Neighborhood leaders socialize at potluck

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Photo courtesy Lee Lageschulte
Neighborhood leaders relax over a potluck meal in the cool shade of Kruckeberg Gardens on a warm evening. The picnic is held at this time every year with the last few events being held at Kruckeberg.

For more information about neighborhood associations in Shoreline, see the City webpage.


Town Center at Lake Forest Park announces composting and recycling initiative

Town Center at Lake Forest Park announced an initiative to create a more environmentally-friendly food court. The neighborhood center, which is managed by Madison Marquette Retail Services (MMRS), will now - for the first time ever - offer designated recycling and composting bins in the food court.

“We are always looking for ways to create a more sustainable center and with the community’s support, this program will significantly reduce waste,” said Tory Glossip, Senior General Manager for MMRS. “Town Center at Lake Forest Park enjoys a great relationship with our community and we look forward to working together to improve our neighborhood environment.”

The program will go into effect on August 1, with the recycling and composting bins available in the center’s food court. Town Center at Lake Forest Park will work with Seattle-area environmental solutions company Cedar Grove to collect and utilize the composting materials. The center will be using social media to let consumers know of the upcoming changes and spread awareness about the importance of recycling and composting.

“Our shoppers will benefit from this new program, as will our surrounding community,” said Glossip. “We are excited about taking this new step in environmental stewardship, and we hope our consumers will appreciate this new program and work with us for the good of our environment.”

Town Center at Lake Forest Park is a Seattle-area neighborhood center offering a dynamic mix of retail, dining and entertainment options with more than 240,000 square feet of retail space. The center’s Third Place Commons offers more than 800 community events throughout the calendar year.

MMRS provides a full range of real estate services for 20 million square feet of retail and mixed-use properties throughout the United States.  MMRS has headquarters in San Francisco and Washington, DC and regional offices located in Charlotte, Dallas, Ft. Lauderdale, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego and Seattle.


Sears fire was arson - suspect in custody

According to our News Partner, The Seattle Times, the fire at Sears was arson.

Bail was set at $1 million Tuesday for a 38-year-old Shoreline man who is suspected of starting a fire inside a Sears department store earlier this month that has cost the retailer nearly $2 million in damage and lost business, according to the statement of probable cause outlining the police case against the man. 
The man was arrested at the police station in Shoreline on Monday and booked into the King County Jail on investigation of first-degree arson, according to the statement and jail records. 
The man is suspected of lighting mattress covers on fire in the home-fashions department at the Sears store in Shoreline on July 18, the statement says. While the fire “was held in check” when three overhead sprinklers were activated, smoke and water damage to the building, as well as lost business and merchandise “is approaching $2 million,” it says. It appears the man used cologne as an accelerant to start the fire.
The man, who is reported to be developmentally disabled, was well known to Sears loss prevention officers as someone who had been observed shoplifting on several occasions.

The fire was quickly brought under control, but there was extensive smoke and water damage.

Read the entire story. 


Shoreline Police close West Storefront and move it to City Hall

Police volunteers who earned 5 year pins this year
Flanked by police leaders

According to Shoreline Police, the West Storefront closed its doors on July 31st after being in the Hillwood/Richmond Beach neighborhood for over 17 years. Officer Leona Obstler, who has staffed the storefront with as many as 15 police volunteers, said that although they will miss the neighborhood, the plentiful crime prevention and customer services offered will continue at their new office space at City Hall.

Shoreline Police volunteers contribute 4,000 - 5,000 hours of time each year. Programs such as Vacation House Checks, Victim Call Backs, Block Watch, Citizens Academy, Landlord Training Program, crime mapping and many other crime prevention services will still be available to the Shoreline community.

You can access information via the police webpage, visit the East Storefront at 521 NE 165th St in the Ridgecrest neighborhood, or visit our new crime prevention and volunteer services office on the 2nd Floor at City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N.

The small shopping center which has housed the storefront is being rebuilt, with new shops and stores coming in, and there is no longer room for the storefront.


Friday Night at the Market August 9 with Gin Creek and beer brat

Friday, August 9, from 6-8pm, Central Market will hold its monthly Friday Nights at the Market. From 6-8pm, there will be free music from blues by Gin Creek.

The reasonably priced dinner includes BBQ'd Beer Brat, or you can get something from the deli inside the store. Tables and chairs will be set up outside.

The store with the silo is located in Aurora Square, just off Aurora Avenue at 15505 Westminster Way N, Shoreline 98133, 206-363-9226 


Top 5 stories in July 2013

These stories attracted the most attention during the month of July. If you missed them the first time, here's your second chance.
  1. Rat City Rollergirls on the Move - to Shoreline
  2. Shorewood High School demolition begins
  3. Hollywood comes to Shorecrest High School
  4. Vehicle goes off road on Perkins Way, crashes and burns
  5. Lake sediments safe in Kenmore area; public meeting...


What's cooking at Central Market

If you're looking for inspiration, answers, tips or new recipes - come by the Culinary Resource Center near Produce at Shoreline Central Market, upper level Aurora Square on Westminster Way. 

There's often something to sample, and always recipes for the taking. Below is the lineup for demonstrations. 

The kiosk is staffed 10 am-6:30pm daily (9 am-5:30pm Sundays) with sampling noon to 4:30pm. If a line appears under the recipe, click to go to the full recipe.

Aug 1- 6, 2013

Bonus recipe     Classic Basil Pesto

Thurs, August 1   Chicken Burgers with Market Spice Greek Seasoning 

Fri, August 2      Shrimp, Mango and Avocado Salad

Sat, August 3      Grilled Leg of Lamb with our Meat Market’s own Lamb Marinade 

Sun, August 4     Tuna Confit

Mon, August 5    Mango Peach Salsa


Haggen's Fresh to close Shoreline store

The Haggen's Fresh grocery and drug store at N 175th and Midvale will close in the next six to eight weeks, according to our News Partner, The Seattle Times.

Haggen's, formerly Top Foods, completely remodeled and rebranded itself as Haggen's Fresh just a year ago in an effort to increase sales.

According to The Times, 
“Instead of closing these stores when they were struggling as TOP branded stores, we decided to do all we could do to try and turn these stores around. We invested in both remodeling and rebranding, dedicating our collective resources to give these locations one last chance. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we were unable to turn these stores around,” co-president Clement Stevens said in a news release.

There is no information about what will happen to the property after the store closes.


State Dept of Ecology to undertake a two year study of coal exports

Coal train
Photo by Bob Rinehart
In an issue that strikes close to the heart of neighborhoods near the Burlington train tracks, the state Department of Ecology will spend two years studying the environmental impacts of a coal terminal north of Seattle.

In a separate study, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Whatcom County will study local impacts on Cherry Point.

From our news partner King 5:
This is the latest episode in a protracted debate over whether Washington should host export terminals and tracks for trains hauling millions of tons of coal from Montana and Wyoming destined to Asia. Millennium Bulk Terminal in Longview, Wash., is also seeking coal exports.
Read the entire article

King County Executive Dow Constantine expressed some reservations:

“I commend Ecology for looking beyond the local impacts of the coal terminal project and committing to statewide analysis of the impact that sending up to 18 trains a day through the heart of our communities will have on our health, environment, economy, and traffic. 
“Ecology will also shine a light on the greenhouse gas emissions and climate change effects that will result from the burning of this coal, which is estimated to be greater than that from all the current emissions generated in Washington State. 
“Ecology’s proposed scope is a good start, but as I have advocated before, a comprehensive and cumulative analysis of the impacts of coal export is essential for us to determine the long-term fate of the environment and economy of Washington State. To understand the full picture it is essential that our federal agencies like the Army Corps step up and conduct a region-wide, cumulative impacts analysis for all three coal terminals proposed in the Pacific Northwest." 


Photo: Busy Bees

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

How doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
From every opening flower!

By Isaac Watts

Photo by Wayne Pridemore


Finishing touches for Arts al Fresco

Northwest Melodies by Marsha Lippert

With a day to go there is a flurry of creative activity in preparation for Arts al Fresco on August 1st.  

New sculpture has been installed, artists are busily painting pianos and gallery work will rotate soon. By the August 1st celebration 14 sculptures will be placed in City Hall, the courtyard lawn and the Park at Town Center across the street.

Created from steel, glass and stone these pieces provide unique perspectives of such concepts as Adam and Eve through the Wandering Eye and Migration and Bluebirds from the Aquamarine bench. Do the Sculpture Stroll and play with the City’s wellness theme around the Skater, the Ball Player and Stride.

Five new pianos will be a treat along with seven of the delightful creations from last year. The artists are putting final touches on slugs, lounge lizards, sea anemones and more. Expanding to new neighborhoods, Piano Time promises to bring magical music to Shoreline streets again this August.  Two pianos will be in play by professional musicians at Arts al Fresco on August 1st and three more will be within easy walking distance. Maps will be available that night and at  following the event.

And last but certainly not least, the new exhibit in the Gallery at City Hall will be well worth a visit.  Called Look, the show will feature large colorful abstracts by three artists and stone sculpture by two carvers, including Shoreline’s former City Manager, Bob Olander. 

We’re getting ready to celebrate and hope you’ll join us at Arts al Fresco, Thursday, August 1st, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at Shoreline City Hall and the Park at Town Center on the Red Brick Road. 


Musicians at Arts al Fresco on Thursday

It will be a hot night regardless of the weather!  Musicians at Arts al Fresco on Thursday, August 1st include the Karin Kajita Trio and Dawn Clement, pianist. Performances start at 6:00pm at Shoreline City Hall and across the street in the Park at Town Center, 17500 Midvale Ave N. You won’t want to miss these musical treats.

Karin Kajita is an accomplished jazz and classical pianist who studied the piano formally for sixteen years. She studied with Professor O’Doan at the UW and earned degrees in music, piano performance, and music education with choral emphasis. She studied jazz with Jerry Gray and jazz arranging with Professor Bill Smith at the UW. Karin was awarded two Milnor Roberts scholarships and two Bainbridge Music and Art Foundation scholarships. She is the recipient of a 2006 Artist Support Grant from Jack Straw Productions. 

Having led her own jazz combo for many years at local festivals, concert series and venues, on Thursday night The Karin Kajita Trio will include her long-time band members Tony Grasso, trumpet, and Clipper Anderson, bass. This multi-talented group plays her jazz arrangements of tunes from J.S. Bach through French Impressionism, show tunes and Brazilian choro, to transcriptions of tunes by Charlie Parker, Oscar Peterson and Tom Harrell.  

Karin also plays with Finn Hill Jazz, the Nikki Dee Quartet, Mairin and Friends and the Emily McIntosh Duo (or Trio.) She is accompanist for "The Group", a talented group of singers that has produced shows at The Ruins and ACT Theatre, and at many private functions. 

In her solo gigs Karin plays three times per week in the Atrium in The Tower in downtown Seattle, and has repeat performances at the NW Flower and Garden Show among others. She recently finished a six month contract at Twelve Moons at Snoqualmie Casino. Karin has performed on the Queen of the West, a paddlewheel boat on the Columbia and Snake Rivers and has had extended solo engagements at numerous Seattle area restaurants and hotels.

Not always staying close to home, Karin has performed at venues in Kalispell and Whitefish Montana, New York, Denver, Wichita, Canada and Salt Lake City. She has done five tours of Japan, playing and singing in hotel lounges, and cruise lines in Alaska, northern Europe and the Mediterranean.

Dawn Clement: Musician, Singer, Composer with special guest, Laura Welland on bass

Legendary jazz trombonist Julian Priester describes Dawn Clement's music as uniquely heard. "In all this world of jazz, there are very few individual voices, no matter what the instrument," the renowned musician and composer said. "But Dawn Clement has come up with a voice that's unique. One can't say that she sounds like Bud Powell or Oscar Peterson or the Herbie Hancocks or Chick Coreas or Keith Jarretts of the world. Dawn Clement's music is uniquely heard. And that's the thing that grabbed my attention."

Dawn Clement, a pianist, singer and composer, has made a name for herself as a master musician whose exuberant and crowd-pleasing performances inspire others to greatness. She is one of the most sought-after performers in the Pacific Northwest. A joyously creative musician, Dawn Clement plays weekly at jazz clubs, art museums and theaters in Seattle and has been a guest performer from New York to Paris.

For Dawn Clement, the piano is a partner in a dance - she is one with the instrument. "Part of it is attitude: the pure, sunny, positive emotions that emanate from her as she plays," writes Earshot Jazz Festival. "She is a joy to watch as well as a joy to hear. The broad smiles, raised eyebrows and wide-open eyes looks she gives the other musicians, the mouthing along as she pulls off a particularly multi-faceted run or arpeggio, the expressive body language, all show an overt elation in music making that is inspirational both to her associates and to the audience." Dawn Clement is the real deal, writes George Fendel in Platter Clatter. She is "an incessantly swinging bop pianist with chops galore and a beautiful sense of intimacy and feeling when it comes to ballads." He noted her offering of beautiful vocals that catch attention and touch the soul.

Dawn recorded an album with legendary trombonist Julian Priester called In Deep End Dance. Their group was named "Best Jazz Quartet" and the album was nominated for Earshot Jazz Record of the Year. Her first album Hush on Conduit Records was also nominated for Earshot Jazz Record of the Year. She has performed with such notable artists as Pharaoh Sanders, Nancy King, John Clayton, Johnaye Kendrick, and Mercer Ellington, Dawn Clement's music is a familiar sound over the airwaves with interviews and live performances in the Seattle area and beyond. She is a strong supporter of presenting original music and new works resulting in a wide ranging repertoire, collaborating with some of the Seattle area’s finest musicians and innovators.

In between her rigorous performance schedule, Dawn Clement is a music professor at Cornish College of the Arts and a thriving teacher, mentor and recording artist for Mountlake Terrace High School students through the KPLU School of Jazz.

Come on out on August 1st to hear great music, see unique pianos, sculpture and paintings.  This is definitely a “feel-good” community event.

For more information contact Ros Bird, Public Art Coordinator or visit the City webpage.


Shoreline Classic Car Show on Sunday, Aug 4, 10am - 3pm

1955 Buick Special from 2012 show
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Sunday, August 4 is the Shoreline Classic Car Show at Meridian Park Elementary from 10am-3pm.
17077 Meridian Ave N, Shoreline 98133 (corner of Meridian Ave N and N 175th).

1955 Chevy Bel Air from 2012 show
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

This 4th annual show is a Seafair sanctioned event and has the additional benefit of being a fund-raiser for Meridian Park elementary school.

4th Annual Shoreline Classic Car Show, Sunday, August 4, 10am-3pm, Meridian Park Elementary School, 175th and Meridian. Hosted by Lance Lambert of the Vintage Vehicle Show. Free to spectators.

1940 Chevy Convertible 2012 show
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Registration for participating vehicles ($19.55 pre-register, $20.13 day of show). For information or to sign up to be a sponsor, contact Martin.


Run the track Wednesday night with RB Running Club

The Richmond Beach Running Club has added track to its activities, with regular Wednesday night runs. This Wednesday, July 31, 6:15pm, they will be at the Kings High School Track for a Summer Track Workout.

Come out and enjoy a warm summer nights with a few laps on the track! 
Always good to get strong while hanging out with your RBRC friends! If you are new, this is always a good time to meet the group and find a good running rhythm.

Wednesday, we will keep our workout to 1-hour - We want to be respectful of your time and finish as close to on time, so show up ready to run at 6:15!

Summer Plan
For the remainder of the summer they are planning to run track workouts every other Wednesday; July 31st, Aug 14th and 28th. 

Directions: On Fremont avenue in Shoreline, head west on 190th down the hill and the Track will be on the right. Click HERE for a Map to the Kings Track


Letter to the Editor: Shoreline City Council wants to rebuild trust: start here!

To the Editor:

In a July 22, 2013 letter to the Richmond Beach community, the Shoreline City Council concluded the letter by stating, “It is our desire to regain the trust of Richmond Beach residents…”

On July 26, I sent a reply letter. A complete copy can be found here

Here is a summary of points I made.

On May 12, 2013, I formally made a Public Records Act (PRA) request in writing for a copy of all records related to any Point Wells actions taken by the Council. After reviewing hundreds of documents provided by the City of Shoreline, here is a summary of my findings:

Every decision made by the City has either a) been made behind closed doors in direct violation of the Open Public Meetings Act; or b) been made by City Manager Julie Underwood in direct violation of the statutory obligations of elected city officials.

There are numerous discrepancies between explanations the City of Shoreline gave the community for the City’s actions and the real reasons as revealed by various internal City documents.

And if these findings are accurate in relation to one topic affecting one portion of the City of Shoreline, how widespread is this practice related to other issues in other Shoreline neighborhoods?

 And, if my findings are accurate, then where do we go from here?

Should we rally a write-in ballot for the November election? Should residents officially petition for a new form of City Government structure like those already in place in a majority of Washington cities?

After voting in 1995 to establish a city where the residents could have a local voice and be valid stakeholders in our city, are today’s conditions at City Hall what the Shoreline community envisioned? Absolutely not!

Pat Lessard


Shorewood student awarded BECU scholarship

Dillon Behen poses with BECU Foundation Execs
Photo courtesy BECU
As part of BECU’s commitment to education and giving back to the communities it serves, BECU Foundation scholarships reward exceptional community service by graduating high school seniors and undergraduate students. This year BECU awarded 50 student members a $2,500 BECU Foundation Scholarship for the 2013-2014 school year.

Dillon Behen of Shorewood was among the 50 recipients to win a scholarship from BECU. These recipients were selected by a volunteer selection committee of local business, educational and non-profit leaders based on a combination of strong dedication to community service, leadership and academics.

As an ASB Vice President, Dillon started “Find a Friend Friday” at Shorewood

Leadership has played an important part in Dillon’s life. It has helped him learn the importance of helping others and influencing them in positive ways. This inspired him to create Find a Friend Friday at his school while serving as ASB Vice President where every Friday the leadership class seeks out students that may need support or even just a lunch friend. Dillon is proud that he has developed the ability to inspire others through strong values and random acts of kindness and hopes to continue to do so throughout his life.

The Foundation received approximately 500 scholarship applications from BECU student members. Applicants were required to submit hours of community service, grade point, transcripts and letters of recommendation, as well as essays describing their most meaningful service experiences.

“Over the years, we’ve given more than $1.5 million dollars in scholarships to 715 students, and every year I look forward to giving out the next set of awards,” said Debbie Wege, executive director of the BECU Foundation.

About BECU
Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, BECU is a not-for-profit credit union owned by the members. Profits are returned to the members in the form of better rates and fewer fees. With more than 800,000 members and more than $10.8 billion in assets, BECU is the largest credit union in Washington and one of the top five financial cooperatives in the country. BECU currently operates over 40 locations in the Puget Sound region. All Washington state residents are eligible to join.


Brew Fest 2013: Drink for a Cause

Monday, July 29, 2013

Sure, Brew Fest has lots of yummy beer that you have yet to be introduced to. And it is, of course, the most festive way to rub elbows with your neighbors. But did you know that by purchasing a ticket to this amazing event that you are helping to support FIVE non-profits?

Brew Fest originated as a way for four neighborhoods (Hillwood, Innis Arden, Richmond Beach and Richmond Highlands) to promote community and partnerships, and do a little fundraising. 

Last year, the Board decided to add a charity as an honorary fifth neighborhood, sharing equally in the profits. For that first year, they chose to support New Beginnings, a domestic violence nonprofit: They provide an array of services including 24-hour emergency shelter, transitional housing, information and referrals, legal clinics, support groups, individual advocacy, and community education. 

4-Corners was able to present a check to New Beginnings for $1250 as a result of the 2nd annual Brew Fest.

This year, they are pleased to support The WORKS, a  Shoreline PTA Council committee that provides support to Shoreline School District families experiencing circumstances that make it challenging to clothe their children for school. 

The WORKS accepts washed, gently used children’s and teen clothing, clean shoes, purses and backpacks Wednesday evenings 6:00-8:30pm at the sorting room located in the south portable at North City Elementary. The WORKS also provides each child new socks, underwear and hygiene products at the Back to School Event or a family’s first visit to The WORKS each school year.

We would love to be able to present similar (or larger) check to the WORKS after this, the 3rd annual Brew Fest. We hope you agree and make plans to eat, drink, be merry, and toast your support of this great organization.


Seafair "Impaired Boating Emphasis" begins August 2

New BUI (boating under the influence) laws went into effect on July 28

The Washington State Patrol and cooperating agencies are preparing for the annual Impaired Boating Emphasis, August 2-4, 2013, as part of the Seafair activities on Lake Washington. City, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies will converge in an effort to improve water safety through impaired boating enforcement.

As with similar enforcement emphasis in the past, the staging area for the event will be at Proctor Landing on Mercer Island. The WSP Mobile Impaired Driving Unit (MIDU), temporary detention facilities and prisoner support vehicles will be available to assist in the processing of boaters suspected of Boating Under the Influence (BUI) or other crimes involved with unsafe usage of watercraft.

Boating Under the Influence is similar to Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in that the legal limit is .08 or under the influence and/or affected by drugs.  New BUI laws that went into effect on July 28 include:

  • BUI becomes a gross misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum fine of $5,000 and up to 364 days in jail.
  • Law enforcement will be able to require operators suspected of BUI to take a breath or blood test.     
  • Law Enforcement will have the authority to issue citations to vessel operators during the investigation of collisions/accidents they did not witness, thus holding negligent and reckless boaters more accountable.

Previous Seafair BUI Emphasis Weekends:

  • 2008: 83 BUI arrests.
  • 2009: 110 BUI arrests.
  • 2010: 59 BUI arrests; 463 vessels were contacted. 
  • 2011: 70 BUI arrests; 536 vessels were contacted.
  • 2012: 61 BUI arrests; 693 vessels were contacted.


Six homeless French students - can you help?

Jamin Henderson is the local coordinator for a program that brings foreign students to the U.S. for a home stay experience. She has a group arriving from France this Wednesday and still needs homes for six of them.

The host families simply provide a bed and family meals for July 31 to August 21. The organization plans activities for the students, which the families are welcome to join.

Here's information about the six students:
  1. (17)  boy - likes cycling, movies, plays the trumpet and sports
  2. (16)  boy - plays rugby and enjoys video games
  3. (17)  girl   (FROM July 31- August 11 ONLY. Have a family for her from 11-21.) -likes piano, swimming, music, shopping and reading
  4. (15)  boy - Plays tennis, and electric guitar
  5. (14)  boy - likes badminton, bowling and basketball
  6. (17)  boy (NEED FROM Aug 10-21. Have a family for him from July 31-Aug 10.) - Likes fencing, volleyball and traveling

 Please contact Jamin today at 360-661-0552.


SummerSet Arts Festival: Celebrating Ronald Bog

The turtle escaped from the Bog to amaze this little one
at Swingin' Summer Eve
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

You are invited to join SummerSet and the City of Shoreline for the second annual SummerSet Arts Festival: Celebrating Ronald Bog. The festival is one day only -- September 7th 2013, from 1-5pm.

This free, community-centric, event invites all to participate in activities designed to ignite your creativity and curiosity through the arts. Featured activities include dancing, drumming, musical performances, a kids art tent, and art making stations for all ages. Arboretum tours, a sculpture exhibition, and a sensory plant labyrinth will round out the festivities.

Highlights for this year's festival celebrate the talents of artists that live and work in our creative community of Shoreline. SummerSet Arts Festival is free to the public through generous sponsorship by 4Culture, Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council, Meridian Park Neighborhood Association and other local organizations and individuals.

The City of Shoreline, Shoreline Heritage Center, and CleanScapes are co-sponsoring the event. Local volunteers have restored Ronald Bog Park (175th and Meridian in  Shoreline) in recent years and the SummerSet Arts Festival will celebrate their ongoing success within the park and community.

Community-based artist, Cynthia Knox, is directing the festival with generous support from the Shoreline Parks Board. Two of her artworks, commissioned as part of the “From the Ground Up” exhibition will be on display during the festival. Come experience her fiber art mastery in the form of a giant nest, and colorful, felted rock wall.

Also featured are community-crafted tree ornaments from castoff clutter. This installation will delight and amaze pedestrians and drivers next to the I-5 entrance ramp.

Artist Lorenzo Moog will be working in fiber, wrapping an enormous downed tree branch.

No lines that an artist will create can equal the lyricism and grace of the curves and line of natural objects while the wrapping of them gives special emphasis to that beauty. The fallen tree is alive again, only this time with both color and line”.

The Sea Hags, a fiber sculpture consortium comprised of artists Ann Blanch, Sue Williams, and Lynn Ahnen-Turnblom will once again enhance the bronze ponies at park's edge.

Landscape designer Susan Ragan-Stuart will create a fantastical outdoor room using live grasses and flowers to create bedding on a king-sized frame. Several other artists will also create site-specific sculptures for the festival that will remain in the park for 6 weeks. A hands-on art table will keep kids busy making kites and other crafts.

Elena DeLisle and many other local musicians will create an outdoor “living room jam” feel with acoustic music-filled tents sprinkled around the park.

The Duwamish Tribe will have an expanded presence at the festival this year, including storytelling and basket-making.

Spreading the word and keeping the community involved, the SummerSet Arts creative team will bring a community art-making table to different locations and events in the Shoreline area during the summer.

Celebrate summer at this community-based arts extravaganza not to be missed! Contact Cynthia Knox or visit the facebook page with questions or if you would like to join the merry band of festival volunteers.


Police ask public's help with Elephant Man Bandit who robbed bank in Shoreline

Elephant Man Bandit -  can you help police locate this Bank Robber?

The King County Sheriff’s Office and F.B.I. Safe Streets Task Force are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who is suspected of committing three bank robberies during the month of July in north King County and Snohomish County.

The suspect is wanted in connection with the following bank robberies:

  • Friday, July 5th 3:33pm- Whidbey Island Bank located in the 20600 block of Bothell-Everett Hwy in Snohomish County.
  • Friday, July 12th at 5:28pm- Banner Bank located in the 17500 block of 132 Ave NE in Woodinville. 
  • Wednesday, July 17th at 3:21pm- Whidbey Island Bank located in the 20300 block of Ballinger Way NE in Shoreline.

This YouTube video is from the most recent robbery that occurred in Shoreline on July 17th.

The suspect is described as a white male, late 40’s to early 50’s, 5’10” to 6’0” tall, possibly with graying hair and scar texture on his face. He consistently wears dark shoes, dark dress slacks, and a long-sleeved collared blue or white shirt, while covering his head with a shirt or other material with two small eye holes. The suspect implies a weapon and is believed to flee the scene in a car.

The subject should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information that can help identify this individual is asked to call the King County Sheriff’s Office at 206-296-3311, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 if the information given leads to an arrest and charge of the person(s) involved.


Lake Forest Park - answers to code enforcement questions

Here's a handy page from the City of Lake Forest Park website that lists the most frequent questions that citizens have about code enforcement, with links to the answers.


Hollywood comes to Shorecrest High School

Lights, camera, action!
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

By Craig Degginger, Shoreline Schools PIO

Shorecrest was the setting for scenes from the film “Laggies” as the school hosted noted actress Keira Knightley during a 12-hour day on Sunday, June 2.

The Shoreline Schools Public Information Office was contacted by a location scout in May, looking for an older high school setting with hallways lined by lockers and a counseling office area.

“Laggies,” directed by Seattleite Lynn Shelton, stars Knightley as Megan, a perpetual adolescent who starts hanging out with a high school girl played by Chloe Grace Moretz.

Filming a scene in the A Hall at Shorecrest for "Laggies."
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

Shorecrest was visited three times, including twice by the director, prior to the filming to scout the locations. Assistant Principal Kristi Queen’s office was selected for the scene with the counselor, as was an adjacent courtyard for a scene involving a cell phone call. A student locker in the school’s “A Hall” was selected for another scene.

Hollywood doesn't travel light!
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

Shorecrest was used for the first day of filming for “Laggies,” and Hollywood doesn’t travel light. A cadre of trailers to be used for dressing rooms and trucks filled with equipment parked in the school’s south parking lot beginning Friday afternoon in preparation for the Sunday filming. The total crew numbered about 100 people, as Shorecrest was briefly transformed into the “Soundview High School Loggers” for the day.

Shelton and her casting directors welcomed 11 Shorecrest students and two teachers as extras, with everyone required to be there at 6am. Much of the crew had arrived at the school by 5am to set up the scenes. The students were told to dress as they might for school, but to bring along several outfits from which the costume director would choose.

The bright lights turned on the locker scene at Shorecrest.
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

As extras, the students and teachers mostly walked up and down the hall as background to the actual scene in the counseling office, courtyard or by the lockers. Some carried books, or wore their backpacks, much like during a regular school day—but with bright lights, cameras and tons of equipment all around. Each scene was rehearsed and filmed several times. A few students from Shorecrest’s video production classes were also able to get a behind-the-scenes view of how movies are filmed, watching on monitors what the cameras saw.

The students and staff on hand were also treated to lunch, and the caterers put out quite a spread in the Shorecrest south parking lot, including carved prime rib!

Photo signed by Keira Knightley for the students and staff
of Shorecrest High School.
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

Knightley, best known for her roles in “Pirates of the Caribbean,” was escorted back and forth from the dressing room trailer in the parking lot. She didn’t meet the students, but signed an autographed picture thanking the students and staff of Shorecrest.

“Laggies” is expected to be released next year.


Senior Center Thrift Shop is now the Bargain Corner

Displays have been rearranged at the Bargain Corner

The Thrift shop is now Bargain Corner, open Monday through Friday, 9:30am to 3:30pm
By Judith Enich, Manager

I have heard from many of you about the wonderful appearance of the store. I am deeply indebted to Janice Turner for all her organization and creativity. Linda Willemarck was the start of it all, and it just snowballed from there. Thanks for the two of you!!

Linda Willemarck is putting a lot of our better things on which has brought in several hundred dollars. She is giving all her time and profit to the center, so give her a high five when you see her! She is wonderful and has spent much time researching along with Rusty, Beth, and Elsie. My hat's off to you, ladies!

The Bargain Corner has household goods
as well as collectibles

Anyone interested in volunteering, please fill out a volunteer form and make sure they list any interests or areas of expertise. Pick up the form at the Thrift Shop (Bargain Corner) and you will be contacted.

I would also like to express my appreciation to all of the shop volunteers: to everyone, thanks for all you do and keep on doing it! You are helping keep the Senior Center in business!

Visit the site and search for BargainCorner.

Tell your friends and neighbors about our newest fundraising effort!


2013 North City Jazz Walk - tickets on sale now

Jimmy Holden at the 2012 Jazz Walk
Photo by Jerry Pickard

2013 NORTH CITY JAZZ WALK - AUGUST 13th  - 7-10 PM

You can now purchase your tickets at the following locations:


  • Bounty Coffee House
  • North City Bistro and Wine Shop  
  • North City Lounge
  • North City Eagles
  • Shoreline Water District Office
  • Golden Bow
  • St. Mark Catholic Church

The Casey MacGill group plays at 2012 Jazz Walk
Photo by Steven H. Robinson


  • Shoreline/Lake Forest Park Arts Council Office            
  • Prosser Piano and Organ
  • Sky Nursery
  • Shoreline/Lake Forest Park Senior Center

Tickets at these locations are $12. Tickets bought at the event are $15.

The Doug Reid Group plays at 2012 Jazz Walk
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Fabulous line up of acts

  • "Sinatra/Basie at The Sands" with Danny Quintero and Critical Mass
  • Greta Matassa
  • Casey MacGill
  • Doug Reid's tribute to Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker
  • Shoreline Jazz Camp students and faculty
  • Hook Me Up
  • Barney McClure / Dansales Group
  • Stephanie Porter
  • Solomon Douglas Swingtet
  • Jimmy Holden and Tim Haines

For more information regarding artists and to buy tickets online, go to North City Jazz Walk


Quick-Start Shoreline business workshop Tuesday, July 30

Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Tuesday Quick-Start Shoreline Business Workshop for start-up, existing or potential business owners will be held on Tuesday, July 30th, 2012 from 12 noon to 1:30pm at Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Avenue N. The workshop is free; feel free to bring a snack or a brown bag lunch.

Pricing: Magic or Science
Do you ever wonder if you are pricing your product or service too low? Are you leaving profits on the table?

Mike Pritchard and Dan DeVries (The Pricing Gurus) will help you develop a solid pricing structure based on customer and market research — not on guesswork. Pricing Gurus Dan DeVries and Mike Pritchard will walk you through their pricing methodology that focuses on:
  • Avoiding the common pricing traps that reduces profits
  • Developing value based vs. cost based pricing models
  • Getting customer inputs on pricing
  • Understanding how to optimize pricing for services
  • Creating a demand and revenue model that identifies maximum profitability
  • Understanding how to best communicate the value that you are delivering to your customers

Mike Pritchard
Mike’s senior marketing and engineering positions at Intel, ICL and Sperry Gyroscope include running a leading industrial computing business. Mike has consulted for leaders such as Microsoft, Amazon, Sharp, IBM, Netgear and Hewlett-Packard, as well as startups. Mike’s worldwide pricing experience includes online services, industrial and consumer products. He holds a BSc in Electronics and an MBA. Mike’s teaching experience includes Northwest Entrepreneurs Network and the University of Washington.

Dan DeVries
Dan is a seasoned executive with a strong background in marketing, business development, and new product development. He has a successful track record at leading organizations such as Microsoft, ATandT Wireless and Honeywell, and currently focuses on helping small businesses and start-ups achieve profitability and growth. Dan holds a MS/BS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA in Marketing. He has taught marketing at the University of Washington and Keller Graduate School.


Projected economic impact of Wagner’s Ring estimated at $39 million

Thousands of opera lovers from 50 states and 22 countries come to Seattle

Seattle Opera’s award-winning production of Wagner’s Ring returns for three complete cycles in this Wagner bicentennial year, August 4 through August 25.  A forecast prepared by Professor William B. Beyers of the University of Washington estimated that Seattle Opera’s 2013 Ring will have a total economic impact of $39 million, supporting 755 jobs and labor income of $17.5 million.  These estimates are based on ticket sales data and estimates of patron expenditures, including travel, food and beverage, accommodations, entertainment, and other costs.  Opera lovers from all 50 states and 22 foreign countries are coming to Seattle for an unforgettable experience of story, music, spectacle, and community.  Single ticket prices (for performances) begin at $175.  Tickets are still available for all Ring events except the August 14 Symposium.

Principal Guest Conductor Asher Fisch, named “among the finest Ring conductors of our time” by Opus Magazine, leads his first complete cycle in North America.  British soprano Alwyn Mellor makes her Seattle Opera debut as Brünnhilde, as does German tenor Stefan Vinke as Siegfried.  Bass-baritone Greer Grimsley returns as Wotan, the role for which he won the Seattle Opera Artist of the Year Award in 2005. Also returning are Richard Paul Fink as Alberich, Margaret Jane Wray as Sieglinde and the Third Norn, Stuart Skelton as Siegmund, Dennis Petersen as Mime, Daniel Sumegi as Fafner and Hagen, Andrea Silvestrelli as Fasolt and Hunding, Luretta Bybee as Schwertleite and the First Norn, and Stephanie Blythe as Fricka, the Second Norn, and Waltraute (Götterdämmerung).

Der Ring des Nibelungen By Richard Wagner
In German with English Captions
All performances take place at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
Tickets: Single tickets start at $175
Seattle Opera Ticket Office: 206.389.7676, 800.426.1619, 


Ring on a budget

Individual tickets to the Seattle Opera's Ring productions are $175, but you can get a taste of Wagner for much less at these events associated with The Ring.

August 3, 2013
“Make Some Noise!” Open House, 10 am – 4 pm, McCaw Hall, Queen Anne
Admission: Free

Bring the whole family for Ring kickoff fun, including hands-on activities exploring music-making and sound production; the incredible music, sculpture, and performances of Lelavision; the Seattle premiere of Seattle Opera’s final Our Earth opera, Every River Has Its People, with Seattle Youth Symphony; and more.

August 10, 17, 24, and 31
KING FM Ring preview broadcasts with plot summaries and music, beginning at 7 pm each night on Classic KING FM, 98.1 and online.

August 11, 2013
BRAVO! Club’s Laser Ring 
Pacific Science Center’s Laser Dome (200 2nd Ave N)
6:30 and 8:30 pm (Second showing 21+ only)
Admission: $10

Back by popular demand! Join Seattle Opera’s BRAVO! Club for $65, the nation’s largest organization for opera-goers in their 20s and 30s, and purchase tickets for a night of Ring music set to lasers, à la Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd. Casual attire is encouraged, as are pillows and blankets if you want to get even cozier inside the Laser Dome. Movie theater-style snacks, beer, and wine available for purchase.


Crime in Shoreline A-Z: not a good week for motorcycles

Shoreline Police Main Station
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Crime in Shoreline A - Z
July 7-14, 2013

Every week - death investigations, suicide attempts, domestic violence investigations, child abuse, violent people with mental issues, arrest warrants, drivers with suspended license, runaway kids, wandering seniors

A - Someone switched out the license plate on a vehicle at 145xx 10th NE, taking plates with a new tab and replacing them with similar plate

Alcohol and cars - Intoxicated male jumped from moving truck at Shoreview Park / DUI N 175th and 10th NE at 12:30am / DUI 164th and Aurora at 1:42am

Burglary - Entered through open window at 197xx Forest Park Dr / Non-forced entry at unit of Linden Apartments 

Car prowl - Suspect caught stealing purse from car in parking lot of Cash America / Ballinger Commons / Suspect arrested after taking stereo from car in parking lot at Fred Meyer

Cars and parts stolen – Stolen license plates 203xx 15th NE / Nissen stolen from 21xx N 150th / License plate and other items stolen from car at park n ride 1749 NE 146th / Locked hupcap taken 192xx Meridian / Triumph motorcycle stolen from driveway 24xx N 145th / Moped taken from side of house 2xx 171st NE / Motorcycle taken from 200xx 15th NE

Death - Man dies of apparent natural causes at Club Hollywood

Drugs - 20 year old female passed a forged prescription at Walgreens 175th / Small baggie of meth found in Goodwill parking lot 

Found - Found backpack and returned to owner / Stolen vehicle found parked in Living Wisely Thrift store after hours / Vehicle stolen in Seattle recovered in Shoreline

Fraud - Person applied for a loan and had $545 stolen

Larceny, public places – Attempted to steal tool from Sears / Alcohol shoplifted from Fred Meyer / Dine and Dash at Family Time restaurant on Aurora / Attempted shoplift of headphones from Costco / Shoplifter conceals bottles of alcohol in backpack and waistband of shorts at Aurora Safeway / Copper wire stolen from City Light substation at 2136 N 163 / Person who shoplifted alcohol and other items from Aurora Safeway traced to Shoreline Motel / Alcohol shoplift from Aurora Safeway

Larceny, private - Items stolen from a foreclosed home

Mail theft - Mail returned to residence 9xx Serpentine / Incoming mail stolen 147xx 12th NE / 152xx 6th NE 

Mental issues - Disturbance between male and female on sidewalk by Cromwell Park

Mischief - problem house, juvenile parties, loud music, marijuana smoking, 17xx NE 177th 

Threats - Phone threats to Shoreline Methodist Church to burn down Tent City 3 / Resident contacted by phone and threatened if he doesn't remove his Craig's List ad for moving services 

Vandalism - Window smashed at Cribbs Law Office NW 195th / Vandalism to sign on private property at 165xx Wallingford / Tags at Twin Ponds Park / Black spray paint on back of Aurora Village Office Max building / Tags in black marker on restroom door and garbage cans at Echo Lake Park / Huge tags in black paint on men's restroom wall at Shoreline Park / Red spray paint tags on residential fence facing N 200 just west of Wallingford

Z - Friendship goes sour over junk motorcycle and threats to kill are made by text message

For other weeks of Crime in Shoreline, see the Features section on the front page.

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