Bothell Blues Festival 2013 – August 31

Bothell Blues Festival August 31st

bothell-blues-festival-2011-crowdsStay local! Labor Day weekend is crazy no matter where you go. Try heading to Seattle. Good luck finding a parking spot & fighting the crowds. Bumbershoot pulls in thousands of people & clogs the arteries of Seattle for the entire weekend. For those of us in Kirkland, Mill Creek, Kenmore, Kirkland, Woodinville & Lynnwood, here is the better plan: Stay Local, Eat Local, Listen Local, Drink Local & Connect Local! August 31st from 11am to 8pm is the Bothell Blues Festival!

There is something for everyone to enjoy at this great little Local event. Local Blues, Local Beer, & local BBQ:chester

1.       The Bands. Do they have bands! The Wired Band and the Chester Dennis Jones Band are both coming back and WOW did they both kill it last year! People are still talking about Chester in the beer garden, jumping from table to table while playing a guitar solo… AWESOME! And Wired, these guys took the INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee last year and wow do they put on a show. In addition, we were able get the Stacy Jones Band who is one of the hottest blues bands here in Seattle. We are stoked. Really stoked about this year’s line-up!


2.      The Food. We have Carolina Smoke BBQ in the house again this year. Dave is bring  back his shredded beef sandwiches, hot wings, hot links, pulled pork. YUM! They also have invited the Village Bean sandwich shop which has some other alternatives to BBQ in case (for some crazy reason) someone doesn’t want BBQ. Expect great sandwiches & other goodies.bothell-blues-festival-2011-beer-garden

3.      The Beer. This year the Bothell Blues Festival has invited Foggy Noggin Brewery to provide the beer for the event. Foggy Noggin is an award winning local Bothell brewery that makes some killer beer. Do tell.


4.      The Wine. Open Road Winery has agreed provide the wine for the Bothell Blues Festival. Open Road is a local, family owned & operated BOTHELL winery that specializes in high end wines that are completely off the hook.

5.      Location. There is something about having a blues festival at Bothell’s Country Village. It just seems to fit the music perfectly. The Country Village’s laid back, country style outdoor shopping center is a great back drop for a day of great music & food. Don’t forget: You concert bracelets get you great discounts at selected shops so feel free to wander the village and shop in between bands!

Ask anyone who went last year, it is truly a great, little, community event that we know you will really enjoy. August 31st at the Country Village Shops in Bothell. $17 at the door or buy your tickets online on our website

Thank You to Sean McVeigh with the Bothell Blues Festival for providing the copy & photos for this story, along with permission to make just a few minor changes.



Document Shredding Day 9/7/2013

shredHeadAre you buried under piles of personal documents you no longer need? Have you attempted to shred them yourself & actually made the matter worse. You say you are now up to your armpits in shredded bits?

Saturday, September 7th 2013 is your lucky day! Mill Creek Councilmember, Donna Michelson & The City of Mill Creek are, once again, bringing in Shred-It a professional document shredding company to shred all your personal & sensitive documents on site at Mill Creek City Hall located at 15728 Main Street in Mill Creek.

From 10Am to 2PM you may bring up to 4 boxes of documents. You do not have to be a resident of Mill Creek – all are welcome. You do not have to remove staples, paper clips, fasteners, etc. This is your chance to finally clean out those file cabinets, drawers, that desk top, closet & dispose of accumulated, no longer needed, paper stuff. Do tell.

This event is FREE, but volunteers from the Mill Creek Food Bank want you to know they will be on site, as well, to collect non-perishible food items. This completely voluntary, but please consider bringing an item or a few or cash to help your community.


Board Bash 6 & It’s Free!

Calling all Skateboarders! The City of Mill Creek Parks & Recreation Department & community sponsors will be hosting their 6th annual Board Bash Skateboard Competition on Saturday August 24th from 11AM to 3PM. This is open to youth & adults ages 6 & up. The event is FREE, but you must register. There will be room for up to 80 participants across 4 age categories. In addition to the registration form, completed & signed Medical Release Forms are a requirement to compete. Do tell.

For all the details including the Registration Form & Medical Release Form please visit the fabulous all new City of Mill Creek website 

Once at the City of Mill Creek home page, click on Sat. Aug. 24 under Events Calendar in right sidebar, or go through Parks & Recreation page.

Event Registration: 11AM-12PM Competition: 12PM -3PM  Event will be at the Mill Creek Skate Park – 13903 North Creek Drive, Mill Creek, WA 98012

Sponsors: Community Transit, Zumiez, Waste Management-NW, Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar, Evergreen AutoWorks, BC Premium Board Shop, Top Post Hand-Forged Doughnuts, Sk8Rats, Curb the Congestion & SportClips.

Speaking of Hazardous Waste . . .

Have you been wringing your hands over what to do with all that leftover paint thinner, pool chemicals, rechargeable batteries & little Mikey’s chemistry set that you’ve let gather dust, all the while fretting it will spontaneously combust? As easy as it sounds,  YOU KNOW you can’t toss it in the garbage or pour it down the drain! Do tell.

There is a good solution to this problem.  Snohomish County Public Works has Free disposal at the Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Station just for these & other leftover toxic products. This is for households only, not businesses. Some exceptions, for small quantities, may apply for businesses by appointment/prior arrangement only & fees will apply.

Where: 3434 McDougall Avenue,  Everett, WA

When: Wednesday-Saturday from 7:30AM to 4PM.

More questions: 425-388-3425

For a full list of what is accepted & what is not please visit:  & search for hazardous waste in the Search box, or to make it a little easier just click on this link:

I will share one important tip from the website – “For the safety of you and your family, transport these products in sealed, non-leaking containers. Household hazardous waste can be dangerous if spilled or combined. Do not mix liquids or other chemicals.”

City’s New Website has Launched

The City of Mill Creek has completed an extreme makeover of its website. Besides the fresh modern look, there are several new tools to engage visitors. Right at the top you will notice the +myconnections link. Here it is easy to set up an account where you will be able to personalize your experience with the website. Interested in Parks & Recreation or City Council meetings? Want to get the latest news from the Police department? How about emergency alerts? You can have it all set up via widgets you choose for your personalized dashboard.

Notify Me” is the go-to page to subscribe to receive notifications, via email or text message, of whatever interests you most: updates on development of the East Gateway Urban Village, Marijuana regulation in Mill Creek, City of Mill Creek job openings, upcoming special meetings, request agendas from upcoming public meetings & much, much more.

I love the HowDo I . . . ? page where you will find information – including who to contact- to report that street light that’s out, the stop sign that has toppled, report a code violation or possible hazardous waste spill. Not to mention, How do I  . . .  pay, apply, find, register, rent or reserve? You name it; it’s probably here.  Do tell.

Plan to visit  soon & spend some time exploring the new site. There is a ton of information & interactive ways to request more information. If you have ideas of something that can make the City or even the site better the City of Mill Creek wants to know & you will find a link for that, too.