The Celebration Choir from Overlake Christian Church hits the road next week, headed to Arizona for a couple of singing engagements. The tour starts with...

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The Celebration Choir from Overlake Christian Church hits the road next week, headed to Arizona for a couple of singing engagements.


The tour starts with a concert at the First Baptist Church of Sun Lakes on Friday night and then goes secular Saturday. The group will sing the national anthem and “God Bless America” at the Seattle Mariners spring-training game against the San Diego Padres.

Seventy-five choir members (and spouses), about half of the Redmond church’s 150-voice group, will make the road trip. They’ll be joined by another 10 singers, former choir members now living in the Phoenix area, said Bette Hertzberg, an executive assistant at the church.


Musically speaking as well as in attendance figures, Overlake always does things big. It is one of the largest churches in Washington, with average weekly attendance topping 3,000 folks.

In December, the choir participated in six performances of the annual Living Christmas Tree production, seen by more than 23,000 people. The church also has a full orchestra.



Coming home

Sammamish High School grad Matt Mattson just finished a tour with the U.S. Army in Iraq. He arrives home on leave from Germany next Saturday.


On the phone recently, his mom, Caren Mattson, asked the 21-year-old what he wanted to do in his time home.

Matt replied, “Go camping.”


We should also mention that Matt has four younger siblings: the quadruplets that dominated local news when they were born in June 1991. Brandon, Martin, Michael and Stacia, along with parents Caren and Gregg, now live in Idaho.


Hey, dude!

David Mason and Kim Leyton of Sammamish are mystified how their toddler, Ezra, broke his right leg. He didn’t seem to be in pain. He just quit standing or crawling.

Ezra’s entire leg was put in a cast last week, about 36 hours before the Masons went on an anniversary trip to Hawaii.


David Mason said he had a great line prepared in case anyone in Hawaii asked about Ezra’s cast.

“I’ll tell them it was a gnarly surfing accident,” Mason said.



Clean sweep

Women can forget housecleaning this morning and opt for manicures, demonstrations and workout sessions with celebrity fitness trainer Kathy Kaehler at the PRO Sports Club in Bellevue.


“Take Back Your Saturday Morning,” the 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. free event, is sponsored by a company that makes household cleaners. The reason for the name? Studies apparently show most women spend Saturday morning cleaning house.

But the best part — besides the freebies — will be touring the elegant spa at the membership-only PRO Club, 4455 148th Ave. N.E.


(Here’s a singles tip you won’t find on the back of any cleaning product: The PRO Club is where many Microsofties work out.)


Critter report

Former Issaquah residents Eric and Marla Erickson left their home on a large lot and moved to downtown Anacortes.

They report they didn’t leave the wildlife behind. “Even though I’m now in the city, the deer are in my back yard and hoot owls are in my trees,” Eric Erickson said.



One last grin

How did we share jokes and quips before e-mail and the Internet? Among the many items I received this week was this gem:


“Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.”

Sherry Grindeland: 206-515-5633 or sgrindeland@seattletimes.com