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City of Anacortes 6th and Q 360-293-1900

By Mayor Laurie Gere We start this exciting New Year with a new city publication, the title of which is meant to reflect the spirit of our community. The people and services of City Hall are just one element of the “personality” of our town. The entire community and its residents make Anacortes what it is – our town!

MAYOR AND CITY RESIDENTS TALK TRASH Solid waste crews and city residents “broke in” a new holiday schedule in recent weeks, and Public Works Director Fred Buckenmeyer said the change “has been met with a lot of enthusiasm.” The new schedule, in effect for recent Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays, was created in response to requests Mayor Laurie Gere received as the City’s new executive. Staff was asked to propose alternatives, and the resulting schedule is now established and posted at places including In general, Monday holidays will result in collections on the following day (Monday and Tuesday routes on Tuesday). When the holiday falls on a Friday, such as Christmas 2015, collection for Friday and Monday routes will take place on the following Monday. Please note: extra garbage will be picked up, but must be placed in city pre-paid bags. Please have garbage totes out by 7 a.m. Holiday Garbage Pick-up Schedule is in the publication.

Anacortes is the special place we all call home. All of us bear some responsibility for the health of the community. All of our voices must be heard to define our town – what it is, what it will be in the future. Since taking office as your mayor one year ago, I have endeavored to see that everyone in our community has representation and opportunities to contribute in areas where they choose to engage. My focus has been to ensure that citizens have access to city government, with transparency a priority in all departments, meetings, and decisions. I am encouraged that City Council meetings have been a forum for lively discussions regarding a range of subjects, from fixing our streets to determining the 2015 budget. Many people have worked hard to see that the final budget funded this community’s priorities. Welcoming community representatives to the table as we continue to create our 20-year vision and the 2016 Comprehensive Plan have been members of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC is a 12-member group comprised of four citizens from each of our three wards. Members of this volunteer group have done extensive research. They are now in the process of making recommendations to the Planning Commission and the City Council in the areas of infrastructure, economic development, housing, and population growth as we look out to 2036. Their contributions to our town are invaluable and will serve future generations. In fact, the City of Anacortes has several hundred volunteers working in all areas of the city. We have 15 standing committees, boards, and commissions. I am humbled by the commitment and service provided by each of our citizen volunteers. They truly exemplify the spirit of “our town.” I know you will enjoy this new city newsletter, which will be available in print and digital format. On a quarterly basis we will continue to publish the magazine as we share stories and information about all the good work going on in “our town.” I wish you all a prosperous and fulfilling New Year. I promise to remain accountable and committed to “our town.”


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Transportation Benefit District In 2014 City Council approved a multisource funding plan to invest $1.1 million per year on road maintenance. The $1.1 million will consist of $300,000 from vehicle car tabs collected through the formation of a Transportation Benefit District, $200,000 raised from waste collections fees, and $600,000 from the general fund through budget allocations without new taxes. An independent report identified that City of Anacortes streets were below the statewide average for similar cities and were continuing to decline. “Staff brought forward this funding proposal for consideration by the Mayor and Council,” said Public Works Director Fred Buckenmeyer. “We need to be more aggressive with street maintenance. City Council will review the effect of this level of funding in the upcoming years.” Anacortes has the first Transportation Benefit District in Skagit County which allows the Council and voters to levy certain taxes and fees. “Enabling legislation was approved in Olympia in 2007,” reports Buckenmeyer. “We are among about 50 cities in the state to opt into this program.”

Other elements of the street maintenance funding package include a 9 percent increase in the City’s solid waste tax. This represents an increase of less than $1 per month for the average homeowner. Additional funds include about $150,000 in annual fees related to the shipment of prilled sulfur across City streets to Port of Anacortes docks.

“ In 2014 City Council

approved a multi-source funding plan to invest $1.1 million per year on

road maintenance

“This $1.1 million annual investment will definitely be visible to City residents,” said Buckenmeyer. “We start this year with the “D” and “A” Avenue corridor. The City’s main arterials will be our first priority, and then we will move into residential areas.” For details on the street maintenance plan, visit public works.

Table of Contents ANACORTES BRIEFINGS Mayor Laurie Gere............................. 2 City and Mayor Talk Trash................ 2 Transportation District..................... 3 Guemes Channel Trail...................... 4 Solid Waste Weather Info................. 4 Dog License........................................ 4 City's Plan for Future........................ 5 First Cold Weather Station............... 6 Drug Abuse in our Community...... 7 Keeping your Home Safe................. 7

PARKS AND RECREATION Quarterly Menu................................. 8 Recreation Programs................9 - 13

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS Friends of Skagit Beaches..............14 Anacortes Senior College.........................15 Anacortes Soo Bahk Do............................16 Fidalgo Pool................................................17 Anacortes Senior Activity Center...........18 Friends of the Forest.................................19 Class Act School Performing Arts...........20 Fidalgo Dance Works................................21 Anacortes Public Library.............22, 23, 24 News from Washington Park...................25 Solid Waste Holiday Schedule.................26 Review of ACFL..........................................27 Anacortes Museum Foundation...... 28, 29 House History Program............................30 Murals & Northwest Artists......................30 National Stop Human Trafficking...........30 Commissions..............................................31 100 Years in Anacortes Parks...................31

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Guemes Channel Trail – Really? By Gary Robinson


have been asked many times if the City will ever be able to build a trail that connects Washington Park to downtown and the Tommy Thompson Parkway. The simple answer is “Yes.” It is such a good idea that there is no doubt in my mind that the complete trail will eventu­ ally become a reality. Imagine being able to bike, walk or jog on a safe, non-mo­torized path from downtown to the state ferry terminal and beyond to the Loop Road at Washington Park. As we work on the precise route and design of the trail it has become clear that there is a passionate commitment from the Mayor, City Council, City staff and Anacortes Parks Foundation members to make this vision of a first-class trail a reality. Also encouraging is the fact that our local state legislators have demonstrated their confi­dence in the economic, health and safety benefits of the proj­ect. They convinced the state to pledge $700,000 to help us build the latest phase of the trail, from current trail’s end to the area of Illinois Avenue along the Guemes Channel. Work on this section of the trail is a big

step forward, but completing the whole trail we envision is not going to happen overnight. It took more than 20 years for the Washington Park dream to become a reality, first with the assembling of properties, and then many more years to fully develop it. The sobering fact is, we have plenty of work to do with adja­cent trail neighbors, individual property owners, commercial property owners, potential developers, public entities and other interested parties. Those negotiations will shape the exact route of the trail and how the complete connection func­tions. As with almost all City proj­ects, we will require significant support from our community in various forms. We will need patience when the progress is not as fast as we would like. We will need persis­tence to struggle through some of the tough issues. We will need funding from a variety of sources. And most importantly, we will need our community to continue to embrace and pub­licly support the concept of a trail that everyone can use and enjoy. On days when I need a boost of energy for the trail project, all I have to do is take a

walk along the existing Tommy Thompson Parkway. I see such diversity in the users. People in wheelchairs, young families and older folks. I encounter runners, joggers, fitness walkers, people taking a stroll, wildlife viewers, smelt­ers, recreational bikers, fitness bikers, and commuters. The list goes on. It is a joy to witness the vast number of recreation opportu­nities offered by this trail – and I know expanding it will just grow those numbers. While we are now working on construction of the trail from the current end near the state ferry to approximately Illinois Avenue, we are also working on other opportunities as they present themselves. If you are interested in sup­porting this trail effort, or if you have questions about it, please feel free to give me a call at 293-1918. I assure you I will do my best to answer your questions. It’s going to take a lot of work from all of us but “YES,” this trail really is going to happen!

(Gary Robinson serves as Direc­tor, Parks & Recreation Depart­ment, City of Anacortes.)

Solid Waste

Adverse Weather Information

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 or by tuning into these local radio stations: KWLE 1340 AM, KAPS 660 AM, or KBRC 1430 AM.

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All dogs four months of age or older need a dog license each year. They can be renewed by mail. Get your form at dog_licenses.php#.vjnwbcilrq5 or stop by City Hall to get your license.

Plan for City’s future calls for proactive thinkers How will Anacortes accommodate an estimated 5,895 new residents over the next 20 years? Where will they live, work, shop and play? And how will our waterfront develop? These and other important questions are being discussed right now as the City works to update our Anacortes Comprehensive Plan, the 20-year road map designed to guide development in keeping with the community’s vision for the future. The Comprehensive Plan’s purpose is to help define – through goals and policies – how Anacortes can best manage traffic, accommodate household and job growth, and provide open space and recreational opportunities and other vital services. Updates will be made to key sections of the plan, including but not limited to Housing, Land Use, Transportation, Economic Development and Capital Facilities. These updates will take into consideration consistency with the state Growth Management Act (GMA), land use and population changes over the last 10 years, as well as the community’s expressed vision for the future. The plan, which is mandated by the GMA, will also be reformatted to improve readability and organization of content. Activities related to the update, including gathering information on existing conditions, development of a draft vision and values statement, and other community outreach, have been in process over the past year. Deadline for its completion is June 2016.

Information and ideas have been collected over a series of community visioning workshops, interviews with various stakeholders, surveys, and comments submitted by interested parties. In addition, a Community Advisory Committee has been established. Volunteer members are hard at work gathering data, performing research and interacting with community members to assist in the development of the update. The committee performs an ongoing advisory role intended to improve both Planning Commission recommendations and City Council decisions through analysis, facilitation of public discussion, and seeking answers to questions raised throughout the process. Over the next several months, various concepts to accommodate growth and achieve the community’s vision will be studied, including potential changes to land use designations and the urban growth area boundary. A public workshop to review the concepts and gather feedback is planned for February 2015. “Public input is vital during this time to ensure that the updated plan reflects the community’s values and vision for the future,” notes Libby Grage of the Planning, Community & Economic Development Department. Please visit or contact Grage, (libbyb@cityofanacortes. org or 360-299-1986) to find out more about the 2016 Comprehensive Plan update and how to get involved.




Salvation Army Opens Community’s First Cold Weather Shelter


our city council members serve as “citizen legislators,” monitoring and contributing to the success of municipal government on a part-time basis. All serve in other capacities, ranging from businesses and careers to membership in service organizations. One example of a council member who “wears many hats” is Eric Johnson. Among the “hats” he wears is that of a member of the Salvation Army Anacortes Corps Advisory Board. The Salvation Army has served this community since 1906! The following article reflects some of the work Johnson is doing in partnership with this service organization. By City Council Member Eric Johnson The Salvation Army Anacortes that it would have been a good idea needs of this community. The advisors also adopted a long-range Corps opened the doors of our to break up the graveyard shift into goal of building a small enclave community’s first cold weather two-to-three hour shifts as well, of tiny (144 sq. ft.) houses facing shelter on Saturday, November and that reflects the vital need for a central community building 29, extending open arms to four volunteers. that would house a shower area, homeless men who spent the night kitchen, laundry facility and inside as outside temperatures common areas. plummeted to 21 degrees. A 144-sq. ft. home would be The grateful men reported perfectly-sized transitional that they knew of a number housing for a single person of others who could have used or for a husband and wife this service, but likely had not who are either newlyweds seen the posters advertising looking for work or for a the shelter. long-married couple whose The new cold weather shelter kids have moved elsewhere. opens at the Salvation Army The City is in the middle (3001 “R” Avenue) when of our Comprehensive the temperature falls to 25 Plan update, considering degrees or less, or goes down how best to serve the to 32 degrees accompanied by needs of our citizens as snow/precipitation. we plan for the growth The shelter opens from 5:30 Salvation Army Lt. Josh Boyd, Advisory Board members Pat Mooney and Eric Johnson and development of the p.m. until 7:30 a.m., with community. As we engage in facilities large enough to hold men, If you would like to volunteer that challenge we need to consider women and families. during a cold spell, the Salvation the housing needs for all segments Army will send you a one-page of our population and, at the same SHELTER VOLUNTEERS time, establish such options as volunteer form when you call them NEEDED zoning codes that would make an at (360) 293-6682 or email them at enclave of tiny houses possible. Volunteers are critical to the success Additionally, you can download of the shelter. The call to volunteers If you wish to become part of the the form by following the link to is to help out in shifts: 5:30-7:30 team that hopes to make this plan the cold weather shelter at http:// p.m. to welcome guests and help a reality, we welcome you to join prepare dinner; 7:30-10:30 p.m. to us on the Salvation Army’s board of advisors. We meet on the third clean up after dinner and assist TRANSITIONAL Tuesday of each month at noon at in getting everyone bedded down; the Salvation Army, where Lt. Josh 10:30 p.m. – 6:00 a.m. to monitor HOUSING ALSO A GOAL and Lt. Ryan provide lunch for all. the shelter; 6:00-8:00 a.m. to serve Opening the cold weather shelter breakfast and get everyone signed was a goal established last spring out. by the Salvation Army’s board During our first shelter opening I Want to volunteer? of advisors as it considered the realized—at 3 a.m. on Sunday —


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Taking a Holistic Approach to Drug Abuse in our Community Last spring Mayor Laurie Gere convened a drug summit to shine a light on the issue and work together with health care, education, and business leaders to address the issue as a public health issue. Police Chief Bonnie Bowers said she was glad to see the issue being addressed from different perspectives. “Drug abuse is not just a criminal issue but a community health and safety issue that impacts all of us directly or indirectly.” The largest impact of drug abuse could be to our health care system. Associated medical costs nationwide average one half a trillion dollars annually, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA). 45% of Medicaid and Medicare costs are related to treating disease and injury caused by drug abuse and addiction. Locally the impacts are just as staggering. A recent heroin overdose response in our City will likely result in several thousand dollars of medical costs including ambulance response, medications costs, lab fees, emergency room charges, and doctors’ fees. More important than the financial cost is the time it took away from first responders and E.R. staff to respond to other critical situations. Heroin overdose medical responses are almost a monthly event on Fidalgo Island over the past several years. The economic impacts to the community are also serious. Manufacturing jobs that require drug testing of workers due to safety regulations, have an increasingly difficult time in finding qualified applicants who are able to work because of their drug addiction. Additionally employees in the private and public sector who abuse drugs have higher instances of poor work products, missed work days, and more disability claims. Drug use in adolescents and young adults often results in academic failures. According to a 2013 study by

the University Of Maryland School Of Public Health those who described themselves as frequent users (smoking marijuana more than 15 times a month) were twice as likely to drop out as other students. Studies have shown that marijuana use can cause problems with memory, concentration, and attention, leading to poor academic outcomes. Locally, police have noted that abuse of prescription medication as well as marijuana and alcohol has led to chronic petty crime and truancy issues with a few teens that seem very susceptible to addictive behaviors. Children are negatively impacted by drug use on the part of their parents or caregivers. Anacortes Police recently arrested a woman for criminal mistreatment after she failed to provide basic necessities of life to her infant son and placed him in a situation that was likely to cause him harm or death. It appeared to investigators that the woman’s addiction to heroin was a contributing factor in the case. The baby is now in foster care and the mother is in jail awaiting trial. While the Summit will not solve all the issues around drug abuse the committee is emphasizing prevention, intervention, and access to treatment resources for those who need them. For every $1 spent on prevention there is a $4 to $7 savings in criminal justice costs, $3 to $5 cost in emergency health care, $4 savings in public assistance costs, and up to a $7 increase in productivity of workers (NIDA). “It makes sense to focus on prevention,” said Mayor Gere at a reason Summit meeting. The Mayor will be working on healthy alternatives for youth in the community, while other committee members will be working on building awareness and increasing support for at risk youth and families in our community. 360.293.1900

Keeping Your Home Safe Humble abode, home sweet home, flat, cottage, place of residence, castle. Many words are used to differentiate our homes from any other building. At home we raise our families, engage in conversation, cook our favorite dish, and explore our hobbies. Most home owners and renters would agree that keeping their homes safe is a very high priority. Fortunately, Anacortes is realizing a trend in the decrease of crimes against property each of the last several years. However, there are still dozens of malicious mischief, theft, burglary, and robbery incidents each year in our community.

There is a program available that can help you keep your home safe. That program is called Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). This program provides proven solutions for deterring criminal behavior by implementing architectural and landscape designs that provide natural surveillance for your property. Interested in a CPTED evaluation on your home to include tips on protecting your property? Contact CSO Karl Wolfswinkel, Karl Wolfswinkel, Community Service Officer CITY OF ANACORTES



Quarterly Menu


Gary Robinson Parks/Forest Manager

Jonn Lunsford

Washington Park Manager

Bob Vaux

Recreation Manager

Dustin South

Recreation Coordinator

Nicole Johnston

Administrative Assistant

Valora Sandstrom Department Secretary

Mary Snyder


Dave Oicles

Maintenance Foreman

Chuck Arnesom Maintenance

Brian Strickland Maintenance

Heather Brennan Maintenance

Brian Tottenham Maintenance

Jim Rains

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

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

REGISTRATION PROCEDURES Some classes require a minimum number of participants registered to be held. These such classes are canceled if the “minimums” are not met. Therefore, if you sign-up for a class, please plan on participating. If you need to cancel your registration please notify the parks and recreation staff as soon as possible before the first day of the class. The Parks and Recreation Department will start taking online registrations for most programs on Monday, January 5. Please be aware that in order to register for classes, payment will be required “up front.” Registration will also take place by going to the parks and recreation page: Participants may 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 Russ Pittis 293-1919 at least 48 hours prior to meeting or event date.

Tot’s Rec

Read, Explore and Create. Do you have a toddler that likes to read, explore and create things? Then this REC class is for you. In each class you will make something, hear a story and create a tasty treat. February 25th - Dr. Seuss™ and March 25th - Easter Theme. LOCATION: Sunrise Room, Senior Center INSTRUCTOR: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: 7/20 FEE: $12 Ages Day Date 1-3yr Wed 2-25 1-3yr Wed 3-25

Time 10-10:45A 10-10:45A

Gentle Yoga

Yoga is a great healing art that fosters calm concentration, reduces chronic pain, counteracts stiffening from age or inactivity, strengthens the immune system and enhances clear thinking. Accommodations are taught for those with limitations due to injury, etc. Kate Bowers teaches yoga with a light hearted, compassionate approach that fosters self-acceptance and increased selfconfidence. She integrates traditional Hatha yoga with breath work and Neurotherapy play to sharpen thinking and improve memory. For winter we are offering a 12-week program. Bring a blanket and firm pillow or extra firm blanket. Payment is required at the time of registration. Registration is available online. **Late registrations will be taken. Please inquire with the parks and recreation department. Children 6 and older are welcome if accompanied by an attending adult and with prior consent from Kate. LOCATION: Senior Center INSTRUCTOR: Kate Bowers MIN/MAX: 5/25 FEE: $144 Ages Day Date Time 18+ Thurs 1/15-4/2 6-7:30P

Jazz Guitar Lessons

Individualized instruction for the beginning, intermediate or advanced guitar player. John Savage is on the faculty of Skagit Valley College and has over 20 years teaching experience. Just bring your acoustic guitar and get ready to learn how to play jazz. There will be some hand out material for students. This class is open for youth and adults and is made possible through the Anacortes Public Library’s Manieri Jazz and Swing Endowment. Space is limited one person per session, these are individual lessons, so register early. LOCATION: The Depot (Gallery) 611 “R” Ave. INSTRUCTOR: John Savage MIN/MAX: 1/1 FEE: $60 Ages Day Date 8+ Thurs 1/15 - 2/5 8+ Thurs 1/15 – 2/5 8+ Thurs 1/15 – 2/5 8+ Thurs 1/15 – 2/5 8+ Thurs 1/15 – 2/5 8+ Thurs 1/15 – 2/5

Time 4:00-4:30P 4:30-5:00P 5:00-5:30P 6:00-6:30P 6:30-7:00P 7:00-7:30P

Child and 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, play-time, telephone calls/ stranger knocks, hand washing, meal times, bedtime, and providing emergency care (first aid/ CPR). Sheila Davis is a Certified First Aid/ CPR instructor with the American Safety & Health Institute, more information available at . Bring a sack lunch and a drink with you to class. A mini first aid kit will be given to each student and is included in the class fee. The class is held on a “non-school” day. LOCATION: Senior Activity Center INSTRUCTOR: Sheila Davis MIN/MAX: 10/25 FEE: $48 Ages Day Date Time 10+ Fri 1/16 9:00A-3:00P

**Registration fee includes a first aid kit for kids to keep. 360.293.1918



Kids Night Out

Kids are you ready for a night out? Come hang with the friendly parks and recreation staff for the night. We will feed you dinner, entertain you with some fun and silly games and you will get the chance to make a few art projects. This is a popular class; sign up early as space is limited. Parents take advantage of this opportunity to do something for you, or enjoy some quiet time in the house! LOCATION: Senior Center INSTRUCTOR: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: 6/20 FEE: $15 Ages Day Date 4-12 Thurs 2/12

Time 5-8:00P

Messy Me

Program Description: Let your child get messy! This is the perfect class for you and your child. You come each week and get to do up to six different projects that include, but not limited to stamping, painting, gluing, shaving cream sculpting and many more messy projects. At the end of each class we have circle time where we sing songs and let the kids move around. The best part is that we do all the cleaning up! Space is limited, so sign up today. LOCATION: Senior Center, Sunrise Room INSTRUCTOR: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: 7/20 FEE: $25 Ages Day Date 1-3yr Wed 1/21 - 2/18

Time 10-10:45A

Jazz Drumming Lessons Pee Wee Basketball

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 sign-up early!!! Please sign-up and pay the Parks and Recreation department before the first class. LOCATION: Anacortes Middle School Gym INSTRUCTOR: Dustin South MIN/MAX: 10/30 FEE: $25 Ages Day Date Time 4-6yr Sat 1/17 – 2/14 Session 1 - 9-9:50A Session 2 - 10-10:50A

**Sessions may be combined if participant numbers are down.



This class is for drummers (beginners and up) who want to improve their drumming style by learning the fundamentals of jazz rhythms and patterns. It does not matter if you are a rock/funk/metal drummer, learning jazz and studying some of the great jazz drummers will make you a better player. Braydn Krueger is a local drum instructor with over 9 years teaching experience. Drums and sticks will be provided for each lesson. This class is open for youth and adults and is made possible through the Anacortes Public Library’s Manieri Jazz and Swing Endowment. Space is limited one person per session, these are individual lessons, so register early. (*no class February 13) LOCATION: Senior Activity Center 1701 22nd St. INSTRUCTOR: Braydn Krueger MIN/MAX: 1/1 FEE: $60 Ages Day Date 8+ Fri 2/6 – 3/6 8+ Fri 2/6 – 3/6 8+ Fri 2/6 – 3/6 8+ Fri 2/6 – 3/6 360.293.1918

Time 4:00-4:45P 4:45-5:30P 5:30-6:15P 6:15-7:00P

Learn French

Superhero Day

LOCATION: Senior Center - Sunrise Room INSTRUCTOR: Shannon Williams MIN/MAX: 7/20 FEE: $90

LOCATION: Senior Activity Center Sunrise Room INSTRUCTOR: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: 6/20 FEE: $15

All new material including literature & film culture themes! Prepare yourself and family for that European vacation you’ve always been waiting for, or expand your wealth of knowledge and become a bilingual speaker. The immersion & conversational nature of the classes are tailored to ensure success for all levels and ages.

Ages Day Date Time 5-15/15+ Tues 2/3 - 2/24 Session 1 - ages 5-15 4-5:00P Session 2 - ages 15+ 5-6:00P

Calling all SUPERHEROS!!! Kids will have the opportunity to live out their fantasy and come dressed as a superhero to this class. We will make some super art projects, play a superhero game and go on quest to find a hidden treasurer. A superhero snack will be provided to enjoy during the superhero story time.

Ages Day Date 18mo-4yr Fri 3/20

Time 10-10:45A

Egg Dash

Save the Date for this fun egg dash that happens at Storvik Park. Kids 12 and under will get the chance to dash for plastic eggs filled with candy and other fun surprise. Be on time for this egg hunt is over quick! LOCATION: Storvik Park INSTRUCTOR: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: OPEN FEE: FREE Ages Day Date Time 12&Under Fri 4/3 6:00P

Field House Fun

Do you have a toddler that needs to burn some energy? Come spend the morning going through some basic drills involving soccer, basketball, keep away games, tag games and follow the leader type of activities. Adult participation is required to help encourage your little toddler to move and have fun. There is no special equipment needed. LOCATION: Volunteer Park Field House (1915 13th Street) INSTRUCTOR: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: 6/20 FEE: $15 Ages Day Date 18mo-3yr Wed 2/25-3/18

Time 10-10:30A 360.293.1918



Tai Chi

Come to Tai Chi class for more balance, coordination, and strength. Improve overall fitness and flexibility, muscle tone, and whole body power though learning your own daily Tai Chi practice. Kari has five years of Tai Chi experience and over 15 years as a high-level athlete in a variety of sports. Through Tai Chi you will learn techniques to improve circulation, relieve stress, and tap into a whole new realm of energy and mental clarity before undiscovered. For all ages and abilities, everyone is welcome! LOCATION: The Depot (Gallery) 611 “R” Ave. INSTRUCTOR: Kari Sherman MIN/MAX: 5/30 FEE: $30 Ages Day Date 18+ Thurs 2/12 - 2/26

Time 6:00-7:00P

Daddy Daughter Dance

Back for another year and here to entertain Dads and Daughters alike. Dads you can use this as an opportunity to take your daughter out for a special night out! Whether you are a repeat participant to the event or this is your first time attending the event you are sure to have a night to remember with your special lady! NOTE - we will not be serving dinner. Instead we have been working with some local restaurants in town to provide dinner specials if you would like to take your daughter(s) out for a meal prior to the dance. (Specific specials will be emailed out at a later time.) The night will include dessert, music, dancing, and a photo of you and your daughter to remind you of that special night. Prizes will also be raffled off and more! Capacity is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance. Please visit our website at: programs.htm to purchase your admission. We’ll see you on the dance floor! This year's theme is "Sparkles and Glitter". LOCATION: Anacortes Senior Center MIN/MAX: 125 Couples FEE: $25 per pair/Additional $6 per daughter (includes a professional photo) Ages Day Date Open Sat 2/28


Time 6-9:00P


Tango Tuesday

Come experience the beautiful dance and music of Argentine Tango. Learn basic skills which will enable you to attend social tango dances and feel at home on the dance floor. Students will receive links to videos which support class instruction as well as a tango terms list. Studies show rate dance and specifically tango at the top of the list for enhancing brain health. You don’t even need to bring your own partner. (If you sign up as a couple the fee is $40) A Practica follows this class from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. This is open to the public as well as class students. A drop in fee for “Tango Practica” is $3 evening and are available for purchase on our online registration webpage. Pay $15 for 5 sessions that can be used when convenient for you. Practica sessions have very little instruction and are more of an opportunity for dancers to practice their technique. LOCATION: The Depot (Gallery) 611 “R” Ave. INSTRUCTOR: Pamela Good MIN/MAX: 5/30 FEE: $25 ($40 per couple) Ages Day Date 18+ Tues 3/3 - 3/24 Level 1 - Beginner Class

Time 6:00-7:00P

Taste of Anacortes

Come downtown to the Anacortes Brewery for a three hour professional brewery tour in a commercial brewery followed by a tasting and food pairing. Focus will be on brewing process, flavor characteristics and style profiles. Following the brewery tour will be tasting and food pairing presentation. Head Brewer, Kevin will discuss beer styles and flavor profiles while you work through four 4 oz tastes of a variety of beers. After that you will be presented with two dishes with an 4 oz pour each. Don’t miss out on this special opportunity and chance to learn insider information on the popular Anacortes Brew. You must be 21 & older to sign up for this tour! LOCATION: Rock Fish Brewery 320 Commercial Ave. INSTRUCTOR: Kevin Pierce MIN/MAX: 5/21 FEE: $30 Ages Day Date 21+ Sat 3/7 360.293.1918

Time 1:00-3:00P

Art of Gardening

The Art of Gardening Event will be a garden- centric show focused on backyard farming, gardening plants, flowers and art specifically designed for the garden. The Anacortes Parks and Recreation Department is collaborating with the Anacortes Farmers Market to put on this two day event. There will be vendors, several display gardens and exhibitors. There will also be food and live entertainment. LOCATION: The Depot (611 R Ave) INSTRUCTOR: MIN/MAX: FEE: FREE Ages Day Date Time Open Sat 4/25 10:00A-4:00P Open Sun 4/26 10:00A 3:00P

Dallas Kloke Sunset Loop 10-mile Relay Run

Start forming your teams now or start training to run it solo. The 2015 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 $74 per four-person team (with shirt) and $36 per team (w/ out shirt.) Or individual fees of: $18 w/shirt, $9 w/ out shirt. There are several team divisions to choose from. For more information or to register please visit our website at: http://www.cityofanacortes. org/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 27. LOCATION: Washington Park Sunset Loop Road FEE: See info. above Ages Day Date ALL Sat 3/14 *Onsite registration starts 9:00A

Time 10:00A

Garden & Art Vendors • Displays Landscaping Inspiration • Exhibitors Food & Live Music The Depot • 611 R Avenue Anacortes

Youth Track and Field

The 2015 youth track and field program is tentatively scheduled to take place on Tuesdays 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 call the parks and recreation department if you would like more information.

Anacortes Little League’s New Online Registration (Little League Baseball is not administered by the Anacortes Parks and Recreation Department, this information is being provided for your convenience.) “NEW” ON-LINE REGISTRATION for the 2015 spring season will begin in January at www. Anacortes Little League offers BASEBALL (T-ball to Junior division) for ages 5 to 14 & SOFTBALL (Minor to Junior division) for ages 8 to 14. More information at




FRIENDS OF SKAGIT BEACHES Protecting Skagit Marine Resources Education * Citizen Science * Stewardship THE WILDLY POPULAR WINTER LECTURE SERIES CELEBRATES 10 YEARS! Lectures begin at 7 pm and are held at Northwest Ed. Service Dist. 189 Building, 1601 R Ave, Anacortes. Lectures are free and open to the Public. For more information contact: Matt Kerschbaum, 360-293-0773 JAN 9: “Rewilding the Arctic” - Andy Bunn, PhD, Dept. of Environmental Science, WWU Twenty thousand years ago the mammoth-tundra ecosystem stretched from France to China. Could we restore that ecosystem? Could it help us fight climate change? FEB 13: “Sea Level Rise: Effects and Accommodations” - John Rybczyk, PhD, Dept. of Environmental Science, WWU

What are some of the possible regional effects from sea-level rise and examples of actions and projects that might best accommodate them. MARCH 13: “Assembling Washington: How our habitat was constructed by geologic processes” - Scott Babcock, PhD, Dept. of Geology, WWU At one time the Pacific Ocean washed the beaches along the present day Idaho/Washington border. How is it that Forks and Long Beach are now our West coast? APRIL 10: “Unlocking Secrets of the Ocean” - Deborah Kelley, PhD, School of Oceanography, UW. A recently installed cabled ocean observatory off the coast of Oregon is launching a new era of interactive scientific discovery and understanding of oceans.

WATCH NEW TRAIL TALES SHORT FILMS MADE BY YOUNG LOCAL FILMMAKERS Four new entertaining and educational short documentaries on the Anacortes Baywide Cleanup, the Custom Plywood Mill Site and the Fidalgo Bay watershed and water quality made by Ryan Hasert, recent WWU graduate, Luke Holgeerts, sophomore at WWU, and Luke Holgeerts, AHS junior, funded by a grant from the Dept. of Ecology can be viewed at user33200738/videos

TRAIL TALES JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY Grab a Journey of Discovery guide from the Visitor’s Center, Library or Parks and Rec. Office and stroll the Tommy Thompson Trail visiting Discovery Points filled with stories, tidbits and fun facts about the history and marine life along Fidalgo Bay. Use your smart phone to scan the QR code on the brochure to find out more from the TRAIL TALES website at

4TH ANNUAL FIDALGO SHORELINE ACADEMY – SPRING 2015 Receive full program details and registration information in March by


signing up for our newsletter at the Friends website www.skagitbeaches. org. Held from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at Fidalgo Bay Resort in Anacortes, FSA begins with an engaging keynote address followed by plenary sessions of your choice presented by local and regional experts. Teachers - continuing education clock hours available. __________________

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

Anacortes Senior College Winter Term JANUARY 13 TO FEBRUARY 19, 2015

After a Fall term in which ASC saw a record enrollment of 277 students, we look forward to offering five new courses and instructors along with three perennial favorites. Join us for a fascinating and diverse curriculum.

TUESDAY COURSES: Salish Sea in a marine biology class: with new instructor, Mira Lutz. Understanding Religion: another new class with Jim Barrett, compares the world’s major religions. Popular Memoir Writing with Teru Lundsten returns. Understanding Your Dog’s Behavior: A unique 3-week course presented by Debbie Exley.

ON THURSDAYS: Profiles our most illustrious 20th Century President, Teddy Roosevelt: Presented by new instructor David Rader Alaskan Fisheries: in his 3-week debut class. Presented by Mark Lundsten The Evolution of the Automobile: will be examined by Bob Cromack Basic Norwegian for Travelers: Susan Easthouse will present two separate 3-week (back-to-back) classes.

The Winter term begins on Tuesday January 13th and will continue through Thursday, February 19th. All classes meet from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and are held at Anacortes Middle School, 2200 M. Avenue. A 6-weeks class is $30 • 3 week classes are $20 Classes are six weeks unless otherwise noted.

ASC could not survive without the assistance of the middle school staff and the generosity of the teachers who loan us their classrooms two days a week. We salute you, and we thank you. ASC is open to anyone over the age of 50. In our eight years of operation more than 3,800 students have attended more than 190 classes. Our goal is to make senior college an enjoyable learning and social experience in a stress-free environment: no books, tests, or homework.

STAY TUNED . . . .

We encourage you to watch for detailed course information in the Anacortes American, the Anacortes Senior Activity Center newsletter and on our website:

For further information, call 360-503-1255 or email

Anacortes Senior College, 2200 M Avenue, Anacortes WA 98221



Anacortes Soo Bahk Do®

Korean Karate

A Martial Art for Life! Ages 4 and Up.

1st Month Free! Convenient Saturday Classes



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



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

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

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



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

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


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

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

January 1 - March 31 Winter Schedule 2015 SWIM LESSONS Session I: January 5 - January 29 Session II: February 2 - February 26 Session III: March 2 - March 26 Mon/Wed Classes: 10:30 - 11:30 am & 4:30 - 6:30 pm Tues/Thurs Classes: 10:30 - 11:30 am & 4:30 - 6:30 pm Register by phone or in person. Private lessons are available by appointment. View our schedule:

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, etc! Mon - Fri: 8:00 - 10:00 pm Saturday: 12:30 - 8:00 pm Sunday: 3:00 - 6:30 pm

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

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

LAP SWIM & WATER WALKING Monday - Friday: 5:00 am - 2:00 pm Mon/Wed/Fri: 5:30 am - 6:30 pm

Tues/Thurs: Saturday: Sunday:

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

OPEN SWIM Mon/Wed/Fri: 5:30 - 8:00 pm Saturday: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm Sunday: 1:15 - 2:30 pm (Children 6 & under need to be accompanied by an adult)

WATER EXERCISE: Mon/Wed/Fri: 6:15 - 7:15 am Water Exercise Mon/Wed: 8:00 - 9:00 am Water Aerobics



9:00 - 10:00 am H2O Endurance 7:30 - 8:30 am Power Fitness 8:30 - 9:30 am Water Exercise (arthritis) 8:00 - 9:00 am Deep Water Aerobics 9:00 - 10:00 am Deep Water Intervals

FITNESS CENTER OPEN FOR DROP-IN: Mon - Fri: 5:00 am - 8:00 pm Saturday: 7:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm CLASSES: M: 10:00 - 10:50 am Wiggle Worms Playroom MW: 8:30 - 9:30 am SilverSneakers速 Classic Gold

12:15 - 1:05 pm Noon Express Zumba


11:00 am - Noon Gentle Yoga 6:45 - 7:45 am Flow Yoga 9:15 - 10:15 am Cardio Circuit TTH: 8:00 - 9:00 am Strength & Conditioning 9:05 - 10:05 am *Zumba Gold Independent: 5:00 - 6:00 pm Zumba F: 8:30 - 9:30 am Muscular Strength SAT: 8:00 - 9:00 am *Zumba gold Independent: 10:30 - 11:30 am Zumba *Independent: Pay $5 to the instructor

(5:30 - 6:00 M/W: 3 lanes) 5:30 am - 8:00 pm (3 lanes) 7:00 - 8:30 am 11:30 am - 1:00 pm


Anacortes Senior Activity Center

1701 22nd Street, Anacortes WA 98221 • 297-7473 • Fax: 293-7834 • • Mon. - Fri. 8 am to 4 pm



Cards / Games

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Flyswatter Volleyball Silver Foxes Exercise T’ai Chi Chih Gentle Yoga Indoor Walking Seated Wellness Zumba Gold

Computer Lab Beginning Computer Classes FREE Internet Access Wi-Fi Closed Circuit TV (an

Pinochle Bridge Cribbage Mah Jongg Pool Table Scrabble Mexican Train Dominoes

Intergenerational Activities Community Resources AARP Smart Driver Classes Creative Writing Classes Book Discussion Group Special Celebrations Haircuts Library and Gift Shop Book Sale And much more!

Health & Wellness Footcare Clinic Wellness Day Sight Connection Blood Pressure Checks Dental Hygiene Program Chair Massage Reiki

Arts & Crafts Woodcarving Creative Circle Acrylics Mosaic Watercolor Basket Weaving Art Appreciation

March for Meals

aid for those with visual impairments) Assistive Listening Devices

(call a day ahead)


Hearing Loop for those with T-coil Free drop-in Computer Clinic

Meals served at the Center Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. No reservations necessary. Suggested donation $3.50-$5.50 Non-seniors welcome for $6.00 Meals on Wheels for homebound seniors: $3 .50 suggested donation.

Support Groups

Living Well with Chronic Conditions: 1st & 3rd Mondays, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Music Senior Ukulele Ensemble Ukulele Classes Piano Lessons Entertainment before lunch. Look for schedule in the Center’s newsletter or online.

In 2014, Meals on Wheels served over 3,200 Skagit County seniors with approximately 150,000 meals of which 70,000 were delivered to their homes – of which, 14,400 went to Anacortes residents. If you or someone you know is interested in receiving services from Meals on Wheels, please call (360) 419-3420. The Meals on Wheels program relies on community support to be able to continue to offer this vital service and will soon begin its 11th annual March for Meals campaign to raise funds and awareness of the need. March for Meals has several ways the community can provide support. Bowling Bash - March 14th & 15th Have fun while helping raise money for Meals on Wheels by sponsoring or forming a team of four to enjoy 2 1/2 hours of bowling, food, refreshments and prizes! The team entry fee is $250 and team members are encouraged to raise additional funds by asking for donations from family and friends, although that is not required. In addition to prizes being awarded to the top three fundraising teams, prizes will be awarded for various other fun competitions! Don’t have a team? No problem! Sponsor a team for $250 and we will find a team for you!


Call 360-419-3420 to sign up.

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

Wii Bowling Bash – March 11th - Not a fan of standard bowling? Sponsor or form a Wii bowling team instead. The Wii Bowling Bash will include the same fun and lots of prizes as with the standard Bowling Bash event! Sponsor a plate - Businesses, organizations and individuals have the opportunity to become a plate sponsor during the 2015 March for Meals campaign. Plate sponsors will be recognized with a plate on the Plate Wall at all six Skagit County Senior Centers and in a “Thank You” ad placed in the local paper. Plate sponsorships are available at the following levels:

• Platinum Plate Sponsor   $1,000 • Gold Plate Sponsor           $  500 • Silver Plate Sponsor           $   250 • Bronze Plate Sponsor         $   100 Visit for more information on any of the March for Meals activities or call Sally Hill at the Anacortes Senior Activity Center for more information 293-7473.

293-3725 • •


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

Annual Membership Meeting All are welcome at our Annual Membership Meeting. It occurs late January to early 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 very 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 9th • 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 13th • 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.

PINE RIDGE LOOP • Friday, March 13th • 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.


For the very fit… HEART LAKE FITNESS HIKE • Saturday, February 21st • 10am until 1pm • Please join Jean Andrich and some of our board members for a challenging and fast paced 8 to 9 mile hike in the Heart Lake area. After we get our heart rate up, we will stop briefly for a gourmet chocolate tasting with chocolate provided by the Friends of the Forest. Dress in layers and bring water. Meet at the Heart Lake parking lot. Again, this special fitness hike is for people with a known high level of physical condition!


Class A C T School For The Performing Arʦ at Anacortes Community Theatre Winter Class Schedule 2015 To register call 360-293-6829 For more information:

THE MAGIC BOX Age: Preschool Dates: Fridays Jan. 30th - March 6th Time: 11 am - 12 pm OR 1 pm - 2 pm Cost: $50 Instructors: Katrina Agnew and Valisa Keller Turn on your imagination and get ready to play with whatever is found in the Magic Box. Will it be superhero capes and a day of saving the world? Could it be animal costumes and life on the farm? Every day, students will take part in a variety of creative dramatic games designed to use their imagination, improve their self- confidence, and provide social interaction within an organized class setting. Students will create crazy characters, sing and dance in this jam packed hour of fun.

SURF’S UP! Age: Kindergarten -2nd grade Dates: Mondays Jan. 12th - Feb. 23rd Time: 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm Performance: Feb. 23rd at 5:15 pm Dates: Fridays Jan. 16th - Feb. 27th Time: 4:00 - 5:15 pm Performance: Feb. 27th at 4:45 pm Cost: $75 Instructor: Katrina Agnew Surf ’s Up, Dude! What happens when a bunch of fun-loving surfers meet for their annual Surf Fest? They tell stories about their best waves! And what crazy adventures they have had. Each student will create a unique suffer personality 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.


SUPERHEROES UNLIMITED! Ages: 3rd – 6th grade Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays Jan. 20th - Feb. 26th Time: 4:00 - 5:30 pm Performance: Feb. 27th at 7 pm Feb. 28th at 2 pm & 7 pm Cost: $125 Instructors: Sunshine Stevens & Willow McLaughlin If you’re an under appreciated superhero who can’t seem to save the world, what should you do? You should call Superheroes Unlimited! They promise to “Show You A Better Way To Save The Day!” But are they also helping the super villains? 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.


Ages: 7th – 12th grade Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays Jan. 26th - March 11th Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Performance: March 13th at 7 pm & March 14th at 2 pm & 7 pm Cost: $125 Instructor: Molly Strohschein Sherlock Holmes- that mysterious figure who battles crime on the streets of London. No mystery remains unsolved with Sherlock on the case. But, what if the mystery is Sherlock himself? Who is the real Sherlock Holmes? Find out in this original mystery! 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.

• Three dance floors with A.M. and P.M. offerings • Classes for all ages, from toddlers to adults • Beginning/recreational to advanced level

Modern • Ballet

Preschool Combos Dance for Parkinson’s

• Jazz •

• Dance




Parent & Toddler Movement • Dance for Autism


Adult Beginning Classes Dance Workshops

Dance with your heart and your feet will follow along! 901 Third Street, Anacortes, Washington 98221 • 360.299.8447 • a 501(c)(3) nonprofit school of dance


Sheri Miklaski, Director (360) 293-1910

LISTENING LIKE A JAZZ MUSICIAN SERIES Fridays at 7pm Feb 20, Feb 27, March 6, 13, 20, and 27 Todd Anderson will moderate a six week class series discussing topics including: song forms (i.e. AABA, 12-bar blues) and the importance of each, “intros” and “outros” and how they help define style, communication between musicians, influential artists and their contribution to the evolution of Jazz, elements of musical style, use of traditional themes, and listening to non-Jazz music in a Jazz context. This class series is free to everyone thanks to the generosity of the Manieri Jazz Endowment.

TECHNOLOGY HELP IS HERE AT YOUR LIBRARY TECHWISE TUESDAYS @ THE LIBRARY Tuesdays 10am – 12noon Jan. 6, 13, 20. Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24. March 3, 10, 24, 31. Hands-on technology help is available on a drop-in basis for: • Downloading eBooks & audiobooks • Learning computer basics for beginners • Trying new software or internet applications • Signing up for Microsoft IT Academy

Please bring your own mobile device or laptop. Registration is not required.

KINDLE FIRE HD & HDX BASICS CLASS Tues., Jan. 27, 10am–12noon Designed for beginners, this class covers the fundamentals of using a Kindle Fire tablet including: • Amazon account • Downloading library eBooks & audiobooks • Some tips and tricks for getting the most out of your Kindle Fire HD or HDX. Registration is required. Due to the popularity of these devices this class will be limited to 20 people. This class is open ONLY for Kindle Fire users.



ANDROID DEVICES (Galaxy, Windows Surface, Google Nexus, etc.) Except Kindle Fire Devices Tues., March 17, 10am-12noon

Designed for beginners, this class cover the fundamentals of using an Android device including: • • •

Downloading library eBooks & audiobooks How to download an App. Some tips and tricks for getting the most out of your device.

Registration is required. Due to the popularity of these devices this class will be limited to 20 people. This class is open ONLY for Android devices, EXCEPT Kindle Fire users.

BE READY FOR TAX SEASON The IRS has decided to limit the amount of paper tax forms it is offering to the public in an effort to reduce costs and due to the fact that 90% of 2013 tax filers prepared their tax returns using electronic resources. The Anacortes Public Library ordered paper tax forms, but many forms were no longer available.  All tax forms can be printed from the IRS website www.irs. gov/formspubs. The library public internet computers can be used to print out tax forms for 10 cents per page.

ADULT PROGRAMS SUNDAY JAZZ HOUR Free performances take place on the second Sunday of every month from 2pm to 3pm. January 11: Blues Reunion February 8: Kareem Kandi Trio March 8: Mark Lewis Trio For more details visit the jazz website http: //

ACOUSTIC MUSIC Third Sunday of the month from 2pm - 2:30pm and Third Tuesday from 6:30pm - 7pm. 360.293.1918

Worlds of Information and Imagination AN EVENING WITH COMPOSER CONRAD ASKLAND Saturday, Jan. 24 at 7:00 p.m. Composer Conrad Askland will discuss his new musical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, which will run at the Lincoln Theater in Mt. Vernon Jan. 30-Feb. 15.

MARITIME SPEAKER SERIES Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. Jan. 17, “Discovery & Settlement of Puget Sound Country” author, Dick Blumenthal, will discuss the early voyages of the Spanish, George Vancouver and Charles Wilkes. Feb. 21, “Magnetic Compass Adjustment and Historical Tidbits.” Compass adjuster Keith Sternberg will discuss the causes and effects of compass error, how to steer by compass and some philosophy of self-reliance. Mar. 21, to be announced.

MOVIES Fridays at 7:00 p.m. Jan. 9, “Funny Face” Jan. 16, “The Four Feathers” Jan. 23, “The King of Masks” Jan. 30, “Witness for the Prosecution”

BOOK CLUB Mondays at 7:00 p.m. Jan. 26, Feb. 23, Mar. 23

JANUARY Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Jan. 7, “How to Use Your New Camera.” Photographer Tony Locke will guide you through using your Christmas present. Jan. 14, “Marine Mammals & Ecosystem Change.” Pacific Biodiversity Institute research scientist Aline Jeffries will discuss the ecosystem health of the Salish Sea and the effect on marine mammals, as well as research on harbor porpoises. Jan. 21, “Herons of Fidalgo.” Photographer Lance Ekhart will show the beauty and behavior of our local Great Blue Herons. Jan. 28, “More Lesser-Known Parks.” Explorer Roxanne Parish will visit more of the relatively unknown National Park treasures of the United States.

FEBRUARY Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Feb. 4, “Wild Encounters: the Sacred and Profane.” Author, photographer and naturalist Christina Nealson will share tales and images with wildlife encountered during her 10year RV odyssey. Feb. 11, “Researching a Backcountry Book.” Fishing author John E. Moore will present a slideshow of Washington, Idaho and Montana backcountry, visited while doing research for fishing and hiking books.

Feb. 18, “Skagit County’s New Deal Murals & NW Artists in the Great Depression.” Anacortes Museum Educator Bret Lunsford explains the various murals throughout the County, including the recent discovery in a barn. Feb. 25, “1890s Railroads & Travel in Northwest Washington.” Logging and sawmill historian Eric Erickson will give an interactive slide show on the Seattle & Northern Railway, Anacortes to Sedro-Woolley, Seattle Lake Shore & Eastern Railway, King, Snohomish, Skagit & Whatcom County sections.

MARCH Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Mar. 4, “Holland in the Spring.” Join avid travelers and amateur photographers Jim & Elaine Walker on a trip to Holland, with visits to gardens, museums and Anne Frank’s secret annex. Mar. 11, “100 Years of Anacortes Parks.” Washington Park Manager Bob Vaux and Museum Educator Bret Lunsford will recognize the creation of the Anacortes Parks Board in 1914 and give a tour of history of all the incredible parks in Anacortes. Mar. 18, “The North Cascades.” Join local author Bill Dietrich for a discussion of his most recent project, a coffee table book on the North Cascades, published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Mar. 25, “Orca Tribes of the Salish Sea.” Orca Network cofounder Howard Garrett will introduce the two communities of the Southern Resident orcas, who are without parallel, except for humans, in their cultural capabilities.

THE CHILDREN’S LIBRARY TODDLER STORYTIME Toddler Storytime is held Wednesdays at 10:30am. This storytime is designed for children 18 to 36 months of age and their caregivers. Toddler Storytime focuses on early learning through stories, play, movement, rhyme, music, etc., in an enriching and positive atmosphere. 

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME This popular storytime takes place in the Children’s Library on Thursdays at 11:15am. This storytime is designed for 3 to 5 year-old children and includes stories, rhymes, learning activities, and more. 

LEGOS IN THE LIBRARY! Join Ria most Sunday afternoons 2pm to 4pm. 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. 




Worlds of Information and Imagination TEEN PROGRAMS Youth in grades 7-12 join Ria each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 4pm. in the Activity Room. There will be assorted fun projects, including arts and crafts programs, preparation for various library programs, and other cool activities. 

TALES FOR TAILS This popular program is made possible by Dogs on Call and is held from 1pm to 2pm. on the second Saturday of the

month in the Children’s Library. Children read to a dog in the comfort of the Children’s Library.  Dates for winter are January 10, February 14, and March 14. All programs are free of charge and registration is not necessary. Call the Children’s Library at (360) 293-1910, ext. 28 for more information.


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

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


FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY Friends of the Library meetings take place on the second Thursday of the month at 2:30pm. in the Library Community Meeting Room. The FriendShop bookstore carries a wide range of good-condition books, audios and videos, including material for children of all ages. All proceeds help the Library purchase new materials and support children’s programs and other needs. FriendShop hours: Mon. through Fri. 11am – 4pm and Sat. 1pm – 4pm. FriendShop manager, Beverly Reed, 293-4149.


New Year’s Day: January 1 Martin Luther King Jr. Day: January 19 Presidents’ Day: February 16 Easter: April 5 Main Desk 293-1910 Children’s Library 293-1910 ext. 27 or 28 Fax 293-1929

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

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



News from Washington Park LOOP ROAD SWEPT

reservation system. Please stay tuned as we formalize the plan for 2015. If you would like to reserve the Group Picnic or Group Camp areas, this must still be done either at our City Hall office or over the telephone at 360/293-1918. 2015 reservations

COA Public Works was able to complete a fall sweep of the Loop Road. Many of you have expressed thanks for this. We are committed to on-going Loop Road improvements. This summer we were able to successfully trim back some of the more narrow sections of the road. We will continue with this throughout the winter months.

will open on Jan 2, 2015.

MUTT MITTS EVADING GARBAGE CANS RESERVATION SYSTEM http://anacortesparksandrecreation. aspx The current plan for 2015 campground reservations is to open up the entire calendar year on December 18th, 2014. We hesitate to make a formal announcement at this time as we are still working with our current vendor to iron out some of the wrinkles we have experienced over the first three years of our online

An astounding amount of full mutt mitts continue to appear throughout the wooded areas of the Park. A curious phenomenon. The worst part of the job has been done; the poo has been collected. Why not go ahead and find a trash can to leave it in? Is there a certain perverse joy taken in flinging poo? Is this some kind of childhood fantasy only now being realized? Is it too much time on monkey poo YouTube? I don’t have a clear answer, but I am picking up lots of full mutt mitts all over the place. Rise above the darkness of your own psyche and get the poo to the trash.

SUMMER REVENUES UP Washington Park visitors came out in even greater numbers this year. Camping revenue is up 8%, while boat lot trailer parking is up 5% from 2013 revenues. These collected park fees stay right here at the park, and help reduce the amount needed from local taxpayers, thus freeing up valuable funds for other much needed city services. — Bob Vaux, Manager 360/661-3463



Resident* of Anacortes: $6 per day Non-Resident: $9 per day 14 day stay limit

Utility Sites: Resident: $21 per night Non-Resident: $25 per night Non-Utility Sites: Resident: $17 per night Non-Resident: $20 per night

SEASON PERMITS: Resident: $123 Non-Resident: $185


RESERVED GROUP PICNIC AREA: Monday – Thursday: $43 Friday – Sunday: $62 *Resident defined as a person who has their primary residence or owns property within the City limits of Anacortes.




NEW Solid Waste Holiday Schedule Starting Christmas 2014! Thursday, December 25, 2014 Collect Wednesday and Thursday on WEDNESDAY, December 24, 2014 ** If your collection day is Thursday be sure to put your garbage out a day EARLY!**

2015 Holiday Pick-Up Schedule for Solid Waste

New Year’s Day Thursday, January 1, 2015 Collect Wednesday and Thursday on WEDNESDAY, December 31, 2014 **If your collection day is Thursday be sure to put your garbage out a day EARLY!**

Martin Luther King Day Monday, January 19, 2015 Collect Monday and Tuesday on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Presidents Day

Independence Day

Monday, February 16, 2015 Collect Monday and Tuesday on Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Memorial Day

Observed Friday, July 3, 2015 Collect Friday and Monday on Monday, July 6, 2015

Labor Day

Monday, May 25, 2015 Collect Monday and Tuesday on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Monday, September 7, 2015 Collect Monday and Tuesday on Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Veterans Day Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Collect Wednesday and Thursday on Thursday, November 12, 2015

Thanksgiving Thursday, November 26, 2015 Collect Wednesday and Thursday on WEDNESDAY, November 25, 2015 **If your collection day is Thursday be sure to put your garbage out a day EARLY!**

Friday, November 27, 2015 Collect Friday and Monday on Monday, November 30, 2015

Christmas Day Friday, December 25, 2015 Collect Friday and Monday on Monday, December 28, 2015 Extra garbage must be placed in city pre-paid bags



A Review of 2014 in the Anacortes Community Forest Lands

by Ranger Dave

2014 in the Anacortes Community Forest Lands started toxic algae occurred in both Little Cranberry Lake off as usual with lots of wet and windy days. This and Heart Lake, creating a recommended closure for translates into many days of clearing downed trees swimming. The algae bloom dissipated after a couple and limbs off the trails. Over 30 trees were cleared of weeks in Little Cranberry Lake, but persisted in Heart off trails in January, but the snow storm that hit the Lake for most of the summer. It should be noted that weekend of February other area lakes had 22nd brought down similar problems hundreds of trees and with toxic algae virtually blocked every blooms. Campers at trail with large trees Deception Pass State and hundreds of large Park came to Whistle branches. It would Lake to swim due to have taken months to the lake at the Park get all the trails open, closed to swimming but with the help because of toxic algae of many volunteers and fecal coliform we were able to get levels. Toxic algae all 52 miles of trails blooms are a national open and usable in problem as well, with 3 weeks. The sound climate change being of a chainsaw in the blamed. ACFL could be heard It was with great on many days. The cheer that trail 247, road to the top of Mt which goes around Erie had over 50 trees the south side of Mt Ethan Foss, Kevin Foss, Sky Gutherie, Josh Gates, Livvy Gates, Maryn Gates, Rachel Foss, and Riley Foss blocking the access to Erie to trail 22 was rethe top as well. After opened after a 12 year the trails were cleared some had to be repaired due to closure due to limited access through private property. trees uprooting and damaging the trails. Mother Nature As we work with private landowners, we hope the trail kept us quite busy at times setting our priorities and will remain open for years to come. giving us extra tasks. We had a number of successful work parties in 2014. The summer weather was one of the best in over a In March we held a work party to clear trees and decade bringing many sunny and warm days to enjoy branches off a number of trails. In April we cleaned up the lakes and trails. This kept ACFL Staff very busy with Heart Lake Road and repaired trails 242 and 210. In more visitors and increased emergency situations. Two August we repaired a section of trail 241. In November drownings occurred at Little Cranberry Lake, a wildfire we removed invasive plants and also pruned trails on Sugarloaf hill, and numerous violations for alcohol on horseback. And in December we removed more use. Staff also searched for lost hikers, guiding them invasive plants and cleaned up Heart Lake Road again. back to their cars. Thank you to all the volunteers and volunteer time we With the above normal temperatures and long summer, had in 2014. You folks are awesome!

2015 Work Parties JANUARY 17th @ 9:00 am INVASIVE PLANT REMOVAL: Today we will be removing invasive Ivy, Holly, and Daphne along trail 304. We hit this area a few years ago, but it needs a little more love. Let’s meet at trailhead 304 on O Ave. Parking is limited so carpool or ride your bike if possible. We will have all the tools. Just bring your smile, humor, and energy. Chili and hot chocolate will be served by Jerry & Jan Hemme who live adjacent to the trail. See you there! 360.293.1918



Questers Grant Funds Lighting Restoration The museum’s entrance and stairwell are now illuminated by a new (old) pendant lamp thanks to a grant from the Fidalgo Finderskeepers chapter of Questers. The hanging lamp replaces sconces that date to the 1960s, and replicates the original lighting in that location. As a bonus, surface wiring for the sconces was no longer needed and was removed. The entry area not only looks dramatically better, it is also more historically authentic. The project cost about $800. In the past the Questers contributed to our groundfloor renovation and the purchase of archival supplies. They provide small exhibits for our Anacortes Presents case, including the current exhibit. Thank you, Questers, for your support.

Lance Burdon: A Photographic Journey MARCH 8, SKAGIT COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM Bret Lunsford presents a slide show and presentation celebrating photographer Lance Burdon, who at the dawn of the 20th century embarked on a photographic journey that provides an inside look at pioneer life on Fidalgo Island.

Be sure to stop and see the Anacortes Museum’s exhibit: All in the Same Boat


Looks at life in the community during the 1930s. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tues.-Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. (Closed Mondays) The museum is at 1305 8th Street During the Great Depression, no one in Anacortes had any cash. But, with everyone in the same boat, they worked together and looked out for each other. Employing ingenuity, hard work, and determination, they not only got through, but lived life to the fullest. Kids played and couples started families. Rather than being depressed by their hard times, they enjoyed festivals, parades, dances, sports, movies, plays, clubs, and gatherings. Lavishly illustrated with period photos, the exhibit discusses how the Depression started and how it ended, and as some of the lasting legacies of the era — like Deception Pass State Park.



Kenneth Callahan’s “Fishing” Mural again the talk of the town In a day when the U.S. Post Office was a hub of activity in this seaside community, the hanging of a federally funded art piece created a wave of controversy that included harsh criticism from the local Postmaster and commercial fishermen. That was 1940, and today the same mural is coveted not only in the Northwest, but by art aficionados across the country. This painting by renowned “Northwest Mystic” artist Kenneth Callahan is titled “Fishing” – and it has once again drawn the spotlight among interested parties including the Anacortes Arts Commission and the Anacortes Museum. Anacortes Museum Educator Bret Lunsford has published an enlightening article teeming with details about Callahan,

this mural and its controversial history. The article includes a debunking of common misconceptions about the art piece. In addition, the Anacortes Arts Commission (ACC) is preparing a history of the 16 X 4 ft. mural, which hangs on the south wall of the Post Office lobby. In partnership with the U.S. Postal Service, the ACC hopes to create an informational piece to let Post Office patrons know more about the artist and the story behind his mural creation in the late 1930s. To read more about this historic mural, and efforts to preserve it ‑and other Arts Commission Activities, visit www. or

360.293.1918 360.293.1900 ANACORTES



House History Program 7 pm Tuesday, January 13th Anacortes Museum Did you ever wonder who built and lived in your old Anacortes home before you? You can learn about the Anacortes House History and Plaque Program and how to research the history of your home in a presentation by the Anacortes Historic Preservation Board. Find out if your home might be eligible for the Anacortes Historic Register, or how you might qualify for tax breaks for your renovation project.

Skagit New Deal Murals & Northwest Artists in the Great Depression 7 P.M. FEB. 18, ANACORTES PUBLIC LIBRARY The recent discovery of William Cumming’s Great Depression mural in a barn has renewed interest in Skagit County’s New Deal murals. Bret Lunsford will discuss the Cumming mural, Ambrose Patterson’s 1938 “Local Pursuits” at the old Mount Vernon post office; Albert Runquist’s “Loggers and Millworkers” in Sedro-Woolley and the 1940 Kenneth Callahan “Fishing” mural at the Anacortes Post Office. This topic ties in with the Anacortes Museum’s current exhibit “All in the Same Boat: Anacortes in the Great Depression.”

January is National Stop Human Trafficking Month Sex trafficking is a form of modern slavery that exists in Anacortes, and throughout the United States in cities, suburbs, and even rural communities. Sex traffickers use violence, threats, lies, debt bondage, and other forms of coercion to force women, men and children to engage in commercial sex against their will. Under federal law, any minor under the age of 18 years induced into commercial sex is a victim of sex trafficking—regardless of whether or not the trafficker used force, fraud, or coercion. Trafficking of minor children for sexual exploitation is the most common form of trafficking seen in suburban communities. Our community has been fighting back and has signed on with the “Not in Our City” pledge. Skagit County Coalition Against Human Trafficking (SKCAT) has several events planned in Anacortes as part of their month long “Not in my Backyard” campaign to eradicate Human Trafficking in Skagit County. On Sunday January 11th members of the SKCAT and concerned citizens will hold a rally at the corner of 12th and Commercial Ave. at 12PM. SKCAT and the Anacortes Police Department are pleased to present a public program on Human Trafficking at 7PM January 26th at Brodniack Hall at Anacortes High School. Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC)



Margie Quin from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations will present strategies on preventing trafficking in suburban and rural communities. ASAC Quin is a leading authority on preventing Human Trafficking. She is a nationally known speaker and instructor to law enforcement, health care providers, and communities about trafficking issues. She was instrumental in passing aggressive anti-trafficking laws in Tennessee and most recently, she testified before congress on proposed federal legislation. Wednesday morning at 9AM at the Swinomish Casino and Lodge 12885 Casino Dr. Anacortes. ASAC Quin will conduct a seminar for educators, school counselors, faith leaders, youth pastors, volunteers, and professionals who work with youth. The seminar will focus on detection, intervention, and appropriate services for trafficking victims. Wednesday afternoon at 1:30PM at the Swinomish Casino and Lodge. ASAC Quin will conduct a seminar with medical first responders and health care workers about the role they play in detecting trafficking activity. Participants in the Wednesday classes must register at All of these events are free to the public. For more information or to join the SKCAT go to

100 Years in Anacortes Parks 7 pm March 11 Anacortes Public Library A presentation by Bob Vaux and Bret Lunsford


City of Anacortes – Comprehensive P lan COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE 2016 Comprehensive Plan Update

Administrative Support Volunteer Kirk Kennedy

4610 Hickory Dr


James Taylor

301 5th Street


Nicholas Rennis

814 6th St, Apt. B


Lin Folsom

1903 9th Street



2219 32nd Street 4404 Orchard Avenue 2005 29th Place 2003 M Avenue

333-0564 303-551-555 541-314-8715 941-0425

3318 W 2nd Street 2708 Dundee Place 4620 Edwards Way 2506 Oregon Avenue

299-0641 920-0736 949-981-0177 770-3819

Ward 1

Cynthia Richardson 315 V Avenue

The founders of Anacortes were as dedicated to the creation of parks as they were to the business of industry. A century later we are the beneficiaries of this well preserved legacy, and also the tradition of creating and maintaining additional parks. We recognize the formation of the Anacortes Parks Board in 1914 with a chronological focus on all of Anacortes’ incredible parks. Learn who they’re named for, how they were designed, and how they have evolved. Enjoy a slideshow of historic park photographs as we spend an hour admiring our good fortune.

Ward 2 Vernon Lauridsen Bruce McDougall Walter Guterbock Andy Stewart

Ward 3 Wayne Huseby Adrian Fewing Tal Jackson Gary Christensen

Senior Planner Libby Grage

We wish to thank all of our photo contributers.







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

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Anacortes, WA PERMIT NO. 22

This is the first edition of “A-Town is our town” and it is mostly a combination of the City of Anacortes’ “City Briefings” and the Anacortes Parks and Recreation Department's “Quarterly Menu”. The intent of the publication is to communicate useful information about the City of Anacortes with our citizens.  It will be a quarterly publication that we are expecting to evolve in many ways.  One way that people can help us with that evolution is to let us know what kinds of information they would like to see in the publication and we will work to try to include that.  Please contact Gary Robinson through one of the following means if you have any comments, suggestions, etc.  Mail: P.O. Box 547, Anacortes, WA  98221. Phone: 360-293-1918 E-mail:

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