Chalk up a sidewalk masterpiece at summer festival

July 10, 2012

Sheama Tura, of Issaquah, draws a beach and a palm tree last year. By Greg Farrar

Issaquah’s summer tradition, the Chalk Art Festival, is coming to city sidewalks July 17.

The Issaquah Arts Commission invites artists of all ages to transform the sidewalks around the Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd., with their masterpieces from noon to 5 p.m. that day. All the entries will be judged at 5 p.m. with winners being announced at 6 p.m. before the Concert on the Green.

The event is free. Chalk and water will be provided.

Event organizers recommend arriving early to choose a shady sidewalk spot. All space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

See a slideshow of masterpieces the day of the festival at www.issaquahpress.com.

Echoes pays tribute to Pink Floyd at Concerts on the Green

July 10, 2012

The tributes keep coming as Echoes recreates some of Pink Floyd’s greatest hits during this summer’s Concerts on the Green series July 17 at the Issaquah Community Center.

Bring a blanket to the community center lawn and enjoy a picnic meal starting at 6 p.m. before the music kicks off at 7 and goes until 8:30 p.m. Coming early is usually a good idea to stake out your spot, as the concerts usually attract up to 500 revelers.

Echoes, based in Everett, features a lineup of seasoned musicians who’ve worked with and opened for some renowned names in the industry. Learn more about the band at http://on.fb.me/PlTBeP.

The concert series, now in its 15th year, is at 301 Rainier Blvd. and is 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 hot dogs and hamburgers.

The concert series continues July 17, with the energetic Latin and salsa sounds of Cambalache.

As always, the concerts are free, but donations will be accepted.

Cloverdayle to perform at first Concerts on the Green

July 3, 2012

Get out your dancing boots when the modern country duo Cloverdayle hits the stage for the second week of the Concerts on the Green series July 10 at the Issaquah Community Center.

Bring a blanket to the community center lawn and enjoy a picnic meal starting at 6 p.m. before the live music kicks off at 7 and goes until 8:30 p.m. Coming early is usually a good idea to stake out your spot, as the concerts usually attract up to 500 revelers.

Cloverdayle, featuring the married duo of Chad and Rachel Hamar, out of Bend, Ore., will perform songs from their just completed first album, “9 Miles Down a 10 Miles Road.” Hear their first single, “Like We Were Kids Again,” at http://cloverdayle.com.

The concert series, now in its 15th year, is at 301 Rainier Blvd. and presented by Issaquah’s Parks & Recreation Department and the Issaquah Arts Commission, in collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah. Kiwanis will also sell refreshments during the show, including hot dogs and hamburgers.

Be sure not to miss the next psychedelic show July 17, featuring Echoe’s, a Pink Floyd tribute band.

As always, the concerts are free, but donations will be accepted.

Concerts on the Green series features ‘upbeat’ performers

June 26, 2012

Arts Commission production returns for 15th season

A lawn full of dancers and picnickers sat the Issaquah Community Center enjoys a band performance during a Concerts on the Green series. By Greg Farrar

The Penguins will kick-off the new season by playing a Vegas-style show. The concerts run from 7-8:30 p.m. every Tuesday until Aug. 28. The grounds open at 6 p.m. for picnicking and early seating.

David Harris, volunteer producer for the series, said the most popular type of music is anything upbeat.

“It’s a professionally run show,” Harris said. “I try and make it like a mini-major concert” so people who can’t afford a big concert ticket can attend and have the same experience.

A variety of music is planned this year including: country, Latin and salsa, funk, rock, swing, Celtic violin and a Pink Floyd tribute band. All bands scheduled are from the Pacific Northwest.

If you go

Concerts on the Green

All shows are from 7-8:30 p.m. on the Issaquah Community Center lawn, 301 Rainier Blvd. S.

  • July 3 — The Penguins
  • July 10 — Cloverdayle
  • July 17 — Echoe’s
  • July 24 — Cambalache
  • July 31 — Seatown Rhythm and Blues
  • Aug. 7 — Black Velvet 4
  • Aug. 14 — 85th Street Big Band
  • Aug. 21 — Geoffrey Castle
  • Aug. 28 — Magic Bus

“I can’t imagine there isn’t something for everyone,” Harris said.

He said the typical concert brings about 500 viewers.

“I put it under the term community building. It’s really a community event,” he said. “It helps bring people together.”

The series, in it’s 15th year, is at 301 Rainier Blvd. S. and presented by Issaquah’s Parks & Recreation and the Issaquah Arts Commission, in collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah.

The Kiwanis Club helped find all the sponsors for each concert and also sells hot dogs and hamburgers at the shows. The money made goes directly back into the community, Harris said.

Katie Larsen: 392-6434, ext. 236, or isspress@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

Concert benefits Issaquah’s sister city ties

June 5, 2012

Join the municipal Sister Cities Commission and the nonprofit American Moroccan International Exchange to celebrate strong international ties among Issaquah and sister cities in Morocco and Norway.

Issaquah and Sunndal, Norway, established a sister-city pact in 1991. Chefchaouen, Morocco, and Issaquah formalized a similar relationship in 2007.

The organizations plan a June 9 concert to benefit the commission’s international partnerships. The event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S. The lineup includes the bands Astro Cats, O’Dark:30 and Kalimba. The event is open to guests of all ages.

Tickets cost $10. Purchase tickets in advance at online at www.amieonline.org/concert2012; at Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way; or by calling 837-3000.

The fundraiser supports cultural exchange programs. Past Sister Cities Commissions efforts included student and artist exchanges.

Issaquah Schools Foundation sets record at annual luncheon

May 15, 2012

More than 1,000  people turned out, donated $650,000

With a sold-out event at the Issaquah Community Center, the Issaquah Schools Foundation set a record of $650,000 in donations at this year’s Nourish Every Mind Luncheon on May 10.

More than 1,000 people were at the event, the 14th annual luncheon foundation officials have held. This year is the 25th anniversary of the foundation.

Because of interest in the foundation’s largest fundraiser, next year’s attendees might see two events instead of one, according to Robin Callahan, executive director of the foundation. That could be a breakfast type event and a luncheon, she said.

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Issaquah Schools Foundation hosts annual fundraiser May 10

May 1, 2012

The Issaquah Schools Foundation is inviting the community to lunch.

The 14th annual Nourish Every Mind Benefit Luncheon begins at 11 a.m. May 10 with a program that aims to teach how community investment is elevating education for all Issaquah School District students.

Last year, the event raised a record $593,000. The foundation used that money to fund education projects in the district, including robotics clubs and the expansion of the Microsoft TEALS program to every high school. The money was also used to help purchase science curriculum materials for Issaquah classrooms.

This year, the luncheon will take place at the Issaquah Community Center and open with a silent auction of a variety of items for all budgets. The program starts at noon with John Curley leading as the master of ceremonies. Testimonials from students and teachers who have benefitted from the foundation are also planned.

Call 391-8557 to learn more.

Shakespeare on the Green to return to community center

March 13, 2012

Timeless comedies come to the Issaquah Community Center lawn in July and August as Seattle Shakespeare Co.’s Wooden O returns for Shakespeare on the Green.

Catch performances of “Twelfth Night” and “The Winter’s Tale” at the community center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S.

“Twelfth Night” is a bewitching comedy centered on a shipwrecked — and cross-dressing — castaway in a strange land. “The Winter’s Tale” unfolds as a suspicious king accuses the queen of high treason.

Catch “Twelfth Night” on the community center lawn July 12 and “The Winter’s Tale” on Aug. 2. Organizers encourage attendees to bring blankets, chairs and picnic baskets for the shows.

The city Arts Commission and King County cultural service agency 4Culture present the Shakespeare on the Green performances at no cost to attendees.

“I’m so very thrilled that many of our shows will involve so many talented artists who are also audience favorites,” Seattle Shakespeare Co. Artistic Director George Mount said. “It’s a wonderful roster of plays, and I can’t wait for us to share them with our patrons.”

Presidents Day means Issaquah closures

February 15, 2012

NEW — 6 p.m. Feb. 15, 2012

Presidents Day means closures and schedule changes Monday.

King County Metro Transit operates on a weekday and no University of Washington schedule for the holiday.

Sound Transit buses operate on a regular weekday schedule for Presidents Day. Sound Transit customers can also sign up to receive Rider Alerts via e-mail or text message for specific services and bus routes.

Metro Transit also offers Transit Alerts to update riders about inclement conditions, road construction and other service changes.

The city, county and state close government offices in observance of the holiday. In addition, the Issaquah Community Center and Julius Boehm Pool close for the day.

State liquor stores also remain open for the holiday.

Issaquah Community Center offers residents shelter

January 24, 2012

The mercury dipped and the lights turned dark as crews raced to restore power across the region.

The city and the American Red Cross partnered to turn the Issaquah Community Center into a 24-hour shelter amid a dayslong blackout. The refuge opened late Jan. 19, after a rare ice storm sent tree limbs tumbling to earth and snow lingered on roadways.

Barry Morgan (right), American Red Cross volunteer, registers the 100th client at the Issaquah Community Center at 3 p.m. Jan. 20 for a place to stay. Volunteer Stan McKenzie and service dog Katsu are at left. By Greg Farrar

The shelter provided 35 shelter nights — or number of overnight stays — to residents from Issaquah and other Eastside communities. Teams at the shelter handled 244 drop-in visits, and served 778 snacks and meals to clients.

Some shelter clients spread out on cots for the night. Other people stopped in for a hot snack or a hotter shower. The shelter offered some a chance to unwind after stressful days in powerless residences.

“They were feeling cooped up in the house with the kids in particular,” said Stephanie Schoo, a spokeswoman for the nonprofit organization. “It was good to have a warm, safe place for the kids to get to play and sprawl out.”

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