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The Blues Are Back in Town!

We are so thankful that the Blue Angels are back at #Seafair. This image was taken on Thursday at Boeing Field as the pilots revved their engines in preparation for takeoff. The sound alone was worth the drive!

Kirkland Brewery Under Attack, Letter Writing Campaign Needs Your Help

The Future of Kirkland breweries is threatened as opposition to Chainline Brewing sends letters to Olympia. A Letter Writing Campaign is Underway to Support Kirkland Breweries

 

In a stunning move by local anti-brewery activists, seventeen letters have been sent to the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) opposing Chainline Brewing Company's liquor license application. Chainline Brewing Company was wooed by the City of Kirkland and plans to locate in a warehouse just north of the Google campus in Kirkland. The zoning for the property allows for breweries and Chainline complies with city zoning laws. But the NIMBYs have attempted to kill the brewery by protesting to the state in an attempt to halt the WSLCB from granting Chainline a liquor license.

Support Kirkland Performance Center at KPC’s 2nd Annual Benefit Concert with Geoffrey Castle August 23

Kirkland Performance Center (KPC), the Eastside’s premier performance venue, announces KPC’s 2nd Annual Benefit Concert with Geoffrey Castle on August 23, 2014 at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $25 for the all-ages show.

 

Powerhouse violinist and local music legend Geoffrey Castle headlines an amazing night of music and dance to benefit KPC.  Get ready to dance to the electric violin, Darin Watkins's drums, Lennox Holness' bass, Brooke Lizotte’s keyboard, Fleurs D'Egypte Belly Dancers, and the Seattle Irish Dance Company.

Tent City "Camp Unity" To Return to Kirkland Beginning August 1st

The City of Kirkland has approved a Temporary Use Permit for the Kirkland Congregational Church to host Camp Unity Eastside, a homeless encampment.  The encampment will be set up in the Church’s parking lot, 106 Fifth Avenue, across from Kirkland City Hall starting August 1, 2014. According to the permit, the encampment will have a maximum of 75 people and will remain at this location until October 31, 2014.

EvergreenHealth Outpatient Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery - First on the West Coast

Thanks to advances in minimally invasive surgery, pain management, preoperative preparation and rapid rehabilitation methods, patients of Dr. Craig McAllister at EvergreenHealth in Kirkland, Washington, can now receive outpatient hip and knee replacement surgery. Dr. McAllister and EvergreenHealth were the first physician and hospital team on the West Coast to offer outpatient hip and knee replacement surgery.

LETTER: "Nannies" oppose breweries in Kirkland [u]

It’s really hard to believe that a few folks would raise a stink over the possibility of a small craft (nano) brewery in an industrial area of Kirkland.  Must be that these people don’t get out much!! 

 

Road work to cause street closures in Market, Norkirk, Bridle Trials & South Rose Hill

Aug. 7 is when Kirkland’s street preservation contractor will begin applying a layer of slurry seal to nearly 30 lane miles of neighborhood roads in those four neighborhoods.

In the days leading up to Aug. 7, crews will be removing the scheduled roads’ existing striping.

Dog rescued from lake by Kirkland paddle boarder

This dog swam too far from shore and got stranded in the middle of Lake Washington. Bobby from Perfect Wave Surf Shop paddled out and saved her! Evening Magazine was in town yesterday and posted this photo on Facebook.

Kirkland ranks 7th best WA city in which to raise kids

Estately just published a study naming Washington's 20 best cities to raise kids. In it, Kirkland is ranked seventh on the list. The city is tied with Redmond for the top public schools and it has the third lowest crime rate, the third most daycare facilities and the fourth most parks per capita.

The sounds of nostalgia, funk, country and more will fill  Marina Park at Kirkland Summerfest 2014 in August

Three days and three stages will entertain with dozens of performers

 

A music lineup heavy on funk and nostalgia but with a national country performer and local favorites, too, is set for the third annual Kirkland Summerfest to be held Friday through Sunday, August 8 - 10, 2014.

Central Waterfront District could include revitalized lakeshore with new 1 acre plaza

As our neighboring cities enact bold redevelopments at the city centers, Kirkland's downtown core awaits action on a vision to transform the parking lot of Marina Park into 1 acre of a public plaza and reorient downtown toward the lake. The plan, referred to as Lakeshore Plaza @ Marina Park, was drafted in 2004, but a lack of action by previous councils let it take second priority to, among other things, annexation or Finn Hill, Kingsgate and North Juanita. Annexation has been the focus of city hall for much of the past decade. Other projects took a back seat to expanding the city from about 47,000 citizens to over 81,000 today.

Big Engines and Bigger Crowds Flock to Kirkland Classic Car Show

Under blue skies and temperatures in the 80's, the annual Kirkland Classic Car Show rolled into town on Sunday. The gathering of auto enthusiasts, presented by Legends Car Club and the Kirkland Downtown Association, has become somewhat of a tradition in town. This year a beer and wine garden was added to the usual options of street fair foods one expects at summer events.

LETTER: Can you answer these questions about downtown Kirkland?

Here are some questions that have puzzled me as I’ve walked, run and biked around my downtown Kirkland neighborhood.

  1. Why does the Bank of America, at the corner of Lake Street and Kirkland Avenue, usually have an armed guard standing outside at the front door? (Black uniform, heavy boots and a bulletproof vest!!) Is downtown Kirkland considered a hot possibility for bank robbery attempts?
  2. Who’s cars are filling up the ParkPlace parking lot (on the northeast corner; Central Way and 6th)?  After the 24 Hour Fitness moved, that part of the lot was empty, now it’s filled on a daily basis.  Is someone renting all of those spots?
  3. What do they do at “our” Google?  We know that Google has lots of business lines, but just what are the specialties at Kirkland Google?
  4. It’s curious to me that there are is no place to get an alcoholic drink at the Houghton Center.  A cold brew would be nice after a hard day of shopping at the Metropolitan Market!!
Blue Angels return to the skies mean closures of I-90 bridge during Seafair

The supersonic boom of the F/A-18 Blue Angels over Seattle is sure to thrill crowds during Seafair, but drivers are going to need to plan an alternate route to prevent their travel plans from going bust while the jets are airborne.

 

The Washington State Department of Transportation is required by the Federal Aviation Administration to close the Interstate 90 floating bridge five timesto drivers, walkers and cyclists this weekend while the Blue Angels practice for and perform at the Seafair Airshow.

WSDOT will close I-90 from Interstate 5 in Seattle to Island Crest Way on Mercer Island during practice flights and performances Thursday, July 31, through Sunday, Aug 3. Traffic will need to take alternate routes. Drivers should expect heavy traffic and delays in the greater Seattle and Bellevue areas. 

Wyraqocha Peruvian Kitchen just weeks away from opening

Yesterday we got a sneak peak at the new Wyraqocha Peruvian Kitchen at 110 Central Way and had a chat with Lia Horna, executive chef and restaurant manager Cindy (sorry, forgot her last name) while they were working on the interior. The news: Wyraqocha will open in a few (read two or three) short weeks. The downtown Kirkland restaurant will feature a full bar serving cocktails and a latin fusion quinine. Locals have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Lia Horna's eatery, located at 110 Central Way.

Join Summerfest as a Volunteer -- A fun way to make new friends

Kirkland Summerfest needs heroes like you for a variety of roles that make the event so enjoyable for everyone. Join the fun of producing Kirkland's largest festival of art and music! Being a part of the Summerfest team is a great way to make new friends, get a cool t-shirt, and do something great for our community.

To volunteer, go to: www.eventbrite.com

Former Xbox Executive Mike Lucero Launches “Fm Collective” Shows And Album Featuring The Posies Ken Stringfellow To Benefit Musicares

FM Collective, featuring Ken Stringfellow of the Posies and members of Hey Marseilles, Cataldo, and Crème Tangerine, featured in CD to be released at Kirkland Performance Center and Columbia City Theater in the fall of 2014 benefiting the GRAMMY organization MusiCares, which provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need

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