In Woodinville Wine Country, vino, veritas

July 8, 2014

Does winding through Woodinville’s wine country sound like a fantastic way to spend a day? You’re right — it is.

A number of wineries have bloomed in the bursting local industry along the northwestern tip of Lake Washington. When world-famous Chateau Ste. Michelle winery settled in the area in 1976, it brought with it a gradual wave of other wineries and, of course, wine lovers.

Currently, more than 100 wineries call the Woodinville area home. Now, you can experience those on the Woodinville Wine Country shuttle, every first and third Saturday from July 5 to Sept. 20.

By Peter Clark Above, John Bigelow, JM Cellars co-owner, stands on the bocce ball court that doubles as a wedding venue.

By Peter Clark
John Bigelow, JM Cellars co-owner, stands on the bocce ball court that doubles as a wedding venue.

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‘I Walk the Line’ on July 12 is next feature in free film series

July 8, 2014

The city’s free film series continues July 12 with the presentation of “I Walk the Line.”

The show is at 7 p.m. in City Hall Eagle Room, 130 E. Sunset Way.

“I Walk the Line” stars Gregory Peck as Sheriff Henry Tawes, a small Tennessee town man of strong moral fiber who is quick to judge others and follows the law zealously. Tawes’ world is turned upside down when he meets Alma, played by Tuesday Weld.

Find a toe-tappin’ good time at Concerts on the Green summer series

July 1, 2014

After 18 years, David Harris feels he’s got a pretty good feel for the pulse of Issaquah when it comes to the city’s music scene.

As the scheduler of musical talent for the annual Concerts on the Green series, Harris knows it takes more than a bar band to draw a large crowd to the lawn in front of the community center on a Tuesday night.

“We’ve got a broad, variety of music, most of it danceable,” he said. “I’ve found, over the years, Issaquah likes to dance, to get their feet tapping.”

Wally & The Beaves perform classic and contemporary rock Aug. 19.

Wally & The Beaves perform classic and contemporary rock Aug. 19.

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Noodle Boat keeps fresh flavors afloat

July 1, 2014

Noodle Boat has long been one of my favorite Issaquah restaurants and a return visit for a review does nothing to change my opinion.

The little Thai restaurant at the end of a strip mall off Northwest Gilman Boulevard seems a little buried among the storefronts. But once you step inside, the clean and charming atmosphere welcomes you into a comfortable dining environment.

Noodle Boat is outfitted with traditional decorations in a modern setting and has a confident sense of design. During the day, the windows offer wonderful lighting and the evening provides a relaxing place for a repast.

By Peter Clark Noodle Boat’s red curry is just one delicious menu item that showcases the restaurant’s Thai cuisine.

By Peter Clark
Noodle Boat’s red curry is just one delicious menu item that showcases the restaurant’s Thai cuisine.

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Local comedian produces Jewish comedy show

June 24, 2014

Need to indulge in a guilty pleasure? Issaquah comedian Erez Benari is producing and hosting the Jewish-themed comedy show Guilty Giggle at the Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue on June 29.

“The show is about being Jewish in America,” Benari said. “Jewish people have certain cultural traditions, which are passed down through the generations, and the show highlights the ridiculousness of things we encounter in daily life.

 

“A classic example is the stereotype of the Jewish mothers who always want their sons to be doctors or lawyers, and the inevitable eye rolling when she hears that her son wants to be, say, a comic.”

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It’s not summer without a fruit crumble

June 24, 2014

Now that summer fruits are in season, if you are at all like me, you are clamoring to enjoy them any way you can.

Fruit consumption goes way up for us this time of year. We try to cram as much delicious fruit into each meal at breakfast, lunch and dinner, with fruit for snacks in between. In years past, I’ve always felt a little guilty about all the fruit we consume. It’s just so simple, so fresh and so incredibly delicious that I get a little lazy on the rest of the food options available to us.

By Maria Nelson

By Maria Nelson

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Skyline theater students honored

June 24, 2014

Skyline High School’s drama department was recognized for its outstanding work in several categories at the 12th annual 5th Avenue Awards Honoring High School Musical Theater.

The awards ceremony, June 9 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, is a high-school version of the Tony Awards. More than 2,000 theater students dressed in costumes were in attendance to receive awards in 21 categories.

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Join the band on Make Music Day June 21

June 10, 2014

Someone has to make music and it might as well be the whole community.

For the second year in a row, the Downtown Issaquah Association will lead the city to join the rest of the world in International Music Day on June 21. With festivities highlighting the talents of the community, the day will offer plenty of opportunities to listen to and make music.

Photos by Greg Farrar Above, David Harris (left) plays a bongo drum with Emma Erhardt (left) and Bella Evans, during an all-instrument flash mob performance of ‘Louie Louie’ in 2013 on the City Hall steps for Issaquah Make Music Day in honor of International Music day

Photos by Greg Farrar
Above, David Harris (left) plays a bongo drum with Emma Erhardt (left) and Bella Evans, during an all-instrument flash mob performance of ‘Louie Louie’ in 2013 on the City Hall steps for Issaquah Make Music Day in honor of International Music day

“It’s going to be pretty significant,” DIA Executive Director Karen Donovan said. “We’re going to have over 25 bands in seven outdoor locations, four regular venues and six nontraditional spots.”

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Purple ribbon winner

June 10, 2014

This portrait of Issaquah High School senior Jack Lambert’s brother standing in a torrential rain at the family cabin was part of his entry that was judged one of 10 statewide finalists, in the Professional Photographers of Washington Scholarship competition for 2014 Student Photographer of the Year. Finalists were singled out for their high achievement in the photographic field, scholastic studies and the wish to further their studies in the photographic arts.

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This photograph of a woman doing a jumping ‘sailor’ style dive into a lake at the Lambert family cabin was part of Jack Lambert’s entry. Students applying for a $2,000 scholarship presented an application including a portfolio of their work, a personal essay and two recommendations from teachers or mentors in photography. Members of the Professional Photographers of Washington juried the applicants.

 

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Jack M. Lambert

Master Chorus Eastside concert celebrates Independence Day

June 10, 2014

Include Master Chorus Eastside in your pre-Fourth of July plans.

The vocal ensemble comprised largely of local residents returns to Issaquah for its annual Celebrate America concert.

The concert starts at 3 p.m. June 29 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

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