Photo: Sunrise is beautiful too

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Photo by Mike Remarcke

With the clear views of sunsets across the waters of Puget Sound, it's easy to forget that sunrise is also lovely, with the Cascades, foothills, and the trees of Lake Forest Park.

This golden morning was this week. Just remember to tell everyone out of town how much it rains. And don't tell them how lush and green it is when it rains.


Richmond Highlands neighborhood to hear from police at Feb 26 meeting

The Richmond Highlands Neighborhood will hear about ways to make their homes safer when Shoreline police visit their neighborhood meeting on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 7:30pm at the Richmond Highlands Recreation Center, 16554 Fremont Ave N, Shoreline 98133.'''


Basketball: Shorecrest wins Tuesday's game, will play Saturday for District Championship

Shorecrest girls basketball won easily over 4th ranked Snohomish in the semi-final round on Tuesday evening at Mariner High School in Everett. They will play #2 ranked Arlington for the District 1 Championship on Saturday.

Because the WIAA rules send the top 3 teams to regionals, they are assured a berth.


State Senate passes bill increasing Medicaid reimbursement rates for primary care providers

State Sen. David Frockt, D-46
Photo WA State LSS
A bill passed Monday by the Washington State Senate would expand access to Washington’s health care system by increasing Medicaid rates.

Senate Bill 6676, sponsored by Sen. David Frockt and Sen. Emily Randall, and cosponsored by Sen. Jesse Salomon, increases the Medicaid reimbursement rates for primary care providers to at least 15 percent above the medical assistance rates in effect on Jan. 1, 2019. 

Reimbursement rates for pediatric critical care, neonatal critical care, and neonatal intensive care providers must be at least 21 percent above the medical assistance rates in effect on Jan. 1, 2019.

The bill also requires the Health Care Authority to direct Medicaid managed care plans to increase primary care rates through adoption of a uniform rate increase for network providers.

“In recent years many practices in both the adult and the pediatric space have stopped taking Apple Health clients,” said Frockt (D-Seattle). 
“This limits and delays the care available to these vulnerable populations. Our goal is to stem the tide and expand access to the care that is so necessary for Washingtonians to live long, healthy lives.”

“Medicaid expansion saved my family. When my sister was born with severe disabilities, Medicaid alone allowed her to get the care she needed,” said Sen. Emily Randall (D-Bremerton). 

“That early experience — and stories from families like mine who depend on Apple Health, our state’s Medicaid program — inspire me every day. 
"They’re why I was proud to introduce SB 6128, expanding postpartum Medicaid coverage from 60 days to 365 days, and why I’m so proud to be a sponsor of 6676, ensuring that the doctors who provide essential primary care services are able to continue doing so. 
"We are all striving to ensure that Washingtonians have reliable, secure coverage that gives them the peace of mind to care for themselves and their families.”

SB 6676 passed with a unanimous vote.

The bill now heads to the state House of Representatives for consideration.

Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle, represents the 46th Legislative District, which includes Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, Lake City, Pinehurst, Northgate, Wedgwood, Windermere, and Laurelhurst.


Get ready for Spring! Calling all Gardens

Punxsutawney Phil, Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog, awoke on February 2 and did not see his shadow which means that -- according to legend -- an early spring is on the way. 

I believe it is based on what's happening in my garden.

The Richmond Beach Annual Garden Tour is on May 30, 2020 from 11am to 4pm. We are looking for gardens for this year's tour.

Do your friends and family love your garden? I know I never think my yard is ready for viewing but they are always a work in progress.
We welcome all gardens, large and small in Richmond Beach and Innis Arden.

Please consider participating this year. It's an incentive to get your garden in shape and a great way to meet neighbors and other gardeners. 

Contact Kris Fordice at


Wildly Fantastic Rummage Sale at Shoreline Covenant Church

No one quite knows when the Shoreline Covenant Church began holding their annual spring rummage sale but everyone does know that it is a great event.

Where else can you contribute to raising money to send church members to work on maintenance projects for Alaska Christian College and create scholarships to send kids to summer camp at the same time? Mingle with your neighbors finding treasures and bargains at great prices.

The church is conveniently located on the corner of N 185th and Ashworth Ave N with plenty of off street parking.

Join us Saturday, March 7th from 9am to 3pm with special pricing events at 1pm and 2pm. Hope to see you there!


Scam of the week: Sound Transit is not asking for donations to a GoFundMe account

If you subscribe to updates from Sound Transit, you may receive a scam email.

Sound Transit says:

"It has come to our attention that some members of the public have received scam emails bearing the Sound Transit name and logo and asking the recipients to donate money to a GoFundMe account. These scam emails are not a result of your Sound Transit subscriptions.

"As a general reminder, Sound Transit does not share personally identifiable information with other parties and would never send emails asking you to contribute to a charitable fund. If you receive such an email, do not click on any associated links and report it as spam.

"As email scams are increasingly common, we urge you to stay alert and exercise caution with all unexpected emails."


Town Center parking structure regulations on the agenda for special Planning Commission meeting

City of Lake Forest Park Planning Commission Special Meeting Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 7pm.

17425 Ballinger Way NE, Council Chambers

Items on the agenda
  • Implementation of Town Center Vision 
    • Parking structure regulations
  • Overall height and discussion of public benefit options
  • Provisions for project level requirement for traffic study and other special studies 
  • Setback and buffer requirements
  • Bicycle storage requirements and other bicycle related code 
Other areas for discussion
  • Design review and development agreement review processes
  • Current Town Center code review


Iraq, Afghanistan vet to speak on deployments and an international political issue

The American Legion Post 227 in Shoreline will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday evening, March 3, 2020. A meet and greet starts at 6:30pm and the program starts at 7:00pm. Both veterans and the public at large are invited and welcome to attend.

The meeting will be held at Post 227, located at 14521 17th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155, behind Goodwill @ NE 145th St and 15th Ave NE.

Evan Buetow will speak of his service with the 1-501 Parachute Infantry Regiment in Fallujah and Karbala, Iraq in 2006-08, then a second deployment in Afghanistan, 2009-10.

Much of his talk will be on the desertion of Private Bowe Bergdahl and the resultant issues of the desertion. Evan was Bergdahl’s team leader and immediate line supervisor at the time. Evan returned home, was honorably discharged and became a deputy in the King County Sheriff’s Department.  

Later, the Taliban prisoner swap for Bergdahl brought a media storm with calls for Evan to appear on CNN, FOX, MSNBC and ABC news outlets and many publications to relate the true events of this significant incident. Evan will relate where all this had taken him in current civilian life.
A brief intermission for refreshments after the talk will allow visitors to depart. Post 227 members are urged to stay for the post meeting that will follow the intermission. We hope to see you at the meeting.

While you are at the meeting, you can check out the Post Library that includes a large collection of military related books, video tapes and DVDs.  Any of these can be checked out, used and returned by post members and community without charge. Also, for more information about Post 227, check out the website.


Shoreline Severe Weather Shelter open Tuesday night, February 18, 2020

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Please note that the Shoreline Severe Weather Shelter, 1206 N 185th St. in Shoreline, has been activated for Tuesday, February 18. The shelter will open for guests at 8:30pm.

Please contact Lisa Surowiec (Volunteer Coordinator, with questions.

Shoreline Severe Weather Shelter
Hotline: 206-801-2797

For shelter help, call 211 from 8:00am to 6:00pm. Monday through Friday.

Outside of that time, call the King County’s Crisis Line at 866-427-4747 to connect people to the most up-to-date shelter options during severe weather.


CORRECTION: "Topping off" event at Trad Apts is private

Trad Apartments are under construction
on 15th NE in the North City Business District
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

CORRECTION: The construction superintendent for the new Trad Apartments on 15th NE in the North City Business District says that the Topping Off event (previously published here) is private.

Here's the information he provided:

What is a topping out Party? 
There is a long standing tradition of having a “Topping out” party when a construction project reaches its highest level. This is a moment for us to show appreciation to those people directly involved with the project and celebrate their hard work. 
Who is invited to the Topping Out Party for an active construction project? 
As mentioned above these events are typically for the people who were directly involved in the construction of the building. These events are not open to the general public. In the case of this project, some of our immediate neighbors were directly impacted by our construction and as a result we decided to invite a select number of the neighboring tenants to show our appreciation for their patience through the construction process.

But there will be future opportunities to see the building after it is completed. The building is scheduled for occupancy at the beginning of 2021. When it has been approved by the City of Shoreline, you can contact the property management company (not the construction company!) to schedule a tour.


Larry lazily levitated...

Photo by Gloria Z Nagler

(Larry's a migrating Varied Thrush -- always a pleasure to spot them in the winter)

--Gloria Z Nagler


Local veterans enjoy their semi-annual pancake breakfast

Diners focus on the food

Text and photos by Jerry Pickard

On Saturday, February 15, 2020, Shoreline's American Legion Post 227 held its semi-annual Pancake Breakfast.

Veterans, family, and friends enjoyed pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham, sausages, SOS, and assorted fruits and pastries, coffee and tea.

S.O.S. Russ Greaby is cooking

Russ Greaby heats the Stuff-on a-Shingle, Vets know the original definition of S.O.S, a military breakfast standard!                                                           

There aren't too many cooks in this kitchen

Everyone appeared to enjoy their breakfast with the large selection of food and drink and a chance visit with  friends - but the real party was in the kitchen!

The women's auxiliary helped plate and serve to the diners. You can tell that this group likes a hearty breakfast.

They are great cooks and everyone enjoys sitting down to a meal together - or telling stories in the kitchen.

American Legion Star Sutherland, Jr. Post 227 is located at 14521 17th Ave NE in Shoreline.


Sen. Salomon’s shoreline armoring bill wins Senate approval

State Sen. Jesse Salomon D-32

A bill aimed at restoring salmon habitat for Puget Sound orcas struggling to find enough food to survive was approved by the Senate today by a vote of 32-16.

SB 6147, sponsored by State Sen. Jesse Salomon (D-Shoreline), would require the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to consider less environmentally disruptive alternatives when property owners look to repair or replace seawalls and bulkheads.

“Bulkheads destroy near-shore habitats so that forage fish and juvenile salmon don’t have a place to spawn or hide from bigger fish,” said Salomon. 
“That is leading to fewer salmon, which results in orca starvation. We need to think about this issue literally from top to bottom.”

Nearly one-third of Puget Sound’s shorelines are armored with structures like bulkheads and seawalls. When “hard armor” bulkheads are installed, the natural process of beach and sand erosion is disrupted. This can cause a chain reaction of negative environmental impacts, including the disruption of fish habitats in the area.

A lack of adequate salmon population has been identified as one of the factors jeopardizing the Puget Sound’s Southern Resident Orca population.

Soft armoring alternatives can often achieve comparable results for property owners while also having less impact on the natural environment.

“Last year the Legislature took a good step in the right direction by limiting the expansion of these bulkheads,” said Salomon. 
“But there’s still more work to be done to protect salmon habitats and our orca population. As existing bulkheads and seawalls need to be repaired or replaced, property owners should be asked to consider alternatives that may accomplish the same goals but are less disruptive to the environment.”

SB 6147 now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

The 60-day legislative session is scheduled to end on March 12.

Sen. Jesse Salomon, D-Shoreline, represents the 32nd Legislative District, which includes Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Seattle, Shoreline, Woodway, and unincorporated Snohomish County.


Dine and donate at the annual Streetzeria Benefit Dinner

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Dine and donate at the annual Streetzeria Benefit Dinner
Tuesday, March 3, 5:00 to 8:00pm

Pizza, pizza, pizza! Help celebrate Streetzeria’s sixth anniversary in Richmond Beach on Tuesday, March 3. Owner Greg Bye will be serving up some of his best salads and pizzas at this annual benefit dinner.

Proceeds will be donated to Richmond Beach Community Association (RBCA) to support the numerous events and activities it provides for the community.

Residents across Shoreline especially enjoy RBCA's annual Strawberry Festival and Halloween Carnival!

 Show your support by attending the Streetzeria Benefit Dinner on Tuesday, March 3, from 5:00 to 8:00pm. The minimum suggested donation is $10 per person per serving (cash or credit) and, of course, additional donations are appreciated!

Shoreline Fire's Safety Center next door to the restaurant will be open during the event. Families with children can take their dinner over to the firehouse to eat as a special treat.

All are welcome. Dine in, carry out or drop off a donation (checks made payable to RBCA), but DO show up!


Olympic Fly Fishers meeting Mar 10 features owner of Avid Angler

Ryan Smith, Avid Angler
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 is the date of the next Olympic Fly Fishers meeting. The meeting is from 6 to 9pm at the Mountlake Terrace Community Senior Center, 23000 Lakeview Drive

Ryan Smith, the owner of the Avid Angler in Lake Forest Park Town Center, will speak on” Fishing Puget Sound from beaches and watercraft” (rescheduled from January)

Social hour starts at 6pm followed by dinner at 6:45pm, our speaker, business and a raffle.

Dinner costs $20. The meeting is free.

Guests are welcome: please let us know if you are coming in advance. Email us.


Steel Magic Northwest concert features all four steel drum groups

Monday, February 17, 2020

Steel Magic drum groups in concert Mar 25

Steel Magic Northwest presents its annual, local end-of-winter concert featuring all four of Edmonds steel drum groups (Steel Mojo, the Steel Dragons, Pan Wizards, and Mystical Steel) on Wednesday night, March 25, 2020 at 7pm, at Edmonds Adventist Church, 8625 196th St SW, Edmonds.

The concert is free and open to the public (tax-deductible donations are welcome).


Light the Night 5k Fun Run to benefit Pathways for Women shelter

Wear your crazy reflective gear and come out with the Richmond Beach and Edmonds (RB/E) Running Club for a special Tuesday Night Social Run this week, benefitting the YWCA pathways shelter.

We'll run a 5K Fun Run, in and around the Edmonds' neighborhoods. The only "fee" is a donation to the shelter. The shelter is accepting toiletries, bedding, clothing, brooms, gift cards, batteries, laundry detergent, and other household items. Please bring your donations to Salish Sea Brewing Co. in Edmonds.

The run will start from Salish Sea Brewing Co., 518 Dayton St, at 6:03pm sharp. 

Bring your night reflective gear, runners. It will be dark when we run and we want everyone to be safe out there. Head lamps and back lights are strongly encouraged.

After the run, stick around for some conversation and a pint or two and get to know your fellow runners. As always, all paces, experience levels, and beer preferences (even root beer) are invited and welcome.

What's on tap for upcoming Tuesday Night Social Runs:
  • February 25th - Fat Tuesday Run (bring beads!)
  • March 17th - St. Paddy's Day Edmonds Run

Other weekly RB/E Running Club Runs:
  • Sunday - Cafe Louvre in Edmonds (8am)
  • Tuesday - Salish Sea Brewing Co. in Edmonds (6:03pm)
  • Saturday - Cafe Ladro in Edmonds (8am)


Shorecrest girls to play Snohomish in WESCO tournament semifinals Tuesday night

Shorecrest basketball players
Photo by Dave Rosman

The #1 seeded Shorecrest High School girls' varsity basketball team (20-1) will play #4 seeded Snohomish (11-10) at 7:45pm at Mariner High School on Tuesday night, with the winner advancing to the championship game of the WESCO Conference Tournament.

The #1 seeded Shorecrest High School girls' varsity basketball team (20-1) defeated #8 seed Everett (12-10) 58-34 last Friday night to advance to the semifinals of this year's tournament.

The Scots jumped out to a 13-7 first quarter lead and built on it the rest of the night, outscoring the Seagulls in every quarter.

With that victory, Shorecrest advances to the semifinal round of the WESCO tournament to play Snohomish, who defeated Meadowdale 57-39. Snohomish was the only team to defeat Shorecrest during the regular season (54-37 on January 3rd in Snohomish) and also knocked Shorecrest out of the tournament last year.

The two teams have the number one and two defenses in the conference (Snohomish, 35.9 pts/game, and Shorecrest 36.4 pts/game), and that will likely determine the outcome of this one.

#2 Arlington (19-2) will take on #3 Ferndale (16-5) at 6pm at Mariner High School to determine the other team to advance to the championship game.

--Sports Desk


Sports headlines - swimming, diving, basketball

Shorecrest swim team wins 3A district title - HeraldNet article

Shorewood diver Isaac Poole shatters a 29 year meet record

"The meet’s biggest individual performance belonged to Shorewood senior Isaac Poole, who shattered a 29-year meet record to win the diving competition with 586.85 points.

"Poole, a back-to-back state runner-up diver, nearly broke the record last year, when he came within 0.9 points of the 499.25 points amassed by Marysville Pilchuck’s Travis Niemeyer in 1991. This time, Poole soared past the record en route to his third consecutive district title"

HeraldNet Athlete of the Month Sydney Van Ness and the "nearly unbeatable" Shorecrest basketball team - see article

Shorecrest girls basketball

On February 10, Scots hang on for the win over Lynnwood 66-60 to become the 3A South Wesco champs in the regular season.

In post-season play on February 14, Shorecrest beat Everett 58-34 to advance to the next round. On Tuesday night, 7:45pm at Mariner High School, they play Snohomish.

In the entire season, Snohomish was their only loss - so they'll have something to prove.


2020 summer camp and after school activities resource fair

The Shoreline PTA Council will host a Summer Camp and After School Activities Resource Fair on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 for families to learn about local summer camp and after-school programs.

The Resource Fair is a free community event and a great way to learn about child and family-focused summer camps, after-school programs (in-school and offsite), clubs and more that are available in Shoreline and surrounding areas.

New for 2020 - the Resource Fair will be held at the Spartan Gym from 7-9pm. The Gym is between the Shoreline Center and Shoreline Stadium at 202 NE 185th St, Shoreline, WA 98155 Enter from NE 185th.

For potential exhibitors: The deadline for online registration has passed. Contact for more information about late registration.

2020 Exhibitors

6crickets Inc.
City of Shoreline
Creative Dance Center
Dale Turner Family YMCA
Dale Turner Family YMCA
Dandylyon Drama
Girl Scouts of Western Washington
Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Foundation
Lakeside School - Summer School Programs
Mathnasium of Shoreline
Nature Vision
Pacific Science Center
Play-Well TEKnologies
Quiet Heart Wilderness School
Robot U
Seattle Children's Chorus
Seattle Young Engineers
Shoreline Children's Center
Shoreline Community College
Shoreline- Lake Forest Park Arts Council
Shoreline Music4Life
Shoreline Public Schools - Summer School
Shoreline Sports Club
Shoreline Sports Foundation
SIFF Education
Skyhawks Sports Academy
Soundview School
TGA Premier Sports of Greater Seattle 
The Evergreen School
The Horizon School
The Polytech
Trackers Earth Seattle
Vertical World
Wilderness Awareness School


Shoreline Severe Weather Shelter open Monday night Feb 17

Please note that the Shoreline Severe Weather Shelter, 1206 N. 185th St. in Shoreline, has been activated for Monday, February 17. The shelter will open for guests at 8:30pm.

Please contact Lisa Surowiec (Volunteer Coordinator, with questions.

Shoreline Severe Weather Shelter
Hotline: 206-801-2797

For shelter help, call 211 from 8:00am to 6:00pm. Monday through Friday.

Outside of that time, call the King County’s Crisis Line at 866-427-4747 to connect people to the most up-to-date shelter options during severe weather.


Scene on the Sound: One lonely sailboat

Photo by Mary Igl

...had the Salish Sea all to itself - alone on the water in a golden glow of sunset


New law: drivers must be three feet from bicycles to pass

Drivers should be aware of a new law that went into effect on January 1, 2020 designed to reduce the number of collisions and risks for people who walk, use a wheelchair, or ride a bike along the roadways.

In state law a vulnerable road user is a pedestrian, bicyclist, motorcyclist, or someone riding an animal.

The new requirements for drivers overtaking bicyclists, pedestrians, and other vulnerable road users are:
  • When there are two or more lanes in the same direction of travel, the driver must move left into the adjacent lane to pass, after making sure it's safe to do so.
  • When the driver has only one lane for traffic moving in the direction of travel, 
    • the driver must move into the lane going in the opposite direction to pass, if it's safe to do so. 
    • If not, they should pass when it's possible, moving at least three feet and slow down to a safe speed for passing relative to the speed of the individual being overtaken.


Nighttime ramp closures for work on Lynnwood Link

Sunday, February 16, 2020

I-5 northbound exit to 5th NE (and NE 145th) will be closed from 2am to 5am Tuesday, Feb 18

Northgate ramp to northbound I-5 and westbound right lane on Northgate Way between 1st Avenue NE and Corliss Ave N will be closed overnight Tuesday, Feb 19 to Wednesday, Feb 20 - 9:30pm to 5am

24-hour construction hotline: 888-298-2395


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Presidents' Day

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

Presidents can be found in history books
and on the internet

P.S. Don't bother getting the mail or going to the bank
or sending your kids to school Monday.
The Senior Center is closed - it follows the school district.
City Hall and the police station admin office (in LFP) closed
Shoreline City Hall closed - no council meeting.
Your garbage / recycling etc. will be picked up.


Fantasy and Pacific NW reality at Third Place Books this week

Two authors during this short holiday week at Third Place Books, Town Center, Lake Forest Park, intersection Bothell and Ballinger Way NE.

Wednesday, February 19 at 7pm
Melissa Anne Peterson
In Conversation with Jonathan Evison

Vera Violet

Set against the backdrop of a decaying Pacific Northwest lumber town, Vera Violet is a debut that explores themes of poverty, violence, and environmental degradation as played out in the young lives of a group of close-knit friends. Melissa Anne Peterson's voice is powerful and poetic, her vision unflinching.

Saturday, February 22 at 6pm
Linsey Miller
In Conversation with Julia Ember and Margaret Owen

Belle Revolte

Emilie is desperate to escape her noble roots and serve her country as a physician, and Annette will do anything to study the magical arts normally reserved for nobles. So they swap lives. However, when their nation instigates a frivolous war, they conspire to end it—whatever the costs.


Woodsy Lake Forest Park home featured in Seattle Times article

Woody Lake Forest Park house

“If the rule is you don’t mix wood, this home breaks that many, many times,” Wallace says. 
“There’s probably some species of wood I missed, but I don’t know what it is.”

Architect Roger Wallace designed a home - and furniture - for himself in Lake Forest Park and used every kind of wood he could lay hands on.

Waterfall Bubinga from Africa
Curly cherry from Maine
Paldao (from Indonesia and New Guinea), with African Zerbrawood trim
Santos Palisander, from South America
African mahogany
Jatoba, from South America
Western Tiger maple
Walnut burl and teak
Sapele from Africa
Caribbean mahogany

Read the article here


Letter to the Editor: Background on effort to save 133 tall trees by WSDOT

To the Editor:

I would like to add some background on Save Shoreline Trees' cause to save the tall tree canopy at the WSDOT HQ property at 15700 Dayton Ave. N. in Shoreline, WA ("Dayton Trees") as follows:

Due to the cost of the proposed remodeling of WSDOT's headquarters, WSDOT is required to pay for frontage improvements to the City of Shoreline.

I, like other Shoreline voters, voted in favor of installing more sidewalks in Shoreline. Therefore, according to Shoreline's Engineering Development Manual, its Transportation Master Plan, and sidewalks-prioritization plan, the standard 8' wide concrete sidewalks are the Code requirements for the City's right of way ("ROW") property surrounding WSDOT HQ. 

When a few residents looked into the permit request, they were horrified that 133 tall trees had to be removed to comply with the City's request. A letter-writing campaign was launched to try to stop the destruction of the tall trees. Save Shoreline Trees, a non-profit group grew out of that effort and over 285 objections have been registered with the City of Shoreline's project manager.

The plea has not fallen on deaf ears. As of Friday (2/14/20), the City of Shoreline is waiting for a re-design to be submitted by WSDOT to the City. Accompanying WSDOT's re-design should be an arborist report as well as a reconfiguration and/or alternative choice(s) for the composition of the sidewalks on the streets surrounding the WSDOT HQ property. If the re-design is denied by the City because of its Code's regulations, we are asking WSDOT to apply for a variance.

Shoreline residents have witnessed the diminishing tall tree canopy in our city. There is a need for our collective voices to be heard by Shoreline City administrators. The Dayton Trees have and continue to silently perform important and valuable environmental services for Shoreline residents, such as providing nest sites for birds, cleaning our air, soaking up groundwater and excess storm rainfall, and being traffic noise barriers. Our city is growing and with thoughtful urban planning, our tall tree canopy should be a priority worthy of preserving.

Susanne Tsoming


Seattle Genealogical Society celebrates the 100th anniversary of Women's Suffrage in Washington

This year the Seattle Genealogical Society is commemorating the 100th anniversary of Women's Suffrage with educational opportunities including:

Second Saturday Lectures

Digging Deeper Workshops

Women's Suffrage in Your Family History

  • Resource Guide - tools and resources to conduct your genealogical research

Visit the SGS library to view the pop-up exhibit from the National Archives on display from February 4 - 13 and other informational displays throughout the year.

Join us on a path of exploration. Learn to access and use genealogical tools and techniques to successfully discover your female ancestors and share their stories. Learn about the expanding civic role of women, explore the changes in their lives and that of their families and communities, culminating in the passage of the 19th Amendment.

The women's suffrage story is long, complex and unique to each state. 

For example, did you know that the women of Washington Territory could vote for several years before becoming a state? 
Later, Washington state played a pivotal role in suffrage at the national level. 

A great starting place to gain an understanding of suffrage in Washington state is by viewing the timeline produced by Washington State Historical Society.

​See all of our upcoming events on the SGS Calendar of Events.


Wednesday at LFP Rotary: Voter Registration and changes to the Washington State Presidential Primary Election

Speakers at Wednesday's LFP Rotary Breakfast meeting will discuss Voter Registration and changes to the Washington State Presidential Primary Election

Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 7:10 - 8:30am, Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church, 17440 Brookside Blvd NE, Lake Forest Park 98155.

Speakers Judy Deiro and Sarah Phillips from The League of Women Voters of Washington State.

The League envisions a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge, and the confidence to participate. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization. They encourage the informed and active participation of citizens in government.


Photos: The flowers say it's spring

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

No matter that it's the middle of February - the flowers say it's spring.

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Apparently it's the amount of light, not the time of year. This rhody is in full bloom in Richmond Beach. I have the same variety in central Shoreline and the buds aren't even showing color.

I have jonquils that sent up green shoots before the snow. They took a break during the snow and cold weather but now the green shoots are a foot high.

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Spring is coming. What's that phrase? The harbinger of spring. I always thought that harbinger was an ugly sounding word for such a lovely concept.



Home Composting 101 Saturday at Sky

Worm bin
Saturday, February 22nd 11 am to 12:30pm 
Home Composting 101 Hannah Madrone

Composting is an efficient and surprisingly simple way to recycle everything from food scraps to fallen leaves into high-quality, nutrient-rich soil that plants love.

Whether you want to start a small worm bin under your kitchen sink, get the most out of your compost tumbler, or a construct a three-bin yard waste system, this workshop will help you get started. 

Find out what composting styles might be right for you, and get decomposing! 


Help with genealogy brick walls

Heritage Library, Lynnwood

Have you hit a "brick wall" with your genealogy research?

You can get free help from experienced researcher Caroll Budny this Saturday February 22, 2020 at the Sno-Isle Genealogical Research Library, 19827 Poplar Way, Heritage Park, Lynnwood.

There are four 45min. appointments open for a "one on one" to help you with your research. Call 425-775-6267 on Tuesday or Thursday 11-3pm.


AARP free tax help at local libraries - appointments at Richmond Beach - first come first serve at Shoreline

AARP Tax Help at Shoreline Library

Saturdays, now through April 11
Start Time: 11:00 AM
End Time: 4:00 PM

Thursdays, now through April 9
Start Time: 3:30 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM

No appointment necessary. People will be helped on a first come, first served basis.

AARP Tax Help at Richmond Beach Library

Fridays, now through April 10
Start Time: 10:00 AM 
End Time: 4:00 PM

Registration required. Schedule an appointment by calling the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center, 206-365-1536. Walk-ins will be accommodated as time permits.

Get free individualized tax preparation assistance provided by trained AARP volunteers at both libraries. No age or income limits. Electronic filing will be available.

Documents you need to bring:
  • Government issued identification–picture ID
  • Last year's tax return
  • Social Security cards or other official documentation for yourself and all dependents
  • Checkbook or pre-printed direct deposit information showing routing number and direct deposit account number if you want to do a direct deposit of any refund(s)
  • All income documents for 2019 (W-2 forms, interest and dividend statements, etc.)
  • Date of birth for each person listed on the return
  • Health insurance coverage information, including any forms received from your health insurance company or employer
IRS Identification Requirements:

You must bring documented proof of the Social Security number for everyone on the return (taxpayer, spouse, dependents). Acceptable documents are any original document issued by the US Government that includes the person's Social Security number. A legible picture ID for the taxpayer(s) present at the time of the appointment is also required.


Not your grandma's Monopoly: Shoreline Library game day Sunday

Roll the Dice!
Backstab Friends!
Seize the Crown!

Library Game Day! Sunday, February 16, 2020 from noon to 3pm at the Shoreline Library large meeting room, 345 NE 175th, Shoreline 98155.

Put away your screens and join us for an afternoon of board games, card games, dice games, and more for all ages. 

We'll have tables filled with games for you to try. 

Bring your friends and family or meet new people to play with! 

Bring your own game and enjoy the camaraderie!

In February, we will have a box of games on loan for us to try including:

  • Affectionate: Cats and Cuddles
  • Dice of Crowns
  • Frozen, 6-in-1 game
  • Twister
  • Gigamons
  • Go Nuts for Donuts
  • Tsuro


Letter to the Editor: A change of design could save 133 trees

To the Editor

Save Shoreline Trees volunteers are asking WS Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to provide an alternative design to submit to the City for sidewalks along N 160th St, Dayton Ave N, and N 155th St.

This pertains to ROW Permit 19-2371, one of WSDOT permit applications for their extensive renovation project at 15700 Dayton Ave N.

Per existing City code, this ROW permit will require 8’ concrete sidewalks which will necessitate the removal of these 70-100 year old trees that line the streets surrounding the WSDOT property.

Options include raised platform sidewalks, permeable sidewalks, gravel walking paths, meandering pathways, or on Dayton Ave N, an asphalt strip to the east of the bike lane.

In balancing requirement with preservation, there must be some sidewalk or pathway design that will save these trees and also satisfy the City.

Save Shoreline Trees volunteers and concerned residents are contacting Shoreline’s City Council and City Staff, WSDOT and Governor Inslee to call attention to this critical issue. These 133 trees are important to the environment, and to the beauty and tree canopy of Shoreline. There must be some way to save these trees.

Kathleen Russell


Coffee with the Mayor Saturday Feb 22

LFP Mayor Johnson
Lake Forest Park Mayor Jeff Johnson will be hosting a coffee house on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 9 - 10am at City Hall, 17425 Ballinger Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

Bring your interests, comments, concerns, and praises to chat with the Mayor over coffee. 

Whether you're a business owner, community member, or an interested neighbor, he would love to see you there.

All coffee hours are informal and open to the public.


5th annual LGBTQ and Allies Family Potluck March 19

Shoreline Public Schools and Shoreline PTA Council are co-hosting the 5th Annual LGBTQ and Allies Family Potluck Dinner on Thursday, March 19 from 5:30 - 7:30pm at the Shoreline Center 18560 1st Ave. NE.

All are welcome to join members of your Shoreline Schools community in support of LGBTQ families as we share a meal and fun activities for all ages!

Those attending are asked to bring a potluck dish to share and to RSVP here 


Eastside CHADD: Deep Dive into IEP and 504 plans for students with disabilities

The Wednesday, February 19, 2020 meeting of Eastside CHADD will feature Scott Raub, OSPI Special Education Liaison.

His topic will be “Deep Dive into IEP and 504 plans for Students with Disabilities: How to Get What You Need for IEP and 504 Plans”

This important discussion will explore the differences between 504 plans and IEPs and what are the different criteria for eligibility.

Learn more about what to look for in your student’s 504 plan or IEP so that you can be more effective in working with your school district to get what your student needs.

Meeting Time: 6:45pm to 8:45pm

Eastside CHADD, Support and information for families and individuals living with ADHD. now meets the THIRD WEDNESDAY of the month, September - June (except December) at the Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue, 209 100th Ave NE, Bellevue 98004, Room-(2nd Floor)

Park in the Bellevue Downtown Park Western Parking Lot

All are welcome to join us for this informative meeting.

Eastside CHADD Members : No fee - a membership benefit
Non-members: Suggested donation of $7 to help defray the meeting costs and chapter expenses
Doors open at 6:30pm. Please arrive early to volunteer. Eastside CHADD is an all-volunteer group.

More information about meetings here


The older she got, the more difficult it was for Cora to twist her neck like that;

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Photo by Gloria Z Nagler

however, it's the look photogs go for and Cora did enjoy the p.r. 

Sorry, Cora! (She's a Double-crested Cormorant I spotted on Lake Washington this week. I love the colors of Cora's face and eyes, and the intricate feather pattern she displays)

--Gloria Z Nagler


Latin Flair concert in Shoreline

Seattle Symphony harpist Valerie Muzzolini Gordon will perform works by Latin American composers exploring their national culture through the use of folkloric themes.

  • Alberto Ginastera: Estancia Suite, op. 8a
  • Alberto Ginastera: Harp Concerto, op. 25
  • Joaquín Turina: Sinfonia sevillana

The Estancia (ranch) suite by the Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera celebrates the Argentine gaucho (cowboy) on the grassy South American plains, while his Harp Concerto modernizes rhythms from the Argentinian malambo dance.

Rounding out the concert, Turina’s Sinfonia Sevillana paints a picturesque scene of the Spanish countryside.

Tickets can be bought online for a discount here or at the door for $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and students.

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