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2013 Run of the Mill 5K to hand out virtual race bags

In an effort to reduce waste and cleanup after the race, the 2013 Run of the Mill 5K will provide their registered racers with a virtual race bag chock full of goodies.

In an effort to reduce waste and cleanup after the race, the 2013 Run of the Mill 5K has partnered with the industry-leading software platform, Virtual Race Bags® to provide their registered racers with a digital race bag chock full of goodies.

This is being done to eliminate unnecessary waste from plastic bags full of paper, and to provide a more effective way for local businesses to provide the registered racers with their coupons and offers.

Left Coast/Right Coast: Abbrev. (Abbreviations and other offensive intrusions in our lives)

HTHAY? (How the hell are you?) We live in a culture chock full of abbreviations. Sometimes it is impossible to actually understand what the other person is saying.

HTHAY? (How the hell are you?) We live in a culture chock full of abbreviations. Sometimes it is impossible to actually understand what the other person is saying. Example: I went AWOL because my POSSLQ was becoming a PITA. I went away without telling anyone – (absent without leave) because my cohabitator (person of the opposite sex sharing living quarters) had become difficult (a pain in the *ss).

Or I suspect the NSA, DCA, FBI, DOJ or CIA thinks I am an effin (f-king) terrorist because I wrote that the POTUS and FLOTUS (President of the United States, First Lady of the United States) were MIA (missing in action). Too bad as I’ve BTDT (been there done that) and that is a BFD (big freakin’ deal).

2013 Mill Creek Festival Main Stage lineup is announced

The 2013 Mill Creek Festival will run Saturday, July 13th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 14th from 11 a.m. To 5 p.m.

One of Mill Creek's summer highlights and a favorite family event is the Mill Creek Festival, which is put on the the Mill Creek Business Association. 

The 2013 Mill Creek Festival will run Saturday, July 13th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 14th from 11 a.m. To 5 p.m.

The Main Stage at the beer and wine garden is a fun place to enjoy continuous, live entertainment throughout the weekend and the area will stay open for an extra hour on both days.

Greens will do ya’ good - whole wheat arugula pizza recipe

Kate Towell's whole wheat arugula pizza recipe piles on the greens.

This week I harvested my first batch of greens from the garden and they were fantastic By now you know I am BIG fan of eating greens. One of the first things I did when I began my journey to healthy eating and vibrant living was to load up on dark leafy greens. Dark leafy greens and other green veggies are the single most powerful foods you can add to your diet to create vibrant health. Soon after I began to green up my diet I immediately noticed shifts in my moods, lack of cravings, increased energy and brighter skin!

Dark leafy greens and other green veggies are nutrient dense. That means they pack a lot of the good stuff in each calorie. The result? Loads of energy. In addition, these powerful foods can eliminate cravings, boost energy, balance digestion, strengthen immune function and give skin a radiant glow.

Left Coast/Right Coast – Why I love alligators and other animal adventures

I’ll admit I have a fondness for alligators. Why? Well let’s start with extinction and survival. Sixty five million years ago a large meteor hit the earth ending most life. But the alligators survived virtually intact.

Alligators: What’s the connection between alligators and the Pacific Northwest? Well, visitors all over the U.S. bring back baby alligators from trips South. They grow until they’re too big to keep at home. Some owners let them loose wherever they happen to live. New York City has an urban legend that suggests there are monster alligators loose in the sewer systems. Whenever someone’s dog or small child disappears, it is often blamed on these loose alligators.

Sometimes, the urban legend is true. (See next:) The Urban Legend is True. And although I am unaware of any alligators crawling out of Seattle sewers, it is possible. So watch yourself next time you hear a hissing sound coming from under your car.

I’ll admit I have a fondness for alligators. Why? Well let’s start with extinction and survival. Sixty five million years ago a large meteor hit the earth ending most life. But the alligators survived virtually intact. They have not changed in a couple hundred million years. Now some might suggest they have not “evolved." They still have a small apricot sized brain. But if you look up the dictionary definition of intelligence, you will read: “ability to adapt." So I argue alligators must be far more intelligent than we are.

The season has just begun

The Whistling Gardener talks about some of his favorite perennials coming into bloom this month. Any planting you do this month is going to grow and bloom and be wonderful for 90-100 days.

I find it interesting that every year about this time I start to panic and find myself feeling like I have run out of time to plant any more flowers or veggies or whatever. “What’s the point?” I say to myself, by the time they get established the season will be over.

Then I stop and do the math and realize that first of all, it isn’t even summer yet (Friday the 21st is the official first day of summer, the longest day of the year for us) and as we all know summer doesn’t really start until July 5th in the northwest (after we get soaked watching fireworks on the 4th) and finally, the truth is that the months of August and September are when we usually get our best summer weather.

So, if you add that all up it means that any planting I do this month is going to grow and bloom and be wonderful for 90-100 days and that is plenty of time to enjoy the fruits of my labor. So get planting!

Host families needed this July to welcome 34 Spanish students

This summer, 34 students from Spain, aged 14-18, will be coming to our community from July 3 – July 29.

June 13, 2013 update

Most of the 34 students have found host families, but several still need places to stay. Please consider this opportunity for your family to discover a new culture!

This summer, 34 students from Spain, aged 14-18, will be coming to our community from July 3 – July 29. They are coming to improve their English, learn about American culture, as well as share their own culture with you! We know our volunteer host families' lives are busy so, hosting with EHP is the perfect balance. By hosting for only 3 ½ weeks, you will be able to get an introduction to another culture, without having to make a long-term commitment.

Open your heart and home to one of our students for a few short weeks this summer; share your America and make a new life-long friend!

2013 Mill Creek Festival & Street Fair is coming up

The 2013 Mill Creek Festival and Street Fair on Saturday July 14th and Sunday July 15th is a popular, fun, and free event for the whole family to enjoy.

The Mill Creek Festival and Street Fair on Saturday July 13th and Sunday July 14th is a popular, fun event for the whole family to enjoy.

Over 200 local businesses will be participating in the event and more than 50 talented artists will be selling their handcrafted items.

This event is free to the public.

The festival is produced by the Mill Creek Business Association and will be taking place on the weekend of July 13-14.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp Recipe

Kate Towell modifies her mother-in-law's rhubarb crisp recipe by adding strawberries, switching up the sweeteners and adding a few other ingredients. It turns out fantastic!

Last week I was gifted some amazing rhubarb from a friend at the yoga studio (thanks Beth). I have to admit I had never cooked rhubarb before so I went searching for ideas on how to prepare it. In the end my husband who loves rhubarb crisp called his mom for her recipe. The recipe below is loosely based on hers. I added strawberries, switched up the sweeteners and added a few other ingredients. It turned out fantastic.

Enjoy! And please post your favorite rhubarb recipe.

Time to get "Crabby"

Breeders have done wonders with flowering crabapples so that nowadays there are many varieties to choose from that have nice form, attractive leaves, beautiful flowers and best of all, disease resistance.

Spring in the northwest is often described by what flowering trees happen to be in bloom. For example, “Cherry blossom time” is a familiar term used here as well as all the way on the other coast at our nation’s capitol. We think of Dogwoods as always blooming around Mother’s Day (although the Korean Dogwoods usually bloom around Father’s Day). The ubiquitous purple-leafed flowering plums are always the first trees to bloom in spring, coloring up in early to mid March in a cloud of pink that reminds me of a giant mass of cotton candy. Blooming simultaneously with the cherries are the flowering pears and the Magnolias (often called Tulip Trees). But now that the cherries are about finished (except for a couple varieties) and before the dogwoods open up there are the underutilized crabapples and oh can they be beautiful.

Historically, crabapples have had their issues, the same kind of issues the we find on our fruiting apple trees, namely, diseases like scab and mildew and often as not by the end of summer they could be almost completely defoliated (just like scarlet hawthorns but that is a topic for another column). Over time breeders have done wonders with flowering crabapples so that nowadays there are many varieties to choose from that have nice form, attractive leaves, beautiful flowers (most with fragrance) and best of all, disease resistance.

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