Eastside Baby Corner hosts pants collection party

September 6, 2011

Eastside Baby Corner’s second annual Pants Party collection event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 10 at the EBC Warehouse, 1510 N.W. Maple St.

To help fill the need for its No. 1 most requested item, Eastside Baby Corner seeks donations of children’s new or gently used pants (sizes 5 to 14) that will directly benefit local children in need. Their goal is to collect 1,000 pairs of pants, especially for boys, for low-income and homeless children for the back-to-school season.

“We had a few hundred pants and a few hundred people last year at our first event, so for the second year we thought we’d bump up the goal,” said Mia Reyes, communicates and development coordinator.

Reyes expects turnout to triple this year. Festivities are free, and include cupcakes from Cupcake D’Lish, arts and crafts booths from Macaroni Kid, and kid-friendly entertainment by the Kaleidoscope School of Music.

Now in its 21st year, Eastside Baby Corner gives children what they need to thrive by distributing almost everything kids, birth to age 12, through a network of family-assistance agencies. Learn more at www.babycorner.org.

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.

Expect more than cars to cruise in to Fenders on Front Street

June 14, 2011

Expect classic cars aplenty as Fenders on Front Street rolls into Issaquah for Father's Day. File

Dick Baker drove Harley motorcycles for 25 years until he switched to classic cars.

“My wife has always called me ‘motorman,’ because if it has a motor, I’m probably going to like it,” said Baker, of Issaquah. “I was born that way.”

One of his prize cars, a 1932 Ford Roadster, will be on display for all to see at the sixth annual Fenders on Front Street Car Show and Cruise this Father’s Day, June 19.

Car registration is free, as is admittance to the show.

“If anyone has a nice car or a fast car or an interesting car, we’re going to open it to anybody coming down and showing it,” Fenders on Front Street co-chairman George Naumann said.

Mountains to Sound Greenway and the DownTown Issaquah Association are organizing the event.

The show is somewhat weather dependent. Last year, pouring rain kept some car owners home, and crowds saw about 200 cars at the show. In sunny 2009, more than 600 cars lined up on Front Street North.

“If the weather’s good, they all show up,” Baker said.
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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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Student rock bands booked to perform at library

April 27, 2010

The Kaleidoscope School of Music returns for its fourth year outside the Issaquah Library with five student rock bands to help kick off the DownTown Issaquah Association’s ArtWalk.

Three teen bands and two adult bands will perform about 50 songs, covering classics from the ’60s to some of today’s modern rock.

Teacher Charles McCrone said the students have been rehearsing since October to get ready. The teen groups will perform 30- to 40-minute sets while the adult bands get one hour each.

“We’ll keep on performing until they stick a hook out and pull us off stage,” McCrone said.

McCrone started the rock ensemble classes at Kaleidoscope in 2001 and his students made their debut in 2004 at the Fenders on Front Street car show. Read more

Metal Man

February 23, 2009

Drummer misses fame with Alice in Chains; creates class for next generation of aspiring rockers

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Jeffrey McCormack points to Phil Cava-Pelton, 15, showing the rest of the Metal Shop class that the aspiring rocker finally got the right emotion into a session. By David Hayes

Looking back at the burgeoning Seattle music scene in the early ’90s, drummer Jeffrey McCormack, while not bitter, can’t help but wonder, “What if?”

McCormack’s tale is somewhat a replay of Pete Best’s. Before The Beatles shot to super stardom, they jettisoned Best in favor of Ringo Starr.

McCormack left on his own accord to pursue other musical interests, leaving a group of musicians that went on to grunge acclaim — Alice in Chains. Read more

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