Make wild rice salad your go-to summer dish

July 29, 2015

NEW — 10:55 a.m. July 29, 2015

Salads and summer are ubiquitous partners, naturally melding together in our conscious and subconscious thoughts and always provide, thankfully, a simple answer to the never-ending question of what to eat for dinner.

By Maria Nelson

By Maria Nelson

Salads are simply the best go-to option for many of us this time of year. They provide a healthy meal that uses the best of what’s fresh, abundant and delicious, and they can be thrown together quickly without the sweat-inducing necessity of turning on the oven.

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Sounds of Summer series continues July 25

July 23, 2015

The Grand Ridge Plaza Sounds of Summer concert series continues July 25 with a trio of stringed instrumentalists.

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Pavement Picassos wanted for Chalk Art Festival

July 23, 2015

Create artwork at the annual Chalk Art Festival July 28.

The free festival is from noon to 5 p.m. on the sidewalks around the community center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S.

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August Moon offers full menu of diverse Chinese cuisine

July 16, 2015

Appearances can be deceiving.

By Greg Farrar The Dragon and Phoenix Combo (left) and the Seafood in Vermicelli Sauce entrées were a good choice from August Moon Chinese Restaurant’s lunch menu.

By Greg Farrar
The Dragon and Phoenix Combo (left) and the Seafood in Vermicelli Sauce entrées were a good choice from August Moon Chinese Restaurant’s lunch menu.

Take for example, August Moon. Don’t decide whether to eat there or not by its empty parking lot at 2 p.m. on a weekday, or by the Yelp review that described the interior as a Chinese retirement home, with a décor that hasn’t been updated since 1982.

If you went by appearances alone, you’d be missing out on a darn fine meal with some of the best customer service.

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Get your fill of the blues at Gas Station music series

July 9, 2015

Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons headline the first concert of the Gas Station Blues series.

The performance is from 7-9 p.m. July 16 at the Hailstone Feed Store (historic Shell station), 232 Front St. N.

The series runs every Thursday night through Aug. 20.

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Acting on a director’s passion — Liberty graduate Alex Bell shoots first feature film

July 9, 2015

Newcastle native Alex Bell first caught the filmmaking bug as a student at Liberty High School.

Contributed Alex Bell (right) mans the camera as he shoots scenes for his film ‘Superior.’ Bell, a Newcastle native and Liberty graduate, is a producer and the director of cinematography on the project.

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Alex Bell (right) mans the camera as he shoots scenes for his film ‘Superior.’ Bell, a Newcastle native and Liberty graduate, is a producer and the director of cinematography on the project.

The 2009 Liberty graduate went on to produce video highlights of the Patriots’ sports teams and a video for the school administration, titled “A Day in the Life at Liberty.”

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Concerts on the Green schedule features the people’s choices

July 2, 2015

Every year, the lineups for Issaquah’s Concerts on the Green have some sort of overarching theme. For the 19th season, organizer David Harris thought he’d try something different — let the audience decide.

“At the last concert from last year, I asked the crowd to let me know what bands they’d like to see or see again,” Harris said. “Most bands this year, then, are ones the audience would like to see. A majority are ones they asked to see again.”

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Summer KIDSTAGE shows are unveiled

July 2, 2015

Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE program recently unveiled its summer schedule of productions.

‘Catch Me If You Can’

  • July 11-19
  • 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 for youth and seniors

The KIDSTAGE Summer Independent program presents “Catch Me If You Can,” from July 11-19 at First Stage Theatre.

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June is perfect month to combine ice cream, cookies and strawberries

June 25, 2015

June is definitely the month for strawberries. And ice cream. And cookies.

By Maria Nelson

By Maria Nelson

Heck, if I’m honest it’s always the month for those things, but truly right now it’s all about the berries. Washington strawberries are at their peak right this very minute and it’s all I can do to stop myself from throwing them into everything I eat.

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Issaquah author receives six awards

June 25, 2015

Issaquah author Lisa Quast has received six national and international awards for her second book, “Secrets of a Hiring Manager Turned Career Coach.”

Lisa Quast

Lisa Quast

The guide to help you get the job you want was honored with several prestigious awards, including being named a Silver Award Winner by Axiom Business Book Awards, according to a news release.

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