November 27, 2012
Downtown merchants invite the public to head to Front Street North for some holiday cheer Dec. 5, as the Downtown Issaquah Association hosts a holiday open house.
The event runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the historic Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N., and other locations downtown.
Participants can listen to children sing Christmas carols and a performance from Violet Oroboros. Sip hot chocolate, coffee and tea, and then meet Santa Claus and a reindeer. Santa is available for free family photographs, too.
November 27, 2012
Take photos and meet Santa Claus through Christmas at popular locations.
November 27, 2012
Bartell Drugs and Salvation Army’s Toy ‘n’ Joy drive through Dec. 14, accepts new, unwrapped gifts for children up to age 14, or shoppers can chose a gift request tag item in the store and put it in the donation barrel in the store. The Issaquah Bartell is at 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. Learn more at www.bartelldrugs.com.
Toys for Troops seeks donations for Christmas presents for children of service members. Drop off donations through Dec. 15 at the Issaquah Police Station, 130 E. Sunset Way, or make financial donations at www.operationbaldeagle.org.
Small Works Holiday Exhibition, through Dec. 29, artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N., 392-3191, www.arteast.org
Downtown Issaquah holiday lights work party, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 1, meet at Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St., a lunch break at noon features donated pizza from Flying Pie Pizza, call 391-1112 to volunteer
January 3, 2012
In a Christmas tradition, Issaquah police officers and department employees spread some holiday cheer to local families Dec. 21.
Each Christmas, the Issaquah Police Department adopts a needy family, gathers items from a Christmas wish list and then accompanies Santa Claus for a special delivery.
Santa receives some help from officers — a ride in a police vehicle — to present the gifts to the family.
Once the department picked a pair of families in need, agency employees snapped up items from the wish list.
Then, department employees wrapped the gifts for the family, headed to the home and — spoiler alert — Motorcycle Officer John Lindner donned a red suit to portray Santa Claus.
December 13, 2011
Santa, please help tell true story of Christmas
A funny thing happened when I was asked to play the role of Santa for Northwest Pugs — a meetup group my wife co-organizes for local pug owners.
Cute photos of their dogs with Jolly St. Nick would have to be without me, for you see, I didn’t fit into the silly suit.
Who in China designs a costume of a fat man that an actual horizontally challenged person cannot fit into? Luckily, my wife found a more svelte volunteer to fill the position.
However, once my services were no longer needed, I decided to turn the tables and think about what I would ask of Santa, if I were to discover one with a lap ample enough to hold my weight without risk of injury.
My wish of the bearded one would be an emphasis on the return of the true meaning of Christmas to include more of the original bearded one. That would involve getting the ACLU’s grubby little paws off the holiday.
December 13, 2011
December 8, 2011
NEW— 11:50 a.m. Dec. 8, 2011
In support of Eastside Fire & Rescue, University House Issaquah is holding a pancake breakfast from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at the retirement community.
University House is hoping to raise $1,500, enough to aid in the purchase of an Oceanid, a watercraft that helps with swift water and flood rescues, said University House’s Nicole Francois. Because of budget cuts, Eastside Fire & Rescue cannot afford to make the purchase themselves.
Pancake breakfast tickets are $5 per person. Visitors also can take photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus for a $2 donation. Last year, about 250 people attended the pancake breakfast and raised $1,300. Read more
December 6, 2011
The effort to install holiday lights on the Ginnaty home just outside city limits along the base of Tiger Mountain starts the weekend after Labor Day.
Jeri Ginnaty flips the switch on the estimated 350,000 to 400,000 lights on Thanksgiving night. The attraction lures Christmas light seekers down the rural road to see illuminated strand after illuminated strand.
The super-sized tradition started more than a decade ago, after Ginnaty traded a more modest display — a mere 50,000 lights — for a multicolored tribute to the season.
August 9, 2011
You can learn a lot from this newspaper
You can learn a lot from reading a newspaper, or editing one. I was thinking about this recently after reading numerous stories on a deadline day. As I write this, I can’t remember what it was that made me say, “Huh. I did not know that.” But I know it happens from time to time.
They teach you in journalism school that you basically have to become an expert, really quickly, about every topic you write about. That’s true to some extent. You also have to know enough to explain it to people who might know nothing about that topic.
December 8, 2008
For lovers of the Christmas traditions, there could hardly be more cherished moments than a child’s visit with Santa and the lighting of the tree.
Both took place Dec. 6 at the corner of Rainier Boulevard Northwest and Front Street North, where the annual tree-lighting party and Santa appearance drew a crowd of about 100. Read more