Farmer’s Market Fun!

At long last, it's that time of year again; when local farms set up stands, and tasty, fresh produce is only down the road. That's right, farmers markets are BACK in the Eastside, and we've got a list of the big three for you so you won't ever be left wondering where to go for the freshest ingredients that taste so good you'll swear you grew them yourself! There is currently a major market in Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond, so no matter where your summer adventures take you in the area, there will always be a market close by! You will find all of the information on the markets below, and we'd love to hear about your experiences at each of them in the comments! Have a favorite market? A favorite stand? Let us know!

Without further ado:

-Redmond Saturday Market
When: Saturdays from 9AM-3PM until Oct 27th
Where: 7730 Leary Way NE, Redmond, WA 98052

-Kirkland Wednesday Market
When: Wednesdays from 2PM – 7PM starting June 4th until Sept 24th
Where: 328 Parkplace, Kirkland WA 98033 (Right along the waterfront at the park!)

-Bellevue Farmers Market
When: Thursdays from 3PM-7PM until October 15th
Where: Bellevue Presbyterian Church Parking Lot, 1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue WA 98004

Happy eating and who knows, maybe we'll even see you there!

Bellevue Downtown Park: A Beautiful Oasis

Bellevue Downtown Park lets you get away from it all in downtown Bellevue. The park has plenty of amenities, like a playground, running trails, and a pond with a waterfall. Blow off some steam solo by going for a stroll, run, or bike ride, or head over with a group of friends to play Frisbee in the open field. Plenty of benches are available if you'd prefer to sit and people watch. Bring a picnic to enjoy the beautiful views while enjoying lunch. Check out the many events held in the summer, like movies in the park and Fourth of July activities. In the winter an ice skating rink is available.

It's open dawn to 11 p.m. every day.

Bellevue Downtown Park
10201 NE 4th Street
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 452-6885

Choose From More Than 200 Varieties of Tea at Savrika

With more than 200 varieties of tea available, it's easy to get overwhelmed by the choices at Savrika. You shouldn't, though. The staffers here are called tea guides, and they're trained to do just that: guide you to a tea that's right for you based on your preferences. They'll let you "sample" various teas by taking the lids off the canisters and allowing you to smell them, which can give a strong clue as to how they'll taste.

Rupa Gadre opened Savrika in September 2012 because she couldn't find a place in the Kirkland area where she could enjoy a cup or pot of quality tea. She wanted to make it inviting and serene, where guests would feel free to sit and linger while chatting with friends, reading, or working quietly on a laptop. By all accounts, she succeeded. Customers call Savrika a little getaway where they can treat themselves to a hot cup of tea and a sweet or savory bite to eat. And, as an added little bonus, every cup of tea comes with a small piece of chocolate.

115 Kirkland Avenue
Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 298-6570

Kirkland Shamrock Run this Saturday!

The Kirkland Shamrock Run is a fun-filled 5k celebrating Kirkland, healthy living and of course St. Patrick's Day! Come join multitudes of other Irish culture enthusiasts on March 14th, 2015 to run or walk through downtown Kirkland. Benefiting local non-profits, this event has become a tradition for many area residents. Be sure to join the post-race party at Wilde Rover for a pint. Take a look around and come join us on March 14th.

Visit for more details and to purchase your tickets today!

Enjoy Local Beer and Play Mini Golf at Kirkland’s Flatstick Pub

Chances are you haven't experienced a place like Flatstick Pub. The name doesn't adequately describe what this place is all about; it's an indoor nine-hole miniature golf course that has 24 Washington state-brewed beers and ciders on tap. Some visitors say it reminds them of a cool bowling alley, except instead of bowling, it's mini golfing.

The courses are challenging, customers say, and most of the materials are upcycled and refurbished. Some old kegs are even incorporated into the courses. If you don't want to play golf, you don't have to. You can play cards, a board game, or simply sit at the bar and enjoy a beer or cider. There's no kitchen here, but you can buy a pre-made sandwich or salad courtesy of Molly's. One of the biggest selling points of Flatstick Pub is it allows dogs, so feel free to bring your pup with you.

Flatstick Pub
15 Lake St.
Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 242-1618

Ideas for a Perfect Valentine’s Day Night Out

The greater Seattle area is full of fun, diverse ways to celebrate love this Valentine's Day. Looking for some ideas?

How about Cirque du Soleil's Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities at Marymoor Park!

A Valentine's cabaret, improv comedy or Babeland classes more your cup of tea? Check out this article for more info!

Tell us how you plan to spend the day!

Explore Your Artistic Side at Redmond Clay Studio

Remember when you were in school? Some people loved math, some loved English, and others social studies. But one thing that most everyone could agree on was art class. Regardless of the medium, it was always a great way to express yourself and discover your creativity. So why did you stop?

Now you can immerse yourself back in the arts at Redmond Clay Studio. This ceramic art studio offers classes for children and adults of all levels. If you're a novice, you'll learn the basics of ceramics. If you have experience working with clay, hone your skills! From throwing and Raku firing to lovingly shaping your work of art, the seasoned instructors at Redmond Clay Studio are ready to guide you through the creative process. Classes are offered year-round, so there's no excuse to miss out. Sign up for classes and discover your inner artist!

Redmond Clay Studio
16600 NE 80th Street
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 556-2300

Greenline Organic Health: Clean Up from the Inside Out

Greenline Organic Health keeps Kirkland bodies healthy with an array of fresh organic juices, supplements, and internal cleansers. The concept was created 18 years ago when owners Kuang and Jean began living the organic lifestyle and wanted to help improve the lives of others. One way they do this is by serving made-to-order, certified organic juice created from produce that local farms deliver to the shop directly.

They also sell products from a company about which they are passionate. Henry’s products are scientifically formulated in the USA and do not contain herbicides, preservatives, or chemical fertilizers. Such products include Omega-3 filled Blood Comfort supplements, men’s and women’s products, and their famous Internal Cleanser. The fiber-rich cleanser helps rid the body of toxins and strengthens the immune system and helps clean the large and small intestinal track. Along with its detoxifying abilities, the mix is packed with more than 20 different vegetables and herbs.

Greenline Organic Health
12653 Northeast 85th Street
Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 828-9799

Challenge Yourself With High-Flying Fun at Redmond’s Adventura

"So much fun!" That's what customers are saying about Redmond's challenge course. Filled with obstacles, zip lines, rope loop bridges, and more, Adventura is an exciting way to spend time with friends, family, and even co-workers, all while staying in shape.

The concept here is simple: fun is essential for everyone, not just kids. So Adventura brings the fun of a jungle gym, jumping, and exploring to adults. Once you're done, be sure to sign up for a post-climbing activity. Adventura has paired up with a local winery as well as a whiskey maker. What better way to unwind? So go ahead, jump around, go flying down a zipline, and feel like a kid.

The course is open April 1st through October 31st. Book a reservation for Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays at 11:30 a.m. or 2 p.m. Be sure to book in advance!

14300 Northeast 145th Street
Woodinville, WA 98072
(866) 981-8665

Kirkland Tree Lighting

Celebrate the winter season with an afternoon of performances, carols, kids’ activities, games, Santa's arrival, refreshments, food, and the annual tree lighting ceremony marking the beginning of the Winterfest Celebration.

November 30 | 2 to 6 p.m. | Downtown Kirkland

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