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We're off to see the Wizard......

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Need a break from the sun?

Studio East’s 19th Annual Summer Musical is bringing together the Kirkland community for the production of The Wizard of Oz. The 49 person cast includes performers ages 9 – 19 in ensemble and principle roles while featuring Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen as the Mayor of Munchkin Land, and other Kirkland officials and luminaries as her loyal subjects. Playing at the Kirkland Performance Center from July 30 – August 7, this production is a community event for the whole family.

Ford Hyundai of Kirkland presents
The Wizard of Oz

  • Saturday, July 30, 20162:30PM, 7:30PM
  • Sunday, July 31, 20162:30PM
  • Friday, August 5, 20167:30PM
  • Saturday, August 6, 20162:30PM, 7:30PM
  • Sunday, August 7, 20162:30PM

Directed by Lani Brockman
Musically Directed by Susan Bardsley
Choreographed by Kristin Burch

Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for the entire family.
Studio East’s 19th Annual Summer Musical features Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen as the Mayor of Munchkin Land, and other Kirkland officials and luminaries as her loyal subjects.  Recommended for ages 5+.

All tickets $18. Sold though KPC box office only. Reserved Seating


Winslow Salon Makes a Move

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After 6 years in their Market Street location, Winslow Salon has re-opened at 118 Central Way as of June 1st (Haute Salon’s old spot).  Owner Ashley Winslow Newbury has taken the opportunity to do a little re-branding for her comfortable luxury salon, but one thing that hasn’t changed is her team of loyal stylists.  “I’m very lucky to have such great support.  Most of my team has been with me for a long time which is unusual in this industry,” she shared appreciatively. She is also enjoying the excitement that comes with being in the center of downtown Kirkland.  With 11 stations and 12 stylists (and growing),  the salon is buzzing with clients that are chatting away in their bright, spacious surroundings.  Services include cuts, color, balayage, and keratin/Brazilian blowout treatments that range from $40 to $300 depending on the service and stylist.  Winslow carries the Oribe line of products and R+Co (Oribe’s other line). 

Stylist Kristin Shea gave me a blowout, and despite my super straight and notoriously uncooperative hair, she created these fun tousled waves that earned me compliments all day long.  It’s funny how hard us ladies have to try to make it look like we didn’t try at all. Winslow Salon is open Mon- Fri 10-17 and Sat 9-5. After hours by appt. 425-629-3686. Swing by to say hello and score some giveaways/product discounts at their Grand Re-Opening party on July 16th at 6:30, which will coincide with Kirkland Uncorked weekend.  

Prizes, Sand and Progress

Celebrate Kirkland! 4th announces $1000 and $500 cash prizes for the best parade entries!

Here's a fun opportunity to increase participation and excitement surrounding the Lee Johnson Auto Family’s annual 4th of July Parade with the theme “It’s a Small World”.

Celebrate Kirkland, in partnership with the Kirkland Downtown Association, is including $1000 first place cash prize for the best parade entry in the annual Lee Johnson Auto Family 4th of July Parade. Included in the contest is a $500 cash prize for the second favorite entry and all entries will be competing to receive high scores from an independent panel of judges. How's that for ya? God Bless America.  Sign up on the Celebrate Kirkland website.


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Help fund new sand at Houghton and Marina Beach. Fresh sand for the beginning of summer!

The Kirkland Parks Foundation had so much fun providing fresh sand for the beach at Marina Park last summer that they are doing it again—and they are including Houghton Beach this time around! From now until June 30th, you can help support this project to provide new sand just in time the start of summer.

Who doesn’t love playing in the sand? Sand castles! Sand angels! Wiggling bare toes in warm sand! Our waterfront parks are a huge attraction for kids but do not naturally have very fine sand.

Let’s bring in some fresh sand to play with.  Each beach needs two truckloads of sand and each truckload costs $500, for a total of $1000 per beach. It's super easy to donate here.

Congrats to Friends of FSH Research!
Kirkland non-profit, Friends of FSH Researchwhich was​ founded in 2004, raises funds to stimulate research interest in FSHD​. On Monday the City of Seattle will present a proclamation noting June 20th as an International Day of FSHD Awareness.  FSHD is the most popular form of muscular dystrophy in the adult population. There is no cure for this progressively disabling condition. Over the past 12 years this volunteer-run organization has provided over $3 million dollars to FSH related projects.  They spearheaded the first FSH project to be conducted in Seattle in 2005 and have provided $1 million in funding to the Hutch and $1 million to the ​University of Washington.​ Their 13th annual auction will be on January 21st at the  Bellevue Hyatt. 


Coming Soon: LizzyKate

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A new sign went up (in Savrika Tea's old spot) at 115 Kirkland Ave for LizzyKate, a new tea shop that is bustling to get ready to open their doors by July 4th.   Owners Will and Amy are Kirkland locals and tea enthusiasts, and want to share their passion and what they've learned with others.  So why not call it "Will and Amy? "   Will says, "we noticed that a lot of tea companies have masculine names and we wanted a feminine, yet modern name. So we took two classic names, Elizabeth and Katherine, and modernized them to make LizzyKate. Elizabeth and Katherine are also family names, and we like how the modern combination of these traditional names makes a fun company name for our modern take on the traditional world of tea."  Their teas come from all over the world- black, green, white, oolong, and herbal. Their full tea selection is here, and can also be ordered online.  LizzyKate's storefront presence will feature a tasting bar in the center of the space, to encourage everyone to come in and try something new. Check out their Facebook page to follow the latest in teas. expert@lizzykate.com with questions. 425-250-6878

In other Kirkland Ave news......

 Zaw Artisan Pizza has closed their Kirkland storefront. If you are still craving those unique hand-made pizzas that you bake at home, you can still order online for delivery.

Sugar Plum has moved from Mosaic to its own space down the block (223 Kirkland Ave) Sugaring is a sugar/water/citric acid alternative to waxing. Details here. For pricing or to book an appt go online.  206-512-3033.

The Heathman Hotel's Trellis Pastry Chef, Jacquelynn Beckman, has created some new gluten-free dessert options just in time for bikini season:  Red Velvet Layer Cake “Chocolate Terroir” with chocolate mousse layers and caramelized beet swirl ice cream; Blueberry Citrus Thyme Hand Pie served w/blood orange creamsicle ice cream; Marshmallow Chocolate Cake “Cocoa puff” with almond tuile and coconut sorbet. 425-284-5900 for reservations.

Where to go this Weekend

The Downtown Kirkland Wine Walk is this Friday June 17th from 6-9pm.  You'll start at the Heathman Hotel and meander (stumble?) to 14 different downtown locations for tastings.  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.  This is a 21+ event so best to leave your puppies and little peeps at home. Questions? Call 425-822-7066.


Bloomsday Photo: River Liffey by Walt Krueger

Once your wine headache wears off, on Saturday 6/18 head to the Wilde Rover (111 Central Way) for a James Joyce Bloomsday Celebration. What is Bloomsday you ask?? Ulysses author James Joyce's Bloomsday refers to June 16, 1904 and a day in the life of Leopold Bloom, the main character in the Joyce novel, a book acclaimed as one of the greatest works of fiction ever written.  Fans of the book host events on or about that day annually around the world.  There will readings, Irish music, open mike and a movie, in addition to a presentation by a retired UW Professor of Comparative Literature to discuss the adaptation of The Dead from text to screen.  Check out the Kirkland Bloomsday Facebook page for more info.

Also on Saturdays, don't forget to visit Little Brother's Farmers Market between 10-3 at 450 Central Way (Arete Building). Local farmers selling their products; fresh produce, baked goodies, fresh flowers, ciders (apple, blueberry, pear), tomato and basil plants, meat, peanuts - and live music too!

Seaplanes at Carillon Point??

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Kirkland citizens are raising concerns about the recent proposal that Carillon Point has submitted to the city requesting to operate sea planes from their dock.  This is open to public comment until June 20th.  Below is a letter submitted that summarizes the process and what to do if you would like to learn more or give your feedback on the proposal. You will also find a fact sheet provided by Carillon Point outlining their intent.  


Last chance for input regarding seaplanes at Carillon Point!

Carillon Point has submitted a request to be allowed to operate seaplanes out of their dock. June 20 is the last chance to submit comments!

The service would include two planes docking along the guest pier of the Woodmark Hotel, offering 20-minute flights. The planes would operate from 9 a.m. to one hour before sunset, year-round. If the permit is approved, it could open the door for similar operations elsewhere in Kirkland.

After city planners complete their review process, there will be a public hearing. A hearing date has not yet been set, but will probably be in September, and will be in the evening.

Any residents or property owners who received notices from the city will be notified of the hearing, as well as anyone who sends written comments. Those who send written comments will also have the ability to appeal. The public notice signs, city notice board at City Hall, and City website will also be posted with the hearing date.

After the hearing, the City Hearing Examiner will make a decision to approve, modify, or deny the application. The decision will be based on whether the application complies with Kirkland’s Zoning Code and other applicable codes. The final decision will be made by the State Department of Ecology.

If you have concerns about noise or other impacts, it is urgent that you send them before June 20 at 5 pm. If seaplanes are allowed at Carillon Point, it would set a precedent for seaplanes to be allowed elsewhere on the lake.

Permit information can be viewed at https://permitsearch.mybuildingpermit.com/. Enter permit number SHR16-00803.

In your letter, reference SHR16-00803 and send the email to:

The above list includes:

Planner Christian Geitz CGeitz@kirklandwa.gov
Planning Director Eric Shields <EShields@kirklandwa.gov>
City Manager Kurt Triplett ktriplett@kirklandwa.gov
Mayor Amy Walen awalen@kirklandwa.gov
Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold jarnold@kirklandwa.gov
Councilmember Shelley Kloba skloba@kirklandwa.gov
Councilmember Penny Sweet psweet@kirklandwa.gov 
Councilmember Toby Nixon tnixon@kirklandwa.gov   
Councilmember Dave Asher dasher@kirklandwa.gov
Councilmember Doreen Marchione dmarchione@kirklandwa.gov



Carillon Point – Conditional Use Permit Fact Sheet
Proposed Seaplane Operation

Location:     Carillon Point Guest Pier, 7000 Carillon Point, Kirkland, WA 98033
Hours of Operation:     Seven days per week, 9am to 1 hour prior to sunset --- appointments via website with limited walk-on availability during summer evenings and weekends. Carillon Point is seeking permission to operate within these hours, however actual use will fluctuate depending on the time of year, weather and availability of the operator.
Flight Frequency:     Not more than one per hour --- the cycle of the flight procedure includes completion of paperwork, pre-flight check and approximate 25-minute sight-seeing tour.
Aircraft Specs:     Limited to Cessna 185F with a piston engine and 3 bladed Hartzell Propeller 1C160/DTM7557M (or similar). *** Please note, only one (1) plane would be present at any given time – this is not a proposal for a full-blown seaplane operation featuring larger, noisier aircraft similar to other seaplane operations on Lake Washington.
Operator:     Seaplane Scenics --- www.seaplanescenics.com
Noise:     The overall maximum sound produced by Seaplanes is ~75dB, which maximum sound is only produced during takeoff (a duration of approximately 20 seconds) which shall only take place over 1,000 feet from the shoreline.
By way of comparison, the sound produced by existing motorboat and jet ski traffic on Lake Washington can fluctuate between 65-110dB for the entire duration of travel time on the lake.
As part of the proposed operation, it is estimated that during the busy season (Apr-Sept) Seaplane Scenics will only produce a total of 18 minutes of maximum sound per week (equivalent to 74 minutes per month). During the off season (Oct-Mar) only intermittent flights will be scheduled.
Impacts: As part of the permitting process a qualified, third-party Wildlife Habitat Assessment was prepared and submitted to the City of Kirkland. This assessment concluded the following:


Existing Uses:     Carillon Point is a Class-A, mixed use commercial development featuring an existing, full-service 200-slip marina offering year round private moorage of personal boats, yachts and jet skis.
Waterfront Adventures seasonal rentals featuring, passenger boats, jet skis,
paddle boards and kayaks.
436 feet of Guest Pier moorage facilities offering short-term, first-come, first-served (2 hour) docking for individual and private vessels along with access for commercial tour vessels operated by Argosy, Waterways Cruises and various other commercial tour companies.
Proposed Flight Plan:



Laughs and Laughables

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in Totem Lake had their last show this past weekend and have now closed their Kirkland location for good.  Also not-so-funny, is the news that along with Big 5's closing in Kirkland, now all Sports Authorities will be closing.  Where is an eastside mom supposed to go for cleats and birthday gifts now?

Since you can't laugh at Laugh's anymore, I'll let you laugh at me and my series of mishaps.  I'm a team player like that.

A few weeks ago I'm in a hurry and my car is a filth bucket, so I jump in line at the Mobil (formerly Shell) Station on 85th across from Safeway.  Last I checked you don't need an advanced degree to navigate onto the tracks of a carwash that has employees telling you where to drive. But I could be wrong.  By the time my car reaches the end  of the wash where more humans are drying my shiny ride, one of my tires is completely flat.  They are pointing and chattering back and forth.  The sidewall of my tire is gashed.  Roadside took two hours so this is already not my favorite day.  At least Mobil agreed to pay the replacement cost for my tire.  Good news, right? Not so fast.  Because you can't just buy ONE new tire on an all-wheel drive car. Hello four new tires! Discount Tires appears to have the best price/availability until......the wrong size comes in.  So now my friends I are laughing at the not-so-sexy (or safe?) spare tire I'd been driving around on for a week.  I prefer to call it the donut since I never have the joy of eating a donut I can at least drive on one. When the new tires finally come in and get installed on my car, I ask them to load up my couple of old ones that still had plenty of tread on them into my trunk. I can re-cupe some of my money and post them on Craigslist, right? NO. They mistakenly sent them out on a truck with the trash tires.  So they gave me a little bit of money for them but not nearly what they were worth. That was an awesome week- at least I'm healthy, right?  Not exactly, but I'll leave my concussion story for another post. 

Thanks for listening to that rant. It felt good to get it out. So the moral of the story is that you may want to think twice before pulling in for a 'quick' carwash. Maybe grab the hose during one of these record-breaking hot days!