Eastside Baby Corner hosts sixth annual Pants Party to help send local children back to school prepared

August 31, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 31, 2015

Eastside Baby Corner will hold its sixth annual Pants Party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 12 at the organization’s Issaquah hub, 1510 N.W. Maple St.

The event, held each year as children return to school, is part collection drive, part family-fun carnival. Attendees are asked to bring in a donation of new or gently used children’s pants (size NB to 14). In return, they are invited to stay for entertainment, food, games, giveaways and more.

Pants are the focus of the event because they are one of the items children need most when they head back to school. They are also an item EBC has a difficult time keeping in stock. This year, EBC hopes to collect 4,500 pairs of pants at the Pants Party.

pants party postcard

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Issaquah joins national Farmers Market Week —Aug. 2-8

August 1, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 1, 2015

Celebrate Farmers Market Week with a visit to the Issaquah Farmers Market.

Issaquah’s market is joining other government agencies, nonprofit organizations and farmers markets to recognize the 16th annual National Farmers Market Week — Aug. 2-8.

Farmers markets offer fresh, seasonal food grown by small farms in Washington. Those purchases create stronger local food economies and support more than 1,000 unique farms.

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A music career on cruise control

July 29, 2015

NEW — 11 a.m. July 29, 2015

Heather Sullivan has performed from Carnegie Hall to the community center, and around the world aboard luxury liners

By Daniel Durick

By Daniel Durick

Although Heather Sullivan is a regular performer for years in Issaquah, thanks to a fan vote, she got her first chance to headline the Concerts on the Green series July 14.

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Lefse Fest celebrates Scandinavian culture

June 3, 2015

Maypole to honor deceased rooster McNugget

A little rooster atop a ceremonial pole will look awfully familiar to locals attending a celebration of all things Scandinavian June 6.

Contributed This year’s Lefse Fest maypole rooster, like this one from a past event, will be painted to look like beloved resident rooster McNugget.

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This year’s Lefse Fest maypole rooster, like this one from a past event, will be painted to look like beloved resident rooster McNugget.

Lefse Fest returns to Issaquah for the third year, and event organizers have decided to honor resident rooster McNugget by fashioning the maypole topper in his likeness.

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Adventure Kids Playcare goes outdoors for Spring Festival

May 5, 2015

Five years ago, when Ed and Nicole Mecum opened Adventure Kids Playcare, they hosted a grand-opening festival to introduce themselves to the community.

But a funny thing happened.

“It was so much fun, we decided to have a festival day every year,” Ed Mecum said.

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Let’s Talk About It — Why do teens use drugs?

March 25, 2015

Issaquah High School students take four semesters of health between sixth and 12th grade, heralding the emotional and physical danger of substance abuse. That, believe me, is plenty. Why, then, does drug abuse persist among teenagers?

Mathew Duff Issaquah High School

Mathew Duff
Issaquah High School

That’s a complicated question.

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Music Man

October 1, 2013

David Harris is still bookin’ rock ‘n’ roll after 30 years

David Harris’s earliest recollections of Salmon Days are of the festival being more like a town parade that featured the high school band, the Issaquah Indians football team, the National Guard and a fire truck with a guest appearance by JP Patches and Gertrude.

Little did the British expatriate know that in fall 1970, just a year after moving to Issaquah, he’d soon have a hand in shaping the town’s music scene for decades to come.

The 26-year-old had uprooted his wife and two children from southern London to take a job as an engineer with The Boeing Co. in 1965.

“I remember getting on the plane and literally not knowing where we were going,” Harris said.

By Greg Farrar David Harris (right) looks on as Mungo Jerry performs on the Rainier Avenue Stage during the 2009 Salmon Days Festival.

By Greg Farrar
David Harris (right) looks on as Mungo Jerry performs on the Rainier Avenue Stage during the 2009 Salmon Days Festival.

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Salmon Days finale features all-star band

October 1, 2013

After 30 years of booking musical acts for the Salmon Days Festival, David Harris has made contacts with more than 450 bands. To mark the anniversary, Harris is calling in some favors and assembling a final festival act to remember — The Northwest All Star Salmon Jam.

The act will fill the final time slot Oct. 6, from 4:30-6 p.m., and Harris said he’s already been given the green light to go long, if necessary. That’s a good thing, too.

The All Star band will actually cycle through 25 of the Northwest’s most renowned musicians, including vocalists Larry Strobel and Christy Wheeler, guitarists Roger Wheeler and Ron Smevik, and drummers Alan White and Rich Nalum, to name a few.

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