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“Anybody can play,” Mary Ballantine says.
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.
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.”
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Eastside Symphony will perform in Kirkland this Sunday, May 18, at 3 p.m. at the Kirkland Performance Center.
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.
A partnership between Hancock Fabrics in Kirkland and residents of the Madison House retirement facility is benefiting Evergreen Hospice.
One of the great things about living in the suburbs is that we don’t waste our time with freedoms of expression.
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.
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.).
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.
Internationally renowned artist Scott Fife is one of the 14 artists included in the “Heads (dis)Embodied” exhibit on display at the Kirkland Arts Center now through July 3.