Photo: Poem: Lucky rabbit's foot

Friday, June 22, 2018

Backyard Bunny
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

They say a rabbit's foot brings luck,

that doesn't seem right to me, 

but if it is,

image how lucky,

a Hippo's foot would be.

Keith Tilburg, Poems of Mainly Nonsense


Early Literacy Parties in Spanish / Fiestas de alfabetizacion temprana en espanol

Center for Human Services is partnering with the King County Library System to host Early Literacy classes for Spanish speaking families.

Classes start next week on June 28th at Center for Human Services located at 17018 15th Ave NE Shoreline, WA 98155. See the flyer (above) for more information. Registration is not required, but space is limited.


El Centro de Servicios Humanos y las Bibliotecas del Condado de King están organizando clases de Alfabetización Temprana para familias de habla hispana.

Las clases comienzan la próxima semana, Jueves 28 de junio en el Centro de Servicios Humanos ubicado en 17018 15th Ave NE Shoreline, WA 98155. Anexamos el folleto para más información. No es necesario registrarse pero el espacio es limitado.


People and places in the (other) news

Sarah Haycox at the Pratt Memorial
A collection of stories from other publications in past week featured local people.

Sarah Haycox got an article in the current History Link newsletter

Hometown Hero
Last year, 10-year-old Sarah Haycox of Shoreline saw a plaque honoring Edwin T. Pratt and became curious to know more about him. After learning of his role as a civil rights leader, as well as his tragic death, she lobbied -- and succeeded -- to have the school board name a new learning center after him. Now she's raising money to bring Pratt's family to the dedication next year, and to commission an artist to create a memorial. Learn more about Sarah's marvelous efforts on her GoFundMe page.

Rachel Maddow show has segments on two Washington people

  • Conscientious objectors to Trump border policy get free legal aid - Jason Rittereiser
  • Multiple states sue Trump admin to stop family separation policy - Bob Ferguson

Blake Snell, Shorewood baseball star, led his Tampa Bay Rays to a victory over the Houston Astros, ending their winning streak. Three very different articles were written about this game.

And The Seattle Times gave a shout-out Happy Birthday message to Lake Forest Park with this article from

The town of Lake Forest Park on Lake Washington’s northwest shoreline incorporates in 1961, with a population of about 1,300. Lake Forest Park traces its beginnings back centuries, when it was a winter village site for the Snohomish tribe. Non-native settlers arrive in the 1860s, and the town named after Lake Forest, Ill., is developed by future Seattle Mayor Ole Hanson. In 2015, the population is about 13,000 after a series of annexations.


Take the shuttle to the Shoreline Arts Festival

No problem finding a parking space when you take the shuttle to the Shoreline Arts Festival this weekend.

Shoreline Community College has once again provided a free shuttle service to the festival. Runs start at Shoreline Place near Central Market, 155th and Westminster Way upper level, then make a stop at Meridian Park Elementary school, N 175th and Meridian, and drop you right at the entrance to the festival.

Look for the shuttles and the signs.


Shoreline Place booth at Shoreline Farmers Market Saturday - see their plans for the old Sears

Ronnda Cadle will be singing at the Shoreline
Market from 10am to noon
Shoreline Farmers Market will be at Shoreline Place (155th and Westminster Way, upper level by Central Market) every Saturday from 10am-3pm, through October 6th. 

Shoreline Place reps are coming to the Farmers Market this Saturday. Come say hi and hear their vision for Shoreline Place.

Take a photo under the new banner or try your hand at the hardest word search in Shoreline.

Come hungry, as the Market offers various hot food vendors for everyone's tastes. Russian Crepes, check. Cold sweet popsicles, check. Herbal tea and cold brew coffee, check check. 

Welcome back Curbside food truck this week, offering their savory Vietnamese dishes.

Don't forget to stop by the Recology booth and check out their creative upcycled and eco-friendly products. And keep your eye out for our newest addition, Chef Robert, offering handmade herb garlic butter and brown butter.

Are you planning on visiting the Shoreline Arts Festival AND the Shoreline Farmers Market? You can have it all!

Shoreline Community College is graciously offering a free shuttle between the two events. Pick up and Drop off every 20 minutes near the Central Market entrance. Click here for more details.


Good Morning Shoreline! Chamber breakfast Tuesday June 26

The Shoreline Chamber of Commerce and Aegis Living of Shoreline invite business leaders to Good Morning Shoreline!, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 7:30am - 8:30am.

This is a free event, and open to the public, thanks to Aegis of Shoreline!

Featured Breakfast Speaker is Pete Bojic, Galaxy Electric and Solar.

Energize your day with coffee, a light breakfast and networking. Build relationships with and get inspiration from other members of the Shoreline business community. Reconnect with friends, make new acquaintances and create new business opportunities.

Bring business cards if you have them, and be ready to share a story about your business.

Aegis of Shoreline is providing a complimentary gourmet continental breakfast, and we will meet in one of the rooms in their beautiful facility. We will start at 7:30 and end at 8:30, but feel free to drop late or leave early as needed.

Presented by the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Aegis of Shoreline.

Aegis of Shoreline 14900 1st Ave NE, Shoreline 98155

RSVP by email  to help to plan for enough food for everyone.


Registration open for Hillwood Soccer - kids 5 to 18

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Hillwood Knights
Photo courtesy Hillwood Soccer

Hillwood Soccer Club is gearing up for the fall soccer season. Hillwood Soccer Club is a non-profit, volunteer recreational soccer club. We encourage kids 5 to 18 to come and enjoy the fun.

The website is now available for open registration, or you can call for more information, 206-542-3353. Hillwood Soccer Club is affiliated with Seattle Youth Soccer Association and Washington Youth Soccer Association

Hillwood relies on its volunteers
Photo courtesy Hillwood Soccer

"We rely strongly on our volunteers to make this a really positive experience for the kids! Our volunteers are the parents, grandparents, siblings and family friends who give of their time.

"With that said, we are always looking for volunteers to be coaches, assistant coaches and team managers."

This is a great opportunity for high school students looking to fulfill community service!

If you are interested in making some extra money, you can become a referee through Hillwood Soccer. Visit Hillwood Soccer’s website for more information on the referee clinics.

Hillwood Soccer Club, come join the fun!!!"


Third Place Books to donate sales this Saturday to reunite families at border

Third Place Books LFP
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
This Saturday, June 23, 2018, Third Place Books will donate 20 percent of sales at all three of its store locations (Laker Forest Park, Ravenna, and Seward Park) to family reunification efforts at the US-Mexico border.

The Lake Forest Park store is on the upper level of Town Center, intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way in Lake Forest Park.

Proceeds will go to the RAICES Family Reunification and Bond Fund, which in the last five days alone has raised more than $12 million to pay the immigration bonds imposed by ICE, as reported by NPR.

Individual bonds start at $1500 and often are in the range of $5000-1000, even for asylum seekers without a criminal history, according to the RAICES website.

RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) is a Texas-based nonprofit and one of the leading organizations dedicated to providing legal help to immigrants and their families. Their campaign is supported on social media with the hashtag #freeourfamilies.

The donation is the idea of Avery Peregrine, a bookseller at Third Place Books Seward Park. Observing the fallout from Trump’s zero-tolerance immigrant detention policy, Peregrine recalled Third Place’s fundraiser last October for Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Puerto Rico, and suggested doing something similar for the current crisis. Managers quickly agreed.

“I’m extremely proud of the money we raised last year to aid in the relief efforts in Puerto Rico,” says Third Place managing partner Robert Sindelar. 
Third Place Books raised $6,585 across its three stores, which it sent to the UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fund. 
“I am thrilled that Avery had the instinct and intuition to suggest a similar campaign to help the children in crisis at the border.”

With little time to organize, we hope that coverage of this fundraiser inspires Seattleites to take part, and that other bookstores and Seattle-based businesses will also participate.

Third Place Books has often taken a proactive role in supporting the diversity and dignity of its community. This very same Saturday, for instance, Third Place Books Seward Park will be celebrating the publication of Baro Af-Soomaali, an innovative, community-created Somali alphabet book. The book, which was written during the summer of 2017, grew out of the realization that Somali language board books simply weren’t available in Seattle’s schools or libraries.

Everyone in the community is invited to participate by shopping at any of the three Third Place Books locations this Saturday, June 23, or by contributing directly at or to the organization of your choice.


Destinations: Tour the West Point Treatment plant

West Point Treatment Center, Discovery Park
Photo courtesy King county
Tours of the West Point wastewater treatment plant at Discovery Park in Seattle resume this Saturday, June 23, 2018

If you’re curious about how water systems work, or you’d like to learn about the things you can do every day to help protect water quality, the King county wastewater department is hosting Saturday tours as well as informal drop-ins on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 4 to 6:30pm.

The drop-in sessions also feature tours, which require participants to be at least nine-years-old.

People of all ages are welcome to stop by and see the Burke Museum’s fascinating exhibit on West Point’s archaeology, which includes details on the lives of Native Americans who lived there nearly 4,000 years ago.

And of course you’ll get a chance to meet and talk to the employees who help make clean water a regional reality every single day. You might even find inspiration for a new career!

West Point hasn’t been open for public tours for many years. This is because there were several construction projects that made parking and public access difficult, such as a new administration building and upgrades to the cogeneration system. These projects predated the plant restoration work done after the flooding in February 2017.

Now all of these projects are wrapped up, and they are able to welcome people back.

West Point was the second treatment plant, completed in 1966 after South Plant in Renton came online a year earlier. Today the plant treats stormwater and wastewater for about 700,000 people each day, mostly in Seattle and suburban neighborhoods to the north. The plant treats about 100 million gallons of wastewater, and up to 440 million gallons of stormwater and wastewater during heavy rains. The plant has been operating normally and meeting permit compliance since restoration in May 2017.

Information about these free tours, including how to sign up, is available online.


Photo: Solstice sunset

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Thursday is the Summer Solstice , that enchanting day each year when sunlight reigns supreme. It is the longest day and the shortest night in the Northern Hemisphere and traditionally the first day of summer.

--Lee Lageschulte


Star Party Saturday night at Paramount School Park

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Free star parties are held every month at Paramount School Park by the Seattle Astronomical Society (SAS).

This Saturday, June 23, 2018 starting at 9pm, SAS members will be at the park with several types of telescopes for visitors to look through.

SAS members will be available to answer questions, discuss the observation process, and talk about solar system objects, deep pace objects, constellations, types of telescopes and more.

Dress for the weather, plan to stay a couple of hours, but be warned that rain or complete cloud cover will mean the event is cancelled.

Cancellation will be posted at least two hours prior to Star Party on the SAS website.

Paramount School Park, corner of 8th Ave NE and NE 155th, Shoreline 98155. 15300 8th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155


Parkwood Spring Market

Every booth was different goods
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Parkwood Elementary PTA held its Spring Market on an occasionally overcast day Saturday, June 16 in the school parking lot.

The PTA provided snacks, drinks, and information
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Parkwood families and community members were invited to register for a space for $15 or $25, bring a table and items to sell. They could keep all their own profits or donate to the PTA fund.

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The event was a benefit for Parkwood's 6th grade camp.


City Recreation offers youth and teen summer activities

Join the Shoreline Youth and Teen Development Program this summer for a variety of fun and engaging programs, including opportunities to learn how to be a counselor, play sports, go on outdoor adventures, and learn new creative skills! 

Camps start in July, so register now or call 206-801-2600 to reserve your spot!


Follow the dotted line

Photo from Google Earth

By Diane Hettrick

This is a test.

You are in your vehicle on the NE 185th freeway overpass. You are pointed east to the North City neighborhood. The house on the left is going to be torn down for the North Shoreline Sound Transit Station (185th).

The next street, on your right, is 5th NE and you are going to turn right.

Here's the 50 point question: where will your vehicle be when you make the turn?

Here's the good news. There's no one parked on the overpass. Folks attending events in the Shoreline stadium (just over your left shoulder) have finally stopped doing that. Someone must have given them the word.

The 25 point question: where are the bicyclists?

And the answer is:

Keep your vehicle between the double yellow lines and the dotted white line all the way to the corner and then turn.

Bicyclists are to stay between the dotted lines.

The roadway between the dotted line and the sidewalk is just extra - and allows room for the bus to stop to pick up passengers.

The bus is the only vehicle that should cross the dotted lines.

The dotted lines are a signal to bicyclists that they are approaching a cross street and vehicles may be turning in front of them.

Drivers need to watch for bicyclists when they make turns.

How did you do? If you got the points, congratulations, you will not be the cause of an accident. If you didn't, well you know what to do now.

And we'll all be a little safer.


What Washingtonians need to know about new Medicare cards

Catherine Field, Humana Medicare
President in Washington
By Catherine Field, Humana Medicare President in Washington

What is happening:

To combat identity theft, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will be changing the format of all Medicare numbers, which means that every existing Medicare beneficiary will get an updated Medicare Card that lists their new Medicare number.

What is changing:

Instead of being based on a beneficiary’s Social Security number, each Medicare number will be an individually generated combination of letters and numbers. In addition, the new card is paper, which is easier for doctors and health care providers to use and copy.

Why is this happening:

Removing the Social Security number from Medicare cards will help fight identity theft for people with Medicare. In doing so, CMS aims to better protect private health care and financial information and federal health care benefit and service payments.

When is this happening:

All Medicare cards will be replaced between April 2018 and April 2019. Washingtonians will receive their new cards after June of this year.

This will be a long process because CMS will be issuing approximately 60 million new ID cards. Until the new card is received, people with Medicare should continue using their current ID card. Once the new card is received, begin using it immediately. Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, only the new card will be usable.

New Medicare card
Who will be impacted:

New cards will be generated for all active existing and new Medicare beneficiaries. Each beneficiary will have a unique number (e.g., husband and wife will have their own).

What does this mean for people with Medicare:

The new cards won’t change Medicare benefits. People with Medicare may start using their new Medicare ID cards as soon as they get them. Until they receive the new Medicare ID card beneficiaries are to continue using their current Medicare ID card.

For Medicare beneficiaries with a Medicare Advantage plan, the change applies only to their Medicare card and not to their health insurance carrier’s medical card, such as their Humana Medicare Advantage card. Those with a Medicare Advantage plan (with Humana or any company) should keep their Medicare Advantage plan ID card with them at all times and use it when going to the doctor, hospital, lab, etc.

How do I protect myself from scams:

Medicare will never call uninvited to ask for your new Medicare number or get personal or private information.

Scam artists may try to get personal information and/or your current Medicare number by contacting you about your new card. If someone asks you for your information, for money, or threatens to cancel your health benefits if you don’t share your personal information, hang up and call CMS at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) (or TTY: 1-877-486-2048) 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For more information on the new Medicare cards visit the website or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) (or TTY: 1-877-486-2048) 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Humana is a Medicare Advantage HMO, PPO, and PFFS organization, and a stand-alone prescription drug plan, with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in any Humana plan depends on contract renewal.


Make your own recycled instruments Saturday

Summer Reading Kick Off! ​Junk Jam Band Makers Workshop
Saturday, June 23, 2018 (1:00PM – 2:00PM)

Presented by Seattle ReCreative

Ages 5 to 11.

Who needs to buy an instrument when you can make your own? Turn on your creativity and discover ways to recycle stuff usually thrown away — otherwise referred to as junk! Using unconventional materials, create your very own upcycled musical instruments.

All materials provided, while supplies last.


Free lunch Wednesdays at Bethel Lutheran

Bethel Lutheran Church is hosting a free Sandwich lunch on Wednesdays and is inviting community members to come join us!

Lunch is at noon with an optional devotional / bible study afterward. 17529 15th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155 in North City.


32nd District Republicans hold dessert auction in Mountlake Terrace

32nd LD Republicans gather for a fundraiser

The 32nd District Republicans met Tuesday, June 19 at the Mountlake Terrace Community Senior Center for coffee and a dessert auction.

The event was a fundraiser for their 32nd District senate candidate James Wood.

First-time auctioneer and 32nd LD King County Chair Lori Theis took the helm of a raucous and successful dessert auction!


Work party at Grace Cole Saturday

Work party at the Grace Cole Nature Park on Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 9am to noon.

Organizer Mamie Bolander says that "Last month we worked on Blackberries and other invasive species (It's definitely looking better south of the elevated walkway). 
"We've been spreading mulch over the areas already worked over to slow the return of weeds. We're adding a light layer of chips to the steeper portions of the trail to make them less treacherous, at least during the summer months."

Some tools will be available, but bring your own favorite ones if you like. Loppers, pruning shears and sharp shovels are the most-used equipment. There will be some wheelbarrows and shovels for those who can't resist pushing chips up the hill! (A great workout)

Snacks and beverages will be available. Bring a water bottle to have with you. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.

Questions? Call Mamie 206-364-4410


Pancakes, crafts, and bargains at the Senior Center for the Arts Festival

Stop by the Shoreline-LFP Senior Center cafeteria for a delicious breakfast on Saturday and Sunday June 23rd and 24th, from 8:30am - 11:30am. 

Menu selections include pancakes, vegetarian breakfast casserole or sausage casserole, fresh fruit, biscuits and beverages, $7-$8 per person.

This quilt is being raffled off
While at the Center, stop by the Craft Room to see the beautiful display of hand crafted quilts and children's workshop, sponsored by the Thimble Bells Sewing Club.

They will also be raffling a beautiful custom designed quilt donated by the club.

Save enough time to shop at the Bargain Corner where a wide variety of beautiful and unique items will be for sale, including cameras, sports equipment, clothing, furnishings, and vintage and modern home decor.

All proceeds benefit the Center programs.


Photo: Outlined in pollen

Photo by Gloria Z. Nagler

Mason Bee outlined in pollen (I’m 85% sure it’s a mason bee, but if you, reader, have a different opinion, let me know!):  These little bees don't have pollen sacks like honeybees and some bumblebees do.

Instead, the females have hairs (“pollen brush”) below their abdomen to collect pollen. And some mason bees nest in abandoned snail shells! So kind of them to recycle:)

Judging from this bee’s pollen load, these little guys are pollinating like crazy. My thanks to the National Audubon Society’s Field Guide to Insects and Spiders.

--Gloria Nagler


Make Music Day Shoreline announces musical line up for Thursday

Banjo Creek
Held annually on June 21, Make Music Day is part of the international Fête de la Musique, taking place in 800 cities across 120 countries.

The daylong, musical free-for-all celebrates music in all its forms, encouraging people to band together and play in free public concerts. 

This year, more than 65 U.S. cities are organizing Make Music Day celebrations, encompassing thousands of concerts nationwide.

Thursday, June 21, 4 PM-9 PM

Shoreline Music School opens its school parking lot to performers, workshops, open mic hour and jam sessions in celebration of Make Music Day, a global event taking place in over 800 cities around the world.

Andy Chayer  with Chucky Charles
Come enjoy the celebration -it’s FREE

Musical Line up

3-4 PM: Shoreline’s Banjo Creek, Traditional Bluegrass and folk music

4-5 PM Shoreline’s Nathan Jensen and Leland Huff- Traditional Flute Tunes and Accordion Polkas

5-6 PM Open Mic - Everyone welcome to come share either an original song or two or a cover song

6-6:30 PM Alex Maloy - Jazz Music

6:30-7 PM Nick Ryder - Traditional Ukulele Music

7-7:30 PM Chayer Family with Chucky Charles - Traditional Folk Jam

7:30 - 8:00 PM Mickey and Andreas De La Serna- Flamenco guitar and dancing

8:00 PM - on Open Mic - Everyone invited to share an original song or two or a cover song

Alex Malloy
Make Music Day is a family friendly event open to all. Come celebrate with us as we host live music, open mic hour, free food and games in our parking lot from 4:00-9:00pm. Contact us if you are interested in performing!

JOIN US: For more information or to sign up to perform in Shoreline’s Make Music Day event, please call Shoreline Music School at 206-402-6701, or email.

Shoreline Music School opened its doors in Shoreline’s North City neighborhood on May 1, 2018. 

“We offer serious music instruction for Shoreline area students in a school culture that is fun, friendly, and devoted to community. Shoreline Music School has 10 excellent music teachers on staff and offers private lessons in 16 different instruments plus classes in sight reading and music theory.

Make Music Day is presented by the NAMM Foundation, and coordinated by the Make Music Alliance. More information here 


Wet n' Wild family fun at Sunset School Park July 21

The Richmond Highlands Neighborhood Association invites you to have "oodles of family fun under the sprinklers of Wet n' Wild."

Sunset School Park 17800 10th Ave NW, Shoreline 98177.

Sprinklers - Slip 'n Slide - Huge Bubbles

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 3-5pm rain or shine! Swimsuit or regular clothes (you will be wet!)

Children under 12 need to have a parent with them - and no pets please.



Starting in July LFP residents can recycle almost everything at the curb

The City of Lake Forest Park just renegotiated its contract with Republic Services, resulting in a huge list of items which now can be put at the curb.

Starting this July, residents may add these items at the curb. Please note any special preparation or need to call-in to schedule a separate pick-up.

Republic Services Residential: 206-682-9730

Recyclable Item
Handling Instructions
Small appliances – Microwave ovens, toaster ovens
Call to request pick-up at least three days before regular collection day
Single family only.
Electronics – Computer equipment, VCRs, DVD players, audio equipment, televisions, cell phones and other equipment containing circuit boards
Call to request pick-up at least three days before regular collection day
Scrap electronics that are no bigger than 2 feet by 2 feet per unit in size and less than 60 pounds per unit. Single family only.
Fluorescent Tubes and Bulbs
Wrap tubes in newspaper and secure with tape. Mark “Fluorescent Tubes”. Place bulbs in a sealed bag. Place next to recycling cart.
Limit: Two (2) tubes per collection, ten (10) tubes per year. No tubes longer than 4 feet. Single family only.
Household Batteries – All alkaline, button, and rechargeable batteries
Place rechargeable and non- rechargeable batteries in separate, sealed clear bags. Place on top of recycling Cart.
Single family only.
Motor Oil
Place in screw-top plastic jugs, labeled with the Customer’s address and placed next to the Customer’s Recycling Cart.
Up to three (3) gallons of motor oil per week that is free from contaminants
Rigid Plastics – All five-gallon buckets, PVC pipes, laundry baskets, plastic lawn furniture, plastic toys, coolers, and Nalgene bottles
X Large Items
Place items in or next to recycling Cart. One dimension of object must be less than 2”.
Call at least three days before regular collection day to collect large (i.e. all dimensions greater than 2”). Single family only.
Scrap Metal – All ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metal, including lids > 3” free of wood, rubber, and other contaminants
X Large Items
Small items: Place in recycling Container or secure (e.g. bundle or box) next to recycling Container.
Small items: Less than 2’ x 2’ and 35 lbs. Less than 5% non-metal parts. Large items: Larger than 2’ x 2’. Call to request
Recyclable Item
Handling Instructions
Large items: Call to request pickup at least 24 hours before regular service day.
pick-up. Single family only
StyrofoamTM Blocks – Clean expanded polystyrene (blocks, sheets, cups, and take-out containers) and expanded polyethylene foam (sheets and blocks)
Request a pick-up three days before collection day. Contain blocks in a clear or white sealed plastic bag. Secure from wind.
No packing peanuts, lined or sealed foam, or soft foam. Single family only.
Textiles - Clean usable clothing and linens, paired shoes, boots and socks, sheets, towels, tablecloths, curtains, blankets and bedspreads, stuffed animals, purses, wallets, backpacks & totes, belts, hats and caps, scarves
Request a pick-up three days before collection day. Placed in a plastic or paper bag. Label "Clothing” and place bag(s) at the curb next to recycling cart.
Single family only.
Used Cooking Oil
Seal uncontaminated oil (no large solids) in clean, clear, screw-top plastic jugs. Label jugs with name and address and place next to recycling Cart.
Limit: Three (3) gallons per pick-up and ten (10) gallons per year. Single family only.


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