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Adults-only Halloween Costume Party will be at The Cove Saturday, Oct. 25

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 13:08

Come to the Normandy Park Cove for their BIG Halloween Adults-Only Costume Party on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 7 – 11:30 p.m.!

Prizes will be awarded to the best dressed.

Live music will be provided by the Pink Torpedos.

Light appetizers and mixers are provided.


Tickets are $10.00 per person in advance. Groups of 10 may reserve a table in advance.

Stop by the office and purchase your tickets, Mon., Wed., Fri. 9-1 or Sat. 8-10am.

The Normandy Park Cove is located at 1500 SW Shorebrook Drive.

Questions? Call 242-3778.

Vintage at Burien’s Fall Bazaar will be Nov. 15

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 10:27

149 S 140th ST

NOV. 15, 2014, 10 A.M. – 3 P.M.



TICKETS $1.00 ea or 6 / $5.00

Proceeds from the raffle sales will go to

Vintage at Burien arts/craft program and Highline Area Food Bank.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Burien Arts Gallery accepting submissions for 2015-16

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 18:32


BURIEN ARTS GALLERY now accepting submissions for the 2015-16 Gallery Exhibition Schedule.

The Burien Arts Gallery, centrally located in downtown Burien, is calling for artists to apply via www.burienarts.org for consideration to have their work exhibited in the Burien Arts Gallery.  We are interested in contemporary artists working on topical narratives in all genres, but specific to 2015, we would like to curate shows focusing on:

  • GLASS WORKS (in 2 dimensions and 3)

In addition, we are building several shows based upon the following themes:


Burien Arts, a 501(c)3 non profit, opened its Gallery in October 2013; it is the only fine art gallery between West Seattle and Tacoma.

Entry form is easily accessible online and can be submitted immediately, electronically by going to www.burienarts.org.

Artists chosen by the review panel will be curated into the 2015-16 Exhibition schedule.  Exhibitions will run approximately one month, include a reception and may include a small talk by the artist(s).

‘Night of 1000 Pumpkins’ will be Saturday, Nov. 1 at Community Center

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:46

‘Night of 1000 Pumpkins’ is returning and will be held on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Burien Community Center from 6-10pm.

Entrance to the event is FREE.

Wrist bands for unlimited carnival games available for $6/child-purchase at the door.

“Bring your carved pumpkin and an LED candle to Dottie Harper Park site or carve one at the event to fill the park with illuminated jack o’ lanterns!”

Here’s what to expect:

  • $6 wristband for kids for unlimited carnival games-purchase at the door.
  • Costumes encouraged!
  • Mariachi music, puppet shows, storytelling around the campfire
  • Face painting by Burien Arts, paper flower making, animal and toddler room
  • Bring something for the community altar and view many fabulous altars
  • Walk through the cemetery
  • Enjoy food trucks and vendors: Tamales, roasted corn, Tokyo Dog, Burien Press beverages and sweets.
  • The return of Pumpkin Plinko!
  • Art installations by Oleana Perry, Mary saucier and Zoey Platt
  • Fire Art, performers, and Sling Bang Bowling
  • Celebrate your community, your family and friends! All pumpkins will be composted through a gift from Recology CleanScapes.

Dottie Harper Park is located at SW 146th and 4th Ave SW.

Thank you to sponsors 4 Culture, Discover Burien and Ignition Northwest.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page or call the Burien Community Center at (206) 988-3700.


PHOTOS: Halloween comes early to this spooky Burien neighborhood

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:18

BTB Reader Elston Hill was out walking the other day around Three Tree Point when he happened upon one of the most decorated and festive homes in the area, owned by Greg and Rhonda Dill and located at the corner of Maplewild Ave SW and SW 172nd Street.

Elston shot these photos of the Dill’s frightful Halloween decorations (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

See local UFO film ‘The Maury Island Incident’ at Gig Harbor Film Fest Sat. night

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 06:30

The locally-made short film ‘The Maury Island Incident‘ will screen this coming Saturday night, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Gig Harbor Film Festival.

The screening will be followed by a Q & A session with local filmmakers Scott Schaefer (Director/Producer) and Steve Edmiston (Writer/Producer).

Based on declassified FBI documents, this 30-minute movie – based on declassified FBI documents – 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 a ‘Man in Black’ as well as a governmental battle over UFO sighting jurisdiction reaching directly to FBI Executive Director J. Edgar Hoover.

The film – which was shot in Burien, Des Moines, Tukwila and off the shores of Maury Island during the summer of 2013 – was awarded the competitive Washington FilmWorks Innovation Lab funding during production. This will be its 10th festival showing.

Shot locally and featuring Seattle-area actors Tony Doupé, Allen Fitzpatrick, John Patrick Lowrie, and David S. Hogan, the film was also produced by area residents John White (Executive Producer), Scott and Laura Beth Peterson, and Danny House.


Saturday, Oct. 18 @ 7:30 p.m.


Galaxy Gig Harbor 4649 Point Fosdick Dr. NW (about 35 miles south)
Gig Harbor WA 98335

Get directions

Here’s the trailer:

Click here to view the embedded video.


Show ‘In Motion’ how you get around in new photo contest

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 09:40

‘In Motion’ is holding a photo contest!

“We want to see your slick (bike) wheels, your carpool buddies, your favorite walking shoes or the best seat on the bus!” reads an announcement.

Through Oct. 15, just upload your photo on their Facebook page or upload it to Instagram or Twitter with #HowIGetInMotion to show how you get around.

First place reward is a $75 Amazon gift card, second place reward is a $50 Amazon gift card, and third place reward a $25 Amazon gift card!

Everyone can vote for photos until Oct 17, and 3 lucky voters will win a $10 Starbucks gift card.

For more information about In Motion and to sign up visit kingcounty.gov/inmotion

See & Hear ‘The Planets’ with Northwest Symphony Orchestra Oct. 25

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 16:57

The Northwest Symphony Orchestra will be holding the first concert in its 2014-2015 season – a multimedia extravaganza called “The Planets” – on Saturday, Oct. 25 at Burien’s Highline Performing Arts Center.

The concert will include projected visual footage of the planets from NASA, along with photography by local astrophotographer Andy Ermolli – all combined with outstanding symphony music!

NWSO will be joined by choirs from Kennedy and Mount Rainier High Schools on The Planets.

The concert will open with the Prelude to Act III from Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin, followed by The Holy City by Armenian-American composer Alan Hovhaness, one of the most prolific and well known composers of the 20th century, who lived in the greater Seattle area from the 1970s until his death in 2000, and who was profoundly influenced by the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. The Holy City will feature local trumpet prodigy Natalie Dungey. The concert will conclude with The Planets by Gustav Holst, a suite of seven movements, each of which is themed around one of the planets (as understood in 1914-1916, when the piece was written).

“This is a great concert for the entire family,” said Music Director Dr. Anthony Spain. “The Planets is one of the most popular pieces of classical music, and alongside the orchestral performance, will be an impressive large screen display of footage of the Planets from NASA, as well as astrophotography by local photographer Andy Ermolli.”

Fifteen year old American trumpeter Natalie Dungey came to international attention through her stunning performance of the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto at the National Trumpet Competition that went through the trumpet world on Youtube when she was 10. Since then she has been a featured soloist with Christopher O’Reilly on NPR’s From The Top (show #202), has premiered works for trumpet and orchestra, and been the featured soloist with orchestras and bands around the country and as far as Japan.

Here are the details:

WHEN: Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Highline Performing Arts Center

INFO: Prelude to Act III from Lohengrin- Richard Wagner The Holy City- Alan Hovhaness
Trumpet soloist, Natalie Dungey The Planets- Gustav Holst

TICKETS – purchase online here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/871866

  • Adult – $15
  • Senior (Over 60) – $12
  • Student – $12
  • Group Rate – $10 per person when total ticket purchase is 10 tickets or more

Now in its twenty-eighth season, Northwest Symphony Orchestra has performed to local, regional, and national acclaim. The orchestra has performed an unprecedented number of compositions by Northwest composers and has garnered eight national awards for Programming of Contemporary Music from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, including a first place national award in June 2012. The orchestra has been featured repeatedly on National Public Radio and has recorded five compact disks. Dr. Anthony Spain is Music Director.

The NWSO has performed with a variety and eclectic mix of internationally known artists including Alice In Chains, Anne and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Joshua Roman and Natalie Cole.

Northwest Symphony Orchestra makes complimentary tickets available to local school music programs. Teachers may call the orchestra office at (206) 242-6321.

More information about the entire Northwest Symphony Orchestra season, information is available on the Web at www.northwestsymphonyorchestra.org or by calling (206) 242-6321.

Locally-made alien & UFO films will screen at upcoming film fests

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 16:33

Two films made by Burien filmmakers will be screening at upcoming film festivals in Tacoma and Gig Harbor.

The alien abduction thriller feature “The Device,” Directed by Burien resident Jeremy Berg, and the short “The Maury Island Incident,” Directed/Produced by resident Scott Schaefer, Written/Produced by Steve Edmiston, Produced by Laura Beth & Scott Peterson and Danny House, Executive Produced by John White with Music by David Templeton, will screen on these dates:



  • Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 9:15 p.m. @ THE GRAND CINEMA #1 – BUY TICKETS




Both films were produced locally, with scenes shot in Burien.

One interesting element these two films share is the casting of local Actor David S. Hogan, who plays FBI Agent Mitchell in “The Maury Island Incident” and Calvin in “The Device.”


Abby and Rebecca Powell haven’t seen each other since a traumatic event in their youth ripped them apart. Reunited for the first time in over a decade, the sisters take a trip to spread their mother’s ashes at a secluded lake. As the sisters reconnect and try to heal old wounds, something waits in the nearby woods. A strange object, made not by the hands of man, beckons them to it. As they begin to try to unlock its secrets, Abby is plagued by nightmares of an alien presence that seem all too real. Little do the sisters realize that this object is actually a device, one with a purpose too horrible to comprehend. As the events of the past and the present begin to merge, new discoveries will threaten to tear apart their newly reformed family, and the inhuman creators of the device will attempt to finish a terrible experiment begun years before.

“The Maury Island Incident” is a short film based on a long-forgotten UFO encounter that happened off Maury Island, WA on June 21, 1947. This often-overlooked incident happened just two days before Ken Arnold’s Mount Rainier sighting, which spawned the phrase ‘flying saucers,’ and 16 days before the infamous Roswell crash. It also included what is considered by many experts to be the first “Men in Black” encounter as well. Directed by Scott Schaefer and Written by Steve Edmiston.

Here are trailers for each:


The Device Festival Trailer from The October People on Vimeo.


The Maury Island Incident Trailer #1 from The Maury Island Incident on Vimeo.

“The Device” will be released on DVD & VOD by Image Entertainment on Dec. 16: (http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/77859/exclusive-artwork-premiere-device#axzz3CamTYrMD)

More information here:



PHOTO: Another amazing sunset as seen from above Burien’s Three Tree Point

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 19:35

BTB Reader Elston Hill shares this photo, taken from 32nd Ave SW above Three Tree Point on Satueday, Oct. 4, 2014 (click image to see larger version):

“I believe this is a vehicle hauling ship,” Elston said.

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Burien Beach Party Celebrates Seahurst Park Renovation

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 11:29

To celebrate the completion of the work to restore the north shoreline at Seahurst Park, the Burien Parks folks threw a huge beach party on Friday, October 3 and invited the public to come experience the changes first hand.

The event featured live music, native storytelling, campfires, s’mores and more!

BTB’s Michael Brunk was there and put together the following video and photo gallery:

Click here to view the embedded video.

REVIEW: ‘Out of Sterno a beautiful journey wrapped in caricatures & humor’

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 11:09

From left to right, Dotty (Stephanie Spohrer) explains the “appliance art” she has painted on customer Mrs. Peabody’s (Connor Kinzer) toenails, while salon owner Zena (Mahria Zook) looks on in horror in the comedy “Out of Sterno.” The show runs through Oct. 19 at Burien Actors Theatre.

From left to right: Dotty (Stephanie Spohrer) makes excuses to her husband, Hamel (Adam Hegg) in the comedy “Out of Sterno.” The show runs through Oct. 19 at Burien Actors Theatre.

From right to left, Dotty (Stephanie Spohrer) learns about being a “real” woman from Barb (Connor Kinzer), the ultra-feminist Dotty meets on the bus in the comedy “Out of Sterno.” The show runs through Oct. 19 at Burien Actors Theatre.

Photos by Mike Wilson.

by Shelli Park

“Like Mama always said: ‘Nothing is so horrible that it can’t be explained away.’”

And, like an ostrich with her head in the sand, Dotty has lived a static life in service to her ‘“hunk” of a husband, Hamel (Adam Hegg) in the city of Sterno.

When we meet Dotty (Stephanie Spohrer), she is a bit manic, a bit frumpy, and full of hope and dreams, and a child-like enthusiasm for every detail of life. She is a beautiful, trusting soul.

Dottie stands expectantly in the kitchen engaging in a lively one-sided conversation with the audience, breaking the fourth wall. We feel that we are her only friends. The kitchen, and set as a whole (designed by Albie Clemente) has the feel of a Fun House – off-kilter and whimsical. Spohrer is spot on as this larger-than-life character whose eccentric personality has been cultivated in her one-bedroom petri dish.

Elective Blindness is a condition we are be conditioned to accept, to fear to change. It takes courage to overcome and repattern.

“Don’t believe what you see, believe what you’re told,” Dotty remembers another bit of her mother’s “wisdom”.

Some of these guides take the shape of bus buddies, or a taxi driver, each played by Connor Kinzer. Kinzer is amazing as he embodies each of the characters he plays. His gifted versatility elevates this production.

Maria Zook plays Zena, Dotty’s boss, role model and nemesis. The stereotype of this character is well-expressed: the shallow, narcissistic, angry, Jersey beautician. My only complaint is that Zook’s accent waivers at times, which was a little distracting. The complexity of Zena’s role in the plot keeps the story fresh and full of unexpected twists.
We witness Dotty’s awakening. She discovers her true Self. As she begins to read more and more her mind opens and even her vocabulary, previously simple, is expanded ten-fold. It is inspiring to witness.

Out of Sterno, written by Deborah Zoe Laufer, is a beautiful journey wrapped in caricatures and humor. Rochelle Flynn and Maggie Lerrick, co-directors, have done wonderful work on this production, guiding it in order to achieve maximum impact. It is empowering, with moments of heartache and disbelief thrown in. The universe is conspiring to free Dotty from her prison and her guides present themselves bearing messages and lessons she takes in as she evolves.

The ending is powerful. Attend this production ready to receive humor and revelations.

And don’t forget – you can save $5 on tickets to this play, which runs through Oct. 19 – with our exclusive coupon:

Click image to print coupon.

The show is suitable for ages 13-plus due to occasional adult language.

Ticket prices range from $7 to $20. New this season, student tickets are just $10. For tickets, special deals or other information, go online to www.burienactorstheatre.org or call 206-242-5180.

Burien Actors Theatre is located at 14501 4th Ave SW in Burien, in the northwest corner of the intersection of 4th Ave SW and SW 146th Street.

For more info, visit http://burienactorstheatre.org or call (206) 242-5180.

‘Night of 1,000 Pumpkins’ will haunt Dottie Harper Park on Saturday, Nov. 1

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 10:39

The ‘Night of 1,000 Pumpkins’ will haunt Burien’s Dottie Harper Park on Saturday, Nov. 1, as a fun family-safe celebration of Halloween and the Day of the Dead!

“Bring your carved pumpkin and an LED candle to Dottie Harper Park site or carve one at the event to fill the park with illuminated jack o’ lanterns!”

Here’s what to expect:

  • $6 wristband for kids for unlimited carnival games-purchase at the door.
  • Costumes encouraged!
  • Mariachi music, puppet shows, storytelling around the campfire
  • Face painting by Burien Arts, paper flower making, animal and toddler room
  • Bring something for the community altar and view many fabulous altars
  • Walk through the cemetery
  • Enjoy food trucks and vendors: Tamales, roasted corn, Tokyo Dog, Burien Press beverages and sweets.
  • The return of Pumpkin Plinko
  • Fire Art and Sling Bang Bowling
  • Celebrate your community, your family and friends! All pumpkins will be composted through a gift from Recology CleanScapes.

Dottie Harper Park is located at SW 146th and 4th Ave SW.

Thank you to sponsors 4 Culture, Discover Burien and Ignition Northwest.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page or call the Burien Community Center at (206) 988-3700.

Day of the Dead artwork by Danielle Burton. Click image to see large version.

New Exhibit at Burien Community Center features local Artist Keli Sim-DeRitis

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:00

The Burien Community Center is now showing the paintings of local Artist Keli Sim-DeRitis through the end of November.

Keli has been a graphic designer and artist for over 25 years. She has dabbled with oil and acrylic painting since childhood, but it was not until an art retreat in 2008 that she discovered acrylic mixed media which reawakened her creative spirit and inspired her to start painting again. Keli works with acrylic paints and mediums and incorporates elements of collage and found objects in many of her pieces.

Keli has traveled extensively in Italy and France for pleasure and on buying trips as owner of Poggi Bonsi, a local gourmet kitchen store and direct importer of Italian and French products. In June, 2014 Keli teamed up with fellow artist Janet Crawley to teach “Art Affair in France” a week-long artist retreat in southern France. The landscapes in this show represent the beautiful landscapes they visited in the French countryside.

Keli is a mother, artist, teacher, entrepreneur, and adventurer. Learn more about Keli and her work at kelisimderitis.com. For more information on art her retreats in France visit www.artaffairinfrance.wordpress.com.

Keli’s work will be displayed until the end of November.

The Burien Community Center is located at 14700 6th Ave SW, and is open Mon-Thurs 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., Fri 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sat 8 a.m. – Noon.

For more information please call 206-988-3700 or e-mail [email protected].

Vendors needed for St. Francis of Assisi’s Holiday Bazaar, set for Nov. 22

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 22:45

Vendor space is available at St. Francis of Assisi’s upcoming Holiday Bazaar, set for Saturday, Nov. 22.

“Jump into the holiday spirit!” reads an announcement. “You will find lots of Unique Gifts, Art, Original Handmade Items,
Culinary Delights & Holiday Decorations and much more. Be sure to enjoy our delicious Bake Sale and Soup Kitchen.”

Attention Vendors & Creative Crafters!

If interested in participating,p lease contact Paula Hall at 206-824-4720 or [email protected].

This bazaar will be held Saturday, Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

PHOTOS: Scenes from Normandy Park’s 3rd annual ‘Zombie Fest’

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:29

The 3rd annual ‘Zombie Fest’ crawled into – and took over – the Normandy Park Towne Center on Saturday, Sept. 27, with hordes of brain-eating humans having a blast.

This year’s theme – aside from lots of fun and eating brainz – was to raise Awareness about Disaster Preparedness, provide visibility for local businesses and raise money for the Highline Schools Foundation Excel Grant program, the Highline Food Bank, the Des Moines Food Bank and the Friends of Normandy Park Foundation, a new 501 c3 that will raise funds and plan events to boost awareness about Normandy Park as a great place to live and work.

Scott Schaefer survived the event, and took these photos (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

For more information, visit http://www.nwzombiefest.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/nwzombiefest.

The October B-Town Beat will be Thursday night

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:13

The October B-Town Beat will be this Thursday, Oct. 2, from 6 – 9 p.m. in downtown Burien.

“Each business participating with visual art will host an Artist! Please come out and join us on Thursday night”

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:

  • www.b-townbeat.com
  • www.facebook.com/BTownBeat

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

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 10:13

Kennedy Catholic High School’s Arts and Crafts Fair is seeking Artists and Vendors for its well-attended annual event, to be held Dec. 6.

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

If you are interested in participating, please contact Nancy Ensminger at [email protected] or at 206-431-9340.

‘Tied By Lightning’ – free events commemorate high tech history in area

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 21:34

Everyone knows King County to be a high tech hub today, but our region’s first brush with cutting-edge technology occurred well before Bill Gates and Paul Allen.

A century and a half ago, the first high tech endeavor to put down roots in King County was the telegraph, which came up from Olympia along Military Road, and arrived in Seattle on October 25, 1864.

To mark the occasion, a flag was raised, a cannon was fired, and the newspapers crowed that the Puget Sound region was now “tied by lightning” to the rest of the world. The next day a dispatch was sent to President Lincoln, commending “the suppression of rebellion and the extension of Science.” At last this western outpost could receive up-to-date news about the Civil War, and settlers could connect with family, friends, and business relations on a nearly instantaneous basis.

This October, with the assistance of 4Culture Historic Site(s) Specific funding, the sesquicentennial of the telegraph’s arrival will be marked with “Tied By Lightning” exhibits, free hands-on telegraph demonstrations, and other events along Military Road in South King County, as well as at 4Culture offices and the King County Courthouse.

Come try your hand at working a telegraph key, read dispatches from the war front 150 years ago to the day, and check out the equipment that may look quaint now, but represented the forefront of technology back then. The Tukwila Historical Society, the Highline Historical Society, the Greater Kent Historical Society and the Historical Society of Federal Way are all participating in this unprecedented collaboration to celebrate history in South King County. The effort was coordinated by SoCoCulture.

For a listing of all events, visit http://sococulture.org/calendar/2014-10/

REMINDER: ‘Dreams Unlimited’ is this Saturday at the Burien Library

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 20:48

Dreams Unlimited – a multimedia presentation (music, spoken word, art, video, oral storytelling) asking people to identify and pursue their dreams – will be held at the Burien Library this Saturday, Sept. 27.

This FREE KCLS event will be held Sept. 27 in Burien and Oct. 5 in Kent.

Local performers will include Troy Osaki, Hodon Hassan, Swil Kanim, Monica Mendoza Castrejon, and Tay & Val.


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