Relay For Life Mill Creek Team Kick-Off 1/23/13

rfl3_RGBLooking to build upon Mill Creek’s successful American Cancer Society Relay for Life event last summer, planning is underway to grow participation to 35 teams and donations to exceed $60,000 this year.  Interested members of the greater Mill Creek community are invited to attend the kick-off meeting at 7:00 pm, Wednesday, January 23 at the former Zen Garden Restaurant at 16300 Mill Creek Blvd.

Relay for Life is a team-oriented event to celebrate cancer survivors, remember those who have been lost to cancer, honor those who are fighting cancer & fight back by raising funds for cancer research & for local cancer support programs.  Teams take turns walking around the track throughout the night, representing the reality that cancer never sleeps.  This year, Mill Creek’s event will be held June 1, 2013 at McCollum Park.

The kick-off meeting on Jan 23 is the right time to come find out more about the event, sign up to form a team or volunteer to help organize & promote the event.  This event is a great way to unite with people in our community who have been affected by cancer, and to use your passion to save lives & create a world with more birthdays. Do tell.

For questions, please contact Event Co-chairs Erin Engen or Mike Todd at


Happy New Year!

January 2013. We settle into the new year & begin to unwind from the holiday crazies. After about two days though,  I start to think okay, now what? I’m not one to make New Year’s Resolutions, but I start thinking about projects. The holidays are over; the weather is good for staying indoors. Might as well start or finish a project.

A good place to start, is putting those Christmas decorations away. This year I resolved to not only throw them back in the closet (Did I just say that?), but actually take everything & I mean everything out of the closet & cull through it.   Cull ( kul) v.  to pick out, select, sort, gather with the intent to remove from the rest.

So I went through everything once I got it out into the hall. Oh my, how did all this stuff fit in there? I sorted into four piles. 1. garbage 2. recycle bin 3. Goodwill 4. keep.

It took the better part of the day, but I wound up with one big bag for the garbage, the equivalent of 2 bags for recycling – old papers, box materials, plastic, glass, etc. – & 4 bags for Goodwill. This included items from the Christmas decorations category. Yay! And rest assured there was some to keep, which I carefully put back all organized. Pat self on back.

Goodwill has a drop-off donation site up 164th St towards Martha Lake. Address is 710 164th St. SW  Lynnwood, WA 98087  to be exact & Hours are Mon- Sun, 9:00 AM -7:00 Pm. They are closed Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

They accept all quality reusable clothing & household items, including furniture.
And really helpful they accept ALL electronics including televisions & computer monitors measuring 19 inches or less, desktop computers and laptops.

The cannot take large appliances &  Goodwill never accepts hazardous, poisonous or flammable material or items containing them. Also, Goodwill cannot accept any  items that have been recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). If you are not sure about an item visit www. for a current list of recalls. Visit for more information about the work Goodwill does.

It was real easy with a one way drive-in & out. When I got there a young man was outside ready to help unload the trunk. Donation receipts are available if you would like.

Next: the junk drawer(s)!