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Museo Art Academy summer camps

Museo Art Academy has kids summer camp for kids 4-12, teen camp for 13+ and  a “Fun Friday” One-Day Camps 6+

Day Camps ages 4-6, 6-9, 9-12
Creativity is the name of the game in Museo Art Academy’s fun-filled summer camps! Drawing, Painting, Clay and Mixed Media—there’s something new every week! Kids can attend in just the mornings or afternoons for “half-day” camps or combine them along with a Noon-1pm supervised lunch hour to create a “full-day” camp. All new projects this year!

Teen Camps 13+
Mon-Thu Day Camps ages 13 & up Drawing, Painting, Watercolor, Pottery & Manga—there’s something new every week! Whether you’re just trying it out for the very first time or you’ve already got some experience, the class sizes are small so that the instructor can work with students 1:1 and provide the appropriate level of challenge with each project.

“Fun Friday” One-Day Camps Summer Camps 6+
“Fun Fridays” offer a unique 3-hour project each Friday morning (9AM-Noon) and afternoon (1PM-4PM). Add it to a Mon-Thu camp to create a full, 5-day week of camps or attend just the Friday camp. Pottery, Painting, Printmaking, Watercolor and more!

Museo also has day camps on select Fridays for kids and teens also have weekly classes available
Creative Play (ages 2-4) *classes starting in September
Discovery Art (ages 4-6)
Exploring Art (ages 6-9)
Mastering Art (ages 9-12)
Drawing (ages 5-7) (ages 7-9) (ages 12+)
Painting (ages 12+)
Ceramics (ages 6-9) (ages 9-12)
Manga (12+)

Museo is currently in their summer schedule. More classes will be available in fall. Please check our website for additional information:

A Hatful of Rain play in Snoqualmie

Don’t miss the below play featuring Issaquah residents Fred Hopkins, Adrien Gamache, and Richard Payne in the play.  The director Susan Bradford and assistant director Patti Darchuk are also Issaquah residents.  They have ben doing theatre on the Eastside and in Seattle for almost 20 years and started at the old Couth Buzzard Bookstore
in Issaquah in 1996.

ArtByFire Summer Camp

Glassblowing Summer Camp for Kids!
June 24-27, 2014

4 hours each day for 4 days = 16 hours of expert instruction
$595 (10% discount for 2nd sibling!)
ages 10-17
safely make all types of beautiful glass art to take home!


Call artbyfire at 425.996.8867 or email to reserve a spot for your child!

artbyfire gallery and glass school
195 Front Street North, suite A
Issaquah WA  98065

Kaleidoscope School of Music Summer Camps

The latest news from Kaleidoscope School of Music View

Our Summer 2014 Rock Camps are open for registration now! Don’t miss out! We have GIRLS ROCK CAMP July 21-25 and August 4-8 and CLASSIC ROCK CAMP July 7-11 and August 14-22. These are awesome performance-focused camps for kids 10-17 who have at least some playing or singing experience. We’ll be learning classic and modern tunes and jamming as a band, along with a wide variety of other fun music-related activities. To register: To find out more info visit www.issaquahrockschool or email me any questions. Hope to see you here! Charles, Rock Program Director

35 Flower Baskets arriving downtown


Thank you to everyone who contributed to purchase flower baskets for downtown Issaquah.  We had over $7000 in donations with dozens of Mother’s Day cards sent on behalf of contributors.  The Issaquah Brewhouse hosted a fund raiser which raised $3200 and included a portion of their sales for the night.  Thank you to the City of Issaquah Arts Commission and Watts Properties for their $1000 contribution.  The following gave $250 each to cover the cost and maintenance of one flower basket for the entire season – Eastside Audiology, Eastside Consultants, Inc, Jak’s Grill and El 42 Cantina, The Village Theatre, Jeff and Katie Weaver and Richard Weisberg. 

 Thank you, thank you, thank you!  They are going to be nice! 


ArtByFire class calendar

artbyfire 2014 Class Calendar 

        ~ 6-week Glassblowing Classes ~
Saturdays:  May 31st  ~ July 5th
Saturdays:  July 19th  ~ Aug 23rd
9am ~ 1pm     and     2pm ~ 6pm

Our beginner classes cover the key forms in glassblowing: spheres, cylinders, bowls and more. , Students will learn how to gather glass onto the rod, shaping it with various tools, mastering basic skills, as well as adding color to your work. Shop safety, proper form and etiquette are all stressed throughout the lessons. More importantly, we want you to have fun. Classes meet for four hours, one day a week, for 6 weeks. Only 2-4 students per class.

  Tuition beginner $650       ~       Tuition intermediate $560
Kids’ Summer Camp  ~  June 24-27   ~   ages 10-17   ~   $595 

~Private Glassblowing Classes~
We offer 2- hour private classes for $240 or 4- hour classes for $340.  Private classes are geared towards each individual’s goals or for those who just want to try their hand at glassblowing without the 6-week commitment.  In either class, you “take what you make,” and as with the 6-week class, everything is included in the cost. You will be astounded with what you’ll be taking home.  If you want to share this experience add $75 per person to account for additional materials.

 ~ Thursday Mini-Events ~
Kids as young as age 5 – 99 can participate
Book your 15 minute slot        3pm-8pm
June 5 ~ Father’s Day paperweight   $45

 ~Lampworking Bead class~
This class centers on decorating and creating beautiful beads on the torch.  Why buy beads when you can make amazing ones yourself?  You will be taught safety, how to make cane, stringers, and applying decorations, dots, encasement and much more.  This is a 2-day class for the serious beginner! Everything included. 
Saturday-Sunday, June 7th & 8th       ~      Tuition $275
or schedule a private 5 hour lampworking class anytime $250
& ask us about wire-wrapping jewelry classes also -  $110

artbyfire    425.996.8867  and “like” us on Facebook!

Spring Clean Up a great success

Spring Clean Up, April 26th a great success!


Close to 300 volunteers turned out for the annual Issaquah Spring Clean Up this past Saturday.  Groups included several Girl Scout troops, Tavon Center, Drug Free Community Network, Key Clubs, Kiwanis, Friends of Lake Sammamish, Issaquah Environmental Council, LDS Church, and CleanScapes.  Young families planted flowers and students and adults took to the parks and streets to clean out weeds and pick up littler.  The weather cooperated and made for a great day.

Thank you to all our volunteers and sponsors.  Lowe’s Hardware donated several colorful pots and flowers and helped to plant them.  Top Pot Donuts provided donuts and coffee for check in.   CleanScapes pressure washed several areas downtown including the historic Shell Station.  Other sponsors that helped make this a successful day include Kiwanis, The City of Issaquah, and the Chamber of Commerce.

These efforts do make a difference in our community and our downtown.

April Monthly Merchant Newsletter






























































Calling All Musicians

SATURDAY, JUNE 21 – 2014
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Issaquah is making music on Saturday, June 21 in celebration of International Music Day (Fete de la Musique).  International Music Day is the one day a year people around the world celebrate the importance of music in our lives through free, open and accessible events throughout the U.S. and the world.  International Music Day is celebrated in over 450 cities and 100 countries when musicians take to the streets, sidewalks, and parks to play. Entire communities come out to listen, dance, and join in making music. Each community organizes its own events, and each celebration has a distinct expression.

In Issaquah, musicians are taking to the streets in Downtown and Gilman Village.  In addition to the several live music venues that host live music on every Saturday night, we are asking merchants to bring live music into their venues for the night.  There will also be several outdoor spots with bands playing.  We have designated several outdoor locations for bands that need power and several locations for solo or acoustic musicians.   

We are inviting everyone who plays an instrument – school bands, symphonies, individual bands and solo musicians to come and play.  Musicians are not paid but can ask for tips and sell merchandise – t-shirts, cd’s, etc.  

Musicians must sign up for a time slot dependent on availability and music must be approved for family friendly lyric content.   Venues assignments will be confirmed after May 1.   

Submission Deadline – May 1, 2014
Please submit the following information to
Description on style of music
A sample of your music via website or other link
Bio/press kit if available 

Join in the fun and make music!   


Registration now open for Fenders on Front Street


9th Annual Fenders on Front Street Car Show

 Downtown Issaquah Father’s Day Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Downtown Issaquah Association would like to invite you and your club members to join us at the free 9th Annual Fenders on Front Street Car Show – Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15, 2014.  The show begins at 8:00 a.m. and runs until 3:00 p.m. 

This will be another great year attracting car owners from across the state to show off their classic cars.  There will be live music by Kaleidoscope School of Music, family activities, and a trophy and awards ceremony with MC Lance Lambert.   Vinyl Radio will be broadcasting your favorite tunes all day long with Jeff Shade, the host of syndicated show Talk About Cars airing Sunday mornings.  The afternoon will culminate with an afternoon cruise to Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In.

Registration is now open.  Print your placard for the show and enter for a chance to win a $200 gift card from Griot’s Garage.  Trophies (or Shelly’s as we like to call them) will be awarded in several categories including Best of Show and Favorite Original, Classic, 50’s, 1950-1969, Post 1970, Foreign Truck, Most Unique, Cuz it’s Cool categories and a few surprises.

Front Street closes at 6:30 a.m. for the hundreds of fantastic automobiles to start parking.  Please enter from the north (Gilman) and point south on Front Street. The Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In will be hosting cars also.  The Eagles are serving their annual breakfast from 7:00 a.m. to noon and judging starts at 11:00 a.m.  Coffee and donuts will be served at the Triple XXX and the historic Shell Station. 

Registration is free with a suggested donation.
   Donations help support the Downtown Issaquah Association
Thank you to our sponsors including
Darigold, Vinyl Radio, Triple XXX Rootbeer and Watts Properties.