Grape Escape 2019
Issaquah Rotary’s 13th annual Grape Escape is set for 6 p.m.-9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, at historic Pickering Barn. The event funds Rotary programs for the community and abroad, and scholarships for seniors graduating from local high schools.
Community organizations supported by Issaquah Rotary include Issaquah Food Bank, Issaquah Community Services, Issaquah School District Nurses Fund, Village Theatre Youth Education Programs, Friends of Youth, Issaquah Schools Foundation, YWCA Passage Point, Sammamish YMCA Annual Campaign, Influence the Choice, Eastside Friends of Seniors and The Garage, a Teen Café.
Grape Escape continues this year by offering tastes of area wines, spirits and small plate samples prepared by Gemini Fish Too, Krawbar Restaurant, Levitate Gastropub, Masa Mexican Kitchen & Cantina, PCC Community Markets, Similan Thai Cuisine, Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria, and WildFin American Grill. Desserts will be provided by Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and Nothing bundt Cakes.
Wineries include Ambassador Winery, Ancestry Cellars, Bookwalter Winery, Bunnell Family Cellar, Chatter Creek Winery, Convergence Zone Cellars, Drum Roll Wines, Five Star Cellars, Genoa Cellars,Guardian Cellars, Michael Florentino, Page Cellars, Sol Stone and Chateau Ste Michelle.
Distilleries include Fremont Mischief, Glass Distillery, Sidetrack Distillery and Scratch Distillery.
Beer will be served by Big Block Brewing.
Wine and spirits will be available for sale by the bottle, with no state sales tax, as the event is a fundraiser for a 501( c) (3) nonprofit.
A silent auction of wine-related items and a wide range of experience and entertainment packages adds to the evening’s fund raising activities.
Online registration is open at www.issaquahrotary.org. Admission is $45 per person. Attendance is limited to those who are age 21 and older. Tickets can also be purchased from Issaquah Rotary members.
Walk’n Wag Returns
Dog owners and friends of dogs are invited to the fourth annual Walk’n Wag from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, at Lake Sammamish State Park.
Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park has created a 3K trail for dogs and walkers to explore the park. After the dog walk, participants will be invited to an exciting performance by Seattle Fly Dogs, enter the judged pet show and learn about obedience training from a K-9 handler and his dog and get a professional portrait taken with their pet. New this year is a pet-friendly beer garden with beer from DRUBRU and live music.
Pet show categories include best dressed, best voice, smallest dog, best eyes, dog/owner lookalikes and best trick. Sign up when you pre-register.
Pet-friendly vendors will set up in the Doggie Village to share information and services with pet owners. Walkers without dogs are welcome to visit Doggie Village.
Early bird registration is $15 for adults, $10 for children 15 and younger, children younger than 5 are free. After April 24, registration will be $20 for adults and $15 for children. To register, go to www.EventBrite.com and search for Walk’n Wag. Registration will also be available the day of the event.
Walk’n Wag is a canine-inspired “walk-a-thon” fundraiser. All proceeds will benefit new amenities and beautification projects for Lake Sammamish State Park.