August 2017 Newsletter

In This Issue:

Two down. One to go! Don’t miss it!

First it was the Guardians of the Galaxy. Then it was Mulan. Up next? The Goonies. Othello Park Pictures is coming to an end this weekend (August 12, 2017) so don’t miss out on the final screening! We’ll have a pirate-themed photo booth for you to get your ARGHHH on and popcorn and Baby Ruths galore. Friends, families, and neighbors are invited to pack a picnic or grab some grub from the adjacent Othello Business District. Festivities begin at 7 p.m. and movie will be begin at dusk.


Oh, and did we mention there will be popcorn?

It's That Time Again

August has come and that only means one thing. No, not back to school. It’s time for the Rainier Heritage Parade & Festival and Othello Park International Music & Arts Festival!

Rainier Heritage Parade & Festival


Get there early and save yourself a seat for the parade! Rainier Avenue South through Columbia and Hillman City will be site of the 25th Annual Rainier Heritage Parade & Festival this Saturday, August 12, 2017. Organizers are also untangling the Parade and Festival grounds this year so be prepared for:

  • Parade is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Rainier Ave S and starts at the intersection of S Dawson St and will end at S Alaska St
  • Festival will run from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and take place on Rainier Ave S between S Brandon St and S Dawson St (with extension to S Hudson St after the parade passes through)
  • Car Show will run from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Rainier Ave S between S Orcas St and S Brandon St

The HomeSight booth will be located near our offices at Rainier Ave S and S Dawson St. Come say hello and check out our new button machine.

Othello Park International Music & Arts Festival


The 10th Annual Othello Park International Music & Arts Festival is this Sunday, August 13, 2017 from noon to 6 p.m. at Othello Park. Bring your friends, family and neighbors for some great food, fun and festivities that reflect our wonderful community’s diverse cultures. A world of ethnic variety will convene with music, dancing, food, art activities, booths and a petting zoo including a camel!

Look for the HomeSight booth to learn more about upcoming Othello Park upgrades and updates on community projects. We’ll also have candy, buttons and prizes! See you Sunday!

Meet the Home(Sight) Team

by Rachel Eagan

Michelle Huynh has just passed her one year anniversary at HomeSight (congrats by the way) and her desk remains spotless. I mean truly spotless. I have to wear a pair of sunglasses each morning I walk into our office unless I want to be blinded by the glimmer that kicks up off the shellacked laminate surface of her workspace which is uninterrupted by clutter and crumbs. Not only that, everything has its place. From the sticky notes, to the can of unsalted almonds, to the one pen Michelle keeps out for everyday use. You could place a graph paper outline on her desk and everything would fall into one of the grids. The John Oliver action figure perched in the corner must be proud to survey such an immaculate landscape day in and day out (until he catches a glimpse of my space, the overflow from which is currently encroaching on his domain).

Michelle Huynh, Communications and Outreach Manager, partaking in a (potential) hobby.

Michelle’s desk is a reflection of her work. The attention to detail and precision execution that Michelle has brought to HomeSight as our Communications and Outreach Manager has advanced us out of the technological dark ages, grown our online presence, and given HomeSight a recognizable brand and identity (might this be foreshadowing of an exciting change and upcoming newsletter feature? Maybe.) She also goes above and beyond to help others and has brought to HomeSight a social flair through things like Office Friendsgiving, Tony Toast, and parking lot parties. This can be quite the challenge for an extroverted introvert, read on and you’ll find out what this is, but Michelle rises to meet this challenge and any challenge she may encounter.

As Michelle’s office mate/constant interrupter/laughing fit partner/pen stealer (shhh)/competitor for the last orange Starburst, I can attest to the inspiring work ethic she brings to the office every day. In fact, while doing this write up, I was even inspired to clean up my desk. Let’s see how long that lasts.

Read on to learn more about Michelle in this edition of The Home Team:

The Home Team: Michelle Huynh, Communications and Outreach Manager

So we all know you have, um… ‘eclectic’ music tastes. What would be your ultimate line up for a concert?

Michelle Huynh (MH): Dead or alive?

Rachel Eagan (RE): Your pick.

MH: How many?

RE: It could be a festival lineup or a small intimate acoustic setting.

MH: Ok. I’m going to pick five. Boyz II Men, obviously. Sam Hunt. The Notorious B.I.G. Dan + Shay. And Usher. Wow, that’s embarrassing.

Not many people know this, but prior to making the decision to pursue an MBA, you considered starting up a mobile food truck. What would’ve been on your menu?

MH: Asian-American fusion egg rolls.

RE: Explain.

MH: I would take American comfort classics and put them inside an egg roll or spring roll. I tested the idea when I was considering the food truck and my best seller was a philly cheese steak inside an egg roll with Sriracha cheese sauce.


Your mom has recently taken up rock painting, and our office is a much brighter, cheerier place because of it.

MH: Ha! My mom is going to love this.

RE: What hobbies do you have?

MH: I don’t have time for hobbies.

RE: What hobbies do you anticipate developing later in life?

MH: I would love to be able to scrapbook.

This is followed by a fit of laughter.

MH: Oh, and coloring books for adults are amazing. It’s like active meditation.

I often catch you singing jingles or tunes from old tv shows and movies. One that sticks out is from The Little Rascals. If you were to be one of the Little Rascals, who would you be and why?

I would probably be Buckwheat because he is my favorite. Otay!

It should be known that Michelle has also instituted the Little Rascals secret signal to get into our office. Make sure you don’t get left outside.

You have an MBA from UW. What is one thing you learned that you use every day at HomeSight?

One of my favorite professors, Mark Forehand, once taught me that if I stare at someone long enough, they will start talking. I use this in meetings when waiting for someone to respond to a question.

Interviewer stares.

It doesn’t work on me.

You are the oldest of three and the only sister. What is your most important role as an older sister to two brothers?

To always check them, squash their egos. I keep them in their place and remind them that I am the favorite.

You claim to be an introvert, and yet you are one of the most social people in the office. Explain.

I am an extroverted introvert. It’s a real thing. You can Google it.

Sarah (HomeSight’s Community Development Manager) is spreading a wild rumor that you were a cheerleader. Is this true?

Lies. I was never a cheerleader.  If anything I was a ‘Knowledge Bowl’ cheerleader in high school. Imagine Jeopardy for high schoolers. I answered one question all by myself through the five or six ‘Knowledge Bowls’ so I was essentially the cheerleader.