The annual Polar Bear Plunge is in its 17th year and has become a tradition in the Kirkland community. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photos

The annual Polar Bear Plunge is in its 17th year and has become a tradition in the Kirkland community. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photos

Starting the new year with a plunge at Marina Park

Eastsiders plunge into Lake Washington for the 17th Annual Polar Plunge.

Hundreds of Kirklanders rang in the New Year by taking a plunge at the Polar Bear Plunge at Kirkland’s Marina Park. The 17th annual event brought together residents as they braved the cold to ring in the New Year. The unofficial event has become a yearly tradition where attendees jump into Lake Washington. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photos

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Alaska Suite set for Friday at Stage7Pianos in Kirkland

The performance will include live music, spoken word, images and poetry to connect audiences to the scientific realities of climate change.

149 volunteers participate in Edith Moulton Park Earth Day celebration

The team removed ivy and blackberry brambles, spread mulch and hauled debris, contributing a total of 604 volunteer hours.

Regional anesthesia improves outcomes for total knee replacement

The technique not only reduces pain, but allows patients to maintain muscle strength in the leg.

LWTech students McKenzie Gross (left) of Granite Falls and Christian Hogue of Lynnwood (right) each received scholarships from Leading2Lean. Courtesy photo
LWTech’s Gross and Hogue receive Leading2Lean scholarships

They were each awarded $1,250 to put toward the cost of their education.

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                                Annie Crawley visited Mark Twain Elementary and encouraged students to be a voice. Her presentation, “Our Ocean and You” inspires students to protect the world and save the ocean.
‘Ocean Annie’ Crawley speaks at Kirkland’s Twain elementary on Earth Day

Annie Crawley encourages students to be the change in the world.

LWSD students receive National Merit corporate scholarships

Two students are from Tesla STEM and one is from Juanita.

From left: Philip, Mary Madaline, Dee, Tom and Thomas Roe pose together at the award ceremony. Photo courtesy of St. Vincent de Paul
Kirkland’s Roe receives second honor for volunteer work

Dee Roe received her second St. Vincent de Paul Least of My Brethren Award.

Public invited to comment on Kirkland Shoreline Master Program update

Comments will be accepted via email May 8 and at a public hearing on April 25.

From left: Flower Pot program chair Anne Hess, KDA executive director Michael Friedline, and Flower Pot program chair Kathy Feek pose near flower pots in downtown Kirkland with a sample of the new plaques. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo.
Looking to adopt a flower pot?

Kirkland Downtown Association continues to keep downtown beautiful and vibrant.

Ayuka Sakak, Hadley Cole, KJ Bradley, Cate Harrington, Willow Cook and Shreya Jaisingh of the LEGO Lassies were acknowledged for their accomplishments at the Kirkland City Council meeting on April 2. Courtesy photo.
Kirkland Council proclaims April LEGO Lassies month

The sixth-grade robotics team will be going to the world championships next week.

Kirkland’s Vortex Music Movies celebrates Record Store Day with local artists

Smuggling Croissants, Mister Blank, Ouija Boob, Floral Tattoo and other local artists performed at at the shop.

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                                Sophia Gonzalez of ICS was the 151st Coca Cola Scholar at this year’s Scholar’s Banquet in Atlanta, GA.
Two LWSD students receive $20,000 Coca Cola scholarships

Sarah Raza (RHS) and Sophia Gonzalez (ICS) were selected for their community service work.