Finn Hill Calendar of Events

We are happy to list your Finn Hill event or public meeting. Drop us a message through the contact form or you can email kathy@finnhillalliance.org.

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Want to get more involved? Check out the events listed below to learn more about upcoming events.

Annual Finn Hill Events

  • DennyFest: Sunday September 8, 2013. Every September at OO Denny Park, come for live music, tasty food, and great community fun.
  • Community Garage Sale: A Neighborhood-wide garage sale, with locations mapped out by FHNA making it easy to sell and buy. Usually the last Saturday in April.
  • Christmas Ship Event: Every year the Christmas Ship comes to Lake Washington. Enjoy the bonfire and the carols. Usually the first part of December. Date will be announced.

Upcoming & Recent Events

APRIL 2014:

  • April 7: Application due for Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS) Steward Training. More Details.
  • April 19: Saturday 10:00 – 11:30 AM. Join the Walk in the Park series #5.  we’ll walk the Perimeter trail at St Edward State Park, meeting  by the ranger’s office at 1 pm.  April 19, 2014 is a free day for state parks, so  you will not need to pay parking or display  your Discover Pass. Children (including those in strollers) and on-leash friendly dogs are  welcome. More Details.
  • April 23: King County Parks is assembling a “Friends of Big Finn Hill Park Trails” group of 10 to 15 community members to help organize and communicate the various volunteer event projects needed to make the trail and site improvements outlined in the recently approved Big Finn Hill  Park Trails Plan.  Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to attend a meeting with King County Parks representatives on Wednesday, April 23, from 7-9 p.m. at Finn Hill Middle School, 8040 NE 132nd St. in Kirkland
  • April 25 – 28: Kirkland’s Monthly StyroFest, which is a recycling event that diverts materials from landfill. More Details.
  • April 26: Finn Hill Community Garage Sale from 9am to 4pm. More Details.
  • April 26: 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

MARCH 2014:

  • March 29: Saturday there is an Ivy pulling work party in Juanita Heights Park 9:00 to 11:00 AM.  location: at the end of 89th PL NE.  more information www.juanitaheightspark.com
  • March 28 – 31: Kirkland’s Monthly StyroFest, which is a recycling event that diverts materials from landfill. More Details.

FEBRUARY 2014

  • February 19: the City has scheduled a combined meeting for all 3 neighborhoods to get a sense of what our aspects of the Comp Plan should be tailored for our specific neighborhoods. That meeting is scheduled for February 19 at from 6pm to 8:30pm pm at the Church of the Latter Day Saints, 7910 NE 132nd Street, at the corner of Juanita Drive and 132nd. (Right here on Finn Hill.) You should already have received a flyer about the meeting.
  • February 27: The Parks, Recreation & Open Space (PROS) Plan reflects a vision for how Kirkland’s parks and
    recreation system will conserve and protect natural resources, improve health and wellness of citizens, and help Kirkland be an even more livable and sustainable community. The Cross Corridor plan and the PROS plans will be featured at a Community Forum to be held on Thursday, February 27, between the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., at the Peter Kirk Community Center, 352 Kirkland Avenue.
  • February 28 – March 3rd: Kirkland’s Monthly StyroFest, which is a recycling event that diverts materials from landfill. More Details.

JANUARY 2014

  • January 13: Workshop on traffic alternatives for 100th Avenue – Monday, January 13 at 6pm: Kirkland’s traffic engineers are looking for ways to alleviate the congestion that builds up on 100th Avenue during rush hours. They’ve solicited views from citizens via an online survey and are holding a workshop on Monday evening at Juanita Elementary School, 9635 N.E. 132nd Street
  • January 14: Public Mtg on St Edward’s Seminary Building. Private developer offers to renovate the seminary building and use it for private business.  ATTEND: 6:30 PM Northshore Utility District, 6830 NE 185th St., Kenmore.  more…. http://finnhillalliance.org/2014/01/meeting-jan-14-on-rescuing-st-edwards-seminary-building/
  • January 15: Finn Hill Neighborhood Community Meeting. From 7-9PM at the Finn Hill Junior High
  • January 23: Public hearing on Holmes Point Overlay zoning and solar panel screening regulations – Kirkland Planning Commission, Thursday, January 23 at 7:00 pm in the City Council Chambers in City Hall.

 

Past Events: 2013

DECEMBER 2013

  • December 7: Work Party on Saturday, meet 9:30 AM at Kiosk off 138th PL for Big Finn Trail maintenance. .
  • December 14: Work Party meets again on Saturday, at 9:30 AM at Kiosk off 138th PL for Big Finn Trail maintenance. .
  • December 16: Presentation Event on the 22 Year History of the Christmas Ships and Bonfires coming to OO Denny Park.
  • December 22:  4:00 PM Christmas Ship at OO Denny Park enjoy the Dickens Carolers Performances: 4:00-4:20 there will be a bon fire and hot chocolate. For more information go to: http://www.argosycruises.com/dining-cruises/christmas-ship-festival/

NOVEMBER 2013

  • November 2: Volunteer event: Weeding around Thoreau Elementary School, Saturday Nov. 2 from 10am – 1pm. Contact Natalie Washburn at pulltogether@hotmail.com or See More Details Here.
  • November 6: Finn Hill Neighborhood Community Meeting. From 6:45-8:30PM at the Finn Hill Junior High.
  • November 7: at 7:00PM Finn Hill Park and Recreation District Board (FHPRD) will hold a public meeting regarding the distribution of the Board’s reserve funds. See http://finnhillalliance.org/2013/04/fhprd-ends-reign/ as reference. Location is Heritage Hall, downtown Kirkland.
  • November 9: Work Party on Saturday, meet at 9:30 AM at Kiosk of 138th PL for Big Finn Trail Maintenance.
  • November 17: at 1:30 PM  “Take a Walk in the Park” series sponsored by FHNA: Next Park Walk: Nov 17 at 1:30 pm, Big Finn Hill Park west of Juanita. Meet at the trail entrance on 138th place by the Kiosk. Adults, youth, children and dogs on leash are all welcome.
  • November 17: The 6th Annual StreamFest will be held in Kenmore on  November 17 to celebrate local streams! Kayaking from Log Boom Park starts at 10:15, and interactive art, a panel discussion, food & drink at the Lake Trail Taproom starts at 11:00. See blog post for more details.
  • November 30: 9:00 – 11:00 AM work party in Juanita Heights Park, last ivy pulling work party of the year.  For more information or go to www.juanitaheightspark.com

OCTOBER  2013

  • October 5, Saturday,  Clean-up event in Juanita Woodlands, Saturday October 5th, 2013. 9am-noon, volunteers wanted! Hope to see you there. Get some exercise, clear invasive plants, help your local park, and have a good time.
  • October 7, Monday, 5:30 – 7:00 there is a Community Open House meeting for Finn Hill Residents on the Juanita Drive Master Plan Corridor Study. FHNA will have a community meeting following the open house at 7:00 PM.  Go to the Kirkland City site for up-to-date info on the Study. Location:  Finn Hill Middle School, 8040 N.E. 132nd Street, Kirkland, WA.
  • October 12,  Saturday, 10 am trail maintenance  in Big Finn Hill Park. Meeting place 138th street trail entrance west side of Juanita.  Work will be north of 138th on the western trail. Contact:
  • October 19, Saturday, City of Kirkland Community Planning Day “Kirkland 2035″ a city sponsored open house details on the City’s webpage. http://www.kirklandwa.gov/Community/Kirkland2035.htm
  • October 20, Sunday at 1:30pm join in for a guided Walk in the Park at Big Finn Hill Park. Meet at the Big Finn Hill Park parking lot accessed from 84th, turn in on the road on the South side of Thoreau elementary (138th).
  • October 26, Saturday, from 9:00 – 11:00 AM, volunteers needed to join the workparty removing ivy from Juanita Heights Park.

SEPTEMBER  2013

  • September 28: 10:00 to 2:00 EarthCorps in Juanita Heights Park to clear blackberries, volunteer at EarthCorps site  more info on park www.juanitaheightspark.com
  • September 8, Sunday, DennyFest is from noon to 4PM. DennyFest is the annual celebration of the Finn Hill neighborhood which returns to the shores of Lake Washington at O.O. Denny Park.

AUGUST 2013

  • August 9-10-11, Kirkland Summerfest. Kirkland’s largest festival of music, art, food, and culture,—a weekend festival transforming downtown Kirkland and Marina Park into a lively arts destination.
  • August 31, Volunteers Needed for Ivy Pulling in Juanita Heights Park 9:00 – 11:00 AM, 89th PL NE. wear long pants and long sleeves, bring gloves.  See you at the head of the 1/4 mile trail.  Park info at www.juanitaheightspark.com

JULY 2013

  • July 4, Finn Hill  Neighborhood Alliance has a “float” in the 4th of July Parade.  Please  cheer us on if you’re there. And if you’d like to walk with us, that  would be great too. It would be nice to have more of a crowd walking a banner in front of the car.
  • July 12, Clambake on the Lake, 8:30 PM  at the Woodmark Hotel, 1200 Carillon Point. 3rd Annual Clambake go here for info and there is a fee.
  • July 27, Volunteers Needed for Ivy Pulling in Juanita Heights Park 9:00 AM to Noon, 89th PL NE. wear long pants and long sleeves, bring gloves.  See you at the head of the 1/4 mile trail.  Green Kirkland event. Park info at www.juanitaheightspark.com

JUNE 2013

  • June 7, 3:00 pm -7:00 pm at Juanita Beach Park  Walk ‘n’ Roll Safety Fair– in partnership with the Juanita Friday Market. Alongside the Friday Market vendors, the City of Kirkland proudly presents the Walk ‘n’ Roll Safety Fair, dedicated to highlighting safe walking and biking.  Safety Booths with a focus on walking and biking will have information and fun activities for the kids.  Music, entertainment, and Activities for kids!  BYOB (Bring your own bike) for the bike rodeo.
  • June 8, 10 am – 2 pm Community Planning Day at Kirkland City Hall. Everything you want to know about the Comp Plan update, Corridor Master Plan, Juanita Drive Corridor Study, and all the other planning efforts in the City.
  • June 10, 7 PM  DennyFest Planning Meeting at Urban Coffee
  • June 12, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Juanita Drive Corridor Study, A public workshop is scheduled for June 12th at Finn Hill Middle School from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. A fact sheet about the study has been prepared. A schedule has also been finalized and can be found at this Public Works  City site.
  • June 20, 7:00 -8:30 pm Big Finn Trails Plan – Public Meeting at Finn Hill Middle School cafeteria.  Review recommendations for proposed East-West Trail improvements. Contact is David Kimmett, King County, david.kimmett@kingcounty.gov, 206 263-7159
  • June 25, 7:00 pm Finn Hill Neighborhood Planning Meeting at Finn Hill Middle School cafeteria. First meeting: presentations-discussions with Planning Director Eric Shields and Deputy Planning Director Paul Stewart.
  • June 28, 3:00 – 7:00 pm Juanita Beach Friday Market, FHNA will have a table to hand out information on our neighborhood.

May 2013

  • May 1: Surface Water Management Open House. Event is from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Finn Hill Middle School Cafeteria, 8040 NE 132nd Street. Are there areas of flooding in your neighborhood? Are you concerned about pollutants that may be carried by rainwater into the lake and threaten fish or other living organisms? Do you see wetland areas being negatively impacted by development? The city is holding a Surface Water Management Open House, Wednesday, May 1 from 6:30 – 8:30pm at the Finn Hill Middle School cafeteria (8040 NE 132nd Street). They will provide updates on Kirkland’s new surface and storm water management plan. You can also learn more about the planning process on the City’s surface water management web page. Go to the City’s surface water management web page for more information.
  • May 4: Hilltoppers Garden Club Annual Plan Sale.  Starts at 9:00 AM on Saturday, located in the QFC parking lot at the Inglewood Village Shopping Center.
  • May 5: Big Finn hill Park Work Party. From 9:00 AM to Noon on Sunday. Volunteers will meet in the woods north of the soccer/lacrosse field. Bring gloves and water, and wear a long-sleeved shirt
  • May 8: DennyFest Organizational Meeting. Starts at 7:00PM at the Urban Coffee in Juanita Village. First organizational meeting to plan for DennyFest, volunteers are needed. The annual Finn Hill DennyFest is on Sunday, Sept 8 at OO Denny Park.
  • May 15: GiveBig. Wednesday, GiveBig – FHNA is working hard to be a responsive neighborhood group that represents your interests and enhances our quality of life on Finn Hill. It takes money to do this, so we count our your financial support. If you want to help us, please mark May 15 on your calendar for a donation on behalf of FHNA. Donations made to  FHNA made through the Seattle Foundation GiveBig website on May15 will qualify FHNA for additional contributions from GiveBIG sponsors. This is a great way to put more punch into your contribution. Learn more on the GiveBig web site
  • May 16: Rain Garden Workshop 6 PM to 8:30 PM, by City of Kirkland, in Kirkland City Hall 123 5th Avenue. More information about rain gardens and the workshop is at www.12000raingardens.org
  • May 17: Juanita Beach Friday Market. Market begins, opens at 3:00PM. Located at Juanita Peach Park next to the lake and runs from 3-pm every Friday until October 18. Volunteer Opportunity.
  • May 18th: Finn Hill Rain Garden Planting. The second cluster of rain gardens is being installed by Kirkland Public Works on Finn Hill.  The city is installing 6-8 Rain Gardens on residential properties each year. Come JOIN in the garden planting.  See the flyer for more information. Contact Betsy Adams, City of Kirkland Environmental Education & Outreach Specialist 425 587-3858
  • May 29: Finn Hill Neighborhood Community Meeting. From 7-9PM at the Finn Hill Junior High

April 2013

April 20: Work Party at Edith Moulton Park (108th Avenue NE at NE 137th), meet at Event 10 am. Hosted by the Juanita Neighborhood Association and the City of Kirkland. RSVP to Doug Rough at 425-821-5529 or send an email.

April 20: Juanita Bay Park Restoration Work Party. Saturday 10AM to 2PM. (2201 Market St., Kirkland WA) Sponsored by Juanita Bay Park Stewards and EarthCorps. Go to www.greenkirkland.org for “What to Bring” and Sign Up information.

April 27: Finn Hill Garage sale weekend. For more information on how to add your garage sale to the publicity list.

April 27-28:  Saturday noon – 6:30 and Sunday April 28 from 9 – 1:30 St. John Vianney 2nd annual plant sale! Location: (12600 84th Ave NE Kirkland, WA.) All profits go to fund the 23rd annual Esperanza Tijuana home building mission which 100′s of people on this hill have done! Speical orders prior to April 19 don’t upset us and we can and will special order for you after the sale.  contact Jan Kline, SJF Youth and Outreach, 425.823.0787 (plants include: Coreopsis, Bacopa plants and basket, Calibrachoa Superbells, Coleus, Diascia, Nemesia, Petunias, Verbena, Alyssum, Begonia, Cosmos, Dusty Miller, Impatiens, Lobelia, Marigolds, Nicotiana, Pansies, Schinzanthus, Snaps, and veggies.

April 27: 12:00 noon to 1:00 PM. Peter Kirk Community Center. Kirkland Heritage Society will  feature our Mr. Jerry Torell  from the Redmond Historical Society.  Jerry will tell us about how he was instrumental in placing the bicycle that we see on the right hand side along 85th heading into Redmond.  He will certainly have some history on the Redmond bike derby.   Hope to see you there.  12:00 Noon at the Peter Kirk Community Center in the lobby room.  Coffee and cookies are always served.  And being the Senior Center, there is always available parking.

March 2013

March 6:     Neighborhood Meeting @ 7pm March 16     Guided Nature Walk through the Madrona Grove in Big Finn Hill Park.  See the blog post for directions and details.

March 30:    Volunteer Opportunity at Juanita Woodlands, 9:00 AM on Saturday, March 30th. More Information.

Past Events: 2012

December 2012 December 16:    Christmas Ships at O.O. Denny Park, ships arrive at 7pm – come early to get a good spot!

November 2012 November 6:     Vote

October 2012 October 3:          Neighborhood Meeting, 7-9 PM, Finn Hill Junior High October 13:        Rain Garden Planting October 27:        Juanita Woodlands Clean UP volunteers needed

Mid-April Events: Garage Sales, Park Trails… and more

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Mid-April Events: Garage Sales, Park Trails… and more

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...

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April 26 Neighborhood Garage Sale: Fun, Free, and Fabulous

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April 26 Neighborhood Garage Sale: Fun, Free, and Fabulous

The Second Annual Finn Hill Neighborhood Garage Sale is April 26th. Treasures are found and money is made in this ultimate recycling event… Start collecting your clutter and sign up! Check it out: View the Map of the 2014 Fabulous Finn Hill Garage Sale Locations. The Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance (FHNA) will do it all: promotion, advertising, maps, and signage. 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Garage Sale Time If you would like to participate send the following information: Your Name Your Address Your e-mail Send a brief description of items for sale...

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Park Steward Training – Get Involved

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Park Steward Training – Get Involved

Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS) is running a FREE 10-week Native Plant Steward Training. The Green Kirkland Partnership is partnering with WNPS on this training and a group of WNPS stewards will be doing restoration at Everest Park in Kirkland (with the option to stay on as a Green Kirkland Partnership steward after their WNPS hours are completed). If you are interested in becoming a steward take this training! Application is due April 7th. More information posted on the WNPS...

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Kirkland’s StyroFest Upcoming Events

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Kirkland’s StyroFest Upcoming Events

Kirkland’s monthly StyroFest recycling events divert materials from landfill. The next weekend-long event begins on February 28. Since starting its unique plastic foam and packaging material recycling program three months ago, Kirkland residents have diverted an estimated 90 cubic yards from the landfill. StyroFest is the City of Kirkland’s collection event held on the fourth weekend of the month at the Public Works Maintenance Center located at 915 – 8th Street. The popularity of the events and continued positive feedback from...

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Planning Commission to Vote Thursday, Feb 13: Holmes Point Overlay Amendments

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Planning Commission to Vote Thursday, Feb 13: Holmes Point Overlay Amendments

Planning Commission to vote Thursday, Feb 13, on Holmes Point Overlay amendments The Holmes Point Overlay ordinance (also known as the Special District Overlay) was originally drafted in the 1990s by King County in conjunction with the Denny Creek Neighborhood Alliance (FHNA’s former name) and was incorporated into the Kirkland zoning code when Finn Hill was annexed a few years ago. The Holmes Point Overlay applies to properties west of Juanita Drive. In general terms, it requires that a certain portion of residential lots be set aside for...

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Meetings on Issues Feb 12-19: Metro’s Future, Neighborhood Plan Mtg, Kirkland Commission Vacancies, Holmes Point Overlay, Finn Hill Survey

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Meetings on Issues Feb 12-19: Metro’s Future, Neighborhood Plan Mtg, Kirkland Commission Vacancies, Holmes Point Overlay, Finn Hill Survey

Dear Finn Hill neighbors and friends: Here are some quick notes about relevant meetings and deadlines coming up during the next week: Feb 12 –Discuss Metro’s future with King County Council Members Jane Hague and Rod Dembowski: You should have received a postcard about this meeting, on  Wednesday, February 12, at 7pm in the Finn Hill Middle School cafeteria. The main topic for the meeting will be Metro service. Since the legislators in Olympia haven’t been able to agree on a transportation funding package, Metro faces significant service cuts...

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Finn Hill Neighborhood Meeting Wed., Jan 15

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Finn Hill Neighborhood Meeting Wed., Jan 15

Dear Finn Hill neighbors and friends: Happy 2014 everybody! Best wishes for the new year. Hopefully, you’ve now recycled your tree and, perhaps, some of the presents that weren’t quite what you wanted from Santa. In any event, with the holidays behind us, you can look forward to a lot of activities on Finn Hill that should be of interest: FHNA members’ meeting – “Visioning” the future of Kirkland and Finn Hill – Wednesday, January 15 at 7pm:  As you may know, Kirkland is starting the process for updating its Comprehensive Plan, which forms...

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Christmas Ships Emerge from Misty-Fog Cloaked Sky

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Christmas Ships Emerge from Misty-Fog Cloaked Sky

The mist gave the Christmas Ships a ghostly appearance as they drifted emerging from the fog in front of  O.O. Denny Park late Sunday afternoon. The ships’ reflections on the grey water swayed in the windless night. About 20 ships accompanied the Argosy Christmas Ship while The Pacific Sound Chorus performed a range of holiday classic songs. Hot chocolate under holiday lights and a huge bonfire warmed the several hundred people who listened to the songs from the drifting flotilla. This year the ships came early to O.O. Denny Park at...

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Don’t Miss the Christmas Ship!

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Don’t Miss the Christmas Ship!

Don’t Miss the Christmas Ship! The magnificent magical Christmas Ship with its sparkling elven entourage advents in late afternoon on the shoreline of Denny Park this year: 4 – 4:20pm,  Sunday, December 22. The firemen build us a rip roaring bonfire, the live music of The Dickens Carolers echoes across the water, the paths are lined with luminaries, hot chocolate warms the bellies, children’s eyes sparkle all along the waterline, and throngs of neighbors LOVE this annual event. Come one, come all, and bring your friends for...

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Volunteer in Big Finn Hill Park Sat. Dec 14

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Volunteer in Big Finn Hill Park Sat. Dec 14

Sparks flew during our work party to upgrade the Big Finn Hill kiosk base on Saturday Dec 7.  That’s what happens when one uses a pick ax on frozen soil with rocks.  We had an excellent turn out but chopping through the permafrost was slow and the volunteers were very warm.  After we discovered the gravel was frozen into the dump truck and the pile of dirt had a frozen crust, we decided to reconvene on Saturday Dec 14 (9:30 am) if Mother Nature permits. Please stop by to enjoy the new bench, a solid, comfortable work of art by King County...

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