Volunteers needed to raise funds for new park

August 11, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 11, 2015

With “the best playground in the state” coming to Lake Sammamish State Park, volunteers are needed immediately to work on raising the remaining needed funds.

Meetings with a Washington State Parks development team have already begun with a targeted playground installation in late spring 2016. At that time, there will be a volunteer call to the community so people can work together to install the playground over five days.

However, organizers need to raise $250,000 to match the $750,000 the state has allocated to the effort.

Organizers are setting up a website for information and donations. Watch for it at www.playground4all.com. They will publicize the website on Twitter and on the Friends’ Facebook site, and ask that you share it with your friends when you see it. Read more

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Fireworks fundraiser raises $21,000 for food bank

July 31, 2015

NEW — 8 p.m. July 31, 2015

The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank is in line for a cool upgrade.

The nonprofit will get a central heating and cooling system for its building, after a Fourth of July fundraiser raised more than $21,700 to help with the capital project improvement.

John Kritsonis and Karl Lindor, of Windermere Real Estate Bellevue South, annually organize the Fourth of July fireworks above Lake Sammamish, and ask attendees to give back to the community through a matching program.

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Great Inflatable Race runs its course July 25

July 23, 2015

The Great Inflatable Race comes to town from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 25 at Lake Sammamish State Park.

Known as the “bounciest fun run on Earth,” the Great Inflatable Race takes your standard 5K and litters the course with eight to 10 giant inflatable obstacles that runners must navigate around, over and through.

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Real estate agent challenges his peers to contribute

July 23, 2015

Local real estate broker Karl Lindor is stepping up to the plate.

Lindor showed he cares about keeping a roof over families’ heads with a $500 donation to the Merry Christmas Issaquah in July fundraiser.

Now, he’s challenging his peers in the real estate community to match it, and show their dedication to helping Issaquah residents at their lowest.

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Bare Buns Fun Run streaks by Tiger Mountain tomorrow

July 11, 2015

NEW — noon July 11, 2015

The Tiger Mountain Family Nudist Park presents the 24th annual Bare Buns Fun Run West, its annual clothing-optional 5K.

Registration is $30 and includes a free T-shirt while supplies last. Spectators’ registration is $16. Photo identification is required for both.

There will be awards to the top-three finishers in all age/gender divisions and a lot of random prizes.

Registration is from 8-10 a.m. On-site parking is limited, so carpooling is recommended.

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July fundraiser helps families find a home

July 9, 2015

Imagine an Issaquah winter.

It’s cold, rainy and windy, and snow is certainly not out of the question during this dreary time period.

Now, imagine enduring this winter when the place you call home is just a truck.

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Cinebarre to show movie starring Issaquah actress for fundraiser for BLMS student

July 4, 2015

NEW — 3 p.m. July 4, 2015

Strong4Sam Foundation presents an exclusive screening of “The Adventures of Pepper and Paula” at the Issaquah Cinebarre.

Issaquah actress and star of the film Mindy Raymond, as Paula, will be at the screening. The fundraiser is $15 per ticket and starts at 1 p.m. July 6. In addition, signed copies will be raffled and a limited number of Strong4Sam T-shirts and bracelets will be sold.

All proceeds benefit the Strong4Sam Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating community awareness and raising funds for innovative research to discover more effective and less toxic therapies for pediatric cancer. It was named for a Beaver Lake Middle School student who is battling a brain tumor.

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Annual Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival is June 6

June 5, 2015

NEW — 10 a.m. June 5, 2015

The public is invited to celebrate the sixth annual Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival at Duthie Hill Park on June 6.

The festival features fun challenges and activities for adults and children, bike demonstrations, and more than 40 vendor and sponsor booths. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free to attend.

Attendees are invited to try out bikes, join skill clinics, enjoy guided rides and take part in a pump track challenge. The activities cost $10 for Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance members and $20 for nonmembers.

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15th annual Issaquah Triathlon is June 6

June 5, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 5, 2015

The 15th annual Issaquah Triathlon, which benefits Arbor Montessori School, will take place June 6 at Lake Sammamish State Park.

The event starts at 7 a.m. and includes a triathlon, duathlon, 10K run, 5K run and kids’ triathlon. All skills levels are welcome to participate.

Participants will receive medals, and there will be live music and food. Registration forms are available online at www.issaquahtri.com.

Learn more by emailing info@issaquahtri.com.

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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.

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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