Echo Lake Elementary parent's persistence makes walking to school safer for students

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Photo courtesy Echo Lake Elementary PTA
Sometimes change comes because of a season or a lapse of time. And sometimes change comes because of downright dogged persistence to make something happen. 

This week, the City of Shoreline made a big improvement to make Echo Lake a little safer for pedestrians and importantly, students who attend Echo Lake elementary. 

Concerned parent, PTA volunteer and all around amazing neighbor Ellen Ackroyd has been working to make this change. 

She reached out to the City advocating for the addition of barriers at the corner of Ashworth and 195th where there is no sidewalk or barrier from the heavily traveled street. 

And she kept reaching out until the City moved into action.

Her persistence resulted in the city erecting permanent safety lane delineators to separate the pedestrian walkway from the busy intersection of Ashworth and 195th. 

It will no doubt improve safety at this corner and is an example of what an active community member can help accomplish. Thank you, Ellen!

--Ryan Erwert


Travels with Charlie: Apple Slices for Charlie and Applesauce Soon

Photo by Gordon Snyder

Great afternoon to see something new. Wandering around Fircrest. As Charlie checked out a phantom rabbit, I checked out one of my favorite wild apple trees.

Beautiful sight to see that the new apple crop is growing nicely.

Apple Slices for Charlie and Applesauce Soon.

Keep looking around. Cheers.

Gordon Snyder


Shoreline council discusses sister cities, urban forestry, land conservation

By Oliver Moffat

At the June 17, 2024 meeting the Shoreline city council discussed sister cities, a million dollar urban forestry grant, and conservation of forest and farm land.

Sister City relationship with Akropong, Ghana

Earlier this year the city ended its twenty-year sister city relationship with Boryeong City, South Korea. Councilmember Eben Pobee has proposed forming a new sister city relationship with Akropong, Ghana. 

Pobee said, “Why start with Ghana? Well, the history is rich and it’s going to help a lot of people.” He added that the association would be sustainable and flexible, “the association is going to be setup in such a way that we can propose any other city under the umbrella,” Pobee said.

A map shows Shoreline parks and Disadvantaged Communities where a $1,000,000 grant would be spent for urban forestry

Forest Service Urban Forestry Grant

Shoreline received a million dollar grant from the Forest Service to benefit tree planting and urban forestry work in nine disadvantaged census blocks. Parks that will receive tree funds include Echo Lake Park, West Echo Lake Park, Edwin Pratt Park, Hamlin Park, South Woods Park, Ballinger Open Space Park, and Brugger’s Bog Park.

One of the census blocks designated as “disadvantaged” raised a question from Councilmember Keith Scully who asked “how on earth did Richmond Beach end up a disadvantaged area?” 

A map included in the staff report shows the census blocks nearest Point Wells in Richmond Beach have elevated “air toxics cancer risks” as designated by the EPA while a map from the Washington State Department of Ecology shows multiple sites across Shoreline awaiting toxic clean.

A map from the city’s Transfer of Development Rights proposal shows the neighborhoods that could receive increased urban density 

Transfer of Development Rights Conservation Revenue Sharing Program

The council reviewed a proposal intended to conserve farm and forest land elsewhere in King County while increasing urban density within Shoreline. The city has been discussing the program called Transfer of Development Rights (TDR), since at least 2005 but, according to Mayor Chris Roberts, “looks like next week will be the end of the TDR saga.”

Since 1998, the King County TDR market has allowed rural land owners to sell conservation rights to developers who then get to build bigger and denser buildings in urban areas. So far, only five of the thirty nine cities in King County have agreed to be receiving urban areas under the program (Seattle, Bellevue, Issaquah, Normandy Park and Sammamish).

To get more cities to participate, the state offers a complex revenue sharing model that (according to city staff) could generate as much as $12.8 million for the city. But the council criticized the tax scheme as overly complicated and city staff is concerned the program is too restrictive. Now King County is offering a simplified Revenue Sharing program that might pay Shoreline $2-$3 million to allow taller buildings with less parking.


What’s Happening this Week in Shoreline? June 19 – June 25

By Kate Ledbetter, Destination Shoreline

What’s Happening this Week in Shoreline?
June 19 – June 25

Get ready for a fun-filled week in Shoreline with a variety of exciting events! Kick off on June 19 with a Reading Picnic hosted by Silent Book Club Shoreline at Cromwell Park, then head over to Shoreline City Hall to celebrate Juneteenth with performances and a Black small business marketplace. 

Don't miss the chance to fix your household items at the Shoreline Tool Library's Fix-It Night. The week continues with a Summer Solstice Picnic for Members only at Kruckeberg Botanic Garden and a Solstice Labyrinth Walk at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park on June 20. 

Celebrate Pride with a dinner at Town & Country Shoreline on June 21, followed by a lively Shoreline Farmers Market and family fun at the "Rainbow on a Plate" event on June 22. Cap off the day with the musical comedy "A Pirate's Love For Me!" at Shoreline Community College Theater. 

Families can enjoy Story Time at the Shoreline Library on June 24, which also marks the start of the Free Summer Meals program for kids. Read more details below for a week full of community, learning, and celebration!

Silent Book Club Shoreline - Reading Picnic
Wednesday, June 19, 2024
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Cromwell Park

We are excited to announce our first pop up event. READING PICNIC. 12 PM - 2 PM, 2 PM - 4 PM, 4 PM - 6 PM at Cromwell Park, meet near the gazebo. Plan to be at the park in 2 hour shifts to allow for as many to join as possible. Please comment/RSVP on the Instagram post if you plan to attend so we know how big of a space to save. Also let us know what time you plan to show up. You’re welcome to stay for multiple time slots.

Juneteenth at Shoreline City Hall
Wednesday, June 19, 2024
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Shoreline City Hall
Celebrate Juneteenth with performances, Black small business marketplace, food vendors, a guided mural stroll and much more! The celebration will take place in the lobby and on the plaza.

Fix-It Night at the Shoreline Tool Library
Wednesday, June 19, 2024
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Shoreline Tool Library
Bring your broken household items for a night of fixing and community building at the Shoreline Tool Library!
It’s time to start collecting all those items around the house that need to be fixed but you don’t know how. We are having a fixing night at the new Shoreline Tool Library. We will help you fix and learn to fix your broken tools, lamps, toys, furniture, appliances, and any other broken items that you can carry in on your own. We encourage you to help as much as you can and enjoy the community of reuse!

If you are excited about fixing and want to help out with this event or other fixing opportunities we are looking for more fixers. Sign up to help out at this event here or join our list of fixers by sending us an email at

Summer Solstice Picnic | A Members Event
Thursday, June 20, 2024
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Kruckeberg Botanic Garden
Gather with fellow Kruckeberg members as we celebrate the start of a brand-new summer and the longest day of the year! This event is exclusively for members, though members can register up to 10 guests, including themselves.
Event Details:
· When and where: Thursday, June 20th, at 5-8pm at Kruckeberg Botanic Garden
· Deadline for Event Registration: Wednesday, June 19th (register below)
· Deadline for (optional) Food Orders: Friday, June 14th, at 5pm
· Entry fee and drink tix: Registration is $15 per adult over 21. Each registered adult receives up to 2 FREE DRINKS for Virtue Cellars wine and/or non-alcoholic options.
· Parking: Overflow parking is available on nearby side streets and at the parking lot of Richmond Beach Congregational Church (located .4 miles from Kruckeberg, about a 7 minute walk).
· Upon Entrance: The Kruckeberg member who registered guests must be present for their guests to enter. Each registered adult can receive up to two drinks from Virtue Cellars wine, provided onsite.
· Food and drink: Bring your own food and drink OR purchase a Le Petite Paquet picnic box on this registration form. For those who purchase picnic boxes, please pick up your order at the Garden on the day of the picnic.
· Seating: Bring along your own picnic blanket and set up in the Meadow located in the Lower Garden. You’ll also find picnic tables available for your convenience.
· Activities: Games and children’s activities will be available near the Children’s Garden.

Summer Solstice Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, June 20, 2024
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Richmond Beach Saltwater Park
Join a playful outdoor event celebrating the longest day of the year with an ancient practice to reflect and center. This family-friendly event features multiple labyrinths, a station for take-home labyrinth making, and a solstice bonfire. The event is open-house style: drop in when it works for you. Free to attend. Contributions welcomed. This event is offered by Gathering Ground, and is produced in partnership with the Western Washington Labyrinth Network.

Dinner with Stoup Brewing at Town & Country Shoreline
Friday, June 21, 2024
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Town & Country Market Shoreline
Please join us at Town & Country Shoreline this Pride month as we come together to celebrate nourishing our best lives with thoughtful and tasty choices. We'll be offering a delicious three-course meal in partnership with Stoup Brewing, and all proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to The Lambert House, who've been championing and caring for queer youth since 1981. Must be 21 or over to attend. $30 per person.

Shoreline Farmers Market
Saturday, June 22, 2024
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
BikeLink Park & Ride
Shoreline's community hub for farm fresh & local foods, flowers, baked goods, local honey, live music, food trucks, kids programming, and so much more. Join us every Saturday through October 5th, located at the BikeLink Park & Ride (corner of 192nd & Aurora, across from Sky Nursery).

Rainbow on a Plate at Shoreline Town & Country Market
Saturday, June 22, 2024
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Town & Country Market Shoreline

Colorful family fun at T&C! Bring the family to your local T&C for a fun trip down the rainbow road of flavor! We'll have games and snacks galore to teach kids about the prism of nutrition and just how easy (and delicious) it can be to eat a rainbow!

A Pirate's Love For Me!
Saturday, June 22, 2024
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Shoreline Community College Theater
The Seattle Seachordsmen and Sound Harmony Chorus welcome you to join the crew of the Scurvy Dog and set sail on the harmony seas! Puns galore and songs are shore-ly in store as the two navigate the choppy seas of love. Tickets available online.

Family Story Time
Monday, June 24, 2024
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Shoreline Library
Enjoy stories, music, movement and rhymes that develop your child’s early literacy skills. Ages 2 to 5 with adult. Registration not required.

Free Summer Meals, beginning June 24
Monday, June 24, 2024
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Shoreline Library
Mondays-Fridays, June 24-August 23. No lunch on July 4.
Nourish your body and brain while you read this summer. Enjoy a FREE lunch and be a Summer Reader! Meals must be eaten on-site. Healthy HIP Packs (food and snacks for the weekend) will be available on Fridays. Ages 1 to 18. Registration not required. Seating is limited. In partnership with Hunger Intervention Program.

For more information and more upcoming events, visit the Shoreline events calendar on

To have your event included please email


Art by Whitney Potter: Juneteenth

In 2022 Gov. Jay Inslee officially declared Juneteenth a Washington state holiday.


Sexual Health Educational Forum Wednesday June 26, 2024

Sexual Health Educational Forum
Wednesday, June 26, 6-7:30pm

For adults.

STIs are common, but there are many ways to protect yourself and your partner(s).Learn how to get screened for HIV and STIs.

Explore the benefits of PrEP as a form of HIV prevention.

Discover other ways to be a healthy adult with International Community Health Services (ICHS).

Registration not required.


Seattle Rep and Seattle Children’s Theatre to share box office and administrative services

Following months of internal conversation and an extensive feasibility study, Seattle Rep and Seattle Children’s Theatre (SCT) have announced the launch of a new resource-sharing initiative, which will see two venerated local institutions and Seattle Center neighbors collaborating on select patron and administrative services.

In a phased rollout beginning July 1, the two theaters will begin sharing staff dedicated to a few key functions. These shared operations—including CRM technology, IT, and videography—will help fill gaps in staffing left by vacant roles across both organizations, provide backup coverage for current employees, and increase sustainability and resilience for both organizations. 

These changes will be seamless to the public and have no impact on theatergoers’ experience of attending shows at either playhouse.

Beginning in September, Seattle Rep will also oversee a box office that serves both organizations, and guests will be able to purchase or modify tickets to performances at either theater through a single phone call or email. Throughout the transition process, theatergoers will be able to reach each box office—and then the joint box office—using each theater’s usual contact information.

Meanwhile, “Seattle Children’s Theatre has fewer performances open to the public, serving half of our audience through the Student Access Series, our school field trips,” said SCT’s Managing Director, Kevin Malgesini. 
“Our part-time box office team has been able to offer stellar customer service, but with limited resources. Collaborating with Seattle Rep on a shared box office will allow us to offer staff more career pathways and theatergoers a more consistent customer experience.”

The consolidation will be completed by September 26, when Seattle Children’s Theatre launches its 50th Anniversary Season with a production of Cat Kid Comic Club: The Musical and Seattle Rep begins its 62nd Season with Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth.

Streamlining operations through inter-organizational collaboration will be key to ensuring that arts institutions of all sizes—including well-established theaters like Seattle Rep and Seattle Children’s Theatre—can continue to rebuild audiences and work together toward a thriving future.


AG: Johnson & Johnson will pay Washington state $123 million for their part in the opioid crisis

Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that the state, city and county governments in Washington state received a $123.34 million lump sum payment from opioid manufacturer Johnson & Johnson. 

The funds are the latest payments from Ferguson’s litigation against companies that fueled the opioid crisis, and must be split evenly between state and local governments. Ferguson directed the funds must be used to combat the opioid epidemic.

To avoid trial in Ferguson’s 2020 lawsuit, opioid manufacturer and raw material supplier Johnson & Johnson signed a court order in January to pay $123.34 million to Washington state to combat the opioid epidemic, including the fentanyl crisis that is devastating Washington communities. 

Ferguson directed that 50% of these resources, $61.67 million, go to local governments across the state to combat the epidemic in their communities. The other half goes to the state Legislature. To see what local governments will receive from the Johnson & Johnson case alone, Washingtonians can use this spreadsheet.

The Washington Attorney General’s Office has recovered $1.29 billion so far to address the fentanyl and opioid crisis. Washingtonians can use this chart to see what their local government will receive as a result of the Attorney General’s litigation to combat the opioid epidemic.

Local governments will determine how to spend their share, but those funds must be used to combat the opioid and fentanyl epidemics. The Legislature will determine how the state share is further allocated in communities around the state. All spending decisions must be consistent with the state Opioid Response Plan

Examples of approved programs include substance abuse treatment, housing or other wrap-around services, youth- or tribal-focused prevention programs, support for first responders and other evidence-based programs and services that will help communities heal.

Ferguson has rejected national settlements with five corporations, netting Washington more than $180 million more for resources that will improve treatment options, funds for first responders and provide other proven strategies to address the epidemic.


Shoreline celebrates “A Decade of Collaboration” —145th and I-5 Interchange and the 148th Non-Motorized Bridge Projects

Photo courtesy City of Shoreline

From the City of Shoreline

On June 17, 2024 after a decade of creativity and hard work, plus unprecedented levels of partnership, the City of Shoreline, joined by federal, state, regional and local officials and community stakeholders, celebrated the recent start of construction of two major infrastructure projects. The 145th and I-5 Interchange and the 148th Non-Motorized Bridge projects will soon connect the region to the new Shoreline South/148th Street light rail station, scheduled to open on August 30.

The “thank you” event took place at Sound Transit’s Shoreline South/148th Street station. Attendees included Governor Jay Inslee; U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal; Washington State Senate Transportation Chair Marko Liias and House Transportation Chair Jake Fey; King County Executive Dow Constantine; Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers; representatives for Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell; and representatives from our community partners Transportation Choices Coalition and North Urban Human Services Alliance.

Ensuring strong transportation connections to light rail has been a Shoreline priority for many years. These projects will improve station access for transit, bicyclists, pedestrians, and cars. The Interchange project will replace the existing stoplights with roundabouts, which will improve the flow of traffic, eliminate idling at stoplights and make it easier for bus riders to access the station and transfer to light rail. The non-motorized bridge will connect residents, pedestrians, and bicyclists from the west side of I-5 directly into the station.

“Since light rail stations were first proposed, the City has been working diligently to prepare for the day when trains would be running,” said Shoreline Mayor Chris Roberts. 

“We upzoned the area around our light rail stations to increase density, and we added green building standards and affordable housing requirements to ensure that our new urban neighborhoods will be both sustainable and equitable. These projects will ensure that the households that live here, as well as the broader community, have safe, reliable access to the new Shoreline South/148th Street station.”

“These transit-oriented projects improve connections for residents, reduce pollution and spur housing investments nearby,” said Governor Jay Inslee. “I appreciate the work of the city of Shoreline to accommodate transit, active transportation and more kinds of housing.”

“Since I came to Congress, ensuring the success of the Shoreline South/148th Station and the Lynnwood Link extension have been among my top priorities. Transit-oriented development, as seen right here in Shoreline, is so critical to tackling climate change, improving regional mobility, and increasing the accessibility and affordability of housing,” said Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal. 

“Accessible transit will help communities reach jobs downtown, an important pivot towards creating mobility that does not require a car to commute. I am so proud to have helped bring home and support over $24 million in federal dollars to ensure we were able to get this project across the finish line.”

“The City of Shoreline’s collaboration with Sound Transit will make it possible for residents of the city and beyond to enjoy the opportunities that light rail brings,” said King County Executive and Sound Transit Board Chair Dow Constantine. 
“These improvements will connect people to this brand-new light rail station and an entire transit hub served by King County Metro buses, making public transit an easier, greener choice for everyone. Thank you to the dedicated transit advocates in our federal and state delegations for their support of these transformative investments.”

Work on these projects is now underway. Currently, 145th Street west of I-5 is closed to speed construction and is slated to reopen this fall. The interchange project is expected to be complete in late 2025. Construction of the eastern portion of the 148th bridge is currently in progress, with the west side work and the placement of the bridge deck planned for 2025. We expect to open the bridge in the spring of 2026.


Puget Sound Kidney Center facility open house on Thursday June 20, 2024 in Shoreline

Please join us on June 20 from 12pm to 2pm for an open house celebrating the opening of our new kidney center in Shoreline at 355 Richmond Beach Rd across from QFC

A short program will begin at 12:30pm with a ribbon cutting immediately after. We are delighted to open the doors of this facility that will allow us to better serve the people of Shoreline and surrounding areas. We completed the final construction phase of the new dialysis center this spring and our first patient was treated on April 1.

When operating at full capacity, this 8,400-square-foot center will be able to serve up to 132 patients. This beautiful, modern dialysis center offers patients a welcoming, safe and comfortable environment for their care, and is very much in line with our mission to enhance the quality of life of those with kidney disease through outstanding dialysis care, education and community support.

This will be Puget Sound Kidney Centers 12th dialysis center in the PNW and the first in King County.

To learn more about our open house please click this link to our website.


9th Annual Snohomish Summer Smash gearing up for play

The Snohomish Summer Smash presented by Columbia Athletic Club - Silver Lake, a four day tournament for high school players ages 14-18, returns to the Snohomish High School Tennis Courts July 18th-21st. 

Registration costs are $40 for Singles players and $60 for Doubles and Mixed Doubles teams, with proceeds going to the Snohomish High School tennis programs. Last year, a record 185 players from high schools stretching from Seattle to Bellingham battled it out on the courts.

Tournament Director Kraig Norris has watched this tournament continue to grow, since its beginnings in 2015. 

“The real explosion in participation began after the Pandemic. Many area clubs have simply stopped offering Junior USTA tournaments, and players are desperate for opportunities to compete. Area high school coaches realized that we were providing a chance for their players to compete and get better, and many have actively promoted our tournament.” 

Now, with clubs like Platinum Sponsor Columbia -Silver Lake, Silver Sponsor Tennis Center Sand Point, and other clubs promoting the tournament, the Summer Smash is one of the largest non-USTA tournaments in the state.

Registration deadline for the Summer Smash is July 9th; players interested in participating can go to for more information.


Gloria's Critters: Just chillin'

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Photo copyright Gloria Z. Nagler

Just chillin', photog. What're you up to?


Miyawaki Forest hosts Summer Celebration June 29, 2024

The Miyawaki Forest hosts its Summer Celebration from 5.00 to 8pm on Saturday, June 29, 2024 at 18501 Linden Avenue North, adjacent to the Shoreline Historical Museum

Join in marvelling at what’s growing, read the new bilingual English-Lushootseed signs identifying the forest’s 43 native species and enjoy Seattle Kokon Taiko and JHP Legacy Ghanian drummers. 

There will be information booths, food will be available for purchase from the Paparepas Venezuelan food truck and there will be plenty of space for picnicking.

Last December the forest was planted by community volunteers on vacant land adjacent to the Shoreline Historical Museum. It’s now one of 203 Miyawaki urban pocket forests worldwide supported by the international initiative SUGi. 

The Miyawaki method means very densely planting native species to form a self-sustaining forest within several years. 

Shoreline’s forest will filter airborne pollutants, reduce urban heat, mitigate flooding, capture CO₂, attract pollinators and improve the wellbeing of members of the community. 

Tracy Furutani of the Lake Forest Park City Council, but not speaking for the Council, was impressed after attending the Forest’s event in May.

 “The method is relatively quick way for a city to utilize small urban spaces to create much needed canopy for heat islands within the city. 
"A Miyawaki Forest reminds residents of what the environment provides, not just reducing greenhouse gas emissions or providing more habitat for various organisms, but also the mental health benefits greenery provides. And the creation and tending of the forest is a simple way to bring together the community.”

For more information click ­here.


Shoreline real estate market report for May 2024

In Shoreline, the median home price has increased significantly compared to 2023, while the time a property spends on the market has decreased. 

Looking back at the statistics from May 2019, the last period of our somewhat "normal" market, we continue to lag way behind in the number of sales. 

In May of 2019, we had 66 sales compared to only 48 this May. 

The median price back then was $597,500, and houses spent an average of 25 days on the market.


Accident in Kenmore closes lanes on 68th Ave bridge

This resulted in only minor injuries
Photo courtesy Kenmore Police

You may have been stuck in the traffic aftermath from this collision at NE 175th Street/ 68th Avenue NE on Friday afternoon that closed all eastbound lanes on the 68th NE bridge. 

Areas of high congestion often lead to the worst collisions, so being extremely cautious when entering intersections is always advised (even if you have a green light). 

Luckily, this only resulted in minor injuries.


Shoreline survey on Surface Water Plan - the City wants to hear from you

Survey Opportunity: We want to hear from you!

The City of Shoreline is updating our Surface Water Plan to reduce flooding, prepare for climate change, make our City greener, and protect our natural waters.

We’ve created four options for the Surface Water Plan. These options differ in how much work the Utility can do over the next six years. They also differ in cost.

Tell us which plan is best for Shoreline by June 30th!

Take the survey and enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card!


Classifieds: Shoreline Fire Board of Commissioners meeting rescheduled


As required by RCW 42.30, the Open Public Meetings Act, you are hereby notified that the Board of Commissioners of the Shoreline Fire Department has rescheduled the regular meeting for July 4, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. to July 11, 2024 @ 5:00 pm.

Notice posted by: Beatriz Goldsmith
Executive Assistant
June 3, 2024


School is Out BBQ at the Shoreline Teen Center June 21, 2024

Come to our annual School is Out BBQ at the Shoreline Teen Center!
This Friday, June 21, 2024 beginning after school at 11am


Open to Youth 6th grade-12th grade

Teen Center Hours 11am to 9:00pm

For middle school and high school students only. The Shoreline Teen Center is a drop-in free program sponsored by the City of Shoreline that provides a safe place for teens to have fun. We serve ages 12-18.

Teens are supervised by City staff and are provided with engaging activities. Our Mission is to support youth making successful life choices by offering engaging programs that foster a sense of identity, leadership and community.


At 145th groundbreaking event: Jayapal brings the funds, Inslee brings the donuts

Governor Jay Inslee brought donuts to the 148th street light rail station groundbreaking event.
Photo by Oliver Moffat

By Oliver Moffat

Elected officials gathered at the Shoreline South Light Rail Station on Monday morning to celebrate the recent start of construction on the 145th roundabouts and the non-motorized bridge over I-5.

Governor Jay Inslee shouted to be heard over the roar of construction and midday I-5 traffic as he thanked workers while handing out donuts.

On a busy day, the 145th construction zone can have as many as thirty workers on site.

“I want to thank the workers that put this together. These projects are transportation projects, these are housing projects. And these are job projects,” said Shoreline Mayor Chris Roberts.

Construction is underway on 145th street at I-5 where the old signalized intersections will be replaced with roundabouts - photo by Oliver Moffat

Representative Pramila Jayapal highlighted her work to secure $4 million for the non-motorized bridge, $20 million for the completion of the 145th street corridor project, and a request for $4 million to fund Shoreline’s Trail Along the Rail.

“This is what it looks like when government puts its thumb on the scale for equity, for justice, for the environment, for business,” said Jayapal.

Currently, 145th west of I-5 is closed for construction until this fall. Pedestrians and bikes can currently use the north sidewalk of 145th but a detour on 147th is planned.

The 145th roundabout project is expected to be complete in late 2025.

The non-motorized bridge is expected to open in the spring of 2026.


UW Med: Black men should start prostate cancer screening earlier

Yaw Nyame, MD, UW Med
A study published in the journal NEJM Evidence recommends that Black men start talking with their doctors about prostate cancer screening as early as age 40, rather than 55, the currently recommended age.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation screening recommendation comes from a group of 19 panelists: primary-care physicians, oncologists and patients, including two Black prostate cancer survivors. Dr. Yaw Nyame, a UW Medicine urologist and affiliate investigator with the Fred Hutch Cancer Center, was on the panel and co-led the group writing the recommendations.

Nyame hopes the report will provide impetus for other evidence-based screening guidelines by organizations such as the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and American Academy of Family Physicians. Black men have a 120% higher rate of death from prostate cancer, compared to the general U.S. population.

“We cannot ignore the burden of prostate cancer among Black communities any longer,” he said. “This guideline, rooted in the best available evidence, gives us an opportunity to be action- oriented in reducing that burden.”

Find out more about the recommendations in this UW Medicine Newsroom post.


Photo: Green Lake on a warm summer afternoon

Photo by Ron Greeley

Enjoy this peaceful photo of Green Lake in North Seattle on a warm summer afternoon.


Restoration work party events with the Green Shoreline Partnership this week

Upcoming restoration work party events with the Green Shoreline Partnership!

Pick a park and join a restoration work party to celebrate summer! No experience necessary. Just bring your enthusiasm!

Contact Joy Wood at with any inquiries about the Green Shoreline Partnership.

Updated 6/18/2024


Free online: Positive Discipline parenting classes from the Center for Human Services

Want to connect with other parents and explore ways to strengthen your family relationships? Participants of our program have reported increased knowledge of parenting and child development, parental resilience, and positive communication.

As one parent shared, “It was a total game changer and a beautiful reminder that my kids are valuable as they are. It has influenced me to develop stronger family bonds and smoother communication between family members.”

Join our free Positive Discipline parenting class summer series!

Graduates of the program will receive the Positive Discipline book by Jane Nelson. Enroll today to secure your spot! Information on flyer.


Shoreline Planning Commission meeting Thursday, June 20, 2024

Shoreline Council chambers (left)
Photo by Mike Remarcke
The Thursday June 20th Shoreline Planning Commission Regular Meeting will be held in the Council Chamber using a hybrid format where both in-person and online attendance is allowed. 

You may attend the meeting in person, join via Zoom webinar, or listen to the meeting over the telephone. 

The Commission is providing opportunities for public comment in person, remotely, or by submitting written comment. 

In person public commenters must sign up in person prior to the start of the meeting, and remote public commenters must sign-up online by 6:30pm the night of the meeting. See Links at end of this article.

There are three items the commission will be studying:
  1. Climate Action Plan
  2. 2024 Comprehensive Plan Update – Introduction of Community Development and Park, Recreation Open Space and Arts Elements
  3. 2024 Comprehensive Plan Update – Middle Housing Discussion of Tier Options, Alternative Compliance, and Draft Land Use Maps. This is a continuation of the discussion on which tier of middle housing regulations to pursue as well as the discussion about standard or alternative compliance. The Planning Commission is proposing an additional Tier 2.5 which would fall between Tier 1 and Tier 2.

In person meetings are held in the Council Chamber at Shoreline City Hall 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline WA 98133.

--Pam Cross


Local students named to the Dean's List at the University of Washington

Monday, June 17, 2024

University of Washington quad. Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Students from Shoreline & Lake Forest Park named to the Dean's List at the University of Washington for Winter 2024 Quarter.

To qualify for the Dean's List, a student must have completed at least 12 graded credits and have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (out of 4). Students are notified that they have achieved this distinction when they receive their grades for the quarter.

The students are listed alphabetically by ZIP code


Zip Code: 98133 Shoreline - North Seattle

Refik Omer Abduro senior
Mouna Abrous sophomore
Sarah Tesfaye Adera senior
Daniel Admassu junior
Arlind Ajvazi senior
Remi Alidon senior
Charles Poku Asiedu sophomore
Jon Avelino Coronado senior
Sierra Ayers senior
Lena Bae senior
Allen Kai Benge senior
Charlie Charles Bond junior
Kally Michelle Chamberlain freshman
Aries Daoxuan Chen junior
Bella Chen junior
Eileen Chen sophomore
Rongjie Chen junior
Rachel Sophie Clagett sophomore
Jose Manuel Cuevas Lopez senior
Colin Tyler Dao junior
Cassidy Pearl Davis sophomore
Sidney Daza sophomore
Juan Alexander De La Rosa Sanchez junior
Ynah Dimalanta senior
Peirong Ding senior
Madison Christalyn Edwards junior
Brandon John Egenes senior
Eli Kihyun Eun freshman
Jennifer Feng senior
Elias Wang Foreman sophomore
Ione Danielle Fox junior
Koket Gebiremichael sophomore
Axumawit G Gebregziabher senior
Sara Gebremedhin junior
Gina Maone Gerrard senior
Sofia Marie Gerrard senior
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Zip Code: 98155 Shoreline - Lake Forest Park - Kenmore

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13th annual Festival of Shorts at the Wade James Theatre in Edmonds June 27-30, 2024

13th Annual Festival of Shorts!

June 27-30, 2024 at the Wade James Theatre

The festival this year will feature eight shorts finalists that include multiple directors and casts. The theme for 2024 is “Silver Linings: a consoling or hopeful prospect.” 

Edmonds Driftwood Players received 495 script submissions for this year’s festival, and the finalists were selected from submissions from around the globe.

Our volunteer readers and judges are local Seattle-area theatre lovers and playwrights. To keep the process as fair as possible, our readers were given blind copies of script submissions for judging. 

Our annual playwriting festival provides an opportunity for playwrights to have their works brought to life on stage, as well as gain recognition and potential awards. Some past winners have later been developed into full-length award-winning plays! 

After the closing performance, we will announce the playwright winners for: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Judges’ Awards and Overall Audience Favorite.

Performance dates:
  • Thursday, June 27 (8:00pm)
  • Friday, June 28 (8:00pm)
  • Saturday, June 29 (2:00pm and 8:00pm)
  • Sunday, June 30 (2:00pm)

TICKETS: $20 General Adult (19-59); $18 Jr/Sr/Military


My Favorite Tree - the Garry Oak

Garry oak in the Miyawaki Urban Forest
Photo by Sally Yamasaki
By Sally Yamasaki

It’s been about six months since I helped plant the Miyawaki Urban Forest at the Shoreline Historical Museum and I have had a moment to reflect on what it has meant to me so far.
Last December, I helped plant a tree, a (čaʔadᶻac) Garry oak, Washington’s only true native oak, in the Shoreline Historical Museum Miyawaki Urban Forest on their Planting Day. 

The tree is just starting its life, but from the twig I planted 5 months ago to now, I can see beautiful deep green leaves that have emerged.

This tree is my favorite tree.

This Garry oak is so special partly because I helped plant it and it holds the hope of a healthy future for the earth to me. Garry oaks sequester carbon, and they are drought tolerant so as the earth continues to warm it will be able to survive. They are also important because they are a keystone species. So many other parts of our environment are dependent on them.

I worry about climate change and what will become of the future for my children, and their children. As a result, I recycle, try to walk as much as I can, and vote for things and people who support climate action.

Those things are good, but there is a difference in how this tree makes me feel. Whenever I go to visit it, I see how much it has grown, look to see if it is doing well or if a bunny has nibbled on it, and imagine how much bigger it will become in five, 10, 20 years. 

Although it does not ask me in words, as I sit there looking at the progress in its growth, it is almost as if it too is checking in on how I am because, invariably after a visit to the tree, I feel grounded as if I had a moment with a good friend.

On Saturday, June 29, 2024 starting at 5pm, the Miyawaki Forest Friends have a Forest Celebration planned at the field at the Shoreline Historical Museum, 18501 Linden Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133

 It is open to the public and it will give all of us a chance to visit or revisit the Forest that we planted together in December and at the same time listen to a program of drumming that is sure to help us all celebrate the Forests summer. 

For more information click here.


Joint Shoreline / Northshore Board meeting June 17, 2024


As required by RCW 42.30, the Open Public Meetings Act, you are hereby notified that the Planning Committee Board of Commissioners of the Shoreline Fire Department will hold a Special Joint Regional Fire Authority (RFA) Planning Committee Meeting on June 17, 2024, at 5:00 p.m.with the Planning Committee Board Commissioners of the Northshore Fire Department.

The purpose of the special meeting is to continue discussions of establishing an RFA between Shoreline and Northshore Fire Departments.

  • DATE: June 17, 2024
  • TIME: 5:00 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Shoreline Fire Department
    • Station 61 Public Conference Room
    • 17525 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133
To attend the meeting online, please use the below information. The agenda will be posted separately on the Department’s website.

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 826 8295 0797
Passcode: 492609
Dial by your location: 1 253 215 8782

Notice posted by: Beatriz Goldsmith
Executive Assistant
May 29, 2024


Concerts in the Park start Wednesday, June 19, 2024

The first concert in the series features JHP Legacy at Shoreline City Hall for Juneteenth

Nothing says summer like spending time outdoors. ShoreLake Arts has seven exciting performances for you this season. Pack up those low-backed chairs, grab a picnic blanket, and join us at a local park every Wednesday. Concerts are free and family-friendly and donations are appreciated.

June 19  6:00 PM, JHP Legacy, Shoreline City Hall.

Join us for the second annual Shoreline Juneteenth Celebration from 4:00 - 8:00pm as we honor the journey and celebrate unity.

June 26  6:30 PM, Portage Bay Big Band, Pfingst Animal Acres Park, Lake Forest Park.

The Portage Bay Big Band is an authentic musical tribute to the legends of the Swing Era, playing the swing hits of the 30's and 40's with featured singer, Hannah Scott.

July 10  7:00 PM, Seattle Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Richmond Beach Community (Library) Park, Shoreline.

Status, friendship, and true hearts collide in this comedy of impulsive love. Don't forget to pre-order your picnic box meal from Vault 177 and pick it up in the park before the show.

July 17  7:00 PM, Tinsel Town Mafia, Cromwell Park, Shoreline.

Tinsel Town Mafia performs high-energy rock & pop songs from films like Guardians of the Galaxy, Top Gun, Footloose, The Crow, So I Married An Axe Murderer, and many more. Shoreline's Swingin' Summer Eve at Cromwell Park from 5:30 - 8:30pm.

July 24  6:30 PM, The Whateverly Brothers, Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, Shoreline.

The Whateverly Brothers are seasoned folk music collectors, performers, and multi-instrumentalists. Richmond Beach Congregational Church will open its parking lot for this event. Vault 177 will also offer pre-ordered meal boxes for pick up in the garden before the show.

July 31 6:30 PM, E. Pruitt and Maureese Itson, Pfingst Animal Acres Park, Lake Forest Park.

The Pruitt-Itson band is a musical mix of Contemporary Jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop, Soul, and Neo-Soul.

More information about the Concerts in the Park series can be found on the ShoreLake Arts website.


John Farrimond named as ShoreLake Arts Executive Director

John Farrimond, Executive Director
ShoreLake Arts
John joined ShoreLake Arts in May and has already been making an impact. 

He began his arts career in Chicago before earning his business degree and relocating to Los Angeles. There he worked in rising leadership positions in the field of developmental disabilities. 

Although he was on the administrative side, he kept in close contact with the arts through important projects such as Through Our Eyes, a visual arts show featuring the work of students on the autism spectrum. 

In addition, he produced live events with student choirs, video productions, and Music for Autism concerts.

After moving to Tennessee to lead another developmental disabilities organization, John transitioned to consulting and then to the CEO position at Chattanooga Ballet where he led a renaissance of the organization. 

In late 2022, he very happily moved to the Seattle area, the fulfillment of a long-standing goal. Here he has worked with several educational institutions before taking the reins of ShoreLake Arts.

John is looking forward to being a part of the community so please do not hesitate to say hello when you see him out and about!


Town & Country June recipe - Jarcuterie hand-held charcuterie boards


Be the artist and make these cute and functional hand-held charcuterie boards. Perfect for parties and picnics. With so many ingredient options, use what you love!

Difficulty Level: Easy
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Yield: 8 Servings


8 small jars, glasses, plastic or paper cups
Bamboo picks
1 cup Marcona almonds
8 ounces cheese, cubed
8 ounces brie, wedged
8 ounces salami
24 olives
2 cups berries
16 crackers
8 breadsticks
Fresh rosemary sprig for garnish


Divide and add almonds to the bottom of the jars.

Build picks with cheese, salami, and olives. Add to jars.

Add berries, crackers, breadstick, and rosemary sprig.


Other options could include mini mozzarella balls, cherry tomatoes, baby bells, prosciutto, cornichons or cocktail pickles, pickled peppers, cocktail onions, grapes, candied pecans, breadsticks, dried figs, dried apricots, panino, meat sticks, cheese straws, so many to choose from!

Town & Country Market is located on the upper level of Shoreline Place 15505 Westminster Way N, Shoreline WA 98133

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