cook and Foodways Manager
Open March 2023
Wages: $25 / hour
25 to 30 hours / week, including weekends:
  • You are passionate about cooking all manner of foods
  • You have a strong interest in historical food and hearth cooking
  • You may enjoy interpreting a historical person for in-character presentations
  • Your duties will include food preparation, dinner cooking, and feast supervision.
  • Your professional food service or kitchen management experience is a plus
We will train a person with some experience, career interest, and enthusiasm.
Transportation required.
(Note: this is not a 'chef' position - we supply historical recipes).

Call Roger Shell: 425-788-1945 or send letter of interest and resume to Camlann Village, 10320 Kelly Road NE, Carnation, WA 98014


Shorecrest girls varsity tennis 3-27-2023 vs Arlington and 3-29-2023 vs Cascade

Girls varsity tennis
Shorecrest 4 Arlington 3
At Arlington

  1. Cami Sikora (S) def. Elle Aalbu 7-6(5), 6-3, 
  2. Elle Roskelley (A) def. Megan McMullen 6-1, 6-4, 
  3. Claire Mitchell (S) def. Aleah Barnett 6-1, 6-1, 
  4. Brooke Klein (A) def. Delaney Davis 6-4, 7-5.
  1. Haylie Angel/Emma Armes (A) def. Sofia Francescutti/Melinda Lee 3-6, 7-5, 6-1, 
  2. Zoe Greenzweig/Ally Miner (S) def. Ellie Salstrom/Zella Jones 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-2, 
  3. Nur Bajrai/Kennedy Powell(S) def. Avery Head/Adelynn Clement 6-1,5-7, 6-2.

Girls Varsity Tennis
Shorecrest 6 Cascade 1

  1. Cami Sikora (S) def. Salina Nguyen 6-0, 6-1, 
  2. Tanya Germanova (C) def. Megan McMullen 6-2, 6-4, 
  3. Claire Mitchell (S) def. Elena Scordamaglia 6-1, 6-1,,
  4. Lilly Haessler (S) def. EJ Yubal 6-1, 6-2. 
  1. Sofia Francescutti-Delaney Davis (S) def. Ania Porte-Laurene Bogne 6-2, 6-4, 
  2. Zoe Greenzweig-Ally Miner (S) def. Elise Moe-Gen Albino 6-0, 6-1, 
  3. Melinda Lee-Nur Bajrai (S) def. Tiffany Ho-Cindy Le 6-1, 1-6, 10-7.
--Rob Mann


Last Chance – Apply for the LFP Farmers Market Crafts Day by April 3rd

The deadline is fast approaching for artists, artisans, and crafters to apply for the 2023 Crafts Day at the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market on Sunday, July 16, 2023.

All items presented at the Crafts Day must be handmade in Washington by the individuals selling at the market. The market seeks to reflect a wide variety of media to represent a broad spectrum of creative endeavors, so artists and crafters of all kinds are encouraged to apply for this juried event.

Please note that participating vendors must have a Washington State business license and provide a qualifying Certificate of Insurance (COI). Visit the Third Place Commons website for the application and full details.

All applications must be submitted via email and received no later than Monday, April 3rd for guaranteed consideration. So don’t miss your chance. Apply today!

Crafts Day is a once-per-summer special addition to the regular farmers market, which takes place every Sunday from 10am to 2pm in front of the Town Center at Lake Forest Park.

The regular market season opens on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14, 2023, and continues through October 15th. See you at the market!

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 community in the heart of Lake Forest Park for more than 20 years. 

Third Place Commons fosters real community in real space by hosting hundreds of free, live events for audiences of all ages. To learn more, or to make a gift to support the market & the Commons, visit


Shorecrest Technology Student Association does well at state competition

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Shorecrest Technology Student Association
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

Thirty-three Shorecrest High School Technology Student Association (TSA) students competed at the state competition.

All of the students did a wonderful job of representing with great attitudes, professionalism, and high-quality work!

Congratulations to the semifinalists (top 12), finalists (top 5), and award winners! Students who took 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place will be invited to compete at the national level in June.

WITEA Teacher of the Year
  • TSA advisor and teacher Emily Slack was presented with the Washington Industrial Technology Education Association (WITEA) Teacher of the Year award!
Audio Podcasting
  • Semifinalists: Drew Bladek, Lola Maas
  • Semifinalists: Ronan Connell, Escher Crawford, Adah Perry
Board Game Design
  • Semifinalists: Dawson Bailey, Trevor Templin
Data Science and Analytics
  • Semifinalists: Ming Chan, Sam Kuo
Digital Video Production
  • Semifinalists: Micah Fergerson, Dash Jackson, Taryn Murray
Essays on Technology
  • 2nd Place: Lola Maas
Catapult Design
  • Finalists: Alex Fredericks, Nathan Grauer, Benjamin Grossman, Danilo Murata
  • 3rd Place: Devin Montague, Shyam Srinivasan
Fashion Design and Technology
  • 3rd Place: Svea Bengtsson, Aidan Welsh, Kai Witwer, Vivian Zittle
Flight Endurance (rubber band-powered airplanes)
  • Finalist: Danilo Murata
Forensic Science
  • 3rd Place: Hannah Bolton, Lola Maas
Structural Design
  • Semifinalists: Devin Montague, Shyam Srinivasan
Music Production
  • 3rd Place: Cyrus Atkinsonclark, Ronan Connell, Jameson Gibbs, Vivian Zittle
Promotional Design
  • 1st Place: Aiden Rouhani
System Control Technology
  • 1st Place: Drew Bladek, Brendan Rudberg, Aidan Welsh
Technology Problem Solving
  • 3rd Place: Danilo Murata, Sagan Pitts
Technology Bowl
  • Semifinalists: Dash Jackson, Henry Knowles, Aiden Rouhani
VEX Robotics
  • Semifinalists: Cyrus Atkinsonclark, Ming Chan, Kuba Howell, Semifinalists
  • Semifinalists: Dawson Bailey, Jameson Gibbs, Joseph Suleiman, Trevor Templin, Eric Zhang
  • 2nd Place: Drew Bladek, Escher Crawford, Lola Maas, Adah Perry, Brendan Rudberg, Aidan Welsh
Video Game Design
  • 2nd Place: Ronan Connell, Escher Crawford, Adah Perry, Brendan Rudberg, Aidan Welsh
Webmaster (website design)
  • Finalists: Drew Bladek, Hannah Bolton, Lola Maas, Aiden Rouhani

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