Photos: Hydrangeas in Japanese art

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

By Wayne Pridemore

The hydrangea, "ajisai" in Japanese, is the floral symbol of rainy season. The flower is adored and honored by most Japanese like they do for ume, sakura, and irises. 

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

These wonderful plants have come into bloom in our yard.

A hanging scroll painting of hydrangeas attributed to Ogata Korin (1658-1716), part of the Metropolitan Museum collection.

Japanese dish with Hydrangeas decoration from the Edo period, 1615-1868, an example of Nabeshima ware. These were reserved exclusively for use as presents to members of the ruling class.

A lovely print from the British Museum, artist unidentified but of the Maruyanna school showing a blue hydrangea filled with text and poems.


Scene on the Sound: Cruise ship has a breakdown by Richmond Beach

Celebrity Solstice limping back to Seattle
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

The Celebrity Solstice cruise ship left the Seattle dock at 4:22 pm on Friday afternoon bound for Alaska.

Seattle television announced that the Solstice had a "blackout" electrical problem.

Shoreline residents noticed that the ship was very slowly headed back towards Seattle at 5:30pm.

The photo was taken at 6:45 pm.


Second pole in place by 185th overpass

Electrical pole #2 in place by 185th overpass
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

We've been looking at the giant utility poles from a distance - but this one is right on NE 185th by the freeway overpass.

City Light and subcontractors are erecting the steel poles as part of the early work to relocate utilities.

They will raise the wires high enough that crews bringing in heavy equipment can maneuver safely during construction of the guideway for the trains.


Submit community events to the Arts Council’s website calendar

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council would like to send out a friendly reminder that the website calendar is available for the community to submit upcoming events and activities.

We want to help spread the news about all the amazing events that occur in our community on a weekly basis, especially when it comes to the arts and culture (music, dance, theater, visual arts, culinary, and film).

Other requirements typically include involvement in the Shoreline and Lake Forest Park communities, and status as a community group, PTSA, non-profit organization or has a partnership with the Arts Council.

Please allow at least 14 days for your event to be added to the calendar. Inclusion in the calendar is not guaranteed, and all submissions are subject to review and approval by the Arts Council. We reserve the right to edit submissions for content and space considerations.

Have questions? Please contact Publicity Manager Kevin Sheen, at or call us at 206-417-4645. We are happy to help!

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate creativity and inspire our community through the arts.


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Moose moussed

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


Update: Current real estate market in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park

By Nan Skinner

After recently receiving some inquiries about the real estate market, I am resuming my "monthly" real estate market update. Here is how the market stands in mid-July:

There are currently 191 homes for sale in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park (including a few in Kenmore). Those homes have been available for purchase an average of 86 days; the least number of days is zero and the most number of days is 777.

The average original list price of these homes is $938,935; the average current list price is $901,614. As you can see, prices are going down. The median home price is $700,000; the lowest list price is $299,950 and the highest is $5,000,000.

Over the last 180 days, 86 homes came under contract (pending sales). Before they "went pending", these homes were on the market for an average of 27 days; least number of days is zero and the most number of days was 272.

The average original list price (when they came on the market) was $823,676; the average asking price at the time the homes were pending was $811,633. The median price of these homes is $652,500; lowest price is $305,000 and the highest is $5,250,000.

Number of homes sold in the last 180 days was 453 (some of these used to be in the pending category). It took an average of 37 days for these homes to be sold (officially closed); a few homes sold in zero days and a lot more homes took quite a bit longer (about 210 days, and one took 614 days).

The average original list price was $726,000; the average list price at sale was $715,000; the average sale price $718,000. The lowest sale price was $290,000 and the highest sale price was $3,550,000.

Nan has had a 19-year career (so far) in real estate. She is currently affiliated with HomeSmart Real Estate Associates located in Thornton Place (Northgate). She is always willing to answer your questions.


Police Chief Steve Sutton retires from Lake Forest Park police

Chief Sutton
Photo courtesy City of LFP
Police Chief Steve Sutton began his law enforcement career as a Washington State Trooper in 1988. 

After more than 25 years of service with WSP, rising to the rank of Captain, he was appointed as Lake Forest Park Chief of Police in March 2013. 

Chief Sutton’s communication with citizens has brought unmatched transparency to the community and improved trust in the Police Department.

This was recognized when he received LFP GOV Watch’s award for Communicator of the Year in 2016. (see article).

Chief Sutton has implemented his plan for building communication with Lake Forest Park residents deliberately, consistently, and successfully for their individual benefit and the welfare of the entire community.

He paid particular attention to Block Watch captains, communicating with them on a regular basis.

Rotary President Kae Peterson with Chief Sutton
Photo courtesy LFP Rotary

As an active member of the Lake Forest Park Rotary, he served in various leadership positions, including program chair.

Rotary president Kae Peterson said of him,
"The vision of his staff is to make LFP the safest city around. With only eight complaints in 1,200 contacts, that vision is practically accomplished. In 255 physical arrests, only ten involved use of force. 
"Burglaries have gone down by more than 50% in the past five years. Cooperation with Shoreline, Kenmore, Bothell, and Kirkland definitely helps. 
"We can be proud of our police force in keeping LFP residents safe."

Chief Sutton and "Chief" Ethan Hennig
Photo courtesy LFP Police

He led the department in their participation with the Special Olympics, as they raised funds with their annual Salmon BBQ, and participated in the torch run. 

He personally accompanied the chosen child every year as the department participated in the Chief for a Day program. 

His department participated in the Shop with a Cop event, helping kids buy Christmas presents for their families.

Chief Sutton is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and was successful in the development and sustainment of a modern, professional police department. 

Steve Sutton
Photo courtesy
City of LFP
The Chief has garnered enormous respect from the regional law enforcement community and Lake Forest Park community as a whole.

During the city luncheon in his honor on July 11, 2019, Chief Sutton signed off on the radio for the last time.

The City of Lake Forest Park and the Lake Forest Park Police Department are incredibly grateful for his leadership and work within our community.


Free Outdoor Movie night in Ridgecrest

Friday, July 19, 2019

FREE Outdoor Movie Night
Sponsored by the Ridgecrest Neighborhood Association

"The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part" (PG)

Saturday, August 3, 2019
Paramount School Park 

Schedule of activities

6:00pm: Activities (including Lego Station)
6-8:30pm: Food Truck on Site - Absolute Dogs (Hot Dogs, & Gyros)
7:30pm; Live Music: New Method Blasters
9:00pm: Movie: "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part"

Bring a blanket, your favorite folding chair or even a blow-up air mattress.

Get comfy and enjoy a FREE movie brought to you by the Ridgecrest Neighborhood Association!


Dr. Roberts challenges graduates to contribute to their communities at Shoreline Community College’s 55th Commencement Ceremony

Professor Terry Taylor (far right) with graduating members
of the Honors College at Shoreline Community College

On June 20, 2019, 274 graduates participated in Shoreline Community College’s 55th Commencement Ceremony. Commencement was attended by graduates, faculty, staff, the Board of Trustees, and graduates’ invited guests.

President Dr. Cheryl Roberts gave opening remarks, congratulating students for their success and calling on them to commit to a continued responsibility to themselves and their community.

“I challenge each of you to look for things you can do—small or large, one time or long-term, comfortable or uncomfortable—that will allow you to share your heart and your talents in your communities,” said Roberts. 
“Let’s all look for ways to serve and ways to lead. The world needs you and is waiting for you to care, to dream, and to succeed.”

Reminding students of their power to make a difference, Roberts invoked words from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Everyone can be great because anyone can serve. All it requires is a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.”

Dr. Laurel Ecke, associate faculty member in Psychology, served as the Faculty Speaker. Azia Kelikoa’elakauaikekai Jaelyn Lualhati, an Honors College student and the Editor-in-Chief of Shoreline’s student newspaper, The Ebbtide, served as the Student Speaker. In lieu of a keynote speaker, the audience enjoyed a video highlighting stories of student success.

Three graduates were presented with a Student Service Award, an honor that recognizes students who’ve distinguished themselves by helping their peers and others in the communities the college serves and supports. 

This year’s recipients, whose names are added to a plaque in the Student Life Center, are: Jisa Kang, Shraddha Mall, and Qinyang Zeng.

The graduating class encompassed 108 students recognized as President’s Scholars, 28 Honors College students, 3 Shoreline Scholars, and 2 members of the All-Washington Academic Team. 

Degrees and certificates conferred on the Class of 2019 included 179 GEDs, 72 high school diplomas, 82 certificates, and 660 Associates degrees.

Learn more about Shoreline’s programs for learners at all stages in life.


Burke Gilman Trail repair at former Wayne Golf Course July 22 - 26

There will be upcoming asphalt repair on the Burke Gilman Trail next to the former Wayne Golf Course in Bothell.

The work will be taking place from July 22 – 26, as the weather permits.

The duration of work is expected to take 5 days.

Trail users should expect traffic control and occasional short delays as the construction progresses.

For safety reasons trail users may be asked to dismount their bikes and walk around the construction.


Scene on the Sound: USNS Fisher

USNS Fisher
Photo by Jan Hansen

A sister to the USNS Brittin arrived today.

USNS Fisher (T-AKR-301) is a Bob Hope -class roll on roll off vehicle cargo ship of the United States Navy. She was built by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, New Orleans and delivered to the Navy on 4 August 1998. They assigned her to the United States Department of Defense 's Military Sealift Command.

About the Ship's Name:

When Secretary of the Navy John Dalton made the announcement that T-AKR 301 would be named USNS FISHER, he said, "There is no way to repay the Fishers for their decades of support, but this gesture-naming a ship in their honor-is the Navy's way of saying thank you very much."

Zachary Fisher, a prominent New York City builder, and his wife, Elizabeth, were instrumental in transforming the historic aircraft carrier USS INTREPID (CV 11) into a museum "so that future generations could appreciate the sacrifices made by a few to guarantee the liberties and freedoms of many..." The INTREPID Sea Air Space Museum opened in August 1982.

Mr. Fisher and his wife, Elizabeth, are dedicated to enhancing the public perception of the U.S. Military. In 1983, the Fishers founded the Zachary and Elizabeth M. Fisher Armed Services Foundation. Fisher Houses, which in 1996 totaled 24, exist to provide free housing for military families in times of crisis. The Foundation has provided substantial direct payments to the surviving families of service people, including the forty-seven killed sailors of the IOWA (BB 61) gun turret explosion. The Foundation also provides college scholarships for dependents of military personnel.

--U.S. Navy


On the ballot: parks, city councils, school board

There are two parks levies to vote upon this year.

One county measure on this primary ballot and one Shoreline measure in the November election.

The King County Parks measure is basically a replacement levy, good for six years. It covers the whole county, but there is some money in it for Shoreline. Note that no one could be found to write a statement against it.

In the November election, Shoreline voters will be asked to fund a new recreation / swim center with some funding for parks. Shoreline is currently recruiting people to write pro and con statements for the voters' pamphlet. (see previous article)

For those who are looking for the candidate information we have published, here are the links:

Candidate statements: Shoreline School Board

Candidate statements: Shoreline City Council

Candidate statements: Lake Forest Park City Council

The top two candidates in each race will go to the general election.

Information about candidates can always be found by going to the webpage, and clicking "candidates" under Features in the first column. Don't go back too far - it has every candidate on whom we have ever published information.


Twin Ponds north work party Saturday

Volunteers at Twin Ponds North

On Saturday, July 20, 2019, from 10am - noon, the Washington Native Plant Urban Forest Stewards will be hosting a community work party, at Twin Ponds North. Everyone is Welcome!

We meet on the far NW side of the park, along 155th street, west of the parking lot.

Please bring gloves, hand pruners, and water. We will also have gloves, tools, water, and cookies on sight.

Contact us with any questions at

~If you know of anyone else who would love to join us, please feel free to pass on the invitation.  We hope you are able to join us. ~ 


Scam alert: you do not have to report to the KC communications center

The King County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center in Renton had a couple of unexpected visitors on Thursday. 

Both people told staff they were sent there by a caller who claimed to be with the Sheriff’s Office.

The scammer claimed the victims had outstanding warrants or had missed a court date and when they did not agree to send money, they were directed to go to the Communications Center and were even provided the address.

It appears the scammer even spoofed the non-emergency phone number to bolster their claims. It is unclear as to why the victims were actually sent to a Sheriff’s Office facility but luckily they lost nothing but some of their time.

The King County Sheriff’s Office is not in the business of collecting payment for anything so we will never threaten to arrest someone if they don’t pay. 
If you are ever contacted and threatened with arrest if you don’t pay, hang up the phone immediately and report the call to your local law enforcement agency.

There are many other scams out there and unfortunately, many target the elderly and other vulnerable people. 

The KCSO encourages people to have open and repeat conversations with their vulnerable loved ones in an effort to protect them from these fraudulent scams. 

If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.


Photos: Parkwood Elementary construction

Parkwood Elementary finishing construction
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Parkwood Elementary is currently in the finishing stages of construction, with completion expected in August 2019. The new school will be 64,800 square feet with a capacity for 500 students.

Parkwood is a hive of activity right now
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The project's architect is DLR Architects and a contractor is Allied Construction. The total estimated project cost is $46,909,000.

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The building is a series of two story boxes, set at slight angles to each other. The exterior of the building has four different finishes.

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

All of this serves to break up the space visually and make it an interesting and inviting building. It also makes it look like a different building from every side.

Visit the Parkwood Elementary School website for additional school construction information.

N 155 will be resurfaced. New sidewalks and crosswalks are in.
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

As a companion project, the sidewalks, streets, and crosswalks were redone by the school.

Parkwood is part of a major building upgrade for School Schools, which includes Kellogg, Einstein, Shorecrest, and Parkwood.


Busy Traffic Weekend July 19-22

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Puget Sound events and traffic for July 19-22
Paint map courtesy WSDOT

  • Northbound SR 99 tunnel maintenance closure: 10pm Friday, July 19, to 8am Saturday, July 20
  • Mariners vs. Angels: Friday, July 19, to Sunday, July 21, at T-Mobile Park
  • Darrington Bluegrass Festival: Friday, July 19, to Sunday, July 21
  • Montlake Bridge maintenance: One lane in each direction from 6 to 11am Saturday, July 20
  • Capitol Hill Block Party: Friday, July 19, to Sunday, July 21
  • Sounders vs. Timbers: 6:30pm Sunday, July 21, at CenturyLink Field
  • Full SR18 maintenance closure: Between Issaquah-Hobart Road and I-90 from 9pm Friday, July 19, to 1pm Sunday, July 21


FOUND: Dog stolen with vehicle from Gateway Plaza

Stolen with vehicle on Thursday
FOUND: 10:15am 7-19-19
Shoreline Police announce that car and dog have both been found. The pup is safe.

-Original story-

A black Kia Sedona was stolen from Gateway Plaza, 18300 Midvale Ave N, on Thursday, July 18, 2019 with a small Maltese dog inside. 

Please be on the lookout for this dog.

Call 911 if you see it.


College residence hall opens in the fall

Shoreline Community College residence hall
will be ready for September 2019 move in
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Shoreline Community College is now accepting applications for its new residence hall.

Starting fall 2019, a residence hall will be available to all Shoreline CC students. Located at the heart of the College’s wooded campus, the building will feature 68 units that house 216 bed spaces with shared living rooms and kitchens.

Features of the residence hall include:

  • Four-bedroom, two-bedroom and studio units, furnished with beds, dressers, desks, soft seating and tables
  • Full kitchens with market-rate apartment grade finishes
  • High-speed internet access
  • Onsite shared laundry facilities
  • Secure wireless access and around-the-clock security
  • Onsite resident advisors (RAs) and management office
  • Main lobby with lounge and study spaces
  • Landscaped courtyard for relaxation and studying
  • Gathering room for conferences and events
  • LEED silver-rated building construction
The bus line stops at the resident hall
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Rental rates are between $825-1275 per student, per month, depending on unit size and lease length.

Meal plans will not be offered, as units include full kitchen facilities. The residence hall is next door to the cafeteria and bookstore, with many shopping and dining options within short walking distance.

Bus stops are right outside the building, for easy transportation to Seattle and beyond.

Apply online, learn about eligibility, and take a 360º virtual tour at


Midvale Community Garden public meeting update and design

This is the vision for the Midvale Community Garden

Midvale Community Garden has made great progress.

Let’s celebrate efforts thus far and talk about design! We will be joined by representatives from stakeholders to inspire a shared vision for the newest community garden in Shoreline.

Thursday, July 25, 2019, 7pm at Shoreline City Hall, 3rd floor, 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline 98133.

The Midvale Community Garden is located at N 192nd and the Interurban Trail.


Mulched trees will be used for local Sound Transit projects

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Crews were busy grinding up the debris from the trees that were removed for the 185th Station. A day later the construction crew came in and put up fencing which blocks the view of the site. This is early preparation for the actual construction.

As for the mulched trees, Sound Transit says that it is planning to use the "Hog Fuel wood chips” for job wide erosion control and for the Ronald Bog site development.

The plan is that once we have used the amount we need for the project, we will have a community event where we give away wood chips.


Echo Lake now open

Echo Lake is now open
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

By Diane Hettrick

King County has advised the City of Shoreline that the bacteria count in Echo Lake has dropped and the swimming restriction has been removed.

The restriction would probably have been removed sooner but the formal testing takes a couple of days.

They are quite certain that the spike in the bacteria count was due to bird feces.

At the Echo Lake Picnic on Tuesday, one of the work party volunteers found an entire pile of bread pieces that someone had left for the geese.

First of all, bread is not good for geese or other birds, although they are happy to eat it. When geese are overfed like this, they will congregate in the place near the food source.

If they are fed enough, they will not migrate.

They will lay more eggs and hatch more young.

Then you have situations like we had at Echo Lake Elementary some years back, where there were so many geeses congregating on the school grounds that there were concerns for the health of the children.

The geese there were captured and killed.

Don't feed the large birds - ducks, geese, seagulls.


Seattle Times: Shoreline resident had role in Moon landing

Dr. James Joki
Photo courtesy Ballard School Foundation
Richmond Beach resident Dr. James Joki served as an extravehicular mobility unit (EMU) flight controller for Apollo 11.

As a flight controller assigned to Mission Control, Joki helped develop, test and modify the spacesuits, backpacks, visors, gloves and oxygen systems that Aldrin and Armstrong would rely on for life support during their walk on the moon. 
The mission unfolded in phases, and Joki’s part took place from the time Aldrin and Armstrong donned their suits and opened the door of the lunar module, to the moment they returned safely to the spacecraft and shut the door.

Many Shoreline residents know him as the doctor who delivered their babies. And how did he go from Mission Control to the delivery room?

Joki recalls walking through a hospital during this time and hearing the beeps of a machine monitoring a pregnant woman’s unborn child. He instantly sensed a parallel between seeing astronauts through a moon walk and helping women and babies through pregnancy. In 1971, he left NASA and went to medical school, and he spent the next chapter of his career delivering babies at Seattle’s Northwest Hospital.

His home is full of space travel-related memorabilia.

A good Finn (Joki means “river” in Finnish), he keeps some of these artifacts in his home’s basement sauna.

Read the full article here

KING5 Evening Magazine did a segment on Dr. Joki July 18, 2019. View it here.


Photo: Yellow lucifer

Photo by Lee Langeschulte

Yesterday we had red lucifer - today we have yellow. Readers said that the lucifer spreads and will fill the area. It doesn't sound like it's difficult to dig out some clumps and gift them.

And all agreed that they are hummingbird magnets.



Photos: 5th NE closed and more poles are being installed

More steel poles being installed on 5th NE
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

5th NE at NE 185th is closed again, as more steel poles are installed along 5th and 185th.

Tree debris
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Other crews have been grinding up the debris from the trees that were removed from the station area site.


Summer Pop-Up Book Sale in Lake Forest Park Sunday

Friends of the Lake Forest Park Library

Sunday, July 21, 10am – 3pm
Lake Forest Park Farmers Market
Town Center at Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Way NE

What a great day to visit your friendly local Farmers Market! It’s the Peak of the Season for fresh local produce, it’s the annual Crafts Day at the Market, and it’s the Friends’ Summer Pop-Up Book Sale!

Pick out delectable fruits and veggies, explore wonderful treasures at the craft vendor tables, and allow plenty of time to browse our quality bargain books.

You might find a stack of perfect beach reads, well-preserved copies of classics you’ve always meant to read, a great selection of kids’ books, and volumes on arts and culture, history, travel, cooking, and general life enhancement. 

Plus you get to mingle with fellow book lovers -- you might be inspired to join our group in supporting our beloved local library!

Proceeds will support the joint Lake Forest Park Library and Third Place Commons Halloween Program.


Scene on the Sound: the Brittin, US Navy logistics vessel

USNS Brittin in a cloudy Puget Sound
Photo by Jan Hansen

USNS BRITTIN is named in honor of Army Sgt. 1st Class Nelson V. Brittin, a Korean War Medal of Honor recipient who distinguished himself as a member of Company I in Yonggong-ni, Korea, March 7, 1951.


Sfc. Brittin, a member of Company I, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action. Volunteering to lead his squad up a hill, with meager cover against murderous fire from the enemy, he ordered his squad to give him support and, in the face of withering fire and bursting shells, he tossed a grenade at the nearest enemy position.

On returning to his squad, he was knocked down and wounded by an enemy grenade. Refusing medical attention, he replenished his supply of grenades and returned, hurling grenades into hostile positions and shooting the enemy as they fled.

When his weapon jammed, he leaped without hesitation into a foxhole and killed the occupants with his bayonet and the butt of his rifle. He continued to wipe out foxholes and, noting that his squad had been pinned down, he rushed to the rear of a machine gun position, threw a grenade into the nest, and ran around to its front, where he killed all 3 occupants with his rifle.

Less than 100 yards up the hill, his squad again came under vicious fire from another camouflaged, sandbagged, machine gun nest well-flanked by supporting riflemen.

Sfc. Brittin again charged this new position in an aggressive endeavor to silence this remaining obstacle and ran direct into a burst of automatic fire which killed him instantly.

In his sustained and driving action, he had killed 20 enemy soldiers and destroyed 4 automatic weapons. The conspicuous courage, consummate valor, and noble self-sacrifice displayed by Sfc. Brittin enabled his inspired company to attain its objective and reflect the highest glory on himself and the heroic traditions of the military service

--Information source


Live and Local for Saturday July 20

The Music of Four at the Bistro Saturday

There's a lot of live and local music to choose from each weekend. 

Most venues have food, some have dancing. Most have a cover charge and require reservations.

All have great local bands and entertainment!

This Saturday, July 20, 2019 here's what's happening:


The Music of Four - $12 Cover -  8 - 10:30pm

Four's sophisticated Americana stylings were developing long before the name came into fashion. Four performs original material, described by Seattle Sound magazine as A celebration of rock'n'roll songwriting, as well as songs from those who inspire them: the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Roy Orbison, Mark Knopfler, and Steely Dan, among others. Edgy arrangements of favorite jazz standards (by Dave Brubeck and others) are part of who they are, as well. The band's 2010 CD, The Music of Four, was recorded at the legendary Robert Lang Studios, and produced by former Jason Mraz bassist Ian Sheridan. The Music of Four features pristine 3-part harmonies, Steve's masterful guitar work, and Rick's lyrics that touch on Everyman themes, from love and heartache to disappointment and redemption.

North City Bistro and Wine Shop, 1520 NE 177th St, Shoreline 98155, Call 206-365-4447 or go to website and fill out the simple reservation request form, in order to secure seats for the show. Then buy your tickets here.


The Dana Osborn Band - $10 cover - 8 - 11pm

The Aurora Borealis 16708 Aurora Ave N, 206-629-5744. 21+

Dana Osborn and his bands have been a premier Northwest fixture since the early ‘80s. The current lineup known as The Dana Osborn Band puts on a fun and high energy show. Dana and the band play Dance Music from classic rock and pop, to Dana’s Grovin’ and soulful original music from his two CD’s. Dana and The Band will keep you entertained and on your feet with good time, sing-along feel good songs.


Greenriver Thrillers, White City Graves, Matthew Singleton Ben ! - 8pm - 2am
Doors 8:30pm, show at 9pm - $8 cover

Darrell's Tavern 18041 Aurora Ave N. 206-542-6688.

Heavy rock metal and punk bands at Shoreline's own Dive Bar. Live music, vintage decor, pizza, tacos, hotdogs, and free pool.

White City Graves emerging from the album recording cocoon to take over Darrell's for a night with none other than Greenriver Thrillers, and Matthew Singleton Bentley! Gonna be a hell of a night! 


Third Train Running - 8 - 10pm - $7 cover.
Easy Monkey Taphouse, 17537 15th Ave NE B. 206-420-1326.

Blues and folk from local Shoreline band.


Microsoft Jumpin' Jive Orchestra 7:30 - 9:30pm FREE and family friendly.
Third Place Commons Town Center, intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way NE in Lake Forest Park.

Employees of Redmond's favorite tech giant show off their creative side with rousing renditions of the classics of the Swing era.


Ballots mailed Wednesday for Primary Election on Aug 6 - Register to vote online up to July 29 - 16 and 17 year olds can preregister

Ballots were mailed out Wednesday for the August 6 primary election. Any voter who has not received their ballot by Monday, July 22 should call King County Elections at 206-296-VOTE (8683).

Dates and Deadlines
  • July 29: Deadline for online and mail-in voter registration. As of June 30, 2019, Washington voters can register up to and including election day, and vote in that election but after July 29 it will need to be in person in Seattle or Renton.
  • August 6: Deadline for Washington State in person voter registration or updates 
  • August 6: Primary - ballots must be postmarked no later than August 6 or deposited in a drop box by 8pm. 

Accessible Voting Units (AVUs) are available at Vote Centers.
Vote centers are available for voters that need assistance. Each center has voting machines that offer audio or large print ballots, and other assistive devices. Elections staff are available to assist as needed. Voters can also register to vote and get their ballots through Election Day.
There is a vote center at Kenmore City Hall. Complete list here

Register to vote ONLINE - by July 29
  • Register for the first time
  • Change your registration information
  • Check your voting history
  • Track your ballot
Automatic Voter Registration (AVR)

AVR is a simple, modern, and secure way to keep your registration up to date. Eligible Washingtonians can now register to vote or update an existing registration automatically at the Department of Licensing or other state agencies. Registration via AVR is open until eight days before an election.

Same Day Registration

With Same Day Registration, eligible Washingtonians can register to vote and submit their ballot on the same day. This new change eliminates unnecessary deadlines so more voters can participate. You can register via Same Day Registration in person at your county auditor’s office (find your auditor here) or at any voting center in King County (find the closest voting center here). Same Day Registration is available until 8pm on Election Day.

Pre-registration for 16 and 17 year olds

Eligible 16 and 17 year olds in Washington can now pre-register to vote! After submitting a simple form, pre-registrants will automatically receive a ballot for the first election after they turn 18. Pre-Registration is available year-round on the Secretary of State’s online portal; in person at voting centers, county auditors’ offices, and with volunteers; and at any Department of Licensing office.

More information available at the Secretary of State's website


Lynnwood Link drop-in session July 24 at Shoreline Library

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Sound Transit is hosting a drop-in session next week to provide an overview of the Lynnwood Link Extension Project and answer any construction related questions. 

Come by anytime during one of the drop-in sessions to learn more, provide input on the preliminary refined project and find out about next steps.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 from 4 - 7pm
Shoreline Public Library, 345 NE 175th St, Shoreline 98155

During these drop-in sessions, you'll have the opportunity to:
  • Learn about the project and get a brief overview of the Lynnwood Link Extension.
  • Ask construction related questions.
  • Talk with project staff to learn more about next steps of construction.

If you cannot make this drop-in session, Sound Transit plans to have many more drop-in session opportunities in the future. 


13 year old missing from Lake Forest Park found in Seattle

LFP Police issued a call for public help to locate a missing 13 year old boy with autism who walked away from home on Wednesday evening.

Daniel Meltvedt walked away from the residence in Lake Forest Park where his family is visiting. He was last seen at 39th Ave NE and NE 165th St.

He was wearing a black t-shirt with words "unshakable", olive green sweatpants, and silver/orange running shoes. He is 5'8, 125lbs, brown hair, brown eyes.

The police department asked residents in the area to check their property and call 911 if he was located. Nemco volunteers conducted a door to door search.

Around 10:30pm police announced that he had been located in Seattle and LFP police were making arrangements to get him home.


Motorcycle drivers need liability insurance by July 28

State law requires liability insurance for
motorcycle drivers after July 28
A new state law takes effect on July 28 that requires all motorcycle drivers to carry liability coverage and to provide proof of insurance.

This is a change to the state’s mandatory liability insurance law that previously exempted motorcycle drivers. 

The new law requires anyone who drives a motor vehicle or motorcycle in Washington state to:

Carry liability insurance with liability limits of at least:
  • $25,000 for injuries or death to another person
  • $50,000 for injuries or death to all other people
  • $10,000 for damage to another person’s property

Apply for a certificate of deposit to pay for your liability insurance with the Department of Licensing 

Have a liability bond of at least $60,000 filed by a surety bond company that’s authorized to do business in Washington.

Self-insure if you have 26 or more vehicles. For more information or to see if you qualify for this option, contact the Department of Licensing.

Motorcycle drivers must also be prepared to show proof that they have liability insurance. Your insurance company will send you a paper card, or have an electronic version of the card online or in an app. If you cannot prove to a law enforcement officer that you have insurance, you can get a ticket.

Find more information about the law change on the state insurance commissioner website.

If you don’t yet have the coverage you need, talk to your agent or broker. You can find licensed agents and brokers and see the status of their license on the insurance commissioner website.


Edmonds police seek answers to the missing hours of Shoreline woman's life

Edmonds police detectives are asking for the public’s help in piecing together what happened to a woman during a two-hour period early Sunday morning, July 14, 2019.

According to police, detectives are investigating the case involving a 28-year-old Shoreline woman who was visiting her fiancé’s family in the 8700 block of Bowdoin Way in Edmonds. The woman and her fiancé were leaving the home around 12:30am when he went back inside for a few minutes. When he came back outside, she was gone.

The family searched for her, then called 911 to report her missing. She was eventually found at 2am at a gas station in the 9700 block of Edmonds Way, by two people who had stopped for fuel. They called her family, who took her home.

“The only thing the woman remembers for certain is waking up in a ‘grass field’ with a man kneeling over her and a woman standing nearby,” Edmonds police spokesman Sgt. Shane Hawley said. “She also remembers running off into a wooden area prior to finding her way to the gas station.”

At some point during that time, the woman lost a pair of black, strapped sandals she was wearing, Hawley added. The woman also had cuts, scrapes and bruises when she was located.

Detectives are investigating, but details are sparse.

“Our goal is to determine where she went and how she was injured during the period she was missing,” Hawley said. While police initially indicated the case may have involved “sexual motivation,” they don’t know if that is correct, he added.

Anyone with information should contact the department at 425-771-0200 and ask for Detective Andy Mehl. He can also be emailed at


Photo: Lucifer flowers

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

These pretties live in Richmond Beach. They are the flowers that the hummingbirds love that Wayne Pridemore photographed last week.

Now that I know what they look like, I realize that my neighbors have these. The flowers have a rather delicate appearance, almost fragile. The color is vivid and intense.



July birthday celebration at the Senior Center

July birthday party at the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, southernmost building on the Shoreline Center campus.

Birthday meal and entertainment.


Washington’s Newborn Screening Program now testing for additional life-threatening disorders

State Public Health Lab in Shoreline
After expanding laboratory space and purchasing improved equipment, the Department of Health’s Newborn Screening Program is testing babies for additional rare congenital disorders and plans to add more conditions in the near future.

“We save lives by testing all babies born in Washington for these rare congenital disorders, which can quickly lead to death or long-term disability if not rapidly identified,” said Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman. 
“Babies with these conditions often seem healthy at birth, which makes early detection and treatment critical.”

The department currently screens for 29 conditions using a dried blood spot collected from a baby’s heel on a special filter paper card. Each year the laboratory performs nearly 12 million tests on more than 164,000 specimens from about 85,000 newborns.

Each year, around 200 infants with one of the disorders are identified and can receive treatment early in life.

The State Board of Health determines which conditions are included in the screening, and additional conditions often require more equipment and laboratory space.

The recent remodel and expansion has helped the department meet its needs for adding testing for X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD), an inherited disorder that affects the nervous system and adrenal glands. New equipment for X-ALD testing was funded in part by the Ethan Zakes Foundation.

Additionally, DOH will start second tier testing for cystic fibrosis this summer, which will increase the accuracy of test results and follow-up. In the near future, the department plans to add testing for mucopolysaccharidosis type I and Pompe disease, and is exploring adding testing for spinal muscular atrophy—all serious conditions that can be debilitating or deadly.

More information on newborn screening is available on the department’s website.


Open house for 160th and Greenwood intersection Monday

Open House for the Worst Intersection in Shoreline

There will be an open house on Monday, July 22, 2019 re the 160th and Greenwood / Innis Arden Intersection.

It will be held at the Shoreline Community College Main Dining Room from 6:00 to 8:00pm, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline 98133. Room 9208 Building 9000 (“PUB-Pagoda Union Building”).

This project will select a concept for the intersection of Greenwood Avenue N with N 160th Street and NW Innis Arden Way. We will be working with Shoreline Community College on this project. 

Come view and learn about the roundabout and signalized concepts the City and College are working on and share your thoughts on both concepts. There will be a brief presentation beginning at 6:30pm.

If you cannot attend, visit the website a few days after the event to see the materials from the presentation and leave a comment.

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