Last Chance to Laugh in Kirkland; Laughs Comedy Club is closing

For those with a funny bone, this story is no laughing matter: Laughs Comedy Spot in Totem Lake is closing. The business is said to be moving to Seattle. Kirkland Views first featured Laughs Comedy Spot in this story on Laughs back in 2010.

The final shows at Laughs Comedy Spot will be June 4-6. Send them out on a high and go to the show!

Laughs Comedy Spot Last Show

June 4–6 | Laughs Comedy Spot | 12099 124th Ave NE

Cow and The Coyote Dressed for Memorial Day

Cow and The Coyote Dressed for Memorial Day

Ava and Elle Contreras learn the ropes of decorating the Cow and The Coyote for Memorial Day. Thank you to these girls and their mentors for bringing smiles to many faces as commuters drive past this quirky icon of Kirkland at the corner of Lake St and Central Way. 

And special thanks to our veterans who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedoms.

Happy Memorial Day.

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Seattle Transit Blog Characterizes ST3 Plan as "Bigger, Faster, Stronger"... Unless you live on the Eastside

Seattle Transit Blog Characterizes ST3 Plan as "Bigger, Faster, Stronger"... Unless you live on the Eastside

Seattle Transit Blog is a great resource with many passionate contributors including Zach Shaner and a frequent contributor to Kirkland Views, Dan Ryan. Seattle needs transit solutions, as goes the argument, and STB is a sincere and reliable champion of the cause. On May 26, Shaner wrote about the recent update to the ST3 plan and described it as "bigger, faster, stronger". Perhaps...

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Traffic Alert: NAMIWalks Washington, June 4

Traffic Alert: NAMIWalks Washington, June 4

Commuters should expect traffic delays due to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Walks Washington event to be held at Marina Park on Saturday, June 4. Increased pedestrian traffic is expected along Lake Street S and Lake Washington Boulevard from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. A course map is posted online at www.kirklandwa.gov/specialevents. The southbound lane of Lake Street S between Kirkland Avenue and 2nd Avenue S will be closed to traffic from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.Kirkland Avenue, west of Lake Street, will be closed to traffic from 6:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

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Sound Transit to bring light rail to South Kirkland P&R

Sound Transit to bring light rail to South Kirkland P&R

Kirkland Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold testified to the Sound Transit board on Thursday thanking them for incorporating Kirkland City Council's feedback in an update to the ST3 draft plan. The rail spur from Bellevue to Kirkland was a consolation prize of sorts for Kirkland proposed by boardmember Claudia Balducci as Kirkland gets little else from the proposed ST3. The Balducci spur, as some called it, followed Kirkland's failed arguments to Sound Transit for bus rapid transit service on the Cross Kirkland Corridor, "no transit is better than the wrong transit" argument and most recently, "light rail with flexibility". 

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EvergreenHealth Announces Board of Commissioners Expansion Workshops

EvergreenHealth Announces Board of Commissioners Expansion Workshops

Series designed to educate residents on roles and responsibilities of commissioners

 

EvergreenHealth’s Board of Commissioners recently approved a resolution to expand the King County Public Hospital District No. 2 (d/b/a EvergreenHealth) board from five to seven commissioners. The resolution requests that King County Elections place a proposition on the Aug. 2, 2016, primary election ballot to allow the registered voters in EvergreenHealth’s district to decide on the expansion...

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Trellis Front Porch Opening Celebration, June 9-10

Trellis Front Porch Opening Celebration, June 9-10

Enjoy Open-Air Dining & Handcrafted Cocktails at Kirkland’s Heathman Hotel

 

In honor of the warm weather seasonal opening of Trellis Restaurant’s Front Porch (Kirkland’s largest Front Porch), the restaurant is encouraging guests to celebrate sun, family, and friends on Thursday, June 9 and Friday, June 10, 2016, from 5 to 8 p.m. This extended celebration will feature live music from guitarist/composer Enrique Henao, farm inspired craft cocktails by well-known bartender Viktor Kustov and fresh seasonal bites from Chef Brian Scheehser’s 18-acre Woodinville farm...

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Come One, Come All, It's Time for the Peter Kirk Carnival, June 4th

Come One, Come All, It's Time for the Peter Kirk Carnival, June 4th

Come one, Come all, it's time for the Peter Kirk Carnival!

Join us on Saturday, June 4th at Peter Kirk Elementary (1312 6th Street)  from 3-6 PM for the event of the year! There will be pony rides, Louie Foxx magic, bouncy houses, inflatables, carnival games, food and FUN! Tickets on sale at the door $20 per child (parents/guardians are FREE!) will get you an all inclusive entry.  Food sold separately...

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Mike Luke running for US Senate, joining a slate of over 25 Libertarian candidates across Washington.

Mike Luke running for US Senate, joining a slate of over 25 Libertarian candidates across Washington.

Snohomish County resident Mike Luke is running for US Senate from the state of Washington as a Libertarian. He is one of over 25 Libertarian candidates running for office in 2016 throughout Washington at the statewide, US congressional and state legislative district levels.

Luke has previously been a small business owner in the Edmonds area for 12+ years. He has run locally for Fire district commissioner and County charter review commissioner. Additional campaign experience comes from volunteering and working on other candidate campaigns for offices such as County Executive, US Senate, and various other congressional, state and local campaigns...

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Kirkland Cemetery Tour with Historian Matt McCauley, June 4

Kirkland Cemetery Tour with Historian Matt McCauley, June 4

On Saturday, June 4, Matt McCauley, local historian, will give a tour of the Kirkland Cemetery from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. The graves of service men and women will still have their flags and crosses on them from the Memorial Day observance. Meet at the fountain.  No charge, but donations will be accepted. Matt will share his colorful stories of Kirkland's forefathers who rest in peace on Rose Hill...

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Photoshop Farce: Promo Image Makes Mockery of A Walk In The Woods

Photoshop Farce: Promo Image Makes Mockery of A Walk In The Woods

And now for something completely different.

We love to use Photoshop as much as the next guy but Hollywood has taken the art of Photoshopping a bit too far in the promo images for the 2015 movie A Walk In The Woods.

The fashion industry is well known for their doctoring of bodies and airbrushing blemishes to make celebrities look more beautiful. Hollywood is in the business of bending the imagination but recently we ran across one example of promo art which was so over the top, it made us laugh out loud...

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LETTER: How to find a lost pet

LETTER: How to find a lost pet

I want to clarify how we found our Yorkie, Abby, when she went missing for 24 hours from Thursday-Friday. 

We posted our missing pet on several websites, involved our social media network in as many ways as we could think and distributed flyers throughout downtown Kirkland. But what eventually resulted in her quick return (though it's not "quick" when you're the grieving "parent") was our post on the "Lost Pets" page of the King County Animal Control website...

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LETTER: Sound Transit Board, Please...

LETTER: Sound Transit Board, Please...

Sound Transit Board: Please:

  • Do not include the 2-mile light-rail extension from Wilburton to the South Kirkland P&R.
  • Instead, earmark that money for HCT (BRT or rail) on 405, and/or light rail from Redmond to Totem Lake on Willows Road for the many reasons stated by Toby Nixon in http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/a-better-sound-transit-light-rail-route-on-the-eastside/
  • Either cancel the environmental study of Bellevue to Bothell HCT to make better use of that money, or start the study from scratch to include the 405 and Willows Road alternatives without giving preference to HCT on the CKC...
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Lake Washington Institute of Technology Foundation Receives $125,000 Scholarship Endowment

Lake Washington Institute of Technology Foundation Receives $125,000 Scholarship Endowment

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech), the only public institute of technology in Washington state, received a donation of $125,000 from community leaders Robert and Linda Tjossem to create the Tjossem Family Endowed Scholarship Fund. The Tjossem Family Endowed Scholarship Fund will be managed through the LWTech Foundation and will generate five annual $1,000 scholarships in perpetuity for students enrolled in a variety of programs...

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Local area talent to perform at Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, May 28

Local area talent to perform at Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, May 28

As the Kiwanis Club of Kirkland gears up for its May 28 Annual Pancake Breakfast to be held the Peter Kirk Community Center from 7a-noon, local youth musicians are tuning up for the occasion.  This is the fourth year that music has been part of the fun at the breakfast.  Lined up to perform are six separate musical acts.  All proceeds from the breakfast are donated to Attain Housing, (www.attainhousing.org) to help with homelessness in our area...

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How will Increased Density Impact Our Quality of Life, Green Space and Transportation?

How will Increased Density Impact Our Quality of Life, Green Space and Transportation?

We constantly hear elected officials recite predictions that the population of our region will balloon over the next few decades as they justify their policy plans in land use and transportation. For many, the planned changes are welcomed. For others, the impact is seen as a decrease in the quality of life we enjoy today.

The job of us all is to find a balance which serves both the needs of today as well as prepares us for tomorrow. Unfortunately, predicting the future is not always easy. Making big bets today as to what will be tomorrow's needs is risky business...

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