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Sterling Bank Robbery!

KirklandPoliceCar 002 The Sterling Bank at 230 Main Street (next to Taco Del Mar) in downtown Kirkland just got robbed this morning.  That would explain the helicopters and sirens!!  The thug is about 6 feet tall, 185 pound white male wearing a hat, ski mask and white tee shirt.  He escaped on foot- so I just double-locked my door and put the garage down (amen for air-conditioning).  I wonder if they ever caught the serial robber from Chase Bank or is this the same guy branching out? 

The police are sending their robot into the bank now to check out a suspicious package that was left in there after the robbery.  Rumor has it that much of downtown is blocked off, so avoid if you can. ~j

You're Invited to "The Next Food Network Star" Viewing Party

Melissa d'Arabian

 Let's rally to support a very new Kirkland resident (she just moved here this week!) named Melissa d'Arabian who is one of the remaining three finalists on season five of "The Next Food Network Star." (photo left courtesy of Food Network)

Wow-our city is really making it's mark on reality TV! Goodbye Jason , hello Melissa.  She and her husband and four daughters (yes, I said 4!!) just moved here from Texas.  They would love for you to join them at their viewing party  on Sunday July 26th from 5-8pm at Hector's where Chef Chris Nelson will be preparing a special appetizer dish inspired by one of Melissa's recipes.

Sunday's episode airs at 9pm on Food Network and you will get to see the remaining 3 finalists lunch with Emeril Lagasse and learn that they must create a three-course menu for a group of culinary elite inspired by a screening of Columbia Pictures' movie Julia & Julia.  One finalist will be eliminated, sending the other two on to the series finale on Sunday 8/2.  The winner receives a six-episode cooking show that will premiere in August. 

I checked out the videos of Melissa online and this woman has got some serious energy.  I thought I had lots of kids really close in age, but she has me trumped with 4 kids in 3 years AND she cooks.  AND moves across the country AND is about to have her own cooking show AND smiles/laughs a lot.  Darn it, you're making the rest of us look bad, Melissa!  But whatever-we love you anyway! Maybe you can share some of your secrets with us on Sunday night?  Welcome to Kirkland, Melissa. ~j

Kirkland's Hometown Values- ONLINE!

HometownValues Check your mailbox this week for the latest issue of Kirkland Hometown Values.  This is one of my favorite coupon mailers because there are really useful ones that I use such as $3 off a Zeek's Pizza, 10% off classes at Northwest Aerials (you don't have to be a new customer), $2 off Chevron carwashes and lots of others.  The printed copy comes out quarterly. You'll even see the Kirkland Weblog this issue!

The thing I didn't realize is that you can also print lots of local coupons online here.  So, technically, you can print that Zeek's coupon every time you go to order that large pie. In addition to Kirkland savings, you can access coupons for wherever you might be heading.  There are over 30 different regions covered in Washington alone, and many out-of-state too.  Times are tough, so that means coupons must be in style!  Don't be scared- do it and save! ~j

Go Dog Go!

Leash Kirkland's first canine festival, "Go Dog, Go!" will be on July 25th at Crestwoods Park from 10-3.  The City of Kirkland, Kirkland Off Leash Dog Group (KDOG) and WOOFD2 are throwing this event to raise money for the Mutt Mitts in Kirkland parks and to help build awareness around the efforts to create a local off-leash dog park. There will be lots of fun activities such as 'flyball demonstrations' and 'bobbing for tennis balls'  and contests for things such as 'best tail wag' and 'best kiss.'  It sounds like a doggie carnival to me!

Other cities are hard at work on similar efforts.  Renton opened theirs a few weeks ago and places such as Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, Bellevue, Mercer Island, Sammamish, Issaquah and Medina are all developing or recently opened new off-leash areas for their residents and furry friends. 

If you want to treat your dog to a fun day in the park and lend your support for a spot to un-leash in Kirkland, go check it out!   ~j

'My Home Wholesale' Slides into Costco Home Site

MyHomeWholesale 003 MyHomeWholesale 001 On a random drive-by the old Costco Home , we discovered a new wholesale store opened last week. For those of you that didn't already know, Costco Home that was located on 120th Ave NE, closed in early July.  Boooo!  But this new place looks and feels ever-so-mysteriously a lot like Costco Home.  Rugs to the right, art to the left, accessories up front and furniture all in the middle.  Some of the products looked familiar, so when I asked if they bought Costco Home's remaining inventory they told me that they had many of the same suppliers (and competitive pricing).  There is even a little coffee shop in the back so they must understand us!   My Home Wholesale (the spinning on their website makes me dizzy) is not a chain.  Membership is FREE-so no security guard checking your card at the door.  I bought a few things and just had to give them my standard contact info and I made them promise they wouldn't send me junk mail.  They are still getting more product in each day, and will be having a grand opening in September.  But there's plenty of product to check out right now. LMK what you think. ~j

Fun Times Coming Up in Kirkland

4thofJuly 004 4thofJuly 010 What a great day we had for the fourth! My kids decided they didn't want to ride their bikes in the parade because that would prohibit them from picking up candy - a very critical and strategic move on their part.  Instead, we decorated our razor-boards so we could hop off and scoop up treats on a moment's notice.  Penny Sweet, who leads the effort for making that amazing day happen said she thinks it may be the largest attendance we've had so far.  She's guesstimating there were 30,000 people!  LOVE the patriotic enthusiasm!

Concertsinpark 002 Next up?  Concerts in the park start this week- always a fave!  Due to some budget cuts they will be only be on Wednesday mornings at 10 (kids' shows) and Thursday evenings at 7.  No more Tuesday night, fyi. Don't forget to throw a few bucks in the basket when you attend so they can keep this program going.  You can check out who's playing at Marina Park by clicking here.  This Thursday will be City Knightz - shout-out to Mac on bass- we were in our Kirkland Citizen's Academy class together.

KirklandUncorked09 Two weeks from now you should be heading down to "Kirkland Uncorked."  It's all there- wine, food, music, boats, classic cars, art, grilling competitions and an amazing setting that is our own Lakeshore Plaza at Marina Park.  You can buy tickets for the 'Tasting and LifeStyle Garden' on-line or when you get there ($20-25).  The rest of the festival is open to the public and free!  Check out the website for all the details. The dates are Fri July 17 through Sun July 19th.

See you around town! ~j