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Spring/Summer 2019 City of Anacortes 360-293-1900

by Mayor Laurie Gere

Dear Anacortes Citizens, It’s hard to believe that the first quarter of the year has passed and that we are well on our way to sunny days and outdoor activities. We started 2019 in a strong financial position. Our sales tax is exceeding last year by 20%. This is the 6th consecutive year of growth led by food and drinking establishments, car sales, residential construction, online sales and boat sales. Last year, the voters approved a .02% sales tax increase to fund our overlay program for our streets. This increase took effect on April 1st. Sales taxes allow the city to provide police, fire, ambulance services, administrative services, municipal court, legal, planning and community development, parks and recreation, library, museum, senior activity center and street maintenance. These services contribute to our quality and life and a vibrant city. Other tax revenues are property tax and utility tax. For a home valued at $420K, property taxes are approximately $4,400, of which the City receives $659. The utilities are self-supporting through fees, such as water, sewer, storm and solid waste. The 2019 budget of $26,944,801 supports the tax funded services and the total budget of $64,731,920 for this year includes all utilities including the regional water system. Our cash balance sets a healthy $8.1 million in reserves. The City is focused on the important work of completing the Land Use Development Regulations and zoning maps that will allow us to implement the city vision consistent with the 2016 Comprehensive Plan. This sets the stage for our city growth for the next 20 years.

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To date, we have had 24 Planning Commission meetings, over 200 written public comments and over 150 verbal presentations from the public. The Planning Commission finished this work in early April with the Council taking up deliberations and public hearings on April 15th. This is a wonderful example of citizens being involved in the process. We are an engaged community. I believe we will have regulations and codes that serve us well, as we guide our city in growth demands and services. Other highlights this year are the implementation of our Maritime Strategic Plan that we will use to build a thriving, sustainable maritime sector, positioning Anacortes as a leader in the Pacific Northwest for emerging future maritime energy and clean technology industries. We also are implementing Phase 1 of the City Fiber utility this year to our Central Business District, passing 1,000 homes and businesses in Old Town and M Avenue corridors. The community will have fiber access for business, innovation, education, healthcare and the digital world. I continue to champion a Community Youth and Recreation Center, working with the Boys and Girls Club, the City’s Parks and Recreation Department and Anacortes School District as we work on evidence-based program development and master site plan through a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the City and school district. I remain committed to providing our youth with support, services and programs as they navigate this complicated world. We also are providing better access to

all of our citizens. There is now 24/7 access to all city records with Laserfiche, an electronic centralized tool for online records retention, public records search, interactive mapping and centralized digital infrastructure. Stormwater management is a priority for the city. Under our new Stormwater Manager Diane Hennebert’s direction, we have a plan to raise awareness and implement good practices for rain water from our street to our bay. It’s the leading cause of pollutants in the Sound and the city has developed a new 2019 plan to protect our Salish Sea. Under Jonn Lunsford’s leadership, the Parks and Recreations Department is working with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Fish and Wildlife on how to address ongoing maintenance of the Guemes Channel Trail (GCT). Parks will also roll out a website this spring focusing on GCT and all phases of the trail, from what has been completed, to work that still needs to be done and future plans. This will provide the community with current and historical information regarding the trail and help the City complete this important project that provides safe and healthy access to our waterfront and beaches. As always, I encourage you to stay connected with what is going in the City of Anacortes. I continue to strive to do this important work and look forward to seeing and hearing from you throughout this year.

Respectfully Your Mayor,

Laurie Gere

For me, one of the most important objectives in government is to always improve the way we work for the people that we serve and for future generations. Councilman Cities especially Ryan Walters need to pursue every opportunity to increase efficiency, cut costs, deliver better service, and increase transparency, and I’m dedicated to ensuring Anacortes is on the front lines of those efforts. At a fundamental level, government in the 21st Century must operate differently than it did in the 20th Century. Our efforts start with sustaining our critical infrastructure. For example, in the past four years:

city charges such a low rate. But we’re cognizant of the impact that fees and taxes have on our residents and it’s our duty to keep them as low as possible while providing the services that residents demand. That’s why we’re searching for ways to reduce costs and make services smarter. We updated streetlights to LED, which have already paid for themselves in rebates and reduced electrical costs. We now offer utility bills via email and the web, which has improved service and saved on postage. The Council Finance Committee has endorsed offering a discount to customers who pay through direct withdrawal—which will reduce staff time in processing payments. Our implementation of Laserfiche (see page 10) is making us dramatically more efficient in managing our own data, responding to public records requests, and enforcing important oversight processes. Reducing paper has secondary benefits as well—we need less floor space to store it and less electricity to heat and air condition it.

• We enhanced our street overlay program to $2 million annually with a targeted upgrade of our average Pavement Condition Index. Repaving Q/R Avenue, D Avenue, Heart Lake Road, M Avenue are some of the fruits of that effort. (Some roads, like Commercial Avenue between 12th Street and the roundabout, are state highways and not under our control.)

• We upgraded to automated garbage trucks to increase efficiency and reduce worker injury. We’re exploring changing residential garbage and recycling service to once every two weeks, to avoid the expense of hiring more drivers, cutting fuel costs, and cutting fees.

• We expanded replacement of our drinking water infrastructure, including our threemillion-gallon water tank on Whistle Lake Road, and waterline replacements currently in progress under Commercial Ave.

• We’re looking at smart parking space detectors that could enable us to make better use of parking spaces in our downtown core without building expensive structured parking.

• We have stepped up our program to clean out and dredge our stormwater infrastructure.

• Our fiber network, which the City Council has insisted pay for itself through subscriber fees, will also lay the groundwork for other smart service enhancements in the future—like automated meter reading and leak detection.

• We have sped up our sewer line replacement program to reduce stormwater infiltration and we’re exploring more radical measures to ensure its ongoing capacity. Through all of this, we’ve insisted on effective plans and forecasts for infrastructure maintenance and that new projects (park upgrades, buildings, etc.) consider total lifecycle costs instead of just trying to minimize upfront costs. These investments have been essential, but they’ve also been expensive; we’ve had to increase fees and rates in every instance. Many of those increases are unavoidable—we’re never going to return to the $5/month residential rate we had for drinking water, for example, because there’s no way that could ever cover the cost of maintaining our infrastructure, and no other

• We’re moving City IT infrastructure to the cloud, which will increase uptime, reduce staff time for management, improve our feature set, and ensure reliability in the event of a natural disaster. And there’s so much more that the City is doing in this arena! While your councilmembers and mayor are instrumental in driving this evolution, we can’t do it without you. What ideas do you have for cutting service costs or increasing efficiency? Email citycouncil@ with your thoughts. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

ANACORTES BRIEFINGS Mayor Laurie Gere..........................2 City Council Member......................3 GIS Mapping Technology............... 4 EMS Expands.................................. 5 Our Town....................................... 5 AHS Green Club..............................6 Washington Park............................7 Storm Solutions...............................8 Emergency Preparedness.............9 Laserfiche..................................... 10 Fiber............................................... 11 Maritime Strategic Plan................ 12 Anacortes Arts Commission........ 14 Madrona Grove Exhibition........... 16 Post-Art..........................................17 Museum/Boys & Girls Club............17 City Council................................... 18 Sanitation Schedule...................... 18

PARKS AND RECREATION Handy Numbers............................ 19 Quarterly Menu............................ 19 Recreation Programs...................20

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS Community Task Force.................30 Senior Activity Center....................31 Museum........................................32 Library......................................... 34 Friends of the Forest....................38 Relay for Life................................. 41 WWU..............................................42 Shearwater.................................. 43 Aging Mastery Program.............. 44 March Point Fun Run.................... 45 Soo Bahk Do................................. 46 Iyengar Yoga................................47 Friends of Skagit Beaches........... 48 Class Act.......................................49 Anacortes Food Co-op.................50 Anacortes Farmers Market.........50 ACE Energy................................... 51 Fireworks Donation Form.............52 4th July Parade Application .........53 Gleaners...................................... 54 Transition Fidalgo........................ 54 Dialing 911.......................................55 RIP Bill Mitchell............... Back Cover

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GIS GIS stands for Geographic Information Systems. GIS is a mapping technology that allows the user to create and interact with a variety of maps and data sources. GIS integrates databases with georeferenced spatial data (maps tied to specific known locations). INTERACTIVE WEB BASE MAPS The City Of Anacortes GIS Division has 16 interactive maps with valuable information available for the public to use. Much of the data has been compiled over a period of years and now is available on the city website. The maps are continually being updated and are user friendly and informative. HOW TO ACCESS MAPS Go directly to the City of Anacortes web site, Once there, hover over the word “GOVERNMENT”. Under Documents click on GIS/Mapping. You arrive at the GIS Web page. Now just click on the words to the left that say, “Click Here For Interactive GIS Maps”. MAPS TO EXPLORE Plats & Short Plats

City Accidents

Development Information

City Structures

Zoning Maps




Fire Hydrants



Shoreline Data

ACFL Trail Map (see below)

Native Growth Protection Easements

Boundary Line Adjustments

Grand View Cemetery (see below)

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Anacortes Fire Department Expands Ambulance Service

in Western Skagit County.

In late 2018 Skagit County made the change to a “Fire Department Based” ambulance service throughout most of Skagit County. This means that rather than ambulance service being provided by Skagit County through an ambulance service (formerly Central Valley Ambulance Authority), the four municipal fire departments began providing the ambulance service to the residents in Skagit County. The City of Anacortes Fire Department has been utilizing this model of service on Fidalgo and Guemes Islands since the mid 1980’s so it is business as usual here in Anacortes. On January 1st of 2019, as part of these larger changes in Skagit County Emergency Medical Services, Anacortes Fire Department began serving the Emergency Medical needs of a larger area of the county. The Anacortes Fire Department now covers eastward to approximately Best Road and south to the Best Road Bridge over the Skagit River including the Town of La Conner. Previously our primary service area, for Emergency Medical Services, ended at the Swinomish Slough and did not include the Town of La Conner. As Part of our increased service area, Anacortes Fire Department has

Dark Green = primary service area for the city of Anacortes EMS Services. Bright Green = secondary service area, including the newly expanded coverage zone.

increased our staffing at Station 3 (Molly Road Fire Station) from 12 hours per day to 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. We are also in the process of remodeling Station 3 to include sleeping quarters. In the first two months of 2019 we have seen a 26% increase in medical calls at Station 3 when compared to the same time period in 2018. This increase in call volume is due largely to the increased hours of operation and increased service area. These changes to the Emergency Medical Services in Skagit County and in the City of Anacortes have allowed the City of Anacortes Fire Department to increase staffing and provide better and more consistent Fire and Rescue services to both Western Skagit County and the citizens of the City of Anacortes.

Fidalgo Ukulele Network (FUN) Jams, Classes, Events • FUN (fidalgoukulelenetwork. com) meets alternate Thursdays at 1:10 at Anacortes Senior Activity Center. Uke players of all levels, plus folks who just love to sing, are welcomed. • FUN Classes: Ukadore (studies for advanced beginners and beyond) begin May 9 and run through Sept. 5, following FUN Jams. Newkulele, • An 18 week course for beginning uke players, begins Nov 7. • All jams and classes are free, but donations to the ASAC keep these programs possible. Email Linda Zielinski zuke.uke@gmail. com for info.

Bellingham Ukulele Orchestra Concert at Anacortes Senior Activity Center 7pm Tues, June 11 • ASAC and FUN welcome the Bellingham Ukulele Orchestra in concert at the Anacortes Senior Activity Center. BUO’s concerts are always popular with the Anacortes community. Buy tickets at ASAC’s front desk starting May 1; a limited number will be available at the door a half hour before the concert.

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Guemes Channel Trail The joy of trail users is hard to ignore, especially in the City of Anacortes. We are the long time regional leader in the construction, management and experience of shared use trails. With classic and cherished routes winding through the Anacortes Community Forest Lands and Washington Park, along with more recently added gems like the Tommy Thompson Parkway and the Smiley’s Bottom perimeter trail, community members and visitors from afar are blessed with a long list of inspirational options.

Along with planning for new construction, comes the maintenance of the existing route. As the storms of winter and natural beach processes occur along the trail, we continue to learn how to improve our stewardship and build a more secure north shore route. We are working with both the Department of Fish and Wildlife & the Army Corps of Engineers on requirements for repair and maintenance.

Environmental stewardship is important along this sensitive shoreline. Recent surveys show that we actually have more shoreline planting area than our permits require; 3000 sq. The Guemes Channel Trail has joined and enhanced these feet more. Volunteers helped us fill planting pockets with 200 native tree seedlings last year and the Anacortes High School diverse routes, providing a unique glimpse into the natural wonder and historic diversity of Fidalgo Island’s north shore. Green Club replanted native dune grass and nootka rose. If you want to help, please contact the Parks and Recreation The currently built 1.2 miles of the trail connects the Ship Harbor Interpretive Preserve east to the Lovric Family Boat Department, we appreciate our generous volunteers. Yard. Thousands of trips have been made along this glimpse Many of last year’s plantings are taking hold. We are of the bigger project, and city staff have been inspired to developing detailed plans for continued enhancement of continue the project both east and west. This work requires these native plantings, and look forward to sharing same many conversations with property owners, both private and when they are approved by the regulatory agencies. In the public, extensive permitting processes and the patience due meantime, please continue to enjoy the amazing City of any big dream. Anacortes trail system.

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WASHINGTON PARK BOAT LAUNCH If you have been to Washington Park lately you may have noticed damage to the boat launch caused by storms this past winter. On February 4th, gale force winds severed a steel piling at the launch and a docking float broke loose and beached itself in the high surf. We subsequently removed another damaged float after the storm subsided. For the last several years, the Parks & Recreation Department has been considering options for improving the Washington Park boat launch. Over the years several repairs to the floats have been made by the parks maintenance crew as well as a few local contractors. This work has been mostly replacing the pins that hold the floats together, and as 2018 moved from summer to fall, Parks & Recreation leadership began putting plans together to pursue replacement of the floats in 2019. We began reaching out to regulatory agencies and looking at similar projects happening at State Parks. Once the storm jumpstarted our replacement project,

we reached out to the Port of Anacortes for advice on the project. Port staff have generously been working with us on the required permitting, and also strongly recommended we meet with Transpac Marinas, Inc. After the first sit down with President Dan Jankelson and his crew, it was only a matter of weeks before we had our interim launch open. Transpac Marinas willingness to volunteer their expertise has been invaluable. We are now moving forward with plans to replace the pilings and floats with infrastructure that meet current environmental standards and are a more boater friendly version of what we once had. Some park users have advocated expansion of the boat ramp and trailer parking, while others would like float improvements but to keep the ramp and parking at their current size. Our plan is to keep the foot print of the launch and ramp the same while finding ways to improve our level of service. We will post a more definitive timeline as one develops. Bob Vaux Park Manager

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What is the leading cause of water pollution in Western Washington? Many people answer industrial pollution, boat discharges or illegal dumping. The surprising answer is stormwater runoff!

In partnership with the Skagit Conservation District, the City offers courses on a variety of topics from backyard conservation to water quality monitoring to stormwater pond maintenance. City staff can be found at public events such as the Spring Clean-Up, Kids-R-Best Fest, the Public Works Open House, and other events distributing information on how to prevent stormwater pollution.

Stormwater is the rain that runs off rooftops, yards and streets. It washes oil, fertilizers, trash and dirt into our storm drains, where it empties into the Puget Sound untreated. However, there are ways the City of Anacortes and the residents can combat this together!

There are many opportunities to get involved! Whether you want to make a few changes around your home, get involved with local efforts or comment on the stormwater management program, information can be found on the City of Anacortes stormwater webpage.

The City has built a wide-ranging stormwater management program to tackle this problem from many different angles. The stormwater program includes: education and outreach, public involvement and participation, illicit discharge detection and elimination, controlling runoff from development and construction activities, and municipal operations and maintenance.

Five simple things everyone can do to help protect water quality in the Puget Sound: • Sweep up driveways, sidewalks and roads instead of hosing them off into the gutter. • Wash cars at a commercial car wash or over your lawn to prevent the soapy water from entering the storm drain. • Use fertilizers and pesticides sparingly or not at all. • Fix leaky vehicles. • Pick up pet waste. • What if I see something that doesn’t belong in the storm drain?

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The City maintains a hotline to report spills and illicit discharges to the storm system. Illicit discharges pollute stormwater, which can damage salmon habitat and contaminate shellfish beds. Should you notice anything that might negatively impact water quality in our system, please call!


Low Impact Development (LID) has been adopted as the preferred approach to site development. LID emphasizes conservation and uses onsite features to infiltrate runoff and protect water quality. City Operations and Maintenance crews work hard to keep our storm system in great shape. They maintain 4,233 catch basins, over 80 miles of storm pipe and 50 miles of ditches! We have 57 storm ponds and 33 stormwater vaults that they keep operational. Our street sweepers are out there cleaning the streets to prevent dirt and debris from entering the storm system. During storm events they are out monitoring our storm system to ensure everything remains in good working order.

by Dave A. Oliveri Fire Chief The first in a series of articles detailing our community’s risk reduction efforts & developing a plan for success. The City of Anacortes lies within The Pacific Northwest region of Washington, which boasts an abundance of unique environments and opportunities to share with nature. Everyone who lives, works, represents and protects these communities need to heed the warnings, and address the myriad of potentially devastating hazards that could incapacitate our communities. This will require a comprehensive review of our emergency preparedness plans. These plans highlight the preparations necessary to minimize, reduce or eliminate the effects of wildland fires, earthquakes, tsunamis, and even tornadoes. Following this review, representatives from each group of stakeholders having ownership within the community need to assemble in order to develop an all-inclusive community-based disaster risk reduction plan (CBDRR). The CBDRR plan must cover all facets and contingencies of reducing the risks with regards to the high probability of a catastrophic event occurring in the general vicinity of or within the Anacortes community itself. The components of a successful CBDRR plan must include participation from the membership of each group of stakeholders within the community in order to develop a specific time-line detailing the length of the project, pinpointing the target completion date, establishing and scheduling review cycles, and considering solutions to the inevitable drawbacks that will be encountered by the process. The components of a successful CBDRR plan must include participation from the membership of each group of stakeholders within the community in order to develop a specific time-line detailing

the length of the project, pinpointing the target completion date, establishing and scheduling review cycles, and considering solutions to the inevitable drawbacks that will be encountered by the process. Even though large wildland fires, earthquakes, tsunamis, flooding, and damaging tornadoes are more likely in other parts of Washington and the U.S., none will be more damaging to the people, property, and the infrastructure than within an area such as Anacortes. The development of and the ability to manage a CBDRR plan in response to the threat of a catastrophic event is a necessary step for all communities, businesses, and emergency services organizations located within the hazard zone. Therefore, after formation of the CBDRR development strategy, deliberation by members of the committee regarding funding, mainly where it will come from and how to keep it flowing, as well as sustainability are critical and highly important issues that must be focused on in order to bring the CBDRR plan to completion. Sustainability issues are highlighted by committees struggling with keeping the information flowing to all potentially impacted individuals and groups in order to get them prepared and keep them prepared. Performing annual reviews to continually evaluate the CBDRR plan and the hazards affecting the area, as well as a continual cycling of the CBDRR program to contact and gain the interest of new members, and distributing the CBDRR plan to all stakeholders with any changes, updates or improvements are necessary to keep the community’s awareness at the highest level. “Community-based disaster risk

reduction strengthens social cohesion and cooperation within the community and society; it builds confidence among individuals, households, and communities for any undertaking including disaster preparedness and mitigation” (Shaw, 2012, p. 5). Mr. Shaw (2012) further explains that through this process of CDBRR plan development, communities can be strengthened enough to be able to embark on any of a multitude of programs that would prove to be beneficial to the people and stakeholders of that community, the region, and the nation. The communitybased disaster risk reduction process is timely, proven, and advantageous to all communities as the catastrophic effects of a disaster are seemingly limitless and far reaching with no group immune from the potentially crippling devastation. Utilizing a comprehensive CBDRR plan will provide the pillar necessary to support our paramount responsibility as a community, keeping our city and our citizens safe. References Shaw, R. (2012). Community-based disaster risk reduction (1st ed.). (R. Shaw, Ed.) Bingley, U.K.: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

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The digital transformation is remaking Anacortes. As the Anacortes Municipal Fiber initiative brings speed-of-light information sharing to our public agencies, businesses and homes, the city is transforming how we conduct business and manage your public information. Laserfiche is one of the powerful technologies enabling those new strategies. During 2019, the second year of the three-year Laserfiche implementation, paper-based records management will increasingly convert to digital information processes. While archival paper will continue to be digitized to allow secure, searchable storage, the digital transformation goes far beyond scanning paper records. “Born electronic” forms are replacing their paper counterparts. Staff can now route information and establish auditable oversight and approval chains entirely electronically. These new processes are far faster, more secure, and more portable— city business moves forward even when staff are actively engaged in the field. Contracting and purchasing are already entirely electronic; payroll, travel and virtually all other financial transactions will be entirely electronic by year end. In 2019 the city will also expand opportunities for the public to request services and information electronically. The digital transformation is enhancing information sharing across departments and with the public. The city’s Laserfiche team works with staff in each department to establish indexing, filing and notification scripts appropriate for each project and business function. Powerful search tools enable staff to locate the information they need when they need it. Information access

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is more complete, more efficient and more timely—enabling collaboration between staff in all departments and locations to achieve 2019 initiatives across the city. Moreover, digital information can now be shared directly with the public. Digital records stored in the Laserfiche repository are now accessible in the electronic document portal, via interactive GIS maps, and underlying links throughout the city’s website. • Interactive Maps • Online Record Retention • Public Records Search Tools • Centralized Information

The digital transformation is not only remaking business as usual, it’s remaking business under extraordinary circumstances. Digital storage of essential information provides resiliency in the event of disaster. The Laserfiche repository and associated servers are backed up to the cloud, ensuring that critical information will be accessible even if public infrastructure is damaged. During 2019 the Laserfiche team will work with each department and with the emergency preparedness coordinator (see page 9) to identify mission critical information and prioritize its migration into the repository. City staff encourage public input and feedback as the digital transformation unfolds. Email cityclerk@ or call 360-299-1960.

Public Works Employees Installing Fiber with Innovative Technology When Public Works Director Fred Buckenmeyer came upon a innnovative way to get fiber optic lines from the City of Anacortes’ water treatment plant on River Bend Road in Mount Vernon to the Blue Heron Reservoir Station off Whistle Lake Road, he didn’t think twice about enlisting the city’s own employees to help.

“And be in the mindset of being the first to do it.”

“I never thought we couldn’t do it,” Buckenmeyer said. “I just knew we had an innovative, energetic group and they could do it.”

Instead of pushing the micro-duct into the water pipes because it tended to spool on itself, the city’s crews came up with a way to pull it using muletape, an extremely strong type of threading line.

The technology, developed by Craley Group Limited of the United Kingdom, puts micro-duct or messenger pipe inside active water pipes. Fiber optic lines are then fed into the micro-duct. The pipe-in-pipe technology is extremely new, and before the Anacortes crews took it on, it had only been done in a few places in Europe and other continents – and nowhere in the United States. The city’s goal was to replace its aging radio-based telemetry system used to communicate between its many water and wastewater system facilities. The biggest and most complicated stretch was the 15 miles from the water treatment plant to the first connection in the city at the Blue Heron Station. Water distribution supervisor Terry Nemeth was extremely excited to be doing something new that has never been done before when presented the challenge by Buckenmeyer. “It’s exactly what we look for,” Nemeth said. Employees from the city street and water distribution crews felt the same. It was an “opportunity to do something no one else was doing,” said water distribution employee Mike Henson.

The public works employees not only took the technology head on, but came up with new ways to put it into practice. Before, Craley’s system had only been used in much smaller pipes – the city was dealing with 36-inch water mains – so the same techniques didn’t always work.

A hydraulic-powered wheel was also developed by Henson to pull the muletape, Nemeth said. It was one of many new devices the employees came up with. “There was a lot of ingenuity,” Nemeth said. “Everyone put their brains together to make this work efficiently.” The Craley method of using a parachute through the active water lines to thread the mule tape was still used, but then the tape was pulled back, bringing the micro-duct with it, the last of which was installed in March. Mid-April the crews were planning to spend two weeks blowing the 85,000 feet of fiber into the micro-duct, one of the last stages of connecting the city’s water system facilities. Buckenmeyer highlighted that it was Anacortes employees who were the first to use the pipe-in-pipe technology in the 36-inch size pipe. They had to develop new equipment and techniques to get the job done, some of which Craley is now introducing to other entities looking to install fiber.

Employees who have worked on the pipe-in-pipe technology to get micro-duct inside the city’s water pipes are:

Terry Nemeth, Brent Christensen, Marty Lentz, Mike Henson, Joe Ferris, Nick Hibma, Zachary Rigelman, Ken Hargett, Saben Williamson, Dan Jones.

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Anacortes Maritime Strategic Plan In September 2016, the City of Anacortes and the jobs across 43 employers in 2016, which paid over Port of Anacortes, along with the facilitation of the $59 million in wages with an average salary of Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County $49,863, according to data from the Washington State (EDASC), initiated discussions to develop a new Employment Security Department. The city hosts a comprehensive strategic plan to promote and expand a diverse range of marine manufacturers, along with sustainable maritime economy in Anacortes and Skagit one of the leading recreational boating marinas in County and preserve the authentic maritime culture Washington State. of Anacortes. During 2017, the executive teams of the Anacortes is a natural center in Puget Sound for the City, Port, and EDASC conducted an extensive set maritime industry, with unique, superb assets that of interviews with a diverse range of local maritime position it as one of the most competitive locations in sector manufacturers, services providers, retail the Pacific Northwest for sustained and future growth businesses, property owners, educational institutions, in this sector. These include: and non-governmental organizations, to assess the characteristics, strengths, challenges, and opportunities • The Port of Anacortes, one of only eight deep water facing the maritime sector in Anacortes. These ports in Washington State, which can accommodate interviews were augmented by discussions of the Skagit new Panamax vessels with additional dredging. County Maritime Industry Cluster Working Group The port ranked 49th among U.S. ports (and 5th convened by EDASC during 2016 and 2017, which among Washington State ports) in total trade by incorporated a broader cross-section of countywide cargo tonnage during 2016, with 10.7 million tons, maritime industry stakeholders. The strategic plan is ranking 34th for total domestic trade (8.3 million an outcome of these discussions and interviews. tons) and 36th in total exports (2.2 million tons). The maritime industry is one of the oldest, most historically important, and economically impactful sectors in Washington State and in Anacortes. It encompasses a broad, diverse range of businesses and trades including: shipbuilding, repair, and maintenance; recreational boating and boat building; maritime logistics and shipping; commercial fishing and seafood products; maritime support services; and passenger water transportation.

• Concentrated access to a diverse, highly skilled maritime sector workforce.

In Washington State, employment across these six maritime industry categories totaled 69,500 direct jobs in 2015, which paid over $4.7 billion in wages. The average salary for these jobs was $67,000, above the state average of $56,700 (not including benefits). Every maritime industry job in Washington supports 1.8 jobs elsewhere in the economy; for every $1 million in revenue, 11 jobs are supported elsewhere in the economy. Moreover, the industry is growing: industrywide revenues have grown 2.4 percent per year from 2012 to 2015, with the largest growth rate found in maritime logistics and shipping at 5.2 percent.

• Two marine research facilities—Western Washington University’s Shannon Point Marine Center and Walla Walla University’s Rosario Beach Marine Laboratory, with close proximity to a third facility, the Padilla Bay Natural Estuarine reserve.

Anacortes has a long history and rich culture related to the maritime industry. In the six maritime subsectors identified above, Anacortes had an estimated 1,186

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• Skagit Valley College and the Northwest Career and Technical Academy Marine Technology Center in Anacortes, which hosts Washington State’s designated Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology, and offers the only comprehensive marine technology program on the U.S. West Coast.

• One of the most scenic locations of any Pacific Northwest community, Anacortes is a leading destination for marine-related tourism in the Pacific Northwest. It is the primary point of access to the San Juan Islands, and Fidalgo Island itself offers some of Washington State’s finest marine recreation opportunities. • A location convenient to Interstate 5; close proximity to greater Seattle, Vancouver, and Victoria; and strategically situated for Alaska-related maritime logistics and operations.

The sustained growth of the maritime sector is of great importance for Anacortes’ continued prosperity and economic development. Anacortes is well-positioned to offer a cost-competitive location for maritime businesses being priced out of other Pacific Northwest locations. Its desirable quality of life and tourism attractions are being enhanced by new investments in infrastructure and projects such as the Guemes Channel Trail that increase public access to the waterfront. There is broad community and local political support for a robust, diversified maritime industry sector. Moreover, the emerging needs for next generation vessels and Pacific fishing fleet recapitalization offers immense opportunities for Anacortes, which is already home to world-class shipbuilders and repair and maintenance services. This strategy is intended to serve as a blueprint of guiding objectives and tangible actions that the City and Port, along with EDASC and members of the broader local and regional community, can take to strengthen the foundations of the maritime industry in Anacortes. These actions will advance its sustained growth, retain existing businesses, attract new industry, train a world-class workforce, and enhance its role as a tourism destination.

This strategy is timely as it coincides with the launch in December 2017 of the Governor’s Washington Maritime BLUE: 2050 Vision for Accelerating Innovation project. This strategy aims to make Washington State home to the nation’s most sustainable maritime industry by 2050, leading the United States in the maritime shift towards decarbonization, clean technology innovation, and best management practices. These practices will support a strong maritime economy with living wage jobs, a healthy environment and resilient communities. Mayor Laurie Gere is serving on the Governor’s Maritime Innovation Advisory Council overseeing development of this strategy, and the Port of Anacortes and EDASC are actively involved in related activities. Through the Anacortes Maritime Strategy, Anacortes and Skagit County can take a leading role within this statewide effort and position itself as Washington’s primary location for the future maritime industry. Take a look at the Strategic Plan to see how we plan to sail on!

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MISSION STATEMENT: The Anacortes Arts Commission supports excellence, vitality, diversity, and accessibility of the arts as essential to the quality of life for all Fidalgo and Guemes Island residents by fostering a community cultural vision through the acquisition, placement and maintenance of public art and by promoting participation, innovation and partnership in all the performing, visual literary arts.

98221 Artist’s Studio Tour Accepting applications until April 30th, 2019. As the deadline for acceptance of artist’s applications draws near, anticipation builds for the 4th annual 98221 Artist’s Studio Tour! “We are very excited to jury and announce this year’s list of artists who will open their studios for the fall tour,” says Lisa Rhoades, the Anacortes Arts Commissioner who chairs the event. “Based on the quantity of applications in so far, and the caliber of artists we are seeing apply, the weekend of October 19th & 20th is sure to fascinate and delight each and every visitor to Anacortes and our artist’s studios,” she added. The free, self-guided, 98221 Artist’s Studio Tour showcases artists from the Anacortes and Guemes Island area runs Saturday and Sunday, October 19th & 20th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. “We will be announcing the list of participating artists in May,” says Terry MacDonald, Anacortes Arts Commissioner and co-chair of the tour, “so be sure to watch local media, and go to our website and click the link to the 98221 Studio Tour to preview a complete listing of artists and studios on

Artists from the 2018 Studio Tour

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this year’s tour.” We invite you to spend time with the artists, explore their work spaces, and find out what inspires their beautiful creations!

98221 City Hall Gallery There is a Creative Side to City Hall in Anacortes. It’s not just about city issues, politics, building permits, or paying a utility bill, you can also visit City Hall to enjoy Art. Meander through the 98221 Gallery where a mixed medium of art by local artists line the hallway and the council chamber room. On the First Friday of June and December the 98221 Gallery joins the Chamber First Friday Artwalk opening City Hall to art lovers between the hours of 6:00 to 9:00 pm. City Hall is a Cultural Avenue for the community, creating a welcoming environment strengthened through the support of the arts and the talents of local artists. Each show is up for six months, changing right before the June and December First Friday Artwalk. All art is for sale, a percentage from the art sold is used to support the arts in the community. The shows are sponsored by the Anacortes Arts Commission.

2019 Cascadia Poetry Festival The 6th Cascadia Poetry Festival ( comes to Anacortes, May 9-12, 2019. It’s a tribute to Sam Hamill who founded Copper Canyon Press, one of the top poetry presses in North America. A poet, essayist and translator who published many books, he lived in Anacortes for the last eight years of his life until his death April 16, 2018.



Rev. Koichi Barrish Christopher Yohmei Blasdel Ian Boyden Stephen Collis Elizabeth Cooperman Michael Daley Courtney Hudak Kent Johnson E.J. Koh José Kozer Stephen Kuusisto Jared Leising WA Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna Adelia MacWilliam Nadine Maestas Peter Munro Tim McNulty William O’Daly Shin Yu Pai Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma Rebecca Seiferle Matt Trease Thomas Walton Jason Wirth

The festival combines poetry and bioregionalism, or the stance that we should understand the place in which we live based on natural boundaries. The Cascadia bioregion extends from Cape Mendocino, California to Mt. Logan, Alaska and inland to the Continental Divide. This year’s festival features the launch of two anthologies. The Samthology, a tribute to Sam Hamill, features poems, prose and at least one previously unpublished interview with Hamill. There are poems in French and Spanish. The other anthology being launched is Make it True meets Medusario, a co-mingling of two previous anthologies and features all poems in English and Spanish. The co-editor of the book, José Kozer won the Neruda Award from the Chilean government in 2014 and will read on the festival’s Main Stage, Friday. There will be two panels Saturday morning, on translation and Cascadian Zen. William O’Daly, Neruda’s translator, will moderate the Translation as a Political Act. An open reading, Living Room, allows anyone to read original work. Shakuhachi Master Christopher Yohmei Blasdel, a close friend of Hamill’s will also perform. Gold Passes are $25 and allow


Photo by Ian Boyden


entry to all events except the master workshops. Two free workshops on Sunday morning are free to Gold Pass holders who register while space is open. https://

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The Anacortes Arts Commission is pleased to announce the third annual outdoor Sculpture exhibition. It again will be held in the parklike setting of the madrona grove and surrounding areas of the Depot Arts Center. The nine-month exhibition sponsored by Windermere will feature fourteen sculptures that were selected through an open juried competition. The show will run from May through December. This will be the third year for the Madrona Grove Sculpture Exhibition by Windermere. All sculptures are for sale. Last year four of the twelve sculptures exhibited sold. The Anacortes Arts Festival has generously purchased three that are now part of the City of Anacortes permanent collection. Joe Treats “giraffes” on the corner of R Avenue and Market Street and “Continental Drift 2”, by Steve Lloyd to be located on the Guemes trail were purchased the first year. Last year AAF purchased Lin McJunkin’s Fossill lll, which is located between the giraffes and the WT Preston on R Avenue until moved to it’s permanent spot at a new pocket park on Commercial.

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Lucy Mae Martin’s “Garden Party for Eve and Patty” was purchased by private donors and will be left on the south side of the Depot. Leo Osborne’s “Coming Home” was also purchased by a private donor for public view with location still to be decided.

Sculpture by Artist Joe Treat

Sculpture by Artist Leo Osborne


to Anacortes Update! As the sun returns with spring, Post-Art to Anacortes will be planning displays of Post-Art received over it’s first year! There were over 100 cards sent by mail and handed in at a variety of local businesses! While the majority of participants were Anacortes Residents, visitors from far-off locales like Oak Harbor, La Conner, Seattle, Ohio, Pittsburgh, the UK and France created beautiful Post-Art and contributed to the Anacortes Artistic Community!

Before the Anacortes Museum digitized and made available online over 30,000 photographs, museum visitors could leaf through countless 3-ring binders that contained photocopies of the photo collections. Now these hundreds of photocopies serve a different purpose: art workshops with teens. These workshops will culminate in a mural at the Boys and Girls Club. Since December 2018, Anacortes Museum Education and Media Curator Kate Clark has been meeting with teens at the Boys and Girls Club for weekly collage sessions with these copies of historic photos, as well as reproductions of old Sears and Roebuck catalogues. Images of people, parades, landscapes, and industries of Anacortes’ yesteryear get remixed and re-imagined. These collage workshops serve both as a therapeutic moment of creativity and a tool for exploring historic photographs of Anacortes without the pressure of feeling like “work” for a school research project.

Betty C. Anacortes WA

This year we will be reaching out to local groups and the new crop of visitors for participation and possible collaboration. If you’ve already participated, feel free to create another Post-Art card; as a city wide collaborative project, there’s no limit placed on your creativity! Please email with any suggestions or if you want to help out as new stages are explored. Visit www.postarttoanacortes. com for links to social media posts and local business locations to pick up the cards! As a reminder, only some participating businesses will collect Post-Art contributions, but you can always mail them to:

Post-Art to Anacortes PO Box 1241 Anacortes, WA 98221

Inspired by the surrealist drawing game exquisite corpse, these collages become a collaborative way to make a figurative collage. The process goes like this: one person finds a face amongst photographs, cuts it out and pastes it, and passes the work on to the next person, who finds a torso amongst the photos, adds it to the head, and finally passes it on to the next person, who finds a pair of legs to complete the figure. Body components are loosely interpreted; drawing upon the historic photo collection, a photo of Mt. Rainier can become a hat, or a catalogue ad for a grandfather clock a can become a torso. This exploratory method often inspires wandering conversations about the imagery, sparking comments on the price of goods or styles of dress of the early 1900s. These weekly collage sessions will ultimately become a collaborative mural with teens at the Boys and Girls Club. The next phase of this workshop will lead into transforming these collage works into a 20 foot wall painting in the Teen Center. The collages will be scanned and formatted in a design program. Using a projector, the imagery will then be projected onto the wall, traced, and ultimately painted. The final product will be finished at the end of June. If interested in viewing the final mural work, visitors are welcome to arrange tours with the Anacortes Boys and Girls Club directly.

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HANDY NUMBERS Emergencies..............................................Dial 911 City Hall.............................................360-293-1900 Facilities.............................................. 360-299-1961


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


Registration Procedures

Maintenance & Operations...............360-293-1921

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 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.

Finance............................................. 360-299-1962 Fire Department............................... 360-293-1925 Human Resources.............................. 360-299-1941

Mayor’s Office................................... 360-299-1950 Museum.............................................360-293-1915 Municipal Court.................................360-293-1913 Parks and Recreation........................360-293-1918 Permit Center.....................................360-293-1901 Planning Department....................... 360-293-1907 Police Department...........................360-293-4684 Public Works.......................................360-293-1919 Wastewater Treatment Plant........... 360-299-0953 Water Treatment Plant.....................360-428-1598

COMMUNITY RESOURCES American Red Cross.......................... 360-293-2911 Anacortes American......................... 360-293-3122 Anacortes School District.................360-293-1200

The Parks and Recreation Department will start taking online registration for most programs on Monday, April 29th. 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.


Chamber of Commerce.................... 360-293-7911

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.

Chamber of Commerce.................. 360-293-3832

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Driver’s Licensing Office................ 360-588-0508

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.

Anacortes Senior Center..................360-293-7473 Boys & Girls Club..............................360-588-9045

Fidalgo Pool & Fitness Center.......... 360-293-0673 Island Hospital.................................. 360-299-1300 Passport Applications........................360-293-1910 Port of Anacortes.............................360-293-3134 SKAT Transit..................................... 360-757-4433 US Post Office................................... 360-299-6689 Vehicle/Vessel Licensing Office...... 360-293-5533

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.

WA State Ferries...............................800-843-3779 Waste Management........................ 800-592-9995

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Blue Moon Tango presents:

“A Sweet Night at the Depot” Come enjoy a one hour beginners lesson in the art of Argentine Tango. Then stay for dessert and 3 hours of dancing or just watch dancers and enjoy the enticing selection of Traditional and Alternative music spun by our DJ David Imburgia Sunday June 16

6pm to 7pm lesson

Tango Tuesdays Argentine Tango Continued … Come experience the beauty and magical connection found in Argentine Tango! Health Studies place dance at the top for promoting brain health while exercising. This class is for all levels. Singles and couples welcome. Held monthly with a lesson on the 1st Tuesdays and practice on 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Tuesdays. LOC: The Depot (611 R Ave) INST: Pamela Good MIN/MAX: 5/30 FEE: Single: $30 / $50 (per couple) AGE: 18+

DAY: Tues

7pm to 10 pm dancing

$10 entry includes lesson Location: the Depot

2019 Adult Co-ed Softball League We are accepting team registrations for our annual Adult Co-ed Softball League. For more information or to register your team online visit the Parks and Recreation page at: https://www. Adult-Co-ed-SoftballLeague. Games will be played again on Sundays taking place in July and August. Deadline for teams to register will be Friday, June 7 by 5:00 p.m. If after looking online, you need more details please email dustins@ or call 299-1948.

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DATE: 5/7 – 5/28 6/4 – 6/25 7/9 – 7/30 8/6 – 8/27

TIME: 6-7:45P 6-7:45P 6-7:45P 6-7:45P

Seahawk Soccer Camp (middle school age) Fun for all incoming 6th, 7th & 8th graders interested in playing soccer at the high school level. Don’t miss out on this opportunity for your child to increase their soccer skills through fun and challenging practices taught by the Seahawk girls soccer coaches. From goalkeeper to forward, your child will receive knowledgeable coaching through fun games, drills and small sided matches. We will have some Advanced Goal Keeper training with Coach Brian Nelson. All campers will receive a ball and T-shirt. This is a great opportunity for your child to see the skill work, motivation and dedication it takes to be a successful high school soccer player. Come join the fun! The camp is held rain or shine so it is important players come prepared with cleats, shin guards, water bottle, and goalie gloves for interested keepers and appropriate clothing for all weather. Register for the grade you are going into this fall. CAMP IS INSTRUCTED BY COACHES: Gretchen Hanson Smantha Schwetz Brian Nelson LOC: Rice Field at the High School MIN/MAX: 10/40 FEE: $85 GRADE: 6-8th

DAY: Mon-Wed

DATE: 7/1 - 7/3

TIME: 3-6P

Pee Wee Baseball Learn the FUNdamentals in our popular Pee Wee Baseball program. The Pee Wee Sports program is designed to give kids a basic introduction to the sport of their choice in a safe and fun atmosphere. In this class kids will learn basic aspects of soccer; dribbling, scoring, passing and kicking through fun drills and games. LOC: Storvik Park INST: APRD Staff MIN/MAX: 20/40 FEE: $25 AGE: 4-6 yrs

DAY: Wed

Ages 5-12

DATE: 5/8 – 5/29

TIME: 3-3:45P 4-4:45P

Qigong, pronounced “Chee-gong”, is a gentle exercise practice originating in ancient China. Qigong develops our life force energy, called “Qi”, to promote health and longevity. Millions of people worldwide practice various forms of qigong because of its benefits. Qigong is a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine and is related to acupuncture and Tai Chi. This class is a modern form of Qigong that focuses on the direct experience, development and integration of this “Qi” using gentle physical movements and meditative breathing. It brings ancient wisdom to present time in ways consistent with current scientific understanding. Exercises can be done seated or standing, wearing regular, comfortable clothing. This foundational class is appropriate for everyone regardless of previous experience or current health. If you have any specific health conditions or concerns, please contact the instructor and your medical doctor before beginning. This class supports and does not substitute for any current healthcare treatments or self-care routines. Janet Weedman, M.Ed., is a certified Yi Ren® Qigong Instructor and Mentor Teacher with the Institute of Qigong and Integrative Medicine. Contact her for more information LOC: The Depot (611 R Ave) INST: Janet Weedman MIN/MAX: 5/30 FEE: $60 DAY: Thurs

Anacortes Parks and Recreation


Qigong for Health, Balance and Peace of Mind

AGE: 18+ yrs

summer Tennis Is Back!

This summer tennis camp helps kids learn basic tennis skills in a non-competitive atmosphere with all provided equipment sized right for kids!

FRIENDS & FAMILY TENNIS Ages 6 and up The next step for players who want to advance their tennis skills. Builds on the rallying skills and introduce them to match play.

PROGRAMS Starting at $10.00 LOCATION: ANACORTES MIDDLE SCHOOL For more info: or Call Cooper Anderson 206-939-0451

DATE: 6/6 - 6/27

TIME: 10-11:30A

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Girls Youth Basketball Camp Have fun while improving your basketball skills in this active three day camp. The fundamentals of dribbling, shooting, passing and footwork will be taught in an engaging way by Anacortes High School coaches and players. A camp basketball is included with your fee

Rally - for the Dogs For those who have already taken a basic Dog Obedience class. To do this class the dog needs basic obedience and an understanding on how to walk on a loose leash, sit, down, stay and come commands. Rally is a sport in which the dog and handler as a team complete in a course which has signs telling the team what exercises to do. At the signs the team may be asked to perform an obedience exercise such as “Sit/ walk around dog” “About turn” “270 turn to the left” “Call dog to front” “360 turn to the right.” Rally can be very challenging for those who enjoy higher levels of competition. Also, limited space is provided so register early. LOC: Storvik Park INST: Marie Padovan MIN/MAX: 4/12 FEE: $84 AGE: 16+ DAY: Wed DATE: 7/10 - 8/14 TIME: 6 - 7P

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CAMP COACH INFORMATION: Nate Dunham • Over 20 years of coaching experience with kids from 5-25 years old • Current head high school basketball coach at AHS • Former NAIA 1st team All-American and Hall of Fame member at Whitworth University • Played professionally overseas LOC: Anacortes Middle School Gym INST: Coach Dunham and Staff MIN/MAX: 20/40 FEE: $45 GRADE: 6-8th 1-5th

DAY: W, Th, Fri W, Th, Fri

DATE: 6/26 - 6/28

TIME: 10A-12P 1 - 3P

Kids Fishing FUN! Gone Fishing! Come spend the morning fishing from the shore or from your boat. There is a 5 catch limit per kid. This is a kid event, so there is no fishing allowed for the adults on this day. Bring your own fishing gear. The Fidalgo/ San Juan Island Chapter Puget Sound Anglers will be on site to help kids fish and to give some fishing advice. Kids are encouraged to weigh in their biggest and their smallest fish that they catch. This event is co-sponsored by the Fidalgo/ San Juan Island Chapter Puget Sound Anglers and the Anacortes Parks & Recreation Department. There is NO PRE- REGISTRATION. Sign up the morning of the event. LOC: Heart Lake MIN/MAX: 20/40 FEE: FREE AGE: 13 & under

DAY: Sat

DATE: 6/1

TIME: 7 - 11A

Art Dash Description for Menu and Registration Website: Sign up for the 15th Annual Art Dash. CHIP TIMING FOR ALL THREE RACES thanks to NW Endurance Events! Course route is along the Tommy Thompson Parkway. Half Marathon route follows the parkway out to March Point, loops around the refineries and comes back to finish at the Port warehouse. All participants will receive at performance blend cotton shirt - half marathon finishers will receive a medal and 10k & 5k finishers will receive a ribbon. Participants can pick up their packet on Thursday, August 1, 2019 from 8-5pm or on Friday, August 2, 2019 from 8am-5pm in the Parks & Recreation office. You can also pick up the pack morning of the race in the City Hall Gym 6am-8am. If you need more info or would like to volunteer on the course, you can call Nicole Johnston, Recreation Coordinator at 360-299-1967 or email After the race enjoy the Anacortes Arts Festival fun as soon as you have completed the run. The finish line will feature music on the Festival’s Port Stage, you will be able to order a Bloody Mary or a beer in the Port Pub and order breakfast from one of our service organizations. After some finish line fun, you can start Festival shopping without moving your car! LOC: Tommy Thompson Parkway (Meet at City Hall parking lot for start) Fee: $50 Half Marathon, $35 10k & $25 5k AGE: Open

DAY: Sat

DATE: 8/3

TIME: 8A check in 6-8A

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Pee Wee Art Camp Come enjoy four days of artistic fun! This introductory camp will introduce each participant to the foundations of painting and drawing. The instructor works with each student for an individualized experience. The final day of camp will include an art show. This provides a platform for your child’s art achievements to be recognized, building confidence and self-esteem in the young artist. Each week will have different projects, so sign up for one or both. Space is limited. All supplies are included. LOC: The Depot (611 R Ave) INST: Julene Brogan MIN/MAX: 4/10 Fee: $65 AGE: 4-6

DAY: Mon - Thurs

DATE: 7/8 - 7/11 7/15 - 7/18

TIME: 8:45 - 10A 8:45 - 10A

Adult Paint Party Are you ready for a night of fun? This beginners Art Class will introduce participants to a variety of painting techniques. With step by step guided instruction your friends will be calling you Van Gogh in no time! All supplies are included. Space is limited so sign up early. Supplies are included. LOC: The Depot (611 R Ave) INST: Julene Brogan MIN/MAX: 4/25 Fee: $35 AGE: 18+

Mountains are Calling Beachy Keen

DAY: Wed Tues

DATE: 7/10 7/16

TIME: 6 - 9P 6 - 9P

Pee Wee Sports Camp The Pee Wee Sports Camp is for kids ages 4-6 who want to participate in a different activity each week. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in soccer, basketball, bowling, and baseball. The first day of the program will be bowling and will be held at the San Juan Lanes. Each participant will also get a t-shirt as part of their registration fee. Space is limited so be sure to sign up early! LOC: Anacortes Middle School (first day) INST: APRD Staff MIN/MAX: 10/60 Fee: $25 AGE: 4-6

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DAY: Wed

DATE: 7/10 - 8/1

TIME: 10 - 11A

Seahawk Youth Soccer Camp (elementary age) Fun for all girls and boys going into kindergarten thru 5th grade interested in soccer. Don’t miss out on this opportunity for your child to increase their soccer skills through fun practices taught by the Seahawk girls soccer team. From goalkeeper to forward, your child will receive knowledgeable coaching through fun games, drills and small sided matches. This camp will have a specific goalkeeping session for all interested players. All campers will receive a ball. This is a great opportunity for your child to see positive high school role models playing a sport they love. Come join the fun! The camp is held rain or shine so it is important players come prepared with; cleats or tennis shoes, shin guards, water bottle, healthy snack, goalie gloves (if applicable) and appropriate clothing for all weather. CAMP IS INSTRUCTED BY COACHES: Gretchen Hanson • Successful coach @ high school 4A/2A level and club level 10 years • Coached at the Premier Northwest Soccer Camp 6 years • Played on winning NCAA Div II CWU Soccer team and made all Regional Defensive squad Samantha Schwetz • Successful coach at the youth and middle school level LOC: Kiwanis Meadows & Smileys Bottom (meet at Kiwanis Meadows first day)

MIN/MAX: 30/80 FEE: $65 GRADE: K - 5th going into

DAY: Mon - Thurs

DATE: 7/8 - 7/11

TIME: 9 - 11:30A

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SATURDAY JUNE 29 th 2019 10 am to 2 pm

Storvik Park 32nd Street, Anacortes

Survivor Camp for Kids Sign up today for this awesome summer camp! Spend time out at Washington Park exploring, competing in challenges as a team and as an individual. You will also get dirty, try new things and hopefully make some new friends. Each day at camp we will provide a light snack and encourage kids to have as much fun as possible. This camp has limited capacity and registration will fill up very quickly. Because of this, we will ask that you only sign your child up for one of the two available weeks for Survivor Camp. LOC: WA Park (outside) MIN/MAX: 10/25 FEE: $50 per kid GRADE: K-5th going into

DAY: Mon - Thurs Mon - Thurs

DATE: 7/22 - 7/25 8/19 - 8/22

TIME: 9A - 12P 9A - 12P

A Dog Festival to Benefit the Anacortes Dog Park

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Outdoor Movie Night We are currently working on determining a movie night day and picking a good family movie. Most likely, the event will be held in the month of August and at Storvik Park. Once we have the details set for this annual free community event, we will advertise this on our website and Facebook page. Stay tuned for more details . . .

Teen Art Camp This painting class offers a creative outlet and will help to develop your own artistic style! Create your own unique painting while listening to music. All skill sets are welcome and all supplies necessary to paint a 16”x20” stretched canvas in acrylic paint are included. Space is limited so sign up soon! LOC: The Depot (611 R Ave) INST: Julene Brogan MIN/MAX: 4/20 FEE: $30 AGES: 13 - 17

DAY: Tues Wed

DATE: 7/9 7/17

TIME: 5:30 - 8:30P

Youth Art Camp Come enjoy four days of artistic fun! This art camp will introduce each participant to a variety of painting and drawing techniques. The instructor works with each student to suit his or her skill level and to encourage their own unique artist style. An art show will be held the final day. The confidence student’s gain in their creativity will spill over into other aspects of their life and education. Examples of projects may include: canvas paintings, chalk and oil pastels, watercolor paintings, 3-D art and more. Each week will have different projects, so sign up for one or both. Space is limited. All supplies are included. LOC: The Depot (611 R Ave) INST: Julene Brogan MIN/MAX: 4/15 FEE: $90 AGES: 7 - 14

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DAY: Mon - Thurs

DATE: TIME: 7/8 - 7/11 10:30A - 1P or 2 - 4:30P 7/15 - 7/18 10:30A - 1P or 2 - 4:30P

2019 Youth Soccer We are now taking registrations for the Fall season! Starting in late August, practices are held on weekday evenings and games are played on Saturdays. This is a recreational program where rules and field size are modified to increase learning of the game and maximize success. The league is available for boys and girls. Soccer team age groups are based on BIRTH YEAR. To see what age group your child will be in, go online to register at: https://www.anacorteswa. gov/552/Girls-Boys-Soccer. The fee includes a team shirt/jersey only. Participants are responsible for providing their own cleats and shin guards.

CITY LEAGUE All practices and games are held in Anacortes. Teams will play on smaller fields with fewer players on each team. Co-ed U-6, Boys U-8, U-10, U-12, and Girls U-8, U-10, U-12 Fee: $38 COUNTY LEAGUE Teams participate in the Skagit Valley Youth Soccer Association recreational league. Teams will practice in town but play games throughout the Skagit County, including Anacortes. Boys U-11, U-12, U-13, U-14 and Girls U-11, U-12, U-13, U-14 Fee: $59 REGISTRATION DEADLINES: COUNTY LEAGUE & CITY LEAGUE FRIDAY, JUNE 28th @ 5:00 P.M. **Volunteer coaches are needed for City and County teams. Interested??? We will help train you and provide you with tools/resources to coach a team. Please contact us 293-1918 for more information about coaching.

Hawkeyes Youth Wrestling Clinic APRD and the Anacortes Hawkeyes Youth Wrestling Club will offer a 4-day summer clinic for new and beginning wrestlers entering grades 1-8. During the clinic, athletes will be instructed on how to utilize proper technique in the basics of wrestling while having fun. The importance of hydration, nutrition, and cardiovascular endurance will be emphasized as well as how to prepare our body and mind for wrestling. Wrestling shoes are available on a first come basis to borrow for the week, just show up 15 min. early to try them on. Gym shoes should also be brought as some activities will be outside. Also, wrestlers should wear shorts and short sleeve shirt. Bring a water bottle for proper hydration. The cost includes a t-shirt (if you register before the camp begins.) Scholarships may be available for clinic costs. Contact Rodney Bickley at (360) 630-9859 if you have any questions.

LOC: Anacortes Middle School Commons INST: Rodney Bickley MIN/MAX: 10/40 FEE: $80 GRADE: K - 8th

DAY: Mon - Thurs

DATE: 7/15 - 7/18

TIME: 9 - 11A

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 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. **Please note this is not a certification course for First Aid/CPR. LOC: City Hall Chambers INST: Sheila Davis MIN/MAX: 10/25 Fee: $45AGE: DAY: Tues DATE: 7/9 TIME: 9A - 3P

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Challenger International Soccer Camp Anacortes Parks and Recreation July 22nd-26th @ Volunteer Park Camp Includes FREE ball and T-shirt $10 late fee if payment received after July 12th Combining the most popular elements of British Soccer, Tetrabrazil and New International curriculum. Featuring iChallenge, a groundbreaking digital coaching component, providing ongoing virtual training at home and throughout the season.

Skyhawks Sports Academy 2019 Skill-based Youth Sport Programs

Skyhawks Sports Academy provides sports programs where children discover and develop athletic skills and social values, such as teamwork, respect and sportsmanship. We offer children a positive sports experience while promoting a healthy, active lifestyle. or 800.804.3509 Register Online






TENNIS CAMP Anacortes Middle School (tennis courts) Whether you’re a beginning, an intermediate or an advanced player, this program will improve your game and help you get more enjoyment from tennis. Our tennis programs focus on skill refinement as well as practice and match play to develop consistent, well-rounded tennis players

• 7/01 - 7/03 • 7/01 - 7/03 • 7/01 - 7/03

M,T, W M,T, W M,T, W

12:30P - 1:15P 1:30P - 2:15P 9A - 12P

4-5 6-8 7-12

$55 $55 $109

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

• 7/15 - 7/19


9A - 12P



MULTI-SPORT CAMP (Soccer, Baseball, Flag Football) Tiny Tykes 3-5 YR

8 - 9A


An introduction to soccer focusing on motor skill development and delivery of fun & Interactive games/ adventures.

Half Day

6-16 YR

9A - 12P


Half Day

6-16 YR

1 - 4P


All-around player development through our new International camp curriculum & digital platform.

Full Day

8-16 YR

9A - 4P


Combining the half-day International camp program with developmental practices, games, competitions and challenges.

Sign up at recommended!

For questions call:


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

• 7/15-7/19


9A - 3P



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

• 8/5 - 8/9


9A - 12P



LACROSSE CAMP Mt. Erie Elementary Lacrosse combines basic skills used in soccer, basketball and hockey into one fast-paced game. Boys and girls will learn the fundamentals of stick handling, cradling, passing and shooting in a fun, non-checking environment.

• 8/05 - 8/09


1 - 4P




Community Sailing Program

The following is a list of Youth and Adult sailing sessions. Sessions are subject to change and are limited to the first 6 students who register. All Youth Sailing participants must register for a Water Safety class listed below. You may do this online via our registration website:

COURSE OFFERING Youth Beginner Youth Intermediate Youth Beginner Youth Advanced Youth Beginner Youth Intermediate Youth Beginner Intro Competitive Sailing Youth Beginner Youth Advanced Youth Intermediate Intro Competitive Sailing

DATES June 24-28 June 24-28 July 8-12 July 8-12 July 15-19 July 15-19 July 22-29 July 22-29 August 5-9 August 5-9 August 12-16 August 12-16

TIMES 12:30-4:00pm 12:30-4:00pm 12:30-4:00pm 12:30-4:00pm 12:30-4:00pm 12:30-4:00pm 12:30-4:00 pm 12:30-4:00pm 12:30-4:00 pm 12:30-4:00pm 12:30-4:00pm 12:00-4:00PM

FEE $95 $95 $95 $95 $95 $95 $95 $95 $95 $95 $95 $95

All participants must take and pass a water safety class (see bottom), both the classroom portion and the swimming pool portion. Also, each student must wear a Personal Flotation Device (life jacket) while sailing. During the Water Safety Class sailors will learn what type of life jacket they need. Enrollment is very limited for each session. So please do not delay in registering. Registration will open online at: and will open on Monday, April 29 at 8:00 pm BEGINNER Class: Students learn the fundamentals of sailing with an emphasis on safety on the water. At the end of the week students will be comfortable in rigging and handling a boat. They should be familiar with terminology, basic knots and theories. Sailboats used will be singlehanded Optimist & RS Tera Dinghies. This class is for ages 9 –13. INTERMEDIATE Class: Students should have a basic knowledge of dinghy (small boat sailing) or have attended Beginner Class. We begin with a review of safety and basic right of way. Also, a review of terminology and basic knots and theories. Sailors will continue to advance their skills in boat handling, refining techniques with drills designed to help the student develop their awareness of the effects of current, wind, and weather. Time on the water is important. Sailboats used will be either singlehanded or double-handed sailing dinghies. This class is for ages 10 –15. ADVANCED Class: This course is geared toward students who have attended the Beginner or Intermediate class or who already have extensive dinghy sailing knowledge. Students will enhance skills in double-handed sailing dinghies such as the Lido 14 or Club FJ. Through instruction and drills student develops their understanding of the sailing theory, sail trim, boat handling, and the importance of teamwork and communication. Review subjects covered in previous levels; rules, theories, and sail trim. There will be further enhancement of established skills and an introduction of more complicated double-handed techniques. On-the water time is emphasized. Also an introduction to advanced techniques with sails and steering, introducing competitive strategy and skills such as roll tacks and jibes. This class is for ages 12 –16. Intro Competitive Sailing: This course is offered for students who have graduated from advanced learn to sail courses (or already maintain avid personal sailing skills) and are interested in setting their sight on the race course. Students will learn the fundamental rules of racing, advanced boat control skills, varying course settings and tactical maneuvers. This course is for youth and adults who are interested in transitioning either into the Anacortes youth sailing team, or other yacht club related activities. Courses will be taught in Lido 14 and Club FJ double handed dinghies and a high level of energy and mobility are required. ADULT Courses: Adult courses are for participants age 18+. These courses will follow a curriculum equivalent to that of the youth courses but will emphasize double handed sailing in a larger and more aggressive Lido 14 platform. Adults may opt out of the scheduled youth swim tests. Swimming abilities to be discussed with instructor.

Adult Beginner Intro Competitive Sailing Intro Competitive Sailing Adult Beginner & Intermediate

AGE 10+ AGE 10+ AGE 10+

7/8,7/15,7/22 July 22-29 August 12-16 Sept. 7-8 and 14-15

5:00pm-8:30pm 12:30-4:00pm 12:30-4:00pm 10:00 am – 3:00pm

$150 $150 $150 $150

WATER SAFETY Classes: New youth sailing participants need to view an online video at: Then fill out a worksheet and bring it to the “pool” portion of the water safety which are listed below. Water Safety Session 1 — Location: Fidalgo Pool & Fitness Center DAY DATE TIME Mon 6/17 8:00-9:00P Water Safety Session 2 — Location: Fidalgo Pool & Fitness Center DAY DATE TIME Mon 7/8 8:00-9:00P Water Safety Session 3 — Location: Fidalgo Pool & Fitness Center DAY DATE TIME Mon 7/29 8:00-9:00P

FEE n/a FEE n/a FEE n/a

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When fun in the sun may not be enough. For kids, summer vacation is a delight, but the summer months can be a nightmare for parents with very real hazards: drugs and alcohol, ill-advised risk-taking and auto accidents. Kids may also lose significant ground academically when they’re not engaged in summertime educational activities. So what to do during those summer months? Plan to keep your kids busy by finding inspired activities. The transition from school to summertime provides new opportunities for teens—and it can be challenging for some adolescents to cope with the change. Studies show that teens who haven’t tried drugs or alcohol are more likely to start during times of transition in order to deal with stress. But don’t worry—while change is a part of life, risky behavior, like drug and alcohol use, doesn’t have to be. You can’t control the changes that impact your teen, but you can pay attention to his or her feelings, concerns and needs. Conversations are one of the most powerful tools parents can use to connect with—and protect—their children.

TIPS FOR PARENTS: • Come Up With a List of What They Can Do Without Asking Permission It can be frustrating for teens when they’re not able to reach a parent at work in order to ask permission to go to a friend’s house, the movies or the beach. It can be equally frustrating for the parent whose employer frowns on personal phone, text or email interruptions. To address this conflict, sit down with your child to talk about the kinds of activities they may do without your explicit permission. The condition is they leave a note or send you a text that tells you where/ what they are doing, with whom, the time of departure and their estimated time of return.

• Install Computer Controls With some 200 million websites worldwide, telling your teen that you are adding controls and a history tracker to your computer can help. This allows you to check (and them to know you are checking) where they are and have been online.

• Know What’s in the Cabinet It’s important to track the alcohol you have in the. Not necessarily because you are concerned your teen will consume alcohol, but to help him or her avoid peer pressure to do so. The same is true of the medicine cabinet, your purse or the bathroom drawer. Also, with so many teenagers abusing pain medication, it’s important for parents to monitor and secure all prescription bottles and pill packets in the house as well as disposing of all expired medications to decrease the opportunity for your teen or their friends to abuse your medications.

• Establish That Periodically Throughout the Day You Must “TALK” Not text, but talk. A parent can tell when there is a change in their child’s voice, which likely will not come through in a text, and that voice change can be a signal that something is amiss. My daughter explained that knowing that a phone call was expected of her made her think about her actions and the consequences more often.

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• Take the Spare Car Keys to Work (or track the mileage) Just like the computer controls, knowing that you are tracking the mileage (or taking the spare keys to work) removes the temptation to “borrow” the family car.

• Know Who Your Kids’ Summer Friends Are Friendships can change once school is out. Some friends may go off to camp or at a summer job, while new kids are suddenly available to hang out. Knowing who your child’s current friends are will give you the opportunity to talk to those friends’ parents in order to coordinate oversight while you’re both at work.

• Follow-up on Statements That Don’t Ring True “It’s not mine. I’m just keeping it for a friend.” Never believe these kinds of statements outright. Talk to that friend’s parents. A friend that asks your child to hold drugs or alcohol for them is not a friend to have because obviously that teen knows it’s wrong, or they would hold it at their own house. Trust your instincts—chances are if you suspect your child is using drugs then she probably is or something else is going on. Some of these suggestions may feel like you’re sending the message that you don’t trust your child. But in actuality, by reducing the opportunities for your kids to lie or go along with the crowd during adolescence, we strengthen trust all around.

IDEAS FOR KIDS’ STUFF SUMMER CAMPS There are fantastic camp options for tweens and teens — many designed to appeal to their passions. Camps are also a terrific place for them to land summer jobs. Check the websites of your local summer camps to see if they offer counselor positions or counselor-in-training (C.I.T.) programs.

WILDERNESS PROGRAMS Give your child a wilderness education through local outdoor groups that teach kids leadership and other skills, including backpacking and wilderness safety.

VOLUNTEER POSITIONS Volunteering builds job skills and often leads to a paying position down the line. Even if a volunteer job doesn’t ever result in a paycheck, it allows kids to contribute to their community and learn responsibility, while building a resume.

SUMMER CLASSES Whether it’s a class in astronomy, glass-blowing, or CPR, summer school will open your child’s mind to new information and fresh skills.

DIY SUMMER JOBS A regular babysitting, dog walking, or lawn mowing gig can earn your tween or teen both money and job skills. If your child has mastered a special skill or knowledge-base — be it Spanish or math or drawing — he can teach classes or be a tutor. Have a tech-savvy child? They can help businesses create a web page or Facebook presence or organize digital photos into online photo albums. Even small or short-term jobs, like helping someone move or washing a neighbor’s car, builds skills, confidence and experience.

1701 22nd Street, Anacortes, Washington 98221  (360) 293-7473 



There’s More!

Watercolor & Acrylics Classes Weaving Mosaic Art & Stained Glass Drawing Classes Art Appreciation Woodcarving Basket Weaving Creative Circle (multiple crafts) Cultured Purls (knitting) Fiction Writing

Computer Clinic Wi-Fi Closed Circuit TV (Visual impairment aid)

Newsletter at Haircuts and Foot/Hand Care Services Community Resources for Seniors Special Holiday Celebrations Intergenerational Activities Book Discussion Group Library /Book Sales Writing Classes And much more!

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

Health & Wellness Wellness Day Presentations Blood Pressure Checks Dental Hygiene Clinic Chair Massage / Reiki Therapy Cooking Classes

Hearing Loop for T-Coil Devices State of the Art AV System

Music Ukulele Classes Weekly Ukulele Jams Singing with Soul SongShine Special Events Concerts & Performances

Cards & Games Pinochle Double Deck Canasta Bridge Partner Bridge Cribbage Scrabble Mexican Train Dominos

Hot Meals Hot lunches are served Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m. to12:30 p.m. No reservation necessary (except special luncheons) Suggested donation for 60 and over is $5. Non-seniors are $7. Meals on Wheels: To sign up for hot meals for homebound seniors, call (360) 416-1500.

Volunteer Opportunities Join the more than 150 volunteers presently working at the Center. For more information, contact the Center Administrator at (360) 293-7473.

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Historical Newspapers Now Searchable Online Phase I of the Anacortes American Digitization Project is now complete. The first 32 years of Anacortes Americans (1890-1922) are now online for browsing by the public – and are keyword searchable. The Americans join the 1882-1886 Northwest Enterprise newspapers already on the Washington Digital Newspapers website. The Anacortes American Digitization Project is a joint effort of the Anacortes American, the Anacortes Museum and the Washington State Library, with funding from the Skagit Community Foundation and the Anacortes Museum Foundation. To begin your journey of exploration into Anacortes’ early days, go to To learn more about how to use the Washington Digital Newspapers website, please visit our tutorial: https://www. anacorteswa. gov/1043/OnlineNewspaperResearch-Tutorial. Copy editors are needed to help clean up text glitches caused by the optical character recognition process – a volunteer project you can do at home! Attendees at the opening of the Early Newspapers of Anacortes exhibit.

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“Extra! Extra! The Early Years of Anacortes Newspapers” To celebrate the launch of digitized 1890 to 1922 Anacortes Americans online, the Anacortes Museum has created a new exhibit to celebrate the role of journalists and newspapers on Fidalgo Island: “Extra! Extra! The early years of Anacortes newspapers.” Anacortes was founded by a journalist whose wife’s name, “corrupted in the interest of euphony,” was officially bestowed on our post office on March 13, 1879 – 140 years ago. Amos Bowman, who wrote for Horace Greeley‘s New York Tribune newspaper in the 1850s, followed his boss’ advice to “go west” and began publishing the Northwest Enterprise here in 1882. From 1890 on, the Anacortes American covered local news, joined at various times by other long forgotten journals. Visitors to the exhibit will have the chance to read all about the lives and work of early Anacortes writers Douglass Allmond, Sophie Walsh, Charlie Gant, and their successors like Wallie Funk and all the rest. Their news is now our history.

Join us on Social Media The Anacortes Museum is digging into the world of social media. We’re posting information about upcoming events, artifacts in our collections, photos in our archives, and museum staff, board member and volunteer activities. Please follow us on Instagram: @anacortesmuseum And like our Facebook page: @AnacortesMuseum

Museum volunteer Al Bockenkamp spins a vintage disc for a rapt crowd at a Sound Session Listening Event at the Anacortes Museum.

History Club launches at Anacortes Museum The Anacortes Museum has revived an iteration of a common cause for gathering in our new History Club. Since Anacortes’ founding, settlers have documented and researched their presence on Fidalgo Island. There was an 1898 Historical Club of Anacortes, and later, a Research Club of 1911.

hilarity), and Anacortes Museum Curator Elaine Walker demonstrated how to search the newly digitized Anacortes Americans online. At the second meeting, Jeronimo Squires, Co-founder and director of the Living Museum of Letterpress Printing, discussed the history and craft of letterpress printing.

Attendance at our first meeting was large: 35 people stayed for Erken’s presentation and the newspaper tutorial. Participants shared their own research pursuits. Topics varied from the history of Chinese labor on Fidalgo Island to house history, genealogy, and early local industries. The History Club meets monthly at the museum at 4 to 5 p.m. on 4th Wednesdays. Call the museum at 293-1915 for details.

At the first History Club meeting, Mariah Erken presented her ongoing research about the Anacortes Storm System manhole covers (with the acronym that causes great

Jeronimo Squires of the Living Museum of Letterpress Printing spoke at a meeting of the Anacortes History Club.

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Summer is all about reading, special events and seeing your neighbors at the library. Visit us 7 days a week, (24 hours a day online), for that perfect beach read.


11:00 am - 7:00 pm

ADULT PROGRAM SERIES MAY 1, 7:00 pm Earth’s Bi-polar Disorder. Scientist Robert Bindshadler brought to you by NASA@ My Library.


11:00 am - 4:00 pm

MAY 22, 7:00 pm “Murder & Mayhem: True Stories of Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan County’s Earliest Homicides” is Todd Warger’s third book. He’ll share his research process and some historic Anacortes murder stories.


MAY 28, 7:00 pm T.B.A.

CONTACT 360-293-1910

May 27 - Memorial Day July 4 - Independence Day


September 2 - Labor Day

MAY 3 - Bandits PG-13, 7:00 pm


MAY 10 - First Man PG-13, 7:00 pm Selected and introduced by Movie Man Nick Alphin.

Passport service is by appointment only. Appointments can be made online at or by phone (360) 293-1910.

PassPort service Hours: Tuesday 12 - 6 PM Wednesday 12 - 6 PM Saturday 1 - 4 PM

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TECH TUESDAY September - June Tuesdays 10:00-12:00 PM Drop in with your mobile device or laptop for hands-on technology help.

MANIERI JAZZ EVENTS SECOND SUNDAY JAZZ EVENTS APRIL 14 Naomi Siegel MAY 12 Hot Club of Troy JUNE 9 Mike Allen Trio JULY 14 Marina Christopher Trio AUG 11 Holly Pyle SEP 8 Dmitri Matheny

TECHNOLOGY SERIES MAY 15, 7:00 pm Get started with library streaming services Libby, Kanopy, and Hoopla. JUNE 26, 7:00 pm Digital resources for travel, languages and more.

BOOK CLUB MAY 20, 7:00 pm Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Anne Morrow Lindbergh JUNE 24, 7:00 pm Eliza Waite by Ashley Sweeney Meet the Author! JULY 22, 7:00 pm Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T Sullivan AUG 26, 7:00 pm Biography Month - Read any biography about artist Pablo Picasso


Resumes in October 2019 For more information visit our website or call the Children’s Library at (360) 293-1910, ext. 3982.

CHILDREN STORYTIMES Visit our website for specific dates and times for our storytimes. Baby Storytime - birth to 12 mo Time for Tots - birth to 3 yrs Music & Movement - 13 mo to 6 yrs Preschool Storytime - 3 to 5 yrs

PAJAMA STORYTIME 6:00-7:00 pm Join us the first Thursday of every month for Pajama Storytime! All ages welcome!

OTHER PROGRAMS Elementary School Book Club Elementary School DIY Club LEGOS in the Library Tales for Tails

TEENS Middle School DIY Club Pizza & Pages Teen Writing Group Anime Club Gaming Night

MEET YOUR LIBRARIANS Newly appointed Librarians Diana Farnsworth and Jeff Vogel are not new to the Anacortes Public Library, but they are each in new roles, collaborating together after long-time Adult Services Librarian Gina Van Hess retired earlier this year. Diana and Jeff will be focusing on adult services for the library, working closely with youth services on partnership opportunities, technological advancements, and outreach efforts as the needs of our community continue to evolve. Diana’s area of focus is leading adult programs, large events, and coordinating volunteers. Jeff specializes in website development and growth of our resource collection, from books to digital services. When asked what they’re excited about, Diana said “I love our community’s involvement in library programs and events. Working together with community partners, youth services, and individuals to hopefully surprise and delight our citizens and visitors is my favorite part of the job.” Jeff said, “I’m excited to support the community’s hybrid reading appetites by continuing to keep our book collection dynamic, while finding digital resources that educate and entertain. Libraries have always evolved with their community’s needs, and I look forward to helping to facilitate access to resources that enrich people’s lives.” The next time you need a great book recommendation, program idea, or have a research project, look for them at the library and say hello.

returns with programming for all ages this Summer and Fall. Stay tuned online and at the Library for details.

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SUMMER READING 2019 A UNIVERSE OF STORIES! Summer is a great time to read, explore new programs at the library, learn something new and have fun! This year our Summer Reading Program is out of this world, celebrating outer space with a “Universe of Stories!”

Reading during the summer months strengthens skills learned during the school year.

DATES TO REMEMBER Saturday, June 1

Children ages birth to 18 can sign up for the program online or in person in the Children’s Department.

Summer Reading Sign-ups begin. Sign up online at or visit us in the Children’s Dept.

Adults can sign up online.

Tuesday, July 30

For each age group there are a variety of activities to try. Toddlers & Preschoolers Elementary School Students Middle & High School Students One of the best things about summer reading for kids is to read whatever they want! Perhaps try a new genre or a new digital reading format like an ebook or audiobook.

DJ Dance Party Summer Reading Celebration @ Heart of Anacortes Harry Potter’s Birthday July 31 @Library all day Join us for reading parties, activities, and a special storytime in the library for muggles of all ages. Thursday, August 1 Book Prize giveaway begins Saturday, August 31

PERFORMERS @HEART OF ANACORTES (corner of 4th and O streets) All ages welcome. Bring a picnic lunch if you like before the show. On rainy days, meet us over at the Depot Arts Center at 611 R Ave.

Last day for book prizes Tuesday, July 9 at 1 PM Jugglers Wren & Della



The Friends of the Anacortes Library Art Committee is calling for artists for a summer exhibit, June through August, in the Community Meeting Room. Artists in 98221 zip code may submit digital photos of their two dimensional art. Deadline is May 10th. A portion of the sales benefits the Friends of the Library. Applications available from

Friends of the Anacortes Library’s 50th anniversary this October. Support the Friends with a new or renewed membership. Forms are available in the Friendshop in the library lobby. Hours are weekdays 11 - 6 pm and weekends 11 - 4 pm. Artists and members appreciation reception is June 2nd in the Community Meeting Room, 1 - 3 pm.

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Tuesday, July 16 at 1 PM The Magic of Elliott Monday, July 22 at 1 PM Idea Hatch - Hands on STEM Stations Tuesday, July 30 at 1 PM DJ Dance Party!

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








LEGOS 11am-2pm Activity Room in Children’s Dept.

Join us for our regular teen programs June-July. Check in at the library or online for details.


All materials are supplied, please leave your blocks at home.

Anime Club

Open to ages 5-12 (younger with adult supervision).

Pizza & Pages


Teen Writing Group

Performers 1pm-2pm Heart of Anacortes


Wonderful entertainers will join us for our public performances. This is a great activity for families!

WEDNESDAYS Family Storytime 11am Community Meeting Room A mix of stories and fun activities, Family Storytime is designed for young children and caregivers.

Teen Gaming

Special Secret Something We have a top secret program we’re planning and we need your help! Are you creative, fun, adventurous, and like to try new things? This opportunity is for you! Details at the library.

In July, we will host a special science series on Wednesday evenings. Details online and at the library beginning in June.

SUMMER READING Visit us at the library or online to find out about special NASA@ My Library programs, and sign up at the library or online beginning in June to participate in Summer Reading.

JUNE - SEPTEMBER Regular adult programs will resume in the fall, so stay tuned.

Additional volunteer opportunities available throughout the summer.

THURSDAYS STEAM Activity 2-3pm Community Meeting Room Find opportunities to explore and learn new things during these hands on activity sessions highlight: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Elementary school aged scientists in training are welcome.

FRIDAYS Music & Movement 10:30-11:30 am Community Meeting Room Families come join us for open play-time followed by our liveliest Storytime. We sing, dance, share stories and have fun with props. All Ages welcome.

FAMILY PLACE LIBRARY Our Family Place Library has an early learning play space that is available for families with young children to play, share books, and spend time together any time the library is open. May Play & Learn Series An informal program for families to explore and learn, meet other families, and talk one-on-one with child development and early literacy specialists. This free program is for children 1 to 3 and their caregivers. Pre-registration required. Programs will be on Thursdays in May. Call the Children’s Department at (360) 293-1910 ext. 3982 to sign up.

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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 green heart of our island. The Friends of the Forest is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands through education, outreach, and stewardship. We have been serving the needs of the forest and Fidalgo Island residents since 1987. Our education program includes K-12 guided school field trips, Adult/Senior hikes, All ages hikes, Extra gentle hikes, fitness hikes, Forest Discovery Day Camp, adult Ethnobotany Field Seminar, a quarterly newsletter, and our two comprehensive school district programs; Growing Wild 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 spring and summer as we continue to explore and learn more about the ACFL together. For more info about our group, these hikes, or for driving directions, please contact our office at (360)293-3725 or visit our website 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!

ALL AGES HIKES Great for families and folks of all ages; these are hearty hikes with a naturalist guide.

Little Cranberry Ridge Spring Celebration • Saturday, April 27th • 10 am- 12 pm • Distance: About 2.2 miles roundtrip • 275 feet of elevation gain. • Meet at the Cranberry Lake parking lot on the north end of the lake for our circumnavigation of Cranberry Lake. We will trek along the ridges to the east and west of the lake and observe the fresh understory growth on the land marked by the 2016 18-acre fires. Kids: Bring your observation tools (hands, eyes, ears, and nose) to help you find the signs of spring with our forest scavenger hunt!

• Sugarloaf Flowers with Mom • Saturday, May 11th • 10 am until 12 pm

• Distance: 2 miles roundtrip • About 500 feet of elevation gain. • This is the ultimate wildflower walk of the year. From Blue Camas Lily to Red Indian Paintbrush, what a way to enjoy the celebration of the return of spring! The views from the summit are not to be missed. In honor of Mother’s Day, we will have a photographer on hand to capture family photos at this beautiful location. Meet at the Ray Auld Drive parking lot at the base of Mt. Erie.

Animals of the Evening

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Thursday, July 18th 5 pm- 7 pm Distance: 1.8 miles roundtrip About 175 feet of elevation gain July brings forth a multitude of berries, deep green growth, and long summer days. There is no better place to be in the middle of summer than enjoying our wooded sanctuary. Let’s spend some time near the end of the day learning about the animals that delight in the evenings around Little Cranberry Lake. Meet at the water tower on 29th Ave.

Wetland Wonders Walk • • • • •

Saturday, August 10th 10 am- 12 pm Distance: 2 miles roundtrip About 25 feet of elevation gain. What has our wetland done for us lately? Wetlands are special ecosystems that help improve the quality of our entire forest lands. Let’s walk along the 32nd street swamp and Big Beaver Pond and see the kidneys of the forest firsthand. Meet at the ACFL kiosk on ‘A’ Avenue and 37th.

Be sure to check out our website for up to date calendar information at any time.

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The Keystone Beavers

About the Wildflowers 101

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For any adult with a desire to learn more about our community forest through an easy hike. Friday, May 10th 10 am- 12 pm Distance: about 2 miles roundtrip Elevation gain of 500 feet. This is a trail of wonders, twisting and turning through varied terrain all the way to a hidden meadow. The views of Lake Erie and mount Erie are a visual treat. Meet at the base of Mt. Erie on Ray Auld Drive.

Our Sanctuary • • • • •

Friday, August 9th 10 am- 12pm Distance: about 2.4 miles roundtrip Elevation gain of about 340 feet. There’s no better place to take time for yourself than in the middle of our forest sanctuary. Get to know the heart of the forest while enjoying the company of the forest community on this elevated hike up along the ridge on the northwest side of Whistle Lake. Meet at Ray Auld Drive parking lot off of Heart Lake Road.

Fires and our Forest • • • • •

Friday, September 6th 10 am- 12pm Distance: about 2.1 miles roundtrip 225 feet of elevation gain. We will trek along the west ridge of the lake above the bat cave and observe the fresh understory growth on the land marked by the 18-acre fire of 2016. Along the way, let’s take note of and compare the biota we see in the burned and surrounding areas. Meet at the water tower at the end of 29th Ave.

EXTRA GENTLE HIKES These hikes are about a mile or less on the gentler forest trails and will last about an hour.

Wildflower Walk • • • • •

Wednesday, May 8th 9 am- 10 am Distance: 1.1 miles roundtrip 150 feet of elevation gain. We will trek along the ridge to the west of the lake and observe the fresh understory growth on the land marked by the 18-acre fires of 2016. What new growth has sprung up through the open mineral rich soil? Meet at the water tower at the end of 29th Ave.

Wednesday, September 4th 9 am- 10 am Distance: 1.2 miles About 50 feet of elevation gain. The Little Cranberry Lake area is filled with a network of beaver ponds created and maintained by local beaver families. We will explore one trail that reveals their dams and daytime clues to their secret nighttime ways. Meet at the ACFL kiosk on ‘A’ Avenue and 37th.

For those who want to cover ground at a fast pace. For the very fit only!

Jean’s Favorite Views • Friday, July 19th • 4:30 pm- 7:30 pm • Distance: 6 miles roundtrip • 1200 feet of elevation gain. • A challenging physical adventure featuring Jean’s favorite views from Sugarloaf and the spectacular trail 247! Take off from work early Friday, bring water, sturdy workout gear, and meet at the base of Mt. Erie on Ray Auld Drive. This will be a fast paced, three miles per hour, workout adventure. Comparable to about the same pace you would walk if you were trying to sneak out of work before anyone sees you.

The ACFL Inclusive • • • • •

Saturday, September 7th 9 am- 4 pm Distance: Approximately 20 miles About 2,500+ feet of elevation gain. Smaller loop: Approximately 4.5 miles with 900 feet of elevation gain. • Are you seriously ready to see all three corridors of the forest lands in one day? Join us for a day’s worth of hiking at a fast pace looping the lakes and taking in the summer time vistas. Bring plenty of water, sturdy workout gear, and a snack for this cardio-adventure. Don’t think you want to go the whole way, but want to get an idea of what a fitness hike is all about? Join us at the beginning of the hike for a shorter 4.5 mile loop which will take us right back to where we started. Meet at the base of Mt. Erie at the Ray Auld Drive Parking lot off of Heart Lake Road.

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2019 Forest Discovery Program Plan ahead for summer- register online now! What: The Forest Discovery Program is an activity oriented summer day camp for boys and girls ages 7-12. Each day we explore a different area of our community forest lands. As we hike, play games, make nature journals and experiment, we learn about wild animals, native plants and different habitats. Where: Forest Discovery will meet at a different trailhead each day. More detailed instructions, maps & directions will be sent to you prior to your session. The trails are all within the Anacortes City limits. When: There will be 2 sessions offered. Each session will meet Tuesday through Thursday. Your child may attend only one session. Please do not sign your child up if you do not plan to attend all three days. Dates and times are as follows:

Session 1: July 23rd, 24th, & 25th

Session 2: August 6th, 7th, & 8th

10-12 year olds from 9 am to 11:30 am daily 7-9 year olds from 1 pm to 3:30 pm daily *Registration is required in advance. Each session is limited to 12 participants; sign up early to ensure your spot. Now introducing online registration! Register online at Questions? Please contact 360-293-3725 or email:

Save the Date! Our Annual Friends of the Forest Benefit Saturday, November 2nd at the Port Transit Shed Be sure to check out our website for up to date calendar information at any time.

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Relay for Life of Anacortes

Freedom From Cancer June 22nd - 23rd 1 PM - 10 AM Anacortes High School - Rice Field 1600 20th Street Come join your friends, family and neighbors in the fight against cancer. We walk, talk and have fun while we raise awareness about cancer. Each year we raise money for cancer research, education, patient services and advocacy. Hope to see you there!

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– Shannon Point Marine Center –

Educating leaders in science, education, policy and stewardship through experiential learning integrated with innovative marine and environmental scientific research.

summer programs Grandparents U Create memories to last a lifetime during this unique intergenerational program. Grades 5-8 Monday - Tuesday, July 22 and 23

Odyssey of Science & Arts Enjoy and learn in specialized labs at a college marine science education research center. Grades 3-6 Monday - Friday, July 29 - August 2 For details about these exciting programs, visit the Youth website.

Register at: 1900 Shannon Point Road, Anacortes, WA • (360) 293-2188 • Active Minds Changing Lives • AA/EO

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Become a Master at Aging Do you know how to age well? In our culture, we put great emphasis on teaching our children to become successful adults. But we ourselves are rarely taught how to become successful older adults. As a result, most of us are less prepared than we could be for the later years of our lives. Aging has changed dramatically in just one generation. There is a new reality to maintaining health and economic security and contributing to society as we age. Traditional retirement plans are disappearing, the cost of daily living continues to rise, and more than 84% of people aged 65 and older are coping with at least one chronic health condition. Most importantly, people are living longer — much longer — than previous generations, giving our nation’s 76 million baby boomers an unprecedented gift of time. The National Council on Aging, a respected national leader and trusted partner for people aged 60 and older, created the Aging Mastery Program as a guide to building a playbook for aging well and making the most of the gift of longer life. The Aging Mastery Program was held for the first time at the Senior Activity Center in April of this year. This comprehensive and fun program celebrates the gift of longevity. The classes combine goal-setting, daily practices and peer support to help seniors and baby boomers make meaningful changes as they move through the aging process.

Age happy . . . healthy . . . & worry-free! For baby bo omers and seniors The Aging Ma stery Progra m combines cla sse speakers, gro s with expert up discussion s and goal setti ng to help yo u gain new ski lls to make small meaningful changes in your life. Topics includ e:  Navigati at the Anacor ng longer life tes Senior Ac 1701 22nd Str tivity Center  Exercise eet, Anacorte and you s — (360) 293 -7473  Sleep Scholarships are  Healthy available eating and hydration  Financia Sign up beginn l fitness ing July 1 Go to anacor  Advanc tesparksandr e planning ecreat to register. For assistance wit  Healthy information, h relationships call Sally or Lea registration or for more at (360) 293-74  Medic 73. ation mana gement Funded by Na  Comm unity engage ncy Andrich, Noon Kiwani ment s Clu Soroptimist Inte b, RIS Insurance and  Falls pre vention rnational of Ana cortes

Wednesdays, Sept 11-Nov 13 5 to 6:30 pm

Cost: $60

The Aging Mastery Program creates fun and easy-to-follow pathways for getting more out of life. The 90-minute sessions, led by experts in their fields, feature: • Navigating longer lives • Exercise • Sleep • Nutrition • Financial fitness • Medication management • Advance planning • Healthy relationships • Fall prevention

Thank you to Senior Activity Center supporter Nancy Andrich, as well as Noon Kiwanis, Soroptimist International of Anacortes and RIS Insurance for sponsoring this new program. Contact Sally Hill or Lea DeVere at (360) 293-7473 for more information.

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• Community engagement The next class will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, September 11 through November 13. Register at beginning July 1. The cost for the series is $60, which includes all class materials. Scholarships are available.




Come join us for a fun filled day of road racing around March Point starting and ending at the Marathon Anacortes, WA Refinery After crossing the finish line celebrate your accomplishment with friends, family and runners alike at the post race party

Complimentary Lunch • Awards • Over $1,000 in Raffle Prizes Kids Play Zone with Frankie the Fire Engine Live Music • Fabulous Fun and Swag for All Ages!

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Registration Opens 7:30am • Kids 1/2 Mile Race 8:30am Half Marathon Run 9:00am • 5K and 10K Run/Walk 9:00am • Chip Times & USATF Certified For Race Details and Registration:

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A Martial Art for Life! Ages 4 and Up.


Soo Bahk Doo Classes Mon through Sat Crouching Tigers classes (4 - 6 years) Mon & Wed Tues & Thurs

4:00 - 4:30 pm 3:30 - 4:00 pm

Children (7+) / Families / Adults Mon & Wed Tues & Thurs

4:45 - 5:55 pm 4:00 - 5:10 pm

Tues & Thurs Saturday

5:15 - 6:25 pm 10:00 - 11:00 am

Adults & Teens (younger children with Pre-approval) Mon - Fri Mon - Fri

5:45 - 6:45 am 7:00 - 8:00 am

Looking for a special Birthday party venue? Contact us for a Board Breaking Event. Cost Savings Available with

Silver&Fit® and Active&Fit®

Midnight Blue & Red Belts Tues Sat

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

$71 monthly for 2+ classes per week; $55 monthly for pm Crouching Tigers Free monthly tuition members covered by Silver&Fit®, Active&Fit® Family & Military discounts available. Private lessons - $50

Wu Style Tai Chi Mon & Wed Most Thursdays

10:00 - 11:00 am 6:30 - 7:30 pm

$10/class - FREE for Silver&Fit®, Active&Fit® and Monthly Soo Bahk Do® Students

Check your medicare or Group Insurance to see if it includes Silver&Fit® or Active&Fit® benefits! Members enrolled in either of these programs have their tuition covered by these plans for Soo Bahk Do monthly tuition and Tai Chi classes. Iyengar Yoga Classes also at this location. For more information , see the IYENGAR YOGA page in this publication or contact instructor Laifong Ng at or 360-202-2323.

Colette and Andy Arvidson, Certified Master Instructors, Korean Soo Bahk Do® Association, World Moo Duk Kwan® 2117 “O” Ave., Anacortes WA 98221 • 360-299-2905 • •

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At Anacortes Soo Bahk Do - 2117 O Avenue

“Words cannot convey the value of yoga, it has to be experienced. Asanas keeps your body, as well as your mind healthy and active” - B.K.S. Iyengar 2019 Schedule! Register now, spaces are limited per class. Spring Session

10 Weeks

March 19 - May 30

Summer Session A

4 Weeks

June 4 - June 27

Summer Session B

3 Weeks

July 9 - July 25

Summer Session C

3 Weeks

August 13 - August 29

Fall Session

10 weeks

September 17 - November 21

Transform your life this year Increase Flexibility - Strength - Energy - Mindfulness - Well Being. Beginner classes introduce the foundational principles of alignment and basic standing asanas.

Class Fees $ 150 for 10 Weeks Drop Ins Welcome anytime $18 Want more classes? “Add On” a class for only $13 Private lessons $75

Mixed Level classes accommodate a wide range of experience levels from beginners to students that have practiced for a long time.

Class Times Tuesday 9am-10:30am Mixed Level Wednesday 6:30pm-8pm Mixed Level Thursday 9am-10:30am Beginners

Private Sessions can be for an individual or group. Sessions by appointment to focus on specific practice or health issues.

Contact info: 360-202-2323 Facebook: NgYoga@Anacortesyoga

Qualifications: Laifong Ng Certified Iyengar Teacher (CIYT) RYT 200, RYT 500


There are many styles of yoga, all with their own merit. However, from my experience Iyengar Yoga (IY) provides us with an honest and clear methodology, always building each pose from the foundation up to create stability and balance within our body and mind. It is one of the world’s most influential and widely practiced methods of yoga. IY emphasizes proper alignment of the body and it

encourages the use of props (blocks, straps, blankets & chairs) to help students safely attain the maximum benefits. The three defining characteristics of IY are: Technicalities, Sequencing, and Timing. It is an excellent practice for students of any age or ability. Mr. Iyengar (Dec 14, 1918Aug 20, 2014) lived in Pune, India and dedicated his life to the practice of yoga

LAIFONG NG CERTIFIED IYENGAR TEACHER I began practicing yoga in the summer of 2002. I started teaching yoga in the fall of 2006 at Skagit Valley College in Oak Harbor. I’ve taught at Bayside Fitness and Yoga Northwest in Bellingham for many years. My passion for yoga and desire to learn more led me to Bali where I did a 200hr hatha yoga/vinyasa training. Upon returning, I enrolled at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco and completed a 200 & 500 hour teacher training. Fall 2014, I went to Pune, India and studied with Mr. Iyengar’s daughter,

Geeta, and completed my Iyengar Yoga Certification in 2015. Mr. Iyengar said, “Yoga is a light, once lit, will never dim, the better your practice, the brighter the flame.” I find this to be true, as I continue to educate myself by attending two to three workshops each year. Currently, I teach at Marathon Anacortes Refinery and Anacortes Soo Bahk Do. I feel a sense of honor and privilege to be able to share my love and passion for yoga. ~Love & Light~

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Spring’s here and it’s time to get out on the trail If you haven’t been out to see the newly refurbished interpretive signs installed by Friends’ volunteers and the City of Anacortes Parks & Recreation Department on the Tommy Thompson Trail, it’s time to get out there. You’ll learn about the history of the working waterfront, ecology of our shorelines, pollution left by early industries, and what was done to restore the shoreline. Map brochures of the interpretive trail are available at the Parks & Recreation office, Visitors’ Center, and Library.

Help us keep plastic pollution off of Skagit Beaches Friends newest project, Skagit Plastic Reduction and Recycling Coalition, invites you to join us in reducing plastic waste and recycling plastic right in Anacortes. Take our plastics pledge and get an incentive gift to get you started reducing single-use plastics in your life. Stop at our display to learn about simple swaps you can make to avoid throw-away plastics and pick up the latest plastic recycling guidelines. Talk with our volunteers at our informational display around Skagit County. For more information contact us at Look for us at the farmer’s market soon.

Anacortes Farmer’s Market May 11th, June 22nd & September 14th Save the date! Fidalgo Bay Day Saturday, August 24th Fidalgo Bay Resort, 4701 Fidalgo Bay Road, Anacortes Friends will again host the Discovery Passport activity. It’s fun for the whole family and kids of all ages. Pick up your Discovery Passport and enjoy hands-on learning. Fill your passport and win a prize!

Visit our website ( to sign up for our newsletter with interesting articles and to learn about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. Friends of Skagit Beaches is a 501c3 nonprofit. For more information email

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at Anacortes Community Theatre


To register go to or call 360-293-6829

IMAGINATION EXPLORERS THE WIZARD GAME Ages: Preschool: 3 – 5 years Cost: $75 Dates: Monday June 17th – Friday June 21st Time: 11 am – 12 pm Strap on your imagination and get ready to explore the ocean, magical lands, a pirate ship and so much more! In this class designed just for 3 - 5 year olds, your young actor will create a character and act out a new story. Along the way, through a variety of creative and dramatic games, students will learn theatre etiquette, develop their imagination, improve their self- confidence, and provide social interaction within an organized class setting.


Ages: Kindergarten – 2nd grade Cost: $100 Dates: Monday July 8th – Friday July 12th Time: 10 – 11:30 am OR 12:30 – 2:00 pm Every year, the pirates meet at a secret location to share their most daring adventures. Don’t miss their stories of sea monsters, krakens and treasures under the sea! Each day of class, students will also have the chance to play fun theatre games that will help develop their acting skills and their ability to work with others. The class instructor will work with each student to help them create a unique pirate character. Students will then be a part of a narrated performance complete with costumes and makeup. This play will be performed on ACT’s Annex Stage on the last day of class.

Ages: 3rd – 6th grade Cost: $150 Dates: Monday July 22nd – July 26th Time: 10 am - 2 pm The two mightiest wizards in the land are bored, so they decide to make up a game and bet on the winner. They kidnap a wacky group of characters and set them loose on their game board. Who will win? The class starts with the experience of auditioning and continues with the creation of a character, memorization of lines and a full performance with costumes and makeup. All students will receive a major role in this show that is performed for the public on July 26th and 27th at 7 pm.


Ages: 7th – 12th grade Cost: $150 Dates: Monday July 29th – Friday August 2nd Time: 10 am – 2 pm When street magician, Mirage, is invited to join the Circus of Secrets, it’s like a dream come true. But it soon turns into a nightmare when the circus performers are being removed from the ring one by one! Mirage will need to discover the secrets held by the acts in this mysterious circus before it’s too late. The class starts with the experience of auditioning and continues with the creation of a character, memorization of lines and a full performance with costumes and makeup. All students will receive a major role in this show that is performed for the public on August 2nd and 3rd at 7 pm.

DISNEY’S PETER PAN JR. Ages: Cost: Dates:

3rd – 8th grade $225 Monday August 5th – Friday August 9th AND Monday August 12th – Friday August 16th Time: 10 am – 2 pm Class ACT is excited to present Disney’s Peter Pan Jr! Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie's enchanting play, Disney's Peter Pan JR. is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn't grow up. This musical includes new arrangements of classic Disney songs and a story featuring one rousing adventure after another. This class starts with the experience of auditioning and continues with the creation of a character, memorization of lines and a full performance with costumes and makeup. The focus of the class will be on the production, but also on the development of singing and acting skills for each student. All students will be featured in this production that is performed for the public on August 16th at 7 pm, August 17th at 2 pm and 7 pm and August 18th at 2 pm.

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In addition to great local food we offer Classes and Workshops Sundays at 3 in May and June. Topics include: v v v v v

Fermented Foods Resonant Silence Technique Having Fun With Your Food Herbal Teas And more


Mon – Sat 9am -7pm Sunday -12am -5pm

Check our website or Facebook for updates.

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2308A Commercial Ave


Anacortes Appliance Rebate Program


Summer Time Ceiling Fan Direction: Counter Clockwise

For cooling effect during the summer your fan should run in the forward direction, counter clockwise. This will force the room air down on you, making you feel cooler.

For more information go to: For electrical energy rebates: For natural gas energy rebates:



Did you know that 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 refrigerator.

While using your stovetop, try to keep lids on your pots whenever possible. This will trap heat rather than let it escape, helping your food cook faster.

If you’ve got more than one dish to make, you can put multiple dishes in the oven at one time.

Resist the urge to peek in the open. The temperature of your oven can drop up to 25 degrees each time you open door. Then will have to use additional energy to get back to temperature.

If you have an electric stove and oven, you can turn off the heat 5-10 minutes before the food is done. The residual heat will continue to cook your meal without using any energy.

Use smaller appliances more often. Your crockpot, microwave, toaster oven, and rice cooker use much less energy than your stovetop. Give your oven and range a break.

Don’t put hot food directly into the refrigerator. Your fridge will use extra energy trying to balance out its internal temperature. Instead let your food cool down first.

When the cooking is done and it’s time to clean your dishes, opt for the dishwasher rather than washing by hand. You’ll actually use three times more water hand washing your dishes, so use the dishwasher!

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. For more detailed information visit: just-do-one-thing

Anacortes Community Energy Fair Saturday September 14th, 2019

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FIREWORKS DONATION FORM Each year citizens & visitors to Anacortes enjoy fabulous 4th of July fireworks thanks to the generosity of all who donate! If you would like to help with the cost to make the fireworks show a great success once again, please fill out this donation form and send it back in any amount that fits your budget.

Name/Organization_____________________________________________________________ Address_______________________________________________________________________ City______________________________ State________ Zip_______________ Amount $___________________ Please make checks payable to:

Anacortes Parks Foundation P.O. Box 1902 Anacortes, WA 98221

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

FLOAT / MARCHING GROUP APPLICATION FORM Please enter your float or marching group in this year’s 4th of July Parade contest for a chance to win best float or marching group. Winners will be announced at the Rock the Dock event. Judging will be based on the following criteria:

Craftsmanship: Originality, Quality of Work Design: Patriotic, Animation/Music General Effect: Crowd Appeal, Costume and Casting, Theme (Extra points if entrant is a float) Entrant /Float Name: ________________________________ Float ___ or Marching Group ___ (Check one) Contact Name:______________________________________ Contact Phone:_________________________________________ Email Address:____________________________________________ Brief description of your float or group: ____________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ Applications are due by June 28, 2019. Drop off your form at City Hall Parks Department or mail to: City of Anacortes P.O. Box 547 Anacortes, WA 98221 Attn: Sylvia Cooper The online form can be found at

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Most trees will supply much more fruit than one family can use. This is one of the reasons we started the FIGG program. Last year we gave fruit that was gleaned from individual’s homes to the food banks, churches, senior center, family shelters, schools, the gleaners and we picked fruit for the owners of the trees. Only the ripe fruit is picked; so a tree can be gleaned multiple times. Each glean usually takes about one hour and we will return in one to two weeks to glean a tree again if it is still producing. Many of the trees can be gleaned 3-5 times before all the fruit is picked and shared. While we are gleaning we also pick up any fruit that is on the ground. We have a couple of farmers who appreciate receiving fruit that is not perfect and maybe a little over ripe for their animals. Gleaning is a family affair so come and join us. Enjoy spending time together picking fruit, sharing recipes, and eating fresh fruit for just a little time. If you would like help picking fruit from your tree or would like to be part of the gleaning team, please send an email to and we will get back to you right away.

Growing Community Resilience Check out how you can help:

ACFL Forest Monitoring: NEW this year! Transition

Fidalgo & Friends is starting a new citizen science project to monitor changes in our ACFL. You can help by volunteering to photograph selected points, measure soil moisture, study tree health, or document forest changes.

Public Presentations: Our Gatherings offer free

presentations on the last Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Anacortes Senior Center. In these talks, we invite scientists and forward thinkers to help us explore the local and global changes taking place, and to inspire our creativity and resilience to meet the challenges ahead. Past topics have included forest health, melting ice caps, ocean acidification, and marine debris.

A Provocative and challenging monthly newsletter that provides hard-hitting facts and encouraging stories from around the world as we walk together through these turbulent times. Sign up!

Fix-It Days: Held the last Saturday of each summer

month, Fix-It Days are a public service to our community. Friends and neighbors bring their broken appliances, lamps, electronics, etc. that needs to be repaired. In return we ask that a donation be made to a specific community service organization. Find us at the Farmer’s Market.

Fidalgo Island & Guemes Gleaners: Under the

leadership of Transition Fidalgo & Friends, collects food from around our islands to give to those who need it.

Anacortes Community Gardens: Another TF&F

Initiative that helps our community grow foods that are shared with neighbors through our local food banks.

Visit for more details and to find out how you can help. Come be a part of this!

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Dialing 911:

Part III, The Response This is the third and final article in a Dialing 911 newsletter series. Part one addressed the specifics of making the call to 911 dispatch; part two discussed the mindset required to make an effective 911 call and provide accurate, detailed information to the dispatcher for the best possible outcomes; and part three will prepare you for the emergency response. As mentioned in the previous Dialing 911 articles, a clear head in the midst of a challenging situation will give you the best chance of a positive outcome. This installment will help you understand the dynamics of the emergency response. In other words, what happens when first responders arrive and what can you do to prepare for it?

Expectations There are 26 sworn officers at the

Anacortes Police Department. This includes three Administrators, a three-person Detective Unit, and a Patrol Unit that covers three work shifts 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. We run minimum staffing levels of two patrol officers per shift to cover the city, but there may be as many as four per shift. If staffing levels are surprising to you and seem low, please do not let this keep you from calling 911, especially if there is imminent danger to people or property. As mentioned in prior articles, dispatchers and first responders are experts at

prioritizing calls. If we receive a call that warrants an expedited response, officers will divert from a less urgent call or task to the location you provide the dispatcher. Some police departments may not send an officer out for public safety calls such as a cold malicious mischief or vehicle prowl; however, APD is very customer service oriented, and if you want to speak with an officer, we will always try to send someone. We live on a 15-square mile island, so the response will likely be expedient. Additionally, you may be surprised to know that a response, even in the case of a serious emergency such as a home invasion burglary, may be 1-2 officers at first with more help on the way.

What Happens When the First Responders Arrive? Dialing 911 can be stressful, and the response can be even more so. Here are some things that will help the response go better for callers and responders: Don’t panic. Article one and two of this series may help with that— develop a mindset that it is okay to call 911 for help, be confident that you did the right thing, and know that help is on the way. Let us come to you. Remember, first responders must evaluate the situation once they arrive on scene and differentiate between the suspects, reporting party, etc. On a related note, remember to obey officer commands and prompts. You have asked for help, and help

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has arrived. Officers will take control of the scene and begin their investigation to determine the appropriate course of action needed to solve your problem. Be a good witness. Provide a suspect description to include approximate age, height and weight, hair color, and clothing. For cases involving a vehicle, provide a vehicle description to include make, model, color, and license plates, etc. To preserve evidence and assist with the investigative process, protect the scene as much as possible until instructed otherwise by first responders. Do not move items or clean up the scene. Do not discuss your observations or information with others; wait until a first responder asks questions to maintain the integrity of your observations.

What Can You Do Today? Life does not always go as planned. Emergencies occur. Preparing yourself and your family for that day will lead to the best possible outcome for all involved parties in the event that you call 911. Considering the types of scenarios that would prompt a 911 call, thinking through the types of questions that may be asked by dispatchers and first responders, and anticipating the response will give you an advantage if you need to call for help. Karl Wolfswinkel Community Service Officer Spring/Summer 2019 ATOT  55

ECRWSS Resident

There’s no place like home… For William R. (Bill) Mitchell his wish was granted. Muralist, Cartoonist, Artist, local Historian, Pirate and overall Scallywag; Bill passed from his beloved community on March 7, 2019 in his home surrounded by family and all his treasured collection of just about everything. April 14, 1949 – March 7, 2019

The City of Anacortes proclaims Bill Mitchell Day on May 3, 2019, on the 35th anniversary of the Anacortes Mural Project, the day in 1984 that Bill Mitchell’s first Mural was installed. Thanks Bill!