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CLIFF’S EDGE: Reasons to Speak Up About Speaking Out

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 10:00

The Burien City Council heard from The Seattle Times this week with what I would assume was unsolicited advice.

Some might be surprised at The Times weighing in on the ongoing local dispute over a council policy prohibiting online posts by council members (Councilmember Lauren Berkowitz, in particular) during meetings.

Rest assured, I will not stop tweeting. The US Constitution trumps the disappointing votes of four Burien City Councilmembers.

— CM Lauren Berkowitz (@BurienBerkowitz) October 3, 2017

The Times’ opinion:

“The Burien City Council should do away with this portion of its social-media policy…”

Now why, you might ask, would this topic be of concern to Times readers?

I can offer two reasons, one frivolous, the other most serious.

First, having spent a couple of years on the staff of The Times editorial writers, I know there are days when what some might consider a lesser topic for pontification is the best that can be found in the face of that never-yielding demand to fill space on the editorial page.

Suddenly, a smoldering issue in Burien takes on greater significance..

On the serious side there is a question of whether Berkowitz’s email correspondence during council sessions violates the state’s open-meeting laws because she may be discussing council business with people outside the council walls.

There is disagreement within the council as to the legality of such a practice, and right there is enough justification for The Times, which has long campaigned for openness in government at all levels, to speak up from the sidelines of this dispute.

Indeed, free-speech issues such as this are drawing increased attention on many fronts as social media have greater impact in both public and private communication.

What happens to basic principles of vigorous and free speech as a factor in society’s governance when different means of communicating with still evolving principles become involved in the vital interaction between governments and their citizens?

Another such issue about which I have similar concern is that of anonymity in the exchange of information and opinion on topics of importance to all of us.

Whether among official voices or the voices of those they’re serving, there are persistent questions as to the relative validity of words from those who mask their identities and affiliations behind anonymity or false identification.

That issue, again, has relevance for those of us in Burien as our B-Town Blog rightly encourages its readers to involve themselves in the day-to-day issues of our time—crime, homelessness, education, governance — but closes the door to their responses to them.

Since Oct. 12, as you know, the “comments” capability of this blog has been closed with rare exceptions. This stance has not been taken frivolously, as evidenced by the blog’s poll of its readers regarding that closure.

Readers have been asked if they want the opportunity to comment restored, but only on the condition that writers’ real names are published? Or should they be returned with pseudonyms or anonymity allowed?

Some three-quarters of those responding say they want the comments back, 43 percent wanting actual, true names on them, 32 percent accepting pseudonyms.

Only 22 percent have said they don’t want the comments back, and, thankfully, only 3 percent don’t care. This is too important an issue, to my way of thinking, for anyone to not care.

Transparency in government along with citizen participation, both guaranteed in part through free and open speech, are more important now than they have ever been as we attempt to deal with complex issues in a fragmented society.

As suggested by The Times and The B-Town Blog, we in Burien are right in the thick of the struggle.

As far as I’m concerned, it’s a good place to be.

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.

REMINDER: ‘ChristmasSOUNDS’ is this weekend at Performing Arts Center

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 17:45

REMINDER: This Saturday, Dec. 9 & Sunday, Dec. 10, the entire Northwest Associated Arts family will present their annual Christmas program at the Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien.

This annual holiday extravaganza – titled ‘ChristmasSounds in Burien!’ – features nearly 200 singers, ages 8 to 80, and is one of Burien’s unique holiday traditions. All seven NWAA ensembles will share a single stage, combining beloved traditional Christmas carols, like The Holly and the Ivy, with festive favorites, like Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.

As always, NWAA encourages 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.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Dec. 9: 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 10: 2 p.m.

WHERE: Highline Performing Arts Center, 401 S 152nd Street, Burien (map below)

TICKETS: $20-25 (17 & under free with a paid adult) www.nwassociatedarts.org or 206-246-6040

INFO: 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.”

REMINDER: Save $5 on tix for last two weekends of BAT’s ‘Christmas Carol Rag’

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 15:51

From left to right, Anne Cratchit (Hannah Rockel) and Bob Cratchit (Jaron Boggs) celebrate the birth of their baby while friend and co-worker Agnes (Jessica Robins) looks on in Burien Actors Theatre’s musical The Christmas Carol Rag. Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com.

From left to right, Bob Cratchit (Jaron Boggs) mourns at the grave while Evelyn Scrooge (Cara Hazzard) looks on in Burien Actors Theatre’s musical The Christmas Carol Rag. Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com.

The Ghost of Christmas Present (Angelica Barksdale) sings gospel in Burien Actors Theatre’s musical The Christmas Carol Rag. Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com.

REMINDER: There are only two weekends left to catch Burien Actors Theatre’s “Christmas Carol Rag’ and you can save $5 on tickets by printing our Coupon below!

But first, our Review by Shelli Park

The holidays are upon us and with the holidays we can always look forward to the seasonal offering which Burien Actors Theatre serves up.

This year’s production The Christmas Carol Rag is a musical comedy with live piano accompaniment performed by Elizabeth Bender. The story has bones from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, but with a few twists.

Scrooge is a woman, for one.

Cara Hazzard plays the indomitable Evelyn Scrooge. Hazzard brings just the right amount of cold-hearted bitterness to the role. Through her journey with the three Ghosts she times her heart-thawing evolution perfectly. As we visit her history with the Ghost of Christmas Past it is clear that she was damaged by more than childhood loneliness and heartbreak. Scrooge was rejected because she is an intelligent woman with ambition, bringing a wholly different, and greater, purpose to this story.

The three Ghosts, of Past, Present and Future, presented themselves as stand alone, unique characters. The Ghost of Christmas Past (Jessica Robins; also plays Agnes) is delightful! Robins pulls off an East Coast Jewish character with aplomb! This ghost is geshmack, and initiates Scrooge’s journey in the best way.

The Ghost of Christmas Present continues the fun! Angelica Barksdale (also, Ruthie) brings soul to the stage. Scrooge is the one being bossed around this time. And the lessons keep on coming. As with Robins, Barksdale’s voice fills the stage as she belts out Go Tell it on the Mountain. Another delightful performance.

The Ghost of Christmas Future (Rochelle Flynn) is a dark, silent presence. Scrooge allows her mind to be manipulated by her own fears in the company of this staid Ghost.

Another important character is Bob Cratchit. Played by Jason Boggs, Cratchit is a delight. Boggs brings this sensitive and sincere character to a higher level. He is charming, and has a delightful singing voice, though it could use a little more volume.

Cratchit’s lovely wife, Anne, (Hannah Rockel) is long-suffering in the service of Ms. Scrooge. And she is pregnant, almost to term. Rockel plays Anne as a sweet, but practical, woman, the perfect counterpart to her dreamer husband. Together, they sing a transporting version of Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland.

The second half contains the strongest performances. “If I Were on The Stage,” sung by Fred (Scrooge’s nephew, played by Max Lopuszynski), Sylvia (Fred’s girlfriend, played by Rosemary Herold) and company falls under the purview of the Ghost of Christmas Present. Lopuszynski and Herold have great chemistry. Their stage presence and vocal training shine.

As Scrooge’s metamorphosis comes to completion she sings I Heard the Bells. It is a very moving piece. While Hazzard does not have the most polished voice, she is able to bring us with her full circle as she realizes life’s beauty and celebrates the season by giving back to her community.

To add to the wonder, the set design by Albie Clementi, is another exercise is flexible space management. The number of configurations made possible, and the choreography necessary to bring about scene changes, adds to the entertainment!

While this is not the best that BAT has presented over the last couple of years, The Christmas Carol Rag is successful in getting the audience into the warm feeling of the holiday season.

Remaining show dates and times:

  • Friday, December 8, 2017 8pm
  • Saturday, December 9, 2017 8pm
  • Sunday, December 10, 2017 2pm
  • Friday, December 15, 2017 8pm
  • Saturday, December 16, 2017 8pm
  • Sunday, December 17, 2017 2pm

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

TICKETS
Ticket prices range from $10 to $20. Student tickets are just $10.

For tickets, special deals or other information, go to www.burienactorstheatre.org 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.

It’s located at 14501 4th Ave SW:

PHOTOS: Clear (and cool) views of Mt. Rainier and Three Tree Point at sunset

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 17:42

Courtesy Photographer Aaron Wells comes these great photos showing Wednesday night’s sunset and view of Mt. Rainier from Three Tree Point (click images to view larger version/slideshow):

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Scenes from Normandy Park’s Winterfest Tree Lighting (& Santa!)

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 11:16

On Saturday, Dec. 2, the annual Winterfest Tree Lighting – and rock star-like arrival of Santa (complete with police escort!) – took place at the Normandy Park Towne Center.

Also on hand to entertain were numerous vendors, non-profits and the great talents of:

  • Marvista Orchestra Ensemble
  • Marvista Choir
  • Mount Rainier High School Choir
  • Pacific Middle School Choir

Here’s video that we broadcast live on Facebook:

And some photos courtesy Winterfest Organizer Susan West:

Rock in the New Year with the Molner Band at the Tin Room on New Year’s Eve

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 10:09
“Back by popular demand!”

ROCK in the New Year with the Molner Band at the Tin Room on New Year’s Eve, starting at 9:30 p.m.!

Molner Band Rock’in New Year’s | Tin Room | 12.31.2017 | 9:30 p.m.

“Come Join Us!”

More info:

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

Support our local library – join the Burien Library Guild at Jan. 8 meeting

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 10:05

Join the Burien Library Guild and support your library’s programs on Monday, Jan. 8.

This meeting – which runs from 7 – 9 p.m. – is open to everyone and will be held at the library.

More info here: https://kcls.bibliocommons.com/events/5a217fd12698fa350052ac75

Monica Bretherton’s Art on display at Community Center through January

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 11:04

The Burien Community Center is currently presenting the works of artist Monica Bretherton until the end of January, 2018.

Monica began her artistic career in Denver Colorado, where she exhibited sculpture and painting, including some public commissions.

She completed her BFA at the State University of New York at Purchase, and went on to work professionally in film and finance, careers that didn’t leave much time for art.

After a move to the Pacific Northwest, she returned to artistic practice with a new focus on acrylics. She discovered that her chickens made excellent subjects, and she credits them with getting her mojo back.

She currently resides in Arlington, WA, and is part of the Arlington Arts Council, with a mission to bring more art and arts education to the town. More information about the artist can be found at www.triangleranch.com.

The Burien Community Center is open Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Fridays 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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

St. Luke Church in Renton’s Muslim-Christian Friendship meeting is Dec. 9

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 11:15

St. Luke Church in Renton will host talks and conversation with two Islam scholars on Sunday, Dec. 9.

Dr. John Morrow and Imam Sheikh Noor-uddin will be joined by Zahra Abidi, Executive Director of Seattle non-profit “Roots of Conflict.”

All are welcome to attend this free event, co-sponsored by St. Luke Church and St. Mark’s Cathedral.

Presented by:
Zahra Abidi, Roots of Conflict Executive Director

Featuring:
Dr. John Morrow, Senior Research Scholar
Imam Sheikh Noor-uddin

Schedule:

  • 4:00 p.m. Welcome
  • 4:05 p.m. Introductions
  • 4:15 p.m. Covenants of the Prophet (pbuh) with all Christians, by Dr. John Morrow
  • 4:45 p.m. Birth of Islam, by Sheikh Noor-uddin
  • 5:05 p.m. Questions & Answers
  • 6:15 p.m. Refreshments & Socializing

St. Luke’s Church:

St. Luke’s is located at 99 Wells Ave S. in Renton:

South Sound Choruses ‘ChristmasSounds’ to ring in Holidays Dec. 9 & 10

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 16:55

On Saturday, Dec. 9 & Sunday, Dec. 10, the entire Northwest Associated Arts family will present their annual Christmas program at the Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien.

This annual holiday extravaganza, titled ChristmasSounds in Burien! Features nearly 200 singers, ages 8 to 80 and is one of Burien’s unique holiday traditions. All seven NWAA ensembles will share a single stage, combining beloved traditional Christmas carols, like The Holly and the Ivy, with festive favorites, like Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.

As always, NWAA encourages 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.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Dec. 9: 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 10: 2 p.m.

WHERE: Highline Performing Arts Center, 401 S 152nd Street, Burien (map below)

TICKETS: $20-25 (17 & under free with a paid adult) www.nwassociatedarts.org or 206-246-6040

INFO: 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.”

CLIFF’S EDGE: ‘I was born an absent-minded professor.’

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 09:00

I’m not easily embarrassed, and that’s a good thing, given how likely I am to say and do embarrassing things.

I really outdid myself this week, however, and not only am I figuratively blushing in embarrassment today, but I owe an apology to any of you who may have read last week’s column.

Last week I wrote about our local street paper, “Real Change,” and an article I’d read in it regarding homelessness. I concluded with the information that there would be a program at the Burien Library on “Thursday, Nov. 29,” dealing with that topic and featuring some of those associated with “Real Change.”

I hope none of you waited until last night to attend the presentation. You see, Wednesday was Nov. 29, and that’s when the library presentation was. I hope you and a whole lot of others attended.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Burien resident Maureen Hoffmann attended, and you can read her recap here].

I didn’t make it.

It was yesterday a short time before I was planning to head to the library that it dawned on me that a couple of hours earlier I had dated a check Nov. 30. Something didn’t seem right about that, and I soon figured it out.

I wish some sharp-eyed reader had noticed the error last week, and I know there are sharp-eyed readers out there because they’ve caught me in other screw-ups.

But this was my fault alone, and, again, I apologize.

I could blame errors such as this on genetics. In my family we often alluded to the absent-mindedness of my father, who, like me, was a college professor for many years at a small school in Oregon.

The town it was in also was small town, and dad would walk to the campus in the morning and back home in the evening. The morning leg usually was direct. In the evening he most often would alter the route and walk through town.

It was customary that most evenings we would get phone calls at home with messages like, “Tell your dad he left his pipe at the barber shop.”

Or, “You can tell your dad he left his briefcase at the hardware store.”

Or, perhaps, “We have your dad’s hat at the bowling alley.”

His explanation? “I was born an absent-minded professor.”

I suspect that with me it’s not as much an absent mind, as it is overconfidence wrapped in carelessness.

I used to grade down the students in my journalism classes for any error in fact in what they wrote. I’ll hope none of them see this admission on my part.

As for the rest of you, I once more apologize for the error. I also regret having messed up my own schedule and not getting to the library program.

I suspect it was a good one.

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.

REVIEW: BAT’s ‘Christmas Carol Rag’ – fun, warm feeling of the holiday season

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 17:48

From left to right, Anne Cratchit (Hannah Rockel) and Bob Cratchit (Jaron Boggs) celebrate the birth of their baby while friend and co-worker Agnes (Jessica Robins) looks on in Burien Actors Theatre’s musical The Christmas Carol Rag. Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com.

From left to right, Bob Cratchit (Jaron Boggs) mourns at the grave while Evelyn Scrooge (Cara Hazzard) looks on in Burien Actors Theatre’s musical The Christmas Carol Rag. Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com.

The Ghost of Christmas Present (Angelica Barksdale) sings gospel in Burien Actors Theatre’s musical The Christmas Carol Rag. Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com.

The Ghost of Christmas Present (Angelica Barksdale) sings gospel backed by choirboys (from left to right, Max Lopuszynski and Jaron Boggs) in Burien Actors Theatre’s musical The Christmas Carol Rag. Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com.

The Ghost of Christmas Past (Jessica Robins) take Evelyn Scrooge (Cara Hazzard) back to her past in an attempt to change her miserly ways in Burien Actors Theatre’s musical The Christmas Carol Rag. Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com.

Review by Shelli Park

The holidays are upon us and with the holidays we can always look forward to the seasonal offering which Burien Actors Theatre serves up.

This year’s production The Christmas Carol Rag is a musical comedy with live piano accompaniment performed by Elizabeth Bender. The story has bones from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, but with a few twists.

Scrooge is a woman, for one.

Cara Hazzard plays the indomitable Evelyn Scrooge. Hazzard brings just the right amount of cold-hearted bitterness to the role. Through her journey with the three Ghosts she times her heart-thawing evolution perfectly. As we visit her history with the Ghost of Christmas Past it is clear that she was damaged by more than childhood loneliness and heartbreak. Scrooge was rejected because she is an intelligent woman with ambition, bringing a wholly different, and greater, purpose to this story.

The three Ghosts, of Past, Present and Future, presented themselves as stand alone, unique characters. The Ghost of Christmas Past (Jessica Robins; also plays Agnes) is delightful! Robins pulls off an East Coast Jewish character with aplomb! This ghost is geshmack, and initiates Scrooge’s journey in the best way.

The Ghost of Christmas Present continues the fun! Angelica Barksdale (also, Ruthie) brings soul to the stage. Scrooge is the one being bossed around this time. And the lessons keep on coming. As with Robins, Barksdale’s voice fills the stage as she belts out Go Tell it on the Mountain. Another delightful performance.

The Ghost of Christmas Future (Rochelle Flynn) is a dark, silent presence. Scrooge allows her mind to be manipulated by her own fears in the company of this staid Ghost.

Another important character is Bob Cratchit. Played by Jason Boggs, Cratchit is a delight. Boggs brings this sensitive and sincere character to a higher level. He is charming, and has a delightful singing voice, though it could use a little more volume.

Cratchit’s lovely wife, Anne, (Hannah Rockel) is long-suffering in the service of Ms. Scrooge. And she is pregnant, almost to term. Rockel plays Anne as a sweet, but practical, woman, the perfect counterpart to her dreamer husband. Together, they sing a transporting version of M eet Me Tonight in Dreamland.

The second half contains the strongest performances. “If I Were on The Stage,” sung by Fred (Scrooge’s nephew, played by Max Lopuszynski), Sylvia (Fred’s girlfriend, played by Rosemary Herold) and company falls under the purview of the Ghost of Christmas Present. Lopuszynski and Herold have great chemistry. Their stage presence and vocal training shine.

As Scrooge’s metamorphosis comes to completion she sings I Heard the Bells. It is a very moving piece. While Hazzard does not have the most polished voice, she is able to bring us with her full circle as she realizes life’s beauty and celebrates the season by giving back to her community.

To add to the wonder, the set design by Albie Clementi, is another exercise is flexible space management. The number of configurations made possible, and the choreography necessary to bring about scene changes, adds to the entertainment!

While this is not the best that BAT has presented over the last couple of years, The Christmas Carol Rag is successful in getting the audience into the warm feeling of the holiday season.

Show dates and times:

  • Friday, December 1, 2017 8pm
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017 8pm
  • Sunday, December 3, 2017 2pm
  • Friday, December 8, 2017 8pm
  • Saturday, December 9, 2017 8pm
  • Sunday, December 10, 2017 2pm
  • Friday, December 15, 2017 8pm
  • Saturday, December 16, 2017 8pm
  • Sunday, December 17, 2017 2pm

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

TICKETS
Ticket prices range from $10 to $20. Student tickets are just $10.

For tickets, special deals or other information, go to www.burienactorstheatre.org 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.

It’s located at 14501 4th Ave SW:

Lisa G. Rosenblum selected as new King County Library System Director

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 17:25

The King County Library System (KCLS) Board of Trustees on Wednesday night selected Lisa G. Rosenblum as the KCLS Library Director following a comprehensive nationwide search.

The Board made its decision at its regular monthly meeting Nov. 29 and extended an offer, which Ms. Rosenblum has accepted. Rosenblum will begin her leadership role at the King County Library System’s Service Center in Issaquah on January 16, 2018.

“Our search firm delivered a choice of several qualified candidates. During the interview process, Lisa Rosenblum rose to the top of the list as the person best suited to lead KCLS as we implement our new Strategic Focus,” said KCLS Board Trustee Robin McClelland who chaired the search committee.

“Lisa is undaunted by challenges, our geographic reach, and our mission to serve our diverse population of patrons. We believe she will strengthen relationships with communities and seek partnerships that share our commitment to innovation,” McClelland added.

A distinguished librarian, Rosenblum has spent her career in culturally diverse and metropolitan library settings on the East and West coasts. She joins KCLS from the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), the fifth-largest library system in the country, which includes the historic Central Library. There, Rosenblum served as Director and Chief Librarian, and oversaw the planning, developing and leading of BPL’s operations and its $120 million budget.

Prior to her position at BPL, Rosenblum served as Director of Library and Community Services for the City of Sunnyvale in California, where she implemented the use of innovative technology to enhance library services, increased the circulation of materials and augmented eBook collections. Prior to her role in Sunnyvale, Rosenblum served as Director of Library and Neighborhood Services for the City of Hayward in California, where she led the planning and modernization of library services and developed integrated neighborhood programs. Rosenblum began her library career as a librarian, and later training manager, then division manager, of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in the City of San Jose.

Since 2008, Rosenblum has shared her strategic leadership, organizational theory and management concept knowledge as a visiting professor and lecturer, respectively, at Pratt Institute School of Information and San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science.

“Lisa’s proven leadership abilities and extensive background in library programs, services, technology and innovation will be an immense asset to the King County Library System,” said Stephen A. Smith, KCLS Interim Library Director. “She has worked for years with people from all walks of life, which is a great match for our increasingly diverse county. We are very fortunate that she is joining us, and sincerely look forward to her arrival in the Pacific Northwest.”

A dynamic leader, Rosenblum will be responsible for advancing KCLS’ strategic focus initiatives, including collaborating with civic and business leaders, advancing the library’s literary and technology programs, continuing its excellence in customer service, building a diverse staff and supporting the KCLS Foundation’s fundraising efforts.

“The King County Library System is nationally known as a leader among public libraries. It is an honor to have been selected as the next director,” said Rosenblum. “Many of the innovative programs at KCLS are implemented similarly at BPL, so I already feel an alignment with the direction of KCLS and its strategic focus. I would like to continue the direction and help it grow as both an institution and a community asset,” she said.

Rosenblum earned her Master’s Degree in Library Science from San Jose State University and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. John’s College.

Burien Arts Pop-Up Gallery will feature Janet Price Art starting Dec. 1 at City Hall

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 17:13

Burien Arts Association will be presenting a Pop-Up Gallery featuring the work of local artist Janet Price at Burien City Hall, 3rd Floor Lobby, on Friday, Dec. 1, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

This exhibit is presented by Burien Arts and the Theiler – Price Family in memory of Janet Price who passed away earlier this year in a bicycle accident in Ireland.

Janet was a well know artist involved with the Burien Art Association and Artists United.

Burien City Hall is located at 400 SW 152nd Street.

Burien City Council gives arts grants, discusses comprehensive plan Mon. night

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 10:43

By Jack Mayne

The City Council study session agenda for Monday (Nov. 27) said that members were to hold a special closed session meeting for an hour before its study session. That special closed session was to “review the performance of the city manager” as outlined in state law.

The actual study session included Shelley Brittingham, chair of the Burien Arts Commission, who told Councilmembers of their recommendations of cultural grants requests for 2018. Each year the commission dispenses $20,000 appropriated by the Council to local arts groups. She said 14 groups and individuals have applied to the commission for a total of $45,000 and the Council approved its recommendations.

The list of applicants was not made immediately available.

Senior city planner David Johanson spent most of the 90 minutes of the Council discussing potential changes to the city’s 2017 comprehensive plan.

Southgate Eastern Star’s 20th Holiday Bazaar will be this Saturday, Dec. 2

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 07:20

Join Southgate Eastern Star for their 20th anniversary Holiday Bazaar this Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017.

Enjoy old town traditions with home made baked goods, handmade crafts, and old world charm.

The bazaar coincides with Discover Burien’s annual Holiday Bazaar Day from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., and will be held at the South Gate Masonic Hall located at 1004 SW 152nd Street.

For more information, call Jan at 206-849-7906.

REMINDER: Tyee Holiday Bazaar will be this Saturday, Dec. 2 in SeaTac

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 13:21

The annual Tyee Holiday Bazaar will be held this Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Tyee High School in SeaTac.

Start your holiday shopping with our 125+ booths of hand-crafted and commercial items.

Have breakfast, or lunch, enjoy an espresso beverage and have your picture taken with Santa – all at the Tyee Holiday Bazaar.

To become a vendor, download an application here.

Questions can be directed to Alana Vinther at 206.631.6460 or alana.vinther@highlineschools.org.

Tyee High School is located at 4424 S 188th Street in SeaTac:

Begin Winter attuned to nature at the 4th annual ‘A Bonsai Solstice’ Dec. 17

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 08:30

Begin Winter Attuned to Nature with Living Art at the 4th annual A Bonsai Solstice:

Take in a big breath of fresh air and enjoy the unique beauty of the bonsai illuminated by serene candlelight.

WHAT: A Bonsai Solstice is back! The Pacific Bonsai Museum welcomes the public to enjoy the collection by candlelight.

To add to the meditative atmosphere, world-renowned Native American Flute artist Gary Stroutsos will join us as a special guest artist this year.

We invite guests to BYOF (Bring-Your-Own-Flashlight) and sip a cup of hot cocoa or coffee compliments of Caffé D’arte. P&J’s Waffle Delights Food Truck will be onsite for those who’d like to treat themselves to a sweet or savory waffle dinner.

This event is kid-friendly.  Admission to the event is free (donations to support the museum are always much appreciated). For those who would like to make a ritual of it, commemorative votives will be available with a $5 donation.

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 17 from 4pm – 7pm

WHERE: The Pacific Bonsai Museum is located on the campus of the former Weyerhaeuser headquarters at 2515 S 336th Street, Federal Way, WA 98001.

PARKING: Free parking is available across from the Museum (follow signs to ‘Garden Parking’); handicapped parking is available at the museum entrance.

EVENT SPONSOR: Caffé D’arte

MORE EVENT INFO: The public can call the Museum with any questions in advance at (252) 353-7345 or email Liz Sullivan, Liz@pacificbonsaimuseum.org.

ABOUT THE PACIFIC BONSAI MUSEUM
The Pacific Bonsai Museum connects people to nature through living art. Fifty of the Museum’s 150 bonsai are displayed at any given time in an outdoor, fine-art-museum-setting in the open air of a large forest in Federal Way, Washington. The Museum is poised at the forefront of an evolving art form that is transforming in a uniquely American fashion. Approximately 35,000 people from across the globe visit the museum each year, with visitorship growing as people discover this gem of the Pacific Northwest. Admission by donation. Learn more at: http://www.pacificbonsaimuseum.org/.

MUSEUM WINTER HOURS
Tuesday through Sunday, 10am to 4pm. The Museum is closed every Monday, as well as Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

ABOUT GARY STROUTSOS
Gary Stroutsos is a world flute artist and storyteller with a mission of promoting stewardship of diverse cultures and the natural environment. Each of Gary’s meditative, solo, Native American flute performances given over the course of his 35-year career is distinct, drawn from the inspiration of the space and the audience. More at http://www.garystroutsos.com/.

REMINDER: Buy local, buy handmade at Moshier Holiday Pottery Sale Saturday

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 16:28

REMINDER: The annual Moshier Holiday Pottery Sale – with beautiful handmade items – will be held this Saturday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Moshier Art Center.

Twice a year the potters at the Moshier Art Center gather to sell their handmade wares.

Come to this amazing sale to find hundreds of items such as mugs, bowls, serving dishes, casseroles, garden art, soap dishes, jewelry, holiday items, and more!

Come early for the best selection!

For more information: 206-988-3700

Cash or checks only.

WHAT: Annual Moshier Pottery Sale!

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 2: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE: Moshier Art Center, 430 S. 156th, Burien (map below)

INFO: More info here: http://www.burienwa.gov/index.aspx?NID=791

FREE ‘Santa Party’ will be at the Normandy Park Cove this Sunday, Dec. 3

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 15:31

Join your friends, family and neighbors for holiday fun at the Cove’s annual Santa Party this Sunday, Dec. 3.

It’s festive, and it’s FREE!

Members of the NPCC Board of Trustees will be serving you dessert and hot beverages.

“Bring your camera for those once-in-a-lifetime pictures with Santa!”

The Normandy Park Arts Commission promises to once again have a great craft project for the kids.

WHAT: VISIT SANTA & ENJOY DESSERT!

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 3: 1 – 3 p.m.

WHERE: Normandy Park Community Club (The Cove), 1500 Shorebrook Drive:



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