Celtic band The Fire Inside makes simply complex tunes

April 5, 2011

Irish music lithely springs from its instruments during reels, jigs and pub songs.

The Fire Inside, a local Celtic band, entertains diners at Vino Bella in Issaquah on St. Patrick’s Day. Contributed

“I like it because it’s actually quite simplistic, but you can make it complex,” Issaquah violinist Tami Curtis said. “It’s just plain fun. It puts a smile on your face.”

Curtis and six other local musicians, living in an area stretching from Issaquah to the Snoqualmie Valley and up to Redmond, have formed a Celtic band named The Fire Inside.

The band is the brainchild of Carol Whitaker, of Fall City. Whitaker played for an informal group, and she knew several other people who played in bands about town. She wanted to play more challenging Celtic music, so she took her flute and penny whistle and formed a group of her own this past winter.

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Issaquah Farmers Market seeks vendors

March 15, 2011

The popular Issaquah Farmers Market returns April 16.

In the meantime, market organizers continue to attract vendors to the Pickering Barn market. The city is hosting a meeting for potential vendors from 9 a.m. to noon March 26 at the barn, 1730 10th Ave N.W.

Potential vendors should bring a product sample to be juried. Call 837-3311 to learn more.

The farmers market runs every Saturday, rain or shine, from mid-April to Oct. 28. The market features seasonal produce, crafts, food vendors, and demonstrations or live entertainment each week.

Is produce losing its punch?

January 18, 2011

A customer and a store worker share a conversation at a table of the early-season offerings during the 2009 opening day at Newcastle Fruit and Produce. By Greg Farrar

Eating the recommended two cups of fruits and two-and-a-half cups of vegetables may no longer be enough to get the nutrients that our bodies need in order to survive.

A little more than a decade ago, Anne-Marie Mayer conducted research on 20 United Kingdom-based crops from 1930-1980. What she found was that the mineral concentrations in fruits and vegetables were decreasing.

No longer is produce as healthy as once thought. Read more

Organizations offer tips to eat local wares during holiday feasts

December 17, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 17, 2010

Find cranberries for a Christmas treat, or hazelnuts to add a touch to a holiday dessert, from a local producer.

The countdown to Christmas is in the single-digit days, and as shoppers start to stock pantries for the holiday, King County, Puget Sound Fresh and the Cascade Harvest Coalition offer a guide to find local ingredients for the holiday feast and seasonal celebrations.

The guide includes a tip for holiday shoppers: Farmers can be great resources for recipes and the best practices on storing and preparing purchases.

Despite the cold temperatures, shoppers can still pick up many Evergreen State wares.

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Organizations offer tips to find local wares for Thanksgiving feasts

November 13, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 13, 2010

Find the perfect apples for a holiday pie at a local farmers market.

Thanksgiving is little more than a week distant, and as shoppers start to stock pantries for the holiday, King County, Puget Sound Fresh and the Cascade Harvest Coalition offer a guide to find local ingredients for the feast.

Though the Issaquah Farmers Market has ended for the year, other farmers markets in the region continue to offer a selection of local wares. The markets also help support local agriculture.

The guide also includes a tip for holiday shoppers: Farmers can be great resources for recipes and the best practices on storing and preparing purchases. Farmers can also answer questions about interesting items to add to the holiday meal.

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 Farmers Market closes for the season Saturday

October 8, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 8, 2010

Celebrate the last Issaquah Farmers Market of the season Saturday.

The market has planned several events to mark the occasion, including a Tacoma Glass blown-glass pumpkin patch and a garden renovation class presented by Seattle Tilth.

The market runs from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. Besides the fall attraction and the gardening class, browse homegrown wares flowers, handmade crafts and food vendors.

King County farmers markets provide sales opportunities for more than 250 family farms across the Evergreen State, including more than 100 farmers from King County.

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Gold Star

September 14, 2010

Soccer girls net profit

Riley Dean and Jessica Freeman

Riley Dean and Jessica Freeman spent the last days of their summer vacation baking treats for a bake sale. The girls made more than $440 at the Issaquah Farmers Market on Aug. 28.

They plan to donate the money to Soccer Saves, an organization committed to creating healthy lifestyles for disadvantaged youth. Soccer Saves partners with global humanitarian organizations working to provide HIV/AIDS education, nutrition and gender equality and to decrease gang violence by using the power of soccer.

Both Dean and Freeman play soccer for GU-13, an Eastside FC team. They know that $50 buys a Soccer Saves child admission for a year, meaning they just raised enough money to help eight players.

County plans discussion on future of local farms

September 14, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 14, 2010

King County has brought together farmers and policymakers to form a plan to promote family farming in the years ahead.

Bring ideas to a King County Agriculture Commission on Sept. 23. Commissioners hope to open a dialogue to discuss the challenges — and opportunities — farmers face. The discussion kicks off a round of meetings.

The initial stage of the plan started in 2008, as the Agriculture Commission held meetings across the county to discuss ideas with farmers and other interested citizens.

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