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August 3, 2011
In 2010, Sammamish 10-year-old Sydney Carste and her family made plans to travel to Germany to attend some Women’s World Cup soccer matches June 26-July 17. But before they embarked on the early-July family getaway, plans changed a little bit when Sydney got the chance of a lifetime. It involved tracking down “jailed” vuvuzelas and playing a pick-up game with Brandi Chastain, former U.S. national team member.
The incoming fifth-grader at Samantha Smith Elementary blogged about her experience as a die-hard soccer fan for ESPN.
She wrote as Sydney from Seattle for the “World Cup Wunderkind” blog. Sydney followed teams throughout the World Cup and into the finals, developing quite a following from readers around the world. A few games into her coverage, people even began to recognize her on the streets of Dresden, she said.
“I was really excited,” said Sydney, a standout Crossfire player at home in Sammamish. “I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to do a good job.”
Sydney completed five entries during her family’s time in Germany. She wrote about crazy fans, game highlights and the general atmosphere surrounding the Women’s World Cup. Read more
July 26, 2011
Artist Suzanne Tidwell, creator of the yarn socks adorning several tree stumps near Eastlake High School in Sammamish, now has another site to add to her résumé. In April, Seattle Parks and Recreation asked artists to contribute to ARTSpark Program 2011.
The program, which organizes performances and art in Occidental Square during the summer, is a partnership between Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, and 4Culture’s Site Specific program.
The ARTSpark representatives were excited to give Tidwell the go-ahead to wrap the trees in the square with brightly-colored yarn, said the artist.
“It really transforms the neighborhood,” she said. Read more
July 26, 2011
Families tossed balls back and forth and children danced to the unmistakable melodies of Boston, Journey and Van Morrison at Pine Lake Park July 21. About 500 people braved a few light showers to hear the About Face band, a classic rock cover band. The performance was part of the weekly series put on by the city of Sammamish, Summer Concerts in the Park.
Recreation Coordinator Lynne Handlos said the turnout was the best yet this summer, due to the unseasonable weather in previous weeks. This summer marks the concert series’ 11th year, she said. For this year’s lineup, she picked the most popular bands in the last 10 years. The About Face band returned from 2008.
Handlos said she purposely picks a variety of genres to cater to a wide audience.
“We’ve never had a negative comment,” she said.
Denise Markley of Redmond, a regular attendee, said she enjoys the music and likes that families can run around and play.
She said she hopes the series continues into future years and appreciates that the concerts are free. Read more
July 19, 2011
Incoming Skyline High School seniors Supriya Dublish and Nicole Atherly received Girl Scouts Gold Awards for their leadership and service to the Sammamish community. In recognition of their work, Dublish and Atherly were invited to Gov. Chris Gregoire’s home and received letters of congratulations from President Barack Obama.
Winning the award “was really cool, especially when I got the letter,” said Dublish.
The highest honor a Girl Scout can receive, the Gold Award is a culmination of 40 hours of summer camp leadership, 40 hours of career related activities and 65 hours of individual project work. Dublish and Atherly attended job shadows and career fairs, worked at the Sammamish Days children’s booth and volunteered in Girl Scouts day camps over the past few years. They then proposed plans to organize their own events in conjunction with the city.
“It’s quite a lot of work and they learn a lot of new skills,” said Elaine Atherly, the Girl Scouts troop leader and Nicole Atherly’s mom. “It’s an exciting process for them to go through.” Read more
July 12, 2011
Sammamish Symphony volunteers Colleen Venter and Stephen Steck are the youngest recipients of the annual Golden Baton award for service to the symphony. Recognized because of their commitment to event planning and publicity, Steck and Venter organized the symphony’s annual fundraising auction this season.
Encouraged by her mother, Myrl Venter, who is the vice president of the symphony’s board, Colleen Venter began volunteering along with Steck in 2003.
Although they initially worked as greeters for concerts, Steck and Venter volunteered at their first auction in 2007. Read more
June 28, 2011
Teachers and staff at McAuliffe Elementary School raised nearly $2,300 for a patient at Seattle Children’s Hospital. At its McTeacher Night, June 1 at the Sammamish McDonald’s, the school staff members spent three hours raising support for the hospital’s Sparrow program. In all, McAuliffe students and families raised about $3,000 for Landon, their sponsored “Sparrow.” Read more
June 28, 2011
The Rotary Club of Sammamish awarded $15,000 in scholarships to three high school seniors in May.
Katie Teman of Eastlake, Olivia Verhagen of Skyline and Aspen Edwards of Eastside Catholic received awards for community service and academic excellence. Read more
June 28, 2011
In India, a family might wait four to five years to name their child, according to Sammamish residents from there. They develop a sense of his or her personality or character before affixing a permanent name — many of which come from ancient Sanskrit scriptures.
Software engineer Narendra Chandel created a website that aims at helping families, local and abroad, discern which name to choose. Read more
June 28, 2011
Sun. That’s the key word for this year’s Fourth on the Plateau celebration.
Organizers at the city of Sammamish are holding out hopes for a sunny and dry Fourth of July, 2011, seeking to draw thousands of community members to the annual fireworks show and carnival-style gathering at Sammamish Commons. Read more