Gloria's Trees: Fisheye view

Sunday, February 28, 2021


Photo by Gloria Z Nagler

My favorite kind of social circle! 
(Used my new fish eye lens for fun the other day)
--Gloria Z Nagler


Daily Arts Activities by Silver Kite are free to King County Library patrons

Writing Fiction is one of the free classes available at Silver Kite

Daily Arts Activities by Silver Kite

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Silver Kite Community Arts is offering online intergenerational 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:
  • Monday, March, 1:30-2:30pm: Beginning Drawing
  • Wednesday, March 3, 10:30-11:30am: Senior Social Hour
  • Friday, March 5, 10:30-11:30am: Writing Fiction
  • Saturday, March 6, 1:30-2:30pm: Nature Portraits
Register at

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.


Sample a Continuing Education online class at no cost - Practicing Mindfulness

Join educator Megan Toney in a one-hour sampler course exploring various topics from her Continuing Education weekend workshops.

Olympic Mountains photo by
Lee Lageschulte
The sample class is offered by Shoreline Community College on Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 5 - 6pm

Learn how mindful communication can improve your life, practice active listening, and walk away with tips and tricks for everyday negotiations in this Zoom session.

There is no cost for this event, but seats are limited. 

Register today using this link or contact for more information.


SC Hip Hop's Physical Poetry is coming back with a Home Edition and wants everyone in the Shoreline School District to join in (staff too)

Rex Kinney, Head Coach from the Hip Hop Team at Shorecrest, is reinventing his enormously popular Physical Poetry show for a pandemic world.

Like all things 2020, we are changing things up and this year we are including student performers as well as an opportunity for STAFF from all over the Shoreline School District to be part of a piece that will be featured in this VIRTUAL SHOW!


PHYSICAL POETRY: HOME EDITION is a re-imagined show based on our annual dance showcase. 

This year we are bringing youth from all over the Shoreline District together to share their talents in the performing arts. 

A variety of acts will be selected for this show that we are curating along with local dance companies and artists, and featuring both live and prerecorded elements. 

This will be a VIRTUAL SHOW that the audience can enjoy in the comfort of their home and an opportunity to share with your family and friends across the country! 

Stay tuned on our Facebook page for the show date announcement. Student artists should apply now!

(Gmail/School Email and Account required)


Are you a Shoreline Public School teacher, staff, board member and want to be part of the show? Join our special staff piece that will be taught by our SC Hip Hop coaches/choreographers. This will be learned off Zoom and premiered at the show! If you are interested please fill out the survey below!

For questions, please contact us!


Gallery North features Select Artists Invitational Show

Early Spring, Hellebores by Catherine M. James, Watercolor on Cradle Board,$525

In March, Gallery North will feature the artwork of a group of 12 special artists who are friends and former gallery members in a show called “Select Invitations.” 

This show is to honor each of them in preparation for our 60th Anniversary coming in July 2021! 

Each of the artists will be showing a small grouping of their work including wall art and small works in their chosen medium representing their own unique visions of the world.

JR Hawse_Bracelet Fish Cuff

The exhibited pieces will include oil and acrylic paintings by Joyce Donaldson, Janet Hawse, Karen Kahn-Rice, Jolyn Wells-Moran, and Lyla Jacobsen. 

Working in watercolors are Mary Anderson and Catherine James. Cheryl Hufnagel will be displaying her pastel paintings. There will also be colored pencil pieces by Paula Parks and watercolor and mixed media art by Alice Owen.

Many of these talented artists are well-known throughout the Pacific Northwest. As a special bonus, we also have several wonderful potters, Rupa Palasamudram and Kerry Kakigi, whose works were recently shown at Cascadia.

“We all see the world through our own eyes, so this will be a beautiful and interesting collection of visual and functional art,” says Gallery North president, Lonni Flowers.

Most Saturdays, we will have one or more of the artists present to meet the public and visit about their art. There may also be a demonstration during these “mini-receptions”. These events are open to the public so come meet the artists.

Prairie Dog Cup by Kerry Kakigi

Gallery North Edmonds has been in operation for almost 60 years as it continues its mission to promote and sell local art in the heart of beautiful downtown Edmonds. 

Gallery North is located at 410 Main Street, Edmonds, WA and is open seven days a week. For further information, please visit the Gallery North website at or call the gallery at 425-774-0946.


Update: SR 522/NE 145th Bus Rapid Transit

STRIDE busses will run from Bothell to transit hubs

Sound Transit Reminder: visit our online open house and sign up for online public meetings!

It’s not too late to visit our online open house

Explore our preliminary design in our interactive map and detailed roll plots, sign up for the online public meeting in your city in early March and learn what’s next for the project. 

The online open house is open through March 11, 2021 and is available in English, Spanish and Simplified Chinese.

Concept drawings for Bothell transit center

Online open house last summer

Thank you to those who visited our online open house and shared your feedback between July 17 and Aug. 23, 2020. 

Over 2,905 people visited our English, Spanish and Simplified Chinese sites. See PDF copies of the online open house (4 MB) on the project website and check out our high -level (380 kB) or detailed summary (24 MB) for key takeaways from what we heard from you.

Get the summary

See what’s new on our project website

We’ve posted some new materials on our project website to share our latest design and community engagement goals for the coming months. Check out our updated project map (2 MB) and read our Community Engagement Guide (4 MB) to understand how you can get involved in the project, today and into the future.


Appointment with Dr. Seuss

Charles The Clown and Biscuit The Dog Puppet, Seattle Children's Entertainers ... have an appointment with Dr. Seuss. 

They are sharing their adventure with area kids on a new video.

Charles and his puppets have performed thousands of area shows, as well as thousands more throughout the country. 

The King County Library System has carried Charles' books, story audios and videos on their shelves for over thirty years [see: Charles Kraus]. 

Charles' shows feature rhyming. His "live" Dr. Seuss program has been performed in many schools and libraries.

"The last two 'live' shows I gave before switching to virtual presentations were Dr. Seuss programs for Nancy's Noah's Ark, in Mill Creek," the entertainer says. He can hardly believe it's been a year since stepping onto a stage.

Restricted by the pandemic, Charles has been giving virtual performances and free video chat sessions for children and families throughout the country. He was profiled in the Washington Post Extraordinary People series for his efforts during the COVID crisis.

The audio track featured on the Dr. Seuss video was originally released as part of Charles' "Live At The Library" CD. During the tribute, Biscuit, the clown's sidekick, is seeking an appointment with the good doctor because he has a broken poem. [recommended for kids 4-8 years of age]. 

Link to video: Apt with Dr. Seuss


Case updates February 26, 2021

  • Vaccine Phase Finder Vaccine Locations
Case updates February 26, 2021

United States 
  • cases 28,285,544 - 72,996 in one day
  • deaths 508,949 - 2,115 in one day

Washington state
  • cases 339,773 - 951 in one day
  • hospitalizations 19,319 - 44 in one day
  • deaths 4,956 - not reported 

King county
  • cases 82,092  - 174 in one day
  • hospitalizations 5,091 - 7 in one day
  • deaths 1,393 - 13 in one day

Seattle - population 744,995 (2018) 
  • cases 20,275 - 43 in one day
  • hospitalizations 1,194 - 4 in one day
  • deaths 364 - 7 in one day 

Shoreline - population 56,752 (2018)
  • cases 2,007 -  1 in one day
  • hospitalizations 182 - 2 in one day
  • deaths 87 - 0 in one day

Lake Forest Park - 13,569 (2018)
  • cases 270 - 3 in one day
  • hospitalizations 16 - 1 in one day 
  • deaths 4 - 0 in one day


Rod Dembowski: Town Hall March 3

From County Councilmember Rod Dembowski:

On Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 6:00pm, I will be hosting a joint virtual town hall with colleagues and Public Health Seattle-King County (PHSKC) Director Patty Hayes.

The vaccination rollout process has hit snags, setbacks, and been riddled with miscommunication and frustrating barriers to scheduling appointments. 

I’ve heard from constituents, nonprofits, and health care providers who have all expressed their frustration with the vaccination rollout process. I am closely monitoring and working with PHSKC to address the delays and gaps that are still persistent. 

I am especially concerned about, and focused on reducing barriers to our most vulnerable populations – especially seniors - and ensuring that everyone in King County has nearby access to the public vaccination sites that are being brought online.

I hope you can join us for our March 3rd virtual town hall to learn the very latest information from King County about vaccine distribution efforts and pandemic response.

Town Hall Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 6:00pm
Submit your questions for the town hall here.

The event will be livestreamed to the King County Council Facebook page at You do not need a Facebook account to participate.

If you or someone you know has trouble accessing the internet, you can call-in to join the town hall. Please call:

Phone: 1-253-215-8782
Meeting ID: 829 3377 5200
Passcode: 725301

You can find all town hall information here:

I have included additional helpful COVID-19 and vaccination related information and updates on my work on the County Council. Like always, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 206-477-1001 or


Provide comments on Shoreline’s 2021 Stormwater Management Program (Plan)

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Echo Lake photo by Michael Wansley

The City of Shoreline invites you to review and comment on the 2021 Stormwater Management Program (Plan)

The City updates this plan annually to comply with requirements of the Western Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit (Permit). 

More importantly, the Plan outlines how the City will manage stormwater in a manner that protects public health and safety, and improves water quality in our streams, lakes, wetlands, and Puget Sound.

This Plan follows the organization of Section 5.C of the Permit, and is broken into the eight sections:
  1. Planning
  2. Public Education and Outreach
  3. Public Involvement and Participation
  4. Mapping and Documentation
  5. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
  6. Controlling Runoff from New Development, Redevelopment & Construction Sites
  7. Operations and Maintenance
  8. Source Control Program for Existing Development
The Permit requires that we submit the Plan to the Washington State Department of Ecology by Wednesday, March 31, 2021, so the public comment period will close on Monday, March 29, 2021

Thank you for helping us finalize this important document. Should you have any questions, please contact:

Stuart Whitford, Senior Surface Water Specialist
City of Shoreline 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline WA 98133
Phone: 206-801-2453 Email:


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Spinach salad


Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter here


For the Birds: Build a Nest Box -- or put one up

Bewick's Wren with moth by Craig Kerns

By Christine Southwick

March is just around the corner which means that birds are pairing together, and some are starting to build their nests. Indeed, many female Anna’s hummingbirds are already on nests, and today I was treated to the joy of watching a pair of Bewick’s Wrens going in and out of a nest box, adding sticks and leaves to the nest.

Black-capped Chickadees have been checking out a nest box which hangs from a cherry tree branch. Last year Chestnut-backed Chickadees claimed this box in late March, so it is anybody’s guess who the new owners will be.

Red-breasted Nuthatch with bug by Craig Kerns

Cavity nesters like chickadees, Downy and Hairy woodpeckers, plus Northern Flickers will use nest boxes since suitable trees are often cut down.

Various owls will also use nest boxes, but these need to be over 12 feet up on a branched tree and require some heavy lifting.

Pacific Wrens, Song Sparrows, Spotted Towhees, and Dark-eyed Juncos are also pairing up. These birds build their nests on or near the ground and do not use nest boxes.

Bewick's Wren feeding young in nest box by Greg Pluth

If you want to buy a nest box, buy one with a side that can swing out so that you can clean it after the season without having to take it down if you have it in an ideal location. Make sure that the hole is 1 1/8” round if you are welcoming chickadees and/or wrens — too large will allow House Sparrows to take over the box.

Several stores sell nest boxes. If you want the widest selection for each of the several local nesting species, then the place to go is Wild Birds Unlimited in Lake Forest Park Town Center. They also sell kits to build.

If you are looking for a home-centered math and hands-on project during the pandemic, then you could build your own.

Cedar boards 51/2” wide are perfect for building nest boxes in this area. Pine will also work but a box made out of soft pine will only last a year or two. 

Do not paint nor stain the wood. Rougher boards are better, especially on the inside of the box so that the nestlings can climb out when they are ready. Older, seasoned wood is best, but new wood will work if you hang the boxes soon, so that they have time to season for a while.

Basic Songbird nest box plans

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has links to how to build bird boxes (commonly called bird houses).


Senate passes Frockt's bill to protect frontline election workers

Sen. David Frockt D-46
OLYMPIA — Frontline election workers would be protected from harassment in Washington state under a bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support by the Senate late on Thursday.

“Elections are meant to safeguard our democracy—they are our democracy,” said Sen. David Frockt (D-46), the sponsor of SB 5148
“They are strengthened by our collective participation and trust in the systems that uphold it. 
“Many volunteers and workers lend their time to serve in our electoral process. This bill would afford them the same protections that elected and appointed election officials already have.”

Frontline election workers and officials across the country were subject to intimidation and even death threats in the 2020 election, including in Washington.

“Some say that we don’t need this bill because these threats had never happened before until this year,” said Frockt. “I think that’s all the more reason to pass this bill. To make sure that we need to nip this in the bud.

“We need to say with conviction that in Washington, our elections will be upheld with integrity, with safety, and with civility.

“I hope we never have to enforce this law, because people will come to understand that there will be consequences for their actions.”

SB 5148 will now go to the House of Representatives for consideration. It has until April 11 to be approved by the House to be eligible to become law this year.

The 2021 legislative session is scheduled to adjourn on April 25.

Sen. Frockt represents the 46th Legislative District, comprising NorthEast Seattle and Lake Forest Park and Kenmore.


Case updates February 25, 2021

  • Vaccine Phase Finder Vaccine Locations
Case updates February 25, 2021

United States 
  • cases 28,212,548 - 73,610 in two days
  • deaths 506,834 - 3,240 in two days

Washington state
  • cases 338,822 - 2,257 in two days
  • hospitalizations 19,275 - 64 in two days
  • deaths 4,956 - 44 in two days 

King county
  • cases 81,918  - 393 in two days
  • hospitalizations 5,084 -  -6 in two days
  • deaths 1,380 - 15 in two days

Seattle - population 744,995 (2018) 
  • cases 20,232 - 75 in two days
  • hospitalizations 1,190 -  -2 in two days
  • deaths 357 - 2 in two days 

Shoreline - population 56,752 (2018)
  • cases 2,006 -  14 in two days
  • hospitalizations 180 -   -2 in two days
  • deaths 87 - 0 in two days

Lake Forest Park - 13,569 (2018)
  • cases 267 - 1 in two days
  • hospitalizations 17 - 1 in two days 
  • deaths 4 - 0 in two days


Rep. Davis' Pathways to Recovery Act passes out of committee

Rep. Lauren Davis, D-32
Pathways to Recovery Act
House Bill 1499 Passes to Appropriations

Prime Sponsors Rep. Lauren Davis, D-32; 
Rep. Kirsten Harris-Talley, D-37

Signing on as sponsors: 
Rep. Ryu, D-32, Rep. Valdez, D-46, Rep. Pollet, D-46

By Donna Hawkey

“Substance use disorder is a response to trauma. We should not be asking why the drug but why the pain? It’s about not wanting to experience the presence because it’s too painful a place to be, “Rep. Lauren Davis.

The Washington State House Legislature has passed an urgently needed and innovative bill. The Pathways to Recovery Act, HB 1499, will overhaul the current system for untreated addiction or Substance Use Disorder (SUD). And it lessens criminal prosecution for that medical disease by shifting to a treatment-based model for all urban and rural areas.

There has been a 38% increase in overdose deaths in the first half of 2020 compared to the first half of 2019. SUD is yet another health crisis disproportionately affecting American Indian/Alaska Natives, Hispanic/Latinx, and Black citizens. 

According to the WA State Department of Health, the 2020 increase in overdoses has been the largest in these communities, who are already dealing with inequitable health outcomes.

HB 1499, Pathways to Recovery, addresses the crisis of SUD and creates a profound bridge to sustainable SUD recovery. “There is nearly universal agreement that our state’s response to addressing substance use disorder is woefully inadequate,” Rep. Davis.

Rep. Lauren Davis, 32nd District, thanked her “amazing” co-sponsor, Rep. Kirsten-Harris Talley, and others at a public hearing on February 12, 2021.

At the hearing, eighteen individuals spoke in full support, and two spoke in opposition. Heard were a range of voices from people directly affected by SUD: government officials, prosecutors, religious leaders, and a group of international government leaders with decades of SUD treatment experiences.

In Full Support- Eighteen individuals – Summary of testimony

Drug addiction is a treatable brain disease that is a medical need. SUD criminalization is a barrier to treatment. There is evidence that SUD treatment is hidden from doctors due to shame and leads to further abuse. A lack of public understanding and goodwill that addiction is a defined disease by the medical profession is a barrier, too.

People become caught in an endless cycle of felony charges and warrants that trail them the rest of their lives, even upon becoming drug-free. Difficulties in getting a job, a rental lease, a mortgage, or a credit line all become negative social and economic consequences of criminalizing a disease. Social isolation and the feeling that a person is less worthy due to addiction are other serious outcomes.

Those that lose their children to addiction describe their deepest despair and loss of hope when they witness their child start their teenage years with addiction and end up in the criminal system with a permanent record, or worse, death by overdose. This happens to families regardless of education, income, job, or neighborhood.

Some children grow up as witnesses to parents’ or guardians’ routine drug usage and dysfunction; thus, it becomes learned behavior.

There is some rehab success in the criminal system, but it’s not nearly enough and always accessible. The current system is not well-equipped for preventative, follow-up, and recovery support. 

Treatment first - not punishment - works best, according to examples within Washington State and worldwide. “First, do no harm,” is a good motto.

The United States jails more people than any other country in the world. The elimination of illicit drugs and availability has not been successful in the US or anywhere globally. HB 1499 is compared to nine other countries and follows all the current best practices. It is considered a holistic and comprehensive approach.

Some key findings from other countries: when SUD gets treated with adequate compassionate and evidence-based services, petty crimes drop dramatically, courts and jails are less burdened, and illicit drug decriminalization does not lead to more drug use.

With Opposition- Two Individuals– Summary of testimony

The opposition expressed concerns centered around eliminating criminal penalties for possession of small personal amounts of controlled substances. Public safety and mixed messages are essential considerations, too, and there is the potential to disseminate misinformation that illicit drug use is now acceptable.

After an Executive Committee discussion and vote on February 15th, HB 1499, Pathways to Recovery Act, is referred to Appropriations for budget analysis.

“A very small portion of people living with substance usage disorder are ever arrested for possession. This bill is about reaching every person living with substance use disorder before they ever touch the legal system,” Rep Davis.

If you know of anyone who wants treatment or wants to learn more, please see the Washington Recovery Helpline, or call 1-866-789-1511.

The next step for the bill is to be scheduled on the House calendar for a vote.


North City Tech Meetup Presentation Monday: COVID-19 Vaccine – Fact vs. Fiction

Presentation: COVID-19 Vaccine – Fact vs. Fiction
Speaker: Becky Reitzes

Monday, March 1, 2021 from 7 to 9pm
Online Zoom Meeting

Free and open to everyone

COVID-19 Vaccine – Fact vs. Fiction

The COVID-19 vaccine is a major breakthrough in the COVID pandemic and one of the critical components in ending this pandemic. 

This webinar will update participants on the facts of the COVID-19 vaccine and answer many of the common questions and address misconceptions that surround the vaccine. 

This webinar will also discuss the current COVID-19 variant strains and King County’s vaccine rollout plan.

Please note that this is a one-year follow up to our April presentation on Covid-19 by Marguerite Pappaioanou. 

Becky Reitzes, M.A.
Becky Reitzes, MA, is a Lead Trainer and Educator with Public Health–Seattle and King County (PHSKC) and has been with the County since 2001. 

Becky has been working on PHSKC’s COVID Community Mitigation Response since the beginning of the pandemic and is the Co-Lead, Program and Training Manager for King County’s COVID-19 Speakers’ Bureau. 

She is a co-author of the evidence-based FLASH curriculum, a widely used sexual health education curriculum, and the redesigned KNOW curriculum, Washington State’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction-published HIV prevention curriculum.

She has over 20 years of experience in providing professional development technical assistance and trainings, conducting community outreach, developing curricula and culturally relevant materials, and educating young people.

Becky Reitzes, MA, is a Lead Trainer and Educator with Public Health–Seattle and King County.

We wish to extend our thanks to Seattle and King County Public Health for making Becky available to us.

FREE and Open to All! No RSVP required.

ZOOM Information:

COVID-19 Vaccine – Fact vs. Fiction
Becky Reitzes

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 846 2613 0401
Passcode: 275562

The North City Tech Meetup is a free meetup, usually the first Monday of each month at one of our local libraries: Lake Forest Park, Shoreline or Kenmore. People of all levels of interest and experience are encouraged to attend. There is always time for introductions and discussions. Skip the traffic and join with your fellow north-enders once a month for interesting presentations and discussions.

Group site:

For the time being all North City Tech Meetups will be online using Zoom.

Upcoming Events for 2021:
  • April 5th – North End Makers Group
  • May 3rd - The NanoGrav Project


Shoreline PTA Council announces finalists in the 2021 "Reflections" Arts competition

Friday, February 26, 2021

The PTA Reflections arts competition is an annual event, occurring nationwide every fall.

The National PTA chooses a theme from a contest of student submissions and students are encouraged to submit original artwork, photographs, literature, film video, music compositions and dance choreography to their schools in November.

The Reflections Art Competition for 2020/21 with the theme of “I matter because…” was held virtually.

Shoreline Council PTAs held Reflections events at each school and sent a total of 74 finalists to our district competition. 31 of those were selected to go to the state competition.

There was artwork from all around the Shoreline School District in categories of Visual Arts, Music Composition, Literature, Photography, Film Production, and Dance.

"Our judges are professionals in art fields, and we are so appreciative of their time and expertise. We would also like to send a huge thank you to the individual school Reflections chairs who kept this program alive this year! Congratulations to ALL participants and to the finalists moving on to the state level of competition."

Please take a few minutes to view the event slide show showcasing the artwork, photography, literature, films, dance and music compositions.

VOTE for the People's Choice Award by Monday, March 7: VOTE HERE 

31 Finalists and Honorable Mention winners



Reflections 2020/2021 Finalists and Honorable Mention Winners

Visual Arts – Finalists 
  • Lucy Meyer –VA 3D – Brookside -Primary – “I Am Kind”
  • Ayla Bronsther – Echo Lake – Intermediate- “Perspective”
  • Elana Bronsther- Einstein – Middle – “A Helping Hand”
  • Alina Li – Highland Terrace – Intermediate – “My friends live all around the world”
  • Vivian Sherrard- Highland Terrace -Intermediate - “Self-portrait”
  • Lina Yang –Kellogg Middle – “Pieces of me”
  • Daphne Tyl – Kellogg Middle – “Family Tree” 
  • Lucia Shadduck – Kellogg Middle – “Stronger than she looks”
  • Angelina Vaughn – Kellogg Middle – “Sunset”
  • Lauren Atherton – VA 3D - Kellogg Middle – “Balloon Dress”
  • Lila Seda-Stannard – Kellogg Middle – “I matter regardless”
  • Ada Wirkala-Bryant – Parkwood – Intermediate – “Kid Stack”
  • Cooper Rogers - Parkwood – Intermediate – “I am the Future”
  • Isabel Arcaris – Shorecrest HS – “Petals in her Hair”
  • Penelope Merydith – Shorecrest HS – “warrior
  • Malia Megargee – Shorewood HS – “Bilateral Gynandromorph”
  • Eliana Megargee – Shorewood HS – “Beautiful.”
  • Jianyi Du – Shorewood HS – “Through the Lens”
  • Eliana Hensel – Syre – Primary – “I matter because I take care of nature”

Visual Arts – Honorable Mention
  • Sabine Jordan – Brookside - Intermediate – “Helping Hand”
  • Julia Schielke – Einstein Middle – “Tree of Significance”
  • Annabelle Horne – Highland Terrace –Primary– “Grandma”
  • Cherryn Kim – Highland Terrace – Intermediate – “I matter because I draw in the forest”
  • Eleanor Town- Highland Terrace – Intermediate- “I Matter Because of my thoughts and opinions”
  • Claire Stellmon – Kellogg Middle – “I am on top of the World”
  • Taylor Draper – Kellogg Middle – “Simple Matters”
  • Amelia Smith – Parkwood – Intermediate – “I Can Change the Future!”
  • Selena Voigt – Ridgecrest – Intermediate – “My Spirit”
  • Trek Hugg – Shorecrest HS – “A Road to....”
  • Dante Jigamian - Shorecrest HS – “My Love”
  • Sophia Koontz – Shorecrest HS – “We're all connected”
  • Alana Brust – Syre – Intermediate – “Be Yourself”

Photography - Finalists
  • Bradley Atherton – Briarcrest - Intermediate – “Stuifmeel”
  • Taylor Draper -Kellogg Middle – “Essential Steps”
  • Linnea Claar – Kellogg Middle – “Friends”
  • Cecilia Phillips – Shorecrest HS- “The Lighthouse”

Photography – Honorable Mention
  • Sophia Tubbs – Kellogg Middle – “I matter because... the earth is special”
  • Avery Leptich - Kellogg Middle – “Looking for Light”
  • Gabriel T. Rice – Syre – Primary- “Family: Regardless of Color”

Literature – Finalists 
  • Boon Dumrong – Kellogg Middle - Special Artist – “Every Person Adds Something”, short story in braille
  • Abel Semere – Kellogg Middle – “The Next Generation”
  • Angelina Vaughn – Kellogg Middle – “I Matter.”
  • Kovana Williams – Ridgecrest – Intermediate – “I Stand”

Literature – Honorable Mention
  • Leia Wirkala-Bryant – Parkwood – Intermediate – “Future Generation”
  • Ada Wirkala-Bryant – Parkwood – Intermediate – “If I Wasn't There”

Film - Finalists
  • Wellington Pitts – Kellogg Middle – “A Spectrum of Acceptance”
  • Lauren Atherton – Kellogg Middle – “Simple Acts”

Music Composition - Finalists
  • Alaina Buker – Echo Lake - Intermediate – “The Cheerful Giver”
  • Caleb Buker – Echo Lake – Primary – “The Big Heart Song”

Music Composition – Honorable Mention
  • Zora Barchechat – Cascade K-8 - Middle - “Chatter”

Dance – Honorable Mention
  • Rio Williams – Ridgecrest – Primary – “Matter of the Heart”

Congratulations to all of our artists!!!!
Watch for yard signs
around town that say “My Reflections piece is heading to state” and congratulate these students!

All finalists' pieces were sent on to Washington State PTA competition and we expect to hear about state level winners in April-early May.

Awards were determined by our professional and community judges. 

Thank you to our amazing judges!

FILM - Tony Doupe, John Nold, Ken Winnick 
DANCE - Terry Goetz and Bronwen Houck
LITERATURE - Shiela Giesler
MUSIC - Jensina Oliver, Charles Enlow
VISUAL ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY- Kevin Sheen, Bronwen Houck, Tara Shadduck, Ken Winnick

Special thanks to our Shoreline PTA Reflections Co-Chairs
  • Tiffany Megargee 
  • Beth Neils 
  • Suzanne Gugger

2-27-2021 Clarification of number of finalists / level


Sample a Continuing Education online class at no cost - The African American Experience Through Film

Filmmaker Ben Abel-Bey
Join educator and filmmaker Ben Abel-Bey for a teaser or "snapshot" of his Shoreline Community College Continuing Education course, The African American Experience Through Film, on Wednesday, March 3rd, from 6 - 8pm. 
This two-hour Zoom class will examine the counter-narratives of Black filmmakers in the hopes of better understanding how cinema serves as an expression of humanity, and more importantly, a better understanding of the humanity within the African-American community. 

This introductory glimpse into the longer course will include a brief lecture and discussion and is open to the community. Participants will learn how to "read" or break down a scene and explore some essential elements of film theory. 

There is no cost for this event, but seats are limited. Register today using this link or contact for more information. 


Cascadia Art Museum in Edmonds invites local teens to join Youth Advisory Committee

Cascadia Art Museum (Cascadia) is pleased to announce the launch of the new Youth Advisory Committee at Cascadia (YACC). 

Teens (8-12 graders) in Snohomish and King County are invited to apply to be a part of the inaugural committee.

YACC provides insight and advises on all youth programs at Cascadia and helps create, promote, and facilitate new youth programs at the museum. 

Members will also gain museum experience and be mentored by museum professionals.

Applications are now open online and are due by March 5, 2021. For the inaugural year, the committee will meet from late March through June twice per month on Wednesdays.

For inquiries regarding YACC, other youth programs, or to schedule an interview, please contact Lauren Carroll-Bolger, Community Engagement Manager,

Applications can be found here:

Cascadia Art Museum is an educational, nonprofit organization that celebrates the rich tradition of the visual arts and design in the Northwest during the period 1860-1970. 

The museum provides enriching experiences for the community and visitors alike through original exhibitions, public programs, publications and educational outreach. 

Cascadia Art Museum seeks to reassess the hierarchy of traditional art history by regularly including the work of women and minority artists who made substantial contributions to the region’s cultural identity.

Location and Museum Hours


State Auditor will notify people affected by security breach and offer 12 months of free credit monitoring

This week, the Office of the Washington State Auditor will begin notifying people whose unemployment benefits claims information may have been affected by a security breach of the Accellion file transfer service.

The notifications will be sent by email during the next two weeks to people who filed an unemployment insurance claim in 2020. 

In addition to general information about identity theft protection, the email includes an individual code for 12 months of free credit monitoring as well as instructions on how to enroll and request assistance. 


New show at ShoreLake Arts Gallery in Town Center

Cindra Avery and Melissa Newell
Exhibiting February 24 - April 3, 2021

ShoreLake Arts Gallery is exhibiting a selection of works by Multi-Media Collaborative Artists, Cindra Avery and Melissa Newell. See these works and the creations of over 100 other local artists during gallery hours: Wednesday – Saturday, Noon to 5pm. Thank you for shopping small and supporting the arts in our community!

Cindra Avery and Melissa Newell

Artist Statement

The work for “Collaborative by Nature” represents a six-year creative collaboration focused on the natural world. The impetus for this work was based on our shared interests in gardening, birds, collage and mixed media design.

Groupings and themes emerged organically. We passed pieces back and forth until both of us felt we had fully explored the material, the surfaces, and finally, the meaning. When we first started this experiment in creative collaboration, we were often surprised and a bit unnerved by the work we received and briefly left with “What am I supposed to do?” 

Once we each moved past this initial discomfort, we found we each had the ability to let go of any sense of preciousness and instead to trust the process. Over time our pieces and work evolved, with each of us responding to the marks, color use and forms as we pushed each other in new directions.

Now there is less anxiety over how to respond, but genuine excitement as we take on new challenges. We continue to draw on both the strengths and weaknesses of each other. As we continue to explore new ideas and directions, we have also discovered the joy of working in the studio together for some part of the process. 

These sessions have become particularly generative with the feeling of improvisational art while we move about the studio, wearing our COVID masks, socially distanced but totally immersed in the body of work we are creating. Currently we have well over 100 collaborative pieces.

A future post-COVID dream is to expand the collaborative experience by inviting artist friends, family, and former students to participate. Our belief is the creative process is most fully realized and celebrated through collaboration.

Visit our website to view and learn more about their art!

Want to browse local art online? The Gallery Online Shop is open for business! The virtual shop includes handmade masks, paintings, sculptures, and more. Thanks for supporting our local artists!

Become a ShoreLake Arts Member and get 10% off at the Gallery!

The ShoreLake Arts Gallery is a program of ShoreLake Arts and is located inside the Town Center in Lake Forest Park on the lower level. 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155.

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.


Salomon’s bill to protect jobs at marine ports wins Senate approval

Sen. Jesse Salomon
Photo courtesy LSS
OLYMPIA – A bill to protect family wage jobs at Washington’s marine ports was approved by the Senate on a bipartisan vote of 34-14 on Tuesday. 

Senate Bill 5026, sponsored by Sen. Jesse Salomon (D-Shoreline), would prohibit marine ports that receive public funds from fully automating their operations for the next ten years.

“Unfortunately many of these jobs – good family-wage jobs – are threatened by automation, including jobs at our marine ports. 
"What this bill does, and it relates to marine ports only, it says that port dollars will not be used to fully automate their systems so that we can keep these jobs. We cannot forget about our longshorewomen and our longshoremen, our ironworkers, and others who stand to lose from automation,” said Salomon.
SB 5026 is now the House of Representatives for consideration. It has until April 11 to be approved by the House to be eligible to become law this year.

The 2021 legislative session is scheduled to adjourn on April 25.

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