‘Discover the Past’ during the history museums’ first fundraiser

September 15, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 15, 2015

The “Discover the Past” event is the first major fundraiser ever put on the by the Issaquah History Museums.

Or it is, at least, the museums’ first big fundraiser in a couple of decades, Issaquah History Museums Executive Director Erica Maniez said.

One reason for the lack of major fundraising was that the museums didn’t have anyone on staff or even on its board with experience in putting together bigger events. That changed when Robyn Barfoot, well known as the former curator of the Cougar Mountain Zoo, joined the museum board.

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Kaleidoscope School of Music celebrates 10th anniversary with open house

September 9, 2015

NEW — 4:52 p.m. Sept. 9, 2015

In 1996, Charles McCrone had a vision of filling a niche within the music community in Issaquah by expanding options for one-on-one guitar lessons.

That kernel of an idea has blossomed into the successful Kaleidoscope School of Music. And to celebrate its 10th anniversary, McCrone is combining the milestone with the school’s second open house since its grand opening.

“I wondered how do you have a 10th anniversary open house?” McCrone said. “Why, have it right here at the school instead of trying to throw a party somewhere else.”

McCrone said everyone is welcome to come to the open house for a chance to meet the teachers directly. There will be a mini recital upstairs, where McCrone will leave windows cracked so visitors can listen in if they can’t actually sneak in during performances. There will also be music in the foyer by the teachers and a promo video in the band room. Read more

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Fantastic Fly-in takes off Sept. 12

September 3, 2015

NEW — 10:57 a.m. Sept. 3, 2015

Expect to see more than your average paraglider landing Sept. 12 during the Fantastic Fly-In.

The Downtown Issaquah Association, Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, Lake Washington Partners, artEAST and Seattle Paragliding are partnering to launch the first event featuring paraglider floats and costumes at the paragliding landing zone on Tiger Mountain from 2-7 p.m.

DIA Executive Director Karen Donovan said she was excited to work with Seattle Paragliding founder Mark Chirico to bring the event to fruition.

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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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Amateur musicians enjoy intimate setting of Open Mic Night

August 25, 2015

NEW — 6:15 p.m. Aug. 25, 2015

Not everyone can walk on-stage before a crowd of thousands to perform their favorite songs.

For those musicians who wish to start smaller, limiting their jitters to a more intimate audience, there’s Issaquah’s Open Mic Night.

“It’s a different concept, especially for some people who have never performed in public before or younger people who get nervous, have a desire to see if they have what it takes to go down the road to perform in a nonthreatening environment,” said Bob Brock, who heads up the event after taking over for founding members Doug Browning and Fred Hopkins.

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ArtWalk returns again tomorrow night

August 6, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 6, 2015

The Downtown Issaquah Association’s ArtWalk returns Aug. 7.

Visitors are invited to meet local business owners, enjoy live music, watch artists in action, shop and dine in downtown Issaquah.

ArtWalk features talented artists with art ranging from jewelry and photography to paintings and metal work. There will also be kids’ art activities sponsored by artEAST and Artitudes.

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Between the Lines’ to play for last time at ArtWalk

August 5, 2015

NEW — 4 p.m. Aug. 5, 2015

The Kaleidoscope School of Music presents the last performance by longtime teen group Between the Lines at 6:40 p.m. Aug. 7 at the train depot.

The performance is part of the school’s ArtWalk lineup from 4:45-9:30 p.m. that also features youth groups Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs, Alternate Universe, Pineapple Massacre, Melancholy Maniacs and Parallel Dimensions.

The train depot museum is at 78 First Ave. N.E.

Learn more about the Kaleidoscope School of Music at http://kaleidoscopeschoolofmusic.com.

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Issaquah joins national Farmers Market Week —Aug. 2-8

August 1, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 1, 2015

Celebrate Farmers Market Week with a visit to the Issaquah Farmers Market.

Issaquah’s market is joining other government agencies, nonprofit organizations and farmers markets to recognize the 16th annual National Farmers Market Week — Aug. 2-8.

Farmers markets offer fresh, seasonal food grown by small farms in Washington. Those purchases create stronger local food economies and support more than 1,000 unique farms.

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Party with the police Aug. 4 at National Night Out

July 29, 2015

NEW — 4 p.m. July 29, 2015

The Issaquah Police Department is hosting a National Night Out celebration from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 4 at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.

In addition to free food, giveaways and music, activities include:

  • Test the speed of your fastball against a speed-enforcement trailer.
  • Get your photo with the Best Looking Police Officer in Western Washington, Issaquah’s Jessie Petersen.
  • Enroll your pooch in the new Paws on Patrol program.
  • Shred your sensitive documents safely and securely — for free.

Or, invite our officers to a party in your neighborhood.

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A music career on cruise control

July 29, 2015

NEW — 11 a.m. July 29, 2015

Heather Sullivan has performed from Carnegie Hall to the community center, and around the world aboard luxury liners

By Daniel Durick

By Daniel Durick

Although Heather Sullivan is a regular performer for years in Issaquah, thanks to a fan vote, she got her first chance to headline the Concerts on the Green series July 14.

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