Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank feeds kids through summer

July 15, 2014

For the third year in a row, the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank is running a program to help feed children during summer vacation.

Program Director Rebecca Rayner said the local organization wanted to give kids the meals often provided by the school system during most of the year.

“We just have to have school-aged kids to enter the program,” she said.

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Master Chorus Eastside concert celebrates Independence Day

June 10, 2014

Include Master Chorus Eastside in your pre-Fourth of July plans.

The vocal ensemble comprised largely of local residents returns to Issaquah for its annual Celebrate America concert.

The concert starts at 3 p.m. June 29 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

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Kids get free helmet at bike rodeo

May 13, 2014

Recology CleanScapes, in partnership with the city of Issaquah and Bike Works, will host a Kids Bike Rodeo from 9 a.m. to noon May 18 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

The event, held during National Bike to Work Month, teaches children bike safety, riding skills and proper helmet fitting. The police department will host a bike safety course and is providing a limited number of youth bike helmets. Staff from Bike Works will fit the helmets for children. Bicycle Center of Issaquah will be teaching the ABCs of bike safety.

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Gunners FC opens its season May 17

May 13, 2014

The Issaquah-based Puget Sound Gunners FC soccer team will open its season with a May 17 matchup against the Portland Timbers U-23.

The team, led by head coach and Issaquah resident Jimmy Ball, features athletes from across the Northwest region and beyond, including Issaquah High School graduate Michael Roberts.

Players from the University of Washington, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University and Western Washington University will suit up for the Gunners.

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April showers, market flowers

April 22, 2014

First farmers market of the season finds a hardy crowd despite wet conditions

Photos by Greg Farrar Siddharth Bhatia, of Issaquah, holds daughter Saisha, 3, on his back as they wait for a food order from the Simply Mediterranean vendor April 19 during the Issaquah Farmers Market season premiere at Pickering Farm.

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Siddharth Bhatia, of Issaquah, holds daughter Saisha, 3, on his back as they wait for a food order from the Simply Mediterranean vendor April 19 during the Issaquah Farmers Market season premiere at Pickering Farm.

 

The 2014 Issaquah Farmers Market season got off to a wet start April 18.

The rain, which fell just before noon, did little to keep the usual Pickering Farm crowds from the host of vendors, exhibitors, farmers and demonstrations. It was the first day of this season’s market, which will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 11, rain or shine.

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

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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. 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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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