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Dr. Seuss Comes to Kirkland

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Gunnar Nordstrom has been a loyal Kirklander for 30+ years so it seems only natural that he would bring his business back home to our downtown after 11 years in Bellevue.   Gunnar Nordstrom, Dealers in Contemporary Fine Art, will be arriving the first weekend in November at 92 Kirkland Ave (previously Bikini Beach and then
Holodeck Studio)..  Great things often come in small packages, and even though this space is small, the rotating featured artists are sure to be some of our faves.  One of the biggest draws is always the Art of Dr. Seuss (yes, THE Dr. Seuss), which are limited editions produced by Chase Art and the estate of Theodor Seuss Geisel. Gunnar is one of twenty galleries in the country lucky enough to sell these works. 

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To kick things off, Svetlana Shalygina, an abstract/figurative artist from CA, will be the first to have her work featured in the Kirkland location from Nov 2-20th with Parallel Lives.

Day and hours are Tues-Sat 11-6, Sun 12-5 and closed on Monday.  Gunnar is always there to answer questions (and pour some wine?) and help you explore your art interests.  Be sure to pop in!


Kirkland Urban Honors Eric Shields

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Many Kirklanders knew and loved Eric Shields, our former Planning Director for the city, who sadly passed away late last year from cancer. He was instrumental in contributing to the vision for Kirkland Urban, and therefore it has been decided to dedicate the Great Hall in the Urban North building to Eric.  An honor well deserved. This space will be available to the community for scheduled events soon.  The bleacher-style space can accommodate 35-50 people and will be available on a first-come first-serve basis through the on-site management office. 

 


My Son Ate Chicken Nuggets at Shake Shack

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I cannot understand it. My son has never walked away from an opportunity to down a burger in his life. I was running some errands and called him right after school let out to see if he wanted me to pick him up and go to Shake Shack together (300 Peter Kirk Lane).  He was excited, not to see me, but because I have money to buy food,  but I was still pretty proud of myself for scoring some cool mom points.

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There were only one or two people in line ahead of us for the kiosks where you order for yourself.  We were relieved not to encounter a huge line. There are usually 5 kiosk stations but only 3 of them were functioning on that day.  Great simple screens and menu to order up and pay electronically.  I got a Shack Burger ($5.79) since that sounded like a classic that I was supposed to order having never been there before.  I ordered up a strawberry shake and B got a chocolate one ($5.29) and some crinkle fries to share.  Then he ordered Chick'n Bites-- What the what? I was so surprised I just said nothing to my usual burger monster and paid for our $26 lunch.  When you order, you enter your cell phone and they text you when it's ready. There were lots of employees behind the counter and our  food took less than 10 minutes to be ready to go.  I was surprised how much seating was inside that little free-standing building at Kirkland Urban, but even so we opted to take our food home. 

Logically, the crinkle fries were half gone by the time we got out of the parking garage. They were perfectly browned and had a nice little flavor to them. My strawberry shake was delish- tasted just like real strawberry ice cream and Brady's chocolate shake was just 'alright' he said.  But this is how teenagers answer every question.  B then opens his 6 pieces of chicken box and laughs out loud, "Mom! They're the size of my thumbnail!"  He was definitely second-guessing his decision, so I shared my burger which was good and fresh albeit a bit salty to me, but B was very pleased with.  A rule of thumb for going to a burger place is ordering a burger.  

Shake Shack is an east coast chain and Kirkland this is their second location in the Seattle area.  They are featuring some local exclusives such as "Pie oh My Concrete" vanilla custard with pieces of A la Mode Pie's seasonal pie.  5% of sales from this product go to YouthCare. Hours are 11am-10pm Sun-Thurs and 11am-11pm Fri- Sat.  Great new addition, especially with the park right next door and a cult following.  425-250-8318

 


Crossing Kirkland 2019

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Crossing Kirkland
is a citywide festival along the Cross Kirkland Corridor on Saturday Sept 7th. The for-neighbors-by-neighbors event debuted in 2017 and draws thousands of visitors with a mix of food trucks, games, craft projects, dance, music, community organizations, and other activities. Three neighborhood-sponsored stations stretch from Feriton Spur in the south up to 7th Ave in the north. Participants bike, walk, and take advantage of city-provided shuttles to see the whole event. 

This year the Selfie Hunt Contest encourages neighbors to take selfies with each other and redeem them for prizes donated by local businesses. The 2019 event will occur on Saturday, Sept 7 from 11a-3p. Crossing Kirkland is powered by volunteer neighbors and financial support from the Google, SRM Development. McLeod Autobody, Kirkland Parks Foundation, and PCC.

 

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For a bit more detail, here’s a list of activities across 3 stations (here’s a map of the event):

  • Meet your neighbors and win a prize in the Selfie Hunt Contest (every neighborhood is assigned different colored bead necklaces. Take a selfie with someone from every different Kirkland neighborhood to qualify for a prize)
  • Make pots out of newspaper and plant a seed with Seattle Tilth
  • Create Sun Catchers with Kirkland Art Center
  • Identify birds with Eastside Audubon
  • Learn how to hula dance with Halau Hula O Makanaokalani
  • Get a native plant tattoo from Green Kirkland
  • Tune up your bike with Kirkland Bicycle
  • Make a bracelet with Houghton Neighborhood Association
  • Watch a K-Pop performance by ICS Dancers
  • Play in a bouncy house
  • Tune in with the Kirkland Ham Radio Group
  • Enjoy your favorite animal in balloon form

There are a bunch of exciting new food trucks this year:

  • Dreamy Drinks
  • Yummy 8 Lunchbox
  • Stacks Burgers
  • Chicago West
  • Tabassum (central Asian, written up in Seattle Times)
  • 314 Pie (sweet and savory)
  • Main St. Gyro
  • Zaytoona
  • Bees Mellows (smores!)