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Kirkland's 4th of July 2007

I asked my kids today if they remembered the Fourth of July parade from last year.  Their eyes lit up like saucers as they screeched, "Is that the one where they throw the candy?!?"  Actually, it is, but never mind all of those people, the picnics, the flags, face-painting, friends and the roar of a military flyover!

Here's the low-down for Weds of next week:

4th_of_july_2006_01510am-'Decorate to Celebrate' at the Marina Park Pavilion.  Tattoos/flags/pinwheels/hats

11:30am- Children's Walking Parade starts at Market/Central (meet at Marina Park)

Noonish- Military flyover kicks off the Grand Downtown Parade

1:30-6- rotary Olde Fashioned Community Picnic at Juanita Beach Park

10pm-Fireworks display at Marina Park!

Parking is a bugger, so start your voyage early.  Penny Sweet is still looking for lots of volunteers to make the day a huge success, so let her know if you'd like to be part of the community that pulls this event together (pennysweet@verizon.net )  More info: www.celebratekirkland.org or 425-822-0284.

Kirkland's in the 425

Page_cover_070601_sidebar1 Have you checked out 425 Magazine yet?  It's this hyper-local quarterly magazine that covers everything eastside.  The photography is eye-catchingly excellent too and one of their feature stories in this edition covers Kirkland and why people love it here!  Thanks to all of you residents and business owners that helped contribute recommendations to the writer, Jenny Zappala (who is also a Kirkland resident!).  In this edition, there's also an article on Kirkland's Green Car Company, so go buy yourself a copy on any newstand or check out the link for highlights of our article.  They are talking about starting to do 6 publications a year instead of just 4- sounds like a great gift for a Kirkland-lover to me ;-)

Those Amazing Downtown Flower Pots!

May07_029 I've always admired those beautifully planted overflowing flowers in the pots placed around Kirkland's downtown core.  Truth be told, I was wondering what would happen if I took one of them home and put a mangy looking one from my deck back in its place.  So, who's got the green thumb?  Norm and Cindi Williamson of Kaleidoscope Services are who we should thank.  $4500 in plants just went in for the springtime and summertime planting.   There are 88 pots and 31 baskets for our viewing pleasure around town which the Williamsons not only plant, but maintain. Yes, that means watering every day! 

May07_030 The Kirkland Downtown Association partners with the City of Kirkland to keep the flower pot program going.  It is partially funded by the city and mostly through the KDA's fund-raising efforts to the tune of $20K/year.  Norm and Cindi didn't call me back (they were probably out watering), so I can't share any of their planting secrets with you.  Great job, though, I think the pots/baskets help add to the picturesque landscape and quaint small town feel that is Kirkland.  ~Janis