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.
October 30, 2012
The Issaquah Drug Free Community Coalition is seeking students ages 12-18 to be representatives.
Interested students must reside within the Issaquah School District. Applicants should email Barbara de Michele at email@example.com.
The email must include the applicant’s community activities and interests as well as an explanation detailing the student’s interest in getting involved with the group. Students will receive community service documentation for their participation.
October 23, 2012
Enciso Family Farm, featuring you-pick pumpkins and fresh Christmas trees; an old country store with snacks, cozy fireplace and a selection of specialty gourds and pumpkins; a barn from the 1800s; tractors from past and present; and more, 19417 196th Ave. S.E., Renton, 206-595-5845
Pumpkin Patch at Trinity Tree Farm, featuring pumpkins for sale in the shop or farm stand, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, open daily through Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 14237 228th Ave. S.E., www.trinitytreefarm.com
Nightmare at Beaver Lake, Oct. 24-31, Beaver Lake Park, Southeast 24th Street, Sammamish; The family scare runs from 7-7:45 p.m. nightly. The full scare runs from 8-10 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, and from 8-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets: $10 per person for a family scare; $16 per person for a full scare. Donate a can of food and receive a $1 discount on tickets. Learn more and purchase tickets at www.nightmareatbeaverlake.com.
September 25, 2012
Doug Browning knew he had a good thing going with open mic night. Now if only he could convince the owner of a venue to give his event a permanent home.
After a virtual game of musical chairs in locations in restaurants around town, Browning believes his group has struck a deal to keep a musical evening for amateur singers in a permanent home for the foreseeable future.
The Downtown Issaquah Association is now co-sponsoring the event along with the Issaquah History Museums and the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, Browning said.
It was much like a three-team trade — the open mic guys get to use the depot museum and the history museums gets to use the senior center in return. Everybody wins.
September 18, 2012
If spring cleaning has turned into summer cleaning, consider donating items to the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, which will host a White Elephant Sale during the Salmon Days Festival on Oct. 6-7.
The center is accepting any items except clothing and shoes. Items donated in the past included home furnishings, jewelry, collectibles and antiques.
“It’s like one big flea market,” center Director Courtney Jaren said.