Young adult thriller writer Jeanne Ryan to visit Issaquah

September 12, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 12, 2015

Jeanne Ryan is not yet a household name, but she will join the ranks of celebrity authors when the feature film version of her debut novel hits theaters in 2016.

“Nerve,” a story involving an online game of Truth or Dare, was adapted by Lionsgate and will star Emma Roberts and Dave Franco.

Ryan will read from her work at the Talking Pages Reading Series at 7 p.m. Sept. 15. The free is at the Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N.

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Second Saturday Film Series returns Sept. 12

September 4, 2015

NEW — 5:27 p.m. Sept. 4, 2015

Issaquah’s Second Saturday Film Series returns with free showings of “Peggy Sue Got Married” on Sept. 12 and “House of Usher” on Oct. 10.

The free films, presented with support from the Issaquah Arts Commission and 4Culture, will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Eagle Room at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.

Before the movie “Peggy Sue Got Married,” there will be a live performance of popular 1950’s tunes by STRUM, Seattle’s Totally Relaxed Ukulele Musicians.

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ArtEAST presents parallel identity exhibits

August 22, 2015

NEW — 10 a.m. Aug. 22, 2015 

“I Am,” an exhibit of art quilts by the Pacific Northwest African-American Quilters, will be on display from Sept. 9 through Nov. 18 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive.

Presented by artEAST and the Issaquah Highlands Council, with support from 4Culture and the Issaquah Arts Commission, “I Am” explores the concepts of individual and community identity. The exhibition is curated by quilt artists Gwen Maxwell-Williams and Janice King. In addition to Maxwell-Williams, quilt artists represented in the exhibition include LueRachelle Brim-Atkins, Lynn Hambie, Annie Harper, Oneda Harris, Cheryl Haskins, Erma Hill, Sheila Holmes, Luana Langford, Amy Pierce, Sharon Sobers and Kintisha Williams.

The exhibition will open with a day of free programming from 1-9 p.m. Sept. 12, with the following activities: Read more

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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


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

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