High school students go back to preschool

April 14, 2015

Deep within Skyline High School, there’s a room that serves as a quasi-laboratory for preschool students trying to learn vital social and academic skills, and high-school students looking to take the first steps on a possible career path.

The Skyline preschool has been around for many years, but some parents might not be aware of its existence, said Michelle Campbell, the program’s lead teacher.

The upcoming closure of the Sammamish Learning Center, a popular preschool that has been operating for 20 years, is forcing families to look elsewhere to fulfill their children’s early-learning opportunities.

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Skyline High School supports boy with brain cancer

April 14, 2015

Just two days before Christmas, Sammamish residents Jeff and Kellea Taylor received some of the worst possible news about their youngest child, Sam.

Sam was having chronic headaches and nausea, so doctors began checking him. They found a cancerous tumor in his brain, known as astrocytoma, and because an operation to remove it wasn’t possible, they immediately put him on a chemotherapy treatment plan.

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Church has big goals for low-key Run with Faith

April 14, 2015

Race coordinator Douglas Nast certainly knows there is room for growth in Issaquah Christian Church’s annual Run with Faith for the benefit of Compassion House.

In fact, as runners can receive awards in various age categories, he jokes that one year, nearly every runner in the race received a medal of some kind. If you are out to get your name into a record book somewhere, this might be your chance, Nast added.

“Our course records are pretty modest,” he said.

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Zoo celebrates tiger birthdays, Earth Day; city also has events planned

April 14, 2015

Celebrate Earth Day at Cougar Mountain Zoo’s Party for the Planet on April 18.

Special guests include the Pacific Northwest Herpetological Society, Mountains to Sound Greenway and many more. Activities include Tobias the Magician, face painting and Earth-friendly arts and crafts, as well as Earth Day-themed mini-lectures for the zoo animals. You can also get your portrait drawn by a caricaturist.

See a complete schedule of mini-lectures at http://bit.ly/1axnfe0.

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Newcastle festival to honor state’s first Karelian bear dog

April 14, 2015

Newcastle’s Earth Day festival will play host to a special ceremony honoring the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife’s very first Karelian bear dog, Mishka, April 18.

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Strike a pose — Issaquah High School prepares for annual fashion show

April 7, 2015

About two-dozen students stood on the Issaquah High School stage and nervously peered out into the sea of empty seats April 1.

They suddenly burst into movement when, with the press of a button, music began to blare from the auditorium’s speakers — it was time to strike a pose.

One by one, the Issaquah students walked the tape-lined stage, a mock-runway of sorts, each stopping three times for full fashion-show effect. They weren’t perfect — some turned the wrong direction, while others failed to hold a pose long enough — but it didn’t matter, this was just practice.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Issaquah High School freshman Samuel Bailey practices his runway pose with the help of volunteer Dawn Farmer, as they rehearse April 1 for the school’s 2015 IFashion Show and Auction on April 24.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Issaquah High School freshman Samuel Bailey practices his runway pose with the help of volunteer Dawn Farmer, as they rehearse April 1 for the school’s 2015 IFashion Show and Auction on April 24.

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Come as you are to Kiwanis Boots, Barrels & Brews

April 7, 2015

After 30 years of hosting auctions, Kiwanis Club of Issaquah fundraising organizers last year decided a change was in order.

“We wanted something different, not the same old stuffy, sit-down auction where you’re miserable for three hours,” event chairwoman Tori Gaines said.

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Issaquah History Museums presents ‘Hobos and Homelessness’ April 11

April 7, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 10, 2015

In “The Road” (1907), Jack London observed, “The hobo never knows what is going to happen the next moment; hence, he lives only in the present moment.”

The life of the hobo may be of the moment, but the fundamental need for shelter has spanned the ages. In the economic depressions of the 1890s and 1930s, there was a surge of homelessness, and hobos like Jack London hitched rides on trains in search of better opportunities.

Railroad towns like Issaquah were brief stopping points, and sometimes destinations.

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The Issaquah Press Around the World — Cuba

April 7, 2015

Contributed Eve’ Martinez-Petrut and Richard Petrut, of Issaquah, recently participated in an eight-day People to People tour of Cuba traveling with a group of jazz enthusiasts. Along with a copy of The Issaquah Press, they are pictured arriving for dinner at Café del Oriente, Plaza de San Francisco, in downtown Havana. Transportation was provided by one of Cuba’s 42,000-plus antique cars. The restored 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air has been repowered with a Mercedes Benz 5-cylinder diesel engine and matching transmission. Where have you taken your favorite newspaper? Email your photo to editor@isspress.com.

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Eve’ Martinez-Petrut and Richard Petrut, of Issaquah, recently participated in an eight-day People to People tour of Cuba traveling with a group of jazz enthusiasts. Along with a copy of The Issaquah Press, they are pictured arriving for dinner at Café del Oriente, Plaza de San Francisco, in downtown Havana. Transportation was provided by one of Cuba’s 42,000-plus antique cars. The restored 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air has been repowered with a Mercedes Benz 5-cylinder diesel engine and matching transmission. Where have you taken your favorite newspaper? Email your photo to editor@isspress.com.

Popular preschool is set to close after 20 years

March 31, 2015

The Sammamish Learning Center, which has been serving Eastside families and their preschool students since 1995, will permanently close its doors in June at the end of the current school year.

It wasn’t the original intention of the school’s directors, Jill Porter and Helen Glenn, who sold the property to a developer last year.

By Neil Pierson Students at Sammamish Learning Center play along with teacher Karen Stillwell during a morning classroom session. The preschool is closing in June after 20 years of business.

By Neil Pierson
Students at Sammamish Learning Center play along with teacher Karen Stillwell during a morning classroom session. The preschool is closing in June after 20 years of business.

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