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Dear Finn Hill friends and neighbors: Spring has finally arrived! Here a few activities coming up that we hope you’ll participate in: April 22 (Tuesday): Election Day Don’t forget to vote! The Lake Washington School District bond measure is on the ballot, as well as a County-wide referendum on car tab fees to support to Metro. (Just in case you haven’t already seen the signs for and against these measures all over the neighborhood.) April 23 (Wednesday): Friends of Big Finn Hill Park – Inaugural Meeting King County has now issued its...read more
The City Council is pleased to announce a pilot program to address neighborhood pedestrian and bicycle safety needs. The Pilot Neighborhood Safety Program will be focused on the new neighborhoods (Finn Hill, Juanita Neighborhoods, and Evergreen Hill/Kingsgate) in 2014. If successful, the Program will be implemented Citywide using 2012 voter approved safety funding from the Streets Levy. The purpose of the Program is to reenergize neighborhood associations by empowering them to work collaboratively to identify, prioritize and address...read more
Community Kitchens NW is a free program through Seattle Tilth that gathers people in the community together in a common kitchen to learn how to cook nutritious meals and then build community by eating together. Annette Stephenson who is spearheading the Ingewood community kitchen says, “Bastyr nutritionists assist with recipes, we cook together and then eat together.” More information on the program throughout the Seattle area is here:...read more
FHNA representatives are meeting with City public works staff to discuss options for improving the walkway along 84th Avenue NE. This is an important school walk route for Thoreau and Sandburg Elementary schools, along with Finn Hill …Middle School. The existing curbing and crosswalk striping is almost completely gone in places. If you support improvements to this important neighborhood corridor, be sure to let the City know! Go here: http://goo.gl/hAcjXY.See...read more
If you’re interested in an update on the Kirkland 2035 long range plans, you may want to attend the Community Future Day event on Saturday, April 26, at City Hall, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You will learn the latest about several of the Kirkland 2035 long range plans including the Cross Kirkland Corridor Master Plan, Transportation Master Plan and Park, Recreation & Open Space Plan and help prioritize potential projects identified in these plans.read more
On April 19, 2014 we’ll walk the Perimeter trail at St Edward State Park, meeting by the ranger’s office at 10:00 AM. April 19, 2014 is a free day for state parks, so you will not need to pay parking or display your Discover Pass ($10/day or $30/year). Plan on about 1 to 1 1/2 hours for the 1.5 mile loop (because we stop and point out interesting aspects of the park), although there are many opportunities to quickly cut back to the parking lot. Children (including those in strollers) and on-leash friendly dogs are welcome. If...read more
Position Paper for St. Edward Center for Nature Connection As Kirkland creates a comprehensive plan for the development of Finn Hill, the green gem of the Lake Washington watershed, and St Edward State Park’s historic seminary languishes at our boundary calling for habitation, I have a dream. Seize this moment to create a St Edward Center for Nature Connection, inspired and organized by Kirkland’s Finn Hill neighbors, supported by the City of Kirkland and regional and statewide partners, serving greater Seattle schools, and becoming a...read more
We’re on a quest to grow a healthier community and need your support! FHNA has applied for a grant to help construct a community garden on a private lot off 83rd Place NE. Starting Monday, April 1, visit www.seedsofchangegrant.com or the Seeds of Change® Facebook page, “LIKE” the page and vote to help us qualify for funding! To find our application, enter our 98034 zip code or garden name: Finn Hill Community Garden. Only the top 50 organizations move on for final consideration. You can vote once per day until April 21. Share this on your own...read more
Take some time to page through the latest “Blackberry Preserves” newsletter, produced by the Kirkland Heritage Society (KHS.) Inside is a request to the community about a past Anti-aircraft Battalion stationed at Juanita Beach. The newsletter features a photo purchased on eBay. Do you remember this Battalion and know exactly its location? Looks like the photo might have been taken at the southern end of Finn Hill. If you know, please give Loita Hawkinson, President of KHS, a call or email. Kirkland Heritage Society contact information: ...read more
Sustainability Education Series – The popular City of Kirkland Sustainability Education Series aims to broaden what Kirkland residents already know about sustainability through a variety of classes, tours, and hands-on workshops. All events are free. Check out the class line up and register online. Space is limited. Classes are held at Kirkland City Hall 123 5th Avenue Kirkland , WA Design Four Seasons of Delicious Veggie Production May 1, 2014 6:30PM – 8:30PM Design four seasons of delicious and sustainable veggie production for...read more