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Mill Creek's WellCity Award provides healthcare savings

City of Mill Creek reduces health care costs with 2012 WellCity Award

The City of Mill Creek gets a 2% premium discount on their 2013 medical coverage as a result of winning a 2012 WellCity Award. Mill Creek earned a WellCity Award from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Employee Benefit Trust by demonstrating their commitment to employee health promotion and meeting the stringent standards set forth for the award.

The City of Mill Creek promoted employee health by creating policies, committees, and champions at the local level that focused on topics such as: work-life balance, healthy food, physical activity, personal care, and employee safety.

Main Street Madness basketball tournament registration coming up

Mill Creek's Main Street Madness basketball tournament registration coming up

The City of Mill Creek Parks & Recreation is hosting the annual 3 on 3 “Main Street Madness” Basketball Tournament on Saturday, July 7. All registered participants will receive a free pizza from Papa Murphy's Pizza.

Registrations submitted by Friday, June 15 will receive event T-shirts.

Final registration deadline is Friday, June 29.

The City of Mill Creek is seeking volunteers to help with the tournament. Click on this link for volunteer information.

Mill Creek yoga studio's Tai Chi master featured in documentary

Mill Creek yoga studio's Tai Chi Master featured in The Highest Pass documentary

Mill Creek's Laughing Buddha Yoga Studio's Tai Chi master, Eric Braff, is a motorcycle rider in the documentary The Highest Pass premiering in Seattle June 15th. The movie had a brilliant run in Los Angeles recently. It was number one at the Santa Monica Laemmle two weekends in a row.

The Highest Pass is a motorcycle journey through India's Himalayas over the highest motorable road in the world. The film crew followed a dare devil yogi leading seven Americans to make decisions about life and death while traversing steep, icy cliffs and the chaos of India's "road killer" traffic. Carrying a prophecy of death in his late twenties, their Yogi leader Anand Mehrotra inspires them to question what it means to truly live and pushes the riders to the limits of the teachings: "Only the one who dies, truly lives."

The film documents Master teacher Anand Mehrotra's journey of transformation with seven motorcycle riders including the Mill Creek Laughing Buddha Yoga Studio's Tai Chi master Eric Braff.

Trip leader and master teacher Anand Mehrotra; filmmaker, producer and rider Adam Schomer; and Mill Creek Tai Chi master, Eric Braff will be on hand for Q&A after the film on the evenings of June 15th and 16th.

New Mill Creek Town Center frozen-yogurt/coffee shop now open

World's Tastiest Frozen Yogurt and ABS Coffee Company now open in the Mill Creek Town Center

“A brain freeze and then you melt it,” is how Shelli Chan describes her new business in the Mill Creek Town Center.  Chan’s patrons can get frozen yogurt, specialty coffee, juice, and specialty snacks such as Macaron Pastries in a clean, high-tech environment.

The World's Tastiest Frozen Yogurt and The ABS Coffee Company opened across the street from Boston’s Pizza in March.

The brightly-lit high-tech interior is very inviting. There are six flat-screen TVs mounted on the walls. Two of the booths allow patrons to connect their iPods, iPhones, or other music players to sound dome speakers for individualized entertainment.

Zippiti Do Da

New Cable Ride, Zip Line at Cougar Park.

The City of Mill Creek has installed a cable ride at Cougar Park. The cable ride is designed specifically for older children and is a safe version of a zip line.

Rest assured that this expenditure did not come out of the City of Mill Creek's beleaguered General Fund. This equipment was included in the original Cougar Park Master Plan and was funded by mitigation fees collected from developers specifically for park improvements. By law, this money could not be used for anything else but Cougar Park improvements. The total cost of the installation was $41,000.

Red Light "Tattle Tales"

Blue light tattle-tales help Mill Creek Police catch red light runners

You may have been wondering about those little blue lights at the back of traffic lights at six major intersections in Mill Creek. Tom Gathmann, Mill Creek's acting City Manager and full-time Public Works Director, reported that the rumor they were cameras "went viral on Facebook" in the May 22nd Mill Creek City Council meeting. Rest assured they are not cameras spying on your every move.

First Annual Relay For Life of Mill Creek

the first annual Relay for Life of Mill Creek will be held on June 2, 2012

The first annual Relay for Life of Mill Creek will begin at McCollum Park at 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 2nd. The relay starts with the opening ceremony and opening lap that honors cancer survivors and their caregivers.  After the first lap, all teams join in to keep the relay going until 9:00 AM Sunday morning. Pizza, hot dogs, burgers, and more will be available with all proceeds going to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Another Relay highlight is the Luminaria Ceremony that takes place at 10:00 p.m., honoring the community’s cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease. The track will be surrounded with glowing luminaria that bear the name of someone who has battled cancer. Luminaria may be purchased for $5.00 at the event, or by visiting the event website www.RelayForLife.org/millcreekwa .

East Gateway Urban Village frequently asked questions

Mill Creek's planned East Gateway Urban Village

What is the East Gateway Urban Village?

The East Gateway Urban Village is a planned shopping and residential center in the northeast corner of Mill Creek east of 35th Avenue SE, south of 132nd Street SE, and west of Seattle Hill Road. The vision is to have a Town Center-like development with a mix of professional office, retail shopping, and residential units on land that is now essentially undeveloped. When fully built out, the East Gateway Urban Village could include approximately 350,000 square feet of retail space, 60,000 square feet of office space, and a combination of 394 town homes and apartments.

Ciscoe Morris Visits Mill Creek Garden Club

Ciscoe Morris visits Mill Creek Garden Club at Mill Creek Country Club

On May 9, 2012, over 100 Mill Creek Garden Club members and guests were thoroughly entertained by the "oh la la" gardening guru, Ciscoe Morris

Speaking with humor about many topics, growing tomatoes, aphids, black spot on roses, etc., Ciscoe was both entertaining and informative.  There were many questions following his presentation and he was able to answer them all.  Laughing and learning were the order of the day. 

2012 Mutt March for a cause features many activities

2012 Mutt March for a cause has many activities for dogs and owners

The 2012 Mutt March is more than just the 5K walk from McCollum Park to the Mill Creek Town Center and back. There will be plenty for dogs and their owners to do, from water-dog training clinics, to performances by Washington Owners of Flying Disc Dogs, to the YMCA K9 Costume Contest. Participants can choose to support either the Rotary Club’s First Harvest or Chase Away K9 Cancer. There will be fun activities on both Saturday and Sunday, June 2nd and 3rd at McCollum Park.

Join hundreds of dog lovers at Mutt March 2012 to help support two great organizations: Chase Away K9 Cancer and Rotary First Harvest (which supports local food banks). This year, you choose which organization you would like to help when you register for the walk. There will be a scavenger hunt with prizes for Mutt March participants. Check in time for the 5K dog walk is 8 AM. The walk goes from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM. You can register here: 2012 Mutt March Regisration

Farmer's Market at Willis Tucker Park

Farmers Market at Willis Tucker opens June 1

Opening day for the Farmer's Market will be Friday June 1st from 3-7pm at Willis Tucker Park, 6705 Puget Park Drive, Snohomish, WA 98296.

The mission of Farmers Market at Willis Tucker is to create a gathering place where members of the local community can support and learn from local farmers, food vendors, and artisans. In order to provide customers with a full and varied market experience, the market managers are carefully selecting vendors based on quality, customer service, quantity, and uniqueness.

This year's market season will run from June 1st to September 14th.

The park is a forested 84-acre site immediately adjacent to Silver Firs, The Highlands, and Snohomish Cascade; three miles east of Mill Creek. The park is home to the Park Department's administration offices, a very popular water spray park, an off-leash dog area, and movies in the park each summer.

Mill Creek City Council takes steps to address budget deficit

Mill Creek City Council addresses budget deficit

The Mill Creek City Council took steps to address a potential $1.7 million deficit in the City’s 2013-2014 budget during an all-day Legislative Retreat on Saturday, May 12th. The councilmembers directed City staff to plan for a mix of spending cuts, tax increases and use of general fund reserves to reduce the budget deficit. The City's Finance Director, Landy Manuel, and City staff will continue to work on the 2013-2014 budget during the rest of the year. Although budget discussions will continue, the Mill Creek City Council won’t formally vote on the final budget until late in the year.

Acting City Manager, Tom Gathmann, set the stage for the Legislative Retreat by saying, “We all know there is a structural deficit issue with the budget. If we keep on the same plan we have right now, the ship runs aground in the future, because our expenses are exceeding our revenue… We want to deal with that structural deficit. We really need guidance, just as much, on putting together the 2013-2014 biennial budget. There are going to be some tough decisions to make.”

U.S.News ranks Jackson High School as one of state’s best and in nation’s top 5%

Jackson High School receives high ranking from U.S. News

For the last four years, U.S.News Education has ranked the nation’s high schools, using state test scores and statistical predictions of 1) how well students at each school “should” be doing, based upon their socioeconomic student populations, 2) how well black and Hispanic students are doing and 3) how well-prepared students are for college.

Two of Everett Public Schools high schools were among U.S.News Education medal winners for the first time this year. This year’s awards are based upon the most recently available national data – that from school year 2009-10.

Jackson High School met the first two criteria, has a 26.5 AP ranking (well above the 16.3 requirement) AND was among the nation’s top 500 AP ranking schools. Thus, JHS is considered number 1,285 in the nation, according to U.S.News and stands in spot number 34 in Washington state.

La Palmera now serves breakfast

La Palmera starts serving breakfast in Mill Creek

Starting on May 12th La Palmera Family Mexican Restaurant will be serving breakfast from 7AM-11AM Saturdays and Sundays.

Breakfast is at the Mill Creek location only.
15224 Main Street, Mill Creek
425-379-5100

In addition to their Famous Mexican Breakfast, they will be serving an American Style Breakfast including:

  • Omelets 
  • Pancakes and French Toast 
  • Eggs Benedict 
  • Steak & Eggs 
  • Drinks & Dessert! 

Click on the following link to print a $5.00 discount Coupon.

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