Tens of thousands of birds flock to Monroe during migration

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

They fly into chimneys backwards, have weak feet that don’t let them stand or perch, and migrate from Canada to Central America yearly. These birds are Vaux’s swifts, and the second largest roost of Vaux’s swifts in the country passes through Monroe every fall and spring.

This weekend, you can celebrate their arrival at the 2014 Swift Night Out, where you can enjoy food, kids’ activities and a lecture about the swifts before watching thousands of birds swirl into the chimney of the Wagner Center (formerly Frank Wagner Elementary School) at dusk.


Soulful songwriter LeRoy Bell to play at Hollywood Hill Block Party

  • Written by Emily Hamann, Features Writer

LeRoy Bell was writing music long before reality television, but now that’s one of the things he is widely known for.
Bell, who will be playing at the after-party for the Hollywood Hill Block Party, was a finalist on the singing competition X Factor in 2011, and finished eighth. “I’ve gotten a lot more notoriety worldwide,” Bell said.

Before he started singing his own music, he was writing music for names such as the Temptations and Elton John. He wrote the song “Mama Can’t Buy You Love,” which John released in 1979 and got in the top ten of the U.S. charts. He also wrote “Are You Ready For Love,” which was recorded by John and released at the same time. The song made a comeback when DJ Fatboy Slim remixed it in 2003.  


Behind the scenes: hidden treasures of Washington’s museums

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Ready for some well-kept secrets from Washington state museums? Journalist and author Harriet Baskas, who researches the closeted collections of museums, will share some of her favorite finds at the Redmond Historical Society’s Saturday Speaker Series at 10:30 a.m. on Sept 13. Sponsored by Humanities Washington, the fast-paced, photo-filled and, at times, offbeat tour through Washington will be told through the stories of museum artifacts that are rarely — or never — shown to the public.


‘Choose Love:’ Washington local gives BHS students positive message during first week of class

  • Written by Emily Hamann, Contributing Writer

A loud, droning bell sounds and 1,550 students file class by class into the Bothell High School gym. Someone with a microphone comes over the P.A. system and reminds the kids, in vain, where they’re supposed to sit.
By the far door, Houston Kraft is getting ready to deliver his message to all of them. He claims he’s not nervous.
“Usually it’s more excitement than nerves,” he said.

He insisted that his introduction included that he was “a professional hugger,” and that he was once invited to join the junior varsity national laser tag team.


Fall library programs offer robots, steampunk and more

  • Written by Emily Hamann, Contributing Writer

Why should kids have all the fun? It’s time for the kids to go back to school, but everyone can get in on the education action with classes offered at the King County Library System. All the usual ongoing classes  — computer classes, story time for the kids  — will be held at the library branches, but this fall KCLS is also introducing the Make series, which brings a number of different creative programs to the library.

Make programs fall under any of the categories of science, technology, reading, engineering, art or math and include things such as home beer brewing at the Bellevue Library, knitting classes at the Valley View Library and stop motion animation at various libraries throughout the county. While all the events are free, advanced registration might be required, so go to to check out the full list of events and get signed up. These are just some of the things happening this fall at libraries on the Northshore: