Pop-Ups for Pups and Peeps

A Pop-Up dog park and sprinkler park program are coming to Kirkland! Aren't we fancy..

Pop-up Off-leash Dog Park Locations (fully fenced w/large and small play areas):

  • June - Juanita Beach Park (9703 NE Juanita Dr) located on the north side of the park, adjacent to the ballfields. Parking is available in the gravel lot nearby.
  • July - Heritage Park (111 Waverly Way) located on the north side of the park, near the tennis courts. Parking is available in the gravel lot nearby.
  • August- Snyder’s Corner Park (13267 Old Redmond Rd)·located at the corner of Old Redmond Rd and 132nd Ave NE near the Bridle Trails Shopping Center. Snyder’s Corner Park is undeveloped, and a temporary small parking area will be accessible off Old Redmond Rd.

For additional information please check out the website at Pop-up Off-leash Dog Parks.

Pop-up Sprinkler Park Locations and Details (staffed by lifeguards):

  • Thursdays, July 8 – August 12 at Lee Johnson Field (202 3rd St) 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturdays, July 10-31 at North Kirkland Community Center (12421 103 Ave NE) 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturdays, August 7-14 at Everest Park - Field 1 (500 8 St. S) 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

These temporary programs and are planned to run through August 2021. You can share your feedback at www.kirklandwa.gov/OurKirkland.

 


Vinason: You Need to Go Here

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Despite its unassuming exterior in Kirkland Urban (499 Urban Plaza), there are some magical and delicious things happening inside Vinason Pho & Grill. A few people told me it was really good so I'm not sure why I took my sweet time getting in, but luckily it is on my radar now.  Vinason has a nice new space and their Vietnamese fare is fresh and fast and 0h-so-good.  Super casual, you just order at the counter from their delightfully simple menu options of vermicelli, spring rolls, banh mi and pho.  Grab a seat and 5 minutes later your food awaits! Don't miss the self-serve beer wall that is also calling your name.  I don't really even like beer, but when I'm here I do! The fun of getting a key fob that activates the tap for whichever brews you'd like to taste is pretty enticing.  I really liked the 805 beer, but was comforted in knowing there are also hard cider and wine offerings on the 'wall.'  

The clincher for me with Vinason is that it's really reasonably priced too.  Vermicelli bowls are $10-12, spring rolls $6/ea (pork vermicelli and shrimp spring roll in photo).  You can also order online for pickup or delivery. Great new addition to Kirkland! For those of you that have been whining about the construction at Urban, I feel ya, but this is worth the dive into the parking garage. 

Phone is 425-896-8037 and hours are Mon-Sun 11am-9pm. 


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All Kirkland Class of 2021 Car Cruise: June 6th

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Lake Washington Blvd. from Kirkland to Renton was first paved in 1932. Little did city officials know that car cruising would become the pastime of many local teens for decades after the post-WWII boom. That is, of course, until the arrival of the internet and city ordinances banning slow-moving vehicles. 

Fast forward to June of 2020, with our city in full lock-down and group gatherings over five people prohibited, a handful of innovative Kirkland moms found a COVID-safe way to celebrate their graduating high school seniors. They organized a grassroots, old-fashioned car cruise of yesteryear. Seniors from our Kirkland high schools decorated their cars, grabbed a responsible adult to drive, and cruised up and down Kirkland’s Lake Washington Blvd. to the cheers of delighted walkers and residents peering out their windows to see what all the excitement was about.

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Last year’s car cruise was such a success, that when it looked like this year’s Class of 2021 would also have their in-person graduations taken away (in addition to all the other lost highlights of senior year: homecoming, football games, prom, etc.)  the torch was passed to a new group of parents and The All Kirkland Class of 2021 Car Cruise was born. This year’s “cruise” again welcomes all Kirkland high schools such as Lake Washington, Juanita, Eastside Prep, ICHS, Leadership Prep, Emerson, and Futures High School, so we can celebrate ALL Kirkland graduating seniors.

With COVID restrictions easing up, we encourage you to come out on Sunday, June 6th (with masks and social distancing as needed depending on your vaccination status) to cheer on these remarkable young adults who have traversed their last year and a half of high school with grit, grace, and resilience that will serve them well in their futures ahead.

All Kirkland Class of 2021 Car Cruise

Sunday, June 6th, 3:15 pm

For staging info, route maps, and all other info, please visit: www.allkirklandclassof2021.com


Sunshine and Vaccinated People

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Springtime is starting to look and feel a bit more normal as people get vaccinated and the sun shows up.  The forecast says 81 degrees by Wednesday!  "Evenings on Park Lane" have already started which closes the west end of Park Lane to vehicles nightly from 6-11 pm to increase foot traffic and allow for more outdoor capacity for businesses.  This program will run through October 1st.  In addition to this walkable downtown fun, our beloved Wednesday Market kicks off on June 2nd from 3-7 pm at Marina Park. You can check out this year's vendors here as you get ready to support our local farmers and artisans as we leave our houses again as we used to in 2019. 

Another buzzzzzzz-worthy topic would be the bees from urban beekeeping company  Alvéole that are taking up residence at Kirkland Urban.  Upon installation on the roof of the Kirkland Urban North Building, the bees will pollinate the flora that surrounds Urban and at the end of the summer, and  Alvéole will harvest the honey and share it will share it with our community.  Pretty sweet, huh?

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A stroll down Central Way is always full of discovery too.  One of Bassline's old spaces appears to be getting ready for a jewelry and gift boutique called Alesia that is sustainable, inclusive, vegan, and animal friendly.  Who doesn't love a meatless bracelet?  Rainier Garage Door has vacated a few doors down and moved to 12708 Northup Way.

And for my last little gem of the day, it's not technically Kirkland but a close neighbor in Kenmore.... The Lodge at St. Edwards Park is open and people are starting to chatter about it.  Have you been yet? Do tell. 

 


Barnes & Noble Has Arrived

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Barnes & Noble at The Village at Totem Lake has opened their doors and people have promptly nestled in chairs and corners with their noses in books!  This is the first store on the west coast with their new look and feel geared towards making it a meeting place for community gatherings.  And that's pretty amazing to say after the year we've just had. The store feels big, open and inviting and you can't help but wander from pod to pod exploring the various wonders they present.  There's a Kids Club in the back, greeting cards, tables stacked with recommendations from Oprah and Reese Witherspoon, and every genre of book you might be searching for.  Of course, there is also a cafe so we don't find ourselves immersed in reading without our beloved coffee. 

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The Grand Opening is scheduled for May 26th and will be celebrated with author Kobi Yamada in attendance at 9am.  Barnes & Noble also has memberships, and if you're a first-timer it's $25 and you receive 20% off your first purchase.  Members get free shipping online with no minimum and 10% off qualifying purchases all year long.

Go visit them and inhale the scent of fresh paper and ink (through your mask).  You can find Barnes & Noble where Anko used to be, between Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. Sounds like a great time to find some summer reads!


Mother's Day Debrief

Another Mother's Day in the books! My daughters pointed out that this may be the last one where they're home for a few years since they'll be heading off to college in the fall.  So with 18 of these under my belt and a tribe of moms that give me their MDay downloads, I thought I'd put together a few Mother's Day words of advice for families for next year while it's fresh on my brain. Oh, and this lady is hilarious. 

First I should say that for those that have lost a mother or child, this can be a very sad and reminiscent day, and for that, I am very sorry.  For all of the full-time moms and working moms and those in the thick of parenting triumphs and disasters right now, let's roll up our sleeves and take a look under the hood at this tricky May Sunday coined "Mother's Day." When Anna Jarvis first came up with this concept, she was focused on the true sentiment of appreciation for our mothers, and not the commercialization that it has ballooned into.  And I think this holds true today, that we mama's can be simple, but you still need to be smart in your approach. 

How do moms really want to be celebrated on this day?

  • LISTEN to what moms say.   Sounds simple, but sometimes you all are missing profound hints that occur in everyday life.  Don't go straight for the flowers..she might not even like flowers?!  Especially when she will have to water them each day and then toss them in the compost and clean the jar herself 5 days later.  Notice a way that you could make her life easier or better.  Holes in running socks? Get her a great new pair for $15 and you could custom-make her a playlist and block an hour where no family members will bother her for her next run.  Make her a healthy power smoothie afterward and remember to clean the blender and put the ingredients away.  Invite a few of her friends to join so she can be with her tribe.  At our house, my car was really dirty so I started cueing up those hints a few days prior---viola-- a sunny Mother's Day brings a freshly detailed car! And I reallllly wanted the power washing to not get postponed another weekend- easy!  This is the year my kids all wrote an actual heartfelt paragraph in my card filled with gratitude, kindness, and humor because they know their words and actions mean the most to me. Don't be scared to mention what you want moms, not everyone is sharp on de-coding hints. 

 

  • REMOVE the monotony.  Make life easier for the mom (yes, this requires you to do some work). Think of what this lady does every day, and make sure she doesn't have to do it on Mother's Day.  Breakfast in bed doesn't win any prizes when you trip over laundry on your way to take your plate to the kitchen and there's a sinkful of dishes and a messy counter.   If she works at her laptop all day, keep that thing shut and drive her to a pedicure appointment you brilliantly scheduled the week prior.  If you have little kids, give her a four-hour reprieve from said beautiful angels, (and don't let her come back to a mess).  This Dad has it dialed in.  When kids are up in our grill all of the time, we crave peace.  A little later when they're teens and never around, we want their time.  I asked my kids for a 4-hour time block without technology where they would do what I want to do (perhaps a hike?), without complaining.  That's free. And priceless. 

 

  • No COMPLAINING.  I can say this now that I finally have it figured out after some misses along the way.  The key, mamas, is to take ownership of your own destiny.  If you have a inkling that your family will forget Mother's Day or do something lame, remember, it's your day- do what YOU want.  Plan a hike or a walk or a shop hop and lunch.   Get up early and go do something fun, whatever that is to you... even reading a book in a park, and catch up with your family for dinner. Tell them what you'd like them to make or pick up for you to eat.    I know so many moms who have expertly planned birthdays and outings and driven to a million practices, but we need to remember that kids' (and spouses?) brains don't have our foresight so cue it up for them to avoid disappointments. 

As a wise father once said, "If mama's not happy, nobody's happy."  Feel free to file this away for Mother's Day 2022.  Or perhaps just celebrate your own random Mother's Days throughout the year. Now THAT would really make her smile. :-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Plantiful for the Win

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Nestled on the 2nd floor at Kirkland Urban you can now find delicious snacks and meals at Plantiful Superfoods.  This plant-based restaurant just at the top of the stairs by the QFC (next to Evergreens that is not re-opened yet) has toasts, pizzas, burgers, acai bowls, smoothies, and drinks.  Most meals range from $12-14.  My "Rainbowl" was really good with fresh mango, berries, granola (photo).  Steve was curious about the chia pudding in there, which wasn't his favorite texture, but I thought it added interest and unique flavor. The "Plantiful toast" (photo) was excellent- avocado, garlic, radishes, greens, and a sweet spread made this a fun little delight I would definitely go back for.  The space is new and clean with indoor distanced seating and also a few outdoor tables. This locally-owned business has an owner that comes by and says hello and checks in with you too.  Stay tuned, you may even see another location in Seattle soon.

Go support this new concept while doing something good for your body!  Plantiful Superfoods is open from 10-8 every day and will have some 20% off specials to kickoff their official Grand Opening in May. 

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Taking Care of Yourself at Kirkland Life Chiropractic

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A few things have gone askew during this last pandemic year, so it has never been more important to remember to take good care of yourself.  We are all spending a bit more time hunched at our desk on Zoom calls and trying to keep up with getting some exercise and activities into our day as we re-emerge with the springtime weather.  Unfortunately, our bodies do not always cooperate (says the old lady writing this post)!

I want to give a shoutout to our newest advertiser, Kirkland Life Chiropractic, that has proudly been serving their patients for 21 years and has a long and loyal list of local followers.  When I dropped in for a few scheduled services, I bumped into Nick, an athletic trainer I know from a local gym, who told me he has been going to Kirkland Life for years.   On my next visit, I find another familiar face, Jason (formerly of Bassline Fitness), running Kirkland Life’s cryotherapy program. Small world?!  Or perhaps these guys are onto something.  Kirkland Life’s location is in a small Bridle Trails retail center, at 13116 NE 70th Place, that feels friendly and familiar as their staff smiles from behind their masks and greet you like a friend.  Many of their staff have been there for years, and it is easy to sense their camaraderie.

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Here is the re-cap on my visit.  First, there was a massage with Brian who asked a few questions about my nagging shoulder injury and proceeded with hawk-like precision to loosen it up and get it moving.  I wish that hour did not have to fly by.  Next up was a full-body cryotherapy session with Jason at -265 degrees. Three minutes feels pretty darn long when your body temp drops over 30 degrees.  The good news is that it reduces inflammation, stimulates immune response, improves joint function and helps reduce stress and anxiety.  You can do full body cryo or opt for a local application if you want to focus on a particular area.  Jason stays in the room (your lightly covered body is hidden from sight) to chat and distract you from your body’s natural tendency to want to run out of there. When it is over, you feel ready to conquer the world!  Mention the Kirkland Blog for a $40 first-time cryo visit and you can also enjoy a 3-session package for $99.

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Dr. Andrea Emde is the newest addition to the Kirkland Life Chiropractic team, who is not only a chiropractor but also a Naturopathic Physician.   She must really like school (kids take note!). Her dad was a chiropractor, and she grew up working in his office being keenly interested in how patients walked in with pain and walked out with a smile. She loves how each case brings a unique challenge and how she can draw on all her schooling and skill sets to find unique treatment plans for her patients.  Whether it is neck, back, or radiating pain, nutritional/gut issues, fatigue, hormonal inbalances, or helping an athlete get to their peak performance, Dr. Emde takes a holistic approach and takes the time to listen to each patient’s concerns. She also offers vitamin shots such as B-12 (energy), B-Complex (mood/cognitive function), and D (energy, immune function, building bones) that are often given in a series. Mention the Kirkland Blog and you will receive $5 off an injection therapy!  

Kirkland Life Chiropractic is open Mon, Tues (afternoon), Weds and Friday.  They are welcoming new patients and accept most major insurance plans.  You can reach out to 425-576-5433 or online here to schedule and ask questions. Be well, friends!