YWCA Family Village at Issaquah opens for tours

October 25, 2011

The community outreach for YWCA Family Village at Issaquah started long before backhoes sliced into soil at the Issaquah Highlands site.

The outreach effort continues Oct. 29, as YWCA of Seattle-King-Snohomish hosts a public open house on the $53 million campus. The event and the annual Green Halloween Festival coincide.

The open house is meant to introduce guests to Family Village residents, spotlight “green” design details, and highlight a daycare center, meeting space, playground and other features open to the surrounding community. Guests can participate in a scavenger hunt on the Family Village campus.

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Off the Press

October 25, 2011

David Hayes Press reporter

Halloween is a time for terrifying tales

Halloween remains one of those rare observances throughout the year where we still pay homage to the event’s pagan origins.

Some of our fondest memories come from Hell Night (thank you, Detroit, for that colloquialism).

Before I share mine, I thought I’d let some of my coworkers recount their favorite Halloween ghost story.

Sports Editor Bob Taylor enjoys digging up from his memory archives a yarn memorable not for its creep factor, but for its pleasantly surprising ending.

When he was 10, it seems Bob had this particular school bus driver who was independently wealthy, and as far as Bob could tell, only drove the bus to antagonize kids.

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The Hot List

October 25, 2011

Kim Bussing Issaquah High School

Movie: ‘Footloose’

A remake of the cult classic, “Footloose” once again hits theaters as the iconic story of a town where dancing is outlawed and new kid Ren MacCormack challenges the music ban and strikes up a forbidden romance. Replacing Kevin Bacon as the main character (Ren) is Kenny Wormald; Dennis Quaid takes on the role of the Rev. Shaw Moore, and Julianne Hough plays Ariel, the reverend’s rebellious daughter and Ren’s love interest. An upbeat soundtrack accompanies the movie and features Zac Brown, Cee Lo Green and Victoria Justice.

Book: ‘Steve Jobs,’ by Walter Isaacson

In remembrance of one of the most notable American figures, Walter Isaacson’s “Steve Jobs” produces an honest and riveting look into Jobs’ life. Comprised of several years’ worth of interviews from Jobs and his family, friends and colleagues, the biography pries beneath the superficial knowledge of Jobs’ imagination and innovativeness to examine the personal demons and desires that contributed to his success. The author, Isaacson, has been widely recognized due to his books about Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein.

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Nightmare at Beaver Lake relies on dedicated team to create serious scares

October 25, 2011

Marek Kossik, 14, an Eastside Catholic High School student, has zombie face paint applied by Nightmare on Beaver Lake volunteer Kelly Davis before the Oct. 21 haunt. By Greg Farrar

The blood run occurs in a deep forest moments before 8 o’clock on nights leading to Halloween.

Dawn Gonser, lead makeup artist for Nightmare at Beaver Lake, dispenses a crimson liquid to ghouls stationed along a path through Beaver Lake Park.

The distinction between blood types is important. The other type is a goo used to create fresh scabs. The stage blood Gonser races across Beaver Lake Park to squirt into actors’ mouths is a nontoxic liquid similar in taste to mint-flavored mouthwash.

The last-minute touch-up increases the creep factor as actors prepare to scare attendees in horror-film fashion.

Gonser, a longtime Nightmare at Beaver Lake organizer, is part of a close-knit team skilled at scaring.

“It gets into your blood and you keep coming back year after year,” she said.

Nightmare at Beaver Lake is the largest Halloween haunt in the Puget Sound region and, perhaps, in the West.

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King County animal services agency offers treats, tips for Halloween

October 25, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 25, 2011

Regional Animal Services of King County is offering a treat for Halloween — reduced adoption fees for cats and kittens through Oct. 31.

The agency reduced the adoption fee for cats from $55 to $30 and from $100 to $75 for kittens.

October is also Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month.

Regional Animal Services of King County includes a pet license, neutering or spaying, microchipping and initial vaccinations in the dog adoption fee. The fees range from $100 to $250, depending on the dog’s age and breed.

“There’s never been a better time to adopt a pet from us,” agency Interim Manager Glynis Frederiksen said in a news release. “We have all shapes, sizes, and colors of cats and dogs waiting for their forever homes. Plus, if you come in before Halloween, adoption fees for cats are just $30, and for kittens, it’s $75.”

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Gov. Chris Gregoire invites trick-or-treaters to executive mansion

October 23, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 23, 2011

Gov. Chris Gregoire — a.k.a. Elmo — is inviting trick-or-treaters to trek to the Governor’s Mansion for Halloween treats.

The governor and first gentleman Mike Gregoire plan to hand out candy from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31.

Chris Gregoire plans to dress as Elmo; Mike Gregoire intends to don a Super Grover costume. Guests can also meet other “Sesame Street” characters — Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Count Von Count, and Bert and Ernie — on the mansion’s front porch as the Gregoires greet trick-or-treaters and hand out chocolate bars.

In addition to the Halloween candy, some trick-or-treaters might receive a bonus treat, because five chocolate bars contain Elmo’s Golden Ticket — a ticket for a child and five guests to attend a holiday reception at the mansion Dec. 2. (Surplus campaign funds pay for the Halloween candy and decorations.)

Since 2005, the Gregoires have dressed up for Halloween and invited trick-or-treaters to the mansion. In the past, the first couple dressed up as characters from “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” “Charlotte’s Web” and, last year, as Morticia and Gomez from “The Addams Family.”

Halloween pumpkin’s beauty is in the eye of the beholder

October 18, 2011

Picking perfect jack-o’-lantern comes down to preference

Glenn Dutro hoists a pumpkin on his shoulder in the u-pick pumpkin patch at the Trinity Tree Farm in Issaquah. Photo By Greg Farrar

About 50,000 pounds of pumpkins dot the landscape as far as the eye can see.

There are oblong gourds with ample, flat surface areas for carving.

Others are rotund, boasting a sturdy stem and a thick, perfect shell.

Glenn Dutro, who has offered families a chance to pick their own pumpkins for the past three years at the u-pick pumpkin patch at the Trinity Tree Farm near Issaquah, wants something else out of his Halloween pumpkin entirely.

“The perfect pumpkin is all just a matter of personal preference,” he said. “Most people want a big, bright, beautiful thing. I want one with scars on it. I want it messed up and nasty.”

Ken Allison, a produce manager for PCC Natural Markets, said the perfect pumpkin is all in the eye of the beholder.

“It’s all in a person’s aesthetic judgment,” he said. “Typically, what I look for to carve or to sell is the stem to be attached still. That way you know it’s not knocked or kicked around. You want the pumpkin to feel firm so it won’t rot and collapse right away.”

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Costume swap offers ‘green’ twist on Halloween

October 4, 2011

Dana Verhoff and her children, all decked out for Halloween. Verhoff supports an eco-friendly costume swap for this year’s Halloween. Contributed

Spider-Man still would do whatever a spider could. Tinkerbell would still grant you three wishes. They would just save their moms a few bucks while at it.

Three Issaquah businesses have helped organize a costume swap for Halloween. The swap encourages parents to trade in their children’s old costumes for used ones, instead of buying new ones each year.

The swap will occur Oct. 8, all across the country, including in Issaquah and eight other spots in Washington.

Dana Verhoff, co-publisher of the online newsletter Snoqualmie Valley Macaroni Kid, said the website for Green Halloween, www.greenhalloween.org, inspired her to bring the costume swap to Issaquah.

The idea for a green Halloween started in Issaquah in 2007, with Lynn Colwell and her daughter Corey Colwell-Lipson.

“My daughter was taking her kids around for Halloween,” Lynn said, “and she noticed the kids seemed to be more interested in bubbles and stickers than in candy.”

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Volunteers

October 4, 2011

The Green Halloween Festival needs volunteers, ages 14 and older, from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Shops at Issaquah Highlands, 3011 N.E. High St. Bring your own not-too-scary costume. Contact Christy at christy.g@ihcouncil.org or 507-1107, ext. 1107.

The city of Sammamish needs volunteers for the following events. Sign up by contacting the volunteer coordinator at 295-0556 or dsanders@ci.sammamish.wa.us.

Wetlands planting: 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 8, 228th Avenue and Southeast 24th Street, ages 14 and older. Read more

Volunteers

September 27, 2011

The Green Halloween Festival needs volunteers, ages 14 and older, from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Shops at Issaquah Highlands, 3011 N.E. High St. Bring your own not-too-scary costume. Contact Christy at christy.g@ihcouncil.org or 507-1107, ext. 1107.

The city of Sammamish needs volunteers for the following events. Sign up by contacting the volunteer coordinator at 295-0556 or dsanders@ci.sammamish.wa.us.

  • Wetlands planting: 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 8, 228th Avenue and Southeast 24th Street, ages 14 and older.
  • Sammamish Arts Fair: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 8-9, Sammamish City Hall and library, four-hour shifts
  • Invasive weed removal from Jacobs Creek: 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 15, Southeast 42nd Street and Issaquah-Pine Lake Road S.E., ages 14 and older
  • Invasive plant removal on Illahee Trail: 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 22, Northeast 8th Avenue and Southeast 35th Place Northeast, volunteers 13 and younger must be accompanied by an adult

The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank is looking for service groups, families or groups of four or five people to help with the Month of Concern Food Drive, which runs Saturdays through Oct. 15. During the Month of Concern, hand out food bank shopping lists to shoppers at our local grocery stores, collect the goods and deliver them to the food bank. Volunteers can sign up for the entire day, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., or for half shifts. Sign up or get more information by calling 392-4123.

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