Kirkland Waterfront Car Show 8/14

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This Sunday Aug 14th from 10 am - 4pm is the Kirkland Waterfront Car Show at the Marina Pavilion. Expect to see over 300 cars and 30 vendors to chat with about classic, antique, muscle, and high-performance vehicles.  And as you can see, I am a part-time racecar driver now, so I'm sure you will see me down there.  Vrroooooom!

Expect road closures in the downtown core from 5am to 6pm that day.  And maybe ride your bike? They are expecting over 10,000 car enthusiasts throughout the day.  This event helps raise money for the Kirkland Downtown Association, and you can donate here if you like. 


Summa Summa Summaaaa ....time! (you're supposed to sing that)

Let's go summertime! Kirkland is popping this season, so grab your calendar and fill it up with some fun outings. You know I've got you covered with a list of ideas.

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On July 13th from 5:30-8pm, Google is celebrating the expansion of Kirkland's Feriton Spur Park in the heart of Google's 6th street campus and you're invited. FREE.  This park has doubled in size, and renovations include a new 16-foot-wide paved trail, a pickleball court, an urban vegetable farm for Hopelink, bathrooms, a splash area, and an amphitheater.  there will be live music, food trucks, pickleball, lawn games, and refreshments.  Sounds magical. The photo is the new Chainline Station followed by a map of the park's layout (photo cred: SRM Development).

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Kirkland's famous Summer Evening Concerts and Kids Concerts are in full swing.  Evening concerts are Thursdays: July 7, 14, 221, 28, Aug 4, 11, 18 from 7-8:30 pm in Marina Park.  And the Kids' Concerts are Tuesdays at Juanita Beach Park July 12,19, 26, AUg 2, 9, 16 from 10-11am.  Details on performers are here.  And yes- FREE again. I expect to see you dancing as if you've been stuck in your house for 2 years.  

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The City of Kirkland is hosting an outdoor summer movie series sponsored by Ziply Fiber on July 16th on their brand new LED movie screen that will be featured at the north end of Juanita Beach Park.  First, will be a showing of "Moana" at 3pm followed by "Captain America: The First Avenger" at 6pm.  Bring your blanket or chair. F-R-E-E.  Snacks for purchase will be available.  And my girls work at the SUP rental/snack shack at Juanita Beach, so feel free to say hello and embarrass them for me. 

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You can't forget the Wednesday Market every Weds 3-7 pm thru Sept 28th at Marina Park.  Always a go-to for fresh veggies/fruits, flowers, creations, and crafts.

And the Juanita Friday Market every Friday June thru Sept 3-7pm at Juanita Beach Park. 

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Bummer, no outdoor movies at Carillon Point this summer,...BUT... the good news is the Beach Cafe is now open for lunch from 11:30-2:30 Tues-Sat. and they're also featuring a recently launched Happy Hour beverage/desserts from 2:30-4 on those same days. 

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"Village Fun Days"
  and "LIVE at The Village" at Totem Lake (sponsored by Cinemark) are a few great ways to enjoy some fun and free activities for the whole family. Village Fun Days are for ages 1-12 years (Wednesdays 11:30 am-1 pm),  and The LIVE music days (Thursdays 6pm-8 pm)  are for everyone.  Both kickoff the week of July 13th.  Check out the details on these and other events at The Village here.

OK- now go! Enjoy! 

 

 


Sand, Summerfest, and Sunsets

Our complaining worked! The sun heard us.  After months of springtime clouds and rain,  the summer sunshine has finally arrived and everyone has come out of hibernation.  I've been to CA a few times this month helping my daughters pack from their freshman year in college, and I almost didn't come back when it was still 50 degrees here.  But NOW we're ready for some Kirkland fun, and my battery has been re-charged.

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SAND- New sand will be delivered to Waverly, Marsh, Houghton, and O.O. Denny Park on Weds 6/29. Old sand gets washed away and so it's time to replenish!  This is a fun time for the kids where they conquer the huge mound dropoff and climb, play, and spread it around. Go and down and enjoy!  Kirkland Parks & Community Foundation is also organizing a small campaign to fund more sand if you'd like to contribute.

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SUMMERFEST- Who wants to volunteer with me? (or at least come buy a drink, I can be your new favorite bartender). Or if you don't feel like working, I get it. Just come down and hang-out, dance, drink, shop, and be you the weekend of July 29-31. Can you believe it's the 10th anniversary of this event? Tickets are on sale here.

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SUNSETS- The sunsets we experience here in Kirkland are pretty dang sensational.  Beautiful arrays of colors paint a different picture each day.   Our home is west-facing, and often friends start texting in the evening asking us to send them photos of the sunset from our deck.  And then I'll send them 3-4 photos because it changes so dramatically in a short time span and I can't decide which one I like best.  So Steve and I started a Facebook page of our @KirklandSunsets if you'd like to follow along. 

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And of course, we have the 4th of July around the corner! You can find info on what that day/parade looks like for Kirkland here.    And although there aren't Kirkland fireworks this year, Kirkland Patch has us covered with a nice list of who IS doing fireworks around the Seattle area/Eastside in 2022.  I also found this Latin Boat Party- How fun is that?! And,  I'd love to see our fireworks back next year...who's going to step up to organize/fundraise for '23?  

I have more Kirkland info to share, but I can't stand sitting at my desk when it's sunny outside.  More soon friends. j


Let's Wish the Rain Away and Get Ready for Some FUN

I feel we deserve better than October weather in May, so I'm going to ignore the fact that we just broke records for rain and cold temps and move right along with fun things that are happening and hope for sunshine.  Besides, it's the people, not the weather, right? 

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Kirkland Weds Market
- starts this week! June 1-Sept 28th 3-7pm.  This Weds is supposed to be 75 degrees, so a perfect welcome for the market at Marina Park where you an support local vendors

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Kirkland Senior Cruise- Sunday June 5th @7:45pm in downtown Kirkland. Come out and cheer on all of the graduating high school seniors in our Kirkland community! Adults will be cruising their grads down Lake WA Blvd and you're sure to see big proud smiles and school colors from all of our Kirkland schools.  A new community tradition that is not to be missed. 

 

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Kirklandia
is Coming!  June 10-12th at Marina Park.  This is a new Chump Change event, the Kirklandia Waterfront Festival, which will feature tasting events with 100+ wines, beers/ciders, entertainment, food trucks, and street vendors.  Buy tickets and learn more at kirklandiafest.com and/or sign up to volunteer.

 

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When the sun finally comes out, if you are working on any painting projects (like Austin Picinich ), PaintCare has a recycling program that helps divert paint from landfills and protect our environment. Drop-off sites are listed here. Easy peasy.

 

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The Village at Totem Lake is now 90% leased.  Isn't it amazing to see how our ole rundown Ross and Halloween store has blossomed into an entire shopping wonderland?

Here's the scoop:

Recently Opened

  • Mayweather Boxing + Fitness (December 2021)
  • Yuan Spa (December 2021)
  • COMPASS Real Estate (January 2022)
  • The SweetSide (January 2022)
  • Sandbox VR (April 2022)
  • Kati Vegan Thai (April 2022)
  • Premier Events Corp (April 2022)
  • DekaLash (April 2022)
  • OneMedical (May 2022)

Opening This Summer

  • Serious Pie
  • hanoon
  • LaserAway
  • Purple Mattresses
  • Rion Fine Jewelry
  • Pure Barre
  • Rudy’s
  • Umigawa Sushi

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There's a Kirkland Urban Block Party/Wine-Beer-Spirits Walk on Friday June 24th 5-8:30pm. Grab your friends and buy tickets ($35) before they sell out!

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Kirkland Urban is also hosting a Pride Celebration on Fri June 17th 3-6pm and the Urban Splash Pad is Opening Friday June 3rd!

Ps- are you following the Kirkland Blog on social media? Facebook and Insta often have early tips and juicy nuggets. Like Sparrow that will be opening where Juanita Pub used to be in early July and I CAN  HARDLY WAIT. 


Cars, Tastes, the Earth, and Ca$h (what else is there?)

Here's a little lineup for your weekend and beyond!

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The Northwest Exotics Car Show at Carillon Point is this Sunday, April 24th from 9:30 am to 11:30 am at the top lot of the 2000 garage.  This free public event was created by a local high school student named Thomas Fathi that is a talented photographer with a passion for cars.  He and his friends have done a few shows over the past two years, and they hope to get to a regular Sunday show as things get back to normal.  

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Kirkland Ca$h-

The City of Kirkland's new "Kirkland Ca$h" program is striving to uplift our hard-hit local hospitality industry and small business economy.  This dollar-for-dollar certificate program runs through June 30th where you can book a 2-night minimum stay through the KirklandCash.com site and receive $100 to spend at a local participating business.  Participating hotels include The Heathman Hotel, The Woodmark Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott Sattle-Kirkland, and Motel 6. You can spend your Kirkland Ca$h before 8/31/22 at an ever-growing list of retail shops, restaurants, service providers, activities, attractions, and more (some of my faves are on there).  Do you have visitors coming to town?  This sounds like a great way to point them to one of our local hotels while also encouraging more local spending.  Everyone wins. 

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Earth Month 2022-

Keep an eye on the City of Kirkland's 'Earth Month' page to stay up to date on green tips and events throughout the month and ALWAYS.  You can also learn more about our city's Sustainability Master Plan and sign up for updates here.  Lately, Mother Earth seems to be messing with us (was that hail the other day?) so I'm all for taking the very best care of her.

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Kirkland Urban is also celebrating spring and  Earth Day. On Fri 4/22 from 11 am to 1 pm community members are welcome to drop off electronics for recycling outside the 400 building. KU is also launching its #PlantwithKU campaign with the goal of planting 20,000 trees in Tanzania through a partnership with ForestNation.  Attendees can pick up a tree kit under the Generosi-tree at 400 Urban Plaza.  And, did you know that KU has rooftop beehives? These buzzzzzy workers will have honey, soap, and candles available for anyone who stops by the event, and will you also have the opportunity to enter the Queen Bee naming contest.

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Following this Kirkland Urban event, on Sat 4/23 from 10 am-1 pm they are hosting a "Be Well" Event. Everyone is invited to this interactive experience of the eight dimensions of wellness: emotional, mental, recreational, environmental, financial, social, physical, and spiritual.  That's a lot in 3 hours! And it is free and open to the public.  You'll encounter stretch yoga at 10 am, a soothing sound bath journey at 11:10 am, total HIIT workouts at 10:30 and 11:40, a bee workshop, mini-facials by Tru Allure Beauty boutique, an Aegis Living hydration station, and much more.  Family-friendly tunes and many local businesses will be showing up to share their purpose and make sure you are taking good care of yourself. 

 

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Taste of the World-

The City of Kirkland will be hosting its first annual "Taste of the World" event on 5/21 at Juanita Beach Park to celebrate and experience our diverse heritage- so mark your calendars now! There will be food trucks, an international bazaar with artisan craft vendors, live cultural music and dance, photos stations, and a "small world" for children with global crafts and games.  They also really need VOLUNTEERS (24 to be exact) to help out with their 3 shifts- please contact Abbie (425-587-3312) if you are able to lend a hand for this awesome new community event.


Austin's Salmon Mural Comes to Life

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Despite the gray and rainy days we've had lately, on Saturday 4/2, the sun knew to beam through the skies onto Spud Fish & Chips where a very cool community project was underway.   Each hour a new shift of local volunteers of all ages grabbed their brushes and paint buckets and got to work on the east wall of the building where young Austin Picinich's salmon mural was outlined and color-coded.  I saw families, city council members, students, dogs, and toddlers slapping paint alongside elders (that were making me nervous on those ladders). Everyone pitched in, thanks to Austin who came up with this idea during a week-long leadership summit where he wanted to create "a public art project to brighten up the community."  And that he did! 

Austin teamed up with Urban Artworks on this project that helped raise awareness for our local salmon while bringing our friendly and artfully adventurous citizens together to work on a common goal.  Juanita Creek is nearby and classified as a salmon-spawning creek. While many of us think of the sockeye, chinook, and coho, the Kokanee salmon (depicted in the mural) were previously thought to be extinct in Lake Washington until recently.  This is a meaningful and timely reminder to reduce our pollution footprint, volunteer or donate to local organizations that are making a difference, or volunteer to become a SalmonWatcher yourself!

 

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The mural turned out fabulous- the colors really pop! And it was inspiring to see how 160+ volunteers each contributed their own brushstrokes to make this come to life.  I'm sure you can spot my sharp painting skills... I worked on the blue letters of the 'Spud Fish & Chips' logo on the food container. Very detailed. Laser focus.  Just kidding, I'm sure Austin had to go touch up my work afterward (thanks Austin!). 

Now with the Save Our Salmon mural complete, I'm thinking an " I Eat Trucks" mural for the truck-eating bridge on Kirkland Ave should be next??  Just sayin'.  

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4th of July in Kirkland 2022

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The last two years have been a big disappointment to a city that LOVES celebrating the 4th of July.  But for 2022, we are back in business with our patriotic parade! Unfortunately, the fireworks show will not be back due to numerous challenges (100% price increase on fireworks, costly barge rental, and environmental and noise concerns).  But we will be TOGETHER AGAIN, lining the streets, laughing and dancing on floats in red white, and blue like it's 2019.  Some other fun activities are in the works, so stay tuned for more announcements on www.celebratekirkland.org .   

For more good fun, there is also a Celebrate Kirkland t-shirt design contest! All ages are encouraged to enter and the theme is "Celebrate Kirkland,  Together Again,"  Entries due by May 1st. Details are here- good luck! 


Pi Day, Spa Day, and Puffy Jacket Dining

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Monday is Pi Day which seems like a perfectly good reason to celebrate! On March 14 from 3-5 p.m., families are invited to Kirkland Urban to participate in a π (pi) recitation competition (start practicing now, folks), an interactive scavenger hunt, giveaways from a variety of retailers at Kirkland Urban, a live DJ, and other kid-friendly activities.  This event is free and open to the public. Fun fact: Pi day is my son's birthday and he doesn't even like pie ( a crime).

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Never turn away a spa day.  The Still Spa at the Woodmark in Carillon Point has just launched 10 new spa treatments designed to relax and rejuvenate your body for summer. There's a HydraFacial that uses patented technology to cleanse, extract, and hydrate the skin.  Other newbies are the Himalayan Salt Body Treatment and the Herbal Cellulite Treatment (hmmmm..) and a Firming Vibrant-C Facial to get you glowing again.  Their full treatment menu found here. Tickets are also available for Still Spa's Quarterly Passport event on Tues 3/22 3-8 pm called 'Spring Into Relaxation' which is great to grab a friend and get pampered.

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Hearth at The Heathman
is running their infamous Puffy Jacket Pop-Up Dining Series Weds through Sat 5-9 pm through April 2nd. Throw on your puffer for this unique experience where you will enjoy cocktails, fresh rustic foods with local ingredients, and the heated patio's outdoor dining.  This limited-time menu really has me struggling to decide between the PNW Seafood Stew and the Red Wine Braised Short Rib.  I will be there next week, so expect a follow-up with more photos and tips!  You can call 425-284-5900 or visit OpenTable for a reservation. 

 


Kids' Spring Events- Register Now!

Pot of God Nugget Hunt

Pot of Gold Nugget Hunt :

You don’t need the luck of the Irish to participate in this event, just your peepers! All kids between the ages of 3-9, join in the hunt for gold nuggets starting March 12th at the North Kirkland Community Center. 

Make sure you are on the playground side of the park. Nuggets can be anywhere, off the sidewalk, in a flower bed, or near the play structures, keep your eyes open! Find the gold nugget with your name on it and keep it for good luck. One special gold nugget will have the word PRIZE written on the bottom. 

If you find the PRIZE nugget, keep it, snap a photo and send to: Jvandiver@kirklandwa.gov to claim your prize. Contest ends March 13th. There are two dedicated nugget hunting times, sign up for the time that works best with your schedule. We have split the times up to allow for plenty of parking for everyone!

Registration closes March 9. Register online at https://bit.ly/35Rw58G

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Mermaid Ball:

Kirkland Parks and Community Services presents our 3rd annual Mermaid Ball!

Come along and follow me to the bottom of the sea where we’ll join in the Jamboree at the Mermaid Ball! Enjoy refreshments, dancing, a mermaid craft, and a commemorative photo at our 3rd annual Mermaid Ball. If you’ve loved our winter-themed ball, wait till you see our “under the sea” theme! Make a splash with your little mermaid and sign up early for this event before it’s sold out!

Ages 3 to 10 years with Dad, Grandpas, uncles, or other father figures. Register online at https://bit.ly/3CeszSd


Walking/Eating/Drinking around Kirkland

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First and foremost, there is a Kirkland Wine, Beer, and Spirits Walk on April 1st. No April foolin' either. 5-9pm and tickets are on sale now ($30).  You must show your vaccine card upon arrival. Then the fun begins as you start at The Heathman Hotel and walk to the participating merchants for your tasty beverages.  I like how they are stepping it up from a 'wine walk' to a 'wine/beer/spirits' walk.  We are no longer messing around- you have been forewarned. Get your tickets early, these shenanigans always sell out.

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Another less-tipsy beverage option in downtown Kirkland on Lake St. S  is the new Bobae Coffee & Tea.  This family-owned boba shop focuses on quality ingredients by avoiding artificial powders and syrups and brewing only high-grade teas.  Their ceremonial matcha is from a family farm in Japan and each cup is hand-whisked.  The service was amazing because the person taking my order was super friendly and spent extra time helping me find the right drink.  Since my usual fave, the mango matcha, is not in season yet she convinced me to try their red, white & matcha drink which was delish (photo).    I'll admit I was a little worried when I watched them hand-pour the bright green matcha into my drink wondering if it might taste a little too 'earthy,' but it was spot-on with a nice little strawberry flavor mixed in too.  You can also order from their site here (complete with photos!).  Apparently, their boba doughnuts are pretty famous too, but I didn't get a chance to try them.  There's another great reason to go back! Take note of their days/hours- Open Weds thru Sun 1-8 pm When they are you'll know it by their fans starting to line up on the sidewalk.