Community Awards ceremony switches to evening event

May 15, 2012

The ceremony for the Community Awards is getting a makeover as organizers prepare for the 33rd annual event.

The event celebrates individual, organizations and service clubs in the Issaquah area.

In past years, Community Awardees received honors during a luncheon at the Holiday Inn – Issaquah. Come May 31, the event transitions to a nighttime celebration at the Issaquah Hilton Garden Inn, 1800 N.W. Gilman Blvd.

The festivities start at 6 p.m. Learn more about the celebration and purchase tickets at

The honorees at the event include the inductee into the Issaquah Hall of Fame, Citizen of the Year and more.

Issaquah Women’s Club luncheon supports scholarships, local charities

February 28, 2012

At a recent meeting of the Issaquah Women’s Club, a speaker from the Eastside Domestic Violence Program expounded upon how the 60 or so scholarships supplied to that group over the years by the club had changed lives.

The scholarships were intended to help clients of the program get back on their feet, to help them get out of abusive situations. Past president and current promotions director for the Women’s Club Deborah Bader said she and other group members especially enjoyed hearing personal stories about how their efforts had helped other women.

“It was just really special,” Bader added.

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Mardi Gras theme comes to Grand Ridge Elementary School auction

January 24, 2012

Artwork like this piece, ‘Hands,’ is up for auction to raise money for the Grand Ridge Elementary School PTA. Contributed

A past president of the Grand Ridge Elementary School PTA, Lida Buckner makes no secret of the fact she wants to start a tradition.

Buckner is one of the driving forces behind the school’s first auction event, dubbed Mardi Gras 2012. The fundraiser is split into two parts, an online auction and a live auction event. The online portion of the fundraiser began Jan. 22 and runs through Jan. 29. The live auction is set for Feb. 11 at the Hilton Garden Inn Issaquah.

Buckner said proceeds will benefit science, art and music programs, as well as programs run by the school PTSA.

During the online event, parents and others can bid on 37 original student art projects, one from each classroom in the Issaquah Highlands school. As for the live event, organizers wanted to make it a little different. Buckner said their choice of the Hilton Garden Inn as a venue is another reason the live auction will run a bit unlike similar events parents and others may have seen put together by other schools.

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Issaquah police crack down on liquor sales to minors

January 17, 2012

Issaquah police and the Washington State Liquor Control Board joined forces late last month to crack down on businesses serving alcohol to minors.

Officers cited six people for furnishing liquor to minors during the Dec. 21 operation. The crackdown encompassed businesses throughout Issaquah.

Such enforcement is part of the routine compliance checks conducted by the liquor board and law enforcement agencies.

“Enforcement of all of the liquor laws — not just these — are important,” Police Chief Paul Ayers said. “They’re there for the purpose of making sure that a person can go into a bar and have a drink if they want, but that they’re not driving after being overserved or that they’re not underage and having alcohol. It’s just important that we enforce all of those laws.”

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Anglers can attend Issaquah fly-fishing classes Feb. 25-26

January 17, 2012

Nationally known fly-fishing authors and instructors Skip Morris and Rick Hafele will host a two-day workshop Feb. 25-26 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Issaquah. Each day begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.

The workshop will teach anglers the proper techniques for fishing with flies, including how to read water, using the right kinds of flies and how to tie flies.

The workshop is sponsored by the Creekside Angling Company in Issaquah. Learn more about the class or register at

More honors for Skyline quarterback Max Browne

January 10, 2012

Skyline High School quarterback Max Browne continues to collect accolades. Most recently, he was selected as one of 20 juniors for the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl that showcases top players from across the nation.

In addition, he earned honorable mention on’s 2011 High School All-America team, and was named the Gatorade Washington Player of the Year, and the Associated Press Player of the Year for all classifications. Browne has been rated by as one of the first five-star recruits in the 2013 recruiting class.

Browne threw for 4,034 yards and 45 touchdowns last season and helped Skyline to an 11-3 record and the 4A state title.

According to, Browne has received scholarship offers from California, Clemson, Colorado, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.

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Issaquah decks the halls with holiday happenings

November 29, 2011

All around Issaquah, it’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays.

From downtown Issaquah to Gilman Village to the historic train depot, signs of the coming holidays are starting to sprout.

Gilman Village Merchants and the Cascade Team Real Estate are the primary sponsors for a holiday happening from 5-8 p.m. Dec. 10 at St. George’s Square in Gilman Village, 355 N.W. Gilman Blvd.

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Music on the Streets returns to downtown Issaquah

September 6, 2011

NEW — 11:30 a.m. Sept. 6, 2011

The second-to-last 2011 Music on the Streets features local band Shaggy Sweet performing funk, rock and soul at the historic Shell gas station on Issaquah’s Front Street.

The concert is 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Hailstone Feed Store, the 1940s Shell gas station, at 232 Front St. N.

The last Music on the Streets is 6-9 p.m. Sept. 14, again at the feed store, and features the return of Sub-Motive, a group playing blues, funk and soul. The group performed at a Music on the Streets in August.

All Music on the Streets events are free and open to the public. The events are held rain or shine.

Music on the Streets is sponsored by the DownTown Issaquah Association and the city Arts Commission. Commercial sponsors are the Hilton Garden Inn, Issaquah Nursing & Rehabilitation and Eastside Audiology.

Catch Hotbox at downtown Issaquah’s Music on the Streets

August 23, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 23, 2011

Hotbox, an Everett-based cover band, is the headlining act for the next Music on the Streets event produced by the DownTown Issaquah Association.

Covering songs from the 1960s to the 1980s, Hotbox will perform from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at the historic Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N.

The association put together 10 Music on the Streets events for this summer, running every Wednesday through Sept. 14. Events are held rain or shine.

Upcoming shows include Peacemaker Nation playing blues, jazz, R&B and hip-hop on Aug. 31; Shaggy Sweet, playing funk Sept. 7; and Sub-Motive, playing original rock and blues Sept. 14.

Learn more about Music on the Streets at or call 391-1112.

Music on the Streets is sponsored by Eastside Audiology, the Hilton Garden Inn Issaquah, and Issaquah Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce crowns royalty

May 10, 2011

Hail, King and Queen Issaquah.

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce leaders crowned Evergreen Ford employee Josh Rehn and Hilton Garden Inn employee Laurie Carlisle as king and queen for the year ahead. The pair received royal robes and salmon-shaped crowns at a chamber luncheon April 19.

King and Queen Issaquah serve as goodwill ambassadors to the community. The duo presides at ribbon-cutting ceremonies, participates in the Independence Day and Salmon Days Festival parades, and is honored at chamber events.

Nathan Perea, a former City Council candidate and Issaquah Highlands resident, and Renee Zimmerman, another highlands resident, held the royal titles in 2010.

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