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Park Lane Grand Opening Fri 5/29

That's right -it's opening! Finally!  The mystery is unveiled. And I won't have to walk into opposing traffic to get my Starbucks in DT Kirkland anymore.  Whether it's done or not-just blur your eyes so now all of the bricks are laid and the construction tape is gone. :-)  Get yourself ready for the party and some fun- a ribbon cutting, a free concert and an open air market with special offerings from the local merchants.

Here is the schedule of events:

Friday 5/29

6pm - Ribbon cutting by City Council

6:30-8:00 Free concert in the street with Geoffrey Castle

Stores will be open, and many will be serving treats inside.

Saturday 5/30

10am - 6pm Open air market

Merchants will be bringing themselves out onto the street (where possible) and offering some great specials. 

Information about the street - and the new features so everyone will have a great understanding about how it will work, why they chose some of the features they did, and what the impact will be. 

Be sure to stop by the KDA booth for our community event fundraising opportunities.  We have limited edition bracelets by Mandy Moon, where the proceeds will go to fund our community projects and events.  We will also be offering bottled waters (as it's supposed to be 81 degrees!)   Here is the link for Mandy's Bracelets  http://www.mandymoonvintage.com/w08.html

Mark's Hallmark Closing in Coming Weeks

The last few times I was in Mark's Hallmark store in Kirkland Park Place, I could not find the type of card I was looking for.  I even wondered to myself...."I am in a CARD STORE.  And I can't find the card I need? How do they stay in business?"  

Well, they don't.  I must not have been the only one with unfulfilled card dreams and disinterest in the useless trinkets collecting on the shelves.  At one time there were 30 Mark's Hallmarks spanning multiple states and now they have all shriveled up.  They might be giving the evil eye to the internet, but I don't think that's it.  We still buy cards and gifts, you just need to update your inventory.  But for the record, they were GREAT at blowing up helium balloons.  Every time I called in a balloon order they were ready and waiting for me, so I will give them that. 

There's a silver lining-- if you can block out the faint bed-pan odor, most everything in the store is 40% off right now.  And some of the holiday things are 75% off. So I stocked up on cards and am currently ready for any and all occasions you might have to throw at me.  Graduation? Humorous Bday? Thank you for the busdriver? I love you 'just because'?  Uh-huh.  You are getting a card from me this year (but not a coach's thank you, which is what I was searching for in the first place). You've got about 2-3 weeks left before those sweet little ole ladies lock the doors for the last time. 

R.I.P. Mark's Hallmark.  Thanks for the good years.  With greatest sympathies, The Kirkland Weblog

Good Stuff in the Kirkland Community

 This post turned out to be a random truckload of information. Glean from it what you will...


Rampathon  <--super awesome ramp builders 
Kirkland resident Alice Lepofsky is a two year old with Spinal Muscular Dystrophy Type II and is unable to walk, crawl or roll over.  This past weekend she was the lucky recipient of a free ramp from the Master Builder Association's Rampathon volunteers from Kitchen Plus and was visited by City Councilwoman Shelly Kloba. Kudos to all of those that came together for little Alice.


Then at sea....Carillon Point Marina is celebrating National Marina Day from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, June 13th.  Here are some great offerings to get you ready for this summer:

·         An on-site Boater Education class in the Woodmark Hotel Great Room, conducted by the King County Marine Sheriff staff for all those folks still needing their Safe Boating Card. (Please sign up, as space is limited.) 

·         Vessel Safety Checks from the King County Marine Sheriff fortenants and anyone else who wants to participate, taking reservations from 9am to 3pm. Inspections are free but reservations are required, so please let us know if you’d like a free inspection and we’ll get you on the schedule. 

Questions or reservations for these boating events: mary@carillonprop.com


Other random points of interest--

On Sunday, May 24:
At 12:00, there will be an induction of Billy and Cory Roeseler at the Plaza of Champions in Marina Park.  Billy and Cory were the founders of the sport of kite boarding- right here in Kirkland on Lake Washington.  Kite boarding is now known world wide and Cory holds several world records.
From 1-3pm (also 5/24) local historian Matt McCauley will lead an informal history tour of the Kirkland Cemetery.  Meet at the front entrance to hear tales of our community history as well as stories of veteran's who are buried there.
And, last but not least....It's time to get your littlest artists creating something fantastic and crafty around the theme "Summer in the Pacific Northwest." Here are all the details for the always popular Summerfest Young Artists Exhibition 2015.
Attention Young Artists
You are invited to exhibit your artwork at the 
Young Artists Exhibition at Kirkland Summerfest Arts & Music Festival
August 7-8, 2015
The Young Artists Exhibition is a one-day art show that takes place Saturday, August 8th
during the 4th annual downtown Kirkland Summerfest.
The goal is to feature the talent and individual expression of young artists.
The theme for this year's Young Artists Exhibition is "Summer in the Pacific Northwest!"
Ribbons and prizes will be awarded in the following age groups: 5 and under, 6-9, 10-13 and 14-18.
Artwork will be judged on the following criteria:
Interpretation of the theme, originality, creativity and innovative use of materials.
                          Media can include, but is not limited to: oil, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, pastel, pencil, ink, 
crayon, print work, photography, textiles, clay, glass, wood and recycled materials.
Paintings, drawings, prints and photographs should not exceed 24" x 36"
and must be matted or mounted on foam board or other rigid board for ease of displaying.
Up to two entries will be accepted per artist. (We request that framing not include glass.)
Three-dimensional pieces should not exceed 14" in height
and should include a mount, or be able to stand upright without a mount.
Please submit your artwork between June 30th through August 1st
at the Kirkland Arts Center Gallery located at;
620 Market Street, Kirkland, WA during the hours of 11am - 6pm, Tuesday-Friday or 11am - 5pm Saturday.
Artwork will be available for pick up following the conclusion of Summerfest through August 15th.
Entry forms are available online at www.kirklandsummerfest.com
or can be picked up at the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce office or
at the Kirkland Arts Center Gallery.
For questions, contact Anna Braden at abraden@kirklandartscenter.com

Fight the Frizz at O2 Blow Dry Bar

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Obadiah Salon has opened a Kirkland location
for their salon and O2 Blow Dry Bar at 345 Kirkland Ave, right near St. James Espresso.  Friends are already raving about their 'blowouts' (which does NOT involve a diaper).  The salon opened in Feb and offers the usual suspects: cut/color stylist services, while the dry bar is where you can get a wash/blow dry/style for a big night out or just a little pick-me-up.  Typically this service  45 mins and  $35 but-- hello--they are also running a deal on Amazon Local for the next 2 weeks. For men that think this concept is crazy, I will just say that there is something magical about when a stylist dries/styles your hair.  It cannot be replicated at home no matter how hard we try. 


You'll be relieved to know you can find parking on the street or in the garage. Obadiah uses Oribe hair products to spin their hair wizardry.  So far, there is simply hair and botox at this location, but Obadiah's Bellevue salon offers skincare, massage, waxing and make-up too. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-in's are welcomed. 425-646-3666.

Happy Mother's Day, Kirkland Moms!


Mothers Day promo

Thanks to all of the awesome moms out there that give hugs and wipe tears every single day.  My mom still does those things for me. :-)

Treat the special mom in your life---Between May 1-10th--Shop LOCAL this Mother's Day and you could win up to $400 in gifts.  No purchase necessary- get your Mother's Day stamp-card punched at ten participating merchants to be entered in the contest.  Here's where you get your stamps: Crush Footwear, Lake Street Diamonds, Flatstick Pub, Essentials on Park Lane, Urban Float, Simplicity Decor, Simplicity ABC, Found Interiors on Market St, Milagros, Hector's, Boo Boo Barkery, Serendipity, Studio 150, The Grape Choice, Ivy, George's Place.  ~j

Crowd Rallies for Education Funding at Marina Park

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There was an enormous crowd of hundreds of supporters in Marina Park today all wearing red and carrying signs that said, "On Strike Against Legislature, Stop Blaming Teachers, Start Funding Schools."  Today was an organized one-day walk out for the Lake Washington Education Association, which is the organization of professionals and union that represents teachers in our district.  They are the 11th teachers union to have a one-day strike over funding for smaller K-12 class sizes and professional pay and benefits for educators.   And there will be more protests around the state as they urge the Legislature to adhere to their constitutional mandate to fully fund public education.

The message was announced to all of the families in Lake WA School District on 4/23 that there would be no school today, Weds 5/6.  This is when I told my kids it's a "Go to Work with Daddy Day!!!"  Genius, I know. Here is a copy of Superintendent Traci Pierce's note that we all received:

Dear Lake Washington School District Families:

The Lake Washington Education Association (LWEA) voted to join in a statewide action against the legislature to protest the lack of education funding in our state.  The LWEA is the organization of professionals and union that represents teachers  in our district. This protest involves a one-day walkout. Eleven districts to the north of us have or will also experience one-day walkouts. At least 15 other local teachers associations in the Puget Sound area have authorized votes by their full membership this week.

LWEA has selected May 6 as the day for their one-day walkout. Therefore, there will be no school for students on May 6 as teachers will not be at work on that day. LWEA worked closely with the district to schedule this action on a day that would minimize disruption for students and parents to the greatest extent possible. The district has been working to determine how to handle activities and events scheduled for May 6 that would be difficult to reschedule. For example, Advanced Placement tests scheduled for that day will be held as planned. Previously scheduled interscholastic competitions will also take place.

While there is now no school for students on May 6, the school day will have to be made up, just as we would make up a snow day or other unforeseen calendar change. The make-up day will be added to the end of the school year. This means June 16 will become a full school day and our last day of school will now be a half day on June 17. There will be no change in graduation dates or the last day of school for seniors. A revised school year calendar will be shared with families.

 It is important for families to know that this LWEA action is not directed at the Lake Washington School District or the Lake Washington communities. We share the LWEA’s concern that the legislature should fully fund basic education. We also understand and appreciate the disruption that this change in schedule may cause for families.


 Dr. Traci Pierce