City names Waste Free Wednesday Challenge winners

June 3, 2015

To celebrate Earth Day, the city joined the Issaquah School District to issue a Waste Free Wednesday Challenge to every school in the district.

The winning schools are Apollo Elementary, Issaquah Middle and Issaquah High schools.

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Grand Ridge students take green challenge to next level

May 5, 2015

The message written on the playground in colorful chalk got right to the point: “Aphids are pests. Ladybugs eat aphids.”

By Neil Pierson Joon Chang, a volunteer with the Issaquah Highlands Community Association, helps students Natalie Burch (left) and Mai Murakami release ladybugs into the Grand Ridge Elementary School garden during and Earth Day event April 22.

By Neil Pierson
Joon Chang, a volunteer with the Issaquah Highlands Community Association, helps students Natalie Burch (left) and Mai Murakami release ladybugs into the Grand Ridge Elementary School garden during and Earth Day event April 22.

That was one of the main lessons Grand Ridge Elementary School students took away from their Earth Day activities April 22. With the help of volunteers from the Issaquah Highlands Community Association, the students released about 18,000 ladybugs into the school’s Grizzly Patch Garden and neighboring landscape.

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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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Park free at state parks for two days in April

March 31, 2015

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering two free days in April.

Visitors will not need to display a Discover Pass for day-use visits to state parks on April 4, a springtime free Saturday, and April 22, Earth Day.

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Visit state parks for a ‘free day’ March 19

March 17, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 17, 2015

Washington State Parks turns 102 years old March 19, and visitors are invited to help celebrate by getting out to enjoy a state park for free that day.

March 19 is the third of 12 State Parks “free days” in 2015, when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass to visit a park, such as Lake Sammamish State Park.

Learn more about the Discover Pass at www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

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State Parks offers 12 ‘free days’ in 2015, starting today

January 1, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 1, 2015

State Parks offers 12 ‘free days’ to visitors in 2015

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission recently released its schedule of days in 2015 when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass to visit a state park.

The “free days” are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass — a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Department of Natural Resources.

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Earth Day Downtown Issaquah Clean-Up

April 29, 2014

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April showers, market flowers

April 22, 2014

First farmers market of the season finds a hardy crowd despite wet conditions

Photos by Greg Farrar Siddharth Bhatia, of Issaquah, holds daughter Saisha, 3, on his back as they wait for a food order from the Simply Mediterranean vendor April 19 during the Issaquah Farmers Market season premiere at Pickering Farm.

Photos by Greg Farrar
Siddharth Bhatia, of Issaquah, holds daughter Saisha, 3, on his back as they wait for a food order from the Simply Mediterranean vendor April 19 during the Issaquah Farmers Market season premiere at Pickering Farm.

 

The 2014 Issaquah Farmers Market season got off to a wet start April 18.

The rain, which fell just before noon, did little to keep the usual Pickering Farm crowds from the host of vendors, exhibitors, farmers and demonstrations. It was the first day of this season’s market, which will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 11, rain or shine.

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Earth Day volunteers needed for trail work April 22

April 21, 2014

NEW – 6 a.m. April 21, 2014

Volunteers are needed for High Point Trailhead work from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 22.

The restoration project involves removing invasive plants from the property. Tools and snacks will be provided.

Learn more or sign up by calling David Kappler at 652-2753.

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New season of farmers market kicks off Saturday

April 18, 2014

NEW — Noon April 18, 2014

Opening day for the Issaquah Farmers Market is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19 at the Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

On the first day will be Earth Day celebrations.

Some of the organizations participating this year include Cascade Bicycle Club, Seattle Tilth, Issaquah Garden Club, Friends of Salmon Hatchery, Master Recycler Composter Eastside Program, Cleanscapes, Bike Pedestrian Outreach and the King County Master Gardeners.

The market is Saturdays through Oct. 11. Visitors can buy fresh produce and flowers, purchase unique gifts from a variety of vendors and taste different types of foods.

Learn more here.

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