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.
April 15, 2014
Local mom Regan Wong found a nifty way to repurpose the contents of that long forgotten box, tucked away in a closet, filled to the brim with broken, sometimes wrapperless crayons.
The vibrant coloring tools undoubtedly lived a life of usefulness at one point, but rather than letting them sit on a shelf reminiscing about the good old days of elementary school, or letting them rot in a landfill, Wong is turning them in to something environmentally friendly and beautiful.
Wacky Crayons takes used crayons, melts them down and, using food-grade molds, crafts new, multicolored drawing tools in various shapes and sizes.
“We didn’t invent this, but we’re sort of perfecting it along the way,” Wong said.
April 15, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. April 15, 2014
Mark your calendar now. 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 email@example.com or 391-1112 to learn more.
April 3, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. April 3, 2014
The Downtown Issaquah Wine Walk, hosted by the Downtown Issaquah Association, is from 6-9 p.m. April 4.
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.
March 18, 2014
The Downtown Issaquah Association invites artists of all types and styles to submit work to be juried for the 13th annual Downtown Issaquah ArtWalk season. The submission deadline is April 1.
The association welcomes emerging artists of all ages, as well as established professionals of the trade. Artists will be recognized with a People’s Choice Award and other awards throughout the season.
Last year, an estimated 10,000 people came into downtown Issaquah to see and purchase art, hear live music and support downtown.
March 11, 2014
The Downtown Issaquah Association has opened free registration to its ninth annual Fenders on Front Street Car Show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 15, Father’s Day.
The show attracts car owners from across the state showing off their classic cars. There will be live music by the Kaleidoscope School of Music, family activities, and a trophy and awards ceremony with master of ceremonies Lance Lambert. Vinyl Radio will broadcast classic tunes all day with Jeff Shade, the host of the syndicated show “Talk About Cars.” The afternoon will culminate in a cruise to the Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In.
March 4, 2014
The Downtown Issaquah Association’s Wine Walk series continues from 6-9 p.m. March 7.
Downtown Issaquah Wine Walk is a first Friday evening event that is fun and supports the community. Enjoy live music, art displays and demonstrations, snacks and local boutique wines poured in various tasting locations up and down Front Street. The shops and restaurants there 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 includes 10 one-ounce drink tokens. Be sure to bring your own glass. Check-in is at 6 p.m. at Hailstone Feed Store, 323 Front St. N.
The wineries featured March 7 are: Amelia Bleu, Convergence Zone, Dubindil, Liquid Xpressions, NHV, Open Road, Queen Anne Winery, Robert Ramsay, Upland, William Church and Cedar River Cellars.
February 18, 2014
With the help of community donations, the Downtown Issaquah Association was able to bring back flower baskets to downtown last year. Donations directly affect how many baskets can be purchased.
“These beautiful baskets have been a delightful addition to our downtown throughout the years,” the association said in a news release. “Our goal for this year is $10,000 to fund 40 baskets. This cannot happen without your support.”
There are three ways people can participate:
$1,000 donation — Receive a banner placard 24-by-16 with your logo on it to hang on Front Street. The donor will be recognized in a thank you press release and on the DIA website. The association will send a Mother’s Day card to the donor’s mother of choice.
February 14, 2014
February 4, 2014
As Issaquah grows, a team of University of Washington students offered tips for how it can maintain its identity.
Aubri Denevan, Carrie Shepherd, Kim Lichttenegger and Yebin Zhou, members of a “Masters in Communications in Digital Media” program, were assigned the task of offering creative leadership to an area.
“At the beginning of the quarter, we were asked to give three problems we saw,” Lichttenegger said, adding that the students had to then identify recommendations to solve them. As a six-year resident of Issaquah, she saw a real opportunity to examine recommendations for the city. “Because I live in the lowlands, I work in Seattle and I commute up to the highlands, I’ve had a daily snapshot of all the building progress.”