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New murals by French Artist ‘Mantra Voz’ painted in Burien

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Two walls in downtown Burien just became a whole lot more beautiful – and valuable – thanks to French Artist Youri Cansell (aka “Mantra Voz”) – one in the Art Alley behind SW 152nd Street and another on a wall outside of Phoenix Tea in Olde Burien (click images to see larger versions):

The 12’ x 16’ mural in Olde Burien – of an Osprey – was commissioned by local resident John White, and painted on Sunday, Aug. 31.

“This little corner of Olde Burien has just gotten way more awesome!” said Virginia Wright of Phoenix Tea. “Our thanks once again to John White, for making it happen.”

“As with all ‘graffiti’ art it is standard for the artist to accept that his art will be covered by future artists,” White added. “Not so for our artist Mantra Voz –  you see in his home of both Germany and France his work has become so popular that no one paints over it – in fact it is now illegal to cover his work. But the story gets more fantastic – the city of Venice, Italy has appointed him as ‘residence artist’ – they house him, pay him to paint in various sites around the city, so you see…Olde Burien now has a very famous painting even now worth $25K and will grow priceless over time…”

“We went by this morning (Sunday) and this fellow paints from memory…and also by using spray cans!” said Guy Harper. “Sure looks good from a distance and also close up.”

To see more of Youri’s art, visit http://mantra-one.tumblr.com/.

Photos courtesy John White

South Sound Piano Studio’s Open House and Grand Opening will be Sept. 6

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:01

South Sound Piano (SSP), a local piano school serving the South Seattle region, will be hosting an Open House event on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Burien, as a grand opening following the total rebrand of the studio.

The rebrand allowed SSP to elevate their position within the local market and includes a site design that allows students of all ages to better pursue the academic study of piano.

This public event is one of only a handful that SSP directly hosts each year, and is an excellent opportunity for parents to explore musical education options. The studio space will be available to tour, and instructor Heather White will be available to answer guest questions throughout the day. Located next to Arbor Lake Park in Burien, SSP has served the local musical community since 2008, operating on a limited schedule to provide a high degree of attention and personalized instruction for each student. Attend the open house on September 6, register for lessons and SSP will waive registration fees.

Some testimonials:

“What I like most about studying piano at SSP is my teacher. I look forward to coming for my lessons as I am learning while having fun. And one thing I have learned about myself while studying piano is that practice makes the biggest difference.”

– 2nd grade student

“As a parent, I like the caring approach SSP takes with my child, while maintaining a great level of professionalism and the learning platform that adopts to my child’s learning. SSP was referred to us and we are always happily returning the favor to our friends and family.”

– Satisfied Parents

“SouthSoundPiano has been a perfect fit for my daughter. She enjoys what she’s learning, and her skills have improved dramatically. Ms. White knows how to motivate kids to accomplish more than they believed possible.”

– Lisa, a parent

SSP is owned by Heather White, who has more than 20 year’s experience providing quality piano instruction. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music at the University of Puget Sound and currently studies under Mark Salman. She is also an active chamber musician and accompanist.

South Sound Piano Studio is located at 12059 3rd Ave South in Burien.

VIDEO: Here’s what to expect at this year’s Arts-A-Glow on Saturday, Sept. 6

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:30

Burien Parks released the following video that nicely showcases the annual Arts-A-Glow Lantern Festival and Procession, to be held this year on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 5 – 10 p.m. at Dottie Harper Park:

Click here to view the embedded video.

This free event creates a magical evening in the forest, with lantern installations and performers, along with face painting, lantern making, food trucks, and tea tasting.

Here’s the schedule:

  • 5 p.m.: enjoy harpist Jini O’Flynn and juggling by Colin Ernst.
  • 5 – 8 p.m.: make a lantern and get your face painted by volunteers from Burien Arts Association.
  • 6:30 p.m.: Rat City Brass comes on stage to get everyone dancing.
  • 8 p.m.: the procession begins at the corner of SW 146th and 4th Ave SW., lead by Brazilian Marching Band VamoLa! Lanterns, costumes, shakers and bells are all encouraged! After the procession come back to the stage and dance away, and also wander the park to see all the lantern installations lit up!

Wander Dottie Harper Park and find art by 12 installation artists, including a large installation by fabric artist Suzanne Tidwell.

Don’t forget to bring your appetite! Fabulous food will be available from food trucks and bikes: The Ultimate Melt, Falafel Salam, Thai-U-Up,  Sweet Wheels, and Bikelava.

The event is located at Dottie Harper Park, located at 421 SW 146th Street.

For more information please go to www.burienwa.gov/GLOW or call 206-988-3700.

A big thank you to this year’s sponsors:

  • 4 Culture
  • The B-Town Blog
  • Phoenix Tea
  • The Highline Times
  • Burien Arts
  • Washington Arts Commission
  • Recology Cleanscapes

The Highline Historical Society asks: ‘Is there a Van Gogh in your garage’?

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:35

The Highline Historical Society is asking: “Is there a Van Gogh in your garage?

Haul out those treasures you’ve always wondered about and bring them to the Highline Historical Society’s upcoming antiques appraisal and artifact identification day.

On Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., the Historical Society will be at the Burien Community Center with professional appraiser Chris Foss, along with Burke Museum archaeologists.

For $15 per item (reduced rate of $10 per item for Highline Historical Society members), Foss will give a verbal appraisal of your antique – bring a note pad to write down the information he provides. There will be a limit of four items per person. Jewelry, large furniture, and firearms will not be appraised.

And if you would like to bring in an interesting old bone, stone, or other relic, members of the Burke Museum’s archaeology department will be available from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. to identify cultural objects found in the region. There is no fee for this service, but the limit is three items. No appraisals will be given.

This opportunity to learn more about the treasures and significant historical artifacts in your family is being sponsored by Patti Gifford, Real Estate Sales, and attorney Scott Gifford. The Burien Community Center is located at 14700 6th Avenue SW in Burien.

For more information about the Highline Historical Society, including membership information and updates on the Highline Heritage Museum project, visit www.highlinehistory.org.

The September B-Town Beat will be Thursday, Sept. 4

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:00

The September B-Town Beat will be Thursday, Sept. 4, from 6 – 9 p.m. throughout downtown Burien.

Each business participating with visual art will host an artist! Please come out and join us on Thursday, September 4th from 6 PM to 9 PM.

The B-Town Beat is an independent not-for-profit organization formed in early 2013 with the mission of supporting the development of arts, economic stability and community in Burien. The organization accomplishes this primarily through its monthly Music & Art Walk and its second program, the Art Alley Project

The free event is held from 6pm to 9pm every first Thursday of the month in downtown Burien.

To learn more about the event and the B-Town Beat, visit:

Here are the September events for your Burien Library

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:00

Here are the September Events for your Burien Library:

Please click on the links below to view the programs for each age group.

Children & Families

September Art Walk: Compose your own 6 word stories or memoirs!
Thursday, September 4, 6pm

Come to the library and share your own 6 word stories and/or memoirs! While there take a look at your community’s stories and words.

Spanish Story Times
Thursday, September 4, 11, 18 and 25, 6:30pm

Ages 2 and older with adult.

Night Lanterns Art Workshop
Friday, September 5, 4pm
Ages 5 and older with adult.
Make a whimsical lantern to light the night at the Burien Arts-A-Glow Festival. This is a fun class where you get to play with color and design. Lanterns can be lit with a glow stick or battery LED supplied at the workshop.

Burien Library’s 5th Anniversary Party
Saturday, September 13, All Day!
Celebrate the library! With special performances by Brian Vogan and his Good Buddies (11am), the SuperSones (1pm) and Massive Monkees (3pm).

Young Toddler Story Times
Monday, September 15, 22 and 29, 11am

Ages 12 to 24 months with adult.

Infant Story Times
Monday, September 15, 22 and 29, Noon

Ages 3 to 12 months with adult.

Toddler Story Times
Tuesday, September 16, 23 and 30, 10:15am and 11am

Ages 24 to 36 months with adult, siblings welcome.

Preschool Story Times
Tuesday, September 16, 23 and 30, Noon

Ages 3 to 6 with adult.

Evening Family Story Times
Tuesday, September 16, 23 and 30, 6:30pm

Family program, all ages welcome with adult.

Burien Young Readers Book Club
The Magic Half by Annie Barrows
Wednesday, September 17, 4:15pm

Ages 7 to 12.


Anime & Manga Club
Wednesday, September 3 and 17, 3pm

Watch anime movies, talk about your favorite anime & manga, graphic novels, or practice drawing manga characters!
Wii Bowling League
Tuesday, September 9, 3pm

Middle and high school students, come for Burien’s Teen Wii Bowling League.

Teen Book Club
Wednesday, September 10, 3:30pm

September kicks off the Evergreen Teen Book Award Book Club! Come in and discuss any of the past Evergreen Book Award Winners. For a full list checkout: http://www.evergreenbookaward.org/past-winners.

Freaky Friday Fun!
Friday, September 12 and 26, 2:30pm

September 12: To kick off our first Freaky Friday Fun day, watch Freaky Friday

September 26: Watch the movie The Perks of Being a Wallflower and make a button with your favorite banned book!

Living Voices- La Causa
Tuesday, September 16, 3pm
Discover a unique combination of theatre, video and live interaction that creates a high impact experience and an unforgettable journey through history.
La Causa is the story of the late 1960s movement that changed the lives of Latin American farm workers who fought for civil rights, battled racism and indecent working conditions.

Sandweiss SAT Prep
Saturday, September 20, 10am-1:30pm: Diagnostic Test
Saturday, September 27, 10am-1pm: Lesson 1
Saturday, October 4, 10am-1pm: Lesson 2
Saturday, October 11, 10am-1pm: Lesson 3
Saturday, October 18, 10am-1:30pm: Practice Test
Saturday, October 25, 10-11:30am: Test Review
For high school ages.
All students will receive a free copy of The Official SAT Study Guide, instruction on test strategies and a scored practice test.
Registration required. Class size is limited to 22.
Students must be able to attend all 6 sessions in order to sign up.

Tournament Time!
Tuesday, September 23, 3pm

Middle and high school students come in every month for a new tournament! September’s Tournament will be a Wii Tennis Tournament, but October’s will be chosen by YOU!

Burien Teen Writing Club
Wednesday, September 24, 4pm
Come in for an hour of writing prompts/exercises.


Drop-in to Learn About eBooks
Saturday, September 6 and 20, 3pm

Thursday, September 25, 7pm
Get started with KCLS eBooks! Bring your eReader, tablet, phone or just your questions.

Burien Library Guild Meeting
Monday, September 8, 7:30-8:30pm

B-Town Running Group Lecture Series: Set Yourself Up for Running Success
Saturday, September 13, 10:30am

Presented by Advance Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation.
Learn the dos and don’ts with stretching, why form is so important, and about the after stretch.

Movie Screening for Hispanic Heritage Month
Tuesday, September 16, 6pm

Contact the library for movie title.

Burien Book Group

The Light between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
Wednesday, September 17, 2pm

Dreams Unlimited
Saturday, September 27, 1pm

A 90 minute, interactive, multicultural, multimedia performance sharing hopes and dreams through film, photos, live-music, spoken word and traditional oral storytelling, presented by local and regional artists. More information and free registration at mydream.is/burien. Registration is recommended but not required.

Citizenship Classes

Wednesdays, 6:30pm

Meet with others working their way towards United States Citizenship.

Computer Classes

Microsoft Excel 2013 Level 2
Wednesday, September 3, 10:30am

One-on-One Computer Help
Saturday, September 6, 13, 20 and 27, Noon

Microsoft Excel Level 3
Wednesday, September 17, 10:30am

Advertiser Tin Room Bar & Theater holding Comedy Night this Thursday

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 16:31

Longtime Advertiser The Tin Room Bar & Theater will be holding their monthly Comedy Night – with two shows – this Thursday night, Aug. 28, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Headliner is Derek Sheen, the “Middle” is Bryan Cook and the Emcee is Nick Sahoyah.

You must be 21 to attend.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Tin Room, located at 923 SW 152nd Street.

The Hi-Liners to celebrate anniversaries of entertaining Burien audiences

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 08:43

Once a Hi-Liner, always a Hi-Liner” has been the rallying call since the organization was founded in 1966, and has been reiterated each year since 1994 when MainStage first took to the Highline PAC stage.

It means that as members of The Hi-Liners you are more than just a cast member, you are a member of a larger performing family.

2014 is a landmark year for The Hi-Liners Musical Theatre – it is the 20th consecutive year of Hi-Liner MainStage that began with “Hello Dolly” in 1994 and has returned each year since, which this year’s reprise of their most popular production, “42nd Street.” It is also the 48th anniversary of the founding of The Hi-Liners by the late Bill Moeller and Marilyn Culton. It should be noted Marilyn recently celebrated her 100th birthday!

In celebration of these anniversaries, The Hi-Liners are inviting all the members of the family to come home to Alumni Night on Sept. 6; anyone who has been a Hi-Liner 1960’s to 1991 or any member of a MainStage cast from 1994 to 2013, Alumni Night will be at the opening show.

“We will be recognizing all of you for your contribution to the life of this organization,” reads an announcement.

For more information call 206-617-2152 or email [email protected].

Not a former Hi-Liner but want to see what this is all about? A ticket to The Hi-Liners Musical Theatre is a great value – go to www.hi–liners.org or call 206-617-2152 to get your tickets today!

42nd Street will run September 6,7,13,14,20 & 21; show times are 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 1:30 p.m. on Sundays.

Burien Arts Gallery’s September show to feature Kris Vermeer and Kim Bly

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 08:30

“Bird in Flight” by Kim Bly.

By Kim Vermeer.

Kris Vermeer

Burien Arts Gallery September’s show will feature works from two exciting multimedia Artists – Kris Vermeer and Kim Bly.

Meet Kris and Kim at the Artists’ Reception on Thursday, Sept. 4, from 4 – 9 p.m.

The exhibit will run from Sept. 3 – 28.

Kris Vermeer is an internationally known artist whose work has been collected by famed British natural-history filmmaker David Attenborough and several Nobel Prize winners. Her work can be found at AT&T’s main office in Phoenix and in permanent display at the Las Vegas airport.

A self-taught artist, who has been selling professionally since 1985, Kris works in a variety of mediums, including fused glass, steel and stainless sculptures and acrylic painting.

Kim Bly was born and raised in Washington state. She received a bachelor’s degree from Central Washington University, majoring in both photography and painting. Following graduation, she was an active participant in Seattle’s independent art culture.

Kim Bly

Kim relocated to San Diego in 2002 where she started her own business as a wedding, portrait and event photographer.

She is back in Seattle to pursue her art and raise her family.

Her oil on canvas paintings are expressive, bold and most often layered, conveying a sense of growth within each painting. Much of the lines and shapes within her paintings flow together and grow out of one another, simultaneously showing unity and evolution, which bring to mind cause-and-effect relationships.

Kim comments, “So many of my paintings have so much connected imagery and lines that the viewer can continue to see new shapes and images every time you look at a piece. The viewer often even sees things in a way that I did not initially intend. I love that about my work—how it continually evolves even after it’s hanging on a wall.”

Works from Artists United will also be featured.

The gallery is located at 826 SW 152nd Street.

Gallery open, Wed.-Sat., Noon-6 p.m. Sun., Noon-4 p.m.; closed Mon. and Tues.

Admission is free.

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

Sound and Fury Morris Dancers to delight at St. Luke’s English Fete Sept. 13

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 07:30

Part Steampunk, part Renaissance Faire – Morris Dancing is a staple of Country Village fetes (rhymes with plates) or fairs all over England. Some have called it “organized chaos,” with its lively steps and clashing of tools, but whatever you call it, it is great fun to watch:

Click here to view the embedded video.

Now folks from all over the south end and beyond can enjoy this and more tastes of England for FREE at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Renton, on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Drawing on their Anglican roots, St. Luke’s inaugural English Fete will offer sales of traditional English foods such as Banger’s & Mash and Ploughman’s Lunch, English beers and sweets, classic English carnival games, music and fun for all ages.

All proceeds benefit the operation of St. Luke’s and their many community ministries including, ARISE, an interfaith traveling homeless shelter for men, St. Luke’s Community Garden whose bounty is shared with Renton’s needy and warm-up breakfasts on various weekday mornings.

Admission is free and open to all (Please contact [email protected] for special accommodations or information).

Pip! Pip! Cheerio! let’s all go to the Fete!

St.Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 99 Wells Ave South in historic downtown Renton; phone: (425) 255-3323.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 99 Wells Avenue in Renton.

Free face painting by Burien Arts to be featured at Arts-A-Glow Festival Sept. 6

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 20:21

What’s fun and free?

Answer: Face painting by the Artists from the Burien Arts Association at the unique Arts-A-Glow Burien Lantern Festival and Procession on Saturday, Sept. 6!

Burien Arts volunteers will be dabbing on the face paint at Dottie Harper Park, located at 421 SW 146th Street, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Face painting will be just one part of a magical evening in the forest on that Saturday, which will also feature lantern art and performers, lantern making, food vendors, tea, treats and an evening lantern procession around the neighborhood.

More information is available at www.burienwa.gov and www.burienarts.org.

‘The Maury Island Incident’ UFO film premieres as series on IndieFlix today

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 15:56

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Maury Island Incident” is a short film that was shot and produced locally during the summer of 2013 (including The Tin Room Bar), and released in May, 2014. It was Directed/Produced by BTB Founder/Publisher Scott Schaefer, Written/Produced by Steve Edmiston, Executive Produced by John White and Produced by Laura Beth & Scott Peterson and Dan House. The movie is currently on the film festival circuit, and will screen next at the Burbank Film Festival Sept. 6.

Today (Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014), is the 67th anniversary of FBI Special Agent Jack B. Wilcox’s 14-page memorandum to J. Edgar Hoover on the subject of “FLYING DISCS SIGHTED BY FRED CRISMAN and HAROLD A. DAHL, TACOMA, WASHINGTON,” as well as the release of film distributor IndieFlix’s “First original series: The Maury Island Incident”!

The link between the 1947 Wilcox memo to Hoover, and the film’s release on this date, is wholly intentional.

As filmmakers, we’re happy to share how inspired we were by the detail and thoroughness of this heavily-redacted memo; its candor, and upon multiple readings, its absolute accuracy in reporting the truth of what really happened off Maury Island in 1947. This overlooked, declassified document truly informed the spine of our film and series.

If you loved The X-Files; if you miss The Twilight Zone’s mix of strange tales and human frailties; if you are simply enthralled about periods of history where the entire country – or planet, even – falls under the spell of a powerful mythology and pop culture brew, then the story of what allegedly happened at Maury Island, and the indisputably twisted and true story of what happened after Maury Island, is for you.

Each week during the next month, we’ll release other once-classified documents obtained from the FBI that track their two week investigation that begins with the tragic August 1, 1947, crash of a B-25 bomber in the forests north of Kelso, Washington, and concludes with a series of clear statements that undermine the only thing you think you know about Harold Dahl’s June 21, 1947, “flying discs” sighting at Maury Island:

That the sighting itself was a “confessed hoax.”

Indeed, our investigation leads to some startling conclusions:

  1. The supposed “confessions” were the real hoax
  2. The FBI knew the confessions were invented, and
  3. That Harold Dahl had made a choice to invent the hoax story even though he knew he’d become “the biggest liar that ever lived” because he feared ongoing public ridicule about his sighting, family pressure, and threats from – you guessed it – the FBI and modern UFO history’s first alleged “Man In Black.”

And if this is true, and you’ve always dismissed Maury Island as a confessed hoax, then everything you think you know about the Maury Island Incident is wrong!

Sixty-seven years ago today, Special Agent Wilcox wrote the memo that explained it all – download a PDF of it by clicking here.

We hope you come back during the next month to track the investigation with us. And please, enjoy the IndieFlix series by clicking here.

Steve Edmiston

Scott Schaefer

Here’s what IndieFlix had to say about the film:

Before Roswell, there was the Maury Island Incident. We couldn’t be more excited to present our first Original Series.

Based on declassified FBI documents, The Maury Island Incident tells the incredible, tragic, and forgotten story of Harold Dahl, who on June 21, 1947, alleged a UFO sighting over Puget Sound, Washington. This sparked ‘the summer of the saucers,’ the modern era of UFO obsession, the first appearance of Men in Black and a governmental battle over UFO sighting jurisdiction reaching directly to FBI Executive Director J. Edgar Hoover.

What our staff has to say:

  • “We are so glad to be working with local filmmakers on this project and hope our customers will enjoy the series as much as we do.” – Ashley, Film Acquisitions Manager

  • “UFO sightings near Seattle? I can’t wait to watch this series!” – Sara, Marketing and Programming Coordinator

And here’s the first episode:

“The Maury Island Incident – Episode 1: An Honest Man” from The Maury Island Incident on Vimeo.

Some relevant links:

  • For a FREE two-week trial to IndieFlix (so you can watch the rest of the series), click here (then look for “Start 2 week trial” in the upper right corner).
  • To read a Q&A of the filmmakers on this new series, click here.
  • To “Like” the film on Facebook, click here.

Family, friends remember Carol Selander through Burien Arts donations

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:57

Programs that offer free art workshops for students will be greatly enhanced by generous donations from friends and family to the Burien Arts Association in honor of Carol Selander, a Burien cultural, civic and philanthropic leader who died June 26.

The donation will also support the new Burien Arts Gallery that opened in Olde Burien last fall.

Burien Arts Association president Sybil Davis thanked Carol’s friends and family for the wonderful contributions to the association’s work.

Known around Burien as “a force to be reckoned with who got things done,” Carol helped found the Burien Arts Association in the 1960s. Burien Arts operates the gallery at 826 S.W. 152nd St., bringing exciting new art exhibits each month to Burien.

Carol passed away at her Gregory Heights/Three Tree Point home surrounded by family. She and her late husband, Ken raised their five children in the family home.

Carol help start the Burien Arts Association with the mission to engage, enrich and entertain all the communities, generations and visitors to the Burien and Greater Highline area through creative and innovative arts programming.

The all-volunteer, nonprofit association’s programming includes the delicious Strawberry Shortcake booth at Burien’s annual Wild Strawberry Festival in June, summer Shakespeare in the Park, Vision 20/20 Fundraising Art Event, Highline Classic Jazz Festival, monthly Sing and Sketch nights, life drawing sessions, face painting at local festivals and student workshops.

Visit www.burienarts.org for information on volunteering or contributing to Burien Arts.

Checks may be sent to:

Burien Arts Association
P.O. Box 66574
Burien WA 98166

REMINDER: Des Moines Rotary’s Blues & Brews Fest will be this Saturday, Aug. 23

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 15:00

REMINDER: For the fifth year in a row – this coming Saturday, Aug. 23 – people from around Western Washington and beyond will be flocking to the shores of Puget Sound at the Des Moines Beach Park to savor tasty licks of mind-blowing blues played by some of the most renowned musicians of the region, all while sampling the suds of local micro-brew masters in a fundraiser aimed at arming children in the Highline School District with musical instruments.

The Annual Blues & Brews Fest returns to Des Moines Beach Park from Noon – 8 p.m. on Aug. 23. The event benefits the Highline Music4Life Program. All of the net proceeds are donated to charity thanks to the efforts of the Des Moines Rotary Club and community volunteers.

“This 21-and-over event, saw nearly 2,000 blues and beer lovers last year, and this year promises to draw an even bigger crowd,” Blues and Brews Fest committee chair and Des Moines Rotarian Brian Snure said.

“The response to this annual fund raiser has been inspiring,” he added. “A lazy summer day on the shores of Puget Sound, drinking good beer and listening to the blues seems like a pretty good way to support music education in our schools.”

This year, Blues & Brews Fest attendees can enjoy 17 micro-brews, three ciders, wine and some mead. The blues, from some of the Northwest’s finest musicians, will begin at 12:30 p.m. and keep rolling until 8 p.m.

Snure said, “On behalf of the Rotary Club of Des Moines Washington, I’d like to thank all of those who have supported this civic event in the past and invite those who have yet to attend Blues & Brews Fest to get your tickets now at www.BluesAndBrewsFest.org.”

This year’s line up includes:

The Wired Band

Click here to view the embedded video.

James King and the Southsiders

Click here to view the embedded video.

The Randy Oxford Band

Click here to view the embedded video.

Curtis Hammond Band

Click here to view the embedded video.

Tickets for this pet-free event can be purchased online for just $25 or at the door for $30. Every Blues & Brews Fest attendee will receive six tokens and a complimentary tasting glass with the purchase of a ticket. Additional tokens can be purchased to sample more beverages. Designated driver tickets will be available at the door for just $15. Parking is free in the Des Moines Marina and around Des Moines, and a complimentary shuttle will be making the rounds.

The prime benefactor for this annual fundraiser is the Highline Music4Life program. David Endicott, president/CEO of Music4Life, who said: “The value of providing musical instruments for students of low-income families in the Highline School District is critical during hard economic times. We find that many families cannot even afford to rent a musical instrument for their kids.”

He added:

“The annual Des Moines Rotary Blues & Brews Festival is a primary way for us to raise funds in support of the Highline Schools program. It also happens to be an event that’s a heck of a lot of fun to attend.”

To purchase advanced tickets and more information, go to www.BluesAndBrewsFest.org.

To learn more about becoming a sponsor, contact Kerry Wallingford at [email protected].

The Rotary Club of Des Moines encourages attendees to drink responsibly.

Shake things up at Burien Senior Program’s Fundraiser on Friday, Sept. 19

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:00

Burien Senior Program’s annual spaghetti feed fundraiser is returning Friday, Sept. 19, with a delicious 3 course dinner, glass of wine, amazing silent auction and rockin’ entertainment by Paul Rodriguez – an Elvis Presley tribute artist.

Additional wine is available for purchase.

Pre-registration is required, and tickets are on sale starting August 18th for $15, or Resident Discount of just $12.

To register online, click here.

WHEN: Friday, Sept 19, from 5-8 p.m.

WHERE: Burien Community Center, located at 14700 6th Ave SW.

For more info and to register by phone please call 206-988-3700.

Former B-Town Blog Intern Bryan Shickmeister releases new cartoon

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 19:47

He served as our Intern for four years while attending Burien’s Big Picture High School, and now Bryan Shickmeister (aka Bryan Charles) is all growed up and going to Evergreen College in Olympia, where he is studying animation.

Oh, and he’s also released this brand new cartoon, called “3 Frog Bros – Hot Frog Love – Full Episode!”:

Click here to view the embedded video.

Shickmeister told us that he wrote the cartoon with help from various improvisational actors, got professional voice actor Mike Pollock to help, and that he has four confirmed episodes, including a 6-year anniversary special featuring cameos from old voice actors.

“It’s animated with all new technology, quadrupling the speed,” Shickmeister said. “I’ll be doing new releases at the end of each month after the premiere.”

Shickmeister adds that he hand-painted all the scenery and set design, and if you watch closely you can see that he also cleverly intercut “live” video clips with animation.

Way to go Frogboy!

Watch more of Bryan’s work here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA7UNlroQqD2dGRM7_BcAGQ

To re-live Bryan’s amazing Intern career with The B-Town Blog, click here.

UPDATE: Tonight’s ‘Music in the Park’ moved to Community Center due to rain

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 15:19

UPDATE: Tonight’s FREE ‘Music in the Park’ concert has been moved to the Burien Community Center due to rain. 

The Community Center is located at 14700 6th Ave SW.

The live show from reggae band Longstride will run from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

‘Music in the Park’ finale is Thursday night at Lake Burien Memorial Park

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 21:17

Burien’s 2014 “Music in the Park” series concludes Thursday night (Aug. 14) with reggae music from Longstride at Lake Burien Memorial Park, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Lake Burien Memorial Park is located at SW 148th and 16th Ave SW.

Here are some videos of Longstride in action:

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So grab a blanket, pack a picnic and bring the entire family to enjoy live – and FREE – entertainment outdoors at this great summer concert series.

See you at the park!

For complete details about the bands performing at the Music in the Park concerts and the full concert schedule, visit the “Schedule Information” link below, or go to www.BurienWA.gov/concerts. You can also call the Burien Parks Department at 206-988-3700.

About Longstride:

Paintings by artist Veronica Smith at Community Center through Sept. 30

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:44

Paintings by artist Veronica Smith will be on display at the Burien Community Center through Sept. 30.

The artists’ current paintings use personal materials picked for their connection or association with a particular memory. The most recent paintings are memory capsules of important people in her life. Every object down to the tiniest scrap is something that reminds the artist of memories. Veronica’s work has been shown in many galleries – primarily in the Midwest – but also including Florence, Italy and London, England. She graduated from Columbus College of Art and Design in 2007 and currently reside in Seattle, WA. More of her work can be seen at www.zhibit.org/vsmith.

The Burien Community Center is located at 14700 6th Ave SW and is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30am-8:00pm, Fridays from 8:30am-5pm, and Saturdays from 8:00am-Noon.

For more information please call 206-988-3700.

Burien’s Arts-A-Glow Lantern Festival & Procession will be Saturday, Sept. 6

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:55

Burien’s unique and oh-so-sweet Arts-A-Glow Lantern Festival and Procession will be held Saturday, Sept. 6, from 5 – 10 p.m. at Dottie Harper Park (421 SW 146th Street; learn more about Dottie Harper Park).

“A magical evening in the forest!” reads an announcement. “Lantern art and performers, face painting, lantern making, food vendors and tea and treats.”

A Lantern Procession will begin at Dusk, and everyone is invited to bring shakers and bells to play as you walk to make beautiful music!

Procession map

Performers / Activities:

  • 5:00-6:15 p.m.:  Harp by Jini O’Flynn
  • 5:00-7:45 p.m.: Lantern Making
  • 5:00-8:00 p.m.: Face Painting by Burien Arts
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Juggling and more by Colin Ernst
  • 6:30-7:45 p.m.: Tijuana Brass with Rat City Brass 
  • 8:00-9:30 p.m.: Procession and Dance Party led by VamoLa

Food Trucks, Tents & Bikes, oh my!
The Ultimate Melt, Falafel Salam, Thai-U-Up,  Sweet Wheels, Bikelava, , and Tea samples by sponsor Phoenix Tea!

Lantern Making
Lantern making workshops!  Or make a balloon lantern at home!  You can also make a lantern from glass jars or plastic water bottles, pie tins ,paper bags, tin cans…you can recycle and be creative!  Light your lantern with glow sticks or battery operated candles!

For more info: http://www.burienwa.gov/GLOW

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