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May 3, 2011

Washington Federal names locals to Seattle office

Washington Federal has named Lance J. Semer, of Issaquah, as information security officer and Denis Malone, of Sammamish, as senior product and business analyst at the Seattle corporate office.

Semer has more than 20 years of banking experience. He is a member of the International Information Systems Security Certifications Consortium and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, as well as the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Semer is a volunteer for United Way and is a published author with articles in the IIA’s Internal Auditor’s Magazine. In his free time, Semer enjoys camping, cooking, hiking and traveling.

Malone has 22 years of banking experience. Graduating with a degree in telecommunications from Pennsylvania State University, he is involved with the youth ministry at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church and the Ignite the Light contemporary Christian band and choir.

In his free time, Malone enjoys hiking, kayaking and camping.

Many faiths, one community

February 15, 2011

Issaquah is a melting pot of major religions from across the globe

Twelve families celebrate Hanukkah at the Donna and Stuart Rosove home in Lakemont, as they light menorahs, share food and conduct other traditions of the Jewish holiday. By Greg Farrar

The loud rock music echoes from the concert-worthy stage as worshipers lift their hands and sing in the main auditorium. Greeters smile wide and shake hands as families filter in through the main entrance. While the adults find their seats for the service, their children shoot down colorful slides into the KidZone, a place of fun and adventure that takes up the whole downstairs.

This is a typical Sunday morning at Eastridge Church.

Like Eastridge, dozens of churches and places of worship contribute their own cultural and religious style and flavor to make up the fabric of faiths in Issaquah.

In addition to the evangelical Christian faith Eastridge attendees practice, Issaquah residents attend Christian churches of a variety of denominations, including St. Joseph Catholic Church and School. Many others keep their Jewish faith alive at the Chabad of the Central Cascades near the Issaquah Highlands.

Issaquah is also home to growing Hindu, Muslim and Baha’i contingents, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints plays a major role in numerous community service events and activities.

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Monologue offers ‘View from the Tent’

April 13, 2010

Before Tent City 4 departs from Issaquah, supporters of the homeless camp will pull back the flap and offer a perspective from inside the tent.

“View from the Tent” — a dramatic monologue based on letters from a homeless man — will anchor a benefit April 17 for the homeless encampment. Tent City 4 residents will answer questions from the audience after the performance.

Author M. Barrett Miller compiled letters from a homeless man, identified as Atreus, into a self-published book, “View from the Tent: Thoughts from a Homeless Man.” Dan Niven, a Seattle actor and musician, chanced upon the book as he browsed the shop at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle last year.

Miller co-founded a Seattle nonprofit organization, Let Kids Be Kids, dedicated to helping children participate in efforts to aid the homeless and people afflicted with HIV/AIDS. The experience led Miller to homeless camps throughout Seattle.

Once, Atreus handed Miller a letter. The notes continued on subsequent visits. The writer documented the people he met, and their stories, too.

“Overall, the stories are very hopeful. They’re very courageous,” Miller said.

The idea for a performance based on the experiences of a homeless man in Seattle germinated at a Starbucks. The coffee giant serves as the setting for a key scene in the book, as Atreus writes in a letter later used in the tome. Read more

Performance will benefit Tent City 4

April 6, 2010

Learn about living without permanent shelter in the Seattle area at a performance of “View from the Tent: Thoughts from a Homeless Man” to benefit Tent City 4.

Actor Dan Niven created the dramatic monologue, and he will perform the piece at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 1121 228th Ave. S.E., at 7 p.m. April 17. The performance will be followed by audience feedback, as well as conversation with the actor and a panel of Tent City 4 residents.

Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors through Brown Paper Tickets. Light refreshments will be served at the event. Learn more about the performance at the Tent City 4 Web site.

Tent City 4 arrived in the Community Church of Issaquah parking lot in late January. About 80 homeless people live in the encampment on a given day.

The encampment moves between Eastside churches, and remains at a site for about 90 days. Tent City 4 will leave Issaquah on April 24 for Lake Washington United Methodist Church in Kirkland.

Tent City 4 shelters up to 100 adults at a fenced site with 24-hour security. Organizers do not allow children to live at the encampment. Most Tent City 4 residents leave the camp during the day for work.

Residents undergo warrant and convicted sex offender checks before they are allowed to enter the camp, and strict rules ban offenders.

Learn about homelessness at Tent City 4 benefit

April 6, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. March 6, 2010

Learn about living without permanent shelter in the Seattle area at a performance of “View from the Tent: Thoughts from a Homeless Man” to benefit Tent City 4.

Actor Dan Niven created the dramatic monologue, and he will perform the piece at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 1121 228th Ave. S.E., at 7 p.m. April 17. The performance will be followed by audience feedback, as well as conversation with the actor and a panel of Tent City 4 residents.

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