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September 20, 2014

Volunteers needed for Walker Preserve Restoration this Saturday, Sept. 20

Volunteers are needed for a Walker Preserve Restoration work party this Saturday, Sept. 20.

Here are the details:

The first fall volunteer forest restoration event is this Saturday at Walker Preserve. Please join me and your neighbors to continue the work that has been done by previous volunteers since 2008 to clear the forest of invasive English ivy and other weeds, preserving the native forest and its wildlife inhabitants.

No experience is necessary, and coffee, gloves, and tools are provided!

WHEN: Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:30 a.m. to Noon

WHERE: Walker Preserve park, SW. 168th St. and 2nd Ave. SW. in Normandy Park, up the road from Normandy Park City Hall. If driving, your parking options include:

  • Three spaces in the small lot at SW 171st St. and Second Ave. S.W.
  • On the street along SW 168th St.

From the gate behind the Walker Preserve sign, walk down the trail towards the creek.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please plan ahead – this park does not have a restroom.


  • We will select a dense patch of English ivy and remove it from trees and pull roots out of the ground.

What to bring:

  • Clothing that will protect you from the heat, rain, and blackberry thorns
  • Filled water bottle, gloves if you have them

We provide hot coffee, gloves, tools, snacks, and training.

Sign up and questions: Elissa Ostergaard,, 206-477-4792

Bookmark this page to check back for updates to the Miller-Walker volunteer calendar:

This stewardship project is a joint effort of the City of Normandy Park and the Miller and Walker Creeks Stewardship program.

For more info:

Elissa Ostergaard
Miller/Walker Creek Basin Steward
Miller/Walker Creeks Basin Stewardship
Please note new phone number: (206) 477-4792

Start: September 20, 2014 9:30 am
End: September 20, 2014 12:00 pm
Venue: Walker Preserve
W. 168th St. and 2nd Ave. SW, Normandy Park, WA, 98166, United States

September 19, 2014

Get ‘All Shook Up’ at Tuscany fundraiser for Burien Seniors on Friday, Sept. 19


Burien Senior Program’s annual spaghetti feed fundraiser is returning Friday, Sept. 19, with a delicious 3 course dinner, glass of wine, amazing silent auction and rockin’ entertainment by Paul Rodriguez – an Elvis Presley tribute artist.

Additional wine is available for purchase.

Pre-registration is required, and tickets are on sale starting August 18th for $15, or Resident Discount of just $12.

To register online, click here.

WHEN: Friday, Sept 19, from 5-8 p.m.

WHERE: Burien Community Center, located at 14700 6th Ave SW.

For more info and to register by phone please call 206-988-3700.

Start: September 19, 2014 5:00 pm
End: September 19, 2014 8:00 pm
Venue: Burien Community Center
Phone: 206-988-3700
14700 6th Ave SW, Burien, WA, 98166, United States

September 13, 2014

Sound and Fury Morris Dancers to delight at St. Luke’s English Fete Sept. 13


Part Steampunk, part Renaissance Faire – Morris Dancing is a staple of Country Village fetes (rhymes with plates) or fairs all over England. Some have called it “organized chaos,” with its lively steps and clashing of tools, but whatever you call it, it is great fun to watch:

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Now folks from all over the south end and beyond can enjoy this and more tastes of England for FREE at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Renton, on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Drawing on their Anglican roots, St. Luke’s inaugural English Fete will offer sales of traditional English foods such as Banger’s & Mash and Ploughman’s Lunch, English beers and sweets, classic English carnival games, music and fun for all ages.

All proceeds benefit the operation of St. Luke’s and their many community ministries including, ARISE, an interfaith traveling homeless shelter for men, St. Luke’s Community Garden whose bounty is shared with Renton’s needy and warm-up breakfasts on various weekday mornings.

Admission is free and open to all (Please contact for special accommodations or information).

Pip! Pip! Cheerio! let’s all go to the Fete!

St.Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 99 Wells Ave South in historic downtown Renton; phone: (425) 255-3323.



St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 99 Wells Avenue in Renton.

Start: September 13, 2014 11:00 am
End: September 13, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: St. Luke's Episcopal Church
Phone: (425) 255-3323
99 Wells Ave South, Renton, WA, 98057, United States

August 23, 2014

The 5th annual Des Moines Rotary Blues & Brews Fest will be Saturday, Aug. 23


For the fifth year in a row – on Saturday, Aug. 23 – people from around Western Washington and beyond will be flocking to the shores of Puget Sound at the Des Moines Beach Park to savor tasty licks of mind-blowing blues played by some of the most renowned musicians of the region, all while sampling the suds of local micro-brew masters in a fundraiser aimed at arming children in the Highline School District with musical instruments.

The Annual Blues & Brews Fest returns to Des Moines Beach Park from Noon – 8 p.m. on Aug. 23. The event benefits the Highline Music4Life Program. All of the net proceeds are donated to charity thanks to the efforts of the Des Moines Rotary Club and community volunteers.

“This 21-and-over event, saw nearly 2,000 blues and beer lovers last year, and this year promises to draw an even bigger crowd,” Blues and Brews Fest committee chair and Des Moines Rotarian Brian Snure said.

“The response to this annual fund raiser has been inspiring,” he added. “A lazy summer day on the shores of Puget Sound, drinking good beer and listening to the blues seems like a pretty good way to support music education in our schools.”

This year, Blues & Brews Fest attendees can enjoy 17 micro-brews, three ciders, wine and some mead. The blues, from some of the Northwest’s finest musicians, will begin at 12:30 p.m. and keep rolling until 8 p.m.

Snure said, “On behalf of the Rotary Club of Des Moines Washington, I’d like to thank all of those who have supported this civic event in the past and invite those who have yet to attend Blues & Brews Fest to get your tickets now at”

This year’s line up includes:

The Wired Band
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James King and the Southsiders
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The Randy Oxford Band
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Curtis Hammond Band
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Tickets for this pet-free event can be purchased online for just $25 or at the door for $30. Every Blues & Brews Fest attendee will receive six tokens and a complimentary tasting glass with the purchase of a ticket. Additional tokens can be purchased to sample more beverages. Designated driver tickets will be available at the door for just $15. Parking is free in the Des Moines Marina and around Des Moines, and a complimentary shuttle will be making the rounds.

The prime benefactor for this annual fundraiser is the Highline Music4Life program. David Endicott, president/CEO of Music4Life, who said: “The value of providing musical instruments for students of low-income families in the Highline School District is critical during hard economic times. We find that many families cannot even afford to rent a musical instrument for their kids.”

He added:

“The annual Des Moines Rotary Blues & Brews Festival is a primary way for us to raise funds in support of the Highline Schools program. It also happens to be an event that’s a heck of a lot of fun to attend.”

To purchase advanced tickets and more information, go to

To learn more about becoming a sponsor, contact Kerry Wallingford at

The Rotary Club of Des Moines encourages attendees to drink responsibly.

Start: August 23, 2014 12:00 pm
End: August 23, 2014 8:00 pm
Venue: Des Moines Beach Park
22030 Cliff Ave South, Des Moines, WA, 98198, United States

August 17, 2014

6th annual FREE Ice Cream Social and Concert with Ciscoe will be Aug. 17

by Wendy Morgan and Jennifer Muscolo

Due to a spirited fan demand, a Sixth Annual Free Ice Cream Social and Concert with a Silent Auction and Plant Sale will happen at the Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden (HSBG) on Sunday, Aug. 17th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

To ensure that the community has the best possible experience, HSBG will not only have local gardening expert, Ciscoe Morris, on-hand to speak and plant a pot for auction, but HSBG will also present for a second consecutive time the Salt Water Saints – a pop/country western oldies revival band.

Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden will also provide free ice cream to the first 300 visitors. New and renewal members who join the garden will receive a clay pot courtesy of the Gardens and Washington Pottery. Recology CleanScapes has graciously sponsored Ciscoe who will be available to be stumped for any number of prizes. Also, enter to win a raffle for other prizes donated by the City of SeaTac, including a compost bin and rain barrel.

HSBG also welcomes you to present questions to Garden representatives and other Master Gardeners. Take time to meet the author of Walking Washington Gardens, Angie Narus, who will be available to autograph her book highlighting the 30 best gardens in Washington State, which features Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden. There will be free tours, a plant sale of propagated plants from the HSBG, and best of all a silent auction of garden-related items. There are real bargains to be had.

As one can tell, it will certainly be a great day to visit the Garden. Any day is an opportunity to tour the Highline SeaTac Botanical Gardens often called the jewel of Southwest King County. Why not make it August 17th?

About Highline Seatac Botanical Gardens
The Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) charity located just one mile north of SeaTac Airport at 13735 24th Avenue South, SeaTac. More information is available on the Garden website –

Start: August 17, 2014 11:00 am
End: August 17, 2014 2:00 pm
Venue: Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden
13735 24th Ave South, SeaTac, WA, United States

August 15, 2014

34th District Democrats holding Dinner/Auction on Friday, Aug. 15


The 34th District Democrats will be holding a Dinner & Garden Party/Auction – “Luau at the Lake” – at the TAF Bethaday Community Learning Center at Lakewood Park/Hicks Lake on Friday, Aug. 15, starting at 6 p.m.

Member Donation/Admission:

  • Pre-Auction: $45 Individual/$80 Couple
  • At the Gate: $50 Individual/$90 Couple
  • Thru a Table Captain: $40 each

Includes a Luau Buffett, Refreshments and Surprises!

Professional Auctioneer and 40th LD Democratic Activist Tom Pasma will serve as the auctioneer.

Donations of quality items are also being requested – if you’d like to donate, or want to become a Table Captain, please contact Karen Chilcutt at (206) 935-3216 or

Start: August 15, 2014 6:00 pm
End: August 15, 2014 9:00 pm
Venue: TAF Bethaday Community Learning Center
Phone: (206) 935-3216
605 SW 108th St, White Center, WA, 98146, United States

August 10, 2014

‘Obliteride’ bike riders will pedal through Burien this Sunday, Aug. 10

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Obliteride 180 mile wave

Obliteride bike riders will be pedaling through our area – including Maplewild Ave SW, SW 152nd Street, and 4th Ave SW – this Sunday, Aug. 10, in an effort to raise critical funds to help the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center obliterate cancer.

“We’re urging people to come join the fun and cheer us on as we ride through your community,” said Amy Lavin, Obliteride’s executive director. “Even better, come ride with us! There’s still time to sign up. The 25-mile route is a beautiful ride along Lake Washington and is perfect for beginners. Our three other routes offer options for more experienced riders.” People interested in riding or cheering on the riders can find maps of the one and two day routes on our website.

Sadly, cancer touches everyone. Half of all men and one in three women will get cancer in their lifetime. “Together as a community we can fight back,” Lavin said. “We’re so fortunate to have Fred Hutch right here in our backyard. Giving to local research is the best investment you can make because it helps ensure when someone you know gets cancer, they’ll have the best doctors, researchers and care available right here.”

Obliteride is more than just a bike ride. It’s an epic weekend with fun parties and delicious food, including a Tom Douglas salmon dinner. Michael Franti & Spearhead will headline Obliteride’s kickoff party at Gas Works Park on Friday, Aug. 8. The private kickoff party is a thank you to riders who are required to raise at least $1,000 to participate. Three local contestants from NBC’s talent show, “The Voice”, will perform at Magnuson Park on Sunday, Aug. 10. Stephanie Anne Johnson of Tacoma kicks off the afternoon, followed by Austin Jenckes of Duvall, with a closing performance by season one finalist and Tacoma native Vicci Martinez.

In its inaugural year, Obliteride 2013 raised nearly $2 million for lifesaving cancer research at Fred Hutch. With the community’s help, organizers hope to raise even more in 2014. People interested in participating can still sign up to ride or donate. Riders have until Sept. 30, 2014 to fundraise. Thanks to Obliteride’s generous sponsors, including University Village, every dollar raised supports lifesaving cancer research at Fred Hutch.

Obliteride is a community that cares fiercely about ending cancer. We connect over the impact cancer is having on our lives and our intense commitment to find better treatments and ultimately eliminate it. We believe that together we can make a difference. Together we can end cancer. Join the movement to obliterate cancer. It’s fun, focused and full of energy! 100% of every dollar raised goes directly to lifesaving cancer research at Fred Hutch. Obliteride 2014 is Aug. 8-10. Learn more at

Watch for Bike Riders in Burien Aug. 10 On Sunday, Aug.10, dozens of bicycle riders will pedal through Burien in the Obliteride, a 180-mile Tacoma-Seattle event that benefits Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

More info at

Date: August 10, 2014
Venue: Obliteride Bike Ride
Maplewild Ave SW, SW 152nd Street, 4th Ave SW, Burien, WA, 98166, United States

August 1, 2014

Benefit screening of local UFO film for Discover Burien will be Friday, Aug. 1

A benefit screening of the locally-produced UFO film “The Maury Island Incident” for Discover Burien will take place on Friday night, Aug. 1 at the Tin Theater, starting at 7 p.m.

“The Maury Island Incident” is a 30-minute film that tells the forgotten, tragic story – taken directly from declassified FBI documents – of Harold Dahl’s June 21, 1947 UFO sighting near Maury Island, and the first reported ‘Man In Black’ encounter that happened to him the very next day.

Each screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Filmmakers.

The film – which was shot in Burien (at the Tin Room!), Des Moines, Tukwila and off the shores of Maury Island during the summer of 2013 – had its world premiere at the Big Island Film Festival in May, and its North American premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival. It was awarded the competitive Washington FilmWorks Innovation Lab funding during production.

It has also been accepted to both the Port Townsend and Burbank Film Festivals, where it will screen in September.

Directed/Produced by Scott Schaefer from a script by Writer/Producer Steve Edmiston, it features Seattle-area actors Tony Doupé, Allen Fitzpatrick, John Patrick Lowrie, David S. Hogan and many others. It was Executive Produced by John White, and Produced by Scott and Laura Beth Peterson and Danny House.

Here’s a brief review from noted paranormal/UFO radio host Clyde Lewis:

“The tension in this film is so thick you can cut it with a knife. The Maury Island Incident captures a moment in time long forgotten by most UFO researchers. It also reopens those Cold War feelings that are nothing but a forgotten memory in the post 9/11 era. Bravo!”

Tickets are $10 each – and are available for online purchase by credit/debit card here – and proceeds will benefit local business non-profit organization Discover Burien.

Screenings will be held hourly, starting at 7 p.m. (then again at 8, 9, 10 & 11 p.m.), followed by a Q&A session with filmmakers.

Collectible t-shirts and posters for the film will also be on sale in the lobby.

The Tin Theater is located at 923 SW 152nd Street.

More info on the film available here:


Here’s the most recent trailer:

“The Maury Island Incident” trailer for Aug. 1 Discover Burien fundraiser from The Maury Island Incident on Vimeo.

Start: August 1, 2014 7:00 pm
End: August 1, 2014 11:00 pm
Venue: The Tin Theater
Phone: (206) 433-2882
923 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA, 98166, United States
Cost: 10.00

July 20, 2014

WestSide Baby’s ‘Stuff the Bus’ Diaper Drive will be in Burien Sunday, July 20

WestSide Baby’s 14th-annual ‘Stuff the Bus’ diaper drive will be from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 20, at Burien Toyota and Scion, located at 15025 1st Ave South.

We’re a Sponsor this year, and we encourage all our Readers to find a way to donate diapers to this worthy, local cause.

“Stuff the Bus is our largest outreach event of the year, and in 2014 it’s bigger than ever!” reads an announcement. “This year we’re sending a whole new bus to Ballard, and we’ll have volunteers collecting diapers at more than two-dozen participating sites.”

Here’s where you can stuff the buses from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on July 20:

  • Burien: Burien Toyota & Scion, 15025 1st Ave S.
  • West Seattle: HomeStreet Bank, 4022 SW Alaska Street
  • Ballard: AmericanWest Bank, 2237 NW 57th Street

You can also drop diapers at any other participating locations.

Plus, you can sign up to host your own diaper drive for the Stuff the Bus 50 drives in 50 days campaign! We hope to bring in 50,000 diapers through individual drives, and this support truly helps us provide for the little youngsters!

Contact Project Manager Virginia McFadin at or (206) 686-6548 for more information or to sign up to host a drive.

Hosting a drive 101

Ready to get started? Click here to see the online drive toolkit!

Interested in helping leading up to or during the event? We’d love for you to join us! Contact Volunteer Manager Shana Allen at or (206) 686-3110.

Start: July 20, 2014 10:00 am
End: July 20, 2014 2:00 pm
Venue: Burien Toyota
15025 1st Ave South, Burien, WA, 98166, United States

July 7, 2014

Blood Drive to be held Monday, July 7 at St. Francis of Assisi

A Blood Drive will be held on Monday, July 7 at St. Francis of Assisi from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and volunteers are needed!

Here are the details:

Summer is here!

With summer, come vacations. Vacations mean fewer blood donors. Summer does not mean less need for blood. As a matter of fact, with people being more active and a greater influx of visitors (not donors but potential users) demand for blood goes up in the summer.

This means there are fewer donors available at a time of the year when the need increases.

With the need high, and the donor pool low, please help keep our blood supply strong for our community by donating blood next week! Thank you.

WHEN: Monday, July 7th, 2014, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm (registration closed 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm)

WHERE: ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI, 15236 21st Avenue SW, Burien WA 98166, Unity Place

RSVP: To schedule an appointment, please contact George Wipperfurth (206) 962-0744 or e-mail Walk-in donors are welcome around scheduled appointments.

For questions on eligibility, please call (425) 656-3077 or e-mail

Please bring photo identification.

Start: July 7, 2014 11:00 am
End: July 7, 2014 5:00 pm
Venue: St. Francis of Assisi
15236 21st Avenue SW, Burien, WA, 98166, United States

July 4, 2014

Former members of Steppenwolf to perform on 4th of July in Des Moines

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Former members of Steppenwolf and Pegasus will be performing a live concert before the 4th of July fireworks at Des Moines Beach Park, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting scholarships for local kids.

Also on the bill will be ‘Mom’s Rocket’ and ‘Chasing Oz.’

“Headlining the event with be original/former members of Steppenwolf on their 2014 Born To Be Wild Tour, performing their 16 Greatest Hit songs including Magic Carpet Ride and Born to Be Wild,” band member Glen Bui told The Waterland Blog. “This is the first time Des Moines has had a band of this caliber perform!”

Two members of the band live in the Des Moines area.

Tickets are $15 each.

Here are some videos of the band in action:

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For more information, visit

Start: July 4, 2014 6:00 pm
End: July 4, 2014 10:00 pm
Venue: Des Moines Beach Park Meadow
22030 Cliff Ave South, Des Moines, WA, United States

June 27, 2014

‘Whine and Cheese’ fundraiser for Animal Aid & Rescue Foundation is June 27


The 6th Annual Whine and Cheese Live Auction fundraiser for Animal Aid and Rescue Foundation will be held at Black Zia Cantina on Friday, June 27 from 7-10 p.m.

“This is a fun and fabulous event you don’t want to miss!” reads an announcement. “We have lots of great items up for auction this year including an Amphicar ride.”

A $25 donation will get you 2 drinks and a raffle ticket.

There will also be an assortment of cheeses and some delicious raw desserts from Deceptive Delights.

*This is a 21 and over event.

Black Zia Cantina is located at 15212 6th Ave SW in Burien.

For more info, visit

Start: June 27, 2014 7:00 pm
End: June 27, 2014 10:00 pm
Venue: Black Zia Cantina
15212 6th Ave SW, Burien, WA, 98166, United States

St. Paul’s of Shorewood Lutheran Church’s Parking Lot Sale is June 27-28

St. Paul’s of Shorewood Lutheran Church’s Annual Parking Lot Sale will be Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28.

On Friday, the hours will be 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., and on Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

All proceeds will help to send a team to Mexico to build houses the number one need in Mexico

St. Paul’s of Shorewood Lutheran Church is located at 11620 21st Ave SW.

Start: June 27, 2014
End: June 28, 2014
Venue: St. Paul's of Shorewood Lutheran Church
11620 21st Ave SW, Burien, WA, United States

June 26, 2014

City of Burien holding Blood Drive on Thursday, June 26

The City of Burien will be holding a Blood Drive on Thursday, June 26 in its City Hall chambers from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE: CITY OF BURIEN, Multi-Purpose Room, 1st floor, 400 SW 152nd St. Burien WA 98166

WHEN: Thursday, June 26, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (registration closed 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm)

Online sign ups at, or click on link below to take you directly to the appointment page:

To reserve a time to give blood, please contact Kathy Wetherbee (206) 439-3158 or e-mail

Walk-in donors welcome around scheduled appointments.

Photo ID is now required to donate.

Last week, a 19 year old male at the University of Washington Medical Center received blood during a heart transplant.

58 Puget Sound Blood Center donors, who gave blood in recent weeks, supported this young man. As these generous donors were being drawn, they most likely didn’t think their donation would be given to such a young patient, but they gave blood because they knew someone in the coming days would rely on their life saving gift.

Please reserve the time to give blood at our drive next week. We don’t know yet who you will end up helping but someone will reap the rewards of you kindly sparing 45 minutes to one hour of your time. Thank you.

If you need help scheduling your appointment please call 1-800-398-7888.

Start: June 26, 2014 10:00 am
End: June 26, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: Burien City Hall
Phone: (206) 439-3158
400 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA, 98166, United States

June 14, 2014

Hi-Liners holding fundraiser Rummage Sale on Saturday, June 14

Burien’s Hi-Liners will be holding a fundraiser Rummage Sale from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 14 at the Burien Annex, located at 14501 4th Ave SW.

This is a “Huge Multi-Family Sale! Great Stuff! Great Deals! Rummage of All Sorts!” according to an announcement.

Donations accepted on Thursday, June 12, 2 – 8 p.m.

Saturday June 14, 9 am to 3 pm
at the Burien Annex
14501 4th Ave SW
Burien, WA 98166
(Corner of 4th SW and SW 146th)

For more information:

Start: June 14, 2014 9:00 am
End: June 14, 2014 3:00 pm
Venue: Burien Annex
14501 4th Ave SW, Burien, WA, 98166, United States