Kirkland obviously leads a charmed existence. Even the weather cooperated last night for the finale of the city's 100th-birthday bash. The outdoor portion of...

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Kirkland obviously leads a charmed existence. Even the weather cooperated last night for the finale of the city’s 100th-birthday bash. The outdoor portion of the party stayed dry — a lull between rainstorms — as Kirkland residents and supporters gathered for the final shindig in a centennial celebration that started in February.

There were clowns, fireworks, local bands, a history display, singing, cake and gifts. The party spread from Peter Kirk Park to the Senior Center to the Teen Union Building and the Kirkland Performance Center. Kids left a trail of balloons and cake frosting throughout the party — certainly a sign of a good time from the toddler viewpoint.

In the Senior Center, adults crowded around a dozen or so display boards of historical photographs and write-ups. The storyboards, put together by David Cantrill of the Kirkland Heritage Society, highlighted different decades in the city’s history. The series was on display at City Hall throughout the year.

In the Kirkland Performance Center, Mayor Mary-Alyce Burleigh and 45th District state Rep. Larry Springer welcomed guests to the party. They began the welcomes as people arrived, calling out names of former mayors and council members and current community leaders. The terrific Juanita High School jazz band played in the background.

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Hidden behind the crazy makeup and costumes, the clowns included Penny Sweet, who chairs the town’s annual Fourth of July event, and Terri Fletcher, one of Kirkland’s top real-estate agents and avid Seahawks fan.

Peter Kirk was in a light-hearted mood. Rob Mullin, the Kirkland city Web master, has played the founder at events and in historical vignettes on the city television channel.

How could he not be?

Not every founding father gets treated to “Happy Birthday” sung by eight local women each dressed as Marilyn Monroe doing a parody of the movie star singing at President Kennedy’s birthday party.

The Marilyn Monroes are book-club members. They also dressed as a team of Marilyns for the annual Fourth of July parade.

Purr-fect show

Things will be purring along soon at Issaquah’s Village Theatre. Tickets went on sale last week for “Cats,” which opens Nov. 9 for a two-month run.

Despite the characters being junkyard felines, “Cats” comes with a high pedigree. Like “Annie,” “Hello, Dolly!” and “The Music Man,” the musical draws big crowds.

It is the first time this former Broadway and London hit has been produced locally.

Local hit

Kids in Fall City already are looking forward to next year’s baseball season.

The Fall City Field, the only baseball park in town, recently received a $10,000 makeover. The face-lift was courtesy of Farmers Insurance and employees who volunteered for the manual labor, and KOMO-AM (1000) radio.

A new irrigation system was installed, the dugouts were remodeled, the infield was resurfaced with new dirt and landscaping was added around the perimeter of the field.

Sherry Grindeland: 206-515-5633 or