Highlands Day Festival

August 31, 2015

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ArtEAST presents parallel identity exhibits

August 22, 2015

NEW — 10 a.m. Aug. 22, 2015 

“I Am,” an exhibit of art quilts by the Pacific Northwest African-American Quilters, will be on display from Sept. 9 through Nov. 18 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive.

Presented by artEAST and the Issaquah Highlands Council, with support from 4Culture and the Issaquah Arts Commission, “I Am” explores the concepts of individual and community identity. The exhibition is curated by quilt artists Gwen Maxwell-Williams and Janice King. In addition to Maxwell-Williams, quilt artists represented in the exhibition include LueRachelle Brim-Atkins, Lynn Hambie, Annie Harper, Oneda Harris, Cheryl Haskins, Erma Hill, Sheila Holmes, Luana Langford, Amy Pierce, Sharon Sobers and Kintisha Williams.

The exhibition will open with a day of free programming from 1-9 p.m. Sept. 12, with the following activities: Read more

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Highlands Council gets grant for art quilt project

July 16, 2015

The Highlands Council has been awarded a 4Culture 2015 Group Art Project Grant in the amount of $5,500.

The grant application was submitted with the help of artEAST Executive Director Karen Abel to fund new and enriching programming this fall when the Pacific Northwest African-American Quilters exhibit inside Blakely Hall.

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Sister Cities benefit features jazz and wine

April 30, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 30, 2015

Spring Fusion: A Sister Cities Celebration will bring together the best of Issaquah and its sister city Chefchaouen, Morocco, at 7 p.m. May 15 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive.

Join in for a selection of Mediterranean-inspired hors-d’oeuvres, a selection of local beer and wine, and several varieties of jazz.

Tickets are $30 and available online at http://springfusion.brownpapertickets.com.

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Public comment session on Snoqualmie, Olympic forests is April 28 in Issaquah

April 24, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 24, 2015

Responding to requests by U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, the U.S. Forest Service plans additional “listening sessions” to accept public comment on the ongoing study of the Northwest Forest Plan.

With the main topic being the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie and Olympic national forests, a listening session is slated from 6-8 p.m. April 28 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive, Issaquah. The Issaquah session is meant to solicit public opinion on what changes to the Northwest Forest Plan might be needed, said Kelly Spute, a spokesman for the Forest Service.

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Celebrating Hanukkah

December 22, 2014

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Downtown association’s Shop Small program connects the community

November 25, 2014

“You get out and support your community, the dollars stay local and you find unique items you won’t find elsewhere,” said Karen Donovan, chairwoman of the Downtown Issaquah Association.

Inside her White Horse Toys in Gilman Village, owner Debra Lewis said there are mass-market products and there are specialty markets.

“We try to stick with the specialty items,” she said, adding that bigger chain stores or online retailers can’t match her in terms of customer service and overall shopping experience.

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Issaquah mayor, school board candidates face off in first forum

September 19, 2013

NEW — 11:22 a.m. Sept. 19, 2013

Differences became apparent between candidates in the Sept. 17 candidate forum.

The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce welcome the two mayoral contenders and the two seeking a school board position to Blakely Hall for the kickoff of campaign season.

City Council President Fred Butler and Councilman Joe Forkner met each other for a first public appearance directly related to seeking November votes.

Moderated by Erin McCallum, of the Strategic Campaign Group, the forum allowed candidates 90-second answers to a variety of questions asked by McCallum and the audience.

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The Fire Inside to perform in Issaquah Highlands

September 17, 2013

The Fire Inside Celtic band brings their energetic, Irish music to a free concert in the Issaquah Highlands at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive.

The Fire Inside has performed regionally for nearly three years, including at 20 festivals, pubs and events this year alone. As a recent feather in its cap, the band will open for the Young Dubliners at the Yachats Celtic Music Festival in November. They will also perform at the west Gilman Boulevard Starbucks and Salmon Days.

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