The Kenmore City Council invites citizens to Coffee with Council on Monday, December 5 at 7:30 a.m., and Saturday, December 17 at 8:00 a.m., at Starbucks, 7750 NE Bothell Way. Citizens are encouraged to attend these informal sessions to ask questions, discuss issues and offer suggestions on any topic of interest. Take advantage of this great opportunity and get to know your City Council!
Christmas Tree Lighting Festival and Holiday Market this Saturday
The Holiday Market is a new addition to the annual Kenmore Christmas Tree Lighting Festival! The Holiday Market features fine handmade arts and crafts, including woodwork, jewelry, glasswork, ceramics, and decorations made by local artists. Welcome Santa to Kenmore with an exciting countdown during the lighting of the tree at 5:00 p.m. and enjoy activities and performances throughout the evening. Don't forget to take your picture with Santa at Kenmore Camera!
Donate Nonperishable Food Items to Kenmore's Holiday Food Drive
The City is partnering with Cedar Park Northshore Church Food Bank this holiday season. Now through December 9, you can donate nonperishable food items at Kenmore City Hall during business hours, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. All donations will go directly to those in need in the Kenmore community.
Highly desired items include canned fruits/vegetables, canned meats, boxed meals, pasta, cereal, boxed potatoes, juice, turkeys/ham, canned yams, potatoes, canned pumpkin, canned green beans, mushroom soup, olives/pickles, and cranberries.
There is a container in the lobby of City Hall to collect items. The Christmas Tree Lighting Festival on Saturday, December 3, is the perfect opportunity to stop by City Hall and donate. Thank you for your compassion and support as we work together to fight hunger in Kenmore!
2017 - 2018 Preliminary Biennial Budget is Underway
The City has spent the last several months working through a Priority Based Budgeting process similar to the exercise performed in 2014 for the 2015-2016 budget. The Priority Based Budgeting process provides a new lens for staff and the City Council to review expenditures by continuously focusing on the Results that are most relevant to Kenmore and the programs that influence those Results to the highest possible degree.
The City Council has reviewed a culmination of this work in late September and November, which helped guide the development of the upcoming budget. Budget meetings started in October, and has included two public hearings with the opportunity for public input. The City Council is scheduled to vote on the 2017 - 2018 budget at the December 12, 2016 City Council meeting. The preliminary budget is available to review at www.kenmorewa.gov/budget.
'Light Up Kenmore' Holiday Home Decorating Contest
Untangle those lights, pull out the inflatables, and get
decorating! Kenmore residents are encouraged to ‘Light Up Kenmore’ by
decorating their home and entering the inaugural Holiday Home Decorating
Contest. Homes will be judged on three categories, including Most Creative,
Judge’s Choice, and Best Neighborhood Effort. For contest guidelines and to nominate your house, please visit the City's website.
Courtesy is Contagious in Kenmore
A mysterious do-gooder has revealed themselves in beautiful Kenmore! A long-time resident has been loving the positive changes she’s been seeing in Kenmore and decided to give back to her community: "I especially appreciate all the plantings and flowers that have been added to the street improvements; it definitely makes it look a lot more welcoming and friendly", writes Ms. Jones. "These changes gave me the incentive to improve the small strip by the stoplight at Jiffy Lube on 68th Ave NE. [...] I have been maintaining the area with occasional help from some of the Jiffy Lube personnel." We genuinely appreciate your dedication to the City, Ms. Jones!
The City received a Water Quality Aquatic Invasive Plant Species Grant
Washington State Department of Ecology granted the City a Water Quality Aquatic Invasive Plant Species Grant from thefor the development of an Integrated Aquatic Vegetation Management Plan (IAVMP) that addresses invasive freshwater plants which are negatively impacting our waters. Visit http://kenmorewa.gov/content/IAVMP to read the full report.
‘Youth Art,’ the year’s most anticipated exhibit is now open at Kenmore gallery
The fourth annual Youth Art Exhibit, a juried exhibit from 26 Pacific Northwest artists, is now open at the Arts of Kenmore Gallery in Kenmore City Hall.
“Our annual Youth Art Exhibit has become the most anticipated show of the year for the Kenmore community,” according to gallery curator Sara Solum Hayashi. “Many of these young artists are building portfolios for college applications, and the awards have become significant to their resume.” The artworks in this show are an eclectic confluence of applications from digital, Matissesque cut-outs, and traditional oil executions.
Arts of Kenmore hosts this and four other exhibits throughout the year. The mission of the AOK, a non-profit, all-volunteer organization, is to promote the Arts in the Kenmore community through the annual art show and other programs, including arts grants to six public schools and regular exhibits at the AOK Gallery at Kenmore City Hall.
Holiday season is here: The time when families gather, parties are scheduled and travel times spike. Holiday safety is extremely important to consider in and outside of the home. By taking some basic precautions, you and your loved ones can remain safe and injury-free throughout the season.
Candles and Fireplaces The National Fire Protection Association reports that 12% of home candle fires occur in December.
Never leave burning candles
unattended or sleep in a room with a lit candle
Keep candles out of reach of
Make sure candles are on stable
Don't burn candles near trees, curtains or any other flammable items
Don't burn trees, wreaths or
wrapping paper in the fireplace
Check and clean the chimney and
fireplace area at least once a year
Traveling for the Holidays? Be Safe Cars have the highest fatality rate of any major
form of transportation during the holiday season. Alcohol-impaired fatalities represented 31% of the totals.
Use a designated driver to ensure
guests make it home safely after a holiday party
Make sure every person in the
vehicle is buckled up no matter how long or short the distance being
Put the cell phone away;
distracted driving causes one-quarter of all crashes
Make sure the vehicle is properly
maintained, and keep an emergency kit with you