Clean Crow - splish splash I was takin' a bath...

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Splish splash, I was taking a bath
Long about a Saturday night, yeah
A rub dub, just relaxing in the tub
Thinking everything was alright

Well, I stepped out the tub, put my feet on the floor
I wrapped the towel around me
And I opened the door, and then

A-splish splash, I jumped back in the bath
Well how was I to know there was a party going on
They was a-splishing and a-splashing, reeling with the feeling
Moving and a-grooving, rocking and a-rolling, yeah


Shoreline artist will mount new exhibit at Mountlake Terrace Library in July

Art by Cheryl Hufnagel

A Shoreline artist specializing in pastels will have a new exhibit at the Mountlake Terrace Library in July.

Cheryl Hufnagel is planning an array inspired by local landscapes and mountain scenes, along with portraits of cats and dogs, centered by a large floral work.

Her paintings communicate her feelings of peace and joy, she said, especially those found in the connections between faith and humanity.

“I love color and light … those are the things that attract me,” she said.

A lifelong artist, Hufnagel began working in pastels in 1993 and studied with several notable pastel artists. She is a member of the NW Pastel Society, Seattle Co-Arts, and ArtistsConnect. Her work previously has been shown at the Mountlake Terrace Library and the Arts of the Terrace Juried Art Show.

“I desire to craft a vibrant and emotional interpretation of my subject,” she wrote in an artist statement. “The results are often unexpected, keeping me intrigued, motivated, learning, and growing.”

The Mountlake Terrace Library hours are Monday-Tuesday 10am - 7pm, Wednesday-Saturday 10am - 6pm, and Sunday 1-5pm.  The library is located at 23300 58th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043

Monthly exhibits there are coordinated through the city’s Arts Advisory Commission. Together, the commission and the Mountlake Terrace Friends of the Arts sponsor the annual art show. This year, it will run Sept. 24-Oct. 1. A call for artists is open through Aug. 12, 2022.


Scene over the Sound: Jets in formation

Photo by Jan Hansen

Story and photo by Jan Hansen

This early afternoon, June 25, 2022 a group of jets flew down the Sound like Blue Angels. They flew high, but were very impressive. There was a formation of four with a fifth flying above them. I was quite certain that they were from the base on Whidbey Island.

My neighbor helped me by sharing that NAS Whidbey has electronic warfare squadrons that fly the EA-18Gs variant of the FA -18 airframe; it is probably a group of them that flew by.

Non Sibi Sed Patriae, and like the Coast Guard, Semper Paratus!


Shoreline deputies capture burglar after K9 search of tracks and trees

On Friday, June 24, 2022 Shoreline Deputies were dispatched to an interrupted Residential Burglary in the area of NW Highland Dr in the City of Shoreline, WA. 

While en route, Deputies were advised that a homeowner confronted a burglar in the kitchen of their home and chased them out of the house.
K9 Deputy Dallon, his K9 partner “Kota,” and Deputy Hunt arrived on scene and tracked the burglar to a ravine west of the property that dropped off to the railroad tracks below.
Responding deputies quickly locked down the area and began searching the tree line. Homeowners directed deputies to foot trails in their complex leading to the beach and deputies covered miles of railroad tracks for almost two hours. 

Deputies located the suspected burglar hiding in the tree line. He was found to be in possession of items take from the burglarized home.
Those items were returned to the owner and the burglar was booked into the King County Jail. 

We realize that this is not always the successful outcome for victims in the city of Shoreline, and we wish we could solve all of our crimes, but our Deputies will continue to follow investigative leads and fight crime where law allows.
It should be noted, that success of this arrest would not have happened had homeowners and the immediate community not been involved.


Informational meeting from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America - Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Local Moms Demand Action
WEDNESDAY 6/29 @ 630pm @ Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th St, Shoreline, WA 98155  

Local volunteers with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will be holding an informational meeting. 

Come learn about the organization and how you can get involved locally to help curb gun violence in our communities. 

You need not be a mom - all are welcome! 


The Polytech Open House Wednesday showcases options for individualized learning for 11th and 12th graders

Photo courtesy The Polytech
The Polytech will hold an open house on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 from 10am to 1pm. Meet director Ruth Wilson and discuss your needs. We are also available for private appointments upon request. 206-778-3809.

The Polytech, located at 540 NE Northgate Way NE, Suite D Seattle, WA 98125 offers many options for neurodiverse and anxious students:

Want to accelerate your studies? The Polytech grants advance access to college level training programs in healthcare, business and IT, education, engineering, and manufacturing to high school juniors and seniors. All classes can become part of a high school diploma, or we also offer our own high school credits using a one-on-one and small group instruction format that allows us to customize instruction for individual student needs.

Not sure what to do after graduation? Career interest inventories and skills assessments find the overlap between your interests, skills, and preferred work environment. With an investment of approximately 5 hours and $399, our career consultants can share results, interpret next steps, and assist with a customized plan that may include additional training or an immediate job search.

We also support students as they transition into college, career, and adulthood. Talk to us if:
  • You need help getting a driver's license. We specialize in helping neurodiverse and anxious drivers and have a commercial-grade driving simulator to allow practice in a wide range of traffic and weather conditions.
  • You are interested to get your WA Food Worker card. We have a short 2-hour course for $99 where an instructor walks you through the steps and all the information to earn this credential so that you can work in a restaurant, child care, and countless other settings that require serving or preparing food and beverages.
  • You want to look for a job. We help students get the tools they need (as a resume, applications, and interview practice), and we also help teens and young adults learn how to search openings and apply. We can provide structure and break down this complicated /process to make it less overwhelming.
  • You prefer to live in your own apartment. We can help you know if you're ready and understand what you need to have in place before commiting to a 12-month lease.
  • You need help with a special situation we haven't mentioned.

The Polytech is a unique opportunity for students in grades 11 and 12 to participate in customized instruction, community-college-based workforce education, and comprehensive case management services. The Polytech graduates can earn a high school diploma, college credits, industry certificate, and work experience simultaneously, allowing for a seamless transition to adulthood, more college, and a successful career.

Conveniently located in North Seattle on a bus line, The Polytech provides a comfortable place for students to study, attend class, and receive guidance from mentors and advisors. By balancing the school schedule between The Polytech and community college campuses, students experience the best of each school setting, with each student following their own individual plan designed to address their personal aspirations, meet high school graduation requirements, and facilitate extra-curricular activities, including career-related experiences and internships.

Contact us for more information about how to integrate high school graduation requirements with meaningful workforce education that leads to a productive career.


Two die of gunshot wounds at private party on N 145th

Photo courtesy Seattle Police

Seattle Detectives are investigating after two people were shot and killed at a private party in Bitter Lake on Saturday night. 

At 10:13pm on Saturday, June 25, 2022 Seattle police responded to the 900 block of N 145th Street for reports that a person had been shot. Arriving officers located a 26-year-old man with fatal gunshot wounds, and a 30-year-old man who had also been shot. Officers and Seattle Fire Department medics attempted life-saving measures on the 30-year-old man, but he also died at the scene. 

Police interviewed several witnesses and event attendees and identified a possible suspect. 

Approximately two hours after the shooting, police took the suspect into custody at the North Precinct. Seattle Homicide Detectives will interview the suspect and continue to investigate. 

Members of SPD’s Crime Scene Investigation Unit responded to process the scene for evidence. 

Anyone with information about this incident should call the Violent Crimes Tip Line at 206-233-5000. 


June flowers

Saturday, June 25, 2022

All photos by Lee Lageschulte
The flowers of June


African Fashion Night in Shoreline July 9 - tickets available now

Shoreline resident and Fashion Designer, Olayinka of AYO COLLECTIONS is hosting her annual African Fashion Night in Shoreline. 

Ayo Fashion Night with the theme (The Celebration of Elegance) will showcase models in African designed Fabrics from the continent of Africa, specifically Nigeria and Ghana.

These fabrics are symbolic and have significant traditional interpretations related to unlimited happiness, smiles, freedom, and moments of life beyond measure. Ms. Olayinka designs these fabrics to tell stories of unity, peace and to grace exciting events like weddings and other life celebrations.

Ayo Fashion Night will experience traditional music and dance to demonstrate the transition of an undesigned print to an artistically designed piece of worth. 

These symbolic fabrics translate without words the different states of an ordinary fabric to an extraordinary, designed cloth purposely intended for freedom and celebrations. There are other designs with western touch that fit any occasion of your choice.

This is a public benefit event to enable Olayinka to extend her skills and expertise to young ones in the Shoreline area who are looking to either design and/or sew African prints/clothes from scratch. 

This is a must attend event to experience live African fabric designs with illumination while experiencing the historical context behind every outfit you see on the runway. 

The three segments to expect are LAS Gidi Vibes, Meet Me At Cococay and A Lux Night in the City.

Date: Saturday, July 9, 2022
Address: 911 N 145th St #6522, Seattle, WA 98133
Time: 6:30-9pm
Fee: $50 (VIP-front row), $30 (Regular)
Dress Code: As you please.

Purchase Ticket online at

Please note that all payments received will be invested into community sewing project that Yinka is developing and designing for young people in Shoreline.


The need for blood doesn't take a summer break - nearby places to donate blood

As our community continues to face a dangerous blood and platelet shortage, Bloodworks Northwest is in dire need of donations to supply local hospitals. 

We encourage you to make an appointment to donate blood at one of the suggested locations below and plan to give every 56 days after. 

Your commitment helps ensure local patients receive lifesaving care—because the need for blood doesn't take a summer break.

Laurel Place
911 N 145th St, Shoreline, 98133
July 5 and August 24

Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St, Seattle, 98103
July 1 and 22 / September 9

Edmonds Waterfront Center
220 Railroad Ave, Edmonds, 98020
August 18, 19, 22, 23, 24

LDS Shoreline Stake
102 N 132nd St, Seattle 98133
September 1 and 2

Visit or call 800-398-7888 to find a different donation site

Those who are ineligible to donate or prefer to make an impact in a different way can consider the following: Make a financial gift, be a volunteer, host an event, participate in BWNW’s research program and give blood for medical research. 

Eligibility questions? Visit or call 1-800-398-7888

COVID-19 Notice: Appointments and masks are required at all Bloodworks donation sites and no guests under the age of 16 are permitted onsite. Same-day appointments available at most locations. There is no deferral from donating if you receive a COVID vaccine. For details, please visit


Volunteer at Hopelink Food Bank in Shoreline

Volunteers in the Hopelink Food Bank
Hopelink Food Bank has been open in a market format since early May at its location in Ronald Commons, 17837 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline WA 98133 (enter from southbound on Aurora.

They are getting great feedback from the customers, but it takes more people volunteering to make it successful.
They have a handful of regular volunteers to pick up rescue groceries, get food sorted and on the shelves or in the refrigerator, and help customers when they visit - and they would love to have more!

If you are interested in helping Shoreline residents deal with food insecurity please consider a three or four hour volunteer shift once a week.
Go to for information or email site manager Johnny Fikru:


Sen. Jesse Salomon: Today the Supreme Court turned the clock back 50 years

Sen. Jesse Salomon, D-32
Sen. Jesse Salomon (D-Shoreline) released this statement today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe v. Wade:

“Today the Supreme Court turned the clock back 50 years and took away the settled reproductive rights of many Americans. 

"While abortion is still legal and available in Washington state, this decision takes away federal protections for rights that have been established over a long period of constitutional interpretation that has clarified and reinforced those rights.

“However, the court’s radical action was no surprise. Here in Washington state, we have been preparing for years to protect the right to choose. And come what may, we will continue to fight for the fundamental rights of women and pregnant people.

“In recent years, we have passed the Reproductive Parity Act, the Reproductive Health Access for All Act, and, just this year, HB 1851, to ensure that all Washingtonians have access to a full range of reproductive health care and the privacy to make their own decisions in consultation with their doctors.

“In the coming months, pregnant people in other states will be denied necessary health care because of this decision. But we will not allow that to happen in Washington. We will prepare to do all we can to help our neighbors in this crisis.”
Sen. Jesse Salomon, D-Shoreline, represents the 32nd Legislative District, which includes Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Seattle, Shoreline, Woodway, and unincorporated Snohomish County.


Scene on the Sound: Two Navy ships - one unidentified

Grasp T-ARS-51 photo by Jan Hansen

Story and photos by Jan Hansen

The US Naval salvage/rescue ship, Grasp T-ARS-51 sailed out shortly after noon today. 

Anonymous navy ship photo by Jan Hansen

Close behind her wake was a larger US Navy ship. I could not see a number on her hulk, and this ship did not present on the Marine Traffic application. 
I guess there are some things we are not supposed to know.


Dancing crow

Photo by Jan Hansen

Clearly this crow is practicing his folk dancing. "You put your right wing in - you put your right wing out"

You put your right foot in
You put your right foot out
You put your right foot in
And you shake it all about
You do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourself around
That's what it's all about!


August 11 Book release event to benefit World Central Kitchen and Ukrainian relief efforts

Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, at the intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way NE, will host an author event on Thursday, August 11, at 7:00pm, celebrating the release of a new anthology, Art in the Time of Unbearable Crisis: Women Writers Respond to the Call.

The event is free to the public, and all author / publisher proceeds from book sales will go to support the work of chef José Andrés, his nonprofit World Central Kitchen, and their Ukrainian relief efforts.

Eight local authors (King, Snohomish, Island, and Skagit counties) are contributors to this new anthology, to be published on 6/28/22, by She Writes Press. 

The book is a compilation of essays, poetry, and art by women writers in response to the cataclysmic events of the last few years. 

Writing about the pandemic, Ukraine invasion, societal unrest, and more, the book addresses the broad range of human response to crisis in all its forms, and explores how we can find beauty, hope, and deeper interpretation of world events — even when the world seems like it’s been turned inside-out and upside-down.

The local authors will read selections from the anthology and discuss the book and the role of writers and artists in responding to crisis. The contributors from the greater Seattle area are:
  • Donna Cameron
  • Anne Liu Kellor
  • Sophia Kouidou-Giles
  • Marianne Lile
  • Brenda Peterson
  • Kate Raphael
  • Ashley Sweeney
  • Barbara Wolf Terao
World Central Kitchen is an organization conceived by chef José Andrés as a way to feed people affected by natural disasters and war. It supports food banks and restaurants that provide free food throughout the world and is currently working to support and feed displaced Ukrainian families in Ukraine and across Europe.


Executive Constantine statement on SCOTUS abortion case and $1 million emergency fund announcement

King County Executive Dow Constantine
Following today's ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn Roe v. Wade decision, making abortion illegal in more than a dozen states, King County Executive Dow Constantine issued the following statement, including an announcement of $1 million in emergency funding to ensure safe access to abortion in King County:

"This morning’s ruling by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade is the culmination of a decades-long strategy by right-wing zealots to strip the essential right to abortion care from millions of Americans.

"On a personal level, I am outraged that my daughter will come of age in a society that treats her as a second-class citizen, without authority even over her own body; in a country that lacks basic supports for families, like universal paid family leave and affordable access to quality child care; and in a country with scandalously high rates of maternal and infant mortality.

"Even though Washington state law protects the right to abortion care, we know that neighboring states are poised to impose some of the strictest and most punitive abortion bans our nation has ever seen. Health care providers and public health leaders are bracing for an influx of people traveling to Washington state and King County to obtain an abortion.

"That’s why today I’m announcing $1 million in emergency funding to bolster our response and live up to our values:I’m partnering with Chair Claudia Balducci to ask the County Council to authorize $500,000 to be allocated directly to the Northwest Abortion Access Fund, an organization dedicated to helping people secure abortion care in the Pacific Northwest.
I will also authorize $500,000 for an emergency fund at Public Health – Seattle & King County to ensure our local healthcare system is able to respond to the surge we know is coming.

"It is clear that the Court’s sinister decision will not actually stop abortions from happening – it will, rather, take us back to a time when abortions were not safe. My administration will continue to support providers, public health workers, women, Trans and Non-Binary people, and families to ensure that King County remains a safe and welcoming place to access abortion care, family planning services, and the right to privacy. I welcome partnership and collaboration from my fellow elected leaders and community advocates as we navigate and respond to the impacts of this anti-American and dangerous decision."


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Graduates with Honors

 Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter here


City of Kenmore partners with Plymouth Housing Group to build 100 units of affordable housing downtown

Affordable housing to be built in Kenmore
The City of Kenmore has partnered with Plymouth Housing Group to build an affordable housing development in downtown Kenmore at 6532 Bothell Way NE

The development will include 100 units, a mix of studios and one-bedroom apartments, to serve residents at or below 30% of the area median income (AMI).

With King County facing a regional housing crisis, increasing affordable housing is currently the number one priority of the Kenmore City Council. 

The goals of this project include providing deeply affordable housing units that are cost efficient, high quality, sustainably designed, and will increase the density of housing. The 100 planned units would serve a resident population of seniors, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and formerly homeless individuals. 

Planned amenities include an outdoor courtyard, community room and kitchen, case management office space, and ground floor commercial space that may house a community clinic.

At its June 21, 2022 meeting, the Kenmore City Council approved the City’s partnership with Plymouth as well as the use of $3.2 million of the City’s American Rescue Plan Act funds for this effort. 

The City will be donating the City-owned property for the project and is partnering with A Regional Coalition for Housing (ARCH) whose Executive Board approved $3 million in ARCH Trust Fund dollars to this effort at its meeting on June 9, 2022. The estimated total project cost is $37.5 million.

“Finding affordable housing at 30% AMI aimed at seniors, people with disabilities, and veterans has been something we have been working towards for many years and this work is very near and dear to my heart,” said Councilmember David Baker. 
“I am so happy to see the work we put in has paid off. We want to thank Plymouth Housing Group for their partnership with the City of Kenmore on this project.”

The City received three strong proposals to develop the property, ultimately selecting Plymouth Housing Group. Plymouth Housing Group has worked in the region for 40 years with the mission to eliminate homelessness and address its causes by preserving, developing and operating safe, quality, supportive housing and by providing adults experiencing homelessness with opportunities to stabilize and improve their lives.

Construction for the project is slated to begin in mid-2023 with an opening planned for December 2024.

Visit the project website for more information and updates:


New principal selected for Meridian Park

Aram Osterlye is the new principal of 
Meridian Park Elementary
Aram Osterlye has been selected to serve as the new principal at Meridian Park Elementary School, Superintendent Susana Reyes announced. He will succeed David Tadlock, who has served as Principal at Meridian Park since 2013.

Aram joins Shoreline Schools from the Edmonds School District, where he has served as an assistant principal. Prior to his time with Edmonds, Aram worked for ten years in teaching and administrative positions for schools in California. His career began as a teacher in Paradise Unified School District, then took Aram to Middletown United School District, where he worked as an elementary school principal and student services director.

Born and raised in northern California, Aram holds teaching and administrative credentials from Chico State University and plans to obtain an Ed.D in Leadership and Learning in Organizations from Vanderbilt University. Aram’s hobbies include fly fishing, camping, sports, and traveling.

“Aram’s strong beliefs in educational access, inclusion, and equity align well with the values of Shoreline Schools and the Meridian Park Elementary school community,” says Superintendent Reyes. 
“We welcome his experience at both the district and school level coupled with his demonstrated commitment to celebrating student success and cultivating strong relationships.”


WeatherWatcher: Heat Advisory issued 12pm Saturday to 11pm Monday


National Weather Service in Seattle

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Heat Advisory for the greater Seattle area including the cities of Shoreline and Lake Forest Park. The heat advisory is in effect from Noon Saturday through 11pm Monday night.

From the National Weather Service:
  • What: Hot conditions with high temperatures in the mid to upper 80s on Saturday, and low 90s on Sunday and Monday. Overnight low temperatures will likely only cool into the low 60s for many locations Saturday night and again Sunday night. This will pose a moderate risk of heat-related illness.
  • Where: Portions of northwest and west central Washington.
  • When: From noon Saturday to 11 PM PDT Monday. 
  • Impacts: Hot conditions will increase the risk of heat- related illnesses for those who are sensitive to heat, especially those without effective cooling or adequate hydration. 
  • Additional Details: A significant increase in cold- and high- water related incidents is possible. Recent rains and late snowmelt has lead to high, fast and cold flows on area waterways. Cold water shock can lead to life-threatening hypothermia within minutes. Use extreme caution if recreating near water, wear a life jacket, and supervise children closely.  
Forecast: Sunny and clear skies between Friday night and Tuesday morning. Lows near 60, highs into the mid 80's. On Monday the high temperature will reach into the neighborhood of 90°F. Winds are expected to be gusty as well, with north winds gusting between 30-35mph through the weekend and on Monday.

Tuesday morning we cool back down with highs in the lower to mid 70's and partly sunny skies with a chance of showers. Wednesday is a repeat of Tuesday, with clearing returning on Thursday to end the week with sunny skies and highs in the mid 70's.

For current weather conditions visit


Online Adult Programs via the King County Library System Week of June 27, 2022

Kenmore Library photo by Mike Remarcke
Online Adult Programs via the King County Library System
Week of June 27, 2022
King County Library System, (425) 462-9600 or (800) 462-9600 (in Washington State)
E-mail form (English):
E-mail form (Spanish):
Chat (English):
Chat (Spanish):
Please visit to see all events and filter by age level, type of program, and date.
Closed captioning is available for online events. Captioning is auto-generated. Reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities is available by request for all events. Contact the library at least seven days before the event if you need accommodation. Send your request to
Ongoing programs:

Daily Arts Activities by SilverKite!
Day and topics vary – check the link above for schedule.
Description: For all ages. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Silver Kite Community Arts is offering online inter-generational workshops, talks, social hours and performances FREE for KCLS patrons. We hope that by offering these opportunities, we are providing stimulating creative engagement opportunities and social connection during this challenging time. 
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.
Your Next Job
Monday--Friday, 10am-5pm
Description: For adults. Get free one-on-one help with your job and unemployment questions online or by phone. We can help you find your next job or learn new skills.
For speakers of Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Oromo, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tigrinya and Vietnamese.
If you have a question or need help, 206.386.4636.
Register for an appointment at SPL's Your Next Job page:
In partnership with The Seattle Public Library, Sno-Isle Libraries, Seattle Jobs Initiative, Puget Sound Welcome Back Center, Building Our Bridge and Korean Community Service Center.
Talk Time
Tuesdays, 1-2:30pm; Wednesdays, 7-8pm; Thursdays, 10-11am
Description: Practice speaking English with other English language learners online!
Learn about American culture and meet people from around the world, while connecting from home! 
Register with your email and we will send you the link to join the Zoom meeting.
Digital Navigator Appointments
Tuesdays, 1:15pm; Thursdays, 10:15am
Description: Meet with one of our staff members online or by phone. Do you need a computer or new or better Internet access at home? Digital Navigators can help you find low-cost options. Digital Navigators can also help you find resources to learn basic computer and internet skills.
Make an appointment online:
Or, call our help line, Ask KCLS, at (800) 462-9600.
Questions about Medicare?
Every other Wednesday, 12-4pm. Please follow the link above for specific dates.
Description: For adults. The Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) is a free, unbiased and confidential counseling service of the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioners (OIC).
SHIBA's trained and impartial volunteers are available to assist consumers with their Medicare related questions.
Register online for a one-hour session that will be conducted over the phone.
Plaza Comunitaria-Tutorías para adultos / Tutoring for Adults
Wednesdays, 5-8pm
Saturdays, 10am-1pm
Description: Consigue tu certificado oficial de primaria y secundaria de la SEP (Secretaria de Educación Pública de México). Programa gratuito individual en español para personas adultas de cualquier nacionalidad.
* Recibe ayuda virtual de un tutor voluntario
* Estudia desde tu casa y a tu ritmo.
* Programa individual. Empieza en cualquier momento.
* Horarios flexibles.
¿Listo para dar el primer paso? Habla o escríbenos para evaluar tu nivel y registrarte 425.369.3443,
Horarios en Bellevue Library disponibles solo con cita previa y para tomar tests de nivel o exámenes finales.
Free virtual tutoring for Spanish-speaking adults seeking to obtain their elementary and/or middle school official diploma from the SEP (Mexican Secretary of Public Education). Individualized program for adults of all nationalities. Study from home. Flexible hours, depending on tutors' availability. 
Testing and final exams are in-person at the Bellevue Library by appointment only.
Call or email to register, 425.369.3443 or
Genealogy Help with Eastside Genealogical Society
Wednesdays, 1-3pm
Description: Are you just beginning your family history research? Or have you hit a wall in your research? Wherever your ancestors are from, volunteers from Eastside Genealogical Society are waiting to assist with genealogical research.  You can arrange a virtual help appointment by registering here.  You will be contacted via email with a weblink to enter your individual teleconference help session at least 1 hour before your session. Please register at least 24 hours before the help session.
Unique programs this week:

SKCGS Genealogy Chat
Monday, June 27, 1-3pm
Description: Chat about genealogy subjects and topics with members of the South King County Genealogical Society. 
For meeting invitations and reminders,
Certification Exam Session
Tuesday, June 28, 9-10:30am
Description: In this online session, take a certification exam of your choice. Read Certifications at KCLS to learn what certifications are available, and access learning resources:
Federal Way 320th Between the Covers Book Group
Tuesday, June 28, 1-2:30pm
Description: “The Signature of All Things” by Elizabeth Gilbert. Gilbert’s sweeping saga of Henry Whittaker and his daughter Alma offers an allegory for the great, rampant heart of the 19th century. Multiple narrative threads weave seamlessly. A brilliant exercise of intellect and imagination. – Kirkus. New members always welcome.
Please register.
You will be emailed a link no later than two hours before the program start time. If you do not see an email, check your Junk or Spam folder.two hours before the program start time. If you do not see an email, check your Junk or Spam folder.
Kahoot! Trivia: Fantastic Beasts
Tuesday, June 28, 6-7pm
Description: Play trivia featuring the movies, characters, creatures and more from “Fantastic Beasts!”
Please register. You will be emailed a link no later than one hour before the program start time. If you do not see an email, check your Junk or Spam folder and email Devon at
Play on Zoom as an individual or as a team with members of your household.
To participate, you will need a computer that allows a split-screen option or two devices-one to run the Zoom app and one to run the Kahoot app.
Upcoming Trivia
* Tuesday, July 5, 6pm: True Crime in the PNW 
* Tuesday, July 12, 6pm: Musicals
* Tuesday, July 19, 6pm: Disney Parks
* Tuesday, July 26: Marvel Villains
Medicare Made Clear
Tuesday, June 28, 6:30-7:30pm
Description: Learn about your Medicare options and get your Medicare questions answered. This informative overview covers Medicare parts A, B, C and D.
Please register at
You will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar.

Meditative Minds Group
Friday, July 1, 10-11am
Description: Experience reflective thinking, mindfulness, philosophy, and general meditative practices to expand your inner peace. The benefits of meditation include reduced depression and anxiety, significantly reduced stress, improved physical health, better sleep and boosted mental well-being. 
No prior experience with meditation necessary.
Presented by Therese Paxton of Peer Kent. Therese is a Certified Peer Counselor and meditation teacher.
Join the Zoom Meeting at
Meeting ID: 960 7522 0445
Passcode: Meditate
One tap mobile: +12532158782,,96075220445# US (Tacoma)
Dial by your location: +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)


Purple flowers at Kruckeberg

Friday, June 24, 2022

Photos by Barbara Twaddell

Purple day at Kruckeberg Botanic Garden


Lake Forest Park / Richmond Beach / Shoreline READS

Shoreline and Richmond Beach Libraries have joined with Lake Forest Park READS again this year, marking the 17th year of this community literary event. 

Facing the Mountain tells the true stories of Japanese Americans who, imprisoned by their own government after Pearl Harbor, responded with courage in camps, combat, and courtrooms.

Book Discussion at the Lake Forest Park Library

Book Discussion at the Richmond Beach Library

Online Author Event: Daniel James Brown

Sponsored by the City of Lake Forest Park’s Library Advisory Committee, Friends of the Shoreline, Richmond Beach, Lake Forest Park Libraries and Third Place Books.

Third Place Books offers 20% off on this title June 1 through July 31.


Dr. Jack Kahn to start July 2 as the next president of Shoreline Community College

Dr. Jack Kahn, new president of
Shoreline Community College
Dr. Jack Kahn will take office on July 2, 2022 as the new president of Shoreline Community College (SCC)

The board of trustees voted and announced Kahn as the president at the public March 2 board meeting.

As SCC president, Kahn’s responsibilities will include creating inclusive and comprehensive educational opportunities for students by guiding and maintaining extensive community partnerships and cultivating a college environment that leverages the talents and dedication of the SCC faculty and staff. 

He will also be charged with leading the community through development of its next strategic plan, modeling a commitment to enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion and infusing those values throughout the SCC academic programs, student life and college operations.

Kahn said he was interested in the SCC president role for several reasons, including the college’s focus on student success and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

“I was drawn to the student-centered organization of the academic pathways and, of course, all of the great academic programs at SCC. I really enjoyed seeing the innovative new programs such as the mental health and policing merge.” said Kahn. 
“I was also drawn to Shoreline’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion work through the multicultural center, gender equity center, diversity of students and various campus initiatives.”

Kahn has more than 25 years of experience in higher education and has served as a leader for more than a decade. Most recently, he has been the assistant superintendent/vice president at Palomar College in San Marcos, California. 

He also previously served as the Palomar Community College District’s interim superintendent / president and was the dean of the division of social and behavioral sciences at Palomar College. 

Prior to his work in academic leadership, Kahn was an active faculty member and published researcher and author of works addressing issues of psychological testing, masculinity and social justice. 

In his role as interim superintendent/president, Kahn oversaw more than 1,600 employees, a student population of 25,000 and an annual budget of $568 million with a continued emphasis on equity and social change. 

He led the college through a fiscal crisis, steered the Emergency Operations center team through the COVID-19 pandemic, worked with colleagues to save taxpayers $21 million by refinancing Prop M bonds and assisted in transitioning a new shared governance structure. Kahn was also active in collaborating with colleagues to develop a robust antiracist plan for the institution.

The first person in his family to pursue a four-year college degree, Kahn earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in philosophy from Arizona State University. He went on to earn a Master of Arts in marriage and family counseling from San José State University before attending the State University of New York at Buffalo to earn a doctorate in counseling psychology.

In his spare time, Kahn enjoys seeing live music and theater, traveling, exploring new neighborhoods, trying new restaurants, hiking, reading, gardening, cooking and spending time with his wife Jackie, two dogs, and cat. Kahn and his wife look forward to relocating to Washington so he can begin his new role at SCC this summer.

“My career goal has been to bring diverse people together to create systems that are integrated with the broader community to serve students, particularly with a lens toward equity,” said Kahn. 
“I have tried to do so using my own privileges to serve and advocate for others. In all of the roles I have been in, I have been fortunate to have been able to establish several mechanisms with long-lasting effects in this regard. I am really excited about all the work we will do together at Shoreline.”

Founded in 1964, Shoreline Community College offers more than 100 rigorous academic and professional/technical degrees and certificates to meet the lifelong learning needs of its diverse students and communities. 

Its nearly 10,000 students hail from across the United States and over 50 countries.


Free concerts in the Park start Wednesday, June 29 with local band Your Downstairs Neighbors

Summer Concerts in the Park sponsored by ShoreLake Arts will start the season on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 with two bands: Your Downstairs Neighbors and JERF.

Your Downstairs Neighbors, a “5 Piece dirty acoustic Rock Band” competed in the 2021 ShoreLake Battle of the Bands and was a crowd favorite.

For this concert they are bringing some friends along, and will be sharing the evening with JERF “A multi-instrumentalist with an eclectic sound that varies from Americana, to Indie Rock, and old school Cali Folk vibes”. 

Your Downstairs Neighbors will play some highlights off their newly tracked EP. Get ready as both bands will be rocking the park.

This performance is the first event in a summer full of live performances of Concerts in the Park on Wednesday evenings at different parks around the area. All performances are walk-up events and free. 

Join us in supporting our local musicians and performers with a joyful, fun night out with friends, family, and the community!

All concerts will begin at 6:30pm unless noted. This one is at Pfingst Animal Acres Park, 17425 Brookside Blvd NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

Bring your low chairs, blankets, and picnic supplies. If you bring a high chair, please try to sit further back so you don’t obstruct your neighbor’s view.

ShoreLake Arts is proud to present this event with major support from Jack Malek of Windermere Real Estate, City of Lake Forest Park, City of Shoreline, Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, and individual donors, like you.

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.


35 new firefighter EMTs ready to join their departments

35 new EMTs - photo courtesy Shoreline Fire

35 new Firefighter Recruit EMTs finished their Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) class Wednesday.

The new Firefighter EMTs will be on the streets serving their communities in the next few weeks in Bothell, Kirkland, Shoreline (serving Shoreline, Woodway, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park), and Eastside Fire and Rescues response area. 


No fireworks allowed in Woodway

Photo by Mika Baumeister on Unsplash

Reminder - No Fireworks in Woodway

Celebrate Safely on the 4th of July

Fireworks are not allowed in Woodway. Per Woodway Municipal Code section 6.16.020:

“It is unlawful for any person to sell, possess, use, transfer, discharge, ignite or explode any fireworks within the Town.”

Because of our wooded setting, we face an enhanced level of risk associated with fireworks. As a result, we have a zero-tolerance policy and violators of the ban will be prosecuted.

Thank you for helping keep Woodway safe on Independence Day and every day.


Jobs: WSDOT Work Zone Traffic Engineer (TE3)

Work Zone Traffic Engineer (TE3)

Shoreline, WA. – Northwest Region
$70,938 - $95,432 Annually

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Northwest Region (NWR) construction Traffic Office is eager to hire an experienced engineer to serve as our next Work Zone Traffic Engineer. This position will work on WSDOT Design-Bid-Build and Design-Build projects, providing guidance, support, and subject matter expertise related to work zone traffic control design and strategies. 

As the Work Zone Traffic Engineer, this position will lead to implement traffic control setups in the field to ensure traffic control meets WSDOT, FHWA, MUTCD, and AASHTO standards, resulting in limited congestion and collisions within work zones and easing corridor region operations during closures. 

The Work Zone Traffic Engineer will play a vital role in WSDOT's successful delivery of WSDOT projects, maintaining public confidence and helping the public travel safely.

Job description and application


Jobs: WSDOT Scoping and Estimating Engineer (TE3)

Scoping and Estimating Engineer (TE3)

Shoreline, WA. – Northwest Region
$70,938 - $95,432 Annually

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is eager to hire an experienced engineering professional to serve as the King County Scoping & Estimating Engineer. 

This position will support our Northwest Region (NWR) Program Development Office, and will assist with managing, coordinating, and monitoring the development of project scopes, schedules, and cost estimates for NWR Improvement and Preservation Projects. 

The successful candidate appointed into this role will also help coordinate with other programs and offices within WSDOT, as well as other state and local agencies to determine the need and priority of proposed projects.

Job description and application

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