July 27, 2010
Ever wonder who wears our city and county police uniforms?
Well, head down to Issaquah City Hall or the Maple Hills Community Center between 5 and 7 p.m. Aug. 3 and you can find out – even better, our men and women in uniform will cook up free hot dogs.
“It is something our officers have come to look forward to, barbecuing and meeting the public,” Sgt. Scott Trial said. “It is a really important partnership between the citizens of Issaquah, the business community and the police department to solve crime and know what to look for in suspicious activities.”
This year marks the 27th annual National Night Out, a night designed to encourage residents in cities and counties throughout the nation to come out and meet each other and local law enforcement officers to find ways to fight crime and keep their communities safe.
July 25, 2010
NEW — 6 a.m. July 25, 2010
City sidewalks become canvases for artwork Tuesday during the annual Summer Chalk Art Festival sponsored by the city Arts Commission.
Each summer, about 100 artists of all ages come together to create street-side artwork near the Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S.
Artists can work between noon and 5 p.m. Participants should arrive early to choose a shady sidewalk spot. Pick up free chalk and water at the event.
Judging starts at 5 p.m. Participants receive awards and prizes just before the Concert on the Green performance at 7 p.m.
Kirkland artist Geoffrey Castle performs a Celtic soul set during the free outdoor concert on the community center lawn.
July 20, 2010
The famous Shakespeare play “Much Ado About Nothing” won’t put a dent in pocketbooks July 29, when Issaquah’s Arts Commission and 4Culture will co-sponsor the play for the final show of this year’s “Shakespeare on the Green.”
This year is the second annual Shakespeare on the Green event according to Amy Dukes, arts coordinator for the Arts Commission. Issaquah hosted the event several years ago before Wooden O and Seattle Shakespeare merged; the program restarted last year.
The Arts Commission supports the event because it provides, “free high quality performing arts to the community in a relaxed accessible environment,” Dukes said. Read more
July 20, 2010
NEW — 1 p.m. July 20, 2010
Help members of the Aktion Club — a group of civic-minded adults with disabilities — raise money for community projects at Concerts on the Green.
Aktion members will serve concessions during the 7 p.m. concert. Mr. Miyagi, a band playing ’80s and ’90s classics, performs Tuesday on the Issaquah Community Center lawn.
Aktion resulted from collaboration between the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah and AtWork! The nonprofit organization helps people with disabilities learn skills and find jobs.
Aktion launched last month; 12 adults with disabilities joined the group at the inaugural meeting. The organization provides members with opportunities to participate in community events and projects.
Before the school year starts, Aktion members will help Kiwanians collect supplies and stuff backpacks for needy children.
June 29, 2010
This year, the city’s Concerts on the Green concert series is guaranteed to heat up your summer nights. For 14 years, the city has sponsored the summer concert series at the Issaquah Community Center that draws hundreds of residents to downtown with family friendly tunes and great hits of times past, said David Harris, event organizer.
This year’s lineup is no exception, he said.
“What is important about the concerts, I love what I do and I love to produce them, but what is really behind it is the community-building aspect of it,” he said. “You watch kids meet other kids, families meet other families. It’s really special.
“For me, it’s a privilege and an honor to be a part of all that.”
There’s truly something for everyone: Timeless classics from Half Pack Live July 6; time travel with Mr. Miyagi, who will play favorites from 1980s and ’90s July 20; and south of the boarder fun Aug. 3 with Mariachi Fiesta Mexicana. One of the series’ biggest draws returns. Neil Diamond cover band Cherry, Cherry plays Aug. 31.
If you like what you hear, keep coming back. And don’t forget the public concerts are sponsored in part by residents who attend.
“To help pay, again, this is where Issaquah is unique, we go around with a shopping basket,” Harris said of several volunteers. “Each week, we collect several hundred dollars and that money goes into the concert fund for next year.” Read more
June 8, 2010
Since former City Administrator Leon Kos retired April 30, the portfolio he handled — countless behind-the-scenes tasks, appointments to regional groups and community service — has been carved up and redistributed to other city leaders.
Mayor Ava Frisinger picked up the Mountains to Sound Greenway and Eastside Public Safety Communications Agency commitments. Deputy City Administrator Joe Meneghini, the acting city administrator, has taken on most of the everyday duties. Kos’ departure led the other members of the city administration to assume more hands-on roles in the budget process.
“We always were involved, but Leon led the charge,” Frisinger said.
The mayor said Meneghini has been especially helpful because he has a background in finance. Besides the budget process, the deputy administrator also keeps the city on track to meet the goals set by the City Council.
Kos handled the long-running transfer of development rights from the Park Pointe property to the Issaquah Highlands, as well as myriad agreements with developers and businesspeople. The mayor and Meneghini picked up those responsibilities.
“It does mean that you’re stretched in many different ways all of the time,” Meneghini said.
Frisinger and Meneghini can count on the increased workload until October, when the city expects to hire a new administrator.
December 29, 2009
All aboard! Another free film series begins Jan. 9 at the Issaquah Train Depot. Read more
August 25, 2009
Maybe the newspaper in front of you arrived at your doorstep, fashioned from ink and paper and delivered in a plastic bag. Perhaps you steered your browser to the Web counterpart, www.issaquahpress.com. Now, another option exists: The Issaquah Press has joined popular microblogging site Twitter. Follow us @issaquahpress.
Wait. What? Microblogging?
Let me explain how it works: Twitter users — tweeters — post updates, known as tweets, capped at 140 characters, or about the length of a text message. Each tweet is a condensed burst of information — a useful device, especially as news breaks and reporters gather information piece by piece.
Users follow other tweeters to build a network. As a user follows others, their tweets appear in his or her timeline. A conversation begins.
Like other news outlets worldwide, we utilize Twitter to speed information to our readers. Unlike other news providers, we strive to deliver hyperlocal content and news about regional issues that affect Issaquah residents. Since we first tweeted July 27, we’ve used the medium to chronicle a record heat wave, City Council decisions, ArtWalk and Concerts on the Green, the arrival of new businesses and the departures of others. Read more
August 18, 2009
This is a great place to spend your summer
Don’t let last week’s rain and cooler weather — or the Back to School section in today’s paper —take your thoughts to fall. There is still plenty of fun to come this summer! Read more
June 30, 2009
What could be better than spreading out a blanket and chilling to good tunes under the summer sunshine?
If you’re up for a rockin’ good time, without traveling far, Concerts on the Green is your solution.
For 13 years, the city has sponsored the concerts at the community center, with family friendly tunes and great hits from days past. This year’s lineup should rival that, according to David Harris, the event’s organizer.
“I think it’s about bringing families and people together,” he said. “It’s about bringing the community together.” Read more