Photos: Peonies

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Peonies have enough petals in each blossom to adorn an entire bush.



Death notices as of May 25, 2018

Obituaries are condensed biographies of people's lives, written by the people who loved them.

Like a memorial service, they tell us things we may not have known about the person, and may leave us wishing we had known them better.

Obituaries extracted from The Seattle Times

Eleanor (Ann) Gordon 1921-2018 Worked for years in Human Resources at the Fircrest School. Services were held at St. Mark Catholic church and interment at Holyrood.

Verena "Rena" Rose Britz 1925-2018 Services at St. Mark Catholic church for Shoreline resident who died in her sleep after a long illness. After her children were raised and her husband died, she spent the next 22 years traveling the world. She was an avid skier and hiker well into her 80s.

Lynell Diane Matsen 1955-2018 Services at Berean Bible Church for Gold Bar resident.

Leona Ruth Bus 1943-2018 She and husband Donald moved to Lake Forest Park 58 years ago. She died at home with her family by her side.

Marilyn Grey Died April 30, 2018 "Marilyn led a big, full life in many guises. She was a psychologist, a civil rights activist, a songwriter, a storyteller, a generous humanitarian, and an all-round amazing human being." Co-author of "It's All in Your Head" about enhancing the functionality of our right brains and creativity. A celebration of her life will be held at the Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church on August 4.


Obituary: Robert Joseph "Bob" Monks 1926-2018

Robert Joseph "Bob" Monks
Robert Joseph "Bob" Monks passed away on May 16, 2018. He was 91 years old. He was born in Red Lake, Minnesota on December 17, 1926, one of five children to Joseph and Rosella Monks.

He attended Chiloquin High School in Oregon and later served with the US Army in World War II in the Philippines. Bob graduated from the University of Portland in 1952 with a BS in Civil Engineering. He earned his Professional Engineering Certificate in 1964.

Bob and his wife Barbara (Burke) were married on June 19, 1954. They were married for 64 years. They had 7 children and lived in Shoreline for 30 years. Bob was employed by Pacific Northwest Bell Telephone Company for 32 years as a Professional Civil Engineer, where he worked on the design and construction of many major buildings in Seattle.

After his retirement in 1987, he worked for the Edmonds School District on the construction of the Edmonds Woodway High School Stadium. They built a house on Liberty Bay in Poulsbo, WA. and moved there in 1993. Bob volunteered on the construction of the Poulsbo Library and at the St. Vincent DePaul. He was a member of St. Luke Parish in Shoreline and St. Olaf Parish in Poulsbo.

Bob is survived by his wife Barbara and their six children: Joe Monks (Heather Lavin), Eileen Reza (Joe), Anne Monks, Casey Steinke (Mike), Patty Tomsett (Charlie), Bob Monks (Jacquie), and their 12 grandchildren: Kiel Monks, Josh Monks, Matthew Reza, Megan Reza, Mark Reza, Joel Steinke, Emma Tomsett, Claire Tomsett, Makenna Monks, Ellie Monks, Connor Monks and Annie Monks. Bob was preceded in death by his son Tom in January 2018.

His lifelong passions included fishing, hunting, investing and finance, watching Mariners games and spending time with his family and grandchildren. We will all miss Bob’s encouraging words, his gentle and caring nature and wonderful sense of humor.

A memorial service will be held June 4, 2018 at 11:00 AM at St. Luke’s Parish, 322 N. 175th St. Shoreline WA 98133. Condolences may be sent to the Monks Family, Woodland Terrace, 17502 102nd Ave. N.E. #329, Bothell, WA. 98011.


SIFF films continue through the week at Shoreline Community College Theatre

The Seattle International Film Festival continues its showings at the Shoreline Community College Theatre during the week, starting with four films on Monday.

The theater is on campus at 16101 Greenwood Ave N. Free parking on campus evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Schedule for Monday through Thursday, May 28 - 31:

Monday, May 28, 2018 | Shoreline | 1:00 PM
Moomins and the Winter Wonderland

Sweden's beloved Rankin/Bass-style stop motion Christmas special features the adorable fuzzy hippopotamus-like creatures the Moomins, who wake one morning to discover that winter has come to their peaceful valley. This new English-language version features the voices of Alicia Vikander and Bill and Stellan Skarsgård.

Monday, May 28, 2018 | Shoreline | 3:15 PM
Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary

The creators and cast of the beloved and critically acclaimed show reunite to explore how their tale of high school's losers, weirdos, and outcasts was axed by network executives after only one season, yet still launched many of today's biggest stars.

Monday, May 28, 2018 | Shoreline | 5:30 PM
Cook Off

A Zimbabwean single mother and amateur cook competes in a televised cooking competition in the hopes of a better life for her son and in defiance of her own overbearing mom.

Monday, May 28, 2018 | Shoreline | 8:15 PM

In this bawdy, warm-hearted, uproariously entertaining romp, a cash-strapped teacher and his bookie/barber come up with a brilliant idea: Instead of betting on soccer matches, why not collect bets on the length of time streakers can stay on the field?

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 | Shoreline | 6:30 PM

In this irresistible comedy, a sleepy Swedish province hopes to lure a discount store chain by hiring a pompous commercial director to document their town's worthiness, but two bright, brash high school girls from immigrant families use their cellphones and selfie sticks to tell the real story.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018| Shoreline | 9:00 PM
The Russian Five

Sports and politics clash in this compelling historical documentary about five Russian hockey stars who defected to America to join the Detroit Red Wings in the 1980s, leading to the team's back-to-back Stanley Cup championships.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 | Shoreline | 6:30 PM

On a remote moon, a teenage girl and her father search for elusive alien gems. But they aren't the only ones roaming the moon's toxic forest in this lean, locally made sci-fi western about survival and wanting to get home.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 |Shoreline | 9:00 PM
Industrial Accident - The Story of Wax Trax! Records

Join Jim Nash and Dannie Flesher on a trip through the '80s underground as their revolutionary Chicago record store transforms into the pioneering label that launched industrial music icons Ministry, Front 242, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, and many more.

Thursday May 31, 2018 | Shoreline | 6:30 PM
Cuban Food Stories

A Cuban-American filmmaker returns to his native country on an exotic culinary road trip to discover the authentic flavors suffusing the island, and the rich cultural traditions behind them, from the bustle of high end dining in Havana to the distinctive cuisines of remote regions, some of which are in danger of becoming a lost art.

Thursday, May 31, 2018 | Shoreline | 8:30 PM
A Rough Draft

Action-packed, mind-bending adventure awaits a videogame designer after he is stripped of his identity and recruited by a mysterious force to be the gatekeeper of a multi-dimensional portal in this Russian science-fiction thriller from the makers of Battle of Sevastopol. Ages 15+


Op-Ed: Council Vice-Chair urges Mayor to veto LFP Conservation Cluster Housing ordinance

Tom French
Tom French is Lake Forest Park City Council Vice-Chair and 49-year LFP resident

By Tom French

I am urging Mayor Johnson to veto the recently amended and passed Lake Forest Park Conservation Cluster Housing ordinance.

Despite a clear understanding at a recent Committee of the Whole meeting that the Council supported a path of repealing the Conservation Cluster Housing ordinance, a few council members took advantage of my good will and an unusual situation and passed the amended, but deeply flawed, Conservation Cluster Housing Ordinance.

I would have voted Thursday night to repeal the Conservation Cluster Housing ordinance.

Mayor Johnson was absent from the meeting and attending an FBI training session and Deputy Mayor Stanford was seriously ill and needed to rest. As a result, as Vice-Chair of the Council, the duty fell upon me to act in their stead and chair the Council meeting. By rule, I am not allowed to comment during discussion, nor am I allowed to vote in the proceedings, as the Mayor himself is constrained from doing.

I can assure you, I had a lot to say, but out of deep respect for the institution and its rules, I kept silent.

The Conservation Cluster Housing ordinance is supposed to do two things:

Firstly and foremost, (and the most important aspect) it is supposed to protect the environment; and

Secondly, it adds an additional housing option to the mix for those seeking to join our community or for others looking to downsize from an existing home in our city.

I am afraid that that I am not convinced that either would be accomplished under the present, amended ordinance.

While the CCH idea potentially has merit in the broader picture of housing in Lake Forest Park, the public process has been poorly managed and the amended ordinance itself is fraught with unknowns and unintended consequences. City Planning staff themselves have struggled to provide clear, cohesive examples of the various scenarios that could play out under the ordinance.

I stated publicly at the outset of the CCH discussion in early 2017 that I was deeply concerned about the CCH discussion happening under the umbrella of the Critical Areas Ordinance update and that there was the potential “for unintended consequences.”

Well, here we are, yet again.

The citizens of Lake Forest Park deserve better.

I urge Mayor Johnson to exercise his veto powers and encourage my colleagues to have a real conversation about the Conservation Cluster Housing ordinance with all Council Members present.

I look forward to an open and civil discussion about the community’s housing needs with my colleagues and the community.


Lake Forest Park City Council approves city-wide Conservation Cluster Housing (CCH)

By Donna Hawkey

On Thursday, May 24, 2018 the Lake Forest Park City Council, by a three to two quorum vote, passed updated Conservation Cluster Housing Ordinance 1174 with one additional technical amendment.

It all created more concerns for residents that LFP now has a “band-aid” type ordinance for a significant housing change.

While all Councilmembers agree that Ordinance 1174 is not a perfect solution, not all agreed that it should pass. The ordinance now allows any residential property in LFP with over one acre or more in lot size to build Conservation Cluster Housing (CCH).

LFP residents have spoken quite loudly that this type of housing, which encourages more population density, is a concern in a City that already struggles with the ability to provide the essential services to its residents due to a lack of commercial tax base. However, stronger density is needed in LFP to support a commercial base, so the coyote is always chasing its tail.

Also, when LFP streets were first platted, they followed the natural curve of the land and with many blind and narrow turns and lack of sidewalks, adding density without safety features in place is not seen as a prudent thing to do.

Residents are already experiencing almost grid-locked arterial streets at rush hour. Many wonder how the roads can accommodate higher capacity, and where will more cars park as the CCH ordinance only requires one parking spot per unit? Councilmember Semra Riddle noted that those citizen concerns are all being well-addressed in the City’s Safe Street-Safe Highway initiatives.

There is no budget approval yet for this costly undertaking, so some residents are wondering – will Sound Transit 3 help bring the necessary funds for such plans? No one has those answers as of yet, and residents have not seen a commitment that ensures safer streets and highway at this point.

Councilmembers Kassover, Resha, and Riddle were the three 'yes' votes that passed Ordinance 1174. Councilmember Kassover expressed concerns about the increase the City sees in short plat permit applications with larger square footage homes being built that look out of character for LFP. “Short Plat” is LFP’s current short subdivision of land into four or fewer property lots. She believes that conservation cluster housing is a better option than the current short plat home building choice.

With CCH she believes LFP can better protect the tree canopy, provide for a range of diversity / affordability of housing, and retain more of the LFP character. For instance, in CCH, the setback requirement for building is 15 feet. In the City’s short plat ordinance, the setback requirement is only 5 feet.

Residents also wonder why the City can’t then update the short plat ordinance to incorporate greater setbacks and restrictions instead of offering another housing choice? Some cities restrict the size of homes that can be built on a single family lot to help maintain neighborhood character.

Other residents, as well as Councilmember John Wright, feel that the current tree canopy and critical tree ordinance updates address previous short plat development and environmental destruction issues. The CCH Ordinance could be a redundant effort for City Staff already burdened with a heavy workload.

Ordinance 1174 is “not a perfect solution,” stated Councilmember John Resha, and it would not impact current single-family zoning laws, even with duplex units included. Residents have expressed concerns that if zoning changes, property tax assessments for similar properties in that neighborhood or area could be assessed at higher rates due to new development potential.

It’s an idea with “good intentions but needs a more thorough approach,” said Councilmember Mark Phillips, who voted against the passage of Ordinance 1174. He has repeatedly questioned how CCH helps current LFP seniors who want to downsize and remain in the community they know and love. Many seniors show preference to move to a single floor home without stairs to age in place.

Councilmember Riddle said that CCH is not only for seniors who are “infirmed.” Stairs are not an issue to active seniors, she believes, and that CCH is more desirable to those whose primary concerns are with the continuation of maintaining a more extensive property.

One resident stated, after sitting through the Council Meeting on May 24th, that CCH, in theory, sounds like a great idea, but it does raise a lot of questions that have not been answered. Other dedicated residents gathered solemnly after the vote passed to discuss whether a lawsuit by the residents is feasible.

Councilmember John Wright stated that he does agree that CCH will not negatively affect property values. He believes LFP will always be an expensive place to live due to its proximity to Seattle, the fastest growing City in America, and that there is no such thing as affordable housing in LFP anymore.

But Councilmember Wright went on to say that he is mainly concerned about the voices of the “people who do live here and not the people who don’t live here.” He said he understands the meaning of a transparent process. For many residents in LFP, this appeared to be an opaque process rather than a transparent one.

He also stated he senses the residents feel “threatened by this CCH ordinance,” as they are viewing it as possibly affecting their overall “quality of life.”

Councilmember and Vice-Chair Tom French oversaw this meeting in the absence of Deputy Mayor Catherine Stanford so he did not have the ability to vote on this ordinance. Councilmember French has stated in previous recent meetings that he felt the topic of CCH “warrants a robust resident discussion,” and that he can clearly see the need to gather the right data to make informed decisions going forward. He said it would be “good for us all of to take a big breath and start over in 2019” regarding this topic.

Mayor Jeff Johnson was absent from the May 24th meeting.

Donna Hawkey is an 21-year resident of Lake Forest Park and can be reached at


Hie thee to the (Phoenix) Theatre for "The Foreigner"

Charlie (Boyd Morrison) and Froggy (Phillip Keiman)

Review by Luanne Brown
Photos by James Sipes

Hie* (yes, it’s a word) yourself to “The Foreigner” at Edmonds own Phoenix Theater

While “The Foreigner” isn’t by William Shakespeare, it does have some of the Bard’s most beautiful expressions in it. And like any good work of Shakespeare, playwright Larry Shue (July 23, 1946 – September 23, 1985) manages to tell a tale that while farcical in nature reveals deeper human truths.

The story goes like this: Charlie Baker (Boyd Morrison), a boring British science-fiction magazine editor, is spirited away to a rural retreat in Georgia. Apparently, Charlie is so boring, even his dying wife wanted him gone. When Charlie discovers his place of refuge is a lodge with other guests, he freaks out. He’s simply no good at talking to anyone about anything. His friend, Staff Sargent Froggy LeSueur (Phillip Keiman) concocts a cock-eyed story that Charlie doesn’t speak English, so he won’t be expected to participate in lodge-life.

This set-up leads to great hilarity as the other characters in this tale come on stage. While hostess, Betty Meeks (Melanie Calderwood) is no Betty Crocker, she has kindness in her heart and truly believes the louder she speaks to Charlie, the more he’ll understand.

Rev. Lee (David Bailey) and Catherine Simms (Debra Rich)
The unctuous Reverend David Marshall Lee (David Bailey) and his magnolia-blossom bride-to-be, Catherine Simms (Debra Rich) are less than welcoming to Charlie — at first. The Rev, although suspicious of Charlie, is more intrigued by Catherine’s inheritance and does everything he can to get Catherine to disinherit her seemingly-simpleton brother, Ellard Simms (James Lynch).

Charlie, desperate not to give up his charade, quickly learns not to respond to anything being said in front of him — even when he’s bullied by the likes of Owen Musser (Michael McFadden), a self-righteous official who wants to condemn Betty Meeks’ lodge for his own darker purposes. 

And as they say, hijinks ensue, fueled by the chasm between our penchant to fear what (and who) we don’t know and our infallible tendency (thank goodness!) toward compassion and love. Given our times, this play makes the case for compassion — toward others and ourselves — which is a refreshing lesson, indeed.

“The Foreigner” is the 10th season closer for Phoenix Theater which deserves kudos for its high production values, from the inviting set, fun costuming (especially Owen’s ‘what to wear to a KKK meeting outfit) to the top-notch acting and direction.

The cast is composed of equally strong actors, each with their own set of charms. Boyd Morrison (actor by night, New York Times best-selling author and former engineer by day) rendered his version of Charlie with boyish charm. While robbed of words, Morrison’s emotive facial expressions were nothing short of hilarious and communicated everything the audience needed to know without being over-the-top. His physical humor in the second act, as he tries to teach his new friends his ‘native (made-up) tongue’ was hilarious.

Owen (Michael McFadden) and Charlie (Boyd Morrison)

Michael McFadden as Owen played the perfect bully — mean as heck, until he gets his comeuppance which turns him into a coward. Debra Rich as Catherine was pitch-perfect in her part as a former deb who isn’t as dense as she thought, and Melanie Calderwood gave an endearing comedic portrayal of an older woman looking for a family to love. James Lynch was poignant as Ellard, who has lived down to expectations his whole life — until someone sees him for the sweetheart he really is. David Bailey as Catherine’s fiancé makes you want to stand up and shout — “Don’t marry the creep.” Phillip Keiman as Froggy handled his part winningly and left this member of the audience wishing that he had more time on stage.

Shout-outs also go to director Eric Lewis, who managed the laughter-inducing moments (there were many), with a skilled hand so that lines weren’t drowned out by audience guffaws. There’s a lot happening on stage — and it was deftly handled. 

Ellard Simms (James Lynch) and Charles (Boyd Morrison)

The playwright, who sadly died too young, also deserves words of praise. Like the most skillful horticulturalist, Shue planted personality quirks, lines of dialogue, and plot points in exactly the right place within the dramatic structure of the play and brought them into bloom at exactly the right time. Especially enjoyable was Charlie Baker’s background as a science fiction editor, which he put to good use at the story’s climax making this play a true garden of comedic delights.

Having such high-quality, affordable theater in our own backyard is truly a gift. I haven’t laughed so much for way too long. Please, do yourself a favor — go see “The Foreigner.”

Show dates: May 25-June 17, 2018
Show times: Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm, Sunday matinees at 2pm
Location: The Phoenix Theatre, 9673 Firdale Avenue, Edmonds, WA 98020

For tickets or information: online or by phone at 206-533-2000

There is plenty of free parking and ADA accessible access around the back of the building. Please call if you will need to use the back entrance or to have ADA seats reserved.

*Go in haste; speed


Shoreline Farmers Market opens June 9

Where will you be on Saturday, June 9th?

Only two weeks until Opening Day of the Shoreline Farmers Market at Shoreline Place next to Central Market, 10am-3pm.

Live music, kids activities, and lots of delicious food!


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Tonight's speaker

Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter can be found under Features 
in the first column of the front page of the Shoreline Area News


Edmonds Waterfront Festival June 1-3

Edmonds Waterfront Festival June 1-3, 2018 has live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, food courts, kid's activities, beer and wine garden, hydroplanes, and classic boat displays.
$4 admission, children 12 and under are free.

Friday 3pm to 10pm; Saturday 11am to 10pm; Sunday 11am to 7pm.

The three day event is put on by the Edmonds Daybreakers - Rotary Club of Edmonds.


Fundraiser raises $420,000 for homeless families

John Camerer, Vision House Director of Operations and Co-founder, Ally Svenson, Co-founder of MOD Pizza, Melissa Gehrig, Executive Director, and Bill Northey, board president, pose for a photo during the May 15 fundraiser event.

Guests and event sponsors at Vision House’s No Homeless Kids Benefit Luncheon helped exceed fundraising expectations by raising $420,000 for local homeless families.

This event, held at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, raised more money by far for homeless families than any event previously held by Vision House. All proceeds will go toward providing crucial transitional housing and support services for homeless parents and children served by Vision House’s Renton and Shoreline locations.

Guest speaker, Ally Svenson, Co-founder of MOD Pizza, spoke last Tuesday, May 15th, about how they too address local homelessness. She resonated strongly with guests especially when she stated 

“We refer to what we are doing as enlightened capitalism, meaning we’re proud to be unapologetically for profit, but whose purpose it is to make a positive social impact.” 

Over 550 guests attended the event and heard from a former Vision House resident, who spoke about her experiences in recovering from family homelessness.

This event was sponsored by Clint and Shelly Morse; Toyota of Renton; Conner Homes; Dunn Lumber; Facebook Seattle; The Mosaic Company; Red Hat; First Choice Health; Rick and Marilyn Wong; Spectrum Controls; Brighton Jones, LLC; Ballard Industrial; Crossroads Bible Church; Fischer Plumbing, Inc.; Grass CPA and Associates; Lil’ Jon Restaurant; Sprague Israel Giles, Inc.; Tito’s Handmade VODKA; Cardinal Heating and A/C, Inc; Madigan Security Consulting and Investigations; Seattle Seahawks; 425 Magazine; The SnapBar; Bellden Café; and Jan Domek Photography.

Vision House is a non-profit organization providing transitional housing, child care and support services to homeless families. Since its beginning in 1990, the faith-based organization has served more than 1,200 homeless children, women, and men, each receiving the support they need for achieving independence and self-sufficiency. Headquartered in Renton, the agency currently owns and operates 36 units of debt-free housing and two child care facilities in Shoreline and Renton with ten more housing units scheduled to be constructed at the Shoreline location later this year.


Free nail trim for dogs and cats at Aegis Living of Shoreline June 12

Bring your dogs and cats to Aegis Living of Shoreline on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 1pm for a free nail trim.

RSVP to or 206-367-6700.


"Centers of Gravity" art exhibition offers 45 choices for City's permanent collection

Friday, May 25, 2018

Terry Leness - The Gatekeeper

In science, a center of gravity is a point or place where an object can be balanced. The City of Shoreline’s first exhibition devoted to the creation of a permanent collection strives to create a balance of media and artistic backgrounds in keeping with a 21st century city with rapidly changing demographics.

The exhibition opens Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 5:00pm -7:30pm, at Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline 98133; on the third and fourth floors with artists in attendance.

Megan Reisinger - The Yeti
Regular gallery hours will be 9:00-5:00 Monday - Friday and by appointment on weekends until September 17, 2018, when unsold work will be returned.

The City plans to spend up to $10,000 on the artwork to begin its permanent indoor collection, complementing its 26 permanent outdoor sculptures, and will announce its selections in July.

From over 105 artist submissions and more than 500 artworks, jurors David Francis and Jason Huff (Seattle Arts and Culture) selected a final group of 30 (45 artworks) that each explore contemporary art as a balancing of of objectives and a blending of disciplinary focus.

Many of the artists have backgrounds in other fields and experiences in other countries, reflecting a global village of contemporary art.

As Huff writes in his juror’s statement, “Given the city's commitment to equity and inclusion, it was important to make sure that the artists whose works are part of this selection reflected diversity of people and communities that make up Shoreline.”

Themes vary from nature, to history, identity, and the design of spatial representation.

Gala Bent, Patti Bowman, Weldon Butler,  Minh Carrico, MalPina Chan, Diem Chau,  Maura Donegan,  Shruti Ghatak, Justin Gibbens, Clare Johnson, Jody Joldersma, Amanda Knowles, BethAnn Lawson,  Rich Lehl, Terry Leness, Vikram Madan, Carol Milne, Daphne Minkoff, Naoko Morisawa,  Saya Moriyasu,  Kemba Opio, Megan Reisinger, Jane Richlovsky, George Rodriguez, Samantha Scherer, Tee Gee Story, Thuy Van Vu. Matthew Whitney, Suze Woolf, Angie Yusef.

Themes vary from nature, to history, identity, and the design of spatial representation.


Garbage, yard waste, recycling on normal schedule for Monday

The Memorial Day holiday Monday does not affect collections from either Recology or Republic.

Put out your bins on the normal collection schedule.


Shorecrest students receive awards at BioExpo 2018

Shorecrest students from Honors Biology
participated in NWABR Student Bio Expo

The 18th Annual NWABR Student Bio Expo was held on Friday May 18, 2018 at Shoreline Community College. NWABR's Student Bio Expo is a yearlong program that provides a platform for students to learn about and showcase their knowledge of biotechnology, biomedicine and bioethics. 

There were 324 students participating from 22 Washington State schools with 110 science mentors and 65 Judges.

There are 14 Expo Categories: Art, Career Pathways, Creative Writing, Drama/Dance, Indigenous Science, Journalism, Lab Research, Molecular Modeling, Multimedia, Music, SeaVuria, SMART team (3D-printing), Teaching and Website.

This approach reflects the Next Generation Science Standards, based in Personalized Student Learning (students choosing a topic of their own choice) and linked to deep science content plus rigorous technical reading and writing.

The following students from David Svrcek’s and Jessica Raman’s Honors Biology classes at Shorecrest High School researched a molecular level biotechnological / biomedical subject and represented the information through a creative project.

They were judged on their ability to communicate the science concepts through interviews, research papers, and their projects.

David Kaiser and Isaac Smith performed in the music category at the event to a standing ovation.

  • Simone Rogers: Honorable Mention – Art: Down Syndrome
  • Megan Rudberg – 2nd place - Creative Writing: Beta-Thalassemia: Base Editing on the HBB Gene
  • Esther Ziliak – Honorable Mention - Creative Writing: Multiple Sclerosis
  • Rebeca Semere – 2nd place – Drama and Dance: Story on Agoraphobia
  • Piper Murray – 3rd place - Drama and Dance: The Dangers of Melanoma
  • Jessica Perez – Honorable Mention – Molecular Modeling: Myasthenia Gravis
  • ​David Kaiser – 1st place – Music: Absent Minded Melody: Dementia Prevention
  • Isaac Smith – 2nd place – Music: Burning Flame
  • Finch Brown – Honorable Mention – Music: Testosterone
  • Dahlia McAllister – 2nd place – Website: Stopping Global Warming Through Salt Water Agriculture By Creating A Permaculture Farm of the Future
  • Eve Steiner – Honorable Mention: Website: Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome


Photo: Poem Tiny birds

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Tiny poems for tiny birds by Larry Gates  1998

a thousand facets of metallic light
    turning his head
        he darkens.

   a thousands nows
the busy hummingbird
    in the garden


Smile Source offering free treatments on Dental Day

Bright 32 is offering free services on June 2nd

A Local Smile Source dentist is giving the community something to smile about with free services during Dental Day on Saturday, June 2nd.

Smile Source locations in Seattle, Bellevue, Puyallup, Olympia, Spokane, and Shoreline are offering Dental treatments, 100% free of charge including Extractions, Fillings and Emergency Treatment (limited to one tooth) and dental cleanings.

In Shoreline: Bright 32 Family Dentistry, 1359 N 205th St, Shoreline 98133 in Aurora Village.

Several of the Smile Source offices have been doing their own charity work for a long time but this year they are holding Dental Day collectively across the state.
The event is an opportunity for our dentists and staff to give back to the local community.

Patients will be seen on a first come, first serve basis. No appointments will be made for the event. Each location will see the first 125 patients or go until 4pm. Additional patients will be seen if time permits. Services and timing may vary by location.

More information on Smile Source Dental Day here or on Facebook.


Photo: A deer in the garden

Photo by Nancy Utter

For at least a week the neighbors at Sky Acres have had a trio of deer in their gardens. I first saw the three on 15th Ave NE near where Guitarville used to be. They must have successfully crossed the street and come up the hill to 10th Ave.

I have lived in my house 50 years and this was a first. After several days of nibbling, the one deer I had in my garden moved on.

--Nancy Utter


Pack the Park’s 3rd annual 5K/3K family Fun Run and Walk - June 2

Register Now

Runners take your mark!

Pack the Park’s 3rd annual 5K/3K family Fun Run and Walk is set for Saturday June 2, 2018 to benefit the Friday Food Packs program.

This essential program, organized through the LFP Presbyterian Church, serves over 100 students at Lake Forest Park, Brookside Elementary Schools and Shorecrest High School by providing weekend food bags.

Proceeds from prior races have helped to expand the program to help even more students in our area and this year Friday Food Packs have been asked to pick up Kellogg Middle School and funds raised from Pack the Park will help to make this to happen.

The race begins at the Lake Forest Park city hall in the northeast corner of the Town Center, intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way. Runners of all ages and abilities are welcome. Post run entertainment will be provided by local band The Stumbling Fiddler.

Register HERE $28 adults, $15 students with kids under 5 free. Day of registration will also be accepted at 8:00am day of the race.


Public workshop: How to get clean energy

Rooftop solar
“How to Get Clean Energy” is a free public workshop about turning sunshine into electricity to power your home or business with a rooftop solar system.

Workshop will address:
  • How solar electricity works 
  • Federal, state and utility solar incentives to recover your cost 
  • Made in WA solar panels 
  • Electric vehicle (EV) charging an 
  • Tesla Powerwall backup battery 

Held on Saturday, June 2 from 10am to noon at the new Kenmore location of Northwest Electric and Solar where you can see solar in action and charge your electric vehicle for free. RSVP to or 206-356-0601. (If this date doesn't work for you, contact Joan to get solar info separately.)

Northwest Electric and Solar, 18001 73rd Ave NE, Kenmore, WA 98028, 206-356-0601

Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center is the selected charitable organization to receive a solar system the size of which will be based on installation volume for 2018.


Public hearing re changes to Shoreline tree retention at planning commission meeting Jun 21

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
The City of Shoreline Notice of Public Hearing of the Planning Commission

Description of Proposal: The City of Shoreline is proposing amendments to the Shoreline Development Code (SMC Title 20) that apply citywide.

The proposed amendments include new and revised retention and replacement standards for trees in the residential, commercial and Mixed-Use Residential zones.

This may be your only opportunity to submit written comments. Written comments must be received at the address listed below before 5:00pm. June 21, 2018.

Please mail, fax 206-801-2788 or deliver comments to the City of Shoreline, Attn: Steven Szafran 17500 Midvale Avenue N, Shoreline, WA 98133 or email to

Interested persons are encouraged to provide oral and/or written comments regarding the above project at an open record public hearing.

The hearing is scheduled for Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 7:00pm in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline.

Copies of the proposal and applicable codes are available for review at the City Hall, 17500 Midvale Avenue N.

Questions or More Information: Please contact Steven Szafran, AICP, Senior Planner at 206-801- 2512.

Any person requiring a disability accommodation should contact the City Clerk at 206-801-2230 in advance for more information. For TTY telephone service call 206-546-0457.


Classifieds: Notice of meeting time change


As required by RCW Chapter 42.30, Open Public Meetings Act, you are hereby notified of the following change to the regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners of the Shoreline Fire Department:

June 7, 2018 Meeting will begin at 4:00pm instead of 5:00pm.

The meeting will be held at the Shoreline Fire Department, 17525 Aurora Avenue North, Shoreline, Washington.


Annual Gala for the Arts celebrates a successful union of the Arts & the Community amongst a sold-out crowd

Sold out crowd for Gala for the Arts

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council would like to thank everyone who came out to this year’s wedding-themed Gala for the Arts! Because of your exceptional support and passion for creativity, we were able to raise $73,800 in support of the arts and arts education! From that total, we were able to raise $18,900 for our Artists in Schools grant program!

The Liebermans are center front in this happy scene
Held at the Shoreline Center, over 200 guests enjoyed delicious food, drinks, sweets, and a variety of wedding themed activities. The specialty champagne bar even had a royal wedding drink named after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex called the Harry and Meghan! Guests unearthed their past wedding gowns, bridesmaids dresses, and suits, including Best Dressed Winner, Norm Lieberman!

The table for the Dessert Dash
It's clear that the sweet tooth always makes an appearance at the Gala. During this year's dessert dash we raised an astounding $6,660! Thank you to all of those who provided these delightfully sweet dishes.

Susan Talley awarded the heART by Bob Pfeiffer

This year’s heART award recipient was volunteer and arts advocate all-star Susan Talley. The heART award represents dedication, generosity, and passion to the mission of the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council, which is to cultivate creativity and inspire our community through the arts. Thank you, Susan! 

Debby Tarry, Shoreline City Manager
and Rebecca Miner, Supt. of Shoreline Schools

It was fantastic seeing so many community members come out to enjoy each other’s company and share stories and memories as well as continue to build new ones. We look forward to furthering our mission and promoting the arts and creativity amongst the Shoreline Lake-Forest Park community. 

The ladies of Table 3

The Arts Council is extremely thankful for everyone who put an extensive amount of time and energy into making this event a success. It goes without saying that we simply could not have done this without you!

Jaguar honeymoon vehicle

And thank you to our sponsors for helping make this event a victory for the arts! Including, Merlone Geirer Partners, Jack Malek Windermere, Keith T. McClelland Attorney at Law, Jaguar/Land Rover Seattle, Shoreline Rotary, North City Law, IBS Treatment Center, James Alan Salon, and Kind + Co.

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate creativity and inspire our community through the arts.


92nd Annual Memorial Day Service at Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Evergreen Washelli Veterans Memorial Cemetery
Photo by Steven H. Rolbinson

On Monday, May 28, 2018, hundreds of veterans, their families and the public will gather for the 92nd Annual Memorial Day service and concert in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery located at 11111 Aurora Ave N in Seattle.

Scouts, churches, local organizations and families will place flags on all the graves in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery early Monday morning. The 1:30pm concert will feature marches, patriotic selections and other music provided by the Seattle Pacific University Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Drum Corp, Daniel Helseth, Conductor.

The Service of Remembrance begins at 2:00pm, following the concert.

Lieutenant General
Gary J. Volesky
Commanding General I Corps, Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Lieutenant General Gary J. Volesky is the Commanding General of I Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord. He is an Infantry Officer who has commanded Soldiers at all Army levels through Corps including company command in the 8th Infantry Division and and 3d Armored Division, battalion and brigade command in the 1st Cavalry Division, and division command with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). He has also served as the Army Chief of Public Affairs, 1st Cavalry Division Deputy Commanding General (Operations), III Corps Deputy Chief of Staff, Infantry Doctrine Division Chief and multiple assignments within the 75th Ranger Regiment.

Lt. Gen. Volesky has deployed six times to combat for more than 60 months to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve, and one humanitarian assistance deployment to Liberia in support of Operation United Assistance.

He is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College and the Air War College, and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University and a Masters degree from Princeton University.

Lt. Gen. Volesky’s major awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge (2nd Awaeard), Master Parachutist Badge and the Army Ranger Tab.

Lt. Gen. Volesky is married to LeAnn and they are proud parents of their son Alex

Fallen Heroes Portrait Project

Michael Reagan has raised over ten million dollars for charities across the country; primarily with his artwork. Now Michael has begun what he calls “the most important project he has ever done”, The Fallen Hero Portrait Project. He is creating portraits of all of the Fallen, free of charge for their families. So far he has completed over 5300 free portraits. In 2007 Michael was awarded the American Legion’s Patriot Award and in 2009 the VFW Commander in Chief Gold Medal of Merit.

Then in 2010 he was named the 2010 Veteran Volunteer of the Year in Washington State. In 2013 the Department of the Army awarded him the The Outstanding Civilian Service Medal. In March 2015 the Lynnwood Elks presented him the General Douglas MacArthur Award, and on March 25, 2015 he was awarded the Citizen Service Before Self Honor (known to some as the Civilian Medal of Honor) by the Medal of Honor Foundation in Washington DC.

On April, 10, 1968, after serving his country as a U.S. Marine, Michael returned home from Vietnam. He knew he had been spared for a reason and needed to discover what that reason was. While in ‘Nam, Michael drew portraits of his fellow Marines. In some cases, those images were all that returned home. Michael developed an idea. He began drawing two portraits of a celebrity, giving them one and asking them to autograph the second original drawing. Then he donated the second drawing to local charity fund-raisers. Michael’s first drawing featured Warren Moon. He donated that drawing to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes fund-raiser, it fetched $1,800. Michael had discovered his purpose. Since that time, Michael has completed over 10,000 portraits of more 2,000 different celebrities and notable personalities. His art is so popular that his method of obtaining priceless autographs has changed. Now when he draws portraits he asks the celebrity to autograph as many as 10 blank illustration boards. He continues to donate these images to fund-raisers throughout the nation.

The Program
will begin with the Parade of Colors. The Color Guard is from the Washington State National Guard. Following will be the National Anthem which will be sung this year by Maria Kesovija, and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Andrew Chumney and William MacCully. Chaplain Edward Fackler will lead us in the Invocation and Benediction with the Memorial Day Address by Lieutenant General Gary J. Volesky, Commanding General I Corps, and Michael Reagan of the Fallen Heroes Portrait Project.

Wreath Placement Ceremony will be led by the Advisory Board. The program will conclude with a ringing of the Liberty Bell 21 times by Vernon Zimmerman, followed by the Retiring of the Colors. The program should end about 3:00pm.

Medal of Honor graves
The public is invited to visit the graves of our Medal of Honor Recipients. Evergreen Washelli is proud to hold the remains of several Medal of Honor Recipients. Please join us today in remembering them. We invite you to visit their graves, read their stories and see an image of the medals received. Located on the east side of Aurora Avenue are six Medal of Honor recipients. Three are interred within the Veterans Memorial Cemetery, and three are located in Sections O, R, and W. You will find one additional Medal of Honor Recipient across the street on the west side of Aurora. From the northwest corner of the cemetery you will see his family plot just south of the Arbor Crest Mausoleums. To assist in finding their location we roped off the gravesites. Maps are available in the program.


Acacia Cemetery - Memorial Day weekend

Acacia dove release 2017
Photo by Jerry Pickard

As always, Acacia Cemetery in Lake Forest Park will hold ceremonies on Memorial Day.

In addition, Girl and Boy Scout troops will be on hand Saturday, Sunday, and Monday for people who are coming to view and decorate veterans' graves.

On Saturday there will be Girl Scouts helping hand out flags and cooking hotdogs. The Boy Scouts will do the same on Sunday and Monday.

Memorial Day Service is scheduled for 11:00am on Monday, May 28, 2018 on the grounds at Acacia. The Kenmore and District Pipe Band will be playing again and there will be a dove release.


Holyrood Catholic Cemetery joins National Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes

Holyrood Catholic Cemetery
As the country prepares to celebrate Memorial Day, Holyrood Catholic Cemetery will join thousands of Catholic Cemeteries across the United States in a national celebration, "Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes." 

This national program, developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference, will honor those men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, as well as recognize both our active military and military veterans who have served our country.

In Shoreline Very Rev. Bradley Hagelin will celebrate Mass at 10:30am on Monday, May 28. Active military and veterans are invited to participate and recite prayer intercessions followed by a moment of silence.

The local celebration will include Tribute boards where veterans, active military members and their families can write messages. These boards will be available in the week leading up to Memorial Day.

“We are excited to be participating in this heartfelt program and are glad to have the opportunity to give thanks to the military members and veterans within our community for their commitment and service,” said Richard Peterson, Director of Cemeteries of Associated Catholic Cemeteries, Archdiocese of Seattle). 
“We are inspired by these individuals and hope our participation in the ‘Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes’ program can be just one way to say thanks for all they have done for us”.

Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes,” encourages community involvement and participation and it is the hope of the program that this initiative will band together thousands of Catholic Cemeteries throughout the nation with past and current military members in this special celebration of remembrance.

Holyrood Cemetery, 205 NE 205th St, Shoreline 98155


Photos: Poppies

Poppies photo by Lee Lageschulte

These are spectacular, aren't they? I've never seen this variety before, but Lee photographed them in Shoreline.

Just a reminder - when you see the veterans sitting at card tables at Fred Meyer with a box of paper poppies - buy one from them. They are members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, selling "Buddy Poppies" which honor fallen comrades. The poppies are their biggest fundraiser of the year, keeping their organization going.

Or, heck, stop and talk to them. Maybe they'll tell you a few war stories. You might learn something you didn't know.



Donations for dahlia tubers raise $245 for the Senior Center

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

By John Hibbs, ND

The Dahlias For Seniors season opener tuber giveaway was a great success! We had 25-30 visitors and about 300 tubers of 75 different varieties found homes. Plus we generated $245 for the Senior Center!

And maybe best of all, several tuber shoppers who had not visited the Center before explored the facility, observed our seniors in various activities and shared with me they did not realize what a great, vital place it is. This warmed my heart because it's really what the project is about.

75 varieties to choose from
Really - who needs a lawn?
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Other highlights: a couple people shared that they'd been following our Dahlia of the Week series and decided to start their own gardens!

And Martin Král, Shoreline citizen, historian and author on the subject of dahlias, and a backbone of the PSDA (Puget Sound Dahlia Association) and its annual exhibition at Sky Nursery (See previous article) donated his left-over tubers too, and helped out at the table.

5-24-18  corrected dollar amount in headline


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