Donations could save Sammamish $50K on 4th | Community Briefs

City may save $50,000 on Fourth; IHS Relay for Life; Public invited to 'Rockin' Evening;' Museums announce summer hours; Young golfers needed for youth tournament.

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City may save $50,000 on Fourth

Due to several large contributions, the city of Sammamish may not need to spend the $50,000 that council members had allocated for this year’s Fourth on the Plateau, officials said this week.

“We’ve had a huge outpouring from the community,” said Mike Sauerwein, administrative services director.

The sponsorships for the 2008 include one $25,000 donation from an area business that wants to keep a low profile, said Dawn Sanders, volunteer coordinator for the city.

Changes for this year’s celebration include a move of the family area to the Lower Sammamish Commons, an increase in portable restrooms and other adjustments.

While the budget may be well in hand, Sanders said the city is in need of many more volunteers. About 30 core volunteers have signed up so far, and about 125 are needed. Among others, Sanders is looking for: a volunteer manager for the Lower Commons, zone captains, zone assistants, “rubbish rulers,” kids’ area volunteers, greeters, booth support and help the day after from 9 a.m. to noon on July 5. A volunteer orientation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on July 30 at City Hall. For more information about volunteering, contact

Nearly 1,000 people participate in event

The 10th Relay for Life in Issaquah brought in $207,596 by the end of the day and with more donations still coming in the group expects to reach their goal of $220,000. More than 900 people participated in the event, split into 69 teams. This year also featured a silent auction and a cut-a-thon where haircuts and donations for wigs were given to cancer patients.

Public invited to a ‘Rockin’ Evening’

The Astro Cats will headline a “Rockin’ Evening” on June 7 at 7 p.m. at the Issaquah Community Center.

The Issaquah Sister Cities Commission and American Moroccan International Exchange will present the event that will support cultural exchange initiatives with Issaquah’s sister city of Chefchaouen, Morocco.

Tickets are $25 and include food and beverage.

Also performing will be Ricky Venture Revue and Panama.

Tickets are available online at or by calling (425) 837-3000.

Museums hold summer hours

Starting earlier this week, the Gilman Town Hall Museum added summer hours from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays

The Issaquah Train Depot will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays.

These hours will be in effect until Labor Day. Summer evening hours are intended to serve visitors who might not be able to visit the museums during their daytime and weekend hours, and to provide another opportunity for summer recreation in downtown Issaquah.

The Gilman Town Hall Museum is also open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Issaquah Depot is also open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The museum will offer live music at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month this summer, performed by the Platform Players.

Also, community members are invited to volunteer from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 7 at the Depot. Projects include painting, sealing and more. For more information on the museums call 425-392-3500 or e-mail

Young golfers needed for youth tournament

Golfers are being sought to participate in the 17th Annual Junior Achievement EvergreenBank Golf Classic & Auction at Sahalee Country Club on Monday June 23. Money raised will benefit Junior Achievement and the programs it runs to teach school children about finance and entrepreneurship.

For more information, visit or call 206-969-2616. Clinic fee is $150.