Kirkland Green E-Updates

Kirkland’s 8th Year as a Tree City USA

In addition to its 8th consecutive year as a Tree City USA, Kirkland has also been recognized with the Growth Award. Beyond the standard Tree City USA criteria, the Growth Award recognizes the significant improvements to our tree program during the past year. In 2009, Kirkland improved its tree ordinance, became a certified Community Wildlife Habitat City, and assisted in providing continuing education for its forestry managers.

These awards are sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters, USDA Forest Service, the US Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities.

Recycling Collection Event

Saturday, April 22 9am to 3pm Houghton Park & Ride (NE 70th Street and 116th Ave NE)

Kirkland residents can help divert materials from the landfill by bringing them to this event for recycling and reuse. For detailed information about this event, including a list of materials collected, check out the Special Collection Event web page.

Cash for Appliances Washington Program

Swap out your old energy-guzzling clothes washer or fridge for a new, more efficient and qualified ENERGY STAR® model and get a rebate. This offer is good on purchases made through December 1, 2010 or until funds run out – whichever comes first. This cash back is in addition to rebates offered by Puget Sound Energy.

Switch to an energy efficient appliance, get cash back for recycling your old energy hog, and save money on your monthly utility bills. More information is available at www.cashforapplianceswa.com.

Help Restore Our Urban Forest

Kiwanis Park (1405 10th St W) Saturdays, April 10 & May 8 9am to noon

Join the Friends of Kiwanis Park at this restoration event. For more details or to sign up, contact Carol Lee Power at 425-828-4220 or carolpower@verizon.net.

Juanita Bay Park (2201 Market Street) Saturday, April 24 9am to noon

Jon the Native Plant Stewards and the EarthCorps Partnership in this Earth Day restoration work party. Sign up online at www.earthcorps.org. Contact Lina Rose (lina@earthcorps.org or 206-322-9296 X225) with questions.

Juanita Beach Park (9703 NE Juanita Drive) Saturday, May 1 9am to 1pm

Join Kirkland Public Works and EarthCorps in maintaining a restoration site along the banks of Juanita Creek. For more information or to signs up, please contact Betsy Adams at 425-587-3858 or badams@ci.kirkland.wa.us.

Rain Garden Workshops

April 20, Third Place Commons, Lake Forest Park April 29, City Hall, Bellevue May 18, Fire Station 66, Duvall All workshops - 6:30 to 8:30pm

Learn how to build your own rain garden to help soak up rainwater from downspouts, driveways, and sidewalks while protecting our local waterways. At the workshop, you’ll receive a free rain garden manual and additional materials. You can also start designing your own rain garden during the class!

Advance registration is required! Suggested donation is $10. For more information or to register, please contact Stacey at (206) 292-9875 or sg@stewardshippartners.org.

Spring Garden Fair

UW Bothell Campus (18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell) Saturday, April 24 9am to 3:30pm

Get inspiration for the upcoming gardening season at the Spring Garden Fair. The fair includes several seminars on a variety of gardening topics, from the basics to do-it-yourself drip irrigation. There will also be a mulch mowing demonstration; compost bins, rain barrels and plants for sale; and fun children’s activities and displays. Ciscoe Morris will broadcast his 710 KIRO radio show live and Meeghan Black from King 5’s “Gardening With Ciscoe” will be your host.

Visit www.springgardenfair.com for directions and more information.

Native Plant Sale

Bellevue Botanical Gardens (12001 Main Street, Bellevue) Saturday, May 8 10am to 4pm

Join the Central Puget Sound Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society for their spring native plant sale, offering the largest diversity of Washington State native species available at any retail event. Plant experts are also available to offer advice. Books on many subjects relating to native plants will be on sale at near cost. More information on the sale and the list of species offered available at www.wnps.org under "Plant Sales". Come early for the best selection!

Native Plant Appreciation Week

April 25 to May 1

This week is a celebration of the amazing diversity of Washington’s over 3000 native plant species. Native plant ecosystems are critical to sustaining our native wildlife and the quality of Washington’s environment.

Diverse activities and events to learn more about native plant species and their habitats and how to protect them will be offered throughout the week. You can find a list of events at the Native Plant Appreciation Week website.