Recycled crayon business embodies Earth Day message

April 15, 2014

Local mom Regan Wong found a nifty way to repurpose the contents of that long forgotten box, tucked away in a closet, filled to the brim with broken, sometimes wrapperless crayons.

The vibrant coloring tools undoubtedly lived a life of usefulness at one point, but rather than letting them sit on a shelf reminiscing about the good old days of elementary school, or letting them rot in a landfill, Wong is turning them in to something environmentally friendly and beautiful.

Wacky Crayons takes used crayons, melts them down and, using food-grade molds, crafts new, multicolored drawing tools in various shapes and sizes.

Mike and Leah Wong, children of Wacky Crayons creator Regan Wong, lend a helping hand as they make the unconventional drawing tool in the family’s garage. At left, Wacky Crayons come in fully compostable packaging and include a variety of shapes, from flowers to the Millennium Falcon. Photos By Christina Corrales-Toy

Mike and Leah Wong, children of Wacky Crayons creator Regan Wong, lend a helping hand as they make the unconventional drawing tool in the family’s garage.
Photo contributed

“We didn’t invent this, but we’re sort of perfecting it along the way,” Wong said.

Read more

Boots, Brats & Brews event comes to Pickering Barn

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. It features samplings of assorted beers served with brats from local restaurants, while The Weavils keep toes tapping all night to their distinctive bluegrass sound.

Tori Gains, 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,” Gains 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.”

Read more

City, chamber get tourism guidance

April 8, 2014

How can Issaquah attract more visitors?

That questions lies at the heart of a burgeoning effort by the city’s Economic Development Department and the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce. The “kickoff” for the effort was delivered March 31 by local tourism guru Roger Brooks.

“For more than 30 years, he has worked to change ordinary places to extraordinary destinations,” chamber CEO Matt Bott said, introducing the keynote speaker.

Read more

Seven potential sites eyed for new skate park

March 4, 2014

It looks like the future of skateboarding in Issaquah has plenty of options.

Parks & Recreations Department officials unveiled seven possible locations to build a new skate park Feb. 26. In a public meeting at Tibbetts Creek Manor, more than 30 locals, including parents, skaters and police, attended to hear the city’s plans and weigh in with opinions.

The current skate park borders the woods along the Rainier Trail, neighboring the community center. Last year, in the face of a public outcry around crime-related activities occurring there, the City Council budgeted $350,000 for the demolition and construction of a skate park in a new location.

Read more

Issaquah-Sammamish Health Fair is Feb. 8

January 28, 2014

The annual Issaquah/Sammamish Health & Safety Fair returns to Pickering Barn (next to Costco) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, with free admission for all.

Overlake Hospital is offering $20 flu shots for the first 100 people.

Free health screenings will include blood pressure, glucose, skin cancer, posture and spinal analysis, orthotic evaluations and orthodontics. Wellness providers will be available to offer consultations on nutrition, weight loss, skin care, body shaping, hypnotherapy and counseling for a variety of issues. There will be free gifts and information to take home.

Read more

Master Chorus Eastside celebrates America

June 11, 2013

Master Chorus Eastside’s popular Celebrate America concert returns to Pickering Barn for two performances to commemorate the 4th of July.

American music of all styles stands side-by-side with Dr. Linda Gingrich’s signature commentary to create an unforgettable Independence Celebration. This year’s theme focuses on American folk music, including the music brought from the Old World, spirituals, Shaker hymns, Appalachian songs and folk-music revival of the 1960s. Revel in “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Frog Went a-Courtin’,” “I Bought Me a Cat,” “Shenandoah,” “This Land is Your Land” and more.

Read more

Home and garden show returns to Pickering Barn

May 7, 2013

The second annual Issaquah-Sammamish Home and Garden Show, held in conjunction with the weekly Issaquah Farmers Market, is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 11 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

Admission to the show is free. Attendees can visit with more than 20 local businesses and organizations specializing in home and garden products, and services.

Learn from local experts on how to remodel, decorate and finance your home, inside and out. Get insight into patios, outdoor rooms, painting services, shelving and cabinets, heating and cooling systems, landscapes and more.

Read more

Meet the Reptile Man at Family Night on May 10

May 7, 2013

Encompass has teamed up with Virginia Mason Medical Center Issaquah for a free Family Night on May 10 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

The Reptile Man is the featured performance for the evening, providing kids with the opportunity to pet alligators, hold snakes and learn amazing things about these fascinating creatures.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for activities, crafts and snacks. The Reptile Man performance begins at 7 p.m. Suggested donation is $10 per family.

Encompass has historically co-sponsored Family Nights with other local organizations in the Snoqualmie Valley. This will be the first Family Night in Issaquah.

Learn more at www.encompassnw.org or call Encompass at 888-2777.

 

Home and garden show returns to Pickering Barn

May 6, 2013

The second annual Issaquah-Sammamish Home and Garden Show, held in conjunction with the weekly Issaquah Farmers Market, is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 11 at Pickering Barn.

Admission to the show is free. Attendees can visit with more than 20 local businesses and organizations specializing in home and garden products, and services.

Learn from local experts on how to remodel, decorate and finance your home, inside and out. Get insight into patios, outdoor rooms, painting services, shelving and cabinets, heating and cooling systems, landscapes and more.

Read more

Sock hop helps those in need

April 23, 2013

Get hopping at the Kiwanis Club Sock Hop Dance and Auction on April 26.

Your $40 ticket gets you into the dance and auction, two drink tickets and your choice of dinner.

Meal choices are three different sliders: smoked chopped brisket, smoked chopped pork, Thai lamb, or a vegetarian burger. All meals also include salad and dessert.

Read more

Next Page »