Japanese students travel 5,700 miles to volunteer in Pickering Garden

August 7, 2012

Falaah Jones (right), garden coordinator from Seattle Tilth, teaches visiting Japanese students about gardening at the city’s Pickering Garden on July 27. Contributed

The Pickering Garden had some unique visitors July 27, more than 20 students from Okinawa, Japan.

The students are part of a summer homestay program through Cultural Homestay International. They will spend one month with host families exploring the Puget Sound area. On their third day, they volunteered at the Pickering Garden with Falaah Jones, garden coordinator from Seattle Tilth. It was the students’ first visit to the United States.

Risa Kamiya and Showei Mori said they like the forest, trees and mountains covered with snow, something they have never seen before. Host families have one or two students in their home at a time.

“Everyone learns,” tour coordinator Cathy Kramer said. “It’s a great opportunity.”

The Japanese students didn’t know each other before the trip but Kramer said they made friends very quickly. Each day, the students have three-hour classes to learn about English and culture.

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Gov. Chris Gregoire proclaims Washington Farmers Market Week

July 29, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. July 29, 2012

The popularity of farmers markets continues to increase across the Evergreen State.

Shoppers made almost 1.8 million trips — including many repeat visits — to experience Washington’s 160 farmers markets.

Gov. Chris Gregoire joined the state Department of Agriculture and the Washington State Farmers Market Association to celebrate Farmers Market Week from Aug. 5-11.

“Washington’s farmers produce some of the best agricultural products around the world,” Gregoire said in a statement. “From our world-famous apples to our varied field greens, the goods produced in our state are second to none. And those who live here have easy access to these quality foods.”

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Offer input on Central Issaquah Plan for business district

July 10, 2012

The historic proposal to transform more than 900 acres near Interstate 90 and state Route 900 in the decades ahead is a step closer to implementation, but before city leaders act on the plan, citizens can comment on the bid.

The long-term Central Issaquah Plan is meant to guide redevelopment from shopping centers and low-rise office buildings to a taller neighborhood meant for businesses and residences.

Before the proposal reaches the City Council for discussion and possible implementation, citizens can comment July 12 at a public hearing hosted by the Planning Policy Commission.

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Master Chorus Eastside’s concert celebrates American music

June 19, 2012

Master Chorus Eastside’s popular Celebrate America concert returns once again to Issaquah’s Pickering Barn in two performances to commemorate the Fourth of July.

American music of all styles, including early Americana, folk tunes, spirituals and others stand side by side with Linda Gingrich’s signature commentary to create an unforgettable Independence Celebration on June 24. Read more

Seattle Tilth seeks volunteers for Pickering Barn garden

June 15, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. June 15, 2012

Seattle Tilth is searching for volunteers to tend the community garden at Pickering Barn.

Organizers plan to a host a family workday in the garden on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. The garden is located on the Pickering Barn grounds, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. On Saturday, Seattle Tilth needs volunteers to make and plant seed tapes, scavenger hunt, weed and feed chickens and dig in the soil.

The organization also needs volunteers for harvest parties, work parties and other tasks. Find opportunities from Seattle Tilth at http://seattletilth.org/get-involved/volunteer/volunteering-in-issaquah.

Gardeners donate fresh produce to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

Issaquah-Sammamish Home & Garden Show comes to Pickering Barn

April 30, 2012

NEW — 1:30 p.m. April 30, 2012

The inaugural Issaquah-Sammamish Home & Garden Show is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

At the event, 20 local businesses will showcase their services and answer questions. Learn about remodeling and decorating options for bathrooms and kitchens, patios, additions, repairs, heating systems, landscapes and more.

The home show, coordinated by Issaquah Press newspapers, is free.

Issaquah Hobby and Volunteer Expo returns for 14th year

April 24, 2012

Shirley Slaughter, of Issaquah, a member of Issaquah Quilters, sits in front of a quilt by Linda Smith, while meeting visitors during the 2009 Hobby and Volunteer Expo at Pickering Barn. By Greg Farrar

The annual Issaquah Hobby and Volunteer Expo, sponsored by the Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department, is set for April 28 at Pickering Barn and features nonprofit clubs, community service organizations and similar groups.

Any such organization serving Issaquah is invited to put up a table, said Cathy Jones, city recreation coordinator.

Participating clubs or organizations can seek to recruit new members, volunteers or both.

Jones described the event as especially aimed at newcomers to the Issaquah area, newly retired persons or teens looking for new ways to gain community service hours.

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Issaquah Farmers Market returns for 22nd season April 21

April 17, 2012

The Issaquah Farmers Market at Pickering Farm attracts large crowds of visitors and patrons on a warm August Saturday in 2011. By Greg Farrar

The historic Pickering Farm emerges from a seasonal slumber soon as the popular Issaquah Farmers Market returns.

The market debuts for the season April 21. The return is a sign springtime is inching closer to summertime.

The farmers market runs every Saturday, rain or shine, from April to October. The market features seasonal produce, crafts, food vendors, and demonstrations or entertainment each week.

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Citizens can comment on long-term plans for business district

April 17, 2012

Citizens can comment soon on a historic proposal to transform more than 900 acres near Interstate 90 and state Route 900 in the decades ahead.

The draft Central Issaquah Plan is meant to guide redevelopment from shopping centers and low-rise office buildings to a taller neighborhood meant for businesses and residences.

The city is in the midst of a key environmental study for the 915-acre business district, or Central Issaquah. The council is poised to decide on the proposal as early as July. In the meantime, the municipal Planning Policy Commission plans a public open house and public hearing on the draft environmental study April 19.

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Press Editorial

April 17, 2012

Give a nod to planet Earth

Arbor Day is April 21, followed by Earth Day on April 22. Both are an equal opportunity to show appreciation for the third rock from the sun.

The city Parks & Recreation Department will plant 150 trees along Issaquah Creek on Saturday in honor of Arbor Day. Just last week, the city earned Tree City USA status for the 19th year.

Earth Day gets a jumpstart in Issaquah on Thursday when Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon fry are released into Laughing Jacobs Creek. Public tours are available this weekend to see what happens to unrecycled garbage at the Cedar Hills Landfill in south Issaquah. Also south of the city limits, volunteers will mulch and weed the Log Cabin Natural Area along Issaquah Creek. Volunteers will do back-country trail work on Cougar Mountain.

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