Photo: Halloween in September

Monday, September 24, 2018

Photo by Seattle Poppy

You can tell who loves Halloween. Seattle Poppy took this photo this week.

At least we hope that it's someone who loves Halloween. Is that Freddy Krueger?



Ticketed event Friday at Third Place Books

Authors for every age at Third Place Books this week. Town Center Lake Forest Park, intersection Bothell and Ballinger Way.

Tuesday, September 25, 7pm
Amy Stewart
Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit (Houghton Mifflin)

Trailblazing Constance's hard-won job as deputy sheriff is on the line in Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit, the fourth installment of Kopp Sisters series, by one of the most beloved authors at Third Place Books

Thursday, September 27, 7pm
Lisa McCubbin
Betty Ford (Gallery Books)

An intimate and insightful biography of Betty Ford, the groundbreaking, candid, and resilient First Lady and wife of President Gerald Ford, from the #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Five Presidents and Mrs. Kennedy and Me.

Friday, September 28 at 6pm
V. E. Schwab
Vengeful (Tor)
Magneto and Professor X. Superman and Lex Luthor. Victor Vale and Eli Ever. Sydney and Serena Clarke. Great partnerships, now soured on the vine. Welcome to this super-powered collision of extraordinary minds and vengeful intentions, as V. E. Schwab returns with the thrilling follow-up to Vicious.
Tickets required; free, no purchase necessary; available in store; limit two per person

Sunday, September 30 at 6pm
Yuyi Morales
Dreamers (Holiday House)
Co-sponsored by KCLS and Lake Forest Park Library. Caldecott Honor artist and five-time Pura Belpré Award winner Yuyi Morales tells her own immigration story in this picture-book tribute to the transformative power of hope ... and reading. Ages 4 to 7.


LFP City Council CoW meeting Monday

LFP City Hall
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Lake Forest Park City Council Committee of the Whole Meeting on Monday, September 24, 2018.
City Hall, 17425 Ballinger Way NE. 6-8pm

Legislative Agendas
  • Association of Washington Cities 
  • Sound Cities 
  • Lake Forest Park 
Appointments to Regional Boards and Committees

Council Calendar

Other Business


Planning Commission Public Hearing on Comp Plan updates Oct 4

Public Hearing and
Regular Meeting
10/04/2018 7:00pm
Council Chamber Shoreline City Hall
17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline 98133

Agenda Highlights

Link to Full Meeting Packet

Comment on Agenda Items

Contact us: Carla Hoekzema, Planning Commission Clerk, 206-801-2514


Shoreline City Council meetings Monday

City Hall courtyard
Photo by Mike Remarcke
City of Shoreline Council meetings Monday:

Monday, September 24, 5:45pm, Conference Room 303. 
  • Dinner meeting: presentation from 198th affordable housing project partners 

Monday, September 24, 7pm, Council Chambers
  • Authorizing the City Manager to Execute an Interlocal Agreement Between the City of Shoreline and King County Elections for Permitting a Ballot Drop Box on City Owned Property at Aurora Avenue N and N 192nd Street (City Manager's Office)
  • Authorizing the City Manager to Execute the Second Amendment to the Expedited Permitting and Reimbursement Agreement with Sound Transit for the Lynnwood Link Extension Project (City Manager's Office)
  • Adopting Ordinance No.836 - Rezone at 922 N 200th Street (Planning and Community Development)
  • Adopting Ordinance No. 837 - Rezone at 17127 and 17201 15th Avenue NE and 17414 and 17062 12th Avenue NE (Planning and Community Development)


Families of Multiples semi-annual consignment sale Oct 13

The Seattle Families of Multiples is holding their semi-annual Consignment Sale on Saturday, October 13 from 8:30am-11:30am at Shoreline Community College (16101 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle WA).

If you are looking for anything baby- or kid-related, you do not want to miss this event! Over 65 families with twins, triplets, and more will be selling their gently used baby gear, kids clothing (from preemie through size 10+), maternity clothing, books, toys, games, shoes, etc. 

With so many kids, this sale is known for having TONS of stuff! More detailed information can be found on the Seattle Families of Multiples Sale websites:, or

Seattle Families of Multiples Fall Consignment Sale
Sat, Oct 13, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
16101 Greenwood Ave N


Little Lemon Drops raise $23,000 for uncompensated care at Children's

Little Lemon Drops movie volunteers

By Suzanne Gugger
Photos by Kristi Lin

The Little Lemon Drops Junior Guild would like to thank their sponsors, prize donors, raffle ticket buyers, and guests who helped them raise over $23,000 for uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital!

Some of the 200 people who attended the Outdoor Movie

Over 200 people came to see "The Incredibles" on the large outdoor screen and enjoy the fun activities at their annual outdoor movie night and raffle on September 8, 2018.

All of the funds will be donated to the hospital for uncompensated care, meaning families will be able to obtain quality healthcare for their children without worrying about paying for the services.

Senior Lily Okamura was honored for years of service

Co-presidents Allison Jaquish and
Caroline Gugger receive the
Chairman’s Award for Guild Excellence
At the event high school senior Lily Okamura was celebrated for her years of service and leadership.

The guest speaker, Isabel, spoke about her experience as a patient with Seattle Children's hospital since she was an infant. She is now in 7th grade at Einstein MS.

The Little Lemon Drops Junior Guild started in 2007 with a small group of young girls who donated proceeds from their lemonade stand to Seattle Children’s Hospital.

In the past 10 years, they have hosted three pickleball tournaments, sold necklaces and hair ties, baked cookies and lemon curd, and organized seven outdoor movie nights.

The Little Lemon Drops Junior Guild has grown to an enthusiastic group of twenty-two 10-17 year old girls, who are all doing what they can to help provide kids an opportunity to receive the highest quality healthcare, regardless of their ability to pay.

Outdoor movies, bake sales, pickleball tournaments,
hair ties and necklaces add up to $125,000

To date, the guild has raised over $125,000 for Seattle Children's Hospital! In May 2018 they received the Seattle Children's Hospital Guild Association Chairman's Award for Guild Excellence.

The Little Lemon Drops are on Facebook and Instagram


WeatherWatcher: Unlike last week, calm weather ahead

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Heavy rain November 2012
Photo by James Wiswell

Last week we had some weather, with a couple of windy periods. and then some heavy rain showers.

I'm going to start with the wind. Our new Richmond Beach station is doing a very nice job at recording our wind gusts. Below is the 24 hour graph of Sunday September 16th where we had a wind gust of 29mph.

We had more wind overnight Friday into Saturday morning September 21-22, gusting up to 28mph.

These winds came in behind a cold front that passed through Friday evening. In the wake of that same cold front Saturday afternoon, an unexpected development happened. An extremely strong Puget Sound Convergence Zone developed over Everett at about 3pm, producing a very heavy band of rain. As the evening progressed this Convergence Zone event drifted south getting into Shoreline and Lake Forest Park.

At the height of this Convergence Zone, cloud tops exceeded 30,000 feet and there were some lighting strikes in Snohomish County. In the image below you can see Seattle just south of the green and yellow blobs. Those yellow spots are centered over Shoreline and Lake Forest Park. The red spots north of Duvall are likely some of the lightening producing showers that we may have heard thunder from.

Radar image September 22nd at 5:30pm Pacific
Image from National Weather Service

Everett received 1.63 inches of rain, while Shoreline near Richmond Beach received 1.05 inches of rain, and east in the Echo Lake neighborhood we received 0.83 inches of rain. The bulk of this rainfall occurred in about an hour and a half, starting at about 5:20pm and ending shortly after 7pm. This Convergence Zone was one of the more intense events I've witnessed here in the last 25 years.

Sea-Tac, where official records are kept for the greater Seattle area, was not impacted by this heavy rain fall. September will likely go down as drier than normal for the rest of the region while we are right at about normal here.

Rainfall for the month of September 2018

Temperatures remained at about normal if not slightly below normal last week as well. The remainder of the month may be slightly above normal so I expect that we will end the month at normal temperatures and normal rainfall by average.

Forecast: Much calmer weather ahead as the upper atmosphere circulation switches into a stable blocking pattern, sending storms well north into Alaska. We are expecting to have sunny and clear skies all the way into next weekend where Saturday evening right now appears to have our next slim chance at any showers. Temperatures all week are expected to reach the upper 60's to low 70's with lows near 50°F.

For current weather conditions visit the new and improved


Halloween Dance Party at Sno-King October 27

Sno-King International Folk Dance Club invites you to our Halloween Party 7:00 to 9:30pm at the Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave W, Lynnwood

Wear a costume and win a prize! We will do dances from many countries, including partner, no-partner, and set dances, and you don’t need to bring a partner.

Finger-food potluck dishes are encouraged.

The Grange has a great hardwood dance floor and lots of free parking.

Join us also for our regular dances including lessons every Wednesday and Saturday , starting at 7:00pm. Wednesday is all requests, and Saturday has a program of dances, with room for requests.

Folk dancers have more fun!

The donation is $8.00 for non-members and $6.00 for members. Yearly membership is only $15.00 ($25.00 for a family). For information, call 949-646-7082, or email.


Missing woman may have ended up in Shoreline

MISSING: Jacqueline Dupras, 74. Diagnosed with dementia and increasing memory issues. 5'3", 135 lbs., reddish grey hair, green eyes. Unknown clothing description. Last seen Sunday a week ago in West Seattle.

The only lead the police and family have received is that she may have boarded a bus headed for Pioneer Square that ends its route at Shoreline Community College.

She’s a fast walker, and could have traveled far from home in the week she has been missing.

Call 911 if seen.


A few tickets left for the Aloha Luau 2018

Aloha Luau 2018 featuring the Hokulani Hula Studio Dancers and a traditional Luau meal

Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 5:00pm

Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155

General Admission $22 Senior Center Members $20 Children under 12 $5

Reserved seating only! Tickets can be purchased at the Center front desk 
or by credit card to 206-365-1536

Only a few days left to purchase your tickets!


Create and Make Zentangle™and Kindness Rocks at arts workshop Wednesday

Zentangle Rocks

Wednesday’s Create and Make Workshop: Zentangle™and Kindness Rocks 

Zentangle™and Kindness Rocks, With Laurie Bell

Create and Make Workshop
Wednesday, September 26th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Get your art on with the Create and Make Workshop Series! Wish you could pull up and give way to creative abandon from time to time? Look no further: The Create and Make Workshops are here and are guaranteed to be tons of adult-creative fun!

The “Kindness Rocks Project” is a pay-it-forward project where rocks are transformed into heart-warming tokens and left behind to simply spread kindness. We’ll use Zentangle™, an easy technique of creating beautiful images by drawing structured patterns, to turn rocks into simple works of art. This soothing practice requires no previous experience. Immerse yourself into the process of creating and have fun.

The Create and Make series allows you to construct and explore different art mediums and techniques with a local art professional in a comfortable, fun environment.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday, September 26th, and is held from 6:30 – 8:30pm in the Shoreline/LFP Senior Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline, WA.

Tickets are $40, or $35 for Arts Council Members and available at

Want more creative adult fun? Check out the other Create and Make Workshops this season!

Create and Make Workshops are brought to you by the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate creativity and inspire our community through the arts.


Sound Transit community meetings in LFP and Shoreline on Bus Rapid Transit

Residents are encouraged to attend one of the upcoming community meetings to share feedback on the Sound Transit SR 522 / NE 145th Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project.

During these meetings, new information will be shared about project refinements based on continued technical work and public feedback gathered last May.

Each meeting will focus on the refinements specific to that community.

Each public meeting includes an afternoon and evening session, so feel free to attend whichever time best fits your schedule.

A brief presentation will be shared about 30 minutes after the start time of each meeting. Come share your input on parking, station locations and traffic lane configurations in your community!

Lake Forest Park Community Meeting
Tuesday, September. 25, 1 – 3pm and 6 – 8pm
Lake Forest Park City Hall Council Chambers // 17425 Ballinger Way NE

Seattle and Shoreline Community Meeting
Wednesday, October 17, 1 – 3pm and 6 – 8pm
Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church // 14724 1st Ave NE

If you haven't already, RSVP for one of the community meetings at You can also learn more about the project and share your thoughts with us online if you cannot attend any of the meetings. Feedback on refinement options will be collected through October 19, 2018.

Come to the meeting (or participate online) for your first opportunity to:
  • Learn about the project background, timeline, and how to stay informed
  • Help Sound Transit develop Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along the I-405 corridor
  • Learn how your input from May informed new refinement options
  • Give feedback on project refinement options
  • Talk with project staff to learn more and share your ideas
For more information


HOV Emphasis patrol gets violators and a few dummies

A driver on NB I5 at I-405 in Sno County was dying to not get
caught with this passenger, there’s no bones about it!
Another HOV violator stopped by WSP.
Photo and traffic stop by Trooper H. Axtman
Washington State Patrol ran an emphasis patrol in three counties - King, Pierce and Snohomish - September 10-14, 2018

They were looking for HOV lane violators - those people who use the high capacity / car pool lanes when they have no passengers.

17 motorcycle troopers worked areas that generate the most complaints of HOV violators.

They contacted 1,756 solo drivers, issued 1,671 Citations and 85 Warnings.

Throughout this week, 17 drivers were ticketed on 2 separate occasions and 1 driver was ticketed 3 separate times!

The Washington State Patrol stresses that HOV violations do affect the transportation system as it is designed.

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) provided funding for this patrol.


Nutrition for brain health - Friday at Shoreline Library

Aegis Living will present a lecture on nutrition and brain health at the Shoreline Library Friday, September 28, 2018 at 11:30am.

Lunch provided. RSVP by Tuesday. 206-367-6700 or


Caregiver Support Group meets Oct 9

The free Caregiver Support Group next meets on October 9, 2018 from 1:30 - 2:30pm at Iora Primary Care 15214 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline 98133.


Lake Forest Park City Council adopts Ordinance restricting use and sale of single-use plastics

Illegal in Lake Forest Park next year
Following discussion at a Committee of the Whole meeting in May, introduction of an ordinance in August, and a public hearing on September 13, 2018, the LFP City Council adopted an ordinance restricting the use and sale of single-use plastic bags and non-compostable food service containers, utensils, lids, and straws in the City of Lake Forest Park.

The vision statement for Lake Forest Park presented in the Comprehensive Plan updated and adopted in 2016 establishes the City as a “Model for preservation of the environment and natural resources.” 
In keeping with that vision and a goal to implement effective waste-reduction strategies as required by State law, the Council approved Ordinance 1181.

The ordinance distinguishes between “carryout bags,” which are defined as those provided for the transportation of food or merchandise out of the establishment, and bags without handles, as they relate to produce, bulk foods, small hardware, laundry/dry cleaning, and similar purposes.

Retail establishments may provide recycled paper bags upon request; the customer will be charged a pass-through amount of not less than 10 cents per bag, to encourage the use of reusable and/or compostable bags.

Also restricted by the ordinance is the use of non-compostable food containers, utensils, lids, and straws. These regulations extend to the City at any City facility, a City-sponsored/funded event, or by any party who contracts with the City.

The ordinance includes two exceptions:
  1. Allowed are non-compostable food service containers for foods prepared and packaged entirely outside of the City to be sold within the City; and
  2. Establishments are allowed to provide disposable, flexible plastic drinking straws when needed by a customer due to medical or physical conditions. 

The operative date of the ordinance is four months from the date of adoption, which is January 23, 2019. An extension of up to one year may be provided by the Administration for a retail establishment that demonstrates the provisions of this chapter would cause undue hardship.

To read the complete text of Ordinance 1181, click here.


Shorewood defense shuts down Shorecrest’s vaunted passing attack - claims Rotary Cup and a 3-1 record

Shorewood celebrates their Rotary Cup win
Photo by Lisa Hirohata

2018 Rotary Cup
Shorewood District Stadium, Friday, September 21, 2018
As of Game Final - record for next week:
Shorecrest (3-1 Overall / 2-1 WesCo South)
Shorewood (3-1 Overall / 2-1 WesCo South)


By Aaron Bert

It proved to be everything a rivalry game should be. The cheers of the crowds. The thumping of the bass drums. Parents in school gear and students with faces painted.

As the savory smell of popcorn wafted through the crowd - it all came together into a culmination of excitement and anticipation of what the night would hold. And the night turned out to be everything the Shorewood Thunderbirds had worked for and hoped it would be - a huge ‘W’ when the final whistle was blown and grasping the Shoreline Rotary Cup for the first time in three years.

The game was closer than the final score would seem - with a tight defensive battle seesawing back and forth through the end of the first half until it began to break for Shorewood.

Shorecrest entered the game at 3-0 led by junior quarterback Eladio Fountain (6’2/240) who had administered an accurate and potent passing attack through the first 3 games of the year. The feeling seemed to be Shorewood would be an obstacle, but would not stand in the way from the Scots starting 4-0.

King 5 Games of the Week cameras
Photo by Rob Oxford

The Thunderbirds of Shorewood had other plans for the evening and powered by the bright Friday night lights, and the cameras of King 5’s Game of the Week - sought to prove their 2-1 record was not a fluke. (See the Game of the Week segment here)

Shorewood and Shorecrest both showed strength in defense during the first half. Each team struggled to find an offensive rhythm and to move the ball down the field. Shorecrest had a few promising drives with the help of short runs by #22 senior running back Cyris Filoteo (5’3/147) but the Shorewood defense made him pay for each yard.

Shorecrest began to put together a promising drive at the end of the first half - with Fountain finding his receivers within the Shorewood zone and a score looked imminent. Dropping back with 6 seconds left on the game clock, Fountain faced pressure from the Shorewood defensive line, stepped to his left and lofted a bomb down the field.

#2 Jaro Rouse streaks up the sideline
Photo by Lisa Hirohata

As the ball sailed - #2 senior strong safety Jaro Rouse (6’2/185) streaked out of center field and snatched the ball from the outstretched arms of the Shorecrest receiver and he was off for a 60 yard scamper down the right sideline, easily outpacing the Shorecrest offense, who looked stunned by the speed of the Shorewood free safety. Time expired and Shorewood was up 7-0 at half and took a tremendous momentum boost into the locker room. 

The Shorewood defense holds against the Shorecrest run
Photo by Lisa Hirohata

The Shorewood defense came up big again in the 3rd quarter, at the 2:34 mark, as senior #53 Tres Zeigler, (5’10/215) who anchors the offensive line at center and moved to outside linebacker on defense, came up with a huge interception of a Fountain pass on the Shorewood 15, returning the ball to the 27.

#4 David Snell looks downfield for a receiver
Photo by Lisa Hirohata

Zeigler and his teammates were ecstatic - and the defense denied Shorecrest again in the red zone. Two plays later, senior #4 David Snell (6’3/175) hit a streaking senior, #5, Joseph Williamson (5’9/165) for a 73 yard touchdown pass, and Williamson went untouched into the end zone and Shorewood went up 14-0.

After holding Shorecrest on downs at the end of the 3rd quarter, Shorewood took over on their own 26 and began to move down the field. Facing a 4th and 12 - Shorewood lined up for a punt, but Coach Brandon Torrey went to his bag of tricks and senior #22 Kaden Graves (6’3/225) took the direct snap and hit junior #12 Spencer Osborn (6’1/165) in the right flat and a first down, keeping the Shorewood drive alive.

#7 Senior Skyler Hammer trips up the Shorecrest runner
Photo by Lisa Hirohata

Shorecrest held and Shorewood lined up for a 35 yard field goal on the Shorecrest 21. And, due to the fact Shorewood has found an absolute gem in first year kicker, junior #18 Alex Lim (5’8/140) easily booted a 35 yard field goal and Shorewood began to pound the final nails into this game, 17-0. 

And the Shorewood fans went wild!
Photo by Lisa Hirohata

With 1:37 left to play, Shorewood sacked Fountain on 4th and 18 and took over on the Shorecrest 45. Senior #3 Robert Banks (5’8/160), who had been bottled up for most of the night, took his 15th handoff and broke over right guard for a 45 yard touchdown. A fitting end to a well fought and well played game by both teams.

A few observations:
  • Shorewood’s secondary is a definite strength. Cornerback Spencer Osborn is an absolute monster on the corner, using sound technique and strength to shut down passing lanes and leveling hard hits on run support. Coupled with senior cornerback Skyler Hammer, Jaro Rouse, and junior Kody Carpenter - Shorewood might just have its own Legion of Boom.
  • After getting shredded last week by the running attack of Snohomish, the Shorewood front 7 showed a better nose for the ball this week. On most run plays, Shorecrest runners were hit within 1 to 2 yards of the line of scrimmage and often in the backfield.
  • Senior quarterback David Snell is coming into his own - once again, although not lighting up the passing attack this week, he demonstrated a sound maturity and did not try to force the ball when a play was not there.
  • Shorewood had no turnovers.
  • Shorewood played a complete game, on all three fronts. Playing all four quarters has often provided difficult in the past for the T-birds - but Coach Torrey has been preaching completeness in effort and it definitely showed this week.
  • The last time Shorewood started 3-1 was in 2002 when the team finished 6-4 and made its last trip to the play-offs. 
  • 2002 was also the last time Shorewood recorded two shutouts in a season.
  • In four games, Shorewood has now scored more points than it did in all of the 2016 season.
King 5's Chris Egan revs up the crowd for the BIG GAME
segment broadcast Friday night. Voting determines which
game is featured - and it's usually the Rotary Cup.
Photo by Lisa Hirohata

Shorewood plays next Friday night in Everett against the Everett Seagulls (1-3 Overall / 1-2 WesCo South) and Shorecrest squares off against Snohomish (2-2 Overall / 2-0 WesCo South). This season is shaping up to be an interesting one, as the league's eminent powers find the standings reversed with Edmonds-Woodway and Meadowdale looking up at Shorewood and Shorecrest sitting atop the standings.


Theater review: “The Underpants” reveals what lies under the hem of society

Saturday, September 22, 2018

At The Phoenix Theatre

Theater review by Luanne Brown

Edmond’s Phoenix Theater does it again. Its current production of actor Steve Martin’s adaption of Carl Sternheim’s play, “The Underpants” will make you laugh — and think.

The story revolves around a socially embarrassing incident. Louise Maske, played by Renée Gilbert, is the young wife of a government clerk, Theo Maske (Asa Sholdez). While standing on a park bench watching the King’s (Jim Thompson) parade, Louise loses her underpants. The public incident causes quite a stir and attracts men to her door. The first one to show up is poet Frank Versati (Curt Simmons). Second on the scene is Benjamin Cohen (James Lynch), the besotted barber. The Maskes have a room to let and both suitors vie for it.

L-R Curt Simmons, Asa Sholdez, Renée Gilbert, James Lynch
Based on Theo’s pompous and neglectful attitude toward his wife, Louise is encouraged by her upstairs friend, Gertrude Deuter (Melanie Calderwood), to have an affair with Versati.

But Cohen wants his chance as well. And he is not the last fellow to line up for Louise’s favors. What results is comedic chaos that illustrates just how screwed up society is when it comes to the sexual relationships and gender parity — in the last, and let’s face it, every century.

I’d like to start by singing the praises of Karen Thielke the Property Artisan, who according to the program notes, is a devoted thrift shopper. As I sat in the audience, waiting for the play to begin, I took note of the many items decorating the stage. From the brass candlesticks to the bentwood chairs, lace doilies, and bamboo umbrellas, each one of these little touches cranked the clock backwards to another time and place and landed us perfectly in Germany around 1910.

The bones of the set were cleverly designed and ably built by Jim Thompson, who also played the King. I mention them upfront because usually the actors in the play get first mention, but the set and its decoration are like another character on the cast list.

Performances shine as brightly as the set. James Lynch as Benjamin Cohen mixes dignity and buffoonery to create a sympathetic portrayal to the part of ‘besotted protector’. Melanie Calderwood as Gertrude Deuter delivered lots of laughs with her quirky interpretation as the heroine’s upstairs friend who connives to get her in trouble, while professing a desire to live thru Louise’s adventures vicariously.

Curt Simmons, as the poetic lothario Versati, was hilarious and compelling. Just when you thought Versati might be the romantic hero, he reveals that he cares more for Louise’s role as muse than for Louise herself. This is Simmons' first role after a long absence from the stage. Mr. Simmons — please don’t go away again. You were a delight to watch. Tom Cook as Klinglehoff was convincing as a scientist trying to live up to his own set of morals. Costume designer Elizabeth Shipman scores extra points for the shortness of Klinglehoff’s pants. Such a revealing mark of his character.

L-R Asa Sholdez, Curt Simmons, Renée Gilbert
Asa Sholdez as husband and Renée Gilbert as wife were a perfectly imperfect pair. Sholdez was persuasive as the perfect male chauvinist but keeps his character on the right side of likable thanks to his comic flair. Gilbert’s Louise is winsome and wily, making her the one to root for in the never-ending battle of the sexes.

My one criticism of the play lies with Mr. Martin’s writing. How dare I — I know! While he delivers on the laughs, about a third of a way the laughs came harder for me when I realized that this is basically a story about sexual harassment.

The male reaction to Louise’s wardrobe malfunction exposes more than what’s under her skirt.

It exposes the lack of parity in the power between the sexes. At the opening of the story, Louise is a victim of her husband’s toxic masculinity. At the close of the story, Louise rises above her lot, but only because a man more powerful than her husband wants her in his bed.

None of her suitors care a twig about her. They are attracted to her because it helps them get their sexual jollies. It would be easy to say, ‘oh, it’s just a silly story, don’t get so ‘judgy’ about it. And I will say, I laughed along with the best of the jokes, but there was this little voice inside of me saying, ‘Me, too. Me, too.’ I only wish Martin would have gone the extra mile and given us a moment in the play when one of the male characters recognizes Louise’s plight and does something to uplift her to their level of power instead of using her for their own devices.

I don’t say this as a criticism of the theater or to take anything away from the great performances.

There are only so many plays for them to choose from and many of them reflect the values of the era in which they were written. But, I look forward to the time when theaters don’t have to rely on works of the past century. Perhaps we haven’t progressed enough to generate material that reflects the struggles in life as a fight for parity, not domination.

I still say — see this play. It’s entertaining and evocative. What more could a theater-goer ask for?

Performance Dates: September 21 – October 14, 2018
Performance Times: Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm
Location: The Phoenix Theatre, 9673 Firdale Avenue, Edmonds, WA 98020

Tickets are $24. $22 for seniors and students.
For tickets or information: online at, 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.


Reminder: Friends of Shoreline Library book sale Saturday

The Friends of the Shoreline Library Annual Fundraising event to help support adult and children's programs at the Shoreline King County Library is this weekend.

The main event is on Saturday, September 22, from 10am-4pm.

Sunday, September 23, 11am-3pm is the official 'bag' day. 

Come Sunday with $4 for your opportunity to stuff a paper bag (we supply the bag) to the brim with books of your choice!

Everyone is always welcome!

Books are a splendid adventure just waiting for you to delve within and create that oasis in your mind you've been expecting. See you there!

Shoreline Library: 345 NE 175th St, Shoreline 98155


Annual vintage and doll event Saturday

Shoreline Seattle Children's Boutique will hold a vintage fashion show Saturday evening 6:30 to 8pm at the store at Shoreline Place, 15835 Westminster Way, Shoreline 98133.

RSVP by email


Downsizing workshops when it's more than just 'stuff'

Downsizing workshops will be held at the Shoreline American Legion Hall, 14521 17th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155.

Register here or call 206-948-9486.


RB Running Club Saturday run across the freeway

WSDOT camera
The Richmond Beach Running Club Saturday run will begin at Cafe Ladro at 5-Corners in Edmonds, 8403 Main St, Edmonds 98026

Join us Saturday at 8am for your wake up Pedestrian Bridge run. This is a club favorite run with a 5 (or less) or 9.5 mile option. The 9.5 will bring you across the I-5 Pedestrian Bridge.

Meet at Ladro after the run for some recovering coffee and pastries.

Route: left on 212th: right on 76th: quickish left on 215th: left on 216th: cross 99: right on Interurban: 5 mile turnaround is 104

Cross 104 and follow path into the woods: right on 1st Ave NE: left on 195th: across the Bridge: right on 10th ave NE: right on 185th: right on 1st: re-enter the wooded path (the entrance is across from the cemetery) and retrace back to Ladro.


Does your child like to draw?

Does your child love to draw?

North City Water District would like to invite all kids age 12 and under to participate in their “Design a Reusable Bag” contest, using the theme “We Use Water Wisely.”


The winning artwork will be printed on a large, reusable bag that will be used to distribute water conservation materials at local events and festivals throughout the year (and with a little luck, re-used for groceries or other purposes throughout our community).

Complete contest rules and details HERE


Good Morning Shoreline! features Shoreline Historical Museum

Presented by the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Aegis of Shoreline, Good Morning Shoreline! is a free event, and open to the public.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 7:30am - 8:30am.

Energize your day with coffee, a light breakfast and networking. Build relationships with and get inspiration from other members of the Shoreline business community. Reconnect with friends, make new acquaintances and create new business opportunities.

This month the speaker is Vicki Stiles, Executive Director of the Shoreline Historical Museum.

Bring business cards if you have them, and be ready to share a story about your business.

Aegis of Shoreline is providing a complimentary gourmet continental breakfast, and we will meet in one of the rooms in their beautiful facility. We will start at 7:30 and end at 8:30, but feel free to drop late or leave early as needed.

Aegis of Shoreline, 14900 1st Ave NE, Shoreline 98155


Tuesday voter registration in Sno County libraries

Disabled? Former felon? Away at college? Overseas? Unconventional address? You can still vote!! 

National Voter Registration Day is September 25. The Snohomish County League of Women Voters joins people around the country that day to answer questions and register people.

Their September 25 registration locations will be primarily in Snohomish county libraries. King county voters can register there as well.

Tables are planned in Arlington, Edmonds, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, Snohomish, Everett, and the Northwest Indian College.


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Meals on Wheels

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


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