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North Kirkland CrossFit Ready to Roll

CrossFit prides itself on being an all-inclusive gym, helping you hone endurance, anaerobic strength and conditioning.  There's a certain comraderie and limit-pushing workout philosophy that draws athletes to this gym like flies to flypaper.  With the existing Kirkland CrossFit bursting at capacity, the owners (photo, Jeremiah Ingersoll) are opening a second location on August 1st, called Kirkland CrossFit North (KCFN).  Nestled in a warehouse space in  Totem Lake  with their signature rustic garage gym feel, this facility has their usual ropes, rings, rowers and such, but also boasts a locker-room for showering and a kids' area ( to minimize toddlers mastering the art of power cleans).  

Lucky Kirkland Crossfitters get two gyms and one membership.  Start times will be staggered. Morning classes will be at KCFN and afternoon classes will run at both locations.  If you feel like showing off, you can run the mile and a half rail trail from one to the other. Hour long classes max out at 15 per 'WOD' which is schmack-talk-CrossFit language for 'workout of the day.'  Memberships are month to month ($145/individual).  Check for more details on their website : www.kirklandcrossfitnorth.com .

And maybe not so coincidentally, gyms are opening at an equal pace as yogurt shops in Kirkland (my belly is full of Menchie's right now, post soon).  Eyes out for LA Fitness in Sept, Barre3 has opened in Studio Be's old spot, and maybe even a cycling studio downtown.........~j

We'll Miss You, Katie!

ClassicKidsClosingKatieYoung<-----Little Rabuchin people, Katie and Rex the dog

The kids and I were sad to stop in and give some goodbye hugs to Katie Young, photographer at Classic Kids Photography on Central Way.  They will be closing this location while Katie is headed to run the studio in Mill Valley (Bay Area) and take on more of a corporate role.  Her charisma, energy, connection with children, commitment to our community and skill at her craft will be missed.  She flies out Weds 8/1 so better hurry to stop in and wish her well.  Katie is back by popular demand for shoots in the Seattle area for the weekend of Sept 7-9th if you wanted to get something scheduled. seattle@classickidsphotography.com  Best of luck to you, Katie! ~j

Caren's Chicago Grill at Houghton Beach Park

It's not often you hear a Chicago accent in Seattle but Caren Shepsky is the real deal.  And as a recent graduate of Hot Dog University, she is serious about her dogs.  Caren's Chicago Grill is the little green house at Houghton Beach Park (used to be Agua Verde, 5811 Lake Wa Blvd) where she opened in mid-April.  She's working lots of hours to bring you the real Vienna beef dogs (made from bull meat) and neon green relish that mid-westerners can't live without. 

I really like this lady- she's enthusiastic about being here and even after being a  real estate broker and retiring, she confessed, "I always wanted to open a hot dog stand!" So here she is- and the least you can do is go visit her and order up a few dogs for the fam.  You can get a Chicago Dog, a Cheesy Dog, Seattle Dog, Matty Dog or even polish sausage or a vegan dog.  Caren also has paninis, sandwiches, nachos, fries, snacks, beverages and frozen treats (do I feel tingling down my left arm?).  With the kids play area behind her, she of course also has a children's menu (nuggets/grilled cheese/dogs/pizza) and sells buckets, bubbles, SPF too.  Most everything on the entire menu is $4-8.  Hours are generally 11-7:30 "everyday it's sunny."  Tell Caren I said hi.  Love that accent. Welcome to Kirkland. ~j

Youth Suicide Prevention Forum in Kirkland

Not something we typically like to talk about, but given recent circumstances I think it's important to make sure that we are all paying extra close attention.............

Youth Eastside Services (YES) is hosting a Youth Suicide Prevention Forum on Wednesday
July 25th from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  The forum is in response to several youth suicides in Kirkland over the
past year and will take place at Kirkland City Hall’s Peter Kirk Room, 123 5th Avenue.

 “Research has shown that kids who attempt suicide are in intense emotional pain, and most just need someone to recognize and respond to that,” explains Debbi Halela, Director of Youth and Family Counseling Services at YES. The forum will help
parents and those who work with youth identify common signs and take steps to
prevent another tragedy.

Halela also acknowledged that many youth are still working through their grief over the loss of a classmate, and that the potential for copycat actions exists. “Our goal is to shed some light on this little-talked-about issue and provide people
some tools and resources in advance of the upcoming school year,” explains Halela.

The forum is free of charge and open to parents from any community.  It will last approximately 90 minutes, with
time for questions. For more information, contact YES at 425.747.4937 or info@YouthEastsideServices.org .



Summertime Fun- Kirkland Events 2012

Lots of great community events coming up.  Most of these venues still need volunteers so check out the websites if you are able to help.  Hope to see you out there.  Here's my laundry list.  Feel free to add to it if I missed anything...



Summer Concert Series- www.kirklandsummerconcerts.org

Marina Park Kids' concerts Tuesdays 10-11am, evening concerts 7-8:30 on Thursdays through Aug 30th.

Carillon Outdoor Movie Nights- www.carillon-point.com

Carillon Point Pavilion at dusk, $5 donation to Hopelink, bring your chair/blanket. 7/28 Princess Bride, 8/11 Kung Fu Panda 2, 8/25 Footloose.

Wednesday Market- www.kirklandwednesdaymarket.org

Park Lane 2-7pm every Weds thru Oct 17th, Local food, veggies/fruit/flowers/crafts

Juanita Friday Market-http://www.kirklandwa.gov/depart/parks/Parks/Juanita_Friday_Market.htm

Juanita Beach every Fri 3-7pm thru Oct 5th, flowers/ local produce/puppet show on first fridays for the kids


Coming Soon--


Kirkland Uncorked! July 20, 21, 22 (times vary)  www.kirklanduncorked.com , Art/Food/Wine on the waterfront at Marina Park

Go Dog Go! Kirkland Canine Festival & Dog Walk- July 28th www.kirklandwa.gov/gdg Canine including a festival & walk at Juanita Beach.

Cruise In & Dance-July 28  3-10pm www.legendscarclub.net , Marina Park/Kirkland Av/Lake St. Free car show, dancing, 50's costume contest.

Kirkland Classic Car Show- July 29 10am-4pm, www.kirklandclassiccarshow.com , Downtown Kirkland, Lots of hot rods and classic cars, trophies/raffles/games

Summerfest- Aug 10-11- this one is NEW, www.kirklandsummerfest.com , DT Kirk/waterfront.  Family fun, music, food trucks, art, entertainment, beer/wine garden.



Did You Say a FREE Massage?????

It's true! On Monday July 23rd all Puget Sound Area Massage Envy locations (yes, Kirkland) will offer FREE one-hour massage sessions to active-duty military personnel and their significant others. This is the second annual "Massage for the Military Day" which serves as a way to both honor local heroes and their families as well as  provide beneficial stress relief through massage.  This program is brought in partnership with USO Puget Sound Area which delivers free morale, welfare and recreation services to more than 537,000 active-duty military, dependents, reservists and veterans annually.

Massage Envy participants should book early and reserve their spot by contacting the participating Massage Envy location nearest them.  Military ID's will be required at check-in  (nice try, I know you were thinking about sneaking in.......).  Thanks to Massage Envy for taking care of these special men and women! ~j