June 7, 2011
Learn how to help prevent cancer and other chronic diseases at Overlake Hospital Medical Center’s free event, Learn and Live Well, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 11 at Eastridge Church, 24205 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road.
Keynote speaker Zonya Foco, a registered dietitian and a certified health and fitness instructor, will give the talk, “Fight Cancer with Your Fork.” Foco will offer tips about cancer-fighting foods, and share how to select and prepare them.
Experts from Overlake and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance will also offer presentations about how to reduce stress and how to make exercise easy. Participants can go to an “ask the doc” booth, and get free food samples and giveaways.
Register at www.overlakehospital.org/classes. Registration is not required, but people who sign up will be entered in a drawing.
April 19, 2011
Hop to Easter egg hunts throughout the Issaquah area before the holiday dawns April 24.
The holiday is celebrated against a backdrop of baskets, bunnies and goodies at numerous churches and community organization.
Splash into the Underwater Egg Hunt & Carnival at Julius Boehm Pool, as the family tradition is brought indoors and into the shallow end of the pool. The underwater egg features prizes and carnival games, in addition to the submerged eggs. Organizers recommend participants bring plastic Easter baskets.
Meet the Easter Bunny at the 20th annual Gilman Village Easter EGGStravaganza. Children can also stop at participating shops and businesses for Easter treats.
The annual EGGStravaganza at Gilman Village is not the only eggs-travaganza in town.
February 15, 2011
Issaquah is a melting pot of major religions from across the globe
The loud rock music echoes from the concert-worthy stage as worshipers lift their hands and sing in the main auditorium. Greeters smile wide and shake hands as families filter in through the main entrance. While the adults find their seats for the service, their children shoot down colorful slides into the KidZone, a place of fun and adventure that takes up the whole downstairs.
This is a typical Sunday morning at Eastridge Church.
Like Eastridge, dozens of churches and places of worship contribute their own cultural and religious style and flavor to make up the fabric of faiths in Issaquah.
In addition to the evangelical Christian faith Eastridge attendees practice, Issaquah residents attend Christian churches of a variety of denominations, including St. Joseph Catholic Church and School. Many others keep their Jewish faith alive at the Chabad of the Central Cascades near the Issaquah Highlands.
Issaquah is also home to growing Hindu, Muslim and Baha’i contingents, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints plays a major role in numerous community service events and activities.
February 15, 2011
Last March, Eastridge Christian Assembly celebrated its grand opening with a performance by Matthew West, one of the top artists in Christian music today.
This year, on the Northwest end of the “Story of Your Life” tour, West and guest performer Josh Wilson will perform Feb. 20 at the church again — but this concert will strike a more memorable note.
West had invited his fans to send in their personal stories last year. The response was overwhelming with more than 10,000 letters, e-mails and online messages received as inspiration for his new album.
One of the letters he received was from Melody Christensen, a Klahanie resident and Eastridge church member, who sent in her story after seeing West perform.
“Melody’s story is just one of those that represented hundreds of letters that I received,” West said. “Out of 10,000 letters, many were about people’s battles with cancer, so I felt like I needed to write a victory song about the topic.”
Christensen’s letter inspired West to write the song “Survivor,” a tribute to the courage and strength she has displayed throughout her battle with cancer.
December 28, 2010
Elks donate to Compassion House
On Dec. 18, Elks Poker League Directors David Hayes (left) and Jeff Wood (right) help and Dave Wallbom, chairman of the Elks board of directors, present checks of $1,147, from tournament donations, and $1,000, from members’ Friday night poker donations, to Rick McCarty, president of Compassion House, and Bonnie Karmouch, of Compassion House.
Sarah Hanna named scholar athlete of the month
Sarah Hanna, a senior at Issaquah High School, has been selected by the Issaquah Booster Club and Red Robin Restaurant as the Red Robin Scholar Athlete of the month for November.
Hanna was a four-year starter on the IHS volleyball team. In 2010, she earned a First Team All KingCo award, and helped lead the girl’s volleyball team through the state tournament three out of the past four years, placing second at state in 2010.
In addition to excelling in athletics, Hanna has a 3.9 grade point average. She is a member of the Honor Society and tutors students at IHS. Her exceptional SAT scores earned her a position as a National Merit Scholar finalist.
Kiwanis collects hundreds of coats for food bank
The Kiwanis Club’s community coat and shoe drive collected several hundred coats and about 150 pairs of shoes for the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank.
Community members dropped off their donations at The Issaquah Press, US Bank, Foot Zone, KeyBank (Issaquah and Snoqualmie Ridge branches), Eastside Audiology, Hilton Garden Inn, Eastridge Church and Starbucks during the month of November.
Kiwanis Club volunteers then collected the donations for delivery to the clothing bank, where the items will be distributed to needy individuals and families.
December 7, 2010
The letter from Klahanie recounted a familiar story: a bombshell cancer diagnosis, strength-sapping treatment, but also, interlaced among the sentences, hope.
Melody Christensen, breast cancer survivor and Klahanie stay-at-home mother of four, offered the candid account as inspiration to contemporary Christian musician Matthew West.
Christensen liked the authenticity West imbued in songs about faith amid personal struggle, but as she prepared to send the message on a spring day, she had no expectations.
“I felt like it was time for me to share — even if it didn’t go anywhere — what I’d been through,” she said.
Christensen received a surprising phone call months later. West had used the letter as a springboard for a song about cancer on a soon-to-be-released album.
The album — the aptly titled “The Story of Your Life” — mines intimate and often-heartrending stories from Christensen and other fans.
“Through the years, I’ve been so inspired by the people who would send me an e-mail or share with me at a concert how a song has found its way into their story and inspired them in one way or another,” West said in a phone interview from Nashville, Tenn. “I just started thinking, ‘What if I turned the microphone around?’”
The concept compelled the performer — and songwriter for country stars Rascal Flatts and Billy Ray Cyrus — to act more like a storyteller.
November 23, 2010
Clean and gently used coats and shoes of all sizes are being collected by the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah to support the needs of Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank clients.
The coats and shoes will be collected through Nov. 30 at the following Issaquah businesses: Foot Zone, 755 N.W. Gilman Blvd., The Issaquah Press, 45 Front St. S., KeyBank, Starbucks Coffee, Hilton Garden Inn, 1800 N.W. Gilman Blvd., US Bank, 1295 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Eastside Audiology, 49 Front St. N., and Eastridge Church, 4205 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road.
The Snoqualmie Ridge branch of KeyBank, 7917 Center Blvd. S.E., will also accept donated coats and shoes.
Donations after Nov. 30 can be taken directly to the clothing bank, 179 First Ave. S.E.
November 15, 2010
NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 15, 2010
Eastridge Church plans to add a little gobble-gobble to families’ Thanksgiving tables.
The church plans to provide 2,000 free turkeys and bags of groceries to needy families Saturday at churches near Issaquah, 24205 Issaquah-Fall City Road, and in West Seattle, 4500 39th Ave. S.W.
The giveaway starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at both sites and continues until supplies run out. Parishioners distribute the dinner package on a first-come, first-served basis. Recipients do not need to demonstrate need to receive a Thanksgiving bundle. Call the church at 270-6300 to learn more.
October 28, 2010
NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 28, 2010
The tale of Ugandan child soldiers is coming to Eastridge Church.
“Watoto’s Restore Tour: Child Soldier No More” chronicles child soldiers from northern Uganda — a war-torn place beset by some terrible atrocities. The free stage production starts at 5 p.m. Saturday at the church, 24205 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road.
The production offers audiences the opportunity to meet the children, hear stories from Uganda and share in the freedom and hope of the children, and offer financial support. The tour features children abducted and forced to serve in the rebel army.
June 8, 2010
Relay for Life tops $225,000 goal
This year, 813 people ran, walked and wheeled in support of finding a cure for cancer at the annual Issaquah Relay for Life June 5 and 6.