Although this weekend's family reunion will be a private affair, the event has historical significance for Kirkland. Descendents of town founder...

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Although this weekend’s family reunion will be a private affair, the event has historical significance for Kirkland. Descendents of town founder Peter Kirk will gather to share stories and photographs with one another and the Kirkland Heritage Society.

The reunion, part of Kirkland’s Centennial Celebration, was organized by Bob Burke and David Cantrill and others in the Heritage community.

More than 50 people from 21 families are expected to attend Saturday’s gathering.

Packing party

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John Kenny of Bothell and other Redmond Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2995 members received new inspiration for their care package for the troops project. The group, along with volunteers from the Lynnwood Wal-Mart, will be preparing 100 boxes for mailing this afternoon.

They recently received a thank-you letter from an Air Force sergeant in Iraq.

“Everyone has been touched by your kindness and you’ve made some lonely soldiers/airmen smile and feel better,” wrote the young man.

He sent the group a small U.S. flag that had been carried on two convoys and two air missions.

“We’re not allowed to fly the flag in Iraq, but we carry her with us when we travel. We would like you to have her and let her keep you safe, as she has for us,” wrote the young man.

Good round

Putt’n on the Ritz, the annual benefit for Elder and Day Services (EADS) of Bellevue and Issaquah, was a big hit Sunday. The miniature and par-three golf tournament at Willows Run Golf Course in Redmond brought in more than $15,000.

Thank Susan Kruse, a volunteer from Wells Fargo Mortgage, for more than $2,000 of the grand total. Kruse organized the silent auction.

“Susan did such a good job we’ve already signed her up for next year,” said Paula Hardy, a director at EADS.

Must read

The August edition of Washington CEO Magazine should be a must-read for Bellevue residents.

It features Bellevue’s building boom — particularly Lincoln Square and Overlake Hospital. Included is an excellent sidebar on how Betty and Kemper Freeman Jr. have involved their family in the business of running Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square and Bellevue Place.

Name game

Although the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society had a great toad costume and willing workers to wear it, the garden mascot was nameless. Members organized a naming contest this summer and drummed up interest by taking the mascot to KidsFair at the recent Bellevue Arts and Crafts Fair.

The outing worked. More than 200 kids came up with suggestions.

The winner was suggested by 6-year-old Finn Davidson of Seattle, who won passes to Wild Waves Enchanted Village for suggesting, “Toadally.”

Runners-up included “Rhody the Toady” from Emily Hendricks of Bellevue, “Hoparella” from Jordan Lim of Sammamish and “Wilbertonia” from Hannah Tahutini of Mukilteo. (Bellevue Botanical Garden is on Wilburton Hill.)

Sherry Grindeland: 206-515-5633 or sgrindeland@seattletimes.com