A Town - Fall 2015

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Fall 2015 City of Anacortes 6th and Q www.cityofanacortes.org 360-293-1900


CITY VOLUNTEERS Vera Oakes The Police Department was saddened by the death of longtime volunteer Vera Oakes on April 16th. Vera was a founding member of the Anacortes Police Auxiliary Patrol and donated over 1,000 hours in her 20 year tenure as a volunteer. Vera did it all, she rode shotgun with her patrol partner Elaine Oliphant on vacation checks, helped with traffic control at parades and festivals, folded and stapled crime prevention materials, and recruited many others to volunteer. We will miss you Vera!

Rodney Bickley Rodney is very committed to the community and always willing to help. With the encouragement and support of his wife, Rodney first answered an ad in the paper to become a City of Anacortes volunteer firefighter in 2005. Although he had some firefighting experience in the Navy, it is through the city that he obtained his training for not only firefighting but also to become an EMT Emergency Medical Technician. When the need arises and time allows, Rodney has helped to fill full time positions at the Anacortes Fire Department, as well as volunteering the remainder of the time. He has achieved this while also being a fulltime 4th grade teacher at Island View, father to six children – ages 27 to 10, coaching various sports and also volunteering at Mt. Erie fire department. This comes with certain family sacrifices but he feels it is important to support the community. Part of his curriculum as a teacher includes teaching his students that their role as a citizen is to give back and volunteer.




by Laurie Gere, Mayor

John Tursi just celebrated his 98th birthday. We proclaimed July 24, 2015 as John Tursi Day in the City of Anacortes and recognized the extraordinary contributions he made to our community. Mr. Tursi began volunteering in this community in 1947; and he has volunteered thousands of hours since that time.


s we celebrate the 100th birthday of Anacortes City Hall, I reflect on the time I spent recently with two community members who served this community for decades. I was given the honor of sharing celebrations with these men who have given back so much with their time and unique gifts. Wallie Funk age 93, has been a constant advocate for preserving local history. Wallie is known for being a walking encyclopedia of historical information about Anacortes. His first newspaper editorial in the Anacortes American in 1954 was a plea to fellow citizens to help in preserving local history and asking for old photographs for publication in the newspaper. Wallie continued his effort to photograph, document community history, and collect historical photos resulting in a priceless collection that he donated to the Anacortes Museum. His new book “Pictures of the Past Celebrating 125 Years of Anacortes History” was released earlier this year. Wallie spearheaded a fundraising drive in 2012 that resulted in more than $100,000 for a marine skills scholarship at Skagit Valley College.

He was honored by President Reagan at the White House for being an outstanding RSVP volunteer. John Tursi and his wife Doris donated conservation easements on their Fidalgo Bay Property to the Skagit Land Trust, and donated $400,000 to the Conservation Easement Program to preserve Anacortes Forestlands. John and Doris helped to establish the Soroptimist Thrift Shop, which continues to donate about $100,000 back to the community each year. John’s monetary donations to this community total over $1.3 million. His thoughtful giving of time and financial resources will have far-reaching impacts on this community. I am reminded that each of us can contribute to our town. Every volunteer, every businessperson, and every public employee – each and every one of us can make a difference. Mr. Funk and Mr. Tursi are living examples that one person can truly make a difference for the benefit of the community and for generations to come.



Around Heart Lake?

Written by Erica Pickett with help and advice from Bob Rose and Bob Pickett This was nearly a reality in 1977 when the Department of Natural Resources decided to lease their Heart Lake unit for just that. You might say this was not a popular plan on Fidalgo Island. Bob Rose and friends established Evergreen Islands for this very issue. Duane Berentson was then co-speaker of the House and had fond memories of fishing in the lake as a boy. So this fortunate combination of people was able to convince the legislature to add the Heart Lake land to Deception Pass State Park. This single issue brought our forestlands into the limelight. Suddenly people became aware of this huge holding which the City had acquired from private water companies. The City was not in good financial condition and might well have to sell some of the land. Bob Rose chaired the first Councilappointed Forest Advisory Board and wrote the first forestlands plan in 1981. The Council had promised not to sell off the lands provided that keeping them didn’t cost anything. The Forest Board had to figure out some system to pay a manager. If you grew up near the woods you may wonder, as I did, what a manager would do. But there were people dumping junk in the woods, people

encroaching on ACFL land, loggers stealing the odd load of logs and, of course, people building camps and setting fires. Somehow we had to raise about $30,000 per year. This isn’t an amount which will yield to the efforts of goodhearted cookie bakers. We hired a timber expert and logged three small areas over three years. The money returns were disappointing and it was heartwrenching to have to cut trees to pay to keep the woods. I came home from a meeting one night feeling low and was complaining to my husband, Bob, about the jam we were in. He said, “Why don’t you sell off the development rights?” That idea would eventually become the Conservation Easement Program. It never would have succeeded without many other people, especially the late Gene Murphy who was in on the founding of the Skagit Land Trust, the group which holds the easements for us. The $2 million endowment would never have grown to its present size without the tireless efforts of Friends of the Forest. A City budget line item and income from the endowment now provide for conserving our forestlands for future generations.

ANACORTES BRIEFINGS Mayor Laurie Gere ....................................2 City Volunteers ..........................................2 Council Member’s Perspective ...........3 Anacortes Open Streets .........................4 School Resource Officer .........................4 Fall Calendar ...............................................5 Holiday Garbage Schedule ...................5 City Hall 100th Birthday ..................... 6,7 Our Town Events .......................................7

PARKS AND RECREATION Quarterly Menu .........................................8 Recreation Programs ...................... 9 - 15

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS Anacortes Soo Bahk Do....................... 16 Fidalgo Pool ............................................. 17 Senior Activity Center .......................... 18 Friends of the Forest ............................. 19 Class Act School Performing Arts ....... 20 Fidalgo Dance Works............................ 21 Friends of Skagit Beaches ................... 22 Anacortes Public Library ....... 23, 24, 25 Transition Fidalgo .................................. 26 Protect Your Child’s Identity .............. 26 Anacortes Senior College ................... 27 Gleaners .................................................... 28 We Want To Hear From You ................ 28 Thank You Donors ................................. 29 Not Just for Books Anymore. ............. 30 Washington Park Centennial ............. 31 Ace Energy Challenge .......................... 32 Become Disaster Resilient .................. 33 City Council Members.......................... 34 Salish Sea Art Exhibit............................ 34 Anacortes Solid Waste ........................ 35 Repair & Maintaining Our Streets .... 35 Emergency Preparedness Expo........ 36 A-town is Our Town Front Cover Design: “Celebrating 125 Years of Anacortes City Hall” Photo by Chris Terrell Published by: How It Works Graphic Design by: Dixie Shervington CITY OF ANACORTES


Police department partners with schools on

‘School Resource Officer’

Starting this fall there will be a new face at Anacortes High School and Anacortes Middle School. Police Officer Travis Dotzauer will work full-time in the Anacortes School District, based on a new partnership between the police department and local schools. The School Resource Officer, or SRO, is part of a nationally recognized program involving the placement of a commissioned law enforcement officer within the schools. It allows the SRO to work closely with the school administration to help provide a safe learning environment for students. Officer Dotzauer, who has been with the Anacortes Police Department for seven years, was selected for the position in a competitive process last spring. Prior to his job with the Anacortes Police Department, he worked with at-risk youth as a counselor and juvenile parole officer for the Washington State Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration and Snohomish County Juvenile Detention. Officer Dotzauer’s role as an SRO is multi-faceted and will have a variety of functions at the high school and middle school including being a visible,


active presence on campus dealing with legal issues, such as drugs, alcohol and thefts; conferencing with students, parents and staff members to assist with problems related to law enforcement; and conferring with school administrators to develop strategies to prevent or minimize dangerous situations on or near campus. He will also act as a liaison between the Anacortes School District and the Anacortes Police Department, providing students and parents resources regarding tobacco, alcohol, drug issues, and crime prevention. In addition, Officer Dotzauer will attend after school functions and extracurricular activities such as football games and dances. “The SRO position is more than just a police officer in the schools, but an additional mentor and educator that students can feel comfortable interacting with and talking to,” said Officer Dotzauer, who joined AHS Principal Jon Ronngren this summer in completing a week-long training on the SRO role in schools. “I’m really excited to be part of a team that’s completely focused on creating positive experiences and outcomes for young people in Anacortes.”




Wednesday November 11, 2015 Collect Wednesday and Thursday

Thursday, November 12, 2015


Sunday 13th ANACORTES OPEN STREETS - Downtown Commercial Ave Open for non-motorized transportation only

Saturday 19th WASHINGTON PARK CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION Washington Park @ 11am-2pm

Saturday 21st MAYORS BUDGET ADDRESS TO COUNCIL City Council Chambers @ 7pm

Thursday November 26, 2015 Collect Wednesday and Thursday

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 ** If your collection day is Thursday be sure to put your garbage out a day EARLY! **

Friday November 27, 2015

OCT Saturday 17th COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM DRILL At the Anacortes Middle School

Collect Friday and Monday

Monday, November 30, 2015

Christmas Day


Monday 2nd PUBLIC HEARING ON BUDGET AT CITY COUNCIL City Council Chambers @ 7pm


Friday December 25, 2015 Collect Friday and Monday

Monday, December 28, 2015

City Council Chambers @ 6-8:30pm


Senior Activity Center @ 8-11am

Fri/Sat 11&12th WINTER WONDERLAND WALK Washington Park @ 5-8pm



Written by Elaine Walker

City Hall

Celebrates 100 Years of Public Service Anacortes’ grand old City Hall – perhaps the most versatile landmark in the city – celebrated its 100th birthday this June looking better than it has in many years – and more accessible than ever – thanks to several recently completed projects. “City Hall is a bustling place,” Anacortes first City Hall, at 1107 5th St., also housed said Mayor the Fire and Police departments and the city’s jail. Laurie Gere. “The Completed in 1892, it housed City administration until the offices moved to 904 6th St. in 1947. unique facility Anacortes Museum Collection is an important piece of our City’s infrastructure. It is fitting, as we celebrate the building’s 100th anniversary, that we recently completed needed renovations and painting to maintain and improve the facility.” Last year the City Council approved a $60,261 contract with H.S. Wold Co. of Everett to pressure wash and paint City Hall, which had last been painted in 1991. The community selected the colors in an online vote. This spring and summer the entry lobby was painted by True Colours Inc. for $10,265 and the City Council Chambers were painted by H.S. Wold Co. for $15,950. In addition, a new fire alarm system, installed in the building in 2014, and updates this year to the dais and audio and video equipment in the Council Chambers have enhanced safety, security and barrier-free access to City government. Built in 1915 by Anacortes Elks Lodge 1204 and enlarged in 1922, the building has a long history of public service, including nearly 70 The Anacortes Elks Lodge at 6th Street and Q Avenue in 1915. Anacortes Museum, Wallie Funk Collection years as



Anacortes’ City Hall. But its service to the city began much earlier. “Over a period of 15 years or more, [the] building was the center of community activity – senior balls, junior proms, convention and service club dinners, Camp Fire councils, Boy Scout demonstrations, all-city Christmas tree with Santa Claus, basketball games, smokers [male-only social events], political meetings, women’s clubs conferences, fishermen’s dances, etc.,” wrote the Students enjoy a school dance at “The Hub” in City Hall in this undated photo. Anacortes Museum, Wallie Funk Collection Anacortes Daily Mercury on Jan. 14, 1939. The plush purple velvet curtains, red carpets and slashed-grain fir wainscoting may be long gone, but the Elks’ former meeting room is still elegant and impressive as Anacortes’ City Council Chambers (for many years Municipal Court also convened there). The building offered a place for the Works Projects Administration, USO and Red Cross to conduct programs during the Depression, World War II and afterward. The building’s ballroom took turns as a skating rink and a fitness center before conversion to city offices. Before there was an Anacortes Museum, the Anacortes History Board used City Hall as the venue for the community’s first exhibits of historic photos. The daylight basement hosted dancing, bowling, boxing and basketball, and provided a home to the The Junior Chamber of Commerce hosted a skating party YMCA, the fundraiser for the Cancer Drive at City Hall in April 1946. Anacortes Museum Collection Anacortes Public Library, the Anacortes Senior Center, a teen center and the current tenant, the Anacortes Boys & Girls Club. First chartered in 1910, Anacortes Lodge 1204 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks bought the site at Sixth and Q for

Our Town A Simple Gesture

A new non-profit charity that works to provide a steady supply of food to The Salvation Army Food Bank year round. We do have a Facebook page at: A Simple Gesture - Anacortes if people want to follow us or get more information there.

Awesome Something Anacortes Elks Lodge #1204 gather during a cornerstone placing ceremony at 6th Street and Q Avenue in January 1915. Anacortes Museum, Wallie Funk Collection

$3,000. The building was designed by architect L.A. Farmer and constructed by Farmer & Duvall, who also built the Empire Theater (now Burton Jewelers) and the Phillips Building (at Fourth and Commercial). To pay for it, the Elks issued $15,000 in bonds at 7 percent, which were mainly sold to the club’s 278 members. The Elks dedicated their lodge on June 10, 1915. Stories about the festivities took up the front page of the Anacortes American, which was printed in Elks-purple ink. Delighted with the new neighbor, the newspaper called the building a “temple of beauty,” and described the dedication ball as the “greatest event in city’s history.” The original two-story structure, 100 by 58 feet, was built of fully reinforced concrete. Features included a tiled marble entrance with white and blue squares spelling out “1204” and “B.P.O.E,” and granite slab wainscoting under slashed-grain fir panels. The stairs to the upper floor and the lobby were covered with red Brussels carpets, and to the right of the stairs stood a genuine stuffed Elk. Amenities included a reading room, billiards room, card room, ladies room “with a carpet of light floral design and elegantly furnished with wicker furniture” and the lodge meeting room. A large wall safe is still in an office above the entry stairs. The lower floor (partially below street level) included a 55 by 69 foot ballroom, “the handsomest in the city,” a men’s smoking room and a ladies retiring room. The Elks grew so rapidly after the attractive lodge opened that soon they began acquiring adjacent lots and planning an expansion (also designed by Farmer). By the time it was completed in 1922, membership was up to Elks membership grew so fast that the club did a 1,260. With a third story major building expansion in 1922, but the club lost the building during the Great Depression and twice the original when membership plummeted. Anacortes street frontage, the new Museum, Wallie Funk Collection lodge surrounded the original structure. At 20,800 square feet today (according to the Skagit County Assessor), it is still a grand facility.

Local store opens up to at 3015-A Commercial. There will be a large Game Room available, as a fun, safe place for locals to use. More info: www.awesomesomething.com

Fueling Education Fun Run

This Fun Run 5K is sponsored by Shell Puget Sound Refinery and benefiting Anacortes Schools Foundation. It is set for October 3, 2015 at beautiful Washington Park. One hundred percent of all donations will go to the Anacortes Schools Foundation. Register here: www.databarevents.com/fuelingeducation

Anacortes Chinese School

A Mandarin Chinese language school in downtown Anacortes. Check out our website for current classes: www.AnacortesChineseSchool.com

Pacific Biodiversity

Join Pacific Biodiversity Institute naturalists for a “Bluff Day.” Watch and learn about the elusive harbor porpoise! Saturday, Sept. 12, 9 AM - 3 PM, at Rosario Head, Deception Pass State Park • Saturday, Sept. 19, 12 - 3 PM, at Washington Park • Saturday, Sept. 26, 12 - 3 PM, at Rosario Head, Deception Pass State Park Contact: Anna Hallingstad (anna@pacificbio.org) for more info.

Guemes Island Library Story Time

It’s a kids story time every second Sunday at the Guemes Island library. Starting September 13th from 2-3pm, 5293 Guemes Island Road. Email Sarah Sibley for more info: Sibleysarah@mac.com




Gary Robinson Parks/Forest Manager

Jonn Lunsford Washington Park Manager

Bob Vaux

Quarterly Menu

Recreation Manager

Dustin South Recreation Coordinator

Nicole Johnston Administrative Assistant

Valora Sandstrom Department Secretary

Mary Snyder Maintenance/ACFL

Dave Oicles Maintenance Foreman

Chuck Arneson Maintenance

Brian Strickland Maintenance

Heather Brennan Maintenance

Brian Tottenham Maintenance

Jim Rains

HANDY NUMBERS CITY HALL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 293-1900 PARKS AND RECREATION . . 293-1918 PLANNING DEPARTMENT . . 293-1907 PERMIT CENTER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 293-1901 MAYOR’S OFFICE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 299-1950 HUMAN RESOURCES . . . . . . . . . . 299-1941 PUBLIC WORKS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 293-1919 LIBRARY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 293-1910 MUSEUM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 293-1915 FIRE DEPARTMENT. . . . . . . . . . . . 293-1925* POLICE DEPARTMENT . . . . . . 293-4684* *EMERGENCIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dial 911


The Menu is published four times per year: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. The next issue (Winter) should be in mailboxes around the beginning of January 2016. The current issue will have events and programs offered by the Anacortes Parks and Recreation Department. The menu can also be viewed on our website at www.cityofanacortes.org.

REGISTRATION PROCEDURES Some classes require a minimum number of participants registered to be held. Such classes are canceled if the minimums are not met. Therefore, if you signup for a class, please plan on participating. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify the parks and recreation staff as soon as possible before the first day of the class. The Parks and Recreation Department will start taking online registrations for most programs on Monday, Sept. 14th. Please be aware that in order to register for classes, payment will be required up front. Registration will also take place by going to the parks and recreation page: www.cityofanacortes.org. Participants can still register over the phone. This can be done by giving a debit/credit card number. Or, if participants would rather


cityofanacortes.org 360.293.1918

register in person, that can be done at the parks and recreation office (City Hall, 6th and Q) where cash, check, and debit/ credit cards will be accepted.

INSURANCE APRD does not have medical insurance coverage for program participants and is not responsible for injuries that may occur as a result of participation in City sponsored recreational activities.

PLEASE NOTE The City of Anacortes Parks and Recreation Department does not discriminate against any person on the basis of gender in the operation, conduct, or administration of community athletic programs or sports facilities. Any citizen who feels she or he has been the victim of discriminatory treatment in violation of this policy should report this concern to the Parks and Recreation Director, Gary Robinson, at 293-1918.

ACCESSIBILITY If reasonable accommodation due to a disability is needed, please contact Mac Jackson (299-1961) at least 48 hours prior to meeting or event date.

Gentle Yoga

2015 Girls Youth Basketball League

**Registration deadline is Friday, October 16** Basketball season is just around the corner. We are now taking registrations for our recreational girls basketball league. This noncompetitive and instructional league is offered to girls who are in grades 1st - 6th and who want to learn new and improve existing skills. Good sportsmanship and equal participation are emphasized in this program. To maximize fun and skill development, rules will be modified for 1st - 4th grade divisions. Practices are typically held during the weekdays and most games will be played on Saturdays starting in November. Practices and games for the 5th/6th grade teams may be established based on how many girls sign up in this age group. They may play in the SWISH League if there is only enough girls for one team. Teams are formed by the Parks and Recreation staff. Volunteer coaches are needed. Registrations are currently being accepted on the Parks and Recreation page: www. cityofanacortes.org. A team shirt is included with the registration fee. DIVISIONS: “A” 5th/6th Grades “B” 3rd/4th Grades “C” 1st/2nd Grades DATES: November - mid December FEE: $38

Yoga is a great healing art that fosters calm concentration, reduces chronic pain, counteracts stiffening from age or inactivity, strengthens the immune system and enhances clear thinking. Accommodations are taught for those with limitations due to injury, etc. Kate Bowers teaches yoga with a light hearted, compassionate approach that fosters self-acceptance and increased self-confidence. She integrates traditional Hatha yoga with breath work and Neurotherapy play to sharpen thinking and improve memory. For Fall we are offering an 11week program. Bring a blanket and firm pillow or extra firm blanket. Payment is required at the time of registration. Registration is available online. **Late registrations will be taken. Please inquire with the parks and recreation department. Children 6 and older are welcome if accompanied by an attending adult and with prior consent from Kate. LOCATION: Senior Activity Center Sunrise Room INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Kate Bowers MIN/MAX: 5/25 FEE: $143 Ages 18+ yrs

2015-16 Boys Youth Basketball League

Day Thurs

Date 9/3 – 11/12

Time 6:00-7:30P


**Registration for boys in grades 1st-6th will be available on the Parks and Recreation page: www.cityofanacortes. org in November. The boys season is facilitated in the same manor as the girls league however the league runs from January through March of 2016.


18+ Fidalgo Elementary Gym Wednesdays & Fridays (7:00-10:00P)

SLOW BREAK BASKETBALL 18+ AHS Gym (Sun) Fidalgo Elementary (Tues) Sundays & Tuesdays (7:00-9:00P)


18+ Mt. Erie Elementary Gym Sundays (10:00A-12:00P) Tuesdays & Thursdays (7:00-9:00P)

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PiYo PiYo isn’t like standard Pilates and yoga classes that make you hold long, intense poses, or lead you through dozens of repetitive, microscopic core movements. PiYo speeds everything up—including your results—by introducing you to dynamic, flowing sequences that can burn serious calories at the same time as they lengthen and tone your muscles and increase your flexibility. Bring a yoga mat, towel and water. LOCATION: City Hall Gym INSTRUCTOR: Kelli Schlarmann, ACE certified personal trainer with a PiYo certification MIN/MAX: 3/20 FEE: $80 Ages 15+

Day Mon+Wed Mon+Wed

Date 9/14 - 10/21 10/26 - 12/3

Time 10A-11A 10A-11A

Parent and Tot Soccer

Get a “kick” out of this program! This is a great opportunity to get out on the field with your toddler. We will go through basic soccer drills, burn off some energy and most importantly have loads of fun. Parent/ Guardian participation is REQUIRED and needed to assist the child through the different activities and drills. All participants will receive a soccer ball. LOCATION: Volunteer Park Fieldhouse INSTRUCTOR: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: 7/25 FEE: $25 Ages Day 18 mo – 3yr Tues

Date Time 10/6 - 10/27 10-10:30A

Pee Wee Soccer Learn the FUNdamentals in our popular Pee Wee Soccer program. The Pee Wee Sports program is designed to give kids a basic introduction to the sport of their choice in a safe and fun atmosphere. In this class kids will learn basic aspects of soccer; dribbling, scoring, passing and kicking through fun drills and games. In order to keep our participant numbers manageable, kids will not be allowed to register for both U6 league and the Pee Wee Soccer program. Participants will receive a ball. LOCATION: MDD Turf Field INSTRUCTOR: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: 25/60 FEE: $25 Ages 4-6


Day Wed

Date 9/23 - 10/21

Time 4:30-5:15P


Dallas Kloke Mt. Erie Road & Trail Run Mt. Erie has one of the best viewpoints for miles. This annual event tests the endurance and stamina of anyone willing to take the challenge. Runners will jog up to the summit of Mt. Erie, with an elevation gain of 1,213 ft. The last 1.5 miles gains 884 ft. Participants have the option of running the paved road route, 3.6 miles, or the trail route, 2.5 miles. All participants are required to check-in and get pre-race instructions between 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. at Mt. Erie Elementary (41st & “M” Avenue) in Anacortes. Awards and refreshments will be given out at the school after the race (approx. 11:30 a.m.) Runners must either jog or have transportation back to the school. Trophies will be awarded to the first man and woman to cross the finish line from the road and trail runs. Prizes will be awarded to the first place finishers in each of the following men’s and women’s age divisions: 14 & under, 15-18, 19-29, 3039, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & older. To register or to view a map of the course route and past years results visit the parks and recreation page on our website at www.cityofanacortes.org or if you need more information please email: dustins@ cityofanacortes.org or call 293-1918. • Fee: $20 w/shirt, $10 w/out shirt • Participants must pre-register in order to guarantee they receive their shirt by event day • Pre-registrations due by Friday, October 2. • Important pre-race instructions will be given at Mt. Erie Elementary School at 9:45 a.m. • A prize raffle for all participants after the run!

Saturday, October 17th Mt. Erie Elementary 10:00 a.m. (Check-in begins @ 9:00 a.m.)

Beginning Spanish for Kids Students will be immersed in a Spanish language environment while learning basic Spanish conversation skills through familiar games and activities. Students will learn to describe themselves and talk to each other about their likes and dislikes, favorite foods, favorite activities, and more. Stacy Adam, is an experienced elementary and Spanish teacher, who has also taught and studied in South America. LOCATION: City Hall Council Chambers INSTRUCTOR: Stacy Adam MIN/MAX: 6/10 FEE: $75 Ages Grade: 1st – 3rd

Day Thurs

Date 9/17 – 10/22

Time 4-5P

Messy Me Messy Me is a perfect class for you and your child to get messy! Come each week to do different art projects that will include, but not limited to stamping, painting, gluing, shaving cream sculpting and many more messy projects. At the end of the class we will have circle time, sings songs and get your kids moving. The best part is that we do all the cleaning up! Space is limited, so sign up early! LOCATION: Sunrise Room INSTRUCTOR: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: 10/20 FEE: $25 Ages 1-3

Day Wed

Date 10/21 - 11/18

Time 10-10:45A

Kids Night Out Kids come hang out for the night, play some fun games and enjoy this “Halloween” theme night all for the kids. Parents, take a few hours for yourself and drop your kids off for some Halloween fun. LOCATION: Sunrise Room, Senior Center INSTRUCTOR: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: 7/20 FEE: $12 (includes pizza dinner) Ages 5 -11

Day Thur

Date 10/29

Thank You to Kids R Best Fest Participants! Anacortes Parks and Recreation would like to “thank” the following organizations/ businesses for their continued support of our annual Kids-R-Best Festival. You made it possible for us to provide this event for the past 26 years! AHS Key Club American Red Cross Anacortes Community Energy Anacortes Fire Department Anacortes Library Anacortes Police Dept. Anacortes Sanitation Dept. Anacortes Soo Bahk Do Boys & Girls Club of Anacortes Clowning with Lolly Cub Scout Pack 4085 Family Life AG Farmers Insurance - Curtis Payne Fidalgo Island Rotary Fidalgo Pool & Fitness Center Hawkeye Wrestling Island Hospital Merle Cancer Care Center Jennings Chiropractic Juice Plus Kiwanis Club, Noon Kiwanis, Sunrisers Linda Earwood Papa Murphy’s Port of Anacortes Safe Kids Northwest Sebo’s Shannon Point Marine Center Shell Puget Sound Refinery Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group Skagit Valley College ECEAP Soroptimist International of Anacortes Through the Garden Gate Preschool Tia Austin Wolf Hollow Wildlife Center



Child & Babysitting Class

Tai Chi Circles

The Child and Babysitting Safety (CABS) program covers child safety and basic care techniques for infants and children. CABS stresses the priority to keep the babysitter and the children you care for safe. Some of the topics covered in the program: before parents leave, play-time, telephone calls/ stranger knocks, hand washing, meal times, bedtime, and providing emergency care (first aid/ CPR). Sheila Davis is a Certified First Aid/ CPR instructor with the American Safety & Health Institute, more information available at www.bee-safe.com. Bring a sack lunch and a drink with you to class. A mini first aid kit will be given to each student and is included in the class fee. The class is held on a “non-school” day.

Come to Tai Chi class for more balance, coordination, and strength. Improve overall fitness and flexibility, muscle tone, and whole body power though learning your own daily Tai Chi practice. We will focus on core principles of Tai Chi and moving meditation. Kari has five years of healing Tai Chi experience and a diverse background in high level athletics. In this class you will learn techniques to improve circulation, balance, and relieve stress to create a positive and relaxing mental space any time you choose. For all ages and abilities, everyone is welcome!

LOCATION: City Hall Council Chambers INSTRUCTOR: Sheila Davis MIN/MAX: 10/25 FEE: $48 Ages 10+

Day Fri

Ages 18+

Date Time 10/30 (No School Day) 9A-3P

Tango Tues. - Beginner Class Come experience the beautiful dance and music of Argentine Tango. Learn basic skills which will enable you to attend social tango dances and feel at home on the dance floor. Students will receive links to videos which support class instruction as well as a tango terms list. Studies rate dance and specifically tango at the top of the list for enhancing brain health. You don’t even need to bring your own partner. (If you sign up as a couple the fee is $40) A Practica follows this class from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. This is open to the public as well as class students. A drop in fee for “Tango Practica” is $3 evening and are available for purchase on our online registration webpage. Pay $15 for 5 sessions that can be used when convenient for you. Practica sessions have very little instruction and are more of an opportunity for dancers to practice their technique LOCATION: The Depot (611 R Ave) INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Pamela Good MIN/MAX: 5/30 FEE: $25 ($40 per couple) Ages 18+


Day Tues

Date Session 1: 10/6 - 10/27 Session 2: 11/3 - 11/24 Session 3: 12/1 - 12/29

LOCATION: The Depot (611 R Ave) INSTRUCTOR: Kari Sherman MIN/MAX: 5/30 FEE: $55 Day Thurs

(No class Oct 22)

Time 6 - 7P

Jazz Drumming Lessons This class is for drummers (beginners and up) who want to improve their drumming style by learning the fundamentals of jazz rhythms and patterns. It does not matter if you are a rock/funk/metal drummer, learning jazz and studying some of the great jazz drummers will make you a better player. Braydn Krueger was the drummer in the Lonely Forest and has been teaching drums for the past 9 years. Drums and sticks will be provided for each lesson. This class is open for youth and adults and is made possible through the Anacortes Public Library’s Manieri Jazz and Swing Endowment. Space is limited one person per session, these are individual lessons, so register early. LOCATION: Senior Activity Center (1701 22nd St) INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Braydn Krueger MIN/MAX: 1/1 FEE: $99 Ages Day 8+ Fri

Date Time 11/6 – 11/20 Session 1: 4-4:45P Session 2: 4:45-5:30P Session 3: 5:30-6:15P Session 4: 6:15-7P

Time 6 - 7P 6 - 7P 6 - 7P


Date 10/8 - 11/5

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Breakfast With Santa Come visit jolly old Saint Nick while enjoying a tasting breakfast (pancakes & sausage) with your family and friends. Join us at the Senior Center for this great family tradition of Breakfast with Santa. Not only is there breakfast, but live entertainment scheduled all morning long. Kids will also get the opportunity to decorate a holiday cookie in the craft room. Tickets must be purchased in advance. There are two scheduled seating’s for Breakfast (8-9:30am and 9:30-11am). Admission to the event is available for $6 per person and can be purchased online www.cityofanacortes.org or in person at the Parks Department office. LOCATION: Senior Center INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Nicole Johnston MAX: 150 per time slot FEE: $6 per person Ages Open

Day Sat

Date 12- 5

Time 8-11A

Wonderland Walk at Washington Park Come enjoy the creative spirit of the holidays at the Wonderland Walk at Washington Park. Part of the campground will be decorated with holiday cheer by local groups, organizations and clubs. There will be live music scheduled for each night and hot chocolate available by donation. This event is held rain or shine and we even recommend you bring a flashlight or head lamp to help guide you through the event. If you would like to decorate a campsite for the event, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 293-1918 or email nicolej@cityofanacortes.org. LOCATION: Washington Park Camp Ground INSTRUCTOR: Nicole Johnston FEE: Free Ages Open

Day Fri - Sat

Date 12/11 - 12/12

Time 5-8P

Fancy Holiday Party Come celebrate this Splendiferous Holiday Season with your Fancy Nancy friends. We encourage you to dress up both parent and child and enjoy the night by making some magnificent holiday projects, helping us decorate the tree (there can never be too much tinsel) and enjoy some tasty treats. You won’t want to miss this party. Chances are you will walk away with glitter on you from head to toe. There will be light snacks and punch for all to enjoy. LOCATION: Sunrise Room, Senior Center INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Nicole Johnston FEE: $12 (Adults attending with their child do not need to pay) Ages All

Day Mon

Date 12/ 21

Time 5-6:30P 360.293.1918 cityofanacortes.org



Dream Workshop, The Art and Science of Dreaming! Did you know all mammals dream? If you don’t remember your dreams, it’s not because you didn’t dream -- we all dream, during every extended sleep period. From the fantastic to the horrible, dreams create a unique reality that occupies our awareness for an average of 2 hours each night. Can you forget the incredible adventure you had with friends last night?! . . . How? What happened after? A weekend of exploration and playfulness with The Art and Science of Dreaming will provide you with techniques and practices to help you remember and transform your dream life. No matter if you enjoy lucid dreaming or have primarily nightmares, you are welcome to sign up for one, two, or three sessions over the weekend. Co-Leaders Paul Sheldon and Kari Sherman will present exercises to improve dream recall and deepen your experience of your own dream world. Join us for a fun 2-hour introduction on Friday and see what you can glean from your sleep that evening. Then return for the deeper dives on Saturday and/or Sunday from 10-4 with a break for lunch and siesta. We will share dreams and discuss how to remember, feel good and be free in them. You will come away with take-home exercises and three weekly dream conference calls to support you in deepening your understanding and experience of your dreams. For more information visit Limnosophy.net or email kari.sherman@limnosophy. net or paul.sheldon@limnosophy.net LOCATION: The Depot (611 R Ave) INSTRUCTOR: Paul Sheldon and Kari Sherman MIN/MAX: 5 FEE: Fri: $10, Sat $49, Sun $49 Ages 18+

Day Fri Sat Sun

Date 1/9 1/10 1/11

Time 6-8P 10A - 4P 10A - 4P

Take Better Pictures with Your Digital DSLR Camera We live in one of the most amazingly beautiful areas, not only of Washington, or the USA, but of the entire world. Rugged glacier covered mountains, towering old-growth rain soaked forests, endless fields of tulips and a fantastically photogenic coastline, we have it all! Taking pictures with your new DSLR is easy, just set it on auto and shoot away. Capturing GOOD pictures with your new DSLR…that’s harder. Quality photography starts with understanding how to set your exposure manually. This is NOT difficult to do. In this 3 hour workshop we’ll cover aperture and shutter speed and show you how to change them on your camera. Next we’ll discuss how to use these settings to create the image you want. Bracketing the exposure is a very key part of this and will set you on the right path. We will also cover the use of polarizers and capturing images in the RAW format. Andy Porter is a nature photographer living here in Skagit Valley for 11 years. His work has found its way in to many magazines, such as Backpacker and Northwest Travel. He has been an instructor for many years and loves to share all he knows about photography and exploring our fantastic state. You can see his work at: www.andyporterimages.com LOCATION: Senior Activity Center (1701 22nd St) INSTRUCTOR: Andy Porter MIN/MAX: 4/20 FEE: $53 Ages 13+



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Day Tues Thurs

Date 9/22 11/12

Time 6 - 9P 6 - 9P

How to Compose a Perfect Picture

Basics of Photo Editing

“Having an eye” for photography is definitely an acquired skill! Once you learn the basic tools and practice you’ll have it. In this class we will cover the basics of composition: subject placement; use of the horizon; reflections; leading lines; the Rule of Thirds; framing and more. We will study in the class room and also spend time outdoors, practicing what we learned. Andy Porter is a nature photographer living here in Skagit Valley for 11 years. His work has found its way in to many magazines, such as Backpacker and Northwest Travel. He has been an instructor for many years and loves to share all he knows about photography and exploring our fantastic state. You can see his work at: www.andyporterimages.com.

Once you get the perfect shot, editing it on the computer is an important part of creating the final image. The human eye can see much more than any camera can possibly capture. In this class you will learn how to make your images look like the scene you saw! This class is for users of Photoshop, Lightroom and Elements. LOCATION: Senior Activity Center (1701 22nd St) INSTRUCTOR: Andy Porter MIN/MAX: 4/20 FEE: $53 Ages 13+

Day Wed Thurs

Date 9/30 11/5

Time 6 - 9P 6 - 9P

LOCATION: Senior Activity Center (1701 22nd St) INSTRUCTOR: Andy Porter MIN/MAX: 4/20 FEE: $53 Ages 13+

Day Sat

Date 10/24

Time 10A – 1P

Andy Porter is a nature photographer living here in Skagit Valley for 11 years. His work has found its way in to many magazines, such as Backpacker and Northwest Travel. He has been an instructor for many years and loves to share all he knows about photography and exploring our fantastic state. You can see his work at: www.andyporterimages.com




Anacortes Soo Bahk Do®

Korean Karate

A Martial Art for Life! Ages 4 and Up.

1st Month Free! Convenient Saturday Classes



Classes scheduled Monday through Saturday! Time 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. 3:30 - 4:00 p.m. 4:00 - 5:10 p.m. 5:15 - 6:25 p.m. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.



Mon/Wed/Fri Tues/Thurs Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs Mon/Wed Tues Sat Sat

Adults Adults Tigers (4-6 years) Children (7+)/Families/Adults Children (7+)/Families/Adults Private lessons by appointment Midnight Blue and Red Belts Midnight Blue and Red Belts Children (7+)/Families/Adults

Classes for ages 4, 24, 94 or any age between.



■ Adaptations for age or physical challenges. ■ Tai Chi and Self Defense classes — call for information. ■ Studies have shown that martial arts, including Soo Bahk Do and Tai Chi, offer support and strength for people challenged by chronic conditions including diabetes, MS, and Parkinsons Disease.

2117 O Avenue Anacortes, WA 98221 (360) 299-2905 See our schedule, photos, videos, and more at www.anacorteskarate.com



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Colette and Andy Arvidson Certified Master Instructors Korean Soo Bahk Do® Association World Moo Duk Kwan®

1603 22nd Street Anacortes, WA 98221 www.fidalgopool.com (360) 293-0673 *Schedule is subject to change.

Sept. 8 - Dec. 31 Fall Schedule 2015 SWIM LESSONS Private Lesson Week: Session I: Session II: Session III: Session IV: Mon - Thurs:

SHARING LANES Sept 8 - Sept 11 Sept 14 - Oct 1 Oct 5 - Oct 29 Nov 2 - Nov 25 Nov 30 - Dec 17 10:30 - 11:30 am & 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Register by phone or in person. Private lessons are available by appointment. View our schedule: www.fidalgopool.com

THUNDERBIRD AQUATIC CLUB Age group USA swim team Head Coach: Jason Hunter Year round competitive team

Side by side if only 2 swimmers. Circle swim if 3 or more swimmers.

OPEN SWIM Mon/Wed/Fri: 6:30 - 8:00 pm Saturday: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm Sunday: 1:15 - 2:30 pm (Children 6 & under need to be accompanied by an adult)

WATER EXERCISE Mon/Wed/Fri: 6:15 - 7:15 am Mon/Wed: 8:00 - 9:00 am Tues/Thurs:

Join the team! Must be a level 4 swimmer or higher. All ages. Swim with your friends! We have Masters too! Call for more information.

POOL RENTALS Rent the pool for aquatic training, parties, etc! Mon - Fri: 8:00 - 10:00 pm Saturday: 12:30 - 8:00 pm Sunday: 3:00 - 7:00 pm

FEES Single Admission Pool or Fitness: $6.00 Open Swim: $3.50 Reduced Rate (Noon - 1pm): $3.50 Memberships: 10 time punch or a 30 day pass (No annual fee)

FACILITY HOURS Mon - Fri: 5:00 am - 8:00 pm Saturday: 7:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

LAP SWIM & WATER WALKING Monday: Tuesday: Wednesday: Thursday: Friday: Saturday: Sunday:

5:00 am - 2:00 pm & 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm 5:00 am - 2:00 pm & 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm 5:00 am - 2:00 pm & 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm 5:30 am - 2:00 pm & 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm 5:00 am - 2:00 pm & 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm 7:00 am - 8:30 am 11:30 am - 1:00 pm


Water Exercise Aquaerobics 9:00 - 10:00 am AquaFit & Strength 7:30 - 8:30 am Power Fitness 8:30 - 9:30 am Water Exercise (arthritis) 9:30 - 10:30 pm Aqua Core & More 5:30 - 6:30 Aqua Zumba 8:00 - 9:00 am Deep Aquaerobics 9:00 - 10:00 am Deep Water Intervals

FITNESS CENTER OPEN FOR DROP-IN: Mon - Fri: 5:00 am - 8:00 pm Saturday: 7:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm GROUP X CLASSROOM SCHEDULE: MW: 9:00 - 10:00 am SilverSneakers速 Classic


10:00 - 10:45 am 12:15 - 12:45 pm 5:30 - 6:30 pm 11 am - 12 pm 7:00 - 8:00 am 10:00 - 11:00 am 6:00 - 7:00 pm 9:00 - 10:00 am 10:00 - 11:00 am 9:30 - 10:30 am

Butts & Guts Tabata Time Zumba Gentle Yoge Strength & Conditioning Zumba Gold Yoga 101 Muscular Strength Siggle! Zumba

Weekend Times may extend depending on pool rentals. Please call ahead.

Some lap swim/water walking space may be shared with other programs. CITY OF ANACORTES


Helping Seniors Thrive 1701 22nd Street, Anacortes, Washington 98221  (360) 293-7473  www.skagitseniors.org/Anacortes



There’s More!

Watercolor and Acrylics Weaving and Knitting Mosaic Art Art Appreciation Woodcarving Basket Weaving Creative Circle Cultured Purls Artists Northwest

FREE Computer Clinic Beginning Computer Classes FREE Wi-Fi Closed Circuit TV (Visual impairment aid) Skype Connection Assisted Listening Devices (Call a day ahead) Hearing Loop for T-Coil Devices

Intergenerational Activities Community Resources for Seniors Creative Writing Classes Book Discussion Group Special Holiday Celebrations Haircuts and Other Services Library and Book Sales Newsletter Available Online And much more ...



Flyswatter Volleyball Silver Foxes Exercise Strength and Balance T’ai Chi Chih Gentle Yoga Seated Wellness Zumba Gold

Ukulele Classes, Workshops, Performances and Jams Piano Lessons Lunch Time Entertainment Special Concerts and Performances

Health & Wellness

Cards & Games

Footcare Clinic Wellness Day Presentations Blood Pressure Checks Dental Hygiene Clinic Chair Massage Reiki Therapy

Pinochle Bridge Cribbage Mah Jongg Scrabble Mexican Train Dominos


Hot Meals Hot lunches are served Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m. to12:30 p.m. No reservation necessary. Suggested donation for 60 and over is $3.50-$5.50. Nonseniors are welcome for $6 Meals on Wheels: To sign up for hot meals for homebound Seniors, call (360) 419-3420.

Volunteer Opportunities Join the more than 130 volunteers presently working at the Center. For more information, contact the Center Coordinator at 293-7473.

293-3725 • www.friendsoftheacfl.org • info@friendsoftheacfl.org


he Friends of the Forest is a not for profit, citizen organization dedicated to the preservation of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands through education, outreach, and stewardship. We have a multi-layered education program that strives to meet the needs of all Fidalgo Island residents. Our education program includes K-12 guided school field trips, Adult/Senior hikes, All ages hikes, Forest Discovery Day Camp, Ethnobotany and Nature Writing field seminars, a quarterly newsletter, and our two comprehensive school district programs; Growing Wild- native plants for all 3rd graders, and Middle School Watershed Discovery for all students in 7th grade. Our community hikes are free and no registration is required. Please join us this fall as we continue to explore and learn more about the ACFL together. For more information about our group or these hikes please contact Denise Crowe or Jean Andrich at 293-3725. You may also visit our website www.friendsoftheacfl.org or email us at info@friendsoftheacfl.org. Please understand that our hikes are for people only, we ask that you leave your pets at home. Hope to see you in the woods!

ALL AGES HIKES Open to children accompanied by an adult, individuals, and small groups. Ideal for families, friends, and anyone ready to explore and enjoy our community forest lands with the safety and knowledge of a naturalist guide.

WHISTLE LAKE • Saturday, September 26th • 10am until noon • Summer has passed, but there is still plenty to love at our most beautiful and deepest lake on the island. This is a hearty hike, be ready to explore. Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot at the end of Whistle Lake Road.



• Saturday, November 21st • 10am until 1pm • We will finish off our Fall season with an extra long adventure. Be sure to enjoy a big breakfast and bring a snack and water. Trail #247 is official and complete, making a circumnavigation of our Island Mountains possible. We will begin at the base of Sugarloaf/ Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive.

• Friday, November 13th • 10am until noon • We have the best remaining stand of Puget Sound lowland old growth forest right here on Fidalgo Island in the heart of our community forest. Come along and experience the big old trees. Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive.


• Friday, December 11th • 10am until noon • The hush of Whistle near winter solstice couldn’t be farther from the madding crowd of summer. Enjoy our deep water jewel of the forest during the season of recharge, and feel the stored sunlight energy emanating from the green. Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot at the end of Whistle Lake Road.

For any adult with a desire to learn more about our community forest lands through an easy hike in fine company, with a naturalist guide.



• Saturday, October 10th • 10 am until noon • Experience the golden glow of Sugarloaf Mountain in October. We will hike from the dark woods at the base to the stunning summit view, enjoying every stretch in between. Meet at the trailhead on Ray Auld Drive at the bottom of Mount Erie just off of Heart Lake Road.

• Friday, September 11th • 10am until noon • The Little Cranberry Lake area is filled with a network of beaver ponds created and maintained by local beaver families. We will explore trails that reveal their lodges, dams, mounds, and other daytime clues to their nighttime secret ways. Meet at the ACFL kiosk at 37th and A Ave.



• Saturday, October 31st • 10am until about noon • Come to the woods for a natural spook time that will help transition us all to the nocturnal season. Our annual bat cave exploration is fun for everyone. Costumes and flashlights are welcome. Meet at the Little Cranberry Lake parking lot on the north end of the lake.

• Friday, October 9th • 10am until noon • Maple, willow, cottonwood, and mature alder bring abundant color to the season. This is one of the most deciduous areas of our forest, a real treat to explore in the fall. Expect a wide variety of mushrooms along the way. Meet at the Heart Lake parking lot.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR Friends of the Forest Annual Benefit Event will be held at the Port of Anacortes Warehouse on Saturday, November 7th, 2015 from 5:00 to 11:00 pm. A fun filled evening with live music, dinner, silent and short live auction. This fundraising party provides the primary support for our Forest Education and Stewardship Programs. Check online at: www.friendsoftheacfl.org for updates.




Fall Class Schedule 2015 To register call 360-395-8107 For more information: www.acttheatre.com/classact






3rd – 6th grade


Fridays September 18th – October 30th (no class


Tuesdays and Thursdays October 13th – November




11 am – 12 pm OR 1 pm – 2 pm




Performances: November 20th at 7 pm and November 21st at

Preschoolers are crazy characters all on their own, but in this class they will get to be everything from a frog who’s lost its pond to a clown performing in the circus. Every day, students will take part in a variety of creative, dramatic games designed to use their imagination, improve their self- confidence, and provide social interaction within an organized class setting.


Kindergarten – 2nd grade


Fridays September 18th – October 30th (no class 4 – 5:15 pm

Performances: October 30th at 4:45 pm Cost:


Aliens are invading! Why have they come? An intrepid reporter seeks to find the truth and learns all of the crazy things that have led the aliens to our world. Each student will work with the teacher to create a fun alien character, and then perform in this play on ACT’s Second Stage on the last day of class. Each day of class, students will also have the chance to play theatre games that will help develop their acting skills and their ability to work with others.


2 pm and 7 pm Cost:


What if you were kidnapped by aliens? What if those aliens dropped you in a maze full of crazy and wacky alien creatures and only gave you 30 minutes to get through or be trapped forever? The Great Alien Escape will take you through this wacky maze of comedic fun. This class starts with the experience of auditioning and continues with the creation of a character, memorization of lines and a full performance with costumes and makeup. All students will receive a major role in this show that is performed for the public.


9/25) Time:

4 – 5:30 pm


7th – 12th grade


Wednesdays September 30th – November 4th


3 pm – 4:30 pm

Performance: November 6th at 7 pm and November 7th at 7 pm Cost:


Improvisation teaches students how to be more comfortable on stage, think on their feet and improve their acting skills. But mostly it’s a ton of fun! In this class, students will learn more than 15 improvisational games like: Party Quirks, 60 Second Alphabet, Unlikely Superheroes and more. The class will culminate with an improv performance for the public.

901 Third Street, Anacortes, Washington 98221 360.299.8447 • dance@fidalgodanceworks.org fidalgodanceworks.org • a 501(c)(3) nonprofit school of dance

Photo by Peter Kuhnlein

Classes for all ages and experience levels in classical and contemporary dance forms, including: Ballet – Modern – Jazz – Tap – Musical Theater Dance – Swing – Dance Conditioning – Classes for Adults Parent/Toddler Movement – Preschool Dance – Dance for Parkinson’s – Autism Movement Therapy


Saturday, December 12th and Sunday December 13th

WINTER CELEBRATION Saturday, December 19th


PROTECTING SKAGIT MARINE RESOURCES Education * Citizen Science * Stewardship

Friends is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. For more information visit www.skagitbeaches.org and sign up for our newsletter. Check the calendar page for event details. Like us on FACEBOOK.

TRAIL TALES GUIDED SHORELINE INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS Saturday, September 12th at 11:00 am Preston Snagboat – 703 R. Ave. BIKE RIDE – Legacy of “the City of Smokestacks” and the Anacortes Shoreline Makeover Anacortes history has many stories to tell – some left a legacy that today require attention to restore our shoreline. The working waterfront of Anacortes, once the hub of more than a dozen wood mills today continues to support a thriving shipbuilding and boating industry. Join Trail Tales docents for an interpretive bike ride to learn more about how these industries are tied to the Anacortes Baywide Cleanup project that is restoring the Fidalgo Island shoreline. Pump up those tires and bring your bike down to the Anacortes Depot and for an interpretive ride on level terrain at a leisurely pace. We’ll stop at sites along Guemes Channel, Cap Sante Basin and the Tommy Thompson Trail to share stories of our working waterfront and today’s efforts to restore important shoreline habitat that support our commercial seafood and recreation businesses Thursday, September 24th at 1:00 pm Quiet Cove – O Avenue, Between 2nd & 3rd Streets GUIDED WALK - History and Habitat on a Working Waterfront From the earliest days of Anacortes, the Guemes Channel waterfront has been at the heart of our working waterfront. Join us for an interpretive walk to learn about the history of the Guemes waterfront and characters central to the story. We’ll talk about Anacortes founder Amos Bowman and Melville Curtis, who built the original Curtis Wharf in 1905. Our guest speakers from the Port of Anacortes and Dept. of Ecology will share information on the redevelopment of the waterfront to support the Dakota Creek Industries growing ship building business and the environmental mitigation projects that were undertaken as a result. They will also share information on the Port’s plans for redeveloping and conducting cleanup work at their Quiet Cove properties



Trail Tales interpretive programs, led by trained volunteers, are free and open to the public with no registration required. These leisurely and informative programs are on flat, paved surfaces are handicap accessible and last ~ 1.5 hours. Trail Tales is made possible by a grant from the WA Dept. of Ecology’s Public Participation Grant program and support from the City of Anacortes, Port of Anacortes, and generous local donors.

2015 ENVIRONMENTAL FILM SERIES Join Friends for great films, good company and popcorn! FREE screenings of feature length films, on issues timely and relevant to our Puget Sound/Salish Sea waters. Short films, made by young, local filmmakers for the Friends of Skagit Beaches’ Trail Tales Program, will lead off each screening. Films will be posted on our calendar at http://skagitbeaches.org Dates:

October 9 & 23 November 6 & 20 Time: 7:00 pm Location: NW Ed. Services Dist. Bldg. 1601 R Ave., Anacortes

Sheri Miklaski, Director (360) 293-1910


The Anacortes Public Library is happy to be a participating library in Skagit Reads again this year. Look for “Spare Parts” by Joshua Davis on our shelves. We have a few copies available for official check out and many more copies available on the honor system. Joshua Davis will be speaking at the Lincoln Theater on Tuesday, November 10th and the movie “Spare Parts” will be shown at the Lincoln on Sunday, November 1st. Stay tuned to our Library Facebook page and website for other Skagit Reads events happening at the library. Many thanks to the Friends of the Anacortes Library for being a co-sponsor of Skagit Reads!

ADULT PROGRAMS SUNDAY JAZZ Join us on the second Sunday of every month from 2pm to 3:30pm for our free jazz concerts. At the Heart of Anacortes, 1014 4th Street • Gail Pettis and Jud Sherwood play on September 13.

Worlds of Information and Imagination ACOUSTIC MUSIC ON 3RD SUNDAYS & TUESDAYS The baby grand piano is located on the 1st floor. We hope you will enjoy the soft background music (piano or other acoustic instrument) from 2:00-2:30pm on the third Sunday of each month and from 6:30-7:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday. Experienced musicians who are interested in volunteering to play may inquire at the Circulation Desk.

BOOK CLUB Mondays at 7:00pm Sept. 28, “Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark” by Carl Sagan Oct. 26, “The Light between Oceans” by M. L. Stedman Nov. 23, “Nothing Daunted: the Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West” by Dorothy Wickenden Dec. No Meeting

MARITIME SPEAKER SERIES Third Saturday at 4:00pm Oct. 17, “Why Sail to Alaska Five Times” with author Elsie Hulsizer Nov. 21, “Waggoner Cruising Guide” with editor/publisher Mark Bunzel Dec. 19, To be announced

MOVIES Fridays at 7:00pm

In the library meeting room: • Jacqueline Tabor duo performs on October 11.

Oct. 2, “Secretariat” Oct. 9, “Together” (Chinese) Oct. 16, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” Oct. 23, “The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming”

• Market Street Dixieland Jass Band on November 8.

TECHWISE TUESDAYS Tuesdays 10:00am - 12:00pm Starting on September 8th, we will offer hands-on technology help available on a drop-in basis for:

• Scott Lindenmuth Quartet on December 13. For details, visit the jazz website http://jazzatthelibrary.com.

• Downloading eBooks and audiobooks (OverDrive & OneClickdigital) • Learning computer basics for beginners

LIBRARY HOURS Monday 10am – 7pm Tuesday - Friday 11am – 7pm Saturday and Sunday Noon – 5pm

PASSPORT BOOK & PASSPORT CARD APPLICATION ACCEPTANCE HOURS Tuesday, noon – 6:30pm Wednesday, noon – 5pm Saturday, 1pm – 4pm Service is unavailable when the library is closed

CLOSURES In-service: October 15 Veterans Day: November 11 Thanksgiving: November 26 and 27 Christmas: December 24 and 25 New Year: Close at 5pm December 31. Closed January 1 Main Desk 293-1910 • Children’s Library 293-1910 ext. 27 or 28 • Fax 293-1929

• Trying new software or internet applications • Signing up for Microsoft IT Academy and more… Please bring your own mobile device or laptop. Free & open to the public; registration not required. Questions? 360-293-1910 x35 or library.cityofanacortes.org

PROGRAMS DEMENTIA, ALZHEIMER’S AND CAREGIVING Mondays from 2:00-3:00pm, presented by Gentry House Staff Nancy Gentry and Deanna McDougle Sept. 14, “Early Signs of Dementia: How to Tell the Difference from Normal Aging” Sept. 21, “The Progression of Dementia: What to Expect on This Difficult & Uncertain Journey” Sept. 28, “Caring for the Caregiver: How to Meet Needs & Desires That Are Important but Often Forgotten”




SEPTEMBER Wednesdays at 7:00pm Sept. 9, “Dragonflies & Damselflies of Anacortes” Dragonfly Whisperer Jim Walker will introduce dragonflies and their behavior, complete with stunning photos and slow-motion video. Sept. 16, “A Folk Music Concert” with the Finnish duo Vellamo. Pia Leinonen & Joni Tiala will perform songs in English & Finnish, as well as traditional ballads form the Finnish, Celtic & Scandinavian folk traditions. Sept. 23, Skagit Reads event – showing of “Spare Parts” film & discussion Sept. 30, “Tales for a Lazy Afternoon” Join a panel of local authors as they read and discuss their tales from the recently published Skagit Valley Writers League Anthology.

OCTOBER Wednesdays at 7:00pm Oct. 7, “Mr. Tambourine Man” Join us for a performance from Paul “Buck” Stierle as he plays guitar and sings songs from Bob Dylan’s early years. The performance will trace Dylan’s progress through folk music, protest song, folk rock & rock ‘n’ roll to country rock and Christian music. Oct. 14, “How to Think like Your Dog” Author Dianna Young returns with a lively program featuring tips and techniques from her book of the same name. Oct. 21, “Old Movies from the Anacortes Museum” Enjoy a fun screening of short films shot in and of Anacortes between the 1930s and the 1960s hosted by local historian Bret Lunsford. Oct. 28, “Wallie Funk’s Pictures of the Past” Join Funk’s book editor Elaine Walker as she presents a breezy photographic overview of Anacortes history, including many fabulous photos that did not make it into the book.

NOVEMBER Wednesdays at 7:00pm Nov. 4, “Military Uniforms and the People Who Wore Them” Doug Charles will bring some of his collection of vintage military uniforms, which he has collected and researched. His focus is on the stories of the men who wore them as much as the uniforms themselves. Nov. 11, Library closed for Veterans’ Day Nov. 18, “The Spirit of the Coast Journey” Videographer Don Jonasson will present the story of a voyaging canoe journey to find the spirit of the British Columbia coast and to connect with the First Nations Peoples, including a 35-min. Video. Nov. 25, Day before Thanksgiving, no program. Nov. 30 (Monday), “Shanghai: Yesterday and Today” Local author Alex Kuo will give a talk and reading based on his novel shanghai. shanghai.shanghai. The book explores the people and culture of the foreign-occupied Shanghai of 1939, state-occupied 1989, and the self-occupied present.

DECEMBER Wednesdays at 7:00 Dec. 2, “A Taste of Tanzania” join Gabe Martin for a visit to Dubai & Tanzania, and a climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro. Dec. 9, “Digital Cameras – What’s New This Year – How to Choose One” Photographer Tony Locke will give an overview of the features of different types of cameras and how to decide what will suit you. Dec. 16, “Sorry for Your Loss, How Can I Help?” Author and widow Claudia Cimini will offer insights and guidance on what to say, what not to say, and how to be most helpful to the people we care about, all information she wishes she had.

JANUARY, 2016 Wednesdays at 7:00 Jan. 6, Join Don & Joyce Paradine on a cruise to another exotic locale.



THE CHILDREN’S LIBRARY PRESCHOOL STORYTIME Preschool Storytime takes place in the Children’s Library on Mondays at 10:30am beginning October 5. This storytime is designed for 3 to 5 year-old children and includes stories, rhymes, learning activities, and more.

TIME FOR TOTS Time For Tots is held in the Library Community Meeting Room at 10:30am on Wednesdays and Fridays beginning October 7. This program is designed for children birth to 36 months of age and their caregivers. Time For Tots promotes early learning through the use of play, movement, music, rhymes, and stories, all delivered in an enriching atmosphere.

JUST FOR TEENS! Youth in grades 7-12 join Ria on Wednesdays from 2:45 to 4pm in the Activity Room beginning October 7. There will be assorted fun projects, including arts and crafts programs, preparation for various library programs, and other cool activities.

LEGOS IN THE LIBRARY! Join Ria Thursday afternoons 2:30 to 4:30pm beginning September 3 for her special Legos Building Club. Children ages 5-12 (younger with adult supervision) meet in the Children’s Library to create masterpieces from Legos. We provide everything you need, so please do not bring Legos from home.

TALES FOR TAILS This popular program is made possible by Dogs on Call and is held from 1 to 2pm on the second Saturday of the month in the Children’s Library. Children read to a dog in the comfort of the Children’s Library. Dates for the fall are October 10, November 14, and December 12.



FAMILY READING NIGHTS Join us on these evenings for great stories and a free book for each child in attendance: • Wednesday, October 28 at 6 to 7pm. Our guest reader will be Diana Farnsworth, who will dress the part and delight families with some spooky stories. Families are encouraged to come to this program in costume! • Wednesday, November 18 at 6 to 7pm. Our guest reader will be Carol Springs, former Anacortes School District librarian, who will read some fun family stories. • Watch the newspapers and our library website for more information about our special December holiday-themed Family Reading Night, which will be held Wednesday, December 2nd, from 6 to 7pm. Each child in attendance at a Family Reading Night will receive a free quality book. Jeane Thomson Read ‘n’ Grow is sponsoring this program. Anacortes Public Library, Watermark Book Co., and Toy Stories have partnered to plan these events.

HALLOWEEN CRAFTS Kids in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade join Ria for Halloween craft activities on Tuesday, October 27, at 2:30 to 4:30pm. All materials are provided.

HOLIDAY MAKE & TAKE GIFTS Children join Ria to create last-minute gifts for the holidays on Tuesday, December 22. There are two sessions: 11am to 1pm for children in Kindergarten to 2nd grade; and 2:30 to 4:30pm for children 3rd to 6th grades. All materials are provided.

All programs are free of charge and registration is not necessary. Call the Children’s Library at (360) 293-1910, ext. 28 for more information.



Friends of the Library and its FriendShop bookstore raise funds for the Anacortes Public Library. Through book sales, membership dues and donations the Friends are able to provide books, children’s programs and many other items to support the library. Monthly meetings are held September through June in the library’s Community Meeting Room on the second Thursdays at 2:30pm. Membership is $10 and forms are available on the library website. FriendShop bookstore hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 11am – 6:30pm, Wednesday 11am – 4pm, and Saturday 1pm – 4pm. For additional information contact President, Syd Olausen 293-6803 or FriendShop Manager, Beverly Reed 293-4149.

Signing up for a library card is easy! Bring in your photo id and something with your local physical address on it (no PO Boxes, please). If you live outside of the city limits, a nonresident library card can be purchased at the front desk for $25 for 3 months or $100 for the year for your family.

LIBRARY FOUNDATION The Library Foundation offers many ways to support your library – general donations, bricks may be inscribed and installed in our walkway, or a wall tile may be engraved in our lobby. For a longer-term gift consider a donation to the Legacy Endowment Fund. The Library Foundation administers the Manieri and Maritime Endowments and the Jeane Thomson Read‘n’Grow Memorial. For more information, please check out the Foundation webpage.

LIBRARY WEBSITE Be sure to check out the Library’s web page at http:// library.cityofanacortes.org for calendars of children’s and adult events, and for other information about the library, including useful websites on a variety of topics. Popular magazines and newspapers are available through the library’s online resources. The library catalog can be accessed from home and items can be renewed by logging in to your account. Free downloadable audio books and eBooks are available to library card holders.


Protect Your Child’s Identity This School Year 2015 Transition Skill Share Series A series of 17 free workshops to help build self-sufficiency, sustainability, and skills for happy, healthy living.

From 10:00 — 11:30 a.m. at the Depot, 611 “R” Avenue, Anacortes

September 26: Tool Sharpening, with Andy Gladish

October 3: Home Brewing, with Von Kuehn and friends

From 10:00—11:30 a.m. at the Potluch Kitchen Studio, 910 11th St., Anacortes

October 17: Fermenting Food, with Julianne Ash, R.N.

See the whole schedule at TransitionFidalgo.org Thanks to our co-sponsors!

As you prepare your child for another successful school year, consider this: the common thread with back to school forms is the exchange of several items of personal identifying information—date of birth, address, phone number, social security number, etc. As you work through these forms with your 1st grader, high school graduate, or college sophomore, consider these tips to keep your student’s information in capable, responsible hands and out of the hands of someone who could potentially victimize your student. • Model responsible social media usage. Social media provides an opportunity to disclose multiple items of personal identifying information. Kids and parents should be cognizant of the potential pitfalls of disclosing too much information and avoid posting full birth dates, addresses, or phone numbers. • Be careful with your student’s Social Security number. If you are asked to provide this information, ask what it will be used for and if there is an alternate identifier (e.g. date of birth or student ID number) that can be used. • Shred documents with personal information. Accidentally print out too many filled-out scholarship applications that are laden with personal identifying information? Invest a few dozen dollars in a crosscut shredder for these and other applications where hard copies of student forms are no longer needed. Shred them to bits to avoid the danger of the information ending up in the wrong hands. • Study FERPA. The Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act protects the privacy of student records. One requirement of FERPA is for schools to notify parents about the school’s directory policy. It also gives parents the right to opt out of the release of directory information to third parties. See the resources below for further information about cyber safety, identity theft, and child identity theft: Net Cetera: Chatting With Kids About Being Online www.IdentityTheft.gov www.ftc.gov



Anacortes Senior College Fall Term begins on Tuesday, Oct. 13, and continues through Thursday, Nov. 19. Classes meet at Anacortes Middle School, 2200 M Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221. We encourage you to look for detailed course information on our website: www.seniorcollege.org For further information, call 360-503-1255, email info@seniorcollege.org

FALL CLASS SCHEDULE OCTOBER 13 TO NOVEMBER 19, 2015 Afternoon classes meet 3:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m. Evening classes meet 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Classes are 6 weeks in length unless otherwise noted. A 6-week class is $30. A 3-week class is $20.

TUESDAY AFTERNOONS Introduction to Spanish, II: Continue on the adventure of learning a new language with Yadi Young. Build vocabulary; improve pronunciation through exercises and activities. Forestry in the Americas: Follow the path of forestry development, learn current aspects and study the future of forests in the context of the global economy with Dr. Robert Gara. Ice Age Floods: Discover with Dr. Gene Kiver how amazing natural wonders formed as unleashed flood waters swept through a four-state region of the Pacific Northwest. Industries of Anacortes: This popular series returns to explore many familiar local industries and services. The course led by Tom Kuhn features a variety of guest speakers.

THURSDAY AFTERNOONS U.S. Constitution: Explore the Constitution: separation of powers, federalism, individual rights, and representative government. Dr. Michael Newbrough presents the information in the context of current events. The Earthsea Novels: Find the truth and beauty of Ursula Le Guin’s novels with a guided tour by David Slabaugh through this “metaphysical” literature and revelations about reality. Gardening & Landscaping: Learn from expert Ani Gurnee about soil development, mulches, vegetable gardening, weed management, landscape design and more. Anacortes History: Delve into the past with Bret Lunsford for an overview of the history of the waterfront, parks, local music and detour into stories with guests, film and video clips (3 weeks).

THURSDAY EVENINGS The Oregon Trail: Follow with Stuart Bryan the adventures of the first two government survey expeditions, the pioneer immigrant families venturing west, their equipment and trail life (3 weeks). Religion in Ancient Israel and Jordan: Unearth archaeological evidence of religious beliefs in Israel and Jordan during the Bronze and Iron ages by viewing artifacts and texts with Dr. Douglas Clark (3 weeks). Retirement & Investment Planning: Learn to manage investments and utilize tax laws to your advantage. Thor McIlrath shows how to align your money with your values and achieve your lifestyle goals (3 weeks). Understanding the Universe: Embark with Tom Churchill on a cosmic time trip while learning about the Solar System, Milky Way, the Universe, how it all started, evolved and will likely end.


Fidalgo Island and Guemes Gleaners (F.I.G.G.) WHAT IS GLEANING, A SHORT HISTORY AND A DREAM

Gleaning is a centuries old practice of collecting what is left in farmers’ fields after the harvest. Now, it can be anything that’s left, missed, unwanted or excess. It’s a wonderful way to share, and be sure good food isn’t wasted, and what could be more local! FIGG began when a small group of us lamented the lack of space to grow our own fruit trees and fantasized about a community orchard. We then realized that there are already so many fruit trees currently on the island, many planted decades ago when backyard fruit was a tradition. Many are too large for one household, some are unused altogether or are a less traditional variety such as quince or cider apples. The hope is that through our enthusiasm for your fruit, we can get you excited too! So excited you will want to keep all that glorious abundance for yourself for jams, jellies, pies, juices, dried fruit and oh, so

much more. Maybe we can even teach you to care for that tree so it will continue to produce for many more years. You’ll get hooked on fruit and want even more fruit. Then, just maybe, we can talk about that community orchard… There are many fruit trees in our area. Most of them produce more than one household can use. Our goal is to share the abundance, particularly with those in need. Contact us and we will harvest your fruit and divide it four ways: some for you, for the pickers, the food bank, and we may sell a portion as a fundraiser. Eventually we hope to expand the program to include pruning, old tree renovation, cider pressings, jam making sessions and recipe sharing for those more unusual fruits and harvesting of additional crops. F.I.G.G. is a project of Transition Fidalgo & Friends, a nonprofit organization, that is building resilience through community action.


Contact us and we will ask you about your tree(s) and schedule a visit. We will discuss your preferences (open glean or specific days) and requests (leave the cherries!). When fruit is ripe we will schedule a glean and put all that bounty to good use. WANT TO VOLUNTEER?

If you want fruit and don’t have trees, would like to learn a bit more about caring for fruit trees or just want to lend a hand in harvesting, join us! EMAIL:


We want to hear from you... Do you have a recreational or community activity that you would like to have listed in this publication? Are you looking for new members? It might be a new music group, softball team, disc golf, bridge, sailing enthusiasts, etc.? If you provide your information to us, we will list it at no cost. Our goal is to connect people together in the community. For more information, please contact Gary Robinson at gary@cityofanacortes.org or use the regular mail at P.O. Box 547, Anacortes, WA 98221 or call 360-293-1918.



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The Anacortes Parks Foundation and the City of Anacortes would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for your generous donations towards the The Anacortes Parks Foundation and the City of Anacortes would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for your generous the 2015 John Curtis Memorial Fireworks Display!! 2015 donations John towards Curtis Memorial Fireworks Display!! Bubba Sudz Car Wash/In Memory of John Curtis Dakota Creek Industries, Inc. Fidalgo Bay RV Resort Skagit Valley Publishing Anacortes Marine Enterprises Sebo's Aleli & John Howell Rob & Karen Evans Marcia Bents & Wendy Patterson Anacortes Brewing Company Colins Marine Services, LLC Fidalgo Rehab Center Highland Woods, LLC Lovric's Sea-Craft Inc. Papa Murphy's Pizza Scott Milo Gallery Ship Harbor Inn Sunland Bark & Topsoils Helen Baumgartner Ray & Carolyn Bloom Darrilyn Borba Douglas Burton/Burton Enterprises LLC Richard & Madge Greer Dave & Margaret Griffith Gail Grotte Sam Hull & Muriel Hall John & Linda Hunt Jan & Soren Jensen John & Kari Mathis Steve & Pam McKinstry Michael Menor Laurel Miller Dr. Scott Nash Richard & Linda Nelson Curt Oppel/John L. Scott Real Estate Darryl & Judy Paulsen Ken & Robin Phillips Charles R. & Mary Rice Bob & Cathy Schaeffer Varrian Small John & Vicky Stables Ron & Sharyan Watts Steve & Linda Wilhoit Dr. Gary & Janice Hudak, MD Pat & Betty Mooney Vince & Terry Oliver Marcy Shanholtzer Alice Bohnker Insurance Services, LLC Cove at Fidalgo HOA Family Life Assembly of God First Citizen/Ironstone Hair Systems Island Import Garage Mr. SewDandy North Sound Oral & Facial Surgery P.S. Bud & Betty Adams Sean & Diana Bartlett B & K Boardman Carter Family Steve & Carolyn Cox In Memory of John C. Danielson Polly & John Derr Thomas Edmunds Kristine Ells Mark & Pam Estvold Bruce & Margaret Evertz Tom & Sally Foster Brett & Eva Fox Dr. & Mrs. Rudy Gahler Kathy Garde Joseph & Grace Glasgow Susan & Walter Guterbock Robert Horwith Cindy & Jon Hubner

Johnny James Richard & Joan Jensen Harry & Karen McGrath Victoria Morell Ian & Diane Munce Jerry & Pamela Munson Bill & Iris Perkins Barry Schaeffer James W. Schooler Emily & Eric Schuh Barbara Smart Craig Smith Sevi Thomas Patricia Steffani & Cary Tolman Bruce & Sue Trzcinski Paul & Rene Vance Rosemary & Marvin Walter Jim & Sue Wheeler Bill & Jennifer Woyski Yadi Young Benedicto Estrada-Garfias Norman & Nancy Hoxie Mike Wentzell Barbara Baker-Hobbs Mr. & Mrs. Richard Heidecker, Sr. Sue McDermott Sue & Greg Monaghan Robert & Maureen Mullen Joan Oborne Dennis & Linda Oeth George Rockwood Judith Schwenk William P. Smith Charles Wenker Susan Wieland Berg Marine Surveys Fidalgo Island Artillery Co. LLC Lake Campbell Lodging Brad & Ruthanne Adams Sharon & Steve Allen Amy Arisco Martin & Nelia Barney W. E. & Ann Bennett Melinda Bridges Bill & Jane Brodie John & Pamela Caper Robert Childers Richard L. Cook Blynn & Wilma Cooper Les & Sharon Cooper Oren & Carol Cotton Michael & LuAnn Doherty Andrea & Bob Doll Daniel & Florence Doudna Sharene & Zac Elander Susan J. Ellingson Bill & Susanna Epler Bill & Vicki Evans Don Fenkner Wally Finley Glenn & Jean Gassman Greg & Connie Gibbons John & Ann Giboney Richard Grill & Annette Tamre Chris Hartman Michael & Carol Herbert Alex & Bridget Hernandez Rosalie & Coleman Hill Curtis Hodgin Mary Lou Holtgeerts Bruce & Karen Huntley Denny & Ann Huston Brenda Kawashima Scott & Paula Kidder Leslie Krous

Betty & Von Kuehn George & Pam LeBlanc Marty Lentz Sonja Maricich Tammy Melvin Wayne & Mairivonne Melvin Tom & Judy Montgomery Skip & Carolyn Moore Daniel Morris-Young Bryan & Kristine Murray Steve & Nina Neitzel Bill & Anne Noble Ron & Sherry Oberst Margaret A. Oehlman David & Sydney Olausen/Anacortes Dental Care Jan O'Leary Fran & Ann Olsen Les & Carol Olsen Donald Page Don & Rosa Parker Bob & Molly Pitre Steve & Shalita Pye Carol & Neal Pyke Brian & Kathy Ricks Marty & Sherle Robins Damian Rodriguez Kirk & Donna Ruddell Michael & Connie Russell Colleen Sargent Steve & Lyn Schneyder Edward & Carol Schwabe Joyce Scoll Margaret Sheffer John & Cathy Slater Mary & Michael Stark Chuck & Jan Conklin Stavig Stan Stewart Marcia & Gerry Thompson Phyllis Thoreson Patricia Tillman Chuck & Yvonne Tollefson Robert Trueman Edmund Marmol & Kathryn Van Alstyne Elwin Vernon Bryan & Linda Walker Gary & Joyce Wiggens David Wilder Donn & Doreen Wilson E & P Wood Carl & Sally Yanagawa Gail & Glenn King Maurice & Helene Fink Costume Creations Pat Ansted Roy Graves & Deb Ayrs Sharylee Barnes Sandra Benton David Grant Best David & Dorothy Bjornson Pauline Bonner Gary & Wanda Bruns Robin Catlin Allan Dannenmiller Mr. & Mrs. Paul Dever Mike & Trish Ellis Duncan & Cheryl Frazier Colleen Moore & Linda George Dick & Barbara Gilmore Russell & Terrie Gindhart Paul & Norma Hamner Judith J. Harper Mary Ann Henson Jeff & Valerie Holtgeerts Kenny & Anita Holzemer

Duane Hudson John & Peggy Ireton Gary Jacobson Ken Jacot Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Jaskiewicz Lois M. Jones Lovelett Family David Marsh Stephen & Betty Miller Theda Morton Laurie Mueller William & Susan Murray Joyce Paradine John & Kathy Parker Gordon & Anita Parkhill John & Carol Parks Nick & Genie Parrott Jean Penney Tasker Robinette Arnie Schafer Guy & Mary Simpson Mary & Robert Terry Ben & Pam Thomas Jim & Ginger Thomas David & Shirley Vacanti Gloria Williams Lyubov & Eduard Amigud George & Jeanne Bell Larry & Shirley Bowlin Karin Graham Norma Hagen Robert & Erica Pickett David & Kay Smith Regina & Asif Zaheer Sharon Alban Stephen & Susan Bolles Terry & Wendy Brazas Marianito Briones Rick & Lori Cartmell Laurie, Jim & Jacob Carver Les & Sandy Cox Ken & Patty Crews Rick & Diane Davidson Dave & Kathy Duck Patrik & Jody Dylan Cliff & Jo Finkbohner B. & D. Fisher Brad & Annabelle Fox Marilyn Garner Francine & Frederick George Liz Graham Dick & Evelyn Greenlee Lonny & Bunny Heiner Troy & Kelsey Jenison Keith & Cindy Mihills Richard Millison Earl & Floy Ann Montee Frannie Morgan Joan P. Olson Dan Palmer Ted Parsons Ida Rogers Ken & Gloria Shelton Lynnell & Linda Tanigoshi Mary Vallentyne Velma Verrall Tom & Lisa Wallace Marie & Don Ibsen Betty Johnson Sally Kilpatrick

We like would also like to extend a SPECIAL THANK YOU to the following for their support of the fireworks show. We would also to extend a SPECIAL THANK YOU to the following for their support of the fireworks show. Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Skagit County Sheriff’s Department, Cap Sante Marine & Anacortes Yacht Club MJB Properties, Skagit County Sheriff’s Department, Northwest ESD # 189 & Anacortes Yacht Club


ANACORTES PUBLIC LIBRARY Not Just for Books Anymore by Diana Farnsworth

Since its inception in 1911, the Anacortes Public Library, has been meeting the needs of the citizens of Anacortes in any way it can, and that includes keeping current on the technological and economic needs of Anacortes citizens. There are always new books, and programs for children and adults alike, but that’s just the beginning of what you can find at your local library. In 1952, the Anacortes American published an article entitled, Anacortes Library Has Long History As Community Center, proudly stating that, “Owing to the efficient management and close cooperation between the librarian and the library board, much has been accomplished to make the Anacortes Public Library into a progressive educational and cultural center, bringing our community the very best in new books and current magazines.” At the time of the article, the library provided craft courses, live performances, and a meeting space for the community, and it has been expanding its services ever since. The function of libraries has changed significantly since the traditional silent reading rooms of the past, filled with books and card catalogues. Now there are also computers, Wi-Fi, music, movies, audio books, a copier and printer, children’s play areas, and private study rooms. In fact, libraries are the one place where you can go in most towns that provides you with a place to sit, access to the internet, and public restrooms, absolutely free of charge. At the Anacortes Public Library, you can read the daily news, write your dissertation, hold a meeting, take an online test, charge your phone, fill out your passport application, and access local and national resources for everything from


printing your plane ticket to filling out a job application, seven days a week. Libraries are not just for books anymore. For those who prefer to listen instead of read traditional books, the library has a large collection of audio books on CD. But what if you can’t get to the library to check out a book, or don’t have a CD player? No problem. The library subscribes to multiple services that provide downloadable audio and digital books, included in your membership with the library. Online resources ranging from language courses to auto-mechanics are accessible at the library, and if it’s something more adventurous you’re looking for, why not check out the Maritime Collection and use the nautical charts to plan your next vacation? Exploration happens in many ways at the library. Staff assist daily in navigating the internet, which is available to all patrons and guests. Some days that means simply accessing e-mail, or on one recent occasion, assisting a patron in signing in to watch a live-stream broadcast of her grandson’s graduation across the country. Whether it’s helping patrons with traditional searches for books, or guiding them through the latest technology, library staff are always striving to anticipate and meet the current needs of the community. Stop by today, and while you’re checking out a book, check out what else the library can do for you.

Park stroll Centennial TakeWashington a short historical on the new Celebration at Sunset Beachto the Havekost Loop Trail - Dedicated founder of the park, Tonjes19, Havekost on Saturday, September 2015

“Washington Park is the true culmination of many efforts of many wonderful people throughout the history of Anacortes. The tomb of one has brought joy to thousands. Join us in celebrating the park’s first hundred years.” –Gary Robinson, Director, Anacortes Parks & Recreation Department

Tonjes Henry Havekost (c.1841-1911)

Havekost Hotel, built nearby in 1890

Take a short historical stroll on the new Havekost Loop Washington Park Centennial Celebration Trail - Dedicated to the founder of the park, Tonjes Havekost at Sunset September 19, 2015 History Hike Beach at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Havekost Loop at 10:30 a.m. Centennial Picnic 11 a.m. to 2 Join a walk beginning at the Loop Road exit gate covering park history ending at the Havekost Monument in time for the trail dedication.

Park Manager Bob Vaux will lead the inaugural stroll on the new Havekost Loop Trail — Parking will be very limited at the Burrows viewpoint.

Come out for food, fun & games (including clowns) & lemon treats


Anacortes Community Energy www.acechallenge.org The city of Anacortes is one of 50 communities nationwide chosen to compete for the Georgetown University Energy Prize. The GUEP is challenging cities across the nation to rethink their energy use and implement creative strategies to save energy and increase efficiency over the next two years. The winner of the prize will receive $5 million during the summer of 2017. UPDATE: Because heat and power in residential homes is where we have the greatest potential for savings, Anacortes residents can contribute the most to saving power, saving money, and helping us win the prize. This community effort continues with our GUEP window display located at Bayshore Office Products at 603 Commercial Avenue. This display highlights an Energy Tree with leaves of energy saving ideas. Come in to Bayshore and pick up a Just-Do-One-Thing energy saving card. (You can take more than one card.) Follow the directions on the card, fill out the back and return it to Bayshore, and with your permission we’ll place a pin on the community map (also located in the window) at your address to highlight your commitment to saving energy. And, while you’re there take a look at our display to learn more about how you can save energy and help us win the prize! For more information visit the city website: www.cityofanacortes.org and click on the Georgetown arrow or visit www.guep.org. Have questions, comments, ideas or want to be involved contact Russ Pittis, Resource Conservation Manager at 360.299.1964 • russ@cityofanacortes.org



Conserving energy for a brighter tomorrow!

For more information visit: www.cityofanacortes.org Click on the Georgetown arrow or visit www.guep.org.

You Can Help Our Community Become Disaster Resilient! Every citizen is an integral part of our City’s emergency response system! While we live in a relatively disaster free area in comparison to other portions of the country, we do have a significant potential to be impacted by a major earthquake, winter storm, tsunami, wildfire, or other type of disaster. We rely on the coordination of various institutions, schools, hospital, police, fire, public works, Red Cross, county emergency management and other community organizations, to come together in times of need. The truth is, there are Not enough resources to render aid to all the immediate needs in a major disaster. This is where You can help or hinder the emergency response system. Each person should take seriously the importance of developing emergency kits and an emergency plan to care for yourself, family and pets so that you don’t become a casualty. Each individual should develop a kit for their home and car to sustain yourself and your family for at least (7 Days) or more. After a major sudden disaster, the City will mobilize our resources to determine what the issues and risks to life and property are present. This will take time, and we may not become immediately aware of all the issues. Phone lines and service for cell phones will likely be disabled, the 911 system may be overloaded, and some citizens may be isolated in their homes and unable to communicate their needs. Without an emergency kit and plan, you might be one of the many people waiting for help to come! The more You can do to alleviate impacting our limited resources, the more resilient our community will become.

Take action NOW! Tear out the emergency preparedness list and begin developing your emergency kit. Go to the website http://www. ready.gov/ to read and learn more about emergency preparedness. • STEP 1: Get a Kit – Assemble essential supplies for sustaining you and your family. • STEP 2: Make a Plan – Learn what measures to take before, during, and after a disaster.

Richard Curtis, Fire Chief

• STEP 3: Be Informed – About the potential local disaster risks to your community. • STEP 4: Get involved – Volunteer to work with community leaders on developing a resilient community. Become trained as a C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) member. You could also become trained and volunteer to be Citizen’s Patrol Member, HAM radio operator, or firefighter.



City Council Members Councilman Eric Johnson serves as Mayor Pro Tem for 2014-2015.

Brad Adams

Ward 2 Term Ends: 12/31/2015 2201 30th Street Anacortes, WA 98221 360-391-9771 brada@cityofanacortes.org

Salish Sea Art Exhibit November 6-7, 2015

at the Deport Art & Community Center (622 R Street) in Anacortes

Hours open to public: • •

4-9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, in conjunction with the Downtown First Friday Art Walk 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7

Presented/sponsored by: Eric N. Johnson

Ward 3 Term Ends: 12/31/2015 2017 Piper Circle Anacortes, WA 98221 360-840-5415 ericj@cityofanacortes.org

Erica Pickett

Position 7 Term Ends: 12/31/2017 1112 18th Street Anacortes, WA 98221 360-293-6264 ericap@cityofanacortes.org

John Archibald

Position 5 Term Ends: 12/31/2017 3001 Meridian Court Anacortes, WA 98221 360-395-5923 johna@cityofanacortes.org

Liz Lovelett

Position 6 Term Ends: 12/31/2017 PO Box 547 Anacortes, WA 98221 360-588-8707 lovelettl@cityofanacortes.org

Matt Miller

Position 4 Term Ends: 12/31/2017 818 Haddon Road Anacortes, WA 98221 360-588-9070 mattm@cityofanacortes.org

The Sister Cities Associations of Anacortes and Sidney, British Columbia • Anacortes Arts Commission • Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula, BC

Purpose: To foster friendship and strengthen cultural bonds between the Salish Sea Sister Cities -- Anacortes and Sidney. The Sister Cities Associations (SCA) in both cities will host the event and the community/governmental art groups in both cities will work together to organize all the planned events and to mount the shows. The second stage of the art exchange is planned for May of 2016 when Anacortes artists will be invited to display their work in a similar art exhibit at the Tulista Art Centre, a Sidney gallery.

Scope of the art exhibits: Both cities will issue calls to artists in their area (in Anacortes that will be to artists residing in the 98221 Zip Code) to submit descriptions of the work they wish to exhibit. The call will include twodimensional, original artwork and fiber arts. Local jurors will develop the exhibit from the artists’ submissions. This event will accentuate and celebrate all the two cities share as communities located on the shores of the Salish Sea.

Ryan Walters

Ward 1 Term Ends: 12/31/2015 P.O. Box 547 Anacortes, WA 98221 360-610-7770 ryanw@cityofanacortes.org



Julian Richard, Heron

Background/history: The Salish Sea Art Exhibit marks the first time an art exchange between these two cities will also involve collaboration and cooperation with city and community art organizations in both Anacortes and Sidney.

Members of the SCA in both cities do have joint events: They appear in each other’s national celebration parades on Canada Day and the Fourth of July as well as in Christmas parades; an Anacortes delegation travels by ferry to Sidney on the inaugural sail every spring; and they join forces to lobby on behalf of the ferry system whenever there are changes or threats to the service.

Hospitality: By specifically inviting all SCA members, many city officials and participating artists of Sidney to the first exhibit in Anacortes, the sponsors hope there will be a new level of interaction between the residents of both cities. Anacortes SCA (ASCA) members and community members will open their homes to host visiting Sidney guests and will introduce them to the favorite features and places of interest on Fidalgo Island. A special opening for the exhibit is planned for SCA members, visiting artists and city officials on Thursday evening,November 5 at the Depot. Another opening for the public is planned for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, during the art walk, when locals can meet Sidney artists and residents.

Planners: In Anacortes, the planning committee for the Salish Sea Art Exhibit is made up of ASCA members Jackie Boss and Anne Martin McCool, along with members of the Anacortes Arts Commission - Karla Locke, Laura Hamilton and Lisa Rhoades. We welcome all questions and inquiries about this exciting, new,fall event. Many details about the art show are still emerging and we will provide more specific information as we have it.

Jackie Boss - 360/299-8067 Laura Hamilton - 360/588-1302

The City of Anacortes now contracts with Waste Management for both organics (yard waste and food scraps) and recycling service for our residential customers. The City of Anacortes Solid Waste Division will continue to provide refuse service in the City of Anacortes. Organics is an optional service, with weekly pickup offered year-round. If you choose to have organics service, charges will appear on your monthly City of Anacortes utility statement. If you are already signed up for organics/yard waste pickup, you will no longer receive a separate bill from Waste Management.

Please go online at http://wmnorthwest. com/anacortes/service.html#recycling to request new organics service, stop existing organics service, or to request extra pickups of organics. You can also call Waste Management at 1-800-592-9995. Recycling service is now provided by Waste Management and billed to your City of Anacortes utility account. Recycling is a mandatory fee of $9.00 for residential and multi-dwelling customers. You can change the size of your recycling tote or request an additional tote by contacting Waste Management online at http:// wmnorthwest.com/anacortes/service. html#recycling or call 1-800-592-9995.


Refuse Grey Tote

Refuse Grey Tote

Recyclables Blue Tote

Organics Green Tote

Tote Size

Monthly Rate

Additional Totes

(per Tote)

Maximum # of Totes

21 Gallon



One (1)

32 Gallon



Three (3)

32, 64 96 Gallon




32, 64




• Additional refuse may be placed in a pre-paid City of Anacortes ‘Blue Bags,’ available at City Hall and various retail outlets throughout Anacortes for $4.00 plus tax. For larger amounts, please call our Solid Waste Division at 360-293-1921. • Additional clean recyclables may be placed in a paper bag or cardboard box (Limit 2’x2’x2’) for pick-up. No extra charge for this service. • Extra organics may be placed in rigid 32-gallon cans or paper yard bags and picked up for $5.00 per container.

City of Anacortes Public Works Dept.

$1.1M Council Approved Repair & Maintaining Anacortes Streets Council has approved $1.1M in revenues, to be allocated each year, for repair and maintenance of our streets here in Anacortes. Below is an estimate on how we are going to get there using Property Taxes, Real Estate Excise Tax (REET), the $20 Tab fee and the general fund. Some of the projects these revenues will be funding are:


• D Avenue from 17th to 37th Street ....... 2015 • Skyline Area Slurry Seal Project ........... 2016 • Commercial Avenue Overlay South of 37th and North of 12th ................................. 2017 • Slurry Seal between M Avenue and the Forest lands .......................................... 2018 • Skyline Area Overlay (Skyline Way and other streets).................................................. 2019 • Slurry Seal east of M Avenue, ............... 2020 Note: projects are subject to change based on immediate need.

TAX TYPE & ESTIMATED REVENUE Property Tax. . . . . . . . . . . . . $200,000.00 General Fund . . . . . . . . . . . . $350,000.00 REET. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $250,000.00 $20 Tab Fee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $300,000.00 Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,100,000.00 Property Tax $200,000.00

General Fund $350,000.00

REET $250,000.00

$20 Tab Fee $300,000.00

You can find more information about these and other projects on the City’s Website listed below:

http://www.cityofanacortes.org/public_ works_administration.php CITY OF ANACORTES




A NAC O RT E S 904 6th Street P.O. Box 547 Anacortes WA 98221


ECRWSS Resident


Anacortes, WA PERMIT NO. 22


Emergency Preparedness Expo Wednesday November 18th, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Anacortes City Council Chambers 904 6th Street Anacortes Washington 98221 Disasters can strike anywhere and anytime. We all need to be prepared for the types of emergencies that can affect each of us. Vendors will provide education and awareness about being prepared for disasters and emergencies.

Photo by Larry D. Elliott

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