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McCollum Park's swimming pool opens Saturday

McCollum Park's heated outdoor swimming pool opens for the summer.

McCollum Park's heated swimming pool officialy opens for the summer on Saturday, June 23rd. Open swim sessions will start at 12:15 PM, 2:15 PM, and 5:30 PM.

Swim lessons will begin on Monday, June 25th.

McCollum Park's 2012 fees for open swim, swim lessons, swim team, season passes, pool rentals and more have been reduced in some cases by nearly 20 percent.

Many new programs have been added, including four-week learn-to-swim sessions, which meet two times per week for increased family flexibility.

Drugstores help fight the whooping cough epidemic in Snohomish County

Drugstores help fight the whooping cough epidemic in Snohomish County

Twenty-one local drugstores have joined the fight to knock down the whooping cough epidemic in Snohomish County. The Snohomish Health District supplies the pharmacies with free vaccine from the Sanofi Pasteur AmeriCares patient assistance program for uninsured, low-income adults.

Since the beginning of June, the stores so far have administered nearly 450 doses of whooping cough vaccine to low-income or uninsured adults. Pharmacies charge $10 to $15 to give the shot – the vaccine itself is no cost to the client.

Six Mill Creek USTA teams in local playoffs

six Mill Creek Tennis Club United States Tennis Association (USTA) teams advance to local playoffs

The Mill Creek Tennis Club has six out of eleven adult United States Tennis Association (USTA) teams heading to local playoffs this weekend. Roger and Byron Mark took over operation of the Mill Creek Tennis Club in 2009, and the club’s USTA program has improved ever since.

Roger Mark has coached many adult USTA teams and has sent multiple teams to the national tournament that ends each season. Each year Mark coaches up to ten USTA teams, seeing over 150 players. In 2008, his teams captured national titles at the Men's 4.0 and Women's 3.0 levels. In 2011 his teams continued their national success, winning the 4.0 Men's Championship, the 8.0 Mixed Doubles Championship, and placing third in the 7.0 Mixed Doubles Championship tournament.

Making Peace with Coffee

Making peace with coffee by Kate Towell

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

Lately I have been contemplating my relationship with coffee. I live in a coffee culture. Here in Seattle the coffee flows as freely as the rain.  Dates are made, meet-ups organized, books read and ipad apps enjoyed over coffee. As a yogini I am continually evaluating areas of my life where I create conflict. After all, yoga and Ayurveda are all about creating union in mind and body rather than conflict. When we evaluate conflict in our life it doesn’t have to be big items like relationships, job satisfaction or long-standing destructive patterns. Actually resolving conflict around smaller areas of our lives can help to transform the bigger areas too.  Recently, I realized I have created a tremendous amount of conflict around coffee. As a passionate explorer of Ayurveda I know that balance, joy and freedom are found along  the median path. I asked myself is my love affair with coffee an extreme?

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.

Eating Wild with Kate Towell

Kate Towell eat wild

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

Eat Wild, by Kate Towell

My dear friend Ananya inspired this month’s newsletter theme when she shared her dandelion pancake recipe with me last week. Her adventure in back yard foraging reminded me that our yards are filled with a bounty of fun, healthy and beneficial foods. Her Happy Dandy Pancakes are our featured recipe this month =) 

Wild edibles are some of the most nutritious foods on the planet. You may have noticed them making a come-back on the menu of your favorite restaurant. Greens, nettles and wild mushrooms are local favorites. Look out your window. There is a treasure trove waiting for you. Rose hips and violet flowers are some of the richest sources of vitamin C found on Earth. Dandelion roots, greens and flowers are full of calcium, potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C. According to Ayurveda, the bitter taste of wild greens makes them naturally cleansing and powerful aids for reducing sugar cravings.  

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