Kirkland Green E-Update

Help Restore Our Urban Forest

Carillon Woods (5429 106th Ave NE) Saturday, May 15 9am to noon

Join the EarthCorps Partnership at this event. Sign up online. Contact Lina Rose (lina@earthcorps.org or 206-322-9296 X225) with questions.

Juanita Bay Park (2201 Market Street) Saturday, May 22 9am to noon

Join the Native Plant Stewards at this restoration project. Contact JBRollers@gmail.com to sign up or for more information.

Everest Park (500 8th Street South) Saturday, May 22 9am to 1pm

Join Kirkland Public Works and EarthCorps in restoring the banks of Everest Creek. We will be removing Himalayan blackberry and sheet mulching to prevent regrowth of this invasive species. Sign up online. Contact Betsy Adams (badams@ci.kirkland.wa.us or 425-587-3858) with questions.

Spring Plant Sale

Saturday, May 22nd 10am to 2pm Kirkland Children’s School (5311 - 108th Avenue N.E.)

Choose from a large selection of native plants, as well as a wide variety of perennials that attract birds, butterflies and hummingbirds. All proceeds will go directly to the Eastside Audubon Society. For details, visithttp://www.eastsideaudubon.org/calendar/2010/spring-plant-sale.

Come early - pick out the plants that best suit your landscaping - and help wildlife at the same time!

Human-Powered Commuting

May is Bike Month. This month helps the Puget Sound Region meet its goal of encouraging more bicycling for transportation by increasing the voice of the cycling community and promoting cycling as a transportation alternative. For information on Bike Month, check out Cascade Bicycle Club.

Bike to Work Day

Friday, May 21

Bike to Work Day commute stations will be located throughout the region and in Kirkland on May 21. Stop by Kirkland’s Commute Station located at Marina Park Pavilion (Lake Shore Plaza and Kirkland Ave), open from 6 to 9am. It is sponsored by the City of Kirkland and Kirkland Bicycle Shop.

They’ll have free stuff, snacks, city and county maps, bicycle commuting information and free bike check-ups. Check out the Cascade Bicycle Club for more information.

Car Washing

Did you know that washing your car at home is a dirty business? Oil, brake pad and tire dust and other chemical residue build-up – along with soap – wash straight down the storm drain and flow, untreated, into nearby streams and Lake Washington when you wash your car in the driveway, street or parking lot.

Use a commercial car wash instead. The water from commercial car washes flows into the sanitary sewer system and is treated by wastewater treatment plants before it enters local waterways. Commercial car washes also minimize water use and most recycle their water, using 60 percent less water for the whole process than a homeowner uses just to wash their vehicle.

Thinking about having a car wash fundraiser this summer? Charity Car Wash Kits are required and are available, free of charge, from the City of Kirkland. They keep wash water and contaminants out of local streams and lakes. These kits are easy to use but do not work at all locations. For this reason, we ask you to contact us at least 2 weeks prior to your car wash event.

To ensure that soapy water can be diverted to the sanitary sewer at your site and to check out a Car Wash Kit, please emailbadams@ci.kirkland.wa.us or call (425) 587-3858.

Free Workshop for Juanita Creek Landowners

Tuesday, May 25 6:30pm to 8:30pm Juanita Elementary School (9635 NE 132nd Street)

Residents who own property along or near Juanita Creek, or who are interested in the health of the creek, are invited to attend this workshop. Learn how to select the right native plants for your yard, how to get rid of ugly weeds, controlling erosion, and how to work with the creek instead of against it.  Sign up for a free site consultation! Win great door prizes!

To register, contact Betsy Adams, Kirkland Public Works at 425-587-3858 or badams@ci.kirkland.wa.us.

For more information contact: Betsy Adams - Education/Outreach Specialist City of Kirkland | Phone: (425) 587-3858 | email: BAdams@ci.kirkland.wa.us