Nourishing Network seeks food for Thursday's food drop-off. Can you help?

Nourishing Network seeks food for Thursday's food drop-off. Can you help?

You can make a REAL difference in a needy families life, this holiday season. There is probably not a more cherished gift that you can buy.

We have expanded the Nourishing Network coverage to all Kirkland elementary schools where we can identify valid need. We have identified that need, and it exceeds our current donations by over 70 boxes of food.  

Can you bring a box on Thursday or drop it off late Wednesday? You can help these families, right here in Kirkland, that are not looking forward to happy holidays like most of the rest of us.  

It is easy to sign up at: , and a grocery list is attached.

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Cafe Juanita to remodel, Holly Smith to open pop up restaurant in Seattle

Kirkland's famous Cafe Juanita will soon be undergoing a remodel during which owner Holly Smith will open a pop up restaurant in Seattle. The pop up will be located in the original location of Lark, near Seattle University on 12th Avenue. The Cafe Juanita remodel will take about three months. Smith plans to reopen in time for the award-winning chef's 15th anniversary at the restaurant in April.

Seattleites who’ve been meaning to eat at Cafe Juanita but haven’t made the drive to the Eastside are in luck: While her beloved Kirkland restaurant is remodeled, James Beard Award winning chef/owner Holly Smith is bringing Juanita to Capitol Hill during a two-month-long dinner popup at the just-vacated original Lark space on 12th Ave.

Smith tells Eater, “I couldn’t let my staff go without work for three months and I knew that the original Lark space was going to be free and clear...John, JM and Kelly [Lark’s owners] have been very sweet and easy going about us working out of the space.” The first official night of Cafe Juanita at Lark on 12th is Wednesday, February 4...

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Thanks to @Juanitawoman for the heads up.

LETTER: The Planning Commission Is Getting Bad Advice

LETTER: The Planning Commission Is Getting Bad Advice

You've allowed developments that add to the problem.  You've adopted legislation that prevents Kirkland citizens from speaking on the use of the KBR (Kirkland,Bellevue,Redmond) as justification for your decisions and have not allowed the citizens a voice on compliance with Concurrency as described by the GMA.  Instead you opted to use the KBR which has not had a public hearing by the citizens of Kirkland.

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Kirkland Car Prowler story hits Q13 News [video]

The car prowler story we reported on last week has been picked up by Q13 and includes an interview with Terry Carpenter, whose car was broken into by a thief on December 7th. The car was parked in his driveway under a light with a motion sensor which did not deter the criminal.

The story includes some suggestions for staying safe and keeping burglars away. Read more here:

Thank you to the many anonymous contributors to this story.

LETTER: Should Parkplace still get 8 stories if it builds less retail?

LETTER: Should Parkplace still get 8 stories if it builds less retail?

Do we really need a bigger QFC grocery store downtown?  No, not if the price is an eight-story apartment building towering over our downtown ‘village’. 

This is the first building proposed for the new Talon Development of Parkplace if they are allowed the zoning changes they are asking for. One of my concerns is, what will happen if the property is sold after the residential building goes up? In 2008 the height limits in the CBD 5A were increased from 5-story to 8-story. The main reason the Kirkland City Council agreed to this change was because Touchstone, the owners at that time, made a commitment to add nearly 600,000 square feet of commercial uses.

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Watercress Vietnam Kitchen Opens in Downtown Kirkland

Watercress Vietnamese Kitchen is now open at 89 Kirkland Avenue with views Marina Park at the former location of Top Shelf Broiler. Prior occupants of the space were Olive You (briefly) and Marina Park Grill. The location boasts a large outdoor patio which is a magnet for tourists when the sun is shining.

This will be the second location for Watercress, the other being at 5041 Rainier Ave S. in Seattle. 

Kirkland Car Prowler Caught on Home Security Video

Kirkland Car Prowler Caught on Home Security Video

The Market Neighborhood has seen a rash of car break-ins over the last few days.  The perpetrator seems to be checking for unlocked car doors as this is how he is accessing the vehicles.  

Upon hearing reports of a prowler in the neighborhood, one neighbor checked his security camera to see if it caught the same prowler trying to get into their cars.  Sure enough it did.  

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LETTER: Hit-and-run Accident At the NE 85th and 122 Ave NE in Kirkland

Dear Editor:

We are looking for information to locate the suspect car and the driver.

Yesterday (12/11) at around 6:08 PM at the NE 85th Street and 122 Ave NE intersection in Kirkland, a female with blond hair, age between 20 and 36, driving a darker colored (gray, silver, dark blue or black) SUV hit a Mercedes-Benz C320 with a father and a 11-year old son inside, and fled the scene. The condition of the boy is not clear at this point.

The SUV (American or Japanese make) has damage at the front and front-right area. The SUV hit C320 on its side. It is possible that the SUV may still have silver paint on it from hitting the Mercedes Benz vehicle.

The accident happened at a busy time, and it is very likely that many who were around saw something they could report on. Police came to the scene and began the investigation.

If you can provide any information on this accident including more information about the suspect, please reach out to Kirkland Police department at 425-587-3480 ext. 8390

Zarko Teodorovic

Holiday TV Roundup: Movies, Specials and Marathons

TV Guide has a long list of Christmas shows airing Dec. 24 & 25. The shows include classics like It's a Wonderful Life and A Very Brady Christmas (oh well). Bonus points if you know the names of these two characters:

A Christmas Story: A real Scott Farckus affair

A Christmas Story: A real Scott Farckus affair

Carillon Point presents the Woodmark Hotel Christmas ships celebration, Dec 22 [u]

Note: This event takes place Monday, December 22


A family event with horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers and a parade of ships!

Join the Woodmark Hotel for the third annual Christmas Ships Celebration; come listen to the joyous serenade from the Argosy Cruises’ Christmas Ship and parade of lights. This Northwest holiday tradition also features horse-drawn carriage rides, Dickens carolers and a vote for the community’s best gingerbread house.

Visitors can enjoy the celebration either from the Woodmark Hotel shoreline or anchor their boat for the evening. Complimentary hot cocoa and coffee will be available in the hotel’s lobby.

WHERE:        The Woodmark Hotel at Carillon Point

                        1200 Carillon Point

                        Kirkland, WA


WHEN:          Monday, December 22, 2014

                        5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.         

Cost:              Admission is complimentary

Traffic Alert: The 12K’s of Christmas Run, December 21

Commuters should expect traffic delays due to the 12K’s of Christmas Run to be held at Heritage Park on Sunday, December 21, 2014. The following roads will be closed:


8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.:

  • Waverly Way from Market Street and 2nd Street W


9:30 a.m. to approximately 10:00 a.m.:

·         Waverly Way from 2nd Street W to 4th Street W

·         4th Street W from Waverly Way to 7th Avenue W

·         7th Avenue W 4th Street W to Market Street

·         Southbound Market Street from 7th Avenue W to Central Way

·         Eastbound Central Way from Market Street to Lake Street

·         Lake Street from Central Way to Kirkland Avenue

·         Kirkland Avenue from Lake Street to Main Street

·         Eastbound Kirkland Avenue from Main Street to Kirkland Way

·         Eastbound Kirkland Way from Kirkland Avenue to 6th Street


9:30 a.m. to approximately 11:30 a.m.:

·         Lake Street S from Kirkland Avenue to 7th Avenue S

·         Kirkland Avenue from Lake Street S to Lakeshore Plaza


Commuters should watch for increased pedestrian traffic along the following roadways from 9:30 a.m. to approximately 12:00 p.m.:

·         6th Street S

·         NE 68th Street

·         Lakeview Drive

·         Lake Washington Boulevard NE

·         Lake Street S

·         Lakeshore Plaza

·         Market Street


The 12K’s of Christmas hosts 2,500 athletes during the event which includes a Reindeer Run for kids, 5K run/walk and 12K run/walk.  Event goers are encouraged to walk, bike, or carpool, and plan for their parking in advance.  For public parking, including the Kirkland Municipal Garage, go to For bus transportation, go to

Kirkland City Council adopts budget for 2015-2016

  Kirkland City Council adopts budget for 2015-2016

Markets budget as
“Decisive, Responsive”


On December 9, 2014, following a public hearing, the Kirkland City Council approved the budget for 2015-2016 with a unanimous vote. The Budget is built around the themes of “decisive, responsive government,” advances progress on theadopted City Council goals, and responds to the results of the biennial community survey by funding key services identified by the citizens of Kirkland as most important. 

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Tired of Seattle and Bellevue? Do your holiday shopping in Kirkland | Fashion & Beauty | Seattle Refined - Life is Different Here

KOMONEWS has published a great article about shopping in Kirkland. Check it ou!

If you can’t face the madness of downtown Seattle or Bellevue Square this holiday season, remember that there is another, much more civilized, way of making inroads into your holiday shopping, while supporting small and local businesses.

The charming enclave of downtown Kirkland centered round Park Lane and Lake Street is eminently walkable – Park Lane is pedestrianized – with plentiful parking nearby and lots of fabulous independent boutiques featuring gift ideas for every member of the family.

Read the whole article By Paola Thomas here.

Kids in Kirkland Help Kiwanis Club of Kirkland Raise Money for Children In Need

 Kids in Kirkland Help Kiwanis Club of Kirkland Raise Money for Children In Need

The Kiwanis Club of Kirkland Christmas tree lot has been the place to be this year!  Not only are the KCK volunteers selling trees, See’s candies, wreaths and gourmet nuts, but the “kids of Kirkland” of all ages have added to the fun this year and make this a great year so far!


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Kirkland residents and businesses encouraged to prepare for severe weather

Kirkland residents and businesses encouraged to prepare for severe weather

The City of Kirkland encourages its residents and businesses to prepare for expected severe weather tonight and into Thursday, with the greatest impact occurring Thursday afternoon and evening. Forecasters expect heavy rains and high winds to impact all of Western Washington. The storm may result in downed trees and widespread power outages in our area and has the potential to produce landslides on rain-saturated slopes. The National Weather Service reports that the potential windstorm on Thursday could produce wind speeds of 40-50 mph and gusts of up to 65 to 75 m.p.h. To view current weather conditions, go to

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Eastside Auto Licensing Collecting Toys for Tots Too

Eastside Auto Licensing, across the street from and a part of the Lee Johnson Auto Family is collecting Toys for Tots this week, on behalf of the local Coldwell Banker Bain office on the corner of NE 85th and 120th NE. They would love to see their Kirkland neighbors drop by with an unwrapped toy perhaps on their way to or from Costco.

Santa's elves are making their final collection this Friday (12/12), when it is understood that there will be Marine Corp troops along 120th waving.

Northwest University Concert Choir, Orchestra perform at Benaroya Hall

This is a photo of the setup before performers came on stage last night for the Northwest University Concert Choir and Coro Amici, joined by the Kirkland Civic Orchestra, presents Christmas Traditions at Benaroya Hall.  The program listed 80 in orchestra and 100 in choir.  Great Kirkland representation.

The Northwest University Concert Choir and Coro Amici, joined by the Kirkland Civic Orchestra, presents Christmas Traditions at Benaroya Hall. Now in its sixth season, this established Christmas concert celebrates the traditions of Christmas. Featuring new carol arrangements and traditional selections by Howard Helvey, Dan Forrest, John Rutter and more, including a few traditional sing-a-longs. Special music by pianist Mizue Fells and organist Jo Ann Stremler. Conducted by William Owen.

Thank you to Matt Gregory who sent us this photo, taken by a friend.

The 101 invites you to join them in support of Toys for Tots

The 101 has partnered with Toys for Tots local chapter to help ensure every child has something to unwrap this holiday season. The 101 is an official Toys for Tots drop off location, and they are inviting not only their residents, but everyone else in the neighborhood to help them get enough toys to make a difference this holiday season. The 101 will be collecting toys from now until December 14. 

Anyone interested in donating an unwrapped new toy for this great cause can stop by The 101 Lobby at 11 Main Street South, Kirkland, WA 98033.