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Mirrormont Garden Tour: Indulge in Beauty!

Mirrormont Garden Tour: Indulge Yourself in Beauty

Please join us for a delightful afternoon of touring six Mirrormont gardens on Saturday, August 5th. We will meet at 12:30 at the Pea Patch behind the tennis courts (25500 Mirrormont Drive) to tour our community garden, get maps, and form carpools to tour gardens described as:

  • Never Say “No” Collection: a gloriously welcoming garden for entertaining.
  • Discovery Garden: with a calming Zen waterfall, exuberant climbing hydrangea.
  • Wildlife Sanctuary: ponds, stream, waterfall, and plants to attract wildlife.
  • Plant Hoarder’s Garden: rare and unusual plants, whimsical glass art, 15-ft lilies, and a stumpery.
  • Lazy Man’s Garden Cave: dahlias on steroids!
  • Walk in the Park: a Master Gardener’s expression of the pleasures of shade gardening.

Be inspired. Get ideas for things to do in your garden. See what you can grow here. Enjoy whimsical garden art. Learn how you can support wildlife. Talk with our unpretentious gardeners about the joys of gardening. Enjoy wine, noshy things, and chitchat at the conclusion of the tour.

Please RSVP to president@mirrormont.org. Open only to Mirrormont residents.

Sponsored by the Mirrormont Community Association, and organized by two Mirrormont Master Gardeners.

Nice Native Plant or Noxious Weed? What’s growing on your property and what can you do about it.

Do you have invasive weeds taking over your property? Are you worried about new weeds that are starting to show up in the neighborhood? Are you new to Mirrormont and want to discern between lovely native plants and noxious weeds? Come on July 19th at 7 PM to the MCC clubhouse to hear Sasha Shaw, noxious weed expert and educator from King County’s Noxious Weed Control Program.

Learn how to identify and eradicate common invasive weeds like English ivy, Himalayan blackberry, yellow archangel, creeping yellow buttercup, and bindweed (a.k.a. morning glory), as well as new species just starting to show up in Mirrormont such as rough chervil, a poisonous plant related to poison hemlock. Bring your own mystery plants in a ziplock bag to get help identifying them and find out how to control them.

Arrive early for this MCA-sponsored event to socialize and enjoy Happy Hour, which begins at 6:30 and features wine, cheese, coffee, tea, brownies, and other treats.

 

Vet Talk: Safe Pets & Fun Facts: Keeping Pets Safe in Mirrormont

Monday, June 19th at 7:00 at the Mirrormont Country Club clubhouse.

Join us for a Happy Hour at 6:30 for wine & cheese, coffee & tea, brownies & other treats.

Think your pets are safe from diseases carried by ticks and mosquitoes here in the Pacific Northwest? You might want to think again. Pets in King County are listed as moderately at-risk for a number of infectious diseases, including Lyme and heartworm disease, according to data from the Companion Animal Parasite Council (capcvet.org). Come learn the facts – and how you can protect your pets in this discussion led by veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Schori. Her talk will be followed by some interesting fun facts about companion animal health, presented by her husband, Ian Parker, a long-time expert in the animal health industry.

 

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-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…