Free bike rodeo is May 18

May 6, 2014

The city will host a free Kids Bike Rodeo from 9 a.m. to noon May 18 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

Experts will offer bike safety checks, helmet fittings, a bike skills course, music, raffles, refreshments and more. Free helmets will also be available for children in need.

Participants can donate a used bicycle to receive a raffle ticket, while children can bring their own refillable water bottle for a chance to win door prizes.

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City is accepting names for Issaquah Hall of Fame

May 6, 2014

The city wants nominations for outstanding citizens for the 2014 Issaquah Hall of Fame.

Each spring, the mayor and the City Council president choose a person to honor for making a lasting contribution to the community. The selection process will evaluate nominees’ provision of inspiration, service, leadership, civic-mindedness, activity drawing positive attention, fundraising efforts and length of service.

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State hosts park free day on May 11

May 6, 2014

May 11 is the next of 12 “free days” in 2014 when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass to visit a state park.

The free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on state-managed recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources.

The Discover Pass legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 “free days” when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. The free days apply only at state parks. The Discover Pass is still required to access DFW and DNR lands.

University House hosts neurology expert

May 6, 2014

University of Washington Medicine and Era Living will kick off a four-part lecture series about healthy brain aging with a May 7 talk at University House Issaquah.

Dr. Bruce Ransom, who leads the UW School of Medicine Neurology Department, will share key insights about how aging affects brain function and thinking.

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‘Caring Community Award’ nods are due May 14

May 6, 2014

Life Enrichment Options, AtWork! and the Tavon Center invite the community to nominate a volunteer who dedicates him or herself to supporting those with developmental disabilities for a “Caring Community Award,” as part of the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce’s Community Volunteer Awards.

Awards will be presented at the 35th annual Community Awards Banquet on May 22, where Issaquah’s service clubs celebrate and honor those volunteers dedicated to making a difference.

Deadline for nominations is May 14. Submit a nomination at www.lifeenrichmentoptions.org.

Sign up for summer swim lessons

May 6, 2014

Registration for summer swim lessons through the city of Issaquah opened May 5.

Families can choose from one of five sessions: June 23 to July 3; July 7-18; July 21 to Aug. 1; Aug. 4-15; and Aug. 18-29.

All sessions are two weeks. Morning classes run Monday through Friday. Afternoon and evening classes run Monday through Thursday.

Participants can register online at http://bit.ly/1rU44Pe, by phone at 837-3350 or in person at the Julius Boehm Pool, 50 S.E. Clark St., where the lessons will take place.

Letters

May 6, 2014

Tiger Mountain

Librarian hopes school will continue for years to come

My personal experience with Tiger Mountain Community High School was limited to about an hour and a half on Dec. 7, 1992.

I was at that time the young adult librarian at the Issaquah Library, and I visited the school to present a program to a group of young parents.

I didn’t know what would be of interest, but I took along cloth books, board books, books about making toys or clothes or baby food — everything I could think of.

In my entire career as a librarian, I’ve never addressed such an interested, even rapt, audience! Those students were so keen to see the materials I’d brought. They loved the hand puppets (which at that time were for circulation), and some decided then and there to convert the stuffed toys they were scheduled to make into hand puppets instead. Their teacher agreed to help them with the project.

I was able to give every parent a copy of “Goodnight Moon,” (and incidentally, I’d really had to work to persuade the library administration to let me have those books for that particular audience).

The teenagers were happy to show me their lovely babies after the program, and to tell me how they were caring for them — only 15 or 16 years old, but devoted caregivers.

I’ve often thought of those students and their children, children who would now be much older than their parents were in 1992. I do hope their lives turned out happily. I’m sure that attending Tiger Mountain Community High School helped a lot in that respect, and that the school will continue to assist all its students for years to come.

Marnie Webb

Issaquah

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City’s free film series returns Saturday with ‘Charade’

May 6, 2014

The city of Issaquah’s free Second Saturday Film Series returns May 10 with a showing of the 1963 movie “Charade,” starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant.

This star-filled international thriller tells the story of a young woman whose deceased husband hid millions of dollars that may have been stolen decades earlier. She is pursued by several sultry and sleazy characters, all of them intent on recovering the money, no matter what the cost.

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Giving Mother’s Day a whole new meaning

May 6, 2014

Mother’s Day isn’t until May 11, but I celebrated a little early last week with my mom.

Although she lives just a little less than 300 miles south, as the crow flies to Oregon, it proves to be just far enough that I only take the occasional visit.

No longer.

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

I plan to make her a regular entry on my social calendar.

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Editorial: Candidates wanted, filing dates near

May 6, 2014

There is still time left to consider filing for an elected office — the ultimate volunteer job.

This year’s elections could give you a chance to effect change on the state and national level.

Every seat in the state House of Representatives is up for election this year, in addition to a number of seats in the state Senate.

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