Issaquah Hobby and Volunteer Expo returns for 14th year

April 24, 2012

By Staff

Shirley Slaughter, of Issaquah, a member of Issaquah Quilters, sits in front of a quilt by Linda Smith, while meeting visitors during the 2009 Hobby and Volunteer Expo at Pickering Barn. By Greg Farrar

The annual Issaquah Hobby and Volunteer Expo, sponsored by the Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department, is set for April 28 at Pickering Barn and features nonprofit clubs, community service organizations and similar groups.

Any such organization serving Issaquah is invited to put up a table, said Cathy Jones, city recreation coordinator.

Participating clubs or organizations can seek to recruit new members, volunteers or both.

Jones described the event as especially aimed at newcomers to the Issaquah area, newly retired persons or teens looking for new ways to gain community service hours.

There are usually about 40 community groups represented, though Jones admitted the numbers are a bit of shy of that so far this year. Still, some groups that plan to attend include The Sierra Club, Girl Scouts of America, MEOW Cat Rescue, the Issaquah Alps Trail Club, Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and the Issaquah Women’s Club. One of the more unusual might be the Cascade Treasure Club, which Jones said is aimed at metal detector enthusiasts.

“We get a really large variety,” she added, referring to the types of clubs and organizations involved.

The city estimates about 1,000 people came through the expo last year. Being part of the farmers market is great for the expo, Jones said.

If you go

Issaquah Hobby and Volunteer Expo

  • Sponsored by Issaquah Parks & Recreation
  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28
  • Pickering Barn
  • 1730 10th Ave. N.W.
  • Free and open to the public

“That’s a nice venue for us with a nice crowd already coming through,” she said.

The expo is held inside Pickering Barn. Each group involved is asked to have some type of activity planned so the event does not become a collection of tables covered with brochures.

“The Issaquah Women’s Club has had a booth at the expo for at least 10 years,” said the group’s Deborah Bader. “We look forward to this event every year as an opportunity to let visitors know who we are and what we’re all about.”

The group’s current vice president, Sandy Cobel, first visited the expo in 2003. At the time, she was looking for a way for her mom, who had just moved to Issa-quah, to connect with her new community. Cobel said she would never forget the warmth and enthusiasm of those in the club’s booth. She and her mother joined and have been active members ever since.

Long-time club member Valerie Armitage said she believes very strongly in the value of participating in the expo as a “way for us to show our strength as a social and community organization.”

The Hobby and Volunteer Expo is free and open to all ages. Interested nonprofit clubs can contact Jones at to reserve space at the event.

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