Karen Platt, an internationally renowned gardener and author from England, spent a few days on the Eastside recently, courtesy of the East...

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Karen Platt, an internationally renowned gardener and author from England, spent a few days on the Eastside recently, courtesy of the East Lake Washington District Garden Clubs and the Bellevue Regional Library.

Platt introduced a new gardening book, “Silver Lining,” when she spoke at a gardening meeting. (Her other books focus on garden color, too. They’re “Black Magic & Purple Passion” and “Gold Fever.”)

So what does a visiting gardener do after her speaking engagement? Platt spent two days at the Pacific Northwest Flower and Garden Show.

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And before Platt left, she and her hosts, Marilyn and Lou Arnoldi of Bellevue, visited the piano bar at the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland.

The three enjoyed the Carillon Point waterfront view and sat there singing Beatles, Petula Clark and Bob Dylan songs.

Overloaded feeling

Denise Jones of Issaquah understands multitasking — as well as the feeling of being disorganized. She juggles working at Who’s Calling (a telephone-call measuring and monitoring service) and volunteer duties. Jones has been organizing donations for the April 9 Tuxes & Tails Auction for The Humane Society of Seattle/King County.

“I feel like my life is being held together by the Post-It notes on my computer monitor,” she said.

Following instructions

Monte Enbysk figured a note would solve the problem.

Some months ago he set out an extra garbage can on trash-pickup day. The trash crew emptied the additional can but apparently dumped the can lid into the truck.

After a party last week, the Bellevue man set out two extra garbage cans. He attached notes to the lids, asking the trash handlers to please not take the lids.

They didn’t. The lids were on the grass by the curb.

This time the cans were missing.

Bank on it

John Valaas, president and CEO of Bellevue’s First Mutual Bank, went back to school last week. Valaas was a guest speaker at a Sammamish High School class.

The longtime Eastside resident turned his session into a conversation, questioning the students about what they buy. In turn, the students asked about banking, how checking accounts work, bank robbers, and careers in banks. When asked how many hours a week he works, Valaas gave them career advice.

“You spend a lot of time at your job, so you better work hard to prepare for something you like,” he said.

And finally it all came down to money.

The high-school students wanted to know how much Valaas makes.

He turned it into a homework assignment. Valaas explained that as president of a public company, his salary is listed in a proxy statement — reached via First Mutual Bank’s Web site. (And it is a good homework assignment. It takes more than one or two clicks to find the answer.)

On the move

The Sunrisers Kiwanis Club has been a mobile bunch — but not by choice.

For more than a decade, the service club met for breakfast at Coco’s Restaurant in Redmond. But the popular restaurant recently closed, and Kiwanis has been moving between restaurants, trying to find a new permanent location for the Friday-morning meetings.

It has been a challenge, members Veleda Nelson and Katie Nolan said. But last week, the Sunrisers met in Crossroads Shopping Center’s community room. They have high hopes that this location will work.

Sherry Grindeland: 206-515-5633 or sgrindeland@seattletimes.com