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Artist Nicki Smith with her watercolor art

Parklane Gallery features new artist

Watercolorist Nicki M. Smith is featuring her watercolors in “Swept Away,” a show at Parklane Gallery for the month of February. Smith’s evocative portraits, combined with images of surf inspire us to access our own internal and external waves of change and motion.

  • Feb 19, 2009
Artist Nicki Smith with her watercolor art
Kirkland resident Jan Paul works on a project with her loom at her home on Feb. 13. Paul is a hand weaver of Saganishiki

Handweaver Jan Paul practices art of Sanganishiki

Jan Paul’s husband had to make a hole in the ceiling to fit one of her looms in their home.

  • Feb 17, 2009
Kirkland resident Jan Paul works on a project with her loom at her home on Feb. 13. Paul is a hand weaver of Saganishiki
Norkirk resident Candida Crane walks her dogs

Off-leash park at Crestwoods raises concerns

Twice a day, Candida Crane walks her energetic terrier, Sadie and young Labrador Oliver through her Norkirk neighborhood on a leash.

Norkirk resident Candida Crane walks her dogs
Bride Jeanne MacRae

Valentine’s Day couples tie knot at Heritage Hall

Having experienced large weddings before, Jeanne MacRae and Redmond Optometrist Jeff Forrey decided to make their union an intimate family affair. But the couple, who first met through his optometry business, found the perfect prescription to “Tie the Knot” through a special Valentine’s Day wedding ceremony at Heritage Hall.

  • Feb 9, 2009
Bride Jeanne MacRae
Chuck Morgan gets a farewell peck during festivities Sunday at Heritage Hall. (Below) Kirkland Deputy Mayor Joan McBride  applauds the man of the hour. KENDALL WATSON

Kirkland saying goodbye to Chuck Morgan

Kirkland might be the city’s name, but for a few hours Sunday afternoon it could have been called “Morgan Town”.

  • Feb 5, 2009
Chuck Morgan gets a farewell peck during festivities Sunday at Heritage Hall. (Below) Kirkland Deputy Mayor Joan McBride  applauds the man of the hour. KENDALL WATSON
Birthing and postpartum doula Jan Martinka (center) chats with mom-to-be Levonne Padilla (left) and Sarah Levy

Birth doula supports women through motherhood bumps

Between ACDC and Kiss concerts, Jan Martinka was living the fast life trying to raise two kids.

Birthing and postpartum doula Jan Martinka (center) chats with mom-to-be Levonne Padilla (left) and Sarah Levy

Blaubak features sculpture exhibit

Artist and psychologist Dr. Sheila Adams will open her sculpture exhibit, “Whatever Comes to Mind,” at the Blaubak Gallery on Feb. 12, during a solo show of sculpture, paintings and mixed media from 7-9 p.m.

  • Feb 3, 2009
Argentinean guitarist Cecilia Zabala will perform as part of the lineup for the touring concert at KPC on Feb. 6. COURTESY PHOTO

Touring concert brings guitar music to the world – and Kirkland

Ask Brian Gore how he became the leader of a touring guitar festival, and he’ll tell you what sounds like the setup for a joke.

  • Feb 2, 2009
Argentinean guitarist Cecilia Zabala will perform as part of the lineup for the touring concert at KPC on Feb. 6. COURTESY PHOTO
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A&E’s Sell This House features Kirkland home

The unique lavender walls in Leslie Amira’s Kirkland home landed her a spot on A&E’s Sell This House over the weekend.

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Chuck Morgan at his Kirkland home.

‘Mr. Kirkland’ to say goodbye Feb. 1

Known by many as "Mr. Kirkland," long-time resident Chuck Morgan is saying goodbye.

  • Jan 21, 2009
Chuck Morgan at his Kirkland home.
Area travel show-host/writer and marijuana legalization activist Rick Steves will be appearing at the Kirkland Performance Center Feb. 4.

Rick Steves lights up marijuana conversation at KPC Feb. 4

Screening his latest project, ""Marijuana: It's Time for a Conversation", Rick Steves will present a short film on the prohibition on the trade and use of marijuana

  • Jan 19, 2009
Area travel show-host/writer and marijuana legalization activist Rick Steves will be appearing at the Kirkland Performance Center Feb. 4.
Linnea Walsh

Rose Hill Elementary students present

Rose Hill Elementary PTSA and Studio East will celebrate their 10th Anniversary together with the stage production of “We’re Having a Ball.”

  • Jan 13, 2009
Linnea Walsh
Artist Julie Alpert stands among her artwork in a staircase at the Kirkland Arts Center on Fri.

Artist completes staircase installation at KAC

Artist Julie Alpert recently completed a site-specific installation in the back staircase at Kirkland Arts Center (KAC).

  • Jan 13, 2009
Artist Julie Alpert stands among her artwork in a staircase at the Kirkland Arts Center on Fri.
Artisit Russ Riddle creates beautifully designed studio furniture. His art pieces are on display at Parklane Gallery.

Parklane Gallery features woodwork artist Russ Riddle

Parklane Gallery is now featuring artist Russ Riddle’s woodwork that will be on display through May.

  • Jan 13, 2009
Artisit Russ Riddle creates beautifully designed studio furniture. His art pieces are on display at Parklane Gallery.
Several hundred dash into the frigid

New Year polar plunge

Hundreds of folks from near and far started off 2009 on the cold foot as they plunged into the 45-degree waters of Lake Washington New Year's day. "I'm really scared," said Renton resident Julie Balza, who was dressed in a bikini, before the countdown to dash into the water. During the Polar Plunge event, a wacky Kirkland tradition, participants took a quick dip into the chilly lake at Marina Park. Afterwards, they warmed up by bonfires and enjoyed a free cup of soup, compliments of the Wilde Rover Irish Pub.

Several hundred dash into the frigid
Proud parents Lynn and Jeoff Radtke

It’s a girl: First New Year baby born at Evergreen Hospital

Proud parents Geoff and Lynn Radtke celebrate the arrival of their daughter, Delaney, who was the first baby born in the New Year at Evergreen Healthcare Medical Center.

Proud parents Lynn and Jeoff Radtke
This black and tan color hound-mix dog was found by neighbors walking last Sunday in the Highlands neighborhood of Kirkland.

Kirkland HIghlands couple finds lost pooch wandering in winter snow

Highlands residents Brenda and Rick Baker were busy dropping off Christmas cookies when they noticed a stray dog, well groomed, but without a collar, wandering the neighborhood.

  • Dec 30, 2008
This black and tan color hound-mix dog was found by neighbors walking last Sunday in the Highlands neighborhood of Kirkland.
Megane Kyes and Samuel Hu grimace as they land a jump while sledding down the hill at the North Kirkland Community Center Park on Tues.
Megane Kyes and Samuel Hu grimace as they land a jump while sledding down the hill at the North Kirkland Community Center Park on Tues.
Cast outside by a power blackout Christmas Day

Snow-laden lines cause thousands of area power outages

Some residents suffered power cuts on Christmas Day as a result of the rain weighing down the snow-laden power lines and tree branches, causing them to break.

  • Dec 29, 2008
Cast outside by a power blackout Christmas Day
Kamiakin Junior High student Erik Wictor.

Kamiakin student to play trombone in upcoming All-State Band concert

Kamiakin Junior High School’s music department congratulates ninth-grader Erik Wictor for achieving the highest honor among his high school peers throughout the state. Erik submitted a recorded audition to the Washington Music Educators Association last October and was accepted into this year’s All-State Band, which recognizes him as one of Washington’s finest trombone players.

  • Dec 29, 2008
Kamiakin Junior High student Erik Wictor.