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nce a year Anacortes Public Library celebrates the joy of imagination through storytelling at our annual Genre Night event. This year’s Harry Potter Night at the Library was a night of magic thanks to the incredible generosity of our community members. Hundreds of hours were spent preparing crafts, food and prizes, and children, teens, and adults filled the library with energy on November 15th. Local businesses and service clubs generously donated prizes, food and funds to supplement the Friends of the Library sponsorship of the event. To all the costumed characters, and hardworking muggles behind the scenes, from the Library and community, please accept our gratitude. Thank you for making Anacortes magical for the more than 800 people who celebrated with us.

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Anacortes is a place where the culture of giving back is second nature to us. Giving back creates a community of trust, innovation, camaraderie and engagement. We give gifts to our family, friends and causes because we care about and believe in them. In this world, we take much, and giving back is a duty we all embrace in Anacortes. We treat each other with civility, we offer a helping hand, we care about our neighbor, and we protect our environment; for our families today, and for future generations. It is a responsibility we take seriously. When we face each day this way, the world is a better place. The act of giving is joyful and endeavoring to make a difference is a daily occurrence in A-town. The City is the benefactor of hundreds of volunteers that serve on Boards, Foundations and Commissions. From housing, planning, parks, forest, the arts, our library, museums, senior center, youth sports and activities, we are a community of very talented people giving precious time and resources to foster positive change. Safety, disaster preparedness, auxiliary patrol, volunteer fire fighters: community-wide, our service clubs volunteer thousands of hours and financial support to causes from health and wellness and education of our children, to environmental causes, helping to ensure the resources for basic living needs of housing, food and clothing. The

Hospital Foundation focuses on health services. The Salvation Army and the Red Bag Pantry provide food to those in need. Our churches provide wraparound support to all members of Anacortes. Our business community, large corporations and small businesses give hundreds and thousands of dollars in goods and services every year. The Anacortes School Foundation provides scholarship opportunities for all of our students. The Red Cross, CERT and our HAM Radio operators train monthly to be prepared for when we will need them most, in the face of a disaster. This is just some of what makes up A-town’s vibrant community of giving. There are so many more organizations and people who make the choice every day to give of themselves in ways that ignite change and growth in Anacortes. During this holiday season, let us not forget the power of a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring. We all can and do make a difference and I sincerely thank you for making Anacortes truly a special place to live. Your Devoted Mayor,

A Word from Councilwoman

Liz Lovelett

ANACORTES BRIEFINGS Mayor Laurie Gere................................2 City Council Member............................ 3 Affordable Housing..............................4 Anacortes Municipal Broadband.........5 City With A Heart................................... 6 Bicycle Boulevards................................7 Transportation Benefit District............7 Fidalgo Dance Open Enrollment.......... 7

When I graduated from high school, I was driven to devote myself to national service and applied to join Americorps NCCC based out of Washington D.C. Few places in America showcase wealth stratification quite like D.C. - the way of life in the heart of the city versus the obvious affluence at the outskirts has stark contrast and was, frankly, shocking. Witnessing the systemic racism and social and economic disparity in D.C. turned me from a passive ally to a deliberate advocate. This led me to eventually run for office and join a fantastic team of public servants. As a Council, we've set meaningful objectives for housing affordability that are supported by the citizens of Anacortes in the 2016 Comprehensive Plan. After a large stakeholder session, we set to work drafting the Affordable Housing Strategic Plan (AHSP). Anacortes' first, and the region's only, AHSP

was unanimously adopted by our Planning Commission and City Council last fall.

Transition Fidalgo.................................8 Our Town..............................................8 Outstanding Employee........................9 Community Task Force........................10

The concepts presented in the plan help target zoning, land use, city assets, incentives, creative thinking, and partnerships, to chart a course towards better housing options for all people and income levels.

Anacortes Community Energy.............11

I have heard many words of encouragement through this processthat we are creating an equitable and just quality of life for everyone in our community. It has buoyed the work and illustrated how broad a consensus there really is to providing opportunities and stability for people. There are challenges ahead to implementing all of the ideas we've generated, but there is also tremendous support at every level. I am truly hopeful that, 20 years from now, we will be able to look back to this moment in time and see the results of our efforts in a tangible and meaningful way.

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Art Commission...............................12-14 Lions Club............................................15 Anacortes City Council Members.......16 Solid Waste Schedule..........................16

PARKS AND RECREATION Quarterly Menu...................................17 Recreation Programs.....................18-22

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS Senior Activity Center......................... 23 Anacortes Museum....................... 24-25 Anacortes Public Library............... 26-29 Bowling Bash Fundraiser.................... 30 Class Act..............................................31 Soo Bahk Do........................................ 32 Iyengar Yoga...................................... 33 Senior College....................................34 Friends of the Forest.......................... 35 Shearwater University........................ 36 Friends of Skagit Beaches.................. 37 Community Garden............................ 38 F.I.G.G.................................................. 38 Home Safely for the Holidays............. 39 Thank You Denise................Back Cover Front cover photo taken by Eddie Murdock and was digitally enhanced to create the cover art. A-Town is Our Town Published by: How It Works Graphic Design: Dixie Shervington

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The City of Anacortes has focused on Affordable Housing options for all residents. The Council and I believe all community members should be able to live, work, and thrive in Anacortes to raise your children and grow old in a place we call home. The present real estate market and lack of multifamily and affordable housing built in the last decade have put an extreme burden on all Northwest communities. In 2016, the City Council formed a new committee to focus on housing affordability and community services. By November of 2017, the City Council adopted Resolution 2001, adopting the Affordable Housing Strategic Plan. The plan was to develop affordable housing options. Councilmembers Liz Lovelett, Erica Pickett (who retired in December 2017) and Eric Johnson served on this committee and the plan was developed with a rich mix of public participation. The goals of the plan include:

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Affordable Housing An Essay by Mayor Laurie Gere, City of Anacortes September 2018

• Housing AffordabilityProviding a wide range of housing opportunities to address all economic segments of the community. • Special Needs- Providing housing options for special needs populations, including independent living for seniors, assisted living, memory care, drug & alcohol rehab and mental health facilities. • Regional CollaborationActively participating and coordinating with other agencies in efforts to meet regional housing needs. • Monitoring- Implementing Housing Element goals in a manner that is efficient and transparent. We also realized that during this process, that the construction community are willing partners in building affordable housing. In February 2018, the City Council adopted Ordinance 3017, an Affordable Housing Demonstration Program to incentivize and allow

construction of affordable housing units on an expedited basis prior to adoption of city wide code amendments. In May 2018, the City Council adopted Ordinance 3022 regarding impact fees, essentially having impact fees and general facility charges reduced for affordable housing projects resulting in significant savings. City staff is currently working on Development regulations to implement goals and policies of the 2016 comprehensive plan that would provide for a variety of housing types and incentives. We also recognize that this is an issue for economic development. Affordable housing and homelessness are issues impacting all residents of Skagit County, including families, businesses large and small. Without safe affordable housing comes a lack of workforce development, business expansion and new businesses are unable to find housing for employees. We are committed to continue our work for the present and future wellbeing of our County.

Anacortes Municipal Broadband Bringing broadband internet access to Anacortes residents and businesses in not only important, it's imperative. Broadband will be a gamechanger for our community. With fiber access, I foresee a community where households can connect all their devices without worry, entrepreneurs have the infrastructure they need to innovate, our education and healthcare providers will have the platform for learning and telemedicine, and the City will have additional capacity to address local problems, from growing traffic congestion to managing large databases. - Mayor Laurie Gere The City of Anacortes is exploring ways to improve the reliability and speed of internet services in town and seeks to construct a fiber optic based internet network for city and community use. To date the City has constructed a fiber optic backbone that links the Water Treatment Plant, the Wastewater Treatment Plant, sewer pump stations, and other facilities. The City intends to expand the fiber optic network from this backbone infrastructure to all City facilities.  The goal is to connect the entire City and provide an option for the community to hook up to this community owned system.  High-quality affordable broadband technology gives consumers access to super-fast speeds and provides the entire city with new opportunities to grow economically. Greater accessibility and faster speeds translates into improved economic performance with the creation of more jobs, more innovation, as

well as incentive for additional infrastructure investments and companies relocating or expanding into the City of Anacortes. The City has an aggressive plan of completing fiber to the home throughout all of Anacortes in the next 4 years. Over 1,600 community members have completed a survey expressing interest in an Anacortes municipal fiber system. The first year we will pass 1,000 homes and businesses in our commercial business district, old town, and M Avenue corridor where overhead utility poles are readily available.  The second year we will pass another 1,000 homes and then will branch out into the homes that require underground connections. Our business plan suggests that a 35% connection or “take rate” will ensure success.  Through the budget process City Council is considering funding options for the initial startup costs.

MUNICIPAL FIBER Business Plan Summary

1. Build an in-house ISP 2. Outsource or partner for work that we can't do in-house 3. Focus on high-speed internet service offering; investigate phone and TV partnerships 4. Dark Fiber leases for additional revenue 5. 1-year trial: 1000 buildings in low cost-to-construct neighborhoods 6. If successful, expand throughout the City (aim for 3 year construction schedule) 7. Staffing: 4 employees during trial, possibly expand to 6 or 7 after trial 8. Business Goals: cash flow positive in year 1 0r 2, construction ROI in 15 years 9. 35% market share is key Winter 2019 ATOT  5 

The City of Anacortes has always maintained social giving in its budget, even during difficult economic downturns in the past, the City has maintained its dedication to giving to appropriate social interests, and providing assistance where possible. The Washington State Constitution limits the giving that municipalities can participate in. Article 8, section 7 states, in part, that no city shall give money, or property, or loan money, credit, or aid, except for the necessary support of the poor and infirm. An Attorney General opinion issued in 1991 clarified that the support could be to either poor, or infirm. In this respect, there are several areas the City works to support social causes. The City has adopted a policy concerning its utility billing that allows a reduction in utility charges for households that meet certain criteria. On the City’s Utility Billing website, which can be found at www., the Utility Discount Program is explained, which provides a 20% discount on the Anacortes Utility Bill for water, storm drain, sewer, refuse and recycling charges. This program is available for City of Anacortes Utility residents who meet income eligibility requirements, which are at most 150% of the Federal Poverty

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Guidelines. An application is available on the utility billing website, which requires identification, proof of housing, that is the applicants name appears on the utility bill, and verification of income that illustrates the applicant meets the income requirements. The discount has to be applied for each year by May 31st. The Utility Billing department can also be called directly at (360) 293-1909 for information or assistance in applying. As the City works its way through the biennial budget process for budget years 2019 and 2020, there continues to be direct funding budgeted for various items in each year of the biennium. Both years have $1500 budgeted for Anacortes Community Health, $10,000 for Skagit Community Action Agency, $14,000 for County Health, $10,000 for the Anacortes Boys and Girls Club, and $40,000 for the County Meals on Wheels program. Additionally the City will continue to provide a full time School Resource Officer. In addition to these items, the City has a Community Development Block Grant budgeted for $108,000 for each year, the distribution of which is determined through an application process, but has to be for projects that directly support low income or ADA initiatives.


TRANSPORTATION BENEFIT DISTRICT Thank you City of Anacortes Voters! On the November 6th ballot the City of Anacortes ran Proposition No. 1, a proposed sales and use tax to fund transportation improvements by the Anacortes Transportation Benefit District (TBD). The proposition passed with a 60% approval margin by City voters! The initiative will add 2/10ths of one percent to the sales tax rate on taxable sales within the City of Anacortes, and is estimated to increase funding for road improvements by over $600,000 annually. The sales tax increase will be effective April 1, 2019, will be in place for 10 years, and, in conjunction with the sales tax increase approval, City Council intends to repeal the existing $20 vehicle license fee. The TBD vehicle license fee, which has been in place since 2015, has generated about $300,000 annually and, like the revenue that will be generated by the new sales tax, has been used exclusively for road improvement projects, which have been primarily road overlays.


ENROLLMENT Starts Again on

January 2nd 2019

With the passage of Proposition 1, an updated pavement management plan will be put into place, as outlined in Council Resolution 2018, adopted in July of 2018. The updated plan increases the level of funding for road improvements from $1.1 million annually to $1.8 million annually. It is estimated that this increase in funding will improve the City’s Pavement Condition Index (or PCI, an engineering metric that tracks city road conditions) over the next 10 years, as well as allow some of the worst residential streets to be improved. The City is very excited to get moving on the pavement management plan with the new level of funding, and to continue to make concerted improvements to city roads. Additional information can be obtained from the City website, or by calling the Finance or Engineering departments at City Hall.

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Creating Community Resilience for 12 years Challenging presentations at our monthly Transition Gatherings Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St. "Earth’s Bipolar Disorder” Jan 29th at 6:30 pm, Robert Bindschadler, “Dr. Bob”, returns after his very popular presentation in September to present the case for why scientists are so certain human use of fossil fuels is a major contributing factor to climate change. He will explain the dire nature of the consequences in a manner that is not only accessible, but in a form that leaves people more confident in raising discussions with friends and neighbors who have yet to accept the urgency of this issue. Come listen and learn from one of the world’s experts. Citizen Science Studies We have created a partnership with the City of Anacortes to begin a forest monitoring project in the ACFL. Volunteers will be trained to gather critical forest health data through the coming years. Join this team and help us keep track of the real changes taking place on Fidalgo. Local Investment Partnering Budding businesses have a very difficult time obtaining loans because they have no business track record. A local investing network brings potential investors together with local startups seeking capital to start a business. It helps bridge that gap by partnering with people wanting to help the development of local businesses with one on one personal loan opportunities. This creates opportunities for local businesses, nonprofits, and citizens to network. Transition Fidalgo works to help build prosperous local businesses which invest money in our community and help build a more resilient and sustainable economy on Fidalgo Island. Become a part of this networking opportunity! Email us at or join us at our monthly meeting.

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Fidalgo Ukulele Network (FUN) Jams and Classes • F.U.N. ( meets every other Thursday,1:10, at the Anacortes Senior Activity Center. All levels of uke players are welcomed, plus folks who love to sing but don’t play uke. • Ukadore, uke techniques for advanced beginners and up, will follow FUN Jams every other Thursday, 2:45, May 9-Sept. 5, 2019. • Newkulele, an 18 week course for beginners, will be held every Thursday starting Nov. 7, 2019. Email Linda: to enroll or for info

Equity Film Festival • The fourth film in the Anacortes School District’s free Equity Film Festival will be screened on Thursday, January 31, 7:00 pm, in the AHS library. All are welcome! Here is a link to the trailer: watch?v=J6Gc3DdlJmc. For more info call ( 360) 503-1208 or email

Polar Plunge 2019 Dash and Splash 5K Fun Run/Walk March 9th at Seafarers Park • Don’t pack away those swim suits quite yet! Registration for the 2019 Dash and Splash/5K Fun Run (walk) and Polar Plunge is now open! Form a team or register as an individual. • There are options to register for either event (Dash or Splash), both events (Dash and Splash) or the Chicken Coop (raise money, get the t-shirt, stay dry) • Please consider registering or at least donating to a registered plunger at https://impact.sowa. org/event/anacortes-dash-and-splash-2019/ e195554

Everything the City does is because of City employees. They are enthusiastic, highly trained and service oriented.

Carla Bray was at work when her home caught fire on Nov. 1, 1984. Her husband and 2 young boys, 2 and 4, were inside. Though the wind and the snow caused the fire to go through the house quickly, everyone got out safe. Carla’s husband made it out a front window and Matt, the oldest of the boys, left through a back door. “Thank goodness Scott (the younger) followed him everywhere,” Carla said. That day, 34 years ago, was Carla’s worst day at her job in the City of Anacortes finance department. But the feelings that were stirred because of what the people of Anacortes did for her family are still with Carla today. “They’re just a giving community,” she said. “We lost everything and people were giving us stuff and putting stuff away.” One woman even made slippers for the boys. “This community is just generous,” Carla said. Carla first came to Anacortes at the age of 23 in 1979. Both her parents had passed away and family friends encouraged her to come. After she found a data entry job at the Skagit Medical Bureau, she went home, packed her possessions in her car and drove here. Four days later, she met her husband. Four months later, they were married. They’ve lived here since except for a short stint in Provo, Utah, but came back to Anacortes in 1983 so their kids would be near grandparents on her spouse’s side. Once back in town, Carla called about a part-time job opening in the city’s finance department, was scheduled for an interview later that day and hired. She operated an IBM 34 to do almost all the data entry for the city, including


utility payments, payroll information and invoices.

not bitter and thinks this is what God intended.

Today, her job duties include a variety of tasks including serving as the backup for the cashier, accounts payable and utility billing.

“I like to think there is a plan and this is part of the plan,” she said.

That plan has included raising three kids, being married to her best friend for 39 years and working a full-time job, she said. What she likes best about it is the She hasn’t climbed any mountains but interactions with customers. “It’s a small hopes to still be an example to others. “I town so it’s fun,” she said. As opposed to her worst day at work, Carla may inspire others to think, ‘I don’t have it so bad,’ ” she said. said there’s been no day that stands out When she’s not working, Carla has plenty as a special day. However, her ideal day of interests, much of which involve sewing, would be a utility-disconnect day when embroidering, knitting and crocheting. there would be no shutoffs. She’s also a self-proclaimed Hallmark “We strive for that every month in the Channel addict. She said she’s the person finance department,” she said. to get a mug that says she’s watched all the Carla’s two boys plus a daughter, Aleta, Christmas Hallmark movies. are now adults with children of their own, “I like wholesome TV,” she said. giving Carla six grandkids – three boys and three girls from 4 months to 11 years Carla plans to retire in about four years, staying in Anacortes where’s she’s been for old. They’ve spread across the country almost four decades. with the oldest son in Tennessee, her middle son in Bremerton and her daughter “I have my neighbors. I’ve got a lot of in Arizona. friends here,” she said. “It’s home.” Though she loves traveling, it can be hard for Carla who is physically disabled and gets around by wheelchair. She urges her children to find “Carla-friendly homes” as she calls them to make sure she can visit. Her physical limitations happened when she was 12 years old. Someone innocently slapped her on the back when they were playing a game. The doctors believe it caused a blood clot that wrapped around her spinal cord and paralyzed her. “That’s what they think happened,” she said. The repercussions of the accident are a big part of her life, though that does not mean she’s had a bad time. “My life is not gloom and doom,” she said. “I like to think I have a good outlook.” She adds that she’s

Carla with her Grandchildren

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Seven Simple Tips for Coping With Holiday Stress Ways to simplify and enjoy your holiday. Unrealistic expectations are a major cause of holiday stress. They can be too high, such as imagining the perfect family gathering, just the right gifts, or the most stunning decorations. On the other hand, expectations may be too low. There are those among us who unnecessarily expect the worst, causing them to dread their family time, e.g., "Will the aunt who overindulges in alcohol get drunk and create havoc?” “Will everyone be able to set aside differences and get along for at least one day?” There is also the fear of boredom, especially for teens and young adults likely to get caught in conversations of no interest to them. Sadly, there are many who are grieving over the holidays due to the loss of a loved one or the anniversary of a death that occurred in past holiday seasons. For those grieving, a common expectation is that the holiday just “won’t be the same” and instead will be miserable. Of course, it cannot be the same, but it doesn’t have to be miserable either. A change in expectation might make all the difference. The following are seven suggestions intended to help relieve stress due to any of a wide variety of expectations.

1. Remember that most families are far from perfect. Social scientists have reported that 85 percent of families are dysfunctional in some way, making it the norm to be considered a dysfunctional family. To quote Mary Karr, “I think a dysfunctional family is any family with more than one person in it.” Rather than feeling embarrassed by your family’s eccentricity, try to embrace it and keep it in perspective. If you have reason to be concerned that the situation will truly get terrible for anyone, try to have a backup plan such as leaving early or separating to take a walk and returning after a break.

4. Change it up. Try something new and easier. If you are the host for the holiday, simplify the meal plan or ask everyone to pitch in and contribute something. A celebration is always better when the hosts are happy too.

2. Focus on doing what you really enjoy; don’t try to do everything. Likely some of your traditions are meaningful and fun, while others are just done because that’s the way it’s always been. Consider letting go of the routines that don’t really add much to your holiday experience and just add to your exhaustion.

6. Spread out the family visits. Don’t try to visit the whole family on the same day. This can create too much stress for everyone involved, especially if you have young children. I have worked with young couples for whom both sets of parents are divorced. Taking the children to see all of the grandparents can mean four homes to visit, which is about three too many for any one day.

3. Take time to relax. Play with your kids, cuddle with the pets, or spend time alone if that’s what it takes. A constantly busy schedule is not relaxing for most people, so try to plan some down time for yourself.

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5. Practice gratitude. Everyone has someone or something to be grateful for. Try not to take anything for granted. Even if you are missing someone this season, be grateful for the people that are with you.

7. Be mindful of what you’re celebrating. It might be a holy day, a day off from work, or a chance to see friends and family. Celebrate something, and focus on the people who are with you at this time in your life. Life is very precious and worth celebrating, even with all of its imperfections. Reprinted with permission from the Psychology Today blog ‘In It Together’ by Dr. Dianne Grande.

SUPER ENERGY TIP! Winter Time Ceiling Fan Direction


Anacortes Appliance Rebate Program

Run your ceiling fans at a low speed clockwise in the Winter. This creates an updraft that sends warm air down to the living space. Can save you up to $100 a year.

WINTER ENERGY EFFICIENT TIPS FOR YOUR HOME For more information go to: For electrical energy rebates: For natural gas energy rebates: City Hall

Police Station



For more information on residential solar for your home visit: Solar Washington •

Home Energy Assessment PUGET SOUND ENERGY (Free)


Community Energy Challenge community-energy-challenge-home/faq/

 Seal all leaks around windows and doors  Clear heating vents and registers  Take shorter showers  Use power strips  Wash full loads of clothes in cold water  Install a programmable thermostat  Turn lights off when not needed  Use natural light when possible  Install switch and outlet foam gaskets (Free, call us: 360.299.1964)  Set hot water heater to 120 degrees  Change your furnace filter  Switch to LED light bulbs  Clean your refrigerator coils  Air dry your dishes instead of using drying cycle


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

Studio Tour Art “Review” exhibited at City Hall Just in case you didn’t get to see as much artwork as you wanted to during this fall’s studio tour, the “98221 ARTISTS STUDIO TOUR REVIEW” will be exhibited at Anacortes City Hall starting Friday evening, December 7, for the First Friday Art Walk and continuing until June of 2019. Studio Tour artists were invited to display up to three works of art for the city hall exhibition. All the artwork continues to be for sale and information about the artists will be available in the Parks and Recreation Department office in City Hall. The art encompasses diverse mediums — including fiber art, woodworking, metal art, fused glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography and sculpture. A small percentage of each sale will go to the Anacortes Arts Commission’s public art fund. The art may be viewed whenever City Hall is open - hanging in hallways and in City Council Chambers.

2018 tour is successful for local artists for third year More than 40 local artists participated in the 2018 tour of 23+ studios, two galleries and three group venues. “Participation by our Fidalgo Island artists increased again in our tour’s third year,” said Studio Tour chair Lisa Rhoades. Visitors to the Samish Nation carving shed actually waited in line to see all the items Samish carvers had on display as they Jill Mix spoke about their work and

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community projects. “Artists were happy with the turnout and their sales both days,” Rhoades added. Beautiful fall weather lured locals, many out-of-town and Canadian visitors to the studios where they could watch artists at work and speak to them about their art. Even artist studios Dona Reed at locations farther from downtown galleries and venues were well-attended. Many visited blacksmith Paul Thorne whose metal art studio is situated near Campbell Lake with memorable views of the south face of Mt. Erie. Thorne also found new students among his visitors who signed up for his classes. And at Michael LaBoon’s studio high above Marine Drive with its inspirational views of the San Juan Islands there was continual “traffic” from visitors. At one point, LaBoon realized he had 35 curious visitors in the studio where he creates Paul Thorne wet slab ceramic tile art. Winners of the four gift baskets filled with donations from participating artists will be announced when the tour “passports,” stamped at each art venue visited, are processed. Demographics gathered from the passports after the drawings will help with turnout estimates and with future grant applications and communications.

Anacortes chosen to host 2019 Cascadia Poetry Festival Anacortes has been chosen to host the 2019 Cascadia Poetry Festival from May 9-12, as the most appropriate place for its “Tribute to Sam Hamill,” the poet, editor and co-founder of the Copper Canyon Press, a respected poetry press located in Port Townsend. Hamill died at his Anacortes home April 14, 2018. Festival organizer Paul Nelson of Spoken Word Lab (SPLAB), informed the Anacortes Arts Commission of the city’s selection for the festival and details about the event at the October commission meeting. Nelson, friend and literary executor of the late Hamill, called him “the dean of Northwest poets, who spent his life as a poet, editor, publisher, translator, printer and champion of the art of poetry.” Hamill is survived by his daughter, Eron Hamill and her husband, Roger Mah, of Richmond, BC, Canada, and his partner, Juniper White. His wife Gray Foster died in 2011; she was the subject of one of Hamill’s best-known poems, “The Orchid Flower.”

Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna as well as poets Jose Kozer, Shin Yu Pai, Stephen Collis, Susan Griffin, Tim McNulty and Stephen Kuusisto are confirmed attendees, according to Nelson. The Cascadia Poetry Festival combines “literary energy with explorations of environmental, political, historical and sociological pursuits with a general celebration of poetry,” according to Tod Marshall, former state poet laureate who participated in the Tacoma festival in 2017. The festival focuses on poets and poetry of Cascadia, the geographical bioregion that includes the watersheds of the Columbia River as well as the Cascade range from Northern California well into Canada.

Venue for the festival will be the Croatian Cultural Center at 801 Fifth St. Gold passes, good for admission For further information and Gold Pass sales (after to all except master workshops will be $25. Free March 9, 2019), go to admission will be offered to the “Living Room” event each day, when local residents and attendees may read Poetry by Sam Hamill their original work in a circle. The schedule includes an opening “Sake panel” on Thursday evening featuring Rev. Lawrence Koichi Barrish of the Tsubaki Shinto Shrine in Granite Falls and a performance by master shakuhachi player Christopher Yohemi Blasdel. Some of Sam Hamill’s poems will be read that evening. On Friday a bilingual poetry anthology will be launched; Saturday’s program includes a morning panel on Cascadia Zen and Translation and an evening tribute to Hamill. Additional workshops will be offered on Sunday.

I came here nearly forty years ago, broke and half broken, having chosen the mud, the dirt road, alder pollen and a hundred avenues of gray across the sky to be my teachers and my muses. I chose a temple made of words and made a vow. — excerpt from “Of Cascadia” by Sam Hamill (Lost Horse Press)

Winter 2019 ATOT  13 Strong response to ‘Post-Art to Anacortes’ It’s easy to join this fun, public art project Since Post-Art to Anacortes began last summer, the response by the community has been building with over 100 postcards returned so far. This is an ongoing public art project, so grab a free card from a participating local business and become part of this growing community - residents and visitors of all ages who express the way they feel about Anacortes in a myriad of creative ways. You can follow along on Social Media to see the posted cards.  Search for your card by its number that you made a note of before you mailed it in. Look for Post-Art to Anacortes displays in the windows of local businesses soon. Here is the link for Post-Art to Anacortes: es

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Karla Locke Photographer and writer Karla Locke is winding up her third three-year term on the Anacortes Arts Commission. “I love Anacortes and I feel most fortunate that the Anacortes Arts Commission and the artists in this town have exposed me to a world of such beauty and opened me up to finding that in myself,” she said. Locke dabbles in fiber arts. A writer, she has a few ebooks on Amazon and self-published a young adult fantasy, her first fiction book, in 2016, “The Bloodstone Queen.” The commission is a City of Anacortes advisory board whose mission is promoting arts in the community. “I feel my main role is to support the arts and our local artists in any way that helps them and helps Anacortes. Art is an integral part of who were are as a community and as a society. We are fortunate in Anacortes, not only do we have such talented artists, we have a diverse selection of talent and mediums,” she said. In addition, “We have such talented artists in the marine trades, culinary artists, graphic designers, and more. For me, this diversity of talent and arts makes Anacortes more whole and richer.”

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The most rewarding efforts during Locke’s time on the commission have been collaborative projects with diverse groups such as Windermere for the Madrona Grove Sculpture Park, the 98221 Gallery in City Hall, and the 98221 Studio Tour, which took place thanks to the hard work of Commissioners Lisa Payne Rhoades and Terry MacDonald. “We are fortunate to have such dedicated and talented volunteers on the commission,” she said.

Karla Locke

ANACORTES LIONS CLUB The Anacortes Lions Club was chartered in 1936, making it one of the oldest service clubs in town. It is run completely through volunteer efforts and 100 percent of the funds it raises go to charitable purposes, said President Cato Woods. “Our basic simple motto is ‘We serve.’ ” she said. Cato serves with Vice President Colette Arvidson, Secretary Carl Sundman, Treasurer Joseph Kantor and Don Thomas who is in charge of memberships.

with special needs, such as through Lions Camp Horizon, a special needs camp in Blaine for people 12 and older. White Cane Day is also hosted by members to emphasize awareness of white canes with red tips that are used by people who are visually impaired. The Lions Club’s food truck can be seen at events around town, including at Oyster Run, Shipwreck Days and Anacortes Waterfront Festival. And members host a Serenity Princess Ball on the first Saturday in February in honor of Cato’s daughter Serenity, who wore glasses at the age of 4, had hearing aids at 11, and who died from pediatric cancer at 16. “I do what I do for her, in her memory,” Cato said.

The club organizes events and joins others to raise money for its charities. One of the biggest events enjoyed by hundreds of Anacortes children in the spring is the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Causland Memorial Park. The day before members also hold an egg hunt at United Methodist Church for children with special needs. The club traditionally helps support services for sight and hearing needs, Cato said. But it also helps people

Cato is especially proud of the NW Lions Foundation vision and hearing screenings van, which provides exams for 1,200 school children each year in February and at the kindergarten roundup.

Club causes, including high school graduate scholarships, eye and hearing exams as well as glasses and hearing aids for people below the poverty level, to the Anacortes Public Library for large-print books, the Anacortes Police Department to support its drug-detection dog T-Bone, and to the Island Hospital Foundation – this year alone $1,000 was donated to re-establish a diabetes awareness program. “For a small club, we sure do a lot." Cato said. As she’s heard with other service clubs in Anacortes, the Lions are suffering from a lack of volunteers. Currently there are 16 members with six of those from out-of-town.

During eight holidays a year, members can be seen at 5 a.m. placing about 320 flags around town, including on the 4th of July, Veterans Day and Flag Day.

The club meets at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of the month in the back room at the Hong Kong Garden Restaurant at 2501 Commercial Avenue. All are welcome and meetings are extremely casual, Cato said. Memberships are $70 a year but only another $30 for a spouse.

The $35 donations from owners who have flags outside their businesses go to help any number of Lions

Information about the club can be found at anacortes/

So many parents have thanked the club for finding eye issues in their children, she said.

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Anacortes City Council Members

Eric Johnson

Anthony Young

Ryan Walters

Laurie Gere

Brad Adams

Liz Lovelett

Bruce McDougall

Matt Miller

360-840-5415 ericj@

360-873-8407 anthony@

360-610-7770 ryanw@

360-588-8707 lovelettl@

303-551-5554 brucem@

360-588-9070 mattm@

Ward 3

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Ward 1


Ward 2

360-299-1950 360-391-9771 laurieg@ brada

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Solid Waste Holiday Schedule for 2019

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

Christmas Day 2018

Tuesday, December 25, 2018 Collect Tues and Wed on Wed, Dec 26, 2018

New Year’s Day 2019

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 Collect Tues and Wed on Wed, Jan 2, 2019

Martin Luther King Day

Monday, January 21, 2019 Collect Mon and Tues on Tues, Jan 22, 2019

Presidents Day

Monday, February 18, 2019 Collect Mon and Tues on Tues, Feb 19, 2019

Memorial Day

Monday, May 27, 2019 Collect Mon and Tues on Tues, May 28, 2019

Independence Day

Observed Thursday, July 4, 2019 Collect Thurs and Fri on Fri, July 5, 2019

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Labor Day

Monday, September 2, 2019 Collect Mon and Tues on Tues, Sept 3, 2019

Veterans Day

Monday, November 11, 2019 Collect Mon and Tues on Tues, Nov 12, 2019


Thursday, November 28, 2019 Collect Wed and Thurs on WED, Nov 27, 2019 Friday, November 29, 2019 Collect Fri and Mon on Mon, Dec 2, 2019

Christmas 2019

Wednesday, December 25, 2019 Collect Wed and Thurs on Thurs, Dec 26, 2019 **If your collection day is Thursday be sure to put your garbage out a day EARLY!**

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

Parks and Recreation

Facilities.....................................360-299-1961 Finance..................................... 360-299-1962 Fire Department........................360-293-1925 Human Resources.......................360-299-1941 Library...................................... 360-293-1910 Legal.........................................360-293-1912 Maintenance & Operations..........360-293-1921 Mayor’s Office...........................360-299-1950 Museum.................................... 360-293-1915 Municipal Court..........................360-293-1913 Parks and Recreation................. 360-293-1918 Permit Center............................ 360-293-1901 Planning Department.................360-293-1907 Police Department.................... 360-293-4684 Public Works...............................360-293-1919 Wastewater Tx Plant..................360-299-0953 Water Treatment Plant.............. 360-428-1598

COMMUNITY RESOURCES American Red Cross....................360-293-2911 Anacortes American..................360-293-3122 Anacortes School District............360-293-1200 Anacortes Senior Center........... 360-293-7473 Boys & Girls Club...................... 360-588-9045 Chamber of Commerce...............360-293-7911 Chamber of Commerce.............360-293-3832 Driver’s Licensing Office........... 360-588-0508 Fidalgo Pool & Fitness Center..... 360-293-0673 Island Hospital...........................360-299-1300 Passport Applications................. 360-293-1910 Port of Anacortes...................... 360-293-3134 SKAT Transit.............................360-757-4433 US Post Office........................... 360-299-6689 Vehicle/Vessel Licensing Office..360-293-5533 WA State Ferries....................... 800-843-3779 Waste Management..................800-592-9995

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

Registration Procedures Some classes require a minimum number of participants registered to be held. Such classes are canceled if the minimums are not met. Therefore, if you sign-up for a class, please plan on participating. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify the parks and recreation staff as soon as possible before the first day of the class. The Parks and Recreation Department will start taking online registration for most programs on Monday, December 17th. Please be aware that in order to register for classes, payment will be required up front. To register go to: Participants can still register over the phone. This can be done by giving a debit/credit card number. Or, if participants would rather register in person,

that can be done at the Parks and Recreation office (City Hall, 6th and Q) where cash, check, and debit/credit cards will be accepted.

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

Please Note The City of Anacortes Parks and Recreation Department does not discriminate against any person on the basis of gender in the operation, conduct, or administration of community athletic programs or sports facilities. Any citizen who feels she or he has been the victim of discriminatory treatment in violation of this policy should report this concern to the Parks and Recreation Director, Gary Robinson, at 360-293-1918.

Accessibility If reasonable accommodation due to a disability is needed, please contact Mac Jackson (360-299-1961) at least 48 hours prior to meeting or event date.

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Sunset Loop 10-mile Relay Run Start forming your teams now or start training to run it solo. The 2019 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: /545/Special-Events Fee: $80 per 4-person team w/shirt $20 per 4-person team w/out shirt. 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 22.

Saturday, March 9, 2019 9:00 a.m. (Check-in begins @ 8:00 a.m.)

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! There will be NO class on April 3rd. We will skip a week and end on April 10th. LOCATION: Sunrise Room, Senior Center INSTRUCTOR: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: 10/20 FEE: $25 AGES 1-3 yr


DATE 1/2-1/23 2/6-2/27 3/13-4/10

TIME 10:30-11:15A

Fancy Nancy Holiday Tea Party

Come celebrate this Splendiferous Holiday Season with your Fancy Nancy friends. We encourage you to dress up both parent and child and enjoy the morning by making some magnificent holiday projects and enjoy some tasty treats and “tea”. Is there such a thing as too much tinsel? LOCATION: Sunrise Room, Senior Center INSTRUCTOR: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: 7/20 FEE: $15 AGES 6 & Under


DATE 12/19

TIME 10-10:30A

Tango Tuesdays

Argentine Tango Continued … Come experience the beauty and magical connection found in Argentine Tango! Health Studies place dance at the top for promoting brain health while exercising. This class is for all levels. Singles and couples welcome. Held monthly with a lesson on the 1st Tuesdays and practice on 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Tuesdays. LOCATION: The Depot (611 R Ave) INSTRUCTOR: Pamela Good MIN/MAX: 5/30 FEE: $25 AGES 18+

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DAY Tues

DATE 1/8 – 1/29 2/5 – 2/26 3/5 – 3/26 4/2 – 4/23


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 2931918 or go online to 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: Ties & Tiaras’ LOCATION: Senior Center Sunrise Room INSTRUCTOR: Nicole Johnston MAX: 400 FEE: $30 per pair, additional $6 per daughter AGES OPEN


DATE 2/23


NEW Mother & Son Superhero Dance

Calling all Superhero moms and sons of all ages! You are invited to the Mother Son Superhero Dance. This is your night to dress up, dress casual or dress up like a superhero. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided. We will also provide a photo booth area for you to take as many photos as you wish and of course lots of music. LOCATION: The Depot INSTRUCTOR: Nicole Johnston MAX: 150 FEE: $25 per pair, additional $5 per son AGES OPEN


DATE 4/12

TIME 6-8:30P

Anacortes Little League Baseball Registration Winter is quickly approaching which means one thing; it’s almost time for Little League Registration. Registration will open at the beginning of January and will be through Little League’s new website (www. Please note that interleague teams (all levels of Softball and Majors Baseball) will have a shorter registration opening due to schedule changes at the District level. Little League is in need of umpires (no experience necessary, they will train you) and coaches; whether you played as a kid or watched your kids play, they’d love to have you come out and join them on the field. If you have questions please visit their website.

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Youth Track and Field

The 2019 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. 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 to stay informed on the status of the youth track and field program.

Coed Volleyball League

Sign up for this fun and recreation youth volleyball league that we open up to both boys and girls who are in the grades 3rd-6th. It is a great introduction to the sport. We lower the nets and follow a few modified rules for the leagues to help with the success for all the teams. Deadline to register for the league is Friday, March 29, 2019. The 3rd & 4th graders play together and the 5th & 6th graders play together. Your child is not required to have knee pads, but we do recommend them. LOCATION: Anacortes Middle School INSTRUCTOR: MIN/MAX: 6/20 FEE: $38 per player and includes a team t-shirt AGES Grade 3-6th

DAY Tues & Thurs

Kids Night Out

DATE 4/9-5/16

TIME 4-6:00P

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

DAY Thurs

Dog Obedience

DATE 1/17 3/14

TIME 5-8:00P

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: 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+

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DATE 4/10-5/22

TIME 6-7:00P

Field House Fun

Get a “kick” out of this program! This is a great opportunity to get out on the field with your toddler. We will go through basic soccer drills, basketball drills and burn off some energy and most importantly have loads of fun. Parent/Guardian participation is REQUIRED and needed to assist the child through the different activities and drills. (No class April 2nd due to Spring Break) LOCATION: Volunteer Park Fieldhouse INSTRUCTOR: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: 7/20 FEE: $25 AGES 18mo-3yr

DAY Tues

Pee Wee Basketball

DATE 1/8- 1/29 2/12-3/5 3/19- 4/16

TIME 10-10:30A

LOCATION: Anacortes Middle School Gym INSTRUCTOR: APRD Staff MIN/MAX: 10/30 FEE: $25 DAY Sat

DATE 1/5 – 1/26

TIME 9-9:50A 10-10:50A

Boys Basketball 1st - 6th Grade

This is a noncompetitive recreational, youth program, emphasizing fun, sportsmanship, participation and skill development. All players are required to play in the grade they are in at the time of registration. Late registrations will be taken if space is available. Deadline to register is Friday, Dec. 14th. Also include the following if space allows “BECAUSE OF CONSTRUCTION AT THE HIGH SCHOOL IT WILL BE PUTTING SOME CONSTRAINTS ON GYM SPACE FOR THE 2019 SEASON. Because of this, each team will only practice once per week and games will be held on Saturdays. 1-hour practices will be scheduled between 4:00 and 6:00 pm on weekdays. Some weekday games may be scheduled as well. Teams are formed by the Parks and Recreation staff. Volunteer coaches are needed, especially coaches who can coach during the weekday times of 4-6 pm.” LOCATION: Anacortes Middle School Gym & Fidalgo Elementary School INSTRUCTOR: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: FEE: $38 AGES Grade 1-6th


DATE 1/19-2/23

Programs offered through a cooperative effort between Anacortes Parks and Recreation, Anacortes Waterfront Alliance, and Anacortes Youth Sailing organizations.

High School Sailing Team

For kids ages 4-6 and who are interested in learning how to play the game of basketball. FUNdamental age appropriate games and drills will be played to maximize enjoyment by all participants. This activity is designed to give children the opportunity to be introduced to the sport in a fun, safe, and non-competitive atmosphere. A “mini” basketball and lower hoops are used for ultimate success. Participants will get to keep their “mini” ball for their participation. Space is limited, be sure to sign-up early!!! Please sign-up and pay the Parks and Recreation department before the first class.

AGES 4-6yr

Community Sailing


Is your teenager interested in a fun, fast paced competitive environment? Is being on the water something that they enjoy or desire? Consider the Anacortes High School Sailing Team. Our team offers spring, summer and fall sailing opportunities for students from grades 8-12. Students will have opportunities to build skills on a weekly basis and compete against other teams in Pacific Northwest Region. Students who are interested in joining don’t need to be proficient sailors but can gain many of the necessary skills ahead of time through a summer learn to sail program. Younger students can also leverage learn to sail programs to lay the foundations for future team involvement. Students can keep an eye out for team related communications at their school around the new year. Interest meetings and parent information meetings will be scheduled shortly there after.

Summer Learn to Sail Programs Our learn to sail programs are some of our most popular summer offerings. Students will engage with 5 days of fun activity and high quality sailing curriculum. Courses will be offered from mid June through late August and are available for both youth and adults. Programs fill rapidly so keep a close eye out for the spring program guide to get the earliest registration possible. As soon as we have the summer schedule finalized we will have the schedule posted on our website at: https://www. Community-Sailing

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Kids 12 & under will get the chance to dash for plastic eggs filled with candy. We divide the egg hunt into three areas, 3 & under, 4-6 years old and 7-12 years old. Don’t be late for this dash, as it is ends quick. LOCATION: Stovik Park INSTRUCTOR: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: FEE: FREE AGES 12 & Under

Art Dash

Summer Survivor Camp WEEK 1: JULY 8-11 9AM-12PM $50 PER KID MIN. 10 & MAX. 20

WEEK 2: JULY 22-25 9AM-12PM $50 PER KID MIN. 10 & MAX. 20

WEEK 3: AUGUST 19-22 9AM-12PM $50 PER KID MIN. 10 & MAX. 20 Check back in early Spring for registration details.

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DATE 4/19

TIME 6:00P

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


DATE 8/3

TIME 8:00A Start Time

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Travel through time with vintage radio event Join us for a listening event featuring vintage music and radio shows at the Anacortes Museum. Times are 3-4:30 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. The event is free but space is limited; reservations are required. RSVP by emailing or calling 2931915.

Mayor Laurie Gere and Museum Director Bret Lunsford are pictured with the Abominable Snowman, one of Burl Ives’ “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” cutouts

Stop in for a Selfie with Rudolph and Friends If you missed seeing Burl Ives’ Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer cutouts at the Wonderland Walk, there is still time to visit the Anacortes Museum with your family and snap a selfie with Rudolph, Sam the Snowman, the Abominable Snowman and other beloved figures from the classic animated Christmas program. The figures will be up through the holidays in the museum’s Carnegie Gallery, 1305 8th Street.

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Staged as a guided, DJ’d event, our ears will time travel to the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s, where we will encounter the popular music, news programs, and radio shows that Anacortesans listened to long ago. DJ and jazz musician Daniel Greenwald, Museum volunteer docent Al Bofenkamp, and Education and Media Curator Kate Clark will share a passion for history and music by playing selections on vintage phonographs and radios. This program is funded by a grant from the Manieri Endowment through the Anacortes Public Library Jazz Committee.

Jeff Weldon, left, and Al Bofenkamp with some of the radios they restored

Challenge bloc students work at Museum

Students learn to research “Triumphs and Tragedies” A group of students got a rare “behind the scenes” look at the Anacortes Museum, seeing how artifacts are stored and learning basics of researching, during a visit in October. Sam Guzik’s 6th grade Challenge Bloc class from Anacortes Middle School are also turning to museum staff as research mentors while they delve into historical topics with the theme “Triumphs and Tragedies.” During a follow-up visit, students looked through newspapers and at collections items related to their investigations. Their topics are varied: The Battle of Verdun, Title 9 (supporting gender equality in education and school sports), women’s suffrage, D-Day, the Great Depression, Mongolia, the Manhattan Project, segregation in baseball, the Iditarod, Sega, Buddy Holly, and Lili’uokalani, the Last Queen of Hawaii.

Seeing the potential impact of such a Artist Mary Ennes Davis combined globes and vintage objects to create a chandelier-like effect for the new high school’s History Wall creative and visual interpretation of Historic Events at history on students, the Anacortes Anacortes High School Museum enthusiastically supported the project, particularly The opening of a new high school by providing research and highin Anacortes this year is a historic resolution images of photos and event, and the Anacortes Museum documents for inclusion in the has been able to support the history wall. project in some interesting ways. First, playing a traditional museum’s role, Anacortes Museum provided a home for decades of stored records, yearbooks and photo albums that had to be cleared from the old school’s basement prior to demolition. Processing this treasure trove will be a long-term project. But the museum has also had an exciting opportunity to collaborate on a less traditional, but equally important, project – a public art installation designed to make local history come alive for students. Artist Mary Ennes Davis is creating a History Wall – a mural-sized assemblage in the school’s common area – incorporating such diverse elements as memorabilia, photographs, documents, stories and poetry. Most eye-catching will be objects, many salvaged

Anacortes Museum volunteer and Quester Ginger Thomas

Questors Support Preservation In October, The Fidalgo Finderskeepers chapter of Questers voted to give the Anacortes Museum $500 for archival preservation materials. In addition, they will pursue a matching state grant. The group

is able to apply because chapter member Ginger Thomas has worked many hours as a dedicated museum volunteer. Over the years, Finderskeepers have been staunch supporters of the Anacortes Museum, providing grants for such things as Carnegie Library renovations and historically authentic lighting, and WCTU Fountain repairs. We are very grateful for the group’s support.

Museum boards look forward at retreat In October the staff of the Anacortes Museum and its affiliated boards – the Anacortes Museum Advisory Board, the Museum Foundation and the Historic Preservation Board – met for a half-day planning retreat. On the agenda were future goals and priorities for the museum and clarification of the roles of all participants. All left with ideas about how the various boards could better support each other, and a clearer understanding of how each group supports the Anacortes Museum’s mission “to preserve and interpret the history of Fidalgo and Guemes Islands, and to nurture in the community an awareness and appreciation of its heritage.” The top goal identified was to increase community engagement, especially through events, educational programs, children’s activities and outreach. With storage also a priority need, the boards and staff will begin planning discussions in the coming year. Winter 2019 ATOT  25 


by Davis from the old high school, such as yardsticks, keys, old musical instruments, globes, and projector reels. Bill Mitchell provided a water fountain salvaged from the old Columbian School.


The library truly appreciates all the generous support from individuals and community groups through the years. We wouldn’t be able to do all of these amazing things without you!



11:00 am–7:00 pm Saturday & Sunday

11:00 am–4:00 pm

CONTACT 360-293-1910

CLOSURES Dec 24 & 25—Christmas Jan 1—New Year’s Jan 17—Staff Training Jan 21—MLK Jr. Day Feb 18—President’s Day


SECOND SUNDAY JAZZ CONCERTS Second Sundays 2:00-3:30 pm Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 10 Join us once a month for a free, live jazz concert! For details visit

ACOUSTIC MUSIC IN THE LIBRARY 3rd Sundays 2:00-2:30 pm 3rd Tuesdays 6:00-6:30 pm Enjoy relaxing music from our baby grand piano or other the musician’s own instrument.

WINTER FILM SERIES Fridays 7:00 p.m. Jan 11, Jan 18, Jan 25, Feb 1 Selected and introduced by Movie Man Nick Alphin.

BOOK CLUB Mondays 7:00 pm Jan 28, Feb 25, Mar 25 All are welcome to join the discussion. Books to be announced.

TECH TUESDAY Tuesdays 10:00-12:00 noon September to May except where noted Drop in with your mobile device or laptop for hands-on technology help.

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MARITIME SPEAKER SERIES Third Saturdays 4:00 pm Jan 19, Feb 16, Mar 16

ADULT PROGRAM SERIES Wednesdays 7:00 pm

Wednesday evening programs begin after regular library hours; no library services will be available.

JANUARY Jan. 9: How to Use Your New Camera with Photographer Tony Locke. Jan. 16: Treasures of the Northern Salish Sea with Sailor and photographer Lance Ekhart. Jan. 23: Made in Puget Sound with underwater wildlife photographer Drew Collins. Jan. 30: Best of Europe in 21 Days with Doug & Gay Woods

FEBRUARY Feb. 6, * 6:30 pm: Flip Flop on the Appalachian Trail with Maribeth Crandell. Feb. 13: An 18-Day Transatlantic Cruise with Doug & Gay Woods. Feb. 20: Patsy Cline: A Tribute to the Queen of Country with musicians Elizabeth and Paul. Feb. 27, TBA

MARCH Mar. 6: Understanding Shorebirds, the Miracle of Migration with photographer and author Tim Boyer. Mar. 13 Social Security: Your Questions Answered with Certified Financial Planner Troy Kunz. Mar. 20, TBA Mar. 27, TBA

The Family Place Library program is now in full swing at the Anacortes Public Library. Our children’s area now has an early learning play space for very young children and their parents and caregivers. In this space young children and their adults can explore, play, share books, learn together and meet other families.

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

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

NEW STORYTIME! Join us the first Thursday of every month for our new Pajama Storytime! 6:00-7:00 pm

Additionally, our fun and play-based Play & Learn Series is a relaxed informal program where families can explore and learn together, make friends, and talk one-on-one with child development and early literacy specialists. The Family Place Libraries™ model is in over 400 libraries in 30 states, serving thousands of young families. Anacortes Public Library is proud to be among them, and is the first Family Place Library in Washington State. At our library, this expanded public library role is made possible with support from the Noon Kiwanis and the Sunrisers Kiwanis.


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



Our beloved Adult Services Librarian, Gina Van Hess, will be retiring in January after 41 years at the Anacortes Public Library. It’s hard to imagine our library without her! Below, staff members weigh in on the many ways she will be missed.

Hamiltunes—An American Sing Along Sing along with music from the Broadway smash Hamilton: An American Musical! Saturday, February 2, 5:00-7:00 pm Family Fort Night Join us for fort making, flashlight reading, snacks, games, and more! Please call to register. Saturday, March 2, 5:00-7:00 pm

TEENS Middle School Book Club Middle School DIY Club High School DIY Club Pizza & Pages Teen Writing Group Anime Club

“Gina has a wealth of information and knowledge about the Anacortes Public Library. I believe that she holds the record for working the longest of any of the current or previous library staff. She has a fun side that comes out at times of the year like Halloween, 4th of July parades, or Harry Potter Night. You might see her dressed as a ghoul, a witch or Dolores Umbridge from Hogwarts. She is spot on with her detail for putting together her costumes too, by the way.” “Gina consistently has the best cookies at every work meeting!” “Gina taught me the ins and outs of cataloging.”

“I love Gina’s calm, professional, enthusiastic knowledge and support of all things library.” “Gina always has the best Halloween costumes. Also, she is tenacious with reference questions—she never gives up.” “The thing that I appreciate about Gina is—whether it is a parade or an astronaut visit or any kind of special event—she is the first person here and the last person to leave when something needs to be done. Gina says, “yes,” and she will wear a wig if needed. Plus, she knows the value of baked goods and chocolate.

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FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BEVERLY REED VOLUNTEER EXTRAORDINAIRE Beverly Reed, a longtime volunteer at the Anacortes Library FriendShop, has been an instrumental part of the shop’s success. As the store manager, Reed oversees everything from volunteer scheduling to pricing and sorting books. Open six days a week, Reed comes in on a daily basis and helps in any way that is needed. When asked about why she started volunteering 12 years ago, Reed stated, “I love books and have always wanted to have my own bookshop. This is a wonderful opportunity for me to fulfill that dream.” The FriendShop is community based and Reed says, “Every day, when I come in, I meet new people in our community with unique stories to tell.” This connection is why she commits to serve the town. She says, “I believe the library is the centerpiece of the town. There is nothing more valuable.” Her volunteer work is greatly appreciated and the library staff extends a heartfelt thank you for all she does.

LOCAL ARTISTS’ EXHIBIT Friends of the Anacortes Public Library’s Art Committee will host a 3-month exhibit of works created by local artists. The intention of the exhibit is to feature local art, to enhance the appearance of the Friends Community Room, and to benefit from art sales.

PUBLIC VIEWING HOURS Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00—December 5 & 19, January 2 & 16, February 6 & 20 Saturdays 1:00-2:00—December 1 & 22, January 12 & 26, February 9 & 23 Sundays, 2:00-3:00—December 16, January 20, February 17.

ARTISTS’ RECEPTION Sunday, December 9, 10:00-noon The public is invited to meet the artists in the Friends Community Room and to view their pieces. The art was selected from submissions by several local artists for this second exhibit presented by Friends of the Anacortes Library. Refreshments will be served.

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JAZZ COMMITTEE Since 2005 the Anacortes Public Library Jazz Committee (APLJC) has cultivated an ever-growing passion for jazz throughout Anacortes with its library collection, commitment to education, first rate entertainment, and enrichment projects. The collection consists of CDs, books, and videos covering jazz greats from every era and curated by John Gilbreath, executive director of Seattle’s Earshot Jazz organization. The APLJC educates about jazz through grants for programs with the middle and high schools, college scholarships totaling $10,000, and a monthly series for the community on jazz greats and jazz instruments given by experts in the field. The APLJC entertains by sponsoring Second Sunday Jazz at the library, a jazz stage at the Anacortes Arts Festival, and a yearly swing dance in February. It also sponsors many jazz groups throughout the year. The APLJC also helps enrich by co-sponsoring Hoopla at the library and developing projects that support area musicians.

Here ye, Here ye! come one, come all! We Have THrilling library neWs!

Join Us in FebrUary For oUr KicK-oFF FUndraiser

Want to know more? Join us as the architectural firm, Underwood and Associates facilitate design discussions concerning the modernization of our library! Mayor Laurie Gere and Library Director Ruth Barefoot will be in attendance to answer questions during the discussions.

Links @ the Library is the Kick-off event to raise funds for several of the design features within the Library.

Sign up to attend one of our Charrettes in January as we define design and construction needs for the key spaces within the library. Charettes will be held Thursdays at 7:00 pm on January 10, 17, 24, and 31.

This fundraiser is focusing on the Children’s Gateway, New Laptop Bars, Distinct signage, and the implementation of the new branding program. These updates will result in a better library experience for all of our patrons! Easier accessibility, improved community connection space, added program opportunities, and easier self-directed library use for all ages!

Join us as we transform the entire Library into a miniature golf course for your fun-filled mini golf experience. This unique fundraiser will be an event to remember! Get your tickets starting January 1, 2019 at Pelican Bay Books, Watermark Books, or Lil’ Tugs Children’s Boutique.

Saturday Adult Event February 16, 2019 7:00 to 10:00 pm $40 per person

Sunday Family Event

February 17, 2019 12:00 to 3:00 pm Donations will be accepted

An Anacortes Public Library Foundation Fundraiser

Support our Library by attending the community forum, the Links@ the Library Fundraiser, and sponsoring our fun and unique event.

To Become a Links @ the Library Event Sponsor Contact Ruth Barefoot Mary Staley

(360) 588-8171 (360) 420-9274

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Bowling Bash Fundraiser

Riverside Lanes, Mount Vernon Saturday, March 30, 1pm & 3:30pm


The Bowling Bash is an annual fundraiser for the Skagit County Meals on Wheels program. Teams of four bowlers enjoy two games, refreshments, food and prizes! The team entry fee is $250 and team members are encouraged to raise additional funds by asking for donations from family, friends and colleagues. Prizes are awarded to the top three fundraising teams. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the event! Visit or call (360) 293-7473 for more information In 2018, 2,400 Skagit seniors have received approximately 150,000 hot meals. 95,800 of those meals were delivered to their homes daily. 

All meals are provided on a donation basis and there is no financial eligibility criteria.

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If you or someone you know is interested in receiving services from Meals on Wheels, please call (360) 416-1500.


at Anacortes Community Theatre


To register go to or call 360-293-6829


Ages: Preschool: 3 – 5 years Cost: $75 Dates: Fridays Jan 11th – Feb 15th Time: 11 am - Noon Pirates, monsters, jungle animals, superheroes, royalty… so many creative characters to imagine and perform! In this class designed just for 3 - 5 year olds, your young actor will create a character, use their imaginations, explore what it’s like to perform and act out a new story every day. Along the way, through a variety of creative and dramatic games, students will learn theatre etiquette, develop their imagination, improve their selfconfidence, and provide social interaction within an organized class setting


Ages: Kindergarten – 2nd grade Cost: $100 Dates: Fridays Jan 25th – March 8th Time: 4 – 5:15 pm Performances: Last 30 minutes of class on 3/8. It’s Harvest Festival and the farm animals have put together their favorite stories from the year to share with the guests. The stories are spooky, mysterious, magical and always entertaining! The class instructor will work with each student to help them create a unique farm animal 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.


Ages: 3rd – 5th grade Cost: $150 Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays Feb 5th – March 14th Time: 4 – 5:30 pm Performances: March 15th and 16th at 7 pm There hasn’t been a mayor in Swamp Town for more than one hundred years. Ever since that incident with the alligator, the town hasn’t been able to agree on anything, much less a mayor. Can smooth talking, out of towner Klump VonBayer bring this ancient feud to an end? Or will this town full of wacky characters be more than he can handle. 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

A NIGHT WITH EDGAR ALLEN POE Ages: 9th – 12th grade Cost: $150 Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays Jan 14th – Feb 27th Time: 2:45 – 4:15 pm Performances: March 1st and 2nd at 7 pm Join Edgar Allen Poe, the famous writer of thrillers, as he shares some of his most famous stories including “The Tell Tale Heart”, “The Black Cat”, “The Cask of Amontillado” and more. The focus of this class will be on creating three-dimensional characters and developing dramatic acting skills. 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.


Ages: 6th – 8th grade Cost: $175 Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays Jan 8th – Feb 14th Time: 2:45 – 5:15 pm Performances: Feb 15th and 16th at 7 pm Every actor has a song that showcases their unique voice and personality, and this class will help them find it! The class begins by finding a song that best suits each student. Then, the musical production Lean On Me will be created around the selected songs. Lean On Me centers on a group of students who find themselves in detention with a teacher who wants them all to be friends, (which is the last thing they want!) The focus of the class will be on character and performance as well as singing. All students will be featured in this original production that is performed for the public.

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A Martial Art for Life! Ages 4 and Up.


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

(Excludes 1st Fri of the Month)

4:00 - 4:30 pm 3:30 - 4:00 pm 10:30 - 11:00 am

Friday Morning Tigers

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

4:45 - 5:55 pm 4:00 - 5:10 pm 5:15 - 6:25 pm 10:00 - 11:00 am


SPECIAL NEW PROGRAM FOR 4 - 6 YEAR OLDS Friday Morning TIGERS — Jan 11th through Mar 29th Register for this new introductory program by Jan 3rd Minimum of 5 students required for class. $80 for these 10 classes including uniform Call Heather Leahy-Mack Jo Kyo, Cert. Assistant Instructor

360-679-2025 Cost Savings Available with

Silver&Fit® and Active&Fit®

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

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

Midnight Blue & Red Belts Tues Sat

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

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

Wu Style Tai Chi Mon & Wed Most Thursdays

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

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

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

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

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2019 Schedule! Register Now, Spaces are limited per class. Winter Session

10 Weeks

January 8 - March 14

Spring Session

10 Weeks

March 19 - May 23

Summer Session A

4 Weeks

June 4 - June 27

Summer Session B

6 Weeks

July 16 - August 22

Transform your life this year Increase Flexibility - Strength - Energy - Mindfulness - Well Being. Class Fees $ 150 for 10 Weeks Drop Ins Welcome anytime $18 Want more classes? “Add On” a class for only $12 Private lessons $75 Class Times Tuesday 9am-10:30am Level 1 Wednesday 6:30pm-8pm Thursday 9am-10:30am Beginners Contact info: Laifong Ng 360-202-2323 Facebook: NgYoga@Anacortesyoga


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


I began practicing yoga in the summer of 2002. I started teaching yoga in the fall of 2006 at Skagit Valley College in Oak Harbor. I’ve taught at Bayside Fitness and Yoga Northwest in Bellingham for many years. My passion for yoga and desire to learn more led me to Bali where I did a 200hr hatha yoga/vinyasa training. Upon my return I enrolled at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco and completed a 200 & 500 hour teacher training. I was

Beginner classes introduce the foundational principles of alignment, and basic standing asanas. Level 1 classes are for students with 3 to 6 months experience in Iyengar yoga who are steady and comfortable in standing asanas. Mixed Level classes accommodate a wide range of experience levels from beginners to students that have practiced for a long time. Qualifications: Laifong Ng Certified Iyengar Teacher (CIYT) RYT 200, RYT 500 chairs) to help students safely attain the maximum benefits. The three defining characteristics of IY are: Technicalities, Sequencing, and Timing. It is an excellent practice for students of any age or ability. Mr. Iyengar (Dec 14, 1918 Aug 20, 2014) lived in Puna, India and dedicated his life to the practice of yoga. A very Happy Birthday to him if he were alive today, he’d be 100 this December.

very passionate about learning more yoga, so in the Fall 2014 I went to Pune, India and studied with Mr. Iyengar’s daughter, Geeta, and completed my Iyengar Yoga Certification in 2015. I currently teach at Marathon Anacortes Refinery and Anacortes Soo Bahk Do. I feel a sense of honor and privilege to be able to share my love and passion for yoga

FREE YOGA WEEK: JANUARY 1st, 2nd and 3rd 2019

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At Anacortes Soo Bahk Do - 2117 O Avenue “In whatever position one is in, or in whatever condition in life one is placed, one must find balance. Balance is the state of the present, the here & now. If you balance in the present, you are living in eternity.” - B.K.S. Iyengar


Anacortes Senior College Winter term begins Tuesday, January 8 And continues through Thursday, February 14, 2019. Classes meet at Anacortes Middle School, 2200 M Avenue To register online or for course information, go to For further information, email or call 360-503-1255 Before registering, check class availability at

WINTER CLASS SCHEDULE January 8 to February 14 Classes meet 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Classes are six weeks in length unless otherwise noted. A 6-week class in $30; a 3-week class is $20


Exploring Washington’s Geology (CLOSED) - Dr. Gene Kiver discusses the unique geologic sites throughout Washington: the Olympic & Cascade Mountains, including our local volcanoes; the Salish Sea & San Juan Islands; the Columbia Plateau; also, the role of plate tectonics. The final class will be a field trip. No prior geologic knowledge is necessary. A retired Eastern Washington professor, Dr. Kiver conducts active research, conducts hikes in Eastern Washington, and has published three books. (Six weeks class.) Inside North Korea - Dr. Mark Wenzel, Superintendent of Anacortes schools, lived in Korea for six years, and has maintained a lifelong interest in the country’s historical and current context. Course topics include: the state’s formation and development over the past 70 years, education, propaganda, diplomacy, arms development, food insecurity, and more. Class structure will be readings, videos, and group discussions. (Six weeks.) Guns: Fundamentals, Rights and Laws – A strictly non-political class, Alan Brewer examines the history of guns and how they work, different types of guns and ammunition, and the Constitutional foundation and subsequent court decisions which not only guarantee but set boundaries on the right to bear arms. In this era of public debate, the course is designed to give knowledge and understanding of gun ownership. (Six weeks.)


How Metalwork Changed Civilization – Without metalwork, civilization, as we know it, would remain stalled in the Stone Age. The overall impact of metals -especially iron – for tools, hardware, utensils, and weapons will be examined by master blacksmith, Paul Thorne. His is the story of blacksmiths – their knowledge, skills, metals, tools, and their place in history. Paul teaches blacksmithing for groups and private classes at his Anacortes shop. Go to to view his works. (Six weeks) Managing Tree and Garden Pests - Maintaining gardens and trees in the PNW is a rewarding endeavor; however, these sites can be degraded by insects, mites, abiotic effects, and pathogens. Dr. Robert Gara, Professor Emeritus, UW, delivers a working knowledge of basic entomology, pathology and ways to manage pest outbreaks using safe management. The understanding of biocides and how they are registered for use will also be discussed. (Six weeks) Three Good Movies – Join filmmaker Mark Lundsten and view three Oscar wining films: “High Noon”, “Tootsie” and “The King’s Speech” in their entirety. All movies feature seasoned actors, directors and writers. Mark will then study and discuss each film by re-watching certain scenes. Learn how these movies are distinct, but also similar. Movies will be shown on weeks 1, 3, and 5, with weeks 3 and 5 ending close to 6 p.m., as the films are longer. Weeks 2, 4, and 6 are reserved for discussion and will end at 5:30 p.m. (Six weeks) Understanding Insurance: Auto, Home & Beyond – Discover the ins and outs of the insurance business as you learn about auto and home policies. Michael Mast, a 47-year veteran of State Farm Insurance, delves into the key terms and coverage of the average policy. Mast, a graduate of WWU, has received multiple awards for his work. This class is not a sales pitch, but a basic explanation of insurance. (3-weeks: 1/10, 17, 24) Genealogy and DNA (CLOSED) – Susanna Epler and Betty Tartas are a dynamic genealogy duo who have helped many in this area discover their heritage and build their family tree. In this overview of research techniques and DNA testing, they will cover online and traditional resources, explain the three types of DNA tests and what the test results indicate, and teach ways to use DNA results to expand and verify family tree information. Students are encouraged to bring laptops. (Class limited to 20. Three-weeks: 1/31, 2/7, & 14)

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The Friends of the Forest is a non-profit, citizen organization dedicated to the preservation of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands through education, outreach, and stewardship. We have a multi-layered education program that strives to meet the needs of all Fidalgo Island residents. Our education program includes K-12 guided school field trips, Adult/Senior hikes, All ages hikes, Forest Discovery Day Camp, habitat restoration efforts, adult field seminars, a quarterly newsletter, and our two comprehensive school district programs; Growing Wild-native plants for all 3rd graders, and Middle School Watershed Discovery for all students in the 7th grade. Our community hikes are FREE and no registration is required. Please join our Naturalist Guide, Melissa Courtney 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 Mackenzie Wilson or Jean Andrich at 360-293-3725. You may also visit our website 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 ARE WELCOME AT OUR… Annual Membership Meeting in February Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 7:00pm The Depot Art Center, 611 R Ave., Anacortes, WA 98221

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. Our new Forest Educator, Melissa Courtney will be on hand to meet with members. 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!

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Pine Ridge Loop • • • •

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

Friday, February 15 10am-12pm Distance: 1.5 miles 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 signs of spring. We will amble along the east side of Heart Lake and continue north on a nice stroll through the Heart Lake forest area. Meet at the Heart Lake parking lot. Friday, March 1 10am-12pm Distance: 1.25 miles 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

WINTER FITNESS HIKE For those who want to cover ground at a fast pace!

Heart Lake Hills

Whistle Lake Fitness Hike

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Friday, February 1st 10am until noon Distance: 1.5 miles Join us for this great opportunity to get out and stretch your legs during the winter months. We will be exploring what the forests to the east of Heart Lake have to offer while taking in the sights and sounds of the winter . Meet at the Heart Lake parking lot.

Saturday, January 19 10am-1:30pm Distance: 8 Miles We will cover some ground exploring the Whistle Lake forest lands on this fitness journey. Along the way we will enjoy a great view of Whistle Lake from the south, pass by Toot swamp, and summit Sugar Cube. Make sure to dress in layers and bring water. Meet at Whistle Lake parking lot.

All Ages Hikes and our full range of programs will return in the Spring! Be sure to check out our website for up to date calendar information at any time.

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Get to know your community forestlands! It’s time to join a guided hike, and begin to learn more about the fascinating wild green heart of our island.


Join us each month (Jan – April) for an evening of discovery highlighting the fascinating life in and around the shoreline and marine ecosystems. Lectures are free and open to all ages. Donations are welcome and appreciated.

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Location: NW Educational Services District Bldg., 1601 R Ave., Anacortes

January 18, 2019 Forage Fish in the Southern Salish Sea: Critical species in the Salish Sea food web Presenter: Todd Sandell PhD, Senior Forage Fish Biologist, WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

February 15, 2019 Southern Resident Orcas: The natural history and current conditions facing the species Presenter: Howard Garrett, Director and President of the Board of Orca Network

March 15, 2019 Puget Sound Mussel Monitoring: Using filter feeding mussels for research on nearshore contaminants Presenter: Jennifer Lanksbury, Wildlife Biologist, WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

April 12, 2019 Plankton of the Land: Mosses, lichens, and fungi in Pacific Northwest forests Presenter: Kem Luther, PhD; Naturalist and Writer, Vancouver Island, BC Friends of Skagit Beaches is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Sign up for the Friends newsletter and learn more about programming at Like us on Facebook and keep up to date on Friends volunteer and learning opportunities. Winter 2019 ATOT  37 


14th AnnuAl Winter lecture SerieS


Anacortes Community Garden This year proved to be a productive and beneficial year. With the help of the 29th Street Gardeners, the Boy Scouts, and the Girl scouts a total of 683 pounds of produce that went to the Anacortes Family shelter, Anacortes 100 and the Salvation Army. Lettuce, Tomatoes, Zucchini, Cucumbers, Carrots, Chard, Kale, Beets, and Beans are some of the vegetables that were harvested and shared. The two school gardens were also very productive, educational and fruits of their labor enjoyed by staff, students and parents. Great job to you all!

h Fidalgo Island and Guemes Gleaners

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ou probably did not expect to hear from the American Academy of Pediatrics in the opening line of an article regarding Holiday safety. This group of 67,000 professional healthcare providers recommends that anyone under the age of 13 should be restrained in an appropriate car seat and/ or seatbelt in the back seat when riding in a car. Only children 13-years old and older can safely and legally* ride in the front seat of your car. Before age 13, children do not have the skeletal structure to withstand the force of a front-end collision and contact with an airbag that deploys at an extremely high rate of speed. In my observation, Anacortes parents and guardians with plenty of available seating space in their vehicles frequently make this very common error in child passenger safety. I surmise that the decision

is one of convenience—my child is old enough to manipulate the door, seatbelt, etc. and it is easier to speak with them if they are in the front seat of the car. The good news? It is an easy change to make. When you are driving to grandpa and grandma’s house on Christmas Eve, have your child sit in the back seat. It may take a few trips, but in time, the adjustment will be part of the safety culture that you create. Dr. Benjamin Hoffman, MD, is chair of the AAC Council on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention. Dr. Hoffman, in an AAP article concerning car seat recommendations released in August 2018, offers this statistic—“Car crashes remain the leading cause of death for children. Over the last 10 years, 4 children age 14 and under died each day”. Much is at stake. Like many other safety considerations, do not allow convenience to trump safety for the ones you love this Holiday season. *reference RCW 46.61.687, c. The driver of a vehicle transporting a child who is under thirteen years old shall transport the child in the back seat positions in the vehicle where it is practical to do so. CSO Karl Wolfswinkel Anacortes Police Department

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ECRWSS Resident

Keep up the good work! Almost thirty years ago, Denise Crowe became forever linked to the storied history of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands. As she took the reins of the Friends of the Forest Education Program, generations of Anacortes children excitedly waited for their turn to experience her inspirational introduction to the magic forested hide-a-ways of their island home. Denise would become one of the pillars supporting our woods, sharing stories, teaching powerful lessons, and creating deep relationships amongst people, trees and trails. Denise came to the ACFL when the City of Anacortes and the Friends of the Forest were sometimes contentiously working their respective ways through a new era of financial support for the ACFL. The community had decided that clear-cutting of the woods in order to pay for their

management was an unsustainable model. It was time for the Friends and the City to join forces and create a new era of ACFL Management. Denise and the Friends began the challenging work of helping move the City toward a more forest friendly style of management, building a strong bond of trust between the two organizations. The City developed a powerful belief in the Friends’ Education Program, and began what is now an annual process of budgeting public funds in support of that work. Her ability to build bridges to City Hall was an absolutely critical step in the evolution of this healthy working relationship. She has sat in hours of public meetings to improve forest lands trails and help protect Smiley's Bottom, Ship Harbor and Heart Lake. Denise's patient instruction and love of the woods has inspired local youths to volunteer cleaning up trash and removing non-native plants like ivy and Scot's Broom. The wild places on Fidalgo Island are better off thanks to her 25 year career with the Friends and so are we. The City wishes to thank Denise for her service to this community and wish her well as she pursues the next chapter of an amazing career. More importantly we want to ask each of you who might be inclined to take the opportunity and thank Denise personally for her effort and commitments to this wonderful island we call home.

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