Solstice light through the trees

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Photo by Janet Way

The Summer Solstice on Sunday night marked the end of the "longest day - the shortest night" and from now on there will be a few minutes less of daylight every day until the Winter Solstice near Christmas.


In person Yoga classes are back at the Senior Center

Yoga instructor Heidi Mair
in person classes at the 
Senior Center

Looking for a new experience to getting moving and feeling well?

Shoreline/Lake Forest Park Senior Center is happy to announce in-person classes with instructor Heidi L. Mair, AWC, E-RYT are back in the building!

  • Tuesdays in our Wellness Studio from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Class start date: July 6th | Registration deadline: June 29th

  • Wednesdays in our Wellness Studio from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Class start date: July 7th | Registration deadline: June 30th

  • Wednesday in our Wellness Studio from 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Class start date: July 7th | Registration deadline: June 30th

Check out our website,, for detailed class descriptions and registration information.

Or you can call the Center at 206-365-1536 for more information.

The July session is 4 classes.


Book review by Aarene Storms: All Systems Red

All Systems Red by Martha Wells (Murderbot Diaries #1)
audiobook read by Kevin R. Free

On a remote planet, a team of scientists are conducting routine tests when something goes terribly wrong. At the last moment, the team is saved by their security robot. All normal so far, right? Except that this security android has hacked its own governor module and doesn't have to answer to the corporate overlords anymore.

So, why is it still saving humans from their own bad choices?

That's a question that the Murderbot never really answers -- it would rather be watching interstellar soap operas and complaining about stupid humans -- while it continues to keep people safe (mostly).

The adventures of a cynical, grouchy, socially-awkward security droid with a serious addiction to bad television are perfect escape stories for summer afternoons at the beach or a stuck-in-traffic-again audiobook. The books are quick and funny and I'm just as addicted to them as the Murderbot is addicted to "Sanctuary Moon."

Cussing, violence, blood, no sex (security droids don't have gender or sex), plus action, adventure and sarcasm. Recommended for teen and adult readers.

Aarene Storms is a librarian who reads and reviews books for all ages. She can be reached at


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Sty


Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter HERE


Case updates June 21, 2021 - get your vaccine at the Shoreline Arts Festival

ICHS will being giving vaccines at the
Shoreline Arts Festival
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
ICHS is proud to be a gold sponsor of the Shoreline Arts Festival this year and will be providing walk-up COVID-19 vaccines for attendees. 

Case updates June 21, 2021

United States 
  • Total cases 33,382,705 - 7,319 in one day
  • Total deaths 599,751 - 393 in one day

Washington state 
  • Total confirmed cases 411,858 - 133 new since yesterday
  • Probable (additional) cases 36,284 - 102 new since yesterday
  • Total hospitalizations 25,081 - 45 since yesterday
  • Total deaths 5,843 - 5 new since yesterday.  

King county  
  • Total confirmed cases 106,987 - 35 new since yesterday   
  • Total hospitalizations 6,314 -   -3 new since yesterday  
  • Total deaths 1,618 - 2 new since yesterday

Seattle - population 744,995 (2018) 
  • Total confirmed cases 25,361 -  17 new since yesterday
  • Total hospitalizations 1,424 -  2 new since yesterday
  • Total deaths 417 -  0 new since yesterday

Shoreline - population 56,752 (2018) 
  • Total confirmed cases 2,468 -  1 new since yesterday
  • Total hospitalizations 206 -  -1 new since yesterday
  • Total deaths 101 - 0 new since yesterday

Lake Forest Park - 13,569 (2018) 
  • Total confirmed cases 326 -   0 new since yesterday
  • Total hospitalizations 17 - 0 new since yesterday
  • Total deaths 4 - 0 new since yesterday


Shoreline Police: Thieves really did a number on this 2001 Dodge Ram

What a mess! Thieves really did a number on this 2001 Dodge Ram.
Last Thursday morning, June 17.2021, King County Sheriff's Office deputies in Shoreline responded to the 15700 blk of Aurora Ave N after the owner discovered this damage to his truck.

Thieves tried, and failed, to steal the pickup but they didn't leave empty-handed. A stereo system valued at nearly $3500 is missing. 

The damage done to the truck's interior and ignition is significant, making our victim's financial losses even greater.
Deputies were unsuccessful in lifting fingerprints from the reading glasses the thief left behind.
The Insurance Information Institute estimates nearly 722,000 motor vehicles were stolen in 2019. This is a $6.4 billion problem that ultimately touches us all through higher insurance rates and other costs.
Detectives in Shoreline continue to investigate this case. The suspect, for now, remains outstanding. 

If you have any information, contact our non-emergency number at 206-296-3311.


Shoreline Arts Festival - This Weekend!

Shoreline Arts Festival - This Weekend!

Saturday and Sunday, June 26-27, 10am-5pm

Are you ready for a beautiful weekend of celebrating the arts in person again? We hope you'll join the community for a fun and safe Shoreline Arts Festival at Pfingst Animal Acres Park in Lake Forest Park on June 26-27. We are requiring that guests reserve their free tickets in advance to help manage the flow of foot traffic and keep everyone safe.

Hopefully everything you need to know about the event is on our website. But if you have questions, feel free to email us at or call our office at 206-417-4645.

Interested in volunteering? We still have a handful of shifts available. Find out more info here! Thanks!

This year is going to look a little different, but our number one priority is continuing to keep our community safe. We have implemented strict health and safety guidelines.

Key changes: reserve a free ticket online for timed entry, sanitation stations throughout, social distancing, and our artist booth holders upholding the highest cleaning standards. Visit our COVID-19 page for more info.

Event Highlights:
  • Artist Marketplace - Meet local artists and shop for incredible handmade artworks.
  • Live Performances - Enjoy a lineup of local solo musicians and cultural groups.
  • Hands-On Art - Take home kits that include three spectacular projects for a range of ages.
  • Food Trucks - Have a bite to eat and enjoy sweet and savory options.
  • Cultural Groups - Explore cultural groups from our diverse community.
  • Virtual Juried Art Show - View 2D, 3D, and Photography artworks online. People's Choice voting will be on Festival weekend June 26th: 10am - June 27th: 4pm.
  • Virtual Youth Art Show - Pre-K through 12th-grade students have created these 2D and 3D works of art. Vote for the People’s Choice Award starting at 10am on Saturday, June 26 and closing at 5pm on Sunday, June 27.

Still need your vaccine? Visit the Pop-Up ICHS Vaccine Clinic at the Festival. 10am - 2:30pm, Saturday and Sunday.

2021 Festival Map and Parking:

Our 2021 home will be at the beautifully secluded Pfingst Animal Acres Park in Lake Forest Park. Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Shoreline! Plenty of shade as well.

This fenced-in park allows us to implement COVID safety controls this year. We'll be back at Shoreline Community College in 2022.

Get to know the lay of the land by reviewing our festival map and parking locations before heading over.

Parking will be located at Brookside Elementary and LFP Presbyterian Church. Church parking will be closed for service from 10am-11am on Sunday.

The Shoreline Arts Festival is a program of ShoreLake Arts with support from, Shoreline Community College, Jack Malek of Windermere, City of Lake Forest Park, City of Shoreline Parks and Rec, Irons Brothers Construction, International Community Health Services (ICHS), National Endowment for the Arts, Shoreline Music School, American Dance Institute, Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA), 4Culture, Recology, Central Market Shoreline, Smith Brothers Farms, and Jazz Vespers Lake Forest Park!

Thank you to our donors and members!

ShoreLake Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate creativity and inspire our community through the arts. Established in 1989.


King County embarks on new $16.3M program to support immigrants

The King County Council on Tuesday approved a first-in-the-nation program to help immigrants apply for documented status and citizenship, sponsored by Council Chair Claudia Balducci, and began deliberations on an $11.3 million general relief fund to support undocumented King County residents, proposed by King County Executive Dow Constantine. 

The combined investment of more than $16 million will help King County immigrants overcome barriers to legal status and assist those who have not been able to access federal benefits associated with COVID-19 relief.

“Our community was the first in the nation to be hit by an outbreak of COVID-19 and King County has done much to support thousands of families with relief funds. 
"However, many of our immigrant residents have been categorically excluded from receiving emergency relief and we cannot recover and move forward as a community while leaving thousands of our neighbors behind,” Balducci said.

Executive Constantine also applauded the package:

“This region and nation owe a debt of gratitude to all essential workers who put their lives on the line during the pandemic. The fact that so many are undocumented immigrants underscores our responsibility to help those now seeking legal status. King County has long advocated for people who have come here seeking a better life,” Constantine said. 

The program includes two components:

Fee Support: The supplemental budget approved by Council Tuesday includes $5 million in to help immigrants apply for legal status, including filing fees with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Executive Office for Immigration Review.

Immigration application costs vary from a couple hundred dollars to thousands of dollars per applicant. When multiple family members apply for relief together, the cost burden can be insurmountable for low-income families.

Applicants must be living, working, going to school or currently detained in ICE facilities but previously living, working or going to school in King County in order to qualify.

Relief Program: As part of the County’s eighth COVID budget, Executive Constantine proposes $11.3 million for grants to immigrants to meet basic expenses. Immigrants have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, but many have not been able to access federal relief funds due to their legal status. This program uses county General Fund dollars to start to redress that inequity.

Approximately 18,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients live in Washington state and about one-third to half of them reside in King County. In addition, King County is home to approximately 94,000 undocumented immigrants.


Today's Tele Café - Stonewall at 50 documentary shows today online

In recognition of Gay Pride month join us in the Tele Café this Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 2pm to view Stonewall at 50. Learn more about the original event and what has happened since then in the Gay Pride Movement.

“In the early hours of June 28, 1969, only blocks from NYU’s Washington Square campus, the Stonewall riots began, proving to be a turning point in the modern LGBTQ+ movement over the ensuing five decades. 

"NYU faculty, students, administrators, and alumni have engaged with this movement, contributing to groundbreaking change, but at times experiencing heartbreaking loss. Watch them tell their stories as they reflect on the remarkable social, political, cultural, medical, and legal transformations that followed Stonewall and continue to shape our community and our University.”

The documentary features people from the NYU Community who have contributed to the Gay Rights Movement including Karla Jay, Tom Kirdahy and Ted Allen.

Attend our FREE Tele café Zoom event

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Agenda for Shoreline council meeting June 28, 2021

2021 Shoreline City Council

The agenda for the Shoreline City Council June 28, 2021 meeting includes two Action Items:

8(a) Action on Ordinance No. 932 - Authorizing the Placement of a Ballot Measure on the 2021 November General Election Ballot to Authorize a Property Tax Bond Measure for Park Improvements and Park Land Acquisition

On June 14, 2021, the Council discussed proposed Ordinance No. 932 which would authorize the placement of this ballot measure on the 2021 November General Election Ballot.

The Ordinance provides that Senior Citizens, Disabled Persons, and Disabled Veterans meeting age, income, and/or disability requirements identified in RCW 84.36.381 would be eligible, and can apply with King County, for an exemption or deferral from this tax.

8(b) Action on Ordinance No. 933 - Authorizing the Use of Eminent Domain for Acquisition of Certain Real Properties to Construct the NW Innis Arden Way Culvert Replacement Project

The City Council discussed proposed Ordinance No. 933 on June 14, 2021 and directed staff to return with this proposed ordinance for potential action at tonight’s Council meeting.

Links to attend the meeting and/or make comments HERE

--Pam Cross


Spartan Recreation Center hiring instructors and staff for fall

Everyone's favorite photo from the Spartan Rec Center
Photo courtesy City of Shoreline

Now Hiring! We’ll be re-opening the Spartan Recreation Center in the Fall of 2021 and are looking for contracted instructors and part-time staff to teach recreation classes and offer programming in all areas (adult/youth/senior: dance, wellness, fitness, fine art, music, enrichment).

In addition to these categories and as part of the City of Shoreline's Strategic Action Initiative we are looking for programing that is Nature Based, geared towards Active Older Adults and Cultural Based.

The Spartan Recreation Center is located at 202 NE 185th St. Shoreline and features two large classrooms, a large dance room, additional medium sized fitness room, double gymnasium and weight room. 

Fill out the survey and we’ll have a Recreation Programmer reach out to you.”


Roses love sunshine

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Do violets actually love dew? The first part of the song seems to be true. These roses are thriving in the sunshine.


Graduation ceremonies for Shorewood and Shorecrest posted online


Videos for graduation ceremonies for Shorewood and Shorecrest have been posted on the schools website HERE

Both schools held their ceremonies at the Everett Stadium on Sunday, June 20, 2021.

Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

Shorewood graduates

Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

Shorecrest graduates


Reminder: Good Morning Shoreline! features Terri Price with ShoreLake Arts - 7:30am today

Shoreline Chamber of Commerce - June Good Morning Shoreline! Featuring Terri Price with the ShoreLake Arts (

Tuesday, June 22, 2021: Good Morning Shoreline: Featuring Terri Price with Shorelake Arts

Terri Price
ShoreLake Arts

More about our Event:

Terri Price, Program Manager at ShoreLake Arts will present the summer programming and general updates on the organization.

  • 7:30-8:10am Announcements and Networking, be prepared to speak on your business and how we can help for about a minute.
  • 8:10-8:30am Featured Member Presentation (highlighting a member for an expanded time)
Join Zoom Meeting link:

Meeting ID: 945 2814 6711
Passcode: 784726

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Learn how to bring bees, butterflies, and birds to your garden in free online class

Kick off your summer gardening with a free Savvy Gardener Class hosted by North City Water District.

Come learn the small footsteps you can take to bring more wildlife to your yard. Butterflies, bees and birds bring movement, color and pollination benefits to our gardens. Along with learning how easy it is to make a big difference in your garden, you will be given plant lists that attract these special creatures.


Instructed by Ladd Smith of In Harmony Landscapes
Thursday, June 24, 2021


About Our 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.

Email Registration Required

This Savvy Gardener class is being held online using the free Zoom platform. To register, you must provide your name and email address to to receive a link to join the class.

For more information visit


Case updates June 20, 2021

Shoreline Clinic: Waiting 15 minutes after shot
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
According to the Department of Health, vaccination is clearly protecting people from severe COVID-19 illness, as demonstrated by the very different hospital admission trends we are seeing in unvaccinated populations. 

As of early June, estimated admission rates among unvaccinated people ages 45-64 continued to increase despite declining rates in the overall population that age. 

For people 65 and older, admission rates were flattening at a high level for unvaccinated people and were flat but much lower in the overall population that age. 

The estimated admission rate for unvaccinated people is 21 times higher than for vaccinated people in ages 45-64 and 15 times higher in unvaccinated people compared to vaccinated people in ages 65 and older.

Case updates June 20, 2021

United States 
  • Total cases 33,368,860 - 9,860 in one day
  • Total deaths 599,354 - 496 in one day

Washington state 
  • Total confirmed cases 411,452 - 356 new since yesterday
  • Probable (additional) cases 36,182 - 74 new since yesterday
  • Total hospitalizations 25,036- 34 since yesterday
  • Total deaths 5,838 - 18 new since yesterday.  

King county  
  • Total confirmed cases 106,952 - 60 new since yesterday   
  • Total hospitalizations 6,317 - 3 new since yesterday  
  • Total deaths 1,616 - 0 new since yesterday

Seattle - population 744,995 (2018) 
  • Total confirmed cases 25,344 -  16 new since yesterday
  • Total hospitalizations 1,422 -  0 new since yesterday
  • Total deaths 417 -  0 new since yesterday

Shoreline - population 56,752 (2018) 
  • Total confirmed cases 2,467 -  3 new since yesterday
  • Total hospitalizations 207 - 0 new since yesterday
  • Total deaths 101 - 0 new since yesterday

Lake Forest Park - 13,569 (2018) 
  • Total confirmed cases 326 -   1 new since yesterday
  • Total hospitalizations 17 - 0 new since yesterday
  • Total deaths 4 - 0 new since yesterday


Gloria's Birds: I'm going for "noble" with this shot,, whaddya think?

Photo copyright Gloria Z Nagler

Of course, photog thinks ALL birds are noble:)
--Gloria Z Nagler


Sherman-Williams participates in new paint recycling program

Photo courtesy City of Shoreline
Local residents can now recycle paint products at convenient PaintCare drop-off sites around the county, including Sherwin-Williams Paint Store at 15242 Aurora Ave N - Parkwood Plaza (Joann Fabrics, Arcane Comics etc.)

Accepted products include latex paint, oil-based paint, stain, varnish, and more. 

Paints must be tightly sealed and in their original containers. 

Collected latex paint is recycled into paint and other products.

In April 2021 the PaintCare program launched across Washington state. PaintCare is a product stewardship program that provides convenient locations to recycle unwanted paint. The industry-led program reports annually to the Washington State Department of Ecology.

A small fee, called the PaintCare fee, is applied to all sales of eligible products in Washington, which funds all aspects of the program.

There is no fee to drop off paints for recycling.

Find other drop-off locations, including those that sell recycled paint, and view the list of accepted products at There are four in Lynnwood, Miller Paint at 120th and Aurora, and another Sherwin-Williams at Northgate.


Shoreline Police: Can you ID this thief?

On Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 1:16pm, a deputy was dispatched to a business in the 15400 block of Westminster Way N in Shoreline.

A deputy contacted an employee of the business who told him that at 11:30pm the evening prior (Tuesday night) an unknown male stole a $400 U-Line docking plate from their donation center. A docking plate is a metal plate that serves as a high-capacity bridge between a dock and a trailer.

The employee showed the deputy still shots of the suspect, caught on surveillance video. He is a male, approximately 5’7, wearing a green vest, black pants, and white shoes. He appears to have a thin build.

The black and white image shows the suspect hauling the docking plate away in a shopping cart.

If you have any information on this case or can identify the suspect, please contact our non-emergency number at 206-296-3311 reference case #C21018692.


Scene on the Sound: The Battle Point - torpedo trials craft

Photo by Jan Hansen

Wikipedia defines Torpedo trials craft as "primarily naval auxiliaries used by navies for the development of new naval torpedoes and during practice firings. These craft are designed to track and monitor the torpedo and to be able to locate and retrieve the spent torpedo for analysis, and refurbishment for reuse. Torpedo trials craft had their greatest use during the years around World War II when the torpedo was the primary anti-ship weapon of submarines, destroyers and naval aircraft."

Jan Hansen's research further found that the Battle Point is a very specialized Naval vessel, a Cape Flattery Class Torpedo Trial Craft (S-P) built by McDermott Shipyards, Amelia, LA and launched in 1989 as one of four Torpedo Trials Craft.

Placed in service as Battle Point (YTT-10), 30 November 1991, it is one of two vessels still active, based at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division at Keyport on the Kitsap Peninsula.


Shorewood Athletes persevere and succeed during the modified 2021 school year

Cliff Gillies Award winner Isaac Trull
Photo by Kristi Lin

Every year, Shorewood coaches and administration nominate and vote on senior athlete awards. 

This year’s award winners are:


Cliff Gillies Award - Isaac Trull
Army Award - Thomas Bert
Marines Award - Cade Tanaka
Athlete of the Year -Taejin Thongdee

  • Cliff Gillies Award - Annalyse Carroll
  • Army Award - Lucy Heagler
  • Marines Award - Julianne Carroll
  • Athlete of the Year - Brynn Morrison

WESCO League Honors

Shorewood teams found success during the “modified” sports seasons this year. Individual accolades were voted on by WESCO League coaches and top athletic performers were awarded 1st team honors. Listed below are the athletes from Shorewood:

Fall Season
  • Rowan Casselman - Girls Cross Country
    Shorewood Girls Athlete of the Year
    Brynn Morrison
    Photo by Kristi Lin
  • Yubi Mamiya - Girls Cross Country
  • Keiyu Mamiya - Boys Cross Country
  • Kaitlyn Manalili - Girls Soccer
  • Morgan Manailil - Girls Soccer
  • Lucy Heagler - Volleyball

Spring Season
  • Haley Canada - Fastpitch
  • Gracie Long - Fastpitch
  • Ben Borgida - Boys Golf
  • Issey Tanimura - Boys Golf
  • Anna Ertsgaard - Girls Golf
  • Alex Eng - Boys Soccer
  • Brady Hodgen - Boys Soccer
  • Alex Panteleef - Boys Soccer
  • Emily Lin - Girls Tennis
  • Brynn Morrison - Girls Tennis
  • Emma Nelson - Girls Tennis
  • Emma Okamura - Girls Tennis
  • Lake Mueller - Boys Track
  • Cade Tanaka - Boys Track
  • Taejin Thongdee - Boys Track
  • Harper Lara-Kerr - Girls Track
  • Lucy Heagler - Girls Track
  • Amelia Severn - Girls Track
  • Olivia Wilde - Girls Track
  • Gilana Wollman - Girls Track
  • Joey Wu - Girls Track

Winter Season (as of 6/16/21; B/G Basketball, Gymnastics and B Swim TBA)
  • Max Null - Wrestling
  • Hunter Tibodeau - Wrestling

Seniors Accepting College Athletic Scholarships
  • Mia Battle - Fastpitch/Central Washington University
  • John Beres - Boys Swim/Maine Maritime Academy
  • Kanoa Borromeo - Boys Soccer/St. Mary’s University
  • Sarah Mazengi - Fastpitch/Santiago Canyon College
  • Symone Pease - Girls Basketball/Shoreline Community College
  • Chris Taylor - Boys Track/Pomona College

--Shorewood Athletic Director Joann Fukuma



Monday, June 21, 2021

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

The colors of evening.


Northgate pedestrian bridge span over I-5

Aerial photography by Jared Solano

Seattle Department of Transportation placed the second half of the bridge span over I-5 at Northgate this last weekend.

We designed a new, accessible, all ages and abilities pedestrian and bike bridge over Interstate 5 (I-5) in Northgate. 

Photo by Larry Lowary

The Northgate Ped/Bike Bridge will improve access to communities, services, and opportunities on the east and west sides of I-5 in Northgate and Licton Springs, helping knit together a historically divided area. 

It’ll also reduce travel time for people walking and biking between the east and west sides of I-5. When complete, the bridge will help connect the neighborhood’s thriving job and retail centers with the rest of the city and region.

The new bridge will span roughly 1,900 feet over I-5, landing at North Seattle College on the west side and at 1st Ave NE and NE 100th St, near the light rail station, on the east side, which opens in October.


LFP Mayor's Corner - City Hall reopens July 6, 2021

Mayor Jeff Johnson
LFP Mayor’s Corner
From Mayor Jeff Johnson

Lake Forest Park City Hall Reopens on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 
  • Disposable masks will be provided should a visitor forget theirs
  • Increased cleaning of City facilities and high-touch areas is also implemented
  • Improvements to the HVAC system were also made, including use of the highest-rated filters and increased cleaning 

I am very happy to announce that Lake Forest Park City Hall reopens to the public on Tuesday, July 6. City Hall hours are 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, except for legal holidays. Passport Services will also resume, by appointment (see hours below). Masks are required while visiting City Hall.
In addition to masks, meetings with City staff, including Planning, Building, and Municipal Court, will be by appointment only, and require answering a COVID-19 questionnaire.
When Passport Services resume during the week of July 6, it will be by appointment only. Passport Services hours are Monday, Thursday, and Friday, from 12:00 to 4:00pm, and Saturday, 10:00am to 3:00pm. Applicants will need to sign up online to schedule an appointment. 

Information about how to sign up will be available soon on the City’s website (https://www. Since the REAL ID Act requirements have been postponed to May 2023, it is not necessary to rush to get a passport or passport card if you are flying domestically.
The City’s public meetings – City Council and Council Committees (Budget and Finance, Committee of the Whole), Planning Commission, Tree Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board -- will remain virtual for now. 

Information about any changes to this will be widely distributed to the public when the time comes. Due to the small size of the Council Chambers, staff is working on the logistics of socially distanced seating for a seven-member City Council and nine-member Planning Commission, as well as a limited number of chairs for audience members. 

It is probable that a hybrid approach to public meetings will be the norm in the future, with limited in-person public attendance and wider public participation via Zoom.
On behalf of myself and the City Hall staff, we look forward to seeing you when we reopen on July 6.


Case updates June 19, 2021

No wait for vaccination
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
The UW Med North King County vaccination clinic 
run by the Shoreline fire department is located at the Shoreline Center auditorium, north entrance, 18560 1st Avenue NE

Mondays - Fridays 
7:30am - 6:00pm 
Walk in.
Moderna and Pfizer.
Age 12 and older.

Call 206-520-8700 for a guaranteed appointment or just walk in.

Case updates June 19, 2021

United States - not updated
  • Total cases 33,341,986 -  in one day
  • Total deaths 598,713 -  in one day

Washington state - not updated
  • Total confirmed cases 411,096 - 437 new since yesterday
  • Probable (additional) cases 36,107  - 84 new since yesterday
  • Total hospitalizations 25,002 - 31 since yesterday
  • Total deaths 5,820 - 0 new since yesterday.  

King county  
  • Total confirmed cases 106,892 - 54 new since yesterday   
  • Total hospitalizations 6,314 - 2 new since yesterday  
  • Total deaths 1,616 - 0 new since yesterday

Seattle - population 744,995 (2018) 
  • Total confirmed cases 25,328 -  12 new since yesterday
  • Total hospitalizations 1,422 -  1 new since yesterday
  • Total deaths 417 -  0 new since yesterday

Shoreline - population 56,752 (2018) 
  • Total confirmed cases 2,464 -  1 new since yesterday
  • Total hospitalizations 207 - 0 new since yesterday
  • Total deaths 101 - 0 new since yesterday

Lake Forest Park - 13,569 (2018) 
  • Total confirmed cases 325 -   0 new since yesterday
  • Total hospitalizations 17 - 0 new since yesterday
  • Total deaths 4 - 0 new since yesterday


Shoreline City Council: John Ramsdell

John Ramsdell
Hello Shoreline residents. 

My name is John Ramsdell, and I will be one of the new members of the Shoreline City Council in January. 

I wish David Chen, my campaign opponent until last week, best of luck in his new position as legal counsel for Central City Concern in Portland Oregon.

A little more about me: I moved from New Hampshire to Seattle in 1994, after several trips to the Pacific Northwest. 

The first trip was as best man at my college roommate’s outdoor wedding at Magnuson Park. As an avid skier, sailor and backpacker, it did not take me long to fall in love with the area. A foretelling of my eventual move decades later, I became a fan of the Seahawks as a kid during the Steve Largent, Curt Warner, Dave Craig era.

Shortly after arriving in Seattle, I completed my Master’s of Clinical Psychology in 1999 and worked for nine years at the City of Seattle Aging and Disability Services providing social work outreach to homebound seniors and adults with disabilities, as well as providing counseling to Veterans experiencing depression. 

In 2010 I accepted a behavioral health counseling position with Evergreen Hospital where I worked as the lead clinician on the prestigious Geriatric Regional Assessment Team for another nine years. For a year I worked as a behavioral health specialist with foster children and foster to adopt in crisis while completing my second master’s degree in public administration. 

In my current role as a clinical account executive at First Choice Health’s EAP program I provide and manage behavioral health services to over 60,000 employees in more than 150 organizations.

Since I was a little boy going door to door collecting donations from neighbors in an orange Oxfam box, I have been interested in making my community a better place to live. 

This principle has been a constant theme in my life, which I have continued to practice as a resident in Westminster Triangle over the last 12 years. One of my recent volunteer accomplishments included initiating and shepherding the acquisition of a neighbor’s lot to be the future Westminster Park. 

I encourage the reader to visit my campaign website at to see a complete account of my volunteer accomplishments in Shoreline and my issue statements, including the expansion of open park space, affordable housing, police reform and the environment.

Finally, I want to express my sincere hope that residents will feel comfortable coming to me to express their concerns about our community. I may not always agree, but I can promise that you will receive my respect and attention.

Correction: He began work at Evergreen Hospital in 2010


Our monumental Douglas fir trees in Shoreline

Photo by Melody Fosmore
By Melody Fosmore, Barbara Johnstone

The Douglas fir tree is an evergreen conifer that has grown throughout Western Washington for centuries.

The Coast Douglas fir is the second tallest conifer in the world growing up to 275’ or more in height with a diameter up to 16 feet. 

The tree bark of a 100-year-old Douglas fir is so thick it can withstand fire and beetle infestation allowing a longer life. 

Douglas fir forests are home to the Northern spotted owl and Marbled Murrelet among other birds and squirrels. 

And, importantly, in terms of climate change, these trees gain their stride around age 70 as a natural carbon sink.

When we cut down our native tall trees we also lose this valuable carbon reduction benefit, adding to global warming.

Here in Shoreline, we have one of the nation's top Coast Douglas fir trees. 

Photo by Melody Fosmore
To see this tree, park off NW 175th street along the north side of Boeing Creek Park. Walk SW to Hidden Lake Trail. Descend the staircase underneath the giant Douglas firs. 

Pass a 7’ wide 200’ tall leaning fir. Another tall fir stands just north, tucked away from view along a brook that feeds into the creek. Look straight and see the largest tree in the park. 

After crossing Boeing Creek on your way west to Hidden Lake look back for a stupendous view of the three big firs in their entirety, best viewed in fall and winter.

This Coast Douglas fir tree has unknown girth and height, however it is believed the tree germinated and planted around the year 1571 (give or take 100 years) which means it is about 450 years. 

A point of reference is a 250’ tree is half of the height of the Space Needle!

In pondering life expectancies, while an individual human life is 80 years, a Douglas fir tree’s life expectancy can be 500 years. 

We are called to speak for these magnificent trees – to keep them with us for as long as possible so each generation can enjoy their magnificence.

For more information about our Shoreline Trees preservation and care please visit or email


Sound Transit project work on 195th pedestrian bridge

New section of sidewalk on the east side of the 195th pedestrian bridge
Photo by Carl Dinse

Sound Transit recently reopened the NE 195th pedestrian bridge over I-5 after a month, after completing sidewalk and asphalt paving on the east side of the bridge.

NE 195th on the east side of I-5, leading to the pedestrian bridge
Photo by Carl Dinse

During the work that was no access to pedestrians or bicyclists for this popular east - west access over I-5.

There was some inconvenience to neighbors on the east section of NE 195th as driveways were briefly blocked during mill and overlay work.

Looking north from the 195th pedestrian bridge
Photo by Carl Dinse

The bridge may need to be closed again for future work but there are no scheduled closures.


Horizon View reservoir construction progress

Seattle Public Utilities reservoir in Lake Forest Park
Photo by Brian Lee

The Lake Forest Park Reservoir is located in Horizon View Park in the City of Lake Forest Park and is part of Seattle Public Utilities' regional drinking water system.

The reservoir has a floating cover that was installed in 2001 and designed to last about 20 years.

Due to increased maintenance and repair work needed to keep the aging cover operational, SPU has decided to replace it with a new floating cover.

Construction to replace the floating cover will involve:
  • Draining the reservoir and preparing the site for construction
  • Removing and dispose of the existing floating cover
  • Installing a new liner and floating cover
  • Replacing pumps, pipes, hoses, and other equipment
  • Restoring the site after construction is complete

The Lake Forest Park Reservoir is located north of NE 195th St between 45th Ave NE and 47th Ave NE in the City of Lake Forest Park (project area map). The project will primarily be contained to SPU's property with minimal impacts to nearby residents.

SPU Contractor Crews began construction on the Lake Forest Park Reservoir Floating Cover Replacement Project on May 17, 2021 and it is expected to take about 5-7 months to complete.


In the Garden Now: Voodoo Lily

Voodoo Lily
Story and photo 
by Victoria Gilleland

Voodoo Lily is one of the more unusual plants in our garden. 

Ours are planted near the street so many passersby stop to ask about the unusual flowers. 

The flower is made up of a spathe and a spadex and is similar in structure to a calla lily. 

The spadex is over 20 inches long in this case. The flower could easily be mistaken for a big purple leaf.

The scent is anything but sweet. On a warm day the aroma is much like that of a rotting carcass. 

Not wonderful perhaps from a human perspective but just right for attracting flies and other carrion type pollinators to this plant. 

Flowers typically last for about a week so the scent is not a problem for long.

If you look closely at my photo you’ll see a fly perched on the right side of this flower. Looks to me like he’s getting ready to do his pollinator job!

Enjoy Mother Nature’s diverse offerings in the garden.

(Dracunculus vulgaris)


Third Place Commons now hiring: Music and Events Coordinator

Third Place Commons is seeking a smart, capable team player to help schedule and host hundreds of free events each year in the Commons and at the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market as the new Music and Events Coordinator.

This role will be a great fit for someone with event and/or performing arts experience who is highly organized, detail-oriented, and a great communicator. Sense of humor a must!

The flexibility of this part-time position makes it ideal for pairing with other home or work commitments. Position requires some regular weekend and/or evening hours to work events, with the balance of time for administrative work in the office on a mutually agreeable, but highly flexible schedule.

See the Music and Events Coordinator position description for full position details and information about how to apply.

Position will remain open until filled, however priority consideration will be given to applications received by Sunday, July 11th.

Third Place Commons – a community supported 501(c)3 nonprofit organization – has been building real community in the heart of Lake Forest Park for over 20 years. In addition to presenting its largest program, the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market, Third Place Commons now also fosters real community in digital space with TPC At Home programs. Learn more at


Shoreline Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services/Tree Board meeting Thursday June 24, 2021

Photo courtesy City of Shoreline

Shoreline Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services/Tree Board meeting Thursday, June 24, 2021 from 7 - 9pm will be held virtually on zoom.

Meeting link:

On the agenda:
  • Hidden Lake Dam Project Update
  • Transportation Master Plan Input


SU Girls G04 Tango soccer team win U-17 RCL Championship

Seattle United’s Girls G04 Tango soccer team put in a dominant performance this Spring 2020/21 season in Washington Youth Soccer’s GU17 Division III Regional Club League soccer competition. 

They finished the season first in the league, with a record of 13-2-0, earning the title of Champions. 

At one point, they were on a 12-match winning streak, and would have been favorites to win the State tournament. Alas, many hopes and dreams were dashed by the Covid-19 pandemic, with no State Cup this year.

Top row, from left:
Coach Randy Johnson, Anica Carpenter, Molly Acarregui, Jordan Standley, Teagan Aw, Alexia Gunderson, Madeline Askevold, Dacotah Poole, Carolina Harr

Bottom row, from left:
Molly Adams, Megan Hicks, Rosalyn Keppler, Kate Grutz, Jemma Sanderson, Zora La Fon, Eden Murphy, Sophia Poeschla, Bronwyn Mullins

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