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B-Town’s Dog Blogger Marley A. Mutt says ‘Barky Holidays!’

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 10:01

By Marley A. Mutt

Some people might wonder what we dogs like to celebrate this time of year. Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Solstice? Do we prefer to hang stockings or light menorahs? Honestly, when it comes to us dogs, all we want to do this time of year – and any time – is celebrate being with you, our people. We don’t care if we sing carols, or spin dreidels if you are near us, and we can put our little fuzzy head in your lap.

That said, my Mom and Dad are Christmas people, so they like buying me little presents to put under the tree and in my stocking. There are the things I get every Christmas: a new Kong, stuffy, tasty treats, these are all great…don’t get me wrong. But, what I really love is spending time with my Mom and Dad. If all dogs could write at the 4th grade level like me, they would tell you that all they want this time of year is for you to spend some time with them.

It seems like people go a little crazy this time of year. Mom and Dad definitely seem more stressed. They fight a little more, mostly in the kitchen while they try to cook things. Which is pretty cool because then they forget to take out the garbage and I get to eat more people food. They also spend a lot of time shopping for gifts for each other and picking out and sending cards. Seriously, dogs don’t send cards, it’s not our thing. I mean, it’s great if it’s something people want to do. But, us dogs, we don’t need to send you a card to tell you what we’re thinking or feeling. We’re thinking “I sure love my person!”. What are we feeling? Love. Love for you, love for being near you, and love for just being a dog.

Here’s my advice to everyone this Holiday Season:

First, come home an hour early on Fridays and take us to the dog park. Maybe we can only spend a few minutes there before It gets too dark. But, those few minutes with you outside in the fresh air have been what’s kept us going all day cooped up in the house with nothing to do except sniff your laundry and nap on the couch. Yeah, we know we shouldn’t be on the couch. But, you should really do your laundry too. Let’s not judge.

Second, if you can’t get off early, take us out to dinner with you. Don’t worry about cooking (and fighting about cooking) and head to a cool place that let’s us dogs hang out with you, like Pit Stop Bottle Shop. They’re on 153rd in Burien and let us dogs hang out inside with our people. My Mom usually gets mac and cheese. It’s awesome and has bacon in it that she shares with me. Dad usually gets a burger. He always says he’s going to get something else, but always gets the burger. They have fancy and not so fancy beer for people who like beer. It seems like all people like beer. They also have doggie bingo there a couple times a month. It’s fun and they donate money back to charities that help us dogs. We call that a win win situation.

Finally, don’t worry so much about buying stuff for each other and us, or trying to make everything perfect. Just find a way to spend a little more time with us. Take us to the park, walk with us to the coffee shop, or toss us that tennis ball in the back yard a few times. We don’t need much. But, what we do need is to know that you love us. Knowing we’re loved doesn’t cost a dime, but it does take time. That’s all any of us really want and need this Holiday Season, or ever. Also, bacon, beer and bingo, those are good things too. Wishing everyone love and bacon this Holiday Season and always.

Happy Holidays from your Marley A. Mutt!

International flute recording artist Gary Stroutsos at Burien Library Thursday

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 09:00

International flute recording artist Gary Stroutsos will perform for FREE this Thursday, Nov. 30, from 7 – 8 p.m. at the Burien Library.

Gary will showcase his one-of-a-kind collection of world flute music, featuring traditional love songs from the Native American tribes he has worked with, British traditional music, and introspective Jazz. He is particularly noted for his playing of Native American flutes.

Gary Stroutsos’ music was featured on the Ken Burns PBS film, Lewis and Clark:The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, which led to a performance at the White House for President Bill Clinton. His music is currently featured on the PBS National Pledge Drive film, Desert Dreams: Celebrating Five Seasons in the Sonoran Desert.

WHAT: Concert with international world flute recording artist Gary Stroutsos.

WHEN: Thursday November 30, 2017, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM

WHERE: Burien Public Library 400 SW 152nd Street, Burien

COST: Free admission

Great prices, selection at Burien Library Guild Book Sale Saturday, Dec. 2

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 11:04

The Burien Library Guild’s Book Sale will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Burien Library.

Great Prices! Wonderful Selection!

Proceeds support programs at the Burien Library throughout the year.

Book donations gladly accepted.

The Burien Library is located at 400 SW 152nd Street:

CLIFF’S EDGE: Real Change is a first-rate example of a ‘street paper’

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 11:30

The first item to catch my eye in this particular newspaper was a column written by the newspaper’s founding director.

He is writing from a conference of “street paper” representatives from around the world in Manchester, England.

He begins his column with a single word: “Charlottesville.”

From that point he writes boldly and critically about the history of racism in America, all this in response to questions from others at the conference wanting to know “what’s going on in America.”

He writes from a decidedly liberal position on the political spectrum and is not at all gentle with the present administration. If you’re inclined to consider any idea that lies outside the conservative doctrine as being “fake news” or worse, you wouldn’t be happy with this man’s point of view.

I didn’t agree with everything he said, but I found that what he had to say expanded my perspective on the racial struggles with which we’re continuing to deal.

I particularly appreciated a timely quote he borrowed from William Faulkner:

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

This newspaper, an August issue of “Real Change” is a first-rate example of a “street paper.” You likely have seen it being sold in public areas along many King County streets, including those all across B-Town Blog territory.

I had held on to this issue because, in addition to that column, there were several other articles in it I found of interest.

That is often the case.

It publishes with a mission, and that mission is clearly stated on its Page 2:

“Real Change exists to provide opportunity and a voice for low-income and homeless people while taking action for economic, social and racial justice.”

So, there you have it, the focus of its content and the point of view from which it will be delivered.

I most often consider its topics to be of importance. I encounter them in my reading on a regular basis across a wide range of publications.

What I find in “Real Change” that’s different is the voice with which they’re delivered. It sounds like it originates with people who have lived the existence being considered, not just from those who have scrutinized it in the abstract.

For example, this past week’s issue of “Real Change” celebrated “World Toilet Day,” leading off with a drawing on the cover of Planet Earth sitting on …. yes…a toilet. Inside was about four pages of material exploring this potentially mundane, yet not-to-be-taken-for-granted, subject.

As framed for this publication, it takes on urgent importance in a community where hundreds of people, adults and children, men and women, may be unsure where and how they’re going to answer that next call of nature.

That quickly shifts any discussion of homelessness beyond the statistics and theories often associated with debates far removed from where homelessness is being experienced, even with the frequency with which we’re witnessing them in this part of the country.

Peeled back to day-by-day realities where even the frequent occurrences of routine life can be a source of stress, frustration and hopelessness, they take on a human dimension that needs a much different type of discussion.

“Real Change” helps provide the vocabulary for that discussion, and not just in print. It also provides a speaker’s bureau that carries these issues into the communities in a face-to-face format.

One such presentation focusing on homelessness is scheduled for the Burien Library at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. I plan to be there. I hope some of you will be also.

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.

SHOP LOCAL: ‘Junkie Janes’ is overflowing with so many Unique Finds!

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 10:28

New business Junkie Janes is overflowing with so many Unique Finds – a perfect local and eclectic shopping experience for your Black Friday!

“Great News…La Llama De Sutton farm came up from Southern CA and brought up a WHOLE load of great stuff that includes Antiques, hand made Jewelry, Furniture…and also up from the Llama farm is hand spun Llama yarn!”

Don’t miss their Black Friday Sale – 10% off the entire store!
Opening at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 24.

This week they will be open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

And they’re proudly located in Olde Burien at 902 SW 152nd Street, across from the 909 in the spot that formerly housed Phoenix Tea, right next to the fantastic mural of an Osprey that was painted by French Artist Mantra Voz.

Here’s some background info on this cool new biz:

The Story behind the name JUNKIE JANE is a story about Love Birds and recycling. The original Junkie Jane was Margaret Jane Allen. Margaret was born 1923 in Flint Michigan. Here she met Al, but soon after he went to serve his country in WW2. During the war, Margaret moved to southern CA. Soon after the war Al moved to CA to marry Margaret. Their friends gave Margaret the nick name Junkie Jane because she was always collecting cans to recycle. Sometimes Al would join his wife, holding hands strolling through town, collecting cans. These two love birds also enjoyed volunteering at the local thrift store and at the end of their shift they always seemed to find a treasure or two that they had to bring home.

Margaret and Al had two daughters, Virginia and Nanci Jane. Nanci married Ken and they too seemed to give the name Junkie Jane credit. These two love birds have a knack of finding unwanted treasures and re purposing them into things of beauty like this bench, wind chimes and beautiful jewelry.

Nanci and Ken also had two daughters, Sierra and Jamaica Jane. Jamaica married Clint and these two love birds soon found that they really enjoyed going to storage and barn auctions, garage and estate sales, and where ever else they might make that special discovery of some unique item. Jamaica soon referenced this as “MY HOBBY WITH MY HUBBY”! Jamaica, Clint and their two children, Destin and Starla, moved to Burien WA in 2015 and fell in love with the area. So when a spot opened in Down Town Burien Jamaica and Clint decided to open up JUNKIE JANE’S: selling their Unique Finds of antiques, industrial, art, retro, and up- cycled items.

Junkie Janes:

902 SW 152nd Street
Burien Wa 98166

Email: clintair@ymail.com

More info here:

Drive-through live Nativity will be at Normandy Christian Church Dec. 16-17

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 09:41

You, your family and friends can be transported to Bethlehem while driving through the parking lot Nativity at Normandy Christian Church the weekend of Dec. 16 and 17, from 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Scores of volunteers, thousands of lights, and full-size sets bring to life the Nativity Story.

“You will visit live scenes of angels, shepherds, live animals, guests at the market and the inn, wisemen, Mary, Joseph and the greatest Gift, Baby Jesus.”

Normandy Christian Church is located at 908 S. 200th Street in Des Moines:

The Viand Pundit reviews Burien’s new Royal Everest restaurant

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 15:00

The following is a regular review column by ‘The Viand Pundit,’ our anonymous restaurant critic:

The Viand Pundit Reviews Royal Everest

A Napalese and Indian restaurant has opened in Burien and the wonderful scent that sent my taste buds into action had caught me by surprise as I was passing by. Located in the spot where CC’s, Kayak, Dan Thai and others have ended, Royal Everest might just be the interesting twist that makes it happen. Owner and Executive Chef Sohan Malla was very busy running the kitchen while Host and Server Jay Sanjok warmly greeted us and led us to our table. The transformation inside has been renovated with a pleasant touch to color, space and ambiance. Floral portraits adorn the walls cheery rose and orange colors and scenes of Nepal grace the main area. The busy kitchen was clean appearing and well organized. The rest rooms were proper and spacious. Booth seating and tables were available. A little history before we continue because the Nepalese consider that food and eating are all divine and food should be eaten in a joyful manner

Though very little is known about the early history of Nepal, legends and references reach back to the first millennium BCE. Although, Neolithic tools and evidence of settlements found in the Kathmandu Valley in present day Sikkim and Nepal indicate that people have been living in the region for at least 40,000 years.

The history of Nepal has been influenced by its position in the Himalaya and its two neighbors, modern day India and Tibet. It is a multiethnic, multiracial, multicultural, multireligious, and multilingual country which provides for one of the most interesting cuisines in the region. Nepal had experienced almost a constant struggle for democracy, but the country’s cultural and geographic diversity provides ample space for a variety of cuisines based on ethnicity and on soil and climate.
The main staple diet of most Nepali people is Dal Bhat and Tarkari which translates to “lentil, rice, vegetable curry,” but it is a foundation of the Nepalese cuisine. So today, I sampled the Daily Lunch Buffet which was only a mere $9.95 The buffet line started with long, slender-grained aromatic Basmati rice, along with a plethora of variety of mostly chicken dishes and some vegetable dishes as well. The Chicken Tandoori and a Marsala Chicken Curry became fast favorites and the Potato Okra was also amazing.

One of the breads called Naan was pita like but softer and a onderfully perfect match for the meal. Sides of a Mango Chutney and the Mint Chutney were welcome diversions to thrill about. A sweet desert like rice pudding called Kheer was the perfect finish although there was competition with the sweet Gulab Jamun, a golden brown special milk ball similar only in looks to a doughnut hole. When dining here, it is helpful to remember that the most common custom in Nepal is jutho, which requires people not to touch others’ food and drink with either their hands or their spoon, so sharing is a cultural no-no.

There were some items I was uncomfortable with. The Menu printed on paper had text so small I had difficulty reading it. Perhaps this is just the To Go menu? The menu contained so many choices that I also found it difficult to decide what I wanted as I am unfamiliar with many of the dishes’ names. Thankfully each has a description of the dish in detail, which is nice. I just found it took awhile to orient myself to the One Hundred and Eleven (111) items on the menu. Parking is still free and available on Burien’s main drag. They offer a delivery service if you wish to dine in the luxury of your own home as well.

Royal Everest
635 SW 152nd Street
Burien WA
(206) 268-0022
www.royaleverestburienwa.com

Holiday Bazaar will be at Normandy Park Cove on Saturday, Dec. 2

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 12:21

Come do your holiday shopping the fun and easy way at the annual Holiday Bazaar at the Normandy Park Cove on Saturday, Dec. 2.

Peruse the high-quality handcrafted gift and décor items presented by 40 original artists.

There will be everything from personalized ornaments to hand-blown glass to doll clothes.

What started out as a neighborhood bazaar now attracts vendors and shoppers from all over the Seattle/Tacoma area.

Kennedy Catholic High School Girls Lacrosse will also be holding a fundraiser, so stop by the kitchen for lunch!

Doors open at 9 a.m., so make this the first stop in your day of bazaar hopping.

“We’ll have refreshments available for purchase. And, one thing you can always count on at the Cove’s bazaar is running into many “old” friends. It’s a tradition!”

The Normandy Park Cove is located at 1500 SW Shorebrook Drive:

Gathering Place Moms of Preschoolers Holiday Bazaar will be Sat., Nov. 25

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 10:48

The first-ever Holiday Bazaar hosted by Gathering Place MOPS (Moms of Preschoolers) will be held on Saturday, Nov. 25.

The fundraiser will run from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Gathering Place Church, located at 17700 1st Avenue South, Burien, WA 98148 (map below).

Gathering Place MOPS is pleased to host their first Bazaar with many vendors and hand crafted goods. Shop Small Business Saturday all in one place.

Burien Actors Theatre’s musical comedy ‘The Christmas Carol Rag’ opens Nov. 24

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 16:01

Burien Actors Theatre’s holiday show – which opens Friday, Nov. 24 – is ‘The Christmas Carol Rag,’ a delightfully irreverent and moving musical comedy set in ragtime-era New York City.

This reimagining of the original Dickens’ classic, written by Norman Allen with musical arrangements by Howard Breitbart, is a Northwest premiere in which Scrooge is an embittered woman who runs a sweatshop.

Performances will run from Nov. 24 through Dec. 17.

The Burien Actors Theatre production features specialty drinks themed to the show and plenty of free on-site parking, plus an opening night party.

“THE CHRISTMAS CAROL RAG”
This musical comedy take on the Dickens classic is set in the ragtime-era world of rough-and-tumble New York City, circa 1911. Ebenezer Scrooge has been recast as an embittered woman named Evelyn who runs her sweatshop with an iron fist, but slowly opens her heart when visited by a Yiddish-spouting Ghost of Christmas Past and Gospel-wailing Ghost of Christmas Present. A funny and moving show that puts a new twist on a holiday classic with production numbers featuring live music from ragtime tunes to Gospel.

This show is suitable for all ages.

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

Ticket prices range from $7 to $20. Student tickets are just $10. Enjoy an opening weekend deal: Tickets on opening night, Nov. 24, include free admission to the opening night party after the show. On Saturday, Nov. 25 all tickets are half price. On Sunday, Nov. 26, known as Seven Buck Sunday, admission is just $7.

$5 OFF COUPON!
Save $5 Off with this exclusive coupon – just click and then print it yourself:

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

The Christmas Carol Rag is sponsored by 4Culture and Pickled & Preserved.

THE CAST, DIRECTOR AND DESIGNERS
Stage director Calen Winn and music director Elizabeth Bender direct the talented cast of Cara Hazzard (Evelyn Scrooge), Rochelle Flynn (Gladys/Janet Marley/Partygoer), Hannah Rockel (Anne Cratchit/Young Evelyn Scrooge), Jessica Robins (Agnes/Christmas Past/Edie), Angelica Barksdale (Ruthie/Partygoer/Christmas Present), Jaron Boggs (Bob Cratchit, Young Bob Cratcht), Max Lopuscynski (Fred/Tim), Rosemary Herold (Sylvia/Partygoer), Kevin Finney (Bobby/Fezziwig). Elizabeth Bender is also the pianist for the show. Lisa Harringon is the show’s stage manager.

Designers for the show are: Gayle Staker, choreographer; Albie Clementi, set; Rob Falk, lighting; Cyndi Baumgardner, props; Tucker O’Conner, costumes; and Eric Dickman, sound.

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

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

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

CLIFF’S EDGE: The topic is preservation of local news media

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 14:01

I hope Scott Schaefer is reading – or has already read – this along with you and all the others who pay attention to The B-Town Blog.

(Actually, I’m pretty sure he reads each of my weekly rants when I submit them for publication. As founder, publisher and editor of this journalistic enterprise its part of his job.

(Also, as I’ve said so many times in the most somber of tones, “Every writer needs a good editor.” He’s a good one.)

If this column sees the light of day, it will be imperative that he will have read it. He’s part of it, you see.

What I’m attempting to do with this piece is bring all of us – most importantly YOU – to the table together to ponder a subject I consider not only of great importance , but also particularly timely for us in Burien.

The topic is preservation of local news media.

This obviously is not a subject of concern exclusively to our little corner of the world. Throughout the U.S. and elsewhere around the globe, traditional news media are struggling to some degree as they strive to adapt to changing technologies and business models affecting levels of public support.

A result of all this that most concerns me is the threatened loss of local news, the information and opinion on matters that have immediate impact on our lives.

The B-Town Blog and its related online publications in White Center, Normandy Park, SeaTac, Tukwila and Des Moines have dealt with significant local issues in recent months, including education, politics, business, homelessness, crime and so on.

Have those communities benefitted from that media involvement? Certainly, I would say.

Would they have benefitted even more had the issues been covered more consistently and in greater depth. Again, I would say, yes.

But that kind of expansive journalism calls for substantial resources to equip newsrooms, to pay for reporters and editors, and to experiment with and expand audience access to the new technologies these media employ.

The advertising and subscription dollars that used to provide those resources no longer guarantee them under new economic models.

So what to do to restore stability and breathe new life into local news operations?

One approach that surfaces more frequently is that of altering the relationship between you and your news media in a way that would give you a greater voice in what they report and discuss and how they do it.

For example, I recently read an online report from Editor and Publisher magazine, titled “The Membership Puzzle Project.“

It concerns findings of research focusing on a media-membership model.

One example cited is that of a media outlet in Greece “…which regularly invites its members to pitch ideas for investigations and then allows a handful of them to co-report and publish with their editorial team. This model not only gives readers the stories they want but provides a better understanding of the journalistic process so often misunderstood by the general public.”

The article goes on, “while the New York Times is probably not going to undertake something like that with its members, I’m encouraged they have created a reader hub within the newsroom. They are really trying to inspire their staff to be thinking about what matters to their audience and how they can serve them better…I think it behooves all of us to be asking those questions.”

That’s what I’m suggesting to those managing and using The B-Town Blog and its readers and advertisers.

It seems to be that you all would be asking these questions from a position of some strength.

You live in communities experiencing change of some difficulty, but they are communities in which good things also are happening in conjunction with that change.

And, at the same time, The B-Town Blog has reported record numbers of you looking to it for information about those communities.

Its report on the recent reader poll considering restoration of the “comments” section of the blog (some 75 percent wanted it restored in some fashion) indicated a readership ripe for “membership” of some kind with its local media.

What would it look like? I don’t know. But I think the time is ripe to talk about possibilities as we all huddle around this shared local-media table.

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.

VIDEO: Burien’s own Travis Thompson performs on Jimmy Fallon Wed. night

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 07:18

On Wednesday night, Nov. 15, Burien’s own Travis Thompson – rocking a shirt with ‘AMBAUM’ on it – performed live on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon with some other performer named Macklemore (oh and Dave B):

Travis is a rapper from Burien who’s now on a national tour. Last time covered him was when he performed at the EMP Sound Off in 2016.

Follow this rising local star here:

Taproot Theatre will present ‘The Gift of the Magi’ in Des Moines on Nov. 29

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 10:11

TAPROOT THEATRE PRESENTS “THE GIFT OF THE MAGI” – NOVEMBER 29, 2017

Taproot Theatre’s Touring Company will be presenting a stage adaptation of O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi” at Resurrection Lutheran Church on Wednesday, November 29 at 7pm.

This beloved Christmas classic tells the story of a young couple determined to find the perfect Christmas gifts for each other even as they struggle to make ends meet.

Admission is free.

Resurrection Lutheran Church is located at 134 South 206th Street in Des Moines; for directions, visit www.resurrection-lcms.org.

For more information about Taproot Theatre Company, visit www.taproottheatre.org.

Kennedy Catholic High School Arts and Crafts Fair will be Saturday, Dec. 2

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 13:39

Kennedy Catholic High School Arts and Crafts Fair will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Please join your Kennedy Catholic High School neighbors as they present their annual Arts and Crafts Fair.

Enjoy holiday music, raffles and a delicious lunch.

Shop from over 140 high quality vendors and artists presenting unique and one-of-a-kind items, a Holiday Bake Sale and more.

“This festive event is one not to be missed!”

John F. Kennedy Catholic High School Gymnasium and Cafeteria, 140 South 140th Street, Burien, WA 98168 (206) 246-0500:

Be ready for the Holidays at Iris & Peony’s ‘Chopped’ class this Thursday

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 14:21

It’s time for the next set of design classes, at the home of Burien’s best blooms Iris & Peony.

All their holiday offerings make you the creator of your own special holiday home ambiance, including a new fun and intriguing format inspired by the hit show “Chopped.” In this “all for fun” class, teams get a bucket of mystery flowers and containers and work with a designer to create fabulous masterpieces!

All classes will be held at Iris & Peony, and they will be offering 20% off merchandise to their attendees on class nights. You can get some of your holiday shopping done, and have a great time making floral lovelies.

See below for more for details of what’s on the calendar for the coming weeks!

Sign up today by calling (206) 242-3205
or email flowers@irisandpeony.com.

ADDRESS:

  • 441 SW 152nd Street (map below)
    Burien 98166

PHONE:

WEBSITE:

FACEBOOK:

HOURS:

  • 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday
  • Closed Sundays

Normandy Park’s ‘Winterfest’ holiday events will be Saturday, Dec. 2

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 12:38

Normandy Park’s ‘Winterfest’ holiday events will be held in two locations on Saturday, Dec. 2:

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Manhattan Village – lots of fun including: Santa, the Silverbells Carolers, the Marvista Choir, FREE cookie decorating at QFC and FREE holiday coloring at Starbucks.

Manhattan Village is located at 17847 1st Avenue South:

5 – 6:30 p.m.: Normandy Park Towne Center – the 5th annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony featuring festive music by Mount Rainier High School, Pacific Middle School, Marvista Elementary and the Silverbells Carolers, along with a Rock Star entrance by Santa! Plus – KOMO TV celebrities, lots of FREE prizes, candy canes and warm beverages, and SNOW thanks to Patti Gifford Real Estate.

Here’s video from last year’s event:

Normandy Park Towne Center is located at 19805 1st Avenue South:

Don Crawley of Burien Toastmasters earns Distinguished Toastmasters Award

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 10:51

Don Crawley being awarded his pin by Lisa Moorehead, Vice President of Membership & Treasurer.

On Oct. 26, Don Crawley earned his ‘Distinguished Toastmasters Award,’ the highest level of educational achievement in Toastmasters.

Only half of 1% of all Toastmasters achieve this prestigious level of accomplishment.

The current path to earning DTM status means giving 47 speeches; here is a diagram that explains the necessary steps to achieve this status:

“I joined Growthmasters to hone my speaking skills,” Don said. “What I discovered was not only a way to improve as a speaker, but also a wonderful group of caring and supportive friends.”

Don is a member and President of the 4801 Growthmasters club.

More information about the club and meetings can be found here:

http://growthmasters.toastmastersclubs.org/

Holiday Wine Tasting will be this Thursday at Tin Room Bar & Theater

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 10:10

From Advertiser The Tin Room Bar & Theater:

Save the Date – this Thursday, Nov. 16, 5 – 7 p.m. in the Tin Theater!

Holiday Wine Tasting. Find your perfect pairing for Thanksgiving Dinner.

Featured Wines:

  • Mionetto Prosecco (Certified Organic From Italy)
  • Imagery Chardonnay California
  • Imagery Pinot Noir California
  • Emiliana Coyam Red Blend (Certified bio-dynamic grapes from Chile)
  • Benziger Merlot (Certified sustainable farming methods)

Featured Food by Chef Daniel & Staff:

  • Manila clams with double smoked sausage
  • White wine butter sauce
  • Tomatoes & garlic bread

“Come Join Us!”

Tin Room Bar & Theater
923 SW 152nd St
Burien WA 98166
(206) 242-8040

REMINDER: Over 40 Artists’ works will be sold at ‘Vision 20/20’ Sat., Nov. 18

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 14:07

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.!

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.

Over 400 pieces of original art by the following 40+ regional artists will be on sale:

  • Amanda Allan
  • Siobhan Barrett
  • Dave Bloomfield
  • Audrey Brandt
  • Stasia Burrington
  • Ben Calhoun
  • Kellie Rae Cunningham
  • Robert Dean
  • Ray Fernandez
  • Natalia Fialkoff
  • Shannan Folino
  • Rich Fought
  • Duane Georges
  • Gay Hardy
  • Darnita Howard
  • Josefin Kanin
  • Tracy LeMoine
  • Anette Lusher
  • Erin MacCoy
  • Danny Mansmith
  • Brad McNeice
  • Kits Morgan
  • Alexis Ortiz
  • Devrim Ozkan
  • Sherry Palmiter
  • Rina Patel
  • Crystal Pyren
  • Mary Maki Rae
  • Helena Rogers
  • Alba Romero
  • Tina Routt
  • Sean Ryon
  • Diane Sarr
  • Amaranta Ibarra-Sandys
  • Christin Schaefer
  • Alida Schuh
  • Garreth Schuh
  • Serpent & Crow Arts
  • Liz Simpson
  • Angelina Villalobos

For more information, email vision2020.ba@gmail.com.

“See you there!”

More info at http://burienarts.org.

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

Highline United Methodist Church’s Annual Holiday Bazaar is this Saturday

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 10:15

Come by Highline United Methodist Church’s Annual Holiday Bazaar this Saturday, Nov. 11, for a baked good, a friendly smile, and free coffee.

There is plenty of parking.

While there take time to browse the various vendors, including the church’s Women’s Society.

There will be a rummage sale in the education wing.

And enter for a chance to win a Turkey Dinner, complete with trimmings.

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 11: 9am-4pm

WHERE: Highline United Methodist Church [Basement], 13015 1st Ave S., Burien, WA

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