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 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.

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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.

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Kiwanis to feature Issaquah Nourishing Network at sock hop

April 9, 2013

Jitterbug the night away in celebration of the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah and its 84 years of community service.

On April 26, the nonprofit organization will hold its annual community auction with a Sock Hop Dance in the Pickering Barn, beginning at 6 p.m. Themed around the 1950s, the club will provide food, drinks, entertainment and many things for attendees to bid on.

Price for admission will be $40. All funds raised through the auction will go directly to help those in need in the Issaquah community.

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SipFest tickets on sale now

April 9, 2013

SipFest invites interested epicureans, oenophiles and amateur beer cicerones to explore the best the Pacific Northwest has to offer May 11.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Pickering Barn, 20 wineries, 10 breweries and 10 local restaurants will bring their best libations to tantalize the palates of discerning aficionados. Wine, beer and food will grace the menu for those wishing to support the benefit for Encompass, a local nonprofit organization that serves the needs of children and families in the Issaquah, Sammamish and Snoqualmie Valley communities.

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Grape Escape festival is a culinary celebration

February 26, 2013

The Rotary Club of Issaquah will celebrate local charities and cuisine at its seventh annual Grape Escape festival March 7. The event features food, wine and beer from nearby establishments.

The event started as a small wine tasting with about five area wineries featured. Not only has the number of vintners involved quadrupled, but restaurants now also provide appetizer-sized signature dishes. And everyone who participates in the festive event is supporting the Rotary Club’s many charitable undertakings.

File A full house of guests enjoy the wineries and local restaurants at Pickering Barn at the Rotary Club of Issaquah’s 2012 Grape Escape, which raised $20,000 for the club’s charitable community work.

A full house of guests enjoy the wineries and local restaurants at Pickering Barn at the Rotary Club of Issaquah’s 2012 Grape Escape, which raised $20,000 for the club’s charitable community work.

“It’s a win-win for everybody,” said Jacalyn Holsted, the Rotary Club’s marketing director. “It’s a chance to have fun, promote local businesses and give back.”

Since 2007, Grape Escape has raised more than $65,000 for many causes, including Rotary First Harvest, Issaquah Food Bank and various student scholarship programs.

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Issaquah Sammamish Health and Safety Fair 2013

February 3, 2013

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January 29, 2013

Good reasons to attend health fair

Save the date! The annual Issaquah/Sammamish Health & Safety Fair has a whole lot of reasons why you and your family should plan to attend, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Pickering Barn.

Perhaps you’ve been meaning to get your family more prepared for emergencies. There is still time this year for a big winter storm to knock out power for days on end. Will you be ready?

The Issaquah Citizen Corps Council, Issaquah Medical Corps and the city of Issaquah will be at the fair with timely information to help you get started.

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Issaquah health fair offers wellness screenings

January 15, 2013

The annual Issaquah/Sammamish Health & Safety Fair returns to Pickering Barn from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 9 with plenty of free health screenings to make it fun and worthwhile for area families.

The fair will feature 50 or more health care professionals. Free health screening will include blood pressure, glucose, eye pressure, injury screening, posture and spinal analysis, oral cancer, sleep apnea and orthotic evaluations. There will be free gifts and information to take home.

The King County Police Union will host its MY ID Club, offering parents free fingerprints of their children, an important tool should children be abducted. The Issaquah Citizen Corps Council, the city of Issaquah and Eastside Fire & Rescue will offer safety and emergency preparedness information.

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Master Chorus Eastside holds auditions

January 15, 2013

Master Chorus Eastside is holding auditions for openings in its tenor and bass sections for the remainder of the season.

Interested singers must have choral experience and basic music-reading skills. Call the Master Chorus Eastside office at 392-8446 to schedule audition appointments. Learn more about the chorus at

Upcoming events for the chorus include Sound Imaginarium in March, a Simply Gershwin concert in May and the popular All-American Independence Celebration in June at Issaquah’s historic Pickering Barn.

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