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September 12, 2019

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City Hall for All presents: Truck-a-palooza, Sustainability Fair, and Sustainability Summit

This year City Hall for All has something for everyone! All the action takes place on Saturday, October 12 at City Hall on 123 Fifth Ave. The event has four components: access to City services, Truck-a-palooza, Sustainability Fair, and the Sustainability Summit.

Access City Services on a Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m. 

Once again this year community members will be able to access City services such as pet licensing, paying utility bills, and passport applications on a Saturday. Services will be available from 12 top 4 p.m. with the final passport applicant taken at 3:45 p.m. More information on applying for a passport is available on the City website. 

Truck-a-palooza! 12 to 2 p.m. 

Come down and see trucks! trucks! trucks! from 12 to 2 p.m. in the City Hall north parking lot. We'll have fire trucks, police vehicles, garbage trucks, plows, excavators, gators and more! Kids of all ages will have the opportunity to get a picture taken sitting on a fire engine, explore a police cruiser, and experience all types of City vehicles. There will be fun giveaways for the kids! 

Truck-a-palooza video

Sustainability Fair 1 to 4 p.m. 

The Peter Kirk Room (off the south entrance of City Hall) will transform into a sustainability extravaganza from 1 to 4 p.m. We will have tips on all types of things you can do to make your home more sustainable---from solar panels to rain gardens to proper recycling techniques. Come and get information on how you might be able to access funds to build a rain garden or special financing for energy efficiency or solar projects. We'll also have a smorgasbord of FREE give-a-ways, including a bag of compost, courtesy of the City of Kirkland (while supplies last).

Sustainability Fair

Sustainability Summit 2 to 5 p.m. 

We want to hear from you! Join us for a continuation of the civic conversation on a range of topics related to sustainability. This highly interactive discussion will cover how to encourage students to bike, walk, and bus to school, environmental sustainability, and more. You can drop-in for one topic or stay for the entire time. This is a great opportunity to share your input in a casual environment on a multitude of issues that impact our community. If you attended the June Sustainability Forum or the July Sustainability Focus Groups, you can find out and provide feedback about what's next for the City’s Sustainability Master Plan. If you're interested in attending, please RSVP so that we can have enough materials for everyone.

Sustainability Summit

Tree code update

Did you know that the City of Kirkland is in the process of updating our tree code? In a series of videos we’ll share information about the tree code update process, the current code, the proposed changes to the code, and we’ll let you know how you can get involved. In this first video below we’ll be discussing the importance of having a tree code.

tree code update video cover

Be a steward of our forests

Do you love Kirkland's forests and natural areas? Would you like to be part of a team of dedicated community members that care for our parks? Then please join the Green Kirkland Partnership for a new Steward Orientation on Saturday, September 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at McAuliffe Park.

Additional information on the Green Kirkland Partnership and how to register for the orientation can be found by visiting

Green Kirkland Partnership Volunteer Steward

Traffic Alerts for September 12 - 18

Each week we will provide an ongoing list of City capital projects that will impact traffic. New projects will always be listed first. 

Street Preservation – 116th Avenue NE

Starting on Monday, September 16, the City’s contractor, Watson Asphalt, plans to begin the process of repaving 116th Avenue NE, between NE 73rd St. and the Houghton Park and Ride’s northeast corner. To minimize the disruption to traffic flow and maximize efficiency, crews will be working on site between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. More information is available on the project update on the City’s website.

2nd Street Sewer Maintenance

City of Kirkland maintenance crews will be replacing a section of sewer main on 2nd Street between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue.  Work is expected to begin on Monday, September 16 and finish by Friday, September 20.  Work will occur between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Flaggers will direct traffic through the work zone. 

Totem Lake Gateway Project

Construction will begin this September on the first in a series of improvements to Totem Lake Boulevard, Totem Lake Way, and 120th Avenue Northeast. Work is planned to begin mid-September crews will be onsite working between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. until mid-November.  Please refer to the project webpage for updated schedules.

Goat Hill Stormwater Upgrade

The ongoing Goat Hill stormwater upgrade will affect traffic next week on a short section of Northeast 116th Place, which parallels Juanita Drive. The City's contractor will be working just west of 91st Place Northeast. This project will help reduce stream bank erosion, improve wildlife habitat, and prevent flooding. Mail, emergency services and local residents will have access during work. Flaggers will direct traffic through the work zone. 

Third Street Water Main Upgrade 

City of Kirkland’s contractor began on August 26th, upgrading the Third Street water main, between Central Way and Seventh Avenue. To complete the upgrade, Shoreline Construction will close a one-block work zone to traffic, working south to north.  Flaggers will direct traffic around the work zones.

Sixth Street Improvements 

The City's contractor, Lakeside Industries, has begun work on the Sixth Street corridor’s last major improvement project: rehabilitating and repaving the roadway from Fourth Avenue to Northeast 68th Street.  Night work began the week of September 9

Lane closures will occur from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. 

The Kirkland contractor will begin the two-month process by rebuilding curb ramps and removing lids from stormwater, sewer and other utilities. More information can be found on the 6th Street Project page on the City website.  

Sixth street cip sign

Upcoming Events

car show  

Kirkland Explorers Car Show

Kirkland Justice Center

Saturday, September 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Join us at our 5th Annual Explorer Benefit Car Show! Car owners can register their cars online before the show, or the day of the event.  

This is a free event! Swing by and vote for your favorite cars, and enjoy a BBQ from 11-12:30.

All proceeds from the BBQ and donations go directly to our Kirkland Explore



Public Works Maintenance Center, 915 8th Street

Saturday, September 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Kirkland residents can recycle styrofoam and plastic bags at this monthly staffed event. 

Please do not leave material after the event is over. Items brought for recycling must be clean and dry.

Kirkland residents only please. Limit one carload per household – no trailers or box/moving trucks. If you have more than one carload worth of Styrofoam, please use an alternative recycling option, listed at bottom.

welcome to juanita  

Welcome to Juanita

Edith Moulton Park

Saturday, September 14, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion in Kirkland!

  • Free Games and Prizes
  • Community and Business Information & Resources
  • Free Food provided by local restaurants
  • Free Entertainment

damaged wooden home  



Protecting Wood Framed Houses in Earthquakes Home Retrofit Class

Kirkland Justice Center

Tuesday, September 17, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Help reduce damage caused during an earthquake. Learn to become an informed consumer on how to do home retrofit yourself, or be knowledgeable about the process when looking to hire a contractor to do the work. A retrofit expert will show you how to assess your home's needs and how to use pre-engineered Home Retrofit plans to permit and retrofit your home. This class is intended for homes constructed prior to 1980 with concrete foundations and stemwalls. Registration: The class is free but space is limited. Sign up online.

becoming american poster for documentary  

Becoming American

Kingsgate Library

Tuesday, September 17, 6:30  to 8:30 p.m.

Join a celebration of National Welcoming Week, bringing together immigrants, refugees, and native-born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone. More information at

lawn chairs in yard  

Design a Yard Your Plants Will Love

Kirkland City Hall, 123 5th Ave

Wednesday, September 18, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Learn how to design and plant a yard that will weather our wet winters and dry summers – while remaining vibrant, healthy, and low maintenance. Explore beautiful Pacific Northwest plant choices that will thrive in your yard’s conditions, best planting methods, and simple techniques for plant care whether it’s hot and dry or cold and wet outside.

Register here. 


tacos at friday market  

Juanita Friday Market

Juanita Beach Park

Friday, 3 to 7 p.m.

Join us this Friday at Juanita Beach Park to enjoy the Juanita farmers market held 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Just three more markets left for the 2019 market season. Come enjoy the mouthwatering food while shopping for your weekly goodies! Live music by The Market Minstrels and Dina Blade.

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