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Were you wondering what to do on June 8th?

Well, you can go plan Kirkland's future of course! There is a Community Planning Day on Sat 6/8 from 10am-2pm at Kirkland City Hall (123 5th Ave).  Bring the family and share your ideas for our parks, transportation and housing.  There are lots of 'PLANS' in the works: comprehensive plan, parks/rec plan, transportation, cross Kirkland Corridor, surface water mgmt, Totem Lake Park Master Plan, Juanita Drive Corridor , Capital Improvement plans.  Your City Council is listening.  Let them know what you think.  I still plan to be here in 2035 (well, maybe a few more gray hairs and  hopefully working on my golf game) so it's good to have a voice.


After that meeting on 6/8, you may be ready for a frosty beverage at the Kirkland Fraternal Order of Eagles (F.O.E.) Aerie #2681 to watch them unveil their newly restored historic 1947 neon sign (258 Central Way).  The dedication is at 4pm and the general public is invited to come in and visit for their annual Open House at the usually members-only club. The sign is the last of its kind in downtown Kirkland and has proudly served as a beacon for the Eagles displaying their values of Liberty, Truth, Justice and Equality since the charitable fraternity received their charter in 1947. The Open House on the 8th will include 2 spit-roasted lambs, side dishes, burgers/dogs (5pm) and the band Wickerman (8pm).  For more info or to inquire about membership, call 425-822-2681.

If it's vino on your mind, swing by The Grape Choice (9 Lake Street South) for Adam Ashley's Eccolo Cellars release party at 4pm.  Adam used to work at The Grape Choice and is now creating his own wine which he's excited to share with you.  This guy knows his stuff so I'm looking forward to giving it a try and grabbing a few bottles to go!





Rally for the 4th of July!!

A note from our Kirkland 4th of July chairs----(I'm sending a check in from the Kirkland Blog right now... do it .. do it...)

 Happy almost Summer Fine Folks of Kirkland! 

It’s that time of the year again and Celebrate Kirkland! and the KDA are in the midst of our annual scramble to put on our 14th annual community celebration and fireworks show.  Thank you so much for your generous support in the past.   Once again Todd and Brett Johnson of Lee Johnson Auto Family have stepped up and are challenging the whole community to match their $12,000 contribution.  Will you join us in trying to match and beat the Johnson’s challenge?  The price tag for the entire day’s events is $75,000 and we are not quite at the half way mark. (even with the Johnsons). 

If you love our annual event or any portion of it and particularly if you are a fireworks fan please consider making a donation  at CelebrateKirkland.org or sending a check to Celebrate Kirkland/KDA at 328 Parkplace Center, Kirkland, WA,  98033 or drop a check off at The Grape Choice, The Chamber offices or Hallmark Realty.  The KDA is a 501c3 so this is a tax deductible contribution.  Thanks so much for your consideration!!  If we all pull together we can make it happen! 



Play-Well TEKnologies Grand Opening 5/18

Attention pint-sized future engineers--this place is for you! 

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I visited with the manager Brandon Jones yesterday, and he is super excited to be opening up Play-Well TEKnologies's first activity center in the state of Washington.  What is Play-Well, you ask?  It's a place for kids to learn engineering through play--with LEGO's!! Children 5-14 years old will learn about building techniques, gear ratios, torque and engineering without even realizing their brains are being challenged to think in new ways.  Because it's fun! From gear drive cars, catapults and spinning tops the wheels will be turning. There are no papers or take home assignments, it's hands on learning that encourages kids to have an appreciation for how things work and to understand the importance of teamwork and collaboration. 

The instructors are often engineers, scientists, teachers, or  physics students with a passion for innovation and being able to spark that enthusiasm in our youth.  Play-Well has previously been involved in enrichment programs through schools and parks/rec, but with this new activity center, they will be offering workshops (1.5 hr for $16), summer camps ($175) and birthday parties ($300 up to 16 kids). There are  primary and advanced classes and themed classes too- Ninjaneering, Jedi Engineering, and lots more... even a Girls Engineering (go girl power!).

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There are about 200,000-300,000 legos, including gears and motors and wheels.  I know some kids that would think they hit the jackpot walking into this place! Stop by for the Grand Opening Open House on Sat 5/18 from 10-5 to learn more about their programs and offerings 11743 124th Ave NE (behind Price Brothers Garage/across from Ford).  Questions you can call 425-244-9361 or email brandon@play-well.org .  Welcome to Kirkland, Play-Well TEKnologies.  I'm pretty sure we have a lot of little rocket scientists to send your way....~j

Knowledge Nuggets to Share...

I don't know much (go ahead, insert smart-ass comment here), but I will share these tidbits I know for now.  More later. 

-Charlie's Burgers- CLOSED. 

- Jake's "Life is Good" is closing- I heard Marty and Reagan are moving to Cali which makes me sad b/c they could quite possibly be the two nicest happy people on the planet.  Everything is on sale if you hurry in!

-Weds Market is moving back to Marina Park this year.  Opening day 6/5.

-Park Lane- moving fwd with finding funding to create a 'festival style' street, where cars can still park there during peak hours but then it will close off for fun events and all be walking/seating. LOVE.  

-A friend of mine is putting on this mud run and it totally looks like fun (even though it's not in Kirkland) on 7/13. www.themudapalooza.com 

-Sweet & Sassy- women's boutique opening in what used to be the other half of Bikini Beach.  Is this the same one that used to be in downtown Kirkland years ago? need to investigate!

- Zaw Pizza- artisan take/bake pizza with wine pairings. Heard great things.  Opening in Crush Footwear's old spot next to Fox Cleaners.

-2CH- I still have no idea what is going on in this old spot across from Columbia Athletic Club. They created a drive-thru, the city stopped them, then they un-did their drive thru and created parking and re-lined their lot.  Seems silently still there now.




Shop Local for Mom in Kirkland on Saturday May 11th

Some of the downtown Kirkland shops have gotten creative and decided to make it worth your while to do some shopping for Mom this weekend.  You didn't forget it's Mother's Day, did you??! Still time to redeem yourself, on Saturday May 11th, you can visit the following merchants and take advantage of their Mother's Day Specials.  Go shopping for with mom or for mom.  Or pretend it's for mom and it's really for you.  If you collect stamps from at least five of these fabulous stores, you qualify to be entered in the drawing for a Mother's Day gift basket valued at over $500.  Kudos to these store for loving thy mothers....

Crush Footwear

Via Lago

Simplicity ABC

Simplicity Decor

Bella Sirena


Lake Street Diamond Company


Blue Luna


BooBoo Barkery & Boutique

Herban Wellness

Savrika Tea

Sewage Spill in Kirkland Waters- BEACHES CLOSED

I am totally grossed out.  You know it's bad when I cancel a Saturday morning waterksi and it's glass out there.  Just didn't feel like getting dissentery today.  On Thursday, 68,000 gallons of sewage leaked into Lake Washington when a transmitter failed at the Kirkland Wastewater Station.  Timing is impeccable with the Opening Day of boating season and nothing but sun in the forecast.   More details here, I just wanted to make sure you all know to stay dry for now.  Maybe just turn the other way- and think happy thoughts...like, have you seen how beautiful the landscaping is on our medians lately??