White House hosts student technology video contest

January 7, 2014

The White House is looking for student-produced videos that highlight the power of technology in schools.

The first-ever White House Student Film Festival is a video contest created just for students in kindergarten through 12th grades. Finalists will have their short films shown at The White House and may also be featured on The White House Website, YouTube channel and social media pages.

Films must be under three minutes and should address at least one of the following themes:

  • How you currently use technology in your classroom or school.
  • The role technology will play in education in the future.

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Teen filmmakers are wanted for Influence the Choice video contest

January 4, 2014

NEW — 3:50 p.m. Jan. 4, 2013

Back by popular demand, the Issaquah Drug Free Community Coalition is again sponsoring its “Influence the Choice” video contest.

Issaquah School District students in sixth through 12th grades are invited to create video commercials (up to two minutes) that positively influence their friends to resist alcohol, marijuana and prescription drug temptations.

The deadline for submission is Feb. 28.

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Videographer promotes Washington state parks

December 24, 2013

DiscoverWashington 2013100 copyThe Eric Jensen family purchased a 27-foot travel trailer in 2006, and joined a couple of associations of parks catering to RVers, only to discover they wanted something more.

Jensen said the associations didn’t have the best properties for the outings.

“We decided we wanted the kids to have some great experiences with camping,” the Issaquah resident said. “This was real important to us.”

They started looking for other places to set up on their ventures out of Issaquah.

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Enjoy the biggest, freshest selection at Aji Sushi & Grill

December 24, 2013

The Bento Box (above) at Aji Sushi & Grill is a great lunch deal at only $9.95. The Double A roll (right), like the other sushi rolls at Aji, is a delicious work of art.  Photo by Kathleen R. Merrill.

The Bento Box (above) at Aji Sushi & Grill is a great lunch deal at only $9.95. The Double A roll (right), like the other sushi rolls at Aji, is a delicious work of art. Photo by Kathleen R. Merrill.

The spoiling of the customer at Aji Sushi & Grill in the Issaquah Highlands starts with the warm hand cloths brought to your table when you first arrive. It continues with impeccable service.

The restaurant has not only sushi but also numerous Korean dishes.

One way to judge a sushi place is by its California roll, one of the most popular menu items for people who love sushi, and for people who don’t. The California roll at Aji is beautifully made. You get eight large pieces for $4.95 and the blend of ingredients is perfect.

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Mary, Queen of Peace hosts interfaith holiday concert

December 17, 2013

Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church and Temple B’nai Torah present a holiday interfaith concert from 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at Mary, Queen of Peace, 1121 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish.

The guests of honor are Tent City 4 residents.

The concert features:

  • The Interfaith ensemble from Temple B’nai Torah, led by Cantor David Serkin Poole and music director Glenn Lestz, performing popular Christmas songs.
  • Musical ensembles from Mary, Queen of Peace, led by liturgical music director David Yackley, performing sacred and secular Christmas songs.

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Tis the season for peppermint bark

December 17, 2013

If the hustle and bustle of the holiday season has just about overwhelmed you and the thought of making one more treat or wrapping one more gift is more than you can bear, I hear you.

Every year, with the best intentions, I set out to make and bake an ambitious list of treats and goodies. Every year, I fail miserably to accomplish even a fraction of what I intend. Life, work, holiday merry making and all the other responsibilities just simply get in the way.

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By Maria Nelson
Don’t let your sweet tooth go into the new year before trying this recipe for holiday crispy curnch peppermint bark.

I’ve made peace with doing less over the years, and as my children have gotten older I’ve realized that really the most important thing is just to make a priority of enjoying the season. Spending time together in the kitchen is a great way for us to do that.

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Big Fish offers a fine seafood dining alternative

December 17, 2013

Yelp is no help.

The best way to discover a new restaurant, such as Big Fish Grill at Grand Ridge Plaza in the Issaquah Highlands, is to avoid the personal vendettas and experience it in person.

With locations also in Kirkland and Woodinville, Big Fish is still finding its footing in Issaquah (the website is still not up and running yet).

By Greg Farrar Big Fish Grill staff split an order of Alaskan cod tacos (left) and seafood gumbo into half portions so two diners could enjoy a taste of the other’s meal.

By Greg Farrar
Big Fish Grill staff split an order of Alaskan cod tacos (left) and seafood gumbo into half portions so two diners could enjoy a taste of the other’s meal.

I popped in for a meal with a dining companion recently and enjoyed the experience. We arrived in the late afternoon, having missed the lunch crowd, too early for the dinner service. We almost had the side dining room and the entire wait staff to ourselves. So, you’ll have to discover for yourself how Big Fish operates at peak hours.

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Skyline thespians serve up witch’s brew with ‘The Crucible’

December 10, 2013

People who are well-versed in “The Crucible” might not find a lot of surprises in Skyline High School’s adaptation, but the student actors and actresses have been working hard to put their own spin on Arthur Miller’s famous 1950’s production.

The play includes many real-life elements of the Salem witch trials that occurred in colonial New England during the late 1600s. And the cast at Skyline, under the direction of Hannah Fry, has used a fine-toothed comb to unearth historical nuggets of the story.

The junior and senior cast members have studied “The Crucible” in class, and at the start of fall rehearsals, the entire cast took part in a dramaturgy — research for a dramatic performance — said sophomore Madeline Miller, who has taken on the key role of Betty Parris.

Photos by Neil Pierson Above, Skyline High School students (from left) Nathan Landolff, Madeline Miller and Carly Rosenbaum rehearse a scene from ‘The Crucible.’

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 Skyline High School students (from left) Nathan Landolff, Madeline Miller and Carly Rosenbaum rehearse a scene from ‘The Crucible.’

“We kind of learned about the show itself and the time period … and the different relationships that have changed,” Miller said. “Now, a father and daughter would probably be pretty casual, but back then it was really strict, and if you did something wrong, you got whipped.”

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Locals perform in PNW Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’

December 10, 2013

Few things signify that it’s the holiday season in the Northwest more than a trip to Seattle’s McCaw Hall to dazzle in the magical experience that is the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Nutcracker.”

This year is the 30th anniversary of the local production, and three Issaquah children are part of it.

Makena Lung, Clara Sun and Alyssa Collister will all take the stage for the show’s 2013 season.

Performances continue through Dec. 29. Tickets range in price from $25 to $140 and can be purchased online at www.pnb.org, in person at 301 Mercer St. in Seattle or by calling 206-441-2424.

 

Musicians can perform ‘Messiah’ for fun and funds

December 10, 2013

Musicians will gather for the fifth annual “Sing & Play Along Messiah” Dec. 15 at St. Michaels & All Angels Episcopal Church.

Any instrumentalists, vocalists or spectators can participate in the nonrehearsed event, under the direction of Jason Anderson, associate for liturgical arts at the church.

The event raises funds for the Merry Christmas Issaquah fund.

“We invite instrumentalists and singers to join us for part one of the ‘Messiah,’ which is considered the Christmas portion,” Anderson said.

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