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Holy Holiday Blowout

I am getting ready to retreat into my turkey coma, so wanted to get you all of the deets on this holiday fun now, before it's too late. Happy Holidays, Kirkland...

-Kiwanis Christmas Tree Lot- Opens at Juanita Beach the day after Thanksgiving (if you're not shopping, right???) Fresh trees, wreaths and See's Candies. But see, you will be shopping very soon because..

- the "Kirkland Shops Small" program to promote and support small business kicks off on Saturday Nov 30th at 10am with the mayor, city officials, local merchants and you, of course.  Expect free gifts, incentives, Hopelink non-perishable food drop-off locations and extended shopping hours from participating shops ( Every Thurs, Fri and Sat from 12/5-12/21 they'll be open til 8pm or later).  Shop local. Donate.  I know you will, I've taught you well. For more info email: a@simplicityabc.com .

-Santa Claus at George's!- Don't fight the mall crowd, stay local for Santa too! He's coming to George's.  And he's the REAL one. ;-)  Friday December 6th from 5-8pm at 108 Kirkland Avenue you can grab a great meal and get your (or the kids..) photo taken with St. Nick by Humanature Photography.  Prints start at $25. 

-KPC- There's a great line-up of holiday performances at the Kirkland Performance Center.  Brady and I are heading to the Charlie Brown Christmas together and I've heard great things about Geoffrey Castle and the Portland Cello Project.  Lots more choices, and isn't it fun to see a show right in our own downtown? 

-KAC- While we are being artsy, you should also know that the Kirkland Arts Center (620 Market St.) is hosting a free public event during a Holiday Art Market and Open House on Sat Dec 7th from 10am-7pm.  You can shop for gifts, watch demonstrations, vote for favorite clay creations, enjoy libations during a "Yappy Hour" (paying homage to canine companions, starting at 5), witness children's creativity at the craft/activities table, register for winter classes, tour the historic Peter Kirk Building. 

Living Tree at The Heathman-The Heathman Hotel on Kirkland Ave will have a "living tree" in their lobby again this year, which will be re-planted in one of our parks after the holidays.  Breathe in the piney scent of Christmas in the lobby over afternoon tea

-Downtown Tree Lighting - Head to the center of town for the annual tree lighting on Saturday Dec 7th from 5-8pm.  Bonfires, shopping, music, Santa, and plenty of Kirkland community good cheer.  Lighting happens at 7pm. Now moving from land to sea...

-Carillon Point- Always plenty of fun near the water!  Bring an unwrapped gift for Carillon's Hopelink Holiday Giving Tree Program.  Or choose from one of the beautiful lakefront restaurants to enjoy your Christmas Eve or Christmas dinner. And then there is the beloved Christmas Ship Celebration on Sunday Dec 15th 4-6pm in the Carillon Point Plaza.  It's free and you'll enjoy watching the  holiday ships parade of lights while keeping warm by a fire, listening to holiday carols, going for a  horse-drawn carriage ride, and sipping complimentary hot cocoa or coffee.  

-Argosy Cruises- there are lots of super fun holiday-themed Argosy cruises that depart from Kirkland (Carillon Pt).  We did the Santa Brunch Cruise last year and it was lovely- the staff was all super family friendly.  There were crafts for the kids and plenty of elves on hand (to keep Grandma from driving me crazy??) Food was good too and you can't beat the scenery that is Lake Washington in the holiday season. There are also evening Christmas cruises with the choir. 

Feel free to comment and add other fun happenings around town that you are attending. ~j



Trotting, Trimming and Beer (that always gets the guys' attention)

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Turkey Trot for Hopelink
- It's Nov 24th at Marina Park, so no time to waste-hurry and sign up.  I'm sure it will be dry and balmy that day.  5k run (that my 10 year old is totally going to beat me in....again..) is at 11am and the family fun walk is at 11:05.  Get there at 10am to register/check-in.  Here's the link to online registration ($35/person now). Strollers and pets are free. Clown, photo booth, face painting and music are 11-3pm.  


Trimming and Decorating for the holidays- yes, I said 'the holidays.'  They are almost here. Here's what the Kirkland Downtown Association needs your help with and it's always a great way to get in the spirit:

-Decorating Downtown- Sat Nov 23rd 8:30am-1pm

-Annual Holiday Tree Lighting & Music Festival- Sat Dec 7th 5-8pm (tree lighting at 7)

-A Very Merry Un-Decorating Party- Sat Jan 11th 8:30am-11:30am

Sign-up for specific events/shifts on the volunteer website: volunteerkirkland.com or call/email with questions: 425-822-7066, info@kirklandchamber.org 


Beer at Trellis
- That's just what I call it.  It's really much classier: "Brewer's Dinner" and it still has a few seats open but hurry it's like...NOW.  Fri Nov 15th at 6:30pm. Bry Bri Miss american Pie IPA, Apple Saison and Blackberry Thyme Golden Ale are all special creations from Bryan keilty of Lompoc Brewing and Trellis's Executive Chef Brian Scheehser. $89 and you'll enjoy a five course meal, reception and beer pairings. Call or email for reservations: 425-284-5858, events@heathmankirkland.com






Special Thanks from Krista Warnock of SpaKrista

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Anyone that's met Krista Warnock, the owner of SpaKrista in Lakeshore Plaza, has an instant friend. She is somebody who loves the connections that she's made and whose soft kindness is appreciated by all of her clients. Herein lies the problem.  After five successful years in the Kirkland community, she has decided to sell her business.  With a sixteen year old daughter she'd like to spend more time with and a laundry list of work-related joint pains (elbow, back, fingers-ouch!), Krista has decided to make a lifestyle change.  All of these decisions happened quickly, so she wanted to be sure to publicly thank Kirklanders for being so supportive. She is very appreciative of all the friendships she has made along the way.  

Krista will be working at the spa thru January and then she's off to work for a start-up company called Care-Cap.  She is hopeful that somebody will come along and want to take over her little oasis down by the lake, and all of the clients that she will miss so much.  Farewell Krista, best of luck on your next chapter. ~j


Around Kirkland in a Day- I Spied with my Little Eyes.....

I don't have juicy gossip on this stuff, so I'm going roll-call style here...



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Top Chef Broiler- Not sure what to say.  They weren't open long enough for us to ever try it. Buh-bye.

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Dozo Sushi- same as above. At least they had a website.  The pics looked good, oh well. See 'openings' for the new tenant coming to this spot.

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Russian Piroshky place whose name I don't remember already-but there's paper on their windows. They were there for a while- what happened? Perhaps buying piroshkies, pastries, shoes and a tube of toothpaste all in the place was a tough concept.

Bella Tesori- A sad, slow and drawn out death.  RIP my sweet.



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Dakshin South Indian Bistro- In Kirkland Square a couple doors down from Rock Star Tan Bar. Yummy food for takeout if you like Indian- owners (Chef JP and Sumana Shetty, photo) are super friendly and will help you navigate through the menu, which doesn't have photos or explanations of their South Indian cuisine quite yet. You'll find dosas, curries, and other ethnic specials. The chicken 65 was nice and spicy  which could be cooled down with a 'lassi' (yogurty shake in various flavors) and the veggie pakoras were delicious too. They just opened last week!

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The Taste of Peru- Central Way, sign just went up, can't find anything on them yet.  But I know we Kirklanders like to eat (and drink coffee and go to salons) so stay tuned.  

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Realogics Sotheby's Realty- realty and wine, why not? They haven't emailed me back, but big signs for fall 2013.. which is almost over by looking at the leaves (which btw, now cost you $5.07 PER BAG that you leave on your curb for Waste Management !!!!!)

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Beijing O'Chef- in the old Dozo Sushi location with a 'coming soon' banner.  Who comes up with these names? Some sort of Siri translator.

Mosaic- I've got info on this-- independent studios,  will share with you soon.



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21 Central turned Creamsicle. Not sure.  Yes, Bill the Butcher is coming to town but this is not their spot as some of you had suspected.  

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Asher-Heard they might be moving to another spot in Downtown Kirkland?? Unverified.

--Old Bella Tesori spot-- could be a new Turkish deli soon. What is a Turkish deli? Guess we'll find out. 

Aren't these kind of posts fun?  So many gems all in one place.  They kinda exhaust me. But it does make me happy to get all of this clutter out of my brain at once. ~j