Neighborhood Groups

City of Burien press release:

The Burien Community Center is pleased to present a new exhibit curated by Highline Historical Society intern Colleen Lenahan.

The exhibit “Extraordinary Women of Highline" is an exhibit that showcases the accomplishments of eleven pioneering women from the Highline area.

These women impacted their communities in profound ways, giving back in the form of civic involvement, political progress, education, and the written word.

There have been many incredible women who have contributed to developing the Highline region since pioneer days, and though we cannot celebrate them all in this exhibit, those honored here represent the broad spectrum of achievement of all female Highline leaders.

Colleen is working on her M.A. in Museology at the University of Washington.

The exhibit can be found in the lobby at the Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave. S.W. It will be on display until January 31, 2013. Burien Community Center hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30am-8:00pm and Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm.


Press release:

The Annual Community Food and Toy Drive for Des Moines and Federal Way has kicked into high gear.

Firefighters are asking once again for your help and generosity. The need will be more significant this year with the downturn of the economy.

Citizens may drop off donations of canned food or dry goods, new unwrapped toys (no stuffed animals please) or money at any South King Fire & Rescue Fire Station between Saturday, December 1st and Friday, December 21st. Donations of cash or checks made out to the “Community Food and Toy Drive” will also be collected. Delivery of food and toys is set for Saturday December 22nd.

The Annual Community Food & Toy Drive started in the 1980s with retired Fire Chief ML “Bud” Thorson and local community service clubs. When the program first started they were only able to help about 30 families.

Since that time, thanks to the continuing assistance and generosity of local service clubs, private businesses and neighborhood groups the program has grown.


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.


It’s the time of the year when we pause to give thanks. BLT has much to give thanks for. I have volunteered at BLT for over seven years. I have seen the theater grow, both in quality and stature. I have seen it go from people looking surprised and asking, “Burien has a live theater?” to people coming up to me in a store asking, “What is playing now at the theater?”

BLT has been blessed with wonderful donors who are making better live theater possible. BLT donors give in every amount from $1 to $5,000. Every donor is amazing, and every donation deeply appreciated.

BLT could not operate without the hundreds of hours of volunteer time put in by BLT’s fantastic volunteers. BLT is all volunteer. Because of their generous help, BLT is doing some of the best theater in the county.

BLT is most blessed by a great audience. Theater is no fun to do for yourself and a hand full of your friends. BLT’s audience comes from Vancouver, B.C. to Portland, Oregon and everywhere in between. Most come from within 20 miles of the theater, but others drive for hours just to join in the fun here at BLT.


Press release:

The Environmental Science Center (ESC) would like to invite the public to join us for this free ONCE A YEAR event at the Environmental Science Center at Seahurst Park. An After-Hours Beach Walk will take place Friday, December 14th, 2012 from 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM.

An especially low tide combined with the protective darkness of night will give you the opportunity to see marine animals in a new light- your FLASHLIGHT! Naturalists will be taking groups from the Environmental Science Center down to the beach to guide the experience and identify discoveries. Inside the center, you can learn more about marine life at the microscope station or join a game of marine bingo. Warm up with cider and cookies while socializing with fellow Puget Sound enthusiasts.

A few friendly pointers and reminders:
- Dress warmly
- Wear rubber boots
- Bring a flashlight
- Do No Harm
-Touch animals gently with a wet finger
- Watch where you step
- Leave rocks bigger than your fist where they are (don’t flip over)
- Save the Children
- Leave ALL animals and shells where you find them (don’t take them home)
- Pass It On


Press release:

Dates: Dec. 7; 7:00pm
Location: Highline Performing Arts Center – Burien
Tickets: $15 (seniors $10, 17 & under free with a paid adult ticket) or 206-246-6040

KidSounds, YouthSounds and TeenSounds join forces for their annual holiday concert, a program that will give families a festive start for their holiday season.

In addition to singing some of their favorites songs from past years: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Home for the Holidays, and Deck the Halls, the youth will also perform traditional carols and contemporary Christmas songs.

Helping to celebrate Northwest Associated Arts (NWAA) Youth Choruses’ 10th Anniversary Concert will be a special guest appearance by SilverSounds Northwest, NWAA’s newest group of retired folks who believe “You’re never too old to rock ‘n roll.”

For a special treat, Artistic Director Paula Hawkins has invited back all former singers from any of NWAA’s Youth Choruses to join the singers onstage for a grand finale number.


ChoralSounds Northwest will feature "I'll be Home for Christmas", Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2:00 p.m., at the Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien. Tickets are $15 to $25, those 17 & under free with a paid adult ticket. or 206-246-6040.

The public is also encouraged to attend a free preview concert for a taste of the show the prior Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2:p.m. The half hour preview takes place at Glendale Lutheran Church where the choir rehearses, 13455 2nd Ave. SW, in

ChoralSounds Northwest is part of Northwest Associated Arts, which includes KidSounds Northwest, YouthSounds Northwest, TeenSounds Northwest and SilverSounds Northwest.

The presentation includes singing, instrumentation, dance and acting, plus a poignant first act with an uplifting resolution. A soldier is overseas at war while his wife and daughter are left to celebrate the holiday season without him. Then, unexpectedly, he returns home for Christmas.

UPDATE: ChoralSounds NW, "I’ll be Home for Christmas" runs Dec. 8 & 9; Topical but family-friendly
Photo credit: 
Photos courtesy ChoralSounds Northwest

Pictured right, Artistic Director and Burien resident Brian J. Winnie, who begins his second season with ChoralSounds Northwest, presents "I’ll be Home for Christmas" Dec. 8 & 9 at the Highline Performing Arts Center, Burien. Pictured left is a festive moment from a prior production.

The Highline Historical Society and Humanities Washington partner to bring author/radio producer Harriet Baskas to highline for free speakers bureau event

Press release:

The Highline Historical Society and Humanities Washington invite the community to an engaging conversation with Harriet Baskas, a member of the 2012-14 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.

This free event takes place Sunday, November 18, 2 PM at Highline School District ERAC (administration building), 15675 Ambaum Boulevard SW, Burien.

About this program
Space restrictions allow most museums to display only about 10 percent of their holdings. However, there are also surprising political, philosophical, artistic, environmental and historic reasons why museums keep objects from view.

Journalist Harriet Baskas will present a fast-paced, photo-filled and, at times, somewhat offbeat tour of Washington history through the stories of museum artifacts that are rarely – or never – shown to the public. Examples include Bing Crosby’s toupees in Spokane, a quilt made of Ku Klux Klan robes in Yakima and Native American spirit boards in Tacoma.

We will explore how these objects came to be in the local collections and who makes decisions about what is displayed or kept from view.

About Harriet Baskaas

Certification program trains advocates to ensure quality of care in facilities

Press release:

Volunteers are urgently needed to advocate on behalf of vulnerable adults living in long-term care facilities in the Burien, Tukwila, Des Moines and SeaTac communities.

These volunteers work to ensure the dignity, civil rights, and well-being of elderly and disabled adults living in Nursing Homes, Boarding Homes, and Adult Family Homes. The four-day Washington State Certification Training for new volunteers is Nov 13, 26, 27, 29, 8 a.m.-5pm daily.
As a volunteer ombudsman, you'll join approximately 400 other ombudsmen across the State of Washington making regular visits to long-term care facilities to meet with residents and their families, providing information on resident rights and working to resolve problems on behalf of residents. Ombudsman services are completely free.

Volunteers must attend the initial training to get state certified, and then must devote 4 hours/week to visit and monitor assigned facilities. Ongoing training is provided as needed.


Press release:

The City of SeaTac is recruiting for volunteers to serve on the newly created Community Building Committee. Responsibilities include:

• Community best-practices research.
• Communication and relationship-building with City departments and within the community.
• Hearing and presenting feedback on projects and programs under development by the City.
• Participate in existing city, school and community meetings and events.
The committee is intended to be a diverse representation of SeaTac’s many neighborhoods, schools, cultures, religions, socio-economic and special needs groups, age ranges, and skills. To best serve the Committee’s purpose, representatives should be committed to the SeaTac community, interested in the Committee’s research, skilled in communications, and dedicated to engaging citizens.

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