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.
According to King 5 News, expect delays early Thursday morning, November 10th on the 520 Bridge as crews will be closing the drawnspan for up to 30 minutes somewhere between the time of 12:00-5:00am to perform monthly testing and maintenance work. If you absolutely need to travel over 520 during those times, click www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/seattle before you leave to check out the traffic.
The popular Seattle burger joint, Lunchbox Laboratory, is opening a new Bellevue location in December. Lunchbox Laboratory has a South Lake Union location, and the Eastside joint will be located in the Elements apartment complex at 989 112th Avenue N.E. in downtown Bellevue. Get ready for some good eats, Bellevue. See the full report here.
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.
A power station in Redmond caught on fire today and black smoke can be seen all the way from Seattle (See photo). The fire has caused several areas to loose power, including parts of Kirkland and Redmond. Please click on King 5 to learn more about the story.
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.
The Bellevue Galleria in downtown Bellevue sold to Thor Equities this week for $87.5 million. The building is comprised of restaurants, shops, office space and parking garage. Bellevue Galleria was built in 1999 and is 204,000 sf in size. The Galleria has always been a great staple of Bellevue’s downtown area. Bellevue continues to expand in the residential realm, so it’s no wonder NYC based Thor Equities wanted their first Northwestern purchase to be in the city of Bellevue. Check out this Seattle Times article to find more information on the commercial sale.
In 1988, Kemper Development built a helicopter landing pad on top of the Bank of American Building in Downtown Bellevue and they may finally get to use it. This week, the Bellevue City Council voted to approve regular use of the pad as long as it adheres to city noise guidelines, according to a Seattle Times article. All flights will have to follow specific routes and helicopters can only fly Mon-Fri, and Sat. The Federal Aviation Administration has no qualms, and the city will give a final decision next week.
One of the best holiday shows around, Downtown Bellevue’s Snowflake Lane, is running now through Christmas Eve. The sixth annual show is brought to you by The Bellevue Collection and features lights, music and live toy soldiers, who line the sidewalks of Bellevue Way and NE 8th Street. Visitors also enjoy the most charming part of Snowflake Lane, the magical “snow” which actually falls from above. This year, new characters inspired by “The Nutcracker” have been introduced to the lane. They include a Snow King and Queen, Sugar Plum Fairies and Mice. The event is free to the public and is nightly beginning at 7:00 pm. Signature Snowflake Lane Ornaments are available for purchase ($10) and half of all proceeds go to Overlake Service League. Pictured to the left, Snowflake Lane is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Parking is free and available at Bellevue Square, Bellevue Place and Lincoln Square. Don’t miss this beautiful holiday tradition!