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Kirkland calendar of events | Jan. 6

John Jorgenson and his renowned quintet will perform at the Kirkland Performance Center on Jan. 8.  - Contributed
John Jorgenson and his renowned quintet will perform at the Kirkland Performance Center on Jan. 8.
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Jan. 8

Christmas Tree Pickup & Recycling: Kirkland’s Boy Scout Troop 570 is offering Christmas Tree pickup and recycling on Jan. 8-9. Curbside pickup is available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 8-9 in Juanita, north of N.E. 116th St. between 100th Ave. N.E. and Juanita Woodinville; and the Norkirk and Highlands neighborhoods, east of Market to I-405 between Central Way and 15th Ave. Participants may also drop off trees from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 8-9 at McAuliffe Park, 10824 N.E. 116th St., Kirkland. Suggested donation is $15; please make checks payable to "BSA Troop 570." AG Tree Service will mulch all the trees for use by the Kirkland Parks Department.

Jan. 9

Free Electronics Recycling Event: Drop off your nuisance electronics during this free Electronics Recycling event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Windermere/Yarrow Bay, 3933 Lake Washington Blvd. N.E., Kirkland. Everything from computers, to modems, to appliances, to batteries to barbecues and propane tanks will be accepted.

Jan. 17

Martin Luther King Day of Service: Help two groups of University of Washington restoration students remove invasive plants from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17 at Cotton Hill Park, 110th Ave. N.E. and N.E. 98th St. Tools and snacks provided. Bring water and gloves, if possible. Wear boots and dress for the weather. To RSVP or for more information, contact

Jan. 29

An Evening in Paris Dinner & Gala: Friends of FSH Research, a Kirkland-based non-profit organization, presents "An Evening in Paris" Dinner & Gala at 5 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Hyatt Regency, 900 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue. The event features complimentary champagne and Hors d'oeuvres, live music, dinner and a silent and live auction. Tickets are $100 per person. Proceeds from the seventh annual event will support FSH Muscular Dystrophy research. For reservations, call 425-827-8954 or e-mail


The John Jorgenson Quintet: When music and guitar enthusiasts start talking about multi-instrumentalist and guitar master John Jorgenson, the superlatives begin to fly. Most recognized for his world-class Django Reinhardt-inspired Gypsy style guitar playing, many don’t realize that he is almost equally well-versed on the mandolin, cello, bassoon, the upright bass, Dobro, petal steel and the saxophone. Though it might seem at times like there is an entire orchestra on stage, John Jorgenson will perform with his renowned quintet at 8 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave. Get tickets online at or call the KPC Box Office at 425-893-9900.

Peter Pan in Neverland: Rose Hill Elementary PTSA and Studio East are pleased to present "Peter Pan in Neverland," based on James M. Barries "Peter Pan." A cast of 46 of fourth through sixth graders from Rose Hill Elementary will sing and dance their way into the hearts of all ages in a not-quite traditional version of this classic story at 7 p.m. Jan. 7-8 at Rosehill Junior High, 13505 N.E. 75th St., Redmond. Tickets are $7 adults; $5 children, seniors. For information, call 425-885-9241.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Studio East presents Shakespeare's most famous comedy that brings together aristocrats, workers and fairies in an enchanted wood on Jan. 21-22 at Studio East Mainstage Theater, 11720 118th Ave. N.E., Ste. 100, Kirkland. Recommended for ages 9 and up. Tickets are $14 adults, $11 youth under 21 and seniors 65 and up. For information, visit

Blaubak in January: blaubak Gallery of Modern Art's new artist series exhibit runs from Jan. 7-31 at the gallery, 168 Lake Street South. This series will showcase new works of art from local artists including: Scott McLeod (acrylic on canvas), Johnny O'Brady (impressionist on canvas), Rock Brothers (wood sculptures), Maria Repetto (fresco painting), Anonpollen (photographic mosaic) and Ricardo Espinoza (acrylic on canvas).

Call to Artists: The Kirkland Artist Studio Tour (KAST) is organizing its eighth annual tour, scheduled for May 7-8. Once again, Kirkland Arts Center will be managing KAST, and invites artists to participate in this event that has become a Mother's Day weekend tradition! KAST is a free, self-directed artists' studio tour whereby the public is invited to enter artist workshops to view art and make purchases. Application deadline is Jan. 21. For information, contact Aarti Khanna at 425-822-7161, ext. 103 or e-mail

Over Again: For their Kirkland debut, New York-based Alison Brady and DC-based Sarah Knobel present a two-person exhibition of photography and video, "Over Again" from Jan. 8 through March 3 at the Kirkland Arts Center, 620 Market Street, Kirkland. Both artists work primarily in photography, creating personal and darkly humorous revisions of such classical formats as the portrait and the female nude. For information, call 425-822-7161.

Printmaking Open Studio: Currently enrolled printmaking students are invited to attend an open studio for the duration of their class from Jan. 14 through March 25 at the Kirkland Arts Center. For information, call 425-822-7161.

Drawing 101: This introductory class teaches fundamental drawing skills and takes the intimidating mystery out of the drawing process. Runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15 at the Kirkland Arts Center. Cost is $75 members; $90 non-members. For information, call 425-822-7161.

Painting 101: Explore the properties and uses of various painting mediums in this fun six-session class that runs from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Jan. 10 through Feb. 14 at the Kirkland Arts Center. Cost is $100 members; $120 non-members.

Sunday Life: Work from a live model during this drop-in drawing, painting or sculpting session that runs from 1-4 p.m. Jan. 30, Feb. 6, March 13 and 20 at the Kirkland Arts Center. Open to the community; registration not required. Cost is $8 model fee per session.

Early Music Fridays: A series of concerts covering more than 700 years and representing the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods, will be performed on Fridays in Kirkland. Early Music Fridays, presented by Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church and the Early Music Guild location, will be held at 8 p.m. at Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church, 308 4th Ave S, Kirkland. Tickets are $20 general, $15 seniors, $10 Students and NUUC members. They are available online, by phone, or at the door on the evening of the performances. Free parking is available in the church parking lot.

More information is available at 206-325-7066 or The next concert is Jan. 7 and features Dolce Sono: Musical Caricatures: The Imaginative World of the Character Piece. Hear Biber's Rosary Sonata, depicting the Nativity, contrasted by music emulating the ferocity of a turbulent windstorm.

Master Chorus Eastside Auditions: Master Chorus Eastside is holding auditions for openings in the alto, tenor and bass sections for the remainder of its season. The chorus presents J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion in March, and in celebration of its 20th season, a retrospective of time called "Seasons of Life" in May. MCE will conclude its season in June with its popular All-American Independence Celebration at Issaquah’s historic Pickering Barn. All interested singers must have choral music experience and basic music reading ability. For an audition appointment please call the Master Chorus Eastside office at 425-392-8446. More information on the chorus can be found at

Skylight Open Studio: Kirkland Arts Center students and members are invited to enjoy free weekly drawing and painting sessions from 1-5 p.m. Fridays in the Skylight Room at the Kirkland Arts Center. For information, visit

Sunday Life Open Studio: Drop-in drawing, painting, or sculpting session runs from 1-4 p.m. Sundays at the Kirkland Arts Center, third floor Skylight Room. Open to the community; registration not required. Cost is $8. For information, visit

Artluck!: On the last Friday of each month, artists come to Kirkland Arts Center to share a meal, view new work, and discuss current art issues. Each month features a short presentation or exercises to boost creativity. Potluck begins at 6:30 p.m. at KAC, 620 Market St. The next Artluck! is Jan. 28.

Kirkland Arts Center Store: This is the place for unique, affordable, quality work in 2-D, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, fiber arts, glass, and more. Wonderful new work is arriving weekly in all mediums, so make this a regular stop for gifts, self-indulgence, and retail therapy. Conveniently located at the core of downtown Kirkland at 336 Parkplace, Kirkland Arts Center's has store is open seven days a week, and offers art-making activities for kids and special in-store events. Store hours are Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call 425-827-8219.

Live Guitarist: Guitarist Jake Olason takes requests from 7-10 p.m. every Wednesday at St. James Espresso, 355 Kirkland Ave. For information, visit


Kirkland First: This free service offered by the City of Kirkland gives local businesses and consumers the opportunity to connect and do business locally. Kirkland businesses or non-profits are invited to create a free listing on the Web site or search for local Kirkland businesses quickly in one place, at For information, contact Elizabeth Ordos at 425-587-3013.


Intervention Classes: Residence XII is offering free intervention classes from 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 10, Feb. 14 and March 14 at 12029 113th Ave. N.E., Kirkland. Call 425-823-8844 to register.

All You Ever Needed to Know About Knee or Hip Replacement Surgery: Don’t let aching knees or hips keep you from fun activities. Knees that hurt as you walk or bend or hips that cause you daily pain may need to be replaced, giving you back your mobility and a pain-free life. Join Evergreen Hospital for a free seminar covering Evergreen’s comprehensive joint program. Orthopedic surgeons and nursing staff will guide you through what happens from pre-op preparation to surgery, recovery and physical therapy. Bring your questions to the class at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27 at 12040 N.E. 128th St. The seminar is free but you must pre-register by calling the Evergreen Healthline at 425-899-3000.

Free Legal Clinics: Eastside Legal Assistance Program, a nonprofit that provides free and low-cost legal services in King County, announced that its volunteer attorneys are offering a free legal consultation clinic at the Kirkland/Northshore Hopelink. The clinics, which are designed to help low-income residents of east King County understand and assess civil legal issues, will take place twice a month. To make an appointment, call 425-747-7274.

Free Break Dancing for teens: Practice your freezes, flexes, spins, pops and locks and get rock-solid footwork as you develop your own unique break-style. Classes are held from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Kirkland Teen Union Building. No previous dancing experience required.


The following programs happen at the Kirkland Library. For information, call 425-822-2459:

Study Zone: Drop-in for free homework help from volunteer tutors at 1 p.m. Jan. 9; and 5 p.m. Jan. 10-13.

Talk Time: Improve your speaking and listening skills in this English conversation group that meets at 5 p.m. Jan. 12.

SCORE Counseling: Volunteers from SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) are available by appointment to advise current and future small business owners at 10 a.m. Jan. 8. To register, call 425-822-2459.

Kirkland Book Group: Join book group leader Sandy Eacker for a discussion of "Brooklyn" by Irish novelist Colm Toibin at 7 p.m. Jan. 10.

Toddler Story Time: Happens at 10 a.m. Jan. 11.

Preschool Story Time: Happens at 11 a.m. Jan. 11.

Wonderful Ones Story Time: Begins at 10 a.m. Jan. 12.

Family Story Time: Begins at 11 a.m. Jan. 12.

Evening Story Time: Begins at 7 p.m. Jan. 12.

Chinese Story Time: Happens at 11 a.m. Jan. 13.

French Story Time: Happens at 11 a.m. Jan. 14.

Early Literacy Parties in Spanish: For Spanish-speaking families with children newborn to age 5. Series of free workshops for families to learn about early literacy and hot to prepare their children for kindergarten. Registration is not required; space is limited. Free books in Spanish are offereed, as well as snacks and beverages. Runs from 6-9 p.m. Jan. 13.


GFWC Kirkland Woman's Club: The woman service organizations meets twice a month at noon the first Thursday of each month (even days, pot luck; odd days, lunch is served) and 1 p.m. the third Thursday of each month for coffee and dessert at the Kirkland Woman's Club, 407 First St., Kirkland. For reservations, call 425-829-7720.

Eastside The Compassionate Friends: For any parent who has experienced the death of a child, at any age, from any cause. The group meets the second Thursday of every month from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 10021 N.E. 124th St., Kirkland. For information, call 425-325-0357.

The Eastside Welcome Club: Meets the first Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. in members homes and on various days of the month for other activities and outings. If you are new to the area and want to meet new people and join in different interests and social groups, please contact Sharon at 425-836-9224.

Kirkland Moms Network: An on-line support group for stay-at-home moms (or dads) who live in or near the Kirkland area. The group meets several times a month for outings and play dates. For more information, visit

Overeaters Anonymous: Meets at 7 a.m. Tuesday at Bellevue Alamo Club, 12302 N.E. 8th St. All are welcome.

Bellevue Women's Club: A support group where you can make new friends on the Eastside who have similar interests and participate in activities you enjoy, including Bridge, Pinochle, Bunco, book club, theater group and more. Monthly luncheons and programs are held on the third Wednesdays of every month at various times and places. For information, call Jan at 425-391-1135.


Free Assessments: Residence XII, a non-profit alcohol and chemical dependency treatment center for women and their families in Kirkland, offers free assessments to women who are considering seeking treatment for their addictions. Residence XII's assessment and referral counselors are available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday. To make an appointment, call 425-823-8844 or 800-776-5944. To learn more about what the assessment entails, visit


Sleep Country USA's Foster Kids Shoe Drive: Donations of new shoes for boys and girls in all sizes can be dropped off at the nearest Sleep Country through Jan. 30. The Kirkland location is: 12558 A Totem Lake Boulevard. Shoes will be matched with an area foster child in need. For information, visit or call 1-888-88-SLEEP.


LINKS Program: LWSD's LINKS Program is looking for community members to share their time and talent to help close the gap on academic tutor needs. Interested volunteers are required to complete the LWSD volunteer application and attend a volunteer orientation before beginning their assignment at a school. The next orientation is at 6 p.m. Jan. 19 at LWSD Resource Center, 16250 N.E. 74th St., Redmond. For more information on all volunteer opportunities, visit or contact Program Coordinator, Nanci Wehr at 425-936-1410.

Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop: ECA is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that raises money through its thrift shop. All profits are donated back into the Eastside community through grants. No experience needed. Fun way to give back to your immediate community. Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteer a couple of hours, half a day or all day once a week. Call or visit ECA Thrift Shop at 12451 116th Ave. N.E., Kirkland. For information, call 425-825-1877.

Elementary School Speedwatch: Volunteers “adopt” a local elementary school and monitor car speeds during flexible morning and afternoon shifts (minimum of one shift per week). Volunteers are trained to use hand-held radar units and record license plate numbers for speeding vehicles. Vehicle owners receive a friendly reminder from the Kirkland Police Department to drive at safe and legal speeds in school zones. E-mail Julie Huffman or call 425-587-3012 for an application.

Peter Kirk Senior Center Coffee Barista: A volunteer is needed to tend the coffee bar at the Peter Kirk Community Center from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and Fridays. Just make the coffee, set out the pastries and then enjoy the company of seniors. To apply, fill out the online on-going application:

Domestic Abuse Response Team: The Kirkland Police Department is recruiting volunteers for their Domestic Abuse Response Team. The DART program is a partnership between local law enforcement and the community to address and prevent domestic violence. Training will be provided. Volunteers are needed weekday and weekend evenings, a minimum of one shift and one meeting per month, for a minimum of one year. For information, call Julie Huffman at 425-587-3012 or e-mail

Super Scoopers: Are you interested in helping to keep City of Kirkland parks clean and healthy? Do you like talking with people? Join the “Super Scoopers” to help educate dog walkers on the importance of cleaning up after their pets. Volunteer training and materials are provided. To volunteer, please contact Betsy Adams (425-587-3858 or

Drivers Needed: The Group Health Transportation Assistance Program needs volunteer drivers to transport frail, elderly members to and from medical appointments in King County. Volunteers use their personal cars, are reimbursed for mileage and determine their own schedules, including when, where and how often they will drive. Volunteers do not need to be Group Health members. For information, contact Lisa Hirohata at 206-326-2815 or

Kirkland Arts Center: KAC relies on volunteers with all skill levels for special events, gallery, outreach, and arts education programs. Interested persons should contact Ashley Baldonado, volunteer coordinator, at 425-822-7161.

Kirkland Performance Center: Each performance at KPC is staffed with volunteers who help take tickets/ usher, manage concessions and assist with pre- and post-performance needs. Front of house volunteering at KPC is a great way to see shows and become more involved in the community. Visit to sign up, or for further information about ushering or other front of house duties, please contact the Box Office Manager at

Evergreen Hospice and Palliative Care: Volunteers are needed to serve patients and families throughout King and Snohomish counties. The hospice and palliative care volunteers provide service to the patient and family by providing companionship, life review, compassionate presence, light household help, running errands, or providing respite so the primary caregiver can have a break. To learn more about the volunteer program, call 425-899-1040 and/or apply online at the Evergreen Healthcare website at


Kiwanis Club of Kirkland: The group meets from 12-1:15 p.m. every Wednesday at the Crab Cracker in Kirkland. The global organization of volunteers is dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.

Kiwanis Club of Kirkland: The group meets from 12:15-1:15 p.m. every Wednesday at the Crab Cracker in Kirkland. The global organization of volunteers is dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.

Rotary Club of Kirkland Downtown: Weekly meetings held on Tuesday mornings at the Crab Cracker restaurant in Kirkland begin with coffee, conversation and a buffet breakfast at 7:15 a.m. For information, visit

Rotary Club of Kirkland: The club meets at 6:15 p.m. Mondays at the Woodmark Hotel, 1200 Carillon Point. For information, contact Barb Seaton at: or 206-782-3815.

Weekly Roundtable: Join community members to discuss "Local Perspectives on Market Uncertainty: How are we feeling about the markets and why." The group will informally discuss how volatility in the markets affects each of us, and participants can share ways for others to feel positive about making decisions during turbulent times. Open to all over 21, but sign-up required as room space is limited to six each week. The free round table runs at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at 2205 Carillon Point, Kirkland. Call Chris at 425-766-8797.

Kirkland Eclectics: Kirkland Eclectics, a Toastmaster Club, meets from 7-9 p.m. Thursday evenings at Merrill Gardens Retirement Community, 201 Kirkland Avenue in downtown Kirkland. Guests are welcome! For information, contact Paul Yarbrough at 425-822-1428.

Eastside Genealogical Society: 7 p.m. the second Thursday of the month. All are welcome to attend and learn how to search for family. Also free genealogical help available: 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays and 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays. All at Bellevue Regional Library, NE 12th St and 110th Ave. NE, Bellevue.

Job's Daughters: The organization seeks girls 10-18 years old to join the youth organization of Job's Daughters. New friendships, leadership and fun. Call for more information: 425-821-3992.

Soroptimist International Bellevue-Metro: Business meeting is at 6 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month. Call for location. Program meeting is at noon the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Bellevue Library, 1111 10th Ave. N.E., Bellevue. For information, call Sherry Schuler, 425-614-2749.


South Rose Hill/Bridle Trails: Meets at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 at Lake Washington Methodist Church, 7525 132nd Ave. N.E., Kirkland.

Moss Bay: Meets at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at Heritage Hall, 203 Market St., Kirkland.

Market: Meets at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at Heritage Hall, 203 Market St.

Kirkland Alliance of Neighborhoods (KAN): Meets at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at Heritage Hall.

North Rose Hill: Meets at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at Fire Station 26, 9930 124th Ave. N.E.

Totem Lake: Meets at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at Kamiakin Junior High, 14111 132nd Ave. N.E.

Lakeview: Meets at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at Houghton Fire Station, 6602 108th Ave. N.E.

Highlands Neighborhood: Meets at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Maintenance Center, 915 Eighth St.

Juanita Neighborhoods: Meets at 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 10021 N.E. 124th St.


Houghton Community Council: Meets the fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m., City Hall.

Design Review Board: Meets the first and third Monday of each month at 7 p.m., Kirkland City Hall. The Jan. 17 meeting is cancelled. For information, call 425-587-3229.

Lodging Tax Advisory Committee: For meeting information, call 425-587-3001.

Ethics Task Force: Meets at 4 p.m. the first and third Monday of each month at Kirkland City Hall, Houghton Room. For information, call 425-587-3030.

Amateur Radio Emergency Services: Meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. The next meeting is Jan. 18. Meeting location varies at fire stations. For information, call 425-587-3630.

King County Fire District No. 41 Commissioners Meeting: Meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 3 p.m., 520 Kirkland Way, Suite 400. The next meeting is Jan. 25. For information, call 425-587-3662.

City Council: Meets first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers. The next meeting is Jan. 18. Study sessions are typically conducted prior to the regular meeting and begin at 6 p.m. and held in the Peter Kirk Room. For agendas, go to: Call: 425-587-3190.

Planning Commission: Meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers. The next meetings are Jan. 13 and 27. For information, call 425-587-3227. For agendas, visit

Park Board: Meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers. The next meeting is Jan. 12. For information, call 425-587-3310.

Kirkland Youth Council: Meets the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6:45-8:30 p.m., City Hall. The next meetings are Jan. 10 and 24. Call: 425-587-3323

Houghton Community Council: Meets the fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m., City Hall. The next meeting is Jan. 24.

Kirkland Cultural Council: Meets the third Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m., City Hall. The next meeting is Jan. 19. Call: 425-587-3014.

Civil Service Commission: Meets the second Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m., City Hall. The next meeting is Jan. 11. Call: 425-587-3218.

Transportation Commission: Meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m., City Hall. The next meeting is Jan. 26. Call: 425-587-3865. Agenda information available:

Kirkland Library Board: Meets the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m., Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave. The next meeting is Jan. 19.

Kirkland Senior Council: Meets the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m., Peter Kirk Community Center. The next meeting is Jan. 11. Call: 425-587-3361.

Parking Advisory Board: Meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:30-9:30 a.m., City Hall. Call: 425-587-3871.

Hearing Examiner: Holds hearings the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. and the third Thursday of each month at 9 a.m. at City Hall (unless otherwise posted). The next meeting is Jan. 20. For information, call 425-587-3225. Agenda information available:

Human Services Advisory Committee: Meets as needed. For information, call 425-587-3322.

LEOFF Disability Board: Meets every other month on the third Tuesday, 4:30 p.m., City Hall. Call: 425-587-3217.

Civil Service Commission: Meets the second Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m., City Hall. The next meeting is Jan. 11. Call: 425-587-3218.

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