Students snap photos to strengthen sister-city ties

January 18, 2011

Sarah Cluff snapped a photo of ducks and a toddler for a sister cities photo contest. By Sarah Cluff

Students snapped photos of a mountain panorama, football practice and “Copper Clad” — the metal horse sculpture downtown — to showcase Issaquah in a recent sister-cities photo contest.

The inaugural photo contest included students in Issaquah and sister city Chefchaouen, Morocco, in a transatlantic effort to foster cultural ties between students in both places. Read more

City seeks civic-minded citizens for volunteer posts

January 11, 2011

City leaders seek civic-minded citizens to serve on municipal boards and shape environmental and land-use decisions, guide the future of municipal parks, and foster relationships between Issaquah and the international community.

The city has openings on 11 boards and commissions. Not all applicants must be Issaquah residents. Read more

City seeks civic-minded citizens for volunteer posts

January 6, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. Jan. 6, 2011

City leaders seek civic-minded citizens to serve on municipal boards and shape environmental and land-use decisions, guide the future of municipal parks, and foster relationships between Issaquah and the international community.

The city has openings on 11 boards and commissions. Not all applicants must be Issaquah residents.

Candidates can pick up the application at the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way, during regular business hours.

Applicants must submit signed and completed applications and city forms by noon Jan. 31.

In the weeks ahead, city staffers contact applicants and schedule interviews for February.

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Grande Parade opens Salmon Days Festival

September 28, 2010

The Issaquah Salmon Days Grande Parade will again kick off the annual two-day festival at 10 a.m. Oct. 2.

Issaquah will begin its 41st anniversary celebration with more than 100 entries, including stunning floats from the Northwest. Follow the procession from Front Street at Northwest Dogwood Street, down Gilman Boulevard to 12th Avenue and along 12th Avenue until the parade’s end past the Sports Authority parking lot. The Grande Parade is ohfishally spawnsored by Lakeside Industries.

Festival VIPs in the parade include Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger, Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers, Eastside Fire & Rescue Chief Lee Soptich and Issaquah Chamber of Commerce President Chris Hysom.

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Deadline extended in sister-city photo contest

September 21, 2010

The deadline for the photo contest set up to foster ties between Issaquah and sister city Chefchaouen, Morocco, has been extended to Oct. 29.

Issaquah and the American Moroccan International Exchange teamed up for a photo contest for students ages 12-18 from both cities. Eligible students can create and submit photos to the contest. Organizers hope the photography project helps improve understanding and relationships between people in both nations.

Find the contest guidelines and submit photos at http://amieonline.org.

The winning photos will be displayed in Issaquah and Chefchaouen, and online. The top finishers will also receive cash prizes.

Off The Press

August 31, 2010

Against the assault on freedom No. 1

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Why should this writer feel it important to share thoughts about the proposed mosque and community center project 3,000 miles away from Issaquah, in New York City near the site of the World Trade Center terrorist attack? Isn’t that a little bit outside our scope?

I don’t think so, and to name a few reasons, here’s why:

• An Eastlake High School girls’ basketball player wearing a headscarf in 2007.

• Chabad of the Central Cascades, located in the Issaquah Highlands.

• The Vedic Cultural Center on 228th Avenue Southeast in Sammamish.

• Issaquah’s sister city relationship with Chefchaouen, Morocco.

• The local Christian churches of many denominations, including Serbian Orthodox.

• A local Baha’i faith group having meetings in members’ homes.

• The Sammamish Muslims Association proposal for an Islamic Center of Sammamish and Issaquah near Pine Lake. Read more

Help strengthen ties between Issaquah, Morocco with student photo contest

August 17, 2010

Snap photos of Issaquah people and places — and help strengthen bonds between the community and sister city Chefchaouen, Morocco.

Issaquah and the American Moroccan International Exchange teamed up for a photo contest for students ages 12-18 from both cities. Eligible students can create and submit photos to the contest. Organizers hope the photography project helps improve understanding and relationships between people in both nations.

Find the contest guidelines at http://amieonline.org. Submit photos online by Sept. 15.

Winners will be announced at the Salmon Days Festival on Oct. 2-3. The winning photos will be displayed in Issaquah and Chefchaouen. The top finishers will also receive cash prizes.

Contest aims to strengthen ties between Issaquah, Morocco

August 11, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 11, 2010

Snap photos of Issaquah people and places — and help strengthen bonds between the community and sister city Chefchaouen, Morocco.

Issaquah and the American Moroccan International Exchange teamed up for a photo contest for students age 12-18 from both cities. Eligible students can create and submit photos to the contest. Organizers hope the photography project helps improve understanding and relationship between people in both nations.

Find the contest guidelines here. Submit photos here by Sept. 15.

Winners will be announced at the Salmon Days Festival on Oct. 2-3. The winning photos will be displayed in Issaquah and Chefchaouen. The top finishers also receive cash prizes.

Trivia Night comes to Zeeks Pizza

July 20, 2010

The popular Trivia Night launched last year by the municipal Sister Cities Commission and the American Moroccan International Exchange returns July 26.

Proceeds from the event will be used for programs that will further strengthen the relationship between Issaquah and sister city Chefchaouen, Morocco.

Sister Cities Commission members work to promote international goodwill and understanding through people-to-people diplomacy, education and cultural exchanges.

Trivia Night will be hosted at Zeeks Pizza, 2525 N.E. Park Drive, in the Issaquah Highlands. The event begins at 7 p.m.

Trivia Night teams will match wits for fun and prizes. The entry fee is $20 for each team of up to four people. Participants should arrive early in order to secure a table.

There is no pre-registration for the event, and Zeeks will remain open during Trivia Night.

Take a closer look at Issaquah’s public art

February 23, 2010

Public art is a big part of Issaquah today. In fact, there’s an entire city policy dedicated to it.

While it may be an addition to the city’s beauty — depending on your tastes — you may have driven by more than one of the pieces and wondered, “What is that?”  Well, here are some answers to some pieces you may have wondered about.

Have others that we didn’t list? Send them to editor@isspress.com.

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