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Performances added to ‘Beauty and Beast’ schedule

Village Theatre has added six additional performance dates added to the schedule for the production of Disney’s "Beauty and the Beast" in Issaquah, due to demand on the original schedule. The new performance dates include:

  • Dec 19, 2011

Pacific Sound Chorus performs in international competition

While many Eastsiders this week have been absorbed by the elections, a select group of residents has been focused on sun, sand and, most importantly, singing.

  • Dec 19, 2011

Tech Talk | Advice on automatic timeouts, anti-virus software

Sometimes it seems as if our computers have a mind of their own and, for whatever reason, are intentionally wreaking havoc in our lives. This week we try to re-establish technological tranquility.

  • Dec 19, 2011
Located where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean

Coastal retreats offer romance, relaxation, great restaurants

If your romantic getaway includes walks on the beach, waves breaking over jetties and a lighthouse to add drama to your pictures, you’ll find the Shelburne Inn to be the ultimate coastal experience.

  • Dec 19, 2011
Located where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean

Paranormal experts share haunting stories

What if “things that go bump in the night” don’t just bump at night?

  • Dec 19, 2011

Simply organized holidays | Help with entertaining

Between Halloween and the New Year are a multitude of opportunities to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. If you will be entertaining this year, whether that’s hosting Thanksgiving dinner, a decorating party, an open house, or a cookie or gift exchange, there are steps you can take to minimize the stress, maintain balance and control and maximize the joy of the holidays. Just consider the “who, what, when, where, how and why” factors to keep you organized as you plan and execute your get-together.

  • Dec 19, 2011
Shoppers enjoy last year’s Eastlake High School Holiday Bazaar. This year’s event will take place Nov. 8 in support of the senior class and its sendoff party after graduation. For a story about the event

Calendar | Oct. 31

“Come Meet Mothers and More” Open House: 7:30-9 p.m. Nov. 5. Presented by Mothers and More, Chapter 64. Speaker: Amy Lang. Sammamish Public Library, 825 228th Ave. N.E.

  • Dec 19, 2011
Shoppers enjoy last year’s Eastlake High School Holiday Bazaar. This year’s event will take place Nov. 8 in support of the senior class and its sendoff party after graduation. For a story about the event

Simply organized holidays | When does it make sense to outsource for help?

In these uncertain economic times, many people are looking for ways to save money and analyzing their “discretionary” spending. We’re also entering a very busy holiday season and are looking for ways to save time and reduce stress. When does it make sense to hire a service provider to help? When does it actually pay to spend money on outside help or expertise? We’ll examine several instances in which outsourcing provides a return on investment that makes it the right choice.

  • Dec 19, 2011
Hannah Kell reacts to a question as Lawrence Saenz continues mixing during a recent class at the Cookalicious kids cooking school in Issaquah

Cookalicious lets kids take the reins in the kitchen

The air is filled with the scents of spices and pumpkin. The aroma wafts out of the industrial stoves lining one wall, past the large overhead vents and fills the room, which is occupied with a plethora of tables, chairs and cooking supplies.

  • Dec 19, 2011
Hannah Kell reacts to a question as Lawrence Saenz continues mixing during a recent class at the Cookalicious kids cooking school in Issaquah

Spirits, ghosts, more to be discussed in seminars

Anyone who has ever wanted to learn more about local spirits and ghosts — or simply find out about the psychic and “seeing” abilities that they and others possess — might consider checking out the seminars organized by local businesswoman Ankhasha.

  • Dec 19, 2011

Easy ideas can make preparing for holidays less stressful

As the holiday season approaches, many people have mixed thoughts. On the one hand, they are filled with excitement — knowing the season holds opportunity to gather with family, decorate their home in a festive way, express thanks, enjoy good food, feel comfort in tradition, open gifts and experience holiday joy. On the other hand, some are filled with stress — knowing the season can bring a strain on finances, personal relationships, our time, our waistlines and our sanity in our pursuit to have everything “just right” and do it all.

  • Dec 19, 2011

Swedish Issaquah will offer weight loss surgery for Eastside region

Beginning this week, the Swedish Weight Loss Surgery Program expanded to the Eastside.

  • Dec 19, 2011
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Plastics: Which ones can I recycle and which ones are trash?

Plastic products are spread throughout almost all aspects of our everyday life. Whether it’s the plastic straw you use to sip your morning coffee or the plastic water bottle you buy at lunch, the average American comes in contact with a lot of plastic every day. Much of it is designed to be used once and then discarded. Clearly, reducing your use of some plastic products such as grocery bags, disposable utensils and plastic bottles is the best choice for the environment.

  • Dec 19, 2011
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Tech talk: Help with DVD, CD drives and more

Q: I have a brand new Windows Vista computer that works great except for a problem I’m having with the two ASUS DVD/CD drives installed on the computer. When I load a video DVD into either drive, it works fine. I get video and sound just like I’m supposed to. But, when I put in a music CD, it will only play music for about a minute and then I get an error message that says “error code #C00D0FAB.” Interestingly, when I play the same CD on my wife’s XP computer, it plays just fine. First of all, what does the error message mean? And, what do you think I need to do to be able to play the CD?

  • Dec 19, 2011

Laptop out-of-date? No worries, put it to use as a doorstop

The other day, I noticed that the laptop computer I use for writing this column was behaving differently. The words were repetitive and repetitive; the writing had occasional mizpelings — and many of the paragraphs ended in mid-senten.

  • Dec 19, 2011
Katya Palladina (left) talks with Janelle Davidson in front of Palladina’s ‘Golden Flight’ painting Aug. 1 at Upfront Gallery in Issaquah. Palladina will display some of her mixed-media paintings Oct. 11 and 12 at the Sammamish Art Fair. The art fair runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at the Sammamish City Hall

Sammamish Art Fair runs Oct. 11-12

Twenty-five local artists will display and sell their work at Sammamish City Hall on the weekend of Oct. 11 and 12, as part of the 2008 Sammamish Art Fair.

  • Dec 19, 2011
Katya Palladina (left) talks with Janelle Davidson in front of Palladina’s ‘Golden Flight’ painting Aug. 1 at Upfront Gallery in Issaquah. Palladina will display some of her mixed-media paintings Oct. 11 and 12 at the Sammamish Art Fair. The art fair runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at the Sammamish City Hall

ArtEast to host its annual gala, auction

Anyone looking for a great new piece of art and also hoping to support a local non-profit arts organization should mark Oct. 25 on their calendars.

  • Dec 19, 2011
Katya Palladina (left) talks with Janelle Davidson in front of Palladina's 'Golden Flight' painting Aug. 1 at Upfront Gallery in Issaquah. Palladina will display some of her mixed-media paintings Oct. 11 and 12 at the Sammamish Art Fair. The art fair runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  both days at the Sammamish City Hall

Community invited to art fair in Sammamish

More than 20 local artists will display and sell their work at Sammamish City Hall on the weekend of Oct. 11 and 12, as part of the 2008 Sammamish Art Fair.

  • Dec 19, 2011
Katya Palladina (left) talks with Janelle Davidson in front of Palladina's 'Golden Flight' painting Aug. 1 at Upfront Gallery in Issaquah. Palladina will display some of her mixed-media paintings Oct. 11 and 12 at the Sammamish Art Fair. The art fair runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  both days at the Sammamish City Hall
Master gardeners Ranjani Ramamurthy

Green thumbs can give back through WSU’s King County Master Gardener program

Calling all gardeners! Now is the time to apply for the 2009 Master Gardener program, offered through the Washington State University's King County Extension.

  • Dec 19, 2011
Master gardeners Ranjani Ramamurthy
A crowd enjoys watching the salmon from the bridge near the hatchery duringthe 2007 Salmon Days Festival

Salmon Days planners announce new and old features to look for

It's that time of year again. The leaves are falling, the nights are getting brisk and the salmon are beginning to spawn, all of which means Salmon Days is right around the corner.

  • Dec 19, 2011
A crowd enjoys watching the salmon from the bridge near the hatchery duringthe 2007 Salmon Days Festival