Kona Kai Coffee will be holding a ‘VALENTINES FOR A CAUSE’ fundraiser in Tukwila on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018.

This fundraiser will run from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., and will include Dinner and Jazz.

A $55.00 donation is requested.

Music will be performed by Darren Motamedy, Seattle’s Premier Saxophone Player.

All Ages are welcome!

“At Kona Kai Coffee our mission is to use coffee and food as tools to reduce hunger and homelessness by providing life skills and job training to unemployed Adults and Youth for careers in the hospitality and food industry.

“Your tax deductible donation ensures that our comprehensive job training program continues.”

Here are the details:

WHAT: Kona Kai Coffee’s ‘Valentines for a Cause’

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 10: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Sullivan Community Center, 14350 Tukwila International Blvd., Tukwila, WA 98168

TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/valentines-for-a-cause-tickets-41932211373?aff=eivtefrnd

INFO: If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Vedvik at 425-269-9124 or by email at [email protected].

Apollo Command Module with F-1 engine.

Apollo Command Module.

Gemini space suit gloves.

Pete Conrad leather flight jacket.

Photos courtesy Museum of Flight

By Ralph Nichols

When the total solar eclipse crossed the United States last August, the Museum of Flight in Tukwila played a significant role in observations of this rare astronomical event.

The museum, located at the south end of Boeing Field, served as the base of operations for a NASA observation plane that collected data as it followed the path of the solar event, in addition to hosting scientific presentations and an outdoor public viewing of the eclipse for the public.

Now the museum is preparing to host a major exhibit next year to commemorate another out-of-this-world event – the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar mission when American astronauts became the first people to land on the Moon.

The Museum of Flight will be one of four locations – and the only one of the West Coast – that will display the exhibit, Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission, including the iconic Apollo 11 capsule that carried crew members Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, who were launched into space days earlier atop a powerful Saturn V rocket.

Armstrong and Aldrin became the first men to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969 – realizing after many millennia man’s ancient dream to explore this celestial body.

This two-year traveling exhibit will mark first time the Apollo 11 capsule has left the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in 46 years.  Its final stop will be at the Museum of Flight from March 16 through Sept. 2, 2019.  When it returns to Washington, D.C., it will become part of a new gallery opening in 2020 at the national museum.

A major exhibit – Apollo – is already open to the public at the Museum of Flight.  Using rare artifacts from its collection, the museum acquaints visitors with the early story of spaceflight and the Apollo Moon missions.  This exhibit will be will be modified when Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission opens.

Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission will use a combination of original Apollo 11-flown objects, models, videos and interactive displays to tell the story of this historic space voyage. It will include an interactive 3-D tour, which will allow visitors to explore the entire craft including its intricate interior that has been inaccessible to the public until now.

The Apollo 11 mission met a challenge issued by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 to “land a man on the Moon and return him safely to the Earth” by the end of that decade.  The exhibit will explore what led the United States to accept his challenge, and how the resulting 953,054-mile voyage to the Moon and back was accomplished just eight years after the program was authorized – including 20 Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft missions before Apollo 11.

Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission is made possible by the support of Jeff and Mackenzie Bezos, Joe Clark, Bruce R. McCaw Family Foundation, the Charles and Lisa Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences, John and Susann Norton, and Gregory D. and Jennifer Walston Johnson. Transportation services for Destination Moon are provided by FedEx.

More info on the Apollo Exhibit is here: https://www.museumofflight.org/Exhibits/Apollo

The Museum of Flight
9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle, WA 98108-4097

Phone: 206-764-5700

Fax: 206-764-5707

Website: https://www.museumofflight.org

Detectives with the Tukwila Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit (MCU) are investigating the discovery of human remains found Thursday, Jan. 11 by a resident in the 5800 block of S. 152nd Place (map below).

Police say that on Thursday around 4:36 p.m., officers were dispatched to that location after a resident called 9-1-1 to report having discovered human remains inside a container in front of that spot. Based on the suspicious nature ad location of the discovery, MCU detectives took over the investigation.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office took custody of the remains at the scene, and will be conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Detectives identified a suspect during the course of the investigation, and he was taken into custody by officers in Tukwila Thursday night without incident, and was booked into the King County Jail.

This is an active and ongoing investigation.

Police say they will release more details as they become available.

UPDATE 4:20 p.m. Jan. 9, 2018: Tukwila Police have re-opened Southcenter Blvd., and are reporting that the ‘suspicious device’ found at a bus shelter was actually a rice cooker:


Shortly after 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9, Tukwila Police announced that they have closed Southcenter Blvd. in both directions between the 6100-6500 blocks (map below), due to the finding of a ‘suspicious item’ at a bus shelter.

Tukwila City Hall is located at 6200 Southcenter Blvd.

Academy Schools invites all to their second annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser to benefit Northwest Harvest and to help fight hunger in our community on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

The event will be held at the Northwest Harvest’s Kent Warehouse, located at 22220 68th Avenue S. in Kent (map below), from 6 – 8 p.m.

For a $15 donation, each guest chooses a handmade ceramic bowl as a reminder that there are always empty bowls at every meal around the globe.

The contribution also pays for a bowl of soup from Pike Place Chowder and bread.

Last year this Empty Bowls event raised enough money to provide 14,700 meals to our local community!

There will also be a raffle of locally donated goods.

“Please join us on the 23rd!”

The City of Tukwila is currently recruiting for two community members to serve on a new Port of Seattle community committee.

Starting in February of 2018, the Port of Seattle will convene a new community roundtable called SEA Stakeholder Advisory Round Table (StART). StART will provide an opportunity for Tukwila community members to discuss concerns and voice feedback regarding Sea-Tac Airports construction project, programs, and operations. Meetings will be designed to encourage dialogue on airport activities, inform decision-making and increase knowledge about the airport and surrounding cities.

The committee will include staff and community members from adjacent cities, the Port of Seattle, airlines, and air cargo companies. It is expected that the Federal Aviation Administration will also participate.

Meetings will be held during the evening on the fourth Wednesday in February, April, August, June, August, October, and December.

If you are interested in being considered for this appointment, please fill out the following application (online PDF file):


For questions and to submit your application please send an email to [email protected] Applications must be submitted by 5:00 P.M. January 22, 2018.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Seattle Southside Chamber & KD Hall Foundation will be presenting a Women’s Career Empowerment Event on Friday, March 30 in Tukwila.

“This women’s history month take charge of your career by attending this complimentary event with subject matter experts and inspirational keynote speaker KD Hall,” reads an announcement.

YMCA will be in attendance offering complimentary daycare with certified teachers.

Grab and Go lunch will be included. Registration will open Monday, January 8th

Organizers will offer the following workshops lead by subject matter experts:

  • Resume Review
  • Interview Tips
  • LinkedIn
  • Personal Branding

More info here.

The event will run from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m, at Phoenix University, located at 7100 Fort Dent Way, Suite 100, Tukwila:

On Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, Tukwila Police officers performed a chase, only this pursuit was of the porcine variety, involving an elusive pig named ‘Morty.’

Unfortunately (or fortunately if you’re a fan of foraging wildlife), Monty eluded the police this time.

Watch the video in the bottom Tweet (and we will refrain from making any police/pig jokes…):

Bloodworks Northwest issued an urgent appeal for donors on Monday (Dec. 18), following the derailment of an Amtrak passenger train between Tacoma and Olympia that is making major demands on the community blood supply.

NOTE: If you can’t donate immediately, please note that a Blood Drive will be held at Burien City Hall this Thursday, Dec. 21 – more info here.

Nearly 80 people have been taken to local hospitals, though the exact number of casualties and injuries is unknown at this time.

“Bloodworks has issued more than 150 units of blood to respond to emergency orders from hospitals receiving people injured in the tragedy, said James P. AuBuchon, MD, president and CEO.“Many of the casualties have been taken to South Sound hospitals— including St. Joseph’s Medical Center, St. Peter’s Hospital and Madigan Army Medical Center— who all depend on Bloodworks to meet their patient needs.”

AuBuchon noted that supplies for some blood types are at critical levels – just one or two day supply, compared to a normal four-day inventory. “We need to replenish our supplies to meet the needs of injured people today, and in the days ahead, as well as to meet normal needs,” he said.

There is a special need for O-type blood, AB plasma and platelets but all donors are welcome.

“Having blood already on the shelves is essential when unforeseeable emergencies or tragedies happen,” AuBuchon said. “To avoid a crisis for the local blood supply, we’re urging donors who have not donated recently to schedule an appointment as soon as they can at a donor center or mobile drive.”

Donor centers are open for extended hours this month to make it even more convenient.  Information can be found at bloodworksnw.org. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are also welcome. Appointments can be made online at schedule.bloodworksnw.org or by calling 1-800-398-7888.  

“Donors who can’t come in today can still help our community respond to this tragedy by scheduling a donation for tomorrow, or during the rest of this week,” he said. “This will help meet the needs of accident victims receiving ongoing care and help us replenish our supply. “

“Meeting this emergency demand and normal patient needs is going to take strong community support this year,” AuBuchon said.During the holidays the number of donors visiting our centers and drives goes down by 15-20 percent – with high schools and colleges on break, and people busy with social gatherings and vacations.  Since blood can be broken down into components, every donation can potentially help three people.”

“We offer our prayers and support for everyone who is impacted by today’s tragedy, and for the emergency responders, healthcare providers, blood donors and ordinary citizens coming together to respond,” he concluded.

Today’s tragic event demonstrates that when it comes to patient needs, there’s no such thing as a holiday. Demand for blood is continuous to support local patients having surgeries, trauma care and organ transplants – as well as patients needing blood for cancer treatment.

BloodworksNW Donor Centers
Appointments and information at BloodworksNW.org or 800-398-7888


About BloodworksNW
Bloodworks (formerly Puget Sound Blood Center) is backed by 70 years of Northwest history and 250,000 donors. It is local, nonprofit, independent, volunteer-supported and community-based. A recognized leader in transfusion medicine, Bloodworks serves patients in more than 90 hospitals in Washington, Oregon and Alaska — partnering closely with local hospitals to deliver the highest level of patient care. Comprehensive services include blood components, complex cross-matching, specialized lab services for organ transplants, care for patients with blood disorders, and collection of cord blood stem cells for cancer treatment. Bloodworks Research Institute performs leading-edge research in blood biology, transfusion medicine, blood storage and treatment of blood disorders. Patients with traumatic injuries, undergoing surgeries or organ transplantation, or receiving treatment for cancer and blood disorders all depend on our services, expertise, laboratories and research. For more information, visit bloodworksnw.org

JOBS: McDonald’s hiring Managers and Crew for local restaurants, Open Interviews Monday

Now hiring crew and managers for McDonald’s Burien, Tukwila, and White Center locations, with a special Hiring Event this Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. featuring open interviews.

The event will take place at their Tukwila Riverton location, located at 15210 Pacific Hwy So. Tukwila, WA 98188 (map below).

Applicants interested in being considered for either of the three locations can attend this central event. They look forward to meeting you!

Additional Info:

Crew Person
You don’t want to work just anyplace, and you don’t want to work just anytime. Maybe it’s breakfast. Maybe it’s lunch. Maybe it’s late nights. Maybe it’s weekends. Whatever it is, you want to be challenged. And have fun. We think we can fit in. For job openings on your schedule, give us a try.

Job Requirements
It’s time you worked for someone who will give you the tools to learn, grow and be what you want to be – both personally and professionally. We’re looking for hard working, enthusiastic individuals who want to be a part of a winning team. If you enjoy working with people and love to learn new things, we want to meet you.

As a Crew Person, you may be responsible for:

  • Greeting customers with a smile
  • Taking accurate food orders
  • Preparing all of McDonald’s World Famous food
  • Partnering with other Crew and Managers to meet target goals during your shift
  • Restaurant Cleanliness
  • Ensuring items are well stocked