Lydia liked nothing better than being enigmatic...

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Photo by Gloria Nagler

Lydia liked nothing better than being enigmatic...

--Gloria Z Nagler


2020 King County Master Gardener Plant Sale and Gala Fundraiser April 24-25

Find plants, garden art, Mother’s Day gifts from the garden, “how-to” tips from Master Gardeners and more — all in one place.

• Edibles, ornamentals, natives, and perennials--the marketplace includes thousands of tomato plants, veggie starts and herbs, perennials, shrubs and trees from Master Gardeners and local specialty growers.

• Drop by the Master Gardener Clinic booth for quick-tips or find advice on selecting and growing your best garden yet in each of the departments.

• Master Gardeners are your personal shoppers. Lots of advice from 100 Master Gardeners make the Master Gardener Plant Sale one-of-a-kind!

• Specialty vendors from far and near with garden art and plants for your garden.

• All proceeds support the Master Gardener Foundation of King County and its funding for all Master Gardener activities in King County.

More information here

Friday, April 24 (4pm - 8pm) and Saturday, April 25, (9am - 4pm)
Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle (near University Village)

Gala Fundraiser on Friday, April 24th, 5:30pm - 8pm 
Tickets are $65 in advance $75 at the door. Purchase them in advance 

The Plant Sale opens early on Friday at 4pm. After shopping early on Friday join us for the Gala Fundraiser. 

This year's theme is Splendor in the Garden. The evening will feature door prizes and enticing silent auction items you won't want to miss! 

Enjoy beer, wine and lovely hors d'oeuvres. 

PLANT Talks presentations will feature guest speakers sharing their stories of Splendor in the Garden. 

Special guests include celebrity Gardener Ciscoe Morris, ooh la la! Daniel J. Hinkley, plantsman, horticulturist, nurseryman and author, and Richie Steffen Executive Director of the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden. 

Must be 21 years old.


Book review by Aarene Storms: Cheshire Crossing

Cheshire Crossing by Andy Weir and Sarah Andersen (graphic novel)

Dorothy Gale. Alice Liddell. Wendy Darling.

Powerful girls who, somehow, visited magical worlds and returned safely.

But now, they are considered (to say it politely) crazy.

When the three meet up at a very unusual asylum, adventure is guaranteed to happen ... and they gain help from the perfect person to offer help with magic.

Cute, fun, and totally distracting. In other words: ideal for avoiding real life.

Cartoon cussing, a kiss or two, and lots of magic. Recommended for readers (like me!) who like that sort of thing, ages 12 to adult.

The events may not have happened; still, the story is true. --R. Silvern

Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Bucket list

wait for it - wait for it - got it yet?

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


North City Water District prepares to respond to disasters large and small

Most likely local disaster
The North City Water District serves east Shoreline and west Lake Forest Park

On Wednesday, February 26, North City Water District’s main administrative headquarters closed while our staff and Board of Commissioners attended all-day ICS training.

Incident Command System (ICS) training is a component of the National Incident Management System — a comprehensive, national approach that helps public agencies like ours be better prepared to handle a natural disaster, through the use of standardized terminology, equipment, and organizational structures.

By helping us communicate with and plan for interactions with other agencies in emergency situations, this training helps us do what we do best: ensure safe, reliable water supply in the event of an emergency.

In our case, emergencies can range from a localized event such as a broken water main (which occur due to varying causes, including soil and construction conditions when the pipe was installed, shifts in the surrounding soils, temperature fluctuations, and the age of the pipe itself), to larger scale natural disasters such as a potential earthquake, often referred to in regional planning efforts as the “Cascadia event” in our area.

In addition to ICS training, we’ve joined ShakeAlert (the early warning system developed by the U.S. Geological Survey), installed backup generators at both our main North City / Denny Clouse Pump Station and our Administrative Headquarters, and held several multi-agency meetings to help our staff be prepared to communicate and participate in a coordinated emergency response with other agencies.

We’ve also asked our ratepayers to contact us if you would like us to add your emergency contact information to your account, which we would use strictly in the event of an emergency for announcement purposes, in addition to announcements on our website, Facebook, and

Feel free to email us at, or give us a call at 206-362-8100 to learn more and/or provide us with your emergency contact info.

Diane Pottinger, District Manager


Shoreline Planning Commission has four new members

At the February 24, 2020 meeting of the Shoreline City Council, four candidates were appointed to openings on the Shoreline Planning Commission.

Of the 28 impressive applicants, and after careful consideration, Council unanimously agreed to appoint Julius Rwamashongye, Pam Sager, Andy Galuska, and Janelle Callahan to the Planning Commission for four-year terms that will run from April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2024.

After a unanimous recommendation from the same subcommittee, the Council also approved the appointment of Andy Galuska to also serve on the Shoreline Landmarks and Heritage Commission. That term will run from April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2024. 


Train to be a Beach Watcher

Beach Watcher volunteer
Photo by Cordell Hauglie

Space is still available for the WSU Snohomish Extension Program's Beach Watcher training program.
Receive 80 hours of classroom and field training on Puget Sound wildlife, coastal processes, water quality, climate change and more. 

Then share your new knowledge as a citizen scientist volunteer — giving back 80 hours over the next two years to projects that you select.

The training begins on March 6, 2020 in Everett.


Wrestling: Five Shorecrest wrestlers place at State tournament

Shorecrest wrestling team 2020

Text and photos by Sean Rhodes, SC Assistant Wrestling Coach

Shorecrest Wrestling had an excellent showing at the State Tournament (Mat Classic XXXII 2020) last weekend, February 21-23, 2020 at the Tacoma Dome.

In the entire 59 year history of Shorecrest High School, only eight wrestlers have ever placed at the State tournament. The last time we had a state placer was Owen Donnelly in 2016.

On this weekend, there were 5 state placers!

The team placed 10th out of 61 teams in the 3A division.

A huge factor in the team’s success this year was the work ethic and leadership of the two senior captains: Kaiya “Kyle” Conway-Yasuyama and Trentyn “Trevor” Good, and the athleticism and dedication of senior Ian ”Martinez” Mortensen.

Individual results:

Trentyn Good (Senior) 152lbs - 3rd place
with head coach Bryan Officer

Thomas Rhodes (Sophomore) 113lbs - 4th place

Ian Mortensen (Senior) 170lbs - 7th place
with head coach Bryan Officer

Jordan Glesener (Junior) 285lbs - 7th place
left, with SC shirt

Kaiya Conway- Yasuyama (Senior) 132lbs - 8th place
right, with SC shirt

They will all be living in the hall of fame at Shorecrest High School.


Rep. Javier Valdez: Investing in Our Transportation System

Northgate construction
Photo courtesy Rep. Valdez

From Rep. Javier Valdez, D-46

Two weeks ago, Sound Transit hosted a groundbreaking celebration to kick off construction for the Northgate Pedestrian Bridge.

As a Metro bus rider when I’m not in Olympia, I’m excited for this project to connect neighborhoods and transform the way we move throughout the city. You can sign up here for email updates on the project.

On Monday, both the House and Senate released our proposed transportation budgets. 

As Vice Chair of the House Transportation Committee, I am happy to announce that funding for the Sammamish Bridge replacement in Kenmore has been increased

At the beginning of session, the Lake Forest Park roundabout project at Ballinger Way and 40th Place was on hold, and I am also happy to announce that this project has been put back on track to move forward this year. (See our previous article)

These are both important investments in our district’s infrastructure, and I am hopeful that they will remain priorities in our state transportation budget.

Rep. Valdez represents the 46th LD which includes Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, Lake City, and northeast Seattle.


US military volunteer group receives county grant

Councilmember Dembowski with Generals MG Ben Tran and MG John Natterstad,
National Deputy Commander for USV-JSC.
Photo by Jerry Pickard

The United States Volunteer - Joint Services Command or USV-JSC was formed to provide a seamless military organization of volunteer, retired, former service members and patriotic American citizens to perform military final honors to the armed forces veterans of the United States of America, to compliment the national shortage of active and reserve forces available to perform military final honors, and, to provide a select pool of qualified manpower for use by the Secretary of Defense.

Volunteers (USV) were formed in 1861 and rode with Teddy Roosevelt in Cuba, and later in the Philippines. They now provide military honors for our fallen service members.

Photo by Jerry Pickard

Present at the King County Council Chambers were MG Ray Coffey, MG John Natterstad, MG Ben Tran, Col. Susan M. Korte, Col. Karen Ridge, Cpt. Theresa Pham and other members of the USV-JCS.

Volunteers gather with Councilmember Dembowski
in the King County Council Chambers
Photo by Jerry Pickard

The grant was authorized by Councilman Rod Dembowski and will be used to purchase uniforms, flags, Color Guard equipment, and blank ammunition for the Firing Team.


Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) update from the City of Shoreline

Friday, February 28, 2020

National, state, and local health officials are closely monitoring the outbreak of illness caused by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. 

Although the current risk to people in King County from COVID-19 remains low (with no local cases), the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has stated that it is increasingly likely that it will spread within the US at some point.

We are monitoring the situation as well and following the guidance of the CDC, the State Department of Health, and Public Health – Seattle and King County. At this time, the public in Washington is not considered at risk for COVID-19. In the event of an outbreak here, the Department of Health and Public Health – Seattle and King County will be the lead agencies and our work will be to support them.

The Department of Health has established a quarantine site on state-owned property next to the Public Health Labs on the Fircrest Campus in Shoreline. The facility is for healthy people who have potentially been exposed to the virus but are not exhibiting any symptoms and are unable to safely separate themselves from others at home for the required 14 days.

Public Health medical personal will test any person in quarantine exhibiting symptoms. If the person tests positive for the virus, they will be taken to a medical facility. Washington State Patrol is providing 24/7 security at the site.

What you can do

Prepare now: Public Health recommends that organizations and individuals prepare now to reduce the number of illnesses and negative effects that could occur in our community.

Travel and illness: People who are traveling should be aware of the impacted countries, and if they become ill after traveling, call a doctor or hospital immediately.

Discrimination: While health officials first detected the virus in Wuhan, China, and China has seen the most significant outbreak of the virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed infections in countries across the world. Discrimination based on ethnicity or ancestry will make the situation worse.
  • Having Chinese ancestry – or any other ancestry – does not make a person more vulnerable to this illness. Coronavirus doesn’t recognize race, nationality, nor ethnicity.

Emergency Kit: We always recommend keeping a basic disaster kit which will be critical in any kind of emergency. 

Masks: Public Health does not currently recommend that people wear masks when they are in public. This is because the immediate health risk to the public in Washington is currently low. Additionally, scientists are not sure whether wearing a mask in public keeps healthy people from getting sick.
  • However, if you are sick you should wear a mask in a healthcare setting (such as a waiting room) to avoid exposing other people when you cough or sneeze.

City of Shoreline


Two new cases of COVID-19 in King and Snohomish counties

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health, Public Health – Seattle and King County, and Snohomish Health District, are announcing two new cases of COVID-19, currently classified as “presumptive positives.” 

A presumptive positive is a test that comes back positive at the Public Health Laboratory and is pending confirmation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.)

The individuals reside in both King and Snohomish Counties. In King County, a woman in her 50s with confirmed travel to Daegu, South Korea is a presumptive positive. She is currently in home isolation.

In Snohomish County, a person under the age of 18 with no travel history is also a presumptive positive. He is currently in home isolation as well. That patient visited Seattle Children’s North Clinic on Monday, Feb. 24. Snohomish County Health District is working alongside the Everett Public Schools to ensure the safety of students and staff at Jackson High School, where this student attends. Everett Public Schools is taking this very seriously and in an abundance of caution, the superintendent has decided to close Jackson High School on Monday to allow three days for deep cleaning.

While the King County case is believed to be travel-related, we don’t know how or where the new Snohomish County case was infected. We are working hard to find and identify how the patients were exposed as well as tracing people who might have been exposed to this patient.

Now that we are able to expedite test results here at the Public Health Lab in Shoreline, we’re getting results on suspected local cases a lot faster,” said State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy. “Given the extent of global spread, we expect to identify more individuals with COVID-19 in Washington. We want to emphasize the importance of practicing good health habits.”

COVID-19 has the potential to be a serious health risk in our country. Health departments at the federal, state, and local level are working together and with other partners to prepare.

Healthcare systems are getting ready to potentially see more patients than usual. Schools are receiving updated guidance on what to do to stay safe if they have cases, and what preventative measures they should take if they do not.

How can you prevent the spread of COVID-19? Common sense measures.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water,
  • Stay home when you’re sick,
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue,
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.
  • Getting plenty of rest, drinking fluids, eating healthy foods, and managing your stress can help you prevent getting COVID-19 and recover from it if you do.

DOH has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington state call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.


Garden Design Ideas from the 2020 Northwest Flower and Garden Festival

By Victoria Gilleland

The 2020 Northwest Flower and Garden Festival offers unique ideas to incorporate in the home garden. Enjoy some of the best from this year's show, now through Sunday, March 1st!

Tickets. Washington State Convention Center, 705 Pike St, Seattle.

Modern garden elegance
Photo by Victoria Gilleland
Modern Garden Elegance: Contemporary Landscapes created a fabulous minimalist garden. The simple bold overhead structure supports the modern design beautifully. The use of a pale turquoise pot planted with evergreen Japanese Aralia makes a statement year round. Consider adding a planted pot near a structure in your garden.

Glass art
Photo by Victoria Gilleland

Glass Art: Gardening and glass art are often associated with each other in the Pacific Northwest. This is due in large part to the reputation of glass artist Dale Chihuly. However, if you’re on a budget like most of us, you may not be in the market for an expensive glass piece for your garden. Instead create your own Glass Flowers. The colorful glass flowers growing out of the galvanized tub above were created from thrift store cups, plates and dishes.

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Tic-Tac-Toad: This clever scenario was created with a tree stump table and two log rounds as stools for the amphibian game players. What a fun addition to an informal garden space!

Tent camping with the kids
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Tent Camping With the Kids: Children learn to love the garden by being in it. Set up a tent in the garden, on a deck or patio so the kids get a bit closer to Mother Nature. Include some favorite toys and games for all to enjoy! Day camping at home is a great way to introduce kids to the out of doors.

Garden mist
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Garden Mist: Misters or foggers add an air of mystery to any scene and can be used in ponds, fountains, recirculating streams, bowls or a simple tabletop vase. Misters start at around $10.

Fire pit
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Fire Pit: Outdoor Fires can be mesmerizing. Assemble a few outdoor chairs, a side table and the fire pit of your choice. Be ready to gaze at the fire with friends and family or indulge in smores and a hot dog. It’s all great fun!

Hill Top Farm
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm: A bit of merry old England has been recreated with this interpretation of Miss Potter’s house and garden. The rich plantings are the quintessential “Cottage Garden.” Try a lush garden bed or two in your garden.

Give some of these creative garden ideas a try in your garden!


Grand Opening of Wellness Center Saturday 10am - noon

Tai chi is one of a dozen classes to be offered
in the Wellness Center
Join us this Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 10am – 12 noon for our Grand Opening of The Wellness Studio.

Meet the instructors who will share a brief insight into their classes, answer your questions and guide you to which class meets your needs.

Enjoy some healthy snacks and learn a step or two as our very own Line Dance instructor, Denise Hunsaker will lead us in a free line dance class.

This is an exciting time at the center and we invite you to share in the moment!

The Wellness Studio is part of the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, facing NE 185th.


Artists' reception Sunday at Red Sky Gallery for The Notorious RBG show

The opening reception for the Notorious RBG juried art show at Red Sky Gallery is on Sunday, March 1, 2020 from 1pm to 6pm.

The Gallery is located on the upper level of Town Center, Lake Forest Park on the Ballinger side.

Town Center is located at the intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way NE.


Cancelled: Friday Afternoon at the Movies coming up: Friday, March 6

Update: This event has been Cancelled

Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center and Scarecrow Video’s Silver Cinema Project partner to show some of the most beloved classics for all to enjoy again and again.

This month Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

Gather in the Bridge Room at 1pm. There is a suggested donation of $2.

The highest grossing New Zealand film, making over NZ$12 million, Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a 2016 New Zealand adventure comedy-drama film written and directed by Taika Waititi.

Taika Waititi has recently won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (for Jojo Rabbit) making him the first person of Maori/indigenous descent to win an Academy Award.

He appears in the Wilderpeople film as “the minister.”

The film centers around a young boy and a grumpy man on the run in the forest and is based on the book Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump.

Sam Neill and Julian Dennison play "Uncle" Hector and Ricky Baker, a father figure and son who become the targets of a manhunt after fleeing into the New Zealand bush.

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center is in the southernmost building of the Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave NE #1, 206-365-1536, 1 - 3pm.

This is a well loved and very popular film in New Zealand!
Come watch it with some friends.

The movie runs from 1 - 3pm


Three Shoreline Schools staff are working from home to monitor health

Bothell High School in Northshore
has chosen to shut down for a few days
Out of an abundance of caution, Shoreline Public Schools currently has three staff members who are monitoring their health at home.

None are confirmed to have been exposed to the virus, and none are reporting symptoms.

One individual traveled with their family to Southeast Asia over mid-winter break, and the other two participated in a meeting at another school district that was led by an individual who has a family member who is now in quarantine but not confirmed to have the virus.

Again, none of our staff have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, and none are reporting symptoms.
We recognize we are being more cautious than the current recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and State Department of Health. 
We have sought additional guidance from King County Public Health specific to our situation. They have assured us that the risk to our schools, students, staff and community is low and are not recommending we close school or adjust our current procedures.

Bothell High School, in the Northshore School District, has shut down the entire school for a second day after a staff member who returned to work from international travel, reported that a family member traveling with them became sick.


What do you think about pickleball at Shoreline Park courts?

Photos courtesy City of Shoreline

Provide your input on Pickleball at Shoreline Park

The Shoreline Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department is asking for community input on a proposal to add lines for Pickleball to the Shoreline Park tennis courts in 2020 and possibly others in the future.

In 2019 Shoreline overlaid permanent Pickleball lines on four of the tennis courts at Shoreview Park making them usable for both sports. Currently, Pickleball players use temporary tape to mark Pickleball lines on other tennis courts in Shoreline.

Shoreline Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services is proposing to overlay permanent Pickleball lines on the tennis courts in Shoreline Park in 2020 and possibly others in the future. The courts would be usable for both sports.

Learn more

Tell the City of Shoreline what you think

Comments are welcome by or before March 20, 2020.


    North City Co-op Preschool open house Mar 7

    North City Co-op Preschool open house on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 10am to noon at their location 14514 20th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155.

    The benefits of a cooperative preschool include:
    • comparatively low tuition
    • opportunity to work directly with children (including your own) in an environment geared to their needs
    • discover positive ways to interact within our families
    • meet new families and developing friendships
    • learn invaluable information and gain insight and various viewpoints regarding child development and relevant topics pertaining to your child(ren)
    With the enthusiastic contribution from each member, our school and children will thrive!

    North City Co-op is sponsored by Shoreline Community College


    Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen!

    Friday, February 28 at 6pm, author Sarah Kapit will present her recently published book:

    Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen!

    In this perfectly pitched novel-in-letters, autistic eleven-year-old Vivy Cohen won't let anything stop her from playing baseball -- not when she has a major-league star as her pen pal.

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


    Sustainable vegetable gardening - free class Mar 5

    Growing your own organic food is a fun and delicious way to garden in the Pacific Northwest.

    Thursday, March 5, 2020
    at North City Water District

    About The Class

    Vegetables, berries, and fruit trees need special care to thrive, but your time and energy will pay off with great tasting, nutritious home-grown food. Best of all, food crops can be incorporated into your existing landscape, large or small! 

    This class will teach you how to make your yard produce great food for you and your family.

    Class is free but you must register to attend:

    Send an email to or call the main office at 206-36-8100.

    Ladd Smith
    About the presenter:

    In 1994, Ladd Smith co-founded In Harmony Sustainable Landscapes in Bothell with his business partner Mark Gile, based on their lifelong shared passion for protecting the environment. 

    Ladd is a graduate from University of Nevada in Reno with a BS degree in Ornamental Horticulture. 

    He has more than 25 years’ experience as a professional horticulturist, and a sought after speaker on various organic landscaping topics.

    Visit for more information.


    Jobs: Shoreline Community College

    Shoreline Community College

    Instructor – Biology/Biotechnology (Tenure Track)

    Date of first consideration: April 4, 2020

    Job description and application

    Automotive Instructor – Toyota T-Ten (Tenure Track)

    Date of first consideration: April 4, 2020

    Job description and application

    Interested applicants may apply at for our full-time and part-time positions. It’s easy to search for open positions using the search bar and filtering tools.


    Sun and Family Fun at the 2020 Lunar New Year 5K Run

    Photos by Ryan Brem and Sherwin Eng

    Despite a forecast of rain, sunny skies greeted runners and walkers for the fourth annual ICHS Foundation Lunar New Year 5k on February 23, 2020. 

    The event raised $30,000 to support health care access for families who couldn’t otherwise afford it, taking place on the Interurban Trail just blocks away from the ICHS Shoreline Medical and Dental Clinic.

    Approximately 300 attendees ranged in age from 1 to 88, including one family of participants that included three generations – the parents running and grandparents walking with grandchildren. 

    Group warm up

    Highlights included a traditional Chinese Lion Dance performed by the International Lion Dance Team and a lively group warm up led by Toshiko Aramaki, a Shoreline-area exercise instructor from the Senior Center.

    “It was wonderful to see so many people, of all ages, enjoying themselves for a great cause,” said Ron Chew, ICHS foundation director. 
    “We look forward to building upon this year’s success, so start training for the Lunar New Year 5k in 2021, the Year of the Ox!”

    The event would not have been possible without the generous contributions of many volunteers, sponsors and partners from within the community. The City of Shoreline and Aurora Rents were the Presenting Sponsors, with check-in located at Shoreline City Hall and the performance and vendors in the courtyard of Aurora Rents.

    Volunteers from the Shoreline Fire Department donated time as medical emergency responders, while international education students from Shoreline Community College helped serve as event staff. 

    Local organizations with a presence included the Shoreline/Lake Forest Park chapter of the League of Women Voters, Shoreline Senior Center and Prevail Physical Therapy.

    Presenting Sponsors:

    · Aurora Rents
    · City of Shoreline

    Platinum Sponsor:

    · Swedish Hospital

    Gold Sponsors:

    · Rainier Vehicle and Vessel Licensing, LLC

    Silver Sponsors:

    · Amerigroup
    · Community Health Plan of Washington
    · Tai Tung Inc.

    Bronze Sponsors:

    · Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS)
    · Aurora Borealis
    · Merchant’s Parking Association
    · Mei-Ling Woo State Farm Agency
    · Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation Development Authority
    · StickerGiant

    Shoreline Area Donors:

    · Central Market
    · One Cup Coffee
    · Starbucks on 185th Ave
    · Streetzeria at the Beach


    Film: La Bohème at Landmark's Crest Theatre on Mar 17

    La Bohème at the Crest Mar 17

    The Crest Theatre will screen a production of Puccini's La Bohème on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 7pm - 9:50pm.

    Richard Jones perfectly captures the blend of tragedy and comedy and provides an acute analysis of Puccini’s young would-be artists and their lovers, the soulful Mimì and spirited Musetta. 

    This Royal Opera House production will screen on March 17 at 7pm. Advance tickets are on sale now and no passes/discounts will be accepted. #ROHBoheme


    Landmark's Crest Cinema Center in the Ridgecrest business district 16505 5th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155


    Scots girls and boys hoopsters advance to Regionals despite dropping District Championship games

    Thursday, February 27, 2020

    Shorecrest girls basketball champs
    Photo by Don Dalziel

    Some of the luster of the Shorecrest girls basketball season came off Saturday night as the Scots lost to Arlington 50-34 in the Northwest District One 3A Championship Game. Arlington’s stifling defense carried the day, forcing the Scots into 21 turnovers and a subpar (28%) shooting night.

    Nevertheless, the team finds itself in the enviable position of being ensured a berth at the State Tournament in Tacoma next week by virtue of their school-record 21-2 mark for the season. Their dream of hanging a State Championship banner next to the one earned by the great 2015-16 team is still alive.

    They travel to University High in Spokane Friday for a game at 8:00pm against Mt. Spokane HS, champions of the Greater Spokane League. The Wildcats have a mark of 18-3.

    The winner will receive a first-round bye in Tacoma and open State play Thursday March 5, while the loser starts State on Wednesday March 4.

    Brackets for the girls tournament are here.

    The Shorecrest boys saw their ten-game winning streak grind to a halt Saturday night against Marysville-Pilchuck, 68-55, in the District Championship Game. The victorious Tommies, undefeated during league play, showed their mettle against the outmanned Scots.

    The Scots’ boys face an elimination game Saturday at 4 against Central Kitsap. The game will be played at Issaquah HS, much closer to home than the girls’ game. The winner kicks off the State Tournament with the Egg McMuffin (9am) game on Wednesday March 4 in Tacoma.

    The Cougars are 17-8 for the season, while the Scots are 18-5.

    SC’s boys have three 2nd place banners on the wall (1982, 1992, and 2016)….always a bridesmaid, never a bride. Maybe this will be their year.

    Boys brackets are here.

    --Sports Desk


    NW Flower and Garden Festival Orca Recovery Garden

    The Orca Recovery Garden
    Northwest Flower and Garden Show

    Text by Doug Gochanour
    Photos by Steven H. Robinson

    Visitors should check out the ORCA RECOVERY GARDEN at the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival, now through March 1, 2020 at the Washington State Convention Center, 705 Pike St, Seattle.

    Look for the camper with two canoes nearby.

    Perhaps some of us paddled on Lake Washington near the UW campus in one of these canoes a few years back.

    This display garden is presented jointly by the King Conservation District and NW BLOOM Ecological Services.

    It has been designed with orca recovery in mind.

    The southern resident orcas that visit Puget Sound are struggling for survival. Dwindling salmon runs, pollution, and boat noise are taking a toll on the orca population.

    This display demonstrates how a few simple gardening practices can have significant impact upon wildlife way on down the watershed food chain, ultimately benefiting salmon and orcas and a whole lot more living creatures and plants along the way.

    Composting bins
    Low impact sustainability practices are highlighted, and most are easy to do.

    They include a rain-garden to filter and manage runoff, permeable pavers, and composting bins to build healthy new soil.

    There are two repurposed canoes, made into raised beds with space for your favorite veggies.

    There is plenty of room for some flowers and herbs, as well.

    The perimeter of this display garden is lined with wood rounds and a log, placed at a good height for sitting. These natural materials offer a nice place to rest for a bit.

    The King Conservation District’s website offers more tips for those involved in stewardship projects.


    Update: Individual moves into voluntary quarantine by Public Health Labs in Shoreline

    An RV, the medical tent for medical personnel,
    next to the State Public Health Lab on the
    Fircrest campus on 15th NE in Shoreline

    Update: We have now verified that it is an individual on site, rather than a family.

    Text and photos by Cynthia Sheridan

    One family exposed to the coronavirus (Covid-19) moved into an RV by the Public Health Labs in Shoreline on Monday, February 24, 2020.

    According to the Public Health Information officer, this family has moved voluntarily into quarantine. They believe they have been exposed to the virus but none of them are ill.

    State Patrol standing guard

    The virus has been spreading worldwide because infected people do not show symptoms for several weeks after exposure.

    So this family is remaining quarantined in an effort to protect the community at large and will probably stay at least two weeks.

    Public Health has contracted with the Washington State Police to maintain security on the premises for the RVs and the medical tent.

    Public Health has made every effort to meet the physical needs of this and other quarantined families.

    More information about the quarantine site.

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