Siblings think Halloween is right time to be charitable

October 21, 2014

When 11-year-old Ajay Gupta visited Carson Elementary School earlier this month to talk about his fundraiser for UNICEF, he turned some heads and got fellow students thinking about a bigger picture.

Contributed From left, siblings Ajay and Reva Gupta have been busy taking care of their local charity effort through Trick or Treat for UNICEF. Their goal for this year is to raise $2,500, which will pay for clean water and other needs for children in Third-World countries.

By Manoj Gupta
From left, siblings Ajay and Reva Gupta have been busy taking care of their local charity effort through Trick or Treat for UNICEF. Their goal for this year is to raise $2,500, which will pay for clean water and other needs for children in Third-World countries.

Gupta spoke to five classes at Carson on “Popcorn Friday,” when students are invited to purchase bags of popcorn for 50 cents each. But Gupta’s message about giving clean water to children in Third-World countries got through.

“I reminded them that those kids, their only water source may be contaminated, or they might not even have a water source,” he said. “And one of the children … they took their popcorn money and put it in the box that I gave to the class for them to donate in.”

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Nightmare at Beaver Lake opens Oct. 17

October 14, 2014

The 11th annual Nightmare at Beaver Lake, Sammamish’s popular haunted trail attraction, opens Oct. 17 at Beaver Lake Park.

The Halloween-themed spook-fest is open nightly through Oct. 31. Show times are from 7-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and from 7-10 p.m. Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The event is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Admission is $11 for the toned-down “Family Scare,” which runs from 7-7:45 p.m. nightly, and $18 for the “Full Scare,” which starts at 8 p.m. nightly. Proceeds go to the Rotary Club of Sammamish, which distributes money to a variety of community service organizations and projects.

A $1 discount is given for nonperishable food donations. Fast-pass ticket upgrades, which allow patrons to skip the entry line, are $10.

Learn more, and purchase tickets, at www.nightmareatbeaverlake.com.

Carson Elementary School program aims to bring more dads to class

October 14, 2014

Statistics show that only one-fourth of the nation’s classroom teachers are men, and that figure drops to about 16 percent in elementary schools.

By Neil Pierson Jim Gallagher and his daughter Sammy, a second-grade student at Carson Elementary School, share some bonding time during the school’s Watch D.O.G.S. kickoff night Oct. 2. Watch D.O.G.S. is designed to spur fathers’ involvement in their children’s schools.

By Neil Pierson
Jim Gallagher and his daughter Sammy, a second-grade student at Carson Elementary School, share some bonding time during the school’s Watch D.O.G.S. kickoff night Oct. 2. Watch D.O.G.S. is designed to spur fathers’ involvement in their children’s schools.

Schools have had to get creative in order to increase the number of male role models in their classrooms and on their playgrounds. At Carson Elementary School, parents and teachers have banded together to start a Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program, aimed at increasing male volunteerism.

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Six Sammamish residents honored by National Merit Scholarship Program

October 14, 2014

Ten Eastside Catholic School students — six of them from Sammamish — have been named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Dino De Raad, Ian Dorney, Preston Ewart, Matthew Iwicki, Brooks Meadowcroft and Joseph Meehan are the six local students from Eastside Catholic.

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Sammamish Symphony features renowned pianist

October 7, 2014

Mark Salman, a world-renowned pianist, will perform with the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra at two upcoming concerts.

“Wild Wild West” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, and at 2 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Eastlake High School Performing Arts Center, 400 228th Ave. N.E., Sammamish.

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Art by Heart comes to Salmon Days

September 25, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 25, 2014

Art by Heart, a nonprofit organization founded by three ninth-graders at Skyline High School, interacts with children with different abilities while spreading awareness about such conditions to the community.

Art by Heart will bring awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder by partnering with the Autism Society of Washington at the Salmon Days Festival Oct. 4-5.

Join these teens at Art By Heart booth No. 653 in the Field of Fun area from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. In addition to learning and spreading awareness about autism, there will be face-painting, drawing, quizzes and a raffle.

Learn more here.

Eastlake sophomore finds inspiration at space camp

September 16, 2014

Lucas Timmerman has spent much of life learning about various math and science concepts, and he took a big step over the summer toward a career in those fields.

By Neil Pierson Lucas Timmerman, an Eastlake High School sophomore, took his math and science inclinations to a new level over the summer at Camp KAOS, an astronaut and space training program.

By Neil Pierson
Lucas Timmerman, an Eastlake High School sophomore, took his math and science inclinations to a new level over the summer at Camp KAOS, an astronaut and space training program.

Timmerman, a sophomore at Eastlake High School, attended Camp KAOS, a weeklong astronaut and space training program in June at the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, Kansas.

The camp’s education program features five levels for students entering seventh through 12th grades. Timmerman participated in the second level, Space 201, which focuses on advanced lessons in space shuttle systems, space science, physiology and microgravity science.

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Ingrid Johansen gets SUNY scholarship

September 9, 2014

Ingrid Johansen, of Sammamish, was awarded a Destination SUNY Oswego Scholarship of $8,000 a year. The scholarship goes to high-achieving students from outside New York state.

David Berfield displays love for family in ‘Kinfolk’ exhibit

September 3, 2014

By chance, Sammamish residents will be some of the last people to see David Berfield’s enameling work displayed in public.

By Neil Pierson Artist David Berfield chats with a visitor to his Kinfolk exhibit at the Sammamish Commons Gallery on Aug. 21. Berfield, who lives on Bainbridge Island, will have dozens of his steel and glass portraits on display in Sammamish until Sept. 15.

By Neil Pierson
Artist David Berfield chats with a visitor to his Kinfolk exhibit at the Sammamish Commons Gallery on Aug. 21. Berfield, who lives on Bainbridge Island, will have dozens of his steel and glass portraits on display in Sammamish until Sept. 15.

Berfield has made his name over the past 35 years by creating art from ceramics and enamel. However, he’d never done a public exhibit until “Kinfolk” debuted near his home on Bainbridge Island earlier this year. A connection to Barbara Jirsa, a Sammamish arts commissioner, brought the work to the Sammamish Commons Gallery inside City Hall in May, and it’ll be displayed through Sept. 15.

Berfield was in attendance at an Aug. 21 reception, where he had the opportunity to meet and greet several dozen visitors, and explain his techniques and inspirations.

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LocoMotive makes tracks in the local music scene

August 24, 2014

New: August 24, 11:14 a.m.

Like a lot of rock bands, LocoMotive members have a favorite hangout after they’ve performed at Snoqualmie Valley gigs. Even thought they frequently play at a local pub and restaurant, their hangout of choice isn’t a bar. It’s the local frozen yogurt shop.
The five-member band, all middle and elementary school students, range in age from 10 to 14 and include Tom Guilbert-Newell of Sammamish.
In recent months they’ve appeared at the Radio Duvall event, the Tanner Jeans Bike Rodeo and the Finapalooza at Finaghty’s in Snoqualmie and at a fundraiser for the Mount Si High School Jazz Band. Read more

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