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April 2021

Last Call for nominations for the annual RBCA Marge Unruh Community Service Awards due April 15.
The RBCA created the annual RBCA Marge Unruh Community Service Award in 1999 in recognition of the late great Marge Unruh’s contributions to our community. Up to three recipients per year are selected based upon their outstanding service to the community. Candidates may be a person, business, or organization. They are not required to reside in Richmond Beach. Merit-worthy examples include service to the Richmond Beach Community Association, promotion of issues benefiting the community, fundraising for community projects, formal or informal service to others in the community or beautification projects in the community. Award winners from 10 years ago who have continued to make positive contributions may be nominated again. Recipients will be announced in May.

Richmond Beach Celebration – Supporting Local Businesses
For many years, the Strawberry Festival has been part of the Richmond Beach Celebration taking place over Mother’s Day weekend. This year, while we are still recovering from the pandemic and unable to have an event in the park, the Richmond Beach Community Association (RBCA) would like to extend the Richmond Beach Celebration through the whole month of May as a way of giving back to the community.

To do this, we want to hear from you. Do you have an idea or a suggestion on ways the community can support your business? The RBCA is planning on creating a Bingo type card to inspire community involvement with activities for the month. Would your organization want to be on the card?  This is a time for the RBCA to support all the businesses, people and places that have supported the RB community, time and time again. If you want to be part of the Richmond Beach celebration contact Teresa Pape, Executive Director / (206) 930-9731.

2021 Scholarship for High School Seniors
The Richmond Beach Community Association (RBCA) is happy to announce that once again it will be offering a $500 academic scholarship to high school seniors currently living in the Richmond Beach community. The scholarship may be applied to the cost of tuition and fees, books or supplies required for courses of instruction at the educational institution chosen by the student. The scholarship will be paid by RBCA directly to the educational institution for the use of the scholarship recipient once enrolled. Qualified students are those who are planning to pursue full-time continuing education through a technical program, community college or a university in the coming (2021-22) academic year. Family members of RBCA Board members are not eligible for this scholarship. The only requirements beyond those stated above (graduating student, residing in Richmond Beach, attending school in the fall) are that the student submit a one-page essay that addresses one or more of the following: (1) Describe an experience of how living in Richmond Beach, and partaking in the various community functions, has enriched your life and the community. (2) Describe what volunteering in Richmond Beach has meant to you. (3) Describe a valuable experience you have had while growing up in the Richmond Beach community. Scholarship applications will be evaluated by a committee based on defined criteria, including the content and quality of the essay and the amount of any volunteer activity the applicant has performed in the Richmond Beach community.

The RBCA scholarship web page contains further information about the scholarship. From that web page, interested applicants can also download the form needed to apply. The completed form, along with the essay, should then be emailed to Applications are due by Friday, May 21, 2021. Scholarship recipients will be notified beginning Tuesday, June 1, 2021. We sincerely hope that all eligible students consider applying for this scholarship.

Seeking Treasurer
The RBCA Board is searching for a treasurer. This person will oversee the financial management of the organization. The treasurer would manage the bank account, cash flow, invoices, deposits, reconcile bank statements, etc. Some experience with QuickBooks is preferred. An effective treasurer does not need to be a CPA but will be the coordinator between the organization’s other financial advisors.

The treasurer is an active board member and serves a valuable role to the community. Training will be provided. In the past, the role of the treasurer was a daunting task; the board has reallocated some of the responsibilities to work better into a volunteer’s life balance. Please contact RBCA Executive Director Teresa Pape for more information at

Gardens Wanted for 2021 Richmond Beach Garden Tour
This year’s garden tour is scheduled for Saturday, June 5. If you enjoy gardening in big or small spaces, please consider being part of the tour. Social Distancing will be encouraged. For more information about the tour contact the Garden Tour Coordinator Kris Fordice at

Richmond Beach Community Garage Sale
Saturday, May 15th, 9:00am-4:00pm

We are happy to announce that the annual Richmond Beach Community Garage Sale sponsored by Richmond Beach Community Association is back this year and just around the corner. No registration necessary—simply round up your sale items and post some signs in your front yard and at nearby intersections. RBCA takes care of the publicity and advertising for you. Ads will be placed in The Seattle Times on-line edition, Craigslist, and on various social networks. If you would like your sale placed on a garage sale map, please email your street address to Elisabeth at by Monday, May 10th. Maps will be available online ( and at various locations in the community starting on Friday, May 14th.

Olympic Ballet Theatre is presenting its first ever Spring Digital Production in April. Premiering two new contemporary dance pieces on YouTube at no charge for viewing. EFANORA premieres on April 2nd and IN A CLEARING premieres on April 9th. The pieces were choreographed by Vincent Michael Lopez and Karl Watson, local dancers in Seattle. More information and trailers are available on our website

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month in Shoreline
While National Volunteer Week is from April 18 – 24, Shoreline will celebrate all month by recognizing volunteers on the City website. This last year, so many people have stepped up to help each other. Who has made a difference in Shoreline? Please help us honor everyone who supports our community by volunteering their time and sharing resources. Submit names and brief descriptions of their contributions to: Constance Perenyi, 

April is also Earth Month in Shoreline
Throughout April, the City of Shoreline will offer weekly online classes with sustainability experts to provide ideas and inspiration on ways you can protect the Earth, fight climate change, and create a Sustainable Shoreline while at home. Each class will feature family-friendly activities for you to try at home and sustainability-themed raffle prizes. Find more information and register at:

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center is providing essential services with one-on-one programs and Zoom classes and activities. For a monthly schedule, visit the Center’s website and check their Facebook page for updates.

Open to all: Virtual Resource Center on Tuesdays, 1:30-3pm; Wednesdays, 2-4pm; and Thursdays, 1:30-3:30pm. All are welcome. Log-in or call for free information and access to:
• Cash assistance
• Employment and training
• Education
• Housing
• Food assistance
• Public Health / DSHS
• Legal assistance
• Mental health treatment
• Substance use treatment
• Transportation / ORCA Lift
Log-in via Zoom anytime during the listed open hours,
Meeting ID: 930-683-3892, Password: 459890

There is still time to register for Shoreline Community College Continuing Education spring classes. A few are detailed below, but there are many more reasonably priced course options online. Explore classes in: Arts and Culture, Career and Technology, Food and Wine; Home, Health, Hearth; and Music.

The King County Library System offers a wide array of online opportunities for all ages and interests. Below is just a sampling of daily offerings. Choose from a full listing of events, and be sure to pay attention to registration dates. All online events are free.

Book Chats for Kids: Fooled You! Celebrating Tricksters, Pranksters, and Jokesters
Thursday, April 1, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
KCLS Online Event

Ages 7 to 12. Join your Children's Librarians to celebrate books! Talk about your favorite books and do fun activities. Leave with a screen-free activity to do after the session. Registration required.
Free Sustainable Shoreline Webinar: Recycling and Low-Waste Living,
Thursday, April 1, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
City of Shoreline Online Class

Get your recycling questions answered and discover strategies to create less waste! Recology recycling experts will cover what - and what not - to recycle and compost and provide ideas and inspiration for low-waste living. Registration required.
Wisdom Café: Changes for the Better
Friday, April 2, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
KCLS Online Event

For older adults. What is one piece of technology you think has changed the world for the better? What other changes have happened that make things better for older adults? Registration required.
Shoreline Walks – Echo Lake Park
Saturday, April 3, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Meet at: Echo Lake Park,

Ashworth Ave. N & N 200th St.
Shoreline Walks is back! Explore neighborhoods, parks, and trails on some of the best walking routes in our City. Designed for adults ages 50+ but open to all ages and abilities, each walk is led by a Volunteer Walk Leader and all walks are free and there is no need to sign up ahead of time. Program participants are required to follow the current Covid-19 safety guidelines.  To see current guidelines, visit For a full list of walks visit
Join the Flock: Learn How Ornithologists Use Community Science Data and How to Get Involved
Saturday, April 3, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
KCLS Online Event

For all ages. Presented by Olivia V. Sanderfoot, graduate researcher and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Washington School of Environmental & Forest Sciences. Olivia will describe community science, highlight recent examples of community science projects that helped ecologists learn more about birds and share results from her latest research, including a local study using data collected by hundreds of birders in the Pacific Northwest during COVID-19 lockdowns. Registration required.
Silver Kite Arts: Dementia Friendly Watercolors,
Monday, April 5, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
KCLS Online Event

Ages 18 and older. Facilitated by Bobbi Kidder. Explore basic watercolor techniques by exploring color and color mixing and creating an original painting of your own. This workshop was designed and will be facilitated for persons with dementia and their care partners. Everyone is welcome! Registration required.
Connective Fibers
Tuesday, April 6, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
KCLS Online Event

Ages 10-adult. Join a virtual circle of creative fiber artists, while working on your yarn projects. A volunteer will be available to answer any knitting or crochet questions you might have. Registration required.
How to Help: Suicide Intervention and Prevention
Tuesday, April 6, 6:00 – 8:00 pm 
Shoreline Community College Continuing Education Online Class

How do I ask if someone is having thoughts of suicide? What do I do if they say yes? The goal of this course is to answer these daunting questions and provide you with a beginner’s understanding of suicide prevention and intervention. This class will explore the tools needed to better notice warning signs, improve your active listening skills, and understand safety planning. Whether you have some understanding on the topic, or none at all, everyone is welcome. Fee course, registration required.
The African American Experience Through Film
Wednesdays, April 7 – May 26, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Shoreline Community College Continuing Education Online Class

American films are a powerful medium for producing a collective understanding about our country's past, present, and ever-changing values. Often though, they create a vision of America that fails to capture an honest portrayal of non-white life. This class will examine the counter-narratives of Black filmmakers in the hopes of better understanding how cinema serves as an expression of humanity, and more importantly, a better understanding of the humanity within the African-American community - thus developing greater empathy towards and appreciation of their lives and experiences. Join filmmaker and educator Ben Abel-Bey as you explore fictional narratives, documentaries, and television episodes across multiple themes and genres. Fee course, registration required.
Free Sustainable Shoreline Webinar: Composting at Home
Wednesday, April 7, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
City of Shoreline Online Class
Learn how to turn your food scraps into nutrient-rich garden soil using home compost systems including worm bins and off-the-shelf systems. Composting food scraps is a great way to reduce waste and live sustainably! Whether you are a total beginner or seasoned composter and whether you live in an apartment or have a yard, there are many different systems that make it easy to compost your food scraps at home. In this free class, experts from The Garden Hotline will provide pro tips on choosing and starting a new compost system or fine-tuning an existing one. Registration required.
We're All Gonna Die: Death Education for Mortals,
Thursdays, April 8 – May 27, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Shoreline Community College Continuing Education Online Class

We’re all going to die, so what should we do about it? From exploring how (and where) we’re likely to die based on current demographics and epidemiological predictions, to how to create an end of life plan, this course steps back from the metaphysical considerations of death and digs deep into the practical. Fee course, registration required.
Game Night
Friday, April 9, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
KCLS Online Event

For teens. Stressed out with school and just want to relax? Join a game night hosted by the Teen Volunteer Program and Nerd Culture! Unwind with Gartic,, Codenames and more! Everyone against everyone! Registration required.
Crafting for a Cause: Shoutout to Our Everyday Heroes
Saturday, April 10, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
KCLS Online Event

Ages 7 and older. Presented by the KCLS Teen Volunteer Program (TVP). Get crafty during the school break and help make a difference in your communities. Get some ideas for making art to honor the important people in your life this year, using materials you have around your house. We’ll then show you ways you can share your art to raise money to help create and support more changemakers and everyday heroes. Get crafty and be inspired! Registration required.
Shoreline Walks – Boeing Creek Park Plant Walk and Work Party
Saturday, April 10, 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Meet at: Boeing Creek Park Entrance on NW 175th St. (between 6th Ave & 3rd Ave NW) (park on road).

Join Native Plant Steward Ginger on this short walk around the north side of Boeing Creek Park. “Meet” a diversity of native plants. Then, we will compare and contrast 3 of them with look-alike invasives that threaten this resilient habitat. Finally, we'll put this knowledge to work in distanced pods removing small invasive plants in an effort to maintain a healthy growing environment for our native plants.  Individuals, families, and educators are encouraged to attend!  For a full list of walks visit
Limited number of registration spots to maintain Covid-19 safety precautions. Pre-registration required. Please contact Marianne Johnson, Recreation Specialist to register for this free walk.,  206-801-2638.
Silver Kite Arts: Writing Poetry,
Monday, April 12, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
KCLS Online Event

Ages 18 and older. Engage in writing exercises focused on helping you craft poems reflective of your life experiences and moments. Registration required.
Kahoot! Trivia: Pokemon
Tuesday, April 13, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
KCLS Online Event

For teens and adults. This week features the games, characters, and the television/movie series in the world of Pokemon! Registration required.
Memoir: Writing Your Stories
Tuesdays, April 13 – May 11, 6:00 – 8:00 pm 
Shoreline Community College Continuing Education Online Class

We all have stories we love to tell, or want to tell, or have been waiting for the right moment to share. This class is designed to give you the tools to share those stories with the most effective framework and to get feedback from your fellow classmates. Fee class, registration required.
Multicultural Book Club, Wednesday
April 14, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
KCLS Online Event

For adults. New members always welcome! April’s title is Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown. Registration required.
Free Sustainable Shoreline Webinar: Safer Cleaning for a Healthy Home
Wednesday, April 14, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
City of Shoreline Online Class

Skip the chemicals with these safer cleaning tricks and learn to make your own cleaning products at home! Many common household cleaners are hazardous for the environment and your health! You can protect your family and the Earth by using safe, effective, toxic-free cleaning methods and products. Join City of Shoreline staff in this one-hour class to learn how to identify safer cleaning products in the store and how to make your own at home using basic ingredients. Registration required.
Getting Started with Credit
Thursday, April 15, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
KCLS Online Event

For teens and adults. Presented by Hopelink. Unravel the mystery of getting and keeping good credit with a Hopelink Financial Coach. Learn how to safely pull and read your credit report. Explore what credit is, ways you are using credit and what areas you would like to improve. Registration required.
Author Voices: Storme Webber
Thursday, April 15, 7:30 - 8:30 pm
KCLS Online Event

For adults. Join a conversation with poet, performer, and artist Storme Webber, author of Blues Divine, and a Two Spirit Sugpiaq/Black/Choctaw poet and interdisciplinary artist. Writer, advocate and educator Sara Marie Ortiz will moderate. Registration required.
Mindfulness in the Garden,
Saturday, April 17, 9:00 – 10:30 am
Kruckeberg Botanical Garden

20312 15th Avenue NW
While we slowly stroll through the garden, we will engage with our senses to open and deepen our connection to the wonder and healing power of nature. This class will utilize elements of mindfulness meditation and shinrin-yoku (Japanese Forest Bathing) to help ground and calm the mind, body, and spirit. Jessica Hancock, ND, is a naturopathic physician and co-teacher at Mindful in the Wild. She utilizes mindful healing approaches in her private practice in Shoreline. Registration required.
Workshop with Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Bitanya Giday
Saturday, April 17, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
KCLS Online Event

Ages 12 and older. Hear the spoken word poetry of Bitaniya Giday and let her inspire you to write your own poetry.
Improv Fun and Games for All Levels
 Sundays, April 18 – May 23, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Shoreline Community College Continuing Education Online Class

Join facilitator Megan Toney and improve your creativity, spontaneity, and communication skills in this improv class for all levels. No previous experience is required, but students should come ready to let loose and laugh! Fee class, registration required.
Be an Urban Naturalist with Kelly Brenner!
Tuesday, April 20, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
KCLS Online Event

For all ages. Join Nature Obscura author Kelly Brenner as she shares the secrets of when, where and how to seek out and examine the abundant and fascinating wildlife to be found in an urban setting. She will also discuss optional gear and tools, as well as how to take part in her cool citizen science project, InverteFest, April 23-25.
Free Sustainable Shoreline Webinar: Creating a Climate Friendly Community
Wednesday, April 21, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
City of Shoreline Online Class

Curious what Shoreline is doing to address climate change and how you can help? Join City of Shoreline staff to learn about local climate change impacts and opportunities. From green building and light rail to home and vehicle electrification, discover key steps we can take as a community to both reduce emissions and build resilience. Staff will discuss results from City's recent Climate Impacts Study and provide information about the upcoming update for Shoreline's Climate Action Plan. Find out how your individual actions contribute to our overall community impact and how you can make a difference! Registration required.
Cooking with Project Feast: Pakistani Street Food
Thursday, April 22, 11 am – 12 pm
KCLS Online Event

For adults and teens. Younger children are welcome with adult or older sibling. Presented by Kausar Ahmed, Chef Instructor, Project Feast, an organization dedicated to empowering refugee and immigrant cooks. Registration required.
Wisdom Café: Slowing Down
Friday, April 23, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
KCLS Online Event

For older adults. What comes up when you slow down, and how do you respond? Are you able to see more or fewer possibilities? Join a lively group discussion. Registration required.
Shoreline Walks – Shoreline Community College
Saturday, April 24, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Meet at: Highland Terrace Elementary School, 100 N. 160th St.
Shoreline Walks is back! Explore neighborhoods, parks, and trails on some of the best walking routes in our City. Designed for adults ages 50+ but open to all ages and abilities, each walk is led by a Volunteer Walk Leader and all walks are free and there is no need to sign up ahead of time. Program participants are required to follow the current Covid-19 safety guidelines.  To see current guidelines, visit For a full list of walks visit
Silver Kite Arts: Newspaper Planter Pots
Saturday, April 24, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
KCLS Online Event

Ages 18 and older. Facilitated by Nani Trias. Do you have a stack of newspapers sitting at home? Want to explore ways to re-use or upcycle them? Celebrate the beginning of spring by making a garden container made from newspaper! Make and decorate two different styles of seed-starting newspaper pots. Supply list online, and registration required.
ShoreLake Arts Short Short Film Festival
Saturday, April 24, 7:00 pm start
Drive-In Movie Event at Shorewood High School Parking Lot, 17300 Fremont Avenue N

Join us for a night at the drive-in! The Shoreline Short Short Film Festival is coming back for its 5th year.
Spend your evening with ShoreLake Arts as they celebrate a very special night at Shorewood High School with filmmakers from all around Washington State. Attendees will have the option to vote for their favorite film to win the People's Choice Award to conclude the evening. The Shoreline Short Short Film Festival aims to support emerging and developing filmmakers in Washington State. Entries are judged by an esteemed jury of local filmmakers and advocates. Purchase tickets soon!
The Why’s and When’s of Car Maintenance
Tuesday, April 27, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
KCLS Online Event

For adults. Learn when to perform specific maintenance tasks, and of course why, including changing fluids and filters, belts, air conditioning recharges and much more. This class helps you be a more educated consumer so you can protect your investment. Presented by Chaya Milchtein, an automotive educator, writer and speaker and founder of Mechanic Shop Femme.  Registration required.
Free Sustainable Shoreline Webinar: Vegetable Container Gardening for Beginners
Wednesday, April 28, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
City of Shoreline Online Class

Learn how to grow your own salad greens and tomatoes the easy way - in containers! Gardening gurus from The Garden Hotline will cover everything you need to know to grow your own salad greens and tomatoes in a portable pot or container, from container set up to harvest. Registration required.
Wisdom Café: What Are You Learning?
Friday, April 30, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
KCLS Online Event

For older adults. What are you learning from this time of uncertainty and social distancing? What invitations do you see to do things differently once this time has passed? Join a lively group discussion. Registration required.

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