A ribbon-cutting celebration and self-guided tour will mark the grand opening of the new 10,000 square foot Tukwila Library this Saturday, April 29, starting at 9:30 a.m.

Join KCLS, community leaders, library staff, Friends of the Library, the Tukwila Library Advisory Board and area residents to celebrate this landmark occasion.

Just a block away from Foster High School, the library address is 14380 Tukwila International Boulevard (map below).

The new library is designed to create a welcoming space, emblematic of Tukwila’s “gateway” status, while celebrating its diversity and supporting the needs of the community. A flexible space near the entrance of the library is open and welcoming, and supports a variety of uses, from lectures and performances, to tutoring and quiet study. This adaptable space is in part a symbolic celebration of the many people and cultures that make Tukwila an important place for a community-focused library.
Tukwila Mayor Allan Ekberg is enthusiastic about this new addition: “I’m excited for the opening of the new Tukwila Library. The King County Library System already offers excellent programming and access to information and is a great asset to our community and the new, larger location in Tukwila Village will be even better. Knowledge is a key to opportunity, and the library offers that opportunity to all of our residents regardless of age, ethnicity, or income.”

The building showcases natural elements of the Pacific Northwest, with expansive windows for natural light and outdoor views, natural wood in the interior, and charcoal terra cotta with glass-colored fins on the building. The south reading lounge view includes an exterior sculpture by a local artist John Fleming. The building includes unique sustainable features such as an open, cross-laminated timber roof structure and a “green” roof to insulate and control runoff.

The new library includes expanded access to technology for all, with more computer workstations and laptops for use in the library, as well as Wi-Fi and convenient power outlets for charging patrons’ laptops, pads, and smartphones.
Funding for the new library was made possible by public approval of the 2004 Capital Bond measure, with additional support from the KCLS Foundation.

In preparation for the Tukwila library opening, the Foster Library at 4060 South 144th Street will be closed April 23 at 5pm. No materials will be due from April 24-28. Patrons may arrange in advance to have holds sent to another location for pickup while the Foster library is being closed.

By Devin Otto
Intern, Big Picture High School

Westfield Southcenter mall finally opened their long awaited dumpling outpost – Din Tai Fung – on Friday, April 21.

The event was preceded by a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

Din Tai Fung was originally a food chain in Taiwan, but has since spread to 11 other countries. This is their 4th outpost in Washington, with the other three having been built in Pacific Place, Bellevue, and the U Village.

While famous for its dumplings and potstickers, they also serve soups, fried rice, and wontons.

You can find Din Tai Fung at the former Rainforest Cafe location.

The 2017 Residential Recycling Collection Event will be held at Foster High School from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

This event is for Tukwila Residents only (please bring proof of residency).

Rain barrels and compost bins will available for sale.

See the event flyer (PDF file) for more information and to see which items will be accepted.

Something incredible is happening in Tukwila – hungry kids are being fed and you can be part of it!

‘Still Waters,’ Tukwila’s Weekend SnackPack Annual Auction Dinner, will be held this Friday, April 28, from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Tukwila Community Center (12424 42nd Ave S.).

Register for this very special event to raise funds needed to help the Tukwila Weekend SnackPack Program provide weekend food sacks to our impoverished students attending elementary school in the Tukwila School District.

“You’ve been following us on Facebook, now meet the folks who have been working behind the scenes to provide this crucial service to our city’s children. Hear about the positive impact our program has had on their lives.Enjoy our Emmy award-winning MC Meeghan Black as she and our auctioneer Dennis Caldirola entice you with our incredible variety of auction items. Mingle with the leaders of our community, and dine on a sumptuous repast prepared for you by Chef Thong Ung.”

Whether you pre-bid online, quietly place your bid on items in the silent auction, or raise your paddle high in the live auction, or do all of the above, we want you to come to the party.

Invite your friends, bring your family! Spread the word!

Dress code: Business casual

There are three ways that you can purchase tickets for the Tukwila Weekend SnackPack 1st Annual Dinner Auction:

  • Individual tickets go for $25.00
  • Group discount table for ten guests at $200.00.
  • Corporate sponsorships for $500.00

Purchase now online at charityauction.bid/stillwaters

More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/219624745172371/

Restaurant Cooks & Baristas Job Fair
TUESDAY, APRIL 4: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m
Sea-Tac Airport
– Union Benefits –

WHO: HMSHost at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

WHAT: HMSHost is seeking to fill restaurant positions at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Positions available include Cooks at Anthony’s and Dungeness Bay Seafood House and Starbucks Baristas.

WHEN: Join us Tuesday, April 4: 10:00am – 1:00pm

WHERE: SeaTac Airport HR office for HMSHost – 17801 International Blvd, Seattle, WA 98158

APPLY ONLINE BEFORE EVENT:

https://hmshostrcext.peoplefluent.com/res_joblist.html?displaymode=-1.10000166

BRING A COPY OF YOUR RESUME

The Cook is responsible for preparing cooked foods, and must be able to perform all station functions of Fry, Flat Top Griddle, Pantry, and cooking eggs; communicating ticket times and potential problems to the manager on duty and servers as necessary; providing the highest quality of service to customers and associates at all times; performing all other responsibilities as directed by the business or as assigned by management. This is a non-exempt position and typically reports to Store Manager, Assistant Store Manager, or General Manager depending upon local requirements.

COOK QUALIFICATIONS:
• Requires food preparation skills and knowledge of HACCP standards
• Requires a minimum of 1 year of closely related cooking experience, work experience in high volume and casual dining restaurant environment preferred
• Requires food knowledge pertaining to Soups, Broiler, Fry, and Pantry
• Requires the ability to speak, read and comprehend instructions, short correspondence and policy documents, as well as converse comfortably with customers
• Requires the ability to lift and/or move up to 40 pounds
• Requires the ability to bend, twist, and stand to perform normal job functions
• Frequently immerses hands in water and water diluted with chemical solutions
• Frequently works with sharp knives, utensils, and hot plates
• Frequently works in hot environment

The Barista is responsible for fulfilling orders and completing sales transactions within a Starbucks establishment and performing other support functions which may include cleaning the food preparation, customer seating or stock areas and maintaining inventory; performs all other responsibilities as directed by the business or as assigned by management. This is a non-exempt position and typically reports to the Store Manager.

BARISTA QUALIFICATIONS:
• Demonstrates the ability to interact with the public and coworkers in a friendly, enthusiastic and outgoing manner
• Requires the ability to bend, twist, and stand to perform normal job functions
• Requires the ability to speak, read and comprehend instructions, short correspondence and policy documents, as well as converse comfortably with customers
• Requires the ability to learn and maintain knowledge of Starbuck’s products and procedures
• Some cash handling and customer service experience preferred

About HMSHost
Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 124 airports around the globe, including 46 of the 50 busiest airports in North America. The Company has annual sales in excess of $3.1 billion and employs more than 39,500 sales associates worldwide. HMSHost is a part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. With sales of over €4.5 billion in 2016, the Group operates in 31 countries and employs over 57,000 people. It manages approximately 4,000 stores in about 1,000 locations worldwide. Visit www.HMSHost.com for more information. We can also be found on Facebook at fb.com/HMSHost and on Twitter at @HMSHost

EOE | Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity | DFWP | Background checks will be required prior to beginning employment.

Foster High School Principal Pat Larson has announced that she will retire next fall, and the school will be holding a feedback session from 5-6 p.m. this Thursday, March 30.

“Foster is on the rise, and the school’s next leader will carry forward exciting initiatives and forge new opportunities,” reads a statement.

The district’s Executive Director of Human Resources will ask questions and take notes as residents talk about the ideal qualities and qualifications for Foster’s new leader.

“Your input will become the foundation of the hiring committee’s selection criteria.”

Can’t make the meeting? Look for an online survey to be posted on Foster’s homepage and/or contact Rick Maloney, [email protected], directly.

“Please join us in thanking Principal Larson for her outstanding service and deep dedication to her school community—she is a Bulldog through and through!”

Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority (RTA) – the official destination marketing organization for the cities of Tukwila, SeaTac and Des Moines – reported this week that tourists spent $693 million locally in 2016 — an increase of 4 percent over 2015.

The annual study, compiled by research firm Dean Runyan Associates, shows the economic significance of the travel industry to the Seattle Southside area, local and state tax receipts and tourism employment. This is the sixth consecutive year of strong growth in the Seattle Southside travel industry.

“We have a strong track record of demonstrating positive economic impact in Seattle Southside through a strategic investment in tourism,” said Katherine Kertzman, president and CEO of Seattle Southside. “The increased funding that is delivered through our RTA allows us to significantly develop our investments in marketing the destination, and Seattle Southside continues to thrive by every economic measure.”

With 4,940 people employed by the tourism industry in Seattle Southside and $35 million generated in local tax receipts, this report shows how the travel industry is a key contributor to the economic well-being of the region.

As the fourth-largest industry in Washington state, tourism supports small businesses, strengthens local economies, creates jobs and brings in additional tax revenues.

The complete Dean Runyan Travel Impacts report is available here. Highlights from the report include:

  • Travel spending in Seattle Southside increased by 4 percent from 2015 to 2016 (preliminary).
  • Earnings and travel-generated tax receipts continue to increase.
  • The overall trend in visitor volume corresponds to the trends in travel spending.
  • Lodging sales continue to increase, and were $250 million in 2016.
  • More than 80 percent of all visitor nights in Seattle Southside are attributable to hotel/motel stays. This percentage is much greater than for hotel/motel stays in King County and Washington state, overall.
  • Tukwila has the greatest estimated visitor spending and SeaTac has almost 70 percent of all lodging sales, making the regional partnership key to the economic well-being of the region.
  • Visitor air arrivals (domestic only) to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport have also increased for the sixth year in a row.
  • An industry outlook shows more hotels coming to the region, which has the potential of lowering occupancy rates within the next few years due to the increase in supply.
  • In 2016, Seattle Southside RTA experienced $40.13 in visitor spending for each dollar spent. The 2016 ROI will be reported at the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce Hospitality and Tourism Luncheon. See below for details.

The industry will gather on Friday, April 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Embassy Suites in Tukwila. As the chamber civic sponsor and partner, the Seattle Southside RTA will present on the progress the region has made in the tourism industry over the past year as well as a sneak peek into future projects. Registration is now open.

The Seattle Southside Tourism Promotion Area (TPA) was established in October 2014 along with the Seattle Southside RTA, a public corporation and separate legal entity, which manages increased funding and tourism promotion activities for the cities of Des Moines, SeaTac and Tukwila. The boundaries of the three cities make up the TPA.

About Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority
Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority (RTA) is the official destination marketing organization for South Seattle. The organization is responsible for competitively marketing the area as an ideal travel destination for leisure and business travelers who wish to explore Western Washington and an idyllic place for meeting and event planners to hold their events. The Seattle Southside RTA is funded by a self-assessed hotel fund and supported by a lodging tax from the cities of SeaTac, Tukwila and Des Moines. For more information, please visit www.seattlesouthside.com or call 877-885-9452.

The City of Tukwila will be holding an Open house about the new Public Safety Plan at Tukwila Fire Station 54 this Saturday, March 18, from 10 a.m. – Noon.

“Residents of Tukwila recently approved a Public Safety Bond to ensure a safer Tukwila for generations to come. The bond pays for vital updated to safety facilities and equipment, organized under the Public Safety Plan. The City of Tukwila wants to share their efforts and hear from you!”

Parking is available across the street at Foster High School, and child care will be provided. Or you can visit the 24/7 online open house at tukwilapublicsafetyplan.participate.online.

Event details:

WHAT: City of Tukwila Public Safety Plan Open House

WHEN: March 18, 2017: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

INFO: http://tukwilapublicsafetyplan.participate.online

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a new regular column for South King Media, written by Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Andrea Reay:

By Andrea H. Reay

The old colloquialism “Nothing personal, it’s just business” has long been used to describe the often “dog eat dog” world of our capitalist economy.  However, nothing could be further from the truth. 

Did you watch the Super Bowl ads? With the average cost of a 30-second spot going for $5 million dollars, advertisers know they must go with what works to maximize their investment.

So, what works in advertising these days? Well, it’s the same thing that has always worked-get personal. As Don Draper once said in Mad Men:

“You are the product. You’re feeling something. That’s what sells.”

Advertisers have long known that business is personal. That to sell a product or service you need a story to tell that’s powerful and meaningful – you need to get personal and use emotion to manage and flex your brand and market to the ever-changing consumer.

The trends that we’re now seeing in business and brand awareness suggest a new rise in the level of consumer mindfulness. People are now making purchases and investments, not just on how a product makes them feel, the emotion or sense of nostalgia-but because it aligns with their personal, moral, political or ethical philosophy. Starbucks, Nordstrom, Uber, (just to name a few) have all experienced market fluctuations as consumers adjust or re-adjust their spending to reflect their personal beliefs.

What does this new trend mean for business?  It means that businesses – of all sizes – need to realize that if they want to be successful in this new business climate – where emotional, social and personal value is making up a larger and larger part of the pie for why a consumer makes a choice instead of simply functional or conditional value – they need to better understand their target demographic and pivot accordingly.

MEMBER TO MEMBER DISCOUNTS!
A large part of the work the Chamber provides for members is access to demographic data and research for our region. We also provide counseling and referral services to help our businesses and local economy gain a competitive advantage – including member to member discounts on advertising, like this exclusive coupon for Seattle Southside Chamber members:

If current marketing or advertising campaigns aren’t yielding the level of return you’ve planned.  It might be time to rethink not just how you are marketing your business but who you are marketing your business to.

And, of course, if you haven’t already- it’s time to get personal.

Andrea H. Reay is the President/CEO of Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce- “A voice for business, a leader in the community.”  Seattle Southside Chamber has served the communities of Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac and Tukwila since 1988.

For more information about the Chamber, including a full list of member benefits and resources, please visit their website at www.SeattleSouthsideChamber.com.

Starbucks Barista
Sea-Tac Airport
– Union Benefits –

WHO: HMSHost at Sea-Tac Airport

WHAT: HMSHost is seeking to fill restaurant positions at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Positions available include Starbucks Baristas.

PAY: $13.81/hour

APPLY ONLINE: https://hmshostrcext.peoplefluent.com/res_viewjob.html?erjob=120071

The Barista Starbucks fulfills orders and completes sales transactions within a Starbucks establishment and performs other support functions which may include cleaning the food preparation, customer seating or stock areas and maintaining inventory; performs all other responsibilities as directed by the business or as assigned by management.

The Barista:
• Greets customers and takes food order; provides information about products and looks for opportunity to “up-sell” products
• Prepares all drink orders to Starbucks and company standards
• Operates a cash register and receives payment from customers in cash or credit card, accurately counts and provides change to customers as required
• Educates and informs customers about the differences among coffee beans, coffee preparation and home brewing methods
• Cleans and stocks customer area
• Maintains a calm demeanor during periods of high volume or unusual events to keep store operating to standard and to set a positive example for the shift team

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Demonstrates the ability to interact with the public and coworkers in a friendly, enthusiastic and outgoing manner
• Requires the ability to bend, twist, and stand to perform normal job functions
• Requires the ability to speak, read and comprehend instructions, short correspondence and policy documents, as well as converse comfortably with customers
• Requires the ability to learn and maintain knowledge of Starbuck’s products and procedures
• Cash handling and customer service experience preferred

About HMSHost
Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 120 airports around the globe, including 44 of the 50 busiest airports in North America. The Company has annual sales in excess of $2.8 billion and employs more than 37,000 sales associates worldwide. HMSHost is a part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. With sales of around €4.3 billion in 2015, the Group operates in 31 countries and employs over 57,000 people. It manages approximately 4,200 stores in over 1,000 locations worldwide.

Visit www.HMSHost.com for more information. We can also be found on Facebook at fb.com/HMSHost and on Twitter at @HMSHost

EOE | Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity | DFWP | Background checks will be required prior to beginning employment.

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