Slither and scream Nov. 1 at Cougar Mountain Zoo

October 30, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 30, 2014

The Cougar Mountain Zoo presents ‘Slither and Scream,’ featuring special reptile guests from Pacific Northwest Herpetological Society with Halloween-themed activities.

All children in costume will receive half off future admission.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 1 at Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 S.E. 54th St. Admission is $9 to $12.50.

Learn more here or call 392-6278.

It’s apple pie time in Washington

October 28, 2014

It goes without saying that one of the best things about living in Washington are the apples.

By Maria Nelson Harvest season is the perfect time to whip up a simple apple almond pie recipe.

By Maria Nelson
Harvest season is the perfect time to whip up a simple apple almond pie recipe.

We are the apple state, after all, and no self-respecting Washingtonian should be without at least one or two killer apple pie or apple whatever recipes up their sleeve. Considering it’s now the height of apple season around here, there really is no reason not to get in the kitchen and get crackin’.

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Tickets go on sale for ‘Mary Poppins’

October 21, 2014

Tickets are now available for Village Theatre’s production “Mary Poppins.”

Based on the timeless books of P.L. Travers and complete with all the beloved songs from the Academy Award-winning Disney film, “Mary Poppins” tells the tale of the flying nanny.

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Writer hones craft with book of poems

October 21, 2014

Ben Hobbs figures he has always been a creative person.

Ben Hobbs

Ben Hobbs

Whether it was writing lyrics for music project in high school or putting other thoughts from pen to paper, he has always allowed his brain to go off on creative tangents. However, sometimes it was to the detriment of current surroundings.

“I’ve actually found myself doodling during class when I should have been doing other things, like paying attention,” he admitted.

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Herfy’s extensive menu offers something for everyone

October 21, 2014

The problem with so many family restaurants is how commercialized they have become, from Applebee’s and TGI Fridays to Red Robin and Denny’s.

By Greg Farrar Herfy’s varied menu includes a solid presentation of a Philly cheese steak sandwich and fries.

By Greg Farrar
Herfy’s varied menu includes a solid presentation of a Philly cheese steak sandwich and fries.

That’s why Herfy’s was such a pleasant discovery.

No pretensions, no waitresses singing a customized happy birthday song to a slightly embarrassed group of diners, just a large menu full of delicious food.

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Highlands Halloween festival has new name and night

October 14, 2014

The Issaquah Highlands’ traditional Halloween celebration has a new name and night.

By Greg Farrar Nathan Webb (left) and John Bernado, of Preston, check out a photographer for human brains before moving along, disappointed, during the 2013 Zombie Walk.

By Greg Farrar
Nathan Webb (left) and John Bernado, of Preston, check out a photographer for human brains before moving along, disappointed, during the 2013 Zombie Walk.

Now in its fourth year, the celebration is no longer associated with Green Halloween, according to Christy Garrard, Issaquah Highlands Council executive director.

“Now, it’s just Halloween in the Highlands,” she said.

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Sammamish Symphony concerts feature renowned pianist

October 14, 2014

Mark Salman, a world-renowned pianist, will perform with the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra at two upcoming concerts.

“Wild, Wild West” is 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, and 2 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Eastlake High School Performing Arts Center.

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Free Saturday film is changed to ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

October 10, 2014

NEW — 4:51 p.m. Oct. 10, 2014

Second Saturday Film Series presents a free showing of “Little Shop of Horrors” at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Eagle Room of City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.

The movie originally scheduled to be shown was “Impact!”

The 1960 classic Roger Corman “Little Shop of Horrors” stars Jonathan Haze as Seymour, a clumsy young man who nurtures a carnivorous plant by feeding it other people.

The film is notable for featuring the film debut of Jack Nicholson, a dental patient who loves pain.

Film series returns Oct. 11 with ‘Impact!’

October 8, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 8, 2014

The Second Saturday Film Series continues Oct. 11 with the showing of the 1949 drama, “Impact!”

The free movie starts at 7 p.m. in the Eagle Room at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way. Donations will be accepted for snacks.

“Impact!” stars Brian Donleavy and Ella Raines (who was born and grew up in the Snoqualmie/North Bend area). This fast-moving and offbeat drama is about a wife who tries to kill her husband but kills her lover instead, while her husband (presumed dead) hides out and watches her trial.

Weekend Wanderer goes to Leavenworth’s Oktoberfest

October 7, 2014

If you have a bucket list, THE place to celebrate Oktoberfest is, of course, the site of its origin, Munich, Germany, where a wedding feast was thrown in 1810 in the city’s outskirts to celebrate the union of Prince Ludwig I and Princess Therese from Saxony-Hildburghausen.

By David Hayes The horse-drawn keg cart brings up the rear Oct. 4 in the traditional kick-off parade of Leavenworth’s Oktoberfest.

By David Hayes
The horse-drawn keg cart brings up the rear Oct. 4 in the traditional kick-off parade of Leavenworth’s Oktoberfest.

But if you can’t drop more than $2,000 to join more than 6 million of your friends for a 17-day celebration, might I suggest the next best thing a little closer to home — Leavenworth’s Oktoberfest.

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