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Saturday, July 19, 2014

In the heart of North Bend, Wash.

A supplement to the Snoqualmie Valley Record

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Find the way

What is the Block Party? North Bend’s annual Block Party began in 2009 as a way to promote and celebrate the city’s downtown. It was instantly popular, and today offers a venue for music and live entertainment, family-friendly activities, vendors, food and snacks, and community activities. Two different stages showcase Snoqualmie Valley bands, singers, dancers, and contests. The Main Stage is at North Bend Way and Main Street. The Community Stage is at the intersection of Bendigo Boulevard and North Bend Way. See our full schedule on page 10. The two biggest live shows Saturday evening are locally based rock band Spike and the Impalers, and tribute band Heart by Heart, who headline the event. Don’t forget that the Block Party is completely free. You can hear the shows, and take part in or experience the games and contests, completely free of charge. File photo/2013 You’ll also find locals services and vendors, as well as creations A child makes an art project by local artists on display. at the Artist Alley during Welcome to the Block Party. See last year’s Block Party. Art projects return to the Alley what North Bend’s downtown and the wider community have behind Bank of America during the downtown Block to offer. The city’s main road, North Bend Party. Way, will be closed during the event. Detours will be available, and parking can be found on surrounding streets and lots.

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Learn about geocaching, wayfinding at Block Party Meet up with North Bend resident Berry Rogers during the North Bend Block Party, and learn a new way to explore your town, and the great outdoors. Rogers, a member of Washington State Geocaching Association, will talk about geocaching and waymarking, and offer shiny new pathtags at a downtown booth Saturday. Geocaching involves the use of technology to find hidden caches. Geocachers find their targets using computer software that pinpoints their location, down to a few feet. After that, they have to use their wits to track the items. “There are a number of geocaches hidden, as well as waymarks created, highlighting various parts of our city as well as throughout the Valley,” explains Rogers. “I was asked

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Seniors benefit when you fill up at a special lunch and bake sale during the North Bend Block Party. Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S., hosts the lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 19. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served, with chips and a drink thrown in, for $6. Afterwards, visit the bake sale and peruse a selection of homemade desserts. Lunch proceeds benefit the center, which enhances quality of life for older adults in the Snoqualmie Valley. Mount Si Senior Center provides health, social, recreation, educational programs, housing and transportation to the population of North Bend, Snoqualmie, Fall City, and the surrounding areas—plus a hot lunch on weekdays. Learn more at

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An employee of Twede’s Cafe tries a Twinkie in a mock-up of Kyle Twede’s planned cake-eating contest Saturday afternoon in front of the restaurant.

Long live the King Elvis returns for Block Party tribute to the King, George’s

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of George’s Bakery, Elvis Presley returns for a one-dayonly show, 5 p.m. at the Community Stage. No, it’s not the real Elvis, but actually a pro Elvis impersonator, Dino Macris, godson to George’s Bakery founder George Macris. The show is sponsored by Nature’s Marketplace, which has been run by Jean Macris, George’s widow, for more than 30 years. George’s Bakery will hand out guitar-shaped cookies for the Elvis event. Dino Macris has been an avid Elvis fan ever since his boyhood days in the 1960s, when he watched Elvis movies and loved his songs. Singing was a passion, and Elvis was his alltime favorite artist. Dino started performing as an Elvis tribute artist to bring smiles to the faces of people suffering from cancer. He has performed at many charity functions, including numerous times for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Dino has been an Elvis competitor, winning tribute artist contests in Seattle, Penticton, Canada, and was crowned the King of the Northwest in Canada in 2004. He believes that there is only one Elvis Presley, and pays tribute to The King by singing his music and performing for those who, like him, keep the Elvis music alive. You can learn more about Dino at

Hostess cake-eating contest comes to Block Party: ‘Let ‘em go ‘til they quit’

Every Block Party, Twede’s Cafe hosts an eating competition. Winners earn… well, bragging rights mainly, and a small shining piggy trophy. For competitors at this year’s event, the golden prize is actually in the eating itself. Hostess Twinkies, the infamous cream-filled golden sponge cakes, are the featured fare in Twede’s event, starting at 2 p.m. Saturday in front of the Cafe. All ages are welcome to enter the all-you-can-eat competition, as organizer Qi GongMeditation Tai Ji Chih Kyle Twede works out the final details. 425-392-4712 Health and Longevity Twede had considered ting a time limit for contestants, but Beginners’ Classes starting NOW in Fall City now says, “I think I’m just going to let ‘em go ‘til they quit,” he said. Serving the Eastside since 1993

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Are you Twinkie tough?

“In trials, a box of Twinkies was never finished.” Yes, trials. Twede takes his fun seriously, and conducted Twinkie trials with some of his employees who volunteered. “That was all with heavy eaters, and no water,” he said. Contestants at the Block Party may get water, though, Twede says he hasn’t decided. He also checked the world record for Twinkie eating, claimed by one Joey Chestnut last October at the first world Twinkie eating championship in Tunica, Miss. Chestnut consumed 121 of the cakes in six minutes. The Guinness World Records website, however, lists, Takeru Kobayashi, who ate 14 Twinkies in one minute on the Wendy Williams Show in January, 2013, as the world record holder. In case you’re wondering, there are 10 Twinkies in a typical box. To sign up for the Twinkie-eating contest at the Block Party, call Twede’s Cafe at (425) 831-5511 and ask for the Boss, (aka Kyle), or sign up during the Block Party. Twede hopes to have at least six and up to 12 competitors sign up for the event.

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Schedule of events


Main Stage, Main and North Bend Way • Noon, Mysterious Fatmen, rock band • 12:55 p.m., Lisa D and the Groove • 2 p.m., IGNITE Dance • 2:45 p.m., Future Jazz Heads • 3:45 p.m., Cascade Dance Academy • 4:30 p.m., Eastside Jams • 5:30 p.m., The Bucking Horses • 6:15 p.m., Fitness Competition, Mount Si Sports • 7 p.m., Spike and the Impalers • 9 p.m., Heart By Heart

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Located at North Bend Way and Bendigo Boulevard • Noon, Snoqualmie Strings youth orchestra • 12:30 p.m., Dog performance, River Dog training • 1 p.m., DMW Martial Arts demo • 1:30 p.m., Catalina, Jr. Idol winner • 2 p.m., Twede’s Cafe Twinkie eating contest • 2:30 p.m., Dance Like No One is Watching • 3 p.m., Birches Habitat summer fashion show • 3:30 p.m., Madeleine Wells • 4 p.m., Minute to Win It Games • 5 p.m., Dino Macris as Elvis


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Senior Center, local youth teams to show their moves

IGNITE Dance and Yoga’s dancers will be performing on the Main Stage, 2 p.m. Saturday during the North Bend Block Party. Boys and girls ages 5 to 19 will be dancing in tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop styles. These dancers have just found out they have made the team for the 2014-2015 competition season—more than 100 dancers auditioned. IGNITE’s fall schedule for the recreational and competitive programs can be seen at This group has big plans for year five. IGNITE’s competitve dancers travel to regional and national level competitions throughout the year, so the block party is a great opportunity for the dancers to perform locally for their community.

Cascade Dance at Block Party Cascade Dance’s Senior Company, made up of youths ages 13 and older, and Junior company, ages 10 to 12, will present an array of jazz, lyrical, and musical theatre pieces, some of which they have been working on since October.



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Mount Si Sports + Fitness is bringing the fitness challenge back to the North Bend Block Party. The gym hosts an Extreme Fitness Competition, 6:15 p.m. next to the beer garden on Main Avenue, during Saturday’s party. The challenge is a circuit of various exercises, from partner pushups and box jumps to the sumo deadlift and dumbell thrusters, challenging a group of handpicked entrants to work out in new ways. “They’ll be pretty intense,” said Mount Si owner Ben Cockman. When judges blow the whistle, entrants will begin at each station. Judges will count reps, and the fittest competitor wins. Entrants, one man and one woman, will rotate through each stations. This challenge is all about showing locals new ways to work out,” said Cockman. “It’s how exercise physiology has evolved.” A lot of the latest methods involves agility, things like kettle bells, and body weight. These exercises will push the limits of experienced fitness practitioners, some of whom locals may recognize. Cheer on these contestants Saturday afternoon, just before the live music starts.


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Whether you just want to watch and tap your foot along with the music or jump right in, there’s room for you in the Mount Si Senior Center’s line-dancing demo, starting at 2:30 p.m. on the community stage. Instructor Deane Haugen and her sometime co-instructor Jo Deatry will call off dances for about a dozen of their students to perform for the Block Party crowd. “Calling is the correct word, but most of our (dancers) know them by heart,” Haugen said. It’s a good thing, since the music they’ll be dancing to isn’t always traditional. Dances could include a waltz, songs from old musicals like Hello Dolly, country, rock’n’ roll, hip hop, and rap. “It’s got a beat, that’s all you need,” says Haugen. “We want to get people away from the idea that you can only line dance to country.” As proof, the audience is invited to get up and dance along for a few numbers, including the Electric Slide. Dancers choose their own outfits, so be prepared for fun and fancy skirts and cowboy boots. Even though the dances are choreographed, everything is highly individual. “We’re seniors, we do what we want,” said Haugen. “To us, we dance just to have fun.” Classes are done for the summer at the senior center, although dancers do still get together just for fun, Haugen said. In September, she plans to continue the Tuesdays and Thursdays weekly schedule, with a beginners class at 10 a.m. and an intermediate class following at 11 on Tuesdays, and an intermediate class at 1 p.m. on Thursdays. Classes aren’t just for seniors, dancers range in age • Antiques from 46 to 80 and come from • Collectables every kind of dance back• Jewelry ground. • Home Decor Haugen said that classes • Memorabilia provide a healthy workout and • Furniture great community. “We’ve all gotten new friends out of it.” Studies by the Mayo Clinic indicate that physical activity and mental simulation can prevent Alzheimer’s. Learning Have fun at the Festival. new line dance every week When you are done, come see us! aincorporates both activities. Haugen works to introduce Consignments By Appointment new choreography or music every class to keep dancers Open 7 Days a Week engaged. M-F 9am-7pm • Sat & Sun Noon-6pm For information about 33511 SE Redmond-Fall City Rd, Fall City dance classes contact the cen425 441-8471 ter at (425) 888-3434.

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Rabbits may just be magical. It sure seemed that way during past Block Party events, when John and Kim Connolly saw excited youngsters simply settle down and bond with baby bunnies—or cavies, guinea pigs, wallabies or chinchillas—at their Animal Encounters booth. “For some kids, just holding a rabbit for an hour is a super-positive experience,” says John Connolly, and that’s what he and his wife set out to create when they launched their business. Animal Encounters, based in Fall City, started with the idea of creating positive experiences for every visitor, as well as the animals. “Our philosophy is a little different from other folks’” Connolly said. So, there’s no feeding at Animal Encounters, which can cause animals to rush and crowd new visitors, and there are few large animals, which can be frightening to some. There are, however, lots of small, furry animals, and spots for children — and adults — to sit down and get to know them. “People really enjoy interacting with cuddly animals that like to be held,” Connolly said, baby bunnies especially. • Find Animal Encounters petting zoo on Ballarat Avenue, downtown North Bend, during the Block Party.

Win it in a minute: Umpqua’s goofy games Children and teens can get their silly on during Umpqua Bank’s Minute to Win It games. Staff from North Bend’s Umpqua Bank (formerly Sterling Savings) will be presenting the Minute to Win It games at 4 p.m., Saturday at the community stage. Children ages 6 to 12 are welcome to compete in a variety of games including the balloon relay, hula hoop pass, Face the Cookie, or Junk in the Trunk. In the hula hoop pass, teams race to see who can pass a hula hoop in a circle without using your hands. In the balloon relay, four player race to inflate, tie, pass and pop balloons. In the game Face the Cookie, players are challenged to use only their face muscles to move a cookie from their forehead to their mouth. In the final game, Junk in the Trunk, players will jump and twist until all the jingle bells leap out of the tissue box tied behind them. Another classic is a game in which children race and balance a lemon on a spoon. This year, children will compete in different age groups, ensuring younger children have a chance to win. Umpqua will also be serving Sno Falls Brewery root beer from noon to 7 p.m. Also, at the bank’s booth from 1 to 3 p.m., children can paint free piggy banks to take home and fill with money. If children bring their completed piggy banks filled with money into the bank and open a free savings account, they will receive a prize.

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Soothing sounds of Snoqualmie Strings The Snoqualmie Strings youth orchestra plays at noon, Saturday, at the community stage. Student musicians will be performing their summer song selection. Their selections will include folk songs like “Old Joe Clark,” as well as more contemporary movie themes from “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Hairspray.” Students have been responsible for learning and practicing songs throughout the year. Snoqualmie Strings is a youth orchestra program for school-aged kids, 6 to 18, playing the string instruments: violin, viola, cello or bass. The orchestra is directed by Sheila Bateman, who has more than 20 years of experience teaching children to play music. The purpose of the orchestra is to provide opportunities for children to learn music which may not be available otherwise. Bateman hopes to give beginning and advancing players a place to play with peers, expand their repertoire and play in a variety of local performance venues.

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DANCE FROM 13 Each group has about a dozen dancers. Cascade’s performing companies meet once a week in addition to their regular technique classes to focus on choreography, style, and stage presence. They learn about six different pieces, just for this class, per year, which challenges them to learn and retain choreography very quickly — a really important skill in the professional dance world, says Cascade instructor Brittany Jamieson Pulliam. Besides the companies, several soloists

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will be dancing everything from tap to jazz to lyrical. A trio of sisters will also dance together. “Our students love having the opportunity to perform for the community and look forward to it every year,” says Jamieson Pulliam. Cascade Dance Academy on Snoqualmie Ridge was founded by Katie Higuchi. Current owners, Kelsey and Brittany, are a pair of sisters who share a passion for teaching dance. Cascade Dance has recently expanded into a stateof-the-art dance studio. • Learn more about Cascade Dance at

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