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.

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:

Community Animal Resource Education Society of Burien (CARES ) received official notice from the IRS on Sept. 10 that its application for 501 (c) 3 status was approved, retroactive to May 1, 2011, when the animal control organization began operations.

This 501 (c) 3 status allows past and future donors to CARES to deduct their contributions from their federal income tax. The designation also provides more opportunities for CARES to apply for and obtain government grants.

Further, CARES is now exempt from paying sales tax on its purchases of pet food and other supplies.
CARES director Debra George said she was elated after receiving the letter from the IRS. “This is an important document for us,” she said. “it allows us to continue to move forward in a positive direction.”


UPDATE: Sept. 15, 6:30 p.m.

The 7-state American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific Region held its fundraiser. “Ride Around the Sound” Saturday, Sept. 15. Over 200 registered riders pedaled 100 miles from South Seattle Community College, or 75 from Marvista School in Des Moines. The organization helps keep kids from picking up that first cigarette, helps families dealing with lung cancer & asthma, and advocates for clean air. This is ride's the 30th year, but the first with this route. It was in the San Juan Islands in the past.

Press release:

Over 200 cyclists will take part in the inaugural “Ride Around the Sound” bike ride on September 15th. A benefit for the American Lung Association in Washington, the ride features five distance options around Puget Sound, ranging from 100 miles to a family-friendly ride of under 15 miles in West Seattle. Local school Marvista Elementary will serve as the 75-mile starting location.

Burien streets that will be on the route are: 16th Ave SW; SW 107 St; 10th Ave SW; SW 116th St; 4th Ave SW; SW 152nd St; Maplewild Ave SW; SW 172nd St; and Sylvester Rd SW.

UPDATE: Burien/Normandy Park 75-mile Start for “Ride Around the Sound”
Photo credit: 
Photo by Steve Shay

Alex Wiljanen, 14, pictured at Marvsta, Des Moines, prepares for the 75-mile Lung Assoc. bike ride. He will join his father, Ken. He rode the Seattle to Portland bicycle ride & said he has no intention of ever smoking.


Donors, partners and supporters of Community Schools Collaboration (CSC) held a Block Party Fundraiser Sept. 7 to support students in South King County. Guests sponsored backpacks for a CSC students, bid in a silent auction, had a meal and drinks, and enjoy live music. CSC supports students in Highline and Tukwila school districts. The CSC Office is at 137 SW 154th St. in Burien.

Community Schools Collaboration provides over 3,000 students annually with academic support, access to health programs, family engagement and youth development opportunities.

Highline Superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield participated, and told the Highline Times, "This is one of our greatest community partners. What they allow us to do for kids in our schools we could never do alone and we are grateful. In this day and age every nonprofit is struggling. The more people can do to support organizations like this, the better off our kids are, and their families."

UPDATE: Community Schools Collaboration holds block party fundraiser
Photo credit: 
Photo by Steve Shay

Donors, partners and supporters of Community Schools Collaboration (CSC) held a Block Party Fundraiser Sept. 7 in its Burien facility to support students K-12 in South King County.

Press release:

Congressman Adam Smith will be the keynote speaker at the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce August Membership Luncheon, on Friday, August 10, 2012.

The luncheon will be held on Friday, August 10th, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, Embassy Suites Hotel, 15920 W Valley Hwy., Tukwila. Lunch is $20 paid in advance or $35 paid at the door. Sponsored by Aesthetic Rejuvenation by Dr. Brecht, Clean Scapes, Cox Financial, Mendoza Law Center, Republic Services, T-Mobile, and Waste Management.

Register online or call the Chamber at (206) 575-1633.

Smith plans to give a Congressional update and will focus on the debt and deficit situation that is so severely impacting our economy. Audience members are encouraged to bring questions and provide comments about federal issues you want to share your opinion on and ask him to prioritize.

Rudy Garza Named Coalition Coordinator

Press release:

Navos Mental Health Solutions announced it received a King County grant to create a community-based coalition for drug free youth in the Burien/White Center communities and has appointed communications veteran Rudy Garza as Coalition Coordinator.

Navos has been responding to the needs of people with mental illness in King County for over 40-years. Its services are targeted to those who live at or near poverty, often as a result of their mental illness. The mission of Navos is to improve the quality of life of people vulnerable to mental illness by providing a broad continuum of care.
“As part of the work we do with youth, we saw a need to address the substance abuse-related issues among youth in the Burien/White Center community said Joan Zintak, Director of Adult Services.” This five-year grant allows us to collaborate with other agencies, the private and public sector, and the community at-large to better address these issues by providing alternatives,” she added.


Press release:

Discover Burien will partner with up to two new or established 501©3 organizations each calendar year.

The relationship will be as a supportive partner, not as the lead or organizer of the event. The partners will be selected by the Board of Directors for the next calendar year.

Discover Burien Event Partnership may include, but is not limited to:
• Color and B/W copies at the Discover Burien office – For an amount determined by the Board of Directors (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, event announcements/promotions will be included in the Discover Burien Newsletter, Facebook, etc.
• Marketing - Assistance will be provided on case by case basis
• Event Logistics
• Supplies – Tent, tables, chairs, etc.
• Other assistance

To apply for the Event Support opportunity, please 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.


Press release:

The Burien Eagles have been various generous in their donations to Hospitality House, the Burien shelter for homeless shelter for single women.

The total donation to Hospitality House was $2,796.

The donation was made in two ways; first the Burien Eagles purchased a full-size washer and dryer as the old smaller units were failing. The balance a check presented at a recent ceremony at the Burien Eagles’ club to Hospitably House Board member Priscilla Stephensen by Jim Tobolski, Val Rufner, Tim and Charlene Farnam of the Burien Eagles

The Eagles raised the funds by selling sliders on Thursday nights and the proceeds of a few Sunday breakfasts.

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