Upcoming Events

August 23, 2014

Free, back-to-school Block Party will be held this Saturday. Aug. 23


A FREE, community-wide back-to-school Block Party will be held this Saturday, Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Burien Free Methodist Church, located at 520 S. 150th.

Hot dogs, sno-cones, espresso, face painting, bouncy house, backpacks, games, prizes and more are promised.

There will also be live bands.

“Come meet your neighbors and have a blast!” reads an announcement.

This is a family-friendly event.

Start: August 23, 2014 11:00 am
End: August 23, 2014 2:00 pm
Venue: Burien Free Methodist Church
520 S. 150th, Burien, WA, United States

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 www.BluesAndBrewsFest.org.”

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 www.BluesAndBrewsFest.org.

To learn more about becoming a sponsor, contact Kerry Wallingford at kerry@wallingfordfinancial.com.

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 25, 2014

Seahurst Park will re-open to the public on Monday, Aug. 25




The City of Burien announced Wednesday (July 23) that Seahurst Park – closed since last October – will re-open to the public at 8 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 25.

“Crews are currently putting finishing touches on the lower parking area, doing landscaping and installing new plantings along the shoreline,” the city said on its Facebook page.

A formal ribbon-cutting to officially celebrate the completion of the project is being planned for later.

The project, which began Oct. 28, 2013, removed 1,800 feet of shoreline concrete armoring in the northern section of the park replacing it with more natural habitat for forage fish and salmon rearing. Improved habitat aids recovery of species, such as bull trout, steelhead and Chinook salmon, listed under the Endangered Species Act.

Along the park shoreline 25,000 tons of sand and gravel were added, as well at 17,000 plants. The public will be able to enjoy the new stretch of natural beach with several stairway access points, and new park features including a fish ladder, picnic shelter, playground, lawn areas and parking lot.

“We’re very excited about the completion of the project and the reopening of Seahurst Park,” said Burien Mayor Lucy Krakowiak. “With nearly a mile of natural beach, this park has become the crown jewel of urban Puget Sound waterfront parks.”

The Seahurst Phase II Shoreline Ecosystem Restoration Project is a joint City of Burien and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project. Partners include Puget Sound Partnership, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Green/Duwamish Watershed Forum, King Conservation District, Salmon Recovery Funding Board, and Washington Recreation & Conservation Office.

The project’s overall purpose is to improve marine habitat for salmon, restore natural sediment processes, and restore the beach to pre-seawall conditions. The project construction contractor was CKY Inc., a civil and environmental construction company headquartered in California with a Seattle office.

Phase I, completed in 2005, removed more than 1,000 feet of seawall restoring Seahurst Park’s south end beach.

A local and regional priority, the project used state and federal funding. A priority for the Green/Duwamish/Central Puget Sound Watershed’s Chinook salmon recovery plan, the project ranked high on the Puget Sound Partnership’s large capital projects list for Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration funding.

The Corps managed construction and provided the maximum $5 million federal funding limit for this type of project. City partners provided $3 million state capital dollars allocated by PSP through the Puget Sound Acquisition & Restoration fund; $647,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency and Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife’s Estuary & Salmon Restoration Program; and $510,000 from the Green/Duwamish Watershed Forum through the King Conservation District.

“Thanks to everyone for your patience,” the city added.

For more details on the Seahurst Park restoration project, which has been going on since Oct., 2013, click here.

You can also visit the city’s website on Seahurst here.

Date: August 25, 2014
Venue: Seahurst Park
1600 SW Seahurst Drive, Burien, WA, 98166, United States

September 3, 2014

First day of school for Highline Public Schools is Wednesday, Sept. 3

The first day of school for Highline Public Schools is Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. This is for grades 1-12.

The first day of school for kindergarten students is Sept. 8.

Date: September 3, 2014
Venue: First Day of School-Highline Public Schools
Burien, WA, 98166, United States

September 6, 2014

‘Kids’ Day’ is coming to Burien Fire Station Saturday, Sept. 6!


The annual Burien/Normandy Park Fire Department Kids’ Day will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the fire station at 15100 8th Ave SW.

“Come join us for a FREE day of fun at the local fire station in Burien!”

Here’s a list of what to expect:

  • Learn about safety!
  • Climb aboard a fire engine!
  • Play games!
  • Watch Demonstrations!
  • Win prizes!
  • Hunt for candy!
  • Police ID cards for children!
  • Make crafts!
  • Bring your camera!

Low cost bicycle helmets for anyone over the age of 1 will also be provided for just $7 each. These are custom fit by Highline Medical Center staff. Wearer must be present.

Start: September 6, 2014 10:00 am
End: September 6, 2014 3:00 pm
Venue: Burien Fire Station
15100 8th Ave SW, Burien, WA, 98166, United States

Burien’s Arts-A-Glow Lantern Festival & Procession will be Saturday, Sept. 6


Burien’s unique and oh-so-sweet Arts-A-Glow Lantern Festival and Procession will be held Saturday, Sept. 6, from 5 – 10 p.m. at Dottie Harper Park (421 SW 146th Street; learn more about Dottie Harper Park).

“A magical evening in the forest!” reads an announcement. “Lantern art and performers, face painting, lantern making, food vendors and tea and treats.”

A Lantern Procession will begin at Dusk, and everyone is invited to bring shakers and bells to play as you walk to make beautiful music!

Procession map

Performers / Activities:

  • 5:00-6:15 p.m.: Harp by Jini O’Flynn
  • 5:00-7:45 p.m.: Lantern Making
  • 5:00-8:00 p.m.: Face Painting by Burien Arts
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Juggling and more by Colin Ernst
  • 6:30-7:45 p.m.: Tijuana Brass with Rat City Brass
  • 8:00-9:30 p.m.: Procession and Dance Party led by VamoLa

Food Trucks, Tents & Bikes, oh my!
The Ultimate Melt, Falafel Salam, Thai-U-Up, Sweet Wheels, Bikelava, , and Tea samples by sponsor Phoenix Tea!

Lantern Making
Lantern making workshops! Or make a balloon lantern at home! You can also make a lantern from glass jars or plastic water bottles, pie tins ,paper bags, tin cans…you can recycle and be creative! Light your lantern with glow sticks or battery operated candles!

For more info: http://www.burienwa.gov/GLOW

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Start: September 6, 2014 5:00 pm
End: September 6, 2014 10:00 pm
Venue: Dottie Harper Park
421 SW 146th Street, Burien, WA, 98166, United States

September 11, 2014

Fall session of Community Emergency Response Team training begins Sept. 11

The fall session of CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training will begin Sept. 11, and held Thursday nights from 6 – 9 p.m. in SeaTac.

Emergency professionals train residents, organizations or workplaces in basic emergency preparation and response skills.

The training is a Citizen Corp and FEMA supported curriculum and promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people they serve.

The goal is for emergency personnel to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations, or workplaces in basic preparation and response skills. CERT members are then integrated into the emergency response capability for their area.

For more information or to register for CERT, contact Community Service Officer Mechee Burnett at (206) 973-4917 or mechee.burnett@kingcounty.gov, or fill out an application and mail it to:

SeaTac Police Services
RE: CERT Training
4800 S. 188 St.
SeaTac, WA 98188

Training Sessions
The training sessions are held twice a year in the spring and fall. The sessions require approximately 20 hours to complete. The class cost is $35 and it goes towards CERT supplies, including a First Aid Kit.

Training Topics
Training is designed to cover the following:

  • Disaster preparedness
  • Fire safety
  • Disaster medical operations
    • Triage
    • Treating life threatening injuries
    • Assessment, treatment, and hygiene
  • Light search and rescue
  • Team organization
  • Disaster psychology
  • Terrorism and CERT
  • Practical final exercise
Start: September 11, 2014 6:00 pm
End: September 11, 2014 9:00 pm
Venue: SeaTac City Hall
Phone: (206) 973-4917
4800 S. 188 St., SeaTac, WA, United States