AAUW hosts second annual fashion show

June 3, 2014

The Issaquah Branch of the American Association of University Women held its second annual Fashion Show Fundraiser on April 26.

The Issaquah Chico’s provided stylish fashions that were modeled by members of the AAUW branch.

Modeling clothes for the American Association of University Women Fashion Show Fundraiser are (from left) Kat Hughes, Gerri Steele, Jane Stephenson, Nancy Nersveen, Beth Box and Billie Coopwood.

Modeling clothes for the American Association of University Women Fashion Show Fundraiser are (from left) Kat Hughes, Gerri Steele, Jane Stephenson, Nancy Nersveen, Beth Box and Billie Coopwood.

Ninety tickets were sold and 22 prizes were obtained or donated by branch members. The event brought in more than $4,000 in net profit.

The focus of the fundraiser was to raise money to send eighth-grade girls from Issaquah schools to the AAUW WA Tech Trek camp in July at Pacific Lutheran University. The camp will focus on the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The profit will allow three young girls to go. Applications are being processed.

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Totally tubular

May 20, 2014

IHS alum to play for prestigious symphony

 

Andy Abel makes notes in a piece of music he is rehearsing on his tuba. By Keiji Hiramoto

Andy Abel makes notes in a piece of music he is rehearsing on his tuba. By Keiji Hiramoto

Issaquah High School alumni Andy Abel’s musical aspirations took a major leap forward after receiving an unexpected phone call from the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Music Center.

“I was not expected to get in,” Abel said. “But when I got the call from (associate director of student affairs) Michael Nock, I tried to be very professional about it and called him back an hour later and said, ‘Yes, I would love to accept the fellowship position.’”

Abel, a Sammamish resident and now a freshman at the University of Washington, was awarded the Juliet Esselborn Geier Memorial Fellowship to study and perform with the Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts this summer.

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Maple Hills singers to get star-spangled treatment at Safeco

May 20, 2014

Maple Hills Elementary School fifth-grader Makenna Weeks has one bit of advice for her classmates before they sing the national anthem at a Seattle Mariners game May 27.

“Just don’t do anything awkward, like picking your nose,” she joked.

The students will, after all, be featured prominently on Safeco Field’s massive video screen, when they kick off another game of America’s pastime, with the tune that represents the nation.

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Issaquah schools win environmental award

May 20, 2014

The Issaquah School District was one of three districts in the state to earn a Washington State Green Leader Award in 2014.

Issaquah was recognized for reducing environmental impacts and costs through new programs. Examples include building stormwater retention ponds at schools to return cleaner water to aquifer systems; conserving water in irrigation practices; planting drought-resistant plants; and reducing idle times for buses to cut back on emissions.

The district has been tracking its monthly utility bills in recent years and has found energy consumption has decreased by 7.6 percent, even though its square footage has gone up nearly 30 percent.

Issaquah schools are recycling 49 percent of their materials, and they’ve reduced water usage by 40.4 percent since 2001.

Goddard School artists fundraiser tops $3,000

May 20, 2014

The Goddard School in Issaquah raised $3,345 for Seattle Children’s, thanks to its annual art auction April 25-26.

The school auctioned pieces inspired by famous artists with a unique spin in that its preschoolers crafted the re-creations.

More than 100 pieces were sold by all five of the Seattle-area Goddard School locations, earning a total of $18,000 for Seattle Children’s.

Local dog is first Norwegian Buhund to win best in show

May 20, 2014

History was made April 27 when Binna, co-owned and bred by Issaquah resident Vali Eberhart, became the first Norwegian Buhund to win a best in show at the Walla Walla Kennel Club.

It was the first best in show for the breed since its introduction of eligible breeds to compete in the American Kennel Club.

Binna, whose full kennel name is GCH CH Jotunn Bella Binna, was handled by Amie McLaughlin and is co-owned by John Bradstreet.

EBC, county diaper collaboration receive 1 million diapers

May 20, 2014

Eastside Baby Corner, through Side by Side Northwest, a King County diaper collaboration with WestSide Baby, received 400,000 diapers on May 7.

The much-needed diapers, a portion of the 1 million donated to the regional diaper collaboration by Huggies and the National Diaper Bank Network, will be used to help children in need in greater east King County. EBC distributed more than 600,000 diapers in 2013.

Magnificent matriarchs

May 13, 2014

Brunch celebrates moms of children with special needs

The sky was gray on a May 10 afternoon, but inside Swedish/Issaquah, where a special group of moms were treated to an early Mother’s Day brunch, it was nothing but sunshine.

Look no further than Issaquah mom Kimberley Lane’s Mother’s Day card, signed lovingly by her son Brian Galbraith with the inscription “your only son-shine.”

Photos by Christina Corrales-Toy Above, Joseph Song, a Swedish/Issaquah volunteer (right), helps Brian Galbraith put together a plotted plant as a Mother’s Day gift at Life Enrichment Options’ Mother’s Brunch May 10.

Photo by Christina Corrales-Toy
Above, Joseph Song, a Swedish/Issaquah volunteer (right), helps Brian Galbraith put together a plotted plant as a Mother’s Day gift at Life Enrichment Options’ Mother’s Brunch May 10.

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Phi Beta Kappa honors music teacher

May 13, 2014

Longtime Issaquah piano/music teacher Brad Smith will receive the Pathfinder Award from the Puget Sound Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

The honor will be given May 15 in an invitation-only ceremony at the Seattle Yacht Club.

Brad Smith

Brad Smith

Smith, his family and friends will be accompanied by his prize-winning chamber orchestra. The orchestra will play the “Serenade for Strings,” by Edward Elgar.

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Plucky students meet ukulele master

May 13, 2014

Riley Frasier’s mother could hardly keep her 7-year-old from popping out of his seat.

Every time world-renowned ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro started plucking a symphonic range of sound few others have ever drawn out of the short, four-stringed instrument, Riley had to stamp his feet, rock his head so hard his glasses could barely stay on his nose and strum the air.

And who could blame him? Certainly not other fans of Shimabukuro’s ukulele solos, an eclectic and international audience that includes the likes of cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder and the Queen of England (who has shaken Shimabukuro’s hand).

By Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times Jake Shimabukuro plays ‘This Land Is Your Land’ with dozens of students from Sunny Hills Elementary School, among them Ellie Lindley, Natalie Anderson and Mia Rogers in the front row.

By Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times
Jake Shimabukuro plays ‘This Land Is Your Land’ with dozens of students from Sunny Hills Elementary School, among them Ellie Lindley, Natalie Anderson and Mia Rogers in the front row.

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