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Tiny home villages offer a path toward permanent housing

Issaquah considers new funding method for transportation improvement projects

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The city has assumed control of the Transportation Benefit District.

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By Evan Pappas

At one point it may have been considered a radical idea, but for those sleeping under bridges, on park benches or in cars, a wooden structure with a roof, door and lock offers a secure and dry place to sleep. The idea has become more common. Tiny houses have been built and placed in villages emerging up and down Interstate 5. As a result, advocates say tiny house residents have found a path to not only permanent housing but toward reclaiming a sense of dignity. Count Us In, an annual pointin-time count, found a total of 11,199 people experiencing homelessness in 2019 in King County. That included 5,971 people living sheltered and 5,228 people living unsheltered. Some 30 miles east of Seattle, two small wooden structures sat at the Sallal Grange. Construction began on June 8, but the houses were not the first crafted in North Bend. In 2015 — in partnership with the service providers Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) and Nickelsville — a tiny home was built and delivered to the Nickelsville village in Seattle. “We’re trying to raise awareness,” said Alexis Kaplan, event organizer for the Sallal Grange. “That’s why we want to do this build here.” Kaplan was busy rushing around outside on that sunny Saturday of June 15. It was a day dedicated to building the two structures. At the hands of See TINY, Page 6

Issaquah partnered with Sammamish due to the joint interest in the health of the creek and the habitat it provides for wildlife. In particular, much of the habitat that supports Kokanee salmon spawning grounds is in the Issaquah section of the watershed. Geosyntec Consultants will evaluate the condition of the watershed including water quality, erosion prevention, flooding risk and habitat health before coming up with a prioritized list of projects to improve the area. The consultant contract totals $328,860, and Issaquah’s

The Issaquah City Council has voted to assume the powers of the Transportation Benefit District to secure funding for the upcoming 2020-2025 Capital Improvement Plan. The Issaquah Transportation Benefit District (TBD) was formed in January 2018. As an independent taxing district that covers the entirety of the city, the TBD can leverage several methods to generate revenue for transportation related projects. Gene Paul, city of Issaquah management analyst, said TBDs were created by the state in 1987 to give governments revenue-generating options for transportation projects. While Issaquah’s TBD has not yet been used for revenue generation, it is seen as a source of revenue for the future. “Any TBD has an option to use a number of tools — the most common (tool) is vehicle license fees or car tabs, or a small portion of sales tax,” Paul said. “Issaquah has not levied any of these revenue sources.” TBDs are created as a separate legal entity from the city, but are governed by the city council. In 2015, state Legislature allowed cities to assume control of taxing districts. At the June 17 city council meeting, the council approved the assumption of the TBD. With the district now part of the city, Paul said TBD activity can be discussed and progressed in normal city operations. No

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A map of the Laughing Jacobs Creek watershed area as it sits between Sammamish and Issaquah.

Issaquah and Sammamish partner for watershed analysis Salmon habitat health to be examined. By Evan Pappas

Laughing Jacobs Creek, running from Sammamish to Issaquah, will be the site of the latest collaboration between the two cities intended to assess the environmental health of the watershed. At the June 17 Issaquah City Council meeting, an interagency agreement (IAA) was approved to partner with the city of Sammamish to develop a basin plan for Laughing Jacobs Creek. Allen Quynn, senior stormwater engineer at the city of

Issaquah, said Laughing Jacobs Creek sits at a nexus between Sammamish, Issaquah and unincorporated King County. The majority of the 3,600-acre watershed area is in Sammamish and flows off the plateau into Issaquah’s jurisdiction. The city of Sammamish contacted Issaquah in 2018 with news that they would be hiring a consultant to develop a basin plan for the watershed area. According to Quynn, Sammamish proposed an IAA to have both cities partner on the plan. Because about 10 percent of the watershed area is in Issaquah, the city will reimburse the equivalent portion of the cost for the consultant contract.



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CALENDAR What’s going on in Issaquah and beyond FRI., JUNE 28 Family Movie Night: Learning to See the world of Insects. A film by Jake Oelman. Free popcorn included. Ages 5 and up. RSVP: 425-452-2565 or mseec@ 5 - 6 pm. Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Ave SE, Bellevue. STEM Universe-Kids Discovery Lab: Explore hands-on activities in an open environment with slime, UV rays, building with straws and other activities that are out-of-this-world. Ages 5 and older with adult. 3 p.m. Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave SE, Sammamish. Convergence Zone Cellars at Snoqualmie Finally Friday Art and Wine Walk: Come enjoy the Finally Friday Art & Wine Walk with great wine tasting and entertainment in Historic Downtown Snoqualmie. $25. 6 9 p.m. Downtown Snoqualmie.

SAT., JUNE 29 The 36th Biennial Convention of the African Methodist Episcopal Church: Over 2000 delegates and observers from 20 countries will gather for worship services, business sessions, and workshops. For more

information about the agenda and the CLO visit June 29 - July 4. 7p.m. Hyatt Regency Bellevue, 900 Bellevue Way NE Bellevue. Canoe Mercer Slough: Explore the beautiful Mercer Slough Nature Park by water. Bellevue Park Rangers will lead the 3-hour canoe trip from Enatai Beach Park. Register online at register.bellevuewa. gov or call 245-452-2565. Must arrive in time for the safety talk to participate. Adults, $20; kids, $10; seniors, $15 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Enatai Beach Park, 3519 108th Ave SE, Bellevue. BARVINOK 15th Anniversary Gala Concert: Join an evening of vibrant Ukrainian dance, traditional music by local artists, and delicious ethnic food as they celebrate 15 wonderful years of dance. 6-8 p.m. Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland.

SUN. JUNE 30 Master Chorus Eastside’s Celebrate America: Master Chorus Eastside’s ever-popular Celebrate America Concert returns once again to ring in Independence Day. For tickets, call the Master Chorus Eastside office at 425-392-8446. 3 p.m. Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. NW, Issaquah.

MON., JULY 1 Up, Up and Away! A Singing Celebration: Family program, all ages welcome with adult. From a tribute to Sally Ride to weird inventions and an exploration of the solar system. Presented by Nancy Stewart. 7 p.m. Issaquah Library, 10 W.

Sunset Way, Issaquah.

TUE., JULY 2 Kids in the Garden Preschool Classes: 3-5 year old explorers will be taught by experienced preschool teachers. The curriculum is based on Growing Wild and is part of Project Learning Tree. Designed especially for preschoolers for a 4 week program. 10 - 11:30 a.m. Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St, Bellevue. Bellevue Community Band - Free Patriotic Concert: As part of the Summer Concert Series, Bellevue Community Band will present a free concert of patriotic fare. Join the fun at 7 p.m., at the Crossroads Mall Stage, 15600 NE 8th St, Bellevue.

WED., JULY 3 Little Nature Lover Story Times: Nature-themed stories, songs and rhymes for young children. Family program, all ages welcome with adult. 10:30 a.m. Newport Way Library, 14250 SE Newport Way, Bellevue.

THU, JULY 4 Down Home Fourth of July: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Field, 140 E. Sunset Way in Issaquah. Enjoy games, entertainment, vendors and barbecue. Fourth on the Plateau: Celebrate the 4th of July with food, family fun, and fantastic fireworks. More Food Trucks, more kid’s activities, a new grown-up game area and giveaways. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. with the fireworks show happening at 10 p.m.. This event is free and

open to the public. Sammamish Commons Plaza at City Hall, 801 228th Ave SE, Sammamish,. Bellevue Four on the 4th Dog Jog & Walk: Get your patriotic pup ready. This non-competitive 4K brings dog lovers together to kick-start 4th of July festivities. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Ashwood Playfield, 10820 NE 10th St, Bellevue. Bellevue Family 4th: Join the annual celebration of live music, kids activities, a variety of food and family entertainment, leading up to a spectacular fireworks showcase. All day event. https://www.bellevuedowntown. com/events/family-4th. Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 NE 4th St., Bellevue. 4th July in Kirkland: Celebrate the fourth with a parade, kids activities, community picnic, music, fireworks and more. 9:30 am. - 10:15 p.m. City of Kirkland, Kirkland. 4th of July Celebration: The Strawberry Shortcake Event is on Thursday, July 4 from 10 a.m. - 2p.m., $5. Watch the parade at 11 a.m. on July 4 and the fireworks at dusk. Sno-Valley Senior Center, 4610 Stephens Ave, Carnation.

FRI., JULY 5 Lewis Creek Story Time The Hiding Tree: A closer look at the role trees play in hiding all sorts of forest critters this story time. Best for ages 3-7 with accompanying adult(s). RSVP required for children and adults by 4 p.m. the day before the program at 425-452-4195 or Indoor program. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.


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SAT., JULY 6 Eastside Triathalon: Sign up now for the popular Elton Home Team Eastside Triathlon. For more information or to register visit 6 - 10 a.m. Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 NW Sammamish Rd., Issaquah. CJQ Contemporary Jazz Quartet at Sigillo Cellars: CJQ Contemporary Jazz Quartet plays live from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Sigillo Cellars, 8086 Railroad Ave SE, Snoqualmie.

ONGOING: Issaquah Farmers Market: Outdoor market offering local organic produce, fresh flowers, handmade crafts and baked goods. Saturdays from May September, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., rain or shine. Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave NW, Issaquah. A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Valley Center Stage is proud to present Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. June 14 - 30, Thurs. - Fri., 7:30 p.m. Sunday June 23, 2:00 p.m. June 30, 2 p.m. at Si View Park. $18 General admission, $14 Senior/Students, Thursday shows are pay-what-you-will. Weather dependent. Valley Center Stage, 119 W. North Bend Way, North Bend. Bellevue Crossroads Farmers Market: Stop by the Crossroads Farmers Market every Tuesday through September 24. noon - 6 p.m. Crossroads Mall, East Parking Lot, 15600 NE 8th St. Bellevue.

Bellevue Farmers Market: BFM operates a seasonal Thursday farmers market, held every week rain or shine from May - October, 3 - 7 p.m. Bellevue Presbyterian Church Parking Lot, 1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue. Downtown Kirkland ArtStop: Stroll through the Kirkland Wednesday Market and discover a vibrant art experience with the Kirkland ArtStop. Every Saturday, June 1 - Sept. 30. Marina Park, 25 Lakeshore Plaza, Kirkland. Summer Sundays – Shop, Stroll & Dine on Park Lane: Park Lane in the heart of downtown Kirkland will be transformed into a Pedestrian-only Plaza on Sundays throughout the summer. June 2 - Sept 22. 7 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. Park Lane, Park Lane, Kirkland. Juanita Friday Market: Come shop at the market, dance to the live music, grab some snacks, head to the beach, enjoy the sun/sand/water and before heading back home pick up dinner at the market. Every Friday, June 7 - Sept. 27. 3 - 7 p.m. Juanita Beach Park, 9703 NE Juanita Dr, Kirkland. Kirkland Wednesday Market: Shop Kirkland’s vibrant weekly market that brings local farmers and artisans to Marina Park on Lake Washington. Every Wednesday, June 5 - Sept. 25. 2 7 p.m. Marina Park, 25 Lakeshore Plaza, Kirkland. North Bend Farmers Market: 2019 Farmers Market and Summer Concerts Thursday’s June 6 - September 12, 4 - 8 p.m. Si View Park, 400 SE Orchard Dr, North Bend.

PROPOSITION 1 Proposition 1 will support future generations of Eastside families through vital projects in the amount of $345 million without raising tax rates. The bond issue is primarily a critical safety project, with over 60% allocated to seismically retrofit our oldest buildings and replace aging 1970’s-era infrastructure in the core of the hospital. In the event of a major disaster, this is critical for EvergreenHealth to continue to function and serve the greater Seattle area. Relocate and upgrade our Critical Care Unit so patient rooms will be able to accommodate vital modern equipment & technology. Construct a medical building for programs like outpatient mental health. Upgrade and expand our Family Maternity Center. Provide life-saving medical equipment, technology and facility upgrades to support these projects, and poise our organization for ever-evolving technology and the next generation of care.

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LGBTQ+ community: Proud to be themselves

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very year in June, rainbows take over the world in recognition of Pride Month. From rainbow flags in home windows to rainbow merchandise sold at major retailers, the number of people out there supporting the LGBTQ+ community is ever growing. But it hasn’t always been that way. For those who may not know, Pride Month was created to commemorate the Stonewall Inn riots of 1969 in New York City. At the time, police routinely harassed and arrested LGBTQ+ people, but gay and lesbian bars provided them some sanctuary. However, after an early morning raid by police on the Stonewall Inn, riots broke out and police were pelted by bottles and other debris. The riots ultimately lasted for days and was spearheaded by transgender people and people of color. It would become a rallying cry and source of resistance and solidarity in the LGBTQ+ community.

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SAMANTHA PAK WINDOWS AND MIRRORS And while strides have been made in how society views and accepts people who are different, there is still a long way to go as there are still places in the world (even in this country) where it is not always safe for people to be who they really are. Pride is more than just being “out and proud.” It also serves as a reminder of the sacrifices LGBTQ+ people in the past have made in order for people in their community now to be able to just exist as their true selves.

For Josie Fitting, finding her true self began at the age of 21. That was when things clicked in her head that something was not right when it came to her gender. She was at her girlfriend’s house while her girlfriend was going through some clothes in her bedroom. Fitting’s girlfriend stepped out of the room for a moment and while she was out, Fitting grabbed a bra that was out and put it on under her shirt, initially as a joke. But when her girlfriend came back into the room, Fitting said the other woman just smiled and found some toilet paper and tiny socks to stuff into the bra. Then after pulling down her shirt, Fitting’s girlfriend positioned her in front of a mirror. “I don’t hate this. What does that mean?” Fitting said about her initial thoughts at the time. After that, Fitting — who had been assigned male at birth — stopped giving herself a gender label. She said the moment you give someone a label, they try to

conform to that label. But for the sake of others, she said she was gender fluid (because people love labels). There were days when she would dress more masculine and days when she would dress more feminine. She said at the time, the former was easier but that was because she wouldn’t be treated differently. “It was not at all [easier] for me,” she said. “It was for everyone else.” It wasn’t until she was about 27 that Fitting, who was born in Duvall and now lives in Snohomish, had a self admission: “Six years is long enough,” she said. “I’m female. I’m not fluid at all.” Once she came out as

transgender and began her transition, Fitting attended a support meeting at the Ingersoll Gender Center in Seattle. She also attended a support meeting at PFLAG Bellevue Eastside, the local chapter of the national LGBTQ advocacy organization. Fitting, now 29, stuck with PFLAG and attends meetings with the organization regularly. She also attends meetings at the chapter’s satellite location in Bothell regularly as well as up in Everett. The meetings are the third Thursdays (Bellevue), third Mondays (Bothell) and third Saturdays (Everett) of the month. Fitting jokingly calls it “gay week” as the meetings all fall within a week of each other. See PAK, Page 8

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LYMPIA — There’s little make some decisions. If Standispute Democratic ford gets the nod for the Senate Party leaders want state seat as expected, then those political bodies will install Rep. Derek Stanford to fill a someone in the House job. vacant Senate seat in the 1st At this point, a person in Legislative District. Moralez’s position as county Stanford, a soft-spoken party leader would usually ask progressive in his fifth term, that the preferred choice of the emerged earlier this month as PCOs be selected. the overwhelming choice to JERRY But Moralez isn’t doing that. replace Guy Palumbo as sena- CORNFIELD tor for communities in south She’s wants the legislative gig. Snohomish and north King She is campaigning hard to get it, counties. Palumbo resigned in May to declaring on Facebook “The fight isn’t take a job lobbying for Amazon. over” and urging supporters to lobby There’s a bit of drama building members of the two councils on her around who should get Stanford’s seat. behalf. Davina Duerr, a Bothell City CounHer bid is creating a little discomfort cilwoman, Hillary Moralez, the chairwith some fellow Democrats. Close woman of the Snohomish County vote aside, they feel the party should Democratic Party, and Darshan always be united behind the top Rauniyar, a party activist are the nomi- choice for an appointed position. nees put forth by the party’s precinct “I know there’s a little consternacommittee officers (PCOs) following a tion. I know some people think I need to wait my turn,” Moralez said. “I am June 9 meeting. going to run this as a real campaign Duerr secured the top slot though until the process is finished.” it took three rounds of balloting to Duerr is taking a less aggresget there. She and Moralez tied in sive approach thus far. She said the second tally. Then one person changed their allegiance, swinging the she’s reached out to county council members, offering to sit down and outcome Duerr’s way. chat with them about her qualificaOn July 1, members of the Snohomish and King county councils will hold tions. Other than that, she said she’s a joint meeting at Bothell City Hall to going to let it play out.

“It’s become competitive. There’s been some controversy,” she said with a tinge of disappointment in her voice. “I’m trying to stay above the fray.” The outcome is far from clear. A couple recent appointments in Snohomish County ended with council members bypassing the preferred choice of political party activists. In September 2017, Republican Carolyn Eslick was named to a vacant House seat in the 39th Legislative District even though she ranked lowest among the three Republican Party nominees. Elizabeth Scott, a former state lawmaker, was the GOP’s top choice. In February 2016, Palumbo received the most support to fill a vacancy on the Snohomish County Council. But the council’s three Democratic members chose Hans Dunshee, the runner-up, instead. Later that year, Palumbo won his Senate seat while Dunshee lost his council job. Duerr is aware of how the process can turn out. “It’s not a slam dunk,” she said. Jerry Cornfield: 360-352-8623; jcornfield@herald Twitter: @ dospueblos

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King County examines gun violence trends Nearly 77 percent of shooting victims so far this year in county have been people of color. By Aaron Kunkler

Non-fatal shootings in King County are higher in the first half of 2019 when compared to the same time period last year, and are 12 percent higher than the three-year average. After declining between 2007 and 2010, firearm homicide rates increased again by 2016 to reach the 2000 baseline. At the same time, suicide rates have held steady in the county between 2000 and 2016. Between 2012 and 2016, there were an average of 106 suicides and 37 murders that involved firearms in King County. Data from both the King County Pprosecutor’s Office and Public Health were shared at a meeting on June 25 as members of the Law and Justice Committee tried to get a clearer picture

of gun violence in King County. Dan Carew with the prosecutor’s office said that between Jan. 1 and May 31, 2019, there had been a 35 percent increase in non-fatal shootings compared to the same period in 2018. Firearms homicides remained roughly the same. Nearly half of all shooting victims were younger than 25, and so far this year, some 77 percent of victims in King County were people of color. Additionally, 85 percent of shooting victims have been male. During that time period, there were 341 total shots fired. These numbers do not include several high-profile local shootings that have come since May 31, including two that happened on June 23 in Bellevue. Firearm shooting incidents have generally been moving farther south into communities in South King County — and North Highline, Burien and Kent had the highest rates of firearms homicides. Around one-third of guns used in any type of shooting incidents have been linked to

other shootings, Carew said. Myduc Ta with Public Health said their data showed that between 2012 and 2016, black residents in the county are 15 times more likely to be homicide victims than white residents. Black residents experienced homicides at a rate of 12.5 per 100,000 people, with the next highest demographic being Hispanic residents at 1.9 per 100,000. Additionally, high poverty neighborhoods, as defined

by 20 percent or more households living below the poverty threshold, had a homicide rate of 3.2 per 100,000, much higher than low poverty neighborhoods at 0.6. American Indians and Alaskan Natives were at a greater risk of firearm suicide when compared to other groups. Between 2012 and 2016, American Indians and Alaskan Natives had a firearm suicide rate of around 9.7 per 100,000.

White residents were the next most at-risk group at a rate of 6 per 100,000 while the countywide rate was 4.9 per 100,000. Along with collecting information on gun violence, the county is also engaging in information campaigns to encourage people to store their guns in lockers. Under state law that was passed last November, gun owners can be held criminally liable if their firearms are used to commit a

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volunteers from organizations Women 4 Women, Rugby4Good, Sow and Sew as well as non-affiliated community members, the buildings drew closer to completion. One of the tiny homes is slated to be placed in South Lake Union in Seattle. The other is a welcome center destined for Georgetown. The homes are all roughly 8 by 12 feet, smaller than 120-square feet and smaller than what international building code deems a residency. Each has an overhead light and heater and will be placed in villages with a communal kitchen, hygiene facilities, storage, security and access to case managers and services. Melinda Nichols has been a LIHI board member since 1999 and has lived in North Bend for about 40 years. She’s also part of the Sallal Grange and was approached by members interested in participating in the build. The North Bend build is one of many others

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happening in pre-apprenticeship programs and at colleges and prisons around the region. Nichols is a self-described “construction person” and the first woman to go through carpentry apprenticeship in the state, she said. Nichols attended Seattle Community College in 1972 and entered the carpentry apprenticeship program in 1973. She’s helped to impart her skills to other women and has lent a hand building many tiny homes for the unsheltered. “Frankly, for me, once I build the houses and get them in there, I move onto the next one,” she said. Leading up to the event, awareness was drummed up by grange members Larry Houch and Leah Aichele, who spend their Sundays posted at the local QFC gathering donations of cheese for the foodbank. They also used their time to promote the upcoming build and the need for volunteers. Posts were made on social media advertising the volunteer effort. “Sometimes we get some flak from people,”

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Kaplan said. “They said, ‘They’re druggies’ — that kind of stuff.” But to her, this response acts as a form of education, giving her a chance to eliminate the myths surrounding those who are homeless. And the visibility of building the tiny homes at the grange raises awareness to the problem: an abundant amount of King County residents living unsheltered, and the lack of affordable housing. “I never get mad at people,” Nichols said. “I see a lot of the homeless and I could be wrong, some could be drug addicts, but I don’t even care — If they’re a human, I’d like them to have a roof over their head. If we want to help them, they need to be in a stable place so that they can get the support services they need.” Nichols only wishes people opposed to the villages could hear and see the kindness that pours from the people who inhabit the tiny homes. In one story she shared, a woman she came to know had been homeless for 10

years until she was finally placed in a tiny dwelling. It wasn’t too long later that a mother approached the gates at the tiny home village one evening with her four small children. The mother pleaded with those at the village, “ We don’t have a place to be. We need a home.” The chronically homeless woman, the one who was given a safe spot to sleep, offered to again move out so the mother and her children could have a place to sleep. “When you think about what generosity really means … I’ve seen some of the most beautiful, touching, generous people in tiny house villages that I’ve ever seen,” Nichols said.

Seattle Villages In 2015, after tent cities continued to crop up in Seattle and the city declared a state of emergency over homelessness, LIHI began working with Nickelsville to replace the unsturdy and leaky tents and tarps with safer and more sturdy structures. It was in partnership with the Nickelsville camps and other organizations that the birth of tiny house




villages came about. “We were like, ‘OK, if we’re going to replace tents with wooden sheds, why not insulate them, add electricity, a lock and door?” said Luke Reynolds, program coordinator with the Tiny House Village program for LIHI. “It started to evolve into, ‘Let’s build villages with all tiny houses.’” The first village went live in December 2015. It was located on a residential lot owned by the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Seattle’s Central District. Today there are 10 tiny home villages in Seattle, situated on public and private properties. The city of Seattle provides financial support for the city’s villages — about 300 tiny houses that shelter some 450 people each night. Certain villages tailor their services to target various populations. The Whittier Heights Village, located near Ballard in Seattle, serves women and was built primarily by women. It shelters seniors, single women, pregnant women and same-sex couples. Another, the True Hope Village, is focused on housing people of color. According to LIHI, the

average length of stay in a tiny home village is four to five months and the rate of successful housing placements in 2017 was 39 percent. That number jumped to 42 percent in 2018 and doesn’t typically account for people who move to transitional housing, such as crashing on a relative’s couch. Brad Gerber, tiny house special projects manager, said at first many neighbors outright opposed the tiny house villages. This opposition, he said, stemmed from “bias and misinformation around the facts of homelessness and who the people experiencing homelessness are.” LIHI often conducted outreach education and employed myth-busting tactics during the development and community engagement process. In the state, 40,000 people are sleeping in shelters or outside, according to figures from LIHI. More than 7,000 of those people are part of a family with children.

Keep pushing Sometimes the challenge can be finding a place to build the village, and getting local

lawmakers behind the cause. Jim Peterson, co-founder of Homes Now! Not Later, a grassroots nonprofit, began pushing for a tiny-home village in Whatcom County in 2017. Having been homeless, he knew of the impacts of living outside and the dangers that come along with it. He dreamt of building a tiny-home community, full of 10-by-10 feet structures. The structures would cost about $3,500 to build and help alleviate the number of people sleeping outside. So he (along with co-founder Doug Gustafson) vocalized the intent at Bellingham City Council meetings and county council gatherings. People and businesses donated the needed funds to begin building structures. They only needed the land — a costly hurdle given Whatom’s rising property values. But when Peterson hit a wall, he pushed and pushed and pushed. Finally, after successfully managing two temporary tent communities for homeless people in Bellingham, Peterson’s dream became more

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like a reality. The Fairhaven Unity Village will have 20 tiny home, first beginning with 12 and eight tents and will take about eight months to complete (completion date is April 2020). Tents will be replaced, as more homes are nailed together. Unity Village, like the tent encampments run by HomesNow!, will be a drug-and-alcohol-free community. On the Eastside, the idea of creating a tiny home village is circulating among community faith leaders and there is interest brewing among local politicians, Gerber said. Conversations on what a partnership would look like could happen soon, although there is no timeline set. Despite where the villages crop up, or the differences between them, the underlying idea remains largely the same — getting folks into a more secure and dry place to sleep — whether the tiny homes are used in the meanwhile or as a permanent housing mechanism. When asked if tiny home villages are a solution to the homelessness problem, Aichele said “It’s a step.”

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For Fitting, PFLAG has helped her develop confidence in who she is. But it hasn’t always been that way. She told me there was a period of time when her mental health declined and she had a plan to end her life — because anything seemed easier than being transgender in a world where people want to kill others for being transgender. Fortunately, her mother and stepfather reached out to her during this time, asking her to move back in with them, which helped Fitting become more stable. “When you’re coming out and you’re first questioning yourself, typically, you don’t have links to the community,” she said. A lot of people do not have people in their lives who understand what they are going through and that can lead them to online searches and Fitting said the Internet is not always reliable. This is why representation is so important. Fitting said when

someone feels there is something different about them, they want to know there are others out there who are like them. And this is not just LGBTQ+ folks. It applies to anyone who is part of a minority or marginalized group.

Supporting the community Many times, it is not just the person who is coming out who needs support. The people in their lives — be it family or friends — might need help in knowing how to be there for their loved ones. And that is one way PFLAG can help. Bellevue resident Laurie (whose last name has been withheld to protect her family’s privacy) , first learned about PFLAG when her son, who was assigned female at birth, came out as a lesbian in the seventh grade. Her son later came out as a transgender man. “I was feeling a little overwhelmed,” Laurie said about that time. She didn’t know what to do, but then she learned about PFLAG. Laurie attended her first meeting in Bellevue in about

2002 and since has served on the chapter’s board for eight years and is a former board chair. And while her family may not need as much support as they did in those early days, Laurie said the local PFLAG community is a warm source of love and caring, and they helped her embrace her child, saying she has her biological family as well as her PFLAG family. For Sandra McMurdo of Kirkland, PFLAG has also helped her and her son find community. “After the 2016 election, I knew my gay, transgender teen and I needed more support and community,” she said. She said PFLAG has given both of them the strength to be patient with some family members who eventually came around to being supportive. “Now, my son will be starting college in the fall, and a new chapter in his life, and I will continue to be a part of our PFLAG family and help talk to the newbie parents who are where I was four years ago,” McMurdo said.

Humble beginnings

PFLAG Bellevue Eastside was founded by Jack and Frankie Bookey of Clyde Hill in 1996 as an outgrowth of the Seattle chapter, where the couple initially attended meetings after their daughter came out to them in 1980. Prior to that first Eastside meeting, Jack said they put out notices and spread word throughout the local communities. Dozens attended that first meeting. “It was a happy occasion,” he said. In addition to starting the PFLAG Bellevue Eastside, the Bookeys helped organize the national organization’s conference in Seattle in 1994. “Somehow, we got chosen to be the head of the conference,” Jack said. He said they put out the call to all of the different local LGBTQ+ organizations and everyone answered and helped them with the event. “It was a very galvanizing event for [the Seattle LGBTQ+ community],” Jack said. Since its humble beginnings as an offshoot of the Seattle chapter, Frankie said their chapter has “grown a lot.” She also noted how much more accepting people are of LGBTQ+ people, specifically mentioning Gay Straight Alliance clubs in schools. “That helped a lot of kids,” she said. Jack added that when people are more tolerant of members of the LGBTQ+ community, they tend to be more tolerant of others who are “different,” whether they are people of color or people who practice a different religion or

have different politics than them. But PFLAG and other organizations like it are still needed because a lot of people are uninformed. The Bookeys said these organizations give people more information to be more accepting and understanding of LGBTQ+ people.

Educating others In addition to offering group and one-onone support, PFLAG Bellevue Eastside also has educational programming during its monthly meetings. Laurie said the first hour of the meeting is for support circles, while the second hour is for speakers who talk about a specific topic. She said their meetings are always structured this way so people can come for the portion (or both) that meets their needs and interest, adding that not all PFLAG chapters’ meetings are structured this way. Fitting has also made it her mission to educate others on the transgender experience — this ranges from other transgender people going through transition to medical providers. “We tend to be educators for our doctors,” she said about transgender people. A big part of this is Fitting’s blog (marshlabs., in which she chronicles her transition journey. “I couldn’t find that,” she said about learning about what it really is like being transgender. She also works with a counselor who has transgender clients and

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is “basically there as a resource for the clients.” This looks like anything from discussing the side effects a person might experience while on hormone therapy, to figuring out how to find swimwear. When Fitting mentioned the latter, I realized how much I, as a cisgender woman, took for granted fairly commonplace and everyday activities. I mean, shopping for a bathing suit is not a particularly fun activity, but at least I don’t have that extra layer of being transgender. In addition to educating others, Fitting said since she began her transition, she has been given a new lens on how she sees the world. While she is a white person, she said she has friends of color and transgender friends of color who have told her the discrimination transgender people face is similar to what people of color face as they are discriminated for their appearance and their community. Fitting has also experienced discrimination and prejudices from others because she is a woman. As someone working in the predominantly male IT world, she said she never had her tech knowledge questioned until she started passing as a woman. She recounted a story in which it took one of her male colleagues about five times of questioning her expertise to finally accept that Fitting actually knew how to do her job. “It was pretty frustrating,” she said. I wasn’t sure how to respond to her story except to shrug and say, “Welcome to the club.” For more information about PFLAG Bellevue Eastside, visit Windows and Mirrors is a bimonthly column focused on telling the stories of people whose voices are not often heard. If you have something you want to say, contact editor Samantha Pak at spak@

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Flexibility of college classes designed for working adults By Leslie Shattuck Lake Washington Institute of Technology

When people think of traditional college-aged students, they think of students being anywhere between 18-21. That’s no longer the case. In fact, more working adults are attending college than ever before. In 2018, the National Center for Education Statistics reported that of the more than 19 million undergraduate students enrolled in college, many of them were over the age of 25. The same is true at Kirkland’s Lake Washington Institute

of Technology (LWTech) where the average student age is 31. Making the decision to go to college to start a degree, get a certificate or complete a degree can be daunting for working adults who are juggling their career and family obligations. At LWTech, one-third of students work while attending college. With that in mind, many college classes are offered during the day, in the evening, in-class and through a hybrid model, which combines in-class and online coursework to allow students more flexibility tobalance school, work


Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland prides itself in its flexible class schedules.

and family. “The flexibility at LWTech has been awesome for me because they have offered the courses that I need in multiple areas exactly when I need them. I have taken

day classes. I have taken night classes. All of them are available and viable options,” said LWTech engineering transfer student Taylour Mills. Going to college doesn’t

have to break the bank. According to the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges website, Washington state community and technical colleges “are the most affordable not-for-profit higher education solution in the state.” On top of it being more cost effective to go to a community or technical college, LWTech offers small class sizes, hands-on instruction, a variety of support services like tutoring and customized advising, and scholarships through the LWTech Foundation. With the flexibility of class

schedules to support eight applied bachelor’s degrees, 57 associate degrees, and more than 90 professional certificates in 48 areas of study, LWTech has degree and certificate programs that support working adults. “If there’s another parent out there that is nervous because they think it’s going be too hard to complete that goal with a child, I tell them that they just need to start. It is so worth it, and it will be worth it for their families,” Mills added. Learn more about the programs offered at LWTech online at www.LWTech. edu/YourFuture.

Lake Washington – Elevate Learning MISD earning its reputation Dr. Jane Stavem

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Lake Washington School District (LWSD) continues to work toward accomplishing our vision of “Every Student Future Ready.” The district’s graduation and college entrance rates are among the highest in the state. Our highly-qualified and committed teams of administrators, teachers and staff are dedicated to the success of all our students. Ongoing community support helps the district provide high-quality educational experiences for all students. With the successful passage of a bond measure in 2016, Timberline Middle School, a new middle school in Redmond Ridge, will open this fall. LWSD will also open a new and enlarged Peter Kirk Elementary in Kirkland, Wash., and Margaret Mead Elementary in Sammamish, Wash. this fall. The Old Redmond School House will open in fall 2020 as an early learning center. District enrollment continues to grow, and these schools help to reduce overcrowding. A

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2019 Redmond High School graduation.

recently-passed capital projects levy will provide additions at five schools, adding space for more than 1,000 students. Future funding measures are needed to continue to provide quality learning environments. The district’s focus on community engagement and fiscal responsibility earned national recognition from the Association of School Business Officials International. The 2018-19 budget earned the Meritorious Budget Award, a national recognition for the development of a transparent, effective budget that aligns with high standards for budget presentation and commitment to the community. This was the second year in a row that LWSD has earned this distinction. A community


engagement process during the 2018-19 school year has led to the creation of a new strategic plan with a theme of Elevate Learning. Elevate Learning focuses on strategic initiatives that keep us climbing upward, helping us elevate the quality of everything we do as we provide the best education in the world for our students. As superintendent of Lake Washington School District, I am proud of the district’s success. Great communities make great schools. It is only through the support of parents, community members and city and business leaders that we can experience such success as a district and accomplish our mission and vision for students.

The Mercer Island School District has built a national reputation for excellence, combining academics, cultural expression and athletic achievement. We emphasize social-emotional learning that is responsive to educating the whole child. The district is consistently ranked among the best in the state and maintains a graduation rate of nearly 95 percent. Our graduates move on to the finest colleges and universities in the world. This year our Board of Directors has been working to update our core values, vision and mission. The intent of this work is to center our “why” around students as the priority and our goal of supporting the whole child. The District’s current “Vision 2020” was originally adopted into board policy 10 years ago and needs updating to better reflect the district’s goals and aspirations today. After a series of study

sessions, the board has drafted revised mission, vision and values statements for the district. They have been presented to a series of focus group meetings throughout the district, including to families, staff, students and community members. We will share with the School Board soon all the thoughts and reactions, and the board is expected to consider adopting the new core values, vision and mission for the 201920 school year. Our enrollment continues to grow in both population and diversity as new families move to Mercer Island. If you are a new family to the Island, please visit our web site at newfamilies to enroll your students. Island voters have consistently approved ballot measures, including the four-year enrichment levy that provides vital funding for many programs, including special education, elementary school Spanish language, art, music, PE, a seven-period day at the high school and

advanced courses. We are proud of our continuing partnerships with the city of Mercer Island and Mercer Island Youth and Family Services, providing mental health counselors in our schools and a school resource officer serving the high school and other buildings as needed. Community support of our schools is unparalleled in the region. Mercer Island Schools Foundation, our PTAs and community boosters contributed over $2 million to our schools last year. We encourage our families to be involved and volunteer in our schools, and if anyone is interested in joining our team, please visit for a current listing of employment opportunities. For more information about the district and its programs, please visit our website at, find us on Facebook at @mercerislandschooldistrict, on Twitter @mercerislandsd and on Instagram @ mercer_island_school_ district.

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BSD – Inspiring Bellevue’s creators of the future By Ivan Duran Superintendent, Bellevue School District

As superintendent of the Bellevue School District, I have many opportunities to meet and speak directly with our learning community of students, parents and educators. This education section is an excellent opportunity for me to share information about the powerful work our school district is doing with the larger Bellevue community. The first year of our five-year strategic plan is now complete. Put simply, this plan is the district’s road map through 2023 to ensure that every student attending a Bellevue public school achieves excellence at a high level. To deliver effectively the plan’s model for national excellence to our students, we focus on three key words — affirm, inspire and thrive. The following is how we put each of these words into action: Affirm: Our commitment is that all Bellevue students — no matter their race, ability, language background, religion, national origin, immigration status or sexual orientation — will receive an exemplary education and achieve success in a way that honors their identity and affirms their individuality. Inspire: Inspiration has the power to propel potential and transform the way students perceive their own capabilities. In addition to cultivating talents and abilities, we strive to provide experiences that inspire students to seek new knowledge and embrace new opportunities.

Thrive: It takes all of us — staff, families and the community — working together to exceed expectations and earn our place as a national model of educational excellence that meets the needs of every student. Delivering on our vision of students becoming creators of their future world requires a learning community with a set of shared values and priorities. Two years ago, when the district started its journey to create an effective road map, we reached out to the community to learn more about what those shared values and priorities should be. More than 35 focus groups and 150 interviews were conducted with students, parents, teachers, school staff, building leaders, central office staff, district leaders and board directors. In addition, more than 4,600 community members responded to a survey soliciting community input. The information we received captured our strengths, challenges and opportunities for greater success. As a values-driven organization, the Bellevue School District strives to live its values every day. To that end, we identified six shared values that inform every interaction between and among our students, families, staff, and community: compassion, collaboration, excellence, integrity, respect and service. Once we identified our shared values, the Bellevue School District identified priority areas to focus our energy and effort, decision-making and service. For our district, the following six priorities are important for each and every student to achieve success each and every day:

High-quality instruction: We will provide engaging and culturally responsive instruction that addresses the academic, social, and emotional needs of individual students. Our commitment is that each student experiences continuous growth in all subject areas. Student well-being: We will affirm each student’s sense of identity so that each student feels physically, socially and emotionally safe in all our learning environments. Exceptional staff: We will recruit, support, and retain exceptional staff throughout our organization, and believe that a diverse and highly skilled staff is critical to the success and well-being of our students. Family and community: We will continue to cultivate partnerships with families, members of the community, and community organizations to support our students. Culture and climate: We will support and foster positive relationships between and among students and staff. Organizational alignment: We will all move in the same direction, aligned and equipped with the skills and tools needed to improve outcomes for each student. As the superintendent of your community’s schools, I invite you to join me in fulfilling our district’s mission to serve each and every student academically, socially, and emotionally. You can also explore our road map to the future and join us on our journey at In closing, I welcome your partnership and input. I am always available at

VISION: each and every student to learn and thrive as creators of their future world. MISSION: The mission of the Bellevue School District is to serve each and every student

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Issaquah Schools responding to community By Ron Thiele Superintendent of Issaquah School District

The 2018-2019 school year was an important and exciting one in the Issaquah School District. Changes to the state funding model, along with the passage of our Educational Programs and Operations Levy in February 2018, allowed the district to implement programs our community has been requesting. These include: ■ A new modified seven-period high school schedule ■ A new elementary Spanish dual language immersion program at Clark and Issaquah Valley elementary schools ■ More academic guidance counselors ■ More mental health counselors ■ A new director of safety and security position ■ New safety measures in schools ■ New professional learning coaches to support new hires to the district ■ New family partnership liaisons As our community evolves and changes demographically, we are reshaping our practices to best meet the needs of the students and families we serve. In spring of 2018 the Issaquah School Board of Directors adopted the district’s first equity policy, which sets a clear

expectation throughout the school system to provide all students the opportunities and support to reach their highest capability in a safe and welcoming environment. This policy requires us to identify and correct inequities, and we are committed to doing so. We have increased our efforts to recruit and support diverse staff members to serve our diverse student body. We are providing ongoing training to help all staff understand and meet the needs of students from all cultures. We are updating our curriculum to better explore and represent groups that have been traditionally overlooked or marginalized. We are also committed to narrowing the achievement/opportunity gap between our highest and lowest performing students. We pledge to question, grow and evolve in our understanding of diversity and what it means to be culturally competent. This past school year we completed several significant remodel and expansion projects, including Pine Lake Middle School, and Cougar Ridge and Sunset Elementary Schools. We have made significant progress on Endeavour and Discovery Elementary Schools and are in the planning phase for Maple Hills Elementary. We are excited

to be near completion of the property acquisition for a new high school and elementary school, planned on the former site of Providence Heights College. We also acquired land at the entrance to the Talus community for a sixth middle school, and property in Sammamish for a 16th elementary school, as planned in our 2016 school bond. We are looking forward to breaking ground on these new schools in the 2019-2020 school year. In the coming year we will continue implementing our new programs. The levy supporting these programs is set to expire in 2020, so we will need to ask voters to renew that levy to allow these programs to continue. Equity work will expand as we work to deliver more professional development for staff and work with community partners to address issues such as racism to create a more inclusive school system. All of this progress would not be possible without the support of our community. We work alongside the Volunteers for Issaquah Schools Committee, the Parent Teacher Student Association, the Issaquah Schools Foundation, and every resident, family, student and staff member to deliver a world-class education.

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Snoqualmie Valley School District offers high-quality public education Submitted by the Snoqualmie Valley School District Located in the scenic Cascade Mountain foothills, the Snoqualmie Valley School District encompasses more than 400 square miles and serves families in Snoqualmie, North Bend, Fall City and surrounding areas of unincorporated King County. The district offers high-quality public education to approximately 7,100 students in 11 schools. The district’s mission is to prepare all students for college, career and citizenship. Snoqualmie Valley schools offer rigorous academic curriculum, career education training, extensive technology resources and project-based learning to help students be prepared for any path they may choose to pursue after high school. Our district

works with many community partners to expose students to a variety of career experiences, to help them realize their potential, consider options for the future and learn about relevant training or continuing education required for different careers. SVSD also values and supports a broad range of extracurricular experiences for students, so they can explore their interests and discover their passions for life-long learning. Staff work to create a positive and safe learning environment, ensuring that all students feel respected, valued, capable, loved and that they belong to a caring and nurturing organization. In recent years, student achievement and the number of students choosing rigorous academic courses have trended upward. The Class of 2017



graduation rate was 93 percent district-wide (95 percent at Mount Si High School). Snoqualmie Valley has been recognized for AP honor roll distinctions by the College Board, and Mount Si High School has been named on national best high school lists by U.S. News & World Report and Newsweek. Mount Si’s jazz band has been selected among top high school bands in the nation, performing at the Essentially Ellington Festivals in New York five times, most recently in 2019. The district has an unwavering commitment to school improvement and views great teaching and collaboration as the key to educational excellence. Educators receive progressive professional development, instructional coaching support from peer mentors, and in-depth technology training. We work together

to engage and empower all learners – students and staff – to maximize their potential. Thanks to the community’s generous support of school bonds and levies, the district is expanding school facilities and improving programs to serve a growing student population. In recent years, the district opened a new elementary school (Timber Ridge Elementary) in 2016, and installed state-of-the-art security systems throughout Snoqualmie Valley schools. In the fall of 2019, more exciting changes are planned. The district will open a new, modernized and expanded Mount Si High School to serve Snoqualmie Valley students in grades 9-12. At the same time, Snoqualmie Middle School will be re-instated as the district’s third middle school, since a separate

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freshman campus will no longer be needed. Also, starting the 2019-20 school year, Two Rivers School will become a Big Picture high school, adopting a new educational program that centers around studentdriven, real-world learning with competency-based instruction. Additionally, the district will begin implementing a One-to-one


Computing Initiative to ensure equitable access to resources for students, by equipping every student in grades 6-12 with a laptop to use at school and at home. Snoqualmie Valley School District a very special place for children to grow and learn. To learn more, explore the district website (www. and visit our schools.



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Legendary Mariner meets a plethora of fans Edgar Martinez visits Bellevue Barnes & Noble to promote his book. By Shaun Scott

A large contingent of Seattle Mariners fans traveled to the Bellevue Barnes & Noble to meet one of the most popular athletes in the history of Seattle sports. Seattle Mariners legend Edgar Martinez, who was voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on his final year on the ballot this past January, attended a book signing on June 12 at the Bellevue Barnes & Noble promoting his new book, “Edgar: An Autobiography.” The book, which was written with Seattle Times columnist Larry Stone, drew a massive audience of Martinez fans to the bookstore. Mukilteo resident Yosh Shimono wasn’t going to miss out on an opportunity to meet his favorite Mariner. The 50-mile roundtrip journey didn’t discourage Shimono in the least bit. “This is ‘Gar,’ the best Mariner there has ever been. He has been an inspiration, not just to people like myself but also for the kids. He is a wonderful human being. That’s why I’m here,” Shimono said while waiting in line. Stone, who has known Martinez since 1996, concurred wholeheartedly with Shimono’s

assessment. “What everybody loves about Edgar, I got to see close up. He is just a kind hearted, good decent person. That was a really special aspect of this book,” Stone said. The friendship between Stone and Martinez played an undeniable role in the idea of the autobiography getting off the ground. “It was a great experience. Larry followed my career. We’ve known each other since the early 1990s. To work with him, the experience has been great. I’m just amazed how quickly he put this together. It’s not like he had a lot of time. He did an amazing job putting the book together,” Martinez said of Stone. Stone approached Martinez during spring training in 2018 about the possibility of writing a book about his life and career. “I had been kicking around the idea of doing the book. He (Martinez) was the hitting coach and I was covering spring training, so I just pulled him aside on the field one day and said, ‘You interested in doing a book?’ He kind of thought about it for second and said OK.” Stone interviewed Martinez throughout the 2018 baseball season. “I would go to his house and interview him about his life. The sessions were maybe an hour or hour and a half at a time. We did it throughout the season. I had a January (2019) deadline. I was still working around my schedule

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Seattle Mariners legend Edgar Martinez, left, and Seattle Times columnist Larry Stone, right, collaborated on a book titled, “Edgar: An Autobiography.” Martinez and Stone attended a book signing on June 12 at Barnes Noble in Bellevue.

(Seattle Times columnist) because it was in the middle of football season. I took a couple of weeks off and hammered it out. I turned it in Jan. 1. The rest of the time was editing and now promoting,” Stone said with smile. Martinez, who lives in Yarrow Point, has fully embraced the Seattle region since suiting up with the Mariners for the first time in 1987. Martinez also has also resided in Kirkland and Bellevue in years past. “It has been an incredible area to live and raise kids. I have felt like there has been a great relationship built with the people in this area. I have had the fortune to be able to work and being able to help with some nonprofit organizations. It has been great. It’s just been ideal for me and my family,” Martinez said. Martinez discussed the toughest pitchers he’s ever faced before meeting a sea of fans at Barnes & Noble.

Issaquah Eagles track athlete Julia David-Smith captured 14th place against a competitive assortment of runners in the 1-mile run at the 2019 Brooks PR Invitational at the University of Washington in Seattle on June 15. DavidSmith clocked a time of 4:53.53.

“I had to face Nolan Ryan, Pedro (Martinez), Randy (Johnson) and (Bert) Blyleven. I played against a lot of great pitchers through my career. One of the toughest was Nolan Ryan. My numbers are pretty ugly against Nolan,” Martinez said with a laugh.

“It is just incredible to say that I faced Nolan Ryan. I feel very fortunate.” The play that defined Martinez’s career in a nutshell was “The Double” down the left-field line in Game 5 of the 1995 American League Divisional Series against the New York Yankees. The blistering line drive down the left-field line, which scored Ken Griffey Jr. from first base, gave the Mariners a 6-5 victory in 11 innings. It remains the most iconic play in the history of the Seattle Mariners organization. “The double was the key play in my career. I know I had a pretty good game the day before (two home runs and seven RBIs in Game 4) in that series in 1995 but the double, everybody remembers that. Obviously, I never will forget that either,” Martinez said.

Goucher to host summer baseball camp on Eastside Former professional baseball player and Atlanta Braves scout Steve Goucher will conduct two baseball camps this summer on the Eastside. The first camp will take place from July 29-Aug. 2. The second camp will be from Aug. 12-16. The camps, which take place from 9 a.m. to noon at Hidden Valley Park in Bellevue, cost $179 for Bellevue residents and $208 for non-residents. For more information about the camps, contact Goucher at

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ROCKIN’ ON THE RIVER RETURNS TO REDMOND The annual summer concert series will feature Heart By Heart. By Madison Miller

Rockin’ on the River will return to Redmond next month. For the past six years, residents have enjoyed the free summertime evening concert series at the Redmond Senior Center (8703 160th Ave. NE in Redmond). The concerts bring big-name tribute bands to the area including Neil Diamond tribute, and Cherry Cherry which has performed at the concert series twice before. Marty Boggs, senior program administrator, has been a part of organizing the concert series since nearly the beginning when it was first called Blues on the Slough. “[These concerts] really bring the community together,” he said. “I’m lucky to emcee these shows… Everyone always leaves with big smiles on their faces.” Boggs said each concert typically brings in 700-800 people. “It’s such a great intimate setting,” he said. “People bring their kids and friends. You can bring your own chairs, or many just sit on a picnic blanket and enjoy the show.” A number of chairs are provided by the Redmond Senior Center. Emerald Heights has been sponsoring Rockin’ on the River summer concerts for the past five years. The Redmond Senior Center is able to secure quality bands through the support of Emerald Heights. Emerald Heights provides cold water bottles during the shows. Redmond Kiwanis Club has been selling concessions during the concerts for the past three years. The Redmond Kiwanis Club also provided financial support for an outdoor stage in order to accommodate larger bands. “We have built this expectation of always having high-quality bands,” Boggs said. “We want


Heart By Heart will be headlining Rockin’ on the River this summer. Band members include two original members of Heart. From left: Chad Quist, Lizzy Daymont, Michael Derosier, Somar Macek and Steve Fossem.

everyone to come and enjoy the shows.” Rockin’ on the River hosts four to five concerts each summer. This year’s concert lineup includes Heart by Heart — made up of two of Heart’s originally members — The Beatniks (a Beatles cover band), Cherry Cherry and High Tide (a Beach Boys cover band). The Beatnicks play with a passion aimed to encompass the band’s philosophy that music is more than just a background to life, according to the band website. Performing the music of the ‘60s and ‘70s, the shows feature classic sound, energy and stage presence. Cherry Cherry, a Neil Diamond tribute band, plays with respect to Diamond’s music. Led by Steve Kelly, it will be Cherry Cherry’s third year performing at Rockin’ on the River. High Tide is one of the few bands to capture the classic Southern California Beach Boy’s

1960s sound. High Tide provides a tribute to one of America’s most iconic bands. Heart By Heart is this year’s headlining act, performing July 18. Formed by original Heart bassist Steve Fossen and his wife, Somar Macek, Heart By Heart presents a show that includes all the favorite Heart hits such as “Barracuda,” “Straight On,” “Crazy On You” and “Magic Man,” as well as deep album cuts that Heart fans enjoy. Heart By Heart began in 2008 with Fossem and Macek together as a duo, but after receiving more and more small gigs around the Seattle area, Fossem asked original Heart drummer Michael Derosier to join. By 2009, Heart By Heart grew to include Lizzy Daymont on guitar, keyboards and vocals, and guitarist Chad Quist. Fossem said the band takes the music seriously and strives to play the music as close to the


Steve Kelly leads Cherry Cherry, a Neil Diamond tribute band.

original album version. “We thought, ‘Why can’t we benefit from the songs that we helped create?’” Fossem said. Heart By Heart has gained traction since 2008, especially within the last five years while touring throughout the US. “Every year we get more popular,” Fossem said. “We have so much fun playing these songs the same way everyone heard them and get people to relive the

nostalgia… We’ve had people come up to us after a show with tears in their eyes and thanking us for bringing the memories back.” Heart By Heart will be playing 6-8 p.m. on July 18 at Rockin’ on the River. For more information about this year’s Rockin’ on the River, go online to https:// Rockin-on-the-River.

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The Bellevue Arts Museum ARTSfair will run from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., July 28-29 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 30 at the Bellevue Square and the museum, 510 Bellevue Way NE.

BAM ARTSFAIR TO CELEBRATE 73 YEARS IN JULY Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM) is celebrating the 73rd BAM ARTSfair next month. The fair will be July 26-28 at Bellevue Arts Museum (510 Bellevue Way NE in Bellevue) and Bellevue Square. BAM ARTSfair features thousands of original artworks, a mix of community programs, free admission to BAM and live music. BAM ARTSfair aims to bring some of the nation’s most talented artists to the Pacific Northwest. This year’s line-up includes more than 300 independent artists selected by a jury of museum and art professionals. The competitive selection process is designed to ensure diversity and superior quality. The fair features a variety of artists working in different media — from wood, glass and ceramics to paint. Free programs include community art-making, live performance art and KIDSfair.

The Sound and Movement stage features local musicians and artists from 4Culture’s Touring Arts Roster, and the BAMboozle Stage features local music and dance for kids. Admission to BAM is complimentary throughout the entire festival. The first BAM ARTSfair was held in 1947, attracting some 30,000 people to Bellevue. Both the city and the fair have grown over the years. Today the fair attracts hundreds of thousands of people to Bellevue over the final weekend of July and provides a viable marketplace for more than 300 independent makers each year. Notable artists including Dale Chihuly, Chuck Close, and Patti Warashina who have all participated in past years, as well as a number of up-and-coming craftspeople and artists. Visitors to downtown Bellevue July 26-28 also can enjoy the Bellevue Downtown Association’s 6th Street Fair. The

BAM ARTSFair is returning to Bellevue July 26-28. The Bellevue Arts Museum ARTSfair will run from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., July 28-29 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 30 at the Bellevue Square and the museum, 510 Bellevue Way NE. Bellevue Festival of the Arts, a longtime sister event to BAM ARTSfair, was canceled earlier this year. For more information about the BAM ARTSfair, go online to BAM’s website (https://bit. ly/2X1XiAD).


The 72nd BAM ARTSfair is set for July 27-29 at Bellevue Arts Museum and Bellevue Square.

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