Run of the Mill 5K

Are you registered? Got the good shoes? Are you warmed up? What are you waiting for? Get ready for the 26th Annual Columbia Funding Mortgage Run of the Mill 5K to be held on Saturday July 9th. The event will take place in Mill Creek Town Center located at 15418 Main Street, Mill Creek, WA 98012. There will be free parking offsite and shuttle service to & from located at McCollum Park Park & Ride. For complete information and online registration visit:

It’s hard to believe that the Mill Creek community has been the scene of this popular 5K Run for 26 years. Where do the years go?  Steve Knox, owner of Columbia Funding Mortgage, stepped in to organize and sponsor the Run of the Mill in 2006 when the previous organizer was ready to pass the torch. He solicited support from the running community, and with help from some amazing UW student-athletes, the Run of the Mill took on a new life as a charitable event.

Steve and wife, Linda have been the driving force behind this event with the help of hundreds of volunteers, many wonderful community sponsors, and thousands of runners.

Speaking of volunteers, maybe you don’t want to run or walk, but you would like to participate. Many volunteers are needed. Contact Volunteer Coordinator, Liz Frederickson at

Last year $43,500 was raised for the Linda Baltzell Cancer Patient Assistance Fund and local high school running programs and scholarships. This year, the fundraising goal has been more than doubled to $100,000 all to support local people battling cancer and to support other local charities that provide hope and make a difference in people’s lives. In addition, funds will go to youth sports. It is the desire of organizers to encourage youth in our community to participate in sports, and in doing so,  encourage them to develop a  lifelong active and healthy lifestyle. Do tell.

Additional things to remember: 100% of entry fees go to charity, there are great prizes, Mill Creek is a beautiful place to run, it’s kid friendly, and there are great restaurants and shops to visit after your race.

Title Sponsor and Organizer: Columbia Funding Mortgage

Amazing Community Sponsors: Run26 • Central Market • Mill Creek Family Practice • Mill Creek Foot and Ankle Clinic • La Palmera • Waste Management-NW • Outer Edge Crossfit • AAA • Sayenko Design • People’s Bank • Louis Torres-Windermere Real Estate • Vertafore • Laughing Buddha Yoga Studio • City of Mill Creek • Mill Creek Town Center. Please thank these sponsors for their contributions—patronize these businesses.

Pictures & information obtained from the Run of the Mill 5K website:

Junie B. Jones

June 7th the University Book Store will play host to June B. Jones® and the Stupid Smelly Bus Tour.

Who is Junie B Jones? She is the protaganist of the series of beginning reader chapter books written by Barbara Park for the 6-8 year old crowd. We first meet Junie B. Jones in “The Stupid Smelly Bus” (first book in the series, published in 1992) when she is a kindergartner riding the bus for the first time to school. She hates the bus because  “Her friend , Lucille tells her ‘she will get chocolate milk poured on her.'”

The Stupid Smelly Bus Tour is the 8th annual national tour launched by Random House Children’s Books, to bring Junie B. live and in person to 15 cities across the country to meet her fans. Do tell.

So come to the Mill Creek University Book Store at 4pm on July 7th and join the one and only Junie B. Jones and Mr. Woo for a Trunk of Junk interactive show and tell presentation. Then, stick around to say hello!

Have your books stamped. A signing ticket is required. Ask a Ubookstore staff member for all the details. 425 • 385 • 3530

Superhero in the Parks

Mill Creek Parks and Recreation has come up with a great way to get Mill Creek Residents out to discover & visit all the parks in the City. They are launching The Hunt for Mill Creek’s Superhero on June 27, 2011.

Each week for 6 weeks, an 8½ X 11 photo of the aforementioned Superhero [He’s wearing a bright blue jumpsuit with red boots and red/white trim] will be placed at each of the parks, one each week. It will be hidden, but shouldn’t be too difficult to find. You will find clues to the park of the week and a map of all the parks on the city website to help you.

So what you do is, you find and visit the park of the week, find the Superhero photo, take a picture of yourself with the photo and email it along with your name and address to:

Each week that you send in a photo of yourself with Superhero, your name will be entered into a drawing for prizes to be given out beginning July 6th. To give you a head start, the first clue is: “A bookworm would like this park!”

This contest is open to Mill Creek Residents Only. Sounds like a fun activity for young & old and is a good way to discover parts of Mill Creek you’ve never been to or haven’t visited in a while. Do tell.

The Lonely Polygamist @ Main St Book Club

You still have time to pick up a copy and read! Next Wednesday, June 22nd, the Main Street Book Club, hosted by Amanda Corr and the University Bookstore – Mill Creek, will meet to discuss The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall.

Below is an excerpt from a description of the novel from publisher, W.W. Norton and Company:

“Golden Richards, husband to four wives, father to twenty-eight children, is having the mother of all midlife crises. His construction business is failing, his family has grown into an overpopulated mini-dukedom beset with insurrection and rivalry, and he is done in with grief: due to the accidental death of a daughter and the stillbirth of a son, he has come to doubt the capacity of his own heart. Brady Udall, one of our finest American fiction writers, tells a tragicomic story of a deeply faithful man who, crippled by grief and the demands of work and family, becomes entangled in an affair that threatens to destroy his family’s future. Like John Irving and Richard Yates, Udall creates characters that engage us to the fullest as they grapple with the nature of need, love, and belonging.

Beautifully written, keenly observed, and ultimately redemptive, The Lonely Polygamist is an unforgettable story of an American family-with its inevitable dysfunctionality, heartbreak, and comedy-pushed to its outer limits.” Do tell.

The Main Street Book Club meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:30PM, and when you purchase a copy of the selection of the month at the Mill Creek store you will receive 20% off the list price.

University Book Store • 15311 Main Street • Mill Creek, WA 98012 • 425-385-3530

Adult Co-Ed Softball

Form a team or join one for Adult Co-Ed Summer Recreational Softball. This activity is organized by the City of Mill Creek Parks and Recreation Department.

  • Open to adults 18 and over.
  • Games will be played at the Mill Creek Sports Field [aka Freedom Field] in Mill Creek.
  • Games will be scheduled on Sundays beginning July 17th 2011 between 9am and 7:30 pm.
  • The fee to play is $60.00. There will be limit of 10 teams.
  • Registration forms and fees —$600 per team—must be turned in by 5:00pm Friday-July 1, 2011.
  • A Team Manager meeting is scheduled for July 14th at 6:00pm in City Hall Council Chambers.
  • ASA will provide umpires and game balls will be supplied.
  • It will be an 8-game schedule (including occasional doubleheaders)
  • A tournament between the top four teams will cap the season. Do tell.

To download a registration form or to register online, go to:

For more information contact Brian Davern at 425-921-5736 or

For a full list of Mill Creek Parks and Recreation programs, visit and click on the Parks and Recreation link.



Support Our Troops

On Wednesday, June 15th from 11:30 AM to 6:30 PM Merrill Gardens will be hosting special events nationwide to support our troops. Locally, the Merrill Gardens – Mill Creek will host “Fabulous feasting, music and dancing.” Besides kicking up a little fun and good times the purpose is to raise funds, with all the proceeds going to benefit the USO—United Service Organization.

11:30  to 6:00 enjoy a delicious meal in the Skylight Dining Room.

1-2 in the afternoon, there will be a Veterans’ Pride in Service Display.

2-3:30 USO style music & dancing. Do tell.

The cost is only $10 per person and goes to a great cause.

Merrill Gardens – Mill Creek

14905 Bothell Everett Highway Mill Creek, WA 98012   425-338-1580



Mutt March

The Mill Creek Rotary Club is putting on their first Mutt March 5K Dog Walk this Saturday, June 11th at McCollum Park. The walk will raise funds to benefit the Snohomish County Sheriff K-9 Units and Chase Away K-9 Cancer.

The event begins with check-in at 8AM with the walk beginning at 10AM.

  • After the walk there will be entertainment and information provided by:
  • Flying Disc Dogs and Seattle Fly Dogs
  • Sheriff’s K-9 unit and Search and Rescue Dog demos
  • Rotary’s International K-9 Costume Contest
  • The Navy Guard and Tulalip Security Dogs
  • Pet Photos by Bailey & Banjo
  • Adorable k-9s and felines available to adopt on Adoption Alley
  • Scavenger Hunt and Vendor booths

Learn more and register at

Generous sponsors are: Rotary Club of Mill Creek, Paddywack, 7Lucky Dogs, Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital, Doggie Haven Resort, Glitz Marketing, A Canine Experience, Wild Waves Theme Park, the YMCA, William H. McElroy, Seattle Fly Dogs, Merrick Petcare Foods, Blue Buffalo Pet Foods, Woofd2 – Flying Disc Dogs, City of Mill Creek, Waste Management NW, Columbia Funding Mortgage, Preston Kallshian, Realtor-Windermere Mill Creek. Please patronize these businesses & thank them for their support of this great cause.

The Official Pooper Scooper of the Mutt March is Now on Doody. Do tell.

Special guest:  Veterinary Oncology Center of Renton Washington.