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Spring/Summer 2017 City of Anacortes 360-293-1900

ANACORTES’ COMMUNITY VISION Are you interested what new development in Anacortes will look like? In order to implement the Community’s vision expressed in the 2016 Comprehensive Plan, the City is currently undertaking updates to the development regulations, which are the rules for how land can be used and developed. Development regulations include a variety of land use regulations, including zoning, subdivisions, environmental protection, signs, landscaping and parking. Concepts for the potential changes are currently being developed and feedback is being gathered. The next opportunity to learn about the proposed changes is the Commercial Development Regulations Open House, which is scheduled for Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 6 PM to 8 PM at Anacortes City Hall Council Chambers. You can find more information about the Development Regulation update process, and other Planning Department projects, on the webpage located at: http://www.cityofanacortes. org/community_planning. php or contact Libby Grage, Planning Manager at 360-299-1986 or libbyb@


By Laurie Gere, Mayor


believe that we are fortunate to live where we do. We have decent weather (most of the time), beautiful spaces, strong local businesses, kind and caring people, wonderful service clubs, a solid infrastructure, high quality police, fire and emergency medical services. This edition of our A-Town publication highlights another of the many qualities we enjoy in our community. In this edition you will find many programs and services offered through various Departments within the City of Anacortes (Museum, Library , Parks and Recreation) along with a number of other agencies and organizations that all work to help provide what are sometimes referred to as quality of life services. In this publication you will see a wide variety of offerings for nearly all ages being supplied by qualified individuals and organizations. I believe that these types of programs and organizations are vital to our community’s well-being beyond what might be considered our quality of life. These programs help our youth grow in ways that are not easily measurable on the positive side of the ledger but when those young people go astray we spend significant resources trying to get them back on track. I am currently working with a number of groups, agencies and individuals on the possibility of constructing a youth community center that would be able to serve



the needs of the youth of our community. It will take plenty of hard work, cooperation and compromise to accomplish this task but I am confident we will find ways to work together to make that happen. While we wait for that facility to come to fruition please take advantage of the many programs available in this publication. These programs provide healthy activities that are fun as well as educational opportunities for all. We are all looking forward to summer weather (when it gets here) and getting out and exploring our incredible local natural treasures.

Sincerely Yours, CITY OF ANACORTES

Laurie Gere Mayor



Police Chief

John Small


With a joyful and well-attended ceremony on March 27, Anacortes celebrated a milestone changing of the guard – the swearing in of new Police Chief John Small. Officially, the watch of Police Chief Bonnie Bowers ended at the close of March. Chief Small took office on April 1. “I think the city’s made a great choice,” Chief Bowers said. “He’s a servant leader, and I try to be.”

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“I have nothing but respect and pride for the retail community. I love downtown small business people,” he said.

Chief Small returns the compliment. “I know I have huge shoes to fill. The town loves Bonnie Bowers. She’s earned their respect and affection. She’s great friend, a great person,” he said.

While working in Oregon, he met his wife of 29 years, Julie, who is an elementary school secretary. They have three adult sons, Jacob, J.J. and Jordan, and two grandchildren.

Chief Small has spent his entire 24-year law enforcement career in Anacortes. He has served as a field training officer, bike patrol officer, and school resource/DARE officer. He was promoted to sergeant in 2001, serving as both a patrol sergeant and detective sergeant. Promoted to captain in 2008, he served as patrol captain and oversaw the Patrol Division, then as administrative captain, overseeing the Detective and Crime Prevention Divisions of the APD.

He has worked 24 years in law enforcement, all in Anacortes. He came to the vocation late, at age 34.

During these years, he said he has worked with every type of person in Anacortes. Well known for his kind demeanor and positive attitude, he said he works to be “professional, respectful and fair” with everyone he encounters. “This is my community and I’m honored to be able to serve the citizens of Anacortes.” As administrative captain, he played a major role in hiring decisions, and said he (with Chief Bowers) have taken painstaking care in finding the right person, with honesty and integrity, for each patrol officer position. “I want the best person I can find. We’ll teach them to be a good cop,” he said. “We have zero tolerance for racism, sexism, bullying. We are the police department for everyone. Everyone is equal here. How we respond to people is based on their behavior.” Chief Small was born and raised in Burlington. He earned a degree in business administration from the University of Washington. He worked for Stowe’s in Burlington and set up a store for the organization in Oregon. He also worked at a pulp mill for four years.

Community Vision............................2 Police Chief John Small ....................3 Spray Pad.............................................4 Sunset Beach.......................................5 Arts Festival........................................5 WA Park Fees......................................6 Art in Old Town.................................6 Our Town............................................7 4th of July........................................8-9 City Council Members....................10 Solid Waste Schedule.......................10

“I’ll be the first homegrown chief here in about 40 years,” he said. The last was Pete Dragovich – Lippe and Mike King were hired from outside.


“I’m proud of that. They say it takes a village to raise a child. It’s taken the village of Anacortes to raise this police chief. I love this town,” he said.

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Department has a strong track record. “I’m proud and honored to be part of that,” he said. “Bonnie’s been a great mentor to me, a great role model,” he said. He appreciates her work with the community, and the way she works with people. “She’s a great person to work with,” he said.


Handy Numbers...............................11 Recreation Programs................. 12-22

Online Safety....................................23 Public Works Open House.............23 Anacortes Public Library..........24-29 Anacortes Museum.................... 30-31

Chief Bowers said she inherited a good department, and will leave it in good hands. “Mike King deserves credit. He laid this foundation,” she said. She said Chief Small will keep moving forward. “We’ve become much more mission focused. John is going to continue to build on that.”

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At that time, she said, bringing in an outsider had some advantages. This time the city and the department was fortunate to have a candidate that Mayor Laurie Gere described as “capable and prepared to transition to police chief.” Other officers support this transition, and the police union wrote a letter of support on behalf of John Small. Chief Bowers said this was the result of an intentional effort.


“Mike King said, ‘Try to grow some chiefs, Bowers.’ So I grew two and I’m really pleased about that,” she said. The other, Lou D’Amelio, recently became Chief of the Swinomish Tribal Police Department.

Roadwork Projects...........Back Cover

Anacortes Community Energy......33 Friends of the Forest..................34-36 Community Tak Force....................36 Senior Activity Center.....................37 Fidalgo Dance Works......................39 Class Act........................................... 40 Fidalgo Pool......................................41 Soo Bahk Do.................................... 42 Gleaners............................................ 43 Transition Fidalgo........................... 43 A-Town is Our Town Published by: How It Works Graphic Design: Dixie Shervington

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Sunset Beach: The Past Meets the Future

By Bob Vaux, Park Manager


ver the last couple of years, Parks and Museum staff have been working to preserve and celebrate the colorful history of Washington Park. One of our primary goals has been to identify the park’s unique features, and make sure the modern day vernacular does not forget its storied heritage. A prime example of this is Sunset Beach. There is a generation of us, many of whom now have 50 in the rearview mirror, that grew up never using the words Washington Park when making plans to meet here on the west end. It was always, “see you at Sunset after school.” Everyone knew where and what that meant. A younger generation almost had the chance to forget Sunset Beach, and wonder only why do we have such a confusingly named park? Is it a state park? It must be Washington State Park, right? Soon, we will have interpretive signage in place specifically calling out the history of Sunset Beach, and preserving its prominence in both place and name for all to remember presently enjoy. Comprehensive Plans are the custodians of the past and future for local government, and we are hoping to update our Parks & Recreation Comp Plan with a Sunset Beach Master Plan within the next year or so. This will be a well-publicized, transparent

process based in public participation and needs assessment. You will have the chance to voice your needs, hopes, concerns and dreams for Sunset Beach. These processes usually include some measure of turbulence, especially when the subject is the focus of so much community passion. However, it is often in the deepest disagreements that remarkable compromises are found. Because of the sheer enormity of the park, this Sunset Beach Master Plan process will include all the park land east of the campground and north of the park residence. We will leave the campground, residence, Loop Road and hiking trail discussions for another day. Though this process will most certainly include strategies for a west end Guemes Channel Trail trailhead. RESERVATIIONS Please remember that while we do still have some first come, first served campsites in the park, we encourage you to make reservations for summer camping. Go to, and follow the prompts from there to Washington Park reservations. While we regularly serve an international population, we are most definitely a City of Anacortes asset, and our very proud of that fact. We look forward to your visit.



The 56th Anacortes Arts Festival, August 4 – 6, is one of the largest and oldest arts festivals in the Northwest. It consists of over 250 juried Booth Artisans filling downtown Anacortes, 3 stages with a variety of music and a regional fine art exhibition in the Port Transit Shed. Also included is a demonstrating artist area that highlights sand sculpting this year. Culinary vendors and food trucks throughout the Festival offer regional and ethnic foods and three beer & wine gardens serve northwest microbrews, wine and cocktails. A hands-on youth activity area and certified half marathon 10k & 5k (Art Dash) round out the Festival activities. The Festival is a non-profit that will give back over $65,000 this to community arts programming and education. Visit for more information. Spring/Summer 2017 ATOT  5 

WASHINGTON PARK FEES 2017 Effective 3/1/17

Boat Trailer Lot Parking Resident* of Anacortes: $7.00 per day / $49.00 per week (max 14 days)

Non-Residents: $9.00 per day / $63.00 per week (max. 14 days)

Season Permits

January 1 to December 31

Resident* of Anacortes: $131.00 Non-Resident: $197.00 “B” Lot Overnight Parking (Single Vehicles Only)

$7.00 per night

Campground Fees Campsites having water & electric hookups: Residents $26.00 per night Non-Resident $21.00 per night Campsites without hookups: Residents $21.00 per night Non-Resident $17.00 per night Resident Reserved Group Picnic Area: $46.00 per day (weekdays-Mon - Thurs)

$66.00 per day (weekends-Fri, Sat, Sun, holidays)

Reserved Group Tenting Area: $98.00 per night *Resident is defined as a person who has their primary residence or owns property within the City limits of Anacortes.




Open Streets and First Friday Artwalks

Join forces on Friday - June 2, July 7 & September 1 In 2005, a group of galleries realized that the June and December Merchant Artwalks were such a success that they decided to organize a “First FridayArtwalk” event each month. Over the past 12 years, the artwalk evenings have proven to be a great asset to the community by bringing people together to visit, shop, and eat! Anacortes Bike and Pedestrian Group has worked together with the City of Anacortes for the past 3 years to create a one day event celebrating pedestrians and bikes in the commercial downtown area. Join us for something new in Old Town three times this summer! In the spirit of bringing the community together, two local events, Open Streets and First FridayArtwalks, are joining forces to create a “Street Plaza” setting on Commercial Avenue between 4th Street and 6th Street. The plan is to open Commercial Avenue to foot traffic only for an evening of fun starting with the First FridayArtwalk on June 2, sponsored in part by the Chamber of Commerce. You will find more than a dozen merchants open late because they are participating in the Artwalk. The area will be closed to traffic from 6 – 9pm to encourage participants

linger longer at the First FridayArtwalk event. People will be able to shop late with merchants, dine and socialize in an outdoor setting and listen to live music. Music will be set up in the center of the 5th Street intersection to provide an opportunity to enjoy the talent of local musicians. Restaurants in the “Street Plaza” area will be offering special sidewalk seating during the event. Participating merchants in the “Street Plaza” zone include Scott Milo Gallery, Adrift, Gere A Deli, El Jinete, Johnny Picasso’s, The Majestic Inn and Spa, A-Town Bistro, Frida’s Gourmet Restaurant, The Brown Lantern and Pita J’s. This event will be held three times this summer on June 2, July 7 and September 1. August is the Anacortes Arts Festival so the streets will already be filled with art, music and food! Join us in celebrating art, fine meals and local music in a “Street Plaza” setting. You can find details for the events on and the City of Anacortes Calendar of Events.

Early Learning

Fidalgo Ukulele Network

How to Become a Licensed Childcare Provider, Apr 15 and Apr 25

• FUN’s all-levels Uke Jam is every other Thursday at the Anacortes Senior Activity Center, 1:15-1:45 • FUN Monday afternoon jams are either at the Anacortes Library or Kennelly Keys. Voices and other instruments join in the FUN! • NEWKULELE Class, a 20-week free series, begins Thursday, May 4th, at 2:45 at ASAC. (Donations to ASAC welcomed!). Enrollment, other info at FUN’s website:, or email Linda Zielinski at:

• Do you love kids? Can you imagine offering quality, full-time childcare in your home? A representative from the Department of Early Learning will lead an informational session on “How to Become a Licensed Childcare Provider” on Saturday, April 15th from 10:00-11:30 am and again (repeated information) on Tuesday, April 25 from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Anacortes Public Library. Please contact Nicole Mortimer, ASD Early Learning Coordinator, at nmortimer@ with any questions.

Fun Day for Families with Young Children, May 13 Come join us for lots of hands-on, learning STEM activities targeting children ages 3-6 years old. This event is free! Location: Anacortes Middle School Commons area (entrance off of 22nd St.). Saturday, May 13th. Time: 10:00-12:30. (STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Please contact Nicole Mortimer, ASD Early Learning Coordinator, at with any questions.

Youth Dynamics • High school sailing opportunities throughout the summer. Call 707-8YD-SAIL or email • Rock Climbing Club every Tuesday, indoor or outdoor depending on weather. Meet at YD at 2:30. Call 860-YD-ROCK1 or email • Skate on YD’s indoor half pipe, or drop in to play video games and hang out. Every Monday and Wednesday from 2:15-4:30 at YD. Call 443-YDSKATE or email • Individual and group therapy with a licensed adolescent counselor. Call 360-389-3723 or email for more information. • Special events at the YD building on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6-8:30pm. • Call 360-293-3509 for general information and to find out about summer adventure trips.

Anacortes Relay For Life • Saturday June 24th starting at 2:00 to Sunday June 25th ending at noon. Anacortes High School, Rice Field, 1600 20th St. For more information contact: anacorteswa or Chris Zimmerman at clzhij@

Anacortes Home & Boat Tour • Saturday, May 20. 11a.m.-5 p.m. Spend the day in Anacortes, touring 5 unique homes and a “Seattle Tiny Home”, as well as the W.T. Preston snag boat and Heritage Museum and other boats at Cap Sante Marina. All proceeds benefit Seattle Children’s uncompensated care. Tickets $20. Advance tickets available at Anacortes Visitors Center (819 Commercial Avenue) or on-line at On tour day, purchase at Croatian Cultural Center (805 5th St.) or any venue. Additional information, visit Presented by Dr. Samuel G. Brooks Guild, Anacortes.

Want to get your group or activity publicized? Send us information on your group - gathering activity and we may be able to include it in this section at no charge. You can call Gary Robinson at 360.293.1918 for more information or e-mail him at

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4th of July

Parade Contest Please enter your float or marching group in this year’s Independents Day Parade to be eligible for prizes. There are two categories, floats and marching groups. The winners and prizes for the best in craftsmanship, design and general effect will be announced at the Rock the Dock event at Seafarers Park. Fill out the application for your float or marching group and drop it off at the Parks department in City Hall or mail to City of Anacortes, P.O. Box 547, Anacortes, WA 98221, Attn: Sylvia Cooper. You don’t have to fill out an application to be in the parade. If you want to quilify for a prize you must have an application on file. Throwing candy from the floats and vehicles has been a wonderful treat for the children lining the parade route. Please consider having one or two people walking along side your float or vehicle to distribute candy so the children are not putting themselves in danger by running into the street to pick up candy. The contest judges will be Sylvia Cooper, City of Anacortes, Stephanie Hamilton, Chamber of Commerce and Brenda Treadwell, Port of Anacortes.

The parade will start at 3 and Commercial, turn west on 10th, then north on N Avenue ending at Causland Memorial Park. rd

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Please enter your oat or marching group in this years 4th of July Parade contest for a chance to win prizes. Winners will be announced at the Rock the Dock event. Categories are listed below. Judging will be based on the following criteria: Cra�smanship: Originality, Quality of Work Design: PatrioƟc, AnimaƟon/Music General Effect: Crowd Appeal, Costume and CasƟng, Theme (Extra points if entrant is a oat) Entrant /Float Name: ____________________________________________ Float ________


Marching Group _________ (Check one)

Contact Name:__________________________________________________ Contact Phone:__________________________________________________ Email Address:__________________________________________________ Brief descrip�on of your oat or group:  _________________________________________________________________________________  _________________________________________________________________________________  _________________________________________________________________________________  Applica�ons are due by June 20, 2017. You can either drop off your applica�on at City Hall, Parks  Department or mail to:  City of Anacortes  P.O. Box 547  Anacortes, WA  98221  A�n: Sylvia Cooper 

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Ward 2
Term Ends: 12/31/2019
 2201 30th Street
 Anacortes, WA 98221

Eric N. Johnson

Ward 3
Term Ends: 12/31/2019
 2017 Piper Circle
 Anacortes, WA 98221

There will be no garbage service on Monday, May 29, 2017.

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

John Archibald

We will collect both Monday and Tuesday customers on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

Independence Day There will be no garbage service on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

We will collect both Tuesday and Wednesday customers on Wednesday, July 5, 2017.

Labor Day

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

Monday, September 4, 2017

Collect Monday and Tuesday on Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Veterans Day

Friday, November 10, 2017

Liz Lovelett

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

Collect Friday and Monday on Monday, November 13, 2017


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Collect Wednesday and Thursday on WEDNESDAY, November 22, 2017 **If your collection day is Thursday be sure to put your garbage out a day EARLY!**

Friday, November 24, 2017

Collect Friday and Monday on Monday, November 27, 2017

Matt Miller

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

Christmas Day

Observed Monday, December 25, 2017

Collect Monday and Tuesday on Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Ryan Walters

Ward 1 Term Ends: 12/31/2019 P.O. Box 547 Anacortes, WA 98221 360-610-7770


Please have your garbage totes out for pick up by 7:00 a.m. Extra garbage must be placed in city pre-paid bags. Waste Management will follow our schedule for recycling and yard waste pickup.

Memorial Day

Erica Pickett


2017 Solid Waste Holiday Schedule


HANDY NUMBERS City Hall .......................................... 293-1900 *Emergencies .................................. Dial 911 Facilities ......................................... 299-1961 Finance ........................................... 299-1962 Fire Department........................ *293-1925 Human Resources ........................ 299-1941 Library ............................................ 293-1910 Legal ............................................... 293-1912 Maintenance & Operations ....... 293-1921 Mayor’s Office ............................... 299-1950 Museum ......................................... 293-1915 Municipal Court............................ 293-1913 Parks and Recreation .................. 293-1918 Permit Center .......................... 293-1901 Planning Department ................ 293-1907 Police Department ................... *293-4684 Public Works.................................. 293-1919 Wastewater Tx Plant ................... 299-0953 Water Treatment Plant ............... 428-1598

COMMUNITY RESOURCES American Red Cross .......................293-2911 Anacortes American ......................293-3122 Anacortes School District..............293-1200 Anacortes Senior Center ...............293-7473 Boys & Girls Club ............................588-9045 Chamber of Commerce..................293-7911 293-3832 Driver’s Licensing Office ................588-0508 Fidalgo Pool & Fitness Center ......293-0673 Island Hospital ................................299-1300 Passport Applications ....................293-1910 Port of Anacortes ...........................293-3134 SKAT Transit .....................................757-4433 US Post Office ..................................299-6689 Vehicle/Vessel Licensing Office....293-5533 WA State Ferries .................... 800-843-3779

The Menu will be published three times per year. There will be a Spring / Summer edition published in late April each year, a Fall edition published in late August and a Winter / Spring edition published in early December. Alternately the menu is available on our website at

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 registration for most programs on Monday, May 8th. 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: Participants can still register over the phone. This can be done by giving a debit/credit card number. Or, if participants would rather 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.

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Youth Art Camps

TAUGHT BY Julene Brogan We regret to inform you that youth and adult art classes taught by Julene the past several summers will not be offered this summer. She is hoping to be able to possible offer classes next summer…stay tuned. Sorry for any inconvenience.

1st Friday Night Artwalks Argentine Tango Workshops This is a two hour introduction to the basics of Argentine Tango. You will be surrounded in the beauty of the diverse world of tango music and movements hear a brief history of its origins. Come with shoes that can slide on the floor and comfortable clothing. Or make it a date night and dress up! Tango is about connection. It exercises the mind, body and soul. If you wish for further exploration of this beautiful artform, a 6 week course is available for those who demonstrate necessary skill sets with teacher permission. Come in from the cold and begin your winter season inspired! You don’t even need to bring your own partner. LOC: The Depot (611 R Ave) INST: Pamela Good MIN/MAX: 5/30 FEE: Single $10/Couple $15 AGES 18+

DAY DATE 1st Fri Night of Month


Gentle Yoga Yoga, practiced safely, can help reduce chronic pain, counteract stiffening, strengthen the immune system and enhance focused, calm thinking. Bowers integrates Foundation® Training for safe back and core strength, HANDLE® neurotherapeutic organized movements increase learning efficiency and breath work reduces anxiety and improves respiratory and circulatory health. Classes end with meditation, an inspirational reading or Ayurvedic self care wisdom. Work arounds for limitations are offered. Bowers’ teaching fosters self-acceptance and self-confidence. For Summer we offer a 4 week program. Bring a blanket and firm pillow. The first class meets at Anacortes Senior Activity Center. Payment is required at the time of registration. Online registration is available. **Late registrations will be taken. Free make ups in other classes. Please inquire with Anacortes Parks and Recreation Department. LOC: Anacortes Senior Center INST: Kate Bowers MIN/MAX: 5/25 FEE: $57 AGES 18+

DAY Thur

DATE 5/4-5/25

TIME 6-7:30P

Youth Sailing Classes We are currently revising the structure of our community sailing program and are in the process of establishing a position for somebody to lead the program. We are finalizing the deatils and hope to have more information in the coming weeks and hopefully we will be aboe to announce a summer class schedule. Thank you to all tose that have helped make this possible. Stay turned and check back later as we provide more information in the coming weeks. We are excited about the future of our community sailing program. If you have any questions please email




Adult Co-ed Softball League We are accepting team registrations for our annual Adult Co-ed Softball League. For more information or to register your team online visit the Parks and Recreation page at: If after looking online, you need more details please email or call 299-1948. Games will be played again on Sundays taking place in July and August. DEADLINE FOR TEAMS TO REGISTER: FRI 6/9 5P

Field House Fun This is a great opportunity to get out on the field with your toddler. We will go through basic soccer drills, basketball drills and 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 ball. LOC: Volunteer Park Fieldhouse INST: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: 7/20 FEE: $25 AGES 18mo - 3yr

DAY Tues

DATE 5/9-5/30

TIME 10-10:30A

Pee Wee Baseball Learn the FUNdamentals in our popular Pee Wee Baseball 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 baseball; catching, throwing, batting through fun drills & games. All participants will receive a shirt. LOC: Storvik Park INST: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: 7/40 FEE: $25 AGES 4-6yr


DATE 5/17-6/7

TIME Session 1: 3-3:45P Session 2: 4-4:45P

A Fancy Nancy Mother’s Day Tea Come spend the morning with your child as you enjoy a tasty tea party together with an assortment of treats, followed by some FANCY art projects and a fabulous Fancy Nancy Story! Don’t forget to dress fancy! LOC: Senior Center INST: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: 10/20 FEE: $12 (includes Mother & Child) AGES DAY 18mo - Pre K Wed

DATE 5/10

TIME 10-10:45A

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Tango Tuesdays Level 2 Argentine Tango Expanded Continue to improve on your basic skills while expanding your tango vocabulary with new skills and enhancing your partner connection. To register for Level 2 you must have taken Level 1 through this program or taken a tango basics class elsewhere and feel comfortable in those basic skills. NEW...enroll in one of the Friday Nights Artwalk workshops and gain entry by instructor permission to the Level 2 program. This class will draw you closer into the unique world of tango. Optional: Attend a free 30 min. practice following the class from 7:00pm to 7:30pm. This is a time to meet, mingle and practice your dance. You don’t even need to bring your own partner. LOC: The Depot (611 R Ave) INST: Pamela Good MIN/MAX: 5/30 FEE: Single $50/Couple $80 AGES 18+

DAY Tues

Messy Me

DATE Session 1 5/9-6/13 Session 2 6/20-8/1 Session 3 8/15-9-19

TIME 6-7P 6-7P 6-7P

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! LOC: Sunrise Room INST: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: 10/20 FEE: $25 AGES 1-3yr


DATE Session 1 5/17-6/14

TIME 10-10:45A

The Plaza Dance Come down to the Depot Plaza and enjoy an all age dance under the lights on the plaza. The Plaza Dance ( aka the Fishermen’s Dance) is an old tradition of the Anacortes community which staged a big band concerts to welcome salmon fishing fleet on summer weekends in the 1930’s. We are bringing this dance back and invite the whole community to come out to enjoy the live music and to do a little dancing. The Anacortes Brewery will be providing a no host beverage garden providing both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. LOC: The Depot INST: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: NA FEE: FREE AGES Open





DATE 6/3


Kids Fishing Derby Take your kid fishing! Come spend the morning fishing from the shore or from your boat. There is a 5 catch limit per kid. This is a kid event, so there is no fishing allowed for the adults on this day. Bring your own fishing gear. The Fidalgo/ San Juan Island Chapter Puget Sound Anglers will be on site to help kids fish and to give some fishing advice. Kids are encouraged to weigh in their biggest and their smallest fish that they catch. This event is co-sponsored by the Fidalgo/ San Juan Island Chapter Puget Sound Anglers and the Anacortes Parks & Recreation Department. There is NO PRE- REGISTRATION. Sign up the morning of the event. LOC: Heart Lake INST: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: 7/20 FEE: FREE AGES 13&under


DATE 6/3

TIME 7-11A

Child & Babysitting Class

Island Farm & Pet Where your pets are our family too!

Sunnyhill Kennels BOARDING • GROOMING



Silly Contest

K9 Demo, Olympic Disc Dog Demo & Agility Demo

Adopt a friend!

Taking Donations for

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 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. LOC: City Hall Council Chambers INST: Sheila Davis MIN/MAX: 10/25 FEE: $48 AGES 10+


DATE 6/23


Dogs and Cats

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Seahawk Youth Soccer Camp Fun for all girls and boys ages 5-11 interested in soccer. Don’t miss out on this opportunity for your child to increase their soccer skills through fun practices taught by the Seahawk girls soccer team. From goalkeeper to forward, your child will receive knowledgeable coaching through fun games, drills and small sided matches. This camp will have a specific goalkeeping session for all interested players. All campers will receive a ball and player evaluation with a picture of their coach and camp team. This is a great opportunity for your child to see positive high school role models playing a sport they love. Come join the fun! The camp is held rain or shine so it is important players come prepared with; cleats or tennis shoes, shin guards, water bottle, goalie gloves and appropriate clothing for all weather CAMP IS INSTRUCTED BY COACHES: Gretchen Hanson • Successful coach @ high school 4A/2A level and club level 10 years • Coached at the Premier Northwest Soccer Camp 6 years • Played on winning NCAA Div II CWU Soccer team and made all Regional Defensive squad Samantha Schwetz • Successful coach at the youth and middle school level LOC: Kiwanis Meadows MIN/MAX: 30/80 FEE: $65 AGES 5-11yrs

DAY Mon-Thurs

DATE 6/26 - 6/29

TIME 9-11:30A

Advanced Seahawk Youth Soccer Camp Fun for all incoming 6th, 7th & 8th grade girls interested in playing soccer at the high school level. Don’t miss out on this opportunity for your daughter to increase their soccer skills through fun and challenging practices taught by the Seahawk girls soccer coaches. From goalkeeper to forward, your child will receive knowledgeable coaching through fun games, drills and small sided matches. All campers will receive a ball, t-shirt and player evaluation with a picture of their coach and camp team. This is a great opportunity for your child to see the skill work, motivation and dedication it takes to be a successful high school soccer player. Come join the fun! The camp is held rain or shine so it is important players come prepared with cleats, shin guards, water bottle, and goalie gloves for interested keepers and appropriate clothing for all weather. Register for the grade you are going into this fall. CAMP IS INSTRUCTED BY COACHES: Gretchen Hanson • Successful coach @ high school 4A/2A level and club level 10 years • Coached at the Premier Northwest Soccer Camp 6 years • Played on winning NCAA Div II CWU Soccer team and made all Regional Defensive squad Smantha Schwetz • Successful coach at the youth and middle school level LOC: Rice Field at the High School MIN/MAX: 20/40 FEE: $100 GRADE 6-8th




DAY Mon-Fri

DATE 6/26 - 6/30

TIME 2-4:30P

Youth Climbing Camp Bring the kids to learn through climbing. Kids gain self-confidence, courage, and determination as we teach them basic climbing skills. We bring more than 20 years’ experience to the table for these camps. Children will participate in exercises, games and more to learn balance, hand and foot placement, movement and route finding. Class is every day for four days. LOC: Climb In – 915 24th ST INST: Russ Christensen MIN/MAX: 5/14 FEE: $69 AGE 6-7

DAY Mon-Thurs

AGE 8-11

DAY Mon-Thurs

DATE Session 1 6/26-6/29 Session 2: 7/17-7/20 Session 3: 8/21-8/34 DATE Session 1 6/26-6/29 Session 2: 7/17-7/20 Session 3: 8/21-8/34

TIME 9:30-10:45A TIME 9:30-10:45A

GET A GRIP - Youth Climbing Camp Bring the kids to learn through climbing. Kids gain self-confidence, courage, and determination as we teach them basic climbing skills. We bring more than 20 years’ experience to the table for these camps. Children will participate in exercises, games and more to learn balance, hand and foot placement, movement and route finding. This Session will focus on specific activities to improve grip strength and endurance, climbing fitness, and other skills. Class is held every day for four days. LOC: Climb In – 915 24th ST INST: Russ Christensen MIN/MAX: 4/16 FEE: $69 AGE 12-14

DAY Mon-Thurs

DATE Session 1 6/26-6/29 Session 2: 7/17-7/20

TIME 1:15-2:30P

GET A GRIP - Climbing Camp Bring your youth down to learn through climbing. Kids gain selfconfidence, courage, and determination as we teach them basic climbing skills. We bring more than 20 years’ experience to the table for these camps. Youth will participate in exercises, games and more to learn balance, hand and foot placement, movement and route finding. This Session will focus on specific activities to improve endurance, grip strength and overall climbing fitness. Class is held every day for four days. LOC: Climb In – 915 24th ST INST: Russ Christensen MIN/MAX: 4/16 FEE: $69 AGE 14+

DAY Mon-Thurs

DATE Session 1 6/26-6/29 Session 2: 7/17-7/20

TIME 2:45-4P

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Sign up today for this awesome summer camp! Spend time out at Washington Park exploring, competing in challenges as a team and as an individual. You will also get dirty, try new things and hopefully make some new friends. Each day at camp we will provide a light snack and encourage kids to have as much fun as possible!

Summer Survivor Camp

Rally - for the Dogs For those who have already taken a basic Dog Obedience class. To do this class the dog needs basic obedience and an understanding on how to walk on a loose leash, sit, down, stay and come commands. Rally is a sport in which the dog and handler as a team complete in a course which has signs telling the team what exercises to do. At the signs the team may be asked to perform an obedience exercise such as “Sit/walk around dog” “About turn” “270 turn to the left” “Call dog to front” “360 turn to the right.” Rally can be very challenging for those who enjoy higher levels of competition. Also, limited space is provided so register early. LOC: Storvik Park INST: Marie Padovan MIN/MAX: 4/12 FEE: $84 AGES 16+


DATE 6/28 - 8/9


Pee Wee Sports Camp The Pee Wee Sports Camp is for kids ages 4-6 who want to participate in a different activity each week. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in soccer, basketball, bowling, and baseball. The first day of the program will be bowling and will be held at the San Juan Lanes. Each participant will also get a t-shirt as part of their registration fee. Space is limited so be sure to sign up early!

WEEK 1: JUNE 26-29 9AM-12PM $50 PER KID MIN. 10 & MAX. 20 WEEK 2: JULY 17-20 9AM-12PM $50 PER KID MIN. 10 & MAX. 20 WEEK 3: AUGUST 21-24 9AM-12PM $50 PER KID MIN. 10 & MAX. 20

LOC: San Juan Lanes (1st day) INST: APRD Staff MIN/MAX: 10/60 FEE: $25 AGES 4-6



DATE 7/12 - 8-2

TIME 10-11

AHS Youth Football Camp The Anacortes High School Football Program is hosting a youth flag football camp July 11-13th. Boys and girls who are going into the 2nd through 5th grade for are welcome to sign-up. The three sessions will consist of skill development stations run by high school staff and players followed by flag football games. No experience necessary. Each player will receive a camp T-shirt. LOC: Anacortes High School Rice Field (Turf) INST: AHS Football Staff MIN/MAX: 15/50 FEE: $35 GRADES Going into 2nd-5th



DAY Tues-Thur

DATE 7/11-7/13

TIME 12-2P

2017 Youth Soccer We are now taking registrations for the Fall season! Starting in late August, practices are held on weekday evenings and games are played on Saturdays. This is a recreational program where rules and field size are modified to increase learning of the game and maximize success. The league is available for boys and girls, age groups are now be based on BIRTH YEAR. To see what age group your child will be in online registration site at: www. The fee includes a team shirt/jersey only, participants are responsible for providing their own cleats and shin guards.

CITY LEAGUE All practices and games are held in Anacortes. Teams will play on smaller fields with fewer players on each team. CO-ED: U-6, BOYS: U-8, U-10, U-12 GIRLS: U-8, U-10, U-12 FEE: $38

COUNTY LEAGUE Teams participate in the Skagit Valley Youth Soccer Association recreational league. Teams will practice in-town but play games throughout the Skagit County, including Anacortes. BOYS: U-13, U-14, U-15 GIRLS: U-13, U-14, U-15 FEE: $58

**Volunteer coaches are needed for City and County teams. Interested??? We will help train you and provide you with tools/ resources to coach a team. Please contact as 293-1918 for more information about coaching.

Seahawk Girls Basketball Camp Calling all “lady hoopsters!” Come learn new and improve existing basketball skills during this three-day camp. Head girls basketball coach Ken Welk will lead this camp with help from other coaches and players. Coaches will emphasize shooting, ball handling, offensive attack moves, moving without the ball, court spacing, rebounding, transition, and defensive positioning. We will also hand out a personal workout schedule to the older group. A camp shirt and ball are included in the registration fee. Be ready to get into basketball shape! LOC: High School Gym INST: Coach Welk and Staff MIN/MAX: NA FEE: $30 DAY Mon-Wed Mon-Wed

DATE 7/10 - 7/12 7/10-7/12

Celebrating kids in our community for the past 27 years! Come join us and play with the giant inflatable bouncers, games and toys, game and informational booths, live entertainer, concessions, and craft projects! All to celebrate kids and what they contribute to the community. All activities are FREE; there is a nominal charge for food.

Sat. July 8 11A - 4P at Storvik Park


GRADE 1-4th 5-8th

Kids-R-Best Festival

Kids-R-Best Pool Party Don’t forget, the Open Swim scheduled for kids 12 & under (6 & under and non-swimmers need to be accompanied in the water by an adult.

Fri. July 7 6:30 - 8:00P at the Fidalgo Pool & Fitness Center

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TIME 9-11A 10:30A-1P

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Kids Night Out Kids are you ready for a night out? Come hang with the friendly parks and recreation staff for the night. We will feed you dinner, entertain you with some fun silly games, art projects and watch a movie. LOC: Senior Center Sunrise Room INST: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: 6/20 FEE: $15 GRADES Going into K-5th


DATE 7/12


Womens Self Defense Class The self-defense is being offered for ages 11 and older class will cover using your voice, standing up for yourself in verbal scenarios, practice hitting and kicking pads, getting out of physical grabs, myths and facts about self-defense, and answers to your questions about situations you are fearful of, and then practicing dealing with those situations. Michelle McVadon is the co-Chief Instructor at Seven Star Women’s Kung Fu in Seattle. She has been training in the martial arts for 34 years and teaching self-defense for about 28 years. Bring a water bottle. Wear comfortable clothing. LOC: Senior Center INST: Michelle McVadon MIN/MAX: 15/30 FEE: $35 AGES 11+


DATE 7/15


Hawkeyes Youth Wrestling Clinic APRD and the Anacortes Hawkeyes Youth Wrestling Club will offer a 3 day summer clinic for new and beginning wrestlers entering grades K-8 starting July 17th and ending July 19th. During the clinic, athletes will be instructed on how to utilize proper technique in the basics of wrestling while having fun. The importance of hydration, nutrition, and cardiovascular endurance will be emphasized as well as how to prepare our body and mind for wrestling. Seasoned Hawkeye youth wrestlers will be there to assist coaches throughout the week. Wrestling shoes are available on a first come basis to borrow for the week, just show up 15 min. early to try them on. Gym shoes should also be brought as some activities will be outside. Also, wrestlers should wear shorts and short sleeve shirt. Bring a water bottle for proper hydration. The cost includes snacks and a t-shirt (if you register before the camp begins.) Scholarship may be available for clinic costs. Contact Rodney Bickley at (360) 630-9859 if you have any questions. LOC: AHS Mat Room INST: Rodney Bickley MIN/MAX: 10/40 FEE: $60 GRADES Going into K-8th




DAY Mon-Fri

DATE 7/17-7/19


AHS Volleyball Camp Pass, set and attack that ball with the AHS Girls Volleyball team and coaching staff. This fun three day camp will cover the basic fundamentals involved with playing volleyball. A camp T-shirt is included with your fee. Knee pads are not required, but highly recommended. LOC: Anacortes Middle School INST: AHS Volleyball Staff & Players MIN/MAX: 10/50 FEE: $40 GRADES Going into 3rd-8th

DAY Mon,Tues,Wed

DATE 6/19-21

TIME 3rd-5th Grades 4:15-5:45P 6th-8th Grades 6-7:30P

Art Dash Sign up for the 13th Annual Art Dash. Course route is along the Tommy Thompson Parkway. Half Marathon route follows the parkway out to March Point, loops around the refineries and comes back to finish at the Port warehouse. For specific route information or to register visit www. All participants will receive at performance blend cotton shirt - half marathon finishers will receive a medal and 10k & 5k finishers will receive a ribbon. Participants who are pre- registered can pick up their packet on Thursday, August 3rd from 8-5pm or on Friday, August 4th from 8am-5pm in the Parks & Recreation office. You can also pick up the pack morning of the race in the City Hall Gym 6am-8am. If you need more info or would like to volunteer on the course you can call Nicole Johnston, Recreation Coordinator at 360-299-1967 or email nicole@cityofanacortes. org. After the race enjoy the Anacortes Arts Festival fun as soon as you have completed the run. The finish line will feature live music on the Festival’s Port Stage, You will be able to order a Bloody Mary or a beer in the Port Pub and order breakfast from one of our service organizations. After some finish line fun, you can start Festival shopping without moving your car! LOC: Tommy Thompson Parkway (Meet At City Hall Parking Lot for Start) INST: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: NA FEE: $50 Half Marathon, $35 10k & $25 5k AGES Open


DATE 8/5

TIME Half Marathon 7A 10k & 5k Start at 8A

Outdoor Movie Storvik Park Thursday August 24, 2017

F RE E Starts at Dusk

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Skyhawks Sports Academy 2016 Skill-based Youth Sport Programs Anacortes Parks & Recreation or 800.804.3509 Register Online






Tennis Camp

Anacortes Middle School (tennis courts) In Skyhawks tennis programs, boys and girls learn proper grips, footwork, strokes, volleys and serves, as well as the rules and etiquette that make tennis an exciting game. Programs fill quickly due to limited court space. *No camp on Tuesday July 4th

• 7/03 - 7/07 • 7/31 - 8/04


9A - 12P 9A - 12P

7-12 7-12

$109 $129

Tennis Camp

Anacortes Middle School (tennis courts) In Skyhawks tennis with Quickstart programs, boys and girls learn proper grips, footwork, strokes, volleys and serves, as well as the rules and etiquette that make tennis an exciting game. Programs fill quickly due to limited court space.

• 7/03 - 7/07 • 7/31 - 8/03 • 7/03 - 7/07 • 7/31 - 8/03

Mt. Erie Elementary

M,W,T,F M,Tu,W,T M,W,T,F M,Tu,W,T

12:30P - 1:15P 12:30P - 1:15P 1:30P - 2:15P 1:30P - 2:15P

4-5 4-5 6-8 6-8

$59 $59 $59 $59

Multi-Sport Camp (Baseball, Flag Football & Soccer)

Our multi-sport camp is designed to introduce young athletes to a variety of different sports in one setting. Athletes will learn the rules and essentials of each sport through skill-based games and scrimmages. By the end of the week, your child will walk away with knowledge of multiple sports along with vital life lessons such as respect, teamwork, and self-discipline.

• 7/17 - 7/21


9A - 3P



Mini-Hawk® Camp (Baseball, Basketball, Soccer)

Mt. Erie Elementary This multi-sport program gives children a positive first step into athletics. The essentials of each sport are taught in a safe, structured environment with lots of encouragement and a focus on fun. All games and activities are designed to allow campers to explore balance, movement, hand/eye coordination and skill development at their own pace.

• 7/17 - 7/21


Anacortes Middle School (gym)

9A - 12P



Basketball Camp

This fun, skill-intensive program is designed for beginning to intermediate athletes. An active week of passing, shooting, dribbling and rebounding makes this one of our most popular programs. Boys and girls will also learn vital life lessons such as respect, teamwork and responsibility.

• 7/31 - 8/04


9A - 12P



Soccer Camp

Anacortes Middle School (field) Skyhawks is the nation’s #1 camp for learning the fundamentals of soccer. Using our progressional curriculum, boys and girls will gain the technical skills & sport knowledge required for that next step into soccer.

• 7/31 - 8/04





1P - 4P



Buddy System for Online Safety

Use the

Several months ago I found an online ad for a car that seemed too good to be true—low miles, perfect condition, good price. The advertisement included several photos and a good description of the vehicle as if the publisher was quite familiar with it. I reached out to the “seller” via email and he was quick to inform me that despite the fact that the car was listed as a local vehicle, it was currently in storage at a faraway location. The other party informed me that if I wanted to take delivery of the car I would have to provide the money without seeing the vehicle and he would ship it to me “for free”. I appreciate a good deal and I like cars. I wanted to believe him. I needed another perspective. I reached out to a friend who has successfully purchased numerous second-hand vehicles utilizing websites designed for deal seekers. My friend provided a muchneeded dose of reality that quickly dampened my enthusiasm for my newfound “deal of the century”. He pointed out several red flags that even my trained eye overlooked in the heat and hope of the moment.

He read the ad and provided a seasoned perspective on the situation—purchasing an older (10year old) car sight unseen; wiring money; car and seller out of the area—all red flags. I often discuss the buddy system with friends, family, and community as an effective method of personal safety. In this case, the buddy system also was an effective means of financial security. A simple question--“what do you think of this?”--likely saved me from financial loss. Is it possible that this was a legitimate transaction? Possible, but not probable. I called the guy out and the ad disappeared, which is probably a good sign that he wanted my money and I would never get the car. Crisis averted. Thanks, buddy. For more information on the most popular ways scammers are trying to get your money and information, visit: blog/top-frauds-2016 -CSO Karl Wolfswinkel

PUBLIC WORKS OPEN HOUSE Meet the people who take care of your city See demonstrations of pipe location equipment Find out what the surveyor looks at with the tripod Ride in the street sweeper Watch what the video van finds in the underground piping Learn how to compost and what to recycle Plus much more . . .


JUNE 2, 2017

Wastewater Treatment Plant 500 T Avenue

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The Mission of the Anacortes Public Library is to Empower a Lifetime of Discovery Sheri Miklaski Director (360) 293-1910

L IS FOR LIBRARY STAFF! We celebrated Doug Woods’ retirement on March 3rd and we were happy to have Leslie Wilson join us on March 7th as our new Youth Services Librarian! Leslie has been an avid reader since childhood, sneaking The Cat in the Hat under the covers for some flashlight reading. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in English Literature and got her MLS from Texas Woman’s University in 2014. Leslie spent her earlier career in the non-profit sector working for several organizations including California Special Olympics and the American Red Cross. Having worked in school and public libraries for the last ten years, Leslie looks forward to sharing her passion for reading, learning, and technology with the children and teen patrons in Anacortes. Leslie loves to knit, exercise and hang out with her husband and Chip, their chocolate lab. Lisa Jackson and Laurie Racicot are two other new faces that you may have seen at our Circulation desk and in the Children’s Department. Lisa hails from southern Oregon and moved to Anacortes 18 years ago with her husband, Jonn Lunsford. She has a degree in French from the University of Oregon. When she first moved to town, she worked at The Business, selling music, books and coffee. This was a great introduction to the local community and music scene. More recently, she worked at a




The Vision of the Anacortes Public Library is to Enrich the Present and Inspire the Future local preschool where she enjoyed reading and singing songs with kids. She has long been a fan of children’s literature, and she is so happy to join the library team! In her spare time, she is learning to play the ukulele and to be a more involved citizen. Laurie grew up in North Seattle and was lucky to spend much of her time as a child exploring the forestlands and beaches. She studied Art and Architecture at UW and spent several years traveling and working in outdoor education. While living in Maine she met her husband, Neil, and his 28’ sailboat, Berhia, and embarked on a five-year boat restoration and offshore sailing adventure. They returned to the Pacific Northwest and now have two beautiful children. Laurie also studies graphic design online at UCLA and if she had any free time, she would spend it gardening, hiking, sailing, and making things. Welcome Leslie, Lisa, and Laurie!

HOOPLA IS HERE! We are excited to announce hoopla digital: a new online media service through which you may access and enjoy nearly half a million titles in six different formats: Movies, TV, Music Albums, eAudiobooks, eBooks, and Comics/ Graphic Novels. Find all in one location from your computer, tablet, or smartphone! With hoopla, there are no hold lists, no extra accounts needed, or special steps to use it. We think you will enjoy this service. It is easy to use and you have instant access (no waiting!) to any titles you want. As a library cardholder, you may borrow up to 5 titles per month. On a mobile device, borrowed content may be temporarily downloaded and accessed offline or, while connected to the internet by streaming

either in the hoopla app or on a computer. To register for and enjoy hoopla digital free with your library card, please download the hoopla digital app from your Apple or Google Play store on your mobile device. If you use a computer, you may visit home. For more information please visit or call the Library, stop by one of our Tech Wise Tuesdays, or see more details on our website under eBooks and eAudiobooks. Thanks to the Library Foundation and the Foundation’s Manieri Endowment for funding this new service! We hope you enjoy hoopla digital and look forward to your feedback.

ADULT PROGAMS SECOND SUNDAY JAZZ Performances take place May 14, June 11, July 9 and August 13. Visit the jazz website http:// for details. ACOUSTIC MUSIC ON 3RD SUNDAYS AND TUESDAY We hope you will enjoy soft background music from our beautiful baby grand piano, located on the 1st floor, or other instruments, from 2:00 to 2:30 on the third Sunday of the month and from 6:00 to 6:30 on the third Tuesday of the month. Experienced musicians who are interested in playing for the library may inquire at the Circulation Desk. BOOK CLUB Mondays at 7:00 p.m. May 22, “The Nightingale” by Kristen Hannah June 26, “The Girl Who Wrote in Silk” by Kelli Estes July 24, “Isaac’s Storm: a Man, a Time and the Deadliest Hurricane in History,: by Erik Larson

SPECIAL EVENT Sun., April 30, 2pm, CELEBRATING THE POETRY OF WA 129 Poet Laureate Tod Marshall & other poets present selections from WA 129, an anthology of poems gathered from the people of Washington.

MAY Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. May 3, “Travel by Canal Boat in France” Steve & Dian Jahn, veteran canal boaters, will share their most recent trip, which was to the Bourgogne area of France during the wine harvest. May 10, ““Art, Therapy, Wellness: The Art of Laughter” Members of the Anacortes Arts Commission will explore how art affects our health and minds, specifically how laughter is the best medicine. May 17, “Mr. Tambourine Man” Paul “Buck” Stierle, musician and entertainer, returns with this popular performance of Bob Dylan’s early years, 1962-1974. May 24, “Hungrytown” This world-famous folk duo have earned a reputation for the quality and authenticity of their songwriting, and for their gorgeous vocal harmonies. May 31, “Volunteering to Improve Small-holder Agriculture Worldwide” WSU Horticulture Professor Carol Miles will talk about her trip to a village in Mozambique where farmers face temperatures in the 100s and scarce water. JUNE Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. June 7, “Create Your Impossible” Life Coach & Speaker Katie Morgan will lead a workshop discussing how to make decisions with clarity, how to create a clear vision of what you want, and how to move past what feels impossible. June 14, “Art, Therapy, Wellness: Music Soothes the Soul” Members of the Anacortes Arts Commission will explore how art affects our health and minds, specifically how music plays an important part in our health. June 21, “From San Diego to the Sea of Cortez: An Ocean Teeming with Life” Writer and translator Jane Billinghurst will describe a 10day journey on a 95-ft. boat observing and interacting with marine mammals and birds around the Baja Peninsula in Mexico. ADULT SUMMER READING Stay tuned at the library website this summer for exciting adult summer reading activities and all-ages events as we Build a Better World together. Spring/Summer 2017 ATOT  25 


SUMMER 2017 IN THE CHILDREN’S LIBRARY “BUILD A BETTER WORLD” Sign-ups for our 2017 Summer Reading Program begin June 5 and end July 15. We will begin awarding prize books August 1 and end August 31. This year’s focus is creating, repurposing, building, and more! This program challenges youth to keep their minds active through the summer by reading and learning. To participate in Summer Reading, kids ages birth to 18 sign up for the program and keep track of their reading (for young children, caregivers keep track of the time they read to the child). When the child reaches their reading goal at the end of the summer they choose a free paperback book of their own. To sign up, visit the library website and go to the Children’s Library page. You can sign up and print a reading log from any computer that has internet access. How easy is that?!

Exciting FREE Programs this Summer include: MONDAYS June 26 to July 31 at 2pm: Join Ria in the Children’s Library for Family Storytime, which is designed for young children and their caregivers. Ria offers a mix of stories and activities. This program is free and registration is not required. PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER – Thursday, June 29 at 2pm Join us at the Heart of Anacortes for a special visit from the Pacific Science Center’s Jolts & Volts Science Show. See electricity illuminated in a series of shocking experiments. We’ll explore the properties of electricity with the hair-raising Van de Graaff Generator and Tesla Coil. The Pacific Science Center is brought to you by the Friends of Anacortes Public Library and Friends of Skagit Libraries. This program is free and registration is not required. Note: this program will be held at The Heart of Anacortes, 1014 4th Street.




TUESDAYS July 11th to July 25th at 1pm at the Heart of Anacortes: We are returning to the Heart of Anacortes for our special guest programs. This year we will host three special guest performers.

Tuesday, July 11th at 1 pm: Geoffrey Castle – The Violin Rocks! See the violin in a whole new way! Geoffrey shares his violin talents with showmanship and 21st Century style. Geoffrey Castle is brought to you by the Friends of Anacortes Public Library. This program is free and registration is not required. Note: this program will be held at The Heart of Anacortes, 1014 4th Street. Tuesday, July 18th at 1pm: Jugglers Wren and Della will astonish the children with their amazing skills. The combination of Della’s clown training and Wren’s juggling prowess guarantees a fun show. Jugglers Wren and Della are brought to you by the Friends of Anacortes Public Library. This program is free and registration is not required. Note: this program will be held at The Heart of Anacortes, 1014 4th Street. Tuesday, July 25th at 1pm: Reptile Man returns to Anacortes! Reptile Man will present live reptiles from all over the world in this exciting show. Join us for an up close look at science and nature. Reptile Man is brought to you by the Friends of Skagit Libraries. This program is free and registration is not required. Note: this program will be held at The Heart of Anacortes, 1014 4th Street. These programs are free and registration is not required. WEDNESDAYS Wednesdays at 10:30am: Join us for Time For Tots! Time For Tots is held in the Library Community Meeting Room at 10:30am on Wednesdays during the summer. 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. No registration necessary for this free program.

Wednesdays, June 28 to July 26 at 2pm to 4pm: Ria offers Legos in the Children’s Library. Children create masterpieces with materials that we furnish! All materials are supplied— please do not bring anything from home. This program is open to children 5 to 12 (younger with adult supervision). This program is free and registration is not required.

LIBRARY CARDS 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 non-resident library card can be purchased at the front desk for $25 for 3 months or $100 for the year for your family.

THURSDAYS Thursdays, July 6th to July 27th at 2pm: Join us for our special “homegrown” programs! Using books, games, and many STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities children and their families will discover a new way of looking at the world around them. Each week will feature a different fun theme. These programs are free and registration is not required.

LIBRARY WEBSITE Be sure to check out the Library’s web page at for access to popular magazines and newspapers, free downloadable audio books and eBooks, and many other resources. The library catalog can be accessed from home and items can be renewed by logging in to your account.

All programs are free and registration is not required. For more information, call the Children’s Library at (360) 293-1910, ext. 3982, or visit our website at

LIBRARY INFORMATION FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY Friends of the Library and its FriendShop bookstore raise additional funds to support the Anacortes Public Library. Meetings are held on the second Thursdays at 2:00pm in the library’s Community Meeting Room September through June. Membership is $10. FriendShop bookstore hours are Monday through Thursday 11am – 6pm, Friday and Saturday 1pm – 4pm. For additional information please stop by the FriendShop or check out their webpage. 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 or contact the Foundation about making a charitable bequest. The Library Foundation administers the Manieri Jazz and Maritime Endowments and the Jeane Thomson Read‘n’Grow Memorial. For more information, please check out the Foundation webpage.

LIBRARY HOURS Monday 10am – 7pm Tuesday - Friday 11am – 7pm Saturday and Sunday Noon – 5pm PASSPORT BOOK & PASSPORT CARD APPLICATIONS Passport service is by appointment only Appointments can be made on the library’s website at or call the library at (360) 293-1910 x 2056 PASSPORT/SERVICE HOURS: Tuesday, noon - 6pm Wednesday, noon - 6pm Saturday, 1pm - 4pm Passport/Service is unavailable when the library is closed. Visit for the latest passport information. CLOSURES Memorial Day: May 29 Independence Day: July 4 Main Desk 293-1910, Children’s Library 293-1910 ext. 8070 or 1974, Fax 293-1929

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2016 was a Busy Year at the Anacortes Public Library! We were thrilled with the amount of responses we received from our community survey, which, along with our focus groups and input from the library staff, board, Foundation, and Friends informed our 2016 – 2020 Strategic Plan. The goals that came out of the Strategic Plan have us focusing on four main areas – Library Programs and Services, Communications and Branding, Space Planning and Utilization, and Library Staffing and Professional Development. We have already made progress on many of our shorterterm Objectives for 2016 – 2020 including a new digital resource, Hoopla. Check Hoopla out and let us know what you think. We are fortunate to have two organizations dedicated to supporting the library beyond the city budget - the Friends of the Library and the Library Foundation. Additionally, in 2016 we received grants from two of our service clubs to support our youngest citizens. Funds from the Anacortes Rotary allowed us to purchase three AWE early literacy stations in our Children’s Room. A grant from the Noon Kiwanis Club will enable us to become the first Family Place Library in the State of Washington as well as the first in the Pacific Northwest. The popularity of our Time for Tots (which had an increase in attendance of more than 113% over the past year) informed our decision to expand resources and partnerships targeted toward this age group. We are grateful to be a part of a community that is dedicated to seeing its youngest and most vulnerable residents succeed. Our second genre night at APL had a Harry Potter theme and we were blown away by all who attended and were grateful to all of the volunteers who made the evening so magical and memorable. We look forward to using a grant




we received from the Arts Festival to make our 2017 event even more amazing! Perhaps our biggest success of 2016 was to issue a special library card to every student in the Anacortes School District. This card guarantees that each student has access to library resources regardless of where they live. We have lost count of how many proud students walk up to the circulation desk with their five items to check out on their new card, designed by one of their fellow students. Other partnerships we are especially proud of include working with A Simple Gesture in the late summer to become what has turned out to be one of their busiest Red Bag Pantry locations. Additionally, we were honored to partner with Chief Bowers and host an Issues of Bias series, which filled our meeting room to capacity and inspired sharing of stories and thoughtful dialog around important issues that impact our local community as well as our nation. The end of the year was very busy for us internally as we migrated to a new integrated library system (ILS). We have been getting a lot of positive feedback from all of you who enjoy many of the features that our new library catalog offers. We have also heard that you are looking forward to our new website, which we will launch by the end of the year. Looking ahead, 2017 will be an equally busy year as we modernize our much-used meeting room in the fall and start planning for reenvisioning the layout of our first floor in 2018. We welcome continued conversations with you and to finding new and innovative ways to enrich, inspire, and empower you and the entire Anacortes community.

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Uncover the history of your own home Do you ever wonder who built the old Fidalgo or Guemes Island home you live in, and when? Older homes often have inaccurate construction dates in the county records, but resources are available to help you identify the actual age of your home, with a little research. May is National Historic Preservation Month, and with a new exhibit opening on historic architecture in Anacortes, it’s a perfect time to research your historic home. To help get you started, the Anacortes Historic Preservation Board (AHPB) will present a House History Research and Documentation workshop at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 23 at the Anacortes Museum, 1305 Eighth St.

Your home may be more “historic” than you think: Homes formally qualify as historic when they are 50 years old (that’s 1967 or earlier). For more information on the workshop, or to let us know the address of the house you would like to research, please call the Anacortes Museum at 293-1915 or email

No registration or fee is required. If you contact the Anacortes Museum in advance, staff will try to have materials relevant to your home on hand. When a Home History is satisfactorily completed, the owner will receive an AHPB historic home plaque to display on the building, and all information you uncover helps document Anacortes’ heritage.

Anacortes Museum This cute cottage at 1519 9th St. , built in 1932, features eyebrow dormers, a feature that often appears with Tudor Revival style homes.

W.T. Preston, Maritime Heritage Center Open weekends in April and May The W.T. Preston and Maritime Heritage Center are now open to the public for the spring season. There is no charge to drop in to the Heritage Center to learn about the sternwheeler and local vessels such as the codfish schooner Wawona and Bijaboji, the dugout canoe Betty Lowman rowed solo to Alaska in the 1930s.




The Preston and the Heritage Center are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays in April and May (as well as September and October). The schedule expands in June, July and August to include weekday hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Admission to the W.T. Preston is free for Anacortes Museum Foundation members and $3-5 for nonmembers.

‘At Home in Anacortes’ opens May 13 at Museum

Anacortes Museum Collection Mayor Frank Hogan’s spectacular Queen Anne style home, built in 1891 at 1613 7th St., epitomizes the grand dreams of Anacortes’ first boom.

The history of residential architecture in Anacortes is the topic of “At Home in Anacortes,” a new exhibit that opens with a reception 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Anacortes Museum. Before 1890, residents of Fidalgo and Guemes islands were too busy eking out a living to fret about adding architectural embellishments to their homes. But architecture suddenly and exuberantly arrived in Anacortes with the railroad boom. City promoters and speculators, who were eager to impress investors, feverishly erected fabulous homes and buildings for a brief, heady time – stalling only when the railroad decided not to make Anacortes its terminus in 1891. Combined with a national depression that hit in 1893, the city’s first housing bubble popped. Over the past 127 years, Anacortes has gone through several cycles of economic highs and lows. Each has left us with its own legacy of historic homes – the grand Queen Anne homes of the boom, elegant Craftsman homes of the 1920s, the middle class ranch homes of the 1950s, and the contemporary view homes of the 1960s – and today. “At Home in Anacortes” tells the story of residential architecture as it has evolved in the city, starting

with the first boom. The exhibit stops with the story of Skyline, because, in preservation circles, homes do not become “historic” until they are 50 years old. The first known architect in Anacortes was J.C. Jepson. An architectural engineer, he had built several structures in Minneapolis and specialized in fireproof buildings. Jepson’s office was in the 1890 Goodwin-Benedict-Havekost Building (today home to Adrift), a building he designed. In 1891 Jepson designed and built the Fry-McMillan Block, the Semar Block, the Moyer building, and the homes of Mayor F.V. Hogan and J.M. Moore (As a “fireproof” architect he failed: The Moyer Hotel burned down in 1893, as did Moore’s home in 1928). By the end of the 1891 he was working on the bold, Romanesque style Columbian School. Hogan’s house at 1613 7th St. is an exquisite example of the American Queen Anne style. With its turret, steep gables, complicated roof, stained glass, intricately patterned shingles, wrap-around porch and elaborately carved “gingerbread,” it epitomizes the flamboyance of the Anacortes boom. Anacortes, like the rest of the country, turned to simpler American Foursquare and Craftsman style homes when the depression ended in the late 1890s. As prosperity returned, many small bungalows and cottages also were built for mill and cannery workers. The Workingman’s Foursquare, a simple square home with a hipped or pyramid-shaped roof, is especially common. Many small homes were built during the Great Depression in a style that evolved from the little Foursquares. These Roosevelt Cottages and Depression Era Cottages, evolved into the World

War II era cottages needed to house Whidbey Navy families. A variation of the style, Minimal Traditional, later served new postwar families. When Baby Boomers outgrew these starter homes, their parents (many of them refinery families) moved them into Ranch Style homes of the 1950s and 1960s. Fidalgo Island’s waterfront has always attracted affluent homeowners. A spectacular example is a Tudor Revival home at 201 E. Park Ave. on Cap Sante. Designed by Paul Revere Williams, the 3,700 sq.-ft. house was built in 1928 for Luther M. Barrick. Williams later designed homes for celebrities such as Lucille Ball and Frank Sinatra, and he is noteworthy as the first-known AfricanAmerican member of the American Institute of Architects (See a story by Museum Educator Bret Lunsford at New stories were still being revealed as museum staff finished researching and designing “At Home in Anacortes.” Be sure to check out the exhibit when it opens on May 13.

Anacortes Museum The owner of this home at 1112 7th St. took a fairly plain Folk Victorian home and turned it into a delightful work of art with beautifully carved and painted woodwork.

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Mix It Up! at Gallery 98221 Come by Anacortes City Hall during the Friday, June 2, Downtown Art Walk (or anytime city hall is open) to see the new, local art exhibit “Mix It Up!” featuring 2-D and 3-D works of art, including fiber art. Mixed media art may include a mix of methods or a mix of materials to create a different effect for viewers to enjoy. Bring your summer visitors, family and friends to see these examples of artwork created locally. You’ll see a lively mix of techniques and art forms in this show. All the art in the new exhibit is created by artists living and/ or working in the 98221 Zip Code. Mix It Up! will be hanging in the hallways and council chambers of city hall until December. All the art is for sale. Plans for 2017 Artist’s Studio Tour Underway: Deadline June 30 The 98221 Artist’s Studio Tour for 2017 is already scheduled for the weekend ofOctober 21 and 22. Building on the success of the first tour in October of 2016, arts commission member and event chair Lisa Rhoades has posted the application for this year’s tour on the anacortesartscommission. com website. The deadline for artists’ applications to be in this year’s tour is June 30. Once again, the studio tour will provide a way for art enthusiasts to interact withlocal artists in the the workshops and studios where their art is created -- a behind-thescenes experience. Plan to attend this major, fall art event and watch for further information in local media and on the Anacortes Arts Commission website - or



2017 for more details. New Sculpture Exhibition to Surround Depot You’ll notice a unique, new collection of sculpture placed in areas surrounding the Depot Arts and Community Center (at 611 R Street) during visits to the Farmer’s Market and other summer activities. A more natural setting was sought by the Anacortes Arts Commission to replace the “Arts on the Ave” program on Commercial Avenue from a few years ago. The arts commission and the jury that selected the new sculptures planned placement for maximum public access and minimum impact to the environment around the Depot, including in the Madrona Grove east of the building where three of the 12 sculptures will be located. Look for signs identifying the new public art area as the “Madrona Grove Sculpture Exhibition by Windermere Real Estate.” Local sculptor and arts commissioner Lanny Bergner heads the project featuring artists from Anacortes, Guemes and neighboring communities. Bergner urges visitors to spend some time with the new art, walk around it, talk about it - and bring family and friends to visit the temporary exhibit created by the following area artists: Leo Osborne, Steve Lloyd, Tracy Powell, Jan Hoy, Joe Treat, Mindi Katzmann, Lloyd Whannell, Roger Small, Richard Nash, Dale Reiger, Polly Purvis. Marbling Classes and Programs Slated for Arts for All ARTS FOR ALL activities continue

to draw A-Town residents who want to explore an art activity new to them. Fabric Marbling classes will be offered on the second Saturday of every month by Marius Hibbard who guides participants through a handson experience with dying fabric and/ or clothing in bright, arty colors. Information about the class time and location is available by calling commission member and master marbler Marius Hibbard at 299-4314 or Another on-going set of Arts for All programs dealing with the topics of Art Therapy and Wellness will include “Make Them Laugh,” on May 10 featuring Alethea Fleming of the Vital Aging Clinic who will discuss the effect of laughter on the human brain. The program will also include skits by Brian Geer, local improvisational artist. On June 14, the program “Music to My Ears” will feature local musicians and dancers (to be announced). All the programs in the Art Therapy and Wellness series will take place at the Anacortes Public Library. Go to the Anacortes Arts Commission website for details. A series of programs dealing with Math/ Science/Art is in the planning stages for fall of 2017. Ideas for future Arts For All topics and activities are welcomed by the arts commission. Go to AAC website for contact information.


Energy Tips

SEAL AIR LEAKS. Just like warm air seeps out of buildings or homes in the winter, it seeps in during the summer. It’s estimated that 30% of heating and cooling bills are consumed by air leakage. You can buy weather stripping and duct tape and specialty kits to seal up air leaks you encounter. REDIRECT CEILING FANS. Air conditioning often produces the highest electricity bill home, especially when it’s used consistently during the summer months. So a worthy goal is limiting your air conditioning use as much as possible. One way to avoid A/C use is using ceiling fans. In the winter months, ceiling fans should go clockwise to push rising warm air downward. In the summer, however, the fans should circulate counterclockwise for the opposite effect. It’s usually as easy as flipping a switch in the center of the fan. DUST OFF ELECTRONICS, LIGHT BULBS AND VENTS. Dust prevents electronics and other infrastructure from running at maximum capacity. Make sure to dust off all light bulbs, office equipment, electronics, and air vents to prevent air circulation obstruction.

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Save the Date

Anacortes Community Energy Fair Saturday, September 16th, 2017

The GUEP data team is in the process of compiling all the utility data from over 100 utilities involved in the competition, final rankings and the top 10 cities competing for the 5 million dollars should be out soon. Here are some comments about Anacortes from the GUEP data team: • Anacortes, WA consistently ranked among the most energy efficient communities in the competition, regularly placing in the Top 10 (out of 50) • Based on our current data—which is not yet final—Anacortes has reduced their energy consumption by more than 125 billion BTUs, or the same amount of energy as approximately 1,400 houses. • Based on preliminary data, Anacortes, WA has reduced their energy expenditure by more than $1 million in the 2 years of the competition, savings that will continue to compound with future efforts. • Anacortes, WA’s community showed a strong commitment to future success beyond the Georgetown University Energy Prize through the infrastructure they installed/ upgraded as well as the partners that they engaged above and beyond the requirements of the prize competition. • From our Program Director, Christofer Nelson: “Through the Georgetown University Energy Prize, Anacortes, WA has show-cased their national standing as a leader in changing the way America uses energy. The city, their partners, and the community as a whole has demonstrated their commitment to a more energy-efficient future.” Spring/Summer 2017 ATOT  33

Get to know your community forestlands! It’s time to join a guided hike, and begin to learn more about the fascinating wild heart of our island. The Friends of the Forest is a non-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, trail and habitat restoration, Adult 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 the 7th grade. Our community hikes are FREE and no registration is required. Please join our Naturalist Guide, Denise Crowe, for Spring fun as we continue to explore and learn more about the ACFL together. For more information about our group or these hikes please contact Denise or Jean at 2933725. You may also visit our website or inquire by email at . These hikes focus on human and wildlife experience, so we ask that you please leave your pets at home. Hope to see you in the woods!


Westside Exploration

Great for families and folks of all ages, these are hearty hikes with a naturalist guide.

Earth Day NW Shore Traverse at Whistle Lake

• Sat. April 22nd 10am until noon • Join friends for an Earth Day gathering in our beautiful Whistle Lake area of the ACFL. Learn about the history of the day and our community forest lands and the important role we all play in taking care of our community forest in perpetuity. Anticipate lovely wildflowers and great company. Meet at the Whistle Lake Parking lot. This hike is approximately 2.5 miles with some hills and uneven terrain.

Sugarloaf Wildflowers

• Sat. May 6th 10am until noon • This is the ultimate wildflower hike of the year. We will savor the climb through alternating forest and rocky bald meadow, learning each flower as we go. From blue camus lily to red Indian paintbrush, come and see the bounty of color this little mountain has to offer. The views from the summit are not to be missed. Meet at the Southern trailhead halfway up the Mount Erie view road. The trip up and back is one mile, and quite steep and scrambly in places.




All Around Whistle Lake

• Sat. May 20th 10am until noon • Sat. June 24th 10am until after noon • Take a two-mile walk on the wild • Revel in the longest daylight of the year Westside! Calling all Skyline folk and on our near summer solstice hike. We anyone else that wants to know more will fully explore the trails all the way about this great part of the woods. We will around the Whistle Lake region of our climb the watertower road and enter the woods. The route is just over 3 miles with forest from the west, exploring a network some good hills. Meet at the Whistle Lake of Beaver Ponds that flow into Little Parking Lot. Cranberry Lake. Meet at the intersection All Around Heart of Clyde Way and Cedar Glen Way. • Sat. July 8th 10am until after noon Little Cranberry Lake Loop • There is no better place to be in the middle • Sat. June 3rd 10am until after noon of summer than in the middle of our • The August 2016 18-acre fire on the east woods. Get to know the heart of the forest side of Little Cranberry Lake damaged on this wonderful 2.7 mile journey all the trails and created dangerous conditions way around Heart Lake. Lush deciduous in the fire zone. The upper meadow trail areas flow into an amazing old growth (103) is scheduled to be open by this date. grove. Meet at the Heart Lake Parking lot. We will hike most of the way around on Erie View Trail shore trail, then elevate to upper meadow • Sat. July 29th 10am until noon through fire zone for the eastside stretch. • This is a trail of wonders, twisting and Rocky meadows, bog islands, and deep turning through prime wetland wildlife forest converge in this basin to create corridor all the way to a hidden meadow. habitat for hundreds of native plants and Our most recent forest acquisition of animals. Will we see river otter? Raven? 40 contiguous acres is in this area. The Red-legged frog? Banana slug sightings views of Lake Erie and Mount Erie are a guaranteed. Meet at the Little Cranberry rare treat. This hike is approximately 2.8 Lake parking lot on the North end of the miles. Meet at the base of Mount Erie on lake. (Take Georgia south off of Oakes Ray Auld Drive. Ave.- 3 blocks up take a right on Little Cranberry road and follow gravel to parking lot.)

Mitten Pond Loop



• Sat. August 12th 10am until noon • Summer isn’t over yet! The cool smell of (Require advance registration 293-3725 water floats up the path as we near Mitten Each of these outings is a mile or less on gentle trails or and will last about an hour. Pond. Whirligig beetles spin shining ETHNOBOTANY FIELD SEMINAR Some evenings, some mornings… patterns in the glowing green duckweed. • Friday, June 23rd 10am until 4pm Dragonflies drift and zoom around us. Sugarloaf Mountain Old • Ethnobotany is the study of native Enjoy this wide path 2.4 mile hike through Growth plants and the traditional uses of the the best of beaver pond territory. Meet at • Wed. April 26th 5pm until 6pm plants by people. You will learn about the ACFL kiosk on A Ave. and 37th. • Tucked in to the bottom of Sugarloaf food, medicine, and materials derived lies a sweet trail through ancient SENIOR/ADULT HIKES from the vast array of native plants in trees. Meet at the base of Mount Erie A little bit gentler, with an adult level our woods. Adults only, must register by on Ray Auld Drive. flora and fauna focus... phone or email. More information will Big Beaver Pond View be given upon registration. Morrison Meadow • Wed. May 31st 9am until 10am • Fri. May 12th 10am until noon • There is a wonderful secret spot on FROM THE FOREST TO THE SEA • For those that can handle a little over one the south shore of Big Beaver Pond Observing, Drawing and Writing mile hike with some hills at a slow pace. with a viewing platform. Some hills. in Nature on Fidalgo Island This is a beautiful route that culminates in Meet at the gated kiosk at 37th and A a lovely wildflower meadow, sure to be in Tues. July 11th+ Thurs. July 13th 10-3pm Avenue. bloom. Meet at the end of 29th St. west off All abilities are welcome as we combine Whistle Lake Madrona Point observational drawing and writing of D Avenue. • Wed. June 21st 5pm until 6pm in exploration of Fidalgo Island with Heart Lake Old Growth • We will walk in to the Lake on a wide local naturalist Denise Crowe and • Fri. June 9th 10am until noon gravel road and enjoy the view! Meet interdisciplinary artist Kate Clark. • It’s time for a visit with our elders on at the Whistle Lake parking lot. This two-day workshop engages in the south shore of Heart Lake. Orange fieldwork as an interdisciplinary creative trumpet honeysuckle and Ocean spray Northeast Heart Lake practice. What does field work mean if • Wed. July 12th 9am until 10am will be blooming as we slow to the ancient rhythm of our old growth forest. Meet at • This is a very easy route through you are an artist, writer, or biologist? beautiful forest. Meet at the Heart Each discipline draws upon keen powers the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive. of observation. We will learn to heighten Lake parking lot. 1.7 miles our senses and ways of knowing through Beaver Ponds FAST PACED FITNESS HIKES honing our skills in drawing, writing, • Friday, July 14th 10am until noon and journaling. • The Little Cranberry Lake area is filled For the very fit only! For people that want to move fast We will experience the fundamentals with a network of beaver ponds created through the forest, and already know that they can! of drawing (perspective, gesture, and maintained by local beaver families. These offerings are lead by Jean and some of our very foreground/background, texture, scale) We will explore trails that reveal their athletic board members who love to get out in the through a variety of medium and lodges, dams, mounds, and other daytime woods and really cover some ground. techniques useful to the beginner or clues to their nighttime secret ways. Meet advanced artist. Equipped with a toolbox A Grand Tour of the at the ACFL kiosk on A Ave. and 37th. 1.4 of building block drawing techniques, Whistle Lake Forest Lands miles and varied approaches to language we • Sat. June 17th 10am until 1:30pm will explore and develop our own voice Northwest Whistle • Distance: 7 miles • Fri. August 11th 10am until noon • A thigh-crunching hike through as observers in the field. • This route is a regular favorite, providing the Whistle Lake area including Advance registration is required for this spectacular views and deep woods feel with Sugarloaf, a circumnavigation of workshop. More details and a materials just the right amount of physical challenge. Whistle Lake, and Sugarcube. Bring fee will be given closer to the date. Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot. Just water and meet at the Heart Parking Save the date! over 2 miles. Lot. Saturday, November 4th • August 26th 10am - Save the date! Northwest Heart is our annual Friends of the • Check our website for details closer • Fri. September 8th 10am until noon Forest Benefit Party, to the date. This is slated to be an • We will explore a maze of trails in the Ace which will be held at extra long fitness hike. of Hearts Creek terrain. There will be some the Port Warehouse. gentle hills on this just over 1 mile hike.

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2017 Forest Discovery Program What: The “Forest Discovery Program” is an activity oriented summer day camp for boys and girls ages 7 to 12. Each day we explore a different area of our Community Forest Lands. As we hike, play games, make nature journals and experiment, we learn about wild animals, native plants and different habitats. Where: Forest Discovery will meet at a different trailhead each day. More detailed instructions, maps & directions will be sent to you prior to your session. The trails are all within the Anacortes City limits. When: There will be TWO sessions offered. Each session will meet Tuesday through Thursday. Your child may attend only one session. Please do not sign your child up if you do not plan to attend all three days. Dates and Times are as follows: Session #1: July 25, 26, 27

Session #2: August 8, 9, 10

All sessions include age groups & times of: 10 - 12 year olds from 9:00am to 11:30 am daily 7 – 9 year olds from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm daily *Registration is required in advance. Each group is limited to 12 participants. Sign up early! Name:______________________________________________________ Age: _________________________________________ Address:____________________________________________________ Phone:________________________________________ Email:______________________________________________________ Emergency Phone:_______________________________

Session #1: July 25, 26, 27

Session #2: August 8, 9, 10

In signing below, I understand that participation in this activity is at my own or my child’s risk. I agree to hold harmless the Friends of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands and Denise Crowe from any and all claims resulting from injury as a direct or indirect consequence of participation in this program. I also acknowledge that no insurance is carried for this program. I authorize and consent to Friends of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands taking photographs, video film and quotes of me and/or my child to the unrestricted use and publication of my or his/her name and such photos, videos and quotes to promote the activities of the Friends of the Anacortes Community Forest Land.

_____________________________________________________________/____/__ Signature of Parent or Guardian


Send registration to: Friends of the Forest, P.O. Box 2213, Anacortes, WA 98221

Researchers have found that June and July are the riskiest months of the year for first-time alcohol and other drug use among youth. • During the school year each day about 8,000 adolescents take their first drink of alcohol. On an average summer day about 11,000 adolescents take their first drink of alcohol. • During the school year each day about 3,000 to 4,000 youth smoke cigarettes or marijuana for the first time. On an average summer day about 4,500 youth smoke cigarettes or marijuana for the first time. • Students who have already begun drinking and smoking may indulge more often and more heavily during June and July. What is it about summer? Too much time on youths’ hands + lack of supervision = Trouble. What to do? Develop a summer plan of action: 1. Set clear expectations not to drink or use other drugs, regardless of the company they hold or the circumstance they are in. 2. Supervise tweens and even older teens as much as possible. Set house rules about who is allowed and not allowed to be in your home when you are not. Then check in regularly. 3. Know where your children are, who they are with and what their game-plan is. If any part of the plan changes along the way, make it an expectation that they check-in with you.




4. Be aware of summer parties and do not allow your children to attend one where underage drinking is planned, even under the ‘agreement’ that they will not partake. 5. If youth are at a party and alcohol or drugs come out, each them to leave. Your kids need to be able to count on you day or night for a safe ride home. 6. Lead by example. Show your children that a fun, summer party does not have to include alcohol. If you choose to have a drink at a gathering, drink in moderation and let your children see that you are not driving. 7. Remind adolescents they are never to ride in a car, boat or any other vehicle with a driver who is under the influence of any substance. That includes adult drivers as well – if the person responsible for getting your child home has been drinking, your son or daughter must be able to kindly refuse the ride and reach you instead (regardless of how uncomfortable it may feel). 8. Get to know your children’s friends and their parents. You may be surprised to learn that some families do not share the same beliefs about preventing underage drinking and smoking. 9. Add structure to your children’s summer days. Whether it is getting a part-time summer job, volunteering, or taking part in camps help them discover what interests them!

Sources: HealthDay: Summer is peak time for teens to try drugs, alcohol. July 2012. Narconon: Keeping your teen drug and alcohol free this summer. Stop Teen Drugs: Why a busy summer might be the best thing for your teen. May 2013.

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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.

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Shannon Point Marine Center The Shannon Point Marine Center’s mission is to support and promote marine science academic programs at Western Washington University, develop new information about local marine environments, train the next generation of marine scientists, and provide public education events. 1900 Shannon Point Road, Anacortes, WA • (360) 293-2188 •

YOUTH PROGRAMS Grandparents U GRADES 1-5: Mon-Tues, July 24-25 Intertidal Life GRADES 5-8: Weds-Thurs, July 26-27 Intertidal Life Create memories to last a lifetime during this unique intergenerational program.

Odyssey of Science & Arts GRADES 3-6: Mon-Fri, June 26- 30

Salish Sea Experience or Marine Science Illustration

GRADES 5-9: Mon-Fri, July 17-21

Intertidal Zone Explorations

GRADES 7-10: Mon-Fri, June 26-30

Marine Science Illustration

Students make amazing discoveries as they explore hands-on science and art in a university setting.


Western Inspires Leadership Development (WILD) GRADES 7-10: Mon-Fri, June 26-30 Journey into the WILD and experience the transformative power of the outdoors that few experiences can match. Explore team development, outdoor leadership skills, hiking, orienteering, sea kayaking and rock climbing.


Citizen Science Oceanographic Data Collection Three offerings: July 5, August 1, September 1

ADULT PROGRAM Active Minds Changing Lives



Observe and assist a Shannon Point Marine Center (SPMC) scientist in the collection of oceanographic data for long-term monitoring of the Salish Sea. Participants will spend the day aboard SPMC research vessel, Magister, and enjoy a lecture on oceanography by marine scientist Dr. Brady Olson. AA/EO


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at Anacortes Community Theatre


To register call 360-395-8107 • For more information:



Ages: Preschool Dates: Mon July 10th – Fri July 14th Time: 10 am - 11 am Cost: $50 Instr: Kat Agnew All preschoolers have marvelous stories in their heads, and we’re going to put them into action! In this class designed just for 3 - 5 year olds, your young actor will create a character, learn a line and act out a new story. Along the way, through a variety of creative and dramatic games, students will learn theatre etiquette, develop their imagination, improve their self- confidence, and provide social interaction within an organized class setting.


Ages: Kindergarten – 2nd grade Dates: Mon July 17th – Fri July 21st 10 am – 11 :30 am OR Mon July 17th – Fri July 21st 12:30 – 2:00 pm Time: 4 – 5:15 pm Perf: Last 30 minutes of Fri’s class. Cost: $75 Instr: Rebecca Pursley The zoo animals just won’t stay in their cages! Not only do they get into trouble, but they keep ending up on the front page of the newspaper! What’s a zookeeper to do? The class instructor will work with each student to help them express a unique zoo character. Students will then be a part of a narrated performance complete with costumes and makeup. This play will be performed on ACT’s Annex Stage on the last day of class. Each day of class, students will also have the chance to play fun theatre games that will help develop their acting skills and their ability to work with others.




Ages: 3rd – 6th grade Dates: Mon June 26th – Fri June 30th Time: 10 am – 2 pm Perf: June 30th and July 1st at 7 pm Cost: $125 Instr: Sam Guzik & Willow McLaughlin Everyone knows the story of Dorothy and her journey down the yellow brick road, but there are so many more adventures in the Land of Oz. Meet Princess Ozma, the Patchwork Girl and Jack Pumpkinhead and check in on Scarecrow after he gets his brain! Based on the original stories by L.Frank Baum, Adventures In The Land of Oz is full of magic! The 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.


(TWO WEEK CLASS) Ages: 3rd – 8th grade Dates: Mon Aug 7th – Fri Aug 12th AND Mon Aug 14th – Fri Aug 18th Time: 10 am – 2 pm Perf: Aug 18th at 7 pm, Aug 19th at 2 pm and 7 pm, Aug 20th at 2 pm Cost: $200 Instr: Katie Jennings & Jessica Guzik Class ACT is excited to present Disney’s The Lion King Jr. This is a shortened version of the Broadway classic and based on the original Disney cartoon. It features songs from the movie and the Broadway production and is full of fun roles for all students. 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. The focus of the class will be on the production, but also on the development of singing and acting skills for each student. All students will be featured in this production that is performed for the public.


Ages: 7th – 12th grade Dates: Mon July 24th – Fri July 28th Time: 10 am – 2 pm Perf: July 28th and July 29th at 7 pm Cost: $125 Instr: Mike Jenkins & Willow McLaughlin Smile Ridge sounds like a charming rest stop on your journey across the United States, but we wouldn’t recommend it. Smile Ridge is full of unusual characters, and visitors often find they don’t want to leave. Or is it that they can’t… This quirky comedy is full of mystery and crazy characters. The 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.


Ages: 9th – 12th grade Dates: Mon Aug 21st – Fri Aug 25th Time: 10 am – 2 pm Perf: Aug 25th and Aug 26th at 7 pm Cost: $75 Instr: TJ Fantini Acting is not just about creating characters, it’s about creating relationships between characters. Creating a scene or song with another actor is a valuable skill to develop, and this class gives students that opportunity. In this class, students will develop a two person scene and a musical theatre duet. The focus will be on developing character and character relationships, while improving acting and musical theatre skills. All scenes and duets will be performed in a lowpressure showcase performance for the public.

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

April 1 - June 30 Spring Schedule 2017 FEES


Single Admission Pool or Fitness: $7.00 Pool & Fitness: $9.00

Open Swim: $4.25 per person/ $15 Family of 4

Reduced Rate (Noon - 1pm) not including classes: $4.25/$5.75

Memberships: 10 time punch or a 30 day pass (No annual fee)

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

RECREATIONAL OPEN SWIM Mon/Wed/Fri: 6:30 - 8:00 pm Sat: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm Sun: 1:15 - 2:30 pm (Children 6 & under must be accompanied by an adult in the water within arm’s reach.) Come on Friday nights for fun on the Wibit!

FACILITY HOURS Mon - Fri: Sat: Sun:

5:00 am - 8:00 pm 7:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

WATER FITNESS Mon/Wed/Fri: 6:15 - 7:15am Mon/Wed: 8:00 - 9:00 am


Tues Tues/Thurs:

Session II: May 1 - 25 Session III: May 30 - June 19

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

THUNDERBIRD AQUATIC CLUB Age group USA swim team Head Coach: Jason Hunter Year round competitive team Join the team! Must be a level 4 swimmer or equivalent. All ages. Swim with your friends! We have Masters too! Call for more information.


FITNESS CENTER OPEN FOR DROP-IN: Mon - Fri: 5:00 am - 8:00 pm Sat: 7:00 am - 12:00 pm Sun: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm GROUP X CLASSROOM SCHEDULE: MW:

POOL RENTALS Rent the pool for aquatic training, parties, etc! Mon - Fri: 8:00 - 10:00 pm Sat: 12:30 - 8:00 pm Sun: 3:00 - 6:00 pm

LAP SWIM & WATER WALKING 5:00 am - 2:00 pm 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Tuesday: 5:00 am - 2:00 pm 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm Thursday: 5:00 am - 2:00 pm 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Saturday: 7:00 am - 9:30 am (2 lanes 8:30 - 9:30) Sunday: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Lap swim/water walking space may be shared with swim lessons, PT and other programs.

9:00 - 10:00 am 6:30 - 7:30 pm 7:30 - 8:30 am 8:30 - 9:30 am 8:00 - 9:00 am 9:00 - 9:50 am

Water Exercise Aquaerobics AquaFit & Strength Aqua Zumba PowerFit & Pilates Mind’n’Motion Deep Aquaerobics Deep H2O Intervals

7:00 - 7:55 am 8:00 - 8:50 am 9:00 – 10:00 am 10:00 – 10:45 am 11:00 – 12:00 pm 12:15 - 1:15 pm 12:15 - 1:15 pm

Strength & Conditioning Yoga Core SilverSneakers® Classic Butts & Guts Gentle Yoga Bars, Benches & Balls (Monday only) Classic Mat Pilates (Wednesday only)

7:00 - 7:50 am 8:00 - 8:55 am 9:00 – 10:00 am 10:15 – 11:15 am 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Step Aerobics Strength & Conditioning Zumba® Gold Flow Yoga TRX Basics

8:30 – 9:30 am 9:45 - 10:45 am 11:00 – 12:00 pm 12:15 - 1:15 pm

Muscular Strength Bars, Benches & Balls Gentle Yoga Vinyasa Yoga




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A Martial Art for Life! Ages 4 and Up.


Cost savings available

5:45 – 6:45A


Adults & Teens

7:00 - 8:00A


Adults & Teens

3:30 - 4:00P


Tigers (4-6 years)

4:00 - 5:10P


Children (7+) /Families/Adults

5:15 - 6:25P


Children (7+) /Families/Adults

6:30 - 7:30P


Private Lessons by Appointment

6:30 - 8:30P


Midnight Blue and Red Belts

6:30 – 7:30P

Most Thursdays

Wu Style Tai Chi

(Call to Confirm)

($10/class – FREE for monthly SBD Students)

9:00 - 10:00A


Midnight Blue and Red Belts

10:00 - 11:00A


Children (7+) /Families/Adults

$71 monthly for 2 or more classes per week; $55 monthly for Crouching Tigers. Free monthly tuition for members covered by Silver&Fit® Family and Military discounts available. Private lessons - $30 • Adaptations for age or physical challenges. • Additional Tai Chi and Self Defense classes offered by appointment and/or private lessons - call to schedule.

for Senior members! Anacortes Soo Bahk Do is now a Silver&Fit® participating fitness center! Silver&Fit® is designed specifically to help older adults achieve better health through exercise and health education. Silver&Fit® provides eligible members with no-cost or low cost fitness memberships through arrangements with certain health plans. Silver &Fit® is provided by American Specialty Health Fitness, Inc., a subsidiary of American Specialty Health Incorporated. If your health plan offers Silver&Fit® and you would like more information about Anacortes Soo Bahk Do, please contact us at: 2117 O Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221, or call 360-299-2905. You may also visit Silver&Fit® at Silver&Fit® is a federally registered trademark of American Specialty Health Incorporated.

Colette and Andy Arvidson, Certified Master Instructors, Korean Soo Bahk Do® Association, World Moo Duk Kwan® 2117 O Avenue, Anacortes WA 98221 • 360-299-2905 • 42 ATOT Spring/Summer 2017

Fidalgo Island and Guemes Gleaners 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! Families getting together to pick fruit, help neighbors and have fun sharing with the community. There are many fruit trees in our area. Most of them produce more than one household can use. Last year exceeded our expectations, thanks to the generosity of so

many homeowners who allowed us to glean from their trees. Over 8800 pounds of fruit was shared with food banks, family shelters, churches and church dinners, homeowners and the gleaners. Our goal this year is to continue to share the abundance, particularly with those in need. Contact us and we will harvest your fruit. The home owner receives as much fruit as thy would like, then we take the remaining fruit and share with the gleaners and those in need. Twice a month during the harvesting season, we will have cider pressing parties; you can enjoy the taste of freshly pressed apple cider just bring your own containers to bring it home. Eventually we hope to expand the program to include pruning, old tree renovation, jam making sessions and recipe sharing for those more unusual fruits and harvesting of additional crops. Our first year of gleaning taught us that a productive tree may require multiple gleans, as not all fruit is ripe at the same time, or you may want to thin out the fruit to allow the remaining fruit to grow larger. In those cases we return


every couple of weeks until the fruit is completely harvested. F.I.G.G. is a project of Transition Fidalgo & Friends, a nonprofit organization, that is building resilience through community action. Want to give fruit? Contact us and we will ask you about your tree(s) and schedule a visit. We will discuss your preferences, schedule a time that is convenient to you and any requests you have (example – you can pick the apples but leave the pears!). 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 would like to learn a bit more about caring for fruit trees or just want to lend a hand in harvesting, join us! Families are encouraged and welcome to participate. Email: fidalgoislandgleaners@gmail. com

April 25, May 30, June 27, July 25 7:00 p.m. Anacortes Senior Activity Center (Or join us for our 7th Generation Supper at 5:45)

In these talks, we’ll engage scientists and forward thinkers to help us explore the local and global changes that are afoot, and to inspire our creativity for meeting the challenges ahead. Topics include environmentally sustainable housing, how Puget Sounds’ food web is changing, how climate change is impacting northwestern habitats and species, and more. See details at our website.

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Anacortes, WA PERMIT NO. 22

Roadwork projects will be happening in abundance thanks to a larger budget allocated by the City Council for road improvements. $1.1 Million is budgeted for each year for overlays including cape seal & slurry seal projects as part of the City’s budget and the Transportation Benefit District. While summer is a perfect time for projects, be it a gardening project, or major road repairs, it’s also high tourist season in our area, which creates a challenge. The areas affected by roadwork will vary. Some areas will be affected for a few hours, some for a few days. The projects – outlined below – will be mainly downtown, near Heart Lake, and from 12th & Commercial to the State Ferry. Take a few moments to acquaint yourself with what will be happening around our area, and be prepared for the improvements going on this summer that will help our roads last longer. You can find more detailed information on the web at

Cape Seal Project

Where: From the city limits on Heart Lake Road through the Anacortes Community Forest Lands to Lake Erie.

Slurry Seal Project

Where: Skyline neighborhood – Washington Blvd, Shannon Point Rd, all of Marine Heights

M Avenue Manhole Replacement Project Where: Along M Avenue from 5th Street to 20th Street

March Point Road Bicycle Path Widening Project Where: From the east end of the Tommy Thompson Trestle to 1200 feet south of the trestle.

R Avenue & Highway 20 Re-channelization

Where: The intersection of R Ave & Highway 20 where there is oncoming traffic from the roundabout at the top of Commercial Ave, and left -turning traffic from R Avenue, as well as the right-turning from Highway 20 to R Avenue.

Highway 20 and Commercial Avenue Paving Where: Paving from Sharps Corner to the Commercial Avenue Roundabout, and from 12th & Commercial to the Washington State Ferry.

Driving around Anacortes may prove to be a bit difficult at times this summer. But on the upside, there will be better streets for the future of our town. So put on your sunglasses and keep cool, Anacortes. And as always, let us hear from you with any questions or concerns regarding our summer roadwork projects. or 360.293.1919

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