Relay for Life Info Night 1/26/12

Relay for LifeDue to the snow & icy weather conditions in  Mill Creek The 1st Annual Relay for Life in Mill Creek information night was rescheduled from January 18 to January 26th. It will be held from 7-8PM at Merrill Gardens located in Mill Creek at 14905 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Mill Creek 98012.

Everyone is welcome! Come to learn about this great event and all the different ways  you can support and participate. Do Tell.

For more information please read my previous blog post dated January 11th or visit  and visit/Like the event Facebook page at

Let it Snow

Woke up Sunday morning to falling snow. It is always so pretty in Mill Creek with the variety of trees covered in snow. Went out on the porch to smell the fresh crisp cold air. I am always amazed at the silence the snow brings.

I am guessing there was an accumulation of about 4-5 inches at this point, and it was the really good packable stuff for snow-men, snow-women and snow-ball fights.

Later in the day, kids of all ages drove & walked to some of the better known hills on the golf course, i.e. holes #14 & #15, to slip and slide. The drawback? The walk back up the hill to do it all over again. Cars lined Village Green Drive at an access point to the slopes, er. . . I mean, golf course.

A festive atmosphere prevailed with colorful coats, hats, sleds popping out against the white. Parents stood with coffee mugs watching the fun; some joined in on the sleds & saucers. Children laughed & squealed. Heard one story, I did not witness myself, that a “Grandma” riding with the grandchild took a “jump” they did not see coming, caught some big air and flipped over to the delight of, I am guessing “almost” everyone. Do tell.



Columbia Funding Mortgage Expands

Columbia Funding Mortgage now has two locations in Mill Creek to serve their clients. I recently attended an open house to celebrate the opening of their spacious new offices in the Sydney Plaza Building — 15906 Mill Creek Blvd — Suite 108. The original location — 15418 Main Street  — Suite 102 in Mill Creek Town Center is still a warm, friendly, professional place to consult with mortgage experts,  but now the Sydney Plaza office offers clients added flexibility and accessibility with attractive and comfortable spaces.

Led by Branch manager, Steve Knox, Columbia Funding Mortgage excels in giving clients great rates and excellent service. From their website:

Our goal is to provide such outstanding expertise, communication and service that you will be compelled to refer us to your friends and family.

  • We will treat you with respect
  • We will give you the information you need to make an informed loan decision
  • We will patiently answer all of your questions
  • We will regularly provide you with loan status updates
  • We will return your telephone calls or other information inquiries in a timely manner
  • We will always be honest with you
  • After your loan closes our relationship with you is just beginning. We want you to consider us your loan advisor for life and call upon us anytime you have a question related to mortgage financing.

In addition, Steve and his wife Linda believe in investing in the community.  With Columbia Funding Mortgage, they took on the organization and administration of  the Run of the Mill 5K Run/Walk in 2006and turned it into an event in which 100% of the entry fees are  allocated to community programs.

For more information on the Company, the Team and services call 425-357-1044 (Sydney Plaza) or 425-341-2222 (Mill Creek Town Center) or visit the Columbia Funding Mortgage website:

1st Annual Relay for Life in Mill Creek – Information Night

A new American Cancer Society Relay for Life event is being organized to be held in Mill Creek in June 2012.

Relay for Life is an opportunity for everyone in our community to participate in the fight against cancer. An Information Night is being held on Wednesday January 18th from 7:00-8:00 PM at Merrill Gardens in Mill Creek located at 14905 Bothell-Everett Hwy. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come learn more about The American Cancer Society and the Relay of Life Event.

Relay for Life is American Cancer Society’s signature event. Teams of people camp out at a local park or high school and take turns walking around the track throughout the overnight event.

A core group of community leaders – Mayor Mike Todd has stepped up to be Event Chair – has begun the process of planning, but many more volunteers are needed to help with publicity, team recruitment, team registration, entertainment, food and hospitality, logistics and sponsorship.

Community Relations Manager Jennifer Holocker says, “We hope to have 40 or more planning committee members, at least 35 fundraising teams, touch more than 50 cancer survivors in our community, and raise more that $50,000 to help in the fight against cancer. I hope you will decide to be a part of this event however that fits into your schedule. There is a place for everyone at Relay. We can’t do everything, but everyone can do something.” Do tell.

Mike Todd adds, “ACS tells us that one out of every 100 Americans has participated in a Relay for Life Event, and that more than 4 million people will participate in one of the over 5,000 Relay events this year. Many people from our community have participated in the South Snohomish Count event formerly held in Lynnwood that is now in Edmonds. We think it is time to have a Relay in the Mill Creek community. We’re looking for community volunteers to help make this a special event for our area. I hope everyone will consider how they can participate, as a team member, donor or event volunteer.”

So please come to Merrill Gardens on January 18th from 7-8PM to learn more about ways in which you can help. If you are unable to be there, contact Jennifer Holocker directly at  425-322-1113 or  Contact Mike Todd directly at 425-337-0509 or





Happy New Year!

Well, okay so I went a little AWOL for a while. Sorry. Hope everyone had a special Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year holiday with family and friends. And hello, 2012!

I managed to become real busy during December, and I especially had a great time indulging in some local, small business shopping:

Reigning Imagination Toys for a cool Melissa and Doug easel for a special granddaughter.

Nest Home and Gift for wonderful hostess gifts, unique holiday decor gifts for friends & our own house, too! Nest is the place to find Sid Dickson tiles for those special friends (you know who you are).  Another fun “find”: a delightful framed “A” for the daughter of one special friend. Owner, Susan Stone wraps everything so lavishly, too!

Took shopping breaks, in order to keep Holiday strength/stamina up, at FireStation Deli, Claypit Starbuck’s, Tablas, Azul,  and Top Pot. Oh, don’t be silly. Of course, not all at once.

Books, Husky gear, stationery, journals and artist supplies at University Bookstore.

Candles, stocking stuffers, and fun decor at Pier 1.

Troll Beads for the DsIL,  scarves, pillows, Brighton travel tote for SIL and candles & fragrance from Thymes for our office manager, all found at Belle Provence. Diane and her team are always so knowledgeable & helpful.

Gift cards for doughnuts from Frost Doughnuts to be placed in all the stockings.  mmmmm . . . bacon topped maple bars, anyone?

deVine Wines was the obvious choice to research and choose lovely wine gifts for the in-laws. Proprietors, Tom and Candis always have fabulous ideas and suggestions for any occasion or for gifts.

Jerry & Donita Price and their wonderful staff at Mill Creek Jewelers were invaluable & ultra helpful with a last minute gift for another special granddaughter. I found a beautiful sterling chain & engravable medallion. Did I mention this was on Friday the 23rd? I had ordered one online, but was extremely disappointed in the quality. Jerry said not a problem to personally engrave it by noon on Christmas Eve. Mental note: Next time, go to Mill Creek Jewelers first.

Last stops: QFC for the tenderloin roast, horse radish sauce, salad ingredients & potatoes. Central Market for the Dungeness crab, Raincoast Crisps ( way cool crackers from Canada), & fresh brussel sprouts.

Now you  know why I had no time to add a post to this blog. I was just having way too much fun re-exploring & shopping in my own neighborhood, Mill Creek. Do tell.