Head to downtown Issaquah for holiday cheer

November 27, 2012

Downtown merchants invite the public to head to Front Street North for some holiday cheer Dec. 5, as the Downtown Issaquah Association hosts a holiday open house.

The event runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the historic Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N., and other locations downtown.

Participants can listen to children sing Christmas carols and a performance from Violet Oroboros. Sip hot chocolate, coffee and tea, and then meet Santa Claus and a reindeer. Santa is available for free family photographs, too.

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Who’s News

November 27, 2012

Eastside Baby Corner receives $20,000 grant

Eastside Baby Corner received a $20,000 grant from the Windermere Foundation. The grant will allow Eastside Baby Corner to pursue its core mission of providing crucial food and supplies to children in need in Eastside communities.

Now in its 22nd year, the nonprofit organization helps children by distributing almost everything they need, for newborns to age 12, through a network of family-assistance agencies. Learn more about Eastside Baby Corner at www.babycorner.org.

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Issaquah High School senior explores energy industry at USC camp

November 20, 2012

When Issaquah High School senior Alex Hansen was tasked with a project to find a solution to combat the waste associated with plastic bottles, he thought outside of the box.

Hansen and a small group of other students from across the country suggested employing a sort of hypothetical bacteria that would have the ability to eat plastic and turn it into a substance that is more environmentally friendly.

“I personally researched a lot about these weird bacteria, I forget their name, but apparently they are being looked into as having the possibility to eat plastic and turn it into a material that is more decomposable,” he said. “It’s not really plausible yet, but it was fun.”

It was all part of Hansen’s summer visit to the University of Southern California for the weeklong USC/Chevron Frontiers of Energy Resources Camp.

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Eastside Baby Corner searches for next leader

September 25, 2012

Eastside Baby Corner is on the hunt for a leader after founder and volunteer Executive Director Karen Ridlon announced plans to step back from the role.

The nonprofit organization is working with Issaquah-based recruiting firm Prothman Co. to find Ridlon’s successor. The firm spearheaded searches for Issaquah’s city administrator and the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank’s executive director.

Eastside Baby Corner collects community donations, and purchases and distributes children’s and maternity items to families in need.

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Skyline High School philanthropist reaches out to neighboring students

September 11, 2012

Prabha Dublish, a junior at Skyline High School, presented her new charity club for teenagers Aug. 18 at Sammamish Days. By Sunita Dublish

When Prabha Dublish began thinking about possible projects for her Girl Scouts gold award, she realized that she wanted to start an organization that connects teens through their goodwill, not their high school’s mascot.

“Our three high schools in our area and in Issaquah are all different from each other,” Dublish said.

The junior at Skyline High School is launching a community service club for students across Issaquah and the Sammamish Plateau.

“It’s where people from all of the schools can come together,” she said. “Not only do you get to make new friends but you get to meet people who share your community interests.”

Dublish’s club is called Charity Circle, and while its first official meeting isn’t until later this month, she has been busy putting her plan into action since June. One of her main concerns is concentrating on service, rather than collecting donations.

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Eastside Baby Corner seeks 2,000 pairs of children’s pants

September 4, 2012

Eastside Baby Corner’s third annual Pants Party collection event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 8 at its wareouse, 1510 N.W. Maple St.

Last year, the organization, which distributes almost everything needy children need from birth to age 12, collected 1,000 pairs of pants. This year, the goal is 2,000.

The community is encouraged to donate new or gently used pants for children, sizes 5 to14.

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Site is eyed for Issaquah human services campus

July 31, 2012

The long-gestating plan to build a human services campus in Issaquah is a step closer to reality, as organizers inch closer to selecting a site for the facility.

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Nightmare at Beaver Lake organizers need a hand after trailer heist

July 3, 2012

Nightmare at Beaver Lake organizers asked the public for donations to replace a trailer stolen from its Kent headquarters June 19.

Scare Productions, a nonprofit theater group and partner in the annual Halloween-themed event at Beaver Lake Park, discovered the 18-foot Wells Cargo-brand cargo trailer had been stolen.

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City offers human services grants

April 10, 2012

Issaquah is seeking proposals for human service programs to fund in 2013-14.

In the past, city grants funded programs such as Eastside Baby Corner, Friends of Youth and the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

Potential recipients can apply at http://share1app.culturegrants.org. The application deadline is 4 p.m. April 26.

Email city Human Services Consultant Steve Gierke at SteveG@ci.issaquah.wa.us to learn more.

City, Issaquah Chamber of Commerce honor innovators

February 28, 2012

The most innovative businesses in Issaquah manufacture fasteners for airliners, use technology to treat autism, and rely on a tiny-but-talented staff to create slick productions.

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce announced the Innovation in Issaquah honorees — Marketing Masters, Lakeside Center for Autism and Impact Studio Pro — at a Feb. 22 ceremony and luncheon.

The carbon-neutral community zHome also received a nod as the most innovative public-private partnership. The city spearheaded the 10-unit townhouse development from concept to completion.

Leaders from the chamber and City Hall recognized the entrepreneurs’ accomplishments through the Innovation in Issaquah contest, a showcase for local businesses offering unique services. Honorees demonstrate innovation in product development, services, systems or strategies.

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