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Party at George's with Funnymen Keister and McBeth on 5/3

 Who couldn't use a good laugh? ( and EVERYBODY loves George's.....)

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On Friday May 3rd @ 6pm you can come meet the funny men of Almost Live! and The [206] John Keister and Brooks McBeth at
George’s.  Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to meet Seattle’s Comedic Icon and National Headliner and other surprise guests @ George’s. They’re coming to George’s just before their performance at KPC to have dinner, take photos and sign autographs. Jubal Flagg from 92.5 will also be there with a few other surprise guests.

Ticket info:

Get your tickets to this awesome show at Kirkland Performance Center, just after you get a chance to meet them at George's!
Tickets to the Comedy Show at KPC are 20.00- I just bought mine!  Still more available... http://www.kpcenter.org/performances/john-keister-brooks-mcbeth-huge-comedy-show


"Money on My Mind. All I see is Dollar Signs. "

.............at least that's what Rihanna says.  So here are some $$ updates for local organizations doing good with theirs and asking for yours. 

Kirkland 4th of July Fundraiser Auction-

Just because Seattle won't be celebrating with fireworks this year doesn't mean we can't! The silent auction starts at 6pm at the Kirkland Eagle's Club on Sat 5/18 and continues with games, dancing and food until midnight.  James O'Farrell and the Mighty Wickerman start playing their music at 8pm.  Have some fun and donate some funds so we can continue Kirkland's Fourth of July tradition! Don't forget to RSVP.

Pot Sponsors Needed.  Flower pots, that is.

The Kirkland Downtown Association is seeking sponsors for the downtown flower pots.  A professional gardener plants, waters, weeds, trims and fertilizes the pot all season.  Each pot has a 'naming card' to recognize the donor(s).  One pot is $250 but donations in any denominations are appreciated.  Please send your support to: Peggy Castleberry, KDA, 328 Parkplace Center, Kirkland, WA 98033.


Taco Time Donates $7500 to LWHS

That's a lot of tacos!  On Tuesday, April 2, the Rose Hill Taco Time NW restaurant hosted its first annual one day fundraiser for Lake Washington High School. The sales from that day will be divided up between events for the senior class and educational needs for the library.  Thanks for being a partner in our community, Taco Time!

EvergreenHealth Sponsors Kirkland Summerfest

Kudos to EvergreenHealth for being a platinum level sponsor and supporter of Kirkland Summerfest 2013. This year, EvergreenHealth is sponsoring Kidzone and the Health & Fitness Program at Summerfest. Kidzone will feature entertainment, physical theater and variety acts, as well as games, rides, education and fun for the whole family. The Health & Fitness Program, titled To Your Health!, will feature education and activities for kids and families alike. Mark your calendar for this fun-filled weekend : August 9, 10, 11.  Admission is FREE.

Clean Sweep Kirkland 2013

Clean Sweep Needs You!

Saturday, April 20, 9:00 a.m. - noon

Every year, volunteers gather to sweep, weed and get rid of a winter's worth of accumulated blight.  We are
well fortified with coffee and pastries as we clean and sweep the downtown blocks and marina.  

We need your help! 

Meet outside the Lake Street Starbucks at 8:45 am and get your work team assignments. This is a great opportunity to meet other residents and students that care about Kirkland and want it to look its best. 

Bring gloves, brooms, rakes, weed diggers, crack hoes ( darn it, why does this make me laugh every year), and gardening implements. Don't worry if you don't have these items -- we bring extras.

To register, go to http://volunteerkirkland.com or call the KDA office at 425-893-8766 or just show up!

 Hope to see you there!

Seattle Thread Company now OPEN

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I popped in to say hi to Konstantin (rt in photo) and Yakov Gorshkov (left) just as they were getting ready for their grand opening of the Seattle Thread Company at 9 Lake Street.  This father/son team is focusing on business casual menswear that embraces natural fibers/quality of the cloth from boutique brands such as Jack Victor, Hickey Freeman, and I was loving the look and feel of Zachary Prell (well, HE wasn't there, but his clothes were).  The Gorshkovs are Ukrainian and love the upscale walkable downtown of Kirkland that gets lots of foot traffic.  You can find local and imported clothes, underwear, hats, belts, and shoes that are priced mid to high end.  Expect to find a great shirt anywhere between $80-160.  Their goal is to be a smaller version of Nordstrom, offering flexibility and custom pieces with made-to-measure suits and on-site tailoring. 

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Their store has a clean modern northwest feel and the clothes are complimented with glass and paintings by local artists (which are all for sale).  There's a nice sitting area in the back where you can wait for your man as he tries on his new finds in one of the large dressing rooms.  Yakov owned a women's boutique in Pittsburgh prior to this shop and Konstantin is a computer engineer with a passion for fashion.  Definitely stop in to see these guys and the threads they have for Kirkland.  Store hours are everyday 10-7.  Call 425-202-7732 with questions. ~j

Cross Kirkland Corridor- Lawsuit for Kirkland

Just saw this letter from the City Manager's office I thought you might be interested in...huh...

April 2, 2013

message about the Cross Kirkland Corridor

Dear Community Member,

It is with great disappointment
that I share with you that the City of Kirkland was served on April 1, 2013
with a Federal lawsuit which seeks to stop the City from removing the rail
tracks and ties along the Cross Kirkland Corridor. The lawsuit was filed by
Ballard Terminal Railroad Company (“Ballard”) in Federal District Court in the
Western District of Washington.  In addition to the injunction, Ballard
has filed a petition with the federal Surface Transportation Board (“STB”)
seeking to reactivate the Eastside Rail Corridor for freight service from
Woodinville to Bellevue, WA.  These actions make it necessary for the City
to carefully evaluate Ballard’s claims and to consider our legal options.

As you may be aware, the City has
hired a contractor to remove the rails to make way for an Interim Trail along
the Cross Kirkland Corridor.  The removal has been anticipated to begin
this month; with construction of the Interim Trail to begin this fall. We
intend to keep with the community’s desire to allow use of the trail as soon as
possible, even if it requires us to put our plans on hold as we take time to
better understand the impacts of the lawsuit and petition.

The Cross Kirkland Corridor is 5.75
miles of the 44+ mile Eastside Rail Corridor (ERC).  Apart from the
segments owned by the City of Kirkland and the City of Redmond, the ERC has
been recently acquired by King County. 

It is our initial understanding
that Ballard seeks to keep Kirkland from removing the rails on our Corridor so
that freight use can be re-established.  We are hopeful that the Federal
District Court will rule on the injunction case in the coming weeks and that
the STB decision regarding Ballard’s request to reactivate our Corridor as a
freight (not transit or excursion train) corridor will also be expedited.

We are confident that Kirkland will
ultimately be able to carry out our citizens’ vision for the Corridor. 
However, there are many complexities to this issue and your understanding and
patience is appreciated.  Updates will be released through the City’s
email notification subscriber lists and posted to the Cross Kirkland Corridor
webpage at www.kirklandwa.gov/crosskirklandcorridor.

If you have a specific question,
please send it to Pam Bissonnette, Director, Public Works Department, at
425-587-3802 or pbissonnette@kirklandwa.gov.



Kurt Triplett

City Manager

City of Kirkland