A cascade of green dogwood

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Cascading boughs of delicate green flowers mark the dogwood. The simple, four-leaf design overwhelms the tiny cluster of flowers in the center. We also have pink dogwood but the green is by far the most common.

Dogwood: Cornus

Only two varieties are native to the Northwest:

Pacific dogwood: grows as a tree; has large, showy "petals" surrounding each flower; branches loop between leaf clusters; fruits are orange to red.

Western dogwood: grows only as a shrub; does not have large, showy petals surrounding each flower; branches are straight; fruits are white (will not be further described here). 

Source and more information HERE 


RBCA Garden Tour continues to blossom

Holloway House

By Teresa Pape, Executive Director
Richmond Beach Community Association

Despite the thunder and lightning on Saturday, the Richmond Beach Community Association’s annual Garden Tour can still be experienced and you’ll stay warm and dry. 

Kris water fountain

A few weeks ago, when the in-person Garden Tour scheduled for Saturday, May 30 had to be cancelled in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the RBCA began working on a way to bring the gardens to the community virtually.

“We really wanted to find a way to showcase the gardens scheduled to be part of this year’s tour and we decided to experiment with something new.” said Teresa Pape, Executive Director of the Richmond Beach Community Association.

Sculpture in Amundson garden

The RBCA created a YouTube channel called RichmondBeachTV (all one word). There you will be able to view videos of eight gardens. Each video is as unique as the garden itself but still gives you a snapshot of some of the beautiful plants and flowers growing in our community.

Schnall view

The RBCA is also asking the community if they have a picture from their garden to email it to Teresa Pape at execdirector@richmondbeachwa.org. The photos will be used to create a new video to add original content to the channel.

Link to the YouTube channel 

All photos were taken by Teresa Pape and are part of the tour.


Summer classes in drama and film at Shoreline Community College

DRMA 144 - Acting 1
5 credits
An introduction to the craft of acting. Students learn theory and practice of acting through exercises, rehearsals and games, improving their ability to concentrate, relax, listen, observe and practice empathy. Open to all levels of experience. Student option grading.

DRMA 156 - Acting, Writing, Directing for the Camera I
5 credits
A fast-paced introduction to film and video production. Discussion of films in terms of cinematic styles, acting and screenplay structure along with exercises in acting, directing, writing and filming of original productions. Student option grading.

Register HERE

CINEM 201 - Introduction to Cinema History
5 credits
This survey course examines cinema history from pre-motion picture influences to modern day advances. Covers the historical, cultural and artistic impact of film and filmmaking. Prerequisite: Placement in ENGL 101 or instructor's permission. Student option grading.

Register HERE

All online. Classes start June 29, 2020.

If you have questions contact Tony Doupé or Duygu E. Monson


Harriette and Hemley, watching out for mom, had their bases covered

Photo by Gloria Z Nagler

You see anything?
Nope. How about you?


Case updates May 30, 2020 / State recovers $300 million in fraudulent claims

COVID-19 positive tests / deaths per age ground

State Employment Security Department has recovered more than $300 million in fraudulent claims. 

ESD Commissioner Suzi LeVine said the agency is working to quickly process tens of thousands of outstanding claims as well as the agency’s efforts to combat fraudulent claims. 

LeVine said efforts with federal law enforcement and banks have resulted in the recovery of more than $300 million in stolen funds. Read the story.

Case updates

United States
  • 1,737,950 cases, including 21,304 new
  • 102,785 deaths including 1,265 new deaths
Washington state
  • 21,349 cases
  • 3,480 hospitalizations
  • 1,118 deaths
King county
  • 8,054 cases
  • 556 deaths
  • 376 cases
  • 54 deaths
Lake Forest Park
  • 31 cases
  • 0 deaths


Committee of the Whole will discuss parking garage design at virtual meeting Monday

Lake Forest Park City Council Committee of the Whole will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, June 1, 2020 from  6:30 - 8:00pm to discuss the design of the Sound Transit parking garage to be constructed in Town Center.

Click the link to join the meeting: https://zoom.us/j/92685480495


1. Introduction. Recommendations from the Planning Commission re: Parking Garage Code and Design Guidelines: Three broad topic areas for discussion have been identified through comments sent to the Deputy Mayor that we will discuss over multiple meetings:

Topic Area 1 (06/01/2020): What is the Council’s role in any future design and development of a parking garage? What belongs in the Code and what belongs in the Design Guidelines?

Topic Area 2 (future): Code definitions – clarification by Planning Staff and City Attorney. What does a parking garage structure look like – size, design elements? What are the public benefits that provide real value for the community?

Topic Area 3 (future): What is the proper role for the Planning Commission and a Design Review Board? What defines major and minor permits?

Other additional topics to be included in future discussions?

2. Topic Area 1 Discussion. See Parking Garage Matrix (Here - see page 3)

Is Council’s proper role to legislate carefully then leave the administration of the Code to the Planning Department and Hearing Examiner? Or should Council approve code that is less stringent (defined?) and have a role in a quasi-judicial review process of permit applications and other matters?

Are there items currently in the Design Guidelines that should be in the code? In other words, are there design elements that are now recommended but should be required?


Signs of support

Photo by Cynthia Sheridan

Story and photos by Cynthia Sheridan

Nancy Phillips, beloved North City piano teacher for the last 22 years, has led her students and other neighbor kids in creating “Signs of Support” which are prominently in view at her residence during the pandemic. 

Although weekly lessons are on hold, Nancy is well-supported by her students’ families as she is legally blind and doesn’t drive.

Her favorite Seattle memory is getting all dressed up to perform at the Moore Theater in the late forties, at the age of 17. 

She has also raised four daughters in the home where she still resides.


Look woot I met at Paramount Open Space

Photo by Janet Way

We don't know. Whoooo?


Inslee statement on Saturday protests

Gov. Jay Inslee
file photo

Statement from Gov. Jay Inslee

"As people gather today to protest the unjust death of George Floyd, I hope they do so peacefully and safely. Everyone has the freedom - and the right - to demonstrate and speak their mind. However, violence and destruction have no place in Washington state or our country.

"Together, we grieve for the death of George Floyd, and many, many others. The events in Minnesota and across the nation the past few nights have been stunning and illustrate how inequity causes people to lose faith in their public institutions.

"The trauma inflicted on generations of people of color must be acknowledged, and more must be done to correct it. Feeling second-class in one’s own community does not make people feel safe. Insecurity hardens into anger.

"I fully support the right to free speech and peaceful assembly. I applaud every Washingtonian standing for what they believe in, but we must do so in a way that allows space for these important and necessary discussions, not in a way that inspires fear.

"If you choose to protest today, please be safe and peaceful. These are important issues that deserve our full attention, without distraction from violence and destruction. Without solutions to inequity, the long road to justice will run even longer."


Buddha Jewel Monastery building will undergo complete renovation

The Buddha Jewel Monastery
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
The Buddha Jewel Monastery on the corner of NE 175th and 8th NE will be undertaking a complete renovation of their building.

They will be keeping the huge and historic stained glass window in the front of the building.

The existing building is the former Bethel Lutheran Church, whose congregation moved up the street to 15th NE in the heart of the business district. The two-story structure was built in the 1950s and is about 25,000 square feet.

"Turn The Dharma Wheel
To provide a serene and safe environment for all comers, a spiritual home of peace and enlightenment, we are now renovating the New Buddha Jewel so that we can provide a better environment for more people who wish to come and learn."

animation shows the new monastery after renovation
Per their website,

"The renovation includes various spaces such as Main Lobby, Meditation hall, lecture hall, Dining hall, Conference room, library, children’s room, etc., and entails optimization of all hardware to meet the current  functional needs and code requirements, such as high ceilings, comprehensive upgrades of mechanical, plumbing and electrical system and equipment, barrier-free facilities, addition of a new elevator and new landscaping.

"Our goal is to transform the existing church space into an environment suitable for meditation and the study of Buddhism. See a two minute animation of the new building

"In order to give back to the community, Buddha Jewel also actively cooperates with the Shoreline City government on the street improvement as well as environmental conservation in line with altruistic principle supported by Dharma teaching, “benefit self also benefit others”. "


I-5 downtown blocked by protesters and police Saturday afternoon

Saturday, May 30, 2020

5pm Saturday, May 30, 2020.

I-5 is blocked both directions in downtown Seattle by protesters and the police action to clear them.

The state patrol is closing I-5 through Seattle.

Trooper Rick Johnson asks "Please do NOT call 911 to advise of protestors on the freeway.
@wastatepatrol is fully aware and is addressing the situation.

  • WB 90 is diverted to SB I-5. 
  • NB I-5 is diverted to EB 90. 
  • SB I-5 diverted to EB 520.
  • WB 520 is diverted to NB I-5.  
  • Avoid the area!

Seattle has multiple fires and vandalism. Local TV stations are on scene.

Mayor Durkan has issued a 5pm curfew.

It's raining, getting dark, and a new thunderstorm is predicted. (See weather forecast)

Update: WSP reopened I-5 north around 11:15pm and I-5 south around 12:30am


WeatherWatcher: Our slight chance of thunderstorms has become more likely for Saturday night

Lightning over Bellevue from Log Boom Park July 3, 2008
Photo by Carl Dinse

This Saturday morning's slight chance of thunderstorms verified, even though as late as Friday night the forecasts were leaning towards this system staying east of the Cascades. We got quite the impressive show of lightning and thunder.

The National Weather Service in Seattle even issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Shoreline Saturday morning at 8:15am, in effect until 8:45am with dime sized hail possible. The last time a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Shoreline, I believe, was August 2006 when we had urban flash floods caused by a daytime thunderstorm cell.

The cloud tops for these thunderstorm cells reached as high as 45,000 feet, which is what prompted the large hail warning. Lightning was reported hitting a tree in Kirkland, knocking picture frames off walls of nearby houses and sending wood debris as far as a block away from the damaged tree.

Round 2 is now expected: Radar indicates another band of heavy showers moving through the area between 2pm and 3pm, but it does not appear any lightning is currently associated with this band. We should have a good break from the rain after 3pm or 4pm; we might even see some sunny skies for a couple hours late in the afternoon and early evening.

Our next band of possible thunderstorms moves in from Oregon sometime between 7pm and 10pm. The peak of it should be over Shoreline around 9pm, according to the recent high resolution forecast models. Forecasters are still calling for a slight chance of lightning, but we are expecting heavy rain at times. We could receive up to 1 inch of new rainfall this evening.

Severe thunderstorms are expected over the Cascade mountains, and Eastern Washington could see super cell development.  The National Weather Service even has severe thunderstorm watches and flash flood watches in effect for Eastern Washington. It is very likely we will at least be able to see some of the lightning from the Cascade mountains, especially if you have a good view looking east.

Our slight chance comes in play as we can't rule out some of those Cascade thunderstorms drifting west over the Puget Sound Lowlands, or if some of the heavier rain showers get a good electrostatic charge going.

For current weather conditions visit www.shorelineweather.com


Critters and birds and Ogden Nash

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Wayne Pridemore makes sure that his Backyard Bunny eats a balanced diet. In return, the wabbit poses nicely so Wayne can get these delightful photographs.


First confirmed sighting of Asian giant hornet in Washington state

Asian giant hornet
Photo by Joel Nielsen
UPDATE: The lab has confirmed that this is a queen. This means that no hive was established without a queen.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) reported the first confirmed sighting of an Asian giant hornet (sometimes called "murder hornets" in Washington this year.

On May 27, a resident near Custer, Whatcom county, Washington found the dead specimen while walking on a roadway. The resident submitted a photo and report using WSDA’s online Hornet Watch Report Form

On May 28, WSDA entomologists concluded that the photo appeared to show an Asian giant hornet.  This was confirmed May 29 after laboratory testing.

The hornet was detected near the location of a suspected Asian giant hornet bee kill in 2019. WSDA had already planned trapping in the area and will maintain that plan to try to find any colony that may be there.

"At this time, there is no evidence that Asian giant hornets are established in Washington State or anywhere else in the United States,” according to Osama El-Lissy, Deputy Administrator, for USDA/APHIS’ Plant Protection and Quarantine program.

The first find of the year in the United States comes just days after the British Columbia government confirmed their first detection of the year in Canada near Langley, B.C. That specimen was initially reported to authorities on May 15.

Asian giant hornet is the world’s largest hornet and a predator of honey bees and other insects. A small group of Asian giant hornets can kill an entire honey bee hive in a matter of hours.

WSDA received the first report of Asian giant hornet last December from a resident near Blaine and later learned of another specimen in the area which Washington State University had collected. These were the first-ever confirmed sightings of Asian giant hornet in the United States.

Since the specimens were confirmed in Washington late last year, state entomologists have been working with USDA to create trapping and eradication plans for this invasive pest in order to protect honey bees and the hundreds of crops in Washington that depend on those bees for pollination.

“This is truly a collaborative effort,” Sven Spichiger, managing entomologist for WSDA’s Pest Program, said. “From federal and state partners to individual beekeepers and proactive community members, it will take all of us working together to locate and eradicate Asian giant hornets from our state.”

WSDA plans to locate these hornets through trapping and public reporting of Asian giant hornet sightings.

WSDA has also provided trapping instructions for citizen scientists who would like to build and place traps starting in July for Asian giant hornets on their property and report the results to WSDA. Commercially available hornet and wasp traps will not catch Asian giant hornets as the holes are too small for Asian giant hornets to enter the traps.

Although not typically aggressive toward humans, Asian giant hornets do pose a human health threat. Their string is more dangerous than that of local bees and wasps and can cause severe pain, swelling, necrosis, and, in rare cases, even death. Anyone who is allergic to bee or wasp stings should not approach or attempt to trap for Asian giant hornets.

Learn more about Asian giant hornets and the state’s trapping and eradication project here.


Case updates May 29, 2020

Cases in Washington state by sex and age group
Washington State Department of Health

Another 307 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Washington, bringing the total number of cases to 21,071, including 1,111 deaths.

As of May 28, Washington state is reporting four cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19. Benton Franklin Health District and Yakima Health District each announced one case yesterday, adding to two cases announced by DOH last week.

Case updates

United States
  • 1,719,827 cases with 21,304 new
  • 101,711 deaths with 1,265 new
Washington state
  • 21,071 cases
  • 3,455 hospitalizations
  • 1,111 deaths
King county
  • 8006 cases
  • 534 deaths
  • 371 cases
  • 54 deaths
Lake Forest Park
  • 31 cases
  • 0 deaths


Governor Inslee: Safe Start Washington - reopening county by county

Gov. Jay Inslee announced Friday the expansion of Safe Start — Washington’s Phased Reopening plan.

The expansion comes as the current Stay Home, Stay Healthy order ends midnight Sunday.

The expansion moves Washington through the phased reopening on a county-by-county basis. 

With this new approach, counties will have more flexibility to demonstrate they can safely allow additional economic activity based on targeted metrics.

“We are able to do this thanks to millions of Washingtonians pulling together, in the face of sacrifice and suffering, and doing their part by staying home,” Inslee said during a press conference Friday. 
“But this does not mean that we are returning to normal. It means that after three months, we are successfully moving forward.”

Starting on June 1, any county can apply to John Wiesman, secretary of Washington State Department of Health to move to the next phase from the phase that they are currently in. 

The application process will include target metrics set by the secretary and must be submitted by the county executive for review.

Read the rest of the story on the governor's Medium page.


Shorecrest High School graduate pinwheels - a Twist on Graduation

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Colorful pinwheels spin in the wind on the lawn by Shorecrest High School. They are a whimsical tribute to the graduating seniors.

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

 "Class of 2020. Graduation with a Twist"

Like all graduates this year, they definitely have a Graduation with a Twist. The bright and colorful pinwheels are a way to honor the graduates while following "Stay Home - Stay Safe" guildelines.


Rod Dembowski and The EastWest Food Rescue

Rod and Kenmore Mayor David Baker on last Friday’s EastWest Food Rescue trip to Othello
Photo courtesy office of Rod Dembowski

From King county councilmember Rod Dembowski

In late April, Bothell community member George Ahearn learned that farmers in his Eastern Washington hometown of Othello were prepared to destroy crops that they were unable to distribute because of the pandemic. 

George knew so many of his neighbors in King County were struggling and could use help, so he alerted community members and within days EastWest Food Rescue came together to save produce and deliver it to those in need.

In less than a month since its inception, the EastWest Food Rescue has saved and delivered over 300 tons of produce, serving 70 thousand households in need.

Last Friday I joined a crew of volunteers, including Kenmore Mayor David Baker and Woodinville Mayor Elaine Cook, on the now weekly food rescue mission to Othello. The convoy included three trucks from King County, and trucks from private businesses as well.

Volunteers bagging potatoes
Photo courtesy East/West Food Rescue

It was a spirit-lifting day of volunteering and I enjoyed the opportunity to drive 10,000 pounds of beautiful Washington red onions from Othello back to King County. We topped off supplies at the Northshore senior center that day. 

The previous week, Dembowski personally delivered 600 pounds of onions and potatoes to the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center (see article)

If you’d like to learn more or volunteer for the EastWest Food Rescue, please visit their website or Facebook page.


2020 RBCA Marge Unruh Awards

Mark Anderson of Tradewinds Capital Management
Photo by Anina Sill

Courtesy of Richmond Beach Community News June 2020

2020 RBCA Marge Unruh Awards
By Anina Coder Sill
Awards Committee Chair

The 2020 Marge Unruh Community Service Award will be awarded to Tom Petersen, Mark Anderson and Diane Hettrick this year. The three winners will be presented with an honorary plaque when the RBCA resumes in-person meetings (most likely in the fall.)

Tom Petersen
Photo by Anina Sill

Tom Petersen is once again the recipient of this award for all the generosity, enthusiasm, knowledge, and talent he shares with the Richmond Beach Community and RBCA. Most recently we want to acknowledge all his time and effort with the historic street sign installation project, funded by the RBCA. Petersen is a stellar RBCA board member and community advocate.

Mark Anderson of Tradewinds Capital Management has supported his RB community in many ways. He graciously provided free professional consultation to the RBCA, sponsored events, served on the board and volunteered along with his family at annual events. Additionally, he is a World Concern board member, a supporter of the Shoreline Public Schools Foundation and the Shoreline Community College Foundation, and is a member of the Shoreline Rotary.

Diane Hettrick
Photo by Kindle Carpp

Diane Hettrick, editor of the Shoreline Area News is well-known and appreciated for her contributions to this online publication since 2009. Because of her volunteer work, our Richmond Beach Community events and concerns have received special attention. She is also the recipient of the Shoreline Community College Foundation's Distinguished Service Award, the PTA's Outstanding Service Award, Third Place Commons' Friends of the Community Award, and was a nominee for the NUHSA Human Services' Champion of the Year. She is an Echo Lake Neighborhood Association board member.
(Read about how Hettrick and other volunteers created the Shoreline Area News here)


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Where's Waldo?

Previously published cartoons by Whitney Potter HERE


First half of property tax for King county due June 1

For those who pay their own property tax to King county, rather than paying through a mortgage, June 1 is the due date for the first half of your 2020 property taxes.

The normal due date is April 30, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the due date was extended to June 1.

Visit kingcounty.gov/PropertyTax or call 206-263-2890 for info and payment options.


Executive Constantine announces plans to re-open limited King county business activity in COVID-19 recovery

King county executive
Dow Constantine

Working with community, business, and government partners, including the County Council and Board of Health leadership, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced that the county is prepared to move forward with an application to allow limited or modified openings for several business sectors and personal activities.

King County has not yet met key criteria to enter Phase 2 of the Safe Start plan, and case counts are still unstable, so will move forward with a modified approach, including partial re-opening of the following businesses and activities

Recreation and fitness
  • Only allowed outdoor with 5 -- not including the instructor -- or fewer people outside of household
  • Only allowed outdoor of 5 or fewer people outside the household
Additional construction
  • As outlined in Phase 2 guidance
Manufacturing operations
  • As outlined in Phase 2 guidance
Real estate
  • 25 percent of building occupancy
  • Indoor services limited to 30 minutes
In-store Retail
  • 15 percent of building occupancy
  • Indoor services limited to 30 minutes
Personal Services (including Cosmetologists, Hair stylists, Barbers, Estheticians, Master Estheticians, Manicurists, Nail Salon Workers, Electrologists, Permanent Makeup Artists, Tattoo Artists, Cosmetology Schools and Esthetics Schools)
  • 25 percent of building occupancy
Professional services
  • 25 percent of building occupancy
  • Indoor services limited to 30 minutes for customers
  • As outlined in Phase 2 guidance
Pet grooming
  • 25 percent of building occupancy
  • No indoor dining allowed
  • Outdoor dining is permitted but seating at 50 percent of existing outdoor capacity.

King County will continue monitoring progress over the course of two weeks, and if metrics are more stable and meeting the state’s criteria, more businesses and activities will reopen in accordance with Phase 2.

“Thanks to the people of King County, whose united efforts have flattened the curve and saved thousands lives, we are ready to continue safely, carefully reopening our economy,” said Executive Constantine. 
“Our continued vigilance against the virus can help make this a one-way journey from lock-down back to prosperity, and I’m excited that folks will soon be able to support our local businesses by doing simple things like dining at an outdoor restaurant, getting a haircut, or shopping for a summer outfit.

5-30-2020 Added list of Personal Services


Online Adult Programs via the King County Library System Week of June 1, 2020

Online Adult Programs 
via the King County Library System
Week of June 1, 2020

King County Library System, (425) 462-9600 or (800) 462-9600 (in Washington State)
E-mail form (English): https://kcls.org/need-help/
E-mail form (Spanish): https://kcls.org/email-us-espanol/
Chat (English): https://kcls.org/using-the-library/chat/
Chat (Spanish): https://kcls.org/chat-espanol/

Arts Activities by Silver Kite

Description: For all ages.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Silver Kite Community Arts is offering online inter-generational workshops, talks, social hours and performances FREE for KCLS patrons. We hope that by offering these opportunities, we are providing stimulating creative engagement opportunities and social connection during this challenging time.

Classes for this week include:
*Introduction to Visual Journaling: Monday, June 1, 10:30am
*Watercolor Your World: Saturday, June 6, 10:30am

Register at silverkite.us/kcls.
You will see "GUEST AREA." Enter KCLS2020 for the password and choose your classes.
You will receive an email confirmation with a list of supplies and access instructions before the class.

Plaza Comunitaria-Tutorías para adultos/Tutoring for Adults

Mondays, 10am-1pm
Wednesdays, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Saturdays, 10am-1pm
Description: Mientras las bibliotecas están cerradas, llámenos para ver si podemos ayudarlo a comenzar sus estudios en línea.

Comunicate con Teresa, 425.369.3443, tlcid@kcls.org.

Clases gratuitas en español para adultos. Consigue tu certificado de primaria y secundaria de la SEP (Secretaria de Educación Pública de México). Programa individual para personas de cualquier nacionalidad.

Free drop-in tutoring for Spanish-speaking adults seeking to obtain their elementary and/or middle school official diploma from the SEP (Mexican Secretary of Public Education). This is an individualized program for people of all nationalities.

Talk Time
Mondays, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, https://kcls.bibliocommons.com/events/5ec2ce58e2eee53a00a61433

Tuesdays, 1:00 – 2:00 PM, https://kcls.bibliocommons.com/events/5ecd47e1c7b4ad4500bb52fc

Description: Practice speaking English with other English language learners online!
Learn about American culture and meet people from around the world, while connecting from home!
Register with your email and we will send you the link to join the Zoom meeting.

One-to-One Tech Help

Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 4:00 PM

For teens and adults.

Get help with technology issues from the staff of the Redmond and Woodinville Libraries.
To start a conversation call 425.522.3228 or email dshaffer@kcls.org.

If you have questions about this service or want to make an appointment for another time, please email Dan at dshaffer@kcls.org

Small Business Counseling-Navigating COVID-19

Session 1: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM https://kcls.bibliocommons.com/events/5ebb07818463404500b0b5fa

Session 2: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM https://kcls.bibliocommons.com/events/5ebb07c93a6fc12f007e1e04

Description: For adults.

One-on-one counseling with a SCORE mentor to help you with your startup or assist with your existing business including navigating COVID-19. SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is a nonprofit organization supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Register online for a virtual one-hour session that will be conducted over the phone or computer.

A SCORE Counselor will email you about your meeting preferences.

Genealogy Help with Eastside Genealogical Society

Session 1: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM https://kcls.bibliocommons.com/events/5eb507cf8463404500b09e25

Session 2: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM https://kcls.bibliocommons.com/events/5eb508673a6fc12f007e075d

Description: Are you just beginning your family history research? Or have you hit a wall in your research? Wherever your ancestors are from, volunteers from Eastside Genealogical Society are waiting to assist with genealogical research. You can arrange a virtual help appointment by registering here. You will be contacted via email with a weblink to enter your individual teleconference help session at least 1 hour before your session.

Please register at least 24 hours before the help session.

Construction Trade Training Information

Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 3:00 PM
Description: For adults.

ANEW offers free training for anyone interested in getting into a career in construction, starting at $20-$30+/hour. Attend information sessions to learn more about programs and enroll.

Information sessions and enrollment in ANEW programs are now offered online!
Online information sessions can be joined from ANEW's events page: https://anewaop.org/events/
Pre-recorded sessions can also be viewed anytime from their events page.

For more information, contact simone@anewaop.org or call 425.390.7711.

Shoreline All-Ages Socially Distant Book Club!

Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM
Description: Let's READ together (but maintain social distance)!

On Thursdays, 6-8pm, find a cozy place and READ!

Commit to reading for at least 30-45 minutes (but feel free to read the full two hours). Read a print book, eBook, whatever you like! Read on your own or as a family.

Feel connected thinking about all of the people reading with you at the same time from where ever they are.

When you are done reading for the night, send your book's title, author and a quotation from your favorite passage or one sentence that tells what you love about the book.

You can email me at lfield@kcls.org.

I'll compile an online list of all the things we read plus quotations to post on our library Bibliocommons site and then send it all out to you. You might even find your next great read!

Small Business Counseling-Navigating COVID-19

Session 1: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM https://kcls.bibliocommons.com/events/5ebb06c1318ab13a002084f2

Session 2: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM https://kcls.bibliocommons.com/events/5ebb07179170a12400d30ccf

Description: For adults.

One-on-one counseling with a SCORE mentor to help you with your startup or assist with your existing business including navigating COVID-19. SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is a nonprofit organization supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Register online for a virtual one-hour session that will be conducted over the phone or computer.
A SCORE Counselor will email you about your meeting preferences.

Answers to Questions About COVID-19 and Unemployment Benefits

Date: Monday, June 1
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:00 PM
Description: The Unemployment Law Project will answer your questions about unemployment benefits and COVID-19.

You will need an email address.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UIWGU66sSf2WDqCN9tC5QQ
After registering you will receive a confirmation email detailing how to join the event.

We hope you enjoy! This event is not hosted by King County Library System and therefore may be updated, changed or canceled with little notice.

No Sew T-Shirt Upcycle Crafts

Date: Monday, June 1
Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Time: 1:00 PM
Description: Looking for a creative (but not too challenging) outlet? Got a couple of surplus t-shirts around the house? We’ve got just the thing for you. Join us in an online program where we will demonstrate 3 projects for you to make from those t-shirts, including a face mask, a versatile shopping bag, and a plant hanger. No sewing required. Materials needed: 3 plain old cotton t-shirts and a pair of good scissors.

This is not a children’s program, but is suitable for an adult/9+ child pair.

Please register and provide your email address. We'll use Zoom to meet. You will receive an email with a link to the session.

Email Registration will close 1 hour prior to program.

Questions about Medicare?

Date: Monday, June 1
Description: For adults.

The Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) is a free, unbiased and confidential counseling service of the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioners (OIC).

SHIBA's trained and impartial volunteers are available to assist consumers with their Medicare related questions.

Register online for a one-hour session that will be conducted over the phone.

LinkedIn for Beginners

Date: Monday, June 1
Start Time: 1:30 PM
End Time: 3:30 PM
Description: This webinar walks attendees through the process of setting up an account, creating a LinkedIn profile and the value of LinkedIn with TRAC Associates' Marvin Stern. Q & A to follow presentation.

Register before 12pm the day of the program. Check your email for the Zoom link one hour before the event.

KCLS is recording the webinar and may post it for later viewing.

Need more help?

Review detailed instructions on how to Join and Participate in a Webinar or visit https://kcls.zoom.us/ and click on Getting Started at the bottom of the page.

Quickly Build Your First Business Website

Date: Monday, June 1
Start Time: 6:30 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM
Description: For adults.

In this workshop for first time business owners, digital strategist and small business consultant Michael J. Coffey will cover the basics needed for getting your website online quickly. Not only will you get an introduction to the important terms (like registrar, domain and host) but you will have a chance to sketch out the content of some key pages, get recommendations for reducing options to manageable levels and a list of resources.

These recommendations will get you set up online, but they will also prepare you for success with future design or programming changes, faster updates and more.

To register and for more information, visit Seattle Public Library's event page.


UW Entrepreneurial Law Clinic - Labor/Employment Law

Date: Tuesday, June 2
Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Time: 6:00 PM
Description: For adults.

The UW School of Law Entrepreneurial Law Clinic, attorneys from Microsoft and Seattle Public Library will be hosting a free legal consultation session in the area of labor and employment law to answer questions from small business owners and nonprofits. If you have any questions related to recently created or expanded laws that were passed in light of COVID-19 and their implications for your small business or nonprofit, please sign up for a 20 minute consultation.

To register and for more information, visit Seattle Public Library's online event page.


Connective Fibers

Date: Tuesday, June 2
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 7:00 PM
Description: Ages 10-adult.

Join a circle of creative fiber artists via Zoom, while working on your yarn projects. A volunteer will be available to answer any knitting or crochet questions you might have.

Please register. Check your email for the zoom link on the day of the event.

Creating in Difficult Times

Date: Wednesday, June 3
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 3:30 PM

Description: For tweens, teens and adult.

Join artist and writer Tina Hoggatt for an hour-long workshop on writing and illustration. Consider and explore ways we can begin or continue our creative life during this time of Coronavirus. Using examples from children’s book authors and illustrators, painters and nature, explore how to jump-start ideas, break projects down into achievable parts, and use reading, writing and drawing to sustain and inspire you. Time will be set aside for writing and drawing prompts, so bring a pencil or pen and paper. Q&A to follow. Resources for further exploration will be offered. We’ll reflect - and have fun!

Please register. A Zoom link and login instructions will be emailed to you 24 hours before the program.

Library Resources for Job Seekers

Date: Thursday, June 4
Start Time: 11:00 AM
End Time: 12:30 PM
Description: For adults.

Join librarians from Redmond and Woodinville as they demonstrate the top online library resources for job seekers, including Lynda.com, Reference USA, Access Video and others.

Please register by June 3 at 12pm. You will be emailed a Zoom link on the day of the event.

KCLS is recording the webinar and may post it for later viewing.

Exploring Pretrial Discovery

Date: Thursday, June 4
Start Time: 6:30 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM
Description: For adults.

This advanced workshop is designed for those who have attended “Civil Lawsuits without Tears: The Basics of Representing Yourself in Court” or those who need more information about the process of pretrial discovery. In this workshop, participants will learn about: requesting information and documents from the other party and responding to requests, asking and answering interrogatories (written questions to the other party), the basics of depositions, and the court rules governing the discovery process.

By registering for this workshop, you agree to and acknowledge the following:

The King County Law Library and the SRL Workshop do not provide legal advice.

Attendance at the SRL Workshop does not create an attorney-client relationship between me and any of the staff or volunteers of the workshop.

SRL Workshop staff and volunteers are not available for hire as legal representatives.

Meditation, the Secret to a Peaceful Life

Date: Thursday, June 4
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM
Description: Please join us for an online event featuring yogi Ajili Hodarri, Esq.

Many of us worry about the future or dwell upon the past. Our mind is constantly in turmoil.

Explore the healing power of meditation.

Meditation is a simple tool to help people reduce stress, positively transform our inner selves and impact our outer relationships.

Brought to you by the Redmond Library.
Please register. Space is limited to 15.

On the afternoon of June 4, you will receive a Zoom link to join the remote event

Learn to Bake Pumpkin Pasties

Date: Friday, June 5
Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Time: 2:00 PM
Description: All ages welcome.

Have you ever wondered how magical Pumpkin Pasties would be? Wonder no more as you are guided through an easy version of this culinary delight! An ingredient list will be provided a month before the program so that you can magically procure everything you will need to bake.

Note to our youngest witches and wizards: please make sure to have adult supervision because we will be using the muggle oven for our treats.

Register by 10am on Friday, June 5, to receive an email with a link to the secure Zoom meetup.

Unity Tile Zentangle Meditative Art Class

Date: Saturday, June 6
Start Time: 11:00 AM
End Time: 12:30 PM
Description: All ages welcome.

Create a colorful Zentangle Unity Tile using words of hope and inspiration. Unity Tiles were designed by Jullie Allison, CZT and Romi Marks, CZT to bring people together in the spirit of creativity and support during these unforeseen times. We will use words, color and Zentangle designs to focus our mind, uplift our spirits and create community through this meditative practice. Templates are available for download below. Colored pencils and pens are encouraged to be used.

For the best learning experience, please have these supplies for the program:
  • Unity Tile template (printable template will be provided to all participants), or blank 5-inch square paper - If you are planning on using colored pens later, please use the paper that works well with your pens.
  • Black pen - Please avoid using a ballpoint pen. A pen with softer and smoother tip will help you to have better drawing experience.
  • Black pencil - B or 2B
  • Blending tool - tortillon, blending stump or Q-tips
  • Colored pencils or pens - optional but encouraged
Click here for your printable Unity Tile template: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1eelsnbJ9bqJzWN-X9vuxHtBBCKiYTTVm/view

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

For more information about our instructor Tomomi and Zentangle, visit her webpage, Pebbles & Drops or Facebook @pebblesanddrops

Questions? Contact librarian, Vicki Heck, vaheck@kcls.org.

Please register before 10am on June 5. The Zoom link and Unity Tile template will be sent to you by email by 5pm, Friday, June 5.

Medicare Made Clear

Date: Saturday, June 6
Start Time: 11:00 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM
Description: This virtual workshop will give an overview of the different parts of Medicare (Parts A, B, C, D and supplements), what they cover and how they work. There will be a discussion of the different ways you can receive your benefits, including the pros and cons of each and approximate costs. We will also cover enrollment and eligibility guidelines. The goal of the meeting is to provide useful information that will put you in a better position to make an informed decision on your Medicare coverage.

The presenter, Jean Cormier, is an independent agent and is not connected with the Federal Medicare Program.

Brought to you by the Sammamish Library.

Please register,

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Making Two-Color Ribbon Leis

Date: Saturday, June 6
Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Time: 2:30 PM
Description: A native of Oahu will show you how to make a festive two-color ribbon lei. This gorgeous lei is the perfect accessory to celebrate graduates, show support for a team or just for fun.

  • 3/8" (inch) width ribbons in two different colors (satin ribbon is easiest to work with)
  • At least 5 yards (or 15 feet) of each ribbon color (plus more if you'd like to make the bow!)
  • Scissors
  • A lighter or matches

Sponsored by the King County Library Foundation.

Classes will use Zoom as a platform. You will be asked to mute themselves to accommodate Zoom’s limitations processing audio from multiple sources.

Registration required. The Zoom link will be sent to you by email.

Kokua (please) arrive online promptly at 1pm!


Shoreline business robbed Tuesday - police ask for public's help

Friday, May 29, 2020

Glass door smashed
Photo courtesy Shoreline Police
Early Tuesday morning, 5/26/2020, Shoreline deputies responded to an alarm at a business in the 900 block of N 200th St. in Shoreline, west of Aurora.

Deputies arrived on scene and noticed the glass in the front door of the business was smashed. 

It was determined that an unknown suspect(s) entered the store and stole $200 from a cash register.

This incident remains under investigation, and we ask you to call 206-296-3311 and reference case C20016952 with any information, or leave a tip anonymously with Crime Stoppers via the p3tips.com.


Nathan Hale High School Student Racial Equity Team organizes protest in Lake City Saturday morning

Nathan Hale High School Student Racial Equity Team has organized a Bike/Car Protest Parade route through Lake City "to encourage our community to strive towards an antiracist mindset, to show our commitment to antiracist action and to demonstrate our solidarity with those who have been victims of racial injustice throughout our nation..."
Saturday May 30th; begin congregating in the Hale staff lot (spill over into the student parking lot if necessary) at 9:30am with the protest departing at 10:00am. 10750 30th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125

Route: from school we will drive north on Lake City Way, turn east (right) on 135th, south (right) on 35th, west (right) on 130th, and then south (left) on Lake City Way to return to school. 

We hope you can roll with us on Saturday. Bring your voice, your signs, and your commitment to justice for all people. Let’s make some noise. 

NOTE: We will be adhering to social distance guidelines during this event.


Back to School event: Help and be helped

The Shoreline Back to School Consortium is excited to hold its 19th annual Back To School (BTS) Event to support a successful start to the school year for our K-12 students.

Each year the Shoreline/Lake Forest Park (LFP) community comes together by donating backpacks, school supplies, clothes, and hygiene products for this event and plans to serve over 1,000 students!

Please Note: This year’s event will be different due to COVID-19. To ensure the health and safety of BTS event attendees and volunteers, changes are being made to follow state and district level guidelines. Please make note of the changes included below.

Event Information:

Where: (NEW LOCATION) Meridian Park Elementary, 17077 Meridian Ave N

When: Saturday, August 22 from 12:30pm - 4:00pm

Who: Students who attend Shoreline School District schools and students that live in the Shoreline School District boundaries.

IMPORTANT: This year, parents and guardians are requested to send only one representative per family; please leave children at home.

What will be provided: One family representative will be able to pick up a backpack, school supplies, hygiene items, socks, and underwear for each student in Pre-K - 12th grade.

This year, we are sorry that we will not be able to hold the resource fair (including lunch) or provide haircuts.

To Register for the BTS Event: To attend the August 22nd event and receive supplies, visit the BTS website, or call The WORKS information line at 206-393-4916 and leave a message. School Family Advocates can assist with registration, too. 

Each backpack is filled with grade appropriate school supplies

To Support the BTS Event: There are many ways to support this event and our students:

  • Donate Critical Items: This year’s most needed school supplies are: Large backpacks, composition notebooks, earbuds, pointed and blunt tip scissors, fine line color markers, and scientific calculators. A full list of items can be found HERE In July, drop off donated items:
  • Volunteer: Opportunities to volunteer prior to or on the day of the event will be posted on the Back to School Consortium website: http://www.btsconsortium.org/ or feel free to leave a message on The WORKS information line, 206-393-4916.For more information or if you have questions, visit the BTS website

THANK YOU to our Back to School Consortium Members:
  • The Center for Human Services;
  • City of Shoreline;
  • Dale Turner Family YMCA;
  • Hopelink;
  • Ronald United Methodist Church;
  • The Salvation Army;
  • Shoreline Community Care;
  • Shoreline School District;
  • Rotary of Lake Forest Park;
  • The WORKS of Shoreline PTA Council.
  • The Shoreline Breakfast Rotary participated for many years.

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