January Happenings

You can still squeeze a few more things on your calendar in these upcoming weeks, right?  Here we go..

Before we get to the fun stuff, we'll start with a little 'biz' about Park Lane, because if you have opinions to share, now is your chance to do so.  The debate of whether to close this award-winning street permanently to vehicles and parking is back on the front burner.  There's plenty of history to catch you up on right here, and I welcome you to get involved in upcoming meetings on January 26th and 27th.  There are consultants doing a study right now, and results and decisions will be made in the coming months.  

Sat Jan 28th, 12-2 pm in the Fountain Court at Kirkland Urban: “Come Together” to Kirkland Urban for the second annual (free and public) musical celebration inspired by the original surprise Beatles Rooftop concert in 1969. The event will feature a musical performance by one of Seattle’s favorite Beatles music experiences, Good Day Sunshine, who will perform every song from the original Beatles Rooftop Concert. Attendees will enjoy photo moments with Beatles-inspired costumed characters, themed Instagram-able moments, and groovy giveaways (while supplies last.) 

 

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Aprés-Ski Patio Pop-Up at The Heathman's Hearth Mon-Sat 5-9pm through Jan 28th
- Experience Aspen vibes in downtown Kirkland with alpine fare and comfort classics paired with hot cocktails.  It's like a little staycation- crab deviled eggs, hot toddies, table-top smores and even a shot-ski for you adventurous peeps! Reservations recommended 425-284-5900.

 

 

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Feb 10th 5-9 pm is the Downtown Kirkland Wine Walk: It's 90's themed, so get your half shirts and mullets ready (which weirdly are sort of back in style). Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door.  This is always a fun stumble around town to see what's new with your favorite friends, or just meet new ones there.

 

If you haven't booked your Valentine's Day adventure yet, you'd better hurry!  How about a little relaxing? The Woodmark Hotel & Still Spa is doing a "Love is in the Air" package that includes luxury accommodations, $250 credit towards a 60 min couples massage w/aromoatherapy, a bottle of sparkling wine, and rose petals with signature Bath Butler (that would be a little strange if that were actually a person?! LOL) Promo code: LOVE23 to find out. 

 

 


Kirkland Polar Plunge 2023: Calling All Crazy People

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It doesn't feel like that many years ago that I was chipping ice off the boat's windshield to waterski in early December.  I must have been crazy. Just like all of you polar plungers!  The City of Kirkland's official "January Jump" scheduled for  January 7th was canceled due to a lack of sign-ups.  But I have a feeling you die-hards don't want to plan that far ahead and pay $15 to jump in a public lake.  So go ahead and do what you always do, the ole regulars and the newbies can all bond in their skivvies as they charge into 2023 AND Lake Washington at Marina Park at 1pm on January 1st.   A bathing suit/towel, hat, shoes that can get wet, and your defibrillator is all you'll need for this unsanctioned and invigorating Kirkland tradition.  The water temp of Lake WA is around 40 degrees now, which seems balmy compared to this crazy lady in Antarctica.  Stay warm friends, and happy new year! 

 


It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like...Christmas?

The last Halloween Snickers bar had barely hit our treat bags this year when everyone flipped on their holiday lights! Turns out, this is really helpful since it's dark by 4 every day now and I'm in my jammies by 6.  COVID struck me down last week, which is entirely un-fun, so I'd recommend staying rested, boosted, and properly liquored up to fight off any potential incoming infections.  Holiday happenings are starting to crop up, so I thought I'd share these few with you now...

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Fri Nov 18th is the Ugly Sweater Kirkland Wine, Beer, & Spirits Walk. You start at the Heathman Hotel and troll around to various local merchants from 5-9pm while sipping and laughing at each other.  Always a fun time! Tickets are $30 now or $40 at the door.  Or you could always volunteer to be a door monitor if that's more your style (we appreciate you!). 

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Frostival at Kirkland Urban- Every Saturday from 11/26-12/17.  This is a free community event that includes snaps with Santa, a gingerbread selfie suite, snow on the promenade, holiday pop caroler, caffe ladro coffee + cookies, and festive giveaways from 11-2.  And from 10-2 you can enjoy the KDA's winter market where you'll find artisan crafts, gifts and seasonal delights.  Who doesn't love a delight?

 

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Kirkland Kiwanis Tree Lot- opens Nov 25th at 10am and sticks around each day until they're all gone!  Same prices, same spot with fresh trees, wreaths, garland, and candy at Juanita Beach Park.  

The Village at Totem Lake- keep an eye on their event page for upcoming carolers, ladies night out gingerbread house-making (11/30, 12/7, 12/14), and photos with the big guy in the red suit. 

Winter Wellness at Woodmark Hotel- Get prepared for the holiday stress, and use PROMO code "WINTER" on your luxury accommodation + 60 min massage with white cranberry back scrub (must stay between Nov 1-Dec 30). Also, 12/13 is the Still Spa's Passport event from 3-8pm where you get 2 express spa treatments, expert skin/beauty advice, discounts, and more. You can get your tickets here.  And don't forget Thanksgiving, where Carillon Kitchen can help you with their to-go options (pretend you cooked!), you must order by 11/17. 

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Have you been to the Kirkland Downtown Association office in Kirkland Urban? Ziply Fiber is sponsoring a Toys for Tots Box, so there's a great excuse to drop by and bring along a new toy donation.

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On Friday, December 2nd,  Google’s Annual Musical Holiday Lights on the Cross Kirkland Corridor (CKC) will be back, with a free family-fun celebration that includes a petting zoo and hot chocolate.  Google Kirkland engineers have programmed a show featuring 10,000 LED lights and holiday music.

And somehow we seem to have glossed over Thanksgiving, which should never be the case. Always take those moments to be grateful and relax with friends and family.   If you don't feel like cooking, you can order your Thanksgiving to-go meal from Carillon Kitchen ($75/pp).  Just order by Nov 17th and pickup Thurs 11/24 between 10am-2pm. Hearth at The Heathman is also doing to-go ($70/pp)  or dine-in for your Thanksgiving fixings.


First Annual Market St Holiday Stroll 11/5

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Greet Kirkland (formerly Kirkland Living) is working with 6 businesses on Market Street for a Holiday Stroll. Participants include Crown Linen Designs and Arte Italica, Kirkland Arts Center, Found Interiors, Oscar & Co., Book Tree, and FrogLegs

Come help bring awareness to these neighborhood businesses and boost holiday sales!  This is the First Annual Event and we hope to continue the tradition. There will be gold balloon bouquets at each participating establishment and raffle prizes and festivities at each participating business.


Let's Go, Punkins....

First, let's give ourselves a high five because Money Magazine recently ranked Kirkland the 3rd Best Place to Live in the U.S. After this sunny October, I cannot disagree.  And, of course, our community events make this an incredible place to be. Such as these coming up where there are plenty of treats for all ages :

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Zombie Wine Crawl
- Better hurry if you don't already have your ticket ($30) for Friday 10/21 to meander through participating local merchants in downtown Kirkland while sipping on wines and spirits at each stop.  5pm at The Heathman and costumes are encouraged. Always a good time. 

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Villains in the Village
- Sat 10/22 11am- 1pm. This is a free event for all ages at The Village at Totem Lake (meet near Salt & Straw) where you can expect a wicked fun costume contest, craft station, caricature artist, fun photo ops, and meet/greets with some of the most nefarious and notorious villains. Costumes encouraged. Rain or shine (no registration needed).

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Pumpkins in the Park- Get ready for this 3rd annual at Marina Park from 10-2 on Oct 29th.  There's a pumpkin patch, a pet costume competition, a fall-themed selfie station, a petting zoo, a Blue Grass band, and even "Pumpkin Wars" (no, we don't get to throw them, boooo..) where enormous pumpkins will be carved.  Don't forget the downtown merchant Trick-or Treating extravaganza from 1-2. 

Treat Street at Kirkland Urban- Sat 10/29 3-7pm.  After Pumpkins in the Park, roll on down to K-Urban for more seasonal celebrating.  Treat Street will have live pumpkin carving, Halloween tunes, kids games & activities, a giant candy shoot, a live DJ, and tasty treats provided by local businesses.


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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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.