Summer has arrived in Mill Creek

Activities abound around town for residents of every age
By Dan Aznoff | Jun 21, 2019
Courtesy of: Skipper Greg Elwin Mill Creek Police Chief Greg Elwin took full advantage of the warm days of spring to get behind the wheel of his powerboat on the Puget Sound. The chief was quick to remind residents to brush up on safety regulations and be sure all of your equipment is ready for a summer under the sun. The chief follows his own advice whether he is cruising the San Juan Islands on his boat or touring the back roads of Skagit and Whatcom counties on his motorcycle.

The kids out of school and parents packing up the car for a road trip. That can only mean the City of Mill Creek is ready for the warmer days of summer with a long list of options for every member of the family.

The list of happenings begins with a Mill Creek favorite, the fifth annual Mill Creek Garden Club Garden Tour on Saturday, June 22, from 11a.m. until 4p.m. This year’s excursion through six backyards will be enhanced with the addition of artisan vendors who will offer everything a garden retreat requires except the blooms.

Any available tickets will be available on the day of the tour for $20. All proceeds from the backyard spectacular will go to Mill Creek Garden Club’s “Giving through Gardening” Grant Program, which awarded $7,000 to community organizations during the 2018-19 year

More information about the tour and club activities is available at www.MillCreekGardenClub.com.

The family festivities keep going with a the first of three Parties in the Park on Thursday, June 27, from 5 until 7p.m. at Highlands Park, 16110 29th Dr. SE. The city-sponsored parties are designed to provide a fun evening out for the community with fun activities and games while showcasing the City’s beautiful local parks. The Mill Creek Lions Club will be providing food for purchase at each event. City Staff and personnel from Mill Creek Police Department and Snohomish County Fire District 7 will be in attendance.

Party in the Park events are also on the calendar for July 25 at the Mill Creek Sports Park, 13903 North Creek Dr. and Aug. 22 at Heron Park, 2701 155th St. SE. Both parties will be held from 5 until 7p.m.

The highly-anticipated Art Walk in Mill Creek Town Center will kickoff the busy month of July when businesses in Town Center host artists of mediums ranging from drawing and painting to jewelry and sculpture. The program this is year is being presented with support from the city’s Arts and Beautification Board. The visual art will be enhanced this year by singers, musicians and magicians who are scheduled to stroll through each Art Walk to entertain the crowds.

Residents are encouraged to grab a friend or loved one, and spend a delightful evening in Mill Creek. The Art Walks are scheduled for the second Thursday of each month, including July 11 and Aug. 8, from 5-8 p.m. along Main Street in Mill Creek Town Center.

The two-day Mill Creek Festival is on the city calendar for July 13 and 14, the same weekend as the annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament. This year the city is working with Stars Unlimited to produce the tournament.

To register visit: www.starsunlimited.team/star-fest-3x3.html.

Hands-on art returns to Mill Creek when the four hand-painted pianos return to Main Street on Friday, June 28. The decorative instruments will be available for anybody to play or just sit and listen to others tinkle the keyboard. The pianos will be located on the sidewalk underneath the covered bridge next to Frost, at the bus stop across from the Cold Stone Creamery, outside the eating plaza at Central Market and under the covered area near the fireplace at QFC on 164th St. SE.

August will be busy across the city when the Mill Creek hosts National Night Out on Thursday, Aug. 6, at Pine Meadow Park, 15803 32nd Ave. SE, in conjunction with hundreds of other cities in the state an across the country. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. This year, the Mill Creek Police department will be joined by firefighters Snohomish County Fire District 7 for an event filled with family fun.

The popular Run with a Heart fundraiser has been scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 10 at Freedom Field. The event to benefit Colton’s Army includes a 5k run/walk, a Kids 1K and the newly-added Diaper Derby. More information is available at columbiaathleticclub.wixsite.com/runwithhearteverett.

The summer months are busy for seniors in Mill Creek as well. The calendar of events start out with a food theme with a trip to the 4th of July Food Truck Family Festival in Bothell. The visit to Bothell includes the annual Bothell Parade and a scheduled appearance by the Seafair Pirates.

Medical professionals from Evergreen Health will pay a visit to the Mill Creek Senior Center for free mammograms on July 9 from 11a.m. until noon. Spaces can be reserved by calling 425-899-3000. The Evergreen staff will return to Mill Creek on Aug. 13 with an informative meeting on Diabetes from noon until 1p.m.

The food theme continues in August when the seniors travel to the Taste of Edmonds on Friday, Aug. 16 from 10a.m. until 3p.m. Anybody interested in attending the Taste wit the Mill Creek Seniors should be prepared for an intense day of walking.

Seniors can also join the fun for some urban hikes this summer. The first hike will be along the North Creek Trail beginning in McCollum Park at 11a.m. The second hike will explore the south end of McCollum Park on Friday, Aug. 16 from 11a.m. until 2p.m.

Summer is not the time to sit inside. No matter what age you are, get out with your neighbors to enjoy the best that Mill Creek has to offer.

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