Downtown association needs volunteers at Salmon Days

September 25, 2015

NEW — 5:32 p.m. Sept. 25, 2015

The Downtown Issaquah Association is seeking volunteers for its information booth at the Hailstone Feed Store during Salmon Days.

The station, 232 Front St. N., is open for visitors to explore during the festival. Tables will be set up, weather dependent.

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Volunteers needed by Sept. 29 to help count bicyclists and pedestrians

September 24, 2015

NEW — Noon Sept. 24, 2015

About 400 volunteers are needed to help count the number of people who ride bicycles or walk to their destinations during an annual three-day survey, starting Sept. 29.

In 2014, more than 72,000 bicyclists and pedestrians were counted by volunteers in communities across Washington. Volunteer registration is now open and many locations still have shifts that have not been filled.

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Eastside Month of Concern kicks off Sept. 12

September 10, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 10, 2015

All around the Eastside, communities and local volunteers are gearing up for a monthlong food drive, the Eastside’s Month of Concern staged by the Emergency Feeding Program.

In Issaquah and Sammamish, as in many local cities, local mayors will get involved with a special Mayor’s Day of Concern Food Drive set for Sept. 19, according to Tim Larson, Sammamish communications director.

The kickoff event is set for 9 a.m. Sept. 12 at the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, said Keith Madsen, pastor of the Community Church of Issaquah.

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Salmon Days Festival needs volunteers

September 9, 2015

NEW — 5:32 p.m. Sept. 9, 2015

Salmon Days returns to downtown Issaquah on Oct. 3-4.

Organizers need volunteers to serve in the Field of Fun, festival setup, retail support, transportation logistics and more.

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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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