Making pie doesn’t have to be scary

November 24, 2015

NEW — 3:22 p.m. Nov. 24, 2015

If ever there were a season to delve wholeheartedly into pie making, I’d have to say that time is now. For the uninitiated, pie making at its best can be perceived a daunting task, at its worst it’s a full fledged nightmare of flour explosions, tears and torn crust that refuses to cooperate.

By Maria Nelson

By Maria Nelson

I am here to tell you that this simply needn’t be. Enter into the picture the ever delicious, savior of pie strugglers, the galette — a simple, free form tart/pie that can make even the most hopeless of pie makers stand up and take notice.  Read more

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Sammamish Symphony performs two Christmas concerts

November 18, 2015

NEW — 2:27 p.m. Nov. 18, 2015

This year, the Sammamish Symphony’s annual holiday celebration will offer a blend of light classics, seasonal favorites, audience participation and a few surprises.

The symphony will be performing “Christmas in Sammamish” at two shows in December at the Eastlake High School Performing Arts Center, 400 228th Ave. N.E. Showtimes are at 2 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6.

Singers from Liberty High School, under the direction of Robin Wood, will accompany the symphony, which is led by conductor and music director Adam Stern.

Stern is also the conductor of the Seattle Philharmonic, and has previously served with the Seattle Symphony, Northwest Chamber Orchestra and Port Angeles Symphony. He teaches composition, conducting, orchestral repertoire and film music history at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Read more

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Let Ohana take you away with its islander cuisine

November 17, 2015

NEW — 4:16 p.m. Nov. 17, 2015

If you’re going to open a new restaurant in Issaquah’s crowded dining market, you’d better do one of two things — do your cuisine better than what’s already there, or offer something not yet available to discerning diners.

Ohana fulfills the latter with its Hawaiian-themed menu.

By Greg Farrar Ohana’s karei raisu is a well made red curry dish with pork, carrots, peppers celery, onions and potatoes.

By Greg Farrar
Ohana’s karei raisu is a well made red curry dish with pork, carrots, peppers celery, onions and potatoes.

Located in the former La Costa, the old space was completely renovated to incorporate a Pacific Islander setting. Its Tiki lounge motif adds character without being kitschy. The whole space has been opened up to give it that high ceiling, cabana feel. Read more

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Master Chorus Eastside presents Charles Dicken’s ‘A Choral Christmas Carol’

November 17, 2015

NEW — 4:11 p.m. Nov. 17, 2015

Charles Dickens’ beloved classic, “A Christmas Carol,” comes to life in Master Chorus Eastside’s enchanting and poignant synthesis of Christmas carols and readers’ theater, “A Choral” Christmas Carol.”

Holiday carols intertwine with dramatic readings drawn directly from the timeless story of redemption and joy in a production that is sure to touch viewers’ hearts with the true spirit of Christmas.

David Ketter acts as the Narrator, and Village Theater veteran John Deveney (“Damn Yankees,” “The Odd Couple,” “Meet Me in St. Louis”) appears as Ebenezer Scrooge, with smaller roles, such as the Cratchit family, played by MCE members. Read more

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Volunteers needed for Wine Walk

November 12, 2015

NEW — 3:17 p.m. Nov. 12, 2015

The Downtown Issaquah Association needs volunteers to work one- to two-hour shifts at the third annual Gilman Village Wine Walk Nov. 20. The event is from 6-9 p.m.

Volunteers are needed at the following times and positions:

  • 4:30-6:30 p.m. — Set up/check in
  • 6-7:30 p.m. — Check in and door guards
  • 7:30-9 p.m. — Wine store and door guards
  • 9-10 p.m. — Tear down/clean up

If interested, contact the DIA at or 417-6697.

To learn more, go to

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The fairest ‘Lady’ of them all

November 10, 2015

NEW — 3:15 p.m. Nov. 10, 2015

Issaquah is again the beneficiary of Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning director Brian Yorkey checking off his bucket list of favorite productions he has always wanted to direct. Last time it was “Cabaret.” This season, it’s the Broadway classic musical “My Fair Lady,” which Yorkey said is his favorite musical of all time.

His love for the story comes through in every aspect of the production.

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre Eliza Doolittle (Allison Standley) and Henry Higgins (Mark Anders) discover she can properly pronounce, ‘The Rain in Spain.’

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre
Eliza Doolittle (Allison Standley) and Henry Higgins (Mark Anders) discover she can properly pronounce, ‘The Rain in Spain.’

At its essence, it’s a simple tale of a professor of linguistics, Henry Higgins, who wagers with his fellow man of standing, Colonel Pickering. The bet — to transform the lowly Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle into a proper lady of standing, so convincingly, she’d fool even members of royalty. Read more

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Children’s author Josie Bissett hosts book signing at Costco Sunday

November 4, 2015

NEW — 10:38 a.m. Nov. 4, 2015

Seattle native, Josie Bissett, best know for her roles on “Melrose Place” and “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” will be in Issaquah promoting her latest career as children’s author. Bissett will be signing copies of her books “Tickle Monster” and her latest release “Boogie Monster” at the Issaquah Costco from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 8.

Josie Bissett

Josie Bissett

“Tickle Monster” is an illustrated storybook for kids, based on a family tradition that Bissett has continued with her own kids. The book comes complete with its own fuzzy “Tickle Monster” mitts, that parents can wear to tickle their children while reading along. Read more

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Quilt show features ‘Shapes and Angles’

October 29, 2015

NEW — 6:24 p.m. Oct. 29, 2015

“Shapes and Angles” will be the theme for the 2015 Block Party Quilters Quilt Show Nov. 13-15 at the Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S.

Contemporary quilts by featured artist Janet Steadman will be on display in addition to more than 200 guild member quilts. There will be a vendor mall, boutique, tea shop, door prizes and demonstrations. Harp music will be performed by David Michael.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7.

Learn more at

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Nov. 13 reception to feature Klahanie artist’s work

October 29, 2015

NEW — 4:09 p.m. Oct. 29, 2015

Klahanie artist Pamela K. Beer finds inspiration from simple life events and elements she sees daily.

“From little birds to the foliage, the forest and trees, my friends, loved ones and my spiritual journey,” Beer said in a news release. “Each comes with a deep reflection and a story that captures the wisdom of a life well lived.”

“Perpetrating Joy” is the theme of Beer’s Nov. 13 fine art show at Issaquah’s Northstone Real Estate office. The free event includes live music, refreshments and a door prize.

Northstone Real Estate owner Brian Leavitt offered to host the show and reception after seeing her work. Leavitt often uses Beer’s paintings in staging his higher-end houses, he said in a news release. Read more

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Highlands Council presents ‘Soulful Sounds of the Holidays’

October 29, 2015

NEW — 3:31 p.m. Oct. 29, 2015

Mycle Wastman, a season three contestant on NBC’s “The Voice,” will perform at a special Issaquah Highlands holiday concert Dec. 5.

Tickets are now on sale for “Soulful Sounds of the Holidays,” presented by the Highlands Council. Admission is $40 and includes buffet-style appetizers and two adult beverages.

The concert starts at 7 p.m., but doors open at 6 p.m. at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive. The one-night only event is expected to sell out quickly. Learn more and buy tickets at

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