Children unravel mysteries of Santa Claus

December 18, 2012

Santa Claus, the elves and his reindeer are busily putting on the finishing touches of what is sure to be an exciting holiday season.

He’s been hard at work making toys, reading his mail and recording last-minute Christmas wishes from Issaquah boys and girls at the Cougar Mountain Zoo, Issaquah Commons and Gilman Village.

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Seniors share holiday traditions, memories

December 18, 2012

When asked what their favorite holiday memory is, most people will say spending time with loved ones. Dig a little deeper and the holidays are home to a whole score of memories.

Al Watenpaugh, 85, still remembers one Christmas present in particular. Around age 10, he went feeling around under the Christmas tree, trying to see if he could suss out what surprises the gift-wrapped packages held. Feeling around, his fingers moved across a shape that was unmistakable.

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Christmas concert benefits Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank

December 18, 2012

Christmas revelers can listen to holiday music and benefit the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank as Abide Bible Church hosts a benefit concert for the nonprofit organization.

The event is meant to collect food for the food bank and raise awareness about the organization’s mission. The concert is open to the public, and organizers ask attendees to bring a food donation for admission.

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Editorial

December 18, 2012

Make Christmas about giving to those in need

The excitement of Christmas is here … the reindeer at Cougar Mountain Zoo are being harnessed to guide Santa’s sleigh, the last-minute stocking stuffers and eggnog have been bought, the silver has been polished for the dinner table, and the church choir is ready for the candlelight service.

But here and there — in apartments, homes and homeless campsites — if you look closely, you’ll see some families with furrowed brows.

Forget Christmas. This single mom, widowed senior and unemployed dad are too busy worrying about next month’s rent. A decorated tree, presents tied with bows and a festive dinner are not going to happen.

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Turn holidays ‘green’ to reduce waste

December 18, 2012

‘Tis the season for consumption — parties, gifts, shopping, decorations, food and more food — leading to more waste, so King County is encouraging revelers to turn the holiday season “green.”

The county launched the Green Holidays campaign, http://KCgreenholidays.com, to educate consumers about how to cut waste, save energy and support the local economy during the holiday season.

The campaign covers holiday décor, entertaining, Christmas tree-cycling and more. The “green” motif also extends to cards, packaging and gift-wrap.

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Off the Press

December 18, 2012

Birthdays are personal, not meant to be stolen

David Hayes
Press reporter

I have a beef with my birthday.

Not that I’m yet again a year older this Dec. 18 (I eternally hope to be a year wiser with each passing anniversary).

I have also long reconciled its proximity to Christmas and all the combined gifts I received over the years for the two occasions.

In the Navy, there was even a saying when you got in trouble, but had been in so much hot water before that one more run-in was inconsequential, “What are they going to do? Take away my birthday?”

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Eastside Audubon offers giftwrapping at REI

December 18, 2012

Eastside Audubon brings its holiday giftwrap service to the REI, 735 N.W. Gilman Blvd.

Volunteers from Eastside Audubon will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 21-24 to wrap REI purchases into presents ready to take home and put under the tree. Suggested donations will range from $3 to $9, depending on package size.

Donations raised by the giftwrapping service helps support Eastside Audubon’s programs in wildlife conservation and youth education. Those programs include habitat restoration on the Audubon BirdLoop at Marymoor Park and classroom presentations about birds and bird behavior for school-aged children.

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Issaquah food bank Caring through Sharing / Dec. 11, 2012

December 17, 2012

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Follow consumer tips to turn Christmas ‘green’

December 17, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 17, 2012

‘Tis the season for consumption — parties, gifts, shopping, decorations, food and more food — leading to more waste, so King County is encouraging revelers to turn the holiday season “green.”

The county launched the Green Holidays campaign to educate consumers about how to cut waste, save energy and support the local economy during the holiday season.

The campaign covers holiday décor, entertaining, Christmas tree-cycling and more.  The “green” motif also extends to cards, packaging and gift wrap.

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Eastridge Church hosts performances of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

December 11, 2012

In 1947, The Lux Radio Theatre delivered “It’s a Wonderful Life” from the silver screen to living rooms across the country via the radio. Now, 65 years later, Eastridge Church is recreating the radio play for the Eastside community.

With performances Dec. 14 and 15 at the church’s 72,000-square-foot Issaquah facility, the performance is not short on theatrics.

“It’s got layers to it,” said director Steve Wright, of Sammamish. “It’s a radio show performing a movie, so we have a few things going on.”

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