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Happy Anniversary to Purpose Boutique
!  They are celebrating two years in Bremerton and almost one year in Kirkland.  So they decided to show off with their biggest sale of the year that has new markdowns hitting the floor every two hours.  It's this SAT, August 1st  from 10-8 at both locations (122 Central Way).  There will be $5, $10, $20 and $30 racks along with complimentary ice cream to celebrate in style and re-charge your shopping-with-a-purpose spirit.  Here are a list of their accomplishments from their young lives so far:

  • Produced 2 lines of Purpose branded empowerment clothing, directly changing lives of refugee women in the US and seamstresses in China
  • Donated $23,458 to various charity organizations that fund surgeries and fight human trafficking
  • Partnered with 20 empowerment brands around the US and the world
  • Funded 22 life-changing fistula surgeries 
  • Donated 328 TOMS shoes to those in need
  • Styled ~12,000 customers

And you also don't want to miss the "Sneak Peak" at Via Lago's winter collection July 31- Aug 1st from 3-6pm (129 Lake St. S)  .  With a donation to the Seafair Scholarship Foundation, be the  first to preview the new winter & holiday collection. 20% off future fashions and swag bags.  www.kirklandvialago.com .

Happy Seafair weekend to all of those attending and participating! Be safe. 

Plenty of other topics coming up but I keep doing fun things in the sun instead of sitting at my computer! I need to type for you but instead I golf and waterski as much as possible.. Don't hate me..  Things on my list to comporse look like... Lunch with retiring Police Chief Eric Olsen, Love the new Healthy BoneZ smoothie truck (go there immediately..like right now..), Skintegrity, Wilbur's BBQ, earthquakes and if we're ready or doomed, 425  Collective, what the f is up with 85th and 405, summer music in the park schedule and more.. .....xo...xo...

Kirkland Classic Car Show July 25-26

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Tens of thousands of people will be flocking to the ever-popular 14th annual Kirkland Classic Car Show this weekend.  The two day event at Marina Park is adding music and dancing to up the fun factor even more.  Expect live music and a beer garden at the kickoff party around 5-5:30 on Saturday the 25th.  Cars will be on display in the parking lot near Marina Park.   

Sunday is when the ALL the cars roll in...hundreds of classics from Legends Car Club throughout the streets of downtown Kirkland 10am-4pm.  Anyone with a classic or antique car is encouraged to bring it for inclusion in the show.  From 11-7 the live music and beer garden will be there for ya.  ~j

Win 2 Tickets to our Revamped Kirkland Performance Center


 I know you've seen the new schnazzy burnt orange colored marquee on Kirkland Ave, but aren't you curious to get inside and see what's new at the Kirkland Performance Center?  For this 16th season, you'll find a VIP lounge and a re-invigorated programming direction that Jeff Lockhard, KPC's Executive Director, is thrilled to share with this community.  And...wait for it..... I have a present for you!

KPCLounge <--the lounge, VIP lounge that is (insert your smiley mug here)

***Shoot an email to skye@kpcenter.org before Friday 7/31 and you may be chosen to win TWO complimentary tickets to Twisted Flicks: Mothra on Friday Sept 11th. 

You thought the only rewards of reading this blog were the belly laughs! ha!  But more good news- there are only 14 rows in the KPC, so every seat is AWESOME.  This season you will be up close and personal with Grammy Award winning artists such as Macy Gray, Dianne Reeves, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.   Here is the full season at a glance.  Season ticket packages now allow you the flexibility to build your own 5 show schedule at a 20% discount.  All season and single show tickets are on sale now.  Be inspired, laugh out-loud, sing along, enjoy the arts, and support our local theater! ~j

350 Kirkland Ave, www.kpcenter.org  425-893-9900     

Summer Celebrations in Kirkland

This city loves to party.  Why wouldn't we?  It's gorgeous weather and our parks are waterfront and our people are FUN! So, let's meet up for some summertime celebrating----


Kirkland Uncorked
is THIS weekend July 17-19 in Marina Park.  There's a 21+ Tasting Garden ($25 advance, $30/door) and an all-ages Street Fair (free).  I'm going to go out on a limb here and say you might want to walk, bus, bike, scooter, or teleport because parking cannot be fun on those days.  But there is some parking for those lucky 47 of you- tips on that and other details Uncorked can be found here.  Be ready for lots of wine and culinary delights and some celebrity chefs.

The hours for each of the days is here:

Kirkland Uncorked Tasting Garden Hours*:
Friday, July 17: 5pm-10pm
Saturday, July 18: 12pm-10pm
Sunday, July 19: 12pm-6pm

*Must be 21+ with valid ID

Kirkland Uncorked All-Ages Street Fair Hours:
Friday, July 17: 2pm-8pm
Saturday, July 18: 11am-8pm
Sunday, July 19: 11am-6pm

You can buy your tickets in advance online, at Fred Meyer or at The Grape Choice

If you look into your crystal ball you will also notice that you'll be attending Kirkland Summerfest of art, music, food and family fun on August 7th and 8th.   Planning and fundraising to pull off this effort is swiftly underway. 

Speaking of fundraising- congrats to the Kirkland Parks Foundation for achieving their fundraising goal for the Waverly Beach Park Picnic Shelter.  That project will start this fall with a targeted completion by summer of 2016.  Yay!  MORE waterfront park parties!  If you have ideas for how you think YOUR favorite Kirkland Park can be improved, the Kirkland Parks Foundation is ready to listen to your ideas. 

Goodwill Open in Juanita

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Did you know that Goodwill opened a Kirkland location in May where the old Albertson's used to be (9826 NE 132nd St.)?  For some reason when I walk into thrift stores like this I end up buying things I never knew that I needed.  It's a consistent phenomenon - maybe it's the garage-saler in me. Goodwill feels like a cleaner/more organized Value Village, but here's the cool thing.  Their mission is to put their proceeds towards providing free job training and education to those in need in the communities they serve. Insert warm fuzzies here. 

GoodwillJuanita (1)  <---please don't tell my son they have a used drum set for $80

Most items in the store have been donated and are gently used, but some things are new. New stuff=things that would be gnarly to buy used.  Underwear.  Socks.  You get my drift. If you drive around back, they have their own donation drop-off where somebody will take your things (everything but mattresses) and get you a tax receipt.  I was surprised there weren't more people in there since the air conditioning seemed to work great.  AND it was Wednesday SENIOR Discount Day. And bonus-- the books are in alphabetical order!

Goodwill Juanita Store hours:  Mon-Sat are 9-9 and they take donations 8-8 . On Sunday the store is 10-8 and donations 9-7.   425-823-7430. ~j


Happy 4th my Kirkland Peeps

I love this weather.  And I love America.  I'm not sure what we did to deserve this sweet sunny prize from Mother Nature this season, but it makes me smile every day (says the girl typing this from her air conditioned house).  And there's not a cloud in the forecast for the next 5 days! 

Hold on to your SPF b/c it will be a sunny day for the 4th of July parade (again!!).  Be smart- pack extra water for your day of local festivities which can be found here.  And whatever you do, please don't burn the place down! Burn bans are in effect and consumer fireworks are prohibited in the city of Kirkland.  With all of this dry grass and extreme heat our parks are in danger of being susceptible to fires.  Here's the public safety announcement from the city.  Stay safe.  Go watch the public fireworks display so you can keep all of your fingers.    


Looks like this for July 4th:

7:00 AM
Parade Route and Staging Route cleared.
Cars and vehicles will be towed

9:30 AM
Parade Route Closes and Detours in Place

10:00 AM 
Children's Decorating Event at Marina Park Pavilion 
Tattoos, flags, and tons of fun for the family

11:30 AM
Children's walking parade begins at Market and Central (see map)

12:00 PM
Old Fashioned Downtown parade starts at Market and Central 

1:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Join all your friends and neighbors at Marina Park! 
Food and sponsor vendors in the park or bring your own picnic

5:00 PM -  Music in the Park 

Fantastic Fireworks Display off of Marina Park with viewing from most downtown waterfront parks