Scene from the inaugural Burien UFO Festival on April 1, 2013. Photo by Michael Brunk.

BFFLogo15-1REMINDER: The 3rd annual Burien UFO Festival (‘BUFO’) will be this Wednesday night, April 1 (April Fool’s Day) – with lots of fun new features, including the inaugural Burien Film Festival – starting at 6 p.m. in Olde Burien!

This is a FREE block party-style event – open to all (humans, aliens, MIBs, UFOs, etc.) – and will be held in Olde Burien near 10th Ave SW and SW 152nd Street.

FLASH MOBBERS NEEDED!
And if you feel like dancing, you can participate in the BUFO Flash Mob, which is set to start around 6:50 p.m. Training videos for the specific dance are available here:

http://mobtheworld.com/mobs/bufo2015/

This year, expect some new surprises – including the inaugural Burien Film Festival – at this growing, fun and creative outdoor party in front of the Tin Room (923 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien), including:

  • The first-ever Burien Film Festival (with a $2,500 prize) with an outdoor screening of 10 original films
  • Outdoor Street Party with Beer Garden
  • Kids’ face painting, inflatables and crafts
  • Bring-your-0wn UFO contest
  • Share your UFO stories on stage
  • Flash Mob (open to all – see link above to train for it)
  • Photo Booth
  • Live music
  • Costume Fashion Show – Best Man/Woman In Black, Alien and Spock (see other costume ideas here)
  • Spock’s Funeral
  • Live music from the Super Sonic Soul Pimps

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

  • 5 – 7 p.m.: Costume Registration
  • 6:15 – 6:35 p.m.: UFO Story Telling
  • 6:40 – 6:50 p.m.: Spock Funeral (Scott Schaefer Eulogy)
  • 6:50 – 7:10 p.m.: Flash Mob 
  • 7:10 – 7:40 p.m.: Fashion Show
  • 7:40 – 8:45 p.m.: Burien Film Festival Films
  • 8:50 p.m.: Super Sonic Soul Pimps
  • 10:15 p.m.: Award Announcements
  • 10:40 p.m.: “The Maury Island Incident” film plays inside the Tin Theater

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The Des Moines Auxiliary of Seattle Children’s Hospital annual spring fashion show and luncheon will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. at the Des Moines Methodist Church, 22225 9th Ave South, Des Moines.

The fashion show is a sampling of First Ladies fashions by the Seattle Children’s vintage fashions.

The luncheon is catered by Tuscany at Des Moines Creek.

There is a $30 donation.

There will be a raffle and door prizes.

For more information and to order tickets call 206-824-4726 or 206-878-1239.

The proceeds will go toward the uncompensated care fund of Seattle Children’s.

SoKing Internet Radio is now accepting applications for a News/Podcast Reporter/Announcer to deliver daily (M-F) 3-5 minute audio reports related to stories written and published in 6 hyperlocal blogs in the South King County Area (via http://www.southkingmedia.com).

The position requires the following:

  • Gleaning and editing to report top news stories as posted on these online publications.
  • Read/Report/Record those stories as a professional Newscast with a provided template.
  • Writing a daily Podcast-worthy headline.
  • Editing/produce the audio and export it as an MP3 file.
  • Publishing the Podcast to iTunes.
  • Must have broadband internet access.
  • Please have a grasp on the communities we serve in South King County (Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac, White Center and Tukwila).

Experience in broadcast journalism and audio editing is preferred but not required, as training will be provided. This position is that of a 1099 sub-contractor. If you have your own recording equipment you may use it, or access to equipment is available. This is a work from home position with only occasional meetings at our Burien offices would be required. This position pays $25.00 per reported/edited/published Podcast. This price is non-negotiable, but as the podcast grows in popularity the payments could scale.

This position offers the following:

  • The chance to report for a well-established, award-winning independent media company devoted to our readers/viewers/listeners and advertisers.
  • The potential to reach the tens of thousands of unique consumers who routinely engage with our brands.
  • The opportunity to be on the front-line of the ever-changing face of digital media.
  • Mentorship/direction from a proven team of award-winning communicators.

To apply, please click this link and fill out an application:

http://form.jotformpro.com/form/50867957996987

(please do not contact us via phone or email. . .THANKS!)

The City of Des Moines is in the process of updating the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan that provides a six-year plan and 20-year vision for the City’s parks, trails and open space, landmarks, recreation and senior facilities and programs and arts and human services activities, and they’d like YOU to take a survey here:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JK8S8VV

The Des Moines Pool Metropolitan Park District has joined the City in this endeavor to create its first Comprehensive Plan for the District’s aquatics facilities and programs.

Our governments want to ensure that we are being responsive to the current needs of the community and pro-active in planning for the needs of future generations. To do this we must assess how well our community’s needs are being met, identify areas that need to be developed, improved or enhanced, and respond to emerging needs as the community grows and changes.

What do you value most in the facilities and services provided? Are there improvements to existing facilities or new facilities that you believe are needed? Are there improvements to existing services or new services that are needed? And, what importance do you place on meeting the need for future parks, recreation and pool facilities and programs?

Please take a few minutes to take the survey. The results will help in the planning processes and the Comprehensive Plan will be adopted later in 2015.

Thanks for your participation! For additional information about the planning efforts, contact Patrice Thorell Parks, Recreation and Senior Services Director at pthorell@desmoineswa.gov.

The City of Des Moines announced Monday (March 30) that, due to the recent landslide (read more here) that 8th Place S between S. 251st and S. 252nd Streets will be closed until further notice.

Here’s the full notice as posted on the city’s website:

Notice of Emergency Road Closure – S 251st and S 252nd Streets

WHEN: March 30, 2015

DURATION: Until Notified

WHERE: 8th Place S between S 251st & S 252nd Streets

* Local access only

* The State Park is open via S 252nd Street

WHY: Landslide along residential properties on the west side of 8th Place S

CONTACT: City of Des Moines Public Works @ 206-870-6522

STAFF CONTACT: Brandon Carver, Engineering Services Manager

A landslide hit just north of Saltwater State Park in Des Moines Friday afternoon (March 27), damaging four homes.

There were no injuries or road closures, according to South King Fire & Rescue.

A back deck from one of the damaged homes apparently slid down a hill, and trees had fallen down to the beach.

Engineers and firefighters were on the scene.

Here are some relevant Tweets:

More Easter Egg FUN – this time on Saturday, March 28 at Wesley Homes:

“Beeping” Easter Egg Hunt for visually impaired children at Wesley Homes on March 28th, 10am – noon.

Visually impaired children and their families will fill their Easter baskets with “beeping” Easter eggs during a special Easter egg hunt with CenturyLink, supported by the State of Washington Department of Services for the Blind, on March 28, 2015. The unique eggs, provided by the CenturyLink Pioneers’ Washington State Chapter, are engineered with electronic circuit boards, batteries and telephone speakers to emit distinctive beeping sounds. As a result, visually impaired children can use their hearing to find the eggs and share in the joy and sense of accomplishment of a successful Easter egg hunt.

Wesley Homes Retirement Community
“The Gardens”
815 S. 216th Street
Des Moines, WA 98198

Timeline of Events:

  • 10:00 Social time is from 10:00 to 10:50 a.m., with a short program at 10:10 a.m.
    Refreshments will be served including gluten-free options. This is a great time to visit with the other families as well as the guide dog puppies with their trainers.
  • 10:10 Opening Remarks: Marlynne Olson
    Special Guest: Sue Anderson, CenturyLink Vice President of Operations for Washington
  • 10:50 Egg Hunt begins for both sighted and sight-impaired children.
  • 12:00 Event concludes. Families will pick up Family Easter Gift Bags as they leave.

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for Sunday, March 29 – is a fabulous Normandy Park 4 (or 5) bedroom, 5 bath home on near 1/2 acre property!

This beauty has a versatile open floor plan that rotates around an updated kitchen.

Formal living and dining or casual eating bar off the kitchen and family room makes this home comfortable for casual or formal entertaining.

Large master suite with 5-piece bath.

Huge Mother-in-law/Nanny suite with separate entrance.

3-car garage with additional RV parking.

Private back yard with all year round hot tub cabana.

Walk to Marvista!

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WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Sunday, March 29, from 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 19660 Marine View Dr SW Normandy Park, WA 98166

INFO:

  • List Price: $750,000
  • MLS Number: 756138
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 4.75
  • Year Built: 1985
  • Approximate House SqFt: 4,000
  • Lot Square Footage: 21,500

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • French Doors
  • Hot Tub/Spa
  • Loft
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

Marketing remarks:

Fabulous Normandy Park 4 or 5 bedroom, 5 bath home on near 1/2 acre property!

Versatile open floor plan that rotates around an update kitchen.

Formal living and dining or casual eating bar off the kitchen and family room makes this home comfortable for casual or formal entertaining.

Large master suite with 5 piece bath.

Huge Mother in law/Nanny suite with separate entrance. 3 car garage with additional RV parking.

Private back yard with all year round hot tub cabana.

Walk to Marvista!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses.

After 20 years in public service – current city councilmember and former Mayor Bob Sheckler announced his retirement at Thursday night’s Des Moines City Council meeting (March 26).

Sheckler, who was Mayor for eight years, will not run for re-election for Position #6, where he has served since Jan. 2012.

He has served on the City Council since 1996, served as Mayor Pro Tem for two years, and according to city records, was the longest-serving Mayor in city history.

As Mayor, Sheckler worked to protect the people of Des Moines from the negative environmental effects of the airport, including toxic runoff and noise pollution.

He was also instrumental in getting the new $45 million Artemis Hotel built on Pacific Highway South, helping Chinese investors wade through the bureaucracies of visas and paperwork to start construction on the luxury hotel, which is slated to be finished sometime this year.

Asked what he’s going to do next, Sheckler told The Waterland Blog that he might “just go hang out on a beach in Hawaii for a while, and relax!”

Good luck Bob!

To read our previous coverage of Sheckler’s career, click here.

A big Garage Sale will be held in the Woodmont Beach neighborhood of Des Moines this Friday, March 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Three friends are downsizing, and there will be LOTS of treasures, including:

Wool runner like new black background with wine and sage $35 rugs, old wood trunk flat on top would make great coffee table$70, 2 antique chairs recovered light dusty green $50 each. table saw works great $75.

12 Christmas collector homes some with lights $25 for the whole collection. 1920 s oak table with rustic spindle legs med stain $35. pottery barn new duvet with shams linen cotton look designer $35. guitar amp,stand up micro phone,guitar stand make offer from guitar center.

Crate brand country gas fireplace insert has every thing works great (firestar) $175 offer.

Bring your window sizes! Lots of new custom window coverings, wovenwood natural shades,wood blinds cell shades, sheer screen sun shades…fabrics.

Designer shoes, clothes, luggage, linens,table clothes.

No checks please.

Gardern deco pots, artwork and more!

The sale will be at 26510 8th Ave South in Des Moines, off Marine View Drive and 265th, south of Saltwater State Park.

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REMINDER: Have you got your costume ready yet? The 3rd annual Burien UFO Festival (‘BUFO’) will be a week from tonight – Wednesday, April 1 (April Fool’s Day) – starting at 6 p.m. in Olde Burien!

This year, expect some new surprises – including a film festival – at this growing, fun and creative outdoor party in front of the Tin Room, including:

  • The first-ever Burien Film Festival (with a $2,500 prize) with an outdoor screening
  • Outdoor Street Party with Beer Garden
  • Kids’ face painting, inflatables and crafts
  • Bring-your-0wn UFO contest
  • Share your UFO stories on stage
  • Flash Mob
  • Photo Booth
  • Live music
  • Costume Fashion Show – Best Man/Woman In Black, Alien and Spock (see other costume ideas here)
  • Spock’s Funeral
  • Live music from the Super Sonic Soul Pimps
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Friend of the Blog and Advertiser Zenith Holland Gardens is hosting an informative talk, titled “Put Life Back Into Your Soil” this Saturday, March 28, in Des Moines.

The presentation will be presented by Cyndi Stuart, who is expert on the topics of successful composting and super soils and how to keep ‘em good and healthy.

Put life back into your soil!

WHEN: 10 a.m. this Saturday, March 28

COST: None! The presentation is FREE!

WHERE: 23260 Marine View Drive South, Des Moines

“We promise a lively talk that will keep you awake. Learn how to boost your soil and put all those leaves, grass clippings and kitchen scraps to good use. It’s not as hard as you might think,” said Lyn Robinson of Zenith Holland Gardens. “This talk is not just about composting but keeping healthy soil with proper practices and amendments.”

Zenith Holland Gardens
23260 Marine View Drive South
Des Moines, WA 98198

Phone 206-878-7002

www.ZenithHolland.com

This Saturday, March 28, Des Moines United Methodist Church will again be hosting a Kids Easter Fun Day from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (8 days before Easter).

This event is FREE for all kids ages 4-10.

Games, crafts, story time, lunch and movie, all focusing on the resurrection of Jesus.

Invite your family and friends – all are welcome.

“Please RSVP the Church office if able, but all are welcome who just show up!”

Parents are welcome to stay or leave kids so they can enjoy free time.

Des Moines United Methodist Church is located at 22225 9th Ave. S., Des Moines 98198.

Contact the church at 206-878-8301 to RSVP, or for more information.

www.desmoinesumc.org

Photo by Francis Zera | zeraphoto.com

The presentation by Sea-Tac Airport staff will take place on Tuesday, March 24, at the SeaTac City Council meeting that begins at 6:30 p.m. in the SeaTac City Council Chambers, first floor of SeaTac City Hall, located at 4800 South 188th Street.

by Ralph Nichols

The population around Puget Sound is growing by leaps and bounds – something commuters, whether driving alone or taking mass transit, know all too well as they spend more time slowed in congested traffic lanes.

And there’s no end in sight. The Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) projects that by 2040 the area’s population will increase by 1,712,000 residents above the 2000 census – including 50,000 new residents in the primary cities of Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, Everett and Bremerton.

Another 369,000 people are expected to locate in smaller “core cities” around the Sound, which include Burien, SeaTac, Tukwila, Renton, Kent and Federal Way.

This population growth will, in turn, spur economic development and tourism throughout the region – increasing the need to accommodate passenger growth at Sea-Tac International Airport.

Last year Sea-Tac was the fastest growing large hub airport in the U.S., serving nearly 37.5 million passengers. Over the next 20 years this number is likely to reach 66 million with over a 50 percent increase in aircraft takeoffs and landings.

As a first step toward efficiently managing this growth, the Port of Seattle has unveiled the Sea-Tac Sustainable Airport Master Plan – “a long-term blueprint for airport development to meet the needs of the traveling public, while reducing environmental and social impacts,” and maintaining its role as a major driver in Washington’s economy.

This plan, say port officials, will include new taxiways and other airfield development within the current three-runway configuration – there will be no new runway – and modernization and possible expansion of passenger terminals and air cargo facilities.

Projected needs to accommodate increasing commercial jet traffic include 35 additional aircraft gates – the airport currently has 88 gates – plus another 16 wide-body aircraft gates for international flights in addition to its existing 11.

UPDATE: The Tuesday presentation to the SeaTac City Council is not an open house for the public – it is an update presentation by the port to the city council.

The port has already had two open houses, one in Des Moines (Mt. Rainier High School on March 4) and one in Seattle (Main Public Library on March 19) and will have a third at the Bellevue library on April 2nd.

You can find those dates on the Port’s Sustainable Airport Master Plan website here:

http://www.portseattle.org/Business/Construction-Projects/Airport-Projects/Pages/airport-master-plan.aspx

For more information, download a PDF here:

http://www.portseattle.org/Business/Construction-Projects/Airport-Projects/Documents/POSSustainabilityBoards_36x28_030215.pdf

Sea-Tac is the nation’s 14th busiest passenger airport and its air cargo operations rank 21st in the U.S. Washington is the most trade dependent state, according to the Department of Commerce and Economic Development, which, note airport staff, increases the importance of expanding air cargo facilities during this expansion process.

The Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) announced that it will hold a series of 14 free workshops throughout Washington – including Tuesday, May 5 in Burien – to encourage citizens to serve on their local school boards.

The “Become a School Board Member” workshops are free and will last two hours. They will provide an overview of the roles and responsibilities of a school director and how to file to become a candidate. WSSDA encourages anyone who has an interest in school board service to attend, especially potential candidates from ethnic and cultural groups that are traditionally underrepresented.

“We want to help people feel comfortable with the election process and understand the work of school directors,” said Alan Burke, WSSDA’s Executive Director. “We encourage anyone who has ever thought about running for school board to come and learn. There is no obligation to run after attending the workshops, but the workshops will be very informative for anyone considering it.”

The workshops are scheduled for March and April, well before the May 12th filing week.

Each workshop will run from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Online registration at http://bit.ly/1A56gIz is recommended.

Western WA Workshops:

  • Tuesday, March 24
    Sequim School District, Board Room 503 North Sequim Ave.
    Sequim, WA 98382
  • Wednesday, March 25
    Olympia School District, Board Room 1113 Legion Way SE
    Olympia, WA 98501
  • Thursday, March 26
    Seattle Public Schools, Auditorium 2445 3RD Avenue South
    Seattle, WA 98124-1165
  • Tuesday, April 14
    Marysville School District, Board Room 4220 80th Street NE
    Marysville, WA 98270-3498
  • Wednesday, April 15
    NW Career and Tech, Lecture Hall 2205 West Campus Place
    Mount Vernon, WA 98273
  • Tuesday, April 21
    Kelso School District, Board Room 601 Crawford St.
    Kelso 98626
  • Wednesday, April 22
    Tacoma School District, Auditorium (4th Floor) 601 South 8th Street
    Tacoma, WA 98405
  • Tuesday, May 5
    Puget Sound Skills Center, 18010 8th Ave S.
    Burien WA 98148

About WSSDA
Founded in 1922, the Washington State School Directors’ Association is comprised of all 1,477 school board members from Washington’s 295 school districts. The districts they lead serve more than one million students, have a combined annual budget of nearly $12 billion and employ well over 100,000 people. WSSDA’s core mission is focused on ensuring that school board members have the knowledge, tools and services they need to effectively govern their districts and improve student learning.

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Saturday, March 21 – is a cute little home in West Seattle!

With a brand new stainless fridge, stove and microwave, this house was renovated in 2013, and includes new vinyl Milgard windows, roof, deck, granite counters and cabinets.

All of the walls were insulated and the exterior was re-done with all hardy board siding.

Newer carpet and flooring.

Roomy backyard with room to roam.

Close to ferry, Lincoln Park, shopping including West Wood Village and Safeway.

Quick commute to downtown or airport.

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WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Saturday, March 21, from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: 9804 33rd Ave SW, West Seattle, WA 98126

INFO:

  • List Price: $299,500
  • MLS Number: 756830
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Year Built: 1942
  • Approximate House SqFt: 710
  • Lot Square Footage: 6,300

Site Features:

  • Cable TV
  • Deck
  • Fenced-Partially
  • Outbuildings

Marketing remarks:

Little cutie pie!

Brand new stainless fridge, stove and microwave.

House was renovated in 2013 including new vinyl Milgard windows, roof, deck, granite counters and cabinets.

All of the walls were insulated and the exterior was re-done with all hardy board siding.

Newer carpet and flooring.

Roomy backyard with room to roam.

Close to ferry, Lincoln Park, shopping including West Wood Village and Safeway.

Quick commute to downtown or airport.

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses.

The results of a recently completed, state-required evaluation show all 13 Highline Public Schools funded with 2002 and 2006 bonds exceed standards for buildings of their age laid out by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

Highline’s Facilities Department, in conjunction with the Capital Planning & Construction Department, completed its annual update of the Asset Preservation Program (APP). All 13 schools evaluated rated 1-2 percent above OSPI standards.

APP evaluates status of school buildings on maintenance, health and safety, and building systems. Schools districts are required to complete the APP for schools built after 1993 that have received state matching funds.

The building evaluation was conducted on 12 elementary schools and Mount Rainier High School. The elementary schools are Bow Lake, Cedarhurst, Gregory Heights, Hazel Valley, Hilltop, Madrona, McMicken Heights, Midway, Mount View, North Hill, Shorewood, and White Center Heights.

“We take seriously our responsibility of good stewardship of taxpayer’s funds. This evaluation reflects our commitment to high standards for construction and maintenance,” said Chief Operations Officer Scott Logan. “It is also a testament of our dedicated facilities and maintenance teams, and the work they do every day.”

In addition, Highline has received a grant from OSPI for a new Study and Survey evaluation. Independent architectural firms will provide an in-depth analysis of all Highline facilities, educational programs and plans, student population, capital finance and operating capabilities, and the need for new construction, modernization, or replacement of facilities.

Highline completed similar Study and Survey evaluations in 2008 and 2013.

Click here (PDF) to review current building evaluations for all Highline schools.

On Tuesday, March 24, the public will be allowed to comment on the long-term plan for airport growth that will increase take-offs and landings by more than 50 percent over the next 20 years.

Forecasts for the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport predict passengers using the airport will grow from 37.5 million in 2014 to 66 million by 2034. That will mean a rise from 350,000 take-offs and landings in 2014 to 540,000 by 2034.

The forecasts are contained in the Sustainable Airport Master Plan (SAMP).

The SAMP presentation by Sea-Tac Airport staff will take place on Tuesday, March 24, at the SeaTac City Council meeting that begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, first floor of SeaTac City Hall, located at 4800 South 188th Street.

A public comment period will follow the presentation.

The airport also will host future community forums as they develop and refine alternatives to accommodate the growth.

For more information and for copies of the materials presented at the March 4 open house, visit the SAMP web page. To keep up-to-date throughout the SAMP process, sign up to receive email updates by clicking on the SAMP box.