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Vote for Volunteer of the Year • Arts, Fashion & Community Calendar WHAT’S INSIDE? 4 5 6 8 10 10 11 12 13 15

Highlands Council Blakely Hall as Art Gallery Year in Numbers Grand Ridge Plaza Movie Review Volunteer of the Month Highlands Urbanism Volunteer of the Year Fashion 100 Years Ago

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What’s Happening Living Green Fitness & Health Arts & Entertainment Ask Kari Wits and Tidbits Sportshound IHCA News HFN News Schools Spotlight

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Happy New Year! 2014 is going to be a great year!

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FROM THE EDITOR Ready or not, we are launching into a new year! Some will rejoice, some will sigh with relief, and some will fret about the passage of time. But the extraordinary thing about time is that it passes by all of us in the same way. Philosophical and scientific theories propound what time really is. I like the theory that time exists all at once, and it is just the human experience that follows time sequentially. The January issues of Connections traditionally review the passing year with the timeline format, major events of the past year listed in their order of occurrence. However, for 2014 we break ranks – and for good reason. The events in Issaquah Highlands this past year were so significant their stories demand their being presented in proportion to their effect upon the community. We could call this a tectonic year for Issaquah Highlands. Please see this New Year’s feature stories, starting on pages 6 and 7. Some events left impacts that can be measured in numbers; read: “The Year in Numbers” to explore the snippets of numbers collected in 2013. To see 2013 illustrated, see the large graphic, our perspective of the BIG events. Our resident, volunteer contributors got in on the act by ringing in the new year in their own, various ways. Tami is hoping for some relief, Dr. Dean is pondering the value of predictions, Marty and Molly are making reservations for a New Year’s party, and more! Please savor every one. Each is a treasure! And speaking of volunteers – PLEASE VOTE FOR VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR! See page 12. Happy New Year! 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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Reflecting on 2013 and Resolving for 2014 by Christy Garrard, Director and Special Events Planner and Dahlia Park Resident Happy New Year, Neighbors! What a year it has been for Highlands Council and our community! We Transitioned. Highlands Council transitioned from founder (Port Blakely) control and today our wonderful and highly engaged Board of Trustees is composed of stakeholder leaders that represent homeowner, rental, and retail/commercial interests. We are grateful to Port Blakely’s leadership as founder and for all the company did to ensure Highlands Council was well-prepared to be successful well into the future. We also purchased the Highlands Fiber Network from Port Blakely, so now our fiber-to-the-home is community owned! We Celebrated. Yes, we all now enjoy our long-awaited Grand Ridge Plaza but there was so much more community building happening in 2013! With February Asian New Year Celebration, June’s Wild West Highlands Day and October’s Green Halloween Festival® we had many opportunities to come together in a grand way. We Partnered. Blakely Hall now serves as a public art gallery space and hosted six different art shows this year alone, in partnership with artEast. Blakely Hall was also the venue for multiple artist and author talks, candidate forums, and public cultural celebrations. Partnership programming included the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, City of Issaquah, CleanScapes, Issaquah School District, the Chabad of the Cascades, and many more. We Surveyed. Last winter we posted an online community survey regarding the work of Highlands Council and we listened to what you told us. You said you valued this publication, Connections News, as the best resource for resident communication. We maximized that feedback and evolved the July issue to a magazine-style, single-image cover, recruited more resident writers, and focused on being more photo driven – because who doesn’t love to see their neighbors in print! You also requested a better calendar resource regarding community programming. We now dedicate the entire centerfold section of this publication to What’s Happening in Issaquah Highlands; pull it out and post it on the family bulletin board! We Served. Most importantly, the resident leaders of this community continued to dedicate their time to bring you affinity clubs and groups that reach all ages and demographics. Lindsey leads the Book Club, Hailain leads the Chinese Heritage Club, Kyle is still dealing monthly at Poker Club, and Dianne is still graciously hosting the monthly Wine Club! Cindy turns Blakely Hall into a rocking night club feel for twice-weekly Zumba and monthly Open

Mic nights. Alicia and her dedicated team provide a high quality, weekly, toddler playgroup ten months of the year! New this year, resident-led Mountain Bike Rides, Running events, Knitting Groups, and Ladies Tennis Meet-Ups! ALL these activities brought to you at no charge, led by resident volunteers! And don’t forget the countless hours that adult and student volunteers contribute to managing the community festivals while YOU get to enjoy the day.

Don’t forget to vote for the 2013 Volunteer of the Year! For details on each candidate see page 12. Vote online at before January 15th! We Resolve. In 2014 Highlands Council will seek to maintain the high quality programming currently offered and work with new interested parties for additional clubs, groups, and greater community partnerships. We will focus on re-invigorating the Community Garden Committee and launch teen programming planned by our resident Youth Board starting later this month! Watch for significant upgrades to our community’s online presence in 2014 as we work behind the scenes to upgrade the website, weekly e-letter, and the ability to read this monthly publication on your favorite tablet or handheld device. You Resolve? Decide to get more connected in the community in 2014. Let us help. Please plan to attend the February 6th Resident Orientation meeting (see page 3) to learn more about how this urban village operates and where you might best offer your talents and skills. Do you wish we had a community bridge club? Do you want to get involved in community event planning? Do you desire to impact community governance decisions? Contact me to discuss your interests and learn how we can help you get started, involved, connected. or 425-507-1110. I believe 2014 will be the best year yet for Issaquah Highlands! Join in to make it happen!

Youth Board - Community Service

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Community Service is required as part of the application process to get into college. So how do students decide what to do for their community service hours? There are lots of different options for students to choose from, but ultimately they should commit to community service that they believe in, that they look forward to being part of, whatever that may be. One way to get community service hours is to find an organization and an ideal that you feel you can help with.

Are you resolving in the New Year to start growing? It is time to start thinking about spring and gardening plans as we wait for the first sprouts of fall-planted bulbs to emerge from the cold ground. Did you know Issaquah Highlands has a community garden, or P-patch – as some like to call it? We have two locations in the community! One set of garden plots can be found west of Black Nugget Park and north of Trail Head Vista. The other set can be found inside the new Sunset Walk homes by Pulte across Park Drive from Fire House Park.

A group of fourteen students ranging from sixth graders to seniors form the highlands youth board. On Saturday December 7, 2013 they met to define their mission statement and find out who they are as individuals. Also to find who their fellow board members are and the type of thinkers they are. All in order to make them better board members and on another level more understanding of whom they are working with. Working with Deanna Carlisle they spent the morning making sense of information about their personality and choices given different scenarios. With this information they became empowered to have a better sense of who they are and who their fellow board members are.

Grow with Us! January 15th Gardeners Pot Luck and Annual Community Garden Meeting

by Adam Gervis, Logan Park, Former Language Arts Teacher, College Essay Prep Professional

After a brief lunch break it was onto figuring out what the mission statement of the board was, what do they want to accomplish. The discussion was well-reasoned, had purpose and direction and a mission statement has been penned, one that reflects our community and understands the needs of their fellow students. To do this we used a Socratic Seminar to ensure that all voices were heard. Watching as a group of very different individuals joined together as one voice was fascinating, the energy and the ideas flowed. As the board starts to work through its concepts I know that we as a community will be excited as their ideas start to become reality. The board has been given the mission to connect the kids in the Highlands with experiences that will showcase all of talents and interests of the students in the Highlands. The particular focus is on Middle School and early High School as this is a time of real transition for students and a time where giving these students choices and options of interesting things to do within their community is a winning formula for all.

What’s going on in 2014?

Plan to attend a pot luck dinner at Blakely Hall from 6pm – 8pm on January 15th. All interested gardeners are welcome. Meet other gardeners and hear the gardening plans for 2014 and beyond! IMPORTANT: Current Community Garden plot holders who plan to renew are required to attend. At this meeting we will review new and existing roles and rules around community garden participation, elect committee officers, and share plans for seminars and socials to bring lovers of all-things-horticulture together on a regular basis.

Existing Community Gardeners – RENEWAL TIME is Here!

With the New Year – and ever-lengthening days – it is time to renew plot rentals at the community garden in Issaquah Highlands. Rent is unchanged from last year - $75 for residents, $80 for non-residents. Please make your check payable to “Highlands Council” and mail or deliver it to Blakely Hall at 2550 NE Park Drive, Issaquah, 98029. Your cancelled check will be your receipt. Gardeners who renew by January 31 will be able to remain in their current plot, or can request to be moved based on available space.

Not Renewing your Garden Plot?

Gardeners who will not renew are encouraged to let us know so those on the waiting list can be notified. Gardeners who are not renewing need to have their plots cleaned up and ready for the next gardener no later than February 4, 2013 (first Monday after renewal deadline).

The Waiting List

Teen Tailgate, Pre-Super Bowl Party Blakely Hall, Sunday, January 26th, 2pm – 5pm Middle and High School Students only (with student ID)

Interested in securing a Community Garden Plot? In early February non-renewed plots will be made available to those on the waiting list. Contact Christy Garrard, Director of Highlands Council to be added to the waiting list. or 425-507-1110. The IHCA has transitioned management of the Community Garden back to Highlands Council effective immediately. Highlands Council looks forward to invigorating the Community Garden Committee, welcoming new gardeners to the Sunset Walk Community garden plots and encouraging ALL gardening lovers to participate in monthly meetings, seminars, and social gatherings. Happy Growing!

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Discovering Abstraction By Anna Macrae In Partnership with artEAST, Issaquah January 3 – February 28, 2014

Anna Macrae

Anna Macrae shows her work at Blakely Hall from January 3rd through February 28th. Anna is a third generation artist, born and educated in England. She now lives in Sammamish. She is an abstract expressionist and generates color and surface interest in her paintings by embedding multiple layers of pigment, and often applies fabrics, newspaper or sand, to create a unique foundation on which to build. She courts contrast and contradiction in her work and applies paint with dry brush and pallet knife, scrapping and scratching, embedded materials, to make mark, gesture and tension.

At the Artist Reception, Anna will discuss her process and what she sets out to achieve through abstract work. She’ll encourage viewers to talk about what they see within the art and what emotions the work evokes. For more information see:

FREE! Artist Reception Friday, January 31st 7:00pm Blakely Hall Open to Everyone!

January 23 - March 2, 2014 Box Office: (425) 392-2202



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New commercial and retail businesses opened in Grand Ridge Plaza, anchored by Safeway.

Number of booths at the Green Halloween Festival®, Highlands Council’s signature autumn event, celebrated Grand Ridge Plaza in 2013.

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Over 500 people packed Grand Ridge Elementary School gym to celebrate the special coincidence of all the Asian New Years, ushering in the Year of the Snake.

Highlands Council acquired HFN, 100% Fiberto-the-Home becomes 100% CommunityOwned.

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Number of clubs and committees supported by Highlands Council, which came under community, stakeholder control in 2013, the Founder departing.


Number of volunteers at the biggest ever community festival at Village Green, Highlands Day 2013.



Number of parks completely renovated by the IHCA: Bark Park was expanded and upgraded; Firehouse Park received new play equipment, repairs and improved landscaping.

Number western-most acres of undeveloped land in Issaquah Highlands. Microsoft sold this to Polygon Northwest in October. This and the expansion of Swedish Hospital from 17 to 27 acres will transform the Highlands.

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4,000+ Cowboys and Cowgirls Number of attendees at Highlands Day at Village Green.



Number of new businesses that opened in Grand Ridge Plaza in 2013.



The number of artists who showed their work at Blakely Hall from paintings to photos to multi-media herons.

The fastest speed available to Issaquah Highlands HFN customers and the fastest speed known to man (1 Gigabit)

Rentals or Non-IHCA residences.

Total student enrollment at our “feeder” schools: Clark Elementary: 540 students Grand Ridge Elementary: 710 students Pacific Cascade Middle School: 885 students Issaquah High School: 2,027 students


Sponsors and vendors supporting the Green Halloween Festival® dressed in wacky costumes and providing free games to all the ghouls young and old.





Number of calories burned at Zumba classes this year at Blakely Hall. Here’s the math: 2 classes per week = eight parties per month = 96 per year. Each class burns about 1000 calories = 96,000 calories per person per year. Average 12 people burning it up per class = (drum roll....)1.15M calories per year.

5,000 Ghouls and Goblins Number of attendees at the Green Halloween Festival® and community celebration of Grand Ridge Plaza.


Number of people who volunteered to assist the Highlands Council transition from the founder, Port Blakely Communities.




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The Issaquah Highlands Mountain Bike Club, starting late in the year, has ridden approx 36 miles for the year.


Number of volunteers for special events, committees, etc.

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The time it took from ground breaking to the first business open in Grand Ridge Plaza.

Number of songs sung at the Wednesday Playgroup at Blakely Hall at Circle Time!

Total number of square feet of commercial and retail space in Grand Ridge Plaza.

of events held at Blakely 50 Number Hall – Not including regularly meeting clubs.



Number of hits the Issaquah Highlands Ladies Tennis Group hit. Not bad for starting in September, having only three of our colder months to play.


Homes with 100Mbps HFN Connection.


Clubs and Committees that meet regularly in Issaquah Highlands, especially at Blakely Hall.

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Number of obliterated pies donated by Safeway for the Highlands Day pie eating contest. The winner’s pie was actually consumed! Middle and high school students serving on the newly formed Issaquah Highlands Youth Board.


Number of square feet that Safeway occupies.


Total number of commercial square feet that Issaquah Highlands roads are built to handle.

Total number of square feet developed in Grand Ridge Plaza and Swedish combined, so far.

400 The number of goats who serve as Issaquah Highlands favorite weed eaters.



Number of years of combined experience in the Yarns & Threads Group meeting on Friday mornings at Blakely Hall.

Miles run on Saturday mornings by the Highlands Running Club.


Number of home owner residences, members of the IHCA


Number of new dining out options in Issaquah Highlands (Grand Ridge Plaza and the Shops at Village Green).



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The Faces of Grand Ridge Plaza, A Series Compiled and edited by Nina Milligan, Crofton Springs and Editor of this paper

Optica Vision Care

As new stores open in Grand Ridge Plaza our community welcomes its newest members. But who is inside running the show? We continue to introduce you to the faces of Grand Ridge Plaza. We give you a peek at their personal side and their work motivations.

Dr. Samuel Ahn is the new owner of Optica Vision Care previously known as Occhio Optometry, where he has practiced since March of 2012. He loves his job because he gets to meet interesting people and help them see and look better. He lives with his wife and their twin girls in Lakemont, although he spends a good portion of his time in the Highlands either seeing patients or riding his mountain bike around Grand Ridge. His other interests include reading books, spending time with the girls in his life, and watching way-too-much sports.

Kumon of Issaquah Highlands

Cindy McVay and her husband of 26 years have one 15 year old son, but as owner of Kumon, Cindy has lots of kids! She loves every aspect of her “job”. She likes to quote, “I truly believe that if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.” Before becoming a Kumon instructor she taught elementary school for 18 years. In her spare time, she works with her recently acquired 10-needle embroidery machine. She even makes awards for her students on it! She’s embroidering everything, worrying her son to the point that he rescued one of his shirts crying, “Please don’t embroider my name on it!”

mySpine Sports Chiropractic

Justin Lee owns both mySpine locations in Issaquah. As a youth, Justin came to the U.S. with his family from Korea. He and his wife Christine are completely immersed in their Issaquah life. They have two kids, Erika (IHS) and Joshua (PCMS), and a rescue dog, Gunner. Justin treats professional athletes but likes treating kids best, preparing them for their weekend games. Justin spends a lot of his free-time volunteering and helping with various non-profits and Rotary. He enjoys playing soccer in an over-40 team and is the president of the Issaquah Soccer Club.

MOD Superfast Pizza

Mike Wall is from Novato, CA about 30 miles North of San Francisco, where his parents live in the same family home, now for 40 years. Mike fell in love with the Northwest while studying at Gonzaga University and has lived in the Puget Sound area now for about eight years. He has a sister here in Seattle and a brother in Portland. His favorite part of his job is his staff! And being part of the Issaquah Highlands is great because of the wonderful community. On his days off he likes to spend time with family and friends. He loves to go sailing on the Puget Sound or Lake Washington.


Store Manager, Brett Dow has been with Safeway for over 26 years. Originally from Centralia, he has resided in Covington for the last 13 yrs. Brett’s favorite part of the new store is the produce department with its emphasis on organic products and its great view. The best (and hardest) challenge of his job is making connections in a new community. This comes naturally when you’ve been at a store for years, but harder (and more rewarding!) when you are the new kid on the block. On Brett’s day off he likes to hang out with his 13-year-old son.

Wells Fargo

Francis Fong is the branch manager and has been in the industry for over six years. Originally from Hong Kong, China. He grew up in Issaquah and moved back into the area last month, purchasing a home here. His favorite part of the job is getting to know customers and the community. He enjoys meeting new people, trying new restaurants, playing tennis, traveling, and taking his German Shepherd out hiking on nearby trails.

Grand Ridge Plaza Coming Soon!

Carter’s • Bai Tong • Francesca’s • Soma • TD Curran

Jennifer Hagge, Property Manager for Grand Ridge Plaza Jennifer Hagge is a familiar, friendly face in our community as a member of the Port Blakely Communities team – the master developer of Issaquah Highlands. Since 2006, Jenn has worked in a variety of capacities at Issaquah Highlands, first as an administrator for the Issaquah Highlands Community Association (IHCA) and later as a facilities manager for Block 8. (Block 8 is much more picturesque than the name implies. Today, it’s where you’ll find Agave, Sip, Caffe Ladro and many of your favorite merchants. ) When Jenn first came to work at Issaquah Highlands, builders were hard at work at the Crofton Springs neighborhood, construction had just begun on the Starpoint buildings, and Village Green was nearing completion. The Issaquah School District had just submitted the application to build Grand Ridge Elementary. As the direct point-of-contact for many residents, Jenn welcomed hundreds of newcomers to our

community. She also supported communitywide efforts to cultivate a strong base of volunteers at a time when so many of us were new to Issaquah. Jenn also played a key role in presenting the very first Green Halloween festival in 2007. In her facilities manager role, Jenn worked to support Issaquah Highlands merchants and service providers during the recession years. She later became the office manager for Port Blakely Communities, lending her expertise to many community functions. Port Blakely is concluding its work in the community following close to 25 years of development and construction activity. After seven years, Jenn is also wrapping up her role with Port Blakely. But – she won’t be going far away. In the New Year, Jenn will begin a new role as the property manager for Grand Ridge Plaza, working with the Plaza’s developer, Regency Centers.

Waldo, Highlands Council Director, Christy Garrard with Jennifer at The Green Halloween Festival.

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Pet Tip of the Month Speaking without words.

January 2014

Adopt “Jackie”

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Gudrun Fichter Volunteer of the Month – January 2014 In Fall 2009, when we were looking for a new home in the Seattle area, my family and I instantly fell in love with the Issaquah Highlands―its views and walkability, as well as its “green” focus were the main draws. While my daughters both enrolled in Issaquah High School, I decided, after 10 years of volunteering in kid-related groups, such as Girl Scouts, PTSA, and school foundations, to try new avenues and look for other opportunities.

My first foray into this adventure brought me to the Issaquah Highlands Community Association. Since 2011, I have been a member of the Architectural Review Committee, meeting once a month with a very diverse group of volunteers from the Issaquah Highlands. The committee discusses and approves the many changes homeowners apply for – sometimes a very challenging task when the individual homeowner is not aware of community guidelines. But more often it is a very fun way to participate and maintain the high standards of Issaquah Highlands, our modern and beautiful community. With the opening of the YWCA Family Village Issaquah, I saw another opportunity to support my community. In 2012, I joined the volunteer force at the Family Village with the intention of teaching computer classes. Though a banker by profession, I spent most of my professional career in Information Technology, where I did everything imaginable that had to do with computers, including hot line, implementing networks, creating and teaching computer classes, online banking―you name it. However, my love of organizing and structuring workflows got the better of me, and my job description changed. Now, I am primarily the volunteer coordinator at the Family Village Issaquah. I welcome any new volunteers to the FVI, do all the paperwork, schedule work hours, and recruit new volunteers, anything that goes along with volunteering. Are you interested in volunteering at the YWCA? If so, contact me; I’m the person to talk to! To get a handle on all the volunteering that’s going on, you can find me at the FVI all day, every Tuesday. I also work with the FVI staff to coordinate the Adopt-A-Family program at the YWCA Family Village Issaquah, connecting donors and families anonymously. In 2013 the YWCA Seattle/King/Snohomish connected over 800 families with donors, who generously made the holidays brighter for hundreds of children and

their families. Thanks to everyone who make this program so very special! And of course, my computer skills are always asked for―general support to staff and residents is interspersed with everything I do at the FVI. In my spare time, you will most likely find me on the tennis court, or taking care of Bitz, our little parrot (actually a cinnamon green cheeked Conure), who needs a lot of love and attention. Whenever possible, our family spends time abroad, mostly Europe as we are from Germany, but also visit destinations within the US, such as Glacier National Park, the Grand Canyon, Hawaii and many more are on our radar. The newest addition to spending my time is exploring the new shops in the Issaquah Highlands―now that we have everything from a grocery to a sports equipment store, from a movie theater to clothing establishments, and of course, RESTAURANTS! In total, I love living in this thriving community and trying to give back the best way I can.


Suffering from Genre Block? by Paul Slater, Crofton Springs

Every so often, even the most seasoned of movie watchers finds themselves suffering from genre block. It’s a welldocumented condition (or at least it will be now that I’ve invented the term). Sufferers of genre block find themselves unable to be excited by any movie outside of their preferred genre. Specific genres can prove particularly infectious comedies, action films and documentaries for example. Genre block can be harmful in its own right, but there is one nasty sub-strain of the disease that is particularly debilitating: sub-genre block (SGB). You might have bumped into a sufferer at work, or even in your family. These sad individuals might now be onto their 20th Marvel comics based film, gross-out comedy, or sports documentary. Fortunately, the treatment for this disorder is pretty simple. Expand your world by making up new sub-genres. No longer will you have a favorite Western, Horror film or Sci-fi flick. From now on your genres are “films set in Scotland, films with a day of the week in the title, or films that include members of the same family. To help you with this remedy - I hereby declare a new sub-genre, and recommend three films you might enjoy in it. With Oscar season nearly upon us how about “films that were nominated for best picture, but somehow lost”. First up is arguably the greatest film of all time “Citizen Kane”. At some point in one of these columns I was going to have to mention it - this is the only film I’ve seen more than 50 times; and the first time I saw it I hated it. Kane lost out to “How Green Was My Valley” - a perfectly good film, but, well, it’s no Citizen Kane. There isn’t a movie around today that doesn’t in some way borrow from Citizen Kane - and not a major director in existence that hasn’t studied it like a textbook. Deep focus, overlapping dialogue, extreme angles and unconventional timelines - Kane had all of them decades before modern imitators, and combined them with a compelling story about loss,

dressed up as a sort of elaborate puzzle, like the ones that Susan never finishes. If you haven’t seen it recently, go back and watch Citizen Kane. As soon as you are done, watch it again to catch all the things you missed. (As an example, look for the snow globe that Kane drops - you will see it elsewhere in the movie, and it will change how you feel about one of his key relationships). 1939 and 1940 were extraordinary years for movies. In just those two years Gone with the Wind and Rebecca won, but the following films were made - none of which won Best Picture - Goodbye Mr. Chips, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Ninotchka, Of Mice and Men, Stagecoach, The Wizard of Oz, The Grapes of Wrath, The Philadelphia Story and The Long Voyage Home. No, they don’t make ‘em like they used to. Rebecca is one of Alfred Hitchcock’s better films, but another one was in the list of nominees, didn’t win, and these days is often ignored - Foreign Correspondent. The film was one of Hitch’s early Hollywood movies made after his British classics, the Thirty-Nine Steps and the Lady Vanishes, and it has the spy caper feel of those earlier films. But made under the shadow of World War II, it is a thriller that combines adventure with a serious message. In many ways it’s one of the more successful U.S. propaganda films of the war era, a fact that the Nazi propaganda Chief Joseph Goebbels noted at the time. The 70th Academy Awards in 1996 saw Hollywood award Best Picture to an excruciatingly tedious love story, mercifully terminated when the boat carrying the two protagonists (and about 1500 others) hit an iceberg. But the same year that Titanic won a boatload of statuettes, another far superior film was in the running. L.A. Confidential has a great cast (Guy Pierce, Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Danny DeVito and a surprisingly good Kim Basinger), in a story that could teach Titanic a thing or two about pacing, cinematography and dialogue. The “should have won Best Picture, but didn’t” genre is so rich, that you could be watching these films through this years and next year’s Academy Awards. Use these three films as a starting point if you feel genre-blocks warning signs, and you will soon be on your way to enjoying a wide range of terrific films once more.

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New Urbanism in Issaquah Highlands by Sarah Games, Timmaron Neighborhood

Topping Forbes “2013 Most Visited Cities” are Bangkok, Paris, New York and Istanbul― vibrant cities boasting vast amounts of social, artistic, intellectual, political and economic wealth. Issaquah Highlands may be smaller than Istanbul and newer than New York, but it shares characteristics with these magnificent places. We have authors and artists, merchants and moms, professionals and politicians. We also have high-density mixed-use construction, narrow streets, and increasing traffic. Residents boast of the sense of safety and community, and excellent schools, but object to the crowding and congestion.

Urbanism in 1992-93. (As an aside, Peter Calthorpe was a co-founder of the New Urbanism movement and his firm, Calthorpe Associates, and one of the four IH designers―trivia night, anyone???). In the years since its inception, academic research and anecdotal evidence have confirmed the effectiveness of many New Urbanism elements: narrow streets with more connectivity decrease accidental injuries, deaths, and financial costs; mixed-use streetscapes and higher urban density promote activity while reducing fuel usage. Smart growth has been endorsed by the American Planning Association, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and numerous regional and local governments, and private developers. With measurable changes in environmental health, such as rising sea levels and the acidification of oceans, Smart Growth is not going away.

Wait a second! Does narrower streets and higher density cause us to be feel safer in our communities? As it turns out, the answer is “Yes.” And they happen to be two fundamental components of New Urbanism design in Issaquah Highlands. Some residents may be unfamiliar with New Urbanism and the broader design concept, Smart Growth. New Urbanism is the response to old urbanism, or specifically “urban sprawl”, the automobile-oriented, low-density design that has proliferated since WWII.

But does this mean we must suffer the frustrations of gridlock for the benefit of planet and social wellness? There are options. You could, as they say, “take one for the team” and walk the mile downhill in chilly rain in pursuit of dinner (and later relish the righteous martyrdom as you change out of soaked socks). If that’s not your idea of a family fun night, a second option is to support (and beg for more!) community initiatives for trolley and shuttle services in and around the Highlands such as Green Halloween and Shop Small Saturday.

Beginning in the early 1960s thoughtful leaders, such as Jane Jacobs and Lewis Mumford noted how urban design affects community function. Jacobs, in her seminal work, Death and Life of Great American Cities, exquisitely detailed how narrow streets kept people safer, wider sidewalks kept children active, and multifunctional buildings kept out crime and increased community robustness. By the 1990s the relationship between the burning of fossil fuels and environmental degradation had been firmly established.

The final option is to embrace acceptance and value the utility of Issaquah Highland’s design. In simply choosing to live here, you are choosing to be part of a solution and passively contributing to needful change. So sit back, relax and be thankful you’re at least not still sitting on 405.

Interest in New Urbanism increased after Smart Growth declarations were drawn during the UN Conference on Environment and Design and the formation of the Congress of New

A Slice of Utopia by Josh Zhanson, age 16

really worth living in, a place where everybody can be themselves, and a place where anybody can live their lives. It’s also the best place to live, a place filled with people just as caring, considerate, wholesome, and down-to-earth as the neighborhood itself. I am proud to live here, in our little slice of utopia called the Issaquah Highlands.

Even though my family has been living here for seven years, my impression of the Issaquah Highlands just keeps getting better and better. This neighborhood is hands down the cleanest and healthiest I have ever seen. While it still might be a bit new, the way everything runs around here is simply phenomenal. Its inhabitants match the neighborhood: maybe a bit new, but friendly, wholesome, and always willing to help. To be honest, the Highlands felt a lot like a newly-sharpened Ticonderoga pencilsmooth, solid, sharp, top-of-the-line, and the-best-there-is quality, as well as having that nameless feeling that makes you take pride in living here. It’s all because of the civic pride that the Issaquah Highlands is filled with, like a delicious jelly doughnut of houses filled with the sweet, sweet jelly of its wonderful residents, because it really is the combination of a new neighborhood with good American values and the cool, nice people who live in it that makes the Highlands the place to be. We might not be the oldest community out there, but our roots sure grow deep. We live in a place that is

247 words, but I think the last 47 really wrap it up with a bang. Thanks for reading! Josh Zhanson * These stories will be printed throughout the months in a multi-part series highlighting all of the wonderful entries from the EMA (Erik Mehr & Associates Real Estate) Summer Essay Contest.

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VOTE FOR THE 2013 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR January - David Ngai - David serves as

July - Linda Liaw - I wanted to get

Treasurer for the IHCA and an active member of the Finance and Insurance committee. “People do not realize the complexity of all the neighborhoods and it is to the credit of the volunteers and staff who work tirelessly to maintain the beauty and smooth operation here in the Highlands.”

February - Lisa Soboslai - I currently serve on the Issaquah Highlands Covenants Committee. We hear the appeals from homeowners regarding violations they may have received. It is an important process and the committee is made up entirely of IH homeowners. It is a role that we take very seriously but it is a fun group of people and we enjoy getting to hear the perspective from other residents in the community.

involved with our neighborhood homeowners association because I felt a real attachment to the community. I realize that by serving on the Cottages Board and several finance committees, I have met a number of really great people who share a common theme – we are Issaquah Highlands and we take great pride in making this a family friendly area and well-planned community.

August - Karen Lund - I’ve been fortunate

enough to be able to serve on ten different committees for both the IHCA and Highlands Council. This year I was the chairperson for the Highlands Council Transition from Port Blakely as the founder. Volunteering can be hard work and when it takes us outside our comfort zone, even scary. It’s very satisfying to know I’ve made a difference even in a small way.

March - Kirsten Wisdom - Seeking to meet neighbors beyond school volunteering, I chose to volunteer as Blood Drive Coordinator and thanks to the consistency of regular blood donors and new donors at each event we’ve held bi-annual Saturday blood drives for the past three years.

April - Alex Garrard - I started my journey

getting plugged into community events (Highlands Day, Green Halloween, etc.). Next I joined the Architectural Review Committee. I am now a member of the Finance Committee. This journey has struck me in two ways – first how truly complex the community is – there are a lot of moving parts; it doesn’t just “happen”. And second, how many great residents there are who want to get involved and contribute their talents and time to promote the fantastic community we have in the Highlands.

May - Jan Lipetz - Volunteer curator of

Blakely Hall as an art gallery, “Art is my passion and it’s a wonderful gift to bring it into our community.” We have artist’s hanging their work in Blakely Hall on a regular basis now and hope to offer art classes and programs in 2014 as well. Take a walk up to Blakely hall in the near future to see the latest art installation.

June - Ben Rush - A friend in the neighborhood suggested I apply for an open position with the Architectural Review Committee and before I knew it I was part of the group. Initially I wanted to give back, help out, be more involved and plugged into the community. What it ended up being was a unique insight to how big of a job it is to keep the ‘gears turning’ and the lights on. Being involved ensures that diverse and opposing points of view, that are critical when it comes to developing a community, are heard and work for everybody.

September - Leslie Warrick - Leslie serves

Issaquah Highlands in so many ways, one as a member of the Communication Committee, writing for this paper. Leslie manages the School Spotlight, bringing all the school’s news to the community each month. Leslie has been a relentless advocate for the students and staff at Grand Ridge. She has taken endless time and effort to work on various school issues and school related legislative initiatives.

October - Andrea Gregg - Serving

as an Issaquah Highlands Community Association Board member and a board liaison to the Architectural Review Committee is a privilege. Serving on the IHCA Board gives me the opportunity to see behind the curtain and participate in the decision making that is keeping our community vital and growing.promote the fantastic community we have in the Highlands.

November - HFN Acquisition Committee - Allen Enebo, Charlie Herb and Tim Underwood - Bringing

different perspectives, the team worked well together. The goal was to be cautious and prudent while negotiating for this special asset of the community. The commitment of volunteering for this project required many hours, many meetings and a lot of number crunching. Their work will leave a lasting legacy for the Issaquah Highlands community.installation.

December - Larry Norton - Larry serves as the President of the Highlands Council Board of Trustees. In addition to supporting the staff and ensuring the mission and values of the organization are upheld, Larry also led multiple, major initiatives for the community this year including the transition process from Port Blakely as the founder, HFN acquisition process and purchase, festival logistics chair for Highlands Day and Green Halloween, chairperson of the IHCA Covenant Committee.

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by Sree Dadisetty, Forest Ridge Happy New Year! I cannot believe it is 2014 already. It was exactly one year ago that we moved into our new home in Issaquah Highlands. It almost feels like yesterday. This community has changed a lot since then - new shopping mall, new neighborhoods, beautifully decorated downtown. What a transformation! I should admit, change is looking pretty good after all and I feel like we made the right bet by investing in this neighborhood. Don’t you guys agree? Talking about investments, just like in real estate, fashion needs its own investment strategies. With trends changing every season, it’s very important to know what to invest in, and when. There are so many options it could be overwhelming. Here is a basic rule of thumb that will help you make a decision on when to splurge and when to save. Rule - Invest in Basics. You may ask what qualifies as basics. Basic are pieces that are versatile, neutral colored and season independent, like a pair of black trousers, pencil skirt, a fitted jacket. Try to get good quality pieces; at the end of the day you will get your money’s worth. My recent investment was in this beautiful leather sleeve black fitted jacket. I love the touch of leather on the sleeves; it gives a visual interest to an otherwise simple jacket. I also invested in these red shoes. I know it’s not neutral but we all know that red has been, and will remain in style for seasons to come. It’s worth the investment. These two pieces have completely transformed the look of this otherwise simple maxi dress. Don’t you agree? So next time you are in a fashion dilemma, follow the rule “invest in basic”. Sree Dadisetty moved to Issaquah Highlands in 2012. She is delighted to be walking distance from the excellent shopping at Grand Ridge Plaza. Equally valued are Issaquah Highlands’ beautiful settings for photo shoots which she frequently uses in her fashion blog:


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Hazard a Prediction? by Dr. Paul Dean, Black Nugget Park

If you did a internet search on “Predictions for 2014” you’d find best guesses on what is coming in the tech world, hottest housing markets for 2014, World Cup and baseball freeagent predictions, as well as thoughts on who will win the mid-term elections. Of course in a world of infinite variables, what is predicted doesn’t often come true. 100 years ago there were predictions, hopes, and fears, but generally a feeling of optimism and progress. Politically, in 1914 many on the right were frightened of a progressive president who was undoing many storied traditions. President Wilson urged the Congress to approve legislation allowing the Presidents to be chosen by primaries instead of Conventions. He believed that it would increase voter participation, and take elections out of the hands of political machines. In the world of sports, while celebrating the 39th year of organized baseball in America, a baseball executive advocated in the New York Times for “more evenly balanced playing strength of our clubs.” In 1913 the Philadelphia Athletics had won three out of the last 4 and he was hoping that there would be more parity. As it turns out the Boston Red Sox won 3 out of the next 5 ( and the Yankees hadn’t even won one yet). Perhaps the biggest miss in the predictions for 1914 was any hint of the world-changing crisis of the Great War (later named World War I). In an article entitled “Noteworthy Events in the World’s Progress in 1913,” the writer noted both the ongoing conflict in the Balkans and the steep increase in military budgets for Germany and France. However, the author believed that the disagreements between powers were small and getting resolved. Even the Russians seemed to have remarkable stability with comments like, “the British horizon in the direction of Germany seems to be clearing,” and noted that the Russians celebrated the Three hundredth anniversary of the Romanoff dynasty throughout the country. Americans first heard warnings of possible conflict in May of 1914. Important visitors to Europe began to

see what everyone had missed in 1913. One of President Wilson’s envoys wrote home 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 step toward the “awful cataclysm” happened in Sarajevo, provincial capitol of Bosnia. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, nephew to the Emperor Franz Joseph and heir to the Austrian throne was murdered by Serbian backed Gavrilo Princip on 25 June 1914. Treaties and secret agreements designed by European powers to either contain Germany after the Franco-Prussian war made the issue much more serious that it first appeared. When Serbia refused Austria’s ultimatums regarding a complete investigation of the assassination, Austria began to mobilize. Russia mobilized to support Serbia, Germany mobilized to support Austria and defend against Russia. The French mobilized to support Russia from Austria and Germany. All that was left was to see if Britain would join in. On 2 August Germany delivered an ultimatum to Belgium demanding the use of its territory in operations against France. On 3 August Germany began operations against Belgium and declared war on France claiming that French aircraft had violated its territory. Britain, who had a treaty with Belgium, guaranteeing its neutrality since 1839, formally joined France and Russia with a declaration of war against Germany. The resulting World War changed everything. It ended centuries-old monarchies, including the Russian Romanovs. It exhausted world-wide empires, and it brought new powers and philosophies from the fringes to center stage. The battles were monumentus. In the battle of Verdun, for example, casualties on both sides numbered over 750,000; at the the Somme it was over 1,200,000 and the battle lines hardly changed. One out of every two French males who were between the ages of twenty and thirty-two in 1914 was killed during the war. World War 1 was also the event that brought the U.S. firmly onto the world stage. It had long been an industrial power, but aside from its brief flirtation with colonies following the Spanish-American War it seemed content to trade and focus on issues within its own hemisphere. World War 1 changed all that for the U.S. and the soldiers that marched under the Stars and Stripes. No one saw it coming at the end of 1913. What are your predictions for this year? Here’s hoping 2014 is an improvement on 1914. The Deans (Paul, Kathryn, Nathan, Carolyn, Alaina, and Lizzie) moved to the Highlands in 2006. My work in the community started Alathia Community Church (now Soma Communities Eastside) a church that values working in and for the community. We outgrew Blakely Hall and now meet at PCMS but still work to serve our community in meaningful ways. My interest in history started in my youth with books about explorers and adventurers. I studied History at Cedarville University in Ohio. I completed my studies at Washington State University earning a M.A. and PhD in U.S. Diplomatic History with minor fields in Latin America and SE Asia. I’ve enjoyed writing for national magazines and scholarly journals, and currently have two books in the works. One book is on a World War I soldier, the other on average citizen’s attempts to affect U.S. foreign policy in the 80s.


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Anna Macrae Friday, January 31st, 7pm Blakely Hall

Enjoy free wine and cheese and meet the artist! Anna will discuss her process and what she sets out to achieve through abstract work. She’ll encourage viewers to talk about what they see within the art and what emotions the work evokes. See more about Anna and her work on page 5 or at .

Book Club

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

Saturday, January 4th, 7:30pm Blakely Hall Contact Hailain ( or 425-633-0242

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.

Cub Scout Issaquah Highlands Pack 680

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

English as a Second Language - FREE YWCA Family Village

Renton Technical College ESL classes morning and evening classes at The YWCA Family Village. Classes are offered by certified ESL Instructors. Please contact Andi Wolff at (425) 235-2352 (ext. 2117) to register.

Garden Committee

Open Mic Night

The Community Garden Committee meets on the third Mondays and helps 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

Open to all Acoustic instruments, singer-songwriters, acapella vocalists, pianists, poets, and Stand-up comedians. For more information contact Cindy at

Third Mondays, Next Meeting February 17, 7:30-8:30pm Blakely Hall

Gardeners Pot Luck and Annual Community Garden Meeting Wednesday, January 15, 6-8pm Blakely Hall

Required for all renewing plot holders, open to all interested gardeners. Invite your neighbors! At this meeting we will review new and existing roles and rules around community garden participation, elect committee officers, and share plans for work parties, business meetings, seminars and socials to bring lovers of all-things-horticulture together on a regular basis. RSVP by 1/10/14. Garden Renewals Due: January 31, 2014

HFN Advisory Group Wednesday, 1/8, 7:00 pm IHCA Office IHCA Finance Committee Meeting Tuesday, 1/14, 5:30 pm IHCA Office Communication Committee Thursday, 1/23, 10:00 am Blakely Hall HC Board of Trustees Tuesday, 1/27, 6:00 pm Blakely Hall

NEW! Pet Club

Third Thursday of each month, Next Meeting January 16, 7:00 - 8:00pm Blakely Hall

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

Photography Club

Saturday, January 18th, 10:30 - 11:30am Blakely Hall

Sunday, January 26, 2-5pm, See page 4 Blakely Hall

All middle and high school students are welcome (school ID required) to this Highlands Youth Board produced potluck pre-Super Bowl party.

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

NEW! Latino Club


The Latino Club welcomes everybody who would like to celebrate and learn about Latino traditions. There will be activities for kids, adults and seniors. Their first meeting was in November 2013. They will meet monthly at Blakely Hall. Already about 50 people have signed up. Open to all – join the fun! Interested? Contact Alicia Spinner

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 and see We are also on Facebook!

Highlands Youth Teen Tailgate

1st meeting January 6th, 7:30pm All following meetings: 2nd Thursdays of the month, 6pm Blakely Hall

Mountain Bike Club

Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:00am *No Playgroup on Jan. 15th Blakely Hall

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

COMMUNITY MEETINGS IHCA Architectural Review Committee Tuesday, 1/7, 6:00 pm IHCA Office

First Fridays, Next meeting January 3rd 7:00pm Sign up, 7:30pm Show Blakely Hall

IHCA Board of Directors Meeting Wednesday, 1/29, 5:30 pm IHCA Office Meetings are subject to change. Visit for calendar updates or sign up for your weekly email bulletins at For City of Issaquah governance meetings, see

Want to Start a Club? Contact:

Christy Garrard, Director/Special Event Planner, 425-507-1107

Are you getting the Community E-Letter on Thursdays? Sign up at

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NEW! School Homework Help: “Cozy Cave”

Thursday, Jan 30th, 7:00pm Blakely Hall

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 $20 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! More info

The Rovin’ Fiddlers

Every Other Tuesday, 7:00 - 9:00pm Issaquah Highlands Fire Station

Our musical group is made up of primarily fiddle players of varying backgrounds and abilities, all working toward the goal of learning Irish and other Celtic tunes, along with occasional Old Timer and Quebecois tunes. Informal. We share and learn a new tune every other week and then practice our old material in a jam session. Other welcome instruments for accompaniment are guitar (chords available for most tunes), drum, flute or whistle. We attempt to learn the new tunes by ear in a traditional manner, however, sheet music is usually also provided. Interested? Email Ken at

Running Club

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 7:30 am. If you are interested in joining us or have questions, please contact Joey,, so he can add you to the distribution list.

Russian Highlanders

No meetings in January Meets montly (See Facebook page for updates)

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.

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Fun for the whole family

Wednesdays, 3:45 - 5pm Lower Community Room YWCA Family Village This is an after school, tutoring group for students of all grades! Come with your homework ready to learn but also have some fun! High school teachers and students from Issaquah High will be here to provide tutoring and group activities. Please do not come in late as it interrupts the students who are doing homework.

Soccer Club

Highlands Soccer Club opens 2014 Registration on January 14 at 12 Week, Spring/Fall (combined) recreational soccer program. Open to boys & girls, ages 3-10. Season starts April 27. Issaquah Highlands Central Park turf fields, 3:30 on Sundays. $95 Program Fee. New members also pay $39 Uniform Fee. Space is Limited.

Speaking Club

Ages 8 and older YWCA Issaquah Family Village

Let your voices be strong and mighty! Join other youth, adults and profession mentors and learn the importance of developing solid communication skills. Drop ins are welcome or register ahead with David Hall, Program Lead at or 425.427.9682

Tennis Group - Ladies Meet Up

Hi Moms! We have a new IH ladies tennis group. It’s 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

Friday, January 10th, 7:00pm Blakely Hall

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

Yarns & Threads Group Fridays, 9-11:30am Blakely Hall

This new club holds its inaugural meeting on Friday, 11/22 at Swedish hospital at the fireplace lobby. All knitters, crocheters, and stitchers are welcome. Beginners are welcome as instruction in knitting and crocheting is available. For more details of questions, please contact Cathie Coulter at

Zumba Class

Tuesdays (7:00pm) & Saturdays (9:00am) Resumes January 7 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

Timberlake Movie Night Friday, January 17th, 6:30pm Blakely Hall

Hosted movie night showing Dispicable Me 2. Free. Open to all, and all ages.

Toastmasters Club

Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00am No Toastmasters on Jan. 1 Swedish Medical Center Conference Center (second Floor)

Do you get nervous before a speech? Does your heart pound? Does your stomach turn to knots? Do you wonder how other speakers deliver speeches so effortlessly? Well help is along the way! To find out more visit the club website at or contact George Barns at 425-516-3750.

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.


Resident Orientation

Thursday, February 6th, 2014, 7pm HOLIDAYS

New Year’s Day

Wednesday, January 1

Stephen Foster Day Monday, January 13

Robert E Lee’s Birthday Monday, January 19

Martin Luther King Day Monday, January 20

Martin Luther King Day

NO SCHOOL! Monday, January 20

Chinese New Year Observance Friday, January 31


January Birthstone Garnet

January is named after Janus, the god of the doorway; the name has its beginnings in Roman mythology, coming from the Latin word for door since January is the door to the year.


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Ring In the New Year With Simplicity and Efficiency In Your Home by Brenda DeVore, CleanScapes Store Retail Manager

Do you waste time looking for things you know you have but can not find? Do you buy duplicates of things you already have but can’t put your hands on when you need them? Do you have an anxiety attack when you walk into your kid’s rooms? Are you trying to regroup and re-establish order after the holidays? Are you running from one activity to the next, feeling overscheduled and overwhelmed? We have just come through the frenzy of December and our homes, nerves and wallets reflect it. Take a deep breath and relax. It’s the beginning of a new year and time to rejuvenate and get our homes and lives in shape for an organized 2014. Here a few motivating thoughts: • The U.S. Department of Energy reports that one-quarter of people with two-car garages have so much stuff in there that they can’t park a car. • According to the National Soap and Detergent Association, getting rid of clutter would eliminate 40 percent of housework in the average home. • The National Association of Professional Organizers reports we spend one year of our lives looking for lost items. • 1 in 11 American households rent a self-storage space and spend over $1000 a year in rent. • It costs an average of $10/square foot to store items in your home. Here are a few tips to help you get started: 1. Clear the holiday clutter. As you store away your holiday decor, take a close look at the decorations themselves. Don’t pack up or put away things you won’t use again next year. Let go of holiday cards and greetings you received. If you’ve kept them up to this point because you feel funny about tossing them, you have my permission to do so! Quickly take one last look at each one, appreciate the sentiment that came with them, and then recycle. What to do with broken strings of lights, styrofoam and batteries? They can be recycled through the CleanScapes store in Gilman Village. 2. Find a home for any new items you received over the holidays. Want to find what you need, when you need it? Establish a “home” for all of the new items that came into your life during the holidays. Consider adopting a new post-holiday rule: for every new item that comes in, three things have to say good-bye. 3. Take inventory of items you have not used in the last year. How do you know when to let something go? Ask yourself these questions:

a. How long has it been since you have used it?

b. Does it add value to your home/life?

c. Is it easy to replace or borrow if you needed it?

d. What would be the worst thing that would happen if you let this go and needed it again?

e. Is it worth the cost of keeping, storing, managing and maintaining it?

f. What would you do with the extra time/money that you could create by letting this go?

4. Reach out to your community of friends and family for items you use infrequently. For example if you only need a blow up bed once a year for guests, sports or camping equipment, consider borrowing from a neighbor instead of purchasing rarely used items and storing them all year long. Party rental companies are a great source for those entertaining items you may only use once a year.

6. Now that you have de-cluttered, cleaning will be a breeze. Instead of taking your entire Saturday to clean, why not set aside an hour or so several days a week and divide the tasks up among family members. One of the best books I read in 2013 was Cleaning House by Kay Wills Wyma. Thanks to this book, my 8 and 13 year old boys do their own laundry from sorting to folding, they clean their bathroom, bedrooms as well as plan, shop and cook a meal once a week. This has freed me up to spend more time with them and even some rejuvenation time for myself. Set up a schedule so the chores are completed throughout the week and the weekends can be free for fun activities. 7. Simplify the schedule. We not only have clutter in our homes but also in our schedules. We enter the fast lane of family life with the mad dash before school, then homework, sports and errands. Family dinners are an endangered species and family time in the car is replaced by electronics. We have control over our time; consider limiting activities and hobbies to not exceed three commitments each per week. For families with more than two kids, limit to two activities. Studies show we are over scheduling ourselves and our children. I recently saw a parenting class for the “overscheduled child”. We didn’t grow up like that, what happened? Consider having a family meeting on Sunday and go over the activities of the week, plan meals (have the kids choose what they are going to cook this week), and pre-plan family time activities. Save two time slots per week for something you love to do. We can’t pour from an empty cup so it’s important that we take care of ourselves. With the time and money that we have saved in steps 1-6 we can afford an occasional massage or quiet soak in the bathtub. 8. Establish goals. Spend some time this month brainstorming goals for the year. Have each family member create a list of goals and then create a list of family goals. Include vacations, community service, places to see etc. Next January, pull the lists out and have a victory dinner celebrating all your accomplishments. 9. Learn more about reducing clutter and waste. • Debbie Rosemont of Simply Placed along with Warren and Betsy, the creators of Declutter Clinic, invite you to a FREE webinar about decluttering big spaces! You’ll learn a step-by-step formula to declutter your garage or basement, starting with how you want to make use of the space. Learn exactly how to declutter your biggest spaces right from the comfort of your computer on Wedesday, Jan 15, 2014 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PST! Register at: • Join us at the CleanScapes store in Gilman Village on Wednesday, January 22nd from 7-8pm as we share best practices to simplify your life and reduce your waste from the Zero Waste Home book by Bea Johnson. For details and to register, visit There are so many benefits to living a simple and organized life; more time, less stress, more money and a peaceful place to call home. This is a continuous process that will provide rewards all year long. So take a deep breath and start with #1. Information for this article provided by Debbie Rosemont, Certified Professional Organizer and Productivity Consultant.

5. Sell or donate duplicate items. Is it worth the space and time it takes to take care of multiples of the same item? It’s amazing how easy it is to accumulate duplicates of toys, electronics, appliances, sporting equipment, clothing and jewelry. All these items take up space and require maintenance. Take your kids closet for example. Considering there are 7 days in a week, I found over 20 t-shirts in my 8 year old son’s drawer. Since he does his own laundry, I suggested that he pick out his favorite 7 shirts and take the rest to Small Threads Consignment and he could have the money for what sells. He was thrilled! What a victory! We reduced the amount of shirts, pants etc and gave him more space and less to manage. Usable items can be donated locally to the Issaquah Food Bank, The Good Will and the Northwest Center’s Big Blue Truck. Used sporting equipment can be taken to shops like Superior Seconds. Small, broken electrics and appliances can be recycled through the CleanScapes store. CleanScapes also accepts computer related items in working or nonworking order. These items are repurposed through InterConnection in Seattle and redistributed locally in our community.

179 1st Ave. SE, Issaquah Ring the bell during business hours to donate your gently used clothing. Dontaions also accepted in the 24-hour box.

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Garden Dreams by Shelly Hawkins, Crofton Springs


“The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.” Gertrude Jekyll January is the month of new beginnings. Granted, the first month of the year might be a bit early to start planting this year’s garden, but it’s not too early to start planning what you’d like to grow. For this reason, it should come as no surprise that January is also the month when this year’s seed catalogs start arriving in the mail. Although it’s easier to buy potted vegetables and plants from a local garden department or nursery, your choices are limited due to the store’s space constraints. Because packaged seeds take up less space, local stores also sell packaged seeds that are suitable for the Pacific Northwest. If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, you can request a catalog directly from the seed companies or visit their websites. Doing so, will introduce you to plant varieties you may never have heard of before―from the latest (preferably-non-GMO) varieties to open-pollinated, non-GMO, non-hybrid, heirloom seeds. Be sure to order early, because the more popular seeds (as well as bulbs and plant starts) often sell out fast. Before you open a seed catalog or visit a seed company’s website, it’s a good idea to consider what vegetables or flower varieties you like best. Do you prefer Romaine and Iceberg Lettuce to Chard and Kale? Or do you prefer showy to highly scented flowers? For those of you who like to experiment, the seed catalogs and websites provide plant images, brief descriptions, and growing guidelines to help you decide. One mistake both new and experienced gardeners make is planting too many plants in too small of a place or the right plants in the wrong places. The seeds of the Scarlet Runner Beans I’ve planted year after year are only about an inch in diameter, which might be big compared to most seeds, but small compared to the size of the actual vines, which can grow to over eight feet tall. Even pumpkins start small. Leafy greens like shade, but tomatoes love sun. Fortunately, seed packets provide lots of information, such as when to sow (plant) the seeds outdoors or indoors under lights, how far apart the seeds should be spaced, how long it will take for the seeds to germinate (sprout), when to thin or transplant the seedlings; as well as growing, fertilizing, and harvesting tips. You shouldn’t feel limited by the size of your garden. Leafy greens and herbs are easily grown outdoors in flower pots if provided sufficient sun. I’ve successfully grown Snow Peas on my west-facing deck. For even more space, you can rent a garden plot in one of our local community gardens. Seed Companies for the Pacific Northwest Ed Hume Seeds: Puyallup, Washington A regional seed company that sells untreated non-GMO seeds suitable for the Pacific Nothwest. Territorial Seed Company: Cottage Grove, Oregon A regional seed company committed to selling the highest-quality non-GMO seeds suitable for the Pacific Northwest. West Coast Seeds: Vancouver, British Columbia A regional family seed company that specializes in untreated heritage and certified organic non-GMO seeds. Happy gardening!

New Year’s Resolution to clean out the garage? Have old gear that you no longer use? Kids growing out of their old equipment? NOW is the perfect time to take inventory of what you no longer need, and what you’d like in return, and head to Superior Seconds. We can help you turn your used gear into credit or cash; we have tons of inventory to see you through winter or help you gear-up for Spring sports. WE CAN CUSTOMIZE GEAR AND APPAREL WITH NAMES AND LOGOS We offer Individual and Group Customizing (hoodies, t-shirts, uniforms, sweats, PJs and more). We can personalize for your team or event. Create your own image or choose from tons of stock designs. 96 Front Street S


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Is it a hospital or a school?

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Yes. Truth is, Swedish/Issaquah is a hospital — although it’s a rather uncommon one. This hospital is designed to keep you well, not just care for you when you’re sick. And one way we do that is by offering classes on a variety of health and wellness subjects. See for yourself. Then, hopefully, we’ll see you at school.


Childbirth Preparation – All Day Seminar

Joint Replacement: The Right Choice for You? If you have arthritic joint pain and are considering joint replacement, you’ll want to attend this important class. An orthopedic surgeon will discuss hip- and knee-replacement surgery followed by a question-and-answer session. Swedish/Issaquah: Thursday, Jan. 16, 6-8 p.m. Swedish/Redmond: Thursday, Feb. 6, 6-8 p.m.

Help feel confident and prepared for the birth of your baby. Fee: $115 (covers two people). Swedish/Issaquah: Saturday, Jan. 11 and 25, and Sunday, Jan. 26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Newborn Preparation This efficient 6-hour course combines information on newborn care and breastfeeding. Fee: $95 Swedish/Issaquah: Friday, Jan. 10 and 31, 3-9 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 12, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

All About Puberty The focus of this fun, interactive class is to open and enhance communication between parents and preteens (9- to 12-year-olds) and explain the physical and emotional changes ahead. Fee: $35 per family (includes two adults and one child; $5 fee for each additional child or adult in the same family).

Parents and Boys Together Swedish/Issaquah: Monday, Jan. 6, 6:30-9 p.m.

Parents and Girls Together

Swedish Orthopedic Institute (Seattle): Thursday, Jan. 23, 6-8 p.m.

Baby Your Body Pregnancy Exercise Education

Swedish/Issaquah: Monday, Jan. 13, 6:30-9 p.m.

Relief for Your Shoulder Pain

The two-week class is designed to help you stay comfortable and experience less pain during pregnancy. Topics include keeping your back comfortable and injury free, pelvic floor health and preventing incontinence, and exercises for pregnancy and postpartum. Fee: $45.


This class will present an overview of shoulder anatomy, common injuries to the shoulder (including sports injuries), how to prevent injury, and surgical and nonsurgical solutions to common injuries. Swedish/Redmond: Thursday, Jan. 30, 6-8 p.m. Swedish/Issaquah: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 6-8 p.m.

Swedish/Issaquah: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m.


Coping with Confidence – Labor Coping Techniques

Swedish offers a wide variety of classes and support to help you through pregnancy, childbirth and parenting. Classes are offered regularly. For more details visit childbirthclasses or call 206-215-3338.

Childbirth Preparation – Six Week Series This class covers the labor process, labor coping skills, pain medication, interventions of pregnancy and labor, cesarean birth, postpartum adjustment, and more. Swedish/Issaquah: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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A variety of labor coping skills are reviewed including relaxation, breathing patterns, attention-focusing, touch, visualization, position changes and rhythm and ritual. Fee: $40. Swedish/Issaquah: Thursday, Jan. 30, 6-8 p.m.

Sibling Preparation This class helps children ages 3 to 10 years old understand the birth process and what it’s like to have a new baby in the family. A mini-tour of the birth center is included that will help prepare them for visiting mom in the hospital. Fee: $20 per child. Swedish/Issaquah: Thursday, Jan. 2 and 30, 4-5:30 p.m.

Registration is required for all classes. To register and see additional classes, visit or call 206-386-2502. Unless noted, all classes are held at Swedish/Issaquah: 751 N.E. Blakely Dr., Off I-90 at Exit 18

AARP Smart Driver Course Helpful tips for motorists ages 50 and older to improve their driving skills. Fee: $15 for AARP members, $20 for nonmembers. Swedish/Issaquah: Saturday, Jan. 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

WEIGHT-LOSS EDUCATION Are you having difficulty losing weight and keeping it off? Swedish Weight Loss Services offers a multidisciplinary program that has helped thousands of people achieve healthy, long-term weight loss. Get started today by registering for a free surgical or nonsurgical weight-loss seminar. Register at or call 425-658-5264. Swedish/Issaquah: Every Tuesday beginning Jan. 7, 6-8 p.m.

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Beyond the Crunch

by Erick K. Harada, DPT, Highlands Physical Therapy HAPPY 2014!! Now that you have made your New Year’s resolution, and read Christine Hancock’s article “Healthy Resolutions 2014”, it is time to take action! More often than not, people complain about having a weak core, or wish they could lose a few inches in the midsection. By setting a goal of increasing your core strength, this New Year, you are telling everyone that you are ready to get healthy and prevent injury during exercise. Whether you are a die-hard skier, Couch-to-5k, or love to garden, core strength should be the center of your exercise program. I am sure you all know the basic sit up or crunch so, this month, I am providing you with some intermediate core strengthening exercises (you will need a physioball).

Abdominal Roll Out

Diagonal Chop

Supine Core Twist

1. With hands on ball and back straight, begin to roll forward, progressively tensing abdominals.

1. Seated on ball with tight core, grasp dumbbell and rotate trunk by bringing hands above opposite shoulder. Keep pelvis stable.

1. Bridge trunk, head, neck and shoulders supported on ball. Arms extended overhead holding dumbbell, SLOWLY rotate trunk to the right, keeping arms extended.

2. Do not bend at hips and make sure not to hyperextend low back. 3. Breathing out, roll back to start position. 4. Perform 10 reps, 2 sets.

2. Repeat other side. 3. Perform 10 reps each side, 2 sets.

2. Repeat to other side. 3. Perform 10 reps each side, 2 sets.

I cannot guarantee washboard abs by February, but you will notice decreased back pain and fewer injuries during exercise. If, however, you do experience any pains while performing these exercises contact your local physical therapist to make sure you are performing these correctly. Like always, have fun and good luck with your New Year’s resolutions!

Healthy Resolutions in 2014

by Christine Hancock, MS Nutrition, Certified Health & Running Coach, Resident of Issaquah Highlands Over 60% of people focus on health as a New Year resolution. The #1 resolution is weight loss. According to Forbes magazine 2011 – 52% of people were confident that they’d achieve their goals yet only 12% actually did. That 12% succeeded because they set specific and realistic goals, kept track of their progress, and set a timeline for their achievements. Because most people have health goals at the top of their list, and since I am a health & running coach, let’s focus on how to be healthier in 2014. 1.


Set aside quiet time to reflect what you’d like to achieve in 2014. What does it look like to achieve your resolution? What does it mean to you? Be very detailed and specific. Cut pictures or encouraging words out of magazines and create a vision board for what being healthy means to you. Look at the picture every day. Look at your calendar and create a timeline to track your success. First month – goal is to exercise 12 days, drink more water, eat an apple a day, and eat 2 new vegetables with every meal. Second month – exercise 16 days, get up earlier to eat breakfast, continue to increase vegetable and fruit consumption, and reduce caffeine, sugar, and processed foods. Third month – continue healthy habits

Weekly Rhythm Checklist for a Healthier 2014 Exercise 30 to 60 minutes Drink 65 to 100 ounces of water per day Eat a nutrient dense breakfast every day Eat 9 to 13 handfuls of vegetables and fruits each day Eat 25 to 35 grams of fiber per day Eat one serving of omega 3 rich food each day Eat last meal before 6PM Sleep 8 to 10 hours per night Relax, deep breathe, read, and reflect for 30 minutes each day Review progress each week & set new goals

from earlier months and aim for getting more restful sleep each night. Following weeks – increase days of exercise, water intake, and other specific healthy habits. Remember to take small steps each month to achieve big results in the New Year. 3.

Have an accountability partner. Recruit your spouse, a family member or your best friend to join you in the 2014 healthy resolutions. Be honest and accountable to each other.


Create a weekly rhythm checklist, plan ahead, and check your progress each day.


After each month – review your challenges and successes. Move past self-doubts. Immediately replace any undesirable thought by three desirable thoughts. Go back to the day you set aside time to reflect on what you’d like to achieve in 2014 and remember your “why” for setting your New Year’s resolution. Hold onto that picture in your mind. Continue your journey to a healthier you!

We are so lucky that everything we need to succeed for healthier living is right here in the Issaquah Highlands!

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ASK KARI Dear Kari, My child is struggling in school and I genuinely feel that his teacher does not like him. My son frequently comes home and tells me that his teacher makes fun of him or tells him to be quiet in class. What can I do to support my son and establish support for him in the school setting? - Worried Mom Dear Worried Mom, First, I would remind your son that he is loved exactly the way he is. Do this daily. Also, send his teacher a note inquiring about your son and the classroom atmosphere (i.e. “how are things going?”). Copy the school principal. Additionally, request a parent/teacher meeting wherein you can gather in person the teacher’s responses to your original inquiry and her genuine feelings about your son. Once you gather this additional information, figure out your child’s responsibility (if any) in the dynamic. Appropriately address any issues with your son. If his teacher needs additional support or guidance in supporting your son, the meeting will offer you an opportunity to enlighten and support her. If these suggestions do not produce the results you are hoping for, take the next step and request a meeting with the school’s principal to further address your concerns. - Kari Dear Kari, My daughter is married to a man who will not get a job. They have three children, she works fulltime but for the past three years he has made no effort to find a job or keep one if and when he does get hired. During this time period, we have gotten a call at the end of each month asking us for money. At first, my husband and I offered our full support, but now we resent that we work and then pass on some of our income to them. What do you recommend we do to stop this situation? - Money Train

Dear Kari, My neighbor interviewed at my company recently and I was actually in the interview process with her at one point. I felt so awkward during the meeting, and lately she has been asking me for insider information on the job opportunity. I feel stuck between neighborly kindness and professional guidelines. How can I be a good neighbor and a good employee? - Too Close For Comfort Dear Too Close For Comfort, I agree you are in a tough situation. I recommended that you politely wish your neighbor success in the process, yet maintain a level of professional discreetness that your job requires. It is possible to be polite to your neighbor upon her questioning while also maintaining the confidentiality that your employer would expect. I suggest that you genuinely wish them good luck and then change the subject if she presses you for more insider information. If she continues to press you, gently remind her that you have professional standards to follow and cannot reveal any additional information to her. Remember, kindness and manners typically can placate difficult social situations. Good luck! - Kari

Kari O’Neill, MSW, LICSW, is a licensed independent clinical social worker and a resident of Issaquah Highlands. This column is for entertainment purposes only. If you are in crisis and in need of support please contact the Crisis Clinic at 866-427-4747. Please email Kari questions at All email user personal information will remain confidential and not be published.

Dear Money Train, You did not mention that you son in law had any physical or mental challenges that were preventing him from working, so I will assume that he is healthy and can work on a regular basis. It appears that both he and your daughter have become used to your support and therefore find no need to maintain their lifestyle on their own. I would invite them over for a meeting, and then check in on their current efforts to support themselves and their children. During the meeting, give them a deadline of when you will not longer be supporting them (one month is more than fair for two grown adults to put together a plan). After the meeting, continue to maintain that you wish them well (i.e. good fortune in life), but nothing more. Two self-sustaining adults will find their way when pushed to the limit; you don’t have to be the ones who carry them there. - Kari


Celebrating New Year’s Eve Highlands Style, Just Down the Road by Molly and Marty Fisher, Ashland Park

You shouldn’t have to take out a home equity loan to enjoy an entertaining New Year’s Eve celebration with family and friends. With a little creativity and some advanced planning, life in the Issaquah Highlands makes it easy to put 2013 to bed with a smile. If you’re into taking a DIY approach, you can make your own family fun. And with all of the cool dining and entertainment options, awesome celebrations literally are a short walk away, just up or down the road. For family-oriented fun or for celebrating a New York New Year (midnight in NY, 9 p.m. here), Zeeks Pizza will feature an all-you-can-eat party. The celebration includes all you can eat pizza, salad and breadsticks, along with two drink tickets and a champagne toast for adults or a build your own sundae bar for the kids. The party runs from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and they’ll even show the ball drop in New York. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for kids and can be purchased in advance at Zeeks, located at 2525 NE Park Drive. Parents who want a special night out without the kids also have a great option. Adventure Kids Playcare in Issaquah, a fun indoor playground, is taking babysitting reservations for New Year’s Eve. Adventure Kids will be open from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m., showing movies and featuring special games for kids. Prices will vary, based on the age of the child and how many children you’ll be dropping off. Space is limited, so be sure to call as soon as possible. We’re most excited about not needing a designated driver to enjoy the Highlands’ new celebration venues. Most of the restaurants in Grand Ridge Plaza are featuring New Year’s Eve specials. For a city-style celebration in the neighborhood, Sip Restaurant will give you the most upscale experience. If you’re looking for a celebration after the celebration, try The Ram for the latest last call in the area. If you’re bold enough to leave the Highlands, Issaquah’s Front Street has two interesting options. Tratorria Amante will have a New Year’s Eve dinner/concert, featuring the Black Velvet Four. For $45 per person, you’ll get a buffet and a midnight champagne toast. Just down the street at Vino Bella, the $35.00 ticket price includes party favors, live music by local favorite Seatown Rhythm and Blues, and a champagne toast. Of course, you don’t have to leave the house to have a fabulous celebration. New Year’s Eve is a great opportunity to make your own fun with a game night. One of the most hilarious do-it-yourself experiences is the Doughnuts on a String game. Just tie donuts onto separate strings, hang them in a row and line a person up at each donut. Players are

blindfolded and aren’t allowed to use their hands while they try to eat an entire donut. Spectators can clap, cheer or jeer the players. Most of us have hours and hours of family videos and stacks of DVDs, but when was the last time you held a personal film festival? Depending on your attention span, you may want to have an early show and a late show. Start the early show with a DVD movie theme (action, sci-fi, etc.), and then get nostalgic with a late show that features the ones you love. With New Year’s resolutions just hours away, creating “vice stations” with all the indulgences people tend to give up in their resolutions makes a fun party theme. Simply fill a candy table with glass jars of decadent candy (our favorite is Fran’s salted caramels!) and have scoops and bags so your guests can fill their own. If you want to start the New Year off by leaving the worst of the old year behind, try a traditional New Year’s activity from Colombia, South America. Build a dummy representing the Año Nuevo (the old year) using sturdy paper or cardboard. Dress it by drawing clothes on it or by gluing on scraps of old clothing from each family member. Ask everyone to write down their faults and bad luck on a piece of paper. Exactly at midnight, tear Año Nuevo into shreds and burn the pieces safely outside. While Año Nuevo is being destroyed, read the list of faults and bad luck out loud, to make them vanish along with the old year. Here’s to a fantastic New Year’s Eve celebration. May the best of 2013 be the worst of 2014 for us all.

Enjoy a Safe, Local, Celebration!

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January 2014



Getting Hit-on by my Retailers by Tami Curtis, Summit (or Two Slides) Park

I feel like I’m being hit on lately. I haven’t been paying particular attention to my physical appearance, nor am I sending out any amorous signals that I know of. It’s just that there’s a certain component in my daily life that REALLY wants to get to know me, and really wants me to get to know them. The feeling is not mutual. Apart from my husband, I am not interested in forming a meaningful and intimate Feeling the love relationship…with my large chain retailer. I can’t remember the last time I made a purchase at a Big Box Store without feeling like I wanted to take a shower after walking out. Before I launch into my petty first world complaints I want to announce my disclaimer that I forgive all cashiers for what they are made to do. It’s not their fault that they are asked to make like a dog and do inappropriate things to the leg of every customer. It is disheartening that large retail corporation employees are asked to pry and prod their way into making “a great customer service experience”, at the expense of my patience and privacy. In a perfect world, my loyalty to a store means I return. If I don’t return, I didn’t like my experience. Simple as that! Instead, at the hardware store I get to stand at the cashier and wade through questions, prompts and propositions – just to purchase a weed whacker. I’m just trying to edge my lawn, not marry you! Here are my retail dating guidelines. If you are capable of adhering to these points, we might just be able to form a lifelong relationship. Otherwise, I’m not sure I see you in my future. If you want to date me…errr, have me as a repeat customer here’s what I want: • Unless you see me twice a week at your store, please resist the temptation to ask me if I’m going to do, or just did, anything special over the weekend. Trader Joe’s started this nice trend a decade or more ago. It works because their employees are familiar, neighborly and the question is delivered with genuine interest, not “Oh, I need to check off #8 from my customer service interaction list”. They get it, the rest of you huge retailers don’t. Just stop snuggling up to me.

• You keep asking me for my phone number…to check whether I’m “in your system”. I don’t think I like “being in anyone’s system”. That sounds too visceral. Back off. • Stop asking me to “Just take this short survey about how your experience was today after navigating to a website, inputting a 10-digit code, identifying the location (amongst 50 states) that served you, filling in the boxes who your stellar clerk was…my name’s Percy!! Don’t forget, Percy! It’s circled right here on your two-foot long receipt!” Yeah, no. Thanks. • This isn’t American Idol. Don’t ask me to judge you. My lunch starts to come up in the back of my throat every time I hear “It would REALLY help me out if you could give us five stars when you take this brief survey!” Golly, I just bought a ream of printer paper. It was the most amazing experience EVER!! I’m giving you all FIVE STARS for creating a receptive environment for me to walk in and purchase PAPER!! Yes!! • Perhaps making note of any praise or discontent online is better, though, than having to look someone in the eye and tell them they really screwed the pooch on selling me a bag of pet sawdust bedding. “Yeah, I was going to say that I felt very inconvenienced having to go down three aisles instead of one to find the aspen wood chip terrarium liner…” (Has no one seen the movie “Office Space“? “You need more flare…TPS reports in triplicate…”) • Can you see where my eyes are going when I hear: “Would you like to sign up for our customer rewards program? It’ll just take a second and you’ll receive some wonderful email coupons…” Great, I get to do paperwork (that’ll assuredly take longer than a second) AND receive spam in my inbox! I love those rewards cards. I’ve got 67 in my wallet right now -may I please have a 68th? I think I’ll take a break from all these clamoring suitors and go visit my small Issaquah retailers who don’t want to get to know me in such a meaningful way. 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.

Grand Ridge Plaza Extravaganza by Aadit Mehta, Seventh Grade, IH Sportshound and Youth Board Member Sea Gals. Jack the Dog. Blitz. Blue Thunder. Cortez Kennedy. What do they all have in common? On Saturday, November 16th they were all present at Grand Ridge Plaza, promoting the official, grand opening of the Plaza. On a cold and chilly day, where popsicles were code for fingers, the first to arrive and take their place under the royal white tent were the Sea Gals. Four of Sea Gals’ finest Courtney, Laura, Melissa and Sonrose – greeted visitors with a wonderful smile, and gladly posed for pictures with their fans and signed autographs (with the flourish of a cheerleader, of course!).

14 games at Century Link stadium!) Comprised of four drummers and two cymbalists, Blue Thunder put on a riveting show. Dancing along with them was Blitz, the Seahawks mascot, as well as yours truly. Blitz was kind enough to pose for pictures and sign autographs. After the band finished playing, and Blitz was done dancing, Cortez Kennedy took his place under the white tent.

Sea Gals From Left-Sonrose, Laura, Melissa and Courtney.

Also under the same majestic white tent was the opportunity to enter a drawing for the grand prize of a football signed by none other than the Seahawks defensive tackle, Brandon Mebane. A photographer representing Issaquah Press was also present. Several photos were later published online at the Issaquah Press website. Believe it or not, I actually made it on to the website, and you may have, too! After meeting and posing with the Sea Gals, spectators and fans gathered to watch Blue Thunder, the Seahawks band, in action. Playing at every Seattle Seahawks home game, they are synonymous with the words rhythmic and undefeated (the Seahawks, as of the time of this article, have gone 14-0 in their last

Cortez played his entire 11-year career with the Seattle Seahawks. Among this NFL Hall of Famer’s accolades are eight Pro Bowl berths, five Associated Press All-Pro awards, an NFL defensive player of the year award, Seattle Seahawks and Miami Hurricane Ring of Honor awards, and even had his jersey number retired by the Seahawks. Before IH Sportshound and Blitz he came down to the tent, I had the honor of interviewing him. Look out for my interview in an upcoming issue!

IH Sportshound pleased with his score: an interview with Hall of Famer, Cortez Kennedy

This entire experience was truly amazing, as was the atmosphere. During the Blue Thunder performance, you could feel the air shaking. And having Cortez Kennedy present and specifically represent the Seahawks at this event, was terrific. The following day, at the Ram restaurant, I was invited and had the honor of picking the winner for the previously mentioned drawing. Don’t worry, there was no conspiracy - I didn’t pick my own name!


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Free Presentation & Gift Incentives! Dates: Every Wednesday in January Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Where: IRG Highlands Physical Therapy 2525 NE Park Drive Ste C, Issaquah 98029 For more information & RSVP: Christine Hancock MS Nutrition Certified Health & Running Coach 425-985-8867 |

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Street Tree Replacements and Changes Underway Provided by the Issaquah Highlands Community Association

Meet the Team | Jennifer Fink Jennifer Fink joined the IHCA team in 2009. Jennifer’s background is in landscape architecture, particularly design-build. Taking a community management position was a career shift for Jennifer, but the experience has proven to be full circle. In landscape architecture and design, some design items make the architect think about how people circulate within space and the feel of the environment as people move through areas, including where walkways go, where benches and bike racks should be placed, and what materials should be used for maintenance considerations, etc. Before coming to the IHCA, Jennifer worked with a large design-build company and actually designed some of landscapes for a few neighborhoods she now manages. In addition to communicating with homeowners and budget preparations, Jennifer’s background in project management has streamlined IHCA contracting processes and the subneighborhood maintenance programs. Jennifer has lived in Issaquah for six years with her two teenage boys, Ryan and Christopher. Fly fishing is one of Jennifer’s favorite hobbies she picked up when living in Wyoming. Jennifer also loves to garden, cook and entertain. Sharing her personal love for cultural exchange, Jennifer also recently joined the City of Issaquah Sister City Commission. Jennifer’s family loves to golf together and discover new places. One of their recent favorite trips was to the Olympic peninsula.

Street trees done right.

Because certain areas of the community experience extreme weather, namely high winds, the IHCA and the City of Issaquah have agreed to a plan to begin replacing damage-susceptible trees with new alternatives. As some of the most wind-resistant trees are vulnerable to certain insects, we are trying several new cultivars in some of our more exposed, windier locations. The IHCA is also continuing its tree replacement program with a focus on changing failed cultivars for something new. Anyone delving into urban forestry quickly learns ‘there is no perfect street tree’ so each tree selection is actually a balance between a tree’s merits and its drawbacks. To maintain the designed vision for the community, tree replacements ordinarily involve a whole block or section of street. Residents who remember the October windstorms of 2010 know it was a large project to replace all the ash trees on 24th Avenue. The replacement cultivars have proven to be everything we wanted, though, as they have stood the test of several strong storms and have been free-standing for two years. One street on which change has occurred is Daphne Street between 25th and 28th Avenues. Plans are in place for extending the changes onto 28th Avenue, where we will try Japanese Stewartia as a replacement for the most exposed pear trees. A more comprehensive change is occurring in the Wisteria and Daphne Park neighborhoods. Their ‘Prairiefire’ crabapple has not lived up to expectations and is not thriving. This cultivar was removed from Park Drive medians in 2012 and from Mulberry Park this winter. Our damp climate and long ‘rain festival’ are simply too much for the tree’s defenses. In 2012 the entire population there nearly died from fungal attack before dry weather finally arrived. Replacement cultivars will include Eastern Redbud, Red Horsechestnut, Purple Beech, Goldenrain Tree and Koelreteria paniculata, or Snowdrop Tree. All are new to Issaquah Highlands except Eastern Redbud which seems to be doing well in several parks. The trees were chosen from the city’s approved street tree list as new additions to our tree palette which meets city growth characteristics and IHCA maintenance criteria

Park Planting Upgrades Scheduled

Four neighborhood park tracts have been selected for more intensive planting upgrades this winter. These parks include Mulberry Park, the open space west of 25th near NE Larchmount, the small triangle on NE Kirkwood, and the western approaches to Magnolia Park. Generally the upgrades will include the removal of plants which have aged poorly or do not have year-round appeal in their prominent locations. Replacement plantings will include several of our proven evergreen shrubs such as Nandina, Abelia, Viburnum davidi and Oregon Grape. Accent plantings will include flowering shrubs and perennials to provide a bit of seasonal interest and food for our pollinator friends. Plants are selected based on their performance here and must generally be pest resistant. IHCA groundskeepers will be folding this work into their regular maintenance duties as part of our effort to manage costs. When the parks are completed they will be mulched as part of our annual mulching campaign which begins in the New Year.

How to Recycle Your Holiday Tree Provided by the Issaquah Highlands Community Association After the holidays are over, there are easy options for recycling your tree! Highlands residents can have the Boy Scouts collect their tree curbside on Saturday, January 4th. Go to www. for more info. Residents with CleanScapes service may place holiday trees out for collection at no additional charge from 12/30 through 1/10: • Please remove all flocking, tinsel and decorations. • Trees must be cut into sections no greater than 4 feet in length and 4 inches in diameter. • Where possible, place trees inside your compost cart. Alternately, trees should be bound with natural fiber and placed next to your cart for collection. If you live in an apartment/condo or do not subscribe to compost service, please call CleanScapes at (425)837-1234 by January 6th to schedule a tree collection. Holiday trees may also be dropped off for free from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Jan. 11 at 1823 Central Park LN NE. This is the paved City of Issaquah lot behind the reservoir and at the intersection with College Drive. IHCA staff will be on-hand to collect your tree. No flocking, tinsel or decorations.

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Meet the New HFN GM

by Frank Pineau, Highlands Fiber Network, General Manager Hello !! I’d like to introduce myself to the Issaquah Highlands community. I’m Frank Pineau. I’m the new General Manager of your Highlands Fiber Network, or HFN. When Port Blakely sold the network to Highlands Council, Port Blakely’s General Manager, Robert Black decided to retire. Robert spent countless hours building the network during his tenure, and did a great job!! “Best wishes, Robert, from a thankful community!” As I sit at my desk, pondering the high speed fiber optic connection present in my office at Blakely Hall, I recall the long road internet connectivity has taken to get here. I have over 40 years experience in the communications industry and am well-versed in what has been built here in the Highlands. It’s easy for us to take for granted the very fast speeds we use daily in the Highlands. However, for many, many residences in the State of Washington, any Internet connectivity is out of reach. Many rural areas that have internet, any speeds greater than 20 Mbps are rare, with many just at DSL speeds of 3-7Mbps. I came from an industry where very large telephony companies are striving to bring “Broadband to the rural areas”. Not only is the cost quite steep, modern investing is always looking toward a timed payback on investment. Translation: Don’t hold your breath, the return is just not there for our investors. (Option: Move closer to the city.) In addition, to take advantage of existing infrastructure, any increases in reach or speed are normally going to use copper or coax cabling. One exception to the above is some large telecommunication companies who are deploying Fiber-to-the-Home networks in selected areas. In Washington, that investment has proved to be so costly, this offering is rare. In the Issaquah Highlands, the HFN Fiber-to-the-Home network is unique in many ways. First, it’s 100% fiber. That means no choke-points in delivering the fastest speeds. Furthermore, fiber cable is not subject to the same issues copper based cables are in terms of water, interference and corrosion. Second, the fiber from our data centers to the home is not shared, so no speed reductions

occur from your neighbors. (In shared networks, one “dataintensive” customer streaming will reduce the overall speed to others). Third, our fiber network is wholly owned by the Issaquah Highlands, and therefore not subject to rate increases for financial investment purposes. When rates increase, it’s for a good reason, like maintenance, upgrades or enhancements. Having a fiber network like ours in the Highlands is unique, and is a source of pride in the community. The vision of the early founders pays off every day. By the Numbers: HFN serves over 1,600 residences at our introductory speed of 10/10Mbps Over 1,000 residences have connectivity of 100/20 Mbps or better For those who wonder just what those speed numbers mean: 10/10Mbps indicates the downward and upward speeds provided. Downward speed (the first number) is used when you receive emails, watch Netflix, AppleTV or any other time data is being delivered to you. Upload speeds (the second number) are used when you send emails, pictures, or files to another location. (Generally, most user activity is in receiving information, hence the larger number is more important to most people.) If you’ve ever watched Netflix, and see a bar on the screen indicating “Buffering”, that’s why our awesome speed is important. In future articles I’ll continue to identify industry trends, point out just why our “Highlands Fiber Network” is the network of choice, and the envy of tech savvy personnel everywhere. Frank Pineau - General Manager HFN

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Grand Ridge Elementary Grand Ridge Elementary Auction: February 8 at the Bellevue Club Hotel

Last Call - Early Bird Ticket Price Ends 1/10! The 2014 GR PTSA Auction will help provide critical support for Literacy, Art, Science, and Technology. Raffle tickets are still up for sale; this will be a 50/50 raffle, and you need not be present to win! Don’t miss out on an evening of fun entertainment, great food, and silent & live auctions! General ticket sales for the event closes on January 31st - to find out more about the auction, and to secure your tickets online today, go to: www. “The Grand Ridge auction is a wonderful opportunity to come together as a community to support education. I look forward to spending time together to celebrate the key reason why we are here in the Highlands. Besides a great community to live in, we are fortunate to have a school where we all work together to create the best place for children academically, socially and emotionally. The funds raised at the auction have a significant impact on our students. I feel incredibly grateful to work in a community that supports the auction and ultimately is willing to partner and support all students.“ Christy Otley, Grand Ridge Elementary Principal

Fond Farewell to Port Blakely Issaquah Highlands was founded upon Port Blakely’s principle vision to create a vibrant community where residents can work, live, and play. A significant litmus of a thriving community is the number of families and children that live in it. In turn, the school districts with the most community support are often the strongest ones. Port Blakely has strived to fulfill its role as an elemental resource in the Issaquah School District. Such commitment on behalf of Port Blakely is evidenced by their generous donations to the Issaquah Schools Foundation, Grand Ridge Auction, and funds to enable GR Elementary to provide each classroom with comprehensive first-aid kits. Thank You Port Blakely!

Issaquah PTSA Council Reflections – Believe, Dream, Inspire!

Issaquah PTSA District Reflections Gallery Walk Reception will be hosted by the Issaquah PTSA Council: January 14 (Tuesday), 2014 from 6:30 – 8:30pm in the Issaquah High School Commons.

Auction Fast Facts • Literacy is a vital component of education, and funds raised from the auction will help grow the GR Library, as well as the Leveled Book Room which houses curriculum books for each grade level.

This year, the reception will be a “Gallery Walk Reception” which means you can come and go anytime during the night and view the beautiful artwork. The winning categories are as listed: Visual Arts, Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Special Artist.

• While there is a state requirement for art curriculum, it is not funded by the state. The GR PTSA fully funds the art docent program at the school. • Hands-on experiences provide significant learning opportunities in science, but they are not provided by state funding. To help reinforce the curriculum studied at each grade level, and to inspire students, auction dollars will support hands-on science labs for two years.

Come see the wonderful creations that Issaquah finalists from kindergarten through 12th have to share. Finalists that advance from the Issaquah to State will be revealed at the Reception!

• The State provides $0 for technology! We live in a technology-based world in which it is crucial to provide our students with the tools necessary to be better prepared for the future. Auction proceeds will help purchase some of these supplies to help support technology at Grand Ridge.

Congratulations to Clark Elementary! Clark has been identified as a 2013 School of Distinction! Clark is honored as a School of Distinction for demonstrating outstanding performance and improvement in student achievement over the last 5 years. Only 55 elementary schools in Washington State received this honor as Schools of Distinction. Clark attained multiple high-level marks in several key areas of achievement. First, the school’s student achievement in both reading and math must be above the state median in student performance. Additionally, student growth in both reading and math must not only be above the state median in student improvement, but actually in the top 5% of the state in improvement! Clark is proud to be one of two schools in the Issaquah School District to obtain this award. Go Clark Sharks!

Pacific Cascade MiddleSchool

Student Assistance Program The PCMS Student Assistance Program is run year-round. After all the holiday hustle and bustle we will still have families that are struggling to make ends meet in our community. The PCMS PTSA, and Principal Dana Bailey have made this program a huge success for families in need. Donations of clothing, school supplies, haircuts, grocery cards, or apartment supplies are greatly appreciated! To find out which resources are most needed, please visit the PCMS PTSA website for more information, or contact Jessica Burles at:

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Attention Issaquah High School Students: New Community Service Learning Program! Need an idea for a New Year’s resolution? What better goal than to set your standards high pertaining to community service and volunteering? Many jobs and universities place high value on those that are committed to community service. The Issaquah PTSA and Issaquah High School are proud to announce the launch of their new program which promotes community service as a recognized honor at Senior graduation. Graduates who volunteer for 100 hours or more during their four years of high school, get to wear an honor service cord during the ceremonies. For current students that are not Freshman, the required community hours will be tiered. Please visit the IHS PTSA website for more information and details about this amazing program!

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PTSA Meeting No School – Martin Luther King Day Parent Ed: Legal Mariuana & Our Teens (IHS Theatre) – 6:30pm Choir Bash: Singers from IHS, IMS, PCMS, and Elementary Schools - 1:15-6:00pm Junior Parent Night IHS Theater – 7:00-8:30pm

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Issaquah School District Three Levy Package: Ballots arrive after January 22, 2014 Issaquah ranks 292 out of 295 WA State school districts in state per-pupil education funding; levies enable school districts to bridge funding gaps. The Issaquah School District has the highest bond rating (Aaa) of any public school district in WA State on Moody’s scale. The levies that Issaquah residents approved in 2010 are now expiring. Together, these three replacement levies will cost up to $40/year on a $500,000 house. Renewal Maintenance and Operations (M&O) Levy: This is the only measure that directly pays for basic general classroom and operational needs. They also contribute to classroom curriculum and staff salaries.

Renewal Capital Levy: The Capital Levy includes funding for educational technology and critical repairs for all schools in the district. Our State does not fund technology. Upgrading aging computers, emergency alert systems, e-communications, staff training, tech specialists, etc. require levy funding. Included are maintenance and repairs of crucial building structures: safety and security upgrades, maintenance of heating, and cooling systems.

Renewal School Bus Levy: The school bus levy will enable the school district to purchase buses in order to maintain high standards of safety, environmental soundness, and efficiently run buses. This measure will protect operational dollars for classrooms.

What Does a First Rate Education Mean to You? “Investing in education is a sound and wise decision for the future of our community. When people consider living in Issaquah, the high caliber school district is a major factor in making that decision. When communities support their school districts, all of its residents benefit; property values remain stable, and the children that we have invested in are better prepared for post-education success” – Mark Mullet, Issaquah Highlands Resident and WA State Senator “Preserving and enhancing our school’s performance is critical for the future of our children. This goes hand-in-hand to support a strong and competitive local economy, business recruitment & retention, and quality of life we so enjoy in Issaquah.” - Renee Zimmerman, Issaquah Highlands Resident and Issaquah Chamber Member

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RESIDENT PROFILE: PRACHI VORA Prachi seems as typical as the “girl next door”: Nice, friendly and easy to talk to and a new Mom. But she is a perfect example of how a-typical a neighbor can be. Besides having a sophisticated career in public health, Prachi is an active part of Tasveer, the umbrella organization for the Seattle South Asian Film Festival. Begun in 2004, SSAFF had become a six-day, two-city, film extravaganza, rich with complimentary events. They screened almost 50 films in 2013. In this profile, I share with you just one neighbor’s story, a story that could be like your neighbor’s story, be they from Issaquah or Iowa, Russia or China. Prachi is just one of the many remarkable people who decided to make Issaquah Highlands home.

Where did you grow up?

I was born in India, and I immigrated to Seattle when I was ten years old.

When did you move to Issaquah Highlands?

We bought at townhome in West Highlands Park in 2010. At home, it’s me, my husband, Akshat, our son, Savir, and our beloved mini dachshund, Dinho.

What do you think is special about IH?

Before moving here I researched the community through the website and archived Connections newspapers. I loved the nature, the green concepts (such as minimal waste), community celebrations, and all the different clubs. It did not seem like your typical suburb! I chose Issaquah Highlands because of the diversity of interests and was delighted to find cultural diversity as well.

What do you do for a living?

After getting a Master’s in International Public Health from Boston University I started working as an epidemiologist for a Massachusetts-based health research firm. My job is to evaluate disease trends and forecast patient populations globally. Right now, I am working to forecast the prevalence of asthma in Brazil, Russian, Turkey, Mexico, India, China, and South Korea.

Why did you get involved in Tasveer and the Seattle South Asian Film Festival (SSAFF)?

When I moved back to Seattle, I started working from home where my only “colleague” was our family dog. In an effort to increase face-time with people, I found volunteer opportunities through my sister at Tasveer. I was instantly hooked. I’ve had various roles in the organization – from floor manager to co-director. We formed our first Board of Directors last year. I am a charter member of that board. Tasveer’s second flagship festival Aaina, for which I have previously served as Festival Director, coming up. Aaina focuses on South Asian women’s issues. Aaina means mirror. The festival is supposed to be “reflections of being a South Asian woman.”

What do you get out of this?

I get satisfaction in how film and forums can impact people’s perspectives. We try to create connections and opportunities that dispel stereotypes or empower those in difficult situations. Some films address very difficult topics. For instance, a program at the last SSAFF featured two films and discussion about the challenges of living as a visible minority in the U.S. Our post-film discussions, where attendee opinions are heard the loudest, make SSAFF more than just a film festival!

Has there ever been a personal connection for you to a film?

A few years ago, we screened a film called, “The Desire of the Moth,” which was about an older, modest woman who loves to create painted art. She uses art to interpret social experiences and doesn’t let any preconditioned views or disability stop her from doing what she loves. She reminded me of my grandmother who also started painting at a later age.

What’s your favorite movie of all time? Or book?

Movie: a tie between “Love, Actually” and “A Few Good Men”. Book: “Kite Runner”

Why “A Few Good Men”?

Well, I love courtroom settings in general. In India, I had the privilege of visiting the Mumbai High Court. It was an awe-inspiring experience -- from the historical significance of the institution, to its architecture and stained glass windows, and to witnessing proceedings in the English tradition, with barristers addressing the judge as “My Lord.” With “A Few Good Men” I like how fairness and justice prevail and transform the protagonist. I like the actors’ performances, and the great quotes: “You can’t handle the truth!”

2014 Tasveer February: South Asian International Documentary Festival April: Aaina: A South Asian Women’s Focus October: Seattle South Asian Film Festival Go to for details or keep in touch with Tasveer Seattle through Facebook and Twitter. Tasveer brings the culture of South Asia to the Pacific Northwest. South Asia includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Tibet.

Photo by: Nina Milligan

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

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