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Tall Ships at Carillon Point this Weekend

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Brady is pretty sure he saw a few real pirate ships today.  Until I explained to him that the " Lady Washington" which he was scouring for cannons and guns (there are 4, he found them instantly), was actually the first American vessel to make landfall on the West coast of North America.  She was also the first American ship to visit Honolulu, Hong Kong and Japan, and then opened the black pearl and sandalwood trade between Hawaii and the Orient.  These days, the full scale replica of the Lady Washington, which was launched in 1989, makes stops at 52 ports a year from San Diego to BC.  Her sister ship, the Hawaiin Chieftain" is also here in Kirkland.

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We had lots of fun previewing the tall ships at Carillon Point  that will be here through Labor Day weekend.  On both Saturday (9/1) and Sunday (9/2) there are two sailings, with a mock battle to boot, matey.  The first is 2-4pm which is family friendly, and then a cocktail cruise happens from 5-7pm.  The 12 person crew are there to explain how they sail the Official Ship of the State of Washington and answer all of your questions.  From the giant wench with man-sized spikes to the 6 miles of lines, it's quite a sight to see.  I even spotted a seafairing version of Brad Pitt (photo above, that's crew member Daniel Hawkins). 

You can buy tickets here for roughly $36/adult and $25/child. Have fun! ~j

Kirkland Kid's Triathlon and other things on my mind...

Random items floating around in my brain.........

-I'll take this sunshine over a rainy day anytime (no humidity, no problem).  Makes me haaapppyyyyyyy!


-X Gym is moving 2 doors down into Classic Kids Photography's old spot.  Seemed like a good time to re-arrange the furniture I guess. They are being good neighbors to help CKP out of their lease while also making room for a new tenant that will take theirs and Design Within Reach's old spot.

-Why is there a "for lease" sign in the window at Beadworld?

-Noah's Bagel and Einstein Bros Bagels have been the same co since 1996.  They just switched the branding at KPP recently. Same stuff. 

-Who thought it was a great idea to paint Scruff to Fluff neon green?


- I can't wait to see what Stuart McLeod is building in place of his little blue house that just came down (Lake WA Blvd)

-Pace Race, after 7 years in Kirkland, is ditching us for the Seattle Waterfront.  Sad but true. Date is Oct 7th and you can register here.

-Citizens Academy- apply for this 8 week program that teaches you about our police dept from patrol, K9, Special Response, to firearms you will learn a lot and have a renewed respect for these men and women.  Super fun, hands on program.. Steve and I both went through it. Highly recommend. It's every Weds Sept 26-Nov 14, 6-9pm.  Fill out an application here.

-I'm going to rant about paddleboarders and water safety soon, so get mentally prepared for that.   For now I'll keep this post sweet- ---don't forget to sign up your kids for the Kirkland Triathlon that will take place on Sunday Sept 30th from 1-3pm.  It's at Juanita Beach Park this year, being put on through the Kirkland Parks, and is for children ages 3-12.  Entry fee is $30.  Start training your pint-sized athletes for the 50 yard swim/splash, 1/2 mile bike, and 400 yard run.  Register at www.kirklandparks.net or call 425-587-3360 (course #37086).




Menchie's Frozen Yogurt Opens in Houghton

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Lucky for Kirklanders, new gyms appear to be opening at the same rate as frozen yogurt shops.  There is hope for us yet.  Although from what I see on these unusally hot and sunny days, people are skipping their indoor workouts and going for the cold and tasty temptation of a treat.  Menchie's much anticipated opening in Houghton (Meze's old spot) came just in the nick of time. With a circular layout and bright fun kid-friendly colors, this self-serve frozen yogurt shop has about 10-12 flavors and a mind-boggling array of toppings.  You get charged by the weight of your creation: .49/ounce (which equated to about $20 for our-oink oink- family of 5) Summer Hours are Sun-Thurs 11am-11pm and Fri-Sat 11am-12am. 

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Steve went for the chocolate/vanilla swirl with Reece's peanut butter cups while I had the coconut froyo with strawberries and mini chocolate chips (we forgot about paleo for this hour of our day).  The kids all tried red velvet and a little classic yogurt tart and put a whole bunch of "jelly bellies" on top which sounds kinda sick to me but they were smiling and humming and dancing happy jigs... so what do I know?  I will say that jelly bellies turn into little fruity rock pellets when you put them in frozen yogurt, so may want to go with a more malleable option. 

Just for fun I asked our Kirkland Blog Advertisers to share their favorite Menchie's flavors and toppings with us so we could copy them if we're not feeling creative.  Thanks to these great local businesses for their support and being good sports when I forced them to go eat frozen yogurt....

Dana Adams with Windermere: Pineapple Dole Whip & Classic Tart with graham cracker crumbs and strawberries

Diane at First Rate Insurance ($5 Starbucks card with your free quote now): Blueberry Pomegranate with blueberries on top

David at Columbia Athletic Club (it's FREE to join right now) :  Blueberry & Blackberry frozen yogurt

Stan at Gregg's Cycle (Summer Sale- Aug30-Sept 3rd!!): Vanilla with hot fudge and nut topping

Jaymie at Eye Candy ($125 full set/$55 fill til Oct 1, mention us or Menchie's!): Pina Colada Tart w/strawberries and graham crackers

Pam for Hometown Values Coupon Magazine (ask about their FREE ad upgrade!): Red Velvet with hot fudge and oreos on top

Megan  at Rock Star Tan Bar ($15 lash tints now!): Cake Batter with fresh mango topping

FLY Fun Week! Aug 12-18 with FLY NYC Instructors

I thought you should know about this because my next post is going to be about frozen yogurt and you won't feel guilty if you go and do Fly Fitness's Fun Week first (tongue twister!).  From Sunday Aug 12th thru Saturday Aug 18th Fly Fitness  at Carillon Point is loading up their schedule with some super fun classes taught by specialty guest instructors from New York City.  I'm sure those east coasters have a few things to teach us! (small Jersey girl joke, couldn't help myself)  Classes include but are not limited to: Body Art, Rubber Band Pilates, Fly Girls, RIP training, Hip Hop, Fly Games, and Cycle & Suspend.   If some of that sounds like circus talk to you, explanations of the classes are on the schedule here.  I think they sound super cool.  And the best part is...........wait for it.....Kirkland Blog readers get $10 off for the week.  Hooray! The week ends with a Sweat Free Sporty Soiree at Nieman Marcus.  Hooray again!

Fly Fitness Unlimited classes for the week is $60, the kids hip hop series is $50.  Current unlimited memberships, class cards and single class drop-in rate are honored all week.  Email Amanda with any questions, amanda@wearesuperfly.com . Here are bios on the fitness ladies from NYC:

Kristin is a choreographer and dancer for the Emmy award winning NBC hit 30 Rock, NIKE,
Under Armour and Oxygen Channel's Dance Your A$$ Off. Too, she has been a back
up dancer for Crunch on Exercise TV, The Today Show, Fox News, ABC News, and
Good Morning America. She has also been a back up dancer for events affiliated
with Self Magazine & Oprah. Some print work includes Shape Magazine &
Vogue Magazine. She has also been featured in Dance Studio Life Magazine &
Dance Teacher Magazine. With much enthusiasm, Kristin continues to travel
setting work on dance companies and for events all over the world. Recently,
Kristin had the great privilege to go abroad to present master dance classes at
the 2011 and 2012 NIKE Blast in Stockholm, Sweden.
Rachel Warren, dancer, choreographer, and fitness professional, is thrilled to be a
part of "FLY FUN WEEK."  She currently teaches dance and fitness classes
throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. With experience in a wide variety of dance
forms, she seeks to bring her knowledge of dance into all her fitness classes,
incorporating movement, rhythm, and good beats...she'll kick your butt to a
jamming playlist!  She is certified in AFAA, BodyArt, LaBlast, Pound, and TRX
and also has a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography.
Deborah Horton began her dance training at the tender age of 2.  Since those early
years, she has trained consistently in numerous forms of dance including tap,
ballet, jazz, musical theatre, hip hop and contemporary. Deborah pursued higher
education at American University in Washington, DC.  DC was good to her, as her
Freshman year dance professor Heidi Schultz recruited her to be part of
Tappening professional rhythm tap company.  She performed with Tappening
throughout the DC area during all five years of her residency there.
Performances include "A Tribute to Gregory Hines" with singer Mya, National Tap
Dance Day and "Beautiful Noise" at the Jack Guidone Theatre. Deborah now teaches
both Fitness and Dance at some of Manhattan's best-known gyms and studios.


Crush Footwear is Almost Here: Get Ready, Ladies.......


Neal Hughes and Rhonda Herbert were anxiously awaiting some important shoe deliveries for their new shop, Crush Footwear,  on Kirkland Ave (right next to Fox Cleaners) that will be opening on August 11th.  After plugging in their tracking numbers, they learned that the train their merchandise was on had derailed in Montana.  Yikes!  Fear not, their commitment  to bring great shoes to Kirkland was still on track.  Luckily, their shipments arrived a little late and without damage. CrushFootwearRhondaNealCrushFootwearMiista

After creating and running successful shoe e-commerce websites, this will be their first physical store.  But why Kirkland?  "Because we wanted to live in a community and be part of a community," she says. Rhonda and Neal are honing in on a niche of hard to find items that are unique, special and not the type of footwear you will find just anywhere.  They work with emerging designers from all over the world, often bringing in handmade shoes in limited quanitites.  Brands like Eva vs. Maria by Eva Bazan from Barcelona will have Crush Footwear as her first U.S. distributor.  The shoe above in the photo is by Miista

The store was all still coming together when I met these fellow shoe-lovers last week.  Concrete on the walls, bamboo on the floors and clean-lined displays were all in the works, along with a sitting area for your husband to get his credit card ready.  Crush Footwear will offer a wide range of shoe types- oxfords, pumps, boots, work shoes, edgier choices.  Pricepoint is between $80-300.  Stop in and welcome Neal and Rhonda to the neighborhood.  A grand opening is planned for September, but doors will be open on August 11th. 425-298-4024  ~j


Summerfest Needs You!

Have some time to spare for a new and fun community event next weekend?  Here's a request from the Kirkland Summerfest Masterminds..................it's not magic that puts these things on, it's people (that's you)....

Kirkland SummerFest is going to be a fantastic family friendly celebration for the entire Kirkland community.
Four entertainment stages, 16 food trucks, lots of interesting booths to stoll through, Radio Disney, sculptors,  face painting, balloon twisting, Star Wars characters, huge slide, bouncy house, rock wall, bungee jump, Game Truck, Touch a Truck (fire, police, tow, dump, etc.-10 in all), Rotary Duck Dash at 2:30, kids art contest and much more.
There is still a need for volunteers on SATURDAY, AUGUST 11. 


1.       Event set-up help on the morning of Saturday the 11th, start times at 6:00 AM-7:00AM and shifts may last 2-3 hours.  Volunteers may need to do some heavy lifting, but not for all tasks. We also help with early morning traffic control.


2.       We have a CRITIAL NEED for  traffic control from 10AM – the close of the event in 3 hour shifts, which might be around 11:00 PM on Saturday. The biggest task here is just to let authorized vehicles in and out of the blocked off areas as needed, and making sure that those NOT authorized just move on by. J 


3.       Want to work in our Hospitality booth? We have a FEW spots, from 2:30 – 9:00 left to fill, (broken into about 3 hour increments. You’ll get to collect any donations, help people with information about the event, and also being the “lost and found” hub.


4.       We are also looking for people to help with the tear down at the end of the event, starting around 9:00 PM. This is a big job! General moving stuff around – some heavy, some not, but the more hands make for light work. ;)


5.       And then SUNDAY SUNDAY…. We need about 5 more volunteers to help with the afterparty cleanup efforts. We will meet at 9:00 AM, and just go through and make sure the town looks nice and clean afterwards. Should only take about 2 hours max. 


If you only have a couple of hours, or can be with us all day, we would love your help. Please contact Julie Metteer, at julie@metteer.com or 425-890-0959 – we can find a spot for you, or tell her specifically what you’re interested in doing.


Heathman Re-Opening on August 3rd

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Thank goodness! How I've missed drinks and fresh delicious creations on their patio.  After an unexpected closure in May due to a catastrophic water main break, The Heathman is poised to re-open on Friday, August 3rd.  I was lucky enough to run into Les Utley, GM, who gave me an improptu tour today.  Lots of staff were there dusting, wiping, cleaning and readying for the big day.  Trellis got some new wide plank distressed wood floors, and they have also added two more bathrooms across the hall from the existing ones on the main floor. 

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And while they were at it, they also took the opportunity to do some re-designing which includes: expanding the fitness center downstairs, adding a new meeting space and event space (ready for use around Labor Day), and a library for receptions and guests.  The Penterra Spa will not be re-opening.   But Trellis, their much-loved restaurant, is opening on Friday with some fun specials.  They will be offering  3 courses for $33 (full menu) and their full wine list at half price for their first ten days.  Every Weds in August happy hour will be 4pm-close in the bar and front porch.  I'm sure there are grand re-opening rates at the hotel too.  I like they way they celebrate!

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It's a bittersweet opening for Les Utley (photo), whose last day will be this week.   He is headed to San Antonio for a new role, so I just wanted to say thank you to Les for all he has done for The Heathman and especially for going the extra mile as a leader and supporter in the Kirkland community.  Let's hit that happy hour and toast to Les! Welcome back, Heathman. ~j