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Vintimate at the Heathman Hotel- Thurs 9/15 

Kirkland, Washington --- Vintimate at Kirkland’s Heathman Hotel will skillfully combine original works of art by local artisans Michael Ferguson, Toni Lagoria Almerico and Mike “Piano Man” Mansour; freshly hand-picked farm ingredients from Brian Scheehser’s 18-acre plot; and wine from Pondera Winery on Thursday, September 15, 2016, from 5-8 p.m. in the San Juan Ballroom. The expressive event will feature exclusive pours from the family-run boutique winery located in the Warehouse Winery District of Woodinville.

Winemaker Shane Howard has been making wine since 2003 and the winery officially launched as the Pondera brand in 2005. Pondera specializes in the production of premium red blends and varietals using grapes sourced from several outstanding Washington state vineyards. Every wine is hand-crafted in limited lots with the entire production totaling around 3,000 cases annually. Pondera is owned by the Howard family, who also owns and operates the Howard/Mandville Gallery - a fine art establishment located in downtown Kirkland. The owners regularly feature a rotating exhibit of original paintings from their gallery's artists at their Woodinville tasting room, many of whom have graced some of the winery’s artist series wine labels.

Mike Mansour is a highly accomplished solo and concert pianist, who was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and has proudly spent the last 33 years in the United States. Mansour studied at Eubank Conservatory of Music and Art in Los Angeles and earned a Master’s Degree in Music. He has maintained a keen interest in contemporary music and consistently adds new content to his extensive repertoire. Mansour has traveled to several countries, playing for all types of audiences. He produced his first studio album, “Midnight Moods.” Recently Mansour gained significant media attention with features on both KING 5 and KOMO 4 news showcasing several romantic favorites and a sampling of his own compositions. 

"My painting approach is fundamentally representational. The reality of the scene is readily apparent, followed by a fracturing of shape and color upon closer inspection. I enjoy using the oil medium for field painting during assorted road trips and hikes,” Ferguson shares. "Outdoor painting encourages a more impressionistic and suggestive quality due to the ever-changing conditions."

Almerico's artistic composition spans the extraordinary. "The work is primarily an exploration of and obsession with symmetry and geometry, specifically the play of flat patterns against three dimensional content," she says. "The compositions are about high contrast, bisecting lines and jarring color combinations. There is a consistent interest in the depiction of movement through the grouping together of similar shapes juxtaposed with larger more hard edged static images. Some of the smaller clustered shapes are seen to break free and travel."

Ferguson and Almerico's artwork will be on display at the Hotel through September 2016.

Vintimate is a 21 and over event. Tickets are $35 per person in advance and $40 per person at the door. Both price options are inclusive of tax, gratuity, and commemorative glass. To purchase, call(425) 284-5858 or email


Papertranslations Sande Wascher-James, Equal Pay Day, folded Italian paper

"Paper Translations" Opening Reception at Kirkland Arts Center- Fri 9/16

Join us for the Opening Reception

Friday, September 16th from 6:00-8:30 pm 

The artists featured in Paper Translations transform the seemingly mundane material of paper by reinterpreting it into complex works of contemporary art through folding, staining, painting, cutting, casting, felting, tearing, sewing, and weaving.

Featured artists Dona Anderson, Mary M Ashton, Danielle Bodine, Zia Gipson, Lois James, Dorothy McGuinness, Jean-Marie Tarascio, and Sande Wascher-James demonstrate the incredible poetic transformations paper can undergo in the hands of an artist.

Join us for the opening reception this Friday from 6:00 to 8:30. Drinks ($3) and light snacks will be served, and free parking is available. Artists will be in attendance.



Kirkland Home Tour: Kirkland Now and Then - Sat 9/17

The much anticipated Kirkland Home Tour, “Now and Then” will premiere on Saturday, September 17th, 2016,  from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Patrons will have the opportunity to view four historic homes and three LEED certified built green properties.

The historic Marsh Mansion, two 1930’s log houses, and the original 1889 home built by Peter Kirk’s Kirkland Land & Improvement Company, make up the “Then” part of the tour.

The “Now” part will feature three new Farmhouses at Juanita; Areté Artist Studios - a LEED Platinum certified property (on the site of the former Crab Cracker restaurant); and a John Buchan home which is a five star built green property.

The Kirkland Performance Center and Kirkland Heritage Society are beneficiaries of the tour. To learn more and see photos please visit Tickets are $25 $30.00 day of the show

Contact: Sue Contreras for more information.  425-827-6870


All Porsche Grand Display at Carillon Point- 9/18

Sunday 9:00am-3:30pm| September 18, 2016 | Kirkland, WA

Join us for our fifth annual All Porsche Grand Display at Carillon Point in Kirkland.  This is a fabulous day in the sun at a beautiful venue with All Things Porsche – sports cars, sedans, SUVs, tractors as well as Porsche design, clothing, models, and publications.  Classes will be offered on “Preparing for and Presenting on the Concours Field. This will include various classes to enter and etiquette. Admission: $10 for all attendees, 12 and under is free.  All proceeds benefit Evergreen Health.  To sign-up or for more information please contact Dennis Rood at



Kirkland's Oktoberfest in Marina Park- 9/23-25

Annual waterfront festival celebrates beer, oompah pah music, and fun Kirkland, WA - September 23-25, 2016 –

Hang on to your lederhosen, as Downtown Kirkland will soon transform into an authentic German “biergarten” for the 4th Annual Kirkland Oktoberfest Friday, September 23rd through Sunday, September 25th in Marina Park on Kirkland’s picturesque waterfront. This three-day beer festival benefiting local nonprofit charitable organizations attracts roughly 10,000 enthusiasts each year.

Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold will do the honors of tapping the firkin when doors open Friday night, and rumor has it that he will be dressed in the traditional Oktoberfest fashion. Dirndl and lederhosen are the highly encouraged attire to enjoy German food and beer, local Northwest brews, and games like beer pong and human foosball. Sizzling oompah pah bands will add to the authentic atmosphere on two different stages.

We know how much Kirkland loves pooches! Dog Day is Sunday, September 25th, when our furry companions are permitted inside the Biergarten. The 4th Annual Wiener Dog Race begins at 1pm outside the Biergarten, and spectators of all ages are welcome to cheer on the dogs as they compete for the gold.

Hours for Kirkland Oktoberfest are Friday, September 23rd from 4pm-11pm (last call at 10:15pm), Saturday, September 24th from 11am-11pm (last call at 10:15pm), and Sunday, September 25th from 11am-6pm (last call at 5:30pm). Please note the City of Kirkland will not allow people under the age of 21 inside the Biergarten, so all attendees must be 21 or older.

Volunteers are at the heart and core of this event and make it so much fun for everyone. We need you—sign up at for more information about how to get involved. About Kirkland Oktoberfest Kirkland Oktoberfest is produced by Kirkland Events and sponsors.

Kirkland Oktoberfest benefits these 501(c)3 nonprofits in our community: American Cancer Society, MEOW (Mercer Island Eastside Orphans and Waifs), Imagine Housing, Sibling House, Eastside Timebank and the Kirkland Downtown Association.

For more information, visit or follow @KirklandOktober on Twitter. For Additional Information: Rob Butcher 425-456-1111



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