Meet author J.A. Jance at Issaquah Library today

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.


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Advances in technology changes local libraries for the better

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.

Photos by Greg Farrar Above, Kette Ravnsborg, 3, of Snoqualmie, works to master a shape recognition video game on a computer recently at the Issaquah Library. At right, the laser beam of a barcode reader at the Issaquah Library stands ready to scan patrons’ books at a self check out station.

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Above, Kette Ravnsborg, 3, of Snoqualmie, works to master a shape recognition video game on a computer recently at the Issaquah Library.

“I use it all the time,” she said. “It’s so fast. It’s unbelievable.”

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Issaquah memorable moments from 2012 entertain, educate

December 25, 2012

The cast of the national tour of the jukebox musical ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ performs a song in the Tony Award-winning show. File

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.

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‘The Hobbit’ journeys to Issaquah Library celebration

December 11, 2012

Martin Freeman stars as Bilbo Baggins in ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.’ Warner Bros. Entertainment

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.

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Zombies return to menace downtown Issaquah

October 23, 2012

Zombies shamble down Front Street North during the 2011 Downtown Zombie Walk. By Warren Kagarise

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.

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Halloween happenings abound in Issaquah, nearby

October 23, 2012

Revelers explore a hay maze during the 2009 Green Halloween Festival. File

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.,

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

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Zombies to overrun downtown Issaquah — again

August 18, 2012

Zombies lift a fallen comrade from the pavement on Front Street North as traffic stops for the horde of undead in downtown Issaquah on Oct. 29, 2011. File

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.

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Habitat for Humanity of East King County meeting discusses open homes

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.”

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ArtWalk returns to downtown Issaquah on July 6

July 3, 2012

The Downtown Issaquah Association’s next ArtWalk is from 5-8 p.m. July 6.

Stroll the various businesses that host local and regional artists, including Artists in Action at the artEAST Artist Alley, and a wood carver at the historic Shell Station. ArtWalk venues include artbyfire, Centennial Park, Confetti Cupcake, Christian Science Reading Room, Eastside Audiology, Experience Tea, Fischer Meats, Hailstone Feed Store, Illuminate, Issaquah Valley Senior Center, Issaquah Library, Mills Music, Museo Art Academy, Opus Bank and Thrive.

Scattered along the walking route are musical acts, including Acoustic Couti, Sold Only As Curio and the Kaleidoscope School of Music.

Event maps will be available in front of the library, 10 W. Sunset Way, and the historic Shell station, 232 Front St. N.

To accommodate the ArtWalk, Northwest Alder Place will be closed from First Place Northwest to Front Street from noon to 10 p.m.

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King County Library System’s Internet policy is unchanged after court ruling

May 8, 2012

The use of software to filter Internet content for library patrons received support in a recent federal court ruling.

Officials at the King County Library System filter Internet content at public computers, although library patrons can have the filter deactivated. The library system uses a tiered system of filters to determine patrons’ access to Internet content.

In April, Eastern Washington Federal District Court Judge Edward F. Shea ruled the Wenatchee-based North Central Regional Library did not violate the First Amendment by installing Internet filtering software on computers for all library patrons.

Under a policy adopted in August 2003, the Issaquah-based library system provides access to the Internet on all public computers and uses Internet filtering software.

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