Here's an update on the iIsh Frolic from Barbie Young with KDA Events....
Thank you for your commitment to the Nytec Kirkland Fish Frolic. After reviewing the current status of our fish sales and bids, we realize that the demand for the fish was too great, and we feel that the auction on September 25 isn't the most logical format to sell the remaining fish. Therefore, we are rescheduling the Fish Frolic Auction until we have the opportunity to spawn more Fish! While it is exciting, we apologize if you have to change your plans this week. We think you will love what we've come up with - you can potentially end up owning one of these fish without writing a $5000 check! Stand by and we will share the plan with you shortly! We also have a Signature Fish Frolic Ltd. Edition Wine that we are offering for sale at $20 per bottle from Northwest Cellars. Thank you for understanding and your support of the Kirkland Downtown Association, Lake Washington School District & the Kirkland Community! We will keep you updated for our future event. Watch for updates at www.fishfrolic.org
Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased here. But hurry because time is running out! Look how cool these fish are that have been created by local artists and you will be bidding on. Love the one (photo above) by Elizabeth Kincaid with the big red lips titled "Lovers in the Night." There will be a raffle, door prizes, dinner, dessert, drink tickets, music- all the components for a fun party... except your friends- so throw on a cocktail dress and bring them too! ~j
DonorsChoose.org is a crowd-funding nonprofit website where teachers can post things they need most for their classroom, and donors can support their favorite projects. It was started by a teacher and the site tells a really interesting story of their history. And thanks to the awesomeness of this site and the over-the-top generosity of Google, on Monday 9/15, they unveiled a big surprise-- Google is going to fund EVERY SINGLE CLASSROOM PROJECT in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties. Yep, Kirkland- that means us! Yipppeeeee!! I hope our teachers have been using this site. Estimates are that this will be approximately $315,000 in paper, pencils, books, tablets, instruments, field trips and other supplies.
The surprise announcement was made at Highland Park Elementary School in Seattle (photo). Those are some happy faces! Way to show the (local) love, Google!
WHAT IS UP with the property value notices that just came out?!?! Is this happening to you too? Ours went up 20% from last year, which nearly made me spill my wine coffee. I've heard lots of other residents squawking in disbelief also. One Kirkland friend said her assessment is 100% higher than last year (with no changes or improvements to land/dwelling). The real estate market is picking back up, but not THAT fast.
I haven't called their office yet, but it sounds like to appeal your evaluation you need to act quickly. July 1, 2014 or 60 days from the mailing date on the postcard....clearly the latter in my case. You can also contact the King County Assessor at 206-296-7300 email@example.com or the King Co Board of Equalization 206-696-3496. Please share your story in the comments if you have experienced a tax-induced heart attack or been through the appeals process.
Oktoberfest in October? NO! Let's expedite this beer-drinking celebration to Sept 26-28th in downtown Kirkland. Marina Park will transform into a Bavarian village with games, costumes, contests, beer, brats and undoubtedly, a weiner dog contest. There is also a Kirkland "Morganfahrt" Oktoberfest 5K on Sunday at 9am, so you can burn a few calories before you fill your stein. $35 for the run gets you into the Biergarten afterwards, if you are 21, of course.
Tickets and proof of age is are required at the authentic Muchen-style Biergarten which is open the following hours:
Friday, September 26 -- 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM* (21+ Only) Saturday, September 27 -- 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM* (21+ Only) Sunday, September 28 -- 10:30 AM - 6:00 PM** (21+ in Biergarten. 5K Run and Wiener Dog Races are all ages)
I had the pleasure of bumping into the fun and friendly owners of the new Peruvian kitchen, Wyraqocha, which is getting ready to open in the next few weeks at 110 Central Way. Cyndy Almonte is the General Manager and Lia Horna is the Executive Chef (photo). Cyndy is MY PEOPLE, having moved here from New Jersey to start this joint venture with her BFF, Lia. "What IS Peruvian food?" I wondered. Sounds like we are about to find out that it is a fusion of many kinds of food and mostly tapas (small bites so you can taste many things). The menu is still being finalized so they can be sure to find the freshest local ingredients for all of their dishes.
The interior of the restaurant is a slate gray with stone on the wall and dark hardwoods. Things have been slowed down with a few different contractors but they are all on track now. A family member with some super awesome artistry skills flew in for a weekend to paint the designs on their walls (photo). I'm looking forward to a)my kids going back to school so that b)I have some free time to have lunch with a friend in this cool new spot. ~j
I can't say this outloud without singing the rest... Hey Baby! Hey Baby! Hey! Just like the Gwen Stefani song but I don't think this is what she was singing about (or maybe she was?). Hey Baby! is a new 3D/4D ultrasound imaging facility in Kirkland, 8556 122nd Ave NE, Ste A2, designed to enable pregnant women to capture some amazing images of their babies in utero. It's by appointment only- and this is NOT instead of diagnostic images with your doctor. Think of it as more of your baby's first portraits. And these are always a little bit freaky because you can actually kinda see what your kid is going to look like in a 3D/4D image. Sometimes it's a face only a mother can love.
My first pregnancy was twins so I was spoiled with lots of ultrasounds and monitoring ( and poking and prodding and gestational diabetes but that's another story, LOL). I didn't realize that most moms-to-be only get to see their little peanuts on the screen once or twice until Brady came along. Hey Baby! is a clever solution for anxious or curious family members. It would also be a great baby shower gift that allows access to amazing technology for an affordable price ($99-219 depending on package). Call for an appointment or questions: 844-777-BABY. Gift cards are also available. ~j
The greater Seattle area United States Tennis Association (USTA) play-offs were held recently, and all three Amateur Division Championships - 6.0, 7.0 and 8.0 - were won by Central Park Tennis Club teams from Kirkland! This is highly unusual in the amateur tennis world. Way to represent!
Each team beat out lots of strong division champs from around the area. Now the players are all preparing to go to the Northwest U.S. Sectional Playoffs in Sunriver Oregon Sept. 12-14 for a chance to go to the National Championship Tournament. Good luck!!
Even though our favorite downtown cow is wearing a hot-pink diaper to celebrate the occasion, this is not your dress code (although I wouldn't stop you). The event runs Aug 8-10 in Marina Park and you can find all the details here. Plenty of fun for everyone so you should hustle on down there for music, beer/wine gardens, art, food trucks, vendors, activities, rides and cultural displays. This is not just for the adults, here's a list of the kids happenings.
Radio Disney, sparkle tattoos, balloon twister, stilt walker, library bookmobile, face painter, Maxmobile (adoptable animals), fly fishing demo(Sat. 12-6), roaming Star Wars characters, kids fitness course, Ivivva yoga demo (Sun. 11:00), huge sand pile and toys at the beach, kids rides: obstacle course, robo surfer, bouncy house, big slide, robotics, young artists’ exhibition, cardboard boat regatta(Sat. 3:00), free 1 ½ hour painting classes in front of Volterra restaurant, dog fashion show, Rotary Duck Dash ( Sun. 2:30), Search and Rescue (Sat. 3:30), dragon boat races, Touch a Truck: police car, fire truck, Sno-King Zamboni, Smith Brothers milk truck, Rapid Ride bus, hydroplanes, MAC tow truck, Northshore Utility district truck and rehydration station, Kenworth Seahawk truck, limousine, RV, Ford Tonka truck, US Marine vehicle and more.
KIDS THINGS ARE ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 9 and SUNDAY, AUGUST 10
We finally meandered up to "The Market St," at 1720 Market St., to check out their new look and menu which has departed from the previous owner's Asian Wok offerings (Amen). A fresh coat of paint and getting rid of the giant fish tanks were definitely a step in the right direction. If only they had ousted the red pleather rolling chairs I might not be having flashbacks of what it used to be. The food was definitely much improved. The menu offers a variety of crowd pleasers: steak/burgers/sandwiches/fish/soup/salad all priced between $8-20. Steve got the pork shoulder which was really good and beautifully presented (photo). I couldn't stop stealing the delicious shoestring fries from my friend's plate, in between bites of my cobb salad which had lots of pork, avocado and hard boiled egg on top. Our waitress was very personable and helpful with the menu and our drinks were stiff, a signature trademark of the attached bar which keeps a steady flow of regulars.
Overall, this is a quaint little casual neighborhood spot that locals will keep coming back to. Restaurant hours are Sun/Mon 4-9pm, Tues-Sat 4-10pm. The bar is open until the weeeee hours of the morning when I am dreaming about waterskiing. Sun/Mon til 12am and Tues-Sat til 2am. 425-827-4117. ~j