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INTERN’S VIEW: ‘ReTreasure’ is a hidden treasure in downtown Burien

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 22:34


Story & Photos by Sterling Paris
Intern, Big Picture High School

In downtown Burien at 627 SW 152nd Street you will find a cute hidden treasure of a shop called “ReTreasure.”

This shop is a creative art studio for all ages, and is run by Yon Lemieux.

Opening last September – with the help of an indiegogo fundraiser – Yon has been getting donations non-stop and has develuped a relationship with the community.

ReTreasure isn’t like any typical art studio – all of their materials are used, reclaimed, reusable, and donated items. So please bring your kids and create them into something new, keeping planet Earth clean and full of color and culture!

Oh, and they also have a cute bunny.

ReTreasure is located at:

627 SW 152nd Street
Burien, WA 98166
(206) 849-3409

GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE!

Some upcoming events:

!!PARENTS NIGHT OUT!!
JANUARY 30 6:30-9
Puppet making workshop for ages 4-11
$30 non members $25 members
$20 each additional sibling
Pre-registration required. Space is very limited. Call or come in to reserve your spot.

REGULAR STORE HOURS:

  • Monday 12-6
  • Tuesday 10:30-6
  • Wednesday 10:30-6
  • Thursday 10:30-6
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday 11-4,
  • Sunday Closed

For more info, visit http://www.retreasure.org/home.php

EDITOR’S NOTE: “Intern’s View” is a special feature that spotlights the talents of Sterling Paris, our Big Picture High School Intern.

Burien UFO movie contest entrants to get free lunch this Saturday at Tin Room

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 10:34

John White, Founder of the Burien UFO Festival, is offering all entrants registered for the fest’s upcoming Movie Contest a FREE lunch this Saturday at the Tin Room.

“The purpose of the free luncheon is to meet and greet all the movie makers and to answer any questions regarding the making of your movie,” White said.

As we previously reported, this year’s BUFO – set for April 1st – is being upgraded with a movie contest, where entrants can win a $2500 prize for the best original 5-minute film that shows Men In Black chasing someone through various Burien businesses:

“Take your cell phone video camera or any other type of video recording device and shoot a five-minute video in Burien. The theme of the video must include men-in-black chasing, and therefore trying to stop anyone from promoting the Burien UFO Festival.

The Third annual Burien UFO Festival (BUFO) is coming up on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 and your entry will be shown along with everyone else’s entry on the big screen at the Tin Room Bar & Theater that night as part of the Burien UFO Festival. Your video/movie will be part of the birth of the Burien Film Festival which is being spear-headed by the founders of the Burien UFO Festival.

So get your cameras out and start putting together a 5-minute movie and enter to win up to $2500 in cash.”

If you are interested in competing for the $2500 prize then please send an email to: [email protected] and ask for a registration number and info packet.

Also on Saturday, there will be a private showing of “The Maury Island Incident” to all registered movie makers.

“See you on Saturday at 12:00 Noon!” White added.

For more information, be sure to “Like” BUFO here: https://www.facebook.com/BurienUFOFestival

‘Maury Island Incident’ benefit for Des Moines Historical Society will be Feb. 11

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 16:05

A full screening of the locally-produced film “The Maury Island Incident” to benefit the Des Moines Historical Society will be Wednesday night, Feb. 11 at Mt. Rainier High School.

Filmmakers will also do a special presentation beforehand called “J. Edgar Hoover and the Maury Island Incident,” along with an audience Q&A.

“The Maury Island Incident” is a 30-minute film that tells the forgotten, tragic story – taken directly from declassified FBI documents – of Harold Dahl’s June 21, 1947 UFO sighting near Maury Island, and the first reported ‘Man In Black’ encounter that happened to him the very next day.

The movie – which was shot in Burien, Des Moines, Tukwila and off the shores of Maury Island during the summer of 2013 – had its world premiere at the Big Island Film Festival, and its North American premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival.

It has also screened at the Port Townsend, Burbank, Local Sightings, International Family, Tacoma and Gig Harbor Film Festivals, where it won an Audience Choice Award for “Best Narrative Short.”

It was also awarded the competitive Washington FilmWorks Innovation Lab funding during production, and special episodes premiered as IndieFlix’ “first original series” in August, 2014.

Directed/Produced by Scott Schaefer from a script by Writer/Producer Steve Edmiston, it features Seattle-area actors Tony Doupé, Allen Fitzpatrick, John Patrick Lowrie, David S. Hogan and many others. It was Executive Produced by John White, and Produced by Scott and Laura Beth Peterson and Danny House.

Here’s a brief review from noted paranormal/UFO radio host Clyde Lewis:

“The tension in this film is so thick you can cut it with a knife. The Maury Island Incident captures a moment in time long forgotten by most UFO researchers. It also reopens those Cold War feelings that are nothing but a forgotten memory in the post 9/11 era. Bravo!”

Here’s a trailer:

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

BUY TICKETS ONLINE
Tickets are $10 each and proceeds benefit the DMHS – buy tickets online here:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/fundraiser-screening-of-the-maury-island-incident-for-the-des-moines-historical-society-tickets-15260974987

Burien UFO Festival announces new Movie Competition with $2500 prize!

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 08:30

Organizers of the 3rd annual Burien UFO Festival (aka BUFO) – held every year on April 1st – announced that this year they’re adding a Movie Competition to the mix, with a $2500 Award!

“Do you have movie/video making skills?” BUFO Founder John White said. “Here is your chance to win $2500! Just make a great, short, 5-minute or less film in Burien showing a ‘Man In Black’ chase scene!”

White added:

“Take your cell phone video camera or any other type of video recording device and shoot a five-minute video in Burien. The theme of the video must include men-in-black chasing, and therefore trying to stop anyone from promoting the Burien UFO Festival.

The Third annual Burien UFO Festival (BUFO) is coming up on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 and your entry will be shown along with everyone else’s entry on the big screen at the Tin Room Bar & Theater that night as part of the Burien UFO Festival. Your video/movie will be part of the birth of the Burien Film Festival which is being spear-headed by the founders of the Burien UFO Festival.

So get your cameras out and start putting together a 5-minute movie and enter to win up to $2500 in cash.”

The best films will also be shown right here, on The B-Town Blog.

To enter, just send an email to [email protected] and request a registration form for “Burien Chase Scene for BUFO.”

The registration form will provide instructions describing the theme and basic goals to reach in your movie. A panel of well-known judges will compare your video with all videos entered. Clear parameters will be presented in the registration package.

For more information, be sure to “Like” BUFO here: https://www.facebook.com/BurienUFOFestival

REMINDER: The 10th annual Empty Bowls is two weeks from today

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:18

Two weeks from today – on Friday, Jan. 30 – the Empty Bowls fundraiser will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary!

Moshier potters have teamed up with Discover Burien and Burien Parks and Recreation to host Empty Bowls 2015. Empty Bowls events can be found around the country raising money to combat hunger in our communities. Potters have donated bowls to be filled with soup at this fun event…all are invited!

The cost is a $15 minimum donation for adults, $10 minimum donation for children, and all proceeds will benefit the Highline & White Center Food Banks!

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, drink and dessert donated by area businesses. Proceeds will go to the Highline Food Bank and White Center Food Bank.

To celebrate our 10 year anniversary we will have new elements this year: a raffle/auction of beautiful handmade serving bowls, gift baskets and more; wine sampling from 4-5pm, and wine for purchase from 4-8pm!

WHEN: Friday, January 30, 2015

  • LUNCH: 11:00AM-2:00PM
  • DINNER: 4:00-8:00PM

WHERE: Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Avenue SW

INFO: Call (206) 988-3700 or visit http://www.burienwa.gov/index.aspx?NID=840

The ‘Battle of Burien’ dance competition will be at community center this Saturday

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 22:13

The “Battle of Burien” b-boy/b-girl dance competition will be this Saturday night, Jan. 17, starting at 5 p.m. at the Burien Community Center.

“We’re coming back with the same purpose as we started with,” reads an announcement. “We want to provide a platform for up and coming bboys/bgirls, and all styles dancers to express themselves. We also want to pay homage to the veterans, and OG’s (original groovers) of the scene.”

Cost is $5 at the door; here’s more info from a Facebook page:

Here is the low down:

Sounds provided by:

  • Dj 4Him (BLOCK PARTY, B.Y.C.)
  • Dj Gumbeaux (206 ZULU)
  • Dj Cues (206 ZULU

Mcs:

  • 4Him (BLOCK PARTY, B.Y.C.)
  • Jireh (SOUL FELONS/ HOODZ/BDB)
  • Pele (206 ZULU, B.Y.C.)

Vendors:

  • R.A.W.
  • PRC
  • Emerald Attire

$5 at the Door

2vs2 bboy/bgirl:

Judges:

  • Icebreaker Toni (SOUL BREAKERZ)
  • Samuel Pasana (REBEL BASE, BLOCK PARTY)
  • Carnage (DANCE BROOMZ/ HOODZ)

And if you don’t know the difference between a Buddha spin and a deadman float, check out some videos from previous battles:

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For more info, visit the Facebook event page here.

Meet the Author of ‘Bigfoot Hunters Never Lie’ at Page 2 Books Sat., Jan. 24

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 12:51

Kate Thompson, Author of “Bigfoot Hunters Never Lie,” will be at Advertiser Page 2 Books at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24.

Thompson’s new book is a story of intimacy, forgiving and forgetting, spiritual awakening and the meaning of home.

Kate, a Seattle writer, is also a contributor to “New Halem Tales,” a collection of stories by Northwest authors that was featured in a Page 2 event last year.

Come meet Kate and hear about her novel.

WHEN: Saturday Jan. 24 2 p.m.

WHERE: Page 2 Books, located at 457 SW 152nd Street; 206-248-7248 · page2books.com

SLIDESHOW: Last MD-11 stops at Sea-Tac en route to its final destination

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 12:25

The last existing McDonnell-Douglas MD-11 aircraft – owned by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines – landed at Sea-Tac Airport on the foggy morning of Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, then departed for its final flight on Monday, Jan. 12.

The airplane stopped to refuel on its way to being dismantled at the Mohave Air & Space Port in Mohave, California.

Photographer Francis Zera was on the scene of this historic moment in aviation, and he shot the following slideshow:


Click to Play Francis Zera’s Slideshow

Dorpat and Sherrard will bring ‘Now and Then’ to Highline on Saturday, Jan. 24

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 13:17

The Highline Historical Society will be hosting a “Now and Then” presentation by popular documentary photographers/historians/authors Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard on Saturday, Jan. 24, starting at 2 p.m. at SeaTac City Hall.

Dorpat has written his popular column for The Seattle Times’ Sunday magazine since 1982, and has published a dozen books, including three volumes of regional now-and-then photographic comparisons drawn from his column, and “Building Washington,” an illustrated encyclopedic study of the state’s historical development that he co-authored with Genevieve McCoy. Dorpat’s collaboration with Jean Sherrard began in 1999 with the production of bumberchronicles, a video history of Bumbershoot, for KCTS-9. In 2004, Sherrard began helping with the “now” photographs for Dorpat’s column.

This program is free to Highline Historical Society members who can show their current membership card. An $8 donation is requested of all others.

SeaTac City Hall is located at 4800 S. 188th Street in SeaTac.

Parking is free.

For more information, visit www.highlinehistory.org.

PHOTOS: Artistic images show Highline Pirates wrestlers beating Foster

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 18:50

[EDITOR’S NOTEThe following article is from our youngest-ever Contributor – 10-year old Isabel Herbruger – who has been submitting stories and photos as part of her effort to earn a Girl Scout badge for journalism, as well as qualify for a 4H photography project. She also has three brothers on the Highline wrestling team. We encourage residents of all ages to submit stories and photos for posting – for consideration, please email yours to [email protected]!]

Photos and article by Isabel Herbruger, age 10

Here are my best photos from the Highline verses Foster wrestling meet on Jan. 8.

There were only four wrestlers from Foster. Highline had a full team except for the 138 class. Foster won two matches by points. Highline won one match by a pin and the other by points. All the forfeits from Foster gave Highline lots of points to win the meet 58 to 7.

“Before this meet I never thought of wrestling being like art,” Isabel said. “My favorite is #4 because Zach and the other wrestler look like they are posing, but they are actually in a close battle for points. Zach lost that match 2 to 4. In photo #7, I like how the two wrestlers together look like a centaur.”

Click images to see larger versions/slideshow:

Tin Theater’s Comedy Night will be Thursday, Jan. 22

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 14:37

January’s Comedy Night will be Thursday, Jan. 22 with two shows at the Tin Theater – 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The headliner will be Susan Jones, and the featured performer will be Ed Hill.

Cost is $14.95 per ticket.

The Tin Room Bar & Theater is located at 923 SW 152nd Street.

For more info, visit https://www.facebook.com/tinroombarandtheater, or call (206) 242-8040.

Author of ‘Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman’ will be at Page 2 Books Sat.

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 13:41

Tessa Arlen, Author of “Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman” will be holding a book-signing at Advertiser Page 2 Books this Saturday, Jan. 10 at 1:30 p.m.

In this enchanting debut sure to appeal to fans of “Downton Abbey,” Tessa Arlen draws readers into a world exclusively enjoyed by the rich, privileged classes and suffered by the men and women who serve them.

“Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman” is an elegant mystery filled with intriguing characters and fascinating descriptions of Edwardian life – a superb treat for those who love British novels.

Come meet Tessa and hear about this new series of mysteries!

WHEN: Saturday Jan. 10 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Presented By Page 2 Books, located at 457 SW 152nd Street; 206-248-7248 · page2books.com

PHOTOS: Amazing clouds make for another beautiful sunset view from Burien

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 18:14

Seems like everyday lately, someone asks “did you see the sunset tonight?”

Well, Jim Branson not only saw it – he photographed it – showing some amazing and gorgeous cloud formations seen from Burien on Wednesday night, Jan. 7 (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Critically-acclaimed documentary on sex trafficking will play Saturday, Jan. 17

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 15:56

“Rape For Profit” – a critically-acclaimed documentary that exposes the reality of sex trafficking in the Seattle area – will be shown in Burien on Saturday, Jan. 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the Transform Burien Community Center, located at 425 SW 144th Street.

Admission is FREE.

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. It is thriving in our nation and in our own communities. This film addresses the issues in a straightforward and sometimes heartbreaking ways.

Special guests will include members of local law enforcement and SWKCAT leadership for a brief Q&A following the film.

The screening, a free event sponsored by SWKCAT, Southwest King Coalition Against Trafficking. Founded in 2013, as an initiative of Washington Engage; the primary focus of the SWKCAT is the elimination of human trafficking in our communities through awareness events and education.

For more information, contact SWKCAT at [email protected].

PHOTOS: Views from Burien shows area obscured by fog

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 15:09

Courtesy Chris Rimple comes this great panorama photo from his house today, showing a little sliver of Vashon, the Olympics, and West Seattle, with the remainder of Vashon, Blake, and Bainbridge obscured by fog (click image to see larger version):

And here’s one courtesy Lance Haslund, who says “Amazing afternoon vista shows the disappearance of Vashon and Maury Islands”:

If you’ve got a cool photo or video you’d like to share with our Readers, email a high-res version to [email protected]!

PHOTOS: Pics of Highline High’s Wrestling team in action by 10-year old

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 12:46

[EDITOR’S NOTEThe following article is from our youngest-ever Contributor – 10-year old Isabel Herbruger – who submitted this story and photos as part of her effort to earn a Girl Scout badge for journalism, as well as qualify for a 4H photography project. She also has three brothers on the Highline wrestling team. We encourage residents of all ages to submit stories and photos for posting – for consideration, please email yours to [email protected]!]

Photos and article by Isabel Herbruger, age 10

The Highline Pirates Varsity Wrestling Team was at Franklin Pierce High School on Saturday, Jan. 3 for the Cardinal Classic Tournament.

They started wrestling at 10 a.m. and went until almost 7 p.m.

Highline had several place in the top five of their weight class and took sixth place as a team with 111 team points.

Here are some of my best photos from that day (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Freshman Kyle, who placed fifth in the 113 weight class.

Senior Justin, who placed second in the 160 weight class.

Senior Zach, who placed second in the 120 weight class.

Senior Jimmy, who placed second in the 152 weight class.

Senior Kelvin, who placed third in the 145 weight class.

Junior Brian, did not place but had a really great shot.

The Pirates wrestle again Thursday, January 8, against Foster High School in the Highline High Gym at 7 p.m.

I have lots of other great wrestling photos at https://www.facebook.com/HHSPirateWrestling

Thanks!

– Isabel Herbruger, 10
Unofficial Highline Pirates Photographer

To see some of Isabel’s previous work, click here.

The Hi-Liners’ ‘The King and I’ starts Friday, Jan. 9 at Renton Civic Theatre

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 11:39

Announcing The Hi-Liners 2015 DownStage Center Winter Show: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘The King and I,’ starting Friday, Jan. 9 at the Renton Civic Theatre.

“East versus West makes for a dramatic, richly textured and ultimately uplifting tale of enormous fascination. It is 1862 in Siam when an English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the King to serve as tutor to his many children and wives. The King is largely considered to be a barbarian by those in the West and he seeks Anna’s assistance in changing his image, if not his ways. With both keeping a firm grip on their respective traditions and values, Anna and the King grow to understand and, eventually, respect one another, in a truly unique love story.”

Rated G: Approved for all audiences.

Music by Richard Rodgers, Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II.

Performance Schedule:

  • Friday, Jan 9, 7–8:30pm
  • Saturday, Jan 10, 7–8:30pm
  • Sunday, Jan 11, 3–4:30pm
  • Friday, Jan 16, 7–8:30pm
  • Saturday, Jan 17, 3–4:30pm

All Seats $12 — All Seats Reserved.

BUY TICKETS ONLINE HERE.

Performance Location:

Renton Civic Theatre
507 S 3rd St
Renton, WA 98057

For more info, visit www.hi-liners.org.

VIDEO: Time-lapse of New Year’s Day on Puget Sound as seen from Burien

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 20:47

Susan Plecko shot this great time-lapse video from her home in Burien, showing – from sunrise to sunset – the “living” Puget Sound on New Year’s Day 2015.

See if you can spot the Stand-Up Paddleboarder, Vashon ferries, ships in the shipping lane, how the water changes with the tides, currents and winds, cloud formations, birds and much more.

Oh, and be sure to view at 720p or 1080p at full-screen:

Click here to view the embedded video.

We hope everyone had a Happy New Year and that all of B-Town thrives in 2015!

Make a resolution to attend Burien Arts Gallery Artist’s reception Friday

Thu, 01/01/2015 - 22:52

‘Metamorphosis’ by Mia-Schulte.

‘The Lake’ by Nia Michaels.

The fun New Year’s parties continue with Burien Arts Gallery’s gala opening reception this Friday, Jan. 2 for its January exhibit.

Burien Arts is presenting a mixed media show, featuring paintings by Mia Schulte and tin assemblages by Nia Michaels.

You can meet Mia and Nia at the Gallery on Friday from 4-8 p.m. The Gallery is located at 826 S.W. 152nd St. in Olde Burien. The exhibit runs Jan. 2-Feb. 1.

Mia says her artwork is a combination of abstract and expressionist styles.

“Each painting begins with strokes of ink that influence the direction and emotion that the painting will take,” Mia declares. “ The forms derive from nature, and the expression evolves to capture my thoughts and impressions at that moment. Like the process of creating a painting, each painting is layered with meaning.”

Speaking about her tin assemblages, Nia notes, “I am drawn to the intricate patterns, the range of colors, as well as the effects of aging; the rust, dents, scratches and fading, The tins are flattened and snipped and then assembled into works that combine appropriated commercial imagery from the past into small visions, layering the past and the present.

The exhibit also features fine-art ceramics and jewelry as well as paintings by Janet Price and Lorrain Stowe from Artists United.

Author Jayne Ann Krentz will hold book signing at Page 2 Books Saturday

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 14:08

New York Times bestselling Author Jayne Ann Krentz will be at Advertiser Page 2 Books this Saturday, Jan. 3 to talk with fans and sign copies of her book, which can then be picked up on Tuesday.

Lots of people are excited about this book, which is a mystery set in the Pacific Northwest.

Jayne is the Author of 50 New York Times bestsellers.

This time she’s written a romantic suspense story about a woman who finds her motivational-speaker boss dead, next to a vodka bottle that is a terrifying—and deliberate—reminder of the horrors of her past.

Who will help her unravel the mystery?

Find out in “Trust No One.”

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 3 at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Presented By Page 2 Books, located at 457 SW 152nd Street; 206-248-7248 · page2books.com

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