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Recreation & Activity Guide

Mount Vernon Mayor’s Wellness Challenge........................... 2

Skagit County Parks & Recreation.................................. 10-11

Skagit Kid Insider...................................................................... 2

Skagit County Fairgrounds ....................................................11

Mount Vernon Parks & Enrichment Services......................3-6

Recreation Without Borders ..................................................12

Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve .............. 6

Festival of Family Farms .........................................................13

Skagit Conservation District.................................................... 7

Western Washington University............................................14

Mount Vernon City Library....................................................... 7

Bellingham Sportsplex ...........................................................15

Burlington Parks & Recreation.............................................8-9

Calendar ...................................................................................16




Mayor’s Community Wellness Challenge Events A free community activity every month of the year! The Mayor’s Wellness Challenge is being reimagined in 2017 to celebrate and grow our community spirit over the course of the entire year, with a special event or activity highlighted each month! We encourage everyone to come out and participate – celebrating together strengthens our community connections, fosters neighborliness and highlights everything that is great about our City. We look forward to seeing you in the months ahead! Visit for all the latest details on monthly activities, or “like” us on Facebook @Mount Vernon Wellness Challenge. September: Skagit River Salmon Festival – September 9th October: Safety Preparedness & Fire Prevention – Fire Station 3 Open House October 14th 5464-001

December: Mount Vernon Downtown Old Fashion Christmas Parade, Tree Lighting & Holiday Movie - December 3rd



November: Veteran’s Day Celebration - Lincoln Theater November 11th


Mount Vernon Parks & enrichMent serVices

1717 South 13th St., Mount Vernon • Parks, Programs & Reservations (360) 336-6215 • Information Line (360) 336-0631 fax (360) 336-6290 • website: • e-mail:

Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation invites individuals with special needs to participate in our programs. Please call in advance if accommodations are necessary for successful participation.

YOUTH PROGRAMS BAllET ANd TAP AGES 3-5 This class teaches your child phrasing and the terminology of ballet and tap while building grace, poise and strength. Basic building blocks, positions and the preparatory steps of ballet and tap will be taught in each class. Students wear leotard and tights with leather soled ballet and tap shoes. Hair should be neatly secured. Parents are invited to attend the last 10 minutes of class. Days/Dates: Tuesdays session 1: Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17 session 2: Oct. 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28 time: 10-10:45am Location: Hillcrest Recreation Building Fee: $60 instructor: Ms. Mo

MOMMY & ME AGES 1-3 This wonderful class will have mommy and child twirling with glee. You will love the exercise and your child will love learning dance, coordination, balance, rhythm and stretching. Child should be walking to participate. Days/Dates: Tuesdays session 1: Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17 session 2: Oct. 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28 time: 10:45-11:15am Location: Hillcrest Recreation Building Fee: $42 instructor: Ms. Mo


This class is designed for children at all levels of expertise who show an interest in drawing and want to learn more. The atmosphere is low key and allows for individual expression within the guidelines of learning the elements of art and design. The students will be given exercises and other methods to enhance their artistic abilities. Dates: October 4, 11, 18, 25 time: 6-7:30pm age: 8-12 years Location: Hillcrest Recreation Building Fee: $80 instructor: Melanie Dugan is a teacher with Burlington/Edison Schools. She is endorsed in Art instruction in Washington State and has a minor in Art with a major in Elementary Education, and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. note: A supply list will be given the first day of class.

CHIld ANd BABYSITTING SAfETY ClASS The Child and Babysitting Safety (CABS) program is a community education program that covers child safety and basic care techniques for infants and children. CABS stresses the priority to keep the babysitter and the children you care for safe. Some of the topics covered in the program: before the parents leave, playtime, telephone calls/ stranger knocks, hand washing, meal times, bedtime, and providing emergency care (first aid and CPR). Dates: Saturday, November 11 time: 9am-3:00pm age: 10 years and older Location: Hillcrest Park Recreation Building Fee: $50 minimum: 10 instructor: Sheila Davis, Certified First Aid/ CPR Instructor American Safety & Health Institute note: Bring lunch and a drink


Recreation Without Borders specializes in trips, tours and adventures throughout the Northwest. Registration fees include transportation, supervision and admission fees but do not include food, beverages or other purchases unless specifically noted. Participants should bring money for food and other purchases and wear warm, weather appropriate and comfortable clothing and sturdy walking shoes. All trips depart from and return to Hillcrest Park, 1717 South 13th Street in Mount Vernon.


Get an inside glimpse into private artist studios and beautiful art galleries today. Meet and talk with professional artists, explore studios, see the work in progress and perhaps purchase a newly finished piece of art. Day/Date: Sunday, September 17 time: 9:00 am–4:00 pm ages: 12 years and older (w/ adult supervision) Fee: $61 register by: Monday, September 11

PICTURESqUE PORT TOwNSENd Fall is one of the most magical times of the year to visit Port Townsend. The air is crisp, the water gorgeous and the town is abuzz with a wide range of things to do, unique to Washington’s Victorian Seaport. Enjoy a ferry ride across the Puget Sound, explore the Jefferson Museum of Art & History and then discover for yourself the amazing shops, cafes and waterfront sights. Day/Date: Saturday, September 23 time: 8:30 am-6:00 pm ages: 8 years and older (w/ adult supervision) Fee: $81 register by: Monday, September 18




NEw dAY NORTHwEST, GIlMAN VIllAGE ANd BOEHM’S CHOCOlATES Lights…camera…action! All aboard for a fun and exciting adventure. Highlights include: KING-5 TV for the live taping of “New Day Northwest” hosted by Margaret Larson, a visit to award-winning and historic Gilman Village for a no-host lunch and shopping and a private tour at Boehm’s Candies and Chocolates. Wear colorful clothing for the show! Please note: the Boehm’s tour includes some uneven, gravel pathways and stairs. Day/Date: Wednesday, October 4 time: 7:30 am–5:00 pm ages: 12 years and older (w/ adult supervision) Fee: $72 register by: Wednesday, September 27

PIkE PlACE MARkET ANd AMAzON TOUR Visit one of Seattle’s oldest and newest attractions today! First stop: Pike Place Market to explore, shop and enjoy a delicious no-host lunch. Next up: enjoy a guided tour of Building 1-Amazon’s amazing headquarters. Day/Date: Wednesday, October 25 time: 9:00 am–5:30 pm ages: 8 years and older (w/ adult supervision) Fee: $61 register by: Wednesday, October 18

NORTHwEST CHOCOlATE fESTIVAl Chocolate lovers unite! This is THE one stop for everything chocolate including tastings, cooking demonstrations, education classes and more. Then on the way home we will stop by a winery to purchase some wine to compliment your chocolate! Day/Date: Saturday, November 11 time: 10:00 am-5:00 pm ages: 21 and older Fee: $81 register by: Monday, October 9 (early deadline!)

A SHOPPING wE wIll GO! It’s that time of year again...time to update your wardrobe and perhaps find a unique gift or more! And what better way to do it than at bargain prices? Visit several high-end consignment and thrift stores in the Seattle-metro area that offer value, selection, imports and more. From earrings to elves to everything else there’s sure to be something for everyone! Day/Date: Wednesday, November 29 time: 8:30 am-5:00 pm ages: 12 years and older (w/ adult supervision) Fee: $61 register by: Wednesday, November 22

HISTORIC BURNABY VIllAGE ANd VAN dUSEN fESTIVAl Of lIGHTS The holidays are coming and it’s time to enjoy the season! Head north to the greater Vancouver area and visit two of its most popular holiday destinations, Historic Burnaby Village and Van Dusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights. Each year the Village comes alive with wonderful elements of a Heritage Christmas and Van Dusen is transformed into a winter wonderland complete with amazing choreographed light shows and much more! Please note: Proof of citizenship…valid passport, DMV enhanced approved driver’s license or NEXUS card…is required to cross the border. Day/Date: Wednesday, December 13 time: 11:00 am–8:00 pm ages: 8 years and older (w/ adult supervision) Fee: $88 register by: Wednesday, December 6

CYPRESS MOUNTAIN SNOwSHOE AdVENTURE Enjoy a winter wonderland at BC’s beautiful Cypress Mountain. See nature at her best while you follow easy to moderate groomed trails in the Hollyburn Ridge area. Fee includes trail pass, snowshoes, poles and guides. What a wonderful gift idea! A complete supplies list will be available at registration. Please note: Proof of citizenship

(current passport, DMV enhanced driver’s license or NEXUS card) is required to cross the border. Day/Date: Wednesday, December 27 time: 8:30 am–6:00 pm ages: 12 years and older (w/ adult supervision) Fee: $86 register by: Wednesday, December 20

AdUlT PROGRAMS PICklEBAll – A lIfETIME SPORT! Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States and around the world. This game can be played by folks of all ages. Elementary school children to folks in their 90’s can all enjoy this game. The game combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. The game is played on a badminton sized court with a paddle and a plastic ball. No previous experience is necessary. Court shoes and the ability to freely move around the court is required. Child care is not provided. Dates: Sundays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. Nov. 5, 12, 19 time: 10am-12pm ages: 18 years+ Location: LaVenture Middle School gym Fee: $28 Min: 6

SPECIAl EffECTS MAkEUP ClASS This class will teach the basics of effects make up, such as fake blood recipes, 3D wounds, creature effects, and mold making. We will go through traditional, inexpensive options as well as cutting edge, professional materials and techniques. Students will gain an understanding of the different possibilities for achieving their desired special effect and gain skill in techniques through hands on practice. Dates: Friday, Oct. 13th

time: 6:30pm-9pm Location: Vaux Retreat Center Fee: $25 instructor: Daniel Salas

SPECIAl EffECTS MOld MAkING This class will serve as introduction to the methods and materials used to create 3D fx. We will touch base on simple molds, life casting, and two piece molds. There will be plenty of demonstrations. Dates: Saturday, October 14 time: 12-5pm Location: Vaux Retreat Center Fee: $30 instructor: Daniel Salas

INTROdUCTORY SPANISH fOR AdUlTS A friendly and practical introduction to the Spanish language for adult learners to provide a framework on which to build foreign language knowledge and the confidence to use it, to include: Pronunciation, Noun number and gender, Adjectival position and agreement, Verb formation, Basic vocabulary and An opportunity to continue learning Spanish at the end of the course. Days/times: Tuesdays, 6:00-7:15pm weekly homework / online activities session 1: Sept. 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17 session 2: Oct. 24, Nov 7, 14, 21 session 3: Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19 Fee: $50 per adult including all materials Location: Vaux Retreat Center instructor: Giles Kilvert, Spanish teacher at MV Christian School and has International teaching experience

SPANISH lANGUAGE SUPPORT fOR HOMESCHOOlING PARENTS This is a course offering guidance and support for homeschooling parents in beginning Spanish Language. This course will include how to teach essential language elements, introduction to a recommended text & workbook, and online resources and

activities. This is an ideal forum for parents to enjoy mutual support, to share ideas and have questions answered. Suitable for parents homeschooling 6th grade students and older. This course is provided by a current high school Spanish teacher with 13+ years of experience. sessions 1: Tuesdays: Oct. 3 – Nov. 21 $99 session 2: Tuesdays: Nov. 28 – Dec. 19 $50 time: 1:00-2:00pm Location: Vaux Retreat Center instructor: Giles Kilvert

dRAwING This class will cover materials, techniques and different approaches to creating a drawing from start to finish. This class is open to all skill levels, especially beginners. Topics include: Basic Shapes and Construction, Composition, Values and Rendering. Dates: October 4, 11, 18, 25 time: 10am-12pm age: 15 years + Location: Vaux Retreat Center Fee: $100 instructor: Greg Dugan has worked as a professional artist for the past twenty five years and has earned his BFA in illustration. note: A material list will be given the first day of class.

wATERCOlOR PAINTING This watercolor class is the perfect start for those who want to learn the art of watercolor, and for those with some experience who want to learn more. This class will cover the materials and tools used for painting a watercolor, as well as basic techniques, color theory, composition and how to plan and paint a watercolor. Dates: October 4, 11, 18, 25 time: 6-8pm age: 15 years + Location: Vaux Retreat Center Fee: $100 instructor: Greg Dugan has worked as a professional artist for the past twenty five years and has earned his BFA in illustration. note: A material list will be given the first day of class.



Puppies 12 weeks to 8 months will learn doggie social skills, good manners, and basic commands including: sit, down, stay, leave it, give it, heeling and walking, wait at door, come when called and much more. Hand signals and verbal commands will be taught. Owners will learn how to handle jumping, nipping, and biting. Learn the best potty training techniques as well as the most effective and humane ways to stop bad habits from setting in. Puppies will have fun doing confidence building exercises like tunnel runs and “walking the plank”. Clicker training will be demonstrated, but use is optional. Well-behaved children, 10 years and older may attend this class. Days/Dates: Wednesdays for 5 weeks session 1: September 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11 session 2: October 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15 time: 6:30-7:30pm age: 12 years and up min: 6 max: 10 Location: Hillcrest Park Recreation Building Fee: $90 instructor: carmen Williams, CPDT-ka, AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, Owner of Sunny Lane Dog Academy: note: Please bring treats, collar, leash and mat or rug to class

TAI CHI fOR HEAlTH Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese exercise that has been a daily prescription for health and longevity for hundreds of years. Tai Chi focuses on balance, posture, relaxation, breathing, visual and mental concentration. The very graceful and fluid movements promote mind and body harmony. This class is open to new as well as experienced students. Yang Family Style Bow 52 form section 1. Wear loose fitting clothes. Ongoing classes, weekly sessions session 1: Mondays, September 11October 30 6:00-7:15pm (8 sessions) session 2: November 6-December 18 6:00-7:30pm (7 sessions)

6 Location: Hillcrest Park Lodge ages: 15 years+ Fee: $87 instructor: Bob Shapiro, a Tai Chi/Qigong practitioner for over 40 years, has been teaching Tai Chi for the past 20 years

session 2: Fridays: November 3December 15 (no class on Dec. 2) time: 10:45am-12pm ages: 15 years+ Fee: $77 Location: Hillcrest Park Recreation Building instructor: Bob Shapiro, a Tai Chi/Qigong practitioner for over 40 years, has been teaching Tai Chi for the past 20 years.

TAI CHI fOUNdATIONS fOR EVERY BOdY Participants learn a simplified series of movements using Tai Chi principles. This class is an excellent introduction for those who are interested in Tai Chi but don’t know where to begin. It is also excellent for Tai Chi or Qigong practitioners who wish to deepen their understanding of Qi. Wear loose fitting clothes. 7 weekly sessions. New routines each series. session 1: Fridays: September 15-October 27

SPECIAl EVENTS “BREAkfAST wITH SANTA” Don’t miss this opportunity to visit with Santa and listen to holiday music in the warm atmosphere of the Hillcrest Lodge. Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast of pancakes and ham, and don’t forget to bring your camera for some great photo opportunities! Tickets can be purchased at the door.

10441 Bay View-Edison Rd Mount Vernon WA 98273 To register for programs, go to FOR ADULTS Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants Fall is harvest time - in our gardens, and in our fields and forests. Join naturalist Marlee Osterbauer in this search for wild edible and medicinal plants. She will share extensive knowledge of plant uses and folklore. Weather may be chilly, so dress appropriately. A notebook and pencil are useful. This class is offered twice, Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23, 2:00-4:00pm. Our Glow-in-the-dark neighbors: Living light in the Pacific Northwest – Part 2 This is a sequel to Chandler Colahan’s presentation last June.

Bioluminescent plankton are microscopic organisms that give off light when disturbed. Scientists are now finding all kinds of marine life with the same skill – sparkling and glowing in their underwater world. Everyone is welcome. Saturday, October 7, 1:00pm. Fall Birds of Padilla Bay and the Samish Flats Join naturalist, Libby Mills, to see who’s stayed and who’s arrived. Wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to explore Padilla Bay’s uplands and the “west 90” of the Samish Flats. Bring water and a snack. If you don’t have them you can borrow binoculars. Meet in the Padilla Bay parking lot. This class is offered twice, Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11, 8:00am-12:00 noon.

FOR ALL AGES Aquarium Tour and Fish Feeding Come and see what’s new and exciting in our aquariums. This program is for adults and children. Join aquarist, Mark Olson for a behind-the-tanks view of the system, and a close-up look at the amazing critters in the tanks. Saturday, November 4, 11:00am. No need to register for this one.

Day & Date: Saturday, December 2nd time: 8:00am -11:00am cost: $5.00 for all ages Location: Hillcrest Park Lodge, 1717 S. 13th Street, Mount Vernon

CHIldREN’S SHOPPING ExTRAVAGANzA Kids!! Don’t miss this great shopping opportunity geared just for your budget. All items are priced $5.00 and under. You will find something for everyone in your family from parents and grandparents to sisters and brothers and all of your friends. **If you are interested in being a vendor, please call M.V.P.R. to reserve your table!** Day & Date: Saturday, December 2nd time: 8:30am-1pm Location: Hillcrest Park Recreation Building

Our programs are free and they fill up. To be among the first to be notified of new programs, sign up for our Newsletter email service at our web site: MINI EXPLORERS These programs are for families with children ages 3 to 5. We look at a different estuary topic each month with stories, games, hands-on observations, art projects, and plenty of action. Each class is offered four times. September 6 & 7, 10:00am & 1:00pm, Life on a Rock October 25 & 26, 10:00am & 1:00pm, Clams and their Cousins November 8 & 9, 10:00am & 1:00pm, Backyard Habitat December 6 & 7, 10:00am & 1:00pm, Song and Story Fest

JUNIOR ECOLOGISTS These programs are for families with children ages 6 to 9 who enjoy exploring the estuary with science experiments, games, art projects, and studying life in the bay. Registration is required. Each class is offered twice. October 20 & 21, Food Webs November 17 & 18, 10:30am-Noon, Estuary Art December 15 & 16, 10:30am-Noon, Swans



Explore the wonders of local watersheds in a fun and relaxed atmosphere! What do Watershed Masters do?

• Receive 40 hours of FREE training, which covers an introduction to local geology, historical and treasured places, marine life and biology, the values and functions of estuaries, the biology and habitat needs of local salmon, stream ecology, soils and wetlands, nonpoint source pollution, household hazardous chemicals, forestry practices, agriculture, water quality and MORE! • Hear from MANY LOCAL EXPERTS on a variety of topics and issues. • Become familiar with the complexity and dilemmas involved in managing our natural resources. • Participate in local field trips. • Receive a FREE comprehensive reference notebook. • Meet new friends and participate in meaningful community projects! • After completing the training, participants return 40 hours of volunteer service, undertaking projects designed to protect and/or enhance water quality, or to educate the public on these same issues (usually within 2 years of completing the course).

Fall 2017 Training Dates: Classes will begin on Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 27th • 6 pm - 9 pm and continue every Wednesday evening for 8 weeks. Saturday field tours are scheduled for Sept. 30th, Oct. 14th. & Oct. 28th Pre-register by September 22nd. (The class fills up rapidly and is limited to 25 - first come basis)


The Watershed Masters Volunteer training program is now entering its 24th session and is supported by over twenty local natural resource agencies and organizations. The program is intended for community residents (age 17 & up) who are aspiring to increase their knowledge about local watersheds, water quality, and stream ecology (no previous experience required). Participants attend 8 FUN and INFORMATIVE evening sessions (held weekly), and 3 Saturday field excursions.

Location: Padilla Bay Research Reserve • 10441 Bayview Edison Road • Contact Kristi Carpenter - 360.428.4313 or

Fall @ Mount Vernon City Library Storytimes for children ages birth to 8: September 5 - November 30 Programs for Adults: October 10, 6:30pm - How to be a Prepper/Easy Survival Strategies October 12, 7:00pm - Skagit Reads: Astronaut Wendy Lawrence at Brodniak Hall, Anacortes October 16, 6:30pm - Noxious Weeds October 17, 6:30pm - Sasquatch: Man-Ape or Myth? October 23, 6:00pm - Dig into Fall Series: Gardening with Native Plants October 30, 6:00pm - Dig into Fall Series: The Sinister Garden

Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:00am-8:00pm

315 Snoqualmie Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 Friday & Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm

Closed Sunday


(360) 336-6209



9 How to Capture Awesome Images with your DSLR Camera Beginners Level 1

Duck Decoy Carving In this 8-week course you will gain skills on how to hand carve and paint your own Green Wing Teal Drake Decoy. Receive complete training on carving a cork body and wood head. Then, final preparation and instruction of texture painting in oil paint.

Instructor: 10yrs & up 2789 2789

Kurt Benson, Washington Brandt Foundation Wednesday Community Center 5:00-7:00pm Nov. 1-Dec. 20 5:00-7:00pm Nov. 1-Dec. 20

Min 2/Max 15 Youth (10-17) $30 Adult (18+) $40

Self Esteem and Awareness Workshop Retrain your mind to get you on the right track and reverse negative self-talk into esteem building ideas. Instructor: Laura Fletcher Teens & Adults Wednesday 2752 5:30-7:30 pm 2790 5:30-7:30 pm

Parks and Rec Center September 13 October 25

Min 2/Max 15 $20 $20

Adulting for Teens Are you looking to move out on your own or thinking of heading off to college in the future? This 2-day class covers the basics you will need to know before taking the big step! Day 1 includes how to sew on buttons, boiling an egg, how to do laundry and healthy meal planning. Day 2 teaches creating a budget and savings plan, balancing a bank statement, rental agreements and more! Instructor: 14-23yrs 2848 2849

Laura Fletcher Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm 10:00am-1:00pm

Parks and Rec Center Oct. 7 & 14 Nov. 4 & 18

Min 5/Max 15 $50 $50

Babysitting Basics Learn all the basic skills needed to be a great babysitter! Topics include: age characteristics of children, behavior management, general infant and toddler care, play ideas, safety issues, and what to do in emergency situations. This class also includes information on finding sitting jobs and how to work with parents to ensure success. Instructor: 5-8 Grade 2802 2803 2804 2805

Camp Fire 9:30am-4:30pm Saturday Monday Friday Thursday

Community Center September 16 October 2 November 10 December 28

Min 6/Max 18 $42 $42 $42 $42

Youth Art Classes Explore creativity in an open and experimental setting. Learn basic techniques, brush handling, color mixing, familiarity with water media and mixed media. Additional supply fee paid to instructor on first day of class.* Instructor: Deirdre Czoberek Ages 7-12 Tuesdays Parks and Rec Center 2806 Watercolor for Kids! 4:30-6:00pm Oct. 3- 24 2807 Oil Pastel Painting 4:30-6:00pm Nov. 7-28

Min 6/Max 10 $50/*$20 Supply Fee $50/*$15 Supply fee

In this 3-hour workshop we’ll cover aperture and shutter speed and show you how to change them on your camera. Next we’ll discuss how to use these settings to create the image you want. Bracketing the exposure is a very key part of this and will set you on the right path. We will also cover the use of polarizers and capturing images in the RAW format. Instructor: 12yrs-up* 2793 2794 2795 2796

Andy Porter, NW Images 6:00-9:00 pm Parks and Rec Center Wednesday September 20 Thursday September 28 Wednesday October 18 Thursday October 26

Min 4/Max 16 $40 $40 $40 $40

*16 & under with parent*

Intermediate Level 2

In this class we will delve deeper into depth of field and how to master control over how much of what’s in front of you is in focus. Then we’ll cover the use of different shutter speeds to create stunning, unique images. Learn advanced techniques to obtain a sharp focus throughout your entire image, as well as use of a tripod and tips on how to capture images at night. Prerequisites: You must have taken the How to Capture Awesome Images with your DSLR - Beginners Level 1 OR be VERY comfortable shooting in the Manual Mode with your current camera. Instructor: 12yrs-up* 2797 2798

Andy Porter, NW Images 6:00-9:00 pm Parks and Rec Center Thursday October 19 Wednesday November 8

Min 4/Max 16 $40 $40

*16 & under with parent

Photography Composition and Basic Editing (2 Day Class) Day 1: Photo Composition. “Having an eye” for photography is definitely an acquired skill! Once you learn the basic tools and practice you’ll have it. We will cover: subject placement; use of the horizon; reflections; leading lines; the Rule of Thirds; framing and more. You’ll receive a photo assignment to complete before the next class. Day 2: Together we’ll review your assignment images and then delve into how to edit your images on the computer, covering cropping, color adjustment, filters and all sorts of amazing stuff to make your images pop! Instructor: Andy Porter, NW Images 12yrs-up* Wed. AND Thurs. Parks and Rec Center 2800 6:00-9:00pm November 1 (Composition) 2801 6:00-9:00pm November 9 (Editing) 2800 & 2801 6:00-9:00pm Nov. 1 & 9

Min 4/Max 16 $40 $40 $80

*16 & under with parent*

Burlington Parks and Recreation Department

Parks & Rec Center - 900 E Fairhaven Ave. Phone: 360.755.9649


(360) 416-1350

“Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs” From the Director’s Chair Director Brian Adams, Skagit County Parks and Recreation

As the time train moves into the cooler fall months and we leave behind a smoldering summer, days become abbreviated as earth’s coxswain makes his perennial tack around the sun. As the daylight is condensed and the mercury dips our activity wanes we will undoubtedly begin to consolidate around the insulated environs of home. Before we all scurry back to our shells for the season we need to seize the opportunities created by receding post Labor Day crowds. Early fall is a perfect time to keep the hiking shoes close to the door as the hordes of tourists retreat to their default sanctuaries and our favorite parks become a little less trodden. Before cabin fever takes us hostage and the gray weather sets in, get out a local map and look for the areas shaded in a hue of green to plan your seasonal outdoor conquests. We’ll provide some ideas. Steelhead Park, Sauk Park, and Grandy Lake can all be visited in a one day excursion. On the east side of the County you can trek along the Skagit River from the Steelhead Park

campground on a golden carpet of duff as you meander under the large drooping tawny maple leaves. Pack it up to Sauk Park for a lunch on the shores of the Sauk River before heading back down for a hike along the tannin shores of Grandy Lake. On the west side of the County a trip to Sharpe Park will lead you up a trail to Saras Bluff where Juan de Fuca winds waft up the rocky crags. Sit under an Arbutus tree for lunch before hiking a three mile stretch of the Tursi Trail, while poking along the old copper mine across from where Morris Graves used to shake his fist at the fighter jets as they passed low through the narrow valley below his cabin. The largest Red Cedar tree of Fidalgo Island is a good place to finish the day. Sit under the tree and try to guess Harper’s age. What was going on hundreds of years ago in this region when this tree was just a sapling? How did this ancient tree escape Bunyan’s axe? Post your excursion photos to the Skagit Parks and Recreation Facebook site so we can travel along. Happy trails!

Youth Sports Leagues & Camps

Adult Sports Leagues & Tournaments FALL COED VOLLEYBALL LEAGUES TWO divisions to choose from on either Wednesday or Friday nights! COED teams in this league consist of 3 females and 3 males (6 on 6) aged 16 years or older. Divisions of play include Open & Recreation. The season will include an 8-match regular season at various sites in Skagit County and conclude with a single elimination league tournament. In all divisions it is a “call your own” officiating format.

Register by: Wednesday, October 4 OR Friday, October 6 Ages: 16 years and older Days/dates: Wednesdays, beginning October 11 OR Fridays, beginning October 13 Time: 6:00 – 9:30 pm Location: Various area gyms Fee: $225.00 per team

MEN’S FALL OPEN BASKETBALL LEAGUE This league is open to men 16 years and older. Games will be played Monday, Tuesday or Thursday evenings at Skagit Valley College. This 8-game season will be followed by a single elimination league tournament. Same colored and numbered shirts are required.

Register by: Monday, October 2 Ages: 16 years and older Day/dates: Mondays, beginning October 9 Time: 6:30 – 9:30 pm Location: Skagit Valley College Gym Fee: $450.00 per team

GOBBLERS CLASSIC - COED VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT This is a competitive Adult COED Tournament in which teams will play several single-game round robin matches and then are seeded into a double elimination championship bracket. The Championship team will receive commemorative shirts. Hurry and sign up quickly…this competition is limited to the first 12 teams!

Register by: Wednesday, November 1 Ages: 16 years and older Day/date: Saturday, November 11 Time: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm Location: Mount Baker Middle School Fee: $125.00 per team

SPECIAL NOTICE: Sports officials are needed for youth & adult basketball. Help your body and your wallet through exercise and additional income! Experience is desired, but training can be provided. Interested persons should contact the Recreation Division at 360-416-1350 or

2017 GIRLS S.W.I.S.H. BASKETBALL LEAGUE Skagit, Whatcom, Island and Snohomish Hoops (S.W.I.S.H.) is THE BEST girls basketball program in the area! It is open to all girls in the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Participants may either register as a team or individually (individuals are placed on a team by community or school affiliation). League runs for 8 weeks and includes a total of 11 games. Practices are determined by team coaches.

Registration Requested by: Friday, October 6 (Late registrations will be accepted only if space is available) Ages: 5th – 8th graders Day/dates: Saturdays, beginning October 28 Time: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm (times may vary depending upon game schedules) Location: Various area gyms Fee: $710.00 Team $95.00 Individual

For more information or to register with a VISA or MasterCard call SCPR at 360-416-1350.

2017 BOYS PRE-SEASON BASKETBALL GAMES This a chance for Boys 4th-8th Grade Basketball teams to get some pre-season games in ahead of the Boys SWISH Basketball League that begins January 6th. Teams will be grouped by 4th/5th/6th and 7th/8th grades with consideration given to match-up teams as competitively as possible. Teams will play doubleheaders on dates selected.

Registration Required by: Friday, November 3 Ages: 4th – 8th graders Day/dates: Saturdays – November 19, December 9, December 23 Time: Varies Location: Skagit County Gyms Fee: $140.00 per date (If doing all three dates teams will receive a $60.00 discount)

2018 YOUTH BASKETBALL SKILLS CAMP Skagit County’s BEST hoops camp! Two age groups to choose from! This basketball skills camp is for boys and girls ages

5 - 13 years old. The camp focuses primarily on the development of proper basketball fundamentals. Participants are divided into small working groups for optimal skill improvement. TWO sessions at ONE location. Sessions are divided by 5 - 8 year olds and 9 - 13 year olds w/ both sessions at Mount Baker Middle School in Mount Vernon. Camp runs for five weeks and each camper receives a commemorative basketball! Register early… this camp can fill up very quickly!

Register by: Thursday, January 11 Ages: 5 - 13 years old Day/dates: Saturdays, beginning January 13 Time: 9:00 – 11:30 am Location: Mount Baker Middle School Fee: $75.00 ($5.00 discount for the second child from each family)


Hands down….The LARGEST & BEST Boys Basketball program in the area! Skagit, Whatcom, Island and Snohomish Hoops (S.W.I.S.H.) is open to all boys in 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Participants may either register as a team or individually


(individuals will be placed on a team by community or school affiliation). League runs for 10 weeks and includes a minimum of 11 games. Practices are determined by team coaches.

Registration Requested by: Monday, December 4 (Late registrations will be accepted only if space is available) Ages: 4th – 8th graders Day/dates: Saturdays, beginning January 6 Time: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm (times will vary depending on game schedules) Location: Various area gyms Fee: $715.00 Team $95.00 Individual

2018 BOYS MASTERS BASKETBALL LEAGUE Two Divisions to Choose From! This basketball league is for boys NOT on a high school basketball team. Separate divisions are offered for 9th/10th and 11th/12th grades, though divisions may play cross-over games as needed. The season consists of a minimum of 8 games. Same colored, numbered shirts are required and each team must have a coach/manager who is 21 years or older on the bench for each game.

Register by: Friday, January 12 Ages: 9th – 12th grade boys Day/dates: Sundays, beginning January 21 Time: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Location: Skagit Valley College (SVC) Gym Fee: $425.00 per team

For more information or to register with a VISA or MasterCard call SCPR at 360-416-1350.

25th Annual Fall Garage Sale, Antiques & More Either sign up to sell your goods at an affordable booth space or come find new treasures for yourself. Bring your family & friends and enjoy Great Food, Live Music & Much More! Over 140 vendors and 5,000 visitors each year attend this event. Visit our website for vendor application forms.

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Wine Tours • Private Trips • Sporting Events • Canadian Adventures • Birthday Parties • Theater Outings • Hiking • Youth Trips Overnight Excursions • Museums • Family-Friendly Programs • Employee/Team Building • Snowshoeing • Cross Country Skiing Through Recreation Without Borders… Call 360-766-7109 to register or for more information go to Thursdays in the ParksWeekly Walking Adventures Thursdays, September 7-October 5: Fall Series #1 Thursdays, October 12-November 9: Fall Series #2

Southwestern England and Wales-History, Hiking and More Tuesday, September 5-Wednesday, September 20

New Day Northwest and Nordic Museum

Wednesday, September 13

13th Annual Okanagan Valley BC Wine Tour

Boeing Future of Flight Tour and Restoration Center Tuesday, October 24

Concrete Ghost Walk Saturday, October 28

Olympic Game Farm and Port Townsend Monday, October 30

Reifel Bird Sanctuary and Boundary Bay Saturday, November 4

Grouse Mountain Gondola and Eye of The Wind Monday, November 6

Andrew Wyeth at the SAM Wednesday, November 8

Through Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation… Call 360-336-6215 to register or for more information turn to page 3 Edmonds Art Studio Tour Sunday, September 17

Picturesque Port Townsend Saturday, September 23

New Day Northwest, Gilman Village and Boehm’s Chocolate Wednesday, October 4

Amazon Headquarters Tour and Pike Place Market Wednesday, October 25

9th Annual Seattle Slack Key Festival

Saturday, October 7

Cypress Mountain Snowshoe Adventure

Burnaby Village and Van Dusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights

Chilhuly Garden and Glass, Seattle Center and Glasshouse-Studio Wednesday, October 11

Dunn Gardens, Swanson’s Nursery and More Friday, October 13

Fall Colors and Cascade Loop Monday-Tuesday, October 16-17

National Geographic Live -Into the Arctic Kingdom at Benaroya Hall Sunday, October 22

Sunday, November 26

Wednesday, November 29

Wednesday, December 13

Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn at the 5th Avenue

Cypress Mountain Snowshoe Adventure

Granville Island, Bistro 101 and Van Dusen Festival of Lights

Through Skagit County Senior Centers... Call 360-293-7473 to register or for more information. Seattle Waterfront, Great Wheel and Wings Over Washington

Tuesday, December 5 Wednesday, Dec 6

Seattle ACT: A Christmas Carol Saturday, December 9

Argosy Christmas Ship and Boat Parade Friday, December 15

Wednesday, November 15

Annual Holiday Adventure to Victoria BC and Butchart Gardens Saturday-Sunday, December 16-17

Through South Whidbey Senior Resources Center in Freeland. Call 360-331-5716 to register or for more information. Tulalip Trifecta

Wednesday, October 18

Bistro 101 and Granville Island Vancouver BC

A Shopping We Will Go!

Sunday, November 19

Nifty Thrifty Shopping Tour

Kubota Gardens

Saturday, November 11

Ebey’s Bluff Hike and Coupeville

Viking Fest 2017Raiding and Trading

Wednesday, October 25

Northwest Chocolate Festival

Friday-Sunday, September 29-October 1

Thursday, November 16

Seattle FBI Tour and Pike Place Market

Wednesday, December 27

Tuesday, September 26

Friday, October 27

Wednesday, November 1

Andrew Wyeth at the SAM Friday, November 17

Nifty Thrifty Store Tour

Wednesday, November 22

Leavenworth Festival of d’Lights Sunday-Monday, December 10-11

Garden D’lights at Bellevue Botanical Gardens Wednesday, December 20

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Shannon Point Marine Center

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

COMING FALL 2017 Early Release Enrichment Grades 1-5 TUESDAY-FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3-6 • noon-4 p.m. Salish Sealife Experience: Treat the kids to an experience of hands-on science and art activities at Island View Elementary and Western Washington University’s Shannon Point Marine Center (SPMC). During this program students will explore the wonders of Salish Sea underwater life.

Kids Night Out @ Western (KNOW) – Anacortes Grades 1-6 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20 • 7-9:45 p.m. Enjoy a well-deserved date night while your kids have a fun-filled evening at the Shannon Point Marine Center. Activities will include hands-on science exploration in the SPMC library and lab, and a movie at the end of the night.

Register Online 1900 Shannon Point Road, Anacortes, WA • (360) 293-2188 • Active Minds Changing Lives


Learn to Skate Fall Session Starts Saturday September 9th from 10-11am OR Monday September, 11th from 5-6pm 12 weeks at $175


Learn to pLay FaLL SeSSion Starts

September 12th tuesdays & Thursdays from 5-6pm 12 weeks intro: 3/4 years at $210 levels 1-3: 5(+) years at $295 Party Package Options: Bouncy Castle | Bubble Ball

Ice Skating | Indoor Soccer Haggen’s Cake, Drinks & Decorations


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$100-300 Depending on the activity seleceted

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Little Mountain Trail Builders

September 9, October 28, November 18 Little Mountain Park (the main park entrance) Little Mountain Trail Builders is a volunteer organization that is building multi-use trails (for hikers, cyclists and trail runners) in Little Mountain Park. This is a family-friendly activity; we hope you’ll join us.

Recreation Without Borders specializes in trips, tours and adventures throughout the Northwest and beyond! Upcoming offerings include: Thursdays in the Parks Walking Series 13th Annual Okanagan Wine Tour Olympic Game Farm Granville Island and Bistro 101 Argosy Christmas Ship Chihuly Garden and Glass We also offer amazing private adventures! Call 360-766-7109 for more details or check out our website at Remember...We are the inspiration behind your destination!


30 Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Pitch

Saturday, September 30 | 10am-4pm Skagit River Park - 1100 South Skagit Street, Burlington The Burlington Harvest Festival & Pumpkin Pitch is the most unique festival in the Northwest! All activities are FREE! Trebuchets hurling pumpkins, make your own zucchini or gourd car, pony rides, inflatables, food booths and live music! Shuttle service to and from parking lot to festival. City of Burlington Parks & Recreation at (360) 755-9649 or online at:


7, 8 Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms

October 7th & 8th | 10am-5pm On this weekend, you can have a hands-on-experience learning what it takes to run a farm, from growing crops to feeding animals. It is an opportunity to talk to your farmers and follow your food from the fields to the table. Our participating farms offer fun-filled festival activities for everyone including: educational exhibits, farm tours, harvest markets, gardening demonstrations, free samples, kids activities, corn and hay mazes, animal exhibits, pumpkin patches, scenic tours and more! Our farmers are dedicated to producing high quality products, as well as sustaining our environment and they look forward to sharing their knowledge and products with you. (360) 421-4729,

31 Halloween Safe Trick-or Treat

Tuesday, Oct. 31 | 3:30-5:30 pm Mount Vernon Downtown Association South First Street, Kincaid to

25 Small Business Saturday

Division in Downtown Mount Vernon Skagit County residents are invited to participate in a safe Trick-or-Treat event Tuesday, October 31. At 5:30 pm, kids are also invited to join in the annual Costume Contest at the Lincoln Theatre. Prizes will be awarded in age categories 0-4, 5-8, 9+, and Young At Heart (18+). For more information, contact Cathy Stevens: cell (425) 321-7433 or main office (360) 336-3801, Mount vernon downtown, It’s Happening!

Saturday, November 25, all day The Mount Vernon Downtown Association encourages you to support your friends and neighbors on Small Business Saturday, November 25, and throughout the holiday season by shopping for your loved ones at our independently-owned small businesses FIRST! Brick and mortar businesses support our local economy by providing local jobs and sales tax revenue, while contributing to the unique, friendly small town feel of our community. You never know when one of Santa’s Secret Helpers will be tapping you on the shoulder with a free gift from one of our Mount Vernon Downtown merchants! #mvdashopsmall (360) 336-3801; Mount vernon downtown, It’s Happening!



9 Ladies’ Night Out

Thursday, November 9 | 10am-8pm Shop Your Heart Out for Community Action! Mount Vernon Downtown Association Ladies’ Night Out will once again benefit Community Action of Skagit County. The profits from this event in the downtown heart of our community will support an organization that has our community at heart. Enjoy free drawings, no purchase necessary, and fabulous coupon discounts at participating businesses. Shop all day until 8 pm and remember to sign the gift registries to help your special someone shop for you! Gift bags containing lovely surprises as well as valuable coupons may be purchased in downtown businesses in early October. For more information, contact Cathy Stevens: cell (425) 321-7433 or main office (360) 336-3801, Mount vernon downtown, It’s Happening!

11 Kids Giant Garage Sale

Saturday, November 11 | 9am-Noon Burlington Parks and Recreation Center 900 E. Fairhaven Ave Looking for some great deals on movies, toys, bikes, games and more? Join us at this annual fall event. FREE Admission. Want to be a part of the sale - $15 per table, contact Burlington Parks & Recreation to reserve your space. Tables open to youth 18 and under. 360-7559649,

11 Veteran’s Day Parade

Saturday, November 11 | 11am E. Fairhaven Blvd between Walnut St. & Regent St., Burlington Come out and honor military veterans at the 21st Veteran’s Day Parade hosted in Burlington. Join everyone for coffee and cookies afterwards at the Burlington Visitors Center 10-12:30pm while reflecting back through the Military Display. Interested in being a parade entry? Contact the Burl Pks and Rec office 755-9649.

15 Order UP! Evening Gift Show

Wednesday, November 15 | 5:30-7:30pm Burlington Parks and Recreation Center 900 E. Fairhaven Ave Swing by after work to visit multiple home business consultants all under one roof! Do some holiday shopping, book a party or sample products and enter to win a raffle prize! FREE Admission. Want to be a vendor? $25 per table, contact Burlington Parks & Rec to reserve your spot. Burlington Parks and Recreation 755-9649 or

2 “Breakfast with Santa”

Mount Vernon Parks & Recreation Saturday, December 2nd 8:00am–11:00am COST: $5.00 for all ages Hillcrest Park Lodge Enjoy breakfast of pancakes and ham and photo opportunities with Santa! MVPR: 360-336-6215

2 Children’s Shopping Extravaganza

Mount Vernon Parks & Recreation Saturday, Dec. 2nd 8:30am–1:00pm Recreation Building at Hillcrest Park Kids!! Don’t miss this great shopping opportunity geared just for your budget. All items are priced $5.00 and under. MVPR: 360-336-6215

3 Old Fashioned Christmas Parade

Come to historic downtown First

Sunday, Dec. 3 | 5 pm South First Street Downtown Mount Vernon Mount Vernon Downtown Association

Street for Mount Vernon’s annual Christmas Parade. For more information and to receive a parade entry application, contact Cathy Stevens: cell (425) 321-7433 or main office (360) 336-3801, Mount vernon downtown, It’s Happening!

7 Burlington Annual Tree Lighting Thursday, December 7th | 6:00pm Burlington Chamber of

Commerce – Alpha Park/Visitors Information Center. Come out and enjoy this great community tradition kicking off the holiday season! Santa arrives on a fire truck, directly followed by the tree lighting. Then cross the street to the Visitor Information Center for hot cocoa and photos with Santa. Bring your own camera. Burlington Chamber of Commerce (360) 757-0994



2017 Skagit Valley Recreation & Activity Guide  
2017 Skagit Valley Recreation & Activity Guide