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Resident Virginia Wright celebrates ‘Burien’ in new book, coming out Dec. 8

Resident Virginia Wright celebrates ‘Burien’ in new book, coming out Dec. 8

Burien resident Virginia Wright has completed her first book – “Images of Burien” – a compilation of photos and anecdotes about B-Town that will be released on Dec. 8…

B-TOWN BIZ: With the cut of a ribbon, the brand new CVS Pharmacy is open

B-TOWN BIZ: With the cut of a ribbon, the brand new CVS Pharmacy is open

Monday morning (Nov. 17), several local business people, members of the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce, along with two city council members, employees and others gathered to cut a ribbon at... [Read more]

Waskowitz Big Tree Contest winner announced

Waskowitz Big Tree Contest winner announced

Marie O’Kelley stands by one of the winning Waskowitz trees that she and her brother planted in the 1960s. A tree planted by Mikeal Roose in 1962 was the winner in the Waskowitz Big Tree contest. The... [Read more]

Happy Veterans Day from The B-Town Blog to all Vets and their families!

Happy Veterans Day from The B-Town Blog to all Vets and their families!

Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer Publisher/Editor Happy Veterans Day from The B-Town Blog to all Vets, active military and their families! In honor of this holiday, we encourage all our Readers to... [Read more]

Hank Cramer to perform at Highline Historical Society annual meeting Nov. 16

Hank Cramer to perform at Highline Historical Society annual meeting Nov. 16

One of the best-loved folk singers in the American West will perform a repertoire of original, traditional and contemporary folk songs as the Highline Historical Society celebrates 20 years as an organization... [Read more]

This Burien house may look happy, but some think it was haunted…

This Burien house may look happy, but some think it was haunted…

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following story was originally posted on Halloween, 2009. We’re re-running it again because we think it’s pretty spooky: by Laura Beth Peterson The year was 1944 and... [Read more]

Local UFO film to screen at International Family Film Festival in Hollywood

Local UFO film to screen at International Family Film Festival in Hollywood

The locally-made short film ‘The Maury Island Incident‘ will next screen at the International Family Film Festival in Hollywood on Friday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. The movie recently won “Audience... [Read more]

REMINDER: ‘Night of 1000 Pumpkins’ is Saturday night, Nov. 1!

REMINDER: ‘Night of 1000 Pumpkins’ is Saturday night, Nov. 1!

REMINDER: ‘Night of 1000 Pumpkins’ is returning and will be held next Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Burien Community Center from 6-10 p.m. Entrance to the event is FREE. Wrist bands for unlimited... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘So, about that Highline High School proposed rebuild…’

LETTER: ‘So, about that Highline High School proposed rebuild…’

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] Dear Editor, So, about that Highline High... [Read more]

LETTER: Highline High School Alum shares thoughts on School District Bond

LETTER: Highline High School Alum shares thoughts on School District Bond

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] All five of us Mathison kids graduated... [Read more]

See local UFO film ‘The Maury Island Incident’ at Gig Harbor Film Fest Sat.

See local UFO film ‘The Maury Island Incident’ at Gig Harbor Film Fest Sat.

The locally-made short film ‘The Maury Island Incident‘ will screen this coming Saturday night, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Gig Harbor Film Festival. The screening will be followed by a Q... [Read more]

Locally-made alien & UFO films will screen at upcoming film fests

Locally-made alien & UFO films will screen at upcoming film fests

Two films made by Burien filmmakers will be screening at upcoming film festivals in Tacoma and Gig Harbor. The alien abduction thriller feature “The Device,” Directed by Burien resident Jeremy Berg,... [Read more]

PHOTO: Team goes out to measure for ‘Waskowitz Biggest Tree Contest’

PHOTO: Team goes out to measure for ‘Waskowitz Biggest Tree Contest’

Pictured above is Waskowitz Foundation president Kent Horton, along with UW graduate forestry students Sean Jeronimo and Nichole Studevant, who spent last Friday measuring the finalists in the Waskowitz... [Read more]

‘Tied By Lightning’ – free events commemorate high tech history in area

‘Tied By Lightning’ – free events commemorate high tech history in area

Everyone knows King County to be a high tech hub today, but our region’s first brush with cutting-edge technology occurred well before Bill Gates and Paul Allen. A century and a half ago, the first... [Read more]

B-TOWN BIZ: In business for 64 years, Wah Kue Restaurant may close soon

B-TOWN BIZ: In business for 64 years, Wah Kue Restaurant may close soon

Wah Kue Restaurant – in business and run by the same family for 64 years at 13434 1st Ave South in Burien – may close soon if a new owner isn’t found. According to Gina, who has worked there... [Read more]

REMINDER: Is there a Van Gogh in your garage? Find out this Saturday

REMINDER: Is there a Van Gogh in your garage? Find out this Saturday

Haul out those treasures you’ve always wondered about and bring them to the Highline Historical Society’s antiques appraisal and artifact identification day this Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10:30 a.m.... [Read more]

S’mores, sing-alongs, campfire & more to celebrate restored Seahurst Park Oct. 3

S’mores, sing-alongs, campfire & more to celebrate restored Seahurst Park Oct. 3

Burien Parks will be celebrating the opening of the newly-restored Seahurst Park Beach with a special campout on Friday, Oct. 3 from 6:30 – 8 p.m.  “We may not have a traditional bonfire…but... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Ribbon cut Friday at restored Seahurst Park Beach

PHOTOS: Ribbon cut Friday at restored Seahurst Park Beach

Under clear blue – but blustery – skies on Friday, numerous dignitaries gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the recently-restored Seahurst Park Beach in Burien…

Ribbon-cutting for restored Seahurst Park Beach will be Friday, Sept. 12

Ribbon-cutting for restored Seahurst Park Beach will be Friday, Sept. 12

The City of Burien, along with the Army Corps of Engineers will be holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the restored Seahurst Park Beach this Friday, Sept. 12, starting at 1:30 p.m. This event will celebrated... [Read more]

‘Mantra’ – bringing visibility to Burien through the Arts

‘Mantra’ – bringing visibility to Burien through the Arts

by Shelli Park Recently, the B-Town Beat had the opportunity to host the French artist, ‘Mantra.’ Mantra is a self-educated artist who hails from Metz, France. Sam Sneke, one of the organizers... [Read more]

The Highline Historical Society asks: ‘Is there a Van Gogh in your garage’?

The Highline Historical Society asks: ‘Is there a Van Gogh in your garage’?

The Highline Historical Society is asking: “Is there a Van Gogh in your garage?“ Haul out those treasures you’ve always wondered about and bring them to the Highline Historical Society’s... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Seahurst Park… Then and Now

PHOTOS: Seahurst Park… Then and Now

In honor of Seahurst Park re-opening to the public after an extensive restoration of the north shoreline, BTB photographer Michael Brunk assembled this gallery of unpublished photos shot at the park. In... [Read more]

The Hi-Liners to celebrate anniversaries of entertaining Burien audiences

The Hi-Liners to celebrate anniversaries of entertaining Burien audiences

“Once a Hi-Liner, always a Hi-Liner” has been the rallying call since the organization was founded in 1966, and has been reiterated each year since 1994 when MainStage first took to the Highline PAC... [Read more]

REMINDER: Newly-restored Seahurst Park will re-open Monday, Aug. 25

REMINDER: Newly-restored Seahurst Park will re-open Monday, Aug. 25

Photos courtesy Burien Parks. Click images to see larger versions. REMINDER: Burien’s Seahurst Park will re-open at 8 a.m. this coming Monday, Aug. 25, allowing park visitors the chance to enjoy the... [Read more]

‘The Maury Island Incident’ UFO film premieres as series on IndieFlix today

‘The Maury Island Incident’ UFO film premieres as series on IndieFlix today

EDITOR’S NOTE: “The Maury Island Incident” is a short film that was shot and produced locally during the summer of 2013 (including The Tin Room Bar), and released in May, 2014. It was... [Read more]

Waskowitz ‘Biggest Tree’ contest goes through August; do you know of one?

Waskowitz ‘Biggest Tree’ contest goes through August; do you know of one?

Burien resident Kent Horton has a long history with Camp Waskowitz, the Highline School District’s outdoor education center located in North Bend. As a sixth grader in the Highline School District,... [Read more]

Burien Council wrestles with new meeting rules, keeping ‘significant’ trees

Burien Council wrestles with new meeting rules, keeping ‘significant’ trees

by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council wants to change and upgrade the way it conducts meetings, eying ways to change and update the previous Council’s rules. It also got a report on retaining trees in... [Read more]

Local UFO film ‘The Maury Island Incident’ to be IndieFlix’ ‘original series’

Local UFO film ‘The Maury Island Incident’ to be IndieFlix’ ‘original series’

“The Maury Island Incident” – a short film that was shot locally in the Burien area last summer – has been turned into a 6-part original series and will premiere on Seattle-based IndieFlix,... [Read more]