Issaquah Open Mic night steams to train depot

September 25, 2012

Doug Browning knew he had a good thing going with open mic night. Now if only he could convince the owner of a venue to give his event a permanent home.

After a virtual game of musical chairs in locations in restaurants around town, Browning believes his group has struck a deal to keep a musical evening for amateur singers in a permanent home for the foreseeable future.

The Downtown Issaquah Association is now co-sponsoring the event along with the Issaquah History Museums and the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, Browning said.

It was much like a three-team trade — the open mic guys get to use the depot museum and the history museums gets to use the senior center in return. Everybody wins.

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Items needed for Issaquah Valley Senior Center White Elephant Sale

September 18, 2012

If spring cleaning has turned into summer cleaning, consider donating items to the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, which will host a White Elephant Sale during the Salmon Days Festival on Oct. 6-7.

The center is accepting any items except clothing and shoes. Items donated in the past included home furnishings, jewelry, collectibles and antiques.

“It’s like one big flea market,” center Director Courtney Jaren said.

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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.

Learn more at www.downtownissaquah.com.

ArtWalk returns June 1 to downtown Issaquah

May 29, 2012

Head outside for the next ArtWalk on June 1.

The spring and summertime ArtWalk transforms local businesses into art galleries for the evening and enhances the vibrant arts scene in downtown Issaquah.

Participants can enjoy art, music and community spirit in downtown Issaquah. Watch artists in action at the artEAST Artist Alley. Share personal poems at the Poetry Machine. Listen to live music by Preheat, Ogre, Train Wreck and The Greg Glassman Trio.

Organizers expect more than 30 artists to present works on Front Street, at the Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N., and at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way.

Participants can find event maps in front of the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, or at the Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N. Learn more about ArtWalk and the Downtown Issaquah Association, which organizes ArtWalk, at www.downtownissaquah.com. 

Tradition lives on at Issaquah Valley Senior Center’s annual pancake breakfast

May 15, 2012

Nothing says Americana more than the family tradition. The Issaquah Valley Senior Center is inviting the public to a tradition it has hosted since opening 33 years ago — its annual pancake breakfast fundraiser from 9-11:30 a.m. May 19 at the center, 75 N.E. Creek Way.

Center Director Courtney Jaren said she hopes to attract as many as 300 hungry eaters to the all-you-can-eat buffet, which features bacon, sausage, eggs, coffee, tea and juice to accompany the pancakes. At just $5 per person, Jaren said that adds up to a nice amount for the center.

“It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year,” she said. “Netting $1,500 would be nice. It will go toward paying for all our programs. And nothing specific. Rather, it’s an amount to help defray all our costs.”

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Downtown Issaquah ArtWalk returns May 4 for 11th season

May 1, 2012

ArtWalk returns May 4, as the Downtown Issaquah Association launches the spring and summer tradition.

The event is from 5-8 p.m. along Front Street and Sunset Way. The event is held the first Friday of each month, May to September.

Artists from local high schools add a special feature to the season’s first ArtWalk, Downtown Issaquah Association Executive Director Karen Donovan said.

Look for the young artists’ works at the historic Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N., and the former Stella’s Vintage Clothing, 195 Front St. N.

ArtWalk participants can also listen to live music. Kaleidoscope is due to perform in front of the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way. Hear the Issaquah Singers at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way. Participants can also listen to music at the feed store.

Downtown restaurants, businesses, galleries and other venues plan to participate as ArtWalk launches its 11th season.

Rowan and Barbara Hinds celebrate 50th anniversary

April 24, 2012

Rowan and Barbara Hinds

Apparently they were no fools to marry on April 1, 1962!

Rowan and Barbara met at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., in 1960. Rowan was in the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps, and upon graduation in 1962, he was commissioned a second lieutenant and they got married. Their honeymoon was a cross-country trip to Augusta, Ga., where he attended basic officer’s school at Fort Gordon.

After more schooling at Fort Monmouth, N.J., Rowan was sent to France, where Barb joined him a few months later. They spent one year in France followed by two years in Germany before returning to Corvallis, where Rowan obtained his master’s degree.

In 1967, they moved to Longview when Rowan took a position with Northern Pacific Railway Timberlands (now Plum Creek Timber), and Barbara concentrated on building their first home and raising their toddler with a second on the way.

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Community invited to enjoy love of fiddling

January 24, 2012

From left, Tami Curtis, and Ken and Martha Neville from the Rovin’ Fiddlers play at the Railroad Depot in June 2009. Contributed

Fiddle music is filling the air in Issaquah and beyond. Two locally based bands aim to bring joy to the public through fiddle music.

Rovin’ Fiddlers was formed in the summer of 2008 and consists of six to eight regular members, ages ranging from 40s to 60s. Besides performing at senior centers, retirement homes and the farmers market in Issaquah, they also rove around the greater Seattle area.

“Our group was originally called the Firehouse Fiddlers … but we changed it because we move around the local area to perform,” said Ken Neville, the group’s coordinator, who has lived in Issaquah since 1972.

Other regular band members include Ken’s wife, Martha, Tami Curtis and David Edfeldt, all of Issaquah.

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Local ‘Antiques Roadshow’ uncovers diamonds in the rough

December 6, 2011

Linda Thompson has a basket her mom used to keep magazines in.

Joanne Scheele has a vase that was lucky to survive years of children playing roughhouse indoors.

Linda Johnson (left), of Klahanie, looks on as appraisers Jan Jarvis and Jeanne Klein admire her Thompson River Salish household utility basket at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center. By Greg Farrar

Both sought expert opinions regarding the value of their family heirlooms at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center’s first local version of the “Antiques Roadshow” Dec. 2.

Jan Jarvis and Jeanne Klein, from Brown Tag Estate Sales, both longtime antique dealers, were also offering their opinions for the first time in such a venue.

“We are used to doing this kind of thing for estate sales,” Klein said.

For just $3 an item or $5 for a maximum of four items, residents were invited to bring anything to be evaluated.

Courtney Jaren, senior center executive director, said she was pleased by the turnout, however small it was.

“It’s a brand new event,” she said. “People take time to warm up to them. Plus we didn’t want to overwhelm Jan and Jeanne.”

Like the PBS show “Antiques Roadshow,” items are brought in for evaluation by experts. Unlike the show, where viewers get immediate feedback on value and history, items had to be left behind for the duo to quickly research via the Internet for whatever they could. They shared their findings at a revealing session a couple of hours later.

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Veterans Day ceremony honors service

November 8, 2011

Dave Waggoner is tireless in his efforts to ensure both today’s military members are honored and yesterday’s heroes are not forgotten.

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