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Start Sweeping, People! THIS Sat 4/30 9:30-12

There is a volunteer effort underway to give downtown Kirkland a "Clean Sweep" to get ready for summer. Even if it still feels like October.   This Saturday - head to McLeod Insurance  on Park Lane at 9:30am. You need to grab everyone you know and some work gloves, weeding tools, screwdrivers, crack hoes (haha- is there really something with that name??!!), brooms, 5 gallon buckets and water bottles.  In exchange for all of your sweeping, weeding, moss removing, litter picking and sidewalk cleaning, you will receive hot beverages from Starbucks and pastries from George's followed up by lunch at noon at  The Grape Choice provided by Merrill Gardens

368 369 <--overflowing trash, bazillion cigarette butts embedded in pavement

Here are a couple of recent shots I have taken around downtown that had me a bit grossed out.  Uh, I mean, concerned (much more PC).  Glad to see there is a community event to get our lakefront gem shiny again!! Please RSVP so there's enough food for everyone: info@kirklanddowntown.org or 425-893-8766. ~j

Simplicity Home Series

Now who couldn't stand to get a little more organized and freshen up the look of your home while you're at it?  Or perhaps you want to learn how to do some creative gift wrapping or use Feng Shui to stengthen your career goals?  So many fun topics! Good thinking, A. Check out this series of FREE classes at Simplicity Decor (126 Park Lane) that are coming up over the next few weeks.  For more info or to reserve your place in any or all classes, email or call 425-803-0386.

Tuesday, April 26th from 6.30pm – 8.00pm: “Bubblers, Spitters, and Spewers; Small water features” with Rick Perry, an award winning landscape designer and the owner of Falling Water Designs. In this class, Rick will show you many types of small, affordable, self contained water features that homeowners can install themselves and are suitable for just about any garden space including condo balconies. Learn how you can create your own unique water feature and bring the sight and sound of water into your garden.

Thursday, April 28th from 6.30pm – 8.00pm: 15 Tricks for small spaces with “A” Liengboonlertchai, interior design consultant and owner of Simplicity Decor. In this class, the always colorful and charismatic owner of Simplicity Decor will show you some simple tricks to maximize the potential in your spaces. Learn how to use color, furniture and accessories to create a cohesive look and feel in your own home.

Tuesday, May 10th from 6.30pm – 8.00pm: 10 Steps to Financial Happiness with Scott Severs, CFA, CFP® Chief Investment Officer Garde Capital. Scott will introduce you to an easy checklist that will help get your financial life pointed in the right direction. Whether it’s creating a basic financial roadmap, understanding your investments, or just talking to loved ones about your future plans, a few simple steps can remove stress and truly change your whole perspective on finances and life!

Thursday, May 12th from 6.30pm – 8.00pm: Easy Gift Wrapping with Brooke Wallace, Learn basic wrapping techniques and simple, inexpensive ways to create beautifully presented gifts for any occasion with materials that you already have in your home.

Tuesday, May 17th from 6.30pm – 8.00pm: The Organized Home Office with Maulitta Brown, professional organizer & productivity trainer. Whether you work from home or are running your busy household from your home office – it is imperative that you have systems in place to keep it running smoothly. In this class you will learn the basics of paper flow, how to set up and how to use an action system, some basic email and time-management tips, and more.

Thursday, May 19th from 6.30pm – 8.00pm: Enhance your career and life path with Feng Shui with Anna Starikov, Consultant and Owner of Blossoming Lotus Feng Shui, LLC. - Are you feeling stuck in your career or looking for a new career path? If so, join us for this informative evening that will focus on identifying and exploring the career section of your home or office. Learn ways to activate Ch’i, or energy, in that section of your home or office by making minor Feng Shui adjustments with the intention of strengthening your career goals.

Please bring a red envelope with $1 as a traditional gesture of thanks to the ancient masters of Feng Shui. All dollars collected will then be donated to charity.



SpaKrista Opens in Kirkland's Lakeshore Plaza

is getting ready to open and impress as they settle into their new spot at 10 Lakeshore Plaza (former Bridal Garden location).  Krista Warnock (photo) used to have a small space in the back of Winslow Salon on Market Street and has taken the leap of going out on her own after a Tippr deal helped expand her business.  Her interest in skin care began when she lost her mom to melanoma, so this aesthetician is very passionate about what she does.  Services include eyelash extensions, facials/peels/microderm abrasion, massage, waxing and airbrush tanning.  I was wondering if she could spray a 6 pack on my abs  for the summer?

Krista has put a lot of thought into remodeling her cozy space so that clients can come enjoy the full experience and try multiple services for a fabulous overall result.  She is really excited to become part of this community and is working on some local partnerships too. Let's give her a warm welcome! Come check it out at the SpaKrista Open House on Sat 4/23 from 11-6.  There will be food, drinks, door prizes and giveaways. Bonus: if you stop by that day and book an appt, you will receive 50% off that service! Go ahead. You deserve it! ~j

Farewell Event for old LWHS Building 4/16

Remember that first kiss in the hallway after school? Being embarrassed in the gym locker room? Crying at graduation because life without your high school friends could never be the same?  Aaah, the memories.  If you attended Lake Washington High School, come bid a final farewell to the old "Home of the Kangs" building (circa 1949) on April 16th from 2-5pm.  Who needs Facebook?! Come find the ACTUAL FACES of classmates, former teachers and colleagues while participating in a silent auction and memorabilia sale.  Proceeds of the event will be put towards a new electronic reader board for the new school, which is under construction and opens Sept 2011.  ~j

And a lovely FREE CONE day it is!

Ben & Jerry's had their annual 'Free Cone Day' all day today (follow us on Twitter to get these tips real time).  The sunshine made you think that ice cream eating weather is here to stay.  With extra tables,  fenced off parking spots and lots of scoopers on hand, the line zipped by so you could get to your favorite flavors lightning fast-- mint chocolate chunk and Phish Food for the happy kiddos in this photo. ~j

Kirkland Couscous Caravan (say that 3 times fast) this Weekend

Ready to try something new? Near East's Couscous Caravan will be serving up FREE tastes of worldly northwest inspired couscous dishes on 4/9 and 4/10 in Kirkland.  You can sample the popular street food on Sat 4/9 from 11-2 at the Safeway on NE 85th or on Sun 4/10 11-2 at the Safeway on 124th Ave NE.  And as if that wasn't enough to keep us looking fwd to a freebie this weekend, you'll also get a free couscous recipe booklet including creations from Seattle's James Beard Award Winner, Jason Wilson, of Crush.  ~j

Turn your Creeper Radar ON

This post is from the protective mama bear in me. I want you to review some safety rules with your children and keep an eye out for anyone that seems suspicious.  There have been two calls to KPD in the recent weeks of unknown males lurking around outside public school campuses.  One appeared to be a transient and approached a female student at Kirkland Junior High who was smart enough to run and tell. Then last week a red-headed male in his 30's was spotted in the woods behind Peter Kirk Elementary during school hours.  The police were unable to find the men after canvassing the area.  It could be nothing, but just in case, let's drink some extra coffee and pay close attention! 

When I spoke to the KPD, they suggested this site as a good reference point for parents and students to get educated.  'Stranger Danger' is no longer the lingo-- sometimes offenders are not strangers.  Here's a link to a video my kids LOVE on personal safety but it's funny and explained at their level of understanding.  It's called Stranger Safety, and John Walsh (host of America's Most Wanted )  and Julie Clark (Baby Einstein creator) did a great job of putting it together.  If you see anything peculiar, call 911.  If you have any info relating to these previous incidents, non-emergency police is 425-587-3400. thx, j

Relax like a Rock Star too

Rock Star Tan Bar
just broadened it's sunny horizon to include spa services! So don't let this weather get you down.  You can now tan, wax and get a facial all in the same trip.  Services range from $10-90 with discounts given to Rock Star package members.  They even offer 'mankinis' and 'bro-zilians' for you handsome gorilla guys. Go on, you know you want to.  425-889-8826 9am to 9pm. ~j

Aaarrr Matey! Capt. Jack's 8K Treasure Run & Walk is 4/10

Run, Jack, Run!!  You've still got a week to sign up for a voyage around Juanita that is sure to land you hidden treasures.  Capt. Jack's 8k starts at 8:30 am on Sunday April 10th at the gravel lot and grasslawn directly across from Juanita Beach Park.  The expedition takes you on a moderately hilly loop through Juanita/Kirkland and ends up back at the park.  Over 400 speedy and pokey pirates have already signed up and jumped at the chance to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma/Team in Training Foundation, but there's room for more. Be forewarned--there is NO race-day registration so ready your sword and call Lance at Everyday Athlete to register by 4/9: 425-821-4301 or do it online. It'll only run you 35 fish-smacks and although the emphasis is on fun and over 100 jewel-sized prizes, you will also be dressed with a timing chip so you can monitor your sea-worthy pirate speed. Parking your ship may be a bugger, so be a green pirate and carpool with one of your one-eyed friends. Treasures will abound, you'll be glad you did this matey. ~j