June 25, 2015
Second board member resigns in protest
City police served a member of the board of directors for the Issaquah Valley Senior Center with a no trespassing notice and a second board member resigned in protest.
Those banished from the center and others complain about a lack of transparency from those remaining on the board and from the office of Executive Director Courtney Jaren.
February 24, 2015
Issaquah doesn’t forget.
Not a Veterans Day or a Memorial Day goes by without a city celebration honoring the men and women who fought, or continue to fight, for this country’s freedom.
Issaquah and its residents won’t forget those sacrifices anytime soon, because Dave Waggoner won’t let them.
November 4, 2014
Due to its growing popularity, the service that the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3436 hosts annually to honor local service members has become a standing-room-only event at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center.
David Waggoner, of the Issaquah VFW, said last year’s service at the new location exceeded 125 attendees.
March 18, 2014
After two public meetings, the Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department has narrowed the number of possible sites for a new skate park.
“It’s down to four that we’re considering now,” Parks & Recreation Manager Brian Berntsen said.
The locations are Veterans’ Memorial Field, Gibson Park, Central Park and Tibbetts Valley Park, near the Issaquah Transit Center.
October 1, 2013
Volunteers are at work preparing the Issaquah Valley Senior Center for its biggest fundraiser of the year, the annual White Elephant Sale.
The center is 35 years old, and Executive Director Courtney Jaren said something like the White Elephant Sale has gone on from the beginning to supplement the budget. This is her fourth year overseeing the event.
Jaren said the sale is “a little more of a treasure trove than a garage sale. We have people in their 80s and 90s who are downsizing from an entire lifetime of collecting and donate items to the sale. Everything being sold is a donation.”
She said the most unusual thing she has seen at the sale was a vintage, antique Frederick & Nelson hand-carved, three-drawer bureau with the tag still on it.
September 10, 2013
The Issaquah Valley Senior Center is seeking donations for its annual White Elephant Sale.
The center’s biggest fund- raiser of the year takes place during the Salmon Days Festival, Oct. 5-6. Donations for the sale will be accepted up to the event, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the senior center, 75 N.E. Creek Way.
September 6, 2013
NEW — 4:30 p.m. Sept. 6, 2013
A medical marijuana dispensary will not be allowed to open in Issaquah’s Olde Town neighborhood, the city announced.
The Peaceful Choice, a medical marijuana collective garden, submitted an application to open within the Issaquah Court Condominiums, a mixed-use building housing both residential and commercial units.
The city denied the application due to the site’s proximity to a nearby community center. The proposed collective garden would have been located within 1,000 feet of the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, which is considered a community center according to the city’s land use code.
July 23, 2013
Lefse Fest, named for the Scandinavian flatbread served at the festival, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 27 on Veterans’ Memorial Field.
Admission to the event is free, along with free parking at Issaquah High School. The event includes a senior shuttle that runs every half-hour throughout the event.
Along with Lefse samples, sales and competitions, the festival will have music, dance performances, craft vendors, cultural demonstrations and other activities. Children can also dress up as Vikings for a costume parade at the 2 p.m. Maypole rising, though swords are not permitted.
November 27, 2012
Bartell Drugs and Salvation Army’s Toy ‘n’ Joy drive through Dec. 14, accepts new, unwrapped gifts for children up to age 14, or shoppers can chose a gift request tag item in the store and put it in the donation barrel in the store. The Issaquah Bartell is at 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. Learn more at www.bartelldrugs.com.
Toys for Troops seeks donations for Christmas presents for children of service members. Drop off donations through Dec. 15 at the Issaquah Police Station, 130 E. Sunset Way, or make financial donations at www.operationbaldeagle.org.
Small Works Holiday Exhibition, through Dec. 29, artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N., 392-3191, www.arteast.org
Downtown Issaquah holiday lights work party, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 1, meet at Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St., a lunch break at noon features donated pizza from Flying Pie Pizza, call 391-1112 to volunteer
November 6, 2012
Due to its growing popularity, the service that the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3436 hosts honoring local services members will be in a new location this year.
David Waggoner, of the Issaquah VFW, figures the Issaquah Valley Senior Center will be large enough to house the 60 to 70 expected attendees. All residents are invited, regardless of whether they’ve served in the military.