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Random yet Kinda Useful Info

Burgers!!! These guys are talking my son's language.  There's a food truck in the parking lot (by Petco on 85th) and a matching Burger Addict sign on one of the retail spots (maybe where the wallpaper place was?). Carnivores should head over.

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Frog Legs Culinary Academy turns 10.  Happy Birthday- big double digits! Everyone is invited to celebrate with them on Saturday May 5th from 10am-1pm for some free face painting, a photo booth, raffle and cupcake decorating. Enjoy fresh baked treats from Treat Mercantile, opening in U-Village this June.

Crown Linen Designs is growing like gangbusters on the wholesale side, so they will no longer have a retail side to share with us. Boo! But here's a gem of good news- there will be a sample sale this Friday and Saturday to coincide with the east of Market nhood garage sale (and also the 5/19 West of Market nhood garage sale). Lots of items 50-90% off to include clothing, bedding and tabletop.  

Park Lane Public House- has decided to no longer include the 20% gratuity in every check.  So you're on your own to keep your math skills sharp.

Kirkland Artist Studio Tour 5/12-13

ArtJodieMasiwchuk <--pet portraits by Jodie Sarah, KAST participant

In my mom's DREAM Mother's Day weekend on May 12-13th, she would have me take her to brunch and then do the Kirkland Artist Studio Tour together (10am-6pm).  That's right, quality time together- where she could tell me about the same things over and over and walk insanely slow without me complaining or grimacing.  At least we'd have the amazing art to keep our attention drawn away from discussing her latest parenting tips.  But seriously, she's ok.  And this is a fun event where you have the opportunity to visit local artists' studios around Kirkland for a peek behind the scenes of how they work and a chance to purchase art that makes you happy.  And it's FREE, which is always happy too.  This is their 15th annual, and you can pick up a program at the Kirkland Arts Center with a map of participating artist's locations. There's glass, paintings, furniture, jewelry, photography, sculpture and more.

Ever wonder what happened to the artists that used to display their work at the Kirkland Arts Center Store in Kirkland Park Place? They have formed a group called "Artists Outside the Box" and are looking for new places to display their work throughout the community.  Currently you can find some pieces at The Book Tree and Windermere Kirkland.  Check them out. Reach out.  Perhaps you need some fresh art to display in your Kirkland business? 

Google and Kirkland Parks Foundation Team up : the Kite STEM Challenge


(photo credit: Chris Neir)

All K-12 Lake Washington School District students are invited to join the Kite STEM Challenge that begins on April 23rd and lasts 3 weeks until May 13th.  Here's a quick acronym review: Kite=Kirkland Interactive Technology and STEM=Science, Technology, Engineering, Math.  And there is CASH PRIZE MONEY on the table to the tune of $40,000 total to go to the winning schools' STEM programming. Thanks to Google and the Kirkland Parks Foundation, kids will be able to able to answer fun and grade appropriate STEM-related questions on an app where they get even more entries in the contest for questions that are answered from within a Kirkland park.  Yes, that's right, get outside with your technology and STEM knowledge (bring your umbrella) - the more questions you answer (even wrong answers are rewarded!) the more entries you submit, the better the chances for your school winning.

OK. Of course you want to do this. How?

  • Register at kitestem.org
  • Students then download the KITE STEM app to their mobile device (app store for iOS and Android)
  • Start answering STEM questions (preferably in a park!) on 4/23

Questions about this outdoor STEM challenge? The Kite STEM press release is here.  Or @KITESTEM on Facebook and Twitter.

Did somebody say "Vodka?"

You know you are just back from spring break when the clouds don't bother you so much and you drive through downtown Kirkland and do a double-take at this sign. I had to take my sunglasses off to realize this does not say "Vodka."  Good job capturing my attention though!  It's not vodka, but there is a Kirkland Downtown Wine Walk coming up on April 20th. Tickets and details here.



And also kudos to the amazing magical Kirkland fairies that made sure our local Easter Bunny statue didn't feel left out this season after all..