The Angle Lake Shore Club of SeaTac held their annual ‘Clean Sweep’ on Saturday, July 26th, and in addition to retrieving lots of trash and half a wooden boat, they also found a Browning 30 caliber machine gun!

Read the full story – with a pic – on our sister site The SeaTac Blog here.

The 5th annual Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival is coming up on Saturday, Aug. 23, with a day filled with local blues together with a variety of fine brews from local breweries.

This event is the prime fundraiser for the local Music4Life program, expanding music to youth in our local schools.

The festival – put on by the Rotary Club of Des Moines – will be located on the shores of Puget Sound at the Des Moines Beach Park.

Tickets can be purchased online here, or at Airways Brewing Company, 99 Bottles, B&E Meats , as well as through members of the Rotary Club of Des Moines.

Here’s a Podcast interview with The Wired Blues Band, who will be playing from 12:30 – 2 p.m.:

This is an outdoor event and will be held rain or shine, you must be 21 or older to attend. No pets will be allowed inside the event.

No outside food or beverages allowed. Low lawn chairs and picnic blankets allowed.

There will be plenty of free parking in the Des Moines Marina.

While you are in town, you might also want to visit the Des Moines Farmer’s Market, which runs from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. during the day.

To complement your blues and brews, they will be barbecuing Bratwurst and B&E Meat’s famous Tri Tip for your dining enjoyment.

Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the gate.

Six tasting tokens included with the price of admission.

The Highline Soccer Association will be holding a NEW Soccer Shoe Sale, with Youth, Men, and Women’s Shoes Brands including Nike, Puma, Diadora and more this weekend:

  • Saturday, July 26: 10:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 27: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The sale will be held at the Angle Lake Family Resource Center, 4040 S 188th St Suite 100, SeaTac.

Prices will range from $10 to $20 for a pair of shoes. We will also have socks for $2 a pair.

Cash and credit cards will be accepted.

by Dave Markwell

Tonight is a quiet time in my house. The dogs and I don’t make a lot of noise. My wife and daughter are gone for a week. My wife is at a “retreat” with a bunch of women. I’m not sure exactly what they’re retreating from, but I don’t ask too many questions for fear of the potential answers. My daughter is spending the week with my mom. So, she’s happy with some grandma time. My son is sailing. Thus, my house is quiet.

Sometimes, this is eerie. Tonight, it is not. It is a time of reflection and contemplation for me. I can listen to the music I want without complaint. I can have the favorite blanket and sit wherever I choose with it. I made dinner already, so my boy is set to go when he gets home. All the chores I am going to do today are done. The time now is mine. And I will take it.

As the buzzing bees shifting the commerce of the world, human beings get trapped in action. Always something needs to or should be done. We live with a sense of urgency and tension about the undone. It is troubling. This is called “stress”. This burdens the peaceful existence that I strive for. As such, I am not a fan.

Much of our time seems to be spent running on others’ clocks. We have to be “someplace” to do “something”. Often the “someplace” and “something” are not preferred by us. This is called life, I suppose. And, I accept this as the toll for my travel pass, but it does feel nice to sit quietly, without obligation, and write and think. All by myself.

When my family is home and I try to enjoy a little “retreat” by myself, either on the deck, the couch or simply in bed, I am perceived as being selfish. When I don’t feel like getting someone a snack or playing a game or talking about my day, something must be “wrong”. I’m crabby or moody or unsupportive. At these times, I am usually none of the above. I just happen to be supporting myself: my need to sit and think about things.

This is an important time for all of us. My family needs me to have this time. I am better for it. All people are better for their own version of this time. Sometimes we just need to take a breath, reset, look back and look forward. Our lives change during these times. We filter our truths through the thin mesh of silence and thought. When we return to the busy world, we are better. We are rejuvenated and reborn with a faith that it will all be ok and that our world is a good place to be. Though it is difficult sometimes, it’s important to remember these things.

Well, my son just returned home and began telling me what I “need” to do. In response, I told him what HE could do. I’m not going anyplace. I’m taking this one. He can fend for himself. I’ve done my job and I am now paying myself for it. And if this is selfish, then so be it. I deserve it and he deserves the outcome of a better me.

Sometimes being selfish is a benevolent act of service and love. And is not selfish at all. And we all deserve it. I trust this to be 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, July 27 – 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 is a 1940 home that had updates and an addition added in 2002.

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












Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Sunday, July 27: 1 – 4 p.m.

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


  • List Price: $597,000
  • 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!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

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

Despite the cloudy beginning and all the other events in the area last weekend (Bite of Seattle, Tacoma Food Truck Rodeo & others), 6,000 shoppers basked in the later sun and were getting ready to take in all the Waterland festivities.

The Des Moines Police Foundation would like to thank all the people who stopped by their booth and donated to their current project of helping leukemia victim, 6 year old Honorary Chief, Moses Stevens. There still is time to take in the Mariners Law Enforcement Day game on August 10th. Click the below logo to purchase discounted tickets, get a free t-shirt and the Mariners will donate $10 to this project.

Foundation 400dpiLogo lawenforcement_shirt_lgFood Trucks – look for your favorites: Jemil’s Big Easy Cajon,Spicy Papaya, Fish Basket, Charlie’s Buns N Stuff.

Sponsor Fernwood at the Park will be explaining their all-inclusive independent senior living residence. Stop by their booth and see why its devoted staff is providing unrivaled service, compassion and care. It is the unique feeling of being right where you belong, a feeling of being home.

Here are the community groups for this week: Friends of the Woodmont Library will be selling used books and taking used book donations. Look for the Library 2Go Bus with a wide range of library services. Access and Outreach with information on how to apply for assistance for the most vulnerable in King County.

First time at the market is King Conservation District. They are a non-regulatory, special purpose district funded through a per parcel fee by King County landowners to help promote conservation of resources build a sustainable regional food system, expand our green infrastructure/tree canopy, and restore shorelines and habitat for salmon and other wildlife – all through education, grants, and technical assistance.

Music this week is James Lindsey from 10 – noon and The Fabulous Mojo Kings Blues Band from noon – 2pm.

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: August 9th is Health & Fitness Day; September 13th is Kids Back to School/Safety Day and the Truck-In at the market. You can check out this web calendar for all the local events, such as Shakespeare in the Park and Outdoor Family Movie Night.

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 markets Facebook page.

Beat the heat and come to the Des Moines Beach Park for spectacular family movie nights on the big screen, with the film ‘Despicable Me 2′ kicking the fun off on Friday, Aug. 8. 

The LEGO Movie will be showing on Friday, August 15th.

Bring a blanket, beach chairs, a flashlight, and dress warm for the most enjoyable experience.

Movies are FREE to the public.

Concessions will be available for purchase and donations welcome.

Special thanks to Des Moines Orthodontics and Law Offices of Gehrke, Baker, Doull, and Kelly for sponsoring this community event.

Call the Field House Office at 206-870-6527 with questions.

It was a little gray and cool compared to our recent weather, but that didn’t stop folks from making their way to Des Moines today. The draw on day three of this year’s Waterland Festival was the collection of cars and boats on display as part of the Wheels & Keels Classic Car and Wooden Boat Show.

Local photographer Michael Brunk was on hand to photograph the event and put together the following gallery of images. You can click individual photos to view high resolution versions.

This past Saturday, July 19, 2014 the Waterland Parade took over downtown Des Moines in what has become a favorite summertime tradition. In its 55th year the parade featured crowd favorites Seafair Pirates and Seafair Clowns, classic cars, floats, marching bands and even Santa Claus.

Local photographer Michael Brunk was there and put together the following photo gallery. You can click individual images to view them larger.

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House is a beautifully crafted 3-bedroom Rambler on a large sunny corner lot in the heart of the Seaview community!

Designed for entertaining, this open floor plan combines a large updated kitchen with dining, living and family rooms.

The family room has french doors that open to an incredible fully fenced back yard sanctuary.

The large master suite has it own bath and walk-in closet.

Alley access and detached 1 car garage.

A short walk to the West Seattle Junction, Ercolini Park and the water!

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









Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Sunday, July 20: 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 4900 SW Dawson Street, West Seattle, WA 98136


  • List Price: $500,000
  • MLS Number: 667457
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1.75
  • Year Built: 1900
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,440
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 5,334

Site Features:

  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • French Doors
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Deck
  • Fenced-Partially

Marketing remarks:

Beautifully Crafted 3 bedroom 2 bath Rambler on large Sunny corner lot in the heart of the Seaview community!

Designed for entertaining, this open floor plan combines a large updated kitchen with dining, living and family rooms.

The family room has french doors that open to an incredible fully fenced back yard sanctuary.

The large master suite has it own bath and walk-in closet.

Alley access and detached 1 car garage.

A short walk to the Junction, Ercolini Park and the water!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

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


Brundage-Bone Concrete Pumping will be bringing their own version of the ‘Legion of Boom’ to the Waterland Parade on July 19!

Brundage-Bone, located in Kent, is the Washington branch of the largest concrete pumping service in the United States.

Part of their parade entry will include the largest pump west of the Mississippi – the 63 meter – weighing in at 130,000 pounds on 7 axles with 5 axles that turn.

“We are excited to welcome Brundage-Bone to the Waterland Community and to the beginning of a new tradition for the Waterland Parade!” said Organizer Elana Bryan.

10511515_786740248013604_3259258231074659317_oZenith Holland Gardens, blog advertiser, presents guest speaker Cyndi Stuart this Saturday, July 19th, at 10 a.m. Cyndi will share secrets of Hummingbirds, Butterflies and the best plants to grow to invite them into your garden.

The talk is free and will be held at Zenith Holland Gardens beginning at 10 a.m.

“Please register by sending an email to so I will know how many chairs to have on hand,” requested Zenith Holland’s Lyn Robinson. “We welcome anyone who is interested.”

Zenith Holland is located just a minute’s drive south of downtown Des Moines, on the east side of Marine View Drive South.

Zenith Holland Gardens

23260 Marine View Drive South

Des Moines, WA

Phone 206.878.7002

It was bit warm last Saturday but that didn’t stop the shoppers from finding all the fresh fruits and vegies that are coming into season, the corn was just super.

This past market also saw a milestone in which the first Wanolitto’s Wine Club member got his card filled winning a free bottle. Once you purchase 17, the 18th is free. Mayor ProTem, Matt Pina was all smiles getting “punched” by board president, Wayne Corey. Matt commented “these are some of the best wines the market foundation has presented, stop by for a tasting, join the club and help out the market.”

Wine Club Photo

The newly formed Des Moines Police Foundation will have a booth this week where people can go to find out about its current project working with the Seattle Mariners on Law Enforcement Appreciation Day at Safeco Field. In conjunction with this day, they are having a fund raiser in honor of Moses Stevens, a 6 year old boy who has recently been diagnosed with leukemia. He has been named the honorary Chief of Des Moines to make his dream come true. He is a student at Des Moines Elementary. The foundation has partnered with the Mariners to hold a Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on August 10, 2014.

ChIEf and Moses

Police Chief George Delgado and Moses Stevens

Food Trucks – look for your favorites: Jemil’s Big Easy Cajon,Stella Fiore Pizza, Fish Basket, Charlie’s Buns N Stuff and Curb Jumper Street Eats

Stop by market sponsor Wesley Home’s booth to learn about their not-for-profit retirement communities and in-home care services. They offer a full range of retirement living options and care services for seniors and their families.

Here are the community groups for this week: back is the kid’s all-time favorite, Highline MaST center with their touchy-feely tanks filled with wild creatures from Puget Sound waters.

WIC is a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, and young children eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy. WIC is the “Federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.”

Des Moines Gospel is back with their bouncy house, look for it on the grassy area next to the rest rooms.

Music this week, back by popular demand is the band with a funny name “Flannel Asparagus.” This group of talented people play the songs we all remember.

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

The Des Moines Area Food Bank “Picnic in the Park” continues their free summer lunch program for all school age kids. If you would like to volunteer to help with this program, contact the Food Bank 206-878-2660. Look for them in the grassy area next to the marina office starting at noon. They will be there every Saturday until school starts.

Upcoming events: July 18-20 is the Waterland Festival. Click for all the events taking place in our community, including the Waterland Parade. August 9th is the Health & Fitness Day and September 13th is Kids Back to School/Safety Day 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 markets Facebook page.

Warren Bonus photoIn recognition of his many years of service to the Des Moines Community, Warren Bonus has been selected as the 2014 Waterland Parade Honorary Grand Marshal.

Mr. Bonus has been a part of the Des Moines community for over 70 years. Warren raised his family here and now has an extended family of 14 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren. Warren opened the venerable Dug Out Tavern on Marine View Drive in 1946 and was its proud owner until 2006. He is a past president of the Des Moines Chamber of Commerce.

In 1946 Warren helped organize the first Des Moines Geoduck Festival which then blossomed into the Waterland Festival in 1959.

Anyone who knows Warren knows he’s a huge Husky FAN. He bought his first ticket to a Husky game in 1948 and from then on he was hooked. He created the Dug Out’s “HUSKY BUS” that transported around 45 people from the Dug Out to Husky Stadium for every home for many years.

Mr. Bonus is a great addition to our parade and will have over 50 family and friends cheering him on this Saturday, July 19.

The Waterland Grand Parade starts at 6 p.m. at 240th and Marine View Dr S., and continues through town to 216th Ave S.

Don’t forget to bring non-perishable food to this Saturday night’s Waterland Parade, to participate in the ‘Parade Against Hunger’!

The Des Moines Food Bank will collect items from everyone along the parade route, so have your food ready to hand off.

They’ll also be accepting cash/check donations (make checks payable to the “Des Moines Food Bank”).

All Donations support the Des Moines Area Food Bank.

The parade starts at 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Elana Bryan at 206-444-5794 or at

[EDITOR'S NOTEThe following letter was published on Des Moines Mayor Dave Kaplan's Facebook page; we have received permission to post it here. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Waterland Blog nor its staff]

Well, my “friends” at Comcast sent their standard email with a link to a customer satisfaction survey. On their open-ended question (limited to 4000 characters), I had to whittle down my nearly 4800 character response. Here’s the text in its entirety:

“It should not have taken 6 weeks to get my service installed. The lack of communications from the person who was supposedly my point of contact for everything related to my account (Christopher Archeletta) was HORRIBLE. Some 18 phone calls (I am not exaggerating) unanswered with no return call.

With a few exceptions, every step forward was as a result of my having to call Comcast customer service to get something done or to find out something, simply because of lack of communications from your company.

First came the week-long wait to find out why no one had emailed or called to let me know when someone would be out to install my service, only to find out that I was supposed to sign a contract that had never been sent to me. Then came the contract that had the name of the business misspelled and had to be redone before I would e-sign. At least a week and a half after I had agreed to the service on the phone before the correct contract was sent and signed.

After that, the first installation visit was quick (the following Tuesday), but failed to take into account what I told the account rep which was that the office space needed to be wired from outside the condominium building (it’s a home office.) While the building was built with wiring (in 1979) on the south side of the building, not so on the north side. That service tech indicated that he would put in a request for someone to come out and do that external wiring work. After three days, I called to find out when someone would be out and was told one week later.

So, a week later, you sent a service tech out … to do the inside install, NOT the external wiring necessary to make that room pre-wired. After a round-about way of reaching Mr. Archeletta via the regular customer service line, I came to find out that no one had been scheduled to do the outside wiring, and that the wireless modem I expected was not included with the package I had been sold. (He attempted to sell me a higher level service that included the wireless modem, and in frustration I agreed … but thankfully never received the new contract to e-sign.)

In the middle of this frustrating experience, I went out and purchased a modem and router. Why? So I wouldn’t have to lease it from Comcast. I decided I wanted to give you as little money as possible.

The following week I called to find out when the external wiring people would be out to do the work. Ms. Amber Day-Spring (the one customer service person who actually was of help to me a few times during this episode) called and emailed to let me know that the pre-wire people would be out on Monday, July 7 and that the internal install people would be back on Wednesday, July 9th. On July 7th, I waited not only the four hour window that the pre-wire people were supposed to be out, but an additional three hours and they didn’t show up. At least they never called, knocked on my door, or left a note that they were here … though they apparently put in a slip to Comcast indicating that they had been. After I called to demand the work be done before Wednesday, I was told they would be out July 8th. July 8th turned out to be another 4 hour waste of my time as no one showed.

That afternoon I received a call from a guy named Ryan (who works for one of your contractors.) That was the first REAL conversation I had with ANYONE to talk about how to try and address the wiring issue for the office. He indicated that someone would be out on Wednesday to do that wiring work in advance of the internal install. But no one showed to do the external wiring that was needed. I managed to talk someone else into doing the external wiring work, since Comcast apparently can’t seem to get the job done.

Your contracted installer Justin made everything happen, and he was also one of the few bright spots in this otherwise crappy experience.

I’m a pretty understanding guy, but frankly, on the whole, this is the shittiest customer service experience I’ve EVER had … from any service provider. This was a business install, and if any of my business constituents had suffered through this same situation I would have been even more angry than I am now. And they HAVE BEEN suffering through this!

I am the Mayor of Des Moines, Washington (a city councilmember) and I talk to our local businesses (who are located both at home and in their own shops/stores/office buildings) and they universally have complained about your service leading up to installation, and (in some cases) the services itself.

I’m not done with this issue, and neither is Comcast. I assure you, things are going to change.

Please expect to hear from me in the weeks and months ahead.

Dave Kaplan
Mayor & Councilmember
City of Des Moines, WA
(reluctant and pissed off Comcast customer)”

On a related note, here is another Comcast-related rant that has gone viral:

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Classic cars and vintage wooden boats will be on display at the Wheels & Keels show at the Marina this Sunday, July 20 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This is a family-friendly show with prizes, raffles, live entertainment and food.

All event proceeds will benefit the Des Moines Area Food Bank.

Also, the historic MV Lotus yacht will be docked at the marina from July 17-20 in participation of the Waterland Festival and Wheels & Keels Classic Car and Wooden Boat Show.

Tours Daily:  11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For the complete experience contact to book a night in one of their cabins.

Advertiser Des Moines United Methodist Church will be hold its third annual ‘Trash to Treasure’ Swap Meet this Saturday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the Waterland Festival.

“Find Rummage Sale Items or Arts and Crafts, in both the parking lot and Fellowship Hall,” reads an announcement.

A few display spaces are still available – contact Terry Stephenson at

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

More info at