Celebrate an egg-cellent Easter at community events

April 15, 2014

Communities across the world will celebrate Easter on April 20, but Issaquah residents don’t have to go far to enjoy the holiday festivities.

Get a head start on the Easter holiday weekend with the city’s annual Underwater Egg Hunt and Carnival on April 18 at the Julius Boehm Pool, 50 S.E. Clark St.

Attendees should bring a swimsuit, towel and plastic basket to join in on the fun. Prizes are awarded for eggs gathered. While swimmers bob for eggs below, others can enjoy carnival games on the observation deck.

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Issaquah Christian Church hosts Thanksgiving fundraiser

November 26, 2013

Issaquah Christian Church’s 11th annual One Meal, One Hope Challenge fundraiser returns this Thanksgiving with the aim of buying meals for everyone at the Union Gospel Mission.

Since 2003, the challenge has raised more than $61,000, used to purchase more than 34,000 meals for those in need at the mission.

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Mayors Month of Concern drive helps local food bank

September 17, 2013

The Mayors Month of Concern Food Drive for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank continues until Oct. 12.

The food bank finds itself in dire need after the summer months left its shelves bare.

“Usually, the summer months are our lowest time for donations,” said Cori Walters, Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank executive director. “It’s not common that we run out of mac and cheese.”

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Community Church finds temporary home

September 10, 2013

The Community Church of Issaquah, the city’s longest-established church, has been without a home since February.

After 45 years on Mountain Park Boulevard Southwest, Community Church of Issaquah sold the building to the Living Hope Bible Church.

While exploring locations for a permanent home, the congregation is temporarily worshiping at 1:30 p.m. Sundays at Issaquah Christian Church, 10328 Issaquah-Hobart Road, while maintaining an office at 85 N.W. Alder Place, in downtown Issaquah.

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Head to parade, Heritage Day, Down Home Fourth, car show and fireworks today

July 4, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. July 4, 2013

Join the Issaquah community today in celebrating America’s independence and Issaquah’s history.

Bouncy houses, live entertainment, face painting, slug races and hay hunts are just a few of the activities planned for the Fourth of July festivities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kids and pets can also dress up and decorate their bikes for the annual Kids, Pets ‘N’ Pride Parade, which will begin at 10 a.m. at Rainier Boulevard North and Northwest Dogwood Street, and end at Veterans Memorial Field.

The Issaquah History Museums will set up stations for old-time laundry, dress-up, butter churning and logging, so kids and adults alike can experience Issaquah’s history firsthand. Read more

Issaquah Christian Church members enjoy new facilities

April 2, 2013

After more than 30 years in the same building, Issaquah Christian Church members are enjoying their new facility — on the same property — that is now large enough to hold the growing congregation.

The church, founded in 1970, originally held services at Gibson Hall on Newport Way. In 1980, the church moved to its current location at 10328 Issaquah-Hobart Road and remained in the same building until it completed its new building in October 2011.

By Greg Farrar Pastor Brad Bromling poses in the 300-seat Issaquah Christian Church sanctuary, with the tall cross at the window’s interior that was made by member David Gallagher, of Hobart, with an exterior cross created by member Larry McNeely, of Enumclaw.

By Greg Farrar
Pastor Brad Bromling poses in the 300-seat Issaquah Christian Church sanctuary, with the tall cross at the window’s interior that was made by member David Gallagher, of Hobart, with an exterior cross created by member Larry McNeely, of Enumclaw.

“We had looked forward to it for about 10 years, so now we have a sense of accomplishment,” senior pastor Brad Bromling said. “It makes things possible that have not been possible in the past.”

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Churches’ pie auction to benefit Compassion House

October 30, 2012

It may be hard to imagine paying more than $400 for a pie, but at the Compassion House Benefit Pie Auction, it’s not so far-fetched.

At last year’s event, some pies sold for more than $450, with all of the money going toward Compassion House, a local nonprofit organization that provides transitional housing to families in need.

“You know when you have an auctioneer that is capable of selling some pies upwards of $450, that people have an open heart for giving,” said Rick McCarty, the executive director of Compassion House.

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Celebrate Independence Day in Issaquah with parade

June 26, 2012

Fireworks are banned in Issaquah and surrounding areas, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of ways to celebrate Independence Day.

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Churches’ men’s clothing drive runs through Feb. 26

February 7, 2012

Seattle area streets serve as home to a population of roughly 8,900, according to Jim Rockstad, of Issaquah Christian Church.

Of that total, an estimated 80 percent are men, he said. At the same time, however, about 80 percent of the clothing donated for the homeless is for women and children.

“There is a real need for warm men’s clothing,” Rockstad said.

For the third year in a row, Rockstad is helping organize a winter men’s clothing drive benefiting Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission and the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

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Off the Press

December 13, 2011

Santa, please help tell true story of Christmas

David Hayes Press reporter

A funny thing happened when I was asked to play the role of Santa for Northwest Pugs — a meetup group my wife co-organizes for local pug owners.

Cute photos of their dogs with Jolly St. Nick would have to be without me, for you see, I didn’t fit into the silly suit.

Who in China designs a costume of a fat man that an actual horizontally challenged person cannot fit into? Luckily, my wife found a more svelte volunteer to fill the position.

However, once my services were no longer needed, I decided to turn the tables and think about what I would ask of Santa, if I were to discover one with a lap ample enough to hold my weight without risk of injury.

My wish of the bearded one would be an emphasis on the return of the true meaning of Christmas to include more of the original bearded one. That would involve getting the ACLU’s grubby little paws off the holiday.

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