Eastridge festival features free backpack giveaway

August 5, 2014

Eastridge Church is hosting a community festival in partnership with the Issaquah Food Bank, which features a free backpack giveaway.

The children’s festival is at its Issaquah campus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 9 at 24205 S.E. Issaquah Fall-City Road.

The festival will include a giveaway of 500 backpacks filled with school supplies. Families are asked to pre-register by calling the Issaquah Food Bank at 392-4123. A limited number of backpacks will be available for those who don’t pre-register.

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Skyline alumnus heading to China

August 5, 2014

Daniel Peng

Daniel Peng

At just 24 years old, Daniel Peng is an extensive world traveler, and he’s headed back to foreign lands for the better part of the next year.

Peng grew up in Sammamish and Issaquah, and graduated from Skyline High School in 2008. He’s crisscrossed the globe as a collegiate student and young professional, and he recently earned a prestigious honor that will allow him to spend nine months in China.

In May, Peng learned he was the recipient of a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant. He’s one of about 1,800 recipients nationwide who will have the chance to travel abroad for a unique hands-on learning opportunity in their chosen field.

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Student learns through high-tech apprenticeship

August 5, 2014

Hari Rajan, an incoming senior at Skyline High School, works with equipment in a sports science laboratory at the University of Southern California. Contributed

Hari Rajan, an incoming senior at Skyline High School, works with equipment in a sports science laboratory at the University of Southern California. Contributed

When Hari Rajan graduates from Skyline High School next June, there may not be much celebration. That’s because he’s planning to have an even larger academic challenge in front of him.

Rajan is a star student at Skyline whose major interest is biology. His passion for the inner workings of life is leading him toward a career as a doctor, and he’s planning to apply to some prestigious medical schools — Northwestern, Duke, Johns Hopkins and Pennsylvania — in the coming year.

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Eastridge hosts Recipe for Hope breakfast

August 5, 2014

The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank presents its second annual Recipe for Hope Breakfast, a fundraiser from 7-8:30 a.m. Sept. 9 at the Issaquah Eastridge Church, 24205 S.E. Fall-City Road.

Funds raised at the Recipe for Hope Breakfast will support efforts to provide healthy food options for food bank clients, build services and programs that enrich lives such as the Summer Lunch Program, Tools for Schools, Fruit Tree Gleaning and Financial Literacy Program.

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Queen of the KING FM contest

July 29, 2014

Alena Hove wins Young Artist Award

Alena Hove, an Eastside Catholic High School student, performs at KING FM studios. She won the 2014 KING FM Young Artist Award for her skill on the violin. Courtesy KING FM

Alena Hove, an Eastside Catholic High School student, performs at KING FM studios. She won the 2014 KING FM Young Artist Award for her skill on the violin. Courtesy KING FM

When she was a young child, Alena Hove’s first music teacher always told her and the rest of her classmates one thing when it came to music: On all the days you eat meals, you need to practice.

Hove, who is heading into her sophomore year at Eastside Catholic High School this fall, took that piece of advice to heart, and it has paid off. Hove’s talent as a violinist won her the 2014 KING FM Young Artist Award for the junior division of ages 6-15.

“I do a lot of competitions,” the 15-year-old said. “So, preparing for them helps me keep improving, as well as going to different teachers to see what they think about my music.”

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Embrace the artistic you in your garden

July 29, 2014

A few years ago, a friend of mine from the East Coast visited her son in Seattle. She is a professional floral designer with an eye for the artistic, as opposed to the scientific.

We decided it would be fun to visit a nursery together and check out the plants. We each grabbed a cart and started out across the colorful, lush, potted landscape. She started filling her cart with everything colorful and beautiful. I was interested in odd specimens and natives that fit the peculiar conditions in my yard. We went our separate ways for a while, searching and looking at each and every morsel.

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Family Drop-in Center now on summer hours

July 29, 2014

The Issaquah Family Drop-in Center is open by appointment only during the summer.

The program was started in late February at the Community Hall, 180 E. Sunset Way, to provide a resource for families in the Issaquah School District who are experiencing housing instability.

On Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, volunteers have been providing a listening ear, companionship and advocacy while helping families connect with local resources that may be able to help them stay housed or to access assistance that could help them remain within the area where their children go to school while they look for stable affordable housing.

The service is provided by volunteers through the Issaquah Sammamish Interfaith Coalition.

Call 206-478-3899 for an appointment.

A royally good time

July 22, 2014

Issaquah couple’s trip to the outback mirrors William and Kate’s itinerary

Issaquah residents Mary Lorna and Walt Meade have returned from a 31-day tour of Australia and New Zealand, following an itinerary almost identical to that of the royal couple William and Kate.

No strangers to international adventure, Walt and Mary Lorna found themselves with a month sabbatical and a list of potential destinations.

“We thought to ourselves, what is the furthest we could possibly go,” Mary Lorna said. “We’ve done Italy, Paris, London, and with Egypt and Africa posing safety concerns, we settled on Australia.”

Contributed Walt and Mary Lorna Meade visit with the kangaroos of Kangaroos Island, Australia.

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Walt and Mary Lorna Meade visit with the kangaroos of Kangaroos Island, Australia.

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Issaquah grad heads to Cambodia with the Peace Corps

July 22, 2014

Scan through any English dictionary, or take the modern route and type it into Google, and the definition of idealism is along these lines: “the attitude of a person who believes that it is possible to live according to very high standards of behavior and honesty.”

Described mainly as a theory, idealism in practice is far easier said than done. But some people find it easier than others. Take Chelsea Stone, 23, for example.

After graduating from Gonzaga University in Spokane in 2012 with a degree in biology, the 2009 graduate of Issaquah High School continued her education at Drexel University in Philadelphia, receiving her master’s degree in public health, with specialties in biostatistics and epidemiology.

A lot of big words and hard work, but how does that make her an idealist?

Contributed As part of her master's thesis for Drexel University, Chelsea Stone worked in the Haitian community, gathering research regarding pediatric asthma.

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As part of her master’s thesis for Drexel University, Chelsea Stone worked in the Haitian community, gathering research regarding pediatric asthma.

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Opening the archives

July 22, 2014

2002.041.010 Edna Anderson  Edna Prue Anderson was elected Miss Spirit of ’76. She was born in 1889 and died in 1980.

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Edna Anderson
Edna Prue Anderson was elected Miss Spirit of ’76. She was born in 1889 and died in 1980.

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