Kirkland Oktoberfest returns September 26-28

The second annual Kirkland Oktoberfest returns to Marina Park on September 26, 27, and 28, 2014 with live music, a variety of craft German beers, contests, human foosball, and frivolity.
The festival, like many around the world, mimics the Bavarian celebration held each year in Munich, Germany. Originally a celebration of the marriage of King Ludwig I in 1810, Oktoberfest events now feature music, beer, food, and an assortment of fun activities.

 Kiwanis Club of Kirkland Installs New President and Raises Money for Local Kids

The first Friday of September is the set date for the Kiwanis Club of Kirkland ‘s  annual Installation Banquet.  It is the biggest social event of the year for the club and a big money maker for the kids in our community.  The in-coming president for the year, Bill Ward, was installed, along with two new board members. Outgoing president, Ralph Loveland, was commended for a job well done during this past year and given kudos by everyone at the banquet with a standing ovation.  


Kirkland extends interim zoning regulations for recreational marijuana retail; Council to consider strategies for permanent regulations

Following a public hearing at its meeting on September 16, 2014, the Kirkland City Council unanimously approved extending the interim zoning regulations it adopted in June for the retail sale of recreational marijuana.  The interim regulations allow for the retail sale of marijuana in the Light Industrial Technology (LIT) zones where at least 50 percent of the boundaries of the zone are contiguous to commercial zones and prohibit the sale in Market Street Corridor Zones 1 and 2 and on property abutting a street designated as a School Walk Route.  The extension becomes effective five days after publication and expires in six months.  The City Council directed staff to return with additional information on potential regulations to address odor from marijuana businesses and it will continue to discuss strategies for adopting permanent regulations.

City responds to letter regarding traffic on NE 85th

The City of Kirkland has responded to this letter to the editor by Patty Tucker:

Construction on Northeast 85th Street will continue for a year.  During that time, the City of Kirkland will continue to monitor and adjust traffic flow by every possible means, whether it is through re- synchronizing traffic signals, minimizing lane closures and, if necessary, momentarily halting work so traffic can “flush” through.  Still, commuters should plan regularly for delays on this corridor.

Sushi Joa to open in downtown Kirkland

Sushi Joa looks like it will be opening on Kirkland Avenue very soon. This location, next door to Tiki's, will be their second location, the first opening on Mercer Island in 2009.

The following is from their website:  

2014 Housing Summit focuses on the Puget Sound area’s diminishing buildable land supply and threat to region’s housing affordability

Free event next Tuesday (Sept. 23) will include presentations by top housing experts and legislative panel discussion

A major threat to housing affordability in the Puget Sound area—the dwindling supply of buildable land—is the focus of the Master Builder Association 2014 Housing Summit next Tuesday, September 23 from 7:30 am to 11:30 am at Meydenbauer Convention Center, 11100 NE 6th St. in Bellevue

Calling All Wiener Dogs! 2nd Annual Wiener Dog Races at Kirkland Oktoberfest, Sept 28

Back by popular demand, the running of the Wiener dogs at Kirkland’s Oktoberfest!

1 PM Sunday, September 28, Marina Park

This fulfilled event welcomes all ages. 

Beginning at 1 PM, Dachshunds race a course that’s just their size to be the First Place Wiener err– Winner!  All doxies welcome to go for the “gold”- no papers needed!

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