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Charity Golf Tournament: Golfers & Sponsors Needed

I am going to be a really great golfer someday.  Maybe in 20 years or so when I have more time to commit to improving my game, or at least making myself less frustrated. In the meantime, you should get out there and show off your swing for a good cause!

Captain Mike Ursino of the Kirkland Police Department needs your help for this charity golf tournament benefitting Special Olympics and COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors).  Yes, that was his awesome retro photo in a post a few months back. It is scheduled for Monday August 30th @ 11am at Bear Creek Country Club.  The cost is $105 which includes green fee, cart, range balls, goodie bag, box lunch and a catered buffet dinner.  There is an auction and raffle to follow. Golfers and sponsors are needed. So get your game on and call Capt Ursino for more info: 425-587-3492.  You can sign up here and click on 'register for an event.'  ~j

Steamers Is Open!

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Nothing like a perfect northwest summer day to try out a new casual restaurant in downtown Kirkland. After an afternoon of boating, we were still able to roll into a prime-O parking spot right behind the Steamers location at 228 Central Way.  The layout has changed since the old Coyote Creek Pizza days- with less seating and more kitchen.  They share a kitchen and bathrooms with The Wing Dome next door, which has the same owner.  It has a beachy open feel with all the windows open to the street and a nautical theme inside.  The crowd sort of ebbs and flows- with a line out the door and people jammed into the 10 or so tables and then 10 minutes later you're sitting there by yourself.  This could be that I still smelled like the lake. :-)

We rolled the whole family in there and had to jockey for seating amongst the buzz of patrons. You order and pay at the counter and then your things get delivered to your table.  The food came out fast and fresh- the adults had (2) fish tacos which comes with salad or fries for about $9. The tacos were tasty and pretty big so really only needed one.  Other options I spied on the menu: fish/chips, calamari, scallops, salads, clams, soups and crab cakes. For the kids they offer: fish/chips, popcorn chicken, itty bitty burger, clammy strips or a mini corn dog for $4.99 w/ fries. I'm still a little haunted by my daughter's milk.  "mom, this tastes funny," as if that and smelling it wasn't clue enough I took a sip.  Still makes me wince. But no worries, they apologized and replaced it with an uncurtled version.  The kids all got the popcorn chicken and liked it.  Mom and Dad thought $5 was a bit expensive for a small basket of fried goods, but if the kids are happy and quiet then it's $5 well spent.

There are also a few beer and wine options and don't forget you can get ice cream (8 flavors available) or a brownie for dessert.  Our bill ended up a little under $60 for din/beverages for 6 of us so assume $10/per person.  The nice thing about this place is you can order up some fried fish and go Spud's style, or you can also find lighter fare if you don't want to blow your calorie count for the day. On the way out the kids wanted to know the new place is called.  Steve told them it's "Steamers" but now they like to call it "Steve-ers" in his honor.    Let us know if you've been and what you think! ~j 

The Mystery of Kiwanis

Prior to meeting Jim Balkman, the new President of Kirkland Kiwanis, I had heard of Kiwanis but never really knew what it was.   So I wanted to let you in on my solved mystery. This is a club that has 95 local members, raises $30K a year and gives all the money back to kids so that they can become community leaders.  Most of their income is from the Christmas tree sales on Lake St during the holidays (ah-ha, that's where you recognize the name!).  Revenue goes towards scholarships, leadership grants, Key Club, and KITH to name a few. 

Kiwanis is always looking for new members.  Jim lived in Southern Cal for 30 years and raised four boys (in the house where Ferris Bueller's Day Off was filmed. How cool is that??).  So when he moved to this area he didn't know anyone, but he knew he wanted to find a way to give back.  Jim calls Kiwanis the "best kept secret for helping kids."  If you or someone you know is looking to connect with others in the community that have a passion for helping children, you should consider attending a meeting or emailing Jim w/questions.  Meetings are every Wednesday at noon at the Crab Cracker.  About 40-60 people are typically there (most are retired) and they like to have fun and often have different presenters.  Whether you come every week, just occasionally or maybe help sell some Christmas trees in December, Kiwanis is glad to have you join in their mission to help kids. ~j  

Kirkland Fun this Weekend and all Summer...

Lots of fun in the sun lately.  I've been out soaking it up! And the lake is up to 70 degrees as of this morning.  Nothing worse than sitting in front of a computer when there's good weather in Kirkland. :-)

Don't forget about the events this weekend:

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Kirkland Uncorked- July 16-18 @ Marina Park (check site for times).  Enjoy fine Washington wines and food in the tasting garden ($20-25 admission) or just stroll the promenade (free) to check out artists booths, festival food, the boat showcase, a cover dog contest, and the Classic Car Show (July 18 10-4).  Be ready for some added traffic if you're passing through--40,000 people typically attend this event.   Or better yet, drop by and try the municipal garage for free parking and there's also $1/hr parking at the old Antique mall site.

Kirkland Summer Concert Series- luckily sponsors were able to save this much-loved program! Marina Park Tuesdays @ 10am are children's music and Thursdays @7pm.  Grab some food at one of our local spots (haute Dog and Steamers look like they're OPEN, have you been???) and a blanket for the grassy knoll and kick back and relax!

Carillon Point Outdoor Movies- July 17-Aug 21: Saturdays at dusk. Admission is $5 donation for Hopelink. Bring a chair, blanket and chill by Lake Washington under the big screen.  

Water Frolicking- Don't forget to head down to Marina Park all summer to rent a boat or take a waterski or wakeboard lesson through Seattle Water Sports.  Call Mark 206-310-2628 if you're game.

And to all the yogis out there, I know you're waiting for those yoga posts.  We're just waiting for Bala Yoga in Juanita Village to open so we can include them too.