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Tis the Season

I hope that your turkey and your nap were awesome and that you have shopped a few sales and given thanks, because now Winterfest is here !!  This Sunday Nov 30th from 2-6pm in downtown Kirkland there will be plenty of holiday cheer bubbling over throughout our streets.  Music and caroling, carriage rides, Christmas ships, kids' activities, performances and of course, Santa Claus.   The annual tree lighting ceremony is at 5pm.  Looks like there are updates/volunteer opportunities on their Facebook page as well.

There is also a FIRST Annual Downtown Kirkland Holiday "Deck"orating Contest.  Do you think we can create our own Candy Cane Lane? If every condo and every apartment and every business in the downtown core lit up their decks and storefronts, what a beautiful sight that would be!  Call the Kirkland Downtown Association (KDA) at 425-893-8766 so the judges know to include your storefront or residence in their judging on December 7th.  Prizes have been donated by local business and the prize categories include best residence, best storefront, brightest residence and brightest storefront.  So get your Griswold on.  Questions? Call Penny 425-765-5576.  



Park Place Redevelopment- Quick Nuggets

Talon Private Capital is the new cat in town that is poised to re-develop Kirkland Park Place.  It's hard to believe, I know, and somebody will have to pinch me when they actually break ground which is going to be BEST CASE scenario March of 2016.  Bill Pollard , Founding Principal, was at our neighborhood meeting a few nights ago and even though he only had about 20 minutes on the agenda, I thought it was SO exciting I wanted to share the highlights:

-Prudential, who owns KPP, allowed them to start from scratch instead of starting with Touchstone's previous plan

-This version is scaled back 

-There WILL be a new movie theater- think upscale/iPic-like in current QFC location.  This part makes me giddy.  Seriously.  You had me at 'movie theater.'

-650K sf office space, 200K retail, 300K apartments, and NO hotel.

-A new QFC twice the size latest/greatest will still anchor (moving to different location on site)

-Restaurants, also some pop- up ones on the 2nd floor w/view of the lake

-Multi-family apartments for rent (our geo has demand for more 2-3 bedrooms than most)

-100 surface parking spots, rest are sub-terrain

-Focus on walk-ability, there's even a little U-Village-like lane w/slow traffic, open courtyard feel

It's early in the process, they are still working with the city and have not yet hired an architect or gone through the Design Review Process.  The next meeting is the Planning Committee's Study Session at City Hall on 12/11 at 7pm if you have input.  Questions can be directed to Natalie Price at nprice@allisonpr.com.   I love that they are getting out and talking to all of the neighborhoods (when is your next nhood assoc mtg??).  And did I mention there will be a movie theater? ;-)

Kirkland Kiwanis Christmas Tree Lot Opens 11/28

That's right.  I said the word "Christmas Tree" in mid-November. BEFORE Thanksgiving.  Cause I'm crazy like that.   

The Kirkland Kiwanis will be selling Christmas trees, fragrant wreaths, See's Candies and gourmet nuts at Juanita Beach Park starting on Friday Nov 28th, which is the day after Thanksgiving.   The hours are Mon-Fri 11am-8pm and Sat/Sun 10am-7pm and ALL proceeds go to support local community projects.  

Kiwanis is also sponsoring a donation drive for Eastside Baby Corner now through Dec 14th.  EBC strives to help over 500 local children each week.  Their biggest need is for powdered forumula, baby food, diapers/pull-ups, blankets and bedding, warm coats, clothes and shoes.  Merrill Gardens of Kirkland (201 Kirkland Ave) is the drop-off location if you are able to help out.

Deck the Downtown


This Saturday Nov 22nd, Christmas-time is coming to Kirkland. It's a favorite for everyone seeing the lights , greens, and having the cow/coyote in their Santa reds.   But we need more elves to help with the transformation!  At 8am on Sat everyone is meeting at Merrill Gardens (14 Main Street) to get fueled up with some coffee and donuts and receive their work assignments.  Nothing starts off the holiday spirit like donating a few hours of your time and meeting old and new friends for this community effort.  It's helpful to bring gloves, wire cutters and a ladder if you have them.  The more hands on deck, the sooner we can all celebrate with pizza afterwards (noon-ish?).  

Hope to see you there.  Please sign-up at  425-822-7066 so Santa can assemble the elves accordingly. :-)

Purpose Boutique - I Dare You Not to Find Something

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I'm out to lunch on a Friday with a couple of girlfriends and where better to meander afterwards than the newest boutique in downtown Kirkland??  Let some ladies put it to the test.  And so we did.

Everything about this place is clear, intentional and upbeat.  From the electric turqoise and gold dots on the wall to the comfortable smiles and positive energy bubbling over from the staff, you kind of want to stay in there and rummage around.  It feels FUN.  And obviously, my friends are fun, so by the time we are in there 10 minutes we are all swapping clothes in dressing rooms and employees (thanks Brie!) are rushing into the back to open boxes of new finds for us.   Even though I feel like my butt is a giant Hween sized Baby Ruth right now, I still managed to find a pair of Kut from the Kloth black leggings ($79) that were so comfortable I would even wear them IN my house on a dark Tues at 4:30. And a cool necklace ($23) I can't wait to have someplace to wear it to.  Fun colorful items- layering pieces and statement ones too and plenty of accessories in between.  There were lots of helpful staff that love styling and verbally embraced every newcomer in the shop.  Best part-- totally affordable AND a portion of proceeds gets donated.  Even sweaters were $40-60.  

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Enough of my rambling, here is some brilliantly crafted feedback from my uber-fun shopping partners:

"The first thing I noticed when I walked in was how friendly the sales girls were.  Great attitudes, cute outfits.  They weren't pushy but kindly suggestive and helpful.  When certain things didn't work, they suggested different options, and in fact I ended up buying things I didn't even see on the floor - they just brought them to me.  The black pants made me so happy, I did a little dance.  The employees really enjoyed our girlfriend "banter" and engaged with us. The shop itself is darling...interesting decor and good music.  I was also surprised by the reasonable price-point.  Good mix of merchandise, appealing to a diverse age group.  Very fun experience. "  ~Christi (trainer, boat dancer, arm flailer, football/beer lover)

"Purpose Boutique, I had no intentions of buying anything when I walked in to Purpose.  I was just looking with some friends.  The prices and quality of the clothing was so attractive I couldn’t resist and the staff was so helpful, going in the back to find different colors and sizes until I found what I wanted.  I will definately shop there again."  ~Erica  (sports mom extraordinaire, British golf wizard, future stand-up comedian)

"Shopping is usually self-serving, but not at Purpose.   Donating to non-profits and partnering with organizations to help women who suffer from poverty or exploitation is reason enough to visit and support this boutique!" ~Footie (professional carpooler, wardrobe re-vamper, water polo champion, creator of sunshine) 




Kirkland's Emergency Mgmt Now on Facebook and Twitter

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The City of Kirkland's Emergency Management team is excited launch two social media channels for us to follow.  Hurry up and "Like" and "follow" them on Facebook and Twitter.  The intent is to help raise awareness and better prepare our community for hazards.  

Facebook: www.facebook.com/kirklandOEM

Twitter: @OEMKirkland  

The Cow & Coyote (photo) in the center of downtown are helping to kick off the announcement of the T-shirt contest.  No, not a wet t-shirt contest, a 'win a t-shirt' contest.  Very different.  From Weds 11/12 to Sun 11/16, go to their Facebook page or Tweet them an answer to the question, "What should the Cow & Coyote put in their emergency kit?"  Winners announced on Monday 11/17. 

Ladies-Filling Up your Calendar with Parties and Openings

Just because it gets dark at 4:30 doesn't mean we can hide in our sweatpants until springtime (..says the girl in her cozies curled in front of her computer).  We need some compelling reasons to get out, like maybe some free stuff?  Here are some opportunities this week.  Go ahead, put on your 'good' boots and head out the door this Thurs, Fri, Sat...

-Fitness Together- Kirkland Grand Opening Event- Thursday 11/13 at 5:30pm. They are a private personal training studio (previously Curves in that space- 10627 NE 68th street). Here's the fun they're doling out:

  • First 50 people receive swag bags full of free items and services from the Kirkland community.
  • Raffles: Full fitness assessment; twelve 1:1 personal training session. Along with donated services in the complex- free manicure and pedicure, free salon appointment etc.
  • FOOD- catering from met market
  • Free PACK small group personal training session
  • drop off canned food for Hopelink
  • 1:1 personal training demonstration at 6pm
  • sign up for a free consultation appointment

RSVP to the event here:  http://fitnesstogether.com/kirkland/grandopening , 425-242-1782 or kirkland@fitnesstogether.com with questions.

- MOD Skin & Body Anniversary Party- Fri Nov 14th 4-7pm. A world of pampering and beautifying goodness awaits you here.  14130 Juanita Dr. NE, Suite 110 (next to QFC). Who couldn't use complimentary..

  •  10 min chair massage
  • fall/winter makeup lesson
  • reveal camera skin analysis consult
  • give-a-ways, gift bags
  • food and drinks
  • Giveaways! Clairasonic, Obagi Skin Care & 3 Month VIP membership

Also there will be happy hr botox, Latisse specials, 20% off retail purchases and gift certificate specials. 

RSVP to : modskinandbodyclinic@gmail.com or 425-406-8455

-Zarza Style Boutique Open House- Sat Nov 15th 12-4.  The owner of Zarza has added apparel to her accessory and gift collection at 732 Market St and wants to celebrate with you.

  •  get some holiday shopping started early!
  • snacks and bubbles
  • win a Zarza style gift basket
  • First 25 guests receive a free gift

425-232-0039 with questions.

If you hit all three of these, in theory, you should be more fit, relaxed/moisturized and accessorized by Monday.  Maybe even a little hungover.  A perfectly well-rounded weekend. enjoy! ~j






Kirkland, Get your Turkey Trot On-- 2014

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Thank goodness- a break in the rain! Let's hope it's a sunny one for our Turkey Trot this year.

That day happens on to be on Sunday Nov 23rd.  For those of you new to trotting, this is a beloved fundraiser for Hopelink where we run, walk, trot, gobble our way thru 5K (roughly 3 miles) from Marina Park to Carillon Point and back.

You can register online here and this is what you'll discover:

-Reg is $25-40/ per person depending on how many (team/indiv) and when (sooner is better) you register.  Watch out, Team Rabuchin is 6 people strong this year.  And I need to start training now so I can keep up with my 11 year old. I wish I were kidding but I'm not.

-Strollers and pets are free.  

-Each registrant gets a tech-shirt, race bib, and entry into drawing for prizes

-11/23- 9am- reg for newcomers, check-in and pick-up for pre-registrants,     

    10am wave 1- Runners Start

    10:03 wave 2- Walkers Start

    10:06 wave 3- those w/strollers and dogs start

Plenty of other fun like clowns, instant photo-booth, face painting, music, and balloon artists.  Thanks to Fred Meyer and Waste Management for their sponsorship (not of me personally, I'm not that great of a runner, I mean the race in general)..



Kirkland Living Magazine

Did this arrive in your mailbox recently and you were wondering what it was

A neighborhood magazine formerly known as "West of Market, Kirkland Living" is expanding to include residents of Market, Norkirk, Moss Bay, Lakeview and Houghton and is now called "Kirkland Living." It shows up right in your mailbox! The free monthly publication is focused on being a community newsletter and includes content such as events, a featured family, featured home and landscapes, pet pick of the month and young achievers.  Most of the writing and photography is contributed by local Kirklanders.  It's fun, it's close and it's neighborhood-y.  For those of you in the mailing area, you can also join this Facebook page.

The publisher, Heidi Hawkins, grew up moving around a lot and feels she missed out on the strong tie of community spirit that many of us in Kirkland enjoy.  She will often organize complimentary events at local restaurants and thrives on the sense of togetherness that she can help bring through the magazine.  She's always open to story ideas and can be contacted at heidi.hawkins@n2pub.com or 206-291-7771.  ~j