Courtesy Elston Hill comes these great wildlife photos taken in Burien on Monday, March 20.
“Yesterday it was windy. When it is windy, the raptors arrive.
Strangely, a bald eagle and red tailed hawk arrived at the same time.
The eagle loved the wind, staying in place for the longest time.
Then, just as usually happens when these raptors arrive, the crows attacked.
This time it was hawk that became the subject of the crow attack.
(It was another dark cloudy day. Lousy for taking pictures. The solution? Convert the pictures to black and white.)”
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EDITOR’S NOTE: South King Media Founder/Publisher Scott Schaefer serves as a Volunteer on the Advisory Board to this program:
The Broadcast Communications (BComm) program at Puget Sound Skills Center has added nine new students this semester.
The classes have recently focused on photography, with a visit from local professional Andrew Crain.
Local country music guru Ms. Becky Brenner also visited and imparted much of her wisdom as to how she pursued a career in radio. She consults throughout North America.
In addition, Scott Schaefer, Founder/Publisher of The B-Town Blog and South King Media (as well as a multiple Emmy Award winner for writing on “Bill Nye the Science Guy” and “Almost Live!”) reviewed career options in TV, internet and podcasting.
Blake Messer of NewFangledCommerce.com also imparted years of radio knowledge as an owner, program manager and on-air celebrity.
“The BComm students were motivated by all!”
For more information, or to enroll, please contact:
Back by popular demand – has American politics always been so crazy?
Come find out from Cornell Clayton, Director of the omas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service at Washington State University at Burien Actors Theatre (14501 4th Avenue S.W.) this Sunday, March 26, at 5 p.m.
A reception will follow for audience members wanting to keep up the conversation.
“Join us at the Burien Actors Theatre where the popular and entertaining WSU Professor Cornell Clayton returns to discuss whether American politics has always been so crazy. His talk will explain the rise of today’s populist and conspiratorial politics and describes how populism on the left and right today differ.”
Admission and parking is free.
Anti-establishment candidates rail against the government they seek to lead; populist groups like the Tea Party or Occupy Wall Street howl about corruption in political and economic institutions; and wild conspiracy theories abound.
Explore how politics has become an arena for suspicious and angry minds. From the Know-Nothings in the 1850’s to the John Birchers, there always have been groups who see politics in apocalyptic terms and believe powerful elites are conspiring against ordinary Americans.
Clayton’s talk explains the rise of today’s populist and conspiratorial politics and describes how populism on the left and right today differ.
Discover the fascinating work that can result when visual arts and poetry collide when Poet Shin Yu Pai discusses the history of artist-poet collaborations at the Burien Library on Wednesday, April 5.
She will also show visual examples.
During the talk, she shows her work as a writer, her commissions for both art and cultural museums, and her work with painters, photographers, installation artists, composers, and video artists on collaborative work.
She’ll also discuss developing hybrid works that bring together her creative practices as a writer, photographer, and museologist.
Shin Yu Pai is currently poet laureate of the City of Redmond and was a 2014 Stranger Genius Award nominee. She has also served as a poet-in-residence for the Seattle Art Museum. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Pai lives in Seattle.
This event is supported by the Burien Arts Association as well as in part by Poets & Writers.
WHAT: Poet Shin Yu Pai discusses the history of artist-poet collaborations and shows visual examples
WHEN: Wednesday, April 5, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Burien Library, 400 SW 152nd Street
Did you see that strange, bright shiny object up in the sky Thursday?
Well, courtesy Elston Hill and Aaron Wells come these great photos documenting the setting of that foreign body, which hasn’t really been seen much around these parts since October.
First, the sunset, as seen from Elston’s home (click images to see larger versions):
And these from West Seattle, courtesy Aaron Wells:
Resident Elston Hill and his wife Jackline managed to avoid some of the recent, seemingly relentless torrent of raindrops and capture some great photos of some local Trilliums just starting to bloom.
“We planned to attend the WABI walk yesterday to Walker Preserver yesterday to look for Trilliums,” Elston said. “But the rain was quite constant so it did not seem like a good day for muddy trails. But Thursday morning we went to Walker Preserve in Normandy Park and eventually found the Trilliums just starting to bloom. Lots of other early spring vegetation to see. We may be frustrated with all the rain, but that is what makes our area so pretty.”
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On April 9, 2017 at 3 p.m., SilverSounds Northwest (SSN) will present its Spring Concert ‘America’s Jukebox.’
Northwest Associated Arts’ senior singers put their best foot forward with SSN’s annual celebration of the music from the 1950s through the 90s. From What a Wonderful World to Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, with stops along the way for songs by Simon & Garfunkel, Elvis Presley, Eric Clapton and many others, this show will once again prove that “You’re never to old to rock-n-roll!” Add in a live rock band, along with narration that traces the evolution of technology from 8-tracks to digital downloads, and you have a show that delights.
With KidSounds, YouthSounds & TeenSounds Northwest the South Sound’s youngest singers present a varied and fun show titled Spring is in the Air. On Saturday Mar 13 at 2pm, Directors Kerstin Shaffer and Colleen Thomas-Reitsma conduct an entertaining program that welcomes the sunshine with a song and a smile.
The NWAA Spring lineup concludes with a moving tribute to mom. On Mother’s Day, Sunday May 14, at 2pm CSN delivers a choral bouquet about, in honor of, and remembering moms. The concert includes favorites from the traditional choral repertoire, popular genres, and Broadway including stunning arrangements of Sting’s Fields of Gold, Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal by L’Estrange, a selection from Lauridsen’s Song of Roses, and Bobby McFerrin’s Psalm 23.
As always, CSN and the Youth Choruses encourage families to attend with their affordable Youth Ticket Program. Parents and adults looking for a risk-free way to introduce their children to the joys of choral music can bring young guests for free. Youth under age 17 can attend for free when accompanied by a paid adult.
ChoralSounds Northwest is comprised of adults from 18-80+. SilverSounds Northwest is comprised of 40 retired men and women. KidSounds Northwest, YouthSounds Northwest, and TeenSounds Northwest are also part of the NWAA family. Together, all these Burien-based choruses are part of Northwest Associated Arts (NWAA), which has developed a loyal and growing following with family-friendly shows that offer much more than the usual “choral concert.”
Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer
Over this last weekend, as construction workers were carefully tearing down an old building on a lot that will soon be the new home for the Highline Heritage Museum, the old facade front wall – which was intended to be preserved – fell over into SW 152nd Street just west of Ambaum Blvd. SW.
Luckily, there were no injuries other than to this streetlight on the south side of SW 152nd Street just west of Ambaum Blvd. SW.
The old building (at 819 SW 152nd Street), was built in the late 1920s, then expanded over almost 90 years in four sections, before being renovated in the late 1980s. It once housed a Pacific Fabrics store, as well as a Bartell Drugs and Tradewell grocery store. Most recently it served as home for Crossfit Burien.
Organizers had planned to leave the front facade of the old building intact, but the decrepit old structure seemed to have other ideas.
The goal is to construct the new museum on the lot, with the hopes of opening it by the end of the year; here’s a previous rendering (a new one that does not include the “ribbon” of photos on it will be released soon):
Here are some photos showing the current state of the project, as of Tuesday, March 14, 2017 (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):
Here are some photos taken last week as construction began (the first three provided by the Highline Historical Society):
The new 6900 square foot museum will be located in an area that teems with pedestrian and shopping activity. Drivers who are stopped at the traffic signal will be able to see into the shopping area of the building and notice several windows of changing exhibits. An overhang will cover part of the sidewalk, and a window near Armoire Chocolate (formerly the Danish Bakery) will house a museum exhibit so passersby can view it.
HELP THE NEW HERITAGE MUSEUM
Want to talk about the good old days? The Highline Historical Society is preparing a 65-foot long school district timeline that will cover the years from 1870 – the present for display in the museum.
The specialists woking on this exhibit would like to hold a group discussion with alumni representing all of the Highline School District High Schools; Highline, Glacier, Evergreen, Tyee, Mt. Rainier, and Aviation.
If you graduated from one of these schools and are available for several hours on April 1, 2017, please send your name, email, graduate year and schools attended to Cyndi Upthegrove at email@example.com. We are looking for people from each decade (since the 1940s, naturally) to meet in a group with our exhibit designers and writers.
“Thanks for your consideration.”
We have a continuing need for capital funding, and can use everyone’s assistance with exhibit research and development. For example, if you have lived here for many years you might help with “proofing” our exhibits to make certain the detail in them is correct. Call Curator Nancy McKay to see if she has a project you can help with. She can be reached at 253-670-1398.
If you would like to learn about various funding and naming opportunities please contact Cyndi Upthegrove at 206-246-6354. We have opportunities at every funding level and need your help. You can join the 300+ Highline residents who have donated to this project:
Courtesy Elston Hill comes these photos of a mudslide in the upper parking lot at Burien’s Seahurst Park, taken on Tuesday, March 14:
“Barriers have been placed to close off at least two-thirds of the parking lot,” Elston said.
“Jackie and I stopped at Seahurst Park at Noon on our way from an early morning appointment as there was a break in the rain. I only had my pocket camera, but got a picture of the slide as well as a few other photos. The moss is gorgeous after such a rainy year.
“This was the first time that I noticed several old growth tree stumps with the slots where the lumberjacks built the platforms on which they sawed down the trees.
“There was also evidence that the park had sawed some fallen trees.”
The reasoning for nature’s slippage is obvious – 8.85 inches of rain soaked the region in February — move than double the normal amount of precipitation for the month. February, 2017 is now the area’s second wettest February on record, topped only by February 1961, when 9.11 inches fell at Sea-Tac Airport.
The City of Burien told us that the mudslide happened on Feb. 9, and added:
Impact to park?
Three-quarters of our upper parking lot is closed, but there are still 40 spaces available there. Lower lot and a small part of the upper parking lot is still open to the public. Based on recommendations from a geoengineer, we are waiting until the weather dries out to finish cleaning up the parking lot. We’ve also cordoned off an area identified by the geoengineer in order to keep the public safe. So far, crews have been able to clear a concrete drainage ditch to make sure that water from an area to the east of slide doesn’t overflow into the parking lot.
Small slides are common in this area, just as they are in other areas listed on our Critical Areas Map: http://www.burienwa.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/1107.
The City’s message to visitors:
“Please stay out of the cordoned off area and don’t cross the barricades. We hope to get it cleared when the weather improves before an increase in visits to the park.”
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Ready to start a path to wellness? Many people express a desire to develop a wellness routine, yet many don’t fully realize the power of Art.
The supportive, creative professionals at Lake Burien Physical Therapy are here to help!
Their next six week Art & Creativity Class is designed specifically to introduce or re-introduce a variety of Art styles:
Art & Creativity Classes with Lory Newsom start soon at Lake Burien Physical Therapy:
Abstract Painting Classes: are part creative play and part new techniques These painting classes are currently offered one Saturday per month from 11AM-1PM $30, including all supplies! Class is limited, so reserve your spot today! Saturday March 18 & April 15
Brushes and Barrels Paint Night Art and Wine offering: You will be guided through a painting start to finish with your own touches. All supplies and a glass of wine is included for only $35,6:30-8:30 Class size is limited, so reserve your spot today on our website! Tuesday, March 14th, Abstract made Easy painting. Tuesday, March 28th – The Funky Chicken Both from 6:30 – 8:30 pm & April 18, 7-9 PM
Creativity Gathering: These Gatherings are once per month on Tuesday evenings from 6-8:30 PM. Come and bring whatever you like to work on e.g. Art journaling, painting, knitting, hand sewing, card making…etc. and enjoy the company of other creatives in a beautiful energetic space! We do have limited art/craft supplies on-hand which will be available for use. $15 drop-in April 4
*Please follow us on FB and watch our website (www.lakeburiept.com) for class updates and additional programs.
Lake Burien Physical Therapy is located at:
15811 Ambaum Blvd SW, Ste 140, Burien, WA 98166 (map below)
Phone: (206) 327-9880
REMINDER: Come see how you can make a big difference in the lives of orphaned children, all while sipping local beers, listening to some spectacular music, and enjoying a night with friends – the Northwest Ale fest will be held this Saturday, March 11 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Cove in Normandy Park.
Admission is $30 and includes a beer tasting glass and six tasting tokens. Additional tokens will be available for purchase. Designated driver tickets ($5) will be available at the door. There will be 22 different beers to sample, food trucks, and live music performed by Molner Music.
All proceeds will benefit Orphan Relief & Rescue, an organization founded in response to the nature and magnitude of violence and neglect of orphaned children in West Africa. Headquartered in Burien, our vision is to end injustice and see every child restored to their true value.
The event is sponsored by Collins Chiropractic, Hot Feet Fitness, Burien Press, The B-Town Blog, and Tamera Duke from Windermere Real Estate.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or at http://nwalefest.com.
The Normandy Park Cove is located at 1500 SW Shorebrook Drive:
Courtesy Elston Hill comes this photo gallery taken on ‘another dreary day’ in Burien:
Another dreary day. Can you believe it? We just spent a month in Wyoming and Alberta. Cold? Yes. But it was invigorating. But this? Oh, well, we needed to get out for a walk in the neighborhood (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):
It was real rain. And in the midst of this rain were two men piling shingles on top of a three story house! A conveyor built carried the shingles up to them and they were tied to the roof with ropes:
A wheel barrow filled with water beside a house under construction:
The above pictures were taken with my pocket camera. After coming home, I went out and took a few more pictures in our yard of spring flowers with my macro lens:
Spring is coming!
And here is a link to our Wyoming and Alberta pictures in temperatures down to minus 17 degrees Fahrenheit: http://www.elstonhill.com/Alberta.html
“I just read The Seattle Times’ article, ‘As if you didn’t know: Seattle area has had a ‘severe’ winter’ and I think you might enjoy it, too. You can read the full article here:
Our friends at the Rotary Club of Des Moines & Normandy Park tell us they raised an “unofficial” total of $65,056 from the 13th Annual Poverty Bay Wine Festival, held March 3 and 4!
“Last weekend, the Rotary Club of Des Moines & Normandy Park, WA held their 13th Annual Poverty Bay Wine Festival at the Des Moines Beach Park Auditorium,” Organizers told The Waterland Blog. “Hundreds attended this two day fundraiser that benefits many of of the local Rotary Club’s passion projects. The Rotary Club of Des Moines & Normandy Park, WA sends its deepest thanks to attendees, volunteers, vendors, sponsors, wineries and anyone who helped with this successful endeavor.”
Here are some of the causes our local Rotary Club benefits:
And here are photos from the event courtesy Rotarian Andrew Rodgers (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):
If you are a community leader who would like to exchange ideas and take action, the Rotary Club of Des Moines & Normandy Park, WA is now accepting new members – learn more at www.DMNPRotary.org.
REMINDER: The 2017 Burien Film Festival will be the focus of the next Film Office Happy Hour, set for this Tuesday, March 7 at 6 p.m. at the Tin Theater.
This is an open, all-ages, FREE event, and all who enjoy film and the arts are invited.
Doors open for networking at 5:30 p.m., with a presentation beginning at 6 p.m.
Film Fest organizers will present the 2017 schedule of events, along with details about each of the three contests:
- Student Short Film
- Burien-centric Short Film
- Open Short Film
Some of the previous film fest winners will also be screened.
Contests are now open for submission.
There will also be an industry event at Forest Ledge on the Friday evening before the festival, which will focus on cutting edge VR technologies.
For more details, visit www.burienfilmfestival.com.
The Tin Theater is located at 923 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien:
Here’s what’s on the agenda for Monday night’s (March 6) Burien City Council meeting:
The Council will hold a Special Meeting starting at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers for the purpose of conducting interviews of applicants to the Arts Commission; discussing and evaluating qualifications of the Business & Economic Development Partnership (BEDP) applicants, Arts Commission applicants, and the Citizen of the Year Award nominees; making appointments to the BEDP and Arts Commission; and also naming the Citizen of the Year Award recipient.
Download the full agenda packet here (PDF file).
Here’s the agenda:
- Conduct Interview of Applicant to the Arts Commission.
- Discuss and Evaluate Qualifications of Applicants to the Arts Commission.
- Motion to Approve Appointments to the Arts Commission
- Discuss and Evaluate Qualifications of Applicants to the BEDP.
- Motion to Approve Appointments to the Business & Economic Development Partnership.
- Discuss and Evaluate Qualification of Nominees for the Citizen of the Year Award.
- Motion on Naming the 2017 Annual Citizen of the Year Award Recipient (The award will be presented at the April 3, 2017, Council meeting).
On the Business Agenda:
- Motion to Approve Proclamation Commemorating the Twenty Fifth Anniversary of the Vote on Incorporating the City of Burien.
- Discussion and Potential Action on FY2018 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Project Applications.
- Discussion and Potential Action to Adopt Ordinance No.648, Significant Tree Retention Zoning Code Amendments.
- Discussion and Potential Action to Adopt Ordinance No. 652, Minor Zoning Code Amendments.
- Discussion and Potential Action on Burien Community Animal Resource and Education Society (C.A.R.E.S.)
- Review of Council Proposed Agenda Schedule.
The council meeting starts at 7 p.m., and a ‘rally against crime’ demonstration will be held outside at 6 p.m.
Burien City Hall is located at 400 SW 152nd Street.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: Now in her third year(!) with more great work is our youngest-ever Contributor – 12-year old Isabel Herbruger – Local Girl Scout, 4-H member, and aspiring photojournalist. We encourage residents of all ages to submit stories and photos for posting – for consideration, please email yours to firstname.lastname@example.org!]
Photos and Story by Isabel Herbruger, age 12
The Highline Pirates sent five wrestlers and two alternates to the State Mat Classic on February 17-18, 2017.
The Evergreen Wolverines also sent two alternates.
Friday was a busy day at the Tacoma Dome with the top 16 wrestlers for each weight class in attendance. Wrestlers have to win two before they lose two in order to come back on Saturday. The Pirates had four of their five wrestlers make it.
Some highlights from day one were:
- Kevin lost his second match of the year to Wapato in round one. They met again on day two for another match.
- Kyle almost had a pin in the first round of his first match before he went on to win by points.
- Ty had a great battle against Sequim. The score was tied all three rounds until the last seconds of overtime when he lost his second match.
- Caylee had an exciting pin in her second match, making her eligible to go for first place on Saturday.
- Jonavan did a great job driving the coaches crazy in his final match of the day. He kept doing arm cradles to a wrestler much taller than him to score points instead of just pinning him.
Here are photos from Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at State (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):
– Isabel H.
In case you were in Burien Actors Theatre’s bar or concessions, or – heaven forbid – have not yet seen ‘Sex with Strangers,’ and missed the scene change, here is a sped-up time lapse video:
NOTE: This is very last weekend of ‘Sex with Strangers’: Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4 at 8 p.m., with the finalé on Sunday, March 5 at 2 p.m.
How good is Sex with Strangers? Will you like the show? Check out this review! http://b-townblog.com/2017/02/16/review-sex-with-strangers-not-to-be-missed-plus-how-to-get-free-tickets/ “Burien Actors Theatre’s production of ‘Sex with Strangers’ is not to be missed. What a gift it is to have great, challenging theater in our town.”Buy tickets online here: https://v6.click4tix.com/event-details.php?e=430835
At Monday night’s Study Session, the Burien City Council voted to approve the following new ‘Refresh’ logo for the city:
Cost to the city for this logo/branding development from Tacoma-based agency JayRay was $149,300.
According to Maureen Hoffmann (a member of the Brand Advisory Committee), affirmative votes by those in attendance included Mayor Lucy Krakowiak, Councilmembers Steve Armstrong and Austin Bell. Voices of approval had been provided earlier to interim City Manager Tony Piasecki by Deputy Mayor Nancy Tosta, as well as Councilmembers Lauren Berkowitz and Bob Edgar. A hesitant approval was given by Councilmember Debi Wagner.
“The City can now move on with this project and its implementation,” Hoffmann added.
The cost to fully implement the new logo will be between an additional $100,000–$140,000 – which the city says it will phase in over time to save money – with the next goals listed as:
- City-owned communications channels, such as the city website, social media, as well as printed materials residents receive in the mail, like the PaRCs Department’s catalog and Burien Magazine
- Signs on streets, parks and buildings
- Decals on City-owned vehicles
- Badges and decals used on Public Works and Burien Police Department uniforms
We’re not sure if our unscientific poll had any sway (okay, we’re certain it did!), but as of 8 a.m. on Feb. 28, 2017, of the 476 responses to it, 53% – 254 votes – favored the ‘Refresh’ logo (read our previous coverage here).
A local Brand Advisory Committee of designers and print specialists recommended a different new logo, this ‘Circle B’ one, which didn’t make the cut and received just 10% of the votes in our poll:
Here’s more info from page 17 of Monday night’s Study Session packet:
The Council prioritized five Economic Development Goals and Actions for implementation starting in 2015, including Priority Council Action 3: Develop a Burien Brand. In 2014, the business community supported a B&O tax increase targeted at funding local economic development. The increase was implemented in 2015 and the subsequent branding initiative is funded from this B&O revenue.
The City entered into a contract in 2015 with JayRay Ads & PR, Inc, an advertising and strategic communications agency, for the purpose of developing a new brand for the City. As part of the branding process, JayRay conducted extensive research and community outreach activities gathering input from residents, businesses, visitors, City Council and other community stakeholders. This included more than 400 online survey responses, dozens of phone interviews and several focus groups.
In September 2016, the City Council was presented with a logo for potential adoption, but decided not to move forward with that logo due to concerns about reproduction and direction. A Brand Advisory Committee was then reconstituted with members from the local business, arts, printing and graphic design community to provide guidance to the consultant as part of the logo design process.
The Brand Advisory Committee reviewed dozens of potential logo options the consultant had created over the course of the past year, and selected a final logo design as their recommended choice after several meetings. The committee was also tasked with providing guidance on design of a refresh of the current City of Burien logo as a second option. Both the ‘recommended’ logo, and the ‘refreshed’ logo will be presented to Council for consideration.
by Cass Huff
Hey B-Town Readers!
So I haven’t been writing very many blogs lately. Sorry about that! Back in December, I auditioned to be in my school’s musical of The Addam’s Family! I was one of two freshman that got a lead role! I got the role of Grandma Addams. One thing that is hard about this role is that I love to sing. But Grandma has to talk in a very ‘nasely’ voice. So it doesn’t make any sense if I talk in a very ‘nasely’ voice but then sing in my normal voice. So I have to sing in a very ‘nasely’ voice too! It’s very fun but it’s very hard. I’m very excited for the show!
Anyways, one of my latest projects is to get #GetCassOnEllen trending. I’ve been trying to get on Ellen for about three years. I’ve submitted so many things to her website and nothing has worked so far. She’s made me laugh so many times in the hospital or even when I’m having a bad day. She’s encouraged me to “Just Keep Swimming” so many times. That’s why I want to meet her!
So I’m coming to you guys for help. Can you please try to help me get #GetCassOnEllen trending on social media? I also have another hashtag that is #kiCkASSidy so if you could use that one that would be awesome! Another way you can help is by submitting something to Ellen on her website (click here). The link is down below along with both of the hashtags, my Twitter and my Instagram.
My hope is that I find a way to meet my role model someday! Thank you guys in advance for helping me!
Sorry today’s blog was shorter then usual. If you have an idea on what you want me to write about next or any suggestions or advice from me, please feel free to comment down below. Yes I do read all of the comments!
Over and Out!