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Kirkland calendar of events | Feb. 16

Kirkland's International Ballet Theatre will present 'Giselle' on March 11-13 at the Meydenbauer Theatre in Bellevue.
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Feb. 19

Meet Pet Sitters, Dog Walkers: Nature's Pet Market in the Houghton Center invites pet owners to meet local pet sitters and dog walkers from 12-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 at the store, 10635 N.E. 68th St., Kirkland. This is a great opportunity for pet owners to meet local pet sitters and dog walkers and learn about the services each has to offer. For more information, call 425-298-4480.

Simplicity Decor 5th Anniversary: Simplicity Decor will celebrates its fifth anniversary with a party from 12-7 p.m. Feb. 19 at 126 Park Lane. Fabulous prizes and giveaways, plus snacks and beverages. Everything in the store will be 15-75 percent off. For information, call 425-803-0386.

Feb. 25

Kirkland Transit Center Opens: Join city and county officials for the Kirkland Transit Center ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. Feb. 25 at Third Street and Park Lane. Buses will begin running from the new transit center on Feb. 26. For information, visit

Feb. 26

Free Electronic Waste Recycling Event: Bring your old, broken, or used electronics for recycling to Metropolitan Market Kirkland parking lot from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb 26. Drop off for free: TVs, computers, monitors, laptops and cell phones. Other electronics, small recycling fee applies. For more information, call 425-239-4118 or e-mail

March 7

Kirkland Cachet Award: Join fellow members of Kirkland's creative community for the presentation of the first annual Kirkland Cultural Council and Mayor's Cachet Award from 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 7 at Heritage Hall, 203 Market St., Kirkland. Enjoy a musical performance by celebrated electric six-string violinist Geoffrey Castle and a special heritage presentation by Loita Hawkinson, Kirkland Heritage Society president. Light hors d' oeuvres will be served. RSVP to Julie Huffman at or 425-587-3012.

March 11

Fighting Homelessness KITH Luncheon: Join KITH for its second annual luncheon to fight homelessness from 12-1:15 p.m. March 11 at The Woodmark Hotel, 1200 Carillon Point, Kirkland. Featuring keynote speaker Bill Block, project director, Committee to End Homelessness, a regional coalition hosted by King County. There is no cost for the luncheon. The suggested minimum donation is $100. For information, visit


"Giselle": Kirkland’s International Ballet Theatre will perform the quintessential romantic ballet, “Giselle,” at 7:30 p.m. March 11-12 and 2 p.m. March 13 at the Meydenbauer Theatre, 11100 N.E. Sixth St., in Bellevue. Tickets are $50 adults; $40 students/seniors; $25 children. Call 800-838-3006.

Howard/Mandville Gallery: Introducing seven new artists to the gallery: Larry Bracegirdle, Sydney Brown, Alfred Currier, Renato Muccillo, Timothy Norman, Anne Schreivogl and Kim Matthews Wheaton. The winter showcase runs through Feb. 27 at Howard/Mandville, 120 Park Lane, Suite D. For information, visit or call 425-889-8212.

Parklane Gallery: Guest artist David Varnau offers his unique bronze sculptures through February at Parklane Gallery. Also, the gallery will present "Local Color," a juried art show with local artists depicting local scenes, from March 8 through April 3. The gallery is located at 130 Park Lane, Kirkland. For information, call 425-827-1462.

Portrait in Oil Workshop: Discover how to paint a portrait in this two-day workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 26 and March 5 at the Kirkland Arts Center. Cost is $110 members; $130 non-members. To register, call 425-822-7161 or visit

Exploring Your Sketchbook Workshop: Explore your sketchbook with Larry Calkins, who just returned from Italy, where he explored the artworks of the masters. In this mixed media workshop you will learn how to get in the habit of drawing and creating a dialog with your sketchbook. Runs from 6-9 p.m. March 12-13 and March 16 at the Kirkland Arts Center. Cost is $170 members; $190 non-members. To register, call 425-822-7161 or visit

Palete Knife Painting Workshop: If you like textured painting this class is for you. Happens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 12-13 at the Kirkland Arts Center. Cost is $130 members; $150 non-members. To register, call 425-822-7161 or visit

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" 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.

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

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 March 11 and features The Lonely & Broken Cellist: Music for Unaccompanied Cello from and inspired by the Baroque.

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

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.

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


Book Launch Party: Join family, friends and community members as Parkplace Books celebrates the release of Bob Neir's newest book, “Silent Guns,” a historical suspense story set in the Pacific Northwest filled with intrigue and fast moving action. A long-time Kirkland resident and former Kirkland mayor, Neir is also the author of “A City Comes of Age: Political History of Kirkland 1965-1995.” Join the party at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at Parkplace Books, 348 Parkplace Center. For information, call 425-828-6546.

Reading Circle: The group will discuss “In the Heart of the Canyon,” by Elisabeth Hyde at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at Parkplace Books, 348 Parkplace Center. Open to all.

Knit Too Readers: The group will discuss “Cutting for Stone,” by Abraham Verghese at 3 p.m. Feb. 27 at Parkplace Books, 348 Parkplace Center. Open to all.

“Words @TheWoodmark”: The series is designed as a complimentary author happy hour featuring an author discussion, Q&A and a book signing. The next series is 10 a.m. Feb. 26 at The Woodmark Hotel, 1200 Carillon Point. Robin Preiss Glasser, illustrator of the "Fancy Nancy" book series, will read from the newest book in the series. Also, from 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 28, Author Joseph C. Piscatella will discuss his book "Prevent, Halt & Reverse Heart Disease: 109 Things You Can Do." Space is extremely limited. RSVPs are required and will be accepted at 425-827-1986 or


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.


Free Rain Garden Workshop: Join Stewardship Partners for this free evening workshop and learn how to build your own rain garden to help soak up rainwater from downspouts, driveways and sidewalks while protecting our local waterways. The workshop runs from 6-8 p.m. March 8 at Kirkland City Hall, Council Chambers, 123 Fifth Ave. Receive a free rain garden manual and additional materials. You can also start designing your own rain garden during the class. There will be opportunities to gain further hands-on experience by helping create rain gardens later in the summer. Advance registration appreciated b contacting Stacy at 206-292-9875 or e-mailing

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

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. Visit


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

Fancy Dress Up Tea Party: The Kirkland Woman's Club and the Kirkland Library invite children ages 4-12 to write a paragraph on "What the Library Means to Me." The first 35 who submit their entries before March 15 will be invited to a Fancy Dress Up Tea Party at the Kirkland Woman's Club in the afternoon of March 26. Entry forms are at the library.

Norman Rockwell and the American Dream: Art Historian Susan Olds documents the major accomplishments of one of America’s best-loved illustrators as well as a glimpse of Rockwell’s personal life at 2 p.m. Feb. 19.

Libraries Closed: Closed for President's Day Feb. 21.

Toddler Story Time: Happens at 10 a.m. Feb. 22.

Preschool Story Time: Happens at 11 a.m. Feb. 22.

Baby Story Time: Begins at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 22.

Hopelink ESL Lab: Come to the free ESL Talk Time Lab to practice your English speaking or writing skills at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22.

Wonderful Ones Story Time: Happens at 10 a.m. Feb. 23.

Family Story Time: BEgins at 11 a.m. Feb. 23.

Talk Time: Improve your speaking and listening skills in this English conversation group at 5 p.m. Feb. 23.

Evening Story Time: Ages 3-6 and their families. Happens at 7 p.m. Feb. 23.

Chinese Language Story Time: Ages 2-6 and their families. Begins at 11 a.m. Feb. 24.

Early Literacy Party in Spanish: Spanish-speaking families with children newborn to age 5. Happens at 6 p.m. Feb. 24.


GFWC Kirkland Woman's Club: The woman service organizations meets twice a month at noon the first Thursday of each month and 1 p.m. the third Thursday of each month 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


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 roundtable 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.


North Rose Hill Board Meeting: Meets at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at Fire Station 26, 9930 124th Ave. N.E.


Houghton Community Council: Meets the fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m., City Hall. The next meeting is Feb. 28.

Design Review Board: Meets the first and third Monday of each month at 7 p.m., Kirkland City Hall. The Feb. 21 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. 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 Feb. 22. 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. 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 meeting is Feb. 24. 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. 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 meeting is Feb. 28. Call: 425-587-3323

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

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

Transportation Commission: Meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m., City Hall. Call: 425-587-3865. The next meeting is Feb. 23. Agenda information available:

Kirkland Library Board: Meets the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m., Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave.

Kirkland Senior Council: Meets the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m., Peter Kirk Community Center. 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). 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. Call: 425-587-3218.

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