Downtown Issaquah Association hosts Wine Walk training party

January 8, 2016

The Downtown Issaquah Association is hosting a Wine Walk volunteer signup/training party at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Historic Shell Station, 232 Front Street N.

The DIA is signing up and training volunteers for the fifth annual series, which is held the first Friday of the month from February through June. During the training party, volunteers will get to sample some of the wines that will be featured during the walks. Snacks will also be provided.

During Wine Walks, volunteers will work one- to two-hour shifts between 4:30 and 10 p.m. helping with set-up, door monitoring, check-in, tear-down and cleanup. Read more

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Museo offers workshops for adults

January 8, 2016

Museo offers one-day workshops for adults

The Museo Art Academy is introducing one-day workshops for adults. Students get the opportunity to build techniques and understanding while applying them toward a final product. Each individual workshop focuses on developing a different fundamental skill. No experience is required.

Courses are $49 and $54.

Sign up for one of the workshops through Facebook and receive a $10 buddy discount with the referral of a new student.

For a complete list of courses, or for more information, go to

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Meet author Gary Schwartz at Barnes & Noble book-signing event Jan. 31

January 8, 2016

Meet author and actor Gary Schwartz, who will be signing copies of his book “The King of Average,” at the Issaquah Barnes & Noble from 2-3 p.m. Jan. 31.

“The King of Average” is about a boy named James who decides to become the most average kid who ever lived.

Parents might remember Schwartz from the 1980s television series “Zoobilee Zoo,” while children may recognize his voice from video games like “Team Fortress 2” and “Star Wars: The Old Republic.”

The Issaquah Barnes & Noble is located at 1530 11th Ave., Pickering Place.

To learn more, go to

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Author weaves a tale from the real Night Witches

January 5, 2016

NEW — 1:05 p.m. Jan. 5, 2016

Besides her husband of 35 years, longtime Issaquah resident Sandy McCormack has always had two loves in her life: writing and flying.

In 1987, the two would coalesce into inspiration for her first novel, “Night Witch.” But it would be 18 years before the book would debut.

Contributed Issaquah author Sandy McCormack’s first novel, “Night Witch,” is about a Soviet bombing regiment during World War II that was made up entirely of women.

Issaquah author Sandy McCormack’s first novel, “Night Witch,” is about a Soviet bombing regiment during World War II that was made up entirely of women.

While driving home one day from her teaching job, McCormack heard a news story on the radio that piqued her interest. Read more

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Recipe Box — Kick off a healthy new year with savory roasted squash

January 5, 2016

NEW — 1 p.m. Jan. 5, 2016

Very soon, the season of indulgent eating will be behind us Before we realize it, we will most likely find ourselves struggling with the guilt and frustration left over from such licentious and freeform consumption. Never fear! It’s not too late to begin again. Hopping on the whole food, healthy wagon train should be something we strive to do with each meal. I suspect most of us are already fairly adept at doing so. 

By Maria Nelson

By Maria Nelson

Berating ourselves with guilt truly is an overrated exercise and oftentimes prevents us from working toward bettering our overall health. I’m all for the gentle discipline of eating well, while all the while allowing myself a few indulgent treats along the way.  As much as I generally dislike the idea of New Year resolutions, I think it behooves us at the very least to take a look at our diets, take stock of our health and resolve each day to feed our bodies the type of fuel they need to keep us healthy, whole and ultimately happy. Read more

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Issaquah artist to be featured in Smithsonian

January 4, 2016

NEW — 11:19 a.m. Jan. 4, 2016

Five works by Issaquah artist Terrance Guardipee will be featured in The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York in 2016.

The exhibition “Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains,” explores the rich histories and traditions of the narrative style among Native peoples of the Great Plains and bridges it to contemporary artists working today.

“Unbound” opens to the public March 12.

To learn more about Guardipee, go to

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Museo introduces Manga Night

December 31, 2015

NEW — 1:16 p.m. Dec. 31, 2015

Museo Art Academy presents Manga Night, celebrating all things manga and comics.

The class, for ages 9 and up, is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. the second Friday each month, starting Jan. 8.

Manga Night encourages meeting new friends with similar interests and learning new and fresh ways to take your art to the next level. Each month, Museo will focus on different aspects and techniques of manga art, such as character or creature design, action illustration and layout. Bring a friend and get a buddy discount. Read more

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‘Crimes of the Heart’ tickets on sale now

December 28, 2015

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Dec. 28, 2015

Tickets are now on sale for Village Theatre’s production of “Crimes of the Heart.” The show runs from Jan. 21 to Feb. 28 at the Francis Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N.

Tickets are $36-$68 and are available online at or at the theater box office.

The story revolves around the three Magrath sisters, who have gathered in Hazlehurst, Miss., to await news of the family patriarch, their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital. Oldest sister Lenny is unmarried at 30 and facing diminishing marital prospects; middle sister Meg is back in town after a failed singing career on the West Coast; while youngest Babe is out on bail after having shot her husband in the stomach. Read more

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Issaquah author releases latest book

December 24, 2015

NEW — 12:02 p.m. Dec. 24, 2015

Issaquah author Alexandra Chauran released her newest self-help book, “Compassion is the Key to Everything: Find Your Own Path.”

Chauran told The Issaquah Press that she writes about three books a year. So her latest is between number 17 and 19, depending upon where her publishing company is in the process.

“Compassion is the Key to Everything: Find Your Own Path” is a practical, nondenominational guide on discovering and exemplifying the reader’s own idea of what it means to be a compassionate person.

In addition to writing, Chauran has been a professional psychic intuitive for more than a decade, serving thousands of clients in the region and around the world through her website, Read more

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New author uses life experiences to pen first novel

December 22, 2015

NEW — 12:42 p.m. Dec. 22, 2015

Beginner authors are often reminded of a golden rule — write what you know.

When it came to penning her first novel, Kathy Swoyer crafted a story with foundations built from personal experience.

Contributed Kathy Swoyer of Issaquah is the author of “Spirit of the Mercury Dime.”

Kathy Swoyer of Issaquah is the author of “Spirit of the Mercury Dime.”

The Issaquah resident started with a youthful fascination with the slave trade and the Underground Railroad. She added in her years of behind-the-scenes administrative experience at a hospital and sprinkled in her first husband’s efforts of selling his artwork. Read more

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