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Skagit Valley Recreation & Activity Guide

Skagit Kid Insider ................................................................2 Mount Vernon Mayor’s Wellness Challenge ...........................2 Mount Vernon Parks & Enrichment Services ...................... 3-9 Mount Vernon City Library....................................................9 Kiwanis Club of Mount Vernon............................................10 Skagit Conservation District ..............................................11 Burlington Parks & Recreation ...................................... 12-14

Burlington Chamber of Commerce......................................15 Kiwanis Club of Burlington-Edison ......................................15 Skagit County Parks & Recreation ................................ 16-17 Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve ...............18 Skagit County Marine Resources Committee ......................18 Western Washington University..........................................19 Community Event Calendar ................................................20




Mayor’s Community Wellness Challenge Events A free community activity every month of the year! Mayor Boudreau believes that a healthy community results in a greater quality of life, satisfaction and community engagement. The 2018 Mount Vernon’s Mayor Wellness Challenge will focus on Mental and Behavioral Health. Join us this year as we engage our community is crucial conversations and activities to promote Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, Healthy City. Please check the City’s website for additional information: Follow the Facebook page: Mount Vernon Wellness Challenge Physical


Six Dimensions of Wellness Occupational Social Emotional Spiritual





1717 South 13th St., Mount Vernon • Parks, Programs & Reservations (360) 336-6215 • e-mail:  Online registration: • website:

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

LITTLE KICKERS–SUMMER SOCCER INSTRUCTIONAL LEAGUE This league is a great introduction to the sport of soccer for your little one. These young players will be playing 3-4 to a side on micro fields. Soccer basics will be taught with games, drills, and tons of fun! No scores are kept for games, and coaches will emphasize FUN in their teaching of dribbling, passing and shooting. There will be two weeks of practices before four weeks of weekday evening games. Volunteer Coaches & team sponsors needed! REGISTRATION ENDS JUNE 29!! AGES: Littlest Kickers: Boys & Girls ages 3-4 years Little Kickers: Boys & Girls ages 5-6 years (age group modifications may be made to accommodate siblings, carpooling) PRACTICE: Practices will be outdoors, on weekday evenings & determined by the coaches. 1st Practice is week of July 16th. Coach will call you with 1st Practice day/time. GAMES: Each team will have 6 scheduled games during the month of August FEE: $50

SKYHAWKS MINI HAWK MULTI SPORT CAMP This baseball, basketball, and soccer program gives children a fun and positive first step into athletics. Through games and activities, campers explore balance, hand/eye coordination, and skill development at their own pace. For all half day camps, participants receive a t-shirt, ball, and a merit award. DATE/TIME:  July 23-27th • 9am - 12pm FEE:  $109 AGES:  4-7 years • Min: 15 / Max: 16 LOCATION: Hillcrest Park NOTE: Participants should bring appropriate clothing, two snacks, a water bottle, running shoes and sunscreen.

SKYHAWKS MULTI SPORT CAMP Skyhawks multi-sport camp is designed to introduce athletes to a variety of different sports in one setting. For this program we combine (soccer, flag football and baseball) into one fun-filled week. Athletes will learn the rules and essential skills of each sport along with vital life lessons such as respect and teamwork. For all half day and full day camps, participants receive a t-shirt, ball and a merit award. DATE/TIME:  July 23-27 • 9am - 3pm FEE: $135 AGES:  6-12 years • Min: 15 / Max: 24 LOCATION: Hillcrest Park NOTE: Participants should bring appropriate clothing, two snacks, a water bottle, running shoes, and sunscreen.

Skyhawks Sports Bowl, giving participants a chance to showcase their skills on the gridiron! Participants receive a t-shirt, football and player evaluation. DATE/TIME:  July 30-Aug 3 • 9am - 3pm FEE: $135 AGES: 6-12 years LOCATION: Hillcrest Park NOTE: Participants should wear appropriate clothing and running shoes and bring lunch, a snack, a water bottle, and sunscreen.

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: Tuesday, June 26th TIME:  9am - 3pm Age: 10 years and older Location: Hillcrest Park Skylight Room Fee: $50 Minimum: 10 Instructor: Sheila Davis, Certified First Aid/ CPR Instructor American Safety & Health Institute NOTE: Bring lunch and a drink



Skyhawks flag football is the perfect introduction to “America’s Game.” Campers will learn skills on both sides of football including the core components of passing, catching, and de-flagging or defensive positioning - all presented in a fun & positive environment. The week ends with the

Smash summer boredom by keeping kids active! Each week campers will learn basic tennis skills through engaging instruction and fun, high energy games. We provide the necessary tennis equipment, including special equipment (like smaller-sized racquets and low-compression starter balls!) that’s sized just

4 right for kids. Our tennis curriculum combines fun activities with life lessons in leadership, teamwork, and other important concepts and principles. Your kiddos will learn way more than just how to perfect their backhand. DATES: Mondays-Fridays, Sign up for 1 or more weeks: Weeks of June 25th, 9th, 16th,  August 6th, 13th, 20th TIME: 9:00am-10:30am Age: 6-14 Location: Hillcrest Park South Tennis Courts Fee: $39/week Register online at Cooper Anderson (206) 939-0461

KIDS ART CAMP Foster the creative side of your child’s mind with these innovative art classes. Projects may include: canvas paintings in acrylic, chalk and oil pastels, watercolor paintings and more. An art show will be held the final day. All supplies are included. Each week will have different projects so you can sign up for one or both. Dates:  16-19 Registration Deadline: July 20th Ages:  4-6  8:45am - 10am • Fee: $65 Ages: 7-12 10:30am - 1:00pm or 2:00 - 4:30pm • Fee: $90 Location: Vaux Retreat Center Instructor: Julene Brogan


USTA FRIENDS + FAMILY TENNIS Transform date night, game night, or family night with our Friends + Family class! This program is a 1.5 hour program that your whole family or a group of four friends can participate in. We provide all of the equipment plus music, and an overall good time while you’ll learn the basics of tennis. No previous skill required! Our Friends + Family tennis program makes learning the basics of the game a fun, no-stress activity you can share with your whole squad. Come join us for an evening filled with fun on the tennis court. DATES: Mondays: Sign up for 1 or ALL: June 25th, 9th, 16th, August 6th, 12th, or 20th TIME: 6-7:30pm Age: All Ages Location: Hillcrest Park South Tennis Courts Fee: $25 (for up to 4 people) NOTE: Register online at Cooper Anderson (206) 939-0461

This painting class offers a creative outlet and will help to develop your own artistic style! Create your own unique painting while listening to music. All skills sets are welcome and all supplies necessary to paint a 16”x20” stretched canvas in acrylic paint are included. Dates: Wednesday, August 1 Registration Deadline: July 18th Times: 5:30pm - 8:30pm Cost: $30 Ages: 13 - 17 years Location: Vaux Retreat Center Instructor: Julene Brogan

21ST ANNUAL SKAGIT TENNIS CAMP - FOR FUN-FITNESSKNOWLEDGE This camp is taught by local area high school coaches and top players. Camp is open to youth ages 8-17 years old. All skill levels, beginners, intermediates and advanced are welcome! Prizes throughout the week make the camp fun! Bring your own racket and water bottle, also must wear tennis shoes. Sign up by July 6th and receive a free Camp T-shirt. Days: Monday through Thursday, make-up day on Friday if needed. Dates: July 23 - 27 * Monday arrive at 8:30-9am to meet coach 

and get court assignment. *If no rainouts, there will be a bonus tournament for participants who want to sign up. Times:  9 – 11am Fee: $74 Location: Mount Vernon High School Tennis Courts Ages:  8 – 17 years of age REMEMBER: Tennis racket, tennis shoes, water bottle each day.

FAMILY PROGRAMS & EVENTS Mount Vernon Parks & Enrichment Services invites individuals with special needs to participate in our programs. Please call in advance if accommodations are necessary for successful participation.

FABULOUS 4TH OF JULY MUSIC & FIREWORKS Food and music for the whole family! Bring your own food and BBQ or try one of our tasty food vendors at our Annual Music Festival at Edgewater Park. Music begins at 7:00pm topped off with a spectacular firework show at dark. Come with your friends and dance the night away or picnic with your family and enjoy the whole evening at Edgewater Park. You won’t want to miss the great music and enjoy the best seats in the house for the fireworks!! Location: 600 Behrens Road in Mount Vernon Date: Wednesday, July 4th 7pm - 10pm Don’t forget your lawn chair and a flashlight to assist with leaving the show!

34TH ANNUAL CHILDREN’S ART FESTIVAL JULY 21, 2018 10:00AM-4:00PM Mark your calendar early for this super event you won’t want to miss! This year’s event promises to be filled with quality local children’s entertainment and approximately 30 booths providing hands-on arts & crafts!!! Concessions are provided at the event and you are welcome to bring your own lunch. Children can experience activities from fish prints to sand art and best of all, its free!!

5 This festival is supported by the City of Mount Vernon and many other generous businesses and organizations within Mount Vernon and the Skagit Valley. Bring the whole family, a picnic lunch and enjoy the whole day together at Hillcrest Park in Mount Vernon. If your organization or family would be interested in volunteering at a booth or being a part of the festival as a sponsor, please contact the Recreation Department at 336-6215, we would love to hear from you!

ADULT & FAMILY TRIPS All trips depart from and return to Hillcrest Park, 1717 South 13th Street in Mount Vernon.

Falls on our way to Brodeur’s Bistro for a no-host lunch. Brodeur’s features an international selection of beers and hearty meals that will help you nap the rest of the way home. Please note: Proof of citizenship (valid passport, enhanced driver’s license or NEXUS card) is required to cross the border. Wear weather appropriate clothing and comfortable hiking shoes. Day/date: Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 Register by: Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm Audience:  Adult • Min: 8 Max: 10 Fee: $112


LEAVENWORTH MAIFEST Celebrate Spring With Us! The sun is out, the wildflowers are bursting, and the Bavarian Village is ready to celebrate with the annual Bavarian Maifest. Events kick off with the sound of the Alphorn, signaling the start of the parade. There will be dancers in dirndl skirts and lederhosen of course. You will have time to enjoy the festivities as well as the shops and dining establishments. Be sure to wear weather appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Better yet, wear your lederhosen and blend in. Be sure to bring money for lunch and any purchases. Day/date: Saturday, May 12th, 2018 Register by: Friday, May 4th, 2018 Time: 7:30am - 6:15pm Audience: All Ages *Minors must be accompanied by an adult. • Min: 8 Max: 10 Fee: $98

TUNNELS, TRAILS, & ALES Experience the beauty of Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park in British Columbia. An easy 3 mile loop trail takes us through the famous Othello Tunnels, a series of old train tunnels and bridges that cut through the solid granite walls and pass over the wild Coquihalla River. After a beautiful walk, we will stop at the gorgeous Bridal Veil

Companion piece to neighbor and big brother Mount Si, the small rocky bluff known as Little Si is a moderately graded 4.7 mile trail located in the North Bend area. Although relatively steep inclines bookend this hike, this primarily north to south route is perfect for beginners who are looking to get back in shape. Weather permitting you will have lovely views of Mount Si and Mount Washington from the summit. After our climb, we will explore downtown North Bend for some shopping and a bite to eat. For your safety, we provide two skilled guides on every hike. Day/date: Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 Register by: Wednesday, June 6th, 2018 Time: 7:30am - 5:00pm Pickup/Drop off: Hillcrest Park, 1717 S. 13th St., Mt. Vernon Audience:  Adult • Min: 8 Max:  9 Fee: $122

WINGS OVER WASHINGTON & SEATTLE WATERFRONT Take a day to explore the many sights, shops, and experiences of Seattle’s beautiful waterfront. We will have tickets for you to experience Wings over Washington. WOW is currently the most state-of-the-art theater in the world in which you’ll experience an amazing journey that sweeps you into flight across the state of Washington. Once our feet are back on the ground, we’ll head up to Pike Place Market where time will be given for shopping and a

no-host lunch. Bring money for food and purchases. Wear comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and walking shoes. Day/date: Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 Register by: Friday, June 15th, 2018 Time: 10:30am - 6:30pm Audience:  Adult • Min: 8 Max: 10 Fee: $98

DAY HIKE - THUNDER CREEK From the Thunder Arm on the beautiful Diablo Lake, we will take a hike into a stunning old-growth forest for a 5 hour hike up Thunder Creek. Distance will be based on the group for this fairly easy out and back hike. The first 2 miles or so are fairly flat after which the grade increases. We’ll hike in for 2.5 hours, stop for lunch, then return the way we came. On the way to the trail, we will stop at Cascadian Farms for restrooms, coffee, and other energy sources. On the way out, we plan to stop a Cascade Burgers in Concrete for a no-host dinner before dropping you back at Hillcrest Park. Be sure to bring you camera, comfortable hiking shoes, trekking poles (optional), weather appropriate layers, pack lunch, snacks, and at least two (2) liters of water. Day/date: Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 Register by: Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 Time: 8:00am - 6:30pm Audience:  Adult • Min: 8 Max:  9  Fee: $117

ROPES COURSE ADVENTURE IN BC Step way out of your comfort zone with us... 40 feet up in the trees of British Columbia. Maple Ridge Wildplay is an amazing place to safely face your fears with 9 ziplines, 62  aerial elements, & a 40 ft jump. State of the art safety equipment allows you to explore the forest canopy as you choose without needing previous experience. When our feet are firmly back on the ground, we will head to the famous Hilltop Diner for a no-host lunch to settle our nerves with good, old-fashioned home cooking. Please note: Proof of citizenship (valid passport, enhanced driver’s license or NEXUS card) is required to cross the border. Fee includes guide, transportation, and admission

6 to ropes course. Wear weather appropriate clothing and comfortable hiking shoes. Day/date: Saturday, July 21st, 2018 Register by: Friday, July 13th, 2018 Time:  8:30am - 4:00pm • Min: 8 Max: 10 Audience: Over 4’8” tall and max of 300lb *Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Fee: $125

for a late no-host lunch. Be sure to bring sturdy hiking shoes, weather layers, snacks, water, hiking poles (optional), and a camera. You will hike as a group accompanied by 2 experienced guides to ensure you are safe and heading in the right direction.


Time: 7:00am - 5:30pm

Come be a part of Skagit history! Seattle City Light has been offering the popular Diablo Lake Boat Tour for more than 80 years, and now in partnership with North Cascades Institute, the tradition continues on. You will learn about the area’s natural history, biodiversity and geology, as well as the unique relationship between the North Cascades environment and the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project, which provides clean, low-cost, renewable power to the citizens of Seattle. The tour ends with a delicious, organic, and locally-sourced lunch at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center on the shores of Diablo Lake. There will be plenty of photo opportunities, so bring a camera along with your weather appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Fee includes guide, transportation, tour, and lunch. Day/date: Thursday, August 16th, 2018 Register by:  Thursday, August 9th, 2018 Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm Audience: All Ages *Minors must be accompanied by an adult. • Min: 8 Max: 10 Fee: $117/Adults, $114/Age 62+, $88/Age 3-12

DAY HIKE TO PARK BUTTE FIRE LOOKOUT Join us on a hike to a historic fire lookout and come face-to-face with Mount Baker. At just under 7.5 miles round trip, this moderately steep trail will reward you with unobstructed views of a panorama of North Cascades peaks. One of the few remaining intact lookouts is on Park Butte, which is maintained through the volunteer efforts of the Skagit Alpine Club. You won’t regret this challenge. Afterwards, we’ll stop at Annie’s Pizza station in Concrete

Day/date: Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 Register by: Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 Audience: All ages *Minors must be accompanied by an adult. • Min: 8 Max:  9 Fee: $122

ADULT PROGRAMS Mount Vernon Parks & Enrichment Services invites individuals with special needs to participate in our programs. Please call in advance if accommodations are necessary for successful participation.

INTRODUCTORY SPANISH FOR ADULT BEGINNERS A friendly and practical 4-session introduction to the Spanish language for beginning adult learners to include:

Instructor: Giles Kilvert, Spanish teacher at MV Christian School with over 14 years experience teaching in Spain, UK and USA

LEVEL 1 & BEYOND SPANISH FOR ADULTS •   A continuing and progressive Spanish Level  1 and onward class for adults •  Respected and proven course materials •  400+ page textbook provided free of charge •  Includes audio + visual components •   Dedicated online Google Classroom to share  and store resources Days/Times: Tuesdays, 7.30-8.45pm plus weekly homework/online activities DATES:  June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 10, 24 Fee: $75 per six sessions per adult including all materials Location: Vaux Retreat Center Instructor: Giles Kilvert, Spanish teacher at MV Christian School with over 14 years experience teaching in Spain, UK and USA


A lively and practical 6-hour journey from zero to Spanish for the beginning adult learner to include: •   Equipping you for independent use of the  Spanish language •   Equipping you for independent use of the  Spanish language •   Appreciation of your existing language  •   Appreciation of your existing language  knowledge and ability to learn knowledge and ability to learn •   A framework on which to build foreign  •   A framework on which to build foreign  language knowledge and the confidence to language knowledge and the confidence to use it use it •   Understanding of pronunciation / noun  •   Understanding of pronunciation /  number and gender / adjectival position noun number and gender / adjectival and agreement / verb formation / basic position and agreement / verb formation / vocabulary basic vocabulary / useful expressions •   A dedicated online Google Classroom to  •   Spanish alphabet / numbers / telling the time  / dates / talking about yourself / greetings share and store resources, communicate and farewells / using the telephone / •   An opportunity to continue learning Spanish  reading skills / listening skills and more at the end of the course •   Dedicated Google Classroom providing  Days/Times: 4 sessions, Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30pm online resources to practice independently plus weekly homework/online activities all areas covered on the course DATES:  May 8, 15, 22, 29 Days/Times: One split 6-hour session, Fee:  $49 per adult including all materials Tuesdays, 9:00-12:00am / 12:30-3:30pm  Dates: June 19, July 10, or July 24 Location: Vaux Retreat Center

7 Fee: $89 per adult including all materials Location: Vaux Retreat Center Instructor: Giles Kilvert, Spanish teacher at MV Christian School with over 14 years experience teaching in Spain, UK and USA

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 Tai Chi Section 1. Wear loose fitting clothes. 7 weekly sessions. Session Dates: Mondays: May 7–June 25 (no class on Memorial Day) Time: 6:00 to 7:15 PM Cost: $80 Min: 6 Location: Hillcrest Park Lodge Ages: Open to ages 15 and up Instructor: Bob Shapiro

PUPPY BOOT CAMP 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”. There will be a group play session at the end of class. Clicker training will be demonstrated, but use is optional. Well behaved children, 10 years and older, may attend with an adult. *Please provide a copy of current shot records. *Completed registration and forms are required 1 week prior to start of class. Days/Dates: Wednesdays for 6 weeks ~ Session 1: May 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20

Time: 6:30-7:30pm Location: Hillcrest Park, Recreation Room Fee:  $90 • Min: 6 Max: 10 Instructor: Carmen Williams, CPDT-ka, AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, Owner of Sunny Lane Dog Academy:  Note: Please bring your dog on a regular collar (no choke chains) and 6-ft leash. Please bring your dogs favorite treats for the first class.

For more information on any program or e vent through the Mount Vernon Parks & Enrichment Services Department, call the administration office at (360) 336-6215.

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City of Mount Vernon Library and Parks & Enrichment Services present: August 1st Free July 21st

Recess Monkey

Dana’s Music Playground

at Children’s Art Festival Hillcrest Park • 2pm

Skagit Riverwalk Park 12pm

August 15th

August 29th

Skagit Riverwalk Park • 12pm

Skagit Riverwalk Park 12pm


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September 8th: Caspar Babypants **Admission: Adults $5, Kids FREE**

Bring your picnic lunch and a blanket or chairs! Join us for live children’s music and family fun!

2018 Summer Reading Program Monday, June 18 - Friday, August 31 Books | Prizes | Programs For youth from birth to age 18

315 Snoqualmie St. | Mount Vernon, WA 98273 (360) 336-6209 |

Juggling Circus Wren and Della Thursday, June 21 | 2 p.m.

Idea Hatch: Music Maker Experiments Wednesday, June 27 | 4 p.m. Drummer Ray Soriano Wednesday, July 11 | 4 p.m.

BBQ & Ice Cream Social in Pine Square After the Movie

Magician Jeff Evans Wednesday, July 18 | 3:30 p.m. Teen Summer Art Series Tuesdays June 19 – August 7 *No class Tuesday, July 3* 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. All programs are held at Mount Vernon City Library


Read the Book, See the Movie “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” Sponsored by Mount Vernon ELKS Lodge #1604

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at the Skagit River Salmon Festival Edgewater Park * 11:15am

Children’s Music Series

Saturday, July 28 | 2:30 p.m. Lincoln Theatre

Red Yarn

Join Us!


Kiwanis Club of Mount Vernon: Building a Better Community

• Boys & Girls Club

• Friendship House


• Ghana Together AXIM Project

• I Can Fly Program

• Mount Vernon High School Key Club

• Camp Orkila (Centennial School)

• Safe Kids Car Seats

• Skagit Valley Herald Christmas Baskets

• Prayer Breakfast

• Adopt a Family

• Little Mountain Skills Center

• Summer Mobile Recreation Program

• MVPR Summer Outdoor Movies

• YouthNet

• Skagit County Community Action: WIC, Headstart & Spark

The Eliminate Tetanus Project 7856-001

• College Scholarships


Kids in Nature

Families Outdoors at Pomona Grange Park! Bring the kids outdoors for an afternoon of play, discovery, and exploration! Take a walk in the woods Explore the ecology of Friday Creek Discover stream life Go on a nature scavenger hunt Build a fairy house village Make a bagel bird feeder Meet the Treetures Learn about wildlife Play games Arts & crafts activities Interact with local natural resource staff and enthusiasts, and more!

Saturday, August 18th 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pomona Grange Park 5585 Old Highway 99 N. (adjacent to the Samish Fish Hatchery) FREE EVENT! Pre-registration is requested by Aug. 15th. Contact Kristi Carpenter at Skagit Conservation District: 428-4313 or email:

“April Showers” Rainworks Art Trail April 1st - May 31, 2018 About the Project Seven local artists have teamed together to create a unique trail of “rainworks” art images that provide positive messages to inspire stewardship of our local water resources and to celebrate our community connection to the Skagit River and its watershed - the place we all call home! The images have been applied to sidewalks at eight locations in Mount Vernon with a special spray that is rain activated and the art will only appear when it is raining. Like chalk art, the artwork is temporary and will fade away over time (typically after two months).

Take a walk in the rain to discover a trail of invisible art created by seven local artists that appear magically on pavements when wet. Download the Rainworks Art Trail Map & Descriptions at:

or contact: Kristi Carpenter at (360) 428-4313 or email:

“A reason to smile on a rainy day”

Hosted by: Skagit Conservation District, Watershed Master Volunteers, Mount Vernon Parks & Recreation, City of Mount Vernon, Skagit County, and Local Artists


This fun and creative public art project provides a rainy day outdoor adventure for kids of all ages. Follow the art trail to visit local parks and other community sites of interest, to stay physically active, to have fun by playing in the rain, and to discover the art and messages created by this talented group of local artists.



Burlington Parks & Recreation Center 900 E Fairhaven Avenue, Burlington (360) 755-9649

Summer Camps

BrITIsH CHAlleNGer soCCer CAmPs


Nine weeks of summer camp run by our talented Burlington Parks and Recreation summer staff. Different camp themes each week. Lots of field trips, games, and creative play! Camp descriptions can be found at Register online. 6-12yrs 1075 1076 1077 1078 1079 1080 1081 1082 1083

9am-4pm M-Th M-Th M,T, Th M-Th M-Th M-Th M-Th M-Th M-Th

Parks & Rec Ctr Berry Fun Adventures ArtQuest Red, White, Blue & YOU Game On Pay It Forward Broomsticks Wizardry Awesome Aqua Splish Splash Summer SMASH

June 18-June 21 June 25-28 July 2,3 & 5 July 9-12 July 16-19 July 23-26 July 30-Aug 2 August 6-9 August 13-16

Min 8/Max 16 $145 $145 $115 $145 $145 $145 $145 $145 $145

With programs for each age, British Challenger camps include a fun mix of foot skills, technical drills, tactical practices, freestyle soccer, small-sided games and coached scrimmages and a daily World Cup tournament. All participants receive a ball, camp t-shirt, action poster, and camp report. Register 45 days or more before camp and British Challenger will ship you a free British Soccer jersey (s&h applies). Register online at Questions? 3-16yrs Mini Soccer Half Day Half Day Full Day

Monday-Friday 8am-9am 9am-12pm 1pm-4pm 9am-4pm

Skagit River Park Ages 3-5 yrs Ages 6-16yrs Ages 6-16yrs Ages 9-16yrs

July 9-13 or Aug 6-10 $114 $165 $165 $230


6-12yrs 1085

9am-Noon M-F

Maiben Park July 16-20

Min 15/Max 16 $109

skYHAWks lACrosse

Lacrosse combines basic skills used in soccer, basketball and hockey into one fastpaced game. Athletes learn the fundamentals of stick handling, cradling, passing, and shooting in a fun, non-checking environment. All participants receive a t-shirt and merit award. Register online at 7-12yrs 1086

9am-Noon M-F

Skagit River Park July 23-27

Min 15/ Max 24 $109


Girls and boys grades 5-7th. All skill levels welcome! This camp is a great intro to the basics of golfing or a perfect place to fine-tune current skills, since golfers are grouped by experience. Instructors: Colonel Betz & Spring Junior Golf Camp Instructors 10-14yrs


Avalon Golf Links

Min 12/Max 24


M-F (10 day camp)

July 30-August 10


All-Comers TrACk meeTs

“Where DOING your best, is better than BEING the best.” Track opens at 5pm for night of registration: • Field Events start 5:30pm: Running Events start 6pm. • Running Events for ages 13 and up begin approx. 6:45pm. Field Events: Long Jump, Softball Throw, Pole Vault, Shot Put, and High Jump Running Events: 50M Hurdles, 50M Dash, 100/110M Hurdles, 100M Dash, 400M “all ages” Relay Race, DK Joggers Mile, 200M, 1600M, 400M, 800M, & ACTM 5K on June 27 Visit for a full schedule and Online Registration! All Ages 1046 1070 1071 1072 1073 1074

5pm-9pm Wednesdays Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday

BE High School Track May 30-June 27 $25 (+ Free Shirt) ACTM Season Pass May 30 $5 Single Day June 6 $5 Single Day June 13 $5 Single Day June 20 $5 Single Day June 27 $5 Single Day

The recreation information is for informational purposes only and the information is subject to change without prior notification


Grab your tennis racket and get ready to play! Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced player… improve your game and get more enjoyment from tennis. Skyhawks tennis programs focus on skill refinement as well as practice and match play to develop consistent, well-rounded tennis players. All participants receive a t-shirt and player evaluation. Register online at

Enrichment Learning new!


Begin writing your family history and have fun doing it. This interactive workshop helps you start writing your memories for posterity. All that’s required is a pen, some paper, the willingness to dust off old memories, and a sense of humor. Instructor: Rebecca Redshaw, professional writer and teacher. 16 yrs + 1097 1098

9am-3pm Tuesday Wednesday

Parks & Rec Center June 5 July 18



August 9

Min 8/Max 16 $60 $60 $60


How to Capture Awesome Images with your DSLR Camera—Level 1 Quality photography starts with understanding how to set your camera exposure manually to master aperture, shutter speed and bracketing the exposure. Students must have a DSLR camera with removable lenses (as opposed to point and shoot cameras with no removable lenses). Instructor: Andy Porter, Andy Porter Images 12 yrs & up* 1060 1061

6:00-9:00pm Tuesday Thursday

Parks & Rec Center June 5 June 14

Min 4/Max 25 $40 $40

Fitness & Dance

Not all exercise is suitable for everyone—always consult your doctor before beginning any new exercise program. Instructor reserves the right to evaluate student’s ability to participate in the class.

THe moVemeNT remeDY

Engage your whole body in movement flow, increase your energy, gain strength, balance, and flexibility to improve your health. Explore tools for training and recovery: body weight exercises, bands, club bell yoga, trampoline, foam rollers. Achieve the minimum of 150 minutes of physical activity needed each week for basic health. Instructor: Danielle Chevalier, American Council on Exercise Personal Trainer and Coach 13 yrs + 1091 1092 1093


10am-11am Wednesdays Wednesdays Wednesdays

Parks & Rec Center June 20-August 15 (No class 7/4) June 20-July 18 (No class 7/4) July 25-August 15

Min 5 Max 12 $56 (8 weeks) $32 (4 weeks) $32 (4 weeks)

PArks & TrAIls NooN WAlkING ClUB

This new walking program is perfect for individuals or families who want to walk for fun or fitness. Burlington offers great trails and parks and Danielle will lead the way. Rain or shine. Pre-registration online or at Parks and Rec office required. Instructor: Danielle Chevalier All Ages 1094 1095 1096


Noon-1pm Wednesdays Wednesdays Wednesdays

Burlington Trails & Parks June 20-August 15 June 20-August 15 June 20-August 15

Min 4/Max 15 $16 (8 weeks) $12 (4 weeks) $5 (single day)

exerCIses THAT HelP GArDeNers GroW… mUsCles

All that bending, squatting, raking, and lifting can challenge muscles as much as any competitive sport. Find the “tools” needed to warmup, condition, and stretch in order to do yard work regularly with less pain. Pre-registration required. Instructor: Danielle Chevalier All Ages 1100 1101

11am-1pm Friday Monday

Locations TBA June 1 July 9

A low-impact way to exercise both your mind and body. Learn a pattern of choreographed steps performed to a variety of music styles as dancers line up in rows without partners. Get some exercise, meet some new people & have fun! Instructor: Kim Hargrove, Happy Valley Dance 7 yrs & up* 1038 1063 1064 1065 1018

7:00-8:00pm Tuesdays Tuesdays Tuesdays Tuesdays Tuesdays

Community Center May 1,8, 15, 22, 29 June 5, 12, 19, 26 July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 August 7, 14, 21, 28

Min 8/Max 30 $25 (5 weeks) $20 (4 weeks) $25 (5weeks) $20 (4 weeks) $6 (single class)

*Parents must attend with children under age 13


Kundalini incorporates exercises, dynamic breathing techniques, chanting, meditation and mantras. Each exercise set, referred to as a kriya, is a repeated movement synchronized with the breath. Instructor: Kristine Allen, Be Free Center Empowerment & Manifestation Join us for this powerful course that can change your life. 13 yrs & up 1025 1026

5:15-6:30pm Tuesdays Tuesdays

Parks & Rec Center April 24-May 29 April 24-May 29

Min 5/Max 30 $60 (6 weeks) $12 (single class)

Back and Core Strength Develop a stronger, flexible and more balanced core & back in this focused 3-week series.

*15 yrs & under must have a parent in attendance




Min 4/Max 20 $10 $10

Burlington Parks & Recreation Center 900 E Fairhaven Avenue, Burlington (360) 755-9649 website:

13 yrs & up 1066 1026

6:30-7:45pm Wednesdays Wednesdays

Parks & Rec Center June 6-20 June 6-20

Min 5/ Max 30 $30 (3 weeks) $12 (single class)

Balance the Chakras Focus on the 7 chakras and aura or energy fields in this 8-week series. 13 yrs & up 1067 1026

6:30-7:45pm Wednesdays Wednesdays

Parks & Rec Center July 11-August 29 July 11-August 29

Min 5/Max 30 $80 (8 weeks) $12 (single class)

Women’s Full Moon Yoga, Meditation and Sound Bath June’s full moon is a Strawberry Moon and Sun Moon. Connect in community with women to support one another and create space for our dreams, our Purpose and increase our energy. We will connect explore intention, stretch our bodies, feel our wholeness, and deeply relax to the sounds of the Sacred Gong and crystal bowl. 18 yrs & up 1068 1102

6:30-8pm Wednesday Wednesday

Parks & Rec Center June 27 June 27

Min 6/Max 30 $15 (pre-reg) $20 (day of)

New Moon Sound Healing and Double Gong The new moon is a perfect time to prepare for things to come, to renew and create space inside for a new cycle to begin. Begin with gentle yoga (beginner level) and breathe to open and relax our bodies. Guided relaxation follows with a sound bath of Double Gong, singing bowls and ocean drum. 18 yrs & up 1069 1103

6:30-8pm Wednesday Wednesday

Parks & Rec Center July 11 July 11

Min 6/Max 30 $15 (pre-reg) $20 (day of)


Taught in ‘flow style’ that moves from posture to posture with the breath. Suitable for all levels, each class offers: Warm Up, Work Phase, and Deep Stretching followed by Deep Relaxation. Sign up for the whole session or choose the 5-class option to be used within the dates listed. Instructor: Sherry Thostenson, Yoga Certified Inst. 16 yrs & up 1059 1057 1019

5:30-6:45pm Thursdays Thursdays Thursdays

Parks & Rec Center June 7–August 9 June 7-August 9

Min 5 /Max 25 $60 (10 classes) $35 (5 classes) $10 (single class)


Community Events Want to be notified about upcoming events? Sign up to receive “Youth & Family Programs” text or email notifications at

new! Summer Pop-Up!

Families! Join the energetic Parks and Recreation staff for a fun-filled summer outside in the parks. Have fun learning to play new games, engage in new activities and explore nature. Pop-Up travels to a new location each week with different community partners to offer new-fangled activities for everyone—young and old! Pop-Up is coming to a park near you this summer… don’t miss out, be adventurous and live in the sunshine this summer… More details listed online at 10am-Noon Theme Water Wonders! Fairy Houses & Forest Friends Music and Movement Frankie the Fire Engine Sun, Sand, and Boards Touch A Truck Rec on the Go!

Date Thurs, July 12 Tues, July 17 Thurs, July 26 Tues, July 31 Thurs, Aug 9 Tue, Aug 14 Thurs, Aug 23

Location Jack Doyle Park Skagit River Park/ Whitmarsh Park Maiben Park Tammy Wilson Trail Rotary Park Burl Pub Lib/Washington Street Jason Boerner Park

5pm-7pm Theme Bike Rodeo Games! Games! Games! Battle of the Bands End of the Summer Bash

Date Wed, Aug 1 Wed, Aug 8 Wed, Aug 15 Wed, Aug 22

Location LU Elementary School TBA Downtown Amphitheater Maiben Park


Berry Dairy Days, June 15-17

Friday, June 15 Strawberry shortcake booth, Kiwanis Salmon BBQ, food vendors, Troy Fair Band, fireworks! Saturday, June 16 Berry Dairy Days Road Run, Grand Parade, Kiwanis Salmon BBQ, festival & live music, outdoor movie Sunday, June 17 Berry Cool Vintage Car Show Visit

Quidditch Fest, July 27-28

new! national Trails Day “Two Mile Hike on the Dike”

Saturday June 2 @ 10am, Whitmarsh Fields Burlington Parks and Recreation Staff leads this free guided walk along Skagit River Dike Trail where you can observe wildlife and the mighty Skagit River as it weaves its way through the valley. National Trails Day events are held throughout the US to help promote awareness of the variety of benefits that trails provide, encourage people to discover their local trials, raise awareness of trail issues and instill excitement for the outdoors. More details listed online at

Summer nights Concerts

Start your weekend off with good music, friends and family. Treat yourself to dinner downtown then stroll to the amphitheater and enjoy a free concert on the grass. Location: Downtown Visitors Center Amphitheater 6-8pm July 6 July 13 July 20 July 27 August 3 August 10

Band Michelle Taylor Band Prozac Mountain Boys Market Street Dixie Jass Band Gin Gypsy Marlin James Band Mama Dirty Skirt

Music Genre Blues/Rock Bluegrass Dixieland/Jazz Rockabilly/Bluesabilly Country Rock 70s & MoTown

Summer Outdoor Movies

Nothing says summer like an outdoor movie! Grab your camp chairs and cozy blankets, and head out to the park for some summer time fun with friends and family. Enjoy these new PG-13 Family Friendly/Teen/Adults releases! Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Saturday, June 16 9:45pm Spider-man: Homecoming Friday, July 27 9:30pm

(Berry Dairy Days Weekend) Skagit River Park Soccer Fields (Quidditch Fest Weekend) Downtown Visitors Ctr Amphitheater

Friday, July 27 6pm @ Downtown Visitors Center Amphitheater Live music, Quidditch Fest activities, outdoor movie Saturday, July 28 10am-4pm @Skagit River Park Quidditch Fest games and activities Visit for more details

Harvest Festival & Pumpkin Pitch

Saturday, September 29 10am-4pm @ Skagit River Park Pumpkin Pitch, Zucchini Races, Free Kids Activities, Food Vendors, Wagon Rides, Inflatables, Pony Rides, Pumpkin Painting. Entry, parking, all activities are FREE. Visit

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Kiwanis Club of Burlington-Edison 69th Annual Fred Stump Memorial Salmon Barbeque

Rain or shine, we have you “covered”! Berry Dairy Days Weekend

Friday, June 15 5pm-9pm @ Skagit River Park-1100 S. Skagit Street Saturday, June 16 11:30am-6pm @ Maiben Park-1011 Greenleaf Ave NEW! Free Kids Activities Saturday @ Maiben Park! Sponsored by Central Valley Assembly of God

$13 Adults | $10 for Kids Meals *

BBQ salmon with secret sauce, loaded baked potato, coleslaw, dinner roll, beverage, and ice cream To Go Orders! Interested in placing an order for your business? We deliver on Saturday between 11:30-5pm Contact Les @ 360-391-3721 Don’t forget! B-E Kiwanis Golf Tournament Friday, May 18th at Skagit Golf & Country Club. Contact Ed Perry: for sponsorship and team registrations.

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Money raised supports high school scholarships, B-EHS Key Club, and various local charities and programs.


(360) 416-1350

“Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs”

From the Director’s Chair Director Brian Adams, Skagit County Parks and Recreation

As I pull up to the trailhead I glance to the car alongside to take note of a “not all who wander are lost” sticker fixed to the listing bumper. Ambling out of my car I find myself thinking about all of our twists and turns that jostle us all along our respective journeys and how each step and every turn can change our trajectory as we wander down our meandering paths towards our closing destinations. Although I admit to being a bit of a wanderer myself--choosing at times to take a route less certain, more arduous and decisively unconventional--it’s the journey that ultimately shapes and defines us. That said, one end can always spur a new beginning. Isn’t that what change is all about? Enter Frank Smith, a newly retired National Park Service cast-away, who after thirty years of stomping around the Klamath Mountains, took a final sip of coffee from his commemorative retirement mug, left it on a stump, and pushed off from Northern California in a beat up pick-up in quest of a quiet place to set anchor. Frank tied down a few possessions and with his dog riding shotgun, pointed his way towards a quiet seaside town in Mexico—a hasty yet purposeful decision, providing an opportunity to leverage his meager government retirement while enjoying a little post-sixty adventure. In the course of his wanders, Frank stumbled into a little fishing village, casting anchor at an unknown speck of a seaside town about an hour north of Vallarta. When Frank landed almost thirty years ago, the dusty, cratered roads were admittedly much slower, making trips to the “big city” far and few between. Frank backed

the truck into the tall brush and hunkered in, fishing for food, poaching fruit, and growing a few vegetables. What he couldn’t hunt or forage, he bartered for. Not long after his arrival, Frank was taking an evening stroll under the moonlight when he discovered a bale of sea turtles riding the surf ashore before paddling their way up the wet beach, laying their eggs and disappearing back to the sea. Before the turtles even had the chance to plunge back to the ocean, the local villagers were digging up the ping pong ball sized eggs for serving their families and peddling on the black market. The Olive Ridley Turtle egg was known region-wide as an exotic delicacy and as the eggs disappeared, so to were the sea turtles. Frank worked the next thirty years educating the children and helping the locals understand that the ritual of eating turtle eggs was a misplaced and unsustainable custom. Frank’s strategy of working through the schools paid off and after years of efforts, only one out of ten nests are now lost to poachers. Frank found a new niche at age 60 and left a new legacy in a new place, achieving folk hero status in the little enclave of San Pancho. A plaque at the town’s entrance to the beach adorns his name, celebrating his turtle nursery and the millionth saved egg. Franks adventure south brought a new beginning, to him and a million turtles. As you wander your way onto the trails and into your parks, know that each step may jostle a new direction--our respective journeys have a soul of their own. 7862-001

2018 Skagit County Fair Join us for the highlight of the summer! You won’t want to miss this celebration of Hometown Fun! There will be Live Music, a Carnival, Hypnotist, Magician, Eating Contests, Farm Animals, Great Food, a Beer Area,Wenatchee Youth Circus, X-treme Air Dogs & Much More

August 8-11 • 10am-10pm Admission; $5 advance tickets, $5 all day Wednesday and Thursday! Friday and Saturday: $10 adult, $8 Seniors and Youth, ages 5 and under are always free

Fall Garage Sale September 21-22 Over 130 vendors, food, live music, Saturday Car Show, and much more! Vendor booths available!

Skagit County Fairgrounds Phone: 360-416-1350 E-Mail: Website:



Youth Sports Camps & Leagues Girls HiGH scHool summer BasketBall leaGue

camp basketball and T-shirt. Register by: Monday, June 25 (Please note: Day of camp registration will be available) Days/Dates: Tuesday – Thursday, June 26-28 Location: Burlington-Edison High School Fee: $70.00 Session I & $80.00 Session II & III (includes camp basketball & shirt) Session I: 1st - 3rd Graders (Grade for 2018-2019 school year) Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 AM Session II: 4th - 5th Graders (Grade for 2018-2019 school year) Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Session III: 6th - 8th Graders (Grade for 2018-2019 school year) Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Playing basketball this summer? This league is for teams wishing to keep their game fresh between participating in tournaments and camps throughout the summer. All 2018-2019 school year teams are encouraged to participate, which includes current 8th grade teams (2018-2019 freshmen). Divisions will be offered for varsity and junior varsity teams. The season consists of 8 games. Register by: Friday, May 25 Ages: 18 years and under Days/Dates: Monday & Wednesday evenings beginning June 4 & 6 Girls FastpitcH soFtBall camp Time: 6:00 to 9:30 pm Girls’ Fastpitch is one of the Locations: Mount Vernon H.S. and Skagit Valley College fastest growing sports in the Fee: $475.00 per team United States! Learn and practice basic fundamentals BoyS HigH SCHool “JV/C” SummeR including throwing, catching, BasketBall leaGue hitting, bunting, base running, Work on developing your team’s game fielding and more! Camp and get ready for the 2018-2019 season! focus is on learning and FUN! Divisions will be offered for JV and “C” Register by: Friday, July 6 (Please note: Day of camp registration Division teams. Current 8th grade teams will be available) are encouraged to participate (2018-2019 Ages: 6 - 14 years old freshmen). The season consists of 8 games. Days/Dates: Monday – Thursday, July 9-12 Register by: Friday, May 25 Time: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm Ages: 18 years and under Locations: Skagit Valley Playfields Days/Dates: Monday & Wednesday Fee: $60.00 (includes commemorative camp shirt) evenings beginning June 4 & 6 Time: 6:00 to 9:30 pm Girls FastpitcH pitcHers camp Locations: Mount Vernon H.S. and Girls Fastpitch Softball is growing and pitchers are needed! Come Skagit Valley College and learn the basic mechanics of fastpitch pitching, including Fee: $475.00 per team wind-up, delivery, grips and defense. Camp is a must for young and upcoming girls’ pitchers! Camp focus is on learning and FUN! Girls HiGH scHool FastpitcH leaGue Register by: Friday, July 6 (Please note: Day of camp registration Coming off its thirteenth season, this league will be available) will play an eight game season with all games Ages: 7 - 14 years old on Wednesday nights. The focus is as a Days/dates: Mon. & Wed., July 9 & 11 developmental league for high school teams Time: 12:30 – 2:00 pm to work on preparations for the 2019 season. Location: Skagit Valley Playfields The league is open to all players 18 years Fee: $30.00 (includes commemorative camp shirt) and under. Team rosters should be made up of players from the same school district. Boys BaseBall camp (The possibility of a small percentage of out For your dollar, simply THE of district players on a roster has not been BEST baseball camp around! ruled out.) Learn the basic fundamentals Register by: Monday, June 4 of throwing, hitting, bunting, Ages: 18 years and under fielding and base running Days/Dates: Wednesdays beginning June 13 in a FUN, positive, learning Time: 6:00 - 9:30 pm environment. Last day of camp Locations: Janicki Fields and/or Skagit Playfields is games/jamboree day! Camp Fee: $390.00 per team Director is Dennis Lind with assistance from MVHS Baseball coaches, as well as other area High tiGer Girls’ BasketBall camp School & Youth coaches. Team coaches are college and high school The Burlington-Edison High School coaches and players, fresh off area players. Participants will be divided into separate age/skill groups. another exciting season with head coach Brett McLeod are ready to Sign up, have fun and learn the proper mechanics and mental aspect share their experience and expertise. The Tiger Camp will feature of the great game of baseball! individual instruction by the Tiger coaching staff and players, as well as Register by: Friday, July 6 (Please note: Day of camp registration will contests and games with each participant receiving a commemorative be available)

Ages: 6 - 12 years old Days/Dates: Monday – Thursday, July 9-12 Time: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm Locations: Skagit Valley Playfields Fee: $68.00 (includes commemorative camp shirt)

Boys BaseBall pitcHers camp

Learn the basic mechanics of pitching in a fun and nonthreatening environment from knowledgeable coaches! Learn the fundamentals including proper throwing mechanics, wind-up, delivery, balance points, grips, defense and the mental aspects of pitching. Camp Director is Dennis Lind who is assisted by area High School coaches. Camp coaches include local college and high school area players. Register by: Friday, July 6 (Please note: Day of camp registration will be available) Ages: 7 - 13 years old Day/Dates: Mon. & Wed., July 9 & 11 Time: 12:30 – 2:00 pm Location: Skagit Valley Playfields Fee: $35.00 (includes commemorative camp shirt)

Special Events & Tournaments tiGer classic Girls BasketBall TouRnamenT (4TH - 8TH gRadeS)

This competitive girl’s basketball tournament has divisions in the 4th - 8th grades. Teams are guaranteed a minimum of four games. Individual awards for championship teams and team trophies for the top teams in each division. This popular spring tournament has a limited number of spots available so teams should inquire early about getting registered! Please note: Spectators will be charged a daily admission to watch the tournament w/proceeds benefitting the BEHS Girls Basketball team. Register by: Friday, May 11 Days/Dates: Saturday & Sunday, May 19-20 Time: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm Locations: Burlington-Edison High School and Skagit Valley College Fee: $275.00 per team

oTHeR SPRing/SummeR eVenTS

Women’s Spring 5-on-5 Basketball League (begins April 23) Contact if interested in getting on a team. MVHS & Skagit Valley College Mount Vernon Invitational (June 16-17) Girls’ High School Basketball Tournament MVHS & Skagit Valley College Indian Summer Softball League (begins August 6-10) COED, Men’s & Women’s 30 & Over Skagit Valley Playfields Additional Information: Jody, this is a bit different of a listing you can put in the Special Events & Tournaments section. We won’t provide any detailed information for these three listings, except dates and locations. Go ahead and bold the first line (tournament name) for each.

For more information or to register with a VISA or MasterCard call SCPR at 360-416-1350. Skagit County Parks and Recreation • (360) 416-1350 • “Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs”


18 10441 Bay View-Edison Rd Our programs are free and they fill up. To be among the first Mount Vernon WA 98273 to be notified of new programs, sign up for our Newsletter With questions please call 360-428-1558 or email service. Click on “Newsletter” at to register for programs, click on “Education” at Watershed Art and Discovery Day, June 23. Lots of fun activities for kids! We will also be releasing the clues to the 2018 Skagit Watershed Letterbox Trail! The event is FREE, however, pre-registration is requested. To register, visit: Art and Science Camp, July 30 – August 3. Padilla Bay Reserve partners with Museum of Northwest Art for this summer day camp for children ages 9 to 12. Call for more information: 360-428-1558. Mini Explorers are the 3-5 year old learners. We look at a new topic each month, with stories, games, hands-on observations, art projects, and plenty of action. Registration is required. May 9 & 10, 10:00am & 1:00pm - Food Chains June 20 & 21, 10:00AM & 1:00PM - Fabulous Fishes July 25 & July 26, 10:00AM & 1:00PM - Wiggly Worms August 22 & 23, 10:00AM & 1:00PM - Mudflat Safari Junior Ecologists are 6-9 year olds who have fun exploring the estuary. Excursions to the beach, science experiments, games, art projects – this program is guaranteed fun! Registration is required. May 4 & 5, 10:30AM - Noon - Songbirds of Padilla Bay’s Uplands June 15 & 16, 10:30AM - Noon - Cool Crustaceans July 27 & 28, 10:30AM - Noon - Mudflat Safari

August 10 & 11, 10:30AM - Noon – Here Comes the Sun

Wednesday, August 22 at 12:30pm Tuesday, August 28 at 3:00PM

For All Ages

Adult ClAsses

Mudflat Safaris When the tide goes out at Padilla Bay, it goes all the way out! Fearless guides will lead you on a trek into the seldom seen world of the estuary’s mud flat. Come with old shoes that tie or snug boots. The programs begin at the Padilla Bay Interpretive Center, and end at Bay View State Park. Registration is required. Saturday, July 14 from 10:00AM - Noon Thursday, July 26 from 10:00am - Noon Friday, August 10 from 10:00AM - Noon Saturday, August 25 from 10:00AM - Noon

Retire into Your Garden with Ease. Whether you’re young or old, a veteran gardener or the newly aspiring green thumb who just wants easier ways to garden, you’ll enjoy this class with Robin Haglund. Registration is required. Friday, May 25 at 10:00am

Beach Seines No need for SCUBA to see what’s living out there in the bay. Just meet on the beach at Bay View State Park and watch while we pull a fish net through the water. Come and learn more about our fine finned friends! No registration necessary Wednesday, June 27 at 3:00pm Tuesday, July 17 at 11:30am

Songbirds of Your Backyard and Beyond – Part III. David Drummond, wildlife biologist/ naturalist, will teach this two session, in-depth class about Passiformes or perching birds. Registration is required. Saturday, June 2 & 9 from 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Native Plant Walks on our Upland Trail with Robin Haglund. No need to register. Just meet in the Padilla Bay parking lot at 10:00 on these Sundays: May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16


For Kids

SATURDAY – SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 11AM - 3PM Fidalgo Bay Resort 4701 Fidalgo Bay Road, Anacortes A Free, Fun & Educational Experience for the Entire Family Fa y!




Living sea creatures to see and touch ∗ Discovery stations & prizes ∗ Kid-friendly craft tables ∗ Educational displays & games ∗ Tasty complimentary samples of local shellfish & chowder ∗ Samish No host BBQ salmon …. And So Much More!!!




Shannon Point Marine Center

SUMMER Grandparents U GRADES 1-5 GRADES 5-8

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

Create memories to last a lifetime during this unique intergenerational program for grandparents and grandchildren.

Odyssey of Science & Arts GRADES 3-6

Monday-Friday, June 18 - 22 Monday-Friday, July 16 - 20

Students make amazing discoveries as they explore hands-on science and art in a university setting.

Western Inspires Leadership Development (WILD) GRADES 6-9

Monday-Friday, June 25 - 29

Journey into the WILD and experience the transformative power of the outdoors that few experiences can match.

Register Online Active Minds Changing Lives


1900 Shannon Point Road, Anacortes, WA • (360) 293-2188 • AA/EO



calendar First Saturday Art Walks

April to September, 2-5pm Remaining Art Walks for 2018: May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, September 1

The Mount Vernon Downtown Association (MVDA) will host Art Walks on the First Saturday of each month, from April to September. Visitors and locals alike will be delighted with art exhibits, music performances, and artist demonstrations. The Mount Vernon Art Walks include 12-15 downtown venues featuring work by local and regional artists. The May 5 Children’s Art Walk is sponsored by SaviBank and Skagit Valley Food Co-op. The August 4 Community Hang-Up is sponsored by Peoples Bank.

Mount Vernon Farmers Market

Saturdays May 19-October 13 9am-2pm Skagit Riverwalk Park, 509 Main Street, Mount Vernon The Mount Vernon Farmers Market supports local farmers and growers in a family-friendly environment that offers fresh, healthy food including locally grown produce and baked goods to the community. In addition, the Market features a variety of hand-made products along with live music, kid’s activities and cooking demonstrations. Saturdays, 9a-2p. (360) 540-4066

Burlington Summer Nights Concerts Burlington Parks & Recreation Burlington Downtown Ampitheater 520 East Fairhaven, Burlington Kick off your weekend in D’town Burlington this summer! Dine out then stroll to the amphitheater for some energizing live music. Blues, Rock, Bluegrass, Dixieland/ Jazz, Rockabilly, Country Rock, 70s and Motown are all coming your way during our 6-week Concert Series. Visit our website for full listing. Phone: (360) 755-9649 Website:

APRil 2018 April 20-22

Tulip Festival Street Fair

Friday and Saturday, 10am-6pm, Sunday, 10am-5pm This annual event is the largest individual event in the month-long Tulip Festival. South First Street in Mount Vernon is closed to traffic and filled with artists, music, food, and more. The Street Fair runs Friday through Sunday, rain or shine. Come join the fun!

April 28 Scrapbooking, Craft & More Supply Sale Burlington Parks & Recreation Center 9am - Noon 900 East Fairhaven Ave, Burlington

ATTENTION CRAFTERS! People sell their scrapbooking, stamping, and arts/crafts supplies at this unique event only held once per year. FREE ADMISSION – Come early for the best selection! Perks of being a vendor? Wheel and deal with each other 30 minutes before doors open to the public. Booths are $25 (w/table/chairs) Phone: (360) 755-9649 Website:

JuNE 2018

June 2 Two Mile Hike on the Dike Burlington Parks & Recreation Whitmarsh Soccer Field Parking

July 21 Children’s Art Festival 10am-4pm Hillcrest Park

There will be over 30 arts & craft booths, on stage entertainment, balloons, flowers & more. You won’t want to miss this FREE, hands on festival! Don’t miss the duo from the band Recess Monkey on stage at 2:00pm! M.V.P.R. (360) 336-6215

Downtown ChowDown & Sidewalk Sale July 27, 28 10am-5pm

NEW! Downtown ChowDown joins the Sidewalk Sale! This year’s event will feature super discounts from 30+ participating businesses showcasing their wares on the sidewalks of our vibrant historic downtown. On Saturday, July 28, restaurants and food trucks will join in the fun by offering a delicious variety of menu choices. Family fun activities will include a children’s art event at the Mount Vernon Farmers Market, a painted rocks activity sponsored by Skagit County Rocks, music in Pine Square and buskers around town.

Lot 10am

AuguST 2018:

1800 South Whitmarsh Road,

Picnic Party • Children’s Music Series


It’s the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day! Burlington Parks and Recreation staff will lead a casual 2 mile hike up on the Skagit River Dike. Learn about Burlington Trails you may not know about, and our health and wellness summer programs, all while the kids try their luck at a fun Scavenger Hunt! FREE EVENT! Phone: (360) 755-9649 Website:

June 15-17 Berry Dairy Days Burlington Chamber of Commerce Burlington, WA

On the third weekend of June, join us in Burlington for a weekend full of entertainment. Including fresh strawberry shortcake, food, craft vendors, spectacular fireworks show, a grand parade, Kiwanis Salmon BBQ, free outdoor movie, live music, road run, nostalgic Berry Cool Car Show and more!

July 2018:

July 4 Fabulous 4th of July at Edgewater Park 7pm-dusk Music, Food, & Fireworks for the whole family! Music starts at 7pm with The Dogtones and The Lowdown Drifters headline at 8:30pm. Don’t miss a spectacular fireworks show at dark. M.V.P.R. (360) 336-6215

Bring your lunch and a blanket or chairs. Join us for live Children’s music & family fun. for more info!

August 8-11 Skagit County Fair Skagit County Fairgrounds 10am- 10pm

Don’t miss the highlight of the summer, the 2018 Skagit County Fair, “Moovin & Groovin’ to the Fair”, Four days of wholesome fun featuring: A carnival, live music, Wenatchee Youth Circus, X-treme Air Dogs, magician, hypnotist, eating contests, farm animals, arena events, great food, diaper derby and much more! A great event for the whole family, don’t miss it! Phone: (360) 416-1350 Email: Website:


Sept. 15 Fidalgo Bay Day 11:00am-3:00pm Skagit County Marine Resources Committee Fidalgo Bay Resort, 4701 Fidalgo Bay Road, Anacortes

Fidalgo Bay Day is a FREE, fun, educational event for the entire family. Lots of indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy including: live marine critters, interactive educational displays, kid friendly craft activities, games, prizes, and tasty free samples of shellfish and chowders from local restaurants. For more information: or Tracy Alker (360) 416-1462 7867-001

Skagit Valley Recreation & Activity Guide 2018 Spring/Summer  
Skagit Valley Recreation & Activity Guide 2018 Spring/Summer