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.

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

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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BrickHouse Show Band to play Issaquah’s 150th concert

August 19, 2014

The BrickHouse Show Band brings a decade worth of hits to the Concerts on the Green stage Aug. 26 at the Issaquah Community Center.

Picnicking kicks off at 6 p.m.; bring a blanket. Music is from 7-8:30 p.m. As many as 500 revelers attend, so come early to stake out your spot.

The high-energy dance band performs virtually every style of music. A group of three vocalists backed by a powerful rhythm section will perform hits from decades of music.

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Wally & The Beaves perform, costume contest at tonight’s Concert on the Green

August 19, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 19, 2014

Wally & The Beaves bring back the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll to the Concerts on the Green stage Aug. 19 at the Issaquah Community Center.

Picnicking kicks off at 6 p.m.; bring a blanket. Music is from 7-8:30 p.m. As many as 500 revelers attend, so come early to stake out your spot.

Wally & The Beaves, six of the most respected artists and musicians in the Pacific Northwest, formed in spring 2011. The band’s unique show has been gaining a loyal following since.

Each member of the band brings a bit of humor by dressing like well-known iconic characters from the era, from Buddy Holly to Susie Q.

In honor of the decade known for poodle skirts and leather jackets, Rowley Properties Inc. is sponsoring a 1950’s fashion contest during the concert.

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Georgetown Orbits features Jamaican ska

July 29, 2014

Proof of Seattle’s diverse music scene makes its way east when The Georgetown Orbits swing hit the Concerts on the Green stage Aug. 5 at the Issaquah Community Center.

Picnicking kicks off at 6 p.m.; bring a blanket. Music is from 7-8:30 p.m. As many as 500 revelers attend, come early to stake out your spot.

The Georgetown Orbits boast a heavy regimen of traditional ska and upbeat, roots-influenced reggae. The band has garnered much attention in the Northwest as one of the few to pay tribute to the old sounds of Jamaican ska, a style that has gained notable popularity in Seattle since the band’s conception in late 2004.

The concerts, at 301 Rainier Blvd., are presented by Issaquah’s Parks & Recreation Department and the Issaquah Arts Commission, in collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah. Kiwanis sells refreshments during the show, including hotdogs and hamburgers.

Concert On The Green

July 29, 2014

Portage Bay brings big band to Concerts on the Green tonight

July 29, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 29, 2014

Seattle’s self-proclaimed hardest working big band Portage Bay Big Band swings into Issaquah July 29 for the Concerts on the Green at the Issaquah Community Center.

Picnicking kicks off at 6 p.m.; bring a blanket. Music is from 7-8:30 p.m. As many as 500 revelers attend, come early to stake out your spot.
The Portage Bay Big Band has been swinging in the Seattle area for more than 25 years, bringing to the public the greatest hits from Benny Goodman, The Dorsey Brothers, Count Basie, Glenn Miller and more.
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