Hohohoppin' into the Holiday Season

Okay my little Kirkland Elves, let's see what is in store for us this holiday...feel free to comment with other fun things I may have missed that you want to share.

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2nd Annual Holiday Lights Contest
- But hurry! FREE registration closes Dec 6th at noon. Decorate your home and also submit a photo to jvandiver@kirklandwa.gov by 12/9 at 5pm. The top 3 winners will be announced on 12/16 and receive a victory yard sign so they will be the envy of all of Kirkland.

Ladies Night Out at Kirkland Urban- 12/9  4-7 pm: happy hour, a wreath-making or Santa painting workshop and food and beverages.  Grab a friend and buy your tickets here. The Village also has carols scheduled and of course, storytime with Ms. Claus at Barnes & Noble. 

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Kirkland Winter Market-
Dec 11th 10 am-2 pm at Kirkland Urban/Peter Kirk Promenade.  This is the last one, so be sure to check out these local vendors for winter produce, flowers, foods, and crafts. 

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Make your own parade with Duffy Boat's Holiday Light Cruise- Carillon Point Marina thru 1/2/22.  4 nightly parades at 3:30, 5:00, 6:30, and 8 pm.  Be your own captain on an electric boat that is fully enclosed, heated, and fits 10 people. Book here. Our family did this last year- super fun!

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Gingerbread House contest
- on display at participating stores downtown.

"Sips & Snowballs" Wine Walk- Dec 17th 5 pm-9 pm for early admission. 21 and over. Buy your $25-$30 tickets here now so you can embark on a fun holiday adventure of shop-hopping and wine tasting.

Google Musical Holiday Lights on the Cross Kirkland Corridor- 12/8-1/1 nightly from 5-10 pm. Free show of 10,000 LED lights. You'll find this treasure at the Family Fitness and Play Area on the Cross Kirkland Corridor near the Google campus.

Visits with Santa- You can still catch the Big Guy at Kirkland Urban on Sat 12/11 11 am-2 pm and Sat 12/18 11 am- 2 pm.  Crafts and a selfie-station too.

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"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"
- live performances at Studio East through Dec 19th. Tickets are $20 student/senior and $25/adult.

Argosy Christmas Ship Festival- 12/11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 22. $50/adults, $47 seniors, $37 youth, and under 3 are free.  This is always such a unique and festive way to enjoy the lake and holiday lights and carols.

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Community Bonfires
- Gather and watch the Christmas Ships by land!  Marina Park Sat 12/11 2:10-2:35 and O.O. Denny Park Sunday 12/19 2:35-2:55 pm.  Bonfires can be cancelled due to weather or burn bans. Call 425-587-3345 for 'day of' weather info.

The 12K's of Christmas is BACK- Registration is open for this Sun 12/12 festive run that starts in Marina Park.

Spa-La-La Still Spa Holiday Event- Tues 12/14 3-8pm at Still Spa at the Woodmark. Passport style with express treatments, complimentary wine, skincare and beauty advice, exclusive discounts, and special prizes.  Buy your tickets here before they're gone. 

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Carillon Kitchen (to-go holiday meals $85/pp)  and Beach Café (3 courses, $95/pp) both have amazing Christmas dining options. Take out orders must be placed by 12/18 by calling 425-739-6363.  Reservations for Beach Café are through Open Table ONLY

 

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Santa's Mailbox
- you will find it in front of the downtown Bank of America until Dec 18th.  Don't forget! Your little ones will get a reply! hohoho


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First and foremost, thank you festive holiday people of Kirkland!  It feels like everyone is on their game early this year with sparkly lights everywhere and it makes me smile.  This week I plan to pause and be thankful for about 150 things before I glue myself to the Cyber Monday deals.  But a little planning ahead never hurt anyone either, especially if you are sharing your good cheer.  I've heard a few people clammering for Christmas trees already...

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The ever-famous 2021 Kiwanis of Kirkland Christmas Tree sale will be open the day after Thanksgiving (11/26) in the Juanita Beach Park parking lot.  You will find trees from 3-12 feet ($55-190) in addition to wreaths, garland, and See's Candy.  Hours are every day 10 am-7 pm but  CLOSED on Weds. they'll be open until 12/24 or until the trees are gone.  Proceeds support the Club, the Kirkland Kiwanis Foundation, and local children's charities.  This is one of their biggest fundraisers of the year, and the trees always go fast, so get there early for the best selection. Want to help volunteer with set-up? What a fun way to stay warm outside and be a good citizen.

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Besides trees, there's another kind of 'green' effort launching in Kirkland! It's called Kirkland Green Trip, to promote shopping locally while encouraging alternative transportation. Parking may not be our strong-suit in downtown, but fabulous shops and a family/friendly community certainly are.  There will be weekly prizes awarded during the month of December if you simply take a selfie of yourself shopping locally and your green mode of transportation. Learn how to submit your entry here. #shoplocalkirkland

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And a quick glimpse into some holiday events for this upcoming weekend...

  • Sat 11/27 1-3 pm and Sun 11/28 1-3 there will be carolers at The Village at Totem Lake
  • Sat 11/27 11 am-2 pm families can check out Kirkland Urban's "snow globe" to meet and get a photo taken with Santa (safely seated behind a plexiglass barrier). There will also be crafts and a holiday0-themed selfie station. This event continues each Saturday leading up to Christmas.
  • Santa's mailbox will be up in front of the downtown Bank of America and in Kirkland Urban from Thanksgiving thru 12/18.  Santa writes back!  Get your requests in early (Santa is not immune to supply chain issues!)
  • Nightly holiday tree lighting at 5pm for all of December in Marina Park.

I have more to share. But I need to go welcome my college kids home and buy brussel sprouts and egg nog (to go with the Fireball) and things like that right now. Enjoy your Thanksgiving, Kirkland! I am thankful to have you as part of our community. xo

 


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.

 


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.  

 


I'm Drinking at "the Q"

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Wasn't this the best sunny summer we've had in a long time? Despite a few 115 degree days and an ongoing pandemic (booo), I was loving it.  My golf handicap even dropped 5 strokes.  But now reality is punching me in the face as we launch two freshmen off to college within weeks of each other.  I'm currently an advanced college shopping/packing/decorating pro and will be adding that to my resume while promptly heading to "the Q" for Happy Hour to celebrate my almost adult children and the idea of having way fewer dirty dishes and clothes around my house.  I wasn't comfortable telling you this secret earlier in the season, because honestly, I was worried you would head over there and take all the seats, and then there would be none for me.  But now I'm ready to tell you about Happy Hour at QFC in Kirkland Urban.  Technically it is the "Q20 Public House"  but it sounds way hipper if we call it "the Q".    When a friend asked if I ever do HH at "the Q", I laughed out loud thinking they were kidding.  But this is no joke, my friends.    

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This unassuming, tiny but mighty, open-air bar allows for amazing everyday burger eating/grocery shopping people-watching, coupled with a 3-6 pm daily happy hour that gets you $1 off their already very reasonably priced wine and beer.  They have lots of beers on tap starting at $5 (depending on size).  Wines are $5-8/glass before it's even happy hour and they're not slackers either. You'll find PNW faves such as Mark Ryan 'The Vincent' Blend for $8 or an Erath Pinot Gris for $6.  You can even order a Tutta Bella Pizza at their window.  This is a great little casual inexpensive option with underground parking. The only challenge is finding a seat at the bar! There are also indoor tables for thirsty folks in the winter. 

Other quick things I think you should know:

  • Tom Douglas is not kidding around. He's opening his first Eastside location with a Serious Pie in the Village at Totem Lake.  Construction is underway (right near Cinemark) their much-anticipated opening will be early next year. 
  • See Spot Splash is a City of Kirkland event at the Peter Kirk Pool and Park where your pooch can celebrate the end of the season with some extra fun and new fluffy friends. It is Saturday 9/11 10 am-3 pm, and there are 5 sessions to choose from for different sized dogs.  You'll find food, rescue groups, vendors, a cakewalk, and even best-trick contests. Proof of rabies vaccination req'd and pre-registration is highly recommended.  Register at kirklandparks.net or 425-587-3330.
  • Only a few days left for early bird pricing on tickets to Still Spa at The Woodmark's Pumpkin Spice & Pampering is Nice event 9/28.
  • Amazon 4 Star opened at The Village at Totem Lake just across from Athleta.  Instead of simply the impulse of clicking purchases, you can now be tempted by the universe's favorite 4 star + rated products right in front of your nose.  It's a great place to pick up a gift or even just a chuckle, as we did at the book "100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings." Ok, I also succumbed to the temptation of a dryer/styler hair tool I've been curious to try. 

Enough for now. This should keep you busy for a while. 

 

 

 

 

 


Pamper Yourself

The Still Spa at The Woodmark Hotel in Carillon Point has a passport event coming up on 9/28  that you won't want to miss.   Early bird tickets are selling out fast for the "Pumpkin Spice & Pampering is Nice" event, because for $109 (if you buy prior to 9/7) you will get two express treatments, complimentary wine, skincare/beauty advice, and exclusive discounts. There's even a drawing for a special prize.  And let's face it, with the year we've all had this is well-deserved.  Grab a friend and go! The good times are filling up.

Other Still Spa specials can be found here.

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Another hot ticket right now....the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Sustainable Fashion Show on Thursday Sept 9th at 11:30 am-1:15 pm for the 5th year running.  Hello plated lunch, swag bags, prizes, and a great lineup of sponsors for this always FUN event.  Tickets are $55 and you can buy them here.

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Summer Fun for All

Apologies for the short post.  I'm very busy catching up on 18 months of outdoor fun!  August looks to be ramping up quite nicely as we have slowly peeled off our masks and fear of activities! There's a little something here for everyone.  Get out your calendars, these are in chronological order.

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Summerfest
is up first on 7/30-8/1. Street market, arts/crafts,  wine and beer festival, food trucks, and live music with 35,000 of your closest friends at the Marina waterfront park. Buy tickets and find details here.  I'll be fulfilling my dream of being a bartender at this event on Friday 7/30 so come visit me! 

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Concerts in the Park are happening in the month of August.  Enjoy a little live music outside!  Kids concerts are Tuesdays 10-11am at Juanita Beach Aug 3, 10, 17 and Evening concerts are Thursdays 7-8:30 at Marina Park on Aug 5, 12, 19. Details here.

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Kirkland Cornhole Classic Tournament- Friday, Aug 6th under the lights at Lee Johnson Field at Peter Kirk Park. All ages, but limited space, so reserve your spot now. I did this last time and it was super fun.  A great way to meet new people and for me, also laugh at myself (should have practiced?). Bags start flyin' at 7:00pm. Check-in begins at 6:30 pm.

  • Round Robin Style Tournament
  • Championship shirts to the winners
  • We provide the cornhole bags
  • $20/Team for Residents
  • $24/Team for Non-Residents

Register today at https://bit.ly/3j7029x

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Kirkland Waterfront Carshow- Saturday August 7th 10-4. Register your car now to include in the show, or just go check out the antique, classic, muscle, and exotic cars and motorcycles.  Special guest Steve Saleen will be in attendance this year!

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Sun, Set, & Spike Grass Volleyball Tournament- Weds 8/25 and Fri 8/27 at Lee Johnson Field at Peter Kirk Park. There is a co-ed and Women's division. Co-ed teams must have 2 men and 2 women to participate. This is a 4 on 4 tournament and all levels are welcome! Team managers will register their team under the division of their choice. Game times will be sent out one week before the tournament starts. The winning team from each division will win a prize! Register your team today at https://bit.ly/35Mis7B For tournament rules visit: teamsideline.com/sites/kirklandwa/downloads

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Kirkland Uncorked- Aug 27-29 is always a favorite Summer Wine Festival (75+ WA wines) at Marina Park.  Beer, wine, cocktails, food trucks, a grilling competition, and a burger brawl all nicely complement the local vendors that tempt us with their amazing art, jewelry, clothing, specialty food, home goods, and services.  One-day admission for the 21+ crowd is $30 and they are on sale now. OR- buy your ticket at a select Fred Meyer location and you will receive an additional 4 tasting tickets for the same $30 admit price. 


This 4th of July: Celebrate Your Own Way

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In the last year, I've become accustomed to keeping my expectations low and being resilient to whatever gets thrown my way.  Great life skills, right?  But I'm kind of getting sick of that plan.  In my vaccinated mind, this 4th of July was going to be a tear-jerker coming out party for every red/white/blue wearing citizen where our American pride would be bursting at the seams after a life-changing pandemic and unprecedented heatwave.  Extra big fireworks and anthems- we deserve them!  Especially after the governor's latest announcement.    

In 2021 you may have to make this 4th of July special in your own way.  I've organized many events and completely understand that early in the year when planning and fundraising typically begins, none of us knew what kind of havoc COVID-19 might still have in store for us.  Crystal balls don't work.  So here we are, with the holiday coming in hot, and it's now time for a virtual Celebrate Kirkland 4th of July video production.  The stare-at-another-screen celebration will be available for viewing on Sunday, July 4th starting at 8 am on the City Facebook page, the Kirkland Television YouTube Channel, the KGOV stream Comcast Cable Channel 21 and Ziply Cable Channel 31.  This video will feature highlights from the last several years of Celebrate Kirkland parades while honoring our veterans and shining a light on the many other organizations and people that make up our amazing and unstoppable Kirkland community.  

Here's a little summary of what is going on elsewhere in the Puget Sound.  Hello Bellevue

And whatever you do, please don't catch anything on fire.  Seriously.  A pandemic and an epic showing of global warming are about all this girl can take for right now.  Things are a bit crispy this season already.  I was secretly wishing that some magical Kirkland-loving donor would swoop in at the final hour and treat us all to a barged firework display on Lake WA  so I don't have to worry about whose going to torch the block or lose a few fingers this year.  But, again, I'm resilient as ever, so I'm just going to be thankful, blast some patriotic tunes, toss some burgers on the grill, pop open my new favorite 805 beer (after spending 49 yrs not liking beer?), and laugh loudly with friends and family.  There might be a Kirkland parade video playing inside somewhere, but time is short and lessons have been learned.  I think on this fourth, 2021, we make it our own and take nothing for granted.  Still thinking of you all though, and can't wait to see those painted faces and colored explosions in the sky together next year.  Happy Birthday America. 


All Kirkland Class of 2021 Car Cruise: June 6th

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Lake Washington Blvd. from Kirkland to Renton was first paved in 1932. Little did city officials know that car cruising would become the pastime of many local teens for decades after the post-WWII boom. That is, of course, until the arrival of the internet and city ordinances banning slow-moving vehicles. 

Fast forward to June of 2020, with our city in full lock-down and group gatherings over five people prohibited, a handful of innovative Kirkland moms found a COVID-safe way to celebrate their graduating high school seniors. They organized a grassroots, old-fashioned car cruise of yesteryear. Seniors from our Kirkland high schools decorated their cars, grabbed a responsible adult to drive, and cruised up and down Kirkland’s Lake Washington Blvd. to the cheers of delighted walkers and residents peering out their windows to see what all the excitement was about.

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Last year’s car cruise was such a success, that when it looked like this year’s Class of 2021 would also have their in-person graduations taken away (in addition to all the other lost highlights of senior year: homecoming, football games, prom, etc.)  the torch was passed to a new group of parents and The All Kirkland Class of 2021 Car Cruise was born. This year’s “cruise” again welcomes all Kirkland high schools such as Lake Washington, Juanita, Eastside Prep, ICHS, Leadership Prep, Emerson, and Futures High School, so we can celebrate ALL Kirkland graduating seniors.

With COVID restrictions easing up, we encourage you to come out on Sunday, June 6th (with masks and social distancing as needed depending on your vaccination status) to cheer on these remarkable young adults who have traversed their last year and a half of high school with grit, grace, and resilience that will serve them well in their futures ahead.

All Kirkland Class of 2021 Car Cruise

Sunday, June 6th, 3:15 pm

For staging info, route maps, and all other info, please visit: www.allkirklandclassof2021.com


School, Sun and other Buzzworthy notes

My three teens ventured off to their first day of (in-person!) high school yesterday in over a year.  Hearing the snooze button go off 14 times and adult-sized people sprint out the door by 7:30 am was a welcome buzz at our house.  They came home from their 5 hour day mentally and physically exhausted, yet excited to see some forgotten friends and teary-eyed teachers.  And for those 5 hours, my house was quiet and there were zero dishes in the sink. Ahhhhhh.  Add in this amazing sunshine and a little slice of normal was feeling pretty darn good.   Speaking of goodness...here's some for you..

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I love the synergy of our local hotspots here.  Hearth at the Heathman and the Kirkland Performance Center have partnered up for the April 25th virtual show. Get ready for a Beatles-themed brunch menu (with cleverly named offerings) along with a live-stream performance of the Beatles tribute band Good Day Sunshine. Doors open at 12:30 with the live stream from 1-2:30.  Don't wait, though, because you need to purchase tickets in advance! $40 per person (socially distanced tables and max 6/table) get you a welcome mimosa/coffee/tea and a Hearth brunch entree.  Love the idea but want to do it from home? No problem. $35 for breakfast pickup and a link so you can listen in from your own space. Sign up here, Sgt. Pepper.

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Sunday brunch is back at Anthony's HomePort and just in time for Seattle Restaurant Week.  Reservations are best due to limited seating. Brunch is Sundays 10-2 and now through 4/30 you can enjoy a 3 course meal for $35. And apparently, rhubarb season is almost here too. Who knew!?

 

-->Has anyone been to Plantiful yet in Kirkland Urban? Opened 4/10. Suuuuper excited about this one, so stay tuned.

-->And rumor has it Lounge by TopGolf is open again with limited capacity and new seating arrangements.

-->Food Lifeline donation stations are at Kirkland Urban every Thursday from 10-4. Bring your shelf-stable and canned goods to help fight hunger.

-->Madison Reed's first local salon/retail space is now open at The Village at Totem Lake.  Well-known for their friendly-ingredient hair color products, they also take the mystery out of coloring your hair and finding your favorite shade.  Should my grays be the guinea pig for this service?  They don't go down without a fight.