32nd Dems meetings in May

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

32nd District Democrats have an environmental caucus, a monthly meeting, and Sen. Chase's town hall during the first part of May.

Wednesday May 2nd - 32nd Environment and Climate Caucus Monthly Meeting
Time: 7:30 to 9 pm
Location: Lake Forest Park Library in the Town Center, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park 98155

Wednesday, May 9 - 32nd District Democrats Monthly Meeting
Time: 6-7 Social, 7-9 pm Meeting
Location: Masonic Center Shoreline
753 N 185th St Shoreline 98133

Thursday, May 10 - Senator Chase's Town Hall on the Environment
Time: 6:30 to 8 pm
Location: Lynnwood Library, 19200 44th Ave. W, Lynnwood, 98036

To join the 32nd Dems Environmental Caucus contact Teresa Catford.


Elementary STEM day on Saturday

The Shorecrest High School Technology Student Association (TSA) will be hosting an Elementary STEM Day on Saturday, April 28 at Shorecrest High School, 15343 25th Ave. NE. There will be two sessions that students in grades 1-6 will have the opportunity to attend, from 9am-12pm or 1-4pm.

The registration fee is $25 for either session. The STEM activities will include robot races, building newspaper bridges, building and flying airplanes, tower building, coding and more!

All funds raised will help support the Shorecrest TSA activities and competitions. If you have any questions, email TSA advisor Kari Potter.


Public invited to hear about the State of the Schools from Superintendent Miner

Superintendant Rebecca Miner
will speak on the State of the Schools
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

The community is invited to join Superintendent Rebecca Miner for the 2nd Annual Shoreline State of the Schools Presentation and Forum on April 30, 2018 at 7pm or May 1, 2018 at 10am in the Shoreline Center Boardroom, 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline.

Superintendent Miner will present information about the District’s demographics, budget information, academic achievement, construction projects and much more. There will also be a question and answer session at the conclusion of the presentation.

Spanish, Amharic, Mandarin, Korean and Vietnamese interpreters will be available at the April 30 presentation.

There is no need to RSVP. If you have any questions, contact Curtis Campbell 206-393-4412.


Obituary: Daniel Shelhamer 1944 - 2018

Daniel D. Shelhamer 1944-2018
Daniel D. Shelhamer 1944-2018

Daniel David Shelhamer, age 73, of Shoreline, Washington, died Tuesday morning, March 20, 2018 following an eighteen-month struggle with brain cancer.

Dan was born on October 7, 1944 in Miles City, MT, to Conrad and Eva (Sumner) Shelhamer and brother to Michael Shelhamer.

He graduated from Sentinel High School in Missoula, MT, class of 1963, later receiving his Bachelor of Music Degree (Cum Laude), Applied Piano, from the University of Montana. He received his Master of Music Degree, Conducting, at the University of Washington and was a Doctor of Arts, Candidate, Opera Production, at UW.

Music in all forms was his lifelong passion from early childhood. He began piano lessons at 7 years old on a $25 upright and never lost his love for keyboards. Serving, directing, conducting, singing in church was a lifestyle for Dan. He served as choir director, organist, pianist, music director at churches his entire career life.

Most recently he served Haller Lake United Methodist and Trinity Presbyterian Churches. Most importantly, he believed deeply that it was not “just a job” but that he was called to be “part of” and to “participate in” the church community he served.

Throughout the years since moving to Seattle in 1968, Dan sang with the Seattle Opera Chorus, Dickens and Silverbells Carolers and remained active in musical theatre both directing and performing with Civic Light Opera, Music Theatre Northwest, Snoqualmie Forest Theatre, Woodinville Rep and other local companies.

In 1984 while serving as Music Director at Richmond Beach Congregational, UCC he started the RBCC Players theatre group. He produced and performed in plays and musicals with them for 32 years until he retired in 2016. His favorite roles were Fagin in Oliver, Captain Von Trapp in Sound of Music and Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady.

Dan worked with the fledgling Missoula Children’s Theatre right after graduation from college, which began a lifelong journey teaching and encouraging children and youth in music and drama programs.

He taught in public schools, also serving as musical / stage director at Lake Washington High, Woodinville High, Chief Sealth High, West Seattle High, Shorewood High, St. Bridget-Assumption School, and Seattle Center School. At times, he was simultaneously working with private programs at Studio East Performing Arts, Dandylyon Drama, and Youth Theatre Northwest. Known as “Dan the Man” by his casts and students, he was patient, kind, respectful and unfailing in his belief in them.

Yet, when asked for what he wanted to be remembered, his response was “that I was a good grandfather”.

Dan is survived by his wife, Carol Colt; son, Matthew Shelhamer and wife, Bpaw; daughter, Staci Schulmerich and husband, James; grandchildren, Parker and Madison Schulmerich; nephew, Mehdi Shelhamer, wife, H’Krih and family; cousins and extended family in Montana.

A Celebration of Life will be held on April 29, 2018 - 2:00pm at Richmond Beach Congregational, UCC.

1512 NW 195th St. (corner of 15th NW and NW Richmond Beach Rd), Shoreline 98177.  206-542-7477.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Daniel Shelhamer Scholarship Fund or Fred Hutch Brain Cancer Research


Series with climate scientists offered free at the Lynnwood library

The Lynnwood Library and Cascadia Climate Action have arranged to bring climate scientists for a series at the library on Saturday mornings from 10-11am. The scientists are top notch and we would like for the broader Edmonds/ Lynnwood/ Shoreline communities to have the opportunity to participate.

Next Saturday, April 28, 2018 NASA chief scientist emeritus Dr. Robert Bindschadler, Ph.D. will speak on the Climate Change Impacts on Polar Ice and have opportunities for questions and discussion afterwards.

Dr. Bindschadler has over 25 years of experience conducting field research on polar ice and glaciers in Antarctica, as well as on Greenland and around the world. He has a glacier and an “ice stream” named after him, too! 

On May 5th, Brian Harvey, PhD, UW’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, speaks on the climate change impacts on Pacific Northwest forests.


Tree House Iyengar Yoga offers a free class for new students to try

Monday, April 23, 2018

Tree House Iyengar Yoga Studio in Shoreline 
New Late Spring session starts April 30th - June 24th
Free class for NEW students in Level I or Gentle thru May 13th! 

Try a class and meet our warm and welcoming community here in Shoreline!!

Located at Rose Crossing Plaza by Umpqua Bank on Ballinger Way.


Shorecrest spring musical - Urinetown

Urinetown goes a little something like this: In a near-future, drought-plagued world, citizens must pay for the “privilege to pee,” until one hero steps up to lead the masses in a fight against tyranny. 
Along the way, Urinetown hilariously satirizes the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, and municipal politics. It also parodies musicals such as The Threepenny Opera, Les Miserables, West Side Story, and the Broadway musical itself as a form.

Urinetown is a fantastic (triple Tony-winning!) piece of theatre, and an ever more timely story that demands to be shared. Shorecrest’s production, brought to life by a vibrant, talented corps of performers, will make you laugh and will stick with you well after you depart the theatre.

Wondering about appropriateness for your kids? 
Urinetown has no profanity or sexual innuendo, but is rated PG/ light PG-13 for sophisticated humor, themes, and some moments of peril; based on our experience, much of that may fly over the heads of younger audience members, who will otherwise be thoroughly entertained by the awesome music, dancing, and, yes, a bit of potty talk.

Urinetown will run from Thursday, May 3, through Sunday, May 6, and again the following weekend, Thursday, May 10 through Sunday, May 13. Evening performance times are 7:30pm on Thursdays-Saturdays; matinees are at 2:00pm each Sunday.

Visit the event page at Brown Paper Tickets to reserve your tickets! Advance ticket prices are $12 for adults ($15 if purchased at the door on the day of performance), or $10 for children under 12. 

Shorecrest Performing Arts Center is at the north end of the Shorecrest campus: 15343 25th Ave NE in Shoreline.


Shorewood softball vs. Marysville-Getchell 4-23-18

Girls varsity softball
Shorewood v Marysville-Getchell
4-23-18 at Meridian Park field

Box score


                         SHANNON PATTON 2-3 (2 2Bs)
                         BRIONNA PALM 3B
                         THEA HATCH 2-3 (2B)
                           MEGGAN MCCASLIN 1-2 (2B )
                           REBECCA MARTINEZ 1-2 (2B )

--Paul Jensen


T-Bird girls varsity tennis defeat Mountlake Terrace Monday

WesCo South Tennis 4/23/18
Shorewood @ Mountlaket Terrace

Shorewood 5  Mountlake Terrace 2


  1. Annie Hoang MLT def. Brynn Morrison SW 6-1, 6-0
  2. Katie Taylor SW def. Lydia Liu MLT 6-2, 6-2
  3. Erin Marino MLT def. Mahilet Abraha SW 2-6, 7-6 ( 7-4 ), 10-5
  4. Jersey Patterson SW def. Vorahati Lingjit MLT 6-1, 6-1

  1. Bretta Peterson / Maddie Bong SW def. Jennifer Tran / Kim Nguyen MLT 6-0, 6-1
  2. Emily McDowell / Nicole Nelson SW def. Kayla Primavera / Rosie Lee MLT 6-0, 6-2
  3. Samantha Combs / Jayme Anneberg SW def. Lexi Daley / Nhuny Lam MLT 6-0, 6-2

Shorewood defeated Mountlake Terrace 5-2 to improve their WesCo South record to 3-1 and 5-4 overall.

Shorewood will play at Shorecrest on Tuesday May 24th and host Edmonds-Woodway May 25th. Matches start at 3:30pm.

--Arnie Moreno


Scots varsity girls edge Meadowdale in tennis match Monday

The Shorecrest Varsity Girls tennis team, who have only lost one match this season, prevailed again, over the Meadowdale team in a game hosted by Meadowdale.

4-23-18  WesCo 2A/3A
Shorecrest 4 - Meadowdale 3
Shorecrest overall 7-1

Shorecrest players listed first


  1. Kate Ivens v Hope Nakata  6-0  6-2   W
  2. Anna Burke v Jodhi James  6-0  6-0  W
  3. Emma Leek v Isabel Reonal  1-6  3-6  L
  4. Alyssa Oshiro v Hana Berisha  1-6  1-6  L
  1. Bella Saunders / Sophie Ivens v Kelsey Cummins / Jamie Christiansen  6-3  6-2  W
  2. Coco Hart / Sydney Leek v Sofia Tang / Jeanelle de los Reyers  7-5  6-3  W
  3. Katie Jerauld / Hannah Cote vs Rachel Davis / Ella Parks  2-6  2-6  L

--Robert Mann


SIFF returns to Shoreline

The Seattle International Film Festival is proud to shine its Festival Spotlight and announce our neighborhood partner cinemas for the 2018 Festival.

The 44th Seattle International Film Festival welcomes back cinemas around the region.

Our long-term partnerships with cinemas all across the metro area is what makes SIFF a festival for the entire community.

"Each of our partners plays a huge role in their neighborhood, and we love joining them during SIFF," said SIFF Artistic Director Beth Barrett. "From historic movie palaces, masonic temples, and cinematic complexes, we bring the world's stories to you."

SIFF at Shoreline Community College Theatre
Photo courtesy SIFF

SIFF will be in Shoreline May 25 - June 2, back at the Shoreline Community College Theatre, 16101 Greenwood Avenue N, Building 1600, Shoreline, WA 98133

With spacious seating for 360, the Shoreline Community College Theater provides a professional-grade viewing experience, featuring 4K digital video projection, surround sound, an orchestra pit, lobby, and concession area. The theater was recently remodeled with a new stage and acoustical curtains, enhanced lighting, paint, carpeting, a new roof, and other upgrades for a premium theater-going experience.

SIFF 2018 Passes and Packages
The 44th Seattle International Film Festival runs from May 17 - June 10, 2018.

The full schedule is released, and tickets go on sale to Members, on May 2.

Tickets available to the general public on May 3.


Providence, Swedish to pay $1.4M for failing to inform patients about out-of-network lab testing charges

State Atty General
Bob Ferguson
Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced at the end of March 2018 that affiliated health care providers, Providence Health and Services and Swedish Health Services, will pay more than $1.4 million as a result of an investigation by the Attorney General’s Office.

Providence and Swedish failed to disclose use of a pathology lab that was out-of-network for many of their patients, resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars in unexpected charges for more than 6,400 Washingtonians who received pathology testing in 2015 and 2016.

Providence’s Western Washington facilities and Swedish facilities exclusively use CellNetix for pathology testing. From January 2015 to February 2016, Premera Blue Cross, a health insurer for many Providence and Swedish patients, pulled CellNetix from its network. 

Despite having advance notice of the change, Swedish and Providence failed to inform their patients that an out-of-network lab would be providing their pathology testing. Consequently, Premera-insured patients received substantially higher medical bills than they expected.

For more than a year, Providence and Swedish did not notify their patients of their use of CellNetix, despite many complaints from patients, including their own employees. In that timeframe, individual Premera patients paid CellNetix between $7 and $7,000 for testing.

The complaint, filed in King County Superior Court, alleges that the companies’ failure to inform their patients about their use of an out-of-network lab violates the Consumer Protection Act.

Patients who paid the CellNetix out-of-network charges will receive a total of $385,101 in restitution, which represents the estimated amount of unexpected out-of-network charges consumers paid beyond what they would have paid for in-network lab testing.

“Patients deserve to know what to expect from their medical bills,” Ferguson said. “Navigating our health system is challenging, and this type of unfair and deceptive conduct just makes things harder for patients.”

As a result of the Attorney General’s investigation, Providence and Swedish entered into a consent decree filed in King County Superior Court. The consent decree requires Providence and Swedish to pay:
  • $385,101 in restitution for the Swedish and Providence patients who paid the out-of-network costs; and
  • $1,053,899 to the Attorney General’s Office to recover the costs of its investigation and legal action and fund consumer protection efforts in Washington.
Patients will receive restitution checks at the address CellNetix has on file for the patient.

The consent decree also requires that if Providence and Swedish use out-of-network labs on an exclusive basis in the future, they must either provide sufficient notice to patients, or maintain contract terms preventing out-of-network labs used on an exclusive basis from billing patients for more than what their bill would have been if the lab was in-network.

Assistant Attorney General Audrey Udashen is handling the case for the Attorney General’s Office.


Summer technology camp at Shorecrest wil build robots

The Shorecrest High School Technology Student Association TSA will be hosting a VEX Robotics Summer Camp for students entering 7th, 8th or 9th grade from July 23-27, 2018.

The camp will run from 9:00am - 2:30pm that Monday-Friday, with optional work time from 2:30-4:00pm on that Monday-Thursday. The camp will be held at Shorecrest High School, 15343 25th Ave. NE.

Students attending the camp will learn how to build and program a competition robot through application of STEM concepts and teamwork.

The total cost is $300 per person and advanced registration is required. A camp T-shirt and daily snacks are provided.

You can register here.

If you have any questions, contact Shorecrest TSA Advisor Kari Potter.


Join the LFP Tree Board for free Arbor Day celebration at Animal Acres Saturday

Arbor Day Celebration Saturday, April 28, 2018

Join the Lake Forest Park Tree Board for an Arbor Day celebration and tree planting Saturday, April 28th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm in Animal Acres Park, 17435 Brookside Blvd NE, Lake Forest Park.

The Arbor Day celebration will include:
  • Planting Trees
  • Tree walks
  • Giveaways
  • Face painting, tree coloring, and scavenger hunt
  • Tree poetry from LFP students
  • Light refreshments 
We hope to see you there with family, friends, and neighbors!

For more information, contact Lauren Hoerr 206-368-5440.


Good Morning Shoreline! Chamber meets for breakfast at Áegis Tuesday

Business leaders meet Tuesday at Áegis of Shoreline

Good Morning Shoreline!
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 from 7:30 am - 8:30 am

This is a free event, and open to the public, thanks to Aegis of Shoreline!

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.

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

Áegis 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.

Presented by the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Áegis of Shoreline.

RSVP by email


Shoreline Parks / Tree board to discuss Ronald Bog easement

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Regular meeting Thursday, April 26, 2018, 7:00 - 9:00pm
City Hall Room 303

The Parks Board will discuss the Ronald Bog Park Wetland Easement and the Park Concept Design Study at their meeting on Thursday.

Wetland easement background - documents here
In February and April of 2017 the PRCS/Tree Board provided input and concurred with the staff recommendation to allow Sound Transit proposal to the create new wetland and wetland buffer in Ronald Bog Park as mitigation for unavoidable wetland impacts within the same Thornton Creek sub-basin for construction of the Lynnwood Link Light Rail Extension (LLE) Project

Park Concept Design background - documents here, start with p. 18
Shoreline’s 2017-2023 Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan lays the groundwork for parks, recreation and cultural services for many years to come.

PROS Plan Strategic Action Initiative #3: Expand Recreation Facility Opportunities establishes a goal of providing new park amenities by 2023. In addition, the six-year Capital Improvement Plan (PROS Plan Table 6.5) prioritizes a list of parks for improvements by 2023.

The Parks Concept Design Project is intended to engage the community in creating a more detailed design for selected parks in order to facilitate developing a funding plan for implementation of park improvement.


RESCHEDULED: Citizen's Commission group

UPDATE: The Citizen's Commission will not be holding this meeting. Instead they are suggesting that their members attend the LFP Planning Commission scheduled for the same time.

The next meeting of the Lake Forest Park Citizen's Commission, is scheduled for Tuesday, April 24, 2018, from 7-9pm in the Third Place Commons Area of Town Center at Lake Forest Park, located at 17171 Bothell Way NE, LFP.

(Look for our Little Yellow Sign or Big Logo Banner)

On our Agenda:
  • Discussion about Lake Haven Acquisition options, next steps, and other related stuff
  • The LFP Big 5 (6) Update 
  • Discussion about Cottage Housing / Conservation Cluster Housing in LFP
  • Planning for May 1st, Conservation Cluster Housing Informational Release & Gathering Session. (Pro / Con / Info)
  • Spokes Council Check-Ins
  • and more
This meeting is open to the public and not limited to residents of Lake Forest Park. It is acceptable to arrive late or during the meeting, and leave early, if you wish.

Consumption of drinks and food is acceptable during the meeting and it helps the businesses of the Third Place Commons.

After 9:00pm, some attendees have a less formal gathering at the Lake Forest Bar and Grill, also at Town Center, where we talk, eat, and drink, and sometimes, plan, and work on additional things, depending on what people want to do.

If you can not make the meeting, feel free to join the after-gathering anyway. Someone is usually there till close.

The LFP Citizens Commission is not affiliated with the City of Lake Forest Park.


Author of "The Big Ones" at Third Place Books this week

It's a big week at Third Place Books this week with four authors in a row. Romance, natural disasters, cooking, and an entertaining novel about social distinctions.

Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park Town Center, intersection of Ballinger and Bothell Way.

Carmen Cook - Coming in Hot
Monday, 23 April | 7 pm
Local romance author Carmen Cook brings the sizzle to Seattle! Regan Sinclair swore nothing would ever bring her back to Sapphire Creek. There, an encounter with an old flame rekindles her passions, but this tight-knit community is facing a new threat, and Reagan is caught in the middle...

Dr. Lucy Jones - The Big Ones
Tuesday, 24 April | 7 pm

The renowned seismologist presents a riveting history of natural disasters, their impact on our culture, and new ways of thinking about the ones to come. Energizing and well researched, Dr. Jones offers a look at our past, readying us to face down the Big Ones in our future..

Jonathan Evison - Lawn Boy
Wednesday, 25 April | 7 pm

The author of West of Here and The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving drops by to discuss his entertaining and completely winning novel about social class distinctions, about overcoming cultural discrimination, and about standing up for oneself...

Kyndra Holley - 30-Minute Ketogenic Cooking and Keto Happy Hour
Thursdsay, 26 April | 7 pm

Kyndra Holley is back! The hugely popular--and local--author of Craveable Keto has not one but two new cookbooks to drool over. 30 Minute Ketogenic Cooking addresses the challenge of making time to cook, and Keto Happy Hour offers exciting low-carb libations...


Shoreline Library closed for renovations until May 20

Shoreline library entrance
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Shoreline Library– Temporary Closure for Interior Renovations 

Shoreline Library is almost 25 years old and in need of some renovations! The Library will be undergoing a mini-remodel that will provide more seating, electrical improvements and new furniture, and carpet.

The Library closed on Monday, April 16 and will remain closed through Sunday, May 20, 2018.

During that time, the library will offer holds pickup and checkout of Choice Reads and Lucky Day materials in our large meeting room.

No library programs, computers, meeting rooms, etc. will be available.

These limited services will be available with reduced evening hours:
  • Sundays 12 pm-7 pm 
  • Monday - Thursdays 10 am-7 pm 
  • Fridays 10 am-6 pm 
  • Saturdays 10 am-5 pm 

Reopening with full service on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 10am.

Automated materials return will be running continuously throughout this time, so feel free to return your library materials.

Call the library with questions -- 206-362-7550.

The Shoreline Library is located at 345 NE 175th St, Shoreline 98155.

Other King county library are located in Richmond Beach, Lake Forest Park, and Kenmore.
Sno-Isle libraries are located in Mountlake Terrace, Brier, and Edmonds.
Seattle libraries are located in Greenwood and Lake City.


Global Affairs: Nuclear Power - Waste disposal and Accidents

Nuclear Power
Waste Disposal and Accidents

Dr. James Conca
Senior Scientist, UFA Ventures, Inc,

Reid Tanaka
Senior Consultant, Areion LLC

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 7:00-8:30 pm

FREE event – FREE parking

James Conca and Reid Tanaka are believers in nuclear power for generating energy. They argue that today’s nuclear power is cleaner (no carbon emission) and safer to use than ever before.

Jim has worked on the issue of nuclear waste for thirty years. Currently he is a Senior Scientist at UFA Ventures, Inc. in Richland, Washington.

Reid is a retired U.S. Navy Captain with 20 years of experience on nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers; he was a Navy liaison to the Japanese government after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Come hear what they have to say - and bring your questions.

Presented by …. 
     Global Affairs Center, Shoreline Community College

Additional support from ….
     Center for Global Studies, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, UW

Shoreline Community College is committed to nondiscrimination. To request disability accommodations, contact Services for Students with Disabilities at least ten days in advance 206-546-445, 205-546-4520 TTY, or email.


GiveBIG to Third Place Commons May 9

Seattle Foundation’s annual giving day, GIVEBIG, returns in May. The online event, now in its eighth year, raises funds for more than 1,500 nonprofit organizations serving the Greater Seattle area. 

Meet your friends, have lunch / dinner,
listen to music, play chess!
As a safe, welcoming space open to everyone, Third Place Commons fosters real community in real space. The Commons hosts over 900 FREE community events each year and presents the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market.

We nurture a vibrant, thriving community through arts programs like weekly music and dancing, monthly Art-Ins, and local school performances, civic programs like community fairs and public lectures, and social meet-ups like weekly play and learns, game nights, Mahjong Mondays, and more!

The one-day online giving event takes place from midnight to midnight Pacific Time on Wednesday, May 9 with the theme “Give Big for All,” reflecting the urgent need to support nonprofits working to create greater equity and opportunity, helping make our region a healthier and more vibrant place for all.

To donate, simply visit GIVEBIGseattle, select the nonprofits you want to support and enter the donation amount. Add your donations to the Giving Cart and conveniently check out all at once with your credit card payment. You can also schedule donations ahead of time beginning April 26.

As an added incentive, Seattle Foundation will conduct 100 drawings throughout the day for an added. If your name is drawn, the nonprofit you donated to will receive an additional $2,500.

Third Place Commons is dedicated to providing accessible community space and creating opportunities for people of all ages, regardless of their backgrounds, income level, or physical abilities.

Live music Friday and Saturday
to dance to or just listen to

With a moderate budget, small staff, and devoted volunteer base, we host over 900 free events every year, serve at least 1000 people who use the Commons daily, and another 7,000+ who shop at our weekly farmers market.

Free weekly and monthly programs -- like live music (and dancing), Commons Art-Ins, toddler play and learn sessions, foreign language conversation groups, game nights, T'ai Chi classes, informational lectures, community fairs, and performances by local school groups, studios, and others -- create a hub of connection and serve as a source of strength for surrounding communities across the North King County/South Snohomish area.

Thanks to the support of our donors and partners, all of our programs are free of charge, making them widely accessible to one and all.

Farmers Market
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Through our local Sunday farmers market, which runs from Mother's Day through mid-October, we support the good health of our surrounding communities and foster a thriving local, sustainable food movement.

Through our own local donor-supported Market Bucks food assistance program for low-income individuals and families -- as well as our participation in SNAP, Fresh Bucks, WIC, and Senior Voucher programs -- we are proud to help provide access to healthy, nutritious produce, meats, and more to our neighbors in need.


Earth Day Sunday

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Earth Day should be Every Day


Poem in honor of Earth Day - Dirt

Market basket photo by Valerie Craig
                                   (Inspired by WDR)  

Dirt! Dirt! Marvelous Dirt!

What would we do if dirt were dearth?
On this lovely green home – our glorious earth?

Would there be trees or swarms of bees?

Or birds that sing in the morning breeze?
And where would snowflakes land in a freeze?

And would we have fruits ever so sweet 

Apples, peaches, and cherries to eat? 
From which we make pies that are a real treat?

And what about vegetables of all shapes and sizes

Including pumpkins of such astounding sizes
That at county fairs they win blue ribbon prizes?

Could we even breathe if dirt were dearth?

Or ever laugh with joy and mirth
As we enjoy foods that expand our girth?

What about wiggly worms - so like small sperms

Crawling through the ground, out of sight and sound -
Enriching the soil by the inch and pound?

This dirt of all kinds, from light sand to dark loam

Provides all seeds with a snug and safe home
In spring’s sunlight these bloom, banishing gloom.

When we think about dirt – all the goodness it brings

That allows us to stand as tall as kings
Holding us down so we don’t need wings.

So consider a planet without dirt under our feet.

Hard to imagine anything so sweet
With so many benefits – an amazing feat.

So here’s to dirt that keeps us alive!

Without which we could never survive, 
That allows us all to happily thrive.

Let’s have it for dirt! Let’s raise a toast -

And even to boast -
Because dirt’s truly the most.

Gini Paulsen
Shoreline, WA


Help make a local impact by Giving Big for All on May 9

Seattle Foundation’s GIVEBIG:
Eighth Annual Giving Day Returns
Wednesday, May 9

Seattle Foundation’s annual giving day, GIVEBIG, returns in May. The online event, now in its eighth year, raises funds for more than 1,500 nonprofit organizations serving the Greater Seattle area.

Participating nonprofits based in or serving Shoreline / LFP.

Animal welfare
Audubon Society
PAWS Progressive Animal Welfare Society
Puurfect Pals
Seattle Area Feline Rescue
Seattle Humane Society
Whisker City

Choir of the Sound
Creative Dance Center
Northwest Girl Choir
Seattle Chorale Company
Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Arts Council

Children and Education
Northwest School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children
Shoreline Community College Foundation 
Shoreline Public Schools Foundation
Wonderland Developmental Center

CRISTA Ministries (includes education and social services)
St. Luke School
St. Mark Parish Church / School

Social Services
Banchero Disability Partners
Center for Human Services
Parkview Services
Sound Generations (Senior Centers)
Turning Point Seattle

Friends of the Shoreline Library
Washington Cease Fire

The one-day online giving event takes place from midnight to midnight Pacific Time on Wednesday, May 9 with the theme “Give Big for All,” reflecting the urgent need to support nonprofits working to create greater equity and opportunity, helping make our region a healthier and more vibrant place for all.

To donate, simply visit GIVEBIGseattle, select the nonprofits you want to support and enter the donation amount. Add your donations to the Giving Cart and conveniently check out all at once with your credit card payment. You can also schedule donations ahead of time beginning April 26.

As an added incentive, Seattle Foundation will conduct 100 drawings throughout the day for an added. If your name is drawn, the nonprofit you donated to will receive an additional $2,500.


When NOT to "Rescue" a Wild Animal

Leave Bambi alone - his mother will return
Photo courtesy WA Dept Fish and Wildlife

Many wild animals do not need to be "rescued" and there is almost NEVER a time when you should remove a baby wild animal from its natural environment – even if it appears abandoned.

More often than not, just leaving a young animal alone affords it the best chance for survival.

Every year hundreds of young wild animals such as fawns, baby seals, and baby birds are needlessly "rescued" and referred to wildlife rehabilitators.

This is extremely detrimental and harmful to the young animal, as well as disruptive and costly to wildlife rehabilitators when they most need to concentrate limited resources on truly orphaned or injured wildlife.

Young owl on ground in Shoreview Park
Photo by Nikki Chau
Unless the animal is showing obvious signs of illness or injury such as bleeding, vomiting, panting, shivering, lethargy, ruffled feathers or fur, attack by cat/dog, leave them there.

You can help by always consulting a licensed wildlife rehabilitator prior to collecting the animal, thereby preventing its handling.

Locally, consult PAWS in Lynnwood  425-412-4040 or Sarvey Wildlife Care Center in Arlington 360-435-4817.

Why these babies do not need rescuing. Young animals are often left alone for hours while their parents gather food.

They are being tended by their parents in ways best for their survival and appropriate for that species, ensuring that they retain natural wild behaviors.

It is normal and typical for a deer fawn to be left alone hiding in a bed. It is also common for young birds to leave the nest before they are fully feathered or flight-ready.

Baby crows live on the ground
Photo by Peggy Bartleson
They will be fed on the ground for a day or two by the parents until they are able to fly.

Careful observation before distressing and collecting these animals should help you make a correct decision whether or not they are truly orphaned or injured and need help.

Yes, very young birds sometimes fall out of nests. If you can safely reach the nest, put it back.

The adults will NOT reject their young because "they smell like people." If the bird is older or you cannot find the nest, place it in a tree or shrub or on a shaded portion of a roof, out of the way of cats, dogs, and children.

Do not unnecessarily handle or move it from the general area where it was found. If a baby bird shows obvious signs of illness or injury, call a wildlife rehabilitator first and describe what you see.

This information also applies to marine mammals. Baby seals are often found on local beaches above the tide line. Their mothers park them there while they go hunt for food.


Jobs: Customers return to Teriyaki Plus - help wanted

Several weeks ago we published an article about Shoreline's Teriyaki Plus restaurant on Ballinger Way and its owner Sarah. (Social media comes to the rescue of widow)

A Facebook write-up about Sarah, her food and her life story went viral on Facebook (over 4,000 shares) and a GoFundMe Page was started to help Sarah hire help that has raised over $14,600 at this point. King 5 came and filmed a piece that aired on the evening news.

With all the increased publicity, Sarah desperately needs to hire someone now to help her keep up with all of the new and returning customers, but has not had any luck.

Wanted: Part-time help for busy Teriyaki Plus restaurant
Monday through Saturday from 4 -9 pm.

The job would require food prep and cooking. Interested parties should stop by the restaurant or call and talk to Sarah directly.

The restaurant’s address is:
19939 Ballinger Way NE, Suite B, Shoreline 98155
Phone: 206-361-9811


Scene on the Sound - an east coast cruise ship

The Constellation
Photo by Jan Hansen

By Jan Hansen

It was a bit overcast by Saturday afternoon, but sailing through the Shoreline Sea was a vessel scheduled to take passengers on cruises of the Eastern Seaboard.

The American Constellation, part of American Cruise Lines, was built in 2017, has five decks and carries 170 passengers in high style.

Her schedule of seven and ten night sailings begins on the fifth of May and continues through October, departing from Baltimore, Boston, Providence, and New York.

This ship has a long trip ahead to get to the East Coast.

UPDATE: Reader Bob Mathisen says 'According to their brochure we received from them this vessel is cruising Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands this summer."

Aha! Mystery solved. That's why they are in Puget Sound.

And isn't there a class of aircraft carriers called Constellation class?



Earth Day Every Day fair at Shoreline Place on Saturday

Photos by Steven H. Robinson

The Earth Day Every Day fair at "Shoreline Place" by Central Market Saturday was blessed with sunny skies and many exhibitors with information and giveaways. The event is sponsored by the City of Shoreline.

There was a choice of three giveaway packages
at the City of Shoreline booth

The City of Shoreline had a choice of three giveaway packages designed to reduce waste and prevent water pollution:
  • Sustainable Living Package: Liberty Bottleworks 24-oz recycled aluminum water bottle and a Simply Straws reusable glass straw kit,
  • Natural Yard Care Package: Walt’s Organic worm castings fertilizer in a 10-lb bag and a 2-oz jar of MicraCulture’s Plant Probiotics fertilizer,
  • Puget Hound Pet Care Package: LED Pet Collar light, an LED flashlight, and a bag dispenser tool with Bio-Buddy recycled-content pet waste bag refills.

Each one came in a reusable flexible plastic carrying bag with the logo "I used to be a water bottle." The pretty design on the sides was multi-colored water bottles.

City staff get a breather after the line goes down

The line was very long early in the morning, because supplies have run out in previous years. No one seemed to mind the wait. It started at 9am and the supplies lasted until 1pm.

You may not know the names of the culprits
but you may recognize them

King County had a booth full of photos of "noxious weeds" - plants they would like you root up and throw in the garbage.

Brian Peterka with vegetable starts

Diggin' Shoreline had vegetable starts for chard, kale, pak choi, lettuce, and beets.

Master Gardener volunteers ready to answer questions

The WSU Master Gardeners had gardening experts armed with reference material.

The Recology Store, located in Shoreline, brought items for sale. The store is located at 15235 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline 98133

Maryn Wynne adjusts the solar cooker

NW SolarFest's Maryn Wynne was there, with a solar cooker - and tea kettle at the ready. The water got to 165 degrees, even after the clouds came in.


Crime in Shoreline week ending 4-9-18 - burglaries, car prowls, & a flamethrower

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Selected items from the Shoreline Police blotter, week ending April 9, 2018

Suicidal individuals taken to hospital: 3 individuals at home, 1 male at Aurora Village, 1 high school student

03-31  Burglary 160 Interlake Ave N; forced entry through sliding door.
04-01  1:30am Traffic stop for lights violation; arrest for DUI.
04-01  Firearms stolen from locked storage locker at 12xx NW RB Rd.
04-01  Burglary 157xx Midvale; broke window to gain entry.
04-01  Thief broke vehicle window; stole purse and jacket at Echo Lake Apts.
04-02  Forced entry to garage at Echo Lake Apts.
04-02  Woman selling items on "Offer Up"; male "buyer" displayed a handgun.
04-02  House at 157xx Wallingford burglarized while resident was in shower.
04-02  K9 looking for burglar from 157xx Wallingford found a male not connected to burglary but in possession of meth and with an outstanding warrant.
04-03  153xx Interlake Ave N burglary; laptop stolen.
04-03  Bag containing narcotics left at Cash America pawn shop.
04-03  Thief broke window of vehicle to steal wallet on passenger seat. 201xx Ballinger Wy.
04-03  Handgun thrown down embankment and into yard on 15th NE.
04-03  Burglary interrupted at 145xx Interlake; used ladder to access and break bathroom window.
04-04  Person sleeping on street NE 150th and 15th NE arrested on outstanding warrant.
04-04  Jeep Wrangler hit a utility pole at 199xx Ballinger and fled the scene.
04-04  Just before midnight a group of guys were Trespassed from the field where the Aldercrest Learning Access was located. They had built a flamethrower and were testing it in the field.
04-05  Valero Grocery and Sultan Gyro Grill were broken into.
04-05  Hit and run at Ballinger Homes.
04-05  Burglary after basement window broken with rock. Nothing taken. 155xx Wallingford.
04-05  Ex-employee make threats to shoot up Toni and Guy hair academy.
04-05  Theft from unlocked vehicle in O'Reilly parking lot. Took DoD computer, credit card, electronic accessories, and personal items.
04-05  Victim made a sex tape over video chat with suspect. Suspect now threatening to post the video to all his social media contacts unless given $3000.
04-06  Suspect previously Trespassed from Shoreline Motel was found inside a dumpster there. Manager wanted him arrested. Search incident to arrest found cocaine.
04-06  Burglary 170xx 1st Ave; broke in through window and took laptop and prescription pills.
04-06  Burglary 170xx 1st Ave; kicked in front door but took nothing.
04-07  Hamlin Park restroom spray painted with graffiti.
04-07  Officer was picking up an individual at Home Depot who had an outstanding warrant, when another individual walked up and turned himself in for the same thing.
04-08  Resident of Lake House reported that a neighbor raped her.


Photo: Wood ducks at Twin Ponds

Photo by Dan Short

Dan Short discovered this beautiful wood duck at Twin Ponds park on Thursday.

Photo by Dan Short

He had a mate - so we may have wood ducks nesting in the area.


Scene on the Sound: the Fairweather

NOAA vessel Fairweather

Photo and text by Jan Hansen

Another beautiful NOAA vessel visited the Shoreline Sea Friday morning on her way to her homeport in Ketchikan, ETA 27 Apr. 09:00.

The Fairweather paused here for quite a few minutes before turning her engines up to 12kn as she headed toward Alaska.

The Fairweather is a hydrographic survey vessel. On board her officers, technicians, and scientists collect data that NOAA cartographers use to create and update the maps that support safe pleasure, commerce, and military navigation.


Shoreline City Council to meet with Sheriff then discuss the 2017 police report

Front row, from left: Deputy Mayor Jesse Salomon, Mayor Will Hall
Back row, from left: Doris McConnell, Chris Roberts, Keith Scully, Keith McGlashan, Susan Chang

Shoreline City Council Meetings
City Hall 17500 Midvale Ave N

Monday, April 23, 2018 – Workshop Dinner Meeting 5:45pm
Discussion with King County Sheriff Johanknecht

Monday, April 23, 2018 – Regular Meeting 7:00pm
Agenda Highlights
  • Proclamation of Volunteer Week (Community Services Division)
  • Adopting Ordinance No. 814 – Amending Ordinance No. 812 for Uncompleted 2017 Operating and Capital Projects and Increasing Appropriations in the 2018 Budget (Administrative Services)
  • Adopting Ordinance No. 815 – 2018 Budget Amendment – Amending Ordinance No. 814 to Increase the Appropriations in Certain Funds (Administrative Services)
  • Adopting Ordinance No. 820 – Establishing a Park Impact Fees Fund and Housing Trust Fund (Administrative Services)
  • Authorizing the City Manager to Enter into an Interlocal Agreement for the Purpose of Data Sharing (Administrative Services)
  • Discussing the 2017 Annual Police Services Report (Police)
  • Discussing the Draft Sidewalk Prioritization Plan and Sidewalk and ADA Transition Plan Funding Recommendations (Public Works and Administrative Services Department)

Link to full Agenda to see staff reports for each agenda items

Comment on Agenda items


Jobs: LFP seeks project manager

Lake Forest Park seeks qualified Project Manager to manage surface water and park projects and implement environmental programs for the City.

Open until filled; first review of applications Friday, May 11, 2018.

This position performs technical and engineering support work related primarily to public works surface water projects and parks development (75%) and manages the environmental programs for the City (25%).

The purpose of the position is to monitor the progress and assist in the execution of public works capital projects including, planning, scheduling, coordinating, tracking and administration; administer project from inception to completion including design, review, public input and meetings, bidding, contract management and project completion; and administration of the capital improvement plan (CIP). 

This position reports to the City Engineer and supervises the Community/Environmental Services Coordinator.

For more information about this position, see the full job description here.


Informed Delivery - know what's coming in the mail

Are you worried about mail theft?

If you are concerned that your mail is being interfered with, you may want to sign up for a free service from the post office.

The USPS has a free service that sends you photos of your incoming mail for that day.

The program lets users view images of letter-sized mailpieces and real time delivery information on packages.

Although, remember that the best deterrent against mail theft is a locking mailbox.

More information or sign up at Informed Delivery It is available for Shoreline / LFP ZIP codes.


LFP Council committee of the whole meets Monday

The City of Lake Forest Park Council committee of the whole meets Monday, April 23, 2018, 6pm at City Hall 17425 Ballinger Way NE.

On the agenda:

Confirmation Review for the openings on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
  • Olivia Baetz, position 1, term expiring 4/30/19 
  • Tony Auriemma, position 7, term expiring 4/30/21 
Discuss Conservation Cluster Housing

Review and Discuss Draft Town Center Vision Report


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