Kirkland Oktoberfest Night Shift Incentives are HUGE!

Psst. Have you heard of the best deal in town? 

Volunteer for Kirkland Oktoberfest late shift (Saturday 8:15pm-11pm) and the festival will give you two general admission passes in addition to the regular incentives. This way, you can get a friend in for free on Friday or Sunday.

So, here's the deal:

  • Free General Admission Pass to be used Friday or Sunday
  • 12 beer tickets (2 .5 liter beers)
  • a sweet tee
  • Late Shift Bonus: a second General Admission Pass for your friend

Interested? Visit and sign up for fun!

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Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA. will be hosting the American Impressionist Society 17th Annual National Juried Exhibition September 29 - October 30, 2016

The 17th Annual American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition will be held September 29th through October 30th, 2016, at Howard Mandville Gallery, 120 Park Lane, Ste #D, in Kirkland, Washington. This year over $60,000 in cash and merchandise awards will be pre-sented, including $12,000 cash award for Best of Show. 

The 2016 exhibition will feature 140 juried paintings which represent some of the best works of American Impressionism being produced today. An additional 20 paintings by AIS Masters, Officers and Founders will also be included in the exhibition. 

The opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 29th, from 5 to 8pm at Howard/ Mandville Gallery. The 2016 Judge of Awards will be AIS Master artist Calvin Liang. Mr. Li- ang will also be giving a painting demonstration on Friday, September 30th from 6-8pm. 

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Kirkland Oktoberfest Fills Weekend With Non-Stop Entertainment, Games; Sept. 23-25

Kirkland Oktoberfest Fills Weekend With Non-Stop Entertainment, Games; Sept. 23-25

The entertainment schedule is chock-full at Kirkland Oktoberfest this weekend in Marina Park. The festival begins Friday at 4pm through Sunday at 6pm. The weather looks wonderful and the tickets are selling fast for the most anticipated event of the season!

Must see events at Oktoberfest:

Friday, 7:30pm: Tapping of the Firkin by Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold and sponsored by BitTitan. This traditional start of Oktoberfest features a special keg by Scuttlebutt Brewing and a the 100+ year old Firkin in a ceremony "officially" launching the festival.

All Weekend Long: Games and competitions to win great prizes. Stein Hoisting, Human Foosball, Keg Rolling, Beer Pong, Cornhole and more!

Sunday, 1pm: The 4th Annual Great Kirkland Wiener Dog Races (all-ages, FREE). These ever popular races take place in Marina Park to the adoration of Wiener fans of all ages. These zany dog races are a highlight of the weekend. Kids' Root Beer Garden is also available on Sunday.

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Trade Costumes at Kirkland’s Halloween Costume Swap

Get into the spirit of recycling by trading your old Halloween costumes for ones that are new-to-you at the City of Kirkland’s first Halloween costume swap.
To participate, first donate costumes, masks, and accessories at Kirkland City Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week of October 3rd to 7th. A collection bin will be in the lobby of City Hall. Gently worn costumes of all sizes - from baby to adult - will be accepted. Items should be clean and in good, wearable condition (e.g. no broken zippers, no unintentional rips or holes).

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EvergreenHealth Board of Commissioners Position #3 Representative, R. August "Auggie" Kempf, Announces Retirement from Board

R. August "Auggie" Kempf has announced his plans to resign his position as EvergreenHealth Board of Commissioners, Position #3 effective September 3, 2016. Kempf’s retirement from the board comes from a desire to spend more time with his family.


While Kempf anticipated vacating his position at the end of his term on December 31, 2017, he has opted to end his service early. Kempf’s vacancy means the Board plans to add three new members for terms beginning in 2017–two at-large positions, and a Position #3 slot, to fill Kempf’s post...

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Lake Washington Physical Therapy Houghton Clinic Officially Opens

Lake Washington Physical Therapy opens 2nd location in Kirkland's Houghton Neighborhood


Locally owned Lake Washington Physical Therapy is excited to announce on it's 6th anniversary of it's downtown Kirkland location that the official ribbon cutting of it's second location in Houghton is now set for 5pm September 15th. Mayor Amy Walen is set to help kick off festivities as friends, family, patients, and physicians celebrate the new location...

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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 highlight of the evening was the installation of the in-coming president for the year, Mark Tillman.  Also installed were Vice President of Membership Bill Badgley and Vice President of Fundraising, Dale Sahr and three new board members, Niki DeSario, Habiba Sadat and Carol Truex.  Carol Mahoney, Lt. Governor of the PNWD 28, did the honors of installing these new officers and BOD members.  Carol's guest was Dave Sherman, her brother and a member of the Kiwanis Club of Redmond...

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Kirkland Oktoberfest Returns to Marina Park, Sept. 23-25

Kirkland Oktoberfest Returns to Marina Park, Sept. 23-25

Annual waterfront festival celebrates Oktoberfest traditions with cold beers, hot sausages and sizzling oompah music

Hang on to your Lederhosen, as Downtown Kirkland will soon transform into an authentic German “Biergarten” for the 4th Annual Kirkland Oktoberfest Friday, September 23rd through Sunday, September 25th in Marina Park on Kirkland’s picturesque waterfront. This three-day beer festival benefitting local nonprofit charitable organizations attracts over 10,000 enthusiasts each year. 

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Kirkland Home Tour, Saturday, Sept. 17

Please join us for a long awaited Kirkland Home Tour, “Now and Then”, Saturday, September 17 from 10-4:00. You’ll have a chance to see four historic homes and three LEED certified or built green properties.

The historic Marsh Mansion, two 1930’s log houses, and one of the original 1889 homes built by Peter Kirk’s Kirkland Land & Improvement Company make up the “Then” part of the tour.  The “Now” part will feature the new Farmhouses at Juanita, Arete-A LEED platinum certified property (on the site of the former Crab Cracker restaurant) .

The Kirkland Performance Center and Kirkland Heritage Society are beneficiaries of the tour.

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Calling all Class of ’76 Kangs

We are having our 40th Reunion October 1st.  We can’t believe it has been that long either.

We have planned a casual evening at Matthews Cellars Winery in Woodinville.  The cost is $50.00 and covers a delicious meal catered by Armadillo Barbeque, non-alcoholic drinks by Talking Rain, and a DJ playing tunes from our era.  No-host bar will be available.

We will have a slideshow/video of pictures from our past.  We promise no silly contests like who has the most grandkids or has the grayest hair. This is just an evening to visit with the people from our formative years.  Dress is casual, or if you are so inclined, dress ‘70’s style.

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Residents invited to apply to City Advisory Boards


The Civil Service Commission has one adult vacancy for an unexpired term ending December 31, 2018. The Civil Service Commission is required by law and oversees the hiring and discipline of City police and fire personnel. The Commission meets the second Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. This position is open until filled.

The Park Board has one youth vacancy for an unexpired term ending March 31, 2017. The Board advises the City Council on matters relating to parks, recreation, and community services. The Board meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. This position is open until filled.   

To apply, download and fill out an application, or call the City Clerk’s Office at 425-587-3190.

LETTER | Can't get service? Complain

Kirkland’s Compliance with the law is based on Complaints.


I recently requested service from Kirkland.  I didn’t get it.  I was advised that in order for the City to investigate compliance with its laws, I would have to complain.


Staff is not doing its job to enforce the many laws the Council have passed but don't enforce until a complaint is filed.  Instead of Staff checking compliance, apparently all of Kirkland’s citizens must become squealers.  Staff, not citizens should enforce what the Council adopted.  Council should stop passing laws that requires citizens to become squealers to be enforcers.

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All Porsche Grand Display Car Show at Carillon Point, Sept. 18

The Pacific NW Region of the Porsche Club of America is the 7th largest Region of the largest single marque car club in the world.

For the past 4 years they have put on a very large, 100+ Porsche car show at Carillon Point in Kirkland in September. The show benefits the Evergreen Hospital Uncompensated Care program...

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Kirkland City Council adopts ordinance to improve bike safety


New rule ensures bike lanes are clear of parked cars


Kirkland’s City Council voted on Sept. 6, to adopt an ordinance that will improve safety for bicycle riding throughout the City by ensuring bike lanes are clear of parked vehicles.


The ordinance will take effect this week, but police officers will only issue warnings for the first month as residents are familiarized with the new law. By mid-November, officers will begin citing drivers with a $45-fine for parking in marked bike lanes.


“Kirkland’s goal is to create streets that are safe and accessible for all modes of travel, and all ages and abilities,” said Kirkland Transportation Manager Joel Pfundt. “Making sure that bike lanes are free of parked vehicles is one way we can make the streets a little bit safer and more convenient for the traveling public.”


The proposed ordinance exempts instances of “incidental encroachment from adjacent designated parking”—areas where parked automobiles might extend by a few inches into the bike lane.


“On Market Street, for example, some residents’ vehicles can’t fit completely in the parking stall,” said Kirkland Traffic Sergeant Nathan Rich. “We are not going to cite those people. If it’s incidental encroachment, it’s not a factor.”


The ordinance applies to all of Kirkland’s existing 49 lane-miles of bike lanes, as well as the bike lanes the City will create in the future.

Hazard Quest; Kirklanders invited to participate


Wondering about landslide risk in your neighborhood?  How about slumping, sloughing, and seeps? The Office of Emergency Management is part of the City of Kirkland Geo Hazards Mapping Team which is partnering with the University of Washington in an initiative to identify geographic hazards in the city. Kirkland residents are invited to participate in this Hazard Quest on Saturday, October 1, 2016.  At 9:00 a.m. we will meet at Kirkland City Hall to have a half-hour training on what to look for and to install a free geo-locator app on our phones.  Participants will then go out into the City for an hour or two to snap photos of potential geo hazards. The photos will be compiled along with time, date, latitude and longitude (part of the app).  You may survey your own neighborhood or any Kirkland neighborhood.  If you wish, you may return to City Hall to debrief and enjoy a free lunch.  Sound like fun?  Register at

City Seeks Suggestions for Neighborhood Safety Projects

Projects will improve safety and livability throughout the City


The City’s Neighborhood Safety Program (NSP) is accepting ideas for projects that will improve the safety and livability in neighborhoods throughout the City. Kirkland residents are encouraged to submit their ideas through the Capital Improvement Projects “Suggest-a-Project” database which is found on the City of Kirkland website. Projects submitted through September, will be considered for the 2017 funding cycle. The NSP funds projects under $50,000, but all ideas are welcomed. The City reviews and responds to all suggestions and will notify those submitting projects if they meet the NSP parameters. All suggestions will be shared with the respective Neighborhood Association and posted on the City’s web site.

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