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July 2014

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Fitness & Health Ask Kari Volunteer of the Month Arts & Entertainment City of Issaquah Living Green Highlands Day Resident Profile

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FROM THE EDITOR Highlands Day is more than just a festival; it is a reflection of who we are as Highlanders. Way back before Issaquah Highlands reached a thousand homes, Highlands Day was like a big block party, when most neighbors knew or recognized each other, and all gathered for fun and partying, a time to share the joy of their small children, enjoy the kiddie parade, share a game or ride, or maybe just talk with that neighbor you’ve always wanted to get to know better. As the community grew, so did Highlands Day. Our biggest festival ever was when we partnered with Swedish Hospital to showcase their grand opening, and nearly 30,000 festival goers turned out to help our community celebrate. Issaquah Highlands had come of age. Then we had an international festival theme to celebrate our diversity. And last year’s funny ‘cowhand’ theme was to acknowledge the American national heritage, and well, our sense of humor! This year we celebrate the arts. Not long ago Highlands Council embarked on a partnership with artEAST, Issaquah’s arts community leader. This partnership has blossomed far beyond Blakely Hall’s art gallery, and this year we are taking the art OUTSIDE! Be sure to enjoy the art events all Highlands-week-long. It’ll be a feast for your eyes! To check out all that we have planned for you in this issue’s insert. And, while we assemble the final plans for Highlands Day, Highlands Council is also hard at work preparing to roll out the community’s new website, at www.IssaquahHighlands.com. Okay, you may remember this URL from when you first arrived here. But then it was the Port Blakely website, mostly to support the home builders and sales. As the final piece of transition from the master developer, Port Blakely, has turned over this URL. Now the website is ours, the community’s, managed by Highlands Council. We are excited to share your new IH home, this being the online one. IssaquahHighlands.com will become the community’s living room, or den, whatever you want to call the place where you can find friends and neighbors, information and contacts. Check it out! The IHWebsite.com will remain as the Issaquah Highlands Community Association (IHCA) website, where you’ll find important homeowner information presented by your association. I hope to see you at Highlands Day AND at on the Issaquah Highlands’ website soon! Nina Milligan, Crofton Springs 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.

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Highlands Council People News

Christy Garrard Promoted to Executive Director The Highlands Council Board of Trustees is proud to announce that Christy Garrard has been promoted to the position of Executive Director. She began this current tenure at Highlands Council in September of 2010, working for the then Executive Director, Vicki Stier. Christy was promoted to Director in June of 2012. During these past years, she has organized and directed the major festivals of Highlands Day and Green Halloween. She also managed Blakely Hall, its activities and rentals. While carrying the lion’s share of Highlands Council responsibilities, she has also been working towards degrees in both Communication & Social Science from the University of Washington. She completed her degrees this past month. “She’s been the heart and soul of Highlands Council activity,” said Larry Norton, President of the Highlands Council Board of Trustees. “We are proud of what she has accomplished and we are very pleased to have her represent us and Issaquah Highlands in the fabric building of community that’s the mission of Highlands Council.” John Thompson, Thank you for your Service! The Highlands Council Board of Trustees would like to recognize the many contributions of John Thompson, resident and long-time member of the Board of Trustees. After serving multiple terms on the Board and continuing his service during the Board’s transition this past year, his current term has come to an end. John’s steady leadership during the formative years, many of which were financially lean years for Highlands Council, will be missed. “John’s legacy of knowledge and his calm and thoughtful participation have helped bring Highlands Council to a position of community leadership,” said Larry Norton, President of the Highlands Council Board of Trustees. Thank you, John!

Highlands Day Art Outside Festival The Issaquah Highlands is an incredible place filled with gorgeous scenery, intriguing trails, fabulous parks and an amazing sense of community – all the things that inspire artists. artEAST is thrilled to be bringing art to Issaquah Highlands Day - it seems like a match made in heaven. Thanks for making us part of your community.

- Karen Abel, Executive Director, artEAST

Friday - Sunday | July 18th - 20th

BLAKELY HALL ART GALLERY

Grand Works Landscape Exhibition at Blakely Hall People’s Choice Award The upcoming “Grand Works” Landscape art exhibit at Blakley Hall is a juried award show, meaning a designated jurist will be awarding cash prizes for first, second, and third place as well as honorable mention. Community members will have an opportunity to cast their vote for their favored piece during the run of the show. The “People’s Choice” Award is often the one most favored by artists; it signifies the success in making a connection with the community.

So stop in, either at the Opening Reception on Friday, July 18th, at Highlands Day on Sunday, July 20th from 3pm – 7pm or Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm until August 15th and let your vote count!

Your vote counts!!


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The Goats are Coming!

Another Spring has brought another bumper crop of vegetation growth in our open spaces. Two goat herds, totaling about 400 animals, began arriving in late June to graze their way across some of our steep slopes. Do Not Feed The Goats. In 2011 seven goats died after ingesting yard trimmings that had been improperly disposed of in one of our open spaces. Many more goats were seriously sickened and all required emergency care. For those of us who were there it was a distressing spectacle with needless, days-long suffering, expense and after-effects. And it was preventable. DO NOT FEED THE GOATS.

Open spaces should not be used to dispose of your yard trimmings (or anything else). Many plants in your yard are actually poisonous to goats and other animals. Oddly the goats often don’t know the difference so it is up to us to ensure they do not eat poisonous plants. The goats are here to eat high grass and weeds in open spaces. Our goat program is a key part of vegetation management in our difficult to reach areas. The

July is Smart Irrigation Month

As longer-term residents know the price of irrigating our common areas has been a large part of the community’s operating budget. Recognizing that this cost can be controlled through active management and a proper maintenance program has resulted in the savings of hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past nine years. To carry this effort ever forward the association is retrofitting key irrigation systems with Toro’s Sentinel irrigation management system. We expect the Sentinel system to provide more precise irrigation control, improved management and maintenance capabilities and a better matching of seasonal change to irrigation schedules. All told this should help us reduce overall water use by as much as 20%. Dovetailing nicely with the new controls is a recent partnership developed between IHCA and Cascade Water Alliance, our wholesale water provider. Cascade contractors are working with IHCA field staff to perform audits of key

goats are cost-effective, efficient, they nourish the grass and other plantings we want and they work without getting injured the way humans would if the roles were changed. Please enjoy the goats from a safe distance and DO NOT FEED THE GOATS. In the five years we have been working with goats we have learned that certain tracts require annual visits and other tracts can be managed with less frequent ‘treatments’. Juggling these latter tracts is how we are able to bring the herds to new areas each season while keeping the program cost stable. Watch for more news in our weekly e-letter. Targeted neighborhoods can also expect to see signs on mailbox kiosks as well as postcards arriving by mail. DO NOT FEED THE GOATS.

and representative systems, allowing us to better see actual performance and provide us with precise application rates which can be fed into the Sentinel system. Six of our highest water-using controllers are being retrofitted with the Sentinel controls for the 2014 season. New construction at Pinecrest and View Ridge will also use the new controls. During the 2014 irrigation season parallel control demonstration projects have been arranged with two competing controls vendors. Toro has obliged us with one system and John Deere Greentech is furnishing two Weathertrak controllers for us to test. Operating results will be analyzed after the irrigation season ends. With over 60 controllers connected to over 50 water meters and eleven pump systems the need for a more sophisticated, automated irrigation management system is clear. Continued growth of the community only adds to the complexity.

IHCA Groundskeepers a Cut Above

A recent edition of PlantAmnesty’s newsletter featured the smiling faces of four of our IHCA groundskeepers. They participated in an all-day pruning training session at North Seattle Community College. They had an excellent hands-on opportunity to learn about restorative and proper pruning of many of our region’s landscape plants. Pruning is the last frontier in a groundskeeper’s training so whenever we have an opportunity to utilize PlantAmnesty’s trained people we try to take advantage of it. The benefits of the training can be seen in IHCA-maintained open spaces where most plants are quite attractive and not unnecessarily sheared. A light touch and proper timing go a long way. Incidentally, the original article was submitted to the Washington Association of Landscape Professionals as acceptance of their Educator of the Year Award given to PlantAmnesty. Their training is first-rate and their translators are the best. During this past winter these translators were also working with Cascade Water Alliance for their irrigation water management training, to which we sent Alvaro Gonzalez and Pedro Galvez. Pictured Right: IHCA groundskeepers from left to right: Alvara, Jaime, Julio and Pedro.

ARC blurb of the month… Did you know that even small landscaping projects such as removing trees or adding a few bushes to your yard need ARC approval? If you have a small project it does not require the $20 review fee and the approval/denial is almost immediate. Please submit your applications!

Issaquah Highlands Community Association (IHCA) Annual Meeting Wednesday, July 30th 7:30pm @ Blakely Hall

ISSAQUAH HIGHLANDS PUBLIC NOTICE NO. 13-008

A home business application has been submitted to the Issaquah Highlands Community Association (IHCA) Board of Directors from the owner at 2454 NE Julep Street, an attached single family home in a supplemental neighborhood. The business application is for child care operating between the hours of 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Fridays. The child care license allows for a maximum of three children. The public comment period will be July 1st, 2014 through July 15th, 2014. Residents may provide their comments on the business application via email to homebusinessapp@ ihcommunity.org. The application and the public notice are published on the Issaquah Highlands at www.ihwebsite. com. The public notice is advertised in both the July 2014 issue of Connections and in the weekly e-blasts to the community during the comment period.


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Plein Air Painting?

Written by Kim Kankiewicz, artEAST Art Outside Plein Air Festival is a three-day event celebrating the century-old technique of outdoor painting and sketching. Plein Air, a French expression that translates as “open air,” describes painting done outdoors, on location using colors and techniques to capture an impression of the fleeting effects of natural light. Plein Air painting encourages artists to convey the essence of the scene directly before them. Some Plein Air artists do not finish their paintings in one sitting, choosing instead to return to the location to complete their canvases. Other artists will return to their studio to complete the work. All the artists immerse themselves in the ambience of natural light and atmosphere, giving personal expression to their own impressions of nature’s ever-changing moods. This is one of the most spontaneous - and challenging - styles of painting.

FREE! Community Lecture and Artist Reception Overview of Plein Air Painting

Art Outside Plein Air Festival is designed to be casual, interactive and educational. It brings regionally recognized Plein Air artists to the Issaquah Highlands and Issaquah for a weekend of painting the inspiring landscapes, intimate parks, people and architecture of our community. Whether it is the expansive views from Grand Ridge, the intimate scale and lush flora of a pocket park, meandering connector trails, picturesque neighborhoods or children playing in the Village Green, the Issaquah Highlands is an urban paradise for Plein Air artists.

Blakely Hall Friday, July 18th 6:30pm

Refer to walking maps provided on IssaquahHighlands.com. Stroll the community and watch the artists at work. Bring your own easel and paint alongside the artists. See their work complete, or nearly complete at the Highlands Day Festival on Sunday, July 20th from 3pm – 7pm at Blakely Hall and Village Green Park.

The Artists...

ArtEAST is known for bringing art to the Issaquah community. Now, through the Art Outside Plein Air Festival, artEAST will bring the artists themselves to the Highlands and other Issaquah locations. Community members will have opportunities to interact with these and several other painters as they complete and discuss their work.

Dorothy Bonneau

Dorothy Bonneau is a Redmond painter who approaches each painting as a portrait of a moment. She is inspired by the way light captures an animal or an object and transforms it, creating a mood. Her aim is to convey on canvas the emotion she feels in response to what she’s painting. A member of the Women’s Caucus for the Arts and Oil Painters of America, Bonneau maintains a studio with her husband, Peter Bonneau, where she also works as a ceramic sculptor. The couple’s dogs and several neighboring farm animals are frequent subjects in Bonneau’s work.


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Brooke Borcherding

Brooke Borcherding is a 26-year-old landscape painter and member of Plein Air Washington Artists. She began painting the palm trees of California where she grew up, moved to the lush flora of the Oregon hills in college, and now paints Seattle’s city on water. Since earning an art degree from the University of Oregon, she has continued to teach herself landscape painting by observing and responding to nature.

Peggy Braeutigam

Peggy Braeutigam is an Issaquah pastel painter who has been an active contributor to the arts community since relocating from Ohio in 1979. Landscapes and seascapes are her favorite subjects, and she’s traveled throughout the country and abroad for inspiration. She has served on the board of directors for several pastel societies and is a current members of both the Pastel Society of America and the prestigious International Association of Pastel Societies Master Circle.

Phil Jensen

Phil Jensen is a Covington dreamscape painter and portrait artist whose work weaves together nature, philosophy, psychological self-reflection, and moral and economic themes. He teaches private and group lessons on the fundamentals of seeing, drawing, and painting. As an instructor, he emphasizes process over product and dissolves intimidation and stress in favor of fun. Jensen’s own paintings have won three American Art Awards. He often speaks on the subjects of liberty and the human spirit, ideals that inform all of his art.

Jan Albach Jewell

Jan Albach Jewell is a Bellevue oil painter whose most satisfying experiences happen while painting outdoors. Her goal is to capture the atmosphere and aliveness of a scene so vividly that a viewer will share the sensations she felt while painting. This involves a complete and exhilarating immersion in her subject. Jewell has painted landscapes in Europe, in our country’s national parks, and throughout the state of Washington. She believes every person has a natural ability to create, and that talent is less important than permission to experiment and desire to learn.

Arlon Rosenoff

Arlon Rosenoff is a Whidbey Island painter who spent his youth drawing outdoor scenes in Colorado and Wyoming, where his family farmed. While drawing has been a daily practice for Rosenoff since childhood, becoming a painter enhanced his appreciation for the light, texture, and geometry that occur in nature and in life. He paints primarily with a palette knife, giving viewers a strong sense of his physical interaction with the paint. His artistic ambition is to capture impressions of everyday life. He believes anything from a rustic old truck or desolate landscape to a busy main street can convey peace, beauty, and a sense of place.

Carol Ross

Carol Ross is a Sammamish landscape painter whose work has been described as “loose and energized sometimes venturing towards abstraction.” She is most pleased with a landscape when it captures a mood of the scene rather than the detail. A native of the northwest, Ross is equally enamored with the Pacific beaches near Kalaloch and the open spaces of Eastern Washington. She enjoys exploring the landscape with her husband Mike Rainwater, a professional photographer, whose sharply focused images contrast with Ross’s impressions of crashing surf or changing cloud formations.

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Jerome Steffen

Jerome Steffen is an Issaquah watercolorist for whom painting is the most natural way to express feeling. In his previous career as an architect, Steffen used drawing and occasionally painting to illustrate ideas. He made art his full-time occupation in 2005. Finding inspiration in animals, landscapes, street scenes, and human forms, Steffen is motivated by the discovery of new techniques and the sense of joy he derives from painting. He is a member of Northwest Watercolor Society and artEAST, where he enjoys contributing to a spirit of community, learning, and sharing.

Meg Wade

Meg Wade is an Issaquah painter who enjoys the challenge of simplifying what she sees into a composition portraying the essence of a place, from the warmth of the sun to the color of the shadows. She takes her paints and sketchbook on hikes, fly fishing outings, and family ski trips. After many years as a watercolor painter, Wade has taken a renewed interest in pallet knife acrylic painting. She has taught art at schools and fine arts organizations throughout the region. She encourages her students and others to experience outdoor painting.

Jolyn Wells-Moran

Jolyn Wells-Moran is an oil painter and member of Plein Air Washington Artists. She finds plein air painting the best way to manifest her emotional reactions to the drama of the natural world. She paints and exhibits her work throughout the Pacific Northwest and in Baja Sur, Mexico, with occasional excursions elsewhere. She has studied at Gage Academy of Art, the Pacific Northwest Art School, and the Marchutz School of Drawing and Painting in France.


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Heron Rookery 2014 Community Nest Making Environmental Art Project July 14-17 | Village Green Park, across from Blakely Hall In 2012, artEAST launched the Rookery Project, a multi-year community art program that pays homage to the majestic Great Blue Herons that are indigenous to our area. During the first two years, forty-one artists worked in 2-D and sculpture to bring to life their vision of the heron. This colorful and creative flock of birds roosted at a dozen exhibition sites around Issaquah and Sammamish for the enjoyment of bird watchers and art aficionados alike.

Local environmental artist Karen White facilitates community art such as nests for the Heron Rookery Project.

From the moment the project was conceived, it was artEAST’s ultimate goal to evolve the Rookery Project into a community nest-making project where the citizens become the artists. Rookery Nests 2014 will be the first environmental art installation created in our woodlandrich communities and the first site-specific art project to involve the community as the creating artists. Environmental Art is a term that has no set definition and takes many forms. One of the best known contemporary environmental artists is Andy Goldsworthy, who creates his work entirely from materials found at the immediate environmental site and then captures how the artwork responds to weather, tides and wind through photographs or film. Environmental art helps improve our relationship with the natural world or teaches us about nature and its processes or even introduces new ways for us to co-exist with our environment.

Nests will range 3 to 5 feet in diameter artEAST instructor and environmental artist Karen White will lead diverse groups from our community, including adults with the ATWORK! organization, YWCA Family Village, our own HY, and Issaquah School District’s !mpact Summer Program to build large-scale, outdoor nest art installations woven from branches collected from the community. Each nest will reflect the individual group that weaves it, the structure and story that unfolds with the building process and will remind us of community and home. The nests will range 3 to 5 feet in diameter. Karen White is a teaching artist who integrates life and art as one and loves sharing her creative processes and involving people with nature and art through stimulating and collaborative experiences. Her work emulates and highlights the patterns, textures and forms inherent in nature, celebrating its cycles and rhythms. Karen has extensive experience working with diverse communities creating large scale environmental sculptures and nests. She has led similar site-specific projects over the past eight years with US Fish & Wildlife Service, the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Habitat for Humanity and Wing and Waves Birding Festival in Oregon as well as private and non-profit groups, multiple school groups, special needs and at-risk populations and community organizations in Washington, Oregon and Colorado. She currently teaches art to teens and adults at the artEAST Art Center. Nest creation will take place July 14-17 on the Village Green and the project concludes with a public showing of the nests during the July 20th, Art Outside Highlands Day Festival. Visitors to Highlands Day will also have the opportunity to work with Karen to create a nest on-site during the 4 hour festival.

Monday, July 14th

Safeway sponsors the HY (Highlands Youth Board) nest build

Tuesday, July 15th

Highlands Realty sponsors the YWCA Family Village nest build

Wednesday, July 16th

Issaquah Press sponsors the atWork! nest build

Thursday, July 17th

Highlands Dentistry sponsors the Impact! ISD middle school camp nest build

Follow the Builds on Facebook.com/issaquahhighlands

Example of Karen White’s community, environmental art, nest build with Habitat for Humanity in 2009.

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The Faces of Grand Ridge Plaza, July 2014 by Jennifer Hagge, Grand Ridge Plaza Property Manager

Who is inside? The people of Grand Ridge Plaza are neighbors who are looking forward to meeting you. Stop by and say, “Hi!” Read here about their personal side to glean perfect icebreaker greetings for your visit.

Barre 3 – Anna McEvers & Heather Kass

Anna and Heather partnered with barre3 in 2009, wanting to bring this amazing health ecosystem to the Seattle area. Being busy moms themselves, constantly on the go, picking up and dropping kids off, volunteering at school events, finding balance in their day to day life was most important. With Barre 3, they feel like they “have it all!” Anna and Heather enjoy encouraging women and men to find their edge and trust in themselves; not just at the studio, but in daily life. “Sometimes change is uncomfortable, but once you have connected the mind and body, you can go deep...and that is when good things happen and you see the results you’ve always wanted”. When not at the studio this Barre 3 duo love spending time with their families, taking day trips and exploring the beautiful PNW!

Bai-Tong – Chadillada (Noi) Lapangkura & Noina Chanpayom

Two sisters born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand, Noi and Noina’s mother opened her first Bai Tong restaurant in 1989 at the Orchid Inn near Sea-Tac Airport, primarily serving the employees of Thai Airlines. The sisters love to take care of their customers and see happy faces enjoying traditional Thai cuisine. The family still has customers that were originally served by their Mom. Those customers often reminisce about their first visit to Bai Tong with their children who are now grown with kids of their own. On their off time, Noi and Noina like to spend time with family and friends, similar to when at the restaurant.

Soma – Cynthia Brumbaugh

Cynthia moved to the Seattle area three years ago from Minnesota and is continually in awe of its beauty. She loves it here because Seattleites don’t have to shovel rain! Cynthia enjoys being store manager because every day is different; meeting new people, welcoming established customers back and unwrapping new product arrivals. Her favorite part of the work is helping a woman find the correct fit and watching her leave feeling beautiful and confident. Or when a women returns the next day to share that she had the best night sleep ever in their new pajamas. On her day off, you will find Cynthia hiking on one of the amazing trails the PNW has to offer or bass fishing in a tournament league with her husband.

Zumiez – Aleisha Turner

Aleisha Turner is the high energy store manager of Zumiez. She lives in Seattle but is originally from Las Vegas, NV. Growing up on the staples of skateboarding, pizza and punk rock music, she kept her country roots close and still enjoys all of those things today! Aleisha is driven by genuinely impacting young people’s lives on a daily basis and making them laugh! On her days off, you will find her hiking, writing poetry and short stories or skateboarding around Seattle on one of her many boards!

Community Pillars Offer Something New to Discover at Issaquah Highlands To commemorate its completion of a legacy community, Port Blakely Communities has dedicated a new sculptural icon to those who helped build the community. “Community Pillars” is scheduled to be installed in mid July in the plaza area in between the Big Fish Grill and Regal Cinemas at Grand Ridge Plaza. The structure features three steel pillars, each representing a key collaborative partner in developing the Issaquah Highlands community – the City of Issaquah, the Community and Port Blakely. “As a small token of our appreciation and gratitude for those who helped make Issaquah Highlands a great community, we have placed these community pillars as a reminder of the shared vision, environmental stewardship and collaboration in building community that is so evident here today,” said René Ancinas, CEO of Port Blakely Companies and president of Port Blakely Communities. “This is a legacy community designed and built to benefit generations to come.” Port Blakely wound down its operations at Issaquah Highlands at the end of 2013 after completing its role as master developer and transitioning all governance and operations functions to community organizations. Matthew Porteous, Landscape Architecture principal with Hewitt Architects, designers of the structure and also landscape architects for Grand Ridge Plaza, said the pillars were inspired by the site’s heritage and surroundings. “The forested mountains of Issaquah and Port Blakely’s focus as a forestry company presented a natural connection to trees.” Visible from all directions surrounding it, the structure’s three steel pillars vary in size, ranging from 6 to 12 feet tall and 6 to 8 inches wide. Three types of native trees – cedar, fir and maple – have been incorporated through cut patterns. DillonWorks of Mukilteo is the fabricator. The pillars are lit from the inside with LED lighting, which emphasizes the patterns with a soft glow at night. “It introduces a sense of discovery and will be fun for children,” Porteous added. “Its location, nestled in the tree grove at the eastern end of the fountain, punctuates the fountain and will likely become a fond object for kids and adults.”

Three steel pillars ranging from six to 12 feet tall represent three native trees – cedar, fir and maple. DillonWorks of Mukilteo is the fabricator. Image designed by Hewitt.

Porteous, whose firm also designed the steel staples placed throughout Grand Ridge Plaza, says the intent is to introduce something with interest yet remain subtle that integrates into the existing plaza design and function. “We reviewed and explored several different elements and kept coming back to this form because there’s a clarity and contextual relationship in its simplicity. Like Issaquah Highlands’ design, which is thoughtfully planned within its context, we wanted to build upon on that strength in this sculptural element too,” he said. Regency Centers has graciously agreed for the pillars to be placed on their plaza for residents and visitors to enjoy. We urge you to discover the community pillars for yourself.


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HIGHLANDS FIBER NETWORK

Let’s Get Connected!

by Frank Pineau, General Manager - Highlands Fiber Network Bandwidth. We’ve all heard the term, but do we know what it means, how much we have, and is more bandwidth better? Loosely, bandwidth in Internet terms refers to how much data you can upload or download on an Internet connection. Some may say they don’t have a lot and would like more. Those of us here in the Issaquah Highlands (on the HFN network) enjoy connections that are high bandwidth and more than adequate.

So what can we do with it?

The most common connection is the one to your computer. Connections can be “hard wired” using a LAN (Local Area Network) cord connected directly to the portal switch through your home wiring. It’s very fast and secure, but limited in location. For most other connections, we use a wireless router, which is plugged into the portal switch. This then becomes a Wi-Fi hotspot, and the connected devices become portable. These routers can then “broadcast” a signal, to which you can connect. It’s referred to as an SSID (Service Set Identifier). Not to get into the minute details, but these SSID’s may or may not be invisible, should have passwords and can be set to various levels of security. Here at Blakely Hall, we broadcast a free Wi-Fi signal for use by guests, under the identifier “HFN-Hotspot.” (The password is posted in the hall). Most of the time, the very nature of Wi-Fi routers reduces the effective speed of connected devices. This also depends on the speed of the router itself. The newest routers have faster bands and can allow the newest devices to connect at the fastest speeds. Look for something

labeled 802.11b/g, 802.11n, or 802.11ac (the newest).

So what can we connect?

The most common Wi-Fi connected devices are game consoles (Xbox, WII, PlayStation), laptop computers, tablets (Surface, iPad), smartphones, reading tablets, TV’s and printers. However, as household items become more sophisticated, more and more can be controlled through Internet connections. You may consider: smart thermostats (Nest), smart smoke detectors (Nest Connect), baby monitoring and security cameras (d-Link makes some) and smart outlet/ light switches. Many of these items that we use to run our homes can now be controlled through smartphones interfaces and Internet connections.

How much is too much?

HFN customers have plenty of “bandwidth” to run all these devices and also stream video content, all at the same time. If you are on the 10/10 plan, you could push the limits if you do many activities at the same time, like gaming, streaming video, downloading and uploading files. If so, you can upgrade to the next higher level (100/20), which is very robust. If you experience speeds slower than you like, contact our Customer Care Center at 425-427-0999. Our staff can help in identifying reasons for slow speed, whether it is your plan, the network, or in your own equipment.


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Paragliding - A Bird’s Eye View by Aadit Desai Mehta, IH Sportshound, Seventh Grade, HY Board Member

As an Issaquah Highlands resident for the past 10 years, every day during spring, summer and early fall, I see colored dots floating gently in the sky. These are all paragliders, taking off from Poo Poo Point on Tiger Mountain. Recently, I had an opportunity to speak with West Highlands Park resident Jorge Duran, a veteran of 278 flights. Interestingly, when Mr. Duran lived in Seattle, he got lost while traveling to Snoqualmie. He saw paragliders floating around Tiger Mountain and was determined to return! Growing up in Venezuela, Mr. Duran never had a chance to go paragliding. Called parapentes in Spanish, he observed them while growing up, but “at the currency exchange rate in Venezuela, it is incredibly hard to do that sport.” Although he forgot about paragliding while Aadit Mehta with Jorge Duran. living in Boston, his interest was rekindled when he saw the paragliders in Issaquah. He moved to the Issaquah Highlands seven years ago and has been paragliding ever since. A paraglider actually fits into a backpack and weighs less than 50 lbs, so you can take it with you on an airplane. Mr. Duran considers himself very lucky, as he has flown all over the world. He has flown from the Haleakala volcanic crater in Maui, Hawaii, as well as Spain, Italy; Colombia, Mexico; and other regions in Latin America. He says that paragliding has made him “more interested in traveling to places that I can paraglide from, places with lots of mountains. It has opened my journey to travel a lot.” Mr. Duran’s favorite place to paraglide is Maui, followed by Spain. Maui’s scenery is beautiful and the people and the pilots are “very friendly.” He also says that “flying is an awesome experience, and all of the different pilots become friends.” Paragliding is not a very physically demanding sport, and anyone from ages 7 to 87 can do it as long as they have general good health and good judgment. Even though it IH Resident Paraglider, Jorge Duran, above may look a little the trees at Poo Poo Point landing. risky, paragliding is actually extremely safe. Mr. Duran says that the paragliding instructors are very “safety conscious”. As a matter of fact, the first time you take off, initially, they don’t have you ‘sit down’ in the paraglider like you normally would, but just have you hang very safely to make sure you are comfortable with everything before taking a seat. You also have an extra parachute under your seat in case of an emergency, and your helmet is equipped with two radios. Instructors guide you throughout the first solo flight which lasts for about 7-12 minutes. After 20-30 flights, you can attempt a landing on your own, but only if you’re comfortable. Proficiency in taking off and landing are among the most important factors, and that’s where you can easily get injured. In fact, Marc Chirico, owner of a paragliding school near Tiger Mountain, actually goes to the top of the mountain and launches the new students, and his wife is at the bottom helping them land. Paragliders learn how to “thermal” or “rise with a pocket of hot air”. The direction and movement of the paraglider are controlled by two toggles, one for each side of the wing. During landing, both of the toggles are pulled. Mr. Duran also says, “To be up in the air in a paraglider is the most ‘zen’ experience I have ever had. I fly by plane a lot for work, and nothing compares, to be able to be floating in the air without the noise of an engine. It is flying in its purest form, almost like being a bird.” To learn paragliding off of Tiger Mountain, visit the Seattle Paragliding Company’s website. If you take the plunge, you will experience IH Resident Paraglider, Jorge Duran, coming breathtaking in for a landing. views of both Tiger Mountain and its surrounding areas.

Tiger Mountain Music Together Music Together® classes for babies and preschoolers. Six week Summer Semester starts July 1st Meet us at Highland Days! Sign up for your free trial class at

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE HIGHLANDS Art at Blakely Hall

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Public lecture by artist and photographer Judy Lane. Judy will discuss how birds have inspired her work, which includes a children’s picture book, “Keiko and the Crows,” about her dog’s interaction with a community of crows near the Salish Sea. Her work is featured in Crow/Raven: Magic and Mystery art show in Blakely Hall through July 1 Free event. Fun for the whole family!

Art: Heron Rookery Project July 14-17 Village Green Park (across from Blakely Hall) Daily artist-facilitated, event-sponsored nest builds inside Village Green Park, with Karen White. See feature story page 9 for more information.

Art Show Plein Air The Gallery at Blakely Hall Opens July 17

See feature story on page 6 for more information.

Artist Reception Grand Works with Mitch Albala Friday, July 18th, 6:30–8pm Blakely Hall

Please join us for a special evening with Mitch Albala, renowned landscape artist, educator, speaker and author of “Landscape Painting: Essential Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice”. Mitch will lecture on landscape painting, followed by a reception. Both are free of charge and open to the public.

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Come join Cub Scouts – A year round values-based program for boys grades 1-5 and is considered one of the premier organizations that help youth build character and prepares them for adulthood. Scouting is learning by discovery and discovery by doing. It’s fun, friends, and family where skills are learned, confidence is built, and stories are born. For more information or if you would like to join Cub Scouts, please contact Pack 680 via email at scoutpack680@gmail.com or join us at our next meeting.

Garden Committee

Monday, July 21st, 6:30-8:30pm Blakely Hall

6:30PM Master Gardener Presentation 7:30PM Regular Business Meeting The Community Garden Committee meets monthly to help Highlands Council manage Issaquah Highlands community gardens. Members provide a forum to support all gardeners in the community. You don’t have to have a plot in the community garden to join! Container pots gardeners and yard landscapers welcome! Contact Chantal at Garden. Committee@ihmail.com

Wednesday, July 30th, 7:30pm Blakely Hall

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Do you enjoy reading AND sharing with friends? The book club is a great place to meet neighbors and explore a variety of books. We take turns hosting—all opinions are welcome! Please bring a snack to share. Dates sometimes change, so be sure to email lindsey8@gmail.com to get on the distribution list.

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This club promotes and preserves Chinese cultural heritage awareness among the next generation for many local families. We welcome everyone interested in a neighborhood celebration for many traditional Chinese/ American festivals right at Issaquah Highlands. Contact Hailain (lian_lhl@hotmail.com) or 425-633-0242.

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TOPIC: Roberto Bojorquez Enjoy monthly meetings with guest speakers, share and discuss your work with others, and participate in an online community throughout the month. Open to everyone, even if you don’t live in the Issaquah Highlands. IHPC will focus on creating opportunities for members to display their work. See the Flickr Group (http://www.flickr.com/groups/ihphotoclub/) and contact the group’s coordinators to join the club. Scott Moffat and Ravi Naqvi at ihpc@outlook.com

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Moms, dads, caregivers and their children (newborn - 4 years old) are invited to come to the Issaquah Highlands Playgroup for fun, friendship, support and socializing. We talk, laugh, sing, play, read stories and blow bubbles! We hope to see you there! Information, contact Alicia alispinner@yahoo.com. We are also on Facebook! www.facebook.com/IssaquahHighlands.coopplaygroup

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Meet at the main clearing area in Duthie Park, at the log cabin. Moderate or heavy rain will cancel, otherwise I’ll be there. Duthie is a great place since there’s something for every skill level and interest. See you there if you can make it! If you can meet there, please email me to let me know. Marc Steingrebe msteins@msn.com

Highlands Council Board of Trustees Wednesday, 7/30, Noon - 2pm Blakely Hall

IHCA Finance Committee Tuesday, 7/8, 5:30 pm IHCA Office

IHCA Annual Membership Meeting Saturday, 7/30, 7:30pm Blakely Hall

Communication Committee Thursday, 7/24, 10:00 am Blakely Hall

The Pet Club is a friendly gathering for those who enjoy learning and sharing information, stories, and experiences about animals. Enjoy seminars, discussions and activities about nutrition, health, behavior, training, social responsibility, safety and play. Bring your ideas for what you would like to discuss and share. IHPetclub@gmail.com

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Founded in 1997 by cancer survivor, Tanya Parieaux, we are a network of volunteer knitters in many 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: Elaine.Eckert@yahoo.com

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Meetings are subject to change. See Calendar at issaquahhighlands.com for more information or date changes. For City of Issaquah governance meetings, see www.ci.issaquah.wa.us

Want to Start a Club? Contact:

Brianna Eigner, Blakely Hall Manager brianna.e@ihcouncil.org, 425-507-1107

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ART OUTSIDE, Celebration of the Environmental Arts

artEAST 3rd Annual Heron Rookery Project Monday, July 14 – Friday, July 17th

Stop by Village Green Park (2550 NE Park Drive) to witness Environmental Artist Karen White facilitate community organizations build human-sized bird nests using locally acquired natural materials and no hardware. Every day a different group builds a nest. Like us on Facebook, check the weekly E-Letter, IssaquahHighlands.com or artEAST.org for times. • • • •

Monday, July 14th - HY Board, sponsored by Safeway Tuesday, July 15th - YWCA Family Village, sponsored by Highlands Realty Wednesday, July 16th - AtWork! sponsored by the Issaquah Press Thursday, July 17th - Issaquah School District !mpact Program, sponsored by Highlands Dentistry

Celebrating Music & ART OUTSIDE Saturday, July 19th! Plein Air Artist Demos 11am-4pm: Featuring Artists: Dorothy Bonneau Phil Jensen Arlon Rosenoff

Kid’s Activities Noon – 4pm Kid Painting Experience Interactive children’s art stations Strolling musicians

Artist Ricco Distefano Noon – 6pm “Paints to the music” HY members prepare nest build materials.

Enjoy LIVE music on the plaza from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm. Featuring: Levi Ware

artEAST 1st Annual Plein Air Paint Out sponsored by Grand Ridge Plaza

Plein Air means outside in French. Issaquah Highlands welcomes local artists from around the Puget Sound region to set up their easels and capture in paint the gorgeous views and vistas around our community. Learn more on Friday. Grab your art supplies and join in on Saturday and Sunday! Stroll the community and watch the artists at work.

Friday, July 18th

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm - Blakely Hall “Grand Works” Plein Air Painting Artist Reception/Exhibit Opening. Free and open to public.

Saturday, July 19th

Plein Air Painters throughout Issaquah Highlands, including Grand Ridge Plaza. Plein Air Artist Reception 6:30 - 8:00 pm – artEAST Gallery, 95 Front Street • “NW Landscapes: Grand and Intimate” • Meet the artists and enjoy additional landscape works of art

Sunday, July 20th, until Noon

Plein Air Painters throughout Issaquah Highlands, including Grand Ridge Plaza. • Follow Facebook for details Enjoy the artists’ works on display at the Highlands Day Festival, Blakely Hall, 3pm - 7pm

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FESTIVAL FUN! ART OUTSIDE at Highlands Day!

3:00 – 7:00PM at Blakely Hall and Village Green Park (2550 NE Park Drive) Schedule of Events

2:45PM – Nature on Parade – line up begins at the top of Village Green Park (intersection of Park Drive and 30th Ave NE). EVERYONE is encouraged to dress as a favorite plant, animal or insect and join in!

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3:00PM - Nature on Parade! Watch your neighbors circle the Village Green Park as we open Highlands Day Highlands Council’s annual community festival brings together local residents for a day-long community with a traditional community parade. 3:00PM – Festival Opens 3:00PM – Family Art - Together Time Tents Open 3:30PM – Paint to Music! 4:00PM – Watermelon Eating Contest – sponsored by Safeway 4:30PM – Fun from the Stage

celebration. This year, artEAST has partnered with Highlands Council to add an arts emphasis to familiar festival events. This year’s festival opening parade has a new twist! NATURE ON PARADE! Residents are encouraged to express their own creativity by participating in Nature on Parade, a costume parade inspired by favorite plants, animals and insects. Dig through your costume dress up drawers and Halloween costumes! Dress in costume, carry a representing flag, sign or banner in support of your favorite part of the eco-system. Join forces as a block or street and come in a single theme!

5:00PM – Highlands Fiber Network Name the Mascot Winner Announced! 5:30PM – More Fun from the Stage 6:00PM – Paint to Music! 6:30PM - Closing Comments

ONGOING ART OUTSIDE FUN • Create Intuitively Creative creatures and nature art facilitated by artist Leisel Lund in the Family Art-Together Time Tent. Sponsored by Union Bank. • Nature Prints, Felted Eggs, Bird Nests and other nature art by the teaching artists of artEAST in the Family Art-Together Time Tent • Color the Green! Grab your favorite chalk color and help us brighten the sidewalk circling Village Green Park

Following the parade residents can display their flags, signs or banners along the Village Green fence, adding nature and color to the Art Outside festival theme! The Art Outside Festival at Highlands Day is part of artEAST’s and the Issaquah Highland’s Council commitment to local and regional partnerships and programs that spark dialogue and build community through art.

• Paint to Music! Let DJ Fred inspire you with tunes as you put color to canvas on the easels provided at the stage • Build a Nest! Join artist Karen White to build one final community Heron nest • Shop! Peruse the art for the home, office and garden • Visit the Exhibit! Landscape show inside Blakely Hall. VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE!

Carnival Fun! • Ride the Zip Line down Park Drive! • Climb the Cliffs on the Rock Walls! • Race your Neighbor on the Hamster Ball Track! • Roll, Flip, and Spin with your Friends on the Gravitron! *Tickets are $1.00 each. Activities Above 3 Tickets each OR $10 bracelet for unlimited fun! Visa/Mastercard Accepted

Timberlake Church Inflatable Zone

Climb, Slide, Bounce for FREE! *Some age restrictions apply

SMILE! You are on camera! VIDEOGRAPHERS on the Venues During the festival week and on Highlands Day Impact Studio Pro Videographers will be onsite filming. If you do not wish to be filmed please move out of the camera’s vision or kindly let the videographer team know. Thanks!

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE HIGHLANDS The Rovin’ Fiddlers

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Saturday mornings 9:30-11:30am Lower Community Room YWCA Family Village

Our musical group consists of musicians with varying backgrounds and abilities, playing a variety of genres, including traditional old-time (often with a Northwest flavor), Irish and other Celtic, Quebecois, Scandinavian and more. At a typical Tuesday jam session each person can introduce a tune, either new or familiar, or pass and just enjoy playing along. At some sessions, we rehearse for performances at special events, senior centers, or retirement and nursing homes. Besides fiddles, we welcome guitars, flutes and whistles, banjos, mandolins, autoharps, dulcimers, standup bass, and percussion. We try to learn new tunes by ear in a traditional manner; however, sheet music, including melody and chords, are usually provided. Club contact is Ken Neville ken_w_neville@yahoo.com

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Russian Highlanders is a club for those who live here, just moved in or planning to move to our beautiful community. Meet other Russian-speakers in your community for friendship! Gather with others who share the same goals and interests as you. Join Russian Highlanders Facebook page to see what activities are planned -- dining out, movies, kid play dates or just go out to have a fun. The possibilities are endless... http://www.facebook.com/ groups/rusisshigh/ Please follow the FB page for schedule changes or location of meetings.

All ages 8 years and older are welcome! Let your voices be strong and mighty! Join professional mentors and learn the importance of developing solid communication skills. Drop ins are welcome or register with David Hall at orator@live.com or 425.427.9682

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Get Ready - Get Fit - Go! Ditch the workout and join the fitness party at 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 non-perishable food item to donate to the food bank! For additional information, email (Cindy) at zumbawithcindy@gmail.com

Friday, July 11th, 7:00pm 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 danielsondd@yahoo.com for details. Please RSVP the Tuesday prior to the event.

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Sundays 7:30am, Zeek’s Pizza (hills) Tuesdays 7:00pm, Zumba class Wednesdays 7:30pm, Zeek’s pizza (flats) Thursdays 7:30pm, Zeek’s Pizza (combo) Saturdays 9:00am Zumba class

The facebook group is now open so check in out and join in the fun! https://www.facebook.com/groups/531023903643201/ Check facebook for any schedule updates, but don’t worry about rsvp – just show up read to workout! Group contact is Michelle Champley at mchampley@gmail.com

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Volunteering? Are you a High School or College student looking for community service hours? Do you need a volunteer project to add to your resume? The YWCA has an opportunity for YOU! Currently we are looking for volunteers who would like to create and host School Break Activities for the kids as well as after school tutoring and activity at the Family Village. Contact Sondi at 425-270-6807 or slind@ywcaworks.org for more information and getting started on volunteer opportunities at the YWCA Family Village.

CALENDAR HOLIDAYS

Canada Day

Tuesday, July 1

Independence Day Friday, July 4

Chocolate Day Monday, July 7

Barbershop Music Appreciation Day Sunday, July 13

Lailat al-Qadr Muslim Thursday, July 24

Parents’ Day

Sunday, July 27

Eid al-Fitr Muslim Monday, July 28

Mutt’s Day

Thursday, July 31

OTHER FUN THINGS

July Birthstone Ruby

Full Moon July 12 Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower July 28-29

July celebrates two significant Muslim holidays, Lailat al-Qadr and Eid al-Fitr. Lailat al-Qadr commemorates the Koran’S (Qur’an) revelation to the prophet Muhammad. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan. It is a joyous occasion but its underlying purpose is to praise God and give thanks to him, according to Islamic belief. Connections is looking for a resident of the Muslim faith who can write about such days as they come around on the calendar. Contact Nina.M@IHCouncil.org.


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FITNESS & HEALTH

Training for the Big Race by Erick K. Harada, DPT, Highlands Physical Therapy

As summer nears and the sun continues to shine the only thing on my mind is training. Any and all of my time is now taken up with swimming, biking, and running as I prepare for my first 70.3 mile race (half ironman). I figured this month I would share with you some of my favorite and necessary exercises that have kept me injury-free.

Latissimus Dorsi Stretch 1. Place 1 hand in kitchen sink with feet wide and knees bent. 2. Gently sit down and slightly back with head relaxed down until you feel a stretch under your arm. 3. Hold 3 seconds and repeat 10 times/side

Hip Flexor Stretch with Arm Driver 1. Keeping stick in the same hand as foot that is on chair, push your hips forward, reach your arm to the sky and tilt body to-wards bent knee. 2. You should feel stretch along front/side of hip with straight leg. 3. Hold 3 seconds and repeat 10 times/side

3D Step Downs 1. Using between a 2” and 8” box, place one foot in center of front of box. Sit down and back while reaching to ground with opposite heel. Keep all of your weight on standing foot and prevent knee from moving inward. Return to box. 2. Step backwards and tap toe. Return to box. 3. Step out to side and tap toe. Make sure to keep stabilizing knee straight and avoid inward motion.

I perform the first two exercises daily and the third exercise 3x/week. With the third exercise, start with a 2” box and slowly progress every 2”. Quality of movement is key while performing these exercises as you want to prevent injury. If you experience any pain, stop the exercise. If the pain persists beyond 24 hours, contact your local physical therapist. Train safe!

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ASK KARI Dear Kari, I am struggling with how to punish my son when he doesn’t do his chores around the house. It seems to be that all I have as discipline is to take away his phone or his computer. But, he needs his computer for summer school and the phone helps me keep in touch with him. What can I do to enforce the rules in my home? - Mom in Charge Dear Mom in Charge, First, I would establish predictable family rules inclusive of the responsibilities that are your son’s. Post these rules in the kitchen where he will see them everyday. Be very explicit with the morning routine and evening routine. Review the rules/responsibilities with your son and ask him to sign them. Then, practice respect and predictable responses if/when he does not follow the agreement. For example, no tech time in his room alone if he forgets to do his chores; only allow him the use of his computer to complete his schoolwork and him sit right next to you while doing it. Teenagers like to do their work and peruse social media, so taking that option away will be painful for him. It may be a cumbersome for you to have to monitor him, but he will recognize that you mean business. I do not recommended taking away his phone or anything else unless you to are okay with how the punishment impacts you (i.e. taking away his phone may make it hard to know that he has arrived home safe, etc.). Again, predictable parenting is shown as the best method to get a predictable, positive outcome. It helps our children know what to expect and alleviates the stress of navigating the world without direction. - Kari Dear Kari, My mother is 78 years old and lives on her own but is struggling. I talk with her daily, but I can see that she would do better in a more supportive setting like a senior apartment or an assisted living facility. My sisters also live close by, but they both have some much going on in their own lives that they ignore how she is really doing on her own. Also, my mom refuses to talk about the idea of moving to a new place that could add years to her life because she wouldn’t have to struggle with the stress of taking care of a home on her own. How can I get everyone to face the situation and take action? - Daughter Who Is A Good Planner Dear Daughter Who Is A Good Planner, I can tell by your concerns that you want your mother to be safe and live a long, healthy life. Unfortunately, we cannot make our loved follow the path that we map out for them even if it could be in their best interest long term. Your mother is self-determining and gets to make

her own decisions even if they shorten her ability to live a longer, safer life. I would pick a time to talk with her about your concerns, sharing with her that you would like to have her in your life for as long as possible. Tell her that you would love for her to be surrounded and supported by people and activities that is a match for her each day versus struggling with keeping up a home on her own. Also, talk with your sisters about the importance of all of you expressing to your mother your desire for her longevity and wellness vs. waiting for a crisis to happen before having crucial conversations with your mother about how she wants to live her life. - Kari Kari O’Neill, MSW, LICSW, is a licensed independent clinical social worker and a resident of Issaquah Highlands. This column is for entertainment purposes only. If you are in crisis and in need of support please contact the Crisis Clinic at 866-427-4747.


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VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH: LARISSA KOLASINSKI

Larissa Kolasinski Volunteer of the Month – July 2014 Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” – Elizabeth Andrew. Being a Junior at Issaquah High School, I do not have a lot of extra time. But I make room in my schedule to volunteer. I am on the track and cross country team for Issaquah High School and I am also part of NHS (National Honor Society) and Key Club. In the Issaquah Highlands, I live right by Blakely Hall – “the Highlands Community Center” so I am very close to all the volunteer action. I am on the HY (Highlands Youth) Board, a new board that is run by teens and is for teens of the Issaquah Highlands. We have hosted a few events earlier this year such as a Teen Tailgate Pre-Super Bowl Party and a Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt. We have more events planned for later this year! Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community. I have logged hundreds of volunteer hours throughout the years. In the summers, I am a counselor at camp for elementary school-aged children. And throughout the school year I volunteer at many different events. Some of them include Highlands Day and the Green Halloween Festival right in the Highlands.

Larissa at HY Flashlight Egg Hunt 2014.

The Highlands is a very welcoming neighborhood. We are just like one big family. Volunteering is a great way to get involved and meet new people. I have met so many new faces, and when I go running in the neighborhood it is great to be able to wave to so many people in the community. Keep an eye out for me at Highlands Day!


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

People Who Need People Need Village Theatre by Molly and Marty Fisher, Ashland Park Funny thing about the musical show Funny Girl, you just don’t see it performed very often. If the complicated Ziegfeld Follies production numbers and elaborate costumes aren’t intimidating enough, the simple reason for so few revivals is a woman named Barbra.

It’s nearly impossible to think about this show without immediately thinking about Streisand’s powerhouse performances, both on the Broadway stage and on the silver screen. Her career was catapulted into the stratosphere on the wings of this show, leading to a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 1964 and to the Best Actress Oscar for her 1968 film debut in the same role. The fact that people not familiar with the storyline recognize the show’s blockbuster songs (“People” and “Don’t Rain on My Parade”) makes her accomplishment an even tougher trick to pull off effectively. It’s similar to someone not following the unwritten rule of talent shows like American Idol and The Voice. Few people in their right minds try to tackle songs by divas, such as Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, or Mariah Carey, because their iconic sounds and presence already have been burned so eloquently into our brains. Never let it be said that Village Theatre in Issaquah follows the rules—written or unwritten. As he completes 20 years at the helm there, Artistic Director Steve Tompkins and his talented team regularly take on the giants of the theatre world, wowing their audiences all along the way. The current production of Funny Girl, which closes the 2013-2014 season in Issaquah, is a case in point. The show, which follows Fanny Brice’s rise from the pushcarts on the Lower East Side of Manhattan to stardom in the famed Ziegfeld Follies and her tumultuous relationship with con man Nick Arnstein, delivers a diva-inspired performance that stands up tall and straight all on its own. Barbra, meet Sarah Rose Davis, the next generation. Playing superstar Fanny Brice, Davis comes out swinging early in Act 1 in her first big musical number, swiftly exorcising Barbra’s ghost from the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre. Sarah immediately grabs the audience by the shoulders, making us all believe her when she belts out the words, “I’m the greatest star. I am by far, but no one knows it!” in the song “I’m the Greatest Star”.

Funny Girl’s Sarah Rose Davis plays the lead at the Village Theatre.

Davis, a Seattle native who received her B.F.A degree from The Boston Conservatory, is spectacular as the brash, but brilliant vaudeville personality. Davis, who also appears regularly in productions at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle is a triple threat—singing her heart out, making the audience laugh with her comedic timing, and breaking our collective hearts with her solid acting skills all in the same show. She delivers all three threats, defying Flo Ziegfeld

by singing “His Love Makes Me Beautiful” as a pregnant bride and in the boisterous World War I spoof, “Rat-a-Tat-Tat ”—both excellent examples of Fanny Brice’s hilariously warped take on the world. Although he delivers a solid performance, Logan Benedict, who plays Nick Arnstein, is overpowered by Davis’s Brice. As Fanny’s love interest, the debonair, but shady, Arnstein is supposed to have the power, but Benedict plays it a bit too cool to provide the passionate heat that’s needed to make the relationship sizzle. And although the primary objective of this show is to be a star vehicle for the Fanny Brice character, the Village Theatre’s supporting cast adds just the right blend of talent and chutzpah to keep the audience engaged and the plot moving. Bobbi Kotula (Mrs. Rosie Brice, Fanny’s mother), Jayne Muirhead (Mrs. Strakosh, a nosy neighbor), and John David Scott (Eddie Ryan, Fanny’s friend) are standouts. Kotula is believable as Fanny’s mother, peppering her nonstop with Momisms that sound familiar to us all. Muirhead is hilarious as the neighborhood “yenta” (a nosy-body) who knows everything about everything, even when she knows nothing. Sadly, this marks the end of Village Theatre’s 2013-2014 season. The good news is that they’ve just announced a terrific 2014-2015 lineup that includes In the Heights, an energypacked hip-hop musical that takes place in the shadow of the George Washington Bridge in the Washington Heights neighborhood of the Bronx (Sept. 18-Oct. 26), Mary Poppins (Nov. 13-January 4, 2015), Around the World in 80 Days (Jan. 22-March 1), No Way to Treat a Lady (March 19-April 26), and Cabaret (May 14-July 3). According to Fanny, people who need people are the luckiest people in the world. After this season’s impressive Village Theatre lineup, we’d like to amend that statement just a bit. People who have Village Theatre are the luckiest people in the world. Here’s looking forward to next season.

Issaquah Highlands Photography Club Photo of the Month

Ray Green won the Issaquah Highlands Photography Club “photographer’s choice” contest given the challenge of capturing in a photo, “Spring”. IHPC judge, Steve Walker and winner of last month’s challenge, states his reason for the choice: “I like the composition, the colors - red / yellow are almost opposites on the color wheel. I like the late sun hitting the barn and the red of the barn, finally drawing up to Mt Baker.”

The cast of Funny Girl at the Village Theatre.


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ISSAQUAH CITY NEWS

Plan Ahead: Say Goodbye to Plastic Bags!

Choose reusable bags to help protect the environment! Starting July 1, single-use plastic bags will no longer be allowed at most Issaquah retailers.

Some plastic bags will still be allowed, including thicker, more durable check-out bags, or those used for produce/meat, bulk foods, small hardware items, newspapers, dry cleaning, door hangars and take-out food. Stores are now also required to charge at least 5 cents for most paper carryout bags. Retailers will keep the fee, which will be itemized on customers’ receipt. The plastic bag ban took effect in 2013 and followed a phased approach, applying to larger retailers March 1, 2013, and smaller retailers July 1, 2014. The ban was Plastic bag ban goes city-wide. upheld by Issaquah voters last winter.

Businesses may apply for temporary waivers from the ordinance. Other agencies – including those that provide services for low income households – also have exemptions. This new ban is modeled after similar requirements adopted in Seattle, Bellingham, Bainbridge Island, Edmonds and Mukilteo. Issaquah will be helping to support adoption of reusable bags by providing reusable bags to lowincome households and the community, and conducting education and outreach for shoppers. You can also pick up a free reusable bag (while supplies last) at the Issaquah CleanScapes store, located at 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd. in Issaquah.

Concerts on the Green: A Summer Tradition Returns

AAA: Issaquah Achieves Best Possible Bond Rating

Enjoy free, familyfriendly concerts in a wonderful outdoor setting on the Issaquah Community Center Green.

The bond rating is a reflection of creditworthiness and affects the cost to the City of issuing debt. The upgraded rating helps lower the interest rates for the City’s bond sales, which reduces borrowing costs for the City — and our taxpayers.

Concerts on the Green, a summertime tradition in Issaquah, return for the season July 8.

Concerts run from 7-8:30 p.m. Crowds often begin gathering as early as 6 p.m. for community picnicking and to claim a great spot. Use #IssyRocks to share your Concerts on the Green experience.

In recognition of the City of Issaquah’s enduring commitment to fiscal responsibility, Standard & Poor’s upgraded the City’s bond rating to AAA — the highest possible score.

Issaquah earns AAA rating!

“Our citizens will benefit the most from our upgraded rating,” Mayor Fred Butler said. “It’s the result of our sound fiscal policies and responsible management of the public’s dollars. Our commitment to the best possible practices is a top priority for our City team and elected leaders every day.” Statewide, Issaquah is one of the few cities that have achieved the AAA rating from S&P. City Concerts on the Green are a popular summer tradition.

On-site concessions are provided by the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah. Reminder: No alcohol or pets, please. The series continues every Tuesday evening through Aug. 26. The eclectic lineup includes artists performing a variety of styles: July 8 No Rules, high zoot dance band — sponsored by Microsoft July 15 Aaron Crawford, rockin’ country — sponsored by the law offices of Lynn Moberly and Wayne Tanaka July 22 Randy Hansen, music of Jimi Hendrix — sponsored by Lakeside Industries July 29 Portage Bay Big Band, big band favorites — sponsored by Cascade Water Alliance Aug. 5 The Georgetown Orbits, Jamaican ska and upbeat reggae — sponsored by Swedish Hospital Aug. 12 The 5 Johnsons, classic and contemporary rock — sponsored by RH2 Engineering, Inc. Aug. 19 Wally & The Beaves, classic and contemporary rock — sponsored by Rowley Properties Aug. 26 Brickhouse Show Band, decades show band — sponsored by Recology CleanScapes The concerts are presented by the City of Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department and the City of Issaquah Arts Commission, in collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah. To learn more, visit issaquahwa.gov/concerts.

In announcing the upgrade May 13, 2014, S&P credited Issaquah for its “very strong local economy” and low unemployment rate, as well as its very strong financial practices. “Strengths of the assessment, in our opinion, include the City’s strong revenue and expenditure assumptions in its budgeting process, strong oversight in terms of monitoring its progress against the budget during the year, a long-term financial plan that spans five years” and other factors, S&P continued.


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Improve Safety, Throughput Flashing Yellow Turn Signals

Soon, drivers will notice something new on traffic signals at intersections throughout Issaquah: a flashing yellow left-turn arrow. The flashing yellow left-turn arrow signal is a traffic management tool aimed at keeping traffic moving and increasing safety while reducing delays and fuel consumption. The signal display more clearly indicates to drivers when it’s OK to make left turn across traffic. Remember: A flashing yellow means to turn with caution.

Passports: New Location, New Services Start June 3 Our passport services are on the move. Starting June 3, 2014, the City of Issaquah will relocate its passport services to City Hall Northwest, 1775 12th Ave. N.W., and offer appointment-only service. Passport applications will be accepted by appointment only, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Call 425-837-3003 to schedule your appointment. Passport application fees vary. Fees are payable by check or money order only; debit and credit cards are not accepted. In addition to the passport application fee, each application includes a $25 processing fee payable to the City of Issaquah by check or cash. In addition, the City provides optional passport photo service onsite for a $15 fee. To learn more, visit issaquahwa.gov/passports. For downloadable forms, travel warnings and other information, visit travel.state.gov.

Flashing yellow signals improve intersection safety and throughput.

Work began in May 2014 and is planned for completion by November. The majority of work will occur at night, with no daytime lane closures planned. As part of this project, seven signals will be converted to flashing yellow arrows, including at Northeast Park Drive and 10th Avenue Northeast (the eastbound and westbound left-turn signals). Here’s how it works: In most locations, the flashing yellow arrow display will be part of a fourarrow display. At some locations, a three-section signal head may be used to display the flashing yellow arrow. Using the flashing yellow arrow display gives traffic engineers the flexibility to use specific indications at different times of day. This means that the flashing yellow arrow or steady green arrow may not be seen every time you approach the intersection. This can reduce your wait times compared to traditional left turn signals.


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LIVING GREEN

Independence of Waste Day by Cassandra Schoenman, Recology CleanScapes Store Associate

Summer is finally here, which means longer days filled with the outdoors, family, and entertainment. Why not take the opportunity to show your love for your Country by changing wasteful habits into new green habits! Here are a few simple ways to make the summer waste free: Choose Reusables: Plastic is almost impossible to avoid in our day -oday lives. However convenient it has made our lives, plastic creates excess waste that never actually goes away. Instead of hauling around future trash, why not bring reusable or compostable, light-weight plates, bowls, and utensils? Less will feel like more on long hikes, picnics and camping! Pro Tip: Bring collapsible containers like Aladdin Collapsible Salad Set and bamboo camping utensils from To-Go Ware. Drink from the Tap: Single-use bottles comprise a huge amount of the summer’s waste stream. Having water at your side can be much easier with a reusable bottle that can be refilled from any water fountain. Think twice before you buy bottled water. Pro Tip: Use a stainless steel insulated bottle from brands, such as Hydroflask (Bend, Oregon), S’well bottle (New York), or Klean Kanteen (Chico, California) - they will keep your water ice cold, for 24 hours. It’s well worth the investment and no plastic bottle could do that! Compost What You Can’t Eat: Compost makes up 30% of our waste stream. You can reduce your trash by diverting food scraps, compostable plates, paper towels, and corn husks into your yard waste container. Issaquah residents can receive a free compost kit from the Recology CleanScapes Store in Gilman Village. Pro Tip: Be sure to educate your family and friends about the importance of keeping food waste out of the trash and introduce them to your compost container. Keeping everyone aware of your habits will inspire others. You can compost items in the bathroom too. Shop at the Farmers Market: Issaquah has a beautiful Farmers Market at Pickering Barn. People travel from surrounding communities just for our market on Saturdays! The market has an abundance of locally grown seasonal produce, gifts, baked goods, and more. When shopping at the Farmers Market, you will avoid unnecessary packaging, be exposed to fewer pesticides, and reduce the time and distance food needs to travel to your table. An additional plus is getting to meet the farmers who grow your food; and taking the time to thank them! Pro Tip: To shop waste free, bring a reusable bag or basket, and pair it with reusable produce bags (one thing that gets forgotten!) Keep Cool Outside: For July entertaining, enjoy the outdoors and natural cool breezes instead of turning on your air conditioner and staying indoors. Pro Tip: Take the family to Lake Sammamish for fun activities, such as standup paddle boarding, rollerblading, picnics, barbeques, and (of course) swimming. To enjoy a refreshing towel around your neck for natural cooling, pack your cooler with moist towels with peppermint oil. Ditch the Fireworks: Not only are fireworks noisy and dangerous, and illegal in Issaquah, they are extremely wasteful and often not properly discarded. Household pets are frightened by fireworks and more pets are lost on the Fourth of July than any other time of year. If you can’t do without fireworks this holiday season, attend a local firework show in Bellevue or Seattle. There’s no better time to show your love for your Country and your community than to keep them clean and reduce waste. Going waste free becomes easier once you start making conscious buying and reusing decisions. Let’s make this Independence Day FREE from trash!


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Highlands Day 2014 Booths! Sponsor Booths

Art East TCBY Mrs Fields Highlands Dentistry & Highlands Orthodontics Timberlake Church Mountains to Sound Green Way Issaquah Schools Foundation Swedish Hospital Safeway Highlands Realty HFN/Isomedia Bright Horizons Childcare Highlands Physical Therapy Clowns Unlimited Issaquah Highlands Self Storage Frame Central Impact Studio Pro

Business Booths

SpringFree Trampoline Smith Brothers Farms Caffe Ladro 10 More Strength & Conditioning Wood Shed Production Adventure Kids Playcare Kumon Pure Shine Auto Detailing Jet Gymnastics Express Etiquette Northwest Great Clips Tiger Mountain Music AM Wolf Piano Wells Fargo Optical Vision Care Discovery Heights Apartments Civilized Nature Pet Supplies Recology/CleanScapes Banic Chiropractic

NonProfit Booths

Issaquah Soccer Club Eastridge Church Issaquah Salmon Hatchery Eastside Baby Corner Highlands Soccer Club American Cancer Socieity Issaquah Citizen Corp Kiwanis Seattle Tilth

Concessions/Food & Beverage Zeeks Pizza Agave Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream

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RESIDENT PROFILE: TERESA COWAN There are some people you can’t just walk by and not notice. If Teresa Cowan’s wild and curly blonde hair doesn’t alter your step, her friendly greeting and quickwitted humor will. This native of Quebec has become well-known here for serving on the IHCA Board for three years, appearing as a ghoul at the annual Green Halloween Festival Thrill the World Flash Mob, as her Neighborhood Captain, and as a volunteer at Grand Ridge Elementary for eight years. The Cowan family were featured in the recent Sunset Magazine’s article about Issaquah, the “Best ‘Burb”. Married to Tony Cowan, with children Indiana, 12, Sage, 10 and Cole, 8, they are as all friendly as she. Let’s get to know her better...

Where do you live and what’s special about your hood? On 24th Ave in the Central Park neigh-

borhood. Our street is like an extended family. We’ve watched each other’s children grow up. We support each other through the highs and lows and have each other’s backs. We are known for spontaneous street play, pot lucks, and random hugs.

What’s a typical evening like on 24th Ave?

Impromptu gatherings involve parents standing around chatting at the end of a long day. A fave topic is complaining about how others complain on Facebook about kids playing on the street, while we watch our kids play in the street...

How did you and Tony meet? We met online,

through work, when Tony was an Australian in Manhattan and I was a Canadian in the UK. Sometimes you know when you have met your soul mate: we got engaged five days later.

I spent a few years volunteering at a PAWS wildlife shelter, so I’m very keen on animals. We even fostered baby goats (kids) in our bathtub!! And we have two cats that think Tully is their mother.

What have you done for work? Before starting a family, I worked as an Operations Manager for IBM in London and Paris. When we first moved to the U.S., I could only volunteer because of my visa status. I began by volunteering with wildlife (through PAWS), and with wild kids (through BC’s preschool). You recently went back to school. Why? As a parent volunteer, I took great joy watching children succeed who had been struggling. When I got my Green Card and planned to return to work, I chose teaching. I just completed my Master’s Degree and next year I’ll teach Language Arts in Special Education at Pacific Cascade Middle School. I can’t wait! What do you find challenging in your life today and how do you deal with it?

Raising my own children will always be the hardest job. To shelter them from the nasty stuff, but not raise them in a bubble. And to raise good, global citizens.

What’s your favorite date-night in Issaquah?

Capri Cellars because of the excellent wine and a lovely ambience and Village Theatre’s First Stage for their AMAZING arts program.

What is your favorite day-off scenario in Issaquah Highlands? I love to walk the trails with

Why did you move to Issaquah? We were ready

to start a family and we both missed fresh air and greenery after years in the city.

I’ve seen you out walking with your Golden Retriever, Tully. Have you any other pets?

my family, especially Grand Ridge Trail. Sometimes we walk down the hill to enjoy all of the new shops and restaurants. Our current faves are Bai Tong, Francesca’s and Zumiez.

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