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Halloween Volunteer Planning Meeting

Volunteers interested in helping out for the Halloween Party, the Activities Committee is having a planning meeting this Thursday, Sept. 27th at 7pm inside the clubhouse.

If you can't make the meeting but would still like to help out with decorating the clubhouse in the morning before/day of event, during or after the event, please send an email to

We look forward to seeing you!

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ESBC's upcoming 2018 Halloween Party

The Activities Committee will be meeting in several weeks to start plans for this year's ESBC Community Halloween Party & Trunk or Treat!

If you are interested in volunteering with the Activities Committee, please send fill out the form submission by clicking here. (The form is below the listing of our various committees.)

Last year we had over 100 attendees and overall, it was an exciting party for our community! 

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2018 End of Summer Bash!

Mark your calendars!

The Activities Committee will be having a meeting Tues, July 31st, 7p @ Clubhouse to finalize End of Summer Bash planning.

Anyone who is interested in helping in any capacity is welcome to join the meeting!

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Due to high chlorine levels, the pool will be opening later than anticipated. The new opening time for today will hopefully be around 2p. We appreciate your patience while our monitors make the pool safe for everyone.

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Monday July 23rd

The pool will be opening late, hopefully

around 12p due to high chlorine levels.

Any further delays will be noted here. 


Please be patient while our amazing pool monitors

get the pool nice and comfortable for everyone!

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ESBC Community Garage Sale

The community garage sale will be happening Saturday and Sunday, August 18th & 19th.

Signs will be posted promoting the sale along with ads put out in nearby communities.

Participating household will decide on their own sale times during the weekend.

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ESBC Community Member Regatta Updates

Today, Friday July 6th, the park will close to community members at NOON as the regatta personnel will be arriving to set up for this weekend's regatta.

The boat launch will not be available during this weekend. You may have received a flyer with information on how to obtain a free boat launch coupon during this weekend. If you did not receive one, you can pick your coupon up at the Fish and Game launch.


Click here for pool schedule.


Enjoy your weekend and be safe!

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2018 Regatta

The American Power Boat Association & Seattle Drag & Ski Sprint Boats are back again this year!

Saturday July 7th and Sunday July 8th at the community park. Current lot members will be able to get into the park during the event to view the races for free. Be sure to bring your gate key card and ID. It's best to walk into the park as parking will be limited. 

Races are projected to start at 11am both days.

For more information check out the link to APBA's page here.

*There was a Motion for Preliminary Injunction to stop the APBA's Black Lake Regatta from happening here at ESBC the weekend of July 7th & 8th. On July 5th, the motion was striken by the ruling judge. 


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Community Garden


Hey folks, we've got our transplants in the beds! We've got tomatoes, potatoes, broccoli, carrots, peas, corn, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, beets, and maybe some other stuff the I'm forgetting. We used our trellis space for tomatoes and peas (not sure what kind of tomatoes they are yet), and we put some of the stuff that might need a trellis later along a side of one of the beds where we could easily add a trellis.
There's still plenty more room, though, so if there's something you'd like to plant, please jump on in. If you have questions, you can e-mail
We do have a neighbor working on getting some in-ground beds going near the pool where those garden boxes used to be. She's intending to put herbs there, so let us know if you're interested in contributing to that project. We'll be using some of the leftover soil to fluff those beds up to keep those plants happy.
Happy gardening, everyone.



Thanks to everyone who's working to donate starts for the garden. The irrigation system looks like it's working, and it looks like we'll have good weather for transplanting tomorrow. We'll be down there at 10am to put the starts in the beds. Come on down if you'd like to help out and get your hands dirty!



Thanks to everyone who pitched in on the garden beds!

We got them built today and the irrigation hooked up. We'll be testing out the irrigation tonight, and if all goes well, we'll be transplanting the starts sometime on Monday or early Tuesday. I'm not sure how much of the bed space will be filled by the starts we have going, so that will be something we'll be figuring out when we do the transplanting.


This is a community garden, so when stuff gets ready to harvest, please feel free! If you'd like to contribute, please feel free to do that, too (contributing seeds/starts, weeding)!

In the meantime, happy gardening!



As mentioned, we're going to be doing the garden build this Saturday, the 23rd at 10am. Please come join us if you're interested! We'll be assembling the bed frames, trellis, and setting up the irrigation system. If our soil has arrived, we'll also be filling the beds and putting in the starts.

I'm planning to have the lumber pre-cut, so we should not need any saws. We'll be somewhat limited on the tools available, so if you'd like to bring your own, we'll be using Phillips head screws. It looks like we'll have a couple of wheelbarrows available, but may only have a couple of shovels.

In the meanwhile, we've got some large pieces of cardboard laid out near where the beds will be. These are there so Joshua knows where to put the soil (and to make it easier to get all of the soil off the ground and into the beds).

Hope to see you there!



Thanks to everyone who has expressed interest in the garden project and offered to help and donate time and supplies!

Kris has purchased the soil, and Joshua will be hauling it for us sometime next week (thanks, folks!).

Pat already purchased the drip irrigation kit, which we've already received (thanks,Pat!).

Harmonie and I went to Home Depot and purchased supplies for the beds, so we have everything we need to proceed (thank you, Harmonie!), and now just need to schedule the build. 

Stephanie is coordinating getting seeds and starts going, including donations from the neighborhood (thanks, Stephanie!).

I originally based the bed design on the beds that GRuB builds with their Victory Garden Project. This was back in February or March, and I didn't have specific information about what kind of lumber they use, or what dimensions, so I used my best guess and ran the numbers planning to use 1"x4"x 8' cedar lumber. After I received my GRuB garden, I discovered that they use 2"x4"x8' lumber, and decided that 1" thick lumber would not be as sturdy as I would like and decided to switch to 2" thick lumber. By this point, the board had approved $800 for the project, so I recalculated the numbers and found that the thicker lumber would still be within the approved budget. However, when Harmonie and I got to Home Depot, we discovered that they did not have enough of the untreated cedar for our needs. We spoke with one of their lumber experts who recommended the pressure treated cedar, as it is approved for ground contact and is more rot-resistant. I specifically asked the pressure-treated lumber is still ok to use for garden beds, and was assured it was (this was in line with the research I'd done on the topic, which indicated that in 2003, the lumber industry phased out the use of the nastier chemicals used for pressure-treating).

As Nick pointed out, pressure-treated lumber is not approved for organic certification. My preference is to use organic gardening methods whenever possible, which was why I originally planned to use untreated cedar. However, given that the pressure treated lumber was less expensive and -importantly- available, we made a judgment call to go ahead and go with that. I feel comfortable with the 'risk factor' and feel good that it helped us to save on cost, which I know many of you are also concerned about.

If you're interested in learning more about the risk assessment of using pressure-treated lumber for garden beds, I recommend this link, which has some useful information:

As I said, the board approved $800. At this point, I think we have everything we need, and it looks like we've spent just under $530: $321.61 at Home Depot, $125.90 for the drip irrigation kit with timer, and about $54 for organic soil.

Since this weekend is already almost here (and it's Fathers' Day weekend), I'd like to schedule the build for Saturday the 23rd at 10am. How does that work for folks?




There has been overwhelming support of donations for plant starts, plants and lumber by community members for the community garden!

Volunteers who have been currently working on this project are discussing whether to start building this weekend or the following weekend. 

We will keep you updated on here as soon as a decision has been made.

If you woud like to volunteer your time, please comment on this post or even better, fill out the volunteer form (above this blog forum), provide a phone number or email and a committee rep will contact you.


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Community Bulletin Board

Stephy Pearson-Kuttle (communications committee member) has been working hard to create a temporary "bulletin board" which is currently being posted on the windows of the clubhouse facing Lakeside St. 

A legit bulletin board with locking glass doors is being made by community volunteers and is projected to be placed on the side of the clubhouse facing Lakeside St. 

Please spread the word about this to your neighbors who are not online or do not have access to a computer!



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