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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Opening the archives

May 13, 2014

An ongoing look at memorable images from Issaquah’s past

2009.006.080.084 Boating on Pine Lake Two young women, Gertrude Goode and Bea ?, sit in the stern of a small boat at Pine Lake; hills and trees are in the background. Handwritten beside photo: ’Bea & Gertrude Goode’ and ’Boating on Pine Lake.’ From Ferol Tibbetts’ album, dated 1911-1921.

2009.006.080.084
Boating on Pine Lake
Two young women, Gertrude Goode and Bea ?, sit in the stern of a small boat at Pine Lake; hills and trees are in the background. Handwritten beside photo: ’Bea & Gertrude Goode’ and ’Boating on Pine Lake.’ From Ferol Tibbetts’ album, dated 1911-1921.

The Issaquah History Museums take requests regarding what people would like to see in the Digital Collection. Roughly quarterly, volunteers have a data-entry day and prep a bunch of records for upload. If there is a particular name, place or item you’d like to see more images of on the website, email Erica Maniez at erica.maniez@issaquahhistory.org. If you have a photo or subject you would like to see in this feature, email editor@isspress.com.

Kids get free helmet at bike rodeo

May 13, 2014

Recology CleanScapes, in partnership with the city of Issaquah and Bike Works, will host a Kids Bike Rodeo from 9 a.m. to noon May 18 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

The event, held during National Bike to Work Month, teaches children bike safety, riding skills and proper helmet fitting. The police department will host a bike safety course and is providing a limited number of youth bike helmets. Staff from Bike Works will fit the helmets for children. Bicycle Center of Issaquah will be teaching the ABCs of bike safety.

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Liberty’s renovation is the talk of earth-friendly buildings

May 13, 2014

Liberty High School students are keenly aware their school is undergoing a major modernization project, but they might not know the intricate details about the new building’s environmental friendliness.

Liberty’s renovation was part of a large-scale discussion at the school last month when the school’s Sustainability Ambassadors hosted three assemblies about green-building practices.

The discussions, titled STAR Talks (Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating) were designed to give the student body a taste for what the new wave of building standards look like, particularly in regard to schools.

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Providence Marianwood unveils ‘Ageless’ exhibit

May 13, 2014

Providence Marianwood has a new show hanging in its gallery. “Ageless” features five local artists ranging in age from 87 to 92. Between them, the artists have 445 years of creative living.

The artists are all women. Their media include collage and oils, and their subjects include animals, nature and whimsy.

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WSU wind ensemble to perform at IHS concert

May 13, 2014

The Washington State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble will make a special appearance at Issaquah High School’s spring concert at 7 p.m. May 14.

The concert is at the Issaquah High School Theater, 700 Second Ave. N.E. The community is invited to attend; admission is free.

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Elementary economics

May 6, 2014

Apollo students learn real-life lessons in Rocket City

About a dozen little heads peered out from a row of oversized cardboard boxes, directing their attention toward a classroom door at Apollo Elementary School.

Moments later, a line of third-graders from a visiting class entered the room, and the quiet anticipation was quickly replaced with the busy wheeling and dealing of a marketplace.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Jenna Silvestri, of Newcastle, gives a customer change, after recording a sale in the simulated town of Rocket City at Apollo Elementary School.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Jenna Silvestri, of Newcastle, gives a customer change, after recording a sale in the simulated town of Rocket City at Apollo Elementary School.

Such is life in Rocket City, a bustling simulated town, marked by cardboard shops and led by an elected student mayor in Lauren Molnar’s third-grade class.

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Issaquah’s unique heritage is on display for History Month

May 6, 2014

“Every community has its own weird, wild and wonderful stories, and Issaquah is no exception,” according to Erica Maniez, director of Issaquah History Museums.

This is the fourth year the museums will spotlight Issaquah’s unique heritage throughout the month of May for Local History Month.

The organization operates two museums people can visit, Gilman Town Hall, 165 S.E. Andrews St., and the Depot Museum, 78 First Ave. N.E.

Town Hall has exhibits on display that show the history of the town; the Depot Museum highlights the role the railroad played in the town’s development.

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Opening the archives

May 6, 2014

The Issaquah History Museums take requests regarding what people would like to see in the Digital Collection. Roughly quarterly, volunteers have a data-entry day and prep a bunch of records for upload. If there is a particular name, place or item you’d like to see more images of on the website, email Erica Maniez at erica.maniez@issaquahhistory.org. If you have a photo or subject you would like to see in this feature, email editor@isspress.com.

2009.006.080.062  Three of a Kind Three smiling guys, enjoying the sunshine, wearing three-piece suits and driving caps, are ‘Petch, Art Anderson, Sellers.’ The photo is from Ferol Tibbetts’ album dated 1911-1921.

2009.006.080.062
Three of a Kind
Three smiling guys, enjoying the sunshine, wearing three-piece suits and driving caps, are ‘Petch, Art Anderson, Sellers.’ The photo is from Ferol Tibbetts’ album dated 1911-1921.

Churches host day of service

May 6, 2014

Sammamish Hills Lutheran and Pine Lake Covenant churches will engage hundreds of volunteers to roll up their sleeves and work at numerous Eastside nonprofits for the Community Day of Service on May 10.

Event organizers expect more than 600 volunteers will lend a helping hand at about 40 organizations, including local ones such as the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, Eastside Baby Corner and Providence Marianwood.

This is the third year Sammamish Hills Lutheran Church has led the communitywide initiative, and the first time Pine Lake Covenant Church is involved.

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