‘GiveBIG’ to local nonprofit organizations May 2

April 24, 2012

The Seattle Foundation is staging a day of charitable giving in King County — and people can donate to numerous Issaquah-based organizations and groups serving local residents.

The foundation’s GiveBIG fundraising is a daylong event May 2.

GiveBIG invites people to make donations to almost 1,000 nonprofit organizations, including the Issaquah Schools Foundation, Village Theatre, Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, Habitat for Humanity of East King County, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, YWCA of Seattle-King-Snohomish and the Together Center.

Each donation made to the more than 1,300 nonprofit organizations profiled on The Seattle Foundation’s website between midnight and midnight receives a pro-rated portion of the matching funds, or “stretch,” pool. The amount of the “stretch” depends on the size of the stretch pool and how much is raised in total donations on GiveBIG day

Find a complete list of participating organizations and donation information at The Seattle Foundation’s website, www.seattlefoundation.org.

The Hot List

April 24, 2012

Iman Baghai Issaquah High School

Movie: ‘The Avengers’

Set to come to the big screen May 4, The Avengers brings the S.H.I.E.L.D. agency to life. With a collection of Marvel’s biggest heroes: Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye and Black Widow all led by Nick Fury to save the world from the evil Loki. A movie with the star power of Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr. and Samuel L. Jackson can’t be missed by any action movie fan. Like with all Marvel movies, this should be a roller coaster ride that may be only worth it on the big screen, so get some of your comic nerd friends and go see the movie.

Music: ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ by Nicki Minaj   

“Roman Reloaded” came out with a bang —Nicki Minaj’s album debuted as Billboard’s No. 1 album. This latest album released by hair-color-changing fanatic Minaj is following up her debut album, “Pink Friday.” Minaj’s vibrant album includes a flurry of appearances from other artists and is headlined by her single, “Starships.” This CD will keep your car pumping for a bit — but only before we get sick of her new hairdo.

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Issaquah Hobby and Volunteer Expo returns for 14th year

April 24, 2012

Shirley Slaughter, of Issaquah, a member of Issaquah Quilters, sits in front of a quilt by Linda Smith, while meeting visitors during the 2009 Hobby and Volunteer Expo at Pickering Barn. By Greg Farrar

The annual Issaquah Hobby and Volunteer Expo, sponsored by the Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department, is set for April 28 at Pickering Barn and features nonprofit clubs, community service organizations and similar groups.

Any such organization serving Issaquah is invited to put up a table, said Cathy Jones, city recreation coordinator.

Participating clubs or organizations can seek to recruit new members, volunteers or both.

Jones described the event as especially aimed at newcomers to the Issaquah area, newly retired persons or teens looking for new ways to gain community service hours.

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ArtEAST assembles 150 Feet of Art for auction

April 24, 2012

Among the 12-by-12 originals in artEAST’s 150 Feet of Art are Mary Masterson’s the watercolor ‘The Bird of Paradise,’ by Katalin Fazekas. Contributed

Issaquah’s nonprofit art gallery, artEAST, presents its sixth annual 150 Feet of Art Auction and Fundraiser, launching April 27 and culminating May 12.

As in the past, artEAST literally has 150 feet of art for sale starting April 27, said Karen Abel, artEAST executive director. The kick-off event is free and open to the public.

The gallery has put together 150 12-by-12 artworks, none costing more than $350, even if actually valued at more than that amount.

“There are some great bargains to be had,” Susan Walker, event chairwoman, said.

But there is one big difference between this show and previous auctions. For the first time, the show has a lead juror in Seattle artist Stephanie Hargrave.

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Voters easily approve $219 million school bond

April 24, 2012

Issaquah School District voters overwhelmingly approved a $219 million bond to fund construction and renovation projects on campuses across the district.

In the April 17 special election, 70 percent of voters — encompassing more than 15,000 yes votes of out more than 22,000 ballots cast — approved the measure. (The measure needed to receive a 60 percent yes vote from a minimum turnout of 12,229 voters.)

Despite the passage of the bond, local homeowners will pay less in property taxes to the schools than they do now because a previous bond issue is set to expire this year.

The retirement of the earlier bond will drop the local tax rate from $4.85 per $1,000 of assessed property value to $4.05. Passage of the new bond would put the rate at $4.42.

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Youth musicians compete for votes

April 24, 2012

Four local musicians are competing in the Classical KING FM 98.1 Young Artist Awards. They are Jay Grinols, Robert Yan, Jonathan Kok and Nile Canai. To help them in the competition, cast your vote at www.KING.org through April 27. On May 4, the grand-prize winner will win an evening on Northwest Focus LIVE as the featured guest.

The Young Artist Awards competition, now in its first year, encourages enjoyment and performance of classical music for regional young musicians as part of the Classical KING FM educational initiative, in partnership with Seattle Chamber Music Society.

Firefighter, Olympic champion Amy Tryon dies

April 24, 2012

A former firefighter from Eastside Fire & Rescue who also was a well-known equestrian, died April 12 at her home in Duvall at age 42.

Tryon began her public service as a volunteer firefighter at Pine Lake Station 81 in 1992. Two years later, she was hired as a career firefighter when the area was still under the jurisdiction of King County Fire Protection District 10. In 2006, Tryon retired from the fire department to devote herself completely to riding.

Tryon won a bronze medal in a team event at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. She also represented the United States team at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

“Although Amy was intensely shy, her evident joy in the world was brought out in the presence of animals,” her family wrote on Tryon’s website, www.teamtryon.com. “She was fiercely determined and focused. Nothing was insurmountable or preordained to her. She just wanted to see if she could…”

The cause of death has not been released. Her husband Greg Tryon is a deputy chief at EFR. Services were held April 20 in Duvall. The family asked that any remembrance go to your local humane society.

Teen Talk

April 24, 2012

Eastside Catholic High School

“I’m really private with my Facebook settings, and try to be careful with what I post and stuff.”

Michael Abraham, junior

“I try not to post too much personal info online.”

Nalani Saito, junior

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Press Editorial

April 24, 2012

Spring clean the medicine chest, too

Nothing says spring like multiple days of sunshine in a row and the explosion of brilliant yellow dandelion blooms.Whether or not spring cleaning is on your to-do list, now is a good time to add emptying your medicine cabinet of expired, unused and unwanted prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and dietary supplements.The Issaquah Police Department is hosting a one-day drop off April 28, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The service is free and anonymous — no questions asked. Read more

Rowan and Barbara Hinds celebrate 50th anniversary

April 24, 2012

Rowan and Barbara Hinds

Apparently they were no fools to marry on April 1, 1962!

Rowan and Barbara met at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., in 1960. Rowan was in the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps, and upon graduation in 1962, he was commissioned a second lieutenant and they got married. Their honeymoon was a cross-country trip to Augusta, Ga., where he attended basic officer’s school at Fort Gordon.

After more schooling at Fort Monmouth, N.J., Rowan was sent to France, where Barb joined him a few months later. They spent one year in France followed by two years in Germany before returning to Corvallis, where Rowan obtained his master’s degree.

In 1967, they moved to Longview when Rowan took a position with Northern Pacific Railway Timberlands (now Plum Creek Timber), and Barbara concentrated on building their first home and raising their toddler with a second on the way.

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