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Help Kirkland Win the Dog Park Contest!!

Dog 2 
Kirkland needs your vote!  We are a finalist in PetSafe's National Dog Park Contest, with the contest winner receiving $100,000 to build their dog park.  The City of Kirkland and Kirkland  Off-Leash Group (KDOG.org) worked together on a video for the semi-finals for this contest, and then became one of just 15 cities in the country to make it to the finals.  You can vote every day until August 3rd for Kirkland at www.barkforyourpark.com & at PetSafe's Facebook Page.  You'll also be able to view Kirkland's darling video submission there with dog, Lucky, visiting Kirkland parks and businesses, and even talking to the mayor.  Kirkland's Off-Leash Dog Group has an approved park site for the dog park, but is building their park without any City funding.  Please help them by barking for Kirkland by voting each day until August 3rd.  For more information about the dog park and park sponsorships, please go to www.kdog.org.  The winner gets announced on Aug 5th- GO KIRKLAND!!!

Kirkland Car Show 7/30-31 and FOE Beer Boiled Brats

Muscle car 
Get ready to rumble.  Kirkland's Cruise-In & Dance is this Sat at Marina Park 3-10 with live music at the gazebo and top 10 prizes given being awarded.  For the Classic Car Show, the Legends Car Club welcomes all hot rods, customs, classics, vintage, muscle cars, trucks and motorcycles downtown on Sunday 7/31 from 10-4. Shine her up and bring her on down!  Hopefully our schizophrenic weather will be on better behavior by then.

Beer boiled brats 
The Kirkland Eagles Annual Open House will also be on Sunday July 31st, so when your stomach starts out-rumbling the cars, stroll on down Central Way b/c they are open to the public that day.   Between 12-3, the Fraternal Order of Eagles will be grilling beer boiled brats, hot dogs, sauerkraut, grilled onions, baked beans and potato salad for just $4.75.  Kids 12 and under can get a hot dog lunch for $2.75. The F.O.E. is a non-profit organization of people helping people and they encourage and welcome new members.

Ink on the cheap: the ECO Cartridge Store

I've driven up 124th countless times and secretly wondered to myself what goes on in the ECO Cartridge store.  Then curiosity finally got the best of me.  Thank goodness.

Here's how my printer woes usually go (although I try not to print if I don't have to);  I notice the type on my copies is a bit lighter than usual.  The orange indicator light goes on.  Then I pull out the cartridge and look at it and shake it a few times.  Reinsert.  Repeat.  Wonder if it's really empty or not. Then I go to Costco and buy a two pack of cartridges that costs me $75. I like to complain about that part for a few days afterward.

New method: I pull the cartridge and bring it to ECO Cartridge.  They weigh it and tell me what percentage of ink I've actually got left (turns out it's never as empty as I thought it was). Then they fill it.  My most recent trip was $14.95 ($36.95 would have been the Staples retail cost).  Recycling and reusing ink and toner printer cartridges could save our landfills too. So now I sleep better at night as a side benefit.  They also offer free pickup and delivery to their business accounts. No brainer.  Do it. 425-820-3570.

Hooray for Honey Buckets

Moms and children were crying out in distress all across the "Kirk-Land" when many of the local parks closed bathrooms and removed facilities last year as the result of a budgetary woes.  But you can rejoice again (and not have to pee in the bushes).  Restrooms are now open at Phyllis Needy, North Kirkland Community Center (Train Park) and South Rose Hill.  Honeybuckets are awaiting you at Woodlands Park, the Tot Lot, Spinney Homestead, Terrace, and Homestead Meadows.  What a relief. ;-)

Kirkland Uncorked July 15-17

Get ready for Kirkland Uncorked this weekend at Marina Park!

Party times are Friday 5-10, Sat 1-10 and Sun 1-6.  This green event is a Kirkland favorite with music, grill-off and grilling demonstrations from local chefs, plenty of local wines, and from the photos it looks like a tradition to have some sunshine participate too. There will be over 40 artist booths, plenty of festival food and shopping, and even a cover dog model contest and boat showcase.

Purchase your tickets on-line through Thurs 7/14 ($25) or you can buy them at the door ($30).  Advance tickets can also be purchased the Kirkland Arts Center or The Grape Choice. Cheers!

Bikini Babes and the 520

Did you all have a great 4th of July in Kirkland?  Whenever I ask one of the husbands, they always seem glad to chime in that the Bikini Beach babes on wheels were their favorite part of the parade.  A brilliantly crafted floating advertisement and the only one that my husband took a photo of (above).  Funny, Jon at BB never calls and asks me to be on his float of sun sprayed beach babes.  He must have misplaced my number. 

So on to more serious/ pain in the butt type things-- the 520 is CLOSED this weekend. Here are the details of where/when/why.  Just stay eastside.

For a glimpse into our traffic-filled future, here's the forecast of eastside 520 construction activities thru early 2012. I wouldn't hold my breath on the timeframes, but at least it gives you a good idea of what is going on.  They should hurry up and start tolling so we have funding to pay for all of these new delights. :-)