Should elementary school playgrounds and sports fields be filled with children running, jumping and having fun at recess or should portable classrooms fill those playgrounds?


Should kids as young as five or six have to leave for school around 5 a.m. to get to class on time at 6 a.m. or should they still be sleeping as most pediatricians recommend?


Should high school students have to take blankets into classrooms because “schools without walls” failed as a concept and walls and ventilation had to be added later?


With more than 800 new students in the last year and 4000 more kids soon to be knocking at schoolhouse doors in Lake Washington School District, voters in Redmond, Kirkland and Sammamish must vote “YES” on April 22. 


Asian Wok restaurant and lounge to reopen as The Market Street

The Asian Wok (Market Street at 18th) is soon to be no more. In three weeks the tired Chinese restaurant /local watering hole will become The Market Street. The business underwent a change in ownership last year and is being reopened this spring as  a new restaurant with a new menu featuring American food made with fresh ingredients. The new name, The Market Street, is a nod to the circa 1948 grocery market which stood on this site for many years.

The Move King County Now campaign in favor of Proposition 1  — the measure to "save Metro bus service and fix our roads", is hosting a webinar today, Thursday, April 17 at 6 pm with King County Council Vice Chair Jane Hague and State Representative Cyrus Habib.

On Thursday, April 17, Friends of Youth will celebrate the creation of new housing for homeless young adults and foster youth in extended care. King County Executive Dow Constantine, First Lady Trudi Inslee, Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen and State Representative Roger Goodman will speak at the event, which begins at noon on Friends of Youth’s Kirkland campus, 13116 N.E. 132nd Street.

Kirkland Author, Billee Escott book signing at Parkplace Books, April 19

On Saturday, April 19th from 1 pm to 3 pm, Parkplace Books will host a book reading and signing, featuring Kirkland author, Billee Escott. Billie has written three books, “Some Day I’m Gonna,” “The Lean Years” and “Best of the Lean Years.” 

The Park Lane design team knows Kirkland residents want a Park Lane corridor that is walkable, vibrant and green. But how those general values translate into specific details, such as types of lighting fixtures or surface textures, is not so clear.

The basic concept calls for a one-level street with trees, rain gardens, bollards and surface textures separating drivers from walkers, as opposed to curbs and sidewalks.

Since the “Kirkland 2035: Your Voice. Your Vision. Your Future.” campaign was launched over one year ago, hundreds of residents, business representatives, and community members have engaged in helping to shape the future of Kirkland.  On April 26, the city is hosting Community Future Day to present the draft master plans for the Cross Kirkland CorridorTransportationSurface Water Utility and Parks, Recreation and Open Space including a possible new recreation and aquatic center and to have participants help prioritize future projects.

Lake Washington Institute of Technology Four Day Spring Plant Sale Starts April 25

Spring has arrived and it’s time for the Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) annual Spring Plant Sale.  This popular event takes place on April 25 and 26 (Friday and Saturday), and again on May 2 and 3 (Friday and Saturday), from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The plant sale is open to the public and held every year by Lake Washington Institute of Technology’s Environmental Horticulture program students. The sale will be held in the west parking lot of LWTech’s Kirkland campus, next to the horticulture greenhouses. Customers are encouraged to bring boxes for their purchases.

Kangs Play Rebels Baseball at Lee Johnson Field, Wednesday Night

A reader reminded us that Kirkland has a reputation as a good baseball town and on Wednesday night (4/16) at 7 o'clock on Lee Johnson Field at Peter Kirk Park in downtown Lake Washington will play Juanita in a KingCo 3A-2A high-school baseball game. The teams will play again on Friday, May 2.

Lake Washington Musicians Showcase Winning Performances in April 23 concert

Enjoy performances by superior student musicians at the annual Showcase of Excellence concert at 7 p.m. April 23 at Lake Washington High School Performing Arts Center. The orchestra, band and Lyrica (the advanced choir) will perform the music that earned the students top awards at recent regional competitions.  

The Showcase concert will feature the soloists and ensembles who will represent LWHS in the State Competition at Central Washington University on April 25-26.  All ticket sales from the Showcase benefit students as they prepare to travel to Anaheim, Ca. in late May to perform in the World Strides Heritage Festival.

The Eastside Republican Club announced today that it will award a $1,000 scholarship to the author of the best essay, as determined by the Club’s judges, submitted on the topic “How would a $15 per hour minimum wage affect jobs?”.


The scholarship program is open to high school students graduating in 2014, and freshmen and sophomores in an accredited college or university. Students must live in King County, or attend a public, private, or home school located in King County.


New Kirkland Art Walk features sidewalk displays, artists and music

The new Kirkland Art Walk (second Fridays each month) launched last weekend with a wide variety of shops, cafes and galleries featuring art on display and in the making. Kate and I started at Rococo, listening to live music and then window shopped down Park Lane, walked over to Hallmark Realty to view a photo exhibit, bought some shoes and some clothes at Crush and finished off the afternoon at DeLille Cellars with a glass of wine and a cheese plate. Along the way we bumped into friends and visited some new shops we had not yet seen. After the glass of wine we decided to head over to Anthony's for dinner and a sunset.

A great way to spend a Friday night!

·         How far do your employees commute to work?

·         Do you know what housing options are available for them in Kirkland?

Learn more as you join us for a lively discussion which will identify the issues driving the impending housing shortage and the expense of living in Kirkland and the Eastside.  Some of Kirkland’s most respected developers will share innovative solutions and lessons learned about how to creatively meet some of the Eastside’s housing needs.

The Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce welcomes the Olate Dogs, 2012 winners of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”, to perform their world-famous act at the 2014 Kirkland Chamber Auction Gala on Friday, May 9, 2014 at the Kirkland Performance Center. The entertaining troupe of poodles, schnoodles, and labradoodles will be featured in a glamorous night filled with wine, hors d'oeuvres from award winning Trellis Restaurant, silent and live auction items, and entertainment.

Skymania Hosts Tumble For Autism Benefiting Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy

April is Autism Awareness month Nationwide. The condition is now believed to affect one of every 68 children – up from one in 88 just two years earlier. That means virtually every grade in every elementary school has at least one child with autism – a seemingly astonishing rise for a condition that was nearly unheard of a generation ago.

To promote healthy exercise for children with Autism, Nanci Burrit, owner of Kirkland’s Skymania, the 30,000 square foot facility filled with trampolines, foam pits and more is teaming up with WAAA to host “Tumble for Autism” on April 18th, from 4:00pm - 6:00pm.

According to an article this week in the Seattle Times, the City of Kirkland has been asked to reimburse the State of Washington $60,000 because Kirkland hired Pamela Bissonnette, a retired employee who collected both her state pension and a $12,500 a month salary as Kirkland's interim Public Works Director. The Times states, "Pamela Bissonnette had retired from King County in 2007. She was hired by Kirkland in January 2013 as a contractor. According to Department of Retirement Systems (DRS), Kirkland did not report Bissonnette as a retiree returning to work."

F.I.R.E. (Fostering Interfaith Relationships on the Eastside) invites you to the third in a series of Dinner Dialogues aimed at fostering interfaith relationships, on Sunday, April 27, 5PM to 8PM, hosted by Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church, 308 4th Avenue South, Kirkland.

Let’s put a stop to the ridiculous notion that Juanita High School is a functional building that can be updated or remodeled.  


The current Juanita High building is poorly-designed, dysfunctional, out-dated, and not safe!


Juanita High’s teachers have been incredibly resourceful and resilient in providing an excellent education to our children in a very limited environment.

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