Tavon Center Farmers Market helps adults with disabilities

June 19, 2012

A little booth in Gilman Village is making a big difference.

The Tavon Center Farmers Market allows adults with disabilities to interact with community members. The market is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 20 outside the center.

“We hope to grow as the summer goes on,” said Jaime “Billy” Billingsly, staff member at the center.

Right now, the market sells plants of tomatoes, green onions, peppers and basil, and flowers. Big sellers include farm fresh eggs and cookies. Tavon Center short- and long-sleeved shirts are also available to purchase.

“Not only does it give clients the opportunity to grow, but the staff, too,” Billingsly said. Read more

Rex Belshaw

June 19, 2012

Rex Belshaw

Rex Belshaw, of Sammamish, passed away June 15, 2012, in Bellevue. He was 43.

Rex was born July 18, 1968, in Bellevue, to Leon and Beverly Belshaw. He was raised in the Pine Lake area of Sammamish. Rex attended Sunny Hills Elementary, Pine Lake Junior High and Issaquah High schools and was a member of the class of 1986.

Following high school, Rex worked in several industries — commercial fishing, landscaping and as the proprietor of a pallet board business in Issaquah.

In his leisure time, he liked to spend time at Pine Lake, sports of all kinds and motocross. In his early years, he played soccer, baseball, wrestled and competed in motocross events. Rex especially loved spending time with his family and friends. Read more

Next Issaquah cash mob to descend on Fischer Meats

June 19, 2012

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce leaders have asked merchants and shoppers to prepare for another cash mob.

The event is planned to occur at Fischer Meats, 85 Front St. N., at 4 p.m. June 21, as part of National Small Business Week.

In a cash mob, a group of people descends on a business to buy, buy, buy. The destination is revealed through social media services. Then, the mob pops up at the business to browse and shop.

The organizers — Young Issaquah Professionals, or YIPPIES, 20- and 30-something business leaders in the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce — modeled the cash mob on similar events in other locales.

Learn more about the cash mobs at www.facebook.com/CashMobIssaquah and www.facebook.com/YoungIssaquahProfessionals.

Organizers said most participants spend about $20 apiece, but any amount is acceptable.

The inaugural cash mob in Issaquah unfolded last month at Gilman Village merchant Lucky You. Mobbers purchased almost $3,000 in merchandise. The next cash mob occurred at Sisters Antiques.

Community Calendar

June 19, 2012

Do-good project planned

A build-a-bench-a-thon is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 26 at the Tavon Center, 24017 S.E. Black Nugget Road, Issaquah. The program involves Issaquah’s Pomegranate Center and the Tavon Center, an adult day center for people with special needs, and Groupon Grassroots with Foster the Future, an effort to inspire community and volunteering across North America in conjunction with rock group Foster the People’s tour dates. Get involved or donate funds to the project via www.groupon.com through June 24. Or register to volunteer at http://fosterthefuture.com/dogoodproject.html. Read more

Gladys Mackenzie

June 19, 2012

Gladys Mackenzie, of Issaquah, passed away at Evergreen Hospice in Kirkland on June 14, 2012.

Gladys was born May 17, 1918, in Elbridge, N.Y.  She was 94.

Gladys lived and worked in Fulton, N.Y., until she joined the Navy in 1944. While in the Navy, she met and married her soul mate, Kenneth Mackenzie, in 1946. They moved to this area and in 1955 built their home on Beaver Lake, where they raised two children.

Gladys loved life as it was filled with the love of Jesus Christ, overflowing with his gifts of peace, harmony, joyfulness and hope. A good and faithful servant to God, family and country, Gladys enriched lives through her kindness, giving spirit, compassion and determination. She was a member of the Community Church of Issaquah. Read more

Eastside Domestic Violence Program is now LifeWire

June 19, 2012

After 30 years, the Eastside Domestic Violence Program is changing its name to LifeWire to better represent its mission of providing safety to victims of domestic violence and the continuum of care LifeWire provides families on the path to healing.

LifeWire’s programs include a 24-hour crisis line, shelters that provide safe housing, advocacy services, groups for children and teens, a Latina outreach program, counseling and women’s support groups. Last year, LifeWire answered nearly 11,000 crisis line calls and worked with almost 5,200 local victims of domestic violence. Since 1982, LifeWire has served more than 115,000 victims and their children, helping them escape from abusive homes and relationships.

Learn more at www.lifewire.org or contact Kelly Becker at kellypb@lifewire.org or 562-8840, ext. 253.

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Issaquah lacrosse midfielders named to All-American team

June 19, 2012

The Washington State Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse announced June 6 that 14 high school student-athletes, including lacrosse players from Issaquah High School, in Washington have been named to the 2012 U.S. Lacrosse All-American team.

The selections mark the first time since the awards were first given in Washington in 1987 that so many student-athletes have been named All-American or All-American Honorable Mention in a single year. Read more

Schools receive nearly $40,000 in donations

June 19, 2012

It’s the end of the school year but that doesn’t mean that donations to local schools have to end.

At the June 13 Issaquah School Board meeting, five donations of more than $2,500 each were approved by the board.

Among those was a $12,850 gift to Issaquah High School from its PTA. The funds will be used to purchase technology hardware and supplies for a mobile technology learning unit. The Grand Ridge PTA gave $8,655 to Grand Ridge Elementary School to purchase National Geographic subscriptions, music instruments, ebooks and gym class equipment.

The Career and Technical Education program and the Technology Education and Literacy in Schools program got a boost from the Issaquah Schools Foundation in the form of an $11,800 grant.

Math students at Cougar Ridge Elementary School will get new Excel math worksheets thanks to a $3,583 donation from the school’s PTA. Cougar Ridge’s PTA also donated $2,598 to help pay for half-day substitutes so teachers can be released for team science planning.

Master Chorus Eastside’s concert celebrates American music

June 19, 2012

Master Chorus Eastside’s popular Celebrate America concert returns once again to Issaquah’s Pickering Barn in two performances to commemorate the Fourth of July.

American music of all styles, including early Americana, folk tunes, spirituals and others stand side by side with Linda Gingrich’s signature commentary to create an unforgettable Independence Celebration on June 24. Read more

Official invites civic-minded youths to join legislative council

June 19, 2012

Lt. Gov. Brad Owen invited civic-minded youths to apply for position on the council responsible for advising state legislators on youth issues.

The 22-member Legislative Youth Advisory Council is comprised of teenagers between 14 and 18. Members serve two-year terms and, if eligible, can be reappointed for additional terms.

“This is a very action-oriented and diverse group of bright young people,” Owen said in a statement. “Each year they tackle a broad range of issues that are important to youth, take positions on legislative bills and work closely with legislators on seeing these bills through the legislative process. I would strongly encourage any interested youth to apply.”

The lieutenant governor makes the final appointments to the panel based on the recommendations of Legislative Youth Advisory Council membership.

Find the application form on the Legislative Youth Advisory Council website, http://lyac.leg.wa.gov. Email lyac@leg.wa.gov or call 360-725-6039 for more information. Interested teenagers must apply by June 25.

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