Photo: "The nerve of some sparrows!" huffed Dougie the Douglas' Squirrel...

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Photo by Gloria Z. Nagler

 ..."trying to cadge food from a Squirrel Feeder!"


Children's Advocate Joe Cunningham running for Shoreline School Board

20 year education and disability advocate
Joe Cunningham is running for school board

Local children’s advocate Joe Cunningham is running for an open seat on the Shoreline School Board, after years of successfully leading advocacy efforts passing legislation and serving as a statewide leader of Arc of King County, (a longtime national organization for intellectual and developmental disabilities) and holding many leadership positions with the Children’s Campaign Fund. 

Joe has filed for the open seat (Position 5) created by Dick Potter leaving the Board after his term ends this November.

“I’m a 20-year resident of the Briarcrest neighborhood in Shoreline, and my involvement in education and the community runs deep. My father was a School Superintendent, Coach, Special Education teacher, and Federal Teachers Union President and my Mom taught music in schools as I spent a fourth of my childhood being raised on Native American reservations and Central America. I am raising my two children in Shoreline, and they are and have all attended Shoreline Public Schools,” Joe said.

“As a parent of a child who experiences a developmental disability, I have professional and personal expertise in special education, which is especially important now as the Legislature has just passed a history-making $25.2 million to address our special education needs which have frustrated parents for such a long time,” Joe said. 

He’s networked with Dads across the state as a member of Washington State Fathers Network, as well as Member of Governor’s Committee on Employment and Disabilities. “

As a Shoreline School Director, Joe said he will work with school staff to make sure all students achieve at the highest levels. 

“I will work to steward voter passed resources for our schools – ensuring funds directed to ensuring recruiting and maintaining quality teachers, including hiring more teachers of color, and ensuring that maximum dollars raised for schools go toward educating students,” he said. 

With a background in equity and social justice policies, Joe will work to ensure Shoreline schools are using principles of equity in all policy decisions. He is committed to serve as a bridge with teachers, parents and administrators to work collaboratively to strengthen “our extraordinary Shoreline Public Schools.”


Hunger Intervention Program’s Summer Eats 2019 and the Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park

HIP kid
Photo courtesy HIP
Summer Lunch Program begins June 26, 2019

For many families with kids and teens, who rely on free and reduced lunches during the school year, the summer presents a major problem as they are left without access to this resource.

This is where Hunger Intervention Program (HIP) and other summer meal providers step in. 

HIP’s Summer Meals for Kids provides freshly made, nutritious lunches from the HIP kitchen at kid-friendly locations around the north Seattle community. 

HIP partners with other community organizations to offer activities at meal sites to encourage participation all summer long.

  • With access to a daily meal, families can stretch their food budgets.
  • Kids can also engage in summer reading, games, and crafts.

HIP serves kids and teens
For more information about the program or for ways to get involved, contact Emily at

In partnership with HIP, and as part of our Homeless Youth Project, the Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park will be providing free gift certificates from McDonalds and Subway to any youth 14-17 years old who may need an extra meal. 

Certificates will be available at the Shoreline lunch sites noted below.

For more information about the Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park, please visit our website.

HIP Summer Lunch Sites in Shoreline:

Shoreline Library 345 NE 175th St. Shoreline 98155
Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00 pm, June 26 through August 27, Monday through Friday

Paramount School Park 15300 8th Ave. NE, Shoreline 98155
Lunch: 12:30 – 2:00 pm, June 26 through August 27, Monday through Friday


Myles Gaskin football camp for K-8 - Friday June 29

Myles Gaskin Football Camp June 29, 2019, 11am - 2pm for grades K-8
Shoreline Stadium 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline 98155

Register online - camp is free


2019 Statewide Trout Derby includes Echo Lake in Shoreline

Fishing at Echo Lake
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Echo Lake is one of the lakes that is stocked with fish annually. Fishermen are regularly seen at the lake.

There is also a tree that is an annual nesting site for cormorants. They appreciate the state for stocking the lake.

If you can get there before the cormorants do, there is a trout fishing derby going on until October 31, 2019 in participating derby lakes.

The 2019 Statewide Trout Fishing Derby

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is pleased to announce the 4th Annual Statewide Trout Fishing Derby which kicks off on April 27 and runs through October 31, 2019.

The derby is open to anyone with a valid Washington fishing license; youth age 14 and younger do not need a license. There is no registration or entry fee required.

Over 1,000 rainbow trout will be tagged and put into more than 100 lakes statewide, so you won't have to travel far to take part in the fun. Any angler who catches a derby tagged fish will win a prize -- It's that simple!

How to catch fish and win a prize:

1. Buy your fishing license, and go fishing at a participating derby lake - like Echo Lake

2. Catch a rainbow trout that has a blue tag

3. Call the phone number listed on the tag to find out what you've won and where to claim your prize

4. Snap a photo of your winning fish or prize and use #watroutderby on social media

Learn more here


‘Operation Dry Water’ targets boating under the influence July 5-7

Operation Dry Water logo (Washington)
State Parks Boating Program reminds boaters to stay sober while boating

The Washington State Parks Boating Program, safety advocates and law enforcement agencies are asking boaters to help keep everyone safe on the water by not consuming alcohol or marijuana while when operating a boat or paddlecraft.

As boaters prepare for the Fourth of July holiday, law enforcement agencies are preparing for Operation Dry Water — a nationally coordinated effort that focuses on boating-under-the-influence (BUI) awareness and enforcement. 

Boaters will notice an increase in patrols across Washington from July 5 through 7, as federal, state and local marine law enforcement will intensify efforts to detect and remove dangerous and impaired boaters from the waterways.

“Every year we see boating accidents and tragedies that could have been avoided by staying sober,” said Rob Sendak, State Parks Boating Law Administrator. 
“Boaters have a choice to choose safety first, and stay sober. At a minimum, they should designate a sober skipper.”

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, boating under the influence is the leading-known factor in fatal recreational boating accidents.

In Washington state, it is illegal to use any substance that impairs a person’s ability to operate a boat. The law applies to all boats, including kayaks, canoes, rowboats and inflatable fishing rafts. 

State law allows law enforcement officers to require suspected intoxicated boaters to submit to a breath or blood test. Refusing to submit to a test is a civil infraction with a maximum fine of $2,050. 

The penalty for operating a boat under the influence is a gross misdemeanor punishable by a maximum fine of $5,000 and 364 days in jail. Additionally, a BUI is considered a prior offense if there are later convictions for driving under the influence (DUI).

Boaters can learn more about BUI laws in Washington State and about the risks of boating under the influence by visiting

Follow social media #NeverBUI, #opdrywater, #operationdrywater, #BoatSafeBoatSober, #BoatSober #designatedskipper

Operation Dry Water is a national awareness and enforcement campaign focused on reducing the number of alcohol-and drug-related boating accidents and fatalities. 

As part of the campaign, emphasis patrols are conducted annually near the Fourth of July, a holiday known for increased boating activities and use of alcohol, during which law enforcement sees an increase in the number of boating accidents and fatalities. 

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) coordinates Operation Dry Water in partnership with the Coast Guard, safety educators and local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission administers the state’s Boating Program, which provides leadership in recreational boating safety and environmental education and outreach. 

The goal of the program is to reduce accidents and fatalities, increase stewardship of Washington waterways, and keep recreational boating a safe, accessible and enjoyable pastime.


Saturday afternoon town hall with 32nd LD legislators

From left: Rep. Cindy Ryu, Rep. Lauren Davis
and Sen. Jesse Salomon

Senator Jesse Salomon and Representatives Lauren Davis and Cindy Ryu
will be holding a post-session town hall on Saturday, June 29, 2019, from 1:00pm to 2:30pm at Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Avenue N, Shoreline. The event will take place in the Council Chambers. 

The legislators will discuss the budget and policy results of the legislative session which ended April 28th. A moderator will take written questions from the audience then present them to the legislators.


Tales of Montana's pioneer Kempton Ranch at Third Place Books

Authors at Third Place Books this week showcase murder in Tacoma, a family history in Montana, and the story of the church across the street.

Come to the Den at Third Place Books in Town Center Lake Forest Park, intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way NE.

Hear the authors read from their books - and if you buy the book there you can get it autographed!

206-366-3333 to order books or ask questions.

Tuesday, June 25 at 7pm
Trudy Kempton Dana
The Kemptons: Adventures of a Montana Ranch Family, 1880-1964

In its day, the Kempton Ranch in Montana was one of the largest horse and cattle operations in the West, selling mounts to armies and royalty alike.

Trudy Kempton Dana mines her family's lore for stories to reveal a family of rare vision, grit, and integrity.

Meet Joseph Kempton, a whaling ship captain and early Colorado pioneer; JB Kempton, the first to ship cattle on the Northern Pacific rails; and his son Berney, a trick roper with Doc Carver's Wild West Show, a hotelier, and a friend to British earls and U.S. presidents. 

Friday, June 28 at 6pm
Elena Louise Richmond
Advancing the Retreat

April March wants nothing more than to be left alone, but her husband has joined the church across the street, and April gets pulled into the mischief of the congregation.

The minister's wife has a secret; the minister has a different secret. Meanwhile there's a squirrel loose in the church, a loan to pay off, and a sacrilegious calendar. Everyone pulls together—just barely—for Christmas. Then something happens that cracks façades, and lets the essence of life shine through.

Saturday, June 29 at 6pm
Brian O’Neill
City of Destiny

City of Destiny follows the tumultuous life of police sergeant Michael Cassidy and his longtime friend, Lieutenant Nate Orlando.

When a woman comes between the friends, and the bloodiest gang war that Tacoma, the City of Destiny, has seen in decades erupts on their watch, everything changes.


Summer Shorts for Seniors - History of Asian Culture in Puget Sound

The Shoreline Library and the Shoreline/Lake Forest Park Senior Center have teamed up to offer short readings on a variety of topics of local history.

Come to the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center this summer on the 1st Friday of the month, and settle in to listen to excerpts from short stories and nonfiction pieces focused on local history.

In July, hear readings on the History of Asian Culture in Puget Sound Area.

Friday, July 5, 2019 at 1pm – 2pm

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


Conversation with Timothy Lee – Co-Founder of the Shoreline Royals Baseball Program

Coach Tim volunteered to help Shoreline Little League with a skills clinic.
Photo Courtesy of Shoreline Little League

Nicole Schultz, President, Shoreline Little League, sat down with Coach Timothy Lee to ask a few questions

Q: Can you give a brief background of who you are and why you started the Royals?

A: I graduated from Shorecrest in 2011 and the UW 2015 and was lucky enough to be an assistant coach at Shorewood School while I was finishing my senior year at the UW. I wanted to find a way to give back to Shoreline while an opportunity to coach a bunch of 12 year olds happened and it evolved from there. The east side of Shoreline never had a “select” baseball program so Brian Hamshaw (then President of North King County Little League) and myself merged our teams to create the Shoreline Royals.

Q: What’s the end-goal?

A: The Royals were built to fill a void in this area of Shoreline. To give an opportunity to play competitive travel baseball at an affordable price. We are able to keep our costs 2-3x lower than anyone else because we are entirely volunteer based – from our back-end admin to our coaches, myself and Brian included.

Q: Besides the pricing – how else are you different from anyone else?
A: I think because our coaches are volunteers, they are doing it for the right reasons. Other coaches do it because it is their job but with our coaches and myself in particular, our hearts are in this for the kids. We also have this family-feel to the program where every player in our program knows every coach and player. For example, we have all our catchers work with Mark Green, a former-professional baseball catcher for the Mariners so they all learn the same concepts and they do it together – whether they are 11 or 17 years old.

Q: How successful has it been?

A: The program has grown and we get more interest from families outside of Shoreline every year to play with us. I am really proud of our retention rate of players being over 90% in the entire program, meaning our kids who are Royals want to continue being Royals. They are having fun here and enjoy the high quality coaching that we provide. But we also win a few tournaments here and there too.

Q: How many teams do you anticipate on having next year?

A: Six teams; it is surreal to think we started this with just one team and we’ve grown this much and this quickly. Hopefully we can fill a 10u, 11u, 12u, 13u, 14u and 18u team next year.

Q: Are you connected with Shoreline Little League?

A: The Royals are not directly affiliated but the majority of our players play for both the little league and Royals. We’re absolutely supportive of them and we often partner with them on coaching clinics or skills clinics. We have the exact same mission of providing high quality baseball to kids in the area.

Q: Why is baseball so important to you?

A: When I was 12 years old, I told my mom I was done with baseball because I just was not having fun anymore. She convinced me to play one more year of little league and that was when Brian Hamshaw coached me for the first time. I fell back in love with the game and then played another four years at Shorecrest. I’m not sure if I’d be where I am today without the experiences and the people I have met through baseball.

Q: If someone is interested in the Royals – how do they join or get more information?

A: Our website has all of that information. We have tryout dates posted already and they can sign up online.


Pub to Pub run Tuesday night - Edmonds to Ridgecrest

Monday, June 24, 2019

Join the Richmond Beach - Edmonds running club Tuesday night, June 24, 2019 for the first Pub2Pub run of the year - a run from Salish Sea Brewing Co. to Ridgecrest Public House in Shoreline. We'll leave from Salish at 6:03pm and follow this route:
  • Salish Sea Brewing 518 Dayton St #104, Edmonds 98020
  • Leave Salish to 6th; R on 6th (road Ts)
  • L on Walnut, R on 6th (Ts); L on Pine; R on A Ave (Ts)
  • L on Elm (Ts); R on 8th (Ts); L on 15th (Ts)
  • R on 100th; 100th becomes Firdale, becomes 244th, becomes 205th; run up the hill
  • R on Fremont; L on 200th (behind Costco)
  • R on Ashworth; L on 199th (water stop - thanks, Betty!); R on Meridian
  • L on 175th; R on 5th; L on 165th to Ridgecrest - finish! 6.5 miles total.
  • Ridgecrest Public House, 520 NE 165th St, Shoreline 98155

There will be a water stop along the route, but you may want to run with some extra water with you. 

Also, there are plenty of neighborhood routes near Ridgecrest if you're not up for the Pub2Pub mileage  - please join us after running either way. Thanks to fellow runner and Ridgecrest owner Megan for hosting us for this special summer run!

All Social Runs begin at 6:03pm - rain, shine or summer heat. After the run, stick around Ridgecrest for some conversation and a pint or two. All paces, experience levels, and beer preferences (even root beer) are invited and welcome.


Free lunch on board a cruise ship

Ruby Princess
Photo courtesy CruiseMapper
Expedia CruiseShipCenters in Lake Forest Park invites you to register by July 1st for a tour of the Ruby Princess, on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 10am at Pier 91 on the Seattle waterfront.. 

Lunch will be served on board. 

There is no charge for the tour or lunch. 

Parking at the Pier will be approximately $15.

The Ruby Princess sails round trip from Seattle to ports in Alaska every Saturday through September 7. 

Please call 206-347-8777 to register (21 and over).


Illegal marijuana grow house discovered in Lake Forest Park

Illegal grow house in LFP
Photo courtesy LFP Police

The Lake Forest Park Police Department recently received complaints regarding a home in the Hillside neighborhood that was suspected to be operating as an illegal marijuana grow house.

The residence was in the 2800 block of Meadow Place in Lake Forest Park. The initial investigation showed the high use of electricity, strong odor of green growing marijuana, and unusual activity. As the detectives continued their investigation, they found related history of another growing operation investigated in 2008 by Lake Forest Park Police.

Lake Forest Park Police obtained search warrants and with the assistance of the Northsound Metro SWAT and the Major Crimes Task Force through the Coalition of Small Police Agencies (CSPA), they served the warrant on Monday morning, June 24, 2019.

As a result, detectives confirmed the home was solely being used to illegally cultivate marijuana. All three levels of the home were being used for various stages of growing. They seized over 350 marijuana plants.

The home was vacant at the time and detectives are continuing their investigation. The homeowner did not have a license through the State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) and did not have a Medical Marijuana Cooperative license.

These illegal activities embedded in our neighborhoods pose a risk to families and children. The Lake Forest Park Police Department will continue to partner with our community members in order to help solve these problems and enhance neighborhood livability.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Sergeant Ross Adams at 206-364-8216 or or Detective Troxell at 206-957-2860 while referencing incident number 2019-05815.

More information on Marijuana Regulation in Washington State here


This weekend: the Shoreline Arts Festival at Shoreline Community College

2019 Shoreline Arts Festival
Presented by the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council
June 29 - 30 at Shoreline Community College

The 29th Annual Shoreline Arts Festival is a free community event with something creative and fun for everyone! 

Don’t miss these two extraordinary days of music, dance, theater, visual arts, food, culture, film, and more at our NEW LOCATION, the Shoreline Community College (16101 Greenwood Ave N Shoreline) on Saturday, June 29 from 10am to 6pm and Sunday, June 30 from 10am to 5pm. 

For more information, visit the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council’s Festival website.

Festival To Do List:

Shop for local art at the Artist Marketplace
Peruse paintings, ceramics, jewelry, and pretty much every other kind of art as you saunter through the sunshine and decide which of the masterpieces on offer will grace your mantelpiece. Enrich your home with handmade art, support local artists, and show the world where you stand as a curator of great taste.

Rock out, or take it easy at our Main Stage
Sit back, relax, and be entertained by an array of musical and dance performances spanning a wide range of styles. From Japanese Taiko Drumming to Electric Violin, there’s something for every musical taste. Check out the full line-up.

Enjoy performances and short films at the Community Stage
The indoor Community Stage will offer a variety of performances throughout the weekend. You can participate in an African dance workshop, screen some short films, watch a play, listen to some jazz, and take in many other wonderful local acts. View the full line-up on our website.

View the Juried Art and Photography Exhibitions

Featuring over 200 artworks from regional artists in 2D, 3D, and photography, the Juried Art Exhibit is one of the highlights of the Arts Festival. Over $2000 in cash prizes and merchandise are awarded and winners are announced on June 29 at 10AM on the Main Stage following Youth Art Awards. This year’s jurors are Vincent-Field Photography (Photography) and Sam Scott (2D,3D).

Surround yourself with the creativity of students at the Youth Art Exhibition

Witness the talents of the 200+ Pre-K through 12th grade students who share their artwork in the Shoreline Arts Festival Youth Art Exhibit and vote for your favorite piece to win the People's Choice Award. Awards are given in four different age groups and art for the Shoreline School District’s 2019-20 calendar is also selected from this exhibit of 2D and 3D artworks. This year’s Youth Art Exhibit juror is Matthew Allison.

Get creative at the Hands-On Art stations for children and adults
Visit us under the Hands-On Art tent and get creative- we will explore the theme of color!

Enjoy several projects Under the Rainbow for all ages, such as a colorful Mini Mosaic Masterpiece to hang on the wall, a blooming Flower Collage using oil pastels and colored paper, and a Beautiful Butterfly watercolor. You can also create your own Self Portrait!

And what would the Hands-On Art tent be without the wonderfully squishy Gyotaku Fish Prints? Use real or rubber fish to create a colorful, painted fish to take home.

Tantalize your taste buds at the Food Truck Food Court
Get lunch, dinner, or just a sweet treat at this year’s Arts Festival Food Court. Conveniently located by the Main Stage, the food court is the perfect place to grab lunch, meet your neighbors, and enjoy the festival atmosphere. Ohana BBQ will be back! We’ll also have Pilgrim Coffee Truck on hand for a high-end espresso experience with friendly staff, all off the back of a vintage Ford truck.

Art from the Attic Sale
For the last few months, we’ve been collecting generous art donations from the community! Find your next artistic treasure at the Shoreline Arts Festival this weekend. Items include fine art (framed or unframed), sculpture, posters (framed or unframed), matted prints, frames, gently used art supplies, ceramics, glass art, handmade jewelry, artisan works, and art books.

Proceeds from the sale will support Arts Council programming including arts education, summer concerts in the park, The Gallery at Town Center and the Shoreline Arts Festival.

Experience something new in the Cultural Rooms
Explore five cultures offering many fun hands-on activities, displays, and performances. Learn about different cultures, sample foods, see art, listen to music, learn to dance, and more. This year's highlights include:
  • A Glimpse of Africa hosted by JHP Legacy
  • Chinese Cultural Room Hosted by Chinese Artists and Cultural Groups
  • Experience Korea! Hosted by the Korean American Historical Society
  • Mabuhay Philippines Hosted by Filipiniana Arts and Culture
  • A Look at Latinoamérica Hosted by Lake City Collective 

Plenty of Free Parking All Weekend at Shoreline Community College!

Parking will be a breeze this year. But if you want to take advantage of the free shuttle service it will be stopping at several locations. 

Running every 20 minutes during festival hours (Saturday 9:00am-6:30pm and Sunday 9:00am-5:30pm), the shuttle will make stops at the Shoreline Farmers Market near Central Market (Saturday), and at the parking lots at Shoreline Community College, and then come directly to the Shoreline Arts Festival. 

Look for the shuttle stop signs! The Shuttle Service is provided through the generous support of Shoreline Community College.

If you want to take public transportation, bus routes 331, 330, 345, 355, 5 all go to SCC. More info here!

The Shoreline Arts Festival is a program of the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council with major support from the City of Shoreline, City of Lake Forest Park, Washington State Arts Commission, and 4Culture.

Questions? Call us at 206-417-4645 or email


Shoreline, Northshore and Woodinville fire departments to discuss combining

Three fire departments, including Shoreline - which serves the city of Shoreline; Northshore - which serves Lake Forest Park and Kenmore; and Woodinville - which serves the city of Woodinville - are in discussions about combing and regionalizing their departments.

The commissioners of the three departments will meet on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 in Kenmore to begin discussions.


Shoreline Quilter is a contestant at AQS QuiltWeek in Grand Rapids, 2019

My Beautiful Monstrosity
Quilt by Janielle Guzinski

American Quilter’s Society, the largest quilting membership organization in the world, is pleased to announce that Janielle Guzinski, of Shoreline, has been accepted as a contestant with her quilt, My Beautiful Monstrosity, at AQS QuiltWeek - Grand Rapids, MI.

AQS QuiltWeek - Grand Rapids features more than 450 quilts from around the world. The high point of the show recognizes the artistry of today’s quiltmakers as hundreds of quilters in the AQS Quilt Contest compete for $54,000 in cash awards. Quilts in this international contest and exhibition come from around the world, with entries from 41 states and 14 countries.

Janielle Guzinski, quilter
All the contest quilts, as well as hundreds of special exhibit quilts will be on display. Admission to AQS QuiltWeek can be purchased at the DeVos Place Convention Center and includes access to all special exhibitions and the Merchant Mall. 

Hours are Wednesday, August 21st through Friday, August 23rd from 9am to 5pm and Saturday, August 24th from 9am to 4:00pm. Tickets and additional information can be found at or by calling 270-898-7903. This event is open to the public.

About the American Quilter’s Society

The American Quilter’s Society is the largest quilting membership organization in the world. 

For 35 years, AQS has been the leading voice in quilting inspiration and advice. 

At AQS, we believe that with the proper resources, the creative individual can take their quilting projects beyond what they can imagine. 

For more information about the American Quilter’s Society, please visit or call 1-270-898-7903.


Steel pole foundation work will close 5th Ave NE from 180th to 185th

5th NE will be closed between 180th to 185th

Starting on Monday, June 24, 2019 Sound Transit closed 5th Ave NE from NE 180th St to NE 185th Street as part of the Lynnwood Link Extension early work construction.

There will be flaggers on site of the construction work zone to keep traffic moving for local access.

Sound Transit will be setting steel pole foundations for early work construction to relocate existing utilities to construct the guideway for Lynnwood Link Extension. The work involves setting heavy equipment and drilling shafts for steel pole foundations.

Crews will draft shafts for steel pole foundation that will cause construction noise.

  • Work could start as early as June 24th, and will remain for approximately two weeks.
  • Work hours are from 7am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
  • Work hours are from 9am to 9pm nights and over the weekend if necessary to complete work before July 4th.

Local access only from NE 180th St to NE 183rd Ct. Detour routes will be in place to drive around work area.

Sidewalks will be closed with detours at the nearest crosswalks located at 2nd Avenue Northeast and 8th Avenue Northeast.

Pedestrians will be assisted by flaggers on site to safely cross through Northeast 185th Street during construction.

Flaggers will stop bicyclists with vehicular traffic during construction.

King County Metro will provide alerts and updates on affected bus routes at

6-24-19  Story updated with new information


Recology: recycling gets a lot easier with more stringent restrictions

Blue recycling bins are for: 
glass bottles/jars, 
rigid plastic (tubs, jugs, bottles bigger than 3 inches).

Recycling should be Empty, Clean, and Dry
don't leave anything that can mold and contaminate the paper in the bin

Asian recyclers have tired of being the world's garbage dump so they have put strict restrictions on what recycling they will pay for. As a result recycling companies such as Recology are looking for new markets in the US, and trying to meet the new restrictions in all countries.

That means that customers have to be more careful about what they put in their blue recycling bins.

Recology and the City of Shoreline have been considering their options. One idea under consideration was to inspect individual bins and give warnings and then fines. This idea has been put on hold. Not only was it invasive and sure to create backlash from residents, it wasn't particularly effective.

Drivers would not be able to inspect every bin every week. They would not be able to do more than just look at the top layer. And it would not necessarily do anything to educate the public.

The first change for customers is in what goes in the recycling bin. A letter was sent to all Shoreline residents explaining that plastic film will no longer be accepted in recycling bins. That means any plastic that is pliable - plastic bags, and wrapping on food or goods such as toilet paper. As before, rigid plastic must be at least 3 inches (or about the length of your finger).

Prices will also increase by $1.35 per month for residential customers.

Recology will focus on education, particularly for multi-family housing.

If anyone has any questions about recycling / composting / garbage, they should contact Recology at the main number of 206-763-4444. You can also call this number to schedule training or presentations for groups.


Destinations: Two Pride Parades in Seattle this weekend

June is designated as Pride Month because the Pride movement started with the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village, New York in June of 1969. (Wikipedia article)

The biggest local events are this weekend, at the end of the month, with a festival on Capitol Hill and a parade in downtown Seattle.

Pride flag at Shoreline City Hall
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Capitol Hill PrideFest begins at noon on Saturday, June 29, 2019 with events lasting until 9pm.

The biggest festival day on Capitol Hill all year long! Return to the place where Pride was held for decades, now a 5-block festival with food, vendors, 5 stages of entertainment, and the most diverse crowd you’ll see all year long. Best of all, it’s free.

500 E Pike, Seattle. Drive to the University Stadium light rail station and go to the Capitol Hill station and you'll be right in the middle of the festivities. Don't even think about driving. Capitol Hill is one of Seattle's most congested neighborhoods, even without 50,000 partygoers!

The 45th annual Seattle Pride Parade begins at 11am Sunday, June 30, 2019 and will go along 4th Avenue from Westlake Park to the Seattle Center. The parade is approximately four hours long.

Light rail is your best bet to get to this downtown Seattle event. There is a Westlake station that will put you right at the starting point of the parade.


Poem: Carl the Crow

Carl the Crow
Photo by Peggy Bartleson

Carl the Crow
by Jean Monce Bryant

Oh Carl the Crow- what a cute funny guy
He exited the nest when not able to fly
His parents are nearby-they're armed and they're ready
So predators BEWARE--their surveillance is steady

They feed Carl often--his demands will not quit
He'll squawk and he'll CAW till he gets every bit
As Providers and Security there's no time to sleep
They'll answer each call--even one tiny peep

With hawks, owls and raccoons and eagles as well
The dangers are many--I think you can tell
And neighborhood cats also can pose a threat
The parents relax???No, no time for that yet

If baby, though noisy, can hide from their view
His chance for survival's much better it's true
If one of his siblings has left the nest too
The parents' duties are doubled--for them I'll say "WHEW"

But any good parent--though tired and worn-out
Will come Wide-Awake at a peep or a shout
So thank you for babies--and parents as well
Their love and devotion it truly is swell

Carl will be growing his tail feathers soon
And then he can fly and head straight for the moon
He's patiently waiting for them to arrive
With rudders on board--he can fly and survive

See previous article about Carl the Crow


Skandia Midsommarfest June 30 at St. Edward State Park

Traditional pole raising ceremony
Photo courtesy Skandia

Sunday, June 30, 2019, 11am - 6pm, Skandia Midsommarfest at St. Edward State Park, 14445 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore 98028.

This day-long traditional Scandinavian celebration features music and dance performances, kids’ activities (including raising a kid-sized pole), flower crowns, craft and food booths, a special costume presentation, participatory dancing, mini-dance lessons for beginners, and of course, the traditional pole raising ceremony.

FREE (donations accepted; buttons are available for a $2 donation to help defray the cost of putting on the festival).

Information:, 425-954-5262 or Skandia Folkdance


Free performance of Charles the Clown show June 30 for ages 4-8

Charles the Clown
Free fun Charles the Clown show for kids 4-8, Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 2pm or 4pm - at Ravenna Eckstein Community Center 6535 Ravenna Ave NE, Seattle 98115.

Free - but seats by reservation only: RSVP

The show features Charles’ signature, 'become a clown' routine, helping the kids understand that the person under the make-up and rainbow wig is a regular guy.

Teachers and librarians have often commented about Charles' comedy rhyming, word-play and silly verbal antics. 

The act encourages a love of language and the joy of being verbally creative. "A true children's comedian" --Billboard Magazine.

Free Take Home Gift: Charles' latest story audio, "Live at the Library and Other Adventures." Complimentary healthy snacks.

Charles' award winning A and M Records performance was filmed live on Hollywood’s Charlie Chaplin Sound Stage.

Career highlights: 12,000+ shows, 4 story audios, 15 videos, 100 + TV/radio appearances, 4 books, over 150 newspaper/magazine essays, and a King County Dr. MLK, Jr. Humanitarian Community Service Award.


Tech Meet-Up: Save Thousands with Household Energy Efficiency

Matt Simerson
North City Tech Meetup, Monday, July 1, 2019, 7pm to 9pm at the Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th St, Shoreline 98155. Free and open to the public 

Matt Simerson presents: Save Thousands with Household Energy Efficiency.

This presentation is suitable for a general audience everyone is encourage to attend.

Household Energy: where our energy comes from, what we use it for, how much it costs, and how to prune thousands of dollars from your annual energy expenses. 
Matt will cover our energy sources here in the PNW, energy storage, electric vehicles, type of insulation and what each type is best for, the cost effectiveness of insulation, home appliance efficiency, and home automation.

About Matt Simerson: I have an educational background in mechanical engineering and transitioned to software engineering by vocation. I am a builder by nature. I build software and computer platforms for $work and I build houses, cabinets, cars, and other things for fun. 

I volunteer with the Shoreline Garden Club, Friends of Llandover Woods, coaching competitive math teams, and by weaning our own household off fossil fuel consumption.

The North City Tech Meetup is a free meetup, usually the first Monday of each month at one of our local libraries: Lake Forest Park, Shoreline or Kenmore. People of all levels of interest and experience are encouraged to attend. There is always time for introductions and discussions.

You can visit the page for each month’s topic.


Photo: Daisies

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

“I want daisies in my hair,
Peace in my soul, and
And love in my heart.”


For the Birds: Nestling crows leave home before they can fly

Carl the crow calls for his parents

By Christine Southwick
Photos by Peggy Bartleson

Do you have a crow on the ground, making a loud noise? Unless you see blood, or a hanging wing, it is probably not injured. It is most likely a nestling crow which has left its nest before it can fly. Most crows leave the nest early for safety reasons. Nests, with their “feed ME” sounds, are lures for predators — raccoons, hawks, owls, eagles. The sooner nestlings are strong enough to leave their nests and hide, the more likely that they will survive.

Feed me!
Carl the crow begging parent for food

And do not fear; the parents are watching, dive-bombing cats and other dangers, and feeding their youngsters on a regular basis. Sometimes a couple of youngsters will hang together, but more often they will go their separate ways, thus increasing their probability of survival. The parents know where each is, and are feeding them appropriately.

Don’t let the nestlings’ size fool you. When they leave the nest, they are 80% or more of their adult weight. Their legs are already adult size, and their wing feathers are nearly full grown. But they are still babies. They will often tip side to side as they walk, making them look a trifle drunken. Part of the problem is that they don’t have their tail feathers yet to act as their rudders.

Carl being fed by his parent

The pictures are of a neighborhood nestling. I first saw it five afternoons ago. The first neighbor didn’t know what to do, but had put out some tuna fish. Baby crows have to have the food stuffed down their throats—so putting out food won’t help nestlings.

The next morning that baby had moved across the street, near a house with a known hunter cat. The parents dive-bombed that cat until it started lying elsewhere. Now the little crow is staying at a house where the owner watches daily, but doesn’t crowd it. The parents feel comfortable in the yard, and Carl the crow (that’s what the neighbor calls it), struts around more steadily every day, and hides in the flowers at night.

Still no tail feathers - Carl is grounded.

It still doesn’t have tail feathers yet, but will soon.

Remember, most birds found walking about on the ground are not abandoned, and don’t need human “help”. Keep your pet away from the area that the bird is staying, and wait about a week. It will fly away then.

More info about baby crows and what/what not to do, here.
Find more For the Birds under the Features section on the main webpage

Originally printed in the Shoreline Area News June 6, 2014.


Shoreline woman arrested after attempting to kidnap a child

Police were called several times for a disruption on Linden Ave N.
Photo courtesy Shoreline Police
An untreated, mentally ill woman was arrested by Shoreline Police on Friday morning, June 21, 2019.

According to Police, she is being booked into jail on several felony charges.

Police say she was arrested after attempting to kidnap a child.

The child is safe, was not harmed, and was returned to their parent.

The woman arrested is said to be related to the child.

According to Pastor Kelly Dahlman-Oeth, of the nearby Ronald Methodist Church,

"She is known to some of us in the community and the police department. In every encounter I've had with her, she presented behaviors that were clearly untreated and unsupervised mental illness. 
"Whether she has a housing option, I've never been able to discern, as all of my encounters were with her living unsheltered on the streets. 
"Though she has never exhibited dangerous behavior or issued threats, if she attempted to kidnap her child, she most certainly needs treatment for the constellation of issues she is dealing with including mental illness. 
"It's my hope that she is receiving that treatment in King County Corrections instead of simply being incarcerated."

Neighbors reported that the police came and went from the location several times during the morning. They said that the woman was lying the street screaming before her arrest.


Beyond the Gender Binary: Community Workshop June 27

Reality Check Shoreline has a community event on Thursday June 27, 2019, 6:30pm - 9pm at the Richmond Beach Library 19601 21st Avenue NW, Shoreline 98177.

"Beyond the Gender Binary: Community Workshop."

"We're planning an interactive community workshop geared towards people who are beginning to learn about the beautiful complexities of gender and want to learn more, and everyone is invited to come learn, teach, and share."

More information here.


New art exhibits at Edmonds Library and Frances Anderson Center through July

Sign painting exhibit

The Edmonds Arts Commission features a special exhibit, “Sign Painting” by Edmonds Historical Museum in the Edmonds Arts Commission Display Case located in the Frances Anderson Center (700 Main St), and a twenty-year retrospective of Skagit artist Don Wesley’s work titled “Birds Like Us” in the Edmonds Library (650 Main St). Both exhibits are on display through July 31.

The Sign Painting exhibit by Edmonds Historical Museum features former downtown Edmonds signs created by Ralph Gray and tools Gray used in his sign painting trade, as well as information about the techniques employed by sign painters.

Dusk by Don Wesley

“Birds Like Us” retrospective features select works from the past twenty years of Don Wesley’s work. Wesley considers birds his muse. 
“Birds are arguably the most accessible animal on earth,” says Wesley in his artist statement. “Wherever we are living, so are birds. Even in the most congested and polluted cities of the world, birds survive and thrive alongside us.” 

Wesley’s pursuit of a degree in the arts began in the early 90s while he was serving in the US Army as a tank driver and attending classes at Pierce Community College. In 1995, he completed his bachelor's degree in Art at Western Washington University.

While visiting the Frances Anderson Center, be sure to also see the digital art exhibit by Edmonds area teens in the McDevitt Youth Art Display Case (next the main floor elevator) and a new group show by Wax On Washington in the Edmonds Festival Gallery.


Local Refugee Welcome Mat group makes appearance at Gates Discovery Center

Group members and visitors visit and work at the Gates Center
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

By Luanne Brown

On Wednesday, June 19, 2019 several members of our Refugee Welcome Mat group spent time at the Gates Discovery Center at 440 5th Ave N in Seattle where we were asked to demonstrate how we make our rag rugs. This event was the first of three After Hours@DiscoverGates events planned for the summer.

Group members from Kenmore, Mountlake Terrace, Kirkland, Redmond, Shoreline, and Lake Forest Park brought mats that they had already crocheted, woven, and knitted as samples to display. We also demonstrated these various techniques and showed visitors how we prepare our ‘yarn’ by ripping strips of fabric.

People of all ages from places such as Singapore, South Africa, Florida, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and Seattle stopped by our table to participate.

Brian Beaton on left, and Brian Kinnee on right, both of South Lake Union
get a lesson from Elsa Husted.
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Our project has been featured at the Gates Discovery Center for the past two months at the end of the visitors’ tour. Center staff have set up a ‘station’ where people can see one of our mats, learn more about our project, make tags welcoming refugees to our area, and practice tearing upcycled fabric into strips. The Gates Discovery Center has contributed these strips to our group to use in making more welcome mats. This activity will continue at the center through August.

Group members Marcie, Jean Stevens, Elsa Husted, Christy Bear
demonstrating their craft.
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Our group, Welcome Mats for Refugees, was formed two and a half years ago to demonstrate in a tangible way that refugees are welcome to our area. 

Once our artists finish their mats, we tag them with a card that says, “Welcome Home”, signed by the artist who makes the mat. Then, we contribute the mats to the International Rescue Committee (IRC). 

The mats are made from strips of cloth
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
The IRC places our mats in the apartments they prepare for new refugee families. Often, these mats are the first things they see when they open the door to their new home. 

If you’d like to join us in our efforts, we meet the first Saturday of every month throughout the year, from 10am to 1pm at Third Place Commons which is located on the upper level of the Town Center at 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park 98155

We have supplies to get you started and we can teach you to crochet and/or knit. Our next meeting is July 6, 2019.

Our group will also be participating in a similar event at the Gates Discovery Center in late August. 

The center itself is well worth the journey to downtown Seattle. 

There are many interesting exhibits that “encourage visitors to investigate some of the world’s tough challenges and learn how to act on their own ideas and solutions,” according to their Facebook page.

For more information about our group, please visit our website.


Cisco Morris at Sky Nursery June 29

Cisco Morris
Saturday, June 29, 2019 
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Q / A with Ciscoe Morris

You’re invited to stop by Sky Nursery for an entertaining Question and Answer Session with noted garden personality Cisco Morris.

Look for Ciscoe in the outside tree and shrub department behind the greenhouse.

Sky Nursery is located at  18528 Aurora Ave N Shoreline 98133.


Photo: Flowers of the day

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

It's orange today - Lee found these two together.

Reader Martin Král says:

The orange blooms are Asiatic lilies and kniphofia (Red Hot Poker). The former bloom early and usually are not fragrant; the very fragrant Oriental lilies come a month later. Indian Paintbrush blooms at this time, but in the mountains and prairies, not in our gardens.

Thanks to Martin and other gardeners for identifying the lovely flowers.


Edmonds Wine Walks July 6 and Aug 3

Art Walk Edmonds’ Summer Edmonds Wine Walks July 6th and August 3rd

If you’ve walked by the two murals installed in downtown Edmonds last summer and wondered who was responsible, wonder no more. Those murals were brought to you by Mural Project Edmonds, a committee under Art Walk Edmonds, and were funded in large part with proceeds from the Edmonds Summer Wine Walks.

Art Walk Edmonds is once again inviting you to come sip, shop, socialize and support the arts in Edmonds at the Edmonds Summer Wine Walks. The popular events are back again this year, and online ticketing is already open. Gather your friends and join our wine-loving community on two Saturdays this summer -- July 6th and August 3rd.

Art Walk Edmonds, in partnership with Seattle Uncorked is bringing a sampling of luscious local Washington wineries to your favorite downtown Edmonds business locations. Meet the local winemakers who will be pouring tastes of their hand-crafted wines in various shops on a gorgeous summer evening. These award-winning boutique wineries will each have a few options for our wine-loving public to taste.

July Wine Walk Locations and Wineries:

  • ARTspot - 408 Main St will be hosting Wind Rose Cellars
  • Cline Jewelers - 105 5th Ave S will be hosting Marcus Sophia Winery
  • Coldwell Banker Bain - 108 5th Ave S will be hosting Three of Cups
  • Cole Gallery - 107 5th Ave S will be hosting Cadence Winery
  • Edmonds Realty - 111 Main St will be hosting Bunnell Family Cellar
  • Gallery North - 401 Main St will be hosting Woodhouse Wine Estates
  • Interiors of Edmonds - 326 Main St will be hosting Martedi Winery
  • Ombu Salon + Spa - 121 3rd Ave N will be hosting Virtue Cellars
  • Rebekah’s Boutique - 404 Main St will be hosting Basel Cellars
  • Seattle Sugar Spa - 128 4th Ave S will be hosting Love That Red Winery
  • Windermere Real Estate - 210 5th Ave S will be hosting Michael Florentino Cellars
  • The Wooden Spoon - 104 5th Ave S will be hosting Abbe Vineyard Winery
  • ZINC | edmonds - 102 3rd Ave S will be hosting Wilridge Winery

You are sure to find a new favorite bottle or two these evenings! Bottles of wine can be purchased directly at the tasting tables or at the Pop-Up Wine Shop set up at Coldwell Banker Bain, tax-free for the evening. A percentage of every purchase goes back to Art Walk Edmonds to fund the Arts in Edmonds.

Extend your enjoyment of the evening by having dinner in downtown Edmonds after the Wine Walk. Chanterelle, Girardi’s Osteria, The Loft, Anthony’s Homeport and Maize and Barley are waiving corkage fees for bottles purchased during Wine Walk on the evening of the events if you purchase food. Make sure to show them your Wine Walk map as proof of attendance.

Art Walk Edmonds is grateful to sponsors Coldwell Banker Bain of Edmonds, Ombu Salon + Spa, Cole Gallery, and Cline Jewelers. Edmonds Realty is providing complimentary tasting glasses for the July event and Adam Cobb of Windermere Real Estate Edmonds, who will be providing complimentary tasting glasses for the August event. Coldwell Banker Bain of Edmonds is sponsoring stylish reusable bottle tote bags for the 2019 Edmonds Summer Wine Walk season. Art Walk Edmonds is also grateful for Samantha Denson of Windermere Real Estate Edmonds who is an Art Walk Edmonds sponsor at the “Cultivator” level.

Tickets are on sale online for $30 each. Sell-outs are expected this year as in the past, but if there are still tickets available the day of the event, they will be sold starting at 5pm at Coldwell Banker Bain. If tickets sell out online prior to the event, additional tickets will be released starting at 6:30pm the day of the event.

As the sole fundraiser of the year for Art Walk Edmonds, participation in the Edmonds Wine Walks will mean you are contributing toward a great cause and supporting the arts in our community. Art Walk Edmonds, a non-profit organization, organizes and promotes the monthly Art Walks held in downtown Edmonds.

What you need to know to go!

· The Edmonds Summer Wine Walks will be held on Saturday, July 6th and Saturday, August 3rd from 5-8pm.

· Tickets are $30 online at the AWE website ( Word to the wise: these events have sold out the last three years, so get your tickets early!

· Registration includes 10 tokens for one-ounce pours of wine; additional tasting tokens for registered participants will be available for $1 each (cash only).

· Participants must be 21 years old. ID will be required.

· Wristbands, tasting maps, tokens and bottle bags will be distributed in the shade in front of Coldwell Banker Bain,108 5th Ave S for pre-registered attendees starting at 4:45PM the day of the event.

· If available, tickets will be sold at the door (Coldwell Banker Bain) starting at 5pm the day of each event for $30.

· If the event is a sell-out, more tickets will be released for late entry starting at 6:30pm.

· The Pop-Up Wine Shop, where you can purchase bottles of wine from the events tax-free, will be set up at Coldwell Banker Bain. You can also purchase bottles directly at the Sip Stops. Fill up your reusable bag!

· Wine Walkers are encouraged to sip samples while visiting with the wine makers and merchants; but no open cups of wine may leave the premises on which they are poured.

Art Walk Edmonds is held monthly in the picturesque waterfront town of Edmonds on the third Thursday throughout the year, rain or shine. With multiple downtown galleries and businesses hosting local and regional artists, Art Walk Edmonds attracts visitors from throughout the greater Seattle metropolitan area and is one of the top five most attended Art Walks in the region. This non-profit 501(c)(3) organization’s mission is to expose the regional community to all types of art, including fine art to music, dance, theatre, performance art, culinary art, and the written word.

Facebook: Shoreline Area News
Twitter: @ShorelineArea
Daily Email edition (don't forget to respond to the FeedBurner email)

  © Blogger template The Professional Template II by 2009

Back to TOP