Des Moines United Methodist Church will be holding a Holiday Rummage Sale this Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at its campus, located at 22225 9th Ave. S.

Lots of holiday themed items to decorate your space with.

Proceeds benefit the Youth ministry.

If you have items to donate, please contact h church office at 206-878-8301.

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

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Highline Public Schools is one of two Washington state school districts awarded $30,000 grants to support increasing graduation rates, the district announced Tuesday, Nov. 29.

The grant will launch a new ‘Jobs for Washington’s Graduates’ (JWG) program at Mount Rainier High School, and will target students who are not on track to complete high school or successfully transition to a job or further education. A JWG program already exists at Puget Sound Skills Center.

JWG is a nationwide program that helps students overcome barriers, find a career path, and graduate with a plan to pursue either college or a career after high school. The program supports students with an array of services including:

  • Counseling,
  • Employability skills development,
  • Leadership and teamwork training,
  • Job development,
  • Job placement services that will result in either a quality career after graduation and/or enrollment in a postsecondary education and training program, and
  • Follow-up services after graduation.

“I am proud that our graduation rate is rising, but we remain committed to achieving our goal of graduating at least 95 percent of our students,” said Superintendent Susan Enfield. “This grant will help ensure that our students graduate with a diploma that is a ticket to the future of their choice.”

Highline and Federal Way Public Schools will each receive $30,000 to expand JWG programs. Half of the funding is from AT&T Aspire and half from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

State Superintendent Randy Dorn was instrumental in the creation of JWG in 2011. “The program has helped thousands of students find their path,” Dorn said. “It does that while keeping students in schools and getting diplomas. I applaud AT&T for the grant program and hope that Jobs for Washington’s Graduates continues to grow.”

Learn more about the grant by visiting OSPI’s website.

Friend of the Blog and Advertiser Zenith Holland Gardens is the place to get your Christmas tree this year.

Their tree sale starts today – Friday, Nov. 25 (they will be open seven days a week) – the location is Des Moines … and why stop at just a tree?

Zenith Holland will also carry a wide variety of wreaths, garlands, poinsettias, paper whites, centerpieces and more.

Zenith Holland’s Lyn Robinson

Zenith Holland is located about a minute south of downtown Des Moines, on the east side of Marine View Drive South (map below). Look for the charming wooden sign.

Established in 1907, Zenith Holland Gardens is the oldest continually operating business in Des Moines. The gardens house eleven greenhouses.

Holiday Hours:

  • MondayFriday 10-7
  • Saturday 9-8
  • Sunday 10-5

Zenith Holland Gardens
23260 Marine View Drive South
Des Moines, WA  98198

Phone 206-878-7002


The Rotary Club of Des Moines & Normandy Park will be again helping the Des Moines Area Food Bank in their ‘Square Meal Partner Fund Drive,’ which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Normandy Park Towne Center.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the store, located at 19805 1st Avenue South.

Donors are asked to donate just $10 a month and can pledge now at

The Rotary Club of Des Moines & Normandy Park, which has been a longtime financial supporter of the local Food Bank, has decided to head a fundraiser for the Des Moines Area Food Bank after learning some startling statistics:

  • The Des Moines Area Food Bank serves over 1,000 families every month in a large geographic expanse including the communities of Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac and the West Hill portion of Kent.
  • 1 in 5 children in the Des Moines Food Bank area of service, suffers from food insecurity, a rate starkly higher than the national average of 1 in 8 children.
  • The Des Moines Area Food Bank operates at a loss for 10 months out of every 12.

These numbers prompted the local Rotary club to take action to assemble a community Food/Fundraiser aimed at accomplishing three things:

  1. Raising funds to help this organization which helps so many
  2. Increasing awareness about hunger in our hometowns
  3. Galvanizing groups, business and citizens of our area to support the Des Moines Food bank in an on-going fashion


The public is encouraged to become what organizers are calling “Square Meal Partners,” credit card donors who contribute $10 monthly automatically on their credit or debit cards directly to the Des Moines Food Bank.  The goal is to get a minimum of 100 Square Meal Partners before the end of the drive at 4 p.m. on Dec. 3.

Rotarian Steve Swank, one of the event’s organizer and the Past President of the Des Moines Food Bank remarked about the impetus for this event:

“All of us who live here realize what a special area this is, with breath-taking views, wonderful neighbors and a vibrant business community. When Rotarians and the business people we’ve reached out to learned about the Food Bank statistics, many were shocked to learn that the hunger rate in our hometowns was so high. The Des Moines Food Bank does so much to help those in need, and all of us felt compelled to help the Food Bank. This Food Bank provides more of a ‘hand up’, not necessarily a ‘hand out’. Many people who utilize the Food Bank’s services come back to donate to the Food Bank once on their feet. We are confident, that with enough support, awareness and continued generosity from these communities, we can help the Des Moines Area Food Bank eliminate hunger in our hometowns. I’d like to personally invite any group, business or individual who was not happy learning that 1 in 5 kids in this area suffer from food insecurity to step up. Please attend the Food & Fund Drive on December 3rd at the Normandy Park Towne Center and please consider becoming a Square Meal Partner. Together, we can change these numbers.”


On Sunday, Dec. 11, enjoy the sounds of the season as Burien Actors Theatre presents a Holiday Concert with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra (NWSO) Brass Quintet—featuring internationally renowned soloist Natalie Dungey.

This concert presents traditional holiday music played by the brass quintet in chamber-music style.

The NWSO Brass Quintet is drawn from the nationally acclaimed Northwest Symphony Orchestra, which has been featured on National Public Radio and NBC’s Today Show. Artists as diverse as Alice in Chains and Natalie Cole have performed with the NWSO.

Seventeen-year-old American trumpeter Natalie Dungey came to international attention through her stunning performance of the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto at the National Trumpet Competition when she was 10.  Since then, she has been a featured soloist with Christopher O’Reilly on NPR’s From The Top (show #202), premiered works for trumpet and orchestra, and performed as featured soloist with orchestras and bands around the country and as far away as Japan. She performed the world premiere of Calling The Cavalry–written for her by Hollywood film composer and Grammy winner Mateo Messina (soundtrack for Juno)–with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, of which she is a member, in Benaroya Hall.

BAT’s concert with the NWSO Brass Quintet starts at 7:30 p.m. and runs until 9:15 p.m.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 seniors and $10 students. For tickets, go to or call 206-242-5180–while tickets last. Burien Actors Theatre is located at 14501 4th Ave SW in Burien.

Exciting live theater has been a tradition in Burien since 1955. Incorporated in 1980, Burien Actors Theatre (BAT) has been a leading producer of quality live theater serving residents of the Seattle and south Puget Sound areas.

Burien Actors Theatre gives audiences an intriguing and invigorating theatre experience with unusual and fantastical productions they can’t get on film or see anywhere else. The company’s mission is to treat audiences to productions of the highest artistic integrity that excite, engage and involve both the local and expanding theatrical communities in the Puget Sound region.

BAT is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, operating on revenue from ticket sales, donations, grants, sponsorships and volunteers.

Dr. Jack Bermingham, Highline College President, has joined more than 200 other college and university presidents in an effort to protect some students from possible deportation.

Bermingham added his name to a letter urging President-elect Donald J. Trump and his incoming administration to continue and expand the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program (DACA). DACA is an immigration policy that provides temporary relief from deportation and a two-year work permit for undocumented young people who came to the United States as children.

Inside Higher Ed reported “more than 700,000 young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children have registered with the federal government in exchange for temporary relief from the possibility of deportation and a two-year renewable work permit.”

The letter was organized by Pomona College President David Oxtoby and released Nov. 21. You can read the whole letter here or below.

Statement in Support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and our Undocumented Immigrant Students

The core mission of higher education is the advancement of knowledge, people, and society. As educational leaders, we are committed to upholding free inquiry and education in our colleges and universities, and to providing the opportunity for all our students to pursue their learning and life goals.

Since the advent of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012, we have seen the critical benefits of this program for our students, and the highly positive impacts on our institutions and communities. DACA beneficiaries on our campuses have been exemplary student scholars and student leaders, working across campus and in the community. With DACA, our students and alumni have been able to pursue opportunities in business, education, high tech, and the non-profit sector; they have gone to medical school, law school, and graduate schools in numerous disciplines. They are actively contributing to their local communities and economies.

To our country’s leaders we say that DACA should be upheld, continued, and expanded. We are prepared to meet with you to present our case. This is both a moral imperative and a national necessity. America needs talent – and these students, who have been raised and educated in the United States, are already part of our national community. They represent what is best about America, and as scholars and leaders they are essential to the future.

We call on our colleagues and other leaders across the business, civic, religious, and non-profit sectors to join with us in this urgent matter.

On Tuesday (Nov. 22), Port of Seattle Commissioners addressed community concerns by revising a safety program that cuts down trees in the Sea-Tac Airport flight corridor and replaces them with native, lower-growing trees and shrubs.

Commissioners also created a $1 million fund for the citizens and communities of Burien, Des Moines and SeaTac to invest in environmental and ecological projects and programs.

The Port also unanimously passed a resolution revising its Flight Corridor Safety Program to reduce the number of trees to be removed and replanted in early 2017.

The plan also calls for more community engagement before determining the removal and replanting approach for Port-owned property near S. 200th St and 10th Ave S., where most of the over-height conifers are adjacent to residential properties.

The modified Phase 1 work will begin in early 2017 by removing approximately 611 trees planted on Port property and replanting approximately 1463. Native, lower-growing trees, shrubs and flowers the Port of Seattle will plant include:


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Next steps for the flight corridor safety tree removal and replanting include:

  • In the first half of 2017, the Port will conduct public engagement on options for the Port-owned properties near S 200th St and 10th Ave S, also referred to as P4 and P5 on the Port maps.
  • In 2017, The Port will conduct environmental review and design for Phases 2 and 3, which includes trees on property owned by other public agencies, private businesses and individuals in 2017. Phase 2 and 3 environmental documentation will be available and a public comment period will begin in the second half of 2017 at the earliest.

Read our previous coverage of this issue here.


The Rotary Club of Des Moines/Normandy Park will be conducting its annual ‘Coats for Kids Coat Drive,’ happening at Parkside Elementary School on Dec. 2, 2016 from 6 – 8 p.m.

Parkside is located at 2104 South 247th Street (map below).

This event is sponsored by the Des Moines/Normandy Park Rotary Club, and benefits any child in the region in need of a warm coat this winter.  
If you have a new or gently used coat for donation, you may drop it off in advance at the Donation Print Place at 22207 7th Ave S B, Des Moines, WA 98198 or at Normandy Perk at19865 1st Avenue South #301, Normandy Park, WA 98148.

“This coat drive is intended to provide new and gently used coats for all students that attend Parkside Elementary School,” reads an announcement. “Other items on our wish list are gloves, mittens, gloves, and ski-caps. We are accepting these items at the Donation Drop Off Sites up until December 2nd.”

Items can also be dropped off at Parkside Elementary School up until the day of the event.  Thank you in advance for you kind donations.


Des Moines Gospel Chapel will be presenting a Taproot Theatre Christmas Play – ‘Hark the Harold’ – on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 11 a.m.

This is a hilarious and poignant presentation of the Christmas story.

Friends, family and neighbors are most welcome!

Des Moines Gospel is located at 21914 7th Avenue South Des Moines, WA 98198; 206-878-2145.

More info at

Commentary by Senior Writer Jack Mayne

(click “Play” button to hear audio version:)

With the biennial budgets of the cities of South King County about to be finalized, we hope the city councils will seriously consider adding more police officers. Day after day we see audacious criminals on the streets stealing from yards, mailboxes and from inside our homes.

Our police departments are doing their very best, but criminal problems are increasing.

We are not talking about homeless people, the majority of whom are solid, law-abiding citizens, but it is a criminal element that grows right along with the growth of population.

During the recent recession, budget constraints fairly well kept cities from the expensive addition of police, but now the economy is alive and well.

Burien is considering the addition of two officers, partly paid for by a recent grant the city received. The Councils of SeaTac and Des Moines have proposal before them for two additional officers each. A citizen’s suggestion of 18 more officers in Burien was clearly impossible and beyond serious consideration.

But two more are an important and affordable way to increase the enforcement of laws intended to protect our citizens. People are worried about crime and especially as the pressures of housing costs are forcing more and more people out of the cities of the Seattle metropolitan area and into the nearby suburbs we call home.

We hope the Councils will do the right and responsible thing and add two more police officers in each of our cities.


As the festively-decorated Argosy Christmas Ships make their annual trip past Redondo Beach and the MaST Center, all are invited to a bonfire on the beach – or to stay warm inside and visit the aquarium – on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

There will be coffee & hot chocolate thanks to Salty’s, and the Pacific Sound Chorus will perform at Redondo from 9-9:20 p.m.


The MaST Center is located at 28203 Redondo Beach Drive South:

KING5 is reporting that a bold thief stole a 90-year old woman’s purse in broad daylight in the parking lot of the Normandy Park Market on Thursday, Nov. 17.

The woman was loading her car after doing grocery shopping at the Normandy Park Market just after 1 p.m. on Thursday.

In the surveillance video below, you can see her unloading her groceries into the trunk of her car when a man drove up, parked his SUV, approached her and said, “I’ll get that for you.”

The woman thought that perhaps the stranger was going to help her.

Instead, he snatched her purse and took off:

See KING5’s story here.


Don’t miss the 2016 Holiday Gift Bazaar, to be held Saturday, Dec. 3 at Resurrection Lutheran Church, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Do your holiday shopping away from the crowds.

Bring your friends and enter a raffle drawing!


This is a fundraiser that will benefit youth basketball Team Swish.

Resurrection Lutheran Church is located at 134 S. 206t Street in Des Moines:

kimberleysjewelrylogoKimberley Beasley, proprietor of Kimberley’s Exquisite Jewelry in Des Moines and friend of the Blog, would like to remind our readers of her Retirement Sale, going on now through Dec. 24.

Kimberley’s is a great place to stop in and design a “just because” or anniversary gift. And, well, it never hurts to start your holiday shopping early.

“We have many items 40% to 50% off!” Kimberley said. “I have a hundred wedding rings all on sale at 40% off. You can even buy without the center diamond.”

Kimberley’s Exquisite Jewelry has been selling and creating beautiful jewelry in Des Moines for 16 years.

“I love what I do, and I am grateful you let me add a little sparkle into your life,” Kim added. “We are a luxury, custom designer jewelry store. We promise you will not look like everyone else.

“Just because we are small, doesn’t mean you have to pay more to get what you want. I promise!”


  • Tuesday – Friday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Kimberley’s Exquisite Jewelry
22221 7th Avenue South, Unit C
Des Moines, Washington 98198

Phone: 206-824-4946

Email: [email protected]net


David Endicott, CEO of Music4Life, accepts an oversized check for $15,000 from Des Moines/Normandy Park Rotarians Dan Johnson and Carri Litowitz.

On Wednesday Nov. 16, 2016, the Rotary Club of Des Moines & Normandy Park Washington made a $15,000.00 donation to Highline Music4Life.

The monies are proceeds from the annual Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival fundraiser, which was held in August of this year.

“These funds will help Music4Life present ready-to-play musical instruments to Highline kids who need them,” Music4Life CEO David Endicott said. “Last year, we provided 71 instruments. We’re already off to a fast start in 2016-17, having delivered 12 instruments in September and October. We are acquiring three new trumpets at the request of Highline Public Schools and have another 24 instruments in process of repairs. That’s well more than half the instruments in one-fourth the time. “It’s important to understand that this is the cake, not the icing. Students who want to participate in instrumental music activities tend to do better in math, science and many other academic disciplines. Unless their families can’t afford to get a musical instrument. And in today’s economy, many can’t even afford to rent one. So Music4Life is just as much an ‘education program’ as it is an instrumental music program.”

To learn more about Music4Life, click here.

In addition to the Highline Music4Life program, funds raised from the Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival also benefit the Des Moines Area Food Bank, Dictionaries for 3rd Graders, Helping Homeless Youth and many others.

To learn more about – or to join – the Rotary Club of Des Moines & Normandy Park, click here.

The Port of Seattle on Friday (Nov. 18) released a letter to the community, regarding its proposed Flight Corridor Safety Program, which is intended to remove thousands of trees at and around Sea-Tac Airport.

Overall, the program has identified approximately 2,800 trees to be removed in three phases based on location:

  • 1,200 trees on Port property
  • 1,400 on publicly owned or commercial properties (about 1,200 on Washington State Department of Transportation property, many on land set aside for future Hwy 509 expansion)
  • An estimated 180 trees on residential properties. Trees on residential properties will not be affected until 2018. Each resident will be contacted and offered a number of alternatives to choose from to best meet their needs.

Read our previous coverage of this issue here.

Here’s the Port’s letter:

Dear Airport Neighbors:

Thank you for participating in the Port of Seattle’s Flight Corridor Safety Program Open House and Community Meeting on November 1 at Bow Lake Elementary School. We believe that it was important for the Commission to hear directly from the public on the Port’s program to address over-height trees in the Sea-Tac Airport flight corridor and replant with native, lower-height trees.

Based on the comments the other Commissioners and I received at the meeting, we asked staff to study options to modify the first phase of the program, limited to Port-owned parcels near the airfield, for consideration at the November 22 Commission meeting.  At that meeting we also will discuss a proposed community ecology fund to support tree planting and other ecological projects within the airport cities.  We would welcome your attendance and comments on November 22.  This meeting is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. in the Central Auditorium at Sea-Tac Airport and can be watched live on the web. Validation for parking will be available.

Work on later phases of the program, including commercial, public, residential and additional Port parcels, will occur after further community involvement, including environmental review.  This later work will not begin until the second half of 2017 at the earliest, and expect to hear more from us with the dates of opportunities for further public feedback.

A report that captures all the public comments from the November 1 meeting, both spoken and written, is available on the Port’s website.  We also posted all the materials from the meeting, including the presentations and poster-boards.

Thank you again for your active interest in the Port’s program to ensure safe aircraft takeoffs and landings, and in ways the program can be crafted to be responsive to the concerns, suggestions and expectations expressed by you and your fellow community members.

We will be in touch soon to announce the next steps in the public process.  And to keep up-to-date about the Port of Seattle and Port-wide activities, please sign-up to receive Connections, the Port’s twice-monthly email newsletter.

John Creighton
President, Port of Seattle Commission


Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest is inviting all (including even you naughty ones) to come get photos taken with SANTA during Burien’s Winterfest event on Saturday, Dec. 3!

The fun will run from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at their office, located at 930 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien.

For more information, please call (206) 244-6400.

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by Dave Markwell

I walked into my house and sensed disaster…again. Opening the front door, I was met with shredded napkins and a trail of rice leading up the stairs. At the top of the stairs, my old dog, Diego, lay motionless except for his eyes. He glanced at me with sad, sick eyes and although he…again…destroyed our kitchen garbage, I did not have the heart to even raise my voice to him. He must have eaten sufficient garbage scraps to self-impose his own punishment. He eyes said that he had. Recognizing this, I muttered some profanity and went about the task of cleaning up his mess…again.

I have done this many times. I used to blame Diego for his lack of self-control. Now, I mostly blame myself. Cleaning the kitchen on this morning, I recall tossing some left-over taco meat on top of the three-quarters full garbage and thinking, “I’d better dump that or Diego will have a field day.” Alas, I forgot and a field day was had.

Diego and I both paid the price for my oversight. He was sick and I was scraping refried beans off my kitchen floor.

In the past, I might have dispensed some swift and uncomfortable “justice” upon Diego. I don’t anymore. I understand that a dog is going to be a dog. No purposeful logic inspires his dumpster diving. He is afflicted with instincts beyond his control. It is here where Diego and I (and maybe all of us) can find some common ground.

Reading a book the other evening, a particularly impactful line slapped me in the face:

“People don’t change,” she said. ”They grow into what they’ve always been. They just stop pretending, that’s all.” This line is from my favorite author, James Lee Burke’s, new novel, The Jealous Kind.

I felt the slap, because the idea of “change” represents hope to me. And these words diminished this hope.

I read and re-read and shared these words with a couple of buddies. Their responses were similar, yet different. One replied with “Ugh…” with almost the “that’s what I was afraid of” tone. The other was “Ugh”ish, but with a “so what?”-we’re still ok tone. I understood both interpretations.

My first instinct, like many folks I suspect, is to steer towards the self-critical path; to identify more closely to the negative than the positive. And, as much as this is true, so is the fact that after I stew on these things for a while, I tend to reverse my position. After some searching, I find and remove the eggshell from my omelet and enjoy the meal.

These words, like all well-written words, challenge the reader to explore; to taste the words and roll them around the mouth and mind, and find the different flavors.

The hope I thought I lost was found in a new flavor I discovered in these words. “Growing into” what we’ve always been spun towards the positive. We ARE good, too. We’re kind and powerful and beautiful. Becoming more of these things is an inspiring idea. We don’t need to change. We just need to truly “be” what we already are.

Stopping “pretending” gives us permission to express these things. For all the ways we limit our expression- fear, doubt, insecurities, etc.-, understanding that we’re not going to change, and we don’t really need to, opens the door to the somewhat liberating idea that we’re already ok. We have nothing to fear or prove. We’re built and we’re good and we can freely deliver on the promise of us.

So, my damn dog will be a damn dog and I will be whatever I am. He will make messes and I will make messes. We will also enjoy sitting on the deck watching the sun set over the water and know that being what we are is a fine thing to be. We don’t need to change a damn thing…all of us are good…

[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.