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
April 25, 2014
NEW — 2 p.m. April 25, 2014
The Downtown Issaquah Association hosts its citywide Keep Issaquah Beautiful Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26.
Individuals, businesses and local organizations are invited to spend a few hours making the community a better place by picking up trash and planting flowers. Check in at the Hailstone Feed Store, 220 Front St. N.
Contact Karen Donovan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 391-1112 to learn more.
April 22, 2014
Issaquah is a naturally beautiful place, but it could be cleaner. Litter — beer cans, gum wrappers — are often found along streets and sidewalks amid the landscaping.
It takes a community to care about keeping Issaquah beautiful, which is why volunteers begin litter patrol in the second annual Spring Clean-up this Saturday morning.
The event is hosted by the Downtown Issaquah Association and Kiwanis Club of Issaquah, but more than 200 volunteers from clubs, organizations and businesses, as well as individuals, have signed up to tackle a segment of town and give it a clean sweep. Girl Scouts will plant flowers to add some spring color to key locations.