2022 ShoreLake Arts Lantern Festival February 1 - 15, 2022

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

2022 ShoreLake Arts Lantern Festival
February 1 - 15, 2022

Celebrate Lunar New Year with us!

Join us at 4pm, February 12, 2022 for a Lion Dance and Kung Fu performance. Enjoy the lanterns, local artwork, grab a craft brew at Monka, and a bite from a food truck, whilst listening to local musicians at Monka.

The full lantern and artwork display will run from February 1st - February 15th at Monka Brewing and Uplift Climbing. Stop by during each of their business hours (Monka) and (Uplift).

Shoreline and Lake Forest Park are vibrant cities, rich in cultural diversity. This event aims to bring people together in honor and recognition of our North King County Asian communities. Stop by and celebrate traditional and contemporary Asian culture, food, art, and music.

Free to attend (all ages) donations greatly appreciated so we can continue to provide cultural events in our community.


Lanterns on display:
1 - 15 February

Lion Dance and Performances:
starts 4pm, 12 February


Monka Brewing and
Uplift Climbing

Vaccine verification is required for all guests/vendors/staff ages 12+.

Celebrate the Lunar New Year by creating your own homemade paper lantern!

ShoreLake Arts and the City of Shoreline teamed up with artist Hua Zhang to create this at-home paper lantern template. They look amazing, are fun to make, and are a great way to learn about a long-standing Lunar New Year tradition. You can make one or tons, all the same or each of them unique. String them up, post them on Instagram, and tag @ShoreLakeArts and @ShorelineWaGov!

What is the Lantern Festival?

The Lantern Festival has been part of the Chinese New Year celebrations since the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 221AD). It is said that the holiday evolved from an ancient Chinese belief that celestial spirits could be seen flying about in the light of the first full moon of the lunar calendar. 

People used torches and eventually lanterns to aid them in spotting the spirits. The lanterns come in all shapes and sizes. Some are created in the form of animals, insects, flowers, people or even machines and buildings. Others depict scenes from popular stories teaching filial piety and traditional values. A favorite subject is the zodiac animal of the year. This year’s zodiac animal is the Tiger!

Discover more about the ShoreLake Arts Lantern Festival!

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.


UW Med: Risky scenario for hospitals amid blood shortage

John Rider Hess, MD Harborview Medical Center
Healthcare workers working to keep up with the ongoing surge of the omicron variant at full hospitals are juggling another type of emergency: an unprecedented blood shortage

“We have moved to crisis standards. There are places that cannot meet their normal requirements,” said UW Medicine's Dr. John Hess, the medical director for Harborview Medical Center’s blood transfusion service.

Harborview Medical Center, the only Level I trauma center for the region, currently has enough blood supply to treat patients in need of transfusions.

However, a mass casualty event (such as multiple gunshot wound victims or a severe collision) could use up the supply without the certainty of reinforcements.

“Being down even a little bit begins to represent a potential threat to the system,” said Hess.

Hess explains that blood establishments, which lead blood donation efforts and distribute blood to hospitals across the state, are especially feeling the pinch of the shortage.

“Normally they would try to have three days’ supply. Today, that supply is less than one day. And so, they are allocating it out to the various small hospitals because everybody's down a little bit,” said Hess.

If you are able to donate blood, find an appointment through NW Bloodworks.


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Inflation


Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter HERE


Rainy Folksinging Camp - Jan 28-30 - virtual and free

Rainy Camp, a program of the Seattle Folklore Society, is a song filled weekend celebrating the joy of singing together. All Singers are welcome; from beginner to professional.

It is usually held in person at a retreat in Ravensdale, Washington but is virtual this year, thanks to the pandemic.

It will be held virtually from Friday to Sunday, January 28 to 30, 2022.

35 song workshops, a story telling swap, circles, concerts. And it is free. Learn more about this event and sign up to get the required Zoom link at RainyCamp.org


Northshore Performing Arts cancels three February shows

As ticket sales drop due to patrons' fears of omicron infection, Northshore Performing Arts Center has canceled three of their February shows.

After a sold-out Nutcracker, the omicron variant surged and many patrons were once again reluctant to come to the theatre. Ticket sales for our February shows have suffered greatly. 
As a result, we have made the difficult decision to cancel three of our February shows:  Living Voices Theatre, Marina and the Dreamboats and A Tribute to Shirley Horn. 

No plans have been made to reschedule these shows. All other shows will be presented as scheduled.

If you were a ticket holder to one of these three shows and would like to receive a credit for another show in the season or donate your ticket back to NPAF, please let them know.  Otherwise, tickets for these shows will be refunded next week. 


Classifieds: January 31, 2022 Shoreline Council meeting cancelled

Shoreline City Hall and Council Chambers
Photo by Mike Remarcke
CANCELED - January 31, 2022 Shoreline City Council Regular Meeting

Date: 01/31/2022 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

You are hereby notified that the Monday, January 31, 2022 Shoreline City Council Regular Meeting has been canceled.


North Seattle students on Dean's List at University of Wisconsin - Madison

MADISON, Wis (January 25, 2022) - The University of Wisconsin-Madison has recognized students named to the Dean's List for the fall semester of the 2021-2022 academic year.

Students who achieve at a high level academically are recognized by the dean at the close of each semester. To be eligible for the Dean's List, students must complete a minimum of 12 graded degree credits in that semester. 

Each university school or college sets its own GPA requirements for students to be eligible to receive the distinction.


Seattle, WA
  • Ava Allard, College of Letters and Science, Dean's List
  • Tzyy-Hsien Young, College of Letters and Science, Dean's List


Shoreline student on Dean's List at Iowa State University

AMES, Iowa

More than 9,700 Iowa State University students have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the fall semester 2021 Dean's List.

Students named to the Dean's List must have earned a grade point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.00 scale while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours of graded course work.


Shoreline, WA

Mario Lloyd Galvao-Wilson, 4, Biology (AGLS) College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Sno-King School Retirees Scholarships

Sno-King School Retirees (SKSR) is proud to announce scholarships are now available for any senior graduating in June of 2022 from a public high school in Edmonds, Northshore, or Shoreline School Districts. 

Applicants must be planning a career in a school related field. (Teacher, Counselor, School Psychologist, Speech and Hearing Specialist, Physical Therapist)

We will offer four scholarships of $2000 each that can be extended for three more years when proof is shown that the student is studying for a degree in one of the accepted fields.

Application forms are available with school career specialists, school counselors and on line at the SKSR website www.SKSR.org.

All complete applications must be postmarked or received electronically by March 18, 2022.

Linda Fitzgerald or fitzdl@aol.com
18311 Sunset Way
Edmonds, WA 98026


Rep. Davis, Sen. Carlyle introduce bills to close pharmaceutical warehouse distributor tax loophole, fund addiction recovery

Rep. Lauren Davis, D-32
Olympia— Rep. Lauren Davis (D-Shoreline) and Sen. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle) introduced House Bill 2091and Senate Bill 5952, respectively, this week to fund addiction recovery services by closing the pharmaceutical warehouse distributor tax loophole.

The business case that led to the creation of a special tax preference for pharmaceutical warehouse distributors was remedied several years ago, yet the tax break remains on the books.

Closing this tax loophole will raise about $20 million per year.

“The case to continue the drug warehousing tax exemption simply does not stand up to rigorous, data-driven analysis. 
"During a time of profound disequilibrium – underscored by the fallout from the pandemic and the opioid crisis – it’s clearer than ever the time has come to close this unjustified and outdated tax loophole. 
"This legislation represents a meaningful opportunity to move the ball forward on the opioid epidemic and elevate the quality of life of real people living real lives,” said Carlyle.

The substance use disorder continuum of care includes three distinct parts: outreach, treatment, and recovery support. The state’s investment in addiction services has historically focused on treatment. 

Outreach and recovery support services are critical to engaging individuals with substance use disorder treatment and helping them remain in recovery after treatment completion. However, because neither outreach nor recovery support services are insurance billable, there is little funding for them.

“The overwhelming majority of people with substance use disorder want help, but only one in ten receive it. Outreach services help to close that delta by engaging people with untreated addiction in emergency departments, jails, and homeless encampments. 
"It is also imperative that we fund recovery support services like recovery housing and employment pathways, which are strong predictors of long-term recovery. We cannot continue to fund one leg of a three-legged stool and wonder why people are dying,” said Davis.

Rep. Lauren Davis, D-Shoreline (32nd Legislative District), represents part of King and Snohomish Counties, including Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Shoreline and part of Edmonds.


Gloria's Birds: Look out below!

Eagles don't look down
Photo copyright Gloria Z Nagler

(Intense focus on the ducks on the lake below. Bald Eagles invariably provide photo ops:)

--Gloria Z Nagler


Letter to the Editor: Let’s continue to strengthen the legacy of our parks

To the Editor:
When I first visited Shoreline years ago, I was struck by how green the city was. The year was nineteen-ninety-something, and I was cycling from Ballard to Edmonds.

As I crossed 145th, I was surprised to see so many trees, and I knew I would live in Shoreline someday. Fast-forward to 2022, and I’ve been a Shoreline resident for 15 years.

During that time, I have not only enjoyed the trees, but also our school system, our sense of community, and our Parks.
Shoreline enjoys a network of public Parks across the city. While some of our Parks are well-appointed and beautifully-maintained, others are in desperate need of attention, improvement, and deferred maintenance. 

Our big Parks receive a great deal of use and attention, but if you are like many of my friends and neighbors, odds are you live near a City Park that you didn’t even know was there, or perhaps you knew it was an Open Space, but you didn’t realize it was actually a public Park.

Some of our Parks are inaccessible and could benefit from safe pathways, while other Parks have playground equipment sitting in a bog for much of the year. Some of the Parks in desperate need of such improvements will benefit from the passage of Proposition 1.
Shoreline enjoys a rich history of support for Parks over the years, and the previous voter-approved Parks Bond is now due to expire. With the rapid growth of our city, providing quality Parks for everyone will remain an important investment and will help to bolster equity across our city.

Please remember to vote on February 8th, and give us an opportunity to continue our Legacy of great Parks in Shoreline for years to come.
Bill Franklin


Call for Art Donations: Art from the Attic Sale 2022

Blow the cobwebs off your neglected paintings and breathe new life into your old art! Donations are being accepted for the ShoreLake Arts Art from the Attic sale.

Turn your unwanted art into someone else’s treasure and support your local arts organization at the same time. Items accepted include: fine art (framed or unframed), sculpture, posters (framed or unframed), matted prints, frames, gently used art supplies, ceramics, glass art, handmade jewelry, artisan works and art books.

Items should be in good condition and can be dropped off starting January 26 - April 13 at the ShoreLake Arts office on Wednesdays between 10am - 4pm. The office is located at the Shoreline Conference Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155. 

Please call our office to make sure we will be here to receive your donations if you are making a special trip or need to drop off on a different day: 206-417-4645.

Donation forms are available. All donations become the property of ShoreLake Arts and unsold items will not be returned.

2019 Art from the Attic Show

The Art from the Attic sale will be held at the Shoreline Center on April 16, 2022 from 11am-5pm.

Proceeds from the sale will support Shorelake Arts programming including the gallery, arts education, summer concerts in the park, and the Shoreline Short Short Film Festival.

ShoreLake Arts is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that promotes the arts in our communities. For more information contact us at 206-417-4645 or gallery@shorelakearts.org.


Former Scots' basketball star excels in college play

Julia Strand photo by Larry Newman courtesy 
Chapman University Athletics

Julia Strand, who as a sophomore led the 2016 Shorecrest girls basketball team to the Scots’ sole basketball State Championship, is enjoying a remarkable senior season for Division-3 Chapman University, in Orange, California.

Senior women's basketball player Julia Strand earned SCIAC Athlete of the Week honors after yet another week for the books. Last week she was named to the D3Hoops.com Team of the Week, she is the first Chapman women's basketball player to earn the national recognition.

The Panthers ended the week with three wins at home. In a 56-49 Monday victory over the Whittier Poets Strand posted her fifth double-double in just six games played with 17 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Panthers.

She continued the momentum heading into a 72-49 victory over the Occidental Tigers on Wednesday, Chapman never once allowed the Tigers to secure a lead. Strand tallied her sixth double-double and served up 21 points and 16 rebounds.

To cap the week off, Chapman defeated Caltech 69-55, their second game of week in which the Panthers opponent was unable to secure a lead during regulation. Strand led the Chapman defense once again with 18 points in 21 minutes on the court. She posted six rebounds, three assists and three steals to contribute to the win.

Strand is currently leading the squad averaging 21.7 points per game and 13.6 rebounds per game. The Panthers hit the road this week to face the Whittier Poets on Wed., Jan 26 at 7:00 p.m.

--Sports Desk


Shoreline City Manager to appoint Financial Sustainability Advisory Committee

Shoreline City Hall photo by Steven H. Robinson
The Shoreline City Manager is planning to appoint 12 to 15 community members to serve on the Financial Sustainability Advisory Committee-2022 (FSAC-22). 

The goal of FSAC-22 will be to look at whether the City should seek replacement of the 2016 levy lid lift on the November 2022 General Election ballot. 

Using FSAC-22’s input, the City Manager will develop a recommendation to be reviewed by the City Council with potential action on next steps during the summer of 2022.

FSAC-22 will meet five to six times using Zoom on Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00pm on March 10 and 24, April 7 and 21, and May 5 and 19. If you are interested in serving on FSAC-22, please visit shorelinewa.gov/10YFSP, click the Financial Sustainability Advisory Committee-22 link on the left, and fill out the online application by 5:00pm February 14, 2022.

The City Manager will seek to appoint people who represent a broad range of Shoreline residents and issues, including community organizations, immigrant and refugee communities, communities of color, neighborhoods, Shoreline businesses, and human services organizations.

City Council accepted the City’s 10 Year Financial Sustainability Plan in 2014. It included a strategy for engaging Shoreline residents and stakeholders in a discussion every six years regarding the possibility of replacing the expiring property tax levy lid lift, which allowed the City to increase the property tax by inflation rather than the 1% imposed by state law. 

In 2016, the City Manager formed an advisory committee for input prior to seeking Council approval to place a levy lid lift on the ballot. After evaluating the 10-year Financial Sustainability Plan, the committee recommended that the City seek replacement of the 2010 levy lid lift in November 2016.

The Council placed a measure on that ballot and Shoreline voters overwhelmingly approved the measure. That six-year levy lid lift expires in 2022.

For more information, visit shorelinewa.gov/10YFSP.


Shoreline City Council unanimously supports Shoreline School District's Propositions 1 and 2

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Shoreline City Council supports Shoreline School District propositions on February 8 ballot

On January 24, 2022 the Shoreline City Council unanimously approved Resolution 486 declaring their support for Shoreline School District’s Propositions 1 and 2. Both propositions appear on the February 8, 2022, special election ballots.

Proposition 1 calls for the replacement of the expiring levy for educational programs and operations and would generate approximately $108,750,000 over four years. 

It would continue funding for education programs not fully supported by state and federal funding, including special education staff and instructional programs, highly capable programs, and academic support for students; nurses, family advocates, librarians, and counselors; building maintenance, utilities and transportation; extra-curricular student activities, including music, drama and athletics; and professional development and all Time Responsibility and Incentive compensation for teachers and staff.

Proposition 2 calls for the replacement of the expiring capital levy for technology improvement and support and would generate $14,000,000 over four years.

This replacement levy funds instructional technology and internet access for students and staff across the district. These funds help pay for student and staff computers and technology access; software, online subscriptions, resources, and classroom curriculum; annual maintenance and licensing; equipment upgrades and replacement; staffing, professional development, and training; network servers and wireless infrastructure; and email and website services for families, students, and staff.

Learn more about the Shoreline School District’s Propositions 1 and 2

Under RCW 42.17A.555, the City Council, as an elected legislative body, can take action in support of or opposition to a ballot proposition as long as it is done in an open meeting and an equal opportunity to provide an opposing view is provided. 

Resolution 486 was adopted at the City Council’s January 24, 2022 regular meeting.


Richmond Beach panoramic sunset

Photo by Ron Greeley

Richmond Beach resident Ron Greeley shared his sunset, complete with homes, trees, the Salish Sea and the Olympic Mountains.


Parent Leadership Training Institute - free 12 week online course in English and Español

The Parent Leadership Training Institute of Washington Family Engagement is based at Everett Community College, 

The goal of the PLTI is to increase community engagement in civic matters, public education and youth development. It is held at Everett Community College in the spring and fall of every calendar year, but is currently offered only online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This class is free to participants and they can earn 5 credits for Everett Community College plus their children can attend the Children's Leadership Training Institute alongside them.

To apply fill out the application form through Eventzilla: http://PLTISpring2022.eventzilla.net

You must choose and attend one of the PLTI Information Sessions online.

More information at wafamilyengagement.org

Más información at wafamilyengagement.org


Senator Patty Murray will be holding a virtual Seattle Parents Town Hall on Wednesday at 5pm PT

U.S. Senator Patty Murray of Washington state will be holding a virtual Seattle Parents Town Hall this Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 5:00pm PT.

It will be broadcast live on Facebook, and you can tune in at this link. She’ll be joining with MomsRising, a mom-run grassroots organization working toward a more family friendly country.

I’ll give you a straight forward update on my work in the other Washington about everything that’s top of mind for parents right now: the cost and availability of child care, what’s being done to keep our kids in school safely, and other important priorities like the expanded Child Tax Credit.
And most importantly, I’ll be taking your questions on the issues that matter most to you and your family. I’ll be taking questions in advance and I'll also be taking questions live on Facebook. 

You can submit your questions in advance HERE.

As a mother and a grandmother, this is one of the toughest times to be a parent I can remember— child care is costly and tough to come by, the uncertainty of schooling during a pandemic can make you want to pull your hair out (not to mention how hard it's been on our kids), and so many families are struggling to just find their footing. 

I want you to know I am really focused on concrete steps I can take in Congress that will make life better and easier for you and your families.

I hope you’ll be able to join me for Wednesday’s town hall to hear more about that work, like my proposal to make child care affordable and available for every working family and to make free preschool available to every parent who wants it.

P.S. even if you can’t attend this week’s town hall, you can always write to my office or reach out to us for help, on everything from Social Security to Medicare, any time.


Vaccination clinic at Shoreline Community College now offering same day and walk-in appointments

The long-running UW Med vaccine clinic at Shoreline Community College, operated by the Shoreline Fire Department, is now offering same-day and walk-in appointments.

When booster shots were first authorized for most of the population, all the vaccine clinics were inundated. But now that rush has been cleared and there are appointments available.

Walk-ins are welcome, with the understanding that you might have to wait if you hit the wrong time.

For more information or to schedule an appointment: uwmedicine.org/coronavirus/vaccine

The college is located at 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline WA 98133.


Whiskey and Wiretaps: The Northwest’s Rumrunning King

Steve Edmiston, Humanities
Washington Speakers Bureau
Sno-King School Retirees organization and Humanities Washington invite the community to an engaging program with Steve Edmiston, a member of the 2020-2022 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.

This free event takes place VIRTUALLY on Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 1pm via a ZOOM Webinar.

Program open to the general public. No need to be a member to attend. Just register and enjoy hearing about our local bootlegging history and its impacts on our Northwest politics and culture. Compare to issues within our contemporary culture. 

About the talk

On Thanksgiving Day, 1925, Roy Olmstead was trapped by federal prohibition agents and their Tommy funs on a lonely Puget Sound dock. His reign as the Northwest’s most prolific bootlegger had ended. But big questions - political, cultural, and legal - remained

Why did Olmstead, the youngest lieutenant in the Seattle Police Department history, form a secret gang to take over Prohibition bootlegging the the Northwest? 

What can we learn today from “The Good Bootlegger’s” story of whiskey-driven politics, culture wars, criminalization of popular social behavior, illegal surveillance, spies, sensational trials, and Constitution-bending trips to the Supreme Court?

Using photographs, documents, newspapers, and court cases, Steve Edmiston breathes life into Olmstead’s story by exploring historical context, his entrepreneurial brilliance, his code of conduct, and the profound impact of his legal battles today.

About Steve Edmiston

Our presenter, Steve Edmiston, has many talents. He is a business and entertainment lawyer with Bracepoint Law, an indie film screenwriter and producer, a founder of Quadrant45, and a co-founder of The Good Bootlegger’s Guild. He has spoken locally for the Washington State Historical Museum as well as on the Travel Channel’s Legendary Locations. In fact, where he lives in Des Moines, Washington, is near the site of Olmstead’s final arrest.

Register in advance for this webinar:

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

Cost: Free
Contact/Questions: Rlhawkins@aol.com, 206-546-2556

About Humanities Washington’s Speakers Bureau

Humanities Washington is a statewide nonprofit whose mission is to spark conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state.

In communities throughout Washington State, Speakers Bureau presenters give free public presentations on history, politics, music, philosophy, spiritual traditions, and everything in between. 

Humanities Washington’s roster of 35 Speakers Bureau presenters is made up of professors, artists, activists, historians, performers, journalists, and others—all chosen not only for their expertise, but also for their ability to inspire discussion with people of all ages and backgrounds. Hundreds of Speakers Bureau events take place each year. Each talk lasts about an hour.


You know you’re a Seattle parent when...

Monday, January 24, 2022

Froggy Holler Preschool photo courtesy
City of Shoreline
30 traits Seattle-area parents can relate to...

By Tiffany Pitts
Republished from ParentMap.com

We're here, we're raising kids in this soggy corner of the country, we've got a death grip on our Yeti mugs... there is so much that unites us! 

Here are a few more things you can probably relate to:
  • You’ve gotten lost in the school parking lot on more than one occasion because you can’t tell which Subaru Outback is yours.
  • You’ve seriously thought about purchasing a kayak because the kids would love it.
  • You have not purchased a kayak because you have no place to store it.
  • You dream about living in a place that has kayak storage. You can’t, of course. At least not until the kids graduate because you’re pretty sure you’d never be able to afford something in the same area. But a dream is always nice.
  • You have had at least three passionate conversations about the merits of personal rain shelters.
  • You leave outside holiday decorations up until February. You tell everyone it’s because the kids love being festive but in actuality, it’s so you can see your way to the garbage can.
  • Every time you see an eagle you say, “Look, an eagle!” One random man on the sidewalk looks. Your children are too busy arguing to care.
  • You buy your children umbrellas. They come home from school with soaking wet hair though they swear they’ve been using them. Two weeks later you discover they’ve been using them to have fake sword fights. You take away the umbrellas. (As you do so, you realize that this is probably the reason why so many people in Seattle never use umbrellas. They never properly learned how.)
  • You’re an expert in Halloween costumes that involve parkas and hats.
  • You’ve had to search the internet for ‘slug slime removal’.
  • You’ve had to search the internet for ‘nettle sting remedy’.
  • You’ve accidentally found yourself in the middle of an argument about home remedies for nettle stings. There are an unnerving number of opinions.
  • You know that “but first … coffee” isn’t a silly saying. It’s literally an instruction.
  • You don’t want to go upstairs on the ferry. You are compelled to make your family do it anyway. Why do you do this? No one will ever know.
  • You buy the brightest colored winter jackets you can so that you might actually see your kids when they step outside.
  • Your children are terrified of black ice even though they don’t know what it is. They think it’s some sort of boogeyman for adults that drive. They’re not wrong.
  • Daylight Savings time causes untold havoc on your sleep schedule.
  • Your children hold deeply informed opinions about coffee, Amazon and public transit.
  • You frequent the lost and found at your kids’ school because North Face jackets aren’t cheap and you are not going to lose another one.
  • You know that “Do the kids really need new snow pants this year?” is a fool’s argument. You buy snow pants as soon as you see them in at Costco. If there are gloves, you buy those too.
  • You’ve had to convince your children that it really is time to wake up, even though the sky is still dark.
  • You’ve had to convince your children that it really is bedtime, even though the sun is still shining.
  • There are no less than twenty-five excellent walking trails within a reasonable distance from your home, all of which your children refuse to walk because it’s ‘too outside.’
  • You’ve had to break out the box fan on the first warm day of spring because it’s 71 degrees outside and your children are melting.
  • You’ve had to break out the cocoa on the first cool day of autumn because it’s 42 degrees and your children are frozen solid.
  • You know that ‘blackberry’ could be a fruit or technology, but is more likely in reference to a situation requiring bandages.
  • You know that beaches require shoes, a jacket, extra pairs of dry socks, sunscreen, three towels and a last-minute stop at the store for new sunglasses because no one can find theirs.
  • You have a family goose encounter protocol. You’re also working on a coyote encounter protocol but you want to do a little more research first.
  • Your children know what good ramen tastes like and they know it doesn’t come in a plastic package.
  • You have rain contingency plans for everything. Birthday parties, play dates, movies … everything.

Tiffany Pitts
Tiffany Pitts grew up in the PNW on a diet of cartoons, candy and instant noodles. 

Her latest novel, Wizzy Wig, won the 2016 Cygnus award for Best Speculative Fiction. 

You can find her online at tiffanypitts.com, on Facebook or on Twitter.


Too soon?

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Is it too soon for Valentines? You can consider this early warning - only three weeks until Valentine's Day!

The display is at 8th NW and NW 195th.


Rebuilding Community with Third Place Commons

You are cordially invited to the Third Place Commons Rebuilding Community Annual Celebration and Fundraiser on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 5pm.

Help raise vital funds for Third Place Commons and the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market while joining this virtual celebration with friends to laugh together, visit, and most importantly, rebuild community.

The festivities will take place via Zoom and will once again feature fun community time with your friends, one of the most popular parts of last year’s Finally 21 party. The video room will also be open for folks who would rather chill than chat!

The program will also include some great Commons music and a terrific featured speaker, Eric Liu, co-founder and CEO of Citizen University and celebrated author of numerous books including his latest, Become America: Civic Sermons on Love, Responsibility, and Democracy — a New York Times New and Notable Book.

Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per pair. Get your Rebuilding Community tickets here.

And don’t forget that Third Place Commons always has something good going on for you and your Commons Community, both online and in-person.

If you’re looking for in-person fun, head to the Commons every Friday and Saturday night at 7pm for great live music featuring many longtime favorite Commons bands and some new discoveries as well. Masks are required, of course, and there’s no dancing just yet (at least until vaccine verification is no longer required), but music is always good for the spirit, so come on down!

Speak a foreign language? Tune into Zoom weekly for German discussions on Mondays, French conversations on Tuesdays, and Spanish meet-ups on Thursday, with all sessions from 5:30-7pm. Get the links on the Third Place Commons calendar.

If a monthly group is more your speed, the TPC Movie Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm, while the Commons Community Book Club meets on the third Wednesday at 5:30pm (both via Zoom). For February, the clubs have got two great picks to discuss: Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk and Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half (which will be released in paperback on February 1st). So start reading and/or streaming and join the conversation!

Get more info on all of these and other upcoming events, along with links to join the virtual events, at ThirdPlaceCommons.org/calendar.

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 ThirdPlaceCommons.org.


Case updates January 24, 2022

COVID-19 Updates

United States  

  • Total cases 70,641,725 - 222,235 new  
  • Cases in past 7 days - 4,647,360
  • Total deaths 864,203 - 545 new   

Washington State
  • Washington state is now reporting three days a week. Today is not the day.

King county - last updated January 21, 2022

Levels of Community Transmission:
based on the number of new cases per 100,000 residents in the past 7 days:

High: ≥ 100
Substantial: 50-99
Moderate: 10-49
Low: < 10

  • Total confirmed cases 296,338 -  11,133 new   
  • Cases in past 7 days - 22,885 
  • Total hospitalizations 10,615 - 208 new  
  • Total deaths 2,285 -  11 new   
  • Level of community transmission HIGH  

  • Total confirmed cases 79,515  -  2,971 new   
  • Cases in past 7 days - 5,787   
  • Total hospitalizations 2,296  -  40 new   
  • Total deaths 552  -   2 new  
  • Level of community transmission HIGH  

  • Total confirmed cases 6,642 -   278 new  
  • Cases in past 7 days - 544    
  • Total hospitalizations 291 -   10 new   
  • Total deaths 120 - 1 new
  • Level of community transmission: HIGH

Lake Forest Park 
  • Total confirmed cases 1,172 - 59 new   
  • Cases in past 7 days - 119 
  • Total hospitalizations 29 -    0 new
  • Total deaths 5  - 0 new
  • Level of community transmission: HIGH


Clouds of cotton candy and fire

Photo by Jo Simmons
Both of these photos were taken on Saturday when the sunset was spectacular. Jo Simmons' cloud looks like cotton candy against a blue sky.

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

A few minutes later, Lee Lageschulte photographer a very different looking sky. But look closely. I think that Jo's cloud is still there in Lee's photo - just being surrounded by fire.



Public input sought to set annual noxious weed list

The King County Noxious Weed Control Board has scheduled an online public hearing on the King County Noxious Weed List on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 2pm, to review changes in the state list, conduct a public hearing, and adopt the King County Noxious Weed List for 2022.

The noxious weed list reflects both the requirements of state law to regulate certain species with statewide or regional importance, and the priorities of King County to reduce the impact of noxious weeds on the people, economy, and environment.

The King County Noxious Weed Control Board administers the noxious weed program throughout the county, according to the requirements of the Washington State Noxious Weed Law. 

The board encourages public comment and input to help set the priorities of the noxious weed program each year. Comments can be made at the public hearing or submitted ahead to noxious.weeds@kingcounty.gov by 4pm on January 25.

More information here


Sound Transit construction to close sections of 175th overnight

Sound Transit will perform directional road closures at NE 175th Street from 5th Ave NE to the I-5 underpass. 

The closure will be utilized for guideway construction as part of the Lynnwood Link Extension link light rail project.

Eastbound NE 175th will be closed from 10pm to 5am from Monday, January 24 to Wednesday January 26, 2022.

Westbound NE 175th will be closed on Thursday, January 27. 


Information presentations on Wednesday and Thursday for Shoreline Schools levies

King County Elections recently mailed ballots to registered voters in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park for the February 8 special election. 

Voters will see two Shoreline School District propositions (Proposition 1 and Proposition 2) on the ballot to replace the current school levies that expire at the end of the year. 

Ballots must be postmarked by February 8 or returned to a ballot drop box by 8:00pm that day.

You can learn more about each of the replacement levy propositions, watch an informational presentation and submit questions at www.shorelineschools.org/levy.

Additionally, there will be informational presentations held in person and streamed via Zoom on January 26 and 27, 2022. 

  • The presentations on Wednesday January 26 will be held at 10:00am and 7:00pm in English, with Spanish interpretation available. 
  • The presentation on Thursday January 27 will be Spanish only at 7:00pm. 
  • Each presentation will be held in the Shoreline Room, Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave. NE. Links to stream the presentations via Zoom are available at www.shorelineschools.org/levy.

If you are not registered to vote, it’s not too late to do so. You can find voter registration information and deadlines here.

Shoreline voters need to check both sides of their ballot.


Kindergarten open enrollment for Shoreline Schools begins February 2nd


Shoreline Schools Kindergarten Open Enrollment for Fall 2022 is February 2-28.  

Kinderfest, which was scheduled for January 29, will not be held this year due to health and safety precautions. 

Instead, we will be posting an informational video, kindergarten registration resources and frequently asked questions on our student registration webpage by January 29. Please check the webpage on or after that date for more information.


LFP Police respond to 672 incidents in December 2021

Police incidents heatmap for December 2021: Each blue dot is an incident generated by dispatch or an officer. This map represents 672 incidents in December. 

Notable Calls/Incidents in December 2021 

Type of Calls 
  • ALARM 25 
  • THEFT 15 

Notable Calls/Incidents 

Welfare check
Officers were asked to perform a welfare check on an individual who had not been seen for over a week and whose mailbox was overflowing. When officers arrived, they were able to see the subject through a window. They were not able to get a response from the subject, who was not moving. With fire department assistance, officers were able to gain entry and determine the subject was deceased. Many disturbing illegal images depicting children and 30 firearms were in the residence. 

Burglary at local store

Burglary at local market

Officers responded to a burglary at a local market. The suspect smashed a window, stole several items, including the cash register, and fled. A related vehicle was located by an officer and seized while the subject ran away. Officers were unable to deploy a K9 track due to new law restrictions. 

After a search warrant was issued, the cash register, lottery tickets, illegal narcotics, a handgun, and other stolen items were found. The cash register and lottery tickets were returned to the very happy owner.

Suspect rebooked on Seattle theft
A suspect in our recent Thanksgiving Day burglary was in possession of the same or similar firearm at a theft in Seattle. This was after he was booked and released on our arrest with Kenmore. The suspect was taken into custody and booked. He is facing several charges including our LFP crimes. 

Domestic violence
Officers responded to a dangerous domestic violence assault where serious injuries were sustained to a mother and her daughter by the boyfriend. The suspect fled prior to police arrival and multiple attempts to locate him were unsuccessful. It was determined that the victims were at great risk staying in the home. Through the budgeted Safe Harbors program, Detectives were able to secure two nights at a local hotel for the family while they work with our DV advocate for further assistance. One of our detectives also purchased diapers for the family. 


Birds in the Back Yard: Checkin' out the chickens

Checking out the photographer, too!
Photo by David Walton

Lake Forest Park resident David Walton was planning to go out to take photos Saturday, but his photo subject came to him when this beautiful Red Tail Hawk (Juvenile) showed up in his back yard.

Photo by David Walton

"I noticed it kept coming back to the same cedar tree by our house, then I noticed why: it was checking out the chicken coop in our neighbor’s back yard!" 

Photo by David Walton

Fortunately for the chickens, they were entirely protected in their coop. 

"Nevertheless, the hawk is a beautiful raptor."

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