Councilmember Dave Upthegrove (right), with Martin Luther King, Jr. Medal of Distinguished Service recipient Fred Mendoza.

Fred Mendoza has never strayed far from the South King County communities he was born and raised in, serving in a variety of roles for close to half a century.

Metropolitan King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove on Monday (May 22) recognized Mendoza’s impact throughout the region by awarding him the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medal of Distinguished Service.

“Fred has been a committed public servant to the South King County community,” said Upthegrove. “Along with the countless number of people who he has impacted throughout his career, I’m thankful for his service and proud to present him this well-deserved honor.”

Mendoza grew up in Algona, farming with his dad in the Auburn Valley. A graduate of Auburn High School, Mendoza would get his law degree and work in the office of the King County Prosecutor. But his focus was always on the South County communities he was raised in.

Mendoza served 39 years on the Board for Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind.  He was a founder of the Kent King County Bar Association Neighborhood Legal Clinic and volunteered his time there for 35 years.  He served on the Board for the Highline Medical Center, and was a founding Board member for the Highline Schools Foundation.

Playing multiple sports growing up, Mendoza has made sure those opportunities were available to young people as a volunteer youth soccer, basketball and baseball coach.  He spent over 10 years pro bono as the Risk Management advisor to Washington Youth Soccer and was a national board member for Soccer In the Streets.

Mendoza is one of nine citizens living across King County whose contributions to their community echo the incredible selfless leadership of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The MLK Medal of Distinguished Service recognizes those who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to make a difference in communities across King County.

Here’s Mendoza’s full award:

Wanolitto says it is less than two weeks until Opening Day – on Saturday, June 3 – for the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market!

We are looking forward to another successful season; the Market will be bringing you many exciting new vendors, entertainers and food.

NOTE: There will be NO paid parking on Opening Day! Actual start date of this program has not been set.

Opening day will feature our Food Truck-In, with 10 trucks including your favorites and some new ones.

“The market again will have many of your favorite artisans and crafters as well as some surprises,” Rikki Marohl, market manager, said.

Also returning will be the market’s own wines, including new this year our Waterfront White, a fabulous Chardonnay, with all the proceeds going to the market’s Endowment Fund. Look for our wine booth where tasting once again, is encouraged.

The King Conservation District Healthy Eating Initiative, a Farm Fresh Foods program that provides qualifying Senior Citizens age 55 and older and people with disabilities of all ages $10 every market day to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from our local farmers. Just bring your picture ID to our information booth to receive your tokens to use as cash. Another grant this year is to educate and feed low income families with healthy foods. It is called the Fresh Bucks Eating Initiative where you can double your EBT dollars up to $10/per market day. Qualified participants can sign up at the market information booth.

The market and King Conservation District, along with partner Sound Generations, are proud to once again offer the HYDE Shuttle providing local transportation to seniors 55 and older and people with disabilities of all ages living in Des Moines, Normandy Park, Burien and Sea-Tac. Download flyer here (PDF file).

Back again this year is the ever popular Clutter to Cash where you can turn your valuables into cash. You know all that odd ball stuff you have been moving from one side of your garage to the other and trip over every time you try to get into your car. There are three days this year; June 24, July 22 and August 19.There are only 20 booth spaces so we are encouraging people to sign up early. The space fee is $20 and you must provide your own tables, chairs, etc. You can sign up at the information booth or download the application (PDF file) from our website.

And don’t forget the start of our Sunset Markets beginning Wednesday July 5th and running every Wednesday thru August 31st. It will run from 4-8pm with many new vendors and food trucks where people can shop and eat and then walk to the beach park for the free music series.

Here is the special event schedule for this season:

  • June 3: Opening Day, Food Truck-In
  • June 24: Clutter to Cash
  • July 5: Sunset Market Starts, Food Truck-In
  • July 22: Clutter to Cash
  • August 19: Clutter to Cash
  • September 9: Back to School/Safety Day, Food Truck-In
  • September 30: Last Day

To keep up with all the special events, featuring what’s fresh and entertainment at the market, please log onto the website and sign up for our e-newsletter which comes out once a week. You can also keep up on the activities by visiting the markets Facebook page.

See you 10 a.m. on OPENING DAY – Saturday, June 3rd!

By Jack Mayne

As the filing deadline passed, two candidates want to replace Mayor Matt Pina, and incumbent Councilmember Vic Pennington has one person seeking his job for election in 2017.

Another three candidates want to replace retiring Councilmember Melissa Musser, and two are going for retiring longtime Councilmember and former Mayor Dave Kaplan’s position.

Anthony J. Martinelli and Curtis Harmon are seeking Pina’s Council seat. Martinelli, 27, is a former campaign manager for County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove and is also a political activist.

The other Councilmember seeking reelection is Vic Pennington, who is challenged by J.C. Harris, listed on the Internet as a partner in a prepackaged software business.

Kaplan has served on the council for 16 years, and was mayor for four.

“After sixteen years in local elective office, and twenty straight years of working on city-related issues, I’ve decided that this will be my last year to serve as a Councilmember here in Des Moines,” Kaplan said in a Facebook statement.

Chad M. Harper and Matthew W. Mahoney filed to replace him. Harper is a political activist with ties of current and former political leaders in King County.

Mahoney has been active in Des Moines issues and an alternate member of the Des Moines Citizen’s Advisory Committee.

Musser’s position 5 seat is being sought by Harry Steinmetz, Traci R. Buxton, and Patricio Mendoza.

Steinmetz is a criminal defense attorney who practices in Tacoma and has been active in some matters before the Des Moines Council.

Traci Buxton said in an earlier announcement of her candidacy that “I am ready to dig in deeper and work to make more of a difference in our city.”

The primary election will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 1.

Position 1:

  • Matthew M. Pina*
  • Anthony J. Martinelli
  • Curtis Harmon

Position 3:

  • Victor L. Pennington*
  • J.C. Harris

Position 5 (Musser*):

  • Traci R. Buxton
  • Patricio Mendoza
  • Harry Seinmetz

Position 7 (Kaplan*):

  • Chad M. Harper
  • Matthew W. Mahoney

*denotes incumbent

SWAG – ‘Swing With the Arts Gala’ and Auction will be at Mt. Rainier High School on Thursday, June 1.

“Join us for an evening of music and art from MRHS Jazz Band and Choir, student art display, dancing, desserts and auction.”

Cash or checks are accepted for payment of auction items.

Proceeds benefit the Instrumental Music Programs at Mount Rainier High School.

WHEN: Thursday June 1, 2017: 6 – 9 p.m.

Poster art by 2016 arts festival “People’s Choice” award winner Crystal Campbell

REMINDER: The Normandy Park Arts Festival will be held this weekend – May 20-21, 2017 – with an Art Show/Competition & Awards, paintings, sculptures, photography, mixed media and more.

The event will be held at Normandy Park City Hall, located at 801 SW 174th Street.

Art will be judged by Bryan Ohno & Donna Trent, and there will also be vendors of local arts & crafts food, treats & coffee.

Saturday, May 20: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.:

  • Artist Sam Sneke live demo: morning
  • Cascade Middle School live music: 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
  • Ranger & the re-arrangers (jazz): 12 p.m.

Sunday, May 21: 12 – 4 p.m.:

  • Marvista Elementary School Marimba Band: 1 p.m.

Art competition entry/display forms, vendor applications & event updates: normandyparkartsfestival.com

Normandy Park City Hall is located at 801 SW 174th Street:

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding THREE Open Houses this weekend.

The first Open House starts on Friday, May 19 (as well as Saturday, May 20 & Sunday, May 21), and is a modern 2-bedroom loft-style home with vaulted ceilings in Ballard!:

Welcome to Seattle’s fishing village turned Hottest Urban Center – Ballard!

With the finest attention to detail these loft style homes with vaulted ceilings & floor to ceiling glass offer an abundance of light that fills the living, dining & kitchen!

Enjoy your top floor master bed & 2nd bedroom but dont miss your 3rd bed/den with a bath in the basement!

Premium Grohe Water Fixtures & Bertazzoni Range.

Lastly…enjoy the luxuries of urban living with evenings celebrated on your roof top deck.

WHEN:

  • Friday, May 19: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 20: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 21: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 6319 17th Ave NW Seattle, WA 98107 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $734,950
  • MLS Number: 1126114
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1.75
  • Year Built: 2017
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,319 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • High Tech Cabling
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Corner Lot
  • Drought Res Landscpe
  • Sidewalk

Here are photos (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.


The second Open House – set for Saturday – is a stunning 2-story, 4-bedroom estate on a huge lot in Gregory Heights:

Feel at home as you step into this absolutely stunning Gregory Heights estate.

Sprawling two parcels totaling 1.28 acres with peak-a-boo views of the sound.

Elegant floor plan offers perfect entertaining space spilling out onto the large back patio and nature filled, picturesque backyard.

Updated throughout, master on the main, unique office and loft space, garage with large workshop, heat pump and more.

Mother-in-Law / Airbnb returns up to $2,000 monthly making this home extremely desirable.

WHEN: Saturday, May 20: 2 – 5 p.m.

WHERE: 16235 21st Ave SW Burien, WA 98166 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $799,950
  • MLS Number: 1123257
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Year Built: 2017
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,273 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 55,928 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • French Doors
  • Loft
  • Skylights
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Dog Run
  • Fenced-Partially
  • RV Parking
  • Shop

Here are photos (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.


The third Open House – set for both Saturday & Sunday – is a spacious 2-bedroom end unit in desirable Queen Anne/Interbay:

Spacious NW end unit in desirable Queen Anne/Interbay!

Enjoy sound, sunset & shipping-lane views with an open kitchen/living-room flow.

2 cozy fireplaces for chilly nights. Walk or bike to DT, Whole Foods, Expedia, Amazon & Ballard.

Extensive remodel of the building inside and out.

Massive Master Suite easily fits a King size bed.

Tons of storage here too.

Dedicated Lg garage & ample guest parking. Beautiful outdoor pool, sauna, club room and helpful on-site manager.

This beauty truly has it all & more!

WHEN: Saturday, May 20, & Sunday, May 21: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 2253 Gilman Dr W., Unit 401, Seattle, WA 98119 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $499,950
  • MLS Number: 1121909
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Year Built: 2017
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,186 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Balcony/Deck/Patio
  • Disabled Access
  • End Unit
  • Insulated Windows
  • Master Bath

Here are photos (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses, and click here to “Like” them on Facebook.

Scott Logan (l) and fellow Des Moines Rotarians Dr. Rolly Mupas and Dan Johnson volunteer at least once a month at the Des Moines Food Bank, bagging servings of food that will fill backpacks.

Highline Chief Operating Officer Scott Logan helps fill backpacks for local students once a month at the Des Moines Food Bank. More than 400 backpacks of food are distributed to students weekly.

This is the story of Highline Public Schools Chief Operating Officer Scott Logan and the freezer that stopped working at the Des Moines Area Food Bank…

Logan – a member of the Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park – was volunteering at the food bank with fellow Rotarians when he heard the food bank freezer had stopped working. He knew that without adequate cold storage, the food bank would be hard pressed to store enough food for hungry families.

He found a solution through a grant program that matched the need with a donor. Thanks to a $4,100 grant, a new commercial freezer was delivered this spring.

When other Rotary members heard about the freezer going down and the need for more freezer space, many responded. Enough additional funds were donated to purchase a second large freezer, expanding storage for perishable foods.

Barb Shimuzu, co-director of the food bank, explained that fewer people are eating–and donating–canned food. Because of this, the food bank needed new equipment and more space for storing donations of meat, dairy, and frozen food.

Within two days of getting our two new freezers–boom–they were full to the gill!” she said.

What motivates Logan? “Part of my job is to try to match our needs with available resources, to support our amazing learners with equipment and facilities,” he said. “This was just an extension of that mission for me, and coincided with volunteer work I believe in that benefits local students and families.”

More info:

King County Metro has partnered with the Cities of Des Moines and Normandy Park to pilot new transportation services for commuters and residents as the area experiences an influx of new employers.

As a first step, Metro wants to hear from area workers through an online survey about their transportation needs. The survey will help shape pilot services through Metro’s Community Connections program, an innovative collaboration with local government and community partners.

Community Connections, previously known as the Alternative Services Demonstration Program, focuses on cost-efficient solutions in areas that don’t have the infrastructure, density, or land use to support regular, fixed-route bus service. Services could include routes with flexible service areas, real-time ridesharing between home neighborhoods and transit centers, reservation-based local trips, and ridematching.

The survey, which runs through May 31, will help Metro and city partners assess what services might best meet workers needs in the project areas. The Des Moines Creek Business Park, which opened in 2016, is expected to bring 2,500 new workers to the area, including 1,600 when the Federal Aviation Administration moves its regional headquarters there in 2018. Most Normandy Park employment is located along First Avenue South, including Manhattan Village and Normandy Park Towne Center.

Workers in both areas currently lack a direct transit connection to the Angle Lake light-rail station, which is about 1.5 miles away.

“These projects demonstrate how Metro continues to explore new, cost-efficient ways to connect more people with transit and meet the unique needs of specific communities,” Metro General Manager Rob Gannon said. “By offering more transportation options, we provide a direct route to sustainable economic growth for communities across King County.”

The project partners are aiming to launch a service in the fall of 2017. After assessing needs, conducting outreach, and identifying solutions, Metro typically launches these types of services in pilot mode, usually for a two-year period.

The services being developed would complement regular transit service within the Des Moines and Normandy Park project areas. The Des Moines project area follows a corridor between the Angle Lake light rail station, the Des Moines Creek Business Park, and the City’s Marina District, which is a shopping and recreation hub. Normandy Park’s project area encompasses its entire city limits.

“We are very supportive of this initiative and appreciate Metro’s pilot program to address new transportation solutions,” Des Moines Mayor Matt Pina said. “This mobility option will support multimodal transit demand within our city, enhancing economic activity and relieving congestion by connecting to regional transportation links.”

Metro will make a second online survey available to both workers and residents later this year to help identify a set of possible services for the project areas.

“I am excited Normandy Park has this opportunity to work with King County Metro and the City of Des Moines as part of the Community Connections pilot projects awarded to both cities,” Normandy Park Mayor Jonathan Chicquette said.  “It is vital that our cities have reliable transit connections to the Angle Lake Link Light Rail station.  I encourage our citizens, business people, and workforce to help in identifying their needs for new community-based transit connections, by participating in the County’s upcoming employee needs assessment survey and other planned outreach efforts.”

Metro has convened a stakeholder group of business owners, developers, and community group leaders to guide the outreach process, define needs, and identify possible solutions.

Community Connections serves communities throughout King County. Metro has several projects currently underway as well new projects to be initiated through 2017 and 2018.

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Des Moines United Methodist Church will be presenting an evening of chamber music inspired by Norway this Saturday night, May 20, starting at 7 p.m.

Pianist/composer Steven Luksan will be joined by Laura Loge, a soprano who specializes in performing art songs in Scandinavian languages.

WHEN: Saturday May 20, 7:00pm.

COST: Admission free, $10 donation encouraged to support Church World Service.

WHERE: Des Moines United Methodist Church, 22225 9th Ave S, Des Moines 98198

Des Moines United Methodist Church is located at 22225 9th Ave S, Des Moines 98198; phone: 206-878-8301.

More info at desmoinesumc.org

It is often said that the three most important things in Real Estate are ‘Location, Location, Location’ – and we would add that when you’re selecting a Real Estate professional three very important things are ‘Local, Local, Local’!

A local professional will know the market variables and hidden neighborhoods you may not have considered.

Kristy Dunn is truly local, a longtime resident of Des Moines and active in the community. She currently volunteers on the Des Moines Human Services Advisory Board and she worked on the Des Moines Arts Commission for several years. She helped to bring sculptures and concerts to the city and still continues working with the Arts Commission as a volunteer. She is a long time PTA member and volunteers at her children’s local area schools as well as being a proud foster parent.

You could say that people and service are a passion for Kristy.

As a former WorkFirst Supervisor for the Department of Social and Health Services, she oversaw one of the highest performing units in the state before entering real estate. You could also say that striving for high performance is a passion for Kristy too! Her sales background includes experience as a sales representative for DocuSign, where she was one of the first 15 or so employees on the team of that now large company. Most of her clients there were in the field of Real estate. She got a glimpse into that world and knew it was a a great fit for her unique talents.

Now specializing in residential resale, first time home-buying, investments and second homes, she is leveraging her experience as a successful business professional to provide an outstanding client experience. She is known for 24/7 availability, forward thinking marketing techniques, personal touches and always keeping her client’s best interests at heart. She believes it is her duty to represent her clients to the best of her ability. This means keeping her clients educated and informed throughout every step of the process, so that they are able to make the best decisions for themselves and their families. Honest to a fault, she will sometimes tell you things that you may not want to hear, but may need to hear! All wrapped in a warm and friendly personality, her knowledge and professionalism are sure to put you at ease.

Thinking of buying or selling? Why not call or email Kristy for a free, no obligation consultation. Meet her yourself and discover the difference a local insider can make.

Office:

John L. Scott
22506 Marine View Dr. Suite 301
Des Moines, WA 98198

Phone: (206) 605-9771

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.kristydunn.johnlscott.com

The Des Moines Police Department is reporting that they arrested two women for mail theft from 14 homes on Saturday, May 13.

Police say that on Saturday at about 5:50 a.m., a citizen observed two females stealing mail out of mailboxes in the area of 23rd Avenue South and South 243rd Street (map below).

The citizen immediately called 911 to report the criminal activity. Officers arrived in the area and contacted the two females. They denied stealing mail. Both of the females were carrying over-sized shoulder bags. One of the bags was empty but the other bag had stolen mail belonging to 14 different people, all from the same neighborhood. One of the suspects lives in Des Moines and the other “hangs out” here with her fellow suspect.

“Because the suspects were in possession of more than 10 pieces of stolen mail, we will refer charges of Possession of Stolen Mail to the King County Prosecutor’s Office,” police said.

Possession of Stolen mail is a Class C felony.

Police added:

The citizen that called 911 is a Des Moines resident. Because he saw something suspicious and called 911, two mail thieves were arrested and 14 victims of mail theft had their stolen mail returned to them. This is a perfect example that we need the community’s help to reduce crime in Des Moines.

If you witness a crime in progress or see something that just doesn’t look right, call 911 right away.

We need YOUR help to reduce crime in our community and it starts with you calling us when you see something suspicious. Remember, if you see something, say something!

Photo by Michael Brunk | nwlens.com

The Burien Film Festival (BFF) is offering sponsorship opportunities for its upcoming 2017 season!

Choose your level of sponsorship and receive exclusive opportunities for exposure to a dynamic audience through a unique mixture of access, exposure, placement and recognition at this year’s event.

BFF was born out of a love for film arts, and an awareness that we need to bring positive attention to Burien. The Burien-centric Short Film Contest highlights Burien neighborhoods and businesses, and supports, through cash prizes, Burien’s top filmmakers.

Burien is home to so many gems and sometimes the best parts of Burien don’t get enough media attention. We want people to come to Burien, bringing their dollars and sense, to experience what makes Burien awesome (to borrow Discover Burien’s mantra).

This year BFF has added two short film contests to our roster for a total of three:

  • Burien-centric 5 min Short Film Contest
  • Student 10 min Short Film Contest – (we want to encourage and support our students, too)
  • Open Short Film Contest – we have attracted over 700 international filmmakers!!

BFF was founded in 2015 by Shelli Park and John White after making the circuit of film festivals in support of ‘The Maury Island Incident.’ Both Park and White support the arts and economic development in Burien and, with their festival experiences, decided Burien needed a film festival. Burien Film Festival brings regional, national, and international attention to Burien through the addition of two contests, Student and Open.

We have had an outpouring of international entries for the Open Film Contest, so we are adding a Film Crawl in Olde Burien on June 24th to expand the opportunities to view the world through short film.

Statistics: In 2016, BFF attracted 2400 people, a 600% increase in audience from 2015. The audience comes from around the region. We project attendance to be close to 3000 with this year’s enhanced marketing plan involving multi-tiered community outreach in the Greater Seattle Area and bringing more entertainment options, spreading the event over four days.

Here are the Sponsorship Levels:

  • Burien Community Partner: $100.00
 As a Burien Community Partner you will benefit by having small Logo Placement on BFF on Event Handbills and Collateral Program Material; Logo Placement on Sponsor Page of BFF website; Designated Space at Event for Specific Company Promotions; Distribution of Products or Promotional Pieces to Event Attendees in Swag Bag; BFF Supporter sticker.
  • Hollywood Agent Sponsor: $ 500.00
 As a Hollywood Agent, two company representatives will have access to the VIP seating at your chosen area (stage or screen); small Logo Placement on BFF on Event Handbills and Collateral Program Material; Logo Placement on Sponsor Page of BFF website; Logo Placement on Pre-Screening Trailer shown at The Tin Theater and Columbia City Theater (at least 20 film showings); Designated Space at Event for Specific Company Promotions; Distribution of Products or Promotional Pieces to Event Attendees in Swag Bag; Written recognition on Event Brochure and Website; Opportunity to place a 1⁄8 page black and white advertisement in BFF brochure which will be distributed to event attendees; BFF Supporter sticker.

*** All Sponsorship Levels of $750.00 and above (listed below) will be invited to a special Evening at Forest Ledge, the home of John White and Shelli Park, complete with appetizers, cocktails and entertainment. ***

  • Silver Screen Star Sponsor: $750.00 As a Silver Screen Star, four company representatives will have access to the VIP seating at your chosen area (stage or screen); medium Logo Placement on BFF on Event Handbills and Collateral Program Material; Logo Placement on Sponsor Page of BFF website; Logo Placement on Pre-Screening Trailer shown at The Tin Theater (at least 20 film showings); Designated Space at Event for Specific Company Promotions; Distribution of Products or Promotional Pieces to Event Attendees in Swag Bag; Written recognition on Event Brochure and Website; Opportunity to place a 1⁄4 page black and white advertisement in BFF brochure which will be distributed to event attendees, BFF Supporter sticker.
  • BFF Park Outdoor Theater Sponsor – June 22: $2000.00 As BFF Park Outdoor Theater Sponsor, your company’s name will grace the screen on a 15 ft. banner (The (Company Name) Stage); Six Company Representatives will have access to VIP seating at the screening area, ; plus the benefits listed in Hollywood Agent level, BFF Supporter plaque.
  • BFF Main Outdoor Theater Sponsor – June 24: $2500.00 As BFF Outdoor Theater Sponsor, your company’s name will grace the screen on a 15 ft. banner (The (Company Name) Stage); Six Company Representatives plus one guest each will have access to VIP seating at the screening area, and at the 909 beer garden near the screening area (six drinks and appetizer on us!); plus the benefits listed in Hollywood Agent level, BFF Supporter plaque.
  • BUFO Presenting Sponsor: $5000.00 As a presenting sponsor, your company name will accompany BUFO (Burien UFO Festival presented by Company Name ) on all media material and on both 20ft. banners; Six Company Representatives will have access to VIP seating at the stage and screening area, and at the Tin Room beer garden (six drinks and appetizer on us!); plus the benefits listed in Hollywood Agent level; BFF Supporter plaque.

For more information, download these PDFS:

2017 Burien Film Festival Schedule of Events:

Enjoy Old School Silent Cartoons with Live Musical Accompaniment by Three Innovative Bands – TBA

THURSDAY, June 22, 9 PM – 11 PM, Lake Burien School Park

FRIDAY, June 23, 7 PM – 11 PM, Forest Ledge: Industry Event held at Forest Ledge

SATURDAY, June 24, 11 AM – 12 PM Olde Burien, Washington: A full day of Short Films:

  • 11 AM – 6 PM: View the best of the BFF Short Film Contests at the Tin Theater
  • 4 PM – 8 PM: Join the Film Crawl for International Entries; Beer Gardens; Food Trucks; Live Bands; Fun Activities;
  • 8 PM – 9:20 PM: BFF Film Awards with Celebrity MC;
  • 9:30PM:  Watch the Best of the Best BFF Films on the 26′ Outdoor Screen.

SUNDAY, June 24, 11 AM – 1:30 PM: The Tin Theater:

Special Showing of the award-winning “Maury Island Incident” with live Commentary by Director/Producer Scott Schaefer, Writer/Producer Steve Edmiston, and an Actor – with stories, humor and fun facts while enjoying this Burien Cult Classic. (Mystery Science Theatre 3000-style!)

Celebration of Washington Senate Resolution 8648, and the impetus for BFF. – Ticketed Event with Brunch

Your participation in making this community event bigger and better is deeply appreciated. You make it possible to continue to strengthen Burien’s positive visibility in the region, build community and support the arts.

Payment information: Please make your check to the “Burien Film Festival”

Direct any questions to Event Director Shelli Park:

By Jack Mayne

The Des Moines City Council has approved a new aviation advisory committee – to be chaired by the city manager, as well as a pay increase for City Manager Michael Matthias after an “overwhelmingly positive” nine months on the job.

The Council at its regular meeting Thursday (May 11) considered and unanimously approved a single step pay increase for Matthias, and approval for him to cash out 80 hours of unused and earned sick leave, approximately $6,420. Both options are spelled out in Matthias’ employment agreement.

$10k pay hike
The changes were contingent upon a “satisfactory employment review” which permits the Council to increase his current annual pay of $153,900 to $163,200 as well as the unused sick leave money.

Councilmember Dave Kaplan said that based on his performance evaluation, the increase should be approved.

Councilmember Melissa Musser, who originally was the lone vote against Matthias’s appointment as city manager, said, “if I had to do it over again, it would be 7-0.”

“At every turn you have impressed me with your candor, your honesty, your patience and your ability to look at a situation and have creative solutions that I don’t think any of the Council members would have even come up with,” she said.

Councilmember Rob Back said he was “pleasantly surprised with the job you are doing and I have no question about approving this pay increase… I think our city is privileged to have you at the helm.”

Mayor Pina said Matthias has brought all of the disparate factions of the city together so everyone knows that what happens in one area affects other parts of the city.

The Council agreed 5 to 0, with Councilmember Luisa Bangs and Deputy Mayor Victor Pennington having excused absentees.

Quiet Skies
The Council had planned to hear from the Burien Quiet Skies chairman, Larry Cripe, regarding Sea-Tac Airport noise and other problems, but Cripe was ill and not available, said Mayor Matt Pina.

City Manager Michael Matthias said he and the mayor have had many recent discussions with Cripe and “we are just excited at some of the mutual interests” about airport noise and flight patterns.

Matthias said Cripe was intending to “strongly, strongly support the action that the city will be taking to create the Aviation Advisory Committee,” something the full Council did right after the subject was mentioned.

Pina did suggest that Matthias chair the aviation committee “because the city manager needs to be connected and involved with this happening.” That will give Councilmembers the freedom to attend meetings “but it also makes sure that we have a direct connect” with the committee.

The Council also approved appointment of Rondi Marsh to an unexpired three-year term on the Arts Commission.

Highline Public Schools is looking for community members to help complete the district’s long-range facilities plan, monitor the progress of school construction, and assist with planning boundary adjustments.

If that sounds like you, submit your name for consideration to join the Highline Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC). New members of CFAC will be selected by lottery.

  • Please enter your contact information online by midnight, Tuesday, June 6.
  • A drawing will be held on Wednesday, June 7, at 4:30 p.m. at the district Central Office.

Names will be grouped by high school service area to encourage balanced representation of all Highline neighborhoods.

Applicants should reserve the following Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., for meetings at the district Central Office (15675 Ambaum Blvd SW, Burien) in case you are selected:

  • June 14, 2017
  • September 13, 2017
  • December 13, 2017

The goal of reconvening CFAC for a 2017-2018 series of meetings is to:

  • Complete Phases 3 and 4 of the long range facilities plan
  • Monitor progress on Phase 1 planning, design and construction
  • Review proposed boundary changes necessary due to new school construction

District staff credit the success of the November 2016 bond to the hard work of the 40 community members who served on CFAC. These volunteers developed the bond package passed by voters with a 67 percent approval rate.

Enter the lottery at highlineschools.org/CFAClottery to serve our Highline community on the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee. If you do not have internet access, please call 206-631-3002.

by Dave Markwell

My daughter is a homebody. On another gray Sunday morning, after I fulfilled her very specific breakfast requests (demands), she crawled back into the snuggly little cave of blankets on her bed, abandoning the previous plan (again, demand) that we go look at new living room furniture. She loves being tucked into her cozy and toasty cocoon of fuzzy blankets and pillows. I don’t blame her. I love this, too.

Now, to be fair, she also likes adventures and events and exploration. But, on a chilly, wet, Sunday morning, she understands that these things can wait and her bedroom is a pretty nice place to be.

I get this. I have traveled, tested, and flirted with (and sometimes met) disaster. I have spent plenty of time away from home and comfort. I am always happy to return. Nowadays, I am pretty content to sit on my deck and watch the freighters drift on by.

And, returning home following a day spent scratching and clawing and creating a life, a cold beer on the arm of a deck chair is a fine reward for a season spent paying for a life of sins. Now, my sins haven’t been hell-worthy, in any biblical sense, merely subtle crimes against those didn’t deserve them, probably including myself.

If crimes against ourselves are hell-worthy, I suspect I’ll have plenty of company on the southbound train. We are a self-destructive species. We undermine our own joy and potential through unnecessary and unfair self-criticism and expectations. These may be the most potent and destructive sins we can manifest.

Other sins are not so bad. Sins happen. And I rather enjoy many of them. Billy Joel called it right, “Sinners have much more fun…” I get this. So long as no one gets hurt, a little sin adds some color to an often drab palate. It’s necessary to our spirits to stretch and be uncomfortable and not conform to whatever expectations are placed on us, by others and ourselves. We need to feel free. Sin provides a vehicle for expressing things that need to be expressed.

Sins happen for a reason. We need to get “it” out. And, since there’s “more room out than in”…out it goes. And, I’m ok with this. I will endure the spiritual knuckle-cracks with the ruler as penance for those moments I cross the ever-shifting line between right and wrong. We usually don’t see this line until we’ve passed it. We can then shake our head and pledge to do better next time, as we smile inside, feeling alive.

This feeling is the “Why?” of life. Mark Twain wrote: “The two most important days of your life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why.” This feeling of aliveness is the “why”. It inspires and reminds and warms us. It is swimming in the calm, blue waters of “alive” that we know we are living. Being certain that the bottomless ocean of life is our ally and will not drown us delivers peace and liberation and motivation to keep swimming as we look up to the sun and sky, and feel grateful for all of it…

[EDITOR’S NOTE:”Feel Good Friday” is a regular column written by Des Moines resident Dave Markwell, whose first book is called “A Feel Good Life” (buy it on Amazon here). He also runs the new Waterland Arcade, located at 22306 Marine View Drive South. Dave extols to all neighbors: “Enjoy where we live. Put your feet on the pavement and truly feel how great it is to live here!” Also, Dave needs more friends – find him on Facebook here.

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding an Open House this Saturday, May 13, for a 5-bedroom mid-century custom built home in Beacon Hill:

Welcome home to your Mid-Century Custom Built, 1st time on the market Beacon Hill home!

Walk up to your fully matured landscaped yard as you make your way through the front entrance to a large living, dining & remodeled kitchen with granite counters & custom cabinets.

Enjoy the space with three bedrooms off the main floor & two baths.

Don’t worry about the windows, electrical, or plumbing because its all been upgraded!

OG Hardwoods under carpet.

Lastly enjoy your Seattle summer days with A/C.

WHEN: This Saturday, May 13, 2017: 1 – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 6320 28th Ave S Seattle, WA 98108 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $599,999
  • MLS Number: 1116789
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Year Built: 1957
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,120 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 5,002 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Cable TV
  • Fenced-Fully
  • Patio

Here are photos (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses, and click here to “Like” them on Facebook.

In anticipation of the 8th Annual Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival, The Rotary Club of Des Moines/Normandy Park is giving away a FREE pair of tickets!

Just click below to enter:

https://goo.gl/q52DAc

This year’s event – coming Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017 – will feature over 20 of the Northwest’s premiere Craft Beer Makers and the musical stylings of Polly O’Keary and The Rhythm Method, Willie & The Whips, Stacy Jones Band, and Lisa Mann.

100% of the net proceeds from this event go to worthy charities like Highline Music4Life, Dictionaries for Highline 3rd Graders, The Des Moines Area Food Bank and many many more.

Stay tuned to The B-Town Blog for more information…

This Sunday (May 14), we acknowledge the Moms in our lives, recognizing all they have done for us, starting from bringing us into the world.

It seems an appropriate time to talk about birthing and the increasing popularity of midwives, doulas and home or birth center deliveries. These practices are grounded in the belief that birth is a natural process which can be an experience of empowerment for women, rather that a scary or mystifying event. That’s the philosophy shared by Katie Einander and Faisa Farole of Marina Midwifery in Des Moines. They also share a commitment to improving access to midwifery care for underserved communities.

Faisa and Katie have chosen to locate their cozy and inviting clinic in Des Moines partly because of its central location. Their location allows them to provide convenient midwifery services in Seattle, Tukwila, Burien, Renton, Seatac, Tacoma, Kent and more! They also offer a free pregnancy test in a welcoming private atmosphere. Big smiles and relaxed approachable personalities make Katie and Faisa a delight to encounter greeting clients and their families.

Prenatal visits are 45 minutes long and can be scheduled at their clinic or in the comfort of your own home. In home or clinic, they welcome your other children to appointments. The unhurried pace of visits allows Faisa and Katie to share education, advice and options designed to equip mothers with the confidence to create the birthing plan which feels right to them. This may mean nine months of midwifery prenatal care followed by a home or birth center birth or it might mean collaborative care with an OB culminating in a hospital birth attended by an OB with Katie or Faisa in a doula role. It is all about finding the right fit for each family they serve.

Their expert care extends beyond delivery to include two postpartum home visits and two more visits in the office in the 6 weeks after the birth. Postpartum care includes knowledgeable breastfeeding support, information about making family planning decisions and a listening ear for the transition into parenthood. Marina Midwifery is dedicated to giving moms and mothers-to-be the tools and support to take charge of this exciting and life changing event.

Would you like to discover if Marina Midwifery is right for you? Take advantage of their free 60 minute initial consultation visit. They are currently accepting new patients and are only a phone call or email away.

ADDRESS:

618 S. 223rd Street, Suite #2
Des Moines, WA 98198

PHONE:

  • Faisa: (206) 683-8167
  • Katie: (206) 659-7805

EMAIL:

WEBSITE:

FACEBOOK:

Field House Park Play structure to be replaced.

The Des Moines Citywide Playground Project – approved by the City Council in March of this year – will provide designs to repair and replace play structures at seven of Des Moines Parks and to create a new play area at Steven J. Underwood Memorial Park.

This action is the first of many steps that will be taken within the next three years to restore City’s aging park play areas.

Playground Challenges
The play equipment located at Cecil Powell Neighborhood Park was removed due to safety concerns in 2013 and the neighborhood has asked for the equipment to be replaced. The removal of play equipment at Kiddie Park, Westwood Park and Wooton Park is also eminent, likely within the next year or two. And, there is strong community support for play areas to be installed at Des Moines Beach Park where the play area was removed over a decade ago due to flooding and infrastructure repairs and at Steven J. Underwood Memorial Park where a play area has not been installed due to lack of funding. The City’s challenge is the lack of funding resources to make the necessary improvements.

Kiddie Park Play Structure to be Replaced

Midway Park Play Structure to be Repaired

“The removal of the Cecil Powell Park play area is a big loss to my neighborhood. It was the safe gathering place where my family and neighbors met to play and get to know each other. The removal of the play structure was devastating to me and my sense of community. That is why my family and Powell Homes have made contributions to the Legacy Foundation to help to have it replaced.”

– Brandie Holmes- Neighborhood Park Advocate

Cecil Powell Play Structure was Removed in 2013

Filling the Funding Bucket- Why do play areas cost so much and what resources are available to pay for the projects?
Public play areas must comply with very high standards for safety and access. The play structure is only a portion of the overall cost. Play areas require a built infrastructure that meets federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for public access and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) safety requirements. These criteria are necessary to provide a safe and inclusive environment for families and children.

There are three funding sources that the City will tap into to pay for the playground improvements- City capital funds, grant funds and Des Moines Legacy foundation community funds. Individual park playground projects will be implemented as adequate funding is available.


Wooton Park Play Structure to be Replaced

City Capital Funds (43% of the Project’s Revenue):
City funds in the amount of $839,000 are currently programmed in years 2017, 2019 and 2020 of the Des Moines Capital Budget for play area repairs, replacement and new construction at:

Wooton Park, Des Moines Beach Park, Field House Park, Westwood Park and Water Tower Park.

Funding for these projects is made up from $459,000 Real-Estate Excise Tax (REET), $380,000 Park In-Lieu Funds from developers.

The Citywide Playground Project will add five play areas located at Midway, Kiddie Park, Steven J. Underwood Memorial Park and Cecil Powell Park to the City’s Capital Plan. The total cost for all eight play area projects is $2,019,000.

Grant Funds (47% of the Project’s Revenue):
Grant funding totaling over $1M is the key element for the success of the Play Area Project. Over the next 3 years, the City will apply for grants from King County Community Development Block Grant, State Recreation and Conservation Office and King County Youth Sports Facilities Grant and other local and regional organizations in order to finance the remaining costs of the Project.

Des Moines Legacy Foundation/Community (10% of the Project’s Revenue):
The Des Moines Legacy Foundation, a 501c3 Non-Profit Charity, has established a partnership with the City and will contribute $105,000 from an endowment provided to the Foundation from the estate of Dorothy specifically for this purpose. The Foundation has also launched a community effort and will provide the conduit to raise an additional $100,000 for the City’s play areas. Contributions in any amount are welcome, tax deductible and may be made to:

Des Moines Legacy Foundation
PO Box 13582
Des Moines, WA 98198
www.desmoineslegacy.org

Find Out More
Community involvement is welcome and necessary. For more details on the Citywide Playground Project, partnership opportunities or community engagement contact: Des Moines Parks, Recreation and Senior Services Director Patrice Thorell at: [email protected] or 206-870-6527.

Poster art by 2016 arts festival “People’s Choice” award winner Crystal Campbell

The Normandy Park Arts Festival will be held the weekend of May 20-21, 2017, with an Art Show/Competition & Awards, paintings, sculptures, photography, mixed media and more.

The event will be held at Normandy Park City Hall, located at 801 SW 174th Street.

Art will be judged by Bryan Ohno & Donna Trent, and there will also be vendors of local arts & crafts food, treats & coffee.

Saturday, May 20: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.:

  • Artist Sam Sneke live demo: morning
  • Cascade Middle School live music: 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
  • Ranger & the re-arrangers (jazz): 12 p.m.

Sunday, May 21: 12 – 4 p.m.:

  • Marvista Elementary School Marimba Band: 1 p.m.

Art competition entry/display forms, vendor applications & event updates: normandyparkartsfestival.com

Art can be dropped off at City Hall on May 17 from 5-8 p.m.

Normandy Park City Hall is located at 801 SW 174th Street: