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September is National Recovery Month
September 3, 2019

September 2019 National Recovery Month

This year the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) celebrates the 30th anniversary of National Recovery Month (Recovery Month). Recovery Month promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible and encourages citizens and communities to take action to help expand, improve, and support the availability of effective recovery services. The theme for this year’s Recovery Month is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger.” City staff prepared a proclamation for the Mayor to declare September 2019 as National Recovery Month in Kirkland at the September 3, 2019 City Council Meeting

For more information on resources, please visit SAMHSA's web page

Eastside Welcoming Week September 13-22, 2019
September 3, 2019

ERIC Welcoming Week

At the September 3, 2019 City Council Meeting, Mayor Sweet will join the mayors of Bellevue, Issaquah, Redmond and Sammamish in proclaiming September 13 through September 22, 2019 as Eastside Welcoming Week. Our East King County celebration features over 30 events where people from diverse backgrounds come together to connect and celebrate. The Eastside Refugee and Immigrant Coalition, along with the proclaimed cities join Welcoming America in building a nation of neighbors. A list of events can be found on the Eastside Refugee and Immigrant Coalition’s Online Calendar.

Events in Kirkland:

Welcome to Juanita 
Saturday, Sept. 14, 12-3pm
Location: Edith Moulton Park, 108th Ave NE and NE 137th Pl, Kirkland WA 98034
Description: Newcomers and established residents are invited to join the Welcoming Week celebration. Come learn about community resources, enjoy music and dance from other cultures, and make new friends. Free food, prizes, and much more!

Welcome to Shelbyville: A Documentary Film and Discussion on our Immigration Experience
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 6:30-8:30pm Host: King County Library System
Location: Kingsgate Library, 12315 NE 143rd ST, Kirkland WA 98034
Description: Join the library for a celebration and film screening for National Welcoming Week, bringing together immigrants, refugees and native-born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone.

National Diaper Need Awareness Week September 23-29, 2019
September 3, 2019

Diaper Need Awareness Week 2019

National Diaper Need Awareness Week draws attention to the issue of diaper need in the U.S. Kirkland is proud to be home to various community organizations that receive diapers from Eastside Baby Corner at no charge to help families in Kirkland. The City, through proclamation, recognizes the importance of diapers in helping provide economic stability for families and the distribution of diapers to disadvantaged families through various channels. To find ways to participate visit the National Diaper Bank Network online.

Notice of Public Comment Proposed 2020 Community Development Block Grant Projects
August 7, 2019

The primary objective of the federal Community Development Block Grant program is to support the development of viable urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment via community facilities and public infrastructure, and expanded economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income.

The opportunity to comment will be held on August 27, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers at Kirkland City Hall, 123 5th Avenue, Kirkland, WA 98033. The City of Kirkland will allocate approximately $212,650 in 2020 CDBG funds to projects that are consistent with the objectives and policies of the King County Consortium Consolidated Housing and Community Development Plan for 2020-2024 and federal regulations. Please read Proposed 2020 Community Development Block Grant Projects (PDF)  for more details.

Hopelink: Free ESL Classes
July 29, 2019

Hopelink Fall 2019 ESL Program
Free English classes for immigrants and refugees begin September 9 at Hopelink! 

• Develop English speaking, listening, reading, writing, and technology skills
• Prepare to get a job or a better job, and practice job interviews
• Learn about college and job training programs

Step 1: Choose a location: Kirkland, Redmond, Bellevue, or Shoreline
Step 2: Contact Hopelink to register. Registration opens August 1st. contact 425-250-3007 or 
Step 3: Required for enrollment: Attend orientation, part 1 and part 2
Step 4: Start class! Fall classes are September 16th – November 21st 

Go to Hopelink's Free ESL Program Pagelinks to external site for more information.

Community Needs Survey - Meeting the Needs of Immigrant Communities on the Eastside
April 24, 2019

Human services staff from Eastside cities are conducting focus groups, surveys, and interviews to better understand the needs related to the changing demographics of our community and to understand how these needs are being met. Based on your role in the community, we would like to hear your experience working with individuals and families of diverse backgrounds. Would you like to help inform Eastside cities how to meet better the needs of immigrant and refugee individuals and families in our community? If so, please take this brief surveylinks to external site.


Groundbreaking for Kirkland Shelter
April 10, 2019
April 10 2019 Groundbreaking for Kirkland Shelter

Pictured Left to Right: Former State Representative Joan McBride, Councilmember Kelli Curtis, Councilmember Tom Neir, Human Services Supervisor Leslie Miller, Mayor Penny Sweet, Councilmember Toby Nixon, Deputy City Manager Tracey Dunlap, City Manager Kurt Triplett, Councilmember Dave Asher, Neighborhood Services Coordinator David Wolbrecht. Image courtesy of Michele Ahearn.

On Wednesday, April 10, City leaders joined community partners at a groundbreaking for the new permanent Kirkland Shelter, for women and for families. This project will provide welcoming shelter and focused services for people experiencing homelessness. This partnership of faith communities, non-profit shelter and housing providers, and local, county and state government will help those in desperate need in our community.
More information here links to external site

Parks Department Hours:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday
123 5th Ave  Kirkland, WA 98033

General Inquiries
T. 425.587.3300 | F. 425.587.3303
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