Community Calendar

October 28, 2008


The 5th District Democrats present for American Democracy Movie Night “Recount” from 7-9:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at Gibson Hall, 105 Newport Way. Dinner and the Issues In American Democracy discussion group, co-sponsored by the 5th District Democrats and the Democrats of Inglewood Neighborhood, meets from 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Sammamish Public Library, 825 228th Ave. N.E. Guest speaker is 5th District Democratic senatorial candidate Phyllis Huster, who will discuss election fraud and precautions voters can take. Both events are free and open to the public. Call 836-4220 or e-mail

St. Joseph Holiday Bazaar is from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Nov. 8 at 220 Mountain Park Blvd. Handcrafted and holiday items will be featured along with delicious food to enjoy while you shop. You will be able to support nonprofit programs, as well as local crafters.

The Issaquah Mothers Group presents the Holiday Gift and Craft Bazaar from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Nov. 15 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive. Local moms who have a home business are invited to participate. Admission is free, but a food item to donate to the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank is requested. Gift-wrapping will be available for donations to the Issaquah High School Junior Class. Call 657-0202 or 206-250-9497.

The Issaquah History Museums hosts Deck the Depot at 10 a.m. Nov. 15 at the Depot Museum. Hot beverages and snacks will be provided. Call 392-3500.

The Harvest Dance, benefiting the Issaquah Food Bank, is from 6:30-11 p.m. Nov. 21 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. Astro Cats and Magnolia Road will perform. There will also be a live auction, food samples, and wine and beer from local restaurants. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door and are available at The Issaquah Press. Call 894-4410 or go to

The Vasa Park Christmas Craft Show is from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Nov. 20-21 and from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Nov. 22 at 3549 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. This free show features thousands of handcrafted Christmas décor items, jewelry, soaps, candles, home furnishings, scrap-booking, garments and accessories, and gourmet foods. Call 413-1004.


Spirit of Peace United Church of Christ preschoolers and young children have kicked off “Worth your Weight in Food,” a food drive for the Issaquah Food Bank and are collecting food donations equal to their combined weight of 659.5 pounds. Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m. – noon Nov. 2 at the Pine Lake Community Center, 21333 S.E. 20th St., Sammamish. The food bank needs juice and protein items, especially peanut butter, tuna fish and chili. For mid-week deliveries or questions, call 391-6498. 

The Annual Harvest Festival is Nov. 15 when 150 volunteers will come together to serve 2,000 of the less fortunate. The ARAS Foundation, Plateau Chiropractic and other health care professionals are sponsoring this day of giving. Guests will be treated to toys, clothes, books and nonperishable foods, as well as chair massages, chiropractic adjustments and haircuts by professionals. There will be pony rides for the children, as well as punch and homemade cookies. To volunteer, donate food or toys or learn more, call 868-8448. 


Meadow Creek Church, 65 Front St. S., hosts a monthly foster parent support group from 6-7:15 p.m. the last Thursday of each month (with the exception of November and December, due to the holidays). Call 391-1876.

Eastridge Christian Assembly, 5025 Issaquah-Pine Lake Road S.E., hosts the Eastridge Family Conference Nov. 14-15 with featured speaker Dr. John Trent, a best-selling author and expert on building strong families and relationships in stressful times. Registration for couples is $125 for the entire weekend, $50 for Friday only or $100 for Saturday only. Registration for individuals is $65 for the entire weekend, $25 for Friday only or $50 for Saturday only. Friday dessert, Saturday lunch, conference materials and childcare are included with registration. Preregistration is required. Learn more or register at, or call 392-3253.

Chabad of the Central Cascades, 24121 S.E. Black Nugget Road, offers the following free classes (register at 

Kabala Class — Topics in Kabala with Rabbi Berry Farkash from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. 

Caffeine for the Soul — Women’s Torah Class, with Nechama Farkash, from 11 p.m. – midnight, Tuesdays. 

Lunch and Learn — Talmud Class, with Rabbi Berry Farkash, from noon – 1:15 p.m. Wednesdays.



Pine Lake Covenant Church offers “Divorce Recovery,” a seminar for those trying to move on from divorce, Tuesdays through Nov. 25. To register, call 392-8636 or go to Child care will be provided by pre-registration only.

Explore your ideas through art in a free class, “Chill and Spill,” for ages 10-16, from 2-3 p.m. Mondays in the community center’s Maple Room. Call 392-6367, ext. 299, to register.

The Yoga Barn presents the free class, “Meditation Circle for Peace and Healing the Earth,” with Franca Baroni, from 7:45-8:45 p.m. Nov. 14 at 660 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Yoga Barn also offers free Sunday classes. Space is limited, so call 427-0038 or go to to pre-register. 

Youth Eastside Services hosts Microsoft Parenting Lifeline Community Speakers Series, “Safe Surfing: Old Threats, New Technologies — Combating Cyber Risks for Our Kids,” the last of three interactive panel discussions on cyber risks for concerned parents, from 7-8:45 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Crossroads Park facility, 999 164th Ave. N.E., Bellevue. Call 747-4937 or go to 

Issaquah Library

The library is at 10 W. Sunset Way. Call 392-5430. 

The library hosts National Novel Writing Month meetings from 3-6 p.m. Thursdays, starting Oct. 30. People may draft their next novel. The meeting room will be reserved and a local author will serve as a coach.

Talk Time for adults, an opportunity to practice your English skills in a fun and friendly environment, is at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and 1 p.m. Mondays.

Preschool story times, for ages 3-5 with an adult, is at 11 a.m. Mondays and 1 p.m. Tuesdays.

Spanish story times, for families with children ages 3-12, is at 7 p.m. Mondays.

Toddler story times, for ages 2-3 with an adult, is 11 a.m. Tuesdays and 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Thursdays.

Young toddler story times, for ages 12-24 months with an adult, is 10 and 11 a.m. Wednesdays.

Study Zone is back in session for grades K-12 to drop-in for homework help. Find one near you at



Toddler Time, for children ages 1-3, is from 8 a.m. – noon Monday through Friday at the community center. At the indoor playground are cars, bikes, slides, wagons and lots more to discover. Parents are responsible for their own children. The cost is $2 per child. Call 837-3300.


Senior Center

Center hours are from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Activities are open to people 55 and older. The center is at 75 N.E. Creek Way. Call 392-2381.

Halloween luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 31. Reserve your spot for lunch early. There will be a costume contest as well as games, prizes and treats.

A day trip to Lucy’s Legacy at Seattle Center is from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Oct. 29. Fee is $22.

A book/article discussion group meets from 10:30-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Wednesday. 

A conditioning and stretching class is from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Tuesdays. Fee is $16.

Line dancing classes are from 10-11 a.m. Thursdays. Fee is $5.

A drawing and painting class is from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tuesdays. The fee for this eight-week course is $120.

Stay Active & Independent for Life classes are from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays through Nov. 12. The fee is $35.

Appointments can be made for foot care clinics every Thursday. A new, lower fee is only $25 per person. Payment will now be made at the front desk. Remember to bring a small towel with you.

Line dancing lessons are from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Cost is $5 per session or $18 per month.

A writers’ call is from 10:30-11:30 a.m. the first and third Wednesday. 

Instructor Norma Foss leads a computer lab to answer basic questions about the computer 1-2 p.m. Tuesdays.

Artist open studio is from 10 a.m. – noon Tuesdays. Bring your own project and work with fellow artists.

Pinochle is from 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.

Bridge is at 10:55 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. 

Happy Hookers needlework group meets from noon – 3 p.m. Thursdays.

Mah-jongg lessons are 9 a.m. Tuesdays. Play from 9:30 a.m. – noon. 

Tai Chi classes are 9-10 a.m. Mondays.

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Summit Community Church installs new senior pastor

October 28, 2008

Glen Salzman (right), the new pastor for Summit Community Church in Issaquah, poses with his wife Lori and their 1-year-old daughter Pearl. By Alison Ingham 


Glen Salzman (right), the new pastor for Summit Community Church in Issaquah, poses with his wife Lori and their 1-year-old daughter Pearl. By Alison Ingham

How would Jesus do ministry if he walked in Issaquah today? The new senior pastor of Summit Community Church has posed this question to himself as he plans the church’s role in the community.

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Living the jazz fantasy

October 28, 2008

High school musicians to play  at renowned Seattle night club


The Liberty jazz band performs

The Liberty jazz band performs

Nearly 60 of Issaquah’s students will step into the spotlights of Dimitrou’s Jazz Alley in Seattle next week. The stage at Jazz Alley has seen some of the genre’s greatest musicians perform. People like Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie and the Count Basie Orchestra have all left their mark since the club opened in 1979.

On Nov. 3, students from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools jazz bands will give a concert there, the first time the three bands will perform together. 

“It is a great opportunity to play downtown,” said Phil Donley, the director of bands for Liberty. “It is a great venue, and is an opportunity for students to play in a professional environment and step it up a level.” Read more

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Arts Calendar

October 28, 2008



Vino Bella hosts a ’70s and ’80s-themed Halloween Party from 8-11 p.m. at 99 Front St. N. Call 391-1424.


The Issaquah Brew House hosts a Halloween party at 10 p.m. There will be costume contests, door prizes, a piñata, live music by local artist Rusty Hand Luke and the second annual Rogue Fear Factor. Call 557-1911.

A. Soul. Band performs from 7:30-11:30 p.m. at Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N. Call 391-1424.




The Pearl Django Quartet performs at 7:45 p.m. at Bake’s Place, 4135 Providence Point Drive S.E. Tickets are $54.50 for dinner and the show; $27 for the show only. Call 391-3335.

The Eric Maddis Jazz Quartet performs from 7:30-11:30 p.m. at Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N. Call 391-1424.


The Piano All Stars — The Fab Four, featuring Bill Anschell, Randy Halberstadt, John Hansen and Darin Clendenin, perform at 7:45 p.m. at Bake’s Place, 4135 Providence Point Drive S.E. Tickets are $59.50 for dinner and the show; $32 for the show only. Call 391-3335.


A JamDawg Jazz Jam is from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N. Call 391-1424. *


ArtEAST Studio Gallery presents Figure/Grounded, a juried exhibition of figurative art, on display through Dec. 2 at UP Front [art], 48 Front St. N. An opening reception is from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 7. Go to

The Greta Matassa Quartet performs at 7:45 p.m. at Bake’s Place, 4135 Providence Point Drive S.E. Tickets are $54.50 for dinner and the show; $27 for the show only. Call 391-3335.


The Brooke Pennock Band performs rock music from 8-11 p.m. at Pogacha of Issaquah, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Call 392-5550.

* This information was corrected Nov. 6.


South Puget Sound Community College is accepting entries for its Fourth Annual Regional Juried Art Exhibition at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts Gallery. Submit entries in 2-D, 3-D and digital media by 5 p.m. Nov. 21. Cost to apply is $25 (made payable to South Puget Sound Community College). Mail submissions to Cassie Welliver, director, Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts, South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road S.W., Olympia, WA 98512-6292. Call 360-596-5508.

Master Chorus Eastside is currently looking for board members with expertise in development, audience building and/or marketing. Call 392-8446 or go to

Issaquah Singers is looking for new members. They perform for local civic events, nursing homes, and hold a free annual concert for family and friends. No auditions. They meet from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays starting Sept. 11 at the Community Church of Issaquah, 205 Mountain Park Blvd. S.W. Go to or call 392-6678.


Master Chorus Eastside is holding auditions in all sections for its 2008-09 season. The chorus will present holiday concerts in Sammamish and Kirkland in December, appear with the renowned Prime Voci from the Seattle Girls’ Choir in March, perform Haydn’s oratorio, “The Creation,” in May, and conclude with its popular All-American Independence Celebration at Pickering Barn in June. All interested singers must have choral music experience and basic music reading ability. Call 392-8530 or 392-8446. Learn more at


The Sammamish Symphony has openings in all string sections. Leave your name and contact information at 206-517-7777 and you will be called for an audition. The Sammamish Symphony meets Thursday evenings in Sammamish. Go to

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Highlands human services campus could join theater complex

October 27, 2008

NEW — 12:54 p.m. October 27, 2008

A human services campus proposed for Northeast Park Drive in the highlands might now be built as part of a new movie theater complex instead. Read more

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