Choir to perform benefit concert for wildfire victims Sept. 27

September 26, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 26, 2015

The Issaquah Singers will perform at 2 p.m. Sept. 27 at Faith Methodist Church, 3924 Issaquah Pine-Lake Road, to benefit wildfire victims in Eastern Washington.

As of Sept. 11, 13 fires in Eastern Washington had destroyed more than 1 million acres. In addition, nearly 7,000 firefighters were working to extinguish flames that have destroyed about 200 homes and 150 other structures.

Admission to the concert is by donation. Faith Methodist Church will donate all the money collected to agencies serving those impacted by fires.

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Issaquah Singers is accepting new members, holding auditions Sept. 10

September 3, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 3, 2015

After taking a summer hiatus, Issaquah Singers rehearsals will resume at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Issaquah Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way.

New members are being accepted, but tenors and basses are particularly needed. The upcoming 2015-16 concert season is the 40th anniversary of the choir’s formation.

Issaquah Singers is an all-volunteer, four-part choir that sings without charge at senior living centers for those who have difficulty getting out to hear live music.

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D-Day flyover remembrance begins at noon June 6

June 5, 2014

NEW — 4:35 p.m. June 5, 2014

The community is invited to gather June 6 to remember the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Community members and World War II veterans will come to watch a rare “Diamond Four” formation of World War II P-51 Mustangs fly over Veterans’ Memorial Field.

Refreshments will be provided in the Eagle Room at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.

The event will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. The planes are expected to fly over Issaquah at 12:40 p.m., although the exact time depends on air traffic control.

The Issaquah Singers will also perform at the event.

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Waving the baton

June 3, 2014

Dorothy Hay completes 25 years with Issaquah Singers

When Dorothy Hay takes the director’s stand at the Issaquah Singers annual concert for the public June 7, it will mark 25 years of directing the choir.

The concert at Sammamish Presbyterian Church is free, though donations for support of the group will be accepted.

By David M. Boss Bob Quindt (left), on the trumpet, and the Issaquah Singers crack up as conductor Dorothy Hay makes a joke during a concert in a previous year to celebrate the Fourth of July.

By David M. Boss
Bob Quindt (left), on the trumpet, and the Issaquah Singers crack up as conductor Dorothy Hay makes a joke during a concert in a previous year to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Hay said the concert title, “Snapshots,” comes from the hope that songs will bring back pictures for the audience from their past: pictures from the likes of “Naughty Lady of Shady Lane,” “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening,” “Crawdad Hole,” “In The Garden” and others.

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Singers concert features classic tunes by name

May 28, 2013

What’s in a name? Issaquah Singers will present a concert at 2 p.m. June 1 featuring songs with a person’s name in the title.

Songs the choir will sing include “Hernando’s Hideaway,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “When You and I were Young,” “Maggie Blues,” “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho” and “Goodnight, Irene.”

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Issaquah Singers seek members

October 4, 2011

Rehearsals have begun for the 2011-12 Issaquah Singers concert season. Organizers invite vocalists who wish to join to attend a few rehearsals.

Rehearsals are from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays in the Fellowship Hall of the Community Church of Issaquah, 205 Mountain Park Blvd., Issaquah.

Choir leaders say male tenors are especially needed, as are a few basses.

Issaquah Singers is a 60-member community chorus that for 35 years has performed at civic events and senior citizen centers. The choir emphasizes vocal jazz of the 1940s but also performs earlier works as well as more modern selections.

All choir members, including the director and accompanist, are volunteers.

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Mountains to Sound Greenway celebrates 20th anniversary with hikes, parties

June 28, 2011

It’s not too late for hikers, historical buffs and music lovers to register for the hikes and parties scheduled for the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust’s 20th anniversary.

The hikes have a historical precedent.

“In 1990, a group of avid hikers got together and realized that population growth was going to happen,” Mountains to Sound Greenway spokeswoman Erin MacCoy said. “They wanted to make sure we could keep the green places green, so they did a hike from Snoqualmie Pass to the Seattle waterfront to raise awareness about that.”

The group of 100 hikers, including members of the Issaquah Alps Trails Club, took five days to complete their trek. One year later, in 1991, environmentalists founded the greenway trust.

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ArtWalk returns for 10th season

May 3, 2011

Pedestrians pause to admire art displayed at the former UP Front Gallery during ArtWalk last year. The gallery has since relocated down the street. File

The DownTown Issaquah Association’s 10th annual ArtWalk season kicks off May 6. The popular event, the first Friday of every month through September, invites visitors to meet local business owners, enjoy free music, watch artists in action, and shop and dine in downtown Issaquah after normal business hours.

ArtWalk draws hundreds of visitors to traditional art destinations such as artEAST’s Art Center and the newly expanded Museo Art and Design School on Front Street. In addition, nontraditional locations open their doors to the event throughout downtown Issaquah and Gilman Village.

Typically, the event ran from 5-9 p.m. in the past. But by popular request, that has changed.

“The event now runs from 5-8 p.m. with a soft close at 8,” said Annique Bennett, cultural events coordinator for the DownTown Issaquah Association. “Those with signs out front of their businesses can now pull them in and go home at 8, or they can choose to stay open as long as they want to.”

For May, artEAST opens a new exhibit, “150 Feet of Art,” at Up Front Art. More than 100 pieces of art on one-square-foot canvases will be displayed and available for purchase during the monthlong auction.

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April 6, 2010

  • Good Samaritan Episcopal Church is conducting a second call of auditions for male and adolescent parts for its May 22-24 production of “The Sound of Music.” Auditions are from 1-5 p.m. April 10. Call Dorothy Harwood at 246-2850.
  • 4Culture offers King County arts organizations the opportunity to apply for funds to purchase or upgrade equipment. Application deadline is April 21. Guidelines and applications, including information about eligibility and review criteria, are available here.
  • The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra has openings in all string sections, and is seeking violinists. Other volunteer opportunities with the symphony include board membership, marketing, assisting with concerts, monitoring doors and taking tickets. Rehearsals are from 7:15-9:45 p.m. Thursdays at Eastlake High School, 400 228th Ave. N.E., Sammamish. Call 206-517-7777 or go here.
  • The Issaquah Singers, which has been entertaining audiences on the Eastside for 33 years with four-part harmony, is seeking new members. Rehearsals are from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays. No auditions are necessary. Learn more here.
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Issaquah Singers rehearsals begin tonight

September 10, 2009

NEW — 9:30 a.m. Sept. 10, 2009

Brighten the lives of area seniors by joining the only choir in the Seattle area to perform popular songs from the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s.

Rehearsals for the Issaquah Singers 2009-10 concert season begin at 7 p.m. tonight at the Community Church of Issaquah, 205 Mountain Park Blvd. S.W.

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