LETTER | Election Results

Editor: I am very pleased to see my fellow Kirklandites who are readers and contributors to this blog have refrained from pontificating about the election results.  Other social media is filled with posts either gloating or decrying the results depending on their political point of view.  Many of them quite nasty.  We have many spirited […]

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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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Washington State Has Lost A Dedicated Public Servant

We were shocked and deeply saddened upon the news that our friend and colleague, Senator Andy Hill, succumbed to the lung cancer he has battled since 2008.  He never drew attention to his fight but rather went about the business of representing the 45th Legislative District.  That is the definition of integrity, commitment and selflessness.  We will miss you Andy…

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Mayor Walen Statement on the passing of Sen. Andy Hill

The following statement was issued on behalf of Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen:

The City of Kirkland was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of State Senator Andy Hill. He was a dedicated legislator who made a quiet, but profound mark on our city, our district, and on our State.

Others will appropriately recall the many State accomplishments of Senator Hill.  But he has left an enduring legacy for Kirkland as well.  When our residents walk along the beauty of the Cross Kirkland Corridor or exit I-405 at the soon to be built 132nd Street ramps, they should pause and remember Senator Hill for helping make those investments happen.  Senator Hill was a man with a keen intellect, a deep kindness, a strong work ethic, a focus on results, and a passion to be of service to others. On behalf of the City, we send our condolences to the Hill family. Senator Hill was a wonderful friend to the City of Kirkland and he will be greatly missed.

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Bitter is Coming!


Join us in our Kirkland taproom for the release of seven new and unique beers each brewed specifically for the event.  A new and regal beer will take the throne at the top of every hour while the previous beer will be ceremonially removed.  Prizes will be raffled off throughout the day.  Food trucks will be on site starting with Das Brat at noon and Woodshop BBQ at 3pm.  Details can be found online at www.ChainlineBrewing.com or on Facebook here

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