Zombies arise for annual walk, dance classes start Oct. 8

September 30, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 30, 2015

The sixth annual Issaquah Zombie Walk returns to downtown Issaquah from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Oct. 24.

Zombies of all ages are invited to rise up and meet at Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N. Come dressed as your own zombie or get free help getting make-up applied. Or for $10, Illusions by Melanie can apply Ultra Zombie makeup.

The creep through downtown begins at 4:30 p.m. and finishes with a flash-mob dance performance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” on the steps of City Hall at 5 p.m. at the corner of Sunset and Front Street.

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‘Discover the Past’ during the history museums’ first fundraiser

September 15, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 15, 2015

The “Discover the Past” event is the first major fundraiser ever put on the by the Issaquah History Museums.

Or it is, at least, the museums’ first big fundraiser in a couple of decades, Issaquah History Museums Executive Director Erica Maniez said.

One reason for the lack of major fundraising was that the museums didn’t have anyone on staff or even on its board with experience in putting together bigger events. That changed when Robyn Barfoot, well known as the former curator of the Cougar Mountain Zoo, joined the museum board.

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Tim Flood for Issaquah City Council fundraiser features comedian Justin Rupple

September 3, 2015

NEW — 10:22 a.m. Sept. 3, 2015

Justin Rupple – a native of Issaquah and successful comedian — will perform at a fundraiser in support of Issaquah City Council candidate Tim Flood at 6:45 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Issaquah Brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way.

Rupple, who recently performed at the Roast of Seattle Seahawk Doug Baldwin, performed for years at Bellevue’s Parlor Live before moving to Los Angeles to pursue his dream full time.

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Cougar Mountain Zoo tests new fundraising app

August 18, 2015

NEW — 12:43 p.m. Aug. 18, 2015

In hopes of raising funds to help with two new major exhibits, Issaquah’s Cougar Mountain Zoo is teaming up with a Kent company to try a new electronic fundraiser.

Starting Sept. 2 and running through Sept. 30, zoo supporters will be able to go online to the zoo website and, for a $30 donation, download a special advertising app giving them access to what planners hope will be a plethora of discounts at local businesses.

For every app sold, the zoo would receive up to 50 percent of the price of the app, said Erik Champoux of Prime West Inc.

While he said Prime West has been involved in plenty of fundraisers previously, this is the first time they have tried to use The Fundraising App. Read more

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Issaquah History Museums host Discover the Past fundraiser

August 18, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 18, 2015

The Issaquah History Museums presents “Discover the Past,” its first planned annual fundraising celebration of the city’s history, from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Issaquah Depot Museum, 78 First Ave. N.E.

Guests will hear many of Issaquah’s strangest stories from train conductors, former mayors, rodeo riders and other costumed figures from the past. A band will play on the steam donkey in front of the depot. There will be beer served from the Issaquah Brew House as well as fine wine, Italian appetizers and desserts from Forest Fairy Bakery.

The live auction, which helps fund history museum programs, will feature prize packages, including an escape to Bend, Oregon, a behind-the-scenes look at the Cougar Mountain Zoo and an adrenaline-filled combination of outdoor adventures.

Learn more at www.issaquahhistory.org.

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Issaquah Brewhouse features hops and dogs at weekend fest

August 13, 2015

NEW — 6 p.m. Aug. 13, 2015

The Issaquah Brewhouse is going to do the dogs.

The local restaurant and brewery again invites two- and four-legged attendees to the seventh annual Frogs & Dogs Festival, an outdoor gathering of everything food, beer and dogs.

Bring your pooch for a day of fun activities including an 11 a.m. dog parade, a canine fashion show and lots of doggy dancing.

Admission is $5. Proceeds from the family- and pet-friendly festival benefit Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and the Washington State Animal Response Team.

The fun goes all day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at Rogue’s Issaquah Brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way. Learn more here.

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Popular Wine Walk adds Author Fest

April 28, 2015

The fourth annual Downtown Issaquah Association Wine Walk series continues May 1.

The association’s first Friday event is from 6-9 p.m. and features samples of regional vintners, live music, art exhibits and demonstrations, and snacks, all within easy walking distance along Front Street.

This month, the association is collaborating with the Issaquah Library and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association for the first annual Author Fest. The new feature kicks off in the library meeting room with the following schedule: Read more

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Issaquah Wine Walk has live music, lively boutiques

March 3, 2015

The Downtown Issaquah Association’s first Friday Wine Walk returns for its second week of 2015 on March 6.

Support the local community with live music, art happenings, snacks and local boutique wines poured in several destinations along Front Street.

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What’s brewing? — Issaquah Brewhouse grows local, becomes Rogue’s cidery

December 3, 2014

Regulars to the Issaquah Brewhouse may have noticed a few new selections among the 40 brews it has on tap.

By Stacey Weeks Dave Hutchison, Issaquah Brewhouse head brewer, checks the progress of hops he and manager Stacey Weeks planted in the rear of the brewery.

By Stacey Weeks
Dave Hutchison, Issaquah Brewhouse head brewer, checks the progress of hops he and manager Stacey Weeks planted in the rear of the brewery.

The member of the Rogue chain of breweries has been brewing up its own IPAs with locally grown hops and was selected to brew its own ciders.

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Beat blues with brews at Gilman Village

February 5, 2013

There is a solution to chase away the doldrums of a rainy, cool Issaquah winter, and if the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce is correct, it comes pouring from your favorite wine or pilsner glass.

The chamber will host its inaugural Beat the Winter Brews Fest, complete with spirit, beer and wine tastings, food and music, all scattered along the storefronts and boardwalk of Gilman Village on Feb. 26.

“We were looking to do something in the winter, when people are saying there is nothing to do, and we came up with this unique adult-friendly event,” said Robin Kelley, director of festivals for chamber.

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