Mia Gregerson, left, will debate Jeanette Burrage on Sept. 30.

REMINDER: A forum featuring the two candidates running for State Representative, District 33, Position #2 will be held this Tuesday night, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m.

The debate will take place at the Des Moines Library, located at 21620 11th Avenue South.

Mia Gregerson, the incumbent, will face off against the challenger, Jeanette Burrage.

Gregerson also serves as mayor of SeaTac.

Burrage has served previously in the Legislature, was a King County Superior Court Judge and is currently a Des Moines City Councilmember.

The event is free and open to everyone and anyone, and is sponsored by The Waterland Blog, SeaTac Blog and Normandy Park Blog.

Questions will be taken from the floor, so bring your thinking cap!

by Dave Markwell

Here is a repeat of my only column that I wish was never written…it’s the anniversary of the event that inspired the words that I wish I did not have to write…

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My friend died last week. It was a tragedy on a scale not yet invented. Its impact on his family and friends cannot be measured. The value of a single life is often overlooked and taken for granted, until it is gone. Only then do we REALLY know what it meant. It meant everything. Every person means everything. There is nothing more important than a single person.

Each day, death lines the middle pages of newspapers and statistic forms as a tool to inspire readership or funding. The face of death has become faceless. We have become numb to what it really means. Until a late night phone call changes everything after it and a world that once was, will never be again. A lot is made of “just causes” and “higher purposes”, but they are all bullshit to the people left behind to sleeplessly wander the wee-hours, wide-eyed, searching for answers that do not exist. These people know what matters; another day, another moment with the lost one, to embrace, to share a birthday or watch a game. They would pay or trade all that they have for one more moment. These moments cannot, however, be bargained for. They exist for as long as they do and no more. It is just so, for all of us. One never knows when a life that was will no longer be. The phone could ring at any time for anyone, without warning or even a tiny hint.

Death, though, in a peculiar irony, truly shines a light on life. We gain a greater understanding and appreciation of life’s fickle impermanence and the urgency to live it how we want and with whom we love. This is little solace, but it is not nothing. Viewing the world and the people we share it with, with a more loving, less critical, more forgiving eye seems a pretty thin reward for the loss of someone we love. I would not trade for it, but I will take it. This may be a final gift bestowed upon the survivors and we are changed because of it.

Many things live in the eye of grief’s storm. Many are bad things, but not all. Friends and family live here. Stories of a life live here. And, hidden in the swirling, dusty wind and dark clouds, tomorrow lives here. Some weak thread of hope lives even in the most violent swells of despair, this hope is tomorrow. Today will end and tomorrow will come. This is hope. Hope that it will get just a little bit better. Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn’t, but there is always tomorrow and maybe it could be the one.

Another “benefit” of death is the gathering of family and old friends; the fond remembrance of the days that were, smiles and belly laughs, bad puns and tasteless jokes. Food and wine and perhaps a little Mac cement the remaining relationships forever. A moment shared. We are reminded of the connections we have and of the people we love and that love us. This is a great reminder: People love us as much as we love them. We don’t give this much thought, but we should. As strongly as we love, we are loved by others. This is true and should not be overlooked. We matter very much to those that love us.

It is said that “friendship multiplies joy and divides grief.” I hope this is true, because Brian’s family has a lot of friends. Many people are suffering with them. This loss is a shared one, though a parent’s grief perhaps is without any measure of depth and may possibly be indivisible. I hope this is not true, but think it probably is. Nonetheless, I will pray and hope for some small salve to calm the burning sting and place a weak shroud on the vast hole left by this event. It is all I can do. I wish I could do more. We all do.

Tomorrow will come as it always does, but it is diminished by the passing of a wonderful guy. Brian will be loved and missed forever. The best people always are.

[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, Sept. 28 – is a quaint Normandy Park home with Lot A Beach Rights!

With a great new price, you will appreciate the details of this home with its beautiful wood-wrapped Pella windows, hardwood floors, fireplace w/wood stove insert, designer colors, large rooms and skylights in both the kitchen and bath.

The kitchen offers lots of storage and room for a bistro table.

Great size master suite.

Mature landscaped yards bring fruit/vegetables to the table & flowers too.

RV parking, fenced backyard & shop!

All this AND Lot A Beach Rights for fun on the Sound, Tennis, pools, & clubhouse.

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WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 28 from 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 405 SW 207th Place, Normandy Park, WA 98166

INFO:

  • List Price: $285,000
  • MLS Number: 678324
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Year Built: 1954
  • Approximate House SqFt: 820
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 6,200

Site Features:

  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • High Tech Cabling
  • Security System
  • Skylights
  • Fenced-Partially
  • Gas Available
  • High Speed Internet
  • Patio
  • RV Parking
  • Shop

Marketing remarks:

Great new price!

You will appreciate the details of this quaint home; beautiful wood wrapped Pella windows, hardwood floors, fireplace w/wood stove insert, designer colors, large rooms and skylights in both the kitchen & bath.

The kitchen offers lots of storage & room for a bistro table.

Great size master.

Mature landscaped yards bring fruit/vegetables to the table & flowers too.

RV parking, fenced backyard & shop! All this AND Lot A Beach Rights for fun on the Sound, Tennis, pools, & clubhouse.

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

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

Last Saturday the market and the marina made a big welcome to the Tacoma Yacht Club, some 30 boats strong. It took a while for the sun to come out but club members were seen all over the market enjoying shopping and music and visiting with new found friends. This is what the market is about; meeting new and old friends and catching up on what’s been going on in the community and in their lives.

Just in time for the fall/winter season: check out the new Knit Beanies at the logo wear/info booth. All proceeds benefit the market foundation.

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Back this Sat is the kid’s all-time favorite Highline MaST center with their touchy-feely tanks filled with wild creatures from Puget Sound waters.

Volunteer group Girl Scouts Troup will have a booth celebrating Super Saturday all across King County.

Market sponsor Down & Out Demolition has donated their booth space to the North Hill Elementary WatchDOGS. They will be doing a fundraising event. They will have baked/food goods available for purchase by donation. These donations will allow the WatchDOGS to pay for their events, such as Pizza Nights, Open Gym Nights and Doughnuts with Dads. North Hill Elementary PTSA will be there along with the North Hill Elementary School WatchDOGS Dads!

Also sponsor Judson Park Senior Living will be showcased this Saturday. They are celebrating over 50 years of service to retired seniors in our community. Since 1963, Judson Park has earned a reputation for quality, stability and leadership in the Seattle area. They are always looking at the future of retirement living, so they can anticipate and address the changing expectations of those they serve.

Food Trucks: Bing of Fire, Six Coins Japanese Mobile, and Peasant Food Manifesto

Music this week is Pure Sparks.

There is still time to sign up 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. New teams signing up this week are Marina Fire Chili (our fire department gentlemen), Rob Dogs Chili and the team from our recycling buddies at Recology (they’re still trying to come up with a catchy name).

Upcoming events:

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.

From our very own Puget Sound Weather Geek:


Click ^ “Play” ^ to see/hear the live streaming weather report/forecast.

A classic strong pacific storm is churning off the coast of Washington today:

The center of the system will not directly impact us or generate a major wind event. However, the cold front that is attached to it will bring gobs of rain late tonight into early morning Wednesday.

This center of the system will not directly impact us or generate a major wind event. However, the cold front that is attached to it will bring gobs of rain late tonight into early morning Wednesday.

The Puget Sound Wx Geek Live Stream is up and running in storm mode this afternoon, be sure to check it out!

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Save the date: Friday, Oct. 3 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Des Moines Activity Center, 2045 S 216th Street in Des Moines!

Enjoy a scrumptious dinner featuring Pasta with Marinara sauce, Meatballs, Salad, Breadsticks and a delicious dessert!

Sponsor Normandy Park Senior Living teams up with Des Moines Activity Center volunteers and staff to kick off the fall with this fundraiser in support of programs and services that enhance the experience of being an older adult.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $5 for children age 12 and under, $20 for families and be purchased in advance by calling 206-878-1642 or at the door!

A Candidates’ Forum is set for Monday, Sept. 29, starting at 7 p.m. at the Des Moines United Methodist Church, located at 22225 9th Ave. South.

State Legislative Candidates from the 33rd District being asked to participate are:

  • Senator Karen Keiser and Martin Metz
  • Representative Tina Orwall and Michael Siefkes
  • Representative Mia Gregerson and Jeanette Burrage

Focused discussion issues are:

  • Education
  • Preventing gun violence
  • Hunger issues

The Candidate’s Forum is being co-sponsored by the Des Moines United Methodist Church and The Faith Action Network – an opportunity for citizens to become better educated about our common issues.

Questions?  Contact: Rosalee Mohney at rmohney@comcast.net or 206-870-1456.

by Dave Markwell

I’ve heard it said that the hardest thing to write is a simple, true sentence. I believe this. It is much easier to add words and use literary magic tricks to convey a thought than it is to strip it down to a simple truth. The conservation of words while preserving the integrity of the idea is a skilled art. This is true for words, but also for life.

It is easier to complicate life than it is to simplify it. We subtract by addition in the process of establishing this contrary truth. We add “stuff”. We add more obligations, tasks and goods which only serve to clog the machine. Our schedules, minds and garages are full of this stuff, which makes it difficult to enjoy a clear, simple and true thought or park a car.
Ernest Hemingway addressed his writer’s block by beginning with one true sentence. He believed that if he could write this one sentence, it would breed others. I think he was right. Drawing another parallel between words and life, by stripping away the noise and peeling back the burdensome layers of complicated, but often extraneous clutter, we get closer to where we want to be. We unblock our lives. This is liberating and peaceful and right.

“The more you strive to be sensible and serious and meaningful, the less chance you have of becoming so. The primary objective is to laugh.”- John D. MacDonald’s character, Travis McGee, in the novel, Free Fall In Crimson.

This idea is also liberating. In our quest to be responsible and sensible and reasonable, we lose things. We also diminish our chances of finding the things we are looking for. We search for peace, but manifest our own chaos. It’s a crazy and confounding system.

For most of us, the end of our lives will be a non-event. We will simply slip into the great waters and drift away. Certainly, those close to us will mourn, but most of the world will just keep on keepin’ on. The neighbor’s TV will still turn on and the 7-11 store down the street will still sell slurpees. Not much will have changed by our end.

With this in mind, Travis McGee’s philosophy makes much more sense. Since one day we will simply be gone, today is an important day. It is a day to enjoy and it is a day to remember and embrace a life philosophy in which “the primary objective is to laugh”. The world is less for all of our seriousness. It deserves our joy…we deserve our joy…

[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, Sept. 20 – is a North Hill Gem that has it all!

Bright and inviting, this home has room for everyone, with 5 bedrooms and an office for a single family or TWO complete units with separate entrances, full kitchens, bath and laundry. Tons of rental potential!

Huge fully-fenced yard with sunny patio overlooking fruit trees and plenty of grass.

Rear drive around access gate for boat or RV as well as carport, garage & storage shed.

Convenient location & walkable to parks & desirable North Hill Elem.

LOT A rights too..a must see!

Here are 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: Saturday, Sept. 20 from Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 19021 8th Ave S., Burien, WA 98148

INFO:

  • List Price: $299,999
  • MLS Number: 695959
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Year Built: 1953
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,400
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 10,956

Site Features:

  • 2 Fireplaces
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Hardwood
  • Laminate
  • Wall to Wall Carpet
  • Carport-Attached
  • Garage-Detached

Marketing remarks:

This North Hill Gem has it all! Bright and inviting, this home has room for everyone, 5 beds & office as a single family or TWO complete units with separate entrances, full kitchens, bath and laundry.

Tons of rental potential!

Huge fully fenced yard with sunny patio overlooking fruit trees & plenty of grass.

Rear drive around access gate for boat or RV as well as carport, garage & storage shed.

Convenient location & walkable to parks & desirable North Hill Elem. LOT A rights too..a must see!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

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

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The Des Moines Police has created an anonymous crime tip line for citizens wishing to provide information on criminal activity in the city:

(206) 870-6871

“The crime tip line is an electronic voicemail system that is checked regularly by police department staff,” reads an announcement. “You will not speak to anyone directly on this line. You do not need to leave your name or number (but we encourage you to if you want follow-up).”

Remember if you are witnessing a crime please call 9-1-1!

Boy, did you see all the families and kids having a great time on their day? It was another sunny day and close to 5,000 people enjoyed all the activities and food trucks. Our hats go off to the Police and Fire Departments for reaching out to the community with their programs.

This is your chance to show your pride in the Waterland City. Help make the city look better and after the job, come to the market for lunch and relax on the Boardwalk.

Look for sponsor BECU. They are a not-for-profit credit union committed to making your financial well-being a priority. Check out their information booth whether you are looking for a savings plan, financing, or business services, they offer a complete range of accounts with better rates and fewer fees than you’ll find at traditional big banks.

Also stop by the Edward Jones booth and chat with Mike Wilcox, longtime sponsor, about your financial needs.

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ook for Stella Fiore Pizza, Lumpia World, Fish Basket and Charlie’s Buns N Stuff

The volunteer group this week is Melanie’s Dancers with their bake sale.

Music this week is Flannel Asparagus

There is still time to sign up 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. Some of the teams entered are Nutting but the Best, Nibbles, Wesley Homes/Chili Out Dude! and Judson Park/ Chili Today-Hot Tamale.

Upcoming events:

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.

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A Grand Opening celebration for the new via Marina Neapolitan Pizzeria Italian Café and Bar will be held this Saturday, Sept. 20 at 1 p.m.

A sample of via Marina’s menu will be available for tasting.

via Marina is located at 22636 Marine View Drive South; phone 206‐592‐2659; website: www.viamarinaitalian.com

Mia Gregerson, left, will debate Jeanette Burrage on Sept. 30.

Save the date fellow citizens: Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m., for…

WHAT: A forum featuring the two candidates running for State Representative, District 33, Position 2.

WHERE: The Des Moines Library, located at 21620 11th Avenue South, Des Moines.

WHO: Mia Gregerson, the incumbent, versus the challenger, Jeanette Burrage.

Gregerson also serves as mayor of SeaTac.

Burrage has served previously in the Legislature, was a King County Superior Court Judge and is currently a Des Moines City Councilmember.

The event is free and open to everyone and anyone, and is sponsored by The SeaTac Blog and The Waterland Blog.

Questions will be taken from the floor, so bring your thinking cap!

by Dave Markwell

I have been reviewing old columns for another compilation project. I believe that this was my very first column. I still like it. I hope you do, too…

This day belongs to the dogs. They claimed it early and aren’t letting it go. The tic-tac revelry call of toenails on the hardwood floor kills any hope I have of finding my place back into the wonderful dream I was having. I don’t remember what it was, but it was good.

This morning I succumb to my better nature and get up and let the dogs out. Some mornings, I don’t. I can feign sleep with the best of them and have achieved some truly miraculous performances. My wife is no slouch, either. This day, she breathes deeply and slowly and throws in a twitch for good measure. I can tell she is in the zone. As I open the bedroom door, I glance back and see just a hint of a relieved smile. She wins this battle.

In the kitchen, I put coffee in the machine. This will be handy today. My dog, Diego, stares at me. I know what he wants. As I grab his leash, he knows his wish is about to come true. He jumps and twirls and bucks like a bronco. I do not.

We head out the door and onto the sleeping streets of my hometown. Roads are empty and shops are closed. Only one restaurant is open, Jack’s. Every town has a Jack’s. It is where the old-timers gather to drink coffee and discuss important things like politics and fishing, mostly fishing.

I walk by Jack’s and one smell hits me hard: bacon. Bacon is one item that can inspire me to dance around like a Diego getting ready for his walk. The sweet, smoky goodness floats in the air like God’s own aftershave. “I will be having some bacon today.” I think to myself and repeat as a mantra several times over the course of this morning’s walk.

Ahead, I see a light on. It is coming from the office of my friendly, local attorney, Brian. It appears that someone else was either disrupted from slumber as well, or is behind on some work…or looking to actually get ahead on some work; a foreign concept to me.

As I peek through his blinds from the sidewalk, Brian looks pretty intense and engaged in his project. I tip-toe through the planter bed and bang on his window. While I have never actually witnessed an electrocution, Brian’s response is what I would imagine one looks like. His head jerked up, eyes wide, his hands instinctively clutched the arms of his chair and he shook, violently, for a couple of the longest and best seconds of my year.

I smiled and waved. He did not smile, but did wave. With one finger. I carried on. Diego and I went home, our mission complete.

This day was simply one of many days of my life. It was a morning of little consequence. It meant nothing and everything. It was life. It was my life written on the pavement. My history was scribbled in worn skid marks on the sidewalks. Memories met me at every street corner and I was happy to greet them. As I returned to my silent home, I felt complete. The circle was full and, as I looked in on my sleeping children, I believed in angels and the idea that dreams really can come true.

[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, Sept. 14 – is the first re-sale in Westwood Ridge of a 3-bedroom, 2.75 bath home!

Just like new, this two-story home offers plenty of natural light with nine-foot ceilings throughout.

The main floor living space is an expansive open area that encompasses a designer kitchen, dining room and great room.

The Master bedroom is complete with a 5-piece master bath.

This home has 2.75 baths and a three-car garage, as well as Lot A Beach Rights to the Cove in Normandy Park!

Located in Westwood Ridge – a new 16-home development – this home has a large lot and fenced back yard, and is located minutes to downtown.

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WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 14 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE: 486 S. 187th Lane, Burien, WA 98148

INFO:

  • List Price: $549,950
  • MLS Number: 690841
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 2014
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,910
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,138

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Loft
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

Marketing remarks:

First Resale in Westwood Ridge! Just like new!

This home offers plenty of natural light & nine-foot ceilings throughout.

This two-story home has 2.75 baths,a three-car garage. The main floor living space is an expansive open are that encompasses a designer kitchen, dining room & great room.

Master bedroom is complete w/ a 5-piece master bath.Lot A Beach Rights to the Cove – Puget Sound!

Located in Westwood Ridge (New 16 home development) Large lot & fenced back yard & located minutes to downtown.

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

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

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Advertiser El Dorado West Retirement Community will be holding a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Business-to-Business Networking Reception on Thursday, Sept. 18, starting at 4 p.m.

There will be wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres served.

“Join us in celebrating the next chapter of El Dorado West!”

Please RSVP by Sept. 12 to Maureen Thompson at maureent@villageconcepts.com or (206) 248-1975.

El Dorado West is located at 1010 SW 134th Street in Burien.

For more info, visit www.villageconcepts.com or “Like” them on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/eldoradow.

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REMINDER: Enjoy all things British this Saturday at the first-ever English Fete at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Renton, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

“Drawing on our Anglican roots, St. Luke’s inaugural church fete will offer sales of traditional English foods such as Banger’s & Mash, Shepherd’s Pie and Ploughman’s Lunch, English beers and sweets, classic English carnival games, music and fun for all ages,” reads an announcement.

The event will be anchored by festive performances by Seattle’s own Sound and Fury Morris dance troupe:

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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 So in historic downtown Renton, WA 98057 Ph. (425) 255-3323

Directions:

From Burien via SR-518/I-405 North

  • Take Exit 4 toward WA-900 W/Bronson Way
  • Turn right onto WA-169 N
  • Turn Right on Bronson Way N.
  • Turn Right on Wells Ave S.
  • St. Luke’s will be on the left (pic below for reference).

From Bellevue area via I-405 South

  • Take Exit 4 for WA-900 W toward WA 169 S/Renton Enumclaw
  • Merge onto Sunset Blvd N
  • Turn Right on Bronson Way N.
  • Turn Right on Wells Ave S.
  • St. Luke’s will be on the left.

More info here: http://stlukesrenton.blogspot.com/p/events.html

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

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The City of Des Moines Community Litter Clean-Up Event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and volunteers are needed!

Volunteers are asked to meet at the Public Works Center, located at 223rd and 24th Ave South.

“If you aren’t able to make this event, but still want to help out, please get a group of your neighbors together, pick a section of your neighborhood or street, and work on that. Ever little bit helps!” reads an announcement.

Volunteers, ages 15 or older, will be assigned to a team. Teams will be provided safety vests, gloves, trash pickers, and bags and dispatched to areas of the City to clean up and bag litter.

Please RSVP by Sept. 17 to 206-870-6525.

“Show your pride in the Waterland City!”

Sponsored by: City of Des Moines, Recology CleanScapes, Midway Les Schwab Tire Center