Technical college hosting plant sale

The 27th Annual Spring Plant Sale at Lake Washington Technical College (LWTC) will run consecutive weekends April 25 and 26 and again on May 2 and 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. all four days in the school’s west parking lot.

The 27th Annual Spring Plant Sale at Lake Washington Technical College (LWTC) will run consecutive weekends April 25 and 26 and again on May 2 and 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. all four days in the school’s west parking lot.

The sale is open to the public and held every year by LWTC’s Environmental Horticulture program students.

“All of the plants are grown by the students,” said Don Marshall, longtime LWTC Environmental Horticultural instructor. “You will immediately see that these are great quality plants that have really been looked after and cared for by the students.”

Plants available at the sale include: fuchsia baskets, geraniums, color baskets, bedding plants, perennials, nursery stock and herbs.

In addition, a wide variety of landscape plants, shrubs and trees will be available from Northwest Nurseries, a local wholesale nursery. All proceeds from the Northwest Nurseries sales will go to the Jim Colman Horticultural Scholarship, established in honor and memory of Jim Colman, founder of Northwest Nurseries.

Local boy achieves Eagle Scout status

Kirkland’s Casey Kildall recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.

The 15-year-old Juanita High sophomore and member of Troop 570 in Kirkland has held the positions of patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, scribe and den chief. He has earned 26 merit badges and participated in numerous community-service projects.

Last summer, he completed his Eagle project, planting trees along a nature trail that runs by a salmon-spawning stream, trimming trees and building two signs that were installed along the nature trail.

Annual chihuahua races return to city

The PETCO Unleashed Chihuahua Races are coming back to Kirkland this Saturday for the fourth annual race of America’s tiniest breed of dog. The dogs will race in heats of 10 down a 35-foot-long track set up at the Kirkland PETCO store. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and races at 10 a.m.

Owners can pre-register their Chihuahuas at Up to 300 spots are available through online registration, and a limited number of spots will be also available on race day.

The top dog from the regional race will win a trip for the owner and a guest to San Diego for a race against 14 other regional champions in front of a major league baseball crowd at PETCO Park, Aug. 31.

Chamber’s annual auction set for May

The Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce is inviting bidders to “Stop, Drop and Bid” at its 18th Annual Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce Auction Gala at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 9, at the Woodmark Hotel.

The auction serves as the primary annual fundraiser for the Chamber. In addition, a local organization is chosen as the recipient of a special fundraising appeal during the live auction portion of the evening.

The Chamber has helped to raise more than $100,000 over the past decade for such organizations.

This year, the Kirkland Fire Department has been selected for its role in serving the community. The Chamber will help raise funds for the department’s benevolent fund and capital equipment wish list.

For more information, call the Chamber at (425) 822-7066. Cost per person is $100.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. with a speaking program at noon

Kingsgate Park-and-Ride lot

13001 116th Way N.E., Kirkland

Sound Transit, the City of Kirkland, and the Washington State Department of Transportation would like to invite you to a special event celebrating the new Totem Lake freeway station, overpass, and access ramps at NE 128th Street. We want to thank the city of Kirkland and the Totem Lake community for their patience during construction.

To say “thank you” we’re hosting a Community Celebration with entertainment, food samples from local establishments and family fun. This will also be a great opportunity to learn about transportation improvements and other projects underway in your community!

* Free food and beverages from local vendors

* Entertainment, fun and games for the whole family

* Meet artists Christine Bourdette and Vicki Scuri, who created the art featured along the new walkway on 116th Ave NE and on the sides of the new access ramps.

About the project

The completed Totem Lake Freeway Station project provides improved facilities for local and regional transit riders and high-occupancy ramps connecting to the HOV lanes on Interstate 405. With this new project, bus riders save up to five minutes of travel time, and drivers along Interstate 405 will save time too. The new crossing at NE 128th Street provides additional capacity across I-405, connecting communities in the Totem Lake area.

The freeway station opened for buses in November and serves ST Express routes 532 and 535 and King County Metro bus routes 230, 238, 252, 255, 257, 277, 291, 644 and 935.

The Kiwanis Club of Kirkland will celebrate 60 years of service to the children of their community by hosting a special evening on May 30, 2008 from 6:00-11:00pm at the Bear Creek Golf and Country Club.

The event will commemorate the dedicated service of its members and will introduce this club’s first auction in support of a community service project. Kirkland Kiwanis will proudly donate 100% of the proceeds to the Lake Washington Schools Foundation (LWSF), benefiting students throughout Kirkland, Redmond and Sammamish, in the upcoming school year.

There will be a social hour, dinner, program, auction, fun and games, and will end with music and dancing for everyone to enjoy.

We invite you to join us in our celebration of 60 years and the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of many of our kids here in the heart of the eastside.

Registration for the event is $60.00 per person and is being handled by Marjorie Crichton at (425) 444-7387 or HYPERLINK “” o “”

The Seafair Marathon will pass through our neighborhood this year!

Sunday, June 29

The northbound lane of 116th Ave will be closed between 114th Ave NE

and NE 100th St. from approximately 8-11am that day. Police will be

helping residents get in and out of driveways and side streets. The

road will reopen as soon as the last racer goes by.

The marathon will donate $200 dollars to our neighborhood association

if we provide 15 or more volunteers, and they will try to place us

here in the Highlands if possible. Is anyone interested?

For more info about the marathon, go to:

Boy Scouts of America Sammamish Trails District Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers

The Boy Scouts of America Sammamish Trails District, which includes over 100 scouting units from Kirkland and Redmond and surrounding communities, will recognize outstanding adult volunteers at their April 17 District dinner.

The following recipients will be recognized at the Dinner for their outstanding contributions to Scouting:

Scouting Family of the Year: Doug and Marian Batey and sons from Redmond

Scoutmaster of the Year: Dan Felt of Carnation

Scout Leader of the Year: Corey Freebairne from Kirkland

Cub Scout Leader of the Year: David Powell

The District will also honor several volunteers with the District Award of Merit, the highest possible award given to recognize ongoing, consistent contributions to Scouting at the District level. These recipients are: Nick Heaton (Kirkland), Lisa Wylie (Redmond), Steve Lum (Kirkland), Bruce Salmon (Sammamish) and Alice Stenstrom (Redmond).

Patty Spear (Redmond), Tim Fugman (Redmond), Jenny Prior (Kirkland), Bill Archer, and Ann Verdeck (Redmond) will also be honored with the Blue Heron award for their contributions to District scouting events such as Cub Scout Daycamp, Merit Badge counseling, and activities with the Order of the Arrow.

The Sammamish Trails District serves hundreds of youth ages 6 through 18 through a variety of programs. Scouts have fun, learn values, teamwork, outdoor skills, and actively participate in community service projects. Please visit the Seattle Boy Scout website at HYPERLINK “” to find out more information.