Walgreens stores are accepting wildfire donations

July 28, 2014

NEW — 3 p.m. July 28, 2014

Responding to wildfires devastating portions of the state, Walgreens is accepting cash donations from customers looking for ways to support those whose lives or property were disrupted.

Make check-out counter cash donations in amounts of $1, $5 and $10 and the donations will go to the American Red Cross to help people affected by the western wildfires.

The Red Cross is providing shelter and has provided more than 3,200 meals and snacks to those affected by the fires. The organization is also providing health and mental health services, and is distributing trash bags, gloves and masks to people throughout the area.

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EFR hosts blood drive July 31

July 28, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 28, 2014

The Puget Sound Bloodmobile will be at Eastside Fire & Rescue’s administrative headquarters from 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. July 31 for people to donate blood.

The bloodmobile, which will be at 175 Newport Way N.W., will close from 1-2 p.m.

EFR is working with the Puget Sound Blood Center to increase awareness in the benefits of being a blood donor.

  • Goal — Puget Sound Blood Center needs to get their blood supply above four days and to keep it at that level.
  • Fact — Puget Sound Blood Center needs to meet this goal in order to stay above critical and emergency levels.

Sign-up and schedule a specific time by calling Jenny Oltmann, firefighter with EFR, at 206-949-8414, or emailing joltmann@esf-r.org.

Walk-ins will be accepted with priority given to appointments. Donors with appointments may experience shorter wait times.

Heat wave triggers blood shortage, donors needed now

July 27, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 27, 2014

Puget Sound Blood Center issued an appeal for donors after collections began to dip sharply as a result of the recent heat wave.

During that week, more than a half-dozen blood drives were suspended or cancelled as temperatures soared.

Drives disrupted by the heat wave typically take place in community centers or places of worship not equipped with air conditioning. It takes about 900 donors per day to maintain a sufficient blood supply for more than 80 hospitals in the Pacific Northwest served by center.

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Wooden O brings ‘Two Gentlemen’ to Pine Lake Park tonight

July 26, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 26, 2014

The Seattle Shakespeare Co. continues its summer Wooden O Shakespeare in the Park Series July 26 with “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” at Pine Lake Park, in Sammamish.

Wooden O, founded in 1994, started with annual summer Shakespeare performances at Mercer Island’s Luther Burbank Amphitheater. Demand for the free summer Shakespeare performances grew, and over the years, park venues from Lynnwood to Auburn were added to the schedule. In spring 2008, Seattle Shakespeare Co. merged with Wooden O.

The Pine Lake Park performance is from 7-9 p.m. at 2615 228th Ave.

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Donate today, tomorrow to Eastside Baby Corner to help children affected by Western Washington fires

July 25, 2014

NEW — 2:15 p.m. July 25, 2014

Eastside Baby Corner is holding an emergency drive today and tomorrow to collect diapers to send to Western Washington communities impacted by the still-burning fires.

Those interested in helping are asked to bring, very specifically, pull-ups in sizes 2T to 4T and baby wipes to the EBC Hub, 1510 N.W. Maple St., in Issaquah, through 3 p.m. today, and between 9 and 10 a.m. tomorrow.

EBC received a call from a relief organizer in Wenatchee asking for assistance with diapers, wipes and pull-ups. EBC had sufficient diapers in stock and was able to commit 10,000 to the relief effort.

However, EBC does not have enough pull-ups or wipes to contribute, and is asking supporters and the local community to help.

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Give input on Gibson, Meerwood park playground designs

July 25, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 25, 2014

Using voter-approved park bond funds, the city of Issaquah is renovating the Gibson and Meerwood park playgrounds this summer.

Your input can help select the best possible fit for the community.

To discuss Gibson Park, attend a meeting from 10 a.m. to noon July 26 at Gibson Park, 105 Newport Way S.W. To discuss Meerwood Park, attend a meeting from 5:30-7 p.m. July 29 or from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 2 at Meerwood Park, 4703 192nd Ave. S.E.

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3 Trick Pony brings the hits to Concerts in the Park series tonight

July 24, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 24, 2014

The 14th annual outdoor concert series at Pine Lake Park continues July 24 with 3 Trick Pony bringing the hits from current to classic.

The concerts in the park are from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 28.

There is plenty of lawn space, so you can bring your own picnic basket. The Rotary Club of Sammamish will sell barbecue dinners and the Kiwanis Club of Sammamish will sell ice cream. No alcohol is allowed in the park.

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Attend local meeting about Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest roads July 24

July 23, 2014

NEW — 6 p.m. July 23, 2014

The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is hosting a series of public results forums to share data collected from sustainable roads public outreach meetings held last summer.

Attend the local meeting from 6-8:30 p.m. July 24 at the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way.

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Donate your change at Fred Meyer and QFC for fire relief efforts

July 23, 2014

NEW — 2 p.m. July 23, 2014

Fred Meyer and QFC stores will donate $50,000 to the American Red Cross to assist with the fire relief efforts in Washington.

And the change dropped in the coin collection boxes at check stands at all Washington Fred Meyer and QFC stores for the next week will also be donated to the Red Cross.

The Issaquah Fred Meyer is at 6100 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. There are two Issaquah QFC stores, at 1540 N.W. Gilman Blvd. and 4570 Klahanie Drive S.E.

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Not feeding bears will help animals survive

July 22, 2014

A 304-pound black bear near Issaquah-Hobart Road peers out of the large trap where he sits in a pile of straw behind bars. He pops his jaw, sways back and forth, and then explosively charges with wild fervor. He’s following his instincts for finding food.

The large bruin and at least five other bears have been repeatedly coming to a residence near Issaquah, where, for the past 13 years, the occupant has been feeding them 5-gallon buckets full of bird seed in her backyard, Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife Officer Jason Capelli said.

By Tami Asars Recording measurements on a tranquilized black bear are (from left) Lindsay Welfelt, WSU master student/bear researcher, Brian Kertson, wildlife research scientist, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Jason Capelli, a Fish and Wildlife officer.

By Tami Asars
Recording measurements on a tranquilized black bear are (from left) Lindsay Welfelt, WSU master student/bear researcher, Brian Kertson, wildlife research scientist, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Jason Capelli, a Fish and Wildlife officer.


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