Day of caring for Eastside Baby Corner

June 10, 2015

By Greg Farrar Eastside Baby Corner was the fortunate recipient of the annual Windermere Real Estate company Day of Caring, as 53 volunteers from the Issaquah office cleaned surfaces, vacuumed floors, sorted clothing and toy donations and built new storage shelves June 5 for the distribution center on Northwest Maple Street.

By Greg Farrar
Eastside Baby Corner was the fortunate recipient of the annual Windermere Real Estate company Day of Caring, as 53 volunteers from the Issaquah office cleaned surfaces, vacuumed floors, sorted clothing and toy donations and built new storage shelves June 5 for the distribution center on Northwest Maple Street.

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Downtown Issaquah Association Director Karen Donovan named Citizen of the Year

June 3, 2015

Art Walks. Wine Walks. Holiday events. Concerts at the historic Shell station on Front Street.

By Greg Farrar Karen Donovan, executive director of the Downtown Issaquah Association, thanks and pays back her respects to the community as she was honored with the Citizen of the Year award from the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce.

By Greg Farrar
Karen Donovan, executive director of the Downtown Issaquah Association, thanks and pays back her respects to the community as she was honored with the Citizen of the Year award from the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce.

And one, new upcoming event on which she was not about to spill the beans ahead of time.

In her role as executive director of the Downtown Issaquah Association, organizing such happenings in the downtown area are some of the more visible parts of Karen Donovan’s job and her contributions to Issaquah.

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Grand Ridge Elementary School library needs volunteers

May 19, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 19, 2015

Grand Ridge Elementary School needs volunteers to help inventory materials starting June 1.

Tasks include checking and adjusting books in the correct shelf order and scanning the barcodes of the books on the shelves. Get specific times volunteers are needed at http://bit.ly/1e3BRnA.

If you are able to volunteer an hour or more to assist with this time-consuming task, contact librarian Theresa Gekeler at gekelert@issaquah.wednet.edu or 837-7935.

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Pine Lake Middle School celebrates local heroes

May 5, 2015

Sixth-grader Anna Chisholm had never before volunteered for community service, but she said she enjoyed the time she spent helping homeless residents in Seattle earlier this year.

By Neil Pierson Mustafa Miyaziwala, a sixth-grade student at Pine Lake Middle School, tells others about his community service project at the school’s Heropalooza event April 21. Miyaziwala and others formed Snacks for Slavery, which used a bake sale to raise $386 for the International Justice Mission.

By Neil Pierson
Mustafa Miyaziwala, a sixth-grade student at Pine Lake Middle School, tells others about his community service project at the school’s Heropalooza event April 21. Miyaziwala and others formed Snacks for Slavery, which used a bake sale to raise $386 for the International Justice Mission.

“I feel so sad for people that don’t have the opportunities that I have,” said Chisholm, who packed and delivered supplies, and prepared breakfast for homeless adults and teens, alongside members of her select basketball team.

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Liberty’s Sydney Hopper excels on and off field

April 14, 2015

Sydney Hopper has enjoyed heroic moments in softball.

By Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times Sydney Hopper, Liberty High School senior pitcher, throws against Lake Washington batters during their April 7 fastpitch game.

By Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times
Sydney Hopper, Liberty High School senior pitcher, throws against Lake Washington batters during their April 7 fastpitch game.

Winning hits at the plate, game-saving strikeouts in the pitching circle.

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VOICE Mentor Program seeks volunteers

February 21, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 21, 2015

The VOICE Mentor Program is looking for community volunteers to work one-on-one with Issaquah School District students.

Students are referred by teachers and counselors as needing extra support, whether academic, social or emotional. The volunteers work in the school setting in partnership with school staff members.

A mentor’s passion can be anything including literacy, ESL students and math.

Learn more by emailing Susan Gierke or Teresa Bretl, VOICE Mentor directors, at VOICE @issaquah.wednet.edu or call 837-6801.

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Sammy the Salmon seeks Salmon Days festival volunteers

September 23, 2014

The growth of the Issaquah Salmon Days Festival requires more people to help put on the award-winning community celebration Oct. 4-5.

About 100 people are still needed to help the more than 150,000 people who typically come to the festival each year.

Volunteer shifts are available in areas such as the children’s favorite Field of Fun, festival set up, retail support, transportation logistics and more.

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Volunteers needed for fall cyclist, walker count

September 23, 2014

During a three-day survey last year, volunteers counted nearly 66,000 bicyclists and pedestrians across Washington.

About 400 volunteers are needed again this fall to tally the number of people who bike or walk to their destinations.

For the seventh annual survey, Washington State Department of Transportation and the Cascade Bicycle Club are enlisting volunteers and organizations to help count people they see bicycling and walking along paths, bike lanes, sidewalks and other facilities from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. Counts will be taken at assigned locations in nearly 40 cities throughout the state.

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Volunteers needed for trolley

September 16, 2014

The Issaquah Valley Trolley needs volunteers, especially those who can help maintain the trolley car and the generator car.

Learn about the workings of a 1925 vintage streetcar by becoming a motorman, conductor or station agent.

Volunteer or learn more by emailing trolley@issaquahhistory.org.

 

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Miracle salmon, public need your assistance

September 9, 2014

The first fish have been sighted at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and it’s that time of year again — time to step up to help the amazing salmon that are returning home and the crowds of people that will follow them.

The hatchery, with thousands of visitors every year, is the most visited of the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife’s hatcheries.

There are many ways to do right by the salmon and visitors:

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