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February 2021


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

Calling for nominations for the annual RBCA Marge Unruh Community Service Awards
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.

RBCA Membership Month
February is membership month for Richmond Beach Community Association. It’s a new year with new possibilities, and we encourage new neighbors and non-members to join. We also want to remind current members to renew their memberships in our organization. Richmond Beach has the most active neighborhood association in Shoreline, and we continue to be active even during a pandemic. We do more than just events--we publish the newspaper; we send out a twice-monthly e-newsletter; we have art projects like the landmark map, orcas and the utility box wrap. All of these amenities are supported by membership dues. Your address makes you a resident of Richmond Beach, but your membership in RBCA makes you a “member” in our community. Next month, we will publish a list of all our members in the community newspaper. Be sure your name is on the list.

You may join/renew online at There is an option for automatic annual renewals, which can be canceled at any time. If you would like to know the status of your membership, submit an inquiry at  For further information contact Karen Marshall at


Volunteers needed to serve on the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services/Tree Board 
The city is now accepting applications for four volunteers to serve on the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services/Tree (PRCS/Tree) Board. Board Members must live, work, or own property in Shoreline and are appointed by the City Council to serve four-year terms. 

The PRCS/Tree Board advises the City Council and City staff on a variety of parks, recreation, public art, and environmental issues including trees on public property; park operation and design; programs and events; property acquisition; arts opportunities; and development of rules and regulations. The Board consists of seven adult members and two non-voting youth members and meets on the fourth Thursday of each month from January through October and the first Thursday in December from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Board is currently meeting via Zoom, though this will be revisited when restrictions are lifted hopefully later this year. 

Those interested in being considered must complete a Shoreline Community Services Application.
Completed applications must be received by the City Clerk’s office no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 5, 2021. MORE INFORMATION: Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services/Tree Board | City of Shoreline
Colleen Kelly, (206) 801-2251 or  

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.
Shoreline Community College Continuing Education is an open learning community that offers affordable, non credit courses for those who are interested in short term personal enrichment and professional development opportunities. There is still time to register for winter classes. Some are included below, but be sure to check the complete and varied listing on their website.
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.

KCLS offers a 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.

Shoreline Proposition 1 Informational Presentations 

Tuesday, February 2, 7:00 pm 
Wednesday, February 3, 12:00 pm
Tuesday, February 9, 12:00 pm
Thursday, February 11, 7:00 pm
Tuesday, February 16, 7:00 pm
Thursday, February 18, 7:00 pm
Wednesday, February 24, 7:00 pm
Shoreline City Council has placed a bond measure, Shoreline Proposition 1, on the April 27 special election ballot. Approval of Proposition 1 will allow the City to make improvements to eight Shoreline parks and to purchase and improve new park land. The City would issue up to $38,500,0000 in general obligation bonds to be paid back through an increase in property taxes.
Presentations will be conducted via Zoom.  For more information about Proposition 1 and to get the Zoom link for the meeting go to
Nature Club: Bird Edition
Wednesday, February 3, 3:30 pm
KCLS Online Event

Ages 7 and older. Focus on birds through nature activities that include observations, writing and creating art with materials you have at home. Learn identification and reporting skills that can be used to participate in the worldwide Community Science project the Great Backyard Bird Count held February 12-15. Registration required.
The Nature Poetry of Mary Oliver
Wednesdays, February 3 - 24, 7:00 pm
Shoreline Community College Online Class
Celebrate the work of Mary Oliver, one of America's premier nature poets, in a new online class offered by Continuing Education at Shoreline Community College. Join facilitator Bob Stahl and discuss the topics in Oliver's poetry such as presence, life, loss, grace, silence, and longing. Experience the magic of Mary Oliver's heartfelt verse and try your hand at poetry in a fun and supportive environment! Registration required. 
Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them
Thursday, February 4, 2:00 pm
KCLS Online Event

Middle School book club. Grades 5-8. Chat, share virtual snacks and talk about what you've been reading. We will choose upcoming books and discussion topics at each meeting.
Wisdom Café: Who Knows You?
Friday, February 5, 1:00 pm
KCLS Online Event

For older adults. What stories would you like to share with family and friends but haven’t known how to? Discuss strategies for meaningful conversations with loved ones. Join a lively group discussion.
Mindful and Assertive Communication: Practical Exercises and Techniques to Elevate Your Communication Skills
Saturday, February 6, 10 am – 12 pm  
Shoreline Community College Online Class  

Would you like to feel more comfortable and confident communicating with other people in a way that leaves you feeling like you said what you needed to say? In this interactive class, join facilitator Megan Toney as you engage in a variety of exercises to practice mindful/assertive communication and active listening in a positive way.
Tech Talk for Seniors: Zoom Edition
Saturday, February 6, 1:30 pm
KCLS Online Event

For older adults. Led by knowledgeable and enthusiastic teen volunteers. Learn how to use Zoom's popular conferencing features, as well as other important tools to become more connected and informed. Play fun, interactive games to learn how to enhance interaction with your loved ones while still practicing social distancing. Registration required.
Virtual Museum: Paleontology at the Burke
Access from Monday, February 8 through Sunday, February 14
KCLS Online Event

Ages 7 to 14, younger children with adult.
Visit the Burke Museum from home! Go behind the scenes with a Paleontology Fossil Lab Manager to learn how fossils are prepared for study in the wet lab. Take a journey through time in the Fossils Uncovered gallery. Visit the Experience Alcove to learn more about rocks and fossils with an exciting activity. Registration required to gain access.
Rent Smart
Wednesday, February 10, 2:00 pm
KCLS Online Event

For adults. Join Solid Ground tenant counselors as they discuss tenant’s rights and procedures from the Residential Landlord Tenant Act of Washington State. Learn how to make a formal repair request, when you can break your lease and how to go about getting your deposit back. A visiting attorney from the Tenant Law Center will also be on hand to help with answering questions. Registration required.
Meet the Author: Nicole Tsong
Wednesday, February 10, 6:30 pm
KCLS Online Event

Meet Nicole Tsong, author of 24 Ways to Move More and former Fit for Life columnist for The Seattle Times, to learn new ways to move your body, and make movement fun and inspiring again. Nicole shares her experience trying hundreds of fitness activities and talks about how movement helps you feel energized and fulfilled every day. Registration required.
Author Voices: Syed Masood
Thursday, February 11, 7:30pm
KCLS Online Event

For adults and teens. Join a conversation with Syed Masood, author of The Bad Muslim Discount and More Than Just A Pretty Face. Shahina Piyarali will moderate. Syed Masood grew up in Karachi, Pakistan. A first-generation immigrant twice over, he has been a citizen of three different countries and nine different cities. He currently lives in Sacramento, California, where he is a practicing attorney. Registration required.
Lunar New Year Storytime
Friday, February 12, 10:00 am
KCLS Online Event

Family program, all ages welcome. Presented in English and Mandarin. Celebrate the Year of the Ox with a special World Language Story Time presenter teaching words and sharing a book in Mandarin! Listen to some Lunar New Year stories and songs as you make your New Year Lantern. Register online and receive the supply list.
Black Kids Camp Too, Don’t They?
Saturday, February 13, 1:00 pm
KCLS Online Event

Family program, all ages welcome. Celebrate the diversity and the Black History Month with your library! Dr. Michelle H. Martin, Beverly Cleary Professor at the University of Washington Information School and former Naturalist, will share recent books about African American children having immersive outdoor experiences. As a Lifetime Girl Scout who grew up loving to spend time in nature, she will help you get excited about sharing these books as a springboard for getting outside. 
Teen Improv Nights
Tuesday, February 16, 6:30 pm
KCLS Online Event

Middle and high school ages. Play improv games on Zoom! Express yourself and hone your ability to be spontaneous, creative, a better group member and listener! Laugh and try something different! No prior experience necessary. Registration required.
Open House - Transportation Master Plan Update
Wednesday, February 17, 7:00 pm
City of Shoreline Online Session

The City's Transportation Master Plan (TMP), last updated in 2011, is now beginning an update process. The TMP is a long-range plan which will guide the City's transportation improvements over the next 20 years. Citywide improvements affect all community members, so we want to hear from you. For some background, please visit the current 2011 TMP webpage. A survey link will be coming soon.
Cultivating a Purpose Mindset
Wednesday, February 17, 7:30 pm
KCLS Online Event

For adults. What does it mean to have a "purpose mindset"? How can organizations inspire people to focus on their community and extend the common good? Join a conversation with Dr. Akhtar Badsah, author of Purpose Mindset. Registration required.
Book Chat for Kids: A Picture is Worth 1000 Words
Thursday, February 18, 4 – 5 pm
KCLS Online Event

Ages 7 to 12. Join Children's Librarians from around King County 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.
Silver Kite Arts: Beginning Drawing
Friday, February 19, 10:30 am
KCLS Online Event

Ages 18 and older. Taught by Noel Sherrard. In this hands-on workshop, deepen and expand your portrait drawing abilities with a step-by-step instructional demonstration. Focus will be on approach, facial proportions and lots of handy tips. Registration required, and supply list online.
Understanding French Wines and Their Labels
Friday, February 19, 6:00 pm
Shoreline Community College Online Class

If you love Bordeaux, Burgundy, and the Rhone, then this is the class for you! Join facilitator Reggie Daigneault and develop an understanding of French wines and their labels from the comfort of your couch. You’ll explore the historical wine regions that have been the foundation for many new world wine regions and discuss grape varieties, characteristics, and the stylistic nuances that define these wines. Famous producers and appellations will also be noted along the way. Give the gift of wine education for Valentine’s Day or enjoy this 3-hour online class with friends!  
Patterns from Moghul India Workshop
Saturday, February 20, 2:00 pm
KCLS Online Event

Ages 12 to adult. Presented by Amina Quraishi. Discover the patterns that adorn the beautiful Moghul structures in Agra, India. Learn to draw a beautiful geometric design with 6-fold symmetry.
Silver Kite Arts: Dementia Friendly Folk Dance
Monday, February 22, 1:30 pm
KCLS Online Event

Ages 55 and older. Designed and will be facilitated for persons with dementia and their care partners. Facilitated by Susan Wickett-Ford. Explore village dances from around the world through this hands-on and feet-on workshop! You can be seated as you move to the music if you like. Registration required.
Open House - Transportation Master Plan Update
Tuesday, February 23, 12:00 pm
City of Shoreline Online Session

The City's Transportation Master Plan (TMP), last updated in 2011, is now beginning an update process. The TMP is a long-range plan which will guide the City's transportation improvements over the next 20 years. Citywide improvements affect all community members, so we want to hear from you. For some background, please visit the current 2011 TMP webpage. A survey link will be coming soon.
Behind the Scenes of the Seattle Chocolate Company
Tuesday, February 23, 4:00 pm
KCLS Online Event

Family program, ages 2 and older. Are you curious about the businesses in our communities? Meet the people and technology which keep our economy rolling. We will share a book and sing a song! This week, get a sneak peek inside the Seattle Chocolate Company as they illustrate the processes for making some of your favorite sweet treats. Start thinking about the questions that you want to ask. Registration required.
Wisdom Café: The Courage to Be Disliked
Wednesday, February 24, 11:00 am
KCLS Online Event

For older adults. Unhappiness is something you choose for yourself. How do we exist in the present? What is real freedom? How do you develop the courage to change and ignore limitations? Guitarist/singer Michael O’Connell will start the hour with song and guitar! Join a lively group discussion.
Baking with Miss Bekka: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip or Raisin Cookies
Thursday, February 25, 4:00 pm
KCLS Online Event

Ages 3 and older. Are you craving a treat to make your day a little extra special? Do you want to rebel and make dessert before dinner? Make your own oatmeal chocolate chip or raisin cookies. Listen to stories as your homemade goodness bakes in the oven. You'll even have a chance to show your final product to the rest of the group (optional). Recipe online and registration required.
Out Loud! A Story Time for Adults
Friday, February 26, 11:00 am
KCLS Online Event

For adults. Join a voiced reading of stories and other romps through words, language and imagination for adult ears! In each session, the reader will select and share a short story, novel excerpt or other published writing. Registration required.
Mindful Eating: Simple Techniques for Health and Weight
Saturday, February 27, 10:00 am
Shoreline Community College Online Class
Are you curious about how mindful eating can contribute to your well-being and weight goals? In this interactive class, facilitator Megan Toney will guide you through a variety of exercises designed to boost mindfulness. You'll come away with several techniques and strategies for mindful eating. Students are encouraged to provide their own snacks for hands-on activities.
Silver Kite Arts: Paint and Sip (Acrylics)
Saturday, February 27, 1:30 pm
KCLS Online Event

Ages 18 and older. Facilitated by Nani Trias. Join a step-by-step acrylic painting workshop with one of Silver Kite's professional teaching artists. Grab a beverage of your choice and spend an hour with us talking and making art together! Supply list online, and registration required.

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