Photo: Marie hated when Carl mansplained...

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Photo by Gloria Z Nagler

Look at Carl Coot's feet! I usually see coots in the water, so never noticed those gargantuan toes before today — saw these two on Lake Washington one afternoon.



Scene on the Sound: Sirens of the Sea

The Salish Sea Sirens features three mermaids:
Synfonia (flute) Orla (harp), and Linyenea (Drum).
Photo by Lee Lageschulte

By Diane Hettrick

The Salish Sea Sirens were setting up for a promotional event on the Edmonds waterfront, when a mermaid from a competing pod swam up on the beach and posed prettily on a rock.

Our photographer, Lee Lageschulte, was there and took photographs of all the mermaids. Not surprisingly, the mermaid on the rock made for a better photo composition than the three who were sitting down, and bent over the instruments they were holding in front of them.

So let's start over!

Mermaids Synfonia and Orla of Salish Sea Sirens
Photo by Lee Langeschulte

The Salish Sea Sirens, one of whom resides in Shoreline waters, are a performing pod of mermaids.

Three musical siren sisters from the Pacific North West's Salish Sea, their services include musical entertainment, photography, mermaid sightings, and mermaid lessons. They will sell you a handcrafted tail and jewelry suitable for a siren of the sea.

On August 18, 2019, they held a family-friendly, free event in Edmonds at Brackett's Landing.

Mermaids Synfonia, Linyenea and Orla swam up to shore and spent a few hours playing mermaid music and meeting with the land dwellers and their children.

Mermaids Salish Sea Sirens will come bearing gifts, magic, smiles and hugs!


Painted Piano at Sky Nursery

Notable Clucks by artist Cynthia Knox
at Sky Nursery

Check out all the painted pianos in Shoreline - here's the map.

Pianos go into storage September 23, 2019.


Jobs: New listings at Shoreline Community College

Shoreline Community College is recruiting for the following classified positions: 

Payroll and Benefits Coordinator

Date of first consideration: August 26, 2019
Complete job description and application information here

Human Resource Consultant 3 (1-year temporary)

Date of first consideration: August 26, 2019
Complete job description and application information here

Application materials and information on this and other open positions can be found online. Questions regarding employment at the College may be directed to HR by email or by phone at 206-546-4769.


NUHSA to hear about Eastside Legal Assistance Program on Wednesday

You are invited to our next NUHSA meeting on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from 9:30am - 11am in room 301 at Shoreline City Hall 17500 Midvale Ave N, 98133. Free parking in City garage.

After an update on King County's homelessness redesign efforts, we will hear a presentation from the Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP), which provides high-quality, no-cost civil legal aid to low-income residents and survivors of domestic violence.

NUHSA is the North Urban Human Services Alliance. NUHSA advocates for human services in North King County (NKC) on behalf of its residents and the agencies that serve them. Although it is the smallest, and often forgotten, sub-region of King County, our communities are well-connected and in a position to address key community needs. 

NUHSA empowers these communities to meet the critical human service needs in our area and establish a sustainable system of social and health services for Bothell, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, Shoreline and Woodinville residents.


David Gladish: Why you should swim in Puget Sound

David Gladish and Kristine Kleedehn swimming in Puget SoundPhoto by Sarah Kleedehn

By David Gladish

It’s so cold! I can’t do it! No more!

Those were the words out of my mouth the first time I went swimming in the Puget Sound. Now, at least once every month of the year, my wife and I can’t wait to swim in the Puget Sound. So, what changed?

When I jumped into the often-frigid waters of the salty Salish Sea for the first time, I was completely underprepared. I had on a pair of swim trunks and that was it. My polar plunge lasted about five seconds before I raced back to the comforts of a heated truck and a steaming mug of coffee.

Wet suit, goggles, swim buoy
Kristine Kleedehn is ready for a cold water swim
Photo by Sarah Kleedehn
Swimming in cold water year-round takes preparation and the right gear. For starters you need a thick wetsuit. A wetsuit’s warmth is measured in how many millimeters thick it is throughout different areas of the body. 

My wife and I wear 5/4 mm thick wetsuits, meaning it is 5 mm thick in the torso where you need extra warmth and 4 mm thick in the extremities, for more range of motion. Our wetsuits have built in hoods and we wear foot booties and gloves on top of that. 

Despite the cumbersome wetsuits causing us to feel like the Michelin Man, in the dead of winter our uncovered faces still manage to feel cold!

In addition to staying properly warm, having a good pair of swimming goggles is essential. We also have a swim buoy as an emergency floatie and to make ourselves visible for kayakers, stand up paddleboarders and the occasional boater that ventures close to shore.

Our favorite place to swim is the Richmond Beach Saltwater Park. We start out from a rocky point that juts out from the picnic shelter near the beach and swim thirty minutes north to a seawall, then retrace our strokes back to where we’ve left our towels and sandals. 

Sunset at RB Saltwater Park
Photo by Sarah Kleedehn
Every time we venture out, we find it hard to believe how lucky we are to have such a spectacular setting so close to home. It’s hard to find a more beautiful setting than this, with views of the Olympic Mountains and the surrounding rugged coastline.

Sometimes after a long day of work, often battling traffic and feeling exhausted, the last thing we want to do is go to the effort of pealing a thick wetsuit on, drive ten minutes from our house to the beach and jump into the cold water. 

However, post swim, the changes in our demeanor and the cleansing feeling of saltwater and fresh air are entirely worth the effort. We are immediately relaxed, rejuvenated, revived. 

It feels like we have found a hidden gem, so close to the hustle and bustle of busy city life. 

We can’t believe there are not more people swimming out there. Come join us!


This Thursday: Brown Bear offers free “Beary Clean” car washes at 26 tunnel locations

Family-owned company seeks to surpass record-setting 32,789 free washes set during last year’s anniversary

Brown Bear Car Wash turns “62” this Thursday August 22 and celebrates by offering free “Beary Clean” car washes from 8am to 8pm at 26 tunnel wash locations, including the tunnel wash at 16032 Aurora in Shoreline.

Last year’s one-day event added sparkle and shine to a record-setting 32,789 cars and trucks across the Puget Sound area.

The Seattle-based, family-owned company has provided over 400,000 free “Beary Clean” washes over the past 13 years to celebrate its August “birthday” and to honor former and current service members on Veterans Day.

Brown Bear Founder and CEO Victor Odermat opened the company’s first location in 1957 at 1800 15th Ave West in Seattle. Brown Bear owns and operates 51 car washes throughout the Puget Sound area and Spokane, with a 52nd location opening this year in Lynnwood.

Participating tunnel wash locations and more information about Brown Bear Car Wash here.

Brown Bear Car Wash is the largest car wash operator on the West Coast and 12th largest in the United States. Widely recognized for its environmentally friendly practices, Brown Bear uses gentle, biodegradable cleaning detergents at all its locations.


Scene on the Sound: Research vessel Marcus G. Langseth

Marcus G. Langseth

Photo and research by Jan Hansen

Rain or shine, research goes on. The Marcus G. Langseth is loaded and ready for more research projects as she passes through Shoreline.

From Maritime Hawaii

She is a research vessel owned by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and operated by Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. As a seismic research facility, the ship is able to provide 2D and 3D images of the Earth’s structure beneath the sea. She is also capable of supporting other marine geology/geophysics-related work. She was named after Dr. Marcus Gerhardt Langseth, who was a scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. 6 May 2017.

More technically described by the Columbia University
From Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Langseth is classed by the American Bureau of Shipping as A-1 Baltic Ice Class IA and Coast Guard inspected; certificated to carry a total of 55 personnel of which approximately 20 are the ship's crew.

Originally constructed as a seismic vessel the Langseth was acquired in 2004, modified, and outfitted to perform the tasks required of a general purpose research vessel. This includes hull mounted 3.5 and 12 khz transducers and a Simrad 1x1 degree deep ocean multibeam swath bottom mapping system.

Particularly unique to the academic research vessel are the Marcus Langseth's extensive geophysical capabilities which include a Syntrak 960-24 seismic recording system with four 6km solid-state hydrophone streamer cable and a 2000 psi, 40 pneumatic sound source array towed in four " strings" that can be configured either as a single, 2D source or dual, alternating 3D source arrays.


Concerts in the Park - The W Lovers - Wednesday


August 21, 6:30pm (rain or shine)
Cromwell Park

Pack a picnic dinner, gather your family and friends, and come enjoy a free performance by The W Lovers at Cromwell Park on Wednesday, August 21, 6:30pm. It’s the final Concert in the Park of the summer!

This is music for a hammock near a river, with a cold lemonade on a hot day. This is music for driving alone in the middle of the night. This is music that’s easy to listen to but hard to shake afterward. A cultured blend of alt-country and Americana that rings of rustic small towns and makes the listener feel warm and at home. 

Bring a blanket or low chair and find out more about how this dynamic duo is making waves with their own special brand of Americana/ Alt-Country style songs.

Plus, try refreshing infused waters at Aegis Living of Shoreline’s free “Hydration Station.”

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council’s Concerts in the Park are always free and held at various community parks throughout Shoreline and Lake Forest Park on Wednesdays in July and August at 6:30pm, rain or shine. Concerts in the Park are supported by the City of Shoreline, City of Lake Forest Park, 4Culture, Aegis Living of Shoreline, and by Arts Council friends, donors, and members.

For more information and details, visit the Arts Council’s website or call 206-417-4645.

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.


Celebrate Shoreline Sandcastle contest: Sun, Surf, Sand and Smiles

Monday, August 19, 2019

Crowd favorite: Treasure Chest

The annual Sandcastle Building Contest at the Richmond Beach Saltwater Park was a huge hit.

The Richmond Beach Community Association along with the City of Shoreline brought you this family friendly competition, on Sunday, August 18, 2019.

With nearly 30 teams participating, and over 300 spectators, the competition was fierce.

Mpanist1 provided the steel drum sounds, which set the mood for a fantastic event.

Although there were winners in a variety of categories, the crowd favorite was the Treasure Chest.

Congratulations to all the creative artists who won some fantastic prizes from several Richmond Beach neighborhood businesses.


In Edmonds, there were mermaids

Mermaid Aura of the Mermaid Pod of Seattle
was not part of the event

Photos by Lee Lageschulte

On Sunday, August 18, 2019, Mermaids Synfonia, Linyenea and Orla of the Salish Sea Sirens swam up to shore at Brackett's Landing in Edmonds to spend a few hours playing mermaid music and meeting with the land dwellers and their children.

Synfonia (flute) Orla (harp) get ready to play music for the crowd

Several hundred people gathered on the beach to hear the music, pose for photos, and talk to mermaids.

The Salish Sea Sirens features three mermaids: Synfonia (flute) Orla (harp), and Linyenea (Drum).

They are a woman-owned business

Updated 8-20-2019


Explore Europe on Foot - complete guide to planning a cultural hiking adventure - and other authors at Third Place Books this week

Come to Third Place Books on Wednesday and let author Cassandra Overby tell you some things about exploring Europe on foot. Buy her book and get all the tips and techniques and she'll autograph it as well.

If trekking Europe is not your style, how about a murder mystery, a session in the kitchen with Grandma, or a sequel to the Neverending Pillow Fight?

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

Tuesday, August 20 at 7pm
Steve Cavanaugh

It's the murder trial of the century. And Joshua Kane has killed to get the best seat in the house - and to be sure the wrong man goes down for the crime. Because this time, the killer isn't on trial. He's on the jury. But there's someone on his tail: former-conman-turned-criminal-defense-attorney Eddie
Flynn doesn't believe that his movie-star client killed two people. He suspects that the real killer is closer than they think - but who would guess just how close?

Wednesday, August 21 at 7pm
Cassandra Overby
Explore Europe on Foot: Your Complete Guide to Planning a Cultural Hiking Adventure

Move over traditional sightseeing, throngs of visitors, and tourist traps! Explore Europe on Foot gives travelers an alternative way to discover Europe. A hiking vacation offers countless rewards: the time to admire the tidiness of a village farm, soak in the rugged alpine view from a rocky perch, and absorb a country through the smells of its landscape and encounters with locals. Explore Europe on Foot is a complete guide to conceptualizing, planning, and executing the slow-travel hike (or hikes!) of a lifetime.

Thursday, August 22 at 7pm
Mateo Monda
Midtown Madhatter

Drawing heavily on the author’s personal experiences, this novel traces the episodic adventures (and misadventures) of Seattle native Pete Walsh and his friends with settings in Seattle, Mexico, and Manhattan. It culminates at a midtown Manhattan wedding fete where Walsh reconnects with childhood pals, their spouses and partners. The booze-soaked weekend serves as an awakening as he observes the progress in their lives - while coming to grips with his own flaws and frailties.

Friday, August 23 at 6pm
Lydia E. Harris
In the Kitchen with Grandma: Stirring Up Tasty Memories Together

Enjoy delicious, grandma-tested recipes you and your grandchild will love making together, as well as wisdom and tips from grandmas like you. Make lasting memories in the kitchen and create opportunities to share your faith and life lessons.

Saturday, August 24 at 6pm
Will Taylor
Maggie and Abby and the Shipwreck Treehouse

Nine long months after being shut out of the pillow fort network for good, Maggie and Abby finally have a whole new mission to focus on — and this one starts with a return to the infamous Camp Cantaloupe. Don’t miss the sparkling, fast-paced sequel to Maggie and Abby's Neverending Pillow Fort, which Captain Underpants creator Dav Pilkey called "a magical adventure!"


Photos: Celebrate Shoreline family festival

Inflatables and human hamster balls

Photos by Steven H. Robinson

Celebrate Shoreline family festival on Saturday, August 17, 2019 from noon to 9pm at Cromwell Park had everything.

Grooming the wallaby

Great music for all ages, pony rides for the kids, a children's stage, food trucks, a beer garden, bouncy houses, petting zoo, live theater, and more! 

Face painting, pony rides, bouncy houses

There was no admission fee but a charge for some activities like the pony rides.

Picnic with fare from food trucks
An overcast day didn't keep people from sitting on the grass to watch performances at the Gazebo or the Children's stage.

Pet the tortoise

Some of the events took to the pathways - pet a tortoise.

Council of Neighborhoods volunteers helped people
find their neighborhood

Information booths helped people find their neighborhood, get their questions answered about the Prop. 1 ShARCC, pick up a school calendar from Shoreline Schools, learn how to survive a disaster.

Shoreline Communications van will operate in emergencies

The Communications van was in operation on site. The fire department brought a truck and Deputy Holmes and his K9 partner Atom greeted the crowd.

Police robot
Kids got to operate the police robot and groom the wallaby. For $5 they could ride a pony.

What would you like to be when you grow up?

Shoreline District Court Judge Marcine Anderson and court staff were there to explain the courts a bit and take photos of young justices in robes, holding a gavel.


Windermere Shoreline paper shredding Saturday

Windermere Shoreline will shred up to two banker's boxes of documents for you, for free, on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at their office at 900 N 185th St, Shoreline 98133.

No CDs or plastic binders, please. And they would greatly appreciate a donation of back to school supplies.

From 9:30am until noon (or when the truck is full!)


Photos: The Celebrate Shoreline Cruise-In Car Show

Photos by Lee Lageschulte

The Shoreline Historical Museum and the City of Shoreline presented the annual Cruise-In Car Show as part of Celebrate Shoreline on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Shoreline Place, N 155th and Aurora, next to the Shoreline Farmers Market.

Vintage, Custom, Stock, Muscle, Street Rod, Projects, and more.

If you can identify the vehicles - let us know and we'll add captions to these photos by Lee Lageschulte.


Photo: Curlicue!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Photo by Gloria Z Nagler

Woodland Skipper in the garden the other day. Quite a talented proboscis!


Artists in Action at Sky Nursery this coming weekend

Artist in action at Sky Nursery
Photo courtesy Sky Nursery

Saturday August 24 and Sunday August 25, 2019 from 11 am – 5 pm.

Northwest Artists in Action is a group of accomplished fine artists who love to create and display their art in public.

Watch artists work real-time!  Oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, pencil…

Stop by and admire a variety of paintings and sketches in progress, discuss art with artists, plus enjoy the display of finished original art available for purchase.

Sky Nursery 18528 Aurora Ave. N. Shoreline 98133  206-546-4851


Catch a Thief: International Art Theft and the FBI

UW Bothell Pub Night Talk at McMenamins: 
“Catch a Thief: International Art Theft and the FBI”  7-8:30pm Tuesday,  August 27, 2019. Doors open at 6pm. 

Lynne McKee, former manager of the FBI Art Theft Program is the featured speaker at the August 27 Pub Night Talk, a free monthly lecture series  cosponsored by the University of Washington Bothell and McMenamins, featuring university and community experts. 

During eight years as the FBI Art Theft Program manager, Lynne McKee coordinated investigations into illicit trafficking that recovered more than $300 million in art and antiquities. 

Haynes’ Hall, McMenamins Anderson School, 18607 Bothell Way NE, Bothell. 

Free and open to the public. All ages welcome. Seating: first come, first served. Talk followed by Q/A.


NPAC Nutcracker tickets on sale now

Holiday magic returns to the Northshore Performing Arts Center with our annual sharing of Emerald Ballet Theatre’s full-length production of The Nutcracker. f

Professional guest artists, talented youth performers, gorgeous costumes and sets, and the rousing Emerald Ballet Theatre Orchestra conducted by David Waltman.

Ticket Prices

Tier A: $43 for adults, $38 for seniors and military (with ID) and $22 for youth (17 and under)

Tier B: $38 for adults, $33 for seniors and military (with ID) and $20 for youth (17 and under)



Northwest Girlchoir seeks new singers this summer for fall enrollment

Northwest Girlchoir is enrolling for fall

Calling all girls who love to sing! Northwest Girlchoir has openings for new singers in grades 1-12 to join us in Fall 2019 – auditions happening throughout the summer! Learn musicianship, vocal technique, and performance skills, all while building lasting friendships in a supportive community.

During the span of four decades, Northwest Girlchoir has empowered and inspired thousands of girls and young women in our region to lift their voices in chorus with others. Choristers perform for thousands of audience members at concerts held across the greater Puget Sound Region and on tours nationally and internationally.

Grades 1-2: Easy online registration is now open for girls entering grades 1-2 to join Prep Choir! Members learn music in a fun and nurturing environment as they prepare for exciting mainstage concerts. Sign up online.

Grades 3-12: Fill out the Audition Request form online to join one of Northwest Girlchoir’s five progressive choir levels this Fall! Auditioned choir members enjoy performing at mainstage concerts, in the community and at special events, and even on tours. Learn more and sign up to audition.

Scholarships: Financial aid is available for every choir level and we encourage families to apply.

Contact for more information or call the office at 206-527-2900.


Elks blood drive Aug 29 - community welcome

The Shoreline Elks #1800 and Seattle Elks #92 are joining to sponsor a blood drive on August 29, 2019 at the Shoreline lodge at 14625 15th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155.

Hours from 1:00pm - 7:00pm (closed between 3-4pm).

For more information and to sign up, contact Nathan Belo at 206-399-3337. No online registration for this event.

Everyone is welcome to participate.


Free lunch on cruise ship

Expedia CruiseShipCenters in Lake Forest Park invites you to get to know The Great Land with an exciting On Stage Alaska presentation and lunch on board the Holland America ship ms Eurodam, 10am on Saturday, September 14, 2019.

Our Alaska and Yukon experts will be sharing their knowledge of Denali National Park and the Yukon's spectacular wilderness, with lunch to follow.

There is no charge for the presentation or lunch.

Parking at the Pier will be approximately $15 - shuttle service from the parking lot to the ship is free. Please call 206-347-8777 by August 31 to register (21 and over).


Painted piano: Spartan Rec Center

Voyager 3
Artist Megan Reisinger at Spartan Rec Center

Now Seattle is doing painted pianos. Good for them.

Are you appreciating ours? This piano is at the Spartan Rec Center and the artist is Megan Reisinger. Entrance to the Spartan Gym is from NE 185th on the Shoreline Center campus at 1st NE.

Here's the map for the rest of the pianos. 

The pianos will go into storage on September 23, 2019.

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