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News from Terry Ryan

November 2017

Terry Ryan's eNewsletter

Terry Ryan

Snohomish County Council
3000 Rockefeller Ave., M/S 609
Everett, Washington 98201
 8th floor, Robert J. Drewel Building 
Phone: 425-388-3494


Pam Pruitt, Legislative Aide

County Budget

The Council continues to work intensely reviewing the Executive's proposed 2018 budget. I am deeply concerned the proposed budget is not sustainable and will give us an even bigger hole to fill in 2019.

I have heard loud and clear that my constituents oppose the 4% tax increase in the Executive’s proposed budget. I believe we can still add five new deputies that our County desperately needs by reducing spending elsewhere in the proposed budget.

There are no easy answers or fixes to creating a sustainable budget.  I am working with my fellow councilmembers and our analysts to come up with a reasonable budget the Council can support.

The Council will have a public hearing regarding the budget on November 13.  Please continue to share your thoughts and comments with me via email or telephone calls.

Veterans Day

Veterans Day is Saturday, November 11.  Veterans Day celebrates the service of all US Military veterans.  All men and women serving our great country deserve our thanks and respect.  These soldiers and their families give up so much for all of us.  The least we can do is give our sincere thanks to our heroes for their courage and sacrifice.  Thank you to all our Veterans!  God Bless you! 

Please see the Veteran’s Day events below in the Mill Creek section.


Thanksgiving is a national holiday and a time for reflection about the many blessings in our lives: family, friends and living in the most beautiful part of our country. Have fun during the upcoming holidays starting with Thanksgiving! 

Spend time with your families! Plan on having family movie nights! The Hallmark Channel will begin showing their Christmas movies. These are well made, family friendly movies! Turn off the cell phones, fire up the popcorn maker and gather around the television. Enjoy the movies and cherish the time with your family. It is a great way to start the holidays!

Best wishes this Thanksgiving from our family to yours.

Congratulations to Girl Scout Troop 43752 and the City of Mountlake Terrace

Girl Scout 1

Congratulations to Girl Scout Troop 43752 and the City of Mountlake Terrace for successfully completing their Pathway Project at Bicentennial Park. These are great kids making a difference in their community! It is very inspiring to see our youth taking the initiative on local, civic projects. 

The paving work was completed with the help of a $5,000 Small Capital Project Partnership grant from Snohomish County.  Pictured here are several members of Troop 43752 and Cub Scouts doing gravel work at the park.

Thank you Girl Scout Troop 43752 for a job well done!

Girl Scout 2


Amazon in Snohomish County

Information provided by Economic Alliance of Snohomish County

While pursuit of HQ2 has the attention of the economic development community nationwide, Amazon has recently leased 92,000 sf of warehouse space in Seaway Center (SW Everett) for the purpose of operating a grocery delivery service. They will occupy a space vacated by Columbia Distributing (beverages), which moved down the road to a new structure developed by Underwood Gartland.  

There are a number of food-related businesses surrounding AmazonFresh: Campbell's' Stockpot Soups (processing), The CheeseMan (distribution), Frito-Lay (distribution), Food Services of America (distribution) and Port Chatham Seafood (processing). 

Did you know?

Information provided by Economic Alliance of Snohomish County

  • World famous Pocock Racing Shells (crew boats) are made in Everett (Read The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown)
  • Flame retardant material used in the oil booms after the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico is made by Mid-Mountain Materials in Arlington
  • An FDA approved cancer treatment developed by Seattle Genetics which is located in Bothell
  • Diagnostic ultrasound was developed at the University of Washington and commercialized by ATL (now Philips) in Bothell


Construction to begin on Swift Green Line Stations


Information provided by Community Transit

The Swift Green Line is under construction. This new bus rapid transit line from Community Transit will provide fast, frequent service between Canyon Park/Bothell and Boeing/Paine Field in early 2019.

Swift bus rapid transit is different than regular local bus service. Stations are spaced farther apart and buses come by more often. Customers pay their fare at the station.

Work on the 34 Swift Green Line stations will require night-time work, temporary lane closures, and will be completed in sections, beginning along Airport Road near Paine Field. 

Receive weekly construction updates online, by email or text at

Halloween Events for the Family


iUrban Teen: STEM-O-WEEN
Saturday | 9:30am - 2:30pm
Cascadia College - Mobius Hall | 18345 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011


Experience a hands-on, fun-filled day of interactive workshops and thought-provoking discussions. Meet new friends, and win some prizes along the way! A great networking opportunity and learning from industry professionals for a glimpse into a STEM+Arts career. LUNCH & SNACKS PROVIDED.

Safe Halloween Event at Country Village
Tuesday | 4pm - 6pm
Country Village | 23718 Bothell Everett Highway, Bothell, WA 98021


Bring your ghosts and goblins to Country Village Shops for Safe Halloween. Come in costume and trick-or-treat throughout the shops from 4-6 p.m. 

Mill Creek

Mill Creek Teen Halloween Party
Friday | 7pm - 9pm
Mill Creek Library | 15429 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Mill Creek, WA

Celebrate Halloween at the Mill Creek Library. Play games, enjoy snacks, and check out scary books. There will be a costume contest, so get creative! Space is limited so please preregister. Snacks provided by Friends of the Mill Creek Library. Attendees must be between the ages of 12 and 18 years old.

Mill Creek Treats on Main Street
Tuesday | 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Mill Creek Town Center | Main Street, Mill Creek, WA 98012

treats on main


Bring your little minions or creepers to trick or treat up and down Main Street in the Mill Creek Town Center. 

Mill Creek Trunk or Treat
Tuesday | 6:30pm - 8:30pm
15720 Main Street, Mill Creek, Washington 98012

treats on main


Mill Creek Recreation and Tourism co-sponsors with Canyon Creek Church to host the Annual Trunk or Treat Halloween Haunt on Tuesday, October 31. The event features a parking lot full of cars whose trunks will be decorated and filled with candy. Children go from car to car “trunk or treating.” This event provides a safe environment for children and their families who wish to trick or treat. Children ages 12 and under are invited to join the fun. Mill Creek City Hall North Parking Lot.

Mountlake Terrace

Nile Nightmares: Haunted House
10/27/17 - 10/31/17
Oct. 27, 28, 29, and 31 | 7pm - 11pm
Nile Shrine Center | 6601 244th Street SW, Mountlake Terrace, WA


Prepare to experience your worst nightmare this October as the Nile Shriners present their 7th annual haunted attraction, Nile Nightmares. Screams will be heard across Lake Ballinger at 12 terror-filled shows, including October 27, 28, 29, and 31. Shows run from 7 pm to 11 pm on Friday and Saturday nights and 7 pm to 10 pm on Sunday night Oct 29th. Tickets are $20 or $28 for a faster VIP line and can be purchased online or on-site at the box office.

Nile Halloween Family Funfest
Sunday | 2pm - 5pm
Nile Shrine Center | 6601 244th Street SW, Mountlake Terrace, WA
Admission is just $10 per child, parents/guardians get in for free! New this year we will be hosting a Trunk or Treat event with decorated vehicles and even more Halloween goodies. Enjoy bouncy houses, cotton candy, face painting, vendor booths, and plenty of great food.

Mountlake Terrace Costume Carnival
Saturday | 5pm - 9pm
Terrace Park School Gym | 5409 228th Street S.W, Mountlake Terrace, WA
The City of Mountlake Terrace Dance and Fitness Program and Kontagious Performing Company will host its 10th annual Costume Carnival. The city event includes harvest festival activities, lots of costumes, dancing and dance performances. There will be delicious snacks, exciting events, music, games and crafts.

District Events


Live Reindeer
Sat, 11/11/2017 to Mon, 12/25/2017



Visit two of Santa’s live reindeer throughout the entire holiday season. They are located between Keepsake Cottage and The Pet Place.  Stroll the grounds filled with beautiful twinkling lights and wonderful lit displays.

reindeer santa


23718 Bothell Everett Hwy
Bothell, WA 98021

Gingerbread House Weekend
Sat, 11/18/2017 to Sun, 11/19/2017

Gingerbread House


Visit Country Village for their fourth annual Gingerbread House Weekend! Come and create a unique & festive house to take home OR enter it into a Gingerbread House contest (1st place wins a $200 Country Village gift certificate). All ages welcome! $35 to attend the workshop which includes everything you need to build your house: frosting, candy, and a real gingerbread house.

There are 3 gingerbread house workshops scheduled throughout the day on both Saturday, 11/18, and Sunday, 11/19. Class 1 takes place at 11am, class 2 takes place at 1pm, and class 3 takes places at 3pm. Classes fill up quickly so call now to reserve your space - 425-483-2250 or email

Gingerbread Houses will be on display at Country Village. View and vote for your favorite house. Drop some change in the milk bottle next to your favorite house to decide who will receive the coveted People’s Choice award. All funds benefit the Northshore Schools Foundation.

Make sure you catch the gingerbread man and woman, they will be roaming around the Village. Say hi and take a photo with them. 

The Village will be decorated with thousands of twinkling lights! While you're here visit with Santa's Live Reindeer. They will be camping out here all season long.

23718 Bothell Everett Hwy
Bothell, WA 98021

Santa's Workshop
Fri, 11/24/2017 to Sun, 12/24/2017

santa workshop


Santa’s Workshop opens Friday, November 24th at 10am at Country Village, featuring on the spot photos with Santa by Arthur & Associates. You’ll love the cozy atmosphere and quality photography done on the spot – NO reservations necessary. Santa's hours are as follows:

  • November 24th-December 14th: 10am-7pm Monday thru Saturday &11am-6pm Sunday.
  • December 15th-December 23rd: 10am-8pm Monday thru Saturday & 11am-6pm Sunday.
  • December 24th: 10am-5pm

Visit two of Santa’s live reindeer in their vacation home here at the Village while strolling the grounds filled with twinkling lights and wonderful lit displays. The reindeer are located between Keepsake Cottage and The Pet Place. 

23718 Bothell Everett Hwy
Bothell, WA 98021

Santa Arrival and Tree Lighting
Sat, 12/02/2017



It’s a holiday wonderland at Country Village with live reindeer, caroling by local quartets all day long, a whimsical gingerbread house display, surprise visit by the Grinch, and 40 local shops and restaurants all decked out in their best with thousands of twinkling lights. An animated light display featuring a 40’ sea serpent, fiddling pig, giant dragonfly, marching ducks and more!

Santa will arrive on his brand new dazzling float at 7pm. He will light our sparkling traditional tree and greet the crowd. Everyone will get a chance to meet Santa and receive a candy cane.

The Gingerbread House Contest winners will be announced just before Santa arrives.

This event is free and open to the public so bring your friends and family and celebrate the season!

23718 Bothell Everett Hwy
Bothell, WA 98021


Brier Annual Tree Lighting
Saturday - December 2 at Brier Park
Santa arrives at 6:00 pm


Join us for some carols with The Brier Elementary Choir.
Hot chocolate, cookies and candy canes provided.
The arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus.
The lighting of our Community holiday tree.
Food Drive for Concern for Neighbors Food Bank


Mill Creek Veterans Day Events
November 11, 2017

Ceremony at Veterans Monument
Time: 9:00 a.m.  
Location: Veterans Monument at Library Park - 15429 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Mill Creek, 

Join the Mill Creek community to honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. The Veterans Monument includes a courtyard of pavers surrounding a flagpole centerpiece with six basalt columns engraved with the names of men and women who served in the armed forces of this country. Native plantings in reds, whites, and blues to enhance the natural beauty of the site and monument.


Veterans Day Parade
Time: 11:00 a.m. 
Location: Main Street in Mill Creek Town Center
Parade Emcee & Participant Performance Area: Four way stop at Main St & 153rd St SE

Veterans Monument

Bring the whole family to this parade honoring those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The parade meanders down Mill Creek’s Main Street from LA Fitness to City Hall (15024 Main St. to 15720 Main St.). The event features floats, bands, drill teams, equestrian teams, kids groups, and other dancers, cars and parading attractions. Bring a chair and arrive along the parade route early. This event is outdoors – so please dress accordingly.

Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 2

tree lighting


Please join City of Mill Creek for the annual Tree Lighting at City Hall. A few highlights include performances by Jackson High School drum line, Voices NW chorus, cookie decorating, carriage rides and a photo with Santa and his elves. 

Mountlake Terrace

Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, December 1, 2017

santa sing


The Tree Lighting Ceremony is held annually on the first Friday evening December at 6:30 p.m. at Evergreen Playfield, 22205 56th Avenue W. 

Thanks to our Tour de Terrace volunteers who serve cocoa, coffee and cookies at the Evergreen Playfield concession stand while local school children sing carols. The “tree”, which can be seen from miles around, is actually a frame constructed with 1,800 LED lights and sits atop the city’s water tower.

kid sing

Experienced attendees know that Santa will make his grand entrance on a Fire Truck! Guests should dress warm and wear boots if the weather is wet because it is a dirt field.

The Tree Lighting event is funded through sponsorships and the 2016 event was sponsored by Vineyard Park of Mountlake Terrace. The event is free to the public, however cash donations will be accepted at the concession stand for the Michelle Ringler Youth Recreation Scholarship Fund. Since 2002, the Fund has helped over 400 children register for recreation programs at the Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony brings our community together with holiday spirit. For more information, please call the Recreation Pavilion at (425) 776-9173.

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