Take a walking tour of Shoreline Park on Friday April 26, 2024 at 11am

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Off the path, volunteers are working to remove invasive plants
Photo by Sara Cammeresi

Restoration ecologist Joy Wood will conduct a tour of the Echo Lake Neighborhood's Shoreline Park this Friday, April 26, 2024 at 11am.

This small, forested city park may have the most diverse plant ecology in the neighborhood. See the trees and plants through Joy's lens of "Forest Health and Ecological Restoration."

Volunteers will be there to greet you on the paved path. Parking available directly in front of the park, on 1st Ave NE and along the south side of the park. 

The park, at 19030 1st Ave NE, is directly north of the Shoreline Center 

If you wish, you can participate in a BioBlitz event, taking photos of plants in the park and submitting them to iNaturalist via the free app. 

Registration is encouraged, but not required.


Two gems of the Echo Lake Neighborhood on display Saturday April 27, 2024: Densmore Pathway and Echo Lake

Entrance to the Densmore Pathway
Photo by Jeanne Monger

You could potentially get to both events on Saturday April 27, 2024 as the Echo Lake Neighborhood celebrates Earth Day by showing the work that has been done for two of its green spaces.

Saturday, April 27, 10am, at Densmore Pathway (NE 188th between Ashworth and Densmore) Marla Tullio will lead a walking tour, discussing the "Birds and plants of Shoreline's Densmore Pathway".

The Pathway is a reclaimed space, formerly a neglected Right Of Way, which because of the work of many near neighbors, has been turned into a peaceful walk from Ashworth to Densmore.

A meandering gravel pathway lined with a variety of plants, art pieces peek through the grasses and hang overhead.

A bench, little free library, and kiosk mark the entrance on Ashworth, almost hidden behind the rain gardens which line the street. Meet there at 10an.

Parking is on-street and very limited; please be mindful of neighbors' driveways.

View from Echo Lake Park
Photo by Gidget Terpstra

Saturday, April 27, 11am, at Echo Lake Park 19901 Ashworth Ave N, Ann Michel will discuss the “Flora, Fauna and Rainwater: The Future of Echo Lake”.

ELNA volunteers have been monitoring the health of the lake and working to keep the park groomed for 25 years. Ann and the Friends of Echo Lake are working intensively to keep the lake healthy and replace invasive plants with native species.

Meet by the lake while Ann shares her extensive knowledge of this small gem.

After either event, if you wish to participate in the BioBlitz after the presentation, full information is here. Registration is encouraged but not required.


Favorite Tree: "Eagle tree" falls at Ronald Bog

The "Eagle Tree" standing tall in 2008

Story and photos by Martin DeGrazie

It seems everyone in their life has a favorite tree. As a kid our family had a beautiful large Rainier cherry tree that adorned our front yard.

The tree was visibly leaning. 

As an adult my favorite tree lived across Ronald Bog from us. I learned to look at the tree as soon as I came out of our back door, sometimes missing the eagle right above my head in my own yard. 

I frequently took pictures of the tree, especially when I could capture its reflection in the still waters. 

Eagles built a nest but didn't stay

Birds would always flock to this tree. In 2023 I had mixed emotions when the Eagles started to build a nest in it. I considered purchasing a better camera to take pictures of baby eaglets but I was concerned for the other wildlife on Ronald Bog. I love all the critters in the water and did not want to see them disappear. 

Alas, my concerns were unfounded, as the eagles abandoned the nest. Canadian geese would enter the nest every now and then. This spring they were up there so much, I was afraid they would sit on eggs up there themselves. 

The tree is now lying in the water

This past weekend while I was out of town this beautiful tree fell into the water. 

I can't tell you how many times I looked over there and wondered if it was leaning more. We've had three trees fall into the water from our lot on the other side of Ronald Bog.

The stump was shattered

The silver lining is the tree in the water is a nice landing spot for other critters in the bog. Eagles, otters, turtles and other animals will all use it. But, I will miss it. 

I haven't been to that side of the bog in a long time and I am really impressed at all the new growth trees. They have really shot up. I expect we will see much more wildlife at Ronald Bog in the coming years. The end of an era, but a new one is on the way.


Ivy removal demonstration in Lake Forest Park Saturday April 27, 2024

The Lake Forest Park Tree Board is hosting an ivy Removal event this Saturday, April 27, 2024 to mark National Arbor Day. 

Join us to learn more about the harmful effects ivy has on our trees, and help remove ivy from one of our neighbor’s property at 19055 35th Ave NE, Lake Forest Park WA 98155

For more information from the LFP website, click here.


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Thief


Scenic SR 20 North Cascades Highway now open

SR 20 North Cascades Highway opened after its annual winter closure on Friday, April 19.
Photo courtesy WSDOT

Following a final avalanche control mission on Monday, April 15, 2024 WSDOT reopened SR 20/North Cascades Highway on Friday morning, April 19. 

This section of SR 20 from milepost 134 to 171 closes every winter due to safety and access concerns. The road closed for the winter on November 30, 2023; spring clearing began March 25.

The 33-mile long North Cascades Highway is sometimes referred to the as the “North Cross” as the northernmost east-west route over the Cascade mountains.

Even with the highway reopened for the season, travelers should be prepared for the potential for snow and ice while traveling through the mountain passes and should keep in mind that many of the United States Forest Service and National Park Service facilities have not yet opened for the season. 

WSDOT crews will clear the road and shoulder and any pullout areas needed for maintenance work, but otherwise, there are few facilities open and no cell service through the mountain passes.


Third Annual SPOTLIGHT NORTH Open Studio Tour features north King County artists and their creative workspaces

top row: Dale Lindman (studio), Tim Cross (drawing), Liz Copland (ceramic)
bottom row: Robin Arnitz (painting), Iskra Johnson (print), Eva Isaksen (print)

This year marks the third year of SPOTLIGHT NORTH Open Studio Tour. 

An inspiring and captivating event, SPOTLIGHT NORTH bolsters the arts in northern King County by celebrating local contemporary visual artists located in Shoreline, Lake Forest Park and the northernmost reaches of north Seattle.

Visitors are encouraged to check out artists’ creative workspaces, see works-in-progress and purchase artwork. 

The event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 4th and 5th from Noon - 5pm each day. The event is free and open to the public.

Please check SPOTLIGHT NORTH website map for locations.

This year’s ten featured artists include Robin Arnitz, Laura Brodax, Liz Copland, Tim Cross, Shruti Ghatak, Eva Isaksen, Iskra Johnson, Amanda Knowles, Dale Lindman and Emma Jane Royer. 

They work across a variety of media including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography and ceramics. Visitors will be able to engage the artists in discussion about their inspiration, creative process, tools, materials and completed work.

This year’s event is generously supported by the City of Shoreline, the Port of Seattle, 4Culture, and Cori Whitaker Homes.


UW Medicine: Report outlines illicit drug-use patterns across Washington

A staffer, right, at a Seattle syringe services program site talks with a client about harm reduction.
Photo by Susan Kingston

Across Washington state, heroin use has dropped considerably, fentanyl use has climbed, and methamphetamine continues to be highly prevalent — all according to a new survey of syringe-services program participants.

These and other findings emerged from the Syringe Services Program Health Survey in a report published by researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The report’s collaborators included Public Health-Seattle & King County and the Washington State Department of Health.

Nearly 40 syringe services programs operate in 25 of Washington’s 39 counties. The last such survey occurred in late fall 2021 and involved 955 respondents. This time, 24 syringe-services programs took part, with staff and volunteers administering the in-person questionnaire to 1,667 voluntary participants between October 2023 and January 2024.

Other primary findings in the report: 
  • Most (89%) respondents said they had smoked a drug in the previous week, in contrast with other means of ingestion; 36% had both smoked and injected drugs, and only 10% had injected drugs exclusively. (In 2021, by contrast, 93%, of respondents reported injecting drugs.)
  • 55% of respondents were unhoused and an additional 25% had only temporary or unstable housing. Among these respondents, two-thirds said they would reduce or quit using their main drug if they had stable housing.
  • Participants said they would take advantage of additional services at their syringe-services program: 75% said they would see a healthcare provider and 68% would see a mental health counselor at the site where they took the survey.

“What struck me most about the survey results is the huge and continued need for the basics: housing, healthcare and support,” said Alison Newman, a report coauthor from the Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute. “We can learn so much from talking to people directly about their health and what services might help them.”

Among survey respondents this time, 80% had no housing or temporary housing. This percentage was substantially higher than the 66% of respondents who reported living in those conditions in 2021, said Caleb Banta-Green, a report coauthor and a regional expert on addiction.

“Some people are using opioids to numb the trauma of insecure housing, and some are using meth because they feel it helps them function. Being housed would give them a lot more stability in their lives and allow them to fully engage in treatment, whereas on the street they can’t really do that,” he said.

Among respondents, more had used methamphetamine (89%) in the preceding week than fentanyl (61%). Among users of either of those drugs, more than half reported ingesting them at least five days per week.

“There’s still a lot of meth out there,” Banta-Green said, adding that mortality data for the drugs suggests that “if fentanyl didn’t exist, we’d be ringing the alarm bells over methamphetamine.” 
Nevertheless, use of fentanyl has “completed dwarfed heroin,” he said, a change that has, in parallel, spurred a huge shift away from drug injection and toward drug smoking.

In response to that shift, several syringe services sites are providing or planning to offer smoking supplies in addition to sterile syringes “to reduce the spread of infectious disease and to provide an alternative to higher-risk drug injection,” the report stated. Washington’s State Legislature enacted a law in 2023 allowing these programs to legally provide smoking equipment.

While sharing a pipe is much less likely to transmit infectious disease than sharing a needle, many drug users carry the misperception that it’s harder to overdose when smoking a drug, Banta-Green said.

“Fentanyl and meth are both so powerful that smoking is not protective against overdose. We want to make sure folks understand that,” he said.

Given that survey respondents expressed a strong interest in receiving healthcare and mental care onsite, and considering Washington’s new health-engagement hub model, Banta-Green said he sees “great potential to create much more access to lifesaving care.”

The Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute is part of the UW School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences.

Related: Newman and Banta-Green will discuss the findings at a webinar at 1pm Thursday, May 2, 2024. The online event is open to the public. Register here.


Come and Work and/or Walkabout at Twin Ponds Saturday, April 27, 2024

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Story and photos by Meghan Peterka

About 5 years ago, 30 King County residents went through the Urban Forest Restoration Program. As a part of the program, the City of Shoreline provided the restoration sites for these stewards to work. Twin Ponds Park, on the intersection of 155th and 1st Ave NE was one of the parks chosen.

I wish we had taken pictures of the site before we began to do our restoration work. Since we do not have beforehand pictures, I will use my words to give you a visual.

Here is the NW entrance of Twin Ponds Park. It looks pretty good. Though, I want you to imagine a wall of Himalayan blackberries and creeping around and under, English Ivy. These have been removed since and have been replaced with NW native plants as well as a gravel path for the community to walk along.

Throughout this part of the park, our wonderful steward Marj Gillespy has created signage that educates the community about the different plant species that are growing in the site.

A couple of years into our work, we uncovered this gorgeous patch of native bleeding hearts. It has been exciting to find some preexisting native species that were covered by blackberries and ivy.

The canopy in the part of the park is mostly deciduous trees, speckled with evergreen trees, both established and newly planted.

The floor of this urban forest is littered with cones and leaves, waiting for decomposition to add nutrients to the soil.

Twin Ponds is teeming with life, in its soil, plants, trees, and waterways. 

Whether you've been there before or not, I invite you to join our stewardship team, at our next work party, on Saturday, April 27, 2024 from 9:30-12:30. Please bring gloves and a water bottle. We meet at the NW corner of the park. 

Everyone is welcome!

Come, come out to our work party, and/or come to walkabout.


185th project scope questioned at Shoreline transportation hearing

A map shows the five segments of the 185th project with estimated costs;
North City residents have raised safety concerns about 180th 

By Oliver Moffat

This is the fourth (and final) article covering comments from the city council about Shoreline’s proposed Transportation Improvement Plan at last week’s public hearing.

North City has long been home to affordable housing with condo complexes and subsidized apartments. Recent construction has brought new apartments and new neighbors living in walking distance of the soon-to-open light rail station at 185th street.

To support increased vehicle, bike and pedestrian traffic in the neighborhoods near Shoreline’s south station, the city will spend $157 million on infrastructure improvement along 145th street.

A map from a North City resident shows the location of apartments and condos (yellow), the light rail station (red), recently completed sidewalks (green), and unfunded sidewalk projects (blue)

Out of the nineteen projects listed in Shoreline’s proposed Transportation Improvement Plan, the three running through the North City neighborhood are all unfunded.

On Monday, April 15, 2024 the council heard comments from North City residents concerned about 180th street, the primary cross street connecting the North City business district to Shoreline’s north light rail station on 185th.

In reference to concerns about the plan, council member Keith Scully said, “North City folks, we are $80 million short on that one. So it’s gonna be awhile and I appreciate the desire and believe me it’s not prioritizing part of the city. 
"These projects are unbelievably expensive and it takes a long time to get them in progress, so. My apologies but it’s gonna be a bit for North City.”

Of the $80 million worth of projects in the 185th Street Multimodal Corridor Strategy, $63 million would be spent to widen 185th street on the west side of I-5 from three lanes to four.

On the east side of I-5, $12 million would be spent to add on-street parking, sidewalks and bike lanes on 10th Ave between 185th and 180th.

Another $5 million would be spent to fill sidewalk gaps on 180th, where pedestrians must currently walk in the road; the city says the sidewalks won’t be built until sometime after 2035 (more than ten years from now).

A screen shot shows councilmember Keith Scully (left) listening as Mayor Chris Roberts questions the scope of the 185th project

In comments at the public hearing, Mayor Chris Roberts indicated he would like to revisit the plan and questioned the size and scope of the 185th project.

“We haven’t revisited this project in a while. Has there been any thought on refining the scope or separating out … that 185th project into more distinct projects? Maybe focusing on those east side projects”, said Roberts.

Whether walking, biking, driving or taking the bus, 180th is the primary road eastside residents will take to reach the 185th street station.

That segment of 180th is also the location of the of a school bus stop, the fire station, and later this year Metro’s 348 will add frequent all-day and all-night service to the street.


LFP Council develops rules for oral comments at City Council meetings

City Hall, Lake Forest Park
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

After being trolled last year by an individual who took advantage of the Zoom meeting and an open forum, the Lake Forest Park Council has developed a process for citizens who want to make oral comments at council meetings

Providing Oral Comments at City Council Meetings

If you would like to provide Oral Comments at City Council regular meetings, City Council Committee of the Whole meetings, and/or City Council Budget and Finance Committee meetings, please see the sign-up instructions below.


Sign up here https://app.waitwhile.com/welcome/comment-sign-up between 9:00am and 4:00pm on the day of the meeting if you wish to provide Oral Comments during the meeting. You may provide comments or feedback on any item listed on the agenda, or any topic under the purview or control of the City Council.

If you are attending the meeting in person, there is a sign-in sheet located near the entrance to the Council Chambers. Fill the form out and the Mayor will call your name at the appropriate time. Oral comments are limited to 3:00 minutes per speaker.

If you are attending the meeting via Zoom and would like to address the Council during the Public Comment section of the agenda, you must sign up on the electronic comment sign-in sheet between 9:00am and 4:00pm on the day of the meeting. 

Oral comments are limited to 3:00 minutes per speaker. Individuals wishing to speak to agenda items will be called to speak in the order they have signed up. The City Clerk will call your name and allow you to speak. People who are not signed up to speak will not be allowed to address the Council at the meeting. Please state your name and whether you are a resident of Lake Forest Park. The meeting is being recorded.

Please contact the City Clerk if you have questions.


Sno-King School Retirees award scholarship to Shorecrest senior

Darci Dalziel
The Sno-King School Retirees are awarding a $2500 scholarship to a Shoreline School District senior. 

This scholarship is renewable for one more year at $2500 for this student who is planning to be an educator upon her college graduation.

Darci Dalziel will earn her degree in Elementary Education at Saint Martin's University where she will also play on the soccer team. 

Darci has shown excellence in the classroom as well as playing for the outstanding Shorecrest soccer team. 

She earned several awards from the Everett Herald for her success on the field and helped her team earn 2nd place in the Washington State Soccer Tournament. 

She would like to return to the Shoreline/Edmonds area for her career in education.


The Fires of Hell?

Monday, April 22, 2024

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

No. Just somewhat normal weather on the Salish Sea


NUHSA meeting Wednesday April 24, 2024 features speakers on youth supportive services

NUHSA focus on youth services April 24
NUHSA members and community partners!

Please join us next Wednesday, April 24, 2024 from 9 - 10:30am via Zoom for our next member and community partner meeting - all are welcome!

Our speakers this month will focus on youth supportive services, and we are thrilled to welcome Friends of Youth, Lambert House and the Y Social Impact Center to share about their programs and services in our north-end communities.

We'll also welcome Tambi Cork, Kenmore's Housing & Human Services Manager, who will provide a sneak peak of the preliminary human services needs assessment results that the city is conducting and will finalize later this spring - don't miss it!

Register here. And feel free to bring your organization's updates and announcements.


The Garden Guy chooses new plants for 2024

By Bruce Bennett

As a home gardener, one of the satisfying rituals of spring is finding new garden treasures; those plants that are making their debut in the retail marketplaces. They are generally sports or hybrids of plants that have been on the market for years, with the new ones having a different sense of style and usage to them. Or, they can be new hybrids. 

Whether larger or smaller in size; darker, lighter or variegated leaves or larger flowers; etc., all have the ability to add something ‘extra’ to the humble part of your landscape that cries out to be noticed. A little dramatic? Perhaps. But, you get the gist of what I’m saying. 

 No part of a landscape needs to be boring. It is worth too much in the way of underutilized garden space, monetary value and in satisfying your aesthetic senses to be just ‘Okay.’ A new vignette may be just the thing to enliven the space and create a smile on your face on your face when gazing at the site.

This year, growers and hybridizers seem to have outdone themselves and have brought a bumper crop of hundreds of new (and, of course, improved) plants to garden center shelves and tables. Although I have not actually viewed all of the new candidates, what I have seen at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, area plant trials and wholesale growers’ beds, have provided me with several contenders for your attention. 

My prime considerations for Western Washington new plants-of-note include drought and heat tolerance (after root systems are established), disease resistance, low maintenance and, of course, presence in the garden. This year, my candidates for your horticultural scrutiny include perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees (sorry folks, I don’t do annuals). Seek them out, do your own research and evaluate their worthiness for that needy spot in your own yard…….

Artemisia x ‘Silver Lining”
(White Sagebrush/Wormwood)
Artemisia x ‘Silver Lining” White Sagebrush/Wormwood

My top perennial choice doesn’t have much in the way of flowers, but, the foliage is a solid winner. A hybrid of two North American natives (the clumping Alaskan artemisia and the Western US artemisia) uses the best of its parentage to create a spectacular, durable foliage perennial. 

The broadly dissected silver leaves are showy from spring to fall. The mounded, low-wide habit maintains excellent form all season and resists opening up, like ‘Silver Mound’. 

Use this new perennial as a filler, color transition divider or backdrop in a landscape of flashy colors and or as spiller in mixed containers. Its yellow flowers are held on tall scapes and I would cut them off.

In addition to its durability and excellent summer heat and drought tolerance, this artemisia will not rambunctiously spread through the garden as does its cousin, ‘Valerie Finnis.’ 'Silver Lining' forms a non-stoloniferous 15" tall x 36” wide, winter deciduous groundcover with cutleaf silver foliage. Best results will be in average to dry soils, either sandy or clay. If those resilience attributes weren’t enough, this plant is also both deer and rabbit resistant.

Perennial runners-up include Agapanthus africanus ‘Bridal Veil’ (Lily-of-the-Nile), Brunnera macrophylla ‘Frostbite’ (Siberian Bugloss),Heliopsis helianthoides 'Bit of Honey' (Ox-eye Sunflower), Heuchera x ‘Forever Midnight’ (Coral Bells), and Teucrium fruticans ‘Harlequin’s Silver’ (Creeping Germander).

Panicum virgatum 'Niagara Falls'
(Switch Grass)
Panicum virgatum 'Niagara Falls' (Switch Grass)

This native from the Great Plains is an excellent grass in just about any landscape. With its late season seedheads and arching habit, ‘Niagara Falls’ is a good replacement for Miscanthus senesis. 

The powder blue leaf blades arch gracefully in the landscape, creating a soft cascading look. In early autumn, seed head plumes rise above the foliage creating a cream-colored cloud that gives the area texture and interest which will last through winter. 

Because of its foliage interest, this four-foot-tall grass is a multi-purpose plant that can be used in borders, containers, as specimen or in mass plantings. It is versatile and great looking, just what a plant should be!

It is an easy ornamental grass to grow in full sun to part shade and it will do well in just about any soil type in our part of the State. Remember to water it and cut it back in spring before the new growth appears and you have covered all of your maintenance bases. 

That’s right, save yourself some work and leave the buff-colored stalks to over-winter. In early fall, the seed head plumes that rise above the foliage will create a cream-colored cloud above the plant and will provide visual interest and bird habitat that will last through the winter doldrums.

Grass runners-up in this category include Amsonia hubrichtii ‘String Theory’ (Bluestar), Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Lemon Squeeze’ (Fountain Grass) and Schizachyrium scoparium 'Brush Strokes' (Little Bluestem).

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Eclipse’ 
Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Eclipse’ (Big Leaf Hydrangea) is a shrub that has been receiving rave reviews from garden centers this spring. 

Probably because the shrub retains its dark foliage, rather than fading back to green, during the summer heat. The combination of the intense dark foliage and stand-out cranberry-red and white blooms makes for an excellent color counterpoint in just about any yard and, hopefully, a great dried-flower arrangement in a vase.

‘Eclipse’ is purported to have great disease resistance and low maintenance requirements. At three to five feet tall and wide, ‘Eclipse’ is size-appropriate for just about all smaller urban gardens. For its first three to five years, this hydrangea is a prime candidate for a porch or balcony container. After that, it will need annual pruning to keep it within bounds. 

As with most hydrangeas, this plant does best in morning sun and some afternoon shade. However, it can thrive in more sun in Western Washington if additional moisture is provided. ‘Eclipse’ is cold hardy down to Zone 5a and can take both our summer heat and winter cold snaps. If you are purchasing only one new plant this year, definitely consider the multi-faceted ‘Eclipse’ (and let me know how it does for you).

Shrub runners-up include Abelia x grandiflora ‘Angel’s Blush’ (Glossy Abelia), Calycanthus floridus, ‘Simply Sensational’ (EasternSweetshrub), Hydrangea paniculata ‘Little Hottie’ (Panicle Hydrangea), Ilex x meserveae ‘Little One’ (Blue Holly), Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Midnight Cascade’ (Hanging) Blueberry and Vitex agnus-castus ‘Queen Bee’ (Chastetree).

Cercis canadensis ‘Garden Gems
Amethyst’ (Redbud)
Cercis canadensis ‘Garden Gems Amethyst’ (Redbud) is a new dwarf tree which also features dark leaves and is compact enough to grow in a pot. It’s a slow grower that can reach eight to ten feet tall and wide, which is about half the size of a standard redbud. 

It flowers in early spring, sparkling with pink blooms before the foliage appears. In summer, the leaves will hold their amethyst color through our heat domes.

‘Amethyst’ is one of those plants I’d call a ‘nativar’ (a cultivar of a native plant, a Redbud in this case) that is pollinator-friendly, making it increasingly popular with the bee-lovers of our area. 

This new hybrid attracts pollinators and creates the perfect conversation piece in a small landscape or on a condo patio in full sun to part shade.

If you don’t happen to care for the look of dark foliage, a sister (cousin?) Redbud will be coming out that has leaves which emerge red and then turn green. It’s called ‘Garden Gems Emerald.’

Tree runners-up include Heptacodium miconioides ‘Temple of Bloom’ (Seven-son Flower), Hesperocyparis arizonica ‘Crystal Frost’ (Arizona Cypress) and Thuja standishii × plicata ‘Leprechaun’(Leprechaun Arborvitae).

Readers should remember that this list is totally subjective. It is based on the plants I have seen and liked for their hardiness, versatility and’ WOW’ appeal that the neighbors don’t have. Use this list to kick-off your own horticultural sleuthing of those new additions at your favorite garden center. 

The downside of new-plant shopping is to remember the qualities of patience and perseverance. As new introductions, these little treasures may not appear in your area for a while. Do ask the garden center staff if the plant in question can be ordered or your name added to a Waitlist. That tactic has worked for me many times over. Best of luck with this annual rite of Springtime and the newfound joy in your little patch of heaven. Happy gardening all!

Contributing columnist, Bruce Bennett, is a WSU Master Gardener, lecturer and garden designer. If you have questions concerning this article, have a gardening question to ask concerning your own landscape or want to suggest a topic for a future column, contact Bruce at gardenguy4u@gmail.com.

See previous columns by Bruce Bennett here


Bridge to Edmonds and other bike projects considered by Shoreline city council

By Oliver Moffat

The Shoreline city council heard public comments on the city’s proposed Transportation Improvement Plan at a public hearing on April 15, 2024.

This is the third article of four covering comments from the council about this year’s proposed plan for the next six-years of transportation projects.

An aerial map prepared by advocates from interurbangap.org shows possible locations of a bike bridge connecting the Interurban Trail between Shoreline and Edmonds

The council heard comments from bicycle advocates in support of a bike bridge over NE 205th St (SR 104) connecting the Interurban Trail from Shoreline to Edmonds.

Council member John Ramsdell spoke in favor of adding the bike bridge project to the city’s transportation plan and said, “I’m a cyclist myself, crossing SR 104 is scary as a cyclist”.

A screenshot shows council member John Ramsdell expressing support for adding a bike bridge to Edmonds to the city’s list of transportation projects 

According to data received from WSDOT, the intersection where the Interurban Trail crosses SR 104 has been the site of two recent serious injury collisions involving bicyclists.

If the council chooses to include the Edmonds bike bridge to the Transportation Improvement Plan, it would be added to a long list of other bike and pedestrian projects already on the plan.

In comments about the plan, councilmember Keith Scully said, “I want to say how delighted I am that we have a list of projects and not a single one of them is solely motor vehicle…”, he said.

Ten of the nineteen projects listed in the Transportation Improvement Plan will primarily benefit vehicle traffic - such as the Road Surface Maintenance Program (#4), the roundabouts on 145th (#7), and the 145th (#6) and 175th (#11) corridor projects.

Voters approved a sales tax in 2018 to pay for new sidewalks (#2) which will pay for nine new sidewalks across the city.

The sidewalk rehabilitation program (#1) is paid for with vehicle license fees and will improve existing sidewalks.

A map of projects included in the Transportation Improvement Plan shows locations of additional pedestrian and bicycle projects that might be included

New sidewalks are planned on Ballinger Way (#15) and 200th (#14) and new bike lanes are planned on Meridian between 175th and 200th (#13).

Two projects funded by Sound Transit will likely be included in future versions of the Transportation Improvement Plan.

Sound Transit will pay for a new sidewalk on 30th Ave NE between NE 145th St to NE 147th St.

Sound Transit also will pay for a project the city is calling the “28th Ave NE Bikeway” to paint sharrows on 28th between 145th and 150th.

The city is calling a network of sharrows on streets running parallel to 145th the “Westside Street Off-Corridor Bike Network” which will connect to the 148th Street Non-Motorized Bridge (#8).

An Eastside Off-Corridor Bike Network (#12) is in early stages of planning.

Studies on the safety of sharrows have been inconclusive with some studies finding them to be ineffective at improving safety for bicyclists.

The city envisions a Trail Along the Rail (#9), a shared-use path running parallel to the light rail line, but has not allocated funding to purchase property to fill gaps.

Some gaps north of the 148th bike bridge could be filled by the 3rd Ave NE Connectors project (#19) but other gaps will be send bicyclists and pedestrians onto nearby streets.

The council will vote on whether to adopt the Transportation Improvement Plan on May 13.


Reception Thursday to honor retiring LFP officer Rhonda Lehman

Lieutenant Rhonda Lehman
The Lake Forest Park Police Department proudly honors Rhonda Lehman for her outstanding dedication and service to our organization. 

We extend our deepest gratitude to Rhonda for her thirty years of unwavering commitment to both our Department and our City!

Rhonda's journey with Lake Forest Park began in 1994 when she joined as a police reserve officer. 

In 1996, she transitioned to a full-time dispatcher role. At that time, our Department comprised only a few full-time patrol officers alongside several reserve officers. 

The city was smaller, and emergency calls were less frequent. Rhonda's responsibilities included answering 911 calls, dispatching officers, and handling necessary paperwork.

In 1998, Rhonda embarked on a new chapter, transitioning to a full-time police officer role within the city. Over the years, she served with distinction as a police detective, sergeant, and eventually rose to the esteemed position of division commander as a Lieutenant.

Rhonda at a public event in Lake Forest Park
Throughout her tenure, Rhonda has touched the lives of countless individuals within the city staff, among officers, and throughout the community. 

While she cherishes her years in law enforcement, Rhonda acknowledges that what she will miss most are the people she has had the privilege to serve alongside.

Rhonda Lehman's legacy of service and dedication will forever be remembered and cherished by the Lake Forest Park Police Department and the community at large. 

At the Christmas gift giveaway

We cordially invite you to join us in honoring Lt. Lehman at the upcoming City Council meeting next Thursday, April 25, 2024 at 7pm at City Hall. 

Prior to the meeting, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm, there will be a reception where you can drop by to bid her farewell and thank her for her service to the city.


Lakeshore Garden Club Plant Sale

Lakeshore Garden Club Plant Sale
Saturday, April 27, 2024
10am to 3pm
Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church
Lake Forest Park WA 98155
See our website at www.lakeshoregardenclub.com

The Lakeshore Garden Club Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2024 in the parking lot of the Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church from 10am to 3pm.

We've got great prices on sun, part-sun, and shade perennials, ground covers, grasses, bulbs and rhizomes, natives, shrubs, trees, edible plants, and more!

A large variety of perennials to add color to your garden as well as annuals, ground covers, grasses, bulbs and rhizomes, shrubs, trees and native plants. 

Proceeds support our programming, community projects, charitable donations and a horticulture scholarship for the Horticulture Program at Edmonds Community College.

Lakeshore Garden Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more than 20 years we have held this annual plant sale to support our programming, community projects, charitable donations, and a scholarship for the Horticulture Program at Edmonds College.


Free comic book day at Shoreline Library May 4, 2024

Hundreds of comics for all ages from publishers like Marvel, DC, Image, TOKYOPOP and others at Free Comic Book Day at the Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th St, Shoreline WA 98155.

Saturday May 4, 2024 "Star Wars Day" with members of the 501st and a droid visiting that day as well.

We start at 11am and will go until we run out of comics! It should be fun!

Sponsored by Friends of the Shoreline Library.

Note that restrooms are closed for renovation but portable restrooms available in parking lot.

Registration not required.


Shorecrest girls varsity tennis vs Edmonds-Woodway 4-19-2024

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Sophie Schmitz photo by Zoe Greenzweig

Girls varsity tennis
At Kellogg M.S.
Shorecrest 4 - Edmonds-Woodway 3

  1. Makenna Cook (E) def. Lily Haessler 6-3, 6-1
  2. Zoe Greenzweig (S) def. Joyce Ho 6-2, 6-0
  3. Megan McMullen (S) def. Lily Distelhorst 6-1, 6-1
  4. Ally Miner (S) def. Daniella Caparroso 6-4, 6-1

  1. Sophie Russel-Hoff-Natalie Yockey (E) def. Haneen Faraj-Brittany Morales 6-1, 6-2
  2. Lauren Kajimura-Sophie Schmitz (S) def Sidney Bates-Darcy Brennan 7-5, 6-3
  3. Meron Amha/Emily Riggle (E) def. Mia Halset-Thayer Katahara-Stewart 6-1, 6-3
Coach: Rob Mann


"To Be Among The Trees - An Arboreal Poetry Workshop" at Dunn Gardens

Photo courtesy Dunn Gardens

"To Be Among The Trees-An Arboreal Poetry Workshop"
Saturday, May 11, 2024 @3pm
Cost: Members- $10 | Not-Yet-Members- $15

Come write, inspired by trees in spring glory on the beautiful grounds of Dunn Gardens. We will turn our attention to our green companions through listening to arboreal poems and engaging in practices to open our perception. 

Time will be given to contemplate and write in response to a tree of your choice, with simple poetic forms to write into. We will end by celebrating together in honoring, through our words, the sensuous details and beauty of the trees that surround us.
To Be Among Trees, for seasoned or beginning writers alike, will take place in Dunn Gardens, a beautiful oasis in North Seattle with over 70 Heritage trees. We will meet outside (with access to bathrooms) and spend time writing in the gardens. A canopy will be provided in case of rain. A small break is included. Please bring a snack and drink for yourself.
Mary Oak is passionate about using writing as a way to honor our embeddedness within the living Earth. For over 20 years she has enjoyed leading students in awakening perception, sensuous engagement, and heart awareness in relation to the plant kingdom in Waldorf teacher training, through her home studio and in her Sacred Botany: Revisioning the Plant Kingdom classes at Antioch University. 

For more about Mary and her writing and teaching please look here.


Growth of the Miyawaki Forest at the Shoreline Historical Museum

A Miyawaki Forest was born on Saturday 9 December 2023 in a 3000 square foot space on a vacant lot next to the Shoreline Historical Museum at 18501 Linden Ave North. Over 300 volunteers and others helped place into the cold, wet ground 1,200 plants, representing 43 different native species.

Volunteers at February work party

Since that rainy December day, community involvement has continued in the frost, drizzle, rain and sun of winter into spring. Work parties are weeding and mulching, using arborist chips. The first Forest sprouts are growing.

Lupine has poked through the mulch, camas flower shoots and huckleberry leaves have emerged and saplings are starting to leaf out. Passersby can’t resist a look-in. Most recent was a group of kids from eastern Washington in Shoreline for band practice who joined in the mulch toss.

A 3000-gallon cistern installed in February is capturing rainwater from the roof of the Historical Museum’s archive building. Drip irrigation hoses will draw water from the cistern during the dry summer months. Three years from now the forest will be vigorous enough to survive on its own.

Roger Fernandes with volunteers February 2024
Photo by Martha Sholen

The Forest has been welcoming more than flora. Indigenous storyteller and artist Roger Fernandes spent an afternoon in February with Forest volunteers on interactive story creation for spiritual support of the forest. In March volunteers spent the day on the first steps of fashioning clay signs in English and Lushootseed to be placed in the Forest in May.

Writing the bilingual signs
Photo by Martha Sholten

The first of three focal events, Language of the Forest
, will be held at the Forest on Saturday, May 4, 2024 10 am - 12 pm, Professor Dana Campbell will pose the question: Do trees communicate with other trees? Among the activities for all ages will be placing the bilingual signs where they belong in the Forest. There will be refreshments.

Other upcoming events:

Summer Forest Celebration, Saturday, June 29th, 5:30 pm - 8 pm. Bring a picnic to the Forest and listen to drumming from various cultures.

Fall Life of the Forest, Saturday, Sept. 28th, 10 am - 12 pm. Roger Fernandes, Native artist, storyteller and educator, shares stories of the local Coast Salish tribes.

For more information click ­here.


Shoreline Community College announces first-ever Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene

Photo courtesy SCC
Shoreline Community College (Shoreline) is proud to announce the launch of its Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene (BASDH) program, the first bachelor's degree offering at the College. 

This innovative program aims to tackle the pressing need for qualified dental hygienists in Washington State, particularly in rural areas where access to dental care is limited.

“This program is directly at the heart of our mission,” shared Dr. Lucas Rucks, Acting Vice President of Instruction at Shoreline. 
“We are using data to inform decisions, leveraging employer feedback, and putting out high-quality graduates to serve our communities exactly where they are needed most.”

With data indicating a national shortage of dental hygienists and an increasing demand for their services, Shoreline Community College is stepping up to bridge this gap by expanding its dental hygiene program. 

Photo courtesy SCC

The BASDH program builds upon the existing curriculum, making it both easy and convenient for students while ensuring they receive high-quality education to meet the demands of the profession.

“Washington state has had an urgent need for dental care and dental care professionals for quite some time. We are thrilled with our partnership with the University of Washington for the location of this program and the launch of this new bachelor’s degree program in dental hygiene will be a huge boon to the state. 
"Shoreline is known for a stellar dental hygiene program and this expansion will help us have a broader impact on the region,” said Dr. Jack Kahn, President of Shoreline Community College about the new program.

Photo courtesy SCC

The BASDH program is a culmination of years of dedication and perseverance, overcoming significant obstacles to reach fruition. This degree maintains the rigorous standards of the existing dental hygiene program, with students completing 119 dental hygiene credits over the 8-quarter program. 

The addition of the bachelor's program aligns with Shoreline Community College's commitment to workforce development and addressing critical needs in the healthcare sector.

Starting summer quarter 2024, the BASDH program will accept its first cohort of 20 students, who will graduate in June 2026. 

“We are excited to offer this opportunity to our students, as it will open up new possibilities for continuing education and work in the community, “said Dr. Nikki Honey and Lori Simicich- Co-Directors of Shoreline’s Dental Hygiene Program.
Learn more here

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