July 1, 2014
After 18 years, David Harris feels he’s got a pretty good feel for the pulse of Issaquah when it comes to the city’s music scene.
As the scheduler of musical talent for the annual Concerts on the Green series, Harris knows it takes more than a bar band to draw a large crowd to the lawn in front of the community center on a Tuesday night.
“We’ve got a broad, variety of music, most of it danceable,” he said. “I’ve found, over the years, Issaquah likes to dance, to get their feet tapping.”
May 27, 2014
It may be too late to sign up a new team, but the invitation remains open to the public to join in on all the fun at the annual Relay For Life this Memorial Day weekend.
Mayor Fred Butler will kick off the event at noon May 31, setting in motion 767 participants on 93 teams circling the track at Issaquah High School, raising funds for cancer research.
“We have passed our goal of 90 teams and are well on our way to our goal of raising $300,000 for the American Cancer Society,” said event chairwoman Stacy Strickland. “We are currently pacing ahead of this time last year, so we are confident that our Issaquah community will help us reach our goal.”
May 27, 2014
April 22, 2014
Issaquah is a naturally beautiful place, but it could be cleaner. Litter — beer cans, gum wrappers — are often found along streets and sidewalks amid the landscaping.
It takes a community to care about keeping Issaquah beautiful, which is why volunteers begin litter patrol in the second annual Spring Clean-up this Saturday morning.
The event is hosted by the Downtown Issaquah Association and Kiwanis Club of Issaquah, but more than 200 volunteers from clubs, organizations and businesses, as well as individuals, have signed up to tackle a segment of town and give it a clean sweep. Girl Scouts will plant flowers to add some spring color to key locations.
April 15, 2014
Combine a kick-stomping tribute to bluegrass, the suds of your favorite beers and the best of local sausages and you’ve got a memorably good time at the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah’s Boots, Brats & Brews.
The club’s first such event is from 6:30-9:30 p.m. April 24 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. Attendees will be able to taste assorted beers and brats alongside other food samplings from local restaurants, while The Weavils keep toes tapping all night to their distinctive bluegrass sound.
Tori Gaines, event co-chairwoman, said the club wanted an event that would attract more than other Kiwanis members.
“People love to get together and taste food while supporting the community,” Gaines said. “It’s a fellowship kind of thing. The Kiwanis has always done an auction, but it tended to attract just Kiwanians. We wanted to get more of the community involved.”
March 21, 2014
NEW — 3:55 p.m. March 21, 2014
Mayor Fred Butler announced his appointment of Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum as the new chief of Issaquah police March 21.
With more than 18 years of service to the Issaquah Police Department, Behrbaum has served as a patrol commander for the past six.
He has also worked as a patrol sergeant, crime prevention officer, narcotics officer and as the agency’s first school resource officer at Issaquah High School.
If the City Council confirms the appointment, Behrbaum replaces Chief Paul Ayers, who will retire April 15.
March 18, 2014
The latest addition to the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah family is the Maywood Middle School Kiwanis Builders Club.
The chartering of the Maywood Builders Club was initiated two years ago by Key Clubber Lisa Antonio, currently lieutenant governor of PNW Key Club Division 28. It took two years to find a faculty adviser, Samantha Neff.
With her leadership, the Kiwanis Maywood Builders Club recently engaged Kiwanis and Key Club with the project of making hospital dolls for Seattle Children’s. Doctors use the dolls to explain medical procedures by drawing the procedure on a doll, which is then given to the patient.
October 1, 2013
As the salmon return, so do the thousands of people expected for this year’s Salmon Days Festival.
Oct. 5 and 6 will see coho, chinook, sockeye, kokanee and many festivalgoers make their way to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery for a weekendlong celebration full of events, activities, food and music.
The homegrown event celebrates the return of local salmon as they make their pilgrimage from the Pacific Ocean back to the spawning grounds of Issaquah Creek and the hatchery. Approximately 180,000 people attended last year’s event, which was met with sunny, mild weather.
The Grand Parade will kick off the weekend beginning at 10 a.m. Oct. 5. It will wind its way down Front Street to the hatchery in a bright display of community spirit and appreciation of the surrounding environment.
August 26, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 26, 2013
Enjoy the last of summer’s free, family-friendly concerts from 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 27 on the lawn of the Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S.
Hairstorm will perform ‘80’s rock while the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah provides on-site concessions. Crowds start gathering as early as 6 p.m., so arrive early to grab a spot.
The event does not allow alcohol or pets.
Concerts on the Green are presented by the city Parks & Recreation Department and the city Arts Commission, in collaboration with the Kiwanis Club. This final concert for the summer is sponsored by Cascade Water Alliance.
July 2, 2013
Music will play on the community center green again this summer as the city and the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah bring back the 17th annual Concerts on the Green series beginning July 9.
For eight weeks, different bands will bring a variety of performances and sounds for the free and family friendly occasion, regarded by many as an event special to Issaquah.
“We do have a great lineup this year,” said Jera Gilmore, the city’s event coordinator who has helped set up the concerts for the past nine years. “There is a lot of diversity. It’s kind of been a focus for us.”
In the interest of involving as many people as possible to enjoy the music, the Parks & Recreation Department has made a special effort to bring as much variety as possible in the acts that will perform. Gilmore said organizers strive to find good tribute and cover acts that can engage a large number of people. Bands listed on the schedule range from a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute act to a Latin fusion group.