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for Social Media and Devices

I want to visit the subject of social media and devices with you so we can all work together to keep our kids safe with a continued dialog and education in the appropriate use of devices and social media. Here are some areas for you to think about when your kids have devices and social media accounts; • Cyberbullying - a form of online peer aggression that is delivered in a high tech way to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group that is intended to harm others emotionally, psychologically, and even physically. Current research is showing that cyberbullying is the most frequent threat and challenge that youth face today. Cyberbullying can lead to youth feeling afraid to go to school, letting their grades slip, depression, and in worse case scenarios youth have taken their lives. • Sexting - an act of sending sexually explicit text messages, images, or video of yourself, usually from one cell phone, computer or digital device, to another person’s cell phone, computer or digital device. Sexting has 6 ATOT Winter 2018

increased in our youth for various reasons such as, inability to see consequences to actions specific to sexting, immaturity, peer pressure by a boyfriend/girlfriend and craving for attention. Youth need to understand that it is against the law to possess depictions of minors naked even if they were sent to them voluntarily, this is a Felony in Washington State. • Digital Citizenship is one of the most important things a parent can do for their kids in regards to internet and social media use. Parents need to send the message of good digital citizenship with their child, as well as setting clear parental boundaries, expectations and consequences to your child’s online behavior. One way that was suggested is a contract between the child and parent that outlines parent expectations and consequences. Go to: https://www.thewhitehatter.ca/ for a link to the Internet / Social Media / Mobile Device Family Collective Agreement. Internet and social media are not to be feared, but need to be monitored and youth must be educated on responsible use. I highly recommend that devices are not left in bedrooms at night because a lot of bullying, harassment and inappropriate activity is done during the hours of 8PM and 2AM. I also recommend that you know the current passwords that your kids

are using for their devices and their social media accounts. Check the accounts and devices as part of the contract you have with your child. If you have further questions on helping your child become a safe and responsible social media/ internet user I recommend that you go to personalprotectionsystems. ca and while you are at the site go to, “blog”, which will provide you with more information. The website will give you a ton of information on how to safeguard your youth’s devices, a dictionary for web based youth language, and monitoring tools for devices that your youth possesses. You can also contact me at the Anacortes Middle School or Anacortes High School and I can help you find the information you are seeking. Thank You, Officer Travis Dotzauer School Resource Officer

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Washington Park

Getting Off The Grid

The City of Anacortes is making great strides forward in linking our salty small town to the rest of the world, via a fiber network. Exciting days indeed. And as we continue to find ways to drive even faster down the information super highway, it is good to remind ourselves of how easy it is to make mini off the grid trips here on the north end of Fidalgo Island. Our list of parks and inventory of community owned forest lands creates “lost worlds”, where we may so conveniently leave the pressurized lists of daily achievements behind, quiet our minds and hearts, and wander into the many shadowy spaces available to us. A birdsong never heard before, a waterfall’s first seasonal run as the November rain arrives, the new green ground cover brought by Thanksgiving winds. We host many guests through all four seasons, but even on the busiest August Saturday, the quiet corners may be found. Like all outdoor recreation

by Bob Vaux, Park Manager

in the Pacific Northwest, our visitor numbers are growing. Sunset Beach, Whistle Lake, Volunteer Park; these are not the hidden gems they once were. They are powerful icons of joy and escape for so many not lucky enough to call Anacortes home. And of course, we locals continue to play in these places no matter what the season as well. While we celebrate the familiar, there is still a further reaching experience awaiting. Perhaps there is a trail or beach you once knew so well, but days of change and responsibility have lured you away. Maybe you only have a few minutes. Maybe you just aren’t sure. We have hidden gems still to search for. This is part of the great heart that beats within our parks and forests. While we work hard at the City to improve your ability to connect with the broader world around you, we work hard to get you disconnected as well. We are happy to help with either.

SMOKE ALARMS SAVE LIVES MAKE SURE YOUR SMOKE ALARMS PERFORM AS INTENDED – WHEN YOU NEED THEM THE MOST • TEST smoke alarms monthly • Change the BATTERIES every year • Beware of CHIRPING smoke alarms — it’s time top replace the batteries • Replace older smoke alarms – REPLACE alarms that are more than 10 years old • Know the SOUND of the smoke alarm and what to do if the alarms goes off

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U P DAT E The city has been working this summer to eliminate the invasive plants and algae that make recreating at Heart Lake a challenge. The herbicide fluridone was used to remove milfoil from the lake with the last of three applications of the chemical in mid September. Initial signs show the milfoil has died back significantly. We will survey the lake in the summer 2018 for any regrowth. In the spring of 2018 the city is planning to use the chemical aluminum sulfate (alum) to reduce available phosphorus in the lake. “Locking” up this nutrient will reduce the chances of toxic algae blooms. Treatments for milfoil may occur on a small scale annually to keep that plant in check. Alum treatments may need to reoccur every 5 to 10 years. The combined effect should clear up the lake and allow for the return of some of the native plants suppressed by the milfoil. Boating and fishing on the lake should also improve as the lake surface clears up. You can help keep Heart Lake clear of invasive weeds like milfoil by cleaning your boat and trailer before you come to the lake. Milfoil is often transported from infected lakes to other areas. Thanks for your contribution to the success of this project.

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

Eric N. Johnson

Ward 3 Term Ends: 12/31/2019 2017 Piper Circle Anacortes, WA 98221 360-840-541 ericj@cityofanacortes.org

Erica Pickett

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

Bruce McDougall

Position 5 Term Ends: 12/31/2021 4404 Orchard Avenue Anacortes, WA 98221 360-551-5554 brucem@cityofanacortes.org

Liz Lovelett

Position 6 Term Ends: 12/31/2021 PO Box 547 Anacortes, WA 98221 360-588-8707 lovelettl@cityofanacortes.org

Matt Miller

Position 4 Term Ends: 12/31/2021 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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Upcoming Solid Waste Holiday Schedule CHRISTMAS DAY 2017 Monday, December 25, 2017 Collect Monday and Tuesday on Tuesday, December 26, 2017

NEW YEAR’S DAY 2018 Monday, January 1, 2018 Collect Monday and Tuesday on Tuesday, January 2, 2018

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY Monday, January 15, 2018 Collect Monday and Tuesday on Tuesday, January 16, 2018

PRESIDENTS DAY Monday, February 19, 2018 Collect Monday and Tuesday on Tuesday, February 20, 2018

MEMORIAL DAY Monday, May 28, 2018 Collect Monday and Tuesday on Tuesday, May 29, 2018

INDEPENDENCE DAY Observed Wednesday, July 4, 2018 Collect Wednesday and Thursday on Thursday, July 5, 2018

LABOR DAY Monday, September 3, 2018 Collect Monday and Tuesday on Tuesday, September 4, 2018

VETERANS DAY Monday, November 12, 2018 Collect Monday and Tuesday on Tuesday, November 13, 2018

THANKSGIVING Thursday, November 22, 2018 Collect Wednesday and Thursday on WEDNESDAY, November 21, 2018 **If your collection day is Thursday be sure to put your garbage out a day EARLY!**

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

CHRISTMAS 2018 Tuesday, December 25, 2018 Collect Tuesday and Wednesday on Wednesday, December 26, 2018



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Youth Track and Field


The 2018 youth track and field program is tentatively scheduled to take place starting in April (after spring break.) In this program kids will have the opportunity to learn about sprinting, mid-distance and distance running, long jump, high jump, shot-put, discus, and javelin in a fun and exciting atmosphere.

Sunset Loop 10-mile Relay Run

Boys and girls in 1st - 6th grade will have the opportunity to participate. The program will conclude in May with an actual track meet where ribbons will be handed out. Registration will be available on our website starting in March. Please visit the Anacortes Parks and Recreation Youth Programs web page at www.anacorteswa.gov to stay informed on the status of the youth track and field program.

Start forming your teams now or start training to run it solo. The 2018 Sunset Loop 10-mile Relay Run event will take you over an undulating paved course. Each leg of the run is 2-1/2 miles through beautifully forested Washington Park. During the run there are many views of the water and islands that surround the park. Teams register together, or if you are courageous enough to try it by yourself you can register to do the entire run solo. Two and three person teams are also welcome, but you’ll still have to run the entire 10 miles. There are several team divisions to choose from. For more information or to register please visit our website at: https://www.anacorteswa.gov /545/Special-Events

Kids Holiday Craft Class Enjoy the morning by making some magnificent holiday projects, decorating holiday cookies and perhaps make a last minute holiday gift. Parents drop your kids off for this class and enjoy some free time! LOCATION: Sunrise Room, Senior Center INSTRUCTOR: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: 7/20 FEE: $12 per child AGES K-5th Grade

TIME 10-11:30A

Get a “kick” out of this program! This is a great opportunity to get out on the field with your toddler. We will go through basic soccer drills, basketball drills and burn off some energy and most importantly have loads of fun. Parent/ Guardian participation is REQUIRED and needed to assist the child through the different activities and drills. LOCATION: Volunteer Park Fieldhouse 1915 13th Street INSTRUCTOR: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: 7/20 FEE: $25

Individual Fee: $20 w/shirt $10 w/out shirt. Participants must pre-register in order to guarantee they receive their shirt by event day. Pre-registrations due by Friday, February 23.

AGES 18mo-3yr

Saturday, March 10, 2018 9:00 a.m.

DAY Tues

DATE Session 1: 1/2-1/23 Session 2: 2/27-3/20

Messy Me

Peter Kuhnlein Photography

(Check-in begins @ 8:00 a.m.)

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DATE 12/20

Field House Fun

Fee: $80 per 4-person team w/shirt $20 per 4-person team w/out shirt.



TIME 10-10:30A

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: Sunrise Room INSTRUCTOR: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: 10/20 FEE: $25 AGES 1-3yr


DATE Session 1: 1/10-1/31 Session 2: 2/14-3/7

TIME 10:30-11:15A

Daddy Daughter Dance Dads take this opportunity to take your daughter out for a special night. This dance is open to dads and daughters of all ages. This night is full of music, dancing, punch and other tasty treats. There is an ongoing raffle throughout the night, all ticket holders will have their named entered into the drawing. Capacity is limited and tickets need to be purchased in advance, so call APRD today 293-1918 or go online to www.anacorteswa.gov. We encourage you to dress up and make the most of this night with your daughter. ALL AGES of DADS & DAUGHTERS are encouraged to attend this special event. The Theme: Love you to The Moon & Back LOCATION: Senior Center Sunrise Room FEE: $25 per pair, additional $6 per daughter AGES Open


DATE 3/10


Tango Tuesdays Argentine Tango Continued … continuously improve on your basic skills while expanding your tango vocabulary with new skills and enhancing your partner connection. This class will draw you closer into the unique world of tango. Optional: Attend a free 30 min. practice following the class from 7:00pm to 7:30pm. This is a time to meet, mingle and practice your dance. You don’t even need to bring your own partner. LOCATION: The Depot (611 R Ave) INSTRUCTOR: Pamela Good MIN/MAX: 5/30 FEE: Single $50/$80 per couple AGES 18+

DAY Tues

DATE 4/3-5/8


Dog Obedience Back by popular demand!!! Train your dog to respond to your commands. We are offering a Beginner class. To sign up for either class please visit the Parks and Recreation web page at: www.anacorteswa.gov. Attendance at the first class is mandatory. Please do not bring dogs to first class. Important class information will be discussed at this time. This is a very popular class and will fill quickly. Limited space is provided so register early! Participants in Beginner class will receive a clicker and 15’ long line as part of their registration fee. LOCATION: Whitney Elementary - outside covered area INSTRUCTOR: Marie Padovan MIN/MAX: 4/10 FEE: $84 AGES 16+


DATE 4/11-5/23

*No dogs the first night of class.


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INSULATION & AIR LEAKS: Insulation is essential for reducing heat flow through a home’s building envelope. Insulation can be added to attic floors and sidewalls; floor and ceiling joists as well can be insulated. Repairing air leaks and drafts in your house can reduce energy costs by 5 to 30 percent per year. Air leaks can happen at electrical outlets, electrical switches, window frames, doors and areas where the ceiling and floor meet. Insulating gaskets, caulk or weather stripping can resolve the problems most of the time. CEILING FAN Switch the direction of the fan blades to spin clockwise, run at low speed to circulate warm air down from the ceiling. Remember warm air rises and cool air descends, so the direction of your fan spins depending on the season. HOT WATER HEATER Turn down the temperature of your hot water heater to the warm setting of 120 degrees, which is the recommended setting. By doing this you will avoid scalding your hands and save money at the same time.

WATER FAUCETS Shut off the exterior water faucet or cover with insulating cap, drain to help from freezing and pipe burst.

SPACE HEATING: One of the easiest ways to save money on heating is to turn down your thermostat during the winter. Every degree the thermostat is lowered for at least 8 hours can reduce energy bills by about 1.5%. If you are routinely away from the home a programmable thermostat can lower your home’s temperature while you are out. With a programmable thermostat you can save about $180.00 a year in heating cost. Check your air filter on your heating system monthly and have an annual tune-up to improve its efficiency.

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Anacortes Museum Holiday Open House 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14 in the Carnegie Gallery, 1305 8th St.

The figures were prominently displayed in front of the Ives’ Oakes Avenue home for many years. This will be their debut appearance inside the Anacortes Museum. We will toast Oakley’s retirement with cookies and punch (or cake), and celebrate the renovation projects and other accomplishments made during his decade in charge. We will also applaud the museum’s volunteer of the year.

See Burl Ives’ holiday decorations, say farewell to retired Anacortes Museum Director Steve Oakley and check out the Christmasdecked “At Home in Anacortes” exhibit during the annual Holiday Open House hosted by the Anacortes Museum Foundation on Dec. 14. Museum Foundation members should arrive at 6 p.m. for the group’s annual election of officers and general membership meeting. A set of large and colorful cutout mural figures from the holiday cartoon “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” were bequeathed to the Anacortes Museum by Dorothy Ives, wife of the legendary Burl Ives, who starred in the program.

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Those who can’t attend can see the Christmas cut-outs and “At Home in Anacortes,” at the museum 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday; closed Mondays.

Retiring Museum Director Steve Oakley Leaves Legacy of Preservation When Steve Oakley applied for the job of Director of the Anacortes Museum in 2007, he took one look at the Museum’s largest artifact, the well-worn and drab Carnegie Library building. “Here we go again,” he thought. Over the years, Oakley had renovated a number of historic structures, both privately and professionally. Today, the Carnegie Building has

been restored to its 1910 glory, inside and out, thanks to Oakley’s determined efforts. With his retirement in November, 2017, he leaves it as the most visible legacy of his decade of leadership at the Anacortes Museum. This year’s annual Anacortes Museum Foundation Holiday Open House will double as Oakley’s retirement party. The event is 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14 in the Carnegie Gallery, 1305 8th St. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Oakley earned a B.A. in fine arts with a minor in history in 1976 from California State University at Humboldt, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His career in art and history museums included a variety of roles, with an early focus on exhibit curation, design and production. His last position before Anacortes was executive director of the Union County Historical Society in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia. There, he developed a farmstead called the Mountain Life Museum; continued the renovation of the 1889 Union County Courthouse and a 1906 house; and, with his wife, Jean, started a heritage crafts festival called Mountain Marketplace.

The Carnegie Library desperately needed him: Its natural grace had been obscured with wellintentioned “upgrades” when it was remodeled into a museum in the late 1960s and early ‘70s. Before Oakley arrived, the large windows on the main floor were boarded up to provide exhibit space and block sunlight, the clear-fir floor was covered by turf-like bright green carpet, and the ceiling was covered with acoustical tiles. Working with then - W.T. Preston Curator Vernon Lauridson and volunteers (primarily Oakley’s son, Graham), Oakley started uncovering windows, restoring window frames and moldings, removing acoustical tiles and fluorescent lights, tearing up the “turf,” and repainting walls. City Parks and Recreation Department employees scraped the paint off the exterior windows. In early 2009, restoration of the Gallery was completed. With the exception of plastering, electrical and floor finishing, all interior work was completed by staff and volunteers. The years that followed saw the renovation of the first floor offices, research library, stairwell and hall; and exterior painting of the building. Oakley couldn’t resist a plea from Curator of Collections Elaine Walker for one more project before he retired—to seal and paint window sills, and clean and paint masonry walls in the Artifact Storage Room. That work was finished in October. Other work completed under Steve’s tenure includes exhibit upgrades, installation of a longawaited handicapped lift and restoration of the 5’ x 9’ leaded

glass panel at the entrance of the gallery. He was the City’s liason to the Anacortes Historic Preservation Board and put in many hours helping put on the annual Anacortes Antique Engine & Machinery Show. At his instigation, the W.T. Preston Interpretive Center took on additional duties and was transformed into the more locally relevant Anacortes Maritime Heritage Center.

settlement. Author Candace Wellman illuminates this hidden history and shatters stereotypes surrounding these relationships in her new book “Peace Weavers: Uniting the Salish Coast Through Cross-Cultural Marriages.”

Museum staff have also appreciated working for Oakley, who has a positive attitude and a willingness to let employees pursue (within parameters of the institution’s mission) projects that inspire them. Several new and/ or updated museum books are among the direct results of his support and encouragement.

The book profiles four exceptional women who left a lasting legacy in Puget Sound. One of them, Caroline Davis Kavanaugh (Tol Stola), was a Samish-Swinomish woman who spent nearly all her life on March Point. She was married first to Jefferson Davis’ nephew and then to the county sheriff. The others are Mary Fitzhugh Lear Phillips, Clara Tennant Selhameten, and Nellie Carr Lane. They and other intermarried women exhibited exceptional endurance, strength, and adaptability as they helped found new communities.

We wish Steve and Jean (who recently retired from the library) a happy and rewarding retirement, and thank them very much for their contributions to the City.

Peace Weavers Presentation 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24 Anacortes Public Library Largely ignored by early newspapers and historians, Coast Salish women made peace-weaving marriages with pioneer men, which played a crucial role in mid-1800s regional

Wellman will read excerpts, answer questions and sign books at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the Anacortes Public Library. The Anacortes Museum is a sponsor of the event.

As many as 90 percent of local marriages from 1854 to the early 1870s were cross-cultural. Although accounts of the men exist in a variety of records, the contributions of their Native American wives remained unacknowledged. These strategic alliances played a crucial role in regional settlement and helped prevent many tragic conflicts. “Peace Weavers,” an 18-year project, involved close to 200 collaborators. Wellman holds a B.A. in Sociology from Washington State University and a B.Ed. in History/Secondary Education from Western Washington University. Winter 2018

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

WINTER 2018 ADULT PROGRAMS SECOND SUNDAY JAZZ Performances take place Jan. 14, Feb. 11, and Mar. 11, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Visit the jazz website http://jazzatthelibrary.com for details.

BOOK CLUB The Anacortes Public Library Book Club meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m.


ACOUSTIC MUSIC ON 3RD SUNDAYS AND TUESDAYS Enjoy soft background music from our baby grand piano, located on the first floor, or other instruments, from 2:00-2:30 on the third Sunday of the month and from 6:00-6:30 on the third Tuesday of the month. Experienced musicians who are interested in playing for the library may inquire at the Circulation Desk.


MARITIME SPEAKER SERIES Takes place on the third Saturday of the month Oct. – March, at 4:00 p.m. Jan. 20, “Puget Sound Pilots” Capt. Ed Marmol will give a presentation on his experiences as a state-licensed marine pilot, using time-lapse videos and PowerPoint. Feb. 17, “Finding PAX: One Woman’s Journey for the Love of Her Wooden Boat” Author & boat restorer Kaci Cronkhite will tell the story of searching for Pax’s story which became the story of generations - of owners and marine trades craftspeople in three countries. Mar. 17, Tranquility: a Memoir of an American Sailor author Billy Sparrow (a.k.a. Matt K.) will give a presentation on his adventures at sea.

Jan. 24, “Peace Weavers: an Author Event” Historian & author Candace Wellman will discuss her book Peace Weavers: Uniting the Salish Coast through Cross-Cultural Marriages.

MOVIES Fridays at 7:00 p.m.

Feb. 14, “Norway’s Coastal Cruise – and More” Retired librarians Doug & Gay Woods will take us on their trip to Norway as they traveled by bus, train and boat, crossing the Arctic Circle and reaching the Russian border.

Jan. 5, “Me before You” Jan. 12, “Silverado” Jan. 19, “The Wind and the Lion” Jan. 26, “Hugo”

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Jan. 10, “The Lost Intruder” Former A-6 pilot and author Peter Hunt will give an account of his search and discovery of a missing A-6 intruder, 25 years after its disappearance. Jan. 17, “An Overview of Washington Geology” Prof. Emeritus of Geology Gene Kiver will explore the geology of our state, with an emphasis on the west side of the mountains.

Jan. 31, “Pete Seeger: The Man and His Music” Musical Duo Hank & Claire will take the audience back in time with their banjo and 12-string guitar as they illustrate Seeger’s passion for social justice issues in the music he inspired. FEBRUARY Feb. 7, “The Wonders of Iceland” Retired librarians Doug & Gay Woods will give a presentation on their exploration of Iceland, with photographs of the Northern Lights.

Feb. 21, Urban Trails Bellingham - including Western Whatcom, Anacortes and the Skagit

Valley. Prolific guidebook author Craig Romano will present new exploration opportunities for our area. Feb. 28, “Dos and Don’ts of Memoir Writing” Panel members Reanne Hemingway-Douglass, author and publisher; researcher and writer Lisa Wright; and writer Rebecca Pratt will talk about the fundamentals of memoir writing. MARCH Mar. 7, “Travel by Foot: Camino Frances” Prof. John Howell will share his 45-day journey on the famous Camino Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage across Spain. Mar. 14, “Privacy in the Digital Age” (starting at 6:30 pm, instead of usual 7:00 pm) WA State Chief Privacy Officer Alex Alben will discuss the dangers of technology and present tips for preserving personal data, including learning about laws that protect privacy. Mar. 21, “Celebrate Spring! Exploring the Green Heart of Our Island” Naturalist Denise Crowe will take the audience through the diverse habitats that keep Fidalgo Island alive and wild. Mar. 28, “Writing a Mystery with a Social Cause” Author Kathleen Kaska explores the controversial world of greyhound racing with her latest mystery, Run Dog Run.

WINTER 2018 CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS The following programs are free and registration is not required, except where noted. For more information, call the Children’s Library at (360) 293-1910, ext. 3982, or visit our website at http://library.cityofanacortes.org PRESCHOOL STORYTIME Join Ria in the Children’s Library for Preschool Story time on Mondays. This weekly program is designed for children 3-5 and their caregivers. Ria offers a mix of stories and activities. This program is free and registration is not required. January 8th to March 26th at 10:30 a.m.

TIME FOR TOTS Join Leslie for Time For Tots in the Library Community Meeting Room. This program is designed for children birth to 36 months of age and their caregivers. Time For Tots promotes early learning through the use of play, movement, music, rhymes, and stories, all delivered in an enriching atmosphere. No registration necessary for this free program. Wednesdays, January 3rd to March 28th at 10:30 a.m. Fridays, January 5th to March 30th at 10:30 a.m. TALES FOR TAILS This popular program is made possible by Dogs on Call and is held from 1 to 2 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month, in the Children’s Library. Children read to a dog in the comfort of the Children’s Library. Upcoming dates are January 13th, February 10th, and March 10th. LEGOS IN THE LIBRARY Ria offers Legos in the Children’s Activity Room on Sunday afternoons. Children create masterpieces with materials that we furnish! All materials are supplied—please do not bring anything from home. This program is open to children 5 to 12 (younger with adult supervision). This program is free and registration is not required. January 7th to March 25th from 1 - 3 p.m. MIDDLE GRADE BOOK CLUB There’s a new book club for students in 4th & 5th Grade. Call the Children’s Department at (360) 293-1910, ext. 3982 for further details on the book we’re reading and our next meeting time.

MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS MIDDLE SCHOOL BOOK CLUB Our Middle School Book Club meets once a month for book talks, activities and more. Call the Children’s Department at (360) 293-1910, ext. 3982 to find out the title of our current book and the next meeting date. Winter 2018

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Continued TEEN WRITING GROUP Are you a high school student interested in writing? The new Teen Writing Group is for you! The Group is led by a professional writer and meets twice a month in the Community Meeting Room. Come every time or drop in when your schedule allows. January - Wednesdays January 3rd & 17th from 3:00 to 4:00 February - Wednesdays February 7th & 21st from 3:00 to 4:00 March - Wednesdays March 7th and 21st from 3:00 to 4:00 COMING SOON... These exciting new programs are coming to the Children’s Department and Teen Zone soon. Call us at (360) 293-1910, ext. 3982 or visit the website at http://www.library.cityofanacortes. org for further details. Family Place Library - We will host our first series of Parent / Child Workshops starting in Winter 2018. •

This five-week program for toddlers and their parents/caregivers features fun, informal, play-based program provides a rich environment of toys, books and art activities.

Families have the opportunity to spend time together, make new friends, and talk oneon-one with a different community resource professional each week.

Registration is required for this program. Call the Children’s Department for details.

Yoga Storytime - coming this Winter for toddlers and preschoolers! Anime Club for Teens - A new group for Anime and Manga fans will meet monthly for fun and activities. Pages & Pizza - Readers in middle school and high school will meet monthly •

to hear about new books in the Teen Zone and share their favorite books.

And yes, there will be pizza, too!

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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 2:00 p.m. in the library’s Community Meeting Room September through June. Membership is $10. FriendShop bookstore hours are Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday 1 – 4 p.m. 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 accepted. Or bricks may be inscribed and installed in our walkway, or a wall tile may be engraved and placed in our lobby. For a longterm gift, consider a donation to the Legacy Endowment Fund or contact the Foundation about making a charitable bequest. The Library Foundation administers the Manieri Jazz and Maritime Endowments, and the Jeane Thomson Read‘n’Grow Memorial. For more information, visit the Foundation webpage. https://www.cityofanacortes.org/262/LibraryFoundation

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 three months, or $100 per year, per 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, eBooks, and many other resources. The library catalog can be accessed from home and items can be renewed by logging in to your account.

Libraries allow children to ask questions about the world and find the answers. And the wonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are always open. Laura Bush

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

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

PASSPORT BOOK & PASSPORT CARD APPLICATIONS Passport service is by appointment only. 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 HOURS: Tuesday, noon – 6 p.m. Wednesday, noon – 6 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Service is unavailable when the library is closed. Visit www.travel.state.gov for the latest passport information.

CLOSURES Labor Day closed Sept. 2 - 4, Veterans Day closed Nov. 10, Thanksgiving closed Nov. 23 - 25, Christmas closed Dec. 24 – 25. Main Desk: 360-293-1910, Children’s Library: 360-293-1910 ext. 3982, Fax 293-1929.

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Anacortes accepts gift of public art with links to Salish Sea shorelines and sea stars A new sculpture has found its place on the Anacortes waterfront, as The Leaking Vase is installed in the N Street Park at Guemes Channel. The 8-foot plus sculpture created by artist and engineer Andries Breedt is meant to “bear witness to the massive die-off of sea stars along the West Coast from Alaska to California, first reported in the Pacific Northwest in June of 2013.” While scientists and environmentalists continue to study the mysterious wasting disease that has killed thousands of sea stars in the Salish Sea, including sites along the coastlines of Fidalgo and Guemes islands, the sculpture will act as a reminder of the necessity of long-term monitoring and care for the environment. Beyond reminding viewers of the role of continued watchfulness, Breedt and his assistant Nancy Gosen (colorist for the sculpture) hope The Leaking Vase will inspire the collective imaginations of all who see it as a touchstone for creative writing, poetry, story-telling or other activities. Gosen proposed, for example, that school children might be encouraged to write a story about “Samson, an ancient sea star, who while burrowing in silt for food finds a large vase half buried on the ocean floor…” and the story develops from there. “Myths, legends and ancient Leaking Vase by Andries Breedt


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stories come to us from how people tried to explain what was happening in their world,” Gosen said. Perhaps The Leaking Vase can be a catalyst for ideas, stories and discussions about sea stars and to explore their environmental plight. Artist/engineer Andries Breedt owns Breedt Production, Tooling and Design, a company that offers product design and engineering services across a broad spectrum of businesses and is known as an innovative, solution provider to many varied industries. An avid diver, Breedt’s lifelong love for nature and ecology motivated him to create art that emphasizes the beauty and complexity of the oceans. He lives and works in La Conner. The Anacortes City Council officially accepted the gift of public art at its September 18 meeting as recommended by the Anacortes Arts Commission and Parks Board. The Leaking Vase was installed November 15. Watch local media reports and the arts commission website (anacortesartscommission. com) for a public event to celebrate the placement of the sculpture at its new waterside location. Meanwhile, recovery in devastated sea star populations, across species, remains geographically patchy in the Salish Sea although some locations are trending toward recovery. There is still much to be done before the sea stars’ disease is understood and an assessment can be made of the ecological consequences from the loss of the affected species.

Sculpture Exhibition to end in December; new sculptures sought After nine months of public viewing, sculptures in the Madrona Grove Sculpture Exhibition, sponsored by a generous grant from Windermere Realty, will be removed in January and a call for new artwork has been announced. Results of the online public voting period will be taken into consideration when the choice of a sculpture to be purchased by the Anacortes Arts Festival is made. It will be added to the city’s public art collection.

Since April, the current collection has surrounded the Depot at 611 R Street, including some that were also located in the Madrona Grove just east of the Depot. Sculpture Dove by Tracy Powell Exhibition committee chair Lanny Bergner has issued guidelines for selection of the next juried exhibition with a deadline of Feb. 12, 2018. The competition is open to artists who are residents of Washington state. “It’s been gratifying to watch the public’s enjoyment of the sculpture garden through the summer months. The new location has worked well - near the Farmer’s Market site and other events at the Depot. The Arts Commission thanks Windermere Realty for its participation in this public art event and we look forward to having a great new collection in place by this coming spring,” Bergner said. To receive the call for entries prospectus, contact City of Anacortes, Parks and Recreation Department, Mary Snyder: mary@cityofanacortes.org or phone 360-293-1918. More information is available at anacortesartscommission.com.

More art, artists and venues enliven 2017 Studio Tour The 2nd Annual Anacortes 98221 Artist’s Studio Tour in October has received “rave reviews,” according to Lisa Rhoades, committee chair for the event. All the numbers were up - “More artists, more venues, more visitors, more sales - plus prizes and lots of enthusiasm for the diversity that the new artists brought to the event - like the Samish Nation carving shed, among many others” she added. The tour invited visitors to meet 41 artists at 33 venues. Despite the windy weather on Saturday, Oct. 21, local art fans found their way to venues all over Fidalgo Island. “The generosity of the artists was remarkable,” Rhoades said, “and we could offer a long list of their donated Kay Reinhard (left) at the Museum of Letterpress

prizes,” to visitors who made their way to some or all of the studios and exhibit areas to have their “passport” card stamped by each artist they visited. At a wrap-up meeting for artists, there were thanks from artists who appreciated how their fellow artists recommended each other’s studios to visitors. “The event really helps the artists get to know each other - new friendships and collaborations are forming and it’s all good for our local arts community,” Rhoades said. There are already new ideas and goals for next year’s studio tour on October 20 and 21 in 2018, always the third weekend in October. Artists who want to join next year may let Rhoades know at the website for the event: studiotour98221@ yahoo.com. Artists may also sign up for other calls for art at ancortesartscommission.com. Mayor Laurie Gere commented that the 98221 Artist’s Studio Tour was, “An opportunity to build a community within the community. We have a maritime culture and legacy that everyone is familiar with, but Mayor Laurie Gere with bronze artist Denise Ford this event builds and strengthens an appreciation for local art and artists into our culture. The studio tour shows that artists are drawn to this place — and it allows us to celebrate where we live, each other, and the arts.”

‘ENCORE!’ is Gallery 98221 exhibit at City Hall Art from the recent Anacortes Artist’s Studio Tour is featured in an exhibit called “ENCORE!” at City Hall. It began December 1 during the Downtown Art Walk and will continue in Gallery 98221 until June. Art from the studio tour will line City Hall walls, from the front door and into the City Council Chambers; all the participating artists were invited to exhibit one of their works of art. All the art, all created by local artists, is for sale.

Printing shows sample to Valerie Long

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NASA and Beyond with Your Library

When Anacortes Public Library was awarded the NASA@ My Library Grant in May, months before the solar eclipse, we at APL began to see the incredible implications this has for our community. Little did we know the opportunities for partnerships and empowering discovery this might open for Anacortes. Out of more than 500 libraries in the country that applied, APL was chosen to be one of only 75 awardees to receive training, funding, and resources to promote NASA and STEM programming over the next 18 months, with the possibility of another twoyear extension. APL is now being considered to participate in a pilot program with 4 other libraries in the nation, to try out new technologies and collaborate with the American Library Association alongside science and NASA educators to experiment and find new ways to provide relevant and exciting content at the local level. Collaboration is a key word for everything Anacortes Public Library does. Our community supports their library by using it 7 days a week, with more than 10,000 users coming through the doors each month. I firmly believe that our library was chosen to be a part of this incredible grant because partnerships are at the heart of everything APL does. Beginning with our Student Card Partnership with the Anacortes School District, APL is at the forefront of transformative libraries, answering the call of their communities to be a centralized hub for learning and inspiration. Librarians are working

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with teachers, city departments, service groups, and more to ensure that the library represents every resident of Anacortes with community events and learning opportunities for all. Sometimes that means rallying together to put on a genre night with volunteer time and resources to put on a night of magic together. Other times, it means watching the eclipse with the library in Storvik Park, sharing the limited viewing glasses between 2000 attendees, so that there were enough for every family in Anacortes to get to see the once-in-a-lifetime event together. Working together is what makes APL, this city, and this community, able to reach for the stars and keep inspiring residents of all ages to keep their dreams alive to learn, read, and create together. When we asked Washington resident and former astronaut Wendy Lawrence to visit Anacortes, we called on our partners at the school district and Skagit Reads to cohost so that everyone could get a chance to meet an astronaut. After more than an hour of questions, many from younger residents of Anacortes, Wendy confessed she wasn’t sure she’d ever spoken for a group of more excited and inquisitive minds. Over the coming year, look to the library for more NASA programs, more fun programs with Parks and Recreation, more partnerships with local organizations and city departments, and of course, more opportunities to volunteer or share your voice in what’s next.

This was only the first year of our 5-year strategic plan you helped us write, and we look forward to working with you to make your library your place, where you can expect unlimited access to the stars and beyond. Thank you to our partners at the Anacortes School District, the

Former Astronaut Wendy Lawrence speaks to ASD students at the October 12th NASA@ My Library Program

City of Anacortes, the Anacortes Arts Festival, all our Service Clubs, Skagit Reads, and all of you for ensuring Anacortes Public Library continues to reflect the diverse and committed community members it serves every day. Diana Farnsworth is the Public Services Manager at Anacortes Public Library, and the Project Director for the APL NASA@ My Library grant.

Community Gardens A

ll three of the community gardens here in Anacortes produced very well this year. This is Island View Elementary School garden’s first year and their garden looks fantastic. Great job to the teachers, parents and students who helped build and maintained the new garden at Island View Elementary School. Mt. Erie elementary school had another year of education and production from their garden. Students are enjoying the hands on experience in how to maintain their soil, when to plant seeds, how to take care of and harvest their crops. As students go through each grade, they learn another aspect of gardening.

The food bank plot at the 29th Street garden produced 450.70 pounds of food that was distributed to the two food banks in town and the family shelter. All of the gardeners participate in taking care of the food bank plot and distribute the food. Through teamwork, coordination, and wanting to help others, we are able to give fresh vegetables like beans, cucumbers, kale, lettuce, radishes, squash, tomatoes and zucchini to those in need.


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at Anacortes Community Theatre


To register go to www.acttheatre.com/classact or call 360-395-8107


Ages: Preschool: 3 – 5 years Cost: $50 Dates: Fridays Jan 5th – Feb 9th Time: 10 am – 11 am Let’s journey to the bottom of the ocean, or into a world of magic! There are so many places our imagination can take us, and so many characters to be while we’re there. In this class designed just for 3 - 5 year olds, your young actor will create a character, learn a line and act out a new story. Along the way, through a variety of creative and dramatic games, students will learn theatre etiquette, develop their imagination, improve their self- confidence, and provide social interaction within an organized class setting.


Ages: Kindergarten – 2nd grade Cost: $75 Dates: Fridays January 5th – February 9th Time: 4 – 5:15 pm Perf: Last 30 minutes of class on 2/9. Surf’s up, dude! What happens when a bunch of fun-loving surfers meet for their annual Surf Fest? They tell stories about their best waves! The class instructor will work with each student to help them create a unique surfer character. Students will then be a part of a narrated performance complete with costumes and makeup. This play will be performed on ACT’s Annex Stage on the last day of class. Each day of class, students will also have the chance to play fun theatre games that will help develop their acting skills and their ability to work with others.


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Ages: 3rd – 5th grade Cost: $125 Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays Feb 6th – Mar 15th Time: 4 – 5:30 pm Perf: Mar 16th and 17th at 7 pm When an important treasure goes missing, what can a secret neighborhood club do but try to get it back? Before they can get started they have to take a look at everybody’s plan. But what if they all seem like… a bad idea? The class starts with the experience of auditioning and continues with the creation of a character, memorization of lines and a full performance with costumes and makeup. All students will receive a major role in this show that is performed for the public on March 16th and 17th at 7 pm.


Ages: 6th – 8th grade Cost: $125 Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays Jan 9th – Feb 15th Time: 2:45 – 4:15 pm Perf: Feb 16th and 17th at 7 pm “All you need is the plan, the road map and the courage to press on to your destination.” This dramatic play explores those moments in life where life takes that unexpected turn, and the different ways that we deal with them. This class will give students a chance to develop characters and take on the challenge of roles that, like life, can be both funny and dramatic. The class starts with the experience of auditioning and continues with the creation of a character, memorization of lines and a full performance with costumes and makeup. All students will receive a major role in this show that is performed for the public on February 16th and 17th at 7 pm.


Ages: 9th – 12th grade Cost: $125 Dates: Wednesdays Jan 24th – Feb 28th Time: 2:30 – 5:30 pm Perf: Mar 1st and 2nd at 7 pm Who doesn’t love a funny monologue and a good death scene? In order to learn about the excellent wit and fabulous characterization of William Shakespeare, students in this class will get to perform monologues about love and death scenes from his most famous comedies and tragedies. This class starts with the experience of auditioning and continues with the creation of a character, memorization of lines and a full performance with costumes and makeup. All students will receive a major role in this show that is performed for the public on March 1st and 2nd at 7 pm.

Celebrating 30 years in service to the Anacortes Community Forest Lands! The Friends of the Forest is a not for profit, citizen organization dedicated to the preservation of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands through education, outreach, and stewardship. We have been serving the needs of the forest and Fidalgo Island residents since 1987. Our education program includes K-12 guided school field trips, Adult/Senior hikes, All ages hikes, Extra gentle hikes, fitness hikes, Forest Discovery Day Camp, Ethnobotany and Nature Writing field seminars, a quarterly newsletter, and our two comprehensive school district programs; Growing Wild- native plants for all 3rd graders, and Middle School Watershed Discovery for all students in 7th grade. Our community hikes are free and no registration is required. Please join us this winter as we continue to explore and learn more about the ACFL together. For more information about our group or these hikes please contact Denise Crowe or Jean Andrich at 293-3725. You may also visit our website www.friendsoftheacfl.org or email us at info@friendsoftheacfl.org . Please understand that our hikes are for people only, we ask that you leave your pets at home. Hope to see you in the woods!

ALL ARE WELCOME AT OUR… Annual Membership Meeting in February Check our website for date and location (unconfirmed at press time)

This is a great opportunity to get to know more about the Friends of the Forest and our work in service to the Anacortes Community Forest Lands. We will begin with a brief annual report and elections followed by a special presentation. Discussion and refreshments will follow. Hope to see you there!

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

Heart Lake • Friday, February 9th • 10am until noon • Our Heart Lake hike is the perfect valentine to give to yourself, or to share with a friend. Together, we will look for the many early signs of spring. Meet at the Heart Lake parking lot.

Pine Ridge Loop • Friday, March 9th • 10am until noon • What treasures await in this lovely, hidden meadow? Enjoy a hike to this unique and secret spot off of the beaten path. Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive.

Double Watershed Tour • Friday, January 12th • 10am until noon • Start the New Year off right with a hike in the woods with friends! This is a gentle, one and a half mile route through varied forest and wetland habitats. Learn about the beaver that maintain these wetlands, and the winter waterfowl that we will be sure to see. Meet at the end of 32nd St. off of D Ave.

All Ages Hikes and our full range of programs will return in the Spring! Our naturalist, Denise Crowe, will be giving a presentation on our forest at the Library on March 21st. Look for the Library Program Schedule for more details! Be sure to check out our website for up to date calendar information at any time. www.FriendsoftheACFL.org

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Anacortes Senior College Winter term begins Tuesday, January 9 And continues through Thursday, February 15, 2018 Classes meet at Anacortes Middle School, 2200 M Avenue To register online or for course information, go to www.seniorcollege.org For further information, email info@seniorcollege.org or call 360-503-1255

WINTER CLASS SCHEDULE JANUARY 9 TO FEBRUARY 15 Classes meet 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Classes are six weeks in length unless otherwise noted A 6-week class is $30. A 3-week class is $20.

TUESDAY AFTERNOONS Ice Age Floods in the Pacific Northwest: Gene Kiver, Ph.D., describes the catastrophic floods which reshaped Washington state and created the Channeled Scabland, Grand Coulee and Palouse Falls. Local glacial history is also highlighted. Issues in Public Education: ASD superintendent Mark Wenzel, Ed. D., explores current topics affecting public education: how schools prepare students for jobs yet to be created; trauma impacts on the brain/adverse childhood experiences; social, emotional learning; the role of technology; and examples of teaching and learning in Anacortes schools. Getting Your Stuff in Order (3-weeks: 1/9, 1/16, 1/23): Nationally recognized guardian, Lexie Lamborn, teaches how to put together important documents, where to store your “stuff”, and what documents to share with family and trusted friends in case you become sick, disabled or lose capacity. Discussion includes end of life issues and concerns. Making Movies: How and Why (3-weeks: 1/30, 2/6, 2/13) For years you’ve quoted dialogue and remembered scenes from Casablanca or On the Waterfront. How do film makers create these exceptional movies? Mark Lundsten leads us on a pleasurable journey.

THURSDAY AFTERNOONS Understanding Religion: What is religion? Where did it come from? Why do people believe? This no-judgment class, led by Jim Barrett, E. D., examines the similarities and differences of the major religions and how religion has impacted social interaction through the ages. Metalworking: Master blacksmith, Paul Thorne, discusses the 5,000-year history and the impact of metals, which brought civilization out of the Stone Age. This is also the story of the knowledge and skills of blacksmiths. View Paul’s work at: www. thornemetals.com Memoir Writing: Find meaning in your life through writing your story and sharing it with others. Personal historian, Teru Lundsten, teaches memory prompts and writing tools to energize your composition legacy. Class limited to 10 participants. Forestry in the Americas: Bob Gara, Ph.D., traces how forestry developed in Mesopotamia and spread throughout Europe into North America. Learn about temperate and tropical forest ecology, forest-management and protection, and the future of forestry in the Americas.


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Anacortes School District Presents

January 24th, 2018 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Anacortes Middle School All are Welcome, FREE Admission Featuring

Robotics, Minecraft, Breakout EDU, Classroom Technology, Digital Art, Local Industry Partners, NASA • An invitation for all to take a peek at the work being done in ASD classrooms • An opportunity for students and families to connect with local community and industry partners • A chance for ASD to show our community how your continued support allows students access to high-quality learning experiences every day

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A Martial Art for Life! Ages 4 and Up.


Cost savings available

5:45 – 6:45A


Adults & Teens

7:00 - 8:00A


Adults & Teens

10:00 - 19:30A 3:30 - 4:00P

Fri Only Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs

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

4:00 - 5:10P


Children (7+) /Families/Adults

5:15 - 6:25P


Children (7+) /Families/Adults

6:30 - 7:30P


Private Lessons by Appointment

6:30 - 8:30P


Midnight Blue and Red Belts

9:00 - 10:00A


Midnight Blue and Red Belts

10:00 - 11:00A


Children (7+) /Families/Adults

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

Wu Style Tai Chi — More Classes!

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

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

6:30 - 7:30P: Most Thursdays

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

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

Next Iyengar Yoga 10 wk Sessions Begin January & April Drop ins welcome anytime $17 For more information, see Laifong’s page in this issue or contact Laifong at Ngyoga82@gmail.com or 360-202-2323 FREE YOGA WEEKS: January 2-3-4 2018 & April 3-4-5 2018

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Iyengar Yoga is the most widely practiced form of Hatha Yoga in the world. Yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar was named as the world’s most influential yoga teacher by Time Magazine in it’s list of the world’s most influential people. Iyengar Yoga is systematic intelligence of the mind, body, soul and spirit. It is accessible to a broad base of individuals, no matter their physical

and or mental abilities. The system of teaching is methodical and progressive, emphasizing safety, alignment and developing exquisite self-awareness. Iyengar Yoga introduces and incorporates the use of supports called props to facilitate learning & accommodate safe appropriate progress.

FIND A TEACHER YOU CAN TRUST To become a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, certification takes a bare minimum of five years. It’s the most rigorous yoga training & certification process in the United States. CIYT are held to unusually rigorous standards, earning their

BEGINNERS classes introduce beginning Yoga students and students new to the Iyengar method, to a balanced program of flexibility, core strength, postural alignment, breathing, relaxation and awareness. FREE YOGA WEEK

January 2-3-4 2018 (Try it out) 10 Week Winter course Jan 9 to Mar 15, 2018


April 3-4-5 2018 (Try it out) 10 Week Spring course April 10 to June 14, 2018


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

certification after years of dedicated practice, training & evaluation by trained qualify assessors. The Iyengar Yoga certification Marks is your guarantee of a yoga teacher who is able to meet you right where you are.

GENTLE YOGA is for people with back, neck, knee or shoulder problems, are plussized, elderly, or weak and need a slow paced class.

MIXED LEVEL classes introduce beginning Yoga students and students new to the Iyengar method, to a balanced program of flexibility, core strength, postural alignment, breathing, relaxation and awareness. QUALIFICATION

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


at Anacortes Soo Bahk Do 2117 O Avenue Anacortes Tuesday 9-10:30am Beginners Tuesday 11am-12:30 Gentle Yoga Wednesday 7-8:15 pm Mixed Levels Thursday 1-2:30pm Beginners Email: Ngyoga82@gmail.com Phone # 360-202-2323

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Fidalgo Island and Guemes Gleaners


Our second year of gleaning here in Anacortes was very successful. We gleaned over 6,100 pounds of fruit that went to food banks, family shelters, churches, schools, animal feed and anyone who wanted a little fruit to can or just eat on their walk around town. Although this year was not as productive as last year there was still so much fruit we were able to give away. Mason bees are our fruit tree pollinators and are usually out around February and March if the weather is warm enough. Through this program we will be keeping track of many statistics that affect pollination and fruit health. More information coming in the spring. A big THANK YOU to the homeowners who shared their fruit with us this year. Because of your generosity so many were able to enjoy fresh fruit: Betty Adams, Dana & Larry Bishop, Dianna Walker, Mark Lawrence, Jeanette & Dick Redmond, Sarah Strickland, Gail Cusworth, Ken Van Gassback, Peggy Woods, Bob Allen, Camille Flinders, Barb Johnson, Jennifer Stephens, Robyn Cocherl, Lisa Pelusi, Cowboy Lloyd, Kalee Fick, Joyce Humenik, Susan Poore, Ann Childs,


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Rhonda Dupree, Keri Knapp, Richard & Anne Heidecker, and Lisa Wallace. Your fruit has been enjoyed by so many. Thank you! By the numbers we gleaned: 3,444 pounds of Apples 1,682 pounds of Plums 674 pounds of Pears 261 pounds of blueberries 60 pounds of grapes Total - 6,120 Pounds of fruit picked Apple Cider pressing was a weekly event; those who helped pick the fruit were able to make their own apple cider by participating in the pressing. We produced over 40 gallons of apple cider this year that gleaners were able to take home and enjoy. If you would like to be part of this program please send an email to fidalgoislandgleaners@gmail.com. Our gleaning season starts in August and lasts through mid October.

Skagit County Dash and Splash

Polar Plunge and 5K Fun Run/Walk January 27th at Seafarers Park, Anacortes My name is Janet Wilson; I am the event coordinator for the upcoming Skagit County Dash and Splash fundraiser for Special Olympics Washington. Anacortes Police Department is proud to be hosting this event for its fifth year. Last year’s plunge raised over $6,000 and we are hoping to top that this year! 80% of the money that we raise will come back to support our local Skagit County Special Olympics Athletes.

12:15, followed by the group plunge. Participants can join as part of a team, as an individual plunger or stay in the chicken coop (raise money, get the t-shirt, stay out of the water).

The Dash and Splash is a combination of a 5K Fun Run/ Walk and a Polar Plunge.

The Polar Plunge is one of the most popular events included in the Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraising campaign. The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support local Special Olympics athletes by collecting pledges and plunging into the frigid waters of Northwest Washington.

Participants can choose to select their event: the 5K Fun Run/Walk (Dash), the Polar Plunge (Splash), or both the Polar Plunge and 5K (Dash and Splash). Participants can register online at https://impact.sowa.org/ DashandSplashAnacortes2018 , pick up an off-line registration form at the Anacortes Police Department or request one by email at janetw@ cityofanacortes.org .

Special Olympics Washington provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in an Olympic setting for all individuals with intellectual disabilities who wish to participate. With the support of fundraising campaigns such as the Law Enforcement Torch Run, athletes are able to compete with no cost to themselves or their families.

The Anacortes event will be held January 27th, 2018 at Seafarers Park. Registration/check-in will began at 9:00 a.m. The 5K Fun Run/ Walk will start at 11:00 a.m. An awards ceremony, raffle drawing and costume contest will begin at

Please contact me with any questions. Janet Wilson 360-293-4684 janetw@cityofanacortes.org

Sunday February 4, 2018 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Anacortes Senior Center 1701 22nd St. Anacortes • It’s time to plan our gardens and get seeds started! • Tables – We will have vegetable, tea and medicinal herb, and flower seed tables. • Also, information tables on pollination and alternatives to pesticides • If you have seeds to share, please bring them. • Everyone is welcome to this free event. If you don’t have vegetable or flower seeds to share but do have space to plant, just bring yourself, your curiosity, and envelopes to put seeds in. • Raffle—We will have a raffle and prizes, all proceeds will go toward Vision 2030 projects. • Guess how many beans are in the jar, closest number will receive a prize. The Anacortes Seed Exchange is brought to you by Transition Fidalgo & Friends’ Vision 2030 Food group

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


Grades 1-5

Tuesday-Friday, Feb. 6-9 noon-4 p.m. Island View Elementary School

Kids Night Out @ Western (KNOW)

Grades 1-6

Friday, Feb. 23 6-8:45 p.m. NEW TIME Shannon Point Marine Center

After School STEM

Grades 5-8

April – May Ocean Tech – ROVs Anacortes Middle School For details about these exciting programs, visit the Youth website.

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

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ECRWSS Resident



Anacortes, WA PERMIT NO. 22

Subterranean Homework Blues or Bob Dylan wants high speed fiber

One of the constant refrains from the two teenage girls who live in my house (one now taking up academic residence in California) is “our wireless provider is terrible!” And it’s not because Netflix has trouble loading, or because Mom’s SABA report is bogging down the gravel road our email travels on, it is because homework is almost impossible without a sturdy hardwire and/or wireless network. And now with the Anacortes School District putting a personal computer in every high school kid’s backpack, the need for well-oiled modern communication machinery is even greater. We are thrilled about the City of Anacortes taking the lead on providing our community with a fiber network capable of improving all of our abilities to do what we need to do on the information super highway. Whether I am ready to admit or accept the need for this change is irrelevant. Society is moving forward, and the rate of travel is real fast. While I am trying to figure out how to DVR the Seahawks and ‘The Walking Dead’ simultaneously, my wife and children are doing things like balancing the high school athletic booster books, turning in calculus assignments and filling out scholarship applications. They have actual needs for immediate links with the outside world, and are expecting me to somehow improve the situation. While their dreams of me actually understanding and improving our domestic technology are fading, they now have a beacon of the hope. This shining light is the fiber network the City of Anacortes has committed to implementing. I may be more thankful than they are for this progress, as the general demeanor of folks in my home stands to greatly improve. It was once widely stated, “The dog ate my homework.” And now it is, “Our @#$%^$ wireless provider ate my homework.” Soon, the homework from my address, and all those surrounding me, will not be under the threat of consumption. Hooray! by Bob VAUX, Parent of two teenagers