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Mirrormont Garage Sales

Dates: Friday, May 12th & Saturday, May 13th

Hours: Friday 9am – 4 pm; Saturday 9am – 2pm

Come find great bargains at our huge Mirrormont Community 23rd Annual Garage Sale. This year, we have 29+ households participating! Mirrormont community is just 5 minutes south of Poopoo Point, on Issaquah-Hobart Rd just past Cedar Grove Rd.

Here is the list of addresses and map: 2017_Mirrormont_Garage_Sales MAP   This PDF has each house listed and general item descriptions. This map with item descriptions will also be available at the kiosks upon entering Mirrormont (at either entrance).

You’ll find furniture, baby gear, garden items, artwork, collectibles, antiques, kitchen items, household items, toys, clothes, shoes, hand and power tools, fitness and sports equipment, lighting, appliances, dog house, electronic Items, plumbing fixtures, pet supplies and much more.

 

Mirrormont Garage Sales

Dates: Friday, May 12th & Saturday, May 13th

Hours: Friday 9am – 4 pm; Saturday 9am – 2pm

Who can be included in the Sales?

Any current member of the Mirrormont Community Association may participate in the sale and have their home included in the flyer/map. If you have not paid your 2017 MCA dues, $50 can get you in! Send a check to MCA, P.O. Box 476, Issaquah, WA 98027 or use PayPal to submit to Treasurer@mirrormont.org by May 1st.

We will put together a community map of the homes with sales, including a brief listing of categories offered at each location. You will be assigned a location number for the map and provided with a corresponding display number for your house. The packets will be at the Mirrormont Country Club clubhouse on Thursday, May 11th after 12:00 noon.

To ensure the best attendance, the sale will be advertised through several online channels and with signage.

To be included, email garagesale@mirrormont.org by May 1st with your name, address, phone number (for organizer’s questions), general types of items, special item(s), and the day(s) you are open.

Sign up by Monday, May 1st to be included, no exceptions. Make sure you get a confirmation call by then.

Everyone may shop!

 

Pea Patch Plant Sale

Saturday May 20th   9:00 am—2:00 pm @ Mirrormont Country Club Tennis Courts

Purchase Mirrormont-grown perennials, herbs, organic veggie starts (tomatoes!), & native plants at the tennis courts near check-in. Proceeds benefit Mirrormont Pea Patch.

SPRING CLEAN-UP and ADOPT-A-ROAD

Saturday May 20th   9:00 am—2:00 pm @ Mirrormont Country Club Tennis Courts

Electronics Recycling 9—2:00 & Shredder Truck 12—2:00 @ Mirrormont Country Club Parking Lot

All MCA members who have paid their $50 dues for 2017 may participate. Dues may be paid at dumpster drop-off (cash or check). For questions about dues, email membership@mirrormont.org

Thanks go to King County’s Community Service Area Program for co-funding this expanded event. 

Volunteers Needed

  • Ride on the truck for scheduled pick-ups
  • Help load dumpsters
  • Adopt-a-Road
  • Check in members

Please sign up! Email president@mirrormont.org

Drop-Off: First check in at the volunteer tent behind the dumpsters at the tennis courts. Volunteers can help you unload.

Scheduled Pick-Ups: If you need us to come to you, dues must be received on or before May 11th. Due to limited personnel for this service, we ask that pick-ups be reserved for those who are unable to take their items to the dumpsters. Pick-up at your home must be scheduled by Wednesday, May 17th. Contact harris4913@comcast.net with name, address & phone. Have items at curbside by 8:30 AM on 5/20.

Items NOT ALLOWED: Motor oil, gas, paint, yard waste, batteries, engine parts, tires, hazardous waste, concrete, large amounts of construction debris from remodeling projects (drywall, decking, etc.). The MCA has the right to limit the amount dumped per household.

Items Accepted: Large items that don’t fit in weekly trash, such as broken toys, furniture, BBQs, lawn furniture, carpets, mattresses.

Electronics Recycling: Computer equipment, PCs, laptops, keyboards, mice, speakers, cords, cables, monitors, hard drives, memory chips, projectors, power supplies, printers, TVs, cell phones, consumer electronics, DVD players, stereos.

Most Metals and appliances will be collected by a recycler by the dumpsters. If your item has a motor, drain the oil and gas.

Shredding: Confidential Data Disposal’s shredder truck will be in the Mirrormont Country Club parking lot from 12—2:00.

Adopt-A-Road: Sign up in advance for your section of road at president@mirrormont.org -or- volunteer on clean-up day at the dumpsters to help pick up roadside trash. Bags and gloves will be provided. This is a great family activity and a nice way to keep Mirrormont looking clean.

MCA Speaker Program: Declutter to Energize Your Space!

Take the stress out of mess! This season of Spring Cleaning is a good time to learn decluttering strategies. How can you change the energy of your space by repurposing things you already have? You don’t have to throw them away. You can organize, repurpose and recycle! Simplify your life. Gift excess items on the BuyNothing Mirrormont on Facebook. Selling unwanted “stuff” at a Garage Sale, Nextdoor or Craigslist is a bonus!

Our speaker is Barbara Bergenty, a Mirrormont resident and owner of Feng Shui Personal Organizer. Join us at the clubhouse on Wednesday, April 19th 7:00 for this MCA-sponsored event. Better yet, come to Happy Hour at 6:30 for wine, cheese, coffee, tea, brownies…

MCA Annual Easter Egg Hunt: April 15 at 10 AM

Join in the fun of the hunt for treat-filled eggs and the one and only Golden Egg on:

Saturday, April 15, 2015  at 10AM

For Mirrormont Children (and Grandchildren) age 0 to 12  

Meet at the MCC Clubhouse, bring your basket!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Mary Nelson is looking for some teenagers to help hide the eggs. Meet at the clubhouse at 8:00AM Saturday morning if you would like to help. Contact her at treasurer@mirrormont.org for more info.

MCA-Sponsoring a Supply Drive for Tent City 4 Issaquah

We are pleased to announce that the Mirrormont Community Association will be holding a blanket/supply/donation drive for Tent City 4–Issaquah between March 17th and 23rd. Tent City 4 is operated by Share/Wheel, whose mission, as a self-empowerment group, is to provide shelter for the homeless in communities around the Puget Sound, and to provide people in need with job opportunities and other opportunities to thrive. Tent City 4 (TC4) is currently located at Exit 20 off of I-90, and they are in need of donations. Below is a list of what is needed:

• Toiletries
• Coffee, tea, cream, sugar, canned & packaged items
• New or gently used and laundered blankets including quilts, comforters, heavy wool blankets, etc.
• Tents & tarps
• Fire and weather-resistant, 8×8 tents
• Boxes of 32 gallon trash bags
• Flashlights & AAA batteries
• Donations in the form of a check payable to SHARE/WHEEL with the designation TC4 on the memo. The MCA will kindly match the first $100 in donations received for this drive.

Donations will be accepted in the bus shelter located at the VanHuss/Kayler house at 26305 SE 156th Pl. (corner of 263rd Ave. and SE 156th Pl. Bus shelter with footbridge on corner) between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm March 17 – 23rd. Items will be delivered on Friday, March 24th. Check drop off can be arranged directly with Heidi Kayler, Director of Charitable Endeavors, MCA. Just contact volunteer@mirrormont.org  or 425.392.4130.

During our last drive in August of 2015, we delivered $225 in donations, 55 blankets, several toiletries, sleeping bags and other much-needed supplies on behalf of our community. Let’s exceed that this time around!

Complete information about TC4 can be found at http://www.sharewheel.org/
Thank you!
Heidi Kayler and The Mirrormont Community Association

Master Gardeners’ Hints for Growing Vegetables in Mirrormont

What veggies can you plant now? Is it better to plant seeds or starts? When is it safe to plant tomatoes? On Sunday, March 12th at 7:00 PM at the clubhouse, Jessica Klein-DiStefano and Linda Shepherd will share hints from their Master Gardener training and personal experience growing veggies in Mirrormont.

As always, Mirrormont Pea Patch welcomes everyone (aside from canine companions) to come and see the abundance of food we can grow here. Right now, we are eating over-wintered kale, collards, chard, and beets. Garlic that was planted last October has emerged, and rhubarb is sending up new shoots. Mints and wild Sylvetta arugula are starting to leaf out. Last year, Pea Patch gardeners feasted on our greens and fruits—and donated 747 pounds of organic vegetables to the Issaquah Food Bank.

Handout: MG Hints for Growing Vegetables, 1-22-17

Washington State University Extension Master Gardener Fact sheets: #2 Gardening Publications_2017 final

There are many planting calendars online, such as

http://westsidegardener.com/quick/timetable.html

The best way to decide when to start planting is measuring the soil temperature. Probe thermometers are inexpensive, costing about $10. For early season veggies, insert the thermometer 2 inches into the soil, measure several days in a row at mid-day, and take an average. Begin to plant cool season crops (arugula, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, kale, leeks, lettuce, onions, peas, radishes, spinach, Swiss chard, turnips) when soil temperature averages at least 40 degrees.

Doors will open at 6:30 for Happy Hour socializing and refreshments — wine, cheese, tea, coffee, brownies…

Firewise on 146th — Next Steps

Thanks to everyone who attended the meeting on 2/16/17, we have enough interest to go forward with a Firewise project on 146th. We are fortunate that Deputy Chief Greg Tryon of Eastside Fire & Rescue, Jarret Griesemer of King Conservation District and Linda Vane of King County Parks & DNR have been so supportive of our community. They put a great deal of time and energy into assessing our hazards and tailoring their presentation to our neighborhood.

Zone map: Jarret Griesemer drew 30-ft and 100-ft buffer zones around homes on SE 146th St on the attached aerial photo. These are zones of protection for Firewise landscaping with the goal of fuel reduction — limiting the amount of flammable vegetation and materials surrounding your house and increasing the moisture content of remaining vegetation.

See more about these zones at http://firewise.org/wildfire-preparedness/firewise-toolkit.aspx?sso=0.

King County has a brochure on wildfire safety tips (the one handed out at Firewise presentation), ‘Fire safety tips for rural homeowners’ at http://your.kingcounty.gov/dnrp/library/water-and-land/forestry/forestfire/FirewiseBrochure-rev.pdf      A list of fire-resistant native plant and Ciscoe Morris videos are at  http://www.kingcounty.gov/services/environment/water-and-land/forestry/forestfire.aspx

Individual assessments: Ten people on SE 146th Street and seven others in Mirrormont have requested Jarret Griesemer &/or Linda Vane to walk around their properties and give them an individual assessment and suggest ways to make their homes more Firewise. If you want to be added to their list, please contact me or email them directly at Linda.Vane@kingcounty.gov     jarret.griesemer@kingcd.org

Pruning workshop: Linda Vane is scheduling a pruning workshop at 10:00 a.m. on March 11th at Sheila & Doug Nast’s home to provide instruction on best practices for pruning trees and shrubs.

Fuel reduction: Now is the time to start hauling dead branches out to the road in preparation for chipping. Please stack piles so the butt ends of all branches face in one direction. You may want to partner with your neighbors to hand branches up or down the slope. You need to be an MCA member in order to be eligible for your branches to be chipped (your only cost for chipping).

Help: You can get help hauling branches from Tahoma High Schoolers at $14/hour through Brian Olson olsonsoutdoorimprovements@gmail.com — start scheduling them now, and pay Brian directly. Or, if you need more help, you might consider partnering with your neighbors to negotiate a good deal with Brian for his professional crew, who can help with pruning and bigger jobs.

Vacant lots/work party: While your first priority is making your own home more firewise, we want to organize a work party to work together on fuel reduction on the vacant lots, probably on April 15th. Russ Gawler at Fire Station 76 offered EF&R volunteers to help you, if they are available.

Resources: See the attached “How to Have a Firewise Home”     How to have a Firewise home (PDF, 826 KB)  and “Firewise Landscape/Construction Guide”  landscaping-2  (a caveat on this one is that it includes a few recommendations for vegetation management that are geared toward eastern Washington like “space conifer trees 30 feet between crowns”).

Funding: King Conservation District has earmarked $2000 for our Firewise project. These funds can go toward chipping branches and some work on the vacant “Landman” lots owned by Woodland Properties.

MCA Dues: Please pay your $50 annual MCA dues now so that you can benefit from this MCA-sponsored project. This will be your only cost, unless you opt to hire high-school helpers or Brian’s crew.

Track your hours: In order to remain a Firewise Community and qualify for grant funding, we need to contribute $2 per capita annually—about $3000. This includes the worth of your labor, valued at $20/hour, as well as any cash expenses. So please report the hours you spend on Firewise activities to me (including cleaning your roof)—as well as money you spend for roof cleaning, pruning and hauling branches.

Fire concerns: One homeowner on 146th reported there was a young kid arsonist in the neighborhood about 15 years ago. Another homeowner reported on a conversation with David Kappler on a hike; he said homeless folks camping in Tiger Mtn State Forest use campfires. Linda Vane said there are close calls every year in Western Washington, with fires roaring uphill and burning fast.

Triage: Deputy Chief Tryon emphasized that, in the event of a fire, firefighters determine which homes are defensible or not. Given limited resources, they will focus on homes that can be saved. If our community is well-prepared, we have a better chance of protecting it. He also recommended storing elsewhere: important papers or copies, photos, information you’d need for insurance.

Contact info:

Linda Vane Forestry Program│King County Department of Natural Resources & Parks    201 S. Jackson Street Suite 600

Seattle, WA 98104

www.kingcounty.gov/forestry linda.vane@kingcounty.gov (206) 477-4842
Jarret Griesemer King Conservation District, IP Forestry Project Coordinator    1107 SW Grady Way, Suite 130

Renton, WA 98057

jarret.griesemer@Kingcd.org  (425) 282-1953
Brian Olson Olson’s Outdoor Improvements   olsonsoutdoorimprovements@gmail.com
http://www.olsonsoutdoorimprovements.com (206) 605-8839

Thanks for doing your part to make Mirrormont safer!

Linda Shepherd

President, Mirrormont Community Association

president@mirrormont.org

Firewise: Making Mirrormont Safer — 2/16 at 7 PM at the clubhouse

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Unlike Eastern Washington, where catastrophic wildfires occur annually across the landscape, Western Washington faces a different risk. Catastrophic wildfires occur once every hundred years or more, on scales much greater than the annual fires that occur frequently east of the Cascade crest. Unexpected, large and highly-intense wildfires can occur on the west side, and have in the past. Fortunately our fire response has been able to limit the extent of fire spread. It’s not a matter of if a catastrophic wildfire will spread beyond our control, it’s a matter of when. We can only try to control ‘the when’ by keeping the density of fire fuels low and staying well-prepared to fight fires.

Wildfires do burn every year in east King County. It takes only a few sunny days for forests to dry out enough to catch fire. In windy conditions, wildfires can get out of control quickly. The defensible space you create around your home could be the only thing left that could save your home and property, should a catastrophic fire go ablaze.

Before wildfire strikes, learn how you can help protect your lives and property by creating a fire-adapted space around structures.

Please join us on Thursday, February 16th at 7:00 PM at the clubhouse for a Firewise presentation by ES&R Deputy Fire Chief Tryon, King Conservation District Forester Jarret Griesemer and Linda Vane with King County’s Forestry Program.

As discussed in our annual MCA newsletter, Mirrormont News, Jarret identified SE 146th St. as our highest risk area because it is on a steep slope facing Tiger Mtn State Forest, and the large amount of fuels present on many homeowner’s properties and especially on the vacant lots. Jarret and Linda will discuss strategies for working on steep slopes.

You can schedule a free individual assessment of your property at the meeting. Jarret or Linda can help you spot wildfire risks on your property and advise you what to do about them.

Brian Olson, of Olson’s Outdoor Improvements, will attend the meeting. He wants to offer homeowners a “Mirrormont deal” for winter clean-up services if the work can be scheduled as a group.

Doors will open at 6:30 for Happy Hour socializing and refreshments — wine, cheese, tea, coffee, brownies…