Edmonds in Bloom garden tour July 15

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Edmonds in Bloom garden tour July 15

The 23rd annual Edmonds in Bloom Garden Tour will be held on Sunday, July 15, 2018.

A summer must-do for many gardeners, this year’s Garden Tour is filled with inspiration. The 2018 Garden Tour features seven private gardens, six in Edmonds itself and one in Woodway. Gardens range from professionally designed and installed properties to hands-on, DIY creations that truly showcase the owner’s personality and hard work.

From a gracious 10-acre estate to an extraordinary collection of hostas, from urban spaces that maximize each square foot to a rambling bit of country in the heart of the city, this year’s tour is bursting with variety, beauty, creativity and imagination.

Order your tickets online. Beginning the first week of June, tickets will also be available at the following local merchants: Bountiful Home, Frances Anderson Center, Garden Gear, Lil’ Sprout Nursery, and Sky Nursery. Tickets are $15 each in advance, or $20 each at the first garden on the day of the tour.

Edmonds in Bloom is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.


Letter to the Editor: Keeping children in cages

To the Edito

It is bad enough that the children of undocumented mothers fleeing from persecution have been torn from their mothers, but this morning's news that these children are being kept in wire cages in a warehouse is an evil of unprecedented magnitude. Today's news report states that on Father's Day, a group of Democratic lawmakers visited a facility where these children are being held. Reporters also touring the warehouse-like building described seeing hundreds of children in chain-link cages, apparently sleeping on the floor on mattresses with mylar blankets.

Unless any of us are full members of an original indigenous tribe on this continent we are all immigrants. The color of our skin, the family into which we were born, the era and place where we grew up are not achievements. So if we are pale skinned, raised in what was once a democratic republic with many civil personal rights, not experiencing daily persecution, this is not an accomplishment. It is an accident of birth.

What is or would be an accomplishment is to recognize that others because of an accident of birth do not share our individual good fortune. And given that, we need to be tolerant, indeed welcoming. For those of us who are Christian the obligation to welcome one and all is part of our responsibility to be inclusive.

Please demand of our elected officials that these children be reunited with their mothers and housed in decent living conditions as soon as possible.

Gini Paulsen


Dan Wing holds his last school concerts at Shorewood and Einstein before retiring

Dan Wing and the Shorewood orchestra
Photo by K Carpp

Beloved orchestra teacher Dan Wing conducted his last two school concerts June 5th and June 12 at Shorewood High School and Einstein Middle School where he has taught for the past 30 years.

The Shorewood concert audience was full of family and friends of the students, but also included former students, including one group of friends who played in his orchestras 20 years ago.

Wing conducts the elite chamber orchestra
Photo by K Carpp

From his baton, thousands have learned to love the symphonic works of master composers, and have performed both at Carnegie Hall, and as featured orchestras in numerous festivals. 
We, as a staff, are beyond thankful for his dedication and to the teaching profession, for the profound impact he's had on the student and families (and staff!) who have studied under him, and for the strong program he has developed at the secondary level in Shoreline. 
His contributions reached beyond the walls of our school, and our music community is better because of his leadership Dan's passion, patience and masterful teaching have helped connect students to school, as well as to each other. The arts are a crucial part of our society, and Mr. Wing's program reminds us of the many reasons why. --Shorewood concert program notes

Einstein orchestra
Photo by Thom Foreman

At the Einstein concert (7th and 8th graders), one parent reported that "The place gave him multiple standing ovations, and the kids grabbed the mic and gave several small speeches praising him. It was very touching."

His orchestras have been frequent award winners at the Northwest Orchestra Festival (Gresham, OR), the Washington State Championships, and have produced many All-State musicians. Over the years, the orchestras have toured Hawaii, British Columbia, Oregon, California, New York and Florida and five appearances at Carnegie Hall.

Receiving a standing ovation at Einstein
Photo by Thom Foreman
He is Past President of both the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) and the Washington String Teachers Association (ASTA).

He is a member of the WMEA Hall of Fame, has been named ASTA-Washington "Outstanding String Educator,” as well as Shoreline School District "Teacher of the Year."

His 30 year school career followed 15 years as a professional orchestra musician, performing throughout Europe with the orchestras of Radio Luxembourg and West German Radio (Cologne), among others.

He served as Principal Violist in the orchestras of Heidelberg (Germany), the Spoleto Festival (Italy), Sacramento (CA), Evansville (IN) and Charlotte (NC).


Skandia Midsommarfest Sunday

Monday, June 18, 2018

Raising the pole
Photo courtesy Skandia

The Skandia Midsommarfest will be held on Sunday, June 24, 2018 from 11am to 6pm at St. Edward State Park, 14445 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore 98028.

This day-long traditional Scandinavian celebration features music and dance performances, kids’ activities (including raising a kid-sized pole), flower crowns, craft and food booths, a special costume presentation, participatory dancing, mini-dance lessons for beginners, and of course, the traditional pole raising ceremony.

FREE (donations accepted; buttons are available for a $2 donation to help defray the cost of putting on the festival).

For more information, email, check the website or phone 425-954-5262.


Violinist Geoffrey Castle at the Kenmore Hangar Saturday

Geoffrey Castle, electric violin
The Kenmore Library is hosting the kick off of the Summer Reading Program with a program at the Kenmore Hangar, 6728 NE 181st St, Kenmore 98028 on Saturday, June 23, at 3pm.

Violin Rocks!
Presented by Geoffrey Castle, this dynamic performance will change your mind about what’s possible when playing the violin, especially when it’s electrified!

All ages welcome.


Shoreline resident Mark Holmes joins HNTB as construction services deputy director

Mark Holmes, PE
Shoreline resident Mark Holmes joins HNTB as construction services deputy director

BELLEVUE, Wash. – Mark Holmes, PE, joined HNTB Corporation as construction services deputy director for the Northwest District. Holmes is based in HNTB’s Bellevue office and manages construction projects with the City of Seattle and other clients.

Throughout his career, Holmes has demonstrated exceptional skills and experience in project management for the design and construction of interchanges, arterials and local roads, utility improvements, site grading and more.

“Mark’s experience makes him an invaluable addition to our team,” said Jim Thomson, PE, HNTB Northwest district leader and senior vice president. 
“Our clients appreciate his skills and expertise as we work together to enhance transportation infrastructure within the Puget Sound region.”

Prior to joining HNTB, Holmes worked for another consulting firm where he led teams on projects including the City of Snoqualmie’s Tokul Road Roundabout/SR 202 improvements; Kitsap Transit’s Federal Transit Administration-funded North Base and North Viking Park and Ride; and the City of Sammamish’s Inglewood Hill storm water and drainage improvements.

Holmes earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Washington.

HNTB, which established its Seattle office in 1961, traces its roots in the region back to 1912, when the Columbia River Interstate Bridge between Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, opened. The bridge was designed by John Lyle Harrington, a partner in HNTB’s predecessor firm, Waddell and Harrington. HNTB has grown to employ more than 180 professionals in the region who help play a role in planning and delivering high-profile transportation infrastructure projects across the state and around the country.

HNTB’s many signature infrastructure projects in the region include the SR 99 Alaskan Way Tunnel; Mercer Corridor improvements in Seattle; Seattle-Tacoma International Airport third runway; the second Tacoma Narrows bridge; Sound Transit University Link Light Rail Extension, the Lynnwood Link Extension, West Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions and East Link Extension; Washington State Department of Transportation General Engineering Consultant Services for I-405 and SR 509; South Park Bascule Bridge Replacement in Seattle; Mount Baker Ridge Tunnel; historic work on I-5 dating back to the 1960s; and Tilikum Crossing bridge in Portland.

HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure firm serving public and private owners and contractors.


Things to do at the Shoreline Arts Festival this weekend

June 23 / 24 at the Shoreline Center

The 28th Annual Shoreline Arts Festival is a free community event with something creative and fun for everyone! Don’t miss these two extraordinary days of music, dance, theater, visual arts, food, culture, and more at the Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave NE. Shoreline, on Saturday, June 23 from 10am to 6pm and Sunday, June 24 from 10am to 5pm.

For more information, visit the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Arts Council’s Festival website

Festival To Do List:

Shop for local art at the Artist Marketplace
Peruse paintings, ceramics, jewelry, and pretty much every other kind of art as you saunter through the sunshine and decide which of the masterpieces on offer will grace your mantelpiece. Enrich your home with handmade art, support local artists, and show the world where you stand as a curator of great taste.

Rock out, or take it easy at our Showmobile Performance Main Stage
Sit back, relax, and be entertained by an array of musical and dance performances spanning a wide range of styles. From Ukuleles to African Song and Dance, there’s something for every musical taste. Check out the full line up

View the Juried Art and Photography Exhibitions
Featuring over 200 artworks from regional artists in 2D, 3D, and photography, the Juried Art Exhibit is one of the highlights of the Arts Festival. Over $2000 in cash prizes and merchandise are awarded and winners are announced at 1:30pm, Saturday on in the Juried Art Exhibit room. This year’s jurors are Phil McCrain (Photography) and Amy Pleasant (2D,3D).

Surround yourself with the creativity of students at the Youth Art Exhibition
Witness the talents of the 200+ Pre-K through 12th grade students who share their artwork in the Shoreline Arts Festival Youth Art Exhibit and vote for your favorite piece to win the People's Choice Award. Awards are given in four different age groups and art for the Shoreline School District’s 2018-19 calendar is also selected from this exhibit of 2D and 3D artworks. This year’s Youth Art Exhibit juror is Amy Pleasant.

Get creative at the Hands-On Art stations for children and adults
This summer under the Hands-On Art tent we look up at the stars! Join us for several Space- themed projects! Use your imagination to create a 3D Rocket Ship to blast off, using a tube, paper, and shiny dรฉcor. Design your own mini Alien Sculpture and give it some color! Create a view into the galaxy by using shiny pens and crayons to represent star clusters with the Telescope Constellation Drawing. Then return home by creating a water-colored Planet Earth. And what would the Hands-On Art tent be without the wonderful Gyotaku Fish Prints? Use real or rubber fish to create a colorful, painted fish to take home.

Tantalize your taste buds at the Food Truck Food Court
Get lunch, dinner, or just a sweet treat at this year’s Arts Festival Food Court. Conveniently located by the Showmobile Stage, the food court is the perfect place to grab lunch, meet your neighbors, and enjoy the festival atmosphere. Galaxy Donuts will be back! We’ll also have Da Shave Ice Shack on hand for a “10 minute Hawaiian Vacation”.

Art from the Attic Sale
For the last few months we’ve been collecting generous art donations from the community! Find your next artistic treasure at the Shoreline Arts Festival this weekend. Items include fine art (framed or unframed), sculpture, posters (framed or unframed), matted prints, frames, gently used art supplies, ceramics, glass art, handmade jewelry, artisan works and art books.

Proceeds from the sale will support Arts Council programming including arts education, summer concerts in the park, The Gallery at Town Center and the Shoreline Arts Festival.

Fill up at the Senior Center Breakfast
Kick off the Shoreline Arts Festival with a delicious breakfast for the whole family at the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center. Breakfast will be served from 8:30am – 11:00am with live entertainment.

Menu selection includes:
Pancakes complete with toppings, served with sausage links and fresh fruit or try our delicious new Breakfast Casserole (vegetarian or sausage), served with fresh fruit ans a biscuit. Choice of beverages included in the meal cost.

Experience something new in the Cultural Room
Explore four cultural rooms offering many fun hands-on activities, displays, and performances. Learn about different cultures, sample foods, see art, listen to music, learn to dance, and more. This year's highlights include:
  • A Glimpse of Africa! hosted by JHP Cultural and Diversity Legacy
  • Chinese Cultural Room Hosted by two Chinese schools and several community arts and music groups
  • Experience Korea! Hosted by the Korean American Historical Society
  • Filipiniana Cultural Room Hosted by Filipiniana Arts and Culture
  • Latino Cultural Room Hosted by local community members 
Get inspired by Missoula Children’s Theatre
An annual Shoreline Arts Festival tradition! A little red truck pulls into town with everything needed to mount a full one hour musical...except the cast. Sixty local students are cast in a play, rehearse for a week with professional actors/directors from Missoula Children’s Theatre touring company, and perform for an audience on Saturday at 1pm in the Auditorium. This year’s performance is The Pied Piper! Tickets are just $10, get yours here.

Take the festival shuttle and don’t stress about parking
Parking is a breeze with the Shoreline Arts Festival Shuttle Service! Running every 20 minutes during festival hours (Saturday 9:00am-6:30pm and Sunday 9:00am-5:30pm), the shuttle will make stops at the Shoreline Farmers Market, Meridian Park Elementary, and then come to the Shoreline Arts Festival. Look for the shuttle stop signs with balloons! The Shuttle Service is provided through the generous support of Shoreline Community College.

The Shoreline Arts Festival is a program of the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council with major support from the City of Shoreline, City of Lake Forest Park, and 4Culture.

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate creativity and inspire our community through the arts.


Detectives ask for public's help in Shoreline fatal shooting

Street where victim was found
43 year old Hispanic male found shot to death in a car in Shoreline

On Saturday, June 16, 2018 around 9:10pm, Deputies were dispatched to the area of 15xx NE 146th, for a report of multiple shots heard.

Once the Deputies arrived they located a victim in the driver’s seat of a white sedan who had sustained numerous gunshot wounds.

At this time, there is no suspect information.

King County Major Crimes Detectives are searching for any witnesses that may have heard or seen something the night of the murder.

If you have any information at all please call the King County Sheriff’s Office at 206-296-3311.


Photo: Flowers for guys

This 1950 Mercury was on display at the Richmond Beach Car show a few weeks back. 

It occurred to me that there are probably just as many car aficionados among the readers as there are gardeners. And some even like both!

So here's one for you, car geeks! I have lots more in my files.



Foster Cafe at One Cup on Thursday

A representative from Lutheran Family Services will be happy to meet you at One Cup on Aurora Thursday to explain the foster parent program.

She will be there from 10am to noon - it is a drop in event.

One Cup Coffee, 16743 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline 98155.

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Give a gift to foster children, click here


City Council to start aquatics center design and study funding for new sidewalks

Sunday, June 17, 2018

The Shoreline City Council meets on Monday evening at 7pm in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N, 98133.

They will vote to authorize a firm to do the site design for the Community and Aquatics Center.

A large portion of the meeting will be devoted to discussing policy decisions relating to a potential ballot measure for a 0.2 Percent Sales and Use Tax to "Expand, Preserve, Maintain and Operate the Transportation Infrastructure of the City of Shoreline, Including Funding for Sidewalk Expansion, Repairs and Retrofits".

The full agenda with links to the staff reports is here.


Highlander wrestling camp starts Monday

Highlander Wrestling camp starts Monday and runs through Thursday at Shorecrest High School, 15343 25th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155 in the gym from 7-9pm. Fee is $25.

Arrive early if you have not pre-registered.


Help for seniors and their family members - Tuesday - RB Library

Richmond Beach Library
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Help for Seniors and Their Family Members - What Do You Need to Know?

A panel of experts will answer some of the questions about dealing with an older family member.

We would all like to live a very long, healthy life being independent until the end of our days.

What if that doesn't happen for us or for someone we love?

Hear from
  • an Elder Law Attorney to ensure that you have taken all of your legal steps to preserve your independence for as long as possible; 
  • a Home Care Advisor to learn how to help people stay in their homes with assistance for as long as possible; 
  • a Senior Housing Referral Specialist to understand what options are out there for assisted living and what the costs of those may be; and 
  • a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and licensed Broker who will outline the steps to downsizing, marketing and selling seniors' homes.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 from 7 - 8:30pm at the Richmond Beach Library, 19601 21st Ave NW, Shoreline 98177


Healthy meals, mystery, family secrets and a new book club at Third Place Books this week

Three authors will read from and discuss their books this week at Third Place Books. If you purchase their book, you can get it signed by the author. Call Third Place at 206-366-3333 to order your book.

Third Place Books, upper level Town Center, intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way in LFP.

Monday, June 18
Stephanie Tornatore and Adam Bannon
Healthy Meal Prep (DK)

Learn how to meal prep like a pro with twelve weekly meal plans from YouTube’s popular Fit Couple Cooks, each with four unique recipes for six days of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.

Wednesday, June 20
Susan Carr
The Rat Tree

Locked inside a dusty trunk in the attic of an old wool mill, a girl finds a diary that reveals the dark secrets of her grandfather’s Nazi past. This novella from actor and singer Susan Carr features paper cutout illustrations by Seattle artist Lauren Iida, which will be exhibited during the presentation.

Thursday, June 21
Christine Carbo (in conversation with James Ziskin)
A Sharp Solitude (Atria Books)

A new mystery from the author of The Wild Inside, set in the magnificent and brutal terrain of Glacier National Park—for fans of C.J. Box and Nevada Barr. A gripping study of two flawed characters, bonded by a child, trying to make their way in an extraordinary place where escape seems possible.

Wednesday, June 27
Nonfiction Book Club

A new, nonfiction book club will meet at Third Place starting Wednesday, June 27 at 7pm. The book to be discussed is The View From Flyover Country by Sarah Kendzior. The group will meet regularly on the last Wednesday of the month. July's book is Shark Drunk by Morton Stoksnes.


Shoreline Arts Festival Saturday and Sunday at Shoreline Center

Be sure to see everything. And leave time to visit the wonderful cultural rooms at the south end of the building.

Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24, 2018


Shoreline Fire calls June 4-10

Shoreline firefighters at Central Market June 9
collecting money for Muscular Dystrophy
Photo courtesy Shoreline Fire
Shoreline Fire calls for June 4 - 10, 2018

  • Aid - 62
  • Aid Non Emergency - 13
  • MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident) - 7
  • MVA Medic - 3 
  • MVA Rescue - 1 
  • Medic - 38
    • + 44 in Bothell, Northshore some Woodinville including M65 and M47
  • Medic Weapons - 1
  • Cardiac Arrest - 1
    • + 2 in Bothell and Northshore w/M47
  • AFA (Automatic Fire Alarm) - 15
  • Bark Fire - 1
  • Brush Fire - 1
  • Dumpster Fire - 1 trash can on Interurban trail
  • Haz - 3 (CO alarms)
  • Natural Gas Commercial - 1 in Bothell w/M47
  • Service Call - 2
    • 1 person stuck in an elevator, 
    • 1 smoke alarm issue
  • Smoke Haze in the Area - 1
  • Smoke/Burn Complaint - 1
  • Working Fire Multi-Family - 1 in Bothell


Photography is where you find it

Hiding in the shadows
Yellow jacket on final approach to land on feeder
By Marc Weinberg

If you read the recent Shoreline Area News article about 'Backyard Bunnies" you'll know you don't have to look far to have some photography fun.

For some, photography is going on a trip to a wonderful place. Perhaps to a place you've not been before or to a favorite spot looking for new memories to capture.

But regardless of your capacity to travel, photography can be as close as your own backyard.

Learning to look for new subjects can be fun, particularly in the summer months when it's warm and we have so much light.

My photos are often not the best during summer, however, because of too much light.

Looking for a way in
Bright daylight can overpower an image as well as produce harsh shadows and contrast. 

An overcast or cloudy day, on the other hand, can provide more even light, something like putting a 'filter' on your lens. 

So look for those moments.

You can also concentrate the time you search for subjects within a few hours of sunrise or sunset when the sun is low in the sky.

If there's a compelling subject, however, I'd rather get the shot that inspired me rather than not. 

Some editing techniques might help improve it.

Holding on to refuel
I love to watch hummingbirds. The one thing they continue to teach me is 'patience'. 

They are so fast and unpredictable in their flight patterns they present a real challenge, so it's best to position yourself near their food source. 

While watching for them this weekend, I saw something new... a yellow jacket trying to get at the sugar water in the feeder. 

So that became my new subject and challenge.


Edmonds Community College is hosting a Summer Basketball Camp for Boys and Girls with Coach Gray and his team

Youth basketball camp for boys and girls, 5-18
Edmonds Community College
July 9-12, 9 am - 3 pm
️ $125 registration

⏰ July 9 - July 12, 9 am to 3 pm

๐ŸŽŸ Cost: $125

๐Ÿ€ Boys and girls ages 5-14, no previous basketball experience required.

☎️ To register call: 425-640-1415

๐Ÿ”ฑ About the Edmonds Basketball Program:

Kyle Gray enters his 7th season as the head men’s basketball coach at Edmonds CC Tritons. Coach Gray has over a decade of college coaching experience and has coached at all levels, from youth teams to high school. Coach Gray has been the physical education teacher at Viewlands Elementary School in Seattle for over seven years and knows how to coach the game to boys and girls of all ages and ability. Coach Gray brings with him a coaching staff that has a wealth of experience in the game of basketball.

In addition to the coaching staff, current Edmonds Community College players will help run the camp and mentor your child throughout the week. This is a great opportunity for your child to learn from some of the top players and coaches.

The camp will cover all levels of play from kids just starting out, to kids that are getting ready for their high school season.

Both boys and girls are welcome. No matter what level you are at, the Triton Staff will make sure that every camper gains something in the week they spend with us at Edmonds.

Our goal is to make our program a community program, and this camp is a great example of that.

See the sign up form for more information.


Crime in Shoreline week ending May 29

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Selected items from the Shoreline Police blotter, week ending May 29, 2018

Trending this week
--Scams and frauds - ID theft, IRS scam, make money by cashing a big check, counterfeit money
--Issues at grocery stores (NC Safeway, Aurora Safeway, Fred Meyer) - trespass, theft, harassing customers
--Domestic violence assaults and violation of no-contact orders

05-21 Mother cited for child neglect after her son could not wake her up.
05-21 Subject causing a disturbance at a massage parlor was Trespassed and arrested on a felony warrant.
05-22 Subject sleeping on private property who refused to leave after multiple warnings and became very aggressive to officer was arrested on criminal trespass.
05-22 Person passed out in car was arrested on warrants for failing to appear for court dates.
05-22 Three juveniles taken to Seattle Children's for taking pills and making comments about wanting to die. Case referred to RADAR unit.
05-22 Victim told to buy Google gift cards to pay the IRS - it was a scam.
05-22 Subject with no-contact order unlocked door and walked in to house. Arrested for violation of no-contact order and felony warrants.
05-23 Storage unit on NE 145th broken into and items taken.
05-23 Victim convinced to wire money to London and Oklahoma.
05-23 Pickpocket at Gala for the Arts stole a wallet.
05-24 Driver pulled over just after midnight for failing to signal, expired tabs, dark windows was cited for driving without a license and arrested on a felony warrant. Released at Harborview for medical reasons.
05-24 Female taken for involuntary commitment after climbing on the roof and threatening to jump.
05-24 Person walked into Pier One Imports, said he was suicidal and asked to be committed. Taken to Swedish Edmonds.
05-24 Rock thrown from 195th pedestrian overpass hit a vehicle on I-5.
05-25 Domestic Violence assault then stole car.
05-25 Shoplift at the Euro Deli Lakoma at 20011 Aurora turns into assault with a knife and damage to merchandise.
05-25 Officers responding to suspected overdose found drunken juveniles, one with facial cuts.
05-26 Male smoking drugs in vehicle parked at Club Hollywood. Drugs and paraphernalia confiscated for evidence.
05-26 Driver arrested for DUI after hit and run collision on Ballinger.
05-26 Mailbox damaged on 25xx NW 193rd Pl.
05-27 Male assaulted and arm broken by two unknown men; he declined to cooperate with police.


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Happy Father's Day

Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter can be found under Features 
in the first column of the front page of the Shoreline Area News


Photos: Backyard bunnies

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

So - Wayne Pridemore and Marc Weinberg both sent me backyard bunny photos within a few minutes of each other.

I'm debating. Do they live next door to each other? They both live near RB Saltwater Park. Have the bunnies completely overrun Richmond Beach? They seem to be working on it.

Is it the same bunny?

Is it the same bunny? The lighting is different. But the bunny markings look different to me.

Wayne says "Each evening around 7:30 our backyard cottontail shows up in our little garden. She samples the endive, the lettuce, but her favorite seems to be the curly kale. The rabbit community around the edge of Richmond Beach Saltwater Park appears to be growing because we sometimes see cottontails on other nearby streets."

Eating the Pridemore's endive
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Marc says "For weeks now we have been entertained morning and evening by a rabbit that loves our grass. During last night's evening meal the sun back-lighted the ears and I was amazed to see the veins highlighted in the late day setting sun.

Actually, Richmond Beach can't be overrun or people would be complaining about the bunnies instead of being charmed and entertained by them.

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

I like this one because Bunny looks so guilty - but can't resist getting that last mouthful.



4th Annual MultiCultural Heritage Festival July 14

4th Annual Cultural Heritage- Multicultural Festival, sponsored by JHP Legacy, The City of Shoreline, SLFP Arts Council, 4Culture and Shoreline Public Schools.

Saturday July 14, 2018 from 7-10pm at the Shorewood High School Performing Arts Center, 17300 Fremont Ave N.

The Cultural Education and Community Development project is a Community-based and Community-driven project, which seeks to involve people from all segments of the community.

JHP collaborates with the community and other organizations to develop, organize and implement performance-based programs that educate and unite individuals in the community through cultural understanding and exchange of ideas.

Cultural Heritage 2018 will see on stage live performance by different countries, different cultures and diverse groups, storytelling, rhythms, movements, and songs, with an engagement of the attendees where they get to learn about the connections between rhythms, life, and humanity.

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Shoreline American Legion veterans get free haircut from SportsCuts

Veterans line up for haircuts
Photo by Jerry Pickard

On Thursday, June 14, 2018 Kari Williams of SportsCuts traveled to American Legion Post 227 to give FREE haircuts to Veterans.

Vets appreciate Kari
Photo by Jerry Pickard
She cut hair for shaggy veterans from 9:00am until almost 2:00pm with two short breaks and a twenty minute break for lunch.

Post 227 provided snacks through the morning and served hot dogs, chili, chips and assorted condiments for lunch.

Kari is very professional and is very appreciated in her service to our veterans.

This was her second visit to Post 227 this year. Her shop is located in the Alderwood Mall.


Two behavioral health organizations merge to better serve Puget Sound

Navos and Community Psychiatric Clinic (CPC) has announced that the two Seattle-based, not-for-profit organizations plan to merge, allowing them to increase access to urgently needed behavioral health services across King County. The two organizations will merge under the Navos name on November 1, 2018.

“This merger will allow for significant economies of scale, enhancing the sustainability of critical treatment programs and services for people with serious mental illness and substance use disorders,” said David Johnson, CEO of Navos.

Navos and CPC have similar missions, aligned values and identical goals of improving behavioral health care services. Through this merger, the two organizations will combine their efforts to support behavioral health services and be more efficient with the narrow operating margins in the community behavioral health field.

“We know that together with Navos, we make a stronger, more viable organization. Navos’ affiliation with MultiCare also brings a respected medical partner to the relationship, which is critical as behavioral health and medical care are integrated at the point of client care,” said Doug Crandall, CEO of CPC.

Building on their longstanding partnerships with their communities, Navos and CPC will create an enhanced continuum of care that supports primarily low-income children, youth and adults throughout treatment and recovery. Their expanded team of providers will treat behavioral health conditions affecting people of all ages through a rich array of services and whole-person approaches.

In 2017, Navos affiliated with MultiCare, a not-for-profit, community-based health system with a well-respected behavioral health program. In 2018, Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare of Pierce County also joined MultiCare as an affiliate organization. With CPC merged with Navos, the four organizations will marshal their individual resources to become stronger and more effective in helping more individuals achieve wellness and live to their fullest potential.

Navos, a nonprofit organization, offers a full spectrum of behavioral health services to more than 12,000 low-income children, youth and adults each year. Navos is the public behavioral health provider for more than 40 percent of all youth served in the King County community behavioral health system, and is the largest behavioral health provider in Washington State.

Community Psychiatric Clinic (CPC) has been a trusted provider of mental health, substance use disorder and supportive housing services in Seattle since its inception in 1953. CPC provides a comprehensive array of high quality, evidence-informed, community-based and recovery-oriented treatment throughout Seattle and north King County.


Mandarin program continues in Shoreline Schools - but there's a catch

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Shorewood students who have taken Mandarin classes
since childhood with teacher Hua Zhang
By Diane Hettrick

Shoreline Public Schools, which had considered dropping its Mandarin language program due to low enrollment, is offering courses for at least the next two years, but conditionally.

Mandarin 3 will be built into the Shorewood High School schedule for the 2018-2019 school year to support the current second-year students through their third year in the language.

Mandarin will be added back into the secondary (middle and high schools) course catalogs next year. Both 7th and 8th-grade students will have the option to register for this class in the 2019-2020 school year.

Here's the catch: the district requires a full class of students to register in order to offer the class. There would be no guarantee from year to year that the class would be offered.

The district explains:
A full class of students will need to register for the class at either grade level for which it is offered in order for students at that grade level to take the course. 
For example, if 28 7th grade students register for Mandarin 1 and 10 8th grade students also register for Mandarin 1, the 8th-grade students would be encouraged to enroll in their second choice language because Mandarin 2 would not be available for a class of just 10 students when they enter high school. 
Offering a Mandarin class at each level (i.e. Mandarin 1, Mandarin 2 and Mandarin 3) will be enrollment and staffing dependent from year to year with each registration process.

Parent John Higgins pointed out that Shoreline Public Schools shouldn’t assume that low enrollment for Mandarin reflects a lack of interest. 

Higgins commented "Sometimes kids don’t know they’re interested until they’ve tried it first."

Shorewood Mandarin students displaying their
Chinese poetry and art with substitute teacher Hua Zhang

According to School District policy, "The board recognizes the value of preparing students to be global citizens with the skills to communicate in English and other world languages." In addition to Mandarin, the district currently offers French, Spanish, and Japanese.

The Mandarin courses depend on enrollment but the School District points out that they do not promote one course over another. So parents of children in the current Mandarin classes are taking on the task of marketing the classes.

In a flyer the parent group is distributing, they make the following points (bulleted):
  • Chinese has become the most spoken language in the world – 1 in every 6 people speak this language. This means that by learning Chinese you can potentially talk to about one fifth (more than 1 billion people) of the global population.
  • Chinese is one of the six official UN languages – the others being English, Arabic, French, Russian and Spanish.

One recent study says that 40 percent of Washington state’s total job market is tied to international trade and China is the United States’ biggest trading partner. And China is fast becoming a global leader.

  • Knowing Chinese may give you an edge when competing for an important position at work and/or provide you with more potential business opportunities. According to Bloomberg, China’s economy is expected to surpass the U.S. economy by 2032.

Mandarin Chinese New Year's card
People who are in a position to see what is coming are making sure that their children and grandchildren learn Mandarin Chinese.

  • Facebook CEO / Founder Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ children, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, former US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, two of Joe Biden’s grandchildren, Ivanka Trump's children.

Information on world languages is included in the registration guide for the four secondary schools.

Registration is somewhat individualized for each school though they have common course guides. Much of registration is handled within the schools with counselors working with students and families. Here are links to the enrollment / registration pages for each individual school.

If you have questions about enrollment or registration, the easiest thing to do is to call your school. The website isn’t necessarily going to have answers to all the questions that might come up with this complex process.


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