Skyline’s class of 2001 plans school’s first 10-year reunion

September 13, 2011

In any number of ways, the class of 2001 was a special one for Skyline High School.

In terms of sports accomplishments, Spartans of that vintage helped win the girls state softball championship in 1999. The football team took the state title in 2000 and just missed doing it again the following year.

Still, probably most importantly, the graduates represented the first class to attend Skyline for all four of their years in high school.

“I think it’s worth remembering, worth commemorating,” said Kim Best, a member of the class of ’01 and one of the principal organizers of the school’s first 10-year reunion.

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Trout Unlimited meeting is Sept. 14 in Issaquah

August 30, 2011

The public is invited to the Sept. 14 meeting of the Bellevue-Issaquah Chapter of Trout Unlimited. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Issaquah Brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way.

Dave McCoy, a Trout Unlimited member and owner of Emerald Water Anglers, is the featured speaker. He will show photo slides to reveal fly fishing opportunities in Western Washington.

There is no price for admission.

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Share opinions about bike paths at Bike Night Issaquah

July 21, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. July 21, 2011

Sponsored by the Cascade Land Conservancy, Bike Night Issaquah, slate for Thursday evening, is a chance for residents or anyone concerned to bike around some of the city’s bike paths and share their opinions on those paths with bike and pedestrian experts, and other community members.

The bike ride begins and ends at the Issaquah Brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way. The bike ride starts at 6 p.m. Trail discussions will be held at 7 p.m. At 8 p.m., participants are invited to the brewhouse to watch coverage of the Tour de France.

The bike ride will essentially take you in a loop from the brewhouse down and across Front Street to a spot on the Issaquah-Preston Trail. The route then heads back to the brewhouse on the opposite side of Interstate 90.

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Fundraiser is rockin’ and rollin’ for barber’s colon

April 26, 2011

Mark Ashbaugh has cut, trimmed, curled, straightened and styled hair in Issaquah for almost two decades.

Mark Ashbaugh chats with client Allison Smith during her hair-styling appointment. Several businesses and friends are hosting a benefit for Ashbaugh, who just had two surgeries on his colon. By Laura Geggel

After two surgeries in the hospital, his family and friends are asking the community to give back by helping him at a benefit called Rockin’ and Rollin’ for Mark’s Colon.

Since they started the Front Street Salon in 2000, Ashbaugh and his business partner Danielle Abker have amassed more than 600 clients.

Customers call his humor “edgy” and “very funny.”

“People who know him love him,” friend and customer Clinton Fink said. “There will be a family of four and they’ll all be waiting to get their hair cut.”

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Match wits at Trivia Night to foster sister-city ties

April 8, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. April 8, 2011

The popular Trivia Night launched by the municipal Sister Cities Commission and the American Moroccan International Exchange to promote ties to Morocco returns April 20.

Proceeds from the event fund programs to further strengthen the relationship between Issaquah and sister city Chefchaouen, Morocco. Sister Cities Commission and AMIE members work promote to international goodwill and understanding through people-to-people diplomacy, education and cultural exchanges.

Trivia Night is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Issaquah Brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way.

Trivia Night teams match wits for fun and prizes. The entry fee is $20 for each team of up to four people.

The event has no pre-registration for the event, and the brewhouse remains open during Trivia Night.

Issaquah and Chefchaouen inked a sister-city agreement in 2007.

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Rogue Ales conquers international design competition

March 28, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. March 28, 2011

Issaquah Brewhouse parent company Rogue Ales poured on the packaging awards at a recent design competition.

Rogue’s bottles and tap handles scored higher than entrants from beverage giants to nab top packaging honoring. The bottle for Issaquah-brewed White Frog Ale took first place in the special packaging category in the San Francisco POP Awards.

The competition honor best in point-of-purchase displays.

Rogue’s honorees in the category included Morimoto Soba Ale, Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout, Double Chocolate Stout and Dead Guy Ale.

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Diners can sample bargains during restaurant month

March 8, 2011

Eateries encourage diners to sample special offers and menu items during Issaquah Restaurant Month.

The inaugural dine-out event kicked off March 1, as more than 20 restaurants rolled out discounts and other treats for diners. Organizers said the monthlong celebration is meant to attract attention to local restaurants, and encourage residents to try fresh flavors.

The participating restaurants include longtime establishments and newcomers. Diners interested in checking out Issaquah restaurants during the event can nosh on barbecue and pizza one day, and nachos and lo mein the next.

“Each restaurant will offer a lunch and/or dinner prix fixe menu that represents the best of what that restaurant has to offer,” Diane Symms, Lombardi’s Italian Restaurants president and CEO, said in a release. “This is not a discount but rather an offer of quality and value for the community.”

Issaquah Restaurant Month is similar to events staged in Seattle and other major cities nationwide. The year-old Issaquah Restaurant Coalition, a trade group, coordinated and promoted the celebration.

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Issaquah Brewhouse honors Year of the Rabbit

February 22, 2011

In honor of the Year of the Rabbit, Rogue has added a Nano brewery to Issaquah Brewhouse.

It joins the Buckman Village Brewery Nano in the Green Dragon and one at the Rogue Public House in Eugene, Ore. The brewers for the Nano are local homebrew clubs and sales of the brews benefit the clubs.

Issaquah Brewhouse is a 15-barrel system artisan brewery that has earned more than 35 national and international awards for quality and taste.

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Santa Claus joins Eastside Fire & Rescue to collect toys Thursday

December 22, 2010

NEW — 2 p.m. Dec. 22, 2010

Christmas cheer comes to the Issaquah Brewhouse on Thursday evening, as Eastside Fire & Rescue and the pub partner to collect toys for the less fortunate.

EFR plans to park the “Reindeer Engine” outside the brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way, from 6-8 p.m. Thursday. People can drop off a new, unwrapped toy and receive a ticket for use at the eatery. Santa Claus is also expected to pick up the donated toys.

“This has been our biggest year yet,” Firefighter Danny Evanger, public relations officer for Union Local 2878, said in a statement. “We work hard to stay connected to the community we serve and there’s no better time to collect food and toys from our generous community than during the holiday season.”

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Jolly Frog celebrates the season at Issaquah Brewhouse

December 9, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 9, 2010

’Tis the season at the Issaquah Brewhouse.

Jolly Frog — a beer described as sweet potato pie in a glass — is on tap for the holiday season.

The list of ingredients includes brown sugar, sweet potato and, of course, hops.

The brewery crafts a family of beers in a 15-barrel brew system at the downtown brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way. The brewery has earned more than 30 honors for taste and quality.

The brewhouse opened in 1994. Rogue Ales snapped up the pub a decade ago. The pub is a frequent gathering place for community groups.

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