Zombies overrun Issaquah, menace unsuspecting residents

October 29, 2011

The undead, including zombie physician, overrun downtown Issaquah en route to the Issaquah Library for a 'Thriller' dance routine Saturday. By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 8 p.m. Oct. 29, 2011

The undead creaked and rasped to life in Issaquah late Saturday afternoon, as zombie hordes menaced motorists on a downtown street and overran a festival in the Issaquah Highlands.

Zombies, groaning and ashen-faced, clad in blood-spattered and torn clothes, started to creep south along Front Street North just after 3 p.m.

Traffic decelerated to a crawl as zombies shambled down the centerline and along the lanes’ edges as motorists — some bewildered, some bemused — aimed cameras at the horde. Others stared straight ahead in stunned silence as zombies peered inside and tapped on windows.

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Zombie dancers shuffle, step to ‘Thriller’ for record attempt

October 25, 2011

Chandler Osman, 12, an Issaquah Middle School student, strikes a ‘Thriller’ pose Oct. 22 during rehearsal for Green Halloween Festival performances. By Greg Farrar

The undead shuffle across TV and cinema screens. Zombies chomp across bestseller lists. Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created a droll guide to surviving a zombie apocalypse.

The zombie zeitgeist is ceaseless. Just like a horde of the undead on a mindless search for brains.

The pop culture phenomenon reaches Issaquah on Oct. 29 as revelers dressed as the undead shuffle downtown and in the Issaquah Highlands just before Halloween.

The most able-bodied zombies plan to inch to the Green Halloween Festival and the Issaquah Library to duplicate the complicated choreography from the 1983 Michael Jackson epic, “Thriller” — a 14-minute MTV masterpiece from “An American Werewolf in London” director John Landis.

Zombies plan to re-create “Thriller” at 2 p.m. for festivalgoers and at 4 p.m. at the downtown library. Then, zombies around the globe plan to gather for Thrill the World, a simultaneous attempt to dance to “Thriller” and set a world record. In Issaquah, 6 p.m. is the designated hour for the Thrill the World attempt.

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King County Library System adds Kindle e-books to collection

September 27, 2011

King County Library System users on the hunt for a popular title, like say, “I Don’t Know How She Does It” — a comic tale about a mother balancing children and a career — no longer need to head to the brick-and-mortar library for a paper-and-ink book.

The library system started offering e-books to Kindle e-reader users. The rollout came as Kindle maker Amazon.com started offering books for the device at libraries nationwide.

“With the increase in popularity of digital readers, at about last year’s holiday gift-giving season, we ramped up our digital collection significantly,” said Marsha Iverson, public relations specialist for the Issaquah-based library system. “We kind of saw of it coming and got a little bit ahead of the curve, so we do have a good selection of digital downloads.”

Before the announcement Sept. 21, the library system offered books only on other e-readers, but not the popular Kindle. The library uses e-book distributor OverDrive for digital titles.

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Invasion Issaquah: Encounter invaders from outer space at library

September 20, 2011

In the early 1950s, as the long shadow of the Cold War settled across the landscape, Hollywood used invaders from outer space as a stand-in for the threat posed by communists on the other side of the planet.

The anxiety underpinned “The Day the Earth Stood Still” and other sci-fi films from the Eisenhower era, some classic, others less so. Robert Horton, film critic for The Herald in Everett and KUOW-FM in Seattle, is due to offer a presentation at the Issaquah Library on Sept. 27 about the link between such films and Cold War paranoia.

The anxieties present in 1950s sci-fi flicks show “the way that movies reflect our culture and sort of tell us about our culture, sometimes even when we’re not paying attention,” Horton said in a recent interview.

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Issaquah meeting to focus on King County outreach

August 16, 2011

The way King County leaders and residents interact is due to change soon.

In a decision last month, leaders changed how county government and unincorporated-area residents interact. Now, Countywide Community Forums of King County — a public-engagement program overseen by the county auditor — is asking citizens for feedback about the updated outreach effort. The effort includes a forum at the Issaquah Library and a survey for residents to complete online.

The outreach model adopted by the County Council establishes eight to 12 community service areas to cover all rural and unincorporated areas in sprawling King County, not just the communities included in the six existing unincorporated area councils.

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King County residents can complete outreach survey

August 9, 2011

Countywide Community Forums of King County is planning a forum at the Issaquah Library to discuss the county’s outreach plan for unincorporated area residents.

Residents in the rural, suburban and urban unincorporated areas can weigh in at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at the library, 10 W. Sunset Way.

In the meantime, citizens can complete a survey to help county leaders learn how to best to expand community participation, and strengthen the communication link between residents in unincorporated areas and county government.

From Aug. 19 to Sept. 9, citizens can attend forums or offer opinions at www.communityforums.org.

The outreach model adopted by the King County Council last month establishes eight to 12 community service areas to cover all unincorporated areas, not just the communities included in the unincorporated area councils.

Issaquah forum to focus on King County outreach

August 4, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Aug. 4, 2011

Countywide Community Forums of King County is planning a forum at the Issaquah Library to discuss the county’s outreach plan for unincorporated area residents.

Residents in the rural, suburban and urban unincorporated areas can weigh in at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at the library, 10 W. Sunset Way. Participants should RSVP to the forum.

The model adopted by the King County Council last month establishes eight to 12 community service areas to cover all unincorporated areas, not just the communities included in the unincorporated area councils.

The framework affects the Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council, a liaison for unincorporated area residents near Issaquah to the county government based in Seattle.

The framework calls for a single point of contact to hold meetings, develop work programs, and provide regular opportunities for homeowner associations, community development groups and unincorporated area councils to meet county officials.

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Downtown Issaquah ArtWalk returns Aug. 5

August 2, 2011

ArtWalk returns to downtown Issaquah on Aug. 5.

The summertime event runs 5-8 p.m. along downtown streets and in Gilman Village.

In rain or shine, regional artists set up temporary shows in downtown businesses and on street corners for the evening.

The teen group Electric Foot plans to play a final performance at the Issaquah Library during the August ArtWalk. Catch the set at the library, 10 W. Sunset Way, from 4:45-6:15 p.m. Other bands from the Kaleidoscope School of Music also plan to play at the library throughout ArtWalk.

The last ArtWalk for the year is Sept. 2. ArtWalk is scheduled to return in May 2012.

20 reasons to ♥ Issaquah

July 2, 2011

The spectacular landscape is a reason to love Issaquah. By Connor Lee

Discover 20 reasons to love Issaquah, from the highest Tiger Mountain peak to the Lake Sammamish shoreline, and much more in between. The community includes icons and traits not found anywhere else, all in a postcard-perfect setting. The unique qualities — Issa-qualities? — start at the city’s name and extend into every nook and neighborhood. (The lineup is not arranged in a particular order, because ranking the city’s pre-eminent qualities seems so unfair.)

Salmon Days

The annual salmon-centric celebration is stitched into the city’s fabric. Salmon Days serves as a last hurrah before autumn, a touchstone for old-timers and a magnet for tourists. The street fair consistently ranks among the top destinations in the Evergreen State and, for a time last year, as the best festival on earth — in the $250,000-to-$749,000 budget category, anyway.

Issaquah Alps

The majestic title for the forested peaks surrounding the city, the Issaquah Alps, is a catchall term for Cougar, Squak and Tiger mountains. (Credit the late mountaineer and conservationist Harvey Manning for the sobriquet.) The setting is a playground for outdoors enthusiasts. Trails — some official and others less so — for hikers, bikers and equestrians crisscross the mountains, like haphazard tic-tac-toe patterns.

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Issaquah-based King County Library System is named No. 1

June 21, 2011

The top library system in the United States is headquartered in Issaquah.

Moreover, strong circulation at the Issaquah and Sammamish libraries — and others across the 46-library system — helped earn the King County Library System the Library of the Year title from Library Journal magazine and Gale, a publishing company.

“We really got this award because of our patrons and our communities,” Julie Brand, community relations and marketing director for the library system, said after the announcement. “It’s really a reflection of their support and their use of us. Going forward, we need to continue to find the ways to be relevant to them in their lives, in how we deliver services, and the sorts of resources and information that we provide to them.”

Organizers cited the library system’s efforts to encourage reading, help people searching for jobs and community outreach. The library system is run from offices along Newport Way Northwest.

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