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WINTER 2016/17 City of Anacortes 6th and Q 360-293-1900


Ever since I picked up my first digital point and shoot camera in 2004, I have been ‘bitten by the photography bug’. It seems that every year I am upgrading to more resolution, more pixels, more control, more lenses and, of course, more camera bodies. I never thought I’d see the day when I could put one of my cameras in the air, other than trying to figure out how to tie it to a kite or a rocket. Then along came the attack of the drones! I was immediately fascinated and KNEW I had to get one and did. Eighteen months later, I am on my sixth aerial device. Although three are currently in maintenance, my main DJI Phantom 3 Advanced quad-copter is really taking me to new ventures and sights that I had never dreamed of. The simplicity of the drone allows me to take unique and breathtaking views that would normally require a helicopter ride. As an Anacortes resident and photographer, I am always looking for ways to get new and different perspectives of my surrounding area. I am a professional landscape and real estate photographer, so drones are pretty much the cherry on top for me. Combined with my arsenal of camera gear and drones, my aimless wanderings around our beautiful island, which I call home, are never dull. Eddie Murdock eddiemurdockphotography/

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By Laurie Gere, Mayor


was pleased to present to the City Council the 2017-2018 proposed biennial budget, a financial road map for the City of Anacortes. A balanced budget reflects our commitment to maintain our infrastructure, provide quality services and amenities for our residents. This is the first time in Anacortes history we have prepared a 2-year biennial budget. The budget focuses on implementing the City Council’s goals to continue to fund public safety, encourage economic development, and increase infrastructure investments. The City supports Public Safety departments and provides staff with tools and resources needed. For example, the Fire department budget includes funds to purchase two sets of extractor cutters and spreaders to enable firefighters to more efficiently remove victims from significantly damaged motor vehicles. The police department budget provides funding to maintain our School Resource Officer (SRO) who adds a level of safety and resources for our students and teachers at Anacortes Middle and High School. The budget also continues to fund our Public Defender Office to ensure prompt legal defense for indigent clients. Economic Development supports improvements to Commercial Avenue with enhancements to the streetscapes, plants, and murals. A Strategic Plan is underway with a partnership with the Port of Anacortes, Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, and EDASC. The Planning, Community & Economic Development budget includes funding to update our zoning and subdivision codes to correspond to the 2016 Comprehensive Plan. The department will also research permitting software that will allow for better interaction with the public to provide the ability to track the permitting progress from your home computer. This internal infrastructure has become important

as building permit activity continues to grow. The Public Works Department budget includes several capital improvements to address our aging infrastructure and provides funding for construction of a fiber optic network system that will allow us to connect our buildings, water, and sewer systems. Funding is designated to complete an overlay project on Commercial Avenue in the downtown area and additional sidewalk repairs. We also plan to complete the rehabilitation of the 3-milliongallon water tank on Whistle Lake Road. The proposed budget includes several internal infrastructure improvements including an electronic content management system and a new city website. Additionally, the proposed budget allows for infrastructure improvements to enhance our facilities. Some of these proposed projects include seismic upgrades, ADA improvements, new flooring and windows in City Hall; a new roof and flooring at the Senior Activity Center; new security cameras and flooring at the Public Safety Building; and, painting at the Fire and Public Safety Buildings. While I have only highlighted a few areas of needs, the proposed budget provides funding for each City departments to support the City Council’s budget goals. Balancing the City’s first biennial budget is a simple equation of our operating expenditures not exceeding our operating revenue. I am committed to balancing fiscal responsibilities while meeting City Council and community priorities.

Sincerely Yours, CITY OF ANACORTES

Laurie Gere Mayor


Council Member’s Perspective


Councilman Eric Johnson

Anacortes Cold Weather Shelter In one of my other-duties-as-required, I sit on the board of the Anacortes Salvation Army, which will open its doors as a Cold Weather Shelter when the temperature drops to 30° this winter. The Salvation Army will open the shelter from 5:30 PM to 7:30 AM with a small popup tent city (to give some small measure of privacy) set up in the large dining room. Volunteers will serve dinner and breakfast to those seeking shelter from the cold. As you probably recall, it’s been unseasonably warm during recent winters in Anacortes, and, as a result, the Salvation Army only needed to open the Shelter once in 2015, and we never had to open in 2016. However, warm winters are not in the forecast this year. The Weather Channel reports that a weak La Niña may bring persistent cold to the Pacific Northwest this winter, especially in January and February. So it seems that the Shelter may be open more often this winter, and I hope that you would find a couple of hours to help in this allvolunteer effort. We will need 11 volunteers each evening: • 5:00PM to 7:30PM – three volunteers to welcome guests and help serve dinner (which will be prepared) • 7:30 PM to 10:00PM – two volunteers to welcome late guests and put everyone to bed • 10:00PM to 2:00AM – two volunteers to watch over the sleeping area • 2:00AM to 6:00AM – two volunteers to take turns sleeping and watching over the guests • 6:00 AM to 8:00AM – serve breakfast; send guests on their way at 7:30. Rearrange the tents for the following night.

In order to volunteer, you’ll need to complete a background check release form. You’ll find this at the webpage or by this direct link: It’s difficult to determine how many homeless people we expect to show up at the Cold Weather Shelter. There may be as few as five or as many as fifteen. There are several homeless persons in Anacortes who live in their cars (and many of them work in town); others are camped out but not with enough suitable coverage when snow or icy rain starts to fall. This city’s volunteers are one of the things that makes Anacortes a great place to live. I doubt if there is another small city of our size that has two Soroptimist, two Rotary, and two Kiwanis clubs, along with a dozen churches that pool their funds for motel vouchers and a supersupportive business community that helps volunteer efforts year ‘round. This Cold Weather Shelter is just another point of light in the way that Anacortes provides hope and respect for the most vulnerable among us, and I hope that you can join in the effort.

Eddie Murdock, Photographer........2 Mayor Laurie Gere.............................2 Council Member’s Perspective ........3 Sharpes Corner...................................4 Little Cranberry Fire..........................5 Community Center............................6 Arts for All..........................................6 Fiber Optics.........................................7 Heart Lake...........................................8


Handy Numbers.................................9 Quarterly Menu..................................9 Recreation Programs................. 10-15


Volunteer Appreciation.....................16 Community Garden..........................16 Thunderbirds.......................................16 Senior Activity Center.....................17 Soo Bahk Do.........................................18 Senior College.................................... 19 Class Act.............................................. 20 Fidalgo Pool........................................ 21 Salish Sea Stewards........................... 22 WWA................................................... 23 Friends of the Forest......................... 24 Friends of Skagit Beaches................. 25 Anacortes Library....................... 26-29 Museum.........................................30-31 Community Task Force...............32-33 Our Town............................................ 33 Washington Park............................... 34 Seed Exchange................................... 34 Dash and Splash................................. 35 Spray Pad & Restroom Update....... 35 Gleaners............................................... 36 Transition Fidalgo............................. 36 Anacortes Community Energy....... 37 City Council Members..................... 38 Solid Waste Schedule........................ 38 Safe Online Purchases...................... 39 Adverse Weather Information........ 39 Upcoming Editions...........Back Cover

A-town is Our Town Published by: How It Works Graphic Design: Dixie Shervington

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At one time or another, we’ve all been stuck at the

intersection at Sharpes Corner on Highway 20. No surprise. Getting through the intersection during rush hour can be a real challenge. There are about 14 collisions a year at the intersection. Folks experience significant delays getting through the intersection due to the increase of residents over time in the area. As the main artery to and from Anacortes, the Washington State Ferries to the San Juan Islands and Victoria, B.C and the only land access point to Whidbey Island, this intersection sees an average of 30,000 cars per day. During high tourist season in the summer, the congestion grows, extending stalled traffic into the 50 mph zone, often causing high-speed, rear-end collisions. We could go on and on bemoaning the headache of this intersection, but the point is, it needs improvement. This past September, after a series of public forums, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) decided to move forward with a roundabout to improve safety and reduce congestion at this intersection. Data from WSDOT shows the roundabout was the better option because it would reduce all collisions by 40%, and decrease injury collisions by 80%. Roundabouts also allow for better circulation of traffic, and would reduce the average travel time through the intersection by 80%. Funding for the design and construction of this project was approved by the Legislature in July 2015 as a part of the Connecting Washington Revenue Package.

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There are plans for an additional roundabout at MillerGibralter Road and Highway 20, as well as a raised median between this intersection and Sharpes Corner creating a right-in/right-out traffic flow. Also in the works are improved pedestrian and bicycling paths for the area surrounding these two intersections, connecting cyclists and walkers to the Tommy Thompson Trail.

At this point you may be thinking, “This sounds great, but it also sounds like a lot of construction.” Yes, this is true. But keep in mind, improvement comes at the cost of construction. It’s projected to start Summer 2018 and be completed by Fall 2019. Though it will take time this traffic improvement project will benefit the area for the next 20 years. In the meantime, WSDOT is helping residents learn more about the project and get more familiar with how to navigate roundabouts with information posted on their website [https://www.wsdot.], as well as presentations to the City Council and articles in the Anacortes American. When all is said and done, Sharpes Corner may become an enjoyable experience rather than a headache if we can all focus on the positive impact it will have for our city. The City and WSDOT welcome your questions about this traffic improvement project. For project updates please visit the project’s website: http://www.wsdot.

Since the largest documented wildfire in our community forestlands occurred on August 24th of this year, there have been changes to the habitat, but also a shift in thinking by the community in discussing what we should do in the future going forward to protect the forest lands and our residents. The City has formed a broad based coalition of individuals with diverse interests that has been meeting since the fire occurred to discuss this issue. The committee has seen firsthand the impacts of the fire: Although there are signs of recovery with the return of wildlife, it will take years for the area to return to its former state. The committee has heard from experts on how wildfires burn, typical threats to homes during a wildfire and what fire suppression capabilities are available both locally and regionally. The Parks and Forest Lands have had a handful of small human caused fires each year, usually 1/2 of an acre or less. The Little Cranberry fire grew to 18 acres, in part, because of the steep treacherous terrain where firefighters could not operate safely at night. Fortunately on the second day, winds were calm which greatly benefited the firefighting efforts. All the firefighters involved worked long hours to make sure the fire was contained as quickly and as safely as possible. Our thanks to the crews from the Department of Natural Resources, Mt. Erie Fire District, Big Lake Fire Department and Anacortes Fire Department. We would also like to thank city Public Works crews, Anacortes Police and the community as a whole for their support throughout the fire. According to a study of data recorded by the US Department of Interior and Department of Agriculture, Table 1 shows that over the last four decades, the wildfire season is increasing in length in the Northwest. We have seen the results of this trend on Fidalgo Island too.

Average Fire Season Duration


Northwest Forest: Cascades, Olympics, Oregon Coast Range



100 80


60 40 20 0

43 23 1973-1982




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The City of Anacortes has heard clearly that a community center would benefit our community by providing a much needed space with a multiple use capacity. Therefore, the City of Anacortes, Anacortes School District and members of the community have partnered to explore the feasibility of constructing and managing a community center. The City has entered into a services contract with Maul Foster Alongi of Seattle, Washington, to conduct a feasibility study for construction and management of a community center here in town. This work will include reaching out to the citizens and stakeholders to determine needs and potential locations best suited for such a center. Some considerations for the appropriate site include the Anacortes School District property located at 22nd and J Avenue as well as other locations. This work should wrap up in early December with a presentation to the Mayor and core groups by the end of the year.

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When the Anacortes Arts Commission began, a program called Arts for All offered art classes and activities for all ages. Although the program was discontinued in the about 2005, there are now plans to revive the program and several new offerings are planned, according to Marius Hibbard, Arts Commission member. There have already been several “cloth marbling” classes and more are planned in the new year. The whole thing is very friendly and loose, our hosts generously provide snacks, coffee and tea. The classes are held at the White Loft warehouse, east of Anacortes. Bret Kelley his wife, Qi Lou and their daughter Xianna host the marbling classes in their place of business while Hibbard helps students learn the technique of marbling cloth and pieces of clothing. “We’re happy to have art events here,” Kelley said. “Everyone has creativity in them. They just need a chance to explore it.” Anyone can sign up for the January classes by sending an email to - or watch for class details in local newspapers. The classes are free but donations are accepted. Art for All will also offer an evening of instruction in Croatian dancing by Vela Luka dancers and musicians in January. “It will be an event for all ages and families,” Hibbard said. The instruction will be offered at the Croatian Cultural Center at 801 Fifth Street. Watch for a date to be announced in January. Hibbard and the arts commission welcome suggestions for future art events as the Arts for All program is revived and more activities are planned.

Fiber optic communication sounds like a very futuristic system, with lasers and beams. But in all actuality it has been around for centuries. Only recently have we really learned to harness its power and use it commercially. When you break it down to its core, it’s really just the power to quickly, efficiently, safely transport information between two points. Here in Anacortes, we recognized that installing fiber optic communication in our public works infrastructure would take us to the next level in securing dependable communication for our future.

infrastructure in the sewer and water systems with the control station. Once this is installed we will have safe, reliable and almost instant access to all of our equipment within each system. Preparations are already happening to be ready for the fiber optic upgrade. The control cabinets at each sewer pump and water pump station and the reservoirs are being retro-fitted to accept fiber optics, and the design work for the new system has begun. Existing Puget Sound energy poles will be used to install the lines to connect city buildings with each pump station.

In September, the City Council approved and authorized the Public Works Department to move forward with the first element of our fiber optic system: construction of fiber optic based telemetry that will connect our pump stations and reservoirs. We have over 25 sewer and water pump stations and 3 water storage reservoirs. The current communication system used between these stations is radio-based and sorely out of date. It’s slow and old, and occasionally we lose information being transmitted. On a few rare occasions alarms have been missed because information was slow to arrive at the computer terminals that process the information. For instance, if there was a backup in the pump station and the alarm didn’t reach the control station in time, a sewer could overflow causing flooding and havoc on the street level. We want to eliminate problems such as this with the new system. The old one has reached its breaking point now and is not able to adequately handle all the information that comes in, and we simply can’t afford to lose information when there are new, more efficient, powerful ways to communicate. Fiber Optics!

Not only will this new system be used to communicate, but we are building enough extra capacity to integrate a municipal fiber-based broadband internet system if we decide to go that direction. We are currently working with a non-profit corporation called NOA Net during the preliminary design and construction phase of the fiber optic system. If the City Council approves us to move forward with a broadband system, NOA Net will bring internet over the fiber optic cables and make it usable for Anacortes residents.

Our new fiber optics system will use high-speed fiber optic cables to directly connect each piece of

While preparation, retrofitting and integrating for the fiber optic system are currently happening, the actual construction is set to begin mid-2017, and we anticipate it being completed by the end of next year. The project will be funded partially by the water and sewer utilities and partially by the Skagit County Economic Development Grant. We are proud to be looking to the future of our infrastructure communication in order to serve Anacortes better. Questions? Comments? Please contact us. We’d love to hear from you. 360.293.1919

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For anyone who has tried to fish or swim at Heart Lake in the past several years you have noticed it is turning green. Normally we welcome the color green in the Community Forest Lands; not so in our island’s lakes. The lake has four obvious problems that make it difficult to recreate on its waters: milfoil, filamentous algae mats, an overgrowth of Hornwort and occasional toxic blue green algae blooms. The milfoil grows up from the lake bottom and clogs the lake surface. The filamentous algae forms bright green mats on the surface of the lake when it dies. Hornwort (Ceratophyllum), is a native plant that is flourishing in the lake adding to its swamp-like appearance. About six years ago we started by studying the milfoil at the lake. This was necessary because and in order to get permission from the State of Washington to treat the lake, you need a sanctioned plan. We secured a grant from the Department of Ecology (DOE), held public meetings, hired scientists from Herrera Environmental consultants and decided we could use herbicides to control the milfoil or try to pull out the milfoil by hand with divers. A group of local citizens representing anglers, mini-hydro users, conservationists, the Parks and Recreation Commission, Forest Advisory Board and others got together to study everything we could think of to remove the milfoil. They discussed hand pulling, herbicides, grass carp to eat the milfoil, aquatic harvesting to mow it down, dredging the lake, draining the lake, and aeration. The group recommended trying to pull the milfoil with divers and limited herbicide use and so that is what we did.

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The DOE approved of this plan and provided partial funding. Pulling the milfoil by hand was like weeding a garden, it worked for a few months but the milfoil just regrew. The herbicides were successful but were only tried in very small “plots” to test which chemicals were most effective. About three years ago we also started having toxic algae blooms at Heart Lake. Like the milfoil, in order to deal with the problem the City needed to work with the DOE, hire scientists to study the problem, hold public meetings to discuss findings and make a decision. These phases are almost complete. The research is suggesting that we can lock up available phosphorus in the lake by blending aluminum sulfate in the water. This can typically work for 5 to 10 years in a lake like Heart and cost over $50,000. We would want to treat the milfoil before we go after the algae so that the alum can more easily settle to the lake bottom and lock up the phosphorus. An herbicide application for milfoil in part or all of the lake could cost $20,000 to $40,000 on top of the costs for the alum treatment. The City applied to the Department of Ecology to help us partially support this effort, we won’t know until 2017 if we will receive these funds. City Staff, elected Officials, the Forest Advisory Board and many citizens are working hard on solving this problem, unfortunately it is complex on a variety of fronts and is taking some time to get the many issues resolved. Please contact Jonn Lunsford for additional information. 360.293.1918, jonnl@cityofanacortes or P.O. Box 547, Anacortes, WA 98221.

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 Waste Management ....................800-592-9995

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

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, Dec 12th. Please be aware that in order to register for classes, payment will be required up front. Registration will also take place by going to the parks and recreation page: www. 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. Winter 2017 ATOT  9 

Kids Night Out

Pee Wee Basketball

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.

For kids ages 4-6 and who are interested in learning how to play the game of basketball. FUNdamental age appropriate games and drills will be played to maximize enjoyment by all participants. This activity is designed to give children the opportunity to be introduced to the sport in a fun, safe, and non-competitive atmosphere. A “mini” basketball and lower hoops are used for ultimate success. Participants will get to keep their “mini” ball for their participation. Space is limited, be sure to signup early!!! Please sign-up and pay the Parks and Recreation department before the first class. **Sessions may be combined if participant numbers are down.

LOCATION: Senior Center Sunrise Room INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Nicole Johnson MIN/MAX: 6/20 FEE: $15 Grades Day Date Time K-5th Thur 1/12 5:00 - 8:00P 3/9 5:00 - 8:00P

Dog Obedience Back by popular demand!!! Train your dog to respond to your commands. We are offering a Beginner class. To sign up for either class please visit the Parks and Recreation web page at: Attendance at the first class is mandatory. Please do not bring dogs to first class. Important class information will be discussed at this time. This is a very popular class and will fill quickly. Limited space is provided so register early! Participants in Beginner class will receive a clicker and 15’ long line as part of their registration fee.

LOCATION: Whitney Elementary outside covered area INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Marie Padovan MIN/MAX: 4/10 FEE: $84 Ages Day Date Time 16+ Wed 4/12-5/24 6:00 - 7:00P **No dogs first night of class

LOCATION: Anacortes Middle School Gym INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Dustin South MIN/MAX: 10/30 FEE: $25 Ages Day Date Time 4-6 Sat 1/14-2/11 9:00 – 9:50A 10:00 - 10:50A

Messy Me

The 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! Bring your child in clothes that can get messy. LOCATION: Anacortes Senior Center Sunrise Room INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: 10/20 FEE: $25 Ages Day Date Time 1-3 Wed 1/4 - 1/25 10:00 - 10:45A

2/1 - 2/22 3/8 - 3/29

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10:00 - 10:45A 10:00 - 10:45A

Pee Wee Art Class

Gentle Yoga

Looking for a creative outlet for your little one over the break? This art class is a great place to start! During this class the kids will be painting, with acrylic paint, on a 9”x12”canvas. Each day will be a different themed painting so you can sign up for one or both. Guided instruction will be given and all supplies are included. Space is limited, so sign up soon!

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 Winter we offer a 12 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.

Winter Wonderland LOCATION: the Depot (611 R Ave) INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Julene Brogan MIN/MAX: 4/10 FEE: $20 Ages Day Date Time 4-6 Wed 12/28 8:45 - 10:00A 10:30 - 11:45A

Reindeer’s Dream LOCATION: the Depot (611 R Ave) INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Julene Brogan MIN/MAX: 4/10 FEE: $20 Ages Day Date Time 4-6 Thurs 12/29 8:45 - 10:00A 10:30 - 11:45A


LOCATION: Anacortes Senior Center INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Kate Bowers MIN/MAX: 5/25 FEE: $169 Ages Day Date Time 18+ Thurs 1/5 - 3/30 6:00 - 7:30P

18+ Years Fidalgo Elementary Gym Wednesdays & Fridays 7 - 10P

PICKLE BALL • • • • •

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

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Sunset Loop 10-mile Relay Run Start forming your teams now or start training to run it solo. The 2017 Sunset Loop 10-mile Relay Run event will take you over an undulating paved course. Each leg of the run is 2-1/2 miles through beautifully forested Washington Park. During the run there are many views of the water and islands that surround the park. Teams register together, or if you are courageous enough to try it by yourself you can register to do the entire run solo. Two and three person teams are also welcome, but you’ll still have to run the entire 10 miles. The fee is $80 per four-person team (with shirt) and $20 per team (w/ out shirt.) Or individual fees of: $20 w/shirt, $10 w/out shirt. There are several team divisions to choose from. For more information or to register please visit our website at: dallas_kloke_sunset_loop_10-mile_ relay_run.php# Participants must pre-register in order to guarantee they receive their shirt by the event day. Pre-registrations are due by Friday, February 24. LOCATION: Washington Park Sunset Loop Road FEE: Varies (see description above)

Saturday, March 11 9:00AM (Check-in begins @ 8:00 a.m.)

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Youth Art Class

Teen Art Class

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

LOCATION: the Depot (611 R Ave) INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Julene Brogan MIN/MAX: 4/15 FEE: $25 Ages Day Date Time 7-11 Wed 12/28 1:00 – 2:30P

LOCATION: the Depot (611 R Ave) INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Julene Brogan MIN/MAX: 4/15 FEE: $25 Ages Day Date Time 12-15 Wed 12/28 3:00 – 4:30P

Reindeer Dream

Reindeer’s Dream

LOCATION: the Depot (611 R Ave) INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Julene Brogan MIN/MAX: 4/15 FEE: $25 Ages Day Date Time 7-11 Thurs 12/29 1:00 – 2:30P

LOCATION: the Depot (611 R Ave) INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Julene Brogan MIN/MAX: 4/15 FEE: $25 Ages Day Date Time 12-15 Thurs 12/29 3:00 – 4:30P

Looking for a creative outlet over the break or something to do with a friend? This art class is a great place to start! During this class the participants will be painting, with acrylic paint, on a 11”x14”canvas. Each day there will be a theme, but participants are free to choose their own as well. Guided instruction will be given. All supplies are included. Sign up for one or both! Space is limited, so sign up soon!

Fancy Nancy Holiday Fun Come celebrate this Splendiferous Holiday Season with your Fancy Nancy friends. Enjoy the morning by making some magnificent holiday projects, decorate holiday cookies and perhaps make a last minute holiday gift.

LOCATION: Sunrise Room, Senior Center INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: 7/20 FEE: $12 per child (parents don’t pay) Ages Day Date Time 7 & under Wed 12/21 10:00 – 11:15A

Looking for a creative outlet over the break or something to do with a friend? This art class is a great place to start! During this class the participants will be painting, with acrylic paint, on a 11”x14”canvas. Each day there will be a theme, but participants are free to choose their own as well. Guided instruction will be given. All supplies are included. Sign up for one or both! Space is limited, so sign up soon!

Daddy Daughter Dance A few local restaurants are offering up special deals just for you. You will be emailed a list of those restaurants if you choose to take your daughter to dinner before the dance.

Gardens Using Feng Shui Designs Garden Shapes and outdoor designs bring beauty and flow to the overall Chi or energy of your landscaping. Learn easy tips of why a water feature brings money and new opportunities to those living in the home. Why you design water to flow toward the house. Choose certain colors and shapes for the best outcome of continued Health, Wealth, Love and Partnerships, Children’s gardens, Heaven and Earth placement to bring Helpful People and Knowledge to your doorstep. I will cover the benefits of solar lighting, Color of buildings, pathways, flowers, statue placement and where a fire pit would bring life to moving forward with new ideas! Design, color, placement, easy cures or corrections for existing landscaping problems will be introduced. This class will benefit existing garden ideas or those in a new planning stage! LOCATION: Anacortes Senior Center - Sunrise Room INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Caroline Patrick MIN/MAX: 5/50 FEE: $20

Ages 16+

Day Thurs

Date 3/2

Time 12:30 - 1:30P

Daddy Daughter Dance Dads, take this opportunity to take your daughter out for a special night. This dance is open to dads and daughters of all ages. This night is full of music, dancing, punch and other tasty treats. There is an ongoing raffle throughout the night, all ticket holders will have their names entered into the drawing. Capacity is limited and tickets need to be purchased in advance, so call APRD today 293-1918 or go online to We encourage you to dress up and make the most of this night with your daughter. The theme is Flowers in Bloom. LOCATION: Anacortes Senior Center - Sunrise Room INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Nicole Johnston FEE: $25 per pair, additional $6 per daughter Ages Day Date Time Open Sat 3/11 6:00 - 9:00P

Adult Paint Party Tropical Vacation Come join us for a night or two of fun! Never painted before? No worries, step by step guided instruction will be given. What a great idea for a night out, girl’s night, a date night or even as a gift! All supplies necessary to paint a 16”x20” stretched canvas in acrylic paint are included. Space is limited so sign up early! LOCATION: The Depost - 611 R Ave INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Julene Brogan MIN/MAX: 4/45 FEE: $30 Ages Day Date Time 16+ Wed 12/28 6:00 - 9:00P

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House Therapy 101 What is Feng Shui? Does your house talk? Yes it does! Come join the fun and listen to Caroline Patrick BorNei translate what your home is trying to tell you about money, love ,family situations, children’s grades, their choice of clothes, and health issues will also be addressed since Feng Shui is connected to Oriental Medicine. Example: which part of your house represents your eyes, stomach or heart and how to apply color to help these conditions. Caroline is now living in Anacortes again after 13 yrs. Her new book “Diary of a Feng Shui Consultant and Visual Artist” has been well received in the US and abroad. It can be purchased locally and other locations. Caroline has done over 6000 consultations in her 25 year career and been an artist over 40+ yrs. “Bring your questions to ask and floorplans to follow along or just listen. I will choose 2-3 floorplans from the audience to analyze.”, or www.goldmountainpublishing. com. Find on Facebook Caroline Patrick BorNei, Caroline’s Corner of Feng Shui and Art, Caroline Patrick’s Art

LOCATION: Anacortes Senior Center Sunrise Room INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Caroline Patrick MIN/MAX: 5/50+ FEE: $20 Ages Day Date Time 18+ Thurs 2/9 12:30 - 1:30P

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Adult Paint Party Oh Deer! Come join us for a night or two of fun! Never painted before? No worries, step by step guided instruction will be given. What a great idea for a night out, girl’s night, a date night or even as a gift! All supplies necessary to paint a 16”x20” stretched canvas in acrylic paint are included. Space is limited so sign up early!

LOCATION: The Depot - 611 R Ave INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Julene Brogan MIN/MAX: 4/45 FEE: $30 Ages 16+

Day Thurs

Date 12/29

Time 6:00 - 9:00P

Brainy Yoga for Kids Spinning hoops, bouncing balls, clapping, tapping and playing around. Make new friends while challenging yourself to tricky fun that can help improve coordination and focus. Learn about your left and right hemispheres and about how your body and brain work together to help you learn faster. This will be a fairly fast paced class with a bit of quiet at the the end. For more information about the underlying gentle approach developed by the HANDLE® Institute go to www. or www.handle. org. Each participant will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment at the end of the series. For more information call instructor Kate Bowers at 360.766.4282 or A participating adult is required.

LOCATION: Anacortes Senior Center Sunrise Room INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Kate Bowers MIN/MAX: 5/10 FEE: $80 Grades Day Date 4th-5th Thurs 2/2 - 3/30

Time 4:00 - 4:45P

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.

LOCATION: the Depot (611 R Ave) INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Pamela Good MIN/MAX: 5/30 FEE: 2 hour workshop: single $10 / couple $15 Ages Day Date Time 18+ Fri 1/6 6:00 – 8:00P 2/3 6:00 - 8:00P 3/3 6:00 - 8:00P 4/7 6:00 - 8:00P

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.

LOCATION: the Depot (611 R Ave) INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Pamela Good MIN/MAX: 5/30 FEE: Single $50 / Couple $80 Ages Day Date Time 18+ Tues 12/13-1/17 6:00 – 7:00P 1/31-3/7 6:00 – 7:00P 3/2-4/25 6:00 - 7:00P

Youth Track and Field The 2017 youth track and field program is tentatively scheduled to take place starting in April (after spring break.) In this program kids will have the opportunity to learn about sprinting, mid-distance and distance running, long jump, high jump, shot-put, discus, and javelin in a fun and exciting atmosphere. Boys and girls in 1st - 6th grade will have the opportunity to participate. The program will conclude in May with an actual track meet where ribbons will be handed out. Registration will be available on our website starting in March. Please visit the Anacortes Parks and Recreation Youth Programs web page at www. to stay informed on the status of the youth track and field program.

Field House Fun Get a “kick” out of this program! This is a great opportunity to get out on the field with your toddler. We will go through basic soccer drills, 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 t-shirt. LOCATION: Volunteer Park Fieldhouse (1915 13th St) INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: 7/20 FEE: $25 Ages Day Date Time 18mo-3yr Tues 1/10 - 1/31 10:00 - 10:30A 2/21 - 3/14 10:00 - 10:30A

Child & Babysitting Class 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, playtime, telephone calls/ stranger knocks, hand washing, meal times, bedtime, and providing emergency care ( first aid/ CPR). Sheila Davis is a Certified First Aid/ CPR instructor with the American Safety & Health Institute, more information available at www. . 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.

LOCATION: City Hall Council Chambers INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Sheila Davis MIN/MAX: 10/25 FEE: $48 Ages Day Date Time 10+ Fri 2/17 9:00A- 3:00P

Boys Basketball 1st- 6th Grade Registration for Boys Basketball will be available online at: www. Must register by Dec 16th, 2016. Practices start: 1/19 - 1/13 LOCATION: Anacortes Middle School INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Nichole Johnston MIN/MAX: FEE: $38 Grades Day Date 1st GameTime 1st - 6th Sat 1/21 - 3/4 TBD

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When we decided to have Harry Potter Night at the Anacortes Public Library, we knew it wouldn’t be possible without volunteers. Community members offered to decorate the library, lent us gorgeous collectible items to share in our display cases, and many days items would magically appear in Diana’s office, with notes from generous people offering time or a handmade decoration, if we were interested. We were definitely interested, and because of countless volunteers, the library was transformed with an original Hogwarts mural, homemade banners for the Hogwarts school houses, and many more fantastic items, like potions bottles, brooms, and wands. As we got closer to the event, even more people volunteered to help decorate the night before, and many more showed up to run craft and activity stations throughout the library on the big night, making it possible to have wand making, face painting, owl post, and even a Quidditch game in the Teen Zone. All in all, more than 50 community members donated hundreds of hours of their time to create a magical evening. More than 700 attendees came to the library for Harry Potter Night, and children, young, and young at heart have asked us to pass on their thanks. From the bottom of our bookish hearts, thank you all for making our event such a success!

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COMMUNITY GARDEN This has been a very productive year for the Anacortes Community Gardens. Over 500 pounds of produce went to our local food banks and family shelter. Various types of beans were grown at the Mt. Erie garden this year. This garden has been an amazing tool for the kids from leaning how build up their soil, responsibilities in taking care of the garden, harvesting, the process of composting and getting ready for the next year. Crimson Clover will be one of the cover crops for both gardens. Keep an eye out next spring for this beautiful cover crop.

Helping HelpingSeniors SeniorsThrive Thrive 1701 293-7473 1701 22nd 22ndStreet, Street,Anacortes, Anacortes,Washington Washington98221 98221 (360) (360) 293-7473 

Creativity Creativity

Technology Technology

There’s More! There’s More!

Watercolor Watercolorand andAcrylics Acrylics Weaving Weavingand andKnitting Knitting Mosaic Art Mosaic Art Art Art Appreciation Appreciation Woodcarving Woodcarving Basket Basket Weaving Weaving Creative CreativeCircle Circle Cultured CulturedPurls Purls Artists Artists Northwest Northwest Color Color Me MeCalm Calm

FREE Clinic FREEComputer Computer Clinic Beginning Computer Classes Beginning Computer Classes FREE Wi-Fi FREE Wi-Fi Closed TVTV ClosedCircuit Circuit (Visual impairment aid)aid) (Visual impairment Skype SkypeConnection Connection Assisted Devices AssistedListening Listening Devices (Call a day ahead) (Call a day ahead) Hearing forfor HearingLoop Loop T-Coil Devices T-Coil Devices

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

Exercise Exercise

Music Music

Flyswatter FlyswatterVolleyball Volleyball Silver Foxes Silver FoxesExercise Exercise Strength Strengthand andBalance Balance T’ai Chi Chih T’ai Chi Chih Gentle Gentle Yoga Yoga Seated Seated Wellness Wellness

Ukulele and Jams UkuleleClasses Classes Singing the Health andfor Weekly Jams of It Piano Lessons Singing for the Health of It Lunch Entertainment LunchTime Time Entertainment Special Concerts and Special Concerts and Performances Performances

Health Health & & Wellness Wellness

Cards Cards&&Games Games

Footcare FootcareClinic Clinic Wellness Day Wellness DayPresentations Presentations Blood Pressure Blood PressureChecks Checks Dental Dental Hygiene HygieneClinic Clinic Chair Massage Chair Massage Reiki Therapy Cooking Classes

Pinochle Pinochle Bridge Bridge Cribbage Cribbage Mah MahJongg Jongg Scrabble Scrabble Mexican Dominos MexicanTrain Train Dominos

Hot Meals Hot Meals HotHot lunches are are served Monday-Friday lunches served Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m. to12:30 p.m.p.m. from 11:30 a.m. to12:30 NoNo reservation necessary. reservation necessary. Suggested donation for 60 Suggested donation forand 60 and overover is $3.50-$5.50. Nonis $3.50-$5.50. Nonseniors are welcome for $6 seniors are welcome for $6 Meals on Wheels: To sign up for Meals on Wheels: To sign up for hothot meals for homebound meals for homebound Seniors, callcall (360) 419-3420. Seniors, (360) 419-3420.

Volunteer Opportunities Volunteer Opportunities JoinJoin thethe more thanthan 130130 volunteers more volunteers presently working at the Center. presently working at the Center. ForFor more information, contact the the more information, contact Center Coordinator at 293-7473. Center Coordinator at 293-7473.

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A Martial Art for Life! Ages 4 and Up.


Classes scheduled Monday through Saturday! TIME



7:00 - 8:00 a.m.

Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri Adults & Teens

3:30 - 4:00 p.m. 4:00 - 5:10 p.m. 5:15 - 6:25 p.m. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs Mon/Wed Tues

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Most Thursdays

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Sat Sat

Tigers (4-6 years) Children (7+)/Families/Adults Children (7+)/Families/Adults Private lessons by appointment Midnight Blue and Red Belts Wu Style Tai Chi* ($10/class-no add’l charge for monthly SBD Students) Midnight Blue and Red Belts Children (7+)/Families/Adults

* Call to schedule/confirm (360)299-2905 SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE $71 monthly for 2 or more classes per week; $55 monthly for Crouching Tigers. Family and Military discounts available. Private lessons - $30

• Adaptations for age or physical challenges.

• Studies have shown that martial arts, including Soo Bahk Do and Tai Chi, offer support and strength for people challenged by chronic conditions including diabetes, MS, and Parkinsons Disease • Additional Tai Chi and Self Defense classes offered by appointment and/or private lessons - call to schedule.

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

2117 O Avenue Anacortes WA 98221

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Anacortes Senior College winter term begins Tuesday, January 10, and continues through Thursday, February 16. Classes meet at Anacortes Middle School, 2200 M Avenue. We encourage you to look for detailed course information on our website: For further information, call 360-503-1255, email

WINTER CLASS SCHEDULE JANUARY 10 TO FEBRUARY 16 Classes meet 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Classes are 6 weeks in length unless otherwise noted. A 6-week class is $30. A 3-week class is $20.

TUESDAY AFTERNOONS Exploring Washington’s Geology: Eugene Kiver, Ph. D, leads the class through 1,800 million years of geologic development in Washington State. The course includes a field trip. The Forests of Fidalgo (3 weeks: 1/31, 2/7, 2/14): Expert Denise Crowe explores the history and ongoing preservation of the 2,800-acre Anacortes Community Forestlands. Alaskan Fisheries (3 weeks: 1/10, 1/17, 1/24): Master fisherman Mark Lundsten recounts the success and hazards of Alaskan Fisheries. He spins yarns, supported by facts and his film. Getting your stuff in order (3 weeks: 1/10/, 1/17, 1/24): Professional Lexi Lamborn reveals techniques to enable the class to manage important decisions and their documents for easy sailing through retirement. Middle Eastern Archeology: Anatomy of a Dig (3 weeks: 1/31, 2/7, 2/14): Douglas Clark, Ph.D., unearths the background of archeological exploration, methods of excavation and artifact preservation.

THURSDAY AFTERNOONS Metalworking: Paul Thorne, master blacksmith, demonstrates the impact of shaping metal into useful objects, especially iron, in the history of human development. Mental Health: Common Facts & Myths. Dr. Alan Cook gives an overview of common mental health and psychiatric conditions, including treatment options and conflict resolution techniques. Oceans in Motion (3 weeks: (1/12, 1/19, 1/26): Jim Strong, M.S., explains what keeps the seas and oceans in perpetual motion. He will explore these relentless motions and their importance to planet Earth. Understanding Religion: Jim Barrett, Ed.D. Believe in it or not, religion has profound impacts on foreign policy, government decisions, social interactions and war. He probes what’s behind it all.

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at Anacortes Community Theatre


To register call 360-395-8107 or go to



Ages: Preschool Dates: Fri Jan 20th - Mar 3rd Time: 11 am – 12 pm Cost: $50 Instructor: Kat Agnew Once Upon A Time there were stories for every preschooler to act out with new friends! 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.

3rd – 6th grade Mon and Wed Jan 23rd - Mar 8th Time: 4 – 5:30 pm Performance: Mar 10th and 11th Cost: $125 Instructor: TJ Fantini Tune Kaboom is the world’s most famous explorer! And now, Tune is allowing a special group of uniquely talented individuals to join in the greatest adventure of all time… exploring The Cave of Doom! This class starts with the experience of auditioning and continues with the creation of a character, memorization of lines and a full performance with costumes and makeup. All students will receive a major role in this show that is performed for the public.

DETECTIVE DERRING-DO K - 2nd grade Tues Feb 7th - Mar 14th 4:30 – 5:45 pm Last day of class Treva King OR Dates: Fri Feb 10th – Mar 24th (no class on 2/17) Time: 4:00 – 5:15 pm Performance: Last day of class Cost: $75 Instructor: Rebecca Pursley Did you know that famous detectives can be a little competitive? They like to swap stories and see who has had the most interesting and adventurous mysteries to solve! Join these smart, brave and often hilarious detectives as they decide who has had the most brilliant Detective Derring-Do! In this class, each student will create a unique personality for a detective character to help tell this story. This play will be performed in ACT’s Second Stage on the last day of class. Each day of class, students will also have the chance to play fun theatre games and work on their acting skills. Ages: Dates: Time: Performance: Instructors:

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THE TESTING POINT 7th – 12th grade Tues and Thurs Jan 24th - Mar 2nd Time: 2:45 – 4:15 pm Performance: Mar 3rd and 4th Cost: $125 Instructor: Tim Brown “Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” C.S. Lewis. This one act drama tells stories of people who have had to face the testing point and discover their courage. This class will give students a chance to develop characters and take on the challenge of roles that, like life, can be both funny and dramatic. This class starts with the experience of auditioning and continues with the creation of a character, memorization of lines and a full performance with costumes and makeup. All students will be featured in this production that is performed for the public. Ages: Dates:

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

Jan. 2 - March 31 Winter Schedule 2017 FEES


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

Recreational 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)


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

SWIM LESSONS Session I: January 9 - February 2 Session II: February 6 - March 2 Session III: March 6 - March 30

See for class schedule and rates.

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 higher. All ages. Swim with your friends! We have Masters too! Call for more information.

POOL RENTALS Rent the pool for aquatic training, parties & more! M-F: 8:00 - 10:00 pm Sat: 12:30 - 8:00 pm Sun: 3:00 - 7:00 pm

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


(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!


TTH: Sat: Sun:

5:00 am - 2:00 pm 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm 5:00 am - 2:00 pm 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm 7:00 am - 9:30 am (2 lanes 8:30 - 9:30) 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

6:15 - 7:15 am 8:00 - 9:00 am 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 - 10:00 am

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

FITNESS CENTER OPEN FOR DROP-IN: M – F: 5:00 am - 8:00 pm Sat: 7:00 am - 12:00 pm Sun: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm



6:30 - 8:00 pm 10:30 am - 12:00 pm 1:15 - 2:30 pm


8:00 - 8:50 am 9:00 - 10:00 am 11:00 - 12:00 pm 5:30 - 6:30 pm 7:00 - 7:50 am 8:00 - 8:55 am 9:00 - 10:00 am 10:15 - 11:15 am 11:30 - 12:30 pm 9:00 - 10:00 am 10:00 - 11:00 am

Yoga Core SilverSneakers® Classic Gentle Yoga Zumba® Step Aerobics Strength & Conditioning Zumba® Gold Flow Yoga TRX Basics Muscular Strength Zumba®

Note: Lap swim/water walking space may be shared with swim lessons, PT and other programs.

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Salish Sea Stewards Volunteer Training Tuesday’s 1:00 – 5:00pm March 7 – May 9, 2017

Don’t wait! Space is limited to the first 30 applicants!

40 hours of free citizen science training taught by local experts +10 hours of customizable hands-on trainings Participants return 50 hours of volunteer service in 1 year Topics include: water quality, green crab monitoring, intertidal monitoring, climate change, Salish Sea 101, kelp monitoring, marine ecology, forage fish sampling, nearshore restoration and much more! Applications available at: and No prior experience necessary! Direct questions & turn in completed applications by February 28th to Samantha Russell (360)428-1559

The Salish Sea Stewards program is sponsored by the Skagit Marine Resources Committee and has been funded wholly or in part b y the United States Environmental Protection Agency via the Puget Sound Partnership and the Northwest Straits Commission under assistance agreement Grant SEANWS-2016-SkCoPW-00003 to Skagit County

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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.

Kids Night Out @ Western (KNOW) GRADES K-6 Friday, Jan. 20 and Apr. 14 Enjoy a night of fun or relaxation while the kids enjoy an exciting evening of hands-on science activities in the Shannon Point Marine Center’s student lab and library.

Early Release Enrichment GRADES K-6 • Monday-Thursday, Feb. 13 – 16 Treat the kids to an experience of hands-on science and art activities at Island View Elementary and Western Washington University’s Shannon Point Marine Center.

After School Ocean STEM GRADES 5-8 Winter: Feb. – Mar. and Spring: Apr. – May Students will experience hands-on science, engineering and technology activities at Anacortes Middle School. Instruction is based on Next Generation Science Standards with the goal to support success on Science MSP. 1900 Shannon Point Road, Anacortes, WA • (360) 293-2188 • Active Minds Changing Lives


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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 winter 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 293-3725. You may also visit our website or inquire by email at info@ 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!

ALL ARE WELCOME AT OUR ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING Late January through February Check our website for date and location (unconfirmed at press time) This is a great opportunity to get to know more about the Friends of the Forest and our work in service to the Anacortes Community Forest Lands. We will begin with a brief annual report and elections followed by a special presentation. Discussion and refreshments will follow. Hope to see you there!

SENIOR AND ADULT HIKES Join Naturalist Denise Crowe for a gentle hike in good company with a casual exploration of local natural history knowledge.

Double Watershed Tour • Friday, January 13th • 10am until noon • Start the New Year off right with a hike in the woods with friends! This is a gentle, one and a half mile route through varied forest and wetland habitats. Learn about the beaver that maintain these wetlands, and the winter waterfowl that we will be sure to see. Meet at the end of 32nd St. off of D Ave.

Heart Lake • Friday, February 10th • 10am until noon • Our Heart Lake hike is the perfect valentine to give to yourself, or to share with a friend. Together, we will look for the many early signs of spring. Meet at the Heart Lake parking lot.

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Pine Ridge Loop • Friday, March 10th • 10am until noon • What treasures await in this lovely, hidden meadow? Enjoy a hike to this unique and secret spot off of the beaten path. Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive.

All Ages Hikes and our full range of programs will return in the Spring! Be sure to look for our class offering with the Anacortes Senior College in February, and check out our website for up to date calendar information at any time. www.

PROTECTING SKAGIT MARINE RESOURCES Education • Citizen Science • Stewardship

Friends is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. For more information visit and sign up for our newsletter. Check the calendar page for event details. Like us on FACEBOOK at Lectures are free and open to all ages. Northwest Educational Service District 189 Building, 1601 R Ave, Anacortes

2017 LECTURE SERIES The 12th season of the ever-popular Winter Lecture Series starts in January with a series of lectures on the theme of the Salish Sea. Lectures are free and open to all ages. Come early to get a good seat as the audience is usually over 100 people! Check the calendar on the Friends website for more details at www.skagitbeaches. org. FRIDAYS, 7pm at NW Educational Services District Bldg., 1601 R Avenue, Anacortes JANUARY 20, 2017 “New Research and Insights on Humpback, Blue, and Gray Whales Along the Northwest Coast and their Incursions into the Salish Sea,”; John Calambokidis, research biologist, Cascadia Research Collective FEBRUARY 17, 2017 “The Fishes of the Salish Sea,”; Jay Orr Ph.D., research fisheries biologist, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service MARCH 17, 2017 “Sound in the Salish Sea,”; Scott Veirs, Ph.D. oceanographer, president, Beam Reach Marine Science and Sustainability School APRIL 21, 2017 “Exploring the Salish Sea Floor,”; Gary Greene Ph.D.; marine geologist, professor emeritus Moss Landing Marine Labs and San Jose State University, Tombolo Mapping Lab, Orcas Island, WA

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer Looking for opportunities to make a difference,

meet new people, get to know our amazing coastal environment better, and even learn how you can help protect it? Then you’re in luck. Sponsored by the Skagit Marine Resources Committee, the Coastal Volunteer Partnership at Padilla Bay is offering the annual Salish Sea Stewards volunteer training program March 7 – May 9, 2017. Applications available at www. or contact Volunteer Program Coordinator, Samantha Russell, at srussell@ (360) 428-1559. Volunteers are key to Friends’ ability to offer high-quality programs, like our Lecture Series, to the Anacortes community. Friends of Skagit Beaches is a partner organization supporting the Coastal Volunteer Partnership at Padilla Bay. For more information on volunteer opportunities visit our website at volunteer-opportunities.html.

TRAIL TALES JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY Pick up a Journey of Discovery map brochure from the Visitor’s Center, Library or Parks and Recreation Office and stroll the Tommy Thompson Trail visiting Discovery Points filled with stories, tidbits and fun facts about the history, culture and marine life along Fidalgo Bay. Can’t get out to the trail? You can read and view interesting photos and videos about these same topics on the Friends website at trail-tales-home.html. Winter 2017 ATOT  25 

Sheri Miklaski Director (360) 293-1910

Empowering a Lifetime of Discovery

ADULT PROGAMS SECOND SUNDAY JAZZ Performances take place Jan. 8, Feb. 12, and Mar. 12, from 2:00 to 3:30pm. Visit the jazz website for details. ACOUSTIC MUSIC ON 3RD TUESDAYS AND SUNDAYS Enjoy soft background music from our beautiful baby grand piano, located on the 1st floor, or other acoustic music, from 2:00-2:30pm on the 3rd Sunday of the month and from 6:00-6:30pm the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Experienced musicians who are interested in playing for the library may inquire at the Circulation Desk. MARITIME SPEAKER SERIES Programs take place on the third Saturday at 4:00pm. Jan. 21, “You Don’t Need to Own a Boat to Cruise - Charter!” Waggoner Guide Editor Mark Bunzel and a panel of local charter experts. Feb. 18, “Cruising in British Columbia: Favorite Places” will be presented by cruising guides author Peter Vassilopoulos. Mar. 18, “Gilkey Tugs and the Bahada’s Final Demise.” Hear about two sinkings of this vessel from Shawn Murphy. MOVIES Fridays at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy a festival of classic and not-so-classic films on Jan. 13, Jan. 20, Jan. 27, and Feb. 3.


Mon. at 7:00 p.m., Jan. 23, Feb. 27, and Mar. 27 JANUARY Wednesdays at 7:00pm. Jan. 4, “The Chain of Our Own Ideas: How Authoritarian Ideologues Use Our Own Minds against Us” presented by philosophy club Socrates Café facilitator Ben McBroom.

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Jan. 11, “Traveling Washington’s Geology” presented by Washington Rocks author Gene Kiver. Jan. 18, “The Cigarette Diaries: a Personal History of Life in a WWII Prison Camp presented by author Rebecca Pratt. Jan. 25, “Window on Ghana, West Africa” presented by John Shafer. FEBRUARY Wednesdays at 7:00pm. Feb. 1, “Through the Looking Glass: Authoritarian Theories of Reality & Truth” Ben McBroom. Feb. 8, “My Old Man and the Mountain” presented by author Leif Whittaker & Watermark Book Co. Feb. 15, “Defrag Your Brain with Neurofeedback” presented by practitioner Joan Cross. Feb. 22, “Tides: the Science & Spirit of the Ocean” presented by writer, sailor & conservationist, Jonathan White. MARCH Wednesdays at 7:00pm. Mar. 1, “A Moral Twilight Zone: Authoritarian Theories of Morality & Justice” Ben McBroom. Mar. 8, “Continuing the Conversation about Diversity in Our Community” Bonnie Bowers will lead an ongoing dialogue on issues of structural and personal bias impacting our community. Mar. 15, “Growing Veterans” a veteran reintegration program presented by Kenny Holzemer. Mar. 22, “100 Classic Hikes Washington” Author Craig Romano will give a program on his new book. Mar. 29, Bret Lunsford will present another entertaining program on Anacortes history.

WINTER 2017 IN THE CHILDREN’S LIBRARY The following programs are free and registration is not required except where noted. For more information, call the Children’s Library at (360) 293-1910, ext. 28, or visit our website at PRESCHOOL STORYTIME Preschool Storytime takes place in the Children’s Library on Mondays at 10:30am. This storytime is designed for 3 to 5 year-old children and includes stories, rhymes, learning activities, and more. Dec. 12th and 19th, Jan. 2nd, 9th, 23rd and 30th TIME FOR TOTS Time for Tots is held in the Library Community Meeting Room at 10:30am on Wednesdays and Fridays. 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. FAMILY READING EVENT – Thursday, December 29th Join us for an afternoon of stories and popcorn. Come in your pajamas and just hang out with a good book. 2pm in the Children’s Department. GOOD THINGS HAPPEN IN THE MIDDLE! Youth in grades 6-8 join Ria on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:00pm in the Community Meeting Room. Please check library website for dates. There will be assorted fun projects and activities.

TEEN CLUB THURSDAY Youth in grades 9-12 join Ria on Thursdays from 2:30-4:00pm in the Community Meeting Room. Please check library website for dates. There will be assorted fun projects, including arts and crafts programs, preparation for various library programs, and other cool activities. LEGOS IN THE LIBRARY! Join Ria most Sunday afternoons 1 to 3pm for her special Legos Building Club. Children ages 5-12 (younger with adult supervision) meet in the Children’s Library to create masterpieces from Legos. We provide everything you need, so please do not bring Legos from home. TALES FOR TAILS This popular program is made possible by Dogs on Call and is held from 1 to 2pm on the second Saturday of the month in the Children’s Library. Children read to a dog in the comfort of the Children’s Library. Upcoming dates are Jan. 14, Feb. 11, and Mar. 11.

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. Winter 2017 ATOT  27 

Continued 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. 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.

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 21 SERVICE HOURS: Tuesday, noon - 6pm Wednesday, noon - 6pm Saturday, 1pm - 4pm Service is unavailable when the library is closed. Visit for the latest passport information. CLOSURES Christmas: December 24, 25 and 26 New Year: January 1 and 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Day: January 16 President’ Day: February 20 Easter: April 16 Main Desk 293-1910, Children’s Library 293-1910 ext. 27 or 28, Fax 293-1929

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RED BAG PANTRY LOCATION AT LIBRARY The library is proud to be the newest distribution location for A Simple Gesture’s Red Bag Pantry. In October, the library joined the Police and Fire Departments and Senior Center as another location for Anacortes residents who are food-insecure to pick up items to help supplement their individual or family needs. As the first location in Anacortes that is open weekends and evenings, the library has already become one of the more popular locations. All food comes from generous Anacortes residents who participate in the bi-monthly Red Bag pickups. Anyone who would like to donate food please contact A Simple Gesture directly by emailing them directly (asimplegestureanacortes@gmail. com) and sign up to be a donor. They make the donation process really easy! They come right to your door to pick it up one Saturday every other month. Food must be processed through their facility before it can come to our shelves.

CH, CH, CH, CH, CHANGES AT THE LIBRARY! We are excited to announce some big changes coming from your library. We will be launching a new library catalog in early December and coupled with the new catalog we will have a new, but temporary, website. If that isn’t enough, we look forward to making progress on our Strategic Plan goals and objectives, which will include more opportunities for community input – especially into our meeting room and the library space in general. I think you will like Apollo, our new library catalog. It may take some time getting used to the new presentation of what we have available to check out at the library. Don’t hesitate to ask us any questions! We will all be learning the new system together. Some of the features of Apollo that you may enjoy include scrolling book covers of new items, the ability to easily see popular items, more clear differentiation between items that we physically have in the library and those that are available for you to download from home, and what new DVDs (or books, or music) have been added to our catalog recently. Another helpful feature is a reminder email to let you know that something is coming due in the next three days so you can renew it in advance or start looking under your car seat for that item that disappeared (don’t worry, it happens to all of us). If you haven’t given us your email yet, please do! It is the quickest way for you to get notification out about the item we are holding for you. Also, if you have a favorite author, you can select that author and automatically be put on hold whenever an eagerly-anticipated new book from said favorite author is entered into our system. One of my favorite features of Apollo will show up on the bottom of your check-out receipt, which shows you how much money you save by using your library each year. I am always pleasantly

surprised by my return on investment. The more you borrow, the more you save! Another change related to the new catalog will be the transition of our library website to the City’s website. Things will look different when you go to Let us know if you are used to seeing something on our website that you cannot find anymore. Our new website will be temporary since the city will be switching to a new website format in the upcoming year. The mission of the Anacortes Public Library is to empower a lifetime of discovery and our vision is to enrich the present and inspire the future. We designed our Strategic Plan to be short and sweet and we encourage you to take a moment to read it. Our new Mission and Vision, Strategic Focus, Goals, and Objectives are the result of input from the Library Staff, Board, Foundation, Friends, and the Anacortes community. We are excited to be using this “living document” as a map to guide us moving forward with plans for the library over the next 2 – 4 years. We look forward to further input from the community when we modernize our heavily-used meeting room and start re-envisioning the layout of the first floor. We know that you love the library the way it is, but also heard loud and clear that you want more from your library and we are eager to see what more we can do to fill our community needs.

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More Textile Work Days are Planned for the Coming Year community with its Community Quilts, Quilts of Valor and youth education programs. This fall the quilters officially added the museum textiles collection to its list of service projects.

Fidalgo Island Quilters Melody Kue (left) Chris Criswell (right) with Linda Yerby, Anacortes Museum Administrative Assistant.

Fidalgo Island Quilters and Wearable Art Divas participated in two volunteer work days Oct. 13 and 19 at the Anacortes Museum. Participants assisted in inventorying, photographing and measuring items in the museum’s textiles collection. This events were part of a new museum outreach effort in which volunteers were invited to work on targeted projects. FIQ has a long-standing commitment to service to the

“We are delighted that the Quilters and Divas chose our textiles as a service project. They will save us many, many of hours of staff time,” said Elaine Walker, Anacortes Museum’s curator of collections. “We are also excited to enhance our connections with our community.” Eight women from the Divas group assessed several boxes of textiles – gowns, hats, flags, knickers, linens, baby clothes and more – at their Oct. 19 event. Two Quilters at the Oct. 13 event, Chris Criswell and Melody Kue, inventoried three quilts and several other items. Chris and Melody had a surprise when

they realized they had been Oak Harbor High School classmates in the 1960s. “Quilts have always had a way of bringing women together,” said Linda Yerby, Anacortes Museum Administrative Assistant. Yerby, a Wearable Art Diva, came up with the idea of the working with the quilters groups and organized the details of the events.

FIQ Wearable Art Divas assess textiles during an October work day at the Anacortes Museum. In front, from left, are Gloria Shelton, Jerlyn Caba, Lynn Swiatkowski, Helen Montgomery, Nancy Drake and Berthiel Evens; at back table are Linda Yerby, Shannon Woodall and Becky Bean.

“Negative” Volunteers are Making a Positive Difference Meanwhile, another 2016 community outreach effort has been wildly successful – the Museum’s positively wonderful “Negative Ladies.” A core group of five, plus several others who come when they can, remove negatives from acidic envelopes

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and place them in archival sleeves. Working on a vast collection of negatives donated by the Anacortes American, they have already protected thousands of news negatives from the 1980s and 1990s – about a third of the vast collection.

For their diligent and dedicated efforts, the “Negative Ladies” were recognized at the museum’s annual holiday reception as the Anacortes Museum’s Volunteers of the Year.

Exhibit Celebrates City’s 125th Anniversary “Anacortes at 125,” an exhibit celebrating the 125th anniversary of the City of Anacortes continues through May in the Anacortes Museum’s Carnegie Gallery, 8th Street and M Avenue. The exhibit details the city’s history from its boom days to today, with an emphasis on the city departments that have provided citizens with essential services like water, streets, police and fire suppression, as well as enhancements to their quality of life such as a library, museum, and parks and recreation. In May (which is National Preservation Month), an exhibit celebrating the residential architecture of Anacortes will debut in the Carnegie Gallery.

W.T. Preston closed until April The Anacortes Maritime Heritage Center and W.T. Preston, our National Historic Landmark steamboat, are now closed through the winter. However, you can still stop by and read interpretive panels about the sternwheeler and its history outside the center at 703 R Ave. The sternwheeler and center will reopen for weekend hours in April. Contact the Anacortes Museum at 293-1915 if you need to arrange a special educational tour for your group.

Carnegie Library Building Restored to 1910 Glory The city’s grand Carnegie Library building, home of the Anacortes Museum, looks better than it has in decades following the completion of an interior renovation program and the application of fresh paint outside. Restoring the building’s original elegance has been a top priority for Steve Oakley since he became Museum Director almost a decade ago. Since then the gallery has been restored and hardwood floors revealed, boarded-up windows were reopened and ugly modernizations were undone in all the public areas. The renovation of the stairwell and lower hallway, the last area, was completed this fall. The work was made possible by donations from Phyllis Rodeffer and the Rodeffer Trust (Research Library), Anacortes Noon Kiwanis (UV filtering acrylic window panels and leaded glass entry panel restoration), Anacortes Museum Foundation (floor refinishing,

hallway/stairwell and gallery window blinds) and Finders Keepers Chapter of Questers International (stairwell light). The $30,000 exterior project (funded by the City) was expedited because of the need to repair failing windows. The Anacortes Parks Department removed paint from second floor windows and pressure washed, and painter/contractor H.S. Wold, who recently painted City Hall, did the painting and repairs.

red are included in the new color scheme, while windowsills, pillars and trim are a dark gray-green. The building’s revitalization was celebrated with an open house during the Anacortes Museum’s annual holiday reception. Those who missed the event are invited to drop by and take a look for themselves.

The new colors were selected from a palette of colors used in 1910, the year the building was completed. Oakley chose buff for the body of the building, reminiscent of the unpainted buff-colored bricks patrons would have seen until the building was first painted (in a cream color) in the 1960s. A later color scheme, possibly inspired by the Bicentennial, included dark blue grays and red trim. Splashes of

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addressing youth substance abuse and community wellness


• Pigsty -

Mark Teague

• Alexander who used to be Rich Last Sunday Judith Viorst

• I Just Forgot Mercer Mayer

• Seedfolks -

Paul Fleischman, (Chapter Book - six seed planted by a child change a neighborhood for the better.)

• Arthurs Pet Business Marc Brown

• Strega Nona Tomie DePaola

• Rocky Road -

Rose Kent (Chapter Book about a girl whose mother suffers from depression)

• Rules -

Cynthia Lord, (Chapter Book about a 12 year old girl with an autistic brother).

• Boxcar Children -

Gertrude Chandler Warner (Chapter Book)

• Maddi’s Fridge Lois Brandt

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ayor Gere and Chief Bowers were recently asked to share some tips on raising children to be responsible citizens with a local parent group. Both women agreed that parenting is the toughest, most rewarding job in the world and that being present and loving with your children is the most important thing a parent can do. The Mayor is a mother, grandmother and has hired 100’s of young people over the years for work in her deli. Chief Bowers is a mom and grandma too. She has worked with many young people over her years in police work. Both women shared approaches that have worked well for them and other parents.

Chief Bowers emphasized providing structure and routine is key not just for young children but for adolescents too. Kids appreciate having a curfew. Curfews can give teenagers an excuse to opt out of a potentially risky activity, while saving face with their friends. Teens also appreciate their parents being dependable. “I use to contact kids out around one in the morning. I would call or give them a ride home only to find no parent at home. Not many teens want to be home alone late at night.” Parenting does not end when a teen is capable of caring for themselves. Teens need their parents as mentors, role models, and for practical issues like filling out job applications, scholarship forms, and help with school work. Establishing routine is another way to build a foundation of responsible behavior. Mayor Gere found that a routine that ended with a desired activity made the more mundane tasks more palatable. For example a morning routine might include teeth brushing, dressing, breakfast, making sure homework and lunch are in the backpack, and if there was any time left, you can watch television until it is time to go to school. “It might be five minutes or fifteen

minutes depending on how quickly the previous tasks were done.” Both women agreed chores are an important part of teaching responsible behavior but there are some things to think about before asking your child to take on a task. Parents need to have realistic expectations of what a child is capable of. A six year old might be able to wash an apple or spread peanut butter on crackers for a snack but not fry bacon and eggs. If we ask a child to make his bed and it isn’t perfect but done to the best of his ability, that is what we need to accept. It might be better to have children help with chores until they are ready to do them on their own. “I started by letting my daughter ride on the vacuum cleaner and point to areas we needed to vacuum when she was little. Then I asked her to put little bits of bright tissue paper on the areas that needed a little extra attention. She got to vacuum those “tough” areas by herself. When she was 10 we started vacuum dance parties and by the time she was 12, she did most of the vacuuming.” Chief Bowers is not a fan of reward charts. “I have been to many homes where chore charts are started and not finished.” It sends a message that chores are optional based on our desire to receive the reward. Chores are not an option. Appropriate praise for helping out around the house should be enough. Rewards are for special extra initiatives, not everyday tasks. Having empathy for others is the foundation for living in community. Recognizing another’s feelings and discussing why they are feeling that way will help kids find common ground. There are some great children’s books about having empathy for others. Teach consequences and cope with irresponsible behavior. Set clear and reasonable responses to inappropriate behavior. If the toys aren’t put back in the bin, they are not available for two days. Teach the concept of restorative justice. If you caused harm to someone or something, how are you going to make it right? Often having a child think about what they can do to right a wrong and then follow through with a plan of restoration is much more

Fidalgo Ukulele Network (FUN) impactful than a parent’s punishment. You are giving your child a foundation for solving conflicts on their own. Keep in mind this might take a little more time, and sometimes you might have to override the child’s remedy! Problem solving on their own or with little guidance is key in developing social responsibility. Teach kids to identify the issue, separate it from the people involved, and stand up for themselves. “strong not mean,” is the best strategy. For example, if the problem is, “I don’t like it when the 4th graders take all the swings at recess.” Take the 4th graders out of the equation and the real issue is one group not sharing the swings. Talk about sharing and help your child to think of possible solutions. One appropriate solution might be to suggest to a student council, or recess attendant that there be five minute turns on the swings. If the suggestion is not heard, than remind your child that when she does get on the swings she should model good behavior by taking turns with other children. The bottom line is that life isn’t always fair but we have the power to influence change. Let your child make decisions when possible. Nobody likes the feeling of having little or no control over their lives. Kids need to have the ability to make some decisions in their lives. Options on what to wear, what to eat if possible, or what they want to do in their free time. Last, manners matter. Sometimes we parents forget to model manners for our children. Please and thank you are a must at meals and a must when in a public setting. Chief Bowers says that when police officers write case reports after contacts with juveniles, they often include information about politeness and cooperation. Those reports are sent to prosecutors, juvenile court officials, defense attorneys and the judge. Often officials will consider the young person’s demeanor when making charging decisions. Chief is not suggesting young people should forfeit any rights they may have. She just wants you to consider a police officer has a job to do regardless of your behavior, but your behavior may influence the outcome for you.

• 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 held at either the Anacortes Library or Chandler’s Square. Not a ukester? Come sing along anyway! • A twenty-session Newkulele Class is offered twice per year at the Senior Center. • Donations to the Senior Center or Library are appreciated for these events. For info on times and dates, go to FUN’s website: •; or email Linda at

Youth Dynamics • Skateboarding at the YD Building - Mondays and Wednesdays 2:15-4:00 and Thursdays (weather permitting) traveling skatepark visits 2:30-5pm.  • For more info contact Jacob Williams The first season of our youth sailing program has come to a close; expansion anticipated for next season starting in the spring! For more info contact Kevin Pratt • We are seeking off-season storage facility for up to 3 small sailing dinghies. • Rock climbing programming runs weekly throughout the winter season. For more info contact Joseph King • Individual and group Adventure Therapy with a licensed adolescent counselor. Appointments available Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. New group starting this winter. For more info contact Amy Heidecker

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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News From Washington Park WASHINGTON PARK GOALS FOR A NEW YEAR Public entities are largely built upon lengthy, complicated and many times hotly contested planning processes and the ensuing documents. It is then the job of city staff, appointed citizen committees, commissions and boards, elected officials and the “average citizen” to make sure these plans are accessible and used for setting goals and taking action. As 2016 comes into the home stretch of the holiday season, we look to the potential of 2017 and are inspired by what we might do together. At the Parks & Recreation Department, we are part of those special government forces known as non-mandated services. There is no law or Revised Code of Washington that calls for our existence, but there is something much stronger; the tax paying public. You have specifically

asked for the programs we provide, the resources we protect and the lands we manage for your mental, spiritual and physical fitness. While some might consider this shaky ground, from a political perspective, I find it to be very empowering. The citizens of Anacortes have a long, rich tradition of building and supporting a very diverse Parks & Recreation Department. Parks & Rec is one of the many qualities of life we have come to count on here on the northern side of Fidalgo Island. As we set our goals for 2017, we have a very dynamic community working with us, sharing expectations and inspiration. The passion from which our marching orders are given is a natural wonder that glows all around us every day.

Amidst all this hyperbole and motivational wandering is one very simple goal for Washington Park in 2017: better toilets. Yes, at the end of the day it is the restrooms that leave a lasting impression on park visitors. We were able to get the women’s side of the campground, or upper, restrooms remodeled last spring, and have begun work on the men’s side now. We learned some lessons from our work on the women’s side, and will be making some improvements there, as well as applying this new knowledge to our work on the men’s. So, not only do we hope for the grandest of experiences for you and yours at Washington Park in 2017, we are also working hard to make sure the base elements of every day life are covered as well. By Bob Vaux, Park Manager

Mark your calendars for January 29, 2017 and join us for the 3rd Annual Anacortes Seed Exchange. The seed exchange will be held at the Senior Activity Center, 1701 22nd Street, from Noon – 3pm. Share some of your seeds with the 3rd Annual Anacortes community, share your gardening stories, pick up seeds for your 2017 garden, and new this year will be frozen pies for sale with half of the proceeds going toward our new gleaning program here in town. S&W Pies, located on Pulver, works with local nonprofits to help them achieve their goals.

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Spray Pad

and Restroom Update Anacortes Police Department is proud to be hosting the Skagit County Dash and Splash event (previously known as the Anacortes Polar Plunge for Special Olympics). This is the fourth year. Last year’s plunge raised over $6,000 and we are hoping to top that this year! In addition to the Polar Plunge, we will be doing a 5K Fun Run! The AJ-5K Fun Run/Walk will be held in memory of Deputy Anne Jackson of the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office who was killed in the line of duty on September 2, 2008. Money raised through the AJ-5K will be donated to SAIN (Skagit Animals in Need). Participants can choose to select their event: the Polar Plunge only, the AJ-5K only, or both the plunge and 5K (Dash and Splash). Participants can register online at http://www. polarplunge or pick up an off line registration form at the Anacortes Police Department, or request one by email at janetw@ The Anacortes event will be held March 11th , 2017 at Seafarers

Park. Registration/check-in will began at 9am. The AJ-5K Fun Run/Walk will start at 11:00. An awards ceremony and costume contest will begin at 12:15, followed by the group plunge. Participants can join as part of a team, as an individual plunger or stay in the chicken coop (raise money, stay out of the water). The Polar Plunge is one of the most popular events included in the Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraising campaign. The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support local Special Olympics athletes by collecting pledges and plunging into the frigid waters of northwest Washington. Special Olympics Washington provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in an Olympic setting for all individuals with intellectual disabilities who wish to participate. With the support of fundraising campaigns such as the Law Enforcement Torch Run, athletes are able to compete with no cost to themselves or their families. www.anacortesplunge2017.kintera. org

Construction is underway for the Storvik Park Spray Pad & new restroom! The restroom was installed in mid-October and will be open as soon as the construction is complete on the rest of the project. What’s happening next? We are currently working on getting the spray pad area ready to install the various water features, seating wall and the area around the spray pad that will have picnic tables. Fundraising for the project is still happening. We have had a goal of raising $180,000 and we have raised a total of $108,000. For more info on this go to www. The project should be completed early in 2017 with a grand opening planned for the spring when nicer weather is available.

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Fidalgo Island and Guemes Gleaners (F.I.G.G.) 2016 has been an amazing year for fruit picking and our new program. A BIG Thank you to the home owners and volunteers who made this a successful year of giving and providing. Here are a few statistics from this year’s inaugural gleaning program: • Number of Gleans - 84 • Pounds of Fruit Picked - 8,849 • Types of Fruit Picked: Apples, Pears, Grapes, Plums, Figs

• Who Benefited ...... Gleaners (those who picked the fruit), our local food banks, family shelter, churches, community dinners, Food to Go program, senior center, tree owners, local families • Average Glean Time - 30-40 minutes

Want to be added to our list as a gleaner or tree owner, or just learn more about the program, just send an email to fidalgoislandgleaners@ These programs are non-profit programs that are part of the Vision 2030 Food program under Transition Fidalgo & Friends.

Families getting together to pick fruit, helping neighbors, having fun

and sharing with the community!

Cider pressings are scheduled twice a month during the harvesting season. All who participate take home at least a gallon of cider. We have enjoyed the season and look forward to expanding next year.

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Stock Your Fridge You waste 100 to 150 kWh a year opening and closing your fridge, that’s because every time you 1 do, you let warm air in, and the compressor has to bring the temperature back down. But if you keep your fridge stocked, the extra food will retain the cold, making for a quicker cool down.

WaSh Full loadS Don’t waste all that water on a few pairs of socks, wait until your hamper is full before you do a 2 load. Running your washing machine cost on the average is 68 cents per load. If you can cut your usage down by half, you can save hundreds of dollars every year.

inStall SWitch & energY gaSketS Looking for a cheap easy way to save energy in your home, one of the best DIY improvements is 3 to install foam electrical outlet gaskets. Receptacle cover gaskets really do work. They can reduce your heating and cooling bill by as much as 20% by helping to retain heating and cooling in your home.



JUST DO ONE THING Cleaning your refrigerator coils will allow it to work more efficiently. This simple task will lower your energy bill and extend the life of your fridge. Locate the condenser coils or fan and remove the grate covering. Clean the grate and the coils or fan with a stiff brush and vacuum cleaner. Do every three months.

JUST DO ONE THING Washing with hot water is a major use of hot water in the home. Most laundry does not require hot water for washing. New detergents are designed to be effective in cold water.

JUST DO ONE THING Electrical outlets and light switches are one place where cold air can leak into your home. Stop the cold air and lower your heating bill by installing for gaskets behind your switch outlet covers. They are very low cost and can be purchased at the local hardware store. Installing gaskets is easy and fast to do. Add more draft protection by installing child safety outlet plugs. just-do-one-thing Winter 2017 ATOT  37 


Ward 2
Term Ends: 12/31/2019
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Ward 3
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Erica Pickett

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

John Archibald

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

Liz Lovelett

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

Matt Miller

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

Ryan Walters

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

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2017 Solid Waste Holiday Schedule New Year’s Day

Observed Monday, January 2, 2017

Collect Monday and Tuesday on Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Martin Luther King Day Monday, January 16, 2017

Collect Monday and Tuesday on Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Presidents Day

Monday, February 20, 2017

Collect Monday and Tuesday on Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Memorial Day

Monday, May 29, 2017

Collect Monday and Tuesday on Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Independence Day

Observed Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Collect Tuesday and Wednesday on Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Labor Day

Monday, September 4, 2017

Collect Monday and Tuesday on Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Veterans Day

Friday, November 10, 2017

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, 2016

Collect Friday and Monday on Monday, November 27, 2017

Christmas Day

Observed Monday, December 25, 2017

Collect Monday and Tuesday on Tuesday, December 26, 2017


FOR A SAFE ONLINE PURCHASE TRANSACTION A young Anacortes woman responds to a fraudulent online ad for a nanny position. The family asserts that they are moving to Anacortes from out of state and they need help settling in to their new home. They send a fraudulent check in the amount of $1,850 and request that $1,700 be sent via wire transfer to family members so they can purchase furniture for their new home. The check is no good and the victim makes two wire transfers totalling $1,700. Variations of this scenario play themselves out frequently each day. Not everyone representing themselves or products online are trustworthy. A recent CNN article offered the following tips for preventing fraud or other criminal activity when buying or selling items online.

The City of Anacortes is concerned about your safety as well as the safety of our crew. During periods of heavy snow garbage and recycling service may be sporadic. Please do not risk bringing your garbage and recycling containers down steep, slippery drives or sidewalks. You may hold it over until the following week when our crew can pick up your extra refuse after bad weather has passed. You may check for snow delays by checking our city website at Once online, you can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.



PLACE Winter 2017 ATOT  39 

ECRWSS Resident



Anacortes, WA PERMIT NO. 22

A'Town Winter 2017  
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