Recreation Calendar

The Recreation Calendar lists recreational and participation sports submitted by nonprofit organizations. Mail to: Recreation Calendar, Reporter Newspapers, 18080 NE 68th St. #A150 Redmond, WA 98052, fax to 425-867-0784 or e-mail to

  • Jun 25, 2008

Bump. Set. Paddle.

“Anybody can play,” Mary Ballantine says.

Healthy eating includes mental makeover | Timi Gustafson

Talking to people about the importance of dietary matters is not always easy. More often than not, health counselors are perceived by their own patients as puritans, naggers, task masters and spoilers of fun – especially when the need for significant lifestyle changes is involved. I’m sure I’ve been called some less than flattering names by my own clientele.

  • Jun 25, 2008

Kirkland 6th-grader ‘builds his own stories’ through music

Sitting at his digital keyboard, Oliver Hu isn’t just thinking about playing the notes. He’s thinking about violins, violas, drums and other instruments that make up his latest musical composition, “Liberation of France.”

  • Jun 18, 2008

Ocain or McBama? An election primer for the suburbs | Jeremy Greenberg

First off, I won’t be endorsing either of the presidential candidates. I made myself a promise long ago to only vote for famous ex-athletes and movie stars. But I do think that we should consider which one will best serve the suburbs. The candidates plan on touring the country and holding “town hall-style” debates, which I guess are like regular debates, except afterward Shriners serve punch. Should they come here, forget the typical questions about healthcare or NAFTA — they’ll have prepared answers for those. Here are a few questions that, if posed, should tell us in suburbia all we need to know:

  • Jun 17, 2008

Kirkland teen group promotes ‘going green,’ featured on Discovery Channel

They rushed over from soccer practice, dropped homework and headed over to the construction site that will soon be the Weber family’s renovated Norkirk home. But instead of gossiping about the latest developments on “American Idol,” around a dozen teens from local junior high schools stood in rapt attention as the Webers spoke about solar voltaic energy, green roofing and radiant heating. Welcome to The Next Generation’s latest meeting. The club is the brainchild of Kate Bebee and Meghan Demeter, who started it in 2006 after seeing the Al Gore documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” The club has been abuzz for months after a Discovery Channel film crew visited the Weber home.

  • Jun 11, 2008

Conservationist calls on Kirkland shoreline supporters

Kirkland is fortunate to have a long shoreline that is one of the city’s most treasured and attractive features. Two of my favorite places in the city are Juanita Bay and Yarrow Bay, where I love to kayak along the natural shorelines without disturbing wildlife. That’s why I am encouraging all those who care about Kirkland’s shorelines to participate in an Open House set for Monday, June 9, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Heritage Hall, 203 Market Street.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Porsche enthusiasts congregate on Kirkland couples’ lawn for car show

Porsche enthusiasts from around the region gathered last Saturday in Kirkland for the second annual Isaacs Concours d’ Elegance, hosted at the home of Mark and Madelon Isaacs, Realtors with ReMax Northwest in Kirkland.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Pre-school picking angst: Where to put my pro-athletes-to-be?

My twin sons are now about six weeks old – so, naturally, it’s time to begin applying to private preschools. I considered starting this process two weeks ago, but I believe kids need a chance to be kids. I’m not opposed to sending them to public school. I believe in the Second Amendment right to bear arms. I’d just like them taught by someone other than a history major who couldn’t find a better job.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Return to velodrome: bike racing’s back at Marymoor Park

The thrill of Friday night bicycle races on the banked oval track of the Group Health Velodrome has returned to King County’s Marymoor Park. With up to nine races a night, each competition features cyclists of similar skills – from beginners to accomplished racers, including local Olympians and world champions.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Kirkland Performance Center celebrates decade of entertainment with freebie concerts

During Kirkland Performance Center’s opening week in 1998, we felt it was important to have an open house -- not just an opportunity to come in and check the place out, but a chance to experience the variety of performances the KPC had to offer. To make this happen, we undertook the huge task of presenting seven, one-hour long free performances in a single day. It was our Community Open House.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Eastside Symphony to perform in Kirkland

The Eastside Symphony will perform in Kirkland this Sunday, May 18, at 3 p.m. at the Kirkland Performance Center.

  • May 30, 2008

Evergreen Clinic hosts safe-listening concert

The Evergreen Speech & Hearing Clinic will host a concert May 17 designed to be both “fun, but also safe,” at the Kirkland Teen Union Building.

  • May 30, 2008

Local partnership benefiting hospice

A partnership between Hancock Fabrics in Kirkland and residents of the Madison House retirement facility is benefiting Evergreen Hospice.

  • May 30, 2008

We must stamp out individualized mailbox expression

One of the great things about living in the suburbs is that we don’t waste our time with freedoms of expression.

  • May 30, 2008

Catastrophes point out just how good we have it

Suburbanites rarely suffer like those who live in other parts of the world. This column reaches into our plush lives to find a shred of common ground with the folks affected by the Myanmar cyclone or China earthquakes. The best way to maintain our humility and thankfulness for our good lives is to realize how crappy it can be for others.

  • May 30, 2008

Sail the Seven Seas with Kirkland Parks

The Kirkland Parks Department is “calling all pirates, treasure hunters and families” looking to get active this summer to attend its “Sail the Seven Seas” pirate-themed kickoff party and community information event May 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the North Kirkland Community Center (12421 103rd Avenue N.E.).

  • May 30, 2008

Combat an aging mind with exercise, ‘brain fitness’

It was only a matter of time, of course, before the health and fitness industry discovered its next big thing. “Brain fitness” is the new fad – and not only among the aging Baby Boomers. It’s never too early to exercise your brain, we’re informed. If we can fight our physical decline every inch of the way, we surely should be able to do something against the decay of our minds.

  • May 28, 2008