Bellevue Botanical Gardens – Winter Wonderland

The Pond

From Now until December 31st go view the Bellevue Botanical Gardens where over a half million lights are used to transform the Bellevue Botanical Gardens into a truely magical place.  Hundreds of volunteers from all over the area have been busy making new creations for this year.  New this year is the theme “Snap d’ Dragon” who will join over 30 “critters” inlcuding Charlotte in her web and Willie the slug.  My favorite is the gorgeous pond and border display on the main lawn (picture above).  Over 150,000 people enjoy the amazing Bellevue Botanical Gardens in the month of December.

Hours are from 5:00pm – 10:00 and 9:30 is the lastest they will allow you to enter. 
Cost is $5 per person and children under the age of 10 are free and do not need a ticket. 
Please click here to buy your ticket in advance to assure entry.
This truely is magical place and it will really get you in the Holiday Spirit

520 Bridge Tolling To Begin December 29th

Get ready to pay, 520 bridge commuters, because tolling on Highway 520 between Bellevue and Seattle will begin on December 29th (for real this time.)  The tolling system has been delayed since Spring of this year due to technical issues, and the glitch(s) have finally been fixed.  On Wednesday, WSDOT announced the new start date so get your Good To Go passes as soon as possible.  The Good To Go pass provides drivers with a sticker that is electronically read and debits the user’s account.  Stickers are prepaid online, but drivers without a pass will still be billed with an extra $1.50 processing fee.  The new system technology reads chips inside Good To Go stickers, and photographs the license plates of cars without stickers.

Regular rates will vary between $2.20 and $3.50, the maximum charged for peak commute times.  The Good to Go pass works on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and the carpool lanes of Highway 167 as well.

The Highway 520 tolling program is expected to generate $1 billion to go towards the Highway 520 replacement project.  For more information, please visit the official project page. 

Bellevue Snowflake Lane

The annual Bellevue Snowflake Lane has arrived again.  Come out and join the fun at 7pm every night of the week in Downtown Bellevue. There is LIVE Toy Soldiers and winter characters, Music, magical snow fall and an amazing light show to brighten your night.  Bring your family and friends and grab a cup of cocoa and come join the fun, you wont be disappointed.  On the sidewalks of Bellevue Way and NE 8th, located at the Bellevue Collection.

2011 Bellevue Festival of Arts is July 29-31


The annual Bellevue Festivals of Art will take place this upcoming weekend just North of Bellevue Square shopping area in the Cost Plus World Market parking area.  Bellevue and other neighborhood residents can purchase and enjoy art pieces and craftsmanship by 180 of the most talented and popular artists in the Northwest at this event.  Traffic will be very heavy around the mall, so shoppers should use alternate routes and plan ahead. To learn more about the this event, please click on Bellevue Festivals of Art.

Movie Night at Bellevue Park

The annual Movie Night at Bellevue Park with will continue this year between July 5th-August 23rd and will be sponsored by Intelius.  Every Tuesday between these dates you can head down to Bellevue Park and catch a free movie and popcorn.  This is a great event for parents to bring their kids out too and it won’t cost them a dime.  Please click on the map link to see where Bellevue Park is located and go to Intelius to learn more about the event and featured films.

Kirkland Condo-Available for Rent


Three units were architecturally changed into one two bedroom unit with three baths. Extensive office space, large cooks kitchen, dining and living rooms for entertaining, his and hers baths in the master. Built-in wet-bar, flat screen TV’s, sliding doors to HUGE view of Lake WA, Seattle and moorage! West facing Lakeside stretches the width of the Building.  This rental in available for $3,500.  Find this rental and others by clicking here.

Status: Available
List Price: $3,500
Bed/Bath: 3,4

Lane Closures on 405 in Bellevue, Plus on Bridges

Road Closure I-405A portion of 405 in Bellevue will have lane closures this weekend.  Lanes of northbound I-405 from SE Eighth Street to Highway 520 will start closing at 11 PM Saturday night.  One lane will close at 11 PM, two will be closed at 1 AM Sunday, and three will be closed at 3 AM Sunday.  All three lanes will open no later than 10 AM Sunday morning.

Only one southbound lane on I-405 will be affected.  One lane between 520 and NE Fourth Street will be closed, but it will begin earlier, 7 PM Saturday night, and end by 10 AM Sunday morning.

In addition to the lane closures on I-405, some lanes will be closed on the I-90 bridge late Saturday night to early Sunday morning.    Despite the lane closures, I-90 will be the preferable route  between Bellevue and Seattle since the 520 bridge will be completely closed on Saturday night at 11:59 PM until Sunday morning at 7:30 AM.

There was no announcement if the closure of the 520 bridge applies to dogs.

Homesick Dog Heads Toward Bellevue Via 520

Dog on 520Zeb, an Australian shepherd, was spotted on the 520 bridge heading towards Bellevue.   Plenty of witnesses saw him on his journey, especially drivers on 520 bridge, many of which drove defensively and helped protect Zeb.  Turns out Zeb was merely homesick.  Zeb was staying in the Lake Union area, while his family was out of town.  Apparently, Zeb decided to head home to Madrona and some how wound up on the 520 bridge.  The State Department of Transportation tweeted saying a dog “walked entire length of 520 bridge!”  Zeb was later spotted in Medina, and finally found in Hunts Point, and is now safe at his Seattle home.

Zeb, is now the most famous dog on both sides of Lake Washington, and probably won’t forget his trip to the Eastside for a long time.