Eastside Baby Corner hosts sixth annual Pants Party to help send local children back to school prepared

August 31, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 31, 2015

Eastside Baby Corner will hold its sixth annual Pants Party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 12 at the organization’s Issaquah hub, 1510 N.W. Maple St.

The event, held each year as children return to school, is part collection drive, part family-fun carnival. Attendees are asked to bring in a donation of new or gently used children’s pants (size NB to 14). In return, they are invited to stay for entertainment, food, games, giveaways and more.

Pants are the focus of the event because they are one of the items children need most when they head back to school. They are also an item EBC has a difficult time keeping in stock. This year, EBC hopes to collect 4,500 pairs of pants at the Pants Party.

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Cougar Mountain Zoo tests new fundraising app

August 18, 2015

NEW — 12:43 p.m. Aug. 18, 2015

In hopes of raising funds to help with two new major exhibits, Issaquah’s Cougar Mountain Zoo is teaming up with a Kent company to try a new electronic fundraiser.

Starting Sept. 2 and running through Sept. 30, zoo supporters will be able to go online to the zoo website and, for a $30 donation, download a special advertising app giving them access to what planners hope will be a plethora of discounts at local businesses.

For every app sold, the zoo would receive up to 50 percent of the price of the app, said Erik Champoux of Prime West Inc.

While he said Prime West has been involved in plenty of fundraisers previously, this is the first time they have tried to use The Fundraising App. Read more

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Issaquah History Museums host Discover the Past fundraiser

August 18, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 18, 2015

The Issaquah History Museums presents “Discover the Past,” its first planned annual fundraising celebration of the city’s history, from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Issaquah Depot Museum, 78 First Ave. N.E.

Guests will hear many of Issaquah’s strangest stories from train conductors, former mayors, rodeo riders and other costumed figures from the past. A band will play on the steam donkey in front of the depot. There will be beer served from the Issaquah Brew House as well as fine wine, Italian appetizers and desserts from Forest Fairy Bakery.

The live auction, which helps fund history museum programs, will feature prize packages, including an escape to Bend, Oregon, a behind-the-scenes look at the Cougar Mountain Zoo and an adrenaline-filled combination of outdoor adventures.

Learn more at www.issaquahhistory.org.

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Baby boom — Cougar Mountain Zoo unveils newest animals

June 17, 2015

There are eight new reasons to visit the Cougar Mountain Zoo, and they are all irresistibly adorable.

Cougar Mountain recently welcomed two emu chicks, two reindeer calves and four grey wolf pups to its zoo family.

They don’t all have names yet, but the precious eight are already welcomed additions for zoo staff and fans, said Peter Rittler, president of the Zoological Society of Washington, which runs the Cougar Mountain Zoo.

By Greg Farrar The two new reindeer calves at the Cougar Mountain Zoo mingle with the adults in the herd. Sven (left), is younger by two weeks than the female, not named as yet.

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The two new reindeer calves at the Cougar Mountain Zoo mingle with the adults in the herd. Sven (left), is younger by two weeks than the female, not named as yet.

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New Arrivals at Cougar Mountain Zoo

June 16, 2015

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Off The Press — Our website is your visual time machine

May 20, 2015

One of the biggest changes out of many here at The Issaquah Press since your friendly staff photographer signed on 18 years ago has been in how we make and use the images in our newspaper and on our website.

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
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What most may already know but gives me great pleasure to point out as a reminder is how many photo galleries you can browse through with the click of a mouse or the swipe of a finger at www.issaquahpress.com/category/photogallery and the other newspapers we publish — Sammamish Review, SnoValley Star and Newcastle News.

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Adventure Kids Playcare goes outdoors for Spring Festival

May 5, 2015

Five years ago, when Ed and Nicole Mecum opened Adventure Kids Playcare, they hosted a grand-opening festival to introduce themselves to the community.

But a funny thing happened.

“It was so much fun, we decided to have a festival day every year,” Ed Mecum said.

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Zoo celebrates tiger birthdays, Earth Day; city also has events planned

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.

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Woo at the zoo

March 10, 2015

Cougar Mountain Zoo  Green-winged macaw Pata looks on while blue-and-gold macaw Rio samples apples, almond butter, almonds, raspberries and bananas, all made to look like a steak dinner. The pair won the Valentine’s Day-themed Woo at the Zoo contest, where people could vote for their favorite couple at Cougar Mountain Zoo. They then received this special romantic dinner for two while listening to ‘Lady in Red.’

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Green-winged macaw Pata looks on while blue-and-gold macaw Rio samples apples, almond butter, almonds, raspberries and bananas, all made to look like a steak dinner. The pair won the Valentine’s Day-themed Woo at the Zoo contest, where people could vote for their favorite couple at Cougar Mountain Zoo. They then received this special romantic dinner for two while listening to ‘Lady in Red.’

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Downtown Issaquah Association announces 2015 board of directors

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.

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