October 1, 2013
With Salmon Days visitors crowding the streets of Issaquah, the National Alliance on Mental Illness Eastside hopes to attract people to the library to a “Get a Head Start on Mental Illness Awareness Week.”
Judi Jeanotte, administrative assistant at NAMI Eastside, said the session, at 11 a.m. Oct. 5, is for people with mental illness, and family members and caregivers of mentally ill people.
September 24, 2013
Go places, learn new things on the cheap
Do you have a King County library card? At the low price of free, it’s one of the best values on the planet.
I’ve been an avid reader since I was a little kid. Oh, the lives and worlds I’ve escaped into. Books can do that.
I still have my first library card, which I got when I was 5. I also have my library awards from reading contests when I was a child. If they said read 50 books, I read 100. Ahh, nostalgia.
September 10, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 10, 2013
Meet bestselling author J. A. Jance, who will discuss her 21st mystery featuring Seattle detective J. P. Beaumont, at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Issaquah Library.
The library is at 10 W. Sunset Way. Jance will sign books, and copies of her latest book will be for sale at the event.
In “Second Watch,” Beaumont is finally getting around to having his knee replacement surgery, but he’s in for more than that.
A series of dreams bring him back first to his early days on the force at Seattle Police Department and then, even earlier, to his days in Vietnam.
Drug induced hallucinations? Maybe. But his haunting visitors from the past lead him into current complications where the dead bodies from the “Second Watch” won’t stay buried.
June 11, 2013
Pamela Timmons marched into the Issaquah Library on a mission. She hustled over to the hold shelf, where she picked up the books she’d reserved online. After a quick question for a librarian, she popped over to the computer bank where she checked out the books herself. She was back at her car in enough time that she’d been able to park in the front lane reserved for book returns.
Timmons, an Issaquah resident, said technology has made her library trips quick and easy.
“I use it all the time,” she said. “It’s so fast. It’s unbelievable.”
December 25, 2012
Entertainment came to Issaquah in some surprising forms throughout 2012.
Besides the usual retinue on the page, stage and screen, a documentary peeled back the layers at Costco and big-name authors signed books for local readers.
The city hosted celebrities, spotlighted residents on the national stage and celebrated big debuts in recent months. The boldface names earned cred through stints on reality TV, titles on bestseller lists and hardware aplenty — a Tony Award, a National Book Award.
Reality TV plugs in local contestants
Lindzi Cox pursued “The Bachelor” and Lizzie Parker competed for the title “Fashion Star” as local women added grace to reality TV contests.
Cox, a 2003 Liberty High School grad, competed against 24 other bachelorettes to win a rose from the titular bachelor, Ben Flajnik, and reached the final round on the ABC dating game.
December 11, 2012
In 1999, a little-known director from New Zealand undertook one of the greatest risks in cinematic history, committing $285 million to consecutively film J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
Peter Jackson’s gamble paid off big — a $2.9 billion worldwide box office haul with 30 Academy Award nominations and 17 wins.
Now, 13 years later, Jackson is hoping to capture lightning in a bottle again with the release on Dec. 14 of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” the first installment of a planned trilogy from Tolkien’s “The Hobbit or There and Back Again.”
To celebrate the release, the Issaquah Library is hosting a Second Breakfast Party.
October 23, 2012
Last October, on a sunny afternoon, a regular Saturday turned unordinary as zombies menaced Issaquah.
The undead shambled into the sunset, and Issaquah sidestepped a zombie apocalypse — for a while, at least.
The zombie horde is back.
Expect to see the undead shuffle down Front Street North on Oct. 27 during a Downtown Zombie Walk and then assemble for a flash-mob dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” outside the Issaquah Library.
October 23, 2012
Enciso Family Farm, featuring you-pick pumpkins and fresh Christmas trees; an old country store with snacks, cozy fireplace and a selection of specialty gourds and pumpkins; a barn from the 1800s; tractors from past and present; and more, 19417 196th Ave. S.E., Renton, 206-595-5845
Pumpkin Patch at Trinity Tree Farm, featuring pumpkins for sale in the shop or farm stand, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, open daily through Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 14237 228th Ave. S.E., www.trinitytreefarm.com
Nightmare at Beaver Lake, Oct. 24-31, Beaver Lake Park, Southeast 24th Street, Sammamish; The family scare runs from 7-7:45 p.m. nightly. The full scare runs from 8-10 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, and from 8-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets: $10 per person for a family scare; $16 per person for a full scare. Donate a can of food and receive a $1 discount on tickets. Learn more and purchase tickets at www.nightmareatbeaverlake.com.
August 18, 2012
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 18, 2012
Zombies plan to overrun downtown Issaquah again, as a Halloween tradition brings together a “Thriller” flash mob of undead creatures.
July 10, 2012
Habitat for Humanity will hold a family information meeting from 6-7 p.m. July 18 at the Issaquah Library.
“These meetings are an opportunity for families to learn about the Habitat for Humanity program and find out if they would qualify for a home,” said Tom Granger, executive director for Habitat for Humanity of East King County.
Lola Reyes moved into her home in the Issaquah Highlands a year and a half ago with her two children.
“They are trying to provide all the necessary information to people before they apply,” Reyes said. “It’s a very comfortable atmosphere.”