Three weeks from today, we’re going to be cel­e­brat­ing NPI’s eleventh anniver­sary (along with the defeat of Tim Eyman’s I‑1325!) in style at Red­mond’s Per­ri­go Park with a fes­tive sum­mer pic­nic, con­tin­u­ing a tra­di­tion we began last year.

We will have sev­er­al spe­cial guests with us, includ­ing state Sen­ate can­di­date Matt Isen­how­er (run­ning in the 45th Dis­trict) and Hol­ly Mort­lock from the office of Insur­ance Com­mis­sion­er Mike Krei­dler. Hol­ly will be field­ing ques­tions about Wash­ing­ton’s efforts to imple­ment the Patient Pro­tec­tion Act.

NPI Pres­i­dent Robert Cruick­shank and I will also pro­vide an update on NPI’s work and explain how Wash­ing­ton can move beyond Tim Eyman.

Along with the short speak­ing pro­gram, we’ll have an exhib­it show­cas­ing the pho­to­jour­nal­ism of NPI’s staff, includ­ing yours tru­ly, and any­one who would like to will be wel­come to play vol­ley­ball or bad­minton in the sand-filled courts adja­cent to the roomy pic­nic shel­ter. (We’re antic­i­pat­ing good weath­er — it’s August, after all! — but the show will go on even in the very unlike­ly event of rain.)

Of course, as usu­al, we’ll have plen­ty of food… includ­ing ham­burg­ers made from local­ly-raised, grass-fed beef, all nat­ur­al hot dogs, salmonburg­ers, gar­den­burg­ers, plus chips, sal­ad, water­mel­on, pies, and an anniver­sary cake. So please plan to join us on August 22nd for what promis­es to be a very fun evening.

Desserts at NPI's Tenth Anniversary Picnic
The dessert table at last year’s sum­mer anniver­sary pic­nic. (Pho­to: Lin­coln Potter/Samaya LLC)

The pic­nic will kick off at 5 PM and run until dusk at around 8:30 PM. No admis­sion will be charged — this is is a “pay what you can” event, with a sug­gest­ed dona­tion of at least $25. We’re ask­ing sup­port­ers to RSVP so we know how much food to get.

Per­ri­go Park is locat­ed at 9011 196th Avenue NE, Red­mond, WA 98053 (between Union Hill Road and Nov­el­ty Hill Road). It is a fan­tas­tic pub­lic park, owned and oper­at­ed by the City of Red­mond. Note that city law pro­hibits the sale or con­sump­tion of alco­holic bev­er­ages in parks, so we are not able to offer beer, wine, or spir­its at the pic­nic (and we ask that you not bring any, either). But we will have refresh­ing non-alco­holic bev­er­ages for your enjoyment.

Here’s the link again to RSVP. We hope to see you on August 22nd!

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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