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Wednesday July 31, 2013

ArtWalk season continues Aug. 2 The 12th annual season of Issaquah ArtWalk continues from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 2. ArtWalk is the first Friday of the month June through September. Visitors are invited to meet local business owners, enjoy live music, watch artists in action, shop and dine in downtown Issaquah. This ArtWalk includes the opening of the Rookery art exhibition and artwork from summer teen camps at artEAST Art Center. Kids can enjoy animal-themed arts projects when Menagerie takes over in artEAST Artist Alley. Enjoy clay making at Museo Art Academy and printmaking in the park, compliments of Museo. Witness glassblowing at its finest by artbyfire. There will be

dancing in the streets at artEAST Artist Alley when Blue Dog Dance in Renton brings its dance troupe to showcase some hip-hop talent. Don’t miss live music by: Jacob McCaslin and Roll the Credits — artEAST Artist Alley Jacob McCaslin and Roll the Credits bring back soul and blues while maintaining a pop sensibility. The band’s music video “Get A High” has gone viral with more than 200,000 views on YouTube. McCaslin is an acclaimed vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. Kaleidoscope School of Music — Library Five teen ensembles from Kaleidoscope School of Music plus Dorian Blu bring a high power mix of classic and modern rock. 44:55 p.m. A Delicate

Disaster 45:20 p.m. Zero Side Effects 45:55 p.m. Cats in a Bookstore 46:40 p.m. Between the Lines 47:20 p.m. Batteries not Included 48:10 p.m. Dorian Blu Trip the Light — Historic Shell Station Trip the Light’s sound draws from many musical styles including Latin, rock, drum and bass, ambient and groove. The Fire Inside — Historic Train Depot The Fire Inside plays a full-spectrum of Celtic music, from traditional instrumentals to energetic pub songs. Event maps will be available at most locations and at the Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N.


Leiann Ronnestad (front left), other attendees and the Risadala children’s dance group hold hands in a circle and move around the maypole at Veterans’ Memorial Field during the Lefse Festival July 27.


Festival celebrates Scandinavian cultures By Hailey Way


raft booths featuring colorful Scandinavian clothing and artwork dotted Issaquah’s Veterans’ Memorial Field July 26 as a live accordion played classic Danish, Norwegian and Swedish folksongs. The occasion was the first-ever Lefse Fest, offering a generous dose of Nordic traditions including a maypole dance, arts and crafts and food specialties. The centerpiece was lefse, a much beloved delicacy. Lefse is a flatbread — rather like a soft tortilla — that originated in Norway and is usually made of some combination of flour, cream and potatoes. Leiann Ronnestad, president of the Sons of Norway, Cascade Lodge, coordinated the event with help from the Barneleikarringen Cultural Foundation in hopes of uniting the Eastside’s Scandinavian community. “It’s our very first time having this festival,” Ron-

Friends of Youth holds back-to-school supply drive Help improve the educational experience of youths in the Issaquah School District by contributing to the Friends of Youth back-to-school supply drive. The nonprofit organization will collect items through Aug. 16 at the Friends of Youth office, 414 Front St. N., and at the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way. Drop off donations at Friends of Youth from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The library will take donations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and from 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Suggested items include backpacks, pencils, divider sheets, notebook paper, composition books, Post-it notes, calculators, scissors, colored markers, rulers and folders. Learn more about Friends of Youth at www. See a full list of needed backto-school items at www.


Globe trot stops in Issaquah


Lefse flatbreads varieties are set out for sale in baskets inside the Issaquah Valley Senior Center. In the background are the raw materials, courtesy of the Skogsblomman Lodge, for making the traditional delicacy. nestad said. “We have a great crowd so far.” Most of the clothing and accessories on display were made of Scandinavian-centric fabrics. “We tried to add a few Nordic patterns with the cup cozies and aprons,” said Nancy Sunde, a craft vendor. “I use the rest of these supplies year around.” Other craftwork included traditional dancer crowns of Danish, Finnish, Swedish and Norwegian origins. At another booth, Christ-

Above, ‘Bull’ Bullard (left), a longtime professional Harlem Globetrotter team member, drills his students in ball handling July 22 on the first day of a three-day Summer Skills Clinic at the 24 Hour Fitness Super Sport gym. At left, ‘Buckets’ Blakes, the other Globetrotter at the event, warms up his group of students as well. Bullard and Blakes gave coaching and motivational talks and supervised scrimmages with boys and girls ages 6-12 of all skill levels. Issaquah was one of 35 locations across the nation for the clinics.

mas ornaments woven out of wheat strands reflected the frugal approach Scandinavians had for their materials. “Scandinavians hung onto everything. Wherever they grew grains, they could weave,” said Jean Whipple, of Woven Traditions. “They didn’t throw anything out.” Inside the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, more Sons of Norway volunteers, including the Skogsblomman Lodge, See LEFSE, Page A7


Skyline football players lend helping hand to tent city move By Neil Pierson npierson@


A close-knit group of hometown residents mark the U.S. Supreme Court overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and celebrate the nationwide Pride Weekend last month, in front of H & H Saloon on Front Street North. The friends include (from left) Ryan Prawitz, Mike Ridley, Savannah Buck, Tavita Manu, Stephanie Stocks, Tyler MacLeod and Crissy Tomaselli. Manu, a T-shirt design artist, created the shirts worn by the five people on the right.

Skyline High School’s football players know how good they have it. They live in Sammamish, one of the most affluent cities in the state, and they don’t have to worry about where they’re going to sleep each night or where their next meal will come from. But the Spartans have been learning firsthand that many people aren’t so fortunate. Skyline’s players perform community service activities each year, and on July 13, they spent time at Redwood Family Church in Redmond helping homeless people relocate their tents. Tent City 4, which shifts locations around East King County every 90 days, typically has 80-100 residents. An average moving day begins at 5 a.m. and often doesn’t conclude until 10 p.m.

But when volunteers show up in hordes, the task isn’t so daunting. Todd Puckett, pastor at Redmond Family Church, said Skyline’s players put in four very valuable hours. “They were great and they were working hard,” Puckett said. “Their coaches were telling them what’s up and what needed to be done. There was a ton of them. I think it’s great for them to see and just be a part of serving people that need help.” Tent City 4, as part of its agreement with King County, doesn’t stay in one place. This month, it moved from Kirkland Congregational Church. The encampment houses men and women — although minors are allowed in emergency situations — and has a detailed code of conduct for residents. It largely polices itself, although local law enforcement officers are called in when necessary.

Grant Evans, a senior wide receiver and linebacker, said Skyline’s players split up into a pair of two-hour shifts to accomplish the move. They unloaded trucks full of wooden pallets and constructed fences around them to create foundations for the tents. After that, they assisted the residents in putting up their tents and moving them onto the pallets. It was an eye-opening event, Evans said, for the teenagers to witness the tent city and make a difference, even if only for one day. “Up here on the plateau … we obviously don’t see the other part of the world,” he said, “and it’s just great for kids like us who grow up in such a fortunate area to be able to go out and see how other people live their life See TENT

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Wednesday July 31, 2013

Trail runners are invited to Grand Ridge event By Neil Pierson npierson@


The Eastside FC U14 squad celebrates with a team photo after winning the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship July 27.


Eastside FC girls capture first national soccer title in 17 years


t had been 17 years since a girls team from Washington had won the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships, but the Eastside FC under-14 squad ended that streak July 27 in Overland Park, Kan. The team is comprised of 15 girls from the Seattle metropolitan area, including four local players: Kaylene Pang, of Issaquah; and Molly Monroe, Cameron Tingey and Alexa Kirton, of Sammamish. At nationals, Eastside FC went 2-0-1 in pool play, earning the top seed into the title

match. They competed against opponents from Pennsylvania, Georgia and Illinois. Eastside FC faced YMS Xplosion of Pennsylvania in the final, a team they had beaten 1-0 in pool play. Five minutes in, Eastside FC capitalized on a mistake when Joanna Harber stole the ball from the goalkeeper and put the ball in the empty net. Harber led all scorers in the tournament with four goals. Eastside FC doubled its advantage early in the second half as Ellie Bryant earned a corner kick, then found an opening in the box to score off a header. Julia Lindsey scored with 10 minutes to play to bring Xplosion within a goal, but they couldn’t find the equalizer. Eastside FC was coached until February by Michelle

French, a former U.S. Women’s National Team player, who left to coach the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team. French was in attendance at the national championships. In a news release, new coach Tom Bialek said winning the title was the culmination of five years of work by many of the players. Eastside FC allowed only one goal in its four matches at nationals. “The girls played inspired soccer the whole week,” Bialek said. “Every game has been difficult, and there have been moments in each where we have really been put to the test. We have been successful because of our team unity and spirit. When adversity has hit, they have stuck together and encouraged each other and found the positives instead of getting frustrated.”

Issaquah Indians place fourth in Hawaii World Series By Christina Corrales-Toy Members of the Issaquah Indians 18U baseball team capped their playing careers in grand fashion, jetting to Oahu to compete in the 2013 Hawaii World Series July 16-21. The team, comprised of Issaquah and Skyline high school students, finished the tournament with a 3-4 record, good enough to capture fourth place among the eight teams in the competition. “It was great to finish the season playing our best baseball,” coach Glenn Meyer said. “Our defense finally showed up as we had our entire team together for really the first time all year.” The Indians secured their finish with a win in the consolation bracket championship game against Big Island AllStars. Troy Potensky knocked the game open with a bases-clearing double, while Anders Lindberg pitched six strong innings to secure the 11-6 victory, Meyer said. Conditions were ripe for an offensive explosion, thanks to the hot air and large Hawaii playfields, Meyer said. The Indians hit the ball hard the entire tournament, notching a multitude of extra-base hits, resulting in several high-scoring games. Meyer singled out Kevin Letourneau, Ryan Siefkes, Zach Garner, Chris Young and Anders Lindberg as Issaquah Indians who had solid performances at the plate.

Hard-core runners from the Pacific Northwest will converge in Issaquah on Aug. 3 for the Grand Ridge Trail Run. The event takes place at Grand Ridge Park, near Exit 20 off Interstate 90, and will include four distances: 5 miles, halfmarathon (13.1 miles), marathon (26.2 miles) and 50 kilometers (31.2 miles). The races are part of the Evergreen Trail Runs series. Aid stations stocked with water and food will dot the course. Race organizers have teamed with The Balanced Athlete in Renton, which will raffle a pair of shoes and socks to participants. Registration forms are available online at www. The cost to run is $33 for 5 miles, $44 for half-marathon, $50 for marathon and $55 for 50K. Space is limited, and registration costs rise by $10 on race

day if slots are left. Runners in the 50K and marathon divisions will start at 8 a.m., followed by half-marathon runners at 9 a.m. and 5-milers at 9:30 a.m. A pre-run briefing will take place 15 minutes prior to the start of each race. The 5-mile course is a loop that starts a halfmile after the start and follows single-track trails uphill to the ballfields in the Issaquah Highlands. The course gains 750 feet in elevation and is wide enough to allow for easy passing. The half-marathon course also follows a loop that traverses the entire Grand Ridge Park. The elevation gain is 2,000 feet. Marathon runners will cover two loops, while 50K runners will do two loops, plus the 5-mile course, for a total elevation gain of 5,500 feet. The trails will be open to the public during the event, so participants are encouraged to be courteous and cautious.

Have fun, get dirty and then clean at Foam Fest

The 5K Foam Fest “adventure run” is Aug. 3 at Lake Sammamish State Park. Crawl, swim, dance, walk, skip or jump your way through an obstacle course, the likes of which you may never have seen. You can enter on your own or in teams. “Anything goes as long as you wear some clothes,” the event website says. “You will be running in foam, mud and water so you’ll want something that can get muddy, foamy and that allows you the freedom to move and groove. “Costumes are the coolest and come with their own list of pros, so choose but choose wisely, my friends.” T-shirts and medals will be handed out at the finish line. “The goal is to have fun while running,” the website said. “We will have a race clock at the end of the race so you can internally take note how fast you

ran the race, but you will not be given timing chips, and we encourage you to focus on the fun aspect of the race rather than the speed.” Aside from the run, there are several activities including a foam pit, pull up bar and limbo contest. There is also a bounce house for children. Proceeds from the event help Special Olympics Washington. Register before Aug. 2 and pay $70. On Aug. 2 or 3, the price is $80. Included in your registration is a one-year subscription to a magazine of your choice — a $20 value. Select from Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Bicycling or Prevention. Parking at the park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road, is $10 for a day pass or $30 annually for a Discover Pass. Learn more about that at Learn more about Foam Fest at http://5kfoamfest. com/Location/Index/16.

Penalty costs Kip Brown in Columbia Cup CONTRIBUTED

Issaquah Indians pitcher Jackson Meyer hurls a pitch from the mound in the 2013 Hawaii World Series. The pitchers stepped up, too, putting together a string of gutsy pitching performances, Meyer said. “On the mound, Jackson Meyer was a horse, pitching a complete game in sticky, humid 92 degree heat and then came back on two days rest and gave us five more strong innings,” Meyer said. Kyle Thomas had quite the tournament working behind the plate, throwing out a staggering six would-be base-stealers. “By our last two games, the word got out and the other teams didn’t attempt to steal much at all,” Meyer said. The tournament pitted the Indians against some of the top teams from Hawaii, and the Issaquah

team more than held its own. “The other thing that stood out to me during the tournament is just how much baseball talent there is in our area,” Meyer said. “We finished in the bottom half of the standings in our senior American Legion League but were able to compete at a high level against the best teams here in Hawaii.” The Indians took full advantage of their time playing in paradise, using their downtime to go snorkeling, surfing and swimming, Meyer said. One of the more meaningful excursions, though, was a trip to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. “To be able to stand on

hallowed ground and see where World War II began for our country and ended, the USS Missouri, which accepted the formal surrender of Japan, is also at Pearl Harbor, I think was something our group will never forget,” Meyer said. It was the last time many of the players, who have been together since playing T-ball, will ever play baseball, so emotions were flowing after the very last game, Meyer said. All of the players will now head off to college for their freshman years within the next few months. “I watched these guys grow up,” Meyer said. “They are like an extended family, so it’s kind of emotional for a coach.”

Nearly two weeks after Preston-based team Our Gang Racing celebrated Kip Brown and the 95 Spirit of Qatar’s Gold Cup win, the team was back in the state competing in the Columbia Cup. The team could not duplicate the success it had in Detroit, though. It placed seventh in the final

heat of the Unlimited hydroplane competition held in Tri-Cities. Brown, the driver, was plagued by a one-lap penalty he received after he prematurely crossed the one-minute buoy. The team will next compete for the Albert Lee Appliance Cup at Seafair in Seattle Aug. 2-4.

Drinking and boating laws get tougher New Boating Under the Influence laws went into effect July 28. Under the laws, BUI is a gross misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum fine of $5,000 and up to 364 days in jail. Law enforcement will be able to require operators suspected of BUI to take a breath or blood

test. They will also have the authority to issue citations to vessel operators during the investigation of collisions and accidents they did not witness, thus holding negligent and reckless boaters more accountable. The legal limit for BUI is .08 percent or under the influence and

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Bigg Dogg Firearms opens storefront in North Bend

Bigg Dogg Firearms, a family-run and veteranowned small business that started in Issaquah in 2012, opened a storefront in North Bend at 111 W. North Bend Way on July 17. A grand opening event is Aug. 3. The company believes it is important to promote the shooting sport by getting people involved, educating them about the Second Amendment and providing direction for learning about firearm safety. It offers guns, ammunition, archery and tactical gear, survival products and emergency preparedness food. In the near future, it will offer gunsmith services and custom archery fitting. Bigg Dogg Firearms operates from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Call 206-390-7555 or go to www.biggdoggfirearms. com.

TCBY opens in Issaquah Issaquah resident Jeffrey Chang opened a local franchise of TCBY on July 27. The frozen yogurt shop opened in the Issaquah Highlands at 2520 N.E. Park Drive, Suite B. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Learn more by calling 394-4168.

Help design bike racks for downtown The city is inviting artists to help design artwork for bicycle racks, which will be installed downtown at a date to be determined. The bicycle racks will be standard inverted “U” racks, and the commissioned artwork will fill the inner space. The Office of Sustainability is partnering with the Arts Commission for the project. The new bicycle racks are part of the bicycle and pedestrian action plan, which aims to make transportation without a car around Issaquah easier. Artists will work with the city to design the artwork that will decorate the bike racks. They are not responsible for any of the construction or installation; they will be compensated with a one-time payment of $2,500. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Aug. 16. Interested artists should email Amy Dukes, the arts coordinator for the Issaquah Arts Commission, for application details at

Help Issaquah’s hungry by picking or donating fruit Is there an overabundance of fruit in your yard? Issaquah Harvest is teaming up with Sustainable Issaquah to find trees that produce more fruit than the owner can use. The group consists of friends and neighbors who pick fruit to donate to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank. These include apples, pears, plums and other tree fruit. Those who wish to participate in late summer should go to www. and fill out a tree information form. Trees must be healthy, not infested with pests and in an accessible location. Direct questions to the website or email info@

Fire marshal calls for burn ban in King County As hot and dry weather conditions continue, the outdoor fire danger has increased. In response, King County issued a fire safety burn ban in unincorporated areas of the county effective July 29. The Phase 1 burn ban applies to all outdoor burning except for small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved campgrounds or private property with the owner’s permission. The ban remains in effect until further notice. Learn more at http://1.