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Kirkland will celebrate its 100th birthday today with fireworks, birthday cake, concerts and live performances downtown.

The centennial festivities begin at 5 p.m. at the Kirkland Senior Center, 352 Kirkland Ave., where folks can stroll through a history exhibit until 9 p.m. The Kirkland Teen Union Building, 348 Kirkland Ave., will feature live music from 6 to 9 p.m.

Catch the birthday party from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. at the Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., followed by performances at Peter Kirk Park, 202 Third St., from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. If clear skies hold out, the park will be the spot to view the birthday fireworks at 7:45 p.m.

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For more information, visit www.kirkland100.com or call the special-events hotline at 425-587-3003.


Search under way for missing man

Bellevue police are trying to find a man who has been missing from his Somerset-area home since Oct. 2.

Missing is Patrick D. Hoogen, 60, who walked away from his home at about 3 p.m. that day and hasn’t been seen since.

Hoogen has failing eyesight. His girlfriend and partner of 17 years also is looking for him, and King County Sheriff’s Office search-and-rescue units have been brought in to help.

Hoogen is fond of walking local trails, and the search area has focused on community foot paths and greenbelts near the Somerset, Highland and Coal Creek areas.

Hoogen was wearing a pullover parka and a gray tweed golf cap when he left the house.

The investigation had focused on people or places he may have visited and financial transactions that may provide a clue to his whereabouts but is now becoming a search of areas close to his home.

No foul play is suspected. Anyone with information is asked to call 911.


No land-use changes to “Auto Row”

The Bellevue City Council this week approved a 60-day moratorium on land-use changes to “Auto Row,” the string of car dealerships on 116th Avenue just east of Interstate 405.

The moratorium, approved Monday night and effective immediately, was designed to block any building applications until the city can finish its development plan for the area. City officials need to decide what kind of development and traffic they want in the moratorium area, which runs along the east side of 116th between Northeast Eighth and Southeast Third streets.

A landowner was considering whether to redevelop one-third of the study area, and city officials wanted to complete the study before the landowner turned in a building application, city spokesman Tim Waters said.

The council could extend the moratorium to six months but only after a public hearing, which is scheduled for Nov. 7.


Police search for robbery suspect

Woodinville police are looking for information about a man who robbed an espresso stand Monday night.

The robbery took place about 6:45 p.m. at the Mercury Madness stand in the 12800 block of Northeast 175th Street.

The man walked up to a barista at the stand and displayed a knife. He then demanded all the money and told her to place it in her purse. The suspect then fled south on foot with the purse.

A search by officers and a police dog was unsuccessful.

Woodinville police are asking that anyone with information related to the robbery call 911.


Free car care for single moms

A free car-care clinic for single mothers will be held Saturday at Clearview Foursquare Church. The service is a partnership between the Northshore YMCA and the church.

Volunteers will change oil, check fluids and complete other minor auto maintenance for up to 100 single mothers.

Registration, which is required to participate, closes today. To register, call the Northshore YMCA at 425-485-9797. The church is at 17210 Highway 9 S.E.


Ex-Children’s CEO on board of Bastyr

Treuman Katz, former chief executive officer of Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center in Seattle, has been named to the board of trustees of Kenmore’s Bastyr University.

Katz retired Sept. 30 after serving as president and CEO of Children’s for 26 years.

Bastyr noted that having Katz accept the position on the Bastyr board marks another step toward the merging of traditional medical practices and the natural-medicine concepts that form the basis of the teachings at Bastyr, which has its campus at 14500 Juanita Drive N.E.


Park is subject of meeting tonight

A meeting related to the Wallace Swamp Creek Park master plan in Kenmore will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the Northshore Utility District office, 6830 N.E. 185th St., Kenmore.

The meeting is to consider adding a combination of Little League and baseball/soccer fields to the plan, along with the possibility of a tennis court and basketball area.

On July 18 the City Council requested consideration of changes after reviewing the proposed plan, which had been reviewed with adjoining neighborhoods in April.

The 17-acre park is next to Kenmore Elementary School at 68th and 73rd Avenues Northeast near Northeast 192nd Street and is minimally developed.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau