Festivals/Annual Events

Press release:

It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy with a free old-fashioned street party in Olde Burien Saturday, July 20.

From noon to 10:30 p.m., the Olde Burien Block Party is bursting at the seams with action: live music, a sausage-eating contest, kids activities, drawing for a $500 shopping spree, beer gardens and fashion show. The party is a thank you from Olde Burien merchants to customers and community for their support.

To enter the drawing to win a $500 Olde Burien shopping spree, just shop or dine on July 20 at participating businesses in Olde Burien. Each purchase provides participants tickets to enter the drawing. The shops will offer special deals, so it’s an ideal time to shop the unique wares of Olde Burien.

Enjoy live entertainment, from music to a fashion show, on an outdoor stage while savoring the food and drink of various Olde Burien eateries in their extended outdoor beer gardens. Take the stage as a competitor in the sausage-eating contest.


News release:
Storytelling has become a worldwide phenomenon. The Puget Sound’s newest annual festival, hosted at PowellsWood Garden on the upper edge of the Redondo greenbelt, is expanding this year to include a global-village emphasis. Tamil storyteller Jeeva Raghunath, based in Chennai, India, will be headlining the PowellsWood Storytelling Festival, now in its second year.

The festival runs July 26 and 27th and features a day of workshops in addition to a full day of storytelling.

One of the garden’s four storytelling venues, the spectacular and newly redesigned Perennial Borders, will feature a daylong program with an international focus titled, “Lively World Folktales for All Ages.” Raghunath (right) will be contributing along with Heather Forest and internationally-renowned local teller Margaret Read MacDonald. Festival newcomer Syd Lieberman will also co-host a session in the Spring Garden titled, “Traditions: Tamil, Jewish, Borneo.”

In addition, Donald Davis will share evocative tales from his North Carolina childhood, and Heather Forest will delight with her singing fables and with stories of her life as a gardener.




On behalf of the Angle Lake Shore Club we want to apologize for the late start to this year’s fireworks show.

It is our understanding that this delay was attributed to a late delivery of shells by the fireworks vendor to the preparation site therefore not allowing the contracted pyro- technicians adequate time to get the materials safely loaded and prepped in the mortars.

Once the show was started the displays were quite nice until a little over half way through an 8” shell inadvertently exploded just as it left the mortar throwing one technician into the water. This was cause for the momentary interruption of the show until injury and damage assessments could be completed.

Fortunately there were no injuries however the incident did adversely affect the remainder of the show.

The crew on board the barge proceeded to sporadically fire off those shells they deemed to be safe.

From this experience the Shore Club has learned that communication is paramount in putting on a show of this nature.

Time running out for Arts a Glow submissions

Press release:

The Burien Arts-A-Glow Lantern festival is looking for artists and community groups to create lantern installations for the 2013 event to be held on Saturday, September 7th.

The Call can also be found at: www.burienwa.gov/glow

Installations can be new creations or existing installations. Call Burien Parks and Recreation for more details.

Submission are due Friday, June 28th.


When one candidate running for a City Council position recently contacted the City of Burien about political booths for the Strawberry Festival, that candidate was told that no political campaigning promoting individuals, an issue or party was allowed from booths at the event. This was the city's policy. The only thing that political groups or individuals could do from the booths was to provide general information to educate the public on things like where to vote or how to register to vote.

However, Joey Martinez, the 33rd Dems, the 34th Dems and two potential Port Commissioners violated the city rules for the festival and directly distributed campaign materials for a specific candidate. None of these booths were registering voters or explaining rules for voting. City staff were at the festival and could easily have stopped this material from being handed out or closed the renter's booth down. They did nothing.


Father’s Day weekend heats up with a sizzling car show, chili cook-off, carnival and Band-a-Palooza in downtown Burien June 13 through 16. Presented by the nonprofit Discover Burien Association, the events are affiliated with the city of Burien’s Wild Strawberry Festival June 15 and 16.

Details and a schedule of strawberry festival events were published in the June 7 issue of the Highline Times. The information is also available at www.highlinetimes.com.

New this year, Discover Burien’s Band-a-Palooza brings the mighty sound of nine full-fledged Pacific Northwest symphonic bands to the strawberry festival June 15 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Besides Band-a-Palooza on the Town Square Stage, the festival is hopping with live entertainment of every stripe, food and more.

Get thrilled, chilled or gently entertained during Spring Carnival Days from Thursday, June 13 through Sunday, June 16. Davis Shows’ full carnival operates June 13 and June 14 from 3 p.m. to close and June 15 and June 16 from 11 a.m. to close. The carnival closes each day when attendance becomes too light.

Mother’s Day Phishing Emails Top the List

Better Business Bureau press release:

Loving sons and daughters looking for thoughtful ways to show affection for moms this year should think twice before opening up hearts and wallets. A recent survey from the National Retail Federation estimates that total Mother’s Day spending will reach $18.6 billion in 2013, and scammers will employ all sorts of tricks to fool consumers. Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington wants this day to be safe and mom-entous.

As with most special occasions, schemers try to catch last-minute shoppers off-guard and BBB offers the following reminders:

E-cards: Email cards appear to be from known contacts or trusted retailers, but are actually fraudulent, contain malicious links or malware and seek personal information; verify senders before opening.

Gifts: Newly registered websites stock Mother’s Day gifts at reasonable prices and guarantee timely delivery, but the products are never delivered or don’t actually exist at all. Avoid online vendors lacking verifiable contact information.


Press release:

The Hyde Shuttle vans are seen nearly everywhere in the Des Moines, Normandy Park and Burien area, taking folks wherever they need to go, and now, you can ride one to the Des Moines Farmer’s Market!

Beginning June 1st, and every other Saturday through October, you can ride a comfortable, clean Hyde Shuttle van from your home to the Farmer’s market and back! The hours are from 11AM until 2PM every other Saturday. Spend the mid day at the market, enjoy lunch, buy fresh flowers or veggies, listen to the fun entertainment on the waterfront. It takes just one call to the Hyde Shuttle office to arrange your ride, and you can call right now! The number is 206-727-6262. The vans are filling up so an early call is best.

The Hyde Shuttle is part of the Senior Service Transportation program and is available to anyone 55 or older, or who has any kind of mobility challenge. The vans can easily accommodate walkers and wheelchairs as well. Companion pets are welcome! There is no cost to the service, but donations are appreciated.


More than 10 tons of trash and recycled materials were picked up during this year’s Burien Clean Sweep event on April 20.

Discover Burien Event Manager Debra George reported 3.3 tons of garbage and 7.17 tons of recycled materials was gathered for a total of 10.47 tons.

She also reported on previous year’s totals:

2012 5.54 Tons + 942 Lbs Monitors + 389 Lbs of Mixed Electronic
2011 8.2 Tons
2010 5.9 Tons
2009 8.15 Tons
2008 7.61 Tons
2007 8.66 Tons
2006 6.75 Tons
2005 10.82 Tons
2004 9.88 Tons
2003 12.06 Tons
2002 7.72 Tons
2001 9.82 Tons
2000 13.72 Tons
1999 9.73 Tons


It went so well last year, Highline Public Schools and Highline Schools Foundation staffers are doing it again this year.

It is the Scholar-Athlete, Coach and Community Recognition Program.

Sixteen student-athletes, eight honored middle and high school coaches and community contributors will be honored at a recognition banquet, Tuesday, May 21 at Mt. Rainier High School in Des Moines.

The students will receive scholarship funds.

The total amount given away depends on the generosity of Highline alums, parents and community members.

In the inaugural event, $15,000 was raised for scholarship support.

Highline district athletic director Terri McMahan said donations reached $30,000 per year when she organized a similar program as Edmonds Public Schools athletic director. The Edmonds program is still going strong, she reports.

As for last year’s Highline event, McMahan said she has heard nothing but positive comments about it.

“We are committed to making this an annual event and to growing scholarship support,” McMahan declared.

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