What is the Festival of New Musicals?

August 7, 2012

The summertime festival at Village Theatre is a laboratory to test original musicals before audiences.

Often, selections from the festival re-emerge later at the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, or Mainstage, and sometimes on Broadway.

The festival introduced audiences to “Next to Normal” precursor “Feeling Electric” and “Million Dollar Quartet” before the musicals carted off Tony Awards on Broadway. “Next to Normal” also garnered the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, a rarity for musicals.

The recent Mainstage productions “Take Me America” and “It Shoulda Been You” debuted to Issaquah audiences at the festival.

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Underground cable issue leads to Issaquah power outage

August 7, 2012

Puget Sound Energy blamed a problematic underground distribution cable for a power outage Aug. 3.

The outage affected about 800 customers in the Issaquah area in the early evening. The outage affected customers downtown and in southeast Issaquah along state Route 900, including the Talus urban village on Cougar Mountain.

Residents reported the power going out and coming back on before the prolonged outage. Crews eventually located the problem with the underground distribution cable and restored power after a brief interruption.

The outage prompted cancellation of “The Music Man” at Village Theatre’s First Stage Theatre. Patrons impacted by the outage can get a refund.

Donate bicycles for African students at PCC Natural Markets

August 7, 2012

Olympia-based Alaffia Sustainable Skin Care and Seattle-headquartered PCC Natural Markets have teamed up for Bicycles for Education.

PCC Issaquah is hosting a bike drive, accepting functioning, adult-sized used bicycles from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1810 12th Ave. N.W. The bicycles will then be distributed to disadvantaged teens in Africa for transportation to and from school.

Learn more at www.pccnaturalmarkets.com or www.empowermentalliance.org. Learn about volunteer opportunities by contacting Olowo-n’djo Tchala at 360-866-0080, ext. 204, or bikes@alaffia.com.

Issaquah School District, businesses earn ‘green’ honor from King County

August 7, 2012

King County Executive Dow Constantine honored the Issaquah School District and Issaquah businesses for efforts to reduce waste and increase recycling July 25.

Dow Constantine

The school district, Outsource Marketing, PCC Natural Markets, Pogacha of Issaquah and Rowley Properties ranked as Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling. Countywide, 92 businesses and government and nonprofit organizations achieved the distinction.

(The school district stretches from Preston to Newcastle, and from Sammamish to Renton.)

“From recycling Styrofoam and cellphones to creating new programs for composting, the innovation these organizations have shown proves that sound environmental practices can go hand-in-hand with a successful business,” Constantine said in a statement.

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To the Editor

August 7, 2012

Maureen McCarry

Thank you means everything

Ask a 5-year-old on the first day of faith formation to draw a picture of God and you will be enlightened. Back will come a heart — because God is just love unconditional, and always there.

When I first heard of Maureen’s diagnosis with ALS, I had a difficult time with that wisdom. And as Maureen would continually remind me that the most important words she would miss saying were “thank you,” I tried hard to understand.

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Jubilee Farms hosts Autism Day WA

August 7, 2012

The 12th annual Autism Day WA is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 11 at Jubilee Farms, 229 W. Snoqualmie River Road N.E., Carnation.

The free event for families touched by autism will give families and caretakers an opportunity to relax in the peaceful surroundings of an actual working farm. The day has been designed as an all-day family activity in a relaxed setting with an assortment of activities for children.

A list of volunteer opportunities is available at www.autismdaywa.org. Learn more about donations or participation by contacting Lynne Banki at lynne@autismdaywa.com or 802-7420.

Providence Marianwood expands number of transitional care beds

August 7, 2012

Providence Marianwood, in Issaquah, is adding beds to serve patients transitioning from a hospital to their homes.

The facility has expanded from 29 to 57 transitional care beds, an increase to 50 percent of the building.

Operated by Providence Health & Services, Marianwood is the only not-for-profit skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in the Issaquah/Sammamish area. Learn more at www.providencemarianwood.org.

The move to increase transitional care beds came from an increase in demand for short-stay, post-hospitalization skilled nursing and rehabilitation.

Experience the journey, not the destination on May Valley trail to Central Peak hike

August 7, 2012

Out-of-place among the trees, this stone fireplace  is all that remains of the Bullitt family homestead. By Lillian Tucker

If it’s a few hours of fresh air free of people and noise pollution you want, but you aren’t willing to chug up the Interstate 90 corridor, then the May Valley Loop could be just the ticket.

“It’s really beautiful. I like that it’s not a crowded hike,” Debbie Simmons said.

She lives nearby in High Valley and often walks her Bernese mountain dog Rogue around the trail system of Squak Mountain, one of the lesser-visited triplets better known as the Issaquah Alps. “Rogue likes that it’s shaded most of the way.”

It doesn’t take long to reach the shade, where even on a hot day in mid-July the air along the trail is cool under the high-reaching big leaf maples. After parking at the Squak Mountain State Park entrance off Southeast May Valley Road, follow the only trailhead, which has a sign for Squak Mountain Trail.

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Author Mike Margolies helps readers find inner athletes

August 7, 2012

One man’s years of expertise is featured in “The Athlete Within You: A Mental Approach to Sports and Business.” Issaquah resident Mike Margolies wrote the book to provide skill sets to achieve dreams.

Mike Margolies

Margolies said he wanted to write a sports psychology book with stories that showcased the themes of his book.

“For a long time, I didn’t think I could be a writer,” he said. “Writing is hard. It took me a long time to find my voice that would engage people.”

The book was just made available for Kindle through Amazon.

Margolies has worked with thousands of athletes at all levels, in many different sports.

“It’s basically my journey working with athletes, with stories about how to achieve your dreams,” he said. “Everything we learn in the world of sports is relevant to business.”

He said that using the principles of sports psychology — confidence, stress management and self-motivation — will help people achieve their dreams. Instead of basic lectures, Margolies tells stories as an example of how different skill sets have helped others, something he finds more effective than just speaking about the skill sets themselves.

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The Issaquah Press invites amateur shutterbugs to photo contest

August 7, 2012

The Issaquah Press announces its annual photo contest, open to all amateur shutterbugs.

As in the past, contest photos can fall into one of three categories: people, scenic and animals. Entries will be weighed on the basis of originality, composition, lighting and the strength of the photo’s identification with Issaquah.

Photographers are invited to submit their entries by email, in JPEG format, to contest@isspress.com. You also can mail an 8-by-10 print to Amateur Photo Contest, 45 Front St. S., Issaquah, WA 98027.

With all entries, include your name, address, a phone number and any story behind the photo. The entry limit is three entries per photographer. The deadline for submissions is Aug. 12.

Determined by newspaper staff, winners will be announced in the Sept. 7 edition of The Press.

All admissions come with permission to be reproduced, with a photo credit, in any publication of The Press.

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