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March 2019


Desperate need!  Ad designer for Richmond Beach Community News
We are in desperate need for help! Do you know of a student that is studying graphic design? Maybe you enjoy creating graphics, images, and art? Could one of your friends or neighbors be looking for a creative outlet? The RBCA is looking for a graphic designer to design ads for the newspaper. Use this opportunity for a future portfolio or strengthen your professional skills and join the team of enthusiastic volunteers who produce the monthly newspaper, September through June. For more information or to submit a resume and examples of your work, contact Teresa Pape.

It’s time to sprout your wings! The 2020 Garden Tour needs your support.
Do you love to garden? Do you enjoy seeing how others designed their yards? The Garden Tour is looking for some new growth. The current event planners of the garden tour have agreed to organize this popular event for one more year. RBCA is seeking new organizers to shadow them in the spring of 2019 and take over the following year. If no one steps forward we may lose this treasured event. Contact Teresa Pape for more information or to blossom into this position!

Keep calm and be prepared! Map Your Neighborhood Program
Do you know what to do in an emergency? Is your family disaster ready? Do you know where to go if you needed help in your neighborhood? Making plans now will be the key to success during a disaster. Find out how you can host an emergency preparedness meeting or become the lead for your micro-neighborhood of 15-20 house. More information here or contact Project Coordinator Jessica Jain.

Calling all Graduates!
School will be out soon, and the June issue of the Richmond Beach Community News wants to celebrate Richmond Beach student who are graduating this year and show how proud we are of them for their hard work by printing a paragraph about each of them in the June issue of the paper. All students graduating from high school, college or a vocational trade school can be listed. The entry should include information about the student’s school experience (sports, music, clubs, academics, awards) or other memorable experiences (church activities, employment, volunteer work, travel) and what their plans are for the next chapter of their lives. Space is limited, please keep paragraphs to 100 words or less. All submissions are subject to editing. If you or someone you know fits this description, please email the Richmond Beach graduating senior’s information to Tom Petersen at by May 10.


Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, March 12, 7:00 p.m.
Richmond Beach Congregational Church
1512 NW 195th St.

You don’t want to miss the March RBCA meeting!  There will be a free concert by the Shoreline Community College Bluegrass Ensembles and presentations by SCC President Cheryl Roberts and City of Shoreline Economic Development Program Manager Nathan Daum. President Roberts will describe the tremendous new residence project underway on the SCC campus. Mr. Daum will describe some of the development happening all over Shoreline, including the latest on the old Sears property, the new Shoreline pool, and any news about the old Wild Horse lot in Richmond Beach. Northwest Bluegrass music legend Cliff Perry will have several groups from the SCC Bluegrass class on hand to do a dress rehearsal for their Quarter final concert.

Sponsors needed for the 20th annual Strawberry Festival  
Saturday, May 11, Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Richmond Beach Community Park

Enjoy a children’s parade, music of local bands, food from local restaurants, games and activities for kids, displays by Shoreline’s Police and Fire Departments and a walking tour of historic Richmond Beach—all while sampling tasty strawberry shortcake!
Sponsorship Levels:
Gold Sponsor: $500+
Silver Sponsor: $250-$499
Bronze Sponsor: $100-$249
Sponsors receive:
  • Acknowledgment in Richmond Beach Community News
  • Your name and live link on RBCA’s event web page
  • Recognition from the stage during the event
  • Name on sponsor thank you posters displayed at the Festival
  • Gold Sponsors also receive a free 10x10 informational booth space at the event.
Contact Teresa Pape at for more information on how to be a part of this popular city-wide event!
Volunteers Needed for the 20th Annual Strawberry Festival
Saturday, May 11, Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Richmond Beach Community Park

The Strawberry Festival is a community event that needs the community’s support. If you have never volunteered before or if you have volunteered for all 20 years, Executive Director Teresa Pape wants to hear from you. We need all kinds of help, from prepping and cutting strawberries, to setting up the park, cleaning up after the event, hauling items, selling tickets, working at a booth, and anything in-between. Your time is appreciated and valued. Please contact Teresa Pape at to find out where you can help.

Streetzeria Benefit Dinner to support RBCA
Wednesday, March 13, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
1857 NW 195th St.

Since the first day Streetzeria opened its doors for business in March 2014, Owner Greg Bye has been participating in RBCA events and has hosted an annual benefit dinner on Streetzeria’s anniversary with proceeds donated to RBCA. Enjoy fresh salads and pizza. The minimum suggested donation is $10 per person, per serving (cash or credit). Additional donations are always appreciated! Dine in or carry out. The Fire Safety Center next door to the restaurant will be open during the event so families with children can dine at the fire house as a special treat.

Community Garage Sale
Saturday, May 18, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Various locations around Richmond Beach

Now is the time to start gathering your items for the annual Richmond Beach Community Garage Sale. Meet your neighbors, experience your community and join in on the fun of treasure hunting.


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Talk Time

Every Tuesday in March 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Richmond Beach Library - Meeting Room

19601 21st Avenue NW
Improve your speaking and listening skills in this English conversation group. Learn more about American culture and meet people from around the world.

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AARP Tax Help

Every Friday, February 1 through April 12 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Richmond Beach Library - Meeting Room

19601 21st Avenue NW
Get free individualized tax preparation assistance provided by trained AARP Foundation volunteers. No age or income limits.
Please bring picture I.D., documented proof of Social Security Number, last year's return as well as any current tax documents.
Registration required. Schedule an appointment by calling the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center, (206) 356-1536. Walk-ins will be accommodated as time permits.

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Side Hustles for Creative Types

Saturday, March 2, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Richmond Beach Library
19601 21st Avenue NW
Presented by Jeff Leisawitz, author/musician/producer. Looking for a gig that could make you some extra cash? Ready to be your own boss? Creating a fulfilling and potentially profitable side hustle could be the way to go. Come find out how! Sponsored by the Friends of the Richmond Beach Library.

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Richmond Beach Library Book Discussion Group

Monday, March 4, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Richmond Beach Library
19601 21st Avenue NW
Come for a lively discussion The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. New members are
always welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of the Richmond Beach Library.

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Leprechaun Hunt,

March 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Kruckeberg Botanic Garden

20312 15th Avenue NW
Spring is coming, and leprechauns are popping up in the Garden. Will you be lucky enough to spot one? Join us for this free, family-friendly scavenger hunt to find out. Over the years, we’ve learned that there are four things that attract leprechauns: Shamrocks, Mischief, Rainbows, and Gold. Find all four to win a prize, and possibly catch a glimpse of a leprechaun!

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Richmond Beach Saltwater Park Volunteer Work Party

Saturday, March 9 and 16, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
2021 NW 190th Street

Volunteers will work with University of Washington students and Friends of Saltwater Park to remove invasive plants, stabilize steep areas, and plant native species.  For more information, contact Diane Brewster, work party supervisor, at (206) 251-9536,; orTony Hamilton, Parks Department Senior Maintenance Worker at (206) 801-2615,

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Richmond Highlands Neighborhood Mural Ribbon Cutting,

Saturday, March 9, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Outside Spiro’s Pizza and Pasta,

18411 Aurora Avenue North
The Richmond Highlands Neighborhood Association invites the community to a ribbon cutting ceremony.  Come celebrate the new mural designed and fabricated by artist Will Schlough for the northside of Spiro's.  Envisioned by the Neighborhood Association to welcome people who drive, bike, and walk through the intersection of North 185th and Aurora Avenue North, this project represents partnerships between neighbors, business, and the City.  It was funded in part by a Shoreline Neighborhood Mini-Grant. The celebration will start in the empty lot just north of the restaurant and then move into the back room at Spiro's for food and drink, especially in the event of rain.

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Tween Night

Saturday, March 9, 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Richmond Highlands Recreation Center

16554 Fremont Avenue N
5th and 6th Graders, this is your night to kick it with your friends without younger sibs or older kids. Parents, this program offers a safe and fun place for Tweens to hang out with friends on a Saturday night. For more information, please contact Austin at (206) 801-2643.

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Leprechaun Trap Workshop,

Sunday, March 10, sessions at 10:30 a.m. and Noon
Kruckeberg Botanic Garden,

20312 15th Avenue NW
They’re secretive little tricksters and legend says you’ll get a pot-o-gold if you can catch one. We’ve been trying to catch them in the garden for years and have perfected our Leprechaun traps with time. Join us for a fun family workshop and make your own trap. The trap is a small planter designed with materials from the garden and other whimsical items to lure in leprechauns. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This activity is geared toward ages 4-8 but all are welcome. Cost is per trap built. Two sessions are available. Members $25 | Non-members $35. Registration is required.

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Shoreline Social Justice Book Group

Sunday, March 10, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Shoreline City Hall Council Chambers
17500 Midvale Avenue North
The Shoreline Social Justice Book (SSJB) group is a rich opportunity to meet neighbors and build community by reading and discussing books written from diverse perspectives. Books selected focus on the experiences of people of color, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and other marginalized groups, as well as social issues such as immigration and poverty. Discussions will be held on the second or third Sunday of each month in the Council Chambers at Shoreline City Hall.

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Wisdom Café: Who Are You Becoming

Tuesday, March 12, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Richmond Beach Library
19601 21st Avenue NW
Getting older challenges us to continue to grow and change. Who are you now? How have your roles and interests contributed to your present identity? Explore how we transition to the next version of ourselves. Come share your wisdom! These cafés provide an opportunity to converse and connect with others in discussions of universal topics such as gratitude, legacy, happiness, and what gives life meaning. Come for one session or more in a facilitated small group conversation. Facilitated by Dori Gillam, Board Chair, Northwest Center for Creative Aging. Sponsored by the Friends of the Richmond Beach Library.

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Computer Class: One-on-one Computer Help
Tuesday, March 13, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Richmond Beach Library
19601 21st Avenue NW
Do you have computer or software questions? Volunteers are available for 30-minute one-on-one appointments. Please call 206.546.3522 to make an appointment. You may bring your own laptop, but TechTutors cannot provide hands-on or hardware assistance.

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Tulip Field Painting

Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Shoreline Senior Center

18560 1st Avenue NE #1
Come and create a colorful small painting of the gorgeous tulip fields of the Skagit Valley. Working with acrylic paints on artist’s canvas, you’ll enjoy painting the bright hues and rich contrasts that this unique landscape affords. Instructor Hester Mallonee will guide you through the process just in time for the 2019 bloom! All materials are provided, and no previous experience is needed.   Register online for this Create and Make Workshop offered by the Shoreline-Lake Forest park Arts Council.

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Almost Antiques Guild

Thursday, March 14, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Richmond Beach Library

19601 21st Avenue NW
If you like collecting and collectibles, this is the group for you!  Bring something to show and tell and hear about what others are collecting.  Co-sponsored by the Shoreline Historical Museum.

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Middle School Night

Saturday, March 16, 7:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Richmond Highlands Recreation Center

16554 Fremont Avenue North
5th and 6th Graders! This is your night to kick it with your friends without younger sibs or older kids. Parents, this program offers a safe and fun place for Tweens to hang out with friends on a Saturday night. There will be fun games, activities, crafts, music, and food! And it’s free! For more information, please contact Austin at (206) 801-2643.

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Blood Drive for Bloodworks Northwest

Saturday, March 16, 10:00 a.m. – Noon and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Shoreline Safety Center
1847 NW 195th St, Shoreline, WA 98177
Bloodworks Northwest, celebrating its 75th year, returns to Richmond Beach at the Shoreline Fire Safety Center on Saturday, March 16. They will be open from 10:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Donors are advised to make appointments at, but walk-ups are welcome and encouraged. Bloodworks is scheduling the “big bus,” which should cut down on any wait times.

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Dinner to Support Wonderland

Tuesday, March 19 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
McMenamins Anderson School
18607 Bothell Way NE, Bothell
Join Friends & Family Night at The Tavern on the Square at McMenamins Anderson School. 50% of all food and beverage sales from the evening will be donated to Wonderland! Funds raised will support Wonderland’s Uncompensated Care Fund. This is a casual, no-pressure way to support Wonderland. Kids are welcome to attend. Donations will not be solicited– simply support Wonderland by showing up and dining out!

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City Maintenance Facility Project Open House

Wednesday, March 20, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
North City Water District Office

1519 NE 177th Street
Information will be given on plans to address City Maintenance Facility needs. Your feedback is wanted. Everyone is welcome!

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Clay and Copper Wire Jewelry

Wednesday, March 27, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Shoreline Senior Center

18560 1st Avenue NE #1
Discover creating dichroic glass-like effects and textures, combined with copper wire to create pins or earrings! Instructor Meredith Arnold will provide a variety of texture tools for you to design your unique pieces of beautiful jewelry for you, or as a gift for someone special. No experience necessary, and all supplies provided.  Register online for this Create and Make Workshop offered by the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council.

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Recorder Music from Around the World

Saturday, March 30, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Richmond Beach Library

19601 21st Avenue NW
Celebrate spring with the enchanting sounds of the recorder. Take a musical journey from the Medieval period (the oldest recorder discovered dates back to 1400 A.D.!), through modern times. Experience the many sizes, shapes and sounds of this wonderful wooden wind instrument.

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Hopelink’s Free “English for Work” spring ESL Course               

Part 1: April 2nd Tuesday 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Part 2: April 4th Thursday 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Hopelink - Shoreline
17837 Aurora Avenue North
It’s time to register for Hopelink’s free “English for Work” spring ESL course, which is designed to help non-native-English speakers improve their language skills and prepare for work.  Students develop their speaking, listening, reading, writing, and technology skills; receive one-on-one advising; and participate in mock interviews conducted by local employers.  Every quarter, many of our students are able to find jobs.

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