Our friends at Burien Actors Theatre, hit hard by Tuesday’s arson fire at the Burien Annex (read our extensive coverage here), announced via social media Thursday morning that they have located a temporary space:
BAT located a temporary space. 206 SW 153rd in Burien. Friday will be pay-what-you-can tech run. “Full” shows on Dec 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22.
— BurienActorsTheatre (@BAT_tweeting) December 12, 2013
This Friday’s performance of “Coney Island Christmas” (read our review here) will start at 8:30 p.m., and all other shows are at the regular times – Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.
The folks at BAT added:
“THANK YOU Highline Historical Society for making this possible! Please let the Burien City Council know that you want them to rebuild the existing theater space that was fire damaged and to support BAT in its time of need – [email protected].”
If you’d like to help BAT, you can donate online HERE, or mail a check to BAT, P.O. Box 48121, Burien, WA 98148…OR attend one (or more) of their performances!
Ticket prices range from $7 to $20.
Bring nonperishable food for local food bank and get $2 off ticket price.
For tickets or information, go online to www.burienactorstheatre.org or call 206-242-5180.
Burien Family Chiropractic will be holding a Holiday Open House & Craft Sale this Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
“Come meet the amazing people at Burien Family Chiropractic and get some holiday shopping done!” reads an announcement. “Patients, employees & friends will be there selling one-of-a-kind items!”
jewelry – ornaments – home décor tasty treats – baby gifts – accessories – more!
Burien Family Chiropractic is located at 15858 1st AVE S. A104, Burien, between Trader Joe’s & Albertsons.
Open to the public! Bring your friends and family!
For more information, contact Jen Manchester at 206-250-8940.
Our friends at Burien Actors Theatre (BAT) – as well as the Hi-Liners (and some other local non-profits) – suffered greatly from an arson fire on Tuesday morning (read our extensive coverage here), that investigators are estimating to have caused over $150,000 in damages.
If you’d like to help the folks at BAT, who are still looking for a place to perform “Coney Island Christmas,” you can donate online HERE, or mail a check to BAT, P.O. Box 48121, Burien, WA 98148.
“As you can imagine, I and my co-director, and all of us involved with the show have been experiencing a sense of shock, loss and disbelief,” said Rochelle Flynn on her Facebook Page. “However, we have received a tremendous outpouring of love and support from our cast, crew, other theatres, and the community at large. We are moving forward. We are looking into alternative spaces locally and hope to have one secured by tomorrow, move in on Thursday, restage the show on Friday and reopen on Saturday. As the cliché goes, the show must go on!”
[EDITOR'S NOTE: We hope to also post about how Readers can help the other victims of this fire, so stay tuned...]
Eric Dickman of BAT is allowing us to re-post his blog post about the fire:
As you may have heard there was a fire at BAT. Right now the cause is believed to have been arson. That is not as important as the fact that no one was hurt.
BAT is halfway through its run of “Coney Island Christmas.” BAT is looking for an interim space and hopes to complete the run of this show, even if BAT must miss this Friday. More on that as BAT locates a space and determines what it will take to move-in and tech the show.
BAT has been overwhelmed with good wishes and offers to help, from patrons and the greater theater community. How wonderful that is cannot be put into words. BAT-fans are unbelievable. In this dark time BAT-fans are a bright ray of hope.
The cast, crew and tech people involved with “Coney Island Christmas” could not be better. They have offered to help in every possible way. It brings tears to our eyes. Their outpouring of love for each other and for BAT is overwhelming.
So what can you do to help BAT? Right now your tax deductible donation, if that is possible, would make a big difference. A wonderful donor stepped up at the beginning of “Coney Island Christmas” and agreed to match the first $2,500 donated to BAT during the show. BAT has never needed your help and that match more than it does now. You can donate online HERE, or mail a check to BAT, P.O. Box 48121, Burien, WA 98148.
As soon as BAT finds an interim space we will post the schedule for the rest of “Coney Island Christmas.” Of course, if any dates are missed there will be refunds.
Like Eliot Baker (and numerous other Writers we’ve profiled before), Rob is a Burien native as well, graduating from Highline High School in 1992. Prior to that he attended Sylvester, Shorewood, Hazel Valley and Sunnydale.
He was also an Eagle Scout from Troop #360 out of Lake Burien Presbyterian Church.
“My mother still lives in Burien and we head down from Seattle to visit and hit the antique stores,” he said. “And my brother David was on the Burien Arts Commission until recently.”
Rob’s book – Lost Seattle – is “about stuff that used to be in Seattle but isn’t anymore,” he said. “I assembled photos and wrote it earlier this year, drawing on my familiarity with local archives and passion for Seattle history. I’m certain that there is something for everyone in this book, even my fellow historians. But it’s mostly a coffee table book with large, high quality peeks into old Seattle. If your feet are Paul Bunyan sized it will make a great stocking stuffer.”
Rob will be holding a book talk and signing this coming Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. at the downtown Seattle library (http://www.spl.lib.wa.us/about-the-library/library-news-releases/rob-ketcherside-1214). The Seattle Channel will be taping the library talk, and that might be up on their site later in the month. There was a great article in The Seattle Times by Paul Dorpat, and Capitol Hill Seattle Blog ran an excerpt recently to coincide with the official publication date.
Aside from Writing, Rob works in the tech industry, at EMC in Pioneer Square, where he makes file storage appliances.
“It’s cool to think that some of the digital archives that I drew from had their images sitting on our hardware,” he said.
What’s next for this creative Burienite?
“I’m pretty sure that my next book will involve Seattle’s street clocks,” he said. “I’m helping a friend research his book on Seattle’s clockmaker Joseph Mayer, but there is enough material for several takes on the subject. I did a tour of Seattle’s clocks for the Seattle Architecture Foundation and MOHAI for a couple of years, and I’m keeping a chronicle of every clock in Seattle. I just need to find the time to pull my thoughts together!”
Another side project Rob does is called “rephotography” – start with an old image and then take the same scene today. Here’s a set in Burien, of the old end of the line of the Burien streetcar: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tigerzombie/8400730356/
He also wrote a number of history articles for Capitol Hill Seattle Blog with more sophisticated blended images – check those out here.
To learn more about Rob, visit http://ro-ket.com.
To buy his book, click below:
There is a secret Santa in Burien, more specifically near the hairpin turn at Maplewild Ave SW and SW 156th Street.
Maybe Secret Santa (SS) is in cahoots with the shell fairy? For those of you not in the know – the Shell Fairy leaves clam shells and the like along the Indian Trail.
Those traveling up or down Maplewild though can feast their eyes on Burien’s own Charlie Brown tree – what’s not to love?
Secret Santa has left his mark on this sweet little Christmas tree on Maplewild:
And for those of you who haven’t completed your Christmas shopping . . . have you checked out The Estate House? The Estate House offers Antiques and Collectables from various dealers. You will find the most amazing pieces at exceptional prices. We designed this store around the art of purchasing! We want our buyers to go home with a unique treasure.
I visited Cynthia, Michelle and Daisy yesterday. What a treat. I found a quite a few things I wanted. This is one time you will enjoy visiting the dentist office. haha The building used to be a dentist office. And finally, from yours truly. I’m still operating my Etsy shop. VINTAGE . RUSTIC . RETRO . INDUSTRIAL . DECOR . Shipping free for those 98166 zip code
As we first reported Thursday, Dec. 5, the donut-shaped (or innertube-shaped depending on your age) sculpture ‘Taurus,’ designed by Thomas Lindsey and in place at Burien’s Seahurst Park since 1977, has been removed and decommissioned for restoration work.
According to the city’s website:
“Taurus” is a large-scale, non-representational sculpture constructed of a central painted steel ring and horizontal cedar planks bound together by steel ties. The steel and wood are suspended on two concrete pillars. The sculpture was commissioned in 1977 by the King County Arts Commission and will be deaccessioned in 2013 for the upcoming major restoration of the north beach at Seahurst Park.
Thomas A. Lindsey is a sculptor and architect residing on Guemes Island in the San Juan Islands.
This news generated some interesting Comments on the blog:
They should keep the “Donut” sculpture and relocated it to the police station in Burien. Kind of a shrine for cops.
Hot debate. What do you think?
I certainly hope that they don’t discard Taurus! While I do admit I got a good chuckle at Chris suggestion – I would at least hope they could relocate the sculpture at Dotty Harper Park down in the woods or whatever.
Found the artists (Thomas A. Lindsay) website: http://www.talindsey.com/ Perhaps he’ll have some input on where the Taurus sculpture will go. I do feel that simply “discarding” it is not the right action. City of Burien?
H says:December 7, 2013 at 1:27 am
I agree, it seems disrespectful to just discard something that’s been at the park for so long.
Courtney says:December 8, 2013 at 11:00 pm
Taurus is part of the park and been there approaching 40 years. It’s part of the parks history, identity, and certainly shouldn’t be discarded but included in the new plans and not at some other location.
The city responded with this release on Monday, Dec. 9:
In 1977, The King County Arts Commission (now 4Culture) commissioned Washington artist Thomas Lindsey to create a piece of public art for Seahurst Park. This fabulous park on the shores of the sound in Burien deserved a fabulous piece of art, and “Taurus” was installed, built from steel, cedar, and concrete.
The piece was installed by the artist with the understanding that the life space of the materials was limited. The piece was enjoyed by visitors for over three decades, much longer that Mr. Lindsey expected.
In 2011, with plans being developed to restore the Seahurst shoreline to its original condition, Burien Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services staff and arts commission worked with the owner of the sculpture, 4Culture, to determine the best options for the piece. Due to the new layout of the beach the piece could not stay in its original location.
The city spent two years working with 4Culture and Mr. Lindsey to find a solution. All options were considered including moving the piece to a new location. Federal regulations mandate copyright rules on public art, so the artist’s thoughts about the piece were honored as the process developed.
In the end the final decision by the artist and the 4Culture Public Art Committee was to de-accession the piece due to the degraded quality of the materials. The artist was thrilled that his art was able to enliven our park for so many years, and lives on in the communities’ memories and photographs.
The City is now working to develop a new piece of public art for Seahurst Park. Please watch the city website for more information as the process develops!
So…what do YOU think? Should ‘Taurus’ find a new home? Or is its natural life over? Please Comment or take our Poll below:Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.
Burien Arts’ John Unbehend sent us the following photos, which depict a different view of the annual Christmas Boat Parade – from on board:
“We were lucky to be invited on the cruise by Steve and Diane Sewell who took a number of us on their boat Personal Days,” Unbehend told us. “The folks on 3 Tree Point greeted us with a rousing fireworks salute! We also got a similar welcome in Redondo. Great time with good friends. Since many of us have seen the parade from land I thought you’d enjoy the view from within the parade!”
A Kid’s Santa Party, with Santa, balloon animals, desserts, and arts & crafts for kids and families will be Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Normand Park Cove.
“Come on down for your family photo with Santa!”
The Normandy Park Cove is located at 1500 SW Shorebrook Drive (map below):
A Normandy Park tradition with over 40 vendors showing off their handcrafted treasures – come to the Normandy Park Holiday Bazaar at the Cove on Saturday, Dec. 7.
The Normandy Park Cove is located at 1500 SW Shorebrook Drive (map below):
There are a LOT of holiday-related activities going on this weekend, with the Discover Burien Winterfest, tree lightings, concerts, fundraisers, plays and at least seven bazaars/sales going on!
Here are this weekend’s B-Town Haps:
FRIDAY, DEC. 6:
- Fernwood at the Park holding Holiday Bazaar Dec. 6 and 7
- KidSounds, TeenSounds, YouthSounds to perform ‘Season of Lights’ Dec. 6
- Boeing Employees Choir to benefit Highline Music Program Friday, Dec. 6
- It’ll be an ‘Old Fashioned Tree Lighting’ at Big Catch Plaza this Friday, Dec. 6
- Burien Actors Theatre’s ‘Coney Island Christmas’ continues through Dec. 22
SATURDAY, DEC. 7:
- Southgate Eastern Star holding annual Holiday Bazaar Saturday, Dec. 7
- Seattle Christian School’s annual Christmas Bazaar will be Saturday, Dec. 7
- Annual Tyee Holiday Bazaar will be Saturday, Dec. 7
- Kennedy Catholic High School’s Arts & Crafts Fair will be Saturday, Dec. 7
- ‘Buy local, buy handmade…’ Moshier Holiday Pottery Sale will be Dec. 7
- Discover Burien’s annual Winterfest will be Saturday, Dec. 7
- Fernwood at the Park holding Holiday Bazaar Dec. 6 and 7
- Normandy Park’s first-ever tree lighting ceremony will be Saturday, Dec. 7
- White Center Tree Lighting will be this Saturday, Dec. 7 at Triangle Park
- Para Los Niños fundraising dinner will be this Saturday, Dec. 7
- ChoralSounds Northwest brings ‘Joy to the World’ with Dec. 7 holiday concert
- Burien Actors Theatre’s ‘Coney Island Christmas’ continues through Dec. 22
SUNDAY, DEC. 8:
MONDAY, DEC. 9:
To see all the events going on around B-Town, check out our extensive Events Calendar.
Everyone is interested in money – how to get it, how to spend it, how to keep it.
Now Burien artist Marge Ellsworth is presenting a brand new way to look at money in an exhibit at Burien Press (423 SW 152nd Street) through December.
Her 15 colorful digital art collages feature fantastic figures—all made from money. You will have to look closely to see all the interesting details in her work.
The collages are titled with such wonderfully weird names as “Attack of the Money Zombies,” “Flying Lighthouses of the Apocalypse and “Nude Money in Hell.”
Ellsworth will be at Burien Press tonight – Thursday, Dec. 5 from 6-9 p.m. as part of the December B-Townbeat Music and Art Walk.
Ellsworth earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles and Seattle.
All her artwork can be viewed at www.margeryellsworth.com.
Our friends at the Burien Arts Gallery want our Readers to know that they’ll be holding a Holiday Art & Gift show during the B-Town Beat Music and Art Walk Thursday, Dec. 5th.
“Artists United and Burien Arts has affordable art and jewelry and pottery, and more!”
SUPPORT THE MARKETING OF A LOCAL FILM!
And not only will great Art and Gifts be on sale, but so will collectible T-Shirts for “The Maury Island Incident” film:
These unique branded shirts commemorate the locally-produced film, which was shot in the Burien area last summer.
Cost is just $20 per t-shirt, and all proceeds will go towards entering the movie in film festivals! More info on the film is available here: www.mauryislandincident.com.
Burien Arts Gallery is located at 826 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien (206-244-7808).
ALSO – CAN YOU HELP BURIEN ARTS (A 501(C)3, TAX DEDUCTIBLE NON-PROFIT)?
Burien Arts needs:
- Small office desk with drawers
- Expertise in lighting our glass case
If anyone can donate those items to Burien Arts, please call (206) 244-7808.
John and Teresa White have loaned out their historic 1953 Bosendorfer (pictured above) – a rare piano rooted in Burien – to the B-Town Beat Art and Music Walk scheduled for Thursday night, Dec. 5.
The piano will be featured at the Keller Williams Realty office, located at 455 SW 152nd Street. Local musicians Ryan Burns and David Templeton will play from 6:15 p.m. – 8 p.m., then afterwards it will be available to anyone who wants to play it.
Nearly two years ago, the Whites purchased a Seahurst Mansion better known as the “Sprague Mansion,” which was built in 1911 by Holister Sprague, first lawyer for Bill Boeing of Boeing Aircraft.
The house came with three pianos – a 1921 Model D 9-foot Steinway, an 1867 Steinway Square, and a 1953, 92-key Bosendorfer Model 275 concert flugel, better known as the “Viennese Art of Pianos – a Living Legend.”
John immediately set out to have all three pianos fully restored, hiring piano tuner/repairman Nathan Jensen. Nathan also plays piano for the Northwest Ballet. Nathan had to replace all the strings and spent months on the tasks but finally completed his work. Nathan will fine tune the piano at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday at its location at Keller-Williams Realty.
“I love the B-Town Beat and seeing the old Bosendorfer get some use makes my heart sing,” White said. “It was a struggle to get the 1300 pound Bosendorfer up the 700-foot steeply sloped driveway but we made it.”
The B-Town Beat group recruited many volunteers including heavy lifters from Crossfit Burien to lift the massive piano off John’s trailer and into Keller-William’s lobby. John plans to sponsor a piano playing contest for all Burien piano players. This contest will start in January and be carried out by B-Town Beat organizers.
“Stay tuned and please come hear this rare Pride-of-Burien piano in action – see you Thursday night,” White added.
REMINDER: Discover Burien’s annual ‘Winterfest’ is this Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in downtown Burien.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., stroll streets decked out in their holiday best while enjoying live singing by the Marvista Elementary School choir, photos with Santa for people and canines, in-store specials, a scavenger hunt at local businesses, holiday crafts for kids, horse-and-carriage rides and hot treats.
Make holiday shopping a breeze, fuel efficient and cost effective with Winterfest. Not only will there be in-store specials and gift-wrapping at some businesses, Burien’s small shops also offer out-of-the-ordinary presents. Gift ideas range from handcrafted chocolate and jewelry to the best in affordable fine wines, pet care, cute and comfortable shoes, facials and more. Beat the chill with free hot treats like cocoa and spiced cider at various shops.
Whether human or hound, free photo ops with Santa abound from 10 to 3 p.m. People can pose with jolly old Saint Nicholas at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest Real Estate (930 SW 152nd Street). The family pooch can join SantaDog at The Mark Restaurant & Bar (918 SW 152nd Street).
Win a shopping spree through a scavenger hunt at local businesses. At each participating store get a secret word. Then combine the words to form the correct sentence. Bring the sentence to the yellow Winterfest information tent to be entered into a drawing for a shopping spree at Burien businesses. While there, grab a Winterfest guide with a map of scavenger hunt locations. The guide is also available at participating shops. Find the yellow Winterfest information tent at Burien Town Square, SW 152nd Street and 5th Place SW.
Get into the holiday spirit with the sounds of the season sung by the Marvista Elementary School choir at 2:30 p.m. in Olde Burien. The wee ones can play with holiday crafts from noon to 4 p.m. at Collins Chiropractic (619 SW 152nd Street).
Take a load off weary feet with a free festive horse-and-carriage ride from Noon to 4 p.m. along SW 152nd Street between Olde Burien and Burien Town Square.
Sponsors of the Winterfest event are Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest Real Estate and the Discover Burien Association. Dr. Jim Coleman and El Dorado West are sponsoring the horse and carriage rides. Other activity sponsors include Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest Real Estate, Collins Chiropractic, the Mark Restaurant & Bar, and Marvista Elementary School. Discover Burien is a nonprofit organization that works on the economic development, promotion and marketing of the city.
The event centers on SW 152nd Street in downtown Burien and Olde Burien, from 1st Ave South to 10th Ave SW.
For more information on Winterfest, call (206) 433-2882 or (206) 941-7199, or go online to www.discoverburien.com.
Burien native Eliot Baker has released his debut novel – “The Last Ancient” – a historical mystery/supernatural suspense tale, which is now available at Amazon.com (link above), as well as at burstbooks.ca.
Eliot, a 1995 graduate of Highline High School, also attended Marvista, Sylvester, and briefly Lakeside before that.
“My book, a historical mystery/supernatural suspense tale, takes place on Nantucket Island, where I worked as a reporter for several years,” he told The B-Town Blog. “I currently live in Finland, but still call Burien home, as my dad and many friends still live there.”
Eliot is the youngest of four boys, born and raised in Normandy Park.
His father, Dr. Gordon Baker, has had an allergy clinic on Ambaum Blvd. SW for over 40 years.
Eliot is thrilled with how cool Burien has become over the last 10 years. When in town, he eats gluten-free burgers at Elliott Bay Brew Pub for dinner, and downs five tacos at a time at Taqueria El Riconsito for lunch. He does this every day because, amongst Finland’s many towering social achievements, good burgers and tacos are not amongst them.
“I always knew I would be a writer, even as a wee pudgy lad attending Marvista Elementary school, Lakeside Junior High School and Sylvester Middle School,” he added. “I just wasn’t sure what kind. Not by the time I graduated from Highline High School in 1995. Not even when I graduated from Pitzer College in 1999.”
First, I tried following in the footsteps of my mother, local author Sharon Baker. She published three sci-fi novels before she lost her battle with pancreatic cancer in 1991, when I was fourteen. Despite not knowing what I was doing as a 22-year-old first-time novelist, my 180,000-word behemoth manuscript actually got representation from an agent. Then it floundered. Gasped. Kicked its feet. Died. I was bummed.
So I turned to science. Discarding my novelist aspirations, I went to the Harvard Extension School to get a post-baccalaureate in pre-medical studies. In Boston, I worked as a research assistant at Harvard Medical School, studying brain blood flow in elderly people, as well as sleep deprivation in young and middle aged people, keeping them awake for 86 hours at a time.
Medicine wasn’t for me. Instead, I got my Master’s of Science Journalism from Boston University and loved every second of it. I worked first for the Harvard Health Letters and then landed a dream job as a reporter for the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror.
Nantucket is far more than a mere limerick. The Little Grey Lady of the Sea is one of America’s oldest, most historical towns, an island of exceptional charm and beauty. With a heavy heart I left the island in 2010 to raise a family in Finland, where I’ve since set up a science-and-academic editing business while teaching communication at the local university (and, recently, I’ve started singing for a heavy metal band to combat Finland’s unrelenting winter darkness).
In 2011, I set about fulfilling my lifelong dream of writing and publishing a novel. The days were getting darker and colder, and I missed Nantucket and regular writing binges, so I packed up my laptop and spent long, cold weekends alone typing in a snowy cabin without plumbing in the Finnish wilderness. My most exciting part of the day was lighting the fire in the sauna stove and staring at the placid lake while conjuring up a world of mythological creatures, diabolical conspiracies, and larger-than-life characters battling it out on the island.
All work and no play did not make me a dull boy. It made me an author. I wrote my first two drafts over nine months, came back home to Burien, and attended the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association Conference at the Sheraton on International Blvd. There, I pitched “The Last Ancient” to J. Ellen Smith, publisher of Champagne Books. And now here we are: On Dec. 2nd, “The Last Ancient” will be released digitally via Amazon.com, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and via the Champagne Books website, champagnebooks.com. The print run will come soon after, hopefully by January. Book tours will follow. I hereby promise that anyone who attends a Burien book signing, or who can verify your B-Town cred at a Seattle signing, will get an especially awesome inscription.
And here’s a synopsis of the book:
The Last Ancient, by Eliot Baker
Pulitzer-nominated reporter, Simon Stephenson knows he must write the story. Billions of lives and dollars are at stake. Maybe he should even kill the mythological creature hunting on Nantucket. That’s what a mysterious French chemist and Simon’s best friend, a charming Greek hit man, tell him.
Trouble is, he’s falling in love with the creature. And She doesn’t want him to write the story. She wants something else. Something only he can give.
He needs to put it all together. The ancient coins are the key. Someone or something is leaving them at deer mutilations and murder scenes around the island. Looking in places he’d never imagined possible, Simon confronts a diabolical conspiracy woven into his family’s darkest secrets.
Meanwhile, his tennis-champion fiancée is going Defcon One bridezilla, and a gorgeous TV reporter has her own intentions. Battling panic attacks and pursued by a host of nasty characters – some natural, others less so – Simon faces a world where no one is what they seem. Especially not himself.
The Boeing Employees Choir will be featured at a special holiday concert this Friday evening, Dec. 6 in Burien. The free public event is a benefit for the Highline Music4Life™ program and is sponsored in-part by 4Culture.
“The Boeing ambassadors of goodwill are a wonderful way to start the holiday season,” said event coordinator Julie Nelson of Windermere Real Estate and the Burien-White Center Rotary Club. “They have made five concert tours in Europe, one to Australia and New Zealand and will tour Scotland and Ireland in 2015. We can enjoy them right here in Burien.”
Under the direction of Dr. David Chrysler, the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Lake Burien Presbyterian Church, located at 15003 14th Av. SW in Burien. The choir sings approximately 20 concerts annually in a repertoire that spans Bach to Broadway. In case you’re a Boeing employee, retiree or family member, the choir is accepting applications from singers who might be interested in that Scotland/Ireland trip.
Highline Music4Life is the local organization that acquires “lovingly used” musical instruments, gets them repaired if needed, and provides them free of charge to Highline Public Schools for use by students of low income families. The program was created two years ago by the school board and is also sponsored by the Rotary clubs of Des Moines, Burien-White Center and SeaTac.
“You don’t have to be a Rotarian to support Music4Life,” added David Endicott, the organization’s President / CEO. “All that’s necessary is that you understand the unique value that instrumental music plays in the life and education of a child.”
More than 250 musical instruments have been acquired for Highline Schools’ kids.
Research now shows that young people who participate in instrumental music programs tend to do better in math, science, history, literature, languages (both English and foreign), even in computer science and other desirable academic disciplines, Endicott said. “And that’s in addition to what it teaches them in discipline and teamwork.”
Besides the Highline program, Music4Life also operates programs supporting Seattle, Shoreline and Edmonds Public Schools. New programs are expected soon for other school districts in the area. The initiative acquires used instruments from the garages or attics of adults who understand that their highest and best use is to put them back into play. With adequate resources, Music4Life can also buy new musical instruments for school districts. Endicott emphasizes that resources developed in any community are tracked separately and used for the benefit of the students in that community, according to donor wishes, whether it’s Highline or any of the others.
Currently, 75 percent of all fifth and sixth grade students in Highline Public Schools who participate in instrumental music programs are from families that are income-eligible. The Highline Music4Life™ program intends to assist at least half that number.
Highline Music4Life is supported in-part by grants from 4Culture, First Choice Health, Garvey Schubert Barer, the Highline Schools Foundation for Excellence, local Rotary clubs and other local community leaders.
For more information, visit http://highlinemusic4life.org.
The New Start High School Key Club – in conjunction with White Center Kiwanis – will be holding its third annual Baked Potato Dinner this Wednesday evening, Dec. 4, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.,
With entertainment by the Delridge Boys, tickets are $10.00 per person and can be purchased at the door.
All proceeds will go to support the Key Club and their activities.
New Start High School is located at 614 SW 130th Street in Burien.
For more information, contact Scott Davis at 206-246-3412.
Enjoy an evening of Holiday Decorating Tips this Thursday, Dec. 5 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Normandy Park Cove.
“Elle will bring their ideas and tricks of the trade to make your home look festive during the holidays,” reads an announcement. “This is a free event hosted by the Normandy Park Arts Commission and sponsored by the Cove. Everyone is welcome! So grab a friend and come to the Cove for an informative and inspiring evening with the pros.”
Refreshments will be served.
The Normandy Park Cove is located at 1500 SW Shorebrook Drive (map below):
The famous Kennedy Catholic Arts & Crafts Fair will be this Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Gym and Cafeteria.
“Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to do your Christmas shopping and enjoy the company of hundreds of Lancer friends and families,” reads an announcement.
Kennedy Catholic is located at 140 South 140th Street in Burien: