Kiwanis Club of Kirkland Tree Lot A Huge Success

The Kirkland community and surrounding neighborhoods came through once again this year in its support of the Kiwanis Club of Kirkland’s Christmas Tree Lot.  The lot opened the day after Thanksgiving and officially sold its last tree on December 13, raising approximately $30,000. The Kiwanis Club is grateful to the community for the loyalty and support it has shown over the years...

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Save the Date: January 23 Neighborhood Forum - "For the Love of Kirkland"

The Kirkland Alliance of Neighborhoods and the City of Kirkland invite Kirkland residents and business owners to save the date for a Neighborhood Forum led by acclaimed community engagement expert Peter Kageyama, author of For the Love of Cities and Love Where You Live. The event, called “For the Love of Kirkland,” will be held Monday, January 23, 2017 from 5:30 to 8:45 pm. Information about how to RSVP will be coming soon. 

Anyone who is interested in exploring ways to make Kirkland an even better place to live and work will be invited to attend. The goals of the event are to celebrate Kirkland’s neighborhoods and inspire people to become more involved in their neighborhood associations...

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EvergreenHealth Nurse Susan Johnson Honored as a March of Dimes Nurse of the Year

EvergreenHealth is proud to announce Susan Johnson, RN, received the March of Dimes 2016 Nurse of the Year award in the Community Health and Public Health category.

Johnson, who is a nurse in EvergreenHealth’s Redmond Emergency Department, was selected out of more than 260 nominees and received the honor for her continued dedication and work on behalf of victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and human trafficking.

“We congratulate Susan on this award and thank her for working diligently to address these critically important issues for our patients and the community,” said EvergreenHealth CEO Bob Malte. “This honor is well deserved and is especially meaningful as it recognizes Susan for her exemplary work within her passion.”...

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Help Remove Invasive Plants on the Cross Kirkland Corridor, Dec 19

Help Remove Invasive Plants on the Cross Kirkland Corridor

Monday, December 19
9 to 11 am

We'll be working on the section between 6th St. S. and Kirkland Ave (red line on map).
Parking available on Kirkland and Railroad Avenues (Ps on map).

  • Bring heavy duty loppers, and water (I'll have a few extra tools)
  • Wear long pants, long sleeves, sturdy shoes, and gloves (leather are best for blackberries)
  • We'll be hacking out blackberries and scotch broom

For more information contact karen@nwnative.us.

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Kirkland Nourishing Network Christmas Break Food Box Drive

Kirkland Nourishing Network is working to fill some gaps in food security, right here in our community. We’ve made it simple for you to be part of the solution to fill the gaps identified by teachers and school counselors. If you volunteer to shop for a box of food and drop off the box at a central site on Thursday, December 15, that evening the box will be in the home of a family that really needs it.  Each box is under $50 with a standard menu of items.

 

Kirkland has stepped up to fill the need every school break for the past 5 years. You can make a real difference in the lives of Kirkland neighbors! We're helping families in ALL Kirkland elementary schools with identified need. That means we need donors for over 400 boxes of food! Some neighbors struggle more than we appreciate; but, together, we can help to fill the need...

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Help Remove Invasive Plants on the Cross Kirkland Corridor, Monday, Dec. 5

Volunteers needed on Cross Kirkland Corridor

Monday, December 5
9 to 11 am

We'll be working on the section between 6th St. S. and Kirkland Ave (red line on map).
Parking available on Kirkland and Railroad Avenues (Ps on map).

  • Bring small pruning saws, heavy duty loppers, and water (I'll have a few extra tools)
  • Wear long pants, long sleeves, sturdy shoes, and gloves (leather are best for blackberries)
  • We'll be hacking out blackberries and scotch broom

For more information contact karen@nwnative.us...

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Girl Scouts To Sing At Kiwanis Club Of Kirkland Tree Lot

The holiday season is in full swing in Kirkland with decorations and lights to be seen everywhere.  To add to the holiday spirit, come have some fun when local Girl Scouts join in to the festivities at the Kiwanis Club of Kirkland Tree Lot on Saturday, December 3.  They will decorate a Christmas tree with ornaments they have made at 4:30p and begin caroling at 5p.  The girls have been a big hit for the last two years and this year’s group will be bigger and better than ever, with several troops participating  Once the girls have charmed everyone with their caroling, they will pass out cookies for everyone to enjoy...

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Disaster Mental Health Support

Health Support Team (HST) is a non-profit organization dedicated to training non-professional volunteers in how to provide mental health support services in the aftermath of natural and man-made disasters.  Utilizing the HST curriculum, class participants will learn how to best help their family, friends and community members cope with emotional shock and stress responses in the aftermath of a disaster.  Areas covered include common responses to disaster and trauma; supportive communication and listening techniques; relaxation and stress reduction techniques; thinking strategies; resiliency development...

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Congratulations, Barbie Collins-Young, Kirkland Downtown Association Executive Director

The Kirkland Downtown Association is proud to announce that Barbie Collins-Young has been promoted to Executive Director. The promotion recognizes the duties that Barbie had performed ever since the reorganization of the KDA in January of 2016.

 

One of the most recognizable people in downtown Kirkland, Barbie can be seen at virtually every KDA activity, from Clean Sweep to Summerfest to board meetings to this weekend’s Wine Walk and Downtown Decorating. With her boundless energy and cheerful demeanor, Barbie makes it fun for the many volunteers that help keep downtown Kirkland the great place that it is.

 

Behind the scenes, Barbie advocates for downtown businesses and residents with the Kirkland city government, seeks out sponsorships and grants to help fund the KDA, and does countless other administrative details that keep us compliant as a 501c(3) charitable organization.

 

Congratulations, Barbie!..

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EvergreenHealth’s Board of Commissioners Appoints Tim McLaughlin as its Newest Member

Experienced financial executive and long-time Redmond resident fills Redmond/Sammamish board seat

 

EvergreenHealth’s Board of Commissioners formally appointed Tim McLaughlin as its newest board member this week. After a thorough search and selection process, the board selected Mr. McLaughlin to fill the seat that represents the Redmond/Sammamish area. The position was held formerly by Auggie Kempf, who announced his retirement in September...

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Kiwanis Club Of Kirkland Christmas Tree Lot Opens November 25

With Christmas approaching quickly, the Kiwanis Club of Kirkland is gearing up for their biggest fundraiser of the year.  Since 1971, the club has sold Christmas trees, Wreaths, Gourmet Nuts, Delicious Delights and See’s Candy with all funds going to support the children of the Kirkland community.

 

The tree lot is located in the parking lot of Juanita Beach Park.  It opens Friday, November 25 (the day after Thanksgiving) and will stay open until December 23 or until the trees are gone.  Last year things sold out early, so be sure not to wait too long!

 

Tree Lot hours will be 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday...

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Help Remove Invasive Plants on the Cross Kirkland Corridor, November 21

Help Remove Invasive Plants on the Cross Kirkland Corridor on Monday, November 21
9 to 11 am

 

Volunteers be working on the section between 6th St. S. and Kirkland Ave (red line on map).
Parking available on Kirkland and Railroad Avenues (Ps on map).

  • Bring small pruning saws, heavy duty loppers, and water (I'll have a few extra tools)
  • Wear long pants, long sleeves, sturdy boots or shoes, and gloves
  • Tasks: clearing blackberries; removing scotch broom with saws and weed wrenches

For more information contact karen@nwnative.us

Kirkland Oktoberfest Raises $17,000 For Local Charities


Three-day German festival gives back to the Kirkland community in a big way 

The Kirkland Oktoberfest planning committee is kicking off the season of giving by donating its $17,000 in proceeds to several charitable organizations based in Kirkland. This three-day authentic German beer festival, held on the final weekend of September in Marina Park, drew thousands of enthusiastic participants, and raised more money for local nonprofits than any other festival of its kind this year.   

“Kirkland Oktoberfest is run mainly by volunteers and they work hard to bring a quality festival to Kirkland. These volunteers help to maintain its local connections to the community which gives Kirkland Oktoberfest a unique friendly atmosphere. It has been very gratifying to be part of the planning committee from the inception and watch Oktoberfest grow and improve to become a signature event in Kirkland. I am especially proud of the money that has been raised for local charities.” 
- Michelle Sailor, Kirkland Oktoberfest Planning Committee

At its core, Kirkland Oktoberfest exists to bring the community together to participate in a fun event while raising money for local charities. This year, the planning committee is thrilled to announce that over $17,000 has been donated to these nonprofits: American Cancer Society, Eastside Timebank, Imagine Housing, Kirkland Downtown Association, MEOW Cat Rescue, Rotary Club of Kirkland Downtown, and Sibling House. 

“MEOW Cat Rescue was thrilled and so grateful to be a part of this event this year. Thanks to the great success of the festival, and subsequent very generous donation, we will be able to increase our public spay/neuter voucher program fund and provide for the care of so many residents in the coming year.” 
- Joni Cervenka, Board President

It took over 450 volunteers to make this beloved tradition possible. Many worked nearly around the clock for three straight days to bring cheer to the community, and for that we are forever grateful. To everyone who had any part in making this year an event a great success, thank you for participating in what makes Kirkland a unique and wonderful community.


Winterfest Magic Relies on Volunteers like YOU!

The Kirkland Downtown Association (KDA) produced many events throughout the year including Winterfest (November 26). Many folks have a misconception as to how these events including Summerfests, Summer Concert Series and the Wednesday Market get produced, assuming that the City of Kirkland is responsible. Some are surprised to learn that the KDA runs all of these events with the help of sponsors including the city and many volunteers...

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Kirkland Rotary helps keep kids warm at John Muir Elementary

On October 26th, students who might not be able to afford winter coats or coverings were invited to shop for jackets at no cost to them. The staff of Rotarians pictured were there to assist.
All the coats remaining after these were distributed to other needy kids. Kirkland Rotary has sponsored the “Warm Coats” project for many years. The annual Kirkland Rotary Duck Dash generates funds each year and we like to put the money to work right here in Kirkland. The duck dash also helped with Scholarships for Kirkland students and many other local charities.

 

REMINDER: Kirkland Interfaith Network Alternative Gift Fair This Weekend

Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Kirkland Interfaith Network (KIN) invites you to its annual Alternative Gift Fair, Saturday, November 1 2 from 10AM to 4PM and Sunday, November 1 3  from Noon to 2PM, at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 10021 NE 124th Street, Kirkland. (Note: we’re at a new location this year!). 

 

The KIN Alternative Gift Fair is a holiday fair where each gift you buy provides a better life for someone who needs it, here or abroad. It's a fair where you can do some holiday shopping and feel good about doing it. It's a holiday fair whose focus is the love of God at work in the world.

 

At the fair, you will find tables selling “alternative” gifts. An alternative gift is a donation made to an organization in honor of a person to whom you might normally give a material gift. An alternative gift might be a flock of chicks for a family in Bolivia, a window for a unit of affordable housing, or a blanket to warm a refugee in a camp.  For each item you purchase, you receive a gift card with an insert describing your gift, which you can give to the person you are honoring in this way. At the KIN Fair, you will find a variety of local, national and international organizations working to provide short term relief for those in need and long-term development assistance to address the underlying causes of hunger and poverty...

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LWTech Grand Opening for the Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) celebrated the grand opening of its Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success (CEVSS) this morning from 10 a.m. to noon. Over 60 people attended, including guest speakers Congresswoman Suzan DelBene; Mayor of Kirkland Amy Walen; and King County Director of Veterans Affairs Matthew Mauer on behalf of Senator Patty Murray. LWTech employee Marcus-Antonio Gunn sang the National Anthem and LWTech Computer Security and Network Technician student Bobby McGee, army veteran, told his story about being welcomed to LWTech after his former educational institute suddenly closed. McGee stated that the center provides a single point of contact for veterans on campus so no veterans is left behind...

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Santa’s Mailbox in Downtown Kirkland

Kirkland Parks Foundation invites the community join in the holiday festivities by raising funds for a Santa’s mailbox located in downtown Kirkland for letters to Santa

 

The Kirkland Parks Foundation is inviting the community to join in the holiday spirit and help fund SANTA’S MAILBOX right here in Kirkland!  The local non-profit hopes to raise $2,100 to give Kirkland’s children a place to mail their letters to Santa Claus with a commitment that each and every letter will be answered by Kirkland’s own Elves from the local Merrill Gardens senior living community.  

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Time for Kirkland Nourishing Network Food Box Donations for Thanksgiving Break!

The need is still great in our community. There are still hungry elementary school students showing up at school.  The free and reduced price meals help during the week and Pantry Packs help most weekends, but nothing covers the school breaks other than the Food Bank and this program. For reasons unknown, there are barriers to using the Food Bank for many families that would qualify. Our efforts are significant for these kids and their families.

 

We’ve made it simple for you to be a solution to fill gaps identified by teachers and school counselors. You shop for a box of food (shopping list provided) and drop off the box at one of two sites the morning of November 22.  That afternoon the box is in the home of a family who really needs it.  Each box is under $50.

 

The two sites where boxes are collected and distributed are in north Kirkland (13220 NE 132nd Street) and south Kirkland (7720 126th Avenue NE). 

 

Please go to http://nourishingnetworks.net/kirkland-food-boxes to find the sign-up links to bring food boxes (including the standard shopping list) and also to volunteer to help move food boxes at each site. 

 

We aren't set up to take cash, but we can make connections with members of the Eastside Timebank or a youth group to shop for a limited number of those who would not otherwise be able to donate. Send any requests for this assistance to daveasher@comcast.net.

 

Future opportunities to provide food boxes this school year will be in conjunction with Winter break (December 15), Mid-Winter Break (February 14), and Spring break (March 30).

 

Thanks very much for your generosity!