Festivals/Annual Events

It started out cloudy but by the end of the day the sun was up, the garbage was out and the halibut steaks were smoking.

The 11th annual Lake Washington Ship Canal cleanup concluded four hours after volunteers began fishing everything from wood, to coupons, to unopened cans of beer in waters stretching from the Fremont Bridge to the Ballard Locks.

More than 100 people participated in the event, which began at 9 a.m.


Cleaning Crew: From Left to right, Army Corps of Engineers' Dru Butterfield, student Beca Getahun and Lorena Sepin from the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition.

photo by Steve Clark

Dung beetles and scimitars; Wednesday night highlights from the Tractor.

By Daniel Catchpole

The evening's headliner, Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn has a remarkable voice capable of captivating an audience, but she has yet to really capitalize on it. Her recent performance showed promise, but never really got started until the impromptu encore. The slow melodic set was hesitating and short.


After nearly “falling off the map” last season, Highline-area theatre-goers have witnessed this year’s impressive come-back staged by the 26-year-old Burien Little Theatre.

Last summer, hard-working, dedicated former members of BLT’s board of trustees rolled up their sleeves and re-united to rescue the theatre from a near-death experience.

Productions of Sylvia and Angry Housewives brought in a steadily growing audience who have welcomed BLT’s trustees (and the plays!) with open arms.

Finishing off their season of new beginnings wi


Burien’s third annual Spring Stroll Art Walk will paint its definition of art with a broad brush, extending beyond the visual to such offerings as food, wine and books.

Presented by the Discover Burien Association, the art walk on Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m.


Bosnian film director Benjamin Filipovi will attend the Seattle area’s first Bosnian movie marathon in Tukwila on Saturday, April 29.

Two films directed by Filipovi, Mizaldo and Well-Tempered Corpses, will be shown beginning at 6 p.m. at the Foster High School Performing Arts Center, 4242 S. 144th St.

The event is sponsored by Friends of Bosnia, a Highline Community College club.

A film essay made during the war in Sarajevo, Mizaldo is marked by bitterness, but includes a large dose of self-satire.

Filipovi co-wrote and co-directed it in 1993.


Teach the kids the importance of tidying up more than their bedrooms by bringing them to Burien's eighth annual Clean Sweep on Saturday, April 29 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

New this year, after working with other community member to give Burien a good spring-cleaning, the youngsters can blow off steam in the Burien Bicycle Rodeo from 12:30 to 4 p.m. The Burien Teen Leadership Council will also reward the young laborers with running games and other activities.

While this annual event focuses on the downtown area, last year it expanded into the residential neighborhoods.


Open wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) hubs like coffee shops and local area networks are becoming the norm in Ballard, making connecting to the Internet quick, convenient and most of the time free, for the casual Web browser and the on-the-go businessperson.

They can be seen in coffee shops around the neighborhood, busily hunched over laptop screens, a latte in one hand and a touch pad in the other.


While the West Seattle Junction Association has become a well-established business district, emerging are other business groups around West Seattle determined to attract more shoppers and form lasting ties among the business owners.

The Admiral District Business Group formed in 2004 and have been successful with bringing people into the neighborhood to "eat, shop and live" through collaborative marketing, said Melissa Nickel, a member of the group.

"It' just really escalated," she said.


Mary Ellen Cunningham realizes her baby has grown into an inquisitive 2-year-old so it's time for mom to step back and let the offspring wander beyond her reach.

Cunningham is confident Megawatt, the nonprofit organization she founded, can make it on its own now, so she is stepping down as director. A search is underway for her successor and about 20 people have applied.

"I'm not leaving," Cunningham said.


Highline Community College will hold its ninth annual Unity Through Diversity Week on the main campus at 2400 S. 240th St. in Des Moines April 24-28.

This year’s theme is “Interrogating American Popular Culture: What’s Real in the ‘Reel’ World?”

Through lectures, performances and discussions, the week of events will examine American popular culture and its wide-ranging influence.

All events are free and open to the public.

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