Shakespeare on the Green presents ‘As You Like It’ tomorrow night

July 29, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 29, 2015

As part of its summer outdoor performance series, the Seattle Shakespeare Co. presents “As You Like It,” 7 p.m. July 30 on the community center lawn, 301 Rainier Blvd. S.

Bring a picnic and enjoy the free outdoor performance, presented by the Issaquah Arts Commission and 4Culture.

“As You Like It” is the tale of Rosalind and Ceila, exiled from their home and disguised to avoid attention, who seek refuge in the secluded forest of Arden. Once there, the witty pair gets caught up in the romantic tangles of the locals and find their own love interests as well.

Rosalind’s disguise as a man gives her a newfound freedom, but it’s not without its own complications. This is Shakespeare’s sparkling romantic comedy in which all learn lessons of love.

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Hometown Hero Barbara de Michele is education superstar

July 23, 2015

Barbara de Michele is no stranger to community accolades.

By Greg Farrar Barbara de Michele accepts her 2012 Hall of Fame award.

By Greg Farrar
Barbara de Michele accepts her 2012 Hall of Fame award.

The tireless education and youth advocate was first honored with the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year Award in 1989.

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To the Editor — July 23, 2015

July 23, 2015

Concerts

Thanks to everyone for these wonderful, free events

I am writing to say thank you to the Issaquah Parks Department, Issaquah Arts Commission, Kiwanis Club of Issaquah, all of the sponsors and especially organizer David Harris for providing our community with the excellent Concerts on the Green series at the Issaquah Community Center.

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Concerts on the Green schedule features the people’s choices

July 2, 2015

Every year, the lineups for Issaquah’s Concerts on the Green have some sort of overarching theme. For the 19th season, organizer David Harris thought he’d try something different — let the audience decide.

“At the last concert from last year, I asked the crowd to let me know what bands they’d like to see or see again,” Harris said. “Most bands this year, then, are ones the audience would like to see. A majority are ones they asked to see again.”

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Free concert comes to Lake Sammamish State Park on June 6

May 27, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 27, 2015

Summer Smash, a free concert coming June 6 to Lake Sammamish State Park, will feature Nolan Garrett along with other local groups Cygnus, Last Minute, LocoMotive and the School of Rock House Band.

The backdrop to the stage will be a glorious view of Lake Sammamish.

The concert occurs on a “free day” so no Discover Pass is required to park and there is no admission charge. The concert begins at 1 p.m. and continues until 7 p.m.

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Council asked to fund larger skate park

April 21, 2015

Backers of a larger footprint for a new Issaquah skate park moved one step closer to their goal April 14.

Following a presentation by Seattle park designer Grindline Skateparks Inc., the Issaquah City Council’s Services and Safety Committee unanimously sent to the rest of council a recommendation that the city try for a King County recreation grant to gain another $75,000 toward the $486,075 estimate for the larger park.

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Calling all artists for pool renovation project

March 9, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 9, 2015

The Issaquah Arts Commission, in partnership with the Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department, invites Washington artists to apply create original artwork as part of the Julius Boehm Pool renovation.

This request is for artist qualifications only. The selected artist will work with city officials to design artwork to be incorporated into the renovation project.

The artist will receive $30,000 for all phases of design, fabrication and installation (inclusive of all materials, travel expenses, insurance and tax).

Submissions must be received by 5 p.m. March 18. Learn more at www.issaquahwa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/3276.

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Seattle International Film Festival comes to Issaquah this weekend

February 27, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 27, 2015

Billed as the largest film festival in the United States, the Seattle International Film Festival is joining forces with the Issaquah Arts Commission to present the second Issaquah International Film Festival.

The festival returns Feb. 28 and March 1 at Cinebarre Issaquah 8, 1490 11th Ave., NW. Admission is free. Seats are available at the venue.

The festival features six international movies:

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Editorial — Volunteer now to help your city

January 20, 2015

The city of Issaquah needs volunteers for various boards and commissions.

The number needed is in parentheses, followed by a brief job description:

Arts Commission (three) — support and encourage visual and performing arts

Cable TV Commission (one) — regulate and oversee the operations of cable television in Issaquah.

Cemetery Board (two) — advise the mayor in connection with the management and control of the city-owned cemetery, including perpetual care, improvements and expansion. Read more

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Stream of Dreams

November 5, 2014

Permanent fish mural guides the way for drivers, students

What first appeared to be a colorful display for Salmon Days attendees is actually an education project that will last for hopefully a decade or more.

All Issaquah Valley Elementary School students, from preschoolers to fifth-graders, have a fish on the Stream of Dreams.

It was a “massive volunteer effort,” according to Tiffany Aske, who co-chaired the project with Leah Gibson. They were inspired by a similar mural project at Laurelhurst Elementary School in Seattle, and coached through it by the Canadian-based Stream of Dreams Murals Society.

by Greg Farrar Fish swim in swirls (above) on the fence in part of the long Stream of Dreams mural at Issaquah Valley Elementary School on Newport Way Northwest.

By Greg Farrar
Fish swim in swirls on the fence in part of the long Stream of Dreams mural at Issaquah Valley Elementary School on Newport Way Northwest.

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