Kindness is Contagious

I recently received this email from Victoria & Mark Fanning, owners of Crown Linen Designs. Donate $99 before April 5th and receive a $50 Crown Linen gift card (free contact-free delivery too!).   What a clever idea to accelerate giving to a local cause that is helping our local healthcare teams stay strong as they fight COVID-19... here is their note... thx for being awesome, Kirkland.

As you may be aware, over the last two weeks, The Herbfarm in Woodinville has been delivering free, delicious and nutritious meals nightly to medical teams at our local hospitals.  Thanks to all of you who have already supported this effort!

Clearly, these health care heroes are on the front line of this pandemic.  We just can't do enough for them right now.  

To date,The Herbfarm has delivered over 2,065 meals to Evergreen, Overlake, Virginia Mason, Swedish, Kaiser Permanente, UW and other local hospitals.  They are adding new hospitals next week and hope to continue this effort as long as needed. 

Not only are these heroes thrilled with a dinner from The Herbfarm, they always comment on how much the community support means to them.  

Can you believe it?  They give thanks for what others are doing!   It is the embodiment, not only of heroism, but grace - beyond inspiring. 

Also inspiring is the commitment of owners Ron Zimmerman and Carrie Van Dyck and Chef Chris Weber and The Herbfarm team to make this happen.  I honestly don't know when they sleep!  

To fund this endeavor a Gofundme campaign has raised about $80K to date but we want to keep this effort going as long as there is a need.  

Here's a link where you can learn more:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/meal-delivery-puget-sound-covid-19-hospital-staff

A Patreon site has also been set up for those who are able to make recurring donations:

https://www.patreon.com/theherbfarm

If you are considering contributing, Crown Linen Designs in Kirkland (906 Market Street) is offering a $50.00 gift card for every $99.00 you donate between now and April 5.  You can order online and we will deliver it for free (and contact free) anywhere in King County within 2 business days. 

Here's what you do if you you're interested: 

Make a contribution of $99 or more on the Gofundmesite and include your name. 

Always have the last digit of your contribution be be a "9" so we will know who you are.  Every $99 dollars earns you another $50 gift certificate!

Visit us online at www.crownlinendesigns.com and find what you like.  The offer applies to our entire line of apparel, bedding, tabletop and gifts including sale items.

Email us at www.retail@crownlinendesigns.com and let us know what you would like to purchase and we will contact you to arrange delivery. 

Please contact me at this email, at mark@crownlinendesigns.com or on my cell (425) 864-0921 if you would like more info.  

Thanks for anything you can do.  I promise - it really is making a difference - and we really can't do enough for these heroes.

With deepest wishes for health for you and your loved ones. 

Victoria & Mark Fanning

Crown Linen Designs

906 Market Street

Kirkland, WA 98033

Main: 425-406-8975

PS - Feel free to forward this email and offer to your friends and promote it on your social media. Anything you can do to get the word out is greatly appreciated. 


Blue Ribbons for Hope

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Have you noticed blue ribbons around many of our trees in Kirkland?  Special thanks to Tricia LaVoice for spearheading this effort to show people that a simple gesture can help people feel not-so-alone during this COVID-19 outbreak.  This is especially meaningful for many of our seniors that are feeling frightened and isolated, but can  now look out their window in their nursing homes and know their community is thinking of them. 

Tricia has wrapped over 150 trees so far!  There are currently 11 nursing homes that are impacted by the virus in King County and she is focusing on using safe distancing measures while single-handedly and methodically getting to each of their trees with her ribbons of hope.   This angelic lady has also adorned the trees on Park Lane, Lake St and Market St to represent the connection of  the Kirkland Life Care Center to its city and our hearts.  Tricia told me, "it's just my little part that I can do" and it would be great if others across the country also recognized their local nursing homes and how much meaning this can have for those residents.  Just today as she was checking on the ribbons at Life Care, someone pulled up and asked if she was taking them down.  "No, I'm just fixing them up" Tricia said, and the person thanked her for keeping them there as her mom really appreciates looking at them out her window.  

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"I wanted to share love, not fear, and this community has always been so nice and has really stepped up their game to be friendly, sweet, and supportive while still respecting the boundaries that we need to have right now."  Tricia mentioned the awesomeness (is that a word?) of Kirkland Life Care and the outpouring of support they are receiving , but to remember that there are many other nursing homes and care facilities where our elder population are feeling scared and alone.

How can we help her?    She's also running low on silk flowers and ribbon, so email her if you have some for a 'no contact' pickup or need a delivery address for an online order. If you have blue ribbon,  you can also put some around your own trees in your yard to show your support.  Like her FB page here.

 


What's Your New Normal?

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Things are changing at a rapid rate, so it's tough to keep track of what is or isn't okay in Kirkland these days.  Staying home mostly? Yes, that's okay because it sounds like more cases of asymptomatic transmission are popping up and we are unknowingly spreading COVID-19 to others.   But the amount of food I am eating while chillaxing in my house? That's not okay.  And now that the kids are out of school for 6 weeks I'm pretty sure we may all lose our minds, but we're determined to do this for the good of everybody.  This is not a drill.  This is for real, friends, let's follow the guidelines we've been given by our state and federal government.  If we can't manage to keep ourselves out of populated public spaces,  the likely next step is that they  will do it for us.   So let's impress and air on the side of caution.

That being said, you don't have to barricade yourself in your house with your 600 rolls of TP (still don't understand that, this isn't dysentery).  I have seen many heartfelt community efforts on the Be Neighborly Facebook page of people offering to do errands and food shopping for the higher risk citizens that shouldn't be out and about.  There was also a food sign-up (not making food, buying food)  for Kirkland Life Care residents and workers. You may want to donate gift cards to Nourishing Networks or donate/volunteer through the Lake WA School Foundation's Pantry Packs program, so those local kids that have food needs are being served.  Buy gift cards to local restaurants and businesses to help see them through this tough time. Or a free idea.. you could give blood.

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I really appreciate the innovation coming from some of our local businesses.  Times are changing so let's get creative, right?  DERU Market now uses their parking area as a drive-thru for pickups and will be open 7 days/wk and doing deliveries.  Lake St Diamond Company  sent an email saying they are implementing 'teleconsults' via text, email or zoom in addition to store sanitizing and social distancing. Comcast announced it would offer free public wi-fi hotspots throughout the country during this pandemic.  Some places are understanding of the required slow-down and are suspending operations, such as Lynn's Bistro until 3/30, Lakehouse in Bellevue, and I'm sure many more to come in future days.  The ski runs are closing gyms are talking about putting workouts online for their clients to do while they are staying home.  Holly Smith of just announced "At Home with Cafe Juanita" so you can order and pickup on certain days/times through their virtual store.  I know the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce is working really hard to help support our local businesses through these tough times.  Are you friends with the Kirkland Blog on Facebook? I'm going to start doing snapshots of local business owners and ways you can still get their products/food. Shoutout to Asher Goods  and their Opening Day tees is up there right now. 

Our family has been talking about how we want to structure our days, reiterating to our teens that we can't sleep in until noon every day.  Steve is re-organizing his entire closet at this very moment and I have a feeling the garage is next.  Good news, the weather is great for a few days so get outside.  We're so lucky to have the Cross Kirkland Corridor and amazing parks for walks.   At our house, we were thinking about having a few 'no tech' days where we put our phones down completely (gasp!). The slow down of everything can more easily allow for a 'fun' experiment like that.  This seems like a perfect time to take a Masterclass online with a famous expert in their field.  Wordscape is a very dangerously addictive word app you might like.  Or maybe we can invent something- like some hand sanitizer that smells like orange blossoms and simultaneously moisturizes my chapped over-washed hands?  Feel free to share your ideas of how to use our down time wisely.


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. 

 


Opioid Abuse Awareness & Strategies

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Pay attention.  This is serious stuff.

The Lake Washington School District PTSA and members of the Kirkland Fire/Police Departments and Northwest University are putting on an Opioid Abuse and Prevention Strategies Panel Discussion on Tuesday, January 29th (7:15 – 8:30 PM) in the LWHS Theater.

The goal is to provide awareness that opioid abuse knows no social boundaries and can impact any family.  And also to share direct, meaningful and actionable strategies for parents to communicate with their children.  The panel members, including the father of a LWHS grad who was lost to a heroin overdose, all have experience with the pain and suffering opioid misuse brings. 

For more information, contact Vince Armfield at vince@lakesidechristian.net or Irene Neumann, Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Chair, LWHS PTSA at FACE@lwhsptsa.org.

 


KPD Issues Statement in Response to Menchie's Incident

In case you haven't heard about the recent situation that transpired at the Menchie's on 124th, you can see the Seattle Times article here.  And also the 205+ comments from your 12K best friends in Kirkland here or plenty of them here too. Our KPD Chief, Cherie Harris, and City Manager, Kurt Triplett, just issued an official response.

I'll leave my commentary out today, focus on taking some deep breaths, and just let you know that I am thankful for each one of you this Thanksgiving.  We'll get past this incident and do better, because the warmth, kindness and depth of community (not to mention the amazing sunsets) is what makes Kirkland a place to be grateful for. And I always have fun sharing that with you. 

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Summer Fun Begins in Kirkland

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Kirkland Summer Concerts
-start next week! It's worth it just watching happy people dance to the beat of their own drum.  Tuesdays 10-11am at Juanita Beach starting 7/10 - and Thursdays 7-8:30pm at Marina Park starting 7/5. Go get your groove on! Full schedule here

 

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4th of July Parade & Fireworks-  nothing is better than the 4th of July in downtown Kirkland. "Celebrate Kirkland, United We Stand" is this year's theme. The schedule goes something like this: children's decorating event starts at 10am in the Marina Park Pavilion.  The kids' parade starts 11:30 at Market and Central and the old fashioned parade begins at 12.  Grab a bite to eat and then roll back down for music in the park is at 5. 

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Fireworks begin about 10:15 pm.  Leave your dog, personal fireworks, alcohol and vehicle at home.  DO BRING your patience for large crowds, your bike/scooter/bus pass, a flashlight and your love of country and appreciation for all things patriotic. Maybe even a device to listen to the STAR 101.5's live musical synchronization to the firework display.  The boat launch will be closed. I sometimes cry when I hear the national anthem or watch fireworks, so there's another weird quirk you know about me. 

 

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Kirkland Art Walk
- Friday July 13th 5-8pm. Galleries and businesses with a pink balloon are an easy way to spot who is participating. Enjoy local art and music around downtown Kirkland.

 

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-Mark your calendars for Aug 10th-12th.  Always a weekend not to be missed: music, art, kids stuff, food and beer gardens. Details evolving here.  

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Aug 3-5th.  Hydroplane races, war planes, stunt planes, Blue Angels soaring over your head and inexperienced drunk boaters everywhere- this is notoriously a weekend to be remembered. Someone always loses a foot.  Did I say that outloud? Stay safe out there people- fun times. Who wouldn't want a front row seat?

 

 


Sustainable Airport Master Plan Community Forum: Weds June 20th

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Did you know that SeaTac is the 9th busiest airport in the US? Not to brag, but we're pretty popular.  SeaTac serves 46.9 million passengers annually and is expected to jump to approx 56 million by 2027.  Ummmm....yes, you added correctly...that's another 10 million people we have to figure out how to accommodate.  And the Port of Seattle would like your input  on the potential near-term projects to meet demand, the long term vision and considerations beyond 2027 and let you know how to get involved in the scoping process for the environmental review. 

They are hosting a Sustainable Airport Master Plan (SAMP) community forum  and want to hear from us Kirklanders! (isn't that so sweet?) Now is your chance to let the Port of Seattle and fellow community members hear your priorities, challenges and questions (noise pollution, community access, environment/sustainability, etc).  You're not allowed to skip and then complain later. 

Here's where you go:

BONUS- while we are talking airport info, it only seems fair that I share my special SeaTac parking secret with you that I've been using often.  Did you know the Port of Seattle offers parking coupons right on their website?  A friend told me this last year and it's awesome.  You just fill out the form right before your trip and they instantly email you a coupon for $20/day parking (I think it's usually $29?). Do it every time you travel and park there.  You're welcome. :-) 


Lots of Clapping to do-

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The results are in!  The KITE STEM Challenge awarded over $40,000 to 15 schools in the Lake Washington School District last week that will go towards increasing STEM programming.  Over 3,000 students participated and answered 300,000+ STEM-related questions between April 23rd and May 13th.  Big applause to all of the schools who participated and kudos to Google and the Kirkland Parks Foundation partnering up to offer this educational application wrapped in park-filled fun. Here are the winning schools (way to go Kirkland!)

  • First place high school ($10,000) - Redmond High School
  • Second place high school ($5,000) - Lake Washington High School
  • Third place high school ($3,000) - Tesla STEM High School
  • First place middle school ($6,000) - Kirkland Middle School
  • Second place middle school ($3,000) - Environmental and Adventure School
  • Third place middle school ($2,000) - Redmond Middle School
  • First place elementary schools ($3,000 each) - Kirk Elementary & Thoreau Elementary
  • Second place elementary schools ($1,500 each) - Rose Hill Elementary & Twain Elementary
  • Third place elementary schools ($1,000 each) - Alcott Elementary & Lakeview Elementary
  • Participation prize ($500 each) - Blackwell Elementary, Juanita Elementary & Stella Schola Middle School

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In other Kirkland butt-kicking news, the 10U LW baseball team won 1st place in the Art Wright Memorial tournament. Way to go boys!

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Clapping is also required for Asuraphong Liengboonlertchai, owner of Simplicity 1-2-3 better known as "A", whose giant smile and kind heart will be missed.  He just sold his business but before you start crying you should know that you will still see him at Hallmark Realty, and that an employee bought his store and will continue to serve our community.  Here is his announcement, which I completely love because you can almost hear his voice as you read it.  I stopped in to give him some extra hugs today because this person is truly a gift to Kirkland- stay tuned for a write up on our conversation from today.

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And....when one of my advertisers is having a party, you need to know.  I clap for free fun. Grab a friend and go little ones!  Neal Smiles Orthodontics is doing their summer celebration on June 27th from 3-5pm with a bouncy house, reptile man, coffee stand and an ice cream truck.  9750 NE 120th Place, Suite 5/6. 425-823-1234

 

 


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

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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.