Meet the heat on the beat during National Night Out

July 29, 2014

 The Issaquah Police Department will really work the community beat Aug. 5.

In the city’s sixth celebration of National Night Out, officers from the department will join thousands of communities nationwide in reaching out to residents to create a stronger bond between the department and the people it serves.

“We’re going to continue with our previous program and let the community have an opportunity to chat with our officers,” Police Chief Scott Behrbaum said. “I think it’s an opportunity to engage with that community-policing model that we have. It’s an extension of how we approach our policing focus in Issaquah.”

Behrbaum said the goal of National Night Out is to promote awareness of crime and drug prevention and provide support for local anti-crime efforts. He said it also gives officers a connection to residents, helping with outreach and building a relationship.

Free food, giveaways, music and tips on topics such as emergency preparedness and home security will be made available at the event on the steps of City Hall beginning at 5 p.m.

Citizens can also bring their sensitive documents to be destroyed by a mobile shredding service for free.

“National Night Out doesn’t have to be only at the police department event,” Behrbaum said. “We invite other people to throw their own block parties and get to know their neighbors.”

He said the officers really respond to the opportunity to learn more about Issaquah’s citizens and introduce themselves in a more laidback, social atmosphere.

“We really enjoy it,” he said. “Yes, this is official business, but it gives us the chance to talk to people. It’s a chance to chit chat on a one on one basis.”

City Communications Director Autumn Monahan said residents should interact with the city on social media to share their communities’ experience and, if neighborhoods hold separate block parties, receive an informational visit from an officer.

“We encourage people to let us know beforehand if they are holding a block party and want an officer to visit,” Monahan said. “Residents are welcome to share their events with us and with their communities as well.”

Residents can connect with city staff on Facebook and Twitter, or email to schedule a visit at nno@issaquahwa.gov. Monahan said the city would use the hashtag #PartywithPolice and invited others celebrating the event to join.

“It’s a really fun way to spend a night out in Issaquah,” Monahan said. “You can attend and walk across the lawn and join the Concerts on the Green. It’s a great way to piggyback two fun events.”

Behrbaum said the event offers the chance to benefit all Issaquah’s residents.

“It’s about building relationships and that comfort level,” he said. “If people feel comfortable with us, then people will be more willing to call us. We care and it’s all about the quality of life in Issaquah.”

If you go
National Night Out

  • 5-7 p.m. Aug. 5
  • City Hall

4130 E. Sunset Way

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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Jimi Hendrix tribute rocks Concerts on the Green on July 22

July 15, 2014

Randy Hansen brings his ongoing tribute to Jimi Hendrix to the Concerts on the Green stage July 22 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.

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Aaron Crawford rocks Concerts on the Green tonight

July 15, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 15, 2014

Aaron Crawford, one of the Pacific Northwest’s fastest rising country singers, hits the stage July 15 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.

Crawford, a solo artist from the Northwest, is bringing a new sound to the music scene, blending country with melodic rock. He released his debut album, “Modern Day American Dream,” in October.

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Find a toe-tappin’ good time at Concerts on the Green summer series

July 1, 2014

After 18 years, David Harris feels he’s got a pretty good feel for the pulse of Issaquah when it comes to the city’s music scene.

As the scheduler of musical talent for the annual Concerts on the Green series, Harris knows it takes more than a bar band to draw a large crowd to the lawn in front of the community center on a Tuesday night.

“We’ve got a broad, variety of music, most of it danceable,” he said. “I’ve found, over the years, Issaquah likes to dance, to get their feet tapping.”

Wally & The Beaves perform classic and contemporary rock Aug. 19.

Wally & The Beaves perform classic and contemporary rock Aug. 19.

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Join the band on Make Music Day June 21

June 10, 2014

Someone has to make music and it might as well be the whole community.

For the second year in a row, the Downtown Issaquah Association will lead the city to join the rest of the world in International Music Day on June 21. With festivities highlighting the talents of the community, the day will offer plenty of opportunities to listen to and make music.

Photos by Greg Farrar Above, David Harris (left) plays a bongo drum with Emma Erhardt (left) and Bella Evans, during an all-instrument flash mob performance of ‘Louie Louie’ in 2013 on the City Hall steps for Issaquah Make Music Day in honor of International Music day

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Above, David Harris (left) plays a bongo drum with Emma Erhardt (left) and Bella Evans, during an all-instrument flash mob performance of ‘Louie Louie’ in 2013 on the City Hall steps for Issaquah Make Music Day in honor of International Music day

“It’s going to be pretty significant,” DIA Executive Director Karen Donovan said. “We’re going to have over 25 bands in seven outdoor locations, four regular venues and six nontraditional spots.”

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Salmon Days stage renamed for David Harris

September 3, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 3, 2013

The Salmon Days Festival’s mainstage will bear the name of an important Issaquah legend beginning this year.

David Harris

David Harris

The David Harris Rainier Boulevard Stage honors the man that has dedicated 30 years to the annual event.

Harris, a member of the Issaquah Hall of Fame, has long overseen much of anything that has to do with musical entertainment in this town. That includes organization of the music for both Salmon Days and Concerts on the Green.

Catch summer’s final Concert on the Green Tuesday

August 26, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 26, 2013

Enjoy the last of summer’s free, family-friendly concerts from 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 27 on the lawn of the Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S.

Hairstorm will perform ‘80’s rock while the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah provides on-site concessions. Crowds start gathering as early as 6 p.m., so arrive early to grab a spot.

The event does not allow alcohol or pets.

Concerts on the Green are presented by the city Parks & Recreation Department and the city Arts Commission, in collaboration with the Kiwanis Club. This final concert for the summer is sponsored by Cascade Water Alliance.

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