Brown Bear Car Wash will celebrate its 60th anniversary on Thursday, Aug. 24, by offering free “Beary Clean” car washes at 23 Puget Sound area tunnel wash locations – including in Des Moines – from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Last year’s “Free Car Wash Day” set the all-time record, as Brown Bear tunnel wash locations cleaned 29,673 cars and trucks across the Puget Sound area.

Local Brown Bear tunnel washes participating in “Free Car Wash Day” include the Des Moines location at 22706 Marine View Dr S. (map below).

For the past ten years, family-owned Brown Bear has provided over 280,000 free washes as it celebrated its August “birthday” with customers and honored veterans and current service members on Veterans Day.

Brown Bear founder and CEO Victor Odermat opened the company’s first location in 1957 at 15th Ave West in Seattle. Brown Bear now owns and operates a total of 52 car washes throughout the Puget Sound area and Spokane.

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

During the anniversary celebration, on August 24 only, two customers will be selected to win free car washes for a year through Brown Bear’s Unlimited Wash Club. Customers can enter to win by taking a photo of your newly-washed vehicle and posting it on Twitter (@brownbear) or Instagram (@brownbearcarwash) with the hashtag #FreeCarWashDay.

Widely recognized for its environmentally-friendly practices, Brown Bear uses gentle, biodegradable cleaning detergents at all its locations.

The Brown Bear in Des Moines is located at 22706 Marine View Dr S.

For other tunnel wash locations and more information about Brown Bear Car Wash, visit

The John Knox Community Preschool – a ministry of the John Knox Presbyterian Church in Normandy Park – is seeking to hire a certified Preschool Teacher.

The position is part time mornings, 9:00-noon, Monday-Friday.

We are in regular session September through early June.

A current CPR certification and a national background check are mandatory.

If interested, please contact us at 206-241-0505 or e-mail [email protected] for more information.

Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market Market Manager Rikki Marohl (pictured above with former Mayor Bob Sheckler) has been selected to receive the 2016 Spirit of Des Moines Annual Achievement Award, “to publicly acknowledge her efforts and accomplishments of civic and community service.”

She will receive her award at the Aug. 24 Des Moines City Council Meeting. All are welcome to attend.

Rikki has been the market manager since the market’s inception 12 years ago. The market is home to vendors that accept Senior and Women, Infant and Children (WIC) vouchers for fresh fruit and vegetables. Rikki has also helped implement healthy eating initiatives for low income families and or seniors called Fresh Bucks which provides a $10 dollar for dollar match with use of EBT card, and The Regional Food System Grant Program with the King Conservation District for low income seniors over the age of 55 to receive $10 a week in market tokens and transportation to and from the market.

“Thank you to the Des Moines City Council and to all of you who have supported the market, as a patron, vendor, staff, or volunteer, and continue to make it a success for the betterment of our community!”

Here’s a snippet of the notification Rikki received from the city:

One of the region’s premier blues music events returns to the shores of Des Moines on Saturday, Aug. 26, as the 8th Annual Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Fest rocks Des Moines Beach Park.

Close to 20 craft breweries will provide the refreshments to enhance the enjoyment of four of the region’s top blues artists.

According to the event’s musical director Steve Swank (pictured above), the featured bands have each garnered multiple awards from the blues community. They include Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method; the Stacy Jones Band; Willie and the Whips; and Lisa Mann.

“Lisa Mann was recently honored with the Oregon Blues Album of the Year, one of many awards she’s received during a stellar career”, says Swank. “Both the Washington Blues Society and the South Sound Blues Society have recognized Blues and Brews as one of the top showcases of authentic blues music. The WBS has nominated us as Best Community Based Blues Festival for the past three years.”

Swank reports that artists look forward to playing this unique summer celebration.

“Blues and Brews is always a standout in the annual calendar,” says Swank. “It’s a great setting, so close to the beach, and the bands, as well as the breweries, appreciate that 100% of net proceeds benefit close to a dozen local charities.”

Those charities include the Des Moines Food Bank, Highline Schools, Coats for Kids, Des Moines Parks and Recreation, and Highline Music4Life. The latter provides new and used musical instruments to low income students.

“As a music festival, we think it’s very special that Music4Life is a major benefactor,” says Swank. “Starting kids early with a love for music can be a lifetime gift.”

  • Hours for the event are Noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26.
  • Parking is available at the Des Moines Marina and throughout downtown.
  • Attendees must be 21 years or older.

Tickets and information are available on the event website:

On Tuesday (Aug. 15), King County Elections released its final, certified election results for the Aug. 1 Primary Election, so now we know who will face off for Des Moines City Council in the General Election.

The top two vote-getters – eight candidates in total – will face off for four open seats, with the voting deadline of Tuesday, Nov. 7.

City of Des Moines • Ballots Counted: 5,213 * Registered Voters: 17,416 • 29.93 %

Council Position No. 1:

  • Matt Pina*: 2,651 • 53.81 %
  • Anthony Martinelli: 1,195 • 24.25 %
  • Curtis Harmon: 1,056 • 21.43 %
  • Write-in: 25 • 0.51 %

Council Position No. 3 (not in Primary but in General):

  • JC Harris
  • Vic Pennington*

Council Position No. 5:

  • Traci Buxton: 1,962 • 39.81 %
  • Harry Steinmetz: 1,869 • 37.93 %
  • Patricio Mendoza: 1,078 • 21.88 %
  • Write-in: 19 • 0.39 %

Council Position No. 7 (not in Primary but in General):

  • Chad Harper
  • Matt Mahoney

* Indicates incumbent

On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 you can watch the total Solar Eclipse for FREE at the Des Moines Library, starting at 9:45 a.m..

This all ages, free event will run from 9:45 – 11 a.m., and – far as we know – is the only local viewing event in the Des Moines area.

Don’t miss this opportunity to view a solar eclipse!

Join us outside the library at 9:45am on Monday morning to view the eclipse, weather permitting.

The eclipse will be at its peak at around 10:20am.

We’ll gather in the “green” adjacent to the east side of the building.

Pick up a pair of free eclipse viewing glasses at the event while supplies last.

More info here:

The Des Moines Library is located at 21620 11th Avenue South:

From Advertiser DAL Law Firm:

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At the DAL Law Firm, we work with you to ensure that we understand your concerns and that those concerns are addressed with the appropriate agreement. We provide comprehensive counsel to individuals and couples throughout Washington State and would be pleased to represent you. We can answer any questions you may have about a relationship agreement and how it can serve your interests.

We provide advice to clients and prepare agreements for those who are considering marriage or cohabitation and have concerns about asset protection. We will discuss all matters related to the execution of an enforceable prenuptial, postnuptial or other relationship agreement. We will help you identify and characterize your assets, and draft an agreement that clearly sets forth your intent. We will explain the difference between your separate property and community property.

What can be as equally as important, if not more important, is the protection of one’s assets if their soon-to-be spouse may have debts. We will help you to minimize the risk of your assets, and will structure the agreement accordingly. All matters will be done with the strictest confidentiality, and your privacy is always protected. For more information, please contact our office.

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by Dave Markwell

Last week I enjoyed a rare and precious experience for me: a vacation. I spent 10 days in the Eastern Washington heat surrounded by family and friends. I delighted in some golf and cards and meat and beer. I swam and read and threw balls for kids and dogs. I was unbathed and unconcerned, shirtless and shoeless, tan, a little drunk and all the way happy. It was sweeeet.

The final weekend wrapped up with “Boy’s Weekend”, the annual debacle celebrating my best buddy, Dan’s, birthday. This is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s a loud, often vulgar, always over-served tribute to bacon, BBQ, beer and longtime friendships. We laugh and swear and eat and re-tell the well-worn stories of our histories. We reconnect and are reminded of things we’ve tried to forget. It’s a special time and thank God it’s only once a year.

On the Sunday following “Boy’s Weekend”, the various crews packed up. Rubbing eyes and scratching heads, fretting the long drives home, the fellas left in several waves. Having suffered this drive many times in the past, I have recently taken to staying Sunday night and leaving Monday morning. I get some hateful looks from the drivers as they say their goodbyes while I sit in a reclining lawn chair in the yard with my book in hand, relieved that I am not climbing into a vehicle. Their envy at my position is lovely…for me. This is a nice time.

As the last of my old friends flips me off from the driveway, I lay back and close my eyes and listen to the silence. The property that was until very recently a bustling, noisy, hive of energy and activity has transformed into something else. It was quiet, and frankly, a little bit lonesome. Sitting alone in the grass, gazing at the river with my dogs at my feet, I felt some peace, but also some melancholy.

I grabbed a bar of soap and heading into the water for a “river bath”. I busied myself with some final clean-up chores and a nap, but couldn’t shake the unsettling sense of aloneness. This aloneness that, hours earlier, I would have sold my children for wasn’t the bargain I anticipated. It was just lonely. I went to bed early and left at sunrise.

As I examine this strange phenomenon, I have no clear conclusion, except that maybe life is just better with other people around. Now, I can certainly enjoy some quiet time by myself, but just not for very long. On this busy weekend, perhaps the transition from noisy to silent was so abrupt that I couldn’t adjust to it, but the loneliness was real.

In a few short weeks, my son is heading to college. This boy who has been making noise in my house for so long will no longer be popping the toaster at 3 am or showering at other ungodly hours. Understanding my preference for some noise, or at least the people the noise represents, I’m a little uneasy about missing this kid and his noises. My home will be a lonesome place without him.

This may just be one of the sad parts of life, if not the saddest: the silences. People leave us. People move, change, or die and we’re left behind to sit in our lawn chairs and miss them when their gone. With this in mind, it’s probably a good idea to not miss them while they’re here. Though the noises can sometimes be a little too loud and occasionally annoying, taking a little more effort to share and appreciate life’s moments with those we love is not wasted time. It’s the most important time we ever have and it doesn’t last and it’s more fun than a quiet house, or a quiet lawn, or a quiet life…

[EDITOR’S NOTE:”Feel Good Friday” is a regular column written by Des Moines resident Dave Markwell, whose first book is called “A Feel Good Life” (buy it on Amazon here). He also runs the new Waterland Arcade, located at 22306 Marine View Drive South. Dave 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, Dave needs more friends – find him on Facebook here.


The Saturday Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market is still in operation – it’s only the Wednesday market that has closed. Please also keep in mind we will validate 2 hours free parking for the Saturday markets. Just show your purchases at the market info booth. If you are a Des Moines resident and have a vehicle registered in Des Moines, you can get a yearly ($30) pass at the Marina office for $15 for the rest of this year.

National and Washington Farmers Market Week Runs Aug. 6 – 12. The Washington State Farmers Market Association began in 1979 and has promoted vibrant and sustainable farmers markets in Washington State through member services, education and advocacy. Click this link for a complete directory of markets in our state.

Judson Park Retirement Community, a Certified Center for Successful Aging, has been serving older adults since 1963.  A HumanGood community, Judson Park features many innovative options for aging with grace, including trips, events, short-stay rehabilitation, outpatient therapy and cognitively stimulating classes through the College of Intellectual Inspiration. An inclusive community, residents are welcome to attend all events and classes throughout Judson Park.  A community resource, Judson Park is a leader in the field of aging services.

Be sure to check to see if you qualify for our healthy eating initiative for low income families called Fresh Bucks, Come to the market, swipe your EBT card and it will double your dollars (up to $10) per person.

Don’t forget the Des Moines Area Food Bank “Picnic in the Park” free summer lunch program for all school age kids. Look for them in the grassy area next to the marina office. And if you can’t wait until noon, they will serve free snacks from 10 to 11:30am and lunch from 11:30 to 1pm.  A child does not need to be a Highline Public School student to participate. They will be there every Saturday until school starts.  If you would like to volunteer to help with this program, contact the Food Bank 206-878-2660.

Seniors don’t forget that the market and the King Conservation District, with partner Sound Generations, are offering the HYDE Shuttle providing local door to door transportation to and from the market to seniors 55 and older and people with disabilities of all ages living in Des Moines, Normandy Park, Burien and Sea-Tac. Call 206-727-6262 to schedule a ride. The rides are every other week: August 12, 26; September 9, 23.

The Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park has a booth every Saturday to promote the Annual Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Festival. The festival this year is on August 26th at the Beach Park. At their booth you can buy your discount tickets in advance ($35, $40 at the event). Also get your raffle tickets for $5 for the grand prize, a Mariners luxury box suite at Safeco Field in early September. The package includes 23 tickets, $800 for catered food, 6 VIP parking passes and allows access to the Terrace Club lounges. There is a runner up prize of two season passes to Centerstage Theatre.  Last but not the least; you can enter to win $100 by texting the word Rotary to 555888.  You will receive a text with a link to your entry form.  Fill out the entry form and you are automatically entered to win. Text and data rates may apply. The proceeds benefit the Highline Music 4 Life program which puts instruments in the hands of kids who otherwise might not be able to have them.

  • Food Tucks –  Charlies Buns N Stuff, Nibbles, & NOSH
  • Music – 5 Buck Band

The last Clutter 2 Cash event is coming up on August 19th. This is where you can find great values, especially those of you hunting for specialty items of all kinds and almost new first run books. Look for the sale in the horseshoe parking lot in front of the Marina office.

Upcoming Events

To keep up with all the special events, featuring what’s fresh and entertainment at the market, please log onto the website and this weekly column. You can also keep up on the activities by visiting the market’s Facebook page. We have discontinued the           e-newsletter.

Thanks to our sponsors:

The market takes place in the north Des Moines Marina parking lot, at 22307 Dock Ave S.:

The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce’s August Luncheon was held on Wednesday, Aug. 9 at Sea-Tac International Airport.

Managing Director Lance Lyttle was the keynote speaker, and he spoke about new opportunities and service upgrades at the airport – watch the video below:

The Port of Seattle also gave a special airfield tour to a limited number of luncheon guests.

“Thank you to our host and presenting sponsor The Port of Seattle. And to our Media Sponsors, Crain Photography, and South King Media.”

Battlefield Addiction will be holding an Open House on Thursday, Aug. 31, from 4:30-7:30 p.m.:

This will be a fun night of food, hanging out and learning more about these organizations and the faces behind them.

Tour The Big House, meet the staff and those in recovery at Big Change Recovery Homes.

Meet The Battlefield Addiction families, the leadership team and learn more about what they do.

Please come support these organizations that are making a powerful impact in our community and to those touched by addiction….the families and the recovering addicts.

More info at

WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 31, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

WHERE: 26857 16th Ave, Des Moines

The 8th Annual Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival will rock the waterfront at Des Moines Beach Park on Saturday, Aug. 26.

Lisa Mann – winner of the prestigious 2016 Blues Music Award and the Oregon Music Hall of Fame Album of the Year – will headline the Rotary Club of Des Moines/Normandy Park’s annual fundraiser. Here’s a video of her band in action:

Mann is one of four award-winning artists who will perform this year. The lineup also includes Polly O’Keary and The Rhythm Method, the Stacy Jones Band, and Willie & the Whips. Music begins at 12:30 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m.

The festival also features adult refreshments pouring from 20 of the Northwest’s best craft breweries, plus wine and cider offerings.

Admission – which includes five beer tastings – is $35 in advance and $40 at the gate. Advance tickets can be purchased online at:

The event, which attracts more than 1,000 blues enthusiasts from throughout the Northwest, is a fundraiser of the Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park. All proceeds benefit community projects and organizations, including Highline Music4Life, which provides musical instruments for low income students. Funds will also be used to assist homeless youth attending Mount Rainier High School, to purchase coats for local children, and to support the Des Moines Area Food Bank, Shine Brite Mentoring, the Highline Schools Foundation and other community projects.

Attendees must be over 21. Parking is available at the Des Moines marina and throughout downtown Des Moines. All event details can be found at

Sponsors of this year’s event include: The Waterland Blog; Brian Seth/Allstate; Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices; Great American Casino; Full Circle; South Sound Blues Association; Groove Merchant Northwest; Washington Blues Society; Murray’s CarStar; Coldwell Banker – Danforth; Vitality Chiropractic; B&E Meats and Seafood; Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority; Gehrke Baker Doull & Kelly, Attorneys at Law; and Great Northwest Insurance Brokers.

Des Moines’ Mount Rainier Pool is closed through the Fall for repairs, and here’s the latest update courtesy pool staff:

Progress is being made in two key areas:

First, the portable bulkhead has been replaced with a functional one that will allow for lap swimming and diving at the same time, which was not available before. It will be reinstalled once the pool shell and tiling has been completed.

New portable bulkhead

The old pool shell has been sandblasted down to the concrete base and tiling around the perimeter has been removed. During this process, the contractor found that the mortar base that the tiles were bonded to was compromised. Instead of just tiling work, the mortar also will need to be replaced which will delay the pool reopening this fall. There will be more information to share when the schedule for completing these refurbishments has been revised by the contractor.

For the most current information on the closure, call (206) 429-3852, visit, sign-up for our e-news updates, like us on Facebook, and/or follow us on Twitter.

“Our mission is to enhance our community’s quality of life through aquatics. The Mount Rainier Pool serves the communities of Des Moines, Kent’s West Hill and Normandy Park. The pool is operated by the Des Moines Pool Metropolitan Park District and is funded by property taxes and user fees. The facility provides a pool for swim team practice, and a place for community members to learn water safety, swim lessons, and participate in aquatic fitness programs.”

A list of other community pools can be found here:

The pool and its offices are closed during this time. If you would like to contact a staff member, please call us at the District Office at (206) 429-3852.

See Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ for FREE this Sunday, Aug. 6, starting at 5 p.m. at Des Moines Beach Park.

This comedy features “the bantering of two of his clearest characters. For Beatrice and Benedict, love is a game of wits plays with guarded hearts. Yet everyone can see they’re meant for each other.”




Photos from the 2016 Obliteride by Scott Schaefer

Obliteride bike riders will be cycling against cancer through the Normandy Park area on Sunday, Aug. 13 as part of the second leg of a two-day route that goes from Tacoma to Gasworks Park, raising funds to help Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center obliterate cancer.

Here are details of the route from their website:

You’ll see some of the best that Des Moines and Normandy Park have to offer. You’ll smell the ocean and the trees and see some beautiful homes and views. It’s a great hour of cycling. Then suddenly you find yourself in Burien for another rest stop. It’s about now that you can sense the finish line. You’re only about ½ way through the day, but the sights and sounds of Seattle are nearing and the surroundings are becoming more familiar.

Heading north out of Burien you’ll traverse some residential areas and then head west again and drop down into Fauntleroy Cove for another 12 miles of coast riding past Lincoln Park and around the shoreline of West Seattle. It’s spectacular to come around the point at Alki and see the Seattle skyline in the distance. That view never gets old. The ride along Alki is so fun in the summer, but watch for car traffic and pedestrians crossing the street to hit the beach and volleyball courts.

Fred Hutch’s Obliteride is celebrating its 5th anniversary this year, and it will be larger than ever. The ride to cure cancer faster has quickly become one of the top ten fundraisers in Puget Sound. This year, organizers expect to blow past the $11 million fundraising mark and bring in more new community supporters than ever before.

“Obliteride combines the deep passion of our supporters with the drive and urgency of Fred Hutch research in a powerful and meaningful way,” said Kelly O’Brien, Fred Hutch’s vice president for Philanthropy. “It’s not too late sign up to ride, volunteer or donate to this year’s event.”

Obliteride kicks off on Friday, Aug. 11, with a party at Seattle’s Gas Works Park. The rides range from 25 to 150 miles, so everyone can participate. They start at Fred Hutch’s Seattle campus and wind through the Puget Sound region.

“We’re excited to have so many new riders this year, and we’re encouraging people to come out and cheer them on,” said Andrea Gomes Morrison, director of Obliteride. “People in many communities we pass through make signs with loved ones’ names or encouraging words for the riders. It’s a fun way for people to get involved, and it means so much to our riders.”

Maps of the routes are on Obliteride’s website.

  • People can also sign up to ride or volunteer. Online registration closes at midnight on Friday,
  • August 4. Onsite registration will be available until 30 minutes before the start of each route.
  • One-hundred percent of every rider-raised dollar goes to cancer research at Fred Hutch.

Obliteride 2017
Obliteride is fun, focused and full of energy! It’s so much more than a bike ride. Riders are treated to a first-class weekend of fun parties, live entertainment and fantastic food from Tom Douglas Catering. For more information on how to be part of this exciting event August 11-13, 2017, visit and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube.

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding three Open Houses this weekend!

The first home – open both Saturday and Sunday – is a great 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home in SeaTac for $359,950:

Great home w/beautiful refinished hardwood floors on main level.

A master bedroom w/double closets & half bath en suite, another bedroom & full bath on main floor.

The kitchen, w/eating area, opens to a huge private covered patio & fenced yard.

The shed has its own little porch.

Downstairs is the great rec room w/fireplace, half bath plumbed for a shower & a large laundry room.

One car attached garage & off street parking.

Just south of Seattle w/easy access to freeways, airport & more.


  • Saturday, Aug. 5: 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 6: 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 2418 S. 139th St., SeaTac, WA 98168 (MAP, or see below)


  • List Price: $359,950
  • MLS Number: 1171873
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Year Built: 1962
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,700 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 8,684 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Fenced-Partially
  • Outbuildings
  • Patio

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

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

The second home – also open both Saturday and Sunday – is a super cute 3-bedroom Rambler in the quiet Finn Hill neighborhood of Kirkland:

Super cute 3BR, 1BA rambler in quiet Finn Hill neighborhood.

Move-in ready or do some updating to make it your own! Nice Trex deck for entertaining and generous back yard with cool playhouse and shed!

Excellent Lake Washington schools and close to amenities.

Dont miss this one!


  • Saturday, Aug. 5: 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 6: 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 13757 91st Place NE, Kirkland, WA 98034 (MAP, or see below)


  • List Price: $450,000
  • MLS Number: 1170299
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Year Built: 1971
  • Approximate House SqFt: 910 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,380 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • French Doors
  • Fenced-Fully
  • Gas Available
  • Outbuildings

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

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

The third home – open on Sunday – is a cute 3-bedroom home in Lakewood priced at just $185,000:

Cute 3 bedroom, 1 bath rambler on quiet street in Lakewood.

Move-in ready with new carpet and counter tops with fresh paint throughout.

Perfect for a starter home or investment property.

Big lot with room for toys.

Level backyard with plenty of room for gardening.

Easy freeway access and close to schools and Lakewood Towne Center.


  • Sunday, Aug. 6: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE: 4829 Diamond Blvd SW, Lakewood, WA 98499 (MAP, or see below)


  • List Price: $185,000
  • MLS Number: 1171222
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Year Built: 1950
  • Approximate House SqFt: 912 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 6,900 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Fenced-Partially
  • RV Parking

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

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

The fourth home – open both Saturday & Sunday – 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.


  • Saturday, Aug. 5: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 6: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 18505 Normandy Terr SW, Normandy Park, WA 98166 (MAP, or see below).


  • List Price: $2,465,000
  • 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 see the full, detailed listing.

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

The third round of results for Tuesday’s (Aug. 1) Primary Election were released at 4:02 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 3, and with 25.17% counted, the standings in the race for Des Moines City Council remain the same.

The top two vote-getters for each non-partisan seat will move onto the Nov. 7 General Election.


  • Since there are only two candidates for Position No. 7, both Chad Harper and Matt Mahoney will automatically advance to the General Election – and that’s why they’re not listed.
  • Final results will be certified on Aug. 15, 2017.

Council Position No. 1:

  • Matt Pina*: 2,282 • 54.94%
  • Anthony Martinelli: 981 • 23.62%
  • Curtis Harmon: 869 • 20.92%
  • Write-in: 22 • 0.53%

Council Position No. 5:

  • Traci Buxton: 1,692 • 40.79%
  • Harry Steinmetz: 1,576 • 37.99%
  • Patricio Mendoza: 865 • 20.85%
  • Write-in: 15 • 0.36%

* Indicates incumbent

Come on out to TL Sea Diving’s ‘Discover Pool Night’ on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 from 7 – 10 p.m., and discover a Scuba intro, Dry Suit experiences, Peak Performance Buoyancy, and the excitement of a DPV underwater scooter!

Explore it all for a low $15.00 registration fee. Whether you are a rusty diver or want to try something new you’re sure to enjoy this unique experience amd re-ignite or set off a flame of interest in this great hobby.

The team at TL Sea Diving  are friendly and LOVE to welcome those new to the sport, or seasoned divers of all kinds. They are passionate about diving adventures and offer courses and all the equipment to turn you into a diving enthusiast too! Whether your dream is exploring the Puget Sound or tropical waters in far flung locales, it can all start at TL Sea Diving, conveniently located on Pacific Hwy S. in DesMoines.

Discover Pool Night is a great time to refresh skills or see if diving is right for you. Don’t miss this opportunity to embrace a new adventure all in a comfortable and safe environment.

Space is limited, register today!

23405 Pacific Hwy South
Des Moines, WA 98198



By Andrea H. Reay
Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce

When my father was the owner of a small independent pharmacy he and I (when I was old enough) spent a large part of our time detailing, networking and marketing in person. We would schedule meetings with Doctors and clinic managers, passing out business cards and information on why they should refer patients to our pharmacy. He would attend Chamber events, belonged to several professional organizations, and worked hard to build personal relationships to grow the business. We didn’t have a website, buy TV spots or billboards, and there were no online reviews for us to respond to. A majority of patients still brought hand written prescriptions into the store to be filled.

Over the last 10-15 years small businesses have been adapting to a digital marketplace. Even if your business is not e-commerce related, you still engage with your customers and clients online. Through this marketing shift, many business owners have begun to believe that in-person networking is obsolete. However, evidence shows that today in our digital age, in-person marketing and networking is more effective than ever. If your company has stopped investing in business to business networking, you are missing out on the most effective marketing strategy there is.

In a study released by the Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs, 75% of respondents said that the most effective B2B marketing strategy is in-person networking events, a 69% increase from the previous year. Analysis of this data confirms what we as Chamber professionals already knew anecdotally – that in-person relationship building is still important, no matter how much time we spend online.

Why is in-person marketing and networking still the most valuable? First, there is no substitute for understanding tone and intent, than a personal meeting. How often are intentions misunderstood over email? Body language, facial expressions and tone of voice help us form opinions and understand each other. Second, relationships are built on trust. It’s harder to trust a person or a company you’ve never met. Finally, many career opportunities come from being recommended by people they already know. Expanding your personal professional network is a smart investment in your future and the future of your business. A survey conducted by The Adler Group found that 46% of active candidates and 49% of passive candidates found employment through networking. Additionally, a study conducted by Banque de France and the University of Toulouse found that half of all jobs in the United States are filled through personal contacts.

We’ve always known the importance on networking for many different business goals. That is why your chamber hosts several events every month around our region. These events are held at different times and days of the month to help facilitate different schedules and are an amazing resource to make life-long connections and help you achieve your goals.

Please visit our website for a complete list of all of our opportunities to help you and your business connect, grow and succeed. Our next upcoming opportunity is our August membership Luncheon and will be August 9th at SeaTac Airport and will feature a key note delivered by Director of Airport Operations, Lance Lyttle. More information on this upcoming event, and all our events can be found here or give us a call at our office and we will be happy to connect you.

Andrea H. Reay is the President/CEO of Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce – “A voice for business, a leader in the community.” Seattle Southside Chamber has served the communities of Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac and Tukwila since 1988. For more information about the Chamber, including a full list of member benefits and resources, please visit their website at


The second round of results for Tuesday’s (Aug. 1) Primary Election have been released, and with 23.39% counted, and the standings in the race for Des Moines City Council remain the same.

The top two vote-getters for each non-partisan seat will move onto the Nov. 7 General Election.


  • Since there are only two candidates for Position No. 7, both Chad Harper and Matt Mahoney will automatically advance to the General Election – and that’s why they’re not listed.

Council Position No. 1:

  • Matt Pina*: 2,124 • 54.94 %
  • Anthony Martinelli: 917 • 23.72 %
  • Curtis Harmon: 803 • 20.77 %
  • Write-in: 22 • 0.57 %

Council Position No. 5:

  • Traci Buxton: 1,566 • 40.63 %
  • Harry Steinmetz: 1,464 • 37.99 %
  • Patricio Mendoza: 810 • 21.02 %
  • Write-in: 14 • 0.36 %

* Indicates incumbent