Issaquah’s trolley is ready to roll

August 6, 2013

All aboard!

By Peter Clark After the trolley presentation July 23, attendees were invited to tour No. 519 on its track and ask questions of the conductors.

By Peter Clark
After the trolley presentation July 23, attendees were invited to tour No. 519 on its track and ask questions of the conductors.

The Issaquah Valley Trolley, a committee of the Issaquah History Museums, invites the public to hop on renovated streetcar No. 519 as it begins 2013 service Aug. 10.

Traveling a half-mile from the Issaquah Train Depot to the bridge near the Darigold Creamery, the trolley will carry passengers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends through summer and into fall.

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Let your creative energy flow at Chalk Art Festival

July 23, 2013

Issaquah is about to get a bit more colorful, thanks to the annual Chalk Art Festival.

This year, the festival, sponsored by the Issaquah Arts Commission, will hit the sidewalks around the Issaquah Community Center on July 30. From noon to 5 p.m., anyone can show up and create some art.

By Greg Farrar Audry Sammons (right) and her dad Bill show off their chalk-colored hands after working together on a work of sidewalk beauty during the 2012 Chalk Art Festival.

By Greg Farrar
Audry Sammons (right) and her dad Bill show off their chalk-colored hands after working together on a work of sidewalk beauty during the 2012 Chalk Art Festival.

According to Amy Dukes, the arts coordinator for the commission, most of the participants are elementary school age, although kids and adults of all skill levels come out to draw. Many are there just to doodle, while some come with a fully formed idea in mind, complete with sketches and outlines.

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Trolley open house is July 23

July 16, 2013

There will be an Issaquah Valley Trolley open house July 23 to inform the public about future trolley service in Issaquah and volunteer opportunities for everyone who loves vintage streetcars.

The event is at 7 p.m. at the Issaquah Train Depot, 150 First Ave. N.E. The event is free.

The future service of Issaquah Valley Trolley Car No. 519 will be discussed at an open house July 23. By David Johnson

The future service of Issaquah Valley Trolley Car No. 519 will be discussed at an open house July 23.
By David Johnson

The open house will feature displays and videos about car No. 519 and the history of the trolley project, as well as speakers and a question-and-answer session, according to a press release from IVT, an all-volunteer operation.

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Forecast for Issaquah film series includes ‘Rain’

January 29, 2013

Hollywood legend and “Mommy Dearest” subject Joan Crawford is in the lineup as the Issaquah Train Depot film series continues.

Crawford stars in “Rain” as Sadie Thompson, a prostitute marooned on a tropical South Pacific island with a conservative preacher, played by Walter Huston, and his wife.

The free film plays at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at the historic train depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N.

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Issaquah History Museums tackle tough times, convince public why history matters

January 8, 2013

The recent past for the Issaquah History Museums sounds almost like a hardscrabble chapter from local history.

Executive Director Erica Maniez, staffers and volunteers face a perennial challenge to convince the public why history matters and, more importantly in the short term, why the organization needs donations to continue operations, especially as nonprofit organizations dedicated to human services command the spotlight.

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Boris Karloff swings into ‘The Ape’ for Issaquah film series

January 8, 2013

The legendary horror actor Boris Karloff is in the lineup as the Issaquah Train Depot film series continues.

“The Ape” — a schlocky horror romp from 1940 — stars Karloff as a kindly uncle in a small town subjected to a circus ape’s reign of terror. The film came after Karloff rocketed to success as the title character in “Frankenstein” and then sequels “Bride of Frankenstein” and “Son of Frankenstein.”

The film plays at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at the historic train depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N.

Time runs out for end-of-year donations to nonprofit organizations

December 31, 2012

NEW — 2 p.m. Dec. 31, 2012

The need is up nonprofit organizations, but as donors start to make out checks for year-end donations, local organizations sometimes struggle to stand out in a field crowded with requests for giving.

In King County, end-of-year charitable giving to nonprofit organizations is on the to-do list for many donors. The average person makes 24 percent of annual donations between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, according to research from the Center on Philanthropy.

Issaquah and the Puget Sound region maintain a long-held reputation for generosity to charitable causes. The key for nonprofit organizations to successfully solicit donations, local leaders said, is to highlight successes.

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Donor agrees to match giving to Issaquah History Museums

December 18, 2012

The nonprofit Issaquah History Museums received a recent holiday surprise, after an anonymous donor agreed to match all donations to the organization’s annual fund through Dec. 28.

Donors can give to the museums at the organization’s website, www.issaquahhistory.org/donate#annualfund. The organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a donation is tax-deductible.

The nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving local history operates the Gilman Town Hall Museum and the Issaquah Depot Museum. Donations fund the museums’ mission, as government funding for the organization is limited.

“I hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity to double your donation to the IHM,” Executive Director Erica Maniez wrote to community members. “Your help is deeply appreciated!”

Trader Joe’s opens at Issaquah Commons

November 20, 2012

Trader Joe’s reopened Nov. 14 in a location large enough for the California-based grocer to offer spirits under the state’s revised liquor laws.

The grocer relocated to 975 N.W. Gilman Blvd. from a smaller space at Pickering Place, and renovated 11,000 square feet at the Issaquah Commons for the store.

Trader Joe’s carries domestic and imported foods and beverages, in addition to basics, such as eggs and milk.

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Issaquah film series dials up ‘The Black Book’

November 6, 2012

The popular Films @ the Train Depot! series includes Hollywood classics and stars from a bygone era.

The next entry in the popular series is “The Black Book” from 1949. The film offers a detective-style plot set during the French Revolution. Robert Cummings stars as Robespierre, a man searching for a lost little black book containing the names of people headed for the guillotine.

The film plays at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at the historic Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N. The program is free, due to support from the city Arts Commission and the King County cultural agency 4Culture.

Since the film program launched in October 2009, organizers have screened Bing Crosby films, train-themed films, films set in Washington and noir classics.

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