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Kirkland resident Jason Mesnick of the ABC show

Kirkland’s ‘The Bachelor’ star makes big announcement

Hoping the “third time is the charm,” Kirkland celebrity Jason Mesnick will have a second chance at on-air love and stardom on the upcoming season of ABC’s “The Bachelor.”

  • Dec 29, 2008
Kirkland resident Jason Mesnick of the ABC show
Volunteers bring Christmas twinkle back to downtown Kirkland

Volunteers bring Christmas twinkle back to downtown Kirkland

On recent evenings, Penny Sweet felt something was missing when she drove through downtown Kirkland.

Volunteers bring Christmas twinkle back to downtown Kirkland

OUT & ABOUT

The entertainment calendar is published Wednesdays on a space-available basis. Submit entertainment items at least a week before publication dates to calendar@reporternewspapers.com.

  • Dec 22, 2008
Emerald Ballet Theatre will perform “The Nutcracker” at 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 20

Kirkland Holiday Events | Dec. 17

Argosy Christmas Ships Festival: Dec. 18-23. Festive lighted ships will launch from and visit Kirkland for holiday concerts on the water. All are welcome to view from shore. See Web site for times, details. www.argosycruises.com.

  • Dec 16, 2008
Emerald Ballet Theatre will perform “The Nutcracker” at 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 20
Girl Scout Troop 42137 learn how to surf during a recent trip to San Diego. From left: Hayley Fannin

Redmond, Kirkland Girl Scouts prove there’s more to them than just cookies

Tossing aside the cookies, a group of girls let loose on a trip to San Diego recently and learned what the Girl Scouts are really made of.

  • Dec 16, 2008
Girl Scout Troop 42137 learn how to surf during a recent trip to San Diego. From left: Hayley Fannin

The MammoVan pulls into Kirkland to detect breast cancer

The Safeway parking lot in Kirkland hardly seems like a health-care center. But for the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance’s MammoVan, it’s a regular stop to bring breast imaging services to women.

Three-year-old Sam Spiteri

Comedy benefit Dec. 21 for sick boy and his pony

Seattle comedian Derek Sheen is hosting an all-star comedy benefit show on Dec. 21 at Laughs Comedy Spot in Kirkland for a young boy with cerebral palsy who is losing his prized pony.

  • Dec 15, 2008
Three-year-old Sam Spiteri
Barbara and Bob McConnell stand in front of a portion of a light display at their home. The 40

40,000 lights and a little labor of love

Sightseers have often stopped in front of Barbara and Bob McConnell’s Kirkland home during the Christmas season in awe of the 40,000 colorful bulbs that have lit up their yard the past nine years.

Barbara and Bob McConnell stand in front of a portion of a light display at their home. The 40
Maria Balicka looks at a piece of art during the Kirkland Arts Center’s Holiday Art Sale on Sat.

Kirkland Art Center’s sale Dec. 6-21

The public is invited to shop for unique art gifts during the Kirkland Art Center’s Holiday Arts Sale. The sale, which runs through Dec. 21, features art work from more than 120 artists.

  • Dec 10, 2008
Maria Balicka looks at a piece of art during the Kirkland Arts Center’s Holiday Art Sale on Sat.
Kirkland resident Rick Colella

Local man goes extra lap for son with rare disease

The lifeguards at the Juanita High School pool know who counts on them. Just ask them who lines up every day at the doors waiting for the pool to open at 6 a.m.

  • Dec 8, 2008
Kirkland resident Rick Colella

When it comes to travel, what matters most is not where but how

Finally, I’ve been able to fulfill a dream I’ve had for a very long time –- a trip to India. It was always high on my list of “Places-to-see-before-I-die” –- but somehow it never materialized.

  • Dec 8, 2008

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

The free community calendar is published Wednesdays on a space-available basis, and includes free and nonprofit local events and groups. Submit items at least a week in advance of publication dates to calendar@reporternewspapers.com.

  • Dec 8, 2008

Holiday Events

The free community calendar is published Wednesdays on a space-available basis, and includes free and nonprofit local events and groups. Submit items at least a week in advance of publication dates to calendar@reporternewspapers.com.

  • Dec 8, 2008
A Christmas tree on Kirkland Avenue in the late ‘50s helps to spread the holiday cheer.

Spread the cheer for the 12 Ks Christmas run

The 6th annual “12K’s of Christmas” Holiday Run starts at Marina Park at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14th. All ages are encouraged to either walk or run in the 12K or 5K course in this holiday-themed event. Racers are welcome to race through the streets of Kirkland in a festive holiday costume, spreading the Christmas cheer. A post-event celebration includes a free kids dash for tots 10 years old and under, free food, music, dancing, the Car Toys Aftershock stage, and a holiday costume contest. T-shirts are available to tot racers for $10. A special event will be held for area pet owners, sponsored by Dooley’s Dog House pet store. The Dog Contest will be for the fastest 12K and 5K dogs as well as the top 3 best dressed holiday dogs -- each win $50 in doggie prizes provided by Dooley’s Dog House! Online registration is available at $40 per racer for the 12K race and $25 for the 5K race. A free long-sleeve shirt is given to all registrants. Same-day registration is available for an increased price. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

  • Dec 8, 2008
A Christmas tree on Kirkland Avenue in the late ‘50s helps to spread the holiday cheer.
Nellie Youngquist just celebrated her 103rd birthday.

Madison House’s Nellie Youngquist celebrates 103rd birthday

Nellie Youngquist didn’t want to make a big fuss for her birthday this year, but to those around her, turning 103 is a big deal.

  • Dec 2, 2008
Nellie Youngquist just celebrated her 103rd birthday.

GARDENING CALENDAR

The Garden Calendar is published the first Wednesday of the month on a space-available basis. Items for the calendar must be submitted at least one week in advance of publication. Send items to calendar@reporternewspapers.com.

  • Dec 1, 2008
Left to right: Dave Selvig
Left to right: Dave Selvig

OUT & ABOUT

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  • Dec 1, 2008

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  • Dec 1, 2008

Holiday Arts Sale runs Dec. 6-21

The public is invited to shop for unique art gifts during the Kirkland Art Center’s Holiday Arts Sale. The sale, which runs from Dec. 6-21, features work from more than 120 artists.

  • Dec 1, 2008