City launches revamped website

December 4, 2012

Issaquah municipal government entered the 21st century Nov. 28, and ditched a difficult-to-navigate city website for a user-friendly portal meant to connect residents to government services.

The city launched the website after a monthslong effort to remake the dowdy image projected by the old website. The updated website is meant to speed users to oft-requested information — Pickering Barn rentals and bill payments, for instance.

The overhaul ranked as a high priority for the City Council, and members authorized up to $125,000 for the website overhaul. The point person on the project, Communications Manager Autumn Monahan, said the project is likely to come in under the $125,000 budget once the final project cost is tallied.

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Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank holiday program helps children

November 13, 2012

The holiday season can be a stressful time for families struggling through a difficult financial situation.

But the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank is doing its part to bring holiday cheer to all through its holiday gift-giving program.

Caring Through Sharing ensures that families in need get to experience the joy of the holiday season and that each child has a present to open.

“It’s not in our mission necessarily to do holiday gifts for families; we’re really focused on basic needs, but we see this as a really important part of our community,” said Cori Kauk, executive director at the food bank.

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Salmon Days Festival volunteer sign-up party is Sept. 12

September 11, 2012

Salmon Days Festival organizers need a phalanx of volunteers to offer directions to festivalgoers, sell souvenirs, drive a shuttle bus and, importantly, clean up after the event concludes.

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Salmon Days Festival fun launches with volunteer sign-up party

September 5, 2012

NEW — 2 p.m. Sept. 5, 2012

Salmon Days Festival organizers need volunteers to staff the annual celebration.

The festival staff is hosting a volunteer sign-up party at 5 p.m. Sept. 12 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

Participants receive a free dinner and a the Ohfishal Salmon Days volunteer T-shirt.

Participants can sign up to take to man a Salmon Days booth, serve as a Refuse Ranger or drive a shuttle bus.

The opportunity to volunteer at Salmon Days is open to everybody age 8 and older, though children should be accompanied by adult volunteers.

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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

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.

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