Burien artist Shelli Park, who has her own display at Burien Town Square, has let us know about another Burien artist whose work will be displayed at the Square retail space:

“Don Liljar was an artist who lived in Burien for at least 40 years, creating his art most recently in a modest home on SW 158th at 14th Ave SW. Some may remember seeing a large wheeled contraption in his front window. I often wondered what it was as I drove by. I know that I’m not the only one.

“I was invited over a year ago to help move what turned out to be a large sculpture of a steam-powered tricycle from his home to the home of Bob Frey. It is a wonderful and imaginative piece of art. This was my introduction to the world of Don Liljar.

“A huge selection of his work has been entrusted to Normandy Park Arts Commissioner Bob Frey by Don’s widow. With Bob’s blessing this work will be exhibited for the month of January, and part of February, in the NE retail space at Burien Town Square. It is best seen at night.

“Thank you Burien Town Square for letting your empty retail space shine with Burien’s artists!”


Twice a year the potters at the Moshier Art Center sell their handmade wares.

Luckily for discriminating holiday shoppers, one of those times is this Saturday, Dec. 1. The potters will be selling their wares at the art center, located at 430 S. 156th St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hundreds of items such as mugs, bowls, serving dishes, casseroles, garden art, jewelry and planters will be for sale.

For more information, visit or call 206-988-3700.


Highline Community College press release:

The Highline Community College Library Exhibit and Art Gallery is pleased to announce the arrival of the collection, “Indonesian Cultural Arts from Tanah Air Kita—Our Homeland, Our Land and Water.” This collection will feature traditional Indonesian pieces and crafts such as Batik, woven and dyed textiles, ornamental arts and theatrical crafts.

The exhibit comes to Highline through the efforts of 10 visiting Indonesian faculty members with the Community College Faculty and Administrator Program for Indonesia (CCFA). The CCFA professional development program allows instructors and administrators from Indonesia’s technical colleges to witness how community-based institutions of higher education in the United States deliver quality technical and professional education to vital sectors of society. The faculty arrived at HCC this summer and will stay until mid-December.


Press release:

An amazing ceramic sculpture will be installed in the windows of Burien Town Square retail on Thursday, Nov. 8th. Created by artist (and Moshier Art Center instructor) George Rodriquez, “Instrumental Divide (Mariachi)” was created in 2009. The work will be installed in the windows on 5th Avenue Southwest next to the large staircase and will be exhibited for up to six months.

Rodriques writes: This work is made up of nine larger than life figures all arranged in a line. Each figure represents a member of a Mariachi group and stand with matching uniform, decorative boots, belt, distinct mustaches, and own instrument. In the group there are three violins, two trumpets, a set of maracas, a Mexican guitar, a vihuela (5 string guitar), and a guitarron (small base). Each figure stands about seven feet tall.


Press Release:

November 8th Multiple Art Openings Downtown Burien
A Fall celebration of Art and Craft featuring:
Crimson Park Design and Shelli Park
Scott Grigg

When: November 8th, 2012 from 6 – 9 PM.

Venue 1: Town Square Retail Space at SW 151st St and 5th Pl. The empty retail space at the Northeast corner will house Crimson Park Design’s Fall Furniture Line, Series 1, Back from Nature as a part of an art installation by Shelli Park called Love Letters, An Installation. Love Letters includes Park’s recent works.

“This installation is an opportunity to celebrate the interplay of art and craft, space and light, hubris vs. specific, community and the individual, and cause and effect in relationships.

Venue 2: Burien Press , 423 Southwest 152nd Street Burien, WA 98166
Artist Scott Grigg, presents American Spring Art show is a visual critique of modern American politics.

Hotel committee declines to fund symphony that does not put 'heads in beds'

Because times have changed from what many adults remember about their school experience, SeaTac Police Chief Jim Graddon told SeaTac lawmakers Oct. 9, a full-time police officer is needed at the Tyee High campus and Chinook Middle School.

The council members agreed and unanimously voted to renew the School Resource Officer (SRO) contract for the adjoining campuses.

Councilmember Pam Fernald noted constituents question her about the program.

The police chief said that a police officer has much more authority than a school district security officer. With arrest powers, a police officer can deal more effectively with weapons, drugs or an unruly student at school. The officer can also handle problems off school grounds, he added.

With the officer already on site, there are fewer 911 calls from the school, which would have taken officers off patrols, he added.

Especially in the middle school, a police officer can also develop relationships with students and serve as a mentor, he said.

“Just one person deciding not to go in the wrong direction would be worth it,” Graddon declared.

Much more to Brat Trot than racing

Highline Schools Foundation press release:

Thursday, Oct. 4 is the last day register online for either the Brat Trot 5K or Short Course race:
5k Solo Race 
The 5K race begins @ 1:00 PM (at the corner of 10th and 152nd) 
» $35.00 registration (through 10/4 at 11:59 PM US/Pacific) 
» $40.00 day of and day before registration (Oct 6th & 7th, in person only)

Short Course Race (about 1 mile) 
The short course race begins @ 1:40 PM (at Lake Burien Park)
» $30.00 registration (through 10/4 at 11:59 PM US/Pacific) 
» $35.00 day of and day before registration (Oct 6th & 7th, in person only)

There's more to Brat Trot than just racing! Check out the calendar below for dates and times of all the weekend events!
Friday, October 5, 2012
Brat Trot Team Pub Crawl:
It's a new take on the old Pub Crawl

Individuals register (online at, then form teams of 2 or more. Check in with your team at the Tin Theater between 6 and 7 pm on Friday, October 5th. We'll get you going on a team scavenger hunt of sorts-to local pubs and other nearby B-town businesses!


Press release:

The community is invited to participate in the Words of Welcome Salmon Homecoming Project taking place in late September and early October at locations throughout Des Moines. The project is made possible with the support of the Des Moines Arts Commission, 4Culture lodging tax, and Arts Crush.

This environmental art project draws attention to the fact that Des Moines is home to salmon-spawning streams. Anyone wishing to participate is provided with a fishtail-shaped banner on which to write a short poem, message or design to welcome the salmon returning from their years spent out in the Pacific Ocean. These will be displayed through the month of October along pedestrian bridges that cross over Des Moines streams.

There is no fee for participating in this project – it is FREE!

Folks wishing to take part in the Salmon Homecoming Project may visit the following locations at the following times.

• Monday, September 24, 11:30am - Des Moines Senior Activity Center, 2045 S 216th Street
• Wednesday, September 26, 6-8pm – Woodmont Library, 26809 Pacific Highway S

Performances Sept. 7 and 8

Press release:

Burien Little Theatre presents the rip-roaring pirate play “Bold Grace: The Voyages of the Pirate O’Malley”, written by Ashley Schalow, in two pay-what-you-will fundraiser performances on Friday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept. 8.

In this simply jaw-dropping one-woman performance, actor Anna Richardson brings16th-century Irish pirate Grace O’Malley to life.

The real Grace lived a very full life, including pirating up and down the Irish coast, leading an army of 200 loyal fighting men and her own fleet of ships, two marriages, four children (one born while Grace was at sea), and even a documented face-to-face meeting with Queen Elizabeth I.

Beginning with her first voyage with her father at the age of nine, Grace relives key points in her life until her death in 1603. Under the direction of Steve Cooper, Anna Richardson is so spellbinding as Grace you will swear you can feel the salt air on your face.
This show is suitable for ages 12-plus due to some adult language.


Press release:

Burien’s Arts-A-Glow lantern festival is just around the corner (September 8th) and we still need to collect more empty, clean plastic water bottles (they make great lanterns!)

Please bring your bottle donations to the Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave SW, until Friday, Sept 7th. The community center is open Mon-Thurs 8:30am-8pm, Friday 8:30am-5pm.

See you at the Glow!

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