REMINDER: The excellent David Bowie tribute band ‘Bowie Vision’ will perform for FREE tonight – Wed., Aug. 2, 2017 – at Des Moines Beach Park, starting at 7 p.m.

Bring the whole family, your camping chair, a picnic – then prepare to put on your red shoes and dance the blues while enjoying the sun and sunset of Puget Sound.

There will also be a Beer & Wine Garden sponsored by Destination Des Moines.

Here’s a video showing this band in action:

Paid parking is available at the marina nearby.

Donations always welcome and appreciated to keep the arts alive in our beautiful city!

For more information, click here.

The first round of results for Tuesday’s (Aug. 1) Primary Election have been released, and with 19.63% of the votes counted, here’s how the Des Moines City Council race is shaping up.

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


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

Council Position No. 1:

  • Matt Pina: 1,809 • 55.66%
  • Anthony Martinelli: 747 • 22.98%
  • Curtis Harmon: 674 • 20.74%
  • Write-in: 20 • 0.62%

Council Position No. 5

  • Traci Buxton: 1,338 • 41.37%
  • Harry Steinmetz: 1,229 • 38.00%
  • Patricio Mendoza: 657 • 20.32%
  • Write-in: 10 0.31 %

In response to the Excessive Heat Warning and Air Stagnation Advisory issued by the National Weather Service, the Des Moines Activity Center will be open as a cooling center this week.

Hours will be Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Activity Center (aka Des Moines Senior Shuttle) is located at 2045 S. 216th Street:

The National Weather Service has issued an ‘Excessive Heat Warning,’ starting Tuesday, Aug. 1, and continuing through Friday, Aug. 4.

Expect temps to hit the high 90s, with Thursday most likely being the hottest day.

Here’s the warning:


* TEMPERATURE…Unusually hot weather is forecast to begin Tuesday and continue through Friday. Widespread record highs are expected Wednesday and Thursday. Thursday should be the hottest day for most spots when highs will probably be within 5 degrees of the all-time records. Highs on Tuesday will be in the mid 80s to lower 90s, warming to the 90s to near 104 on Thursday. Friday will be slightly cooler, but highs will still be in the upper 80s and 90s.

* TIMING…Tuesday afternoon through early Friday evening.

* IMPACTS…Heat illnesses are possible with temperatures this hot. People engaged in outdoor activities should have access to plenty of beverages as well as places to get out of the direct sunlight.


An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of unusually hot weather will occur, creating a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible.

Drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.

FYI, the record high is 103° F, recorded at Sea-Tac Airport on July 29, 2009.

Go to for preparedness information.

A FREE inaugural All-Day Music and Community Festival will be in Des Moines on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

All are welcome to enjoy a fun-filled day featuring 4+ live bands, fresh farm goods, baked goods, craft and handmade items plus much more.

Sponsored by Des Moines First Baptist Church, the event will be held on their campus located across the street from Mt. Rainier H.S. in Des Moines (map below).

Organizers say:

“There is something for everyone in our community!

We’ll have special jewelry made to your order, games for all, yard sale items, Kid’s activities, First Responders and an ‘Ask the Pastor Booth’!”

This is a great opportunity to meet neighbors and enjoy lively music by Lee and Nathan’s “They will know you” band, Fulfillment band, Just me group and more.

A few booths are still available for local artisans and home based businesses – for details, please email:

[email protected]

First Baptist Church is located at 22415 19th Ave S.:

By Brian DeRoy

Port of Seattle

The Port of Seattle will be holding several informational sessions designed to let community groups near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport know how they can benefit from a newly-created Airport Community Ecology Fund.

The Port understands communities who are affected most by the airport should also experience more benefits.

Port staff will host informational drop-in sessions from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the following dates:

  • SEATAC: Tuesday, Aug. 1, Valley View Library, 17850 Military Road S.
DES MOINES: Monday, Aug. 7, Des Moines Police Department, 21900 11th Ave. S. 

The Small Matching Grants Program offers community members of SeaTac, Burien, and Des Moines the chance to apply for Port funding to improve the local environment. Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, youth or athletic associations, chambers of commerce, and community groups located in or providing services in SeaTac, Burien, and Des Moines.

To ensure fairness and make sure all potential applicants get the same information prior to submittal, the program does not respond to direct email or phone call questions. That’s why the informational sessions are so important.

You can learn more about the Port’s ecology fund and download a grand application by visiting this website.

The Des Moines Farmers Market board announced on Sunday (July 30) that it has made the hard decision to cancel the Wednesday Sunset Market for the rest of the 2017 season.

Unfortunately, sales and attendance continued to decline, and last Wednesday’s sales were no exception, the board said.

Under these conditions, the food vendors cannot make a profit.

The food trucks will likely go into the beach park during the Wednesday night concerts.

“We wish to thank all our loyal customers for supporting this venture for the last two years,” Wayne Corey told The Waterland Blog.

by Dave Markwell

I woke up at 4:30 this morning with an unusual amount of “aliveness”. I’m not sure why I woke up at 4:30 or why I was feeling so alive at such an hour, but life is funny. I heard the birds talking and smelled the sweet, salty, mid-summer breeze wafting through my bedroom window and knew it was time: Time to get up and be alive. And so I did.

It’s nice when this happens. Many mornings, it is easy to enjoy the false death of sleep and postpone leaving our comfy little cocoons to enter the world of responsibilities. We cover our heads and stall and enter the day already late. It’s nice to be early. The world and the coffee are more magnificent as the sky lightens and the birds and dogs and trees stir to life. It’s nice to be among them. We belong here; alive, with other alive things.

Tomorrow morning, my thirteen year old daughter and I embark on a nice little week-long vacation. We will travel well. Without the distractions of our daily lives, we will talk about important things and nothings and be alive together. This happens too infrequently, but it’s nice when it does. We will cook and eat and play cards and laugh. She will amaze me with her ever-evolving wit and I her with my seemingly ever-evolving stupidity. I’m comfortable with both.

Her world is getting more complicated, while mine is getting simpler. Certain times in life bring us awareness and insight regarding things we value. Understanding, very clearly, these things allows us to strip down the stuff that doesn’t matter. It is here with our short lists of important things that we can focus on where we are, want to be, or simply enjoy an early morning waking with the sun.

We cannot come to this time without other times. So, as much as I would wish to share the peace of my short list with my kids, I cannot. The trimming of our lists involves bruises and scars and time. They must experience all sides of life to find their own important things. We suffer an uncomfortable amount of life dealing with unimportant things to arrive at the place we belong. It’s the price of admission to ride our spinning globe. But, it’s a fair deal.

Enjoying a morning with the robins and summer wind, feeling one’s heartbeat, believing in wonder and magic, and the potential of a day before sunrise foretells a good day and a good life. The powerful undercurrent of this faith moves our blood and bodies and is as necessary as air. Trusting our own voice and understanding that we are only truly beholden to our own, carefully crafted, list of important things is liberating and right, as our tickets on this ride are not without expiration dates. Breathing an early morning of earth and driving a two-laner with my baby girl riding shotgun top my short list and are good reasons to be alive. I haven’t found better…

[EDITOR’S NOTE:”Feel Good Friday” is a regular column written by Des Moines resident Dave Markwell, whose first book is called “A Feel Good Life” (buy it on Amazon here). He also runs the new Waterland Arcade, located at 22306 Marine View Drive South. Dave extols to all neighbors: “Enjoy where we live. Put your feet on the pavement and truly feel how great it is to live here!” Also, Dave needs more friends – find him on Facebook here.

[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:]

Thank you all who signed our petition requesting the Des Moines City Council to appeal the Hardstand Holdroom DNS*.

The City did not appeal and that may have you disappointed.

I am not. I am proud that we came together and took a stand behind a City who actually filed public comment in the first place. Remember not every city surrounding the airport even did that much.

Our City Manager Michael Matthias has worked incredibly hard this past week, no other City Manager thought to call an emergency all-city meeting with the Port, but Michael did. This meeting gave the other cities that did not file public comment a chance to voice their concerns, and iron out some of the glaring issues outside of a costly appeal.

Wednesday at the Highline Forum it was our City Manager Matthias and Mayor Pina who took the lead on the airport issues, challenging the data presented by the Port of Seattle’s Stan Sheppard. Mayor Pina stated that the data being reported by the members of Quiet Skies Puget Sound is far more accurate then what the POS is reporting, Mayor Pina and Matthias pushed for updated noise monitors/data reports because the ones POS are using don’t work.

Each and everyone of you should know that I did not support the hiring of Matthias and I have gone into heavy battles with Matt Pina, I will publicly state Michael Matthias is doing more as a City Manager then anyone else ever has, I will publicly apologize to Michael Matthias for my part in the public dis-crediting of him without facts, which is exactly what I see happening here now – you all don’t know the facts because they will not be learned here on Facebook.

The Highline Forum is open to the pubic, so was City Council, yet no one shows up and speaks out. Please continue to do the good work, please write, call & continue to file complaints, but please make an attempt to show up in person. The cities that are seeing some results with their own local officials pack their city halls to standing room only, weekly. We need to support our elected in this battle, we are demanding they go up against huge agencies, with rows of empty seats…at every meeting.

– Sheila Brush
Quiet Skies Puget Sound

* From the Port of Seattle: The Concourse D Hardstand Holdroom will be a dedicated space connected to the terminal where passengers will take a bus to or from an airplane located on the airfield (i.e. hardstand operation) versus entering or exiting a plane through a loading bridge or walkway connected to the terminal. This facility is intended to accommodate current passenger levels, lessen the current high utilization of existing airplane gates, and maintain a high level of service for passengers.

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

From Advertiser ‘Choose Patricio’:

I am a hardworking, non-political family man and entrepreneur who immigrated to Des Moines from Chile in 1991.

As the owner of a successful computer technology business, I have been volunteering with small business and government relations for the past 25 years. I am a passionate advocate for the City of Des Moines, small business and supportive of building cultural relationships.

As a board member of 4Culture and member of the Rotary Club, my passion is serving the community I love. I want to help Des Moines be a safe and healthy haven for families and businesses. Building our economic base is the key to our success. With prosperity, more resources will become available for the police, public works, parks, etc. which all support a better place to live. Safety, family, and prosperity for Des Moines are what we can achieve if we work together.

I would appreciate your support and vote for me.

Thank you,

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding two Open Houses this weekend, on Saturday, July 29, and Sunday, July 30.

The first home – open both Saturday & Sunday – is a stunning beach waterfront home in Normandy Park, with expansive, wide views of Puget Sound and more:

Imagine yourself here!

Step onto the beach waterfront home on Normandy Terrace.

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

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

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

Ideal outdoor deck and hot tub.

All located on a large, fully fenced, gated flat lot with ample parking. Home is move-in ready w/new carpets.

Lot A Beach Rights which includes boat launch.

Easy access to downtown and airport.


  • Saturday, July 29: 12 – 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 30: 12 – 3 p.m.

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


  • List Price: $2,465,000
  • MLS Number: 1166940
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Year Built: 1979
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,210 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 28,063 s.f.

Site Features:

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

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

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

The second home – open on Saturday, July 29 – is a rare, impeccable Lake Burien Waterfront Home:

Reward yourself with this rare offering!

Impeccable Lake Burien Waterfront Home.

Move-in ready condition.

Spacious kitchen has large island with seating for seven, Subzero and an over-sized pantry.

New waterfront area is complete with patio and large dock.

Best part of the lake with captivating views including sunsets.

Interior offers one level living on main.

Downstairs could be separate living quarters.

Large lot with ample parking.


Handicap accessible.

Amazing opportunity!

WHEN: Saturday, July 29: 3 – 6 p.m

WHERE: 15700 14th Place SW, Burien, WA 98166 (MAP, or see below)


  • List Price: $1,200,000
  • MLS Number: 1154423
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 1997
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,800 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 10,800 s.f.

Site Features:

  • 2nd Kitchen
  • Wet Bar
  • 2nd Master BR
  • Wine Cellar
  • Bath Off Master
  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Disabled Access
  • Jetted/Soaking Tub
  • Skylights
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

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.

Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival from Olav on Vimeo.

One of the region’s premier blues and craft beer festivals returns on Saturday, Aug. 26, as the 8th Annual Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival rocks the waterfront at Des Moines Beach Park.

Four award-winning bands/artist will be showcased, including Lisa Mann, winner of the prestigious 2016 Blues Music Award and the Oregon Music Hall of Fame Album of the Year.

The lineup also includes Polly O’Keary and The Rhythm Method, the Stacy Jones Band, and Willie & The Whips. Music begins at 12:30 and runs until 8:00 PM with adult refreshments pouring from 20 of the Northwest’s best craft breweries.

Admission – which includes 5 beer tastings – is $35 in advance and $40 at the gate. Advance tickets can be purchased online at the event website

The event, which attracts more than 1000 blues enthusiasts from throughout the Northwest, is a not-for-profit fundraiser of the Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park. More than a dozen charities are benefited, including the Des Moines Food Bank, Music4Life, Coats for Kids, Helping Homeless Youth, Shine Brite Mentoring, and the Highline Schools Foundation.

Attendees must be 21 and over. There are parking availabilities at the marina and throughout downtown Des Moines. All event details can be found at

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


Where was the breeze off the water when you needed it at the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market last Saturday – it was 90+ degrees on the pavement?

Quit complaining the misses says – fall is fast approaching.  Keep in mind we will validate 2 hours free parking for both Sat & Wed markets. Just show your purchases at the market info booth. If you are a Des Moines resident and have a vehicle registered in Des Moines, you can get a yearly ($30) pass at the Marina office for $15 for the rest of this year.

And speaking of the Wednesday’s Sunset Market, it seems that it has run its course. Attendance and sales this year so far are only 50% of last year’s numbers. Some of our vendors are canceling because of the low sales. After this week’s Sunset Market the board will be making a decision on its future.

Oh Fudge? vendor has been in business for over 15 years.  They are located in Bonney Lake at the foot of Mount Rainier. Their fudge is made with pure cane sugar, sweet cream, fresh creamy butter, and pure vanilla extract. Nothing fake, and no preservatives. Only pure ingredients that you can actually taste, making the fudge smooth and creamy,  never grainy. It is made the old fashioned way in small batches and hand stirred.  The texture is decadent,  the taste is rich,  and simply melts in your mouth. They can also ship fudge directly to you.

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

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

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

Seniors don’t forget that the market and the King Conservation District, with partner Sound Generations, are offering the HYDE Shuttle providing local door to door transportation to and from the market to seniors 55 and older and people with disabilities of all ages living in Des Moines, Normandy Park, Burien and Sea-Tac. Call 206-727-6262 to schedule a ride. The rides are every other week: July 29; August 12,26; September 9,23.

Be sure to get your application for the upcoming and last Clutter to Cash sale for August 19th.  You can sell all that odd ball stuff you have been moving from one side of your garage to the other. The booth spaces are starting to fill up, so we are encouraging people to sign up early. The space fee is $20 and you must provide your own tables, chairs, etc. You can sign up at the information booth or download the application from our web site.

Upcoming Events

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

Thanks to our sponsors:

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

In a letter to the college’s Board of Trustees on Thursday (July 27), Dr. Jack Bermingham announced his retirement as president of Highline College, effective next week.

The board accepted the letter earlier Thursday during a special meeting held on campus.

For the past several months, Bermingham, 68, has been on leave from the college to recuperate from open-heart surgery, which he underwent in December 2016.

In an email to campus faculty and staff today, Bermingham said:

“My recovery has taken longer than anticipated. Returning to my responsibilities as president of the college would necessarily be gradual, and I am already nearing the end of my career. Under these circumstances and after a great deal of reflection, I am announcing my retirement from Highline College.”

Dr. Jeff Wagnitz, Highline’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, who has been acting in Bermingham’s absence, will continue as acting president.

Bermingham was only the sixth president in the college’s 55-year history.

His passion for promoting access, diversity, social justice and student achievement brought him to the community college system. He came to Highline in 1994 as academic vice president, a post he would hold until being appointed president in 2006.

His distinguished academic career began in 1979 when he received his Ph.D. in history from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He went on to a faculty appointment at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. He came to Washington as a faculty member at Pacific Lutheran University, where he earned tenure and later became dean of social sciences.

His commitment to serve all students effectively has led to national and regional recognition for him personally and for Highline College in a number of areas, including diversity, inclusion, basic skills and international education.

Since taking over leadership at Highline more than a decade ago, Bermingham strengthened collaborations with business, industry, K–12 and baccalaureate institutions, and community-based organizations, resulting in successful partnerships and expanded economic development efforts.

He served on several regional and national boards and committees where he was especially active in advancing international initiatives and education, believing in the importance of preparing students to live in a multicultural world and global economy.

In the near future, the college will provide details on opportunities for celebrating Dr. Bermingham’s achievements.

Evelyn “Jean” Snyder, wife, super mom, and friend to all, went to the promise land 7/22/17 after a lengthy and courageous battle with vascular dementia. With a family built on love and respect by her side, our Mom was under the compassionate and loving care at Spring Ridge Memory Care in Tacoma.

Born Evelyn Jean Wilson on April 14, 1934 in Seattle, she caught the eye of Larry Snyder when she was just 14. They would spent nearly 70 years together raising a family in Des Moines (WA) , building small businesses, impacting the community, and celebrating others. Our Mom cared for literally thousands of children over 30 years while operating Starter School (Holly Park) and Des Moines Child Care (Des Moines).

Our Mom loved family, friends and “digging in the dirt”. She loved gardening and even had a plant hospital for those that needed special nurturing. That was our Mom.

Our Mom is survived by husband of 63 years Larry and their children and spouses, daughters Kathy and husband Art, Carol “Tiny” and husband Doug, Annie and husband Dana Brooks, and son Larry Jr and partner Jill. In addition, there are 5 beloved grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and the Foster Children, each welcomed with open arms.

A gathering of friends and family to remember Jean, our special Mom, is Sunday August 6th 2017 3-5PM in the Dining Hall at Des Moines Beach Park (22030 Cliff Ave South). Self-pay parking is available at the Marina. Our special Mom would ask you to be not sad today. Simply smell a flower and offer someone a smile, that’s our Mom.

In lieu of flowers, we ask you to join us and recognize the incredible and compassionate care provided during her stay by making a donation to Spring Ridge Assisted Living and Memory Care in Tacoma. These funds will be distributed to benefit those in care that need it most. Donations in Jean’s name can also be made to Project Violet at Fred Hutchison.

Need an antidote for kid boredom?

Des Moines Gospel Chapel’s Superhero Day Camp starts Monday, July 31, from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., and runs through Friday, Aug. 4.

Cost is $85, or $210 for a family of three or more.

There is still room for more registrations in this fun and active Day Camp. If your children are entering 1st-6th grades in the Fall, they won’t want to miss Day Camp! Flyers can be downloaded from the church website:

Call TODAY to reserve your child’s spot at 206-878-2145 or email the church office at [email protected], or download a PDF registration form here:

Des Moines Gospel Chapel is located at 21914 7th Ave. South, Des Moines:

Burien Grocery Outlet is looking to hire for two positions:


Burien Grocery Outlet is hiring for entry level Cashier positions. Cashiers must interact positively with customers and ensure a pleasant experience for all. Excellent verbal skills are a must for this position.

Duties include:

  • Accurately scanning goods and collecting payment
  • Issue receipts, refunds, change, redeem coupons and EBT sales
  • Resolve customer complaints, guide them and provide relevant information
  • Greet customers when entering and leaving
  • Make sales referrals, cross sell products and introduce new ones
  • Maintain clean checkout areas and assist in other areas
  • Maintain transaction records
  • Assist in carry outs and cart runs
  • Pleasantly interact with customers to ensure satisfaction


  • Must be 18 or over
  • Basic knowledge of electronic equipment (cash register, scanners, money counters)
  • Strong communications and time management skills
  • Ability to work well with a team
  • Customer satisfaction oriented
  • Attention to detail and mathematical skills
  • Sales skills
  • High school diploma/GED
  • Must be able to work nights, weekends and holidays


Burien Grocery Outlet is now hiring at entry level positions for merchandisers.  We are looking for hard working individuals who can perform multiple tasks while being friendly, helpful and courteous to our large customer base.

Duties include:

  • Stocking shelves
  • Receiving and verifying deliveries
  • Lifting up to 50 pounds
  • General janitorial work
  • Pleasantly deal with customers to ensure satisfaction
  • Assist in carry outs and cart runs, as well as bagging for customers
  • Follow company standards
  • Protect and maintain inventory control


  • Must be 18 or older
  • Professional demeanor and appearance
  • Reliability
  • Ability to work well on a team
  • Must be able to work, nights, weekends and holidays
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • High school diploma/GED preferred

If interested, please send your resume to [email protected]

The Des Moines Theater – bought and soon to be renovated by Artist/Developer Dan Spalding and Jeff Angell – will be holding an Open House on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, starting at 2 p.m.

This will be an opportunity to learn about this ambitious project to bring the historic theater back to life.

Demolition work has begun, and developers anticipate beginning site preparation and foundation work later this year.

“Recognizing the historic and sentimental value of the building, the existing structure will be refurbished, and square footage will be increased with the addition of two additional stories,” City Manager Michael Matthias told The Waterland Blog. “When complete, the project will contain a theatre and retail space, as well as residential units on the upper floors with views to Puget Sound.”

The theater space will be accessible to the community for use as a live music, performance hall and movie venue. A commercial kitchen will be available to provide food and beverages to patrons. The design of the building blends historic with modern elements to fit with and enliven the surrounding Marina District neighborhood, creating an attractive destination for residents and visitors.Additional details related to the open house will be available prior to the date of the event.

Spalding told us in 2015 that he is planning on turning the historic building into “a mixed use complex consisting of retail and residential space with other possibilities for the theater space,” which you can see evidence of in design renderings below:

He bought the building – built in 1947 and containing 10,572 square feet of space – for $430,000, and construction is set to begin this Fall.

According to the Des Moines Historical Society:

The Des Moines Cinema building was opened 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…

Read our previous coverage of Spalding and his new project here.

The Des Moines Theater is located at 22325 Marine View Drive:

Boy Scout Troop #307 is working with the City of Des Moines to extend a hiking path, through Barnes Creek wilderness area between 216th and 220th.

“We are currently working on stage 4 of this project,” Avery Welch told The Waterland Blog.

Each stage has been lead by a different Scout for their Eagle project, and Volunteers are needed

“If you wish to help we would be glad to have you,” Avery added.

The project is located on S. 2 20th Street between 15th and 16th, and volunteers are needed on July 29, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, email Avery at [email protected].

Destination Des Moines and the Waterland Festival & Parade are proud to announce the 2017 Waterland Grand Marshal – Fran Woodard.

Fran Woodard is a dedicated volunteer and active steward of the Waterland Festival & Parade. Her 33 year commitment to the City of Des Moines goes back to her term as the Executive Director of the Des Moines Chamber of Commerce and Director of the Waterland Festival.

In 2016 Fran was honored by the Seattle SeaFair Commodores in recognition of her service to the Waterland Festival as a SeaFair Sanctioned Community event. Destination Des Moines continues to draw on her experience as our beloved historian of the Waterland Festival.

You can see Fran’s lovely “parade wave” at the Waterland Parade, which starts at 6 p.m. this Saturday, July 22 at the Landmark and runs along Marine View Drive from South to North, ending at 216th.