Foothills Baptist Church hosts Harvest Party

October 29, 2014

NEW — Noon Oct. 29, 2014

Foothills Baptist Church hosts its annual Harvest Party, free and open to the public, from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 at 10120 Issaquah-Hobart Road.

There will be carnival games, candy, prizes, chili, a costume contest, pumpkin carving, a photo booth and more.

Learn more here or call 392-5925.

Mayors Month of Concern drive helps local food bank

September 17, 2013

The Mayors Month of Concern Food Drive for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank continues until Oct. 12.

The food bank finds itself in dire need after the summer months left its shelves bare.

“Usually, the summer months are our lowest time for donations,” said Cori Walters, Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank executive director. “It’s not common that we run out of mac and cheese.”

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Issaquah holiday activities offer fa-la-la fun

November 27, 2012

Bartell Drugs and Salvation Army’s Toy ‘n’ Joy drive through Dec. 14, accepts new, unwrapped gifts for children up to age 14, or shoppers can chose a gift request tag item in the store and put it in the donation barrel in the store. The Issaquah Bartell is at 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. Learn more at www.bartelldrugs.com.

Toys for Troops seeks donations for Christmas presents for children of service members. Drop off donations through Dec. 15 at the Issaquah Police Station, 130 E. Sunset Way, or make financial donations at www.operationbaldeagle.org.

Small Works Holiday Exhibition, through Dec. 29, artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N., 392-3191, www.arteast.org

Downtown Issaquah holiday lights work party, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 1, meet at Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St., a lunch break at noon features donated pizza from Flying Pie Pizza, call 391-1112 to volunteer

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Churches’ pie auction to benefit Compassion House

October 30, 2012

It may be hard to imagine paying more than $400 for a pie, but at the Compassion House Benefit Pie Auction, it’s not so far-fetched.

At last year’s event, some pies sold for more than $450, with all of the money going toward Compassion House, a local nonprofit organization that provides transitional housing to families in need.

“You know when you have an auctioneer that is capable of selling some pies upwards of $450, that people have an open heart for giving,” said Rick McCarty, the executive director of Compassion House.

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Halloween happenings abound in Issaquah, nearby

October 23, 2012

Revelers explore a hay maze during the 2009 Green Halloween Festival. File

Enciso Family Farm, featuring you-pick pumpkins and fresh Christmas trees; an old country store with snacks, cozy fireplace and a selection of specialty gourds and pumpkins; a barn from the 1800s; tractors from past and present; and more, 19417 196th Ave. S.E., Renton, 206-595-5845

Pumpkin Patch at Trinity Tree Farm, featuring pumpkins for sale in the shop or farm stand, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, open daily through Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 14237 228th Ave. S.E., www.trinitytreefarm.com

Nightmare at Beaver Lake, Oct. 24-31, Beaver Lake Park, Southeast 24th Street, Sammamish; The family scare runs from 7-7:45 p.m. nightly. The full scare runs from 8-10 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, and from 8-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets: $10 per person for a family scare; $16 per person for a full scare. Donate a can of food and receive a $1 discount on tickets. Learn more and purchase tickets at www.nightmareatbeaverlake.com.

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Churches’ men’s clothing drive runs through Feb. 26

February 7, 2012

Seattle area streets serve as home to a population of roughly 8,900, according to Jim Rockstad, of Issaquah Christian Church.

Of that total, an estimated 80 percent are men, he said. At the same time, however, about 80 percent of the clothing donated for the homeless is for women and children.

“There is a real need for warm men’s clothing,” Rockstad said.

For the third year in a row, Rockstad is helping organize a winter men’s clothing drive benefiting Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission and the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

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Off the Press

December 13, 2011

Santa, please help tell true story of Christmas

David Hayes Press reporter

A funny thing happened when I was asked to play the role of Santa for Northwest Pugs — a meetup group my wife co-organizes for local pug owners.

Cute photos of their dogs with Jolly St. Nick would have to be without me, for you see, I didn’t fit into the silly suit.

Who in China designs a costume of a fat man that an actual horizontally challenged person cannot fit into? Luckily, my wife found a more svelte volunteer to fill the position.

However, once my services were no longer needed, I decided to turn the tables and think about what I would ask of Santa, if I were to discover one with a lap ample enough to hold my weight without risk of injury.

My wish of the bearded one would be an emphasis on the return of the true meaning of Christmas to include more of the original bearded one. That would involve getting the ACLU’s grubby little paws off the holiday.

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Hunter, Gilkyson

March 1, 2011

Amy Lee Hunter and Ralph Gilkyson, both of Issaquah, announced their engagement to be married July 9 at Issaquah Foothills Baptist Church.

The bride-to-be, the daughter of Linda and Hunter Jackson, of Stanwood, is a graduate of Interlake High School.

The future groom is the son of Trudy Gilkyson, of California.

Donate men’s winter clothing at Issaquah churches

February 1, 2011

Start spring cleaning early — and help the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank at the same time.

Issaquah churches collect men’s clothing for the food pantry throughout February. Any overflow donations benefit Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission.

The local food pantry needs men’s winter coats, casual pants and jeans in larger sizes, hats and gloves in adult sizes, rain ponchos, shirts and sweaters, plus new underwear in sizes 38 and larger, and new warm socks.

Participants can drop off the clothing in marked bins in front of the following Issaquah churches:

  • Issaquah Christian Church, 10328 Issaquah-Hobart Road S.E.
  • Foothills Baptist Church, 10120 Issaquah-Hobart Road S.E.
  • Community Church of Issaquah, 205 Mountain Park Blvd.
  • Mountain Creek Christian Fellowship, 165 Front St. N.
  • Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 24850 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road

Donate men’s winter clothing at Issaquah churches

January 27, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Jan. 27, 2011

Start spring cleaning early — and help the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank at the same time.

Issaquah churches start collecting men’s clothing for the food pantry throughout February. Any overflow donations benefit Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission.

The local food pantry needs men’s winter coats, casual pants and jeans in larger sizes, hats and gloves in adult sizes, rain ponchos, shirts and sweaters, plus new underwear in sizes 38 and larger, and new warm socks.

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