Second Thursday Art Walk in Town Center

art_walk_poster_2013small copyLooking forward to one of the events that make Mill Creek Town Center a great place to visit in the summer. The Second Thursday Art Walk presented by the Mill Creek Town Center Business Association & the City of Mill Creek.

Last year we enjoyed walking up & down Main Street, stopping into the businesses, chatting with the business owners & artists —learning more about our local merchants & businesses all while admiring the paintings, photography & sculpture. We were offered wine, water & snacks at most of our stops to fortify us while we walked. Do tell.

Music filled the air along Main Street, provided by several bands & many patrons chose to take advantage of the summer evening by dining outdoors at Tablas Woodstone Taverna, Cafe Neo, Ristorante Capri, Azul, La Palmera or Firestation Deli.  Looking for just a light bite or dessert? De Vine Wines, Cold Stone Creamery, Frost, Starbuck’s, Jamba Juice, even Central Market — all good choices.

So make plans; mark your calendar for those second Thursdays: June 13, July 11, August 8 & September 12  from 5-8PM. This is sure to be even bigger & better than last year.

But wait; there’s more! If you are an artist who is interested in displaying your work please contact:  for details & registration.


Relay For Life Mill Creek 2013

rfl3_RGBThe Relay For Life Mill Creek is only 11 days away. June 1st at 12 noon, the event will open with a ceremony at McCollum Park.

At Relay For Life events, communities across the globe come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost & fight back against a disease that has already taken too much. The funds raised truly make a difference in the fight against cancer – just ask one of the nearly 14 million cancer survivors who will celebrate another birthday this year!

Relay teams camp out overnight & take turns walking or running around a track or path at a local high school, park or fairground. For Mill Creek the location is McCollum Park at 600 128th St SE, Mill Creek WA 98012. Relay events may last up to 24 hours in length, but the Mill Creek Relay will open at 12 Noon on June 1st & close at 8AM on Sunday June 2nd. Because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times.

By the numbers: as of this writing & according to their official website, there are 27 teams & 202 participants registered & $22,808.83 has been raised. Much more can be done even with the short time left. There are still ways to be involved:

  • Survivor’s are honored throughout the event starting with kicking off the event with The Survivor Lap & then a welcome reception. There is no charge to register for Survivor’s & we are looking to honor as many Survivor’s in the Greater Mill Creek Area as we can.
  • Participate in the event day of as an individual
  • Form or join a team to “relay” the track for the entire event
  • Donate directly to the event
  • Purchase & dedicate a luminaria bag to be lit during the event to remember & honor a friend or loved one.

For all the information you need including links to donate, register, form a team, schedule of events, maps & more, visit:

Relay For Life Mill Creek Site

Planning Commission & Design Review Board to meet

Both the Mill Creek City Planning Commission & the Design Review Board meet on Thursday, May 16, 2013.  Do tell.

First the Design Review Board will meet at 5:15 PM in the City Council Chambers, with the following agenda:

CALL TO ORDER: 5:15 p.m.

ROLL CALL: 5:15 p.m.


A. Approval of April 18, 2013 Meeting Minutes (1)

NEW BUSINESS: 5:17 p.m.

A. DRB 13-05-451 Creekside Place, Pulte Group  Streetscape and Roadway Buffer    Plantings and Monument Sign (2)

B. DRB 13-05-452 Mill Creek Plaza Building J, Panos Properties LLC  Building   Elevations, Colors & Materials, Lighting and Landscaping (3)

C. DRB 13-05-453 City Sustainable Landscaping Demonstration Project Landscaping (4)

D. Informal Review of Mill Creek EGUV, LLC (a.k.a. Polygon NW) Landscaping (5)

V. ADJOURNMENT: 6:30 p.m.

Then the Planning Commission will open their Regular Meeting with the following agenda:

CALL TO ORDER 7:00 p.m.

ROLL CALL 7:01 p.m.

A. Introduction of New Member Susan Null


A. Planning Commission Meeting of March 21, 2013 (1)

WORK SESSION 7:04 p.m.

A. Proposed 2013 Amendments to the MCMC – Package #1 (2)

B. Proposed Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan Streetscape Element (3)


A. Update on City Council Retreat (4)


Message from the City of Mill Creek: ” We are trying to make our public meetings accessible to all members of the public. If you need special accommodations, please call City Hall three days prior to this meeting (425) 745-1891.”

Art & Beautification Advisory Board has Two Vacancies

winningGardenThe City of Mill Creek Art & Beautification Advisory Board had two vacancies to fill. These are:

  • 2 mid-term vacancies expiring October 31, 2013
  • Member-at-Large Positions
  • Meet the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 4:00 p.m.
  • Must be a resident of Mill Creek

 Duties and Responsibilities:

The Art/Beautification Advisory Board shall serve as an advisory board to the City Council on matters that may be referred to the board by the City Council or the City Manager from time to time, including but not limited to:

1.    Special events and projects to enhance the aesthetics and beauty within the residential and business areas of the City;

2.   Utilization of the municipal art fund;

3.   Selection, acquisition and placement of artwork for the City.

To the extent feasible, the board should be consulted during preliminary design and construction phases of municipal projects receiving municipal arts funding.  The board shall develop a work program and associated budget for any projects involving or expected to involve the board every two years.

If interested in volunteering for this board, please send a letter of interest by May 21, 2013 to:

Kelly Chelin

City of Mill Creek

15728 Main Street

Mill Creek, WA 98012


For questions, please call 425-921-5732.

Stamp Out Hunger

The 21st Annual Letter Carriers’ Association Stamp Out Hunger food drive is this Saturday, May 11,2013.

“On Saturday, May 11, the nation’s 175,000 letter carriers will collect the donations residents leave near their mail boxes, as they deliver mail. People are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox before the regular mail delivery on Saturday.” — from NALC press release.

Leave non-perishable food items in a bag at your mailbox early on Saturday. It will be collected as the letter carriers go about their appointed rounds & will be distributed to local food banks. What could be easier? Do tell.

If you would like more information contact our local post office (425) 379-8698  or visit:


Rusty Pelican Now Open for Breakfast & Lunch

RPelicanCafeMill Creek has a new breakfast & lunch spot. The Rusty Pelican Cafe is now open in the Maple Leaf shopping area @ 15704 Mill CreekBlvd Mill Creek, WA 98012

They opened on Friday-May 3rd, but we wasted no time checking it out. We went for breakfast on Sunday- May 5th, wondering if there would be any kinks.

Loved the place. First impressions: I like that they took a smaller footprint for the restaurant than previous tenants. I had alway felt that the Chef Chen & Patty’s Egg Nest were kind of cold or cafeteria-like because of their wide open space & pastel decor. Patty’s did try to make it less so with an all booth concept, but missed the mark. The decor is still light & open with a beach ( Rusty Pelican ) theme, but is much more inviting with warm browns, beige & bits of blue.

A family run business, this is the third Rusty Pelican Cafe to open, following locations in Wallingford (7 years) & Downtown Edmonds (14 months). The family is originally from Chicago; they moved to Seattle area in 2000 & have had the Rusty Pelican in Wallingford area of Seattle for 7 years.

Peter & Marilyn run the restaurants with the help of their twin daughters, who are also partners. In addition to the Rusty Pelican Cafe, the family runs the Gyro Delight in Lynnwood which serves authentic, but fast Greek food.

Back to breakfast –  I had the Farmer’s Market omelet choosing fruit instead of homemade potatoes & a generous hunk of rhubarb almond coffee cake instead of toast. The omelet was excellent — a generous 3 eggs with green peppers, tomato, zucchini, mushrooms & spinach topped with Swiss Cheese & sliced avocado. a small side dish loaded with cut cantaloupe & honeydew melon. The coffee cake was fresh out of  the oven with a crisp crust & light flaky body. Only complaint — I could not finish it all.

The husband had the “Original” Eggs Benedict with potatoes. I asked how the Hollandaise sauce was since this is what can make or break a Benedict & he said good;  his plate was empty. The sauce had looked a bit thin to me, but I wasn’t quick enough to get a taste. Drat! Next time for sure.

Back the next day to try lunch, I selected the Pelican Burger with cheese. Hot patty on a light toasted bun piled high with lettuce, onion, tomato, pickles & mayo. Dill pickle on the side. From homemade fries, salad or soup, I chose the salad. I was expecting it to come on the same plate as the burger, but it was served first as a full-on starter salad — chilled plate, crisp romaine, plenty of tomatoes, onion & crispy croutons.  With the cheeseburger there was a small side of cole slaw which was good, but a surprise because the menu didn’t indicate it would be included. The salad was enough. It also had a surprising sweet flavor reminiscent to icing. It was not bad, just surprising. I usually find cole slaw to be tart and/or tangy.  Do tell.

Things to know:

  • Open Daily 8AM to 3PM
  • Breakfast served all day.
  • Orders to Go & Boxed Lunches for meetings or gatherings.
  • Whole homemade pies & cakes are available for order for parties & special occasions.
  • The restaurant may be reserved for private parties in the evening.

Contact: 425-585-0525

Visit their website:


Two More Seek Re-Election to MC Council

First off, Bart (Tim) Masterson, The Pointe, has filed for re-election to the Mill Creek City Council.  During the economic turmoil of the last four years, he has concentrated on the City’s fiscal soundness by advocating for tactical expense trimming & Masterson,Bart2careful spending rather than drastic service cutting measures.  As a result, our financial reserves have remained strong and service levels high. Working on and supporting the MC Police Department’s strategic plan for enhancing staffing levels and command structure has helped make an even stronger police force. Masterson’s two year intensive evaluation of a proposed costly Regional Fire Authority resulted in the City’s choosing instead to strengthen our contractual relationship for emergency services with Fire District 7. A priority for Masterson is the development of our last suitable commercial area known as the East Gateway Urban Village. Says Masterson; “Our fiscal sustainability depends on it. Moreover, I am an advocate for the adopted Strategic Plan for the city; a plan that presents a longer term pathway for maintaining the integrity, livability and sustainability of Mill Creek in the future. It has been an exciting four years and I would like to participate in the next four.”

Lynn Sordel is fourth current Mill Creek Council member to announce plans to seek re-election.  Sordel was appointed by vote of the Council in November 2012 to fill Position 1 which had been vacated by Terry Ryan. This appointment will end in November 2014. Thus, Mr. Sordel will seek a full four-year term by vote of the people this coming election season. Do tell.


Garage Sale

garageSign13Don’t forget! The Semi-Annual Mill Creek Garage Sale is this Saturday only -May 4th. This much anticipated, city-wide garage sale runs from approximately 8AM (depends on the individual sellers) until the garage doors are closed. From all reports, it looks like the weather — low of 53° & a high of 76° — is going to behave & will be perfect for a stroll through the neighborhoods of Mill Creek & some outdoor shopping.

In addition, a truck from Goodwill Industries will be parked in the Mill Creek Community Association lot across from the Mill Creek Golf Club, to take all those treasures that don’t sell and/or you wish to donate instead. Do tell.

If you would like to learn a little more about the history of the MC garage sale see an earlier Do Tell Mill Creek post dated May 2, 2011. See Archives to the right →