Barbecue benefits cancer research Wednesday

September 21, 2010

NEW — 3 p.m. Sept. 21, 2010

Help raise money for cancer research at a Bellevue barbecue Wednesday.

Embassy Suites in Bellevue has pledged to raise $1,000 for LIVESTRONG. The hotel asks guests for a $10 donation for a barbecue lunch and a raffle. The fundraiser runs from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the hotel, 3225 158th Ave. S.E., Bellevue.

The hotel chain has partnered with LIVESTRONG since 2007 by sponsoring LIVESTRONG Challenge bike rides across the country. Embassy Suites has challenged hotels to raise a $200,000 for the organization.

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Front Street closes to traffic Sunday

June 19, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. June 19, 2010

Front Street will close to traffic from 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Father’s Day, Sunday, as the DownTown Issaquah Association hosts the annual Fenders on Front Street Car Show and Cruise, a part of Mountains to Sound Greenway’s annual Greenway Days celebration.

Northwest Alder Place adjacent to Vino Bella will close from 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. to host a band and beer garden as part of the festivities.

A bike ride for the LIVESTRONG Challenge will travel near and through Issaquah from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., but no roads will be closed for the ride.

Drivers should watch for riders along Southeast May Valley Road, Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast, Southeast Tiger Mountain Road, Second Avenue Southeast, East Sunset Way, Highlands Drive Northeast, Southeast Black Nugget Road, East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast, Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Village Park Drive.

Cyclists will be required to adhere to the rules of the road, but drivers should expect possible delays.

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Plan for road closures, cars and cyclists on Sunday

June 20, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. June 20, 2009

Issaquah drivers should plan ahead for Father’s Day, when two events will affect traffic throughout the city.

Front Street North will be closed from 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday for Mountains to Sound Greenway Days Fenders on Front Street Car Show and Cruise. The street will be closed from East Sunset Way to Northwest Gilman Boulevard. See a map here.

The same afternoon, a bicycle ride for the LIVESTRONG Challenge will travel through Issaquah on the following roads: Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast, Second Avenue Southeast, East Sunset Way, Highlands Drive Northeast, Southeast Black Nugget Road and East Lake Sammamish Parkway.

After traveling north, the cyclists will briefly return to the city on Southeast Newport Way and Northwest Village Park Drive. Another route will also include Newport Way Northwest.

These roads will not be closed during the ride, and cyclists will be required to adhere to the rules of the road. Drivers should expect possible delays. See a map here.

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LIVESTRONG Challenge to go through Issaquah, Sammamish

June 16, 2009

Look for a lot of bicyclists hitting the streets of Issaquah and Sammamish on Father’s Day.

A portion of the June 21 Lance Armstrong Foundation’s LIVESTRONG Challenge, a cancer fundraising event, includes a 5-kilometer walk and run, 10-, 45-, 70- and 100-mile bike rides.

The walk/run and the 10-mile bike ride are in Seattle; the 45-mile route goes along the southern portion of Lake Washington. The 70-mile course goes through Newcastle, Southeast May Valley Road, Issaquah-Hobart Road and Newport Way before heading to the Cougar Mountain Zoo and Bellevue’s Lakemont neighborhood. The 100-mile route includes a trek along Tiger Mountain Road and a loop around Lake Sammamish.

The event, inspired by cyclist Lance Armstrong, encourages people of all ages and physical abilities to participate and raise money for cancer survivors.

“There are currently 12 million cancer survivors in the United States and 28 million worldwide,” Doug Ulman, president and CEO of the Lance Armstrong Foundation said in a news release. “The lack of post-cancer medical care leaves a staggering number of people without support.”

The event begins at 7 a.m. at the Seattle Center. Food, water and first aid stations will be provided on Issaquah-Hobart Road near the city limits, on Issaquah-Hobart Road south of May Valley Road and near Marymoor Park in Redmond.

The Seattle event is the first of four scheduled around the U.S. Other cities hosting the LIVESTRONG Challenge in 2009 include San Jose, Calif.; Philadelphia and Austin, Texas. Learn more at

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