YWCA Family Village at Issaquah opens for tours

October 25, 2011

The community outreach for YWCA Family Village at Issaquah started long before backhoes sliced into soil at the Issaquah Highlands site.

The outreach effort continues Oct. 29, as YWCA of Seattle-King-Snohomish hosts a public open house on the $53 million campus. The event and the annual Green Halloween Festival coincide.

The open house is meant to introduce guests to Family Village residents, spotlight “green” design details, and highlight a daycare center, meeting space, playground and other features open to the surrounding community. Guests can participate in a scavenger hunt on the Family Village campus.

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Bright Horizons at the Highlands greets clients

October 25, 2011

Bright Horizons opened its newest early education and preschool center, Bright Horizons at the Highlands, on Oct. 17 in the Issaquah Highlands.

Bright Horizons at the Highlands partnered with the YWCA Family Village at Issaquah by prioritizing a specific number of spaces for residents of the complex and by offering program assistance to qualifying families of the YWCA.

The center is at 930 N.E. High Street, Suite 102, in the YWCA Family Village at Issaquah complex.

Bright Horizons has served families in Seattle and surrounding communities for many years, allowing working parents the opportunity to balance their work and family life while providing high-quality early education for their children.

Bright Horizons at the Highlands has a capacity for 160 children between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years. The center offers full-time infant care; full- and part-time care for toddlers, twos and preschool; and before- and after-school care for school-aged children.

Bright Horizons at the Highlands will celebrate the grand opening of its state-of-the-art early education and preschool center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 3.

Learn more by calling Tiffany Gaul at 392-2866 or emailing highlands@brighthorizons.com.

Mitsubishi rolls out electric vehicle at zHome

October 11, 2011

Mitsubishi is rolling out the i, billed as the most-affordable electric vehicle on the U.S. market, Oct. 15-16 at a “green” venue — zHome, a carbon-neutral community in Issaquah.

The team behind zHome and Mitsubishi partnered to offer zHome attendees a chance to test-drive the car. The i is rated for a miles-per-gallon equivalent of 112.

Enthusiasts can see the i from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 15 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 16.

Mitsubishi loaned a Japanese model of the vehicle to zHome Project Manager Brad Liljequist during the summer.

“It was quiet, quick and surprisingly roomy given its small size,” he wrote in a post to the zHome blog.

In addition to kicking the tires on the i, attendees can also tour zHome. The site is along Northeast High Street, just east of YWCA Family Village at Issaquah and the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride.

The “green” complex features electric-vehicle charging stations.

The i is also scheduled to appear at Best Buy, 6000 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 22.

Parenting group gains new space in Issaquah Highlands

September 27, 2011

With an office in Blakely Hall on Park Drive in Issaquah, nonprofit, social service group Encompass opened its first brick-and-mortar presence in the city earlier this month.

The new office will serve as a hub for parenting classes, toddler groups and other Issaquah-based services and will be staffed three days a week.

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City, King County leaders flip switch on zHome

September 20, 2011

Issaquah and King County leaders gathered Sept. 14 to flip the switch on zHome, the first zero-energy, carbon-neutral multifamily community in the United States.

Built to use zero net energy and 70 percent less water than a traditional home, Issaquah, King County and other partners collaborated to open the 10-townhouse complex in the Issaquah Highlands. The project is meant to serve as a model for incorporating “green” elements into mainstream homebuilding.

King County Executive Dow Constantine (right, at lectern) prepares to address the crowd at the opening of zHome in the Issaquah Highlands on Sept. 14. Contributed

County Executive Dow Constantine joined Mayor Ava Frisinger to open the facility at a ceremony in the zHome courtyard.

“This pioneering project sets a new standard for how homes can — and should — be built in our region and country,” Frisinger said in a statement. “Our vision is that zHome’s innovative approach will catalyze the market for much ‘greener’ building materials and technologies, as well as inspire the next generation of homebuilders through examples that are replicable and market rate.”

The project included aggressive benchmarks to set a different standard in “green” homebuilding. Units in zHome range from the low $400,000s to the $600,000s.

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Issaquah parents group forms Sept. 26

September 20, 2011

The nonprofit Program for Early Parent Support, or PEPS, plans to launch a new parent support group in Issaquah for parents of children 5 to 12 months old.

Known as Baby Peppers, a first meeting for the group is planned for noon to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 26 in the meeting room of the YWCA Family Village at Issaquah, 949 N.E. Ingram Way.

The program allows new parents to get together, with their children, and discuss the challenges they face.

The first three months of meetings feature a trained facilitator. After that, parents are encouraged to meet on their own. Some Seattle-area groups have been together for 10 years.

The cost of the program is $155. PEPS offers scholarships to parents. Learn more at www.peps.org/programs/infants/baby-peppers.

Family Village causes no concerns among Issaquah school officials

September 20, 2011

Occupants were expected to move in en masse in late June and managers expected most residents to occupy the new $53 million YWCA Family Village at Issaquah in the Issaquah Highlands by late August.

Designed to be affordable housing, Family Village is expected to attract its fair share of, well, families, including school-age children. Still, Issaquah School District officials say they are ready for what they expect to be a modest influx of new students.

Family Village consists of 146 units of affordable housing, said Cathy MacCaul, director of community affairs for the local YWCA.

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City plugs in energy-saving zHome, leader in ‘green’ living

September 13, 2011

Family spends night at zero-energy townhouse to test innovations

Some of the 10 carbon-neutral townhomes of the zHome community glow in the setting sun along Northeast High Street in the Issaquah Highlands. By Greg Farrar

The steeply angled roofs and street-side rain garden attract attention to the townhouses along Northeast High Street.

The effect is deliberate, because the 10-townhouse complex, called zHome, is designed to encourage people to explore and rethink notions about “green” living. The project is the first carbon-neutral and zero-energy multifamily community in the United States.

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Encompass offers parenting class about emotions

September 6, 2011

Encompass’ “Emotion Coaching” parenting class is back by popular demand.

A class scheduled for Sept. 22 in the Issaquah Highlands is already full. A second class has been set for Oct. 5.

“I think the reason the workshop keeps filling up so fast is that it’s a relatively new area for parents to be talking about,” Encompass parent education and support manager Kerry Beymer said. “We all are so accustomed to talking about physical development and academic development, but social and emotional development is just as important, and parents are starting to realize that.”

The first 35 parents or caretakers who register for the free, two-hour workshop will learn how to acknowledge and respect children’s feelings before they begin problem solving with the child about how to best handle the situation.

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See the Seattle Storm, help YWCA celebrate milestone

August 25, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 25, 2011

See the Seattle Storm face the Tulsa Shock — and support YWCA of Seattle-King-Snohomish.

The reigning champion Storm plays the Shock at 7 p.m. Thursday at Seattle’s KeyArena.

The celebration comes as the nonprofit organization surpasses the halfway mark in the $26.5 million Women Empowered Community Campaign, a fundraising effort to provide services for women and families.

Funds from the campaign helped build YWCA Family Village at Issaquah, a 146-unit complex in the Issaquah Highlands. Residents started settling in during late spring.

So, the YWCA is inviting people to the Storm game for a chance to celebrate. Tickets cost $6 and the YWCA is providing snacks. Order the discounted tickets at the YWCA website.

Game attendees can also go down on the court and be a part of the fan tunnel cheering the players.

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