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Happy Birthday to us – 10 years ago today, The Blog started publishing!

Happy Birthday to us – 10 years ago today, The Blog started publishing!

Happy 10th Birthday to Us! Ten years ago today – on Dec. 11, 2007 – the first stories were published on The B-Town Blog, with the hopes of providing an effective, frequently-updated, professional... [Read more]

Highline Big Picture High School: real world career experiences drive education

Highline Big Picture High School: real world career experiences drive education

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Over the last four years, B-Town Blog Founder/Publisher Scott Schaefer has served as a Mentor to three students from Burien’s Big Picture High School. His current Intern Bryan... [Read more]

Intern’s View: My Dad Finished The Rock n’Roll Marathon!

Intern’s View: My Dad Finished The Rock n’Roll Marathon!

by Josh Hart Imagine every bone in your body from the waist down aching. You’re sitting on the couch and you can hardly get up. Once you do get up, you can barely move around. Everything just feels... [Read more]

INTERN’S VIEW: A Look Back At This Year’s Boy’s Baseball

INTERN’S VIEW: A Look Back At This Year’s Boy’s Baseball

by Josh Hart

The Boy’s 3A Seamount baseball season is over and it turned out to be an interesting year.

Both Mt. Rainier and Highline High School did very well, along with Kennedy.

Tyee and Evergreen didn’t do so great though and so Highline School District evened out pretty well.

Mt. Rainer High School finished at the top of the standings at 10-1 in conference and a combined win loss record of 11-3.

Kennedy finished second with 13 wins and four losses in league play and a combined record of 14-6.

The Highline Pirates finished third with a 12-4 league play record and went 14-4 in combined play.

Highline School District’s baseball teams are some of the top in the state and many of the players will likely play college ball.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Josh Hart is the B-Town Blog’s first Intern! He’s a 15-year old student at Highline’s “Big Picture High School” in SeaTac who loves to write and play soccer.

You can read more of his writing here…]

From Our E-Newsletter: This Weekend’s B-Town Haps…

From Our E-Newsletter: This Weekend’s B-Town Haps…

If you haven’t yet subscribed to our Free Weekly Event Newsletter, sign up today, and you’ll receive a regular spam-free event listing every week via email that goes something like this:

FRIDAY, MAY 1st:

BILL & PEGGY HUNT PLAYWRIGHT FESTIVAL, BLT
8pm:Burien Little Theatre’s Bill & Peggy Hunt’s Playwright’s Festival premieres tonight! They’re also holding a food drive fundraiser for local food banks, so be sure to bring some non-perishable food with you!

Here are a few of the upcoming performances:

May 1 at 8:00 p.m. Friday – MAY DAY!
May 2 at 8:00 p.m. Saturday – Free play readings at 2 p.m. – “Penny Loves Butchie Hartog” and “Sinking Bass Turds”
May 3 at 2:00 p.m. Sunday Matinee
May 8 at 8:00 p.m. Friday
May 9 at 8:00 p.m. Saturday – Plus free play readings at 2 p.m. – “Penny Loves Butchie Hartog” and “Sinking Bass Turds”
May 10 at 2:00 p.m. Sunday Matinee
More info, including the full schedule, as well as listings of plays and readings, here.

DJ QUINN, BISON CREEK PIZZA & PUB, 630 SW 153rd Street
10pm-2am: DJ Quinn returns to the recently-remodeled Bison Creek Pizza & Pub. Tonight there’s NO COVER. More info here.

ELMER’S PUB, 15027 Ambaum Blvd SW, 439-1007
9:30pm+: Live Music! NO COVER! ROCK! BEER! FOOD! DANCING! DARTS! POOL! FUN!

MICK KELLY’S IRISH PUB, 435 SW 152nd, Burien, 246-2473
10pm+: Live DJ, 80s night, dancing, NO COVER! Irish accents + Guinness on tap! More info here: http://mickkellysirishpub.com/

SATURDAY, MAY 2nd:

PARKSIDE GARDEN CLUB PLANT SALE, ALBERTSON’S
9am-4pm: The Parkside Garden Club will be holding its annual plant sale to benefit local charities as well as scholarships at both the UW and WSU at the Albertson’s parking lot at First Avenue South and South 160th Street. More info here.

WEST SEATTLE MONTESSORI SCHOOL RUMMAGE SALE
9am-3pm: BTB Advertiser West Seattle Montessori School is having a Rummage Sale at the American Legion Hall in West Seattle, which is located at 3618 SW Alaska Street in West Seattle. More info here.

MOSHIER ART CENTER’S SPRING POTTERY SALE, MOSHIER ARTS CENTER
10am-3pm: Burien’s Moshier Community Art Center is holding its annual Spring Pottery Sale, and it’s a great opportunity to get some original pottery for Mother’s Day. More info here.

HIGHLINE BOTANICAL GARDENS ANNUAL PLANT SALE
10am-3pm: The Highline SeaTac Botanical Gardens will be holding their annual plant sale at their gardens, which are located at 3735 24th Ave South. More info here.

“HATS OFF FOR HIGHLINE” FUNDRAISER, EMERALD DOWNS
11:30am: BTB Advertiser Highline Medical Foundation is sponsoring Hats on for Highline to raise money for cancer care and other patient care programs at 11:30am at Emerald Downs in Auburn. More info here.

3 WISHES’ CLOTHING FUNDRAISER, 3 WISHES BOUTIQUE
10am-6pm: 3 Wishes Boutique, located at 929 SW 152nd in Olde Burien, is holding a fundraiser for the YWCA’s “Dress for Success” program, and is asking residents to bring in clothing they no longer wear to donate to disadvantaged women. Bring in & donate clothing you no longer wear and receive a certificate for 15% OFF your next purchase of regular price merchandise! More info here.

HIGHLINE VINTAGE JAZZ FESTIVAL, PERFORMING ARTS CTR.
2pm-5pm + 7pm-10pm: Burien Arts is holding its first annual Highline Vintage Jazz Festival at the Highline Performing Arts Center. Tickets are just $20 per show or $35 for a full-day (ie: 2-show) pass for this all-day music fest, which will feature two 3-hour performances with some of the region’s most well-known jazz musicians playing Dixieland, swing, solo stride piano, gypsy jazz and more!

NOTE: The B-Town Blog is proud to be a sponsor, and we’ll have a table in the lobby, so come on by and say “Hey Daddio” between sets and win a groovy prize!

More info here, including videos of some of the artists as well as ticket info.

BILL & PEGGY HUNT PLAYWRIGHT FESTIVAL, BLT
2pm: Burien Little Theatre’s Bill & Peggy Hunt’s Playwright’s Festival continues with free play readings at 2 p.m. of “Penny Loves Butchie Hartog” and “Sinking Bass Turds.” More info, including the full schedule, as well as listings of plays and readings, here.

HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL’S ANNUAL FIESTA AUCTION/DINNER
5pm: White Center’s Holy Family Elementary is holding its 21st annual R.E.A.C.H. (Reinforcing Education And Catholic Heritage) Fiesta Auction and Dinner. Silent Auction starts at 5pm; Dinner at 7:30pm and Live Auction at 7:45pm. More info here.

HIGHLINE VINTAGE JAZZ FESTIVAL, PERFORMING ARTS CTR.
7pm-10pm: 2nd, evening performance of the Highline Vintage Jazz Festival at the Highline Performing Arts Center. See listing above, or click here for more full details. More info here.

LIVE MUSIC, BISON CREEK PIZZA & PUB,
10pm-2am: Kimball Conant and the Fugitives (a great NW Blues/Jazz band), No Cover, 21+ please.

“COLORAMA” BOWLING, HI-LINE LANES, BURIEN
7-10pm: “Colorama” bowling, a fun, active and funky thang to do, and it beats Wii Bowling anyday! (206) 244-2272

LIVE MUSIC, 909 COFFEE & WINE, OLDE BURIEN
8pm: Live Music, NO COVER CHARGE! 909 is located at 909 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien; Call for details: (206) 243-7909

MICK KELLY’S IRISH PUB, 435 SW 152nd, Burien, 246-2473
9pm+: Irish accents + Guinness on tap! More info here: http://mickkellysirishpub.com/

BARREL TAVERN, 11501 First Ave South, Burien, 244-7390
9pm+: Live Band! NO COVER! Read our review here.

ELMER’S PUB, 15027 Ambaum Blvd SW, 439-1007
9:30pm+: Live Music! NO COVER! ROCK! BEER! FOOD! DANCING! DARTS! POOL! FUN!

SUNDAY, MAY 3rd:

BILL & PEGGY HUNT PLAYWRIGHT FESTIVAL, BLT
2pm: Burien Little Theatre’s Bill & Peggy Hunt’s Playwright’s Festival continues with a matinee performance. They’re also holding a food drive fundraiser for local food banks, so be sure to bring some non-perishable food with you! More info, including the full schedule of plays and readings, here.

3 WISHES’ CLOTHING FUNDRAISER, 3 WISHES BOUTIQUE
Noon-5pm: 3 Wishes Boutique, located at 929 SW 152nd in Olde Burien, continues their clothing fundraiser for the YWCA’s “Dress for Success” program, and is asking residents to bring in clothing they no longer wear to donate to disadvantaged women. Bring in & donate clothing you no longer wear and receive a certificate for 15% OFF your next purchase of regular price merchandise! More info here.

COMING SOON:

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6th:
ROBERT DUGONI BOOK READING/SIGNING, THE TIN ROOM
6pm+: NY Times Best-selling author Robert Dugoni will be celebrating his creative ties to Burien with a reading and book-signing party at The Tin Room. More info here, including excerpts of Burien scenes from his latest novel “Wrongful Death” and a feature story with video here.

THURSDAY, MAY 7th:
7pm-9pm: Three FREE Natural Yard Design Workshops start Thurs. night May 7th, sponsored by the City of Burien and King County. More info here.

SATURDAY, MAY 9th:
ALL DAY: Tukwila’s annual Backyard Wildlife Festival is a free all-day event at the Tukwila Community Center, meant to educate and inspire people to welcome wildlife – such as birds, butterflies, and other wildlife – into their backyards, gardens and communities. More info here.

SATURDAY, MAY 9th:
DES MOINES YACHT CLUB SOUTH SOUND OPENING
2pm: The Des Moines Yacht Club is holding its annual “South Sound Opening” day of boating season on Saturday, May 9th with a flag ceremony, speeches, drinks, dinner and live music with “The Tropics.” More info here.

DES MOINES SPORTS NIGHT DINNER & AUCTION
5:30pm-9:30pm: Des Moines 7th annual Sports Night Dinner & Auction fundraiser will be at the historic Des Moines Field House. Host will be Bruce King, former KOMO Sportscaster, with a keynote by former UW quarterback Brock Huard. More info here.

FRIDAY, MAY 15th:
BIG PICTURE HIGH SCHOOL AUCTION
7pm+: Come support BTB Intern Josh Hart’s high school at this auction for Big Picture High School, which is located at 2450 South 142nd Street in SeaTac. More info here.

SATURDAY, MAY 16th
:
8:30am-2pm: White Center’s 6th Annual Spring Clean Up is coming Saturday, May 16th, and volunteers are needed to help clean up. This annual clean-up event is intended to make White Center a better place to live, work, and play by promoting community building and neighborhood revitalization. More info, including how you can help, here.

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Big Picture High School's Auction Is May 29th

Big Picture High School's Auction Is May 29th

by Josh Hart

A few Big Picture High School students, which includes myself, are putting on an Auction. All proceeds will be donated to The First Place School, which is a school in Seattle that helps homeless and abused children get their education along with finding homes for them.

YOU are invited to attend the auction.

It is May 15th starting at 7pm at Big Picture High School, which is located at 2450 South 142nd Street in SeaTac (map below)…

Aviation High School Gets Grant, Will Move & Be Re-Named

Aviation High School Gets Grant, Will Move & Be Re-Named

by Josh Hart Thursday morning (March 26th), a press conference was held at Aviation High School’s temporary campus in Des Moines, where a major announcement was made: The school received a $4 million... [Read more]

INTERN’S VIEW: State Youth Soccer Champ Update

INTERN’S VIEW: State Youth Soccer Champ Update

by Josh Hart Both the State Cup and Challenge Cups finished last Sunday, and here are the champions of each age bracket: BU-15 State Cup Champion: Washington Premier FC- For the second year in a row... [Read more]

INTERN’S VIEW: Highline Premier Football Club Update

INTERN’S VIEW: Highline Premier Football Club Update

by Josh Hart All the Highline Premier Football Club (HPFC) teams BU-15 to BU-18 were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the State and Challenge cups. Here is the quick breakdown of who eliminated them... [Read more]

Tylor Curry Is The Big Picture “Intern Of The Month”

Tylor Curry Is The Big Picture “Intern Of The Month”

by Josh Hart This month at Big Picture High School, a fellow student named Tylor Curry was chosen as “Intern of the Month.” Tylor, a very prolific (and busy) sophomore, won for the following... [Read more]

BTB Advertiser Burien Honda Goes “Green” With New Paint

BTB Advertiser Burien Honda Goes “Green” With New Paint

by Josh Hart Car companies and auto dealers have never been known as the most environmentally-conscious businesses around, but times are changing. Many car dealerships and auto body shops are now using... [Read more]

Highline Premier Football Club Has Burien’s “Best Soccer”

Highline Premier Football Club Has Burien’s “Best Soccer”

by Josh Hart HPFC (Highline Premier Football Club) Heat, formerly known as HSA Heat, has the best soccer in Burien. The boys U-15’s-U-18’s are currently competing in the preliminaries for the... [Read more]

INTERN’S VIEW: Impressed By President Obama’s Speech

INTERN’S VIEW: Impressed By President Obama’s Speech

by Josh Hart It just so happens that the first inauguration I ever witnessed in my short lifetime happens to be one of the most historical inaugurations in many people’s lifetimes. As I listened... [Read more]

Gem Of A Chevy Sits Inside Burien City Garage’s Museum

Gem Of A Chevy Sits Inside Burien City Garage’s Museum

by Josh Hart Duane Quande, the owner of Burien City Garage, has been involved in collecting and fixing cars since he was seven or eight years old. Back then it was just something people did. Duane is also... [Read more]

Intern’s View: Great-Grandparents Survive Orting Flooding

Intern’s View: Great-Grandparents Survive Orting Flooding

The flooding Carbon River in Orting last week. by Josh Hart With all the flooding recently I wanted to find someone to talk to about what happened to them. I realized that someone very close to me had... [Read more]

Intern’s View: ’09 Resolutions From Your “City Of Burien”

Intern’s View: ’09 Resolutions From Your “City Of Burien”

by Josh Hart Hello people of Burien, this is your city here – I want to talk with you a little about what I want to happen in 2009. In 2009 there are many resolutions I want – no, need –... [Read more]

NEW COLUMN: ‘Matt’s Movies’ Reviews ‘Seven Pounds’

NEW COLUMN: ‘Matt’s Movies’ Reviews ‘Seven Pounds’

[EDITOR’S NOTE: “Matt’s Movies” is a new regular movie-review column debuting today on The B-Town Blog. It is written by Matt Marble, a 17-year old student at Highline School District’s... [Read more]

Mt. Rainier High School Drill Teams Wins 1st Competition

Mt. Rainier High School Drill Teams Wins 1st Competition

by Josh Hart Last weekend, Des Moines’ Mt. Rainier High School Drill Team competed in and won the Liberty High School Drill and Dance Competition. They competed against drill teams from Issaquah... [Read more]

Happy Birthday To Us! The B-Town Blog Is 1-Year Old Today

Happy Birthday To Us! The B-Town Blog Is 1-Year Old Today

One year ago today (Dec. 11, 2007 to be exact), on a dining room table in a modest home near Three Tree Point, your B-Town Blog came unto this planet, chock full of hopes and dreams of enlightening a... [Read more]

A “State Of The City” Address From Our 15-Year Old Intern

A “State Of The City” Address From Our 15-Year Old Intern

by Josh Hart Well 2009 is almost here and many are wondering what will be in store for the upcoming year. What will change from this year? What needs to change? What do we want to change? With everything... [Read more]

INTERN’S VIEW: What Will Change Under President Obama?

INTERN’S VIEW: What Will Change Under President Obama?

by Josh Hart Now that America has elected a new president the question gets posed: What will change under President Barack Obama? Will the fact that he is an African-American man affect anything? From... [Read more]

Josh’s Top 11 Rules For A Safe & Happy Halloween

Josh’s Top 11 Rules For A Safe & Happy Halloween

by Josh Hart Halloween is TONIGHT(!) and you should all know tips to make your trick or treating experience a safe one. Here are my Top 11 Rules for having a Safe & Happy Halloween: Children should... [Read more]

Fight Ends Renton vs Tyee High School Football Game

Fight Ends Renton vs Tyee High School Football Game

by Josh Hart On Friday, Oct. 17th, during a high school football game between Renton High School’s Indians and the Tyee Totems, a brawl broke out at Neudorf Memorial Field in Tukwila. Renton came... [Read more]

Student Explains Highline’s Big Picture High School

Student Explains Highline’s Big Picture High School

by Josh Hart Many of you don’t know about this new school in the area and that is Highline’s Big Picture High School. I would like to inform you about this school for two reasons: The first... [Read more]