Dahlia of the Week: Baron Katie

Friday, July 20, 2018

Baron Katie in the garden
Text and photos by John Hibbs, ND

The 2018 dahlia blooming season has begun, and along with it the Dahlias For Seniors 2018 fundraiser for the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center.

My tubers went into the ground on the first Saturday in May, and with the exceptionally warm, sunny Spring we had they are a few weeks ahead of schedule. 

Most of the 110 plants are between 3' and 5' tall and the large majority are producing many healthy buds. 

About 20 varieties have first flowers, with more opening each day.

The first 2018 Dahlia of the Week is one of my favorites, last year's champion bloomer -- Baron Katie.

Dahlia of the Week
Baron Katie
Baron Katie was first introduced to dahlia lovers in 2000. This is a magnificent plant, with more sturdy side trunks growing from the lower main than any other I've seen, each of which produces smaller uprights and many blooms.

Her red-orange-yellow petals make a 'flame blend" as they gracefully curl inward at their sides and twist on the long axis, making an impression bright, luscious and relaxed.

Thus Baron Katie is classified Informal Decorative. Her flowers are 5-6'' across, officially sized BB and middle-sized for a dahlia, presenting strongly upright on dependably long, strong stems.

Structurally perfect for cutting, her color and shape last very well in a bouquet. A backbone of the Dahlias for Seniors bouquets, I planted two clumps this year!

Baron Katie
You can pick up a bouquet in exchange for a donation at the Ridgecrest Public House 520 NE 165th St, Shoreline, and enjoy nice folks while you are there.

And this year, for the first time you can pick up a bouquet at the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center, the beneficiary of our most-colorful fundraiser.

Located on the NE corner of 1st Ave NE and 185th NE in Shoreline 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline 98155) the Center would love to have you drop in for flowers and see what they're up to.


Federal judge grants AG Ferguson’s request to expedite family separations suit

Judge cites “chaotic and disorganized nature” of family separations

A federal judge Thursday granted Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s request to expedite his multistate lawsuit regarding the Trump Administration’s family separation policy. The judge also granted Ferguson’s request for weekly status conferences with the court during the period of expedited discovery. She scheduled the first conference for Friday, July 27.

In her ruling granting Ferguson’s request for expedited review, U.S. District Court Judge Marsha Pechman pointed to the “chaotic and disorganized nature of the Government’s practice of separating children from their parents and moving them around the country” as proof that “good cause exists to move swiftly to address the issues they have raised.”

“The Trump Administration’s family separation policy continues to harm thousands of children and parents,” Ferguson said. “This tragedy must be dealt with quickly, in the name of human decency and fundamental American values.”

Judge Pechman also noted in her ruling that while a separate, class-action lawsuit in Southern California produced a preliminary injunction ordering the federal government to reunify families, that case does not address important issues raised in Ferguson’s case — including the Administration’s refusal to accept asylum seekers at the southern border and conditions being attached to family reunification.

“The kind of family separations currently being implemented by the Government are proven to cause immediate and extensive psychological harm to both children and parents; the damage is only worsened with the passage of time,” Judge Pechman wrote. “These are circumstances which demand swift review and response.”

Ferguson has now filed 29 lawsuits against the Trump Administration. Ferguson has nine legal victories thus far and has not lost a case against the Administration.


Scene on the Sound: What it means when there's nothing there

Marine app says there's
nothing to see here
By Jan Hansen

I once had the privilege of being onboard one of our Ohio Class submarines, the USS Alaska SSBN-732. We were underway, and I glanced down at the coffee in my cup. The surface was perfectly still. These submarines make no noise. Appropriate ocean sounds are broadcast, so that these vessels won’t be detected by a submarine shaped hole of silence moving through the waters

My kitchen window gives a view of the Shoreline Sea, a very busy section of the marine highway.

I now notice what I don’t see.

When the traffic is cleared, when even the ferries that run between Edmonds and Kingston are held at their docks, I look for a special military vessel coming through. The Marine Traffic app covers the globe. I routinely zoom into our area to identify ships.

Marine Traffic shows a large empty section, not the usual busy corridor, when these special ships are moving.

Emptiness draws my attention to find the unreported vessel, an aircraft carrier, a destroyer, a submarine, etc. This morning it is a submarine. 

But this is the view for Shoreline residents
Photo by Jan Hansen

My mind plays with the idea of integrating random “ghost” vessels into the Google monitoring, a parallel to the generated sounds for our submarines.


Thomas Blakely Hamilton 1937-2018

Tom Hamilton
Hamilton, Thomas Blakely
Shoreline, WA

Thomas Blakely Hamilton, age 81, passed away at his home in Shoreline, surrounded by his wife and children, on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. He was born on June 7, 1937 in Seattle, Washington to Thomas Blakeley and Winifred Jean (Beeson) Hamilton.

Tom spent most of his childhood in Seattle, attending Christ the King, Seattle Preparatory, and graduating from Lincoln High. He went on to attend college at Seattle University where he received his bachelor's in Psychology in 1961, and then to the University of Portland where he received his master's in Psychology in 1964. He was an Assistant Professor at Seattle University for 13 years, where he taught a variety of classes including psychology, statistics, and experimental design.

Tom moved to Shoreline in 1975 and married Kathleen Diane Barrett in 1976. Together they raised their children and survived many road trips, camping across the Western US and visiting National Parks.

He loved to travel with his wife Kathi and they went on countless cruises and adventures. Some favorite ones included the 2006 World Cup in Germany, cruising to Australia in 2011, riding elephants in Thailand in 2017, and numerous Disney and Harry Potter theme trips with his children and grandchildren.

Tom and Kathi shared a passion for the arts with their season tickets to the 5th Avenue and ACT theaters. They supported local sports as season ticket holders for both the Seattle Mariners and the Seattle Sounders. Tom loved reading and going to movies, especially science fiction, and enjoyed genealogy and researching family history. He loved to watch his grandchildren's sporting, theater and musical events and was always up for trying out the latest brewpub with friends and family, where you could find his signature Edgar Martinez Mariners logo'd PT Cruiser parked outside.

Tom and Kathi raised their family at Richmond Beach Congregational Church (RBCC) where Tom fulfilled many roles as an officer and on committees, participated in men's groups, and managed the church sound system where he trained younger generations on the sound board, including two of his grandchildren.

Despite his own musical challenges, he loved music. He was in many church plays and musicals as an original member of the RBCC Players, starting with a dramatic stage death as the captain in the Poor of New York. He enjoyed playing the grandfather in You Can’t Take It with You and sang courageously as Mr. Macy in Miracle at Macy’s. He also attempted piano lessons and had a brief stint in the church hand bell choir. As a founding member of PFJ (Pints for Jesus), he sampled many local pints north of the Ship Canal.

In addition to his work at a Seattle University, his varied career included brief stints as a cab driver, bartender, real estate agent, and home computer salesman for Texas Instruments until he found his calling in technical publications for the Boeing Company, from where he retired at age 60.

Throughout his life, Tom gave back to his community in many ways, including volunteering as a court appointed special advocate. Post retirement he also served as both Treasurer and President for the Seattle Genealogical Society, and as a volunteer tour guide at the Museum of Pop Culture.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years, Kathi; sons, Thomas III (Joanna), Phillip, daughters Cynthia Raecker (Jeff), Melissa Hart-Kim (John), Kerri Franklin (Eric) and stepdaughter Sarah Lynette (Matt); 16 grandchildren; brothers Joseph and William (Mary), sister Carolyn Thomas (Gene) and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his brother Raymond. Tom will be interred at Acacia Memorial Park in Lake Forest Park, Washington.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, July 22, 2018, at noon at Richmond Beach Congregational Church, 1512 NW 195th St, Shoreline, WA, 98133.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Tom's name to Seattle Genealogical Society and MoPop.


WET N’ WILD is coming this Saturday

It will be hot this weekend! Come have a blast and get wet with sprinklers, a huge slip n’ slide, giant bubble blowing, water balloon sling shots and lots of other fun, and it’s FREE!

The Richmond Highlands Neighborhood Association invites you to join the fun at the third annual Wet N’ Wild this Saturday, July 21, 2018 from 3-5pm at Sunset School Park 17800 10th Ave NW, Shoreline 98177.

Bring fun loving kids of all ages, your beach towels, and prepare to have a great time.

To volunteer or ask questions, contact Pete Gerhard.


Photos: Mama's little babies

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Wayne Pridemore just returned from a trip to Alaska. He took his camera, of course. He captured some charming photos of a mother bear and her cub.

Wayne says, "For animals great and small, it's often up to mom to teach her little one how to survive and use their instincts wisely."

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

He was bemused to find a similar scene in his back yard when he returned.

"The same thing happens in a Shoreline back yard as in the Lisianski Inlet in southwest Alaska." 


Pop-up pianos are back in Shoreline

For the 7th year of its artist street-piano program, Shoreline returns work by:
  • Marsha Lippert, 
  • Jennifer Carroll, 
  • Cynthia Knox, 
  • Kelly Lyles, 
  • Joe Brooks, 
  • Megan Reisinger, and 
  • Heather Carr.

Ed and Jon Ann Cruver found one of the pianos at Central Market and Ed immediately sat down to try one out.

"We always have fun running around town trying them out," said Jon Ann. "My husband plays, I take his photo!"

Ed Cruver playing the piano at Central Market
Photo by Jon Ann Cruver

One down, seven to go!


Neighborhood volunteers pull invasive cattails from Echo Lake

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Jonathan Burnham pulling cattails from Echo Lake
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Jonathan Burnham was waist deep in Echo Lake Tuesday evening, part of a work party from the Echo Lake Neighborhood Association (ELNA) pulling cattails from Echo Lake.

Barbara Lacy
Photo by Wayne Pridemore
"There are two kinds of cattails," said crew leader Marla Tullio, "a native species and an invasive species."

Unfortunately, the invasive kind have invaded Echo Lake at N 200th and Ashworth Ave.

Volunteers were given a quick orientation to tell the difference, and a lesson in how to cut or pull the cattails out of the lake.

Lakeside resident and former ELNA board member Barbara Lacy knows all about cattails.

Barbara organized her family last year - and children and grandchildren held a cattail pulling session of their own.

There are still cattails in the lake, but a lot fewer than before the work party.

Photo by Gidget Terpstra

The City of Shoreline arranged for yard waste bins to be hauled away after the event.

The Echo Lake Neighborhood is bounded by Aurora, I-5, 205th, and 185th. If you want to know more about ELNA, email them at ELNABoard@gmail.com


In The Garden Now… Container Gardening in Garden Beds

Planted Containers in Garden Beds 

Text and photo by Victoria Gilleland

When we consider container gardens we usually think of those placed on decks, patios, porches or other hard surfaces. 

They add color and structure that would be hard to duplicate in another way in those locations.

One of the best ways to bring additional interest and color to the garden is to place a planted container in the actual garden bed.

The purple pot pictured is sitting on a stump, and is nestled among shrubs and trees.

The pot itself is colorful year round and the container planting has year round interest considering the winter structure and texture offered by the Full Moon Maple and the Soft Shield Ferns.

It’s important to make sure that plants in the container work well with those planted in the garden.

In the combination pictured the ‘Full Moon’ Maple foliage picks up the color of the ‘Golden’ Japanese Barberry.

The ‘Pink Elf’ Hydrangea color echoes the undertones of the Purple Pot. The Royal Purple smoke bush leaves are very close to the hue of the pot. 

For contrast in texture and color consider the variegated hosta, ferns and ‘Blue Surprise’ Port Orford Cedar. This has turned out to be one of my favorite year round garden beds…. in large part due to the addition of that planted purple pot.

If you’d like to give this concept a try start with a container you already own. Plant it and try it out in a garden bed.

One of the beauties of container planting is that it’s easy to make changes. If you don’t like one location try another. If there’s a plant or plants you don’t like growing in the container swap them for others. Don’t be afraid to combine annuals with perennials, shrubs and trees. The possibilities are endless.

Go ahead. Give Container Planting In Garden a try!

In Container
  • Acer shirasawanum aureum Full Moon Maple 
  • Polystichum setiferum Soft Shield Fern 
  • Hosta mediovariegata Variegated Hosta

In Ground
  • Berberis thunbergia ‘Aurea’ Golden Japanese Barberry 
  • Chamaecyparis Lawsoniana ‘Blue Surprise’ Blue Surprise Port Orford Cedar 
  • Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ Royal Purple Smoke Bush 
  • Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Pia’ or ‘Pink Elf’ Pia French Hydrangea 
  • Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Little Lamb’ Little Lamb Hydrangea 
  • Polstichum munitum Western Sword Fern 
  • Rhododendron ponticum Ponticum Variegated Rhododendron 

Victoria Gilleland is the owner of Cottage Garden Designs, a Garden Design company specializing in Redesign of Residential Gardens, Garden Consultation and Coaching. She has been designing gardens in the northwest for over 25 years.


Banh Mi Bites opens in Mountlake Terrace - Vietnamese fare with a flair

Street entrance of Banh Mi Bites in Mountlake Terrace

Banh Mi Bites has been open for three months now in Mountlake Terrace. They are on the main street in MLT, just a few blocks north of Shoreline's Ballinger Village and the county line.

Seating area for those who want to eat in

Located at 23601 56th Ave W #600, Mountlake Terrace on the ground floor of Arbor Village Apartments, they combine traditional Vietnamese Banh Mi (sandwiches) with innovation. 

Chicken sandwiches

On the traditional side, they serve Banh Mi, Vietnamese coffee, milk tea, smoothies, and more.

On the innovative side, uniquely, are their signature Banh Mi Bites for which the restaurant is named.

Pork sandwiches

It is an open-face sliced Banh Mi glazed with their special sauce and toasted to perfection. It is served with their signature papaya pickle and your choice of bacon or pepperoni to sprinkle on top.

"We don't use daikon in our pickle like other Vietnamese restaurants that serve Banh Mi," says owner Bao Dinh. 
"Instead, we use green papaya in the pickle for its crunchiness and health benefits." He adds, "The pickle papaya is not strong in odor like pickle daikon."

Milk tea, taro tea, smoothies
Sandwiches, Banh mi bites
and more!

Banh Mi Bites is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Sunday.

  • Tuesday - Friday: 10am-2pm, 4pm-7pm
  • Saturday - Sunday: 11am-7pm
  • Closed Monday


Shoreline Little League Majors Baseball All-Stars 3rd in District 8 Tournament

SLL Majors All-Star #73 Rory Swanson tries to throw out a NESLL player
at 1st base on Saturday.

Walking to the #9 Mickey Merriam field on Saturday, the moments of joy from the last 3 games fill your mind.

The task at hand seemed to be a tough one, as their challenger that day was the NE Seattle team. NESLL had outscored their first 2 opponents by a combined score of 17-2, while SLL had a 3 game scoring difference of 15-5.

The tension was high throughout the game with lots of great plays on both sides. You could hear "Go play" and "Nice catch" from players, parents, coaches and umpires all game long. The final score was 1-0 in favor of the NES boys. This loss sent SLL into the 2nd chance bracket where a win on Sunday would put them into the championship on Monday.

Sunday's game was against a Queen Anne LL team that earned their chance to play by winning their last 2 games in the 2nd chance bracket by beating Woodinville LL 2-1 on Friday and defeating North Central LL by a score of 3-0.

SLL Majors All-Star #2 Dillon Carrell reaches out to make an incredible catch in centerfield during Sunday's game.

While listening to the comments by the crowd during the game, you got the sense that both teams were biting their nails with gripping anticipation before every pitch thrown. The combination of a quick lead by Queen Anne and an impressive performance by their starting pitcher, led to SLL playing from behind and trying everything they could do to get on-base. 

SLL Majors All-Star #15 Brooks Murray watches a called third strike go by,
late in Sunday's game.

Both teams had to deal with a very questionable strike zone being called that day, but the QALL team overcame that obstacle much better than SLL.

Normally mentioning the calls made by an umpire is thought to be a faux pas, because it is a very hard job to do and coaches will always tell their players to control what they do instead of worrying about what is out of their control, like umpire calls.

However, during the course of this game you heard both sides questioning the strike calls being made against the other team. It wasn't them wondering about the calls being made on their team. But again, the QALL team did a great job playing through that situation and they earned the win.

The game ended with an 8-1 score and SLL was eliminated in 3rd place. With 12 teams in the tourney, it was a good result that all of the other teams would have been grateful with.

After the game ended on Sunday, the boys exchanged pins with the QALL players and then they received their District 8 All-Stars Tournament participation pins. As they left the field they wished luck to the QA boys in the championship game the next day.

It was a well played tourney for this group of guys and I'm sure all of Shoreline will be wishing them all the best for their season next year.

All photos by Geoff Vlcek


How to buy corn at the Shoreline Farmers Market Saturday

Shoreline Farmers Market will be at Shoreline Place every Saturday from 10am-3pm, through October 6th. Shoreline Place, 155th and Westminster, upper level by Central Market.
July makes us happy because of the bountiful berries, the warm evenings, picnics in the park, but most of all because of sweet delicious corn!

Here are some tips on how to find the best corn at the market without peeling back the husk. 

According to Food 52 Blog: feel the kernels though the husk. You are looking for plump and plentiful kernels. Locate the tassels (those silly looking things at the top) and find ones that are brown and sticky. Now check out the color of the husk. Look for a bright green colored husk that is tightly wrapped. In some cases the husk will be damp because of its freshness.

Bonus at the Market this week:

Patty Pan is bringing their popup grill to the Shoreline Farmers Market this week. Serving tamales, quesadillas, and market grilled veggies all day long. Looking for more Patty Pan food? 

Did you know -  Patty Pan hosts community dinners in Shoreline the first Monday of every month for just $10.


Photo: Bird house?

Photo by Seattle Poppy

Anyone know the history on this? Bird house? Art work? Both? A home for minions?

Seattle Poppy said she didn't see any birds but there was a rabbit in the field.



State Champions - the Shoreline Royals

The Shoreline Royals holding the Championship trophy

The 16u Shoreline Royals baseball team won their Mickey Mantle State Championship playoffs on Monday, July 16th at Shorecrest High School against the Legends Baseball Club from Monroe. The playoffs were hosted by Washington Elite Baseball.

The playoff structure was a double elimination tournament, like the College World Series where a team must lose twice to be eliminated from the playoffs. To advance to the championship day, the Royals had to win at least three of their first four games over the weekend.

The Royals gave up early leads in the first three of the four games but ended up sweeping the competition and compiling a perfect record to the championship round. In fact, the Royals, at one point of each game, trailed as much as 10 runs in game one, 5 runs in game two, and game four by 6 runs but rallied back each time to take the lead and held on for the wins.

Coach and Shorecrest grad Timothy Lee (2011) described the Royals as gritty. “These guys never quit once no matter the circumstance.”

Going into the championship game, the Royals were the only team left with a perfect 4-0 record and therefore had to be beaten twice by the Legends to lose the playoffs.

In true fashion, the Royals again trailed the game by 5 runs but came back and took the lead in extra innings (8) only to lose off a walk-off of a final score of 8-9.

Following the disappointing lost, coach Tim reminded his team that they had overcome tougher situations and to stay calm. “I told them to just take deep breaths and relax. We were making too many mistakes because we put pressure on ourselves.”

Royals by the Scoreboard

It seemed to work, as the Royals went on and put a pounding on the Legends the second game. Gannon Dow was the losing pitcher of the first game but immediately came back to start the second game mentally refocused. He went 3 innings, gave up only 2 hits, recorded 6 strike outs, 1 walk and no runs. Ben Lockwood came in relief for Dow and sealed the deal for the Royals, beating the Legends in a mercy-rule shortened 5 innings of a final score of 15-2.

The Shoreline Royals are hosting their free tryouts for their 2019 teams next season at the end of the month. Sign up here.

Shoreline Royals 16u Roster
  • Davis Stallings – Shorecrest
  • Alex Culver – Shorecrest
  • Ryan Henrickson – Shorecrest
  • Travis Johnson – Ballard
  • Jack Fields – Ballard
  • Kolby Herling – Shorecrest
  • Gannon Dow – Shorecrest
  • Carwyn Corcoran-Sipe – Shorecrest
  • Matthew Potter – Shorecrest
  • Roc Ransdell – Ballard
  • James Huffman – Shorecrest
  • Ben Lockwood – Shorecrest
  • Paul Teilmann – Ballard
  • Sam Gocus – Shorecrest
  • Mark Summer – Ballard
  • Jett Randall – Shorecrest
  • Head Coach: Timothy Lee
  • Assistant Coach: Brandon Officer


American Civil Liberties Union welcomes local students to D.C. for Annual Summer Institute

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

2017 Class in Washington D.C.
2018 Class includes young leaders from Shoreline who will participate in Lobby Day and Rally to reunite immigrant families

Starting today through July 25, the American Civil Liberties Union is hosting the annual Summer Advocacy Institute in Washington, D.C. for rising junior and senior high school students that will give students the tools they need to engage in their communities on issues around civil liberties and civil rights. Participating students will receive first-hand learning experience from lawyers, lobbyists, community activists, and other experts dedicated to defending these constitutional rights.

Ruth Tedla, Menen Ghizaw, Elise Dorvilias and Mahilet Abraha of Shorewood High School, along with Nasra Ali of Shorecrest High School are joining 1,000 students — the largest class ever — from every state in the country for the opportunity to engage with lawyers and political activists on social justice, to build expertise and knowledge in advocacy, to participate in debates, and to develop successful media and social networking strategies, while observing policy development on Capitol Hill.

Students will engage in classroom sessions, lectures, daily debates, workshops, and meetings with elected officials and congressional staff. The week will culminate with a lobby day on Capitol Hill on July 24, where these young activists will be able to speak with their members of Congress about the family separation crisis. They will then join the entire class for a rally in front of the Capitol to tell Congress #FamiliesBelongTogether.

This year’s Summer Institute speakers include:


Photo: Art in the Park

Photo by Seattle Poppy

Found Art.


Poem: Photo The Dig

Photo copyright Marc Weinberg


The day's light glances hot off the earth
and glints from picks and shovels
as we spade and screen, brush, pencil
and string collections of objects
flower-pressed in the pages of time while
even the stars have changed.

A journey of a few feet down and
a few thousand years back, mapped
read and recorded in forensic detail.
Forgotten bits and fragments fingered awake
from their cool sleep to the cauldron
of the midday glare are caressed
by the gaze of today's endeavor.

And now when day is done and
a swarm of aches and pains plagues us,
a molten sun pours itself into night where
I will sift and sort the middens of my mind.

--Vicki Westberg


Sunshine, summer breezes and art abound for Thursday's Edmonds Art Walk

Joe Gaydos, co-author of "Explore the Salish Sea: A Nature Guide for Kids"
is the Featured Art Show at Edmonds Bookshop, 115 5th Ave S.

Sunshine, summer breezes and art abound this Thursday, July 19th, from 5-8pm at Art Walk

It's an Edmonds Kind of Summer for sure, and this week's Art Walk Edmonds will not disappoint! Walk with us on Thursday evening, 5-8pm for art, music and merriment.

We recommend that you start your summer Art Walk stroll at the top of the hill this month, then work your way down. Local abstract artist Whitney Buckingham will be at Christopher Framing & Gallery (537 Main St) showing off her latest work in encaustics and indigo dye. Mike Wise and Ron Stocke will showcase their inspired environmental paintings at Cole Gallery (107 5th Ave S). More scenic nature artwork can be found at Edmonds Vision Center (201 5th Ave S) with the photography of AK Clicks. Windermere Real Estate (210 5th Ave S) also takes you on a imaginative tour of Europe and the Pacific Northwest with watercolors, acrylics and oils by Howard Frank.

Make sure that Edmonds Bookshop (115 5th Ave S) is on your list of must-sees for the evening -- it's our Featured Art Show of the Month! Joe Gaydos will be there to introduce his new book, "Explore the Salish Sea." EPIC group will also be set up on the sidewalk in front of the store to help promote literacy with their interactive Chalkboard People display - write a title of a book that changed your life on them!

Out with Fido? You will definitely want to make ARTspot (408 Main St) one of your stops. Mike O'Day, Cody French and Julia Carpenter will be doing pet portraits on the fly, for a $10 suggested donations. All proceeds go to PAWS. ARTSplash 2018 is making it's annual appearance at ArtWorks (201 2nd Ave S). Stop in to see the work of many local artists.

End your walk at the bottom of the hill at Salish Crossing where you can enjoy free entry to Cascadia Museum (190 Sunset Ave) to see their new exhibit: "Drama and Design: Yvonne Twining Humber and Blanche Morgan Losey." Hunni Co. (186 Sunset Ave) is hosting Brittany Wilde's " The Greater the Diversity, the Greater the Perfection" show. End your evening on the patio of 190 Sunset, (190 Sunset Ave) with a refreshment in hand while you listen to the music of guitarist Adrian Libertini.

There are so, so many more great art shows at this month's Art Walk that we didn't even mention. Pottery, photography, painting, sculpture, mixed media, music and more will be scattered throughout the quaint and historic downtown Edmonds. We hope you'll join us this Thursday and do something AWEsome!

Click here to download the Art Walk Map!


Shoreline Council seeks volunteers for potential Prop. 1 Pros / Con Committees

A popular pedestrian route
Shoreline Council seeks volunteers for voters’ pamphlet pro and con committees for Shoreline Proposition 1: Sales and Use Tax for Sidewalk Transportation Improvements

At its July 16 meeting, the Shoreline City Council indicated that they intend to move forward with placing a sales and use tax for sidewalk improvements on the November 6, 2018, general election ballot.

Accompanying the ballots will be the King County Voters’ Pamphlet. The pamphlet will include an explanatory statement from the City that states the effect of the sales and use tax if approved.

In response will be statements in support and opposition to the ballot measure. State law requires the City Council to appoint two committees to draft the pro and con statements.

The committees can have no more than three members each; however, the committees may seek advice from any person or persons. The committees will also have an opportunity to write a rebuttal statement to the other side’s statement.

Individuals interested in applying for one of the committee positions can fill out an online application. Applications are due by August 2 at 4:30 p.m. The City Council will review the applications and appoint the committee members at its August 6 business meeting.

To learn more about the requirements for the voter’s pamphlet and the duties of the pro and con committees, review the 2018 Jurisdiction Manual at King County Elections.

If you prefer to fill out a paper ballot, you can download them below or pick one up from the Clerk’s Office at City Hall.


Craft Show in Lake Forest Park side by side with Farmers Market

Photos by Jerry Pickard

On Sunday, 15 July, Lake Forest Park Farmer's Market hosted a large number of craft vendors.There were many booths with a large selection of items to choose from.

C and G Plants had Hummingbird Magnets or "Bee Balm".

Savvy Heart sold Air Plants. 

And all the usual market vendors were there with fruits and vegetables

It was sunny and hot out, climbing into the 90's Sunday afternoon. Vendors selling cold drinks were very popular with shoppers. A light breeze from the southwest was appreciated by everyone.


Some are Really Late Bloomers

Glory Daze dahlia
Dahlia and photo by John Hibbs, ND

By Jan Hansen

The Good Books tells us that many can be involved. Some plant, some water, and some harvest.

The planters are amazing people. They labor and leave at the end of a day with little or nothing visible. Many who pass by will not even notice or care about what was done in that time and space.

Acres of dahlias bloomed on this land
belonging to Alta M Wheeler in Seattle

May I share part of my story?

The planter in this chapter was my grandmother, Alta M. Wheeler. Her dreams so often became reality and on a scale that only those who dream can imagine. Grandma dreamed of flowers and began planting. Soon in the 1920’s, acres of Dahlias bloomed on the land that is now St. Demetrios Church in the Mountlake district of Seattle.

DahliaLand Gardens florist shop
Photo courtesy Museum of History and Industry

She dreamed of sharing the beauty and aroma of flowers, so a florist shop was brought into reality.

My father and mother worked there, where stems became bouquets, corsages, and arrangements on the tables of the highbrows of Seattle’s hills.

Dahlia tubers are not handsome. One cannot see beauty in the swiveled brown mass. Grandma dreamed and planted many things into my life. I barely noticed the tubers that she planted. Of course, looking back there were hints. Several times as a young child my picture was on the Dahlialand calendar.

Those tubers were awakened by the Shoreline Area News article this May: Dahlias for Senior Center: free dahlia tubers at the Senior Center May 22.

Dahlias grow quickly, once they break the surface.

I had a vision of planting and helping. Dr. John Hibbs was there to water. He whet my appetite to see the blooms. I want to see tubers and the Senior Center thrive and blossom. The tubers from May have broken ground. I’m seeing buds and dreaming of the colors.

Almost 100 years have passed. I so appreciate my grandma, Dr. John, and the community that did, does and will bring even more glory days (Glory Daze) to our Senior Center.


Photos: Dinosaur attacks Parkwood Elementary

Photo by Mike Remarcke

Photo by Mike Remarcke

A large, flat-footed dinosaur takes huge bites from the roof of Parkwood Elementary and drops mouthfuls of splintered wood to the ground.

By the time you next go by the school grounds at N 155th and Meridian Ave N, the old Parkwood Elementary school building will be gone. It will be replaced by a brand new school building.

School will take place in the North City building at 816 NE 190th St during construction.

On February 14, 2017, over 19,000 Shoreline and Lake Forest Park voters authorized the rebuilds of Einstein Middle School, Kellogg Middle School, and Parkwood Elementary School and endorsed the construction of a new Early Learning Center for pre-school children (The Pratt Early Learning Center).

This capital project bond passed with a nearly 73% approval rate. While the facade of the current Parkwood is well maintained, we were selected for replacement due to the condition of our building and the ned to increase elementary classroom capacity for growing enrollment in the district.

The new building is expected to be ready by Fall 2019.


Save the date for the 12th Annual Jazz Walk - August 14

Save the date for the 12th Annual Jazz Walk

Tuesday August 14, 2018 

$20 tickets are on sale now at the North City Jazz Walk website

Tickets will go on sale in local businesses in early August. 

After midnight on Monday, August 13, tickets will be $25. 

Ten venues will give you an opportunity to experience some of the area's best jazz players. 

Get a taste of North City as food venues take to the streets to sell inexpensive Jazz Bites 
along 15th Ave NE throughout the evening. 

15th Ave NE in the North City business district will close to vehicle traffic from 6pm to 10pm 
on Tuesday August 14 for the North City Jazz Walk. 

Entrance to the festival and two great bands are outdoors 
and free to the public. 

Eight of the venues are indoors and require a festival bracelet.


Mass casualty training at Shoreline Community College - Metro rerouting buses

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Training this week at SCC
Shoreline Fire is doing MCI (Mass Casualty Incident) Training Tuesday through Friday at Shoreline Community College from 12-4pm each day. 

This training will involve departments from Northshore, Bothell, Woodinville, Snohomish County and Seattle.

Thanks to the college for letting us utilize their facilities and for participating with campus security, volunteers/actors and other services.

Therefore, from Tuesday, July 17 through Friday, July 20, from 12:30pm until 3:30pm each day, Metro routes 5, 330, 331 and 345 will be rerouted off of the Shoreline College campus during an event.

During this time, these routes will begin and end at the stop on eastbound N Innis Arden Way, just west of Greenwood Ave N and will not serve the stops on westbound N Innis Arden Way or on the Shoreline College campus.

Visit Metro’s Service Advisories page for complete information about revised bus service, routing and stops for planned events. Transit reroute start and end times may be subject to change.


Photo: View from RB Saltwater Park Trail

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Did you know that there is a trail that runs around the rim of Richmond Beach Saltwater Park? You get some pretty amazing views from there.

This weather is great for photos - I have gotten many beautiful sunsets, and scenes on the water, with all the details crisp and clear.

The funny thing is that those of us who live here seem to adjust for the grey skies and haze. We think that it always looks like this photo.

When I publish photos from other times of the year, people complain about how dark they are. Hey folks - that's what it usually look like here!

So enjoy the sunny stuff while we have it and hope that the temperature drops a bit. (How can people manage living in aluminum trailers in Phoenix? I don't care how dry the heat is.)



Regional workshop on Fed proposal to reclassify nuclear waste at Hanford

Join State Rep Gerry Pollet, Executive Director of Heart of America Northwest, in the first of a series of regional workshops:

Seattle Thursday July 19, 2018 - 7pm - 8:30pm

North Seattle College Multipurpose meeting room College Center (CC) 1161. 9600 College Way N, Seattle 98103, SW corner of main campus building with visitor parking in front, just off College Way N (enter NE 95th St).

Instead of cleaning up high level nuclear waste, the Federal Energy Department (USDOE) wants to rename (reclassify) it and leave 4% of high level nuclear wastes in Hanford's Single Shell Tanks rather than removing and disposing of it in a deep underground repository. USDOE is taking comment until Sept. 7.

Washington Department of Ecology has been invited to share the State's view or concerns.

The concern is that High Level Nuclear Waste near the soil surface under asphalt and soil caps or concrete in the bottom of tanks will spread to the groundwater that flows to the Columbia River. 

At the workshop, we will review this proposal and provide an update on other Hanford issues - such as the spread of Plutonium and what USDOE is planning to do with the collapsed PUREX tunnels.


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