See ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ for free

July 31, 2012

“Captain America: The First Avenger” comes to Issaquah soon for the summertime Movie on the Green.

The film starts at 8 p.m. Sept. 8 on the Issaquah Community Center lawn, 301 Rainier Blvd. S. The free event is presented by the municipal Parks & Recreation Department and Lunar Flicks.

Lunar Flicks provides the inflatable screen and the digital projectors to screen the film.

Released last year, “Captain America: The First Avenger” features Chris Evans as the title character, a patriotic crusader unleashed against the Nazis — and super-villain Red Skull — in World War II. Tommy Lee Jones stars as a gruff colonel; Hayley Atwell is Peggy Carter, Captain America’s love interest.

(Evans’ character later popped up in the summer mega-blockbuster “The Avengers.”)

The film runs for 124 minutes, so attendees should bring a blanket or lawn chair to remain comfortable during the event. Organizers also plan to sell concessions during the film.

“Captain America: The First Avenger” is rated PG-13.

Black Velvet 4 plays classics at Concerts on the Green

July 31, 2012

Black Velvet 4 cranks up the classic rock for the next summer Concerts on the Green performance Aug. 7 at the Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd.

Picnicking kicks off at 6 p.m., so be sure to bring a blanket. The music fills the air from 7-8:30 p.m. As many as 500 revelers attend, so be sure to come early to stake out your spot.

Black Velvet 4 is renowned in the Seattle area for its solid three-part harmonies, performing rock classics at outdoor concerts, corporate events, weddings and clubs. Check out the band’s schedule and music samples at www.blackvelvet4.com.

The concert series, now in its 15th year, is presented by the Issaquah 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 85th Street Big Band swings onto the stage at the next concert series event Aug. 14.

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

Julius Boehm Pool debuts Chip ‘n’ Dip tournament

July 24, 2012

The Julius Boehm Pool will hold its first Chip ‘N Dip tournament Aug. 11.

The tournament will consist of teams of parent-and-child pairs for $15. Registration is open until the day of the tournament, online or in person.

Luann Sparks, recreation specialist for the city of Issaquah, came up with the idea after seeing a floating green in an airplane magazine.

The teams will chip 24 Wiffle Balls of different colors to a floating green in the pool. Each pair stars with 24 points and subtracts one point for hitting the green and two for getting it in the hole. The team with the lowest point value at the end will win.

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Seatown brings the funk to Concerts on the Green

July 24, 2012

The Seatown Rhythm and Blues Players funks up the stage with Motown and R&B classics during this summer’s Concerts on the Green series July 31 at the Issaquah Community Center.

Picnicking kicks off at 6 p.m., so be sure to bring a blanket. The music fills the air from 7-8:30 p.m. As many as 500 revelers attend, so be sure to come early to stake out your spot.

Seatown Rhythm and Blues Players fan Jeff, from Milwaukee, wrote on the band’s website, “Got a chance to see Seatown in Issaquah. These guys flat out play everything. Simply one of the best Motown cover bands I’ve ever seen. If you like classic Motown and funk, you will not be disappointed.”

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.

Black Velvet 4 polishes off the rock classics at the next concert series event Aug. 7.

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

Survey: Residents claim Issaquah is headed in right direction

July 19, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. July 19, 2012

Most respondents in a recent survey — 74 percent — claim Issaquah is headed in the right direction and 57 percent gave the city a positive rating for spending taxpayer dollars.

The information comes from a telephone survey conducted last month. Though the survey focused mostly on municipal parks and recreation facilities — and a possible park bond measure — other questions addressed City Hall’s performance.

Overall, 68 percent of respondents gave the city a positive job rating and 23 percent gave the city a negative rating. On the question about the direction of Issaquah, 13 percent said the city is headed in the wrong direction and 13 percent said they did not know.

EMC Research conducted the survey for the municipal Parks & Recreation Department from June 14-20.

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City seeks input on Tiger Mountain’s Park Pointe trails

July 19, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. July 19, 2012

City leaders put out a call Wednesday for citizen input about trails on a Tiger Mountain tract called Park Pointe, a section of forest long considered for development but set aside for conservation and recreation last year.

Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department staffers created a draft trail plan for Park Pointe — a site encompassing about 100 acres near Issaquah High School.

The city acquired the land in a complex transfer of development rights, and the agreement included stipulations about land use. Though low-impact recreational use is OK, for instance, public access cannot conflict with conservation.

The public can offer comments on the draft trail plan July 23 as the advisory board discusses Park Pointe. The board meets at 7 p.m. in the Eagle Room at Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.

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Cambalache spices up Concerts on the Green

July 17, 2012

Cambalache, one of the Pacific Northwest’s most renowned Latin and salsa bands, hits the stage during this summer’s Concerts on the Green series July 24 at the Issaquah Community Center.

Picnicking kicks off at 6 p.m. so be sure to bring a blanket. The music fills the air from 7-8:30 p.m. As many as 500 revelers attend, so be sure to come early to stake out your spot.

Cambalache has been performing in the Seattle area since 1999. They have honed their act to the point they were in demand to perform for bigger venues, including the 2001 Major League Baseball All Star Game, and are in demand everywhere there’s a dancing venue. Learn more at www.cambalachesalsa.com.

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

Seatown Rhythm and Blues brings the funk (and Motown and R&B favorites) at the next concert series event July 31.

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

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.

City, state join forces to improve Lake Sammamish State Park

July 3, 2012

Issaquah and the state parks agency have agreed to coordinate efforts to create a better future for cash-strapped Lake Sammamish State Park.

Hugo Valdivieso, a worker for Lake Sammamish State Park, mows the shoulder of Northwest Sammamish Road in front of the park main entrance May 12. By Greg Farrar

The city could someday shoulder some responsibilities to maintain the state park, but the initial agreement between Issaquah and the Washington Parks and Recreation Commission is light on specifics.

The pact approved by the City Council in a unanimous decision June 18 calls for the city and state parks agency to “explore opportunities to improve community use” of park facilities, seek out funding to improve the park and dedicate staffers to develop recommendations for the park.

The agreement, or memorandum of understanding, is in effect through June 2013. The council decision did not allocate any funding to the park project.

“I’m delighted to see this partnership that we’ve had with Lake Sammamish State Park over the years continue in a more formal way,” Councilman Fred Butler said before the decision.

The effort, spearheaded by councilwomen Eileen Barber and Stacy Goodman, stemmed from a 2011 council retreat to set goals for 2012.

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City Council renews animal control contract

July 3, 2012

King County remains the provider of animal control services in Issaquah under a contract approved by the City Council.

The current provider, Regional Animal Services of King County, changed the formula for how cities pay for the agency. Under the old agreement, cities paid equal amounts based on population and the number of calls, but the updated agreement ditches the 50-50 agreement for a method based more on number of calls in a particular city.

The contract amounts to about $60,000 per year for Issaquah. The agreement is in place through December 2015.

“We think they made it a little more fair,” city Parks & Recreation Director Anne McGill said.

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