Earthquake 101

April is Washington State Disaster Preparedness Month and as part of a state-wide campaign Mill Creek Library will host the Emergency Services Coordinating Agency [ESCA] as they offer a Community Disaster Preparedness presentation on Wed, April 27th 7 to 8PM. This is offered as an “Adult” program.

As of 2:30PM-Tuesday-April 26th, the Mill Creek Library website events page indicated there were still openings. Seating is limited, however, and you must pre-register. You can do so online by going to and hovering over Events and Programs and clicking on Mill Creek in drop down menu.  Scan down the list and click on the title/link: Earthquake 101 where you can fill out the form. The direct number for the Mill Creek branch is 425-337-4822. Just remember time is running out to register and attend. Do tell.

The Emergency Services Coordination Agency  [ESCA] will be presenting. “Come Learn what to do. The ‘Someday’ when disaster strikes may be tomorrow.” “ESCA emergency managers will discuss family disaster preparedness from an all-hazards approach and recommend training and community involvement opportunities. The intent is to empower the audience . . . ”

Questions call: Dan Good 425-776-3722 or email

The information for this post was obtained from both the ESCA website and the Sno-Isle Mill Creek Library website.

3 Mill Creek City Council Positions Open up

Mill Creek City Council meets tonight 4-26-2011 at 6:00PM.

It has been recently announced that three positions — #5, #6 and #7  [4 year terms]— on the Mill Creek City Council open up for election later this year.  Mill Creek is a City Council-Manager form of  government. Legislative and policy matters consistent with Washington State law and in the form of ordinances and resolutions are enacted by the City Council. The Council appoints a City Manager to execute these policies the Council develops. Do tell.

Duties include making policy for governance of the City of Mill Creek and its citizens, through participation on committees, boards & attendance at Council Meetings. Council meetings are held on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at the Mill Creek City Hall located at 15728 Main St in Mill Creek @6:00PM.

The filing period is June 6th -10th 2011. The filing fee is $60.00. Any citizen interested in running may obtain filing information from the Snohomish County Auditors office at 425-388-3444. To obtain more information on the duties of the positon you may call Kelly Chelin, the Mill Creek City Clerk. She can be reached at 425-745-1891

Also, on Thursday May 5th from 6-8PM, the Snohomish County Auditors Office is holding a candidate workshop for those interested in filing. The workshop will cover filing information, important election dates, the local voters’ pamphlet, and the Public Disclosure Commission in greater depth. For questions on this call: 425-388-3444.


This Saturday, April 23rd beginning at 10:30 AM join the fun at Heatherwood MiddleEaster Basket School Football Field for the annual Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt! Presented by the City of Mill Creek Parks and Recreation and sponsored by numerous community event sponsors, this event is *Free for kids – aged 1 year old through fifth grade – accompanied by parents/guardians. [*Please bring a non-perishable food item or a new or gently used clean blanket to donate.]

The Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt will go on rain or shine and will begin at 10:30AM with face-painting and balloon animals. Then at 11:00 1 to 4 year olds will begin their hunt. Kindergarteners through fifth grade children will follow at 11:30. After the hunt there will be music and a special visit from the Easter Bunny! Do tell.

Heatherwood Middle School football field –  1419-Trillium Blvd Mill Creek, WA 98012

A big thank you to all the community event sponsors: Gold Friends of Mill Creek Library, ABBA International, Doggy Haven Resort, Nancy’s Noah’s Ark, Mill Creek Rotary, Windermere-Mill Creek, Central Market, Sullivan Orthodontics, Waste Management. Silver Copiers Etcetera Inc, Frost Doughnuts, Just2Dads Insurance, The Little Gym-Alderwood, The Goddard School, Budget Blinds Mill Creek,  Bronze People’s Bank, Donaldson Clinic, Jet City Pizza In-Kind Starbuck’s, Applebee’s, Skyhawk Sports Academy, Mill Creek Living Magazine, The Journey Church, and Canyon Creek Church.

Polaris: Shining soon at a library near you

Mill Creek Library along with all branches in the Sno-Isle System is excited about the transition to new Polaris system. And what is Polaris? It is the new Integrated Library System (ILS) and replaces the previous, outdated 20 year old online catalog system, and brings the Sno-Isle Library System, including Mill Creek, into the 21st Century. The cool thing is it can do so much more than the older system such as track books & other items owned by the library system, cardholder accounts, checked-out materials, holds and other behind the scenes processes.

For library patrons, you will find what you’re looking for more quickly, have the ability to save searches to your social networking sites, or set searches to run automatically so whenever a new item is added to the catalog that fits your search you can be notified. Also:

  • You can place holds.
  • Temporarily freeze holds without losing your place in line.
  • Set hold pickup location to default at your local [Mill Creek] library, or not.
  • See the number of copies the library owns or has on order, as well as the current number of holds on that item.
  • You will  be able to add your ratings and/or reviews and see what others library cardholders are saying.
  • Easily choose your own user name and password for online account access. I did it in about 2 minutes.
  • Receive hold and overdue notices via text message.
  • Keep a history of items you have checked out or opt not to.
  • You will be able to create other lists such as a “wish list” of books or other items you want to consider looking at, ordering in or checking out later.

While Polaris will be intuitive to use for those accustomed to using the Web in general, library staff are fully trained and available for on the spot help, and tip sheets will be available in the library and online. Tutorial videos and a Help section will be available on the website. In addition, hands-on classes Intro to Your New Online Library Catalog: Starring Polaris will be offered at the Mill Creek Library on the following Saturdays at 8:30 AM: April 23, 30 & May 21, 28.

If you can’t wait dive in right now at

There you will find all kinds of information about the library and the Sno-Isle Library System. If you are a current card holder click on My Accounts to get started. If you don’t have a library card you can go to your local library and apply for one and most likely receive it the same day. As of this writing, the online applications for cards is temporarily inaccessible while they are finishing the transition to Polaris, but is expected to be restored ASAP. Do tell.

Easter Egg Hunt for Teens

Friday April 15th the City of Mill Creek Parks and Recreation Department is hosting, and that means free, the second annual Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt! Teens from 6th to 12th grades are invited. It starts at 7:30 and goes until 8:00PM. There will be free candy and prizes. To participate you will need a signed waiver form, which you can download/print from the City of Mill Creek website, a flashlight and a bag for all the loot you collect.

So, it should be a lot of fun. Come to the Heatherwood Middle School Gymnasium located at 1419 Trillium Blvd SE in Mill Creek, Wa 98012. Don’t forget to bring the signed participation waiver!

Full details and the form can be found at The contact phone number is 425 • 745 • 1891

This event is supported by our great community sponsors: Mill Creek Youth Advisory Board, Azteca Restaurant, Boston’s Restaurant, Burgermaster, Central Market, Color Me Mine, Dairy Queen, Elle Marie Hair Studio, Feel Artistic, Fred Meyer, French Nails, Frida’s Mexican Restaurant, Garlic Jim’s, Great Clips, Lowes, McDonald’s, Papa Murphy’s, Patty’s Eggnest, QFC, Rite Aid, Safeway, Shari’s Restaurant, Skinny Dip Yogurt, Smart Eats, Staples, Starbuck’s, The Split End Salon, Subway and Top Pot Doughnuts.

Optical Reflections Presents Tom Ford Trunk Show

Optical Reflections, LLC will present the latest in eyewear and sunwear from Tom Ford at a Trunk Show/Happy Hour at Capri Ristorante Italiano on April 14th from 3:00-7:00PM. Appetizers will be provided. Enter to win a free Tom Ford Frame; you must be present to win. In addition, Optical Reflections will offer a 20% discount on frame and prescription lens ordered the day of the show.

Optical Reflections has been a part of the Mill Creek business community for over 25 years. Gale Hansen-Lindseth, LDO who has been in practice for 30 years, opened Optical Reflections in Imperial Gardens Shopping Center in 1985. Since then she and her staff have offered eye exams, contact lens fittings, and a wonderful selection of the latest in stylish frame designs.

As a customer for many years, I can attest to the fact that Gale takes a personal interest in finding just the right frame and and the best combination of the latest technologies in lenses. I have a high index which means glasses for me could be the proverbial “coke bottle bottoms.” Fortunately I can wear contacts, however this makes it all the more important to have good back-up glasses. I own several pair in case of an emergency. Gale and Jessica have always taken the time to find the best size and shape for me because while they have tons of choices, I have limitations on what works for me. I appreciate their honesty and trust their eye. I’ve never been disappointed. Gale always informs me of the latest innovations available to make the lenses as thin and light as possible. These options add to the price, but at least I know I have choices. Do tell.

Appointments are taken for eye exams and contact lens fittings. Emergency walk-ins are welcome. Eyewear dispensing and frame selection are available on a walk-in basis, however an appointment could save you time when they are busy with other clients. Shop hours are: M-F 9:30-6 Sat 10-2  Evening appointments are available.

Visit their website for more information:

16300 Mill Creek Boulevard #118 • Mill Creek, WA 98012 • 425-742-2900

Photo: Tom Ford Eyewear