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Flower Baskets Arriving this Weekend


 These beautiful baskets have been a delightful addition to our downtown throughout the years. Thanks to your support 25 baskets will be arriving this weekend to hang along Front Street this summer. 

Dozens of Mother’s Day cards were mailed saying a contribution was made in their honor for a flower basket in downtown Issaquah. 

 Thank you to our $250 donors which will pay for one basket and it’s maintenance for five months –  Gretchen Olsen-Jacobsen, Eastside Audiology, Jak’s Restaurant, Robyn Barfoot and Jack Kropp, Bill Ramos, Watts Properties, Fischer Meats (two baskets), ArtByFire, Issaquah Brewhouse (two baskets) and Dennis Marlow.  Baskets were also purchased in memory of Lucy and Dwight Waggoner, Diane Kenyon and Arnold Kauk. 

Thank you to GoldSim Technology for their contribution of $1000 which will pay for four baskets!

Your support is truly what makes Issaquah a wonderful place.

Trolley Back in Operation May 9


The Issaquah Valley Trolley (IVT) will begin its 2015 season with a celebration of mothers. The trolley will go into operation on Saturday, May 9. The next day, Mothers Day, the first 50 moms to ride will receive a flower, compliments of Michael Johnson, LMP. Johnson is a long-time IVT volunteer and operator of a massage practice in Issaquah for 20 years.

The trolley will operate Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting, through the end of September. Passengers board at the Issaquah Depot Museum, 78 First Ave. NE, Issaquah.

Boarding passes can be purchased at the ticket window in the waiting room. The fare is $5 per person, which includes the trolley ride plus admission to the Depot Museum and the Gilman Town Hall Museum. Children aged 5 and under and members of the Issaquah History Museums ride free.

Issaquah Valley Trolley passengers will get a sense of what it might have been like to arrive and depart Issaquah’s Depot when the train was a primary mode of transportation a hundred years ago. IVT conductors will entertain guests with stories about Issaquah, which began to grow after the Seattle Lake Shore & Eastern Railway came to town in 1887.

The Issaquah Valley Trolley is an all-volunteer program of the Issaquah History Museums. More help is always needed. Volunteer positions include motorman, conductor, ticket agent, platform agent, and equipment maintainer. Training is provided. Those interested in participating should email

IVT’s streetcar #519 was built in 1925 and originally ran on narrow-gauge tracks in Lisbon, Portugal. After a sojourn in Aspen, Colo, the car was acquired by IVT in 2003. It was rebuilt and converted to standard gauge by the GOMACO Trolley Company of Ida Grove, Iowa, in 2012.

IVT’s mission is to help interpret Issaquah’s history while attracting visitors to the museums and the historic downtown area. For more information go to or to


Photo cutline: Passengers greet the Issaquah Valley Trolley as it pulls in to the historic Depot Museum.

Photo by Jean Cerar


Newport Way


Rainier Trail Crew
Lake Sammamish
Issaquah Valley Elementary

Over 200 volunteers picked up litter throughout town, weeded invasive plants and planted flowers to make our community shine.   

Thank you to all the individuals and groups that helped out including Downtown Issaquah Association, Friends of Lake Sammamish, Kiwanis, Drug Free Community Network, Tavon Center, Issaquah Environment Council, Friends of Youth, Daisy Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts,   Mud Bay Pets, the Church of Christ and the LDS Church.  The City of Issaquah provided tons of tools and wood chips to spread.  Lowe’s provided a team and brought pots and flowers to plant around town.  Top Pot Donuts donated 12 dozen donuts and coffee for our volunteers.  Recology pressure washed buildings and walks downtown to make our town sparkle.  What a fun event!  What a great community!

Sponsored by

City of Issaquah, Downtown Issaquah Association, Kiwanis,
Lowe’s, Recology, Top Pot Donuts



Downtown Issaquah Flower Basket Program – 2015


To buy mom a card or purchase a basket please use the cart to your right.


These beautiful baskets have been a delightful addition to our downtown throughout the years. We still have a way to go to reach our goal of $10,000 to fund 40 baskets to hang downtown this year.    This cannot happen without your support. Your donation directly affects how many baskets we can purchase.

 Thank you to our $250 donors –  Gretchen Olsen-Jacobsen, Eastside Audiology, Jak’s Restaurant, Robyn Barfoot, Bill Ramos, Watts Properties, Fischer Meats for two baskets, ArtByFire and Dennis Marlow.  Baskets were also purchased in memory of Lucy and Dwight Waggoner, Diane Kenyon and Arnold Kauk. 

 Following are three ways you can participate.  

$50 Donation
DIA will send your mother a beautiful Mother’s Day card saying a contribution was made in her honor for a flower basket in downtown Issaquah.

$250 Donation
This covers the cost of one basket and maintenance for five months. You will be recognized in a thank you press release and on the DIA website.

$1000 Donation
Receive a banner placard 24″x 16″ with your logo on it to hang on Front Street. You will be recognized in a thank you press release and on the DIA website.

The deadline for this year’s baskets is May 1 to ensure we get cards out timely to mom before Mother’s Day May 10. Contributions made after this date will go into a general beautification fund. Help keep Issaquah beautiful.   Please consider contributing. Go to Downtownissaquahto donate.  Thank your for your support!!



C A L L   T O   A R T I S T S

2 0 1 5  D o w n t o w n   I s s a q u a h   A r t W a l k  

  Friday’s July – August

  July 10  and August 7

6:00 – 9:00 pm

March 3, 2015 – Issaquah, WA   The Downtown Issaquah Association invites artists of all types and styles to submit work to be juried for the 14th annual Downtown Issaquah ArtWalk season July-August.  We welcome established and semi-professionals of the trade.  These events are great exposure for your work.   Issaquah is a vibrant, grassroots community with many artists, art supporters and art enthusiasts.  

ArtWalk transforms the historic downtown businesses into artists’ galleries for the night. Issaquah ArtWalk is a lively, festive event with a variety of artistic styles, interactive art demonstrations, live music and dance in multiple locations throughout the historic downtown. 

ArtWalk started in 2002; since then crowd participation has increased twelve-fold and the number of artists who participate has tripled.  Last year, thousands of people came into downtown Issaquah to see and purchase art, hear live music and support our historic downtown throughout the season.  Issaquah ArtWalk is a Friday night destination on the East Side.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Artists are paired with a participating downtown venue to set up inside the business using wall space, easels, tables or other display arrangements.  Outside spaces are also available.  The artist must be able to set up before the 6:00 start time and be present with the artwork throughout the event.  The artist can have an assistant to help with the show but the artist must be present for most of the event.  Unsold artwork will need to be removed at the end of the evening. 

Submission deadline:  April 10                                                                          

Fee $25 per event due upon confirmation of participation.                                                      

Artists will be placed in venues at presenter’s discretion

Please provide the following information to

  • Name:                                                                                                                      Age:                                     
  • Address:                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Phone:                                                                                                                                                                  
  • E-mail:                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Website or facebook url.  photos if no url is available.                                                                                

Months Available to show art:   _____July 10                  _____August 7    

Artwork will be juried and artists will be notified by May 10 if they have been accepted for the 2015 season.

Thank you for your interest.  We are looking forward to a great ArtWalk this year in downtown Issaquah. 

DownTown Issaquah Association * 232 Front Street N * Issaquah, WA 98027

Contact:  Gaila Gutierrez, Events Coordinator,

Keep Issaquah Beautiful – Meet at the Historic Shell Station

S A V E    T H E    D A T E

SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 9 am – 12 pm



A T T E N T I O N    A L L   V O L U N T E E R S


Save the date for the 3rd annual citywide “Keep Issaquah Beautiful Day”, Saturday, April 25, from 9:00-12:00.  Volunteers – both groups and individuals – are needed to spend a couple of hours making a difference in our community.   Clubs, businesses and students welcome!  If you can pick up litter, push a broom, swing a shovel or plant some flowers, your help is needed.  There are jobs for all ages and abilities and flexible schedules to get the work done.


Areas will include:

  • Downtown – Pedestrian Park, Train Depot, Memorial Field, Fish Hatchery, Community Center, Food Bank, Rainier Trail
  • Gilman Blvd – SR900 to Front Street
  • SR900  – Walk ways between Newport Way and Gilman
  • Newport Way- SR 900 to Front
  • Lake Sammamish State Park
  • North of I-90 – Exit 15  - NW Sammamish Road and SE 56th

The Downtown Issaquah Association is encouraging businesses in historic downtown to do their own clean-up of sidewalks, flower boxes and more.   Students can earn their community service hours.  Bring a friend, make new friends!  Make a difference.


9 am – 12 pm   - Projects and check in / tools / vests / bags (coffee and donuts will be served)


Contact Karen Donovan at or 425-391-1112 to sign up you or your group.  Please provide number of people, age group, hours available and location preference if you have one.

Sponsored by

City Of Issaquah, Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis, Lowe’s, Recology Cleanscapes, TopPot Donuts

Museo Art Academy summer camps

Museo Art Academy has kids summer camp for kids 4-12, teen camp for 13+ and  a “Fun Friday” One-Day Camps 6+

Day Camps ages 4-6, 6-9, 9-12
Creativity is the name of the game in Museo Art Academy’s fun-filled summer camps! Drawing, Painting, Clay and Mixed Media—there’s something new every week! Kids can attend in just the mornings or afternoons for “half-day” camps or combine them along with a Noon-1pm supervised lunch hour to create a “full-day” camp. All new projects this year!

Teen Camps 13+
Mon-Thu Day Camps ages 13 & up Drawing, Painting, Watercolor, Pottery & Manga—there’s something new every week! Whether you’re just trying it out for the very first time or you’ve already got some experience, the class sizes are small so that the instructor can work with students 1:1 and provide the appropriate level of challenge with each project.

“Fun Friday” One-Day Camps Summer Camps 6+
“Fun Fridays” offer a unique 3-hour project each Friday morning (9AM-Noon) and afternoon (1PM-4PM). Add it to a Mon-Thu camp to create a full, 5-day week of camps or attend just the Friday camp. Pottery, Painting, Printmaking, Watercolor and more!

Museo also has day camps on select Fridays for kids and teens also have weekly classes available
Creative Play (ages 2-4) *classes starting in September
Discovery Art (ages 4-6)
Exploring Art (ages 6-9)
Mastering Art (ages 9-12)
Drawing (ages 5-7) (ages 7-9) (ages 12+)
Painting (ages 12+)
Ceramics (ages 6-9) (ages 9-12)
Manga (12+)

Museo is currently in their summer schedule. More classes will be available in fall. Please check our website for additional information:

A Hatful of Rain play in Snoqualmie

Don’t miss the below play featuring Issaquah residents Fred Hopkins, Adrien Gamache, and Richard Payne in the play.  The director Susan Bradford and assistant director Patti Darchuk are also Issaquah residents.  They have ben doing theatre on the Eastside and in Seattle for almost 20 years and started at the old Couth Buzzard Bookstore
in Issaquah in 1996.

ArtByFire Summer Camp

Glassblowing Summer Camp for Kids!
June 24-27, 2014

4 hours each day for 4 days = 16 hours of expert instruction
$595 (10% discount for 2nd sibling!)
ages 10-17
safely make all types of beautiful glass art to take home!


Call artbyfire at 425.996.8867 or email to reserve a spot for your child!

artbyfire gallery and glass school
195 Front Street North, suite A
Issaquah WA  98065

Kaleidoscope School of Music Summer Camps

The latest news from Kaleidoscope School of Music View

Our Summer 2014 Rock Camps are open for registration now! Don’t miss out! We have GIRLS ROCK CAMP July 21-25 and August 4-8 and CLASSIC ROCK CAMP July 7-11 and August 14-22. These are awesome performance-focused camps for kids 10-17 who have at least some playing or singing experience. We’ll be learning classic and modern tunes and jamming as a band, along with a wide variety of other fun music-related activities. To register: To find out more info visit www.issaquahrockschool or email me any questions. Hope to see you here! Charles, Rock Program Director