Dreamers can complete bucket-list adventures

July 31, 2012

Hilton Garden Inn in Issaquah asks dreamers to build the ultimate to-do list and then turn bucket-list dreams into reality.

The hotel chain and National Geographic Traveler magazine launched the Life’s Ultimate To-Do List contest July 10 to encourage consumers to enter for a chance to accomplish bucket-list dreams.

Organizers ask each entrant to share his or her top to-do list item and explain why he or she should win the prize. The contest runs through Aug. 5 on Hilton Garden Inn’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/HiltonGardenInn.

Ideas could be running a marathon, trekking into a rainforest or backpacking across Europe. Organizers plan to add entries to Hilton Garden Inn’s ongoing Ultimate To-Do List, a comprehensive guide to fun and interesting things to explore around the globe.

The 10 best entries qualify as grand-prize winners, and the entrants can fulfill their to-do list items. Each winner receives a three-day, two-night trip worth up to $5,000. The trip includes roundtrip airfare for the winner and a guest near a Hilton Garden Inn, spending money, a camera to document the adventure and a yearlong subscription to National Geographic Traveler.

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Community Awards ceremony switches to evening event

May 22, 2012

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

The event celebrates individuals, 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 www.issaquahchamber.com/schedule/event/33rd-annual-community-awards-event.

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

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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 www.issaquahchamber.com/schedule/event/33rd-annual-community-awards-event.

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

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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 http://hookednow.com/events.

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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 SI.com’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 Rivals.com 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 Rivals.com, 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.

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