Festivals/Annual Events

Tax Free Day in the West Seattle Junction

Tax Free Day in the West Seattle Junction Neighborhood Sale! Over 40 participants.

Junction Merchants have your back by paying your tax.

Enjoy Tax-Free Shopping (10% off) at these locations ALL DAY:

AAA West Seattle
Bakery Nouveau
City Mouse Studio and Store
Click! Design That Fits
Computer Care
Curious Kidstuff
Edie’s Shoes
Funky Janes
Great Harvest Bread Co.
Heidi Fish Swimwear
Jan’s Beauty Supply
JF Henry
Many Moons Trading Co.
Merryweather Books
PC Mobile Inc.
Red Cup Espresso
Seattle Fish Company  read more »

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The following web site is now live showing the videos from the TOP CHEF event.

The videos will also be shared with the restaurants so they can promote socially.

Thank you for your efforts in letting the community know about these amazing establishments in our community.


Part of the awards at Burien Bites on June 2nd will be awards for the videographers and film crews that shot, edited and created each of these videos.


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Love is in the air and florists are busy filling Valentine’s Day orders, but many consumers have learned the hard way that everything doesn’t always come up roses.

In 2012, florists were among the most complained about service categories on Angie’s List. Most complaints stemmed from the quality of the flowers as well as issues with delivery.

Angie’s List surveyed highly rated florists for advice on placing an order for delivery:

Act now: Don’t wait until the last minute to place your order for flowers. Give the florist plenty of time because Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year for any florist.

Buy local: If there is a reputable florist in your area, buy directly from them when you can and think beyond the roses. Your florist can help you find the freshest blooms and find something a little less traditional, too. National companies take your order and pass it along to a local florist to fulfill the order anyway. You’ll have better luck with a correction if something goes wrong.


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Paper valentines account for a big spike in annual waste production, with roughly 180 million Americans exchanging Valentine’s Day cards each year.

This year, Waste Management, Burien’s solid waste utility, recommends alternatives to conventional cards as a way to express the spirit of the holiday and also love the planet.

“Valentine’s Day doesn’t produce as much waste as Christmas or even Easter, but when you consider what goes into a 180 million cards, it’s easy to understand that a few small changes make a big difference for the environment,” said Robin Freedman of Waste Management of Washington. “This Valentine’s Day, we are urging Washingtonians to be good to their loved ones and to the environment. It just takes a little forethought and creativity.”

Cards - Save trees in the name of love by sending an e-card. If the paper card is a must, make sure it’s printed on recycled paper or make one from materials you have at home.

Flowers - Consider planting a tree for your loved one.

Global Connections Jazz and Wind Ensembles rated Superior, with Distinction

Press release:

Global Connections High School Wind and Jazz Ensembles received the highest possible rating, Superior with Distinction, for their performances at the Presidential Inauguration Music Festival.

During their trip, January 18 – 21, the students also witnessed the Oath of Office and the Presidential Address, toured famous monuments, visited Smithsonian museums, and had the chance to interact with music groups from across the country. A special highlight was the tour of the U.S. capitol, arranged by US Congressman Adam Smith.

“The trip to Washington, D.C., was an amazing and inspirational experience for our students,” said Rick Harwood, Principal, Global Connections High School. “Our students were fully engaged in every aspect of the trip, as they experienced one exciting event after another.

“The chance to be part of one of the most important events in the world made a lasting impression on our students and expanded the possibilities they see for themselves as contributing members of their communities, local and global.”


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Boy Scout Troop 375 will host its annual Christmas Tree Recycle this Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 5 and 6 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. at Southwest 160th Street and 1st Avenue South (the Herr lumber site) in Burien.

We ask for a $5 donation per tree. Funds go to our scout camp and other troop activities so that all our 28 boys can go to summer camp regardless of their family economic situation.

Free hot chocolate will be served. And our polite boys will remove your tree from your car and share a smile.

Free bags of our "Good Karma Christmas Tree Compost" are available for the asking. Bring a bag!


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. www.nwassociatedarts.org 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
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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.

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”
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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.

The Burien / Normandy Park Fire Department will be hosting their annual open-house event on Saturday, Sept. 8th at the downtown Burien fire station, 15100 8th Ave. S.W.

During the event from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., there will be a wide range of activities. The firefighters will demonstrate their skills in emergency automobile extrication and high-angle rope rescue.

Kids can practice escaping from a burning house, squirt a fire hose, learn about safety in many areas, and answer questions for prizes.

Balloons, fire hats, and safety information will also be handed out. Bully prevention and low cost helmets for anyone over the age of 1 provided.


Press release:

Burien’s Arts-A-Glow lantern festival is just around the corner (September 8th) and we still need to collect more empty, clean plastic water bottles (they make great lanterns!)

Please bring your bottle donations to the Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave SW, until Friday, Sept 7th. The community center is open Mon-Thurs 8:30am-8pm, Friday 8:30am-5pm.

See you at the Glow! www.burienwa.gov/GLOW

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