Neighborhood Groups

Burien Little Theatre invites actors to audition for staged readings of the holiday comedy "A Christmas Story," written by Philip Grecian. The readings will be performed much like a radio play.

Auditions will consist of cold reading from the script on Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Actors are sought who can play women's roles ranging in age from 9 to 50 and men's roles ranging in age from 9 to 50. Some actors will read multiple roles.

You don't have to be these ages to read the roles, but we prefer actors age 11 and older.

The time commitment is minimal as three to five rehearsals are planned, and there will two performances. The show is directed by Rochelle Flynn.

Synopsis: Humorist Jean Shepherd's very funny memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s. The story follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case to his mother, his teacher and even the Santa Claus at Goldblatt's Department Store. The consistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out."


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This free summer time family/friendly event featuring sailing fun, great food and valuable prizes, was also a great success as a fundraiser! Participant donations totaled over $6,000 for Hospitality House and over $1,400 for the Des Moines Food Bank.

Hospitality House is a unique program of rehabilitation for homeless single women and includes job training, counseling and housing assistance. The Des Moines Food Bank has seen demand rise and does its best to provide for the most needy among us.

The sailing social was held on six Thursday evenings, beginning July 7, and included a low-key race, conducted by The Three Tree Point Yacht Club, which was followed by a social hour with food, beverages, and generous prizes donated by local merchants.

This is an annual event, so if you missed it this year, join us next year on the first Thursday after the 4th of July.

For further information contact the Des Moines Marina at 206-824-5700 or Debra Valpey at 206-243-5566.


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Celebrating the proud heritage that all Americans share, the Exchange Club of Highline has installed a Freedom Shrine at the Burien Community Center.

The Freedom Shrine, sponsored by the National Exchange Club, is a collection of photographic reproductions of original documents from American history. The permanent display includes the Bill of Rights, the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

Several months ago, the Burien Parks Department was offered the opportunity to host the display by the Exchange Club. After much discussion, a location at the Community Center was selected and the Exchange Club members proceeded with installation of the project.

The Freedom Shrine program is designed to remind Americans that the freedoms, rights and liberties Americans enjoy today did not come easily and that these gifts must be cherished and protected. More than 12,000 Freedom Shrines have been dedicated in schools, military installations and government buildings since the program began in 1949.


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When: August 11, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Vino Bello
636 SW 152nd St., - F
Burien, WA 98166

Includes 1 glass of wine or other beverage of your choice and light appetizers.
Winning raffle tickets available!

Come and bring your friends to connect and learn about Southwest Seattle Business and Professional Women. This is an informal way to get to know each other. Bring business cards or promotional materials for your business, a happy attitude, and meet and network with other successful women in your neighborhood.

Meet Business and Professional Women's State President Eldean Montgomery, enjoy interesting conversations, and promote your business.


Business and Professional Women was founded in 1919 and promotes equality for all women. BPW builds powerful women through personal development and increased political and social awareness.


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WHAT: Sustainable Burien monthly meeting
WHEN: August 14, 2011, 2 p.m. (doors open at 1:30 p.m.)
WHERE: Burien Library, Multipurpose Room

Sustainable Burien's speaker this month will be Courtney Sullivan, Education Manager for the Pacific Region of National Wildlife Federation. She will discuss NWF's Certified Wildlife Habitat program and how individuals and communities can get involved.

The Certified Wildlife Habitat program encourages people to create havens for wildlife in their own backyards by providing the basic elements that all wildlife need. Their program reaches beyond your backyard to engage communities in transforming backyards, schoolyards, businesses, community gardens, parkland and other spaces into environmentally-friendly landscapes for wildlife.

The program has turned into a movement in Washington, with over 32 actively engaged communities, 130 schoolyard habitats, and nearly 7,000 backyard habitats working to identify, restore, connect, and protect natural habitat areas that are critical to wildlife.


This Saturday, July 23, Angle Lake Shore Club members will be organizing a "Clean Sweep" event from 9 a.m.-noon at Angle Lake Park.

The group will be concentrating on the shoreline and subsurface waters from the boat launch south past the city parcel referred to as "the Hughes property." The team will consist of walkers along the shore, waders/snorklers in the shallow water and divers for the deeper stuff. The city contribution to this effort will be to dispose of the debris gathered from these areas.

Further details are posted at


Olde Burien sizzles with a summer street party Saturday, July 16 packed with diversions ranging from an ice-cream-eating contest to live music.

From noon to midnight, the Olde Burien Block Party will also feature a sausage-eating contest, a fashion show and a drawing for a $500 shopping spree, plus a live wedding onstage. The free event is a thank you from the Olde Burien merchants to customers and community for their support.

Be sure to enter the drawing to win a $500 Olde Burien shopping spree. Every time shoppers make a purchase at participating businesses that day, they will be entered in the drawing. The shops will offer special deals, so it’s an ideal time to shop the unique wares of Olde Burien.

Until 10 p.m., catch live entertainment on an outdoor stage while savoring the food and drink of various Olde Burien eateries in their extended outdoor. Don’t miss the live wedding onstage of a member of Uncle Ernie. Or become part of the action by competing in the ice-cream-eating and sausage-eating contests.

In the street party’s entertainment lineup are:

12-2 p.m. - Greg Parke (easy listening acoustic & electric guitar)
2-2:30 p.m. - Fashion Show


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Discover Burien is now accepting applications for their Event Partnership Program.
Discover Burien will partner with up to two new or established nonprofit organizations each year. The relationship will be as a supportive partner, not as the lead or event organizer. The partners will be selected by the Board of Directors at its November meeting.

The partnership may include but not be limited to:
Color and black-and-white copies at the Discover Burien office-- For an amount determined by the Board. (Additional copies can be made at the Discover Burien office and paid at the established rate.)
Promotion-The event will be listed on the annual Event Calendar, newsletter announcements, Facebook, etc.
Marketing-Assistance will be provided on a case-by-case basis.
Event logistics
Supplies-Tent, tables, chairs, etc.
Flat dollar amount sponsorship option
Other assistance

To apply for the event support opportunity, send a letter describing your event, how you would like Discover Burien to be a partner and why you believe your organization should be selected.


(Editor's Note: There are so many great service clubs in the Highline area that do good deeds, it is difficult to single out just one for its achievements. But the 34 members of the Des Moines Rotary Club are so proud of what they've accomplished we agreed to let them brag a little bit in this story.)

Does size matter?
Sure, in some cases. If you are a Sumo wrestler, for example, you want to bring as much weight to the ring as possible.

But the 34-member Rotary Club of Des Moines-slightly smaller than the average Rotary Club and much smaller than nearly all other service clubs in surrounding communities-- takes on projects with worldwide significance, in spite of its small size.

"I think of us as 'The little club with a big heart'," says 2010-2011club president Al Isaac. "Every club member is challenged to live up to the club's mission, which we define as doing all we can to make our community and the world a better place to live, learn, work and play."


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Over the past two weeks, the Ballard Rotary Club been distributing dictionaries to 3rd graders at four local schools: St. Alphonsus, Adams, Loyal Heights, and Whittier.

“These dictionaries are a gift from the Rotary Club and celebrate the message of reading and literacy.  This is a yearly tradition that the club makes the donation to the local schools,” said William Rodgers, a Rotary Club member.

Ballard Rotary is a local service club with a mission to make a difference in the larger Ballard community and in the world by promoting international understanding, goodwill, peace, and to live through service and fellowship.

John Deasy, former president of the Ballard Rotary Club, said that this is the fifth year that Ballard Rotary Club has handed out dictionaries to the schools.

“The kids love it. They get to write their name on the plaque in the front cover and for many it’s their first real book they own themselves,” Deasy said at the distrubition at Loyal Height on Thursday, Dec. 9th.

Ballard Rotary Club distributes 225 dictionaries to third graders
Photo credit: 
Anne-Marije Rook

Ed Robinson, once a student at Loyal Heights Elementary himself, hands out dictionaries to third graders at Loyal Heights Elementary.

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