REMINDER: Kick-off the Holiday Season at the annual Destination Des Moines Tree Lighting event at Big Catch Plaza this Friday, Dec. 1, from 6 – 7:30 p.m.!

The Rotary Club of Des Moines/Normandy Park will be on hand, collecting food donations for the Des Moines Area Food Bank.

John L. Scott Des Moines will be handing out cookies and hot chocolate for all to keep everyone warm.

Wear your warm winter PJ’s and bring an extra new set to share with community kids in need. All sizes welcome.

Pacific Middle School Band will be there sharing music for the season.

Big Catch Plaza is located at 216th & Marine View Drive S.:

The Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park recently completed its annual Coats for Kids Drive, and this year they collected almost 500 coats!

This year, the Club chose to support Parkside Elementary in Des Moines.

“Thanks to the generosity of local residents, businesses and retirement communities we gathered almost 500 new or lightly used coats along with hats, gloves and mittens.”

Not being satisfied, the Club expanded the drive to include Midway Elementary at the urging of Club member Dixie Small.

“We need to help the kids at Midway, too, there is so much need there,” Small said.

She was spot on, and the kids and staff at Midway were ecstatic with being included!

Thanks to all the businesses that hosted a clothing bin, and special thanks to Reid and Cindy at The Cleaners, on 7th Ave., for their generous donation of services, and to the South King Firefighters Foundation for their generous financial support.

Thanks to Rotary Club members, especially Dixie Small, Jan Magnuson, Bonnie Verhunce and Steve Swank for making this happen!

As part of its presidential search process, Highline College trustees will hold several listening sessions to learn what community members are looking for in the college’s next leader.

In July, Dr. Jack Bermingham announced that he was retiring. Dr. Jeff Wagnitz is currently serving as interim president.

Sessions are scheduled in several locations throughout South King County and are open to all:

Trustees will use what they learn at the sessions to help create the presidential profile. Profiles often outline general duties and desired qualities or characteristics.

Highline’s board is responsible for selecting and employing the college president. It is composed of community members from Highline’s service area of South King County: Dan Altmayer and Bob Roegner, both of Federal Way; Debrena Jackson Gandy, Des Moines; Fred Mendoza, Normandy Park; and Sili Savusa, White Center.

To learn what has happened to date in the search for Highline’s next leader, visit the Presidential Search news page.

Come see and learn the wonder of the free Sancta Lucia Pageant at the Grace Fellowship Hall at Grace Lutheran Church at 2 p.m. this Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017.

This special candlelight pageant includes great Nordic music, the story of the ministry of Sancta Lucia of Syracuse to the poor, and delicious tea sized treats served by the children in the pageant.

Start a new holiday tradition with your family by attending the free Sancta Lucia Pageant at the Grace Fellow Hall at Grace Lutheran Church at 2 pmon Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017.

Sponsored by the Sancta Lucia Pageant Committee.

For more information, please contact Phil Wilkinson at [email protected]

Grace Lutheran Church is located at 22975 24th Ave. South, Des Moines, WA. 98198:

Too hungry to learn…

Students facing food insecurity are more likely to miss classes and suffer academically. According to a survey of a sample of Highline students, 49% of students had struggled with hunger in the last 30 days.

To help our students succeed, Highline College has partnered with the Des Moines Area Food Bank to open a food pantry on campus. The pantry will provide fresh fruits and vegetables, sustainable food, reusable food containers, hygienic items and so much more.

And we are so close. The only thing keeping us from opening the pantry is the commercial size refrigerator we are required to have.

The purchase and install of the refrigerator will cost $5,000. We have a $2,500 match opportunity, so for every dollar raised, we get another dollar.

Please help us raise the remaining $2,500 so we can open the pantry.

Ways you can help:

  1. Make a donation (by clicking HERE, calling the Highline College Foundation at (206) 592-3774, or dropping a donation off at the office in Bldg. 99)
  2. Sharing this email with others
  3. Post on Facebook, track our progress, encourage others (https://www.facebook.com/funds4highline/)

“On behalf of our students, thank you!”

Moms, dads, kiddos, and family members will gather with Senator Karen Keiser at the Des Moines Senior Activity Center this Saturday, Dec. 2, from 4 – 6 p.m. to celebrate the recent passage of paid family and medical leave in the Washington State Legislature, and all are invited.

Under the new law – starting in January 2020 – Washington workers will be eligible for up to 16 weeks of paid leave to welcome a new child, care for a sick family member, or to recover from their own serious medical condition.

“This is a MOMentous victory for Washington families,” said Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, CEO and co-founder of MomsRising, a grassroots organization with 40,000 members in Washington who worked closely on the successful legislation. “This best-in-nation program will boost families, small businesses, and our local economies. It is a historic win for Washington families and we are here to say thank you to the legislators who made it possible.”

To celebrate, families are invited to come enjoy an afternoon of free food, entertainment and dancing with a live kids band, and an opportunity to thank Senator Keiser personally for her hard work on paid leave. MomsRising staff will also be on-hand to share information and resources about how the new paid family and medical leave program will work.

“All are welcome to join us and celebrate and to learn more about paid family and medical leave in Washington,” said Rowe-Finkbeiner. “This is a banner victory for Washington families, we hope you will join us to celebrate!”

EVENT DETAILS

WHO: Moms, dads, kiddos, local leaders, and YOU!

WHEN: Saturday, December 2 from 4pm to 6pm

WHERE: Des Moines Senior Activity Center (2045 S 216th St., Des Moines)

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1514958791950907/

  • Families enjoying free food, music from Eli Rosenblatt, crafts with Seattle Recreative, and face painting
  • Senator Karen Keiser enjoying the celebration

To learn more about MomsRising:  http://www.momsrising.org

This holiday season, consider a tax-deductible gift that will continue to pay dividends for years:

Please help local cause ‘NO KIDS LEFT INSIDE‘ on this #Giving Tuesday!

Every kid deserves the chance to play outdoors

Outdoors is the best place for young kids to practice and master their emerging physical skills.

  • It is there kids fully and freely experience motor skills such as running, leaping and jumping.
  • It is the most appropriate area to develop ball-handling skills such as throwing, catching and swinging.
  • It is also a dif cult thing to do here in Des Moines given the critical condition of our public playground equipment.

Please join our quest to restore Des Moines’ playgrounds!

Help build a better future for our kids through outdoor play

Replacing all of the playground equipment in Des Moines will not be cheap, but what price do we put on the future of this community’s children? Will they reap the bene ts of outdoor play?

The price tag will be $2 million, but through grants and by leveraging contributions, we can accomplish this monumental task if the public can raise $205,000. Won’t you help?

YOUR GENEROUS TAX-FREE DONATION will have a big impact on the development of the next generation of Des Moines citizens – to donate, click here.

Children’s Christmas Fun Day at Des Moines United Methodist Church will be this Saturday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., downstairs in Fellowship Hall.

Fun, crafts, games, story time…and it’s FREE for all children ages 4-10.

“Invite your family and friends!”

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

More info at desmoinesumc.org

In Defense of Shopping

By Andrea H. Reay
CEO/President
Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce

Today is Cyber Monday. Launched in 2005, Cyber Monday was a way for online retailers to compete with instore deals, previously only available on Black Friday. It’s hard to believe there was a time, not too long ago when shoppers were a little dubious about making purchases online, sight unseen. We’ve certainly come a long way from those early days of ecommerce. The first Cyber Monday brought in a little over 500 Million. Today, online retailers are expecting to bring in over 6 Billion.

Shopping for everything from cars to groceries online has certainly offered conveniences for today’s shoppers. But, has it offered a better experience? I may be somewhat biased-after all my first sentence was “Mommy, see the mall!”. However, I challenge you on this Cyber Monday to fold up that lap top, get outside and go shopping (in person). Here are my top three reasons you won’t find me shopping online this Holiday Season.

  1. Shopping is good for your health. It’s true! Sitting is the new smoking. As we have developed more and more ways to add greater conveniences to our lives, we spend less time being active, and more time being sedentary. A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that men and women who sat more than six hours a day died earlier than those that sat 3 hours a day or less. I just got back from the mall. Quick trip- stopped at 3 stores and I logged 5,812 steps. That’s 5,812 more than I would have gotten sitting at home. With the recommendation for most people to get 10,000 steps a day. I highly recommend shopping the old-fashioned way.
  2. Buying local matters. Studies have shown that only 1 cent of every dollar spent online benefits our local community. When you make a purchase in person, at a locally owned business, our community benefit can go up to 48 cents for every dollar. When businesses succeed, the local economy thrives and when the local economy thrives the community prospers.
  3. Time is valuable. Yes, you might think you are “saving time” by doing most of your purchasing online. However, what if you focused on making shopping more of an experience than a chore? Make a date to shop with a few friends. Plan an outing with lunch. Take the time to enjoy your relationships with your family and friends by spending time with them in person. Shopping is an activity that everyone can do together. It’s also a great way to experience your community. Explore a new shop, or area, try a new restaurant, and enjoy the time you invest and spend with the people you love. I’m willing to bet that those memories you make will mean more than anything you could ever buy- online or in store.

This Holiday Season, shopping in person has never been easier. Westfield Southcenter has valet parking to ensure getting in and out of the mall is a cinch. More restaurants have found a home at the shopping center as well, and you won’t feel guilty ordering that favorite treat because of all those steps you got it! Pina Coladas at Bahama Breeze to celebrate a successful shopping trip with friends sounds a lot more fun than hitting that refresh button over and over waiting for the next deal to download. Happy shopping and Happy Holidays from us at the Chamber. From our family to yours, we wish you the very best this Holiday Season and always.

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 on Chamber benefits, opportunities and partnerships, please visit our website www.SeattleSouthsideChamber.com.

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding four Open Houses this weekend, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

This first home – open on Black Friday (what a gift!), Nov. 24 – is a charming 2-bedrom Bungalow on a huge lot in Federal Way that’s priced at just $275,000:

This charming 2 bedroom bungalow boasts pride of ownership.

A new roof, new hot water tank, newer carpet.

Plus a private, secluded backyard oasis just waiting for you to enjoy.

This home boasts not only its cute interior, but an outdoor living space that is the best you find on the market today.

This has been a labor of love for more than a decade.

You’ll never find anything else like it at this value.

You dont want to miss this masterpiece!

WHEN:

  • Friday, Nov. 24: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 1031 SW 307th, Federal Way, WA 98023 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $275,000
  • MLS Number: 1172751
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Year Built: 1958
  • Approximate House SqFt: 880 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 15,000 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Security System
  • Fenced-Fully
  • Green House
  • Hot Tub/Spa
  • Outbuildings
  • Patio
  • RV Parking

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

Click here to see the full listing.


The second is a newly constructed, two-story, 5-bedroom home on the large, level Westview Estates in Burien:

Westview, Lot 3. 1 of 5 homes.

This newly constructed two story is on a large, level lot.

It has five bedrooms, 2.75 bathrooms and a 3-car garage, mud room and an option for another bedroom upstairs.

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

The first floor features a guest room or den.

The master suite has a five piece bath and walk-in closet.

Located minutes from downtown, services and airport.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Nov. 25: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 26: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 184 S. 181st Court, Burien, WA 98148-1876; NOTE: enter site at 18052 Occidental Ave S. (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $774,950
  • MLS Number: 1095190
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 2017
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,001 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 6,728 s.f.

Site Features:

  • 2nd Master BR
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk In Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

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

Click here to see the full listing.

For more information call:

Stuart Steadman
Realtor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
206-409-4220


The next home is modern 2-bedroom in Seattle’s hip Georgetown neighborhood:

Welcome to Seattle’s most vibrant & exciting neighborhood – Georgetown – home to Franz Chocolate & Charles Smith Wine.

This fine collection features large Two Bedroom + Den/ Two Bath homes.

This home features LDK on the first floor.

2nd Floor has a bedroom, large den, and a bathroom.

3rd floor is your master suite.

Arrive at your top level with your Skyline Views of the City to enjoy the luxuries of urban living with evening’s celebrated on your roof top deck!

Homes are targeting 4 Star Built Green.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Nov. 25: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 6726 Corson Ave S Unit C Seattle, WA 98108 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $529,999
  • MLS Number: 1220604
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Year Built: 1979
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,206 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 28,063 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Walk-in Closet

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

Click here to see the full listing.


The final Open House – open Saturday – is one of the finest waterfront homes in Normandy Park:

Imagine yourself here!

Step onto the beach waterfront home on Normandy Terrace.

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

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

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

Ideal outdoor deck and hot tub.

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

Home is move-in ready w/new carpets.

Lot A Beach Rights which includes boat launch.

Easy access to downtown and airport.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Nov. 25: Noon – 3 p.m.

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

INFO:

  • List Price: $2,250,000
  • 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.

There was a huge police/emergency search and rescue mission for an elderly man who apparently jumped from the fishing pier near the Des Moines Marina on Tuesday night, Nov. 21.

Police say that a man in his 80s was observed on the pier by more than one witness, apparently arguing with someone on a cell phone.

He then was seen jumping off the pier and into the water.

“This required a multi-agency response to locate the subject,” Master Sgt. David Mohr told The Waterland Blog.

Sadly, the man was not located, despite a large response that included a helicopter and the US Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard said it suspended its search after conducting nine searches that covered 200 track line miles during a 16-hour period.

Three separate CG crews were on scene for a total of 19.5 hours.

@KingCountyWA responders also conducted multiple searches.

Here’s raw footage showing some of the search & rescue activity:

By Dave Markwell

Throughout our lives, we take many steps. Some are forward. Some are sideways. Some are backwards. These steps move us through life. I recall my own first steps into a kindergarten classroom. I remember holding my daughter’s hand as her little sneakered feet took her first steps into her kindergarten classroom, and then she let go of my hand.

In my time, I have stepped up and I have stepped down. I have stepped quickly and I have meandered and I have stalled to a shuffle. These steps take us places. They are the vehicles we drive to our destinations. These destinations become our lives.
The steps we take define our lives. In considering this idea, I kind of think that the concept of “forward, sideways, and backwards” is a bit troublesome. Motion is a verb. It is action. And, with life, action is necessary. However, direction might be the more potent variable. Direction is a noun. It is static. We face our feet in the direction of “there”; the place we want to go. Then, we start moving.

The song, “One Step Up,” by Bruce Springsteen discusses this idea. “Two steps up and one step back”…shapes the idea in a linear fashion. The challenge is that life is rarely linear. It’s hard to tell, in the moment, if “forward” or “backward” really are what they seem. Sometimes a forward step can become clear as a backward step, if we’re moving the wrong direction. For the same reason, sometimes a step backward can be a step forward. And only in retrospect can we know if our steps were good ones.

So, the challenge is direction, not motion. And this is a trickier consideration. We have to point our toes in a direction before we can step. But, there are lots of directions. We have to choose a single one. This is the problem sometimes. Which one do we choose? This is an important decision, because there are consequences. We spend time travelling in a direction. This time becomes the sum of our lives. So, the “right” direction is an important thing. The hard part is, and always will be, knowing what “right” is.

For this reason, sometimes we must simply begin walking. If the path is unclear, moving will define it as where we want to go or not. We must not stand still. We must move, even in uncertainty. It is here that faith and forgiveness are important. We step forward with faith, and sometimes must forgive ourselves when we have to step backwards, resetting to face a new destination, and then resetting our faith. Over and over and over, we do this. Living life is a dynamic function. It changes and we must change with it.

With this in mind, I will embrace the little and big choices and just move. And if my steps are not the right ones, I will shift my shoes and take some new ones. And I’ll give myself a break when an error in direction is made and the changing of direction is uncomfortable. Forgiving ourselves might be the most important element in our journeys…

[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 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 desperately needs more friends – find him on Facebook here.

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding three Open Houses this weekend, on both Saturday and Sunday.

The first two homes are newly constructed two-story, 5-bedroom homes on the large, level Westview Estates in Burien:

Westview, Lot 3. 1 of 5 homes.

This newly constructed two story is on a large, level lot.

It has five bedrooms, 2.75 bathrooms and a 3-car garage, mud room and an option for another bedroom upstairs.

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

The first floor features a guest room or den.

The master suite has a five piece bath and walk-in closet.

Located minutes from downtown, services and airport.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Nov. 18: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 19: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 184 S. 181st Court, Burien, WA 98148-1876; NOTE: enter site at 18052 Occidental Ave S. (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $774,950
  • MLS Number: 1095190
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 2017
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,001 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 6,728 s.f.

Site Features:

  • 2nd Master BR
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk In Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

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

Click here to see the full listing.

For more information call:

Stuart Steadman
Realtor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
206-409-4220


The second Westview Estates home is also a brand new 5-bedroom:

Westview, Lot 4. 1 of 5 homes.

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

This two story home has 5 bedrooms, 2.75 baths, and a four-car tandem garage.

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

The master bedroom is complete with a 5-piece master bath and a walk-in closet.

Upstairs also features an over-sized leisure loft.

Located on a large lot, all within minutes of downtown Seattle!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Nov. 18: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 19: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 177 S. 181st Court, Burien, WA 98148-1876; NOTE: enter site at 18052 Occidental Ave S. (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $789,950
  • MLS Number: 1095207
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 2017
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,306 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,848 s.f.

Site Features:

  • 2nd Master BR
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk In Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

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

Click here to view the full, detailed listing.

For more information call:

Stuart Steadman
Realtor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
206-409-4220


The final Open House – 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.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Nov. 18: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 19: Noon – 3 p.m.

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

INFO:

  • List Price: $2,250,000
  • 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 Board of Directors for the Des Moines Pool Metropolitan Park District will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 21 to consider around a 5-cent levy increase to cover unanticipated costs associated with refurbishing the Mount Rainer Pool.

If approved by the Board, the owner of a $300,000 home would pay about an additional $15.00 per year ($1.25 per month).

The meeting will take place on Nov. 21 at 5:00 p.m. in the Park District offices, 22015 Marine View Drive South in Des Moines. The public is invited and encouraged to attend to learn more about the refurbishment project.

Unanticipated costs included replacing corroded metal drainage pipes, and mortared surfaces with concrete. These issues were not discovered until the pool liner was removed. The King County Health Department will not let the pool, which was built in the 1970s, reopen unless it meets today’s building, health and safety codes.

The Mount Rainier Pool is owned by the Highline School District, which has stepped up to help with the project. However, the Park District operates the pool and is responsible for capital improvements. The Park District has been granted an interfund loan by King County to cover the additional costs of the project, but this amount will need to be paid back in 2018 through property tax revenue.

“This is an important public facility for the health and well-being of our community,” said Board Chair Toni Overmyer. “We want our community and pool users to know about the challenges associated with the project.”

The pool will be filled with water sometime in mid to late December after which lifeguard training will take place. The pool is expected to reopen to the public in February of 2018. The pool and its offices at the Mount Rainier Pool location are closed during construction..

Community members with questions about the project are encouraged to contact the Park District office at (206) 429-3852. Visit www.mtrainierpool.com to sign-up for our e-news updates, like us on Facebook, and/or follow us on Twitter.

Des Moines will host the 6th Annual Holiday Cup Taekwondo Tournament this Sunday, Nov. 19 at Highline College.

Since 1988, Taekwondo has been one of the principal sports of the Summer Olympic Games. Known for its dynamic high-speed kicks delivered in fractions of seconds, Taekwondo is one of the most practiced sports around the world.

This Sunday, November 19th, at the Highline College Pavilion in Des Moines, WA will be the venue for electrifying Olympic Style Sparring and Taekwondo Poomsae (Forms) during the 6th Annual Holiday Cup Taekwondo Tournament on Sunday, November 19th.

The Holiday Cup is facilitated by Master Instructors Susan McCall & Scott Craig, owners of the highly regarded Seattle Taekwondo Academy which has operated at the Normandy Park Recreation Center for the past 20 years. Seattle Taekwondo Academy has trained thousands of area adults and children in Self Defence, Kick Boxing, Taekwondo and Hapkido and as a result, produced over one hundred black belts over a two decade span. This annual event will see Taekwondo athletes and Martial Artists from across the Northwest.

Event co-organizer Susan McCall had this to say about this year’s tournament, “We are excited to give Taekwondo students an opportunity to compete and test their skills. We anticipate good sportsmanship! The players will gain invaluable competition experience. They’ll make new friends. This is a great chance for people in our area to see this amazing sport.

Taekwondo practitioners from across the Northwest will pay a $65 single event fee, or a $70 fee to participate in both events. Participants can register online (in advance only) at www.SeattleTaekwondoAcademy.com. Closing registration is Friday, Nov 17 at 10 p.m. The general public can attend and watch the action all day for just $5 per person or $10 for a family pass with those tickets available at the gate only.

The doors at the Highline College Pavilion open at 9 a.m. and the children’s events start at 9:30 a.m. The 13-year old to adult divisions start at 1 p.m.

When asked about the rules of the sparring divisions for the 6th Annual Holiday Cup, co-organizer Scott Craig explained. “All of our competitors wear protective gear including forearm, foot & shin guards along with head, chest & groin protectors plus a mouthpiece. Three judges corner the ring and indicate scoring strikes on an electronic scoring system. A center referee controls the action and the safety of the players. Each match consists of two, one minute rounds. In the Color Belt divisions kicking & punching are only allowed to the body. No head shots! The Black Belt division however, may kick with controlled, light contact to the head, but may not punch to the head. Spinning techniques receive an additional point. This year we are also continuing something that was very popular in past Holiday Cups, Black Belt Tag Team Sparring!”

The 6th Annual Holiday Cup is graciously sponsored by Matvey Foundation Repair of Seatac, WA and orchestrated by local volunteers and committee of Master Taekwondo Instructors from Taekwondo schools from across the Northwest. All Taekwondo athletes from any school are welcome to participate as long as they abide by Olympic Style Taekwondo rules.

Matt Cote of Matvey Foundation Repair had this to say about the 6th Annual Holiday Cup:

“Our company is very proud to help bring this event to the South Sound. Martial Arts (and Taekwondo in particular) promote physical fitness, confidence, discipline, health, self-control and mutual respect for all. The life skills, problem solving, goal setting, focus, responsibility, awareness and good work ethics, that Mr. Craig and Ms. McCall foster with their students are aligned perfectly with our values here at Matvey Foundation Repair and that is why we are pleased to support this event.”

The Pac Highway Chargers football team recently beat the Renton Rangers 7–6 to win the Greater Seattle Youth Football & Cheer Pee Wee Championship (read more here).

The team will also play in a big ‘Turkey Bowl’ this weekend with 35 teams from all over at Highline and Kent Meridian all day Saturday and Sunday; tickets are $6.00 a person.

Congrats Chargers!

More info here: http://pacchargersfootball.com

Puget Sound Energy is reminding consumers to be on alert for imposters fraudulently claiming to be from the utility and demanding immediate payment with the threat to shut off utility services.

Along with more than 100 electric, natural gas and water utilities across the country and Canada, PSE this week is participating in the Utilities United Against Scams national campaign focused on promoting awareness of telephone scams that threaten to shut off utility services for a past-due bill and demand immediate payment by way of a credit card, prepaid debit card or wire transfer.

“We continue to see high levels of scams targeting our customers,” said Greg Zeller, PSE’s director of customer care. “Our customers should know they will receive several contacts from PSE through correspondence and other means about an unpaid bill. Warning signs of a scam are a threatening call urging immediate payment and instructions to purchase a pre-paid money or debit card available at stores, and then to call back with the card information, which gives scammers access to the card’s funds. Customers should hang up immediately and contact PSE.”

Of the nearly 1,500 scam incidents reported this year by PSE customers, 60 made the payments the scammers demanded.

WHAT TO DO AND WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE SCAMS

  • Thieves are using sophisticated, deceptive tactics to manipulate Caller ID systems to make it appear a call is coming from a legitimate company when it’s not. It’s always best to call an actual company to verify an inquiry.
  • If a phone call seems suspicious, it probably is. Customers should hang up and report the incident to us at 1-888-225-5773. Don’t provide any personal information to anyone unless you’re certain you know who you’re speaking with.
  • PSE customers should know they would receive several communications from us related to bill payment before any disruption in service.
  • PSE never asks or requires customers who have delinquent accounts to purchase a prepaid debit card to avoid disconnection.
  • When it comes to bill payment calls, our vendors do not call after noon on Saturdays and do not make any calls on Sundays; any calls during those periods are definite red flags.
  • Anyone receiving such calls or other contact regarding their utility account or bill is encouraged to make note of any information, such as the phone number they are asked to call, a number that appears on Caller ID or an address where they’re told to send money.

PSE encourages customers to report suspicious, fraudulent calls and emails to the Washington Attorney General’s Office and the Federal Trade Commission.

TAPROOT THEATRE PRESENTS “THE GIFT OF THE MAGI” – NOVEMBER 29, 2017

Taproot Theatre’s Touring Company will be presenting a stage adaptation of O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi” at Resurrection Lutheran Church on Wednesday, November 29 at 7pm.

This beloved Christmas classic tells the story of a young couple determined to find the perfect Christmas gifts for each other even as they struggle to make ends meet.

Admission is free.

Resurrection Lutheran Church is located at 134 South 206th Street in Des Moines; for directions, visit www.resurrection-lcms.org.

For more information about Taproot Theatre Company, visit www.taproottheatre.org.

Join in the kick-off of the Holiday Season at the annual Destination Des Moines Tree Lighting event at Big Catch Plaza on Friday, Dec. 1, from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

The Rotary Club of Des Moines/Normandy Park, WA will be on hand, collecting food donations for the Des Moines Area Food Bank.

John L Scott Des Moines will be handing out cookies and hot chocolate for all to keep everyone warm.

Wear your warm winter PJ’s and bring an extra new set to share with your community kids in need. All sizes welcome.

Pacific Middle School Band will be there sharing music for the season.

Big Catch Plaza is located at 216th & Marine View Drive S.:

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