Volunteer for Earth Day April 26th!

An abundance of wildlife lives in or visits 110 acres of preserved wetlands and marshes at Juanita Bay Park. The animal population within this habitat includes songbirds, waterfowl, raptors, shorebirds, amphibians, turtles, beavers, and other small mammals. The park offers extraordinary views of Forbes Creek Wetland, Juanita Beach, and Juanita Bay. The park features paved trails, boardwalks, open lawn areas, restroom, benches, and picnic tables. Invasive plant species are a problem at the park and volunteers are needed to help restore the natural habitat. The Green Kirkland Partnership will be targeting restoration efforts in the area west of 98th Avenue NE (Market Street) and near the boardwalks.

Today’s Earth Day project is part of a larger collaboration known as the Green Kirkland Partnership (GKP). The Green Kirkland Partnership is an alliance between the City of Kirkland, nonprofit partners, businesses, and the community to restore natural areas in the City. For more information, please visit www.greenkirkland.org.

Join Lauren & Val from the Tera staff April 26th for the Earth Day Event at Juanita Bay Park from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.! If you're interested in signing up, please email teramkt@windsorcommunities.com or stop in to the office during business hours.

Hit All the Right Notes at 4/4 School of Music

The 4/4 School of Music is the perfect place to expand your creative horizons. Even better, you can do it in a vibrant, energetic setting that makes learning fun and inspires you to go further than you ever thought possible.

Accomplished instructors are on hand to teach a variety of instruments, including voice, guitar, piano, drums, violin, and woodwind instruments. The variety of styles taught at the school includes rock, classical, country, blues, and R&B. Adult and children’s classes are geared to a variety of age groups and skill sets. Choose from either private or group lessons. Month-to-month payments gives you the option of not being tied into a long term contract.

See the 4/4 School of Music website for pricing and class schedules. The school is open every day.

4/4 School of Music
8082 160th Ave. NE
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 485-8310

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Only A Few Weeks Left for the Season!

Hurry before it's too late! Stevens Pass Ski Resort still has some great conditions for ideal skiing and snowboarding! Visit their website to get more information on ticket prices and updates on the mountain.

Sip and Swish Small Batch Wines at Forgeron Cellars

Melding age-old European wine making techniques with the maverick spirit of Washington, Forgeron Cellars is the place to go for a flavorful array of wines. It’s located in a former blacksmith shop, thus the name Forgeron, which is French for blacksmith.

Forgeron Cellars gathers grapes from a range of regions to create the signature wines here. Varietals include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Grenache, Barbera, Syrah, and Zinfandel. The wine is crafted in small batches and is great for food pairing, with roughly 5,000 cases per year coming out of the winery. Stop by to sample varietals in the comfy tasting room.

Tour the facility by appointment or at the weekly tour every Saturday at 1 p.m. See Forgeron Cellars' website for a variety of wine tastings and other events. Forgeron Cellars is open Thursdays through Mondays.

Forgeron Cellars
Woodinville-Redmond Road
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 242-8872

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Seattle and Puget Sound Lighthouses

Are you a fan of visiting lighthouses? Here are just a few of the local-ish ones around the Seattle area…

Alki Point Lighthouse
3200 Point Place Southwest, Seattle, WA 98116 | 206-841-3519

The Alki Point Lighthouse marks the southern entrance to Seattle's Elliott Bay, and features the familiar architecture of many of the Puget Sound lighthouses, designed by Carl Leick. The lighthouse and grounds are open for tours on weekend afternoons during the summer months only – best to call before planning a visit.

Browns Point Lighthouse
201 Tulalip Street NE, Tacoma, WA 98422 | 253-927-2536

Tacoma's only lighthouse, the Browns Point Lighthouse, sits at the edge of a beautifully maintained park, with the majestic Olympic Mountains as a backdrop. The park is a perfect place to bring a picnic lunch and spread a blanket out on the grassy hill beneath one of the many shade trees. Bring Fido along, too, because this park allows our four-legged friends!

Dofflemyer Point Lighthouse
312 73rd Avenue Northeast, Olympia, WA 98506

One of the first Puget Sound lighthouses to be automated, the Dofflemyer Point Lighthouse defines the eastern side of the entrance to Budd Inlet, which leads south to Olympia, the state capital. The lighthouse is surrounded by private property, and the grounds and tower are closed to the public, but you can get a photograph of the lighthouse from the marina.

Mukilteo Lighthouse
609 Front Street, Mukilteo, WA 98275 | 425-513-9602

About an hour north of Seattle, the light at Mukilteo still shines brightly. This operational lighthouse has a range of 12 miles and continues to play an important navigational role. The beautifully landscaped grounds also provide a unique location for your special event – yes, you can rent the lighthouse and its grounds for your wedding, military commission, or memorial service.

West Point Lighthouse
3801 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle, WA 98199 | 206-386-4236

Of the many things that Discovery Park in Seattle has to offer, the West Point Lighthouse is one of the best. From here you can enjoy stunning views of the Puget Sound, sit on the rocks and listen to the water lapping up onto the shore, feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your back as you take in the sailboats and freighters passing by.

Seattle Golf Expo Feb 28th-Mar 2nd

The Seattle Golf & Travel Show is the largest consumer golf & travel show on the west coast with over 200 exhibitors, travel destinations, manufacturer’s representatives and demonstrators. It is owned and operated by Cascadia Events of Seattle and is supported and endorsed by the Washington State Golf Association, The Pacific Northwest Section of the PGA of America and the Washington State Superintendents Association.

Where: CenturyLink Field in Seattle
When: Friday, Feb 28th: Noon – 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 1: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 2: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tickets: Adults: $14
Youth 13-17: $5
Kids 12 & Under: Free

Click here for more information about the event!

Seahawk Victory Parade in Seattle

If you're lucky enough to be off work, or were able to call in sick ;), and you're a true-blue Seahawks fan, then you must be going to the Victory Parade in Downtown Seattle tomorrow! Starting at 11 AM just South of the Seattle Center at Denny Way, the parade will travel down 4th Avenue past Westlake Park and finish at the north entrance of CenturyLink Field.

Be smart about it though- parking is limited and traffic is expected to be horrendous! Fans are encouraged to carpool or use public transportation. There will be some parking at CenturyLink, but it would be wise to get there very early. Be sure to dress warm as the weather is reporting a very cold, but sunny day!

Go Hawks!

Fans, Flames, and 12th Man Flag Rally!

Looking to show your team spirit this weekend? Then come on down to the fan fair on January 18th, which is in honor of the Seattle Seahawks advancing into the NFC championship game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Beginning at 3:30 pm, Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen and fellow city council members will raise a “12th Man” flag to a drum roll by the Seahawks Blue Thunder. The event will begin at the Plaza of Champions, located at Marina Park. Following the raising of the flag, fans are to form the number 12 on the beach for a photograph and video to be shared with media. Fans can take their picture with Blitz, the official team mascot and with inflatable Seahawks players. The City will then host a bon fire on the beach and award the best dressed fan, so go decked out in your Hawk gear!

Kirkland fans are encouraged to share their cheers, fan “selfies”, and pictures of where their “12th Man” flags are displayed on the City’s Explore Kirkland Facebook site: www.facebook.com/explorekirkland.

Kirkland restaurants will be offering food and beverage game-day specials and airing the game on January 19 which starts at 3:30 p.m. (PST). Click here to view the specials.


The 12K’s of Christmas Holiday Run

On Sunday, December 15th come out and celebrate the winter holidays at the Puget Sound's holiday-themed running and walking event, and give yourself the gift of health this year. The race starts and finishes at Marina Park.

Choose the 12K Run/Walk or the 5K Run/Walk:

Run or walk either distance and then stay for the post-event celebration which includes a free kids' dash for tots 10 and under, free food, music, a holiday costume contest, and the opportunity to join in the holiday celebration in downtown Kirkland.

Click here for more information and to register!

Kirkland Tree Lighting Festival

Looking for something to do this evening in Kirkland? Head downtown and check out the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting and Music Festival! From 5 to 8 PM, with the tree lighting a 7 PM, the festival provides all sorts of fun for the whole family. The streets are lit up with decorations and there is music in the air. Check out the unique gifts available at the local shops. Stroll through galleries featuring artwork from local, as well as the world renowned. Taste local wines or warm up with a pumpkin spice latte.

Then after a day of shopping, gather on Lake Street for caroling and the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at 7 pm. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the boats that have been decked out in holiday lights and decorations.