by Dave Markwell

This morning a couple of my favorite CrossFit members bought me a coffee. Tanya and Roxane had finished their workout and, per their Friday ritual, traveled down the street for a coffee stop. Driving by the gym following their coffee drive-thru, they saw me still at the box working with a new member. Then, they took a left instead of a right and went back to the coffee shop and bought me a coffee. I was very pleased.

Later, while sitting at home drinking my delicious coffee, I received a text from another member, Sammy, who told of a kindness she had performed and she wished me a good day. Again, I was pleased that she would think of me following her kindness.

These types of events are not rare. I am blessed with good people in my life. Unfortunately, I also have problems. I have struggles and challenges and stresses and things that aren’t working the way I want. Even more unfortunate is the fact that the negative things seems to shade the good things.

Like wearing bifocals, our eyes shift between the good and bad elements of our lives. Sadly, the troubles seem to get magnified through the glass and the good stuff seems to get diminished. The sadder part of this perception is that the reverse is actually true.

We have more good than bad things. We have people and pets and roofs over our head. We have food and toilets and showers and a yard to mow. Certainly, we also have things that need some work, but our lives are flourishing with rich experiences and opportunities. It’s good to remember this…especially when it’s hard to remember this.

I will now set about making some pancakes for my wife and daughter and pass on the kindnesses delivered to me earlier. I will spread the ripple across the pond and hope for good days for the people I care about…which includes…YOU!!!

[EDITOR'S NOTE:"Feel Good Friday" is a regular column written by Des Moines resident Dave Markwell, who just published his first book called "A Feel Good Life" (buy it on Amazon here). Dave also 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, you can "friend" Dave on Facebook here. Or work out with him at his exercise company Waterland CrossFit!]

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Saturday, Aug. 30 – is a fabulous 5-bedroom Des Moines view home!

Not only is this home in an excellent location, it boasts wonderful views of Puget Sound and the Mountains, and there is plenty of room for everyone and everything.

Enjoy the Gourmet Kitchen with huge bar for entertaining, along with a light, bright Dining Room that looks out to a gorgeous yard.

A Living Room with Fireplace leads to 3 Bedrooms on the main floor, plus a Master Suite with walk-in closet and full bath.

Upper level offers additional bedroom/office/den and huge family room.

This charming home was originally built in 1940 that had updates and an addition added in 2002.

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 30: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE: 23130 Marine View Dr South, Des Moines, WA 98198

INFO:

  • List Price: $539,000
  • MLS Number: 664743
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Year Built: 1940
  • Approximate House SqFt: 4,090
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 25,875

Site Features:

  • Cable TV
  • Deck
  • Fenced-Partially
  • Green House
  • Patio
  • RV Parking
  • Shop
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • High Tech Cabling
  • Pantry

Marketing remarks:

Excellent Location! Fabulous Home! Wonderful Views of Sound and Mountains!

Plenty of Room for Everyone and Everything.

Enjoy the Gourmet Kitchen with Huge Bar for Entertaining, Light, Bright Dining Room looks out to Gorgeous Yard.

Glass Door to Sunny Deck for Relaxing.

Living Room with Fireplace leads to 3 Bedrooms on Main Floor plus Master Suite with Walk in Closet and Full Bath. Upper Level offers Additional Bedroom/Office/Den and Huge Family Room.

A 1940 home w/updates and addition in 2002!

All at a new, reduced price!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

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

Highline College has joined a partnership of state organizations on an initiative to help state manufacturers “Make it in Washington.”

In addition to the college, partners include the Innovate Washington Foundation, Washington Department of Commerce, Impact Washington, Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, Washington State University, and Shoreline Community College.

“Make it in Washington” is a federal grant targeting manufacturers in qualified counties* with a goal of increasing manufacturing capacity, strengthening supply chains, attracting investment and creating new opportunities for manufacturers and individuals. Make it in Washington is a three-year grant that will deliver services through 2016.

“We are very pleased to be a partner in this Make it in Washington initiative,” said Dr. Meg Ryan, director of the Center of Excellence for Global Trade & Supply Chain Management at Highline College. “One of the ways that Washington State’s community and technical colleges promote economic growth is by creating value in workforce development by delivering accessible and affordable education and technical training to residents and incumbent workers in manufacturing companies.”

The Make it in Washington grant was one of 10 awards made nationwide as part of the federal Make it in America Challenge. The Make it in America Challenge was created to further the Obama Administration’s efforts to help protect and create American manufacturing jobs.

Delivery of grant services has already begun. Educational opportunities for qualified companies are now available.

To download a PDF poster, click here.

Visit www.wtb.wa.gov/MakeitinWashington.asp to learn more or contact Dr. Meg Ryan at mryan@highline.edu.

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The Friends of the Des Moines Library will be holding a Book Sale on Friday, Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Book donations may be left at the library.

Proceeds will be used for programs sponsored by Friends of the Des Moines Library.

The library is located at 21620 11th Ave South; (206) 824-6066.

More comments from shoppers about how friendly our market is and this is true of the vendors themselves. Witnessed last Saturday, a jewelry vendor’s canopy broke while she was putting it up. Her competitor down the aisle overheard and she and her husband offered to help. They went to the market’s storage shed and grabbed one of our extra ones and help her put it up. Now, that is friendly! And, when the soccer girls (volunteer group) were picking up tables and chairs, customers who were finished eating joined in and helped stack their own tables and chairs. And yet another reason to come to our market; two ladies with walkers, who live near the Kent Farmers Market, choose to drive to Des Moines because we have much more parking and the ever convenient shuttle.

Food Truck-InClear the deck and mark your calendar  the Seattle Food Truck-In is once again coming to the market on September 13th! Grab your family and neighbors, strap on a bib and explore the cuisines from 14 food trucks.

Don’t forget the Senior Services Hyde Shuttle is available again this Saturday and every other Saturday thru the end of October. The shuttle provides door to door transportation to the market for seniors 55 and older and those with disabilities of all ages living in Des Moines, Normandy Park and Burien from 11am-2pm. To make your reservation, call 206-727-6262.

Sponsor Business and Professional Women is a multi-generational and bipartisan membership organization with local organizations throughout Washington State. They will be giving information out on their on-going mission to promote economic self-sufficiency for all women in the workplace. To accomplish this, they provide personal development programs, workshops, networking, and friendship to help women realize their goals. The local chapter also helps stage the market’s annual chili cook-off at the end of the season.

Also look for first-time market sponsor Renewal by Anderson, where you will be able to see experts point out the advantages of quality replacement windows manufactured of vinyl, aluminum and wood. They are running a special this Saturday; receive $150 off every window and $500 off every new door ordered.

Food Trucks – look for Stella Fiore Pizza,Lumpia World,Nomad Curbside Cuisine, Ezell’s Express and Charlie’s Buns N Stuff

The volunteer group this week is from Melanie’s Dancers Unlimited. They will be holding a bake sale to help fund their activities.

Music this week is market favorite Salt Water Saints. If you enjoy their music don’t forget to make a donation to them.

Sorry kids, I know school starts next week, so this is the last weekend for the Des Moines Area Food Bank free summer lunch program. Look for them in the grassy area next to the marina office.

If you think you have the best chili in town, you can sign your team up for the 8th Annual Chili Cook-Off.  It is held on the last day of the season (Oct 25th). You can pick up an application at the market information booth or check our web site and download an application.

Upcoming events: September 13th is Kids Back to School/Safety Day and the SeattleFoodTruck.com Truck-In at the market.

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

The City of Des Moines is looking for volunteers to serve on the 2015 Des Moines Ad Hoc Parks, Recreation and Senior Services Master Plan Citizen Advisory Committee.

Public involvement is required and is a key element for the success of the Master Planning process. The Advisory Committee will be appointed by the Mayor and City Council and will have diverse membership from the City’s citizen committees and commissions, neighborhoods, recreation special interests and user groups, school districts and Highline College so that all citizens are represented and help inform the work.

The Committee will work with staff to host a series of community and user group workshops beginning in 2015. The Committee will gain knowledge related to the City’s demographic data, park and facility site conditions; participate in visioning activities; and review public feedback regarding recreation needs for the purpose of making recommendations for the 2015 Master Plan (encompassing the years 2016-2021).

If you are interested in serving your community in this capacity, please contact Patrice Thorell City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Director at 206-870-6527 or pthorell@desmoineswa.gov.

Applications are available online here (PDF file).

Applications are due by September 19, 2014.

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Part Steampunk, part Renaissance Faire – Morris Dancing is a staple of Country Village fetes (rhymes with plates) or fairs all over England. Some have called it “organized chaos,” with its lively steps and clashing of tools, but whatever you call it, it is great fun to watch:

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Now folks from all over the south end and beyond can enjoy this and more tastes of England for FREE at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Renton, on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Drawing on their Anglican roots, St. Luke’s inaugural English Fete will offer sales of traditional English foods such as Banger’s & Mash and Ploughman’s Lunch, English beers and sweets, classic English carnival games, music and fun for all ages.

All proceeds benefit the operation of St. Luke’s and their many community ministries including, ARISE, an interfaith traveling homeless shelter for men, St. Luke’s Community Garden whose bounty is shared with Renton’s needy and warm-up breakfasts on various weekday mornings.

Admission is free and open to all (Please contact info@stlukesrenton.org for special accommodations or information).

Pip! Pip! Cheerio! let’s all go to the Fete!

St.Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 99 Wells Ave South in historic downtown Renton; phone: (425) 255-3323.

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St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 99 Wells Avenue in Renton.

Have thoughts on arts and culture in Des Moines? Then take the Des Moines Arts and Culture Participation Survey!

“We believe that arts and culture play an important role in the quality of life here in Des Moines and should be a part of the city’s Comprehensive Plan that expresses our community’s goals and aspirations for how we want to grow and prosper into the future,” reads an announcement. “We encourage you to take a few moments to take this survey. The information you provide will be used to develop strategies for Parks, Recreation, and Senior Services, the Arts Commission, and city-wide events. Special thanks to Recology: Cleanscapes for their support!”

Click here to take the Arts and Culture Participation Survey!

A house in the 2000 block of South 232nd Street that “exploded” on Aug. 15 has now been classified as an Arson.

The original report was that a man was thrown from the roof of the home while tarring it with a torch, setting off an explosion that basically leveled the house.

The man, in his 40s, was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with serious burns.

We have tried to contact King County Fire Investigator Tom Devine twice (his name and number is posted on the signs at the scene), but he has not yet returned our calls. When we get more information, we’ll update this post.

On Thursday (Aug. 21), Scott Schaefer took these photos of the scene:

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by Dave Markwell

Last night I took my first “actual” shower in seven days. My son and I spent a few days traveling around the state, fishing, eating beef jerky and bathing in the lakes and rivers on our path. It was great. We were untethered and unshaven and unconcerned. During our trip, I came to one glaring conclusion: I don’t vacation enough.

Through four simple days of driving the back roads, we reconnected to some of our human roots, as father and son and fellow wanderers of this earth. These connections are important. The road has a special way of connecting us to these things. Exploring the world through a windshield provides a unique perspective. Having complete sanction of when and where we stop is powerful and liberating. It reminds us of what it feels like to truly be FREE.

In a life encumbered by “stuff to do”, this is an important thing to remember. We ARE free. We can choose how our time is spent. It is easy to create imaginary cages where we are bound by duty to do what we don’t want to do. But, these cages are illusions. Certainly, we must work and provide and contribute to the commerce of our households, but we don’t have to do this in a cage. We can choose to open our cell door any time we want. This can occur through a bold act of revolt and changing our world or we can simply change our minds. Both work.

A road trip with a beloved fifteen year old boy is a great way to change a mind. Potential and possibility live in the tar and gravel two-laners spidering in all directions of our great country. Like a country song, the tires hum and the wind blows through the open windows with smells of sage and pine and lake grasses. Worries evaporate in our slip-stream and we get lighter. Burdens are removed and replaced with the truth that we already have it all.

I don’t vacation enough. Because of this, I forget these things. I get tense and uncertain and crabby. My illusory burdens drive my life. I begin to feel like passenger in my life, instead of the conductor. A relatively unglamorous, brief, but beautiful excursion shifted me back into the driver’s seat. I like being there. It’s where we all belong.

As I sit with a cup of coffee on my couch planning my day, my mind looks back to a moment standing by the shoreline of a mountain lake with my son by my side and my fishing pole in my hand. As the sun began to set over the trees and shimmered off the cool, glassy water, I believed in my son and God and myself. And I knew that I have all that I need. We all have all that we need. We just need to remember this.

[EDITOR'S NOTE:"Feel Good Friday" is a regular column written by Des Moines resident Dave Markwell, who just published his first book called "A Feel Good Life" (buy it on Amazon here). Dave also 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, you can "friend" Dave on Facebook here. Or work out with him at his exercise company Waterland CrossFit!]

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Sunday, Aug. 24 – is a custom built 4-bedroom Burien home.

It’s got 2.75 baths, two gas fireplaces, 17-foot high ceilings in both the living and dining rooms, along with hardwood floors, carpets, granite tiles, skylights, a walk-in closet, jetted tub, 5-piece master bath, stainless steel appliances, cozy family room off kitchen area, three car garage with shop and storage space.

Whew…we’re out of breath!

So just take a look at some pics (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 24, from 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 1033 South 128th Street, Burien, WA 98168

INFO:

  • List Price: $399,000
  • MLS Number: 681250
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 2005
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,490
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 8,057

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • French Doors
  • High Tech Cabling
  • Jetted/Soaking Tub
  • Security System
  • Skylights
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Cable TV
  • Deck
  • Fenced-Partially
  • Gas Available
  • Patio
  • RV Parking

Marketing remarks:

Custom built home, 4 bedrooms, 2.75 baths, two gas fireplaces, 17 ft high ceiling in living & dinning rooms, hardwood floors, carpets, granite tiles, sky-lights, walk- in closet, jetted tub, 5 piece master bath, stainless steel appliances, cozy family room off kitchen area, three car garage with shop & storage space.

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

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

Brown Bear will be giving away free “Bear Essential” car washes  this Thursday, Aug. 21 to celebrate its 57th anniversary at all of their automated “tunnel wash” locations in the Puget Sound area, including the Des Moines location at 22706 Marine View Dr S.

Brown Bear Car Wash will add sparkle to thousands of cars and trucks as the Seattle-based, family-owned company offers free washes to celebrate its 57th anniversary.

Visit www.brownbear.com for a list of participating locations and hours.

We are becoming an international market! While working in the wine tasting booth this past Saturday, I talked to people from Great Britain, New Zealand, Germany and Japan. They of course didn’t travel all the way here to just shop with us, but were visiting friends and relatives in the area and wanted to take back with them some local wines for dinner that evening. All commented how they really liked our market, especially the friendly people.

This Saturday from Noon to 8 p.m. is one of the main fundraisers for the Rotary Club of Des Moines. It is their 5th annual Blues and Blues Fest at the Des Moines Beach Park. This event is the prime fundraiser for the Music4Life program, expanding music to youth in our local schools. Enjoy a day filled with local blues together with a variety of fine brews from local breweries. You can still get discount tickers ($25) by clicking here.

I know that it is hard to realize but, fall is in the air and it is time to order your market logo wear hoody. Stop by the market info booth and check out all the styles and colors. They are delivered to you the next market day.

WanolittosWineClubcardIf you haven’t signed up for Wanolitto’s Wine Club, fear not, there is plenty of room in the barrel for more. It is free to join and all you have to do is carry our punch card with you when you shop for the markets wine. For every 17 bottles you purchase, you get one FREE. This Saturday buy four bottles and you’ll get 20% off, plus a free wine tote and cork screw.

Food Trucks – look for Stella Fiore Pizza,Lumpia World,Jemil’s Big Easy Cajonand Bing of Fire.

Look for sponsor booth Salon Michelle, they are full service hair and nail salon that is devoted to you and helping you look and feel your very best. Whether you are looking for a trendy haircut, a beautiful new hair color, a gorgeous bridal updo, or deep conditioning for hair damaged by chlorine or sun, their talented team of stylists are devoted to ensuring that you have the most satisfying salon experience possible.

Here are the community groups for this week: check out the kid’s all-time favorite Highline MaST center with their touchy-feely tanks filled with wild creatures from Puget Sound waters. Friends of the Des Moines Library will have a booth, and will have books for sale. Bargain prices: $1.00 for hardbacks, $.50 for paperbacks. Also for sale are book bags. All proceeds go to supporting children and teen programs at the Des Moines and Woodmont Libraries. Also the Library 2Go Bus with a wide range of library services will be here. Hungry for homemade baked goods, check out the booth with the Highline Premier Soccer Club Girls Team.

Music this week is the band with a funny name “Flannel Asparagus.” If you enjoy their music don’t forget to make a donation to them.

If you think you have the best chili in town, you can sign your team up for the 8th Annual Chili Cook-Off.  It is on the last day of the season (Oct 25th). You can pick up an application at the market information booth or check our web site and download an application.

The Des Moines Area Food Bank “Picnic in the Park” continues their free summer lunch program for all school age kids. Look for them in the grassy area next to the marina office. They will be there every Saturday until school starts.

Upcoming events: September 13th is Kids Back to School/Safety Day and the SeattleFoodTruck.com Truck-In at the market.

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

Boulevard Park Place will be offering a preventive health event on Wednesday, Sept. 10.

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will host their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings that day.

Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis.

Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with member discount).

All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.

In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners.

This event is open to the public!

For more information, visit www.boulevardparkplace.com.

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Dryland lesson – “Which floats, the rock or the beach ball?”

During a regularly scheduled visit to the Mount Rainier Pool, campers from the city’s Camp KHAOS were treated to a “Pool Safely Day” conducted by Andy Beal, fellow instructors Jackie and Kyle, and lifeguards Christine, Janice, Pat and Erika.

Andy selected this for his high school senior project because he noticed that most of the kids that come to the pool stay in the shallow end and wear life jackets.

“I thought if they could learn a few basic techniques for staying safe in the water, then they could worry less and have more fun while at the pool,” he said.

Cycling over 100 kids through these lessons proved tricky, but the Camp KHAOS counselors helped organize and keep things moving. Kids were given a quick dryland lesson on how to scull and tread water as ways to get themselves out of trouble. They were told how to recognize a potential drowning victim and, if they were in a similar situation, they should put their face in the water and kick. Groups were then moved to the pool to try out treading and floating. Before they left, they received bags with literature to reinforce what they learned, in addition to mini-beach balls provided by the Pool Safely organization.

Although there was not enough time to provide in-depth swimming lessons, Andy believed that what they taught had some value.

“The younger kids learned how to tread and float, while the older kids learned how to help someone struggling in the water without endangering themselves.” Additionally, “The materials we sent home with the kids will help their families become more aware of how to keep their kids safe around water and what to watch for when they’re at an unsupervised pool”.

Andy hopes that with a little tweaking, the Pool Safely program will be continued each year at Mount Rainier Pool. Those interested in obtaining the materials can contact Andy at andybealbananapeel@gmail.com.

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REMINDER: For the fifth year in a row – this coming Saturday, Aug. 23 – people from around Western Washington and beyond will be flocking to the shores of Puget Sound at the Des Moines Beach Park to savor tasty licks of mind-blowing blues played by some of the most renowned musicians of the region, all while sampling the suds of local micro-brew masters in a fundraiser aimed at arming children in the Highline School District with musical instruments.

The Annual Blues & Brews Fest returns to Des Moines Beach Park from Noon – 8 p.m. on Aug. 23. The event benefits the Highline Music4Life Program. All of the net proceeds are donated to charity thanks to the efforts of the Des Moines Rotary Club and community volunteers.

“This 21-and-over event, saw nearly 2,000 blues and beer lovers last year, and this year promises to draw an even bigger crowd,” Blues and Brews Fest committee chair and Des Moines Rotarian Brian Snure said.

“The response to this annual fund raiser has been inspiring,” he added. “A lazy summer day on the shores of Puget Sound, drinking good beer and listening to the blues seems like a pretty good way to support music education in our schools.”

This year, Blues & Brews Fest attendees can enjoy 17 micro-brews, three ciders, wine and some mead. The blues, from some of the Northwest’s finest musicians, will begin at 12:30 p.m. and keep rolling until 8 p.m.

Snure said, “On behalf of the Rotary Club of Des Moines Washington, I’d like to thank all of those who have supported this civic event in the past and invite those who have yet to attend Blues & Brews Fest to get your tickets now at www.BluesAndBrewsFest.org.”

This year’s line up includes:

The Wired Band
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James King and the Southsiders
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The Randy Oxford Band
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Curtis Hammond Band
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Tickets for this pet-free event can be purchased online for just $25 or at the door for $30. Every Blues & Brews Fest attendee will receive six tokens and a complimentary tasting glass with the purchase of a ticket. Additional tokens can be purchased to sample more beverages. Designated driver tickets will be available at the door for just $15. Parking is free in the Des Moines Marina and around Des Moines, and a complimentary shuttle will be making the rounds.

The prime benefactor for this annual fundraiser is the Highline Music4Life program. David Endicott, president/CEO of Music4Life, who said: “The value of providing musical instruments for students of low-income families in the Highline School District is critical during hard economic times. We find that many families cannot even afford to rent a musical instrument for their kids.”

He added:

“The annual Des Moines Rotary Blues & Brews Festival is a primary way for us to raise funds in support of the Highline Schools program. It also happens to be an event that’s a heck of a lot of fun to attend.”

To purchase advanced tickets and more information, go to www.BluesAndBrewsFest.org.

To learn more about becoming a sponsor, contact Kerry Wallingford at kerry@wallingfordfinancial.com.

The Rotary Club of Des Moines encourages attendees to drink responsibly.

A Des Moines man was thrown from the roof of his home after it apparently “exploded” and was leveled Friday night, Aug. 15.

Reports are that the man, in his 40s, was tarring a roof with a torch when an explosion occurred.

The house is in the 2000 block of South 232 Street.

The man was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with serious burns.

As of Saturday (Aug. 16), he was listed in stable condition.

Here are some Tweets about this developing story:

And one Tweeter even thought the explosion may have come from a sonic boom:

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Sunday, Aug. 17 – is a custom built home on a nice secluded lot.

This home has a desirable open floor plan with Master Suite on main floor.

Super clean kitchen with island, breakfast nook, French doors to large gorgeous deck, family room with gas fireplace, formal living room and dining room with designer touches.

Upper level offers Huge BONUS room, along with 3 additional bedrooms and full bath.

3-car garage, surround sound, storage galore, wood wrapped windows and more.

Must see to appreciate this quality home.

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

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WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 17, from 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 17234 43rd Lane S, SeaTac 98188

INFO:

  • List Price: $409,000
  • MLS Number: 635563
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Year Built: 1999
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,610
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 10,720

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings

Marketing remarks:

Better than new construction!

Custom built home on nice secluded lot.

Desirable open floor plan with Master Suite on main floor.

Super clean kitchen w/island, breakfast nook, French doors to large gorgeous deck, family room with gas fireplace, formal living room and dining room with designer touches.

Upper level offers Huge BONUS room, 3 additional bedrooms and full bath.

3 car garage, surround sound, storage galore, wood wrapped windows and more.

Must see to appreciate this quality home.

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

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