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4th of July fireworks go on sale on June 28, 2013

Fireworks go on sale for the Fourth of July festivities in Washington State on Friday, June 28, 2013. Washington State law allows sales of consumer fireworks to begin on June 28, 2013, at noon and end on July 5, 2013, at 11:00 pm.

Fireworks go on sale for the Fourth of July festivities in Washington State on Friday, June 28, 2013. Washington State law allows sales of consumer fireworks to begin on June 28, 2013, at noon and end on July 5, 2013, at 11:00 pm.

A number of cities and counties have restricted or banned the sale and discharge of fireworks.  Be sure to check with your local jurisdiction before using fireworks.

State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy announced that the number of retail fireworks stand licenses issued in 2013 is down 2.5%, or 23 licenses, from 2012.  A state license is required before a city or county can issue a permit to operate a fireworks stand in Washington.

The fireworks regulations for North Puget Sound Cities and unincorporated Snohomish County are as follows:

Firefighters quickly knock down garage fire south of Mill Creek

Snohomish County Fire District 7 firefighters quickly handled a garage fire south of Mill Creek on Thursday afternoon, June 6, 2013. One person was taken to hospital with burns to his legs and face.

Snohomish County Fire District 7 firefighters quickly handled a garage fire south of Mill Creek on Thursday afternoon, June 6, 2013. One person was taken to hospital with burns to his legs and face.

Autumn Waite, Snohomish County Fire District 7 Public Information Officer reported, “Just after 2:30 pm. Snohomish County Fire District 7 responded to a report of a garage fire in the 2000 block of 196th St. SE just north of Bothell in unincorporated Snohomish County.“

Host families needed this summer to welcome 17 international students

Education First Educational Homestay Programs (EHP) is now accepting caring volunteer host families in the Bothell – Mill Creek area who are ready to welcome students into their home for a few weeks this summer.

Education First Educational Homestay Programs (EHP) is now accepting caring volunteer host families in the Bothell – Mill Creek area who are ready to welcome students into their home for a few weeks this summer.

This non-profit program provides a unique opportunity for families to make life-long friendships with international students while learning about their culture – all without leaving home.

From July 14th to August 2th host families in our area will welcome 17 Chinese EHP students, ages 10 to 14 all eager to visit and experience the American way of life.

Mill Creek Women's Club members learn to dance ballroom

The guest presenter at the March 20, 2013 Mill Creek Women's Club luncheon was Andrea Piercey, instructor and owner of the American Ballroom Dance Institute in Bothell.

The guest presenter at the March 20, 2013 Mill Creek Women's Club luncheon was Andrea Piercey, instructor and owner of the American Ballroom Dance Institute in Bothell.

After a short presentation about the studio, Andrea asked for volunteers to come up and learn some simple dance routines. She was both surprised and delighted when practically the whole room enthusiastically rose to their feet ready to dance and have fun!

7 Tips To Become a Highly Effective Healthy Shopper

The following article is being reproduced with permission of its author, Kate Towell. Kate is a holistic wellness counselor who supports individuals to create the balanced, vibrant life they imagine.

I know how it is. You are busy: working, supporting families, building business, following dreams and trying to maintain some sense of balance. At the end of the day you are exhausted and the last thing you want to think about is what’s for dinner or who is doing the shopping. I know you are health conscious and desire to eat better but I see your carts.

Sometimes you can’t help but to grab the quick meals, prepackaged foods or eat out. I’m guilty of this too. There must be a better way to get a decent meal on the table. Right? The truth is the more you cook at home and prepare meals from fresh whole foods the more energy you will have and the quicker you will build your vibrant health.

Local woman creates art magazine for kids

Bothell resident, Eva Soukalova created a magazine for kids called arTree. She feels strongly that there is a need for kids to be exposed to more art.

Bothell resident, Eva Soukalova, is an art director with a background in child education and psychology. She feels strongly that there is a need for kids to be exposed to more art. This was her inspiration to create a magazine for kids called arTree.

Soukalova said, “The public school programs are being cut, art classes are expensive and parents do not have enough time to look for high-quality art projects online. I love art and ever since my kids were born, I was trying to teach them how to appreciate it and, of course, how to create it. I created hundreds of projects and lesson plans and decided that a magazine is the best way to share it with everybody. After all, which kid does not like to get their own mail?”

Snohomish County real estate sales increase in November, but things may change next year

The inventory of homes for sale in Snohomish County continues to shrink causing an uptick in pending sales and median prices. Many real estate experts expect increased sales and prices in 2013 as long as Congress doesn’t send the economy into a nose dive with overly aggressive budget tightening.

The inventory of homes for sale in Snohomish County continues to shrink causing an uptick in pending sales and median prices. Many real estate experts expect increased sales and prices in 2013 as long as Congress and the President don’t send the economy into a nose dive with overly aggressive budget tightening.

Lombardi's coming to Bothell/Mill Creek

Lombardi's italian restaurant opening between Bothell and Mill Creek

UPDATE

The new Lombardi's Italian Restaurant is opening to the public on Wednesday, September 12th.

Lunch: 11am to 3pm
Happy Hour: 3pm to 6pm & 8pm to Close
Dinner: 3pm to 9pm Sunday to Thursday & 3pm to 10pm Friday and Saturday
Bar is open 1 hour later than the dining room

With locations at the Everett Marina and Issaquah, Lombardi’s Italian Restaurants are adding a new location in the Bothell/Mill Creek area.

Play Local – Plan a Staycation

Many people are finding that the most relaxing vacation are staycations. A staycation a hybrid of the words ‘stay’ and ‘vacation’.

Many people are finding that the most relaxing vacation are staycations. A staycation is a key piece of jargon these days. As you probably guessed, it’s a hybrid of the words ‘stay’ and ‘vacation.' According to the Urban Dictionary a staycation is “a vacation, which involves staying where you are, or staying close to home, usually within a 100 mile radius.”

When you stage a small-scale local adventure you save money, support your local economy and eliminate the hassle and stress of long-distance travel. From hiking, kayaking or paddle-boarding at nearby parks to indulging in week long wellness experiences, a staycation — like any getaway — can be as active or leisurely as you desire. It just takes a little planning, an open-minded attitude and a sense of adventure.

Like it or not, fireworks are now being sold

Sales of consumer fireworks began today, June 28, at noon and end on July 5, at 11:00 pm.

Sales of consumer fireworks began today, June 28, at noon and end on July 5, at 11:00 pm. The sale of fireworks is banned in Mill Creek. A full list of Washington Counties and Cities which ban or restrict firework sales can be found on the Washington State Patrol website.

State Fire Marshal Charles Duffy reminds Washingtonians that the purchase of fireworks over the internet is illegal, “In Washington State, fireworks must be purchased from a licensed retail fireworks stand during the legal sales period.  Orders for fireworks cannot be placed over the internet or posted on websites such as Craig’s List.  Residents should talk with family members and guests about the fireworks laws for their area.”

Cedar Wood Elementary school students connect with First Nations cultures

Cedar Wood Elementary School students connect with First Nations cultures

Cedar Wood Elementary teacher Dianne Lundberg’s vision of a year-long social studies initiative for third-, fourth- and fifth-grade came to life this year. She designed the program with a goal of students understanding that the cultural and physical environment in which they live impacts their lives. “I knew that they could learn more about themselves and gain respect for others by better understanding these influences,” explained Lundberg.

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