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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
Woman at the Sundiata Festival at Lake Sammamish State Park dance to the rhythm of the music by the Adrian Xavier Group. The festival happened on June 28 and celebrated African-American culture and features games
Woman at the Sundiata Festival at Lake Sammamish State Park dance to the rhythm of the music by the Adrian Xavier Group. The festival happened on June 28 and celebrated African-American culture and features games

Tips on retrieving passwords, video and spellcheck

Passwords, multimedia and e-mail — we show you how to maintain your balance after these pitfalls try to trip you up!

  • Dec 19, 2011
The lobby of the Davenport Hotel in Spokane

Spokane a hidden gem on the other side of the mountains

When people in Spokane say “I’ll meet you at the fireplace,” they mean the one at the Davenport Hotel in the heart of the city. Lit by hotelier Louis Davenport in 1914 when the hotel first opened, the fireplace had been constantly kept burning until the hotel closed in 1985.

  • Dec 19, 2011
The lobby of the Davenport Hotel in Spokane

Issaquah’s Coho Cafe serves up spectacular food | Restaurant Review

Atmosphere: The Coho Cafe has excellent decor. The walls are painted in a bright rainbow of colors that all slide together, reminiscent of fish scales. The restaurant has a lot of open space and feels huge. My favorite aspect was the metalwork sculptures, especially the chandeliers, which had metal cutouts of wavy forks hanging from them. The lighting was excellent, with both pinkish- and blueish-tinged lights. The cooking area is open to the view of the public. Jazz music plays in the background, but the most common noise is that of the many conversations that buzz about in the packed cafe.

  • Dec 19, 2011
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Vintage hydros to run at Lake Sammamish festival

This weekend, two vintage unlimited hydroplanes will run on Lake Sammamish for the first time, as part of the Tastin’ n Racin’ festival. “In the ‘60s, the hydroplanes and their drivers were the sports heroes of the kids in Seattle. There weren’t any Mariners, Seahawks or Sonics, so we idolized (the hydroplane drivers),” said John O’Brien, one of five organizers of the festival.

  • Dec 19, 2011
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The good, bad and ugly of growing up on a farm

I grew up on a farm.

  • Dec 19, 2011

A real political mastermind would add humor to the campaign trail

His race for Dufur public office was not going well. The voters in Dufur (DOO-fur), a small town in Oregon, were leaning to his opponent in overwhelming numbers — or at least as overwhelming as a town of 500 can muster.

  • Dec 19, 2011
Cast members rehearse their play of “Prince Caspian.”

Overlake Christian Church takes on Prince Caspian adaptation

With the release of the big screen version of “Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” only a few weeks away, fans might want to consider getting in a “warm-up” by going to see an original production at Overlake Christian Church in Redmond.

  • Dec 19, 2011
Cast members rehearse their play of “Prince Caspian.”

Help your child get along with others | Maria Chavez Wilcox | Childhaven

We’ve all been there. Your young son or daughter’s lack of social skills makes you cringe and maybe even worry a little bit. Will this child ever stop hitting and learn to “play well with others”?

Colleen Wise's quilt 'Bounce.'

Quilt show coming to Issaquah

“Color Expressions” will be the theme for this year’s Block Party Quilters Quilt Show on Nov. 11-13 in Issaquah.

  • Oct 7, 2011
Colleen Wise's quilt 'Bounce.'
Judith Davey is a Sammamish author who lived through the rise of Hitler in Germany. She penned the book “Six Years of Darkness” reflecting on the war from London

Local author recounts WWII from Europe | Sammamish woman’s books recount living through second great war and having an adventurous life

Judith Davey, 89, has lived a long and adventurous life, which she has chronicled in two books that are just now being brought to the public's attention by her publisher.

Judith Davey is a Sammamish author who lived through the rise of Hitler in Germany. She penned the book “Six Years of Darkness” reflecting on the war from London

Master Chorus Eastside to celebrate America

Master Chorus Eastside will celebrate the Fourth of July again this year with its All-American Independence Celebration in Issaquah’s historic Pickering Barn on June 26.

  • Jun 7, 2011

Issasquah Philharmonic to perform classical music

The Issaquah Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a free concert of classical music at 7:30 p.m. June 6.

  • May 24, 2011