Upcoming Events

June 30, 2016

Give Blood and browse the Farmers Market on Thursday, June 30

Volunteers are needed for a Blood Drive on Thursday (June 30), with the added bonus of being able to browse the Farmers Market before or afterwards.

Here are the details:

WHERE: Burien City Hall (Multipurpose Room, 1st Floor)
(400 SW 152nd Street, Burien 98166)

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm)

Appointments available at www.bloodworksnw.org or click HERE to go directly to the appointment page

If you prefer the blood center to book an appointment for you, please e-mail [email protected] and request a time to attend

Walk-in donors welcome around scheduled donors

MORE INFO:

Nikki Watkinson
Bloodworks Northwest Representative (formerly Puget Sound Blood Center)
[email protected]  •  www.bloodworksnw.org

Start: June 30, 2016 10:00 am
End: June 30, 2016 4:00 pm
Venue: Burien City Hall
Address:
400 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA, 98166, United States

July 5, 2016

NO Burien Film Office Happy Hour for July

Due to it being the day after the 4th of July, there will be NO Burien Film Office Happy Hour event this month.

See you on Tuesday, Aug. 2!

Start: July 5, 2016 5:30 pm
End: July 5, 2016 7:00 pm
Venue: The Tin Theater
Address:
923 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA, 98166, United States

July 16, 2016

Open House at new Burien Fire Station set for Saturday, July 16

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Story by Ralph Nichols
Photos by Scott Schaefer

It was a long time coming, but with the Burien/Normandy Park headquarters fire station finally operational, local residents will soon get a close-up look at this state-of-the-art facility.

A public open house including guided tours of the station at 900 SW 146th Street (map below) will be held on Saturday, July 16, according to Chief Mike Marrs of King County Fire District No. 2.

And a major addition at the fire station is anticipated in the meantime with the location of a paramedic unit there around June 1, Marrs told The B-Town Blog.

“We’re working out a lease agreement with King County Medic I,” he said. “This will be the first time we’ve had a paramedic unit here.” Burien and Normandy Park have been served until now by the Medic I unit in SeaTac.

“The firefighters really like it a lot,” Marrs said of the new station. “It is everything we had hoped for in the design.”

Firefighters and other operations staff moved into the new station on Dec. 20 – more than three years after the original date for completion and occupancy.

Administration personnel, who were involved with an annual state audit at the time, vacated the old station – outdated and undersized – at SW 151st Street and 8th Ave SW on Jan. 5.

Construction on the new headquarters station started in late summer 2011 with completion expected about a year later. Bayley Construction of Mercer Island was the general contractor.

As work entered its final stages, however, several problems became apparent:

The new engine bay doors – the yellow/black striped area on the left – don’t meet as flush as they should.

The arches above the engine bay doors don’t match the colors and texture as promised.

There was a rebar problem near the rear northeast corner of the building.

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The troubled rebar blocks have all been replaced.

The fire district refused to take occupancy of the new station until these defects were corrected to specifications but for the most part Bayley made only minor upgrades – leading to a standoff that Marrs described at the time as “a serious contractual dispute with the contractor.”

A subcontractor did repair flaws in its work, but Bayley still refused to budge even as the fire district incrementally applied more legal pressure while still trying to avoid the cost of a lawsuit.

“We fought to hold the contractor responsible,” Marrs told The B-Town Blog recently. “We did due diligence by holding them responsible for the defects. Then, after another round of legal discussions last year, the contractor finally agreed to fix all outstanding problems with construction.”

“We’re extremely proud,” Marrs added. “We got what we paid for. We are so thrilled to be in it finally.”

And there were no delays or interruptions in any department responses as they moved and settled in.

The new station’s bays can accommodate any fire engine, aid car or other response vehicle in any slot – including the department’s ladder truck, which before the move had to be parked away from downtown.

Another important feature of the new station is spacious dedicated training areas, and a large common area for meetings.

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Date: July 16, 2016
Venue: Burien Fire Station
Address:
900 SW 146th Street, Burien, WA, 98166, United States

July 21, 2016

Advertiser TL Sea Diving’s ‘Discover Pool Night’ will be Thursday, July 21

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Advertiser TL Sea Diving’s Discover Pool Night will be Thursday, July 21!

Looking for your next great adventure – how about Scuba Diving?

Come on out to TL Sea Diving’s Discover Pool Night on Thursday, July 21 and discover a Scuba intro, Dry Suit experiences, Peak Performance Buoyancy, and the excitement of a DPV underwater scooter!

Local gem TL Sea Diving is your launchpad for exploring the Puget Sound or tropical waters in far flung locales. It all starts at TL Sea where friendly staff LOVE to welcome those new to the sport or seasoned divers of all kinds. Working from their own passion for diving adventures, they offer courses and all the equipment to turn you into a diving enthusiast too!

Discover pool night is a great time to refresh skills or see if diving is right for you. Don’t miss this opportunity to embrace a new adventure all in a comfortable and safe environment. Space is limited, register today.

TL SEA DIVING
23405 Pacific Hwy South
Des Moines, WA 98198

(206) 824-4100 – TEL

(888) 44-TLSEA – TOLL FREE in WA

(206) 824-9700 – FAX

Website: http://www.tlsea.com/home/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TLSea-Diving-Seattle-DesMoines-Wa-125653930833581/

Start: July 21, 2016 7:00 pm
End: July 21, 2016 10:00 pm
Venue: TL SEA Diving
Phone: (206) 824-4100
Address:
23405 Pacific Hwy South, Des Moines, WA, 98198, United States

July 22, 2016

PowellsWood Storytelling Festival

PWSF-Click-LandscapePowellsWood: A Northwest Garden plays host to this annual 2-day festival of the art of storytelling.

The first day, internationally-renowned storytellers engage registered guests with workshops designed to turn everyday people into tellers of their own stories. Full-pass participants even get a chance at “Tea With the Tellers” on PowellsWood’s fabled Garden Room Terrace.

The second day, it’s all telling, all the time, with special secret spots in the 3-acre garden set up with tents featuring storytelling tracks for adults, families, and children.

For complete schedule information, visit PowellsWoodFestival.org.

OUR TELLERS

Donald Davis. Appalachian master teller Donald Davis’s tales of growing up in North Carolina bring his audiences to laughter and tears… often at the same time.

Olga Loya. Olga brings her East LA Latino background alive for audiences through folktales and family traditions. Her performances are sprinkled with musical Spanish phrases.

Brenda Wong Aoki. Trained in Noh and Kyogen, contemporary dance, and voice, Brenda entrances audiences with intense, lyrical Japanese ghost legends and heart-warming personal stories.

Adam Booth. Adam, a young West Virginia storyteller and musician, brings us folk, personal, and original tales inspired by his Appalachian heritage.

David Novak. David amazes with his beautifully crafted tales, quirky humor, and sensitive introspection.

Start: July 22, 2016 9:00 am
End: July 22, 2016 5:00 pm
Venue: PowellsWood: A Northwest Garden
Phone: 253-529-1620
Address:
430 S Dash Point Road, Federal Way, WA, 98003, United States
Cost: $5-$20; family and full-festival packages available

July 23, 2016

PowellsWood Storytelling Festival

PWSF-Click-LandscapePowellsWood: A Northwest Garden plays host to this annual 2-day festival of the art of storytelling.

The first day, internationally-renowned storytellers engage registered guests with workshops designed to turn everyday people into tellers of their own stories. Full-pass participants even get a chance at “Tea With the Tellers” on PowellsWood’s fabled Garden Room Terrace.

The second day, it’s all telling, all the time, with special secret spots in the 3-acre garden set up with tents featuring storytelling tracks for adults, families, and children.

For complete schedule information, visit PowellsWoodFestival.org.

OUR TELLERS

Donald Davis. Appalachian master teller Donald Davis’s tales of growing up in North Carolina bring his audiences to laughter and tears… often at the same time.

Olga Loya. Olga brings her East LA Latino background alive for audiences through folktales and family traditions. Her performances are sprinkled with musical Spanish phrases.

Brenda Wong Aoki. Trained in Noh and Kyogen, contemporary dance, and voice, Brenda entrances audiences with intense, lyrical Japanese ghost legends and heart-warming personal stories.

Adam Booth. Adam, a young West Virginia storyteller and musician, brings us folk, personal, and original tales inspired by his Appalachian heritage.

David Novak. David amazes with his beautifully crafted tales, quirky humor, and sensitive introspection.

Start: July 23, 2016 9:00 am
End: July 23, 2016 5:00 pm
Venue: PowellsWood: A Northwest Garden
Phone: 253-529-1620
Address:
430 S Dash Point Road, Federal Way, WA, 98003, United States
Cost: $5-$20; family and full-festival packages available