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                                Maria Monroy and her daughter Lupita Vasquez, 3 years old, in front of the community altar at the Issaquah Highlands Day of the Dead celebration.

Natalie DeFord/staff photo Maria Monroy and her daughter Lupita Vasquez, 3 years old, in front of the community altar at the Issaquah Highlands Day of the Dead celebration.

Day of the Dead at Issaquah Highlands

Blakely Hall was full of bright colors, paper flowers, painted faces, sugar skulls and altar offerings on the evening of Nov. 1 as Issaquah Highlands residents gathered for a Day of the Dead celebration.

For an entire week leading up to the event, the community altar welcomed photos and offerings placed by anyone to honor a lost loved one, family member, or even pet.

The event was attended by about 150 people and featured games, activities, crafts, prizes and a pinata. There was also a taco truck from Tacos El Guero outside with foods available for purchase.

Lindsey Pinkston, community program manager, said she was pleased with the turn out and thankful for the volunteers that helped make the event possible.

Larry Norton, Issaquah Highlands resident, and his wife Sue Frank volunteered to help with crafts at the Nov. 1 Day of the Dead celebration. Natalie DeFord/staff photo

Larry Norton, Issaquah Highlands resident, and his wife Sue Frank volunteered to help with crafts at the Nov. 1 Day of the Dead celebration. Natalie DeFord/staff photo

About 150 people attended the Issaquah Highlands Day of the Dead celebration Nov. 1 in Blakely Hall. Natalie DeFord/staff photo

About 150 people attended the Issaquah Highlands Day of the Dead celebration Nov. 1 in Blakely Hall. Natalie DeFord/staff photo

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