Reggae group to jam outside for Concerts on the Green

August 22, 2011

NEW — 4:15 p.m. Aug. 22, 2011

The next Concert on the Green is from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday on the Issaquah Community Center lawn, 301 Rainier Blvd. S.

The night’s entertainment will showcase roots reggae performed by Clinton Fearon and Boogie Brown.

The concerts, presented by the Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department and the Issaquah Park Board, are free and open to the public. No alcohol or pets are allowed. This is the second last show of the summer.

The final event features Jr. Cadillac playing classic rock Aug. 30.

Attorneys Lynn Moberly, the city prosecutor, and Wayne Tanaka, the city attorney, sponsored the reggae show.

Learn more about the Concerts on the Green at www.ci.issaquah.wa.us/parks or call 837-3300. Learn more about the act at www.clintonfearon.com.

Off the Press

July 19, 2011

One good mania deserves another

After a decade of sweeping readers and moviegoers off their feet with a school named Hogwarts, games of Quiddich and battles of good against evil, the final wave of Pottermania is now sweeping over Issaquah, the nation and the world, with the last of the epic movies having blasted through every worldwide box office record last weekend.

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Ticket sales of $475 million in three days is not too shabby!

Over the years, we’ve covered lines of fans at the local movie theater, costume parties for the latest book release at local shops, and huge shipments of Harry Potter books making their way from King County Library System headquarters on Newport Way to all of the branches in the system.

The question is, now what? Every generation has its “mania.” We’ve had the Jazz Age, Golden Age of Hollywood, Beatlemania, discomania and now the end of Pottermania. What should we proclaim in Issaquah to be the next all-consuming mania?

For the socially conscious, my personal preference would be to promote “Littermania,” getting us all to join in to pick up every scrap of paper, every beverage bottle and every plastic wrapper. Ever hear of the 1950’s fad of college students cramming into a phone booth? There’s at least one phone booth still in town, across the street from The Press building. Let’s have a contest of bagging up litter around town and seeing how many bags it takes to fill the phone booth!

Or, how about “musicmania?” There are a lot of scheduled music events this summer in town. For instance, during the next ArtWalk on Aug. 5, we could all bring that musical instrument in the back of the closet that we used to play — kazoo, violin, bongo drums, tambourine — and make ourselves a gleeful racket on Front Street and at Gilman Village.

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Concerts on the Green covers the classics

June 28, 2011

The ever-popular Concerts on the Green Series will kick-off on Tuesday, July 5, at the Issaquah Community Center with the Paul McCartney and Wings tribute band Wings N Things.

Various bands will perform free concerts on the community center lawn Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. through Aug. 30.

The series is presented by Issaquah Parks & Recreation and the Issaquah Arts Commission, in collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah.

While the event is typically a nine-concert series, this year’s schedule includes a special Friday evening performance to celebrate the Mountains to Sound Greenway’s 20th anniversary. The greenway trust is devoted to conserving 1.5 million acres of land surrounding Interstate 90, from the Cascade Range to the Puget Sound.

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Off the Press

March 1, 2011

Issaquah attractions are worthy of bucket list

I’ve worked here at The Issaquah Press for over a decade now, covering different aspects of one of the state’s fastest growing towns.

David Hayes Press Reporter

I’ve patrolled the schools beat, sat in on City Council meetings when the city reporter was out of town, and roamed the sidelines at sporting events when Bob Taylor, our sports editor, couldn’t be everywhere at once.

Seeing so many sides of Issaquah, it has really grown on me over the years. How could it not, with so much to do and see, and with such interesting people waiting to tell their tale?

And that’s the problem. As I move further into my second decade covering Issaquah, I’ve realized there is still so much I haven’t done.

As “bucket lists” — where you make up a list of things to do before you die — have become all the rage, consider this my list of righting all the missed opportunities I’ve incurred since living and working in Issaquah.

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Issaquah offers grants to arts organizations, programs

November 9, 2010

The city Arts Commission seeks cultural organizations and programs for the latest round of arts grants.

Each year, the city awards grants to organizations to present performances and programs in the city and local schools.

Organizations must apply for the grant dollars by Nov. 15. Download the application here.

For 2010, commissioners awarded $128,825 to 21 projects. The lineup included ArtWalk, Issaquah Farmers Market entertainment, Concerts on the Green, Shakespeare on the Green, performances at local schools and programs to help troubled youths.

The city generates money for the grants though a 5 percent admissions tax on movie theaters and special events.

Commissioners received 22 grant applications from 18 organizations for the 2010 grants. The commission recommended 21 grants to the City Council for approval.

Issaquah offers grants to arts organizations, programs

October 16, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 16, 2010

The city Arts Commission seeks cultural organizations and programs for the latest round of arts grants.

Each year, the city awards grants to organizations to present performances and programs in the city and local schools.

Organizations must apply for the grant dollars by Nov. 15. Find application information here.

For 2010, commissioners awarded $128,825 to 21 projects. The lineup included ArtWalk, Issaquah Farmers Market entertainment, Concerts on the Green, Shakespeare on the Green, performances at local schools and programs to help troubled youth.

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Issaquah police invite community to celebrate National Night Out

July 27, 2010

Trevor Thompson, 6 (left), draws the name of a raffle prize winner from a basket held by Issaquah police officer Scott Trial on Aug. 5, 2009, during National Night Out at Issaquah City Hall. By Greg Farrar

Ever wonder who wears our city and county police uniforms?

Well, head down to Issaquah City Hall or the Maple Hills Community Center between 5 and 7 p.m. Aug. 3 and you can find out – even better, our men and women in uniform will cook up free hot dogs.

“It is something our officers have come to look forward to, barbecuing and meeting the public,” Sgt. Scott Trial said. “It is a really important partnership between the citizens of Issaquah, the business community and the police department to solve crime and know what to look for in suspicious activities.”

This year marks the 27th annual National Night Out, a night designed to encourage residents in cities and counties throughout the nation to come out and meet each other and local law enforcement officers to find ways to fight crime and keep their communities safe.

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Turn sidewalks into art at Chalk Art Festival on Tuesday

July 25, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. July 25, 2010

City sidewalks become canvases for artwork Tuesday during the annual Summer Chalk Art Festival sponsored by the city Arts Commission.

Each summer, about 100 artists of all ages come together to create street-side artwork near the Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S.

Artists can work between noon and 5 p.m. Participants should arrive early to choose a shady sidewalk spot. Pick up free chalk and water at the event.

Judging starts at 5 p.m. Participants receive awards and prizes just before the Concert on the Green performance at 7 p.m.

Kirkland artist Geoffrey Castle performs a Celtic soul set during the free outdoor concert on the community center lawn.

Community performances of Shakespeare return

July 20, 2010

The cast of Seattle Shakespeare Company's ‘Othello’ performs during the summer's first ‘Shakespeare on the Green’ presentation in Issaquah. By Amy Dukes

The famous Shakespeare play “Much Ado About Nothing” won’t put a dent in pocketbooks July 29, when Issaquah’s Arts Commission and 4Culture will co-sponsor the play for the final show of this year’s “Shakespeare on the Green.”

This year is the second annual Shakespeare on the Green event according to Amy Dukes, arts coordinator for the Arts Commission. Issaquah hosted the event several years ago before Wooden O and Seattle Shakespeare merged; the program restarted last year.

The Arts Commission supports the event because it provides, “free high quality performing arts to the community in a relaxed accessible environment,” Dukes said. Read more

Buy concert concessions to help new community group

July 20, 2010

NEW — 1 p.m. July 20, 2010

Help members of the Aktion Club — a group of civic-minded adults with disabilities — raise money for community projects at Concerts on the Green.

Aktion members will serve concessions during the 7 p.m. concert. Mr. Miyagi, a band playing ’80s and ’90s classics, performs Tuesday on the Issaquah Community Center lawn.

Aktion resulted from collaboration between the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah and AtWork! The nonprofit organization helps people with disabilities learn skills and find jobs.

Aktion launched last month; 12 adults with disabilities joined the group at the inaugural meeting. The organization provides members with opportunities to participate in community events and projects.

Before the school year starts, Aktion members will help Kiwanians collect supplies and stuff backpacks for needy children.

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