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


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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Fundraiser tops $75,000 for food, clothing bank

September 16, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 16, 2014

The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank’s second annual Recipe for Hope Breakfast Sept. 9 raised more than $75,000.

Food bank officials plan to put the donations to good use by growing programs, improving the facility, increasing outreach, ensuring there are no hungry kids in local schools nor hungry seniors alone at home, and leaving no one without a safety net, Executive Director Cori Walters wrote in an email to supporters.

See a video about the needs of the food bank here.

Donations are still being accepted to help fund operations at the food and clothing bank. Give here.

Issaquah Highlands Dental Group helps generate smiles

September 9, 2014

Issaquah Highlands Dental Group participated in Smile Generation Serve Day on Aug. 23.

The annual event brings together Pacific Dental Services-supported dentists and team member volunteers, and provides dental care to patients in need.

Seven patients were seen at the Issaquah Highlands office, receiving more than $12,500 worth of dental care.

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Editorial: 1,200 backpacks needed for students

July 22, 2014

Let the back-to-school shopping begin!

Wow, everything from erasers to three colors of ink pens, from scissors to notebooks are on the list. Don’t forget a box of Kleenex for the classroom and an apple for the teacher.

If you’ve purchased a new backpack for your student and added in the supplies, your receipts probably add up to well more than $100. And you still have to get new shoes and pay for a yearbook and a PTA membership.

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Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank feeds kids through summer

July 15, 2014

For the third year in a row, the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank is running a program to help feed children during summer vacation.

Program Director Rebecca Rayner said the local organization wanted to give kids the meals often provided by the school system during most of the year.

“We just have to have school-aged kids to enter the program,” she said.

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