The Cove to Clover Pub Crawl will be held this Friday, March 13, with registration running from 5 – 7 p.m. at Pit Stop Bottle Shop, located at 216 SW 153rd Street in Burien.

Participants can go pub to pub and collect words for a “secret phrase” to enter for a grand prize drawing at 11 p.m.

Full details are here.

And don’t forget – race day is Sunday, March 15 – more info here:

Cove to Clover is 501(c)(3) non-profit which disburses all proceeds to other local charities.

The Cove to Clover event has evolved and is a truely grass-roots production. The race was originally organized by a group of friends with the mission of producing a professional and fun event that showcases the Highline community at its best. What’s evolved has been an exercise in positive cooperation among many entities: government, businesses, non-profits, schools and neighbors.

Crawl Fee (100% goes to charity):

Crawlers receive:

  • Official Crawl Bib #
  • Drink and food specials at official crawl stops
  • Door prize drawing back at Crawl Central @ 11 pm
  • Good Feeling since this is all for charity!

Sponsored by:

Your Marching Orders:

  • Registration/packet pickup 5-8 pm at Pit Stop Bottle Shop (Crawl Central)
    • Located at 216 SW 153rd St, Burien, WA 98166
  • Collect “words” at official stops (solve secret phrase to qualify for door prize drawing)
    • no purchase required to collect a word from at official stop
  • Enjoy crawler only, drink and food specials and entertainment
  • Return to the Pit Stop Bottle Shop by 11 pm for door prize drawing
  • Drink Responsibly! DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!

All proceeds from the pub crawl directly benefit Cove to Clover charity programs.

 Mick Kelly’s Irish Pub CRAWL CENTRAL


Gordie Olson, Chief of Operations for South King Fire & Rescue, has accepted an offer from Thornton Colorado to be their new Fire Chief, SKF&R announced on Facebook.

Gordie will be leaving the department on April 30, and joining his new department the following day.

“Chief Olson is a highly respected member of SKFR and we wish him and his wife Kathi all the best,” reads the announcement. “He has served our department in many roles from Firefighter to Chief, his innovative ideas, mentoring skills and level headed approach to problem solving will be greatly missed and certainly appreciated in his new role in Colorado. Thank you Gordie for all you have given us at South King Fire and Rescue.”

Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority (SSRTA) – the official tourism and destination marketing organization for the cities of Des Moines, SeaTac and Tukwila – announced on Monday (March 9) that it is now accepting applications to join the Sales & Marketing Advisory Committee.

Board committee members are asked to play an active role in SSRTA’s strategic planning and programing and to volunteer to serve on work groups.

Committee member investment and involvement will include the following activities:

  • Participate in 8-12 committee meetings per year (quarterly in person, the others may be by phone)
  • Attend annual Sales & Marketing Committee retreat (Fall)
  • Attend annual Tourism Networking Meeting (Spring)
  • Attend other SSRTA member events as planned
  • Travel to meetings held at various locations in Seattle Southside

The committee will be co-chaired by board members Ken Stockdale, General Manager of Crowne Plaza Seattle Airport, and David Sullivan, General Manager of Cedarbrook Lodge.

Applications are due by June 1, 2015.

To apply, download a PDF application here.

About Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority
Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority (SSRTA) is the official tourism and marketing organization in South King County. The program offered jointly by the cities of SeaTac, Tukwila, and Des Moines, is responsible for competitively marketing the area as an ideal travel destination for tourists who wish to explore Western Washington. For more information, please visit or call 877-885-9452.

The Music4Life™ initiative – including the local version called “Highline Music4Life” – has won corporate support from New York-based Nina McLemore, the clothing line for executive and professional women.

McLemore’s boutique store in the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle is providing 15 percent of proceeds until March 15 for purchases by customers who identify themselves as supportive of Music4Life.

“This is a wonderful gift,” says Betty Woods, former President/CEO of Premera Blue Cross and current Governing Board Chair of Music4Life ( ). “From the beginning, Nina has told us how much she values both the arts and education. We are very grateful for her – and her company’s – support.”

Music4Life is the Seattle-based non-profit that acquires “lovingly used” musical instruments, gets them repaired and then provides them to participating public school districts for use by elementary-aged students of low income families. Besides Seattle Public Schools, Music4Life also operates programs supporting Edmonds, Highline, Mukilteo and Shoreline Public Schools. The program acquires used instruments from adults who understand that their highest and best use is to put them back into play. With adequate resources, Music4Life can also buy new musical instruments for school districts.

Nina (pronounced as NEYE-nah) McLemore LLC ( has high-end stores in Nantucket, Palm Beach, Palm Springs, Chapel Hill, Aspen, Chevy Chase and other similar locations. McLemore designs “clothing to address the needs of senior professional and executive women and women who are active in their communities.” She was featured in a Wall Street Journal article in July that referred to her clothing as “a weapon in the wardrobes of authoritative women.” (Click here to see the article.)

The March 1st kick-off event featured live music by a student as a celebration of Music4Life in the Seattle area. Music4Life volunteers were on-hand to explain the program in detail.

One recent national report found that half of all public school students are from income-eligible families that qualify for participation in the Free-and-Reduced-Lunch program. The Seattle area is no exception.

Music4Life enjoys the support of notable music advocates and other community leaders. Gerard Schwarz, world-renowned conductor laureate of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, has endorsed the program, saying:

“This wonderful program begins with children in elementary school at a time when, if they’re interested and talented in any way, they have the greatest chance of success. Many people tell me of the impact that direct knowledge of instrumental music has had on their lives. We intend to give this advantage to all our children.”

In addition to Nina McLemore, Music4Life™ is supported in part by grants from the Hazel Miller Foundation, First Choice Health; 4Culture (the former Seattle-King County Arts Commission); the Knossos Foundation; various local Rotary and Kiwanis clubs; the Highline Schools Foundation; as well as by the law firm of Garvey Schubert Barer; Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Cascade Symphony Orchestra, the Edmonds Center for the Arts; Kennelly Keys Music; Hammond Ashley Violins, the Guitar Store and others.

The 11th annual Poverty Bay Wine Festival was held this weekend at the newly remodeled Des Moines Beach Park Auditorium, the location where it first started some 10+ years ago.

For the past decade, the Des Moines Rotary Club (now known as the Des Moines-Normandy Park Rotary Club) has held this – its largest annual fundraising event – to raise funds for important projects like the Highline Music4Life™ Program and many others.

WLB Publisher/Editor Scott Schaefer took these photos at the event (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):


















A Recycling Collection Event will be held at the Des Moines Marina on Saturday, March 14, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Here are the details:

WHEN: Saturday, March 14, 2015, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. No vehicles may enter after 3pm.

WHERE: 22307 Dock St., Des Moines Marina, Des Moines, WA 98198

INFO: Recycling Collection Event for residents of Des Moines and King County. For complete details on restrictions and materials accepted at this event, view the event flier (PDF).

In addition to this Recycling Collection Event, many items may be disposed or recycled at other locations throughout King County. For more information, visit the “What do I do with…” site or call the King County Recycling and Composting Information Line at 206-296-4466.

RESTRICTIONS: Certain household hazardous wastes that are not accepted at this event may be safely disposed through King County’s Wastemobile program. View the Wastemobile schedule online or call the Hazards Line at 206-296-4692 for a list of locations.

CONTACT: Shanta Frantz, 206-870-7576

Families and community members are invited to join Highline Public Schools Superintendent Susan Enfield for a series of monthly conversations at schools across the district, with the first set for Thursday, March 26.

The sessions are intended to be open-ended conversations, and participants can bring up issues of concern and ask questions.

The first of the Conversations with the Superintendent is scheduled for Thursday, March 26, from 6 – 7 p.m. in the Mount Rainier High School library.

Please come with questions and ideas so Superintendent Enfield can learn about the issues that are important to you.
Conversations with the Superintendent

  • March 26: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Mount Rainier High School library (22450 19th Ave S, Des Moines)
  • April 27: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Evergreen Campus library (830 SW 116th Street, White Center)
  • May 21: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Tyee Educational Complex library (4424 S 188th Street, SeaTac)
  • June 2: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Highline High School library (225 S 152nd Street, Burien)

All community members are invited to attend.

by Dave Markwell

On a Tuesday morning, a lovely friend informed me that she was pregnant. (NOT mine!!) She is a married mother of three equally lovely little girls, including a fine set of twins. This announcement was made with some hesitation, as a certain degree of trepidation sometimes accompanies grand announcements. Overshadowing the trepidation were the feelings of love and hope and joy that only new babies can inspire.

On a different Tuesday, another lovely friend informed me that he had cancer. While the prognosis was about as good as any cancer diagnosis could be, it’s still cancer. The feelings of fear and uncertainty leak into even the most logical of outcome potentials.

On different Tuesdays, very different events unfolded. Different conversations inspired different feelings. During each breath we take, conversations like these occur. New people are born and old people die and not-old people die. The world keeps spinning through these conversations and events.

And though the world moves on, it is changed, because we are changed. We are changed when we hear certain words and we feel certain things. Minute shifts in our perspectives and awareness move us differently. These shifts change how we think and care about things. We are forever changing, often imperceptibly, in very real ways. Conversations change us and how we see and feel about our world. This changes how we act, if we use them appropriately.

While talking to my buddy about his diagnosis, he was realistic, but philosophical about his circumstances. He said some words that remain with me “Someone else deals the cards and we have to play them.” These words instead of diminishing hope inspired it. Instead of resignation, I felt empowered.

In another life, I spent some time at card tables. Being an unsuccessful gambler, I am familiar with the strong feelings that a crappy dealer can provoke. After being kicked off of a Pai Gow table for expressing my feelings about a particularly shady dealer, I remember being a little sad. I was sad not because I could no longer play, about that I was happy as I was losing my can. I was sad, because I acted like an ass. The dealer does not pick which cards come off the deck, yet I took the bad cards personally and lost my temper and some degree of dignity.

In this lesson, the enduring message is that circumstances are rarely personal and even though we are affected personally, we are only lost when we give control to circumstances instead of focusing on our response to them. Our response defines us. Bad things happen and good things happen. They always have and they always will. Maintaining some composure and dignity and faith goes a long way towards preserving and/or creating favorable outcomes.

While I support hating the cards we are dealt from time to time, I also recognize that once certain cards are dealt, we must play them. We cannot fold and start over. In these times, it is our response that determines a bust or a win. And, played right, we can walk away from even the lousiest hands with a win…

[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). 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!]

REMINDER: The Poverty Bay Wine Festival will return to where it all began this weekend – Friday and Saturday, March 6–7 – at the newly remodeled Des Moines Beach Park Auditorium.


Come on down and hang out with your Waterland Bloggers, as we’ll be there!

For the past decade, the Des Moines Rotary Club, (now known as the Des Moines-Normandy Park Rotary Club) has held its largest annual fundraising event – the Poverty Bay Wine Festival – to raise funds for important projects like the Highline Music4Life™ Program and many others.

This year the club will celebrate its 11th year at the newly remodeled historic Des Moines Beach Park Auditorium at Des Moines Beach Park – the location of the very first Poverty Bay Wine Festival!

Wine Festival Committee Chair and renowned wine aficionado Ric Jacobson had this to say about returning to where it all started:

“We are extremely excited to be returning to this beautiful venue. The renovations and back drop allow for the perfect setting for those who attend to get a much more intimate engagement with the stars of the show, the wine makers. I’d like to personally thank all of those who have attended over the years, and to all of those intending on joining us; for supporting Des Moines-Normandy Park Rotary.”

One of the key benefactors of funds raised at events like the Poverty Bay Wine Festival is the Highline Music4Life program. This program aids the Highline School District in providing instruments for children who otherwise couldn’t afford them.

The President and CEO of the Highline Music4Life™ Program, David Endicott spoke about the impact of those who attend this event:

“Highline Music4Life™ serves the students of low income families in the Highline School District. Within just the last month, we have been able to deliver nearly 100 ready-to-play musical instruments for use by Highline students. The Poverty Bay Wine Festival is so very important to the work of the Des Moines-Normandy Park Rotary Club. We would be lost without public support for this Rotary Club and this event.”

This years event will feature 22 of Washington States Finest Wine Makers. Friday night’s entertainment will showcase the delightful soft sounds of French Café Music styling of the band Rouge, and Saturday’s Music will feature the subtle strums of Classical, Spanish and Jazz Guitarist Julian Catford.

As always, 100% of the net revenues generated by this event are used to fund the charitable activities of the Des Moines-Normandy Park Rotary Club including the Des Moines Food Bank, Student scholarships, helping disadvantage youth participate in park and rec programs, Shelter boxes, Coats for Children, Dictionaries for 3rd graders, Helping Homeless Youth.

Free parking and a free shuttle service will run from the Des Moines Marina to the Wine Festival both days.

Advanced Wine Festival Tickets priced at just $35.00 includes ten tasting tokens (tastings range from 1 – 3 tokens). Additional tasting tokens available for $1.00.

Designated Driver tickets can also be purchased for $15.00 at the door.

Attendees must be 21 or over to attend, and IDs will be checked at the door.

The Poverty Bay Wine Festival will take place:

  • Friday, March 6: 5 – 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 7: Noon – 9 p.m.

Des Moines Beach Park Auditorium is located at 22030 Cliff Ave South (map here).

Tickets can be purchased at the door while availability lasts, but advanced tickets can be secured online here, or at the following Des Moines locations:

  • B&E Meats
  • Auntie Irene’s
  • Des Moines Drugs
  • Normandy Perk
  • Key Bank – Des Moines Branch
  • Normandy Park Market
  • The Print Place

Highline College is seeking nominations for the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award, which honors former students who have made notable achievements in their profession or community.

Highline began the award in 1990 with Norm Rice, former Mayor of Seattle, chosen as the first recipient. Past recipients have included Junki Yoshida, Founder and CEO of the Yoshida Food Group; Joan Enticknap, President and COO of Homestreet Bank; and Highline’s own Dr. T.M. Sell.

Eligible nominees are former students who attended Highline prior to the 2010–2011 academic year and have made a significant contribution through community service, noteworthy professional achievement and/or recognized leadership.

Nominations may be submitted by faculty, staff, students, friends of Highline, or any alum. Nominees will be asked to submit a resume and personal profile questionnaire for review by a campus selection committee. The person selected will be recognized at commencement exercises on June 11, 2015.

Nomination forms are available online at

Please send submissions via email to or hard copy by April 24, 2015 to:

Highline College Alumni Relations
PO Box 98000 MS 99-248
Des Moines, WA 98198

For questions or more information, contact Madison Gridley at


Retiring School Board member Susan Goding thanks the crowd at Wednesday night’s meeting. Photo by Scott Schaefer.

The Highline Public Schools Board of Directors is currently soliciting candidates to fill the position of Director District 3.

The position is now vacant after the retirement of long-time School Board member Susan Goding (read our previous coverage here).

“Anyone who lives in District 3 and is a registered voter in Washington State is eligible,” reads an announcement.

The School Board will appoint a director to serve until Dec. 1, 2015. A new director will be elected in November 2015 to step into the position on Dec. 1 and serve the remaining two years of Goding’s term.

Those interested in the position are asked to submit an application and a current resume to by March 20, 2015. Applications will be reviewed by the School Board and the Board will announce finalists at the April 1 School Board meeting.

Click the following links for additional information about the vacant board member position.

Goding retired from her position on the School Board after a decade of service. She plans to pursue math education advocacy work throughout the state.



Congratulations to the winners of Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest, including:

  • Stuart Steadman: Top Producer, Top Lister, President’s Circle Gold
  • Molly Schramm: President’s Circle, Most Inspirational
  • Ameet Prasad: President’s Circle
  • Caren Gibson: Leading Edge
  • Tay Krull: Leading Edg
  • Nalani Young: Leading Edge
  • Dianna Hinderlie: Honor Society
  • Calvin Mark: Honor Society
  • Ron Younking: Honor Society
  • Tami Miller: Honor Society, Outstanding Srvice
  • Colin McCabe: Honor Society
  • Drew Clark: Rookie of the Year
  • Tim Bower/Sunny Tumber: Professional Development

To see the latest local listings or open houses, click here.

And be sure to “Like” BHHS on Facebook here.

[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:]

On September 28, 2010 my son killed himself. On March 29 it would have been his 34th birthday. If you have contemplated suicide please insert your family’s names below and realize the impact that decision would have on them and call 1-800-273-8255 for help. If you are a suicide survivor, take comfort in the fact that you are not walking this path alone. Below is my birthday letter to him:

– Carri Litowitz

Dear Dale,

This will be your fifth birthday in Heaven; it’s hard to believe it seems like just yesterday the police were knocking on my door informing me that you killed yourself. I think of you every day. There is so much I wish I could tell you. Lexi turns eight this month, she is struggling with your death, and Kelli has her in counseling. Miley recognizes you in pictures but she was too young to really remember you too much she just knows that you are “daddy”. I made a book this year of your life and gave one to everyone for Christmas. It made everyone cry ☹. That was certainly not my intention. I have come to believe it is the mothers that have lost a child that are the strongest women of all. As a side note, Lexi, Miley and Kelli love the book. Lexi sleeps with it beside her on her bedside table. Your brother, Nathan has still not dealt with your death instead he turned to drugs. Yep, he is now addicted to heroin. I did get him in rehab and he did quite well while in the program. He is working full time now but is struggling with his addiction; his diabetes is out of control. I have learned something through all of this; you cannot save someone from himself or herself. Hopefully he will save himself, if not he will be joining you. Your sister Theresa cries everyday about you and is sad all the time. Brianne and Marisa miss you a lot but have an easier time than Nathan and Theresa do. Your grandma, Uncle Larry and Aunt Sherri can’t talk about you without crying. As for me I cry quite often but only when I am alone as I have to be the rock for everyone else. I tell anyone who will listen about your suicide, as I am trying change the stigma that comes with it…one person at a time. I do not let your final act define you OR my life. I am a suicide survivor and I am blessed with a life that is filled with love, laughter and joy despite all the struggles your suicide left behind. I only wish you were still here to share this amazing life. I take comfort in the fact that you are in heaven and there is no pain there. Happy Birthday, I love you and miss you!

Until we meet again,

[Have an opinion or concern you’d like to share with our Readers? Please send us your Letter to the Editor via email. Include your full name, please remain civil and, pending our review, we’ll consider publishing it.]


Outboard Portrait V by Dan Spalding.

We first announced on Monday that Dan Spalding of Spokane will be the new owner of the Des Moines Theater, which has sat vacant for years at 22325 Marine View Drive.

Spalding is planning on turning the building into “a mixed use complex consisting of retail and residential space with other possibilities for the theater space.”

He bought the building – built in 1947 and containing 10,572 square feet of space – for $430,000.

He’s an Artist/Musician/Developer who went to Gonzaga University, and he’s known as a bit of a renaissance man. He grew up  working in his family’s auto wrecking yard, and now he’s an accomplished painter and musician.

Spalding is also a successful real estate developer who helped revive an entire old block on Main Avenue in Spokane. He owns six buildings, and recently acquired two historic ones that served as hotels some 100 years ago.

Here’s a video interview with Spalding about how he restored the Longbotham Building in Spokane, and built a funky bar in it called “Zola,” which is made from cool, mostly salvaged stuff like old signs and Tilt-A-Whirl seats:

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The Waterland Blog tracked him down and we managed to do a quick interview:

Q: You live/work in Spokane – how did you discover the Des Moines Theater? Do you have any local ties to this area?
A: Des Moines caught my eye over 20 years ago when I lived in Tacoma and later in Federal Way. I recall driving through and finding the area charming and intriguing.

Q: What interested you about it, and what is your vision?
A: The Des Moines theatre was brought to my attention through a dear friend named Jefferson Angell. He and fellow musician Ben Anderson will be the driving force behind this project. We have already brainstormed a great deal on this project with the initial vision being that of a mixed use complex consisting of retail and residential space with other possibilities for the theatre space.

Q: What are your plans for the building? Will you restore it, or tear it down and rebuild?
A: The notion of demolition has never come up in our discussions.

We will share more on future use as our plans solidify.

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SAVE THE DATE: The 3rd annual Burien UFO Festival (‘BUFO’) will be Wednesday, April 1 – April Fool’s Day – starting at 6 p.m. in Olde Burien.

This year, expect some new surprises – including a film festival – at this growing, fun and creative outdoor party in front of the Tin Room, including:

  • The first-ever Burien Film Festival (with a $2,500 prize) with an outdoor screening!
  • Outdoor Street Party with Beer Garden
  • Kids’ face painting, inflatables and crafts
  • Bring-your-0wn UFO contest
  • Share your UFO stories on stage
  • Flash Mob
  • Photo Booth
  • Live music
  • Costume Fashion Show – Best Man/Woman In Black, Alien and Spock (see other costume ideas here)
  • Screening of “The Maury Island Incident”


A total of 17 filmmakers have entered the movie contest so far; here are the first three entries:



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For more information, visit

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The Port of Seattle will host the first in a series of Sustainable Airport Master Plan (SAMP) Open Houses this Wednesday, March 4, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Mount Rainier High School (22450 19th Avenue S., Des Moines).

According to the Port, the SAMP is:

“A direct result of the region’s rapid growth, and will culminate in a capital improvement program to relieve congestion and provide a high level of service to airport customers.”

The March 4 open house will provide opportunities for the public to learn about the airport’s growth forecast and potential options being evaluated to accommodate that growth.

If you can’t attend this meeting, the next one is on March 19 at Seattle Central Library, 5 – 7 p.m.

For more information on the SAMP, please visit:…/Airport-Projects/Pages/airport…

The Highline Public Schools Board of Directors is inviting community members, families, and staff to attend a Celebration of Service for School Board member Susan Goding on Wednesday, March 4.

As we previously reported, Goding is retiring from the board after a decade of service.

Goding announced her retirement during the Feb. 18 School Board meeting. She plans to pursue math education advocacy work throughout the state.

Here are the event details:

WHAT: Celebration of Service for Susan Goding

WHEN: Wednesday, March 4, 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: ERAC Central Office Boardroom, 15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW, Burien

Goding has served on the School Board since 2005. Her resignation will be effective after the March 4 School Board meeting, directly following the Celebration of Service.

The School Board is soliciting names of candidates to fill Director Seat #3. Anyone who lives in District #3 and is a registered voter in Washington State is eligible. The School Board will appoint a director to serve until December 1, 2015. A new director will be elected in November 2015 to step into the position on December 1 and serve the remaining two years of Goding’s term.

More information is available online at


According to a post on Mayor Dave Kaplan’s Facebook page, the Des Moines Theater – located at 22325 Marine View Drive – has been sold.

“The Des Moines Theatre has finally sold to someone who will make the investments needed for the project to succeed,” Kaplan said. “Looking forward to the results we seek to the centerpiece of our Marina District.”

According to a deed search with King County, the new owner is Daniel D. Spalding, a Musician/Artist/Developer from Spokane.

The building sold for $430,000, and includes 10,572 square feet of space.

“Excellent mixed-use building opportunity,” the listing reads. “First run movie rights included in sale. Space available to add retail, restaurant, and second level of office or multi-family.”

According to the Des Moines Historical Society:

“The theater was opened as the Des Moines Cinema in March 1947 by Delbert and Wally Osterhoudt to house a 400 seat cinema, retail stores, and office spaces. Wally Osterhoudt served on the Des Moines City Council and was mayor from 1964-69. On the second floor Dr. Frank Underhill and Dr. Youker had offices.

The building also housed Dee’s Mart, and the Des Moines Drugstore for awhile in the Northeast corner.

The cinema over the years has changed hands and had been closed entirely. In 1973 the Theater was sold and changed from running family oriented films to showing “adult” movies. Local groups picketed the theater in the 1970s, and in the 1980s the city even took legal action. In the 1990s the theater reopened under new management and reverted to showing family oriented films and again is a community asset. It features 1940s decor, snack bar, a stage, and with second run movies affordable prices for the residents of Des Moines. The Cinema is a good place for old fashioned family entertainment and is conveniently situated on Marine View Drive walking distance from several dining establishments.”