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Highlands Day Magic Awaits PLUS Meet our new Connections illustrator W H AT ’ S I N S I D E ? ECRWSS POSTAL PATRON

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Highlands Council Past Highlands Day Collage Volunteer of the Month Club Profile: Club Inclusive IHCA News, Homeowner Tips, IHCA Landscape, etc. Emergency Preparedness Arts & Entertainment Blakely Hall Art Issaquah City News

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As we put the finishing touches on this issue of Connections, my appreciation of our community is taken to a whole new level. This community is so engaged! The Highlands Youth Board, the IHCA (our HOA), the clubs, neighborhoods getting together and more: Engagement opportunities abound! And to top it all off, this month we have Highlands Day! This annual community festival provides family fun for everyone. This year’s fairy tale theme will draw out characters of yesteryear. I will be dressed up in a knight’s uniform, sans the armor. Last year I wore a super hero’s cape. Three years ago, we were all cowboys – and girls. Whichever way you come to Highlands Day, I look forward to seeing you there. In the meantime, enjoy this issue of Connections with fun stuff (such a margaritas) and the serious stuff, such as getting ready for emergencies. Learn who is running for local public office, and how the school district is planning to accommodate all the new families in Issaquah. And what about new businesses and new housing coming to the hill? We’ve got the scoop on all that, too.

Nina Milligan in character at Highlands Day 2016.

We bring you another tricky Photo Treasure Hunt, and a fictional story set in the Highlands. We have homeowner tips, local artistic happenings and School Spotlight. There are so many topics to enjoy in this issue of Connections, I hope you keep it around all month, picking it up as you have time to read one or two more columns. For Highlands Day, pull out the middle pages as your program guide. Highlands Day is your community festival, a time to see old friends and meet new ones; a time to have fun with the family; a final fling of fun before summer comes to a close. I hope to see you all there! Nina Milligan Editor of Connections - Highlands Council Communications Manager Highlands Council is the publisher of Connections, producer of community-wide events such as Highlands Day, owner and manager of Blakely Hall, liaison with the greater community. The mission of Highlands Council, and therefore, Connections News, is “to foster the development of a vibrant and caring community committed to service, diversity, and well-being.”

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Saturday September 16th


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#IHGarageSale This is one of two annual garage sales in Issaquah Highlands. These are the only occasions which a garage or yard sale is permitted.

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by Christy Garrard, Executive Director, Highlands Council and Dahlia Park resident Highlands Day is not the only thing Highlands Council has been organizing this summer. We start collaborating with YOU for fall community programming in May! Pull out the Once Upon a Highlands Day Festival Guide section from the center of this issue to reveal the What’s Happening in Issaquah Highlands centerfold of all the clubs, groups and special events planned for YOU with YOU. READ All About It. New this fall, the King County Library-2-Go Book Mobile will begin visiting Blakely Hall every 4 weeks from 4pm-5pm beginning Tuesday, September 12th. Bring your library card and peruse the van’s offerings. A perfect after-school activity right here in the community!

Kid Focused. Blakely Hall is full of children on a daily basis! The before and after school care program called Kids Club* is led by resident Carrie Jamison. While the big kids are in school the preschoolers and toddlers take over with a variety of playgroups from Wednesday morning Toddler PlayGroup, Russian Highlanders Kids Club, and Tiger Mountain Music Together*. After school, you will find Best in Class Tutoring* on Monday afternoon for all ages, and twice monthly Minecraft Mania and Scratch Computer Coding clubs on alternating Tuesdays. Our Highlands Youth are busy too, planning an exciting Halloween White-Out Party for teens and a Parents Night Out later this year. Some of these are free community programs, some provided by local vendors. Culturally Aware. Our community is incredibly diverse and YOU celebrate this by forming clubs that support and share your heritage with others from around the planet. You don’t have to be of the ethnicity to attend. The clubs this season include Chinese, Latino, Indian and Russian.

Adults Only. No long term commitments here, just once-per-month opportunities to connect with others around topics mutually enjoyed. These affinity groups include: Travel Night, Wine Club, Bridge Club, Poker Night and Entrepreneur Club.

Inspired by Art. Our partnership with artEAST continues with an exciting Fantastical Worlds show that will be on exhibit in early September through November. Our incredibly successful Open Mic nights offers local talent a place to practice and share their artistic gifts the 4th Friday of each month. The Meaningful Movies Project will continue to screen films every-other month, exploring social justice and environmental issues, each followed by a facilitated panel discussion. All ages and abilities are welcome to attend Photography Club monthly for themed discussions and walkabouts. The Highlands Council staff loves the coziness of the Yarns & Threads Club as they settle in by the fire in the great room every Friday morning, chatting and working on their latest craft projects; you are most welcome to join them! Health Conscious. Zumba Fitness continues twice a week. YOGA on Saturday & Sunday mornings continue. Taichi Fitness meets early on Wednesday mornings. All FREE to participate – can’t get much more ZEN than that! Community Centered. This fall Highlands Council will enhance its efforts to educate and encourage all to be civically engaged. Our candidate forums continue with the race for City Council on August 23rd. Summit Life Church* is a new Christian congregation that will begin meeting on September 17th. And of course, the community garage sale, your last chance to clear out the old before the new of the holiday season fills your walls, halls and closets! Save the date: Saturday, September 16th. Building Community is the mission of Highlands Council. We accomplish our mission in partnership with YOU. All of the above opportunities are led by your neighbors. If you have an idea for a club, group or special event, let us know. We can guide you through the process, help you find the right date and time, and promote to the community. Contact or 425-507-1107. *These activities are coordinated by private individuals, renting Blakely Hall.

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Aline Bloch | August Volunteer of the Month would grow and the unique sense of community in this neighborhood.

I can’t believe that we have been here for so long; It was supposed to be a 2/3 years adventure… We have three kids now. Erinn is entering in 8th grade, Rafael in 6th and Zoe in 3rd.

Aline Bloch and family

We honor Aline as our Volunteer of the Month recognizing her great work as Volunteer Décor Leader for Once Upon a Highlands Day…. Aline has contributed her talents in other ways to the community. A couple years ago she donated to Blakely Hall a beautiful menorah she created out of cardboard. She also founded and ran the French Club which appealed to anyone who loved all things French. Here is her story, or in keeping with the Highlands Day theme, her fairy tale. Once upon a time… my husband and I decided to leave Paris, to explore a new country and a new culture. In 2008, I quit my job, grabbed my two little kids, took some French recipes with me and followed my husband from the City of Lights to the Emerald Green City. We fell in love with Issaquah Highlands right away while we were looking for a place to settle: the landscape, people’s kindness, the multi-cultural spirit, the feeling that the city

Creative and respectful of the environment, I decided to recycle the moving boxes we accumulated in our garage and make something useful out of them. From a simple hobby, I came to Aline’s Cardboard designs using new styles and earthy colors.

As my work evolved, so did my outreach to my community. For the last couple years, I have been volunteering as an art docent at a local elementary school teaching artist-based lessons to students aged 6 to 12.

See me soon at Highlands Day!

Creating design décor for scenery has been on my wish list, so I couldn’t resist doing it for my neighborhood. Once upon a Time…. What a theme! What an opportunity to help my community by doing what I love and making people dream for a day! This project has been a challenge, since it’s not what I am used to. But I have had a blast and I cannot thank the volunteers enough for helping make my project a reality! Highlands Council is grateful for Aline’s leadership and creativity to bring this year’s Highlands Day Festival to life. Enjoy her work at the festival and visit her website:

As an artist and designer, I upcycle used cardboard and turn it into works of art that can be used as furniture and home decoration accessories. Through workshops, auctions, fairs, shops and markets, I share my artwork and passion for giving a second life to cardboard, this medium that hides so many richness’s. Today I am thrilled to be part of the growing upcycling artists community, a community where transforming what most people consider trash, into a beautiful modern art medium. I never stop dreaming and I always spice my life with new experiences, new challenges, new opportunities… You never know what can happen!

Club Inclusive Created Salmon Art


Issaquah Highlands Club Inclusive created a lasting contribution to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery grounds—a giant mosaic made up of salmon, locally sourced from reused and recycled glass and a great deal of imagination. This public art installation will be a permanent fixture on the wall opposite the viewing windows at the hatchery, seen by hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. It will stand as a testament to our rich natural heritage as well as the passion of our people.

Club Inclusive began their work with a two-hour workshop where club members learned techniques for working with glass and how to design with color. Then they made their mosaic fish, which were integrated and installed with others from the community to create a complete work of art. This project was supported by the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery with the generous support of the City of Issaquah Arts Commission.

The project was headed up by local artist Cheryl Smith, who has led teams of volunteers to foster community and fellowship while beautifying buildings and public spaces throughout the Pacific Northwest. Her work can be seen at the Issaquah Highlands YWCA Family Village.

Club Inclusive was started in Issaquah Highlands in 2017 as a club for kids with special needs focused on acceptance and inclusion. It’s a safe and fun place where kids can be themselves. Organized by Highlands resident Alicia Spinner, the club is sponsored by Life Enrichment Options (LEO) and Athletes for Kids. See page 14 for more information.

Issaquah Highlands’ Club Inclusive contributed to the latest art installation at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.


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Plats, Plots and Parcels- What Do I Need to Know About My Lot? by Jessica Dorsey, IHCA Community Manager (assisted by Glenn Sprague of Core Design Inc.) When seeking answers on questions about their lot, Issaquah Highlands homeowners frequently request copies of maps from the Issaquah Highlands Community Association (IHCA). There are several types of maps and documents containing the answers owners are often looking for. This article addresses what resources are available to you when searching for information regarding your lot. First, a basic knowledge of types of property records is necessary. Each lot, also called a Parcel, in the Highlands is part of a Plat, which is a map used by jurisdictions to sub-divide property. The area of land where your lot is located may have been through several iterations of Plats before the version identifying your lot. Each Plat lists crucial information that could affect the use of your lot, such as covenants and easements, also known as encumbrances. Once Platted, a developer or their contractor will need to submit a Plot Plan, and or Building Plan, to the City of Issaquah before commencing construction of a home. This Plot Plan could identify lot boundaries, location of structures, and utilities on your lot. It’s important to note that the Plot Plan is a pre-construction document, and wouldn’t capture any changes or additions made during or after construction of your home. After construction is complete, the contractor may produce a document called an As-Built. This document would give details on final location, dimensions, and specifications of your lot and/or home at the time the contractor finished the project. After your home is built, information originally recorded could change, or additional encumbrances could be added. One example is a Lot Line Boundary Adjustment, where owners of adjacent lots record a change in the boundary between the lots in question, or when two or more lots are consolidated. Another circumstance may be the addition of a new easement which could impose additional restrictions and covenants. All of these documents hold information pertinent for owners to properly maintain, use or modify their lot. Unfortunately, there is not one document alone which can provide you all the relevant information pertaining to your lot. And each document is only a snapshot in time. Therefore, to learn everything you need to know about your lot, you must roll up your sleeves and start digging for as many of these documents as you can find. Now, where to get these documents? The Plat for your area is recorded with the King County Recorder’s Office. The least expensive, not necessarily the easiest, way to obtain the Plat map is to search on the County’s website. The quickest way to find the Plat is to use the King County Parcel Viewer. First, locate your parcel by searching for your address. Open the Property Report and click on the Property Detail tab. This tab will list the property Legal Description, which will usually include the Recording Number of your Plat. Copy the Recording Number and use it to search the King County Online Records Search tool under Land Records, Maps, and paste the Recording Number under ‘Instrument Number’. Or, from the Property Detail page, click on the ‘Scanned Images of Plats’ link on the far-right hand side. If the Plat is available online you should be able to download and print a version for no charge. However, if your Plat is not available online or you can’t locate it, you can call the King Country Recorders Office and pay to have a copy sent to you.

current records requirement, the City may not have these plans for your property. Depending on how recently your home was built, you may be able to request copies of the Plot or Building Plan and As-Built documents from the Builder. And what about those changes that could have occurred since development like boundary adjustments or added easements? If these changes took place while you were the owner you should have record of them. But, if you were not the original owner, or you did not purchase recently, the best way to be sure of what is current for your lot is to engage a title company to generate a Title Report. This report will list all liens, encroachments, easements, etc. related to your property. As a final note, IHCA and Core Design Inc. are not stewards of these documents. The IHCA is here to help point you in the right direction on how you procure these documents. Please call Jessica Dorsey at the IHCA with questions at 425-507-1113. Relevant Links: King County Parcel Viewer: King County Records Online Search: recorders-office/records-search.aspx City of Issaquah Permitting:

The Plot Plan, or Building Plan, and As-Builts can be requested by calling the City of Issaquah at 425-837-3080. However, this type of plan has not always been required in the past, and based on


by Sarah Hoey, Executive Director, IHCA

Do you have a question about homeowner responsibilities, or how our common areas are managed? Complete the simple form in the IHCA’s section of and we will respond to you promptly. Your questions (and our answers) might be shared here, in the next issue of Connections. Q: I found that the pipe of the irrigation system in front of my house buried under the dirt was leaking water onto the driveway. It stopped now but when I check the pipe, I saw a breakage in it. I’m wondering if this is considered common area and whom should I contact to have it fixed. Typically, if the pipe is on your property it is your responsibility. However, such pipes could be owned and or maintained by the IHCA or a Supplemental Neighborhood. It is best to check with us first. See page 31 for contact information. Q: My dryer vents to the garage roof. It looks like there is fuzz filling up the opening. That makes the dryer run longer. Am I permitted to have a friend or relative go up on the roof to clean it out? For some supplemental neighborhoods, IHCA performs the dryer vent cleaning on an annual basis and IHCA approved contractors are the only ones allowed on the roofs. If you are in a single family home the maintenance is solely your reasonability. See for a list of Supplemental Neighborhoods and contact the IHCA. Q: So what are the rules for noise is my community? I am thinking about buying a drum set, and of course I will need to practice whenever I can. Also if I have a neighbor that does not like it when I practice what can they do?

Issaquah Highlands follows the same noise ordinances as the City of Issaquah. “Quiet Hours” are from 11:00 pm to 7:00 am. However, er sections (y) and (z) of the IHCA Use Restrictions and Rules (attached), any noise that disturbs the peace is prohibited, but this is very subjective. (y) Noise. Use of any radio, loudspeaker, horn, whistle, bell, or other sound device is prohibited that would be audible to occupants of other Units, except alarm devices used exclusively for security purposes. (z) Nuisances. Activity which emits foul or obnoxious odors outside the Unit or creates noise or other conditions which disturb the peace or threaten the safety of the occupants of other Units are prohibited…. If your neighbor reports your practicing as a disturbance of the peace the IHCA would have to follow-up. You may have to install some kind of sound barrier if the noise is too loud. Q: We bought the property last May and have realized we have a birds nest on our roof. Is this something that the HOA helps cover- if removed. I was informed depending on the species, we can’t knock it off? For some supplemental neighborhoods, IHCA performs routine nest removals. IHCAapproved contractors are the only ones allowed on the roofs. If you are in a single family home the roofs and nests solely your reasonability to maintain.

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Thank You, Collene, For 10 Years by Erika North, IHCA Senior Community Manager

Collene Cordova has worked in Issaquah Highlands since November of 2007 but is now moving on to make her home in Arizona. It is a sad moment for us at the IHCA. but we can’t help but be happy for her with the new adventures that lie ahead. Collene started her career on the hill with Port Blakely, the Issaquah Highlands Master Developer, in an administrative position serving three project managers. They soon recognized her talents and she was quickly promoted. She worked for Port Blakely until September 2012 when the developer began wrapping up their operations, brought back in October 2013 to help Port Blakely transition from their role as master developer. In fact, Collene was Port Blakely’s last employee in Issaquah Highlands and stayed through June 2014 to finish their record retention project. Collene especially enjoyed her time with Judd Kirk, the visionary for our community.

drives around in the IHCA “zipper” car looking for compliance violations, making sure houses are painted and yards are maintained. Collene is a big part of what makes Issaquah Highlands the beautiful, amazing community it is today. Just compare Issaquah Highlands to some of our neighboring communities and you will see why this position is so important. Collene brought a new and fresh approach to compliance. With her positive outlook, Collene’s goal was to teach homeowners how to do things correctly instead of just fining them. Her demeanor was always calm and helpful. She personalized each violation letter to help homeowners better understand the issue, helping them to avoid future fines. In fact, what she enjoyed most about her position was the interaction with the homeowners. And even though she received more than her fair share of negative emails and phone calls, she more often than not turned them into positives. During the last two years Collene has been in this position, the community has flourished as is evident by how many fewer violation letters we have sent. A prime example was how she achieved reducing the number of trash can rule offenders from approximately 5% down to less than 1%. And look around you: it isn’t perfect but Issaquah Highlands is one of the most enviable and desirable places to live due to the conscientious effort to enforce the standards.

In December of 2014 Collene was hired by the IHCA in their accounting department. Choosing her was a no-brainer given her vast knowledge of the community and her excellent reputation. For five months, she was our Receivables Specialist.

As a team player, you could not ask for a better employee. Collene possesses that amazing quality of being able to relate to and communicate with anyone. Her favorite thing about working with IHCA was its “very cohesive team” and what she liked most was “driving through the community and seeing the interaction between the staff members.” She enjoyed team collaboration. To her, the IHCA is “really like a family”. Collene is a charming and wonderful person to work with. Her sense of humor and delightful personality draws people in; she is popular and will be sorely missed!

Then when the Operations department had an opening in May of 2015 she was snatched away to become the Owner Services Coordinator/Compliance Specialist. Yes, Collene is the one who

Collene, we wish you the best in your new adventures but remember, you will always be loved and never forgotten!

Landscape Questions Answered Why are the landscapers here every week with all their noisy equipment? The warmer part of the year is when our turf requires weekly maintenance. The plan – and contract specification – is for weekly mowing during the active growing season with edging performed every second week. Turf maintenance is labor-intensive by nature and in a homeowners’ association setting it is also subject to a wide range of opinions as to appearance standards. Our specifications seek a middle ground while pushing for sustainable, less harmful practices. Why do they always use those noisy, smelly and dust-creating blowers? We’ve priced the use of brooms in place of blowers. While this would remove the noise and smell, it doesn’t eliminate the dust. Considering that it would approximately double the price of our landscape maintenance, few residents and no contractors were eager to go this way. Crew sizes would essentially double and turnover would likely be a big problem for such a position. This morning they mowed the lawn but left all the clippings and debris on the sidewalk. It’s midday now and no one is around. Who do I call? It is quite common for maintenance crews to spend a portion of the day “making a mess” and the rest of the day cleaning it up. Nothing has been “missed” until the debris is still there at 5pm. When this happens, we’d love to know so the crew can be called to come back first thing the next morning to finish the cleanup. * All this grounds-keeping seems to cost a lot of money. Can’t we cut the work and price in half? Landscape maintenance is a major expense for most HOAs. While it may seem logical to reduce mowing or weeding frequency to save money the fact is such “short cuts” do not really reduce the work involved so there is no savings in money. The idea will result in a much less attractive landscape as the grass grows too tall and then gets cut too short every other week. Weeds are nature’s great opportunists, too. They’d love to have us reduce the frequency of visits.

ARC Tip of the Month: Did you know… Outdoor recreational fires are allowed only in professionally manufactured firepits and/or installed natural gas or propane fire pits or fireplaces. Of course, they need ARC approval prior to installation. Any other burning is prohibited, and please be respectful of your neighbor’s and try not to send smoke their way.

This morning I went out to ask the landscape staff about why they prune/edge/mow/blow/ etc. the way they do. I did not get a satisfactory answer. Why not? Most field staff are simply following training and instructions from crew leads or other supervisors. These details are left to our contractors to handle as it’s their business. Service questions or complaints should be directed to community association management. * This afternoon I stopped one of the landscape guys to question him about why the pruning/ edging/weeding schedule didn’t match up with the schedule from the garden guy on TV. Don’t our contractors know this? Odds are the field staff have never seen the contract and cannot reference any of it for you – they are literally just following orders. Residents are asked to not interfere with field staff – it rarely gets the results residents seek and places the field staff in a very uncomfortable predicament. Questions or comments should be referred to community association managers who can reference the contracts, contractors, etc.* My gardener takes care of my yard for $80 per month. He says he could do the common areas for less than our contractors. Why don’t we hire him? First, no one who hasn’t bid on our work can speak to what it costs because they have no idea of the scope of work. Second, most private gardeners do not carry any of the insurance or licenses needed to work on community association property. It’s also worth pointing out that for most neighborhoods where the IHCA manages private yard maintenance the per-door price is substantially less than $80 per month. *See IHCA phone numbers on page 31

Issaquah Highlands Use Restrictions & Rules Reminders Air Conditioners: Prior to the installation of any air conditioning unit, you must seek approval from the Architectural Review Committee (ARC). Applications can be found on the website ( Window air conditioning units must be mounted flush to the window and may not protrude externally.


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IHCA 2017-18 Board of Directors

The Issaquah Highlands Community Association (IHCA) Board of Directors election results were announced at the June 28, 2017 annual meeting. The board is made up of volunteer homeowners. This year the board members as follow:

Best Communication Channels to Reach the IHCA

by Collene Cordova, IHCA Owner Service Coordinator-Compliance

In a world with so many avenues to communicate, it’s often difficult to determine which is best. The IHCA is here to assist you, but there are ways to communicate with us that are more effective than others. Our office is located at 1011 NE High Street, Suite 210. We are on the 2nd floor of the same building as Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream. Our hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm. You can always stop by with your question or concerns. We enjoy meeting homeowners. You can also call our main office line at 425-427-9257 to set up an appointment.

Pictured above, left to right. District 6: Walt Baily, Secretary District At Large: Rob Knight, Director District 4: Jim Noel, Director District 1: Danial Vradenburg, Treasurer District 5: Jim Young, President District 3: Rossi Cruz, Vice president (Not pictured) District 2- Vacant Districts 1, 3, 5, and At Large will serve two year terms. The next election for these Districts will be held in the spring of 2019. There has now been a vacancy declared in District 2, as a member has left the board. If you live in and would be interested in serving for District 2, please submit your application to the board. You may obtain a Statement of Interest form for the IHCA office. The District 2 candidate can be appointed to the board by the directors for the remainder of the 2017/2018 term and will be up for general election next spring.

Next year Districts 2, 4 and 6 elections will be held. A big thank you to all candidates who expressed their interest in this year’s elections process. Many of the 2017 candidates also serve on IHCA committees such as the ARC committee and the Finance committee. Thank you for your continued contribution by volunteering for this community’s administration.

Email is probably one of the best means of communication and when doing so, please let us know your property address. The community website, has a listing of all employee’s email addresses and phone numbers. There are even direct links to email addresses to report a rules violation, make a maintenance request, homeowner account enquiries, pay online, or Ask the IHCA a general question. Sending a letter via US Postal Service is also an option. Phone calls are also an effective way to communicate with the IHCA. If you receive our voicemail, leave your contact information and the reason for your call. We have a policy to return all calls within 24 hours. The afterhours emergency number is 425-223-8887 to report emergencies in common areas such as a downed tree blocking the sidewalk or to report an emergency such as a water main break. If there is a real-life emergency, please call 911. Facebook is not an effective method of communicating with us. We do not monitor the community’s official page (Issaquah Highlands with the cover of Connections as a profile picture) nor the many sites that neighborhoods have created. While Facebook is a good avenue for notifying neighbors of a missing pet, obtaining contracting referrals, selling unwanted household goods, it is not for reporting a concern that you expect the IHCA to address. If we are made aware of a homeowner’s concern, we will do what we can to address the matter in a timely basis.

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?! by Amanda Keverkamp, CERT Team 9, Resident of Crofton Springs

Ah, the lazy days of summer. Afternoons at the lake. Hiking. Backyard barbecues. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we put up with nine months of rain just for these three, glorious months of perfection! As you sort out the rest of your summer plans, think about adding a “get-to-know-your-neighbor” barbecue or ice cream social. They say that in a disaster situation, we become the first responders. First for ourselves, then our families, and eventually, maybe even our neighbors. And vice versa. If that is the case, it would probably be handy to know who your neighbors. Talk about skills or other preparedness things like who has the right tools to turn off the gas, or where the gas meter is! There are fantastic tools available to help you do this. Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) is one such tool. Here in Issaquah, there are certified MYN trainers who can help you get the conversation started. You invite your neighbors; they’ll provide the conversation starters and guidebooks.

Bob Otis, Issaquah Highlands resident and CERT Team 9 member, lead a discussion for the Sunset Walk neighborhood MYN meeting at Blakely Hall. Jamie Rosen cooordinted the meeting.

An MYN meeting includes: • talking through the first 9 steps to take immediately following a disaster to not only secure your home but protect your neighborhood; • identifying skills and taking an inventory of equipment each neighbor has that could be useful in response to a disaster;

If you aren’t quite ready to host a meeting, that’s okay! Start small. Take an extra few minutes to chat-up your neighbor at the mailboxes or say hello as they’re monitoring the kids playing in the yard, or on those really hot days, check-in on the retired couple at the end of the block to make sure they’re okay.

• creating a neighborhood map, identifying essentials like the locations of natural and propane gas and meeting locations; and • creating a neighborhood contact list. The MYN creators even thought so far as to help people living in condominiums, apartments, and rural areas think about how to engage their neighbors. If you are interested in hosting a MYN neighborhood or block meeting, contact Issaquah Citizens Corps at to connect with a trainer or visit myn for more information.

Highlands Council will donate the use of Blakely Hall to any IH Neighborhood hosting a MYN Meeting. Contact Brianna at or 425.507.1107

Allstate Insurance Donates Emergency Kits Highlands Council wishes to thank Issaquah Highlands resident, David Ngai and his Allstate Insurance office for the donation of 40 disaster preparation kits for distribution. These kits are great for your car and include a hand crank flashlight, rain poncho, bandages, water bottle, face mask, and wipes.

Visit the Issaquah Citizen Corps booth at Highlands Day to get yours. Thank you, David and the Allstate Insurance team, for helping keep us prepared!!

David Ngai, Highlands resident and proprietor of Allstate Insurance on High Street and Highlands Drive, donated 40 disaster preparedness kits for those in need.

See me soon at Highlands Day!


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A Behind the Scenes View of Into the Woods by Susie Sharp, The Brownstones

When the 2017-18 season opens at Village Theatre, the curtain will rise for Into the Woods the 1986 musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. It has since been produced many times, including a critically acclaimed film adaptation in 2014. I have always wondered what it would be like to meet a theater director and finally had the opportunity in meeting Kathryn Van Meter, the director of Village Theatre’s Into the Woods. Together with her creative team and the artistic staff, Into the Woods will be magically brought to life. For those who need a refresher: Into the Woods is about a baker and his wife who are childless from a witch’s curse. To remove the curse and restore the witch’s beauty, they must go on a journey. During their journey, they meet Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack, each one on a quest to fulfill their own wishes. These beloved fairy tale characters weave together stories for grownups about choices made and the subsequent consequences. Come to Highlands Day to see Village Theatre’s sneak preview of Into the Woods.

Kathryn was gracious enough to sit down with me despite numerous other commitments, including another drama production. Her passion for the creative process was infectious. She began with the practicalities of producing a play. 250 actors auditioned for 16 parts over a 5-day period. The actors were selected in a 3-step process which included their ability to sing Sondheim. Kathryn compared the process to an

archaeological dig in which the actor blows away the sand to create their interpretation of a particular role and to bring the character to life. The individual actors are carefully chosen but Kathryn’s stated overall priority is to the needs of the play. A collaboration ensues as the actors themselves bring a certain tone, mood and feel to the performance.

See me soon at Highlands Day!

The production is brought to life on a remarkably tight schedule. I was fascinated to learn that rehearsals begin on August 14th and the actors’ first performance in Issaquah is on September 14th! The actors don’t actually rehearse on stage until September 2nd. Literally four weeks of rehearsals from start to finish and it is a three-hour play! The first act is its own play with everyone theoretically achieving their happy ending before act 2. She requested with a smile that we all wait to enjoy the final act. Being at the helm of a production sounds extraordinary; I was intrigued to learn how one becomes a director. Kathryn stressed that there are many paths to becoming a director. Originally a dancer, she progressed to theater in Atlanta before going to college at William and Mary. She cut her teeth directing in school and moved on to leadership roles in directing and choreography. Seattle became home 17 years ago. This is her first solo musical director role for Village Theater. She referenced the importance of “cross pollination” to act, choreograph and direct to fuel the creative process. She enjoys many of the performing arts, including opera. I couldn’t resist asking about final show preparations and opening night. According to Kathryn, there is a magic window between the first preview and opening nightwhich is equivalent to 12 hours of rehearsals. She uses those hours to make final adjustments and changes before opening night. The actors are in charge of their own destiny, just like children heading off to college. All the work has been done and it is up to them to succeed! Interestingly on opening night, she sits in the audience to assess both the production and the audience’s reactions. From the inspiration to the polished production, this I am sure will be an event to be savored. I for one will be sitting in the audience – even more appreciative of the performance, now I have been given a behind the scenes view to the creative process.


Meet Karen Dedrickson at Highlands Day Artist’s Statement: Alive in Ink! Surrender to the Brush! I stand at my table, my mind quiet. Holding the handle just at its center, I dip the soft bristles into the black ink. Then with a pounce; twist or turn, I quickly mark the thin absorbent paper, any splatters, drops and “accidental” washes become part of the painting. Later, after the ink has dried, I may add colors; oil bar, wax crayon or acrylic. This ancient tradition of ink painting, Sumi, comes from Asia. A medium of ink, paper, and often one brush, ignites my imagination; it’s a powerful combination of serendipity and brush work mastery. My emotions in motion; recorded in ink, speaking a truth that can’t be erased. My giving in, is giving to. Nature is my muse-a way to explore the wilds myself. Karen will be sketching live, inside Blakely Hall from noon – 4pm at Once Upon a Highlands Day on Saturday, August 26th. Stop inside and watch her work, perhaps purchase a freshly-dried sketch created to commemorate this magical day.

See me soon at Highlands Day!

Coming in September:

Fantastical Worlds!

September 6–November 8, 2017

Opening Reception:

Thursday, September 7, 2017, 6–8pm Blakely Hall This artEAST exhibition will indulge our imaginations with artwork that offers an escape from reality into a fantastical world.

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ISSAQUAH CITY NEWS Meet Elsa at Highlands Day!

Play Bounce & Jam: Free Family Concerts

Visit the City of Issaquah’s booth at Highlands Day on August 26 and have your photo taken with Elsa from Frozen! Photos can be tagged and saved once they are uploaded to the City of Issaquah’s Facebook page.

Join us for music, fun and laughs for children of all ages at Play Bounce & Jam (PB & J), our family outdoor concert series.

In addition to Elsa, the City of Issaquah’s Community Resource Officer, Ryan Smith will have an IPD vehicle on display for another fun photo opportunity!

See me soon at Highlands Day!

Concerts on the Green: Get Ready to Rock

PB&J concerts start at 11 a.m. on the Issaquah Community Center Green, 301 Rainier Blvd. South. Arrive early to stake out a spot. Pack your picnic and sunscreen to see family-friendly, top-notch performers for free!

Concerts on the Green, Issaquah’s summertime tradition, present free, family-friendly concerts in a beautiful outdoor setting on the Issaquah Community Center Green, 301 Rainier Blvd. South. Concerts run from 7-8:30 p.m. Spectators often start gathering as early as 6 p.m. for community picnicking and to claim a great spot.

Our PB&J lineup includes kid-friendly favorites! Aug. 8 The Not-Its! Sponsor: Creekside Dental Arts

Our eclectic lineup includes artists performing a variety of styles! See for details Use #IssyRocks to share your Concerts on the Green experience.

Aug. 22 Brian Vogan and His Good Buddies Sponsor: Kiwanis Club of Issaquah Play Bounce & Jam is presented by the Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department, and sponsored by the Issaquah Arts Commission, Kiwanis Club of Issaquah and Creekside Dental Arts. Use #PlayBounceJam to share your PB&J experience.

Slow Down!

The City of Issaquah hosted a community meeting at Blakely Hall on July 12, 2017 to share data they gathered about driving habits on 24th and 25th Avenues NE, south of Park Drive. They also shared ideas about how the city can help to slow drivers down, soliciting ideas from the attendees. If you missed this meeting, check for more information. To receive notice of future meetings like this, follow the official Issaquah Highlands facebook page (the one with Connections news as the profile picture).


Candidate Forums: The Race for City Council Ramps Up by Nina Milligan, Highlands Council, Candidate Forum Series Coordinator Highlands Council takes seriously its charge to support life-long learning and to foster an informed community. For that, we have scheduled a series of Candidate Forums at Blakely Hall. All of Issaquah is welcome and encouraged to join us. There are five seats on the City Council up for election, two of them with contested races. Our County Council Representative is running against a challenger, the first time in several years. The Mayor’s race will have been narrowed down to two candidates by the August 1st primary. With no incumbent, the seat is virtually wide open. For those of you who were not able to attend the July 19th Mayoral Primary Forum at Blakely Hall, please see ICTV Channel 21 on the City of Issaquah’s website, or the City of Issaquah Youtube channel for a video recording. (At press time, we were not sure if the remaining forums will be likewise covered.) Questions for the candidates are gathered from the community in advance of each forum. You may enter yours online at at each corresponding forum on the calendar. The question categories are: Traffic/Transportation; Growth/Growth

Management; Public Safety; Infrastructure (non-traffic related); Budget/Taxes; Public Services/Human Services: Environment/ Sustainability; Livability/Community Building. Nate Perea is the Moderator for the entire series. Nate grew up in the Issaquah area and is a long time Issaquah Highlands resident. He is well-known as a public speaker and event moderator. He has served in many official civic and community roles. His is regarded as a moderating and knowledgeable voice when controversies arise, and not one to engage in political frays. Thank you, Nate, for volunteering in this very important role!

2017 Elections Candidate Forums at Blakely Hall All will be at 7PM Wednesday, August 23rd – City Council Wednesday, September 20th - County Council Wednesday, October 18th - Mayor’s Race

We hope you will join us for the August Candidate Forum, introducing the candidates for Issaquah City Council. We dedicate about 45 minutes to the moderated questions and answers, followed by about 30 minutes social time to meet and visit with the candidates informally.

These images are from the Mayoral Primary Forum on July 19th at Blakely Hall.

Also see What’s Happening and page 19. Please use this link to find details about the August Candidate Forum, City Council. http://www. These events are sponsored by Highlands Council, along with media sponsor, Issaquah Sammamish Reporter.


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Kids & Families Club Inclusive

Resumes September 14 Blakely Hall Sponsored by LEO and Athletes for Kids

A club for kids with special needs focused on acceptance and inclusion. A safe and fun place where kids can be themselves. Contact Alicia Spinner at Also see

Minecraft Mania Resumes September 12 Blakely Hall

Join fellow elementary and middle school Minecraft enthusiasts from novice to expert as we share our knowledge of the Minecraft world including Redstone, building, surviving the night and more. You’ll need a laptop with licensed Minecraft loaded on it. Club leader is Quinn Ryan at and parent leader is Tim Ryan at

Toddler Playgroup Resumes September 13 Blakely Hall Newborn to Age 4

Moms, dads, caregivers and their children are invited for fun, friendship, support and socializing. Contact or Alicia Spinner at Search Facebook for Issaquah Highlands Toddler Playgroup

Russian Highlanders Kids Club * See World Cultures

SCRATCH-ing the Surface Resumes September 19 Blakely Hall

A club for kids interested in coding and pursuing a future in computer science. For elementary and middle schoolaged kids. You’ll need a laptop with SCRATCH program downloaded. Contact is Sharon Godavarthi. Parent contact: See or for more information.

Arts & Cards Art in Blakely Hall

W-ink! - Show runs through September 6th Blakely Hall Free and Open to the Public Meet artist Karen Dedrickson Sketching Live at Highlands Day inside Blakely Hall Saturday, August 26th, Noon - 4pm Find out more at and see page 12.

Bridge Club

Monday, August 7th, 7pm Blakely Hall

Grab a partner or come solo to play a little Bridge! Bring your own beverage of choice and a snack to share. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned bridge player, you are welcome to join us. We usually play the first Monday of every month starting at 7 p.m. RSVP: Ed Tellman, or Andrew Shanafelt,

Knit for Life®

Travel Club Night

Every Monday, 1pm Swedish Medical Center, Main Lobby

A network of volunteer knitters in area hospitals, providing physical and mental support in a non-traditional therapeutic environment to cancer survivors, patients and caregivers through knitting. We teach anyone with any skill level. You don’t have to bring anything but yourself. We have all the supplies you will need. Contact:

Open Mic

Friday, August 18th, 6:30pm Blakely Hall

Please come and join us for an evening of fun and entertainment from local talents. All ages are welcome. We welcome those who wish to play music, read poetry, tell a story, or perform a standup comedy routine. Please remember this is a family event and everyone is expected to show respect to performers and audience. Performers are limited to 2 songs or 10 minutes, whichever comes first. For more info, please contact: Dino Go at

Photography Club

Saturday, August TBD, 10:30am Blakely Hall

Enjoy monthly meetings with guest speakers, share and discuss your work with others, and participate in an online community throughout the month. Contact

Poker Night

Thursday, August 31st, 7pm Blakely Hall

Whether you are a novice or a salty vet looking for some steep competition, you will love our monthly group for $40 buy-in, No-Limit Texas Hold ’em tournament! Don’t forget to join us on Facebook for all the latest info and results at our “Issaquah Poker” group page. Contact Henry at

Resumes September 13th, 7pm Blakely Hall Let’s see where it takes us! TOPIC: Spain & Biking the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes

Take a tour of San Sebastián, a beautiful seaside resort in the Basque country of northern Spain. And learn about an easy and family friendly bike ride on a 73- mile paved trail in northern Idaho with spectacular scenery and lots of history, called the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes. The bulk of the evening will be unstructured, get-acquainted time so we can all share and learn about travel. Light snacks are provided but feel free to bring a beverage (perhaps a bottle of wine from your favorite country!) to enjoy. We hope to see you there. Join our FB group: Join us on or Email ihtravelclub@gmail. Stop by our booth at Highlands Day on August 26th to learn more about the club.

Russian Highlanders Kids Club Resumes September 7th Blakely Hall

Please join us once a month for a fun hour of music, stories and games in Russian language for kids ages 2.5-4.5. Younger kids and siblings are welcome, just bring some toys to keep the kids engaged. Wonderful opportunity for you to spend time with Russian speaking families, to make new friends and learn, to preserve and enrich the Russian cultural traditions. All are welcome! We hope to see you there. Questions? Please contact Elena at 860-716-6467

Rovin’ Fiddlers

Every Tuesday, 7pm Either at the Issaquah Highlands Fire Station 73 or Issaquah Senior Center

Drop in on our jam sessions. We welcome guitars, flutes, whistles, banjos, mandolins, autoharps, dulcimers, stand up bass, and percussion. All abilities welcome. Contact Sue at

Yarns & Threads Group Resumes September 8 Blakely Hall

All knitters, crocheters, and stitchers are welcome. For more details or questions, please contact Cathie Coulter at

World Cultures Latino Club

Resumes September 10 Blakely Hall

Latino Club welcomes everybody who would like to celebrate and learn about Latino traditions. We have activities for kids, adults and seniors. Open to all – join the fun! Contact Alicia Spinner at

India Culture Club

Indian Independence and Visiting Seniors’ Day Sunday, August 13th, Noon Blakely Hall

India Culture Club is Celebrating Indian Independence Day with Salute to all seniors of the community. Join us for Family and Visiting Seniors’ Day with Indian cooking class, tea and chit chat session. Contact for more information.

For the latest details, see

*All Events are FREE unless otherwise noted.

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Get your activity bracelets now! Stop by Blakely Hall (Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm) by August 25 to purchase. Unlimited rides! $10/each or three for $25. Cash, credit card or check accepted. Not replaceable if lost or stolen. Non-refundable. a village on a hillside in the land of Issaquah, the people declared:

“Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The 26th day of the month of August, in the year of two-thousand-seventeen, has been pronounced Highlands Day!” Royalty, knights, jesters and the like marked their calendars in anticipation of this day to celebrate the fairy-tale life that is living in Issaquah Highlands! Soon, the Lords & Ladies of the land began to

contact the Highlands Council to pledge their financial support as official sponsors of the festival. The festival would be funded by the first day of May, giving way to shopkeepers and merchants who applied to erect their stalls of wares and information for the benefit of the villager families. On festival day, all the storybook characters from everyone’s favorite classic tales will come to life as we enjoy live entertainment, hearty fare, and medieval fun. Prepare thyself for merriment!

Christy Garrard

Executive Director for Highlands Council, Dahlia Park Resident



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Getting to the Festival

Don’t worry about where to park your car or noble steed. Get to the venue on the FREE Shelter Holdings or 425 Magazine Trolleys with stops at Grand Ridge Plaza, West Highlands Park, Discovery Heights at the Brownstones, 15th & Park Drive and Grand Ridge Elementary.

Highlands Day FAQs

Attention Issaquah Highlands residents: Please move your car from Park Drive (between 25th Ave NE and 30th Ave NE) by 7am on August 26 or an evil witch or wizard tow-truck will move it for you.

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Come dressed as your favorite fairy tale or literary character as we celebrate our diverse, magical kingdom!

What to Bring

Don’t forget to bring money for activity tickets, food and shopping! You can leave your swords and bows at home.

Food & Drink

Arrive hungry! Fuel your bravery for your next quest from an array of awesome food trucks, including classic turkey legs and vegetarian options.

Rides & Games

Be brave and choose your quest wisely. There’s plenty of climbing, jumping, spinning and racing on the many adventure-packed festival attractions. Returning this Year: Pony Rides!

Live Entertainment

2017 Trolley Stops

Watch a Tony award-winning Taste farm-to-table cuisine, coming soon to IH fairy tale come to life We are excited to announce the Village Theatre’s presence at this year’s festival! Don’t miss the cast from September’s Into the Woods, a Tony Award-winning musical where our favorite storybook characters collide and “happily ever after” is only the beginning! Visit the Village Theatre’s booth to learn more about the upcoming season, KidStage programs, and tie a wish to the wishing tree!

While we wait to enjoy tasty waves at the future indoor wave pool facility, we get to taste food from Chef Jason Stoneburner. Chef Jason is the chef of Seattle’s Bastille Café & Bar and chef/owner of Stoneburner in Ballard.

Don’t miss the mystical music and theatrics live from the stage. And be on the lookout for a cast of fanciful characters roaming throughout our festival kingdom.

Snag a scoop from our newest IH food truck Debuting at its first Highlands Day Festival is the NEW Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Truck! No need for a Truffle Kerfuffle! Bring your Tubby Hubby by the truck and satisfy his Americone Dream!

Chef Jason will oversee the farm-to-table café planned inside CitySurf when it opens to the public. Meet Jon & Trish Hoss, owners of CitySurf, and enjoy Chef Jason’s delicious food!

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CitySurf Restaurant Fare

Elegance & Wonder!

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream TRUCK

Be Careful What You Wish For!

Meet Jon & Trish Hoss, owners of CitySurf, and enjoy Chef Jason’s delicious food! (See page 16 for full description.)

Debuting at its first Highlands Day Festival - see full description on page 21.

Animate Objects returns to Highlands Day, bringing our fairytale theme to life (see full description below).

Catch Village Theatre’s performance at this year’s festival! (See full description on page 12.)

Ezell’s Famous Chicken

Ezell’s Famous Chicken has been bringing Seattle its best fried chicken for over 30 years. With a recipe right out of America’s South and a genuine dedication to quality, they have won the chicken-hungry hearts of people all over the kingdom!

Cheese Wizards

Be vigilant, brave heroes – for when the wagon of the Cheese Wizards darkens our horizon, mighty cheese sorceries are close at hand, ready to be seized by those who hunger for greatness! Seattle’s most magical food truck will be serving gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches.


Veg-Wich serves Bombay style Vegetarian & Vegan Sandwiches. Chef Jay Sheelshah grew up in Bombay. Chef Jay says, “It is very true that Bombay is a sentiment. It is a pride, it is a way of life and it is that warm feeling of being HOME. Growing up in Bombay has made me who I am.”

Rock our World

School of Rock will open the festival inside the Village Green Enchanted Park. We are excited to support a real-life performance experience at our fairytale festival for these talented teens.

Wilde Thyme Guaranteed

Music that lights the corners of your soul...This popular local Celtic band plays traditional American and Irish music for the whole family. From the fun of an Irish jig to mountain fiddle tunes, ballads, waltzes, hoe-downs and popular favorites.

Learn to be a Court Jester

3 Ring School of Circus Art will host mini-jester sessions in the Village Green Enchanted Park. Don’t be late or it could be OFF with your HEAD!

Big House BBQ

VERY Berry Pie Eating Contest, Sponsored by Safeway

Issaquah Ice Cream Trike

Experience the Magic of Paper and Ink

What medieval faire would be complete without TURKEY LEGS?!?! Big House BBQ trailer is a fully functional mobile kitchen with a 900-lb. smoker attached to the back, creating the absolute best Memphis-style BBQ in the land!

Fresh from the Great Hall at Hogwarts, IH resident, Ben Armlin, and his Issaquah Ice Cream Trike isn’t chasing the golden snitch, but your sweet tooth! Bring your galleon and buy a cold treat from his roving bike.

A Highlands Day tradition! Channel your Jack Sprat, who could eat no fat. Or his wife who could eat no lean. And between you both, you see, who will lick the Safeway pie platters clean?

Artist Karen Dedrickson will be sketching live, inside Blakely Hall on Highlands Day. Stop inside and watch her work, perhaps purchase a freshly-dried sketch created to commemorate this magical day.

Board the library on wheels, full of fairy tales and more

Enter Wonderland with a cast of curious characters

Royal treatment for yearround volunteers

Don’t forget your library card! In the spirit of this year’s theme, the King County Library System’s- Library2Go van will feature fairytale and classic literature favorites, as well as related movies and audiobooks.

Animate Objects returns to Highlands Day again this year, bringing our fairytale theme to life with roving storybook characters and mesmerizing stage performances!

Highlands Council, the IHCA and HFN will honor our year-round volunteers with VIP treatment on festival day from the Blakely Hall Patio. Board and committee members, club and group leaders, Connections writers, and Highlands Day Leadership will be treated like royalty, with a special VIP area including beer, wine and custom catered desserts by My Sweet Lil Cakes.

The Library2Go Van will begin making regular monthly stops at Blakely Hall starting September 12th, read more on page 5.

As you wander the festival, keep a look out for: Alice in Wonderland, the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts, RumpleSTILTSkin, Beauty and the Beast, Pinocchio, Aladdin and Tinkerbell too!

Consider a leadership role or volunteering for our community and get the royal treatment next year!

It takes 150 volunteers to make Highlands Day happen! That is over 500 hours! Thank you Village Volunteers of the Issaquah Highlands!



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What makes Highlands Day so magical? Highlands Day celebrates our diverse community, bringing together all the unique characters in our beautiful kingdom. Thank you for joining us on this magical day!



Me r o l

by Jack Tillman, West Highlands Park. Follow him on Instagram at @artastrophe.

Thank You to Our 2017 Sponsors! KING LEVEL SPONSORS


Thank You!


Issaquah Highlands Self Storage, Issaquah Highlands Counseling Group, and Polygon Homes

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE HIGHLANDS Fitness Taichi Fitness Club Every Wednesday, 6:45am Resumes September 6th Blakely Hall

The ancient Chinese martial art, Taichi, will be offered every Wednesday at Blakely Hall. Participation is free; a donation of a nonperishable food item for the Food Bank is encouraged. Contact:

Hatha Yoga Classes Saturday Resumes September 16 Blakely Hall

Join us every Saturday for free Yoga! Hatha Yoga Classes are for anyone interested, including neophytes wanting to try yoga for the first time, the experienced looking to improve, and anyone in-between. Yoga class will be led by Melanie and her mother, Deyin. For more information, contact

Running Club

Every Saturday, 8am Central Park Tennis Courts

Please contact Joey at, so he can add you to the distribution list. See Facebook - Issaquah Highlands Running and Multi-sport

Yami Yoga Classes Sunday Every Sunday, 7:45am Blakely Hall

Join these free yoga classes for a systematic organized teaching as it is supposed to be, as opposed to treating yogasanas as mere exercises. Yoga guru Kiran Balijepalli will not only teach correct physical posture, but also explain the conceptual basis for these different yogasanas. No prior experience required. Please bring your own yoga mat and do not eat anything for at least two hours before (except drinking coffee/tea/milk/water). Contact:

Zumba Fitness Class ®

Every Tuesday, 7pm Every Saturday, 9am Cancelled August 19th & 26th Blakely Hall

Zumba Fitness is the Latin and world rhythm and dance based fitness party that will change the way you think about working out. Grab your workout clothes, your water bottle, and join the party! Free class but please bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the food bank! For additional information, email

Special Interest Book Club

Location & Dates vary

The book club is a great place to meet neighbors and explore a variety of books. Date and location sometimes change, so be sure to email to be added to the Facebook group.

Entrepreneur Club

Sunday, August 13th & 27th, 7:30pm Blakely Hall

Are you a small business owner or an entrepreneur looking to kick off a business idea? This is an opportunity for IH entrepreneurs to gather and be a resource for each other. Join us to meet like-minded entrepreneurs, learn about what’s working for others and bounce ideas for feedback. Here’s a chance to extend your network of support. For more information, contact: Johnathan Chu

Meaningful Movies

Screenings at Blakely Hall on break for summer Resumes September 27th

Toastmasters Club

Every Wednesday, 7am Swedish Medical Center 2nd Floor Conference Center

Join us to improve your communication skills. To find out more, visit the club website at or drop in any Wednesday as a guest.

Wine Club

Friday, August 11th, 7pm Blakely Hall

Come out and meet your fellow wine lovers in the Highlands! Are you a wine enthusiast, connoisseur, or just a fan? We usually get together the second Friday of each month to discuss and enjoy wine. If interested please send an email to Dianne at for details. Please RSVP the Tuesday prior to the event.

Don’t Miss This! Candidate Forum Issaquah City Council Wednesday, August 23rd, 7pm Blakely Hall

Hear directly from the candidates running Issaquah City Council. There are two contested seats, three who have only one candidate each. Learn about the candidates’ positions on issues affecting our community. The forum is moderator-lead and driven by community-generated questions. Questions must be submitted prior to the event. The online form will be available through Sunday 8/20. You may submit a question when you arrive at the forum, up until 7pm. Find more information and submit YOUR online question using the form at ..

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Governance Mtgs IHCA Architectural Review Committee

Tuesday, 8/1, 6pm IHCA Office

IHCA Finance Committee Tuesday, 8/8, 5:30 pm IHCA Office

Highlands Fiber Network Advisory Group Wednesday, 8/9, 5pm, IHCA Office

IHCA Board of Directors Meeting

Wednesday, 8/23, 5:30pm, IHCA Office Meetings are subject to change. See Calendar at for more information or date changes.

City Meetings End of Development Agreement Urban Village Development Commission and Planning Policy Commission Joint Meetings

Tuesday, August 1st, 6:30pm Tuesday, August 15th, 6:30pm Council Chambers

For City of Issaquah governance meetings, see and Issaquah City News in this issue.

Holidays Tisha B’Av

Monday, August 1st


Monday, August 14th

National Aviation Day Saturday, August 19th

Senior Citizen Day Monday, August 21st

Women’s Equality Day Saturday, August 26th

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Saturday, August 26th, Noon - 4pm Village Green Park and Blakely Hall

Once upon a time, in a village on a hillside in the land of Issaquah, the people declared, “Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The 26th day of the month of August, in the year of two-thousandseventeen, has been pronounced Highlands Day!” Royalty, knights, jesters and the like marked their calendars in anticipation of this day to celebrate the fairy-tale life that is living in Issaquah Highlands! On festival day, all the storybook characters from everyone’s favorite classic tales will come to life as we enjoy live entertainment, hearty fare, and medieval fun. Booth space available. See more at


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Homestreet Bank Supports YWCA Issaquah by Victoria Thai, YWCA Family Village Issaquah YWCA Family Village Issaquah (FVI) in the Highlands provides supportive services and affordable housing for residents of East King County. It is a home to working families, people with disabilities, and seniors seeking an affordable place to live, raise children, age comfortably, build fulfilling lives, and to contribute to their community. Homestreet Bank of the Issaquah Highlands has recognized challenges these individuals face and is actively working in partnership with the YWCA to overcome them. The staff and children at FVI would like to thank Homestreet Bank for its generous donation of $5,000 to their Child and Youth Services program. The grant will support education and youth development, and increase YWCA Regional Director of Children & Youth Services, Gina Yarwood and Family Village Issaquah’s Child & Youth Advocate Markeese Rieux, stand with programming. Srini Anandakumar, Homestreet Bank Branch Manager, Srini Anandakumar and Customer Service Superisor, Autum Paschich. Homestreet Bank Issaquah Highlands Branch Manager and Autum Paschich, Customer Service Supervisor, presented Kid’s program offers a Homework Club and provides volunteer tutors for children that need their donation on Thursday, May 25th, 2017 at FVI’s Spring Cultural Festival. The Spring additional support. These programs also provide sports and fitness, arts and crafts, weekly Cultural Festival was a follow-up to the national YWCA’s Stand Against Racism campaign field trips, and more! that took place in April. FVI provides Kid’s Summer Camp and After School Kid’s Program throughout the year. These programs are tailored to provide responsive services for youth to have fun, build selfesteem, confidence, social and emotional skills, and to continue learning. The After School

Those who are interested in helping Family Village Issaquah’s mission can contact Victoria Thai at 425-270-6816 or for more information.

Candy Mâché Combines Art with Candy by Nina Milligan, Highlands Council, Connections Editor

There’s a new art gallery in town… no, it’s a candy shop… and it is a place to host a birthday party…What is it really? Candy Mâché will be all the things when it open at 1836 25th Avenue NE this fall, near Zeeks. Brenda Zylstra is the founder and creator of Candy Mâché, the culmination of eight years of creating candy art, entering her works to competitions nation-wide and dreaming of combining her passion into a candy art gallery. Last spring, Brenda bought one of the live/ work storefronts next to Zeeks and has been working hard ever since to transform it into a candy art gallery. She plans to stock over 200 different kinds of candy for sale in bulk bins which will provide a colorful backdrop to the candy art in the store. But Brenda won’t stop there. Candy Mâché promises to be a busy place. “We will have a small party space where we can host candy crafting parties and workshops (great for Birthday Parties, Baby Showers, Ladies Night Out, etc.). For larger parties and workshops we can set up across the street at Blakely Hall. I will also have displays of candy art on display around the shop that will change seasonally.”

Brenda Zylstra, creator and owner of Candy Mâché, opening this fall on 25th Ave NE, just south of Zeeks.

Why set up shop here in the Highlands? Brenda and her family have lived on the Sammamish Plateau since 2001. “I wanted to be close to See me soon at home to manage both my family and my art. And this site we could Highlands Day! own, which made more sense. This is an artistic adventure, so it’s good to have the freedom to create my own space and the solid footing of ownership. And it’s right next to Blakely Hall! What could be better?” Brenda has already started working with the community, contributing a craft table at Grand Ridge Elementary School’s 2017 Summerfest. She and one of her partner friends, Karly, helped the kids make about 250 candy necklaces. Candy Mâché: Is it a store or a gallery? You will have to wait till fall 2017 to find out! Meet Brenda at Highlands Day (and make a candy necklace!) and follow her progress on the Candy Mache Facebook page. Also see more details at

Candy Mâché’s Brenda Zylstra poses with friend and helper, Karly, at Grand Ridge Elementary School’s Summerfest 2017.

The Candy Mâché store / art gallery will be lined with colorful bulk candy bins, offering over 200 kinds of candy for sale.

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Issaquah Highlands Family Business Goes Mobile Issaquah Highlands resident Mark Mullet is at it again. As if a pizza place, three ice cream shops and a seat on the Washington State Senate were not enough, he’s beginning yet another venture. Coming soon this summer, Mark’s ice cream will be available by food truck for catering private events.

Craigslist fraud who listed truck for sale for $4,000 that Jonathan had seen on See me soon at E-Bay for $35,000. The Highlands Day! fraud simply copied their pictures into a fake listing. We eventually purchased a converted an old mail truck bought from people in Graham, WA.”

Ben & Jerrys on 10th Ave NE and Zeeks Pizza at 25th and Park Drive NE, have been mainstays for the community for several years. Mark is a loyal sponsor of not only this paper, but numerous community events each year.

Mark enjoys running the family businesses. About having his oldest daughter Isobel start working in the family business this spring, Mark rejoices, “I was ecstatic! Isabel is starting her freshman year at Issaquah High School in September and is saving half of her paycheck to go towards a car purchase when she turns 16.” Of the other half, Mark ponders how it mysteriously vanishes at Starbucks and clothing stores in Bellevue Square.

Why open a new branch of the ice cream business now? When Mark bought the Kirkland Ben and Jerry’s in September of 2016, he began receiving requests for the previous owners’ “Scoop Truck” to bring Ben and Jerry’s ice cream to their special events. “This made us realize that having a “Scoop Truck” raises a catering event to a higher level and leads to more repeat business,” Mark explained. Business partner, Jonathan Stebbins (who we often see running the day to day business at Zeeks), gets the credit for championing the idea for a catering truck. “He spent countless hours on Craigslist and Ebay looking for an affordable truck,” Mark gratefully explains. “He even kept us from getting scammed by a

But wait, there’s even more! In addition to the three Ben and Jerry’s (Issaquah, Kirkland, and Bellevue Square), Mark is adding a new Zeeks to the Metropolitan Market retail center in Sammamish in the fall of 2018. This will be the first “delivery hut” that Zeeks has ever opened: pick-up and delivery only; no dine-in. The Ben and Jerry’s ice cream truck is available for catering anywhere on the Eastside. See for information, or call (425) 229-0939.


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Issaquah Highlands Photo Treasure Hunt Every month we publish a photo of something (or somewhere!) in the Highlands. While some months are easier than others, all photos are of something accessible to the public. It is up to you to guess where the photo was taken. Last month’s photo was of the bridge along the Sunset Walk path. The path goes around the pond between NE Falls Dr and Park Dr., south of the Sunset Walk community. There are two stone benches near the bridge, as well as a waterfall. It makes for quite a lovely stroll!


What Can You Do with Gig Internet? by Frank Pineau, General Manager, Highlands Fiber Network (HFN)

Think about it for a minute… modern mobile phones, tablets, smart televisions, computers and laptops all need Internet connectivity which consume your bandwidth every time your device is connected to your home network. Sure, your home network routing devices have capacity limits, but with Highlands Fiber Network symmetrical speeds (upload and download) up to a Gigabit (1,000 megabits), there’s enough bandwidth available for everyone in your home and all your devices. Streaming videos, movies and TV shows With a gigabit connection, you can stream high-definition (HD) video content with little to no delays or buffering. Since speeds are fast there is less time spent waiting and more time to enjoy your favorite shows and movies. Improved experience for multiple devices As more devices (smartphones, TVs, gaming systems, computers, tablets, etc.) sign onto your network utilizing your bandwidth, speed can decrease, slowing down browsing, connections, download/upload, etc. With a Gig connection and correspondingly robust router/switch, etc. your system will zip along. Video Conferencing Video conferencing is getting more popular by the day (Google Hangouts, Facetime, Skype, etc.) Each of these uses bandwidth on your Internet connection. A high-speed connection is required to maintain video quality prevent disconnects or frozen pictures. With a gigabit fiber Internet connection, these problems disappear. Download and Upload files, photos, videos fast Most of the newer smartphones have high-powered cameras that take amazing shots. High quality images make for very large photo or video files. When uploading these files to social networks, the cloud, etc., these files can take anywhere from a few minutes to hours depending on the size. With Gigabit Internet speeds, the download and upload times take seconds.

Correct guesses were submitted by: Sara Bader Gretchen Simakov Sophia Ku

Doreen Kolenc Austin Butler Jen Butler

Thanks to everyone who participated! This month’s photo is below. Can you identify the location in this picture?

Online Gaming Online gaming is quite popular and becoming more so. New games use high-quality video content, requiring fast and stable Internet connections. Gigabit connections allow you to play online games without delays. Fun Facts about Gig Service • Stream without buffering, at least 5 high-definition videos (1080p) simultaneously and have enough bandwidth to email and surf the web. • Transfer data over the Internet faster than you can write data to a thumb drive. • Download data as fast as many computers can save data to a hard drive. • Download an entire digital move (14GB) in a little under 2 minutes/120 second. Both Century Link and Xfinity Comcast cap data downloads at 300 and 250 mbps per month respectively. See You can download that much data on a 1 gig connection in about 33 minutes. Good thing there is no limit on your data downloads with HFN. If you have any questions about Highlands Fiber Network (HFN) contact our Customer Care Center at 425-4270999, or support@ Available 24/7.

If you think you have the answer, please email it to along with your full name. Please be as specific as possible when emailing your response. Responses will be accepted until August 12th. Those with the correct answer will see their name published in next month’s issue of Connections, as well as have their name entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to Ben and Jerry’s. Everyone who responds with a correct guess will be entered to win. Every correct guess is an entry! The Photo Treasure hunt is coordinated by volunteer Chelsea Musick of the Central Park neighborhood.

Fiber to the home, community owned!


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SUMMER READING a The Visit - Part III by Vanshika Chauhan b have informed you, she is interviewing all of you for her book!” Hi’s and Hello’s were exchanged between everyone.

This is the third installment of five. The first two can be found online at IssaquahHighlands. com/TheVisit. The next day, Jenna pulled up at Caffé Ladro at ten o’clock in the morning. She ordered her coffee and as she waited for Kasey, set up her laptop for recording and pulled out her questions sheet. Jenna looked outside the big glass windows at the shops and restaurants, the RAM and Big Fish restaurants, and even a huge movie theater. She smiled, and realized that she had started to like Issaquah more and more, just like her sister predicted. Two minutes later, Kasey walked in. “Good morning, Jenna!” said Kasey. “Good morning!” replied Jenna. “Would you mind if I recorded you for the interview?” “Not at all,” smiled Kasey. “So, Kasey, do you have any traditions in your house?” Jenna got straight to asking her questions. “Yes! I’m actually originally from Colombia so on the first day of every month our family bakes this soup called Changua, which is a milk soup with egg and we have it for breakfast,” Kasey said as she reminisced of how the soup tasted. “Wow! What are some of your other favorite foods from Colombia?” Asked Jenna. “Bandeja Paisa, or just some typical tamales but my ultimate favorite has got to be Pescado Frito. I am a seafood lover!” Kasey delighted in talking about her traditional foods. “Are there any celebrations you enjoy the most?” Jenna was full of interest in Kasey’s interview. “I love Christmas, a lot! It’s a time to be with your family and just enjoy one another, which is something I really value. It is also why Thanksgiving is my second favorite celebration, and also because I love food, if you couldn’t already tell,” laughed Kasey. Jenna laughed right along with Kasey as she replied, “I am with you on that one! That also brings me to my next question, how important do you think it is that we value family and tradition?”

Kasey smiled. “Family and tradition are two things that are very dear to my heart. They are both things that bring me back to my roots and keep me humble. They are the main source for my happiness. I do not know where I would be, or who I would be without them. For me, and I would hope for everyone, they are a vital part of my life.” “Beautifully said, Kasey. I agree with you completely. I have one last question. What tradition is the most important for you?” Asked Jenna. “I don’t think there is a tradition that I value the most. The great part of traditions is that they bring you the feeling of home and I think for me that feeling is very important for me. So, in a sense, that is my most important tradition, the feeling of home,” Kasey happily replied Jenna. “Wow! It was an honor interviewing you, Kasey. Thank you so much and thank you for introducing me to this amazing café,” laughed Jenna.

everyone from?”

“Hi everyone! My name is Jenna, as Katherine said,” laughed Jenna. “Thank you all so much for doing this; it is greatly appreciated.” Jenna pulled out her laptop as she wrote down everyone’s names. “Now, would anyone not be okay with being recorded?” No one objected. “Great! Let’s get started. So, where is

“I’m from Ireland!” said Margot. “India,” replied Nadia. “Kendra and I are both from here, actually!” laughed Chloe. “I’m from Norway,” smiled Halley. “And lastly, I’m from Alabama,” said Anne. Jenna quickly brought out her question sheets. “Wow! So nice to meet you all!” smiled Jenna as she started with her questions. “What’s the thing you love most about home?” “The food!” said Chloe, Nadia and Halley at once. Everyone laughed at their unplanned synchronized answer. “I love my fried chicken!” Anne replied, laughing. “It’s a great part about being from the south!”

“The pleasure was all mine,” Kasey said as she laughed alongside Jenna. The pair shook hands and went their own ways.

“Funny enough, I actually enjoy the rain here but not the bears!” Chloe said as everyone laughed.

Three days later, Katherine and Jenna were all ready for the gathering. Katherine had called seven of her closest friends to come for the mass interview at Zeeks Pizza. Jenna and Katherine had just finished placing their order when the whole group of seven ladies walked in. Katherine stood up to introduce everyone.

“Irish accents are my favorite part of Ireland!” Margot cheerfully said.

“Jenna, this is Margot, Kendra, Nadia, Halley, Chloe, Anne and Anastasia,” Katherine said as she pointed out all the ladies to Jenna. “And ladies, this is my sister, Jenna. As I

The ladies talked about their traditions, families and the food they loved for almost an hour. They all had something different to say when Jenna asked them about why family was important to them. Halley said it kept her from missing home too much, while Nadia said that she enjoyed all the festivities and culture behind traditions. Anne agreed with Halley

but also said that tradition made you who you were. Kendra and Chloe both reminisced about home and said that traditions kept them tethered to their family. Margot made everyone laugh when she said she wouldn’t be Irish without her traditions. Jenna went home feeling completely satisfied with the interviews and was floating on a cloud of inspiration. As she got home, she set her laptop down on the kitchen counter and got to washing the dishes. As she washed the dishes, she and Katherine talked about ‘how divine’ that was and what more they could do so that Jenna could finish her last three interviews. Jenna had her head turned, looking at Katherine, as she reached over to grab a plate. She put the plate in the water before she looked down and realized that what she had put in the sink was her laptop, not the plate. Jenna’s immediate reaction was to scream. “OH NO, OH NO!” cried Jenna. Katherine, immediately startled turned to see what was wrong. “Oh gosh, Jenna! What happened?” Katherine said calmly, trying to bring Jenna’s screaming down. “My laptop! I thought it was a plate and I put it in the sink before I realized what it was!” Jenna was hyperventilating and talking in between breaths. END OF PART THREE This is the final episode published in Connections/Summer Reading. The rest of The Visit can be found online at

Vanshika Chauhan will be a Junior at Issaquah High School this year. She moved to the Highlands in 2007 when she was in first grade. Vanshika has been writing since she was eight years old and has always enjoyed coming up with stories. She plays tennis, snowboards, and enjoys reading in her free time.


What’s Next? Will Issaquah Highlands Change? by Nina Milligan, Highlands Council Communication Manager, Connections Editor August 1st is the first of several public meetings held at City Hall to discuss the termination of the Issaquah Highlands Development Agreement (DA). This first community meeting was April 20th at Blakely Hall. DAs are contracts made between developers and cities (or counties) for both party’s benefit. When the Issaquah Highlands Development Agreement is ended in December 2017, a variety of zoning designations will be applied to Issaquah Highlands, where only one zone has been used for the last 20 years, the Urban Village zone.

Ashland Park was Issaquah Highlands’ first park. How do our privately HOA owned parks get zoned when the city applies zones for different uses in the Highlands.

What comes next? Attend the August 1st meeting and find out! Or watch it online at City of Issaquah ICTV.

Planning Policy Commission and the Urban Village Development Commission (UVDC) August Joint Meetings August 1st and 15th 6:30pm Council Chambers City Hall

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DEVELOPMENT NEWS by Nina Milligan, Highlands Council Communication Manager, Connections News Editor

School Proposal for West of Westridge The City of Issaquah is considering a proposal by the Issaquah School District to site a new elementary school near Issaquah Highlands. Members of the community have two public hearing opportunities to comment on this proposal, presented in Agenda Bill (AB) 7433. Agenda Bill 7433 proposes pre-annexation zoning for land that was owned by King County just west of the new Westridge South neighborhood of Issaquah Highlands. The City of Issaquah recently bought this land and wishes to change its zoning before annexing the land into the City. Among the considerations for desired zoning is a letter of interest from the Issaquah School District to build a new “urban-concept elementary school.” This would require removal of approximately five acres of trees along the ridge to the west of Westridge South and a parking lot on 7th Ave NE (Swedish Hospital’s lot). AB 7433 addresses several proposed zones for the land to be annexed. There’s open space zoning proposed for a majority of the steep slope, an Intense Commercial zone at the base of the hill, and Community Facilities-Facilities zone to site a new water tank to serve future development on the valley floor. And there is a Community Facilities-Facilities zone proposed for the upper forested bench so that a new elementary school could be built there. Currently, 125 Highlands kindergartners and about a third of the Highlands elementary students are bussed off the hill. For the school district’s proposal to fly, construction standards for an “urban-concept elementary school” must also be approved by the City. The Planning Policy Committee reviewed the proposed

code changes on July 13th. The Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval to the City Council. The first of two public hearings on AB 7433 was Monday, July 17th at the regular City Council meeting. Final action is not expected until the second Public Hearing on September 5th.

Polygon Opens Presales for Westridge

In mid-July, Polygon Homes announced it was accepting offers on its first four homes built in Westridge South (just west of Swedish Hospital, accessed from Discovery Drive). These homes are located at the far southeast end of the property, near the Swedish utility facility and across the street from a future park planned for this neighborhood. These homes are all garage-fronted, 2-3 stories with 4-5 bedrooms. Pre-sale pricing begins at $990K and is offered only to “pre-approved Priority Purchase List Members” who already have a loan approved by Polygon Mortgage. See for the online application. The sales office opened on July 29th at 509 NE Discovery Drive. The Model Homes will open some time in October 2017.

Central Park Update In May 2017, the Issaquah City Council approved full-funding for the Central Park Pad #1 Improvement Project. This project involves converting the baseball diamond into a multi-use, lighted artificial turf field. The City also had to consider ancillary uses and accommodations for the increased capacity and traffic the new Pad #1 would create. Construction began in June and is expected to continue through most of the rest of 2017. The playground and parking lot are closed during construction. In July, the contractor was constructing a retaining wall at the northeast corner of the field. A lot of work has been going on behind the scenes and will become visible in August. For more information about the Central Park Pad #1 Improvement Project, begin here:



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School Skills for Sure Success by Emily Palm, HY Co-President and Crofton Springs Resident As the school year approaches, the buzz begins over homecoming and new classes. In all this excitement, we forget to create a plan to stay organized and focused throughout the school year. Here are a few tips to help you succeed this year: Use your planner. Writing out what you must do helps you stay on top of everything. As you move through the list, cross off the completed work so you do not feel as if your hard work is futile.

Use a planner to stay on top of all there is to do in school. This one is based on a monthly view, but they vary.

When shopping for one, consider the planners that your school sells. But if you do not want to buy the school planner, there are plenty of other stylish options sold elsewhere. Target has a great selection of affordable planners, along with Fred Meyer. If you would like one custom made, Purple Trail in Issaquah

has an amazing variety of personalized options. Head out and order, or pick up, your planner today! Buy vibrant or patterned school supplies. It is often said that when you dress nice, you feel nice. The same goes for school supplies! Splurge for the notebook that will make you feel trendy whenever you use it. When you like something, you will use it more, so buy the colors that make you happy! If you want a patterned binder but do not want to spend the extra money, buy different colored binders. Then print out a patterned paper that also labels what class the binder is for. This easy and affordable method is a great way to organize and style your school supplies. Colorful supplies are an easy way to add a little brightness into your homework. Ask for help in your classes. Do not procrastinate on asking for the extra assistance so many of us need. If you do not understand something, ask immediately for a different or more clear explanation. Waiting to understand the concept will only hurt you in the long run. If your teacher is not explaining in a way clear for you to understand, seek a tutor. Ask for help! Find a spot in your house and designate it for studying. Whether it is your front porch, dining room table, or desk in your bedroom, find a place that you know you will be able to focus and complete your work. Pick a place that is comfortable so you can stay there for as long as needed, but not a place that causes you to fall asleep. Grab a blanket and snuggle up in your perfect place - it is homework time! Make the perfect studying playlist. Choose songs that are calming and help you focus. I like to include a few songs that encourage me to get up and dance.

Designate a spot in your home to study. Pick a comfortable setting.

When these songs come on I take a dance break. Spotify has great options for handcrafting the perfect playlist. Pandora has a wonderful selection of stations that give you a variety of songs based on your preferences. There are plenty of other music options but these two are my favorites. Plug in your headphones and get ready to study! Set aside time to study! Our lives can be chaotic and busy but we must leave time to do our homework. Know your schedule and plan when you can squeeze in a quick study or complete one page of notes. Studying ten minutes is significantly better than not at all. Have an amazing school year! I hope this advice can help you have a great year. Remember to enjoy yourself and have fun!

HY Helps Prepare for Community Art Project at Parkadilly At their June meeting, the Highlands Youth (HY) Advisory Board helped prepare flowers made from recycled See me soon at materials facilitated by Materials Artist Highlands Day! and Environmentalist Gabi Phillips. The flowers became part of a community art project for Friends of Lake Sammamish’s Parkadilly Festival on July 25th. The sculpture, sponsored by Recology, is a tree made completely of recycled plastic. Enjoy the sculpture at Highlands Day!

Upper Left: Highlands Youth (HY) Board members Dion Lillo, Andie Kolasinski and Aadit Mehta get to work making flowers from recycled materials for the Parkadilly Festival. Upper Right: Ethan Hunter of the HY Board shows off his work for the Parkadilly Festival. Lower Left: Flowers made from recycled materials for Parkadilly Festival at Lake Sammamish State Park. Lower Right: HY Youth Board gather for a group shot to show off their wares from the June art project, supporting the Parkadilly Festival.


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SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT Issaquah School District

Grand Ridge Elementary

8/1-3 8/7-14 8/9 8/23 9/6 9/11


Ride the Big Yellow Bus @ 9:00 A.M. Enrollment Verification Process School Board Meeting @ 7:00 P.M. School Board Meeting @ 7:00 P.M. First Day of School First Day of Kindergarten

Issaquah Middle School 8/14 Office Reopens 8/23-25 WEB Training 8/24-25 Panther Days


Issaquah School Foundation

Pacific Cascade Middle School

Challenger Elementary 8/4 Office Reopens 8/22-23 Lynx Days 8/25 WEB Days


Office Reopens

Clark Elementary

Gibson Ek High School 8/11 8/21

All School Park Playdate – Train Park @ 3:00 PM All School Park Playdate – Squawk Valley @ 9:00 AM

Issaquah High School

Endeavour Elementary


Office Reopens

8/9 8/25

Office Reopens

Office Reopens New to IHS Night

**Be sure to check individual web sites for details and updates

Great Things at Gibson Ek High School by Austin Zimmerman

After June Exhibitions, everyone wrapped up projects or made plans to work during the summer. I planned to find an internship over the summer and do project work for school. That is another awesome thing about Gibson Ek High School: you choose when you want to work on your projects, even during breaks. Exhibitions are presentations students put on for their teachers, family, mentors, and fellow students to show off the hard work they have done at GEHS.

Outside of school projects, Gibson Ek students are encouraged to find internships. Genser (pronounced “henser”) is a first-year sophomore at Gibson Ek. He interns at the community center coaching kids football and basketball. He is planning to make a physical education plan for the school. When he grows up, he wants to be a Navy Seal or an MMA fighter. “I like the freedom at Gibson Ek. It makes me feel in control over how I want to learn and what I want to do during my high school years,” Genser said.

In one of his school projects, Genser built a doghouse for his dog. “I wanted to build a doghouse because [my dog] did not have one and my family does not have that much money to buy one for me. First, I started by researching online the best type of wood, what I needed for the house, how to know what my dog needs and the best way to build it,” Genser said. “I haven’t finished it but I’m almost there.”

Reminder: New ISD Bell Schedule Enrollment Verification Process This year, the Enrollment Verification Process (EVP) for 2017-2018 School Year will be completed online, paperless, through Family The Issaquah School District will operate on a new bell schedule next year. Please visit for individual school bell times and program scheduling. For bus pick-up and drop-off, please visit Issaquah.wednet. edu/family/transportation/elink. For specific building schedules including lunch, recess, and activity details, contact individual school offices.

Access. All returning ISD students complete EVP from August 7-14, 2017. EVP confirms enrollment through multiple steps, allowing families to download and print necessary forms, pay applicable fees, and update information. Please note, students will not receive classroom assignments until all required forms are properly completed and submitted. Parents can also support their PTSA, purchase a yearbook, tickets to school functions, and school gear. Questions, please contact individual school offices.

New to Issaquah High School?

PCMS Web Days & Parent Coffee

IHS Athletic Registration Information 2017-2018

Clark Elementary Summer Playdates

“New to IHS Night” will take place August 31, 2017, 6:30-8:30 P.M., in the IHS Commons. Please join other new students for this IHS tradition, an informative, community-building event for everyone new to IHS and their families. IHS has terrific activities planned: individualized info-sessions for transfer students and incoming 9th graders, campus tours, student panels and spirit wear. Meet school administrators, PTSA, Boosters, ASB, and other incoming families. This is a great way to start the new school year, and learn about the Issaquah Eagles!

This year’s athletic registration process requires two steps: online registration and in-person document submission to the bookkeeper and athletic secretary. Online registration for FALL SPORTS ONLY will be available from August 9th-18th, from 8:00 A.M – 2:00 P.M. All FOOTBALL forms due by August 15th. Other fall sports forms are due by August 18th no exceptions. Please make extra copies of paperwork and physical. For further information, visit Winter & Spring Sports physicals will not be accepted during fall registration period. Winter sports registration opens at the end of October; Spring sports in January/February.

WEB Days are exciting times for 6th graders! WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) Days introduce incoming 6th graders to PCMS, through 8th grade LYNX mentors, August 25, 2017. The 8th graders plan fun-filled, team bonding, informational activities to acquaint the new class with PCMS. While 6th graders are enjoying WEB Days, parents are invited to meet for an informational coffee break. Parents have the opportunity to meet Principal Dana Bailey, talk with other parents, and discuss the upcoming school year. For more information, visit

All Clark families are welcome to join us at our local parks for Summer Playdates. More dates may be added as we learn about the availability of our new building/playground! Meet us at the park, and let’s all enjoy a happy summer! Meet August 11, 3-5pm at Issaquah Train Park, located behind the police station at 130 E Sunset Way.

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SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT Come Ride the Big Yellow Bus The Issaquah School District would like to invite parents and all incoming kindergarteners to ride the big yellow bus, August 1-3, 2017. No matter which elementary school kids attend, join lots of other kindergartners at Issaquah High School to have fun riding the bus, while introducing school bus safety procedures. The bus ride will begin at Issaquah High School’s parking lot promptly at 9:00am, with a quick photograph taken (headshot photo only) to help ISD Transportation Department confirm each kindergartener with the correct name. The bus ride goes to 10:30am. Reservations are strictly required. To select a date, visit

Grand Ridge Elementary Back to School Social Back to school can be really exciting, and a little daunting, all at the same time. Grand Ridge Elementary would like to invite everyone to “Meet the Teacher,” on September 5th, at 9:30 A.M. Parents are welcome to tour the classroom, meet the teacher, find a buddy, and drop supplies. Afterward, families can join the annual PTSA Back to School Social to help smooth the transition, reconnect with old friends, talk with PTSA board members, while preparing for the first day of school. We look forward to seeing everyone there! More information, Teacher assignments can be found on the ISD Family Access page, September 1st, after 5:00 P.M.

Big Changes are coming to Issaquah Middle School PTSA! Get ready! Next year there will be a whole new newsletter and communications for the 2017-2018 school year! The majority of PTSA communications and sign-ups will be done from our updated IM PTSA website. Each family will need to have an individual account on the IM PTSA website to receive the weekly e-news. We hope all families decide to become IM PTSA members. However, memberships are not required for an account, volunteer sign-ups, or e-news. It’s SUPER SIMPLE and EASY! Sign up at

Back-to-School Immunizations

Students must provide documentation of immunization before school starts September 6th, 2017 Make sure everyone is up-to-date on vaccines. A health check-up, including vaccinations, is recommended for all children. Schedule check-up appointments at least one month before school starts to make sure kids receive the necessary vaccinations required. More information, contact individual schools.

Clark Elementary Important Kindergarten Dates

Getting ready for Kindergarten at Clark Elementary? To get started, pick up a registration packet at our front office. New registration packets for Kindergarten are due in early August to determine class sizes and staffing. Questions, contact the office at 425-837-6300.

Important dates to remember are 8/1-3: Ride the Big Yellow School Bus! 8/11: “Ready for School” Fair, at Issaquah Valley Elementary School, to help with the online Enrollment Verification Process, EVP. ISD will provide free childcare and interpreters. 8/19: Tools for School. And late August: Look for yellow postcards in the mail, with specific bus information.

First Day of School September 6th, 2017 First Day of Kindergarten September 11th, 2017

by Tracie Jones, Wisteria Park

PCMS Lynx Days – Back to School & Volunteer Help Needed

Lynx Days take place August 22-23, 2017. It’s always fun to rejoin old friends, while taking care of school business. Students take their annual school picture, obtain an ASB card, receive schedules, locker assignments, textbooks, sign-up for clubs, PE uniforms, purchase yearbooks, join the PTSA, as well as pay the bookkeeper. Anyone interested in helping the PCMS PTSA during Lynx Days, please let us know! Lynx Days organizes all details before the first day of school, requiring about 30 volunteers. Responsible students’ volunteering could count towards IHS volunteer hours or NHS service hours. In addition to Lynx Days, there are many other volunteer opportunities at PCMS, including September’s Back to School Social. We’d love your help! Please visit to sign-up, and for more information.

School Supplies from Tools4School 2017

Tools4School is a community-wide partnership, along with the ISF, providing new backpacks and school supplies for students within the Issaquah School District. DO YOU NEED A NEW BACKPACK OR SCHOOL SUPPLIES? Please register at, or in person at the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, 179 First Ave. SE. TheTools4School event will be held August 26th, from 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M., at Eastridge Church, at 24205 SE Issaquah Fall City Road, distributing supplies to registered families, along with a Health and Wellness Fair, and BBQ lunch. QUESTIONS, call 425-391-8557.

Volunteer Background Check

ALL volunteers within the Issaquah School District are required to complete an online background check, application, and training before working within all ISD schools. Completing this mandatory process once covers all schools within the district; Check all the boxes for each attending school. At the district level, application processing times should take about a week to receive approval. Don’t delay, complete your application today!

Issaquah Food Bank Summer Lunch Program

“Summer Lunch” is our annual program to help fill the gap over summer, when kids aren’t receiving school lunches. School age kids will receive a week’s worth of breakfast, lunch, and snacks on Thursdays, from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M, until August 31, 2017. Distribution will take place on the lawn, across from the Issaquah Food Bank. Registration is open, although pre-registration is not required. IFB provides over 200 bags each week, at a cost of $20/bag. Please help us end summer food insecurity by donating funds or goods. For more information, Questions? Contact Rebecca at 425-392-4123 x11.


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Culture Through Cuisine – Mexico

by Nina Milligan, Highlands Council (Photo credits – Issaquah Highlands resident, Shubha Tirumale)

Agave Cocina’s Scratch Margarita Federico (Freddie) Ramos learned how to make margaritas from family members. He recommends using fresh limes, which are currently available in local stores. “One of my uncles had a small restaurant in our hometown,” recalls Freddie. “I would always volunteer to help on the weekends and in the summer to learn the restaurant industry.” Today, as co-owner with his sister Faviola of Agave Cocina and Tequilas in Issaquah Highlands, Freddie is continuing the tradition of mixing margaritas—and he’s branched out to making tequila. The family works with local producers and farmers in Jalisco, Mexico each year to make the restaurant’s own limited edition, private label tequila. According to Freddie, the Ramos family has a long tradition of making margaritas. “Whether it was a family gathering or celebration, going out with friends or going out to dinner, there were always margaritas involved. Anytime there is a family gathering is a good reason to enjoy a margarita.” Freddie emphasizes the importance of using highquality agave tequila because it doesn’t have any of the harshness of cheaper brands. “I was born and raised in the state of Jalisco, Mexico, which is the only state licensed to produce genuine tequila, mainly because of its weather and soil. Jalisco’s tequilas are the finest in the world,” explains Freddie. “You will taste a distinct difference when using a high-quality tequila in your margaritas. In fact, you may not want to salt the rim of the glass.” “There is a broad list of drinks made from tequila in the state of Jalisco, yet the margarita is ranked the number one cocktail,” said Freddie. “It’s a classic.” Below is his scratch-made margarita recipe to enjoy at home.

Yields: two margaritas • 3 oz. 100% agave tequila (high-quality tequila) • 1.5 oz. orange liqueur (Agave recommends Cointreau because it’s less sweet than other brands) • 1 oz. simple syrup • 1.5 oz. fresh lime juice • 2 lime wedges for glass rim, plus 2 lime wedges for garnish • 1 tbsp. coarse salt for glass rim (optional) • Ice Directions: 1. Optional: run a lime wedge around the outer rim of each glass and dip rim in salt. Set aside. 2. In cocktail shaker, mix tequila, orange liqueur, simple syrup and fresh lime juice with ice for 15 seconds. 3. Strain margarita into glasses. 4. Garnish with lime wedge and serve. Tip: Save time when entertaining by juicing the fruit a few hours in advance. Refrigerate in an airtight container.

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Blakely Hall

Award-winning Blakely Hall has a feeling and comfort of a lodge. It is a wonderful place for parties with 70 or more guests, fund raisers, galas, and any type of reception. Blakely Hall can accommodate up to 200 guests. In addition to the atmosphere Blakely Hall will give you, there is a patio with outdoor seating and BBQ grill that is available for rent.

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Blakely Hall Meeting Room

The Conference room is perfect for your meeting or seminar. It is private. It can accommodate up to 46 guests. A screen is provided as well as comfortable conference chairs and tables that can be configured to your liking. There is a wash station, and a countertop to place your refreshments. To inquire about booking facilities at Blakely Hall, please contact Brianna at 425.507.1107 or email

Fire Station Meeting Room

The Fire Station 73 meeting room is great for community or group meetings. It comes with tables and chairs. It can accommodate up to 85 guests in a meeting setting or comfortably 30 guests. There are two whiteboards for writing down your ideas and agenda. There is also a television with a DVD player for your instructional videos. Because this is a city building they do not allow religious, partisan, or for-profit meetings to take place in this facility. To inquire about booking the Fire Station Meeting Room, please contact Fire Station #73 at 425.313.3373.

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