Small grant applications are now being accepted, to be submitted on or before Jan. 20, for small capital projects that encourage active transportation (bicycling or walking) or transit use to contribute to the reduction of air pollution, traffic congestion, and fuel consumption in South King County.

Creative projects that involve public art or other innovative ways to activate the public realm are encouraged.

Eligible projects must be within the cities of Burien, Federal Way, Kent, Renton, SeaTac, or Tukwila and may be proposed by cities, businesses, community organizations, schools, or neighborhood groups.

Approximately 6-12 small grants will be available.

Whether you have an idea for a project to improve bicycle or pedestrian access or you would like to install a bike rack at your location, we encourage you to apply for this funding opportunity.

Detailed grant information can be found at

Please contact Rose Warren with any questions at 206-431-3687 between 8:30AM-5PM or send an email to [email protected].

A PDF of the grant application can be found at

Here’s episode #77 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

SoKing News Weekly Recap for Dec. 2-5, 2016: Armed man on Burien rooftop causes lockdowns; Normandy Park purse snatcher caught on video; Highline Public Schools receives grant to increase graduation rates; Port revises airport tree removal proposal; Jack Mayne on what SeaTac can and can’t do to help displaced mobile home residents; ‘The Final Take’ and more… (click the ‘Play’ button below to view podcast):

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The Kent Regional Fire Authority, Kent Firefighters Local 1747, and the Kent Firefighters Foundation proudly announce the 2016 kick-off of this program that supports the less fortunate in the community.

Toys for Joy is an annual event where new, unwrapped toys are collected, sorted, wrapped, and delivered to local food banks and outreach programs for distribution to needy families in our community. In addition to toys, non-perishable food and monetary donations are also accepted.

2016 has seen an upturn in the economy, but there are still many families in need. Some families have to dedicate their money to the basics in order to survive and do not have the ability to buy gifts during the holidays. The Toys for Joy program was created to help these local families.

Toy wrapping parties are scheduled for December 13 & 19 at 6:00 PM and are open to the public. The media is invited to cover these events which are attended by groups and individuals from throughout south King County. Last year the public wrapped over 6,000 gifts.

Toy collection barrels will be at the following locations beginning November 28:

  • Fire Station 45 2929 S. 200 Street SeaTac – South
  • Fire Station 46 3521 S. 170 Street SeaTac – Central
  • Fire Station 47 3215 S. 152 Street SeaTac – North

The Toys for Joy program can only exist with the generous donations of local residents and businesses. Over the years, that generosity has been tremendous. This year we are hoping for everyone’s continued support.

For further information on the Toys for Joy program and to get involved in a wrapping party, please call the Toys for Joy Hotline at 253.856.4485.


The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce announced that it will be giving away two pairs of Seahawks tickets at its Dec. 9 Holiday Luncheon.

“Courtesy of the generosity of board member Mike Bulleri, Division General Manager of Baker Commodities, Inc., the Chamber will be giving away 2 pairs of tickets to the December 15th Seahawks vs Rams home game!” reads an announcement.

Here’s more from the chamber:

Everyone who attends the Chamber’s 28th Annual Holiday Luncheon next Friday will receive an opportunity to win a pair of tickets, as well as have the opportunity to increase your odds of winning by purchasing additional entries at the luncheon-must be present to win!

We hope you will join us on December 9th at 11:30am at the Rainier Golf and Country Club as we gather to celebrate 2016, look forward to 2017, honor our members and enjoy a few Holiday Classics courtesy of Seattle Christian School Choir.

Thank you to our host Rainier Golf and Country Club, and our sponsors: Recology CleanScapes, Westfield Southcenter Shopping Center, Patha, Inc., and Louise Strander.

Attendance is open to guests as well as members, however space for the Luncheon is limited. Please follow this link to register and for more information .

You can also register by calling the office during regular office hours (206) 575-1633 or emailing Emma Oglesby, Membership Service Director, at [email protected].

About the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce
The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit business organization that has served the communities of Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac and Tukwila since 1989. The mission of the Chamber is to be a leader in Southwest King County and a regional voice and resource for building business success. The Chamber focuses on business advancement in the region by helping to build and maintain a strong economic environment.

The Google Earth Engine has released a new “Time Lapse” feature, which includes sequences of satellite photos spanning from 1984-present, including this cool one of our region below.

One of the more amazing parts of this time lapse is the growth of Sea-Tac Airport, expanding from one runway to three:

In addition to cool satellite time lapses of our regions, be sure to check out others around the globe, like Las Vegas or Miami, which show amazing growth…

Photo by Michael Brunk /

From left to right, Beth Davis, Kris “Pepper” Hambrick and Anna Richardson substitute in as Confederate Christmas Carolers when the planned acts for their annual church holiday extravaganza are snowed out in The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged). The three intrepid congregation members perform the entire pageant themselves in this irreverent and heart-warming holiday comedy at Burien Actors Theatre through Dec. 18. Photo by Michael Brunk /

By John Van de Ven

The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged), is a holiday gift within a gift – or a pageant within a play.

The premise of the play (written by Reed Martin) is a pageant featuring a number of acts. Presented by St. Everybody’s Non-Denominational Universalist Church, during the church’s annual Multicultural Interfaith Holiday Variety Show and Christmas Pageant.

The pageant promises acts from performers such as Cirque du Sleigh, the Ramadancers, and The Kim Kardashian Can-Can Candy Cane Concatenation, just to name a few. While the pageant is expecting multiple acts, it quickly becomes clear that the only acts that have shown up are the three young women who are emceeing for the evening.

Directed by Marc “Mok” Moser, the show begins as three elfin-like silhouettes appear posing on stage. After a brief introduction from the three hosts (Beth Davis, Kris “Pepper” Hambrick, and Anna Richardson), the first act was to take stage.

Soon after an announcement is made that a massive snowstorm has hit and all roads leading to the theater have been effectively shut down. This was tragic because the scheduled acts had not arrived yet.

As the three hosts fumble about on stage wondering what to do, the idea of refunds quickly became a reality. The trio acts quickly, making the decision to tackle the bulk of the show themselves, at least until the other acts arrive.

The set is very homey and inviting (created by Cyndi Baumgardener, Eric Dickman, Paul Gould, and Maggie Larrick). Everything from the faux fireplace burning away in the center of the stage to the decorated tree with presents underneath to the manger, all are in sync with the holiday spirit.

The multi-talented Davis (who also plays an instrument in a couple of bits and directed the music for the show), Hambrick and Richardson take the spotlight and the show from this point on. The troupe goes above and beyond to entertain their snow-banked audience.

While it is quite humorous, the show does ask the question of what the holidays are really about. Are the holidays about Santa and presents, or is it about friends and family coming together or is it about the birth of Jesus? The answer comes in a series of songs and skits ranging from modified traditional carols to a traditional English style panto.

The pageant does require some audience participation, so wallflowers should come prepared to yell, clap and sing-a-long with the show. And it’s these bits that include the audience that bring a personal feel to the show, making each one unique.

A version of The 12 Days of Christmas is sung at one point and a recreation of the nativity scene is paired with the story of the birth of Jesus. Christianity isn’t the only religion represented either as we are taught about the meaning and purpose of Kwanzaa.

There is a 15-minute intermission before the final stretch of the show, with themed drinks available at concessions. The pageant finishes with Davis, Hambrick, and Richardson having done the entire show (and exceedingly well) from beginning to end.

At the end, just like that, the storm lifts and the roads are cleared, and we get to go home, filled with a little more joy and yuletide spirit than when we arrived. If I didn’t know any better, I would say that a little of that holiday magic took hold that night, and I’m glad it did.

So if you want to do something a little bit different, and experience something unique this holiday season, then make your way to the Burien Actors Theatre between now and Dec. 18. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sundays.


  • General Admission: $20.00
  • Senior & Active Military: $17.00
  • Students: $10.00
  • Group (10 or more): $12.00

Tickets can be purchased online here; you can also use this Coupon to save $5 bucks:

Click image to Print Coupon.

Burien Actors Theatre is located at 14501 4th Ave. SW, Burien.

The Burien Actors Theatre has been putting on performances for the Burien and surrounding communities for 37 seasons, and operates as a not-for-profit entity, and relies on donations to keep it going.

More info at

Photo by Michael Brunk /

From left to right, Anna Richardson and Beth Davis stand in as Christmas rappers when the planned acts for their annual church holiday extravaganza are snowed out in The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged). The duo joins another intrepid congregation member in performing the entire pageant themselves in this irreverent and heart-warming holiday comedy at Burien Actors Theatre through Dec. 18. Photo by Michael Brunk /

Photo by Michael Brunk /

Anna Richardson fills in as King Herod in a Christmas panto when the planned acts for her church’s annual holiday extravaganza are snowed out in The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged). Richardson joins two other intrepid congregation members in performing the entire pageant themselves in this irreverent and heart-warming holiday comedy at Burien Actors Theatre through Dec. 18. Photo by Michael Brunk /

Photo by Michael Brunk /

Beth Davis substitute in as a congregation member reading her Christmas letter when the the planned acts for her church’s annual holiday extravaganza are snowed out in The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged). Davis joins two other intrepid congregation members in performing the entire pageant themselves in this irreverent and heart-warming holiday comedy at Burien Actors Theatre through Dec. 18. Photo by Michael Brunk /

Photo by Michael Brunk /

Part of the set for The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged). Three intrepid congregation members performing their church’s annual holiday pageant by themselves when all of the planned acts are snowed out in this irreverent and heart-warming holiday comedy at Burien Actors Theatre through Dec. 18. Photo by Michael Brunk /

Photo by Michael Brunk /

From left to right, Beth Davis and Kris “Pepper” Hambrick improvise Jingle Bells with noisemakers and instruments when the the planned acts for their church’s annual holiday extravaganza are snowed out in The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged). The duo joins another intrepid congregation member in performing the entire pageant themselves in this irreverent and heart-warming holiday comedy at Burien Actors Theatre through Dec. 18. Photo by Michael Brunk /


Do your holiday shopping at the annual Tyee Holiday Bazaar – coming this Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

A wide variety of holiday items and gifts will be on sale at this great bazaar, including:

  • Hand Made & Commercial items
  • Over 100 Booths
  • Espresso stand
  • Santa Pictures
  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Christmas Trees for sale

This event is sponsored by the Duwamish Southside Rotaty Club and Global Connections High School DECA.

Tyee is located at 4424 S. 188th Street in SeaTac:

The SeaTac City Council recently amended the city’s local Parking Tax Ordinance, “to insure that necessary transportation infrastructure projects are adequately funded to address impacts from current and projected future growth,” according to an announcement.

This change also provides equity among the entities that are required to collect and provide payment to the City.

The changes will take effect March 1, 2017, and include:

  • Elimination of the current split rate tax structure which charges different rates per transaction for short-term (less than 2 hours) and long-term customers;
  • Restores the single-rate structure and sets the rate at $3.00 per transaction;
  • Annual rate adjustments based on the CPI beginning in 2018.

The revisions to the rate structure are the first since 2010 and reinstate the single rate system that had been in place prior to 2005. The Council stated that the split rate provided unequal and beneficial treatment to the Sea-Tac International Airport parking customers and failed to meet revenue projections since 2005. The outcome was inadequate funding to reduce congestion, improve roadways and upgrade intersections throughout the city.

“Returning to the single rate for both short- and long-term parking transactions again levels the playing field between the customers required to provide these payments,” Mayor Michael Siefkes said.

“The estimated $3 million annually in additional funding allows us to construct the street systems needed to support the future growth of the airport and the region and insure the ongoing transportation and traffic improvements needed by our residents and businesses,” Acting City Manager Joe Scorcio added.

On Tuesday (Nov. 22), Port of Seattle Commissioners addressed community concerns by revising a safety program that cuts down trees in the Sea-Tac Airport flight corridor and replaces them with native, lower-growing trees and shrubs.

Commissioners also created a $1 million fund for the citizens and communities of Burien, Des Moines and SeaTac to invest in environmental and ecological projects and programs.

The Port also unanimously passed a resolution revising its Flight Corridor Safety Program to reduce the number of trees to be removed and replanted in early 2017.

The plan also calls for more community engagement before determining the removal and replanting approach for Port-owned property near S. 200th St and 10th Ave S., where most of the over-height conifers are adjacent to residential properties.

The modified Phase 1 work will begin in early 2017 by removing approximately 611 trees planted on Port property and replanting approximately 1463. Native, lower-growing trees, shrubs and flowers the Port of Seattle will plant include:


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Next steps for the flight corridor safety tree removal and replanting include:

  • In the first half of 2017, the Port will conduct public engagement on options for the Port-owned properties near S 200th St and 10th Ave S, also referred to as P4 and P5 on the Port maps.
  • In 2017, The Port will conduct environmental review and design for Phases 2 and 3, which includes trees on property owned by other public agencies, private businesses and individuals in 2017. Phase 2 and 3 environmental documentation will be available and a public comment period will begin in the second half of 2017 at the earliest.

Read our previous coverage of this issue here.

Commentary by Senior Writer Jack Mayne

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With the biennial budgets of the cities of South King County about to be finalized, we hope the city councils will seriously consider adding more police officers. Day after day we see audacious criminals on the streets stealing from yards, mailboxes and from inside our homes.

Our police departments are doing their very best, but criminal problems are increasing.

We are not talking about homeless people, the majority of whom are solid, law-abiding citizens, but it is a criminal element that grows right along with the growth of population.

During the recent recession, budget constraints fairly well kept cities from the expensive addition of police, but now the economy is alive and well.

Burien is considering the addition of two officers, partly paid for by a recent grant the city received. The Councils of SeaTac and Des Moines have proposal before them for two additional officers each. A citizen’s suggestion of 18 more officers in Burien was clearly impossible and beyond serious consideration.

But two more are an important and affordable way to increase the enforcement of laws intended to protect our citizens. People are worried about crime and especially as the pressures of housing costs are forcing more and more people out of the cities of the Seattle metropolitan area and into the nearby suburbs we call home.

We hope the Councils will do the right and responsible thing and add two more police officers in each of our cities.