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PHOTOS: Kiteboarders take advantage of Saturday’s windstorm off Burien

57 min 31 sec ago

When Saturday’s windstorm hit, not only was resident Elston Hill out and about, but so were several brave kiteboarders, who were sailing off the shores of Burien.

“At almost exactly Noon Saturday (Aug. 29), I looked out at the Sound and saw three kite board surfers sailing down the middle of the Sound,” Elston said. “They were headed north with the wind and were definitely out in the middle. I snapped these pictures. A few minutes later the rain became so intense that they disappeared from my view. However, 30 minutes later we looked north through the spotting scope and saw two of them nearing Alki Beach and the ferry crossing from Bainbridge Island.”

The National Weather Service reports that around that time, winds were from the south at 24 MPH, with gusts up to 39 MPH.

Click images to see larger versions/slideshow:

PODCAST: Shooter with ‘HATRED’ tattoo on the lam; weather forecast & more…

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 19:33

Here’s episode #17 of our SoKing News Podcast, 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:

Tukwila biker gang member with ‘HATRED’ tattooed on forehead on lam after shooting at police; International Festival coming to SeaTac; Kids’ Day coming to Burien Fire Station; Puget Sound Weather Geek has the weekend weather forecast (BIG CHANGE ahead!); Jack Mayne Commentary & more…

Please subscribe to our Podcast, hear previous episodes and rate us on iTunes here!

Saturday’s Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Festival will also benefit wildfire victims

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 19:02

Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival from Olav on Vimeo.

This year, the Rotary Club of Des Moines & Normandy Park will be supporting families impacted by forest fires in Washington with ticket sales for this Saturday’s Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Festival.

Five dollars from every ticket sold between now and Saturday will be donated to the victims of Washington wildfires.


Event organizer Brian Snure said Rotarians usually hope for sun on the festival weekend each year, but when rain appeared in the forecast, it was a welcome sign.

“We’ve all been watching the devastating fires, and we can’t be upset about rain since it is so sorely needed right now in Washington,” Snure said. “We are pleased to be able to make this donation and are confident that many people will come out to attend Blues & Brews in the rain! Folks 21 and older are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, umbrellas and their best pair of beer-drinking shoes.”

The festival will go on – RAIN OR SHINE – this Saturday, Aug. 29 from Noon to 8:00 p.m.!

The event will also raise funds for Highline Music4Life, a program that provides musical instruments to children in Highline Public Schools who otherwise couldn’t afford them.

Four world-renowned Seattle-area blues acts will take the stage:

Nineteen local breweries will have craft beer on tap. Hard cider and wine will also be featured. Barbequed tri-tip and other beer-friendly foods will be available for purchase.

Last year’s event saw record breaking attendance, with over 1,600 people from across the Northwest and Canada coming to enjoy world-class blues and dozens of tasty craft brews.

You can find more information at www.DrinkToMusic.org.

PHOTOS: Large container ships cruise past the shores of Burien

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 14:57

Resident Elston Hill recently photographed two large container ships cruising past the shores of Burien, which he shared with us (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

OOCL Seoul built in 2010 capable of carrying 8063 containers en route from Tacoma to Tokyo with Vashon and Olympics in the background.

The YM March on a recent morning with Blake Island in the background on its way from Shanghai, China, and Busan, Korea to Tacoma.  Air seemed a little cleaner that morning. 

Have a cool photo you’d like to share with our Readers? Please email a high-res .jpeg to [email protected], and we’ll consider publishing it!

REMINDER: Artists United Exhibit opens at Normandy Park Art Gallery Thursday

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 11:22

REMINDER: Normandy Park Art Gallery at Advertiser Normandy Park Senior Living will change out its current art exhibit with 5 new artists’ works, and will host a community champagne reception this Thursday, Aug. 27, from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The current exhibit, in place since the launch of the gallery at the end of June, raised over $250 to donate to Burien’s Hospitality House from the sale of a number of paintings. With the new exhibit the new recipient for any proceeds from art sales in the next two months will be the Highline Area Food Bank.

Working in partnership with Artists United, exhibits at Normandy Park Art Gallery hang for two months when new art will replace it, so that there will be a constant flow of new works. Each month Normandy Park Senior Living hosts an event in the gallery featuring local musicians, writers, comedians, dance and dramatic presentations. The gallery is open to the public during regular business hours daily.

“This will be our third event since opening the art gallery, and we’ve seen the attendance and public interest start to grow over the last two months. We want to register in the minds of the community as a destination for local art, and a pleasant night out once a month for meeting neighbors and enjoying some champagne and hors d’oeuvres.” says Mac McQuade, Director of Community Outreach for Normandy Park Senior Living. “Our goal is that we want to be doing something to benefit and draw together the local community, support local residents and organizations in need, and give us pride in knowing that we are supporting the arts on a local level.” says McQuade.

For more information about this event, please contact Mac McQuade at 206-241-0821.

About Normandy Park Senior Living
Normandy Park Senior Living offers assisted living and memory care services in a beautiful setting in the Normandy Park community. Dedicated to “celebrating the art of life” Normandy Park Senior Living and Memory Village has a philosophy of community outreach, providing seniors the opportunity to lend their talents and passion to improving the quality of life for those in the community who can benefit from their wisdom, support and advocacy.

Normandy Park Senior Living is located at 16625 1st Ave. S., Normandy Park, WA 98148 – 206 241-0821 – Artegan.com/NormandyPark

‘Blues & Brews Pre-Funk’ will be Friday night at Normandy Park Towne Center

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 16:34

A special ‘Pre-Funk’ party for Saturday’s Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival will be held this Friday night, Aug. 28, at the Normandy Park Towne Center, from 5 – 8 p.m.

There will be live Blues from the Fabulous Roof Shakers, along with cold Brews and Brats.

$3 Pints, $3 Brats and there’s NO COVER CHARGE!

Must be 21 and over to attend.

Normandy Park Towne Center is located at 19900 1st Ave South in Normandy Park.

Sponsored by Normandy Park Towne Center Businesses.

Volunteers needed to help move ‘Boo in Burien’ Haunted House to new location

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 15:50

Scene from inside a previous haunted house at Moss Chiropractic.

Volunteers are needed to help continue a local Halloween tradition – the Haunted House held during the annual ‘Boo in Burien’ is in danger of not continuing.


With Halloween just over two months away, some locals are trying to rally to save this annual scarefest, and move the event to the corner of SW 152nd and Ambaum Blvd. SW.

Here’s more from an email we received from Jerrod Sessler of Hot Feet Fitness:

A recent transition in the community has put the annual ‘Boo in Burien’ Haunted House on the chopping block. One of the premier events of the Boo In Burien has been the Moss Chiropractic Haunted House. Moss is now under new ownership, which choose not to continue the frightful festivities.

Not to fear (well, maybe a little), Hot Feet Fitness with their new studio located at the corner of Ambaum & 152nd stepped up to save center piece of the Boo In Burien! The Hot Feet Fitness Haunted House will scare on!

Although Hot Feet Fitness is stoked to host this event, they are rather overwhelmed with the thought of living up to this daunting task of making this premier, southend scare, well, super scary! So, they are asking for horrifyingly scary people to step up to help. They need a main organizer to lead the annual event and many volunteers to help with various aspects of the event including planning, building, scaring, clean-up and organizing.

Hot Feet Fitness is committed to continue the tradition of providing fully free scares at the freakiest annual party in Burien.

Hot Feet Fitness and the 2000+ people that frequent the annual Boo In Burien thank you in advance for continuing to make Burien awesome through your service and support!

To learn more and to volunteer, email: [email protected] or call 206-519-5450.

Burien Senior Program’s annual ‘Taste of Tuscany’ fundraiser will be Sept. 25

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 14:25

Get “gussied up” on Friday night, Sept. 25, for a night of fun at Burien Senior Program’s Annual ‘Taste of Tuscany’ Spaghetti Feed Fundraiser!

You will enjoy a 3-course meal, glass of wine*, live music from Randy Litch, dancing and silent auction.

All proceeds benefit Burien Senior Programs.

*Additional wine available for purchase.

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 25, 5-8PM

WHERE: Burien Community Center, 14700 6TH AVE SW

TICKETS: Must purchase tickets by 9/18. Admission: $18 / RD $15. *Additional wine available for purchase.

Click here to purchase tickets now!

PHOTO: Smoke from Washington forest fires nearly obscures the sun

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 12:41

Reader Elston Hill is sharing another great photo of a near-sunset taken from Burien, of which he says:

On Saturday, UW Meteorologist Cliff Mass wrote that the air in Portland, OR was more polluted than Beijing. The smoke from the fires was funneling down the Colombia River Gorge.

You could see the impact from Burien. I took this photo while the sun was still well up in the sky. There was no sunset to record by the time the sun got down to the mountains. The smoke had completely blocked out a sunset over the Olympic Mountains.

KOMO news reported on the smoke coming into our area (read that here), and our very own Puget Sound Weather Geek said this:

“You may have noticed the smoky sky today. Thick smoke from the intense fires in Eastern WA have blown in over the Puget Sound, and now it’s starting to settle. The NWS has mentioned that low air quality is possible through the weekend.”

My picture from last night is below (click image to see larger version):

PODCAST: Bank robbed; community advocate killed; methadone clinic

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 18:04

Here’s episode #16 of our SoKing News Podcast, 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:

Burien bank robbed; community advocate killed in tragic motorcycle crash; angry Des Moines resident protest methadone clinic; Jack Mayne Commentary; weather forecast & more…

Please subscribe to our Podcast, hear previous episodes and rate us on iTunes here!

Burien Film Festival will show films, announce new contest Sept. 3

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 16:43

Thursday night (Aug. 20) was ‘Movies in the Park’ night at Lake Burien School Park, co-sponsored by the City, the Burien Film Festival and “The Maury Island Incident,” but unfortunately – due to technical errors – the top three 2015 film fest winners were unable to be shown.

The Burien Film Festival donated the screen for the City-sponsored event. It was set up to watch the now-famous, award-winning Burien-based film “The Maury Island Incident,” plus the 10 movies filmed in Burien as part of the 2015 Burien Film Festival Contest. To everyone’s disappointment, the top three films could not be shown due to a disk error.

Or did it have something to do with the mysterious Man In Black playing hackey sack in the back?

“We are very disappointed that Burien citizens did not have the chance to watch the top three movies so we have decided to rent out the Tin Room on Thursday night, Sept. 3, and invite all those that missed the films to come and watch them for free,” Co-Founder John White told The B-Town Blog.

In addition, the Burien Film Festival will use this occasion to announce the next Burien Movie Contest and lay out the ground rules to win up to $1000 in cash plus other prizes.

The Tin Room Theater will show the top three movies beginning at 6 p.m. on Sept. 3, and will run them for a solid hour so that everyone gets a chance to see them.

In addition, those wishing to enter the 2016 Movie Contest will be provided all the details.

“We have to take a negative and turn it into a positive,” White added. “We can enjoy the Tin Theater and make plans for next year’s event. Our theme for 2016 will be to bring awareness to the neglected street of SW 153rd. This street is starting to take off and we are going to do what we can to help. We are open to ideas on the theme for 153rd, and this time we will be ready for the rain.”

“A lot of local businesses want to get involved and we want the extra time to organize so that we can produce the best event yet,” said Shelli Park, co-founder of the Burien Film Festival.

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

Anyone wishing to get involved with next year’s movie contest is welcome to bring suggestions to the Tin Theater Event on Sept. 3 or email John and Shelli at [email protected].

REMINDER: In addition to cool cars; beer, bands at Rusty Nuts Car Show Sat.

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 17:01

REMINDER: The 2nd annual ‘Rusty Nuts Car Show’ will be held from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 22, at SW 152nd and 21st Ave SW, near St. Francis of Assisi in the Seahurst neighborhood.

The event is FREE to attend, and $20/$15 to register a car to show ($15 with a bag of nonperishable food items).

Attendees are being asked to also bring a bag of non-perishable food for the Highline Area Food Bank, at a time when kids are heading back to school.

Registration starts at 8 a.m. on the day of the show.

The Car Show will run from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

“We hope you join us for beautiful cars, beer garden, food and live bands!”

Speaking of live bands, here’s the music schedule:

11 a.m. – Noon: Trashed Mavericks

1 – 3 p.m.: Three Tree Point Blues Band

For more information, please contact Jason at 206-679-5419.

Here are some photos from last year’s show:

Kennedy Catholic High School’s Arts and Crafts Fair seeking Artists & Vendors

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 16:27

Kennedy Catholic High School’s Arts and Crafts Fair is seeking Artists and Vendors for its well-attended annual event, to be held Dec. 5, 2015.

There is space for 140 vendors, with a student art show, cafe, barista, raffles, bake sale and holiday music.

If you are interested in participating:

December 5 | 9am – 4pm

Sponsored by the Kennedy Catholic Parent’s Club

Returning Vendors and New Craft Vendors: Please complete the Vendor Application form and submit with your payment to:

Kennedy Catholic Arts and Crafts Fair, 140 South 140th Street, Burien, WA 98168

Please make checks to: Kennedy Catholic Parent Club

Your welcome packet, including confirmation of your space will be mailed in the fall.

New Direct Sales Vendors: Please contact Gabby at [email protected] or 206.228.2960

CASSIDY’S COLUMN: What I did at Camp Korey & Camp Casey this summer

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 13:00

EDITOR’S NOTE: Cass Huff is a 13-year old special needs student at Burien’s Sylvester Middle School. She is also our newest columnist…

by Cass Huff

Hey B-Town Readers!

Jeez! I feel like I haven’t written in a long time (even though it’s been a couple of weeks) J

I’ve had quite a busy schedule these past few weeks. Let me tell you what I’ve been doing, the first day of summer (sometime in late June) my cousins from Texas came to town! We had a blast playing in the backyard, all of us kids sleeping downstairs and talking until late at night, and even going down to Ocean Shores! They stayed for about a week. Then, the day they left I left to go to Camp Korey.

I think I’ve talked about Camp Korey before, but maybe I haven’t. Oh well, I’m going to tell you guys anyways! Camp Korey is a camp for kids with special needs. It lasts from late June until mid-August. Each week is for different kids with different disabilities. I qualify for several weeks but they will only let me go to two. I go for dermatology week and skeletal dysplasia week. But there are many others, like craniofacial, metabolic bone, general (normally two sessions mixed together), and a lot more. The founder Tim Rose started Camp Korey in 2005 when his son Korey lost his fight with cancer. So he had an idea to start a camp for kids who have differences. But he wanted them to forget about what they had going on and just focus on being a kid. I will talk a lot more about Camp Korey in my next blog. So keep your eyes peeled.

Anyways, after Camp Korey I was home for a couple of weeks. Then I went to Camp Korey again for Skeletal Dysplasia week. After that, I came home briefly for a day and a half. Unpacked, washed everything, repacked, and then left for a camp called Camp Casey.

Camp Casey is out on Whidbey Island and it is a camp for kids with physical disabilities. It is just one week out of the summer and instead of it being five days (like Camp Korey) it goes for six days. They pack as much stuff as they can. No one really pays attention to each other’s differences everyone just looks directly into what’s in your heart and soul.

After I got home from Camp Casey, I was home for three days and then I went to my best friend’s house in Wenatchee. (She and I started Camp Korey the same year five years ago.) It was a blast! Our plan was to go over to Chelan to a house that my best friend’s aunt and uncle rented. But there was a lot of fires over there. So sadly we couldn’t go. But we still had fun. And it was the most relaxing and care free week I’ve had this summer! But, all of the smoke from the Chelan fires settled in the valley that they live in. And since most of us had lung problems we couldn’t spend much time outside. But that didn’t stop us!

Thanks so much for reading! I have a new blog coming out! And if you want to stay up to date with everything that I’m doing you can check out my YouTube channel by going to this link:


I’ll see y’all next time!

Over and out!

– Cass

PHOTOS: A tour of Burien’s Indian Trail

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 12:34

Resident Elston Hill recently took some out of town guests on a tour of the Indian Trail in Burien’s Three Tree Point neighborhood, and he brought along his camera.

“I was amused a few months ago when a couple advertised for a house near Three Tree Point on the B-Town Blog. They specified no trams or cable cars,” Elston said. “Yes, there are cable cars and steep trams down the slope to houses on the Indian Trail. And mostly very steep trails for those houses with no driveway access from Maplewild. If you want to do the Indian Trail, Google ‘Indian Trail Burien’ for a map. Do access, the trail which follows a utility easement, from the legal access points. Respect the privacy of the people who live down there. All attached pictures were taken from the trail and not on private property.”

Click images to see larger versions/slideshow:

Alston adds:

There is a story on the internet of one gentleman who lived on the Indian Trail in the seventies. He said that he stopped at the grocery store every evening to avoid extra trips to his house from the car.

Some of the houses along the trail are repossessions. Behind one of these houses are two abandoned vehicles with my wife Jackline and her niece, Mechelle, who is visiting from Pennsylvania. They have been sitting there like this for more than two years. I love taking our out of town visitors to this trail. My understanding is that in the 1950s these were summer cabins along the water and people came to them from Seattle by boat.

‘ZombieFest’ will take over Normandy Park Towne Center Saturday, Sept. 19

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 13:13

SAVE THE DATE: The FREE annual ‘ZombieFest’ will be taking over the Normandy Park Towne Center on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 3 – 8 p.m.

This is a FREE, public event meant for humans, families, and all ZOMBIES who love to eat brains!

NOTE: There will be sdditional parking & a FREE SHUTTLE at the Criminal Justice Training Center, 19010 1st Ave. S., Burien

Normandy Park Towne Center is located at 19900 1st Ave. S., Normandy Park.

  • Sat., Sept. 19, 3 pm – 8 pm Normandy Park Towne Center
  • Free Admission!
  • Zombification Booth – FREE Zombie Makeup and Clothing!
  • Live Music: Vote for Pedro & The Aqua-Nets
  • Mock Disaster Zone
  • Food and Beverages
  • Performances by Seattle Thrillers & A Zombie Marching Band
  • Scavenger Hunt for Kids
  • Raffles to Raise Money for Highline Food Bank, Des Moines Food Bank & Highline Schools Foundation
  • Zombie Zumbathon
  • Zombie Costume Contest
  • Official Zombie Fest T-Shirts
  • Local Business Booths with Free Prizes!

For more information, visit (and be sure to “Like”!) ZombieFest on Facebook here:


Volunteers needed for upcoming, fun Burien arts events

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 11:36

The Burien Arts Association urgently needs volunteers for three upcoming events.

By volunteering, citizens will not only be helping their community but also be participating in fun activities.

Face painters are wanted for both the Arts Aglow Festival on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Dottie Harper Park and the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration on Friday, Oct. 30 at the Burien Community Center.

No experience is necessary. Organizers will train budding face painters. The volunteer artists are needed:

  • 5-9 p.m. on Sept. 12 
  • 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 30

Volunteers are also sought for the Highline Classic Jazz Festival—Burien’s all-day jazz party on Saturday, Sept. 19.

After three years in Des Moines, the jazz festival returns to Burien. Six Olde Burien and downtown Burien businesses are opening their doors for classic jazz and blues bands, dancing and vintage jazz films.

Patrons will be charged $20 but volunteers get in absolutely free to all six venues. Cashiers and hosts are wanted. Again, no experience needed – organizers will train!

Members of the West Seattle TimeBank serving Burien, White Center and West Seattle can earn work credits by volunteering for Burien Arts.

To volunteer or for more information, email [email protected].

Painting workshop for adults offered at Burien Arts Gallery in September

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 11:31

Due to popular demand, a painting workshop for adults will be offered at the Burien Arts Gallery every Saturday in September, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Nancy Fulton will teach a workshop in water media (oil, tempera, watercolor, etc.) four Saturdays in September at the Burien Arts Gallery, located at 826 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien.

Call 206.244.7808 or email [email protected] to register.

Space is limited.

Cost $30/session.

REMINDER: FREE Burien Film Fest & ‘The Maury Island Incident’ Thurs. night

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 08:30

REMINDER: See a FREE screening of entries from the inaugural Burien Film Festival as well as the locally-produced, award-winning film “The Maury Island Incident” this Thursday night, Aug. 20.

Yes, it’s a special, out-of-this-world ‘Movies in the Park’ night, starting around 8:30 p.m. at Lake Burien School Park.

Bring a blanket, snacks, friends and family!! Wear your favorite Man- or Woman-in-black or Alien costume if you want. Can you spot your favorite businesses and Burien citizens in the films? Enjoy summer in Burien as you view these local film-making gems!!

The inaugural Burien Film Festival (BFF) kicked off at the 3rd annual Burien UFO Festival on April 1, 2015, showcasing 10 original short films shot in the city and utilizing local businesses.

The new film festival – founded and organized by John White and Shelli Park – is intended to help promote Burien, its businesses and locales, as well as giving another outlet to the local creative community:

WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015; Movies will begin at Dusk, around 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Lake Burien School Park, located at 1620 SW 149th Street.

See the BFF trailer:

Click here to view the embedded video.

See “The Maury Island Incident” trailer:

Click here to view the embedded video.

FESTIVAL ENTRIES (not necessarily the order of appearance):

  • The Beacon, Directed by Izzy Correy
  • Area 152, Directed by John Hendow
  • **Missing, Directed by Alex Williams
  • Case File B-98166-2, Directed by Sheila White and Buddy Rivers
  • TRANSMISSION, directed by Mitch Olsen
  • What is N? Directed by Chris Gendreau
  • Searching, Directed by Barry J. Fossella
  • Real Estate Earth, Directed by Syd Boyle
  • The Burien Aliens, Directed by Dan Schwert
  • ***The Burien Exchange, Directed by Gevin Booth

*First Place Winner
** Second Place
*** Third Place

Big thanks to event sponsors: Burien Film Festival, John White, Shelli Park, Scott Schaefer, and the City of Burien.

For more information: Burien Parks at 206-988-3700, www.burienwa.gov/concerts.


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