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GiveBIG is Wednesday, May 10 — please give bigly (or big league) to FHNA

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Blog, Communication Committee | 0 comments

GiveBIG is Wednesday, May 10 — please give bigly (or big league) to FHNA

Dear Finn Hill neighbors and friends, the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG event is happening on Wednesday, May 10, and we hope you’ll use this chance to help out the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance — your neighborhood association — with a generous contribution. You can click here to make a tax-deductible gift. You don’t need to wait until the 10th. You can donate now! Would you like to know more before deciding? Please read on. If you aren’t familiar with it already, GiveBIG is an annual campaign sponsored by...

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June 3 workparty Juanita Woodlands

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Blog, Featured, Juanita Woodlands, Parks, Stewardship Committee | 0 comments

June 3 workparty Juanita Woodlands

Volunteer Event Information – Juanita Woodlands Park, June 3, 2017 from  9am-1pm King County Parks Day of Event Contact – Lina Rose 206.491.5014 Please RSVP directly to Lina prior to the event if you are planning on attending so that they know how many tools to bring. The event will be rain or shine.  In the event of hazardous weather, the King County staff member leading your project will be in contact via email the morning of the project if weather conditions dictate any changes to event plans. Plan to check your email before you leave for...

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Big Recycling Collection Event in Kirkland May 13

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Big Recycling Collection Event in Kirkland May 13

Where: Lake Washington High School Parking Lot 12033 NE 80th Street When: Saturday, May 13, 9am – 3pm No vehicles will be admitted after 3pm, sharp. No exceptions. Accepted items include: Air conditioners & dehumidifiers – $33/each Batteries (including rechargeable) Bulky wood (untreated, not painted or stained, no particle board) – limit two loads per household Car seats – $5 each Electronic equipment and computer peripherals (no TVs, computer monitors or laptops) Fluorescent tubes and bulbs (unbroken) –...

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Mountaineers hike Finn Hill

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Blog, Featured, Parks | 0 comments

Mountaineers hike Finn Hill

25 Mountaineers hiked over the top of Finn Hill from Kenmore to Kirkland on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. The Wednesday hike was one of a series of Mountaineer day hikes around Lake Washington. The Kenmore to Kirkland hike was designed to avoid Juanita Drive and find a way through the neighborhood forests from Kenmore to the Kirkland Marina. The hike was more than 12 miles through Big Finn Hill and Juanita Heights Parks. The hikers passed the lagoon in Big Finn Hill Park getting up close to a Great Blue Heron. Near Kenmore they spotted an...

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Recap of Friends of Big Finn Hill Park Trails 2017 annual meeting

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Blog, Parks, Stewardship Committee | 0 comments

Recap of Friends of Big Finn Hill Park Trails 2017 annual meeting

Bill Blanchard opened the well-attended meeting at 7:05 by welcoming attendees and guests. After a brief presentation outlining the origin, vision, accomplishments, and challenges of the Friends of Big Finn Hill Parks Trails group, Bill called the evening’s guests to the stage. Kevin Brown, Director, King County Parks and Recreation Division Michael Cogle, Deputy Director, Parks for the City of Kirkland Jon Pascal, Kirkland City Council   Each of the guests introduced himself with a personal story of their interest in and commitment to...

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Join the gardeners at Thoreau Sat, April 29

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in Blog, Schools | 0 comments

Join the gardeners at Thoreau Sat, April 29

Join the Herbicide-Free Thoreau Elementary School Committee in helping get the school ready for spring! There will be weeding and mulching around the school grounds so bring your gardening gloves and small weeding tools. This is a fun opportunity to help beautify Thoreau elementary school and the community. For more information contact Amy at Finnhillalliance.org Who:  Thoreau Elementary School What: Mulching flowerbeds, general weeding around the buildings Where: Thoreau Elementary School on the corner of 138th Street and 84th Avenue When:...

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Amendments to Finn Hill tree ordinance – Important Planning Commission meeting on Thursday, April 27

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Blog, Community Meetings, Holmes Point Overlay, Neighborhood Plan | 1 comment

Amendments to Finn Hill tree ordinance – Important Planning Commission meeting on Thursday, April 27

The Kirkland Planning Commission will hold a study session on Thursday, April 27, to consider amendments to the Holmes Point Overlay ordinance – the special tree preservation ordinance that currently applies to Finn Hill properties located west of Juanita Drive. The Planning Commission meeting will start at 7pm in the City Council chamber of City Hall, 123 Fifth Avenue in downtown Kirkland. If you live the Holmes Point area, you are urged to attend this meeting. The Holmes Point Overlay ordinance (HPO for short) has a significant impact on...

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Earth Day at Juanita Heights Park

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 in Blog, Eastern Finn Hill Expansion, Parks | 0 comments

Earth Day at Juanita Heights Park

Under a sunny morning Earth Day sky, 37 volunteers cleared blackberries out of a 4,000 foot area in Juanita Heights park. We cut back the canes, piled them on rafts made from woody debris, then shoveled and picked our way beneath the root crowns. There it was, the earth, rising up beneath a drift of impenetrable blackberries.  Thanks to every volunteer who came out this morning to give back to the earth!

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Denny Creek headwater restoration project

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 in Blog, Stewardship Committee | 0 comments

Denny Creek headwater restoration project

One of the headwaters for Denny Creek originates in southern Kenmore, then runs south through the Inglewood Church campus on 141st Street before continuing into Big Finn Hill Park to join Denny Creek.  The church’s portion of the waterway includes mature Doug Fir and Cedar, and a variety of other native plants. Until 2016, it also included a lot of weeds. As Pastor James Kumin put it, “As a church for the neighborhood, we wanted to do better.” With well over an acre of forest and wetland on the property, in mid-2015 John...

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Available hilltop pea-patch garden

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Available hilltop pea-patch garden

We are busy planting our second season of vegetables and flowers at the Finn Hill Neighborhood garden.  The garden is located in the sunny “backyard” of Inglewood Presbyterian Church, the garden currently has 23 individually maintained plots. As our community grows, we plan to expand the garden by adding more plots and an orchard. The Finn Hill Neighborhood Garden is a self-governing, diverse community of gardeners, focusing on organic and sustainable urban agriculture. Fun fact: using grant funds through the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance,...

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