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April 25, 2019

League of Quiet Skies Voters April 25 Town Hall will feature Airnoise.io creator

The League of Quiet Skies Voters announced that software developer Chris McCann – best known for his innovative Airnoise.io service that automatically reports users’ aircraft noise complaints – will speak at the League’s April 25, 2019, Town Hall.

Used throughout the U.S., the Airnoise.io “button” has become a popular and easy-to-use tool for citizens expecting more accountability from unresponsive airports.

After a career as combat pilot in the US Air Force, McCann completed a Master’s Degree in Software Engineering and became a software developer for Fairway Technologies in La Jolla, CA. Chris has over 5,000 hours flying time in 39 different aircraft and he flies a Cirrus SR-22 for fun now.

In the fall of 2016, when people in his community complained about aircraft noise due to the FAA’s NextGen routes and their airport’s lack of response associated with registering these complaints, it occurred to Chris that the difficulty of filing complaints with no actionable responses from airports might be solved using a bit of software that could gather information about the aircraft overhead and submit a detailed noise complaint.

As a combat veteran and software developer, Chris believed:

“There was no place in our democracy for the injustice I saw happening, so it was pretty much a call to duty.”

Today, Chris’ Airnoise service has led to over 1,880,000 complaints being registered at 39 airports nationwide. McCann and Airnoise.io have received substantial nationwide media attention, including a feature story in the Wall Street Journal last August, when the Port of Seattle’s Perry Cooper was quoted as saying there had been over 2,000 complaints filed at Sea-Tac per week. Airnoise was also featured in the Washington Post at the end of December.

At the League’s kick-off event on April 25, McCann will share with the audience:

  • the impacts nationwide of capturing complaint data more efficiently;
  • the effectiveness (or ineffectiveness) of airport responses to noise complaints; and
  • how citizens might better use complaint data to influence local policymakers

McCann will also discuss tactics used by airports to push back against increased numbers of noise complaints.

“We’re excited to have Chris speak to our airport communities at the League’s first Town Hall because this type of out-of-the-box innovation is precisely what we need to address Sea-Tac’s broken complaint response system,” said Burien Quiet Skies Coalition President, Larry Cripe.

McCann will discuss how the Airnoise.io service has motivated conversations between residents, local airport authorities, the FAA, and elected officials with attendees at the April 25 League event.

“Chris is a perfect fit for our first Town Hall because its purpose is to maximize voter education on health and environmental risks from airport expansion, and to emphasize there is fact and science-based information associated with aircraft noise issues,” said Quiet Skies Coalition’s Treasurer Debi Wagner. “Airnoise.io is just that—real information and real data.”

Event details:

WHAT: League of Quiet Skies Voters Town Hall

WHEN: Thursday, April 25, 2019, 6 – 8 p.m.

WHERE: Highline Performing Arts Center, Burien WA (map below)

TICKETS: Tickets (FREE) available at www.LOQSV.org

About the League of Quiet Skies Voters
As aircraft noise and emissions present increasing human health and environmental concerns, impact property values and public safety, and create social, economic, and environmental justice disparities, the League of Quiet Skies Voters seeks to empower voters living in the shadow of the 8th busiest airport in the United States with the information to fully understand the risks of this expansion, the alternatives, our rights and choices, and how to engage our policymakers for change.

The League was created as an association of regional citizen-led groups including:

More info at https://www.loqsv.org.

The Highline Performing Arts Center is located at 401 S. 152nd Street:

Start:April 25, 2019 6:00 pm
End:April 25, 2019 8:00 pm
Venue: Highline Performing Arts Center
401 S. 152nd Street, Burien, WA, 98148, United States

April 26, 2019

Seattle Southside Chamber’s State of our Schools Luncheon will be April 26

The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce will be presenting its second annual State of our Schools Luncheon on Friday, April 26, 2019, at Hotel Interurban in Tukwila.

This luncheon is presented in partnership with the Success Foundation, the Highline College, and the school districts within the Chamber’s service area of Southwest King County.

Attendees will hear from the Superintendent of Highline Public Schools, Dr. Susan Enfield, the Interim Superintendent of Tukwila Public Schools, Dr. Flip Herdon, and the President of Highline College, Dr. John Mosby.

This luncheon will also feature a much-anticipated update from the Success Foundation about its upcoming Explorer Post with the NASA ANGeLS Challenge program.

“Our organization is proud of the partnerships and relationships within our education system and are thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity for our business community to connect directly with our schools and their leadership,” said President/CEO of Seattle Southside Chamber, Andrea Reay.

The luncheon will be held on Friday, April 26, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., at Hotel Interurban, 223 Andover Park East, Tukwila, WA 98188.

The Chamber thanks its host, Hotel Interurban and Event Sponsors, Crain Photography and South King Media.

Space is limited at the luncheon so register early to reserve a seat.

Register online here

For more information about the luncheon contact the chamber office during regular business hours at (206) 575-1633 or email Renatta Emerson, Membership and Programs Manager, at [email protected].

About the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce
The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit business organization that has served the communities of Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac and Tukwila since 1988. The Chamber focuses on business advancement in the region by helping to build and maintain a strong economic environment.

For more info, visit https://www.seattlesouthsidechamber.com

Start:April 26, 2019 11:30 am
End:April 26, 2019 1:00 pm
Venue: Hotel Interurban
Phone:(206) 575-1633
223 Andover Park East, Tukwila, WA, 98188, United States

Have ‘Coffee with a Cop’ this Friday at the Alcove at Seahurst Apartments

Burien Police Department’s monthly ‘Coffee with a Cop’ will be this Friday, April 26, from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Leasing Office of the Alcove at Seahurst Apartments.

Hosted every last Friday, the location and time will change, but the agenda stays the same – getting to know your local police department!

April location: Leasing Office of the Alcove at Seahurst Apartments, located at 14001 Ambaum Blvd. SW:

Start:April 26, 2019 5:00 pm
End:April 26, 2019 7:00 pm
Venue: Alcove at Seahurst Apartment Leasing Office
14001 Ambaum Blvd. SW, Burien, WA, 98166, United States

April 27, 2019

Help beautify B-Town at Discover Burien’s annual ‘Clean Sweep’ on Saturday, April 27

It’s time again to roll up those sleeves to tackle trash and beautify Burien during the Discover Burien’s annual Clean Sweep, starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 27.

From 8 a.m. – Noon, Volunteers will be picking up litter, eliminating graffiti, and sweeping sidewalks in the Burien Community.

All are invited to meet at Clean Sweep headquarters at Burien/Normandy Park Fire Station #28, located at 900 SW 146th Street.

This year’s event is sponsored by PCC Community Markets and Recology CleanScapes; and Sponsors are still needed – click here for details.

Start:April 27, 2019 8:00 am
End:April 27, 2019 12:00 pm
Venue: Burien/Normandy Park Fire Station #28
900 SW 146th Street, Burien, WA, 98166, United States

Sylvester Middle School seeking Volunteers to help at Clean Sweep this Saturday

Sylvester Middle School is seeking Volunteers to participate in Discover Burien’s annual ‘Clean Sweep’ this Saturday, April 27, from 8:30 – 10 a.m.:

  • Come beautify our school.
  • Volunteers are needed to meet on school grounds at 8:30 a.m., but are welcome to come by anytime to help clean up our school.
  • We will have gloves and trash bags until 10 a.m.
  • Please bring tools you’d like to use to landscape or bring nothing and help us pick up litter.
  • Option to meet at the Burien firehouse at 8am for snacks and coffee.
  • Show some Wildcat pride-come join us to make our school a proud place to be for Sylvester students and teachers.
  • Sponsored by SMS PTSA.

Sylvester Middle School is located at 16222 Sylvester Rd SW:

Start:April 27, 2019 8:30 am
End:April 27, 2019 10:30 am
Venue: Sylvester Middle School
16222 Sylvester Rd SW, Burien, WA, 98166, United States

Northwest Symphony Orchestra’s season finalé will be Saturday, April 27

Northwest Symphony Orchestra will conclude their 2018-2019 season with a performance on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 8 p.m. at the Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien.

The program features the entire NWSO, and will include:

  • Symphony #4 – Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Guaguanco – Christophe Chagnard
  • Les Preludes – Franz Liszt

“We hope that you will join us for the concluding concert of our 2018-2019 season,” NWSO Conductor Anthony Spain said. “Tchaikovsky’s Symphony #4 is one of the most dramatic and exciting pieces in all of classical music – a rousing way to finish our season.”

WHAT: NWSO Season finalé

WHEN: Saturday, April 27, 8 p.m.

WHERE: Highline Performing Arts Center is located at 401 S. 152nd in Burien.

TICKETS: Tickets are $15 – $20, and can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets online at www.brownpapertickets.com, or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

INFO: For more information on Northwest Symphony Orchestra, full season and concert schedule and to purchase tickets, please visit www.northwestsymphonyorchestra.org or call (206) 242-6321.

Northwest Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1987, and has received local, regional, and national acclaim, having been featured several times on National Public Radio and once on NBC’s Today Show. The NWSO has received several national awards and has five commercially released CDs. Under the leadership of Music Director Dr. Anthony Spain, the mission of the NWSO is to be the premier orchestra in performing and promoting the music of contemporary Northwest composers while also performing, and educating, the public in the full spectrum of classical music.

Start:April 27, 2019 8:00 pm
End:April 27, 2019 10:00 pm
Venue: Highline Performing Arts Center
Phone:(206) 242-6321
401 S. !52nd Street, Burien, WA, 98168, United States

May 2, 2019

Carnival Days will be returning to Puget Sound Park May 2–5

Carnival Days – presented by Discover Burien – is heading back to Puget Sound Park from Thursday, May 2 through Sunday, May 5, 2019!

Located in North Burien at 135 SW 126th Street (map below), Carnival Days is fun for the whole family!

Whether it’s trying out a new or old game, taking a ride on the wild side at one of the many attractions, or enjoying entertainment, the Carnival presented by Discover Burien is a crowd pleaser!

Attendees will once again see the Carnival Flea Market inside the park during the three-day span. Vendors include everything from jewelry to food and more. Vendors change daily.

Entrance to the Carnival is FREE. Tickets are $4.00 each or $35.00 for 10.

For an all-day adventure, the Carnival Pass bracelet offers unlimited rides and is available for $28.

More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/2341135712832394/.

Start:May 2, 2019
End:May 5, 2019
Venue: Puget Sound Park
135 SW 126th Street, Burien, WA, 98146, United States

Burien Farmers Market will open 2019 season on Thursday, May 2

Burien Farmers Market

The Burien Farmers Market returns on Thursday, May 2, 2019, with some familiar faces – and new ones as well!

There will be a new space in 2019 called “Market Alley” for local product re-sellers to flourish and thrive in our community.

“This is an excellent way to get local businesses involved in the Burien Farmers Market who would otherwise not qualify,” organizers said.

The 2019 Burien Farmers Market will be open Thursdays from May 2, through Oct. 31, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Town Square Park on SW 152nd Street and 5th Place SW.

Eric “Two Scoops” Moore plays weekly Noon to 3 p.m. with

Open Busking after 3 p.m.

Fresh Bucks King County will be offered again so please bring your EBT card to the Discover Burien tent and they will match your monetary withdraw dollar for dollar. This year there will be no limit or cap to the matching amount.

“Shop local, eat local and help us maintain a sustainable community. Support your local Burien Farmers Market and enjoy the freshest produce and quality handmade gifts.

“See you there!”

Main sponsors this year include: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Burien, Recology CleanScapes and the City of Burien Government.

For more info:

#BurienFarmersMarket #CityofBurien #RecologyCleanscapes #BerkshireHathaway #Burien #DiscoverBurien #TeamDiscover #FarmersMarket #BurienTownSquarePark #EBT #MakingBurienAwesome #FreshBucks

Start:May 2, 2019 11:00 am
End:May 2, 2019 6:00 pm
Venue: Town Square Park
480 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA, 98166, United States

May 3, 2019

Highline High School’s ‘Solidarity Days’ event will be Friday, May 3

In an all-day ‘Solidarity Days’ event on Friday, May 3, all Highline High School students, staff, and community members will be coming together to share their stories and listen to one another with the express purpose of working on repairing and uplifting the culture on campus.

Two years ago, Highline was severely impacted by the defacing of the Sprit Rock with hateful, offensive words and symbols (read our extensive previous coverage here). This event became the catalyst for action to intentionally rebuild Highline’s culture to be one of inclusion and respect.

Solidarity days is one of the major pieces of culture work happening at HHS. In what will be the first of an annual event bringing together the stakeholders of HHS’s culture and community. Lead by student facilitators, everyone will be given a chance to be heard, to share their story, and to listen to others. As the saying goes:

“It’s hard to hate someone once you get to know them.”

The four goals of Solidarity Days are:

  • to affirm and elevate the voices of HHS students;
  • to support students to become leaders – and partners with staff – in building a more just and loving culture at HHS;
  • to encourage students and staff to understand root causes of conflict and to build solidarity with one another;
  • and to open possibilities for ongoing, collaborative approaches to building community and solving problems within the school community.

If you would like more information or would like to get involved, please contact Briana Herman-Brand at [email protected].

Date:May 3, 2019
Venue: Highline High School
225 S 152nd Street, Burien, WA, 98148, United States

May 4, 2019

Parkside Garden Club’s Plant Sale will be Saturday, May 4 at CVS

The Parkside Garden Club’s 2019 Plant Sale will be on Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the CVS parking lot (NOTE: this is a NEW location from last year’s sale).

A wide variety of perennials, trees, shrubs, succulents, tomatoes, herbs, house plants, garden art and much more will be available for purchase.

Proceeds from the sale support student and teacher scholarships and local garden and beautification projects.

Last year’s Parkside Garden Club sale raised money for scholarships in horticulture, landscape, and environmental programs at South Seattle College, Washington State University, University of Washington, and Western Washington University, as well as donations to the Highline Botanical Garden, Highline Historical Society, Master Gardeners Foundation, Environmental Science Center and more.

“Come and find the perfect Mother’s Day gift!”

More info at https://sites.google.com/site/parksidegardenclub/.

CVS is located at 117 SW 160th Street:

Start:May 4, 2019 9:00 am
End:May 4, 2019 4:00 pm
Venue: CVS Parking Lot
117 SW 160th Street, Burien, WA, 98166, United States

May 6, 2019

Final ‘Good Bootlegger’ presentation will be Monday, May 6 at Smith Tower

The final in a three-part presentation series on Roy Olmstead – aka ‘The Good Bootlegger’ – will be held Monday night, May 6 at the historic Smith Tower.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the presentation starts at 8 p.m.

This will be the finalé of a three-part series – although each works as a standalone event – presented by local filmmakers Steve Edmiston and Scott Schaefer at the iconic, historic, prohibition-era Observatory Bar on the Smith Tower’s amazing 35th floor.

The most recent presentation – held on April 1 – sold out, so get your tickets soon:

Seattle has its fair share of stories to add to Prohibition lore, having given rise to one of the most successful bootleggers in Pacific Northwest history, Roy Olmstead. Smith Tower and The Good Bootlegger’s Guild present an educational and engaging speaker series in three parts, combining history, mythology, rum, and good old-fashioned storytelling.

Exclusive Specialty Cocktail
In honor of our rumrunning roots, we’ll be featuring an exclusive specialty cocktail only available during Smells Like Seattle Spirits events. Make sure to ask for Runnin’ with the Devil, a delicious cocktail that includes Appleton Estate Signature Blend Rum, FORO Amaro, lemon sherbet, lime, and absinthe rinse.

  • Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20 per person.
  • Seating is limited and standing room will apply if the event is sold out.
  • A full bar and menu are available for purchase throughout the evening for your enjoyment.
  • While we encourage you to attend all sessions, it’s not required to follow along with the storyline.

WHEN: Monday, May 6; doors open at 7 p.m., presentation starts at 8 p.m.

WHAT: The Hard Fall: The Feds Fight Back
Olmstead’s good guy anti-hero popularity peaks, with his remarkable popularity driven by better whiskey, lower prices, and an ethical commitment to non-violence. Olmstead is labeled in the media as “The Good Bootlegger,” but it’s too good to last. While Olmstead is beloved by many as the opposite of a Capone-style, violence-driven whiskey operation, his success attracts the country’s most innovative federal prohibition agents to Seattle who determines –using new technology – to bring the Olmstead empire crashing down.

Start:May 6, 2019 7:00 pm
End:May 6, 2019 10:00 pm
Venue: Smith Tower
506 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA, 98104, United States

May 18, 2019

Last tour & celebration of Highline High School will be Saturday, May 18

All Highline High School alumni and community members are invited for a last tour and celebration of the old school from 1 – 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 18.

Organizers will take a photograph of all alumni present in front of the north wall at 3 p.m., as well as other photographs as requested, which will be available online.

Main areas of the school will be open for touring, such as the gym, library, cafetorium and a classroom in the oldest wing.

As we’ve previously reported, the school – first opened in 1924 – will be torn down, and a brand new campus will be built starting this summer, with a projected opening of fall 2021.

Displays of the new school design and the interim school site will be available to view.

Cookies and coffee will be served.

HHS gear will be for sale by the HHS Booster Club and the student-run Key Club. A garage sale of ASB items is planned.

Parking will be available east and north of the school, by the Performing Arts Center, as well as in the lot west of the school. (An all-day track & field event is scheduled at Memorial Stadium, so parking in the Moshier lots may be less available.)

If you are interested in helping plan the event, have memorabilia to share or a story to tell, please email [email protected].

More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/450314985708592/

Start:May 18, 2019 1:00 pm
End:May 18, 2019 4:00 pm
Venue: Highline High School
225 S 152nd Street, Burien, WA, 98148, United States

May 22, 2019

‘Taste of Burien 2019’ will be at Merrill Gardens on Wednesday, May 22

All are invited to Discover Burien’s annual ‘Taste of Burien 2019’ from 5 – 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22 at Merrill Gardens.

  • The Taste of Burien is the largest event of its kind in the Burien area.
  • The event sells out every year so hurry and get your tickets!
  • Taste of Burien 2019 takes place from 5-8 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room
  • $20 general admission tickets will be good for unlimited taste items with beverages available for purchase.
  • $40 VIP tickets will be good for unlimited food and beverages.
  • New this year: all Taste of Burien tickets will be available online only – CLICK HERE TO ORDER

Attendees will also vote on three categories:

  • Best Bite
  • Best Pour
  • Best Sweet

This friendly competition is sure to encourage fun and excitement all night long!

For more information, please visit discoverburien.org/events or call (206) 433-2882.

About Discover Burien
Discover Burien is a non-profit focused on local community and business development, education, and promotion.

Membership and contributions are tax deductible.

Learn more at www.discoverburien.org.

Merrill Gardens ic located at 15020 5th Ave SW:

#MakingBurienAwesome starts with us all.

Start:May 22, 2019 5:00 pm
End:May 22, 2019 8:00 pm
Venue: Merrill Gardens at Burien
15020 5th Ave SW, Burien, WA, 98166, United States

June 14, 2019

SAVE THE DATE: Grand Opening for new Highline Heritage Museum is June 14

SAVE THE DATE: The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting ceremony/party for the new Highline Heritage Museum will be from 4 – 6 p.m.  on Friday, June 14!

But this won’t be your usual ribbon cutting ceremony – ALL are invited to “come cut the ribbon with us! Literally, please bring scissors and let’s do it as a community!”

Kudos to new Executive Director Nancy Salguero-McKay, who has been working tirelessly to get this new museum ready!

The new museum is located at 819 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien, on the southwest corner of SW 152nd Street and Ambaum Blvd. SW (map below).

The organization’s retiring Executive Director Cyndi Upthegrove was also recently named the City of Burien’s 2019 ‘Citizen of the Year’:

Here are some sneak peeks of the brand new museum:

This event will also include (we hope) a public premiere of a documentary called “I Am Highline” featuring several residents of diverse backgrounds, Produced/Directed/Edited by South King Media’s Scott Schaefer.

More info here:

“Our Mission is to Collect, Preserve, and Tell the Stories of the Highline Region and its People.”

Start:June 14, 2019 4:00 pm
End:June 14, 2019 6:00 pm
Venue: Highline Heritage Museum Grand Opening
819 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA, 98166, United States

August 24, 2019

Burien UFO Festival will land in Olde Burien on Saturday, Aug. 24!

Discover Burien on Friday announced that the Burien UFO Festival will take place on the third Saturday in August – Aug. 24 – beginning this year!

“Discover Burien welcomes the community to a spirited night full of fun festivities of the otherworldly kind! Join us for a “landing party” unlike any other! This is a FREE all-ages event!”

The Burien UFO Festival (BUFO) is entering a new phase – founders John White and Shelli Park are no longer able to continue producing the event and are pleased to announce that they have decided to hand BUFO over to Discover Burien so that it may continue to bring the UFO enthusiast community together to celebrate the otherworldly in Olde Burien.

BUFO was started in 2014 to celebrate the local premiere of “The Maury Island Incident,” and has since grown to a full block party that draws thousands to Olde Burien with live music, art, occasional film festivals, and much more.

Please save the date and join us on Saturday, August 24, 2019 in Olde Burien from 5-10 p.m.

Date:August 24, 2019
Venue: Olde Burien
SW 152nd Street & 10th Ave SW, Burien, WA, 98166, United States