Press Editorial

November 25, 2008

Share your bounty with donation to food bank


Last weekend’s Harvest Dance at Pickering Barn may well have been the first big fundraiser ever held with the sole purpose of benefiting the Issaquah Food Bank. It shouldn’t be the last.

An estimated $14,700 was raised Friday night as about 400 people came to hear two bands, eat food (that was mostly donated), sip a little beer and wine, buy an auction item and make a monthly pledge or a one-time donation to the food bank. Read more

To The Editor

November 25, 2008

Decision 2008

Sen. Fred Jarrett thanks the community

I would like to thank the community for its support of my campaign for State Senate in the 41st District. It has been my honor to serve our community for the past eight years and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to go back to Olympia for four more years. Read more

Fire agencies get clean audits

November 25, 2008

State finds no problems at EFR for decade

In an exercise that has become almost routine, the State Auditor’s Office once again has found no financial problems with either Eastside Fire & Rescue or King County Fire District 10. Read more

Run for your health, community’s health

November 25, 2008

Join Issaquah High School’s students and staff at their first December Dash at 9 a.m. Dec. 3.

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Bright lights planned for the holidays

November 25, 2008

Issaquah’s traditional Christmas tree, aglitter with lights at Front Street North and Northeast Dogwood Street, will be switched on at 5:15 p.m. Dec. 6. Read more

Florist designs dream Christmas trees

November 25, 2008

This is a closeup of Throne’s ‘Chocolate’ tree from 2004. Contributed   

Decorating a dream tree is not left to the designers for Home and Garden or Crate ‘n’ Barrel. Issaquah florist Jon Robert Throne creates equally elaborate designs for the Providence O’Christmas Trees celebration in Seattle. 

The event is a three-day fundraiser for Providence Health and Services Senior and Community Services. Providence Marianwood, in Issaquah, is part of Providence Senior and Community Services and is one of seven recipients of funds raised at Providence O’Christmas Trees. Money is used for the benefit of residents — anything from uncompensated care to activities.

The event begins Dec. 1 with a public “TreeView” from 3-8 p.m. The celebration culminates Dec. 3 in a gala where Throne and about 20 other artists’ designer trees will be up for auction.

This year marks Throne’s sixth time designing a tree for the event. After choosing a theme and buying decorations, he and a team of helpers spend the Sunday after Thanksgiving decorating. 

“I spend a lot of time painting and glittering beforehand,” said Throne, a designer for Countryside Floral and Garden on Gilman Boulevard. “If you put it all together, it’s a good three or four days of shopping and trying to get things ready.” Read more

Soccer club donates new uniforms to children in Kenya

November 25, 2008

Kenyan men and boys pose in their Eastside FC soccer jerseys. Contributed.Kenyan men and boys pose in their Eastside FC soccer jerseys. Contributed.  

Children in two African countries will play soccer with real uniforms, thanks to a soccer club in Issaquah and volunteers from Pine Lake Covenant Church in Sammamish.

Eastside FC is the premier soccer club for the Eastside Youth Soccer Association, which serves more than 8,000 children. Premier is the highest level of soccer in the state; teams play year round and travel across the state. 

Jacqueline Nauriyal, the mother of a 13-year-old boy who plays for the club, had a friend who knew that children in Africa needed uniforms to play soccer. 

“I knew the teams changed uniforms every two to three years, so I approached Eastside to see if we could help,” she said. Read more

Arts Calendar

November 24, 2008



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. Go to Read more

First Stage to get ground-up reconstruction

November 24, 2008

Village Theatre is planning a $2.5 million replacement of its First Stage building at 120 Front St. N., originally built in 1913 By Jon Savelle.

To look at Village Theatre’s First Stage building, you wouldn’t immediately think it needs replacing. The facade at 120 Front St. N. is painted and in good shape, and the structure behind is hard to see.

When you do see the rest of the building, you understand why the arts institution plans to tear down everything but the facade and rebuild it from the ground up. Built in 1913 as a movie theater, the wood-frame structure is not supported by any kind of foundation, the siding and roof are shot, and the whole building sags.

A replacement will cost about $2.5 million, said Village Theatre Executive Producer Robb Hunt. Corporate and government fundraising is under way, with construction permits being the next objective. A public fundraising campaign has not begun.

Already, Pacific Rim Architecture has designed a new building, which will resemble the old one while incorporating modern systems, materials and flexible spaces. It will be environmentally ‘green’ enough for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Pine Lake Ale House offers fine pub grub

November 24, 2008

Grab a pint and take a seat at the Pine Lake Ale House. If you’re skeptical about pubs at a strip mall or shopping center, you’ll be quickly relieved to discover a diverse menu and plenty of quality brews on tap here.

On the outside, it may not look much different from the storefront next door, but the interior is warm and inviting and gives it that “place around the corner” feel.

Dark wood paneling and accents give the Ale House a rich, almost historic feeling, but it’s the service with a smile that truly makes this a great neighborhood hangout for brunch, lunch or dinner.

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