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 I'm not usually a 'cut and paster', but today I am.  Helloooo holiday weekend. These are in chronological order, and may be refreshing without my snarky comments woven in.. 


Kirkland Wednesday Market Returns to Marina Park: 6/1

The Kirkland Wednesday Market is continuing its 15 year tradition by bringing over 50 vendors to downtown Kirkland starting June 1 and running through September 28th from 2pm to 7pm. This year promises to be better than ever with the addition of more food vendors, local wineries and entertainment. Although the focus is still on local farmers and locally produced items that feature Washington sourced and crafted food and artisanal goods, there will more varied vendors than ever before.

With new market managers, Rochelle Haberl and Storey Hahn, there are many new features to the market this year. Sponsors such as MyICON, the naming sponsor, have provided funding to allow additional program support such as the POP program. POP is the Power of Produce, an educational program for youth to learn about healthy options for food choices at farmer’s markets.

Opening day has two featured bands: KiMS Jazz Band and Marilyn and the G-Strings. There will also be reusable shopping bag giveaways and more surprises. Visitors are encouraged to walk, carpool, bus, boat or use the public parking lot at the Library to access the market since parking is often full at the marina. After 5pm the City Hall lot is also available. Join us this summer because dinner on Wednesday is FRESH in Kirkland.

 info@kirklandmarket.org, 425-298-6437, Rochelle Nelson and Storey Hahn, market managers


Kirkland Summer Sailing Series starts : Fri 6/3

  • Interested in racing your sailboat? Or interested in participating as a committee member? Email Gary Clouse: cdad948@gmail.com.

Memorial Tour: Saturday 6/4

Matt McCauley, local historian, will give a tour of the Kirkland Cemetery from 10-12:00.  The graves of service men and women will still have their flags and crosses on them from the Memorial Day observance.   Meet at the fountain.  No charge, but donations will be accepted. You will enjoy great stories from Matt.




Trellis Restaurant's Front Porch Opening Celebration:  June 9-10
Enjoy Open-Air Dining & Handcrafted Cocktails at Kirkland’s Heathman Hotel

In honor of the warm weather seasonal opening of Trellis Restaurant’s Front Porch (Kirkland’s largest Front Porch), the restaurant is encouraging guests to celebrate sun, family, and friends on Thursday, June 9 and Friday, June 10, 2016, from 5 to 8 p.m. This extended celebration will feature live music from guitarist/composer Enrique Henao, farm inspired craft cocktails by well-known bartender Viktor Kustov and fresh seasonal bites from Chef Brian Scheehser’s 18-acre Woodinville farm.

Chef Brian Scheehser will debut his current farm collection at the upcoming Trellis Front Porch party. The 2016 assemblage includes assorted lettuces and greens, edible flowers, beets, carrots, brassicas, endives, beans, favas, celery root, anise hyssop, lovage, and kohlrabi. As the current growing season progresses, Chef Brian Scheehser will bring varieties of sweet corn, squash, and an unparalleled assortment of heirloom tomatoes.

“I am very excited to share the farm’s upcoming harvest with our valued guests and neighbors — this is our season,” states Chef Brian Scheehser. “This time of year is so exciting, as we are able to see the rewards from the past winter’s hard work getting the land ready for the next growing season.”

Menu prices will vary. For reservations or information, call 425-284-5900.


Kirkland Art Walk: Fri 6/10

The Kirkland Art Walk takes place the second Friday of every month from 5-8pm. Learn more about this ongoing event and the artists here.


National Marina Day at Carillon Point: Sat 6/11

  • Free on-site Boater Education Class conducted by the King County Marine Sheriff’s (8am–4pm) for all those folks still needing their Washington State Boater Education Card
  • Boaters in Washington need to have their Washington State Boater Education Card with them when operating a boat 15 horsepower or greater. Boater operators born before January 1, 1955 are exempt but may choose to get a card if they plan to boat in Canada or Oregon since both require mandatory education.
  • Those who successfully complete the course are qualified to apply and receive a Washington State Boater Education Card ($10) from the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.
  • This class is limited to 25 students, so email mary@carillonprop.com to register now.
  • 12 yrs and older


  • Free Vessel Safety Checks conducted by the Coast Guard Auxiliary (9am to 3pm)
  • Email mary@carillonprop.com to register as appointment times are limited.
  • Vessel Safety Checks are performed free of charge and without any legal obligations or penalties.  If a potential problem or violation is discovered, the Examiner will give the boater options and information for correcting it. The estimated time is approximately 45 minutes to an hour, depending on size of boat.  The Vessel Safety Check is a great way to expand general safe boating awareness and knowledge.


Kirkland Wine Walk: 6/17

This 21+ event on Friday, June 17, 2016, will bring you on a wine adventure of local wineries at downtown Kirkland businesses. This event will sell out, so buy your tickets now.

General Admission ticket holders’ may purchase their tickets online for $25:00.  The General Admission wine adventure commences at 6 pm at the Heathman Hotel, 220 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033. Early Bird ticket holders may purchase their tickets online for $35:00.  The Early Bird Wine Walk begins at 5:00 pm from the Heathman Hotel.

Ticket holders will pick up their event map and list of each local wine being tasted at 14 downtown locations. Each ticket holder will also receive a complimentary tasting Govino glass, and 14 tasting tickets.  There will be special offers on wine during the event.

For more information about this event phone: 425 822-7066 up to midday on the day of the event. We love your visits to our merchants but we don’t recommend you bring non-ticket holders with you.  Some of our merchants do not have the space to facilitate a huge number of people. This is a 21+ event so reserve a baby sitter. We love our puppies too but ask you keep your puppy happy at home as puppies can get frightened amongst a large group of people.



"It's a Small World": Kirkland's 4th of July Celebration

In honor of 50 years since the installation of the Disneyland exhibition "It's a Small World" and the 50th anniversary of the death of Walt Disney, who brought such joy and imagination to children and adults all over the world has inspired the theme of the Kirkland 4th of July 2016. We are looking for volunteers & sponsors!  Please contact info@celebratekirkland.org. Here is a sign up genius for volunteer jobs.


Kirkland Summerfest 8/12-13

Summerfest is full of family fun, art, food, music, activities and entertainment on the streets and waterfront of downtown Kirkland.  It takes a lot of people to make this event happen.  Sign up to volunteer here. Funny the "Beer Garden" shifts seem to be going first. ;-)


It's Spring: Sponsor a Flower Pot Downtown

 If you could make a huge visible difference in Kirkland, would you do it? If you could honor someone you love with a beautiful year-long gift, would you do it? If you could advertise your business 365 days a year to pedestrians in Kirkland, would you do it? Do you want to show you really care about your community? Then do this! It will take 5 minutes of your time and last all year long! The Kirkland Downtown Association (a 501c3 non-profit) is responsible for these pots through the generous giving of our community. Sponsor a flower pot for $250. This amount pays for 3 plantings a year, and upkeep and watering. You will receive a personalized metal plaque on your specific flower pot. Be sure to include what you want written on your plaque in your details! Ideas: Combine multiple names or businesses to come up with $250, honor your family members, give as a gift for the person who has everything, or promote your business.



Nuisances.  New-cent-says. Isn't that a fun word to say?  It kind of makes me laugh and cringe all at the same time. And also reminds me of the man in Costco this week that seemed to forever be in the same aisle as me while whistling at doggie ear decibels (which is coincidentally on the top of my pet peeve list).  He'd smile at me in passing, like maybe I was enjoying his grating little tune.... but no, he was indeed....... a nuisance. 

Here are a few more:

-BEING DISCONNECTED- Friends of ours that live in Rose Hill along with 55 of their neighbors had their Frontier communications out for TEN DAYS.  Imagine in 2016 having no phone, internet or TV for TEN DAYS.  That would feel like an eternity. Families were taking their kids to Starbucks or the library so they could do their homework and Petco was on the verge of running out of carrier pigeons for message deliveries. Frontier support =major fail. Luckily they are back online and able to go resume reading their Kirkland Blog posts.  whew.  

-WEEDS- major nuisance. Want to help pull some? No, not at my house (but you're welcome here too).  Help remove invasive scotch broom on the Cross Kirkland Corridor on Monday 5/23 9-11am at NE 87th St (parking available along 7th Ave and NE 87th).  Or there's also Saturday 5/28 9-11am between NE 87th St. and NE 95th St (pakring available behind Peter Kirk Elementary on 110th Ave NE).  Feel free to whistle while you work! Bring small pruning saws, heavy duty loppers and water. Wear long pants and sleeves, sturdy shoes and gloves (these are attack weeds!). Everything you ever wanted to know about removing Scotch Broom is here. For more info contact Karen : karen@nwnative.us 

-UNWANTED HAIR - Springtime is here and some of us need a little help with the bodily cleanup this season requires.  Just like the weeds.  Nuisance.  Have no fear, Waxing the City is hosting a Ladies Mixer with appetizers and wine on June 16th from 6-9pm.  Current or new clients can visit the studio and meet other local ladies- you even get a goody bag for bringing a friend.  Thanks also to WTC for sponsoring the Kirkland Weds Market and participating in Summerfest this year! 425-297-2000

-SOLICITORS- They love knocking on our doors when the sun comes out.  I never knew I had the opportunity to change so many lives through magazines sales.  Or that so many people would completely ignore our "No Solicitors" sign and make me feel uncomfortable at my own front door.  I've never been called "one weird bitch" before.   Our neighborhood has recently experienced a flurry of these (insert your adjective of choice) salespeople and soon they might be coming your way too.  This particular company has a biz license through the City of Kirkland to engage in door to door sales thru 6/30/16.  Don't get bullied by solicitors- call 911 if they won't take no for an answer or are disrespectful to you in any way.  I sat with the city this week to discuss this issue, and we have some ideas of how to make some of the solicitor info more readily available to the public (when they are coming, who they are) and ways to help keep them in check/accountable for their behavior at our doorstep. Stay tuned.

Feel free to air your nuisances in the comments.  


Rockory Music School Opens in Totem Lake

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Daniel Miller has teamed up with Stage 7 Pianos to open his own instructional music school in Totem Lake called Rockory Music School. It is tucked discreetly behind Dania at 11831 124th Ave NE. Daniel is a local guy who attended Sandburg Elementary, Finn Hill and UW (and then Berklee College of Music),and has since traveled the world making music.  He performs in 3 bands and has been teaching locally for the past five years and amassed a loyal following.  So hurry to book your spot! Daniel teaches ages 5 through adult in the following instruments: guitar, bass, drums, violin, piano and ukelele.  This gives you the flexibility to change or choose multiple instruments.  Private lessons are $35 for 30 minutes and he is open Mon-Sat.  

Danielhairup   Danielhairdown  <--Daniel with his "Ngoni."  I made him do a 'dreads up' and 'dreads down' shot. Which do you prefer?

Students are always exposed to different musical styles and have an opportunity for group  playing.  There are also summer camps for 9-15 year olds M-F 12-5pm.  All levels are welcome and each week is a different style.  Kids practice songs in the beginning of the week and then they perform outdoors in Kirkland at the end of the week (complete with tip jar).  He also offers recording classes.  When I asked Riley (13) why she likes taking violin with Daniel, she said "He's fun. He's not always so serious and he makes sure that I like the songs.  And his dreadlocks are cool." So there you have it.  Daniel's passion is "providing access to music and encouraging  participation for those who haven't ever experienced it." And not that this should be a selling point, but it is noteworthy that there are a couple of wineries a few doors down where you could theoretically burn a half hour while your kid is in a lesson.  Not that I would ever do that.  Just in case you would. info@Rockory.com 206-992-0999

Kirkland Artist Studio Tour: Mother's Day Weekend

All a mom really wants for Mother's Day is some quality time with her children, right?  Well....sort of....she also wants to be treated like the Queen that she is. Give your mom the gift of your time, attention and creative inspiration this year by taking her to the (FREE!) 13th Annual Kirkland Artist Studio Tour .  It's May 7th and 8th from 10-6pm, and there's a May 6th Friday night preview party from 5-9pm.  This is a self-guided tour through various Kirkland neighborhoods where you can capture a glimpse of the where these artists make their magic happen.  Be prepared for a great lineup of local artists- far too many to visit in one day! Much of what you see will also be fore sale, whether it's jewelry, glass art, paintings, photography, garden art, sculpture, furniture, or fiber arts.  So you'll have the option of surprising mom with a unique gift as well. Be spontaneous, and kind and listen ...she'll be impressed.  It's just confirmation that she raised you well.