Q&A with Sharon Osborne, CEO of Children’s Home Society of WA

Q&A with Sharon Osborne, CEO of Children’s Home Society of WA:

Giving Hope, Gaining Hope and Helping Children Thrive

Enjoy Lake City (ELC) met with Sharon Osborne, CEO of Children’s Home Society of WA (CHSW) and the Children’s Home Society and Trust Foundation to discuss the work of the agency. CHSW, founded in 1896, is the state’s oldest and largest nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of children and families.


ELC: Where did you grow up and how did you get into social service work?

(Sharon) I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, in the city, not on a horse ranch. My grandfathers were a dairy farmer and a tobacco farmer. I grew up with horses and bourbon. My husband says ‘when I met Sharon I thought surely I’d get a few horses out of it, but I didn’t even get a mule!’

I was raised in a day when little girls didn’t think about what they wanted to do except as a wife, especially in the South. Even at an early age, I knew I would not end up in Kentucky. I had a wonderful, traditional childhood and I was happy, but I knew there was something else I was supposed to do in life. My life changed when I was about 14. There was tremendous rural poverty in Kentucky, Virginia, the Carolinas, and Appalachia. On a school project, we went to eastern Kentucky to help plant strawberries in the fields. I saw poverty in terms of shacks with no running water, but also saw an emotional, intellectual, psychological poverty I had never seen. I was so struck and touched by that. From that point forward, I knew this was my calling. Continue reading “Q&A with Sharon Osborne, CEO of Children’s Home Society of WA”

“Vacation in Lake City” Film

Step VideoCome see the best film of the year, “Vacation in Lake City”, made by the STEP program’s Lake City teens. The short film will tackle the issue of a lack of resources in Lake City’s Community Center and parks. There will be a brief discussion about what improvements the neighborhood would like to see in the future. Free PIZZA and REFRESHMENTS will be available! Everyone is welcome!

The teens from Lake City worked really hard on this video, come out and support them and help strengthen our community!

Monday August 22, 2016

At the Lake City Community Center

12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125

3:00PM – 4:30PM

Q&A with Annie Stocker, Owner of Two Dog Yoga

Q&A with Annie Stocker, Owner of Two Dog Yoga:

Yoga, the Importance of Community, and
Why It’s Good to Have Three Dogs in Your Tent


Enjoy Lake City (ELC) recently met with Annie Stocker, owner of Two Dog Yoga. We met at Little Dog, Annie’s first studio set on the beautiful grounds of her home. We were greeted by – of course! – two dogs: Bear, a big, friendly chocolate lab, and Hugo, a little Havanese sweetie pie.

ELC: Did you name “Two Dog” after Bear and Hugo? Continue reading “Q&A with Annie Stocker, Owner of Two Dog Yoga”

Q&A with Alberto Morales, Owner of Jose’s Taqueria

Q&A with Alberto Morales, Owner of Jose’s Taqueria:

The Art of Cooking and the Search for Inca Gold

Alberto Morales, Owner of Jose's
Alberto Morales, Owner.

Enjoy Lake City visited Jose’s Taqueria, for some great carne asada tacos, chorizo burritos and a chat with owner Alberto Morales. Joining us was our friend, the Mystery Diner.

Alberto Morales, owner of Jose's Taqueria
Jose’s Taqueria.

Enjoy Lake City (ELC): Why did you name your restaurant Jose’s?

Alberto: I named it for my son and my brother. They are both named José. My brother is gone now; God said to him, “It’s time for you to go.” My son was born 9 months to the day that I lost my brother and I named my son after him. My son is 22 now – he reminds me of my brother. They both mean a lot to me. Continue reading “Q&A with Alberto Morales, Owner of Jose’s Taqueria”

Photo Contest Winner

Eyes on Lake City


Lake City, NE Seattle, WashingtonOur website photo contest received 22 gorgeous submissions for 2016. We are thrilled to applaud and congratulate KJ Shasho for his striking street-level-view (make that ant’s-eye-view) photo of our beloved neighborhood. It is featured on our home page. KJ Shasho received <prize>, and a hearty handshake!


KJ Shasho with Chris of Lake City Future First1st Place was KJ Shasho
2nd Place was Nancy Osborne

3rd Place was Carol Cummings

Thank you to all our participants for your eye-satisfying submissions. We see ourselves in every one of your portraits, and look forward to enjoying more of your work in years to come.

Download a pdf of all photo submissions here (22 page, 3MB file).