The Phoenix Theatre presents Glorious! The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the Worst Singer in the World

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins, 
the Worst Singer in the World
by Peter Quilter
directed by Eric Lewis
Produced with permission of Samuel French,Inc.
June 2nd – June 25th
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2pm
Adults $25 and Seniors 55+/Students/US Military and Veterans $20

Interested parties can learn more about the show 
by visiting

The Phoenix Theatre presents its Season 15 closing show – and it stars some community favorites! Beat the heat and take in some true talent with Glorious!, June 2 – June 25, 2023.

This hilarious comedy tells the story of the worst singer in the world. In 1940s New York, the performer who everyone wanted to see live was Florence Foster Jenkins, an enthusiastic soprano whose pitch was far from perfect.

Known as "the first lady of the sliding scale," she warbled and screeched her way through the evening to an audience who mostly fell about with laughter. But this delusional and joyously happy woman paid little attention to her critics, instead she was surrounded by a circle of devoted friends who were almost as eccentric as she was.

"First lady of the sliding scale"
Opens Friday at The Phoenix Theatre
Based on a true story, the play spins from Florence's charity recitals, to extravagant balls, to her bizarre recording sessions - ultimately leading to a moment of personal triumph that is sure to inspire you to clear your throat and follow your bliss!

Director Eric Lewis and his cast are hard at work getting this show on its feet - you'll see some familiar faces, along with some new ones. 

Says Lewis, "The cast consists of Phoenix Theatre luminaries.” He is surely referencing Melanie Calderwood and Susan Connors – legends in their own right – along with regular favorites James Lynch and Jay Jenkins. The Phoenix also welcomes fresh faces Nicola Amos and Laura Knight.

"It's a ridiculous and noble story," remarks the director, 

"Madame Florence (She preferred to be called that) may have been unable to accurately assess her abilities but her courage and spirit were what propelled her to a 'triumph' at Carnegie Hall. 

"Movies, Plays, and books are still being written about her life (approximately 80 years later), and she has become a legend, maybe not the way she would have wanted, but still a legend."


Panda Origami workshop on Saturday, June 3, 2023 at Shoreline Community College

Shoreline Community College Continuing Education's Chinese Cultural workshops continue Saturday June 3, 2023 with Panda Origami.
Join our Chinese Scholar Fei Ke on campus for this fun 2-hour class for all ages! 


History beneath our feet at the Shoreline Historical Museum Saturday

Digging for history
Photo by Sally Yamasaki

By Sally Yamasaki

If you ever want to go on a treasure hunt of history, dig a hole! At least that is what I learned this weekend at the Shoreline Historical Museum.

In preparation for the Museum’s first Field Day Celebration, this Saturday, June 3, 2023 from 12:00 – 4:00pm, a group of volunteers from the Miyawaki Urban Forest History Project gathered at the open field adjacent to the museum. They spent the afternoon unearthing soil making a core sample to show visitors the history beneath our feet.

Anne Udaloy, hydrogeologist, helped the volunteers interpret what the various rocks, bits of clay and yellow silt that they dug up meant. At one point. Udaloy tapped with her crowbar for us all to hear a hollow sounding “thump” much like the sound of a ripe watermelon. 

With the thump of a shovel, the group knew
there was a human-made object underground.
Photo by Sally Yamasaki
Excitedly, we asked, “What does that mean?” Udaloy told us a sound like that usually means something human-made and sure enough after digging a bit more, we unearthed several bricks.

When asking Udaloy, “What is significant for us living in this area to know about the history beneath our feet?” she replied,

“That is a very personal question. I think there are some who will feel there is no relevance at all. That is not my feeling. 
"I feel we exist now only because of the ancestors who survived, and who made it possible for us today to not only survive but to thrive. 
"As individual humans we are a part of a larger culture, such as, learning from the first people who identified that we can eat these fish, or these mollusks. 
"Without, that information, we would not have been able to sustain ourselves. Everything comes from the earth itself. That shared knowledge that passes through time is essential to where we are today.”

Along with music, food, and games to play at the Shoreline Historical Museum Field Day Celebration, the Miyawaki Urban Forest History Project will have a booth with free children’s activities, an Imagine Pathway through a forest and a hole in the ground for you to peer back into history.

More information about this event here


Shoreline community comes together to combat catalytic converter crime

SCC Automotive student marks a catalytic converter
Photo courtesy SCC

For Shoreline Community College (SCC), the word community isn’t just part of the College’s name, it’s a passion. 

Last month on April 29, 2023, three Shoreline automotive students and Amber Avery-Graff, Tenure-Track Automotive Instructor, worked together alongside members of SCC’s Security Team and the Shoreline Police Department at the Catalytic Converter Marketing Event to engrave over 50 catalytic converters for the community. 

Last summer Shoreline staged the first event which was students only, then expanded in the fall to include SCC faculty and staff. Both were incredibly well received, which led to last month's event which was open to all interested members within the greater Shoreline community.

Catalytic converters contain precious metals. It takes less than 90 seconds for thieves to roll under a vehicle, cut the pipes on either side, and leave with the converter.

“A catalytic converter is typically over one thousand dollars to replace, so that’s a huge expense,” says Avery-Graff. By engraving the last eight digits of a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) onto the converter, it can be traced back to its original vehicle which makes it much more difficult to sell.

For the event, community members pre-registered and were greeted by Gregory Cranson, Acting Director of Safety and Security at SCC, members of Shoreline’s Security Team, and members of the Shoreline Police Department.

SCC automotive students and instructor
volunteered for the event.
Photo courtesy SCC
From there Shoreline automotive students Trevor Buehler, Christian Mariano, and Felipe Tores along with Avery-Graff worked together to take the cars back to the automotive building and spray paint each converter with bright paint. 

Even at night it is obvious to anyone who sees it that the converter has been marked. 

This process acts as a deterrent to help keep the catalytic converter from being stolen and can also be a way for police to locate victims of this type of theft so they can press charges.

Like a well-oiled machine, Avery-Graff and her students were able to move each car through the process in roughly ten minutes. 
“Students are in school 4 days a week 8 hours a day, so for students to come in and volunteer their time on a day off is pretty amazing,” says Avery-Graff.

The community response to the event was extremely enthusiastic, with many members already voicing their excitement for the next event, eager to encourage their neighbors and spouses to attend. 

President of Shoreline Community College, Dr. Jack Kahn had this to say about the event. 
“Shoreline Community College is extremely pleased to work directly with the city on projects that will benefit our community. 
"Chief Park and her team have been extremely collaborative, and we are so excited that this event had such a positive impact and look forward to many other events with the city.”

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.


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Beethoven

Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter HERE


2023 Lake Forest Park / Shoreline / Richmond Beach READS

2023 Lake Forest Park/Shoreline/Richmond Beach READS
June 1 – July 31

Shoreline and Richmond Beach Libraries have joined with Lake Forest Park READS again this year, marking the 18th year of this community literary event. 

Join a presentation with local author, Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe, as she discusses her book, Red Paint: the Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk.

In Red Paint, “an Indigenous artist blends the aesthetics of punk rock with the traditional spiritual practices of the women in her lineage in this bold, contemporary journey to reclaim her heritage and unleash her power and voice while searching for a permanent home.” – Counterpoint Press.

Third Place Books, located on the upper level of Town Center, intersection Bothell and Ballinger Way NE, offers 20% off on this title June 1 - July 31, 2023.

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.

Registration not required.


LFP Municipal Court Probation Officer Phil Stanley retirement

Judge Portnoy (ret.), Phil Stanley, Judge Grant
After 19 years with the Lake Forest Park Municipal Court, Probation Officer Phil Stanley staffed his final review calendar on March 29, 2023. 

The court gathered to celebrate his final day. Special guests included Mr. Stanley’s wife, Tricia, and retired judge Linda Portnoy.

Mr. Stanley joined the court in 2004. Imminently overqualified for the position, he implored presiding judge Linda Portnoy to give him a shot. 

His impressive resume included 27 years with the Washington State Department of Corrections (WA DOC). 

Hired in 1973 as a Parole Officer, Mr. Stanley was promoted repeatedly within WA DOC. He served as the Prison Superintendent (1992-1997) and Regional Administrator (1997-2000) before heading across the country to become a Commissioner with the New Hampshire Department of Corrections where he reported to the Governor and Executive Council. He retired after three years and returned to the Pacific Northwest.

Not one to be idle, Mr. Stanley saw a newspaper ad for a part-time probation officer in Lake Forest Park. Having never supervised misdemeanant offenders, Mr. Stanley decided to round out his resume and apply for the position. 

Judge Portnoy brought him on board. In addition to the LFP job, Mr. Stanley served as the Director of the Chelan County Regional Justice Center in Wenatchee from 2007-2012, where he managed a $9 million annual budget and led the 90 employees operating the 308-bed facility.

Mr. Stanley brought his expertise to the LFP Court. He implemented an innovative pretrial supervision program, earned the respect of the probationers he supervised, and made sound recommendations to the court. 

Mr. Stanley worked for Judge Portnoy until her retirement in 2021. 

Judge Grant expressed her gratitude for Mr. Stanley’s steady presence during her first year as presiding judge and thanked him for his guidance in the selection of his successor, Charles Mitchell.

Since retiring, Mr. Stanley has been on a grand tour of the many beautiful parks in Utah. 


June 2023 Events Calendar at Third Place Books - Ken Jennings on June 18

Third Place Books photo by
Steven H. Robinson
Third Place Books - Lake Forest Park

June 2023 EVENTS

Please note: all times below are Pacific Time.
Both virtual and in-person events require registration in advance. Unless ticketed, events are free and open to the public. See for details.
() – denotes ticketed event
() – denotes event for children or middle grade readers
Monday, June 5 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Ann Putnam with Beverly Conner
I Will Leave You Never
Putnam’s new novel is set in our community of Lake Forest Park. In the middle of a perilous drought in the Northwest, an arsonist begins setting fires all around. “An often moving story of uncertainty and loss.” (Kirkus Reviews)
Tuesday, June 6 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
[SOLD OUT] Ocean Vuong with Angela Garbes // introduction by Sah Pham
Time is A Mother
The beloved MacArthur "Genius," poet, and novelist celebrates the paperback release of his deeply intimate second collection. Vuong searches for life among the aftershocks of his mother’s death, embodying the paradox of sitting within grief while being determined to survive beyond it. Angela Garbes, author of Essential Labor, joins in conversation.
Thursday, June 8 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Elizabeth Clark-Stern with Nisi Shawl
The Language of Water
Science-fiction writer and TV screenwriter Clark-Stern presents her new book from local Aqueduct Press. The dawn of the twenty-second century finds women in a new world where water—the lack of it, or the over-abundance of it—shapes their inner and outer lives.
Thursday, June 15 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Steve Turner with Jonathan Evison
Mud Ride: A Messy Trip Through the Grunge Explosion
A down-and-dirty chronicle of the birth and evolution of the Seattle grunge scene—from backyard skateboard ramps and underground hardcore clubs to worldwide phenomenon—as told by one of its founding fathers and lead guitarist of the legendary alternative rock band, Mudhoney.
Sunday, June 18 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Ken Jennings with Tom Nissley
100 Places to See After You Die : A Travel Guide to the Afterlife
Celebrate Father's Day with the legendary Jeopardy! champion and host. Jennings will be discussing his new book, a hilarious travel guide to the afterlife, exploring destinations to die for from literature, mythology, and pop culture ranging from Dante’s Inferno to Hadestown to NBC’s The Good Place. Tom Nissley, owner of Phinney and Madison Books, joins in conversation. Tickets required. See for details.
Tuesday, June 20 at 6:30pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Local Author Open Mic
Due to a scheduling conflict, this month’s Open Mic will take place on a Tuesday in place of its normal Monday slot. Come share your work and develop your craft with other local authors. For consignment requests, see for details.
Wednesday, June 21 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Jennifer Ackerman
What an Owl Knows: The New Science of the World's Most Enigmatic Birds
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Genius of Birds and The Bird Way, a brilliant scientific investigation into owls—the most elusive of birds—and why they exert such a hold on human imagination. Tickets required. See for details.
Thursday, June 22 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Susan Mallery
The Happiness Plan
Susan Mallery’s first in-person appearance at Lake Forest Park! Three women search for joy in the #1 New York Times bestselling author’s new novel of hope, heartache, and the power of friendship.
Monday, June 26 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Martha Holmberg
Simply Tomato: 100 Recipes for Enjoying Your Favorite Ingredient All Year Long
Take your love for tomatoes to the next level with this delectable collection of 100 incredible recipes from the coauthor of the bestselling, staff-favorite cookbooks Six Seasons and Grains for Every Season.
Tuesday, June 27 at 12pm PDT / 3pm EDT (Virtual)
Maureen Freely, Aysegül Savas, and Merve Emre
discuss Cold Nights of Childhood by Tezer Özlü, tr. Maureen Freely
in partnership with Community Bookstore and the Transnational Literature Series at Brookline Booksmith
This phenomenal panel discusses a newly translated classic that deserves to stand alongside The Bell Jar and Jean Rhys's Good Morning, Midnight. Özlü’s novel is a powerfully vivid, disorienting, and bittersweet novel about the determined embrace of life in all its complexity and confusion.
Tuesday, June 27 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Lily Meade with Kendare Blake
The Shadow Sister
A gripping, speculative thriller from a dazzling new voice about a teen who disappears... and returns, changed in ways that trauma alone can’t explain.
Thursday, June 29 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Samantha Ferraro
One-Pot Mediterranean: 70+ Simple Recipes for Healthy and Flavorful Weeknight Cooking 
From the author of The Weeknight Mediterranean Kitchen, a new book on how to eat healthy every night with simple and delicious Mediterranean meals that come together effortlessly using just one pot, pan or skillet.
Third Place Books is located on the upper level of Town Center, intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way NE.


Letter to the Editor: Scofflaws traveling in Aurora bus lanes

To the Editor;

Our Shoreline police should be aware of the growing problem of drivers using the bus lanes on Aurora as their personal HOV lanes. 

Traveling north, I have to make a right turn off Aurora to get to the street where I live. All too frequently I see a vehicle approaching behind me at 50-60 mph in the bus lane when I move into the lane for my right turn. 

I'm afraid of being rear-ended by one of these scofflaws, who are traveling in the bus lane for many blocks.

Are other Shoreline residents noticing this dangerous practice?

Ramona Gault


Office of the State Treasurer, Compass Housing Alliance offer financial education workshop for veterans TODAY

SHORELINE, WA – The Office of the State Treasurer (OST) and the Compass Housing Alliance are partnering to provide a free ID Theft and Prevention Workshop at the Shoreline Veterans Center on Wednesday, May 31, 2023.

The ID Theft and Prevention Workshop is a part of the Financial Foundations Workshop series provided by the Office of the State Treasurer, which is for adults looking to develop new skills in managing personal finances.

Compass Housing Alliance offers a variety of programs and housing that meet the specific needs of military Veterans and their families. Shree Vigil, the Program Manager of the Compass Veterans Center in Shoreline, connects local Veterans in need of housing with the resources and tools they need to achieve stability, growth, and community engagement goals.

“This will be the first time partnering with the Office of the State Treasurer, and we’re excited to offer this workshop as an additional opportunity for Shoreline area Veterans,” said Vigil.

In addition to managing public finances for the state, OST focuses on financial education as a part of its services to the public.

OST Financial Education Coordinator John McKenney regularly conducts workshops with the help of community partnerships like this one. He has experience working across the state as a facilitator for both in person and online financial wellness workshops to help financially empower Washingtonians.

"Financial education can be an invaluable tool for anyone in Washington thinking about their next steps and long-term personal finances,” said McKenney. 
“We’re honored to partner with the Compass Housing Alliance and Shoreline Veterans Center to provide this development opportunity for Veterans of our military,” he said.

Registration is not required to attend the upcoming workshop at the Shoreline Veterans Center, located at 1301 N 200th St, Shoreline, WA 98133. All Veterans are welcome to attend.

Contact John McKenney with questions about the Financial Foundations Workshops at


Memorial Day Ceremony at Evergreen-Washelli May 29, 2023

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Photos by Steven H. Robinson

Evergreen Washelli held their 97th Service of Remembrance at their cemetery at 11111 Aurora Ave N on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2023.

NW Junior Pipe and Drum Band

The brief memorial service included participation from the Washington State Guard and members of the NW Junior Drum and Pipe Band. 

Flags were placed at every veteran's grave

Before the ceremony, Scouts and volunteers placed small flags on all the veterans' graves.

Flags at Veterans' graves

Salvation Army volunteers

Volunteers from the Salvation Army were part of the group placing flags on graves, as were the boy scouts.

 Scout troops salute at the presentation of the colors.

Several hundred people were there for the ceremony

Several different groups were involved in the ceremony.


Olympic Ballet Theatre presents "Summer Performance"

Rowan Catel in Paquita
Into Dust Photography

Olympic Ballet Theatre presents Summer Performance

Featuring Paquita Grand Pas Classique, a masterpiece of classical ballet,
and a vibrant world premiere by Alberto Gaspar

JUNE 3, 2023, AT 7 PM

Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA)

Edmonds, WA – Olympic Ballet Theatre closes its performance season with an eclectic display celebrating the diversity of ballet. This annual production honors tradition and spotlights innovation, featuring excerpts from classical ballets by famed choreographers of the past and new contemporary ballet works by talented choreographers of today.

The 2023 Summer Performance features Paquita Grand Pas Classique, a masterpiece of classical ballet, and a vibrant world premiere by OBT’s company dancer and choreographer Alberto Gaspar on June 3, 2023, at 7 pm, at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

Paquita Grand Pas Classique
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Music: Ludwig Minkus

This classical ballet excerpt with original choreography by Marius Petipa and music by Ludwig Minkus was added to Act III of Paquita in 1881. While most of the original ballet has been lost to time, Paquita Grand Pas Classique is a treasured part of many ballet companies’ repertoire to this day. This passage is considered a masterpiece of classical ballet, featuring a parade of variations, solos, and corps de ballet.

Taylor Lim and Willian Yin-Lee Bordlerland
Into Dust Photography

A world premiere by OBT company dancer Alberto Gaspar

Choreography: Alberto Gaspar
Music: Sergei Rachmaninov

Alberto Gaspar’s newest piece draws inspiration from Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, based on the famous violinist Niccolò Paganini’s 24 Caprices, Caprice No. 24. Rachmaninoff’s piece takes the listener on a glorious journey of emotion, seeming to also take a fanciful look at the controversial violinist himself, and the rumored deal with the devil that Paganini made for his extraordinary musical abilities.

Gaspar’s newest work leans into the technical skill and grand passions of Rachmaninoff’s musical variations, taking the audience through the darkest realms of desperation and death but also soaring into the softer realms of love and hope and celebrating the ineffable transformative power that a single person or moment can have over us—that someone can come into our lives and gift us with a ray of hope and inspiration that allows us to ascend from the darkest places within ourselves with new perspective and purpose.


"Summer Performance" is on Saturday, June 3, 2023, at 7pm, at Edmonds Center for the Arts. Tickets range from $27 to $40 and can be purchased at online or at the box office at 425-774-7570. For more information, contact OBT at or visit  the webpage

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.

Alberto Gaspar is an OBT company dancer and choreographer. He holds an engineering degree in International Business and different diplomas from Tecnológico de Monterrey and Harvard University. His experience as a choreographer began at Saint Louis Ballet, where he created a piece for the Pulitzer Museum that included a live cello piece and several designs from upcoming fashion designers. 

He has been involved with two collaborative groups that performed neoclassical and contemporary pieces set to live music in galleries and museums. His show titled Mexicanismo, featuring Yancy Calvo’s art successfully toured two states in the United States. 

He also created a music video for Lisa Mac and Dreamers, a dance video spotlighting socio-political issues in our country. Alberto has created choreography for Ballet Memphis, including a full-length ballet for the school and three different neoclassical ballets for the company.

At OBT, he previously choreographed Transfigurations in 2019 and 1 in 10^2,685,000 in 2022.

Olympic Ballet Theatre is a professional ballet company presenting four classical and contemporary ballet productions during each performance 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 north Puget Sound arts scene, regularly touring theaters in Everett and Edmonds. 

700 Main Street, Edmonds, WA 98020 | 425-774-7570 |


Shorewood Girls Tennis Team 3rd at State

Front row from left: Coach April Thompson, Coach Rebecca Moreno, Coach Arnie Moreno
with Shorewood tennis players who competed at State. Photo by Kristi Lin.

Shorewood boys and girls' tennis made history by taking 6 girls and 5 boys to the WIAA 3A State Tennis Tournament at Vancouver Tennis Center, May 26 and 27, 2023, the largest group of Shorewood players to play at state tournament. 

The top players in the state battled it out on the courts for awards to the top four teams and top eight individual players in singles and doubles. 

  • The boys' team placed 7th in the state with JD Drake advancing to the consolation semifinals before losing to a very tough Lakeside opponent. 
  • The doubles teams of District 1 champions seniors Blake Gettmann and Murray Falkin, junior Sam Borgida and senior Nathan Hagemeier competed but did not advance. They played outstanding tennis versus very tough opponents. 

Last Fall season, the boys' team placed second behind a very good Edmonds-Woodway team in WesCo South and placed second as a team, in District 1. Sophomore Drake will return next Fall season to lead a very strong boys' team that had a 12-2 season.

The Shorewood girls team girls' team had a record setting year. 
Rylie Gettmann and Emily Lin
Photo by Kristi Lin
  • Winning the WesCo South League Championship with an undefeated record, 
  • Winning the District 1 team championship and 
  • Qualifying six girls to the state tournament. Competing in singles Rylie Gettmann and Emily Lin. In doubles, seniors Sophia Serwold and Lindsay Rand, sophomores Mari Brittle and Alex Mignogna.
Shorewood won the WIAA 3rd place team trophy, behind second place Lakeside and first place Mercer Island. 

WIAA Team Awards: 1st Mercer Island, 2nd Lakeside, 3rd Shorewood, 4th Interlake

Gettmann and Lin played very tough opponents and kept winning with a strong all court game and mental toughness. Their tennis matches were not only a matchup of high-level tennis skills, but also strategy, mental toughness and physical endurance. 

Some matches went over an hour in duration and sometimes close to two hours.

Eventually Gettmann and Lin, teammates and friends, met in their final match for the 4th and 7th place medals

Gettmann came out on top of the all Shorewood matchup, winning 4th place and Lin taking 7th. Gettmann, a sophomore, and Lin, a junior, will return to anchor another very strong Shorewood tennis team next Spring.

Coach Moreno says that during his twenty years as varsity tennis coach, Shorewood has never placed two singles players in the top 8 in the state. 

In the team meeting the night before the tournament started, they were reminded of all of the hard work and commitment they have put into their tennis game and to be happy with their accomplishment. 
Coach Moreno also told them that every match will be a challenge, as they face the best players from across the state, and enjoy the high level of competition and be proud of being at the state tournament no matter what happens, win or lose.
Coaches and fans from other schools said to Coach Moreno how they enjoyed watching Shorewood tennis players as they were playing great tennis but also scrappy and had a never give up attitude.

Coach Moreno said that Shorewood and the community of Shoreline were well represented by the teams, with not only outstanding play on the courts, but also their great sportsmanship.


March and Rally Against Mass Shootings - Sunday June 4, 2023

Brookside Elementary School

Brookside Elementary School

When: Sunday, June 4, 10:00am

Join us! Sunday June 4, 2023 @ 10:15am - Rally Against Mass Shootings. 

In honor of the countless lives cut short by gun violence, please join the Lake Forest Park/Shoreline community to rally and march this Wear Orange weekend. 

Family friendly rally will start at Brookside Elementary at 10:15am, followed by a walk to Lake Forest Park Elementary starting at 10:30am.

Sign up or just show up!


Shoreline Community College chosen as a 2023 MLB All-Star Legacy Initiative recipient

All Star Legacy Initiative
This summer Major League Baseball’s Midsummer Classic All-Star Game returns to the Emerald City.  This is the third time in franchise history that the Mariners will be hosting. 

On Monday, May 22, 2023 Major League Baseball, the Seattle Mariners, and the Mariners Care Foundation announced this year’s recipients of the All-Star Legacy Initiative. 

Aimed at having a long-term impact on the Greater Seattle community, this initiative seeks to address equity gaps in order to expand access to youth baseball and softball, as well as support the needs of underserved community college students to help them complete their college program.

Shoreline Community College (SCC) was chosen as a recipient to receive funding through the All-Star Legacy partnership providing aid to local community college students through United Way of King County’s “Bridge to Finish” program. 

This program offers aid to thousands of students through the Benefits Hub/Food Pantry, providing them with emergency aid funding, meals, transportation and/or housing assistance, all in service of removing barriers to continuing education and degree attainment.

Shoreline Community College was one of the first sites to pilot United Way of King County’s “Bridge to Finish” Benefits Hub/Food Pantry model when it was launched in the 2017/18 school year. The program has now grown to include ten community colleges in total. 

Last year SCC served 453 students through this program and provided 4,162 interventions both through coaching and tangible goods. According to program statistics 76% of aid recipients in the “Bridge to Finish” program identify as students of color and 42% are parents. 

The Legacy investment will provide funding for a Benefits Hub refurbishment at Shoreline Community College. This will include new appliances in the food pantry as well as a complete restock of healthy food options, a new garment store layout for clothing, a dorm essentials station with bedding, a living essentials station providing items like utensils, dishes, and handheld kitchen tools, as well as a personal essentials area complete with basic toiletries for students. 

“In addition, to our existing food pantry we are excited for students to engage in a shopping experience to access the new hygiene pantry in the redesigned space. Staff are looking forward to a more functional space to better support students.” says Savena Garrett, Director of Student Services at SCC.

“We are looking forward to making important contribution to the Seattle community together with the Mariners.” said April Brown, Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility, Major League baseball. “As a significant part of MLB All-Star Week, this initiative will celebrate these impactful projects and our local partners on one of Baseball’s grandest stages.”

For more information, visit

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. 


Department of Health unveils free, dual language ‘Walk With Ease’ program

Monday, May 29, 2023

Interurban Trail in Echo Lake Park
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has released a free, new walking program designed to help people manage and prevent chronic conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and arthritis. 

The program, called Walk With Ease, is a self-directed walking program available in English and Spanish that aims to improve people’s health.

After enrollment, participants register, choose a start date, and begin walking three times per week using their own Walk With Ease guidebook and walking journal. 

Participants can also use the online portal to sign up for email alerts, access video resources, and log their progress.

The program aims to help people:
  • Develop a walking plan that meets their needs.
  • Stay motivated.
  • Manage pain.
  • Learn to exercise safely by meeting them where they are today.
“Figuring out how to be active can be hard for people with chronic conditions,” said Kyle Unland, Section Manager of Community-Based Prevention at DOH. “Walk With Ease provides people with a step-by-step plan to get moving and the support needed to make moving easier.”
Research studies on Walk With Ease found it to be safe and effective. It can help people:
  • Reduce pain and stiffness in joints, including from arthritis.
  • Feel less tired.
  • Increase stamina, strength, and balance.
  • Preserve independence.
  • Feel a sense of accomplishment and improved confidence by being in control of their health and well-being.
For more information or to sign up for the free program, visit DOH's website.


VFW officers offered Buddy Poppies at two local grocery stores this Memorial Day weekend

Newly elected 2023-24 officers of VFW Post 3348

As is traditional here, the members of VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Post 3348 offered Buddy Poppies and accepted donations for VFW programs in support of veterans.

This year VFW members were at Fred Meyer on Aurora and Town and Country at Shoreline Place. They offered the red paper poppies and small American flags.

The Buddy Poppies are made by disabled veterans. Poppies became associated with veterans who died on foreign soil with the poem by John McCrae, inspired by the brilliant poppy blooms among the rows of graves of American and Canadian soldiers in Flanders Field in Belgium during World War I.


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Memorial Day

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.


Wildfire season begins

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

For the first time this year, State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Tenth Street Fire located in Douglas County, near the city of East Wenatchee.  

Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on May 27, 2023, at 9:00pm at the request of Deputy Fire Chief Andy Davidson, Wenatchee Valley Fire Department.
The Tenth Street Fire started on May 27, 2023, at approximately 3:36pm. This fire is estimated at 250 acres and growing. It is burning in grass and sagebrush and is threatening homes, crops, and infrastructure. Level 1 evacuations are in effect at this time. The fire cause is currently under investigation.
In the meantime, Puget Sound is getting some of the smoke from wildfires burning in Canada. Almost all of it is flowing down east of the Cascades but we are getting enough here for dramatic orange sunsets.


North Helpline: We are serving more people now than at the height of the pandemic

Their food resources are stressed right now, and they are in need of ongoing community assistance.

As they report:

During the COVID pandemic, federal assistance programs such as SNAP (supplemental nutrition assistance program) were enhanced to help make food more accessible.

In March, those enhancements ended abruptly, leaving millions of families less food secure. We're now seeing what this means for us.

In simple terms, this has had a dramatic and direct impact on our community. Households saw, on average, a cut in food assistance by $105 per person.

From March 2022 to March 2023, after the cuts, unique households accessing our Lake City food bank increased by 43%, and by 51% at our Bitter Lake food bank.

We are serving more neighbors now than during the height of the pandemic. 

We need your support to keep food on the table and a roof overhead for all of us.

What We're Doing
  • We are investing in our food purchasing budget to keep our shelves stocked with nutritious food for everyone that comes to our food banks.
  • We're conducting a survey of those we serve, to better understand how we can be there for our community.
  • Our new Food Access Director, Louren, is working to keep North Helpline on the path towards enhanced service models, such as adopting a grocery store layout.


Fire at Goldie's Casino Sunday evening May 28, 2023

Photo by Bruce Miller

Shoreline Fire responded to a reported electrical fire in the bar at Goldie's Casino on Sunday evening just before 10pm. The fire was quickly extinguished and the crews left, leaving an investigator on scene.

Goldie's Casino is located at 15030 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133


The Hummingbird

Sunday, May 28, 2023

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

The Hummingbird

Like thoughts that flit across the mind,
Leaving no lasting trace behind,
The hummingbird darts to and fro,
Comes, vanishes before we know

-- poem by Jones Very


King County Library System’s annual Summer Reading Program begins June 1

The King County Library System (KCLS) invites King County residents of all ages to participate in its annual Summer Reading Program. 

Participants are encouraged to track minutes spent reading from June 1 to August 31. Visit for more information, including reading recommendations and a list of events. The website will launch on June 1 when the program begins.

Program participants are encouraged to read at least 20 minutes per day, but they may set their own reading goals. They may read anything they choose to, and reading to someone else or listening to an audiobook counts toward reading minutes as well. 

Starting June 1, patrons may pick up a reading log at a KCLS library to track their progress, or they may use the Beanstack app to log reading time online.

Participants may earn prizes for reaching their reading goals. Each time a patron meets their daily goal, they mark a shape on their reading or activity log. 
  • When participants mark 25 shapes, they may receive a Halfway Prize; 
  • When they mark 50 shapes, they may receive a Finisher Prize. 
  • Prizes may be picked up beginning July 1 and are available while supplies last. Prizes are made possible by the King County Library System Foundation, and each category includes the following:
    • Halfway Prize - A KCLS Reader patch, with artwork from local artist Jenna Riggs.
    • The patron’s name posted on the Community Board at their library.
    • Finisher Prize - A journal that celebrates being a KCLS Reader, with artwork from local artist Jenna Riggs.
    • A sticker next to the patron’s name on the Community Board at their library.
Patrons may also participate in fun and educational activities all summer long, such as arts and crafts workshops, music and magic programs, outdoor StoryWalks, STEM learning opportunities and a variety of literary events.

“We are excited to kick off another summer of reading,” said KCLS Executive Director Lisa Rosenblum. “And with KCLS’ recently expanded hours of operation, our community of readers can enjoy even more time at their library to browse for books, read with friends and participate in events.”

Reading is important for all ages. Research shows that children and teens grow their reading skills when they choose their own books and read for enjoyment. 

It is especially important to keep children’s minds active and engaged during the summer to prevent learning loss while students are out of school. Reading for pleasure also benefits adults. It improves brain health, reduces stress, and offers opportunities for learning and growth.

Founded in 1942, the King County Library System (KCLS) is one of the busiest public library systems in the country. Supporting the communities of King County (outside the city of Seattle), KCLS has 50 libraries and serves nearly 1.6 million people. In 2022, residents checked out 7.9 million digital eBooks and audiobooks through OverDrive, making KCLS the second-highest digital circulating library system in the U.S. In 2011, KCLS was named Library of the Year by Gale/Library Journal.

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