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May/June 2010 Features:

24 Foreign students in our midst Surveying the stands at a high school football game, it might be hard to differentiate one face from another. But beneath the green and silver, or purple and gold, or blue, white, and green is a diverse mix of students, some not even American.

28 Residential options for aging Many of us are in the aptly named “sandwich” phase of life, with the challenges of raising children while at the same time trying to be a helpful resource for our aging parents.

Departments: what’s happening 9

Great happenings and business openings this Spring

shopping 12 14

Taking the mystery out of Thai dining

Eastside Domestic Violence Program

people profiles 22

Jim Berry—the “can-do” guy

finance 32

Hiding the garage

Yellow pants


Gifts for mom and dad

home 16

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food & wine




Dog-friendly hiking in Issaquah

kids 36

Teaching preschoolers to play music

upcoming events 38

Family fun

Tax alert: Roth IRA conversions


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what ’s happening

Great happenings and business openings this Spring Nourish Every Mind Luncheon On May 13 the Issaquah Schools Foundation will present the 12th annual Nourish Every Mind luncheon at the Issaquah Community Center. This is the major fundraiser in support of all Issaquah School District students. Silent auction begins at 11 a.m.; luncheon and program, noon–1 p.m. For more information and reservations, call 416.2045 or visit

Fenders on Front Street car show and cruise

On Father’s Day, bring Dad and the rest of the family to downtown Issaquah’s Front Street, which will be hopping with hundreds of vintage and classic cars, street vendors, and performances by the Astro Cats, The Offenders, Black Velvet 4, multiple DJs, and more, 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Trophies will be awarded at 2 p.m., followed by a cruise down Front Street. For more information, visit

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Kitchen Cupboard celebrates 36 years

In 1974, Kitchen Cupboard opened its doors in Gilman Village . Owner Rhonda Cross makes sure the shop continues to provide exceptional hospitality and a wide range of kitchen-related products. No wonder shoppers have been coming back for all these years. 317 NW Gilman Blvd., No. 34, 392.7284

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Eastridge Christian Assembly Car and Bike Show

On June 19, join Eastridge Christian Assembly for a car and bike show and family fun with inflatables, a sound stage, and food, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. The day concludes with a trophy ceremony and a church service honoring fathers. $15/entry fee for street rods, classics, and bikes by May 19, $20/entry fee after that; each registration is for up to four vehicles. The first 200 registrations get a dash plaque (cars) or kickstand (bikes). For more information, visit

Spa Chi Opens

One of Issaquah’s newest spas offers an interesting mix of services. Spa Chi provides aromatherapy massage, women’s skin care, hair removal and even “gentleman’s” skin care. In the middle of the striking building is Café Chi, offering hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, and a comfortable place to relax. Design Chi provides classes for children while parents are enjoying the spa services. 80 SE Bush St. (below Boehm’s Pool) 278.1288;

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Living up to its name, the brandnew 24 Hour Fitness is open 24 hours a day, providing an exhausting list of equipment and services, including group exercise classes, personal training, cardio equipment, free weights, full-size basketball court, cycling, indoor lap pool, kids club, pro shop, sauna, steam room and whirlpool bath. 5712 East Lake Sammamish Parkway, Issaquah; 507.0439

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Mother’s Day - May 9 | Father’s Day - June 20 Show mom and dad how much you appreciate them with fun gifts from shops close to home!



One-of-a-kind fused glass art by artist Curtis Olson—Pins, magnets, platess and faces ($12 - $60), a stunning selection of hand-blown vases, bowls and sculptures by local artist ($12 - $1,200), hand sculpted glass hearts in a dazzling array of colors ($28 - $125) at ArtbyFire Gallery, 195 Front St., Suite A, 996.8867.


1950’s patent leather shoes ($49), 1940’s shoe clips ($65 a pair), 1950’s silver mink collar ($78), 1950’s gold mesh evening gloves ($49), 1950’s

gold flower clip-on earrings ($39), 1950’s Miriam Haskell pearl necklace ($375), 1950’s mocha patent leather clutch ($45) at Stella Vintage & Modern, 195 Front St. N, 392.2882.


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Rocky Road, a great chocolate treat combined with marshmallows, nuts and chocolate ($9/half pound), life-size golf balls in milk chocolate with complimentary tee ($3.95) at Boehms Candies, 255 NE Gilman Blvd., 392.6652.


Simms Guide Vest in Taupe ($129.95), hand-made Yakima net from Tacoma-based Fisknat, ($99.95), Creekside Angling Company logo hat made by Simms in Taupe ($19.99) at

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“The Wonderful World of Mom” floral arrangement contains pastel roses, cymbidium orchids, hot pink gerbera daisy, fragrant stock, blue hydrangea and pink wax flower ($85 as shown), the Terrarium is a glass container planted with various green plants moss and stones. ($55 as shown) at Countryside Floral, 1420 NW Gilman Blvd., 392.0999.

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food & wine


Taking the mystery out of Thai dining Easy, step-by-step help ordering Thai.

Two years ago I hesitated to go

to a Thai restaurant because I was not sure how, or what, to order. That was a mistake. Thai cuisine is a fabulous balance of spicy, salty, sour, sweet, and bitter, with attention to details such as texture and appearance. Nuts such as peanuts, cashews, or walnuts are used to accent a number of Thai dishes, adding a layer of flavor and texture. Serving a soup or appetizer before a meal is the Thai concession to the American way of dining. I learned this while dining at Noodle Boat on Gilman Boulevard; my server, Kunticha Komonwanich or “Toon” told me that traditionally Thai food is served all at once, so at dinner you and a friend would share a dish such as curry with beef, which would come

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with rice; some pad (or phad) thai, a noodle dish, with chicken or tofu; and a soup, such as tom yum, a hot and sour soup. Then you would put some rice on your plates and share the curry and the noodles. (It is not unusual to have noodles and rice together.) A wonderful way to explore standard Thai food is to grab a pal and head to Similan Thai Cuisine, at the new Overlake Center, or O’Char, at Pickering Place; both have lunch combinations that let you dip a fork or chopsticks into several kinds of Thai food, including noodles, rice, and curry. Generally, you choose the type of protein you want in your dish—pork, chicken, beef, seafood, or tofu—and then decide how much heat you want according to a heat scale indicated by the number of stars

or chile icons (one to five in some establishments). Noodle dishes can incorporate egg noodles, stick rice noodles (very thin, like angel hair pasta), or wide rice noodles, which can be larger than pappardelle pasta (some can even be 2-inch-wide sheets). As a note of etiquette, only noodle dishes are eaten with chopsticks, and most servers will bring them without being asked. The rest of the meal should be eaten with forks and spoons. Pad thai, a stir-fry of rice noodles with egg, bean sprouts, ground peanuts, and green onion, is the most familiar of the many Thai noodle dishes. The server will ask you which protein you would like to have cooked with it. Pad thai is as popular in Thailand as hamburgers are in America. Rice dishes are stir-fried with your choice of brown or white rice. If you love Indian curries, you will greatly

enjoy exploring the red, green, and yellow curries, as well as massaman curry, made with massaman curry paste that is incorporated into a stew with potatoes, a meat (usually beef ), carrots, peanuts, and coconut milk. I love Thai salads, which are often high in protein, low in fat, and full of flavor. Some are set up so you can wrap ingredients in lettuce or other types of leaves and apply the sauce and condiments yourself. One tasty dish you assemble, wrap in a leaf, and eat is mieng kam. Amm Sermboon, the general manager of Similan, described each ingredient, including raw ginger, lime thinly sliced with the rind on, dried shrimp, peanuts, and Thai chiles, and the health benefits associated with it. Over the last two months I have enjoyed locally prepared pad thai, red curry, calamari, deep-fried whole trout, grilled salmon in sweet sauce, spring rolls, tom yum, and rice thread noodle soup. Dishes I plan to try, suggested by Head Chef Krichja Kamkhan Thee of Similan, include barbecued Cornish game hen, roast duck curry, and the massaman curry. My friend Toon recommends her favorite pad garlic, yellow curry, and Queen of Banana, served at dinner at Noodle Boat, one of the more well respected Thai restaurants in the country! It is all waiting for you, right here in town. Don’t make my initial mistake and wait to explore the tasty world of Thai foods.

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home Add lighter house trim and an accent color on your home’s front door and you’ve created a brighter entry to catch the eye. If you have a plain front door, consider replacing it with one that reinforces your home’s style—say, a door with panels or sidelights— while drawing attention.

Rethink driveway materials

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Hiding the garage


Is your two-car garage a little over bearing? Learn how to bring it down to size.

Two-car garages facing the

street have become an all-toocommon feature of contemporary houses. But there are many ways to fight their overwhelming prominence. Paint tricks, architectural details, colorful plantings and garden elements, and creative paving designs can do a lot to mitigate an overbearing garage and driveway while creating new focal points to attract the eye.

Begin with architecture

Start with changes designed to shift attention away from the garage and

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put the focus where you want it: on the front door and entry. Architectural structures, such as a vine-covered trellis over the garage doors, can soften the boxy lines of a garage and make it fade into the background. Upgrading to garage doors with windows or with an interesting design that reinforces a new architectural theme can also dramatically improve a garage’s appearance. Paint is another way to soften a garage. Using a darker color on the house and garage will make them recede and appear less dominant.

Most driveways are paved with bland concrete or asphalt. Here in the Northwest, exposed aggregate is the choice for most builders’ spec homes. A change in material can turn a featureless expanse into a driveway with character and visual appeal. For an inexpensive quick fix, edge the driveway with a band of brick, concrete or stone pavers, or stamped concrete. You can use the same material for a new walkway to the front door to create continuity. For a more dramatic change, upgrade the entire driveway. Concrete pavers come in a multitude of sizes, shapes, and colors and can be used to create all kinds of interesting patterns. If pavers aren’t in the budget, consider colored cast-in-place concrete with a pattern scored into the surface. Stick with darker colors, which recede and don’t show tire marks or oil drips as much. You can also change the shape of the driveway to combat the cookiecutter look. If you add a curve or a turnaround area in front of your home’s entry, the driveway becomes part of the house’s architecture and can double as a courtyard, making it seem less utilitarian and more usable and charming. If you don’t have enough room to adjust the shape of the driveway, offsetting the approach just a bit to one side can put planting areas in the line of sight to the garage, reducing its dominance from the street.

Soften and highlight with plantings and garden ornamentation

Carefully placed plantings can go a long way toward fixing the sterile or aggressive appearance of an unadorned driveway and garage. Small to medium-size trees planted along the edge will eventually overhang the driveway and partially screen the garage. However, be wary of placing plantings too close to buried utilities, and choose trees without overly aggressive root systems. Also steer clear of trees that drip sap, such as birch and honey locust, to avoid a mess on cars parked below them. Garden elements in the front yard will also divert focus. Add a trellis or water feature, or frame the entry or walkway with flowering shrubs and perennials of different heights. If you combine evergreen and deciduous plants with trees that offer special seasonal effects, such as vibrant autumn foliage or winter berries, your yard will be full of color and interest at all times of the year. Add container plantings around the front door to brighten it up and create a dramatic focal point. Finally, if you don’t already have one, consider installing a separate walkway from the street to the front door, reducing the need to use the driveway and redirecting emphasis to the entry. This is a throwback to the days before cars, when the front yard and porch were considered public spaces meant for sitting and socializing with neighbors and passersby, and the garage was relegated to an alley out back. In the end, after you’ve done what you can to make the garage “disappear,” you’ll find you’ve created an engaging landscape. The emphasis will be off the utilitarian and on the bounty of usability and curb appeal you have added to your home.

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Yellow pants


Heather Dennistron’s down and dirty tips for golf glory!

My dad had yellow pants. They

were for golfing. It was acceptable as it was 1976. These yellow fancies were crisp and “polyestery” and looked sharp, matched with a similarly pastel-colored golf shirt. I can see him getting ready on a Sunday morning and out the door those yellow pants would walk. I can’t think of the word golf without my dad’s face coming to mind. I think about him and I having a conversation about the benefits of warming up, stretching and counter swinging. I think he would have listened respectfully and then not changed a thing. However, I trust that all of you golfers will read attentively and heed my suggestions. Let’s call it a tribute article to Don and his yellow pants. Do it for Don.

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by Heather Denniston DC Great warm up/warm down:

Warming up and cooling down properly is essential for golf performance. Although golfing may seem like just a long walk, a golf game actually challenges most of the musculature in your body. Take a few minutes before you tee off and at the end of the game to run through the following stretches. (Hold all stretches for 20-30 seconds) Hamstring stretch: Prop one foot up on a bench. Gently lean forward bending at the hip, keeping your head up and looking forward. You should feel this stretch on the back of the thigh. Repeat on other side. Quadriceps stretch: Standing, bend one knee and grasp the ankle and gently pull toward the buttocks. You should feel this stretch down the front

of the thigh. Repeat on opposite side. Front hang: Stand with your legs shoulder width apart and let your body, (bending at the waist, knees slightly bent) drop forward toward the ground. Think of a rag doll. You should feel this stretch in the backs of your legs and your spine. Arm circles: Stand with feet shoulder width apart and circle arms (one at a time) backwards for ten repetitions and then forward for ten repetitions. This warm-up is great for lubricating the shoulder joint. Buttock stretch: Sit on a bench and cross your ankle over your opposite knee. Slowly lean forward until you feel the stretch in your butt on the bent knee side. You can increase this stretch by gently pressing down on the bent knee side. Opposite Swings: For every golf swing you make take a step back and swing the opposite direction. The “one-sidedness” of the sport is a big reason why low back pain is so common. Opposite swings will stretch and strengthen the opposite side musculature and create the balance and symmetry the spine so desperately craves.

Loosen Up!

On the 1st, 9th and 18th holes stop and proceed through the following stretches. Place your golf club across the back of your shoulders and position your hands on the ends of the club. This is your starting position for all of the following stretches. Rotation: Slowly start to swing from your trunk moving side to side. This stretch is a purely rotational stretch as if you are trying to look over your shoulders behind you on each side. Start with a very short range of motion and slowly build to a bigger and bigger range of motion. Swing slowly and in control. Perform this stretch for a full minute. Kayak: (continue to have your golf club in place over the back of you shoulders) Start in neutral and slowly

start “paddling” motion forward as if you are paddling a kayak. Slowly make the circles with your arms larger and larger as you challenge your range of motion limits. Continue by reversing this stretch and “paddling backwards” The goal again is to start with small circles and slowly make them bigger. Practice this stretch for 30 seconds per direction. Side to side: With your golf club behind your shoulders you are going to start a very short range of motion side to side. Slowly build the range of motion to be as big as you can safely make it. Do not bend forward or back to accomplish this movement. This is purely a side to side motion. Do this side to side motion for a full minute. Footwear: Properly supported feet are a key in preventing back pain and improving balance during swing and follow-through. Consider some custom orthotics to balance foot mechanics. Properly supported feet have positive repercussions for knee friction, pelvic balance and low back symmetry and alignment. My dad was a good golfer; with a little work on his core and flexibility I think he could have been great. In his era the yellow pants were his edge. Knowing what I know now I challenge you to implement the above recommendations in lieu of breathtaking golf-wear. Good luck with your game.

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Eastside Domestic Violence Program


Eastside Domestic Violence Program’s goal is to end domestic violence and create a world of hope.

For 28 years Eastside Domestic

Violence Program (EDVP) has strived to make the neighborhoods of east and north King County safer, more peaceful places for families dealing with domestic violence. During that time EDVP has served more than 104,800 victims and their families by effectively implementing innovative cutting-edge programs and lifesaving services. They have been able to accomplish this through their shelter and housing programs and a commitment to outreach services such as the 24-hour crisis line, education, and advocacy.

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by Nancy Belur

EDVP continues with its original vision—to end domestic violence and create a world of hope—but they are also strategically growing to meet the needs of an evolving society that faces an increased need for services. For every one person who receives shelter, 18 are turned away. EDVP provides a comprehensive continuum of housing and domestic-violence support services. With help from community members, change will come and lives will improve. The Rising Star Guild is a local community group that is helping effect that change. The guild was

founded in 2000 by a contingency of Issaquah “PTA moms” who, as their children grew, wanted to remain engaged in their community in a purposeful way. When one of them discovered that one out of five teens are victims of domestic violence it struck a chord with these parents of teenagers, and a purpose was born. Currently, the Rising Star Guild is the only organized EDVP guild on the Eastside. It is composed of approximately 25 active members, but would like to expand with new membership. The Rising Star Guild’s primary focus has been empowering teens to break the cycle of domestic violence for themselves and future generations. The guild collaborates with EDVP to raise funds. The “Spare a Life” Bowl-a-Thon was created specifically for this reason. Other fundraising events include garage sales, a

cookbook series, tea parties, wine tastings, shopping opportunities at local businesses, and arts-and-crafts projects. To date, they have raised community awareness and more than $193,000 to support EDVP’s lifesaving programs and services. In 2008 a passionate group of cyclists, the Lakemont Ladies Cycling Club, teamed up with the Rising Star Guild to cohost the first annual Cycle the WAVE (Women Against Violence Everywhere), a noncompetitive, all-women bicycle ride through east and south King Counties. In its second year more than 600 women registered and raised $53,000, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting EDVP. The third annual Cycle the WAVE takes place on September 19, 2010. The event’s popularity has grown, and the goal is that 1,200 women will ride in a show of camaraderie and support for victims of domestic violence. The ride will start and finish at Tibbetts Valley Park in Issaquah. Register at Please join EDVP on their journey to end domestic violence. Here are a few ways that you can participate: Attend a monthly Rising Star Guild meeting; details are at Become a Cycle the WAVE rider or volunteer. If you don’t ride, become a Pedal Partner. Register at Support EDVP by attending the A World of Hope Dinner & Auction on May 15, 2010, at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue; details are at And remember the words of noted anthropologist Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does.”

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Jim Berry—the “can-do” guy


“I just see things that need to be done and go do them.” by Fred Nystrom

While researching these profiles

of people who are improving the quality of life in our community, I find that we are blessed to have an abundance of people who are willing to step forward and lead causes, and this is both good and vital. However, Jim Berry is one of those people who are not at the forefront, but who instead labor behind the scenes, mastering all of the little things that in the end make for a successful event, auction, or campaign, and in so doing are responsible for a wide range of positive things in our community. Jim is a local guy who grew up on Mercer Island and graduated from the University of Washington. His first job, while he was still a senior in college, was as an aide to Senator Henry (Scoop) Jackson. Jim was the

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detail guy, who drove the senator and made certain that all the arrangements had been made and that all parts of the senator’s trips in Washington State went smoothly. Looking back, he says,” I really value all those hours the senator and I spent alone in the car, driving to events and absorbing the wisdom that fine man shared with me.” Berry stayed with Jackson through the 1972 presidential campaign. Yearning to get back home Jim and his wife, Chris, moved to the Eastside. Jim soon became the base operations director at Snoqualmie Pass, a position perfectly suited to his quiet behind-the-scenes approach to making things run smoothly. After the move to Sammamish, Jim gradually became involved in lots of different local organizations as

his children became more active. He became an assistant scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts and a trail steward for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, with a focus on Rattlesnake Mountain, where he introduced hiking to his children, Jeff and Jenn. Perhaps the clearest example of Jim’s philosophy of “I just see things that need to be done and go do them” is his involvement with the planning and development of Skyline High School, where he volunteered 20 to 30 hours a week for close to two years serving as a member of the school’s Core Team, the Site Council, the Five-Year Plan Task Force, and the Curriculum Advisory Committee. His efforts were acknowledged in 2003 when the Issaquah Schools Foundation presented him with the Golden Apple Award for touching the lives of local children.

When asked how he would best describe himself, Jim came back with a very interesting reply. “I am ‘Sweetheart’ to my wife and ‘Dad’ to my children, but there is also another name that I am very proud of being called, and that is ‘The Underwear Man.’ ” The underwear story is so very Jim that it must be told. “I can remember that date: it was November 18, 1988, when Chris and I attended a presentation where we learned that the lady sitting next to us had started a day care serving homeless children. I approached them and asked ‘What is it I can do to help?’ They told me that many of these male children under age 5 only have one pair of underpants, and with the homeless situation many had regressed to wetting themselves.” Since that moment, Jim has quietly moved to collect or purchase more than 6,000 pair of underpants for the children now served by the Wellspring Early Learning Center. Sadly, the numbers of homeless children living in shelters for homeless families and sometimes in cars or on the streets of Seattle have climbed to more than 800 on any night. The Wellspring Early Learning Center is able to provide services for only 30 to 40 children, so Jim has taken it upon himself to start an endowment fund, with the goal of raising $5 million and using the interest to provide more care and services for homeless children. The nonprofit OPDC Endowment Fund can be reached at 1420 NW Gilman Blvd, No. 2556, Issaquah 98027, in case you want to help Jim with this vital effort. And, as you go through your daily life, look around and simply ask yourself, “What can I do to help?” It really is that simple.

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students in our midst

Surveying the stands at a high school football game, it might be hard to differentiate one face from another. But beneath the green and silver, or purple and gold, or blue, white, and green is a diverse mix of students, some not even American. by Kelsey Bowlby

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For the 2009–2010 school year,

the Issaquah School District is playing host to seven international exchange students. These students come from all over the world, from Europe to Asia to South America, and were placed at local high schools through various foreign exchange programs in their home countries with links to similar organizations here. David Hermansson came from Sweden to Skyline High School through Rotary. Juliana Guerra, from near São Paolo, Brazil, is a junior at Liberty High school. Kati Dibowski is from Essen, Germany, near Cologne. She is a junior at Issaquah High School. Also at Issaquah are Shunya Asano and Ai Ito, both from Japan “I didn’t really have an idea of what a typical American would be like,” said David when asked what he expected life to be like here. Ai agreed. “I couldn’t really imagine what it was going to be like,” she said, “but I knew it was going to be fun and a good experience. “American high school movies!” Juliana laughed when explaining what she thought her experience would be like. “But it’s not actually like the movies.” Despite their lack of preconceived notions about American life, there have been cultural curves to become familiar with. One difference that David noticed right away was Americans’ displays of patriotism, such as hanging American flags or even saying the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of the school day. “It’s not really like that in Sweden,” he said. Also, new was the idea of school spirit: sports teams, school colors, and dressing up for games. “At first it was a little strange,” he admitted, “but then it’s been really fun to get into.” Juliana agreed that school spirit was something new: “We don’t really have sports or spirit like that in Brazil. But it’s fun; I got really into it.” Family culture is different in Brazil, too. Juliana explained,

“We really value our parents and our grandparents in Brazil, because your friends can change but your parents are your family and they’re who you have for your life.” There were other, smaller habits and rules to adjust to, such as taking off one’s shoes when entering someone’s home. Also, she said, “In Brazil we greet people by kissing on the cheek. You don’t do that here.” And, she observed, drivers and pedestrians here respect street signs. “Really, in Brazil, you have to be very careful even just to cross the street.” Another major difference for Juliana, coming from Brazil was the weather, with the Puget Sound region’s northern climate and reversed seasons. “It was so strange having

“ You start to get more independent when you go away— you kind of have to grow up. You have to be nice to people and meet people.” school in January!” she said. “It was so cold, and supposed to be summer. At home at that time of year I’d be used to 100-degree weather, not 32!” David cited one major lifestyle difference between Sweden and the U.S. that has been somewhat challenging: public transportation. “I feel like I have a lot more independence in Sweden,” he said, referencing the ease of access to trains and other modes of public transport where he lives. “Here, you really need a car to get around.” One adjustment that all of the students have had to go through is getting used to a different school schedule and class format. In Sweden, for example, David attends four or five classes in a day that lasts from

about 8:20 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. He described his school system as being more flexible and relaxed, with less monitoring and longer breaks. In Swedish high schools, students pick a program that corresponds to their interests, generally either science or social studies. The program lasts three years and consists of 30 classes, all taken with the same group of students. “It’s nice because you really get to bond with those students that have the same interests,” he said. Juliana explained that the school schedule was different in Brazil, as well, with classes lasting from about 7:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and students staying in the same classroom while teachers rotate for different subjects. Ai and Shunya said that in Japan the setup is similar. “I prefer it here,” Juliana said. “This way your day isn’t all the same and you’re with more people.” In terms of adjusting to a new place, all of the students agreed that you have to learn to be more open and social than you might have been. To meet new people, you have to step out of your comfort zone. Juliana explained, “You start to get more independent when you go away—you kind of have to grow up. You have to be nice to people and meet people.” And missing family and friends back home poses its own set of challenges. “For the first couple weeks it was lonely, just trying to figure out things like what to do on a Friday night. But it didn’t take long,” said Juliana. All of the students agreed that the students at all three Issaquah high schools have been very kind and welcoming. For David, having a hobby has helped him meet people and stay busy. He is an avid skateboarder, which has helped him explore the Seattle area, and for spring break he’ll be taking his skateboard to California to visit a friend who is going to school in Los Angeles. Kati explained that the experience of being a new student in another - 25

country has made her “more open for new things. I used to be really shy; I’ve totally changed. We have to speak to other people.” Shunya agreed, saying that the experience has really helped him step out of his comfort zone: “You will become more friendly and brave.” While all of the students miss home, many have visits from family members scheduled throughout the year. Also, free Internet services such as Skype make keeping in touch on a regular basis easy. Ai said, “I definitely miss my friends and family, but I still want to stay here longer!” Most of the students have begun to feel like their host family is their family, and vice versa. “Christmas was hard,” said Juliana, “but I’m really happy with my host family and comfortable talking with them, and their kids are really nice.” Still, Juliana misses, above all things, Brazilian food. “Mexican is close, though,” she said. “I’m always eating Mexican food.” All of the exchange students have studied English for most of their schooling, most for at least six years. David started learning English in the third grade, and said it’s commonly spoken throughout Sweden. In fact, for many of the students, improving their knowledge of English was a major factor in choosing to study in the U.S. Juliana is interested in journalism and international business, and feels that the English competence she is gaining through her year of living in Issaquah is helping to give her a leg up toward that end. She explained, “In Brazil we speak Portuguese, which just isn’t as common internationally.” Though they have all studied English, language can still pose its challenges. It takes a while to get the hang of jokes and slang, for example. “Sometimes someone will say something, and I don’t laugh, and then they have to explain to me why it was funny, or what it meant,” said Juliana. 26 - Issaquah, Sammamish and beyond...

Also, taking classes in a nonnative language can be tricky, particularly trying to follow explanations in subjects such as math, for example, where a new vocabulary and new theories can add to confusion. For some of the students, living abroad has been all about exposure and personal growth. “It feels good to be doing something different,” said David. “I’ve definitely gotten to know myself better being out of my normal life at home.” David said American students considering an exchange program should go for it, observing that while it’s really easy to get caught up in the progression of doing well in high school and then going straight to a four-year university and then on to working, “it’s also really important to take a break and find yourself, get exposed to things outside of what you know.” For others, the experience of being an exchange student is about education and opportunity. “Doing something like this is the beginning if you want to live in another country,” said Juliana. “You learn not to rely on your parents, to be responsible for yourself … you have to figure out how to get around on your own.” All of the students agreed that they have really enjoyed their time so far. “It’s going by really fast,” said David. They enthusiastically and unanimously encourage American students to look into a foreign exchange program. Ellen Weisberg is one current host parent whose own child participated in a foreign exchange program through the Issaquah School District. She said, “When my son went from Liberty to Japan, the school hadn’t had someone go in years, and the school was so helpful working with us to make it work. It’s easy to work out grades, my son didn’t lose any credits, and he’s graduating with his class even after being gone a whole year.” Kati encourages students looking into exchange programs not to be intimidated. “You should do it,” she

Ai Ito Japan

Juliana Guerra Brazil Shunya Asano Japan

said. “You shouldn’t be afraid to go to a country with a language that you don’t know.” Before moving to Issaquah, she had never left Europe. She explained that AFS, the exchange program she went through, provided a lot of transitional support: a contact liaison, various orientations (including a ski trip with other students), and workshops on culture curves and adjustments. She said one of her favorite aspects of the program is having made friends from around the world: “You meet so many people, not only in the country you go to but also that you meet through the exchange program. I’ve made like 50 friends through AFS alone.”

Juliana added, “You have to be open with your mind, because it’s going to be different, but be OK with that. You’re here to learn culture and language, meet people, and have fun.” In regard to having a good time, Shunya agreed completely: “I want to stay here. It’s fun.” There are also opportunities for families looking to host exchange students. Paula Nocente described the experience as being hugely valuable for her own family. “From a hostparent experience, it’s just an excellent opportunity to explore other cultures and have our own children learn about other cultures and share the good things about American cultures,” she

David Hermansson Sweden

said. And as for the students they host, she said, “We really miss them when they go.” High school exchange programs provide foreign students an opportunity for adventure, a chance to experience another place and culture, and a year of personal growth. For the host community, there is the chance to influence perceptions of American life and send students back as cultural ambassadors around the globe. For the seven students halfway through their year in Issaquah, it seems their experience of living in the U.S. has been nothing but positive. - 27



options for aging

At some point in the not so

distant future we will likely be helping our parents make choices about how and where to live during their senior years. We might even be looking ahead to making such choices for ourselves. Luckily, our community has a wide range of professionally run senior living facilities with dedicated and caring staffs. This article features five such facilities and highlights some of the differences in the services they provide. Not included are facilities that provide only skilled nursing services. I will also share the lessons I’ve learned from this research, along with the experience I gained by helping my own mother through her unsettling five-year slide from feisty independence to death from dementia. The first two facilities are designed for more independent seniors, the next two offer assisted-living care, and

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Many of us are in the aptly named “sandwich” phase of life, with the challenges of raising children while at the same time trying to be a helpful resource for our aging parents. by Fred Nystrom the fifth provides continuing care for life.

Bellewood Retirement Living

Newly remodeled Bellewood has been providing senior living services for 25 years on the Sammamish Plateau. Life at Bellewood is about choices. Services include dining, housekeeping, and transportation. Activities focus on emotional, spiritual, cultural, physical, and intellectual interests. A variety of fitness programs complement residents’ independent lifestyle. Ages range from 74 to 100; the average age is 83. Long-term manager Keenon Kennedy says seniors who live at Bellewood experience a “relaxed but active lifestyle in a community of friendly neighbors and staff. Residents can surf the net with our complimentary high-speed computers, walk the beautiful walking paths with

fountains and flowers, or take one of our ongoing educational classes. It’s a lifestyle that you and I can look forward to in our senior years.” Meals are provided in the spacious and well-appointed Cascade Dining Room. Each day, seven or eight entrées are offered for dinner, all prepared by experienced on-site chefs. Luncheon service is also offered. Most residents eat breakfast in their own apartment. Transportation is provided seven days a week in air-conditioned motor coaches. Valet parking is offered for residents with private cars. Kennedy points out that “our residents come locally as well as from out of state to live at Bellewood. They enjoy their independent lifestyle here with us. With our staff averaging over 10 years of service, we become an extended family to our residents.”

Bellewood provides month-tomonth apartment rentals; residences range from 350-square-foot studios to 1,000-square-foot two-bedroom, twobath units. Rent is based on apartment size and ranges from $1,970 to $3,675 for one person. An additional person in the same unit is an extra $400. The monthly rate includes one meal a day, community activities, and utilities except personal telephone.

University House

University House is aptly named: it was constructed and its guest services were designed in collaboration with the University of Washington to stimulate residents intellectually, physically, and emotionally. Located on the hill above Lake Sammamish Boulevard, University House provides residents with territorial or gardenview units. The 185 apartments are available on a month-to-month rental basis.

Apartment floor plans include studios, one, two and three bedroom suites ranging from $2400 to $8500 per month; there is an additional fee for a second adult. Each unit is equipped with a full kitchen and security monitoring programs and many apartments have a patio or balcony. Residents can bring their own furniture and pets. One meal daily is included in the basic package. There is an excellent selection of menu options. Service is provided in a sophisticated and spacious dining room on the main floor, and family members are often able to join residents for a relaxing evening meal. The Chinook Restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch as well. Executive Director Rick Guthrie is especially proud of the additional programs. He told me, “We stress the value of fitness and have launched an Enhance Fitness program to

help residents develop and maintain core body strength and flexibility. In addition, we have a heated saltwater swimming pool to help keep skin healthy and joints loose, as well as a personal trainer.” (The average age of residents is early 80s, with a minimum age of 62.) University House also offers a variety of classes and groups through their Life Enrichment Program, meant to stimulate the brain and encourage socialization. Memory Fitness is a wonderful program for those experiencing short-term memory loss. The physical and intellectual classes are provided so that residents can maintain and enhance their personal freedom and quality of life. Guthrie was quick to say, “We have the largest art gallery in Issaquah.” Assisted-living services, managed by two RN’s, are also available. Complimentary transportation is provided seven days a week, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., including service to Bellevue, Mercer Island, Redmond, and Seattle. Era Living owns and manages eight communities all in King County. The next two facilities specialize in servicing the needs of residents who require more assistance with the daily activities of life.

Spiritwood at Pine Lake

Spiritwood is a 92-room assistedliving facility that also provides “memory care” in a separate unit for those with dementia. Residents range from being independent to requiring 24-hour care, and there is a small hospice facility. Spiritwood, the only facility in this article that accepts Medicaid, is operated by Village Concepts, a Washington-based management team. Monthly rates for the studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units range from $2,995 to $4,295 a month. Residents may bring their own furniture; Spiritwood provides - 29

housekeeping and launders towels and sheets. There are kitchenettes in each unit, and three meals daily are served in the dining room and included in the monthly rate. Executive Director John Wallace noted, “We provide assistance with the activities of daily life—medical, escort, and transportation services— all within a caring and supporting environment, where 83 percent of our residents receive the assistedliving services.”

resident and family members that are dealing with a terminal illness. This cottage provides the families with the capability of staying the night in the same room with their loved one, having celebration-of-life meals, and spending quality time in the dining room and/or living room areas”. Aegis Living is based in Redmond and operates 12 senior living facilities in Washington.

Aegis of Issaquah

Aegis of Issaquah is located just off Newport Way, consists of seven cottages, with 42 studios for memory care, 42 studios for assisted living, and 14 studios for hospice care. Rates start at $100 a day for assisted living, $120 a day for memory care, and a flat rate of $175 per day for hospice. There may be an additional cost for care for those who reside in assistedliving and memory-care cottages. Each cottage holds 14 private studios, a dining room, a kitchen, and a living room area. The staff is specially trained to care for each resident and to make sure that they are not left in their room but invited to join in the community-based activities. The memory-care cottages are fully secure so residents are not at risk of wandering off the campus, though there is a spacious walking area for them to enjoy. The basic package includes a private studio, housekeeping, meals, and laundry. Nurses are available seven days a week. Marketing Director Leslie Campana told me that “the majority of our residents require some form of assistance. In some cases we have one spouse that lives in our community while the other lives at home. This situation often stems from one spouse needing additional assistance due to memory loss and/ or physical challenges. In addition, we provide end-of-life care, with a dedicated cottage to assist the 30 - Issaquah, Sammamish and beyond...

Timber Ridge at Talus

Timber Ridge is a continuing-care retirement community, or CCRC. They also offer life care. This means that, should the need arise, residents have access to a lifetime of on-site care, including emergency assistance, recuperative care, assisted living, and long-term nursing care. The advanced levels of care are provided in the Briarwood Health Center. Regardless of the services required, the residents continue to pay only their set monthly fee. Timber Ridge is one of only three life-care facilities in Washington. New residents must be 62 or older and able to live independently when they move in. The entrance fees start at $315,000 and are 80 percent refundable, and the monthly service fees, which cover all of the services and amenities, start at $2,786. Construction of Timber Ridge adhered to nationally established “green” building standards, making it the first senior living community in the nation to be awarded Silver LEED certification.

Timber Ridge is located on an east-facing hill below the Talus development. The first phase contains 184 residential units. Phase two of construction will add another 115 units, as well as an aquatic center with a heated indoor pool, an expanded fitness center, and additional dining and group activity spaces. The one- or two-bedroom homes are available in a variety of floor plans. All residences come with kitchens, washer/dryers, and quality interior finishes. Meals can be taken in the dining room or the lounge, or even freshly prepared and delivered to the residence. This very attractive facility currently provides a creative-arts studio, woodworking shop, library, putting green, bocce ball court, raised gardening areas, business center, salon, and inviting outdoor terraces with views toward the Cascade Mountains. For the many residents with cars, covered and secure parking is provided. Because these are individual homes, residents are able to bring their pets. Executive Director Scott Doherty said, “The most commonly heard comment we hear from new residents is ‘I wish I had moved in earlier.’ ” The owner and developer of Timber Ridge is Life Care Services, which has been in business for more than 40 years and operates 80 facilities around the country.

Three lessons learned

Plan early. Most people wait too long to make a move. Waiting limits one’s options. Bellewood, Timber Ridge, and University House are all wonderful choices for independent adults, allowing them to be as active as they choose to be. Once dementia sets in or people need assisted-living help, these facilities are no longer an option. Assess the likely needs for care. In selecting a place to move, first look at people’s needs over the prior 12 months and make a selection based on what their likely needs will be

12 months from now. This forward thinking will help in selecting a facility that will work well for current and near-term care requirements and avoid the need to make several moves. Moving is the second most stressful event for seniors just after the loss of a spouse. Strive for independence. Classes focused on physical, mental, and emotional health offered at each facility are not just time fillers; they have the intent of helping each resident regain or retain physical strength and mental acuity. Often new residents have been living alone in relative isolation and have declined in strength and mental sharpness. The classes and the socialization help them to become more independent. For many, the move to a correctly selected facility gives them more independence than they had while living at home. Every year lived with as much independence as possible is a victory.

Aegis of Issaquah Leslie Campana, Marketing Director 780 NW Juniper St., Iss. 98027 392.8100 | Bellewood Retirement Living Keenon Kennedy, Executive Director 3710 Providence Point Drive SE, Iss. 98029 391.2880 | Spiritwood at Pine Lake John Wallace, Executive Director 3607 228th Ave. SE, Iss. 98029 313.9100 | Timber Ridge at Talus Scott Doherty, Executive Director 100 Timber Ridge Way NW, Iss. 98027 427.2929 | University House Rick Guthrie, Executive Director 22975 SE Black Nugget Road, Iss. 98029 557.4200 |

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Tax alert: Roth IRA conversions


Changes in the tax law can benefit coversions to Roth IRA.

If you have a Traditional

Individual Retirement Account (IRA) or a retirement plan that could be rolled into a traditional IRA, you need to be aware of a change in the tax law that could benefit conversions to a Roth IRA. Making such a conversion means that you pay taxes on the money invested in the account now rather than during retirement. Once you convert to a Roth IRA, you are no longer required to pay the requisite taxes when you take a distribution from your IRA. In order to better understand this change, let’s start with a basic review of Roth and traditional IRAs. With a Roth, you pay taxes on contributions now and can withdraw money taxfree upon distribution. Traditional IRAs allow a tax deduction now on eligible contributions into the

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by Susan H. Lawrence IRA, but you pay taxes later upon withdrawals. There are no taxes on the growth of assets within both types of IRAs. Traditional IRA distributions are taxed as ordinary income; qualified Roth IRA distributions are not subject to state and local taxation in most states, and are also free from federal taxes provided the account has been open for at least five years and the owner has reached age 59.5 or meets other requirements. Both types of IRAs may be subject to a 10 percent federal tax penalty if distributions are taken prior to age 59.5. With a traditional IRA you must begin taking taxable distributions at age 70.5, even if you do not need to take a distribution for your income needs. Roth IRAs have the powerful benefit of no mandatory distributions at any age. Another benefit of Roth

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Issaquah has many great trails to explore with your four-leg friend.

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with young to year-old puppies who need to see lots of different kinds of people and equipment, such as canes, hats, and backpacks. Puppies rewarded with a treat when these hikers appear are well on their way to being beautifully friendly and having excellent coping skills. One note of caution, however: even if your dog is on a leash, there are often a few who are not. The trailhead is just east of town, at the High Point Way exit off I-90. With more than 80 miles

of trails, great views, and everything from wooded strolls to serious climbing, West Tiger has something for every dog and handler. Closer to town is Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. The Wilderness Creek trailhead, just off SR 900 (Renton-Issaquah Road NE) is a favorite. It’s small and a little less crowded, and gets steep pretty quickly, so it’s a good workout. You can do just a short hike or spend the whole day by connecting to other Cougar Mountain trails. There are little bridges and creeks to cross, and lots of switchbacks. Special notes: We’ve seen a lot of deer up there, and an occasional bear, and you must stay on the trails due to the mining history of the region. Even if your primary purpose is to get out and get some exercise, don’t forget the fun things you can be working on with your dog along the way. Teaching your dog to wear a backpack and to walk behind you while passing others on the trail is great exercise for your pet’s mind and body. Wearing a backpack not only aids in carrying supplies, but also helps more energetic dogs stay calm and focused. We recommend packs like those from Outward Hound, which are made with detachable Velcro-fastened storage bags that come off easily if the dog becomes entangled in anything on the trail. Always be sure to carry basic supplies on the trail, such as a small first-aid kit, waste bags, treats, water, and a collapsible bowl, along with a leash, cellphone, and pocketknife. A whistle is always a good idea, as is Spray Shield, an alternative to pepper spray that shoots a stream of citronella oil up to 10 feet. It won’t stop a bear, but it’s a safe and harmless way to discourage unwelcome threats from other dogs and smaller wildlife. Happy hiking!

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Teaching preschoolers to play music


Issaquah music teachers make the transition to formal instruction easy.

Children love music. Fun introductions to singing, dancing, playing rhythm instruments, and basic note reading make their way into story times at libraries, local playgroups, and popular music classes offered at Gymboree Play and Learn, the Musik Nest, and Expressions School of Music in Issaquah. But what is the next step if you want to inspire a child to learn the complicated music theory behind playing an instrument such as the piano or violin? If your young child is asking to play an instrument or if you think they might be ready for formal music instruction, you might want to consider one of the local music schools that offer specialty programs that teach preschool-age children to play. When Elizabeth Gue, violin teacher at the Foothills Suzuki Institute, located in the Hammond Ashley Studios in Issaquah, was only 3 years

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old, she announced to her parents that she wanted to play the violin. “I saw a 4-year-old boy play ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ on a local Saturday-morning music TV show. I was set on the violin from the beginning,” Gue explains. With parental support, Gue was enrolled at the Suzuki Institute in Seattle at age 3. Now, with a graduate degree in performance and more than 13 years of Suzuki teaching experience, Gue knows firsthand the benefits of learning music at a young age. “Children develop a longer attention span, become part of a musical community, and play for the love of playing,” she says. So what is the Suzuki method? Developed more than 50 years ago by Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki, the Suzuki method promotes parent responsibility, loving encouragement, and constant repetition, and is taught

to children as young as 3. Children learn to read music once they have mastered the basic techniques and are old enough to read books. Foothills Suzuki Institute offers lessons in the violin, viola, and cello to students of all ages. For more information, visit Kaleidoscope School of Music, in Issaquah, boasts 20 music teachers who offer private lessons in piano, guitar, bass, drums, voice, brass, woodwinds, strings, as well as a variety of group programs, such as rockband classes for students age 9 and up. Kaleidoscope instructor Suzanne Collette offers four options to young children: Suzuki piano, violin, and guitar for children age 3 and up, and “Music for Little Mozarts,” a basic introduction to music, for children ages 4 to 6. With 20 years of music teaching experience, Collette says the secrets to inspiring children to pursue music are “lots of exposure and to make it fun!” She uses puppets to teach correct posture and games to teach musical notation. Lessons have private and group instruction components and offer lots of opportunities for parent and peer involvement. For more information, visit Puget Sounds Piano Studio, in Issaquah, offers private and group lessons in classic and jazz piano, as well as the Preschool Piano Program. Shannon Keeler, owner for more than 10 years, and the mother of a 4-yearold and a newborn, understands how to motivate young children to play music. “Children feel a sense of pride when they can play songs they are familiar with, like ‘Old McDonald.’ When they have lots of success early on, they are more likely to stick to playing,” says Keeler. That is why she created her own curriculum utilizing the color method. Children begin playing familiar songs by matching colored notes to a color bar placed across the piano.

Dr. Ivona Kaminska of Chopin Academy of Music and her student Alex.

Gradually, traditional notation replaces the colorful pre-notation. All four levels of the Preschool Piano Program are for small groups of three to five students and include singing, listening, and movement; working with rhythm instruments; and playing the piano. Parents are encouraged to attend and participate. For more information, visit Chopin Academy of Music, in Issaquah, offers music lessons to children whose families are ready for a serious commitment to music education. Dr. Ivona Kaminska, coowner of the Chopin Academy, says they “cater to those who are serious and ambitious in searching for a highquality education, who are interested in winning local and international competitions and festivals.” The Chopin Academy begins with an interview to determine if parents and child (age 4 or 5) are ready to commit to lessons in classical piano or violin. Once accepted, the child and a parent are expected to attend lessons once or twice per week. The parent takes notes that are used to ensure the child practices correctly at home for 15 to 30 minutes per day. All lessons are taught by instructors who have music degrees in the instrument they teach. “The correct technical start is crucial to quick success in the world of music. One of our students was the youngest

winner of the Seattle International Piano Competition: she was only 7 years old. There is no time for wasting if there is a talent! This is what makes the Chopin Academy,” Kaminska says. For more information, visit If you are looking for convenience, Virtuoso Music teachers offer private in-home lessons on piano, voice, guitar, and all the major band and orchestral instruments. Students are encouraged to participate in performance opportunities, including community-service opportunities and recitals. Children as young as 3 can take violin lessons, and piano lessons are offered for children 5 and up. Brent Elkins, owner of Virtuoso Music, says the key to encouraging a young child in music is “exposure, exposure, exposure. The best way for children to get excited about music is to hear it and see it. Having them see interest and excitement in parents

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Super Salmon Sleuths is a unique program just ,70' for preschoolers! Children accompanied by an adult will enjoy a short slide show about salmon, a tour of the hatchery, and salmon craft and science activities, 9:30– 11:30 a.m. Adults/free, children/$8; advance registration required, call 392.8025. For more information, visit

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Skyline Gridiron Club is invites all interested community members to come and watch the annual football competition. In addition to the 7 on 7 Passing Tournament and Lineman Challenge, this year will also include a Kicking Competition. Up to 32 teams High schools from around the state will be competing in these events. 

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