Community Calendar

January 5, 2009

Events 

Habitat for Humanity of East King County hosts a volunteer information meeting from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 7 in public meeting room 2A/B in the Issaquah Library Administration Service Center, 960 Newport Way N.E. Learn about its mission, current projects, volunteer opportunities and have questions answered. Go to www.habitatekc.org. Read more

Evelyn Evans Donlan Schall

January 5, 2009

Evelyn SchallEvelyn Schall

Evelyn Evans Donlan Schall passed away in Federal Way in the early hours of the 1st day of 2009. She was 89.

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Clayton Taylor Olney

January 5, 2009

Clayton OlneyClayton Olney

Clayton Taylor Olney, formerly of Sammamish, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at home in Seattle. He was 25.

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Mary Grayce Blair

January 5, 2009

Mary Grayce Blair died at her home in Issaquah on Dec. 31, 2008. She was 84.

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Arts calendar

January 5, 2009

JANUARY

7th
Revolution Gallery hosts a dual show of recent paintings by Emanuel and Lenore Vardi through Feb. 1 from 5-9 p.m. at 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite 26. Call 392-4982.
Artist David Repyak presents “Thirst,” his show of acrylic paintings through Jan. 17 at Pogacha restaurant, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Call 392-5550. Read more

Exhibit born in harsh Black Rock Desert

January 5, 2009

The annual artistic expression camp in the desert of Nevada (left), will be displayed beginning Jan. 9 with others at the UP Front gallery.

The annual artistic expression camp in the desert of Nevada (left), will be displayed beginning Jan. 9 with others at the UP Front gallery.

Exhibit born in harsh Black Rock Desert

Take hundreds of artists, put them in the middle of a Nevada desert in August and you have Burning Man.

The name has nothing to do with immolation or the sunburn some of the artisans experience from the 110-degree heat in the Black Rock Desert, 120 miles north of Reno.

Burning Man, an annual temporary community, is the world’s largest outdoor art gallery. For one week each year, participants gather to create a community based on self-expression, sharing, self-reliance, and the creation of art without judgment and competition, said Karen Abel, executive director of artEAST. Read more

Home for the holidays

January 5, 2009

Skyline grad, Iraq bomb engineer, finds his way back to Issaquah  in time for Christmas

Kevin Thruelsen

Kevin Thruelsen

Half a world away, Kevin Thruelsen spent 15 months clearing roadside bombs and locating caches of weapons in Iraq. Amid the searing 130-degree heat, blinding sand storms and constant threat of being blown up, he was touched by a care package from students at the elementary school he attended a decade ago.

“I can’t tell you how much of a morale booster that was,” he said of the Christmas cookies he received from Hank Klein’s Challenger Elementary School class in December 2007. 

Thirteen months ago, Thruelsen, 21, witnessed the first snowfall in Baghdad in 40 years. He also saw snow while visiting his family in Klahanie last month while on holiday leave. 

For a little more than a year, he traveled along the pockmarked roads leading to Abu Gharib, Sadr City and Baghdad, and up to the Diyala province near the Iranian border in search of roadside bombs and other explosives. Read more

Brewhouse boasts a menu full of flavors

January 5, 2009

Sometimes in life, all you want is a quick and tasty meal. Located within the heart of downtown Issaquah is the answer to those desires — the Issaquah Brewhouse.

Renowned for its Rogue line of microbrews poured from an astounding 36 taps, the Brewhouse also sports a hearty menu to satisfy myriad hunger pangs.

Don’t go to the Brewhouse for its ambiance or décor — it’s a pub, after all. But if eating with a boisterous lunchtime crowd talking over ’70s classic rock pumping from the speakers while seated in stiff, wooden booths or simple tables is your style, then the Brewhouse is the right place to be.

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Spartans prevail in plateau nail biter

January 5, 2009

Skyline holds off Eastlake upset bid with 61-60 win

Eastlake’s Turner Lee (right) fouls Skyline’s Nick Crossan in the second quarter of Saturday’s game at Eastlake High School. By Christopher Huber.

Eastlake’s Turner Lee (right) fouls Skyline’s Nick Crossan in the second quarter of Saturday’s game at Eastlake High School. By Christopher Huber.

It came down to the wire. One point was all it took.

One less defensive foul would have made the difference for the Eastlake Wolves Jan. 3 against cross-town rival Skyline High School. Two free throw shots sealed the deal for Skyline. 

In what began as a possible Eastlake upset, the tense rivalry turned into a point-for-point race to the final buzzer at the Eastlake gym. 

The Spartans, now 3-3, beat the Wolves 61-60 in the teams’ first meeting of the season. Read more

Turnovers end title hopes for Eagles

January 5, 2009

Issaquah senior forward Alexa Smith goes up for a shot in the second half of the title game of the BCC Christmas Classic against Kennedy High School. By Christopher HuberIssaquah senior forward Alexa Smith goes up for a shot in the second half of the title game of the BCC Christmas Classic against Kennedy High School. By Christopher Huber

The bodies were flying Dec. 30 at the Les Schwab BCC Christmas Classic girls basketball final. 

The Kennedy Lancers, of Burien, and the Issaquah High School Eagles duked it out for the entire 32 minutes to decide who would take the top spot in the winter break tournament at Bellevue Community College. 

“We just didn’t finish,” Issaquah coach Kathy Gibson said. 

Kennedy (6-0) outlasted Issaquah 58-52 in an all-out battle that ended up being about who committed the fewest turnovers. 

“Twenty-seven turnovers,” Gibson said. “If you turn it over 27 times, that takes away quite a few shot opportunities.”

Issaquah’s turnovers led to 24 Lancer points. Kennedy gave up just nine points on 18 turnovers. 

Members of both teams spent an equal amount of time on the floor, scrambling for loose balls, as they did at the foul line. Each team had 22 personal fouls in the end. 

“I always tell the girls, ‘If there’s a loose ball on the floor, you better be on top of it,’” said Kennedy coach Tom Mummert. “They’re playing hard and are determined to get every loose ball that they can.” 

Both teams played fast-paced hoops, but from the onset, the Lancers’ physical play helped them to get out to an 18-9 first-quarter lead. They never looked back. 

The Lady Eagles had trouble containing Kennedy’s quick ball movement and scrappy defense, but stayed close throughout. Issaquah trailed just 27-22 at halftime. Read more

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