Even though we are in the thick of summer fun it is not too early to start thinking about those folks on our holiday shopping list. This year the Kirkland Alternative Holiday Gift Fair will once again be held at the Peter Kirk Center in downtown Kirkland.
It is a fun time and a great way to get all of your holiday shopping done at once while supporting a wide range of local, national, and international nonprofit organizations that are making the world a better place.
Put us on your calendar and make this wonderful event a part of your holiday tradition.
Fostering Interfaith Relationships on the Eastside (FIRE), a non-profit group that works to build trust and understanding among faith communities, invites members of all faith traditions and communities to walk with them in the 2018 Kirkland 4th of July Parade. The theme of the parade is “United We Stand”, which aligns well with FIRE’s mission.
Participants are encouraged to wear clothing typical for their faith to help show the diversity of faiths participating in the group, T-shirts promoting peace and understanding, or other clothing of their choice. Those walking should wear sensible shoes; hats and sunscreen are advised. Participants are welcome to carry signs and banners promoting peace, love, unity, and understanding.
The parade starts at Noon. It follows a route through Marina Park and around the downtown core, a total walking distance of about one mile. Participants are asked to line up at the designated point in the Market neighborhood north of Heritage Park by 11AM. The position in the parade and the exact location at which the FIRE group will assemble will be assigned around July 1.
Those interested in participating should email RSVP@fire-wa.org. Information on the group’s position in the parade, assembly point, and recommended parking locations will be sent before the parade date.
For more information on the parade including the route, visit http://celebratekirklandorg /parade.htm. For further information, email email@example.com .
The winter holidays are just around the corner. Avoid the stress of giving the perfect gift to your friends and family with a gift that is truly meaningful. At the KIN Alternative Giving Fair you can make a donation in the name of your recipient to wonderful local, national, and international nonprofit organizations.
How does it work?
You make a donation that can purchase a new window for a house being built by Habitat for Humanity, or that can pay for the training of a Hero Rat for landmine removal, or a night in a shelter for a homeless family.
You will receive a lovely card to give to your recipient explaining the donation that was made in their honor. No malls, no lines, no wrapping, and no wondering if it is the right size and color. Best of all it is a gift you give twice as it will bless someone in our community, nation, or world that is in need as well as your loved one.
Join us at the Peter Kirk Community Center on Saturday November 3rd between 9AM and 4PM. The address is 352 Kirkland Ave in downtown Kirkland.
Let this holiday season be filled with joy, surprise, and meaning with a gift from the KIN Alternative Holiday Giving Fair. See you there!
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Wednesday, June7 7:00 PM
Lake Washington United Methodist Church
7525 132nd Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98033
Come join us for a presentation and discussion with a representative from the Eastside affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI is our nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
Mental illness is not a weakness. It is biological in nature. Currently, one out of five people live with some form of mental illness. Who do you know or love who struggles with depression? Anxiety? Addiction? These are only three of the many types of mental illness that significantly affect our family and friends.
Our speaker is part of NAMI’s FaithNet, which strives to encourage welcoming, caring congregations as well as to promote the vital role spirituality in the recovery journeys of many who live with mental health conditions. It encourages the exchange of information, tools and other resources which will help educate and inspire faith communities about mental illness and the vital role spirituality plays in recovery for many.
Come with your questions and learn about resources, classes, outreach to teens, support groups, etc.
Care Day is a day devoted to connecting our neighbors in the Northshore area with immediate access to the services and resources they need. Attendees enjoy a hot meal and have access to free health services, groceries, haircuts, housing, public benefits, referrals to employment training, and much more.
Care Day 2017 is on June 29th, 10am-3pm at Northshore Junior High, 12101 NE 160th St, Bothell.
For more information, visit the Care Day website.
Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church screens a “Meaningful Movie” on the third Friday of each month. On May 19, 2017, the film will be “The Long Night”. Set in Seattle, the feature documentary film gives voice and meaning to the crisis of minors who are forced and coerced into the American sex trade. The film weaves together the stories of seven people whose lives are forever changed by domestic minor sex trafficking. The showing starts at 7PM at NUUC. Admission is free; donations accepted. For more information, visit https://meaningfulmovies.org/neighborhoods/kirkland-meaningful-movies/ and https://meaningfulmovies.org/events/the-long-night-2/.
At the KIN Meeting in May, we learned that Imagine Housing is planning now for the grand opening of Athene, the new affordable senior housing project in Totem Lake. They expect to open at the end of November and be filled by the end of December. There will be 91 units, 20 of which are reserved for seniors who had been homeless.
Imagine Housing will be looking for in-kind donations such as welcome baskets (household items and gift cards), snacks during move-in time, kitchen equipment, and community meals at Athene. They will also have a Christmas gift program for new residents, which will need to ramp up soon after opening. And since many of their new residents will have been previously homeless, they will be looking for donations of gently-used furniture to help people get started in their new homes.
Individuals and congregations who are interested in helping can contact Amanda Sherry at firstname.lastname@example.org. KIN will also be working on coordinated efforts!
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is responding to the many migrants fleeing war-torn regions such as Syria. To support UMCOR in this cause, please donate to UMCOR Global Refugee/Migration Advance #3022144. More information about the United Methodist Committee on Relief and its many projects can be found at www.umcor.org.
Are you or someone you know struggling to pay the electric bill? Hopelink’s energy assistance program may be able to help. Call the appointment line at 1-800-348-7144. The best time to call the line is Monday through Thursday at 9AM.
Have you ever wanted to volunteer but were not sure where to get started? At JustServe.org you can find out about numerous ways to serve your community. JustServe.org matches volunteers with organizations who need them. They notify you of opportunities that match your interests. You show up to help when and where you wish and fits into your busy schedule. This is a service provided try The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to foster relationships in the community to get needs met. Visit them today! www.JustServe.org.