Cascade Water Alliance offers conservation message — and freebies

December 4, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 4, 2010

Learn how to conserve water — and pick up free high-efficiency shower heads and aerators — as the Cascade WaterSense Road Show comes to Issaquah.

The award-winning conservation program arrives at PCC Natural Market, 1810 12th Ave. N.W., from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

In October, the federal Environmental Protection Agency named the alliance as the WaterSense Promotional Partner of the Year for the program.

The alliance joined retailers and plumbers to promote water efficiency and rebated more than 3,000 WaterSense-labeled toilets for households and businesses. WaterSense is a labeling system used to denote water-efficient products.

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King County collects old holiday lights at Green Holidays events

November 26, 2010

NEW — 2:30 p.m. Nov. 26, 2010

King County launched the Green Holidays campaign Friday to educate consumers about how to cut waste, save energy and support the local economy during the holiday season.

The kickoff includes a chance for residents to drop off old holiday lights for recycling. In exchange, each recycler receives a coupon for energy-efficient lights from Bartell Drugs or McLendon Hardware.

Find the Green Holidays booth at Westlake Park in downtown Seattle until 5 p.m. Friday.

Residents can also drop off holiday lights at the Group Health Ice Arena in Bellevue from 2-8 p.m. Dec. 4 and noon – 6 p.m. Dec. 5.

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A fresh start from Real Change

November 23, 2010

Bruce Osman, of Issaquah, laughs with a PCC customer last month as he sells her his final copy for the day of an issue of Real Change. By Greg Farrar

At a Real Change fundraising breakfast last month, Bruce Osman was scheduled to introduce Seattle’s mayor. But something different happened. Instead, his 11-year-old daughter Chandler spontaneously delivered Mike McGinn’s introduction.

“She stepped forward, I stepped back and she read it perfectly,” Osman said proudly.

Formerly homeless for several years, Osman has consistently sold Real Change since 1997. For the past 14 months, he has sold the newspaper at the Issaquah PCC Natural Market most Saturdays and Sundays. He had been asked by Timothy Harris, Real Change executive director, to speak at the 16th annual fundraiser.

The crowd was the largest Osman had ever addressed. Nearly 500 business representatives had assembled to make donations.

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Issaquah dentist gives back to vets

November 9, 2010

You’d think that when American veterans return from active duty, dental care would be an automatic benefit. However, you’d be wrong.

Only veterans deemed “completely service-disabled” are covered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and that is for only certain types of dental work, according to Issaquah dentist Theresa Cheng. That means most veterans don’t get seen by dentists — and it goes for their caretakers and family as well. Read more

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Get a fine bowl of pho locally at Jenny’s

October 5, 2010

Finally. Venturing to Seattle for a quality bowl of Vietnamese pho is no longer necessary.

Jenny Pho Vietnamese Noodle & BBQ sits conveniently here in Issaquah, just off of West Lake Sammamish Parkway, between Costco and PCC Natural Market.

On a lazy Sunday afternoon, just after it had opened, it was already filling up quickly and people were greeted by a smiling hostess and seated immediately.

The interior is fresh, modern and clean. Traditionally painted flowers decorate the wall, a serene waterfall trickles away in the corner and sprinkles of plants fill the restaurant, giving it a relaxing, peaceful vibe, despite being a busy lunch hour. Windows line half of the restaurant, allowing ample natural lighting to shine through. Vietnamese music plays softly in the background.

For anyone unfamiliar with pho, it is a wildly popular Vietnamese soup noodle dish that consists of flat rice noodles simmering in either a beef or chicken broth. Various types of meats can be added, often chicken, beef or seafood, or it can remain vegetarian.

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Issaquah sustainability ‘report card’ indicates successes, shortfalls

September 7, 2010

The inaugural sustainability “report card” from the city touted Costco carpools, a community garden and affordable-housing construction in the Issaquah Highlands as signs of progress.

The report released last week packs data about environmental, economic and social health.

The “report card” is based upon recommendations from a 16-member panel assembled in 2008 by Mayor Ava Frisinger. The group, the Sustainability Sounding Board, formed a long-term sustainability plan and then set benchmarks for the city to track progress.

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Pedal for freebies on Bike to Work Day

May 18, 2010

City leaders will team up with local businesses and Cascade Bicycle Club to celebrate Bike to Work Day on May 21.

The day kicks off with a Bike to Work Day booth at state Route 900 and Northwest Sammamish Road. Bicyclists can pedal in from 6-10 a.m. for free snacks, giveaways and mechanical help from Pacific Bicycle Co., a Sammamish bike shop.

From 3-6 p.m., outdoors retailer REI will host a Cycle Commuter Appreciation Picnic at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave N.W. The free picnic will offer free food from PCC Natural Markets and Chipotle, as well as giveaways from REI and the chance to meet other cyclists. REI hosted a barbecue at Pickering Barn last year to mark the end of Bike to Work Month.

Cascade Bicycle Club also uses Bike to Work Day to tally the number of cyclists on area roads. The organization hopes for official bicycle counts from cites in the Puget Sound region, but relies on the annual tally until official counts become widespread. Learn more about the annual event here.

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City hosts free sustainability movie night

July 21, 2009

On July 22, city officials are hosting a free movie night in which the documentary “King Corn” will play. This is the third film that the city has had this year on sustainability. The aim of these quarterly movie nights is for local residents to become aware of ways to help sustain and maintain the environment around them. Read more

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Issaquah launches movie nights focused on sustainability

March 15, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. March 15, 2009

Continuing community dialogue surrounding sustainability, the city’s Resource Conservation Office is hosting the first in a series of free movie nights March 17.

The first movie showing will feature “Good Food,” directed by Seattle filmmakers Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young.

First shown to packed audiences at the recent Seattle International Film Festival, “Good Food” introduces viewers to local farmers, ranchers, distributors and restaurants who are building a sustainable food system in the Pacific Northwest.

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Worth Your Weight in Food drive a huge success

November 4, 2008

In this time of economic hardship, many families have had to make the tough choice of paying a mortgage nor buying groceries. Read more

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