New season of farmers market kicks off Saturday

April 18, 2014

NEW — Noon April 18, 2014

Opening day for the Issaquah Farmers Market is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19 at the Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

On the first day will be Earth Day celebrations.

Some of the organizations participating this year include Cascade Bicycle Club, Seattle Tilth, Issaquah Garden Club, Friends of Salmon Hatchery, Master Recycler Composter Eastside Program, Cleanscapes, Bike Pedestrian Outreach and the King County Master Gardeners.

The market is Saturdays through Oct. 11. Visitors can buy fresh produce and flowers, purchase unique gifts from a variety of vendors and taste different types of foods.

Learn more here.

Recycled crayon business embodies Earth Day message

April 15, 2014

Local mom Regan Wong found a nifty way to repurpose the contents of that long forgotten box, tucked away in a closet, filled to the brim with broken, sometimes wrapperless crayons.

The vibrant coloring tools undoubtedly lived a life of usefulness at one point, but rather than letting them sit on a shelf reminiscing about the good old days of elementary school, or letting them rot in a landfill, Wong is turning them in to something environmentally friendly and beautiful.

Wacky Crayons takes used crayons, melts them down and, using food-grade molds, crafts new, multicolored drawing tools in various shapes and sizes.

Mike and Leah Wong, children of Wacky Crayons creator Regan Wong, lend a helping hand as they make the unconventional drawing tool in the family’s garage. At left, Wacky Crayons come in fully compostable packaging and include a variety of shapes, from flowers to the Millennium Falcon. Photos By Christina Corrales-Toy

Mike and Leah Wong, children of Wacky Crayons creator Regan Wong, lend a helping hand as they make the unconventional drawing tool in the family’s garage.
Photo contributed

“We didn’t invent this, but we’re sort of perfecting it along the way,” Wong said.

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Garden club auction benefits Issaquah organizations

November 2, 2010

The Issaquah Garden Club has a lecture, luncheon and auction in store for its November meeting. Ann Baron, Issaquah garden consultant will present “Fall Propagation and Preparing the Garden for Winter” before the club’s free luncheon and annual auction at 11:15 a.m.

Auction items include a Village Theatre package for six, an overflowing chocolate gift basket and a Leavenworth getaway for four. Proceeds from the auction benefit the garden club, which in turn supports nonprofit organizations in town, including the Issaquah Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank, Issaquah Valley Elementary School youth project and Issaquah History Museums.

The program starts at 10 a.m. Nov. 10 at Tibbetts Creek Manor, 750 17th Ave. N.W. R.S.V.P. to Dianne Tanner by e-mailing butterdmt@comcast.net or go here to learn more.

Garden club auction benefits Issaquah

October 26, 2010

The Issaquah Garden Club has a lecture, luncheon and auction in store for its November meeting. Ann Baron, Issaquah garden consultant will present “Fall Propagation and Preparing the Garden for Winter” before the club’s free luncheon and annual auction at 11:15 a.m.

Auction items include a Village Theatre package for six, an overflowing chocolate gift basket and a Leavenworth getaway for four. Proceeds from the auction benefit the garden club, which in turn supports nonprofit organizations in town, including the Issaquah Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank, Issaquah Valley Elementary School youth project and Issaquah History Museums.

The program starts at 10 a.m. Nov. 10 at Tibbetts Creek Manor, 750 17th Ave. N.W. R.S.V.P. to Dianne Tanner by e-mailing butterdmt@comcast.net or go to www.issaquahgardenclub.org to learn more.

Garden Club honors members for 118 years of service

October 19, 2010

Washington state’s first garden club recently honored members Agnes Schmoe, June Willard and Joanne Dinken for “longevity of garden club membership” for a combined tenure of 118 years to the Issaquah Garden Club.

Schmoe, a 91-year-old retired nurse, made a joke when asked about being honored for 61 years of membership to the club, which was established in 1928.

“I got an award for being old. It feels kind of silly, because I didn’t do anything in particular,” she said with a laugh over a phone interview Oct 12.

Joanne Dinken, June Willard and Agnes Schmoe (from left) stand with bouquets given to honor them for “longevity of garden club membership” with a combined tenure of 118 years in the Issaquah Garden Club. By Rosemary Fahey

Former club president Dianne Tanner said she “thought it was really important to recognize them in front of the group” at the September luncheon meeting with certificates and flower arrangements she designed herself.

Schmoe, who said she does not care much for honors, admitted, “They gave a beautiful flower arrangement that lasted for a whole week before it wilted.”

“These are some very talented, special ladies,” Tanner said by phone. “They certainly have longevity between the three of them.”

Schmoe, who has served as president for five different years since 1962, said that “it’s not just about gardening — it’s about all the lovely, nice people you meet.”

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Providence Point White Elephant sale returns

August 3, 2010

Need dishware, children’s games or maybe just new art to hang on your walls? If so, the residents of Providence Point have got a sale for you.

The community’s annual White Elephant Sale happens Aug. 6-8 at its community center, 4135 Providence Point Drive S.E.

“We have some wonderful things,” resident Pat Gile said.

Items at the sale range from curious collectibles and kitchenware to linens, children’s games and fine art, she added.

“I don’t think there’s any limit to it,” coordinator Janet Elmore said. “I just brought home a lot of fairies — little, gorgeous, beautiful things this woman collected. But we also have magnificent kitchenware, including these very expensive coffee makers people get for presents, but after awhile, don’t have room for.” Read more

Celebrate Earth Day’s 40th anniversary

April 13, 2010

April 22 will mark the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, and groups all over the community are gearing up for activities to show their appreciation for the environment.

A variety of businesses and organizations will set up information and demonstration booths pertaining to Earth Day during the Farmers Market from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Pickering Barn on April 17. Participants will include the Issaquah Garden Club, Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust.

Margaret Ullman, volunteer coordinator for the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, said representatives of the organization will be “providing resources on how to learn more about the local landscapes and how to get involved.”

For those who really want to engage in the spirit of Earth Day, Mountains to Sound has numerous events planned. On April 17, volunteers will work at Timberlake Park off Northwest Sammamish Road to remove invasive plants from the area, improving the environment for wildlife, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Read more

Get ready to bid Wednesday at garden club auction

November 10, 2009

NEW — 10:35 a.m. Nov. 10, 2009

The Issaquah Garden Club will host an auction at Tibbetts Creek Manor, 750 17th Ave. N.W., from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday.

With more than 150 live and silent auction items, like season tickets to Village Theatre, quilts and artwork, you just may get carried away — but it’s for a good cause. All auction proceeds go toward charitable organizations, events and activities that garden club members sponsor.

For instance, garden club members purchased and donated more than $1,000 worth of formula and diapers to the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank last year. They also hosted two horticultural programs at Issaquah Valley Elementary School and Tiger Mountain Community High School, said Diane Tanner, club president.

There is no entry fee for the auction and free food and refreshments are provided.

The Issaquah Garden Club has been a part of the community for 81 years and is the longest running garden club in the state.

Learn more about the garden club at www.issaquahgardenclub.org.