Sign up now for kayak tours at Lake Sammamish

March 11, 2014

Kayak Academy is now taking registrations for its annual spring nature tour along the shores of Lake Sammamish.

A professional kayak guide leads the two-hour tour along the shores of Lake Sammamish and up a portion of Issaquah Creek.

During the tour, a state park ranger will present an on-the-water program about the Great Blue Heron.

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Issaquah Valley Elementary students prove their theories at the science fair

March 4, 2014

Photos by Greg Farrar Above, third-grader Paige Ference learns she can hold a bubble in a soapy hand rather than a dry hand because of surface tension. Below, conductive playdough, made at home from a recipe by third-grader Dylan Moe, carries electricity and lights two LED bulbs.

Photos by Greg Farrar
Above, third-grader Paige Ference learns she can hold a bubble in a soapy hand rather than a dry hand because of surface tension. Below, conductive playdough, made at home from a recipe by third-grader Dylan Moe, carries electricity and lights two LED bulbs.

Young musicians take their talents to big stage

March 4, 2014

Heliqiong Sun began playing the piano when she was 4. Ten years later, it’s the instrument she’s most proficient with.

But Sun, an eighth-grader at Beaver Lake Middle School, has some versatility. She picked up the violin three years ago, and has mastered it enough that she can be considered among the best violinists in the state for her age group.

Photos by Neil Pierson Named to the Washington Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra were (from left, during recent school rehearsals) Beaver Lake Middle School violinist Heliqiong Sun; Pacific Cascade Middle School seventh-grade trumpist Sarah Hall, trombonist Emily Ko, bass clarinetist Joshua Lee and eight-grade clarinetist Austin Denton.

Photos by Neil Pierson
Named to the Washington Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra were (from left, during recent school rehearsals) Beaver Lake Middle School violinist Heliqiong Sun.

She was among 58 middle-school students from the Issaquah School District selected for the Washington Music Educators Association’s Junior All-State groups. Students from across the state converged Feb. 15 in Yakima, and they spent several hours rehearsing before the three choirs, two bands and one orchestra took the stage that evening for their performances.

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Elementary principal announces retirement

March 4, 2014

Sunset Elementary School Principal Wayne Hamasaki will retire from his position at the end of the school year.

File Sunset Elementary Principal Wayne Hamasaki fulfills a promise in 2005 to dye his hair after students read for 1.65 million minutes in the Eager Reader program.

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Sunset Elementary Principal Wayne Hamasaki fulfills a promise in 2005 to dye his hair after students read for 1.65 million minutes in the Eager Reader program.

Hamasaki has been Sunset’s principal for 11 years, and has worked in public education for the past 28 years.

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Join seniors and UW nursing faculty for ‘The Walking Revolution’

March 4, 2014

University of Washington School of Nursing Professors Dr. Basia Belza and Dr. Hilaire Thompson present a collaborative talk that encourages Issaquah seniors to join “The Walking Revolution.”

The talk, hosted by University House Issaquah at 10:30 a.m. March 6, is free and open to the public.

Belza leads the presentation with the latest research about the dangers associated with over-sitting and tips for incorporating walking in daily routines.

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ArtEAST hosts open call for art in new exhibit

March 4, 2014

ArtEAST has put out an open call for art in its new exhibit “Crow/Raven: Magic & Mystery.”

Wanted are 2-D and 3-D works pertaining to the theme, with crows and ravens being a source of artistic inspiration, scientific inquiry and fascination.

Accepted artwork is eligible for a $250 curator’s choice award. The show will be curated by Greg Bartol.

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Wedding

March 4, 2014

Crouch, Wigle

Devon Crouch and Andreau Wigle, both of Issaquah, celebrated their March 19, 2013, marriage at the Sahalee Country Club on Dec. 27.

Devon and Andreau are both graduates of Liberty High School and Washington State University, Pullman. The bride has a Bachelor of Arts in human development; the groom has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.

Devon Crouch and Andreau Wigle,

Devon Crouch and Andreau Wigle,

Devon was attended by her sister Alexis Crouch, Jessie Bowlin, Lindsey Bedient and Melissa Berkheiner. Andreau’s groomsmen were Keith Mish, William Kuntz, Chris Hutchinson and Stephan Schimdt.

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Olivia Ann Graham

March 4, 2014

Olivia Ann Graham was born Jan. 30, 2014, at Swedish/Issaquah, weighing 8 pounds and 1 ounce and measuring 21 inches long.

Olivia Ann Graham

Olivia Ann Graham

Her proud parents are Nolan and Sicily Graham, of Issaquah,

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Rotary Club honors top seniors

March 4, 2014

The Rotary Club of Issaquah recently honored the following seniors as its February 2014 Students of the Month:

Katy Orr

  • Liberty High School
  • Recognition in music
  • Plays Irish drum, sings, arranges music and directs a Celtic ensemble, learning bass drum
  • Theater, screen writing, acting, active volunteer in church
  • Maintains a 3.6 grade point average, taking Advanced Placement psychology, Honors physics, and College calculus
  • Accepted at Northwest, Montana State and Eastern, pursuing degree in business and music or theater

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College News

March 4, 2014

Liberty graduate helps produce CWU play

Rachel Culbertson, a 2013 graduate of Liberty High School, will be the assistant stage manager for Central Washington University’s Central Theatre production of “Polaroid Stories.”

Culbertson is a freshman in the Bachelor of Fine Arts-design and production program.

Learn more about “Polaroid Stories,” which runs March 6-16 at CWU, at www.cwu.edu/theatre/tickets.

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