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Seahawks MANIA

It's exciting to think that the next time I write a blog post the Seahawks will already be Superbowl Champions again!  Yes, that's my assumptive close.  We know how fun it is AFTER the win, but it sure is exciting before-hand too.  Everywhere you go men, women and children are sporting their blue and green. Even our cow and coyote know what's up.  And I saw the little lady in her cart giving out parking tickets this morning with her 12th man flag proudly waving from her roof.   It seems like every store has a Seahawks 'deal' or 'prize' or custom offering or flavor to honor our team and the 12's that support them. I'm loving the energy!

So for the opening of the Cross Kirkland Corridor's  (CKC) Interim Trail, why not make that a Seahawks event too?!  Because we CAN!  So, before the Seahawks rally in Marina Park at 2pm this Saturday, bring your awesome self and your family in all of your Seahawks glory to the "Trail Great" party at 12pm on Sat 1/31 at the Northeast 68th St Bridge (limited pkg at Lakeview Elem).  Don't forget to decorate your bikes and strollers for the 12 mile stroll, if you can make it that far!  You will also hear 12 people announce 12 different ways to enjoy the Corridor and you'll watch our City Council wave a 12th Man flag on the 12 foot wide bridge. Questions? Contact: www.kirklandchamber.org or call 425-822-7066.

And on an aside, this reminds me of something I was going to tell you.  I was in NYC recently with some girlfriends and we made a few random observations on a trip regarding the differences between Kirklanders and New Yorkers. Here are my bulletpoints:

-New Yorkers don't use their cell phones in public (restaurants/subway) nearly as much as we do.  It was noticeably obvious, and quite pleasant.  Winner: NYC

-A lot of New Yorkers still smoke.   cough, cough...Winner: Kirkland

-People are better looking and definitely better dressed in NY.  The two probably go hand in hand.  Maybe I just thought they looked better b/c they dressed well?  Winner: NYC

-Oh my gosh, it was bone-chilling face freezing cold.  Winner: Kirkland

-NYC has cleaned up its streets a lot.  Nice job. Not nearly as much trash/clutter as I remember. Winner: Draw (NYC for effort and we already rock at this) 

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- I love the melting pot vibe of NY. All races, colors, religions  mix-matched and mashed together and just enjoying their days together.   Winner: NYC/ Draw (we'd embrace diversity too if there was more )

-I know they don't have the rep for it, but those city dwellers are WAY friendlier than we are.  Everyone seems happy in their job and smiles/engages/says hello/stop to help.  They might run you over in a crosswalk, but there is an underlying caring and camaraderie with which they embrace their moments. It's an appreciation for life or an inner warmth towards their fellow man. Winner: NYC

-Something was missing.  Couldn't place it.  But then it became clear.  It was that extra sparkle in your eye, the energy in your walk, and the jersey on your back when YOUR TEAM is going to the Superbowl.  You know what I'm talking about.  You can just feel it.  Winner: Kirkland/12th man 


Here's my Seahawks Hair.  Thank you Cindy/Mermaid Hair Extensions! Hurry and go get yours- they're free!

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Google12 And on the Google campus, today's work included making a human blue/green 12!! (photo credit: Matt Welsh/Jeremy Elson)



Kirkland Seahawks Rally - Jan 31st at 2pm !!!

The Seattle Seahawks are going to the Superbowl again! So let's celebrate, Kirklanders!!  How about a rally like we did last year?

Meet us at Marina Park on Saturday, January 31st at 2pm in your blue and green attire to show your team support! We will have a best dressed costume contest for adults and kids, as well as a doggy costume contest, so dress up yourself and those pooches in your most creative Seahawks gear!

In order to make this rally possible, we need a little bit of help. First, we're raising money to purchase decorations for Marina Park. Do you have a little bit to contribute to this effort? Please click here to donate

We also need a bit of help to hang lights on the pavilion and around Marina Park Wednesday, January 28th from 3pm-5pm. Are you willing to help? Sign up here!

And Mermaid Hair Salon at Marina Park is offering FREE green and blue hair extensions!! I'm all over that! GO HAWWWWWWKKKSSS! 

Quick City Athletes Gets Your Student Athletes Prepared

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Youth fitness is a rapidly growing segment of the fitness industry and Daniel Alderete, owner of Quick City Athletes, has got his program brilliantly dialed in to sports performance training for kids.  So often in the new year we push to get ourselves to the gym, but have you thought about ALL of the athletes in your house?   Daniel specializes in student athlete injury prevention, teaching them how to properly stretch, warm up and cool down so they are able to play longer.  He also trains them in multi-directional speed, quickness and reaction, agility, footwork and coordination, plyometrics and strength and conditioning. 

This guy can also walk the talk because he played Division 2 college basketball on a full-ride scholarship.  After a devastating knee injury, he's passionate about sharing what he knows about being well-prepared for your sport and how to take your game to the next level. As he says, " I wish I knew then what I know now."  So...... of course, I'm going to throw my three kids at him for an hour and see what this Quick City program is really all about. Daniel is working out of the Hot Dog USA space in Bridle Trails right near the Ace Hardware. We met him in the big gym there with my VERY excited with anticipation children.  Wide-eyed and ready to conquer.

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With energizing music in the background, Daniel first introduced himself to my mini-me's and learned a little about each them and what their sports are.  I really like that his tone is approachable and not at all intimidating for kids, and he was able to be funny with a side of silly to break the ice.  They started with dynamic warms ups that included things like skipping with arm circles, side-stepping doing arm hugs, and lunges with elbow touches.  Then on to hip flexors, inchworms, butt-kicks and high-knees. Trickier stuff was next.  Each was instructed to find a line on the court and he timed them for 30 secs jumping back/forth over the line and then front/back.  Once they got the feel for those exhaustion inducers, they moved on to targeted hopping on one foot (in a square on the court).  I was laughing at them from the sidelines but when I tried these later, in private at my gym, I was surprised that this is much more difficult than it appears.  

The agility ladder came out next where he taught the kids various shuffles with their feet, which increased in coordination level requirements as they progressed.  Once they were proficient in some of those, Daniel grabbed a tennis ball and had them shuffle through the ladder in a pattern while tossing a tennis ball back/forth with him.  Holy footwork AND hand/eye coordination!!  I was proud of my little nuggets for pulling this off. Stretching at the end was some planks with partners and high fives, V sit holds for 45 sec and Russian twists (tapping to the sides in a V-sit).  By this time the kids were laughing along and recapping with Daniel about their fun and what they had learned that day.

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I think that Daniel has a lot of knowledge to share with our young athletes and that his program would be especially beneficial for teens playing middle-school and high school level sports.  His program helps these kids build confidence, learn how to take care of their bodies in the wake of demanding sports, focus on specific skills (jump higher, faster footwork), and have fun all at the same time.  My kids got in the car and immediately said, "That was SO cool, Mom!!  When can we go again?"  Daniel does individual or small group training.  Get a couple of teammates and go together or have Daniel come to your team's practice.  When the weather is nice he has offerings at Grasslawn Park too.  And...wait for it....Kirkland Blog readers get their first session for FREE.  You can contact  Daniel at Quick City Athletes at 206-450-2333 or email danielalderete@comcast.net with questions or to schedule some time. ~j


Kutting Edge Fitness Opens in Rose Hill

It's that time of year again.  Time to remind yourself to put down that bottle of wine, lock the fridge, tighten your belt and hit the gym.  Sucks, I know.  Rose Hill residents, I think you should pay special attention.  With all of that traffic and construction on 85th lately, this might be the answer to your 2015 fitness fantasies. 

Brothers Adam and Dan Kleckner opened Kutting Edge Fitness on January 1st.  It's located at 8524 122nd Ave NE Suite B3 (same complex as the  Mercurys Coffee, which is handy for afterwards!).  The open turfed space is conducive to the small semi-private training that is their focus.  There is a maximum of 3 members to each personal trainer.  But before any training happens, the first step is getting a functional movement analysis.  These guys are focused on the anatomy and physiology of how you move, and of course, everybody has different areas they need to be focused on, so each person will have a unique program designed for them.  I went through the analysis today.  It was about 8 simple stretching/movement tasks where my range of motion, stability and form was observed and measured.  Turns out I am really 108 years old.  Ok, maybe not quite, but even though I scored well there were some notable areas where I am super tight (hello hip flexors) or compensating for one muscle group with another. We also went over some exercises and strategies for working on these areas.  

Membership works on a monthly dues amount based on how many times a week you will be coming in for your semi-private sessions.  You can sign up for 1, 2 or 3x/wk.  Once you are signed up for the semi-private options, all other classes and nutrition consulting (customized meal plans) are INCLUDED.  The brothers wrote a nutrition e-book that dispels common myths, which they will send to you for free if you email adam@kuttingedgefitness.com .   There are some cool classes that range from box skill training (Adam was a boxer), core training, movement training, and sports performance.  There is even a class that does a Titleist golf movement screen to figure out where you are leaking power or can't hold posture.  I probably have a lot of power leaks, maybe that will be a start for improving on my golf game this spring.

Another great thing these guys are doing is giving back to their community already.  Every Saturday morning at 9am they do a "Bootcamp for a Cause."  It's a (minimum) $10 donation to attend the bootcamp and all proceeds are given to a different charity each week.  Many are local stories of hardship.  

To get you in at Kutting Edge Fitness, Adam and Dan will do a $79 trial for the first month.  That gets you the initial movement analysis, semi-private sessions 2x/wk and unlimited classes ($347 value).  Or just try a class to check it out- first class or training session is free!  Come with me, I'm going to give it a try. :-) Questions can go to info@kuttingedgefitness.com or 425-307-1706. ~j

Seattle Thread Company Hosts Robert Turbin on 1/13

I know you're still finishing your beer celebrating the Seahawks win over the Carolina Panthers, but you need to put it down and head over to Seattle Thread Company (9 Lake St.) on Tuesday 1/13 from 6-7 to meet running-back Robert Turbin.  You will recognize #22 by his teeensy weeeensy biceps.  I'm wondering if Konstantin over at STC does some custom threads for those? Thanks Turbin, for showing the Kirkland people and our local businesses the love.  Back at ya!  Event details here.  ~j

Lucia Hosts Star-Studded "The Bachelor" Viewing Parties

JasonMollyAre you a fan of ABC's hit reality show "The Bachelor?"  Then you should scratch the pj's and ice cream plans you have for viewing the premiere on Monday Jan 5th  on your couch, and give yourself a much-deserved 2015 upgrade to Mike Halter's hip Lucia restaurant at Kirkland Park Place, where the it will be showing on all screens and two former Bachelor couples will be on hand to mingle with you.  From the looks of it, we've got one Maple Valley contestant this season, so you have another WA resident to root for.

That's right- we've got some locals that have been on the reality show, fell in love and are still around to talk about it.   And they will be on there to answer questions every Monday at the Lucia viewings from 8-10pm this season.   Expect a special Bachelor cocktail menu, food, and fun contests to keep you on your toes. 

Jason and Molly Mesnick (wedding photo- how cute can ya be??!) are Kirklanders that met on the 13th season of The Bachelor and have been married for almost five years and have an adorable daughter, Riley (1) together, in addition to Jason's superstar son, Tyler (9).  Jason is now in residential real estate with the Northwest Real Estate Group. Molly is a talk show host for 106.1 Kiss FM in the morning.

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who live in Seattle currently (she is from CA, he from OR),  met on Season 9 of "The Bachelorette" and are preparing for their January 2015 wedding.  Chris is a mortgage banker for Home Street Bank and Desiree is a bridal stylist, conveniently enough. ;-)

Call Lucia for reservations to get in on the excitement of the new Bachelor season with Chris Soules and to celebrate our own local reality stars, Jason, Molly, Chris and Desiree, and meet them first hand.  This party continues every Monday from 8-10 for 10 weeks starting Jan 5th.  425-889-0200.