Come caroling at train depot tonight

December 18, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 18, 2014

Embrace your jingle with an evening of Christmas caroling from 6-7 p.m. tonight.

Meet at the Issaquah Train Depot, 150 First Ave. N.E.

Fred Hopkins, Issaquah Arts Commissioner and local musician, will lead the chorus with some help from a Sammamish Symphony quartet.

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Reindeer Festival at Cougar Mountain Zoo

December 16, 2014

Off The Press — Editorial space and the spirit of the season

December 16, 2014

So let’s see….

Tom Corrigan Press reporter

Tom Corrigan
Press reporter

Due to circumstances beyond my control — and really anybody else’s, for that matter — I was out of the news business for about three years, having been laid off from two papers in less than a year.

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Home Country — Getting the right gift for someone is important

December 16, 2014

When it comes to romance, it’s hard to beat ol’ Dud. He and Anita have been married now for several years, but we’ve never really understood why she puts up with him.

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

“Dud Campbell,” Anita said the other night, “what are you getting me for Christmas?”

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Amateur singers invited to Christmas caroling event

December 12, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 12, 2014

Embrace your jingle with an evening of Christmas caroling from 6-7 p.m. Dec. 18.

Meet at the Issaquah Train Depot, 150 First Ave. N.E.

Fred Hopkins, Issaquah Arts Commissioner and local musician, will lead the chorus with some help from a Sammamish Symphony quartet. Come and help sing all of the classics, like “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Jingle Bell” and “White Christmas.”

All ages are welcome to this family friendly event. Bring a ukulele or tambourine or just yourself and be prepared to sing.

Santa returns to Reindeer Festival

December 9, 2014

This time of year, not surprisingly, Santa tends to get around. Children and parents alike can see him in malls and events all over.

File Visitors enjoy watching Santa’s reindeer at their home-away-from-North-Pole home during a previous Reindeer Festival at Cougar Mountain Zoo.

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Visitors enjoy watching Santa’s reindeer at their home-away-from-North-Pole home during a previous Reindeer Festival at Cougar Mountain Zoo.

Issaquah’s Cougar Mountain Zoo invites visitors to not only meet Santa, but also to visit with his reindeer and other special animal helpers at the park’s 26th annual Issaquah Reindeer Festival through Dec. 23 at the zoo.

“Each year, the bar gets set a little higher,” said Cari McKinstry, promotions and public relations director for the zoo.

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Off The Press — A list of thankful things cures a crazy world

December 9, 2014

Since this week’s column is in that sweet spot halfway between Thanksgiving and Christmas, here is something your friendly photographer has never written before — a quick list of the things in life that I am thankful for.

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

Sure, it could be a list of problems and gripes, but maybe in this cattywampus world we need to exercise our thankful muscles a bit!

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Home Country — Now is the season for hope and dreams

December 3, 2014

There is a nighttime sweetness and hope that hovers over us this time of year here at home. This is a time for summing up and looking ahead … and a time for dreams.

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

And at night… ah, that’s the time, isn’t it? Outside it’s dark, December dark, and we’re inside and warm and cocooned up. The cold makes our world shrink, especially at night.

But we have our dreams.

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Santa Visits Issaquah as Christmas Season Begins

December 2, 2014

Santa is coming to Grand Ridge Plaza in the Issaquah Highlands on Black Friday

November 27, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 27, 2014

Santa makes his grand arrival at Grand Ridge Plaza at 4:30 p.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 28, at the plaza next to Regal Cinemas in a free event open to the public.

The Grand Ridge Elementary School Chorus will greet Santa with music and holiday songs.

Santa will light the Grand Ridge Plaza holiday tree and ring in the season with complimentary treats, including hot cider and cocoa from Caffe Ladro and fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies from Subway.

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