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November 22, 2023

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We have a special Thanksgiving episode this week – safe cooking tips from a special guest! Check it out.

City Council Meeting Recap


The Kirkland City Council met on November 21, 2023, in a hybrid meeting. Here’s a brief overview of some of the items from the meeting: 

Council adopted the City’s 2024 State Legislative Agenda which sets the Legislative priorities of the Council and the Legislative Workgroup. 

Council adopted Ordinance O-4862 establishing the preliminary 2024 regular levy for Kirkland. The adoption of the ordinance is the next step before property tax levies are submitted to King County.   

Council honored employees who have served 20 years or more with Employee Service Awards.

Council held a public hearing on amendments to the Kirkland Municipal Code regarding the Multifamily Housing Property Tax Exemption target areas within the NE 85th St Station Area Plan. 

Council held a public hearing on the City’s proposed update to the 2023-2028 Transportation Improvement Program. 

The Mayor, on behalf of Council, proclaimed November 20 as Transgender Day of Remembrance and November 24 as Native American Heritage Day. To read more, visit the City’s website  

Prior to the above business agenda, the Council held a Study Session, where they discussed: 

  • the Kirkland Transportation Plan (formerly Transportation Master Plan) and provided direction to staff on priorities 
  • an update on Puget Sound Energy’s storm readiness and system resilience 

How to watch: Kirkland City Council meetings are streamed live and can be watched after the fact on the City of Kirkland Facebook page and the City YouTube channel, in addition to the livestream on the City website.  Meetings are also televised on Comcast Cable Channel 21 and Ziply Cable Channel 31.     

To watch the Council discussions on the specific agenda items outlined above, visit the City’s website. The full agenda packet with information on each item is located on the City’s website.      

The next City Council meeting is on December 12, 2023 

Wishing You a Safe and Happy Holiday

Holiday Closure Thanksgiving 2023

In recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday, City administrative offices are closed on November 23 and 24. Fire, police, and other critical services will remain fully operational. City services normally accessible through email, the Our Kirkland service portal, and over the phone will resume at 8 a.m., Monday, November 27. 

Congratulations Community Police Academy Graduates

Community Police Academy 2023 graduates

After seven weeks of diving deep into the Kirkland Police Department, we’re proud to announce that fourteen community members graduated from the 2023 Kirkland Community Police Academy!  Kudos to participants for stepping out of their comfort zone and taking the time to immerse themselves in the KPD learning environment.   

Over the course of the program, participants got an inside look at the daily operations of the Kirkland Police Department (KPD), learning about a variety of topics from Defensive Tactics to SWAT.  The program included classroom presentations on Investigations and De-Escalation, as well as hands-on activities like responding to pretend 911 calls and meeting our K-9 unit.  

Attendees asked thoughtful questions that both instructors and participants worked though together.  Community Police Academy is not just a learning experience for participants, but an opportunity for KPD officers to connect with the community they serve through an engaging, interactive experience.  

See you at next year’s Kirkland Community Police Academy! 

Ceremony for New Kirkland Fire Engine


Fire Station 24 received a new fire engine, and we celebrated with a time-honored push-in ceremony last week.    

The history of the push-in ceremony dates back to the early days of the American Fire Service of the 1800s when horse-drawn equipment had to be pushed back into the station following a call. That tradition has been adopted by the modern fire service when taking delivery of a new apparatus.  

We’re grateful to all who came out to help us push in the new 46,000-pound engine and for our amazing firefighter/EMTs who help keep our community safe! Bonus: we don’t have to push the fire engine back in after every call 😀

Learn more about Kirkland Fire Department. 

Firefighter Diversity and Recruitment Workshop

2023-12-16 KCFCA Diversity Workshop

Interested in becoming a firefighter but don’t know where to start? Join the King County Fire Chiefs Association, Kirkland Fire Department, and other fire agencies for the fourth Diversity and Recruitment Workshop.  

This event is especially welcoming of underserved persons in the fire service - including the BIPOC community, women, the LGBTQIA+ community, and those with little-to-no experience in the industry. We want you to know that you have a place in the fire service, and our agencies want to help you succeed!   

Diversity and Recruitment Workshop details: 

Saturday, December 16 

8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Shoreline, WA 

Register by December 10 

RainWorks at 132nd Square Park

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Have you seen the special surprise at 132nd Square Park?  Spoiler alert: our stormwater team partnered with Rainworks to create some super fun, ephemeral art that only appears when it’s raining.  

The message that magically appears reads “Lake Washington Starts Here – Don't Pollute, Protect Our Fish.” This serves to remind us that our storm and surface water drains to Lake Washington, and we all have a part in reducing pollution. 

On the next rainy day, take a visit to 132nd Square Park and check it out!   

Keep Your Drains Fat-Free

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Thanksgiving is HERE!  A lot of T-Day favorites are the biggest culprits of clogged drains:   

  • Gravy, sauces and soups 
  • Cooking oil, butter, shortening, lard and margarine 
  • Milk, cream, sour cream and mayonnaise 
  • Food scraps 
  • Oil from cooked meats 

Buildup from these fats, oils, and grease (FOG) cause clogs in pipes and backups that can be costly and create public health problems.  

The best thing to do is to collect all food scraps and grease and dispose of properly. You can recycle your used cooking oil by bringing it to a collection tank at the North Kirkland Community Center, 12421 103rd Ave NE. You can bring food scraps to compost bins at City Hall, 123 5th Ave. Or you can pour leftover oils and scraps into a sealable container and place the cooled sealable container in the garbage.     

Enjoy your gratitude-filled gatherings and follow these tips to avoid expensive and obnoxious repairs.

More information and resources can be found at the Fats, Oils, Grease (FOG) webpage.

Last Chance This Year to Claim a Tree Rebate

Tree Rebate Deadline

One week left to claim a 2023 tree rebate. If you have planted a new tree this year or would like to do so in the next week, apply for a tree rebate to receive a credit for your purchase up to $150 per tree for a total of $500 per property.  

Learn more and get your rebate at: 

Season of Giving

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Holiday Toy Drive

Date: November 30 and December 1

Time: 6 – 8 p.m. 

Location: LWSD Resource Center 16250 NE 74th St, Redmond   

Your generous donation to the Holiday Toy Drive benefits children throughout Lake Washington School District.

Want to save time, or unable to drop off? Shop the Amazon Wish List and ship directly to LWSD. 


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Toys for Tots

Date: December 2 & 3 

Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Location: 8525 120th Ave NE 

The 11th annual Toys for Tots collection event is coming once again to Kirkland, near the Kirkland Costco. Donate new and unwrapped toys to the 2nd largest Toys for Tots event in King County!



bloodworks - Reason for the season.

Give Blood this Season

Date: November 29 & 30 

Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Location: City Hall (Peter Kirk Room, South Lower Lobby), 123 5th Ave  

When the leaves begin to change and the air turns crisp, it’s the perfect time to consider giving blood. With the holiday season fast approaching, hospitals need blood for patients more than ever. Donating blood is a quick and easy way to make an immediate difference in someone’s life. Doctors and emergency responders need our community blood donations to help those in need, whether it’s a trauma patient, cancer patient, or premature baby. Help keep our community blood supply well stocked, and join us November 29 & 30 as a blood donor. Look for the Bloodworks Team in the Peter Kirk Room at City Hall, and come save a life. Book your appointment. 

2023.10.22 Green Kirkland Stewardship Kingsgate Family Planting

Green Kirkland Stewardship

Give back and volunteer with the Green Kirkland Partnership to help plant native trees and restore the forest in Kirkland Parks.  No prior experience needed to volunteer, and youth are welcome following the event guidelines listed on the registration page. Tools, training, and gloves are provided.   

Visit the Green Kirkland event calendar to register and learn more. 

Upcoming events: 

Events are supervised by a Green Kirkland Steward. 

Project Meeting for I-405/85th St Interchange

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Join representatives from WSDOT, Graham, Sound Transit, and City of Kirkland for the next  I-405/Northeast 85th Street Interchange and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Station Construction Project quarterly update meeting. 

At the meeting, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the project, hear about upcoming construction work, ask questions, and find out how to stay informed. The meeting will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. 

Not able to make it? WSDOT will post a recording to the project webpage within one week after the meeting. Please feel free to register for the meeting even if you can’t attend and we will email you the recording when it’s available. 

Project Information 

Traffic Alerts


Heads up drivers - traffic impacts are expected for the following projects in the next week or so: 

  • 100th Avenue Northeast 
  • Northeast 85th Street Interchange (WSDOT Project) 
  • Northeast 132nd Street Interchange (WSDOT Project) 

Upcoming Events

History of Exclusion 2023 event

History of Exclusion: Kirkland Edition 

Date: Saturday, December 2 

Time: 1 – 2:30 p.m. 

Location: Peter Kirk Community Center, 352 Kirkland Avenue 

Policies and actions of the past created the Kirkland of today. Help us create the Kirkland we want for tomorrow. 

Our keynote speaker, Lorraine McConaghy, Ph.D., author and award-winning public historian, will help us examine local history through a lens of racial equity, transportation, and housing – with a focus on Kirkland.  

We will then connect with local and statewide groups working for change through specific actions.  

This event is organized by Liveable Kirkland and co-sponsored by a dozen organizations, including the City of Kirkland. 

For more information, and to register, visit the Eventbrite page. 

outdoor speaker series eastrail December 6

Outdoor Speaker Series

Discover the Eastside's Best Kept Secret: Eastrail

Date: Wednesday, December 6 

Time: 6 – 8 p.m. 

Location: City Hall, Peter Kirk Room (South Entrance), 123 5th Ave 

Did you know that a 42-mile hiking and biking trail connects Kirkland to the north and south of Lake Washington? 

Join Katherine Hollis to learn how to explore the Eastrail trail project, a series of hikes that stiches together old railway tracks, and how community members are working to expand access to hiking across the Eastside. 

Register online now at or call 425-587-3336. 

Light Up Kirkland 2023

Light Up Kirkland

Date: December 9 

Time: 4 – 7 p.m. 

Location: Marina Park 

Come experience the magic of Light Up Kirkland! Marina Park will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland where you can take a stroll on the grounds of the park to view amazing light displays. You can also enjoy a bonfire on the beach, listen to music from local groups. Then Argosy Cruises will sail by with their Christmas Ship and provide more musical entertainment from the water. Light Up Kirkland will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2023, from 4 pm – 7 pm. Don’t forget, come have some cocoa and cookies with the Council. Bring the whole family! 

More info on the event page 

Join an Upcoming Winter Break Camp!

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Northwest University Holiday Hoop Camp 

Date: Wednesday, December 27 

Time: 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. 

Let the kids burn off extra energy at our Holiday Hoop Basketball Camp with Northwest University on Wednesday, December 27. Each camper will receive a camp t-shirt and a basketball. Register online now at or call 425-587-3336. 

basketball hoop

Northwest University Basketball Shooting Camp 

Date: December 28 - 29 

Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Ages 8-10) and 1 - 4 p.m. (Ages 11-13) 

2 Day Specialty Shooting Camp hosted by Northwest University Men's Basketball. Learn how to develop a repeatable shooting motion, generate power, and increase your range. Athletes will work on shooting off the dribble, shooting off the pass, free throws, and more through a combination of shooting drills, games, and game-like scenarios. Register online now at or call 425-587-3336. 


Winter Holiday Activities with Snapology 

Date: December 18 - 22 

Time: 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. 

In this winter holiday program, we'll help get your student in the holiday spirit with exciting activities that will inspire their creative thinking, develop their communication skills, and get them thinking about this special month in ways they never have before as they make fidget spinners and more! Register online now at or call 425-587-3336. 

Play-WELL Teknologies Bash em lego bot

Play-WELL Teknologies Bash'em Bots Camp 

Date: December 18 - 21 

Time: 1 - 4 p.m. 

Design your custom LEGO® bot to take on any challenge. Mix and match chassis designs using wheels, treads, or walking legs. Apply real-world engineering and physics concepts to help you bash and crash your way to victory. Register online now at or call 425-587-3336. 

For more events from the City, visit our Community Events page. For up to date happenings around Kirkland, visit 

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Video Spotlight - Eastside Made Pop-Up Market

Supporting local businesses gives us warm feelings. We’re still smiling from the success of the Eastside Made Pop-Up Market at City Hall for All earlier this summer. Check it out!

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