Web developer #2

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Photo by Wayne Pridemore
The web developer is taking a break.

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Ah - back on duty.
Probably was shopping for the spiffy red striped outfit.

(no - I have no idea why the stripes are red. If I were more ambitious and less nocturnal I'd call Rod Crawford, "the spider man," at the Burke Museum, and ask him. Feel free.)

--Diane Hettrick


Dandylyon drama camps at Shoreline Community College

Be part of a theatrical production with Dandylyon Drama's continuing education classes at Shoreline Community College.

Register for individual sessions at shoreline.edu/continuing-ed for costume crew, acting, voice, make-up, overcoming stage fright, tech crew and theater  design - or a special session for youth musical theater performers.


Join the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill October 20, 2022

By Kevin Lowery, NEMCo Emergency Manager

Every October 20th, on International ShakeOut Day, the Northshore Emergency Management Coalition (NEMCo) joins the world in its largest global earthquake drill. 

With over 18 million people registered for the 2022 drill, I would like to invite the members of our community to ask themselves; If the ground began to shake strongly right now, would you know what to do to be safe? Would your family, neighbors, or co-workers? Are you prepared to survive and recover quickly?

Everyone, everywhere, should know how to protect themselves during earthquakes– at home, at work, at school, or even while traveling. 

The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill is a once-a-year chance for everyone to practice how to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” as well as learn other earthquake safety tips. 

To join NEMCo and the millions of people in schools, businesses, government agencies, organizations, and homes across the state and around the world, go to ShakeOut.org to register your family or organization. 

Registration is free, and most drills only take a few minutes. The website also has instructions for how to plan your drill and get prepared for earthquakes.

As part of this drill, NEMCo will also be testing the Alert Northshore system by sending out a test alert message via text and email at 10:20am to kick off the drill. 

We’re all in this together, so be sure to invite everyone you know to also participate. Then “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” on October 20th!


Rep. Pramila Jayapal: you may receive credit for past student loan payments under waiver ending October 31, 2022

Rep. Pramila Jayapal reports that because of temporary changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, you may be able to receive credit for past payments you made on your federal student loans. 

You have until October 31 to apply. Learn more at http://go.usa.gov/xSxMQ.

PSLF Waiver Offers Way to Get Closer to Loan Forgiveness

The “limited PSLF waiver” refers to the time-limited changes to Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program rules that allow borrowers to receive credit for past periods of repayment that would otherwise not qualify for PSLF. This opportunity ends on Oct. 31, 2022.

Note: If you are new to PSLF and want some background about the program, visit our PSLF information page.

Already sure you'll qualify for PSLF? APPLY NOW. Not sure if you qualify? Check out Steps 1 and 2  to find out. See If You Qualify


Shoreline Planning Commission to attend 2022 APAWA annual conference

Shoreline Planning Commission to attend conference
Members of the Shoreline Planning Commission will attend the 2022 APAWA Annual Conference from October 11-13, 2022 in Vancouver, Washington. 

The 2022 conference theme will be Keep Calm and Plan On in recognition of the many emerging challenges in our communities that planners are dealing with -- addressing housing supply and affordability, promoting inclusion and equity goals, implementing transportation policies that benefit all users, and advancing climate change resilience strategies to name a few -- all in a time of broader societal discord.

APAWA is the American Planning Association Washington Chapter


UW Med: Protect against COVID-19 and flu this fall by getting vaccinated and wearing masks

UW Med infectious diseases physician John Lynch
As daily temperatures start to drop, Dr. John Lynch, an infectious-diseases physician at UW Medicine, says now is a key time to protect against COVID-19 and the flu virus.

“What we're likely to be seeing is both things, influenza and COVID-19, at the same time,” Lynch said, noting their similar symptoms. 
“Things like masking to prevent COVID – it can be really positive thing for all of us. We can prevent things like influenza and many other respiratory viruses.”

Lynch encourages everyone to be current on their COVID-19 vaccine booster and to receive this season's flu shot. It’s safe to get both at the same time.

To find your vaccines, check with your local pharmacy - appointments can be made online at the pharmacy's website or you can call them. COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone.

The Senior Center is hosting a pop-up clinic for COVID-19 vaccinations on Friday, October 14, 2022 (see previous article)


Halloween concert on YouTube with Pint and Dale October 30, 2022

Join folk singing due Pint and Dale on Sunday, October 30, 2022 at 2:30pm (Pacific Time) for their annual Spooky Songs of the Sea Concert streamed live on YouTube — for chills, thrills, Halloween favorites as well as some new songs and video treats.


Hurricane Ian prompts emergency shipments of blood to Florida - donate blood Wednesday October 12, 2022 at Shoreline Community College

The blood supply is critical for Florida right now, and Bloodworks Northwest donors are helping to ensure patients who need blood can receive it. 

Bloodworks Northwest is sending emergency blood shipments to Florida, 130 units so far, as Hurricane Ian halted blood donation there. 

Help restock the shelves for local hospitals and the medical systems in Florida who need blood immediately because lives are on the line. 

Donation opportunities are available at Bloodworks Donor Centers or local Pop-Up Blood Drives. 

Become a blood donor by booking your one-hour appointment today at the Shoreline Community College on October 12, 2022 or other convenient locations.

Shoreline Community College - PUB (9000 Bldg) Main Dining Room
16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline WA 98133
Wednesday 10/12/2022 appointments from 10am HERE 


Washington finalizes historic cap-and-invest plan to slash carbon pollution

Gov. Jay Inslee signs Climate Commitment Act legislation
at Shoreline Community College on May 17, 2021.

The Washington State Department of Ecology has finalized regulations for the state’s first cap-and-invest program, which will drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions responsible for climate change. 

The program is a result of the Climate Commitment Act passed by legislators and signed by the governor last year. Under the cap-and-invest program, firms responsible for 75% of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions must obtain allowances to cover their emissions. Over time, these allowances will be reduced, incentivizing businesses to cut emissions.

“This policy is among the most decisive actions we’ve taken in our history to confront climate change and protect our collective future,” said Gov. Jay Inslee. 
“This new program will help us decarbonize our economy, improve air quality, and put Washington at the forefront of the fast-growing global era of clean energy.”

This is among several policies passed in recent years aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions 95% by 2050. Ecology is required to implement the landmark program – only the second of its kind in the nation – by Jan. 1, 2023. The first auction is planned for February 2023.

The revenue will be invested in activities that further reduce emissions and benefit communities disproportionately harmed by climate change. 

One example of how these revenues will be used is in this year’s Move Ahead Washington transportation package that includes unprecedented investments in transit – including free transit for all youth ages 18 and younger, electrification of ferries and cars, and other non-highway modes of travel.


Gloria's Birds: Julian's nosedive (beakdive?) took him nearly out of the frame,

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Photo copyright Gloria Z. Nagler

but he nonetheless selected this image for his résumé portrait... shows moxie, he said.

(Julian's a Steller's Jay diving to the seed tray:)

--Gloria Z. Nagler


New teen club for LGBTQ+ and Allies at Richmond Highlands Rec Center: SAGE

Shoreline’s Teen and Youth programs is starting a new club at the Richmond Highlands Rec Center! 

SAGE (Sexuality and Gender Equality) is the Shoreline Teen Center's awesome LGBTQ+ and allies club.

We will be meeting during our drop in hours to meet new people, hang out with friends, and participate in fun activities. Club meetings will include meet and greets, movie nights, rainbow cake baking, button making, and more!

Meetings will happen during our Friday drop in hours.

More information: Activity detail | Online Services (activecommunities.com)
  • October Meeting: Friday the 14th at 3:00pm
  • November Meeting: Friday the 4th
  • December Meeting: Friday the 9th
The Richmond Highlands Rec Center 16554 Fremont Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133


Gallery North October 2022 Featured Exhibit - “Silent Voyage” by Artist Silena Wei Chen

Thriving Land by artist Silena Wei Chen

For the month of October, Gallery North is proud to present “Silent Voyage,” an exhibit of colorful and dreamy photographs and paintings by award winning artist Silena Wei Chen.

Using light as paint and the camera as her brush, Chen uses her unique technique to convey a very sensitive and personal feeling of nostalgia in her work. Much of her work was inspired by the interaction between ocean and sky afterglow along the west coast. She uses the subtle transition of colors and shades in her work to evoke a feeling of peace and invites viewers onto an imaginary journey on the sea. 

In this exhibition, Chen will present new works that were created on the Edmonds beach, along with her best-selling work Red Sun, A Dancer on the Blue Sea, Ocean Nocturne, Night of Silence and more.

Cascade Mountain by Silena Wei Chen

In addition to her photographic work, this exhibit also includes Chen’s acrylic paintings. What always fascinates her is to search for the harmony and collision of colors to represent the places where dreams and memories linger.

The public is invited to meet the artist on Saturday, October 8th from 2pm to 5pm at Gallery North and during the third Thursday Edmonds Art Walk on October 20th from 5-8pm. This exhibit will be open to the public from October 1st – October 31st.

Gallery North has been in operation for more than 60 years, continuing its mission to promote and sell local art in the heart of beautiful downtown Edmonds. It is located at 410 Main Street in Edmonds, open seven days a week. 

For further information, please visit the Gallery North website at www.gallerynorthedmonds.com or call the gallery at 425-774-0946.


Vaccine clinic at Senior Center Friday October 14, 2022 for 6mo old and above - free

Vaccine clinic Friday October 14, 2022 9am - 3pm at the Senior Center.

Reserve a spot:
Or just drop in.

The Senior Center is located at 18510 1st Ave NE #1 (facing NE 185th). Free parking.

Vaccines and boosters are free. Everyone welcome, regardless of immigration status.


New show at Red Sky Gallery in LFP: The Crow and the Raven

The CROW AND RAVEN show is open at Red Sky Gallery in Lake Forest Park. 

This show is made up of work selected from local northwest artists totaling 80 pieces of art. 

The show runs until the end of October. 

There is an artist reception Saturday, October 8, 2022 from 4:00 to 7:00pm. 

Catering provided by The Vulpine Taproom in Lake Forest Park. Wine and beverages are being served.

Red Sky Gallery in Lake Forest Park Town Center, Upper level. 17171 Bothell Way, NE. Lake Forest Park. 98155. 206-755-3529


Get your hands dirty: Shoreline Gardening events Saturday October 8, 2022

Twin Ponds north pond photo by Hitomi Dames

Shoreline Gardening events on Saturday October 8, 2022. Click on the titles to get more information and sign up.

Help Us Grow Our Forest at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park

October 08, 9am-11am @ Richmond Beach Saltwater Park

Start your weekend with panoramic views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains while helping to take care of native habitat restoration areas. We'll be watering thirsty native plantings and getting rid of invasive species. We’ll also show you our unique, inexpensive, and water-saving irrigation system – and how you can set it up in your own gardens to save water and keep your plants healthy. We’ll also point out any eagles and osprey that fly by! No experience is necessary; just an interest in having fun while protecting native habitat. We provide all of the tools and work gloves, but you are welcome to bring your own if you wish. We appreciate everyone who comes to help us restore nearshore habitat at the park! more

Twin Ponds North Invasives clean up

October 08, 9:30am-12:30pm @ Twin Ponds Park

Join the team at North Twin Ponds to learn more about native and introduced plants! We'll be removing introduced weeds to help the native plants thrive and improve the health of this forest. more

Are there more? Email Editor@ShorelineAreaNews.com


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Homework

Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter HERE


Who's in your wallet? Seattle tech worker sentenced after stealing information from 100 million people

U.S. Attorney Nick Brown is disappointed
with the sentencing of the Seattle hacker
From the Department of Justice Western District of Washington

Seattle – A 37-year-old former Seattle tech worker was sentenced October 4, 2022 in U.S. District Court in Seattle to time served and 5 years of probation including location and computer monitoring for seven federal crimes connected to her scheme to hack into cloud computer data storage accounts and steal data and computer power for her own benefit, announced U.S. Attorney Nick Brown. 

Paige A. Thompson a/k/a ‘erratic,’ was arrested in July 2019, after Capital One alerted the FBI to Thompson’s hacking activity. A federal jury found her guilty in June 2022, following a seven-day trial. 

At the sentencing hearing U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik said, time in prison would be particularly difficult for Ms. Thompson because of her mental health and transgender status.

“While we understand the mitigating factors, we are very disappointed with the court’s sentencing decision. This is not what justice looks like,” said U.S. Attorney Nick Brown. 
“Ms. Thompson’s hacking and theft of information of 100 million people did more than $250 million in damage to companies and individuals. Her cybercrimes created anxiety for millions of people who are justifiably concerned about their private information. This conduct deserves a more significant sanction.”

Thompson was found guilty of wire fraud, five counts of unauthorized access to a protected computer and damaging a protected computer.

Using Thompson’s own words in texts and online chats, prosecutors showed how Thompson used a tool she built to scan Amazon Web Services accounts to look for misconfigured accounts. She then used those misconfigured accounts to hack in and download the data of more than 30 entities, including Capital One bank. 

With some of her illegal access, she planted cryptocurrency mining software on new servers with the income from the mining going to her online wallet. Thompson spent hundreds of hours advancing her scheme, and bragged about her illegal conduct to others via text or online forums.

Asking the court to impose a seven-year sentence, prosecutors wrote in their sentencing memo, “…Thompson’s crimes … were fully intentional and grounded in spite, revenge, and willful disregard for the law. She exhibited a smug sense of superiority and outright glee while committing these crimes…. Thompson was motivated to make money at other people’s expense, to prove she was smarter than the people she hacked, and to earn bragging rights in the hacking community.”

“I am proud of how quickly our cyber task force worked together to recover the victims’ personal information and prevent further harm,” said Richard A. Collodi, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Seattle Field Office. 
“This case is a good example of why companies and individuals who believe their data has been stolen online should immediately contact the FBI.”

Judge Lasnik scheduled a December 1, 2022, hearing to determine the amount of restitution Thompson must pay to her victims.

The case was investigated by the FBI Seattle Cyber Task Force. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Andrew Friedman, Jessica Manca and Tania Culbertson.


Keith Stamm will talk about Fly Fishing in Our Area at the October 11, 2022 in person meeting of Olympic Fly Fishers

Keith Stamm photo courtesy UW
Keith Stamm, the featured speaker at the Olympic Fly Fishers of Edmonds October 11, 2022 meeting will be talking about Fly Fishing in Our Area. 

Keith Is a long time member of OFF. He grew up in Wisconsin near the famous”Driftless Area” spring creeks, which were his home waters. 

After earning his PH.D in Mass Communications at the University of Wisconsin, he entered academics and worked his way West. 

After stints at several other universities, Keith joined the faculty of the University of Washington School of Communications where he had a distinguished career, and remains an emeritus faculty member. 

After retirement in 2005 he published his fly fishing memoir titled “Quest for Home Water,” and continued to fish the Cascades, Rocky Mountains and British Columbia, often backpacking into remote areas.

The meeting will be held at the Mountlake Terrace Community Senior Center 23000 Lakeview Dr, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043 and starts at 6pm. In addition to Mr. Stamm’s talk there will be a brief business meeting and fishing reports.

The meeting is open to members and the public.


Shorewood swimmers have strong showing in win over Edmonds-Woodway

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Evie Hoff and Zoe MacDonald have a close race in the 500 free
Photo by Susie McDowell 

By Susie McDowell

Shorewood swimmers competed well in their 111-58 win over Edmonds-Woodway Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at the Innis Arden pool. 

Shorewood took 8 of 11 events and won all three relays which explains some of the point differential. 

Shorewood had two double winners in Grace Lindberg (200 IM 2:12.91*state time and 100 back 1:01.78) and Brooke Anderson (50 free 27.31 and 100 free 1:00.03). 

Edmonds- Woodway had one double winner in Zoe MacDonald (200 free 2:13.34 and 500 free 5:54.50).

Shorewood's record is now 3-2. The team has their last home meet this Thursday, October 6 at 4:30pm at Innis Arden during which they will honor their Seniors. 


Clue opens Friday at The Phoenix Theatre in Edmonds

Cast of Clue (L-to-R) James Lynch, Renée Gilbert, Andrew Vose,
Jag, Talena Viydo, (front) Asa Sholdez, Melanie Calderwood

Do you have your tickets to Clue: on Stage yet?? We open on Friday!

Sundays and 2nd weekend are very full but lots of great seats remain! Visit www.TPTEdmonds.org today!

Based on the hit 1985 film adapted for the stage and funnier and more clever than ever! Written by Sandy Rustin, directed by Eric Lewis.

The classic board game is brought to life in Clue: On Stage! 

Six guests are invited to a dinner party thrown by an anonymous host. They are given aliases -- Colonel Mustard, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, Professor Plum, and Miss Scarlet. 

Though discouraged from revealing personal information, it is soon discovered that all of them have fallen victim to the same blackmailer, their very host of the evening. 

Each is presented with a weapon and an option: pay their extortionist double, or kill the innocent butler. 

What follows is a madcap, slapstick evening full of murder, mystery, and laughs as they seek to puzzle out the culprit amongst criminals.

The Phoenix Theatre is located in Firdale Village, just north of Shoreline. 9673 Firdale AveEdmonds, WA 98020. The theatre is located in the middle of the second story in the building at the back of the Village.


Hope no one was planning to go to Leavenworth Wednesday

Instead of falling trees and fire next to Hwy 2, there is a planned road closure on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 for maintenance work.

A reminder that US 2 Tumwater Canyon west of Leavenworth is closed today for pre-winter maintenance from 8am to 3pm. 

The full closure is a safer way to expedite this important work heading into snowy weather. Thank you for your patience!
Or this version:

The Washington State Department of Transportation in partnership with the Bolt Creek Fire Incident Command will close US 2 from Grotto (milepost 44) to the ranger station (milepost 50) from 10am to 6pm on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

During this closure crews will remove additional trees that have been deemed hazardous and perform additional fire mitigation near the roadway. There is no detour available and travelers should plan to use alternate routes.

Road closure information is posted in the WSDOT real-time travel center and by @wsdot_traffic on Twitter and updates will be provided as available.


Wide range of watermedia styles in NWWS 82nd International Open Exhibition

Coral Chorus
Artist Lorraine Watry

Out of 664 watermedia paintings from 16 different countries and 39 states across the U.S., juror Andy Evansen had to pick 75 for the Northwest Watercolor Society’s (NWWS) 82nd International Open Exhibition.
The exhibition begins Friday October 28, 2022 at 5:00pm Pacific Time with the online Awards Reception and runs through January 6, 2023. Everyone is invited to attend the free reception by registering at www.nwws.org

Evansen will award over $11,000 in cash and merchandise during the Awards Reception. First place is $2,000 cash, second $1,300, third $800 and the Purchase Award $1,000.

Enjoying the wide range of styles, Evansen’s heart sank when he realized he had to eliminate so many deserving paintings. In the end, he said, “I feel confident that I’ve chosen 75 paintings that represent great talent, unique vision and show what remarkable paintings can be accomplished using watermedia.”

Alicia Harvey, Exhibition Chair, adds to Evansen’s comments, “It’s always a pleasure to see what artists around the world are creating. The pieces submitted to this year’s exhibition are beautiful and varied. I can certainly see the difficulty Andy had in narrowing the paintings down to 75.” 

Accepted artists can be found at https://www.nwws.org/Exhibitions/Annual-International-Open#6954-accepted-artists

As part of the NWWS 82nd International Open Exhibition, Evansen meets with 22 artists for a four-day online workshop October 24 – 27, 2022 on Luminous Landscapes. The workshop was filled on the first day of registration in July.

NWWS accepts original watermedia paintings (watercolor, acrylic, gouache, casein and egg tempera) with a wide range of substrates and as small as 7” (177.8mm) in any dimension to their two annual exhibitions. For paintings sold during the exhibitions, artists receive 75% of the sales price.


Book Group in person at the Richmond Beach Library Wednesday, October 5

Book Group at the Richmond Beach Library
Wednesday, October 5, 2022
6:30PM – 7:30PM

New participants always welcome.

Registration not required. Safety guidelines and current protocols followed.

Richmond Beach Library
19601 21st Avenue NW
Shoreline WA 98177

Phone: 206-546-3522


Shoreline Schools: Nancy Elder appointed as Interim Director of Classified Staff

Nancy Elder, Interim Director
of Classified Staff, Shoreline Schools
Nancy Elder has been appointed to serve as Interim Director of Classified Staff, Superintendent Susana Reyes announced.

Since 2013, Nancy has served as Assistant Principal at Shorewood High School, where she was previously Dean of Students. 

Prior to her time with Shorewood, Nancy worked locally in education as a substitute PE and health teacher at Einstein Middle School and as Dean of Students and Assistant Principal with Edmonds School District.

"I am delighted to take on this new role in the district and continue supporting our collective work to ensure success for every student,” says Nancy.

A native of Shoshone, Idaho, Nancy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training and Health from Boise State University and began her teaching career with Boise School District as a teacher and athletic trainer. 

Nancy received her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administrative Certificate from City University. Nancy lives in Shoreline with her husband, Ed. Their son is a Shorewood graduate who now studies at Washington State University.

“Nancy’s work at Shorewood has been of the highest caliber, serving the school community with respect and an unwavering commitment to education access for all,” says Superintendent Reyes. 
“We are excited that Nancy will be joining Human Resources to support the Shoreline Schools community in this new capacity.”


Places remain at ShoreLake Arts classes but don't dawdle!

You can still register for Fall Art Classes with ShoreLake Arts, but time is almost up, so sign up now!

Are you interested in learning how to draw or paint? Perhaps you want to dust off those old art supplies or take your skills to the next level? 

Or maybe you just want to connect with your local community and meet super cool new people? Classes with ShoreLake Arts are the perfect opportunity to do all of those things!

Classes begin next week and there are still a few spots left. But you have to act quickly because registration closes soon! Find more information and register at www.shorelakearts.org/workshops-classes


Beginner-Intermediate Drawing 
with Jessica Jorgensen
Wednesdays, October 12 - November 16, 2022 
(6 sessions)
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Ages: Adults (16+)
In person at the Shoreline Center

Drawing unlocks the foundations of all visual arts and, best of all, anyone can learn how to do it! In this class, 

Artist Jessica Jorgensen will use a series of exercises and longer projects to guide students through explorations of lines, shapes, form, textures, and tones. 

You will have the opportunity to get acquainted with materials, develop toolboxes of basic techniques, and learn the principles of composition. Students will meet each week to learn and practice new techniques, ask questions, share work, and get feedback in real time. No experience required.

Acrylic Still-Lifes with Valencia Carroll
Thursdays, October 13 - November 17, 2022 
(6 sessions)
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Ages: Adults (16+)
In person at the Shoreline Center

Acrylics are a wonderfully versatile medium that allow for boundless experimentation. 

In this 6-week class, artist Valencia Carroll will use still life studies to help students learn the basics of handling acrylic paints and brushes while exploring a variety of techniques such as glazing, impasto, masking, and more. 

This 6-week course is designed for beginners and those who have minimal experience in painting with acrylics and want to learn more.


Jessica Jorgensen
Jessica Jorgensen has always been a curious observer, and along with that curiosity came the desire to document; to draw and paint the visual absurdities and narratives she sees through the objects and people in her everyday life. 

She grew up in the California Bay Area and graduated in 2008 with a BFA in Drawing and Painting from Biola University. In 2012 she relocated to Seattle and opened her Etsy shop, drawing and painting custom portraits for clients across the US. 

She proudly calls the Pacific Northwest home, and has participated in various solo and group shows, while continuing to teach art classes in her community. 

When she’s not working in the studio, she can be found enjoying long walks outdoors with her chocolate lab Roscoe or curling up with a good book.

Valencia Carroll
Valencia Carroll is a classically trained oil painter. She has exhibited, presented and taught art workshops throughout western WA. 

She has also served as Art Docent Program Coordinator in the Northshore School District for multiple years. Her latest artwork explores the subject of play while enjoying drawing and experimenting with composition throughout her process.

Find more information and register at shorelakearts.org/workshops-classes

Email ShoreLake Arts at artsed@shorelakearts.org or call (206) 417-4645.

ShoreLake Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate creativity and inspire our community through the arts. Established in 1989.


Puget Sound Energy alerts customers to higher utility bills

BELLEVUE, Wash. (Oct. 3, 2022) – Puget Sound Energy (PSE) customers will see higher energy bills in late 2022 and into 2023. 

This is due to a combination of factors, including rising natural gas prices,  state policy objectives for clean energy, and continued investments in system reliability and safety. 

Natural gas customers will experience higher natural gas rates starting in November, driven by large increases in wholesale gas prices, which have been steadily climbing. 

PSE filed a rate increase proposal with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) last month and if approved, the typical natural gas residential customer using 64 therms per month would see their monthly bill increase by $13 from $75 to $88. 

PSE does not profit from the natural gas it purchases for customers.

PSE also filed a rate increase proposal with the UTC earlier this year and if approved, the new rates would go into effect Jan. 2023. 

This rate request reflects more than $3.1 billion in investments over the last four years to boost reliability, enhance safety, and deliver on the state’s clean energy policy objectives. 

If approved, the typical electric residential customer, using 800kWh, would see a rate increase of $8 in 2023 for a monthly bill of $97. In 2024, their bill increase would be less than $2 for a monthly bill of $98. The typical natural gas residential customer, using 64 therms, would see a rate increase of $5 in 2023 and an additional one dollar in 2024. Residential natural gas customers would pay around $93 a month in 2023 when combined with the November wholesale gas cost rate increase.

Customers can save energy, get bill payment assistance at pse.com/lower

Higher bills are never welcome, even less so at a time when so many are feeling the impacts of record inflation. PSE has a number of programs to help customers save money and reduce their bills and is working to make these programs more impactful, more accessible, and easier to sign up for than ever before.

“We are making our customers aware of these increases now, to give them time to learn about their options for controlling their energy usage and how to get help paying their energy bills,” said Andy Wappler, PSE Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer. 
“We are urging customers to take advantage of our bill assistance and energy efficiency programs to help them manage those higher costs.”

Energy efficiency is one of the most effective ways customers can cut their bills, even during the darkest and coldest days of the year. 

  • Ways to save include many DIY options, like installing basic window coverings and regularly changing furnace filters, to using less hot water, switching to LED lighting, and turning your thermostat down 7 to 10 degrees while you are away or sleeping. 
  • PSE customers can take advantage of special offers running through the end of the year, including smart thermostat sales and increased rebates on weatherization upgrades and electric hybrid water heaters. 
  • PSE also has online tools to help customers see their usage and Energy Advisors who can answer questions and help customers get started. Income-qualified customers can apply for higher rebates on energy-efficient upgrades.

Customers needing help paying their bills can see if they qualify for assistance through PSE’s bill assistance program (Home Energy Lifeline Program), the government LIHEAP program, and the Salvation Army Warm Home Fund. 

All customers can participate in PSE’s payment arrangement plan and we will work with customers to create a manageable payment schedule for up to 18 months. 

If approved by the UTC, PSE’s 2023 rate increase will have a new discount rate for low-income customers and seniors, increased funding for low-income bill payment assistance, as well as a new pilot program that would forgive the debt of eligible customers facing significant past-due balances.

To learn more about these programs and start saving energy and money, visit pse.com/lower


RAINBOW BINGO is back on Friday, October 14, 2022 - get tickets now

RAINBOW BINGO  is back on October 14th
Tickets are selling fast so do not delay.
Shoreline/Lake Forest Park Senior Activity Center holds our monthly fundraiser RAINBOW BINGO with our incredible hostess, Sylvia O'Stayformore
  • Participants can expect ten (10) rousing rounds of bingo, complete with prizes and a few musical numbers! 
  • Cost: $20 Admission and $10 at the door for your bingo cards.
  • The $20 Admission reserves your seats and includes the evening’s entertainment and loaded nachos.
  • Register online https://shorelinelfpseniorcenter.org/events/special-events/
  •  Call 206-365-1536
  •  $10 Bingo cards must be purchased at the door by cash or check as required by the Washington State Gambling Commission.
Tickets are still available but we have sold out in the past.

Bingo is a 21 and over event. Cash bar will serve beer, wine and jello shots.
  • Please have ID and Proof of Vaccination available.
  • Masks are required as of today, subject to change.


Gloria's Insects: Oooh, yellow, thought Beulah. Don't know why, but I adore anything yellow!

Photo copyright Gloria Z. Nagler

(Beulah appears to be the aptly monikered Yellow Bumblebee, common in the PNW. And she has an impressive pollen basket!)

--Gloria Z. Nagler


Public Hearing Thursday for Transportation Element (TE) for Shoreline's Comprehensive Plan

Chance to comment on Shoreline's transportation policies and projects

The Transportation Element (TE), the regulatory piece of the TMP, must be adopted into the City’s Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan) per State requirements. 

A Public Hearing for TE adoption is this Thursday, October 6, 2022.

The staff report for the Planning Commission October 6 meeting and Public Hearing describes the amendment process and an overview of the TE (the actual final draft TE is Amendment #1 – pdf pages 28-110).

This final draft TE is a new document being shared; it contains several components that have been shared previously with the public such as transportation vision, goals, and modal networks. 

New since the last public outreach this past spring, the TE contains a list of policies and project ideas (these project ideas do not represent complete projects but rather segments that could be developed in the future). 

The TE also contains a discussion of potential funding and a financially constrained project list for the next 20 years.

To find out how to attend the Public Hearing and/or comment on the TE amendment, visit the City’s calendar page for October 6, 2022.

This is an opportunity to comment (on record) regarding the information contained in the TE. 

Other than possible minor amendments, this process occurs about every 10 years. The final TMP is still being developed and will be a more user-friendly guide for implementing the TE. The TMP process is scheduled to conclude in early 2023 with a final public outreach process.

For any additional questions regarding the TE/TMP, please contact:

Nytasha Walters, Transportation Services Manager
nwalters@shorelinewa.gov  206-801-2481


Change futures at the 25th Annual Student Support Luncheon

Proceeds from the luncheon provide scholarships and emergency aid for students in need.
Photo courtesy SCCF

Change Futures!

Shoreline Community College Foundation will host its 25th Annual Student Support Luncheon on November 4, 2022 from 11:30am - 1:00pm.

This year the Foundation will bestow the Shoreline Community College Community Service Award to Jeanne Monger.

The Shoreline Community College Foundation provides over $400,000 in scholarships and emergency aid each year to students in need.

Please come out and support Shoreline students.


For the Birds: Fall Is a Time of Change for Birds

American Robin eating mountain ash berries
(easy yard tree) Photo by Craig Kerns
By Chris Southwick

Gone are the Osprey and the warblers; incoming are the Snow Geese and other wintering birds.

Early last week our neighborhood was filled with the sounds of several different species arriving from the north to stay for their winter season. 

Incoming Dark-eyed Juncos and American Robins were both heard in numbers. 

Resident chickadees, Spotted Towhees, and Song Sparrows, even Red-breasted Nuthatches and Northern Flickers greeted these seasonal residents with a mix of contact calls.

Fox Sparrow use leaves to uncover bugs.
Preferred winter shelter is a blackberry thicket.
Photo by Craig Kerns
The robins we see in the summer have mostly flown further south, replaced by these northern birds. 

Many of the juncos we see in the winter also flew from the boreal forests in Canada to enjoy our milder winters, adding to our resident junco population. 

In eastern parts of the US, juncos are called “Snow Birds” because they are only present in the wintertime there.

There’s a noticeable change in bird sounds; our year-round birds have switched from territorial songs to mostly contact, “Here I am” calls. 

 Our resident Bewick’s Wrens are still 

You can help our wintering birds by providing food, water, and shelter.

Save leaves and seed heads. Keep a thickness of leaves somewhere in your yard. These can still be neat (or not), but they do make a difference.

Dark-eyed Junco drinking water, a vital
commodity. Photo by Craig Kerns
Leave a patch of flower heads for the juncos and sparrows which prefer seeds and keep some of your leaves on the ground where bug-eaters like towhees, Fox Sparrows, and wrens can find the bug meals they need.

Fresh water is always needed and will draw many birds. 

Shelter, like varying heights of shrubs, bushes, and trees help protect from inclement weather, and offer escape routes from predators. 

A small brush pile is a welcome retreat, and even a small patch of blackberries offers perfect winter protection.

Red-shafted Northern Flicker, male, using much
needed tree for shelter and nesting.
Photo by Craig Kerns
Another helpful action that you can do to save birds—dim outside lights. 

Birds mostly migrate at night for safety from predators, and bright lights often confuse them, causing them to fly into windows, circle large towers of lights, and generally get exhausted and die. 

Smaller wattage, non-bright white, and lighting pointing downward helps.

And something else to look forward to: 

Snow Geese should arrive from Wrangel Island, Russia, to the Skagit farm area in late October. Add some Tundra Swans. 


Shoreline Fire Department and State Farm teach kids to plan their escape

(l-r) State Farm agent Jeff Kalvelage and Shoreline Deputy Fire Marshall Ryan Burgess
Photo courtesy Shoreline Fire

The Shoreline Fire Department is teaming up with State Farm and the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week™ campaign, “Fire Won’t Wait. Plan Your Escape.™.” 

This year’s campaign, October 9 - 15, 2022 works to educate everyone about simple but important steps they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

Local agent Jeff Kalvelage donated a fire safety kit to Shoreline Fire. The kit contains 500 items the fire station can use to teach kids the importance of safe evacuations during a home fire. The kit was donated in time for the station to have the items on hand to distribute in October, which is Fire Safety Month.

“Today’s homes burn faster than ever. In a typical home fire, you may have as little as two minutes (or even less time) to safely escape from the time the smoke alarm sounds. 
'Your ability to get out depends on early warning from working smoke alarms and advance planning,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of the Outreach and Advocacy division at NFPA.

Washington is number 5 in average claim cost. So far this year State Farm has paid almost $59 million in fire claims in Washington alone, with an average claim cost of $78,844. Deputy Fire Marshall Ryan Burgess and agent Kalvelage encourage all residents to actively support fire prevention by developing and practicing a home escape plan with all members of their household.

Here are some important Home Fire Escape Safety Tips:
  • Make sure your home escape plan meets the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed inside every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds, they all sound.
  • Make sure everyone in your family knows at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Always check that all doors and windows open easily.
  • Have an outside meeting place a safe distance from your home where everyone should meet.
  • Practice your home fire drill at least twice a year with everyone in the household. Practice at least once during the day and at night.
For additional tips and information about Fire Prevention Week visit https://www.nfpa.org/fpw

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