Statement from Rep. Jessyn Farrell on the success of oil transportation rulemaking

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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Gov. Jay Inslee signs Engrossed Substitute House Bill No. 1449, May 14, 2015, relating to
oil transportation safety, sponsored by Rep. Jessyn Farrell, shaking hands with Gov Inslee

The Department of Ecology released its final rule regarding oil transportation notification on August 24, 2016.

The rulemaking process was initiated by the Oil Transportation Safety Act, sponsored by Rep. Jessyn Farrell (D-46th district) and signed into law by the governor in 2015. Rep. Jessyn Farrell released the following statement regarding the rule.

“The increase in oil being transported across Washington has led to an increase in the risk of oil train incidents that can have catastrophic consequences for humans and our natural resources. There have been derailments and spills all around the country, including the spill in Mosier, Oregon earlier this summer and the 2014 derailment of an oil train in Seattle.

“In 2015, I successfully advocated for legislation that takes steps to prepare and protect our communities and our natural resources in the face of the growing number of oil trains traveling through fragile ecosystems and densely populated urban areas.

“The bill I sponsored, House Bill 1449, directed the Washington State Department of Ecology to conduct rulemaking to give first responders and local governments notification about when oil trains will be traveling through their jurisdictions so that there could be a coordinated, prepared response ready in case of emergencies.

“I am pleased with the final rule announced today by the department. The rule provides information to prepare for the possibility of an oil train derailment without compromising security or proprietary business information. Every day that our state does not have strong rules about oil transportation in place is another day that we are putting our communities and our environment at risk. I commend the department for their speed in creating a rule that will help to keep us all safer.

“This rule is a good step towards safer oil transportation in our state, but there is still more to do. The number of oil trains in Washington is continuing to increase and I am committed to working with stakeholders on all sides of this issue to make sure that public safety is not compromised to profit oil companies.”


Book Review by Aarene Storms: Not If I See You First

Not If I See You First
by Eric Lindstrom

Parker Grant may be blind, but she's not dumb. She has Rules (Chapter 3 lists them all) that she requires everybody to follow to ensure that she is as independent, smart, and capable of running her own life as possible.

She navigates the physical world pretty well, but her emotional life is a mess. And, despite being part of a genius team of girls handing out advice to lovelorn teens in the courtyard at school, her love life is pretty pathetic.

Even her friendships with Sarah, Faith and Molly, which Parker considers to be essential to her life, have major flaws ... flaws that Parker herself doesn't recognize until halfway through the book.

And what is she going to do about Jason, who is pretty cool, and Scott, whom she blames for betraying her when they were 13 years old?

The book is a compelling read that kept me up long past bedtime. It's not perfect; there are some flaws (is there a reason that all the Dad-characters are dead and / or run out of town? Also, the "gay kid" is kinda added-on) but the dialogue is awesome, and the insight into life as a modern blind teen was well-done.

This review is based on an ARC provided by the publisher.  
Cover art not final (I's pretty ugly). 

The events may not have happened; still, the story is true.  --R. Silvern

Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS


1100 kids and 4400 pairs of socks - Back to School event gets kids ready for school

Hundreds lined up for the start of the
Back to School Event on Saturday

Photos by Jerry Pickard

Over a thousand Shoreline Public Schools kids participated in the Back to School Event on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at North City Elementary School.

A consortium composed of a dozen member organizations spent ten months planning for the event, collecting money, clothing, school supplies, and backpacks.

Volunteers were careful in fitting shoes

1100 individual students were registered, coming through school resource staff, community organizations, and online enrollment. No one was turned away.

They all came to North City on Saturday.

Shopping for back to school outfits

They found new backpacks full of grade appropriate school supplies - four pair of new socks and underwear from the PTA - new and gently used clothing, sweaters, coats, and shoes.

Some got haircuts on-site from James Alan staff and others went home with vouchers for haircuts from Gene Juarez Academy.

1100 backpacks full of school supplies

Tanya Lascalle from the Center for Human Services, said "The Consortium understands that we are not able to equip every family with all the supplies they need to start school in the fall, but it is our hope that we are supplementing some of the cost and relieving a bit of the stress in obtaining supplies and clothing so students feel prepared for going back to school ready to learn."

The atmosphere was festive, party-like. Everyone was happy and excited. LFP Rotary had their usual hot dog stand, serving everyone. There were balloons.

Finding coats and outerwear

The Resource Fair had information about local services, ICHS had information about their low cost medical and dental care, the mobile library van and librarians handed out packets for library cards prepared by the Friends of the Shoreline Library.

It was a good way to start the school year.


Echo Lake and Parkwood Elementaries receive OSPI awards

Parkwood Elementary

Echo Lake and Parkwood elementary schools are two of only 40 schools in the state to be selected by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to receive 2016 Title I, Part A Awards for Exceeding Performance.

Echo Lake will receive a $3,400 grant for exceeding performance in English Language Arts (ELA).

Parkwood will receive a $6,800 grant for exceeding performance in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics.

Echo Lake Elementary
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

The schools will use the funds to strengthen academic best practices and develop strategies to support continued academic success.

The selection of the schools awarded was based on the following criteria. For the 2014–15 academic year, schools had to:
  • Be identified as Title I, Part A (having a high number of students identified as living in poverty).
  • Have at least 95 percent of students participate in state academic testing.
  • Have a median student growth percentile of at least 60.
  • Have at least 60 percent of students meet standard in state academic testing in ELA and/or Mathematics

“We are incredibly proud of the students and staff at Parkwood and Echo Lake for their hard work in earning this prestigious recognition,” said Superintendent Rebecca Miner. 
“Both of the schools’ student-centered focus and strategies for improving achievement are models for what is possible in supporting high levels of success for all students.”

Echo Lake is located at 19345 Wallingford N., Shoreline 98133. Parkwood is at 1815 N 155th St, Shoreline 98133.


Photo: Native honeysuckle

Native honeysuckle
Photo by Janet Way

This honeysuckle, native to the Northwest, was photographed this spring near the Paramount Open Space Park in Ridgecrest.


Register now for children's swimming lessons at Shoreline Pool

Registration is open now for Fall swimming lessons at the Shoreline Pool. The Fall Schedule starts September 12.

Fall Swim Lesson Session 1 (Sept. 12 - Oct. 12)

Swim lesson days - Mon/Wed: Sept. 12-Oct 12
Tues/Thur: Sept. 13-Oct. 13
Saturdays: Sept. 17-Oct 15

Registrations started Monday 8/29 for lessons beginning the week of September 12th.

We offer great lessons for your kids to get a start on the lifelong skill of swimming. 

Call 206-801-2650 #4 to register or drop by the Pool and register in person - 19030 1st Ave NE Shoreline 98155 (north of the Shoreline Center).


Special story time Saturday: Giraffes Ruin Everything

Heidi Schultz, Giraffes Ruin Everything (Bloomsbury)
Saturday, September 3 at 11am at Third Place Books, upper level Town Center, intersection of Bothell Way and Ballinger Way.

In a special Story Time event, children's author Heidi Schulz will read her picture book Giraffes Ruin Everything.

Giraffes is a mischievously funny picture book about a giraffe who just wants to play with his friend, a boy who only sees the things about the giraffe that annoy him.

The boy comes to realize that friends come in all shapes and sizes and the giraffe is actually pretty cool to have around.


Enrollment open for Academy of Music Northwest

Concert series

The Academy of Music Northwest is in its 19th year and its third year in Shoreline. This is a pre-college conservatory that prepares students for entry into the schools / colleges of their choice.

Classes are being held at St, Dunstan's Episcopal Church in Shoreline.

Working with students aged from 4 to 19, it attracts talented players and singers from all over the Puget Sound region and provides them with unparalleled instruction by seasoned professional teachers and composers.

Julian Schwartz, alumnus
100% of graduates from the full program have been accepted by the finest national schools, such as the Juilliard, Curtis Institute, Eastman and a host of other prestigious institutions.

Academy students have performed as concerto soloists with the Seattle Symphony and other regional orchestras. Classes continue to be taught at college level, leavened by a warm, supportive, challenging and non-competitive environment in a shared pursuit of excellence.

This year, the 24-week Academy schedule is on Saturdays from October to May.

Enrollment is still open for this year. Register and send a on-line application from their website. Visitors are welcome. Classes are from 1:00pm to 6:00pm at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, 722 N 145th Street, Shoreline 98133.


Puget Sound Dahlia show draws local and international visitors

Steve Cox from the Australian Dahlia Society
visits the Puget Sound Dahlia Association show
at Sky Nursery last weekend
Photo by Martin Král

Last weekend the Sky Nursery was filled with dahlias of every color and form. To the delight of its many visitors, the Puget Sound Dahlia Association's exhibition is conceded to be the largest and best display of this popular flower in America.

Foreign visitors, like Steve Cox from the Australian Dahlia Society, make a point of stopping off in Shoreline to see floral perfection.

Steve was pleased to meet raisers of new varieties and made the valuable suggestion of offering a coupon for dahlia tubers to new members. That's how the Australians encourage membership.

It must have worked: the PSDA was able to bring a record 30 new members to its growing ranks!

The PSDA normally meets at the Northlake Lutheran Church, 6620 NE 185th Street, Kenmore on the third Thursday of the month at 7pm - except for March, July, and October they meet at the Bellevue Botanical Gardens, 12001 Main Street, Bellevue.

For information on how to join, dues, meeting notices, etc., send an email


Anderson House sponsors last party of summer Wednesday

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Anderson Community Fair, Wednesday, August 31 from 11am to 1pm at the Anderson Plaza Activity Area in North City, 17201 15th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155.

Free fair! Games, face painting, prizes, corn dogs, snow cones for residents, staff, families and the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Community.


Third Place Commons launches free Latin Music Series


Latin Music Series dates at Third Place Commons

Third Place Commons is delighted to announce the launch of a new fall Latin Music Series.

Over four Fridays in September and October, the Commons will celebrate the irresistible rhythms and melodies of Latin music beginning this Friday, September 2nd with Savani Latin Jazz.

“Audiences at the Commons always love to dance, which is why we’re so excited to launch this series,” said Amy Whittenburg, Executive Director of Third Place Commons. “These groups offer a terrific variety of Latin styles, from sultry to fun-loving, but all of them are sure to get folks on their feet.”

Savani Latin Jazz
Friday at Third Place Commons, 7:30pm

September 2nd marks the start of the series with Savani Latin Jazz whose timeless melodies and Latin rhythms are infused with a heavy dose of jazz.

On September 16th, Coco Loco get your feet moving with fun, high-energy Latin music that transcends traditional boundaries.

Next up on October 7th, Alma y Azúcar offer up an exquisite and passionate selection of Latin styles and flavors. It’s Latin music for everyone!

Finally, on October 28th, Choroloco wraps things up in high style with the joyous, celebratory music of Brazil with influences from around the world.

Whittenburg notes that this series is a natural fit for the Commons and offers something for everyone. 

“Third Place Commons has a long tradition of presenting exciting live music of every style, from swing and big band to blues, rock, and more. These Latin bands will make a great addition to the vibrant, thriving community that we foster at the Commons.”

So whether you’re a toe tapper at the table or a salsa aficionado ready to go pro, you won’t want to miss this fantastic series!

All performances in the series begin at 7:30pm and these and all events at Third Place Commons are always free and open to the public.

Third Place Commons, a community supported nonprofit, also hosts over 900 other community events and performances per year, including the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market from May to October. Visit for additional information about these and hundreds of other free events at the Commons.

Thank you to Merlone Geier and other generous community music donors for making these events possible. If you or your organization would like more information on sponsoring music or other events at the Commons, contact Amy Whittenburg

Third Place Commons is located in Lake Forest Park Town Center at 17171 Bothell Way NE (at the corner of Ballinger Way NE).


Photo: Early morning fog

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

An early morning fog over Puget Sound gives a view of Richmond Beach not usually seen. Wayne Pridemore was on the bluff overlooking Saltwater Park for this photo.


First Thursday Art Exhibit

Monday, August 29, 2016

Meet August Featured Artist:

Marjorie Thompson 
(Encaustic Painting) 
September 1 5:00 - 8:00 (open house)
Celebrating small to big, soft to loud 
and the intensity of nature in our lives 

We are excited to have encaustic artist Marjorie Thompson of Lake Forest Park return for another First Thursday Open House. Her amazing work continues to be a customer favorite. Her art will be available in our gallery for the month of September.

Garden Essentia, Ballinger Village, 20152 Ballinger Way NE, Shoreline 98155, 206-453-3920

Encaustic painting by Marjorie Thompson
Artist Statement:

The best stories are told in layers, where each layer builds upon the prior creating a foundation and a history. By using the luminous beauty of encaustic wax painting, local Seattle artist, Marjorie Thompson, creates an open conversation with nature. The importance of nature in our lives is a known part of our health and wellbeing. However, the chaos of everyday life often stands in the way of this relationship. Thompson's objective is to bring nature into close view in order to create an interaction and start that much needed dialog.

With hot pigmented beeswax and blow torch in hand, Thompson weaves the stories of the local trees and flowers with encaustic painting. The use of encaustic wax and its luminous quality creates a way to express the layers and depth of nature itself. The works offer an opportunity to see the plant world on another level and be part of a dialog with the essence of nature. Thompson's inspiration behind the work is to create awareness of the natural world and its power of healing. She intends to spark interest to go outside, take a closer look at the real life beauty of nature, and be part of a relationship with the flora and fauna that surround us.

Thompson grew up on the doorstep of the Pacific Northwest's rain forest and pacific coast beaches. She learned about art in the studio of her father, where he provided mentorship and they painted together throughout her life. The flora and fauna that surrounded her then, continue to be her inspiration today.


Register by Sept 7 for Bingo at the Senior Center Sept 9

Friday, September 9, is Fan Football Night at the Senior Center's Karaoke Bingo session. Wear your team colors and bring your pom poms.

Doors open at 6pm (21+). Food, beer, wine, and drink of the month available for purchase.

Online reservations here.


Eagle Scout Project: Be Safe, Be Seen

Noah Tran, Eagle Scout
created safety brochure
Photo by Mark Phillips

"Be Safe, Be Seen" is the title of the pedestrian safety brochure Noah Tran created as part of his Eagle Scout Project.

Noah, a member of Boy Scout Troop 309, designed the project in response to the tragic death last winter of a Lake Forest Park woman in a pedestrian-car accident.

Safety flashers for pedestrians
The project included the purchase of 3,500 pedestrian safety flashers which he distributed with the brochure to students at Briarcrest, Lake Forest Park, and Brookside elementary schools, and at a table at the LFP Farmers Market.

They were also distributed by LFP police officers at National Night Out gatherings on August 2nd.

The City of Lake Forest Park Police Department and the LFP Rotary Club were the prime sponsors of the project.

Several businesses and individuals including Forest Park Cleaners, and Curves, along with Noah's family, contributed funds for the education and safety awareness program. These contributions, combined with funds from the LFP Rotary Club Foundation, produced the pamphlets and purchased the flashers. Both are still available in limited quantities for free at the LFP City Hall reception counter.

The sponsors say, "Congratulations, Noah, and thank you for this valuable contribution to making our community a safer place!"


Civil Rights leader Bob Santos

Bob Santos died Sunday at the age of 82. He was a member of the Gang of Four, a coalition of community leaders who were civil rights leaders in Seattle.

As Santos said in a interview,

"One Mexican guy, one Native American guy, one black guy, and me, the Asian guy. We formed a coalition. We were, all four of us, executive directors of our own agencies, serving our individual communities. And at one point, we got together, said 'Hey, we have to work together.' So it was really a very innovative approach for activism that included all the major ethnic groups."

Metropolitan King County Councilmember Larry Gossett, the only member still living, released the following statement on the passing of Bob Santos:

“Bob Santos was a pivotal figure in the life of people of King County. The strong and vibrant International District will be ‘Uncle Bob’s’ living legacy for the people of this region—it was his home, and he protected that neighborhood and the rich history of the people of all races who lived in that community every day of his life. 
“Personally, I’ve lost a dear friend and ally who worked on empowering communities of color throughout our region and nationally. I was immensely proud of Bob being one of my ‘Amigos’ and with Roberto Maestas and Bernie Whitebear, we spoke, marched and, at times, went to jail to ensure that our communities received the opportunities that had been denied them for too long. 
“My deep condolences to his wife Sharon, his six children and his grand and great–grandchildren. 
“He will be deeply missed.”


Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump to hold rally in Everett Tuesday

Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump will hold a rally Tuesday evening at the Xfinity Arena of Everett.

King County Republican Chair Lori Sotelo says, "It has been sixteen years since a Republican presidential nominee came to rally with the people of Washington state. Don't miss out on your opportunity to make history!"

Tuesday, August 30. Doors open at 4pm and the Trump rally begins at 7pm. Xfinity Arena of Everett, 2000 Hewitt Ave, Everett, WA 98201.

All tickets are subject to first come first serve basis, so arrive early and get your tickets now. Visit now to get your rally tickets. 


Food Truck Shoreline - Wednesday at Saltwater Park

Come along and enjoy the bright, sunny sound of the Toucans Steel Drum Band.
Their tropical Northwest beat is guaranteed to get your body moving and your spirit soaring!

Food Truck Shoreline
Wednesday, August 31, 5:00 to 8:00pm
Richmond Beach Saltwater Park
2021 NW 190th Street, Shoreline 98177

Sponsored by Richmond Beach Community Association 
and City of Shoreline's Office of Economic Development

The second of three Wednesdays of food trucks in Richmond Beach happens August 31. Last week's family friendly beach party was wildly popular, and you can expect more adventures in eating and fun music this week!

Choose  scrumptious fare from two dinner trucks and a dessert truck in the lower parking lot, then move to the upper shelter to enjoy your food while listening to live music. Come early to avoid lines and walk if possible (parking is limited).

Nosh fish 'n chips

The signature dish of Nosh is their British Fish 'n Chips, which is some of the very best in Seattle. Fancy something different, then try the "Seattle Fried Rabbit"--confit rabbit hind quarters cooked to order and served with braised red cabbage with granny smith apples, potato frites and sea salt -- a hometown favorite.

Hallava Falafel

Hallava Falafel offers a focused menu of falafel, shawarma and Middle Eastern fries. Falafel Sandwich: Homemade crispy falafel served with a Russian red relish, spinach and cabbage mix, tzatziki or tahini sauce, wild Armenian pickle, and served in a warm pocketless pita.

Shawarma Sandwich: Slow roasted lamb and beef sliced and served with salads and sauces. Double Dropped Fries: Super awesome double-fried french fries served with tzatziki and hummus for dipping.

Sweet Treats dessert truck

Street Treats dessert truck specializes in made-from-scratch ice cream and offers "build-your-own ice cream cookie sandwiches," cookie bars and more!


Drinking Liberally talks politics Monday at Ridgecrest Pub

Drinking Liberally is a national organization with a local chapter in Shoreline.

"An informal, inclusive progressive social group. Raise your spirits while you raise your glass, and share ideas while you share a pitcher.
"Drinking Liberally gives like-minded, left-leaning individuals a place to talk politics. You don't need to be a policy expert and this isn't a book club - just come and learn from peers, trade jokes, vent frustration and hang out in an environment where it's not taboo to talk politics.
"Bars are democratic spaces - you talk to strangers, you share booths, you feel the bond of common ground. Bring democratic discourse to your local democratic space - build democracy one drink at a time."

The next meeting is Monday, August 29 at 7pm at the Ridgecrest Public House, 520 NE 165th St, Shoreline 98155.

Meetings are held on second and fourth Mondays.

Just show up - but if you have questions, email Domenica Clark.


Photo: BNSF Train

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

A BNSF train drives down the tracks, out of the fog at Saltwater Park. Photo by Steven H. Robinson.


Pub Run Tuesday

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Photo courtesy The Cabin
Autos from The Morgan Auto Club

Continuing the theme of Pub Runs, the Richmond Beach Running Club will start and end its Tuesday run at The Cabin in Richmond Beach.

Runners old and new should plan to meet at The Cabin Tavern, 19322 Richmond Beach Dr NW, Shoreline 98177 at 6:00pm.

Cinzia and Chris will have a great route of 3-5 miles for planned for the run.

After the run, stick around for some conversation and a pint or two.

As always, all paces, experience levels, and beer preferences (even root beer) are invited and welcome.

Hope to see some new faces out this week!


Major road repairs at the intersection of SR 104 and NE 195th St will close 195th for two weeks

During September 2016, WSDOT (Washington State Department of Transportation) will be doing an emergency repair project on the rock retaining wall that failed on the southeast corner of SR 104 (Ballinger Way) and NE 195th Street. 

If left unrepaired, the exposed dirt face will erode, eventually undermining the sidewalk and the southeast corner of the intersection.

The wall, which is made up of rocks arranged in large wire cages, pulled away from the road embankment leaving an exposed vertical dirt face along NE 195th Street.

The damage was discovered in January of this year.

The rock (gabion) wall pulled away
from the embankment
Photo courtesy WSDOT
The collapse also severed an extension of the culvert that carries Ballinger Creek underneath NE 195th St. 

This project will require a 16 day closure of NE 195th Street so Ballinger Creek can be diverted and piped over the road while crews work in the creek bed to build a new wall.

Construction is tentatively scheduled to occur in September 2016 and be completed by October 2016.

Close up of damage. The wire cages
filled with rocks are known as gabions.
Photo courtesy WSDOT
Why is it called a gabion?
A gabion is a cage or box filled with rocks, concrete or sand that's frequently used in road building.

A gabion rock wall is a retaining wall made of these stone-filled cages that are stacked and tied together.

Nearby residents may hear construction noise, particularly during the day.

When the project is complete, there will be a new retaining wall that prevents additional erosion under NE 195th St and, potentially, Ballinger Way.



Computer classes for older adults at SCC Continuing Education

"Bridges to Shoreline" are non-graded, non-credit classes for older adults offered at Shoreline Community College's continuing education department.

Have you figured out that you need some structured help learning computer programs?

You are in luck. The continuing education offerings for fall quarter include an entire section on computer classes from the most basic to the more sophisticated - and you can register now.

Computing and Technology

Design and Publish Your Home Business Website

Students will design a basic, fully-finished, business site starting from scratch using Wordpress. Pick and purchase a domain. Set up hosting, install Wordpress and a theme.  Add content and set up your site! Upon completion of a basic Wordpress website, you will learn how to market it on social media.  Requirements:
Registration with Hostgator. Plan on investing approximately $100 for a year of hosting, domain registration, and other incidental costs of maintaining a website.

9:00 - 3:00pm Saturdays
Start date: 10/15/16| End date: 10/22/16
Building 1300, Room 1308
Instructor: Ikuseghan, J. |  P-CMP 103 | Item 6921

Integrated, Self-paced Computer Lab
Virtually any office position will require at least some experience with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Ready to get started? Come to a self-paced laboratory environment and work in the company of other job seekers. Learn and practice these programs:
  • Outlook: Set up contact lists. Save email drafts. Link keywords in email messages to websites, maps, and photos. Customize your email messages with your own signature.
  • Word: Set up and save documents. Organize files and folders. Learn mail merging.
  • Excel: Get the basics of data creation. Customize slide shows. A coach will help you navigate the software and help menus.
  • PowerPoint: Insert pictures onto slides. Create text blocks and shapes. Add depth and dimension to text and photos. Produce a slide show. 
This four-week course will prepare you for most any office environment, with all the one-on-one guidance you will need. It's also a great prerequisite to our singularly focused Microsoft application courses. Prerequisites: Familiarity with the Windows environment and working with a mouse and keyboard. A memory stick or thumb drive is required for this class.
4:00-7:00pm TWTh
Building 1300, Room 1302
Start date: 10/25/16 | End date: 11/17/16
Instructor: Bowen, K. | P-CMP 114 | Item 6907

Getting Started with Computers$40.00
For many of us the mere thought of learning the basics of computer use can be uncomfortable, even overwhelming. This is a beginning level class designed to help you overcome these common anxieties, and get you emailing, researching, and working right away! Achieve a range of basics and practical applications for personal or business use.

Topics include:  Overview of PC hardware and software concepts, Windows 10, saving, opening, and organizing files, word processing and spreadsheets, printing and Internet browsing, email use, and computer and Internet safety. No previous experience required. This course is PC only!
Textbook: Welcome to Computer Basics: Windows 10 and Office Online, Labyrinth Learning Publishers, ISBN 978-1-59136-791-8. Labyrinth Learning Item Number: 1-59136-791-3
Purchase book from:
Or visit the UW Bookstore:
4328 University Way
Seattle, WA  98105
For assistance, please call: 206-634-3400 x331
4:00-7:00 p.m. Mondays
Start date: 10/3/16 | End date: 10/31/16
Building 1300, Room 1308
Instructor: Berkley, W | P-CMP 102 | Item 6904

QuickBooks: A Serious Introduction for General Use and Payroll$40.00
Get started with this valuable accounting software that is used by more than 80% of small to mid-sized businesses. You will learn the basics of how QuickBooks can aid you in performing daily, weekly, and monthly bookkeeping and accounting operations for a business.

This one fills up fast, so register early!

Prerequisites: Familiarity with the Windows environment and working with a mouse and keyboard. A memory stick or thumb drive is required for this class.
6:00-9:00 p.m. Thursdays
Building 1300, Room 1305
Start date: 9/29/16 | End date: 10/27/16
Instructor: Hudson, J.R. | P-CMP 104 | Item 6906

PowerPoint 2013 Essentials

PowerPoint is like an electronic slide show, but with a nearly endless choice of colors, fonts, and presentation styles.  Create animations to make pictures appear and move, add impressive backgrounds, charts and tables, different kinds of art and graphics, and much more.  Learn the skills to create a slide show of any kind, with tips on integrating your oral presentation. Additionally, with PowerPoint, you will gain intuition and insights for other graphics programs. Computer comfort required!
Textbook:  FastCourse Microsoft PowerPoint 2013: Level 1, ISBN-13: 978-1-59136-506-8,
Labyrinth Learning Publishers.
Purchase book from:
Or visit the UW Bookstore:
4328 University Way
Seattle, WA  98105
For assistance, please call: 206-634-3400 x331
4:00-7:00 p.m. Mondays
Building 1300, Room 1304
Start date: 11/7/16 | End date: 11/21/16
Instructor: Berkley, W | P-CMP 113 | Item 6911

NEW! Word 2016 Essentials in Action!

A serious introduction to the basics and beyond of this robust word processing program. You will create, edit, and proofread documents, change the look of text and the document, present information in columns and tabs and work with graphics, symbols, and diagrams. In addition:
• You will learn how to enhance your documents with watermarks and document parts.
• You will also learn how to use the powerful Mail Merge feature.
And here’s the exciting part! You will apply your newly learned Word skills in practical activities, such as creating a recipe document, building an address list, creating mailing list labels, etc. Prerequisites: Familiarity with the Windows environment, or Getting Started with Computers, or Integrated, Self-Paced Computer Lab. A memory stick or thumb drive is required for this class. This course is not recommended for Mac users.
 1. Logical Operations Choice: Microsoft Office Word 2016 Part 1
 Course Number 091048S (Rev 3.0), , ISBN 1424625696.
  • Click here to purchase book online from publisher.
  • Click here to purchase the book online from the UW Bookstore.
  1. Logical Operations Choice: Microsoft Office Word 2016 Part 2
    Course Number 091049S (Rev 1.1), ISBN 1424625793.
  • Click here to purchase book online from publisher.
  • Click here to purchase book online from the UW Bookstore.
Or visit: UW Bookstore, 4328 University Way, Seattle, WA  98105.
For assistance, please call: 206-634-3400 x331.

6:00-9:00 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays
Building 1300, Room 1304
Start date: 10/17/16 | End date: 11/2/16
(Class does not meet on Monday, 10/24)
Instructor: Aldrich, M. | P-CMP 129 | Item 6908

NEW! Excel 2016 Essentials in Action!

Get the basics and beyond for creating spreadsheets. You will create, edit and format a worksheet, perform calculations, print workbook contents, filter and sort data, and work with charts. You'll learn to use the Help and other built-in tools.
And here’s the exciting part! You will apply your newly learned Excel skills in practical activities, such as creating a household budget, creating a household inventory, etc.
Prerequisites: Familiarity with the Windows environment, or Getting Started with Computers, or Integrated, Self-Paced Computer Lab. A memory stick or thumb drive is required for this class. Word experience is helpful but not required.
This course is not recommended for Mac users.

  1. Logical Operations Choice: Microsoft Office Excel 2016 Part 1
    Course Number 091055S (Rev 3.0), ISBN: 1424625718.
  • Click here to purchase book online from publisher.
  • Click here to purchase book online from the UW Bookstore.
  1. Logical Operations Choice: Microsoft Office Excel 2016 Part 2
    Course Number 091056S (Rev 1.1) ISBN: 1424625815
  • Click here to purchase book online from publisher.
  • Click here to purchase book online from the UW Bookstore.
Or visit: UW Bookstore, 4328 University Way, Seattle, WA  98105.
For assistance, please call: 206-634-3400 x331.

6:00-9:00 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays
Building 1400, Room 1401
Start date: 11/7/16 | End date: 11/21/16
Instructor:  Aldrich, M. | P-CMP 132 | Item 6909

For information about registration, contact Ron Carnell, 206-533-6706.



Follow the City of Lake Forest Park on social media and sign up for email updates

Stay connected with all things Lake Forest Park on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Community events, news, and emergency information are all shared on the City of Lake Forest Park’s social media accounts.

The City’s Instagram account is new this summer and features photos and videos that celebrate our beautiful Northwest home. You can download the free Instagram app for your smart phone to start taking, editing, and sharing photos and videos.

For Lake Forest Park direct to your email inbox, sign up for email alerts on the City’s website. Click on the green “Notify Me” button to enter your email address and select your preferences. You can choose from calendar updates, emergency alerts, “News Flash” for general information, volunteer opportunities, and more.

The links below will take you to each of Lake Forest Park’s social media sites:





Wonderland Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Sept 16

The community is invited to join Wonderland for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at their new administrative office located in Shoreline.

Join Wonderland Developmental Center, the Mayor of Shoreline, Chris Roberts, and the Shoreline City Council as we cut the ribbon at our new building!

Friday, September 16, 2402 NW 195th Pl, Shoreline 98177. Open House 3-5pm, 3:30pm ribbon cutting ceremony.

Wonderland is an integral part of the Shoreline community as a nonprofit that provides therapeutic services to a monthly average of 200 families and their children with developmental disabilities and delays reflecting a variety of diagnoses, including autism spectrum disorder, Fragile X, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and fetal alcohol syndrome.

Wonderland’s services are available to north King County and south Snohomish County families. For more information or to RSVP, email or call 206-364-3777.


Join the Shoreline Special Needs PTSA this school year

Summer isn’t quite over yet, but the incoming board for the Shoreline Special Needs PTSA is busy getting organized for the new school year.

Member enrollment is now open through the chapter’s website. You’ll find meeting dates and other background there, too.

Approximately 1,000 students, or 12 percent, of children and youth enrolled the Shoreline School District are served by special education plans.

The Shoreline Special Needs PTSA focuses on information sharing, advocacy, special education training and resources for families, community members, neighbors and others. We have a thriving Facebook community as well.

For the new school year, chapter priorities include:
  • Supplying more schools with sensory kits
  • Providing micro classroom grants
  • Collaborating with the district on inclusion strategies
  • Expanding the number of schools offering respite/recharge rooms during events
  • Delivering teacher/staff recognition

Especially for those families with a child who has a 504 plan or IEP, we hope you will join us for learning and camaraderie this year!


A snapshot of real estate sales in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park

Special to the Shoreline Area News, real estate correspondent and North City resident Nan Skinner breaks down the real estate market in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park.

By Nan Skinner

Lake Forest Park


As of this moment, there are 35 homes available for purchase in Lake Forest Park. There are two homes that have recently gone under contract and are awaiting the inspection phase of the purchase process. Fifty-two homes were waiting for new people to take ownership. The people involved in these 52 transactions are working smart and hard to make sure the transactions close on time and as easily as possible.

Twenty homes were sold in the month of July (yay, new homeowners). Sold prices ranged from $140,000 to $825,000. The size of these homes ranged from 1030 to 3520 square feet (2-6 bedrooms and 1-3.5 bathrooms). Most of these homes were on the market for less than 10 days (that's the number of days between when they came on the market and buyer and seller came to mutual agreement on an offer). About half of these 22 homes sold for well over asking price!


Big contrast to residential market - 2 condos for sale and 2 waiting to put the sold sign up. Two condos sold in July, one for $215,000 and one for $225,000.



There are currently 94 homes for sale in Shoreline. Number of days on the market range from 0 (new today) to 1583. (I'll tell you about the pending sales in a minute.) Prices for these homes range from $265,000 to over $5M. One home is 740 sf and another is over 10,000 sf with many sizes in between with two to more than 6 bedrooms!

Now, let's talk about pending sales. There are a couple of pending categories this month that I don't see often - Pending Back-up (2), Pending Feasibility (1) and Pending Short Sale (1) (thank goodness we're over that phase). An agent will use the pending back-up category when she wants to encourage additional offers. Pending feasibility means the potential new owner wants to do something different with a property. This one happens to be in a new zoning area in North City. Hmmm. Pending short sale is waiting for a bank to approve the purchase price. So, back to the count. Fifty-seven homes are about to get new owners (pending). Say hello to your new neighbor!

Seventy-three homes sold in Shoreline in July! The prices of these homes started at $299,000 all the way up to $1.3M. The smallest home came in at 800 sf with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths and sold for $47,000 over list price! The largest home sold was 3450 sf with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths and sold for list price (about $1.2M).

An observation: the number of sold and active listings are very close in numbers. This MAY mean the market MAY becoming more balanced. A buyer's market means the supply is greater than the demand and prices go down. A seller's market means the demand is higher than the supply and prices go up and buyers might have to pay more than they wanted. A balanced market means the demand is close to the supply. 


Twelve condos sold in July. The price range was $175,000 (582 sf) to $375,000 (1583). Almost all of these sales were at or above asking price.

New Construction

Well there is new construction in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park. There's a new development (12 Degrees North) where the former Elks Lodge was and those properties make up the largest portion of this market. There are seven new construction homes for sale in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park, just one of them is in the new development. List prices range from $581K to $1.5M. Six new construction homes sold in July, 3 in Lake Forest Park (12 Degrees North) and 3 in Shoreline, all in the $500-$700K price range. 

Stats Summary

In both Shoreline and Lake Forest Park, there were 111 homes sold in July. The average sale price was $547,000!  The average number of days these homes were on the market was 14! Almost all homes sold for over asking price. The typical 3 bedroom, 2 bath homes now sells for an average price of $460,000.  In July 2015, the average price for this typical home size was $416,000.  I'll let you do the math.

Nan Skinner lives in Shoreline and is associated with the Keller Williams Bothell Market Center.  She's been helping happy home owners and investors for 16 years. If you have any questions about real estate, call or text her at 206-734-9289. Her e-mail address is and her website is


Crime in Shoreline week ending 8-22-2016 - drinking stolen wine in store

Selected items from Shoreline Police blotter, week ending August 22, 2016

Half a dozen abandoned vehicles processed. 3-4 vehicles stolen. One stolen car found. A couple of car prowls.

8-11  Someone cut the side from a wire locker outside Rite Aid on Ballinger and stole propane tanks.
8-12  Male reported that person he was dating got him in a neck hold.
8-13  Teenaged girl sent to juvenile for loitering on QFC property after she had previously been formally Trespassed.
8-14  Male threatening to harm himself because he is a "mess physically."
8-14  Home at 160xx Dayton burglarized while owners were on a trip.
8-14  Bail bondsmen take person into custody at Chevron 203rd and 15th. Clerk calls police because guns were drawn.
8-14  Graffiti at Paramount School Park.
8-14  Woman who shoplifted beer from Chevron at 155th and Aurora was transported to Sobering Center.
8-15  Sprint store 18336 Aurora broken into and speakers stolen. Rear glass door smashed with pipe.
8-15  Theft from gym locker at Y.
8-15  Burglary at Ballinger Homes while owner was gone for a week.
8-15  Male Trespassed from Central Market after pulling wine from rack and drinking it in store. Previously Trespassed from another business.
8-15  Fight in home turns physical and one tackles the other to the ground. Booked for assault.
8-15  Drunk driver plows into parked mini-van on Aurora which turned out to have stolen plates.
8-16  Male taken to Northwest Hospital for mental evaluation.
8-16  Drunk male in restaurant driven home.
8-17  Young woman tried to overdose on Xanax.
8-17  Man left his coat at Fred Meyer with his legal handgun in the pocket.
8-18  Male having suicidal thoughts after being evicted was taken from US Bank parking lot to Swedish Edmonds.
8-18  Warrant subject (misdemeanor) found passed out on sidewalk at 185th and Aurora.
8-18  Subject under the influence Trespassed for sleeping in Echo Lake Park.
8-18  Drunk subject with misdemeanor warrant sleeping in Twin Ponds Park.
8-19  Woman who slashed her leg with a knife in a suicide attempt taken to Swedish Edmonds.
8-19  In violation of court order, man found trying to pry open a front door.
8-19  Someone used paint and markers to tag one of the Blue Bridges over Aurora.
8-20  Boat stolen from anchor buoy on Puget Sound.
8-21  Hysterical woman flags down deputy at precinct, requesting mental health help.


One more day for the Dahlia Show

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Photo by Samuel A. Weston

The Dahlia Association's annual show continues Sunday at Sky Nursery, 18528 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline 98133.

The greenhouse is full of beautiful, multi-colored blooms in dozens of varieties.

Exhibitors compete in a number of categories, including breeding their own new varieties.


Jackson Park perimeter walk

Kean and Lin Engle (center) with walk leader Donna Eggen at the Jackson Park perimeter walk Saturday in north Seattle.


Eat Well. Do Good. World Concern’s Mobile Food Fight for Hunger returns Sunday in Shoreline

Mobile Food Fight for Hunger
Sunday, Aug 28 at CRISTA

Here’s your chance to eat well and do good. World Concern’s Mobile Food Fight for Hunger returns Sunday, August 28, from 11am to 4pm in Shoreline on the CRISTA Ministries Campus, 19303 Fremont Ave N, Shoreline 98133.

The event brings together 12 food trucks to serve up the best of Seattle’s mobile food offerings and donate a portion of their proceeds from the day to fight global hunger.

World Concern feeds hungry families in some of the world’s poorest countries, like South Sudan, Chad, Haiti, and Bangladesh by providing emergency food during times of crisis, and training and tools for families to grow their own sustainable sources of food.

Every purchase at the Mobile Food Fight for Hunger supports World Concern’s food security programs and helps ensure malnourished children can grow strong and healthy, and parents can feed their families long-term.

The family-friendly event features 12 food trucks, live music, lawn games, and the chance to make a difference in the lives of those in greatest need.

To make a donation to World Concern’s food security programs, text the words “end hunger” to 34444. Your gift will help feed hungry families in some of the world’s poorest places.


Ridgecrest Food Truck schedule 8-29 to 9-4-16 - three new trucks this week

Don Luchos is new on the schedule

Ridgecrest Public House Week Food Truck Schedule
August 29 to Sept 4, 2016
5 - 9pm

The Ridgecrest Public House at 5th NE and NE 165th sponsors food trucks outside their business every day of the week.

Those over 21 are welcome to bring their food inside the Pub to eat. And you can take in a movie at the Crest movie theater after you eat.

Outdoor seating is available at nearby picnic tables.

Ridgecrest Public House Food Truck Schedule 5-9pm daily:

Mon 8.29: Anchor End Pretzel Shoppe - sands on soft pretzels

Tue 8.30: Don Luchos - big sandwiches (new addition to regular schedule)

Wed 8.31: Napkin Friends - home of the latke press sand

Thu 9.1: The Peach and The Pig - pulled pork or mushroom sands, cooked veggies

Fri 9.2: Maximus Minimus - pulled pork and veggie sands (first time at Ridgecrest Pub)

Sat 9.3: Seoul Kitchen - Korean food

Sun 9.4: Nimmerdogs - New York hot dogs  (new addition to regular schedule)


Medella Optimal Health clinic opens in Shoreline

From left, Dr. Yarnell, Dr. Miller, Karen James LMT
Medella Optimal Health

Medella Optimal Health is a specialized medical clinic serving the Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Edmonds, and greater Seattle areas. The clinic features three practitioners who are all passionate about their specialties and complement each other in their care.

Medella offers many services, including IV nutrient infusions, vitamin injections, massage, and specialty naturopathic care.

Waiting room at Medella Optimal Health

Dr. Danielle Miller, ND, is passionate about providing top-notch care to patients. She founded Medella Optimal Health because she wanted to create a clinic where patients could come and work closely with their provider to find the root cause of their health concerns, rather than being given a pill to mask the symptoms.

Dr Miller believes in empowering the patient by moving from a physician-centered approach to a patient-centered approach where the physician’s job is not to tell the patient what to do, but to help educate the patient about their health, and give them the tools necessary for reaching their optimal wellness. Dr. Miller specializes in gastroenterology, genetic and cellular medicine, chronic fatigue, and intravenous nutrient therapy (IV therapy).

IV Therapy room
Medella Optimal Health

Dr. Eric Yarnell is the only naturopathic physician in the Pacific Northwest specializing in men’s health, urinary tract problems (in men and women), and kidney problems (in men and women). His goal is to provide extraordinary, personalized care for patients with problems in these areas, treating the causes as well as helping relieve symptoms. He has published numerous articles and textbooks in urology, men’s health, and related fields. Dr. Yarnell is internationally known, and continues to lecture around the world as well as teach at Seattle’s Bastyr University.

Massage room
Medella Optimal Health Clinic

Karen P. James, LMT is a nationally recognized licensed massage therapist with over eighteen years of therapeutic massage experience. She holds a masters in medical massage at a Level 10, and is now a mentor in oncology massage with the highest level of advanced training, doing presentations throughout the state and offering her skills as a volunteer at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Karen specializes in oncology massage, medical massage, manual lymphatic drainage, and intra-oral massage (TMJ massage).

Learn more about the clinic, its providers, and the services offered here or call 206-542-4325 to book an appointment.

The clinic is located at 1207 N 200th St, Suite 210, Shoreline 98133, across the street from Costco.


Cartoon by Whitney Potter

Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter can be found under Features 
in the first column of the front page of the Shoreline Area News

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