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January 30, 2015

10th annual ‘Empty Bowls’ fundraiser will be Friday, Jan. 30: 11am-2pm LUNCH

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“Join Us for a Meal and Help Fight Hunger In Our Community” – the 10th annual ‘Empty Bowls’ fundraiser event will be held on Friday, Jan. 30.

Empty Bowls events can be found around the country raising money to combat hunger in our communities.

Moshier Art Center Potters have donated bowls to be filled with soup at this fun event…all are invited!

Your donation will get you the opportunity to pick out a beautiful handmade bowl, as well as a simple but wonderful meal of soup, bread, dessert and drink; all donated by local businesses.

Here are the details:

WHAT: ‘Empty Bowls’ food bank fundraiser

WHEN: Friday, January 30, 2015:

  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Lunch served
  • 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Dinner served

WHERE: Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave SW

COST: $15 (minimum) Adult Donation, $10 (minimum) Child Donation

INFO: For more information, call Burien Parks at (206) 988-3700 or visit burienparks.net

Proceeds to benefit the Highline & White Center Food Banks!

Start: January 30, 2015 11:00 am
End: January 30, 2015 2:00 pm
Venue: Burien Community Center
Phone: (206) 988-3700
Address:
14700 6th Ave SW, Burien, WA, 98166, United States

10th annual ‘Empty Bowls’ fundraiser will be Friday, Jan. 30: 4-8pm DINNER

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“Join Us for a Meal and Help Fight Hunger In Our Community” – the 10th annual ‘Empty Bowls’ fundraiser event will be held on Friday, Jan. 30.

Empty Bowls events can be found around the country raising money to combat hunger in our communities.

Moshier Art Center Potters have donated bowls to be filled with soup at this fun event…all are invited!

Your donation will get you the opportunity to pick out a beautiful handmade bowl, as well as a simple but wonderful meal of soup, bread, dessert and drink; all donated by local businesses.

Here are the details:

WHAT: ‘Empty Bowls’ food bank fundraiser

WHEN: Friday, January 30, 2015:

  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Lunch served
  • 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Dinner served

WHERE: Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave SW

COST: $15 (minimum) Adult Donation, $10 (minimum) Child Donation

INFO: For more information, call Burien Parks at (206) 988-3700 or visit burienparks.net

Proceeds to benefit the Highline & White Center Food Banks!

Start: January 30, 2015 4:00 pm
End: January 30, 2015 8:00 pm
Venue: Burien Community Center
Phone: (206) 988-3700
Address:
14700 6th Ave SW, Burien, WA, 98166, United States

Grand Opening of new Recology retail store will be Friday at 5 p.m.

A Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting celebration of Recology’s new recycling-focused retail store will be held at 5 p.m. this Friday, Jan. 30.

The new store is located at the Five Corners Shopping Center at 15858 1st Avenue South, #A100.

The ribbon cutting will be a 5 p.m., and all are invited.

Here are the details:

WHAT: Grand opening and ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the new Recology Store Highline

WHY: This unique retail and customer service concept is a resource offering our customers drop off for special recycling items, healthier and lighter on the planet products, and face-to-face customer service.

WHO: Join elected officials and community leaders from the Highline area as well as leaders from Recology CleanScapes to celebrate this new business.

WHEN: Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Ribbon cutting at 5 p.m.

WHERE: Five Corners Shopping Center, 15858 1st Avenue South, #A100, Burien, WA 98148

Directions via Google Maps

Start: January 30, 2015 5:00 pm
End: January 30, 2015 6:00 pm
Venue: Recology Store
Address:
15858 1st Avenue South, #A100, Burien, WA, 98166, United States

February 2, 2015

Bring your dog to the Burien City Council on Monday, Feb. 2!

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The Burien City Council is going to the dogs once again – this time on Monday, Feb. 2.

A few years ago (read our previous coverage here), city lawmakers were hounded by several dogs and their owners at a regular council meeting. That time, the canines and their people were trying to convince councilmembers to approve an on-leash dog park in the city.

The dogs are returning in triumph on Feb. 2 as Kellie Bassen, chair of B-Town Dog Group, will present the city with a $15,000 check for the dog park.

The check represents the amount Bassen’s group agreed to raise for the off-leash park. The city will match the group’s amount and a Burien business is expected to contribute the remaining amount needed in exchange for naming rights.
The off-leash facility will be located in the upper portion of Lakeview Park, 422 SW 160th Street.

The nonprofit group is asking owners to bring their well-behaved dogs to the 7 p.m. council meeting at city hall (400 SW 152nd Street), not only to celebrate but also to urge lawmakers to budget park construction for this year instead of 2016.

After a couple of years of holding bake sales, rummage sales, auctions, dog Christmas stocking sales and other fundraising efforts, the citizens group was making slow steady progress toward its money goal. City officials did not anticipate the group would raise the $15,000 by the end of 2014.

The last time dogs gathered at a Burien City Council meeting was Oct. 1, 2012.

But a new GoFundMe web crowd sourcing campaign (http://www.gofundme.com/h4cp3o) along with several generous donations by local residents and businesses suddenly catapulted the group to its goal.

This is the first public/private partnership in Burien’s history to use a crowd sourcing campaign to raise money, according to parks director Michael Lafreniere.

The fundraising and web campaigns are not over. The group plans to help with litter pickup, landscaping, park-user instruction and pet education classes once the park is opened.

Lafreniere emphasizes there are several more steps before park construction can begin:

Council members need to amend the city’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) to budget construction in 2015.

The council needs to approve a lease amendment with Highline Public Schools. The city has a 40-year lease for the property with the school district. The property is the former site of an elementary school.

The city needs to sign a maintenance and operations agreement with the B-Town Dog group.

The city needs to also sign an agreement with the local business for naming rights.

But before the details are hammered out, there is likely to be some joyful howling at the Feb. 2 council meeting.

Start: February 2, 2015 7:00 pm
End: February 2, 2015 9:00 pm
Venue: Burien City Hall
Address:
400 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA, 98166, United States

February 10, 2015

Revised Highline School District Bond measure will be on Feb. 10 ballot

A revised school construction bond – valued about $9 million less than the one proposed in November – to repair or replace deteriorating schools and ease overcrowding will go before voters on the Feb. 10, 2015 ballot.

After seeking community input following the November election, the school board voted Wednesday night (Dec. 17) to place the new bond measure on the February ballot.

The November bond measure fell just short of the 60 percent approval required for passage. The February bond retains the major projects in the November measure, with modifications based on community input.

“The need to replace aging buildings and to ease overcrowding grows more urgent as our enrollment continues to increase,” said School Board President Michael Spear. “At 59.3 percent approval, a strong majority supported the bond measure in November. After seeking community input we believe this is the right decision to make for all of our students.”

More than 4,100 Highline residents participated in a Telephone Town Hall meeting regarding the bond, hosted by Superintendent Susan Enfield and School Board Member Bernie Dorsey.

In addition, over 1,000 people took an online survey. Results from the survey showed strong support of the bond measure. Read more about survey results.

Input gathered from the community helped the school board make the decision to place the bond measure on the ballot. If approved, the bond would:

  • Rebuild Highline High School
  • Build three new schools on properties already owned by the district
  • An elementary school at the Zenith site (16th Place S. & S. 240th St., Des Moines)
  • A new middle school at the Manhattan site (440 S. 186th St., Burien)
  • A new middle school at the Glacier site (2450 S. 142nd Street, SeaTac)
  • Make critical renovations at Tyee and Evergreen campuses
  • Provide technology improvements throughout the district
  • Make capital improvements to support arts education throughout the district
  • Address additional critical needs throughout the district

The total amount of the February bond proposal is $376.0 million, about $9 million less than the package proposed in November. Savings come from eliminating interim sites for the new middle schools and beginning construction on the elementary school a year earlier.

The tax rate was reduced to $1.09 per $1000 in assessed home value.

“It is our responsibility to provide safe, modern schools for all students and space for all our community’s children in the future,” said Spear. “We understand this is a big investment we’re asking from our community. The strong support in the November election shows faith in Highline’s track record of responsible fiscal stewardship, which we pledge to uphold with passage of our next bond.

All 14 schools built as a result of the 2002 and 2006 bonds were completed on budget and (with the exception of a three-day delay on one project) on time.

The district obtained $140 million in matching funds, cutting local taxpayer costs and funding construction of three schools beyond those funded by bonds.

The bonds were refinanced multiple times, saving taxpayers nearly $10 million on bond repayment.

The bond measure will run alongside renewal of an Educational Programs & Operations Levy on the February ballot.

The bond, which funds capital needs, is completely separate from the levy, which funds direct services to students and operation of schools. The two funds cannot be mixed or interchanged.

To learn more about the bond and levy online.

Date: February 10, 2015
Venue: Election
Address:
Burien, WA, 98166, United States

February 11, 2015

‘Maury Island Incident’ benefit for Des Moines Historical Society will be Feb. 11

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A full screening of the locally-produced film “The Maury Island Incident” to benefit the Des Moines Historical Society will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night, Feb. 11 at Mt. Rainier High School.

Filmmakers will also do a special presentation beforehand called “J. Edgar Hoover and the Maury Island Incident,” along with an audience Q&A.

“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.

The movie – which was shot in Burien, 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, and its North American premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival.

It has also screened at the Port Townsend, Burbank, Local Sightings, International Family, Tacoma and Gig Harbor Film Festivals, where it won an Audience Choice Award for “Best Narrative Short.”

It was also awarded the competitive Washington FilmWorks Innovation Lab funding during production, and special episodes premiered as IndieFlix’ “first original series” in August, 2014.

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!”

Here’s a trailer:

The Maury Island Incident Trailer #1 from The Maury Island Incident on Vimeo.

BUY TICKETS ONLINE
Tickets are $10 each and proceeds benefit the DMHS – buy tickets online here:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/fundraiser-screening-of-the-maury-island-incident-for-the-des-moines-historical-society-tickets-15260974987

Start: February 11, 2015 7:00 pm
End: February 11, 2015 9:00 pm
Venue: Mt. Rainier High School
Address:
22450 19th Avenue South, Des Moines, WA, 98198, United States

February 13, 2015

‘Great Backyard Bird Count’ will be Feb. 13-16

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The 18th annual ‘Great Backyard Bird Count’ will be from Feb. 13-16, and all are invited to join in by counting birds.

“Counting birds is a fun, free, family-friendly way to discover and help the birds in your community,” reads an announcement.

Also, mark your calendar for the Burien Birdfest, which will happen on Feb. 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Page2 Books. It is free and open to all. Children are welcome.

Page2 Books is located at 457 SW 152nd Street in downtown Burien.

For more information go to gbbc.birdcount.org.

We’re wondering – will someone see (and count) a Seahawk? :)

Here’s how to participate:

1. Register for the count or use your existing login name and password. If you have never participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count or any other Cornell Lab citizen-science project, you’ll need to create a new account. If you already created an account for last year’s GBBC, or if you’re already registered with eBird or another Cornell Lab citizen-science project, you can use your existing login information.

2. Count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the GBBC. You can count for longer than that if you wish! Count birds in as many places and on as many days as you like—one day, two days, or all four days. Submit a separate checklist for each new day, for each new location, or for the same location if you counted at a different time of day. Estimate the number of individuals of each species you saw during your count period.

3. Enter your results on the GBBC website by clicking “Submit Observations” on the home page. Or download the free GBBC BirdLog app to enter data on a mobile device. If you already participate in the eBird citizen-science project, please use eBird to submit your sightings during the GBBC. Your checklists will count toward the GBBC.

 Tools to Get Started

Bird ID Help

Photo Contest Info

So how did bird count days and bird festivals come into being?
At the end of the 1800s, all of the men in small New England towns would gather on Christmas Day and divide up into two teams and do a “side hunt.” They would shoot and kill every bird and mammal in sight. Because the wanton killing process was so bloody, barbaric and unethical, a scientist named Frank Chapman proposed another alternative activity for towns on Christmas Day. Instead of killing everything in sight, why not count the creatures and keep a record of them. Make it a competition to record how many of these creatures they could see and compare results against each of the teams. The first bird count was held on Christmas Day, 1900 and is now called the National Christmas Bird Count.

Today, approximately 2,500 counts are conducted each year at Christmas. More than 1,800 are in the United States and more than 400 in Canada. The rest are held in Central and South America, Bermuda, various Caribbean islands and some Pacific islands, including Hawaii.

Additional Bird Counts happen at other times of the year to track where different migratory species travel to during the year. The Great International Bird Count will happen between February 13-16, 2015. So get a tally sheet and join in the count for your neighborhood in February.

Start: February 13, 2015
End: February 16, 2015
Venue: Great Backyard Bird Count
Address:
Burien, WA, 98166, United States

February 27, 2015

Get preventive health screening at Advertiser Boulevard Park Place Feb. 27

Boulevard Park Place Retirement Community will be offering a preventive health event on Friday, Feb. 27 – Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will host their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings.

Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis.

Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with a member discount).

All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.

Here’s a video with more information:

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In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners.

For more info on the screenings, visit http://www.lifelinescreeningblog.com/introduction/

Boulevard Park Place Retirement Community is located at 2805 South 125th Street in Burien (1-888-300-8482); for more info, visit http://www.boulevardparkplace.com

Date: February 27, 2015
Venue: Boulevard Park Place Retirement Community
Address:
2805 South 125th Street, Burien, WA, United States