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Welcome to the 2013 Mill Creek Festival

The 2013 Mill Creek Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 13th and 14th.

The Mill Creek Business Association has proudly produced the Mill Creek Festival for the past 12 years. The festival committee, formed entirely of volunteers from local businesses, devotes countless hours and resources to create an enjoyable event for our patrons and an opportunity for local companies to showcase their services.

The Festival would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Once again, Dan and Sue McNeely of North Creek Roofing are the title sponsors of the event. Please stop by their booth in the middle of Mill Creek Blvd and 161st, as well the booths of all our sponsors for that matter, and thank them for their support. In years that we are able to cover all the festival’s expenses, proceeds are invested back into the community. For example, just this year the Mill Creek Business Association has supported the Mill Creek Santa Parade, the Mill Creek Police Guild, the South Snohomish Honor Guard, the YMCA’s Invest in Youth Campaign, the Mill Creek Food Bank, Jackson High Football and the Mill Creek Forum Summer Concert Series.

World musician Scott Cossu to perform at 2013 Mill Creek Festival

Pianist Scott Cossu will play with drummer Steve Banks and multi instrumentalist (flute, bass flute, saxophone and harmonica) John Croarkin on the Main Stage at this year’s Mill Creek Festival.

Pianist Scott Cossu will play with drummer Steve Banks and multi instrumentalist (flute, bass flute, saxophone and harmonica) John Croarkin on the Main Stage at this year’s Mill Creek Festival.

The trio will play original compositions from Cossu’s latest album “Jazz & Blues,” which was recorded about a year ago. The music is energetic, according to Cossu, and if you haven’t ever heard the bass flute, he promises some nice selections that feature it. “I was pigeon-holed as a New Age musician, but this really kicks,” Cossu said. Given the scope of his nearly 40-year career as a composer, teacher and performer, it would be unfortunate for those who appreciate an array of musical styles to pigeon-hole Cossu.

Improve your health for free at the Mill Creek Festival

Attendees of the Mill Creek Festival have the opportunity to do something good for themselves at the Walgreens Way to Well Health tour bus, which will be open during the festival on Saturday, July 13, 2013.

Do you ever have a sneaky feeling that you should get your cholesterol checked, or maybe have your glucose level measured, but you just don’t want to take the time to do it?

A visitor to Walgreens Way to Well Health tour bus in Yuba City, California, was too busy to worry about preventative health. He didn’t have insurance to cover it, either. But he took the time to come to the bus to get free health screening tests, and he’s really glad he did.

He didn’t know what his levels were and didn’t have insurance to go to the doctor, so he was surprised to find that his cholesterol was over 300,” said Karen Mulch, a technician with the health bus. “We like those numbers to be under 200, so we gave him tips on how to decrease it, and literature on how important diet and exercise is. We didn’t expect him to come back, but three days later we had another event and he came back and asked to get checked again. He had changed his diet, so we checked his cholesterol and it was 50 points lower than just three days before! It just shows how changing your diet and doing a bit of exercise can change your levels rather quickly.”

Best New Band nominees "Michelle Taylor and the Blues Junkies" to play at 2013 Mill Creek Festival

Best New Band nominees "Michelle Taylor and the Blues Junkies" to play at the 2013 Mill Creek Festival.

July 13, 2013 Update

Michelle Talor and the Blues Junkies will perform on the Main Stage of the Mill Creek Festival on Sunday, July 14th at 1:30 pm.

Michelle Taylor is known by many in the Pacific Northwest because of her six-year gig with the Top-40 cover band, Expertease. As lead singer for the band, she quickly gathered a loyal fan base due to her outgoing personality, energetic stage presence, and loyalty to fans.

In six years, she rarely missed a performance, even singing through the final months of her pregnancy. Soon after giving birth to her son, Taylor began to look for new ground with her music. “I wanted to do something different vocally, to express myself more than I could when singing traditional top 40 tunes,” she said. “My voice has more of a blues sound, so I wanted to explore that.”

Juicing vs. Blending

Kate Towell discusses the benefits of both juicing and blending the light, fresh foods of the season.

Hey look what I found, my old Juice Man Jr. I bought this guy a few years back when I was doing a juice cleanse. You probably have noticed information and recipes for green juices and smoothies are popping up all over the place and they are becoming a more mainstream approach to healthy eating. I have to be honest, I never took to juicing the way I have to green smoothies.

I drink a smoothie every day. It has become part of my daily routine. I know there are people who love juicing but I found it messy and not as satisfying as having a smoothie. But hey, since I found my juicer when I was cleaning out the cupboards I took it as a sign to give juicing another try.

What you need to know about proper watering from the Whistling Gardener

Most gardeners water too often and not deep enough. Stick your finger into the soil two inches down (if it will go that far) and see if there is any moisture. If there is then DON’T WATER YET. Wait a few more days.

Yes, I know, this column could turn out to be a real snoozer but it’s so darn important that I need you to pay attention and read it all. It could mean the difference between life and death of your plants. Let me get straight to the facts.

1. Most gardeners water too often and not deep enough. Stick your finger into the soil two inches down (if it will go that far) and see if there is any moisture. If there is then DON’T WATER YET. Wait a few more days. If it is dry then apply some water slowly so it has a chance to soak in. Here in lies the crux of the problem. Water doesn’t soak into glacial till which is what most of us have.

Left coast/right coast – The people you meet

East Coast Rule 1: Never trust anyone. When you grow up in New York City, you take certain platitudes for granted. First among those is, “Never trust anyone as you never know who they really are.”

As this column is named left coast/right coast, I thought it might be interesting to compare people and my impressions from both coasts:

East Coast Rule 1: Never trust anyone. When you grow up in New York City, you take certain platitudes for granted. First among those is, “Never trust anyone as you never know who they really are.”

Just think of Son of Sam. A mere postal worker who had a habit of sneaking up on parked cars and blowing the occupants away with a .44 caliber gun. To say Son of Sam had a personality disorder is sort of like saying it rains in Seattle. Really? What gave you the first clue?

Here is a sample of a letter Son of Sam wrote to famous New York Daily News Columnist Jimmy Breslin, “Hello from the Gutters of NYC which are filled with dog manure, vomit, stale wine, urine and blood.”

Now isn’t this just the kind of person you want to invite home for dinner? What personality disorder? Just a typical misunderstood New Yorker going about their daily business.

Announcing the July 11th Mill Creek Second Thursday Art Walk artists

The Mill Creek Town Center Business Association along with the City of Mill Creek’s Art & Beautification Board is pleased to announce the artists for the July 11th Mill Creek Town Center Second Thursday Art Walk.

The Mill Creek Town Center Business Association along with the City of Mill Creek’s Art & Beautification Board is pleased to announce the artists for the July 11th Mill Creek Town Center Second Thursday Art Walk.

The event will run from 5 to 8 pm on Thursday, July 11, 2013.

Donna Michelson, Mill Creek City Councilmember liaison to the Art & Beautification Board, has been involved in the planning, “The Art & Beautification Board are very excited about the upcoming Art Walk.  This is the second year for this new event and we have added an extra month (June) to make it four months total.”

“The Board members have been working extremely hard to make this very successful and have tried to match up artists with appropriate businesses.”

“We learned what worked and what needed to be addressed for this year's upcoming Art Walk. It was well-received last year and we had many positive comments. This is just another way to bring Mill Creek to the spotlight as a destination city.”

Six tips for healthy summer travel

So, whether you’re road tripping, flying or maybe taking a cruise, here are some simple tips to optimize your summer travel–keeping you balanced and healthy so you can enjoy your vacation to the fullest.

The season of summer vacation is here. As a kid that meant a road trip! We would pile in our green Oldsmobile station wagon and head to the beach; some national historic landmark, or if we were lucky Cedar Point (Ohio’s greatest theme park).

Summer travel, when done right, leaves us refreshed, relaxed and with great memories, but we have all had vacations that leave us feeling like we need another one as soon as we get home. So, whether you’re road tripping, flying or maybe taking a cruise, here are some simple tips to optimize your summer travel–keeping you balanced and healthy so you can enjoy your vacation to the fullest.

Firefighters host July 4th waterball contest in Edmonds

Area firefighters will put their skills on display in the 2013 Edmonds Fourth of July Waterball Competition beginning at 2:30 p.m. at City Park, 3rd Ave. S and Pine Street, Edmonds.

Area firefighters will put their skills on display in the 2013 Edmonds Fourth of July Waterball Competition beginning at 2:30 p.m. at City Park, 3rd Ave. S and Pine Street, Edmonds.

Volunteer firefighters from Snohomish County Fire District 1 will host the free event that has been a Fourth of July tradition in Edmonds for years.

Many families picnic in the park and watch the competition after the parade and before the fireworks show.

Soaker hose watering and how to keep plants hydrated, from the Whistling Gardener

Soaker hose watering will be the hot topic for this week after this extremely hot and humid weekend. Even if we get the cooling and possible showers they are predicting it will still be necessary to get some additional water on our gardens

"Wow, what a corker this weekend was."

I am pretty sure that I spent 90% of my weekend on the end of a hose. Of course when you are responsible for 15,000 plants it's no surprise that watering is top priority. But even in my garden I had a hose running somewhere the entire weekend. My goal was to build up a reserve of moisture in the soil to keep my plants hydrated through the next several days.

Just in case you haven't put a shovel in the soil recently, our gardens are bone dry once you dig beyond 6 inches.

Soaker hose watering will be the hot topic for this week after this extremely hot and humid weekend. Even if we get the cooling and possible showers they are predicting it will still be necessary to get some additional water on our gardens.

Left Coast/Right Coast - So many complaints, so little time

The other day as I stomped on the gas to “get through” a light turning red (I swear Judge, it was still yellow when I went through) I looked up and saw another of those horrible traffic cameras.

Highway 99 Encore: The other day as I stomped on the gas to “get through” a light turning red (I swear Judge, it was still yellow when I went through) I looked up and saw another of those horrible traffic cameras.

See, this is another example of bureaucracy run amok. The poor schmuck doesn’t stand a chance. The lights are timed so if you are dumb enough to attempt to run the light, the yellow signal is timed to be so short that unless you’re traveling at Mach 1 – you cannot make it through before red. Then that ticket shows up with your dumb face looking directly up at the camera – with your license plate displayed below (ask me how I know this).

If you are traveling at Mach 1 or above, you also get a camera ticket for speeding (again, ask me how I know this).

The only good thing here is that a camera ticket is not classified as a moving violation, so it does not go on your insurance and doesn’t increase your premium about 20% for three years (again, ask me how I know this).

Keeping Cool this Summer – with Ayurveda

According to Ayurveda, Summer is the season of Pitta or the fire element. Pitta governs our metabolism and intelligence and is our ability to digest food, information and emotions.

Summer’s in full swing and BBQs, flip flops and sunscreen are in high demand. According to Ayurveda, Summer is the season of Pitta or the fire element. Pitta is the energy of transformation. It governs our metabolism and intelligence and is our ability to digest food, information and emotions. Pitta’s qualities are hot, sharp and intense.

Pitta is increased by excessive heat like too much hot spicy foods or a lot of hot emotions like anger, frustration and intense competition. Since the summer is the season of Pitta when it is hot outside the fire element in us increases too. We may experience irritability, skin rashes, increased sweat, red itchy eyes, acid indigestion and even be prone to road rage.

One of the main principles of Ayurveda is “like increases like” (that’s why hot things increase the fire element) and balance is achieved by the opposite qualities. So if Pitta is hot, sharp and intense think calm, cool and peaceful to bring balance.

A few words of wisdom for the last week of June from the Whistling Gardener

As we wrap up June and move into July I can tell you unequivocally that you can continue to plant just about anything all the way through the summer and into the fall.

As we wrap up June and move into July several thoughts come to mind. First and foremost is the perennial question about planting and I can tell you unequivocally that you can continue to plant just about anything all the way through the summer and into the fall.

You can even plant corn as long as you do it in the next couple of weeks. Forget “knee high by the fourth of July." A short season corn will still ripen for us in late September if it is planted by the first week of July.

The one single trick to successful planting this time of year is to plant properly into well prepared soil and “water-in” plants correctly. This “watering-in” step is where most home owners screw up.

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