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

Fish Frolic Featured on Currently Kirkland (Video)

The entire school of Fish Frolic fish will be on display in Marina Park during Kirkland Summerfest, August 8, 9, 10. Summerfest is Kirkland's largest festival of art and music for the whole family. Admission is free.

Learn more at www.fishfrolic.org

KPC's Exciting New Season for 2014-2015

Tickets for the Kirkland Performance Center's new 2014-2015 season are on sale now. Learn more by downloading the KPC Season Brochure or by viewing the video below.

Click here to purchase tickets.

2014-2015 season highlights include:

● More than 45 shows with something for everyone: Indie Rock, Classic Rock, Celtic, Jazz, Folk, Comedy, Theatre, Dance, Holiday, Film, & Family


● Many KPC fan favorites: The Brothers FourCapitol StepsDoktor Kaboom!Marc CohnGeoffrey CastleManhattan Short Film FestivalCreme Tangerine & Jim Brickman 


● New Partnerships: Jet City Improv,Ara'Kus Productions&International Ballet Theatre


● The return of KPC's Olde Time Holiday Show & the beginning of wonderful new KPC holiday traditions: KPC's Holiday Late NightKPC's Holiday Sing Along     

Road work begins on Kirkland arterials, neighborhood streets

Kirkland’s overlay contractor began prep work today on 120th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 112th Street, two of the six arterials scheduled for overlay this summer. To prepare for the grinding, patching and repaving that will take place on these two streets in the next few weeks, Watson Asphalt’s laborers this morning were “lowering iron,” a process that removes the exposed four to five inches of sewer, water and stormwater utility iron.

 Summer Fire Notice: Be Fire Wise

The Kirkland Fire Department reminds Kirkland residents that as the summer season progresses, extended periods of hot, dry weather are expected to continue across Western Washington.  During this time, Be Fire Wise. Be proactive to prevent uncontrolled fires and be prepared if one should occur.

Fish Frolic Along The Lake is a Sight to Behold

The Kirkland Summerfest’s “Fish Frolic Along The Lake” was spawned at Kirkland’s Summerfest, 2013. Base fiberglass fish sculptures by artist Don Rothwell were given to artists to embellish in their own style. These beautiful works of art have been on display at Kirkland’s July 4th celebrations and the Reveal Celebration at Nytec, The final reveal of all sculptures takes place at the Kirkland Summerfest 2014 from August 8-10 and the final Gala Auction of the sculptures on Thursday, September 25 2014 at the Woodmark Hotel, Kirkland.

Rotary Club donates $2000 to Friends of Youth

The Kirkland Rotary Club Donated $2,000 to Friends of Youth to help continue their good works on the Eastside. Terry Pottmeyer, Executive Director of Friends of Youth is receiving the check from Scott Becker, representing the Rotary.

Two local organizations working hard to improve our community. Hats off to the Rotary Club for making this donation. Kirkland is a better place because of your volunteer efforts.

Support the Rotary Club and purchase a Duck Dash ticket. The Duck Dash is a fun-filled family event which takes place in Marina Park on Sunday, August 10 during Kirkland Summerfest.

Downtown Kirkland's Renaissance Is Here

A slew of new restaurant and boutique shop openings have brought a renaissance to downtown Kirkland

It was only a few years ago that downtown Kirkland was in bad shape. Shopkeepers leaving town, stores boarded up on every street -- the signs of a small community ravaged by a dismal economy. Those days are now just a memory. Independent small business men and women are placing their bets on Kirkland, investing in our community and today, the number of new store openings is inspiring. Downtown Kirkland is where investment is being made and people are making their future. 

Cross Kirkland Corridor Restoration Event July 26 Needs Volunteers

We need your help to remove a patch of blackberries along the Cross Kirkland Corridor (CKC) and make the interim trail more attractive. This is one of the last remaining patches of blackberries in Cotton Hill Park. Restoration of this park started six years ago, and thanks to many amazing volunteers, the invasive plants are almost gone. This is a fun event for all ages. It's a great way for families or a group of friends to spend time together as well.

Driving While Stoned Accusations Continue to Haunt Roger Goodman

Incumbent 45th District Representative Roger Goodman (D) is facing a slew of media reports questioning allegations of Goodman driving a car while stoned with his children in the car. Multiple social media sources and a hard-hitting television advertising commercial questions the judgement of a man representing Kirkland since 2006. The TV ad makes three accusations against Goodman:

  • frequently drove while under the influence of illegal drugs with his kids in the car
  • was in collections with the IRS
  • ordered to appeal before a judge over his delinquent child support.
EvergreenHealth Ranked #2 in Puget Sound by US News

EvergreenHealth ranks #2 in Puget Sound area (behind UW) and #3 in the state (behind UW and Sacred Heart Spokane). We are fortunate to have such a valuable resource here in Kirkland.

U.S. News also ranked hospitals in the Seattle metro area. Washington has more than 100 hospitals. One is nationally ranked and 13 others meet standards for strong performance within the state. 


Lost Dog: White Chihuahua

Lost dog. Female white Chihuahua. 10 yrs old hard to catch. Reward offered. Please contact 206-351-6998 if found.
Owner is reaching out via social media.

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