Zombie hordes happen

October 22, 2013

In 2009, citizens dining in downtown Issaquah spotted a handful of zombies shambling down Front Street. Since then, the group founded by Tom Gotuzzo has grown into a horde and added a few dance moves to the annual event.

The fourth annual Zombie Walk returns to Issaquah from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Karen Donovan, Downtown Issaquah Association executive director, said all ages of creepers are invited to join the horde.

Become a member of the zombie horde by meeting at the Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N. Come already dressed or get help being made up and join in on a practice run through of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance moves.

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DSHS is bringing mobile office to Issaquah

October 1, 2013

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services Mobile Community Service Office will be in Issaquah from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, 179 First Ave. S.E.

Those in need can apply for cash assistance, basic food assistance and child care services.

Community members can also drop off paperwork, complete an eligibility review or mid-certification review, or make changes to an existing case.

Learn more by calling 1-877-501-2233 toll free.

Skyline duo earns top marks at national leadership conference

September 24, 2013

This summer, Rachel Catterall and Megan O’Brian achieved something none of their peers at Skyline High School can claim.

The two seniors won gold-medal honors in July at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s National Leadership Conference in Nashville. Thousands of students attended the event, but a relatively small percentage did as well as Catterall and O’Brian.

By Neil Pierson Rachel Catterall (left) and Megan O’Brian, Skyline High School seniors earned gold medals from July’s national conference of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.

By Neil Pierson
Rachel Catterall (left) and Megan O’Brian, Skyline High School seniors earned gold medals from July’s national conference of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.

Projects that qualify for nationals are scored with a rubric — a point-based system that looks at the quality of each component. The points are converted into a percentage, and students earn medals based on their scores.

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Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank to host benefit breakfast

September 19, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 19, 2013

The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank will host an Oct. 17 benefit breakfast at Eastridge Church, 24205 S.E. Fall City Road.

Register now to help fill the shelves at the food bank that serves an average of 4,934 people per month.

The Recipe for Hope Breakfast begins at 7 a.m. James Whitfield, CEO of Leadership Eastside, will be the keynote speaker, while state Sen. Mark Mullet will emcee the event.

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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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Church, mayors join to host food drive

September 10, 2013

Issaquah’s church community and local government will lead a food drive for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank beginning Sept. 14.

The organization is in need of staple food items like canned proteins of tuna, chicken and salmon. It also needs jam, cereal, baby food, diapers size five through six, toiletries, canned soups, veggies and fruits.

On Saturdays through Oct. 12, residents can drop off supplies at Fred Meyer, QFC Issaquah, Safeway Issaquah and Front Street Market. Volunteers will greet shoppers at the entrances of each of the grocery stores and provide shoppers with a needs list for their shopping convenience.

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Godly giveaway

August 20, 2013

Eastridge Church hosts food bank backpack handouts

By Greg Farrar Kate Monroe (left) and Lisette Murrell, and other church and Kiwanis Club of Issaquah volunteers fill backpacks with school supplies Aug. 7 at Eastridge Church to give to school children in need at a Aug. 24 community festival.

By Greg Farrar
Kate Monroe (left) and Lisette Murrell, and other church and Kiwanis Club of Issaquah volunteers fill backpacks with school supplies Aug. 7 at Eastridge Church to give to school children in need at a Aug. 24 community festival.

Eastridge Church is hosting a community festival Aug. 24 where, in partnership with the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, school children in need will be given backpacks filled with basic school supplies.

The festivities and fun begins at 10 a.m. at the church, 24205 SE Issaquah Fall city Rd, with outdoor activities that include inflatables, face painting and science shows by Eastridge children’s pastor Dan Metteer.

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Help Issaquah’s hungry by picking or donating fruit

July 28, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. July 28, 2013

Is there an overabundance of fruit in your yard?

Issaquah Harvest is teaming up with Sustainable Issaquah to find trees that produce more fruit than the owner can use. The group consists of friends and neighbors who pick fruit to donate to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank. These include apples, pears, plums and other tree fruit.

Those who wish to participate in late summer should fill out a tree information form here. Trees must be healthy, not infested with pests and in an accessible location.

Direct questions to the website or email info@issaquah-harvest.org.

Theater opening to benefit food bank

June 25, 2013

As a part of its grand opening, the Regal Issaquah Highlands 12 theater will hold a preview event to benefit local charities.

On June 29, all movies, popcorn and soft drinks will be $2 each with all proceeds going to benefit the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank. The theater will show “Eat, Pray, Love,” “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” and “Julie & Julia” under the theme “Regal’s Recipe for Hope.”

On June 30, proceeds will benefit the charity Newspapers in Education and the theme will be “Read It and See It at Regal,” and the theater will show “The Hunger Games” and “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.”

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Youth Advisory Board seeks new members

April 9, 2013

For all fifth- through 11th-graders interested in making a difference in the community, the Youth Advisory Board seeks new members for just such a service.

The board, made up of representatives from each Issaquah School District middle and high school, is looking for applicants for its 2013-2014 term. Before the May 3 deadline, dedicated teens and tweens can submit their applications to the Parks & Recreation Department along with references.

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