One of the region’s premier blues music events returns to the shores of Des Moines on Saturday, Aug. 25, as the 9th Annual Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Fest takes over Des Moines Beach Park.

More than a dozen craft breweries and cideries will provide refreshments to enhance the enjoyment of four of the region’s top blues artists at this fundraiser, which will run from Noon – 8 p.m.

According to the fest’s musical director Steve Swank, the featured bands are fan favorites throughout the northwest blues community:

  • CD Woodbury Trio
  • Rae Gordon Band
  • Randy Oxford All-Stars
  • Eric Rice Band

“CD Woodbury is an award-winning contemporary blues, roots, rock, and multi-genre guitarist, vocalist and songwriter who represents the talent and diversity of our lineup,” says Swank. “It’s a great setting, so close to the beach, and the bands and breweries appreciate that 100% of net proceeds benefit local charities including the Music4Life program for young musicians.”

Adding to the event’s appeal will be food trucks, games including giant beer pong, and a raffle for Alaska Airlines tickets.

GIANT BEER PONG TOURNEY!
One of the non-musical highlights of the annual Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Festival – the Poverty Bay Giant Beer Pong Tournament – will return this year.

The colorful tourney features a larger-than-life beer pong game offering beer-themed prizes in keeping with the festival’s intent – to showcase more than a dozen regional craft breweries and four of the Northwest’s top blues bands.

“We launched the tournament last year and were blown away by its popularity,” event director Scott Deschenes said. “We think the competition will go non-stop from noon to night with everybody joining the competition between brews and blues.”

Deschenes added “it was such a hit that we added a free ‘pre-pong’ competition on the preceding Thursday night – Aug. 23 – at the Normandy Park Ale House from 8 to 10 p.m.”

FREE PRE-FUNK AUG. 23
And yes, a FREE “pre-funk” mini-fest is slated for Thursday, Aug. 23, from 8-10 p.m. at the Normandy Park Ale House.

Both events are produced by the Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park.

  • Hours for “Blues and Brews” are Noon to 8 p.m. on the 25th.
  • Attendees must be 21 years or older.
  • Tickets are $35 in advance and include tasting tokens and a tasting glass.

Tickets and information are available here:

www.drinktomusic.org

FUNK ABIDES FEST
For the first time, “Blues and Brews” is also partnering with another music event – “Funk Abides Fest” – slated for Sunday, Aug. 26, and featuring a powerful lineup of funk bands and adult beverages.

Two-day passes and information are at www.funkabides.com.

Parking is available at the Des Moines Marina and throughout downtown.

Elvis impersonator Danny Vernon will perform for FREE TONIGHT – Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 – at Des Moines Beach Park.

Danny will start at 7 p.m., and won’t have to leave the building until 8:30 p.m.

In addition to an Elvis Fest, there will also be food trucks and beer garden on site.

Here are some videos of Danny in action:

Here’s a bio from his website:

Elvis Entertainment: Danny is known for his high energy shows that focus on connecting with his audience. He enjoys performing all three decades of Elvis’ career. This includes the “recklessly abandoned” hillbilly cat of the ‘50’s, the sleek 60’s movie years including the “68 Comeback Special”, and the sexy 70’s jumpsuit era. His red- headed wife, Marcia “Ann-Margret”, performs along side him adding a unique and enjoyable chemistry to the show.

Elvis Specialty: Winning many awards over the last 10 years, including being endorsed as top 10 Elvis tribute artist’s in the world by Elvis Presley Enterprises 2010. His favorite achievement was being voted “Best Young Elvis” by Elvis’ own friends and stage entourage in Palm Springs, CA. With the voice, look and passion of the twentieth century icon, Danny Vernon strives to re-capture Elvis Presley’s appeal of an ever-growing audience.

Elvis Experience: In his own words, “From the many years of admiration of Elvis, I’ve sought to create a show that would hold the excitement of the King of Rock and Roll on stage through out the various stages of his career. I also try to show respect and support the integrity of the man and his music”.

Des Moines Beach Park is located at 22030 Cliff Ave S.:

On Friday, Aug. 10, the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce held its first-ever ‘State of Our Schools’ luncheon, featuring Tukwila School District Interim Superintendent Dr. Judith K. Berry, along with Highline Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield.

Both Supers spoke about their district’s accomplishments, as well as challenges and goals for the 2018-2019 school year.

Below is a video – edited for time (48:53) – as broadcast live on The B-Town Blog’s Facebook page (to get alerts to future live videos, be sure to “Like” us here):

Brown Bear Car Wash turns “61” next Thursday (Aug. 23) and will be celebrating by offering free “Beary Clean” car washes to customers from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 26 tunnel wash locations, including in Des Moines.

Last year’s one-day event gave free washes to a record-setting 30,853 cars and trucks across the Puget Sound area.

Brown Bear founder and CEO Victor Odermat opened the company’s first location in 1957 at 1800 15th Ave West in Seattle. Brown Bear now owns and operates a total of 48 car washes throughout the Puget Sound area and Spokane.

“This has become a tradition for us, and it’s our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the communities that have supported us for over 60 years,” said Odermat. “It’s a fun and busy day as we celebrate with our customers while benefitting the environment.”

For participating tunnel wash locations and more information about Brown Bear Car Wash, visit www.brownbear.com.

Seattle-based, family-owned Brown Bear is the largest car wash operator on the West Coast and 10th largest in the United States. Widely recognized for its environmentally-friendly practices, Brown Bear uses gentle, biodegradable cleaning detergents at all its locations.

An air quality alert was issued by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency on Monday afternoon, Aug. 13, for the local health jurisdictions of King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties.

“Air pollution is increasing due to wildfire smoke and may cause health problems,” the agency said.

The agency added:

We expect air quality to reach levels that are UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS overnight and into tomorrow in many areas. A high pressure system is pushing upper level wildfire smoke down. Smoke from British Columbia and the Cascades is continuing to build in the Puget Sound region today. Winds tomorrow afternoon could help clean the air. Thankfully, we don’t expect this to last as long as it did last summer. We are forecasting for GOOD to MODERATE air quality Wednesday and beyond.

Wildfire smoke can cause a range of health problems:

  • Chest pain
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Coughing
  • Stinging eyes
  • Irritated sinuses
  • Headaches
  • Asthma attack
  • Trouble breathing
  • Sensitive groups should take precautions, including: children, older adults, and people that are pregnant, have heart or lung issues (such as asthma and COPD), or that have had a stroke.
  • Stay indoors when possible.
  • Limit your physical activity outdoors, such as running, bicycling, physical labor, and sports.
  • Close windows in your home, if possible, and keep the indoor air clean. If you have an air conditioner, use the “recirculation” switch. Use an indoor air filter if available.
  • If you do not have an air conditioner, consider finding a public place with clean, air-conditioned indoor air like a public library or a community center.
  • Avoid driving, when possible. If you must drive, keep the windows closed. If you use the car’s fan or air conditioning, make sure the system recirculates air from inside the car; don’t pull air from outside.
  • Schools and daycare providers should consider postponing outdoor activities or moving them indoors.
  • N95 or N100 rated masks can help protect some people from air pollution. These masks are usually available at hardware and home repair stores. Please check with your doctor to see if this appropriate for you. More information here.

For more information on ways to reduce your exposure, see the Washington Department of Health’s Smoke From Fire tips.

Air quality conditions may change quickly. Check the air quality forecast regularly at the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s website.

As always, check with your health care provider for more specific questions and concerns.

Quiet Skies Puget Sound released the following statement about the tragic Horizon Air incident that started at Sea-Tac Airport Friday night, Aug. 10, and resulted in the death of grounds crew member Richard ‘Beebo’ Russell:

“We at Quiet Skies Puget Sound are deeply saddened by the horrible tragedy that occurred Friday evening with the unlawful use of a Horizon Air Q400. While there is much more to discuss on the impacts we are all facing due to the over expansion at Sea-Tac International Airport and the safety of their infrastructure within the Ports own operations, we must first and foremost take a moment to weep for a man who undoubtedly put lives on the ground in danger, but was nonetheless a human being who is loved and will be sorely missed by his family and all that that knew him.

“All of us are understandably troubled with the over expansion of an Airport that sits on only 2,500 acres, yet impacts over a quarter million people. It is imperative that in place of speculative comments here that you all please attend the next StART meeting at Sea-Tac airport, where there will be representatives from Alaska and other Airlines, FAA and Port of Seattle.

“Consider this public comment period to be a time for meaningful engagement, state your opinion, speak out. Since there are no Port of Commissioner meetings the month of August, please email each elected Commissioner, Federal & State Representative, ask our own Governor Jay Inslee too attend the only public meeting scheduled to discuss these critical issues.

“Tuesday, August 21, 2018 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Conference Center 17801 International Blvd. Parking is validated.

“This meeting is open to the public, please help save our communities by sharing this message.

“Agenda and directions can be found at https://www.portseattle.org/page/sea-tac-airport-stakeholder-advisory-round-table

Respectfully,
Quiet Skies Puget Sound”

‘StormFest’ is an interactive stormwater science focused educational festival for 6th grade students in the Highline School District, and it’s coming to Des Moines Beach Park on Oct. 10–11.

They’re also seeking Volunteers.

“Do you have a background in science or working with children? StormFest is looking for station educators, volunteers, and interpreters for October 10th and 11th. Training, parking, lunch, coffee, and stipends included.”

Check out this video to learn more about the successful June StormFest event:

WHAT: StormFest

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 10 & Thursday, Oct. 11

WHERE: Des Moines Beach Park

VOLUNTEER/INFO: Contact Mary Eidmann ([email protected]) at the City of Burien for additional information about how to sign up.

On Saturday, Aug. 11, the family of Richard ‘Beebo’ Russell held a press conference about their son, who was tragically killed when the Horizon Air Q400 airplane he stole from Sea-Tac Airport crashed on Friday, Aug. 10.

Russell was a ground service agent at Sea–Tac Airport, and he presumably died on impact as the airplane crashed into Ketron Island.

Also, here are raw audio recordings from Russell’s tragic incident:

And this is apparently a video Russell produced about himself and posted on his blog:

Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding six great Open Houses this weekend!

First up is an affordable, picture perfect, charming Burien Bungalow on a spacious double lot:

Room to expand the home or build another?

Original home was updated in 2013, granite counters and stainless steel appliances and master bedroom with fireplace.

Light and bright interior.

Great commuter location with access to Hwy 509/I-5 within minutes, walk to park, elementary school and transportation.

Lots of parking and fully enclosed private yard for entertaining needs, backs to your property greenbelt.

Don’t miss basement!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Aug. 11: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 12: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 12219 14th Ave S Burien, WA 98168 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $349,950
  • MLS Number: 1328873
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Year Built: 1930
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,150 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 15,000 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • 1930 Bungalow!
  • Huge lot
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Fireplace in Mstr BR
  • Security System

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


Next is a move-in ready, walk-out Rambler with lower level and VIEWS in Des Moines’ desirable North Hill:

Open and light-filled living/dining area expands to spacious entertaining deck.

3 bedrooms, including master bed & bath on main floor.

Relaxing lower level family room with 2nd fireplace opens to private backyard.

Large closets and lots of storage space.

Gardeners will love the mature and well-kept landscaping.

Pop down to the marina and enjoy the renowned Des Moines Farmers Market! Winter view of Mt. Rainier!

WHEN:

  • Sunday, Aug. 12: 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 20918 9th Ave S., Des Moines, WA 98198 (MAP, or see below).

INFO:

  • List Price: $549,950
  • MLS Number: 1335789
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Year Built: 1962
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,060 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,500 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dining Room
  • Fully Finished Basement
  • Deck
  • Patio

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view the full, detailed listing.


Next is an amazing home with 180 degree unobstructed views of the Puget Sound & Olympic Mountains with fantastic privacy:

Enjoy Views of the ferries, Three Tree Point, shipping lanes and whales from your cover patio or cantilevered deck.

3180 square foot 4 bedroom 3 bath home on a .654 Acre lot.

100 feet of accessible waterfront with stone bulk head.

Great room style, kitchen, dining and family rooms flow together over beautiful hardwood floors.

Incredible property minutes to Seattle and the airport.

Lot A Beach Rights

WHEN:

  • Sunday, Aug. 12: 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 19229 Edgecliff Dr SW, Normandy Park, WA 98166 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $1,600,000
  • MLS Number: 1305666
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Year Built: 1957
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,180 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 28,488 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • 180-degree views!
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • French Doors
  • Cabana/Gazebo
  • Cable TV
  • Fenced-Partially
  • Patio
  • RV Parking

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


The next Open House is one of the finest waterfront homes in Normandy Park:

Imagine yourself here!

Step onto the beach waterfront home on Normandy Terrace.

100 (per KCR) of no bank Puget Sound waterfront footage.

Finest waterfront home opportunity in a long while in Normandy Park.

Expansive, wide views of Puget Sound, Mountains & shipping traffic.

Ideal outdoor deck and hot tub.

All located on a large, fully fenced, gated flat lot with ample parking.

Home is move-in ready w/new carpets.

Lot A Beach Rights which includes boat launch.

Easy access to downtown and airport.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Aug. 11: 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 18505 Normandy Terrace SW, Normandy Park, WA 98166 (MAP, or see below).

INFO:

  • List Price: $2,400,000
  • MLS Number: 1166940
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Year Built: 1979
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,210 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 28,063 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Wired for Generator
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Deck
  • Gated Entry
  • Hot Tub/Spa
  • RV Parking
  • Shop

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

Click here to view the full, detailed listing.


The next Open House is a garden oasis in a spacious lot:

Warm, light filled 4 bedroom 2.75 bath home.

Generous size kitchen lots of counter space, opens to a spacious living room.

Entertain more? Open the slider to a large deck overlooking wooded backyard.

Large master has its own bath with slider that opens to deck for morning coffee.

Bonus room large enough for a pool table, 2 fireplaces, 2 car garage. New exterior paint, doors & windows.

Home at the end of a quiet street close to everything!

Ready to move right in.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Aug. 11: 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 4004 S 181st Street, SeaTac, WA 98188 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $524,999
  • MLS Number: 1325985
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 1980
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,260 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 10,183 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • French Doors
  • Vaulted Ceilings

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


The final Open House is a home so nice you can vacation where you live!

Waterfront living at its finest!

Captivating great room concept floor plan is an entertainer’s dream complete with vaulted ceilings and lots of natural light.

Impeccable chef’s delight kitchen with cherry wood, designer tile floors, Viking appliances, eating bar and well-sized dining area.

Main floor spacious deck has gas fireplace.

Desirable master on the main!

Lower level has another kitchen.

Studio apartment with its own kitchen, entry and parking.

Easy access to everything!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Aug. 11: Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 12: 4 – 6 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 3208 S. Star Lake Rd, Auburn, WA 98001 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $1,095,000
  • MLS Number: 1324946
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 2008
  • Approximate House SqFt: 4,716 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 19,630 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • 2nd Kitchen
  • Wine Cellar
  • Bath Off Master
  • Built-In Vacuum
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • French Doors
  • High Tech Cabling
  • Security System
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Deck
  • Outbuildings
  • Patio
  • RV Parking
  • Sprinkler System

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.

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

Two local Des Moines residents – Carri Litowitz of The Genesis Project, and Lee Ryan Coston, a freelance filmmaker – have teamed up to fight human trafficking and child abuse with a new film called ‘Crowbar.’

“Writing a film script is the easy part, compared to getting it produced,” Lee said. “There are so many Indy films being made in the Puget Sound area and everyone is trying to sniff out the person, people or organizations that will fund them.”

Carri jumped on board with both feet to help.

“Of course, I’m finding out that that’s the way Carri does everything! As Mayor Matt Pina put it, ‘She’s a firecracker.’ It didn’t take Carri five minutes and she was on the phone calling a potential Executive Producer.”

Two days later, the lions-share of production costs are to be funded by her brother-in-law, Danny Litowitz from Newport, WA.

“Yep, she’s a firecracker!!” Lee added.

The film is based on a true story and reveals the common thread that seems to run through most all children who are molested or gathered up in trafficking.

“I believe that the Weinsteins, Cosbys and such should be found out and prosecuted, but I wonder that we’re not putting too much energy into the problem and not enough focus on the cause,” Lee said. “I volunteered in the prisons for 19 years. In that time, I got to meet a lot of inmates and hear their stories. Almost without fail, they grew up feeling that they weren’t really wanted or were somehow a disappointment. I have come to believe that if a child doesn’t feel loved or valued, they will become a victim. I also believe that a life can be shaped by one single incident and reshaped by another. It’s that act of love that I call a crowbar moment.”

How bad is the problem? Around the world, 300,000 children are abducted ever year, 17,000 of them are from the United States. A report of physical abuse is made every ten seconds, but it’s estimated that only 38% are actually reported. Of those, 70% are 17 years old and under. 94% of incarcerated women were sexually abused and 78% of the incarcerated men. And 30% of the abused will abused their own children. These numbers continue to grow.

Crowbar will be filmed entirely in the south Seattle area with local actors and crew.

“Please keep an eye out for our fundraising events to help round out the budget and send the film to festivals all over the USA and beyond. I think we can make a difference.”

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/BlueHeronProductions/.

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THIS SATURDAY, Aug. 11, there will be an All Day Community Festival at Des Moines First Baptist Church, which will feature 9 musical acts!

Starting at 9 a.m., guests can enjoy a cascade of nine different musical acts at this free community festival.

Volunteers have worked tirelessly gathering entertainment, a variety of crafts, vendors, food and activities for children designed to bring the community together. All are welcome and invited to enjoy some fun and meet neighbors from far and wide.

Check them out on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2376452022581767/

The event will take place on the campus of the Des Moines First Baptist Church right across from Mt. Rainier High School at 22415 19th Ave S.:

REMINDER: Des Moines’ FREE Concert in the Park series continues this Wednesday night, Aug. 8, with ‘Time Machine Radio’ at Beach Park.

This free concert will run from 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Plus:

  • Beer Garden!
  • Food Trucks!
  • Kids’ Art Table!
  • Donations appreciated

Here’s more info on the band, along with a video:

Time Machine Radio Seattle, WA Cover Band is a fun, energetic band that knows how to get the party started and keep it going all night long! We don’t just play hits from one or two genres. Instead, we carefully craft our song list to include those “epic” rock and dance songs that everybody knows and loves. From Journey to Pink, Bon Jovi to Lady Gaga, Guns N Roses to Michael Jackson, AC/DC to B-52’s, we cover hits that will keep you dancing and singing along with every song!

Comprised of some of the best musicians in the Seattle area, we have extensive live and studio experience working in multiple cover and original band projects.

More info here: http://www.desmoinesartscommission.com/concerts-in-the-park.html

Des Moines Beach Park is located at 22030 Cliff Ave S.:

Please welcome new sponsor Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority:

Des Moines Beach Park

Seattle Southside: A Tourist Destination

Many locals take the natural and urban wonder of Southwest King County for granted, but the fact is, there’s a lot to do around here! There’s certainly no shortage of restaurants, hotels, and attractions for tourists to enjoy and it is the responsibility of the Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority to promote the region to potential business and leisure travelers. The Seattle Southside RTA works diligently to attract visitors to stay and play in the cities of SeaTac, Tukwila, and Des Moines, thereby supporting the local economy.

In Seattle Southside, you’ll find high-end and boutique shopping, a variety of world-class restaurants and plenty of family-friendly, value-priced hotels. So, in addition to being connected to downtown Seattle via the Link light rail, Seattle Southside is an affordable and fun place to visit in its own right. What are some of the most popular tourist spots in the area, you ask? Some of the most frequently visited and talked about attractions and restaunts include The Museum of FlightBai Tong, Des Moines Beach ParkSalty’s at Redondo, Highline SeaTac Botanical GardenDin Tai Fung, Seattle Chocolate, Copperleaf Restaurant, and iFLY Indoor Skydiving, just to name a few.

The three cities work to complement one another to make a great visitor experience. SeaTac is the bustling epicenter of hospitality, home to dozens of hotels, restaurants, and some underrated parks (Angle Lake comes to mind). Des Moines is the quaint beach town, with a laid-back vibe and miles of coastline to explore. Tukwila has everything you need for family fun, from the largest shopping center in the Pacific Northwest, to a 10-story indoor skydiving tunnel and so much more. The variety of activities and dining options in each city work to create an enticing, complete vacation destination for thousands of day-trippers, sports eventers, and thrill-seekers each year.

Seattle Southside Visitor Center – SeaTac, WA

The Seattle Southside RTA has a physical location in the form of a visitor center, located at 3100 S. 176th Street, in SeaTac. The visitor center is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In the summer, days are extended to seven days a week.

Even if you’re not a visitor, the visitor center is a valuable community resource. Swing by and pick up some brochures, coupons, maps, and other informative materials on tourist attractions you might be interested in learning about in Seattle Southside and Western Washington. This is especially helpful if you’ve got friends or family visiting, and you’re looking to show them some of the best sights of the Greater Seattle Area.

The friendly concierge staff at the visitor center will help you find exactly what you’re looking for. They’re regional experts, and they’ll help you discover some hidden gems of the area in your own backyard. Just to pique your interest…did you know Seattle Southside is home to a free aquarium, a Taiwanese bakery, the largest extreme air sports park in the world, an Ethiopian coffee house, and the biggest annual horror convention in the Northwest? Stop by the visitor center to learn more!

For more information:

Seattle Southside RTA
3100 S. 176th Street
SeaTac, WA 98188

Phone: 206-575-2489

Website: https://www.seattlesouthside.com 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SeattleSouthside/

Walter Lynn Edmiston

In the presence of his loving wife and family members, Walter Edmiston died peacefully on July 20, 2018, following complications from surgery and a fight against cancer that stretched across four decades.

Walt is survived by Ina, his wife of 64 years, his children Laurie (Glenn) Griffin, Steve (Melody) Edmiston, and John (Becky) Edmiston; his grandchildren Taylor, Paige, Madison, Jazmine, and Xander; and his sister Elinor. He was pre-deceased by his parents John C. and Hazel Edmiston, his brother Alan, and his daughter Peggy.

Walt led a remarkable life. He was born on May 24, 1933, the third of three children, and he grew up in Marshall, Washington. Like others of his era, the family was both strained by the hardships of the Depression and blessed by the happiness of a small-town life. His mother was a teacher so education was paramount. School suited Walt; he skipped two grades and graduated from Cheney High School at 16. Being younger than his high school peers, he struggled to compete in sports. But he persisted as an athlete, and sports – particularly baseball – joined education as a passion of his life. Walt graduated from Eastern Washington College of Education and met Ina while student teaching. They married in August, 1953.

He was drafted within the year. Like so many of his peers, plans for teaching – and life – were placed on hold. After basic training at Camp Pendleton, Walt was selected for Army Security Agent School. At Fort Devens in Ayer, Massachusetts, he learned Morse code. Walt then served with the 330th Communications Reconnaissance Company in Korea, and he received a Soldier of the Month award – and a highly-prized leave in Japan – in competition with all units of the 501st. His experience in Korea became inspiration for one of his greatest gifts – storyteller.

Walt began his teaching career in the Highline School District at Puget Sound Middle School, where he also coached football. In 1963, Walt began teaching history and economics at Tyee High School, where he remained until retirement in 1989. Along the way, he earned a Master’s Degree in Education, coached baseball, refereed basketball, taught drivers’ ed, and, when Tyee launched girls’ basketball, he coached the team. As teacher and coach Walt was methodical, cerebral, competitive, playful, and effective.  Walt was tough and fair, was a mentor to many students and players, and it was through his intellectual curiosity, teaching and coaching that his mastery of storytelling and ability to inspire others was perfected.

Walt loved to travel. Summers meant family road-trips and camping – including frequent visits to relatives in Eastern Washington and to a family cabin on Lake Cocolalla among his favorites. Special trips to Disneyland, the Grand Canyon, and the Washington coast added to the mix. Walt’s “range” as a traveler soon became unlimited when Walt and Ina began to chaperone student abroad programs to Europe and a host foreign exchange students in their home. It was here that Walt and Ina’s family literally grew, because by any measure based on love, the family soon included our beloved German exchange students Silke and Dagmar and their families.

On the day he retired, Walt was discovered on a golf course by a talent scout and began modeling. His “leading man look” lent naturally to being cast as lawyers, doctors, airline pilots, CEOs, and – perhaps best of all – world cruise ship traveler on multiple occasions. Free cruises were part of his compensation, and Walt and Ina took full advantage – traveling to ports of call all over the globe. They fell in love with a resort in Mexico and returned every year for sun and beaches.

Walt’s finest role may have been the resiliency and grace with which he battled cancers.  The latter half of his life was impacted by this disease but it never defined him. His dignity and love of family were never hostage to his struggle.

He loved root beer floats, Ina’s potato salad, and grilling burgers. He loved to bet a milkshake on anything and taking trips to Reno. He did not like bananas, liver, or coffee (except while in the military, when drinking coffee came with a work break).

Walt faithfully attended Southminster Presbyterian Church for six decades and, as our patriarch, he routinely led us in family prayer.

He lived a real-life “wonderful life.” We believe he left his ravaged body for a better place. But, we miss him so.

A celebration of Walt’s life will be held on August 25, 2018, at 1 p.m. at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 19834 8th Avenue South, Des Moines WA.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Des Moines Food Bank, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, or Southminster Presbyterian Church.

Here is a link to Walt’s obituary in The Seattle Times.

Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding five great Open Houses this weekend!

First up is a move-in ready, walk-out Rambler with lower level and VIEWS in Des Moines’ desirable North Hill:

Open and light-filled living/dining area expands to spacious entertaining deck.

3 bedrooms, including master bed & bath on main floor.

Relaxing lower level family room with 2nd fireplace opens to private backyard.

Large closets and lots of storage space.

Gardeners will love the mature and well-kept landscaping.

Pop down to the marina and enjoy the renowned Des Moines Farmers Market! Winter view of Mt. Rainier!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Aug. 4: 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 5: 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 20918 9th Ave S Des Moines, WA 98198 (MAP, or see below).

INFO:

  • List Price: $549,950
  • MLS Number: 1335789
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Year Built: 1962
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,060 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,500 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dining Room
  • Fully Finished Basement
  • Deck
  • Patio

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view the full, detailed listing.


Next up is a great starter home in the North Hill neighborhood of Des Moines!

A cozy 900sqft providing 2 bedrooms & 1.5 bathrooms.

Wood flooring, plenty of updates, & tons of natural light.

Spacious master bedroom with walk-in closet.

A murphy bed in the 2nd bedroom allows for flexible guest or office space.

Large 6,375sqft lot with fully fenced yard & stunning landscaped gardens.

Easy commuter location near bus lines, light rail, freeways, & award winning North Hill Elementary.

Come see this one in person!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Aug. 4: 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 5: 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 20636 8th Ave S Des Moines, WA 98198 (MAP, or see below).

INFO:

  • List Price: $325,000
  • MLS Number: 1335087
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1.5
  • Year Built: 1940
  • Approximate House SqFt: 900 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 6,375 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • French Doors
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Deck
  • Outbuildings
  • RV Parking

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view the full, detailed listing.


Next is an amazing home with 180 degree unobstructed views of the Puget Sound & Olympic Mountains with fantastic privacy:

Enjoy Views of the ferries, Three Tree Point, shipping lanes and whales from your cover patio or cantilevered deck.

3180 square foot 4 bedroom 3 bath home on a .654 Acre lot.

100 feet of accessible waterfront with stone bulk head.

Great room style, kitchen, dining and family rooms flow together over beautiful hardwood floors.

Incredible property minutes to Seattle and the airport.

Lot A Beach Rights

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Aug. 4: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 19229 Edgecliff Dr SW, Normandy Park, WA 98166 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $1,600,000
  • MLS Number: 1305666
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Year Built: 1957
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,180 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 28,488 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • 180-degree views!
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • French Doors
  • Cabana/Gazebo
  • Cable TV
  • Fenced-Partially
  • Patio
  • RV Parking

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


Next up is an affordable, picture perfect, charming Burien Bungalow on a spacious double lot:

Room to expand the home or build another?

Original home was updated in 2013, granite counters and stainless steel appliances and master bedroom with fireplace.

Light and bright interior.

Great commuter location with access to Hwy 509/I-5 within minutes, walk to park, elementary school and transportation.

Lots of parking and fully enclosed private yard for entertaining needs, backs to your property greenbelt.

Don’t miss basement!

WHEN:

  • Saturday,Aug. 4: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 5: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 12219 14th Ave S Burien, WA 98168 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $349,950
  • MLS Number: 1328873
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Year Built: 1930
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,150 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 15,000 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • 1930 Bungalow!
  • Huge lot
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Fireplace in Mstr BR
  • Security System

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


Next – Location, Location, Location! This affordable ground floor, corner unit is 15 minutes from downtown Seattle and near Sea-Tac Airport:

Granite counter tops with an open floor plan makes for a great living space.

Enjoy the swimming pool, exercise room and sport court or walk the beautifully manicured grounds.

Low HOA dues make this property a rare find.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Aug. 4: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 3425 S 176th Unit 174, SeaTac, WA 98188 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $165,000
  • MLS Number: 1333403
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Year Built: 1968
  • Approximate House SqFt: 534 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • End Unit
  • Ground Floor
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Athletic Court
  • Exercise Room
  • Laundry Room
  • Pool-Outdoor

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


The final Open House is a home so nice you can vacation where you live!

Waterfront living at its finest!

Captivating great room concept floor plan is an entertainer’s dream complete with vaulted ceilings and lots of natural light.

Impeccable chef’s delight kitchen with cherry wood, designer tile floors, Viking appliances, eating bar and well-sized dining area.

Main floor spacious deck has gas fireplace.

Desirable master on the main!

Lower level has another kitchen.

Studio apartment with its own kitchen, entry and parking.

Easy access to everything!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Aug. 4: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 5: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 3208 S. Star Lake Rd, Auburn, WA 98001 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $1,095,000
  • MLS Number: 1324946
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 2008
  • Approximate House SqFt: 4,716 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 19,630 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • 2nd Kitchen
  • Wine Cellar
  • Bath Off Master
  • Built-In Vacuum
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • French Doors
  • High Tech Cabling
  • Security System
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Deck
  • Outbuildings
  • Patio
  • RV Parking
  • Sprinkler System

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.

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

All are invited to Des Moines Beach Park for a FREE showing of ‘Black Panther’ TONIGHT – Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, starting at dusk.

There will be a concession stand at a minimal fee.

Synopsis:

A superhero known as Black Panther defends Wakanda, a technologically advanced country in Africa that has hidden itself away from the rest of the world.

Now, he must face a dissident who wants to sell the country’s natural resources to fund an uprising.

Here’s the trailer:

SUMMER DONORS ARE URGENTLY NEEDED!!!

Due to summer vacations and schools being out, donations have been drastically impacted. We need YOUR help! Please help fill one of the available appointment times, and support local patients in need.

WHERE: Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market, 22633 6th Avenue South – Bloodmobile at north end of the marina parking lot

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 18: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (closed Noon – 1 p.m.)

RSVP: Click HERE to reserve your preferred time!

If you have questions or would like us to schedule your appointment, please email [email protected] or call 1-800-398-7888; Sponsor Code: 3859

Walk-ins always welcome around scheduled donors!

Before donating, don’t forget to:

  • Get plenty of REST
  • EAT something substantial (before and after you donate)
  • Stay HYDRATED (watch your coffee intake)
  • Bring your PHOTO ID or Donor Card

The League of Women Voters and the Resident’s Council of Foundation House will be sponsoring a forum for the 30th district legislative candidates on Wednesday night, Sept. 19.

The free and open event will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Foundation House in Federal Way.

Each candidate will present an opening statement, answer questions, and give a closing statement.

After the formal presentation, audience members will have a chance to engage in informal conversation with the candidates.

The 30th District includes part of the city of Des Moines, as well as Federal Way, Auburn, Algona, Pacific, & Milton, and parts of unincorporated King County.

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, 6:30 p.m.+

WHERE: Foundation House, 32290 1st Ave S., Federal Way, WA 98003

The City will be holding two Open Houses to solicit feedback on the ongoing Shoreline Master Program Periodic Review, on Aug. 14 and Nov. 13.

Also, an Information Booth will be at the Waterfront Farmers Market on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Earlier this year, the City initiated a Periodic Review of its Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The City is encouraging the public to participate in the Periodic Review process.

Currently, two open houses are scheduled as an opportunity for people to be involved in developing a vision and commenting on draft changes to policies and regulations. Upcoming dates for the public to engage in the SMP Periodic Review are:

  • 1st Open House on Tuesday, August 14th from 5pm-7pm at the Des Moines Activity Center at 2045 South 216th Street.
  • 2nd Open House on Tuesday, November 13th at the Des Moines Activity Center.
  • SMP information booth at the Waterfront Farmers Market on Saturday, August 25th from 10am-2pm.

Anyone who is interested in the Shoreline Master Program Periodic Review can participate by attending an open house, or can follow updates and submit feedback at http://desmoineswa.gov/smp.

The Shoreline Master Program is developed under guidelines established by the Department of Ecology. It is an important document that plans for and protects the City’s shorelines and waterways, which in the City of Des Moines includes approximately 115 acres of property bordering the Puget Sound.

The current SMP was adopted in 2011, however, State law requires that the City conduct a periodic review of its SMP every eight years.

The purpose of the Periodic Review is to stay current with any changes in laws and rules, respond to changed circumstances, and incorporate any new information and improved data.