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SECTION B THE IS SAQUAH PRE S S COMITY WEDNESDAY MAY 6 2009 Womens' club auction to benefit charities About 50  baskets will be auctioned May 7 at the annual Issaquah Womens' Club basket auction to benefit local chari- ties. Baskets containing gift cer- tificates for spa treatments, baked goods, candies and chocolates, and baby items are among some of the items at the Baskets and Buddies event, said organizer Mariann Crane. The auction is at 10 a.m. at Tibbetts Creek Manor, 750 17th Ave. N.W Issaquah City Councilman Fred Butler will serve as auc- tioneer, Crane said. "This is our second-largest fundraising event, second only to our High Tea and Harmony event in November, she said. Crane estimates baskets will go for $15 to $75. "There really shouldn't be anything more than $100 be- cause of the economy, she said. Proceeds go to Eastside Baby Corner, Eastside Domestic Vio- lence Program, Issaquah Valley Community Services Food and Clothing Bank, the Issaquah Senior Center and four, $1,000 scholarships to girls graduating from Issaquah School District high schools next month. Money raised will also go to- ward the organization's back- pack and school supply drive prior to the start of the school year. "The reason why we do this is because we believe so much in giving back to the commu- nity," Crane said. "This is neoded tore than ever before, ' as onprofits are seeing a: 40 .:: peiddnt dedline in donatidfis ..... because of the economy." Need to find a preschool? Issaquah School District offi- cials are hoping you'll turn to them. District officials are asking parents of typically developing preschool-aged children to participate in a new program, which will integrate them with special needs children of the same age at Apollo, Discovery and Sunset elementary schools. Each classroom will have up to 12 children with special needs and at least three typi- cally developing students. There is no cost for the pro- dgram for parents with typically eveloping students. The program is built on re- search, which shows that com- bined classrooms are beneficial for both sets of students. To participate, students must be at least 3 years old by June 1. Parents who are interested in the program can pick up applications and in- formation at the main office of each of the three schools. Applications are due by May 13. Photos by Chantelle Lusebrink Nan Cairo (left), an artist and art teacher at Maywood Middle School, reworks one of her paintings while visiting with Dawn Verbeck. Mem Glao and Xuahlan Barrus, 2, show off their newly made May Day basket with a Johnny Jump Up flower at the DownTown Issaquah Association's craft table dudng the city's first ArtWalk of the season. returns bigger than ever For a a video of music from ArtWalk, go to uavw.issaquahpress.conz Lawrence Cenette shows his acrylics on canvas works in the !obby at Village Theatre's Mainstage. Above, at Stella Vintage & Modern, Martha Rittie sells a new full-length Save the Queen dress from Italy to Debra McEIroy, of Issaquah. At right, despite the heat, Chuck Jensen, an instructor at art- byflre and a glass blower for more than 10 years, rolls out a new piece in the gallery's studio on Front Street, giving the crowd at ArtWalk a show. Daniel Onufer, a 19-year-old Liberty High School graduate who lives in Bellingham (standing), returned home for the weekend to show his most recent silk-screen and iron-on, short-sleeved shirt designs. Though his compa- ny doesn't have a name yet, he said he's making shirts as fast as he can so he can continue to sell at ArtWalk this season. BY LYNNE GREGG Chris Gregg high above the state in one of four flights he's completed with an instructor and his mother, Lynne Gregg. Teen gets ready to fly t'riendly skies BY CHANTEIuLE LUSEBRINK t age 4, a toy F-14 fighter jet given to him by his father sent Chris Gregg's dreams into the blue. He'g been soaring to new heights ever since. Now 13, he has logged more than 1,500 hours behind flight simulators and four hours behind the yolk of an actual plane. "It's jt amazingly beautiful," he said. Just seeing the beauty of it and the feel of it makes me want to go back and back." Sitting in his room, Chris, an Is- saquah Middle School student, has access to hundreds of planes he can test on his personal computer. "I've flown fighter jets, dream- liners and commercial aircraft. Then, there's the ones that are de- signed like soda cans," he said, laughing. But when his mom Lynne Gregg realized their home computer could only take him so far, she en- rolled him in the Museum of Fli,ght's aviation summer camp. ' It is so unusual for someone his age to have such a passion and know what exactly he wants to do with his life," she said, adding it runs in the family. Before Chris was born, his morn had studied flight and was on the verge of getting her pilot's license, but her career got in the way. As his love for flying intensified after summer camps, Chris said it became exceedingly difficult to part from his simulator flying long enough to finish his homework. "I used to fudge to get my home- work done," he said. I would just rush, so I could get back to flying." Like many middle school par- ents, Lynne said she began moni- toring his homework closely and dangling a bribe -- flying lessons. "Sure enough, up they went and up we went," she said. Chris stepped into his first air- plane to fly in summer 2007. "I just thoul ht, 'I'm going to fly at last,' and Le first time I was so excited, I felt like I was going to peP in my pants," he said. He's flown to Gig Harbor, over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, through the Puget Sound region, over Snoqualmie Falls and as far north as Everett's Payne Field. But it s always the landing part where instructors seem to want to give him extra help, he said. "I downloaded it and practiced for about two weeks and I became a magic wizard at it," he said, of practicing with his simulator. "It was hard and I had to use my muscles. That's when the instruc- tor tried to help. I just said, 'I can get it,' and I set it down. It was just a nice, clean, crisp landing." See AVIATOR, Page B3