Issaquah Women’s Club luncheon supports scholarships, local charities

February 28, 2012

At a recent meeting of the Issaquah Women’s Club, a speaker from the Eastside Domestic Violence Program expounded upon how the 60 or so scholarships supplied to that group over the years by the club had changed lives.

The scholarships were intended to help clients of the program get back on their feet, to help them get out of abusive situations. Past president and current promotions director for the Women’s Club Deborah Bader said she and other group members especially enjoyed hearing personal stories about how their efforts had helped other women.

“It was just really special,” Bader added.

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Issaquah Women’s Club holds scholarship fundraiser

October 25, 2011

In order to help support three separate scholarship programs, the Issaquah Women’s Foundation of the Issaquah Women’s Club presents a benefit concert from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Vasa Park Ballroom in Bellevue.

The featured entertainment will be Route 66, which performs the big band sounds of the swing era.

The Issaquah Women’s Foundation is the charity arm of the Issaquah Women’s Club. Founded in 1983, the group is an official 501(c)3 charity. The club is a social and service organization with about 100 members, said the group’s publicity committee chairwoman Deborah Bader.

“It’s grown over the years,” she added, saying members are of a wide variety of ages and backgrounds.

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Life Enrichment Options hosts housing discussion

September 20, 2011

Issaquah nonprofit organization Life Enrichment Options presents a panel discussion on housing options for people with disabilities from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 29 at Tibbetts Creek Manor, 750 17th Ave. N.W. Representatives from several different housing alternatives will discuss how their settings work, and for whom. A question and answer period will follow.

Admission is free. The social time and refreshments start at 6:30 p.m.

Life Enrichment Options advocates for and works to support individuals with developmental disabilities to achieve their lifestyle goals through supportive housing, recreation, employment opportunities and community education.

Call 274-4003, email, go to or visit Life Enrichment Options (LEO) on Facebook to learn more.

Who’s News

July 19, 2011

Women’s Club installs new officers

The Issaquah Women’s Club recently held its installation of new officers for 2011-2012 at the Embassy Suites.

Cco-presidents eve’ Martinez-Petrut and Linda Baker; Sandy Cobel, first vice president; Yvette Dickerson and Katy Trader, co-secretary; Beth Sanford and Sharon Miller, second vice presidents; Katherine Booher, treasurer; Judy Smith, fundraising chairwoman.

The club meets at 9:30 a.m. the first Thursday of each month, from September through June, at Tibbetts Creek Manor.

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Who’s News

May 24, 2011

Michael Barrack, Andrew Dedo, Ian Sutton and Caleb Walin. Contributed

Issaquah youths attain Eagle Scout rank

Four youths from Boy Scout Troop 316 of Issaquah — Michael Barrack, Andrew Dedo, Ian Sutton and Caleb Walin — were bestowed with the rank of Eagle Scout on May 14. Barrack’s project involved building a fence along the south side of Tibbetts Creek Manor. Dedo constructed a kiosk at the Bear Ridge Trailhead. Walin organized the planting of trees at Tradition Lake. Sutton created flowerbeds around the Meadowbrook Farm building. Although Troop 316 is less than 5 years old, 12 Scouts have already reached the rank of Eagle.

Ankhasha Amenti honored with Hospice Service Award

Providence Hospice of Seattle recently honored Sammamish resident Ankhasha Amenti with its annual Hospice Service Award for her continued support that has generated more than $20,000 in donations in the past five years.

Amenti started supporting Providence Hospice in 2007 with proceeds from her Issaquah thrift store, Ankhasha’s Consignments. During the years the store was open, Amenti and her customers donated more than $20,000 to the nonprofit that services children and adults with life-limiting illnesses.

Even after Amenti closed her consignment store in 2009, she continued to raise money for Providence Hospice through rummage sales. Today, she donates to Providence Hospice via sales of used furnishings from Murray Franklyn model homes and with a percentage of profits from consigned vintage and costume jewelry sales.

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Baskets and Buddies fundraiser is ‘hysterical’

March 29, 2011

Baskets filled with goodies — coffee and tea, flowers and gardening tools, and Italian food — will be for sale at the Issaquah Women’s Club third annual Baskets and Buddies live auction April 14.

Every year, the club hosts two big fundraisers: Harmony and High Tea in the fall and Baskets and Buddies in the spring. The club has already put its funds to use, donating $17,000 to student scholarships and 13 local schools and organizations, including the YWCA Family Village at Issaquah and Issaquah High School, at its March 3 meeting.

“I just think it’s a great venue to be able to give to the local charities that you may or may not have known about,” club member evé Martinez-Petrut said.

Baskets and Buddies starts every year with the creativity of the ladies in the Issaquah Women’s Club. Members fill baskets with themed treats, such as spa products, chocolate truffles or handmade quilts. Some women combine forces and create baskets together.

Issaquah City Councilman Fred Butler will act as auctioneer, much to the delight of club members.

“He makes the event absolutely hysterical,” club community outreach chairwoman Mary Mallett said. “I think lots of the ladies come just because of Fred.”

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Proposed fire authority receives cool reception from cities

March 15, 2011

Issaquah, Sammamish leaders also raise concerns about pools at joint meeting

The potential regional fire authority for Eastside communities received a lukewarm reception from Issaquah and Sammamish leaders March 10, as city councils from both cities discussed planning for emergency services and other issues at a joint meeting.

Officials from Issaquah and rural fire districts formed a planning group in late 2009 to consider a regional fire authority in the Eastside Fire & Rescue service area. The authority could tax residents to fund emergency services, unlike EFR. Contributions from member cities and fire districts fund EFR.

“It’s really hard to see a scenario where you can provide fire service to the citizens of Issaquah with an RFA,” Issaquah Councilman Mark Mullet said as leaders from both cities met at Tibbetts Creek Manor.

Participation in the planning process does not commit Issaquah or the fire districts to joining a regional fire authority.

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Issaquah, Sammamish councils face planning issues at meeting

March 8, 2011

Issaquah and Sammamish leaders meet March 10 at Tibbetts Creek Manor. The agenda includes dinner — and a packed docket of regional issues.

Members from the Issaquah and Sammamish city councils, plus Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger, plan to discuss long-term planning efforts in both cities — the push to create a Town Center in Sammamish and the decadeslong goal to reshape the Issaquah business district — and other issues.

The annual meeting offers a chance for leaders to confer about issues face to face. The confab helps to cut out the chatter from municipal staffers and residents.

“One way to do that is to once a year to get together and talk about what is important to each city,” Issaquah Councilman Mark Mullet said.

In recent years, talks focused on shared transportation concerns, Eastside Fire & Rescue operations and, in the meeting last year, nascent discussions about a regional fire authority and changes to King County animal control.

Officials from both cities also said the meeting could result in ideas for long-term planning efforts in Issaquah and Sammamish.

Sprawling Sammamish is in the midst of a yearslong effort to create a Town Center. Issaquah embarked on a plan last year to guide redevelopment in the 915-acre business district.

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Butler, Gifford

February 15, 2011

Daniel Gifford and Gail Butler

Gail Butler and Daniel Gifford, both of Ann Arbor, Mich., announce their engagement to be married Aug. 14, 2011, at Tibbetts Creek Manor in Issaquah.

The future bride, the daughter of Thomas and Joan Butler, of Issaquah, is a 2005 graduate of Issaquah High School.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in cellular and molecular biology from Western Washington University in 2010 and is a graduate student in the doctorate program in molecular biology at the University of Michigan.

The groom to be, the son of David and Susan Gifford, of Puyallup, is a 2006 graduate of Rogers High School.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 2010 from Western Washington University. He is a graduate student in the doctorate program in astrophysics at the University of Michigan.

Architect offers bold plan for creekside parks

November 30, 2010

The proposed design for a downtown parks site includes a horseshoe-shaped bridge across Issaquah Creek and meandering trails. The Berger Partnership

Initial proposal emphasizes ecology and history at downtown site

Ideas abound for the downtown parks along Issaquah Creek: boulders for climbing, meandering paths, community gardens, historic farmhouses repurposed as meeting spaces and — the centerpiece — a horseshoe-shaped pedestrian bridge across the creek at the main stem and the East Fork.

The ambitious plan aims to transform the oft-overlooked, 15.5-acre site near Darigold into a destination. Seattle landscape architect Guy Michaelsen said the intent is to create a park site “unique to Issaquah and a reflection of Issaquah.”

The site — often referred to as the “crown jewel” in the municipal parks system — encompasses Tollë Anderson, Cybil-Madeline and Issaquah Creek parks. The effort is the largest parks project since the city built Squak Valley Park South in 2008 and the most ambitious plan since the city laid the groundwork for Tibbetts Valley Park more than 20 years ago.

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