Fantastic Fly-in takes off Sept. 12

September 3, 2015

NEW — 10:57 a.m. Sept. 3, 2015

Expect to see more than your average paraglider landing Sept. 12 during the Fantastic Fly-In.

The Downtown Issaquah Association, Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, Lake Washington Partners, artEAST and Seattle Paragliding are partnering to launch the first event featuring paraglider floats and costumes at the paragliding landing zone on Tiger Mountain from 2-7 p.m.

DIA Executive Director Karen Donovan said she was excited to work with Seattle Paragliding founder Mark Chirico to bring the event to fruition.

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Angels in wait: Issaquah High School program helps students in need

August 27, 2015

NEW — 3:25 p.m. Aug. 27, 2015

It can be unsettling for a high-school student who can’t afford functional clothing, prom attire or the fees to participate in certain classes, clubs and sports.

Issaquah High School began addressing those issues three years ago when its PTSA formed an Angel Program that collects a wide range of items and distributes them anonymously to students and families.

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Volunteers needed to raise funds for new park

August 11, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 11, 2015

With “the best playground in the state” coming to Lake Sammamish State Park, volunteers are needed immediately to work on raising the remaining needed funds.

Meetings with a Washington State Parks development team have already begun with a targeted playground installation in late spring 2016. At that time, there will be a volunteer call to the community so people can work together to install the playground over five days.

However, organizers need to raise $250,000 to match the $750,000 the state has allocated to the effort.

Organizers are setting up a website for information and donations. Watch for it at They will publicize the website on Twitter and on the Friends’ Facebook site, and ask that you share it with your friends when you see it. Read more

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Healthy Youth Initiative seeks youth reps

August 8, 2015

NEW — 5 p.m. Aug. 8, 2015

The Issaquah Schools Foundation’s Healthy Youth Initiative is seeking youth representatives for the 2015-2016 school year.

The deadline for applications is Aug. 17. Applicant orientations will be conducted between Aug. 18 and the first day of school.

The Healthy Youth Initiative is a program that supports healthy life choices and growth opportunities for students and families in the Issaquah School District. This initiative focuses primarily on three areas: preventing and reducing youth substance abuse; preventing youth suicide and supporting youth mental health; and lowering barriers to academic success experienced by financially challenged youths and families.

Youth representatives and volunteers are welcome to participate in all groups within the Healthy Youth Initiative. Read more

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City asks for volunteers to prevent crime while they walk their dogs

August 5, 2015

NEW — 3 p.m. Aug. 5, 2015

Help prevent crime while you walk your dog. Join the Issaquah Police Department’s new Paws on Patrol program.

“Every day, rain or shine, dog walkers and pets move throughout the community,” a news release said. “Paws on Patrol encourages dog walkers to serve as extra eyes and ears for Issaquah police.”

The program trains pet owners to prevent crime, as well as how to recognize and report criminal activity.

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Fireworks fundraiser raises $21,000 for food bank

July 31, 2015

NEW — 8 p.m. July 31, 2015

The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank is in line for a cool upgrade.

The nonprofit will get a central heating and cooling system for its building, after a Fourth of July fundraiser raised more than $21,700 to help with the capital project improvement.

John Kritsonis and Karl Lindor, of Windermere Real Estate Bellevue South, annually organize the Fourth of July fireworks above Lake Sammamish, and ask attendees to give back to the community through a matching program.

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Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park call for volunteers for volleyball tournament

July 28, 2015

NEW — 6 p.m. July 28, 2015

Volunteers are being sought for the Association of Volleyball Professionals volleyball tournament at Lake Sammamish State Park, Aug. 6-9.

There are a variety of options for ages 12 and older. Rub shoulders with Olympians!

Check out the volunteer link at

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Volunteers needed for Fenders on Front Street

June 8, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 8, 2015

The Downtown Issaquah Association needs volunteers for Fenders on Front Street car show June 21.

The 10th annual event is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers can sign up for one of four positions, including manning the new trolley run this year

Learn more or volunteer by contacting Karen Donovan at or 391-1112.

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Volunteer firefighters needed at Eastside Fire & Rescue

June 6, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 6, 2015

Eastside Fire & Rescue officials are wrapping up their annual recruitment effort, with volunteer firefighter applications due by June 15.

Volunteer firefighters are being sought for every community served by the agency.

EFR operates 14 stations in and around Sammamish, North Bend, Carnation, Wilderness Rim, May Valley, Tiger Mountain, Preston and Issaquah. To maintain a capable force to supplement and compliment the career staff efforts, EFR needs to bring in about 30 volunteers a year.

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Help Pickering Garden grow

May 2, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 2, 2015

The city is seeking green thumbs to help the Pickering Demonstration Garden grow.

Volunteers help grow fresh produce for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, while learning techniques for growing food organically and utilizing natural resources wisely.

Volunteer hours are available May through September: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, 3-6 p.m. first and third Wednesdays, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. second and fourth Saturdays.

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