Learn about FISH plans for aquarium July 26

July 23, 2013

Volunteer organization Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery will host an informational and fundraising meeting July 26.

In an attempt to outline a newly launched project, FISH invites the public to learn about replacing the aquarium exhibit in the entrance to the hatchery.

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Let your creative energy flow at Chalk Art Festival

July 23, 2013

Issaquah is about to get a bit more colorful, thanks to the annual Chalk Art Festival.

This year, the festival, sponsored by the Issaquah Arts Commission, will hit the sidewalks around the Issaquah Community Center on July 30. From noon to 5 p.m., anyone can show up and create some art.

By Greg Farrar Audry Sammons (right) and her dad Bill show off their chalk-colored hands after working together on a work of sidewalk beauty during the 2012 Chalk Art Festival.

By Greg Farrar
Audry Sammons (right) and her dad Bill show off their chalk-colored hands after working together on a work of sidewalk beauty during the 2012 Chalk Art Festival.

According to Amy Dukes, the arts coordinator for the commission, most of the participants are elementary school age, although kids and adults of all skill levels come out to draw. Many are there just to doodle, while some come with a fully formed idea in mind, complete with sketches and outlines.

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KIDSTAGE presents ‘Legally Blonde’

July 23, 2013

From July 27 to Aug. 4, Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE SummerStock program will perform “Legally Blonde: The Musical” at the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays. There will be an additional 2 p.m. show Aug. 3. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $18 for youths and seniors.

Photos by Jean Johnson/Village Theatre Above, Enacting the song ‘Chip on My Shoulder’ from the Village Theatre KIDSTAGE production of ‘Legally Blonde: The Musical’ are (from left) Kaija Stern (Margot), Emma Watanabe (Serena), Olivia Marcus (Pilar), Tatum Ludlam (Elle) and Nat Zang (Emmett). At right, Elle shares a moment with her Chihuahua, Bruiser (Marley).

Photo by Jean Johnson/Village Theatre
Enacting the song ‘Chip on My Shoulder’ from the Village Theatre KIDSTAGE production of ‘Legally Blonde: The Musical’ are (from left) Kaija Stern (Margot), Emma Watanabe (Serena), Olivia Marcus (Pilar), Tatum Ludlam (Elle) and Nat Zang (Emmett).

The theatre’s KIDSTAGE SummerStock program allows kids ages 8 to 18 the opportunity to work onstage and backstage in productions under the guidance of industry professionals. Each musical is professionally directed and designed, and features a live orchestra, beautiful sets, costumes, lighting and sound.

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Issaquah Arts Commission seeks outdoor sculpture

July 23, 2013

Help make the city more beautiful by participating in the loaned art program.

The Issaquah Arts Commission seeks to borrow a piece of outdoor sculpture for a one-year period for the northwest corner of Northwest Sammamish Road and 17th Avenue Northwest, a highly-visible location.

The piece should be at least 8 feet in height for appropriate scale to the site. The lender of the artwork will receive a $1,000 stipend and assistance with the installation.

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Lefse Fest provides a taste of Scandinavia

July 23, 2013

Lefse Fest, named for the Scandinavian flatbread served at the festival, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 27 on Veterans’ Memorial Field.

Admission to the event is free, along with free parking at Issaquah High School. The event includes a senior shuttle that runs every half-hour throughout the event.

Along with Lefse samples, sales and competitions, the festival will have music, dance performances, craft vendors, cultural demonstrations and other activities. Children can also dress up as Vikings for a costume parade at the 2 p.m. Maypole rising, though swords are not permitted.

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My Wonderful Journey helps retrace family memories

July 23, 2013

Families are encouraged to retrace the cherished memories of their parents and their ancestors during the presentation of My Wonderful Journey on July 25 at the Spiritwood Retirement Community near Pine Lake.

Every participant at the event will be given sample chapters at no charge to begin their own exploration of family history.

Pastoral Rabbi Paul Zohav is scheduled to lead the interactive presentation at the independent living facility, 3607 228th Ave. S.E., beginning at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Military veterans are encouraged to participate.

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Pine Lake ensemble performs at Disneyland

July 23, 2013

Pine Lake Middle School’s Wind Ensemble travelled to the Disneyland Resort in California in June to take part in the Disney Performing Arts Program.

Dance groups, choirs, marching bands and ensembles from around the world applied for the honor, according to a press release from the theme park.

The middle school students became stars June 9 in a show for an international audience of theme park guests. They follow in the footsteps of millions of performers who have participated in the program in the 25 years since its inception.

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Partnership reaches agreement to save Squak Mountain land

July 23, 2013

An agreement has been finalized for permanent public ownership of 216 acres of forestland on Squak Mountain, following several months of negotiations with the landowner.

King County Executive Dow Constantine and The Trust for Public Land announced the agreement, signed July 18, to purchase the forestland for $5 million.

“It’s so important to preserve places like Squak Mountain, where back-country nature is still within easy reach of city dwellers,” Roger Hoesterey, divisional director for the trust, said in a press release. “We are delighted to help finalize this agreement.”

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Providence Marianwood hosts car wash fundraiser

July 23, 2013

Providence Marianwood is hosting a car wash from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 27 to raise money to buy blanket warmers to keep frail residents comfortable during the winter.

A minimum suggested donation for each car wash is $10.

Free popcorn will be offered with each car wash.

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James Frederick Finton

July 23, 2013

Our beloved James (Jimmy) Frederick Finton went home to be with the Lord on Monday, June 24 at 5 p.m. He passed away peacefully (with a bit of an Irish smile on his face) at his home in Covina, Calif. His wife of 24 years, Marion, was with him.

James Frederick Finton

James Frederick Finton

An Irish Wake was celebrated immediately after passage. Present on Skype from Issaquah was his sister Claire Loranger and Claire’s granddaughter Jody Loranger; also from Anaconda, Mont., was Claire’s and Jim’s cousin Rosemary Gross. In immediate presence was his wife Marion; his daughter Gail and her husband Kenny; his son Michael and his wife Jacci, their children-Emma, Amme and Ezra (some of Papa’s garden of grandchildren); and Sister Sean Patrice, his youngest sister. Hymns were sung; prayers were invoked and the celebration ended with “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” and other Irish tunes.

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