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2013 Washington State Spring BBQ Championship

Central to the Evergreen Spring Festival on April 27th and 28th, 2013 will be the Washington State Spring BBQ Championship, a two-day barbecue cook-off.

The Evergreen State Fair will once again be hosting the Spring Festival on April 27th through 28th, 2013. The 50th anniversary of the creation of the Snohomish Parks Department will be celebrated during the festival.

Central to the Spring Festival will be the Washington State Spring BBQ Championship, a two-day barbeque cook-off to be located in the covered Judging Arena south of the Evergreen Events Center. The competition will feature cooking demonstrations of outdoor grilling and BBQ techniques.

Mill Creek Women's Club members learn how to create outrageous garden containers

Steve Smith and Rachael Zeutenhorst showed how to create an outrageous garden container from scratch.

The guest presenters for the April 17, 2013 Mill Creek Women's Club luncheon, were Steve Smith a.k.a “The Whistling Gardener” from Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville, and Rachel Zeutenhorst from T&L Wholesale Nursery in Woodinville. Together they showed how to create an outrageous garden container from scratch.

Smith explained that he is from Southern California and when working there he would always whistle before entering a customer's backyard, just in case they were out there doing a bit of sunbathing! Hence the name “The Whistling Gardener.”

Smith and Zeutenhorst are neighbors and quite often give presentations together. Smith explained that he is the nerd and Zeutenhorst is the container expert.  Rachel’s container creations have won many awards.

Members and guests were entertained with Smith and Zeutenhorst's extensive knowledge of plants and their passion for gardening sprinkled with plenty of humor.

Plant Insurance - Who Needs It?

Steve Smith reviews some basic planting procedures that will help insure success for all of us. He wants to drive home the importance of compost, fertilizer and to a lesser extent transplant shock reducing products.

This weekly column is being reproduced with the permission of Steve Smith, The Whistling Gardener, and owner of Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville.

Now that we are in the thick of the planting season I think it is prudent to review some basic planting procedures that will help insure success for all of us. Mostly, I want to drive home the importance of compost, fertilizer and to a lesser extent transplant shock reducing products. So, here we go..................

Is your food stressing you out?

Did you know April is National Stress Awareness month? Stress is something we all experience on a daily basis and it affects each one of us differently.

Did you know April is National Stress Awareness month? Stress is something we all experience on a daily basis and it affects each one of us differently.  Simply put, stress is anything that causes strain on the body, regardless of its origin. How many times have you told a friend “I’m so stressed out” or “I’m under a lot of stress right now?” What would you most attribute this source of stress?

For most of us our lives are a non-stop dance from one task to another. Americans work more now than ever before. According to a study done by the International Labor Organization, 85.8% of males and 66.5% of females work more than 40 hours per week. When compared to other industrialized nations, Americans work 137 more hours per year than Japanese workers, 260 more hours per year than British workers, and 499 more hours per year than French workers. What does that mean? We are not taking enough vacation days.  

"Six Weeks to a Healthier You" presented by Joe Piscatella

The "Six Weeks to a Healthier You" program led by Joe Piscatella begins May 13, 2013. This program can help you improve your eating and cooking habits, manage your stress, lose weight, and exercise smarter.

Register now for the six-week program that had South Snohomish County buzzing in 2012. 

Led by Joe Piscatella, a nationally acclaimed speaker, health expert and best-selling author, the program can help you improve your eating and cooking habits, help you manage your stress, lose weight and exercise smarter.

See for yourself what the nearly 500 participants in 2012 were talking about. Everyone is welcome!

Desperate for Rest?

According to the National Sleep Foundation 30% to 40% of Americans suffer from insomnia and women are 1.3 times more likely to have chronic insomnia than men.

Having trouble sleeping is one of the main concerns I hear from folks I see in my practice. Why is it that so many of us, after having a full day of activity, have difficulty falling asleep--and staying asleep? According to the National Sleep Foundation 30% to 40% of Americans suffer from insomnia and women are 1.3 times more likely to have chronic insomnia than men. For most of us, adequate sleep means seven to nine hours a night.  The National Sleep Foundation found that the number of people sleeping fewer than six hours per night has doubled over the last four decades to nearly a third of the population.

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!

Got Ama (toxins)?

Ama is toxic sludge that accumulates in our digestive track. It consists of undigested food and emotions that accumulate when we are making poor food choices, stressed-out, quit exercising and forget to drink water.

Got Ama (toxins)?, by Kate Towell.

You may be wondering what the heck is Ama? Well you know when you are feeling heavy, experience low energy, have mental fog, chronic headaches, poor digestion, uncontrolled cravings and your immune system seems to be on the fritz? If you experience one or many of these symptoms, then you’ve got Ama.

According to Ayurveda Ama is toxic sludge that accumulates in our digestive track. It consists of undigested food and emotions that accumulate when we are making poor food choices, stressed-out, quit exercising and forget to drink water. Ama also accumulates due to natural seasonal energies.  I know it sounds gross and it kinda is. Don’t worry you are not alone. We all experience varying levels of Ama, especially this time of year. Over the Winter the heavy Kapha (earth and water) energy builds in our system and can create Ama. The good news is as Spring approaches the energy is perfect to cleanse Ama out of our bodies.

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