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Parks Issue Spring/Summer 2018 City of Anacortes 360-293-1900

By Laurie Gere, Mayor

mosaic walls surround the park, and a bandstand, amphitheater and terraces are similarly made of colored pebble and rock mosaic. This A-Town is focusing on our Parks and as I reflected, I realized our community has a long rich 100-year-old history of recognition and a culture of investment for our parks. Last fall, Bret Lunsford, Museum Director, and Bob Vaux, Washington Park Manager, presented a program celebrating “Our First Parks.” I am sharing excerpts from their presentation. Our park visionaries were Douglass & Cora Allmond, Melville Curtis, Tonjes Havekost, Mayor John Morrison, Gus Hensler. Much more parks property was provided by repurposing railway infrastructure for Causland Park, Thompson Trail, Guemes Channel Trail and repurposing watersheds for Cranberry Lake, Heart Lake, and Whistle Lake. This inspired more parks, from Havekost to Storvik. Our first park was Causland Memorial Park, established in September 1903, originally as Great Northern Park, named in honor of Harry Leon Causland. In 1903, the City of Anacortes purchased a block of land located near the city center for $500, from the Great Northern Railroad with the stipulation that it be called “Great Northern Park” for a period of at least ten years. The original estimate for Causland Memorial Park construction was $6,000. Jean Baptiste LePage constructed the park from 1919 through 1921. In 1926, an addition was built at the west end. This park is on the National Register of Historic Places and a portion of Causland Memorial Park is dedicated to Anacortes veterans from World War I to the Vietnam War. The 2-acre park is unique in its use of decorative rock and black and white mosaic for structures and walls. Low, serpentine

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Our second park was Cap Sante Park, also established in 1903, named in honor of a similar promontory in Canada. At that time much of what is known as Bowman’s Addition was delinquent for taxes and it was arranged that the City should bid on certain of the estate’s lands at the sale of delinquent property. This was the beginning of what is today Cap Sante Park near 1000 W Avenue. This park is a 37 acre forested promontory at the eastern edge of Anacortes. It is primarily a viewpoint overlooking the marina, the City of Anacortes, March Point, Fidalgo Bay and the Cascades. A remnant of an amphitheater is located on the east bank of the park. Our third park was Sunset Beach at Washington Park, established originally as Havekost Park in 1911. In 1911, Tonjes Havekost’s monumental parkland gift of 8 acres overlooking Burrows Channel inspired settlers of early Anacortes to preserve the island’s entire northwest point. Not pie-in-the-sky, but lemon pie, baked by the Anacortes Improvement Women’s Club, raised the $1,500 to acquire this land. Sunset Beach, eclipses “Washington Park” in the minds of many locals, and has been a favorite site for picnicking, swimming, watching sunsets, boating, and camping for over a century as the park has grown to 220 acres. Railroad tracks passed right through the eastern edge of what is now Washington Park. The railway was constructed, but never used during the booming 1890s. During the Great Depression years of the 1930s, employment programs like the Civilian Conservation Corps worked to extend the loop road. The first boat ramp was installed at Sunset Beach in the 1950s. Since then, local, state, and donated funds

have provided for the improvements at Washington Park. Another was Storvik Park and named for John Storvik, whose estate money was used to buy the land for a park. John Anderson Storvik was born in Norway on December 31, 1897 and died at home in Anacortes on July 15, 1964. He had been an Anacortes resident since 1928. “When John came to the States he thought there were too many John Andersons so he took the name of the area of Norway from which he had come,” according to family history. John owned several homes in the Anacortes area. He worked for Coos Bay Pulp Mill Co. in Anacortes and was one of the largest shareholders in the company. In his will, he stated that the bulk of his estate should go toward building a park in the city. It was with these funds, property was purchased for what is now known as Storvik Park. The first half of the 20th century, especially the period before 1930, was a time of growing civic awareness of the scenic resources of this area. As a result, numerous individuals deeded land to the City for “public park purposes”. These donations are examples of what is called the “bequest motive”, or the desire of people to leave estates for their heirs or the public. The dedication of private properties for public parks is exemplary of this desire to assure that future generations would have natural environments to enjoy. What an incredible community we live in and call home! So the next time you are visiting one of our many parks, remember those forefathers and mothers and the dedication and vision they held for Anacortes.

Your Mayor,

Laurie Gere

TABLE OF CONTENTS ANACORTES BRIEFINGS Mayor Laurie Gere.............................2 City Council Member........................3 Guemes Channel Trail......................4 Storvik Park Spray Pad......................5 Comprehensive Plan Update ...........5 Keegan Kennedy................................6 Washington Park................................6 Heart of Anacortes.............................7 Our Town............................................8 Lawsuit Against Opioids...................9 Summer 2018 Road Projects..... 10-12 Anacortes Arts Festival...................13 City Council Members....................14 Solid Waste Schedule.......................14

Growing up in Anacortes was sure a lot of fun!! There was playing Little League Baseball at Storvik Park, family outings to Washington Park, camping at Deception Pass, exploring the trails around Little Cranberry Lake, bowling at San Juan Lanes, swimming at Fidalgo Pool, watching movies at Island Theatre, fishing off the Guemes Ferry Dock, even picking strawberries as my first summer job. There was always something fun to do. In eighth grade I found a new kind of fun when I joined the track team. I discovered my talent as a distance runner and was hooked on running for life. I competed as a runner in high school, college and many years beyond. As I look back and think about the thousands of miles I ran and all of the races I competed in, I realize it was not the competition itself that gave me the most satisfaction, it was the experiences that came along with it. It was the recreational aspect of the sport that kept me involved for so many years. It was the friendships and all of the

fun we had together.


We can all experience these same feelings by participating in recreational activities that we enjoy. In Anacortes, we are fortunate to have a Parks and Recreation Department that offers a wide range of activities. There is so much to offer and it’s all focused on having fun.

Handy Numbers...............................15 Quarterly Menu................................15 Recreation Programs................. 16-26

There are over fifty miles of community forestland trails, a dog park, beachfront picnic tables, a summer adult softball league, basketball courts, walking paths, forested lakes, beautiful viewpoints, Fun Runs, youth sports, the list goes on and on. There is literally something for everyone, regardless of age or interests. I recently asked a co-worker what recreation means to him. After he thought for a moment he said the same thing many of us would say, “Doing something fun.” This rings so true. Having fun will add quality to your life and Anacortes is such a great place to find it!


Senior Activity Center.....................27 Anacortes Museum....................28-29 Library.........................................30-33 Arts Commission.......................34-35 Anacortes Farmers Market............ 36 Anacortes Food Coop..................... 36 Shearwater University.....................37 Anacortes Schools Foundation......38 WWU................................................39 Anacortes Soo Bahk Do................. 40 Iyengar Yoga......................................41 Class Act........................................... 42 Friends of Skagit Beaches............... 43 Friends of the Forest................. 44-46 Fidalgo Island Gleaners...................47 Community Gardens.......................47 Transition Fidalgo............................47 4th of July....................................48-49 Anacortes Housing Authority....... 50 Anacortes Police Dept.....................51 ACE................................... Back Cover

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The Guemes Channel Trail (GCT) has become more of a topic of discussion lately. It’s good that there is increased interest in a project that has been over 30 years in the making. The idea started with Tommy Thompson wanting to build a train track and trail to connect the Washington State Ferry terminal with the Depot and downtown Anacortes. That idea struggled for many years but then was revitalized with the completion of the hugely popular Tommy Thompson Parkway trail.

About ten years ago the City was presented with a development proposal for the SHIP area that included a hotel and the discussion was revived as possible trail routes were discussed. The idea of a public trail was part of the conditions of the permit that eventually was approved but then not acted upon by the developer. The City has been looking at possible trail routes and has been working with

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the landowners in the area for several years but has yet to come up with an exact route to move forward. It has evolved into a time for our community to have a public discussion about the possible routes of the trail. It is important to remember that we still will be working closely with landowners to try to get permission to construct a trail on their property. We want to encourage everyone to be respectful of these private property owners and allow them to make their own decisions about voluntarily allowing a trail on their property. We feel that the GCT gives all ages and abilities an opportunity to enjoy some of the special places in our community as we work to protect and preserve the environments of these special places. That combination of protection and access is one of the many things that we have worked hard to accomplish in all the wonderful areas the Parks Department oversees. While we have this important public discussion about this trail we want to encourage everyone to gather factual information and have open honest conversations with people you agree with and people that have a different

perspective. These are vital decisions we are going to be making about the trails locations, uses, etc. and they deserve thoughtful consideration from the public. It is also important that you let your feelings be known to those who will ultimately make decisions on the trail. Contacting the Parks and Recreation Director, Parks and Recreation Commissioners, City Council Members and others with your views is an important part of this process. There will be major decisions made regarding the trail over the next couple of years; get involved now so we can all make the best decisions for our community. We look forward to hearing from you as we strive to build the best trail we can.

Parks and Recreation Storvik Park Spray Pad Rules Open 11am to 6pm Daily The Spray Pad will be turned on by Memorial Day Weekend in May, however if we get some warm weather in April we will open the spray pad earlier and will do our best to communicate this with the community.

A FEW OF THE SPRAY PAD RULES TO REMEMBER: • Turn on water at activation bollards • Spray park is unsupervised; children under 13 must have adult supervision • NO RUNNING • Proper swim attire required • Swim diapers required for infants and toddlers, diaper changing station located in restroom • People with communicable diseases are not allowed in the spray pad • Please keep the following items outside of the spray pad: - pool toys and floats - bikes, scooters, skateboards and roller blades/ skates - food, drink and glass containers - animals, except service animals - soap, shampoo, detergent - electronic devices • Please do not climb, pull or hang on the equipment, no horseplay allowed • Persons under the influence of alcohol or drugs are prohibited • Be sun smart • Water Shoes are highly recommended • If you violate these rules, you will be asked to leave the premises • All other park rules apply

Comprehensive Plan Update We are continuing our work updating our Comprehensive Plan. Earlier this year Parks & Recreation Department staff, along with Patrik Dylan from eccosDesign, engaged the public in a series of open houses and an on-line survey. We have since had the draft 2018 plan reviewed by the Parks Commission, and are now working thru formal processes with the Planning Commission and City Council. Please check with, or call us at 360.588.8233, so you may be updated with the latest schedule and status of the 2018 plan. We thank you for your participation in this important process.

In case of Emergency call 911 The spray pad may be closed to weather, maintenance, equipment repair, or other operational concerns. The spray pad is for the enjoyment of all; it cannot be reserved. City of Anacortes Parks & Recreation Department 360-293-1918

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Student Recreational Assistant

Keegan Kennedy

Keegan and his younger brother Owen

Small jobs often make a huge difference, such as the student recreational assistants (SRAs) and referees, making it possible for the Anacortes Parks and Recreation Dept. to serve hundreds of children each basketball and soccer season. “These are very part-time positions,” said City of Anacortes Recreation

Manager Dustin South. “Volunteers are a necessity, but paid recreation staff are too. It is very difficult to find people to do jobs like referee a game.” One trusted SRA is Keegan Kennedy, a junior at Anacortes High School, sho referees soccer and basketball and helps out with peewee sports. “I really enjoy helping young kids the same way the high schoolers helped me when I was a kid,” Keegan said. “I also enjoy earning money doing something that I love, while helping kids learn about sports.” Keegan, the son of Matt and Bonnie Kennedy, is on the AHS tennis and baseball teams. He hasn’t fully mapped out his future, but said he would like to become a commercial airline pilot. Dustin said Keegan is a great employee. “He is very dependable and reliable. He

also understands what it means to be a Student Recreation Assistant. You have to be flexible: One day you might work four hours refereeing a youth sport game, the next day helping 4-year-olds learn how to play soccer. “Being a self-starter and able to adapt ‘on the fly’ are must-have skills that Keegan has. He also has the skills to handle tough situations that can occur when refereeing youth sports.” Dustin said the SRA experience is valuable for the students. “For most of our SRAs this is their first actual job, with most being teenagers, they learn valuable skills. How to apply for a job and how to develop a work ethic comes with having your first job. The hours are not abundant, but enough to make it worthwhile and still allow time to get schoolwork done and participate in sports or other clubs.”

Washington Park

A Reflection of Community

In November of 1989 my life was forever changed when then Parks & Recreation Assistant Director Gary Robinson offered me a part-time recreation position with the City of Anacortes. In the years that have passed since, the many years, I have had the great fortune of holding several positions here in A-Town, and a couple at Skagit County Parks & Recreation. Each has brought with it a unique set of challenges and chances to grow as a professional, and more importantly, as a person. It is a real blessing being part of the Anacortes Parks and Recreation team. The people I come to work with every day are a dedicated group of professionals whose collective skill set covers a very impressive range. We can plan, develop, build, manage and maintain with great care and accuracy. I look for help every day, and so many times find it in the willing and able attitudes and approaches of my co-workers at APRD. When your name is associated with truly amazing places, programs and events like the Community Forest

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by Bob Vaux, Park Manager

Lands, Kids R Best Fest, Washington Park, Youth Soccer, Volunteer Park and so on and so on, you have to maintain a healthy and active relationship with the community you serve. Like one of my long time parks & rec colleagues once told me, “We get our report card every day.” We are frequently reminded that parks and recreation is not a mandated service. Our role in the community is one that is requested to go beyond simply serving its citizens and visitors. We are asked each day to enrich their lives and our lush and diverse landscape. Yes, we are optional, but like our comrades at the library and museum, we are empowered by our service oriented missions. Thank you to all the citizens of A-Town. Your strength and diversity is a powerful motivating force. What you ask of us at parks and rec is an honor to be held responsible for. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with your thoughts, questions, hopes and visions for the future. We are here to reflect and enhance the community we all form together.

Heart of Anacortes Available for Rental It’s name reflects a nod to its location in the historic “Old Town” area – but the Heart of Anacortes venue on the corner of 4th Street and “O” Avenue is a community park with a soul. A gathering place for people of all ages celebrating art, music and special events of all kinds. The Heart of Anacortes was established in 2010, the realization of a dream expressed by local musicians for an outdoor entertainment facility in the downtown area. The venue, which features an elevated stage, lighting and sound systems, concession space and restrooms, has since been acquired by the City of Anacortes. The “beat” of the Heart of Anacortes grows louder as a four-month summer season draws closer, giving a whole new meaning to the concept of “municipal services.” From June into September the venue will come alive with a variety of free scheduled events ranging from live music to art exhibits. The 200-seat venue is also available for private events. From the start, the Heart of Anacortes vision has been to draw people together to share appreciation for the arts, music and this seaside city’s proud sense of community. In addition to local residents, many of those gathered at the Heart find their way to the venue from off island. They are boaters, tourists, family guests and curious neighbors. As each event unfolds, that audience becomes “community.” We want the Heart of Anacortes to be yet another feature that makes this community special, so please contact the Anacortes Parks and Recreation Department at 360.293.1918 to rent the facility.

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Anacortes Relay For Life

• Date: Saturday, June 23rd starting at 2:00 pm Sunday June 24th ending at 11:00 am • Place: Anacortes High School Rice Field, 1600 20th St. Anacortes Questions? – Contact Chris at 360 293-1650 or visit the website anacorteswa Come and join your friends and neighbors in the fight against cancer. We walk and 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.

Public Works Open House Meet the people who take care of your city • Thursday, May 31, 2018 • Wastewater Treatment Plant 500 T Avenue • 9:00 AM until 3:30 PM See demonstrations of pipe location equipment Find out what the surveyor looks at with the tripod. Ride in the street sweeper. Watch what the video van finds in the underground piping, learn how to compost and what to recycle. Plus much more. Call Sylvia at 360-299-0953

2018 Calendar of Events May Seattle Children’s Hospital Dinner & Dance

• Saturday, May 19 • 5-8 p.m. - Dinner • 6-9 p.m. Music and Dancing to Country Jim • Eagles Lodge - 7th and Q Ave., Anacortes • Cost: $15 at door Sponsored by Dr. Samuel G. Brooks Guild & Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 249 Further information: Visit www. All proceeds benefit Seattle Children’s, providing world class medical care to children in our region, regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

June Rock the Depot Featuring 5 bands, food by ViVi’s Kitchen and an indoor Beer Garden by Rockfish Grill. • Cost: $10 at the door • Saturday, June 30 • 6 p.m. (doors open) • 7 p.m. (music) • Depot Arts Center • 611 R Avenue, Anacortes All proceeds benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital

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

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A-Town Is Our Town Spring/Summer 2018 Front Cover Photography:

By Chris Terrell

The City of Anacortes is joining the fight to address the impacts of the opioid epidemic on our community by joining a federal lawsuit against three of the main manufacturers of prescription opioids. Since the 1990s, sales of opioids have increased 10-fold to become a $10 billion industry in the United States. In 2016, U.S. health care professionals wrote 289 million opioid prescriptions, enough for every adult in the U.S. to have more than one bottle of pills2. This escalation in opioid prescription has led to an increase in illegal opioid abuse. We’ve seen these impacts in our community and local governments are on the front lines of addressing the resulting social impacts. Opioids are now the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States3. Between 2012 and 2016, Skagit County saw 66 opioid overdose deaths1. Our law enforcement professionals deal with increased criminal activity, our paramedics deal with increased health care issues, and our tax payers pay the bill. Substantial evidence has been discovered in recent years that suggest three of the leading manufacturers of prescription opioids have

historically misrepresented the addictive properties of their products and downplayed their potential impact despite good industry science to the contrary. As a result, communities around the country are joining a growing effort to hold these and other manufacturers responsible for the significant costs of their actions to our communities. There have been a number of lawsuits filed against these manufacturers by state and local governments, including the States of Washington, Ohio, Illinois, and Mississippi; counties throughout Washington, New York, and California; and cities throughout the U.S., including New York City, Everett, and Tacoma. The City of Anacortes will be joining Skagit County and the Cities of Mount Vernon, Burlington, and Sedro Woolley to file suit in federal district court against three main opioid manufacturers. By joining the suit, our Skagit County community will be one of the first in the Country to have the county and all cities within it bringing a joint action. The Anacortes City Council supported this effort through the adoption of Resolution 2009 on February 5, 2018, which authorized the City to move forward with the lawsuit. The complaint alleges violations of the Washington Consumer Protection Act, public nuisance,

negligence, gross negligence, unjust enrichment, and violations of RICO. The Skagit County group is represented by noted Seattle firm Keller Rohrback, L.L.P, who have experience with complex litigation and opioid suits. City staff anticipate that this case will take some time to reach resolution, but feel that it is important to take this opportunity to try to right some of the wrongs that continue to cost our City dearly. Any settlement or judgment received from this action can then be used to address addiction and its social impacts in our community.


Report: Opioid pain sales to hit $18.4B in the U.S. by 2020, CenterWatch (July 17, 2017), https://www.centerwatch. com/news-online/2017/07/17/ report-opioid-pain-sales-hit-18-4b-u-s2020/#more-31534.


Prevalence of Opioid Misuse, BupPractice, https://www.



Overdose Death Rates, NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse, https:// trendsstatistics/overdose-death-rates (revised Jan. 2017). Opioid-related Deaths in Washington State, 2006-2016, Washington State Department of Health (May 2017) Documents/Pubs/346-083SummaryOpioidOverdoseData.pdf.

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Summer 2018 Road Projects From a major state undertaking to pave the main entry into town to the City of Anacortes Public Works Department’s project to improve sidewalks and ADA ramps along M Avenue, Anacortes residents are having to dodge or get through a number of detours this summer. Knowing when and where the projects are happening will help, so out of the long list of projects, here are some of the bigger ones that may cause traffic impacts to some extent, some on main arterials and others on smaller neighborhood streets.

M Avenue Utility and Pedestrian Improvements Project This is a pedestrian improvements and ADA upgrade project in preparation of the upcoming overlay of the corridor from Eighth to 27th streets. Trinity Contactors Inc. of Marysville started the work in April which will bring 82 ADA ramps up to current standards, install 11 new concrete alley approaches, complete four sidewalk gaps and upgrade some drainage issues. A new raised pedestrian crossing will also be installed at Whitney School, mid-block between 12th and 14th streets. Approximate cost for this project is $360,000. Project manager: Tim Hohmann 360-588-9221,

M Avenue Asphalt Overlay Project This project is along the same stretch of M Avenue. Just more than 1 mile of the roadway will be repaved, using approximately 3,000 tons of asphalt. In addition, M Avenue from Eighth to 32nd streets will be restriped with new  vehicle and bike lanes.   A contractor will be selected in April with construction starting midsummer when school is out. Estimated cost for this  project is $600,000. Project manager: Tim Hohmann 360-588-9221, timh@ CURTIS DRIVE


































































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32nd Street and D Avenue Roundabout A new roundabout may be constructed at 32nd Street and D Avenue late this summer or next year depending on the design completion. The project has been part of the city’s capital facility plan for at least eight years and has come up frequently in the transportation comprehensive plan as an intersection likely to fail in the next 20 years. The change from a typical two-way stop will improve safety and mobility. The project is eligible for impact fee revenue, while more than half the construction will be paid for with a state grant. The project, once started, will take three to four weeks to complete. Contact: Eric Shjarback 360-299-1980,

Waterline Replacement Project This project consists of replacing 2,600 feet of water main piping, installing new fire hydrants, upgrading water services and replacing the asphalt road surfaces on Sugarloaf Street and Piper Circle in the Skyline neighborhood. C. Johnson Construction of Oak Harbor began the project mid-March and has about 120 calendar days to complete it. Construction is between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday though some work is being done on the weekends and evenings when necessary. Some roads are closed during the construction and traffic is being detoured. Project manager: Jeff Beltramini 360-299-1936,




































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Slurry Seal Project The city will continue with its annual slurry seal project with several streets from the Cedar Glen

neighborhood east to the Rock Ridge and Copper Pond neighborhoods as well as Portalis and Harbor View Place on the schedule for this year. On the list are Portalis Way, Portalis Court, Harbor View Place and Allen Court off Oakes Avenue. Areas east and south of the airport are Copper Pond, Copper Pond Place, Meadows Lane, Airport Road, Pennsylvania Court, West 12th Street, Oregon Avenue, Michigan Avenue, Rock Ridge Parkway, Berentson Court, 33rd Street, Jasper Way, Marion Way, Cedar Glen Way and Robin Court. Slurry sealing a road means cars have to be off it for a full day. The work consists of an asphalt emulsion mixed with fine sand and gravel spread out on the road. The work, which needs to be done in good weather, will be done sometime this summer. Residents will be notified in advance multiple times and a public open house will be held to answer questions and help residents strategize for the project and its associated road closures. Project manager: Gunnar Christiansen 360-299-1989,

WSDOT Highway 20 Spur Paving Project Crews with Lakeside Industries have been working since early March to improve sidewalks and ADA ramps as well as repave the Highway 20 Spur from Commercial Avenue and 12th Street to the Washington State Ferries terminal for the Washington State Department of Transportation. Crews are expected to complete the work in June. In July, they’ll to move over to the section of the Highway 20 Spur from the Commercial Avenue roundabout to Sharpes Corner. The section of Commercial Avenue from the roundabout to 12th Street is scheduled to be paved at a future date. According to the WSDOT, the roadway was last paved 20 years ago and was showing signs of wear and tear in the form of cracks and potholes.

The project will extend the life of the roadway and provide a smoother ride for the more than 30,000 vehicles that use it every day. It is expected to be completed in the fall. WSDOT communications: Andrea Petrich 360-757-5963,

WSDOT Sharpes Corner Improvement Project Tapani Inc. of Battle Ground, working for Washington State Department of Transportation, started construction on a one-lane roundabout in early April where Miller and Gibralter roads intersect with Highway 20. Construction on this part of the project is expected to take four weeks to complete with continued lane closures and flaggers on site directing traffic. Once done, crews will begin constructing the two-lane roundabout at Sharpes Corner. Lane closures there are expected to continue through June. Improvements are expected to increase traffic flow and decrease the risk of rear-end collisions, according to the state. The project also includes some improvements for pedestrian and bicycle travel along the highway. The construction contract for this improvement project is $7.2 million. It is expected to be completed in the fall. Andrea Petrich, WSDOT communications: Andrea Petrich 360-757-5963,

March Point Shoulder Widening Project Already completed this construction season was the widening of the shoulders of March Point Road from the Tommy Thompson Parkway trestle to Highway 20. A crosswalk and pedestrian signal was added to the roadway near the trestle as well. The project aimed to improve the safety and comfort of bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Granite Construction Company of Everson completed the project in midApril. Project manager: Gunnar Christiansen 360-299-1989, Read updates on the city and state’s summer road projects at the Anacortes Public Works Facebook page at AnacortesPublicWorks.

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Just the name “Anacortes Arts Festival” evokes a kaleidoscope of images: the beat of dance music, flashes of colorful art, enticing scents, bustling visitors, joyful children creating hands-on art. We all know it’s a premier Northwest event. But, how many of us think of the Arts Festival as a service organization? It is – and what service! This nonprofit group is staffed by more than 230 volunteers, who love the festival and value its contributions to arts education, cultural activities and the regional economy. “Without the support of our amazing volunteer team, the festival simply could not be what it is. They show up in force, with smiles and a total can-do attitude,” said Anacortes Arts Festival Executive Director Meredith McIlmoyle. Established in 1962 as the Anacortes Arts and Crafts Festival, organizers persevered through the early years, dependent on volunteers who built display racks, distributed posters, set up and took down booths and racks, and administered the event. They still do many of these tasks, as well as staffing the information booth, lending a hand when booths when artists need a break, and much more.


Since the beginning, service groups and local businesses have contributed funds, materials, and time. Today, 37 regional organizations participate as festival sponsors, helping keep events free to the public and allowing the festival to expand activities. From the beginning in 1962, the Festival Board planned to use its proceeds (earned from commissions) to purchase works for a Permanent Collection. This public asset is used to promote the festival’s mission – to promote and fund arts, artists and art education. Thanks to insightful buyers, that collection is a legacy of Northwest art, with 67 pieces by Guy Anderson, Max Benjamin, Norman Lundin, Philip McCracken, Alden Mason, Philip Levine, Michael Dailey, and many others. Anacortes Arts Festival is now the largest financial supporter of arts in the area, this year giving back more than $22,000 through grant and award programs. Programs receiving grants in 2018 include the Anacortes Boys & Girls Club’s fine arts program, Anacortes Family Center’s fine art and therapy programs, Anacortes Parks & Recreation’s Buskerfest, and Fidalgo Island Quilters’ kids quilting program. Seven arts programs in various Anacortes


schools received funding, as well as Fidalgo DanceWorks, MoNA, Skagit Community Band, Skagit River Poetry Foundation, Skagit River Poetry Festival and Skagit Symphony. The Festival’s $22,000 in grants is only one part of its community giving. “April events fund the Anacortes School District Cultural Arts Program, proceeds from two runs purchase public art for the City, we buy artwork for public venues through the Anacortes Collects Program, and directly support artists with around $15,000 in awards for fine artists and booth artists - in all approximately $50,000 a year. “Being a part of our community and contributing to the creative energy that is so vibrant here is what drives our staff and board to work so hard every year,” McIlmoyle said.

Photo 1: Beer Garden Volunteers – Geralyn Curtis, Bill & Gere Leistritz Photo 2: Info Booth Volunteers – Carol Miner, John Acker, Missy Walsh-Smith, Rich Bergner, Sherry Chavers, Kalena Wolf Photo 3: Festival Fine Art Docents – Karen Maughan, Sally Kilpatrick, Laura Hamilton, Loetta Lantz


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Anacortes City Council Members

Eric Johnson

Anthony Young

Ryan Walters

Laurie Gere

Brad Adams

Liz Lovelett

Bruce McDougall

Matt Miller

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Solid Waste Holiday Schedule for the Remainder of 2018

There is no garbage collection on the following holidays. Garbage collection will be moved a day.

Memorial Day

Monday, May 28, 2018

Collect Monday and Tuesday on TUESDAY, May 29, 2018

Independence Day

Observed Wednesday, July 4, 2018 Collect Wednesday and Thursday on THURSDAY, July 5, 2018

Labor Day

Monday, September 3, 2018 Collect Monday and Tuesday on TUESDAY, September 4, 2018

Veterans Day

Monday, November 12, 2018 Collect Monday and Tuesday on TUESDAY, November 13, 2018

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Thursday, November 22, 2018 Collect Wednesday and Thursday on WEDNESDAY, November 21, 2018

Friday, November 23, 2018 Collect Friday and Monday on MONDAY, November 26, 2018

Christmas 2018

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Collect Tuesday and Wednesday on WEDNESDAY, December 26, 2018

**If your collection day is Thursday be sure to put your garbage out a day EARLY!**

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

COMMUNITY RESOURCES American Red Cross........................293-2911 Anacortes American.......................293-3122 Anacortes School District...............293-1200 Anacortes Senior Center................293-7473 Boys & Girls Club.............................588-9045 Chamber of Commerce..................293-7911 293-3832 Driver’s Licensing Office.................588-0508 Fidalgo Pool & Fitness Center.......293-0673 Island Hospital.................................299-1300 Passport Applications.....................293-1910 Port of Anacortes............................293-3134 SKAT Transit......................................757-4433 US Post Office...................................299-6689 Vehicle/Vessel Licensing Office.....293-5533 WA State Ferries..................... 800-843-3779 Waste Management.............. 800-592-9995

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

Registration Procedures Some classes require a minimum number of participants registered to be held. Such classes are canceled if the minimums are not met. Therefore, if you signup for a class, please plan on participating. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify the parks and recreation staff as soon as possible before the first day of the class. The Parks and Recreation Department will start taking online registration for most programs on Monday, April 30th. Please be aware that in order to register for classes, payment will be required up front. Registration will also take place by going to the parks and recreation page: www. Participants can still register over the phone. This can be done by giving a debit/credit

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

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

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

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

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Field House Fun

Get a “kick” out of this program! This is a great opportunity to get out on the field with your toddler. We will go through basic soccer drills, basketball drills and burn off some energy and most importantly have loads of fun. Parent/ Guardian participation is REQUIRED and needed to assist the child through the different activities and drills. All participants will receive a ball. LOC: Volunteer Park Fieldhouse INST: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: 7/20 FEE: $25 AGES 18mo - 3yr

DAY Tues

DATE 5/1-5/22

TIME 10-10:30A

Messy Me

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


Coed Volleyball League

DATE 5/2 - 5/23 5/30 - 6/20

TIME 10:30-11:15A 10:30-11:15A

Program Description: The 3rd & 4th graders play together and the 5th & 6th graders play together. Your child is not required to have knee pads, but we do recommend them. Your child will be assigned to a team and will have an hour practice between 4pm-7pm.Your Child’s games will also be an hour long between 4pm-7pm. Everything for the league is done on Monday & Wednesday. Registration is closed for this league. Please contact the office at 293-1918 to get more information. LOC: Anacortes Middle School FEE: $38 per player and includes a team t-shirt GRADES 3rd - 6th

DAY Mon & Wed

DATE 5/7 - 6/13


2018 Adult Coed 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: Games will be played again on Sundays taking place in July and August. If after looking online, you need more details please email or call 299-1948.

Deadline for teams to register: Friday June 8th at 5p.m.

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Pee Wee Baseball Learn the FUNdamentals in our popular Pee Wee Baseball program. The Pee Wee Sports program is designed to give kids a basic introduction to the sport of their choice in a safe and fun atmosphere. In this class kids will learn basic aspects of baseball through fun drills and games. T-shirt is included. LOC: Storvik Park INST: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: 20/40 FEE: $25 AGES 4 - 6yr


DATE 5/9- 5/30

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

Women’s Wellness Workshop The Key to a FULL, Well Balanced Life: A woman’s wellness workshop dedicated to unraveling the most amazing you!. Over 90 minutes we’ll unpack: Fulfillment: Recognize “how you speak to yourself” because it plays an intricate role in your overall well-being. Understand the benefits of living a life of intentional gratitude. Rediscover and connect with each of your 5 senses and understand how they affect the activities that are part of your daily life. (seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, tasting) Identify how to live a more joyful life by putting the “free” back in free time. Food: How to plan, prep and pair meals each week. Substitute healthy ingredients without sacrificing flavor. Create balance through the 80/20 Approach. Fitness: Learn fun new exercises as well as strategies and tips for including fitness in your busy schedule. A guided demonstration that individuals can participate in. Bio: Hi ladies! I’m Kalie, a certified fitness instructor, healthy lifestyle coach and registered dental hygienist. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and am the founder of FULLforLife, a company that has helped countless women create a healthy, well-balanced life. I’m a lifelong fun, food and fitness fanatic who has tried countless workouts, diets and health crazes. In my search for the “perfect me,” I’ve realized that any changes that are unmaintainable, extreme, overnight or drastic are not beneficial to achieving a healthy lifestyle. Through trial and error, I have learned that the best and easiest way to live a happy and healthy life is to take it back to the basics and keep it simple. My goal is to guide women on a journey in which they discover how to live positive lives and feed their bodies nutritiously, and to motivate them to exercise consistently in fun and fulfilling ways. LOC: Anacortes Senior Activity Center INST: Kalie Schwamb MIN/MAX: 4/25 FEE: $20 AGES 25+


DATE 5/19

TIME 10-11:30A

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Seahawk Youth Soccer Camp

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 and player evaluation with a picture of their coach and camp team. This is a great opportunity for your child to see positive high school role models playing a sport they love. Come join the fun! The camp is held rain or shine so it is important players come prepared with; cleats or tennis shoes, shin guards, water bottle, 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 MIN/MAX: 30/80 FEE: $65 GRADE Going into K-5th

DAY Mon-Thurs

DATE 6/18-6/21

TIME 9-11:30A

Advanced Seahawk Youth Soccer Camp

Fun for all incoming 6th, 7th & 8th grade girls interested in playing soccer at the high school level. Don’t miss out on this opportunity for your daughter to increase their soccer skills through fun and challenging practices taught by the Seahawk girls soccer coaches. From goalkeeper to forward, your child will receive knowledgeable coaching through fun games, drills and small sided matches. We will have some Advanced Goal Keeper training with Coach Brian Nelson. All campers will receive a ball, t-shirt and player evaluation with a picture of their coach and camp team. This is a great opportunity for your child to see the skill work, motivation and dedication it takes to be a successful high school soccer player. Come join the fun! The camp is held rain or shine so it is important players come prepared with cleats, shin guards, water bottle, and goalie gloves for interested keepers and appropriate clothing for all weather. Register for the grade you are going into this fall. CAMP IS INSTRUCTED BY COACHES: Gretchen Hanson • Successful coach @ high school 4A/2A level and club level 10 years • Coached at the Premier Northwest Soccer Camp 6 years • Played on winning NCAA Div II CWU Soccer team and made all Regional Defensive squad Samantha Schwetz • Successful coach at the youth and middle school level LOC: Rice Field at the High School MIN/MAX: 10/40 FEE: $85 GRADE Going into 6th-8th

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DAY Mon-Thurs

DATE 6/18-6/21

TIME 2:30-4:30P

Tango Tuesdays

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 1st Tuesdays and practice on 2nd, 3rd and 4th Tuesdays. Price per month $25.

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AHS Volleyball Camp

Pass, set and attack that ball with the AHS Girls Volleyball team and coaching staff. This fun three day camp will cover the basic fundamentals involved with playing volleyball. Players w. A camp T-shirt is included with your fee. Knee pads are not required, but highly recommended. LOC: Anacortes Middle School INST: Volleyball Staff and Players MIN/MAX: 10/50 FEE: $40 GRADE Going into 3rd-6th

DAY Tues, Thurs, Fri

DATE 6/5, 6/7, 6/8

TIME 4:30-6P

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, play-time, telephone calls / stranger knocks, hand washing, meal times, bedtime, and providing emergency care (first aid / CPR). Sheila Davis is a Certified First Aid / CPR instructor with the American Safety & Health Institute, more information available at . Bring a sack lunch and a drink with you to class. A mini first aid kit will be given to each student and is included in the class fee. The class is held on a “nonschool” day. LOC: City Hall Council Chambers INST: Sheila Davis MIN/MAX: 10/25 FEE: $48 AGES 10+


DATE 6/15

SATURDAY JUNE 30 th 2018 10am to 2pm

Storvik Park 32nd Street, Anacortes

TIME 9A - 3P

Kids Night Out

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

DAY Thurs

DATE 6/21 8/16

TIME 5 - 8P 5 - 8P

Agility Course

K-9 Demo

Silly Dog Contest

A Dog Festival to Benefit the Anacortes Dog Park

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2018 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 online registration site at: 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


Jazz Drumming Lessons This class is for drummers (beginners and up) who want to improve their drumming style by learning the fundamentals of jazz rhythms and patterns. It does not matter if you are a rock/funk/metal drummer, learning jazz and studying the styles of great jazz drummers will make you a better player. Braydn Krueger drummed for the Lonely Forest and many other local bands. He has been teaching drums for 13 years. Drums and sticks will be provided for each lesson. The class is open to youths and adults and is made possible through the Anacortes Public Library’s Manieri Jazz and Swing Endowment. Space is limited to one person per session, these are individual lessons, so register early. LOC: Depot Arts and Community Center INST: Braydn Krueger MIN/MAX: 1/1 FEE: $99 AGE DAY DATE 8+ Mon/Wed 7/16 - 7/25 TIME 10-10:45A 10:45-11:30A 11:30A-12:15P 12:15-1P

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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: $58


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

Rally - for the Dogs

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


DATE 7/11 - 8/15


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

DAY DATE TIME Sat 6/2 7-11A

Summer Survivor Camp 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! LOC: Washington Park INST: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: 10/30 FEE: $50 per kid GRADES Going into K - 5th

DAY DATE TIME Mon-Thurs 6/25 - 6/28 9A - 12P Mon-Thurs 7/9 - 7/12 9A - 12P

LOC: San Juan Lanes (first day) INST: APRD Staff MIN/MAX: 10/60 FEE: $25 DATE 7/11 - 8/1

Sat. July 14 11A - 4P at Storvik Park

Kids-R-Best Pool Party (6 & under and non-swimmers need to be accompanied in the water by an adult.

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!


Celebrating kids in our community for the past 20 years! Come join us and play with the giant inflatable bouncers, games and toys, game and informational booths, live entertainer, concessions, and craft projects! All to celebrate kids and what they contribute to the community. All activities are FREE; there is a nominal charge for food.

Don’t forget, the Open Swim scheduled for kids 12 & under

Pee Wee Sports Camp

AGES 4 - 6y

Kids-R-Best Festival

Fri. July 13 6:30 - 8:00P at the Fidalgo Pool & Fitness Center

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TIME 10 - 11A

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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 starting. 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.) Scholarship may be available for clinic costs. Contact Rodney Bickley at (360) 630-9859 if you have any questions. LOC: Eagles Club (901 7th ST) INST: Rodney Bickley MIN/MAX: 10/40 FEE: $60 GRADE K - 8th

DAY Mon - Thurs

DATE 7/16 - 7/19

TIME 9-11A

Pee Wee Art Camp Back by popular demand! Foster the creative side of your child’s mind with these innovative art classes. Projects may include: canvas paintings in acrylic, chalk and oil pastels, watercolor paintings and more. An art show will be held the final day. All supplies are included. Each week will have different projects so you can sign up for one or both. Space is limited, so sign up soon! LOC: The Depot INST: Julene Brogan MIN/MAX: 4/10 FEE: $65 AGES 4-6

DAY Mon - Thurs

DATE 8/6 - 8/9 8/13 - 8/16

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

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 skills 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

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DAY Tues

DATE 8/14

TIME 5:30 - 8:30P

Beginning Pickleball Classes The three-week class is for people interested in learning the fastest growing sport in the United States. Pickleball is a game for all ages, (a cross between tennis and pingpong.) This class is for people who want to learn how to play the game, enjoy the sport and get exercise. Instruction will be in the rules and skills of the game. There will be individual instruction for people at this class. Rackets and balls will be provided for the class. If you have your own equipment please bring it. Wear casual clothes and tennis shoes. At the Clearidge Courts (1900 Blakley), takes place Tuesday 6/5 - 6/19 from 6-7:30P.

Youth Art Camp Art Camp is back! Foster the creative side of your child’s mind with these innovative art classes. Projects may include: canvas paintings in acrylic, chalk and oil pastels, watercolor paintings and more. An art show will be held the final day. All supplies are included. Each week will have different projects so you can sign up for one or both. Space is limited, so sign up soon! LOC: The Depot (611 R Ave) INST: Julene Brogan MIN/MAX: 4/15 FEE: $90 AGES 7 - 12

DAY Mon - Thurs

DATE 8/6 - 8/9 8/13 - 8/16

TIME 10:30A - 1P 2:00 - 4:30 10:30A - 1P 2:00 - 4:30

Adult Paint Party Are you ready for a night of fun? This Art Class will introduce participants to a variety of painting techniques. Never painted before? No worries, with step by step guided instruction your friends will be calling you Van Gogh in no time! All supplies necessary to paint a 16”x20” stretched canvas in acrylic paint are included. Space is limited so sign up early! LOC: The Depot (611 R Ave) INST: Julene Brogan MIN/MAX: 4/25 FEE: $30 AGES 18+

DAY Tues Wed

DATE 8/7 8/15

TIME 6 - 9P 6 -9P

SUBJECT Drinks and a Good Read Enchanted Forest

Drop-in VOLLEYBALL 18+ Fidalgo Elementary Gym Wed & Fri (7:00-10:00pm)

PICKLE BALL 18+ Mt. Erie Elementary Gym Tues & Thurs (7:00-9:00pm)

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Art Dash Sign up for the 14th Annual Art Dash. NEW THIS YEAR 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 2nd from 8am-5pm or on Friday, August 3rd from 8am5pm 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 360299-1967 or email After the race enjoy the Anacortes Arts Festival fun as soon as you have completed the run. After some finish line fun, you can start Festival shopping without moving your car! Deadline to Register: August 1, 2018 LOC: Tommy Thompson Parkway (Meet At City Hall Parking Lot for Start) INST: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: FEE: $50 Half Marathon, $35 10K & $25 5K AGES Open

Outdoor Movie Storvik Park Thursday August 23, 2018

FREE Starts at Dusk

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DATE 8/4

TIME 7A - 1P

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


DATE 7/14

TIME 1 - 3P

Skyhawks Sports Academy


2018 Skill-based Youth Sport Programs Anacortes Parks & Recreation

and or 800.804.3509 Register Online






Tennis Camp

Tetra Brazilian Soccer Camp

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

Anacortes Parks and Recreation

Quickstart Tennis


• 7/02 - 7/06 • 7/30 - 8/03

M,W,T,F M-F 9A - 12P

9A - 12P 7-12

7-12 $129


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

• 7/02 - 7/06 • 7/30 - 8/02 • 7/02 - 7/06 • 7/30 - 8/02

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

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

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

$55 $55 $55 $55

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

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.

• 7/16 - 7/20

M-F 9A - 3P



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

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

• 7/16 - 7/20

M-F 9A - 12P



Basketball Camp

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

M-F 9A - 12P



Soccer Camp


1 - 4P

British Soccer Camp 8 - 9A

First Kicks Ages 2-4


1 - 2P

Mini Soccer Ages 4-6


9A - 12P Half Day

Ages 6-16


1 - 4P

Half Day

Ages 6-16


9A - 4P Full Day

Ages 8-16




1 - 4P

Half Day Ages 12-16 $142

9A - 4P

Full Day Ages 10-16 $199

Mail applications & checks payable to

Challenger Sports to: David Hartshom

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

• 8/6 - 8/10

$10 late fee if payment received after July15th

9A - 12P Half Day Ages 9-12

Anacortes Middle School (gym)

• 8/6 - 8/10

July 23rd – 27th at Volunteer Park Camp includes FREE ball & t-shirt



1727 S. 341st PL, Suite C, Federal Way, WA 98003 Tel: 800-533-9374 or email:

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Beginner Intermediate

June 25-29 July 9-13

1:00pm-4:00pm 1:00pm-4:00pm

$95 $95

Beginner Advanced Intermediate Advanced High School Open Sail

July 16-20 July 23-27 July 30- Aug 3 Aug 6-10 Mon/Thurs June 25-Aug 16

1:00pm-4:00pm 1:00pm-4:00pm 1:00pm-4:00pm 1:00pm-4:00pm 6:00pm-8:30pm

$95 $95 $95 $95 $30

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 (lifejacket) while sailing. During the Water Safety Class sailors will learn what type of lifejacket they need. 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 singlehand Optimist Dinghy’s. This class is for ages 10 –13. INTERMEDIATE Class: Students should have a basic knowledge of dinghy (small boat sailing) or have attend Beginner Class. We begin with a review of the safety and introduce right of way. Also a review of terminology, 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 single-handed Optimist Dinghy’s. 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 are introduced to double-handed sailing in the larger Lido or FJ dinghy. Here the student develops their understanding of the sailing theory and trim of a two-sail boat and discovers 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 gybes. Sailboats used will be double-handed Lido or FJ dinghy’s. This class is for ages 12 –16. 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.

Adult Beginner Adult Intermediate

July 9,16,23,30 Sept 8,9 / 15,16

5:30pm-8:30pm 10:00am-3:00pm

$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


TIME 8:00-9:00P

FEE n/a

TIME 8:00-9:00P

FEE n/a

Water Safety Session 2


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



There’s More!

Watercolor / Acrylics Weaving / Knitting Mosaic Art / Stained Glass Drawing Classes Art Appreciation Woodcarving Basket Weaving Creative Circle Cultured Purls Color Me Calm Fiction Writing

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

Intergenerational Activities Community Resources for Seniors Creative Writing Classes Book Discussion Group Special Holiday Celebrations Haircuts and Foot Care Services Library and Book Sales And much more! Visit for online newsletter.

Assisted Listening Devices (Call a day ahead) Hearing Loop for T-Coil Devices

Trips Call (360) 293-7473 for details.

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


Health & Wellness

Cards & Games

Wellness Day Presentations Blood Pressure Checks Dental Hygiene Clinic Chair Massage Cooking Classes

Pinochle Bridge Cribbage Scrabble Mexican Train Dominos

Beginning Ukulele Classes Weekly Ukulele Jams Singing with Soul Special Concerts and Performances

Hot Meals Hot lunches are served Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m. to12:30 p.m. No reservation necessary. Suggested donation for 60 and over is $3.50-$5.50. Nonseniors are welcome for $6. Meals on Wheels: To sign up for hot meals for homebound seniors, call (360) 416-1500.

Volunteer Opportunities Join the more than 120 volunteers presently working at the Center. For more information, contact the Center Administrator at (360) 293-7473.

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Pulp Mill Exhibit Opens Soon

Fidalgo School Alumni Celebrate 150th Anniversary Alumni and friends of the Old Fidalgo School are invited to a reunion and pot-luck lunch celebrating the 150th anniversary of the school’s 1868 founding at March Point. The event starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 28, at the “new” Fidalgo Elementary School, 13590 Gibralter Road. Photographs of the school and students representing about six decades of its operation will be displayed, courtesy of the Anacortes Museum. Attendees are asked to bring photographs or materials associated with the school to be copied for the museum’s collection. Event organizer Carl Howard emphasizes that everyone associated with the school or interested in its history is welcome. For more information, contact the Anacortes Museum at 2931915.

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For more than 50 years, the pulp mill at the foot of 17th Street played a major role in the economy and environment (i.e. aroma) of Anacortes. This heritage will be explored in a new exhibit (not yet named) at the Anacortes Maritime Heritage Center, 703 R Ave. Admission is free. The exhibit will kick off with an opening event in June. Lumber mills operated on this shore of Fidalgo Bay as early as the 1890s, but the first pulp mill was opened by Fidalgo Pulp Manufacturing Co. in 1925. Scott Paper Co., which bought the mill in 1940, operated it as the Anacortes Pulp Company, and later under the name of its subsidiary, Coos Bay Pulp Corporation, through 1960. From 1961 until the plant closed in 1978 it was known as the Scott Paper Mill. When Museum Advisory Board member Gilbert Moore suggested a pulp mill exhibit, the idea was received with great enthusiasm. About a dozen former employees

and members of pulp mill families have met several times over recent months to share their memories and stories, and have also contributed photos and artifacts for this exhibit. The Maritime Heritage Center and the W.T. Preston sternwheel steamboat are open weekends in April, May, September and October; and daily (except Mondays) in June, July and August. It costs $3 to $5 to tour the boat, which is a National Historic Landmark; admission to the center is free. Call the Anacortes Museum at 293-1915 for more information.

New Museum Director is Bret Lunsford Bret Lunsford, the Anacortes Museum’s new director, started digging into Anacortes History – literally – when he was a child unearthing antique bottles from an old dump site near 14th Street. Born in Anacortes, Bret was raised in a family steeped in history, music and Croatian fishing lore. His other interests include photography and music. He earned a B.A. in History from Evergreen College and a Museum Studies Certificate from the University of Washington. He is married to Friends of the Forest Director Denise Crowe, and they have two daughters, Madelaine and Louisa.

He has been associated with the Anacortes Museum for nearly 30 years, and served on the Advisory Board and as President of the Museum Foundation. An avid researcher, he has produced four books on Anacortes history. He came to work at the museum in 2011 as Educator, and his role was expanded to include Maritime Curator. He assumed the role of Museum Director in December, following the retirement of Steve Oakley.

Learn about Historic North Shore of Fidalgo Island Major canneries, a railroad line and a trash dump are some of the surprising ways the community used the shoreline between today’s State Ferry Terminal and downtown. Join Museum Director Bret Lunsford, who will share tales of the Historic North Shore of Fidalgo Island, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at the Anacortes Public Library.

Documenting history, One house at a time The attractive House History Plaques found on about 15 Anacortes homes represent a labor of love. To earn those plaques from the Anacortes Historic Preservation Board, homeowners dedicated time and effort to discovering and documenting historical details about these homes. The most recently documented

house is Dick and Daphne Storwick’s home at 1510 9th St., which was built in 1914 by Charles and Jessie Thornburg. Dick Storwick relishes the research – he is now working on a fourth home. “It’s fun,” he said. “It’s like taking a puzzle and putting it together, and getting the pieces to fit.” The most interesting discovery about 1510 9th St. is that Jessie Thornburg, not her husband, both designed the home and superintended its construction. Remember, in 1914 women just didn’t do that sort of thing. Her accomplishment even earned back-handed compliments from a newspaper in Indianapolis. “Even architects and contractors are forced to admire an attractive little bungalow that a former Indianapolis woman has planned and built on an island out in Puget Sound,” noted the Indianapolis Star in September 1914.

Storwick, a former member of the preservation board, proved that the site originally belonged to boom-era McNaught Investment Company. Anacortes’ first mayor, Frank V. Hogan, also was an early owner. Interesting people lived there, including Fred Cartwright, president of Commerce Bank; Harold Hinshaw, who served as Anacortes police chief and Skagit County sheriff; and Elmer and Nellie Amsberry, proprietors of Amsberry’s Café. Storwick is now working on his fourth house history. “It’s self-satisfying, but also

paving the way for future owners. They won’t have to start from scratch,” he said. To earn a plaque from the Anacortes House History Program, a researcher must trace property records back through the chain of owners, and learn a little about those owners. Preliminary information is found in title company records and Skagit County records. Once names are obtained, information about the people can be gleaned from directories and research files at the Anacortes Museum. To see the list of houses with completed house histories, go to the AHPB’s page on the City website, https://www.anacorteswa. gov/DocumentCenter/View/4978. Application forms and research help are also available on the website and at the Anacortes Museum.

AHPB Celebrates Preservation Month The Anacortes Historic Preservation Board will honor recipients of its annual Preservation Awards and hand out House History plaques when the board makes its annual presentation to the Anacortes City Council at the May City Council meeting. This is part of the board’s recognition of Historic Preservation Month. The public is invited to come and learn more about the board’s activities, such as the House History Plaque program, and hear the board’s updates on current preservation issues in Anacortes and plans for any future workshops or activities. For more information on historic preservation in Anacortes, visit the board’s page on https://www. or call the Anacortes Museum at 293-1915. Spring/Summer 2018 ATOT  29

The Mission of the Anacortes Public Library is to Empower a Lifetime of Discovery The Vision of the Anacortes Public Library is to Enrich the Present and Inspire the Future

SPRING 2018 ADULT PROGRAMS ACOUSTIC MUSIC ON 3RD SUNDAYS AND TUESDAYS Enjoy soft background music from our baby grand piano, located on the first floor, or other instruments, from 2:00-2:30 on the third Sunday of the month and from 6:00-6:30 on the third Tuesday of the month. Experienced musicians who are interested in playing for the library may inquire at the Circulation Desk. MARITIME SPEAKER SERIES occurs on the third Saturday October through March. Programs will resume on October 20, 2018.

BOOK CLUB Mondays at 7:00 May 21, “Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman (4th Monday is Memorial Day) June 25, “News of the World” by Paulette Jiles MAY Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. May 2, “Poetry/Music: Where Words and Music Meet” Chris Lee (vibes & percussion) and Colleen O’Brien (voice & cello) explore the tradition of the classic art song. May 9, “Historic North Shore of Fidalgo Island” Museum Director Bret Lunsford describes the fascinating history of our northern shoreline and the surprising ways it was used by the community. May 16, “A Photographic Journey Building America’s Finest” Photographer Harry von Stark presents a photo documentary of a high-tech fishing trawler build over two years.

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May 23, “Back (Mostly) form Lesvos, Greece” Laura Lavigne will describe her life-changing three weeks working with refuges in Lesvos, Greece. May 30, “Cotswold Pub Crawl” Join writer Arlene Cook on her 100-mile walk through southwest England. JUNE Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. June 6, “Skipping Stones: a Scandinavian Immigrant Novel” Author Gloria Reinertson Koll will present short dramatic readings from her novel, interspaced with live Scandinavian and early American music. June 13, “Outsmart the Scammers” Financial planner Troy Kunz will discuss how to identify possible fraudulent encounters along with resources if targeted and steps to take for protection.

Meet APL’s new Library Director, Ruth Barefoot Ruth has been on the job for the past month, so many of you have probably seen her around the library. We sat down and asked her some questions to get to know her better. Q. What inspired you to move to Anacortes? A. The community!! I was enchanted from the first moment when I drove into town and enjoyed the restaurants, parks, and shops. I was lucky to find a wonderful home and neighbors. I’ve been blessed! And to have the library director position open as well has made this all a perfect home for me. Q. What’s your favorite thing about working in a Library? A. I love to strategize on creative ways to connect

resources with those that need them. Anacortes is blessed with an excellent supportive community and library resources that respond to the changing needs life brings. I love being in that conversation to fulfill life-long dreams! Q. What is one of your favorite quotes? A. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Teddy Roosevelt. Q. What’s your favorite outdoor activity? A. I love to walk and garden. I am not an avid gardener but have seen some of the best in my travels. Q. What would you name the autobiography of your life? A. “I Need More Time!!” Q. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? A. Oh that’s a tough one. I can’t stop at just one...I love libraries because it helps you stay connected to your learning bone. I would say, learning French, sailing/boating (again), strawberry soufflé, and learn carpentry. Want to ask Ruth questions in person? Stop by the library and say hi soon!

SUMMER 2018 IN THE CHILDREN’S LIBRARY All programs are free and registration is not required

“LIBRARIES ROCK!” 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 revolves around music with the theme “Libraries Rock!” And the best part about summer reading is that it involves everyone in the family. Kids ages birth to 18 sign up for the program online or in person in the Children’s Department. Adults sign-up at the main Circulation Desk. Explore the different activities on the bingo sheet for your age group • Toddler and Preschoolers • Elementary School students • Middle and High School students Readers track their reading activity, collect prizes along the way and can choose a book of their choice at the end of the program. Summer Reading Program finishers can also choose a Super Reader lawn sign or poster when they complete the program. DATES TO REMEMBER Tuesday, May 29th – Summer Reading Sign-ups begin. Visit the library website at http://library. or visit us in the Children’s Department. Tuesday, July 31st – Summer Reading Celebration Wednesday, August 1st – Book Prize giveaway begins Friday, August 24th – last day for book prizes


returns with programming for all ages this Summer and Fall.

We are returning to the Heart of Anacortes (Corner of 4th & O Streets) for our public performers throughout the summer. The performances are open to all ages and it’s a fun spot for a picnic before the performance. If it’s a rainy day meet us at the Depot Arts Center at 611 R Avenue.

Stay tuned online and at the Library for details.

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PUBLIC PERFORMERS cont. • Tuesday, June 19th at 2:00 – Jugglers - Wren & Della • Monday, June 25th at 1:00 – STEAM Programs Idea Hatch • Tuesday, July 10th at 1:00 – Drummer - Ray Soriano • Tuesday, July 24th at 1:00 – Musician - Tim Noah

WEEKLY PROGRAMS MONDAYS July 2nd to July 30th @ 2:00 – Family Storytime Join us for Family Storytime which is designed for young children and their caregivers. We’ll have a mix of stories and activities. Idea Hatch – June 25th @ Heart of Anacortes

and finish with stories and songs. Legos from 2:00 to 4:00 in the Activity Room in the Children’s Department Children create masterpieces with materials we furnish! All materials are supplied – please do not bring anything from home. This program is open to children ages 5 to 12 (younger with adult supervision). June 20th, 27th, July 11th, 18th, 25th FRIDAY June 29th to July 27th @10:30 in the Community Meeting Room – Music & Movement Join us for this new program geared for toddlers to kindergarteners (siblings welcome). There will be many more programs and fun in the Children’s Department and the Teen Zone this summer. Please check our website for details or visit us for a monthly calendar. All programs are free and registration is not required. For more information call the Children’s Department at (360) 293-1910 ext. 3982, or visit our website at

TUESDAYS June 19th, July 10th, 24th, 31st @ the Heart of Anacortes Wonderful entertainers will join us all summer long with for our Public Performances. This is a great activity for families and we invite you to come early with a picnic lunch. See the dates and times above. WEDNESDAYS Time for Tots Storytime will continue @ 10:30 in the Community Meeting Room Join us for our regular storytime for children ages birth to 36 month and their grown-ups. Time for Tots promotes early learning through play, movement, music, rhymes and stories all in an enriching atmosphere.. We start with open play

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LIBRARY INFORMATION LIBRARY CARDS Signing up for a library card is easy! Bring in your photo ID and something with your local physical address. If you live outside of the city limits, a non-resident library card can be purchased at the front desk for $25 per quarter. LIBRARY WEBSITE Be sure to check out the Library’s web page at for access to popular magazines and newspapers, free downloadable audio books, eBooks, and many other resources. FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY Friends of the Library and its FriendShop bookstore raise additional funds to support the Anacortes Public Library. Membership is $10. FriendShop bookstore hours are Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday 1 – 4 p.m. The Friends of the Library support programming and collection development, along with other special projects. For additional information, please stop by the FriendShop or go to https://anacortesfriendshop. LIBRARY FOUNDATION The Library Foundation offers many ways to support your library – from one-time donations to charitable bequests to the Legacy Endowment Fund. The Library Foundation supports long-term planning and the Library’s Strategic Plan. For more information, visit the Foundation webpage. Library-Foundation

LIBRARY HOURS Monday - 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday - Friday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday – 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

CONTACT Main Desk: 360-293-1910 Children’s Desk: 360-293-1910 x 3982 Fax 293-1929

TECH TUESDAY Tuesdays 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. September - May except where noted

PASSPORT APPLICATIONS Passport service is by appointment only. Appointments can be made on the library’s website at or call the library at 360- 293-1910

SERVICE HOURS Tuesday, noon – 6 p.m. Wednesday, noon – 6 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Visit for the latest passport information.

CLOSURES Memorial Day, May 28 Independence Day, July 4

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June 30 application deadline for artists to participate in 2018 Studio Tour Artists who live in the Zip Code 98221 (Fidalgo and Guemes Islands) should mark June 30 on their calendars - the deadline for applications to be in the Third Annual Artist’s Studio Tour, scheduled for October 20-21 this year. “We’re excited to showcase new artists and past favorites again this year,” said Lisa Rhoades, Anacortes Arts Commission member and chair of the studio tour that has grown steadily since 2016. Information for the application process is posted on the website. Application is also possible by stopping by the Anacortes Parks and Recreation office in City Hall where Mary Snyder can answer questions about the process. Hard copy applications are also available at How It

Works, Good Stuff Arts Gallery, Scott-Milo Gallery and Acme Creative Gallery, all located in downtown Anacortes. The popular event doubled in size during its second year and many artists new to the event have already expressed interest to Rhoades about participating this year. “The behind-thescenes aspect of the tour, being able to meet and talk to our local artists, is what attracts so many visitors,” Rhoades said and added, “It’s sure to inspire.” Several shared, group sites and downtown galleries will also be open both days, with artists present to talk about and demonstrate their art. The free, two-day tour, Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21, is self-guided. Maps and signs help visitors follow the tour route. Watch for further information in local media and on the Anacortes Arts Commission website.

12 new sculptures featured at Madrona Grove Sculpture Garden/Depot, sponsored by Windermere Real Estate A new exhibition of 12 outdoor sculptures is in place around the Depot Arts and Community Center, sponsored by Windermere Real Estate. It’s the second exhibit in the new location which also includes the Madrona Grove east of the Depot. “We’re ready for all the visitors who come to spring, summer and fall events in the area - the marina, the snag boat museum, the farmer’s market - it’s the busy time of year in this neighborhood,” said Lanny Bergner, the arts commission member who worked with the jury that selected the new works of art from those that were submitted. “Our thanks to Windermere Real Estate for their generous, continuing support of this sculpture project that enlivens the public art scene in Anacortes,” he added. All the sculptures are for sale during the exhibition that will run through late fall. Two of the sculptures in last year’s exhibition were sold - the giraffe family and the sphere made from driftwood. “That increases interest among sculptors

Fiber Artist Gloria Shelton

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and we hope to build on that success,” Bergner said. The Anacortes Arts Festival has pledged to buy two sculptures from the current exhibition to add to the growing public art collection around town. A public event to celebrate the new exhibit and its participating artists will be planned later this spring, according to Bergner. He also said that more signage and a exhibition map will be added this year.

Sculptors/Sculptures in the New Exhibition are: Roger Small - Cosmic Fish, Worship; Joe Treat - Rhinoceros; Leo E. Osborne - Coming Home; Steve Lloyd - Rotational Symmetry; Lin McJunkin - Fossil III, Mt. Baker Glacial; Leon White - Miracle Grow With Butterflies; Peregrine O’Gormley - Meek; Terri Malec - Wetlands Guardian; Craig Breitback Celebration; Lucy Mae Martin - For Patty and Eve.

“HERE COMES SUMMER” at Gallery 98221 in City Hall Everything we love most about summer in Anacortes will be featured in the next local art show lining the halls and walls of City Hall including the City Council Chambers entitled, “Here Comes Summer.” Opening night will be on June 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. during June’s First Friday Art Walk and will offer the opportunity to meet local artists participating in the show. Two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork has been requested from artists living in the 98221 Zip Code who have signed up to receive “calls” for Gallery 98221 art shows on the website. All the art is for sale during the exhibit which will run for six months. Gallery 98221 is now in its fourth year at City Hall, and the number of local artists who’ve shown their art there is approaching 200. There have been sales during every 6-month show that benefit the artists, with a small commission going to the public art fund of the Anacortes Arts Commission. The gallery provides an all-local venue for artists of all ages and mediums as it brightens the walls of City Hall, making it an aesthetic and monetary benefit to artists and residents alike. Up-coming AAC Depot Art Shows: (during First Friday Art Walks + Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) April - “New Purpose” - art created from recycled and repurposed materials, mostly three-dimensional. May - Salish Sea Plein Air Painters June - Fidalgo Island Art Quilters

Leaking Vase by Andries Breedt

You, your family

& friends are co rdially invited to Celebration & D the edication of the newest public ar twork in Anaco rtes

"The Leaking Vase" by Artist/Engin


Andries Breedt

Friday, June N Street Park

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nel Please join the An acortes Arts Com mission & city officials as we thank the artis t for this gift of new public ar t on our waterfro nt. Music, poetry an d encouragement to care for our local environmen t will be part of th e brief ceremony before the month ly First Friday Ar t walk begins. Light refreshmen ts will be served. The irreplaceable sea stars that peris our Salish Sea sh hed alon g ores and the entir e US West Coas from a mysteriou t s wasting disease in 2013 to prese are memorialized nt in the Breedt scu lpture. Learn more from this talented artis t about his inspiration for this artwork and the message it brings to our island hom e.

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Saturday, 9am-2pm January 13 February 10 March 10 April 14

Every Saturday 9am-2pm May 5 through October 27

Offering Classes NOW! Join us the fourth Sunday every Month v TIE DYE AND ICE CREAM: May 27, 2-3pm – tie dye a Coop Shirt or Bag (provided), or a personal item of your choice and eat Lopez Island Ice Cream! $25 v CHEESEMAKING: June 24, 2-3pm – learn new recipes and experience dairy free options (supplies provided), $15 v COOKING WITH LOCAL BERRIES: July 22, 2-3pm– taste local berries and walk away with some new recipes, $15 v TASTE THE SEASON: August 26, 2-3pm – learn to cook with the local fruits and vegetables currently in season in Skagit Valley, $15

Sign up at 2308A Commercial Ave, 360-­‐299-­‐3562, or

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September 29 (During the Market) Pie Contest & More

November 17 & 18 At The Port 100 Commercial Ave.



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e v i r D g n i h t o l C MAY 12TH - MAY 20TH

Help us ensure that every child in our community begins the school year with pride!

WE ACCEPT NEW & GENTLY USED CHILDREN'S CLOTHES IN SIZES 5 - 18 DROP OFF LOCATIONS Anacortes Public Library ... Fidalgo Pool... Anacortes Farmers Market Anacortes Christian Church... Anacortes Lutheran Church Christ Episcopal Church... Christ the King Church The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints... Family Life Assembly of God First Baptist Church... United Methodist Church FOR MORE INFORMATION: Keiko McCracken ASD Community Engagement Coordinator (360) 293-1234

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PROGRAMS 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 1-5 Grades 5-8

Monday - Tuesday, July 23 & 24 Wednesday - Thursday, July 25 & 26

Odyssey of Science & Arts Enjoy and learn in specialized labs at a college marine science education research center.

Grades 3-6

Session 1: June 18-22 Session 2: July 16-20

WILD (Western Inspires Leadership Development) Explore team development and outdoor leadership skills.

Grades 6-9

June 25 – 29, 2018

For details about these exciting programs, visit the Youth website. 1900 Shannon Point Road, Anacortes, WA • (360) 293-2188 •

Active Minds Changing Lives


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A Martial Art for Life! Ages 4 and Up.


Cost savings available

5:45 – 6:45A


Adults & Teens

7:00 - 8:00A


Adults & Teens

10:00 - 10:30A 3:30 - 4:00P

Fri Only Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs

Tigers (4-6 years) Tigers (4-6 years)

4:00 - 5:10P


Children (7+) /Families/Adults

5:15 - 6:25P


Children (7+) /Families/Adults

6:30 - 8:30P


Midnight Blue and Red Belts

9:00 - 10:00A


Midnight Blue and Red Belts

10:00 - 11:00A


Children (7+) /Families/Adults

$71 monthly for 2 or more classes per week; $55 monthly for Crouching Tigers. Free monthly tuition for members covered by Silver&Fit® Family and Military discounts available. Private lessons - $30

Wu Style Tai Chi — More Classes!

$10/class - FREE for SBD and Silver&Fit® Members

10:00 - 11:00A: Mon/Wed

6:30 - 7:30P: Most Thursdays

• Adaptations for age or physical challenges. • Additional Tai Chi and Self Defense classes offered by appointment and/or private lessons - call to schedule.

for Senior members! Anacortes Soo Bahk Do is now a Silver&Fit® participating fitness center! As a member of Silver&Fit® you can receive Soo Bahk Do Monthly tuition and Tai Chi classes with no charge to you. If your health plan offers Silver&Fit® and you would like more information about Soo Bahk Do, please contact us at: 2117 O Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221, or call 360-299-2905. You may also visit Silver&Fit® at

2018 Schedule for the Year: Register Now Spaces are limited per class Spring Session: 10 Week April 10 - June 14 Summer Session: June 19 - August 30 Fall Session: September 11 -November 15 Drop ins welcome anytime $17 For more information, see Laifong’s page in this issue or contact Laifong at or 360-202-2323 FREE YOGA WEEK: September 4-6

Colette and Andy Arvidson, Certified Master Instructors, Korean Soo Bahk Do® Association, World Moo Duk Kwan® 2117 O Avenue, Anacortes WA 98221 • 360-299-2905 • 40 ATOT Spring/Summer 2018

Iyengar Yoga

At Anacortes Soo Bahk Do - 2117 O Avenue “Life itself seeks fulfillment as plants seek sunlight.” -B.K.S Iyengar

Why Iyengar Yoga

I practice & teach Iyengar Yoga, one of the world’s most influential & widely-practiced methods of yoga. Iyengar Yoga emphasizes proper alignment of the body & it encourages the use of

props (blocks, straps, blankets and chairs) to help students safely attain the maximum benefits of yoga. It is an excellent practice for students of any age or ability.

Iyengar Yoga Teacher Laifong Ng

I began practicing yoga in the summer of 2002 right after high school. I started teaching yoga in the fall of 2006 at the Skagit Valley College in Oak Harbor, I also taught at Bayside Fitness for many years, now I currently teach in Bellingham at Yoga Northwest & Anacortes Soo Bahk Do. My passion for yoga and desire to learn more led me to Bali where I did a 200 hour

hatha yoga/vinyasa teacher training. Upon my return I enrolled at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco and completed a 500 hours course over the next two years. I am passionate about learning more yoga, so in Fall 2014 I went to Pune, India and studied with Geeta Iyengar and completed my Iyengar Yoga Certification in 2015.

Transform your life this spring with Increase Flexibility • Core Strength • Vibrant Energy • Mindfulness • Well-Being

Class Fees


classes introduce the foundational principles of alignment, and basic standing poses.

$ 140 for 10 Weeks 1X $14 class $ 240 for 10 Weeks 2X $12 class Drop In Welcome anytime $17 Want more classes? “Add On” a class for only $12 Private lessons $70

Level 1 classes are for students with 3 to 6 months experience in Iyengar yoga who are steady and comfortable in standing poses.

Class Times

Tuesday 9am-10:30am Level 1 Tuesday 11am-12:30pm Gentle/ Restorative Yoga Wednesday 7-8:15 pm Mixed Levels Thursday 1-2:30pm Beginners

Contact info:

Laifong Ng 360-202-2323 Facebook Page: anacortesyoga/


Laifong Ng Certified Iyengar Teacher (CIYT) RYT 200 RYT 500

2018 Schedule for the year. Register now, spaces are limited per class. Spring Session

10 Weeks

April 10 - June 14

Summer Session

10 Weeks

June 19 - August 30

Fall Session

10 Weeks

September 11 - November 15


classes are for students with back, neck, knees or shoulder problems. Focuses on poses to help students unwind, stretch, and breathe.

Mixed Level

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

Free Yoga Week September 4 - 6th

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at Anacortes Community Theatre


To register go to or call 360-395-8107


Ages: Preschool: 3 – 5 years Cost: $50 Dates: Monday June 18th – Friday June 22nd Time: 11 am – 12 pm There are so many stories in the minds of our young actors, and in this class we will discover them together and bring them to life! In this class designed just for 3 - 5 year olds, your young actor will create a character, learn a line and act out a new story. Along the way, through a variety of creative and dramatic games, students will learn theatre etiquette, develop their imagination, improve their self- confidence, and provide social interaction within an organized class setting.


Ages: Kindergarten – 2nd grade Cost: $75 Dates: Monday July 9th – Friday July 13th Time: 10 am – 11:30 am OR 12:30 am – 2:00 pm Perf: Last 30 minutes of class on July 13th The Kings, Queens and Knights of The Realm are ready for the biggest competition of the year- The Royal Race! Who will be the most majestic in all the kingdoms? The class instructor will work with each student to help them create a unique royal character. Students will then be a part of a narrated performance complete with costumes and makeup. This play will be performed on ACT’s Annex Stage on the last day of class. Each day of class, students will also have the chance to play fun theatre games that will help develop their acting skills and their ability to work with others.

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Ages: 3rd – 5th grade Cost: $125 Dates: Monday August 6th Friday August 10th Time: 10 am - 2 pm Perf: August 10th & 11th at 7 pm When a tour boat goes off course and crashes on an island in the middle of nowhere, the crew and tourists not only have to figure out how to get home, but also have to deal with an island full of craziness. 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 10th and 11th at 7 pm.


Ages: 6th – 8th grade Cost: $125 Dates: Monday June 25th – Friday June 29th Time: 10 am - 2 pm Perf: June 29th & 30th at 7 pm Crash McBath found a giant skillet and it changed his life forever. Determined to find the giant creature who left the skillet behind, Crash McBash sets out on an adventure of epic proportions. 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 June 29th and 30th at 7 pm.


Ages: 6th – 8th grade Cost: $200 Dates: Monday July 23rd – Friday July 27th AND Time: 10 am - 2 pm Monday July 30th – Friday August 3rd Perf: August 3rd at 7 pm, August 4th at 2 pm & 7 pm August 5th at 7 pm Class ACT is excited to present Disney’s Mary Poppins Jr. This is a shortened version of the Broadway classic and based on the original Disney movie. It features songs from the movie and the Broadway production and is full of fun roles for all students. This class starts with the experience of auditioning and continues with the creation of a character, memorization of lines and a full performance with costumes and makeup. The focus of the class will be on the production, but also on the development of singing and acting skills for each student. All students will be featured in this production that is performed for the public on August 3rd at 7 pm, August 4th at 2 pm and 7 pm and August 5th at 2 pm.

PROTECTING SKAGIT MARINE RESOURCES Education • Citizen Science • Stewardship

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

Make your walk a journey of discovery! Pick up a shoreline interpretive trail map from the Visitor’s Center, Library or Parks and Recreation Office and stroll the Tommy Thompson Trail visiting Discovery Points filled with stories, tidbits and fun facts about the history, culture and marine life along Fidalgo Bay. Can’t get out to the trail? You can read and view interesting photos and videos about these same topics on the Friends website – just click the Trail Tales icon.


Fidalgo Bay Day Saturday, September 20, 2018 Fidalgo Bay Resort, 4701 Fidalgo Bay Road, Anacortes Friends of Skagit Beaches will host the Discovery Passport activity at the 2018 Fidalgo Bay Day. A Family Fun Event! Pick up your “Discovery Passport” and visit the Passport Stations for hands-on learning, fun facts, and trivia about natural and cultural connections to Fidalgo Bay. Fill your passport and win a PRIZE!

Fidalgo Shoreline Academy

Saturday, October 20, 2018 1601 R Ave., Anacortes (NW Educational District Services building) Be sure to mark the date on your calendar so you won’t miss this year’s upcoming series of presentations on local history, environmental stewardship, and the latest research on our amazing ecosystem. Watch our website and facebook page for registration in early September.

Want to get involved? Want to volunteer to help with an event, Friends projects, or connect with a

community of learners? Contact us at and we’ll get your involved with our projects, events, and connect you to a great group of volunteers. Visit our Friends of Skagit Beaches Facebook page more events and volunteer opportunities! Spring/Summer 2018 ATOT  43

Spring and Summer Calendar 2018

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 non-profit, citizen organization dedicated to the preservation of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands through education, outreach, and stewardship. We have a multi-layered education program that strives to meet the needs of all Fidalgo Island residents. Our education program includes K-12 guided school field trips, Adult/Senior hikes, All ages hikes, Forest Discovery Day Camp, habitat restoration efforts, adult field seminars, a quarterly newsletter, and our two comprehensive school district programs; Growing Wild-native plants for all 3rd graders, and Middle School Watershed Discovery for all students in the 7th grade. Our community hikes are FREE and no registration is required. Please join our Naturalist Guide, Denise Crowe, for spring and summer fun as we continue to explore and learn more about the ACFL together. For more information about our group or these hikes please contact Denise Crowe or Jean Andrich at 293-3725. You may also visit our website www.friendsoftheacfl. org or inquire by email at . These hikes focus on human and wildlife experience, so we ask that you please leave your pets at home. Hope to see you in the woods!

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

Sugarloaf Wildflowers

• Saturday, May 5th • 10am until noon • This is the ultimate wildflower hike of the year. We will • Saturday, April 7~ 10am until noon savor the climb through alternating forest and rocky bald • Early April is a magical time in the forest, cool and bright meadow, learning each flower as we go. From blue camas lily with emerging spring. Enjoy the brilliant yellow glow of to red Indian paintbrush, come and see the bounty of color skunk cabbage, and magenta lights of salmonberry bloom. this little mountain has to offer. The views from the summit We will explore the terrain around this deep water, as we are not to be missed. Meet at the Southern trailhead halfway are inspired too! Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot. up the Mount Erie view road. The trip up and back is one All Ages Earth Day Hike mile, and quite steep and rocky in places. (In collaboration with Future Fest April 21&22 at the Port Little Cranberry Lake Loop Warehouse) • Saturday, May 12th Forest Immersion Experience • 10am until after noon • Sunday, April 22 • The August 2016 18-acre fire on the east side of Little • 9am until 11am Cranberry Lake dramatically altered a large area of forest • Join us as we experience and celebrate an especially terrain. As we hike all of the way around on shore trail, we diverse area of our Anacortes Community Forest Lands will take note of the regrowth in the fire zone and see how on Earth Day morning. We will hike just over 2 miles this lake basin provides diverse habitat for hundreds of through varied forest types, along the shores of Big Beaver native plants and animals. Will we see river otter? Raven? Pond and Little Cranberry Lake, ascending to a rocky Red-legged frog? Wildflowers guaranteed. Meet at the Little bald wildflower meadow in bloom. Your guide will share Cranberry Lake parking lot on the North end of the lake. knowledge and field questions. Wear sturdy walking shoes (Take Georgia south off of Oakes Ave.- 3 blocks up take a and be prepared for times of quiet sense awareness. right on Little Cranberry road and follow gravel to parking • Park on the exterior side of the JWKH walled parking lot lot.) located near the end of 29th St west off of D Ave.

Whistle Lake

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All Around Whistle Lake

• Saturday, July 14th • 10 am until after noon • We will fully explore the trails all the way around the Whistle Lake region of our woods. The route is just over 3 miles with some good hills. Meet at the Whistle Lake Parking Lot.

All around Heart

Heart Lake Old Growth • Friday, June 15th~10am until noon • It’s time for a visit with our elders on the south shore of Heart Lake. Orange trumpet honeysuckle and Ocean spray will be blooming as we slow to the ancient rhythm of our old growth forest. Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive. 1.7 miles

Beaver Ponds

• Saturday, July 21st • Friday, July 13th~10am until noon • 10am until after noon • The Little Cranberry Lake area is filled with a network • There is no better place to be in the middle of summer of beaver ponds created and maintained by local beaver than in the middle of our woods. Get to know the heart of families. We will explore trails that reveal their lodges, the forest on this wonderful 2.7mile journey all the way dams, mounds, and other daytime clues to their nighttime around Heart Lake. Lush deciduous areas flow into an secret ways. Meet at the ACFL kiosk on A Ave. and 37th. amazing old growth grove. Meet at the Heart Lake Parking 1.4 miles lot.

Mitten Pond Loop

• Saturday, August 11th • 10am until noon • Summer isn’t over yet! The cool smell of water floats up the path as we near Mitten Pond. Whirligig beetles spin shining patterns in the glowing green duckweed. Dragonflies drift and zoom around us. Enjoy this wide path 2.4mile hike through the best of beaver pond territory. Meet at the ACFL kiosk on A Ave. and 37th.

Erie View Trail

Northwest Whistle

• Friday, August 10th~10am until noon • This route is a regular favorite, providing spectacular views and deep woods feel with just the right amount of physical challenge. Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot. Just over 2 miles

Northwest Heart • Friday, September 14th~10am until noon • We will explore a maze of trails in the Ace of Hearts Creek terrain. There will be some gentle hills on this just over 1 mile hike. Meet at the Heart Lake parking lot.

• Saturday, September 8th • 10am until noon • This is a trail of wonders, twisting and turning through EXTRA GENTLE HIKES prime wetland wildlife corridor all the way to a hidden meadow. Our most recent forest acquisition of 40 (NEW OFFERING!) contiguous acres is in this area. The views of Lake Erie and Each of these outings is a mile or less on gentle trails and will Mount Erie are a rare treat. This hike is approximately 2.8 last about an hour. An evening, some mornings. miles. Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive.

Sugarloaf Mountain Old Growth

SENIOR/ADULT HIKES A little bit gentler, with an adult level flora and fauna focus.

Big Beaver Pond

• Friday, April 13th~10am until noon • This gentle, just over one mile hike will lead us past three distinct wetlands and through two watersheds. You will come to know the qualities of a marsh, swamp, bog, and fen. We will explore the role of our resident beaver families in creating and sustaining this rich habitat within the ACFL. Enjoy this excellent birding opportunity. Meet at the end of 32nd St west off of D Ave.

Morrison Meadow

• Friday, May 11th~10am until noon • For those that can handle a little over one mile hike with some hills at a slow pace. This is a beautiful route that culminates in a lovely wildflower meadow, sure to be in bloom. Meet at the end of 29th St. west off of D Avenue.

• Wednesday, May 2nd~5pm until 6pm • Tucked in to the bottom of Sugarloaf lies a sweet trail through ancient trees. Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive.

Whistle Lake Madrona Point • Wednesday, June 20th~9am until 10am • We will walk in to the Lake on a wide gravel road and enjoy the view! Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot.

Northeast Heart Lake • Wednesday, July 11~9am until 10am • This is a very easy route through beautiful forest. Meet at the Heart Lake parking lot.

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ADULT SPECIAL FOREST PROGRAMS (Require advance registration 293-3725)

FROM THE FOREST TO THE SEA Observing, Drawing and Writing in Nature on Fidalgo Island

• Thursday, July 12 • 10am - 4 PM • Thursday, June 21st~10am until 4pm • • Celebrate the Summer Solstice learning about native • All abilities are welcome as we combine observational plants in the forest! Ethnobotany is the study of native drawing and writing in exploration of Fidalgo Island with plants and the traditional uses of the plants by people. You local naturalist Denise Crowe and interdisciplinary artist will learn about food, medicine, and materials derived Kate Clark. from the vast array of native plants in our woods. Adults • This workshop engages in observation as an only, must register by phone or email. More information interdisciplinary creative practice. We will learn will be given upon registration. to heighten our senses and ways of knowing through Save the date! Saturday, varied approaches to documenting what we November 3rd is our annual see, hear, smell, and feel Friends of the Forest benefit onto the page. party, which will be held at the • Advance registration is required for this Port Warehouse. workshop. More details Alligator Lizard and blue-eyed Mary wildflowers near will be given closer to Little Cranberry Lake. By Denise Crowe the date.

Ethnobotany Field Seminar

2018 Forest Discovery Program What: The “Forest Discovery Program” is an activity oriented summer day camp for boys and girls ages 7 to 12. Each day we explore a different area of our Community Forest Lands. As we hike, play games, make nature journals and experiment, we learn about wild animals, native plants and different habitats. Where: Forest Discovery will meet at a different trailhead each day. More detailed instructions, maps & directions will be sent to you prior to your session. The trails are all within the Anacortes City limits. When: There will be TWO sessions offered. Each session will meet Tuesday through Thursday. Your child may attend only one session. Please do not sign your child up if you do not plan to attend all three days. Dates and Times are as follows:

Session #1: July 24, 25, 26

Session #2: August 7, 8, 9

All sessions include age groups & times of: 10 - 12 year olds from 9:00am to 11:30 am daily 7 – 9 year olds from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm daily *Registration is required in advance. Each group is limited to 12 participants. Sign up early!

Name: ___________________________________________________ Age: ______________________________________ Address: __________________________________________________Phone: _____________________________________ Email: ___________________________________________________Emergency Phone: ______________________________

Session #1: July 24, 25, 26

Session #2: August 7, 8, 9

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


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

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Fidalgo Island and Guemes Gleaners (F.I.G.G.) Thank you Lou Zurcher for making these wonderful crates! Using just the choice wood from pallets, these apple crates will help store and deliver fruit to the food banks, family shelters, churches and schools in our community for many years to come. We have had two very successful years gleaning and distributing fruit totalling over 15,000 pounds. The gleaning program usually starts midAugust when fruit begins to ripen and the last

Community Gardens

id you know there are three community gardens here in Anacortes? The first was built in 2007 and is located at the 900 block of 29th Street behind the bowling alley. The other two gardens are located at Mt. Erie Elementary School and Island View Elementary school. Both schools have added various aspects of gardening to their curriculum.

D glean the beginning of October. This is a short but very productive time. If you are interested in picking fruit or would like your fruit tree(s) gleaned, please send an email to fidalgoislandgleaners@gmail. com. Education in pruning fruit trees is our additional focus this year. With a goal to educate homeowners, gleaners and anyone who is interested, on Fruit Tree pruning techniques in the fall.

Currently the garden plots are full; if you would like to be added to the waiting list for 2019, please send an email to sylviac@ or you can give her a call at 360-420-7774 and request an application.

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Anacortes 4th of July Parade Contest Please enter your float or marching group in this year’s Independence Day Parade to be eligible for the 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. If you want to qualify for the contest you must have an application on file. Throwing candy from the floats and vehicles has been a wonderful treat for the children lining the parade route. Please consider having one or two people walking along side your float or vehicle to distribute candy so the children are not putting themselves in danger by running into the street to pick up candy. The contest judges will be Sylvia Cooper, City of Anacortes, Stephanie Hamilton, Chamber of Commerce and Brenda Treadwell, Port of Anacortes.

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Please enter your oat or marching group in this years 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: Cra�smanship: Originality, Quality of Work Design: PatrioƟc, AnimaƟon/Music General Effect: Crowd Appeal, Costume and CasƟng, Theme (Extra points if entrant is a oat) Entrant /Float Name: ____________________________________________ Float ________


Marching Group _________ (Check one)

Contact Name:__________________________________________________ Contact Phone:__________________________________________________ Email Address:__________________________________________________ Brief descrip�on of your oat or group: _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ Applica�ons are due by June 22, 2018. You can either drop off your applica�on at City Hall, Parks Department or mail to: City of Anacortes P.O. Box 547 Anacortes, WA 98221 A�n: Sylvia Cooper

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

Each year citizens and visitors to Anacortes enjoy a fabulous 4th of July fireworks show thanks to the generosity of all who donate! Once again we are seeking funding for this much loved event! If you would like to help to make the fireworks show a great success again this year, please fill out this donation form and send it back in any amount that fits your budget. All donors will be recognized through a listing of donors in the A-Town is Our Town publication.

DONATION FORM Name/Organization________________________________________________________ Address_________________________________________________________________ City_______________________________________ State___________ Zip___________ Amount___________________

Please make checks payable to:

Anacortes Parks Foundation P.O. Box 1902, Anacortes, WA 98221 You can also visit our website @ and make a secure donation using PayPal. On behalf of the City of Anacortes & the Anacortes Parks Foundation, THANK YOU for your support! Join us on *Independence Day* Wednesday, July 4, 2018 • Town Picture - I0:00 a.m. • Parade - 11:00 a.m.

• Fireworks - Starting at Dusk

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Susan Rooks and the The Anacortes Housing Authority Board of Commissioners is listed as a City of Anacortes board on the City’s website, but it’s a little more complicated than that. “The mayor appoints each of the commissioners, but we are responsible to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD),” explained board chair Susan Rooks. Five Anacortes residents volunteer to serve on the board, bringing a variety of experiences and perspectives: Vernon Lauridsen (vice chair), Tanna Baker, Bill French, Patrick O’Hearn and Rooks. Because of the complexity of HUD regulations and the long learning curve, commissioners serve 5-year terms. The mission of the Housing Authority is to provide safe, decent, affordable housing to people whose income is 80 percent of the area median income or below. It oversees 183 units and houses about 350 people – 142 of them minors. About 33 percent of residents are elderly and 15 percent are disabled. “Our clients include people who bag your groceries at the supermarket, who care for your aging parents, who draw your blood, serve as receptionists, make your sandwiches, wash restaurant dishes and many other tasks. They come to us because they cannot afford the average cost of a rental in Anacortes,” Rooks said. “We also have residents who have suffered a life-threatening illness, such as cancer or heart disease. The cost of their medical care may have wiped out their savings or forced them out of the labor force. They need housing.”

The board hired Executive Director Brian Clark last June. They oversee him and ensure that policies and direction coincide with their mission of providing

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a good place for their clients to live. They monitor monthly financial reports. “If we are to meet our goal of providing housing, we need to be in a strong financial position. Right now, a key goal is to build our reserve and development funds so that we will be able to move forward with new projects, and we are hoping to have some news on that front very soon,” Rooks said. The Housing Authority is governed by HUD regulations and is regularly inspected and audited. “If we fail to meet certain standards, we may face financial penalties,” she said. At the same time, the Housing Authority and its board have made it a priority to develop strong working relationships with the City and other entities involved with affordable housing, “The Affordable Housing Strategic Plan and the Affordable Housing Committee are excellent initiatives and we at the AHA are excited to be a part of this important effort,” she said. The need is great. “There are about 380 people on our waiting list for a studio or one-bedroom unit and over 50 families for a two-bedroom unit. It can take years before we can house someone,” she said. Housing Authority properties include Harbor House on Q Avenue, which is for the elderly and disabled, and family apartments below Cap Sante, at N and 13th and at 22nd and Q . The Housing Authority is the managing partner for the Wilson Hotel and Bay View Apartments. Rooks, who is in her third year on the board, said it is rewarding work. She also has a strong interest in historic preservation. The former chair of the Anacortes Historic Preservation Board stated that there is a connection between affordable housing and historic preservation.

Dialing 911: Part I, The Call

This article is part one of three in a Dialing 911 newsletter series. Part one will address the specifics of making the call to 911 dispatch; part two will discuss 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. Jane is asleep in her home at 2AM on a stormy night. She is the only person in the house. She is startled awake by a decisive rattling at the back door. She is not expecting any late-night visitors; her dog is lying next to her on the floor, and he is also awakened and lets out a loud bark. The rattling stops. It takes Jane a moment to get her bearings. She turns on the lights and checks the back door, then sits down at the kitchen table to process what just happened. Twenty minutes pass and Jane decides to call 911. The police arrive and try to determine what happened, but no suspects are on scene when they arrive. It is raining outside and there is no discernible evidence that a crime took place. In this scenario, Jane was well within the purview of a 911 call. People or property may have been in danger. APD Officers respond to 10,000 calls each year, many of which are initiated by a call to the 911 dispatch center. You may not ever be involved in a scenario like this, but if you have ever asked yourself the question “Should I call 911 for this?”, we would like to provide some guidance about when to call for help. Don’t assume that the “police have better things to do than come to my house”. Even if Jane called 911 and it was determined that a falling tree or a gust of wind caused the rattling at the back door, an officer will respond and

sort through the details. Err on the side of caution. Dispatchers and emergency personnel are experts at prioritizing calls, and we will always do our best to respond in a timely manner. Do call if you are reporting an event that is in progress. Jane did a good job of calling 911, but calling immediately would have been even better and would have increased the chances of an officer making contact with a possible suspect.

Is There Another Way to Contact an Officer? Yes! There is a non-emergency dispatch line for all of Skagit County, (360) 428-3211. It is appropriate to use this number if there is not an imminent threat to personal or property safety and the situation is no longer an emergency. Examples include: reporting stolen property, a “cold” theft, or a parking problem.

What Should I Expect When I Call 911? As mentioned, dispatchers are expert communicators who are trained to ask questions quickly and sequentially. Try not to be overwhelmed by the information they want from you and allow them to guide you through the questions. Be assured that they are trying to quickly determine your needs and provide the appropriate response to the emergency at hand.

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All calls to the dispatch center, whether 911 or the non-emergency line, are answered by a dispatcher. One key difference is that 911 calls will take priority over calls to the non-emergency line. A common misconception is that dispatchers will automatically be able to locate the caller even if they did not verbally provide their location. This is not always the case. The dispatch center may receive cell tower information, but not the exact location. A call from a landline provides the billing address and billing name, but that may be inaccurate as well if the caller has moved and the billing information is not updated. Answering the dispatcher’s questions thoroughly, including your location, will solve this problem. Determining what scenario is suitable for a call to 911 dispatch takes practice, so think ahead and consider what you would do in a variety of emergent situations—e.g. a car accident, home invasion, power outage, or medical emergency. Ask yourself, “What can I take care of on my own; when do I need help; or when should emergency personnel get involved?” Always reconcile the situation at hand with the question “Is a person or property in danger?” If so, call 911. If not, the nonemergency line or alternative solution may be most effective. A clear head in the midst of a challenging situation will give you the best chance of a positive outcome. Karl Wolfswinkel Community Service Officer

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ECRWSS Resident


Free Outlet & Switch Insulating Gaskets Installing insulating gaskets on your switches & outlets is an easy way to reduce heating & cooling costs. Call 360.299.1964 FREE gaskets.

 Clean your refrigerator coils  Wash your laundry in cold water  Install and Set a Programmable Thermostat Save a estimated 10% a year on heating and cooling cost by using a programmable thermostat.  Switch to LED lamps  Re-caulk windows & doors

Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate $50.00 rebate see: for info

Save the Date City of Anacortes Public Works Open House

Thursday, May 31st, 2018 Meet the people that take care of your city! See demonstrations, ride in a street sweeper, much more. Call Sylvia at 360.299.0953 to schedule a tour.

Anacortes Waterfront Festival

Saturday & Sunday, June 2nd & 3rd, 2018 ACE (Anacortes Community Energy) will have a booth at the fair promoting energy conservation.

Kids-R-Best Fest

Saturday, July 14th, 2018 ACE (Anacortes Community Energy) will have a booth at the fair promoting energy conservation. Lots of giveaways!

Anacortes Community Energy Fair Saturday, September 15th, 2018

 Use sunlight to brighten your home  Give your HVAC a tune-up  Turn down your water heater to 120 degrees  Air dry your laundry  Check window and door seals  Change Direction of Your Ceiling Fan So it rotates counter clockwise and creates a cool breeze. If you feel airflow when standing under the fan, it’s working.  Turn lights off when not needed  Take short showers  Unplug power adapters and chargers  Install a low flow shower head