Kirkland’s Best: Summer Concerts, Carshow, Summerfest, Oktoberfest

One of the great things about living in Kirkland is our wealth of festivals, music and events which take place throughout the seasons. One of our favorites is the Summer Concert Series (Thursday nights at Marina Park and Tuesday morning kids’ concerts at Juanita Beach). The concerts are a great way to relax, see your neighbors and appreciate the lovely place we call home.

Oh, and we would be remiss if we didn’t also remind you of these super upcoming festivals too:

Kirkland Classic Car Show 2016 Car Show, Sunday July 31st. Pre-Show Entertainment, Saturday.

Summerfest 2016 August 12-13. Kirkland at its best.

Kirkland Oktoberfest 2016 September 23, 24, 25. Seattle’s #1 Oktoberfest tradition.

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Kirkland Junior Tennis Player Captures Victory at USTA Girls’ 12s Singles Championships

Kirkland junior tennis player Katia Wiersholm recently captured a coveted USTA gold ball by way of her victory at the USTA Girls’ 12s Singles National Clay Court Championships in Boca Raton, Fla. Wiersholm, the No. 6 seed, defeated No. 2 Robin Montgomery of Washington, D.C., in the final, 7-6 (5), 0-6, 7-6 (4).

Congratulations, Katia!

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Highlands Annual Garage Sale; Saturday 9-noon

There is a huge Annual Kirkland Highlands Neighborhood Garage Sale this Saturday, July 30th from 9 AM-2 PM.  Some of the items include:  A motorcycle, bedroom furniture, luggage, antiques from a Snohomish antique shop, household goods, toys, and clothes.  It’s all here!    Access the Highlands neighborhood at the corner of NE 85th St and 114th […]

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Heard On The Street: Graffiti Taggers Hit Downtown Kirkland

On Wednesday morning we walked down Park Lane and noted that the entire block had been tagged by spray paint between Main St. and 3rd. Then a reader sent in the below image (altered as not to promote the “artist”) and it appears to be by the same person. If you see our beautiful city has been defaced, please report it to the city’s Anti-Graffiti Hotline at (425) 587-3824. They act swiftly to clean up the mess created by our least civically-minded citizens…

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LETTER | Impressed with Valderrama

To the Editor:

I endorse Ramiro Valderrama for state legislature for the 45th District covering much of Kirkland, Redmond, Woodinville, Duvall, Sammamish and Issaquah.

The first thing that impressed me about Ramiro occurred several years ago, early in his career as an effective city councilman and Deputy Mayor for Sammamish. The city, county, and state were having a dispute about a lakeside trail. Ramiro showed unusually clear comprehension of the Shoreline Management Act, a statute I used to help administer, especially its unusual balanced mandate split between aquatic/nearshore habitat protection, broader environmental protections including tree cover and the lake, aesthetic protection, public lake access, prioritization of water-related land use, state-level respect for local government decisions, and navigation among other values. Ramiro held the balanced view of the entire Shoreline Act and was able to lead productive discussion and collaboration – not just compromise but seeking resolution with justice – between the city and county and state. More recently, he’s been able to lead that same conflict resolution process with the City, County and State…

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LETTER | No Seaplanes in Kirkland


As a physician and an environmentalist, I am particularly concerned about the impact of planes flying low over the adjacent wetlands of Yarrow Bay. 

Additionally, there two major marinas with high volume boating traffic in this involved waterway.

Please let’s avoid the potential problems that outweigh the perceived benefits. That’s how we do it in medicine…

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Open House: Participate Online and In Person

The City of Kirkland is inviting the public to participate in a public open house on Thursday, July 28, as well as an online open house, which will be available July 13 – Aug. 5. To learn more and participate in the process, please visit the upcoming open house on July 28 or participate online now. We would like to hear your concerns about the existing corridor and your vision for improving the future corridor. Both opportunities will provide information about the project’s purpose, schedule, and next steps…

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Traffic Alert: Kirkland Classic Car Show, July 30 & 31

Commuters should expect traffic delays due to the Kirkland Classic Car Show to be held Saturday, July 30, in Marina Park and Sunday, July 31, in downtown Kirkland. Street closures and detours will be in place on Sunday from 5 a.m. until 6 p.m. The public boat launch will remain open, however boaters should expect delays. Event goers are encouraged to walk, bike, or carpool, and plan for their parking in advance. For public parking, including the Kirkland Municipal Garage, go to For bus transportation, go to

Rock Through the Ages!

Pre-Show:  Saturday, July 30, 2016
Car Show: Sunday, July 31, 2016
This year we are expecting beautiful weather which will make it another spectacular event attended by thousands of interested folks.
And the Kirkland Downtown Association is proud to announce Larry Hanson as co-host of this year’s Kirkland Classic Car Show with Emcee Lance Lambert from The Vintage Vehicle Show! .
An Evening of Entertainment begins on Saturday, July 30* followed by the actual Car Show on Sunday.  Times will be announced later.
If you love the car show, why not volunteer to help out and get close and personal with these beautiful machines. Contact Barbie for volunteer opportunities…

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Cross Kirkland Corridor (CKC) Closures & Maintenance

Surface Water Maintenance to close a portion of the Cross Kirkland Corridor (CKC): Thursday and Friday (July 28 and 29), there will be intermittent closures on the CKC in the Highland Pass area (NE 112th Street to 110th Avenue NE)  between 7 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. both days in order to perform important surface water maintenance.  Please use alternative routes.  We apologize for the inconvenience…

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Kirkland Firefighter Empowers Young Women at Fire Training and Leadership Camp


From July 23 to July 30, 24 young women from around the country will come together to explore a career in firefighting. They will participate in a leadership camp led by women firefighters like Margo Freeman, a 19-year veteran of the Kirkland Fire Department. Camp Blaze, a nonprofit organization developed by the International Association of Women in Fire and Emergency Services, seeks to “empower, inspire and support strong women leaders” through a free weeklong training program located at the Washington State Fire Training Academy in North Bend. Young women ages 16 to 19 are taught skills ranging from teambuilding and leadership to live-fire response and CPR…

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