Issaquah students can join sister-city writing contest

April 12, 2011

Students interested in sustainability and sustaining international relations can participate in a writing contest organized by Sister Cities International, the citizen diplomacy network set up to create and strengthen partnerships between U.S. and international communities.

Students ages 13 to 18 can enter a personal essay or poetry into the contest. Using the theme “Shaping Your Community for a Greener Future” as a guideline, participants should illustrate how they, their community or their sister city is working to protect the local environment.

Issaquah has sister-city relationships with Chefchaouen, Morocco, and Sunndal, Norway.

Learn more about the contest at Sister Cities International website, www.sister-cities.org/programs/yas.cfm. The deadline for submissions is April 29.

Match wits at Trivia Night to foster sister-city ties

April 8, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. April 8, 2011

The popular Trivia Night launched by the municipal Sister Cities Commission and the American Moroccan International Exchange to promote ties to Morocco returns April 20.

Proceeds from the event fund programs to further strengthen the relationship between Issaquah and sister city Chefchaouen, Morocco. Sister Cities Commission and AMIE members work promote to international goodwill and understanding through people-to-people diplomacy, education and cultural exchanges.

Trivia Night is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Issaquah Brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way.

Trivia Night teams match wits for fun and prizes. The entry fee is $20 for each team of up to four people.

The event has no pre-registration for the event, and the brewhouse remains open during Trivia Night.

Issaquah and Chefchaouen inked a sister-city agreement in 2007.

Issaquah poker tournament fosters sister city ties

March 29, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. March 29, 2011

Pull up a chair at the poker table and help foster the sister-city bond between Issaquah and Chefchaouen, Morocco.

Members of the Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge, alongside the municipal Sister Cities Commission and the nonprofit American Moroccan International Exchange, host a Texas Hold ‘em poker fundraiser at 6 p.m. April 8 at the lodge, 765 Rainier Blvd. N.

Proceeds from the poker tournament benefit Sister Cities Commission activities, such as helping to bring artists to Issaquah from Chefchaouen to share art and culture in local schools and at the Salmon Days Festival.

Registration starts at 5 p.m. April 8 and all participants must be registered before the 6 p.m. start time. The buy-in is a $50 donation. The awards include donated prizes and cash. Call 837-3000 to learn more.

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All in the family: Discover Issaquah’s sister cities

February 15, 2011

Issaquah sister-city bond fosters cross-cultural understanding in Morocco — and at home

The dominant color in Chefchaouen, Morocco — Issaquah’s sister city since April 2007 — is a dreamy shade of blue. Contributed

The grand and imposing door, set amid brick buildings and evergreens in downtown Issaquah, offers clues from a far-off place.

The door is as solid as the Rock of Gibraltar and built to endure for ages. The place is ancient.

The door is painted in the same soothing blue as a summer sky over the Mediterranean. The place is exotic.

The door is a gateway. The place is Chefchaouen, Morocco.

The door on the Issaquah City Hall grounds is a gift from Chefchaouen, a sister city almost 6,000 miles from the Cascade foothills.

The relationship is a study in contrasts.

Suburban Issaquah is perched on the outer rim of Greater Seattle. Chefchaouen is isolated in mountainous terrain, 100 miles from the nearest major city, Tangier. Chefchaouen is in Muslim-majority Morocco. Issaquah is in the secular United States.

Issaquah and Chefchaouen inked a sister-city agreement in 2007.

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Students snap photos to strengthen sister-city ties

January 18, 2011

Sarah Cluff snapped a photo of ducks and a toddler for a sister cities photo contest. By Sarah Cluff

Students snapped photos of a mountain panorama, football practice and “Copper Clad” — the metal horse sculpture downtown — to showcase Issaquah in a recent sister-cities photo contest.

The inaugural photo contest included students in Issaquah and sister city Chefchaouen, Morocco, in a transatlantic effort to foster cultural ties between students in both places. Read more

Meet exchange students

March 23, 2010

Say YES to Morocco

By Rachel Osgood

Katie Cohen, a sophomore at Issaquah High School, recently returned from a semester abroad in Rabat, Morocco. Through the program Youth Exchange and Study, Cohen stayed with a host family and attended a Moroccan school.

“Morocco was one of the three countries the YES program offered, and it interested me because they spoke both French and Arabic,” Cohen said, “I attended a French-speaking school, which used the French system. There are two-hour lectures and then tests, no movies or worksheets like in American schools.”

Cohen discovered that education wasn’t the only cultural difference. Read more

Off The Press

July 7, 2009

Pizzeria gets Italian seal of approval

Warren Kagarise Press Reporter

Warren Kagarise Press Reporter

City leaders, so fond of the sister city relationships Issaquah forged with cities in Morocco and Norway, might want to consider extending the olive branch to a municipality in Italy.

Though city officials might be too late. Ambassadors from Naples, birthplace of pizza, have already forged ties to Issaquah.

How? With pizza, of course.

Issaquah staked claim to specialty pies last month when Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria and Zeeks Pizza opened within a day of each other. Read more

Trivia event Monday to raise money for Moroccan visit during Salmon Days

June 7, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. June 7, 2009

Trivia Night, sponsored by the Issaquah Sister Cities Commission, will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the Issaquah Brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way.

Proceeds from Trivia Night will be used to help bring two artists from Issaquah’s sister city, Chefchaouen, Morocco, to share their art and culture with the community during Issaquah Salmon Days on Oct. 3-4.

There is no preregistration for the event. Participants are urged to come early to ensure that they can secure a table. The brewhouse will be open during its normal operating hours.

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See Moroccan art on display at community center

May 18, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. May 18, 2009

Fifth-graders at Clark Elementary School received a welcomed surprise last month: special gifts from students in Issaquah’s sister city of Chefchaouen, Morocco.

In March, the Clark students created friendship journals that were delivered to a group of Chefchaouen students. In return, the Chefchaouen students created their own artwork to send back to Issaquah as a surprise.

The artistic gifts, which include paintings, drawings and even a weaving, are on display through the end of the month in the main lobby of the Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainer Blvd. S.

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Students extend olive branch to sister city

March 23, 2009

Clark Elementary School fifth-grader Kahlie Bomgardner works on a page for a journal that will be sent to students in Chefchaouen, Morocco. Tina Eggers

Clark Elementary School fifth-grader Kahlie Bomgardner works on a page for a journal that will be sent to students in Chefchaouen, Morocco. Tina Eggers

Clark Elementary School fifth-graders recently embarked on a diplomatic mission with cedar planks, copper strips and a message of friendship. Students used the materials to craft journals that will be sent to children in Chefchaouen, Morocco.

Teacher Julia Landa, whose 24 students undertook the project, said the assignment kindled an interest in the African nation. Read more

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