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The Community Development committee is interested in hearing from people who would love to be involved in planning our community development fun activities and community outreach. We have two activities so far: The Annual Finn Hill Garage Sale in April and in the summer FHNA has a table and tent at the Juanita Beach farmers market. If you would like to learn more about volunteering at the market use the contact page on this site and address your interest to Kurt who heads up the Community Committee.
The Communications committee is interested in hearing from people who like to write about local interests, people, places and things. We need more bloggers for our FHNA web site. If you are interested in learning more use the contact page and send Kathy an email.
Every year about this time, the woods become alive with activity. Environmental and Adventure School (EAS) students are back in our beloved parks for their valued contributions to our healthy Finn Hill ecosystem. Today they tackled a patch in Big Finn Hill Park that has been receiving much TLC over the last couple of years. Initially Microsoft attacked the large blackberry patch pulling, pushing and tearing it back 40 feet from the trail. EAS followed closely on their heels and planted a diverse selection of cedar, doug fir, hemlock, Indian plum, elderberry last fall. Blackberries are persistent, so aren’t giving up and neither are we. Today we tackled the large vines creeping in from the edge, the ones missed last year and the babies germinating from blackberry seeds. This will give our trees and bushes a chance to keep growing. We were very surprised and pleased to discover we’d had > 98% survival of last fall’s tree planting (i.e. 2 deaths of 100+ plants) despite the long hot summer. That’s incredible, good job planting team. A pleasant aspect of a work party with EAS students is that it isn’t all work. They know the word “adventure” is their school’s middle name, and sure enough, we found a number of critters for further exploration and educational interludes. THANKS EAS! We will welcome you back. This slideshow requires...read more
Help keep the deer of Finn Hill fed! This is the only woodlands event this year. What: Volunteers are needed to help plant vegetation and to remove invasive species in Juanita Woodlands to create deer meadow. When: Come join us on Saturday, September 27th at 9am Where: Meet at 120th Street trail head on the east side of Juanita Drive at 76th. Over the past few years, many of you have helped restore the Juanita Woodlands by planting over 5000 trees and removing seemingly endless mats ivy, blackberries, and archangel. This year, we’ve got something different in mind: we’re going to clear out a meadow for the deer that frequent the Woodlands. We’ll be heading into the deep recesses of the park (sort of – the Woodlands aren’t that extensive), so you get to do a little exploring while lending a hand to Mother Nature and her creatures. We hope you’ll join us on the 27th. Additional details to come. The Juanita Woodlands is in need of a Volunteer Coordinator. If you have an interest in stewardship and would like to care for the Juanita Woodlands please contact Teresa Chilelli using the contact form on this web site. Tasks for the Volunteer Coordinator 2-3 times a year help send work party emails to the Woodlands volunteer list Assisting to place yard signs (A-Frames) to advertise the event Help during the work party event with sign in, refreshments, etc, Hours – maybe 10 hours leading up to each work party event (minimal – but rewarding) The following is from the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife website: Living with Wildlife Food and Feeding Habits Deer eat a wide variety of plants, but their main food item is browse—the growing tips of trees and shrubs. In late winter and early spring, deer eat grass, clover, and other herbaceous plants (Table 2). Deer also eat fruit, nuts, acorns, fungi, lichens, and farm and garden crops if available. For their first few weeks of life, fawns thrive on milk, which is more than twice as rich in total solids as the best cow milk. Deer eat rapidly and, being ruminants, initially chew their food only enough to swallow it. This food is stored in a stomach called the “rumen.” From there it is regurgitated, then re-chewed before being swallowed again, entering a second stomach where digestion begins. From there it is passed into a third and then a fourth stomach, finally entering the intestine. Shelter and Range Needs Deer are sometimes referred to as “edge” species, meaning they thrive at the interface of openings and cover patches. This allows deer to feed in productive openings while being close to escape cover. Many wooded suburban environments, such as parks, greenbelts, golf courses, and roadsides, meet the needs of deer. Mule deer can move long distances during spring and fall migrations to avoid mountain snow. Mule deer summering in the Cascades migrate as far as 80 miles to reach adequate winter range. Black-tailed and white-tailed deer normally reside within a ½ to 3 square-mile area; in mountainous locations, they move to lower elevations for the...read more
Finn Hill friends and neighbors: This is a quick note to alert you to 2 community events coming up in September. DennyFest, Sunday, September 7 Yes, it’s our annual neighborhood celebration in O.O. Denny Park from noon to 4pm. As always the music will be terrific – Geoffrey Castle and his band will be back, joined by Bochinche, a fantastic Afro-Caribbean group – and the chili and pies will be great, and the dog show will be fun… and it will all be free! The bouncy house, the fortune teller, the magician, the crafts table will be there, along with plenty of food and beverages. I could go on, but I hope you’ve heard enough to make plans to swing by O.O. Denny on the afternoon of Sunday, September 7. Don’t miss it! For more information, stay tuned at the DennyFest page. Juanita Woodlands Volunteer Event, Saturday, September 27 Over the past few years, many of you have helped restore the Juanita Woodlands by planting over 5000 trees and removing seemingly endless mats ivy, blackberries, and archangel. This year, we’ve got something different in mind: we’re going to clear out a meadow for the deer that frequent the Woodlands. We’ll be heading into the deep recesses of the park (sort of – the Woodlands aren’t that extensive), so you get to do a little exploring while lending a hand to Mother Nature and her creatures. (See picture below of local Woodlands residents. Did you spot the cottontail?) We hope you’ll join us on the 27th, check out this previous post for more information. Additional details to come. Scott Morris Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance – President www.finnhillalliance.org | 206-972-9493 PO Box 682, Kirkland WA...read more
What: FHNA at the Juanita Beach Farmer’s Market ….. come volunteer and meet & greet your neighbors. Why: The purpose is offering Finn Hill residents who stop by the tent, an opportunity to sign up their email addresses for neighborhood news. Brochures are available on Finn Hill and Finn Hill park trail guides. When: This is a meet & greet FHNA neighborhood tent this Friday, August 15 and Friday, September 5. Shifts: Shifts are in 2 hour increments and hours begin at 2pm for setup and end at 8pm for takedown. #1: 2pm-4pm #2: 4pm-6pm #3: 6pm-8pm Contact Jaime Lusardo: Send email using FHNA contact form (click...read more
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 (i.e. baby clothing, toys, tools, etc.) Only your address and list of items for sale will be listed on our map. Send the above information on the web site contact page here: http://finnhillalliance.org/contact-us/ and we will do the rest. The last day to sign-up is on Thursday the 24th at midnight! Join the fun and help promote the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance. Last year we had 11 garage sales with reports that people had many shoppers and great success in sales. Join in! See last year’s garage sale, a win-win for everyone: Finn Hill’s 2013 Community Garage Sale. If you set up three or more garage sales on your street we have a surprise for you! View 2nd Annual Fabulous Finn Hill Garage Sale in a full screen...read more
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 Parks’ John Mabry. The bench footing is also on the agenda. Thank you all for coming out! I hope you can make it next Saturday, it is an excellent way to get ready for Christmas parties. Jeanette Leach is on the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance (FHNA) Board of Directors and heads up the Stewardship Committee. She is the King County Ambassador to Big Finn Hill Park. Contact info:...read more
Volunteer this Saturday at the planting work party in Juanita Heights Park, November 30th from 9-11:00 AM. Juanita Heights Park is located at the end of 89th PL NE. The area is east of St John Vienny church. The park includes a portion of the east side of Finn Hill. Volunteers work together to pull ivy and plant trees, shrubs and ground cover. This is a small park with a 1/4 mile loop trail. Dress for the weather, wear gloves and bring a shovel if you can. We will be planting about 50-70 small native ground covers and shrubs. More information on the park is at www.juanitaheightspark.com Kathy Schuler is on the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance Board – Communications and a Green Kirkland Steward of Juanita Heights Park. ...read more
There is a maintenance work party in Big Finn Hill Park scheduled for Saturday Dec 7 from 9:30 am to noon. We’ll meet by the Big Finn Hill Park sign on 138th PL about 100 yards west of Juanita Drive. The focus of our activities will be to build an elevated base for the new kiosk so that people who are less than 7 feet tall can read the signs on the boards. Wheel barrows and shovels for moving gravel will be useful. Of course, bring gloves and bottles of water. Jeanette Leach is on the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance (FHNA) Board of Directors and heads up the Stewardship Committee. She is the King County Ambassador to Big Finn Hill...read more
Volunteers needed to help with making hot chocolate and luminaries for the Christmas Ship 2013 Event in OO DennyPark on December 22. The event starts at 4:00 this year. If you can help please contact Kurt@finnhillalliance.orgread more
Gardeners and Friends of the Earth come help clear weeds at Thoreau Elementary School. Who: Weeding around Thoreau Elementary School What: Clearing Blackberries. General Weeding around the buldings Where: Thoreau Elementary School on the corner of 138th Street and 84th Avenue When: Each Wednesday from 1-3PM Drop in for as long as you can help. Contact: Natalie Washburn email at email@example.com or call (425) 825-5732. Natalie is on the Thoreau School grounds working on Wednesdays from 1-3PM if you want to stop...read more