Sammamish Farmers Market

There are only a couple weeks left to go and enjoy the Sammamish Farmers market at the Sammamish Commons. The market will end for the year on October 1st and will re-open next spring. Go pick up some locally grown and harvested goodies before it's to late!

Issaquah State Salmon Hatchery: Learn about the Outdoors

When you need a free outdoor activity, head to the Issaquah State Salmon Hatchery. Proudly run by the nonprofit Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (F.I.S.H.), the hatchery preserves this iconic fish of the Northwest and its amazing journey.

Children and adults enjoy learning about the life of salmon from their trek from the sea upstream to spawn. The hatchery has several viewing points including a bridge spanning the creek, plus glass windows in the ladder and holding ponds that allow visitors to watch the fish’s journey upstream.

The best time to visit is in the fall, when the salmon are making their trip. Volunteers are on hand to answer questions and lead free tours during the season. If your children really enjoy learning about nature, consider signing them up for one of F.I.S.H.’s educational summer camps.

Issaquah State Salmon Hatchery
125 W. Sunset Way
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 392-1118

Like Tea? Check Out Experience Tea!

This week's highlight focuses on Experience Tea, a small shop in downtown Issaquah that provides classes and group events to those looking to gain knowledge on different types of teas and to explore the many tastes different teas have to offer! Join shop owner Roberta as she expands your knowledge and offers up tasty treats! This Saturday there will be a "Tea Discovery" class that starts at 10am. Be there or be square…

195 Front St. N Issaquah, WA

Paint Your Own Ceramics at Mudhouse Pottery Painting

Make a unique gift for a loved one at Mudhouse Pottery Painting in Issaquah. This paint-your-own pottery studio is a gem with affordable prices, a wide selection, and friendly staff.

Customers appreciate the variety of ceramics that range from simple mugs to large platters. There are plenty of colors, stencils, and brushes to get the look you want. Compared to other studios, Mudhouse tends to be a bit cheaper, making it ideal for children. You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy pottery painting; adults can get in on the fun, too! If you want to improve your skills or learn ceramic painting techniques, consider taking one of the classes for adults and children.

Mudhouse Pottery Painting
317 Northwest Gilman Boulevard
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 677-7334

Redmond’s Micro-Mecca

Micro-Breweries have become one of the most iconic staples the Pacific Northwest has to offer. They have become so popular in fact that they are now popping up almost everywhere. I think it's important that we recognize and appreciate good craft beer, but I also think we should know our surroundings and understand our proximity to some of the best micro-breweries in the state of Washington, if not the United States.

My passion for good beer started the day I had my first sip of Mac & Jack's African Amber (I was at least 21). Its distinct bold taste sent a little shiver down my spine… I knew I wasn't in the Colorado Rockies anymore. Ever since, I have made it a mission to taste anything new, anything I've never heard of before on my quest to find the perfect beer. I've tasted many a beer in my day and yet I'd still consider myself a novice connoisseur. Just when you think you've tried it all, you stumble upon that new brewery that you'd never heard of and that shiver returns to your spine.

Through my many pints and added lb's I have discovered that some of the best beer in the United States is a 20 minute drive from us here at the Estates at Cougar Mountain. Redmond has proven to be the Mecca of my beer-ventures. I keep coming back to two micro-breweries: Mac & Jack's Brewery (right next to Marymoor Park) and Black Raven Brewing Co. (off Willows Road.). As I have been planning my wedding with my fiancée for next June, my one job is to take care of the beer and wine arrangements. Each of these breweries will have their best offerings (in my personal opinion) on tap at my wedding.

Mac & Jack's African Amber is where it all started for me. It is a Northwest Classic that helped establish the Pacific Northwest as a micro brewery powerhouse and led the way for many unfiltered, dry hopped Ambers to come. Feel free to check out Mac and Jack's website or go grab a growler or a keg from their brewery! (Their Two Ton IPA isn't bad either…)

17825 Northeast 65th St
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 558-9697

The second signature beer I will be selecting for the big day will be Black Raven Brewing Companies Trickster IPA. This is my personal favorite as far as beers go right now. At 6.9% Alcohol by Volume (or ABV,) this beer is just like your older brother. You love it to death, but sometimes it kicks your butt. It is one of the hoppiest beers I've had and I love hops! Feel free to pop in to the Black Raven Tap Room to try out everything they have on tap. They are open seven days a week and offer up pints, growlers and kegs at the taproom. Check out their website.

14679 NE 95th St
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 881-3020

Please taste responsibly,

~The Staff

12th Annual Kirkland Classic Car Show

Head to Kirkland this Sunday to explore some of the nicest vehicles the Pacific Northwest has to offer at the 12th Annual Kirkland Classic Car Show. The event begins at 10:00am in the heart of downtown Kirkland. This one is going to be fun for the whole family!

Seafair Weekend is Almost Upon Us!

The Blue Angels are coming back to town and will be doing some practice runs at the end of July! Seafair weekend starts on August 1st and goes through August 3rd. Get outside and enjoy the Hydroplane Races and all the excitement that Seafair has to offer!

Watch out for the Oh Boy Oberto boat this year. Jimmy Shane who piloted the Graham Trucking boat in last years heats and went home with the trophy will be taking over at the helm of the Oh Boy Oberto boat this year as he tries to repeat last year success. Things are going to get pretty interesting in this years races!

Elevate Your Movie-Going Experience at Cinebarre

Enjoy the latest blockbuster movie on a big screen—with a frosty beer in hand!—at Cinebarre, a 21+ theater in Issaquah. Seats are roomy with plenty of leg room, but unfortunately this theater doesn't take reservations. The key to enjoying your experience is arriving early—very early, in fact. The theaters can be small, so grab your spot as soon as possible.

There is a nice selection of draft beer, so you can enjoy a few in the bar before the show. Order your food promptly, and get your own drinks from the bar to ensure speedy service. The simple menu includes fried food, pizzas, and burgers. If you don’t want to fuss over a full meal, just order dessert.

Happy hour is 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays, with premium drafts for just $4, along with other food and drink specials.

1490 11th Avenue NW
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 313-5666

World Cup – USA vs. Germany

Where are you going to watch the United States take on Germany in the FIFA World Cup? Here is our list of local venues showing the match:

Fadó Irish Pub
801 1st Ave, Seattle, 98104
(206) 264-2700

Shultzy’s in the U-District
4114 University Way NE, Seattle, 98105

Lil’ Jon Restaurant & Lounge in Eastgate
3080 148th Ave SE Suite 201 Bellevue, 98007
(425) 746-4653

Mustard Seed Grill & Pub in Newport Hills
5608 119th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98006

Annette Lake Trail

Annette Lake Trail is a 7.5 mile out and back trail located near North Bend, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking & mountain biking and is accessible from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Annette Lake trail is rated the 7th best trail out of 292 trails in the Snoqualmie National Forest. This one is close enough and short enough to do a day trip, but would probably be better to plan an overnight camping trip to enjoy the hike the way it's meant to be enjoyed.