Category Archives: Weather and ambience

Sustainable Landscape Certification & Build a Rain Barrel Workshops

reducing lawnThis weekend & classes are filling up fast!

The City of Mill Creek and Snohomish Conservation District will host two workshops this Saturday, April, 12th at the Lively Environmental Learning Center. The first workshop, Sustainable Landscaping Certification, runs from 11am-12pm, and is free! Attend this one-hour class to learn about the City of Mill Creek’s new Sustainable Landscaping Certificate program where you can receive a free, on-site consultation that will guide you through sustainable practices and recognize your efforts with a beautiful award to display in your garden.  Do tell.


The second workshop, Build Your Own Rain-Barrel, will be held from 11-1p.m. and costs $25. At this hands-on workshop, you will be guided through simple steps to assemble a rain-barrel that you can take home. Both workshops will be held at the Lively Environmental Center, 1918 Seattle Hill Rd. Mill Creek, WA 98012. Register now at 

For questions, contact Kate Riley, 425.377.7004

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Mill Creek Festival This Weekend

logo-mill-creek-festival-642x263The Annual Mill Creek Festival & Street Fair takes place this Saturday – July 13th 11-7PM & Sunday – July 14th  11-5PM & will feature juried artisan booths (handcrafted items, only), Food Court, Kids Korner, Pet Plaza, The Main Stage with live entertainment, Car show, the “Madness on Main” 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament on Saturday, Business Booths, Beer & Wine Garden and The Community Stage with local acts. There will be something for everyone. Do tell.

This event is free to the public & there will be free parking/shuttle service to & from H.M. Jackson High School so you don’t have to sweat the parking.  Jackson High is located at 1508 136th St SE  Mill Creek, WA 98012

The Mill Creek Festival will be located on Mill Creek Boulevard behind Mill Creek Plaza (Albertson’s, Staples, Rite-Aid) & turning right up a portion of 161st between Rite-Aid & Bank of America. You really won’t be able to miss it.

For more details please visit:

To see the schedule of entertainment directly click on this link.

Above information was obtained from the Mill Creek Festival website & was believed to be accurate as of 07/10/13. Some schedules may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.


This Week In Mill Creek

summer_concert_millCreek_smallThis is going to be a great week, especially weatherwise, with many opportunities to get out & enjoy our community.

This Wednesday, July10th from 6-8PM enjoy the music of Borrowed Time playing the music of Styx. This is part of the Mill Creek Summer Concert Series brought to you by The Mill Creek Town Center Business Association & The City of Mill Creek along with sponsors: North Creek Roofing, Columbia Funding Mortgage, Chaplin’s Bellevue Volkswagen & Subaru and North Bend Chevrolet, The YMCA, Silver Dollar Casino, The Rotary Club of Mill Creek, Mill Creek Business Association & Purity Integrative Health & Chirobody.

art_walk_poster_2013small copyNext up on Thursday night July 11, stroll Main Street & beyond for the Second Thursday Art Walk which takes place between 5-8PM in the Town Center area. Again brought to you by the Mill Creek Town Center Business Association & The City of Mill Creek, twenty-four merchants are participating as they host artists working in media ranging from wood working, jewelry, soft sculpture, painting, & photography.

You will enjoy music along the walk & many of the merchants offer simple refreshments. Look for the businesses with colorful rainbow windsocks hanging near their doors. In addition, maps are available at participating merchants & the info booth located on the corner in front of Boston’s. Do tell.

Then, if that wasn’t enough The Annual Mill Creek Festival takes place this Saturday & Sunday- July 13th & 14th. More about that to follow in another post. Please check back.

Emory’s on Silverlake-Lakeside Bistro & Bar



Did you know that Emory’s on Silver Lake – Lakeside Bistro & Bar has the largest waterfront deck in Snohomish County? They do. It’s a great place to enjoy Happy Hour on Silver Lake on these long, warm, sunny days.



Did you know that you can reserve the entire restaurant for breakfast & lunch events? Well, you can — for 50 to 150 or more people. Do tell.

Is a dinner event — think rehearsal dinner, retirement party, anniversary, small reception — more to your needs or style? Emory’s has a private banquet room that can accommodate up to 50 people. Emory’s is located on Silver Lake just North of Mill Creek on the Bothell-Everett Highway. 11830 19th Ave SE Everett, WA 98208 to be precise.

To learn more visit:  & click on Banquets. Of course you’ll also find everything else you might want to know: Menus, Hours, Directions, special events.



I was there recently for the Happy Hour ( a late lunch & a little bit of research ) I sat out on the deck, of course. I knew it was 5:00 somewhere, but I decided to just order an Arnold Palmer. Need to get back to the office. Then I chose the Garden Salad & Dungeness crab cakes – all for $15.95 plus tax & tip.

Summer Happy Hour is much more than an hour. It runs from 1-6PM. On Mondays it is from 1-Close in Lounge. 21+ of course.


First Artwalk of Summer Was a Great Evening


artwalk5The evening of Thursday, June 13th turned out to be a very pleasant one in Mill Creek Town Center. The sun was out; it was a balmy 67 degrees. Lots of people strolled Main Street visiting the 23 merchants who hosted the artists. There was a wide variety of media offered including:  oils, watercolors, photography, soft sculpture, woodworking & jewelry.artwalk4

In addition to taking in the displays, many enjoyed shopping, eating ice cream, having a sip of wine or eating at one the many outdoor dining locations. Music fill the air from several venues. Do tell.








Photos courtesy of Larry Toombs.

Mill Creek Summer Concert Series

summer_concert_millCreek_smallGet ready to get your groove on! Beginning July 3rd plan on spending your Wednesday evenings at The Forum. The Mill Creek Town Center Business Association presents the annual Mill Creek Summer Concert Series at The Forum at 151st & Main St.  Mill Creek, WA 98012

The dates & groups scheduled to perform are listed on the poster on the left. 6-8PM

The concerts are presented free of charge thanks to generous local sponsors.

Come the Town Center early & enjoy dinner, maybe a Happy Hour at one of the restaurants, or dessert after.

In addition to Ristorante Capri &  The Blazing Onion which feature outdoor dining/ringside seats to the concerts, there is a wide variety of places to go before & after. I’m sure many, if not all, would be happy to pack up something to go for you to take to your seats. Some suggestions: Tablas Woodstone Taverna, Azul, Kafe Neo, Thai Rhapsody, Boston’s, Coldstone Creamery, Spotted Cow Cream & Bean, Firestation Deli, World’s Tastiest Yogurt & ABS Coffee & DeVine Wines.

The Mill Creek Summer Concerts are a great way to enjoy a summer evening in Mill Creek. Bring the family or make it a date night! Do tell.



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.

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 →

Invite to Sign Code Open House

Mill Creek residents & businesses place a high value on the community’s appearance. One way the City maintains its beauty is through regulations that minimize visual clutter such as excessive signage. At the same time, Mill Creek residents & businesses desire a thriving business community that provides goods & services to the citizens in close proximity to where they live. To meet both objectives, the City’s sign regulations must balance the need to prevent visual clutter with the need to provide exposure to businesses.

Over the past few years, several City Council members have expressed a desire to consider revisions to the City’s sign regulations to allow larger freestanding signs for commercial properties, which would allow the display of the center name plus one or more tenants. The City has also identified a need to revise the building (wall) sign regulations regarding maximum area calculations to make them uniform throughout the City. Currently, there are two separate calculation methods for building signs, one used in the Mill Creek Town Center and one for the rest of the City. Staff is proposing to apply the Town Center regulations citywide. For these reasons, the Community Development Department is working with the Mill Creek Planning Commission to prepare potential revisions to the sign code for consideration by the City Council. Do tell.

The City would like to hear from both residents and the business community on their ideas for potential code amendments. To provide a forum to receive public comments, the Planning Commission will be hosting an Open House on Thursday July 19, 2012 at 7:00PM in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 15728 Main St., Mill Creek, WA 98012

At the Open House, additional information will be provided about the proposed sign regulation changes, and there will be an opportunity to participate in a Visual Preference Survey to let the City know which types of signs you think are, and just as important —are not, appropriate in the City of Mill Creek.

Over the next months, staff will review with the Planning Commission the public comments received and prepare potential revisions to the sign regulations for Planning Commission review. The goal is to have a Planning Commission recommendation on any revisions to the sign code available for City Council review by late 2012.

There will be additional opportunities for public input, including a formal public hearing before the Planning Commission. Please contact staff at the numbers listed below to be added to a mailing and/oremail list to receive updates on this project, or to share your comments.

Camille Chriest, Senior Planner   (425) 921-5726   (contact with questions & suggested code amendments)

Sherrie Ringstad, Planning Specialist (contact to be added to email and/or mailing list)    (425)921-5717

Information provided by Office of Tom Rogers, Community Planning Director

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.