Amateur musicians enjoy intimate setting of Open Mic Night

August 25, 2015

NEW — 6:15 p.m. Aug. 25, 2015

Not everyone can walk on-stage before a crowd of thousands to perform their favorite songs.

For those musicians who wish to start smaller, limiting their jitters to a more intimate audience, there’s Issaquah’s Open Mic Night.

“It’s a different concept, especially for some people who have never performed in public before or younger people who get nervous, have a desire to see if they have what it takes to go down the road to perform in a nonthreatening environment,” said Bob Brock, who heads up the event after taking over for founding members Doug Browning and Fred Hopkins.

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Attorneys fire volleys as funding application deadline looms for Issaquah Senior Center

August 23, 2015

NEW — 1:15 p.m. Aug. 23, 2015

An attorney representing people barred from the Issaquah Valley Senior Center has demanded a public apology for a letter sent out by the center board of directors.

If that is not done, attorney Inez Petersen said, she will file a libel suit against the board.

But an attorney representing the board says his clients were doing their duty in reporting alleged mistreatment or harassment of “vulnerable adults,” and that his clients are protected from libel laws while doing so.

In the meantime, the center board has until Aug. 25 to apply for its annual grant from the city for 2016 or possibly face losing $99,000 in funding, which represents a significant portion of its yearly budget.

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Amid controversy, mayor places conditions on future budget for senior center

August 4, 2015

NEW — 11 a.m. Aug. 4, 2015

Mayor Fred Butler says he will recommend continued city funding for the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, but only if the center board accepts various conditions on that funding for 2016.

In a letter to the center’s board of directors dated July 30, Butler wrote that “given the ongoing concerns that have developed with the Issaquah Senior Center” he would be placing “at a minimum” seven conditions on funding that could amount to $99,000 next year, the same amount given the center in 2015.

The city’s contribution represents a major percentage of the center’s budget.

Butler’s letter comes in the midst of ongoing controversy at the center, most especially back-and-forth accusations of misconduct on the part of various people. Read more

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Issaquah Senior Center board member banned from facility

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.

By Greg Farrar Issaquah Police Officer John Nieto, called April 28 to the Issaquah Valley Senior Center on a complaint, checks the ID of former Issaquah City Councilman David Kappler and reads a flier Kappler was handing out to senior center patrons.

By Greg Farrar
Issaquah Police Officer John Nieto, called April 28 to the Issaquah Valley Senior Center on a complaint, checks the ID of former Issaquah City Councilman David Kappler and reads a flier Kappler was handing out to senior center patrons.

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Vets advocate Dave Waggoner is honored as Hometown Hero

February 24, 2015

Issaquah doesn’t forget.

By Greg Farrar Dave Waggoner speaks to the crowd during a Veterans Day memorial ceremony in his role as a representative of the Issaquah branch of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3436.

By Greg Farrar
Dave Waggoner speaks to the crowd during a Veterans Day memorial ceremony in his role as a representative of the Issaquah branch of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3436.

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.

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VFW hosts popular Veterans Day ceremony

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.

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Skate park location could be decided at March 24 meeting

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.

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Hunt for treasure at the senior 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.

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Senior center seeks donations for annual sale

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.

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Olde Town medical marijuana dispensary denied

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.

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