January 26, 2010
Issaquah visitor Joan Probala returns from Norway with hopes to revive sister-city bond
Longtime Issaquah resident Joan Probala traveled to Sunndal, Norway, in November to discuss the dormant sister-city relationship between Issaquah and the Norwegian town.
Dignitaries from both cities established the relationship in 1991, although the connection has waned in recent years. In the meantime, Issaquah and Chefchaouen, Morocco, started a sister-city relationship in 2007.
Issaquah City Council members hope to revive and strengthen the relationship between the city and Sunndal. Probala, a member of the city Sister Cities Commission, met with Sunndal leaders, sampled reindeer and talked about how to strengthen the bond between Issaquah and the small, quaint city on a fjord.
January 12, 2010
Help shape the way Issaquah develops, advise officials about growth and even increase public art throughout the city. Read more
January 9, 2010
NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 9, 2010
Help shape the way Issaquah develops, advise officials about growth and even increase public art throughout the city.
City leaders seek members for 12 city boards and commissions. Not all applicants must be Issaquah residents. Officials need regular and alternate members. Alternate members serve in the absence of regular members.
Pick up application forms at the City Clerk’s Office on the second floor at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way. Find the form here.
November 10, 2009
The dormant relationship between Issaquah and Sunndal, Norway — the first sister city partnership forged by Issaquah leaders — could be rekindled next week when longtime Issaquah resident Joan Probala travels to the far-flung corner of Scandinavia.
Issaquah and Sunndal became sister cities in 1991, but the relationship faded and the pact failed to produce more than a handful of visits between the cities’ residents. In the meantime, Issaquah established a second sister city relationship with Chefchaouen, Morocco, in early 2007.
Probala, a member of the Issaquah Sister Cities Commission, hopes her trip to Norway can reinvigorate the partnership with Sunndal. She departed Nov. 9 for Norway and the distant sister city. She plans to spend three weeks in Norway, where her daughter lives. The trip to Sunndal will be a high-profile side trip. Read more
September 1, 2009
August 18, 2009
Play poker for a good cause at the Texas Hold ‘em Poker fundraiser Aug. 26 at the Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge, 765 Rainier Blvd. N. Read more
August 11, 2009
On their first visit to America, students Meryem Riane, 19, and Loubna Gourari, 18, traveled to Issaquah from its Moroccan sister city, Chefchaouen.
Long before the students made a two-week trip to Issaquah, Issaquah residents and officials took steps to cement the relationship between the city and Chefchaouen.
In 2006, 12-year-old Iman Belali wanted to create a better understanding between America and Morocco, her home country. Iman convinced her parents to start the nonprofit organization, the American Moroccan International Exchange program.
Issaquah residents then traveled to Morocco through AMIE.
After the trip’s success, the City Council established a sister-city relationship with Chefchaouen as an outgrowth of Iman’s request. Read more
July 26, 2009
NEW — 6 a.m. July 26, 2009
Issaquah officials will host a second popular Trivia Night to help bring two artists from Chefchaouen, Morocco, during the Salmon Days Festival.
Chefchaouen is a sister city of Issaquah. Trivia Night will be hosted at the Issaquah Brewhouse by the city Sister Cities Commission and the American Moroccan International Exchange. The event will begin at 7 p.m. July 27 at the brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way.
Proceeds will be used to help the artists travel to Issaquah for the festival, Oct. 3-4. There is no preregistration for the event, and the brewhouse will remain open during Trivia Night.
June 7, 2009
NEW — 6 a.m. June 7, 2009
Trivia Night, sponsored by the Issaquah Sister Cities Commission, will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the Issaquah Brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way.
Proceeds from Trivia Night will be used to help bring two artists from Issaquah’s sister city, Chefchaouen, Morocco, to share their art and culture with the community during Issaquah Salmon Days on Oct. 3-4.
There is no preregistration for the event. Participants are urged to come early to ensure that they can secure a table. The brewhouse will be open during its normal operating hours.
May 18, 2009
NEW — 6 a.m. May 18, 2009
Fifth-graders at Clark Elementary School received a welcomed surprise last month: special gifts from students in Issaquah’s sister city of Chefchaouen, Morocco.
In March, the Clark students created friendship journals that were delivered to a group of Chefchaouen students. In return, the Chefchaouen students created their own artwork to send back to Issaquah as a surprise.
The artistic gifts, which include paintings, drawings and even a weaving, are on display through the end of the month in the main lobby of the Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainer Blvd. S.