The Des Moines Police Department on Thursday (Oct. 23) served search warrants on four separate ‘squatter’ homes in the area, arresting four.

DMPD worked with the assistance of Sea-Tac Police, Federal Way Police, Kent Police and the King County Sheriff’s Office in the operation.

Possible charges the suspects could face are

  • Filing False Documents
  • False Representation Concerning Title
  • Residential Burglary
  • Theft and Trespassing

“The issue of squatters taking over vacant homes by filing false documents with the County Recorder’s Office is a growing issue in King County, Washington State and across the country,” police said in a statement. “When a ‘squatter’ takes over a home it affects the quality of life of the entire neighborhood. Rarely do the “squatters” take care of the home to neighborhood standards and squatters can cause problems for the surrounding neighborhood.”

Police added:

“Squatters” often pay several hundred dollars to take a class to learn ways to take over a vacant home. They are taught how to file an assortment of false documents with the County Recorder’s Office in order to claim the home through adverse possession. The homes are posted with what looks like official documents. The filing of these documents can be a felony or misdemeanor in Washington State. Often, owners of the vacant homes can be difficult to locate because they have lost their home to foreclosure or they are owned by a bank. Attempting to enforce laws such as trespassing or burglary can be very time consuming and difficult to prosecute. Assessing monetary penalties through the Code Enforcement violations are problematic because of the ownership issues.

Police also received vital assistance from the King County Prosecutor’s Office Mortgage Fraud Unit and their prosecutors and investigator. The Mortgage Fraud Unit is funded by a grant from the Department of Financial Institutions. The Federal Housing Finance Agency Office of Inspector General also provided assistance and personnel to assist with the searches.

“The Des Moines Police Department would like to thank all of our local, County, State and Federal partners for their assistance,” police added. “We hope what took place today is just the beginning of a long term effort to rid our neighborhoods of these homes that create such a drain on government resources.”

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Legislation linking an important segment of the ‘Lake to Sound Trail’ that will connect the cities of Renton, Tukwila, Burien and SeaTac – then end in Des Moines – received unanimous approval by the Metropolitan King County Council on Tuesday, Oct. 21.

The legislation, sponsored by Councilmember Dave Upthegrove, was approved by the Council at its Oct. 20 meeting. It authorizes an agreement between King County and the City of SeaTac and the City of Burien to design and build a trail along Des Moines Memorial Drive that will connect both cities. The trail between the two cities will be part of the Lake to Sound Trail, a 16.9-mile pedestrian and cycling trail.

“This completes one of the missing links in the project between Burien and SeaTac,” said Dave Upthegrove. “I am excited to see us continue to build out this important regional trail system in South King County.”

King County will design and construct the trail while SeaTac and Burien will own and maintain the trail. King County Parks Levy funds, plus a $1.46 million federal grant, will pay for construction.

“The Lake to Sound Trail will be a wonderful regional and local recreational asset, and a great example of partnership across jurisdictional and community lines,” Burien Mayor Lucy Krakowiak said.

In March of 2015, construction will start in Burien at 176th Street and Normandy Road and move north along Des Moines Memorial Drive to 156th Street in SeaTac. The entire project will be completed in February of 2016.

“As a city focused on being a healthy community, SeaTac is excited about bringing this major regional trail through our city,” said Mayor Mia Gregerson. “With the proximity to Light Rail and major bus routes, we see it as a prime opportunity to bring more people on bikes and on foot through our community to see all we have to offer as well as a great new asset for our residents.”

When complete, the Lake-to-Sound Trail will run from Renton through Tukwila, Burien, SeaTac, and eventually connect to the Des Moines Creek Trail. It will connect South King County with the regional trail system, offering new opportunities for residents to commute, recreate, and access major light rail stations and transit hubs.

Here are some maps showing the trail’s local pathways:

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A new recreational pot store – Greenside Recreational – is opening this week at 23407 Pacific Highway South in Des Moines

The grand opening will be this Saturday, Oct. 25, but they’re already open on a “soft” basis from Noon – 7 p.m.

This is the first legal pot store to open between Seattle and Tacoma, and owners David Ahl and Seth Simpson are expecting a big turnout.

“We’re hoping to see a lot of customers this weekend,” Ahl told The Waterland Blog on Monday, Oct. 20, “but we’re doing a soft opening now so people are welcome to come in and check us out.”

You must be over 21 to enter the establishment, which has both edible as well as smoke-able marijuana, as well as accessories, already in stock.

As we previously reported, the Washington State Liquor Control Board allotted one retail outlet for Des Moines, and Greenside met all the criteria, including from the City of Des Moines.

According to their website:

“Greenside has a strong history with Marijuana in the Seattle community having operated in the Lake City area for the past 3+ years as Greenside Medical with top reviews in Google+, Yelp, and Weedmaps. We’re pleased to now be open to more than just medical patients and look forward to building relationships with an even larger customer base.”

For more information on I-502 – the proposition that legalized marijuana – visit the Washington State Liquor Control Board website here.

You must be 21 years of age to enter Greenside Recreational Des Moines.

23407 Pacific Hwy S
Des Moines, WA 98198
(Map This)
(206) 878-6470

Open 7 days a week from 12-7PM

(206) 878-6470




The Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market Annual Chili Cook-Off – coming this Saturday, Oct. 25 – is family friendly and is the culminating event for the market’s 2014 season.

It is a fun and delicious fundraiser for the Market Foundation, and is held on the last day of the market season, rain or shine.

Up to 15 teams fix up their best chili and anyone can try them.

Contestants and tasters come from all around the South Sound to enjoy this great event. Chili is served on a “first come basis”, starting at 11am and is served until 1pm, or until it runs out. Prizes are awarded for the top three finishers, voted by the tasters. A prize will also be awarded to the Best Team Theme.

A $5 taster fee gets you samples of several different kinds of chili, sample bowl, spoon, wet nap and the chance to vote for your favorite.

We will be collecting donations for the Des Moines Area Food Bank, so if you are able, please bring a donation.

Part of the net proceeds will benefit the Des Moines Dollars for Scholars and Southwest Seattle Business & Professional Women’s Foundation.

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Waterland Blog nor its staff:]

Contrary to what some people want you to believe there is nothing in the State law that requires cities to enact ordinances to limit tree trimming in critical areas or shorelines. This urgency is being made up by a city agency that seems to be over-reaching its proper governmental authority.

Other city and county councils may have been told that they needed to enact laws and did so, but some have considered it and decided no. For example, the City of SeaTac had a proposed tree ordinance and their council declined to pass it.

The City of Kent has a code managing trees planted for required landscaping only (KCC 15.07.070). They also have a code requiring retention of significant trees on undeveloped land (KCC 15.08.240). They have no code requiring a permit for tree-trimming.

In this instance I hope we follow the SeaTac and Kent councils and not rumors about what state law requires.

Des Moines is blessed with scenic vistas of Puget Sound, the Olympics, and Mount Rainier. Citizens here commonly engage in personal transactions to maintain their views and these transactions are at no cost to the City.

We all want what is “best” for our citizens, but we should let them decide what is best for themselves and their trees.

At an Asian and Pacific Islander candidates and issues forum I attended a speaker said their experts in child development came up with the “best practices” for preschools, so Seattle should pass an initiative to require this method.

The federal government has begun placing “best practices” in medicine above what your own doctor may recommend because the “best practices” are cheaper, but may not provide better outcomes.

The “best practices” on tree trimming are not universally agreed. The favorite arborist organization licensed by the City of Des Moines in the proposed ordinance is not the only arborist organization around, and may not be the “best” arborists. Arborists in the American Society of Consulting Arborists may be even better. Highly qualified Arborists who have degrees and years of experience may not even be in an organization. Where is the room for innovation and improvements if the innovator is not in that particular organization?

The Council learned of another method of tree control used in Europe at the second hearing on the ordinance a couple of weeks ago. That method may be superior to the one required in the proposed ordinance. What else has been missed or will be left out from the “best” (only) way the council will allow people to trim trees?

As I said in the last meeting on this subject, there is no evidence that harm will occur if this ordinance and its restrictions are not passed. Therefore our citizens should enjoy the freedom to trim their own trees as they desire.

If (and this is a big if) a tree-trimming ordinance was truly wanted, there are better ways of developing such legislation.

The American Society of Consulting Arborists has a web site with a section on tree ordinances. Their suggestion is to form a committee of residents interested in the issue and willing to work for months to develop a proposed ordinance. The make up of the committee is suggested to include:

“ Some suggested members for the group are a realtor, developer, garden club member, local arborist, planner, environmental group representative, landscape architect, forest landowner, interested residents, public works officials, forest products industry representative, business owner, lawyer and an engineer. Of course, you won’t be able to have each of these represented, and the composition of your working group should represent the demographics and needs of your community. Strive for a working group that balances having people with needed expertise with those who represent a wide variety of views and those that can dedicate the needed time and effort into creating an ordinance. The working group should strive to have a minimum number of members while meeting the group’s needs. Prior to starting work, the working group should develop rules governing decision making and processes for conflict resolution.

For more information, visit

When developing proposed ordinance 14-043 there was no citizen’s committee. The approximately 50 people at the last hearing were against it. Please ask your council members to vote no.

- Jeanette Burrage

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Tami, owner of the Des Moines DogHouse, has sold the business and will be moving on to new adventures.

Her last day will be Oct. 31.

“To all my loyal customers and friends. It is with many emotions, most of them good, that I inform you that the Dog House has officially ” SOLD ” I want to thank everyone for all their fantastic support during my nine years of operation. I have made some wonderful friends and memories and have had more laughs than I can count!!!!

So thank you all for making my time here so great. My future holds new adventures and many more laughs and perhaps even a vacation!

Thanks again for everything! ~Tami

“New owner Delsy Victoria Fessenden will be closing the DogHouse Nov. 1 – 7 to do a small remodel, then re-opening on Nov. 8 with the same great Des Moines DogHouse menu, along with a few new items,” reads an announcement.

Delsy is a native of Colombia, living in the Seattle area for over 20 years, she and her family now live in Normandy Park.

Delsy is excited to bring some of her Colombian flare and love of cooking to the DogHouse while still honoring the great business and community that Tami has fostered over the last 9 years.

Watch the website and Facebook page for more information:

by Dave Markwell

The front windows of my little CrossFit gym in Des Moines look out upon a busy street. I see many things through these windows. I see friends driving by. I see walkers and talkers and people scooping up their dog’s poop from the sidewalk. I see kids riding bikes and skateboards and scooters. I see young mothers pushing strollers and old mothers pushing walkers. I see my neighboring business owners cleaning their windows and sweeping the parking areas in front of their stores. I see life.
Through the cold glass of my silent fishbowl, I see the world spinning and human beings engaged in the acts of living life. It’s a unique perch from which to view the world. As a non-participating voyeur, I enjoy imagining the conversations and destinations and the day dreams of the day-dreamers who travel past my window. It’s fun to see all the ants marching, dutifully and skillfully navigating the world’s potholes. It makes me proud to be a part of the human race.

Looking out the fishbowl of my home, I have seen many things as well. I have seen my son as a little boy playing with his toys in the yard, making noises while crashing his Matchbox cars and digging holes for no reason. I have seen my baby daughter toddling in the grass, tasting a night crawler before getting run over by our dog, Diego. I have seen friends laughing and my wife lying back in a lounge chair reading a book. These things I have seen have brought me smiles and occasionally a moist eye.

Taking a moment to simply observe our world, we see important things. While engaged in our own hustling and bustling, it is difficult to see much at all. Stopping is the key. Stopping and watching and thinking and dreaming our own dreams and seeing that many of the things in our dreams we already possess is necessary. A fishbowl provides a good spot from which to take stock of life.

Our culture tends to support action over observation. I think we need both. Stopping and recognizing the wonderful, goofy, perfectly imperfect world we live in makes our journey outside of the fishbowl a little more fun. It puts some gas in the tank for our journeys and allows us to share our good bits with our fellow travelers. This is not wasted time.

[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 both this Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 19 – is the first re-sale in Westwood Ridge of a 3-bedroom, 2.75 bath home!

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

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

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

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

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

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

















Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 19 from 1 – 4 p.m.

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


  • List Price: $542,500
  • MLS Number: 690841
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 2014
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,910
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,138

Site Features:

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

Marketing remarks:

First Resale in Westwood Ridge! Just like new!

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

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

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

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

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

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


Speakers at Wednesday’s news conference included, L-R: King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg, King County Senior DPA Val Richey, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, and the co-founder of Organization for Prostitution Survivors (OPS) and prostitution survivor Noel Gomez. At far right are Peter Qualliotine, OPS co-founder, and Alisa Bernard, prostitution survivor and OPS staff member, who also spoke at yesterday’s news conference on stopping sexual exploitation.

Law enforcement and community leaders from across King County have joined together to announce a major initiative to reduce the demand for prostitution where the majority of sex buying now takes place – online.

“Prostitution is a harmful and violent practice, and has exploded on the Internet — going from the street corner to the corner office,” said King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg. “In King County, each day an estimated 27,000 men are actively soliciting sex online at one of over 100 websites. We need to take action and we need a new approach.”

Historically law enforcement has focused on arresting prostituted people. This approach has been unsuccessful at reducing exploitation and doesn’t address the demand that drives sex trafficking. The “Buyer Beware” initiative is a partnership with eight different police departments and city attorney’s offices across King County who are shifting their emphasis to go after sex buyers. The initiative is led by the Organization for Prostitution Survivors and the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Prostitution is not a victimless crime. The typical age of entry into prostitution is between 13 to 15 years old and 85% have histories of childhood sexual and physical abuse. As adults in prostitution, over 80% experience physical and sexual assaults, homelessness, and PTSD. Eighty-eight percent report wanting to leave prostitution if they had an alternative. “My recent study found there were 300 – 500 prostituted adolescents in the Seattle area,” reported Dr. Debra Boyer.

Satterberg added:

“Our message for buyers is simple: We are working together to hold you accountable for the harms of prostitution.”

Participating community organizations include: The Organization for Prostitution Survivors, Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST), Stolen Youth, and Seattle Against Slavery.

Participating law enforcement agencies include: King County Sheriff’s Office, Seattle Police Department, Des Moines Police Department, Kent Police Department, Federal Way Police Department, Bellevue Police Department, and Renton Police Department.

For more information, click here

Last Saturday the heavy rain storm came right on time – 2 p.m. closing! Then it was a scramble to get everything taken down without getting soaked. Only one more market left until the Chili Cook-Off on the 25th.  

The wine (pure Cab & Riesling) sale is still going on and you can purchase a bottle of wine and reach in the pot and draw out an instant door prize. Prizes include logo wear, a framed market poster, coffee mugs, water bottles and more. All proceeds go to the Market Foundation. Think Christmas gifts!

Recently the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market was awarded a grant from the King Conservation District to help feed low income seniors in our area. The past couple of years the market recognized the number of seniors in need of help in obtaining healthy fresh foods. The partnership between the two was a natural as KCD’s goal is to help sustain local farmers and producers and the market is the perfect place for them to sell their products.

The program’s kick-off is this Saturday, October 18th at 11am at the market. Each qualifying senior will be given a $10 voucher each week to use at the market. Also included in the grant is free door to door pickup service provided by the Hyde Shuttle from Senior Services of King County.

“Calling all coats” The Des Moines Police Foundation, South King Fire & Rescue and the Rotary Club of Des Moines are joining forces to collect coats for needy elementary and middle students in our area. If you have a coat to donate when you come to the market look for the collection can at the market’s info booth.

Another “comfort drive” sponsored by the Des Moines Police Foundation, South King Fire & Rescue Aid Fund, Rotary Club of Des Moines and Walmart is overnight comfort kits that can be used when a child is displaced from a home and taken into law enforcement custody. You can help by picking up a comfort bag at the market info booth and purchasing the items on the list. Once the items are in the bag, it can be returned to the market or any Police or Fire station in Des Moines. They will be kept for use on the night of placement to help ease the transition with a new foster family.

Food Trucks: Stella Fiore Pizza, Athena’s

Music: Five Buck Band and PK Dwyer and remember to make a donation, as all the market’s musicians perform for free.

The market board of directors would like to thank all the sponsors that help make the market a destination in Des Moines. Without their generous contributions it would be difficult to bring the community such a quality endeavor. When looking for services to use, please check in with these fine firms for help.

This week stop in and say hello to a longtime community favorite Judson Park Senior Living. They are celebrating over 50 years of service to retired seniors in our community. Since 1963, Judson Park has earned a reputation for quality, stability and leadership in the Seattle area. They are always looking at the future of retirement living, so they can anticipate and address the changing expectations of those they serve.

The community volunteer group this week is Southwest LaCrosse who will be recruiting new kids.

There is still one position open for the Chili Cook-Off on the 25th. If you would like to enter, please call Wayne at 206-824-1066 to reserve this space. This year, same as last, the tasters will pick all the winners; First, Second, Third and Best Team Theme will receive prizes.

Upcoming events: On October 31st check out the annual Trick or Treat Path and the Halloween Carnival for kids. The Legacy Foundation’s Bayside Brunch is on November 2nd at Anthony’s Restaurant. The 2nd Annual Squid-A-Rama is on November 8th.

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

Highline College will be hosting a free Fall Job Fair on Thursday, Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Building 8 on their main campus.

“Meet with more than 50 local employers looking to fill thousands of full-time, part-time and temporary jobs at the Highline College Fall Job Fair,” reads an announcement.

The event is free and open to the public; no advance registration is necessary.

Attendees should be prepared to speak with recruiters, dress professionally and have extra copies of their resume available.

Parking is free but limited.

WHAT: Highline College Fall Job Fair

WHEN: Thursday, October 30, 2014, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

COST: Free

WHERE: Highline College’s main campus; Building 8. Highline College’s main campus is located midway between Seattle and Tacoma at South 240th Street and Pacific Highway South (Highway 99); address: 2400 S. 240th St., Des Moines, Wash. 98198.

Participating employers include:

  • Aacres WA LLC
  • Advanced Health Care
  • Always Best Care
  • Auto-Chlor System
  • Bed, Bath & Beyond
  • Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate
  • BlackPoint IT Services
  • Bright Horizons
  • Charlene Cerne-May Kay
  • Cintas Corporation
  • City of SeaTac
  • Coddington Construction
  • Compass Housing Alliance
  • Continental Mills
  • DESC
  • Family Resource Home Care
  • Farmers Insurance
  • FedEx SmartPost
  • Franciscan Health System
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Home Care Referral Registry
  • Home Instead Senior Care
  • Indemand Interpreting
  • Joey Restaurants Group
  • Jon-Don Inc.
  • Kidz Love Soccer
  • King County Dept. of Natural
  • Resources & Parks
  • KWA
  • Lile Relocation Services
  • Menzies Aviation
  • Millwood Timber, Inc.
  • Mohan Skiing & Boarding
  • Northwest Center
  • O’Brien Auto Group
  • Phoenix Protective Group
  • Primerica
  • Puget Sound ESD
  • Red Dot Corporation
  • RED Services
  • Seattle Police Department
  • Select Staffing
  • Skills Inc.
  • Sound Options
  • Tacoma Community College
  • The Hertz Company
  • US Marine Corp
  • Uwajimaya
  • Valley Communications Center
  • Washington Army National Guard
  • Washington State Patrol
  • Wesley Homes
  • World Financial Group
  • YMCA of Greater Seattle


Destination Des Moines’ ‘Trick or Treat Path’ is coming Friday, Oct. 31 from 3 – 6 p.m., and kids of all ages are invited to visit participating businesses on Marine View Drive and 7th Ave in the Marina District, all dressed up for Halloween!

Here are the participating businesses:

  • ABC Grocery
  • All Points Yarn
  • All-Star Sports Bar
  • Arturo’s Mexican Restaurant – Des Moines, WA
  • Athens Pizza and Pasta
  • B & E meats and seafood
  • Carriage Country Quilts
  • Waterland CrossFit -Des Moines, WA
  • Des Moines Dog House
  • Des Moines Drug and Hallmark
  • Des Moines Marina
  • Des Moines Nails
  • EC Computers
  • Farmers Insurance
  • Flora Laura
  • Freedom Snacks
  • John L Scott Des Moines
  • Lighthouse Bar
  • Marina Hotel
  • Marine View Espresso
  • Marine View Veterinary Hospital
  • New Tokyo Teriyaki
  • Pauline’s Nail Spa
  • Powell Custom Homes and Renovations
  • Pretty Nails Center
  • Prolific Hair Design
  • Salon Michelle – Des Moines, WA
  • The Scotch and Vine
  • Seattle Spa and Pool
  • Des Moines Serenity Salon & Day Spa
  • Sound Gynecology Associates
  • Teresa DeLeen Jewelry and Gifts
  • Today’s Chiropractic Clinic – Dr. Charles Laycock, DC
  • Village Frame and Gallery
  • Wally’s Chowder House

The locally-made short film ‘The Maury Island Incident‘ will screen this coming Saturday night, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Gig Harbor Film Festival.

The screening will be followed by a Q & A session with local filmmakers Scott Schaefer (Director/Producer) and Steve Edmiston (Writer/Producer).

Based on declassified FBI documents, this 30-minute movie – based on declassified FBI documents – tells the incredible, tragic, and forgotten story of Harold Dahl, who on June 21, 1947, alleged a UFO sighting over Puget Sound, Washington. This sparked ‘the summer of the saucers,’ the modern era of UFO obsession, the first appearance of a ‘Man in Black’ as well as a governmental battle over UFO sighting jurisdiction reaching directly to FBI Executive Director J. Edgar Hoover.GHFFLaurels

The film – which was shot at the Landmark Event Center in Des Moines, Burien, Tukwila and off the shores of Maury Island during the summer of 2013 – was awarded the competitive Washington FilmWorks Innovation Lab funding during production. This will be its 10th festival showing.

Shot locally and featuring Seattle-area actors Tony Doupé, Allen Fitzpatrick, John Patrick Lowrie, and David S. Hogan, the film was also produced by area residents John White (Executive Producer), Scott and Laura Beth Peterson, and Danny House.


Saturday, Oct. 18 @ 7:30 p.m.


Galaxy Gig Harbor
4649 Point Fosdick Dr. NW
Gig Harbor WA 98335

Get directions

Here’s the trailer:


Advertiser Wesley Homes Retirement Communities and Home Health Services has announced a new program called LIFE (Learning is ForEver), which features quarterly college courses on their Des Moines campus.

Known for their excellence in active retirement living, Wesley Homes has lined up courses in American hymns, Christianity, history of Islam, art history and conversational French with other courses to follow.

“We want to have a really great, well-rounded calendar of activities. Wesley Homes is wonderful with physical fitness, brain fitness and social activities, but we knew there was more we could do. That something is continuing education,” said Lisa Meinecke, director of resident services.

The new program is a collaborative effort between Wesley Homes, Des Moines Activity Center, Highline Community College and Lifetime Learning Center. All groups act as consultants for the LIFE program, which is open to all seniors.

“Retirement can be a wonderful opportunity to explore other cultures and enrich our education. There are always ways to grow. Life continues; intellectual stimulation continues. We’re not brain dead,” said Diane Collier, Wesley Homes resident and LIFE chairperson.

The LIFE program was developed for retired educators and anyone else who considers themselves lifelong students.


Diane Collier, LIFE Chairperson

The first course begins September 9, 2014. Each course is four weeks long, and classes are 75 minutes for each session. Courses include a Question and Answer period at the conclusion of each lecture. Participants pay a small fee of $30 per course and are offered three courses every quarter. All instructors are experts in their fields, though they aren’t necessarily retirees themselves.

“There’s been a hunger for this kind of intellectual stimulation; we’re excited about learning and sharing,” said Collier. “And it’s great that the staff and residents are working together to develop these programs.”

Bill Taylor, an expert in the history of religion and an instructor at the Lifetime Learning Center, begins the fall course selection with the History of Islam Part 1.

Visit for more information and to register for any of the classes.

Wesley Homes is a mission driven not-for-profit organization that provides a network of services offering a continuum of care for older adults. It is affiliated with the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Established in 1944, Wesley Homes operates two retirement communities and a home health agency. Wesley Homes Des Moines is a continuing care retirement community offering Cottage homes, apartments, assisted living and skilled nursing. Wesley Homes Lea Hill in Auburn offers Village Homes, apartments and memory care. Wesley Homes Community Health Services provides home health services to clients throughout the Puget Sound region.

For more information:

Retirement Communities │ Home Health Services │ Foundation
815 S. 216th Street
Des Moines, WA 98198

(206) 824-5000

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Waterland Blog nor its staff:]


We need to have quality and honest representation in Olympia. Our 33rd district representative, Mia Gregerson, had a mailing that stated the mayor of Des Moines endorsed her. The mayor publicly said he had not. I checked out the endorsement list and found that the Kent Regional Fire Authority endorsed her – I called the Kent Fire Chief and he said they had not. The Chief said he would look into it. About 15 minutes later Gregerson called me and said that had been a “typo error”.

I later found out that she had “violated RCW 42.17A.130 on multiple occasions by using the facilities of the City of SeaTac to send and receive emails that assisted the 2009 campaigns of candidates for SeaTac City Council”. The Public Disclosure Commission fined her $400.00 for this violation.

Again, we need a quality and honest representative in Olympia.

– Don Mason

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Just a few short months ago, Blue Whale Bistro opened their doors with a mission to bring great tastes to Des Moines and beyond.

If rave customer reviews and an often-packed house are any indication, they can declare “mission accomplished.”

Now, the intrepid Nelson family (Mother Margie, Daughter Ashley and Son Jeff) are layering-in new delights for their growing foodie fan-base in the form of market fresh specials and a happy hour from 5–6 p.m.

Blue Whale Bistro serves Northwest style tapas – small plate dining – designed to be shared and enjoyed with the company of good friends and loved ones. With artfully-prepared savory and sweet specialties, there is sure to be a flavor to tickle the most discriminating palate. Along with a pleasing selection of wines and beer, patrons enjoy a convivial atmosphere which sometimes includes live music.

Customer favorites include the bacon-wrapped cheese-stuffed dates, crispy polenta with mushrooms and arugula and freshly baked foccacia. While equally suitable for a group of friends (note the long table at the back of the house), Blue whale Bistro is a perfect date-night choice where romance abounds by candlelight while not breaking the bank.

If you have yet to try their delicious fare, you don’t know what you’re missing! Visit them tonight to discover your favorite flavor…

Blue Whale Bistro – formerly Blue Vanilla Bakery – is located on the west side of the building at 22341 Marine View Dr South, Unit D, in the lower level; the cross street is 223rd.

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WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Sunday, Oct. 12 – is an absolutely lovely, spacious, remodeled rambler in Upper Gregory Heights with Lot “A” Beach Rights/Clubhouse!

This home was remodeled in 1995 and features gorgeous hardwoods throughout, spectacular updated kitchen with Corian counters that opens to huge Dining/Great Room area, triple-glazed Pella windows with internal blinds, abundant cupboards and storage, and fabulous wine cooler.

French doors lead to amazing yard that’s a gardeners delight.

Huge gated parking area for several cars and RV parking.

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

















Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 12 from 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 16901 22nd Ave SW Burien, WA 98166


  • List Price: $475,000
  • MLS Number: 700842
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Year Built: 1952
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,320
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 17,688

Site Features:

  • Wine Cellar
  • Bath Off Master
  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dining Room
  • French Doors
  • Hot Tub/Spa
  • Skylights

Marketing remarks:

Absolutely lovely spacious rambler in Upper Gregory Heights with Lot “A” Beach Rights/Clubhouse.

This home was remodeled in 1995 and features gorgeous hardwoods throughout, spectacular updated kitchen with Corian counters that opens to huge dining/Great Room area, triple-glazed Pella windows w/internal blinds, abundant cupboards and storage, and fabulous wine cooler.

French doors lead to amazing yard that’s a gardener’s delight.

Huge gated parking area for several cars and RV parking.

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

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

You sure can tell the season is winding down – the farmers are running low on fresh fruits and veggies, the berries have pretty much run their course but, the pumpkin and gourds are plentiful. We will still be open every Saturday thru the month of October, with the Chili Cook-Off happen’n on the 25th.

The wine sale is still going on and you can purchase a bottle of wine and reach in the pot and draw out an instant door prize. Prizes include logo wear, a framed market poster, coffee mugs, water bottles and more. All proceeds go to the Market Foundation.

The Des Moines Legacy Foundation note card booth (next to the market info booth) now has Carmen’s Christmas cards displayed. Stop by and contribute to a good cause by stocking up on cards.

HydeShuttleSMDon’t forget the Senior Services Hyde Shuttle is available again this Saturday and on the 25th for the Chili Cook-Off.   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.

Food Trucks: Stella Fiore Pizza, Fish Basket

Music: Five Buck Band

There is still time to sign your team up for the 8th Annual Chili Cook-Off.  It is held on the last day of the season (Oct 25th). You can pick up an application at the market information booth or visit our web site and download an application. This year, same as last, the tasters will pick all the winners; First, Second, Third and Best Team Theme will receive prizes.

Upcoming events: The DMAC is hosting a Coffee with Cop on October 13th. On October 31st check out the annual Trick or Treat Path and the Halloween Carnival for kids. The Legacy Foundation’s Bayside Brunch is on November 2nd at Anthony’s Restaurant. The 2nd Annual Squid-A-Rama is on November 8th.

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