September 11, 2012
Salmon Days Festival organizers need a phalanx of volunteers to offer directions to festivalgoers, sell souvenirs, drive a shuttle bus and, importantly, clean up after the event concludes.
September 11, 2012
As a part of the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce’s “Business University” program, Technology SMACKDOWN will provide local community members and business owners with quick tips, tools and apps to help with all aspects of business operations.
“Four technology experts will offer up their top technology apps that you must know about,” said Matt Bott, chamber CEO. “These tools are free or low-cost ways to improve your productivity, your marketing and your businesses’ bottom line. Plus, they are just pretty darn cool apps to know about in the marketplace.”
September 7, 2012
NEW — 6 p.m. Sept. 7, 2012
Salmon Days Festival fun started almost a month early Friday, as organizers launched a community game in the run-up to the annual event.
Splash!Mob: The Ultimate Salmon Quest is a scavenger hunt-style game held throughout Issaquah, festival and Issaquah Chamber of Commerce leaders announced.
Participants search for specially decorated “spawning salmon” at businesses and landmarks. The game ends Oct. 7, during the festival.
The game card is available at the Issaquah Visitors Information Centers, 155 N.W. Gilman Blvd., in The Issaquah Press and 24 businesses and locations throughout Issaquah. Or, find the Splash!Mob card at the Salmon Days website.
September 4, 2012
The Salmon Days Festival and the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce recently launched Splash!Mob: The Ultimate Salmon Quest, a new, local and interactive community game.
The free scavenger hunt will be held throughout Issaquah and is open to all ages.
Participants will be tasked to search for specially decorated “spawning salmon” located at various local businesses and community landmarks. The game runs from Sept. 7 through Oct. 7, with a $1,000 value grand prize and a $400 value second-prize winner, drawn Oct. 7 at Salmon Days.
Game cards will be available Sept. 7 at the Issaquah Visitors Information Center, 155 N.W. Gilman Blvd., at www.salmondays.org and at various participating businesses and locations around Issaquah.
Find more information, game details and the Ohfishal Game Card at www.salmondays.org.
August 28, 2012
Timber Ridge at Talus receives Excellence in Innovation award
Timber Ridge at Talus was recently honored during the King County Healthcare Coalition Forum held at Seattle City Hall for its creative fire and earthquake survival training videos for staff and residents of nursing and retirement communities.
Timber Ridge at Talus received the Excellence In Innovation award for producing a three-part DVD training series and facilitator toolkit with the help of Eastside Fire & Rescue and Fire Station 72 with scripting, filming and producing.
The videos provide general safety guidelines and scenarios: Drop, Cover, and Hold techniques, fire extinguisher demonstrations and defend-in-place strategies. In Timber Ridge’s training delivery, personnel from EFR added realism by using a smoke machine to imitate a fire in a health center room as staff members demonstrated correct procedures during emergency situations.
August 21, 2012
Towing a horse trailer packed with supplies, Kim Arellano steered her Ford F-350 across the Cascades and close to the Taylor Bridge Fire.
The wildfire raging near Cle Elum and Ellensburg caused hundreds of firefighters to descend on neighboring Kittitas County. The disaster also led Arellano and countless volunteers throughout Washington and the Pacific Northwest to mobilize and support the relief effort.
Arellano is modest about hauling supplies from Issaquah and the Snoqualmie Valley to the fire-stricken area.
“My part was so small, but it was so rewarding,” she said. “I hope that others had an opportunity to have similar experiences. I’m glad my kids were there to witness what it feels like to help out other people.”
August 21, 2012
Children win when community unites
The club challenge was just a small part of a wonderful outpouring of support to fill 1,000 backpacks for kids registered with the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.
Numerous groups got together to coordinate the drive. The PTSA Council and Issaquah Education Association kicked things off by gathering donations of gift cards that could be used to purchase school supplies.
August 7, 2012
School supplies for 1,000 children
It’s many of these same students who will be the recipients of the 1,000 backpacks stuffed with school supplies that the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank and other community service groups are providing. That’s double the number of recent years.
Every parent or guardian knows that school supplies are not a small expense. First, there is the backpack. One sturdy enough to last the year can cost $20 to $25. Thankfully, the employees at SanMar have committed to supply 1,000 backpacks.
July 31, 2012
Local business leaders raised concerns about shoppers bypassing Issaquah after a retail plastic bag ban for retailers of 7,500 square feet or more goes into effect March 1, 2013.
The measure does not go into effect for smaller businesses until March 1, 2014.
In addition to limiting most plastic bags, the legislation requires retail stores to collect 5 cents for each paper bag provided to customers. The fee is meant to help offset the changeover cost as retailers eliminate plastic bags.
Issaquah Chamber of Commerce leaders urged consumers to continue shopping in Issaquah.
July 24, 2012
The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce is directing its next cash mob efforts to help needy students within the Issaquah School District acquire school supplies.