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Bid farewell to the old Highline High School this coming Saturday, May 18!

Bid farewell to the old Highline High School this coming Saturday, May 18!

All are invited to the Highline High School Alumni & Community Day, from 1 – 4 p.m. this coming Saturday, May 18! Bid farewell to the 1924 version of the school, and see the plans for the new school... [Read more]

Highline Heritage Museum’s Grand Opening Celebration will be Fri., June 14

Highline Heritage Museum’s Grand Opening Celebration will be Fri., June 14

Community Ribbon Cutting, Tour Opportunities, and Giveaways will mark Grand Opening Discover Burien and the Seattle Southside Chamber are inviting all to the Grand Opening Celebration of the Highline... [Read more]

REMINDER: Final ‘Good Bootlegger’ event will be Monday at Smith Tower

REMINDER: Final ‘Good Bootlegger’ event will be Monday at Smith Tower

REMINDER: The final in a three-part presentation series on Roy Olmstead – aka ‘The Good Bootlegger’ – will be held this coming Monday night, May 6 at the historic Smith Tower. Doors open... [Read more]

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

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... [Read more]

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

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... [Read more]

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

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 –... [Read more]

Next ‘Good Bootlegger’ presentation will be Monday, April 1 at Smith Tower

Next ‘Good Bootlegger’ presentation will be Monday, April 1 at Smith Tower

The next ‘Good Bootlegger’ presentation on historic, 1920s Seattle-area bootlegger Roy Olmstead will be held at the Smith Tower on Monday, April 1. This will be the second of a three-part... [Read more]

REMINDER: Local filmmakers’ ‘Good Bootlegger’ series kicks off Monday

REMINDER: Local filmmakers’ ‘Good Bootlegger’ series kicks off Monday

REMINDER: ‘The Good Bootlegger’ presentation at the Smith Tower will begin its three-part series this Monday, March 4. Presented by local filmmakers Steve Edmiston and Scott Schaefer (of “The... [Read more]

Local boy (and Governor) Jay Inslee announces that he’s running for President

Local boy (and Governor) Jay Inslee announces that he’s running for President

Then-gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee talks with then-Mayor Joan McGilton at Burien City Hall in 2011 before a walking tour through the city. Photo by Scott Schaefer. On Friday, Mar. 1, 2019, Gov. Jay... [Read more]

REMINDER: ‘The Good Bootlegger’ series kicks-off at Smith Tower Monday

REMINDER: ‘The Good Bootlegger’ series kicks-off at Smith Tower Monday

REMINDER: ‘The Good Bootlegger’ presentation at the Smith Tower will begin its three-part series this coming Monday, March 4! Presented by local filmmakers Steve Edmiston and Scott Schaefer... [Read more]

PHOTOS/VIDEOS: Saying goodbye to the beloved ol’ Viaduct one more time

PHOTOS/VIDEOS: Saying goodbye to the beloved ol’ Viaduct one more time

On Saturday, Feb. 2, around 100,000 people walked, ran, hung out and cherished the historic Alaskan Way Viaduct one last time, as well as checked out the sleek new SR 99 Tunnel for the first time. It was... [Read more]

Upthegrove resigns, Nancy Salguero McKay takes over at Historical Society

Upthegrove resigns, Nancy Salguero McKay takes over at Historical Society

Cyndi Upthegrove at a Highline Historical Society meeting in Dec., 2018. On Tuesday, Jan. 22, Cyndi Upthgegrove announced that she has resigned her position as Managing Trustee of the Highline Historical... [Read more]

Local Filmmakers presenting 3-part ‘Good Bootlegger’ series at Smith Tower

Local Filmmakers presenting 3-part ‘Good Bootlegger’ series at Smith Tower

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 – and local filmmakers will... [Read more]

Walk on the Viaduct and new Tunnel on Sat., Feb. 2

Walk on the Viaduct and new Tunnel on Sat., Feb. 2

From our friends at WABI Burien: The Viaduct is closed! The Tunnel is opening. The City of Seattle has planned an event-filled weekend of Step Forward fun. PLEASE NOTE: Remaining tickets are extremely... [Read more]

‘Seattle Now & Then’ Author Talk & Book Signing will be Thursday, Jan. 31

‘Seattle Now & Then’ Author Talk & Book Signing will be Thursday, Jan. 31

The Rotary Club of Burien White Center will be holding an evening with author and photographer Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard as they present ‘Seattle Now & Then: The Historic Hundred’... [Read more]

Happy Birthday to us – 11 years ago today, The B-Town Blog started publishing!

Happy Birthday to us – 11 years ago today, The B-Town Blog started publishing!

Happy 11th Birthday to Us! We Love You! Eleven years ago today – on Dec. 11, 2007 – we pushed the “Publish” button for the first time on The B-Town Blog, with the hopes of providing an... [Read more]

City of Burien seeking nominations for ‘Citizen of the Year’; deadline is Feb. 15

City of Burien seeking nominations for ‘Citizen of the Year’; deadline is Feb. 15

The City of Burien is now accepting Nominations for its 2019 ‘Citizen of the Year’ award, with a deadline to submit of Feb. 15, 2019. “Do you know someone who has improved the quality... [Read more]

Enjoy Santa, songs & more at Burien’s Tree Lighting on Wednesday, Dec. 5

Enjoy Santa, songs & more at Burien’s Tree Lighting on Wednesday, Dec. 5

All are invited to Burien’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Economy Wiring (633 SW 148th Street, map below) on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, starting at 6 p.m. Here’s what to expect at this long-running... [Read more]

Man In Black Friday special: Watch ‘The Maury Island Incident’ for 50% off!

Man In Black Friday special: Watch ‘The Maury Island Incident’ for 50% off!

Why brave all the kooky, crazy crowds when you can stay warm and cozy inside and watch the locally-produced, award-winning film ‘The Maury Island Incident’ at an out-of-this-world 50% OFF... [Read more]