Pomegranate Center hosts carve-a-thon

August 6, 2013

Issaquah’s Pomegranate Center invites everyone to its fourth Carve-a-Thon Aug. 17.

The Carve-a-Thon is a full day of woodcarving and banner making, beginning at 9 a.m. At 6 p.m., the Pomegranate Center winds down activities with bocce ball and beer to celebrate a day of hard work.

The Pomegranate Center was founded in 1986 with the aim to work with communities to devise creative solutions to city planning. The Pomegranate Center has built gateways, plazas, trails, shelters and fountains around Issaquah and the greater Puget Sound area. Their newest project is a longhouse for the Makah Tribe, in Neah Bay.

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Issaquah Dance Boutique is collaborative effort

August 6, 2013

With a combined 90 years of business experience, Carol Burton and Cathy Erickson Cooney have teamed to create Issaquah Dance Boutique.

Burton has nearly 50 years of experience running dance academies, dancewear stores and a doll shop. Cooney brings 40 years of experience managing a swim-and-water ballet school, retail cosmetics departments and the office of a disaster recovery services firm.

The August grand re-opening showcases a fresh, in-store display and merchandising scheme, new color scheme, clearer signage, children’s activity table and an even greater customer focus.

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Next county ‘firewise’ training is Aug. 10

August 6, 2013

As part of 2013 Northwest Citizen Corps Expo, King County is offering in-depth “firewise” training on Aug. 10 at the Northwest Fire Training Academy in North Bend.

While major fires are less frequent in King County and western Washington than in eastern Washington, wet climate allows vegetation to grow more densely here. It takes only a few days of summer heat for forests to dry out enough to catch fire and spread. Using neighborhood consultation sessions and personal visits, King County foresters and fire marshals help forest landowners identify risk factors, such as a lack of fire truck access to their homes or fire-prone vegetation growing too close to a structure. Communities such as North Bend, Fall City, Hobart, Maple Valley and Cumberland are at particular risk because of their exposure to strong summertime winds that blow from the Cascades.

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Police & Fire

August 6, 2013

Shirtless bird

Officers were dispatched July 20 in the 500 block of East Sunset Way to a report of an adult male “flipping people off” while walking. The man was not wearing a shirt.

 

Important to have a plan

Police received a report July 20 in the 300 block of Northwest Dogwood Street of a man knocking on neighbor’s doors because he had run out of Pepsi Max and needed someone to go to the store to restock. The man told responding police that he needed Pepsi Max for energy because he had several things to do.

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BECU opens at new Issaquah location

August 6, 2013

BECU celebrated the grand opening of a new Neighborhood Financial Center at 735 N.W. Gilman Blvd. in Issaquah. The new location is just two stores down from its previous location inside Safeway, now located next to REI.

The new 2,700 sq. foot location has seven consultant desks, 3 ATM’s with 24-hour access, and two online banking kiosks. BECU members can use the location to establish accounts, apply for loans and perform financial transactions — including free ATM, online and telephone banking services, with staff assistance, if needed.

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‘Rain People’ coming to Bellewood

August 6, 2013

Providence Point hosts renowned Northwest artist John Ebner

Artist John Ebner — a Northwest native known for his rain people — will be coming to Bellewood Aug. 10.

Lynn Adams, program coordinator at Bellewood, helped organize the event. She coaches a colony of artists at the residence. After her colony jumped at the opportunity to meet Ebner, of Camano Island, at a recent event in Factoria, Adams thought it would be a great idea to invite the Rain People artist to Issaquah.

By John Ebner John Ebner’s signature ‘rain people’ walk in Pike Place Market in his painting titled ‘Public Market Center.’

By John Ebner
John Ebner’s signature ‘rain people’ walk in Pike Place Market in his painting titled ‘Public Market Center.’

“I am so impressed with his work,” said Adams, a fan of Ebner’s watercolors since her teen years. “He captures the Northwest in a way that’s sentimental. It brings you to that place.”

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Friends of Youth holds back-to-school supply drive

August 6, 2013

Help improve the educational experience of youths in the Issaquah School District by contributing to the Friends of Youth back-to-school supply drive.

The nonprofit will collect items from Aug. 1-16 at the Friends of Youth office, 414 Front St. N., and the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way.

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Disneyland dancers

August 6, 2013

Local troupe prepares for performance at Happiest Place on Earth

While a lot of kids are spending their summers watching cartoons and relaxing, the girls from Sammamish’s Emerald City Dance Co. are hard at work preparing for their visit to Disneyland, where they have been invited to dance in the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade.

Chelsea Lanese, dance company owner and competition instructor, as well as an ex-parade performer at Walt Disney World in Orlando, was thrilled when the entire team, made up of dancers from Issaquah and Sammamish, was selected to participate.

By Erin Hoffman The Emerald City Dance Company competition team practices their moves. At Disneyland, the girls will be split into two age groups for the performance, but the team rehearses together.

By Erin Hoffman
The Emerald City Dance Company competition team practices their moves. At Disneyland, the girls will be split into two age groups for the performance, but the team rehearses together.

“It’s really special,” she said. “It’s such a proud moment to watch them dancing down Main Street.”

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Autism Day features demonstration by renowned savant artist

August 6, 2013

Celebrated savant artist Michael Tolleson will put his special gift on display as part of the 13th Autism Day WA celebration Aug. 10 at Jubilee Farm in Carnation. The entire day is presented free of charge for participants and vendors.

Tolleson will produce an original acrylic painting from the center stage gazebo at the fun-filled day of free activities for families and caregivers of people on the autism spectrum. More than 400 people attended the event at the working farm last summer.

Contributed Celebrated savant artist Michael Tolleson creates a 24-by-48-inch painting in 60 minutes.

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Celebrated savant artist Michael Tolleson creates a 24-by-48-inch painting in 60 minutes.

“Michael has generously agreed to donate his time and the painting he creates to help our cause,” said Autism Day founder Lynn Banki, of Sammamish. “Our goal every year is to provide contact with real-life resources available to families touched by autism.”

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Symphony will perform at annual free POPs concert

August 6, 2013

On Aug. 23, join the Sammamish Symphony conducted by R. Joseph Scott at Village Theatre for the annual POPs! Goes Issaquah concert.

This year, the theme for the concert is “Tall Ships and High Seas,” and the performance will include selections from the musical “Pirates of Penzance,” the movie “Titanic,” and the first “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie.

The concert will feature Olivia Marckx, an accomplished 14-year-old cellist from Bellevue, who will perform David Popper’s “Hungarian Rhapsody” with the symphony. Marckx has been studying the cello for nine years under the tutelage of her mother, local teacher Leslie Marckx, as well as Raymond Davis and Chuck Jacot. She is currently the assistant principal of the cello section in the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Seattle Chamber Music Society, the Seattle Festival Orchestra and the Cascade Symphony.

Most recently, she was the winner of the Sammamish Symphony’s concerto competition, and Scott said he enjoyed working with her so much that he invited her back.

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