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Northwest Symphony Orchestra Music Director Anthony Spain wins award

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:14

Anthony Spain – Music Director of the Northwest Symphony Orchestra (NWSO) since 1987 – recently won the American Prize in Orchestral Programming Maestro Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in the Community Orchestra Division.

Dr. Spain’s work is often featured at Burien’s Highline Performing Arts Center, where the NWSO performs.

He has also guest conducted orchestras throughout America and in Europe including the Seattle Symphony, and the Bath Philharmonia in Bath, England. He has been a cover conductor with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, and recently guest conducted in Hong Kong and Honduras.

A noted conductor of works with orchestra and choir, Dr. Spain has conducted several choirs in America and in Europe including the Orfeo International Orchestra with the choir of L’UNESCO (the cultural branch of the United Nations) in Paris, France.

Dedicated to education, Dr. Spain is an active clinician and adjudicator. Spain graduated with a Doctorate Degree in Music from the University of Washington and has received numerous awards and honors including a Grammy nomination.

More information on NWSO at http://www.northwestsymphonyorchestra.org/index.shtml

Congrats Anthony on a well-earned reward!

Pop-Up Art Gallery featuring Pop-Artist Denny Driver at Burien City Hall June 2

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 17:10

Burien’s newest Pop-Up Art Gallery show will feature Pop-Artist Denny Driver on Friday, June 2 on the 3rd floor of Burien City Hall.

Meet the artist from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

All art is for sale and benefits the Burien Art Association, your local non-profit delivering Art, Theater, Jazz, Poetry, Workshops and more to the Burien community and beyond.

Here’s Denny’s Artist Statement:

The Groovy art of Denny Driver celebrates the pets we love and honors the wildlife and landscapes we admire. With image and ink, color and composition, these dear friends come to life in a groovy way. Each work is rendered with a mix of various types of paint on canvas (primarily latex enamel). Although the smaller works are fun and colorful, the large format pieces not only display a huge landscape face, but allows their personalities to shine in a big and groovy way.

BIO: Studying graphic arts at the Art Institute of Seattle in Seattle WA, Denny earned a degree in Visual Communications in 1987. Denny has shown his work in both solo and group shows throughout the Northwest and Nationally. Making their home in Yakima WA, Denny lives with his wife, Robin, son Eli, and their two cats, Pre(fontaine) & Victory.

Email: dennydriver@dennydriverstudios.com

Website: dennydriverstudios.com

Facebook: facebook.com/DennyDriverStudios

Twitter: @DennyDStudios

Also…if you’re interested in serving on the Burien Arts Board, please contact Grace Stiller, 425.228.7927 or Burien Arts at 206.244.7808.

Local Real Estate Agent paints tiny homes on rocks, leaves them around Burien

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 10:42

Meredith Hailey (pictured, left), a real estate broker for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest (a BTB Advertiser), paints doors and tiny homes on rocks, then leaves them around Burien.

She is one of a handful of artists in the Burien Rocks group. If you look carefully around town, you might find one of these houses. There’s a chance, too, you may find a heart, a turtle, a delightful abstract, or a beautiful beach scene.

Burien Rocks encourages finders to post pictures of the art rocks they find. Once found, the rock can be kept, or can be hidden again for the next lucky local.

Beyond just being a hide-and-seek game, Burien Rocks also helps build community. Recently, while painting tiny homes at the Berkshire Hathaway booth during this year’s first Farmer’s Market, Meredith gave away some painted rocks to visitors to keep or hide for others. Some have already shown up in pictures on the Burien Rocks page. One, though, went home as a gift.

“After a jaunt to the Burien Farmers Market, my daughter returned with a beautifully handpainted rock resembling a house,” Lorie McMasters told The B-Town Blog. “She let me know it was on a table and was free.”

Lorie adds that – with a minor amount of “investigating” – she found the ‘Burien Rocks’ group on Facebook, whose main purpose is to connect our community folks with these lovely little gems by hiding them around our area. Somewhere on each rock is the label Burien Rocks and possibly the artist’s name. The finder can post a picture on Burien Rocks and perhaps make a new friend or simply become part of a new local network.

“My house rock became even more special when i met the artist Meredith,” Lorie added. “I now have two of her houses that will be very hard to regift! Her gems are even more special when i found out she’s a real estate agent!”

Lorie, who is recovering from a recent serious surgery, says that she gets together with friends to “adult color” and share each other’s lives.

“We now have a new outlet with the added twist of community building!”

“That I got to see first hand that one tiny home could brighten someone’s day so thoroughly touched my heart,” Meredith said. She and her son have now met Lorie, and are part of a larger team wishing her a full and speedy recovery.

Burien Rocks will be teaming up with Meredith at Berkshire Hathaway to hold an evening painting event for adults soon. When the date, time, and place are set, it will be announced right here on The B-Town Blog.

For more information:

Also, here’s a tutorial on How to Paint rocks:

  1. Find rocks to paint. You can actually buy flat, clean rocks at places like Michael’s, Lowes and Home Depot or go to the beach and get your own. You might need to wash them first.
  2. Paint – I suggest quality paint pens. Pasca paint pens seem to be the best and are only sold on the internet from places like Amazon. Sharpie paint pens are also really good. Paint pens come in different tip sizes, extra fine is best for detail while medium can fill in large areas. If you are comfortable with real paint and brushes go for it. But me, I like the paint pens. Regular markers don’t work very well. It has to be paint pens.
  3. Sealant – you do have to seal the rocks if you plan on placing them outside. Otherwise our rainy weather will erode the paint off. I recommend Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch 2X 12 oz. Gloss Clear General Purpose Spray Paint. The first coat has to go on from about 15″ away and super light. If you use to much it will make your paint run and ruin your hard work. After that first light coat dries you can get a little closer and hit it with more spray. 3-4 coats works well. Let dry between. Use outdoors, it stinks.Extras – a heatgun works great to dry paint fast so you can put another coat, layer or color on. Or just get it ready to hide faster.Magnets can make your rocks stick to the fridge.Hot glue gun to glue on googly eyes or?Remember to write “Burien Rocks” on the back and ask them to post a pic. That’s how this group will grow.

Community Rummage Sale will be Sunday, June 4 at Normandy Park Cove

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 17:12

A Community Rummage Sale will be held on Sunday, June 4, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Normandy Park Cove.

The sale will take place inside and outside of the Cove Building.

“Bargains will abound at this all-out community sale, 40+ families will be selling their treasures and trinkets, junk and jewels, you might just find anything here.”

The Cove is located at 1500 SW Shorebrook Dr. SW in Normandy Park, WA 98166:

PHOTOS: Sneak peek of Apollo exhibit at the Museum of Flight; opens Saturday

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 15:23

On Thursday morning (May 18), Elston and Jackline Hill had the privilege of attending the press preview of the new Apollo exhibit at the Museum of Flight, which opens this Saturday, May 20.

The centerpiece of this exhibit is the F-1 Rocket that boosted the Saturn V rockets to the moon. The rocket was lost at sea for 43 years until discovered and raised by Seattle-based Bezos Expeditions in 2013.

The person who led this endeavor was David Concannon. He was contacted by Jeff Bezos to lead this effort in 2012. The F-1 rocket is the most powerful rocket ever built. Sixty-five F-1 rockets flew with zero failures. The rocket at the museum was found at 14,000 feet, much deeper than the Titanic. The F-1 Rockets that Bezos and Concannon recovered will be displayed beginning May 20 as part of the new Apollo space exhibit at the Museum of Flight. Below, David Concannon at the museum (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Below is the F-1 rocket that launched the second manned mission to the moon. The rockets fell back into the ocean and remained there for 43 years. Bezos also brought up the F-1 rocket that powered the first manned flight to the moon. That rocket he gave to the Smithsonian. The aged and sculptural artifacts still show the scars of their service and the four decades of resting at sea.

The fuel injector for the rocket was also recovered.

NASA has loaned the museum a spare F-1 Rocket that was never used. This rocket weighs 20,000 pounds. It was initially intended for Apollo 16, until a test stand fire required it to undergo substantial refurbishment. The Museum of Flight is huge with many big airplanes such as a Boeing 747 and a Boeing 787 and an Air Force One. The F-1 Rocket below is more powerful than all the other aircraft in the museum combined.

The first Apollo command module delivered to NASA for testing and training.

The Apollo exhibit also includes many other artifacts including a lunar roving moon buggy, the only Viking Mars lander on earth, space suits, and a Moon rock pictured below. This rock was collected from Block Crater by Apollo 12 Mission Commander Pete Conrad.

Also at the exhibit are two styrofoam cups sent down on the unmanned submarines that went to the Titanic and the F-1 rocket. The pressure shrunk these cups. As you can see, the cup that went down to the F-1 rockets shrunk the most.

An interesting fact about the mission that David led – when asked to do the venture, Concannon assembled a group of 100 support people to help him, most of them from Seattle.

Jeff Bezos’ interest in the Apollo flight began as a five-year old when he watched the first Apollo mission take off. On Saturday, an hour before the Apollo exhibit opens, Bezos will be talking to a group of students and taking their questions. He hopes that this exhibit will inspire many more five year olds to be as creative as the original manned mission to the moon.

The Museum of Flight is one terrific museum. Jackie and I have annual memberships and visit frequently. There is always something new to see. We never get bored. We are so fortunate to have one of the top, if not the top, flight museums on the planet so close to us.

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E Marginal Way S. in Tukwila:

REMINDER: Normandy Park Arts Festival is this weekend!

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 09:43

Poster art by 2016 arts festival “People’s Choice” award winner Crystal Campbell

REMINDER: The Normandy Park Arts Festival will be held this weekend – May 20-21, 2017 – with an Art Show/Competition & Awards, paintings, sculptures, photography, mixed media and more.

The event will be held at Normandy Park City Hall, located at 801 SW 174th Street.

Art will be judged by Bryan Ohno & Donna Trent, and there will also be vendors of local arts & crafts food, treats & coffee.

Saturday, May 20: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.:

  • Artist Sam Sneke live demo: morning
  • Cascade Middle School live music: 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
  • Ranger & the re-arrangers (jazz): 12 p.m.

Sunday, May 21: 12 – 4 p.m.:

  • Marvista Elementary School Marimba Band: 1 p.m.

Art competition entry/display forms, vendor applications & event updates: normandyparkartsfestival.com

Normandy Park City Hall is located at 801 SW 174th Street:

PHOTOS BY ISABEL: Highline Pirates boys soccer wins exciting playoff game

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 07:52

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Now in her third year(!) with more great work is our youngest-ever Contributor – 12-year old Isabel Herbruger – Local Girl Scout, 4-H member, and aspiring photojournalist. We encourage residents of all ages to submit stories and photos for posting – for consideration, please email yours to editor@b-townblog.com!]

Photos and Story by Isabel Herbruger, age 12

The Highline Pirates played Columbia River on May 16, 2017, in Vancouver WA.

The Pirates lead 2-0 at the half, but Columbia River did not give up easily. With six minutes left in the game, they tied it at 3-3. After ten minutes of overtime play, it was still tied. Five penalty kicks by each team would have to decide the game. On the fourth kick, the Pirate goalie blocked the shot, giving the Pirates the win!

The Pirates are now one of the top eight teams in the state!

The Pirates play Mountlake Terrace on Friday, May 19, 2017, at Highline Memorial Field at 7:30 p.m. The winner of the game advances to the top four, which play at Sunset Chevy Stadium in Sumner on May 26-27.

Click images to see larger versions/slideshow:

The Pirate baseball team is also in the top sixteen. They have their first playoff game on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Wheeler Field in Centralia, against Columbia River. All the rain this spring made it hard to get to their games.

There are also a few Pirate Track and Field athletes going to the West Central District meet this weekend at the Renton Memorial Stadium.

It will be a busy weekend for the Pirates!

For more photos and soccer stories, check out Highline Pirate Soccer.

Thank you for your time and consideration,
– Isabel H.

Taste Wines from Yakima Valley at Tin Room’s Wine Tasting this Thursday

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 09:00

From Advertiser The Tin Room Bar & Theater:

*** SAVE THE DATE *** “Spring Fever”
Wine Tasting ~ Thursday, May 18 | 5 pm~7pm
Paul Rin Wines from the Yakima Valley

Featured Wines

Southern White Blend, 2012
42% Marsanne, 27% Roussanne, 27% Viognier, 4% Chardonnay. Bright acidity, full fruit basket of flavors with a light, nutty finish. Enjoy with salads, pastas and your favorite shell fish and seafood.

Rosso, 2012
100% Sangiovese. Our homage to Chianti. Beautiful color, smooth mouth feel. Hints of vanilla with deep tart cherry pie and cola flavors. Pleasant and lingering finish. Try this with marinara sauced foods or your favorite pizza!

GSM, 2011
60% Syrah, 35% Grenache & 5% Mourvedre. Black cherry, sweet tobacco, star anise, blackroot, currants and a touch of white pepper on the palate. Herbs and cola notes on the fine finish. Pair it up with roasted red meats, especially lamb or a charcuterie plate.

GSM, 2012
34% Grenache, 33% Syrah, 33% Merlot. A smooth and pleasant wine that has a dusty minerality with bright fruit flavors bursting in your mouth. A cascading finish of herbs and dark fruit makes you want another sip. Enjoy this marvelous wine either as an aperitif or served with a mushroom risotto, hearty stew or red meat meal.

Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah blend
50% Cabernet, 50% Syrah. Dusty, chalky nose. Silky fruit structure of ripe pluminess with dark cherry flavors and toothy tannins. Pairs wonderfully with Kabobs & burgers on the bbq, steaks and ribs.

More info at http://tinroombar.com

The Tin Room is located at 923 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien:

PHOTOS: Sailboat regatta, ferries, tugs, construction & more

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 11:59

Elston Hill was out with his camera and he caught these great photos of the Seattle Yacht Club’s Tri-Island Vashon Island Regatta #2 (starting at Shilshole, then around Vashon/Maury Island then back), held on Saturday, May 13 (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Also, Elston was out and about on Friday, when he shot these pics:

“Normally, one does not see ferries travel by Burien…but this last week has been different. Washington State Ferries took delivery of the Chimacum on April 7, and is now putting it through sea trials and crew familiarization. The Chimacum will replace an older ferry on the Seattle/Bremerton Route. On a recent morning, the Chimacum sailed south with Vashon Island in the background at 8:30 a.m.”

The Chimacum spent the morning traveling around the harbor in Tacoma before returning past Three Tree Point in the afternoon at 1:35 p.m. (with the vehicle carrier Morning Crystal in the background):

One fun thing about Burien is the variety of marine traffic that is visible from Seahurst Park and other beaches:

Tugs look funny pushing barges:

Lots of home improvements in Burien. And with our narrow streets, it was quite a challenge for this truck driver to remove a big trash bin this morning. Indeed, when we complimented him on his success, he told us with a worried face that at one point it felt like the truck was going to tip over:

The sign near Three Tree Point says the construction period will end December 28, 2016. Progress is slow in Burien:

Burien Film Festival seeking Sponsors – here’s how YOU (& your biz) can help

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 19:05

Photo by Michael Brunk | nwlens.com

The Burien Film Festival (BFF) is offering sponsorship opportunities for its upcoming 2017 season!

Choose your level of sponsorship and receive exclusive opportunities for exposure to a dynamic audience through a unique mixture of access, exposure, placement and recognition at this year’s event.

BFF was born out of a love for film arts, and an awareness that we need to bring positive attention to Burien. The Burien-centric Short Film Contest highlights Burien neighborhoods and businesses, and supports, through cash prizes, Burien’s top filmmakers.

Burien is home to so many gems and sometimes the best parts of Burien don’t get enough media attention. We want people to come to Burien, bringing their dollars and sense, to experience what makes Burien awesome (to borrow Discover Burien’s mantra).

This year BFF has added two short film contests to our roster for a total of three:

  • Burien-centric 5 min Short Film Contest
  • Student 10 min Short Film Contest – (we want to encourage and support our students, too)
  • Open Short Film Contest – we have attracted over 700 international filmmakers!!

BFF was founded in 2015 by Shelli Park and John White after making the circuit of film festivals in support of the ‘Maury Island Incident’. Both Park and White support the arts and economic development in Burien and, with their festival experiences, decided Burien needed a film festival. Burien Film Festival brings regional, national, and international attention to Burien through the addition of two contests, Student and Open.

We have had an outpouring of international entries for the Open Film Contest, so we are adding a Film Crawl in Olde Burien on June 24th to expand the opportunities to view the world through short film.

Statistics: In 2016, BFF attracted 2400 people, a 600% increase in audience from 2015. The audience comes from around the region. We project attendance to be close to 3000 with this year’s enhanced marketing plan involving multi-tiered community outreach in the Greater Seattle Area and bringing more entertainment options, spreading the event over four days.

Here are the Sponsorship Levels:

  • Burien Community Partner: $100.00
 As a Burien Community Partner you will benefit by having small Logo Placement on BFF on Event Handbills and Collateral Program Material; Logo Placement on Sponsor Page of BFF website; Designated Space at Event for Specific Company Promotions; Distribution of Products or Promotional Pieces to Event Attendees in Swag Bag; BFF Supporter sticker.
  • Hollywood Agent Sponsor: $ 500.00
 As a Hollywood Agent, two company representatives will have access to the VIP seating at your chosen area (stage or screen); small Logo Placement on BFF on Event Handbills and Collateral Program Material; Logo Placement on Sponsor Page of BFF website; Logo Placement on Pre-Screening Trailer shown at The Tin Theater and Columbia City Theater (at least 20 film showings); Designated Space at Event for Specific Company Promotions; Distribution of Products or Promotional Pieces to Event Attendees in Swag Bag; Written recognition on Event Brochure and Website; Opportunity to place a 1⁄8 page black and white advertisement in BFF brochure which will be distributed to event attendees; BFF Supporter sticker.

*** All Sponsorship Levels of $750.00 and above (listed below) will be invited to a special Evening at Forest Ledge, the home of John White and Shelli Park, complete with appetizers, cocktails and entertainment. ***

  • Silver Screen Star Sponsor: $750.00 As a Silver Screen Star, four company representatives will have access to the VIP seating at your chosen area (stage or screen); medium Logo Placement on BFF on Event Handbills and Collateral Program Material; Logo Placement on Sponsor Page of BFF website; Logo Placement on Pre-Screening Trailer shown at The Tin Theater (at least 20 film showings); Designated Space at Event for Specific Company Promotions; Distribution of Products or Promotional Pieces to Event Attendees in Swag Bag; Written recognition on Event Brochure and Website; Opportunity to place a 1⁄4 page black and white advertisement in BFF brochure which will be distributed to event attendees, BFF Supporter sticker.
  • BFF Park Outdoor Theater Sponsor – June 22: $2000.00 As BFF Park Outdoor Theater Sponsor, your company’s name will grace the screen on a 15 ft. banner (The (Company Name) Stage); Six Company Representatives will have access to VIP seating at the screening area, ; plus the benefits listed in Hollywood Agent level, BFF Supporter plaque.
  • BFF Main Outdoor Theater Sponsor – June 24: $2500.00 As BFF Outdoor Theater Sponsor, your company’s name will grace the screen on a 15 ft. banner (The (Company Name) Stage); Six Company Representatives plus one guest each will have access to VIP seating at the screening area, and at the 909 beer garden near the screening area (six drinks and appetizer on us!); plus the benefits listed in Hollywood Agent level, BFF Supporter plaque.
  • BUFO Presenting Sponsor: $5000.00 As a presenting sponsor, your company name will accompany BUFO (Burien UFO Festival presented by Company Name ) on all media material and on both 20ft. banners; Six Company Representatives will have access to VIP seating at the stage and screening area, and at the Tin Room beer garden (six drinks and appetizer on us!); plus the benefits listed in Hollywood Agent level; BFF Supporter plaque.

2017 Burien Film Festival Schedule of Events:

Enjoy Old School Silent Cartoons with Live Musical Accompaniment by Three Innovative Bands – TBA

THURSDAY, June 22, 9 PM – 11 PM, Lake Burien School Park

FRIDAY, June 23, 7 PM – 11 PM, Forest Ledge: Industry Event held at Forest Ledge

SATURDAY, June 24, 11 AM – 12 PM Olde Burien, Washington: A full day of Short Films:

  • 11 AM – 6 PM: View the best of the BFF Short Film Contests at the Tin Theater
  • 4 PM – 8 PM: Join the Film Crawl for International Entries; Beer Gardens; Food Trucks; Live Bands; Fun Activities;
  • 8 PM – 9:20 PM: BFF Film Awards with Celebrity MC;
  • 9:30PM:  Watch the Best of the Best BFF Films on the 26′ Outdoor Screen.

SUNDAY, June 24, 11 AM – 1:30 PM: The Tin Theater:

Special Showing of the award-winning “Maury Island Incident” with live Commentary by Director/Producer Scott Schaefer, Writer/Producer Steve Edmiston, and an Actor – with stories, humor and fun facts while enjoying this Burien Cult Classic. (Mystery Science Theatre 3000-style!)

Celebration of Washington Senate Resolution 8648, and the impetus for BFF. – Ticketed Event with Brunch

Your participation in making this community event bigger and better is deeply appreciated. You make it possible to continue to strengthen Burien’s positive visibility in the region, build community and support the arts.

Payment information: Please make your check to the “Burien Film Festival”

Direct any questions to Event Director Shelli Park:

REMINDER: Great seats available at the door for Mother’s Day weekend concerts

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 12:42

REMINDER: On Mother’s Day – this Sunday, May 14 at 2 p.m. – ChoralSounds Northwest (CSN) will deliver a choral bouquet about, in honor of, and remembering Moms, which makes for a great last-minute gift!

This concert is part of a weekend filled with choral music from the choruses of Northwest Associated Arts.

As always, CSN and the Youth Choruses encourage families to attend with their affordable Youth Ticket Program. Parents and adults looking for a risk-free way to introduce their children to the joys of choral music can bring young guests for FREE. Youth under age 17 can attend for free when accompanied by a paid adult.

Under the direction of Ryan Ellis, this concert includes favorites from the traditional choral repertoire, popular genres, and Broadway including stunning arrangements of Sting’s Fields of Gold, Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal by L’Estrange, a selection from Lauridsen’s Song of Roses, and Bobby McFerrin’s Psalm 23.

On Saturday, May 13 at 2pm, KidSounds, YouthSounds & TeenSounds Northwest present a varied and fun show titled Spring is in the Air. On Saturday, May 13 at 2pm, Directors Kerstin Shaffer and Colleen Thomas-Reitsma conduct an entertaining program that welcomes the sunshine with a song and a smile.

These Burien-based choruses are part of Northwest Associated Arts (NWAA), which has developed a loyal and growing following with family-friendly shows that offer much more than the usual “choral concert.”

Tickets can be purchased online here:

http://nwassociatedarts.org/cart/

Spring is in the Air
Youth Choruses: Saturday, May 13: 2 pm
Location: Highline Performing Arts Center – Burien
Tickets: $15 (17 & under free with a paid adult)

A Song for Mom
ChoralSounds: Sunday May 14: 2 pm
Location: Highline Performing Arts Center – Burien
Tickets: $20-25 (17 & under free with a paid adult)

The Highline Performing Arts Center is located at 401 S 152nd Street in Burien:

Ladies Musical Club will perform FREE in SeaTac Saturday night

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 08:52

Brazilian-born pianist Geisa Dutra is considered one of the world’s foremost performers of Latin American and Spanish art music. She has performed throughout Europe, North America and South America.

The Ladies Musical Club has been giving free local concerts around the Seattle area for 125 years, but this Saturday will b the first time they have performed in South King County.

This concert – which will be at the SeaTac Community Center at 7 p.m. – is FREE and open to the public.

The audience is invited to join the musicians for a reception and light refreshments following the concert.

More info at http://www.lmcseattle.org.

WHO: Ladies Musical Club of Seattle

WHAT: Music of Spain and Latin America – a free concert program featuring pianists Geisa Dutra and Yuliya Minina, flutist Elise Kim, oboist Gail Perstein, soprano Regina Thomas and classical guitarists from the Studio of Michael Partington

WHEN: Saturday, May 13, 7 p.m.

WHERE: SeaTac Community Center, 13735 24th Avenue S, SeaTac

Rotary Club giving away pair of tickets to Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival!

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 17:25

In anticipation of the 8th Annual Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival, The Rotary Club of Des Moines/Normandy Park is giving away a FREE pair of tickets!

Just click below to enter:

https://goo.gl/q52DAc

This year’s event – coming Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017 – will feature over 20 of the Northwest’s premiere Craft Beer Makers and the musical stylings of Polly O’Keary and The Rhythm Method, Willie & The Whips, Stacy Jones Band, and Lisa Mann.

100% of the net proceeds from this event go to worthy charities like Highline Music4Life, Dictionaries for Highline 3rd Graders, The Des Moines Area Food Bank and many many more.

Stay tuned to The B-Town Blog for more information…

Normandy Park Arts Festival will be held the weekend of May 20-21

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 13:50

Poster art by 2016 arts festival “People’s Choice” award winner Crystal Campbell

The Normandy Park Arts Festival will be held the weekend of May 20-21, 2017, with an Art Show/Competition & Awards, paintings, sculptures, photography, mixed media and more.

The event will be held at Normandy Park City Hall, located at 801 SW 174th Street.

Art will be judged by Bryan Ohno & Donna Trent, and there will also be vendors of local arts & crafts food, treats & coffee.

Saturday, May 20: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.:

  • Artist Sam Sneke live demo: morning
  • Cascade Middle School live music: 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
  • Ranger & the re-arrangers (jazz): 12 p.m.

Sunday, May 21: 12 – 4 p.m.:

  • Marvista Elementary School Marimba Band: 1 p.m.

Art competition entry/display forms, vendor applications & event updates: normandyparkartsfestival.com

Art can be dropped off at City Hall on May 17 from 5-8 p.m.

Normandy Park City Hall is located at 801 SW 174th Street:

Spend the Day with Mom at PowellsWood This Weekend

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 14:36

by Greg Wright

Good relationships require special care, and the intimate garden of PowellsWood is one super place to cultivate family bonds over Mother’s Day weekend. Whether it’s reminiscing about the old days while surrounded by spring blossoms, or introducing a new generation to an English-styled elegant experience, PowellsWood can’t be beat.

Called Federal Way’s “Secret Garden” by many, PowellsWood’s hedged walls and lay of the land create the illusion of being farther from the surrounding urban neighborhood than is actually the case. Mature trees and densely-planted perennial beds impart a sense that this garden has existed far longer than its twenty-five years. A stroll through this English-inspired garden has the power to transport you into another time and place… as completely as a flight across the Atlantic, except without the threat of fisticuffs or being barred on re-entry!

The garden’s standard admission rates apply this weekend, a bargain at $7.00 for adults and down from there. Children 5 and under are free.

Catch up over a pot of tea and goodies in the Garden Sun Room or on the patio. I can personally vouch for Diane Powell’s culinary expertise; you will love her lemon bars, 7-layer bars, shortbread, and chocolate chip cookies. Her scones with clotted cream are also not to be believed. No reservations are needed; just drop in for tea from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The garden will be open from 10 to 5.

After snacking, take an unhurried, exploratory stroll through the garden using the garden’s updated visitor’s guide and interpretive materials. Benches spaced throughout the garden rooms provide the perfect location to linger over a good conversation. Light picnicking is also permitted.

Sunday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm visitors may enjoy the music of harpist Victoria Norman. Ms. Norman will play a concert on the Garden Sun Room patio. Concert is included in garden admission.

A shuttle is provided from Sacajawea Park lot, just east of the garden at 1401 S. Dash Point Road; no on-site event parking is available. You won’t be waiting long for the lift, though, as PowellsWood’s new shuttle runs continuously.

If you haven’t visited before, why wait any longer? Make Mother’s Day extra-special without a lot of hassle.

Visit PowellsWood.org for more details.

PHOTOS BY ISABEL: Highline Pirate Boys Soccer team beats Fife in playoffs

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 12:32

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Now in her third year(!) with more great work is our youngest-ever Contributor – 12-year old Isabel Herbruger – Local Girl Scout, 4-H member, and aspiring photojournalist. We encourage residents of all ages to submit stories and photos for posting – for consideration, please email yours to editor@b-townblog.com!]

Photos and Story by Isabel Herbruger, age 12

The Highline High Pirate Boys Soccer team had an incredible playoff win Tuesday night (May 9) against the Fife Trojans down at Curtis High School in University Place. The Trojans scored early in the second half, taking a 1-0 lead. After two yellow cards were given to the Trojans, a penalty kick let the Pirates tie the game late in the second half. Becuase it was a play-off game, the game could not end in a tie. After two five-minute periods, it was still tied and it came down to penalty kicks.

The teams were evenly matched and played well. Both goalies had a hard time blocking the kicks, but Pirate goalie, senior Kevin Ortega, got one, giving the Pirates the win.

Click images to see larger versions/slideshow:

Their next game is this coming Saturday, May 13.

For more photos and soccer stories, check out Highline Pirate Soccer.

Thank you for your time and consideration,
– Isabel H.

REMINDER: ‘The Woodmont Dock Raid Story of Roy Olmstead’ is TONIGHT

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 09:48

REMINDER: Local historian/lawyer/writer Steve Edmiston (pictured, left) will present ‘The Woodmont Dock Raid – Story of Roy Olmstead’ at a fundraiser for the Des Moines Historical Society TONIGHT – Wednesday, May 10, from 7 – 9 p.m.

The event will take place at Des Moines United Methodist Church.

Here’s the overview of this compelling, local and historic true story (that should be made into a film!):

On Thanksgiving Day, 1925, Roy Olmstead, the Northwest’s most notorious and beloved bootlegger, was captured by federal Prohibition agents on the Woodmont Dock in Des Moines.

Local historian/lawyer/writer Steve Edmiston will discuss the details of what became known as “the Woodmont Dock Raid,” including:

  • the wire-tapping of Olmstead’s phones
  • the corruption that blanketed Olmstead’s arrest
  • the three trials (including the 89-defendant, largest trial in prohibition history)
  • the infamous U.S. Supreme Court search-and-seizure wiretapping decision in Olmstead v. U.S.
  • Olmstead’s time at the McNeil Island Federal Penitentiary
  • and his ultimate pardon – on Christmas Day, 1935 – by President Franklin Roosevelt.

Cost is $5 for society members, and $10 for the general public.

WHAT: “The Woodmont Dock Raid – Story of Roy Olmstead”

WHEN: Wednesday, May 10, from 7 – 9 p.m.

WHERE: Des Moines United Methodist Church, located at 22225 9th Ave S. (map below).

COST: $5 for Des Moines Historical Society members, and $10 for general public. Strawberry shortcake dessert provided.

Proceeds will support the Des Moines Historical Society’s future public programs and museum renovation.

For more info:

Break a leg for BAT at GiveBig TODAY!

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 08:43

TODAY – Wednesday, May 10 – is the 24 hours of GiveBig – and YOU can give big to Burien Actors Theatre HERE:

https://www.givebigseattle.org/burien-actors-theatre-1

Plus when you give big to BAT, BAT’s Trustees will match your gift up to $5,250!

GiveBig reminds me of a theater wish: “Break a leg.” At first, it does not sound like such a good thing, but it actually is.

The wish to break a leg comes from the theater’s Vaudeville days. Theaters would book the main act and then overbook the rest of night’s entertainment in case the main entertainment ran short. The house would “fill out the bill” with local artists who may or may not get to go on stage.

However, to get paid, the act had to go on stage. If you waited all night and did not get to go on, you did not get paid.

Legs are the vertical curtains on a stage. They hide the wings, which are just offstage, from the audience. You waited in the wings to see if you would get on stage, and hence get paid.

To get to the stage from the wings, you had to pass through, or “break,” the leg. So, to wish someone break a leg, was wish that they got on stage and got paid. Therefore, to wish that someone break a leg was a wish they be financially rewarded for their art, as opposed to waiting in the wings and not getting paid.

Please help BAT break a leg. Don’t make BAT wait in the wings on May 10. Support better live theater HERE – https://www.givebigseattle.org/burien-actors-theatre-1.

Or go to GiveBigSeattle.com and pick Burien Actors Theatre. Either way, give ’til you smile.

“Thank you for giving big to BAT!”

PHOTOS: Sea-Tac Airport goes to the dogs Tuesday – police K-9s that is…

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 17:01

A statewide K-9 training session was held at Sea-Tac Airport on Tuesday, May 9, and along with some eager, hardworking dogs, Elston and Jackline Hill (and their cameras) were there.

The event was planned and co-hosted by the Port and King County Sheriff’s Office, working with the WA Police Canine Association.

There were more than 120 K-9 teams from across the state working at events throughout the county, with the airport being just one of the sites.

Dogs and handlers trained in numerous scenarios, from airport explosives detection, to things at other sites including vehicle searches, tracking, obstacles, a fire tower and more.

Officers were from across the state, as well as from Portland, Spokane, King County and Port of Seattle Police. The Port of Seattle has 12 K-9’s, including 3 new ones, so travelers can expect to see them quite often while in the terminals.

Here’s more from Elston (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

At SeaTac airport today (Jackie between dog and officer):

 

Four different police agencies use dogs at the airport. The Port and TSA concentrate on explosives. Each dog is trained to look for a single scent. The agriculture department uses dogs to look for illegal plants and wildlife. The border patrol uses dogs to find illegal currency. The dogs are trained to stop only if the currency in a bag exceeds a certain large dollar amount:

Ever feel like you were being followed at the airport?:

This bag was simulated with explosives:

The dogs are rewarded with toys:

This hyperactive dog never slowed down. He was just a blur:

The officers at SeaTac pick up and train their dogs in San Antonio and an officer I talked takes his dog home at night:

The dogs are paid much less than minimum wage:

Me in the background:

I was curious about what is done to prevent theft of luggage at the carousels. In addition to officers in uniform, there are plain clothes officers, as well as cameras watching and taking pictures. Sometimes a thief will skip town before being identified. In that case, Sea-Tac circulates the photos to other airports such as Vancouver and San Francisco.

Free ‘Drum Fun for Adults’ will be at Town Square Park this Friday, May 12

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 12:36

The Burien Library, along with Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services will be hosting a FREE ‘Drum Fun for Adults’ this Friday, May 12, from 11 a.m. – Noon at Town Square Park:

Hand drumming is a wonderful way to increase coordination , boost stamina, sharpen memory, and lift your spirits! In this joyful “playshop”, use voice, body, hand percussion and drums (supplied) to explore the wonderful world of rhythm.

Before you know it, you will be making the music you love to dance to!

No musical background necessary.

Presented in partnership with Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services.

*** IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER – This event will be held in the Burien Library’s 1st floor Multipurpose Room ***

More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1661967584108040/

Town Square Park is located at SW 152nd Street & 5th Place SW:

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