Sammamish Symphony announces new season

October 15, 2013

The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra recently announced its 2013-14 season lineup, offering options for single performance tickets or season packages.

Performance dates are:

  • Romeo and Juliet — 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue; 2 p.m. Eastlake Performing Arts Theater
  • Holiday Pops — 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Meydenbauer; 2 p.m. Eastlake
  • Northern Lights — 2 p.m. Feb. 23, Eastlake; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27, Meydenbauer
  • Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor — 2 p.m. March 20, Benaroya Hall in Seattle
  • Pictures at an Exhibition — 7:30 p.m. June 6, Meydenbauer; 2 p.m. Eastlake

Single-ticket prices for performances at the Eastlake Performing Arts Theater and the Meydenbauer Center are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and $15 for children, ages 10 and younger. All Benaroya Hall tickets are $30 per seat.

Season tickets are $90 for adults, $75 for seniors and students, and $30 for children.

Learn more by calling 206-517-7777 or emailing info@sammamishsymphony.org, or go to SammamishSymphony.org.

 

Students qualify for DECA state competition

February 5, 2013

Hundreds of students, working individually and in teams, recently competed in the Area 4 DECA competition at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.

Many qualified for the DECA state contest March 7-9 competing in categories including accounting, marketing, retail, entertainment management, business law and ethics, financial services, travel and tourism and sales.

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Sammamish Symphony joins choir to create sounds of season

December 4, 2012

One of Sammamish’s holiday traditions, the Holiday Pops concert by the Sammamish Symphony, will have a new twist this year.

John Patrick Lowrie, known for work at the Village Theatre and voice-acting in a host of popular video games, will read “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” to the accompaniment of the symphony.

“We try to make it interesting,” said R. Joseph Scott, conductor of the symphony.

The show will feature a host of popular holiday songs, Scott said, including Christmas and Hanukkah songs.

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Issaquah company is finalist for small business honor

October 2, 2012

Issaquah-based Trans-NET Inc., a shipping company focused on Far East ports in Russia, is a finalist for a countywide small business honor, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced Sept. 5.

The company is nominated in the Exporting Small Business of the Year category alongside Seattle-based Enprecis and Kent-based Pacific Metallurgical.

Trans-NET Inc. is the only Issaquah business nominated. In the inaugural awards last year, Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in won Minority Small Business of the Year. Trans-NET Inc. received a nomination in the Exporting Small Business of the Year category last year, too.

Organizers named 21 finalists in seven categories for the King County Executive’s Small Business Awards. The competition received 130 nominations.

Organizers plan to announce the winners Oct. 10 at a ceremony at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.

Issaquah company is finalist for small business honor

September 5, 2012

NEW — 3:35 p.m. Sept. 5, 2012

Issaquah-based Trans-NET Inc., a shipping company focused on Far East ports in Russia, is a finalist for a countywide small business honor, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced Wednesday.

The company is nominated in the Exporting Small Business of the Year category alongside Seattle-based Enprecis and Kent-based Pacific Metallurgical.

Trans-NET Inc. is the only Issaquah business nominated. In the inaugural awards last year, Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in won Minority Small Business of the Year. Trans-NET Inc. received a nomination in the Exporting Small Business of the Year category last year, too.

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Nominate small businesses for top King County honor

July 10, 2012

King County Executive Dow Constantine is on the search for the top small businesses in the county.

The county is accepting nominations for the 2012 King County Executive Small Business Awards until July 31. In order to qualify, businesses must operate in King County, have 50 employees or fewer and have been in business for at least three years.

Find the nomination form at www.kingcounty.gov/exec/constantine/BusinessAward.aspx

The nomination categories include Small Business of the Year, Minority Small Business of the Year, Woman Small Business of the Year, Exporting Small Business of the Year, Green/Sustainable Small Business of the Year, Workforce Development Small Business of the Year and Rural Small Business of the Year.

Organizers plan to announce finalists Sept. 10. The awards ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 10 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.

In the inaugural awards last year, Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, Issaquah’s iconic destination for burgers and root beer floats, earned the Minority Small Business of the Year title. Issaquah-based Trans-NET Inc., a shipping company focused on Far East ports in Russia, received a nomination in the Exporting Small Business of the Year category.

Nominate small businesses for King County honor

June 2, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. June 2, 2012

King County Executive Dow Constantine is on the search for the top small businesses in the county.

The county is accepting nominations for the 2012 King County Executive Small Business Awards until July 31. In order to qualify, businesses must operate in King County, have 50 employees or fewer and have been in business for at least three years.

The nomination categories include Small Business of the Year, Minority Small Business of the Year, Woman Small Business of the Year, Exporting Small Business of the Year, Green/Sustainable Small Business of the Year, Workforce Development Small Business of the Year and Rural Small Business of the Year.

Organizers plan to announce finalists Sept. 10. The awards ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 10 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.

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Youth Eastside Services to host Elizabeth Smart

November 10, 2011

NEW — 6 p.m. Nov. 10, 2011

Elizabeth Smart is due to deliver the keynote address at a benefit for Youth Eastside Services, a nonprofit organization serving children in Issaquah and other communities.

Elizabeth Smart

Smart — abducted at knifepoint from home in Utah in June 2002 — plans to share the story of overcoming imprisonment and succeeding despite adversity.

Youth Eastside Services selected Smart, 24, to headline the Invest in Youth Breakfast in March.

“We’re extremely honored to present Ms. Smart in her first major speech in the Northwest,” Patti Skelton-McGougan, Youth Eastside Services executive director, said in a statement. “The spirit with which she publicly acknowledges the private nightmare she suffered at 14 is admirable, and her message of not allowing one’s past to dictate the future is inspirational.”

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Youthful maestros to perform in Seattle International Piano Competition

October 18, 2011

Henry Gao, 10, practices at the keyboards in Issaquah’s Chopin Academy of Music. By Tom Corrigan

One is talkative, the other a little more quiet, but both are well spoken. They are roughly the same age and have the same ethnic background. They are friends, one getting a big smile on his face at the mention of the other’s name.

More importantly here, they attend the same piano school, the Chopin Academy of Music in Issaquah. They have the same teacher in Ivona Kaminska. They are also two of only eight finalists for their age group in the Seattle International Piano Competition to take place Oct. 22-23 at Benaroya Hall.

“I think I’m very lucky … It feels really exciting,” said Henry Gao, who just turned 10.

At 8, his friend Arthur Yan is following in the footsteps of older brother Robert, 11, who won a gold medal at the same competition in 2009.

Arthur and Henry will be competing in the 9 and under age category, as Henry was 9 when his audition tape won him a spot in the event.

Henry started playing at age 5. Mom Di Ding said her son didn’t take to the piano immediately.

“After several months, he progressed very fast,” she said.

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Issaquah drive-in earns King County business honor

October 18, 2011

The Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, Issaquah’s iconic destination for burgers and root beer floats, earned the Minority Small Business of the Year title in countywide competition Oct. 12.

The drive-in bested other businesses in the inaugural King County Executive’s Small Business Awards.

The honor is the latest for Triple XXX proprietor José Enciso Sr.

The longtime drive-in owner received dual accolades in May, including Business Person of the Year, at the Issaquah Community Awards Luncheon. The city also inducted Enciso into the Issaquah Hall of Fame, the community’s highest honor.

Honorees received the King County awards during a Meydenbauer Center ceremony attended by almost 250 people from local chambers of commerce, cities and small business organizations.

King County Executive Dow Constantine, corporations and nonprofit organizations announced the Small Business Awards finalists Aug. 29. Organizers received more than 125 nominations from 30 award partners — including the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce.

Issaquah-based Trans-NET Inc., a shipping company focused on Far East ports in Russia, received a nomination in the Exporting Small Business of the Year category.

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and city officials nominated the local businesses for the honor.

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