Spud's New Mural with a Purpose

I was lucky enough to meet a talented local teen named Austin Picinich last summer when he had his own booth at Kirkland's Summerfest.  This young man is unstoppable with his amazing art that he pairs with community-focused and sustainability-centric messages.  Austin's next project is painting a 62-foot exterior wall mural on the side of SPUD Fish & Chips in Juanita to raise awareness for salmon in Juanita Creek. Austin is working with Urban Artworks to host a Community Paint Day this spring.  And, yes, that means you will be able to volunteer and get involved to help make his magic happen.  There will also be a plaque about salmon and the history of Juanita Creek.

In case your inner elf self would like to help support this project, Austin is also raising funds to help cover the cost of paint, permits, brushes, and other associated material costs.  He's a little more than halfway to his goal! Check out his pictures of the upcoming mural we will soon all be able to enjoy.  I'll let you know when they need volunteers this spring!

AustinPicinich (where the creativity begins)



 (digital mock-up)

Around town


This sidewalk expansion project is complete at the corner of 98th Ave NE and Juanita Drive.  You can finally walk next to your friend instead of single file from Juanita Bay Park to Juanita Beach Park.  My fear of getting run over by a distracted driver has been reduced by well over 50%.  Also, Juanita Drive has some improvements of protected bicycle/pedestrian lanes on the uphill which was very much needed (lifesaver, literally). 

TurkeyTrot 001 <---If that doesn't make you want to do it, I don't know what will. My girls at the Turkey Trot circa 2008.

Hopelink's 17th Annual Turkey Trot 5K is coming up on Sunday November 19th at Marina Park at 10am. New this year- timing chips! Run, walk or trot to help support emergency services and holiday assistance to low-income families in north and east King County.  Register here.

Want to help turn downtown Kirkland into a Winter Wonderland this weekend? Say that 5 times fast.   It's this Saturday- all elves are welcome-here's the sign up genius. Speaking of elves, Santa will need some help responding to all of the children of Kirkland's letters that go into his downtown mailbox starting the end of November. Would you like to help his team of writers? Volunteering and holiday cheer at its best! 

My next post will be even colder than it's been outside lately. Negative 229 degrees to be exact. And there might even be a present involved.....





Good Stuff in the Kirkland Community

 This post turned out to be a random truckload of information. Glean from it what you will...


Rampathon  <--super awesome ramp builders 
Kirkland resident Alice Lepofsky is a two year old with Spinal Muscular Dystrophy Type II and is unable to walk, crawl or roll over.  This past weekend she was the lucky recipient of a free ramp from the Master Builder Association's Rampathon volunteers from Kitchen Plus and was visited by City Councilwoman Shelly Kloba. Kudos to all of those that came together for little Alice.


Then at sea....Carillon Point Marina is celebrating National Marina Day from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, June 13th.  Here are some great offerings to get you ready for this summer:

·         An on-site Boater Education class in the Woodmark Hotel Great Room, conducted by the King County Marine Sheriff staff for all those folks still needing their Safe Boating Card. (Please sign up, as space is limited.) 

·         Vessel Safety Checks from the King County Marine Sheriff fortenants and anyone else who wants to participate, taking reservations from 9am to 3pm. Inspections are free but reservations are required, so please let us know if you’d like a free inspection and we’ll get you on the schedule. 

Questions or reservations for these boating events: mary@carillonprop.com


Other random points of interest--

On Sunday, May 24:
At 12:00, there will be an induction of Billy and Cory Roeseler at the Plaza of Champions in Marina Park.  Billy and Cory were the founders of the sport of kite boarding- right here in Kirkland on Lake Washington.  Kite boarding is now known world wide and Cory holds several world records.
From 1-3pm (also 5/24) local historian Matt McCauley will lead an informal history tour of the Kirkland Cemetery.  Meet at the front entrance to hear tales of our community history as well as stories of veteran's who are buried there.
And, last but not least....It's time to get your littlest artists creating something fantastic and crafty around the theme "Summer in the Pacific Northwest." Here are all the details for the always popular Summerfest Young Artists Exhibition 2015.
Attention Young Artists
You are invited to exhibit your artwork at the 
Young Artists Exhibition at Kirkland Summerfest Arts & Music Festival
August 7-8, 2015
The Young Artists Exhibition is a one-day art show that takes place Saturday, August 8th
during the 4th annual downtown Kirkland Summerfest.
The goal is to feature the talent and individual expression of young artists.
The theme for this year's Young Artists Exhibition is "Summer in the Pacific Northwest!"
Ribbons and prizes will be awarded in the following age groups: 5 and under, 6-9, 10-13 and 14-18.
Artwork will be judged on the following criteria:
Interpretation of the theme, originality, creativity and innovative use of materials.
                          Media can include, but is not limited to: oil, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, pastel, pencil, ink, 
crayon, print work, photography, textiles, clay, glass, wood and recycled materials.
Paintings, drawings, prints and photographs should not exceed 24" x 36"
and must be matted or mounted on foam board or other rigid board for ease of displaying.
Up to two entries will be accepted per artist. (We request that framing not include glass.)
Three-dimensional pieces should not exceed 14" in height
and should include a mount, or be able to stand upright without a mount.
Please submit your artwork between June 30th through August 1st
at the Kirkland Arts Center Gallery located at;
620 Market Street, Kirkland, WA during the hours of 11am - 6pm, Tuesday-Friday or 11am - 5pm Saturday.
Artwork will be available for pick up following the conclusion of Summerfest through August 15th.
Entry forms are available online at www.kirklandsummerfest.com
or can be picked up at the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce office or
at the Kirkland Arts Center Gallery.
For questions, contact Anna Braden at abraden@kirklandartscenter.com