For three months beginning in October, the Highline Historical Society will be hosting “Hope in Hard Times,” a major traveling exhibit about the Great Depression era in Washington State. Originally developed by the Washington State History Museum, the traveling exhibit is made possible with the support of Humanities Washington.

In conjunction with the traveling exhibit, historical society curator Nancy Salguero McKay is developing several additional displays that focus on local Depression-era stories from around the Highline area.

Particularly, she would like to hear from anyone who has any knowledge of the Monticello chicken farm in the McMicken Heights area.

She also is interested in gathering 1930s-era artifacts and photos of the Highline area and its residents, and hearing about any special activities or stories from people who lived through those times in Highline.

Contact her at or call Highline Historical Society director Cyndi Upthegrove at 206-246-6354 if you have something you might like to share or loan for the exhibit.


By Tim Takechi

Along the idyllic beaches of Spain, where fantasy and reality are often indistinguishable, a long-needed reunion between a father and daughter from two different worlds opens deep wounds and unearths unspoken feelings.

“Beauty of the Father,” the newest joint production by Latino Theatre Projects and Burien Little Theatre is a fervently written character-driven drama by Cuban-American playwright Nilo Cruz (who also penned “Anna in the Tropics,” a production LTP and BLT produced last year).

The story centers around a young American student named Marina (Emily Feliciano) who visits Spain to be reunited with her estranged father, Emiliano (Fernando Luna, who delivers a touching performance), a painter who is an “artist” in every sense of the word.

As if Marina and Emiliano’s relationship were not thorny enough, Marina falls in love with Karim (Matt Aguayo), a young Moroccan man who lives with Emiliano and also shares a complicated relationship with him. Rounding out this family is Paquita (Heather Ward), a woman who is Emiliano’s companion but not necessarily his lover.

Annual event brings blues bands and microbrews to Des Moines Beach Park

Press release:

Four of the Northwest’s top blues bands will play at the 4th Annual Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Festival on the shores of Puget Sound. The event features tastings from 11 local microbreweries, plus hard cider and wine.

The festival benefits Highline Music4Life, which provides musical instruments to low-income students in Highline Public Schools. The event is organized by the Rotary Club of Des Moines.

The Stacy Jones Band returns to the festival again this year. The musical line-up also includes Portland-based vocalist/bassist Lisa Mann, the Coyote Kings with Mush Morgan, and the Randy Oxford Band.

Beer, wine, and hard cider will be available for purchase by the glass in addition to tastings. To compliment your beverage, Rotarians will be grilling up bratwurst and B&E’s famous tri tip.

“Great music, food, and drink with a view of the sunset over the water! What better way to spend an afternoon?” said festival co-chair Lisa Meinecke. “Plus you are supporting music education in our local schools.”


On July 27, Burien Arts and GreenStage will present “King Lear” at Dottie Harper Park, 421 S.W. 146th St., at 7 p.m.

“A Midsummers Night Dream” will be presented at the park on Aug. 3.

This is a reversal of the schedule originally published.


Press release:

Each year, Employees Community Fund (ECF) of Boeing Puget Sound makes gifts that reflect the generosity of Boeing employees, who graciously give their time and talents to help communities in which they live and work. In fall of 2012, The ECF awarded a grant to the Highline Medical Center Foundation in the amount of $39,454 to upgrade the family rooms in the Intensive and Critical Care units at Highline Medical Center.

Renovation started in winter of 2012 and was completed in Spring 2013. The upgraded family rooms now have a more home-like, welcoming space for families to gather, along with comfortable furniture, entertainment and options for rest.

They also have mini-kitchens and family spaces to prepare a favorite meal for their hospitalized loved one and a private room to discuss medical care with the healthcare team.


Press release:

Latino Theatre Projects and Burien Little Theatre are joining forces again this summer to present a co-production of the passionate Beauty of the Father, written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Nilo Cruz, opening Aug. 2 in English.

This production follows a successful and critically acclaimed co-production of Cruz’ Anna in theTropics last summer.
In Beauty of the Father, a young American woman travels to Spain to meet her long-estranged artist father and falls for his Moroccan companion.

Cruz explores the conflict between love and sacrifice in an unrequited love triangle in Andalusia, where the restless ghost of Spanish poet/playwright Federico Garcia Lorca wanders the streets, conversing with the living.

This show is suitable for ages 13-plus due to some adult themes and content.

Beauty of the Father will be performed at Burien Little Theatre from opening night on Aug. 2 through Aug. 25. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.


Press release:

USO Northwest and Port of Seattle announce the signing of a long-term lease for a new $1.27 million, 7,000-square-foot USO center opening at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport the summer of 2014. The new center will be more than double the size of the current USO Sea-Tac Center, enabling better service to increasing numbers of local and traveling military personnel, their families and veterans.

With the additional space, the new USO Sea-Tac center will provide greater access to shower facilities, beds, hot meals and snacks, computers and Internet access, a family room, theater room and much more.

“Today’s announcement represents a major milestone and commitment for USO Northwest. We invite local corporations, civic organizations and private donors to show their support for our military and be a part of this historic endeavor,” said Donald Leingang, Executive Director of USO Northwest and retired Commander, U.S. Navy.


News release:

Highline School Board Member Angelica Alvarez was honored with a SOAR Partnership Award for Early Learning for her exemplary leadership and contributions to King County communities.

Alvarez has served on the Highline School Board since 2009 and works at Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) as a PreK-3 Systems Coach. Previously, she was with Child Care Resources for fourteen years.

SOAR is a community coalition that promotes the healthy development of children, youth, and families in King County.

Alvarez is one of just three people to receive the award.

In addition to her work at Highline and PSESD, Alvarez is also Chair of Families and Children Early Support (FACES) South, a coalition of organizations that supports young children in South King County.


It takes a whole community to make a wonderful and memorable Fourth of July Parade.

I want to especially thank Ashley Fosberg, executive director of the Highline Schools Foundation, for helping out the three young women who rode in the parade car for the Fourth of July event. The Highline Schools Foundation, Project PROMise loaned the young women dresses so that they could participate in this event and be elegantly dressed. It gave them the opportunity to be beautiful and glamorous looking for the event.

The Project PROMise program gets its funding and dresses from citizens. In the foundation’s own words, “Highline Schools Foundation (Project PROMise) collects beautiful new and gently worn formal dresses and gowns, shoes, and accessories from throughout our community and invites high school students in need to ‘go shopping’ for the perfect dress for their prom. The dresses are offered to the girls to keep, or they may return them to the foundation to be used the following year.


Press release:

SeaTac Rotary proudly dedicated a neighborhood park located next to Galliano’s, to charter member and club founder, Gene Tonnemaker on Friday June 14th. The park was built by Rotary members and community partners as part of a community enhancement project.

The dedication included comments from Mayor Tony Anderson, Rotary Assistant Governor Isabella McPeak, ILS Manager Joseph Emmanuel and Past President Diane Gallegos. Afterwards everyone gathered for an ice cream social and a game of volleyball.

SeaTac Rotary titled the park, Integration Peace Park for two significant reasons. First, because the property is owned by Integration Living Services, a non-profit organization that has an adult living facility for the disabled next to the park property. And second, because it has become a peaceful and inviting place for people from various cultures to gather, eat food, visit, and connect.

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