Participate in Kids Toy Swap at Recology CleanScapes store

June 9, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 9, 2015

Families can donate toys through June 26 for the Recology CleanScapes Toy Swap, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 27 at 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite 22, in Gilman Village.

The event provides families an opportunity to bring in unwanted toys in good condition (no stuffed animals, please) and receive a donation ticket for each toy donated.

On June 27, all children with donation tickets can come to the Toy Swap and pick up toys with their tickets. All unclaimed toys will be donated to the Issaquah Food Bank and Eastside Baby Corner.

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Issaquah Relay For Life is May 9-10

May 5, 2015

More than 750 people will descend on Issaquah High School this weekend to take up arms against a nasty, unforgiving foe.

The fight against cancer comes to Issaquah on May 9-10 in the form of Relay For Life, an American Cancer Society fundraiser that backs the nonprofit’s mission to create a world without the disease.

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Rotary’s Grape Escape returns bigger than ever

March 17, 2015

For the Rotary Club of Issaquah’s ninth annual Grape Escape, organizers didn’t see any need to fix what wasn’t broken.

“We’ve taken a proven formula and just reapplied it,” co-chairman Scott McKorkle said.

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Downtown Issaquah Association announces 2015 board of directors

December 30, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 30, 2014

The Downtown Issaquah Association has chosen its 2015 board of directors, including new members Jamie Lilly and Robyn Barfoot.

Lilly, director of marketing for the Village Theatre, has increased subscribers and attendance there. She is an active member with the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, and has served on the ambassador’s committee and tourism advisory committee. She is passionate about music and arts, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in music from Whitman College.

Barfoot, former general curator of Cougar Mountain Zoo and now a zoo and wildlife consultant brings more than a decade of work collaborating with the local media and business community. She also is on the Tourism Advisory Board for Issaquah.

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Guest Column — All are welcome at community hall lunches

November 18, 2014

On Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. at the Issaquah Community Hall, I’m known as “the coffee guy.” I stand near the door as 50 or more people come through for a shared lunch provided by a circle of people of which I’m part, offering my “best in Issaquah,” home-roasted brew.

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Off The Press — Ornament artists are treated like rock stars

September 2, 2014

If you don’t collect anything, you may not understand collectors. But you can certainly appreciate people loving what they love.

When I first received a news release about two Hallmark Keepsake Ornament artists coming to Mark’s Hallmark here in Issaquah, I thought, “Well, that’s interesting for people who collect them.”

Then, I learned that Issaquah’s store was the only one in the Northwest and one of only 14 in the country that would have artist signings this year. Then, I learned that the last time an artist came to Washington state was in 1995, for a Hallmark convention in Seattle.

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Fundraisers go above and beyond

December 24, 2013


Sophie Mittelstaedt Issaquah High School

Sophie Mittelstaedt
Issaquah High School

Issaquah High School students have gone above and beyond in their three fundraisers so far this year.

Stuff the Bus was a toy drive for Seattle Children’s. For a week, students stuffed a bus full of toys and books for the children at the hospital. In addition, many took the time to write kind notes to patients.

“Seattle Children’s was very appreciative and they even wrote an article about Issaquah High School’s donation in the magazine they publish,” junior Suzy Emerson, Associated Student Body representative, said.

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Artist, youth advocate Vicki Hoffman dies

October 15, 2013

A celebration of life for beloved Issaquah art and youth advocate Vicki Hoffman is scheduled for 1 p.m. Oct. 19 at Redmond’s Timberlake Church, 4505 236th Ave. N.E.

The family will receive friends at Flintoft’s Funeral Home from 4 -7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at 540 E. Sunset Way, Issaquah.

Hoffman, a tireless advocate for art in schools, as well as a board member on the Issaquah Community Network and the Issaquah School District PTSA Council, passed away Oct. 12, after suffering a brain aneurysm Oct. 10, according to a slew of emails from Hoffman’s friends and colleagues.

Vicki Hoffman

Vicki Hoffman

An active parent in the Issaquah School District, Hoffman once served as the Clark Elementary School PTSA president, and is largely responsible for reviving the district’s volunteer art docent program.

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Kiwanis to feature Issaquah Nourishing Network at sock hop

April 9, 2013

Jitterbug the night away in celebration of the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah and its 84 years of community service.

On April 26, the nonprofit organization will hold its annual community auction with a Sock Hop Dance in the Pickering Barn, beginning at 6 p.m. Themed around the 1950s, the club will provide food, drinks, entertainment and many things for attendees to bid on.

Price for admission will be $40. All funds raised through the auction will go directly to help those in need in the Issaquah community.

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