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Saint Laurent vineyard and winery owners Laura and Michael Mrachek.

Escape to great wine and retreat destinations | Getaways

A luxurious Northwest lodge, deemed among the “top 100 wilderness lodges” by Outside Magazine, Run of the River Inn & Refuge offers guests the allure of its natural alpine surroundings coupled with all the comforts guests seek today. Perched on a seasonal high-water channel of the Icicle River and surrounded on two sides by a wildlife refuge, the well-situated inn begs to be shared and appreciated.

  • Dec 19, 2011
Saint Laurent vineyard and winery owners Laura and Michael Mrachek.
James Kwak is the new chef at Sammamish’s Ika Sushi and Bento and he is already bringing his years of experience and creativity to a new menu out this week.

James Kwak shakes up menu at IKA Sushi and Bento in Sammamish

Things are a-changin’ at IKA Sushi and Bento in Sammamish. Change in the form of James Kwak. Kwak has been slicing and serving sushi since 1978, and his newest home is right in Sammamish at IKA. Just three weeks into his new job as chef, Kwak has already changed the menu, to feature rolls and dishes of his own creation.

  • Dec 19, 2011
James Kwak is the new chef at Sammamish’s Ika Sushi and Bento and he is already bringing his years of experience and creativity to a new menu out this week.
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Bellevue’s Heelarious gives babies their own high heels

Along with babies first blanket, first haircut, and first tooth, comes a new cherished keepsake. Babies' first high heels.

  • Dec 19, 2011
Heelarious owners

Ritzy theater coming soon to Redmond

“Jeeves, bring me some Milk Duds!” He or she may not be named Jeeves, but a waitperson will gladly fetch your candy, popcorn, wine, gourmet appetizers or a full dinner while you enjoy a film at the Village Roadshow Gold Class Cinemas, coming to Redmond Town Center this fall.

  • Dec 19, 2011
Left to right: Jason Agrelias

The bare essentials: family, friends and music

At first glance it seems like a typical campground — a glistening pool, horseshoes, volleyball court (sand, with overhead stadium lights) sunbathers on the lawn and plenty of tents and RVs.

  • Dec 19, 2011
Left to right: Jason Agrelias

Technology tips to help keep parents up with the times

So long, summer. Seafair has come and gone. The Summer Olympics have concluded. And the presidential candidates have been decided. So, what’s the next big event?

  • Dec 19, 2011

Back to school: A good time to think about nutrition

It’s that time of year when a lot of family members are full of anxiety: Parents have mixed emotions about the kids heading back to school for the upcoming school year, and school age kids are excited about meeting new friends, or re-connecting with old friends, anticipating their new schedule courses and teachers. They’re also hoping that they’ve made the right choices.

  • Dec 19, 2011

Taqueria La Venadita: Issaquah’s hole-in-the-wall you won’t want to miss | Dining

Atmosphere: Taqueria La Venadita is a hole-in-the-wall authentic Mexican restaurant if ever I saw one. The lighting is dim and the sign out front is easy to miss. But boy, that would be your loss. Inside, the walls are peach-toned and decorated with Mexican landscapes. A TV in the corner was set to le Telemundo, and the show on while I was there was some sort of soap opera. At the front of the restaurant there is a big menu board with prices and also some photos of some of the more popular items, which comes in handy since many the menu items are in Spanish. There is plenty of seating there, mostly cafeteria style tables and heavy chairs.

  • Dec 19, 2011

Sammamish jams to blues band at Pine Lake Park

It’s another Thursday night concert, and it seems as if all of Sammamish has gathered to enjoy the jams in Pine Lake Park. Each week, as part of Sammamish’s summer concert series, a different band with a new sound plays in the park and offers up some sweet licks for residents and guests.

  • Dec 19, 2011
The Olympic Torch blazes during the Opening Ceremony in Bejing. Local photographers Serge and Amy Timacheff are taking pictures of official fencing competitions.

Tiger Mountain Photo owners snap shots in Beijing as official Olympics photographers

Serge and Amy Timacheff, co-owners of the local photography studio Tiger Mountain Photo, didn’t flip on NBC to watch the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Beijing — they were there.

  • Dec 19, 2011
The Olympic Torch blazes during the Opening Ceremony in Bejing. Local photographers Serge and Amy Timacheff are taking pictures of official fencing competitions.

Issaquah woman among group of ice warriors

Ice hockey has become a central part of life for 33-year-old graphic designer and Issaquah resident Bree Carey.

  • Dec 19, 2011

Arts and entertainment briefs | Issaquah Reporter

Bellevue painter Christina Strigenz is exhibiting her artwork in a show titled “Elements of Nature,” at Pogacha restaurant of Issaquah. Strigenz’s exhibit features large, loose watercolor and acrylic flowers that shine and sway on the canvas, giving the flowers a look somewhere between reality and fantasy.

  • Dec 19, 2011
Two participants in Saturday's Sammamish Challenge Day Race approach the finish line as Skyline cheerleaders and football players root them on.

Participants and volunteers enjoy Sammamish Challenge Day Race

Racers faced the finish line, eyes squinting east toward the merciless morning sun. The starter waved a black-and-white checkered flag and sent four helmeted heads down the 300-yard course on Southeast 24th Street.

  • Dec 19, 2011
Two participants in Saturday's Sammamish Challenge Day Race approach the finish line as Skyline cheerleaders and football players root them on.
Kevin Mar and student Lauren Poulson demonstrate a counterattack technique in front of the class.

Washington Fencing Academy class brings all ages into the heat of battle

Their tips inches apart, the two swords quiver like a jolt of electricity just ran through them. The first contact is a tease, a taunting touch of metal on metal. Tin, tin, tin. Suddenly, a blade lunges, forcing each contender into the heart of the fight, the sporadic clink of the swords increasing rapidly until one fencer plunges off the battle field.

  • Dec 19, 2011
Kevin Mar and student Lauren Poulson demonstrate a counterattack technique in front of the class.
3-year-old J.J. Sawyer gets a lift from his Grandmother Cindy Bjorkman so he could get a better look at one of the scale models on display at the Issaquah Train Depot.
3-year-old J.J. Sawyer gets a lift from his Grandmother Cindy Bjorkman so he could get a better look at one of the scale models on display at the Issaquah Train Depot.
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Group summits Rainier for breast cancer research | John Carlson

Let me ask you an important question: When is the last time you did something hard to support a good cause? At 6 a.m. last Thursday, seven of us met at Alpine Ascents near the Seattle Center to fight a deadly disease. None of us are doctors, but we had signed up for the Climb to Fight Breast Cancer to support research protocols at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

  • Dec 19, 2011
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Liz Stepniewski is a winemaker at Windy Point Vineyards in Wapato.

A journey into Yakima Valley wine country

Picture a 1910 farmhouse two miles from town, surrounded by pasture, hop fields and a bird sanctuary, set against the tranquility of the Yakima Valley Wine Country. That’s Birchfield Manor Country Inn. Located in the first American Viticulture Area designated in Washington, this region’s excellent wine attracts many visitors every year.

  • Dec 19, 2011
Liz Stepniewski is a winemaker at Windy Point Vineyards in Wapato.
Jeremy Heckt

Issaquah Chalk Art Festival returns, weathers rain

The rain drops may have been threatening — and at times a reality — but it couldn’t stop the artists from coming out. The 11th annual Issaquah Chalk Art Festival may have been the first one ever to suffer gray skies, but it still brought out its fair share of budding artists as 55 showed up and colored in their individual square before the rain really kicked in at about 3 p.m.

  • Dec 19, 2011
Jeremy Heckt

Swedish study shows those who golf regularly live longer

Recently I came across a health article that really made me feel better about my golf game. It just so happens that a study was conducted in Sweden that showed greater life expectancy for those of us who play golf versus those who do not!

  • Dec 19, 2011
Michael Su
Michael Su