In other items: Kids' fund-raiser slated for Friday; and garden tours to aid Philharmonic League.

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A group of Kirkland merchants is throwing a party for about 300 members of a citizens group that had fought the downtown development of a large commercial and housing project.

The party will be hosted by 19 businesses in the downtown area on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. The celebration is to thank the hundreds of people involved in Citizens for a Vibrant Kirkland who attended city meetings and public hearings to lobby against a retail-and-condominium project at Lake Street and Central Way.

The development proved controversial because some people thought it was too large for downtown and would cause parking problems.

In March, the Kirkland City Council voted against the project, which would have been built on city-owned land.

The celebration will include drinks and appetizers and will take place at the Howard/Mandville Gallery, 120 Park Lane. For more information call: 425-889-8212.


Kids’ fund-raiser slated for Friday

Children’s Response Center will hold its annual fund-raiser, “To Heal a Child’s Heart,” Friday from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th St.

The goal is to raise money for counseling, advocacy, and prevention services for children and families affected by sexual assault and other traumatic events. There is no charge for the breakfast, but donations are requested. Sgt. LeAnne Shirey of the Seattle Police Department will discuss children and the Internet.

Established on the Eastside in 1985, Children’s Response Center offers prevention and education services and is managed by Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.


Garden tours to aid Philharmonic League

The Bellevue Philharmonic League will host its fifth annual “Symphony of Gardens Tour,” a fund-raiser to support the league’s music program on Sunday, June 26.

Bellevue Botanical Garden, a public garden owned by the city of Bellevue, and five private gardens in Kirkland, Medina and Yarrow Point, will offer tours between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Bellevue Botanical Garden event will feature live music and refreshments.

Tickets are $25 per person. Call 425-455-4171 for more information.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau