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Posted on: November 25, 2015

Celebrate the Season: Santa Claus Comes to Town

Santa Claus is coming to town — to Grand Ridge Plaza.

Santa will make a grand arrival in Issaquah at 4:30 p.m. on Black Friday — Nov. 27, 2015 — on the plaza next to Regal Cinemas and The Big Fish Grill, 984 N.E. Park Drive.

The free community even...Read on...

Posted on: November 3, 2015

Small Business Saturday: Support Local Entrepreneurs

Small Business Saturday is huge for local entrepreneurs.

Support local businesses and organizations by opting to Shop Small during the holiday season. Shop Small is a local effort to make Small Business Saturday — Nov. 28, 2015 — the biggest shopping day of the year for Issaquah businesses.

Hop aboard a free trolley from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. to reach shopping destinations throughout Olde Town, Gilman Village, Issaquah Highlands and Grand Ridge Plaza. Several businesses will offer discounts and specials for the event.

Other Small Business Saturday activities include:

  • Santa Trolley: Ride the rails with the jolly old elf from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Issaquah Depot Museum, 78 First Ave. N.E. Your $5 ticket includes admission a ridealong with Santa, plus admission to the Issaquah Depot Museum, the Gilman Town Hall Museum and the historic jail. Please note: Santa Trolley is separate from the free Small Business Saturday trolley.
  • Common Ground Choir: See a free performance by the Common Ground Choir from 11 a.m.-noon at the historic Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N.
  • Queen Elsa: Head to Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive, for warm beverages, children's arts and crafts projects, and story time and photo ops with Queen Elsa of "Frozen," from 1-3 p.m.

Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is also participating in Small Business Saturday. FISHop — the organization's salmon-centric gift shop — will be open. The shop is located on the hatchery grounds, 125 W. Sunset Way.

Proceeds from the shop, which is staffed by volunteers, support FISH's salmon education programs, including tours, classroom presentations and science fair salmon dissectionsRead on...

Posted on: November 20, 2015

All Aboard! Issaquah's Santa Trolley Returns

Join the jolly old elf for a holiday ride on the Issaquah Valley Trolley.

The special Santa Trolley is making a special run from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 28, 2015.

The trolley — not to be confused with the Small Business Saturday trolley — is presented b...Read on...

Posted on: November 25, 2015

Protect Your Pipes: Recycle Holiday Fats, Oils and Grease

Help protect your pipes — and our sewer system — by recycling used cooking oil and fats from your Thanksgiving feast.

The impact of fats, oils and grease (FOG) is serious. If disposed of improperly, FOG can cause serious plumbing problems.

Once your...Read on...

Posted on: November 25, 2015

Kokanee Quest: Embark on a Geocaching Adventure

Embark on a Kokanee Quest — a real-world treasure hunt for geocaches designed to connect you with the effort to restore native Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon.

The geocache adventure takes place now through summer 2016 along nine locations that highligh...Read on...

Posted on: November 25, 2015

Volunteer: Make the State Park More Beautiful

Volunteer for the Living Laboratory, a restoration project at Lake Sammamish State Park.

Help remove invasive species near the lake shoreline. Come get your hands dirty, enjoy the beautiful scenery and help to create a healthier, more beautiful park! ...Read on...

Posted on: November 6, 2015

Ahoy! Holiday Boat Parade Lights Up Lake

Lake Sammamish Holiday Boat Parade

Hit the beach to see a holiday boat parade on Lake Sammamish.

Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park invite the public to see the parade, warm up next to bonfires, sip hot chocolate and listen to the Issaquah Singers perform holiday carols.

The free e...Read on...

Posted on: November 4, 2015

Holiday Gift Barn: Make the Season Brighter

Help make families' holiday season brighter by participating in the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank's Holiday Gift Barn.

The annual holiday program helps children from birth to age 18 who reside within Issaquah School District boundaries. Organizers tran...Read on...

Posted on: October 14, 2015

Issaquah Turkey Trot: Thanksgiving 5K Helps Food Bank

Issaquah Turkey Trot

Before the cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, burn some calories for a good cause at the Issaquah Turkey Trot.

The casual, fun 5K begins at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, 2015.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank. ...Read on...