The students participated in an Electron Demo using a Van der Graaf to demonstrate that electrons repel each other. When the Van der Graaf gets charged using static electricity, visitors can touch it to excite their own electrons and make their hair stand on end.


Pictured are students from White Center Heights Elementary, Darcy Nothnagle, Head of external affairs for the NW at Google and Will Daugherty, President & CEO at Pacific Science Center.

Students from schools around the region – including White Center Heights Elementary – recently spent a day of learning at Pacific Science Center, thanks to funding from Google’s Field Trip Days program.

Pacific Science Center hosted six free field trip days for schools where at least 75 percent of students receive free and reduced price lunch. For many of the students, this will be their first visit to the Science Center, due to financial barriers.

The field trip included free admission to all of the permanent exhibits at the Science Center, transportation and lunch, and served more than 6,000 students over the course of six field trips. Google is donating $300,000 to make this program possible.

“Hands-on experience in the STEM field is extremely important to students’ awareness of the kinds of careers open to them,” said Darcy Nothnagle, head of external affairs for the NW at Google. “We’re proud to work with Pacific Science Center to make sure students in underserved communities have opportunities to see how exciting science can be.”

Students experimented with hands-on activities in the Tinker Tank makerspace, tested hypotheses, explored variables and experienced science in action. They also enjoyed a Laser Show or IMAX film, experienced metamorphosis in the Tropical Butterfly House, enjoyed Live Science Stage Shows, and received free sack lunches.

“Pacific Science Center ignites curiosity and fuels a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking,” said Will Daugherty, President & CEO of Pacific Science Center. “We are committed to enabling access for all. Thanks to our partnership with Google, we provide students in underserved communities throughout the Puget Sound with highly engaging and hands-on interactive field trips to the Science Center.  We are very grateful for this collaboration and Google’s generous support.”

Eight schools participated in the six field trips: Millennium Park Elementary, Mirror Lake Elementary, Mark Twain Elementary, Seahurst Elementary, Midway Elementary, White Center Heights Elementary, Elmhurst and Beverly Park. Bringing a K-6 school to the center creates an experience the entire school can share.



This year’s White Center Spring Clean will be held on Saturday, May 27, 2017, and Volunteers are needed!


We will meet at the Greenbridge Plaza (9806 8th Ave SW, SEA, WA 98106…in between SW Boys & Girls Club and Dubsea Coffee) at 8:30am-12:30pm…from 12:45pm-2pm we will gather back at Greenbridge Plaza to have lunch, celebrate and hear about the projects that went on in the morning.

“Please come join us!”

Past projects have included murals, park clean up, business district clean up, gardening and more! If you see a project in White Center that you would like to see get done, please submit it at the link below!

To REGISTER to volunteer or to SUBMIT A PROJECT, please sign up at this link:

For more info, questions or comments:

Tiffany Mowatt
Community Builder
White Center Community Development Association
[email protected]

Assistant Food & Beverage Operations Manager
Sea-Tac Airport
$48k per year

Who: HMSHost at Sea-Tac Airport

What: HMSHost is now hiring an Assistant Food & Beverage Operations Manager for restaurants at Sea-Tac Airport.


The Assistant F&B Operations Manager is an entry-level management position responsible for day-to-day supervision of non-management associates, assigning specified work, focusing on store level operation performance, coaching and developing subordinate Shift Supervisors and other non-management associates and performing all other responsibilities as directed by their manager. This position provides an opportunity for entry-level managers to learn important management skills and practice judgment and discretion skills. This is a non-exempt position and typically reports to the F&B Multi Operations Manager and/or designee, depending on local requirements.

The Assistant Food & Beverage Operations Manager:
• Supervises the day-to-day activities of multiple non-exempt operations associates within a defined individual or group of restaurants, concepts or stores
• Assigns work tasks and activities, prepares schedules, and ensures that all shifts are covered
• Prepares daily orders, ensures units are stocked with appropriate levels of product and coaches Shift Supervisors on order procedures
• Conducts and coordinates on-the-job training for associates, and ensures all associates receive basic skills training to perform their jobs
• Maintains an awareness of all applicable brand standards, CBAs, Landlord lease agreements, and all procedures and protocols to maximize brand/landlord/labor relations
• Maintains an awareness of all federal, state, and local sanitary, safety, and health standards, and all procedures and protocols to comply with the law
• Uses judgment and discretion to resolves routine questions and problems and refers more complex issues to higher levels
• Monitors progress towards unit goals and assigns associates to meet those objectives
• Provides input and recommendations for hiring, firing, advancement, promotion or any other status change of associates within the store

Minimum Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Work Environment:
• Requires up to 1 year of job-related experience in low volume and/or multi-unit Food and Beverage or Merchandise operations or other related experience as a supervisor, lead, or entry-level manager
• Demonstrates team management, delegation and issue resolution skills and the ability to multi-task
• Demonstrates knowledge of HMSHost policies and product, service, quality, equipment and operations standards
• Requires the ability to speak, read and comprehend instructions, short correspondence and policy documents, as well as converse comfortably with individuals

When travelers make their way through over 200+ airports, motorways, malls and specialty destinations across the U.S. and Canada, HMSHost Associates are waiting with a warm welcome. A subsidiary of Autogrill S.p.A, the world’s largest provider of food and beverage to the traveling public, HMSHost offers a world of opportunities that help our Associates develop rewarding and satisfying careers. Are you ready to join a world leader? Come discover who we are, what we’re doing and where we’re going. Then come along with us.

•We’ve been making travelers (and our Associates!) smile for over 100 years.
•We’re the largest Global Franchise with 37,000 Associates and annual sales in excess of $2.8 Billion, operating in more than 100 airports around the globe including the 44 of the 50 busiest airports in North America.
•Autogrill S.p.A offers career opportunities in 31 countries and employs over 57,000 people.
•We’re where “Green” starts. Check out our sustainability
•Between financial contributions and job creation, HMSHost is proud to help support such worthwhile organizations as Feeding America, the Children’s Miracle Network, the USO, and many more.
•We are honored to be recognized by our peers as an industry leader:

•Competitive compensation
•401(k) retirement savings plan
•Comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, vision care, long term disability, short term disability, and life insurance
•Flexible spending account for health expenses
•Family member benefits include: medical, dental, vision care and life insurance
•Paid vacation
•Credit union membership

HMSHost benefits vary by location and some associates may not be eligible for certain benefits. Associates covered by a collective bargaining agreement may be eligible for different benefits. HMSHost reserves the right to amend and/or terminate a benefit plan at any time.

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


Volunteers are needed to join King County Parks staff and fellow community members to help make Dick Thurnau Memorial Park a healthier forest this Saturday, April 1.

The event begins at 9 a.m., with goals of digging out an invasive weed called English ivy (not poison ivy!), with wrap up by 1 p,m.

“Our goal is to help increase the plant diversity in the park so it can be a healthier place for people and animals to enjoy. We will also have some environmental education about the important role our forests and parks play in White Center.”

Event is free and all are welcome!

Dick Thurnau Park – formerly Lakewood Park – is located at SW 108th St and 10th Ave SW (map below).

Please contact Lina Rose, Volunteer Coordinator, prior to the event for more info and to RSVP sign up- [email protected] or 206.491.5014.

WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate’s Open House will be a Mid-Century Modern 3-bedroom home with sweeping views in a great Shorewood on the Sound location!

It’s open both this Saturday and Sunday from Noon – 3 p.m.:

Captivating design!

Breath-taking panoramic views of the Puget Sound, Olympic Mountains and shipping traffic.

Each room faces viewward.

Home of the month in 1963, Jerry Gropp Architect.

Contemporary style features massive view windows, spacious angled deck, Columbia River basalt stone fireplace, Shoji Screens,bidet and natural wood finishes throughout.

Umbrella roof and band of windows allows for ideal natural light.

WHEN: Saturday, March 25 & Sunday, March 26: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 1820 SW Shoreview Lane, Burien, WA 98146 (MAP, or see below)


  • List Price: $1,175,000
  • MLS Number: 1093486
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2.25
  • Year Built: 1963
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,850 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 9,750 s.f.

Here are photos (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Site Features:

  • Views: Mountain, Sound, Territorial!
  • Bath Off Master
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Deck
  • Fenced-Partially
  • Gas Available
  • Patio
  • Sprinkler System

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses, and click here to “Like” them on Facebook.

Do the teens of White Center have talent? Come see for yourself at the “Log Cabin” at Steve Cox Memorial Park (1321 SW 102nd) on Friday, March 24, starting at 3 p.m. 

Doors open at 3 p.m. and the opening act will kick off at 3:30 p.m.

Scheduled acts include singers, hip hop dancers, spoken word poets and ukulele players.

The talent show is free to attend, open to the public and will be a great chance for the community to see all of the wonderful teens and their talents.

Youth ages 12 – 19 can still sign up to perform at 206.296.4542.

There will be food and prizes for all participating teens.

This year’s talent show is once again sponsored by the Teens and Staff of the White Center Teen Program. The WCTP offers free recreational, educational and social enrichment programming to over 1100 culturally diverse participants ages 12-19 each year. The program operates five days a week, forty-eight weeks a year and provides structured recreational classes and programs, homework assistance, educational and computer resources, leadership training, volunteer opportunities, special events, field trips, and drop-in activities.

For additional Information, please contact Vana Danh, Recreation Leader at 206.477.2105

By Devin Otto
Big Picture High School Intern

On April 1, an exciting political race taking place within our small neighborhood will finally reach its conclusion.

Since as early as Feb. 18, candidates have been filing for the position of “Unofficial Official Mayor of White Center.” As of March 17, there are six incredibly qualified candidates: in the lead is Geoffrey “MacDaddy” McElroy, the owner of the Triangle Pub:

In second is Justin Cline, who joined the race only five days after the first candidate. Justin, whose claims include paving the White Center streets with ice cream & replacing all stop lights with pinball machines, claims that his ultimate goal is to “return Rat City to the greatness it never was.”

In third place is San Francisco native and White Center transfer Christine Spencer. While her mayoral vows include bringing clean needles to White Center, she is also a 49ers fan, so vote with caution.

Sitting comfortably in fourth is Floyd Dog, who, as his name suggests, is a dog. He doesn’t let that hold him back though, as he says in a statement exclusive to us – “Bark!” As a 2-year resident of White Center, he has been very active in the community, famous for his Super Floyd cape that he wears during the White Center 5K:

Next up is Donnie “D” McDermott, whose claims predominantly focus around providing the citizens of our neighbourhood with bubble cars, yet he seems to have taken some part in a media attack against his foes:

And finally, Brian Cooper seems to be one of the less active in the race, but he promises more murals in White Center:

Voters can contribute to the cause by donating a small sum of money to the candidate they support (a minimum of $10) via the Jubilee days website here:

The responsibilities of the elected mayor will consist of appearing at local store openings, the annual tree lighting, and other community events during the course of their year-long term.

As for the conclusion of this intense race (and what could possibly be the fate of our town), on April 1, at the White Center Eagles Club, the winner of the race will be announced. The event will be a BBQ dinner, 6 p.m. – midnight, and ticket prices are $35 per person.

The money raised will go towards Jubilee days, where the elected mayor will make his or her debut. Included in the dinner will be a silent auction, a debate, and most likely, a great deal of barking.


More details will be on the way as this heated political fight heats up…


WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding two Open Houses this Sunday, March 19:

1. Move-in ready, 2006 built, no bank, 4-bedroom waterfront home:

Rare find!

Move-in ready, 2006 built, no bank waterfront home that has captivating, functional elegance and is constructed of the highest quality materials.

And above all, crafted for the waterfront lifestyle.

Capacious great room concept floor plan with wall of doors that open to the Puget Sound and waterside deck complete with hot tub and outdoor shower.

Best waterfront in King County with a sandy beach and deep water moorage buoy.

Near Redondo Boardwalk yet tucked away in a private location.

WHEN: Sunday, March 19: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 122 SW 291st St Federal Way, WA 98023 (MAP, or see below)


  • List Price: $1,695,000
  • MLS Number: 1045180
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3.75
  • Year Built: 2006
  • Approximate House SqFt: 4,012 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 14,405 s.f.

Here are photos (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Site Features:

  • Views: Mountain, Sound, Territorial!
  • Waterfont
  • Cable TV
  • Deck
  • Fenced-Partially
  • Gas Available
  • Moorage
  • Patio
  • RV Parking

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

2. Tastefully remodeled large Rambler on huge level yard:

Excellent Corner-Lot Location in the Heart of Twin Lakes – tastefully remodeled large Rambler on Huge Level Yard.

New White Vinyl windows, from Large dining Room leading to Huge year round Entertainment New Covered Deck thru new French door.

New Remodeled kitchen with White Granite counter, Gas FP, Stainless Steel Appliances, Corian countertops in bathrooms. Oversized Driveway …

Lots more to list here…

WHEN: Sunday, March 19: 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 32602 26th Ave SW Federal Way, WA 98023 (MAP, or see below)


  • List Price: $328,000
  • MLS Number: 1079152
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1.75
  • Year Built: 1969
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,520 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 10,312 s.f.

Here are photos (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Site Features:

  • Cable TV
  • Deck
  • Fenced-Partially
  • RV Parking

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses, and click here to “Like” them on Facebook.

Volunteers are needed to help the White Center 5k Walk & Run on March 25:

“We need passionate people who can show up early at the White Center Food Bank on 3/25 to be part of the ‘hype squad’ – holding signs about the White Center Food Bank, cheering, playing music, keeping water cups filled, etc.!”

Organizers add that there will be a tent covering, “so don’t worry about the rain!”

To help out, please email Carmen – the volunteer coordinator – at [email protected].


And don’t forget – you can still register to run or walk in this local fundraiser here:

Highline Premier FC is excited to announce their upcoming tryout dates:

  • Boys and girls born in 2009 can tryout on March 28 and 29.
  • Tryouts for other ages will be in April and May.

Go to Team Tryouts to learn more and register your player for the appropriate age group.

HPFC provides the highest possible level of soccer development training to qualified youth players.

Do not miss the opportunity for your player to take their skills to the next level and train with the best!

More info at, and be sure to “Like” them on Facebook here:

From our sister site The B-Town Blog:

Donovan Spann, 18 – a senior at New Start High School – was tragically killed in an accidental shooting on Friday night, March 10, Highline Public Schools announced Monday.

Another teenager has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting incident.

The King County Sheriff’s Office said that shortly after 5 p.m. on Friday night, officers responded to reports of a shooting at a house in the 10200 block of 23rd Ct. SW in the White Center area (map below).

A few days ago the resident of the home left the 17-year old suspect to housesit. Prior to leaving, the homeowner – who had been burglarized recently – gave the suspect a gun.

Police say that Friday night, the suspect invited his friend Donovan over to hang out. They were playing with the gun, and according to the suspect, they decided to play Russian roulette. Unfortunately, the suspect fired the gun in the direction of the victim, striking him. The suspect called 911 quickly and patrol and fire responded but were unable to revive him.

The suspect was subsequently booked into the King County Youth Services Center for Investigation f Manslaughter 1st Degree. The case will be forwarded to the prosecutor for a filing decision.

Read the full story here.