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 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.
June 17, 2014
Rain keeps cars away, but not spectators
More than 350 cars registered for the 2014 Fenders on Front Street car show, about half of what is usual when it isn’t raining.
But the off-and-on rain didn’t keep the people away. The closed-off street was packed during much of the show.
Many families took their fathers to the show as a way to celebrate the day.
June 10, 2014
Close down an entire city street, line up vintage rides from end to end and pack the sidewalks with classic car aficionados, and you get one of downtown’s most popular events — Fenders on Front Street.
The annual car show, hosted by the Downtown Issaquah Association, returns for its ninth year June 15, bigger than ever. Executive Director Karen Donovan said the show set an attendance record last year with about 10,000 visitors.
Unlike specific car shows, anyone with a classic ride may register to sign their car up, even the day of the event. Donovan said they may have to cut off signups by 11 a.m., depending upon the number of participants. Go to www.fendersonfrontstreet.com/registration to learn more about signing up.
June 10, 2014
Someone has to make music and it might as well be the whole community.
For the second year in a row, the Downtown Issaquah Association will lead the city to join the rest of the world in International Music Day on June 21. With festivities highlighting the talents of the community, the day will offer plenty of opportunities to listen to and make music.
“It’s going to be pretty significant,” DIA Executive Director Karen Donovan said. “We’re going to have over 25 bands in seven outdoor locations, four regular venues and six nontraditional spots.”
June 3, 2014
Who says 13 is unlucky?
The Downtown Issaquah Association’s annual ArtWalk returns June 6 for its 13th season, after having successfully transformed the city’s main corridor into the Eastside’s premier arts destination.
Karen Donovan, Downtown Issaquah Association executive director, said ArtWalk remains as popular as ever after 13 years.
“It’s just a great place for families to come down to check out the art and the live music, and kids activities with painting,” she said.
May 13, 2014
The Issaquah-based Puget Sound Gunners FC soccer team will open its season with a May 17 matchup against the Portland Timbers U-23.
The team, led by head coach and Issaquah resident Jimmy Ball, features athletes from across the Northwest region and beyond, including Issaquah High School graduate Michael Roberts.
Players from the University of Washington, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University and Western Washington University will suit up for the Gunners.
May 6, 2014
“Every community has its own weird, wild and wonderful stories, and Issaquah is no exception,” according to Erica Maniez, director of Issaquah History Museums.
This is the fourth year the museums will spotlight Issaquah’s unique heritage throughout the month of May for Local History Month.
The organization operates two museums people can visit, Gilman Town Hall, 165 S.E. Andrews St., and the Depot Museum, 78 First Ave. N.E.
Town Hall has exhibits on display that show the history of the town; the Depot Museum highlights the role the railroad played in the town’s development.
April 29, 2014
The Downtown Issaquah Wine Walk, hosted by the Downtown Issaquah Association, is from 6-9 p.m. May 2.
Enjoy live music, art displays and demonstrations, snacks and local boutique wines poured in various tasting locations on Front Street. The shops and restaurants are open to the general public during Wine Walk and all ages are welcome.
Tickets for the wine walk, for adults only, are $25 in advance or $30 at the event and include 10 one-ounce drink tokens. Bring your own glass. Check-in is at 6 p.m. at Hailstone Feed Store, 323 Front St. N.
April 29, 2014