The citizens have been inquiring about when Mr Dargey and Potala Village will be meeting in the Court of Appeals with the City of Kirkland.  The city is arguing that Mr Dargey and Potala Village (also known by some as Path America) are not vested to the large development that he is hoping to build. 

Lake Washington Institute of Technology’s (LWTech's) Culinary Arts and Wine programs are hosting the second in a series of seasonal wine dinners. The popular “Wine Dinner” series features culinary student creations and some of the best wines of the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy a savory amuse bouche, followed by four exquisite courses, each paired with local wines from Woodinville-based Patterson Cellars. Highlights of this dinner include King Salmon Rillettes, lobster and morel handkerchief, cinnamon smoked pork tenderloin, and a special dessert completes this perfect way to celebrate mom while supporting student scholarship programs at LWTech.

MRM to delay downtown development until Parkplace plans settle

The owners of the former Bungie building in downtown Kirkland have tabled their plans to build an eight story residential building until there is more clarity on the adjacent Kirkland Parkplace redevelopment plans. MRM Development had requested a Private Amendment Request from the city to build residential on the site next door to the Kirkland Performance Center rather than the currently allowed office use.

Kirkland seeks input on Edith Moulton Park improvements at April 30 Open House

The City of Kirkland Parks and Community Services Department invites citizens to review schematic design options for improvements to Edith Moulton Park at an Open House event on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, to be held between the hours of 7 and 9 p.m. at Helen Keller Elementary School, 13820 108th Ave. N.E.  Citizens can drop by to meet with Kirkland Park Board members, staff, and design consultants to review and comment on options for future improvements to the 26-acre park property acquired from King County in 2011. 

Realtors are joining other supporters of a $404 million bond measure to fund various construction-related projects for schools in the Lake Washington District. In announcing the endorsement, Larry Christensen, the 2014 president of SEATTLE KingCounty Realtors, said members agreed the investment is needed to accommodate anticipated growth.

The Cow and The Coyote Are Ready For Easter

With bonnets on top and Easter egg baskets filled, the Cow and The Coyote are ready wearing their Sunday best.

Wishing everyone a very Good Friday and a peaceful Passover.

Friends of Youth Celebrates Construction of Four New Homes for Youth

Friends of Youth celebrated another step forward in its journey to fully respond to youth homelessness today, cutting the ribbon on two new homes for homeless youth ages 16 to 22, and breaking ground on two new homes for foster youth ages 18 to 21 in the extended foster care program.


Friends of Youth President & CEO Terry Pottmeyer thanked the standing room only crowd for their support of the agency’s vision to create a world where all youth have every opportunity to succeed.

Two other Zeller awards were recently presented at the Kirkland Kiwanis New Member Banquet on March 14.  Dick Shinstrom became a Walter Zeller Fellow for his over 65 years of service with the club.  Shinstrom is a past president and has headed up or been involved in countless projects through the years.  He is a well-respected and honored member of the KCK.

Receiving the fourth Zeller was Deena Chavez in honor of her husband Charlie.  He was a member of the club for over 15 years and was very active with special needs young adults as well as other programs.  Chavez recently passed away and is dearly missed by his Kiwanis friends. The KCK was privileged to have Charlie as part of their club and “family”.

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.

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