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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 3, 2014
By chance, Sammamish residents will be some of the last people to see David Berfield’s enameling work displayed in public.
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.
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