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Highlights from Highlands Council

Welcome 2022!

Check Out (New) Community Groups

Thank you to our community group leaders who kept their groups going through the pandemic. Be sure to check the community calendar for the latest news on all our community groups. If you’re a fan of chess, don’t miss our new group, Issaquah Highlands Chess Club, meeting every Wednesday evening starting Jan. 5. If you’re interested in starting a new community group, please contact me at

Eco-Market Continues in 2022

From delicious treats (yum, fresh-baked croissants) to eco-friendly shopping to recycling hard-to-recycle items, there is something for everyone at our monthly Eco-Market. On Jan. 8, bring fabrics (including clothing, towels, and sheets) and shoes for recycling by Ridwell. For additional vendor information, visit

Blakely Hall Open House and Gallery Exhibition

After closing for about two years, we are excited to reopen Blakely Hall and the Highlands Council office soon. We’ve missed seeing all of you; join us for a special open house on Jan. 30 from 1-4 p.m. to celebrate the new community brand (with free swag) and tour the “A Focus on Home” photography exhibition.

Join the Cross-Cultural Committee

After a brief hiatus, the Issaquah Highlands Cross-Cultural Committee will resume on Feb. 17. Everyone passionate about celebrating the diverse cultures which make up Issaquah Highlands is welcome. We’ll begin planning this summer’s Global Grub & Groove series, so if you’d like to see your culture celebrated this summer, please join us. Please also feel free to email me at with ideas.

2022 Community Garden Patch Renewals and New Leases

This summer, we anticipate adding the Westridge Garden to our Issaquah Highlands community garden locations (including Vista and Sunset Walk). If you are interested in leasing a patch in any community garden location, please fill out the online interest form.

All 2021 gardeners will receive an email the first week of January with information on renewing their patches; we expect to start offering patches to gardeners on the list by the first week of February, with priority given to Issaquah Highlands residents. Questions? Contact me at

Lindsey Pinkston is the Highlands Council community program manager, and a Wisteria Park resident.