NBA player Nate Robinson brings hoops camp to Issaquah

August 14, 2012

He knows how to play basketball. He knows how to play coy.

Nate Robinson, point guard for the Chicago Bulls, demurred when he was asked to specify where in Issaquah he lives during the offseason.

“Just put around Issaquah, in the city,” he said by phone from the Windy City, his fifth NBA stop in a seven-year career.

Robinson will direct an Elite Youth basketball clinic in his offseason hometown this summer. The camp will occur at the Issaquah Community Center Aug. 18 and 19.

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Wanted: Local Sikhs to discuss faith

August 14, 2012

The shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin focused national attention on the faith.

Now, as the Sikh community mourns the lives lost in the incident, The Issaquah Press is seeking local Sikhs to discuss Sikhism and the tragedy’s impact.

In the Wisconsin shooting, a gunman killed six people.

Email your contact information to, or contact the newspaper on Twitter at, or on Facebook at by Aug. 22.

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Eastside Friends of Seniors helps through volunteering, friendship

August 14, 2012

“It’s the ability to keep people living independently and be in good shape being there,” Clair Petersky said. “Sometimes, it’s that extra help with volunteers that helps them to flourish.”

Petersky is the executive director of Eastside Friends of Seniors, a local organization that provides seniors with volunteers who help transport them to medical appointments, shop and run errands, complete household chores and jobs, and provide information and referrals.

The service began in 1998 (It was then known as Faith in Action) and it now serves Issaquah, Sammamish and the Snoqualmie Valley. In Issaquah, there are 170 active clients and 31 active volunteers.

The median age of clients is 82; the biggest age group is 85 to 90 years old.

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Issaquah filmmaker Taylor Guterson herds ‘Old Goats’ to screen

August 14, 2012

The characters in the aptly-titled “Old Goats” refuse to fade quietly as the years advance.

Taylor Guterson

Instead, the film follows a trio of seniors as the sometimes-cantankerous men adjust to retirement, romance and other opportunities.

The force behind the 91-minute comedy, Issaquah writer-director Taylor Guterson, debuted “Old Goats” at the Seattle International Film Festival last year and is readying to open the film Aug. 17 at Seattle’s SIFF Cinema Uptown.

“You’d expect this film to be for everyone who’s over 50, maybe closer to 60 or 70, but in many ways it’s a film for everyone,” Carl Spence, artistic director of SIFF, said in a recent interview.

“Old Goats” appeared in the SIFF lineup last year.

“It was sort of a surprise, sort of a sleeper hit, and audiences really gravitated toward it,” Spence said.

Guterson, 31, started filming “Old Goats” as a 20-something. Practicality — and a shoestring budget —dictated the film’s retirement-centric plot.

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Community Bible Study marks 10th year, moves to Faith United Methodist Church

August 14, 2012

Community Bible Study celebrates its 10th year on the Sammamish Plateau this year.

“We have been blessed to serve over 500 women in the Sammamish area since inception of this class in January 2003, and look forward to serving many new women and their children in the coming years,” Sue Wood, CBS teaching director, said. “It is so rewarding to see so many women of different denominations studying together. We focus on our similarities rather than our differences.”

The class will be moving this year to a new location — Faith United Methodist Church at 3924 Issaquah-Pine Lake Road — on a new day, Wednesdays, starting Sept. 12. The class is from 9:45-11:45 a.m.

The Sammamish Plateau Community Bible Study also provides a caring children’s program for children from birth to kindergarten, but space will be limited. Learn more at or email Julie Guse at

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Press Editorial

August 14, 2012

Hired lobbyist could be good investment

We like the idea of the city of Issaquah hiring a lobbyist to represent its interests in Olympia to state lawmakers.

The lobbyist will be there primarily to bring money back to the city, going after local “earmarks,” a term generally associated with Washington, D.C., and Congress.

It doesn’t quite seem right to invest taxpayer dollars to go after a bigger pot of taxpayer dollars, but that’s the reality of today. Think of it as a donor development manager, a position paid for by many nonprofits. Most cities the size of Issaquah now use a paid lobbyist.

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CenturyLink donates to Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank

August 14, 2012

CenturyLink employees and community members collected 313,665 pounds of food for local food banks, including the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, in a recent campaign.

The 2012 CenturyLink Feed the Children Backpack Buddies Food Drive ran nationwide from June 25-29. Organizers announced the results Aug. 9.

The nonprofit CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation also contributed $1 million to the drive.

Because food banks can purchase food at a lower cost per pound than the average person could at a store — estimated on average to be 6 pounds of food per $1 given — the foundation estimated the monetary donations could be used to purchase more than 7.7 million pounds of food to food banks across the United States.

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‘Big River’ ticket sales start at Village Theatre

August 14, 2012

“Big River” — “Huckleberry Finn” retold in musical form — sails to Village Theatre and opens the 2012-13 season soon.

The production re-imagines the classic tale as a musical told from the protagonist’s perspective.

The musical is scheduled to run at the downtown Francis J. Gaudette Theatre from Sept. 12 to Oct. 21. Tickets cost $22 to $63. Call 392-2202 or go to

Village Theatre offers half-priced student and military rush tickets 30 minutes before shows. Village Theater also offers group discounts for parties of 10 or more.

Roger Miller — a songwriter known for “King of the Road” — penned bluegrass, blues and country songs to accompany the journey. The musical earned Miller a Tony Award for Best Score, plus other Tonys, for the original Broadway run.

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Engagement: Cernak, Yousling

August 14, 2012

George Yousling and Emily Cernak

Keith and Kristin Cernak are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Emily, to George Yousling, son of Charles and Rachel Yousling.

The couple met at the University of Washington while studying business administration.

Emily graduated in 2010 with concentrations in finance, marketing and international studies. She is a financial analyst at Google.

George graduated in 2010 with a degree in marketing. He works as an account executive for Wildfire, a social media startup in Silicon Valley.

The wedding will be held in Anacortes on Aug. 18, 2012. The couple will honeymoon in Maui and plans to reside in the San Francisco Bay area.

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Violinist electrifies Concerts on the Green

August 14, 2012

The devil may have gone down to Georgia for a fiddle battle, but electric violinist Geoffrey Castle is bringing his talents to the summer Concerts on the Green stage Aug. 21 at the Issaquah Community Center.

Picnicking kicks off at 6 p.m., so be sure to bring a blanket. The music fills the air from 7-8:30 p.m. As many as 500 revelers attend, so be sure to come early to stake out your spot.

Since his earliest days performing on the streets of New York City and in Paris, Castle has honed his craft, breaking the barrier of audience expectations for the electric violin. His signature sound has even been sought after by the likes of music groups Heart, Buddy Miles and Alan White, of Yes. Learn more about Castle at

The concert series, now in its 16th year, is at 301 Rainier Blvd. and is presented by Issaquah’s Parks & Recreation Department and the Issaquah Arts Commission, in collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah. Kiwanis sells refreshments during the show, including hot dogs and hamburgers.

The 2021 Concert on the Green series wraps up Aug. 28, when Seattle band Magic Bus revisits the sounds of Woodstock and the ’60s.

As always, the concerts are free, but donations will be accepted.

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