City garden grows 1,500 pounds of produce for food bank

January 31, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 31, 2015

In 2014, the Pickering Garden team grew more than 1,500 pounds of fresh food for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

The city teamed with Our Seattle Tilth and community members to grow the garden. The total amount of donated food includes 167 pounds from a city employee food drive.

Garden Coordinator Falaah Jones inspired and taught 627 people, who volunteered at the Pickering Garden to help plant, grow and harvest organic food.

Farmers Market vendors and local gardeners also contributed an additional 6,038 pounds of fresh produce to the food bank last year. Read more

Editorial — Get a fresh start by being a volunteer

January 6, 2015

Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank — “The working poor. The newly homeless. Struggling seniors. The mentally ill. Whether underemployed or unemployable, the victim of tough times or tough streets, representing a long-term need or a short-term crisis, we try to help everyone who comes to us.” The organization helps people of all ages all year long. You can help by donating food, money or time. Learn more at http://issaquahfoodbank.org.

Simple solution — Pick up a few extra canned goods when you’re doing your own grocery shopping and drop them by the bank at 179 First Ave. S.E. Read more

Heroin use is on the rise in Issaquah and King County

December 30, 2014

Over a year ago, in June 2013, then-Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers said the use of heroin locally was on the rise.

“It appears the use of heroin has risen over the meth usage,” Ayers said.

The situation has not improved.

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Samantha Smith Elementary School helps Issaquah Food Bank program

December 30, 2014

The Samantha Smith Elementary School’s Student Leadership Council collected gifts from Dec. 1-5 for the Issaquah Holiday Gift Barn, a program of the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

Contributed Samantha Smith Elementary School fifth-graders (from left) Dylan Denq, Aditi Goyal, Maeve Toland, Parker Kirkwood, Jaskaran Dhilon and Sada Hitzemann helped lead the school’s gift drive for the Issaquah Holiday Gift Barn.

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Samantha Smith Elementary School fifth-graders (from left) Dylan Denq, Aditi Goyal, Maeve Toland, Parker Kirkwood, Jaskaran Dhilon and Sada Hitzemann helped lead the school’s gift drive for the Issaquah Holiday Gift Barn.

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Firefighters hold annual food, clothing drive

November 26, 2014

Starting the morning of Nov. 28, Eastside Firefighters Benevolent Fund members will set up its fourth annual Food and Clothing Drive.

The Issaquah Fred Meyer and First Due Movers sponsor the three-day event. A 24-foot moving truck donated by First Due Movers will be located in the Fred Meyer parking lot. Firefighters and their families will collect food and clothes in an attempt to fill the truck.

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Bring donations for Holiday Gift Barn Dec. 8-9, shoppers must register by Nov. 30

November 25, 2014

Leaders of the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank have renamed the longstanding Caring through Sharing program to Holiday Gift Barn.

“We decided to rebrand it,” said Cori Walters, executive director of the food bank.

The Holiday Gift Barn allows registered parents of students in the Issaquah School District to select new toys and other goods as holiday gifts for their children. Shopping is Dec. 10-11 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. Shopping times vary.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah kicks off with $100,000 goal

November 4, 2014

September 2014 represented a new beginning for Issaquah resident Michelle Curtis.

It’s when, after living in a domestic violence shelter for the past two years, the single mother of four moved into permanent housing.

That Talus apartment represented security, freedom and most of all stability, as Curtis worked tooth and nail to overcome abuse and the resulting health issues to make a home for her family.

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Highlands Halloween festival has new name and night

October 14, 2014

The Issaquah Highlands’ traditional Halloween celebration has a new name and night.

By Greg Farrar Nathan Webb (left) and John Bernado, of Preston, check out a photographer for human brains before moving along, disappointed, during the 2013 Zombie Walk.

By Greg Farrar
Nathan Webb (left) and John Bernado, of Preston, check out a photographer for human brains before moving along, disappointed, during the 2013 Zombie Walk.

Now in its fourth year, the celebration is no longer associated with Green Halloween, according to Christy Garrard, Issaquah Highlands Council executive director.

“Now, it’s just Halloween in the Highlands,” she said.

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Volunteers needed for food drive

September 19, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 19, 2014

The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank needs volunteers for its Month of Concern Food Drive.

Volunteers are needed from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays Sept. 21 and 28 and Oct. 12 to help take in and pick up donations, and then organize and put away the donations at the food bank.

If you’re interested, email cori@issaquahfoodbank.org.

 

Issaquah’s oldest church has new location

September 16, 2014

The Community Church of Issaquah, the longest-established church in Issaquah, is moving to Gilman Boulevard.

The first worship service will be at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, and a grand opening celebration (including a meal to follow) is set for 11 a.m. Oct. 19. The community is invited.

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