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CLIFF’S EDGE: My brief, heavy handed reminder: Get a flu shot

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 11:41

It’s that time of year again when I either take on a formidable head cold—or I don’t.

Last weekend I did, and it was a memorable one, short in duration, but long in symptoms. It served as an exhausting reminder that I have yet to get my annual flu shot. I’ll take care of that soon, of course.

Disease has always been a somewhat hit-or-miss affair with me.

For example, I missed whooping cough through my entire childhood, then got it the night of my junior prom in high school. My popularity among all classmates took a hit that night and a budding relationship with my date for the evening ended abruptly.

Then there was my relationship with measles. I can remember being told somewhere along the line that you only get measles once. I got them three times between the ages of 4 and 8, approximately.

As the family told it, I came down with them each time during our annual Christmas-holiday train trip between Klamath Falls, Ore., where my dad was a high-school teacher, and my grandparents’ fruit and vegetable farm near Eugene.

My mother often made note of that on Christmases since then, usually prompting my dad to note that we’d received no threats of lawsuits either from the railroad or any of our fellow passengers, which was surprising since each such incident created a certain amount of stir through the train.

Then with great foreboding came the mumps in my 30th year. The three children who had come into our family by that time – at least the two who were old enough to understand that late late affliction – were astonished.

Another significant factor contributing to this disjointed medical history, I believe, was my mother’s being a career-long registered nurse diligently treating the ills of others, whether in a doctor’s office or community hospital. I suspect her constantly being alert to the symptoms of others conditioned me to willingly accept them whenever they came around.

Through grade school, so far as I know, I was the only kid in town whose mother kept penicillin in the refrigerator at home right next to the orange juice. In those years at the first sound of a cough out would come the needle and down would go my pants for a well-administered shot.

As penicillin went out of vogue, I envisioned myself as a proving ground for its successors in the treating of colds and related maladies.

For certain, when I coughed in our house, it was an honest cough. Honest, though perhaps out of synch with prescribed medical timetables.

Flu shot, right. I’ll get one.

Burien’s annual Día De Los Muertos / Day of the Dead Celebration is Fri., Nov. 3

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 11:24

Burien’s annual Día De Los Muertos / Day of the Dead Celebration will be held at the Community Center from 6 – 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3.

Don’t miss this fun-filled evening to learn about the rich tradition of DAY of the DEAD.

Play Loteria (Mexican bingo), get your face painted and create crafts.

Enjoy music, bilingual storytelling around the campfire, and Mexican hot chocolate, and pan de muerto.

Beautiful altars will be on display created by Burien community groups.

This is a FREE, family-friendly event put on by Burien Parks.

NEW this year is an art installation called “Dos Fridas: a live art installation” by Amaranta Sandys, sponsored by 4 Culture. Learn more about Amaranta here:


WHEN: Friday, Nov. 3, from 6 – 9 p.m.

WHERE: Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave SW (map below)



  • Face Painting hosted by Burien Arts
  • Loteria (bingo) Room

Arts & Crafts — mask making and more:

  • Come dressed at a Catrina or Frida

Traditional Music and Dance:  

  • 6:15-7:15pm Seattle Danza Azteca
  • 7:30-8:45pm Grupo Folklorico Guadalajara
  • 7:30-8:45pm Grupo Folklorico Citlali

Food for purchase from Maria’s Tamales.


And much more!

More info here: and here

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

REMINDER: Burien Actors Theatre’s excellent ‘Ben Butler’ ends this weekend!

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 07:23

From left to right, the slave Shepard Mallory (Sharif Ali) shows the results of being punished to Major Benjamin Butler (Michael Mendonsa) in Burien Actors Theatre’s comedy-historical drama Ben Butler about slavery, politics and the Civil War. Photo by Michael Brunk /

REMINDER: Burien Actors Theatre’s excellent production of ‘Ben Butler’ ends this Sunday, Oct. 23!

Don’t miss your last chance to see this great production – there will be performances Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m., with the finale on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Below is our review, as well as a $5 off Coupon:

Review by Shelli Park

Entering the theater, the experience begins. Early black spirituals take the mind back in time. They play to a dimly lit stage: a pre-Civil War office, simply appointed, and oriented at a refreshing angle. A few trunks are stacked in the room with nameplates denoting that we are in the office of the title character: Maj. Gen. Benjamin Franklin Butler.

As the lights come up, a well-seasoned man in high-ranking Union colors sits at his desk, letter in hand. He is processing the contents of the letter as a subordinate officer enters with pressing information. This initial exchange opens the window into the thought processes of a man, Maj. Gen. Butler, who would profoundly influence the direction of the Civil War.

Burien Actors Theatre’s season opener is a Northwest Premiere. ‘Ben Butler’, a witty and eye-opening historical comedy, is written by Richard Strand, an award-winning playwright, and is directed by Rachel Rene.

‘Ben Butler’ takes a poignant look at a tumultuous and uncertain time period in U.S. history. This moment is distilled by Strand into a series of conversations which take place over the course of a few days. Rene guides the action in skilled way, directing the actors so that their placement on stage underscores the nuances of the character relationships.

The two main characters, Maj. Gen. Butler, played by Michael Mendonsa and Shepherd Mallory, and an escaped slave, played by Sharif Ali, engage in tentative exploration of the other. The two are a mixture of intellectually curious, stubborn, and insecure. Strand uses the dialogue to construct a very satisfying experience using wit, psychology, and humor to bring about a difficult but ethical conclusion. Human weakness is on display, but is accepted as a part of the human condition. The play is generous in its ability to navigate what we think we know until we find that we don’t know what we don’t know. In the end, knowledge and open curiosity about ‘other’ is the key to opening the closed doors of the heart and mind. What we may think of as ‘other’ and entirely alien to ourselves, often is more similar than that we want to admit.

Mendonsa and Ali are wonderful counterpoints. They play off of each other as in a dynamic musical score, complete with poignant pauses,, pizzicato, allegro, forte, and an appropriate amount of dissonance which, finally, resolves.

Lieutenant Kelly (Mark Fox) is the comedic foil in the equation, and his evolution of thought gives hope that humans can indeed learn and grow, all the while making us laugh. Fox does a wonderful job in this role. His manner alternates between appropriately irritating and quite endearing.

Major Cary (Dave Tucker) is the villain. Tucker’s slow, vexed manner is successful in creating the necessary unsympathetic character.

Ben Butler is a timely play as we navigate, on a local and national level, the idea of us vs. them. We are, as it turns out, all part of the human race. We are all a part of the same community, on both a local and national level.

The BAT production of Ben Butler is wonderfully done. It both provokes thought and thoroughly entertains. The talent is top notch and is well worth taking the time to enjoy!

The Burien Actors Theatre production also features specialty drinks themed to the show, as well as plenty of free on-site parking.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. at Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 4th Ave SW in Burien (map below).

Click on the coupon below, then print from your home computer and save $5 bucks:

Ticket prices range from $7 to $20. Student tickets are just $10. Enjoy an opening weekend deals: Tickets on opening night, Sept. 29, include free admission to the opening night party. On Saturday, Sept. 30 all tickets are half price. On Sunday, Oct. 1, known as Seven Buck Sunday, admission is just $7.

For tickets, special deals or other information, go to or call 206-242-5180.

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

CALL TO ARTISTS: Apply for 2018 Community Center Gallery Program

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:43

Artists working in 2 dimensional media are invited to apply for the 2018 schedule of gallery exhibitions at the Burien Community Center, the City announced.

The application deadline is Nov. 17, 2017.

The exhibit space wall is in the Community Center lobby, and measures 14’6” x 8’8”. Artists are encouraged to view the space before applying to see if suitable. The lobby is monitored by staff.

The Community Center (located at 14700 6th Ave SW) is open Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

There is no insurance for objects installed for exhibition, however, every precaution is taken to ensure the safety of the artwork.

This is not a sales space, but artists are able to have contact information with their artwork.

Please e-mail the following application materials to

  • 5 digital images (work completed within the last two years) representing the type of work proposed for the exhibition. Please do not send photographs, original artwork, or slides.
  • A list of the images submitted with medium and sizes.
  • Resume detailing exhibition history and/or personal statement. (Please include name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.)

Questions? Please contact Gina Kallman at

KNKX Radio: ‘Something’s Different About This Year’s Election In Burien’

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:36

KNKX Radio (88.5 FM, formerly KPLU) did a good radio report they call ‘Something’s Different About This Year’s Election In Burien’ that’s definitely worth a listen.

Here’s how they introduce it:

This year’s election in Burien is about more than local issues like potholes and streetlights.

Residents of the city, located 10 miles south of downtown Seattle, are fresh off a fierce debate about whether or not Burien should be a so-called “sanctuary city” with policies protecting undocumented immigrants.

As the Nov. 7 election approaches, neighbors and candidates in the city of 50,000 people are debating issues like how to treat undocumented immigrants and the definition of racism.

To some, Burien’s election is an example of how Donald Trump’s presidency has changed politics in cities across the region, dividing neighbors and imbuing local races with echoes of the national 2016 contest.

The story features interviews with Joseph Saia, Lisa Parks, candidate Jimmy Matta, along with his opponent for Position No. 3, incumbent Councilmember Debi Wagner.

Press the ‘Play’ button to hear Will James’ story:

‘Vision 20/20’ Art Party Fundraiser will be at Burien Community Center Nov. 18

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:35

Burien’s biggest Art Party – Vision 20/20 – is coming to the Burien Community Center on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m.!

Over 400 pieces of original art by 40+ regional artists will be on sale.

This art auction is THE art event of the fall for Burien.

Unique 8″ x 8″ pieces of art are all $40 each, together with a silent auction for larger pieces.

Good food, wine, and exuberant company as well as music and prizes complete the evening.

This is a critical fundraiser for Burien Arts’ programs.

For more information or to exhibit at Vision 20/20, email

“See you there!”

More info at

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

Creepy Crawlers Pub Crawl & Costume Contest will be Sat. night, Oct. 28

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 18:30

After enjoying the Boo In Burien, Discover Burien invites everyone (21 and over) to the inaugural Creepy Crawlers Pub Crawl and Costume Contest on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 6 p.m. – Midnight.

Nine Burien bars are coming together to host this fun event in Downtown Burien.

Passports will be sold starting Monday, Oct. 23 in the Discover Burien office (427 SW 152nd Street) and will be $10. You can also purchase passports at the Boo In Burien event. Each passport will be good for food and drink specials at participating bars.

Creepy Crawlers can vote on their favorite decorated bar as they enjoy a fun night out on the town. And don’t forget your own costume! There is a MEGA first place prize of $1,000 for the best costume of the night. Prizes also for second and third place.

After Creepy Crawlers get 6 or more stamps in their passport, they should come to the Discover Burien office to have their picture taken as the official entry to the contest. Pictures will be uploaded to the Discover Burien Facebook page, at the stroke of Midnight, for all to view and enjoy! Voting will be a combination of “likes” on their picture on Discover Burien’s Facebook page, plus votes from each participating bars employees and votes of the Discover Burien Staff.

Be sure to attend this new event with your family and friends for a scary good time! See you there!

Thank you to the following bars for sponsoring this event: 909 Coffee and Wine, Bison Creek Pizza, Classic Eats, Elliot Bay, Frankies B-Town Bistro, Pit Stop Taproom and Pub, SmartyPants Garage, The Point Liquor and Eats, and Tin Room Bar.


Discover Burien is a non-profit focused on local community and business development, education, and promotion. Membership and contributions are tax deductible.

More info at

October Tasting will feature Washington Wines at Tin Theater Thursday night

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 15:11

Thursday, Oct. 19 / 5 – 7 p.m. in the Tin Theater

Featuring wines from Northwest Cellars of Washington:

  • Snipes Mountain Viognier 2015
  • Verhey Vineyard Malbec 2013
  • Columbia Valley “R” Red Blend
  • Columbia Valley “Madrigal” “Rhone” Red Blend 2013
  • Columbia Valley Carmenere 2013

“Come join us!”

More info at

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

October is ‘Paint your Fire Hydrant Pink’ Month (aka Cancer Awareness Month)

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:45

By Mark Ufkes

October is Breast and All Cancer Awareness Month. To do our part to promote cancer health awareness, my remarkable wife Lois Schipper and I spent an hour painting our White Center fire hydrant a wonderful pink hue. Here is how we did it. First, we cleared off the concrete pad it was sitting on with a hard brush. We then swept the actual hydrant with a clean patio broom and put newspaper down around the base to catch the paint drops. We used two 3-inch cheap brushes. The gallon of pink paint was a Home Depot Opps find. It cost $9, and one gallon can give two coats of paint for 5 or 6 fire hydrants.

And yes, it is legal … if your water is provided by Seattle Public Utilities. Seattle allows you to paint your fire hydrants! About a third of our neighborhoods in the unincorporated areas of White Center, those that border Arbor Heights and Southwest Seattle, already have Seattle utility services.

As a Scoutmaster, several years ago, I approached Seattle Public Utilities and asked permission to re-paint all the hydrants in the White Center area as a possible Eagle Scout project. They gave me approval and encouraged us to “Make it look nice, be careful with traffic, and clean up afterwards.” The scout took a different project, so many of the fire hydrants remain in desperate need of new paint. Our freshly painted pink fire hydrant is located on SW 107th Way, between 22nd Ave. SW and 26th Ave. SW.

Everyone has lost someone to cancer. Everyone. So, get your wife, husband, kids, partners, neighbors, church group, any and all of your friends, and go paint your fire hydrant. Be careful with the traffic, wear orange vests if possible so the drivers can see you working, and take lots of pictures (to send to your friends). For October, any color of pink will do. And it will remind us that those who have died of cancer are still with us every day. We painted ours pink for my mom, Iris Adkins, who died of colon cancer in 1972, when she was 43 years old.

PHOTO: Did you see the amazing rainbow Tuesday morning? Elston Hill did

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:41

Did you see the amazing rainbow that seemingly heralded the start of  ‘The Great Dark’ season Tuesday morning, Oct. 17?

Elston Hill did, and he captured it in two photos that we did our best to merge (click image to see larger version):

Area resident Michael Snyder also took a great photo of this rainbow:

— Michael Snyder (@guyinjeep16) October 17, 2017

Annual ‘Boo In Burien’ – & ‘Creepy Crawlers Pub Crawl’ – will be Sat., Oct. 28

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 15:58

Discover Burien’s annual ‘Boo In Burien’ – and the first-ever ‘Creepy Crawlers Pub Crawl – will be held in downtown Burien on Saturday, Oct. 28.

‘Boo,’ the safe trick or treating event, will again be happening down SW 152nd Street from, Noon – 4 p.m. with lots of FREE candy for the kids, as well as the exciting return of the Wiener dog races and costume dog parade!

This annual event is presented by Discover Burien and is packed with lots of entertainment for the whole family. Children can trick-or-treat for goodies at downtown businesses with a “Trick or Treat-Welcome” sign from 12pm until the treats run out.

NEW this year is the ‘Creepy Crawlers Pub Crawl,’ happening just after the Boo, from 6 p.m. to Midnight. $10 Passports will be sold before the event and on the day of, as the Discover Burien office will be open late that day. There will also be a MEGA costume contest for $1,000 for the best costume.

There will be tons of other fun treats all day, including:

  • Trick or Treat In Downtown Burien 12 noon until candy is gone (kids can go business to business for free candy)
  • Noon-3pm: Hayrides – Olde Burien to Town Square
  • Noon-3pm: Two Haunted Houses, one at Hot Feet Fitness and one at Merrill Gardens
  • Noon-3pm: Scary Photos at The Jungle Gym
  • Noon-3pm: Bouncy House at Taproot Church SW 152nd ST.
  • Noon-3pm: Maze at Burien 1st Assembly of God, 6th and SW 152nd ST
  • Noon-3pm: Children’s Crafts at various locations
  • 3pm: Costume Dog Parade registration in Town Square
  • 3pm: Costume Dog Parade starts in Burien Town Square Park
  • Wiener Dog Races After Dog Parade at Town Square Park
  • Specials in local businesses along with hot treats for all and much more!

Go to or call (206) 433-2882 for more details and timing of each activity.

ALSO…the first-ever Creepy Crawlers Pub Crawl and Costume Contest will be held after the Boo In Burien on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 6 p.m. to Midnight.

Join the fun as Burien Bars come together for the Creepy Crawlers Pub Crawl.

Pick up your $10 Passport at the Discover Burien Office before the event or on the day of at 427 SW 152nd Street.

Passports are good for food and drink specials at each bar all night.

Vote for your favorite decorated bar, and enter the costume contest.

$1000 1ST PLACE PRIZE FOR THE BEST COSTUME!  Call 206-433-2882 for more information.

Northwest Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Family Concert’ will be Oct. 27 & 29

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:24


Anthony Spain, Music Director

“Family Concert”- The West Coast premiere of visuals to accompany performance of “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Modest Mussorgsky

Friday, October 27, 2017: “Family Concert”- at Highline Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m.


Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 3 p.m.: Family Concert at Federal Way Performing Arts and Events Center

Pieces to include:

  • Pictures at an Exhibition – Modest Mussorgsky
  • American premiere of visuals by Adrian Wyard
  • Sound Track- Brent Irwin (Federal Way Composer)
  • *Finlandia- Jean Sibelius- with students from Highline and Federal Way School District
  • Slavonic Dance- Op. 46 #1- Antonin Dvorak
  • *Finale (Dargason) from St Paul’s Suite- Gustav Holst

*with students from Highline and Federal Way School Districts

**Children are invited to wear family friendly costumes

Following up on our sold out Planets concert that included the World Premiere of visuals to accompany this piece by Adrian Wyard, we present the West Coast premiere of visuals by Adrian Wyard to accompany the popular piece ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ – this will be a spectacular event,” Music Director, Anthony Spain said.

Tickets for the Highline Performing Arts Center are available by calling Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006, or you can order them online at

Tickets for the Federal Way Performing Arts and Events Center are available by calling (253) 835-7010.


  • Adult – $20
  • Senior (Over 60) – $15
  • Student – $15
  • Group Rate – $12 per person when total ticket purchase is 10 tickets or more

For more information on Northwest Symphony Orchestra, including the full concert schedule, musicians and ticket information, please visit their website at or call (206) 242-6321.

Contact: Anthony Spain, Music Director, NWSO at

King County Parks’ Family Halloween Carnival will be in White Center Oct. 28

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:44

The Annual King County Parks Family Halloween Carnival is coming up on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 2 – 5 p.m. at the White Center Community Center, in Steve Cox Memorial Park (1321 SW 102nd, 98146.)

Doors open at 2 p.m. and admission is FREE.

Local teens have planned nearly 30 different monster-themed crafts and games for local children ages 10 and under.

Tickets for each activity are sold for .25 each or 4/$1.00.

In addition to the games, the carnival will also feature a free performance by magician Jeff Evans at 3:30 p.m.

This year’s carnival is once again sponsored by the Teens and Staff of the White Center Teen Program. The WCTP offers free recreational, educational and social enrichment programming to over 1100 culturally diverse participants ages 12-19 each year. The program operates five days a week, forty-eight weeks a year and provides structured recreational classes and programs, homework assistance, educational and computer resources, leadership training, volunteer opportunities, special events, field trips, and drop-in activities.

The Annual Halloween Carnival is traditionally one of the teens favorite volunteer events. Program staff estimate at least 50 teens will volunteer at the event.

For additional Information, please contact Darlene Sellers, Recreation Coordinator at 206.477.2104.

PHOTOS: Could it be we’re seeing the last of the sunshine (for a while at least)?

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 07:19

By Elston Hill

On Sunday morning (Oct. 15), there were no clouds in the sky.

Mount Rainier beckoned from a golden sky with planes flying past. Contrails were orange.

There was a crescent moon.

The regional airlines took their short cuts over Burien as they are prone to do in early morning when the winds come out of the north.

A kingfisher was out. Geese flew by. And the Three Tree Point blue heron hung out at his usual haunts.

Click images to see larger versions/slideshow:

Artists United’s annual Art Fair will be Nov. 4-5 at the Normandy Park Cove

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 10:56

Artists United will be presenting its annual Art Fair on Nov. 4-5 (Saturday & Sunday) from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Normandy Park Cove.

Original fine art, photography, prints, cards, and jewelry from over 20 local artists!

Free admission to their family friendly show at Normandy Park Community Club, located at 1500 SW Shorebrook Drive (map below).

Check out the art raffle for a chance to win an original artwork.

Find the perfect art gift for someone special—or for yourself.

“You won’t want to miss this popular weekend show!”

Sponsored in part by: Normandy Park Community Club and Des Moines Legacy Foundation.

For more information, please visit

CLIFF’S EDGE: An opportunity to reconnect with my family’s past

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 08:43

Along with retirement has come the opportunity for me to work with my wife on genealogy research of our respective families. We’ve been pursuing it off and on for several years, but it seems particularly relevant in these later years of our own lives.

As a history buff, I’m intrigued to find that as we connect with preceding family members, so many of them no longer alive, I have an opportunity to reconnect with events and phases of our country’s past in a very personal way.

No, we haven’t identified any relatives who arrived aboard the Mayflower. Nor have we come across any who appear to have been thieves or rustlers.

But we have learned other interesting bits.

For example, both of us have identified members of our respective kin who fought in the Civil War, perhaps having squared off on opposite sides in one notable battle.

She knows that a relative of her paternal great-grandfather served on a Union gunboat on the Mississippi River. I have drawn a link to a relative on my mother’s side who fought with the Confederacy as an artilleryman. It appears they were both present during the battle of Fort Donelson in western Tennessee in 1862.

They both seem to have come out of that battle unscathed.

We traveled to southwest Colorado last summer to the area in which my mother’s family homesteaded in the late 1890s and came away with up an up-close and personal perspective on water disputes of that era.

My mom’s father and others in the family were among early farmers of that time and place and were among those drawing water from the Arkansas River for their irrigation.

Those downstream across the border in Kansas had been tapping into that stream, as well, and did not take kindly to being second in line to a dwindling water source. It’s an interesting dispute that I’m still exploring.

Back with my wife’s family again, we have tracked relatives of both her father and mother who participated in major developments of the Wild West, focusing on Montana.

Her mother’s family can be traced back to mining and farming in Scotland and on the Isle of Man. Immigrating at about the turn of the century to the U.S., they eventually made their way to South-Central Montana, where some became involved with mining in Butte, particularly in the organizing of mining unions and the sometimes violent acitivy that came along with it.

Others in the family took to cattle ranching in the Livingston area on land they still hold.

About that same time a patriarch of her father’s family emigrated from Germany and took up residency in Minnesota where he was a machinist and artist.

One of his sons – my wife’s grandfather – walked in his footsteps as a railroad machinist, and he and his family followed the course of the rails across the nation’s northern tier to the Livingston, Mont. area and then further west into the Pacific Northwest.

Her father took a side trip from Livingston to Butte to graduate from what was then the Montana School of Mines, and that’s where the two family threads were knotted.

Most of you undoubtedly have similar stories in your pasts, but probably more of them need to be resurrected from our collective memories and told or retold for sake of our ongoing education.

Cliff Rowe is a retired journalist and journalism professor. (He practiced both in a time before journalists and what they produced were considered “enemies of the people.”) He and his family have lived in the Shorewood area of White Center (then Burien) since 1969 when they returned to the Northwest after seven years in the Chicago area. There, following graduate school, he wrote and edited with the Chicago Sun-Times and with Paddock Publications in the Chicago suburbs. On moving here, he was with The Seattle Times for 11 years before turning to teaching journalism at Pacific Lutheran University for 35 years, retiring in 2015.

Hi-Liners add leadership position; continues growth trajectory

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 17:48

Burien’s Hi-Liners Musical Theatre, in a move reflecting their continuing growth, has added a second full-time salaried position to the organization’s leadership team. 

JC Hedberg, who has worked with The Hi-Liners since 2007 as a Production Stage Manager, adds a wide variety of executive responsibilities to his duties and assumes the role of Managing Director for the organization.  Hedberg brings more than 16 years of technical stage management experience across 47 productions with The Hi-Liners as well as experience as a stage manager at the Highline Performing Arts center.  In addition, he has completed advanced studies in Managing a Non-Profit and Strategic Use of Social Media for Non-Profits.

Hedberg joins Kathleen Edwards, The Hi-Liners Artistic Director and Executive Director of its DownStage Center education division, as a senior leader in the organization. Both roles report to the Chairman of the Board.

The Hi-Liners Musical Theatre offers a wide range of classes, camps and performance opportunities for youth ages 4-22.  Originally founded in 1966, The Hi-Liners Musical Theatre has grown to serve nearly 500 youth annually through classes, camps and performance opportunities and reaches into local schools through its “Musical Theatre Goes to School” program to provide after-school classes as well as full production experiences.

For more information about The Hi-Liners Musical Theatre visit or call 206-617-2152.

REMINDER: ‘Burien Man’ arts fest SeaCompression is this Saturday night

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 13:12

REMINDER: SeaCompression – an arts-centric fundraiser festival – is returning to Burien this Saturday, Oct. 14, from 4 p.m. – Midnight.

This year’s event will be FREE, all ages/kid-friendly (yet with a 21+ area), and will be held on SW 151st Street between 6th and 8th Ave SW (map below).

This great arts fest had previously been held at the Burien Interim Art Space (B/IAS), in the lot where The Maverick apartments are now located on SW 150th and 5th Ave SW, so in a way it’s returning to its home. The last iteration of this event in Burien was in 2012 (read our previous coverage here).

Those wacky Kids behind B/IAS and Night of 1000 Pumpkins – Kathy Justin and Dane Johnson, along with Co-Producers Cameron Sherman, Kirsten Mohan and Ben Tramposh and a whole troupe of volunteers – are bringing back Ignition Northwest’s annual fundraiser SeaCompression.

This year it’ll be FREE to the public and kid friendly (well mostly kid friendly), and will include a Giant Monkey bus, a Submarine and a shoe that belches, along with plenty of fire, plenty of interactive art and live performances.

The event will also feature a ticketed 21 and over area with dancing, live bands, beer garden and plenty of art, artists and all the shenanigans you expect from the INW Crew.

Here’s a new map:

Here’s the music lineup so far:

Yellow Brick Stage lineup:

Emerald Stage lineup:

Here is no Home without you – buy your tickets to the event’s ticketed area restricted to 21+ with bars, more of everything and performance stages. Your ticket purchase helps pay for the event, as well as INW’s grants and scholarship programs:

A Shuttle bus will provide transport to and from the event, running from Eden (1950 1st Ave – Official SeaCompression After Party hosted by Slutgarden), SODO lightrail station and Tukwila lightrail station. Departing from Eden every hour on the hour from 3 – 10 p.m., SoDo lightrail 10 min. after the hour. Tukwila 30 past the hour.

WHAT: SeaCompression 2017 will feature a free and open “street fair” full of family friendly art and activities, as well as a ticketed area restricted to 21+ with bars, more of everything and performance stages. Your ticket purchase helps pay for the event, as well as INW’s grants and scholarship programs.

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 14, from 4 p.m. to Midnight

WHERE: SW 151st Street, between 6th and 8th Ave SW, Burien (area map below).

COST: FREE, but it’s a fundraiser so feel free to be generous! This event is open to all ages with plenty of opportunities to support Ignition Northwest and plenty of adult fun to go along with it all.

INFO: For more info, visit

Music4Life reports major year-end growth for helping kids get instruments

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 17:34

Music4Life™ (, the local non-profit that provides ready-to-play musical instruments for use by public school students in need – including in Highline Public Schools – reports that it experienced double-digit growth last year. 

The organization delivered 276 instruments to participating public school districts by the end of August, compared with 143 instruments delivered the previous year.  The total value of the instruments also increased significantly to nearly $169,000.  Fair market value is determined by independent third-party music experts.

Music4Life provides musical instruments to participating schools for students in need.  The Seattle-based non-profit acquires instruments from adults who no longer need them, gets them repaired (if possible) and then provides them to participating public school districts for use by students in need.  Besides Seattle Public Schools, Music4Life also operates programs supporting Edmonds, Everett, Highline, Mukilteo and Shoreline Public Schools.  Programs for Bremerton and Northshore Public Schools were recently added.  The program acquires used instruments from those who understand that their highest and best use is to put them back into play.   Music4Life also accepts donations to help pay for instrument repairs.

“This growth was unexpected but certainly appreciated,” says David Endicott, Music4Life Co-Founder and President/COO.  “We believe it was mainly because of the addition of the Everett program last November, significant new free advertising support and the simplification of internal operating procedures.”  He says the organization operates with local booster clubs on a fiscal year that begins each September 1st.<

Growth reports being reported to participating booster clubs were (the fair market value of instruments delivered is in parentheses):

           2015-16            •           2016-17       

Edmonds: 33  ($30,328)  • 26 ($14,910)

Everett: (not applicable)  • 87 ($50,685)

Highline: 71  ($42,837) • 100  ($73,021

Mukilteo: 9  ($4,950)     •      -0- 

Seattle: 8  ($4,095)  • 26  ($7,636)

Shoreline: 22  ($20,113) • 33  ($18,040)

Endicott says several other instruments were provided to Seattle Music Partners, another non-profit providing after-school lessons, and to new programs for Bremerton and Northshore schools at the end of August. Decreases are reported for Edmonds and Mukilteo because both are rebuilding their Music4Life Booster Clubs.

Music4Life encourages school districts first to provide the instruments to the youngest possible students to give them something meaningful and fun to do with their time.  Students receiving instruments may use them for anything they wish as long as they are enrolled in the school district.  If they leave the district for any reason, such as graduation or their parents change residencies, the instruments must be returned to the school district so other students in need can use them.  “We estimate that a repaired instrument has a useful life of anywhere from two or three years to as many as 15 or more,” Endicott says.  “This means that three, four or even five more students can benefit from their use.”

Music4Life enjoys the support of notable music advocates and other community leaders.  Gerard Schwarz, world-renowned conductor laureate of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, has endorsed the program, saying, “This wonderful program begins with children in elementary school at a time when, if they’re interested and talented in any way, they have the greatest chance of success. Many people tell me of the impact that direct knowledge of instrumental music has had on their lives. We intend to give this advantage to all our children.”

Music4Life™ is supported in part by grants from the First Choice Health; the Hazel Miller Foundation, 4Culture (formerly the Seattle-King County Arts Commission); the Knossos Foundation; various local Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis clubs; the Highline and Northshore Schools Foundations; as well as by the law firm of Garvey Schubert Barer; Seattle Symphony Orchestra; the Seattle Folklife Festival; Rafael Carrabba Violins; Seattle Music Partners; Lamar Advertising; Encore Media Group; GMA Research; Cascade Symphony Orchestra; Randy Oxford Entertainment; the Edmonds Center for the Arts; Kennelly Keys Music stores; Hammond Ashley Violins in Issaquah; Donn Bennett Drums; Emerald City Guitars; Ted Brown Music; Bischofberger Violins; Olsen Violins; and others.

Music4Life™ provides musical instruments to participating schools for students in need.  Participating schools include Edmonds, Everett, Highline, Mukilteo, Northshore, Seattle  and Shoreline public school districts.  A community-wide activity, participants are local leaders who understand the unique role that participation in instrumental music has on the life and education of a child. For more information or to donate an instrument to Music4Life, contact , call (206) 409-3275 or go to our Website at . Music4Life Donor Forms must be attached and are available online, as well as at designated instrument drop-off sites.

History, Beer, Flying Saucers and ‘Maury Island Incident’ film Thurs., Oct. 26

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 12:14

The Washington State History Museum in Tacoma will be celebrating the 70th Anniversary of two of history’s most notable UFO sightings with a 21+ evening of beer tastings and all things flying saucers on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 7 – 10 p.m.

The two cases being celebrated include the Kenneth Arnold UFO sighting and the Maury Island incident, which both took place in Washington in 1947. These two events gave rise to the terms “flying saucer” and “men in black” and kicked off a craze of sightings that year, which included the Roswell incident and many others.

The evening event includes beer tastings with Three Magnets Brewing Co., a presentation on and showing of the film The Maury Island Incident with the filmmakers, UFO-related crafting with the The Museum of Flight, open exhibit galleries, and more.

Here’s a trailer for the local, award-winning film ‘The Maury Island Incident’:

Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and includes a commemorative glass and two drink tickets – buy tickets here:

More info here:

It’ll be a night you won’t soon forget, regardless of what the men in black try to tell you…

The Washington State History Museum is located at 1911 Pacific Ave in Tacoma:


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