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Councilmember Upthegrove hands over keys to Des Moines Mayor Dave Kaplan.

On Thursday (July 10), Metropolitan King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove handed over the keys of an eight-passenger van to the City of Des Moines Parks, Recreation & Senior Services Office to transport low income residents, children and seniors to local and county wide activities.

“I am thrilled that King County can provide a vehicle to support kids and seniors in Des Moines,” Upthegrove said. “The city offers a wide variety of programs such as summer camp and senior activities. This van will help Des Moines continue this valuable work.”

The City of Des Moines Parks Office will primarily use the van to shuttle kids to the Club KHAOS before and after school program. In the summer, Camp KHAOS offers all day camp for kids that include outdoor games, arts, swimming and new experiences under the supervision of caring, experienced camp staff. The van will also be used to transport senior citizens, low income residents and children to various events across South King County.

Since 1995, the County Council has donated vans from Metro’s Vanpool to local cities and nonprofit organizations to provide transportation for low-income, elderly, youth and disabled residents. The vans are part of a fleet of county vehicles that have been ‘retired’ after accruing a certain number of miles.

Governments, agencies and organizations that receive vans must meet specific requirements, including outlining specific plans for using the van, ability to provide quality and trained drivers and assurance that the van will be available to assist persons without regard to affiliation with any particular organization.

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for both this Saturday and Sunday – is a fabulous 5-bedroom Des Moines view home!

Not only is this home in an excellent location, it boasts wonderful views of Puget Sound and the Mountains, and there is plenty of room for everyone and everything.

Enjoy the Gourmet Kitchen with huge bar for entertaining, along with a light, bright Dining Room that looks out to a gorgeous yard.

A Living Room with Fireplace leads to 3 Bedrooms on the main floor, plus a Master Suite with walk-in closet and full bath.

Upper level offers additional bedroom/office/den and huge family room.

MUST SEE TO APPRECIATE!

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

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: TWO DAYS – Saturday, July 12: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Sunday, July 13: 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 23130 Marine View Dr South, Des Moines, WA 98198

INFO:

  • List Price: $597,000
  • MLS Number: 664743
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Year Built: 1940
  • Approximate House SqFt: 4,090
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 25,875

Site Features:

  • Cable TV
  • Deck
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  • Patio
  • RV Parking
  • Shop
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • High Tech Cabling
  • Pantry

Marketing remarks:

Excellent Location!

Fabulous Home!

Wonderful Views of Sound and Mountains!

Plenty of Room for Everyone and Everything.

Enjoy the Gourmet Kitchen with Huge Bar for Entertaining.

Light, Bright Dining Room looks out to Gorgeous Yard.

Glass Door to Sunny Deck for Relaxing.

Living Room with Fireplace leads to 3 Bedrooms on Main Floor plus Master Suite with Walk in Closet and Full Bath.

Upper Level offers Additional Bedroom/Office/Den and Huge Family Room.

MUST SEE TO APPRECIATE!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

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

Beginning Tuesday, July 15, the “Get Out Of Bed!!” (aka ‘GOOB!!’) Program kicks off at Advertiser Waterland CrossFit!

Designed as a fun resource for kids aged 12-15 to “do something” besides lay in bed playing vids or watching stupid youtube cartoons, this program aspires to simply give kids a spot to gather, play and move for a couple of hours a day.

Open from 10am-noon at the Waterland CrossFit gym in Des Moines and led by CrossFit and life coach, Dave Markwell, kids can play games, receive exercise coaching, or just talk to each other. There will be no schedule of activities. The kids can do what they want with what we have (safely), a notable exception being: no electronics!!!

It seems a void exists in our community for things like this, especially for this age group. As a child, I had the “Boys and Girls Club” in town as a safe and fun gathering spot. We hope to provide something similar.

Cost is $5 per day. 5 person minimum..so RSVP to ensure the gym will be open!! Feel free to contact Dave with any questions or concerns and to reserve your kid’s spot!!!

For more info:

Dave Markwell

waterlandxfit@gmail.com

206-271-8100

Ah, the beautiful sun was back last Saturday and new fruits and vegetables are showing up. Check this chart for your favorites (click image to see larger version):

Fruit Season Chart

Food Trucks – look for your favorites: Jemil’s Big Easy Cajon,Bikelava, Ben & Jerry’s, Nomad Curbside Cuisine, Stella Fiore Pizza, Six Coins Japanese Mobile and Neema’s Comfort Food.

Stop by market sponsor Seattle Southside Visitor Services booth for area information, maps, restaurant recommendations and free post cards and visitor guides. The Visitor Center staff will be on hand to let you know about the exciting upcoming events in our region. Have guests traveling from out of town and need ideas on how to entertain them? They can help!

Here are the community groups for this week:

Mount Rainer High School Dance Team will be holding a bake sale at their booth to raise funds for their activities.

mrp logoMt Rainier Pool will be talking about the importance of kids learning to swim and about how water-based exercise is a great way for adults and seniors to remain active because their natural buoyancy reduces the stress on joints and bones. As always, they will be providing free tattoos depicting the pool logo.

MRP also begin promotion of their first-ever Pumpkin Plunge set for Sunday, Oct. 26. Instead of kids having to trek to the pumpkin patch, they can come visit them where they will be tossing pumpkins into the pool (yes, they float) for the kids to retrieve. There will be pumpkin decorating stations, Halloween treats and entertainment, too. Admission will be $5 per person and they MUST preregister (so they can make sure each child gets a pumpkin).

Click here to download PDF.

Music this week is by Blues crooner PK Dwyer from noon to 2pm. Look for him at the Boardwalk Bistro and remember to make a donation, as all the market’s musicians perform for free.

The Des Moines Area Food Bank “Picnic in the Park” continues their free summer lunch program for all school age kids. If you would like to volunteer to help with this program, contact the Food Bank 206-878-2660. Look for them in the grassy area next to the marina office starting at noon. They will be there every Saturday until school starts.

Upcoming events: July 18-20 is the Waterland Festival. Click for all the events taking place in our community, including the Waterland Parade. August 9th is the Health & Fitness Day and September 13th is Kids Back to School/Safety Day at the market.

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

The 5th annual Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival is coming up on Saturday, Aug. 23, with a day filled with local blues together with a variety of fine brews from local breweries.

This event is the prime fundraiser for the local Music4Life program, expanding music to youth in our local schools.

The festival – put on by the Rotary Club of Des Moines – will be located on the shores of Puget Sound at the Des Moines Beach Park.

Tickets can be purchased online here, or at Airways Brewing Company, 99 Bottles, B&E Meats , as well as through members of the Rotary Club of Des Moines.

Rotarian Steve Swank recently interviewed members of The Curtis Hammond Band, who will perform from 6:30 – 8 p.m.:

This is an outdoor event and will be held rain or shine, you must be 21 or older to attend. No pets will be allowed inside the event.

No outside food or beverages allowed. Low lawn chairs and picnic blankets allowed.

There will be plenty of free parking in the Des Moines Marina.

While you are in town, you might also want to visit the Des Moines Farmer’s Market, which runs from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. during the day.

To complement your blues and brews, they will be barbecuing Bratwurst and B&E Meat’s famous Tri Tip for your dining enjoyment.

Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the gate.

Six tasting tokens included with the price of admission.

The Highline School Board unanimously approved a contract extension for Superintendent Susan Enfield at its regular meeting on Wednesday, July 9.

Dr. Enfield’s contract now runs through 2017, coinciding with the term of the district’s strategic plan.

“We are making good progress toward the bold goals in our strategic plan, and we have the right leader to get our students to those targets,” said School Board President Michael Spear. “We are confident in the capabilities of our students, the good work of our teachers, and the outstanding leadership of Dr. Enfield.”

Dr. Enfield led the development of the strategic plan, which outlines ambitious goals for student achievement by 2017:

  • 19 out of 20 students will meet or exceed standard in all core subjects by the end of Grade 3.
  • 19 out of 20 students will pass algebra by the end of Grade 9.
  • 19 out of 20 students will graduate prepared to choose their future.

“I am grateful for the board’s support and confidence in me,” said Dr. Enfield. “I am so honored to serve the students and families of Highline, and I look forward to continuing to work alongside all of our staff to ensure that each and every student is known by name, strength and need—and that we continue to make progress toward our 2017 goals. Together, I know we will achieve great things for our students, each one of whom deserves the very best.”

Dr. Enfield began as Highline Superintendent in July 2012. Before coming to Highline, she served as Chief Academic Officer and Interim Superintendent at Seattle Public Schools. Previously, she held leadership positions in Evergreen School District (Vancouver, Washington), Portland Public Schools, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Dr. Enfield is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and earned master’s degrees in education from Stanford University and Harvard University. She holds a doctoral degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University with a concentration in the Urban Superintendents Program.

Waterland5kFunRun14Will YOUR first 5k be the Waterland Sun Fun Run on Saturday, July 19?

That morning at 8:30 a.m., an event will begin. In scenic Des Moines Beach Park friends and neighbors will gather and start to move their bodies. Running or walking along the Marina waterfront and up the Des Moines Creek Trail, folks will enjoy the sights and sounds of a beautiful morning while doing something GOOD FOR THEMSELVES AND THE COMMUNITY!!!

If you have never participated in a “race”, this is one to start with. Relatively flat with water and mountains and trees as backdrops, a more perfect scenario could not be invented.

YOU are encouraged to PARTICIPATE. If you have been considering doing “something” to improve your health, use this as a springboard to get things going!!! A very inviting and inclusive atmosphere is being created and we (the organizers) hope this event will inspire a little sweat and a lot of smiles…so…WHY NOT YOU?? And…WHY NOT NOW??

This event supports Destination Des Moines’ efforts to bring awesome community events to Des Moines, as well as, the Highline Schools Foundation for Excellence, a passionate group intent on enhancing educational opportunities within the Highline School District.

So, please join us in helping your community and bring a friend and/or your family and help YOURSELVES to a great day!!!

To register, go to http://destinationdesmoines.org/waterlandfestival/watlerland5k/

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Tonight – Wednesday, July 9 – is the first of the Des Moines (WA) Arts Commission’s FREE summer concert series!

See the ‘Castaways’ in the Des Moines Beach Park meadow from 7 – 8:30 p.m.

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If you happen to notice a lot of emergency-type activity at Sea-Tac Airport this Thursday, July 10, don’t worry – it’s just a very large drill being put on by the Port of Seattle.

Eight evacuation helicopters, more than 175 emergency vehicles and 300 victim volunteers are scheduled to be part of the exercise, simulating an aircraft accident at the airport. The Port of Seattle is organizing region-wide emergency response partners and incorporating lessons learned from last year’s aircraft incident in San Francisco for this disaster preparedness and response exercise required every three years by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Preparations for the exercise will begin as early as 5 a.m. with the exercise scheduled to start at 9 a.m. and conclude no later than 1 p.m.

The exercise will NOT affect or delay any air travel. Both of Sea-Tac’s two other runways will be open as normal and the exercise will NOT affect any customer activity within the terminal. Residents nearby the airport may notice emergency vehicles responding as part of the exercise, including several evacuation helicopters scheduled to arrive and depart from the west side of the airfield.

For the first time, the port will include in this year’s exercise multiple helicopter agencies to practice potential patient air evacuations. This comes on the heels of lessons learned from the SFO Asiana accident in July of 2013. Airlift agencies scheduled to participate include the U.S. Coast Guard from Port Angeles and Astoria, Oregon, U.S. Navy Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington Air National Guard – Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Snohomish County Sheriff, King County Sheriff, and Airlift Northwest.

Up to 300 volunteers will participate as ‘victims’ next to the Port of Seattle Fire Department’s mock aircraft fuselage which will be located on the north end of the western-most runway (designated as 16R/34L, or locally known as the third runway). Volunteers will arrive at approximately 5 a.m. for moulage (or make-up) to represent a variety of injuries that will test medical care triage practices.

Dozens of the King County area mutual aid police and fire agencies will participate in the exercise with an estimated 50 -75 pieces of equipment from fire engines to aid cars and up to 175 fire fighters. Additional police officers from the area are also expected to participate alongside first responders from the Port of Seattle Fire and Police Departments, Sea-Tac Airport Security, Airport Operations, Public Information and the Port Environmental team.

In addition, other key exercise participants will include airport and airline representatives, the FAA, Red Cross, King County Emergency Management Division, and the King County Medical Examiner.

A comprehensive report will be prepared post-exercise to identify any gaps in emergency plans and then prioritize follow-up corrective actions.

Inquiries or concerns should be directed to the Port of Seattle Fire Department at 787.5327 or fire@portseattle.org.

In recognition of his many years of service to the Des Moines community, Jim Langston has been selected as the 2014 Waterland Grand Parade Grand Marshal.

Mr. Langston is a fourth generation Des Moines resident. His great-grandparents founded the Children’s Industrial Home of Des Moines in 1908. Jim retired after 30 years as a public school educator, and is currently vice-president and program chair of the Des Moines Historical Society. He is an active member of the Des Moines Odd Fellows Lodge #305, President of the Hillgrove Cemetery Association, Chairman of the City of Des Moines Performing Arts Committee and he serves on the Board of Directors of All Aboard Washington, a non-profit rail advocacy group.

The Des Moines Waterland Grand parade starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 19. The parade route begins at 240th and Marine View Dr S and continues through downtown Des Moines to 216th.

Check out all of the activities happening during Waterland weekend: www.destinationdesmoines.org/waterlandfestival

Or on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/desmoineswaterlandfestival

Highline College’s Marine Science and Technology Center (MaST) recently received two generous donations to support their annual “Summer on the Sound” Marine Science Camp.

Totem Ocean Trailer Express gave $2,500 and an anonymous donor contributed $10,000 to support the operations and the cost of students to attend the summer camp.

“These donations make it possible for children from any background or means to participate in camp,” said MaST Center Director, Dr. Kaddee Lawrence. “The MaST Center and our generous donors recognize this experience as a cornerstone for life-long environmental stewardship.”

Summer on the Sound is a week-long, half-day camp that focuses on life in the Puget Sound for third through fifth grade students that are passionate about science and the ocean. The camp is being held this week, July 7-11, at the MaST Center.

The MaST Center is located at 28203 Redondo Beach Dr. S. in Des Moines, Wash. For questions or camp details, contact Dr. Kaddee Lawrence at klawrence@highline.edu.

by Dave Markwell

I had the distinct pleasure of visiting with a batty old lady the other day. As the calendar pages turn on my life, I have come to appreciate and enjoy “bats” more than I have previously. My mom is one, as are some of my friends’ moms. These are women that I have always loved, but not appreciated. I have undervalued what they bring to the conversation. They offer unique skills and perspectives that, while being a shade or two outside of the lines, are important.

On this particular day, my daughter was hanging out with her best friend at her grandma’s house. I have known this woman for nearly 30 years as she is my old buddy’s mom. She is an artist and a dancer and independent movie buff. She is into “films”, actually…not movies. She gardens and lives in a house stuffed with things she enjoys. Quilting swatches and canvas and paint brushes fill the cracks and crevasses in her home. She bakes cookies and a mean raspberry cobbler. I had some warm cobbler the other day with my daughter and friend while sitting in my buddy’s childhood home and I was happy.

Watching the little girls conversing with the wonderful bat, I was grateful. A kindness and openness and a special kind of love of life was conveyed through her story and the girls listened with rapt attention. I listened too. I have spent many years not listening and have missed some gold.

A very evolved understanding of what’s important exists in these women. They know what they like and care about and they do those things. They smile a lot and are always quick with a good hug. They are unself-conscious about their dress or expression. They are a free lot and it is nice to witness truly free beings once in a while. And I’m glad my daughter gets some exposure to this magic. I want her to be free, too.

So, on this Fourth of July, I send a heartfelt “thank you” to the bats flitting through the skies of my world. And, as I see our American flags waving proudly from the porches around my town, I remember that Betsy Ross was quite likely an old bat and I am happy that she was. The creation of a flag as beautiful and powerful as ours can only come from the hands and heart of a special woman. So, I am thankful for her and the rest of the story-telling, hug-giving, slow-driving, unruly yard having, mismatched collection of wonderful souls that touch our lives. We need them.

[EDITOR'S NOTE:"Feel Good Friday" is a regular column written by Des Moines resident Dave Markwell, who just published his first book called "A Feel Good Life" (buy it on Amazon here). Dave also extols to all neighbors: "Enjoy where we live. Put your feet on the pavement and truly feel how great it is to live here!" Also, you can "friend" Dave on Facebook here. Or work out with him at his exercise company Waterland CrossFit!]

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Saturday, July 5 – is a Woodmont Beach View Home!

You’ll find beautiful views of Puget Sound and the mountains from this mid-century modern multi-level home.

With 5 bedrooms and 2.25 bathrooms, this home has been built to maximize the views from all levels.

Over-sized view deck is ideal for entertaining, and 4 covered parking spaces (garage and attached carport), plus shop/shed give you plenty of room to work.

Buy a lifestyle – located a short walk to the Woodmont Beach Club with private beach access and picnic areas.

Don’t miss the sport court w/playground & tennis courts.

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

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WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Saturday, July 5, from Noon – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 27044 10th Ave South, Des Moines, WA 98198

INFO:

  • List Price: $474,950
  • MLS Number: 639687
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2.25
  • Year Built: 1968
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,500
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,500

Site Features:

  • Wet Bar
  • Wired for Generator
  • Bath Off Master
  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Security System
  • Skylights
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk-in Closet

Marketing remarks:

Woodmont Beach View Home!

Beautiful views of the Puget Sound and Mountains from this Mid Century Modern Multi-Level Home.

5 bedrooms, 2.25 bathroom home that has been built to maximize the views from all levels.

Over-sized view deck is ideal for entertaining. 4 covered parking spaces (garage and attached carport), plus shop/shed.

Buy a lifestyle — located a short walk to Woodmont Beach Club with private beach access & picnic areas.

Don’t miss the sport court w/playground & tennis courts.

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

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

by Jack Mayne

There will be no immediate retail marijuana store opening in Des Moines because the top-ranking applicant has not sought any of the necessary city permits for tenant improvements or for a business license, said City Manager Tony Piasecki on Thursday (July 3).

“We are probably a month or two or three out” for the store opening, he said.

A story in the Thursday (July 3) Seattle Times indicated that a store in Des Moines could possibly open next Tuesday (July 8).

The Washington State Liquor Control Board ruled that Des Moines gets a single retail marijuana store and then vetted two qualified applicants for the store. The top-ranking applicant is Greenside Group, for a store at 23407 Pacific Highway South, and that applicant is expected to open at that address eventually.

Greenside is opening another store elsewhere in the county and Piasecki said they are concentrating on getting that one opened first, then “they will turn their sights on Des Moines.”

He said the city staff spoke with the Liquor Control Board about the application and “they told us that Greenside is probably the most professional, got their act together group they have been dealing with on the retail side. They follow all the rules.”

The site of the store will be a “prettty nondescript building” on Pacific Highway, south of the Kent-Des Moines Road.

Stay in town this 4th of July weekend and enjoy a great time of family, food, music, fun, and FIREWORKS courtesy Destination Des Moines.

Des Moines has three days of activities suited for everyone:

THURSDAY, July 3rd – 6-8pm “Smoke on the Water” Des Moines Community BBQ at the Des Moines Beach Park with live music, beer garden and root beer float garden.

FRIDAY, July 4th – 6-10pm “Born to be Wild” concert in the park with original members of Steppenwolf and Pegasus plus the best seats for viewing the fireworks! Buy tickets here.

FRIDAY, July 4th – 10:15 p.m. “Fire in the Sky” Fireworks over Des Moines on the Des Moines Marina floor.  The best way to see fireworks is over the waters of the Puget Sound with the Olympic Mountains in the background.

SATURDAY, July 5th – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Des Moines Waterfront Farmers’ Market

For more details: www.DestinationDesMoines.org

THURSDAY, JULY 3:

2014-Smoke-on-the-water-poster-662x1024A ‘Smoke on the Water’ BBQ will be held Thursday, July 3, from 6 – 8 p.m. at Des Moines Beach Park to help raise funds for Destination Des Moines’ 4th of July fireworks show.

With live music from the Saltwater Saints, Beer and Root Beer Gardens and food courtesy Master Chef Vince Koster, this should be a fun night.

Tickets are $15 for Adults, $12 Seniors and Kids $9 (kids under 3 eat free with paid Adult admission).

Tickets are available at Salon Michelle, Scotch & Vine, Brown Paper Tickets and at the Marina.

FRIDAY, JULY 4:

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Former members of Steppenwolf and Pegasus will be performing a live concert before the 4th of July fireworks at Des Moines Beach Park, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting scholarships for local kids.

Also on the bill will be ‘Mom’s Rocket’ and ‘Chasing Oz.’

“Headlining the event with be original/former members of Steppenwolf on their 2014 Born To Be Wild Tour, performing their 16 Greatest Hit songs including Magic Carpet Ride and Born to Be Wild,” band member Glen Bui told The Waterland Blog. “This is the first time Des Moines has had a band of this caliber perform!”

Two members of the band live in the Des Moines area.

Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets here.

Here are some videos of the band in action:

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For more information, visit magiccarpetrideinc.com.

FRIDAY, JULY 4:

2014-Fireworks-Over-DM-poster_largerThe big Fireworks Show will blast off at the Marina at 10:15 p.m. Friday night!

The best way to see fireworks is over the waters of the Puget Sound with the Olympic Mountains in the background.

We are glad last Saturday is behind us, we don’t need no stink’n rain!

With the first month of the season behind us the market continues on a record breaking year with sales up 35% over last year.

This being the Fourth of July holiday weekend look for specials from vendors, including the market’s Foundation wine specials. Stop by the booth and taste this year wines, a select Cabernet and Riesling which are 20% off with purchase of four. Remember all proceeds from sales go to help run the market. Also when at the wine booth don’t forget to pick up Wanolitto’s famous Cooking with Wine Cookbook, makes a great gift.

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Food Trucks – look for your favorites: Jemil’s Big Easy Cajon, Lumpia World, and new ones Athena’s, Bing of Fire, Curb Jumper Street Eats, Neema’s Comfort Food.

Here are the community groups for this week:

The Des Moines Art Commission will be explaining all the events they have lined up for the summer including the Concerts in the Park and Shakespeare in the Park, just to name a few. Back again is Paws 2 Guide with volunteers raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind in the greater Southwest Seattle/King County area.

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Music will be provided by shopper’s favorite Saltwater Saints. Remember to make a donation, as all the market’s musicians perform for free.

The Des Moines Area Food Bank “Picnic in the Park” continues their free summer lunch program for all school age kids. If you would like to volunteer to help with this program, contact the Food Bank 206-878-2660. Look for them in the grassy area next to the marina office starting at noon. They will be there every Saturday until school starts.

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

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A ‘Smoke on the Water’ BBQ will be held Thursday, July 3, from 6 – 8 p.m. at Des Moines Beach Park to help raise funds for Destination Des Moines’ 4th of July fireworks show.

With live music from the Saltwater Saints, Beer and Root Beer Gardens and food courtesy Master Chef Vince Koster, this should be a fun night.

Tickets are $15 for Adults, $12 Seniors and Kids $9 (kids under 3 eat free with paid Adult admission).

Tickets are available at Salon Michelle, Scotch & Vine, Brown Paper Tickets and at the Marina.

The 5th annual Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival is coming up on Saturday, Aug. 23, with a day filled with local blues together with a variety of fine brews from local breweries.

This event is the prime fundraiser for the local Music4Life program, expanding music to youth in our local schools.

The festival – put on by the Rotary Club of Des Moines – will be located on the shores of Puget Sound at the Des Moines Beach Park.

Tickets can be purchased online here, or at Airways Brewing Company, 99 Bottles, B&E Meats , as well as through members of the Rotary Club of Des Moines.

Rotarian Steve Swank recently interviewed James King and Renee La Roca Sims of James King & The South Siders – one of the headlining bands – click “Play” to listen:

This is an outdoor event and will be held rain or shine, you must be 21 or older to attend. No pets will be allowed inside the event.

No outside food or beverages allowed. Low lawn chairs and picnic blankets allowed.

There will be plenty of free parking in the Des Moines Marina.

While you are in town, you might also want to visit the Des Moines Farmer’s Market, which runs from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. during the day.

To complement your blues and brews, they will be barbecuing Bratwurst and B&E Meat’s famous Tri Tip for your dining enjoyment.

Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the gate.

Six tasting tokens included with the price of admission.