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.

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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: 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.
  • Community Meetings: General meetings and board meetings, dates and information can be viewed on the Community Meetings page.
  • 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.
  • Fourth of July Parade: Join the Kirkland Parade with Finn Hill Alliance.

Volunteer coordinator needed  for the Juanita Woodlands work parties.  Someone is needed to do the community outreach announcing the work party events and to send email notifications to  people on our volunteer list. Use the contact form to volunteer. There is a BIG need before the deer glade building work party coming up this fall.

Volunteer in the FHNA membership tent at the  December 21 Christmas Ship event. Use the contact form to volunteer.

Volunteer writers needed for the web site. Use the contact form to volunteer attention: Kathy!


Upcoming & Recent Events

DECEMBER 2016

  • Dec 18: Christmas Ships Sunday, OO Denny Park –  Boat stop and bonfire time: 7:25pm to 7:45pm.

OCTOBER 2016

  • Oct 15: Arbor Day at O.O. Denny Park, from 10am to 2pm. Join the Green Kirkland Partnership, Washington Department of Natural Resources, the City of Kirkland Planning Department, and EarthCorps as we celebrate all the hard work that trees do on our behalf: filter our air, clean our water, create habitat for urban wildlife and calm peaceful places for us to enjoy nature. Volunteers will spend the time planting over 250 native trees, shrubs, and ground covers and removing invasive plants!  Volunteer as an individual or organize a group of your friends, co-workers or family members to volunteer with you. Register to volunteer at www.greenkirkland.org

 

Past Events: 2016

SEPTEMBER 2016

  • Sept 9: Juanita Woodlands work party. Help us host Expedia volunteers at this work party on September 9. For the past few years, our neighborhood has been very fortunate to have Expedia’s volunteers come out for a day to help clean up our woodlands. They will be back in force on Friday, September 9, and we need a handful of Finn Hill residents to coordinate work groups and handle some basic logistics. Can you help? Contact FHNA board member Jeanette Leach (board@finnhillalliance.org) for details.
  • Sept 17: DennyFest. More informationGeoffrey Castle will be back with his electric fiddle and band. We have some new musicians, too. And to add a touch of class, we’re planning to set up a wine and cheese tent. Event volunteers are needed, too. Contact Marc Ackerman (board@finnhillalliance.org), our DennyFest impresario, for details on volunteering or being part of the dog show, pie or chili contest.

AUGUST 2016

  • Aug 6: O.O. Denny Park volunteer work party on Saturday, August 6 from 9am to noon. The Green Kirkland Partnership is holding another event to remove invasive plants (ivy, blackberries, etc.) from the park. Meet in the gravel parking lot on the east side of Holmes Point Drive, opposite from the park’s main lawn. More info is on the Green Kirkland Partnership website. You can also contact FHNA member Ken Goodwin (board@finnhillalliance.org), who is organizing the event.
  • Aug 24: Big Finn Hill Trails meeting, 7 pm at the Inglewood Presbyterian or Big Finn Picnic shelter (TBD)

  • Aug 27: Big Finn Hill Volunteer Event. Event is at the Big Finn Hill Park on August 27th 9am-1pm. Day of Event Contact is Lina Rose, 206.491.5014. Please contact Lina directly to RSVP prior to the event lina.rose@kingcounty.gov. More information. 

JULY 2016

  • July 20: Big Finn Hill Trails meeting, 7 pm at the Inglewood Presbyterian or Big Finn Picnic shelter (TBD)

JUNE 2016:

  • June 29: Learning to Live with urban Wildlife Workshop. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m., at Kirkland City Hall, 123 5th Ave, in the City Council Chambers. The event is sponsored by the City of Kirkland in conjunction with Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife and the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Wildlife Services. Visit Kirklandwa.gov for more information or contact Lorrie McKay, Intergovernmental Relation Manager, City of Kirkland, at 425-587-3009 or lmckay@kirklandwa.gov.
  • Friday, June 24: Food truck rodeo at Juanita Friday Market.
  • Saturday, June 11: O.O. Denny Park restoration party on Saturday, June 11 – Volunteers needed!  The Green Kirkland Partnership is sponsoring a work party this Saturday from 9am to noon at O.O. Denny Park. The objective is to remove forest-killing invasive species like ivy and blackberries. You can find details and register on the City’s Green Kirkland Partnership web page. You can also contact Ken Goodwin, who will be leading the work party, at goodwin.hp@gmail.com.
  • Wednesday, June 15: Finn Hill neighbors’ meeting on Wednesday, June 15 at St. John Vianney Church. The Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance invites all Finn Hill residents to a meeting in the Social Hall of St. John Vianney Church on June 15 at 7pm to hear presentations on: Options for rapid transit on the Cross Kirkland Corridor, Proposed development of the St. Edward seminary building in St. Edward Park, Update on location of future fire station to serve eastern Finn Hill.
  • Wednesday, June 15: Big Finn Hill Trails meeting, 7 pm at the Inglewood Presbyterian.

MAY 2016:

  • Tuesday, May 3: GiveBig & Support FHNA. Every year in May, the Seattle Foundation sponsors GiveBIG, a one day event in which the foundation adds money to whatever you contribute that day to your favorite non-profits. This is a terrific way to add some bang to your charitable bucks. Donate Now or Learn More.
  • Saturday, May 14: A big recycling event is scheduled for May 14th from 9AM to 3PM at Lake Washington High School, and they’re accepting a variety of items including refrigerators, toilets, propane tanks, and batteries. For a full list of accepted items, and more details about the event, visit the web site

APRIL 2016:

  • Saturday, April 9: Juanita Woodlands Work Party, contact Jeanette@finnhillalliance.org or fill out the contact form on this site for more information.
  • Sunday, April 17: The Kirkland Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) contact Finn Hill resident Susan Vossler vosslerm1@comcast.net if you are interested in attending contact her.
  • Friday, April 22: The Kirkland Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) will have a table at the Earth Day Celebration at Evergreen Hospital on April 22. From 10am to 2pm.
  • Saturday, April 30:  Finn Hill Neighborhood Annual Garage Sale. For more information on how to participate in the publicity, visit the Garage Sale page.

MARCH 2016:

  • Wednesday, March 23: Finn Hill Neighborhood Annual Meeting,   7:00 pm · Finn Hill Middle School Commons,  8040 NE 132nd Street · Kirkland WA 98034

FEBRUARY 2016:

  • Sunday, February 28: The Kirkland Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) contact Finn Hill resident Susan Vossler vosslerm1@comcast.net if you are interested in attending. Learn more.
  • Wednesday, February 24: Finn Hill Neighborhood Plan Priorities Forum,   7:00 pm · Finn Hill Middle School Commons,  8040 NE 132nd Street · Kirkland WA 98034
  • Saturday, February 6: The City of Kirkland Office of Emergency Management & Greater Kirkland Citizen Corps Council are hosting a Disaster Open House in the Council Chambers of Kirkland City Hall this Saturday, February 6th.  Come see a series of highly entertaining and interactive vignettes that run at the start of every hour: 10:00 am, 11:00 am, and 12:00 pm

JANUARY 2016:

  • Saturday, January 30  9:00-noon The city is hosting a hands-on event for those who are interested in learning about critical communication relays, different types of equipment and the use of such equipment in an emergency. 9:00-noon at the Inglewood Presbyterian Church, 7718 NE 141st St, Kirkland Contact: mary@defriel.com or 425-802-1881
  • Tuesday, January 19  Kirkland City Council meeting, agenda here.

Past Events: 2015

December 2015:

  • Saturday, December 19  Christmas Ship at OO Denny Park from 4pm – 4:20pm – Watch the ships sail past, warm up around a big bon fire, drink hot chocolate, join your neighbors.

November 2015:

  • November 14 from 10am – 2pm – Neighborhood Plan Workshop. This session is scheduled from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, November 14, at the Finn Hill Middle School. All Finn Hill residents are invited to attend! In order to help us prepare for the meeting, we would appreciate your letting us know of your interest in participating. We plan to have drinks and food (pizzas, pastas, and salads) available. email board@finnhillalliance.org
  • November Every Monday: (November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30). Weekly volunteer events. Every Monday, 9-11am, meet at O.O. Denny Parking lot. Volunteers are needed to work with the Green Kirkland Park Steward, Dave Kreul.  The team will spend two hours a week removing invasive plants and planting native plants in order to maintain a beautiful and healthy forest. All tools and gloves are provided for volunteers. Come join the group. For more information, email dave_cheryl2@msn.com

OCTOBER 2015:

  • Octotober 12: Finn Hill Fire Station Plan – Community meeting on Monday, October 12 – Finn Hill Middle School from 7pm to 9pm
  • October 15: Neighborhood Plan Meeting from 5:00 to 7:30 PM at Finn Hill Middle School, students from the Green Future’s Lab out of the University of Washington will be conducting a neighborhood plan listening session and open house.
  • October 25: The Kirkland Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) is having their next meeting on October 25. For more information, email vosslerm1@me.com
  • October 26: First of the weekly volunteer events. Every Monday, 9-11am, meet at O.O. Denny Parking lot. Volunteers are needed to work with the Green Kirkland Park Steward, Dave Kreul. Weekly sessions will start on October 26th. The team will spend two hours a week removing invasive plants and planting native plants in order to maintain a beautiful and healthy forest. All tools and gloves are provided for volunteers. Come join the group. For more information, email dave_cheryl2@msn.com
  • October 29: 10:00 AM – 3:00PM Come check out Kirkland’s Energy Conservation Workshop and Lighting Fair! Stop by the Peter Kirk Room on October 29th between 10am and 3pm to get low-cost LEDs, chat with PSE’s Energy Advisors, learn about water conservation from Cascade Water Alliance and more. For more information go to: http://bit.ly/1KRSwnA

SEPTEMBER 2015:

  • September 13: DennyFest

AUGUST 2015

  • August 11: Solarize Kirkland informational workshop from 7 – 9pm at Kirkland City Hall, 123 Fifth Avenue. Solarize Kirkland is designed to encourage a group purchase, or “bulk buy,” of solar arrays and the campaign aims to help Kirkland residents and businesses achieve an affordable and successful solar installation. The program provides a reduced cost and easy installation of solar panels on homes, businesses, and multi-family units.  This informational workshop is for home and business owners and property managers. Two other workshops will be held in September, but are not yet scheduled. More Information.

JULY 2015:

  • July 4: Finn Hill participates in the Kirkland 4th of July parade.  Join in, request information on the contact form.
  • July 16: Solarize Kirkland informational workshop on July 16 from 7 – 9pm at Kirkland City Hall, 123 Fifth Avenue. Solarize Kirkland is designed to encourage a group purchase, or “bulk buy,” of solar arrays and the campaign aims to help Kirkland residents and businesses achieve an affordable and successful solar installation. The program provides a reduced cost and easy installation of solar panels on homes, businesses, and multi-family units.  More Information.

JUNE 2015:

  • June 27: Styrofoam Recycling Event from 8am – 4pm at the Kirkland Public Works Maintenance Center, 915 8th Street. Recycle styrofoam at this monthly staffed event the fourth Saturday of every month. Drop-off is Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Items brought for recycling must be clean and dry. More information.

MAY 2015:

  • May 9: Kirkland’s Recycling Event, 9am – 3pm at the Lake Washington High School Parking Lot, 12033 NE 80th Street. The Recycling Collection Event is a twice-a-year event that allows Kirkland residents to dispose of recyclable items that are not normally accepted during weekly recycling collection service or through product stewardship programs. Instead of ending up in the landfill if thrown away as trash, all items collected at the event will be recycled. More info here.
  • May 9: Kirkland New Steward Orientation, Saturday from 10am – 2pm. Learn about becoming a Green Kirkland Steward. Free training to become a wise backyard native gardener and become one of many trained volunteers who take on a leadership roles in the restoration activities of a park. The Orientation is FREE and materials and lunch will be provided. All attendees must register in advance. Learn more here.
  • May 25: Kirkland’s 7 Hills Bike Ride, on Memorial Day. EvergreenHealth 7 Hills of Kirkland – one of the Northwest’s premier cycling events. Learn more at 7hillskirkland.org
  • May 26: Northshore Utility District free Savvy Gardener Workshop, from 6:30pm – 8pm at Northshore Utility District 6830 NE 185th St. Kenmore, WA 98028. Susie Egan owner of Cottage Lake Gardens will share her favorite types of plants—native trees, shrubs, perennials, ferns and ground covers. Reserve your spot call 425 398-4417 or go to the website. Learn more here.
  • May 27: Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance is hosting a Spring Meeting Wednesday, May 27, at 7pm in the Finn Hill Middle School cafeteria (8040 132nd Street). Please join us for updates and discussions on a number of important topics. More info here.

APRIL 2015:

JANUARY 2015:

  • January 30: Community Kitchen, 6-9pm at Inglewood Presbyterian Church, is Japanese-themed. Menu: Miso, Sushi, Tsukemono, Curry Udon, and Mochi with Kinako. A Japanese friend of mine from Tokyo will be there to assist us, particularly with rolling sushi. For more information contact Annette Stephenson at: info@eastsidecommunitykitchen.org.

Past Events: 2014

DECEMBER 2014:

  • December 12: Community Kitchen, 6-9pm at Inglewood Presbyterian Church. This month is Mexican-themed. Menu: Tamales, Jicama Salad with Tangerines and Cilantro, Frijoles Borrachos, and Platanos Machos Fritos con Crema (fried plantains). I’m getting a little menu/recipe help from my Latina friend, Simona Martinez, who has a catering company. For more information contact Annette Stephenson at: info@eastsidecommunitykitchen.org
  • December 21: 4:00 PM Christmas Ship at OO Denny Park enjoy the Dickens Carolers Performances: 4:00-4:20 there will be a bonfire and hot chocolate. Learn More. For more information go to: http://www.argosycruises.com/dining-cruises/christmas-ship-festival/

NOVEMBER 2014:

  • November 12: At an Open House to be held on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, Kirkland citizens can talk with city staff about proposed changes to the City’s Comprehensive Plan regarding land use, housing, transportation, public services, environmental protection and other essential policies.
  • November 18: City Council meeting, holding a public budget hearing for $8.3 Mil. Firehouse Changes. Public comment about the proposed fire station and staffing funding is welcomed. More Information.
  • November 19: Neighborhood Meeting, 7 PM, Finn Hill Middle School. More Information

OCTOBER 2014:

  • October 18: Volunteer event on Saturday from 10:00 – 2:00. Juanita Heights Park – 46 volunteers needed in restoration activities including invasive species removal, restoration site maintenance, and mulching. The event will take place rain or shine, so plan and dress accordingly! Sign up: Earthcorps.org.
  • October 25: Work Party on Saturday from 9:00 – 11:00.  The work party is in Juanita Heights Park planting trees, shrubs and ground cover in areas cleared of invasives during 2014.  Please come and help in the restoration of this park on Finn Hill. The park is located at the end of the cul de sac on 89th PL NE. October 25, Saturday from 9:00 – 11:00.  Work party in Juanita Heights Park planting trees, shrubs and ground cover in areas cleared of invasives during 2014.  Please come and help in the restoration of this park on Finn Hill. The park is located at the end of the cul de sac on 89th PL NE. For more information, visit juanitaheightspark.com

SEPTEMBER 2014:

  • September 5: FHNA at Juanita Beach Market. Stop by the FHNA tent to pick up flyers on Finn Hill and trail maps. Volunteers needed to sit in the tent from 2:00 – 7:00.  If you have an hour or so to give to your neighborhood contact Jaime L. to volunteer.  Use the contact form on this web site
  • September 7: The Annual DennyFest is on Sunday in OO Denny Park from noon to 4pm. There will be live music, along with the bouncy house, the fortune teller, the magician, the crafts table will be there, plus plenty of food and beverages. More Information.
  • September 10: Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is having a public meeting about considering management options for the Saint Edward State Park Seminary building. The purpose of the meeting is to present the alternatives, explain the pros and cons, and staff recommendations. Meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Northshore Utility District Building in Kenmore (6830 NE 185th Street). More Information.
  • September 13: Big Finn Event from 9am to 1pm. Volunteer project to install a bench, reroute a swampy trail, and move some rocks. Meet by the lacrosse field parking lot but work will be done west of Juanita.
  • September 26: Community Kitchen  6-9pm at Inglewood Presbyterian Church. More information.
  • September 27: Juanita Woodlands Deer Meadow Planting. Starts at 9am at 120th Street trail head on the east side of Juanita Drive at 76th. Volunteers needed to help plant vegetation and remove invasive species in Juanita Woodlands to create a deer meadow. For more information click here.
  • September 30: City of Kirkland Online Survey Ends. The city seeks your opinion about communications. Survey is available online through September 30 at https://www.research.net/s/K2035Survey. More Information.

JULY 2014:

  • July 4: Join the city 4th of July parade.  Walk along side the FHNA antique car in the 4th of July parade.  Use the contact form to join or to find out more.

JUNE  2014:

  • June 10: Neighborhood Planning Workshop 6 pm Tuesday. City of Kirkland will hold another set of workshops  on neighborhood plans for the Finn Hill, Juanita, and Evergreen Hill (Kingsgate). The workshops will be held at the Latter Day Saints Church at 7910 NE 132nd – right here on Finn Hill, at the corner of 132nd and Juanita Drive. The event starts at 6:00pm http://finnhillalliance.org/2014/06/attend-tuesday-june-9-neighborhood-plan-workshop/
  • June 25: Neighborhood Meeting, 7 PM, Finn Hill Middle School. More Details.
  • June 27: Community Kitchen, 6-9pm at Inglewood Presbyterian Church. More Details.
  • June 28:  Work Party at Juanita Heights Park, 9:00 to 11:00 AM. We will be removing ivy, come join us.  www.juanitaheightspark.com

May 2014

  • May 30th: Inglewood’s Community Kitchen from 6pm to 9pm at Inglewood Presbyterian Church. Proposed Menu: BBQ Burgers, kale salad, and strawberry shortcake. Contact Annette at info@eastsidecommunitykitchen.org. More Details.
  • May 28th: 7 PM.  FHNA History Project and Kirkland Heritage Society Present Christina Brugman’s “First Families of Juanita” on Wednesday, May 28th at Heritage Hall in downtown Kirkland (203 Market St., Kirkland, WA 98033). Contact Barbara Radford for more details (425 820 2413). More Details.

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

Arbor Day at O.O. Denny Park

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Arbor Day at O.O. Denny Park

Saturday, October 15th 10am-2pm Join the Green Kirkland Partnership, Washington Department of Natural Resources, the City of Kirkland Planning Department, and EarthCorps as we celebrate all the hard work that trees do on our behalf: filter our air, clean our water, create habitat for urban wildlife and calm peaceful places for us to enjoy nature. Volunteers will spend the time planting over 250 native trees, shrubs, and ground covers and removing invasive plants!  Volunteer as an individual or organize a group of your friends, co-workers or...

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DennyFest 2016 in Pictures

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DennyFest 2016 in Pictures

DennyFest was the perfect antidote to cloudy skies. Several hundred Finn Hill residents came down to O.O. Denny Park and were treated to fantastic music, great burgers and hot dogs, a selection of pies and a tasty pot of chili. We had arts & crafts and a bouncy house for the kids, and a dog contest for our 4-legged friends. View the full DennyFest 2016 Photo Album on Flickr. Photos by Leah Berner Click on the images to view larger. Thank you Leah Berner for capturing DennyFest again this year. To see more of the photos that Leah has...

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Thank You DennyFest Sponsors and Volunteers

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Thank You DennyFest Sponsors and Volunteers

Thanks to the local businesses who helped sponsor DennyFest offsetting expenses and helping to keep it free for all who attend. Remember that when deciding if you should buy something online when it’s available locally. Thank you to the pie bakers and chili makers and to the Inglewood Presbyterian Church and Northshore Utility District for shuttle service.  Thank you to ALL volunteers who make DennyFest so successful each...

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All things Finn Hill in August & September (so far)

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All things Finn Hill in August & September (so far)

Dear Finn Hill neighbors and friends: Here’s a summary of upcoming opportunities to improve your neighborhood and have some fun at the same time: Comment on 100th Avenue improvements Comments are open through Friday, August 5. The City of Kirkland is planning a host of improvements to 100th Avenue, running south from Simonds Road along the eastern boundary of Finn Hill down to 132nd (the intersection with Juanita Elementary). You can learn more about the plans and provide your comments online through Friday, August 5. Click here for the...

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The National Night Out Party is Today, Aug. 2nd!

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The National Night Out Party is Today, Aug. 2nd!

Join us on August 2nd for the National Night Out Party! The party goes from 6pm – 9pm, and people will be gathering in front of 8210 NE 142nd Street. Details from Event Coordinator Hotdogs (meatless too), buns, and condiments will be provided. Please RSVP so she can buy accordingly. Cost is to offset the price of food provided. Shared Food: please label ingredients so those with food allergies or dietary concerns can know if they’re able to eat the homemade...

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Volunteer Event Information – Big Finn Hill Park on Aug. 27th

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Volunteer Event Information – Big Finn Hill Park on Aug. 27th

King County Parks King County’s award-winning Parks and Recreation system consists of 200 parks, 175 miles of trails and 28,000 acres of open space. In our 200 parks, you’ll find ballfields, playgrounds and pools, as well as lush forests, quiet meadows, and many other Northwest ecosystems. Volunteer Event Information Location: Big Finn Hill Park Date: August 27th 9am-1pm Day of Event Contact: Lina Rose, 206.491.5014. Please contact Lina directly to RSVP prior to the event lina.rose@kingcounty.gov Why your Volunteer Service is Important...

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Workshop on Coexisting with Urban Wildlife, plus other news and events

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Workshop on Coexisting with Urban Wildlife, plus other news and events

Kirkland News Bites: Upcoming Events Learning to live with urban wildlife Residents are invited to attend and participate in an educational  workshop focused on coexistence with urban wildlife and simple actions people can take to reduce conflict and live peacefully with creatures such as coyotes, cougars, deer, raccoons and black bear. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m., at Kirkland City Hall, 123 5th Ave, in the City Council Chambers. The event is sponsored by the City of Kirkland in conjunction with Washington...

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Neighborhood Meeting on Sound Transit, Cross Kirkland Corridor, St Edward Seminary Building

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Neighborhood Meeting on Sound Transit, Cross Kirkland Corridor, St Edward Seminary Building

About 50 people attended the June 15th Finn Hill neighborhood meeting at St. John Vianny church.  Several presenters fielded questions while sharing information on three controversial topics. Take some time learning about these issues and note any deadlines for public comment.  These three issues affect the quality of life on Finn Hill. New fire station for Finn Hill: Kirkland’s Deputy City Manager Marilynne Beard provided an update on Kirkland’s progress in finding an appropriate site for a new fire station to serve the eastern side of Finn...

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Neighborhood Meeting, Wed. June 15

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Neighborhood Meeting, Wed. June 15

This is a reminder that the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance is hosting a neighborhood meeting on Wednesday, June 15, at 7pm in the social hall of St. John Vianney Church at 12600 84th Avenue. This meeting is for everyone who lives in the Finn Hill neighborhood (and even those who don’t), so please come. We always think our neighborhood meetings are important – they concern issues that affect our daily lives, after all. This Wednesday’s agenda is no exception: it will focus on 3 items of particular interest to us as Finn Hill residents and...

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June Events: O.O. Denny work party and Wed June 15 neighborhood meeting…more

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June Events: O.O. Denny work party and Wed June 15 neighborhood meeting…more

Here are some June neighborhood events that we hope you’ll participate in and some updates that may be of interest. And this bulletin finishes with a BIG thank you to all of you who contributed to the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance during the GiveBIG event last month. O.O. Denny Park restoration party on Saturday, June 11 – Volunteers needed!  The Green Kirkland Partnership is sponsoring a work party this Saturday from 9am to noon at O.O. Denny Park. The objective is to remove forest-killing invasive species like ivy and blackberries. You...

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