Jobs: Third Place Commons

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Now Hiring: Development and Programs Assistant at Third Place Commons

Third Place Commons is seeking a Development and Programs Assistant to provide operational support across a variety of areas including fundraising, communications, community programs, the LFP Farmers Market, and general administrative functions. Could you be that person?

This flexible, part-time position (8-12 hours/week) will be perfect for someone with development, administrative, and/or event experience who is highly organized, detail-oriented, and a great communicator! Farmers market or e-communications experience a definite plus!

Position will remain open until filled, however priority consideration will be given to applications received by Wednesday, October 10, 2018.

Visit to learn more and find out how to apply.

Third Place Commons is a community-supported 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering real community in real space by hosting over 900 free events each year and presenting the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market from May to October. It is located at 17171 Bothell Way NE in the Lake Forest Park Town Center.


Volunteer to plant trees in Seattle parks Nov 3

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Volunteer for Green Seattle Day – November 3rd 

Have a hand in restoring Seattle's forests during Green Seattle Day! 

We want you to dig in, and help us kick off our planting season. Join the fun at 15 parks across Seattle, and be one of hundreds of volunteers planting thousands of plants in parks throughout the Emerald City!

All community members are welcome, and no experience is necessary! The event is family friendly and open to all ages.

Volunteers will plant trees and other plants that will become the future forests of Seattle.

Spots do fill up quickly, so please sign up in advance to help us plan a great event. Information and registration links can be found HERE

For any additional questions, feel free to contact organizers by email at, and by phone at 206-905-6924.

North Seattle


Destinations: Seattle Children's Festival Saturday

Northwest Folklife's annual Seattle Children's Festival is this Saturday at September 22, 2018 at Seattle Center. 

There are five stages of dance, music, workshops, stories, and two full discovery zones for hands-on activities. 

Since Northwest Folklife is committed to access for all, there's a suggested donation of $10 per person.

Lots to do, here's the full schedule HERE

Highlights of the 2018 Festival include:
  • Bands! Seattle kindiependent band Caspar Babypants, The Rhapsody Project, and more!
  • Storytelling! Drag Queen storytime with Aleksa Manila, and bilingual Spanish story time with Para los Niños
  • Dancing! Mexican baile folklórico with Grupo Folklorico Nuestro Raices, Balkan dance with Radost Folk Ensemble
  • Breakdancing! 206 Zulu Presents Prince v. Prince 
  • Dance Workshops! Hula dance lesson with Seattle Polynesian dance troupe Huraiti Mana, Irish dance lesson with Comerford School of Irish dance
  • Drumming! African drum and dancing with Sumayya Diop
  • Folk Art! Handmade crankies (old-fashioned story scrolls)
  • Drill Team! With Washington Diamonds Drill Team
  • Cultural Discovery! Explore Nepalese dance, music, and language with the Nepal Seattle Society
  • Rhythm Workshops! With Ghanian drumming master Kofi Anang and Seattle Drum School
  • Hands-on Activities! With Bike Works, Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), Town Hall Seattle, Nature Consortium, Pacific Science Center, and lots more 
  • Theater! Acting workshop with Seattle’s Theater for Young Children
  • Film! Watch and play with Scarecrow Video
  • Get Moving! Stay active when you’re learning something new with friends with the Movement Series, activities and workshops to keep kids on their feet


Photo: A tree to meditate by

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Imagine a hot fall day, with the sun doing its best to dry out the earth. You are lying on your back, looking up through the green, brown, and yellow leaves of this golden tree into a deep blue sky.

All is well in your world. Your cares slip away.

Now get up, because you are lying on N 185th and a bicyclist is about to run over you.

It was good while it lasted.


Ring in a new bell at the LFP Farmers Market Sunday

New Bell Ringing Ceremony Sunday, 9/23, at the LFP Farmers Market

Did you know that the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market opens each week with the ringing of a special market bell? And that the vendors aren't permitted to sell for the day until that bell rings?

Unfortunately, the old, beloved bell was lost recently, and so the market has had to make due with borrowed bells and occasional verbal bells. 

“What are verbal bells?” you ask. 
That’s the market manager walking around calling, “Ding ding! Ding ding!” 
Market folks are nothing if not creative problem solvers!

But now it's time to ring in a new era with a new bell!

Get to the market a few minutes before 10am this Sunday, September 23, 2018 to join in a mini-ceremony to welcome the new market bell and once again start the market day with its dulcet tones. It will be a bit of silly fun and a great chance to get your market shopping done well ahead of the Seahawks game.

By the way, are you wondering why the opening bell is important? The market is scheduled to open at 10Aam each Sunday, but if some vendors set-up and start selling early, then it disadvantages those who begin selling at the official market start time – and the market strives to ensure the success of all its vendors equally.

Occasionally, all the vendors may be ready early, in which case the bell may ring a little early. Then everyone gets to sell before 10. 

But if the bell doesn’t ring, the market hasn’t opened.

So whether it’s 10 o’clock or not, the opening bell tells both vendors and shoppers, “Yes, we’re open!”

For this week’s ceremony, the market will open right on time, but you’ll want to get there a few minutes early so you don’t miss the fun.

The Lake Forest Park Farmers Market is presented by Third Place Commons, a community-supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to fostering real community in real space. The market takes place at the corner of Bothell Way NE and Ballinger Way NE in the parking lot of the LFP Town Center. The season runs every Sunday, rain or shine, through October 21st. See you at the market!


Authors at Third Place Books this week

A full bookshelf this week with authors writing historical maritime fiction, love, web comics in print, and a National Book award finalist.

Third Place Books, upper level Town Center, intersection Bothell and Ballinger Way, Lake Forest Park.

Wednesday, September 19 at 7pm
Bradley Bagshaw
Georges Bank (Clyde Hill Publishing)

A work of historical maritime fiction in the tradition of C.S. Forrester's Hornblower series, Joseph Conrad's Typhoon and Pat Conroy's Prince of Tides. Georges Bank is a tale of power and greed set in the stormy waters and steamy brothels of nineteenth century Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Thursday, September 20 at 7pm
Anna Todd

Brightest Stars (Frayed Pages)

International bestselling author and internet sensation Anna Todd (After series) returns with a gripping novel about a young woman's journey towards love, and the obstacles life throws up at every turn.

Friday September 21 at 6pm
Ngozi Ukazu

Check, Please!: #Hockey (First Second)

A collection of the first half of the megapopular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: #Hockey is the first book of a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life.

Saturday, September 22 at 6pm
Deb Caletti

A Heart in a Body in The World (Simon Pulse)

Each step on Annabelle's 2,700 mile cross-country run brings her closer to facing a trauma from her past in National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti's novel about the heart, all the ways it breaks, and its journey to healing. Because sometimes against our will, against all odds, we go forward.


Eligible families encouraged to apply for Free and Reduced-Price Meal Programs

Washington public schools play a vital role in children’s health by providing free and reduced-price meals to students in need.

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) administers the following United States (U.S.) Department of Agriculture nutrition programs: National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and Special Milk Program.

The application process for participation in school meal programs is simple and confidential. All households with students enrolled in public K–12 schools receive application packets at the beginning of the school year. Households with incomes below certain levels (see the tables below) are encouraged to apply for any or all of the administered programs.

The application packet provides instructions and directions on where to send the applications. Application review and determinations are made within 10 operating days of receipt of the application. Households denied eligibility can appeal the decision by contacting their school.

Applications can be submitted any time during the school year. Households that experience a change in income are encouraged to apply.

Students receiving help through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or the Basic Food Program – as well as all other students in the same household – automatically qualify for free meals. 

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) provides OSPI with a list of children who receive these services to facilitate automatic eligibility. If a household chooses to decline the free meal benefits after they are notified of their children’s eligibility, they must contact the school.

DSHS also provides OSPI with a list of children participating in certain Medicaid programs. All other students in the household can automatically qualify for free or reduced-price meals and eligibility can be extended.

Children in foster care are also eligible for free meal benefits. Children placed in foster care by DSHS are included in the list provided to OSPI. In households where children in foster care reside, all other students in the household may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals based on household size and income. In these situations, households may submit an application.

Students experiencing homelessness and migrant students, households taking part in Food Distribution Program on Native Reservations, and students in Head Start and the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program are also eligible for free meals. Contact your child’s school for more information.

Eligibility lasts from the date of approval up to the first 30 operating days of the next school year or until a family member contacts the school or district.

Households needing assistance with application materials in languages other than English should contact their school for assistance.

The income guidelines listed below are used to determine the eligibility of children to receive free or reduced-price meals or free milk. Washington state pays the cost of lunch for public school students eligible for reduced-price meals in grades K‒3 and the cost of breakfast for public school students eligible for reduced-price meals in grades K‒12.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Child Nutrition Program Income Guidelines
July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019


Household Size
Twice per month
Every two Weeks

Household Size
Twice per month
Every two Weeks
For each additional household member, add this amount

If you have questions about eligibility, contact your child’s school.

Schools with more than 25 percent of the enrolled K‒4 students qualifying for free or reduced-price meals are required to operate the National School Lunch Program. In addition, schools with more than 40 percent of enrolled students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals are required to operate the School Breakfast Program.

For more information


Investigation continues into fatality collision on Aurora

Mercury being towed from scene
Photo by Dru Druzianich
The four vehicle collision Thursday, September 13, 2018 which sent two of the drivers to the hospital and killed Shoreline resident Catherine Craig, is still under investigation. (Fatality crash on Aurora)

According to the initial report from the King County Sheriff's Office, the brown Mercury was northbound on Aurora and the Yellow Cab Taxi was southbound.

The Mercury crossed over the center line, striking the taxi head-on. The taxi was then struck by a southbound pick-up truck.

A fourth vehicle was struck by the pick-up who was trying to avoid the collision, but had only minor damage.

The passenger in the taxi, 62 year old Catherine Craig, died at the scene. 

According to information gathered at the scene, she was on the way to work at Northwest Hospital. 

The drivers of the Mercury and the taxi were transported to Harborview in serious condition.

Alcohol and drugs were not involved in the collision.


Shoreline to offer free CERT emergency response training - register now

In October, Shoreline will be offering Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. 

This training teaches participants some basic disaster response skills such as basic fire suppression using fire extinguishers, utility control methods, basic disaster search and rescue techniques as well as disaster first aid.

The training culminates with a full scale disaster drill that allows the class to put their new skills to work.

There are no special skills or previous first responder experience required to attend and this training is free.

The purpose of this training is to get residents trained in basic skills that will allow them to help their neighbors in times of disaster when first responders may be unavailable.

This training will take place over several nights and all classes must be completed in order to graduate. 

The dates and locations are:

Unit Subject
Units 1 and 6 -Intro and CERT Organization
6 - 9 PM
Shoreline Fire Department
Unit 2 - Fire and Utilities
6 - 9 PM
Shoreline Fire Department
Units 3 and 4 - Disaster Medical Operations
6-Oct (Sat)
9 AM - 3 PM
Shoreline City Hall
Unit 5 - Light Search and Rescue
6 - 9 PM
Shoreline Fire Department
Unit 7 - Disaster Psychology
6 - 9 PM
Shoreline City Hall
Unit 8 - CERT and Terrorism
6 - 9 PM
Shoreline Fire Department
Final Exam and MYN
6 - 8 PM
Shoreline City Hall
Final Drill
21-Oct (Sun)
2 - 5 PM
Shoreline Fire Department

Upon graduation, participants will receive a certificate of completion as well as a CERT backpack with basic supplies to get them started. This training is provided according to a national standard so the certificate is recognized by most other CERT programs throughout the country.

Class size is limited so registration is required to attend. Those that are interested can register by going HERE and clicking on the CERT Class button.


Three free literary events in October

2017 conference attendee chats with speaker Windy Lynn Harris
at annual WOTS Book Signing Reception
Photo by Shannon Black Creative

Write on the Sound (WOTS) writers’ conference is sold out, however, there are three events associated with the conference that are free admission and open to the public.

Evening of Poetry
The first is an evening of poetry with Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna and local poets Gerald Bigelow and John Wright, Friday, October 5th, 5:00 - 5:45pm, at the Edmonds Library, 650 Main St.

Claudia Castro Luna served as Seattle’s Civic Poet from 2015-2017 and is the author of the Pushcart nominated Killing Marías and This City and is the creator of the acclaimed Seattle Poetic Grid. Born in El Salvador, she came to the United States in 1981. She has an MA in Urban Planning, a teaching certificate and an MFA in poetry.

Claudia is joined by local poets Gerald Bigelow, who leads the local EPIC Group Writers poetry group, and John Wright. Light refreshments provided. For more information call 425-771-1933, see the library webpage.

Book signing reception
The WOTS Book Signing Reception on Saturday October 6th, 5:15 – 6:30pm in the Plaza Room, 650 Main St (above the library), is also a free-admission public event. It’s a great opportunity to mingle and chat books and writing with conference speakers and attendees, as well as explore the on site Edmonds Bookshop. Enjoy light refreshments and the stunning view of the Puget Sound from the Plaza Room patio.

The conference reception is presented by the City of Edmonds Arts Commission with generous support from Windermere Real Estate Edmonds. For a list of speakers and presenters and links to their websites, go to the conference webpage.

Open Mic night
After the Booking Signing Reception, head to downtown Edmonds to Café Louvre for Open Mic Night. Enjoy hearing WOTS conference attendees and presenters read five minutes each from their fiction, nonfiction and poetry. The event is open to the public, 6:30 - 7:30pm. Café Louvre is located at 210 5th Ave S.

For more information on all three programs, call the Edmonds Arts Commission office at 425-771-0228.


Scene on the Sound: Roger Revelle sailed through the Sea on her way to Hilo

R/V Roger Revelle
Photo by Jan Hansen

Photo and research by Jan Hansen

R/V Roger Revelle is operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography under a charter agreement with the Office of Naval Research. Roger Revelle is one of six major oceanographic research vessels owned by the U.S. Navy and operated within the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System as shared-use research facilities.

The National Science Foundation is the primary U.S federal agency supporting research at the frontiers of knowledge, across all fields of science and engineering (S/E) and all levels of S/E education. Important support for research vessel operations at Scripps Institution of Oceanography is supported by the National Science Foundation.

The vessel's suite of shared-use instrumentation is carefully maintained and regularly upgraded to offer scientists the most capable sensors available.

Roger Revelle hosts the Hydrographic Doppler Sonar System (HDSS), a one-of-a-kind hull-mounted long-range dual-frequency (50-140 kHz) Doppler sonar that measures current shear at much higher resolution than commercially-available Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCPs). Revelle offers outstanding navigation and station-keeping characteristics, with a modern dynamic positioning system coupled to a flexible and powerful propulsion system.

Other notable features of Roger Revelle include an EM122 deep-water multibeam mapping system featuring redundant motion sensors for failover protection, an X-band radar that measures surface wave properties, an advanced computer network with wired and wireless access for all scientists, triply-redundant (HiSeasNet, Fleet Broadband, 3G cellular) off-ship internet connections that provide uninterrupted web access, and a robust suite of modern, well-maintained sensing systems.

These capabilities, in addition to a suite of underway instruments, result in a capable and highly adaptable platform for scientific research across all disciplines of marine science.

(Information from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.)


Get ready for the Monster Mash Dash 5K Fun Run and Walk

Monster Mash Dash 5K Fun Run and Walk

The Monster Mash Dash is a family 5K fun run and walk along Shoreline's Interurban Trail. 

Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded for the best costume in each age group as well as best group costume.

The race will not be officially timed, but will be officially fun. 

Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 8:00 – 11:00am
Shoreline City Hall
17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline

Registration fee:
  • 18 and older: $10
  • 5 to 18:          $5
  • 5 and under:  Free


Notes from Shoreline City Council meeting 09-17-2018

Shoreline City Council
By Pamela Cross

The September 17th Council meeting began with Mayor Will Hall declaring September 22, 2018 as “Mayor’s Day of Concern for the Hungry. ” 

One in four people in Shoreline suffer from food insecurity. This proclamation recognizes Shoreline residents’ continued support of Hopelink and other nonprofits providing food assistance.

The court calendar noted this is Welcoming Week for all new residents with several scheduled activities. Details are available on the City’s webpage.

The Mayor reported that at the recent meeting of the Association of Washington Cities, Eastern Washington cities have acknowledged that homelessness is not limited to Western Washington. This should be helpful in working with the State to develop ways to address this problem.

The Agenda and Consent Calendars were approved unanimously. There were no public comments.

The study item was the preliminary financial report for 2019-2020. Staff provided the estimates based on historical numbers and other guidelines. Staff advised that questions from Council will be added to a matrix for study and adjustment to the preliminary figures. There will be multiple staff and public council meetings continuing the conversation until the projected November 19, 2018 planned acceptance date.

The questions from Councilmembers included:
  • Why has the funding of the Aurora median retrofit been removed?
This funding was to replace narrow areas of the median with concrete to make it easier for the subcontractor to maintain. The City has decided to do the maintenance itself rather than subcontract it, and will monitor the ability to keep the current configuration rather than replace areas with concrete. The funding for maintenance is already in the budget.

  • Why is the addition of another police officer not scheduled until 2020? We are below our target of 1 officer per 1,000 citizens. Is this target realistic, or just used as a comparison to other cities? Is an additional officer needed, or is there another reason for (complaints about) slow police response time and other police issues?
  • What is the reason for the (new Green City) contract with Forterra? What are they adding to services already provided by others?
  • Part of the money from the general fund goes to road and sidewalk maintenance. Why is this amount being reduced by half? This represents less than 2% of the money in City Reserves. Is the expense for updated aerial photos of the City necessary when they are available on the internet for no charge? The City needs to balance the needs for the infrastructure as well as human resources, affordable housing and drug addiction which are also financed through the general fund.
  • The School District wants another school resource officer. This shared cost will be discussed between the City and the School District at a 10/8 dinner meeting.
With all questions added to the Matrix, the Council meeting was concluded and Councilmembers stayed for an Executive Session.


Photo: Obey the speed limit

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Photo by s cho

How fast you go on NE 160th in Lake Forest Park depends on whether you are looking at the street or the sign - but be sure to stay under the limit! Speed zones are strictly enforced...


Shoreline's first K9 unit is on duty

King County Deputy Josh Holmes and his K9 partner Atom

Photos by Wayne Pridemore

King County Deputy Josh Holmes and his K9 partner Atom completed their 440 hours of training in mid-August and went on the job with the Shoreline Police department August 31, 2018.

On their first day of patrol they were called to an assist on a stolen vehicle call, where the female suspect had fled on foot. Atom began tracking and located the female suspect in the back yard of the house, hiding in a shed. She was arrested and booked into jail.

The primary use of dogs is to track a suspect who has committed a crime and run from a Shoreline officer. Before, without a dog on the force, officers had to hold a perimeter and wait for a K9 from Unincorporated King County, or an outside agency.

"The longer a perimeter is held," says Shoreline Chief Shawn Ledford, "the more difficult it is to make an arrest."

Atom is friendly with the public, well behaved and all business when he’s working. Here he greets Dennis Terpstra at the Echo Lake Neighborhood Association picnic.

Atom is the third dog to train as a member of the K9 unit. The first two did not work out.

Shoreline Police have been focusing on property crimes, burglaries and car prowls; the K9 unit will help with those efforts. Additionally the K9 will be used for building searches, as Atom is able to cover a larger area faster and more thoroughly than multiple officers.

He will also be used for evidence searches if a suspect hides a weapon or other evidence. In the future, Atom will be trained in narcotics detection.

Atom lives with Deputy Holmes and has become part of the family.

Deputy Holmes is a Shoreline native and a graduate of the Shoreline Public School District (Ridgecrest Elementary, Kellogg Middle School and Shorecrest High School). Deputy Holmes also attended Shoreline Community College. He is an 11 year law enforcement veteran.


Something's fishy at Sky Nursery - Washington Koi and Water Garden Society show

Koi show sale table
Photo by Jerry Pickard

Koi Show and Sale this weekend at Sky Nursery.

  • Saturday, September 22nd          9:30 am – 5 pm
  • Sunday, September 23rd            10 am – 1 pm
Come to the Washington Koi and Water Garden Society's 27th Annual Show.

Koi will be sold by auction
Photo by Jerry Pickard
Amateur and professional koi breeders will bring their best (and biggest) fish to compete.

Free display, judged show, great raffles, fish sales, Saturday auction, and more!

Sky Nursery 18528 Aurora Ave N Shoreline 98133 206-546-4851


Shoreline Fire Open House Saturday

Mason and Terrance Lewis were pros at the last open house
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 11am – 2pm

17525 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline 98133

Hands on activities for the kiddos 
Ladder Truck and Fire Engine demonstrations, 
Free hot dogs and more!


Under Our Skin: What Do We Mean When We Talk About Race?

The City of Shoreline and the Shoreline Library are sponsoring a series to explore The Seattle Times "Under Our Skin" video project around race and inclusiveness. 

Three videos will be discussed in each session. This month the discussion is about the videos Ally, Microaggression, and All Lives Matter.

Discussion will inspire you to think and talk about issues of race in a deeper way. "Under Our Skin" will challenge your assumptions and build common ground.

Sunday, September 23, 2018, 2 - 3:30pm at Shoreline City Hall Council Chambers, 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline 98133.

Free - all are welcome.


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