Dog Days of Kirkland: Virtual Style

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We can't sit around doing nothing forever, people.  The beloved annual 'Dog Days of Kirkland' dogshow contest will be online this year, so you and your pooch can participate from the comfort of your own home.  How very 2020 of us!  This dog photo contest means that you will be uploading photos of your trusted furry friend to one of the nine categories on kirklandparks.net, where they will then be shared on Facebook and voters can pick their faves. It's FREE!  Register your dog now through Sept 3rd.  Photos will be posted on Facebook for a 'likes' contest from Sept 5-12th.  Top winners will receive a gift card from Denny's Pet World and the grand prize winner receives a delux pet protrait session with Jennifer Wollman Photography.  I have no pets, just a houseful of teenagers so I will be looking out for your cute shots!


Kirkland's Virtual 4th of July

From our 4th of July Committee:

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A message from Kirkland Downtown Association regarding 4th of July celebration:

 This year 4th of July is going to look a little different. To still celebrate as a community, we are creating a virtual parade and fireworks show to stream live on FB and Kirkland TV.

This will give us an opportunity to “gather together” from the comfort and safety of our own spaces and enjoy images and footage of 4th of July celebrations from the last 20 years.

How fun it will be to see how floats, styles, and downtown have evolved since we began Celebrate Kirkland in 2000. Pay attention and you just may see some familiar faces that have participated through the years.

Join us at Noon on Saturday, July 4th on the Celebrate Kirkland 4th of July! Facebook page or on Kirkland TV for the parade and fireworks show.

We would also love to see how you are celebrating! As you deck your homes, selves, pets, or children with red, white, and blue, we would love you to post your pictures with the below hashtags.


#CelebrateKirkland!2020 #KirklandTogether #WeGotThisKirkland


Kirkland's Seniors Cruise the Blvd

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The graduating class of 2020 has definitely had some special end of year moments robbed of them due to the Coronavirus restrictions.  But on Thursday evening, the rains stopped and the sun shone down on hundreds of smiling capped and gowned teenagers from Lake Washington High School, Juanita High School, Eastside Prep, Emerson and the International School.  A giant 'unofficial' parade of cars honked, shrieked, danced and  let loose down the Lake St/Lake WA Blvd in Kirkland as parents and socially distanced bystanders clapped and cheered them on from the street.  For those 45 minutes, life even felt a little bit 'normal' as kids got to see each other and feel the love and support of their friends, family and community.  Finally, a celebration!  I don't have a senior, but I still found myself holding back a few tears of pride for this amazing group of teens. 

Perhaps this grass-roots effort just started a new Kirkland tradition.  LW parent, Kristen Estes, helped the group of moms that put this effort together and commented, "We are so thankful to the Kirkland community for helping us celebrate the Class of 2020 during these unique times.  it was fun to see everyone come together and make this a special event for the graduating class of 2020."  Perhaps years from now Kirkland grads will read about COVID-19 in their history books and go charging out the door for their annual community graduation 'senior cruise' through our city remembering how it all started. I hope so. 

You've got this Class of 2020.  Congrats!


Kirkland's 4th Parade Cancelled

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I've had a few, what I call,  "shiny dime days" recently.  When paying for something with cash pre-COVID  (back when we used to be out and use real money on occasion), and inevitably, somehow a shiny skinny little dime always escapes my clutches. Who invented those little buggers? Anyway, you know the feeling, everyone at the register hears it pliiiinkkk to the floor and offers to helps as it makes its edgy winding escape under a counter or into an unreachable crevice.  "Aaah, don't worry about it," I'd say not wanting to further advertise my clumsy hands or fret over ten cents.  Now in 2020,  I am losing days like I used to lose dimes.  I'll never get either of them back.  I may be waking up with intent, albeit a little later, but not-so-much really happens.   Maybe I've emptied some dishwashers, written a few emails, gone for a walk or watched movies with the fam.  Perhaps every day.  They are slipping through my fingers just like the shiny dimes, and I find myself still saying, "aaah, don't worry about it."  Because there's always tomorrow.  When this is all over I hope I can motivate myself to get more than one thing done in a day.  And I'll be picking up those dimes! 

As we look about 60 tomorrows into the future, it turns out we will still be celebrating America's birthday on July 4th, just not in the traditional way Kirkland is accustomed to.  Here is the update from Celebrate Kirkland taken from their website:

We have experienced unprecedented changes and adaptions in our daily lives since the beginning of March as our community and country have faced the impacts of our current health crisis. Kirkland Downtown Association cares deeply about the safety and well-being of our neighbors so we are continuing the theme of adapting and overcoming by exploring creative and safe ways we can celebrate Kirkland this 4th of July. While we won’t be having our traditional parade, community picnic, and fireworks as we have in the past, we are working on some extra-special ways to celebrate safely.
We look forward to the days we can join together again in our parks and businesses. When that day comes, rest assured, we will have a celebration like no other.

Can we drop firewarks from really high drones for us all to see from our homes? Flags in front of every home? A car parade for each neighborhood?  Hot dog and beer touchless delivery? Whatever it is, I know we'll figure it out-hang in there, Kirkland. #wegotthis

 


Shamrock Run 2020

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Lake Washington Physical Therapy's annual Shamrock Run will take place on Saturday, March 14th. This 5K starts at 9am and benefits local charities. Registration is $45, and good news, you can get up to $10 off by referring friends.  Run, walk,  push a stroller, walk a dog or dance a jig, it's up to you! After your St. Patrick's Day exercise duties, roll on over to Wilde Rover for a pint at the post-race party. 


Polar Plunge 2020: Are you Ready to Brave the Cold?

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I think you are. I mean, why not? Unless you have a heart condition.  Or you're an infant. Or have pneumonia perhaps.  But aside from those few exceptions you ALL should be ready to participate in this frigidly awesome annual Kirkland tradition on Jan 1st @ 1pm in Marina Park.   The forecast looks like rain, so you'll have the advantage of being pre-moistened before you expose yourself to the rest of us in addition to the 48 degree air and 48.2 degree water.   The site with the water temp info says "this temperature is too cold to swim," (duh)- which is exactly why we do it! It feels good to be a rebel especially when you bend the rules with hundreds of your soon-to-be new friends and neighbors.  So show up.  Hang by the bonfire.  Arrive a little early with your towel, warm clothes/boots/hat, and water shoes.  Or dress like a clown! Whatever makes you happy as you start your 2020.  ~j

 


Good Health and More Holiday Cheer

After my daughter was sick for a full 2 weeks and I *thought* I was in the clear, lightning struck and I went down in a ball of flames.  Today is the first time I have dried my hair and stepped foot outside in 3 days.  The fresh air was pretty fantastic after previously feeling like someone removed the bones from my body and boiled me in a 102 degree pot of nauseous serum.   I had all sorts of interesting Kirklandy things to tell you but my fingers didn't have the energy to type and my eyes couldn't stay open for more than 30 mins at a time. Sad story, I know, but it was good to get that out of the way early this season.  And so thankful that my clothes don't make my skin ache anymore! 

It's a good reminder of the importance of our wellness. Hopefully you all are staying healthy and remembering to take care of yourself this season?? 

Here's what I've got (from my recently pretty limited point of view)...

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Musical Holiday Lights on the CKC

Join your Kirkland neighbors on December 13th for an evening of caroling, hot cocoa, the Seahawks’ Blitz, alpacas, a photo booth, and the fifth annual musical holiday lights on the Cross Kirkland Corridor! The alpacas and photo booth will be ready starting at 5:00 p.m., and at 5:30 Mayor Penny Sweet will flip the switch to turn on a show featuring 25,000 LEDs custom-programmed to holiday music by Google Kirkland engineers. Parking is limited, so those who can are encouraged to take public transportation, bike or walk to the show.

The event is free and attendees are encouraged to bring donations in the form of unwrapped toys for LifeWire and non-perishable food for Hopelink.

What: Musical Holiday Lights on the Cross Kirkland Corridor

When: Friday, December 13, 5:00-6:30 p.m., Photo booth opens at 5:00 p.m., lights at 5:30 p.m.

Where: The Family Fitness and Play Area on the Cross Kirkland Corridor near the Google campus (Approximate address is 499 7th Ave S, Kirkland, WA 98033 - click here for directions:  https://goo.gl/maps/kWLez)

 

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Kirkland Urban is doing a Winter Festival each Saturday approaching Christmas from 2-8pm.  Family fun, arts/crafts, Santa, music and more. 

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The 12 K's of Christmas
is Sun 12/15- You can still sign up and don't worry, there's a Kids' Dash, 5K or 12K. 

 

How was the Holiday Home tour on Fri? Did you go? I had to give my ticket away so I didn't contaminate everyone.  Missing Winterfest too, darn, fill me in please if you went. 

 

 

 

 

 


What Happened to Thanksgiving?

I barely have my Halloween stuff put away and already there is Christmas music in every store and my pumpkin spice latte has been marginalized by the suggestion of seasonal peppermint and eggnog flavors in a trendy festive cup.  My daughter is excitedly sketching her plans for outdoor holiday lights in our yard.  Friends are ahead of the curve on their holiday card photos.  But what happened to Thanksgiving?  Does anyone else find it ironic that the holiday that is dedicated to slowing down and giving thanks is the one getting glossed over as an on-ramp to Christmas? 

It felt good to get that off of my chest. OK, here we go. with all sorts of holiday things you may want to know about. Get your calendar ready.

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19th Annual Hopelink Turkey Trot
- Sunday 11/24. This 5K family fun run and walk is always a community fave. Registration caps at 1500 people, so hurry and register now ($40).

And, here we go... onto Christmas in chronological order..hohoho..

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Free Photo w/Santa at Anko
- this Sunday 11/17 11am-3pm. Avoid long lines and expensive photographers! Reserve a time slot here to get your instant digital pic with the big guy in the red suit. Dogs are always welcome too, bring your pooch!

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Downtown Holiday Wine Walk
- Friday 11/22 6-9pm. You know the drill on these fun stumble-around-town events ($25).  Get tickets now before it sells out! 

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Holiday Home Tour
- Fri 12/6 10am-7pm. 23rd annual opportunity to help support the Assistance League of the Eastside while touring local homes decorated for the holidays. Tickets are $35/each and you can purchase online now. Here's a video preview

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Sat 12/7 3-6pm Marina Park. Food trucks, sledding hill (huh?), bonfires and all around holiday cheer!

 


Spooky Halloweeny Things to Know

If you are feeling the leaf-kicking, costume-wearing pumpkin-carving spirit, you'd better pay attention to this lineup for the weekend. Boo!

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PeeWee Monster Bash
- Fri 10/25 10am-noon at the North Kirkland Community Center

Definitely kooky and not so much spooky.  Bring your 1-5 year old toddling bundles of cuteness over for Halloween themed carnival activities such as a cookie walk, swamp fishing for treats, crafts, a monster movement maze, story-time and more.  Toy prizes for all attendees, but there's no room for strollers so keep those bad boys at home.  This one sells out so register here or call 425-587-3336.

 

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Zombie Wine Walk
- Fri 10/25 6-9pm starting at The Heathman Hotel. 

After a morning with the toddlers, this is the time for the Mommy Zombies (and daddies and such) to rise up from dead and walk the streets of Kirkland in search of wine and shopping. This is clearly for the 21+ crowd and the non-refundable tickets are $25/ea. Get your tickets here.

 

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k- Sat 10/26 12-3, Marina Park

It's a FREE fall harvest festival in the heart of downtown Kirkland. Carnival games, pumpkins, farm animals, vendors and a pop-up farmer's market will be going on while you sip your pumpkin latte (hopefully in the sun, says the weather now).  Dogs and children will have a costume contest and then you can gather at 1:45 with your littles for the 2pm parade.   Have your treat bags on the ready, because from 3-6pm participating shops (indicated by a balloon outside) downtown will be anxiously awaiting your trick-or-treaters.  Teal balloons are peanut-free merchants and orange balloons are not. 

 


Crossing Kirkland 2019

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is a citywide festival along the Cross Kirkland Corridor on Saturday Sept 7th. The for-neighbors-by-neighbors event debuted in 2017 and draws thousands of visitors with a mix of food trucks, games, craft projects, dance, music, community organizations, and other activities. Three neighborhood-sponsored stations stretch from Feriton Spur in the south up to 7th Ave in the north. Participants bike, walk, and take advantage of city-provided shuttles to see the whole event. 

This year the Selfie Hunt Contest encourages neighbors to take selfies with each other and redeem them for prizes donated by local businesses. The 2019 event will occur on Saturday, Sept 7 from 11a-3p. Crossing Kirkland is powered by volunteer neighbors and financial support from the Google, SRM Development. McLeod Autobody, Kirkland Parks Foundation, and PCC.

 

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For a bit more detail, here’s a list of activities across 3 stations (here’s a map of the event):

  • Meet your neighbors and win a prize in the Selfie Hunt Contest (every neighborhood is assigned different colored bead necklaces. Take a selfie with someone from every different Kirkland neighborhood to qualify for a prize)
  • Make pots out of newspaper and plant a seed with Seattle Tilth
  • Create Sun Catchers with Kirkland Art Center
  • Identify birds with Eastside Audubon
  • Learn how to hula dance with Halau Hula O Makanaokalani
  • Get a native plant tattoo from Green Kirkland
  • Tune up your bike with Kirkland Bicycle
  • Make a bracelet with Houghton Neighborhood Association
  • Watch a K-Pop performance by ICS Dancers
  • Play in a bouncy house
  • Tune in with the Kirkland Ham Radio Group
  • Enjoy your favorite animal in balloon form

There are a bunch of exciting new food trucks this year:

  • Dreamy Drinks
  • Yummy 8 Lunchbox
  • Stacks Burgers
  • Chicago West
  • Tabassum (central Asian, written up in Seattle Times)
  • 314 Pie (sweet and savory)
  • Main St. Gyro
  • Zaytoona
  • Bees Mellows (smores!)