South King County Cultural Coalition Wed, 01 Oct 2014 05:41:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tied By Lightning Telegraph Exhibits – SeaTac, Kent, Federal Way Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:59:09 +0000 Detail from Highline Historical Society's "Tied By Lightning" exhibit

Detail from Highline Historical Society’s “Tied By Lightning” exhibit

In conjunction with the Tied By Lightning Military Road Telegraph project, which marks 150 years since the telegraph line first came up Military Road and connected Seattle with the rest of the world, three historical societies in South King County are hosting exhibits of telegraph equipment. Exhibits will be up at least through the month of October.

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Community engagement grants Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:46:24 +0000 King County Community Service Areas
Application deadline: 12/8/2014

King County’s Community Service Area program is currently soliciting applications from community members throughout unincorporated King County for 2015. The purpose of the Community Engagement Grants is to fund community projects that offer unincorporated area residents in the Community Service Areas an opportunity to participate and be more connected in their communities. Funded projects must demonstrate how activities are accessible to all residents regardless of race, income, or language spoken.

A total of $60,000 will be reimbursed for projects in 2015. The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks Community Service Areas Program will provide funds to selected projects through a letter of award and Memorandum of Agreement. Amounts will be limited to less than $5,000 per project. Applications are due by 5 PM on Monday, December 8, 2014.

For more information on eligible projects and the communities that qualify for these grants, click here.

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Choral director position Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:39:13 +0000 Northwest Sound Men’s Chorus
Deadline: 10/15/2014

The Northwest Sound Men’s Chorus is  a Bellevue-based, 50-plus member, competitive a cappella men’s chorus that regularly performs for the public and on the contest stage across the continent.  The chorus’s current director, Don Rose, has accepted a position with the national Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) in Nashville creating a once in a lifetime opportunity to lead a top level chorus.  Northwest Sound has a strong culture of positive growth and individual excellence along with a first-rate administrative and musical team that allows the director to focus on making great music.

The ideal candidate will have the following attributes –

  • Previous choral directing experience preferably in the Barbershop style
  • Solid musical background – music degree, performance experience and/or musical educator all desirable
  • Inspiring, positive attitude
  • Willingness to grow personally and invest in the membership and music team’s growth
  • A strong communicator and team player

This is a paid directing position and includes yearly compensation for attendance at the week-long BHS Harmony University or the BHS International Convention.  Pay rate is negotiable based on skills and experience.

To express your interest in this position or make a recommendation, contact Dan Keating or Dick Gode for application material.  October 15 is the cut-off date for applicants, but interested parties are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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The Hi-Liners Musical Theatre DownStage Center classes Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:54:20 +0000 The Hi-Liners
Beginning 10/3/2014

In addition to developing theatre arts skills, DownStage Center classes can help you develop your ability to speak up in school, increase the creativity going into your homework and improve your classroom presentations. It is documented that having the arts in our lives makes us better students in general!

It’s not too late to register! Registration remains open for the first five weeks of class!  Register at  The classes being offered are:

IMPROVISATION (ages 10 and up)
October 3–February 6, Fridays 4:30–6 PM.
(No class October 31, December 26, and January 2 & 9)
Improvisation is an essential theatre skill for actors. Learn to think on your feet, be creative on demand and finally get the respect your deserve for being the class clown!

FOOTLIGHTS (ages 3–4)  – a new class for tots!
October 7–February 3, Tuesdays 4:30–5:30 PM.
(No class December 23 & 30, and January 6)
Footlights is about helping our youngest performers learn to express themselves through singing songs, dancing, and imaginative play. Games and activities are designed to promote listening, taking turns, following directions, and fun!

October 7–February 3, Tuesdays 4:30–5:30 PM
(No class December 23 & 30, and January 6)
Children learn by playing, so we use the innate imaginative capabilities of this age to learn through creative play. Your child will study life skills as theatre skills. Children will practice active listening, following directions, and taking turns, BUT DON’T TELL THEM. They’ll think we’re just playing games, singing songs, and making up stories.

October 8–February 4, Wednesdays 4:30–6PM
(No class December 24 & 31, and January 7)
The Playhouse is a place to learn to make the physical and vocal choices necessary to create a character. Students will work on the fundamental theatrical skills of vocal projection, making character choices, creating stage pictures, and collaborating with other actors.

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Knitting basics – Valley View Library Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:34:07 +0000 Valley View Library
Beginning 10/8/2014

Want to learn how to knit but aren’t sure where to start? This four-part series will cover the basics: casting on, knit and purl stitches, increases and decreases, and casting off. Supplies for use in class will be provided, bring your own needles and yarn if you have them. Classes take place at Valley View Library on October 8, October 22, November 5, November 19, from 7 – 8:30 PM.  Registration required.

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Volunteer in Soos Creek Botanical Garden Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:15:46 +0000 SOOSCREEK-lilypondSoos Creek Botanical Garden

Soos Creek Botanical welcomes new volunteers, both men and women, to get involved, learn some new things, share your talents and make new gardening friends. Visit the website to learn more.

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It’s a Wonderful Life – the Live Radio Play – auditions Mon, 29 Sep 2014 05:56:56 +0000 Rosebud Children’s & Community Theatre
Date: Wednesday, 10/22/2014, 7- 9 PM
The classic American film, It’s a Wonderful Life, inspired this play, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play which is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. The actors perform the characters as well as produce the sound effects LIVE.  This is the fourth annual community theatre production for Rosebud Children’s & Community Theatre.

Auditions are being held at the Federal Way Public Library on Tuesday, October 22, from 7-9 PM. The Library is located at 34200 1st Way S in Federal Way.  To sign up, E-mail headshot and resume to t. Snapshot ok. Please prepare a short 1 minute monologue and if you sing, also prepare 16 bars of a traditional Christmas carol. Also BRING PHOTO and RESUME with you to the audition. ALL roles available.
Performance dates are December 5-7 and 12-14, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM.  More information at
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Basics of historical research – workshop Mon, 29 Sep 2014 05:46:11 +0000 Washington State Archives
Date: 10/18/2014

As part of Archives Month 2014, the Washington State Historical Records Advisory Board, Washington State Archives, and the Heritage Resource Center (Washington State Historical Society) are presenting a free workshop on “The Basics of Historical Research.” This is a practical, three-hour overview for students, teachers, local heritage volunteers and family researchers. If you are interested in doing historical research but you’re not a trained historian, this workshop will help you learn the basic steps for gathering the information you’ll need to investigate and interpret a historical topic for a museum exhibit, class project, community celebration, curriculum enrichment, research article, History Day, a classroom based assessment, or personal historical interest.

This class will cover what primary sources are, what historical sources are (and how to use them), how to use the library system, how to use archival collections, how to find and use reliable online resources, how to cite sources properly, how to use information from different sources.

Instructors will be Michael S. Saunders, Washington State Archives Western Regional Archivist; Greg Lange, King County Archives Reference Specialist; and Tracy Rebstock, Washington State Archivist Southwest Branch Archivist.

Pre-registration is required, and enrollment is limited. To register, e-mail your information to Mike Saunders, Washington State Archives. Directions and parking information will be provided upon registration.


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Claire Putney and Kristie Smith Mon, 29 Sep 2014 05:33:18 +0000 Kristie Smith 1Burien Arts Gallery
10/2 – 11/2/2014

Artists Claire Putney and Kristie Smith bring their unique and fascinating artwork to the Burien Arts Gallery, 826 SW 152nd Street, in October.

Working with ink on paper, Putney combines maps, charts and diagrams with current and historic imagery. Human experience and geographic location become layered within the composition. Her work has been featured in many solo exhibitions, including in Chicago, San Diego and Seattle.

Smith’s oil and acrylic paintings reflect a fascination with landscape, structures, lines, symbol systems and the attempt to create order in an unstable world. Her images are both graphic and painterly. She has studied at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle and at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Artists United photographers Tom Fletcher and Chris Gonvers will also display their work.

The Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, noon-6 PM and Sunday, noon-4 PM. It is closed Monday and Tuesday. Artist receptions have been changed to the first Friday of the month at the Burien Arts Gallery – meet Claire Putney and Kristie Smith at the Gallery on Friday, October 3, 4-9 PM. More information is available at or 206-244-7808.

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County council designates County Maritime Heritage Area Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:33:57 +0000 DMAC-semaphore

Des Moines Beach Park is included in the new County Maritime Heritage Area.

The Metropolitan King County Council has voted unanimously to recognize the historic, recreational and economic value of the region’s waterways by designating certain county shorelines as “County Maritime Heritage Area.” The ordinance is intended to encourage the State Legislature to designate saltwater shorelines statewide as a maritime heritage area, and ultimately, to prompt the U.S. Congress to take steps to designate a National Maritime Heritage Area in our region.

“We have worked to build vibrant communities and a growing economy on Puget Sound for decades,” said King Countyt Council Chair Larry Phillips. “We are defined by our waters and shorelines and our interaction with them over time, and that story should be highlighted and celebrated.”

Over the last decade, there has been a local effort to recognize the historic legacy of the region’s saltwater shorelines along with increasing tourist awareness of the region’s maritime history. A Maritime Heritage Summit recommended the establishment of the National Heritage Area for these locations with the goal of:

• honoring the area’s cultural resources;
• increasing public awareness of the resources;
• promoting tourism and economic development;
• coordinating with other designated county maritime heritage areas;
• encouraging designation of the state’s saltwater shoreline as a national maritime heritage area.

National Heritage Areas (NHA) are places recognized by  Congress as having nationally important heritage resources. NHAs are locally initiated; the National Parks Service coordinates with local interests in the development of designation proposals. There are currently 49 designated National Heritage Areas throughout the country, though none in Washington.

National Heritage Areas are operated by local groups through public-private partnerships with the National Parks Service. The Parks Service provides technical and financial assistance, while the local partners retain all decision-making authority.

The county designation includes:
• federal, state and tribal lands within the county that allow public access, at least a part of which are located within a quarter-mile landward of the saltwater shoreline;
• Lake Washington Ship Canal and Lake Union shoreline.

At any level, these designations do not carry regulatory, procedural or property management constraints. The designation is intended solely to support heritage and tourism potential.

Ed. note: On October 3, the City of Burien will be hosting the reopening of Seahurst/Ed Munro Park, and the restoration of Seahurst Beach.  Here’s a chance to celebrate one of the areas now included as part of the  County Maritime Heritage Area.  More information at

Posted 9/23/2014

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