April 14, 2015
Celebrate Earth Day at Cougar Mountain Zoo’s Party for the Planet on April 18.
Special guests include the Pacific Northwest Herpetological Society, Mountains to Sound Greenway and many more. Activities include Tobias the Magician, face painting and Earth-friendly arts and crafts, as well as Earth Day-themed mini-lectures for the zoo animals. You can also get your portrait drawn by a caricaturist.
See a complete schedule of mini-lectures at http://bit.ly/1axnfe0.
March 10, 2015
December 30, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 30, 2014
The Downtown Issaquah Association has chosen its 2015 board of directors, including new members Jamie Lilly and Robyn Barfoot.
Lilly, director of marketing for the Village Theatre, has increased subscribers and attendance there. She is an active member with the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, and has served on the ambassador’s committee and tourism advisory committee. She is passionate about music and arts, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in music from Whitman College.
Barfoot, former general curator of Cougar Mountain Zoo and now a zoo and wildlife consultant brings more than a decade of work collaborating with the local media and business community. She also is on the Tourism Advisory Board for Issaquah.
December 16, 2014
December 9, 2014
This time of year, not surprisingly, Santa tends to get around. Children and parents alike can see him in malls and events all over.
Issaquah’s Cougar Mountain Zoo invites visitors to not only meet Santa, but also to visit with his reindeer and other special animal helpers at the park’s 26th annual Issaquah Reindeer Festival through Dec. 23 at the zoo.
“Each year, the bar gets set a little higher,” said Cari McKinstry, promotions and public relations director for the zoo.
November 11, 2014
October 30, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 30, 2014
The Cougar Mountain Zoo presents ‘Slither and Scream,’ featuring special reptile guests from Pacific Northwest Herpetological Society with Halloween-themed activities.
All children in costume will receive half off future admission.
The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 1 at Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 S.E. 54th St. Admission is $9 to $12.50.
Learn more here or call 392-6278.
September 9, 2014
More than 400 local Girl Scouts attending Girl Scout Sammamish Day Camp completed five community service projects during a weeklong camp Aug. 4-8 at Beaver Lake Park.
The girls crafted interactive twig toys and treats for Cougar Mountain Zoo’s emus and wallabies, created back-to-school kits to give to children through Eastside Baby Corner, created animal toy and treat bags for a local animal rescue, knotted patterned fleece blankets for kids in need and handcrafted friendship bracelets for the Girl Scout World Center Sangam in Pune, India.
July 15, 2014
After eight years as general curator of the Cougar Mountain Zoo, Robyn Barfoot left to talk about tigers.
The move follows the same passions she displayed while overseeing the addition of new exhibits and community fund-raising to bring more to the local attraction. During her time there, four tigers were added in a large, central enclosure. Barfoot remains proud of giving the big cats a loving place to live, but says its time to extend that education.
“I want to be more involved in tiger conservation,” she said. “And also change is good.”
July 15, 2014
ArtEAST and the Issaquah Highlands Council have separately done their parts to support and enliven the local arts community. Now, the two groups have combined efforts to present the area’s first ever Art Outside festival.
The weeklong festival that started July 11. It combines five events from the two organizations and lasts through July 20. ArtEAST Executive Director Karen Abel said combining forces with the Issaquah Highlands Council for the festival is a match made in heaven.
“ArtEAST has always been about supporting artists getting involved with the community and the Highlands Council wanted a way to get the community involved with art at their annual festival,” Abel said.