Sunset Monday

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Monday's sunset turns the sky over the Olympic Mountains a deep red, reflected in the waters of the Salish Sea.


Shoreline School District to hold community meetings about budget shortfall

School district headquarters at the Shoreline Center

Shoreline School District is engaged in proactive budget planning work in light of declining revenues and decreased enrollment in recent years.

Since a high point in 2019-20, the district student enrollment has decreased by more than 400 students due to COVID and other factors. The state allocates money based on enrollment.

Declining enrollment is generally anticipated in our near future, due to declining birth rates in King County and limited housing affordability. School districts both nearby and across the country have seen similar enrollment declines.

Along with a decline in enrollment, the District has experienced declining regionalization revenue (for areas that are expensive to live in) from the State at a time when costs have increased. Ultimately, like our families, with declining resources we must right-size our budget to live within our means.

A series of community information sessions will be held to bring awareness across the Shoreline and Lake Forest Park communities to the budget challenges the school district is facing. 

Interested residents, staff, families, and students may attend any session that works for their schedule. The first session was held on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at Einstein Middle School.

Three more are planned in February.

Wednesday, February 1, 5-6:00 pm
Kellogg Middle School Commons
16045 25th Ave NE, Shoreline WA 98155

Friday, February 10, 12:30-1:30 pm via Zoom
Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Wednesday, February 15, 6-7:00 pm
Shoreline Room, Shoreline Center (north end of the building)
18560 1st Ave. NE, Shoreline, WA 98155

Superintendent Susana Reyes will share information about the financial situation of the district, the contributing factors, and our need to rebalance revenue and expenditures for the 2023-24 school year and beyond. Please join us. Your thoughts and questions are welcome.

If you would like to request an interpreter at one of our information sessions, please email no later than Friday, January 27.

Learn more about the 2023-24 Shoreline Schools budget outlook

Budget Advisory Team

The Budget Advisory Team (BAT) is a diverse group of parents/guardians, staff, students, and community members who represent a wide range of perspectives that is meeting to review the district’s current and projected budget challenges and the factors that influence school funding and spending. 

The BAT will work together to develop recommended budget priorities, adjustments, and reductions to present to the School Board in early spring.

Find meeting schedule, recent presentations, and other BAT resources

If you have a suggestion that you think the team should consider, please send it to:


MoneyTalk for Couples: What are your financial goals

Stacey Black, BECU Financial Advisor
By Stacey Black, BECU Financial Advisor

When it comes to any relationship, aligning on money matters is important as it plays a pivotal role in every aspect of a couple’s life. 

Although talking about finances may not be the most fun conversation to have, there’s no doubt it’s an important one that can have long-term impact.

To make defining your relationship with money easier as a couple, BECU Lead Financial Educator Stacey Black suggests that you kickstart the conversation with this question:

What are your financial goals? 

Black recommends that you don’t dive into a “money talk” that’s all about spreadsheets, budgets and paying your bills – that’s a recipe to stress both of you out. 

Instead, start with a broader conversation about your financial goals – do you want to buy a house? What type of lifestyle do you want to live? 

Then, create realistic goals you can both actually live by and make sure you’re on the same page when it comes to short- and long-term plans. This will open up broader conversations about money and also help to see if you are on the same page when it comes to short-term and long-term financial goals around saving, spending, budgeting and reducing debt.
For example, when creating goals around your emergency fund, Black recommends saving for at least three months of expenses. 

“However, for many people this can be overwhelming. Don’t get discouraged. What’s most important is to get into the habit of saving. Set goals you can actually achieve within a shorter amount of time,” said Black. 

In addition, each couple can start by learning about the 50-20-30 rule and tracking their spending each month. 

Here’s how the 50-20-30 rule works:
  • 50% of your income should go toward your everyday needs, including rent, utilities and other items like groceries and transportation.
  • 20% of your income goes toward your financial goals, such as saving and reducing debt.
  • 30% of your income is typically used for items you want versus need, such as outings or travel expenses.
Try creating a spending journal together to see how and where you’re spending your money and divide each spend into one of these three categories. Keep in mind that this approach is one general rule of thumb – you can always adjust to meet your collective budgeting goals.


Olympic Ballet Theatre presents Debuts in two performances February 18-19, 2023

Credits: Rowan Catel, Elianna Langley, and Taylor Lim in “Til the Mermaid Drags You Under” by Norbert De La Cruz III in the 2022 production of Debuts. Into Dust Photography.

Olympic Ballet Theatre Presents New Works in Debuts
Featuring works by Donald Byrd and Arcadian Broad

Two Performances
February 18, 2023, at 7 PM
February 19, 2023, at 5 PM
Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA)

Olympic Ballet Theatre (OBT) in Edmonds continues its 2022-2023 performance season with DEBUTS in February, presenting new works by contemporary choreographers. This production features From the Dark Land by Donald Byrd and “O.D.D.” (Oliver Davis Dances) by Arcadian Broad.

“We included DEBUTS in the OBT performance season last year, and we are excited to bring it back with new creative pieces by contemporary choreographers this season,” said artistic directors Mara Vinson and Oleg Gorboulev. 
“We are thrilled to collaborate with Donald Byrd, the award-winning local choreographer, often referred to as ‘citizen artist,’ and Arcadian Broad, a soloist at The Sarasota Ballet, who mesmerized OBT audiences with his dashing performance as Basilio in our production of Don Quixote. We look forward to delighting our patrons with this celebration of creativity in contemporary ballet.”

This production will include a “Meet the Artists” Q/A session on Saturday, February 18, 2023, immediately following the performance. Audience members will have an exciting opportunity to meet both choreographers and learn more about their creative process of bringing new works to life on stage.


DEBUTS will run two performances at the Edmonds Center for the Arts on February 18 and February 19, 2023. Tickets range from $27 to $40 and can be purchased at or at the box office 425-774-7570. For more information, contact OBT at or visit .

Olympic Ballet Theatre’s 2022-2023 season is proudly sponsored by the Edmonds Arts Commission, the City of Everett Cultural Arts Commission, The City of Everett Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, Peter Smart/EdwardJones, and Seattle NorthCountry.


Arcadian Broad is from Titusville, Florida. He started dancing at the age of 10 in various styles, such as tap, hip-hop and jazz. After receiving a scholarship at ADC IBC, he attended the Orlando Ballet summer program. He went on to train at the Juilliard School in New York City. 

At 16, Arcadian was hired as a professional company dancer with Orlando Ballet. Under the direction of Robert Hill, he became youngest hire in the company’s history to date. In 2019, Arcadian joined the Cincinnati Ballet. In 2021, he joined The Sarasota Ballet as a demi-soloist and was promoted to soloist the following season. 

Arcadian is also a dual choreographer and composer. He has created and premiered over 30 works, including two full-length ballets: Beauty and the Beast and WonderLand: Mad Tales of the Hatter. For his full-length productions, he also composed original orchestral scores. His choreography has been performed by Orlando Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, Danceworks Chicago and seen on TV/streaming channels.

Donald Byrd
Donald Byrd is the Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle. Formerly, he was Artistic Director of Donald Byrd/The Group, a critically acclaimed contemporary dance company, founded in Los Angeles and later based in New York, that toured both nationally and internationally. He is a Tony-nominated (The Color Purple) and Bessie Award-winning (The Minstrel Show) choreographer.

Throughout the 40+ years of his choreographic career, Mr. Byrd has created over 100 works for his companies as well as works for many leading classical and contemporary companies. This list includes Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, The Joffrey Ballet, The Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco), Dance Theater of Harlem, and many others. 

Mr. Byrd’s many awards, prizes, and fellowships include the Doris Duke Artist Award; Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, Cornish College of the Arts; Masters of Choreography Award, The Kennedy Center; Fellow at The American Academy of Jerusalem; James Baldwin Fellow of United States Artists; Resident Fellow of The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center; Fellow at the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, Harvard University; and the Mayor’s Arts Award for his sustained contributions to the City of Seattle.


Olympic Ballet Theatre is an emerging nonprofit ballet company presenting four productions of classical and contemporary ballets each season. Founded 42 years ago and now under the leadership of co-artistic directors Mara Vinson and Oleg Gorboulev, OBT has become a mainstay of the Snohomish County arts scene, regularly touring theaters in Everett and Edmonds. OBT provides high-quality original and classical ballet productions while maintaining the family-friendly ticketing prices and intimate venues that audiences love.

700 Main Street, Edmonds, WA 98020 | 425.774.7570 |


Candlemas service at St. Dunstan's to promote justice and activism

At St. Dunstan's, we want to try something new with something old. We want to use the ancient tradition of Candlemas to start a new wave of justice. To shine the Light of Peace into our modern world that has so much injustice and darkness.

We are calling for people to repent of any ways in which they add to injustice or fail to fight injustice in the places they can.

On February 2, 2023 at 7pm we are having a service called Candlemas. Traditionally this service is about celebrating the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple as a baby. It represents the bringing of Christ’s Light to the whole world.

In modern times it’s been a mixed bag on how well churches have stepped up to love as Christ calls us to love, by both fully accepting people as well as taking care of people. We at Saint Dunstan’s are doing what we can to fix that. We want to put into action the prayer we always say, “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven”.

Because prayer without action would only be further sinfulness on our parts, we have reached out to activist partners to come and have tables with information on how people can get involved.

The Service will run from 7pm to about 8pm. After the service we will gather in the parish hall to share specific ways we can get involved, get active, and make a difference. We hope you will take this opportunity to get involved with local groups to add or continue your effort to making this world a better place.

You can RSVP on Eventbrite or Facebook.

If you are involved in an advocacy group that might like to join with us for this, please email by 10am on Wednesday.


Free Thrifting Event for 6th through 12th graders at Richmond Teen Center February 10, 2023

Free event at the Shoreline Teen Center Friday, February 10, 2023, from 2:30 to 6pm.

Come to gym at the Richmond Highlands Rec Center 16554 Fremont Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133 on February 10th after school and check out what’s on offer! 

We will have 100% free, second hand clothing from shoes to jackets and more. Come browse and shop for free. 

As per usual we will also have video games, billiards, ping pong, and plenty of food to enjoy while you hang out.

This event is open to all 6th through 12th grade!

Open Friday 2:30 to 9:00pm


Scene on the Sound: Olympics and ferry

Monday, January 30, 2023

Photo by Lee Lageschulte
The Kingston-Edmonds ferry on the Salish Sea against a backdrop of snow covered Olympic peaks.


GBCIB Charitable Foundation grants $5,000 to Banchero Disability Partners

Clifford Sullam, GBCIB Manager of the Shoreline branch presents a $5,000 check to Banchero Disability Partners. Accepting the check are Farzana Rehman, CFO/COO, (left) and Carol Salter, Executive Director. Photo by BDP

Banchero Disability Partners (BDP) dedicates energy and funds to promoting healthy living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by enhancing clients’ medical, physical and emotional hierarchy of needs. 

The mission of BDP focuses on eliminating discrimination against individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in their local communities. Banchero Disability Partners empowers adults with developmental disabilities so that they may realize their potential, achieve their goals, and be active and contributing members of their communities. 

We envision a future where people with developmental disabilities are accepted, integrated, respected, and take an active part in living their lives to their highest potential. 

Staff teach tenants with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) how to shop for nutritious ingredients, prepare meals, balance checkbooks, pay bills, and clean their apartments. They identify activities in the community where they can integrate with those who may not have had exposure to individuals with developmental disabilities. 

Their staffing model provides a 1:2 ratio, with a few 1:1 services for those with significant disabilities. 

We strive to facilitate feelings of belonging and fulfillment, create a safe home, and emotionally meet their hierarchy of needs. 

BDP currently owns two apartment complexes, one in North Seattle and one in Shoreline, where they house individuals with I/DD and low-income individuals who are refugees or immigrants.

On January 25, 2023 GBCIB Charitable Foundation representative, Clifford Sullam, local bank Manager, presented BDP with a $5,000 grant to further our mission to Carol Salter, Executive Director, and Farzana Rehman, CFO/COO. 
The BDP Board of Directors and senior administrators are committed to providing the most accurate and updated education and training to our staff who provide medical and emotional support to the 34 adults we serve. Funds received will allow us to access training for staff and clients and will include: mental, emotional, nutritional, and physical health interventions.

The GBC International Bank (GBCIB) Charitable Foundation’s goal is to support organizations that offer health care, human services, and education for youth and the elderly. GBCI is a full-service community business bank established in 1976 as the “First Women’s Bank”, whose mission was to fight discrimination in the banking industry on the basis of sex. 

The Shoreline branch is located at 16001 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133.

Since then they have expanded that non-discrimination model to the present Charitable Foundation supporting initiatives for healthy living for seniors, educating youth, and supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in their local communities. 

"BDP’s similar mission to GBCIB Foundation is the reason we chose GBCIB as our full banking partner."


Shorenorth Cooperative Preschool Spring Carnival and Silent Auction March 25, 2023

Shorenorth Cooperative Preschool Spring Carnival and Silent Auction
Saturday March 25, 12-4pm
17839 Aurora Ave N (Located at Ronald United Methodist Church)

Shorenorth Cooperative Preschool invites the public to join our families for a FREE Spring Carnival Event. Come with your kiddos to play pre-school friendly carnival games.

Wednesday prior to the carnival, our online auction will go live. We invite you to support by joining the bidding opening on March 22 and closing at noon on March 25. Auction Pick Up happens at the Carnival. Come for your items, stay for the fun!

**Auction Items and Bidding Portal Details are Coming Soon - Check our Facebook Event or for auction portal on March 22nd.**

Shorenorth preschool is a program of Shoreline Community College.


Shorewood boys wrestling 1-28-2023

Top row (l-r) Eli Jeppsen, 3rd @ 106lb and Masa Taura, 1st @ 126lb
2nd row (l-r) Mak Kanzler, 2nd @ 160lb and Hunter Tibodeau, 1st @ 220lb

Story and photos by Clark Norton

Over the water and through the peninsula the Shorewood boys went on Saturday to wrestle in the Keigen Langholff Memorial Tournament at Klahowya Secondary School. Located in Silverdale, on the Kitsap Peninsula, this was the first time Shorewood has ever competed in this event.

Despite only taking a skeleton crew of eight wrestlers, the Stormrays made an impression on the contest. Freshman Eli Jeppsen rebounded from a tough loss in the 106 pound semifinals to pin his next two opponents in 29 seconds each to bring home a 3rd place medal.

At 126 pounds it was sophomore Masa Taura bringing home hardware. Taura pinned each of his opponents as he took 1st place, the first tournament championship of his wrestling career.

Junior Mak Kanzler improved his winning streak to eight in a row. Unfortunately, he ran into Klahowya’s Logan Wallis, ranked #2 in the state for 1A 160 pounds. Although he lost in the finals, Kanzler made his team proud by earning 2nd place.

Senior Hunter Tibodeau added one final regular season accolade to his stellar career by dominating his way to a 1st place finish. This Tibodeau’s tenth tournament title as he hopes to prove his #1 ranking at 220 pounds this postseason and bring home a state title.

Shorewood starts their postseason quest next Saturday, February 4th, in the WESCO South Tournament, hosted by Shorecrest High School.


The Miyawaki Urban Forest History Project at the Shoreline Historical Museum

A Miyawaki forest being planted on the outskirts of Paris, France. Photo courtesy Boomforest

By Sally Yamasaki

For the last two years, community volunteers have been meeting at the Shoreline Historical Museum to come up with a plan to utilize the field next to the museum buildings. The museum, located at 185th and Linden in Shoreline, services the communities of Lake Forest Park, Shoreline and North Seattle.

Aerial view of the Museum with the adjacent empty field

What is visioned by the museum volunteers is to develop an incremental plan for the adjacent empty field that would incorporate local history, the environment, and educational programming with the intent to build community.

Recognizing the climate issues we all are facing and the U.S. aim to cut emissions 50-52% below 2005 levels by 2030, the museum community volunteers researched the Miyawaki method of afforestation.

Volunteers at the Shoreline Historical Museum
Photo by Sally Yamasaki

A Miyawaki forest is a type of urban forest that utilizes a technique that creates dense, diverse, and sustainable forests. This method involves planting a number of diverse native species in a small area and allowing them to grow naturally without any pesticides such that after three years, the forest becomes self-sustaining.

Community members Sally Yamasaki and Sarah Phillips recently made a presentation on how a Miyawaki Urban Forests could become the walls of their future history project, a concept being explored at the Shoreline Historical Museum.


2022 NUHSA Human Services Awards

Ronald Commons (above) and Hopelink (below)
Photos courtesy NUHSA
The North Urban Human Services Alliance (NUHSA) held their 2022 Human Services Awards program and celebration on Thursday, January 19, 2023 at Ronald United Methodist Church (17839 Aurora Ave. N. Shoreline).

The annual NUHSA Awards recognize those individuals and organizations that have gone above and beyond in ensuring the health and well-being of our North King County residents.

New this year is the Building Bridges Award, recognizing the extraordinary effort of our north end cities in forming the Regional Crisis Response Agency that will provide community mobile crisis response services across all of North King County (NKC).

Emily Gallagher and Emily Carey (of Compass Housing Alliance and Hopelink, respectively) provided informative and comprehensive tours of Ronald Commons and Shoreline Hopelink prior to the awards program. both located behind Ronald United Methodist Church (RUMC) where the event was held.

Several years ago RUMC partnered with the City of Shoreline and created this innovative and unique community development which provides housing, essential human services and fellowship.

Outstanding Human Services Program

Grounded photo courtesy NUHSA

Award accepted by Darnesha and Erwin Weary, Haben Haileslassie and Diana Muuru

Grounded serves primarily black youth in Shoreline and throughout North King County, offering school tutoring, mental health therapy, workforce training, career planning, and opportunities to exercise the body and mind through dance, radio and art. Housed at Black Coffee NW in Shoreline, Grounded is the nonprofit arm of this successful coffee shop that has since its inception two years ago seamlessly blended business with activism and community outreach.


BoPop (Bothellites for People-oriented Places)
Award accepted by Cary Westerbeck, Founder

This all-volunteer group elevates affordable housing issues in Bothell and advocates for middle housing and other housing options. Most recently, BoPop hosted a walking tour and provided a community forum on the state of housing in Bothell with community members, city staff, city council members and partner organizations.

Bothell Kenmore Chamber
Award accepted by Danah Abarr, Executive Director

The Bothell Kenmore Chamber prioritizes inclusion and support of nonprofit organizations as part of its focus on strengthening community and civic connections. Nonprofit organizations/agencies receive a 50% discounted membership rate, and through the Cultural Development Committee, the Chamber strives to bring diversity to its membership and leadership and offer more equitable and diverse programming.

Bothell Urban Project
Award accepted by Pastor Kristin Joyner

Led by a team of congregants from Bothell United Methodist Church, the Bothell Urban Project aims to create more affordable housing alongside resources and support that build a strong and supportive community. With proceeds from a portion of the Church’s property, the group is working to purchase land in downtown Bothell for multi-use housing that may include on the first floor a workforce training cafĂ©, community court, and human services resource center.

Award accepted by Arun and Seema Sharma, Founders

Led by and serving South Asians in Washington, Utsav organizes to promote equitable access to culturally competent and linguistically accessible services, focusing on mutual aid, education and advocacy. Founded in Bothell in 2015, Utsav strengthens its cross-cultural community through events, youth leadership opportunities and community-specific assistance. During the pandemic, Utsav also provided critical food aid, distributed thousands of masks and supported area businesses.

Human Services Champion:

Camp United We Stand photo courtesy NUHSA

Bill Leon and Rev. Alan Christensen, Camp United We Stand Board Directors

Through Bill and Alan’s compassionate and steady leadership, Camp United We Stand (the only authorized encampment in North King County) has remained active throughout the pandemic, serving up to 35 campers each year.

Bill and Alan spend an inordinate amount of time managing the camp, attending weekly meetings, adjudicating situations that arise, counseling campers, fundraising and seeking new locations. Bill has facilitated a new site beginning early 2023, and Alan serves as treasurer and has even provided shelter in his own home to a former camper in need.


Nominees for Human Services Champion
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Saba Berhe, Family Support Lead

Canopy Scholars provides tutoring and STEM programs to students who have emigrated from Central America, Eritrea and Ethiopia. When students experience community – a sense of belonging and connection – they are empowered to thrive, and the same is true for their parents. While students receive tutoring, Saba gathers mothers in an adjacent room for coffee and conversation, building a sense of safety and confidence and empowering them to navigate a multitude of obstacles where each day can be a challenge academically, financially, mentally and socially.

Carrie Czarnecki, Outreach Specialist

With immense compassion and skill, Carrie of Lake City Partners Ending Homelessness provides outreach to our unhoused neighbors in Shoreline, many with complex needs, and connects them to critical resources and services. She ensures case management, facilitates admittance to The Oaks (North King County’s only enhanced shelter), provides essential support to the Shoreline Severe Weather Shelter, and is a constant presence at Shoreline District Community Court.

Donna Hawkey, Community Advocate

A longtime resident of Lake Forest Park, Donna is an exceptional community advocate who was one of the first to be trained as a Navigator for the Shoreline District Community Court in 2020, providing weekly resource referral and support to participants. As stable housing is a constant challenge, she became inspired to explore long term solutions and actively participates in affordable housing and land trust committees. She is also a contributor to the Shoreline Area News, often focusing on human services organizations and efforts.

Rob Karlinsey, Kenmore City Manager

Rob has gone above and beyond in providing visionary leadership around a set of values that place people and systems change at the center of a city’s operation by boldly addressing the impacts of systemic racism and counteracting the impacts of the pandemic on its residents. This is seen in steps to protect residents from eviction, address housing affordability, allocate Cares Act funding to support families, and imbed Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) in city policies and procedures. He has fostered a climate in which this work can flourish - and produce results.

Nicolie Simonson, Community Advocate

When the pandemic closed schools in 2020, Nicolie created the Shoreline Caring Facebook page to help provide meaningful help for residents. Through this informal but extremely effective forum, those experiencing hardship could ask for and receive help with rent, utilities, car/medical/pet needs, diapers and much more. The site grew to over 1,500 members, along with several admins, and became the go-to mutual aid group for Shoreline and the surrounding communities until it merged with Shoreline Stands by Me in 2021. Nicolie continues to raise funds for holiday meals and local needs while parenting four young children.

Building Bridges Award

Building Bridges honorees
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

City Managers/Assistant City Managers of Bothell, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore and Kirkland

In late 2021, city leadership began collaborating to pursue a dual-tracked mission of expanding the North Sound RADAR program and creating a mental health triage center that would serve North King County. 

In November, the City Councils of these 5 cities adopted a partner agreement to form this new Regional Crisis Response Agency (RCR), which will begin formal operations in early 2023 and be jointly governed and funded by the partner cities with additional funding from King County and the State of Washington. The RCR Agency will have ten Mental Health Professional Community Responders, which will enhance public health, safety and emergency response services, including crisis response awareness, support and resource referral for community members experiencing behavioral health issues across the five-city region.

About NUHSA       

NUHSA’s Annual Human Services Awards have been celebrating the accomplishments of local individuals and organizations since 2008. NUHSA is an alliance of non-profit agencies, faith communities, city and county leadership, school districts and members of the community who advocate for a strong and accessible health and human services system in North King County, encompassing Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, Bothell and Woodinville. Through partnership and collaboration, NUHSA supports providers, funders and the community to enhance existing resources and build our capacity to effectively respond to community needs.


Shoreline Severe Weather Shelter to be open Monday night 1-30-2023

The Shoreline Severe Weather Shelter will be open Monday, January 30, 2023 at 8:30pm.

The shelter is housed at St. Dunstan’s Church at 722 N 145th St, Shoreline WA 98133.

If you would like to be a shelter volunteer, email or call 206-550-5626


1500 Shoreline and Lake Forest Park residents join to celebrate the Lunar New Year with a Lantern Festival

Sunday, January 29, 2023

It was a delightful family event
Photo by Mike Remarcke
What an incredible turnout from the community!

The kids were intent on their artwork
Photo by Mike Remarcke
Over 1500 enthusiastic audience members enjoyed the Lantern festival at North City Elementary that started at noon Saturday, January 28, 2023 with kids making lanterns.

Many arrived early to beat the lines for the food trucks
Photo by Sahana Shivanand
Food trucks Seoul Bowl, and Momocha Kathmandu served delicious food. Jeanie Rak performed soulful music.

Lions danced to the beat of a drum
Photo by Mike Remarcke
Mak Fai Kung Fu Dragon and Lion Dance Association brought an entire pride of lions for the pleasure of the crowd.

Photo by Mike Remarcke
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. 

The children don't look entirely sure about the lion's intentions
Photo by Mike Remarcke
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, the rabbit.

Photo by Mike Remarcke
ShoreLake Arts is proud to present this event with major support from our sponsors and community partners: 
  • IPA - International Performing Arts, 
  • North City Water District, 
  • ICHS - International Community Health Services, 
  • Shoreline Rotary, 
  • Ridgecrest Neighborhood Association, 
  • North City Neighborhood Association, 
  • Environmental Rotary Club of Puget Sound, 
  • Jack Malek Windermere Real Estate, 
  • Pilgrim Media Services LLC, 
  • Culture Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office
  • City of Shoreline, 
  • City of Lake Forest Park, 
  • 4Culture, 
  • Arts WA and 
  • Shoreline Public Schools
Sahana Shivanand from ShoreLake Arts takes a selfie with the forest tour group
Judy MacCully created Forest Walks in the North City Park, adjacent to the festival site.

ShoreLake Arts says "Thank you to all the volunteers, planning committee, ShoreLake Arts Board Members, city officials, food trucks, sound crew, arts advocates, community members, donors, sponsors, staff, and many more for making this event so much fun! 

"We’ll be back next year!"


Gloria's Critters: Sorry, photog, this club is for raccoons only!

Photo copyright Gloria Z. Nagler

Can't let you in.



Severe weather shelter to be open Sunday night

The Shoreline Severe Weather Shelter will be open Sunday, January 29, 2023 at 8:30pm.

The shelter is housed at St. Dunstan’s Church at 722 N 145th St, Shoreline WA 98133.

If you would like to be a shelter volunteer, email or call 206-550-5626


GoFundMe for family whose home burned on Thursday

Two members of the family went to the burn unit
Photo by Shoreline Fire
A GoFundMe has been set up for the family whose home burned on Thursday, January 26, 2023 (see previous story).

Two members of the family ended up in the Harborview burn unit with serious burns. One has been released but the other is still there.

All the humans escaped the fire, but Kibbles, the family dog did not.

The home is a complete loss.


LFP Elected Officials to serve on regional bodies

Lake Forest Park City Councilmembers
For City Council members it's not just a matter of attending council meetings and serving on council subcommittees. Councilmembers represent the city at over two dozen organizations. 

At the January 12, 2023 regular business meeting, the Lake Forest Park City Council took action to appoint members to serve on committees and in liaison roles representing the City on regional bodies.

Following are the committee and regional appointments for 2023:

Advisory Body Liaisons
  • Planning Commission – Councilmember Bodi
  • Tree Board – Councilmember Goldman
  • Parks and Recreation Advisory Board – Councilmember Bodi
  • Climate Action Committee – Councilmember Furutani
Regional Bodies
  • Sound Cities
  • HealthierHere Governing Board – Councilmember Riddle, Member
  • Joint Recommendations Committee (JRC) – Councilmember Riddle, Member
  • PSRC Growth Management Policy Board – Councilmember Kassover, Member
  • SCA Public Issues Committee (PIC) – Deputy Mayor French, Member, and Councilmember Bodi, Alternate
  • King County Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) – Councilmember Kassover, Member

  • SeaShore Transportation Forum – Councilmember Kassover, Co-Chair, Councilmember Goldman, Member, and Councilmember Lebo, Alternate
  • North Urban Human Services Alliance – Councilmember Kassover, Board Member
  • Metropolitan Solid Waste Advisory Committee – Councilmember Kassover, Member
  • Department of Natural Resources Washington Community Forestry Council – Councilmember Riddle, Member
  • Lake Ballinger/McAleer Creek Watershed Forum – Mayor Johnson, Member, and Councilmember Furutani, Alternate
  • Water Resource Inventory Area 8 Salmon Recovery Council (WRIA 8) – Councilmember Furutani, Member, and Councilmember Bodi, Alternate
  • North King County Shelter Task Force – Councilmember Riddle, Member
  • K4C Outreach Committee – Councilmember Kassover, Member, and Councilmember Furutani, Member
  • Regional Crisis Response Agency (RCR) – Councilmember Goldman, Member


Construction progresses on future Shoreline Community College Health Sciences and Advanced Manufacturing Classroom Complex

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Photo courtesy Cascade Construction
Foreman Art and General Superintendent Robert, Cascade Construction Company, are feeling good about this week's progress at the future Shoreline Community College Health Sciences and Advanced Manufacturing Classroom Complex with FORMA Construction Co.

The new Classroom Complex will replace five existing buildings with a new facility that will house the Chemistry, Biology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering and BioManufacturing departments.

The new facility will open up the campus to new green space, and support the health and technical programs that draws students to their doors.

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


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Sponge ??

Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter HERE



Take the survey: Natural Hazards and Community Preparedness

The City of Shoreline and King County Emergency Management are partnering with the University of Washington to survey Shoreline residents about natural hazards and community preparedness in the Puget Sound region. 

We’d like to ask for your support by taking a short survey. All responses are private. 

Please contact Molly Daly, the Survey Coordinator with any questions.


Resurgence: The Persistence of our Natural and Indigenous Communities

Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 2pm, Lake Forest Park Library

David Buerge highlights new and updated research on historic forest management and the lives of people around Lake Washington.

He will elaborate on the changes our areas have undergone and the erasure that continues to threaten our natural landscapes and indigenous communities.

The presentation is in partnership with the Shoreline Historical Museum. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lake Forest Park Library.

Registration not required.

Lake Forest Park Library, Town Center Lake Forest Park, intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way NE. Library is on the lower level, lobby.


Shorewood girls wrestling team 1-28-23 brings home a second place trophy from the Lady Knights Tournament

Shorewood girls wrestling team with 2nd Place Team Trophy
Coach Derek Norton, back row, right

Story and photos by Clark Norton

The Shorewood girls wrestling team went north on Saturday to Mariner High School on Saturday to compete in the Lady Knights Tournament. With a squad of nine girls against a field of 27 other teams, the Stormrays showed up large and brought home a 2nd place team trophy.

Libby Norton, 2nd Place
At 100 pounds, sophomore Libby Norton punched her ticket to the finals by pinning Lindbergh’s Purnima Gurung. 

It was a bit of revenge for Norton as Gurung had defeated her twice during the postseason last year. 

Nicknamed “Mighty Mouse” by her teammates, Norton brought home a 2nd place medal.

Finley Houck, 2nd Place
At 105 pounds, freshman Finley Houck also made a run to the finals. 

Houck fell to Burlington-Edison’s Lilia Ortiz in a rematch of the Everett Tournament finals. 

Along with a 2nd place finish, Houck improved to 22-4 and set a Shorewood Girls single season record for wins.

Fiona Blair, 3rd Place
Senior Fiona Blair represented Shorewood in the 115 pound weight class. 

Blair was upset in the quarterfinals by a wrestler from Mountlake Terrace. 

The Stormray captain showed true resilience by winning four straight loser-out matches to climb all the way back to a 3rd place finish.

Abby Tveit
The fourth wrestler to place for the Stormrays was senior Abby Tveit

Tveit pinned her first opponent in just 19 seconds, the fastest Shorewood pin of the day. 

Another pin in the semifinals, her fourteen of the season, put her into the finals. 

After nearly tossing her opponent to her back, Tveit was reversed and pinned herself as she also earned 2nd place. 

Aly Fellores, 4th Place
Sophomore Aly Fellores continued Shorewood’s parade of medals in the 140 pound weight class as she took 4th place.

Shorewood’s fourth finalist was sophomore Izzy Crave at 145 pounds.

Crave fell behind early against a tough competitor from Snohomish.

After weathering the storm, it was all Stormray for the final two periods.

Izzy Crave, 1st Place!!!!
Crave turned her opponent in the second period and nearly had the pin as time expired.

In the third period she kept up the downpour of pressure and finished things with a pin. 

The 1st place finish was Crave’s first ever tournament championship.

Abbi Chishungu, 2nd Place
Rounding things out for Shorewood was sophomore Abbi Chishungu at 170 pounds. 

Chishungu went to sudden death overtime in her semifinal match before getting a takedown and earning a spot in the finals with an 11-9 win. 

Although her loss in the finals wasn’t what she wanted, she wrestled tough and held her head high.

Shorewood begins the three week postseason by wrestling in the two-day Sub-Regional tournament February 3rd and 4th at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.


Make a Rabbit Lantern to celebrate the Lunar New Year

Make a Year of the Rabbit lantern at home or at the Lantern Festival 

This paper craft was created by Shoreline Artist and Mandarin teacher Mrs. Hua Zhang.
Free "Year of the Rabbit" Lantern Crafts are available throughout the community or available to download from ShoreLake Arts Website at

Lantern Kit Locations:

ShoreLake Arts Gallery
ShoreLake Arts Office
Shoreline Recreation Center
Shoreline Lake Forest Park Senior Center
Shoreline Historical Museum
City of Shoreline-City Hall
Highland Recreation Center
Shoreline Libraries

ShoreLake Arts’ Lantern Festival is Saturday, January 28, 2023 from Noon - 3:30pm at North City Elementary School 816 NE 190th St, Shoreline, WA 98155

Rain or shine
Free Family Friendly
Everyone is welcome

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