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CITY VOLUNTEERS T T T SWEEPERS There are many ways that people pitch in and help the City every day. A group of avid cyclists and regular trail users sweep the Tommy Thompson Trail clear of sea shells dropped by birds seeking the tender morsels inside. The broken shells regularly puncture bike tires so these volunteers sweep on a weekly basis. To support personal fitness goals and a cleaner environment they use a human powered sweeper that collects shell fragments so they can be returned to the beach on either side of the trail. Our thanks to volunteers Marcia Hunt, Steve & Dian Jahn, Priscilla Legg, Victor Garcia, Roy Pringle, Paul Sherman, and to the Samish Indian Nation for providing on site storage for the sweeper.

By Laurie Gere, Mayor

E make your priorities our priorities. very day at the City, we work to

It is our goal to meet the needs of our community by placing a priority on maintaining and improving our infrastructure and services. I greatly appreciate the support that the community has placed in us to bring forward these items. I recognize that there have been rate increases to support our infrastructure improvements. It is important that we provide services that are of good value and that do not take advantage of our citizen’s goodwill. We have seen rate increases to help pay for the water and sewer systems, the sanitation and recycling systems, and the roads. I look forward to you seeing the results of these efforts in our improved infrastructure. Part of being a steward of our community resources is to be a good environmental steward. In the past year, we reduced the amount of storm water entering our sewer collection system, installed three solar arrays on city facilities, and transitioned to energy savings LED street lights. In 2014, we entered the Georgetown University Energy Challenge and our ranking in this communitywide contest continues to improve. We are currently ranked ninth of the 50 remaining cities. If Anacortes is awarded the 5 million dollar prize, it will be used for energy efficiency programs, renewable energy generation, and sustainability education that will benefit all of Anacortes.

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To help us achieve this goal I challenge you and to just do one thing. Please consider installing a switch and outlet gaskets that can help save energy. These

gaskets are very low cost and are easy to install. Electrical outlets and light switches are one place where cold air can leak into your home. I encourage you to turnoff unused lights, tune up your home’s air envelope, and turn down your heat when you are not home. I am convinced that if we each make some small changes that we have a good chance of winning this contest. I know we can do it! We are in the final phase of our 2016 Comprehensive Plan preparation. The plan provides a 20-year road map of our community’s priorities regarding: • Land Use • Housing • Economic Development • Environmental and Conservation • Parks, Recreation, and Open Space • Utilities, and • Transportation In the next 20 years, we anticipate Anacortes growing by an additional 4000-5000 residents. It is important that we plan appropriately so we maintain what is important to our community and protect our environment. The City Council meets each Monday evening at 6pm. The City Council is thoughtfully deliberating the Comprehensive Plan document. A final public hearing is scheduled on May 16 at 6pm in the Council Chambers. Final adoption of the Comprehensive Plan will be complete by June 30. I thank the many community volunteers and their commitment of hundreds of hours spent contributing to this document. As always, I express my sincere thanks for the opportunity to serve as your Mayor.

Perceptions on Poverty Councilwoman Liz Lovelett When you think about ‘poor’ people or perhaps even ‘those’ people – what comes to mind? Images of panhandlers or maybe a bum on the street. How about the 'welfare queen’ sitting around unemployed? Now, wash all those images out of your head. The real poverty in Anacortes and throughout America is a far more invisible kind. Countless families in our community are barely scraping by, unable to save money for an emergency situation that could cost them their job or housing. People sleeping in cars in a parking lots long after we have done our shopping. Veterans and seniors out in the cold with only a blanket while we are warm in bed. There are lots of reasons we tell ourselves that it is not our problem. Maybe we don’t want to contribute our tax money to their predicament. Maybe we are sensitive to their situation but find ourselves helpless to actually do something about it. Luckily in our region community members, faith organizations, and public leaders are taking this crisis very seriously. There are more and more case studies confirming that when we fund programs to help our citizens with basic needs – shelter, food, clothing, and transportation – those people tend to thrive, find better employment, and work to lift themselves out of desperate situations. Better yet, these programs tend to cost the same or less than a punitive approach. Let’s face it – this problem will not just go away on its own without innovative solutions. As taxpayers, we have two ways we can look at this issue: Either we can continue to pay the social and financial debt associated with crime, law enforcement, indigent defense, and incarceration that resource stresses cause; we can pay for the kids who drop out of school and have few options in life; we can pay for the high rate of calls to 911 when a health situation becomes dire.

Or, we can choose the more humanitarian path by investing in diverse housing programs; wrap-around social services that strengthen life skills and financial fluency; programs to reduce homelessness; in education and health care. If you are worried about a tenuous housing situation or the prohibitive cost of nutritious food for your family – let alone if you have to wonder if there will be three meals today – how could you possibly participate in work or school to your full potential? What do you do when you or your child are sick? Likely, you will send them to school and go to work anyway furthering public health risks because you simply can’t afford to go one day without pay and still keep the lights on. If none of this sounds familiar, then you are more fortunate than nearly 18,000 people in Skagit County (45 million nationwide) who spend more than a third of their income on housing and live at or near the poverty line - about $24,000 annually for a family of four. For all these reasons, 2016 marked the creation of a new Council Committee on Housing Affordability and Community Services. We hosted our first ever Symposium on April 21st to address the needs of our most vulnerable citizens. The purpose of the Symposium was to perform a SWOT analysis on current lowincome housing availability, issues related to homelessness, status and funding for various social programs, and to better identify needs and gaps in service. Our goal in completing this analysis is to author a strategic plan and create several task forces to create meaningful solutions to the issues. I believe that together with our State and Federal counterparts and the great minds and big hearts of Anacortes - we can create lasting solutions to our poverty crisis. Have questions or comments on this article or want to find out how you can help? Email lovelettl@cityofanacortes. org. Data for this article came from Skagit County Population Health Trust, US Census Bureau, and Washington State OSPI.

TABLE OF CONTENTS ANACORTES BRIEFINGS Mayor Laurie Gere.............................2 TTT Sweepers.....................................2 Council Member’s Perspective ........3 ACE Prograams..............................4-8 Biennial Budget..................................5 Fiber Optics.........................................9 Arts Commission.............................10 Our Town..........................................11 Anacortes Museum.................... 12-14

PARKS AND RECREATION Handy Numbers...............................15 Quarterly Menu................................15 Recreation Programs................. 16-24

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS Friends of the Forest.................... 24-27 Transition Fidalgo.............................. 27 Anaocrtes Soo Bahk Do................... 28 Class Act School Performing Art......... 29 Fidalgo Pool........................................ 30 Senior Center...................................... 31 Friends of Skagit Beaches................. 32 WWU.................................................. 33 The Cats Meow................................... 34 Academic Adventures....................... 35 Anacortes Public Library............ 36-40 Sound Yogo & SUP............................ 40 News from Washington Park........... 41 City Council Members...................... 42 Community Task Force.................... 42 Working to Find Balance.................. 43 Legacy Makers....................Back Cover A-town is Our Town Published by: How It Works Graphic Design: Dixie Shervington

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The $5,000,000 Georgetown University Energy Prize The City of Anacortes is currently engaged in the Georgetown University Energy Prize (GUEP), a nationwide competition featuring a $5,000,000 prize. The city with the most successful, innovative, scalable and replicable energy efficiency programs will earn the big prize and national recognition as green energy leaders. GUEP ranking is based on aggregate energy use in homes, schools and municipal facilities within Anacortes City limits, which are reported to the GUEP commission by the utility companies. 2013-2014 gas and electricity consumption totals are compared to 2015-2016 totals to determine the effectiveness of programs in reducing use.

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The Georgetown University Energy Prize competition was created to create meaningful energy efficiency gains in small to medium towns with populations between 5,000 - 250,000, as 65% of the US population lives in cities within this range. Once the best programs are determined, they will be offered across the nation to promote further energy efficiency efforts and the benefits they bring. The GUEP competition started in 2014 with over 100 cities. Through a winnowing process the main competition has narrowed down to 50 cities across the country. From Bellingham, WA to Burlington, VT, we are standing among some of the top small towns across the USA. As of this writing, Anacortes is tied for 7th place out of 50 cities! We are assessed by Overall Energy Score, a metric the GUEP uses to correct for climate, population and carbon cost of various energy sources. The GUEP stipulates the $5,000,000 prize is to be used for energy efficiency programs, renewable energy generation and sustainability education - things that benefit all citizens. When we win, some ideas

for Anacortes include: low-interest revolving micro loans for energy efficiency retrofits and upgrades to solar, expanding municipal energy generation and funding exciting education programs in our schools.

Why is Energy Efficiency important? Over 50% of the energy generated in the US is wasted! That means half of all the coal burning, nuclear fissioning, wind turbine and solar panel production of energy is, in the end, being wasted in our homes, schools, cities and businesses. By reducing our waste we, in effect create the cleanest, cheapest and most abundant energy there is - the energy we don’t use!

Anacortes Community Energy (ACE)

Anacortes Community Energy (ACE) is the City of Anacortes’ energy efficiency program development and outreach effort. Originally ACE started as a volunteer task force to head up the city's GUEP efforts. It now has a broader mission above and beyond the GUEP prize goals. Through a grant from the Northwest Clean Air Agency and in partnership with Sustainable Connections, ACE has the budget and personnel to establish, support and promote energy efficiency programs across all of Fidalgo Island.

ACE Programs ACE Storefront - ACE has a display and office in the front of Bayshore Office Supplies on 6th & Commercial. You can stop in and pick up information on available programs and speak with ACE’s Energy Doctor, Jensen Lovelett. He can help you find the best programs and savings strategies for you home and answer questions you may have. He is also available for presentations on programs for your business or community organization. Home Energy Center - ACE (ace.challenge.org) is hosting the Home Energy Center - a one-stop information booth for your home’s complete energy profile! Once you’ve created an account and linked your utility billing to the site, you can see your home’s entire gas and electricity use history, compare it to similar homes, and see what your carbon footprint and yearly combined costs are. You can also create an Energy Plan for your home, read guides on energy reduction strategies and technologies, as well as find info on utility incentives to save on upgrades. The Home Energy Center participation is also how we are tracking our program’s success and sharing it with the community. Your participation not only helps us in the GUEP competition but also shows that we are driving interest in energy savings. ACE has a goal of signing up 800 homes, so join today to help us reach our goal!

Biggest Energy Loser - Once you have your utility accounts linked into the Home Energy Center, you are automatically entered into the Biggest Energy Loser contest. By tracking which homes ‘lose’ the most total energy over the course of 2016, we will determine the top 10 Biggest Energy Losers. Cash prizes for the Top 10 Losers will be awarded and a grand prize of $2,000 will go to the #1 Biggest Loser. Challenge your friends and family to join up and do their best to win! Be sure to join a Group in the Home Energy Center to help a school or community group win the $500 Group Prize! GiveCentives Program - To encourage the philanthropic spirit of Anacortes, join ACE in raising charitable funds for the Anacortes Family Center. An emergency shelter that houses and supports our town’s most vulnerable families when they need it the most. Pledge the dollar amount of your choosing for every energy saving home in Anacortes. The more pledges we receive and the more homes that save energy, the more we’ll raise together for this important service to our community. Just Do One Thing - It’s OK to take small steps, in fact, we encourage just that. By visiting one of our Just Do One Thing kiosks at the Library, Island Hospital, Ace hardware or Sebo’s Hardware, you can choose a small, simple project and pledge to complete it by filling out a card and dropping it into the pledge box. We’ll draw one lucky winner once a month to win energy related prizes! A-Town vs. B-Town Challenge - The City of Bellingham (henceforth referred to as B-Town) has challenged the City of Anacortes (A-Town!) to out-rank them by the end of the GUEP competition. We can’t let that happen! B-Town is ahead of us by 2 positions in the GUEP Rankings, so step up and save those kilowatts!

BIENNIAL BUDGET On March 21st the City Council adopted Ordinance 2973, which authorized the City to develop a biennial, or 2 year, budget, as authorized in state law under RCW 35A.34. It is expected the biennial budget process will provide a longer perspective in the City’s budgetary planning, requiring departmental organizations to shift vision out two years, rather than just trying to balance the next annual budget. The City is also expecting a time savings in the second year, when another annual budget would typically be developed. That time can be devoted to things like strategic planning, project analysis, and performance measurement. RCW 35A.34.130 also requires the budget process have a mid-biennium review and modification process, where the budget will essentially be tuned up, and public hearings are required if any modifications to the budget are required. We anticipate the budget process to get into full swing in May, as the Comp Plan update winds down, and as in past years, we look forward to the Public’s interest and participation in developing the City’s first biennial budget.

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Sounds Great! How do I help?

Now is the time!

Save energy in your home, sign up for the Home Energy With the potential value of the GUEP prize and money Center, try to be The Biggest Energy Loser and encourage to win in the Biggest Energy Loser competition, there has others to do the same! That’s it! never been a better reason to do all those little projects and make those little habit changes you’ve been wanting to Understanding your energy use is key. Where are your biggest opportunities for savings? The best way to find out do, but always put off. It is time to transform the way our community thinks about energy use. $5,000 in cash prizes, is getting a home energy audit. PSE offers FREE consults, including up to 20 free LED bulbs to replace incandescent bragging rights over B-Town, national recognition and $5,000,000 are on the line! through their HomePrint program. This is a good way to get a home energy check-up and spot the low-hanging energy fruit for you to follow up on.

If your home was built before 1991, we recommend a home energy audit from the Community Energy Challenge (CEC) communityenergychallenge.org. This is a thorough crawl space-to-attic study of your home, including a blower-door pressure test, thermal camera inspection, appliance testing and more. This typically costs anywhere from $500-$1000 dollars, but the CEC does it all for $195. Included in the inspection is an Energy Performance Score report which details your home’s performance, third party verification guarantee on work performed, matching utility incentives (doubling your incentive cash value) and management of all contractors and jobs if you so desire. Oh, then they give you $95 back after work is complete!

Easy to change habits can add up to BIG SAVINGS: • When you leave the home, double check lights are off and the home is sealed. • Turn down the heat and program your thermostat to maintain a cooler temperature for the hours you’re away. • Clean your refrigerator coils. • Replace your furnace filter. • Pick up LEDs when they are on sale and install them. • Wash your laundry in cold water. • Check the seals around windows and doors. • Install LIGHTSWITCH and outlet gaskets. • Invest in energy star rated appliances when you need to replace them. • When it’s time to replace a water-heater or HVAC system, talk with a home energy expert to determine the most efficient options for your home. Have you done all of that stuff and still have a burnin’ yearnin’ to save energy? Consider investing in solar! We are lucky to have some of the best solar incentives in the nation, and you should take advantage. Visit the Solar tab in the Home Energy Center to find out if solar is a smart investment for your home.

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With nothing to lose but money off of your bills and everything to gain towards a cleaner, greener future - Now is the time!

JUST DO ONE THING 2016 is the year you should do “Just Do One Thing” to help eliminate wasted energy in your home. If everyone did their part to find and eliminate wasted energy, Anacortes would most certainly win the Georgetown University Energy Prize of 5 million dollars. Anacortes is currently tied for 9th place in a field 50 semi finalists around the country competing for first place. The competition closes at the end of 2016 and the winner will be announced in 2017. “Just Do One Thing” is a project of the Anacortes Community Challenge (ACE) team developed to encourage our friends, neighbors, and fellow business members to reduce their energy consumption. How to participate is simple. Just go to our storefront located at Bayshore Office Products (603 Commercial Ave). You can also find “Just Do One Thing” trees at the Anacortes Library, Island Hospital, ACE, and SEBOs. Our “Just Do One Thing” tree will have a number tags describing energy eliminating ideas to help you find those energy drains. Take a tag, complete the idea, then return the tag and you will be entered for our drawing for a nice prize. It is the hope of the ACE team that you find the suggestions on the tags easy and fun to complete and that you’ll want to do more after you complete the first idea. By joining our “Just Do One Thing” project, you’ll be helping Anacortes move towards winning the $5 million dollar prize, save money on your utility bill, and do something meaning ful to address our climate change problems. Please consider getting a “Just Do One Thing” card and help Anacortes become a model of energy efficiency for other communities across the nation.

Reduce your power bill. Take the guesswork out of going solar. Have you thought about going solar but you’re not sure where to start? You’re not alone! It may seem daunting, but that’s where Western Solar comes in. Many customers have realized a lifelong dream of off-grid living. Others have reached their ideal of harnessing the power of solar to power electric vehicles and forego fossil fuels altogether. For many more, the main benefit has been reducing their yearly energy bill through renewable energy. But really? Solar in the state known for Seattle’s constant drizzle and grey skies? Actually, yes! While Washington has a reputation for cloudy days, it’s a fantastic location for producing solar energy. The Puget Sound area sees 30 percent more sunlight than the world’s leader in solar, Germany, with Anacortes rating even higher. Skagit County’s long summer days, combined with the mild temperatures, are optimal for solar production. Washington residents also benefit from the best combination of solar incentives in the nation. In addition to a 30 percent federal tax credit, utilities allow customers to produce more electricity than they use, resulting in an automatic credit on your power bill. These credits accumulate during the sunny summer months and are drawn upon later in the year when electricity consumption is higher. Many who go solar see their bill reduced drastically, with some seeing it disappear completely! The icing on the cake is the state production incentive, which takes the form of a yearly check from your utility. Customers who install systems designed with made-in-Washington solar equipment see the highest yearly payment. Even better, these panels are manufactured right here in Bellingham, allowing you to keep your dollars in the local economy. Between the top notch incentives and the savings on electricity, solar has become a home improvement option accessible to people across all income brackets. Solar isn’t just for environmentalists; once you start penciling out the numbers, you can see that solar makes financial sense regardless of class or politics. So how do you know if solar makes sense for your home or business? Simple — start with a free solar site assessment. Have a solar contractor take solar readings on site, review your electricity usage, and measure the available roof space. The site-specific solar readings will then be analyzed with 30 years of local weather data to determine if the site is a good fit. After analyzing your solar readings, the solar contractor can create a custom system design and provides you with a 25-year financial analysis detailing how the proposed system would work for you for the long term, factoring in all available incentives. Does it sound like a plan? Contact your local solar provider!

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Fiber Optic Broad Band Network

The term broadband commonly refers to highspeed Internet access that is always on and faster than the traditional dial-up access. Broadband includes several high-speed transmission technologies one of which is fiber. Fiber optic technology converts electrical signals carrying data to light and sends the light through transparent glass fibers about the diameter of a human hair. Fiber transmits data at speeds far exceeding current DSL or cable modem speeds, typically by tens or even hundreds of Mbps. Mayor Gere believes, “Fiber is a bold goal! A fiber network may be our next utility serviceone that we will not be able to imagine living without in coming years.”

The City continues to study the viability of bringing a fiber network to Anacortes. In studying this idea we have: • traveled to Sandy, Oregon to better understand their municipal broadband model, strengths, and weaknesses • met with WaveCable executives to discuss the possibility of a public/private partnership

• further refining mapping of fiber utility (likely utilizing existing utility infrastructure) • understanding all financing options • educating the community about broadband fiber

Why is a fiber network important to our community? (http://www2.ntia.doc.gov/) • Fiber is good for business.

• discussed county connection and potential grant funding options with Skagit County and local partners

• Fiber is good for employees. 62% of Americans use the Internet in their jobs and 73% of unemployed Americans use it to find new jobs.

• attended the Digital Northwest Summit for regional broadband leaders

• Fiber helps students prepare for the digital workforce. Did you know? Internet Essentials from Comcast offers low-cost Internet service, discounted computer equipment and free digital literacy training to families with at least one child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program. https://internetessentials.com/

• studied other cities approaches to municipal broadband

As we continue moving forward due diligence is necessary including: • developing and adopting a public policy for technology • seeking partnerships and funding opportunities

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JOY OF MOTION A SCULPTURE IN ANACORTES New sculpture on Anacortes trail captures ‘Joy of Motion’. "Runners," an eight foot tall sculpture of two runners created by Seattle artist Ken Turner, is now in place beside the Tommy Thompson Trail in downtown Anacortes. Created from stainless steel ribbons, the sculpture is located at approximately 17th and R Streets -- an appropriate site as proceeds from the annual Arts Dash, co-sponsored by the Anacortes Arts Festival and the Parks and Recreation Department, were used to fund the artwork. The annual August run follows the Tommy Thompson Trail from City Hall downtown, along the west shore of Fidalgo Bay and back to the Port of Anacortes. The selection committee that



The second stage of the art exchange between Anacortes an Sidney, BC is scheduled for May SS ART ACRO 26 to 28 at the Tulista Art Gallery, ER THE WAT 9564 5th Street in Sidney. Hours will be from 10am to 4pm all three days. Also known as the 8 2 6 2 Y Community Arts Centre, the MA PM. TO 4:00 10:00 AM gallery is located just south of the WA State Ferry Terminal. “Art Across the Waters” will complete the international exchange organized by the Anacortes Arts Commission, The Community Arts Council of the Stanch Peninsula and the Sister Cities Associations of Anacortes and Sidney. Artists from Sidney exhibited their artwork last November at the Depot Art and Community Center in Anacortes During the first stage of the exchange. The official opening and reception for the art event will be held at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, an aquarium on the Sidney waterfront at 9811 Seaport Place, on Thursday, May 26 from 7 to 9pm. The 31 Anacortes artists - painters, photographers and fabric artists featured in the show will be invited to attend as well as city officials. Sister Cities Association members and residents from both cities. Mayors Laurie Gere and Steve Price will be on hand to add a ceremonial feature to the opening, joined by the Sidney Town Crier Kenny Podmore and the distinguished Tsartlip First Nation master carver Charles Elliott. T U L I S T AT H S 9565 5T CELEBRA









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also included members of the Anacortes Arts Commission, was drawn to Turner's background in public art, specifically, bodies in motion. They felt Turner's work captured the joy of motion. The runners are posed in mid-stride and when sunlight strikes the shiny steel it adds to the idea of being in motion. Turner said he cut ribbons of steel and started with the runners' feet, experimenting until he found the width he liked and then "worked up from there," welding the strips together. He said that although stainless steel is difficult to work with, “it’s very low maintenance,” making it ideal for public art. The Runners sculpture took him six months to complete at a cost of about $10,000. It was installed in early January. Turner has a number of artworks scattered around the state of Washington. The new sculpture welcomed runners to the trail during the Color Run in mid April, another event used to build the fund for public art in Anacortes.

The art exhibit is subtitled “Celebrating 20 years of Friendship” to mark the milestone reached by the Sister City Associations’ international program. Home stays for artists or visitors to Sidney to see the art show may be arranged upon request by the Sidney Sister Cities Association in a continuing effort to foster friendship and strengthen cultural bonds between the two cities located on the shores of the Salish Sea. The poster for the event was created by Anacortes artist and Sister Cities member Anne Martin McCool. Other members of the subcommittee planning the art exchange representing both groups are Jackie Boss, Lisa Rhoades, Karla Locke and Laura Hamilton. Anne McCool commented, “This art exhibit gives us a wonderful opportunity to share and expand our experiences as Sister Cities. Art speaks an international language that can draw us together. It’s a special pleasure to be part of this are show that emphasizes the long-time friendship between Anacortes and Sidney.” At the close of the Sidney exhibit, all the artwork will return for a continuing exhibit at the Anacortes City Hall and will be on display for the June 3 Downtown Art Walk from 6 to 9pm. “Art Across the Waters” will remain on display until December of 2016 in the main hall leading to the council chambers and inside the council chambers - space that has now been designated “Gallery 98221.” All the art will be available for purchase when it returns from Sidney. A percentage of sales goes to the public art fund of the Anacortes Arts Commission.

Youth Dynamics OFFERING NEW VENUE FOR LOCAL ARTISTS TO MARKET THEIR ART The 98221 Zip Code is shared by many artists who make their home on Fidalgo and Guemes Islands. Now they have an exclusive place to exhibit their two-dimensional art on the walls of the Anacortes City Hall. Established by the Anacortes Arts Commission in 2015, Gallery 98221 is in its third showing of local art — entitled “Anacortes: A City for All Seasons.” Like previous shows, the art in this exhibit has been in place for nearly six months and will come down in late May to make way for a new set of paintings called “Art Across the Waters,” an exhibit returning from the art exchange in Sidney, British Columbia, one of Anacortes’ sister cities, May 26-28. The new show begins June 3. Approximately 30 artists have participated in each Gallery 98221 exhibit, always opening on the evening of the downtown Anacortes Art Walk held on the first Friday of June and December. While downtown to visit other art venues, art lovers are invited to stop by City Hall for closer look at art by artists they may know. They’ll see the artwork of their friends and neighbors, all for sale at good prices. A small commission on sales will go directly to the public art fund for future projects of the Anacortes Arts Commission. The art is juried by a changing committee of local residents who enjoy art. A wide variety of styles and subject matter has been chosen by past jurors who volunteer their time for this brief jury duty. Some of the art comes from wellknown artists but the majority comes from new artists or less-exhibited artists which gives each show a unique freshness. Sign up for “calls for artists” is posted on the new Anacortes Arts Commission website (or Facebook site) or by calling City Hall at 293-1918, the Parks and Recreation Department. Mary Snyder has further information. Changes and improvements will be made over time: better signage, better lighting and more hours of access are on the list. Gallery 98221 has been enthusiastically received by the public and its appeal to both artists and residents has grown with each exhibit. The art lines the walls of the main hall leading to the City Council Chambers and more art is hung on the walls inside the chamber. Look for the sandwich sign in front of the main doors to Anacortes City Hall on June 3 (and again on December 2) - then enjoy seeing the very local art exhibit on display.

Owyhee River Inflatable Kayaking Trip for high school students. June 23-June 30, spend 7 days Kayaking 50 miles of Class III rapids through the painted canyons of the Lower Owyhee River. This is the adventure of a lifetime. Horse Camp for Girls going into 8th-10th grades. July 4-8, spend 5 days connecting with other teens, while learning the art of proper etiquette, care for your horse, and how to ride in the incredible backcountry of the North Cascades. www.yd.org • 360-770-7634

Anacortes Relay For Life Saturday, June 25th from 1:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the Anacortes High School War Memorial Field (1600 20th St. and J Ave.) Join your friends and neighbours in the fight against cancer. The theme this year is "Paint Your World Purple".

Anacortes Newcomers Plus! This vibrant organization, which currently has more than 200 members, for all new arrivals to Anacortes, PLUS men and women of all ages, regardless of length of residency, is for those who wish to connect or reconnect. Meetings are held at the Anacortes First Baptist Church's Fellowship Hall located at 2717 "J" Avenue. For further information call 360-293-1171 or e-mail toanacortesmike@gmail.com.

Fidalgo Ukulele Network (FUN) • A Uke Jam every other Thursday at the Senior Activity Center, 1:15-2:45, all levels. • “Shakin’ the Stacks” two Mondays per month at the Library, 3:30-5:00, until the end of May, then it will move to Causland Park and return to the Library in September. • Newkulele at the Senior Center on April 28, 2:45-3:45, running for 20 weeks. All these jams and classes are free. Donations to the Senior Center (and Library) are encouraged. more info: Phone: 293 0239 Email: zuke.uke@gmail.com Website www.fidalgoukulelenetwork.com

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1305 8th Street • Anacortes Washington 98221 Telephone (360) 293-1915 coa.museum@cityofanacortes.com Open Tuesday through Sunday (Closed Monday) Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm, Sunday 1 - 4 pm SINCE 1958

New Exhibit Celebrates Anacortes’ 125th Birthday

Historic Preservation Board Plans Events May 3 at Museum

Join us at 7 p.m. May 19

Owners who recently completed house histories of their homes will be presented with their official Anacortes House History Plaques during a special event at 7 p.m. May 3 at the Anacortes Museum, 1305 8th St. The event is part of the Anacortes Historic Preservation Board’s celebration of the City’s 125th anniversary and coincides with National Historic Preservation Month.

Ever heard of a quasquicentennial? Well, Anacortes is having one on May 19, when the City celebrates the 125th anniversary of its incorporation. As part of the festivities, please join us for the opening of our original new exhibit, “Anacortes at 125,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 19 at the Anacortes Museum, 1305 Eighth St. The exhibit, which opens on the official anniversary day, details the city’s history from its boom days to today, as viewed through the lens of the City departments that have provided its citizens with both essential services (think water, streets, police and fire suppression) and enhancements to their quality of life (such as a library, museum, and parks and recreation). The exhibit also complements the recent publication by the Anacortes Museum of Wallie Funk’s “Pictures of the Past: Celebrating 125 Years of Anacortes History." Other events planned for May include the unveiling of a new Bill Mitchell mural of former mayor, Dean Maxwell and the installation of a newly restored mural of Anacortes’ first mayor, Capt. Frank V. Hogan, at City Hall.

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Immediately following the plaque presentation, the board will offer a free workshop on the Anacortes House History and Plaque Program to help other property owners learn about the program and how to get started researching their own historic buildings. The houses to be recognized are Former Apex Fish Cannery Office, 1605 6th St.; Morris Belle Curtis House, 404 2nd St.; Abe and Pearl Simmonds House, 1809 8th St.; and the William and Beatrice Lowman House, 701 K Ave. These homes join a dozen others that are already documented through the House History and Plaque Program. Objectives for program include enriching the understanding of Anacortes history and identifying houses of historic interest. This program is an adjunct to and is not intended to replace the Anacortes Register of Historic Places.. More information is available by calling the museum at 293-1915 or visiting www.cityofanacortes.org/Museum/ House_History_Program_2014.pdf.

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Brainy Yoga for Kids

Gentle Yoga

Yoga can help children increase body awareness while learning to manage anxiety, anger and other overwhelming emotions through breath awareness. Children will be encouraged to develop strength and self confidence by mastering challenging postures in an encouraging environment. Integrating HANDLE® organized movement helps increase coordination, balance and focus. These classes are all about fun, creativity, collaboration and cooperation. Kate Bowers owns Skagit Yoga & Neurotherapy. She is a HANDLE® Certified Affiliate (www.handle.org) of 15 years. Your child must have a participating adult in attendance. Bring a yoga mat, blanket and sunscreen or clothing to cover up. Adults are free.

Yoga, practiced safely, can help reduce chronic pain, counteract stiffening, strengthen the immune system and enhance focused, calm thinking. Bowers integrates Foundation® Training for safe back and core strength, HANDLE® neurotherapeutic organized movements increase learning efficiency and breath work reduces anxiety and improves respiratory and circulatory health. Classes end with meditation, an inspirational reading or Ayurvedic self care wisdom. Work arounds for limitations are offered. Bowers’ teaching fosters self-acceptance and self-confidence. For Spring and Summer we offer a 12 week program. Bring a blanket and firm pillow. The first class meets at Anacortes Senior Activity Center. Payment is required at the time of registration. Online registration is available. **Late registrations will be taken. Free make ups in other classes. Please inquire with Anacortes Parks and Recreation Department

LOCATION: WA Park Group Picnic Area (if inclement weather – Sr. Ctr.) INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Kate Bowers MIN/MAX: 5/20 FEE: $60 Ages 8-11

Day Thurs

Date 6/16 - 7/21

Time 4:00-5:00P

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! LOCATION: the Depot (611 R Ave) INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Julene Brogan MIN/MAX: 4/25 FEE: $30 Age Day 18+ Session 1: Wed Session 2: Tues Session 3: Wed

Date Time 7/20 ‘Koi Fish and Lilies’ 6:00-9:00P 7/26 ‘Summer Night Sky’ 6:00-9:00P 8/03 ‘Embossed Copper’ 6:00-9:00P

LOCATION: Anacortes Senior Center (As the weather gets nicer we will expand to WA Park) INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Kate Bowers MIN/MAX: 5/25 FEE: $156 Ages 18+

Date 5/5 - 7/21

Time 6:00-7:30P

Outdoor Movie Night Gather your family and head to Storvik Park for our Annual Outdoor Movie. Bring your low rise chairs, blankets, snacks and sit back and enjoy the movie. THE MOVIE THIS YEAR: Minions LOCATION: Storvik Park SUPERVISOR: Nicole Johnston FEE: FREE Age Open

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Day Thurs

Day Fri

Date 8/26

Time Starts at DUSK (8:00P)

Seahawk Girls Basketball Camp

Kids Fishing Derby

Calling all “lady hoopsters!” Come learn new and improve existing basketball skills during this three-day camp. Head girls basketball coach Ken Welk will lead this camp with help from other coaches and players. Coaches will emphasize shooting, ball handling, offensive attack moves, moving without the ball, court spacing, rebounding, transition, and defensive positioning. We will also hand out a personal workout schedule to the older group. A camp shirt and ball are included in the registration fee. Be ready to get into basketball shape! LOCATION: High School Gym INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Coach Welk and Staff FEE: $30 Grade 1st-4th 5th-8th

Day Mon - Wed Mon - Wed

Date 7/18 - 7/20 7/18 - 7/20

Time 9:00-11:30A 10:30A-1:00P

Pass, set and attack that ball with the AHS Girls Volleyball team and coaching staff. This fun three day camp will cover the basic skills involved with playing volleyball. Players will be put through drills that will get you sliding on the floor and digging that ball up. We will separate the younger grades from the older grade levels and end each day of camp with playing games. A camp t-shirt is included with your fee. Sign up for grade going into. LOCATION: Anacortes Middle School INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Jean Gallo MIN/MAX: 10/50 FEE: $35 Day Date Wed - Fri 6/22 - 6/24 Wed - Fri 6/22 - 6/24

LOCATION: Heart Lake FEE: FREE Age Day 13 & under Sat

Date 6/4

Time 7:00 - 11:00A

Child and Babysitting Class

Seahawk Mini Volleyball Camp

Grade 3rd-5th 6th-8th

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.

Time 1:00-3:00P 3:00-5:00P

**Last two days of camp (Thurs & Fri) will go from 9-11A & 1-3P respectively.

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 www.bee-safe.com A Mini first aid kit will be given to each student and is included in the class fee. LOCATION: City Hall Council Chambers INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Sheila Davis MIN/MAX: 10/25 FEE: $48 per person Age 10+

Day Thurs

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Jazz Drumming Lessons

Adult Co-ed Softball League We are accepting team registrations for our annual Adult Co-ed Softball League. For more information or to register your team online visit the Parks and Recreation page at: www.cityofanacortes.org. Games will be played on Sundays taking place in July and August. Deadline for teams to register will be Friday, June 10 by 5:00 p.m. If after looking online, you need more details please email dustins@cityofanacortes.org or call 299-1948.

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! LOCATION: Anacortes Senior Center - Sunrise Room INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: 10/20 FEE: $25 Ages 1-3

Day Wed

Date 5/4 - 6/1

Time 10:00-10:45A

Kids Night Out SUMMER is HERE! Come have some fun with your friendly parks and recreation staff as we spend the evening making art projects, playing games both inside and outside and having some fun. Dinner is included. Parents, take advantage of this opportunity to do something for you, or enjoy some quiet time in the house! LOCATION: Anacortes Senior Center - Sunrise Room INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: 8/15 FEE: $20 per child Ages 4-11

Day Thurs

Date 6/23

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Time 5:00-8:00P

This class is for drummers (beginners and up) who want to improve their drumming style by learning the fundamentals of jazz rhythms and patterns. It does not matter if you are a rock/funk/metal drummer, learning jazz and studying some of the great jazz drummers will make you a better player. Braydn Krueger was the drummer in the Lonely Forest and has been teaching drums for the past 9 years. Drums and sticks will be provided for each lesson. This class is open for youth and adults and is made possible through the Anacortes Public Library’s Manieri Jazz and Swing Endowment. Space is limited one person per session, these are individual lessons, so register early. LOCATION: Senior Activity Center (1701 22nd St) INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Braydn Krueger MIN/MAX: 1/1 FEE: $99 Grade 8+

Day Date Fri 6/3 - 6/24

Time Session 1: 4:00-4:45P Session 2: 4:45-5:30P Session 3: 5:30-6:15P Session 4: 6:15-7:00P

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. LOCATION: Storvik Park INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Marie Padovan MIN/MAX: 4/12 FEE: $84 Ages 16+

Day Wed

Date 6/29 - 8/10

Time 6:00-7:00P

Skyhawks Sports Academy 2016 Skill-based Youth Sport Programs Anacortes Parks & Recreation

www.skyhawks.com or 800.804.3509 Register Online




Basketball Camp



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

• 8/01 - 8/05


9A - 12P



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.

• 7/18 - 7/22


9A - 12P



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 skll-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.

• 7/18 - 7/22


9A - 3P



Soccer Camp

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

• 8/01 - 8/05


1P - 4P



Tennis Camp

Anacortes Middle School (tennis courts) I 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.

• 7/05 - 7/08 • 8/01 - 8/05

Tu,W,T,F M-F

9A - 12P 9A - 12P

7-12 7-12

$105 $129

Tennis Camp with Quickstart

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.

• 7/05 - 7/08 • 7/05 - 7/08 • 8/01 - 8/04 • 8/01 - 8/04

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

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

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

$59 $59 $59 $59

British and Tetra Brazilian Soccer Camp Anacortes Parks and Recreation

TWO GREAT CAMPS TO CHOSE FROM!! July 25th – 29th at Volunteer Park Camp includes FREE ball & t-shirt $10 late fee if payment received after July15th

British Soccer Camp

9 - 10:30A 10:40A - 12:10P 9A - 12P 1 - 4P 9A - 4P

Mini Soccer Mini Soccer Half Day Half Day Full Day

Ages 4-6 Ages 4-6 Ages 6-16 Ages 6-16 Ages 10-16

$92 $92 $119 $119 $180

Tetra Brazil Camp


Half Day Half Day Full Day

Ages 9-12 Ages 12-16 Ages 10-16

Mail applications & checks payable to Challenger Sports to: David Hartshom 1727 S. 341st PL, Suite C, Federal Way, WA 98003 Tel: 800-533-9374 or email: dhartshom@chllengersports.com

$131 $131 $190

Pee Wee Art Camp

PiYo PiYo isn’t like standard Pilates and yoga classes that make you hold long, intense poses, or lead you through dozens of repetitive, microscope core movements. PiYo speeds everything up- including your results- by introducing you to dynamic, flowing sequences that can burn series calories at the same time as they lengthen and tone your muscles and increase your flexibility. Bring a yoga mat, towel and water. LOCATION: City Hall Gym & Senior Center (see below) INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Kelli Schlarmann, ACE certified personal trainer with a PiYo certification FEE: See below

Ages Date Day Time Open Session 1: 4/16 - 6/18 Sat 8:00-9:00A at City Hall Gym $63 for entire session

Looking for some artistic fun? This art camp is a great place, for any child, to encourage confidence in their artistic abilities! The instructor will introduce the basic foundations of painting and drawing so your little artist can expand their own creative potential. An art show held the last day will provide a platform to recognize your child’s art achievements. Projects may include: canvas paintings in acrylic, chalk and oil pastels, watercolor paintings and more. 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! LOCATION: The Depot (611) R Ave INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Julene Brogan MIN/MAX: 4/10 FEE: $65 Ages 4-6

(no class 5/28)

Day Mon - Thurs Mon - Thurs

Date 7/18 - 7/21 8/1 - 8/4

Time 8:45-10:00A 8:45-10:00A

Session 2: 4/11 - 6/15 M/W 9:30-10:30A at City Hall Gym $119 for entire session or $7 per class (no class 5/30)

Session 3: 7/11 - 7/29 M/W at Senior Center - $42.00 Session 4: 8/01 - 8/20 M/W at Senior Center - $42.00

4:30-5:30P 4:30-5:30P

Pee Wee Baseball Learn the FUNdamentals in our popular Pee Wee Baseball program. The Pee Wee Sports program is designed to give kids a basic introduction to the sport of their choice in a safe and fun atmosphere. In this class kids will learn basic aspects of baseball, catching, throwing, batting, and base running. LOCATION: Kiwanis Meadow Field INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: 20/40 FEE: $25 Ages 4-6

Day Date Time Mon 5/9 - 6/6 3:00-3:45P Mon 5/9 - 6/6 4:00-4:45P (No class on 5/30) **Sessions may be combined if participant numbers are down.

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

Day Wed

Date 7/6 - 7/27

Time 10:00-11:00A

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Teen Art Camp

The Plaza Dance

Come join us and listen to music while creating your own unique painting and learning to develop your artistic style! 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 early!

Come down to the Depot Plaza and enjoy an all age dance under the lights on the plaza. The Plaza Dance (aka the Fishermen’s Dance) is an old tradition of the Anacortes community which staged a big band concerts to welcome salmon fishing fleet on summer weekends in the 1930’s. We are bringing this dance back and invite the whole community to come out to enjoy the live music and to do a little dancing.

LOCATION: The Depot (611) R Ave INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Julene Brogan MIN/MAX: 4/20 FEE: $30 Ages 13-17

Day Tues Tues

Date 7/19 8/2

Time 5:30 - 8:30P 5:30 - 8:30P

The Anacortes Brewery will be providing a no host beverage garden providing both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Music hosted by the Anacortes Library Foundation’s Manieri Endowment

Survivor Camp Hawkeyes Youth Wrestling Clinic APRD and the Anacortes Hawkeyes Youth Wrestling Club will offer a 5 day summer clinic for new and beginning wrestlers entering grades K-8 starting July 11th and ending July 15th. During the clinic, athletes will be instructed on how to utilize proper technique in the basics of wrestling while having fun. The importance of hydration, nutrition, and cardiovascular endurance will be emphasized as well as how to prepare our body and mind for wrestling. Seasoned Hawkeye youth wrestlers will be there to assist coaches throughout the week. Wrestling shoes are available on a first come basis to borrow for the week. Gym shoes should also be brought as some activities will be outside. Also, wrestlers should wear shorts and short sleeve shirt. Bring a water bottle for proper hydration. The cost includes snacks and a t-shirt. Contact Rodney Bickley at (360) 630-9859 if you have any questions.

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!


LOCATION: WA Park (Group Tent Area) INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: 10/30 FEE: $50

Grade K-8th

Grade K-6th

Day Mon-Fri

Date 7/11 - 7/15

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Time 9:00A - 12:00P

Day Mon-Thurs Mon-Thurs

Date 6/27 - 6/30 7/11 - 7/14

Time 1:00-4:00P 9:00A-12:00P

Seahawk Youth Soccer Camp

Tango Tuesday Beginner Class

Fun for all girls and boys ages 5-12 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, appropriate clothing for all weather

Learn the basics of this magical dance. You will be prepared to confidently attend your first social dance. Tango is about connection. It exercises your mind, body, and soul. Start the summer season inspired! To register for the level 2 class you have taken level 1 as more complex skills, embellishments and musicality are expanded on. You don’t even need to bring your own partner. (If you sign up as a couple the fee is $80)

LOCATION: Kiwanis Meadows CAMP IS INSTRUCTED BY COACHES: Gretchen Hanson • Successful coach at high school 4A/2A level and club level 10 years • Coached at the Premier NW Soccer Camp 6 years • Played on winning NCAA Div II CWU Soccer team and made all Regional Defensive squad Jordan Fenwick • Successful coach at the Junior College and high school 2A level • Coached club level ball • Played goalkeeper on a 4th in the nation NCAA Div I Montana State University team MIN/MAX: 30/+ FEE: $65 Ages 5-12

Day Mon - Thurs

Date 6/27 - 6/30

Time 9:00A - 12:00P

LOCATION: The Depot (611) R Ave INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Pamela Good MIN/MAX: 5/30 FEE: $50 ($80 per couple) Ages 18+

Day Tues Tues


5/10 - 6/14 6/28 - 8/2

Time 7:30 - 8:30P 7:30 - 8:30P

Tango Tuesday Level 2 To register for the level 2 class you have taken Beginner Level of Tango as more complex skills, embellishments and musicality are expanded on. You don’t even need to bring your own partner. (If you sign up as a couple the fee is $80)

LOCATION: The Depot (611) R Ave INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Pamela Good MIN/MAX: 5/30 FEE: $50 ($80 per couple) Ages 18+

Day Tues Tues

Date 5/10 - 6/14 6/28 - 8/2

Time 6:00 - 7:00P 6:00 - 7:00P

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Youth Art Camp This art camp is designed to elevate the participant’s creativity and encourage confidence in their own unique artistic style! The instructor will work with each participant to help develop their own creative potential. Confidence student’s gain in their creativity will spill over into other aspects of their life and education. 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!

LOCATION: The Depot (611) R Ave INSTRUCTOR/SUPERVISOR: Julene Brogan MIN/MAX: 4/15 FEE: $90 Ages Day Date 7-12 Mon - Thurs 7/18 - 7/21 Mon - Thurs 7/18 - 7/21 Mon - Thurs 8/1 - 8/4 Mon - Thurs 8/1 - 8/4

Storvik Park Saturday July 9th 11:00A - 4:00P FREE

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


Friday July 8th 6:30 - 8:00P Don’t forget, the Open Swim scheduled for kids 12 & under (6 & under and non-swimmers need to be accompanied in the water by an adult.)

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Kids-R-Best Fest

Celebrating kids in our community for the past 27 years! Come join us and play with the giant inflatable bouncers, games, 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.

http://www.cityofanacortes.org/ special_events.php

Get to know your community forestlands! It’s time to join a guided hike,and begin to learn more about the fascinating wild heart of our island. The Friends of the Forest is a non-profit, citizen organization dedicated to the preservation of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands through education, outreach, and stewardship. We have a multi-layered education program that strives to meet the needs of all Fidalgo Island residents. Our education program includes K-12 guided school field trips, Adult/Senior hikes, All ages hikes, Forest Discovery Day Camp, trail and habitat restoration, Adult field seminars, a quarterly newsletter, and our two comprehensive school district programs; Growing Wild-native plants for all 3rd graders, and Middle School Watershed Discovery for all students in the 7th grade. Our community hikes are FREE and no registration is required. Please join our Naturalist Guide, Denise Crowe, for spring 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 or Jean at 293-3725. You may also visit our website www.friendsoftheacfl.org or inquire by email at info@friendsoftheacfl.org . 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 7th • 10am until noon • This is the ultimate wildflower hike of the year. We will savor the climb through alternating forest and rocky bald meadow, learning each flower as we go. From blue camus lily to red Indian paintbrush, come and see the bounty of color this little mountain has to offer. The views from the summit are not to be missed. Meet at the Southern trailhead halfway up the Mount Erie view road. The trip up and back is one mile, and quite steep and scrambly in places.

Little Cranberry Lake Loop

• Saturday, May 21st • 10am until noon • Little Cranberry is our only lake with a near shore trail all the way around it. The trail is just under two miles long, and can be rough in places. It provides constant lake views in this wildlife rich area. Rocky meadows, bog islands, and deep forest converge in this basin to create habitat for hundreds of native plants and animals. Will we see river otter? Raven? Red-legged frog? Banana slug sightings guaranteed. Meet at the Little Cranberry Lake parking lot on the North end of the lake. (Take Georgia south off of Oakes Ave.- 3 blocks up take a right on Little Cranberry road and follow gravel to parking lot.)

Westside Exploration

• Saturday, June 4th • 10am until noon • Take a two-mile walk on the wild Westside! Calling all Skyline folk and anyone else that wants to know more about this great part of the woods. We will climb the watertower road and enter the forest from the west, exploring a network of Beaver Ponds that flow into Little Cranberry Lake. Meet at the intersection of Clyde Way and Cedar Glen Way.

All Around Whistle Lake

• Saturday, June 18th • 10 am until after noon • Revel in the longest daylight of the year on our near summer solstice hike. 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 • Saturday, July 23rd • 10am until after noon • There is no better place to be in the middle of summer than in the middle of our woods. Get to know the heart of the forest on this wonderful 2.7 mile journey all the way around Heart Lake. Lush deciduous areas flow into an amazing old growth grove. Meet at the Heart Lake Parking lot.

Mitten Pond Loop • Saturday, August 13th • 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 2.4 mile hike through the best of beaver pond territory. Meet at the ACFL kiosk on A Ave. and 37th.

Erie View Trail

• Saturday, September 10th • 10am until noon • This is a trail of wonders, twisting and turning through prime wetland wildlife corridor all the way to a hidden meadow. The views of Lake Erie and Mount Erie are a rare treat. This hike is approximately 2.8 miles. Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive.

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

Morrison Meadow

• Friday, May 6th • 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.

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Heart Lake Old Growth

• Friday, June 10th • 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

• Friday, July 8th • 10am until noon • The Little Cranberry Lake area is filled with a network of beaver ponds created and maintained by local beaver families. We will explore trails that reveal their lodges, dams, mounds, and other daytime clues to their nighttime secret ways. Meet at the ACFL kiosk on A Ave. and 37th. 1.4 miles

Northwest Whistle

• Friday, August 12th • 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 9th • 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.

EXTRA GENTLE HIKES (New Offering!) Each of these outings is a mile or less on gentle trails and will last about an hour. Some evenings, some mornings…

Sugarloaf Mountain Old Growth

• Wednesday, April 27th • 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.

Big Beaver Pond View

• Wednesday, May 25 • 5pm until 6pm • There is a wonderful secret spot on the south shore of Big Beaver Pond with a viewing platform. Some hills. Meet at the gated kiosk at 37th and A Avenue.

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Whistle Lake Madrona Point

• Wednesday, June 22nd • 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, August 10th • 9am until 10am • This is a very easy route through beautiful forest. Meet at the Heart Lake parking lot.

• Ethnobotany is the study of native plants and the traditional uses of the plants by people. You will learn about food, medicine, and materials derived from the vast array of native plants in our woods. Adults only, must register by phone or email. More information will be given upon registration. This is worth taking the day off of work for!


Drawing and FAST PACED FITNESS HIKES Observing, Writing Natural Histories and

For the very fit only! For people that want to move fast through the forest, and already know that they can! These offerings are led by Jean and some of our very athletic board members who love to get out in the woods and really cover some ground.

“The Lakes of the Anacortes Forest Lands”

• Saturday, May 14 • 9am to 3pm - Distance: 12.5 miles • Join Jean, Monica, Lin and Scott for a longer fitness hike on May 14th. This Hike includes all three forest land areas including circling all of Whistle Lake, part of Heart Lake, and circling all of Little Cranberry Lake. Bring Lunch and Water and meet at Heart Lake Parking Lot

“Circling Mt Erie” • • • •

Saturday July 9, 2016 From 10am until 1pm Distance: 8 miles Location: We will start at Heart Lake Parking lot and pass through old growth forest at the southern end of Heart Lake, then parallel Heart Lake Road to the southernmost point in the forest lands where we will make a brief stop for a chocolate tasting. Then we will cross Heart Lake Road and pass below Mt. Erie on remote trails 248 and 247, and finally circle back through the Whistle Lake Forest Lands to our starting point. Hike is approximately 8 miles and is only for the very fit. Bring plenty of water, as the trails can be very warm in July. Meet at the Heart Lake Parking Lot

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

Ethnobotany Field Seminar • Friday, June 24th • 10am until 4pm

Landscapes of Fidalgo Island

• Tues, July 5th & Thurs, July 7th • 10-3pm • Combining observational drawing and writing we will explore the wooded and watery landscapes of Fidalgo Island with local naturalist Denise Crowe and interdisciplinary artist Kate Clark. This two day workshop explores the idea of fieldwork as an interdisciplinary creative practice. What does field work mean if you are an artist, writer, or biologist? Regardless of background, each discipline draws upon keen powers of observation. We will learn to heighten our abilities of “seeing” through honing our skills in drawing, writing, and journaling. We will explore the fundamentals of drawing (perspective, gesture, foreground/background, texture, scale) through a variety of medium and techniques useful to the beginner or advanced artist. Yet “observational” drawing isn't about looking at a tree and making a perfect version of it in pencil. Equipped with a toolbox of building block drawing techniques, we will explore and develop our own voice as observers in the field. Ultimately, participants will heighten their unique powers of investigation and reflection through creating a series of drawings and writings that merge poetry and documentation. Advance registration is required for this workshop. More details and a materials fee will be given closer to the date.

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, November 5th is our annual Friends of the Forest benefit party, which will be held at the Port Warehouse.

2016 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 19, 20, 21

Session #2: August 2, 3, 4

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! www.friendsoftheacfl.org Name:______________________________________________________ Age: _________________________________________ Address:____________________________________________________ Phone:________________________________________ Email:______________________________________________________ Emergency Phone:_______________________________

Session #1: July 19, 20, 21

Session #2: August 2, 3, 4

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

2016 Transition Skill Share Series Free workshops to help build self-sufficiency, sustainability, and skills for happy, healthy living. From 10:30–noon • Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th St.

May 14: No more Achooo! Natural Approaches to Seasonal allergies May 28: The Lazy Gardener's Guide to Insect Management June 11: Four-season Gardening in the Maritime Northwest June 25: Container Gardening for All Seasons July 9: Sourdough Savvy July 23: Sleep Better

August 13: Seed Saving

October 22: Creative Rugmaking

August 27: Teas for a Healthy Fall

See the whole schedule with more detail at:

September 10: Permaculture: Implementing Design Principles from Nature



Thanks to APL!

September 24: Mushroom ID and Foraging October 8: Fermenting Food

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A Martial Art for Life! Ages 4 and Up. Colette and Andy Arvidson Certified Master Instructors Korean Soo Bahk Do® Association World Moo Duk Kwan®

2117 O Avenue Anacortes WA 98221



Classes scheduled Monday through Saturday! Time



7:00 - 8:00 a.m.

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

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

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

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Most Thursdays

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

Sat Sat

Classes for ages 4, 24, 94 or any age between! • Adaptations for age or physical challenges.

Tigers (4-6 years) Children (7+)/Families/Adults • Tai Chi and Self Defense classes call for information Children (7+)/Families/Adults Private lessons by appointment • Studies have shown that martial arts, including Soo Bahk Do and Tai Chi, Midnight Blue and Red Belts offer support and strength for Wu Style Tai Chi* ($10/class-no add’l people challenged by chronic charge for monthly SBD Students) conditions including diabetes, MS, Midnight Blue and Red Belts Children (7+)/Families/Adults

and Parkinsons Disease

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


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at Anacortes Community Theatre

SUMMER CLASS SCHEDULE 2016 To register call 360-395-8107 • For more information: www.acttheatre.com/classact

WACKY WIZARD WEEK Ages: Dates: Time:

Kindergarten – 2nd grade Monday July 18th – Friday July 22nd 10 am – 11:30 am OR 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Performances: Last day of class Cost: $75 Instructors: Rebecca Pursley The young wizards in this school have gotten themselves into a bit of trouble. Now, they have to explain all of the reasons behind the wacky magic that’s been taking over the school. The class instructor will work with each student to help them express a unique wizard character. Students will then be a part of a narrated performance complete with costumes and makeup. This play will be performed in 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.

THE VOYAGE OF DR. DOLITTLE Ages: Dates: Time: Performances:

3rd – 6th grade Monday June 27th – Friday July 1st 10 am - 2 pm Friday July 1st at 7 pm and Saturday July 2nd at 7 pm Cost: $125 Instructors: Sam and Jessica Guzik Why is Dr. Dolittle the most popular veterinarian in the country? Because he can talk to animals in their own languages! Soon Dr. Dolittle’s fame spreads throughout the animal world, and he finds himself on a voyage to help animals in need. Based on the original stories by Hugh Lofting, the Voyage of Dr. Dolittle is one grand adventure. 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.

THE LEGENDS OF ZORRO Ages: Dates: August 26th Time: Performance:

7th – 12th grade Monday August 22nd – Friday

10 am – 2 pm Friday August 26th at 7 pm and Saturday August 27th at 7 pm Cost: $125 Instructor: Mike Jenkins The legends around the mysterious figure of Zorro or many. The masked vigilante seeks justice for the oppressed and leaves his distinctive Z mark as a warning to future villains. Experience the legendary adventures of Zorro both humorous and dramatic in this dashing original production. 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.

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PROTECTING SKAGIT MARINE RESOURCES Education • Citizen Science • Stewardship

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

5TH ANNUAL FIDALGO SHORELINE ACADEMY Saturday, May 14th from 9 am - 4 pm at the Fidalgo Bay Resort in Anacortes. Keynote Presentation: Chris Jordan “Encountering Midway” Through photographs and film clips from his multi-year project on Midway Island, Seattle photographer Chris Jordan brings to light the tragic effects of ocean plastic pollution on the Laysan albatross, celebrates the arresting beauty of these magnificent seabirds, and unfolds the metaphor of Midway as both a place and a pivot point for our humanity. Fidalgo Shoreline Academy is an annual event sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches designed to inspire community members to care for and protect our marine environment. Come join us and choose from a variety of presentations and interpretive walks offered by local and regional experts. Teachers: 4.5 Clock Hours are available for free. Cost: $30 for full day or $40 with box lunch. Student discounts available. Choose from sessions such as: • Anacortes Mill History & Today’s Shoreline Restoration” • “Swimming Under the Radar: Harbor Porpoises in the Salish Sea” • “Surprising Stopovers of Juvenile Chinook” • Demonstration: “Surf Smelt Spawning Surveys along Fidalgo Bay”

To register and get more information on the sessions visit www.fidalgoshorelineacademy2016.eventbrite.com

TRAIL TALES JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY Docent led walks: Trail Tales volunteers and guest speakers will be leading a fifth season of guided walks and one bike ride along the Tommy Thompson Trail. Topics cover a wide range of maritime history and natural science. For details check our calendar on the TRAIL TALES website at www.skagitbeaches. org/trail-tales-home.html

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Interpreting Citizen Science: Trail Tales docents will have interactive Interpretation Stations out on the trail on days that volunteers are conducting Intertidal or Forage Fish monitoring. The Interpretation Stations are filled with fun hands on activities that the docents will lead you through as they explain the importance of the monitoring you see happening along the shoreline. For dates and locations please check our calendar at www.skagitbeaches. org/trail-tales-home.html Self–guided tours: Grab a Journey of Discovery guide 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 and marine life along Fidalgo Bay. For in depth articles on topics that interest you, visit www.skagitbeaches.org/trail-tales-home.html

FIDALGO BAY DAY & NATIONAL ESTUARIES DAY Saturday, August 27th from 11 am - 3 pm at the Fidalgo Bay Resort in Anacortes. Celebrate our back yard estuary, Fidalgo Bay, at this day of funfilled activities and learning for all ages! Taste complimentary samples of local shellfish and chowder, touch living sea creatures, try beach seining, make kid-friendly crafts and view educational displays. Trail Tales celebrates at discovery points along the Tommy Thompson Trail. Pick up your “Discovery Passport” and map at our information table then visit the stations from 10 am - 2 pm for hands-on learning, fun facts, and trivia about natural and cultural connections to Fidalgo Bay. Fill your passport with stamps and win a PRIZE! Find more information at the Trail Tales link at www.skagitbeaches.org. These partners sponsor or support both events: the Skagit Marine Resources Committee, Northwest Straits Initiative, Friends of Skagit Beaches, Coastal Volunteer Partnership at Padilla Bay, Samish Indian Nation, Taylor Shellfish Farms, WWU Shannon Point Marine Center and the Puget Sound Partnership.


Shannon Point Marine Center SUMMER 2016

Summer Odyssey

Grandparents U

Grades 4-6 July 18-22

Grades 1-5 (Ages 7-10) August 1 • 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. August 2 • 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Salish Sealife Experience 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Explore the wonders of Salish Sea underwater life at a specialized marine science instructional and research facility. Discover ways to keep our oceans healthy.

Grades 7-9 July 18-22

Ocean Tech - More with ROV’s 1-5 p.m.

Take ocean technology to a new level with underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and discover the vast world deep beneath the ocean. Students will design and construct a ROV in this hands-on program.

Grades 5-8 (Ages 10-14) August 3 • 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. August 4 • 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Create memories to last a lifetime during this unique intergenerational program for grandparents and grandchildren. You and your grandchild will work sideby-side as you participate in this hands-on program and explore intertidal life.

The Shannon Point Marine Center’s mission is to support and promote marine science academic programs at Western Washington University, develop new information about local marine environments, train the next generation of marine scientists, and provide public education events.

Western Washington University Campus

College Quest Entering Grades 10-12 June 26-July 1 and July 24-29

Register today!

Immerse yourself in the college experience on Western Washington University’s campus located in Bellingham, Washington.

wwu.edu/youth 1900 Shannon Point Road, Anacortes, WA • (360) 293-2188 • SPMC@wwu.edu Active Minds Changing Lives


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The Cat’s Meow Helping our community one cat at a time


id you know there’s a little house on the corner of Fourth Street where only cats live? They lounge on futons, sun in catios and wait for a home to call their own. The Cat’s Meow has been working in our community for more than a decade, making a difference for cats and people. Founded in 2004, our mission is focused on helping homeless cats. Over the years, we’ve taken in more than 1,500 homeless cats and helped them find their way to loving families. We’ve provided free spay/neuter to help cat owners in our community since 2011 and we’ve humanely managed and reduced the feral cat population. Our goal has always been to help cats and the people who love them. Most of the cats we take in are strays who were either lost or abandoned. Every cat receives basic medical care: spay/neuter, vaccination, deworming, flea treatment, feline leukemia testing and a microchip. We also tend to each cat’s individual needs, which may include dental care or even major surgery. On any given day we are caring for up to 60 cats at our adoption center and up to 20 kittens in private foster homes. We’re a special kind of shelter. Our cats live in open, light-filled living rooms and are not in cages. Once cats are ready for their new home we send them off like goodwill ambassadors, where they’ll bring love and joy to their new family. We work to support people caring for cats in our community. Our free spay/ neuter clinics are open to all residents of Anacortes and Guemes periodically throughout the year. This has drastically reduced the number of homeless kittens. We also care for feral cats, who are not socialized to human contact, are afraid of people, and are not adoptable. They tend to live in family groups referred to as colonies. For these cats, we operate a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program. TNR is the nationally recognized method of humane population control for feral cats. This

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Molly, Sweetie and Rupert have an afternoon siesta in the orange room. program includes trapping the cats, transporting to a vet where they are spayed or neutered, tipping their left ear as a means of identification, and returning the cats to their previous home after recovery from surgery. As part of this program, we also provide food, water, shelter and medical care for the duration of their lives. Over time, colony size declines due to natural attrition. At one time, there were hundreds of feral cats living in Anacortes. Now there are very few. One of the most successful TNR programs we’ve run is at Dakota Creek Industries shipyard. Years ago there were more than 120 feral cats living there. Today there are none because of our TNR work. We’ve done all of this work at no cost to the city. We raise funds through donations from people like you, sales at our thrift shop Thrifty Kitty, and other sources, such as grants. One of the great things about working in a small community is that we see the results of our programs quickly and know we are making a difference. We are proud to be part of Anacortes and to be working to improve our community.

FREE spay/neuter clinic Get your cat fixed for free! Friday, June 17 Sign up now! www.meowanacortes.org

The Cat’s Meow Open by appointment 803 Fourth Street, Anacortes (360) 588-9900 www.meowanacortes.org

Thrifty Kitty Our boutique thrift store with a wide variety of homegoods and furniture. All proceeds support the Cat’s Meow. 11 am. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday 1003 Eighth Street, Anacortes (360) 982-2380 We accept donations of anything for the home with the exception of large appliances. Volunteers are always needed at Thrifty Kitty. www.meowanacortes.org/thrifty-kitty

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Sheri Miklaski Director (360) 293-1910

GREEN/SUSTAINABLE LIBRARIES For this “green issue” I have been ruminating on all of the ways our library is a “green library”. Although our facility does not have LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) status, we have quite a few features that are “greener” and more sustainable than other libraries. Our beautiful building was designed to take advantage of as much natural light as possible and on our master panel of switches, we have designated which lights are left off until evening or need to be turned on during those dark winter days. The newest “green” addition to our building are the solar panels that were installed on the south side of the library roof in January 2015. Look for a new kiosk to arrive in our lobby by the end of May. It is being designed and built as an Eagle Scout project and will feature a display showing the energy savings of our solar panels and will have other information about sustainable and renewable energy. You might not be aware that you can check out a Kill A Watt EZ Power Meter from us. Plug your appliances into it and see how much energy they use - perhaps they use more energy than you think. With the city still in the running for the Georgetown University Energy Prize, we encourage all of you to check out our Kill A Watt EZ Power Meter for one week. Libraries have been a part of the “sharing economy” for as long as libraries have been in existence. We have a wonderful collection of resources that can help you be “green” or “sustainable” in your personal life, in your business, and in your community. You can check out a physical book or audiobook from our library or download an eBook or eAudiobook to your computer or favorite device from the Washington Anytime Library, which is also accessible directly from our online catalog.

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Worlds of Information and Imagination SEEKING YOUR INPUT – "LIBRARY STRATEGIC PLAN APL is launching a community survey to find out what you love about the library, what you would like us to be offering in the future, and what you would like to see us do differently. Now is the time for you to make your opinions heard! No idea is too far-fetched – we are seeking creative and innovative ways that the library can respond to our community’s needs. Your input will help us revamp our mission statement, establish a vision statement for 2016-2020, and develop the content for our strategic plan. We are asking that you take a few minutes to complete the survey (https://goo.gl/KNuAFS) and join us in creating our future together.

NEW AWE STATIONS IN THE CHILDREN’S LIBRARY The Rotary Club of Anacortes funded a grant request for $9,800 to purchase three AWE (Advanced Workstations in Education) computers for the Children’s Library. This was part of their annual dinner fundraiser, which was held on February 24 at Anthony’s restaurant at Cap Sante Boat Haven. The check was presented to the Friends of the Anacortes Library, which is serving as the fiscal agent for this grant project. The AWE computer stations are all-in-one touchscreen systems that are easy for children to learn to use. The computers are not connected to the internet, ensuring that the content children access is truly safe and educational. Two computer stations are designed for preschool children and one is intended for elementary students.

The Early Literacy Station™ is designed for children ages 2-8, and is pre-loaded with more than 70 educational software programs that focus on math, reading, creative arts, science, and more. We have two of these stations. The AfterSchool Edge™ station is designed for children in elementary grades, and is loaded with more than 65 educational software programs that focus on math, science, reading, music, art, history, geography, STEM-related topics, and more. There are more than 2,000 activities included. We have one of these stations. AWE Stations are in over 40% of public library systems in the U.S.

A LIBRARY CARD DESIGNED BY YOU Want a custom designed library card? Design your own! Anacortes Public Library will be accepting original designs for a special edition children’s library card this summer. Applications will be accepted from library patrons ages 5-12, and a panel of judges from the community will decide the winner based on originality, creativity, and your interpretation of what makes your library unique. Applications will be available at the circulation desk on June 1st, and the contest will run through July 31st. The winner will be announced in August, and their winning design will be printed up on limited edition children's library cards this fall! What would your ideal Anacortes Public Library card look like?



ADULT SUMMER READING June-Aug Summer reading isn’t just for kids this year! During Summer Reading this year, adults can sign up to participate in reading lists, attend free workshops including yoga, mindfulness, and healthy lifestyle and dietary classes. All activities are completely free and open to the public, and every participant in summer reading can enter to win prizes. Stay tuned for announcements by visiting the library, or our website and Facebook page for more details. Exercise your mind and body this summer with Anacortes Public Library! Sign-ups begin June 1st

ADULT PROGRAMS SUNDAY JAZZ HOUR Free performances take place on the second Sunday of each month from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Visit the jazz website http://jazzatthelibrary.coom for details. ACOUSTIC MUSIC ON 3RD TUESDAYS AND SUNDAYS We hope you will enjoy soft background music from our beautiful baby grand piano, located on the 1st floor, or harp or guitar, from 6:30 to7:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month and from 2:30 to 3:00 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month. Experienced musicians who are interested in playing for the library may inquire at the Circulation Desk. MARITIME SPEAKER SERIES Programs take place October through March on the third Saturday of the month. Enjoy boating season! BOOK CLUB Mondays at 7:00 p.m. May 23, “The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America” by Timothy Egan June 27, “The Kitchen House” by Kathleen Grissom. July 25, “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd Aug. 22, Biography Month: Leonardo Da Vinci Sept. 26, “The Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania” by Erik Larson MAY Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. May 4, “Anacortes History & Mysteries Redux”. Local historian Bret Lunsford will give a third installment of little-known and sometimes surprising stories and photographs from Anacortes history. May 11, “Scientific Diving: Its History and Local Impact”. Captain and Scientific Diving Safety Officer for WWU’s Shannon Point Marine Center will present the history of scientific diving and the formation of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences, with a brief overview of some local scientific diving projects. May 18, “Biking Adventure, C&O Canal, Great Allegheny Passage, and Erie Canal”. Join Ann & Bill Testerman on their 800-mile bicycle trip along historic canals, from Washington DC to Pittsburgh, PA and from Albany to Buffalo, NY. May 25, Earshot Jazz Executive Director John Gilbreath asks attendees to bring one to five words to complete the sentence “Jazz is______.” Spring/Summer 2016 ATOT  37

Continued JUNE Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. June 1, “A Captive Orca and Her Natural History”. Cofounder of Orca Network Howard Garrett will discuss the efforts to free captive Orca Toki and how learning about her nature and capabilities fit into that effort. June 8, “Doesn’t It Rain in Oregon, Too?” Patrick Harris, curator of the Aurora Colony Historical Society, will give a presentation on the Aurora Colony, a German Christian Communal Society founded at Bethel, MO, that came across the Oregon Trail to Willapa Bay in 1853, and then on to Aurora, OR. June 15, “Folk Legacy Concert”. Musician Bethany Lynn will present a musical journey from the 16th Century through the 60’s Folk Revival, along with a little history for each song. June 22, “The Study Abroad Experience”. Join Anacortes Sister Cities Student Travel Fund recipient Larissa Grieves for the recounting of her time in London, England, along with travels to Scotland, France, Ireland, Spain, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Belgium, Wales, and the Netherlands. June 29, “Experiences on the Appalachian Trail in New Jersey & Pennsylvania”. Join Road Scholar travelers Vicki Stasch and Maria Small as they hike a section of the renowned Appalachian Trail in the Pocono Mountains. No Wednesday evening programs during July and August; enjoy the summer! SEPTEMBER Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Sept. 7, “Mindfulness: It’s Not What You Think”. Integrated Health Practitioner Joe Arellano will lead the audience in discovering how mindfulness can become a positive resource in transforming our lives. Sept. 14, “Anacortes Community Energy”. Energy Options Promoter Jensen Lovelett will give an update on the Anacortes effort to win $5,000,000.00, plus the best programs to reduce energy use in our homes. Sept. 21, “The Life and Times of Pioneering Women during the Klondike Gold Rush”. Author Ashley Sweeney will discuss her research on how women lived--and fared-during the Gold Rush. Sept. 28, “Anacortes Community Forest Lands: Exploring the Green Heart of Our Island”. Naturalist Denise Crowe will explore the native plants, animals and diverse habitats, as well as the natural and human history of this unique place.

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SPECIAL EVENT Sept. 22 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY Voter Registration Forms will be available in the lobby along with volunteers from the Skagit League of Women Voters, who will assist and answer questions. TRANSITION SKILL SHARE SERIES Saturdays 10:30-12:00 May 14, “No More Achooo! Natural Approaches to Seasonal Allergies”. Alethea Fleming May 28, “The Lazy Gardener’s Guide to Insect Management”. Bev Gerdeman June 11, “Four-Season Gardening in the Maritime Northwest”. Peter Heffelfinger June 25, “Container Gardening for All Seasons”. Ginny Sharp July 9, “Sourdough Savvy”. Regina Zwilling July 23, “Sleep Better Tonight”. Sharon Swan Aug. 13, “Seed Saving for the Skagit County Gardener”. Dixie Mitchell Aug. 27, “Teas for a Healthy Fall”. Ora Mae Petersen Sept. 10, “What is Permaculture”. Nancy Chase Sept. 24, “Mushroom ID and Foraging”. Harold Meade and friends

SUMMER 2016 IN THE CHILDREN’S LIBRARY “On Your Mark, Get Set…Read!” Sign-ups for our 2016 Summer Reading Program begin June 6 and end July 16. We will begin awarding prize books August 1 and end August 31. This year’s focus is on health, wellness, nutrition, exercise, and more! During Summer Reading, we challenge youth to keep their minds active through the summer by reading. To participate in Summer Reading, youth, birth to age 18, sign up for the program and keep track of their reading (in the case of young children, caregivers keep track of the time they read to the child). When the child reaches their reading goal at the end of the summer they choose a free paperback book of their own. To sign up, visit the library website and go to the Children’s Library page. You can sign up and print a reading log from any computer that has internet access. How easy is that?!

Continued LIBRARY INFORMATION FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY Friends of the Library and its FriendShop bookstore raise additional funds to support the Anacortes Public Library. Meetings are held on the second Thursdays at 2:30pm in the library’s Community Meeting Room September through June. Membership is $10. FriendShop bookstore hours are Monday through Thursday 11am – 6pm, Friday and Saturday 1pm – 4pm. For additional information please stop by the FriendShop or check out their webpage. LIBRARY FOUNDATION The Library Foundation offers many ways to support your library – general donations, bricks may be inscribed and installed in our walkway, or a wall tile may be engraved in our lobby. For a longer-term gift consider a donation to the Legacy Endowment Fund or contact the Foundation about making a charitable bequest. The Library Foundation administers the Manieri and Maritime Endowments and the Jeane Thomson Read‘n’Grow Memorial. For more information, please check out the Foundation webpage. LIBRARY CARDS Signing up for a library card is easy! Bring in your photo id and something with your local physical address on it (no PO Boxes, please). If you live outside of the city limits, a non-resident library card can be purchased at the front desk for $25 for 3 months or $100 for the year for your family.

LIBRARY WEBSITE Be sure to check out the Library’s web page at http:// library.cityofanacortes.org for access to popular magazines and newspapers, free downloadable audio books and eBooks, and many other resources. The library catalog can be accessed from home and items can be renewed by logging in to your account. LIBRARY HOURS Monday 10am – 7pm Tuesday 11am – 7pm Saturday and Sunday Noon – 5pm PASSPORT BOOK & PASSPORT CARD APPLICATIONS Tuesday, noon - 6pm, walk-in Wednesday, noon - 6pm, walk-in Saturday, 1pm - 4pm, by appointment Appointments can be made on the library’s website at http://library.cityofanacortes.org or call the library at (360) 293-1910 x 21 Service is unavailable when the library is closed. Visit www.travel.state.gov for the latest passport information. CLOSURES Memorial Day: May 30 Independence Day: July 4 Labor Day observance: Sept. 3, 4 and 5 Main Desk 293-1910, Children’s Library 293-1910 ext. 27 or 28, Fax 293-1929

Sound Yoga and SUP Enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest with tours, classes and lesson from Sound Yoga and SUP in Anacortes!

Relax with a floating yoga class on Cranberry Lake, experience the Puget Sound with a paddle to Deception Pass or simply test out our stand up paddle boards from Glide.

Join us for a group class or schedule your own adventure!

Contact us at 360-298-0293, online at soundyogaandsup.com or find us on Facebook

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Ward 2
Term Ends: 12/31/2019
 2201 30th Street
 Anacortes, WA 98221
 360-391-9771 brada@cityofanacortes.org

addressing youth substance abuse and community wellness

Eric N. Johnson

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

Erica Pickett

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

John Archibald

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

Liz Lovelett

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

Matt Miller

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

Ryan Walters

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

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The Anacortes Community Task Force is in motion. The team meets quarterly to address community wellness and the ill effects of drugs, alcohol, poverty, and homelessness; however, every day we work on these issues. The Mayor and City staff, Superintendent and school district staff, Island Hospital staff, Police Chief and School Resource Officer, and Youth Dynamics staff meet quarterly to strategize on effective plans to create solutions. Steadily progress is being made. As a direct result of the task force, the School District, City, and Police Department formed a memorandum of understanding and hired a School Resource Officer. Officer Travis Dotzauer is completing his first full year in the middle and high schools. Officer Dotzauer is, “excited to be a part of a team that’s completely focused on creating a positive experience and outcome for young people in Anacortes.” Officer Scott Ray was named the Department’s Narcotics K9 Handler last summer. Officer Ray spent 200 hours in training to become a K9 handler and the department purchased a trained drug dog from Pacific Coast Detection Canines. Officer Ray and T-Bone together as a team are valuable in drug interdiction efforts in Anacortes and in assisting other Skagit County law enforcement agencies with their drug investigations. Anacortes police officers are now

trained and equipped with a fastacting medication as a way to stop potentially fatal overdoses. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, was developed to reverse the effects of heroin overdoses. Paramedics are already able to administer naloxone by injection, either intravenously or inter-muscularly, or by spraying into a person’s nostril. The Naloxone kits were provided by a grant through EMS. Staff who work at the Eugene Anderson Municipal Court routinely interact with people who have addiction issues. To better assist their clients several staff members will be attending a five day training sponsored by the NW Recovery Center to learn how to they can best serve people who are working toward recovery. In early March, Mayor Gere presented a community center proposal to the Anacortes School Board. The proposal includes potential seed money, draft plans that provide flexibility in usage, and a request that the School District consider providing a long term lease on a piece of District property. This conversation is just beginning; however, we look forward to our partners and community’s input. Should you have any questions about the Community Task Force, please contact Emily Schuh, Administrative Services Director at emilys@cityofanacortes.org or (360)299-1941.


WORKING TO FIND BALANCE BETWEEN Cost Efficiency, Effectiveness and Sustainability In a wet and mild climate like ours, plants like to grow. This is great if you are a gardener or trying to grow a lush lawn. But nature does not discriminate, so in your flower bed or lawn many plants you did not invite will gladly put down roots. In our parks and athletic fields we try to find cost efficient and effective ways to have healthy lawns and attractive landscapes. We have worked hard to try and reduce the amounts of herbicides and chemical fertilizers we use and find organic alternatives for park maintenance. This process isn’t easy as we work to find the balance between efficiency, cost effectiveness and long term sustainability. At Causland Memorial Park for example, we use mulch in flower beds to suppress weeds and have people pull unwanted plants instead of putting down preemergent herbicides. We do spray herbicides along the sidewalks and wall at the park to help us save time. All of our Parks maintenance staff are certified to apply herbicides in public places and follow the appropriate regulations. We have been experimenting with organic fertilizers for the past 10 years or more. At Storvik Park we have tried to build up a healthy athletic field using organic fish fertilizers, alfalfa meal and organic blended fertilizers. So far, for such a heavily used public setting, we have found that we need a mix of 85% organic and 15% chemical fertilizers to help the grass grow with all the demands placed upon

it from soccer, baseball, and other sports. With our approach to turf management we have had to tolerate some weeds; clover and dandelions being the most common. We stopped using “weed and feed” products about a dozen years ago opting to mow more often to keep weeds down. Now we collect the grass and leaves we pick up in the fall to make a useful compost, something we wouldn’t do with grass treated with weed and feed. Parks also teams with City Public Works to grind up Christmas trees and trees blown down in storms which we use as mulch in a variety of projects. At Tursi Park, known locally as zipline park, we use our organic blended fertilizer and no herbicides. It is a small park that features a formal lawn, picnic shelter and playground. It also features many native plants because the park is sandwiched between two small wetlands. Native species, once established, will thrive with few needs but they can make a park look more wild than a more traditional approach to landscaping. Like plants, people too put down roots and we hope that newcomers and old timers in Anacortes appreciate the public green spaces our parks provide. Our goal is to provide healthy sustainable places to play, rest and recreate for all of our residents.

AutoMagic is the city program designed to encourage transportation OTHER than the one-person car. Groups of participants log their miles walking, biking, riding the bus or sharing the ride and submit the totals at year end. The prize winners get to say where the city will spend $1000. Will your group use your power to buy a new broom for the trestle or to put in a curb drop at your church sidewalk? Maybe add a bench to a park?

WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH THE PRIZE? This year’s commuter category winner, Linda Oppe and “Secret Harbor”, saved nearly 9,000 miles in the course of 2015. That’s about 300 gallons of gas at 30 mpg! Eric Shen and “Transition Fidalgo and Friends” won the noncommuter category this year. In the past Transition has used its power as winners to build the community garden at 29th street, to help with the pedestrian/bike plan that Eric and volunteers created for the city, and to build a kiosk at the Guemes Ferry Landing. You get the idea. Go for the power! Call Erica Pickett at 293-624 and start logging those miles!

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