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Summerfest 2013: A Seafair Sanctioned Community Event

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The Kirkland Events Foundation is proud to announce that Kirkland Summerfest has been selected by the Seafair Foundation to be a Seafair Sanctioned Community Event. Summerfest joins the Kirkland Classic Car Show as the only two Seafair events in Kirkland. With this designation comes "the promotional power of the Seafair brand and its extensive marketing campaign to generate exposure and attendance for participating community events in the Greater Seattle Area," according to Jill Farley, Seafair Foundation manager.

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The second annual Kirkland Summerfest is a weekend-long celebration of art, music, food and culture taking place August 9-11 (the weekend after the hydroplane races). Summerfest features an opening night special presentation of Shakespeare in the
Park with The Tempest, performed by the Seattle Shakespeare Company. Over fifty musical performances, plein air artists, robotics competitions and demonstrations, and a whole host of kids activities including Touch-a-Truck, Radio Disney and the fun, games and rides in the Kid Zone. Most attractions atSummerfest are absolutely FREE. Applications for vendors, performers and sponsors are now open!

The Kirkland Events Foundation is a Kirkland-based nonprofit creating Kirkland events for the benefit of Kirkland. All net proceeds from the Kirkland Events Foundation are returned to our community in support of those events which cannot support themselves such as the Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks and the Summer Concert Series.

Remember: not all events are created equal. Support those events which benefit our community.

Congratulations to the Summerfest team on being recognized as a Seafair Sanctioned Community
Event. See you there!

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Kirkland Shamrock Run 2013

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I know your ears will perk if I say the word  "BEER" so I'm saying that first.  New this year for the Kirkland Shamrock Run on 3/16 is the Wilde Rover's Beer Deck, food trucks, lots of exhibitors to browse and the course is USATF certified as a 5K.  It's at Marina Park and starts at 9am. Proceeds benefit the Kirkland Downtown Association.  If you register before 2/28 it's $35, and then it goes up to $40.  I've seen some promo codes floating around for $5 off so keep your eyes peeled for those too ('Columbia', 'LakeWashingtonPT').  BTW, if you register late you won't get a timer so don't procrastinate.

There are different waves for every type of participant.  Competitive runners (5- 9 min/mi), Run for Fun (9 min/mi and above),  Dog/Runner, Stroller/Runner, Walker.  Here's where you register.  And if you just can't muster the motivation to join a wave, you can always come help!  (or both) They are in need of volunteers to pull this event off and there's a handy online sign up matrix now to make it easy. See you there-maybe for some green beer after? ~j


From Knockers to Adventures

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About a year and a half ago I did a post on Ellyn Oaksmith, a local author who had just self-published a book called "Knockers."  It's always fun to have a follow-up post that boasts a success story. Ellyn just let me know that  Knockers was picked up by Harper Collins and will be published this Tuesday, under a new title Adventures with Max and Louise.  There will be an e-book release February 12th-- just in time for Valentine's day.  What a great treat to buy yourself for $2.99. 

Here's how Ellyn said it happened.... "An agent in New York got half way through the book and called me, asking if I had representation. I had just gotten a glowing review on KIndleObsessed.com and so people were calling me out of the blue. I was busy working on my next book DIVINE MOVES, which I will be done with on Tuesday in time for the book launch so didn't think much of it. I signed with the agent thinking nothing would happen. She called me a couple of weeks later with 3 offers. I went with Harper Collins because they were the most enthusiastic and established publisher. Having the manuscript polished and vetted by their team has been a dream come true. The line editor, who did the final polish, made sure that everything, right down to the cell phones in the story were the right vintage andmodel, that restaurants in Seattle were still open that I'd mentioned and even let me know that my timeline fore one character was physically impossible and I had to change WWI to WWII. Instead of feeling stupid, I felt lucky to have someone like that watch my back. I'd much rather plow out the story, doing my best and have someone with a keen eye vet out the details."

Isn't that so cool? I just wanted to share the news with you all so you can get Adventures with Max and Louise downloaded and congratulate Ellyn yourself.  Sounds like some Kirkland Blog readers are her biggest fans, myself included.  Way to go Ellyn! ~j 


 



Columbia Athletic Club: New Aquatic Center Opens 2/11

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Columbia Athletic Club at Juanita Bay is excited to announce the completion of their NEW aquatic center, which will be ready for swimmers, splashers and oglers on February 11th.  The much anticipated multi-million dollar project was constructed by Red Hawk Group and includes a 25 yard lap pool, a 17 yard teaching pool for aqua therapy/lessons, and a hot tub.  In addition to the salt water pools, surrounded by white and blue tile work and new high ceilings, there are also four new private family changing stations. 

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Above is a rendition shot taken from the southeast corner of the building.  Don't worry, you don't have to wear a speedo like the cartoon man in there.  Below that are some current photos I took as the tiling gets completed and they start preparing to fill the pools with almost 100,000 gallons of water.  The lap pool will be kept at 84 degrees and the teaching pool at 90 degrees.  Dave Hamilton, Manager of the club  (photo) said, "We appreciate everyone's patience through the process.  Not only the members, but the neighbors and others that have been impacted too." 

 Sounds like a great reason to have a party!  Everyone can come check it out (members AND non-members) and celebrate at the grand opening on Feb 18th from 8am-8pm where there will be food, raffles and giveaways. ~j 


Tick Tock You Don't Stop

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Well, actually......they do.  The 1935 Captain Anderson Ferry Clock at the corner of Lake Street and Kirkland Avenue stopped at 1:33 years ago.  Its housing was badly deteriorated and the City of Kirkland removed and stored it.  A citizen committee lead by Sue Contreras in partnership with the Kirkland Heritage Society took on the challenge to restore the historic clock.  With help from more than 250 citizens and organizations, the committee has raised  $9000 to cover the cost of the project.  The City of Kirkland Public Workds Dept has upgraded the light standard on which the clock will again be installed. 

Please join in with the community on Sunday Feb 10th where the Captain Anderson Ferry Clock will be re-dedicated to the citizens of Kirkland at 1pm with the unveiling of the clock. She'll be tick tocking again at Lake and Kirkland. ~j