Dec 5 No School Day: Let the kids burn energy while supporting a good cause

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Come to the Elevated Sportz Trampoline and Play Center in Bothell between 10am and 9pm Monday, December 5, and mention the "Shoreline Special Needs PTSA" while purchasing any of the activities.

The chapter will receive 20% of the proceeds. Purchases must be made that day in person, no online purchases.

Elevated Sportz is at 18311 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell 98012.


Casting Call for 6-9 year old children Saturday


Looking for outgoing, funny, bright and energetic boys and girls (any ethnicity) from 6-9 years old to be Museum Tour Guides in a video for Seattle!

Please come meet casting director Linda Berger
Saturday, December 3rd from 12pm-5pm

Shoreline Community College
16101 Greenwood Ave N
1500 Bldg, Room #1522 (campus maps)
Shoreline 98133

No fee for parking on weekends.

Please bring a picture of your child.

Project will work the week of 12/5/16.

If you have questions, contact Linda by email

Casting Director Linda Berger comes to the Pacific Northwest with more than 15 years casting experience, including over 100 episodes of television, more than 20 movies made for television, and numerous feature films.

Linda grew up surrounded by the entertainment industry. At the age of fourteen, when most children were relying on parental allowances, Linda went to work part-time learning the talent agency business from her mother, a professional talent agent and now a talent manager. Her father, also an entertainment industry veteran, was instrumental in opening Motown Records West Coast Office, and currently manages the legendary Temptations.

Following in her family's footsteps, Linda chose to devote herself to the entertainment industry. She now brings her twenty years of experience and knowledge to the Pacific Northwest acting community, as an instructor and speaker in casting and production.


Starbucks, Schultz Foundation, Microsoft donate major funds to combat homelessness in King County

Mary’s Place, which runs the annual No Child Sleeps Outside campaign, is a 17-year-old emergency shelter organization with six locations throughout King county that operates primarily with private funding.

Mary’s Place provides emergency shelter to nearly 40 percent of families experiencing homelessness across King County – serving 115-120 families per night, and 400 families throughout the year. (See previous story)

However, 20 families a day are still turned away because there is not enough capacity at these shelters.

The Starbucks Foundation and Schultz Family Foundation announced today their support of the annual No Child Sleeps Outside campaign by Mary’s Place.

Together with other businesses, they are joining an unprecedented effort to mobilize the community, and contributing over $3 million to provide safe emergency shelter for the estimated 500 unsheltered families in King County including hundreds of children.

The campaign also has the support of companies like Microsoft Corp., Dick’s Drive-In, Comcast, Alaska Airlines, Weyerhaeuser, Expedia, Nordstrom, Bank of America, Key Bank Foundation, Group Health, Seattle Mariners, as well as the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Seattle Association which together represent thousands of Seattle businesses.

Following a 20 percent jump in the homeless count last year, families with young children are waiting months for emergency shelter, leaving many sleeping on the streets, in cars and parks across the community.

This move by The Starbucks Foundation, Schultz Family Foundation, Microsoft, and others supports an immediate expansion of Mary’s Place, and responds to the critical, short-term need to bring unsheltered families inside.

Recognizing that city and county reforms to provide affordable housing will take months or years, supporters of the No Child Sleeps Outside campaign believe it is critical to provide immediate emergency shelter for hundreds of children.

“The 500 families with small children who are sleeping outside in King County cannot wait for the promised reforms and housing that will take a year or more,” said Howard Schultz, chairman and chief executive officer of Starbucks and co-founder of the Schultz Family Foundation.

“We need to treat this daily tragedy with the same urgency that would follow any natural disaster. This is a short-term but urgent humanitarian need, and we are proud to join other Seattle employers in the No Child Sleeps Outside campaign.”

“No child should have to sleep outside at night. We must come together as a community to address this vital need as a local imperative,” said Brad Smith, Microsoft president. 
“We are pledging $1 million, including $250,000 to Mary’s Place, to address homelessness across King County. We will support partners throughout the area to pursue both short- and long-term systemic solutions, including permanent housing.”

Starbucks Foundation to match customer donations in more than 200 King County Stores in December

In addition to a $1 million financial contribution to the No Child Sleeps Outside campaign, The Starbucks Foundation will match every dollar donated by customers in participating King County Starbucks® stores between December 1st and 31st, up to an additional $1 million dollars to help shelter local families.

The Starbucks Foundation will also allocate an additional $250,000 to other local nonprofits including the United Way, YWCA, and Youth Care that connect homeless families and youth to job placement programs, and other critical services.

Howard and Sheri Schultz, co-founders of the Schultz Family Foundation, are also personally contributing $1 million to Mary’s Place through the Schultz Family Foundation to expand both shelter capacity and the organization’s ability to move families into permanent housing. In addition, the Schultz Family Foundation will continue to support other Seattle homelessness organizations to reduce the number of unsheltered youth and young adults.


Destinations: University Village

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

University Village is ready for Christmas. Lee Lageschulte took this photo from the vantage of a newly opened Restoration Hardware.


Through the Years: 40 Years of Holiday Memories with Choir of the Sound


Choir of the Sound joyfully presents audience and choir favorites from our last forty years, and rings in the next forty with some new surprises!

Join us for a festive show sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

  • Saturday, December 3, 2016  3pm and 7pm
  • Sunday, December 4, 2016  3pm
Shorecrest Performing Arts Center, 15343 25th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155.

Tickets are available at the door.


Free afternoon music performances at SCC Friday

The community is invited to attend two free music recitals at Shoreline Community College this Friday afternoon, December 2, 2016.

Friday, December 2, 2016 at 12:30pm in the Music Building (800), Room 818

Join us on Friday, December 2, 2016, in the music building for an afternoon concert featuring the performances of students enrolled in a variety of ensemble courses. Small Ensemble Recitals are considered to be a “talent showcase” for dedicated music students at Shoreline Community College. This is their time to shine in the spotlight and to have an opportunity to perform as a group in front of their peers and the community. 

Friday, December 2, 2016 at 2:30pm in the Music Building (800), Room 818

Join us on Friday, December 2, 2016, in the music building for our Piano Juries Performance featuring students who are enrolled in private piano lessons. Students will perform a piece of music they've been working on since the Fall quarter began. Their performance will be evaluated and critiqued by a jury of the music faculty: Helena Azevedo, Dr. Charles Enlow, and Dr. Jensina Oliver.

Shoreline Community College, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline 98133. (Campus maps)

There is a small fee for weekday parking on campus.


Jobs: Communications Consultant 3 - Afternoon Traffic Communicator

WSDOT Communications Consultant 3 - Afternoon Traffic Communicator

The Northwest Region is seeking a qualified candidate who excels in writing, social media, media communications, videography and non-linear editing. In this position, you will provide up-to-the-minute information about what is happening on roads and mountain passes, including weather, incidents and construction to drivers. You will do this through the use of social media, live and taped interviews, press releases, the web, video and the 511 traveler information phone system.

To learn more about this opportunity and to apply click here.


Hue - Chamber Chorale and Shoreline Singers concert Thursday

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Shoreline Community College choral director Evan Norberg has this to say about the concert: 

The program you are about to watch is one of deep thought and emotion. At times easy and accessible, at others difficult to grasp and fleeting.

It is my hope that you will be able to find something in every song that catches your breath, stirs an emotion, or plays with your soul.

The idea of hue came out of the many moments we had as an ensemble grappling with the lyrics. Toying with color in our voices, discovering new ways to ramp up intensity in big moments, and on the flip side still bring excitement in the soft hushed passages.

Mainly, every piece has had a place in history, set many times in different ways. Every composer sees a different story, a different interpretation, or different lyric that rings true to their soul, and thus out of that, a different direction.

Think of it as different branches of the same tree, made of the same material, but winding and bending in different ways to support life.

Please sit back, relax, and let the students bring you on a lyric journey of joy, contemplation, focus, as well as poignant, timely story.

HUE - Chamber Chorale / Shoreline Singers concert, Thursday, December 1, 2016, 7:30pm. First Lutheran Church of Richmond Beach, 18354 8th Ave NW, Shoreline 98177.

Cost: $7/general admission, $5 senior/employee, $3 students


RBCC Players present World War II Radio Christmas

This moving holiday show recreates the experience of attending a recording of a 1940s radio show broadcast on Christmas Eve during World War II.

Using period songs and stories inspired by actual veterans, World War II Radio Christmas transports the audience to another time. An inspiring look at strength in the face of hardship, this play is a reminder of the importance of coming together for the holidays.

The author, Pat Kruis Tellinghusen, is a graduate of Watson Groen Christian School (now Shoreline Christian High School). She currently lives in Central Oregon.

She drew on her skills as a news reporter to interview people and research news reports and advertising of the day. She based vignettes in World War II Radio Christmas on the experiences of people who lived through the war years.

Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3 - 7:30pm
Sunday, December 4 - 1:00pm

Tickets: $10.00 (includes Dessert)

Tickets available online. Tickets are also available at door day of performance.
*presented by permission from Playscripts, Inc.

Location: Richmond Beach Congreational Church, UCC
1512 NW 195th St
(corner of NW Richmond Beach Rd and 15th Ave NW)
Shoreline 98177
(206) 542-7477


LFP City Council Committee of the Whole Thursday

Lake Forest Park City Council Committee of the Whole Special Meeting, Thursday, December 1, 2016, 7pm at City Hall, 17425 Ballinger Way NE.

The majority of the meeting will be to fully discuss proposed code amendments to adopt the
2016 King County Surface Water Design Manual.

Following will be a discussion about the schedule for the tree ordinance.


North City Post Office signs five year lease

North City Post Office will remain in present location
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The North City Post Office, at NE 175th and 15th NE, will remain at its current location for at least five years, a spokesperson confirmed.

The owner of the land, represented by Jones Lang LaSalle, had shopped the site for development, and was in negotiation with at least one potential developer.

The site is been zoned for Commercial Business and is included in the 185th Rezone (which does not change its CB designation).

At the same time, the postal service was working to extend their lease on the site. They have been on a one-year extension which ends July 30, 2017.

Now they have a five year extension and will remain at the location for the immediate future.


Jobs: Program Specialist 4-Office of Equal Opportunity (2 positions)

WSDOT has two openings for Program Specialist 4-Office of Equal Opportunity

OEO is responsible for managing the agency's civil rights programs, including: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE);and Title VI.ADA includes Titles II, Ill/ Rehabilitation Act (Section 504); DBE program includes Equal Employment Opportunity Program (EEO); DBE Support Services (DBE/SS); On-the-Job Training Support Services Program (OJT/SS); Small Business Enterprises (SBE); State Minority and Women's Business Enterprises (M/WBE); Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO); Veteran Business Enterprises (VBE). Title VI (Civil Rights Act of 1964) programs include Environmental Justice (EJ); and Limited English Proficiency (LEP). To learn more about OEO click here.

Additional information and application here: Program Specialist 4 – OEO


Reader's question about the proposed school construction bond

Reader Glenn C. sent in a question about the school district bond which will be on the February ballot.

The proposed tax says about $5 per assessed $1000. This year's total taxes were about $11 per $1000. If this is correct, the bond would increase our taxes by about 50%. That is $2000 on a $400,000 assessed value. Please explain. 

Marla Miller, Deputy Superintendent of Shoreline Public Schools, responds.

I’m not sure what tax statement the reader is reviewing, but the school district tax information isn’t correct. The school district doesn’t collect taxes at $11 per $1000 now, but if it were that rate and we did go to $5 per $1000, that would actually be a reduction.

The 2016 TOTAL SCHOOL DISTRICT tax is $4.28847 per $1,000 of property value, not $11.00 per $1000.

The $4.28847 includes the General Fund levy, the Technology levy, and payments for previously-issued bonds.

If the 2017 bond proposal passes, we estimate the TOTAL tax rate, including the new bonds, will peak at $5.30 per $1,000 between 2020 and 2025, and be lower both before and after that period of time.


Anyone up for a Random Act of Kindness?

This generous family asked to shop for 10 children,
saying, “That’s what we try to do every year.”
Photo by Mark Phillips

Tim's Community Sharing Tree is back again in the lower level of the Lake Forest Park Town Center, intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way.

From now until December 22 shoppers can pick up information (gender and age) about a child in our area who could use a lift at Christmas.

You buy a gift, drop it off unwrapped at the tree, and we get it delivered, through the Shoreline School District, Hopelink and the North Helpline.

Last year the Sharing Tree provided holiday gifts to over 500 children.

The Sharing Tree has been a service project of the LFP Rotary Club for the past 22 years, and has become a holiday tradition for many local residents.

This year the Tree is being managed by a Boy Scout from Troop 309, Matt, who is doing this service as his Eagle Scout project requirement. The name of the project honors Tim Davis, a former LFP Rotarian who started it.

Rotary Club members will staff the Tree everyday between 11:00am and 8:00pm, through December 22, to help you pick a child to shop for and to provide gift ideas.


Sam Scott studio show this weekend

Shoreline ceramic artist, Sam Scott, will be opening his studio this weekend, Saturday December 3, 10-4pm and Sunday December 4, 12-4pm.

There will be a large selection of wheel-thrown functional and non-functional porcelain objects.

The address is 18502 6th Ave NW, Shoreline 98177.

Contact Sam by email or phone 206-542-1944.


Sandi Staples is featured artist at Garden Essentia open house Thursday

Monday, November 28, 2016

Meet December Featured Artist 
Sandi Staples (Mosaics)

Garden Essentia
Ballinger Village
20152 Ballinger Way NE
Shoreline 98155

Thursday, December 1 5:00 - 8:00

Sandi Staples

As a Seattle native, I've grown up with a love of the beauty and color that surrounds us here. I have always been compelled to create, and over the years I have enjoyed working in many mediums, from photography to decoupage. Discovering the art of glass mosaic work feels like an amalgamation of the best characteristics of everything I've worked with - it allows me to incorporate color, grace, geometry, flow, and imagination into what I create.
I try to see the beauty and possibility in everyday things.  Inspiration can come from a bookmark or a flower, a mandala or an architectural detail. Creation is the product of love; I hope you enjoy the work as much as I did making it.


Work party at Grace Cole Nature Park on Saturday

Grace Cole Nature Park
Photo courtesy City of LFP
On Saturday, December 3, from 9:00amto 12:00 noon, you are invited to volunteer with the Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation.

Volunteers are asked to meet at the park at 9:00am, where the day’s tasks will be working on trail maintenance, plantings, spreading wood chips, and removal of invasive ivy and blackberry.

Some tools will be provided but feel free to bring a tool of your liking. A sharp shovel is good for digging out roots.

Lunch will be provided (sandwiches and other items) at 12pm courtesy of the Lake Forest Park Garden Club - but please bring a water bottle.

Dress for the weather, rain or shine, and feel free to bring family and friends to help volunteer at the Grace Cole Nature Park work party.

Directions to Grace Cole Nature Park


New online tool helps people find lost life insurance policies

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler today announced a new national online service that helps consumers find a deceased person’s lost life insurance policies and annuities.

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners created the new online Life Insurance Policy Locator. It provides nationwide help in finding old life insurance policies or annuities. An estimated $1 billion in benefits are unclaimed, according to Consumer Reports.

“Many people don’t know where to begin when searching for a lost life insurance policy or annuity,” said Kreidler. “The life insurance policy locator streamlines and simplifies the process for consumers and insurance companies.”


Seattle Wind Symphony performance Dec 10 - discount for Shoreline Area News readers

The Seattle Wind Symphony is offering a ticket discount to readers of the Shoreline Area News.

Their holiday concert will be Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 7:30 pm at the Shorewood Performing Arts Center, Shorewood High School, 17300 Fremont Avenue N, Shoreline 98133.

See previous article

Purchase your tickets online and use the discount code: SHORELINE


Shorecrest finishes football season with 3-7 record, Shorewood finishes 1-9

The Shorecrest football team finished its season with a 3-7 record, and Shorewood finished with a 1-9 record after both ended their seasons with victories November 3 and 4.

Shorecrest defeated Bellingham 35-27 November 3 for its second non-league victory to go with a 1-6 Western Conference 3A/2A South record.

Shorewood defeated Kingston 16-13 November 4 to end a 25-game losing streak that went back to a victory over Shorecrest in September 2014.

Shorecrest placed seventh in the eight-team Wesco 3A/2A South with its 1-6 record, followed by Shorewood with a 0-7 division record.

Final Wesco South 2A/3A Football Standings

Conference Overall

Edmonds-Woodway*. 6-1 6-4
Meadowdale*#@@ . 6-1 10-3
Snohomish*+ 5-2. 7-4
Lynnwood*# . . 5-2. 8-3
Everett. . 3-4. 5-5
Mountlake Terrace (2A) 2-5 3-7
Shorecrest. 1-6. 3-7
Shorewood 0-7. 1-9

* Qualified for quad-district playoff games
*+ Qualified for quad-district by winning Wesco North-South play-in game
# Qualified for State first round
@@ Reached State quarterfinals and semifinals


Xfinity X1 platform down for the evening

By Diane Hettrick

If you are an X1 customer from Xfinity / Comcast, you probably weren't watching The Voice Monday evening.

Because of an unspecified national problem with the X1 platform, the entire Seattle / Tacoma service area had extremely limited services from about 9pm.

At our house, we had Channel 4 ABC - and that was it. Whatever channel you were on when the outage occurred was where you stayed.

Reportedly, the engineers are working on the system pole by pole and node by node. They think they will be back online by midnight.

Telephones and internet may have been affected in some areas.


World Concern doubles goat gifts on #GivingTuesday

Khuki with her goat
#GivingTuesday, November 29

Shoreline's World Concern is doubling all gifts given through the Global Gift Guide on Tuesday. 

That means when you give a goat to someone living in extreme poverty, two goats will be given!

You’ll double your impact and help twice as many people in need, thanks to special matching grants.

Can the gift of a goat really change someone’s life?

Khuki, a young mother of three living in Bangladesh, is living proof that it can.

Like many women in Bangladesh, Khuki was married at just 15. Her husband abused her and left her for another woman when she was pregnant with her third child. She was desperate enough to go door to door begging for help.

That’s when Khuki was introduced to World Concern, and received a goat that changed her life. She began selling the milk, and earned enough to buy several more goats. She now has a steady income to feed her children and even send them to school.

“The support has opened new doors for me and my family,” said Khuki, who was recently able to build a small house for herself and her children—something she never thought possible.

And to think it all started with a goat!

Now through midnight Tuesday, November 29, your gift will multiply when you give a goat to someone like Khuki — changing not one life but two this #GivingTuesday!

See all 46 life-changing gifts in World Concern’s Global Gift Guide.

World Concern is a Christian global relief and development organization. Areas of expertise include disaster response, clean water, education, food security, child protection, microfinance and health.


Future use of Fircrest facilities - presentation Wednesday evening from DSHS

Fircrest Activity Center
Residents are invited to come hear about the proposed master plan for the Fircrest Residential Habilitation Center (aka Fircrest School.)

After previewing the draft plan with a smaller group of neighborhood representatives in early November, Casey Moore, DSHS Project Manager, would now like to present it to the wider community.

DSHS is the Department of Social and Health Services, the state agency in charge of Fircrest.

Although this meeting isn't meant to be a workshop, there will be time for questions and answers.

Casey's presentation will be on Wednesday, November 30 from 6:00 to 8:00pm in the gym at Fircrest in the recreation and pool building.

Enter the Fircrest property at NE 155th Street, off 15th NE, turn left, then look for the rec building on the hill to your right.

Questions? Contact Jean Hilde


Free band concert Tuesday evening

Adam Byre, oboe soloist
The Shoreline Concert Band teams up with the University of Washington concert band and the Lynnwood Community band to offer a free concert on Tuesday evening at the Shorewood High School Performing Arts Center, 17300 Fremont Ave N, Shoreline 98133, 7:30pm.

Donations to the student scholarship fund will be gratefully accepted.

The Shoreline Concert Band has a special relationship with the Lynnwood Community Band. The Lynnwood director, Chris Davis, is also the Assistant Director of the Shoreline band. Chris is a former student of director Ken Noreen and has been part of the Shoreline group since its inception.

Adam Byrd will be performing his own arrangement with the band and playing the oboe solo.


Tickets available for Soulful Sounds of Christmas XXVIII

Nicol Venee' Eskridge, soloist

Monday, December 19, 2016 at 7:30pm
Shoreline Community College Theater
16101 Greenwood Ave N
Shoreline 98133 (campus maps)

Put some high spirit in your holiday plans. The Soulful Sounds of Christmas XXVIII concert has filled the Shoreline Community College campus with Christmas and Gospel Music sounds for the past twenty-eight years.

Performing this year for the twenty-eighth time is Pat Wright and The Total Experience Gospel Choir along with the powerful soloist Nichol Venee’ Eskridge.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the outreach programs of Kingdom Community Worship and Outreach Center, a 501-c3 non-profit organization.

For tickets and more information, call 206-403-7859 or download ticket order form and click onto the events link.


Online open house for Lynnwood Link closes Nov 30

Online Open House for station design is active now but closes on Wednesday, November 30. Visit the website  to see and comment on early design images and site plans for each station along with the route map, project benefits, schedule overview, noise mitigation tools, public art and station naming process.

The Lynnwood Link runs from Seattle to Lynnwood, up the I-5 corridor through Shoreline. Stations are at 145th and 185th.

When you sign in with your ZIP code, the program will "thank you for your input". There's a note field so you can comment as you look at each section and your comments will be sent to Sound Transit. You move from section to section by using the tabs near the top of the screen.

You have to look at Shoreline's two stations one at a time.


The online version of the open houses has been an alternative for residents who could not make one of the three of the in-person meetings held the week of November 14. As of this weekend, nearly 3,000 residents have visited the online option.

Over 400 residents attended the open house meetings in Lynnwood, Shoreline and Mountlake Terrace. At each meeting attendees submitted comments on the project and were able to have conversations directly with project staff.

More information:


Volunteers needed to help feed volunteers at Holiday Basket and Teen Gift event

Kevin Osborn of Shoreline Hopelink asks

"Can you help feed some amazing volunteers?"

Winter is here and the annual Holiday Baskets event is just around the corner!

For those that aren’t familiar with the event, each year there’s an event in Shoreline that is set up for families in need to come in to shop for free holiday gifts for their kids and pick up various food supplies to get them through the winter break.

This wonderful event is sponsored by an array of partners: Shoreline PTA Council, Shoreline Fire, Rotary, the Y, City of Shoreline, Shoreline Public Schools, and Shoreline Hopelink.

It can’t happen each year without a huge amount of people from the community who come in to help as personal shoppers, pack food bags in advance, register families, help load cars, and more.

These amazing community volunteers come back each year and make the event a masterpiece! Because they are so generous with their time, the sponsors serve breakfast and lunch the day of the event to keep them energized!

We are looking for food donations for the volunteer meal room and could use your help. If you’d be interested in donating breakfast or lunch items (or money to purchase such items), contact Kevin Osborn

Suggested items:

Yogurt cups
Bagels and cream cheese options
Fresh fruit

Cheese sticks

If you are a business, or know a business that could donate items (pizzas, sandwiches, coffee, bagels, etc) please share this message!


Photo: Random Acts of Art

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Photo by Seattle Poppy

This was taken on Richmond Beach Saltwater Park on November 22. A spontaneous work of art - an organic pop-up, and probably an organic blow-down since the windstorms was a couple of days later.


Unified Robotics Championship at Pacific Science Center in program developed by King's High student

CyberKnights Unified Robotics
King's High School photo

Unified Robotics Championship at Pacific Science Center
Helping Bridge the Opportunity Gap for High School Students

Collaborate. Build. Compete. Students with special needs have the opportunity of a lifetime with Special Olympics Unified Robotics. This “sport for the mind” is spreading like wildfire across Washington state and beyond; fifteen high schools competing in its inaugural season.

The opportunity gap for high school students with special needs is staggering. The unemployment rate for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disabilities is twice as high as for the general population, according to a nationwide study by Special Olympics.

Unified Robotics provides hands-on learning experience and prepares students for future careers in STEM fields. The program is adaptable for students of all levels of learning; diversity is embraced in Unified Robotics.

Pacific Science Center is hosting the Unified Robotics Championship, open to the public, on December 3, 2016 from 10am – 4pm.

Over 32 teams will compete and present their unique robot designs while encouraging others through team spirit activities.

Featured speakers, Will Daugherty (Pacific Science Center CEO) and Dave Lenox (Special Olympics Washington CEO) will welcome guests before the competition. Senator Joe Fain and Dr. Gary Stobbe (Director of UW Adult Autism Clinic) are among other VIP event judges.

“The fact that our athletes are meaningfully contributing to building robots sends a message to the world that this population has untapped talent and wisdom waiting to be discovered and utilized.” – Dave Lenox, CEO Special Olympics Washington

Unified Robotics was founded last year by then King’s High School senior, Delaney Foster, an active advocate for inclusive education. Foster, whose sister is diagnosed with ASD, has seen firsthand the opportunity gap that exists in high schools. Students with ASD and/or intellectual disabilities are often excluded from extracurricular activities, and even elective classes, because of lack of accommodations or ability to provide modifications.


Hügelkultur comes to Calvin

Hügelkultur bed

By Londa Jacques, Diggin’ Shoreline

A hügel-what-er you may be asking? Hügelkultur is a German word, meaning “hill culture”, and one of the latest trends in sustainable farming and gardening sweeping the United States.

Jarret Griesemer, Project Coordinator from King Conservation District’s Urban Agriculture program approached Becki Koukal-liebe of Diggin’ Shoreline seeking a space in town to do a Hügelkultur installation. An ideal site for the installation was found at Calvin Presbyterian Community Garden. 

Becki and Jarret explained the project to Dan Coppin and the church properties committee, who gave it their blessing. With the church on board, KCD put the word out for volunteers, and so did Diggin’.

On November 12, despite the wet and windy weather, 19 volunteers from as far away as Redmond and Renton, Diggin’ followers, and folks from Hillwood neighborhood participated.

Some were experienced hügel installers, while others came to work and learn. At 9:30am ceremonial groundbreaking pics were snapped, and by 12:30pm the project was done and tools put away! We accomplished in less than 3 hours, what was expected to take 6 — the completion of a 5-foot wide by 18-foot long by more than 3-foot tall planting hill.

Actually, the practice of Hügelkultur has been around for several hundred years. This method involves digging and removing the top one-foot of soil and sod, and layering of organic materials —rotting wood, branches, twigs, straw, compost, green manure, removed soil/sod, compost, and topsoil. Most of the ingredients needed to build such a bed are things that gardeners prune, chop, rake or toss in compost piles and yard waste bins on a regular basis.

Hügelkultur has several amazing advantages over traditional raised bed gardening. Think of it as a time-lapse version of the hundreds-year-old soil creation process that takes place on the forest floor. With decomposition accelerated, nutrients are released more quickly, and moisture is retained. The practice is ideal for restoring contaminated, depleted, and compacted urban soils.

If you stop by the Calvin garden (corner of N 185th and Richmond Beach Road) now, you’ll simply see a high mound covered by burlap bags. In a few weeks, the hill will lose one-third of its height, the bags will be gone and planting will begin — perennials on top, annuals at the base. The bed will be used to raise food bank crops, and many more plants can be grown on the mound’s surface than on its flat footprint.

But underneath is where the real magic is happening. The interwoven logs and branches are already retaining water (so much so that after a year very little, if any, water will be needed to maintain the bed), and the pile is heating up with the composting taking place. Soon there will be rapid growth of mycorrhizae and release of micronutrients. Plantings above will be fed as their roots reach deep into the loose, dark, crumbly soil that was once root-stunting, compacted clay.

Roots grew deeper in our community, too. Many thanks to the volunteers from KCD, Diggin’, Calvin, and Hillwood neighborhood who planned and approved the garden, hauled materials, performed the labor, fed the volunteers and cheered them on. Together we proved, once again, that many hands DO make light work!


Choroloco at North City Bistro Saturday Dec 3

Choroloco will play at the North City Bistro on Saturday, December 3rd playing vintage Brazilian jazz.

Brandi Ledferd
Shoreline resident Brandi Ledferd will be playing the Vibraphone, with Julia Kingrey on bassoon, and Sonja Weidehaupt on flute.

The Bistro is an intimate venue so it's always a good idea to make reservations.

Telephone 206-365-4447.

The Bistro is in North City, 1520 NE 177th St, Shoreline 98155.

The kitchen is open from 4:30pm until close, Tuesdays through Saturdays. They have a full dinner menu.

Cover charge is $10 and the band plays at 8pm. Families are welcome.


Shoreline Planning Commission Public Hearing Thursday

Shoreline Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 7pm.

Public hearing:

Link to full Agenda

Link to full Packet

Comment on Agenda items


North City Tree Lighting Saturday

 "North City Holiday Tree Lighting", on Saturday, December, 3, 2016 from 6:00pm-7:30pm.

Everyone will enjoy this annual Tree Lighting ceremony at the North City Les Schwab on 180th and 15th Ave NE.

Musical performances by the Around the Sound Band, visit Santa, free photo by Walgreens, Tree Lighting and a sing along.

Come have coffee, cookies, and a picture with Santa as he hands out candy canes and toys.

For more information contact Charlotte Haines at 206-362-1131.


Join a conversation with SCC's President Roberts on Wednesday

Shoreline Community College Library
Shoreline Community College is holding a "neighborhood" meeting on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30pm in the Shoreline Community College Dining Room, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline 98133. (campus maps)

The meeting will be a conversation with President Roberts and a chance for the public to hear about a variety of topics including construction projects, housing plans, traffic concerns, the 5-way intersection, community partnerships, etc.

The format will include a presentation, a question and answer period, and an opportunity to mingle and enjoy refreshments.

Refreshments will be served; parking is free.


Gothard Sisters Christmas show in Edmonds Dec 8

Christmas Tour: Edmonds! 

The Gothard Sisters are excited to announce their return to the beautiful Edmonds Center for the Arts as a part of their Christmas Tour! For the third year now, this will be the band's biggest local show of the year and they look forward to celebrating it once again in their hometown of Edmonds.

The Christmas tour will include Celtic-inspired arrangements of Christmas favorites, ancient carols re-imagined in new ways, Irish step dancing, sibling antics, storytelling and a magical holiday evening concert for the whole family.

Tickets are on full sale now; this year the seating is reserved rather than general admission, so you can pick your favorite seats when you order your tickets online. The Christmas tour includes a great discount when you bring 4 or more people, so don't forget to round up your friends, family and neighbors to come with you and we'll make this a great community event!

Christmas Tour - Edmonds Center for the Arts
Thursday, December 8th Show 7:30pm, doors at 7:00pm
410 4th Ave N, Edmonds 98020

Call for tickets: 425-275 - 9595


Culture Share - free community potluck and dance will focus on Ghana

Culture Share, a free community event, is scheduled for Saturday, December 17th, 6pm – 8:30pm at the Richmond Highlands Rec Center, 16554 Fremont Ave N, Shoreline 98133.

Culture Share is a slight variation of the City of Shoreline’s past World Dance events.

Culture Share provides the opportunity to learn more about dances, music, traditions, and information from one culture / region, rather than a mix of various countries.

Saturday, December 17th will focus on Ghana, in partnership with the Shoreline Teen program and JHP Legacy, a Shoreline-based cultural arts organization.

There will be Ghanaian drumming, dancing, music, and food for kids, families, and all to enjoy!

Bring a potluck dish to share.


Northwest Girlchoir concerts Dec 3 and 17

Get in the spirit of the season with Northwest Girlchoir!

Northwest Girlchoir is excited to present two concerts this season that feature holiday songs about the winter night sky: December Moon, December Stars on Saturday, December 3rd, and Brightest Winter Stars on Saturday, December 17th.

December Moon, December Stars features Northwest Girlchoir’s advanced choirs in a reflective evening that boasts holiday repertoire illuminated by sun, moon, and stars, including “Moon of Wintertime,” “Chasing the Northern Lights,” and “Amid the Splendors of the Sun.” And, don’t miss the world premiere of Northwest Girlchoir’s newly commissioned piece, “Ave Maris Stella” by Seattle composer Jessica French.

On December 17th, Northwest Girlchoir fills the stage at Meany Hall with over 250 voices in our all-choir, family-friendly concert, Brightest Winter Stars!

Northwest Girlchoir
Featuring songs about twinkling lights in the distance, cozy winter evenings, and the beauty and joy of the season, there’s nothing like the tradition of Northwest Girlchoir at the holidays. You’ll hear carols from Mexico, Denmark, and England, classics “with a twist” by Mozart and Tallis, spirituals from the African-American tradition, and contemporary favorites from Judy Garland and Coldplay. And join in a singalong with 40+ years of Northwest Girlchoir alumnae!

Tickets available online

December Moon, December Stars
Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7:00pm
First Free Methodist Church, Seattle

Brightest Winter Stars
Saturday, December 17, 2016 | 3:00pm
Meany Hall, University of Washington

Start Singing in January!

Northwest Girlchoir is also accepting new singers from grades 1-12 to join us in January. Learn more online. Girls in grades 1-2 may sign up for Prep Choir on the website – no audition required. Singers in grades 3-12 are invited to audition; the next audition date is December 19. Visit our website to schedule your audition and start singing! Generous scholarships are available.


The Game's Afoot - comedy thriller opens at SCC Friday

Saturday, November 26, 2016

“The Game’s Afoot gives you everything you love about great live theatre. Billed as a comedy thriller you will find yourself swept along for a wild and funny ride.” 
--Cleveland Fine Arts Examiner

The Game's Afoot, Shoreline Community College Theater, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline 98133 (campus maps), December 2-4, 9-11 (Fridays and Saturdays – 7:30pm; Sundays – 3pm)

General Admission $15
College Student, Senior, Faculty, Staff $12
SCC College Students, Student 15 and Under $9

Tickets online or at the door.

Updated 11-27-2016 with ticket information


PopUp Holiday Art Show - billy king at Town Center in Lake Forest Park

Market Fresh Fish
by billy king

The billy king PopUp Holiday Art Show continues through December 31st at the Lake Forest Park Town Center.

Wednesday - Sunday 12-5pm or by appointment 206-340-8881.

Same level as Third Place Books, next to Third Place Commons. To the right of the stage is a display of recent oil on wood paintings; When Vortex Collide. Inside the adjacent office area area prints, paintings and works on paper spanning 45 years.

billy king is a pioneer in the independent "PopUp Gallery" movement, having had a self produced temporary gallery in a different empty storefront for last 30 years, usually in the downtown Seattle core.

PopUp Holiday Art Show by Third Place Commons

This year's space is in the space formerly occupied by Shoreline Community College. After 45 years in downtown Seattle, billy king has now moved his art studio to Lake Forest Park Town Center and is thrilled to be here! Come by and say hello.

"Off the Wall- The Art of Billy King" video


Parks Board meeting Thursday may take action on synthetic turf at Twin Ponds

Artificial turf was installed at Twin Ponds in 2008
Photo courtesy City of Shoreline
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services/Tree Board Regular Meeting, Thursday, December 1, 2016, 7:00 - 9:00pm, City Hall Room 303, 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline 98133.

Agenda Highlights - full agenda, minutes, meeting materials
Comment on Agenda Items


Tickets on sale now for Physical Poetry dance event

10th Annual
"Physical Poetry" 
January 13 & 14, 2017

Shorecrest Performing Arts Center
15343 25th Ave NE

Shoreline 98155

Shorecrest High School Hip Hop Dance Team brings "Physical Poetry" to Shorecrest Performing Arts Center on January 13 - 14, 2017.

Exciting, heart-stopping, foot-stomping featuring dance forms and styles from companies all over the Northwest.

Experience two spectacular evenings on Friday and Saturday, packed with amazing talent from the Greater Seattle Area. This is a family friendly event that will have the audience craving more!


Community presentations on School District construction bond

Community members will have two opportunities this week to learn more about the $250 million school construction bond that Shoreline School District voters will consider on the February 14, 2017 ballot.

Superintendent Rebecca Miner will present informational meetings at these locations:
  • Richmond Beach Library, 19601 21st Ave NW, on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 7pm
  • Lake Forest Park Library, 17171 Bothell Way NE, on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7pm

The public is invited to hear information about the proposed bond, the school construction projects it would fund and have the opportunity to ask questions at the presentations.

You can find more information about the bond, including a copy of the presentation slides and frequently asked questions here

If you have questions about the bond or presentations, contact Curtis Campbell, public information officer206-393-4412.


Review: Mr. Scrooge - it’s a Dickens of musical comedy experience

Mr. Scrooge
By Richard Morris,
Dolores Claman, Ted Wood
Directed by Kylie McKenzie Soder
Music Direction by Mark Press
Edmonds Driftwood Players
November 25 – December 18, 2016

Review by Doug Gochanour

It’s a Dickens of musical comedy experience.

Edmonds Driftwood Players is celebrating 58 years of providing high quality live theatre to our community. For the opening of the Christmas season, it is presenting this light-hearted version of the familiar Christmas tale, Mr. Scrooge.

The audience will enjoy cast members singing and dancing as a special treatment of the story of the awakening of Ebenezer Scrooge. There is wonderful costuming and set design, which reflect the sensation of “Steampunk.” Artistic elements blend with industrial items to create a new perspective on reality.

Imagine, for instance, a steam powered wristwatch, with a train whistle alarm. Could it be in this production? You will enjoy spotting those Steampunk features, which do make an appearance. Add your own Steampunk ideas / inventions, also.

The cast poses in front of the magical clock
Photo courtesy Driftwood Players

The entire cast gives a wonderful portrayal of Ebenezer’s time travel experiences, from his present, into his past, and into his future. The magical background clock is appropriately his means of transportation.

Scrooge learns about himself as he visits his alternative possibilities. He may not be able to change the past, but he can work in the present to create a better future.

Scrooge takes actions to make a better life for himself and those around him. The most prominent of those who benefit from the new Mr. Scrooge is Bob Cratchit and his family, including the crippled boy, Tiny Tim.

Tiny Tim is inspired to say, “God Bless Us, Every One.”
Photo courtesy Driftwood Players

From a life of loneliness, Ebenezer Scrooge has found happiness and caring from the Cratchit family. Relationships make the difference.

Be sure to attend a performance of Mr. Scrooge. The whole family will enjoy this special Christmas Holiday treat.


Solstice Stroll returns to Kruckeberg Botanic Garden

Friday, November 25, 2016

Solstice Stroll
Photo by Lee Lageschulte

From Kruckeberg Botanic Garden

After a year off, we're thrilled to bring back this holiday tradition! Thanks to a grant from 4Culture, we will light up the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden at the Solstice Stroll. We hope you can join us on December 9, 10, and 11, from 4:30 - 8pm (last entry at 7:30.)

Free shuttles will take you from the Richmond Beach Congregational Church (directions) to the Garden - our lot will be reserved for handicap access only.

You may remember from a few years ago we had kits of art supplies we sent out to area artists and groups who returned them to decorate the garden during the Solstice Stroll.

We are doing these kits again! The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is helping with the distribution of these kits, so if you'd like one (due back at the Garden on 12/4), go to this website and fill out the request form.


One-On-One Computer help at LFP Library Monday

One-On-One Computer Help, Monday, November 28, 11am-1pm, LFP Library, lower level Town Center, intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way.

Have computer or software questions? Tech Tutor Volunteers provide basic level help to you. You may bring your own laptop, but Tech Tutors cannot provide hands-on or hardware assistance.

Call 206-362-8860 to register.


How To Start A Fitness Regimen - free session at Shoreline Library
How To Start A Fitness Regimen workshop at Shoreline Library, Sunday, November 27, 2pm, presented by EvergreenHealth.

Ready to start a fitness regimen but you just don't know where to start? Learn techniques, skills, tools and tips on how to establish and maintain a fitness program and have fun while doing it.

Registration required. Register online

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