Photos: Bunnies in May

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Both bunny photos are from May - but they were in my Unfinished Business file (which is voluminous).

The big bunny with the mouth full of foliage was published. He's from Wayne Pridemore's backyard garden.

After she saw the photo, reader Ginger Hayra, Master Native Plant Steward and Community Gardener, sent in this information:

The plant that the rabbit is eating in the picture appears to be the noxious weed: common groundsel
I've been pulling it up along the streets in Innis Arden. Apparently there are not enough rabbits there! : )
PS Kale (and all brassica) buds are quite tasty. Feel free to graze around the edges of Plot #18 at the Sunset Community Garden. But don't tell the rabbits that the purple ones (Kohlrabi) are the best and ever so much better than groundsel!

Baby Bunny
Photo by Mary Igl

But soon after, Ginger Hayra's wish was granted. Mary Igl sent in this photo (previously unpublished) of a cute little bunny in Innis Arden.

So groundsel's days are numbered - at least in Innis Arden!



Birdhouse construction with Irons Brothers at Shoreline Arts Festival (at Shoreline Community College) - Saturday and Sunday

Joseph Irons helping kids to build birdhouses at
the 2018 Arts Festival

Once again, Shoreline's Design + Build company Irons Brothers will help kids build cedar birdhouses at their booth at the Shoreline Arts Festival this Saturday and Sunday at Shoreline Community College.

2018 Festival

Carpenters from Irons Bros will work with the kids to assemble the free birdhouses. The wood is donated by Dunn Lumber and pre-cut before the event.

A couple of finished houses
Cedar donated by Dunn Lumber

Bring the kids to the booth and we'll provide the tools, materials, and a skilled carpenter to help you build your own birdhouse - on us! (While supplies last).

A matched set

In 2017 IronsBC began sponsoring this local Summer Arts event. With help from our entire team and material donations from Dunn Lumber, we have built over 400 birdhouses with kids! This hands-on experience exposes them to manual arts, working side-by-side with an IBC carpenter to build a home for birds.

The Festival is at Shoreline Community College for the first time. 16101 Greenwood Ave N.


Classifieds: Shoreline Fire Commissioners meeting July 2 at 4pm


As required by RCW 42.30, the Open Public Meetings Act, you are hereby notified that the Board of Commissioners of the Shoreline Fire Department has rescheduled the July 2, 2019 Board meeting from 5:00 4:00 p.m. to accommodate the Department's promotional pinning ceremony.

Notice posted by: Beatriz Goldsmith
Executive Assistant
June 25, 2019


Section of NE 185th to be narrowed for a week during Sound Transit work

Starting as early as Thursday June 27, 2019 Sound Transit will reduce NE 185th St to a two lane road for approximately a week. 

Sound Transit will be working on setting steel pole foundations for early work construction to relocate existing utilities to construct the guideway for Lynnwood Link Extension. The work involves setting heavy equipment and drilling shafts for steel pole foundations. There will be flaggers on site of the construction work zone to keep traffic moving.

The restricted section will go across the freeway overpass from 5th NE on the west side of I-5 to 5th NE on the east side of I-5. 5th NE on the east of the freeway is already blocked off for the steel pole foundation work on 5th.
  • Sidewalks will be closed with detours at the nearest crosswalks located at 2nd Avenue Northeast and 8th Ave NE.
  • Pedestrians will be assisted by flaggers on site to safely cross through NE 185th St during construction.
  • Flaggers will stop bicyclists with vehicular traffic during construction.
A steel pole will be delivered and staged at the construction work area while crews are setting the foundation for the steel pole.

Crews will draft shafts for steel pole foundation that will cause construction noise and vibration.

King County Metro will provide alerts and updates on affected bus routes. plan your bus route 

Work hours are 7am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
Work hours are 9am to 9pm for nights and weekend work if necessary to complete work before July 4th.

Contact us


Shoreline's Black Lives Matter at School community meeting Thursday

The first community informational meeting for Shoreline's Black Lives Matter at School will take place this Thursday, June 27, 2019 from 7-9pm at Dale Turner YMCA 19290 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline 98133

This meeting will be used to gather input from Shoreline parents and families. 

Light refreshments will be provided by the YMCA African American Resource Network. 

All are welcome, though the voices of people of color will be centered. Please RSVP here.

The #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool movement erupted in Seattle on October 19, 2017 when thousands of educators, families, and students banded together to demand a world where our schools support our Black families and educators.

This action attracted national news, and the movement spread to cities such as New York, Chicago, Boston, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Seattle, L.A., Detroit, the Bay area, and beyond. This national mobilization was a completely grassroots effort organized by educators and their social justice caucuses.

Email with questions.


Calvin Presbyterian celebrates the start of summer with a block party

Monday Night Live played contra dance music

By Michaela Malone
Photos by Steve  Froebe

Calvin's 3rd Annual Community Block Party was held this past Saturday June 22, 2019. It's our way to celebrate the start of summer.

The event aims to highlight the many groups that use our church facility and community organizations that our church supports such as Bridge Disabilities Ministry, Path from Poverty, and the Backpack for Kids Ministry.

NW Junior Pipe Band played

We were fortunate to be joined by Hillwood Neighborhood Network, Richmond Beach Community Association and Northwest Neighbor Network, and to learn about the many things they have planned over the summer.
Contra dancing to the music of Monday Night Live

There were live musical performances by Northwest Junior Pipe Band, Monday Night Live (Contra Dance music band) and local church member on the dulcimer. 

WA Premier Taekwondo Academy
led by World Taekwondo Champion Master Han

We also had a live demonstration by WA Premier Taekwondo Academy led by World Taekwondo Champion Master Han, and indoor kite flying with the Windless in Shoreline. 

Indoor kite flying with the Windless in Shoreline

The event ended with free pony and horse rides thanks to Seattle Pony Party. We look forward to next year's event, always in June and right after the conclusion of the academic school year.

Pony rides!

For more information on how to get involved email Michaela Malone at


YMCA expands foster care work with free memberships for kids

“No child chooses to go into foster care,” said Loria Yeadon, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Seattle. “But we can make foster care a better experience for our children who need us most.”

The Y is expanding its foster care services by offering King County kids in foster care free memberships at any of their locations. The Y has 13 branches throughout King County, with a new location opening in Kent this fall.

Shoreline has the Dale Turner YMCA 19290 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline 98133

This announcement builds upon the Y’s long history of licensing and supporting foster care families.

For over 30 years the Y has offered foster parent training, behavioral health counseling, cultural competency training, and 24-hour crisis consultations.

The Y also combats homelessness, a problem that affects one in three young adults exiting foster care, by offering free case management and housing resources.

Parents who choose to foster through the Y receive free memberships, child care during workouts, access to Parents Night Out program, weight loss and disease prevention programs and so much more. The Y offers income based pricing so that no family is ever turned away.

“Two years ago we celebrated 30 years as a licensed child placing agency. We’ve learned a lot about the best ways to build our foster care community and provide support for foster families. Offering free memberships ensures all kids and families have the resources and opportunities for healthy, thriving lives,” explained Yeadon. 
“Further we are always looking for partners who can help us do even more.”
Dale Turner YMCA in Shoreline
Photo courtesy YMCA

Learn how you can support the Y's foster care program and details about a foster care membership online.

The YMCA of Greater Seattle is the Northwest’s leading nonprofit organization strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Founded in 1876, the Y reaches more than 253,000 people of all backgrounds, abilities and financial circumstances annually through 13 branches, two overnight camps and more than 200 program sites throughout King and south Snohomish counties. It nurtures more than 142,000 kids and teens to develop their gifts and give back to our community and engages thousands of volunteers who contribute hundreds of thousands of service hours each year.

About the Y’s Foster Care Program
The YMCA of Greater Seattle has been a licensed child placing agency for over 30 years, providing holistic support to youth in foster care and their foster families. The Y also provides services for youth aging out of foster care, helping them with the transition into adulthood through case management support to find housing, graduate from school, and secure employment. In 2018, 504 youth and young adults were served through the Y’s foster care program.


Letter to the Editor: What does the POW/MIA flag symbolize?

To the Editor: 

As a Vietnam Era Veteran, I was Most Disturbed to observe the removal of the POW/MIA Flag at the “Shoreline ‘VETERANS’ Recognition Plaza” and having been replaced with the LGBT Rainbow Flag.

The POW/MIA flag was created for the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia and officially recognized by the United States Congress in conjunction with the Vietnam War POW/MIA issue, "as the symbol of our Nation's concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia, thus ending the uncertainty for their families and the Nation."

Below the Silhouette on the POW/MIA Flag are the words:

By the City of Shoreline choosing to remove the POW/MIA Flag, does in fact represent “YOU ARE FORGOTTEN!”

The “Shoreline ‘VETERANS’ Recognition Plaza” was created by a number of dedicated VETERANS from many conflicts dating back to World War II. Furthermore, the number of inscribed Bricks in place, at the Plaza, cover VETERANS dating back to 1864. Additionally, this is not about Personal Identity but about Remembering and Honoring those who Served and Sacrificed.

As Veterans, we would like to see the POW/MIA Flag restored before the close of business on Wednesday, 26 June 2019.

Richard B. White, Past Commander
Doug Sanders, Past 1st Commander
Earl Thompson, Finance Officer and Adjutant
Larry D. Fischer, Commander
All of the above are Active Members of The American Legion, Shoreline


Live and Local for Saturday June 29, 2019

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Red House at Grinders

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, June 29, 2019 here's what's happening:


The Shivering Denizens, Wildcat Rose, the Rainieros 9pm – 1am.
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.


Mark DuFresne Band 8 - 10:30pm. $7 cover.
Easy Monkey Taphouse, 17537 15th Ave NE B. 206-420-1326.

Since reforming in 2016 with founding guitarist, Billy Stapleton, this current version of the Mark Dufresne Band has been wowing audiences in the Pacific Northwest. With Grammy nominated Mark Dufresne at the helm with his 3-octave tenor voice, and his championship harmonica playing at full force, Mark’s powerhouse skills are sure to captivate and entertain. A dynamic singer and showman, Dufresne’s original rhythm and blues songs and instrumentals shine in the hands of this talented quartet.


Joe Cook Band 7:30 - 9:30pm FREE and family friendly.
Third Place Commons Town Center, intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way NE in Lake Forest Park.

Minneapolis bluesman Joe T. Cook and his Band perform high energy, old school Chicago and Texas roadhouse blues. The band also presents a big dose of swing for dancing.


Red House  8 - 10-10:30pm $10 cover
Grinders Italian Restaurant 19811 Aurora Ave N
Reservations highly recommended; 206-542-0627

Red House is returning to Grinders Hot Sands -- the Home of Delicious Sandwiches. We always enjoy playing there. We added some new tunes and we’re ready to rip! It's an intimate setting with a lot of audience interaction, plus the food is the bomb!


Trish, Hans, and Phil - $12 Cover 8 - 10:30pm

Trish Hatley captivates and enchants her listeners with her soaring vocals and effervescent style. Whenever Trish performs, her unique sense of phrasing and drama absolutely fascinates all assembled. Known for bringing to the Northwest first-class music programs, Trish has been an active part of the Northwest music scene by "makin' it happen!" 

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.


Aurora Borealis Presents: Jukebox - Live Band Karaoke - no cover - 9pm
The Aurora Borealis 16708 Aurora Ave N, 206-629-5744.  21+

Comprised of professional musicians in the local scene for years, JukeBox offers a wide selection of material to choose from, great sounding equipment, on-screen lyrics just like a karaoke bar... except that patrons, clients, friends and family transform into lead singing stars of the show backed by a grooving, entertaining live band.


Photo: "The nerve of some sparrows!" huffed Dougie the Douglas' Squirrel...

Photo by Gloria Z. Nagler

 ..."trying to cadge food from a Squirrel Feeder!"


Children's Advocate Joe Cunningham running for Shoreline School Board

20 year education and disability advocate
Joe Cunningham is running for school board

Local children’s advocate Joe Cunningham is running for an open seat on the Shoreline School Board, after years of successfully leading advocacy efforts passing legislation and serving as a statewide leader of Arc of King County, (a longtime national organization for intellectual and developmental disabilities) and holding many leadership positions with the Children’s Campaign Fund. 

Joe has filed for the open seat (Position 5) created by Dick Potter leaving the Board after his term ends this November.

“I’m a 20-year resident of the Briarcrest neighborhood in Shoreline, and my involvement in education and the community runs deep. My father was a School Superintendent, Coach, Special Education teacher, and Federal Teachers Union President and my Mom taught music in schools as I spent a fourth of my childhood being raised on Native American reservations and Central America. I am raising my two children in Shoreline, and they are and have all attended Shoreline Public Schools,” Joe said.

“As a parent of a child who experiences a developmental disability, I have professional and personal expertise in special education, which is especially important now as the Legislature has just passed a history-making $25.2 million to address our special education needs which have frustrated parents for such a long time,” Joe said. 

He’s networked with Dads across the state as a member of Washington State Fathers Network, as well as Member of Governor’s Committee on Employment and Disabilities. “

As a Shoreline School Director, Joe said he will work with school staff to make sure all students achieve at the highest levels. 

“I will work to steward voter passed resources for our schools – ensuring funds directed to ensuring recruiting and maintaining quality teachers, including hiring more teachers of color, and ensuring that maximum dollars raised for schools go toward educating students,” he said. 

With a background in equity and social justice policies, Joe will work to ensure Shoreline schools are using principles of equity in all policy decisions. He is committed to serve as a bridge with teachers, parents and administrators to work collaboratively to strengthen “our extraordinary Shoreline Public Schools.”


Hunger Intervention Program’s Summer Eats 2019 and the Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park

HIP kid
Photo courtesy HIP
Summer Lunch Program begins June 26, 2019

For many families with kids and teens, who rely on free and reduced lunches during the school year, the summer presents a major problem as they are left without access to this resource.

This is where Hunger Intervention Program (HIP) and other summer meal providers step in. 

HIP’s Summer Meals for Kids provides freshly made, nutritious lunches from the HIP kitchen at kid-friendly locations around the north Seattle community. 

HIP partners with other community organizations to offer activities at meal sites to encourage participation all summer long.

  • With access to a daily meal, families can stretch their food budgets.
  • Kids can also engage in summer reading, games, and crafts.

HIP serves kids and teens
For more information about the program or for ways to get involved, contact Emily at

In partnership with HIP, and as part of our Homeless Youth Project, the Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park will be providing free gift certificates from McDonalds and Subway to any youth 14-17 years old who may need an extra meal. 

Certificates will be available at the Shoreline lunch sites noted below.

For more information about the Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park, please visit our website.

HIP Summer Lunch Sites in Shoreline:

Shoreline Library 345 NE 175th St. Shoreline 98155
Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00 pm, June 26 through August 27, Monday through Friday

Paramount School Park 15300 8th Ave. NE, Shoreline 98155
Lunch: 12:30 – 2:00 pm, June 26 through August 27, Monday through Friday


Myles Gaskin football camp for K-8 - Saturday June 29

Myles Gaskin Football Camp June 29, 2019, 11am - 2pm for grades K-8
Shoreline Stadium 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline 98155

Register online - camp is free


2019 Statewide Trout Derby includes Echo Lake in Shoreline

Fishing at Echo Lake
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Echo Lake is one of the lakes that is stocked with fish annually. Fishermen are regularly seen at the lake.

There is also a tree that is an annual nesting site for cormorants. They appreciate the state for stocking the lake.

If you can get there before the cormorants do, there is a trout fishing derby going on until October 31, 2019 in participating derby lakes.

The 2019 Statewide Trout Fishing Derby

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is pleased to announce the 4th Annual Statewide Trout Fishing Derby which kicks off on April 27 and runs through October 31, 2019.

The derby is open to anyone with a valid Washington fishing license; youth age 14 and younger do not need a license. There is no registration or entry fee required.

Over 1,000 rainbow trout will be tagged and put into more than 100 lakes statewide, so you won't have to travel far to take part in the fun. Any angler who catches a derby tagged fish will win a prize -- It's that simple!

How to catch fish and win a prize:

1. Buy your fishing license, and go fishing at a participating derby lake - like Echo Lake

2. Catch a rainbow trout that has a blue tag

3. Call the phone number listed on the tag to find out what you've won and where to claim your prize

4. Snap a photo of your winning fish or prize and use #watroutderby on social media

Learn more here


‘Operation Dry Water’ targets boating under the influence July 5-7

Operation Dry Water logo (Washington)
State Parks Boating Program reminds boaters to stay sober while boating

The Washington State Parks Boating Program, safety advocates and law enforcement agencies are asking boaters to help keep everyone safe on the water by not consuming alcohol or marijuana while when operating a boat or paddlecraft.

As boaters prepare for the Fourth of July holiday, law enforcement agencies are preparing for Operation Dry Water — a nationally coordinated effort that focuses on boating-under-the-influence (BUI) awareness and enforcement. 

Boaters will notice an increase in patrols across Washington from July 5 through 7, as federal, state and local marine law enforcement will intensify efforts to detect and remove dangerous and impaired boaters from the waterways.

“Every year we see boating accidents and tragedies that could have been avoided by staying sober,” said Rob Sendak, State Parks Boating Law Administrator. 
“Boaters have a choice to choose safety first, and stay sober. At a minimum, they should designate a sober skipper.”

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, boating under the influence is the leading-known factor in fatal recreational boating accidents.

In Washington state, it is illegal to use any substance that impairs a person’s ability to operate a boat. The law applies to all boats, including kayaks, canoes, rowboats and inflatable fishing rafts. 

State law allows law enforcement officers to require suspected intoxicated boaters to submit to a breath or blood test. Refusing to submit to a test is a civil infraction with a maximum fine of $2,050. 

The penalty for operating a boat under the influence is a gross misdemeanor punishable by a maximum fine of $5,000 and 364 days in jail. Additionally, a BUI is considered a prior offense if there are later convictions for driving under the influence (DUI).

Boaters can learn more about BUI laws in Washington State and about the risks of boating under the influence by visiting

Follow social media #NeverBUI, #opdrywater, #operationdrywater, #BoatSafeBoatSober, #BoatSober #designatedskipper

Operation Dry Water is a national awareness and enforcement campaign focused on reducing the number of alcohol-and drug-related boating accidents and fatalities. 

As part of the campaign, emphasis patrols are conducted annually near the Fourth of July, a holiday known for increased boating activities and use of alcohol, during which law enforcement sees an increase in the number of boating accidents and fatalities. 

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) coordinates Operation Dry Water in partnership with the Coast Guard, safety educators and local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission administers the state’s Boating Program, which provides leadership in recreational boating safety and environmental education and outreach. 

The goal of the program is to reduce accidents and fatalities, increase stewardship of Washington waterways, and keep recreational boating a safe, accessible and enjoyable pastime.


Saturday afternoon town hall with 32nd LD legislators

From left: Rep. Cindy Ryu, Rep. Lauren Davis
and Sen. Jesse Salomon

Senator Jesse Salomon and Representatives Lauren Davis and Cindy Ryu
will be holding a post-session town hall on Saturday, June 29, 2019, from 1:00pm to 2:30pm at Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Avenue N, Shoreline. The event will take place in the Council Chambers. 

The legislators will discuss the budget and policy results of the legislative session which ended April 28th. A moderator will take written questions from the audience then present them to the legislators.


Tales of Montana's pioneer Kempton Ranch at Third Place Books

Authors at Third Place Books this week showcase murder in Tacoma, a family history in Montana, and the story of the church across the street.

Come to the Den at Third Place Books in Town Center Lake Forest Park, intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way NE.

Hear the authors read from their books - and if you buy the book there you can get it autographed!

206-366-3333 to order books or ask questions.

Tuesday, June 25 at 7pm
Trudy Kempton Dana
The Kemptons: Adventures of a Montana Ranch Family, 1880-1964

In its day, the Kempton Ranch in Montana was one of the largest horse and cattle operations in the West, selling mounts to armies and royalty alike.

Trudy Kempton Dana mines her family's lore for stories to reveal a family of rare vision, grit, and integrity.

Meet Joseph Kempton, a whaling ship captain and early Colorado pioneer; JB Kempton, the first to ship cattle on the Northern Pacific rails; and his son Berney, a trick roper with Doc Carver's Wild West Show, a hotelier, and a friend to British earls and U.S. presidents. 

Friday, June 28 at 6pm
Elena Louise Richmond
Advancing the Retreat

April March wants nothing more than to be left alone, but her husband has joined the church across the street, and April gets pulled into the mischief of the congregation.

The minister's wife has a secret; the minister has a different secret. Meanwhile there's a squirrel loose in the church, a loan to pay off, and a sacrilegious calendar. Everyone pulls together—just barely—for Christmas. Then something happens that cracks façades, and lets the essence of life shine through.

Saturday, June 29 at 6pm
Brian O’Neill
City of Destiny

City of Destiny follows the tumultuous life of police sergeant Michael Cassidy and his longtime friend, Lieutenant Nate Orlando.

When a woman comes between the friends, and the bloodiest gang war that Tacoma, the City of Destiny, has seen in decades erupts on their watch, everything changes.


Summer Shorts for Seniors - History of Asian Culture in Puget Sound

The Shoreline Library and the Shoreline/Lake Forest Park Senior Center have teamed up to offer short readings on a variety of topics of local history.

Come to the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center this summer on the 1st Friday of the month, and settle in to listen to excerpts from short stories and nonfiction pieces focused on local history.

In July, hear readings on the History of Asian Culture in Puget Sound Area.

Friday, July 5, 2019 at 1pm – 2pm

Shoreline/Lake Forest Park Senior Center 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline 98155


Conversation with Timothy Lee – Co-Founder of the Shoreline Royals Baseball Program

Coach Tim volunteered to help Shoreline Little League with a skills clinic.
Photo Courtesy of Shoreline Little League

Nicole Schultz, President, Shoreline Little League, sat down with Coach Timothy Lee to ask a few questions

Q: Can you give a brief background of who you are and why you started the Royals?

A: I graduated from Shorecrest in 2011 and the UW 2015 and was lucky enough to be an assistant coach at Shorewood School while I was finishing my senior year at the UW. I wanted to find a way to give back to Shoreline while an opportunity to coach a bunch of 12 year olds happened and it evolved from there. The east side of Shoreline never had a “select” baseball program so Brian Hamshaw (then President of North King County Little League) and myself merged our teams to create the Shoreline Royals.

Q: What’s the end-goal?

A: The Royals were built to fill a void in this area of Shoreline. To give an opportunity to play competitive travel baseball at an affordable price. We are able to keep our costs 2-3x lower than anyone else because we are entirely volunteer based – from our back-end admin to our coaches, myself and Brian included.

Q: Besides the pricing – how else are you different from anyone else?
A: I think because our coaches are volunteers, they are doing it for the right reasons. Other coaches do it because it is their job but with our coaches and myself in particular, our hearts are in this for the kids. We also have this family-feel to the program where every player in our program knows every coach and player. For example, we have all our catchers work with Mark Green, a former-professional baseball catcher for the Mariners so they all learn the same concepts and they do it together – whether they are 11 or 17 years old.

Q: How successful has it been?

A: The program has grown and we get more interest from families outside of Shoreline every year to play with us. I am really proud of our retention rate of players being over 90% in the entire program, meaning our kids who are Royals want to continue being Royals. They are having fun here and enjoy the high quality coaching that we provide. But we also win a few tournaments here and there too.

Q: How many teams do you anticipate on having next year?

A: Six teams; it is surreal to think we started this with just one team and we’ve grown this much and this quickly. Hopefully we can fill a 10u, 11u, 12u, 13u, 14u and 18u team next year.

Q: Are you connected with Shoreline Little League?

A: The Royals are not directly affiliated but the majority of our players play for both the little league and Royals. We’re absolutely supportive of them and we often partner with them on coaching clinics or skills clinics. We have the exact same mission of providing high quality baseball to kids in the area.

Q: Why is baseball so important to you?

A: When I was 12 years old, I told my mom I was done with baseball because I just was not having fun anymore. She convinced me to play one more year of little league and that was when Brian Hamshaw coached me for the first time. I fell back in love with the game and then played another four years at Shorecrest. I’m not sure if I’d be where I am today without the experiences and the people I have met through baseball.

Q: If someone is interested in the Royals – how do they join or get more information?

A: Our website has all of that information. We have tryout dates posted already and they can sign up online.


Pub to Pub run Tuesday night - Edmonds to Ridgecrest

Monday, June 24, 2019

Join the Richmond Beach - Edmonds running club Tuesday night, June 24, 2019 for the first Pub2Pub run of the year - a run from Salish Sea Brewing Co. to Ridgecrest Public House in Shoreline. We'll leave from Salish at 6:03pm and follow this route:
  • Salish Sea Brewing 518 Dayton St #104, Edmonds 98020
  • Leave Salish to 6th; R on 6th (road Ts)
  • L on Walnut, R on 6th (Ts); L on Pine; R on A Ave (Ts)
  • L on Elm (Ts); R on 8th (Ts); L on 15th (Ts)
  • R on 100th; 100th becomes Firdale, becomes 244th, becomes 205th; run up the hill
  • R on Fremont; L on 200th (behind Costco)
  • R on Ashworth; L on 199th (water stop - thanks, Betty!); R on Meridian
  • L on 175th; R on 5th; L on 165th to Ridgecrest - finish! 6.5 miles total.
  • Ridgecrest Public House, 520 NE 165th St, Shoreline 98155

There will be a water stop along the route, but you may want to run with some extra water with you. 

Also, there are plenty of neighborhood routes near Ridgecrest if you're not up for the Pub2Pub mileage  - please join us after running either way. Thanks to fellow runner and Ridgecrest owner Megan for hosting us for this special summer run!

All Social Runs begin at 6:03pm - rain, shine or summer heat. After the run, stick around Ridgecrest for some conversation and a pint or two. All paces, experience levels, and beer preferences (even root beer) are invited and welcome.


Free lunch on board a cruise ship

Ruby Princess
Photo courtesy CruiseMapper
Expedia CruiseShipCenters in Lake Forest Park invites you to register by July 1st for a tour of the Ruby Princess, on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 10am at Pier 91 on the Seattle waterfront.. 

Lunch will be served on board. 

There is no charge for the tour or lunch. 

Parking at the Pier will be approximately $15.

The Ruby Princess sails round trip from Seattle to ports in Alaska every Saturday through September 7. 

Please call 206-347-8777 to register (21 and over).


Illegal marijuana grow house discovered in Lake Forest Park

Illegal grow house in LFP
Photo courtesy LFP Police

The Lake Forest Park Police Department recently received complaints regarding a home in the Hillside neighborhood that was suspected to be operating as an illegal marijuana grow house.

The residence was in the 2800 block of Meadow Place in Lake Forest Park. The initial investigation showed the high use of electricity, strong odor of green growing marijuana, and unusual activity. As the detectives continued their investigation, they found related history of another growing operation investigated in 2008 by Lake Forest Park Police.

Lake Forest Park Police obtained search warrants and with the assistance of the Northsound Metro SWAT and the Major Crimes Task Force through the Coalition of Small Police Agencies (CSPA), they served the warrant on Monday morning, June 24, 2019.

As a result, detectives confirmed the home was solely being used to illegally cultivate marijuana. All three levels of the home were being used for various stages of growing. They seized over 350 marijuana plants.

The home was vacant at the time and detectives are continuing their investigation. The homeowner did not have a license through the State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) and did not have a Medical Marijuana Cooperative license.

These illegal activities embedded in our neighborhoods pose a risk to families and children. The Lake Forest Park Police Department will continue to partner with our community members in order to help solve these problems and enhance neighborhood livability.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Sergeant Ross Adams at 206-364-8216 or or Detective Troxell at 206-957-2860 while referencing incident number 2019-05815.

More information on Marijuana Regulation in Washington State here


This weekend: the Shoreline Arts Festival at Shoreline Community College

2019 Shoreline Arts Festival
Presented by the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council
June 29 - 30 at Shoreline Community College

The 29th Annual Shoreline Arts Festival is a free community event with something creative and fun for everyone! 

Don’t miss these two extraordinary days of music, dance, theater, visual arts, food, culture, film, and more at our NEW LOCATION, the Shoreline Community College (16101 Greenwood Ave N Shoreline) on Saturday, June 29 from 10am to 6pm and Sunday, June 30 from 10am to 5pm. 

For more information, visit the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council’s Festival website.

Festival To Do List:

Shop for local art at the Artist Marketplace
Peruse paintings, ceramics, jewelry, and pretty much every other kind of art as you saunter through the sunshine and decide which of the masterpieces on offer will grace your mantelpiece. Enrich your home with handmade art, support local artists, and show the world where you stand as a curator of great taste.

Rock out, or take it easy at our Main Stage
Sit back, relax, and be entertained by an array of musical and dance performances spanning a wide range of styles. From Japanese Taiko Drumming to Electric Violin, there’s something for every musical taste. Check out the full line-up.

Enjoy performances and short films at the Community Stage
The indoor Community Stage will offer a variety of performances throughout the weekend. You can participate in an African dance workshop, screen some short films, watch a play, listen to some jazz, and take in many other wonderful local acts. View the full line-up on our website.

View the Juried Art and Photography Exhibitions

Featuring over 200 artworks from regional artists in 2D, 3D, and photography, the Juried Art Exhibit is one of the highlights of the Arts Festival. Over $2000 in cash prizes and merchandise are awarded and winners are announced on June 29 at 10AM on the Main Stage following Youth Art Awards. This year’s jurors are Vincent-Field Photography (Photography) and Sam Scott (2D,3D).

Surround yourself with the creativity of students at the Youth Art Exhibition

Witness the talents of the 200+ Pre-K through 12th grade students who share their artwork in the Shoreline Arts Festival Youth Art Exhibit and vote for your favorite piece to win the People's Choice Award. Awards are given in four different age groups and art for the Shoreline School District’s 2019-20 calendar is also selected from this exhibit of 2D and 3D artworks. This year’s Youth Art Exhibit juror is Matthew Allison.

Get creative at the Hands-On Art stations for children and adults
Visit us under the Hands-On Art tent and get creative- we will explore the theme of color!

Enjoy several projects Under the Rainbow for all ages, such as a colorful Mini Mosaic Masterpiece to hang on the wall, a blooming Flower Collage using oil pastels and colored paper, and a Beautiful Butterfly watercolor. You can also create your own Self Portrait!

And what would the Hands-On Art tent be without the wonderfully squishy Gyotaku Fish Prints? Use real or rubber fish to create a colorful, painted fish to take home.

Tantalize your taste buds at the Food Truck Food Court
Get lunch, dinner, or just a sweet treat at this year’s Arts Festival Food Court. Conveniently located by the Main Stage, the food court is the perfect place to grab lunch, meet your neighbors, and enjoy the festival atmosphere. Ohana BBQ will be back! We’ll also have Pilgrim Coffee Truck on hand for a high-end espresso experience with friendly staff, all off the back of a vintage Ford truck.

Art from the Attic Sale
For the last few months, we’ve been collecting generous art donations from the community! Find your next artistic treasure at the Shoreline Arts Festival this weekend. Items include fine art (framed or unframed), sculpture, posters (framed or unframed), matted prints, frames, gently used art supplies, ceramics, glass art, handmade jewelry, artisan works, and art books.

Proceeds from the sale will support Arts Council programming including arts education, summer concerts in the park, The Gallery at Town Center and the Shoreline Arts Festival.

Experience something new in the Cultural Rooms
Explore five cultures offering many fun hands-on activities, displays, and performances. Learn about different cultures, sample foods, see art, listen to music, learn to dance, and more. This year's highlights include:
  • A Glimpse of Africa hosted by JHP Legacy
  • Chinese Cultural Room Hosted by Chinese Artists and Cultural Groups
  • Experience Korea! Hosted by the Korean American Historical Society
  • Mabuhay Philippines Hosted by Filipiniana Arts and Culture
  • A Look at Latinoamérica Hosted by Lake City Collective 

Plenty of Free Parking All Weekend at Shoreline Community College!

Parking will be a breeze this year. But if you want to take advantage of the free shuttle service it will be stopping at several locations. 

Running every 20 minutes during festival hours (Saturday 9:00am-6:30pm and Sunday 9:00am-5:30pm), the shuttle will make stops at the Shoreline Farmers Market near Central Market (Saturday), and at the parking lots at Shoreline Community College, and then come directly to the Shoreline Arts Festival. 

Look for the shuttle stop signs! The Shuttle Service is provided through the generous support of Shoreline Community College.

If you want to take public transportation, bus routes 331, 330, 345, 355, 5 all go to SCC. More info here!

The Shoreline Arts Festival is a program of the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council with major support from the City of Shoreline, City of Lake Forest Park, Washington State Arts Commission, and 4Culture.

Questions? Call us at 206-417-4645 or email


Shoreline, Northshore and Woodinville fire departments to discuss combining

Three fire departments, including Shoreline - which serves the city of Shoreline; Northshore - which serves Lake Forest Park and Kenmore; and Woodinville - which serves the city of Woodinville - are in discussions about combining and regionalizing their departments.

The commissioners of the three departments will meet on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 in Kenmore to begin discussions.


Shoreline Quilter is a contestant at AQS QuiltWeek in Grand Rapids, 2019

My Beautiful Monstrosity
Quilt by Janielle Guzinski

American Quilter’s Society, the largest quilting membership organization in the world, is pleased to announce that Janielle Guzinski, of Shoreline, has been accepted as a contestant with her quilt, My Beautiful Monstrosity, at AQS QuiltWeek - Grand Rapids, MI.

AQS QuiltWeek - Grand Rapids features more than 450 quilts from around the world. The high point of the show recognizes the artistry of today’s quiltmakers as hundreds of quilters in the AQS Quilt Contest compete for $54,000 in cash awards. Quilts in this international contest and exhibition come from around the world, with entries from 41 states and 14 countries.

Janielle Guzinski, quilter
All the contest quilts, as well as hundreds of special exhibit quilts will be on display. Admission to AQS QuiltWeek can be purchased at the DeVos Place Convention Center and includes access to all special exhibitions and the Merchant Mall. 

Hours are Wednesday, August 21st through Friday, August 23rd from 9am to 5pm and Saturday, August 24th from 9am to 4:00pm. Tickets and additional information can be found at or by calling 270-898-7903. This event is open to the public.

About the American Quilter’s Society

The American Quilter’s Society is the largest quilting membership organization in the world. 

For 35 years, AQS has been the leading voice in quilting inspiration and advice. 

At AQS, we believe that with the proper resources, the creative individual can take their quilting projects beyond what they can imagine. 

For more information about the American Quilter’s Society, please visit or call 1-270-898-7903.


Steel pole foundation work will close 5th Ave NE from 180th to 185th

5th NE will be closed between 180th to 185th

Starting on Monday, June 24, 2019 Sound Transit closed 5th Ave NE from NE 180th St to NE 185th Street as part of the Lynnwood Link Extension early work construction.

There will be flaggers on site of the construction work zone to keep traffic moving for local access.

Sound Transit will be setting steel pole foundations for early work construction to relocate existing utilities to construct the guideway for Lynnwood Link Extension. The work involves setting heavy equipment and drilling shafts for steel pole foundations.

Crews will draft shafts for steel pole foundation that will cause construction noise.

  • Work could start as early as June 24th, and will remain for approximately two weeks.
  • Work hours are from 7am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
  • Work hours are from 9am to 9pm nights and over the weekend if necessary to complete work before July 4th.

Local access only from NE 180th St to NE 183rd Ct. Detour routes will be in place to drive around work area.

Sidewalks will be closed with detours at the nearest crosswalks located at 2nd Avenue Northeast and 8th Avenue Northeast.

Pedestrians will be assisted by flaggers on site to safely cross through Northeast 185th Street during construction.

Flaggers will stop bicyclists with vehicular traffic during construction.

King County Metro will provide alerts and updates on affected bus routes at

6-24-19  Story updated with new information


Recology: recycling gets a lot easier with more stringent restrictions

Blue recycling bins are for: 
glass bottles/jars, 
rigid plastic (tubs, jugs, bottles bigger than 3 inches).

Recycling should be Empty, Clean, and Dry
don't leave anything that can mold and contaminate the paper in the bin

Asian recyclers have tired of being the world's garbage dump so they have put strict restrictions on what recycling they will pay for. As a result recycling companies such as Recology are looking for new markets in the US, and trying to meet the new restrictions in all countries.

That means that customers have to be more careful about what they put in their blue recycling bins.

Recology and the City of Shoreline have been considering their options. One idea under consideration was to inspect individual bins and give warnings and then fines. This idea has been put on hold. Not only was it invasive and sure to create backlash from residents, it wasn't particularly effective.

Drivers would not be able to inspect every bin every week. They would not be able to do more than just look at the top layer. And it would not necessarily do anything to educate the public.

The first change for customers is in what goes in the recycling bin. A letter was sent to all Shoreline residents explaining that plastic film will no longer be accepted in recycling bins. That means any plastic that is pliable - plastic bags, and wrapping on food or goods such as toilet paper. As before, rigid plastic must be at least 3 inches (or about the length of your finger).

Prices will also increase by $1.35 per month for residential customers.

Recology will focus on education, particularly for multi-family housing.

If anyone has any questions about recycling / composting / garbage, they should contact Recology at the main number of 206-763-4444. You can also call this number to schedule training or presentations for groups.


Destinations: Two Pride Parades in Seattle this weekend

June is designated as Pride Month because the Pride movement started with the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village, New York in June of 1969. (Wikipedia article)

The biggest local events are this weekend, at the end of the month, with a festival on Capitol Hill and a parade in downtown Seattle.

Pride flag at Shoreline City Hall
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Capitol Hill PrideFest begins at noon on Saturday, June 29, 2019 with events lasting until 9pm.

The biggest festival day on Capitol Hill all year long! Return to the place where Pride was held for decades, now a 5-block festival with food, vendors, 5 stages of entertainment, and the most diverse crowd you’ll see all year long. Best of all, it’s free.

500 E Pike, Seattle. Drive to the University Stadium light rail station and go to the Capitol Hill station and you'll be right in the middle of the festivities. Don't even think about driving. Capitol Hill is one of Seattle's most congested neighborhoods, even without 50,000 partygoers!

The 45th annual Seattle Pride Parade begins at 11am Sunday, June 30, 2019 and will go along 4th Avenue from Westlake Park to the Seattle Center. The parade is approximately four hours long.

Light rail is your best bet to get to this downtown Seattle event. There is a Westlake station that will put you right at the starting point of the parade.


Poem: Carl the Crow

Carl the Crow
Photo by Peggy Bartleson

Carl the Crow
by Jean Monce Bryant

Oh Carl the Crow- what a cute funny guy
He exited the nest when not able to fly
His parents are nearby-they're armed and they're ready
So predators BEWARE--their surveillance is steady

They feed Carl often--his demands will not quit
He'll squawk and he'll CAW till he gets every bit
As Providers and Security there's no time to sleep
They'll answer each call--even one tiny peep

With hawks, owls and raccoons and eagles as well
The dangers are many--I think you can tell
And neighborhood cats also can pose a threat
The parents relax???No, no time for that yet

If baby, though noisy, can hide from their view
His chance for survival's much better it's true
If one of his siblings has left the nest too
The parents' duties are doubled--for them I'll say "WHEW"

But any good parent--though tired and worn-out
Will come Wide-Awake at a peep or a shout
So thank you for babies--and parents as well
Their love and devotion it truly is swell

Carl will be growing his tail feathers soon
And then he can fly and head straight for the moon
He's patiently waiting for them to arrive
With rudders on board--he can fly and survive

See previous article about Carl the Crow


Skandia Midsommarfest June 30 at St. Edward State Park

Traditional pole raising ceremony
Photo courtesy Skandia

Sunday, June 30, 2019, 11am - 6pm, Skandia Midsommarfest at St. Edward State Park, 14445 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore 98028.

This day-long traditional Scandinavian celebration features music and dance performances, kids’ activities (including raising a kid-sized pole), flower crowns, craft and food booths, a special costume presentation, participatory dancing, mini-dance lessons for beginners, and of course, the traditional pole raising ceremony.

FREE (donations accepted; buttons are available for a $2 donation to help defray the cost of putting on the festival).

Information:, 425-954-5262 or Skandia Folkdance

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