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United Way’s ‘Fuel Your Future’ hosting Valentine’s Family Day this Saturday

5 hours 2 min ago

United Way’s ‘Fuel Your Future’ program will be hosting a Valentine’s Family Day at the Burien Community Center this Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

This will be a FREE family event highlighting Burien community resources like Cooking Matters and Within Reach with fun for all ages.

Come join in for tacos, a chocolate fountain, prizes, and Valentine’s activities for all ages.

And all for FREE!

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

For questions and concerns contact Janey Smith at [email protected].

PHOTOS BY ISABEL: Pirate Wrestlers ‘Taking Down Pancreatic Cancer’

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 13:48

[EDITOR’S NOTEBack with more great work is our youngest-ever Contributor – 11-year old Isabel Herbruger – who has earned a Girl Scout badge in Journalism, and is also developing her skills for another 4H photography project after winning top prizes in it last year. We encourage residents of all ages to submit stories and photos for posting – for consideration, please email yours to [email protected]!]

Photos and Story by Isabel Herbruger, age 11

The Pirate wrestlers had seven meets last week.

It started with the “Taking Down Pancreatic Cancer Tournament” on Jan. 23, 2016. The Pirates faced four teams. First was a loss to Quincy (24-48). Decatur also beat the Pirates (12-60). The Pirates beat both Liberty (49-22) and Skyline (43-26). Overall the Pirates took 5th place out of eight teams.

Click images to see larger versions/slideshow:

On Jan. 26, the Pirates wrestled Lindbergh. This was Senior Night for eight team members. Lots of Pirates wrestled each other. Lindbergh lost 57-16 to the Pirates.

On Jan. 28, it was a dual meet against Federal Way and Franklin Pierce. I did not get final team scores for this meet.

Saturday is Sub-Regionals at Highline Senior High starting at 8 a.m. The Pirates finished the season 6-1. The only team to beat them was Renton (7-0). Renton and Highline wrestle each other at Sub-Regionals.

For lots more photos of the season, please consider looking at Highline Pirate Wrestling. If you would like to get updates from Sub-Regionals and beyond, please consider liking the page.

Thank you for your time and consideration,
– Isabel H.
Official “Unofficial Pirate Photographer”

PODCAST: Obama cites Highline Public Schools; change in weather & more…

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 18:10

Here’s episode #37 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

Weekly Video Recap for the weekend of Feb. 5-7, 2016: Activist drops request for public records; President Obama cites Highline Public Schools; Puget Sound Weather Geek says a change is in forecast; Jack Mayne Commentary on homelessness; ‘The Final Take’ & more…

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

Puget Sound Skills Center’s Digital Media Arts Dept. releases first Podcast

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 09:55

Burien’s Puget Sound Skills Center’s (PSSC) Broadcast Communications department recently expanded its Digital Media Arts program to include radio and podcast production, and they just released their first Podcast!

PSSC’s new program – taught by Edward Etherington – provides training for careers in radio production, television production, and related fields in digital media, such as “e-radio” production, photography, and digital video & editing. Further, it involves the study of how people communicate with others through electronic means. Students will learn about the ‘hands on’ work that takes place in a radio station, television studio, or in other digital fields. They’ll get opportunities to produce and appear in broadcast, webcast programming and videos of various kinds.

Etherington told The B-Town Blog that there is currently room in the class for more students.

Here’s the program’s first Podcast, Hosted/Produced by Senior Rich Aguiar:

http://traffic.libsyn.com/rainycityradio/Richs_Podcast_10.mp3

Download this Episode

Check out their new website here (streaming internet radio coming soon): http://rainycityradio.org

Subscribe to these new Podcasts here: http://rainycityradio.libsyn.com/

Like them on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/Rainy-City-Radio-48607873736/

Follow them on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/rainycityradio

Puget Sound Skills Center is located at 18010 8th Ave South in Burien; phone: (206) 631-7300.

www.pugetsoundsc.org

Mr. Edward Etherington, M.Ed.
Instructor
Phone: 206.631.7314
[email protected]

EDITOR’S NOTE: BTB Publisher Scott Schaefer volunteers on the Advisory Board for this program.

PHOTOS BY ISABEL: Lady Pirates Basketball beat Evergreen Wolverines

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 10:17

[EDITOR’S NOTEBack with more great work is our youngest-ever Contributor – 11-year old Isabel Herbruger – who has earned a Girl Scout badge in Journalism, and is also developing her skills for another 4H photography project after winning top prizes in it last year. We encourage residents of all ages to submit stories and photos for posting – for consideration, please email yours to [email protected]!]

Photos and Story by Isabel Herbruger, age 11

The Lady Pirates took on the Evergreen Wolverines on January 27, 2016. It was a very exciting game with Mini-Pirates performing at halftime.

The Pirates led throughout the game, starting with a 19-9 lead in the first quarter. The Wolverines rallied in the fourth quarter and almost came back to win the game in the final seconds of the game. The final score was Pirates over the Wolverines 44-42.

Click images to see larger versions/slideshow:

The Lady Pirates ended their season with three wins and ten loses. The Highline boys ended their season with seven wins and six losses.

More photos of the Mini-Pirates and the Lady Pirates against Evergreen can be found at Highline Pirate Basketball by Isabel.

Thank you for your time and consideration,
– Isabel H.
Official “Unofficial Pirate Photographer”

Premiere Burien Film Office Happy Hour plays to a packed house Tues. night

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 15:38

by Scott Schaefer

The first-ever monthly ‘Happy Hour’ for the new Burien Film Office premiered to a packed house at the Tin Theater Tuesday night (Feb. 2), with over 50 film and arts enthusiasts in attendance.

As we first reported, the city created a new Film Office last year, with a mission of “supporting and promoting Burien’s local film industry by connecting filmmakers with information and raising the profile of film in Burien” (read more here).

Here’s some of what happened at this first event (emceed by yours truly):

  • Intern Lori Shannon and Chris Craig represented the City at Tuesday’s event, speaking about what the City plans to do as well as receiving numerous ideas from attendees, such as creating a database of locals who want to work on films.
  • Shelli Park and John White announced details about the 2nd annual Burien Film Festival, to be held in conjunction with the Burien UFO Festival on April 1 (more details at http://www.burienfilmfestival.com).
  • Filmmakers Lacey Leavitt and Mischa Jakupcak shared their experiences filming in Burien. Two of their recent projects were shot at White’s historic ‘Forest Ledge’ home near Eagle Landing Park, including a web series called ‘Automata,’ and another called MPOZ.

Here’s a time lapse of the premiere event, condensed from 90 minutes to :30 seconds:

Click here to view the embedded video.

The event also showcased local filmmaker Kirk Nordenstrom, who showed a short he Wrote and Directed for the 48-hour Film Project called “The Perfect Pieces,” described as a:

A father will go to sinister, even absurd lengths to secure a stable future for his daughter and granddaughter.

The film featured Paul Eenhoorn, along with area residents Angela DiMarco and David S. Hogan, Rachelle Henry, Tom Dewey and Madeline Nutting.

Story by Dima Levanchuk, Gevin Booth, Tom Dewey and Krk Nordenstrom.

Written and directed by Krk Nordenstrom.

Producer/1st AD: Gevin Booth
DP: Domenic Barbero
Editor: Mike Denman
Audio Post: Ben Kersten
2nd Camera: David Friedle
Sound Recordist: Carli Plute
Script Supervisor: Bry Troyer
Gaffer: Regan MacStravic
PA/Grip: Brandon King
Assistant Editor: Jeremy Ward

Here’s a clip:

PerfectPieces_sample from kirk nordenstrom on Vimeo.

SAVE THE DATE: NEXT HAPPY HOUR WILL BE TUESDAY, MARCH 1
The next Burien Film Office Happy Hour will be from 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, at the Tin Theater (923 SW 152nd Street). All are invited to come celebrate, discuss and brainstorm ideas for making film in Burien.

SPEAKERS/GUESTS NEEDED!
If YOU are a filmmaker, or have some clips of scenes shot in Burien and are willing to do a presentation at an upcoming Happy Hour, please contact Scott Schaefer at [email protected].

Here’s some info from the City’s Film Office website:

Filming in Burien – Need to Know Resources for the filmmaker
Whether you have a steadfast plan or just an idea, we encourage you to reach out to the City.  This office is committed to helping prospective filmmakers find the information they need to start filming at City locations.

Permit information

  • Permits in Burien are needed in 2 situations:
    • If the filming is expected to block the public right-of-way, a Right-of-Way (ROW) use permit will be required.  ROW use permits are administered by the Public Works Department and more information can be found at www.burienwa.gov/documentcenter/home/view/160
    • If the filming will exceed a total of 2 days per calendar year, it may require a Temporary Use Permit.  Temporary Use Permits are administered by the Community Development Department and more information can be found at http://www.burienwa.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/708
    • If you have questions regarding these permits, please call us at (206) 241-4647.

The Puget Sound Skills Center and Highline College both offer engaging courses in and related to film.

More Questions? Ask Us!
Contact our Economic Development Manager, Dan Trimble, with questions, 206.248.5528.

Art from Erin Algiers Segarra at Burien Community Center through March

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 14:15

The Burien Community Center is pleased to present the works of local artist Erin Algiers Segarra through the end of March.

Erin shifted her creative focus from writing to the visual arts while working at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, CO.  In 2013 she moved to Burien, where she is raising a family and working as a photo-based fine artist.  Erin has installed two series at the Community Center:

  • THE 47th KINGDOM is a series of photographs of the Washington State landscape, which sits between the 45th and 49th parallels (Seattle sits at the 47th). Taken on her iphone 5s, she creates new shapes and fictions by using Photoshop to interject black and white scenery with pops of neon color. These digitally hand-colored images toy with the notion of fact and fiction, offering a twist on the genre of traditional landscape photography.
  • FANTASTICA BOTANICA plays with the shapes and patterns of the smaller side of nature. Also photographed on an iphone 5s while on walks around Washington State, the artist used Photoshop to abstract the content of each image by digitally hand-coloring unlikely patterns. These photographs alter every day botanicals, leading Erin to find a delightful and alternate way in which to experience the familiar.

The works will be on display until the end of March.

The Community Center is open Monday–Thursday 8:30am-8:00pm, Friday 8:30am-5pm, and Saturday 8:00am-noon.

For more information please call Burien Parks and Recreation at 206-988-3700.

PHOTOS: ‘Empty Bowls’ fundraiser raises over $19,000 for food banks

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 17:53

The 2016 Empty Bowls fundraiser – held on Friday, Jan. 29 – welcomed 1,125 visitors, and raised over $19,000 for both the Highline Area and White Center Food Banks.

“A huge thank you to all who attended and volunteered at the 2016 Empty Bowls event!” Burien Parks said on their Facebook page, “…yahoo!!!”

Discover Burien and Burien Parks and Recreation teamed up with Moshier potters, who donated over 1,300 bowls, to host Empty Bowls every year. Empty Bowls events can be found around the country raising money to combat hunger in our communities.

Donors got an opportunity to pick out a beautiful handmade bowl, as well as a simple but wonderful meal of soup, bread, drink and dessert donated by area businesses.

New this year was a raffle/auction of beautiful handmade serving bowls and platters, and wine!

There were over 36 local restaurants, sponsors, caterers and facilities that donated over 5 gallons of soup each to help make this event such a success.

A special thank you to the following:

  • 909 Coffee & Wine
  • Ace Hardware
  • Angelo’s Ristorante
  • Azteca Restaurant
  • Archies Mexican Restaurant
  • B-Town Blog
  • Black Zia Cantina
  • Burien Actors Theatre
  • Burien Fish House
  • Burien Parks & Recreation
  • Burien Press
  • Clay Art Center
  • Discover Burien
  • El Dorado West Retirement
  • Elliott Bay Brewery & Pub
  • Frankies B-Town Bistro
  • Grand Central Bakery
  • Highline Medical Center
  • Ivars Seafood Restaurant
  • La Costa Mexican Restaurant
  • Lavish Roots, Inc
  • Mark Restaurant & Bar
  • Maven Mercantile
  • Music by Maria Wilson
  • Normandy Park Senior Living
  • NW Wine Academy
  • Puget Sound Skills Center
  • Recology
  • SideStreet Kitchen and Bar
  • Smarty Pants Garage
  • The Bite Sandwich Company
  • The Greek House
  • The Point Liquor and Eats
  • The Tin Room Bar & Grill
  • Umqua Bank
  • Warm 106.9

This year’s winner for best soup was Smarty Pants.

And a huge THANK YOU to …

Moshier Art Center Potters & Students from St Francis School for donating over 1,300 bowls, and all of our wonderful volunteers!

BTB’s Michael Brunk was at the event and put together the following gallery of photos. Click individual thumbnails to view larger images/slideshow:

Three Tree Montessori holding screening of ‘Most Likely to Succeed’ film Thursday

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 15:15

Three Tree Montessori School will be holding a FREE film screening of “Most Likely to Succeed,” a 2015 Sundance Film Festival selected documentary, on Thursday, Feb. 4, from 6:30 – 9 p.m.

The film is based on Tony Wagner’s book by the same name, subtitled “preparing our kids for the new innovation era.”

The film will screen at the Burien Library.

Here’s the trailer:

Most Likely to Succeed Trailer from One Potato Productions on Vimeo.

WHEN: Thursday, February 4th, 6:30 – 9:00 pm

WHERE: Burien Library, Multipurpose Room

INFO: This event is Adults only and free to the public

RSVP: Space is limited to 270

Sponsored by Three Tree Montessori School.

More information here: http://mltsfilm.org/

Northwest Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Valentine’s Concert’ will be Fri., Feb. 12

Sat, 01/30/2016 - 18:47

Northwest Symphony Orchestra kicked off their Season this past October with a very successful family concert, and this season – their 29th – they will be featuring local women composers for a special ‘Valentine’s Concert’ on Friday, Feb. 12.

Northwest Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1987 and is based in beautiful Burien.

Since their inception, the orchestra has received local, regional, and national acclaim, having been featured several times on National Public Radio and once on NBC’s Today Show.  Under the incomparable leadership of Music Director Dr. Anthony Spain the mission of the NWSO is to be the premier orchestra in performing and promoting the music of contemporary Northwest composers while also performing, and educating the public in the full spectrum of classical music.

“The Northwest Symphony Orchestra has a long history of performing unique concerts, and this season we feature some of the Northwest’s finest women composers in a variety of interesting and contrasting themed concerts – it is a season not to be missed” Mr. Spain said.

The “Valentine Concert” on Friday, February 12, 2016 will take place at Highline Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. If you are able, please arrive early for a special pre-concert lecture starting at 6:30 p.m. with Sumi Tonooka and Samuel Jones. Don’t miss this romantic evening featuring Flock in Flight: Tim Huling; For Malala (world premiere): Sumi Tonooka and Trombone Concerto: Samuel Jones: Ko-ichiro Yamamoto (Principal Trombone of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra) will join NWSO as soloist. The concert then concludes with the exciting On the Town: Three Dance Episodes by Leonard Bernstein.

For more information on Northwest Symphony Orchestra, full season and concert schedule and to purchase tickets, please visit their website at www.northwestsymphonyorchestra.org or call (206) 242-6321.

CALL FOR FILMMAKERS: Burien Film Festival now accepting ~5-minute movies

Sat, 01/30/2016 - 10:24

Burien Film Festival (BFF) 2016’s five­-minute short film contest will screen on April 1, in conjunction with the Burien UFO Festival!

This year BFF will highlight Burien’s 17 neighborhoods. Movie creators wishing to enter the contest must include, in any way they see fit, the following in their films:

  • ­One Burien Neighborhood­ to be assigned when entering the contest
  • A story or message about, or a feature of, your assigned neighborhood
  • A love interest
  • Highlight at least one small business preferably in the neighborhood you are assigned. If your neighborhood is residential, then pick a nearby Burien business.
  • The artist­-created symbol for the neighborhood assigned.

Upon registration, each filmmaker will be assigned a neighborhood. If you have a neighborhood preference this is first come, first choice.

Prizes:

  1. ­First Place:­ $1500
  2. Second Place:­ $1000 ­
  3. Third Place:­ $750

­The deadline for registering for 2016 Burien Film Festival is March 1, 2016.

Each film should have a trailer complete by March 15 to show before films at the Tin Room Theater in the weeks leading up to BFF.

­BFF WILL ACCEPT APPLICANT’S HIGHEST­-RES ENTRY VIA YOUTUBE BY THE DEADLINE: MIDNIGHT MARCH 25, 2016.

All inquiries and submissions should be directed to Shelli Park: [email protected].

More info at www.burienfilmfestival.com.

Enjoy the cool sounds of ‘Rat City Brass’ at BAT’s Valentine’s Concert Feb. 14

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 15:17

On Sunday, Feb. 14, enjoy the irresistible 21st-century musical stylings of the Rat City Brass while indulging in chocolate and champagne, beer or wine at Burien Actors Theatre’s Valentine’s Fundraiser Concert.

Combining infectious melodies from the 1960s golden age of instrumental pop, cool cocktail exotica and a touch of contemporary roar, the Seattle-based Rat City Brass have fashioned an exceptional band guaranteed to raise smiles from old-school music aficionados and jaded hipsters alike.

Here’s a taste of the band in action from Burien’s 2014 Arts-A-Glow, courtesy Michael Brunk:

Click here to view the embedded video.

When they formed in 2009, Seattle-based Rat City Brass largely paid homage to classic pop composers like Herb Alpert, Burt Bacharach, and Henry Mancini. Within months, they added their own arrangements of songs by artists like The Turtles, The Beatles, and even Tchaikovsky.  Suddenly it’s on – and the cool kids get it.

Rat City Brass plays the best rooms throughout the Pacific Northwest, and has been featured live on Seattle’s KEXP 90.3 FM.

With top-notch musicianship, soaring melodies, danceable rhythms and a fun, breezy stage presence, Rat City Brass is what brass sounds like in the 21st century.

BAT’s Valentine’s Day fundraiser concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and runs until 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 seniors and $10 students. For tickets, go to www.burienactorstheatre.org or call 206-242-5180–while tickets last. Burien Actors Theatre is located at 14501 4th Ave SW in Burien.

ABOUT BURIEN ACTORS THEATRE
Exciting live theater has been a tradition in Burien since 1955. Incorporated in 1980, Burien Actors Theatre (BAT) has been a leading producer of quality live theater serving residents of the Seattle and south Puget Sound areas.

Burien Actors Theatre gives audiences an intriguing and invigorating theatre experience with unusual and fantastical productions they can’t get on film or see anywhere else. The company’s mission is to treat audiences to productions of the highest artistic integrity that excite, engage and involve both the local and expanding theatrical communities in the Puget Sound region.

BAT is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) entity and operates on revenue from ticket sales, donations, grants, sponsorships and volunteers.

Mixed media, encaustic paintings featured in February at Burien Arts Gallery

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 09:34

Laura Van Horne’s mixed media paintings and Corrie LaVelle’s encaustic paintings are featured in February at the Burien Arts Gallery.

Meet Laura and Corrie during the Opening Reception on Friday, Feb. 5, from 5-8 p.m. at the Gallery, located at 826 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien.

The exhibit runs Feb. 3-Feb. 27.

Laura Van Horne is a mixed-media artist who works in encaustic, acrylic, watercolor, ink, resin, textiles, and ceramics. She has studied acrylic and encaustic painting at Pratt Fine Art Center. She has been painting for about 20 years and teaching art classes for 10 years.

Since childhood, Laura has been passionate about art. When she is not creating on canvas, she is creating in her head.  Common motifs in Laura’s work are often everyday objects such as houses, dresses, birds, and vintage objects.  Many of her pieces are mixed media and include found organic objects, textiles, pages from books, or items from flea markets.

Laura has participated in a number of group and solo art shows over the past 15 years.  She presently paints and teaches out of her Seattle studio/gallery space.

“I create art because I have to,” Laura declares. It is what drives me.  I gather inspiration from so many different things. I am drawn to nature, photography, humor, and everyday objects. Much of my art is vintage inspired.”

Corrie LaVelle has been passionate about art, design, and style all her life.

Although by definition she is an untrained artist, Corrie feels she has spent her life journey preparing her for the world of fine art.

Currently, Corrie is working with encaustic paint. She identifies with the wax as an expression of who she is; fluid, constantly changing, temporary, pliable.

Corrie states,

“When I’m creating a piece the exterior of my life blurs and my soul moves into focus. I see myself in every piece. At the beginning of a project I see nothing. Stroke by stroke bits of my life appear. Emotions, experiences, thoughts. One by one they compile onto the board, until a story is created. And when heat is applied to the wax the edges blur, layers are revealed, and I am reminded how beautifully complex life is.

Encaustic art is necessary to my life. It is where I spell out my personal journey into every piece. To have the ability to share that experience, and allow the viewer to chose their interpretation of and apply it to their own personal path is a joy.”

Artists from Artists United will also present their work during February.

The Burien Arts Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, Noon-6 p.m. It is the only non-profit fine-arts gallery between Tacoma and West Seattle.

Visit www.burienarts.org or call 206-244-7808 for more information.

Ignite your bustle with comedic Victorian love story at Burien Actors Theatre

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 16:25

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prizc, In the Next Room or the vibrator play is a touching and comical love story about a young doctor and his wife in the Victorian age, and it will run at Burien Actors Theatre from Feb. 12 – March 6.

The performance will also feature specialty drinks themed to the show, as well as free on-site parking, plus an opening night party.

Here’s the synopsis:

“IN THE NEXT ROOM, or the vibrator play”
Dr. Givings is obsessed with the marvels of technology and what they can do for his patients. He isn’t sure exactly how the vibrators help the women he treats–but they keep coming back. The only woman who isn’t helped is his own wife, who longs to connect with him – but not electrically. Written by Sarah Ruhl, In the Next Room, or the vibrator play explores the Victorian era repression—and what happens when the rules are broken.

This show is suitable for ages 16 and older due to adult content and brief nudity.

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

THE CAST, DIRECTOR AND COMPOSER
Rochelle Flynn and Maggie Larrick are co-directing a talented cast: Pepper Hambrick (Annie), Wade Hicks (Dr. Givings), Connor Kinzer (Leo Irving), Marc “Mok” Moser (Mr. Daldry), Jessica Robins (Catherine Givings), Tiana Ross (Elizabeth) and Natalie Schmidt (Sabrina Daldry).

ABOUT BURIEN ACTORS THEATRE
Exciting live theater has been a tradition in Burien since 1955. Incorporated in 1980, Burien Actors Theatre (BAT) has been a leading producer of quality live theater serving residents of the Seattle and south Puget Sound areas.

Burien Actors Theatre gives audiences an intriguing and invigorating theatre experience with unusual and fantastical productions they can’t get on film or see anywhere else. The company’s mission is to treat audiences to productions of the highest artistic integrity that excite, engage and involve both the local and expanding theatrical communities in the Puget Sound region.

BAT is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) entity and operates on revenue from ticket sales, donations, grants, sponsorships and volunteers.

TICKET PRICES AND PACKAGES FOR “IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY”

Tickets at the Box Office (all shows):

  • General: $20
  • Senior: $17
  • Student: $10

OPENING NIGHT: Only on Feb. 12, enjoy the opening night party after the show—included in the price of all tickets.

HALF-PRICE NIGHT: Only on Feb. 13, all tickets are half price.

SEVEN DOLLAR SUNDAYOnly on Feb. 14 all tickets are just $7!  Remember, Sunday is a matinee performance only.

Dinner and a Show Package: This package includes a two-course meal at Mark Restaurant & Bar plus a ticket to the show; cost is $35 per person. Contact the Mark at 206-241-6275.

PHOTOS BY ISABEL: Highline Pirates Boys Basketball team wins in overtime

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 15:24

[EDITOR’S NOTEBack with more great work is our youngest-ever Contributor – 11-year old Isabel Herbruger – who has earned a Girl Scout badge in Journalism, and is also developing her skills for another 4H photography project after winning top prizes in it last year. We encourage residents of all ages to submit stories and photos for posting – for consideration, please email yours to [email protected]!]

Photos and Story by Isabel Herbruger, age 11

The Highline High Pirates Boys Basketball team is 6-5 for the season.

They lost two close games by one point to Hazen and Seattle Christian, but they won in overtime against Tyee on Jan. 20, 2016. They were behind most of the game. In the fourth quarter they rallied and took the lead 49-47 with 18 seconds left. A Pirate foul with 5.8 seconds left let Tyee tie the game.

In overtime, the lead went back and forth before the Pirates won the game on free throws. The final score was 63-56.

Click images to see larger versions/slideshow:

There are three games left for the season. Wednesday, Jan. 27, against the Wolverines at Evergreen at 7 p.m. The last game of the season is against Lindbergh on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at Highline at 7 pm.

More photos are at Highline Pirate Basketball.

Thank you for your time and consideration,
– Isabel H.
Official “Unofficial Pirate Photographer”

REMINDER: ‘Empty Bowls’ lunch & dinner fundraisers will be this Friday!

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 13:00

REMINDER: Burien’s annual Empty Bowls fundraiser will again hold Lunch and Dinner events this Friday, Jan. 29, at the Burien Community Center, raising money to benefit both the Highline and White Center Food Banks.

Last year’s 10th anniversary event broke all fundraising and attendance records – with over 1,200 in attendance donating over $21,000 – let’s see if we can top that this year!

  • Lunch: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m
  • Dinner: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Empty Bowl events can be found around the country raising money to combat hunger in our communities.

Moshier Art Center Potters have donated bowls to be filled with soup at this fun event…and all are invited!

Your donation will get you the opportunity to pick out a beautiful handmade bowl, as well as a simple but wonderful meal of soup, bread, dessert and drink; all donated by local businesses.

Minimum Donation:

  • $15 Adult
  • $10 Child

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

For more information, visit www.BurienParks.net or call 206.988.3700.

BTB’s Michael Brunk was at the 2015 event and put together the following gallery of photos. Click individual thumbnails to view larger images/slideshow:

REMINDER: Film Office Happy Hour is next Tuesday night at Tin Theater

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 09:20

REMINDER: The City of Burien’s new Film Office will be premiering its new monthly Happy Hour next Tuesday, Feb. 2, from 5:30–7 p.m. at the Tin Theater, located at 923 SW 152nd Street.

This new monthly networking and presentation event will take place on the first Tuesday of each month, beginning with this premiere event.

This is an open and free event, and all filmmakers, film buffs, artists and anyone else who appreciates cinema are invited to meet others, network, learn about local productions in Burien and much more.

BURIEN FILM FESTIVAL UPDATE
Another reason to attend is to learn more about the 2nd annual Burien Film Festival.

GUEST SPEAKERS NEEDED!
Guest Speakers are still being sought for these monthly events, and will have 30+ minutes to show clips, short films, stills, etc. of their work, as well as do Q&A with the audience. If you have something film-related that includes Burien, please email [email protected] (BTB Publisher Scott Schaefer is helping the city manage these events).

As we first reported, the city created the new Film Office last April, with its mission of “supporting and promoting Burien’s local film industry by connecting filmmakers with information and raising the profile of film in Burien.”

The City’s Film Office aims to raise the profile of film in Burien and throughout our region by providing resources to filmmakers, actors, designers, and writers alike, such as:  information on filming locations around town; streamlined permitting if site locations need to use public-right of way, etc.; connections to funding resources available through programs like Washington State’s Motion Picture Incentive Program; region-wide promotional opportunities and resources; and connections to existing local talent.  The Office can serve as a catalyst for filmmakers to reach out to actors and set-designers, for costume-designers to find screen writers, and so on.

For more information, visit the Office’s homepage at www.burienwa.gov/film.

Some of the films made in Burien, around Burien, or by Burienites include:

And the first-ever Burien Film Festival was held last April 1 during the Burien UFO Festival. Ten films were entered (see the winners here).

For more information, contact the city’s Economic Development Manager, Dan Trimble, at (206) 248-5528, or email Scott Schaefer at [email protected].

Photo of production on “The Maury Island Incident” at the Tin Room Bar in 2013 by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com

VIDEO PODCAST: Major drug bust disrupts quiet Burien neighborhood & more…

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 18:10

Here’s episode #35 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

Weekly Recap for Jan. 22, 2016: Major drug bust disrupts quiet Gregory Heights neighborhood; man convicted for murdering 96-year old Philip Hamlin in Normandy Park; burglary suspect arrested; video of vehicle theft suspect tracked by police helicopter; Puget Sound Weather Geek forecast & more & more…

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

PHOTOS BY ISABEL: Highline High Pirate Wrestlers busy with lots of meets

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 12:15

[EDITOR’S NOTEBack with more great work is our youngest-ever Contributor – 11-year old Isabel Herbruger – who has earned a Girl Scout badge in Journalism, and is also developing her skills for another 4H photography project after winning top prizes in it last year. We encourage residents of all ages to submit stories and photos for posting – for consideration, please email yours to [email protected]!]

Photos and Story by Isabel Herbruger, age 11

The Highline High Pirate wrestlers have been busy with lots of meets. They are currently 5-1 for the season in Seamount League standings.

On Jan. 7, they wrestled Foster, winning 48-21. The Pirates pinned four and the Bulldogs pinned two. Foster had four forfeits and won one match by points. The Bulldogs and Pirates are magical on the mats, they are one of my favorite meets to shoot – click images to see larger versions/slideshow:

On Jan. 9, the Pirates attended the Highline Tournament at Mount Rainier. The team took third overall. Kevin took 1st in his weight. Brian, Ozzy and Ty took 2nd in their weight classes:

On Jan. 14, they took on Hazen and won 48-24. The Pirates pinned six times and won two by points. Hazen pinned twice and also won two by points. Each team had one forfeit. A forfeit is when the one team does not have a wrestler in the weight class:

On Jan. 16, the Pirates were at the Auburn Mountainview Tournament. I was not able to attend this one. Brian placed first in his weight and Kevin placed third. There were several Pirates who almost made it to the semi-finals, which is exciting to hear.

On Jan. 20, the Pirates took on Renton. The Pirates were 5-0 for the season and Renton was 4-0 before this meet. Last year the teams tied and had to go to several rounds of tie breakers to decide the winner.

This year Renton squeaked out a win by one point on the scoreboard. The mats told a different story. The Pirates won seven matches, pinning five and winning two by points. Renton also ‘won’ seven matches, pinning four, winning two by points, and getting one forfeit. So close! This is always a good meet to watch.

This Saturday the Pirates go to Hazen High School for the Taking Down Pancreatic Cancer Duals– “PANCAN DUALS” with eight top wrestling teams from the area. It is a long day of wrestling, but lots of fun to watch!

If you would like to see more photos of the Pirates in action, please visit and give a Like to Highline Pirate Wrestling.

If you would like to support my goal of a professional sports lens, please consider visiting or sharing Photos by Isabel Adventures.

Thank you for your time and consideration,
– Isabel H.
Unofficial “Official Pirate Photographer”

Highline High Grad Jayden Sadettan honored as January #HighlineAlum

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 17:38

Jayden Sadettan, a current standout engineering student at University of Washington (UW) is featured in this month’s #HighlineAlum social media campaign.

Sadettan, a 2015 Highline High School (HHS) graduate, credits several teachers for his success after high school.

Jayden is currently pursuing a degree in computer science. He is also a member of UW’s STARS program, an engineering program that directly admits students into the engineering department of their choice upon completing of their first year coursework.

While at HHS, Jayden completed a prestigious Microsoft internship. Jayden is currently applying for another Microsoft internship this summer, as well as a NASA internship.

“To me, what makes the Highline community special is just the amount of diversity it contains. Also, the time and commitment the teachers put into their students. To be honest, without some teachers, I wouldn’t even be in college right now,” said Jayden. “Sometimes people ask, are you proud to be from the Highline? The answer is always yes. Being part of the Highline community has opened up multiple doors just for me.”

Watch Jayden’s video:

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Highline boasts a long list of well-known and accomplished alumni and dozens of grads you haven’t yet heard of who are making their mark on the world.

Each month, we are featuring successful, high-profile alum and up-and-coming alum on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. The features include a short video clip of the alumnus. The community is invited to follow along by using the hashtag #HighlineAlum.

Last month, we featured HS3 graduate turned Cascade teacher Christian Tautua and professional musician and singer Dianna Tonkin in our campaign.

The #HighlineAlum campaign aims to inspire our students to dream big, graduate high school, and go on to accomplish great things.

If you know an outstanding Highline Alum, please nominate them to be featured in a future profile. Email their name and contact information to[email protected].

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