Get seasonal with spring greens, avocado and grapefruit salad

March 25, 2014

Spring is just around the corner. Can you feel it? Warmer, longer days, and daffodils and crocuses peeking through the soil all give me hope that winter day’s are almost at end.

Often, when I feel anxious for the beginning of a new season, the best way I find to welcome it into being is to begin doing so in my kitchen and, of course, by extension, onto my plate.

Spring Greens, Avocado and Grapefruit Salad

Spring Greens, Avocado and Grapefruit Salad

A light, colorful salad is the epitome of spring, particularly if it includes small micro-greens, shoots and starts. Packed with nutrients, delicious to eat and beautiful to look at, micro-greens should be in everyone’s salad at one point or another. More readily available than they’ve ever been, they are perfect additions to smoothies, stir-fry, sandwiches or on fresh roasted fish as a garnish with berries.

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KIDSTAGE vet takes center stage in Village Theatre’s ‘The Tutor’

March 18, 2014

Village Theatre’s latest fare educates its lead as well as the character she plays.

In the new musical “The Tutor,” opening March 20, 16-year-old Katie Griffith plays a sullen teenage rich kid who gets taken under the wing of an aspiring novelist looking to make a quick buck by educating wealthy high schoolers on the side. The tutor, played by Eric Ankrim, may have bitten off more than he can chew with his newest charge.

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre Katie Griffith (left), as Sweetie, and Eric Ankrim, as Edmond, enact a scene from the Village Theatre production of ‘The Tutor.’

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre
Katie Griffith (left), as Sweetie, and Eric Ankrim, as Edmond, enact a scene from the Village Theatre production of ‘The Tutor.’

“He tutors stupid rich kids and he gets me — a punk rocker who couldn’t care about less,” Griffith said. “Chaos ensues.”

While she has had a great amount of experience within the Village Theatre community, this will mark the first time the Issaquah High School student will play the lead on the main stage.

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Issaquah High School presents ‘Rehearsal for Murder’

March 18, 2014

Issaquah High School’s spring production of “Rehearsal for Murder” is more than a regular whodunit played out onstage.

“I’ve been describing it as ‘Clue’ plus ‘Inception,’” said star Daniel Repp, an Issaquah sophomore.

By Greg Farrar A briefcase may or may not play an important role in the Issaquah High School drama production of ‘Rehearsal for Murder,’ as the cast and crew, including (front, from left) sophomore Daniel Repp as Alex Dennison and junior Lauren Jaech as Monica Welles, examine it for possible clues.

By Greg Farrar
A briefcase may or may not play an important role in the Issaquah High School drama production of ‘Rehearsal for Murder,’ as the cast and crew, including (front, from left) sophomore Daniel Repp as Alex Dennison and junior Lauren Jaech as Monica Welles, examine it for possible clues.

The students will bring to life the story of tortured playwright Alex Dennison as he searches for the answers surrounding the death of his beloved fiancée Monica Welles.

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Art sought for ArtWalk

March 18, 2014

The Downtown Issaquah Association invites artists of all types and styles to submit work to be juried for the 13th annual Downtown Issaquah ArtWalk season. The submission deadline is April 1.

The association welcomes emerging artists of all ages, as well as established professionals of the trade. Artists will be recognized with a People’s Choice Award and other awards throughout the season.

Last year, an estimated 10,000 people came into downtown Issaquah to see and purchase art, hear live music and support downtown.

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Church hosts author Shannon Huffman Polson

March 18, 2014

St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church hosts a special Lenten Reflection Day with Shannon Huffman Polson, author of “North of Hope,” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 29 at its Issaquah location, 325 S.E. Darst St.

RSVP to the church office by emailing email@stmichaels-issaquah.org. Last-minute attendees are still welcome.

Although the event is free, a $10 donation is suggested to help cover costs. Copy of Polson’s books will be available.

Learn more about her at http://aborderlife.com.

 

 

Kaleidoscope hosts benefit rock concert

March 18, 2014

The Kaleidoscope School of Music presents a benefit rock concert, featuring five of its teen bands, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. March 28 at KTUB, 348 N. Kirkland Ave., Kirkland.

The admission is $5, with students 10 and younger getting in free. Proceeds go toward funding the school’s music scholarship fund.

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Issaquah students star in ‘Spring Awakening’

March 18, 2014

Two Issaquah High School students will star in Youth Theatre Northwest’s production of “Spring Awakening.”

Senior Kylie Fletcher is set to play Wendla, while sophomore Emma Bensten plays Frau Gabor.

Tackling issues of sexuality, suicide, abortion and homosexuality, “Spring Awakening” aims to be a powerful and riveting ride through the trials and tribulations of teen life.

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Garlic Crush offers quick, quality Mediterranean food

March 11, 2014

Before now, to enjoy Mediterranean food, the only choices in Issaquah were sit-down dining at Tantalus (Greek) and Pogacha (Adriatic). Fine dining, to be sure, but not for those in a hurry, especially the on-the-go lunch crowd.

Filling that void comes Garlic Crush, former Microsoftie Maher “Matt” Jabbour’s second restaurant after opening his first in Bellevue.

Garlic Crush photo The beef and lamb gyro is a popular item on the menu.

Garlic Crush photo
The beef and lamb gyro is a popular item on the menu.

Located in the former O’Ginger, the interior has been renovated to accommodate a faster, order-at-the-counter service. The atmosphere is lighter and airier with pop-Arabic music piped over the restaurant’s speakers.

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Issaquah High School earns Jostens national yearbook design recognition

March 11, 2014

Issaquah High School’s yearbook, “The Sammamish,” has been recognized for excellence and featured in the 2014 Jostens “Gotcha Covered Look Book,” celebrating the best-of-the-best in yearbook design and coverage.

The “Look Book” is “a collection of spreads and photos from outstanding yearbooks and their creative themes, cool covers, dazzling designs, relevant coverage, storytelling copy and action-packed photography,” according to the Jostens website. Along with design excellence, the annually published “Look Book” honors the important role well-crafted yearbooks play in helping schools chronicle the experiences, stories and achievements most relevant to students and that academic year.

Issaquah High School’s yearbook

Issaquah High School’s yearbook

The Sammamish was created by Editor-in-Chief Isabel Beaudoin, Student Activities Editor Michelle Yoshihara, Athletics Editor Amanda Kibbel, Academics Editor Melanie Page, Clubs and Organizations Editor Ashley Yeh, People Editor Malia Villani, Senior Ads Editor Jacob Masaki, Index Editor Mitchell Yin, and staff members Songbong Chu, Shane Fong, Alexis Grosclaude, Alex Hagen and Amanda Ulrich under the direction of Ellen Jarvinen, Issaquah High School yearbook adviser.

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Registration opens for Fenders on Front Street

March 11, 2014

The Downtown Issaquah Association has opened free registration to its ninth annual Fenders on Front Street Car Show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 15, Father’s Day.

The show attracts car owners from across the state showing off their classic cars. There will be live music by the Kaleidoscope School of Music, family activities, and a trophy and awards ceremony with master of ceremonies Lance Lambert. Vinyl Radio will broadcast classic tunes all day with Jeff Shade, the host of the syndicated show “Talk About Cars.” The afternoon will culminate in a cruise to the Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In.

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