Come caroling at train depot tonight

December 18, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 18, 2014

Embrace your jingle with an evening of Christmas caroling from 6-7 p.m. tonight.

Meet at the Issaquah Train Depot, 150 First Ave. N.E.

Fred Hopkins, Issaquah Arts Commissioner and local musician, will lead the chorus with some help from a Sammamish Symphony quartet.

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Downtown association’s Shop Small program connects the community

November 25, 2014

“You get out and support your community, the dollars stay local and you find unique items you won’t find elsewhere,” said Karen Donovan, chairwoman of the Downtown Issaquah Association.

Inside her White Horse Toys in Gilman Village, owner Debra Lewis said there are mass-market products and there are specialty markets.

“We try to stick with the specialty items,” she said, adding that bigger chain stores or online retailers can’t match her in terms of customer service and overall shopping experience.

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Volunteers sought for holiday light-hanging party Nov. 22

November 18, 2014

Help light up downtown and some key spots around downtown (and get a free lunch) at the annual holiday light-hanging party beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 22.

The event, sponsored by the Downtown Issaquah Association, starts at the Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N.

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Exhibit examines Prohibition in Issaquah

October 28, 2014

If you find yourself in downtown Issaquah the night before Halloween, you may catch a glimpse of a gaggle of historical characters rampaging through the area.

Issaquah History Museums Local residents are photographed at an illicit Prohibition party during the 1920s.

Issaquah History Museums
Local residents are photographed at an illicit Prohibition party during the 1920s.

The History Pub Crawl is a partnership between the Downtown Issaquah Association and the Issaquah History Museums to diversify the way local history is taught and to bring Issaquahans out in downtown on a Thursday night.

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Downtown Issaquah Zombie Walk

October 21, 2014

Highlands Halloween festival has new name and night

October 14, 2014

The Issaquah Highlands’ traditional Halloween celebration has a new name and night.

By Greg Farrar Nathan Webb (left) and John Bernado, of Preston, check out a photographer for human brains before moving along, disappointed, during the 2013 Zombie Walk.

By Greg Farrar
Nathan Webb (left) and John Bernado, of Preston, check out a photographer for human brains before moving along, disappointed, during the 2013 Zombie Walk.

Now in its fourth year, the celebration is no longer associated with Green Halloween, according to Christy Garrard, Issaquah Highlands Council executive director.

“Now, it’s just Halloween in the Highlands,” she said.

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Discover Issaquah’s seedy past during Halloween Pub Crawl

September 16, 2014

The Downtown Issaquah Association and the Issaquah History Museums will host a Halloween-styled Historic Pub Crawl from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 30.

The event starts at the Train Depot. Make your way through five of Issaquah’s downtown establishments, each featuring a small cocktail or appetizer, lively narratives and juicy tidbits about the people of Issaquah and times gone by. The event ends at the Hailstone Feed Store with champagne and chocolate.

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Final ArtWalk of the season is tonight

September 5, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 5, 2014

Don’t miss the final ArtWalk of the season Sept. 5.

The Downtown Issaquah Association event is from 6-9 p.m. downtown. Meet business owners, enjoy live music, watch artists in action, shop and dine in downtown Issaquah.

Held the first Friday of the month from June to September, the season finale features fine art photographer Dinah Satterwhite presenting a special exhibit at the Christian Science Reading Room, 415 Rainier Blvd. N.

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Robyn Barfoot leaves Cougar Mountain Zoo after eight years

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.”

By Greg Farrar Robyn Barfoot, former general curator of Cougar Mountain Zoo, gets a kiss from 11-month-old Taj, the golden Bengal tiger, on March 13, 2008, after his weigh-in where he reached the 200-pound milestone.

By Greg Farrar
Robyn Barfoot, former general curator of Cougar Mountain Zoo, gets a kiss from 11-month-old Taj, the golden Bengal tiger, on March 13, 2008, after his weigh-in where he reached the 200-pound milestone.

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ArtWalk returns to downtown Issaquah tonight

July 11, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 11, 2014

The next Downtown Issaquah Association ArtWalk is tonight from 6-9 p.m.

Visitors are invited to meet local business owners, enjoy live music, watch artists in action, and shop and dine downtown.

ArtWalk features up 50 artists working their wares in such genres as jewelry, photography, paintings, glass and metal work, sculpture and books.

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