Seattle Wind Symphony concert Mar 12 - discounts for our readers

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Seattle Wind Symphony
plays Sunday, March 12 in Shoreline
Ticket discounts for readers

Seattle Wind Symphony in concert on Sunday, March 12, 3pm at the Shorecrest Performing Arts Center, Shorecrest Performing Arts Center, 15343 - 25th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155.

"Hands Across the Sea" will feature folk music from around the world under the direction of Dr. Wayne Bailey.

Toccata Marziale....................Ralph Vaughan-Williams
Irish Tune from County Derry...............Percy Grainger
Valdres..........................................Johannes Hanssen
                                       Arranged by Glenn C. Bainum
Autobiography..........................Robert Russell Bennett
Satiric Dances.................................Norman Dello Joio
Old Home Days........................................Charles Ives
Australian Up-Country Tune....................Percy Grainger
                                        Arranged by Glenn C. Bainum
March of the Belgian Paratroopers............Pierre Leemans
                                         Arranged by Charles A. Wiley
Armenian Dances........................................Alfred Reed
Hands Across the Sea..........................John Philip Sousa

They offer a discount again to our readers with the code SHORELINE at checkout


Jobs: Associate Dean - Library Services
Shoreline Community College has an opening for an Associate Dean - Library Services

Under the general direction of the Dean of Social Sciences, Library, and Parent Child Center, the Associate Dean of Library Services will provide leadership, vision, direction, and supervision to students, faculty, and staff. The Associate Dean will have responsibility for creation, oversight, and implementation of Library Services goals as they relate to the strategic plan.

Complete job description and application here


Hitchcock movie classic free at Senior Center Friday

Friday Afternoon at the Movies, March 3, 1:30 - 4pm at the Shoreline-LFP Senior Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, southernmost building on the Shoreline Center campus.

Hosted by Scarecrow Video, the Silver Cinema Project is an opportunity to enjoy and then discuss golden age Hollywood classics.

Each screening is introduced by a Scarecrow expert.

This month’s film is Shadow of a Doubt, an Alfred Hitchcock thriller from 1943. The movie and popcorn are free, with soft drinks available for a small fee.

Updated 3-1-17 start time is 1:30pm


Shorewood wants your rummage - and you don't have to buy anything!

Students will unload your car for you

Save up all the stuff you are planning to take to Goodwill until Saturday, March 11th!

This is a great time for some Spring Cleaning!

The Shorewood Marching Band is hosting a Goodwill Drop Off fundraiser between 10-2, Saturday, March 11th to raise funds for uniforms and instruments.

Bring all your usual excess household items, clothing, small furniture ONLY (maximum size of an end table), electronics and dead computers to recycle.

Simply bring your load to the school parking lot and volunteers will be on hand to unload your items.

For every truck we fill with old items, Goodwill will make a significant donation to the Shorewood Band.

Please ask your friends and neighbors to support us!


Volunteer Opportunity at Grace Cole Nature Park Saturday

Entrance to Grace Cole Nature Park

On Saturday, March 4, from 9:00am to 12:00 noon, you are invited to volunteer with the Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation. Volunteers are asked to meet 9:00am at Grace Cole Nature Park, 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 or pruning shears for cutting out invasive ivy and blackberry. Lunch will be provided (sandwiches and other items) at 12pm.

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

Thank you to all of the volunteers for giving your time to make Grace Cole Nature Park an enjoyable place to walk, relax and enjoy!

Directions to Grace Cole Nature Park


Mujeres Wellness Group enrolling women for free exercise and health education

ICHS Shoreline
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Mujeres Wellness Group, a partnership of ICHS and Edmonds Community College, is enrolling women for free exercise and health education information.
  • Participation is focused on women ages 18-25 who speak Spanish, English, or Spanglish.
  • The group will meet twice a month, for a total of 8 session, starting Feb. 20th – May 29th, from 6:00-8:00pm
  • Meeting location will be at either Shoreline ICHS or Edmonds Community College
Contact Stephanie Pimienta, ICHS Community Advocate, at 206-718-3895 with any questions or go to the website


Free tax help event Mar 8 at Iora

Iora is hosting a free tax prep event with United Way on March 8 from 1-4 pm at Iora Primary Care, 15214 Aurora Ave N, 98133.

Call 206-518-9021 for appointments.

Anyone who makes under $64,000 per year qualifies for free tax help.


Free workshop for landowners on freshwater shorelines

Echo Lake
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The King Conservation District is hosting ‘Beautify and Care for Your Streamside Property’ for landowners living on freshwater shorelines.

This event will be Thursday, March 23rd from 6:30 – 8:30pm at the Shoreline City Hall and is FREE and open to anyone. 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline 98133.

More information and registration can be found here


AG Ferguson issues statement on Ninth Circuit’s decision to move forward with Executive Order case

Administration had asked for case to be held until new order is issued

Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued the following statement on Monday’s ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denying the Trump Administration’s motion to delay proceedings on its appeal. Ferguson had argued that the case should move forward, and the appellate court agreed.

"Despite the Trump Administration's repeated requests for delay, the courts agree with my office that this case should move forward," Ferguson said.


Hidden Histories of the Body - DAIPANbutoh Collective

luminous by Bruce Clayton Tom

Hidden Histories of the Body - DAIPANbutoh Collective

The Seattle International Butoh Festival, featuring performance artists from DAIPAN Butoh Collective, will be coming to Shoreline Community College March 6 - April 13th.

There will be a series of performances taking place in the Art Gallery on Tuesdays from 4:00 - 6:30pm Building 1000, Lobby.

The gallery exhibit features photography by Bruce Clayton Tom.

16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline 98133 (campus maps) Parking fees apply before 4pm.

Gallery Events
  • March 7: Gallery Reception and DAIPANbutoh Collective Performance 4:00 - 6:30pm
  • March 14: DAIPAN Collective Performance (Christopher Arnett, Diana Garcia) 4:00 - 6:30pm ***This is part of BREATHE Week***
  • March 21: DAIPAN Collective Performance 3:30-4:30pm - PUB: interactive paper cranes folding with students 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. ***This is part of BREATHE Week***
  • April 4: DAIPAN Collective Performance 4:30-6:30pm 
More details on the entire festival at Shoreline Community College here.


Shorecrest singers to Carnegie Hall

Monday, February 27, 2017

Shorecrest 2017 SC Viva Voce Chorale
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

By Leann Banton Rozema
Shorecrest High School Choral Director

Last April, the Shorecrest High School Viva Voce Chorale entered a Heritage Music Festival that was held in Auburn. We received a “Gold” Rating. Which meant that according to National Standards, our choir met the gold standard (gold, silver, bronze).

The festival was ranked as well. The SC Viva Voce Chorale received the highest scores in our division so we received 1st place. Receiving both a gold and a 1st place qualified us to sing as members of the 2017 National Youth Choir in New York.

63 students from the Viva Voce Chorale, the Treble Choir and the Chansons Vocal Ensemble will travel to NYC to sing on the Stern Auditorium Perelman stage in Carnegie Hall with other Choirs from across the nation. We will sing with choirs from Arizona, Rhode Island, Florida, Nevada and Puerto Rico.

Our performance will be on Sunday, April 2nd.

While in NYC we will have the opportunity to visit Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as many of the historic sites in the city. We will also see a Broadway Musical.


32nd District Democrats Millennial March meeting

32 District Democrats Millennial March Meeting
March 8, 2017 7pm


The 32nd Legislative District Democratic Organization March Meeting Program is brought to you by Millennials of the 32nd LD: 1st Vice Chair - Alan Charnley, Young Democrats Rep Victoria Valentine, King County Rep Alternate Jin-ah Kim, Parliamentarian Dakota Solberg.
Meeting location is the Masonic Hall Shoreline, 753 N 185th St behind Fred Meyer - 6pm socialize and our new tradition of open mic before the meeting at 6:30pm, early endorsement will be considered.

Additional parking available at FredMeyer and the Shoreline Historical Museum.


A different truck may collect your garbage this week

King County will be conducting a solid waste diversion study in several cities over the next several months and has selected Shoreline to be one of the cities in the study.

The County has hired Cascadia Consulting to conduct the study. On Monday, February 27, a truck began collecting garbage, recycling, and yard debris from random residences in the Shoreline study area, which primarily includes the Echo Lake, Ridgecrest, and Briarcrest neighborhoods.

A sign on the truck indicates “King County Solid Waste – Study in progress.”

The study will help the County understand what is being disposed of locally and whether or not the County should target certain recoverable material for future collection efforts.

If you have any questions or concerns, call 206-801-2350. Study results will be available for your review in several months.


Hors d’oeuvres Storytelling with Briarcrest Neighborhood Association

BNA storytelling session

Come join your Briarcrest Neighborhood Association (BNA) for an evening of storytelling on Friday, March 3, 2017. Come be prepared with a five- to seven-minute story to share, or just come to listen and enjoy.

Join us for this fun event at 16010 25th Ave NE from 7 to 9pm. (park across the street at the east Hamlin Park lot.) Bring your stories and your treats to share!

This is a free, all-ages event sponsored by your Briarcrest Neighborhood Association, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote community.

Briarcrest Neighborhood in light blue-green


Puget Sound Senior Baseball League announces 2017 tryout dates

The non-profit Puget Sound Senior Baseball League (PSSBL), one of the largest amateur adult baseball leagues in the U.S., will have open tryouts for all baseball players, age 19 and over, during the course of four weekends in March. The PSSBL is comprised of over 1,000 players forming 64 teams in 8 different divisions.

The divisions are organized based on age and skill level, ranging from competitive to recreational. Formed in 1989, this year marks the PSSBL’s 29th season of operation. The League is affiliated with MSBL/MABL, the national organization which spearheaded the adult baseball movement in the 1980’s.

The 2017 tryouts will be held at Bellevue College on Saturday, March 4th, Interlake High School on Sunday, March 12th and Sunday, March 19th, and Edmonds Community College on Sunday, March 26th. There is no fee to try out for the PSSBL.

For more information including start times, tryout players and all interested parties are encouraged to view the PSSBL website or call 425-644-1901.

There are a number of ex-minor leaguers and college players in the PSSBL, but there’s also plenty of room in the recreational divisions for players who haven’t picked up a baseball since Little League.

The Puget Sound Twins are the current national World Series champions in the Age 35 and Over category. The Age 55 and Over national World Series title belongs to the 3n2 Rangers. Both teams are based in the PSSBL. Also of interest, the all-women’s Seattle Diamonds baseball team plays in the recreational-level Teton Division vs. all-male teams, plus the PSSBL features 13 teams for players age 55 and over.

The PSSBL is well known for donating money, materials, and labor to youth and school baseball organizations around the Sound as well as other charities. This season we are assisting Rainier Beach High School, Henry Foss High School, Thomas Jefferson High School, Bellevue College, and the Wounded Warriors Project.


LFP residents step up to donate blood

After hearing that NW Bloodworks had a serious shortage, residents of Lake Forest Park responded to the blood drive held on Saturday by the Windermere office in Town Center.

Here are the highlights of the results from the drive:
  •  36 registered donors
  •  29 units of blood collected
  •  Up to 87 lives saved, as each whole blood donation can save up to 3 lives!
  • 10 First time donors!
Bloodworks says, "Every donor matters and your donated blood will be the most precious gift patients and their loved ones will receive. We appreciate your willingness to come forth and help the community!"


Shoreline Fire calls Feb 20-26

Medical call 16200 block 11th NE
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Shoreline Fire calls February 20th through the 26th

Aid Non Emergency - 11
MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident) - 4
CMT (Community Medicine Team) - 11
Medic - 34
MVA Medic - 2 (both car vs pedestrian)
Cardiac Arrest - 4
Automatic Fire Alarm - 4
Appliance Fire - 1 (self cleaning oven problem)
Dumpster Fire - 1
Flooding Minor - 1
Haz - CO alarm
Natural Gas - 2
Service Call - 2
Smoke Haze - 1
Smoke in a Residence - 1
Smoke Smell - 1
Structure Fire - 2 (one chimney fire and one outbuilding)
Vehicle Fire - 1 (Tanker brake fire on I-5)


Crime in Shoreline week ending 2-21-2017

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Selected items from the Shoreline Police blotter, week ending February 21, 2017.

  • Behavioral Health issues: attempted suicide, threatening suicide by cop, two people wandering into traffic on Aurora.
  • Multiple shoplifting from Sears and Goodwill. One each from Trader Joe's, Liquor store, Rite Aid
  • Several stolen vehicles, substituted license plates, a couple of found vehicles.
  • Car prowls, DUI crashes, domestic violence violation of protection orders.
  • Mail theft from a locked mailbox
  • Keys and wallets left on Starbucks counters were stolen.
  • Disruptive people and shoplifters Trespassed from multiple businesses.

02-10  Dental office 20109 Aurora burglarized.
02-10  Subject shoved the deputy while being served with a protection order. Charged with felony assault and booked in King county jail.
02-11  Jordan sneakers stolen from Y.
02-10  Shoplifter at Ballinger liquor store turned violent.
02-10  Numerous tags spray painted on racquetball count in Ridgecrest park.
02-11  Mail theft on Whitman Ave N.
02-12  Person wearing body armor and an open-carry pistol was Trespassed from the Y.
02-12  Two males from Camp United We Stand arrested on misdemeanor warrants.
02-12  Incoherent person muttering to themselves wandering into traffic on Aurora, taken for involuntary mental evaluation.
02-14  Domestic violence assault in Shoreline Library parking lot. Assailant grabbed vicim and broke the window of the vehicle.
02-14  Spray paint graffiti around the I-5 overpass at NE 205th.
02-14  Someone came in back door of Black Pearl restaurant, took $100 and bathroom items.
02-14  Attempted burglary on 200xx 24th Ave NW. Burglary on 200xx 25th Ave NW.
02-15  Car prowl at Shoreview Park. Broke side window, stole a bible.
02-15  Male and female in old van stole purse from vehicle as owner was loading groceries at Costco.
02-15  Police served warrants on man who then had an anxiety attack and was transported to hospital.
02-16  Residential burglary 162xx 15th NE. Jimmied door in garage.
02-16  Residential burglary 10xx NE 165th.
02-19  Resident found property on their back porch. 10xx N 192nd.
02-19  Electrical box at Elks lodge was damaged.
02-20  Attempted burglary at 155xx 4th NE.


WeatherWatcher: Winter Weather Advisory extended until Tuesday 4am

The National Weather Service in Seattle has extended the winter weather advisory issued Monday morning all the way into Tuesday morning at 4am.

They are forecasting another 1-3 inches of possible snow on hills 300 feet and above. Again, this is showery weather with a hit or miss pattern, some locations may receive nothing.

As of 9:30pm Monday evening an active convergence zone has set up. According to radar the east-west band of precipitation extends from Lake Union in Seattle as far north as Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood. Shoreline appears to be seeing spotty locations of snow, rain and snow mixed, or light rain at this time. Some precipitation might be evaporating before it reaches the ground.

Given the stable location of the convergence zone I expect that it is possible over night as temperatures cool slightly for a changeover to snow with accumulations especially at the highest points of Shoreline and Lake Forest Park. I'm calling this event a 50% chance of accumulation, in other words there is also a 50% chance of no accumulation. If accumulations occur some rare spots could see even as much as 4 inches of snow.

Bottom line: Impacts are mainly limited to travel challenges and if accumulations are in the higher end there could be some localized power outages. This remains a marginal snow scenario with temperatures struggling to cool below freezing in most places, which means the snow (if any) will be in a constant state of melting more or less.

Forecast: We are expected to warm finally Tuesday afternoon to transition to just rain showers. Tuesday evening winds are picking up for a possible wind storm, not a major one, but at this time we are looking at gusts as high as 40 mph. Temperatures are expected to remain in the mid 30's to low 40's. Steady rain is expected as well but amounts are expected to be light. Rain continues through Friday afternoon with showers returning Friday night and through the weekend.

Longer range: There are new indications now that a surge of arctic air might make its way near or into the region creating a renewed threat of at least some rain and snow mix next Sunday evening, again. This is still fairly far out and models are being vastly inconsistent at this time. I'll be updating as we get closer to that situation.


Photo: Snow on flowers

Snow on flowers
8:30am 2-27-2017
Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Lee Lageschulte had a covering of snow at 8:30am in Innis Arden. I'm in central Shoreline and have more snow than this. It seems to be alternating between snowing and melting. It's snowing right now at 9:30am.

The odd thing is that the TV news earlier was showing fairly impressive snowfall in downtown Seattle, Northgate, and a lot of snow east of the lake in Kirkland, Redmond, and Bellevue.

The meteorologist said several times that it was snowing in Shoreline, as if we were the big event. At the time, I had no snow at all, just frost on the deck. About 20 minutes later it started snowing hard.

Of course, that was the same meteorologist who said yesterday that there would be no snow in Shoreline because our elevation was under 100 feet. Sorry North City - you just got leveled.



Photos: NW Flower & Garden Show

Sunday, February 26, 2017

An Evening in the Mountains
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Adam Gorski Pizzeria
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Orchid Society
Photo by Steven H. Robinson


One Center City online Open House and Comment through Mar 3

One Center City is a public/private partnership between the City of Seattle, King County, Sound Transit, and the Downtown Seattle Association.

The organization is seeking public input from commuters and others on ways to improve mobility for all users of our transportation system and to give people options for getting around the Center City area (10 of Seattle’s densest, fastest-growing neighborhoods).

The online open house and comment period is open through Friday, March 3, 2017. Click here to get started and access the One Center City website.


Third Place Books is going to the dogs (and kids)

Kids and dogs are the subject of the authors coming to Third Place Books this week. Come to these free presentations to hear the authors - and if you buy their books, they'll autograph it for you.

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

Beth Kobliner
Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Simon / Schuster)

Monday, February 27 at 7pm

From Beth Kobliner, the author of the bestselling personal finance bible Get a Financial Life a new, must-have guide showing parents how to teach their children (from toddlers to young adults) to manage money in a smart way.

Stephanie Policar
Kids Eat Free : 50 Allergy Friendly Recipes Kids Love to Cook and Eat

Tuesday, February 28 at 7pm

Want your kids to have fun in the kitchen and discover nutritious foods they'll love? Kids Eat Free is for you! In this book, you and your kids will learn how to make over 50 allergy-friendly that the whole family will enjoy.

Patricia McConnell
The Education of Will: A Mutual Memoir of a Woman and Her Dog

Wednesday, March 1 at 7pm

In this powerful, soul-searching memoir, beautifully written in the vein of A Pack of Two and Wild, animal behaviorist Dr. Patricia McConnell recounts for the first time the compelling story of her dark past, memories of which are triggered by a troubled dog named Will.

Joe Lansdale
Rusty Puppy: Hap and Leonard #10

Thursday, March 2 at 7pm

Filled with his trademark whip-smart dialogue, colorful characters, and relentless pacing, Rusty Puppy is Joe Lansdale at his page-turning best.


Cathi Locati reception at Garden Essentia Thursday

March featured artist

Cathi Locati - Painter of People 

Thursday March 2 5:00 - 8:00 (open house and reception)
Garden Essentia
20152 Ballinger Way NE, Shoreline, WA 98155

We are excited to bring Painter of People, Fine Artist: Cathi Locati to the Garden Essentia gallery ving in NY, Cathi's Fine art Vitae includes exhibits in Monaco, French Riviera, NY Art Expo in NYC, Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, NYC, Sundance Film Festival, Utah and many public murals in Port Townsend, Millcreek to name a few.

History of Fine Art Exhibits

Painting by Cathi Locati

As the quintessential career changer in 2009, like millions of Americans after losing a lifetime of effort and focused financial investment, she re-educated herself and became Areonip Architect, CEO of Final Mile Ink, a Medical Pigmentation company.

As a former Miss USA pageant contestant (Miss Montana USA) and cervical cancer survivor Cathi combined her knowledge of the beauty industry, her fine art skill, sales, marketing and corporate executive experience to become Washington's highly specialized and sought after Areonip Architect. Final Mile Ink is mobile worldwide to help breast cancer survivors everywhere but based out of Shoreline.

Cathi is also a leading Washington state Cannabis activist realizing the mass healing potential of Hemp products, namely CBD/THC which she says directly influence the prevention and cure of breast cancer through autophagy.

Cathi Locati Painter of People collections

Cathi Locati Areola Tattoo service

Updated 2-27-2017


Services for Cass Turnbull, founder of Plant Amnesty, Mar 25

Cass Turnbull
Services will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 for Cass Turnbull, founder of Plant Amnesty, who died of a heart attack January 26 while on vacation in Hawaii.

Plant Amnesty's mission statement is "To end the senseless torture and mutilation of trees and shrubs caused by mal-pruning".

Turnbull, known personally to many gardeners in Puget Sound, was the author of Guide to Pruning, now in its third edition.

She was a frequent speaker at garden clubs. She had a long relationship with Sky Nursery, teaching pruning classes, and since 2010, staging the annual day-long Plant Amnesty Prune-a-thon with classes and garden experts for consultation on pruning.

Guide to Pruning
She wrote the book.
Last year she was a speaker at the LFP Garden Club. She was involved with the WOWTA Garden Tours, for several years taking a station in one of the gardens each year to talk to visitors.

A celebration of her Life and Times will be held Saturday, March 25 from 1 pm - 2 pm at the Shoreline Community College Theater (Building #1600), 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133. A map of the campus can be found here.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to PlantAmnesty or TreePAC.

If you have stories to share, send them to by March 5th.

Her Seattle Times obituary is here


The importance of sleep habits - Tuesday at RBCA

RBCA Health and Wellness Speaker Series
Tuesdays in February, 7:30pm
Richmond Beach Congregational Church
1512 NW 195th Street, Shoreline 98177

In place of the monthly community meeting, RBCA’s Board is pleased to announce a series of presentations focused on improving the health and well-being of our residents.

During the month of February 2017, speakers from local health care clinics will provide FREE educational talks. All are welcome!

If these educational talks prove to be popular with community members, we will make it an annual event. Be sure to attend if you like this type of programming.

Below is a description of this week's presentation.

Tuesday, February 28, 7:30pm
The Importance of Sleep Habits
Greg A. Mack, D.C. / Shoreline Chiropractic

Sleep is the time for regeneration and recuperation. Dr. Mack will be explaining how to best usher in a time for restful sleep that we can all reach consistently.


Gatsby Affair draws generous crowd

The “Best Dressed” competition had many entrants.
Photo by Pam Belcher

By Mark Phillips

223 people attended Lake Forest Park Rotary’s dinner auction earlier this month to party like Jay and Daisy, and support the club’s many service projects.

Legendary Jazz Man Ken Kassover.
Photo by Pam Belcher
When all the credit cards were run, over $90,000 was raised to help provide local emergency housing, community nutrition, free medical care, college scholarships, and international health, education and economic development programs.

This was by far the largest amount raised from this annual event.

Thanks to the wonderful individuals and businesses who donated amazing items for the silent and live auctions.

Thanks to all our guests, including those from other area Rotary clubs.

The local constabulary was there in case things got out of hand.
Photo by Pam Belcher

Special thanks to the 24 sponsors who made major contributions before the event to get the ball rolling, including these business sponsors:
  • Dr. Anthony A. Santorsola, DDS
  • Berntson Porter and Company, PLLC
  • North City Lumber
  • Phoenix Construction, Inc.
  • Evergreen Health Foundation
  • Kim Thomas, Realtor
  • Edward Jones – Lisa O’Brien
  • Robin Roat

More information about the LFP Rotary Club can be found on the webpage.


Residential fire in Echo Lake neighborhood

Photo by Katie Hettigr

A family in the Echo Lake neighborhood report that they are all safe after Shoreline fire fighters responded to a fire at their home around 1:20am Sunday morning.

A shed and fence burned, creating a lot of smoke at the home on Meridian and 199th.

The cause is under investigation.


Death notices as of February 21, 2017

Obituaries are condensed biographies of people's lives, written by the people who loved them. Like a memorial service, they tell us things we may not have known about the person, and may leave us wishing we had known them better.

Obituaries from The Seattle Times

Talea Windschigl Lulay  1937-2016 Funeral mass was said at St Mark for Shoreline resident Talea Lulay. Married to Roy for 61 years, they raised five children in Shoreline. "Her family was her greatest joy."

Mary H. (Sharkey) Schantz  1927-2016  Funeral mass celebrated at St Mark, followed by mass and burial at Holyrood.

Esther (Tracie) Marie Cummings  1924-2016  She raised four children, worked for various King County departments, Shoreline Community College and was co-founder of Wonderland Play School. Private ceremonies were held at Holyrood Cemetery.

Loren Crosby Davidson  1941-2017  Taught middle school English in Shoreline Schools.

Lane Dale Ruud  1933-2016  Teacher and principal in Shoreline School District. Named Washington State Principal of the year. Skied the European circuit; visited 102 countries and every state. Belonged to the Finnish Lutheran Church, Edmonds Sons of Norway, VFW, Lake City Elks, Masons, and Nile Shriners.

Bruce Hart  1933-2017  After his marriage in 1968, he designed and built a home in Lake Forest Park. Bruce coached their three boys in baseball, soccer, and basketball. He was an advocate for the disabled and supporter of Special Olympics. After 33 years as a Boeing engineer, he retired and he and Joyce traveled the country.

Erma LaVon (Johannes) Bender  1937-2017  Memorial service held at Shoreline Community Church for Shoreline resident and mother of five Erma Bender, who died unexpectedly. Memorials can be made to Water For Life.

Donald Ernest Jones   1926-2017  Services held at Ronald United Methodist Church where he was a counselor for the Methodist Youth Fellowship (MYF) group for many years. He loved athletics and coached tennis teams for years including the men's team at Shoreline Community College. Inducted into the Pacific Northwest Basketball Officials Association (PNWBOA) Hall of Fame in 2011, and officiated basketball and football games for 28 years.

Naomi Ruth Steele  1925-2017  Secretary for the Shoreline School District.

Irene Donohue Betor  1928-2017  Longtime Shoreline resident and member of St Marks. Mother of five, she operated the G/G Cigar Store in Smith Tower from her husband's death in 1980 until her retirement in 1994.

William Lawrence McQueen, Jr  1930-2017  Services held at the Innis Arden Clubhouse for Bill McQueen, owner of accounting practice, William L. McQueen, CPA and Associates.

Kurt James Saldin  1948-2017  1966 graduate of Shoreline High School, he played baseball all through school. Graduated from Western in 1970. He traveled the world for his antique business.

Douglas Forrester Bulloch  1923-2017  He got his private pilot's license with the Boeing Glider Club. After retiring from Boeing in 1985, Services were held at the Museum of Flight where Doug worked for almost 20 years as a volunteer to restore the B-29 now on display.

Alan Bryant  age 60  Graduated from Shorecrest in the late 1980s. After leaving their corporate jobs, he and his wife adventured around the world, "From the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, to the savannas of Kenya, from the windy roads of Europe to rustic trails in the Andes."

Lawrence Michael Horowitz  1943-2017  30 year resident of Shoreline, Lonny's business career included in excess of forty-five years of real estate experience of all types. Leasehold and every aspect of commercial real estate were his specialties.

Emily Routledge  age 55  Graduate of Shoreline High School and the UW, she was working as an administrative assistant for Sound Transit.

Joshua Payne Brady  passed away unexpectedly. Loved the outdoors and particularly snowboarding. Graduate of Shorecrest High School, he worked as a bartender at several local clubs.

Barry Austin Bowers  1943-2017  Worked 32 years as a Boeing engineer.

Grace Irene Laegreid Simmons  1928-2017  Passed away in Lake Forest Park. Worked at Shoreline Community College as an executive secretary until her retirement. Celebration of life held at Leif Erikson Sons of Norway lodge in Ballard.

George Plumis  1938-2017  Trisagion and memorial at Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church, Shoreline, where he was a founder. He taught special ed in Seattle Schools and volunteered as a Scout leader, camp director at All Saints Camp, Board President at St. Demetrios Church.


Photo: Snow in the forecast

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

So in this edition, we have a weather report warning of overnight snow - and a photo of spring flowers. Why not?

I have jonquils that are coming up. The green part is about 4 inches above ground - no flowers yet - but I've noticed that clear-cut west Shoreline gets blooms earlier than those of us in the trees. My jonquils have been snowed on, hailed on, definitely rained on, and they just don't seem to notice.



Shorecrest boys basketball headed for State tournament after comeback win Saturday

Phillip Pepple #55
Photo by Geoff Vlcek

By Frank Workman

For the second straight season, the Shorecrest boys basketball team is headed to the state tournament following their comeback win over Edmonds-Woodway Saturday at Bothell HS, 74-63.

It didn't come easily though, as the Warriors took a 32-26 lead into the halftime locker room on the strength of hitting six 3-pointers in the second stanza.

But the Scots came out ready and rarin' to go in the third quarter, as evidenced by the fact they outscored the Warriors 48-31 over the final sixteen minutes.

Chris Lee #5
Photo by Geoff Vlcek

"We knew we needed to buckle down and we really put the clamps to them on defense in the second half," said junior guard Chris Lee after the game. Lee led all scorers with 24 points, including a clutch 9-for-9 from the free throw line in the decisive fourth quarter.

At halftime, senior captain Steven Lin "told the team to not be fazed, that we've dealt with bigger adversity. I was just trying to keep everyone's mindset positive and to be confident with one another and just really go after them. We had to be more aggressive".

The Scots' aggression showed in how often their guards drove the lane, resulting in 25 free throw attempts, with 20 of them going in.

Malcolm Rosier-Butler #3
Photo by Geoff Vlcek

Senior Malcolm Rosier-Butler was sidelined with a leg cramp for the last three minutes of action, but not before finishing with 19 points, most of them coming on drives to the hoop. When he did miss, junior Philip Pepple was there to grab the rebound and put the ball back in. Pepple scored 18.

Ed-Way closed the lead to 61-56, but SC senior Walter Wang drilled his second three of the game with1:35 left to put the game out of reach. Lee and Pepple closed out the scoring from the free throw line to end the game.

Afterward, a happy coach Brian Fisher had this to say, "We made some mistakes in the first half, but we got smarter as the game went on. We know E-W is good, they have a lot of players, and they really went on a run in the second quarter. 
"This has really been a dream season for us, such as excellent team. We practice hard, we play hard, the boys play for each other. I am so proud of them."

Last year the Scots competed at the 2A level and came within an eyelash of winning the championship, settling for second place.

Stepping up to the 3A ranks this season, the road figures to be rockier for the Scots if they're going to hang another banner in the gym.

They open play Wednesday at 5:30pm in the Tacoma Dome against another Wesco rival, Stanwood, in a loser-out game. The teams split their two games, with the Spartans winning 75-61 on their home court to finish the regular season. The Scots knocked them off 55-52 to win the District Championship ten days later.

The winner of that game figures to face Nathan Hale in the quarter-finals. The number one ranked team in the country had a great recruiting off-season.

Tournament bracket can be found here


King County certifies the school bond election and declares postage paid ballots a successs

Final, certified results

On Friday King County Elections certified the results of the February 14 special election in the City of Maple Valley and the Shoreline School District. The department tested pre-paid postage for this election. Voters in each jurisdiction received ballot packets that included a return envelope with the postage already paid.

One objective of the pre-paid postage test was to see if more voters returned their ballots than in previous special elections.

King County Elections projected 30 percent voter turnout based on previous turnout. However, actual turnout was significantly higher, at 37 percent in Maple Valley, and 40 percent in the Shoreline School District.

“I’m excited to see increased participation,” said Julie Wise, King County Elections Director. “When I was elected, one of my commitments was to remove barriers to voting. As we increase access with pre-paid postage and ballot drop boxes, we’re beginning to see a real impact.”

The pre-paid postage pilot also confirmed King County Elections’ understanding of the U.S. Postal Service processes. About 70 percent of ballots returned by mail were received within two days of being postmarked.

“Director Wise is leading the charge to make King County the national leader in low-barrier voting, all while ensuring our election system is accurate and secure,” said King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski. 
“The pre-paid postage test is another important step in the right direction. Combined with an increased number of ballot boxes and election materials in multiple languages, King County citizens can more easily and effectively exercise their right to vote.”

The pre-paid postage test cost King County Elections $10,140.

Maple Valley voters rejected a general obligation bond for park and recreation facility improvements. Voters in the Shoreline School District, which includes Lake Forest Park, approved a school construction bond.

Election results are available on the King County Elections website.


History of Aurora Village

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Aurora Village probably in the 1970s
View of the west and south sides from Aurora
Photo courtesy History's Dumpster
Reprinted with permission

Aurora Ave N and N 205th St
King County (Shoreline), Washington

Greater Seattle's AURORA VILLAGE CENTER was developed by the Continental West Company.

The shopping hub occupied 35 acres, located 13.9 miles north of the center city. The site, then in unincorporated King County, was adjacent to the King-Snohomish County line.

Originally an open-air mall of fifty stores, AURORA VILLAGE CENTER opened in 1960. It featured a (30,000 square foot) J.C. Penney, (21,000 square foot) Pay 'n Save Drug, Lucky Stores supermarket and (40,000 square foot) F.W. Woolworth 5 & 10.

This appears to be taken from Aurora
Photo courtesy Shoreline Historical Museum

Inline stores included Nordstrom's Shoes, Ernst Hardware, Jay Jacobs, Buster Brown Shoes, Turner Jewelers and Kinney Shoes. A 3-level (180,000 square foot), Seattle-based Frederick and Nelson opened, on the east end of the mall, in July 1963.

Shopping centers in the AURORA VILLAGE trade area included NORTHGATE CENTER / MALL (1950) {4.6 miles south, in King County (Seattle)}, AURORA SQUARE (1967) {2.2 miles southwest, in King County (Shoreline)} and ALDERWOOD MALL (1979) {4.7 miles northeast, in Snohomish County (Lynnwood)}.

Site plan ca 1979
Courtesy Mall Hall of Fame

A 2-level (71,000 square foot) Nordstrom was dedicated in May 1974, along with an adjacent parking deck. 5 years later, the complex was enclosed and climate-controlled. The newly-renovated center, now going as AURORA VILLAGE MALL, encompassed 550,000 leasable square feet and sixty stores and services.

The Luxury Theatres Aurora Village 4 took the place of a shuttered Lucky Stores supermarket and was in business by 1980. By the late 1980s, the shopping center was in a downward spiral. This was exacerbated by the closing of Frederick and Nelson in September 1991. The final nail in the proverbial coffin came on May 30, 1992, when Nordstrom closed its doors for good.

Frederick and Nelson closed in 1991

A redevelopment of the struggling retail hub had been on the drawing board for several years. The plan was to raze the mall, with its two anchors left standing. These were to be worked into a new 777,000 square foot complex with two levels of retail, a food court, multiplex cinema and over one hundred and forty stores and services.

Financing for the project was never secured. The mall fell into disrepair and became a haven for crime. It changed hands three times between 1987 and 1992. The final owner, New York City-based Citicorp, acquired the property by default in October 1992. With the anchor stores, and most of the mall, sitting vacant, Citicorp decided to raze the entire structure. Demolition commenced in late 1993.

A 370,000 square foot power center, known as AURORA VILLAGE CENTER, debuted in June of 1994. It included a 1-level (156,000 square foot) Costco, 1-level (130,000 square foot) Home Depot and Big 5 Sporting Goods (a tenant of the original mall). The shopping center site became part of the newly-incorporated city of Shoreline in August 1995.

Mall Hall of Fame Sources:
Malls of America Blogspot / Keith Milford webmaster
The Seattle Times / Mike Rivest


For professional musician Ian McFeron, Third Place Commons was his first performance space

Speech by Ian McFeron at the Third Place Commons Community Breakfast February 16. A Shorecrest High School grad, singer-songwriter Ian has released 8 albums, toured the country (and internationally) repeatedly. Here he shares both his personal, musical journey and his deep ties to Third Place Commons and our Commons Community.

Shorecrest grad Ian McFeron
As a Shorecrest High School graduate and having attended Kellogg Middle School and Briarcrest Elementary School before that, I’ve been a part of this community for a long time, and this community has been a part of me.

For the past 12 years I’ve made my living writing and recording music, traveling and performing in the United States and in Europe.

The Commons invited me to speak today about my experience growing up as an artist in this community and about my relationship with the Commons - an organization that I feel a strong personal, artistic, and philosophical connection with.

I don’t know what it was that first attracted me to music. Actually, I don’t have any memories of my life before music was a part of it. My parents have told me that I was 2 years old when I started crawling up the piano stool to press the different notes, one by one, to hear what they sounded like. I remember that I always had a fascination with sounds. It was like the world was brimming with voices and every object had a different one.

My parents had an old upright piano that was sort of shoved out of the way, under a staircase in the house where I grew up, and whether it was some sort of gravitational desire to press all those different notes in different combinations to hear what voices spilled out of the keys, or whether that perch beneath the staircase was just a quiet place where I could escape the din of commotion that rattled through the 2 bedroom house that I shared with 8 other members of my family, I started playing that piano for hours every day.

Like a lot of kids I started playing music in the school band in the 5th grade. I played alto-saxophone in the concert band and in jazz band up through high school. I took Greg Boehme’s guitar class at Shorecrest, learning classical style-finger picking along with a dense repertoire of 60’s and 70’s folk and rock tunes.

I took Andy Barker’s creative writing class and became fascinated with the way that collections of words and metaphors could paint pictures that you could match with collections of sounds and melodies and I started writing my first lyrical songs in the breezeways of the old Shorecrest High when I was seventeen.

Through High School and college I wrote songs out of a personal need for self-expression, but I didn’t share them with anyone. I filled old shoeboxes with lyric sheets and cassette tapes of my music, and I stashed them under my bed.

I don’t know if I was scared to risk rejection, or if it just never really occurred to me that anyone else would want to hear what I was writing, but for several years I didn’t have much of an interest in playing my songs for other people. But during college I went with some friends to a cabin at a lake in the east cascade foothills and they coaxed me into playing them some of the songs I had been writing. They told me that they thought the songs were good and that if I booked some shows they would come out to hear me play.

I was just barely 21 with no experience in the music business and no connections in the local music scene. But after that weekend I had this itch. I wanted to try my songs out on other people - people that didn’t know me. But where could I go to play my songs in public?

Well, one of the very first places I performed publicly was on this stage - here at Third Place Commons.

And through performances here, and at pubs and coffee houses around the region, I got up enough confidence to record my first album with a full band.

With some luck, that album got added to rotation on a station called 103.7 “The Mountain”. From there we got opportunities to open for national and international touring acts at venues like ZooTunes, The Showbox, and The Crocodile, which lead to our own headlining opportunities throughout the region. We played Bumbershoot several times, sold out venues like the Tractor and the Triple Door, and went on to record 8 studio albums. We had the opportunity to record the most recent 3 in Nashville with a Grammy-nominated producer and guitarist named Doug Lancio.

From that early performance on the Commons stage, my passion for music grew into a full-time career. My wife, Alisa Milner, and I met and fell in love through our mutual love of music and we bought our first home with a guitar and a fiddle. Together we’ve played thousands of shows, and have traveled half-a-million miles in a van together. Which actually turns out to be pretty good pre-marriage counseling.

Sometimes I think about what a strange journey it has been - how a childhood fascination with sound and words - drawing music out of the piano and learning some chords on the guitar grew into a passion for writing songs, and eventually into an occupation. How that early fascination with sound would go on to form and shape my entire life.

To be sure there are some inexplicable forces at work in music and in life that brought all the pieces together. And it is true that creativity is born out of a certain amount of unexplained magic. But that seed of inspiration doesn’t mature- it doesn’t blossom and bear fruit- until it lands on fertile soil; until it is nurtured and watered by the embrace of a supportive community.

This space is that fertile ground that nurtures and waters the creative passions of people in and throughout this region.

It is where songs are performed for the first time, where stories are written on laptop computers, where authors read from their newly published works, where farmers and artisans bring their goods to sell, where old friends reconnect, where people come to talk about how to live more peacefully with one a other, where book clubs and chess clubs and knitting clubs gather.

It is where individuals come together to form something greater than themselves- where individuals form a community.

Like creativity, community is a living thing- it too needs nurturing and support in order to continue to grow and flourish.

It is people like you - gathered here this morning - who nurture and support this space, so that this space might go on to nurture and support thousands of others. So that a kid with a guitar and some songs in his heart has a place to stand up and sing and connect with the world.

In closing I would like to say thank you to all of you who support this space with your time, your energy, your creativity and your financial contributions. And I would like to say thank you to the Commons for giving countless artists like me that place to connect.

If you would like to help nourish this fertile ground where creativity and community thrive, you can make a gift to Third Place Commons by sending a check to the address below or by giving online here.


Classifieds: Shoreline Fire public hearing

Public Hearing to hear citizen appeals to the 2017 Fire Benefit Charge.


Herons have returned to Kenmore rookery

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The Great Herons have returned to their rookery in Kenmore, as you can see by these photes, which were taken Saturday about noon. They are back and remodeling their nests.

Photo by Steven H. robinson

If you look closely, you can see that the flying heron has a stick in its mouth - building materials for the nest.

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