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FROM THE EDITOR Dear Neighbors, How did you celebrate Father’s day when you were a kid? “Back in the Day” this holiday was one of the few days in the year when we actually spent time with our dads. We’d give him a new tie because we thought all he did was work. We never took him out for a meal. Rather we employed him to do us a big B-B-Q. Certainly Father’s Day has changed over the years. See our feature stories about dads by the HY Board indicating that father-daughter and father-son relationships have changed a lot. Still one thing stays the same: Fathers are a cherished and special breed. The cover photo celebrates Father’s Day by showing one Issaquah Highlands family, Jeffrey Chang and his children Justin and Jasmine. Julie Clegg once again staged this great shot, taken of the family posing at their business, TCBY/Mrs. Fields. Please enjoy a short story about the Changs as well as one about the Mullets who also own an IH family business, Zeek’s Pizza, right across the street! I really enjoy this issue of Connections for the variety of stories inside. See art, fitness and health, landscaping, volunteer opportunities and the Volunteer of the Month. And don’t forget the Resident Profile! We have a very special father’s story to share with you in this Father’s Day Issue. See inside the back cover. And did you pull out the Highlands Fiber Network (HFN) “Name the Mascot” insert yet? The folks at our community-owned, fiber to the home network have adopted a mascot and it needs a name. See the insert (center) and the story on page 4. There’s an opportunity for coloring the mascot, too! Happy Father’s Day! 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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A NEW is Coming Soon!

In just a few short weeks you will have a brand new community website; the NEW and improved:! Formerly managed by Port Blakely, IssaquahHighlands. com was a great marketing site to connect potential home buyers to builders. The site evolved into the “go-to-location” for what was coming next with Grand Ridge Plaza. Port Blakely has wrapped up the development of the community and transferred the URL to Highlands Council for a new use: a community building tool! For several weeks the Highlands Council staff has been working behind the scenes with Outsource Marketing, an Issaquah Highlands based firm, to design a new look and feel that will have a lot of improved functionality. You can expect a more user-friendly community calendar and much easier site navigation to information YOU need most, like special

events, clubs and special interest groups, retail happenings, and community news. The NEW will feature a growing gallery of community photos that you will be proud to share with your friends. will remain the website resource regarding HOA and community governance related information. And of course you will be able to easily navigate to from the NEW ‘Just another way Highlands Council is fulfilling the mission of building community in Issaquah Highlands.

Highlands Council Seeks Additions to the Board of Trustees

The Highlands Council is a nonprofit 501(c)4 organization in Issaquah Highlands. Our mission is to “foster the development of a vibrant and caring community committed to service, diversity, and well-being.” Although we work closely with the Community Association, we are not a part of the IHCA. Highlands Council is the social and communication arm of our community. We manage Blakely Hall, the community website and social media, publish Connections and the weekly e-letter, oversee the community garden program, and produce community events such as the Highlands Day and the Green Halloween® Festivals. We also help organize many volunteers, clubs, and committees; including the new HY board (Highlands Youth).

The Highlands Council affairs are governed by the Board of Trustees. Each member has one equal vote. Two Council Trustees must be members of the Community Association; one Trustee must be a member of the Non-Residential Association; and one Trustee must be a member of the High Street Association. The Trustees appoint replacements to the board as a self-perpetuating board. Are you interested in serving as a Trustee for Highlands Council? If so, contact for more information. The deadline for consideration is July 1, 2014.


Name The New HFN Mascot!

by Pat Sarles, ISOMEDIA, HFN Service Provider Issaquah Highlands and the Highlands Fiber Network are growing and a special member of the community has been “overseeing” their progress. “__________” the Owl has been keeping an eye on things from his perch up in the trees and the HFN team has adopted him as the Highlands Fiber Network Mascot! You’ll soon be seeing a lot of this little guy on HFN invoices, promotional materials, and the HFN website. HFN will remain your communityowned, local, dependable, high-speed Internet, and HFNVoice provider―with a friendly addition to the team. We do have one problem, though, and need your help. We can’t keep calling him “Blank!” We’d like the community to name the HFN owl and are having a contest to find the name that fits this little guy the best. The HFN mascot will have this name forever. So please find a name he’ll like! Whoever enters the name that is chosen will be featured in Connections and on the HFN website. You’ll find a flyer in this issue of Connections with a big picture of our new mascot. There is a placeholder under the picture of the owl for you to write down your suggestion for his name, and a place on the back for your name and contact information. Drop your entry off at Blakely Hall by June 30th. If you’re feeling creative or have children in the home, please color him happy! All entries, colored or black and white, will be hung on the walls in Blakely Hall for everyone to see. Highlands Council and the HFN staff will decide which of the entries will become the HFN owl’s name. We’ll announce the winner at Highlands Day!

Entry Deadline: June 30th Submit entries to Issaquah Highlands Council at Blakely Hall Monday―Friday 8:00 AM—5:00 PM HFN has been an integral part of the Highlands community for over 14 years and continues to grow with you. Most families use the HFN high-speed Internet for keeping up with family and news events, for streaming music and video, for schoolwork or a home business, for keeping up with finances, for planning home décor or landscaping, and for countless other activities! It’s competitive low pricing and beyond-competitive dependability and speed set the Highlands Fiber Network service more than a step above Comcast and CenturyLink. HFNVoice uses the Internet to provide inexpensive and flexible phone service. If you are not already using these services, visit the HFN website at or contact us at 425-4270999 or for information. Please help us name our owl! • • • • •

Look for the HFN flyer with the picture of our new mascot! Think of a great name for this cute little owl! Fill in your choice and your contact information on the form! Drop it off at Blakely Hall by June 30th! Attend Highlands Day on Sunday, July 20th, to find out who the winner is!

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Crow/Raven: Magic and Mystery | May 30th - July 12th Crows and ravens have intrigued humans for centuries, inspiring mythic interpretation, artistic expression and scientific inquiry. artEAST’s “Crow/Raven: Magic and Mystery” is an art and lecture series bringing together these human responses to crows. “Crows and ravens, and the art they inspire, elicit awe and fascination” says Greg Bartol, a metal sculptor and artEAST member who is curating the series. “We glimpse ourselves in these birds, and it turns out they are watching us as well.” Bartol points that crows and crow-related art are ubiquitous in and around Issaquah. The Issaquah Highlands is home to a crow roost, and an outdoor crow sculpture greets visitors to the Issaquah Library. From May 30 through July 12, Blakely Hall will host a juried exhibition of art that tells a story about crows and ravens and their interactions with humans. Featured work includes calligraphy, feather art and a crow dressed in human clothing. “We hope these pieces will spark conversations about the nature of crows and ravens and the dynamic between crows and people,” Bartol says. See What’s Happening on page 16 for details and visit to learn about additional “Crow/ Raven” events taking place throughout Issaquah.

Crow/Raven: Magic and Mystery Events

Sunday, June 8th Feathers: Form and Function at 2:00 pm

Olympia artist Chris Maynard will speak about the beauty and complexity of feathers. Maynard’s feather carvings have garnered worldwide attention and are featured in the book Feathers: Form and Function. Free.

Song of the Crow at 3:00pm

Seattle author Layne Mayheu will discuss his novel, Song of the Crow, which retells the Noah’s Ark story from the perspective of a crow. Free.

Exhibit Opening and Artist Reception from 4:00-6:00pm A public reception will introduce the artists whose work is on display at Blakely Hall. Free.

Wednesday, June 25th Holy Crow at 7:00 pm

Professional artist and instructor Jessica Damsky will discuss the influence of crows and ravens on the world’s greatest artists, many of whom incorporated crow imagery into their work. Free.

All Presentations are family friendly! BRING THE KIDS!


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What I want you to know

about my Dad

For this year’s tribute to fathers, we invited the members of the HY Board to write an essay prompted by the statement, “What I Want You to Know About My Dad.” Here are their delightful mini-tributes.

Inspired by my Grandfather

by Aadit Desai Mehta One of my foremost role models is my maternal grandfather, Ashok Desai. Although he resides in New Delhi, India, he remains a very important presence in my life. I try to meet him regularly and spend as much time together as possible. I visit him during my December holidays and always make the most of it. Last December, he set up a private elephant ride for us. We had a great time! We also go for camel rides and visit many different parks whenever I visit India. My grandparents also visit me every year in May/June. My grandfather and I like to stroll up Harrison Street and then walk down again, counting and visiting the various parks along the way. He also enjoys walking down to Café Ladro. It’s been nearly a year since his last visit. I’ve kept him informed of all the new restaurants and shops. He can’t wait to enjoy his leisurely stroll to catch a movie and then dinner at Big Fish Grill! My grandfather is a leading attorney, with exclusive practice at the Supreme Court of India. He is a recipient of one of India’s highest civilian honors, the Padma Bhushan. My grandfather is often interviewed on television by various news shows due to his deep knowledge and vast experience of legal matters. At times, the interviews have taken place while we’re visiting India and we’ve been fortunate to witness such moments. I am truly inspired by his pursuit of the legal profession and I look forward to becoming a lawyer when I grow up.

Really Great People Make you Feel Great by Robyn Davidson

I am now going into my last year of high school and throughout my 11 years of education my dad has been right by my side throughout everything, pushing me to do my best. My dad is so supporting and loving. Every discussion about maintaining good grades, every late-night cram session to finish a project, and every push and motivational word has helped me to become the organized, productive, and successful child I have become. And through all the ups and downs we have been through, my dad has never failed to shower me with love. Although I might have not liked the constant talk of school, those talks are what helped my motivation the most. The quote, “Really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain, is a quote that defines my dad perfectly. Whenever I am going through a troubled time, he is the person I can lean on and I am so grateful to have him.

Mark My Words, Best Dad Ever

by Rachel Rosewater

My dad, Mark Rosewater, is absolutely amazing. First off, he always plays with me. We play both card games and board games all the time. Our favorites include Gin Rummy, King of Tokyo and Zombie Dice. It’s really fun because both of us love using our brains and trying to figure out challenges. My dad also helps me with schoolwork no matter what the subject is. He is always by my side. Last but not least, we go to the theater together. Being a scriptwriter himself, he helps me understand the concept of plays and how everything in the plot works. We have seen plays together such as The Music Man, The Drowsy Chaperone, Rumors, and Monty Python’s Spamalot. There are so many more reasons why I love my dad, but there isn’t enough space to list them all. Mark Rosewater is, to me, the greatest father in history. Just mark my words.

Written by members of HY, Produced by Christy Garrard and edited by Nina Milligan

My Dad Says the Funniest Things

by Larissa Kolasinski One of my dad’s passions is running. He was a big-time runner when he was younger and he still runs now. Sometimes my dad and I run together (if he can keep up with me). My dad is very supportive of me and he can be found at all of my races and meets. He is always yelling out my splits for me and cheering for me on the sidelines. Some of his running idols are Lasse Viren, Steve Prefontaine, and Haile Gebrselassie. My dad is very intelligent and he has a solution for everything. In high school, he had a perfect GPA and was ranked 7th in his graduating class. My dad spends a lot of time reading so he is always giving me tips on different things and he is very knowledgeable about a variety of topics. My dad also really likes food. He is always hungry. He eats almost anything and can eat a ton of it. My dad’s favorite color is yellow and he wears the coolest socks with crazy patterns on them. Some of my dad’s favorite TV shows are Duck Dynasty and Survivor. My dad is very caring and he always wants my sister and me to succeed. He is positive, but he will also tell us the truth and doesn’t sugarcoat things. Lastly, my dad also has a great sense of humor. My dad always says and does the funniest things to make my sister and I laugh. And that is why I love my dad!

Awesome and Supportive

by Sahar Kazemi

My dad is awesome and supportive! Being a junior in high school is super stressful and throughout all of those last minute projects, mental breakdowns, and ten-page essays, my dad made sure I never gave up. He encourages me to have a new dream each morning and although the talks about college and maintaining good grades aren’t always fun to hear, they have made me become the productive and determined person I am today. No matter what happens, my dad is always by my side. He never fails to make me smile. I don’t think that if I even searched the world for years and years, I would find someone that is as caring, as thoughtful, and as hardworking as my dad.

Credit to My Success by Sean Davidson

My dad is my inspiration. I honestly cannot imagine my life without the constant presence of my father in my day to day life. Now, that is not to say we always get along in perfect happiness; there is bad that comes alongside the good. But some butting of heads is understandable with any father-son relationship. On the other hand, I owe my dad all of the credit to my success. Without his pushing, my grades would not be near what they are now, my life outside of school would not be so full of new and diverse things, and my need to succeed would be so much lower. My dad has shown me what it means to be successful in so many ways. He has done very well in his profession, but that is only part of the success he has achieved in his lifetime. I hope one day I can achieve half of what he has. Along with his job, my dad has successfully raised and supported our family and trust me, it isn’t the easiest thing to do most of the time. I know that no matter what happens, my dad will always be there supporting and helping me through it. I can only hope that one day I can provide my children with such reassurance and security. I take my dad for granted far too often, though. Sometimes I need to take a step back and look at just how lucky I am for getting such an amazing father. The relationship with your father is possibly one of the strongest you can make in your lifetime, so if anything, do not ever take it for granted. Appreciate every moment you have with one of the people who love you the most.

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Like other dads, my dad Nadim Kilzi is a caring loving person. Also like other dads, my dad has special unique things about him. I think my favorite is how involved my dad is with my activities! For example he comes to all of my soccer games and when it comes to skiing season we go skiing almost every weekend. I think my favorite thing is when we walk down to the highlands Starbucks. It gives time to just let go of all the hard things and just walk and talk and get a nice cool or hot drink. In the summer we can sit outside in the sunshine for an hour or two! Also I will never forget the places we go! I have been to way more places around the world than I would have ever thought possible! We have been all over Europe including living there! And it’s all because of my dad! It’s kinda hard to explain such things, when you love someone so much. :) This is just some of the stuff I want you to know about my dad!

by Huston Warrick

My dad is my alltime role-model. He has not only helped me when I have struggled in school, but always supports me. He is always concerned about my school work and my success. I cannot be more grateful for the help he has given me in school, and the time he has taken out of his work schedule to help me. I actually don’t mind it when he takes away my video games and makes me play a board game or read. He is not only patient, he is kind and fun to be around! His “go with the flow” mentality is the perfect contrast to my mom’s, “always on time” fast-paced lifestyle.

The Neat, Sweet, and Unique!



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My father has given me the best gift of all: believing in me. Doing everything to help me become the person I am today, while still having the answer to all my problems (I thought I knew everything!), my dad, Ravi Chhabra, is truly the person I think is the most neat, most sweet, and most unique!

Lucky and Loved

by Vyvian Luu

Though it was hard for me to accept my step dad in the beginning, soon enough I grew to like him and then love him. I always call him my dad now. I am a lucky daughter to have a father who loves me and takes care of me, a father who looks over my family like it was his real family. And I know for fact that he loves us unconditionally. I can tell by the way he treats my mom. He is a nice gentleman. He is logical and straightforward and therefore his advice and life lessons are always thoughtful and essential. And because of that, he is why I have become a responsible young adult. I am able to overcome some of my fears because of him. Because of him, I am who and where I am today. Dad, thank you for your hard work, dedication and motivation in life. Your wise words can be harsh to face but comforting to know that you care enough to help me. Thank you for helping me through my rough days. Not only that, it makes me happy to see that you love Mom so much. She is a lucky woman indeed. I hope you have a wonderful Father’s Day. So, Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

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Being a father is exhausting. Even after waking up early, working ten hours a day, grabbing groceries on the way home, and many other responsibilities, he was always there for me, ready to play catch as soon as he got home. Although I like to think I’ve done a lot for him, nothing can compare to the vast amount of love and support from him that’s always been driving me forward.



by Bhavya Chhabra

The first time I rode my bike without training wheels, I was terrified. In a parking lot, my dad and I were the only ones looking out to an asphalt horizon on a warm summer afternoon. Today was the day. My dad was with me, and he ran along with me until I was on the other side of the parking lot, and he was out of breath. I thought that if I stopped, I’d crash and burn. That day I fell 17 times, and each time my dad picked me up, brushed me off, and put me back on my bike, letting me try again.

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My dad he really cares about our family, which he shows by seeking out individual time with both my brother and me, and by finding fun things for us to do. When I was about seven or eight-years-old, my dad signed me up for a program called ‘Y-Princesses’, and my brother for ‘Y-Guides’. These programs were like Girl and Boy Scouts, but instead it was completely dadled, and there weren’t badges. We had meetings once a month and we went on really fun trips, like white water rafting and Camp Orkila. My brother and my dad went to Camp Orkila and Pinewood Derbies. My dad also seeks out really fun events for him and me to do. My favorite was when he took me to NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth) last June, where teenagers not much older than I made really advanced, short films. It showed me that success can start at any age, and that working hard really does pay off. Finally, my dad always makes time for our family. He travels a lot, but even when he’s just gotten home and he’s exhausted, he’ll still sit down with us for 30 minutes or so to watch an episode of The Middle or Modern Family. My dad really does care about our family, and that’s one of the many reasons he’s a great dad.

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Issaquah Highlands Fathers Creating a Legacy

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by Nina Milligan, Highlands Council and resident of Crofton Springs

Issaquah Highlands is a family place. I hope you have enjoyed this month’s feature stories by the HY about their fathers (see pages 6-7). We would also like to showcase a couple other IH fathers who have created local businesses where their kids can work some day and perhaps even own. Jeffrey Chang, owner of the TCBY & Mrs. Fields store on Park Drive near 25th Ave NE has two children: Justin is 11-years-old and will be graduating from Grand Ridge Elementary this year. He loves to play the violin and enjoys the outdoor activities. Justin and Jeffrey share a love for running and biking. Jasmine, nine-years-old, also attends Grand Ridge Elementary and throws creative energy into everything she does.

Jeffrey’s children have been raised to consider their role in the community and to actively support their community. When asked what they would like to see in the community, their youthful desires informed their answer, “Fro Yo!” Big fans of fro-yo even before opening their TCBY & Mrs. Fields store in 2013, the Changs enjoy it on a regular basis today: after school and after dinner. But the Chang parents had loftier ambitions than just creating a handy place to get their fro-yo fix. “We wanted to create a fun and welcoming environment that families and friends could enjoy; and most importantly, to show our kids that when they desire and dream, it can come true!” Jeffrey explains. Will his kids grow up to work at or take over the family business? “Not until they are 16!” But will they take over the family business? “If either one chooses to pursue business, we are more than willing to let the kids experience their very own store,” Jeffrey offers. But Jeffrey fosters a broad understanding in his children, encouraging interests in many things. He wants his kids to find and do what they love.

Mark Mullet is another visible business owner in Issaquah Highlands with his pioneering restaurants, Zeeks Pizza at 25th and Park Drive and Ben & Jerry’s on 10th in Grand Ridge Plaza. When Mark opened Zeeks in 2009, his kids were not yet born or too young to “vote” on what business their dad would create. Now his oldest daughter Isabel is in the 5th grade and Eloise is a 3rd grader, both attending Grand Ridge Elementary. Caroline and Penelope attend Lakeside Montessori preschool in the Highlands. Still, they will be part of the family business. Mark states his expectations clearly. “All four girls have been told that if they want spending money for clothes and cell phones, they need to start working after they finish 8th grade.” And not just working anywhere; Mark knows a willing employer. “We will have them work at Zeeks and Ben and Jerry’s!”

It seems the girls will enjoy their first jobs. Mark is reassured, “All four girls love pizza and ice cream. Right now the cotton candy flavored ice cream at Ben and Jerry’s is very popular with them.” But Mark doesn’t seem too hopeful his daughters will take on the family business. Rather he puts it this way, “The girls only have to work at Zeeks and Ben and Jerry’s until they graduate from college. Hopefully the restaurant work inspires them to finish college on time.” It seems girls will be moving on to other things. But in the mean time, we will enjoy watching these kids grown up at their family businesses in the Village Green neighborhood. Such involvement not only benefits their families, but it benefits our community to have these families invested here at home in Issaquah Highlands. Thank you and Happy Father’s Day, Mark and Jeffrey!

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Issaquah Highlands Yarns & Threads The Issaquah Highlands Yarns & Threads group was born of a question on the ‘Issaquah Highlands Moms’ Facebook page inquiring whether there was a knitting group in the Highlands. This initial inquiry prompted the formation of a new club in November 2013. Today the group continues to swell.

Why would someone knit a hat, pair of socks or a sweater when you can go out and buy it for less money? Why the heck do knitters spend time and money to create something that is already available commercially? The easy answer is that it fulfills a basic human need to create, to demonstrate artistry, to explore self-expression. It’s not always about the garment or the afghan. It is more often about the connection between people with a common interest, who together build a sense of community. In the creation process, each person finds a voice and a result uniquely her own. The club enjoys meeting at Blakely Hall because it has the feel of meeting at someone’s home. Blakely Hall provides an atmosphere where knitters can share a homey experience, crafting together in a group that ranges from a handful to a throng. It is not unheard of to smell fresh bread baking while the group compares notes, learns techniques and discusses a variety of issues. This eclectic bunch is not your “old grandmas knitting” group. It is international: Malaysia, Australia, Canada, and the United States are represented. They are also a melting pot of education and life experiences, from high school education to doctoral degrees, from young mothers to the knitter who had to quit her bowling passion at age 89, and from inexperienced knitters to designers, the group merges into one entity. The common thread of the group is, indeed, a type of “thread.”

On occasion, a road trip is in order. Living in Wednesdays & Fridays from 9-11.30am Puget Sound offers the Blakely Hall unique opportunity to explore knitting with a number of independent yarn stores. When the time comes to build the stash, there’s nothing like another knit-aholic to keep you company.

Issaquah Highlands Yarns & Threads

Yarns & Threads hopes to continue supporting newcomers to the area, as well as to the art. It welcomes all knitters, crocheters, crossstitchers, felters etc. and so encompasses all handcrafts that use yarn or thread. For additional updates and news, the group can be found on as the Issaquah Highlands Yarns & Threads. Another IH Knitting Group: Knit for Life® Mondays from 1pm to 3pm Swedish Medical Center “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.”


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What Your Neighbors are Saying about: Highlands Day 2014 ART OUTSIDE by Christy Garrard, Director and Special Event Planner for Highlands Council, Dahlia Park resident This year the annual Highlands Day Festival will fall on a Sunday in July, in the late afternoon. This date change allows the Plein Air painters to have all day Saturday and half a day Sunday to complete their landscape paintings around our community. Besides all agree, “The July date brings a promise of better weather.” What do you love about Blakely Hall and Village Green Park as the festival venue? Patrick says, “I love having a place in our community that is dedicated completely to community. The Village Green and Blakely Hall area feels timeless to me; like it could have existed 100 years ago on the East Coast, or even somewhere in Europe.” The Davidson family enjoys, “The feeling of community, togetherness, and how close it is to where we live!”

community around me.” The week long Art Outside activities leading up to Sunday’s festival includes building human-sized bird nests inside Village Green Park; professionally facilitated by renowned artEast artist, Karen White. The nest builds are sponsored by Highlands Dentistry, Issaquah Press, and Safeway; and have been generously donated to the HY, Issaquah School District, and Life Enrichment Options.

The Cowan Family

“I’m sure it will be very tweetable.” Patrick The Cowan family said, “Human-sized bird nests…WILD!!!! We love it!”

Lynne lives on the Village Green Circle and says, “I love that Highlands Day is literally right outside my door! With so much going on this year, it will be exciting to see it all unfold from my front patio!”

Also new this year, Grand Ridge Plaza is sponsoring a Plein Air “Paint Out”. All day Saturday and half a day Sunday professional landscape painters will be scattered throughout our community painting Plein Air style. “We think people will love this!” shared the Cowan Family.

“This central location represents Issaquah Highlands; elegant, strong, green and welcoming,” shares Ravi.

Patrick agreed, “I can’t wait to see our community taken over by artists.”

Jennifer agrees, “It is the heart of the community!”

Jennifer said, “I think residents will enjoy watching their community come alive on canvas.”


How do you feel about Highlands Council teaming with artEAST? The Cowan family told us, “We are excited to see the Highlands support arts education through the theme, Art Outside!” “We love art and would like it to be a bigger part of our lives. This event certainly has piqued my curiosity,” shares Patrick. How do community volunteers and event sponsors feel about being involved with Issaquah Highlands events? Frank, GM of HFN “It puts a face to HFN,” says Frank, General Manager of Highlands Fiber Network.

Ravi Chhabra

Thanks to Swedish Hospital, we are excited to welcome back DJ Fred as our emcee for this year’s festival. You will remember Fred from last year’s Green Halloween® Festival. He brings an awesome energy to the day! Activities from the stage include painting to music and lip sync competitions. “DJ Fred is my favorite! He was amazing at the Green Halloween® Festival, he interacted so well with the crowd. The Highlands Day Bear plans to dance to his music and have the kids dance along too!” Lynne exclaimed.

Patrick adds, “Everyone is busy, so we are always on the run. We are able to connect with our friends and neighbors within all their silos – clubs, sports, school etc. But at Highland’s events, everyone is there! Everyone is included. Everyone connects. That’s community!”

“DJ Fred and the opportunity to paint to music sounds like a brilliant idea!” The Cowan Family added.

Lynne, a resident who volunteers as event characters (Highlands Day Bear, Green Halloween’s Issy Witch) wants you to know, “Highlands events connect me to my community because I love to be a part of the entertainment at these events! I love the interaction with the kids and their parents, my neighbors, and

The festival will open with the traditional community parade at 3pm. This year we will have a Parade of Nature and want everyone, kids AND adults, to come dressed as a land or marine animal, insect, or favorite flower! Nadine said, “Everyone loves a parade! Animal costumes are most popular. FUN!”

The Davidson Family

Nadine agreed, “People like to try new things.”


Lynne assured, “The Highlands Bear will love to have other critters join him in the parade!” From hands-on art experiences and exciting carnival rides, to tasty treats and an opportunity to celebrate summer with your neighbors, Highlands Day Art Outside is summed up in the following words provided by our group of contributors:

Neighborly! Fun! Spirited! Rejuvenating! Tradition! For more information and to stay updated as event plans progress LIKE the Issaquah Highlands Facebook page and sign up for the weekly e-letter at

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Adopt “Seagal” So you think you’re ready to adopt or buy a pet. There are dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, horses, goats, chickens and more. How do you find the right one for you? I always say, ‘Take your time..’ With so many animals available, it all comes down to your lifestyle. Ask yourself three simple questions. 1. What do I do all day? Evaluate how much time you spend working, playing, or taking care of your household with how much time you spend in free-time and traveling. If you like to hike you may want a dog instead of a hamster. 2. Am I able to care for someone else? Any animal requires feeding, exercise, clean-up and training/social time for its entire life. You may prefer a once a month fish tank cleaning to daily pick-up after your new parrot who throws his food against the wall. 3. What kind of a commitment am I able to make? Some animals only live 2 years. Some can live over 80 years. Think about how long you will be available to care for your new pet before you bring it home. If the kids are going to he graduating in 5 years, the next 15 years could be you and the lizard they begged you for. Explore your options and remember the old saying ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’. You may find your best friend in a loving, cuddly rat, or a purring ball of kitty fur. Maybe both!

Age: 2 yrs Breed: Doby mix

Seagal is house and crate trained, good with other dogs and cats. She would like to have some kids who will be kind and help her learn how to be a polite dog with good sits and leash manners. She loves to play and follow her people around so she is sure to get in on all the fun. Adopt her from

Available for adoption through

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100 Years Ago by Dr. Paul Dean, Kirk Park

Archduke Franz Ferdinand is a unique enough name to remember. My physical therapy team asked me what I was going to write on for the June issue of Connections. I answered, “Oh, it’s epic: the assassination that started World War 1!” Although history wasn’t either of their majors in college, Erick and Amanda at Highlands Physical Therapy both recognized the name (although one of them Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, joked that it sounded like a Duchess of Hohenberg. name of a rock band). What isn’t recognizable to us is the world before the Archduke met his unfortunate end. World War I forever changed the pre-war world dominated by European imperial powers. Most of the people who now live in the Highlands come from countries who were strongly impacted, if not devastated by the conflict. In many ways we still hear the echoes of the millions of shells and bullets fired in the battles of World War I. It is appropriate to remember the first bullet was fired by a undersized teenager on the streets of Sarajevo in June of 1914, 100 years ago this month. President Woodrow Wilson first heard warnings of looming conflict in May 1914. His friend and trusted foreign envoy, Colonel House wrote Wilson from Berlin in May of 1914 saying, “The situation is extraordinary. It is militarism run stark mad. Unless someone acting for you can bring about a different understanding there is some day to be an awful cataclysm…there is too much hatred, too many jealousies.” The first shot in this “awful cataclysm” happened in Sarajevo, provincial capitol of Bosnia and near the site of the Habsburg army’s summer maneuvers in 1914. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, nephew to the Emperor Franz Joseph came with his wife to supervise 25 June 1914. Following the maneuvers the heir to the Habsburg throne drove to Sarajevo. Five young Serbs and a Bosnian Muslim, all part of the clandestine organization known as the Black Hand, were waiting for him. On the way to the residence of the providential governor, one of the terrorists threw a bomb at the car carrying Franz Ferdinand and his wife. The bomb bounced off, the Bosnian Muslim was apprehended, but the terrorists were undeterred. Forty-five minutes later as the Archduke was en route to visit an officer injured in the failed bombing attempt his chauffer took a wrong turn and was forced to turn the car around. While the car was at a momentary halt, Gavrilo Princip, a small 19 year-old Yugoslav nationalist, found himself in the right place at the right time for his cause. He stepped forward, took aim, and shot twice, hitting first the Archduke in the neck and then his wife Sophie when she bravely tried to shield her husband from the assassin. Princip then swallowed what he believed was a fatal dose of cyanide. However the pill only made him sick – he would survive the day, eventually stand trial, and live long enough to see the world descend into total war. The Archduke and his wife only had hours to live. In a matter of days the investigation into the assassination determined that the conspirators

were supported and equipped by the Serbian military. Not only did the Serbians constitute the most warlike and obstinate of the minorities that made up the Habsburg Empire. The Serbians also were strongly supported by the Russians who shared their Orthodox faith. These two facts made military action against Serbia complicated.

19 year-old Gavrilo Princip, assassinates Archduke Franz Ferdinand, killing his wife, too, as she bravely tried to shield her husband

France and Russia were allied to contain Germany. They hoped that Germany would not be foolish enough to engage in a two front war. Germany terrified Europe with the speed it had destroyed France in the Franco-Prussian war in the 1870s. Germany had solved the two-front war issue with a combination of treaties with Austria-Hungary (and Italy), and a secret plan to quickly knock out France by running through Belgium and then bringing its forces against Russia. England had a secret treaty with Belgium. The Austrians, enraged by the assassination of their heir to the throne and encouraged by their alliance with mighty Germany, prepared to issue an ultimatum to Serbia anyway. The Russians, allied with the French and the British, were anxious to show the world that it would not let their Slavic brethren in Serbia be bullied. The Serbians were tired of foreign rule. Each major power was certain of its cultural and military supremacy. Europe was a powder keg, and the Black Hand had lit the match through the actions of a teenage pawn. No one knew how big the explosion would be in June 1914, one hundred years ago this month. The Deans (Paul, Kathryn, Nathan, Carolyn, Alaina, and Lizzie) moved to the Highlands in 2006. Paul’s interest in history started in his youth. He studied History at Cedarville University in Ohio and earned a M.A. and PhD in U.S. Diplomatic History with minor fields in Latin America and SE Asia from WSU.


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Tiffanie Chai Forest Ridge of The Sacred Heart Post Grad Plans: Study Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University or the University of Southern California.

Olga Alentyeva Issaquah High School Post Grad Plans: Study Journalism and International Relations Studies.

Mimi Chen Issaquah High School Post Grad Plans: Study Neuroscience at Tulane University in New Orleans with a Pre-Medicine Track.

Shilpa Kumar Issaquah High School Post Grad Plans: Attend the University of Washington with a direct admit to Computer Science and Engineering on the pre-med track, then on to medical school. I’m very interested in research combining the two fields.

Alexis Hinkley Issaquah High School Post Grad Plans: Attend the University of Northern Colorado with a major in Nursing.

Bhavya Chhabra Skyline High School Post Grad Plans: Attend the University of Washington to double major in Communications and Biochemistry. After that we’ll see where Med School takes me!

Tessa Gokce Inglemoor High School Post Grad Plans: Study graphic design.

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Ethan Wisdom Issaquah High School Post Grad Plans: Attend Washington State University to pursue an Honors College diploma and a degree in Engineering.

Paul J. Leigh Issaquah High School Post Grad Plans: Attend Central Washington University in their Recreation and Tourism program.

Brandon Densley Issaquah High School Post Grad Plans: Attend Bellevue College then transfer to finish his degree in TV production/ music. Vyvian Luu Issaquah High School Post Grad Plans: Take a gap year to work and attend Bellevue College, studying graphic design and the arts. Then hopefully go to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) in California.

Amira Walker Azusa Pacific University B.A. in Spanish Post Grad Plans: Getting married on May 25th, moving to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and taking a job in hospitality marketing.

Beau Olivas, Jr. Issaquah High School Post Grad Plans: Attend Bellevue College and then further his education for a career in media.

Alexandra Tillman University of Washington B.S. in Bioengineering Post Grad Plan: Alex has accepted a Post Baccalaureate Research Award with the National institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland working in the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. Then graduate school and a career in public and global health technology

Dennis T. Leigh Carroll College B.A. in Civil Engineering Post Grad Plans: Begin an internship or similar role as an engineer or on to grad school to explore a specialty in engineering.

Ryan Paul Bihay Issaquah High School Post Grad Plan: Attend two years at SCCC and transfer to Washington State University.

Bailey Englin Issaquah High School Post grad plans: Attend Gonzaga University, majoring in math.

Hannah Heyrich Issaquah High School Post Grad Plans: Take a gap year in Israel and Europe; then attend Western Washington University in Fall 2015.

Anees Daud University of Vermont School of Medicine, M.D. Post Grad Residency: Internal Medicine, University of Utah Hospital in Salt lake City, UT with a specialty in Cardiology.

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Star-studded Summer Nights Shine by Molly and Marty Fisher, Ashland Park

At long last, summer! Long, warm, sun-soaked days and cool, star-studded nights finally are on the horizon.

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June 2014 Photo of the Month Winner: Steve Walker

Summer stars don’t just appear in our skies; they shine on stages all over the area. And the only thing that’s better than daydreaming about being outside in the glorious Northwest weather is planning where to go to enjoy the eclectic lineup of outdoor shows and concerts. Since our first summer in Issaquah in 1998, this has become one of our favorite annual rituals. Like kids counting the days until their birthdays, we hardly can contain ourselves waiting for our favorite venues to announce their summer lineups. Impatiently, we scan the internet for the concert postings beginning in April, conspiring with our friends about who we want to see, how many shows we’ll attend, what we’ll bring to eat, and the lengths we’ll go to buy, trade, or beg for tickets. The wish list usually starts out comically long, but our ever-present reality check – the budget – hangs over our heads like winter storm clouds, turning the list into a collision of dollars and sense. That’s because it’s not just the music that makes these concerts so much fun. It’s the combination of the food, the friends, and the furnishings that make them such fabulous occasions. And after a dark, wet winter, they’re the perfect reason for coming out of hibernation.

Molly and Marty’s Summer Concert Picks Marymoor Park

Heart and Michael Grimm, Tuesday, July 1

Pine Lake Park

Wings ‘n Things (the music of Paul McCartney), Thursday, July 10

Issaquah Community Center

Randy Hansen (the music of Jimi Hendrix), Tuesday, July 22

Safeco Field

Beyonce and JAY Z, Wednesday, July 30

Chateau Ste. Michelle

ZZ Top and Jeff Beck, Sat., Aug 9

The Gorge

Bruno Mars, Saturday, August 9

When the days finally arrive to buy tickets, we log into the websites early, hands sweaty and armed with the priority list of shows to purchase first. The adrenaline flows as the ever-present fear of getting shut out makes this a nerve-wracking experience. That used to be more of a concern, but as the economy has taken a downturn in recent years, so has the attendance at most summer concerts. Few sell out and even fewer sell out on the first day like they did before the recession began in 2007.

There’s also a lot more to this than just buying Santana, Friday, Aug. 1 tickets, showing up for the concerts, and sitting Woodland Park Zoo on the lawn. When Robert Cray and Shemekia Copeland on Sunday, August 10 we do it, we go all the way (O.K. maybe a Puyallup Fair little too far, but why Chicago and REO on Tuesday, Sept, 10 not?), planning mouthwatering menus and schlepping coolers of food, roll-up tables for just the right presentation, low-back, comfy chairs, and metal spike beverage holders that get pushed into the ground for easy liquid access. We even put together a soundtrack of the bands we’re seeing to listen to in the car going to and from the concerts.

White River Amphitheatre

It’s a crazy, expensive, exhausting process that never seems to get old. Our goal is to get to at least one concert at each of several outdoor venues. Chateau Ste. Michelle is our favorite. How can you not love a place that sits in a lush, green valley with gorgeous sunsets where the wine flows at really reasonable prices with world-class shows and is just 30 minutes from home? We also like Marymoor Park and the Woodland Park Zoo. The Gorge is reserved for special shows since it takes a lot more planning and sometimes even an overnight adventure to make it work. Every once in a while the White River Amphitheatre has a great show, like Santana on August 1, that makes the long, slow trek south worth it. We love to do the Puyallup (now the Washington State Fair) to end the summer fun with a scone and a song. Last summer, our favorite show was Paul McCartney at Safeco Field. It was the perfect combination of a surprisingly good venue, an amazing performer (more than three hours!), and a magnificent Northwest summer night. This summer we’ll go back to see Beyonce and JAY Z.. Closer to home, there are the Issaquah Parks and Recreation concerts on Tuesdays outside the Issaquah Community Center and the City of Sammamish concerts on Thursdays at Pine Lake Park. Both series are family-friendly and dog-friendly, making them the perfect “just-because” nights out. Programming begins in July. Get your calendars, gather your friends and make plans now to catch some sizzling summer sounds!

“Steve received the most ‘favorites’ on our Flickr site last month. We followed this indicator to choose Steve as our inaugural Photo of the Month winner,” explains Scott Moffat, IHPC Co-Chair. The photo was taken with a NEX 5N and a manual focus Canon FDn 50 1.4 stopped down to about f8. The camera was hand held at waist level. “I was interested in this subject due to the contrast and backlight and it was taken in the early evening when the sun was low,” explains Walker. “Most of my spring/summer/ fall photos explore the plants in our yard with various older manual focus lenses.”

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Crow/Raven: Magic and Mystery All events are family friendly! Sunday, June 8th Feathers: Form and Function at 2:00 pm

Olympia artist Chris Maynard will speak about the beauty and complexity of feathers. Maynard’s feather carvings have garnered worldwide attention and are featured in the book Feathers: Form and Function. Free.

Song of the Crow at 3:00pm

Seattle author Layne Mayheu will discuss his novel, Song of the Crow, which retells the Noah’s Ark story from the perspective of a crow. Free.

Exhibit Opening and Artist Reception from 4:00-6:00pm

A public reception will introduce the artists whose work is on display at Blakely Hall. Free.

Holy Crow Wednesday, June 25th 7:00 pm,

Professional artist and instructor Jessica Damsky will discuss the influence of crows and ravens on the world’s greatest artists, many of whom incorporated crow imagery into their work. Free.

Book Club

A 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 to get on the distribution list.

Chinese Heritage Club


Sunday, June 15th, 7:30 - 9:30pm Blakely Hall

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 ( or 425-633-0242.

Computer classes YWCA Family Village


Free computer classes are provided in the computer lab. Contact Sondi at

Cub Scout Issaquah Highlands Pack 680 F

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 or join us at our next meeting.

ESL Classes – FREE!


English as a Second Language YWCA Family Village Mornings ~ 9:30am -12:30pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Summer’s last session, June 12th


European Culture Night Wednesday, June 4, 6:30-8:30pm Blakely Hall

Latino Club

A T F The Latino Club welcomes everybody who would like to celebrate and learn about Latino traditions. There will be activities for kids, adults and seniors. Open to all – join the fun! Interested? Contact Alicia Spinner

As part of a series of celebrating world cultures, we are highlighting different regions of the world; currently our focus is on Europe. If you have interest in Learning, Sharing and Celebrating this part of the world, please come join us! (If you wish, you can bring a European appetizer) The event is open to the public and there is no charge. We look forward to an enjoyable evening together as friends and neighbors. Besides many appetizers and displays, some of the highlights of the night include Irish dance Performance, European Bakery, Yodeling, and a fun Foreign Food Fear Factor activity. Hosted by the Highlands Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Saturday, June 21st, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Mountain Bike Club

A T F Open to all skill levels. Contact Marc for more information: 425-837-8367 or or Find “Issaquah Highlands Mountain Bike Club” on Facebook

Pet Club A

Issaquah Highlands’ Community-Wide Garage Sale is one of two annual garage sales in Issaquah Highlands. These are the only occasions which a garage or yard sale is permitted. Call it a yard sale or a garage sale, it’s a summer tradition in the highlands! The IHCA advertises the event; you provide signs to direct shoppers to your home/garage. See more information on page 25 . Our next sale will be September 20th. Contact Whitney for more information at

Garden Committee


Monday, June 16th, 6:30-8:30pm Blakely Hall

6:30PM Master Gardener TOPIC: Soils and Plant Nutrition 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.




Third Thursdays, June 19th, 7:00 - 8:00pm NOTE: Meeting will be at Civilized Nature

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.

Photography Club



Third Saturdays, June 21st, 10:30 - 11:30am Blakely Hall

TOPIC: Infrared Photography 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 ( and contact the group’s coordinators to join the club. Scott Moffat and Ravi Naqvi at



Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:30am Blakely Hall

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 We are also on Facebook!

Want to Start a Club? Contact:

Christy Garrard, Director/Special Event Planner

IHCA Architectural Review Committee Tuesday, 6/3, 6:00 pm IHCA Office, 425-507-1107

HFN Advisory Group Wednesday, 6/11, 7:00 pm Blakely Hall

Meetings are subject to change. Visit for calendar updates or sign up for your weekly email bulletins at

IHCA Board of Directors Meeting Wednesday, 6/25, 5:30 pm IHCA Office

For City of Issaquah governance meetings, see

Communication Committee Thursday, 6/26, 10:00 am Blakely Hall

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.


Garage Sale - Community Wide!


Mondays from 1:00pm to 3:00pm Swedish Medical Center

Free Please contact Andi Wolff at or 425.235.2352 (ext. 2117) to register.


IHCA Finance Committee Meeting Tuesday, 6/10, 5:30 pm IHCA Office

Knit for Life®


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June 26th, 7:00pm Blakely Hall

Speaking in Public Class Youths and Adults K T A


Love watching the World Series of Poker on TV? Want to win a chance to go to Vegas and play on TV against the world’s best players? Join us the last Thursday of each month for a $40 buy-in, No-limit Texas Hold ‘em tournament! If you are a novice wanting to network or a salty vet looking for some steep competition you’ll love our monthly club! Contact Henry

The Rovin’ Fiddlers


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

Running Club

A T The Highlands Running Group is a community for Runners who share in the passion of group runs! Weather permitting, we will typically meet up in front of the tennis courts at Central Park on Saturdays at 8:00 am. If you are interested in joining us or have questions, please contact Joey at, so he can add you to the distribution list. See A

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

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 or 425.427.9682

Surya – Sun Festival




Multicultural Celebration of the Summer Solstice Saturday, June 28, 12:00pm - 6:00pm Central Park

Every Tuesday, 7:00 - 9:00pm Second & fourth Tuesdays Issaquah Highlands Fire Station First, third & fifth Tuesdays Issaquah Valley Senior Center

Russian Highlanders

Yarns & Threads Group



See Facebook for monthly event information

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... groups/rusisshigh/ Please follow the FB page for schedule changes or location of meetings.

Presented by the Vedic Cultural Center Event includes: Native American cultural show, Brazilian Capoeira, Odissi dance recital, Senegalese dances and drumming, Sun salutation ( surya namaskar ) with yoga group, and Bollywood-Bhangra dancing with DJ Rohit.

Wednesdays & Fridays, 9am Blakely Hall


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

Zumba Class



Tuesdays (7:00pm) & Saturdays (9:00am) Blakely Hall

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

Tennis Group - Ladies Meet Up

A The IH ladies tennis group is a non-competitive group so all levels are welcome - even if you haven’t played in a while and are feeling a bit rusty. Meet and connect with other IH women tennis players and come to have fun and stay or get fit! We’ll be playing on Thursdays and Saturdays at 10 am at Central Park when the weather is dry. We also have a Facebook group page. Please join us there too!

Wine Club


Programming is appropriate for the following groups. A Adults T





Fun for the whole family

Friday, June 13th, 7:00 - 8:30pm 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 to RSVP.

Workout Warriors

A T The club formerly known as Issaquah Weekend Walkers is now the Issaquah Workout Warriors. They now also meet up during week and hit the Zumba class, too!

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! Check facebook for any schedule updates, but don’t worry about rsvp – just show up read to workout! Group contact is Michelle Champley at

Highlands Day: Art Outside VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Sunday, July 20th, 2014 Contact: 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 for more information and getting started on volunteer opportunities at the YWCA Family Village.

CALENDAR Highlands Day

Father’s Day

Tuesday, July 1


Summer Solstice

Heron Rookery Nest Building



Goats Arrive

July 14 - July 20

Sunday, July 20

Friday, June 6

Sunday, June 15 Saturday, June 21

Ramadan Begins Sunday, June 29

Plein Air Artist Reception

Kamehameha Day Wednesday, June 11


Plein Air All Day Paint Out

Flag Day

Pearl, Alexandrite, and Moonstone

Friday, July 18

July 19 - July 20

Saturday, June 14

June Birthstone

June was initially named Iunius. The name either comes from the Roman goddess Juno, wife of Jupiter, or from the word “iuniores”, the Latin word for “younger ones”. In the early Roman calendar June only had 29 days. It was Julius Caesar who added the additional day giving June 30 days. The longest day of the year is June 21. Dawn will break at 2:04 AM The sun will rise at 5:10 AM and set at 9:09 PM with dark descending at 12:16 AM. These are statistics for Issaquah from The Old Farmers Almanac. (Compare to Fairbanks, AK where the sun rises at 2:57 AM and sets 12:48 AM and dawn never breaks because dark never descends.)



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Proprioception for Papa by Erick K. Harada, DPT, Highlands Physical Therapy

Can you believe it is already June? Not only does that mean it is the official start of summer, but we are celebrating dads and grads this month. Why not bring in the new season with a hike in our very own Issaquah Alps? With the increase in hiking and outdoor activities comes the chance of increased injuries on the trail. This month I am providing you with balance and proprioception exercises to prevent ankle and knee injuries. Proprioception is the body’s awareness in space (being able to catch yourself before you roll your ankle on a rock). It is importance to keep up with proprioception exercises as well as strength and flexibility exercises to keep your joints safe and healthy.

Single Leg Balance on Foam

Single Leg Heel Raises

Single Leg Balance/ Reach

1. Eyes open, balance with right leg on dense foam. Hold 60 seconds.

1. Balance on left foot, then rise on ball of foot. Repeat other side.

1. Stand on left foot. Bend knee, lowering body, and reach across down to floor.

2. Repeat 15 times per side. Perform 2x/day.

2. Modify by placing a 4-6 inch step in front of you to touch.

2. Repeat 2 times per side. Perform 2x/day. Do 3-4 sessions per day.

3. Repeat 10 times per side. Perform 2x/day

Begin all these exercises with you shoes on and progress to barefoot to challenge your balance system. You may feel increased work in the bottom of your foot, calf, or the side of your lower leg. If any of these exercises hurt, stop immediately. If the pain persists beyond 24 hours, contact your local physical therapist. Enjoy the mountains!

Think You Are Too Young To Have Osteoarthritis? Think Again! by Dr. Michael Upton, Issaquah Highlands Chiropractic, Laser and Massage Therapy

Osteoarthritis affects a great number of people (approximately 27,000,000 adults in the United States) and does not care if you’re male, female, young, old, rich, or poor. Osteoarthritis is called “wear-and-tear arthritis,” which is an excellent indictor of which body parts it’s likely to affect. The disorder typically occurs in areas affected by trauma, such as a fractured or repeatedly injured ankle. And of course it tends to like joints that are weightbearing, such as the hips, knees, and the spinal column. Medical terms, such as, spurs, claws, and osteophytes describe the physical changes to the bones. This is especially true in the spinal column, where spurs and claws develop at the corners of vertebra. If advanced, the claws between two vertebra can actually join together and severely damage the joint. With osteoarthritis in the wrists, knees, hips, and other joints, this bone growth coupled with the space loss between the bones, starts to interfere with the normal range of motion. As the area between the bones degenerates, the discomfort can become crippling and require jointreplacement surgery. If you are over 30, and start to develop joint pain, swelling, and occasional sense of crunching or snapping after a long exercise session or heavy lifting, you may be experiencing the initial symptoms of osteoarthritis. You may experience pain in one or more joints, most likely on your right side if you’re right handed and left side if you’re left handed. If it takes a while for you to get rid of your back stiffness in the morning, you might have osteoarthritis in your back. In Issaquah Highlands, osteoarthritis is commonly found in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbosacral spine of residents in their 30s and 40s, who spend a significant amount of time involved in computer activities, and then, when they get home, immediately open their laptops for several more hours. Early diagnosis is the trick and can easily be accomplished with a few simple x-rays,which and can easily detect osteoarthritis. Further and more diversified diagnostic tools can also be used. Treatment options include anti-inflammatory medication, ice applications, professional manipulation of the joints, and the all-time favorite, massage therapy! Yes, insurance coverage is usually available for the above options including massage therapy. Don’t get old before your time! Get examined, diagnosed, and treated to make that pain in the neck a thing of the past!


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Green Power Challenge: Help Issaquah Exceed Its Goal On Earth Day, Puget Sound Energy welcomed three cities to the 2014 Take Charge Green Power Challenge: Issaquah, Puyallup and Redmond.

Issaquah is now competing to see which city can claim the title of “Greenest Town in the Puget Sound.” Each city has set a goal — determined using a number of factors — to see how many additional homes and businesses sign up for PSE’s Green Power program, which allows PSE electric customers to pay a little more to guarantee some or all of their energy is from clean, renewable sources. • Issaquah’s goal: Net increase of 180 participants. • Puyallup’s goal: Net increase of 200 participants.

challenge officially ends on Dec. 31, 2014.

PSE’s voluntary Green Power Program gives PSE electric customers a way to guarantee that some or all of the energy they use is matched in the electric grid with clean electricity from wind, solar, biogas and other renewable energy sources from the West.

Each city that meets its individual challenge goal will be awarded a $20,000 grant to go toward a solar project in their city. Each city will determine where its project will be located and how it will be implemented.

PSE residential customers can purchase 100 percent green power for approximately $10 to $12 a month based on their actual usage or buy a specific amount, with a minimum purchase of $4 per month for 320 kilowatt hours (kWh). Additional green power can be bought in increments of $2 for 160 kWh. Business customers can also participate at rates specific to their situation.

The city with the highest percentage of new enrollments out of available accounts compared to the other cities will be dubbed the “Greenest Town in the Puget Sound” and awarded an additional $20,000 to go toward their city’s solar project, for a possible total of $40,000. The

For more information about the Take Charge Green Power Challenge, or to sign up for PSE’s Green Power Program, visit, or call a PSE Energy Advisor at 1-800562-1482, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Redmond’s goal: Net increase of 250 participants.

Join Us: Mayor at the Farmers Market

Mayor Fred Butler invites citizens to stop by a no-host Mayor’s Breakfast from 10-11 a.m. June 14 at the Issaquah Farmers Market to discuss topics of interest.

The market also features food vendors, concerts and entertainment, cooking demonstrations, and activities for families and children.

Throughout the summer, the market will also be open and offering farm-fresh fruits and vegetables — including many organic items — fresh-cut flowers, baked goods, specialty cooking mixes, handmade arts and crafts, and more.

The market is open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through early October at the historic Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

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Now Accepting New Patients

Stop Hurting. Start Living. Take your health to the next level at Klahanie Chiropractic. We have made a major expansion in the way we service residents of the Issaquah Highlands at our neighborhood healthcare center at Klahanie Plaza. Duggan Robinson, D.C. has joined principals Dr. Ken Lichtenwalter and Dr. Ben Britton for added patient attention and access.

Left to Right: Dr. Ken Lictenwalter; Julie Ann Seibert, LMP, Dr. Ben Britton; Steve Vigil, LMP; Dr. Duggan Robinson

What’s more, our integrated massage-therapy program has doubled with the addition of Julie Ann Seibert, LMP and Steve Vigil, LMP. Our new massage space has increased as well, so you have more options and more convenient appointment times at Klahanie Plaza just minutes from the Issaquah Highlands. In keeping with the progress of technology, new Cold Laser Therapy is available for extra-special treatments. Cold Laser Therapy utilizes specific wavelengths of light to interact with muscle tissue and is thought to help accelerate the healing process. In concert with our chiropractic treatments, many patients see faster relief. Call us at 425-391-5050 and make an appointment. In a hurry? Drop-ins are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis for adjustments. Our providers are contracted by many insurance plans including Regence Blue Shield.


Following a chiropractic examination by one of our Doctors of Chiropractic, you can receive a one-hour massage with a licensed massage practitioner.

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ASK KARI Dear Kari, I have a friend who told me that she is suicidal sometimes. I didn’t know what to say to her except that maybe she should talk to one of our school counselors. I am afraid for her. Do you think that I should tell her parents? How can I help her? - Worried Friend Dear Worried Friend, You did a great job in supporting you friend simply by listening to her and caring about her. Your suggestion that she speak to a school counselor was a great idea. School counselors can support a person in crisis by doing an assessment and developing a safe care plan for your friend. They also can reach out to your friend’s parents instead of you and let them know of their concerns. You should focus on being her friend and let the adults in her life support her in other ways that she needs at this time. That said, if at any point your friend states that she has an active plan (where she would do it, how she would do it, when she would do it) to end her life, tell an adult immediately or call 911. - Kari Dear Kari, I am so upset, I was paging through my husband’s Facebook page and I noticed that he chats with a woman I don’t know on his page quite frequently. When I asked him about her, he refused to engage with me. I feel that he owes me this information, since I am his wife. Now, I haven’t been able to think about anything else for the past week, as I am concerned that he is having an affair. What should I do? - Left In The Dark Dear Left In The Dark, You must be very upset by this matter if it is all you have been able to think about all week. I do feel that your husband owes you some information in regards to who this woman is and what their connection is. Partners share their lives together and that includes email/social media posts. I would calmly state to him that keeping secrets in your relationship about big and small matters is not acceptable to you. Then ask him again about who this Facebook friend is. Share with him your need to immediately know otherwise you will only be able to assume the worst, which is that he is having some type of affair with her. Afterward, if you find yourself still experiencing relationship challenges, I suggest that you seek the support of a therapist for martial counseling for both of you. - Kari

Dear Kari, I have been best friends with my friend Lisa for the past five years, but lately she has pulled herself away from me and I am not sure why. I have asked her if something is wrong and she says no, but I don’t believe her. We did start socializing with some other friends in our neighborhood a few months back, and there is one woman that I think talks badly about me behind my back to others including Lisa. But, I can’t believe that my best friend would side with someone else’s viewpoint over me. What can I do to get her to tell me the truth? - No Longer BFFs Dear No Longer BFFs, You appear to be distraught that your friend Lisa has backed away from you without telling you why. It can be hurtful when friends pull away, especially ones who we feel a bond to. I recommend that you invite your friend to coffee and warmly ask her how she is feeling about your friendship. Be honest, let her know that you miss spending time with her and feel a distance between you. Also, be open to whatever she has to tell. Maybe there is a past issue that you need to apologize for, or maybe she is having personal challenges that she feels she can’t share with anyone else. Just try to be genuine and caring. I wish you good luck and many years of friendship together in the future. - 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 866-4274747.

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Henry Honig Volunteer of the Month – June 2014 Besides the obvious things like, family, health and security, there are two things that I find very important. One is community and the other is our environment. I feel very fortunate to live in an area that values both of these things so highly! And as such, I reap great joy and gratification from contributing as a volunteer to organizations in our community that support and value these things as well. As a NW native I can really appreciate both outdoor and indoor activities. One day while exploring the Issaquah Highlands Connections newspaper, I was really excited to come across the various clubs offered in our Community. Photography, board games, poker and so much more. I remember thinking, how cool this community is to have such activities freely open and organized by volunteers. Shortly after moving into the neighborhood, I found myself interested in checking out at least one of these groups. I ended up gravitating towards the Poker club, because of the game’s social, entertaining and competitive nature. I thought, what a great way to meet some new people, and have some fun on a Thursday night. The group, originally formed by Kyle Reynolds, is about seven years old now. It started from a small home game, that with support from the community and Blakely Hall, that has grown into one of the Issaquah Highland’s most popular clubs. It was only this season that Kyle decided to step down as chair in order to spend more time with his family and focus on career. It was at our last club meeting in January that we tried to figure out the future of the club and who was willing to fill Kyle’s big shoes. After some deliberation, Adam Brown and I agreed to step up as co-chairs for the Issaquah Poker Club (IPC). Adam covers the volunteer side of the club, coordinating club member’s to help with set-up and tear down of our events, while I handle the AQUA CONTAINMENT COMPANY INC public facing communication and community outreach. Together we run the event and make sure the facility and group’s needs are met. It’s been working out great, and the club is as strong as ever, mention this ad


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and the game is as fun and challenging as ever too. We average about 40 participants at each month’s gathering. I look forward to seeing the club grow. Beyond just playing cards, and building new friendships and contacts, the IPC has been a great channel to solicit local support and volunteers for other Issaquah area events and organizations. Members are often tapped to help or participate in fundraisers and other events that help support local schools and charities. It’s an all-around good time, which both builds and supports our community. If you have at all be toying with the idea of coming. I encourage you to give it a chance. We welcome you. Continuing on the topic of volunteering in our community, another local organization I have given my time to, is Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (F.I.S.H). My step son Marc Webb and I, have both been volunteer docents during the last couple of seasons. Helping with tours and running the gift shop. While spending time at the hatchery, it’s hard not to recall childhood memories of coming to Issaquah and touring the old hatchery on school field trips or going with my parents to the Salmon Days parade and celebration. Given such fond memories from my youth, it was truly an honor for me to actually participate in the Salmon day parade with other docents and my step-son after being a spectator for so many years. Through this experience, I have come to learn that the work done by F.I.S.H. volunteers at the hatchery is so vitally important for our community, our environment and for Washington State’s economy. In fact, the work they do is so important, I would encourage local community members and businesses to do whatever they can, whether it is to donate time or money, to support F.I.S.H. and our local hatchery. The Issaquah Highlands and its surrounding community is such a great place to live, work and volunteer. I am proud to say I am a resident, I am happy to do my part to lend a hand and be a volunteer, and I am honored to be The Issaquah Highland Volunteer of the Month.


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Who is Doing the Graduating Here? by Tami Curtis, Summit (or Two Slides) Park

Have you ever noticed how over-the-top we celebrate high school graduation? We roll out the red carpet for our 18-year olds in often-absurd proportions. We order announcements and elaborate portraits, we plan lavish parties; we dole out gifts, and get giddy over the graduates’ baccalaureate ceremonies, “casino nights” and other senior celebrations. I know you don’t like my Grumpy-Cattish tone, but hear me out. What I am getting to is the disproportionate lack of hoopla surrounding college graduation in comparison. If high school graduation is a roar, college graduation in comparison is a mere grunt. And the celebration of a Ph.D.? Let’s not even go there – a whisper, perhaps? Consider this: High school attendance is mandated. You HAVE to get your bum out of bed and go to school otherwise a truant officer will haul your bum to the police station. It’s required. It’s free (more or less). It’s rife with opportunity. What’s the big deal over graduating? It’s against the LAW not to attend. Approximately 80% of students graduate high school. Of those who graduate, only 68% go on to college. Of those who go on to college only 58% receive their degree in the first six years. That means 30 out of 100 high school attendees earn a college degree within one decade. With those funneled down statistics I shake my head and grumble, “Hard-working and ambitious kids get a paper college diploma, but kids barely scratching their way through the institution get an Argosy cruise.” I had to get to the bottom of where all this hullabaloo was coming from. Well, after talking to numerous Highlands residents I pulled a “180” on my skepticism over these magnified celebrations. I’ve come to the conclusion that our unbridled merrymaking over secondary school graduates is not necessarily about the academic accomplishment anymore, so much as marking a transitional turning point. Historically, graduating high school was an academic accomplishment. If you were born before 1950 your chances of going to college were slim for various reasons including financial limitations, lack of legacy of college-bound family members, and the ability to get a decent job without a college degree. Times have changed a bit. The community of Issaquah is seeing a high percentage of its 18-year-olds with ambition to reach for that next academic achievement, but we celebrate our grads with gusto anyway.

Lets Talk fashion: If the Dress Fits… by Sree Dadisetty, Forest Ridge

My fashion philosophy is, “If a dress does not fit you right, it’s the dresses fault not yours.” I strongly believe that not all clothes are made for all body types. Never blame yourself if something doesn’t fit you right. It takes time and effort to learn what fabrics and styles work on your body type. For me, it took a long time to realize that structured clothes work best: Dresses that extenuate the tiniest part of my body, my waist, and fabrics that flow or are expensive looking, like silk, look the best on me. Knowing what works and what doesn’t can save you a lot of time and energy while shopping. But for every rule there is an exception. Once in a while you find something perfect that you never thought would work on your body type. I was never a fan of Rayon or Spandex. I always thought that clothes made from these fabrics were either too fitted and hug your body at the wrong places or they are too slouchy and you lose your shape. But after I visited our local store Opal Boutique, I had a change of heart. A major part of their clothing collection is made out of Rayon and Spandex. They have a huge collection with these fabrics and after trying only a few of their pieces I was in love with both the fabrics and their collection. I had a great pleasure of meeting Shannen Wyman, owner of Opal Boutique clothing stores. Ours is located in Grand Ridge Plaza. She gave me a tour the store and a sneak peak at their latest collection. It looks like some of the hottest colors of this season are orange, white, blue, and anything neon. This will come in handy next time when you go shopping. She also introduced me to some of her favorite designs from “Michael Star” and “Young, Fabulous & Broke”. I wore a couple of pieces from their collection and instantly fell in love with how well these clothes are fitted and how great they feel next to your skin. There is a true balance of fashion and comfort and who doesn’t like that? Next time you are in the neighborhood don’t forget to visit Opel at Grad Ridge Plaza, I bet you will fall in love with their clothes just like I did.

One of the largest motivating factors for the bountiful events surrounding commencement is the community involvement. Some families have known each other since their children were in kindergarten and have been side-by-side through band concerts, field trips, sporting events, school dances, PTSA meetings, and all the other supportive roles that get our kids through primary and secondary school. When we throw our kids a graduation party, we are throwing ourselves a party too. It is a community effort to provide our children the reinforcement during their formative years, be it helping to navigate the social ups and downs, facing the rigors of schoolwork, and learning the discipline of self-motivation. When the tassel is turned on the mortarboard hats, the parents and families can loudly declare, “We did it!” In contrast, we parents have very little influence or presence during the college years. Our young adults may have moved out, gone off to college and never plan on moving back home again. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still party time when they receive their degree, but we parents won’t be caught saying, “We did it!” Other than writing tuition checks, our involvement in our kids’ academic pursuits is very minimal during the post-high school years. “Our community” of high school becomes “their community” at college. When June rolls around and several of my neighbors are purchasing nice clothes and booking DJ’s for their teenagers’ Grad Night, you won’t catch me rolling my eyes. Whether or not my children give a hoot about the commencement commotion, I know when their time comes I will be cheering like a giddy teenager for them, for myself and for my community’s teens. A two-slide park resident (Summit Park), Tami Curtis is mother of two middle school boys and can be seen running all over the Highlands with Lacey Leigh. Her very supportive husband, Glenn is a great fan and sounding board of her Celtic band, The Fire Inside.

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Lions and Tigers and Bears, OH MY! Okay, maybe we don’t have lions and tigers in Issaquah Highlands but we all know we have bears! We also have other wildlife that has been sighted on a regular basis including cougars, bobcats, raccoons, and, of course, the pesky rabbits that plague the community gardens… Oh yes, and the ever present deer that have become so accustomed to humans that they don’t even flinch when homeowners catch them eating their prized landscaping. Of course, the most common dangerous intruders are the bears and they are definitely out of hibernation now. The community has taken several measures in an attempt to enhance the safety of residents, including the requirement to keep your trash cans inside so they don’t become regular smorgasbords for our furry friends. According to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW): “With an estimated population of 25,000 statewide, black bears are the most common source of potentially dangerous conflicts. Black bear complaints to WDFW are increasing. They range from fleeting glimpses of bears to close encounters.

The top three reasons for bear conflicts are: • Trash • Bird seed • Pet food Most of the encounters can be reduced if humans eliminated these incentives attracting black bears. The deliberate feeding by humans to unintentional access to garbage, bird feeders, or other attractants causes most of the problems.” A few years back the Board of Directors adopted some “Best Practices” to deter wildlife from becoming regular visitors to your yards. In keeping with the information above, they include the following: Birdfeeders: These can be put up during the period when bears are denning/hibernating: from November 15 to March 15; otherwise please refrain from using feeders.

What is the ARC?

Provided by the Architectural Review Committee The ARC, an acronym for Architectural Review Committee, is a group comprised of resident volunteers of the Issaquah Highlands that help to maintain the look and feel we all appreciate about our neighborhoods. We evaluate changes homeowners wish to make to ensure it fits the ambiance of the surrounding area and community as a whole. Examples would include a changing the color of a home, changing the landscaping of a yard, or building a fence. We do not review the new construction homes or aspects of the new retail area. We do not enforce the HOA governing documents. Last winter we started a process to simplify the ARC application process. We focused on three areas we felt were in need of change; (i) the guidelines, (ii) the application fee and, (iii) awareness. The previous guidelines were original to the neighborhood and had gone through several revisions. We began to see common themes in homeowner questions and clarification that was needed on applications and felt a change was necessary. We spent over 20 hours of the group’s time to redraft and simplify the guidelines. The end result was a document that not only was easier to read but was better aligned with our maturing neighborhood. The new guidelines can be found on our community website by signing in and clicking on Resource/ Document Center > IHCA Architectural Review > ARC Applications and Guidelines > ARC Guidelines. We encourage you to have a look at the new guidelines document. The fee structure was next. The previous structure was in place to cover costs of former administrative costs and consultation with Port Blakely’s Builder ARC. Once Port Blakely stepped out and we were able to streamline administrative overhead, our group was able to look at the costs and the result was an almost 45% reduction in the amount of the fee. The fee was $35 per application and is now $20 per application. The $35 fee might not have contributed a significant cost to larger projects, but on smaller projects such as changing the color of a homeowner’s front door it could be the cost of the entire project. Awareness is our next focus. When does a homeowner need to submit an application? Where does one find more information about guidelines? What if a homeowner already did a project and it did not get it approved? We hear these questions frequently and will be starting to publish different articles in the Connections newspaper. We also are in the process of simplifying our application forms based on resident feedback. Our hope is by sharing tips in future issues we will provide insight into our ARC process therefore making it easier to understand.

Fruit trees, berry bushes: Remove all fruit trees from heavy-use human areas, particularly plants near entry ways and children’s play areas. In yards, remove ripe fruit from the tree and fallen fruit from the ground immediately.

Please take a few minutes to review the guidelines and we encourage your feedback. You may email Erika North, staff liaison to the ARC, at

Gardens: Harvest vegetables as they ripen

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Pets: Pets are to be fed indoors and pet food is not to be left outdoors. Train dogs to deter bears, but not aggravate them.

If you are having trouble keeping your lawn looking good due to poor sun exposure or any other issue, you may apply to the ARC to remove the lawn and install low maintenance landscaping such as bushes, dry stream bed, drought tolerant plants, etc. Here are a couple great examples in Issaquah Highlands:

Dirty BBQ’s: Burn BBQ clean after each use and store securely inside. If you cannot store inside, put a cover on BBQ. These practices were established with the safety of residents in mind so we highly encourage everyone to follow them. When you do encounter or see wildlife in the area (just the “dangerous” ones…) please contact the Department of Wildlife at 877-933-9847, as they do track activity in the area. You can read more about living around dangerous wildlife at Please also contact your community manager as we also track wildlife activity. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping Issaquah Highlands a beautiful and safe place to live!

Garage Sale - Community-Wide! Saturday, June 21st & Saturday, September 20th 9:00am – 4:00pm

Issaquah Highlands has two Community-Wide Garage Sales each year. These are the only occasions which a garage or yard sale is permitted. The Issaquah Highlands Community Association advertises the event; you provide signs to direct shoppers to your home/garage. Contact Whitney for more information at

Tips for Success:

Whether it’s called a yard sale or a garage sale, it’s a summer tradition. The June and September dates are the ONLY times during the year that you can have a garage sale on your property. Here are some tips to make your sale successful: Prior to the sale, take an inventory of your household items. If your belongings have not been used, worn, or read in the past year, they may be good candidates for re-sale. Remind yourself that your goal is to eliminate clutter and find new homes for your unused or unneeded items. Actively involve family members in the decision making process. Children may more easily discard outgrown toys if they know there is a reward for their participation.

Make sure all items are cleaned well. Masking tape can be used to price items. Price items prior to the start of the garage sale. A guideline for pricing is to price in 25 cent increments. The rationale for this method is it makes the math calculations easier and the seller does not have to keep a supply of nickels and dimes. When displaying items, keep similar items together - for example, toys together, books and magazines together, and glass items together. On the day of the sale have supplies on hand such as boxes or bags for buyers with larger purchases, measuring tape for to measure furniture, calculator, and tables. Also have an extension cord on hand to plug any items into outside electrical outlets and a variety of batteries. Other key points are to be approachable, remember that bartering is a sport (compromise is good), and have fun.


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IHCA Landscape News by Russ Ayers, IHCA Landscape Manager

Only You Can Prevent a Forest

At the end of March a new resident and/or their builder cut down a tree near to the home they were building. The fact that the tree was there at time of purchase aside, and setting aside the fact the tree was not on the building lot but was instead part of King County’s Grand Ridge Park, were not deterrent enough. Growing since approximately 1852, the tree was a seedling when the Denny Party landed at Alki. At well over 100 feet in height its destruction leaves a hole in the skyline. Where it landed is a new meadow. All the smaller trees beneath having been crushed. The matter is under investigation by King County.

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Also in March another resident apparently had an eye to expanding their yard into the open space next to their house. Never mind that the survey stakes clearly marked the boundary (as did the mulch in the planting beds around the house). Landscape alterations done within your property require ARC approval, not to mention expanding beyond the property’s boundary. Half a dozen well-aimed whacks with an axe girdled each of four trees in the city-owned open space. Oh – when we say city-owned we mean it’s an open space for the benefit of EVERYONE. It’s not as if these open spaces are fenced off to prevent their enjoyment. This matter has also been referred to the city for action. These resident abuses not only damage our environment but they cause increased fines, increased vigilance and action by the governing agencies, decreased cooperation from our government and neighbors. They rob and diminish our open space around the community. Get smart – if you don’t own it, don’t tamper with it. If you’re curious, ask. If the tree is part of the original canopy of pre-development Grand Ridge, the tree is public property. Almost all the native open space that makes Issaquah Highlands the place it is happens to be are owned by King County or the City of Issaquah. That’s ALL of us, not just some of us.

Wrapping Up Planting Season

Sarah McKee joined the IHCA Team in January of 2012. Sarah brought tremendous experience in city management and community development to the team as it was transitioning from the Declarant. Prior to moving to the Seattle area, she had more than 15 years experience in city management and public administration, most recently as the city manager of Rolling Meadows, IL, a suburb of Chicago. She also has extensive experience in economic development, capital improvement projects and intergovernmental relations.

Helping to keep the 2014 season a busy one was a larger-than-average planting campaign. Some 240 street trees were replaced as well as 40 others in parks and common areas (compared to about 60 trees in a typical year). Over 1,600 shrubs were planted and 3,400 #1-sized groundcovers were installed across the community. The planting went on into early April which is later than we prefer. Also, over 1,500 cubic yards of bark mulch was applied to areas managed by IHCA.

Sarah has also taken on an active role in the Washington State Community Associations Institute (WSCAI) as a member of the Public Outreach Committee. She specifically plans, prepares and serves a meal at the Ronald McDonald House every quarter with a group of 10-15 volunteers. Sarah feels that giving back to a community is the best part about working in a public setting and that we should all find ways to give of ourselves. In addition to this project, she has also assisted in their food drives, Adopt a Highway project, serving meals at the Gospel Mission, coat drives, school supply/backpack drives and Earth Day activities. For these efforts, Sarah was recently featured in the WSCAI monthly publication as their volunteer of the month, which she thought was a great honor.

Spring brings a crush of work to the landscape business. Everything is growing, rains are watering both the installed landscape and every weed, creating the year’s maximum work for our crews and contractors. Ideally our community has completed its annual planting and mulching campaigns before April. This doesn’t really change until the rains stop, allowing us to catch up in unirrigated areas and allowing management plans to help with irrigated areas.

Irrigation Season Begins Any Day

Throughout Spring your IHCA irrigation staff have been readying the common area and many neighborhood irrigation systems for the 2014 season. Our goal is for all systems to be ready when the rains finally taper off. This usually falls sometime in June after which we simply increase irrigation frequency as the season dries. With an irrigation budget of more than $250,000, a great amount of money is at stake in Issaquah Highlands (of course the value of the landscapes greatly exceeds that). A hot, dry season can force us to spend perhaps 40% more than average and lately it seems there is no ‘average’ where weather is concerned. Generally speaking irrigation is a good insurance policy even for native plants to ensure they get through the dry times in good health. Our imported landscape material is not so well adapted and often is more reliant on irrigation. At the extreme end of the spectrum, turf is the greediest of all when it comes to water. If it is to survive the wear and tear we give it every summer, it must be irrigated or it would be trampled to dust. With millions of individual plants per acre turf also requires the best performance from our irrigation systems. We’ll have more on that in July, Smart Irrigation Month.

Some of you may recall Sarah’s last name used to be Phillips, She and her partner of 10 years recently were married. They also have an adopted rescue dog, Louie, an American Eskimo. They are both avid golfers and enjoy playing many of the great courses around the Seattle area. They are also avid travelers and love to play in other states and countries.

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SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT by Leslie Warrick, Ashland Park

School Fun Fact:

Last Day of School is June 18th!

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Grand Ridge Elementary Summerfest – June 11th (Wednesday) 5:30pm to 7:30pm There is no better way to kick-off the summer season like a Summerfest! The GR PTSA will be hosting an end of the year event where kids can enjoy a variety of fun hands-on activities. Looks like the evening will have all of the necessary elements to make for an epic fun-filled event!

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 Games  Contests  Crafts  Teddy Bear Clinic – kids can get their favorite stuffed animal checked out by a “doc”, and learn about healthy habits.  Fit Zone Stations - kids can play and learn new exercises using hopscotch, jump rope, and hula hoops

Come with the whole family to celebrate the end of this amazing school year 2013-2014!

Grizzly Guys: A Year Round Opportunity “Grizzly Guys was founded 3 years ago, and is set up to encourage and support father involvement at Grand Ridge. We have done several successful events at GR, including game nights and Build it Nights. Research supports the facts that involved fathers increase student success.” – Tim Ryan, GR Elementary dad and Issaquah Highlands resident.

Hey Grand Ridge dads, grandpas, uncles…it’s not too late to get your “Grizzly on” and volunteer at the amazing GR Elementary; it is truly a community school! The students and staff are extremely fortunate to have so many volunteers helping out at the school, and it is without exception to have men volunteer at the school on a regular basis. The highly valued Grizzly Guys Group at GR provides a fun and meaningful way for men to get involved at the school. Here are just a number of ways Grizzly Guys make a difference at GR:

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Build- it Night Recess help (organizing and playing games with the students) Grizzly Guys Grounds Crew (weeding, trash and debris pick-up) Field Trip Chaperones Classroom help Grizzly Garden Patch help Grand Ridge Elementary - Fifth Grade Farewell Ceremony and Promotion: June 17th (Tuesday) – starts at 9:30am The end of the school year lingers in the air, and everyone is thinking about major milestones that students have accomplished during their school years. Grand Ridge Elementary will host a special celebration for outgoing 5th graders. A reception (hosted by current 4th grade parent volunteers) will follow the ceremony .

Clark Elementary

5th Grade Promotion and Pool Party: June 13th (Friday) Clark 5th grade promotion takes place on Friday, June 13th from 9:30 – 10:30 in the morning. The ceremony is open to all families. Cake and refreshments will be served to families after the ceremony. After the reception for students and families, the 5th graders will attend the “studentonly” portion of the celebration. 5th grade students will celebrate with a pizza lunch party at Clark while they enjoy a movie in the library. The festivities will continue at the Boehm Pool that afternoon. It will be a memorable day for the outgoing 5th graders!

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Kindergarten Concert: 7:00pm – 8:00pm in the Multi-Purpose Room Clark PTSA General Membership Meeting: 7:00 – 8:00pm in the library 5th Grade Promotion and Pool Party Last Day of School – Dismissal at 11:30am

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Track Finals: 3:30pm – 6:00pm Choir Concert: 7:00 – 9:00pm All Band Concert: 7:30 – 9:00pm Orchestra Concert: 7:00pm – 9:00pm 8th Grade Promotion: 12:45pm – 2:05pm 8th Grade End of Year Party: 6:00pm – 8:00pm Early Dismissal at 10:25am Last Day of School, early dismissal at 9:40am

Pacific Cascade Middle School


You don’t want to miss out on the wonderful, gourmet - all natural BBQ food that will be available from Buns on Wheels!

Kindergarten Concert: Monday, 6:30pm in the Commons Fit Zone 1pm Ride the Wave Luau: 6:00 – 8:00pm 5th Grade Promotion: 9:30am in the GR Commons Report Cards and LAST DAY of School!

Issaquah High School

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8th Grade Welcome Night BBQ and Activities Fair: 5:30pm – 7:30pm Spring Band Concert – IHS Theater: 7:00pm – 9:00pm IHS PTSA Meeting: 9:30am – 11:00am in the IHS Main Conference Room IHS Evergreen Orchestra Season Finale Concert and informal reception– IHS Theater: 7:00pm – 9:00pm Senior Breakfast: 8:00am – 9:00am in the IHS Commons Senior Baccalaureate: 7:00pm – 9:00pm at Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church Graduation: 1:00pm – 3:00pm at Key Arena in Seattle

Pacific Cascade Middle School

Eighth Grade Promotion: June 12th (Thursday) from 12:45– 2:05pm All 8th grade students at PCMS will gather together in the school gym with family to share in a special ceremony that will mark their next big upcoming adventure in life. This ceremony is the perfect event for families to celebrate with their 8th grade students, and to commend them for all of their hard work during the middle school years – they earned it!

Issaquah High School

It’s Graduation time! This year’s graduation event for the Senior Class of 2014 will be held in the Key Arena at 1:00pm on June 13th - Friday. There will be numerous activities before the big day and after, please visit the IHS website of updates.

Issaquah Baccalaureate : June 11 at 7:00pm – 9:00pm Since the 8th century, people have gathered at baccalaureate ceremonies to celebrate achievement, express gratitude and inspire each other.

The Issaquah High School Baccalaureate is hosted by the IHS PTSA, and will be held on June 11th, 7:00 p.m. at Mary, Queen of Peace Church. This special event will honor IHS graduates, and provide them the opportunity for reflection of their IHS experience, as well as their future. This is a non-denominational spiritual event open to all seniors, families, and friends. Students will sing, perform music, read poetry, and essays. In addition, there will be a keynote speaker. Light refreshments will be served immediately following. IHS Community Volunteer Program Attention incoming Freshman - did you know about a wonderful IHS and PTSA sponsored opportunity where you can earn recognition for all of your dedication volunteering? Volunteer hours begin immediately after 8th Grade Promotion! Graduates that garner 100 hours of community service over the four years of high school, will have the privilege of wearing a special white service cord at graduation. Please visit the IHS PTSA website for more information and guidelines.

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June 2014



The Balance of Nature by Shelly Hawkins, Crofton Springs neighborhood

“The famous balance of nature is the most extraordinary of all cybernetic systems. Left to itself, it is always self-regulated.” Joseph Wood Krutch (American writer, critic, and naturalist) Some people believe that if given enough time, it’s possible for animals and plants to interact with each other and their environment without the population growth of one group overwhelming the other or being negatively impacted by their environment. This state of equilibrium between plants, animals, and their environment is referred to as the “balance of nature.” Unfortunately, this balance is continually upset by natural events and often becomes unstable over time. As gardeners, our role is to maintain a balance of nature in our gardens. Without our intervention, our crops are likely to fail due to the weather; insufficient nutrients; disease organisms; aggressive weeds; or insects, birds, rodents, or deer (even a rare natural disaster). With our help, our gardens can thrive. In other words, the best way to achieve a balance of nature in a garden is to add a gardener to the equation. After our typical soggy spring weather, June is most likely the first month of the year in which rainfall becomes scarce. Our gardens count on us to provide them with a reliable source of water. Seedlings have short roots and need to be watered regularly. Added mulch helps keep the soil damp. (Be careful not to smother the seedlings in the mulch.) If we water our gardens deeply, the plant roots will grow deep in their search for water and we won’t need to water as often. The best time to water is early in the morning―before the sun becomes hot enough to burn damp plants and the cool night air provides the perfect environment for disease organisms to multiply on any plants that remain damp after the sun sets. A drip-irrigation system is a great way to water deeply without wetting your plants.

As our plants grow, they quickly deplete the initial nutrients in the soil and we need to feed them with added compost and fertilizer. Too much fertilizer will cause the plants to grow too quickly and attract insects. Too little fertilizer will cause the plants to weaken and become susceptible to disease organisms. Insect and disease organism populations start multiplying in June, and we need to observe our plants for damage. Information about identifying garden pests and controlling them organically can be found at Mother Earth News: aspx#axzz30BrPhpL1. Information about identifying diseased plants and treating them organically can be found at: Plastic netting and fencing can help protect our crops from bird, rodent, and deer damage. For this reason, sturdy fencing surrounds the community gardens in Issaquah Highlands. These invaders aren’t subtle and you’ll know if they’ve visited your garden when your vegetables and fruits start disappearing or have been partially eaten Happy gardening!

Higher Education for Sustainability

by Cassandra Schoenman, Recology CleanScapes Living in the Northwest is nearly impossible to imagine life without the lush greenery, beautiful lakes, and many native animals. The Northwest has a culture of people who truly care about the outdoors and preserving the environment. From Alexandra Steele, a professional clean-business marketer and a “Green Story Teller” to the City of Issaquah’s Sustainability coordinator Micah Bonkowski this passion has turned into careers, perhaps more so here than anywhere else. “I have lived many places in the country and the Northwest really focuses on the environment” says Jessica Ernst, Recology’s Group Human Resources Manager in the Pacific Northwest region for the past 4 years. Are you interested in pursuing a career in sustainability or green-tech? If so, plan to develop a basic knowledge of science, holistic approach, and innovative thinking. Be willing to make mistakes and learn from them - be able to connect the dots between cause and effect. “There should be a commitment to Zero Waste; the best and highest use of all resources” explains Ernst. Opportunities in Higher Education Include: • University of Washington for undergrad and master’s programs with environmental focus, sustainable planning, urban planning. • Bainbridge Graduate Institute. • Bellevue College sustainable business and green sustainable interior design. • Western Washington University’s Huxley School of Environmental Sciences. • Washington State University- The School of Earth & Environmental Studies. • Evergreen College which has a long standing reputation of producing degrees in the environmental field. The best way to get involved in the sustainability field is to volunteer in your community. “It’s more about social aspects; not just the flora and the fauna. It’s about what can I do for others?” says Steele. There are several local groups and organizations that meet regularly that help with networking and the environment such as: • Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. • EarthCorps. • Seattle/Eastside Green Drinks. • Sustainable Issaquah Internships are another great way to get your foot in the door and get to know experienced people in the field. Getting involved starts within: what can you do to change the world, your habits? It’s important to always be evaluating our choices and become self-aware. From there, ask what can you do to educate and inspire others. The environment is effected in every aspect of life. In any career the environment must be considered and many large companies such as Microsoft are hiring for green team leaders – a new concept within the past decade.

Careers like green building and city planning are having a revolutionary impact in Seattle. For example check out the z-Homes in Issaquah Highlands. This project is about to be awarded the Green Globe award for sustainable building. Two of Issaquah’s fire stations are LEED certified. Swedish Hospital Issaquah Campus is another fantastic example. But the Bullitt Center on Capital Hill may be the most impressive. It is the first-ever building that is completely self-sufficient with water and energy. And as you likely know, every home in Issaquah Highlands is built to the highest “Built Green” standard available at the time, resulting in the Issaquah Highlands community having the greatest number of green homes in the country! As more buildings are being built green, the demand for expertise of green building will become mandatory. There are many opportunities out there, so it is not only necessary to consider your fit for a green company, but to ensure the company aligns with your vision for a greener future. For more information on green jobs, a quick internet search will prove that there is demand, or check out careers to see what’s happening near you.


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RESIDENT PROFILE: CHARLES MOUNT Have you ever been to Café Ladro on a Saturday morning when the Mount family comes down for a treat and some family fun? Oh, you would know it if you were! The Mounts have four children: Adeline, their second grade daughter, and triplet boys, now age four-and-a-half, Charlie, Owen and Alex. The energy in the room quickly changes as observers delight in the buzz that the boys (especially) bring. This month let’s get to know Charles, the proud father of this brood.

Did you always think you’d have so many young children?

What is special about your Issaquah Highlands neighborhood?

What’s your favorite family evening?

Roanoke Woods has a fantastic small park we call “Bear Park” thanks to the statues of a mother bear and her cubs. On any sunny day, the park is filled with neighborhood kids. We have a great group of families who all get along well and enjoy hanging out together. We’ve even begun annual traditions including a huge Easter egg hunt, Fourth of July party, and caroling every Christmas.

Where were you before?

We lived near Central Park from 2004-2009 when there was little else built in the neighborhood. Carrie’s best friend continues to be Ally, our first neighbor in the Highlands, although they’ve since moved to Maine. We lived there for five years before moving to Roanoke Woods.

Where did you meet your wife, Carrie?

We met at a restaurant in downtown Seattle 11 years ago. We were each out with a group a friends, exchanged phone numbers and went on our first date a few days later. We shared the love of being active outside, traveling, and spending time with our families. We have been together ever since.

No. Carrie and I used to discuss how many kids we each wanted and when. We got pregnant with our daughter in the first year of our marriage, which was perfect for us. But Carrie always wanted three to four kids and I always said two. I would say: Let’s take it one at a time and see how it goes. I never imagined we’d have to take it MORE than one at a time!

Do you and your wife have a system for sharing duties?

We do but Carrie stays home and takes care of the kids. She’s amazing! Her job is much harder than mine. I get up with the kids in the morning while she coaches CrossFit or works out. At around 7:30am she takes over until I get back from work for dinner. Then we try and share the work in the evenings.

“I never imagined we’d have to take it MORE than one at a time!” What’s your favorite family meal?

Taco night! Everyone can make their own meal and the kids eat a ton. Carrie and I draw parenting ideas from the “Positive Discipline” book. One of these is our family meeting every Friday at dinner time. After getting ideas from the kids and discussing how the week went, we usually have game night.

What is the hardest thing for you as a father?

Managing the chaos of four kids wanting your attention at the same time is the hardest thing. I don’t get as much one-on-one time with each child as I’d like. Still, I try to meet the needs of the each child. It’s nice that they are also able provide each other help and support.

What would be your ideal vacation?

Disneyland! Carrie and I both have family in Southern California and the kids love spending the day at Disneyland and going to the beach.

What does the future hold?

We hope our children continue to grow healthy and strong in this awesome community. I can only imagine the things our kids will do to keep us on our toes, but we have no doubt there will be excitement and joy.

Monthly resident profiles are produced by Nina Milligan, Resident and Communication Manager for Highlands Council

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