Down Home 4th, Heritage Day are pure patriotism; see fireworks at state park

July 2, 2015

Robin Kelley may be kept busiest when it comes to Salmon Days in October. But as director of festivals for the city of Issaquah, she confided that their favorite time of year just might be the Fourth of July.

That’s when the community turns out for Issaquah’s Down Home 4th of July and Heritage Day.

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It’s Christmas in July for Issaquah Community Services fundraiser

July 2, 2015

Issaquah Community Services comes to the aid of individuals and families when they need it most.

The nonprofit is there to intervene right before the power goes out, the eviction notice becomes real and the water is turned off.

ICS offers emergency financial aid to residents of the Issaquah School District in the form of utility payments, rent assistance and other miscellaneous contributions, depending on a client’s specific need.

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Register now for summer food bank program

June 20, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 20, 2015

The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank provides a week’s worth of breakfast, lunch and snacks each week of summer break.

Families can register at https://issaquahfoodbank.org or in person at 179 First Ave. S.E., Issaquah.

Call or email Rebecca with questions at 392-4123, ext. 11 or rebecca@issaquahfoodbank.org.

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Hobby & Volunteer Expo returns May 30

May 24, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 24, 2015

The 15th annual Hobby & Volunteer Expo returns to the Issaquah Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 30 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

Experience interactive activities, meet friendly faces and connect with the community. The event is open to all ages, and is especially good for new community members, recently retired residents and students seeking programs in which to earn community service hours.

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Sen. Mark Mullet to donate pay raise to Issaquah Food Bank

May 16, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 16, 2015

Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, will donate his share of a pay increase recently approved for state lawmakers to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

“I learned (May 15) there is no easy way to decline this pay increase,” Mullet said in a news release. “We did not ask for it, and did not vote for it, so I figured donating the pay increase to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank would make sure this pay raise benefits our local community.”

Mullet will donate the first portion of the pay raise — $3,368 — when it kicks in this September. The following year, the amount of his donation will increase to $4,723 as the second portion of the pay raise takes effect.

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Adventure Kids Playcare goes outdoors for Spring Festival

May 5, 2015

Five years ago, when Ed and Nicole Mecum opened Adventure Kids Playcare, they hosted a grand-opening festival to introduce themselves to the community.

But a funny thing happened.

“It was so much fun, we decided to have a festival day every year,” Ed Mecum said.

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Pine Lake Middle School celebrates local heroes

May 5, 2015

Sixth-grader Anna Chisholm had never before volunteered for community service, but she said she enjoyed the time she spent helping homeless residents in Seattle earlier this year.

By Neil Pierson Mustafa Miyaziwala, a sixth-grade student at Pine Lake Middle School, tells others about his community service project at the school’s Heropalooza event April 21. Miyaziwala and others formed Snacks for Slavery, which used a bake sale to raise $386 for the International Justice Mission.

By Neil Pierson
Mustafa Miyaziwala, a sixth-grade student at Pine Lake Middle School, tells others about his community service project at the school’s Heropalooza event April 21. Miyaziwala and others formed Snacks for Slavery, which used a bake sale to raise $386 for the International Justice Mission.

“I feel so sad for people that don’t have the opportunities that I have,” said Chisholm, who packed and delivered supplies, and prepared breakfast for homeless adults and teens, alongside members of her select basketball team.

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Help Pickering Garden grow

May 2, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 2, 2015

The city is seeking green thumbs to help the Pickering Demonstration Garden grow.

Volunteers help grow fresh produce for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, while learning techniques for growing food organically and utilizing natural resources wisely.

Volunteer hours are available May through September: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, 3-6 p.m. first and third Wednesdays, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. second and fourth Saturdays.

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Documentary ‘Hunger in America’ is May 6

April 25, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 25, 2015

Imagine Housing and the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank present the Eastside premiere of “Hunger in America,” a documentary about the nation’s hunger epidemic.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. May 6, for a 7 p.m. screening at the Issaquah High School Theater, 700 Second Ave. S.E. The event is free and open to the public.

After the film screening, stay for a community conversation to discuss the impact and significance of hunger in our community.

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Issaquah’s annual cleanup day is Saturday

April 21, 2015

Members of the Downtown Issaquah Association have learned over the years that as clean as the city looks, there’s still a need to tidy up after a careless few.

Thus, the association’s annual effort to pick up trash in the downtown corridor has grown into a more encompassing event — the third annual, citywide Keep Issaquah Beautiful Day.

The cleanup is from 9 a.m. to noon April 25. The beautification project has grown past the length of Front Street to include: Read more

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