Kirkland residents and the surrounding area kicked off 2018 with a cold dip into Lake Washington at the 16th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Marina Park. Courtesy of Rob Butcher

Kirkland residents and the surrounding area kicked off 2018 with a cold dip into Lake Washington at the 16th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Marina Park. Courtesy of Rob Butcher

Taking the plunge

Kirklanders jump into Lake Washington for 16th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Marina Park.

  • Wednesday, January 3, 2018 10:15am
  • Life

At the 16th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Marina Park in Kirkland, residents braved the cold to ring in the new year. The unofficial event has become a yearly tradition with attendees jump into Lake Washington. While some participants came in costume for a little extra warmth, others ran into the water in their swimsuits. The event also collected food for a local food bank.

More in Life

Starting the new year with a plunge at Marina Park

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

New Year resolution: Be more loving to yourself

Now is a good time to reflect back on accomplishments and goals achieved from the last year.

Kirkland resident earns Community Hero Award

Joshua Reiss, who helped save a fellow citizen’s life, encourages CPR training.

Attendees at a hand lettering class at The Heathman Hotel in Kirkland on Dec. 9, taught by Camille Robinson of Robinson Paperie, practice their newly acquired skills. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo
Holiday lettering at Kirkland’s Heathman Hotel

Camille Robinson teaches a hand lettering class to spruce up seasonal letters

As 2018 real estate market wraps up, buyers and sellers prepare for the year ahead

To list or not to list during the holidays? That is the question.

Google hosted their fourth annual musical holiday lights show on the Cross Kirkland Corridor on Dec. 7. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo.
Google lights up the night along Cross Kirkland Corridor

City of Kirkland and Google gather for holiday fun

Signups open for Kirkland Nourishing Network food boxes for winter break

The group’s goal is to collect and distribute more than 400 boxes of food to families.

LWSD honors community partners and celebrates student success during American Education Week

The week seeks to raise awareness of the importance of public education.

Carmelo Ramirez (left) and owner, Mike Wehrle receive customers in their Kirkland lot on 1006 Lake St. S . Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo
Kirkland’s MJW Services includes holiday cheer in its landscaping services

MJW has helped families find their perfect Christmas tree since 1994.

What I eat in a day: Eating nutritiously on a busy schedule

Some tips on how to eat healthier on a daily basis.

Kirkland City Hall. Reporter file photo
ORCA and Transit for All at Kirkland City Hall set for Dec. 8

Reduced-fare ORCA cards for youth, seniors, and low-income individuals as well as individuals with disabilities will be available.

Kirkland lights holiday tree at Winterfest

The family-friendly event also featured photo opportunities with llamas and Santa.