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Making Magic Happen in our Parks

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Has anyone else been wondering what's been going on at David Brink park and its waterfront construction? This shoreline renovation is slated to be done in January of 2022 with the goal of increasing accessibility and making improvements to the pier and shoreline that the fish and Mother Earth will appreciate. The project overview and timeline are here. 

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Kirkland Parks is trying to rally our citizens to participate in a survey so they can take into account your recreation wishes for the community.  This is an opportunity to give your feedback.  The survey says it takes "10 minutes" but I am calling BS on the time estimate. But....that shouldn't matter if this is something you care about, good feedback takes a little thought and time.  The survey is here and available in multiple languages until it closes on Nov 11th. There are some fun ideas on there!

 


Get your Tricks & Treats Ready

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Time for a sugar buzz! Get your spooky selves ready for Saturday October 30th, because it is going to be the perfect little kid Halloween pre-funk day.  Start off with strolling your kids in costume down for Pumpkins in the (Marina) Park where there will be carnival games, vendors, sweet treats, a dog costume contest, and professional pumpkin carving.   Then participating downtown merchants will welcome trick-or-treaters at 1pm.  

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If your festive stamina is in its prime, keep on rolling down to the amazing Treat Street at Kirkland Urban from 3-7pm. This free family-friendly event includes:

  • Kid-friendly games and treats provided by local Kirkland businesses, a giant candy shoot and larger than life, light-up Halloween character displays. 
  • Balloon and glitter artists, a popcorn station and a pumpkin craft, courtesy of Clown Buggie Entertainment
  • Enchanting acrobatic performances by costumed characters from Down to Earth Aerials
  • Family-friendly Halloween tunes provided by DJ Carlos Valencia from Energia Events
  • Complimentary festive light up toys provided by Wheelhouse Promotions & Events
  • An “Instagram-able” fall/harvest installation, designed by Top Knotch Events, Twinkle Treesand Seattle Giant Letters. 

Kirkland Urban is an inclusive and accessible open-air shopping center, and to support children and adults of all abilities, sensory sensitive toolkits will be available onsite during this event, as well as all future Kirkland Urban events. These toolkits include noise-canceling headphones, sensory/fidget toys, earplugs, and an identifier sticker/badge. Sensory-sensitive toolkits can be picked up upon arrival.  

That's a pretty solid warm-up for Halloween! Have a scary- good time.

 


Check Out Scoop Marketplace for Zero Waste Groceries

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When I was a young girl many ions ago, one of my favorite shows was "Little House on the Prairie" which featured a family and community set on a small farm in the 1800s.  When I walked into Scoop Marketplace in Juanita Village (9743 NE 119th Way), it hinted at a modern-day version of the Little House General Store. Luckily Mr. and Mrs. Olson were not there, but perhaps they were onto something back then? Food items such as flour, beans, nuts, and spices are stored in large jars so that you can take only what you need and avoid wasteful packaging.  Bring your own jar or buy a clean/inexpensive recycled one to take your goods home and then refill each time.  There is a weighing station that calculates the cost product you've selected.   

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It's not just food, though, there are also cleaning and personal products such as laundry detergent, Epsom salt, brushes, soaps, and even tree-free toxin-free toilet paper! Scoop's vision is to build a sustainable future for all and they have opened their second shop right here in Kirkland to help us embrace 'walking more gently on the planet.' Memberships are available with added perks.  Hours are 10-6 every day. You can also order online and pick up at the shop.  

Scoop Marketplace just kicked off a Crowdfunding campaign to help them grow and be able to expand offerings with purchases such as refrigerators for produce and fresh bulk foods, a tap system for bulk oils and beverages, nut butter grinders, a coffee grinder, over for fresh baked goods, and an upgraded scale system.  They are striving to bring in $32K by November 1st from those that are also passionate about embracing sustainable living and sourcing that supports ethical, small, local, and minority-owned businesses.  Link to help donate to Scoop Marketplace and their mission is here.  Suddenly our planet feels very small, doesn't it?  Thank you for caring, Scoop. 


Too Many Fun Things

There are so many new places and events swirling in my head that I can no longer remember which ones I've told you about.  But I'm not complaining. This is a way better problem to have than this time last year when we were all locked down in our houses and I was scouring this city for any uplifting content at all.  This week someone flipped the switch on summer it seems- pumpkins everywhere, chilly mornings, colorful leaves, bring it on....here we go..

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Kirkland Harvest Festival
- Oct 16th 10 am-4 pm at Juanita Beach Park. This FREE event features food trucks, live music (music vendors still needed!), artisan food, crafts, apple cider pressing, tractor-pulled wagons, photo booths, outdoor games, contests (pie eating and corn shucking, sign me up!).  There is a Kid's Korral with faux cow milking and bull roping, ring toss, horseshoes, pumpkin bowling, cookie walk, crafts, and 4-H.   Don't forget your mask! Everyone is required to wear one regardless of vaccination status.  Parking is across the street.

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Zombie Wine Crawl- Oct 22nd @6pm Heathman Hotel- Ahhh, Kirklanders...we love our wine and local businesses and friends, so what better way to stumble around than to hit the beloved local Zombie Wine Crawl?  You need to think ahead for this one though, tickets typically sell out.  They are on sale now for guests 21+ years plus for $25-35, depending on your VIP preference.

Kirkland Fall Market- Oct 9, Nov 13, Dec 11 10am-2pm. Shop local goodies and gifts this fall at the monthly market at Park Lane East.

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October Specials- I attended the Woodmark's Still Spa Passport Event last week (their first in-person event they've had since  COVID) and it was PURE loveliness.  The Express treatments were a 30-minute teaser to let you know what a full treatment might be like.  It was like if someone pours you a 2oz taste of wine that is delicious and you're grateful but, man, you really just want the full pour. I may have fallen in love with Yasuko that did my facial. Their product lines include Eminence, Circadian, and also custom blends from The Bubblery in Leavenworth. Go check out their October Spa Specials where there are great deals on full treatments such as  Apple & Spice 2 hr package and a 60-minute Spiced Pumpkin Mocha Facial. 

And not necessarily fall-related but things you may want to know...

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I ate at Soi and it's a really cool space in there on the second floor of Kirkland Urban.  I was pleasantly surprised.  And I think they have some cool small event spaces. Good food too, check it out!

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Totem Village just made another restaurant announcement that they are super excited about.  hanoon is part of the mama restaurant group (anar, mamnoon, mamnoon street and mbar). Construction begins soon with an opening set for late 2021/early 2022.