Community calendar

November 25, 2008

Events 

Overlake Alumnae Panhellenic’s annual Scholarship Luncheon is Dec. 3 at Overlake Golf & Country Club, 8000 N.E. 16th St., Medina. Bridge begins at 10 a.m.; the luncheon is at 12:30 p.m. Cost of the event is $35 and includes a donation to the Scholarship Fund. Seating is limited. In 2008, 12 scholarships were awarded to college-bound Eastside high school senior girls. Learn more at www.overlakealumnaepanhellenic.org.

Listen to a live audio chat, “Worried About Flu? Illness is not Inevitable,” at 11 a.m. Dec. 2 at the Christian Science Reading Room, 195 Front St. N. 

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new 19,500-square-foot Sammamish library is at 3 p.m. Dec. 4 at 825 228th Ave. S.E., adjacent to the Sammamish Commons. The new library should be completed in 2010. Call 369-3276.

 

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Holiday Happenings

November 25, 2008

Cougar Mountain Zoo’s Reindeer Festival is from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Dec. 1-23 and Dec. 26-30. Visit Santa in his house, sit in the Grand Traveling Sleigh, write Santa a letter and deliver it to his personal mail box, hear an elf read favorite Christmas stories and watch Santa’s reindeer in action. Call 392-6278 or go to www.cougarmountainzoo.org.

The Issaquah Valley Senior Center annual Deck the Halls seasonal decorating party is from noon – 2 p.m. Dec. 1. Refreshments will be served. Call 392-2381.

The Issaquah History Museums’ annual holiday open house is from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N. This free event features homemade cookies, coffee and cocoa, activities for the whole family, live music, a holiday craft fair, a visit from Santa and a chance for children to make their own holiday crafts. For more information or to register your children for the craft, call 392-3500 or e-mail volunteer@issaquahhistory.org.

The annual Community Tree Lighting Celebration is from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the intersection of Front Street North, Dogwood Street and Rainier Boulevard. Celebrate the season and enjoy the traditions, treasures and tree lighting while joining together to meet Santa when he arrives at 5 p.m. There will be hot cocoa, cider, cookie decorating, music and caroling. Bring nonperishable items for the Issaquah Food Bank.

Master Chorus Eastside presents “Welcome Sir Christmas,” a lively exploration of Christmas customs and legends through song and story, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Eastlake Performing Arts Center, Eastlake High School, 400 228th Ave. N.E. Tickets are available by calling 392-8446, online at www.ticketweb.com or at the door.

The annual Issaquah Highlands Christmas Festival is from 4-7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Village Green and Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive. There will be carolers, pictures with Santa, storytime with Mrs. Claus, Christmas tree ornament crafting, horse-drawn hayrides, refreshments, Christmas cookie decorating, a live nativity and more. Go to www.alathia.org. 

Brass Band Northwest, featuring several Issaquah musicians, performs at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at the First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, 1717 Bellevue Way N.E. Go to http://brassbandnw.org/music.htm.

The Issaquah Valley Senior Center hosts a Holiday Dinner and Christmas Tales at 4 p.m. Dec. 11. Tickets are $8. Call 392-2381.

The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra presents “Holiday Pops,” featuring Christmas and Hanukkah favorites, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Eastlake Performing Arts Center, Eastlake High School, 400 228th Ave. N.E. Call 206-515-7777 or go to www.sammamishsymphony.org. Read more

Shirley Ann (Bernert) Newman

November 25, 2008

Shirley Ann (Bernert) Newman, died peacefully Nov. 15, 2008, at her home in Shelton, after a six-year battle with cancer. As was her nature, she displayed courage and determination to the very end. She was 73.

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Gladys V. Shahbaghlian

November 25, 2008

 
Gladys V. Shahbaghlian, of Cashmere and a former Issaquah resident, died Nov. 10, 2008. She was 93. Read more

Lila Marie Dineen

November 25, 2008

Lila Dineen 

Lila Dineen

 Lila Marie Dineen, of Issaquah, died Nov. 23, 2008, at Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue. She was 85.

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James ‘Jim’ Patrick Ivin

November 25, 2008

ames Ivin

James “Jim” Patrick Ivin, of Issaquah, died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008, at home. He was 37.

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Laureita Caldwell

November 25, 2008

Laureita Caldwell

Laureita Caldwell

 Laureita Caldwell, of Ann Arbor, Mich., and a former longtime Issaquah resident, died Nov. 2, 2008. She was 86.

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Students complete Aerospace Scholars Program

November 25, 2008

Building rockets, completing assignments and planning a manned mission to Mars.

Science class this is not. Instead, these are among the activities offered in the Washington Aerospace Scholars program. Read more

New board member discusses top issues

November 25, 2008

Chad Magendanz New school board memberChad Magendanz New school board member

Chad Magendanz was sworn in as an Issaquah School Board member Nov. 12 and hit the ground running by attending the Washington State School Director’s Association conference Nov. 18-22.

Despite his hectic conference schedule, he took time to answer some questions from The Press.

Q: Why are you passionate about education?

A: I believe the strength of the United States is not the gold at Fort Knox or our weapons of mass destruction, but the total of the education and character of our people.

Q: What educational issue do you wish to tackle as a board member?

A: I believe the most critical issue is the impending education-funding crisis, which will be exacerbated in Issaquah because of our lower per-student funding and lower levy lid compared to neighboring districts. Some tough decisions will need to be made to ensure we remain financially sound and invest our limited resources where they will have the most benefit for our students, particularly when under pressure to match pay raises received this year by the Bellevue and Seattle school districts.

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Santa Claus is coming to town

November 25, 2008

Busy schedule for reindeer, too

The holidays would not be complete without that jovial gentleman in red, and indeed he is making several appearances here in December. So are his reindeer. Read more

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