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Council urged to keep CARES; told ways city is improving public communications

2 hours 22 min ago

By Jack Mayne

Despite a plethora of letters and pressure, the Burien City Council said nothing Monday night on when it will make a decision of extending the CARES animal contract or shifting to King County Animal Control other than to be told more information would be available later in May.

Councilmembers did discuss and pass a resolution urging action by the Washington Legislature and Congress to respond to a U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case that says money is speech and therefor not subject to election limitation rules. Councilmember Nancy Tosta originally proposed the resolution.

The Council, at the request of CenturyLink, postponed final decision on a non-exclusive cable franchisee until it sort out some internal matters.

CARES is pushed
The city received nine letters this week along with a petition of well over 750 signatures seeking to retain and renew the contract with CARES and most expressing disapproval of a potential move to King County Animal Control.

Marianne Hudson came to the Council meeting Monday night to thank it for looking into King County and its 24-hour animal control services.

“Clearly they know what they are doing,” Hudson told the Councilmembers. “We have to go back to them.”

Regular Council commenter Quinton Thompson pushed CARES at the meeting, but also sent a letter that said he did not believe “renewing this contract would have an adverse effect” on the city and worried that returning to King County Animal Control “would be more expensive.”

The letters and petition want the Council to retract its 4 to 3 refusal on April 4 to accept City Manager Kamuron Gurol’s recommendation to extend the CARES contract from its August 30 expiration date until the end of January 2017 to give the city time to thoroughly investigate the possibility of keeping CARES or deferring to King County.

The B-Town Blog had an April 2016 poll of readers after the Council rejected extending the contract. Results showed “Yes” to extend CARES, got approval of 77 percent of those voting in the online poll.

There were 359 votes to extend CARES, 91 to return to King County and 15 people didn’t care one way or the other.

As of May 3, 2016, 467 votes have been cast in The B-Town Blog poll, with 77 percent voting “Yes” to extending CARES’ contract.

Most of the letters the Council has received since the rejection have extolled the virtues of CARES, something quite at odds with the early days of 2012 when the non-profit was seeking city approval.

CARES’ Burien history
On Nov. 29, 2012, The B-Town Blog reported “suddenly aggrieved Burien animal lovers are again eyeing the warpath against the Community Animal Resource and Education Society – better known as CARES – because of what they say is poor public interaction and a lack of understanding of rules and standards of caring for lost, strayed and abandoned dogs and cats.”

The 2012 story added “charges and claims lay dormant as several of the opponents of CARES said it was no use criticizing the facility as long as a majority of the Burien City Council backed City Manager Mike Martin,” who had guided the formation of CARES under the leadership of restaurant owner Debra George.

Now successor City Manager Gurol says he wants only to have all information on King County Animal Control after several years of upgrading and philosophical changes.

Public Communications
Katie Trefry, the city’s communications manager, reminded the Council that Burien Magazine has replaced the quarterly newsletter. The new 32-page, full-color quarterly magazine is a “huge improvement in how we reach Burien residents. The newsletter went to those who provided their address, but the magazine is mailed to every Burien address, so we reach more than 21,000 households.”

The magazine also generates advertising revenue, about $28,000 for the first three issues, she said, and the hope is that the magazine may support itself.

Trefry said she has heard the magazine isn’t “inclusive enough” and putting its content in languages other than English can help this. She is seeking a Spanish language translator and hopes the June issue will “have a little bit of translated content.”

There is a lot of growth on social media that the city can use, she said. So far, she has posted more to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and wants to think strategically about the postings. She said there has been some growth in followers but “not hardly” enough yet.

Twitter responses are also up, she said, with the biggest response for photos of the Dec. 9 mudslide, which means Twitter can be used to improve media relations and get information out quickly to news reporters.

Trefry said there has been a significant interest in downtown Seattle media in Burien and that is because many electronic media reporters live in the area so she is learning to deal with those reporters.

She also noted better online and video streaming of the City Council and other city events.

In addition, the city is also working to effectively replace the current, outdated city website with new and modern graphics that offer better ways to communicate information to citizens, not simply having the site as a library of city information. Trefry said she is working with local photographers to build up a significant photo gallery, and with the Castus video service provider for library for the city website as well as providing video for major city events.

Councilmember Lauren Berkowitz, on the phone from home, said, “people get information but I think they don’t feel welcome” adding that the Council can’t make them feel more welcome but can make the magazine represent more diversity by showing multiple residents feel welcome enough to come to their city event…”

Tosta, asking her usual multiple questions, wanted to know if there was a way to review citizen committee to see if they could be made more effective to citizens and to minorities.

Hi-Liners Theatre
The Council heard a presentation on the Hi-Liners Youth Musical Theater by its board
President Gerry Gilbert and Artistic Director Kathleen Edwards.

Gilbert said it was the 50th year in Burien for the Hi-Liners and recalled that it once had all participants rehearse every Saturday and the group did performances regularly and for then Boeing Chairman William Allen and a group of international bankers, for the 737 airplane rollout, the national Republican Governors meeting and the World’s Fair in Spokane. He said the total membership of the group during it first 21 years was about 1,800 mainly teenage students.

Since 1994 to the present, Gilbert said their membership has been 3,600 students and during the last few years many students being bullied in their schools are coming to the Hi-Liners. Tuition is paid for the program on an “as possible” basis, with the normal tuition rate set at $450.

He said the youth who participate are taught how to behave as professionals in the theatre business whether they are paid or not.

Hi-Liners is non-profit, he said, with a 2016 budget of $256,000 and revenue at $226,000. He said that community theatres with their budget “contribute $2.2 million to the local economy.”

The rent storage space at the old Salmon Creek Elementary school and two studios at the Burien Annex, but performances are held at the 280-seat Renton Civic Theatre because they outgrew facilities in Burien, although they do some shows at the Highline Performing Arts Center with 800 seats – “our spiritual home”.

Grow a ‘garden of artists’
Kathleen Edwards, the Hi-Liner’s artistic director, said the group is beginning to “grow our own garden of artists, but we really don’t have opportunities to pay actors. That is our next goal. We want to start writing our own musicals and mounting shows for young audiences, pre-school and K through 2. There are enough opportunities for parents to take their children to theatre at that age, and we know how to do it.”

When they sent students off to college and “when they come back, we want to give them a job. That makes me be able to sleep at night.”

She said it “breaks our heart that we cannot perform in Burien – we belong in Burien, we ought to be here.”

Clean up the chips
Resident Byron Richardson said he lives on SW 166th Street, which is largely a gravel roadway about 2,000 feet long with seven residences. One of those homes was sold in January and the person who purchased the house hired tree contractors who trimmed trees and left a large pile of bark chips infringing on roadside parking. One neighbor posted a sign asking for removal of the chips, but the sign “disappeared in about two days” and ‘the bark chips are still there.”

Richardson said he filed out a complaint form at City Hall but has near nothing for “about two weeks.”

Mayor Lucy Krakowiak said city staff would look into the matter.

LETTER: Some Highline Schools students will be missing from B-Town Beat event

4 hours 14 min ago

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:]

“Artwork and performances by amazing students of Highline Public Schools” will be on display on Thursday, May 5th in downtown Burien at the B-Town Beat Music and Art Walk.

Highline Public Schools student-artists from every high school and middle school campus will proudly display their talents and wares.

Except Cascade Middle School students.

Cascade Middle School will be missing from Thursday evening’s festivities, because Cascade students are no longer offered drawing and painting classes. When the Cascade art teacher took another job several years ago, a counselor position replaced the full-time art position. As a result, Cascade is the only HPS middle school with no Visual Arts classes.

Surprisingly, HPS middle schools provide students with vastly different fine arts options despite Highline Board Arts Policy 2160, which prominently states, “The School Board recognizes the importance of equitable access to an arts education.”

Cascade has the fewest fine arts options for students offering to budget almost a full-time teacher to teach both Band and Choir. Chinook Middle School offers a full-time Visual Arts (painting and drawing) teacher and a half-time position for Band. Pacific Middle School offers a full-time teacher for Visual Arts, and another full-time teacher for Band, Orchestra, Choir and Guitar/Ukulele. Sylvester Middle School offers the broadest arts programs with Band, Beginning Instrumental, Visual Arts and Drama.

Cascade’s arts budget is half of Chinook’s arts budget, and is a third of both Pacific and Sylvester’s arts budgets!

Highline School Board Arts Policy 2160 leads with “The Board recognizes that an arts education (defined as dance, music, theater, and visual arts) is an essential part of the learning experience for all Highline students.” Not only do HPS middle schools not offer essential and equitable arts for all Highline middle school students, HPS high school students are offered vastly inequitable arts education options as well, depending on a student’s address within the school district.

The Evergreen Service Area is a veritable arts desert with two-thirds of all kids in those schools not receiving a single drawing and painting class from Kindergarten through high school graduation!

Highline School District leadership needs to revisit Highline Board Arts Policy 2160 and strive to do a much better job celebrating and honing artistic talents of ALL Highline children by ensuring equitable arts opportunities in every school. It is unfair and unjust for Highline Public Schools to sponsor an arts and music event promoting creative Highline students, and then exclude entire schools lacking arts programs and the kids who attend those schools.

Sincerely,
Sarah Gengler Dahl

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Meet pioneering glass Artist Michael Dupille this Friday at Burien Arts Gallery

5 hours 50 min ago

Grand Moule by Michael Dupille

Meet pioneering glass artist Michael Dupille at an Artist’s Reception this Friday, May 6, from 5-8 p.m. at the Burien Arts Gallery, located at 826 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien.

The soft surrealism of glass pieces by Dupille is featured in May at the Burien Arts Gallery. Michael’s imagery is representational with imaginative twists to embellish the narrative. He calls his approach “soft surrealism.” It requires a second look that brings additional positive reactions.

Dupille helped pioneer the kiln-formed glass movement in the 1980s. He developed and refined the fritography technique for “painting with glass,” using crushed glass in combination with kiln-fired methods. Many of Michael’s working methods and materials have become standards in the industry.

Harry Langen and Don Zimmerman will also be showing in the Artists United room at the Gallery.

The exhibit runs through May 28.

No need to fight downtown Seattle traffic to experience great art. As the only non-profit fine-arts gallery between Tacoma and West Seattle, the Burien Arts Gallery presents new and exciting exhibits each month. And nearby parking is free.

The Burien Arts Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, Noon-6 p.m. The Gallery is closed Sunday though Tuesday.

More information at www.burienarts.org or 206-244-7808.

REMINDER: Student Music & Art featured at B-Town Beat this Thursday

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 13:48

Help celebrate Student Art Month at May’s B-Town Beat, which is partnering with Highline Public Schools and Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services for a Student Music and Art Walk this Thursday, May 5.

WHAT: Over 20 venues hosting music and art by local students. Art making station at Discover Burien office!

WHEN: Thursday, May 5, from 6-9 p.m.

WHERE: SW 152nd Street, from 4th Ave SW – 10th Ave SW.

More information at www.b-townbeat.com.

ChoralSounds ‘Heart of Our Song: The Musical Roots of Americana’ is May 14-15

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 13:36

ChoralSounds Northwest will be celebrating Americana Roots music with ‘Heart of Our Song: The Musical Roots of Americana’ at a special concert at the Highline Performing Arts Center on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15.

ChoralSounds traces the roots of Americana music to Europe and Africa to see how the old world traditions informed the early American string-band style that is currently enjoying a resurgence in popularity.

Special guests Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons are featured in our second act as we fiddle and pick our way through classics like: Poor Wayfaring Stranger, Will the Circle be Unbroken, and Sweet By and By.

Here are the details:

WHAT: ChoralSounds Northwest’s ‘Heart of Our Song: The Musical Roots of Americana’

WHEN:

  • Saturday, May 14, 2016 • 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, May 15, 2016 • 2:00 pm

WHERE: Highline Performing Arts Center (HPAC), Burien

TICKTS:

CLICK HERE TO ORDER TICKETS

Learn more about our guest artists here: www.benjoemusic.com

REMINDER: Washington Filmworks at Film Office Happy Hour Tuesday

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 09:43

REMINDER: The next Burien Film Office Happy Hour is this TUESDAY night, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Tin Room Bar & Theater, and will include a special presentation by Washington Filmworks Executive Director Amy Lillard.

Amy will talk about the benefits of filming locally, how movies stimulate economies, how Filmworks helps, and much more.

Amy has been with Filmworks since it launched in 2007. Under her leadership, WF has helped over 90 film projects complete principal photography, which have brought an estimated $242 Million dollars to the statewide economy.

Amy Lillard started her career as an independent film publicist out of New York and Los Angeles designing the release campaigns for groundbreaking films such at “The Blair Witch Project,” “American Psycho” and “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.” Amy retired from publicity in 2000 and took a trip around the world. Two years and 42 countries later, she settled in Seattle where she has worked in various capacities including, director of publicity and promotion at SIFF, festival director of the Reel Cinerama Film Festival, and producer of the Fly Filmmaking Challenge.

The Film Office Happy Hour will run from 5:30 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, at the Tin Room Bar & Theater, located at 923 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien.

This is an open, free, all-ages event, and all filmmakers and movie lovers are encouraged to attend!

Here’s Filmworks’ “sizzle reel”:

Click here to view the embedded video.

About Washington Filmworks
Washington Filmworks is the non-profit 501 (c)(6) organization that manages the state film and production incentive programs. Its mission is to create economic development opportunities by building and enhancing the competitiveness, profile and sustainability of Washington’s film industry. We do this by creating possibilities for local and national filmmakers, offering comprehensive production support as well as financial incentives.

In February 2009, the Washington State Film Office and its production resources were integrated into Washington Filmworks, creating a single organization to handle film production support and incentives statewide.

More info at http://washingtonfilmworks.org

The Tin Room Bar & Theater is located at 923 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien.

PHOTOS BY ISABEL: Highline Schools Foundation delivers its Project PROMise

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 20:49

[EDITOR’S NOTEBack with more great work is our youngest-ever Contributor – 11-year old Isabel Herbruger – who has earned a Girl Scout badge in Journalism, and is also developing her skills for another 4H photography project after winning top prizes in it last year. We encourage residents of all ages to submit stories and photos for posting – for consideration, please email yours to [email protected]!]

Photos and Story by Isabel Herbruger, age 11

On Saturday, April 30, 2016, the Burien Community Center became a one-stop prom shop for a carefully selected group of 160 high schoolers from the Highline School District. It was like fairy godmothers from Cinderella came to Burien for the day.

After signing in, friends and family anxiously waited while each ‘princess to be’ was taken by a personal shopper into a room full of incredible dresses.

After finding ‘the dress’ and a personal fitting, alterations were done while students finished shopping. Some dresses needed a little more work. Those were taken home by the sewing fairies to be finished and delivered in time for prom.

I asked the sewing fairies how they got involved, especially since they are a radio prize lady, a food saleslady, a school employee, and a Boeing worker the rest of the year. One of them came from a family who owned a bridal dress shop for many years. With a big smile she told me, “Eight years ago I was conned into helping with this by my dear friend Laura. I continued ‘the con’ to find these other great ladies. All of us love to sew.”

Being a beginner sewer myself, I asked for the best dress story they had. “That huge ballgown dress a few years ago is probably my favorite. A lot of extra work went into making it fit just right. But the best part of all is meeting these incredible high schoolers and hearing their stories,” said one of sewing fairies. The others nodded in agreement.

Is there a worst dress story?

“Not really. It is always hard to say there is no way to make the dress work the way they want it to. But they are always so great and understand if there was a way to do it, we would.”

After the dress fitting, the personal shopper takes them to find shoes, shawls, purses, and jewelry to finish the outfit. A stop by ‘Makeup’ teaches them tips and Jamberry Nails gives them a coordinated ‘manicure in a bag’ for the night.

Finally, all these magical items gathered are carefully packed to be taken home to finish each student’s own ‘Cinderella Story.’

The head fairy godmother told me they collect donations all year long, but there is extra focus in the month of February to collect dresses. Many of the dresses never actually get to prom. It can cost over $1,000 per couple (tickets, dinner, limo, dress/tux, pictures). But that is okay. In the eight years of this event, the focus has been helping these students know they are incredible…incredibly beautiful if you ask me.

Click images to see larger versions/slideshow:

For more information – including how to donate – please visit http://www.highlineschoolsfoundation.org/programs/project-promise/

PODCAST: Huge drug bust, local weather forecast, Jack Mayne Commentary…

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 20:44

Here’s episode #49 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

Weekly Recap for April 29–May 1, 2016: Huge drug bust nets 10 alleged dealers, heroin, meth, guns, $150,000 in cash, 9 cars & more; man fights house fire with garden hose, ends up in hospital; resident scolds SeaTac City Council to their faces; Normandy Park Police want new cars; City Light replacing old utility poles; Puget South Weather Geek forecast; Jack Mayne Commentary, ‘The Final Take’ & more…

To share this Podcast, press the Menu button above and elect ‘Share’; you can also subscribe, hear previous episodes and rate us on iTunes here!

Mandala Workshop will be at Burien Arts Gallery Saturday, May 7

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 19:30

A Mandala Workshop taught by Shannan Folino will be held on Saturday May 7 at the Burien Arts Gallery.

People have been creating Mandalas for centuries. They are an internal and personal response to the experiences we have as human beings living out our lives. They are a beautiful reflection of our thoughts and beliefs, and can help us explore our internal selves more fully. Besides, they’re fun!! Creating something truly unique and individual can bring great satisfaction and enjoyment to anyone.

WHEN: Saturday, May 7, from 1 – 3:30 p.m.

COST: $10

WHERE: Burien Arts Gallery, 826 SW 152nd. Street, Olde Burien

INFO: Materials provided; Pre-register by emailing [email protected] subject: mandala workshop
SPACE IS LIMITED TO 12

“Make a mandala for yourself, a friend, or for your mother for Mother’s Day.”

Local residents first feature-length film ‘Paralytic’ will premiere at SIFF

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 17:00

Local residents David S. Hogan and wife Angela DiMarco have just produced their first feature-length film, called ‘Paralytic’ – take a look:

Click here to view the embedded video.

The film will premiere at the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival in June.

“Producers Joey Johnson, Angela DiMarco, and David S. Hogan have a special fondness for SIFF, and could not be happier about Paralytic being an official selection,” they said in a statement.

As actors, David and Angela have appeared in short and feature length films which premiered at SIFF (ShadowedSwitchmasThe Maury Island IncidentAll My PresidentsRefraction), but this will be their first film in the festival as Producers.

“We can’t wait to share Paralytic with you,” they added. “The dates are set (June 3 and 7), and we will confirm times as we move closer to the premiere.”

Here’s the synopsis:

Carson Empman, a famed contract killer, takes vengeance on a powerful drug cartel after his lover is murdered. Known as ‘The Ghost’, Carson makes a fine living being anonymously hired to take out individuals who need to disappear. His life changes forever when the Chutro drug cartel offers him enough money to not only meet in person, but to join a team to assassinate a Californian mayor who is no longer cooperating. During the planning stage at a cartel-owned winery, Carson is seduced by the beguiling Clarissa, who wishes to tempt Carson into fleeing the killer-for-hire business with her. Carson refuses, never to see Clarissa again, and learns not long after the assassination that she was tortured and killed. To seek vengeance, Carson retreats to a remote cabin to systematically bring down the cartel by exposing their vast financial operations, knowing full well that by doing so, he will be tracked down and forced to endure the most agonizing of deaths. He gives himself just one week…

Some stills from the production featuring David and Angela:

For more information:

First-ever ‘Tinship’ scholarship awarded to Osmat Shamdeen of Mt. Rainier High

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 13:57

The first-ever ‘Tinship’ – a $6,000 scholarship funded by Burien’s Tin Room Bar & Theater – was recently awarded to Osmat Shamdeen, a senior at Mount Rainier High School:

The award was presented at the Highline Schools Foundation’s recent ‘Gold Star Awards’ breakfast.

As we previously reported, the ‘Tinship’ is a new, annual scholarship given to a Highline Public Schools graduating senior.

“We want this scholarship to be a way to celebrate what the Hi-Line Tin Shop was, a place where skilled craftsmen worked with their hands and brains, using the kind of skills that built our country,” said Tin Room Owner Danny House. “We want to honor mechanics, builders, machinist and craftsmen. In a time when our technological society is filled with fast-moving advancement, learning and adaptation, we want to recognize and celebrate the importance of skills still as valuable to our community and country as they were 100 years ago—skills that enable a carpenter to build a home, a mechanic to fix a car, a welder to create a fence, or a sheet metal fabricator to make a roof.”

The scholarship is awarded to a public school student from our community, and will be applied toward tuition and fees at a Trade School of their choosing.

“In creating this scholarship, we hope we are honoring these important jobs in our community. We envision this ‘Tinship’ growing with the support and involvement of our community, our schools and our scholarship recipients,” House added. “We will ask our recipients to “pay it forward” by mentoring future recipients, and sharing what they’ve learned at our community schools.”

HELP FUND FUTURE ‘TINSHIPS’!
House adds that if any of our Readers would like to be part of as a Tin Room guest, they welcome you – and that the Tin Room will be matching all donations up to $3,000!

To contact Danny or anyone at the Tin Room, email [email protected], call (206) 242-8040, or drop by B-Town’s hippest joint, located at 923 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien.

Burien Arts hosting Open House this Sunday, May 1

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 09:44

New to Burien and want to feel more connected to your new home? A long-time resident desiring to get more involved in your community?

Maybe advancing the Arts in Burien and the Greater Highline area could become your passion.

If so, the Burien Arts Association invites you to an Open House/Salon from 4 – 6 p.m. this Sunday, May 1 at our Burien Arts Gallery, located at 826 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien.

We want to inform you and other arts supporters and advocates in the community about what we’re doing. We’d like to showcase some of the good work Burien Arts does. And we want to know more about you and offer some ways, large and small, that you can become involved.

We want to have enough handcrafted hors d’oeuvres, delicious wine and refreshing punch to share so please let us know if you can attend. Just email [email protected] or call 206-244-7808.

Want to know a little bit more about us?

We’ve been around since the 1960s. We started Burien’s annual Wild Strawberry Festival and still serve mouthwatering strawberry shortcake every June at the festival.

Discover Burien just named us as the city’s top charity.

We operate the only non-profit fine-arts gallery between Tacoma and West Seattle in Olde Burien.

We also host free summertime Shakespeare in Dottie Harper Park, Vision 20/20 Art Gala, Highline Classic Jazz Festival, face painting at local festivals, student and adult workshops, speaker’s series, life drawing sessions, and poetry readings.

We’d love to tell you more about Burien Arts and hear your ideas. Please join us this Sunday.

Mother’s Day blooms bright at Advertiser Iris & Peony Floral and Home

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 12:44

Hanging Baskets are in! Get them while they last! Good advice from the Iris & Peony Facebook page highlights hanging baskets to delight Mom on her special day.

Brimming baskets of Fuschias or Petunias are available for $35.99, while full sun combinations are just $39.99.

Along with floral delights, Iris & Peony has cards, wrap, imaginative gifts, lotions and so much more. All are thoughtful and unique, chosen for both style and quality with a pleasing dash of mirth for good measure.

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8…so get on it!


Iris & Peony is located in the heart of Burien at 441 SW 152nd Street, and as part of the Teleflora florists network can deliver nationwide. So you can shop local, even if mom isn’t! Stop by or give them a call today at 206-242-3205 to place your order.

ADDRESS:

  • 441 SW 152nd Street
    Burien 98166

PHONE:

  • (206) 242-3205

WEBSITE:

FACEBOOK:

HOURS:

  • 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Closed Sundays.

REMINDER: Northwest Symphony Orchestra’s season finale is this Saturday

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 17:25

REMINDER: Northwest Symphony Orchestra will conclude its Season with a performance this Saturday, April 30, starting at 8 p.m. at the Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien.

The program will feature Sinfonia by Donald Johnston, the world premiere of House of Doors by Sarah BassingthwaighteMerrie Siegel flute soloist, and Dvorak’s Symphony #7.

“We conclude our season of featuring music by local women composers with the world premiere of House of Doors by Sarah Bassingthwaighte- a tour de force for flute soloist and orchestra. We then conclude this concert with Dvorak’s impressive Symphony #7,” said NWSO Conductor Anthony Spain.

This season, their 29th, they are proud to feature local women composers. Northwest Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1987 and is based in beautiful Burien, WA and has received local, regional, and national acclaim, having been featured several times on National Public Radio and once on NBC’s Today Show.  Under the incomparable leadership of Music Director Dr. Anthony Spain the mission of the NWSO is to be the premier orchestra in performing and promoting the music of contemporary Northwest composers while also performing, and educating the public in the full spectrum of classical music.

Highline Performing Arts Center is located at 410 S. 152nd Street in Burien.

TICKETS:
Tickets are $12- $15, and can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets online at www.brownpapertickets.com, or by calling 800.838.3006.

For more information on Northwest Symphony Orchestra, full season and concert schedule please visit their website at www.northwestsymphonyorchestra.org or call (206) 242-6321.

Hi-Liners’ ‘The Magic Treehouse: The Knight at Dawn KIDS’ opens Friday

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 13:06

The Hi-Liners Musical Theatre will be presenting ‘The Magic Treehouse: The Knight at Dawn KIDS’ at the Renton Civic Theatre the weekends of April 29, 30, May 1, and May 6 and 7.

What would you do if a tree house in your neighborhood could transport you anywhere you wanted to go? The two siblings, Jack and Annie, return to visit the Magic Tree House where they are whisked away for an adventure in medieval times.

Performances will be at  the Renton Civic Theatre (507 S. 3rd Street, Renton 98057).

All Seats $12 — All Seats Reserved. Performances are Friday, April 29, 7 pm, Saturday, April 30, 7 pm, Sunday, May 1, 3 pm, Friday, May 6, 7 pm, and Saturday, May 7, 3 pm.

Tickets on sale now at www.hi-liners.org or by calling 206-617-2152.

Tickets will also available at the door beginning one hour before showtime.

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with Advertiser Page 2 Books Saturday

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 09:57

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with Advertiser Page 2 Books this Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.!

“To celebrate our wonderful customers we will be having a storewide sale with savings of 20-50% on everything* in the store! We will also be celebrating with a free book bag for every $50 purchase.”

One Day Only – Saturday, April 30th from 10:00-5:30

Page 2 has a wide selection of new and used books, greeting cards, puzzles, socks, soaps, chocolate, purses, games, art, coloring books, and much, much more:

Page 2 Books is located at 457 SW 152nd Street · 206-248-7248 • page2books.com • Facebook

*Gift cards and special orders not included.

Orchestra of Flight holding dinner and fundraising concert on Sunday, May 15

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 15:30

The Orchestra of Flight – a community orchestra based in White Center – will hold its annual fundraising event at Mt. View Presbyterian Church in White Center on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at 5 p.m.

Orchestra members provide dinner,  followed by a concert of classical and popular music that the whole family can enjoy.

“Our program this spring includes the overture to Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘The Mikado,’ music from the opera ‘Aida,’ medleys  from ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; and the  James Bond movies, and several other pieces,” said Matthew Kruse, the orchestra’s conductor.

The Orchestra of Flight, formerly the Boeing Concert Orchestra, was formed in 1983. The group’s mission is to bring live orchestral music to communities whose members may be unable to attend concerts in traditional venues. Many of the group’s concerts are held in retirement communities, and the group also participates in the Museum of Flight’s Wright Spirit Event every December.

The fundraising event helps defray some of the costs of carrying out the orchestra’s mission.

For ticket prices and more information, please contact [email protected] or flightorchestra.dreamhosters.com.

PHOTOS BY ISABEL: Highline Pirates tennis, soccer, baseball & track

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 14:04

[EDITOR’S NOTEBack with more great work is our youngest-ever Contributor – 11-year old Isabel Herbruger – who has earned a Girl Scout badge in Journalism, and is also developing her skills for another 4H photography project after winning top prizes in it last year. We encourage residents of all ages to submit stories and photos for posting – for consideration, please email yours to [email protected]!]

Photos and Story by Isabel Herbruger, age 11

There have been several Highline Pirate soccer games, baseball games, tennis matches, and two track meets the past few weeks.

TENNIS
In tennis, the Lady Pirates are 3-6 in the league. They have beaten Evergreen, Tyee, and Renton. On April 5, 2016 I went to the match against Foster. It was my first time shooting tennis. One of the things I learned is they never play tennis in the rain, the ball gets too heavy to hit. If you would like to see other tennis shots they are at The Other Sports Page on Facebook.

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SOCCER
In boys soccer, the Pirates are 2 wins/5 losses/3 ties for the season in league play. They played Renton on April 12 and had the lead for most of the game. A hand ball lead to a penalty kick which let Renton tie the game with just minutes left. It was a very exciting game to watch. It ended in a 1-1 tie. The Pirates played Tyee on April 19 at Highline. This time the Pirates won 2-1. More photos can be seen at HHS Pirate Soccer on Facebook.

BASEBALL
In baseball, the Pirates are 6-4 for the season in league play. On April 18 they beat Foster 10-0. On April 20, they lost to Kennedy 2-12. The Kennedy game had some interesting action in it. Early in the game, the Kennedy pitcher went after a ball and collided with a Pirate runner. It looked like he might stay to pitch, but after being on the ground for several minutes and a few test pitches, he was taken out of the game. The Pirate catcher and pitcher had great teamwork to get an out at home plate (see photo).

Later on, you could see the disappointment on the Pirate faces when two errors happened as they tried to tag a runner out. The runner ended up scoring because of a bad throw to third (see photo). The very next Kennedy batter hit a homerun. Even with the tough loss, you can tell the team does their best to their spirits up and play hard. More game photos are at HHS Pirate Baseball on Facebook.

TRACK
And finally, in track, the Pirates have not won a single meet. It is not because they are bad, they are a small team and points are given for placing in the different events. Against Foster on April 14, there was a close race in the 800 meter. The Pirate runner came from behind to win it in the last 100 meters (see photo). In the 3200 meter race, a Bulldog lost count and ran an extra lap. It was nice because it gave a new Pirate runner someone to compete against at the end of the long race (see photo).

The last photos are of the meet against Lindbergh on April 21. More meet photos can be seen at HHS Pirate Track on Facebook.

Thank you for your time and consideration,
– Isabel H.
Official “Unofficial Pirate Photographer”

Amy Lillard of Washington Filmworks to present at Film Office Happy Hour May 3

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 12:23

The next Burien Film Office Happy Hour – to be held at the Tin Room Bar & Theater on Tuesday night, May 3 – will include a special presentation by Washington Filmworks Executive Director Amy Lillard.

Amy will talk about the benefits of filming locally, how movies stimulate economies, how Filmworks helps, and much more.

Amy has been with Filmworks since it launched in 2007. Under her leadership, WF has helped over 90 film projects complete principal photography, which have brought an estimated $242 Million dollars to the statewide economy.

Amy Lillard started her career as an independent film publicist out of New York and Los Angeles designing the release campaigns for groundbreaking films such at “The Blair Witch Project,” “American Psycho” and “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.” Amy retired from publicity in 2000 and took a trip around the world. Two years and 42 countries later, she settled in Seattle where she has worked in various capacities including, director of publicity and promotion at SIFF, festival director of the Reel Cinerama Film Festival, and producer of the Fly Filmmaking Challenge.

The Film Office Happy Hour will run from 5:30 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, at the Tin Room Bar & Theater, located at 923 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien.

This is an open, free, all-ages event, and all filmmakers and movie lovers are encouraged to attend!

Here’s Filmworks’ “sizzle reel”:

Click here to view the embedded video.

About Washington Filmworks
Washington Filmworks is the non-profit 501 (c)(6) organization that manages the state film and production incentive programs. Its mission is to create economic development opportunities by building and enhancing the competitiveness, profile and sustainability of Washington’s film industry. We do this by creating possibilities for local and national filmmakers, offering comprehensive production support as well as financial incentives.

In February 2009, the Washington State Film Office and its production resources were integrated into Washington Filmworks, creating a single organization to handle film production support and incentives statewide.

More info at http://washingtonfilmworks.org

PODCAST: Bad guy with loaded gun on bike busted; Jack Mayne Commentary…

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 18:05

Here’s episode #48 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

Weekly Recap for April 22-24, 2016: Burien PD busts bad guy on bike with stolen, loaded gun; gang shooting near Des Moines Marina injures woman; jewelry deal goes bad in Burien; motorcycle vs car accident; ex-Mayor re-joins Normandy Park Council; Jack Mayne Commentary on water purity, ‘The Final Take’ (or ‘Toke’?) on local pot store density & more…

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