Arts Commission, Issaquah Brewhouse host all-ages open-mic event

February 14, 2012

Join the municipal Arts Commission for Poetry & Prose on Tap, a monthly open-mic series.

The program is open to all ages and abilities. Organizers encourage participants to share poetry, stories and more.

Sign-in for the free event starts at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Issaquah Brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way. The open-mic portion runs from 7-8 p.m.

Commissioners used to hold open-mic nights at Vino Bella, but officials discontinued the series. The brewhouse is open to patrons younger than 21, and organizers hope to attract a crowd more diverse in age.

Poetry & Prose on Tap debuted in January.

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Rogue the reindeer is ready to take the reins

December 20, 2011

Rogue, Cougar Mountain Zoo’s 5-month-old reindeer, looks through a window checking out visitors to Santa’s house during the Reindeer Festival this month. By Greg Farrar

He may be only 5 months old, but he already weighs 84 pounds and is about three and half feet tall at his shoulders.

Especially as this is the holiday time of year, he has made numerous personal appearances at Christmas tree lightings and similar events, said Robyn Barfoot, general curator of the Cougar Mountain Zoological Park.

The toddler in question, however, probably is not going to be caught sitting on Santa’s lap.

Instead, Rogue the reindeer already is harness trained and ready to help pull Santa’s sleigh, Barfoot said.

“Santa likes to refer to him as ‘Blitzen,’” Barfoot added.

Rogue even already has his own Christmas song. The private Cougar Mountain Academy is near the zoo. Teachers and children there have come up with a version of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” using Rogue’s name, Barfoot said.

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Arts Commission serves Poetry & Prose on Tap at brewhouse

December 20, 2011

The menu at the Issaquah Brewhouse is going to include something different on tap in January.

The municipal Arts Commission is poised to unveil Poetry & Prose on Tap, a regular open-mic series for local poets and writers.

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Issaquah voters re-elect Councilman Joshua Schaer

November 15, 2011

Joshua Schaer (right), calls his mother Nancy Schaer, of Redmond, to tell her about his lead in the Issaquah City Council race, as former Councilman David Kappler chats with other election night partygoers at the Issaquah Brewhouse. By Greg Farrar 

Joshua Schaer, the only City Council member to face a challenger in a little-noticed campaign season, trounced opponent TJ Filley as the off-year election came to a close.

Incumbents scored leads in the initial election results released just after 8 p.m. Election Day, Nov. 8, eliminating the prospect of a long pause before a frontrunner emerged. Schaer, alongside incumbents on the Issaquah School Board and Port of Seattle Commission, pulled ahead early.

Though voters decided on the majority of council seats, only Schaer attracted a challenger. Incumbent Councilman Fred Butler, appointed Councilwoman Stacy Goodman and candidate Paul Winterstein cruised into office in the other council races. Terms for the triumphant candidates start in January.

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Off the Press

November 15, 2011

Election comes to yawn-inducing close

Warren Kagarise Press reporter

Joshua Schaer promised a party to daughter Emily. Only, the grownups gathered in a room at the Issaquah Brewhouse almost certainly did not meet the expectations of a 3-year-old girl.

The election night party Schaer put on at the downtown pub included a star-studded — for Issaquah, at least — guest list (City Council members past and present) and hors d’oeuvres aplenty. Bruschetta, anyone?

But, as far as parties go, the event seemed a little dull, boring even. The host, however, is not to blame.

Election Day in Issaquah, at least in the 2009 and 2011 cycles, morphed into a humdrum affair. Incumbents claim lopsided leads and challengers offer cordial congratulations. Repeat.

The lone burst of results from King County Elections came just after 8 p.m., as guests at the brewhouse channel-surfed to see if Issaquah results appeared in the Seattle TV stations’ tickers. In a campaign season dominated by liquor and tolling, no local results appeared in the moments after the results dropped.

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City Council, Issaquah School Board incumbents post big leads

November 8, 2011

Joshua Schaer (right), calls his mother Nancy Schaer, of Redmond, to tell her about his lead in the Issaquah City Council race, as former Councilman David Kappler chats with other election night partygoers at the Issaquah Brewhouse. By Greg Farrar

NEW — 8:20 p.m. Nov. 8, 2011

Joshua Schaer, the only City Council member to face a challenger in a quiet campaign season, posted a sizable — and almost certainly insurmountable — lead against opponent TJ Filley as election results started to dribble out Tuesday night.

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Salmon Days geoteaming treasure hunt is a success

September 27, 2011

Participants in the annual Salmon Days geoteaming hunt Sept. 24 take a break from scavenging to eat outside the Issaquah Brewhouse. By Pauline Middlehurst

About 150 people enjoyed two fun-filled hours roaming the streets of Issaquah with their families, friends and co-workers in search of treasures during the Salmon Days high-tech geoteaming scavenger hunt.

Participants navigated Issaquah using a hand-held GPS unit, map and clue sheet to locate cache sites. Each cache site had a point value to accumulate a team score. Some very competitive teams even ran the entire course.

The two sessions included lunch provided by the host Issaquah Brewhouse.

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Former Issaquah business Ming’s moves again

September 27, 2011

Ming’s Asian Gallery, owned by Jim and Doreen Russell, of Issaquah, is closing its Main Street in Bellevue location after 25 years and consolidating operations at its Seattle location.

Ming’s got its start in Issaquah at the current Issaquah Brewhouse location before moving to Bellevue in 1986. Ming’s offers a taste of the exotic and eclectic, antique Asian art and antiques from around the world.

The new location will be at 519 Sixth Ave. S. in Seattle’s International District.

Ming’s will have a moving sale through Oct. 15 with items discounted from 20 percent to 60 percent off at the Bellevue location, 10217 Main St. Call 462-4008.

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Geoteaming launches Salmon Days festivities Sept. 24

September 21, 2011

NEW — 11:15 a.m. Sept. 21, 2011

The annual and “ohfishal” Salmon Days geoteaming event is set for two sessions at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sept. 24.

“Geoteaming” is essentially a high-tech scavenger hunt using handheld GPS units to find your way to hidden “treasures” in and around Issaquah. Every time you and your team find an item, you earn points toward your final score.

All equipment is provided to participants, along with a lunch catered by Rogue’s Issaquah Brewhouse.

Geoteaming will start and finish at the brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way. The first session runs from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sign-in is at 9:30 a.m.

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Sports kick off Salmon Days Festival celebration

September 20, 2011

If walking with a GPS unit is your idea of exercise or if you are one of those who people who prefers a brisk 10K run, the Salmon Days Festival has something for all types of the sporting crowd this year.

The Ohfishal Salmon Days Sporting Weekend features geo-teaming and the Issaquah Rotary Run.

Geoteaming, a unique sport, is Sept. 24. The annual Issaquah Rotary Run, for serious runners as well as joggers, is Oct. 2.

Both events have their special features.

Geoteaming is a fun, interactive and high-tech scavenger hunt using hand-held GPS units to navigate to hidden treasures in and around Issaquah. Individuals or teams can participate in the event.

Each found cache earns a team or individual many valuable points toward a final score. All equipment is provided. Participants should have appropriate-weather clothes and walking shoes. The event begins and finishes at Rogue’s Issaquah Brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way.

There are two sessions of geo-teaming each day. The first session runs from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 24. Teams must sign in by 9:30 a.m. Sept. 24. The second session runs from 1-3 p.m., and teams must sign in by noon.

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