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Mount Vernon Parks & Recreation Comprehensive Plan 2019 “Help Plan the Future of Our Parks”

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Open House @ Hillcrest Park Lodge

Pick Up: Administration Office at Hillcrest Park 1717 South 13th Street, Mount Vernon

Mail: Contact us & let us mail one to you

1717 South 13th Street, Mount Vernon Thursday, January 24th @ 6pm to 8pm Saturday, February 23rd @ 10am to Noon

Mount Vernon Parks & Enrichment Services (360) 336-6215 ~



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

DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE: Hi Everyone. Mount Vernon Parks and Enrichment Services had a busy year. Our parks, trails, recreational programs and special events continue attracting more and more folks every year. Staff, and the hundreds of volunteers donating thousands of hours of time, work year round keeping our parks and trails beautiful and accessible, while ensuring our programs and special events run non-stop. But now it’s time to stop and take stock of all the good things we’re doing….and how we can make them better. WE NEED YOUR HELP!! Time to be heard….The opportunity to share your voice and help shape the future of our Parks is here. Early in 2019, we will launch a city wide effort to gather your opinions, likes and dislikes, thoughts, dreams and aspirations for our Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Plan update. Why do this?? Well… These are your parks,trails and pathways. They are your recreational programs and special events!! They exist to help create the experiences, Bill King, Director the memories and the bonds that will last a lifetime. The next six years will be driven by the plan we develop with your help and collaboration. The Parks and Enrichment Services Department works hard to ensure your leisure time is quality time. In early 2019 we’ll be sending out surveys, conducting public forums, collaborating in small focus groups and reaching out to all our citizens with one goal in mind; to continue providing each and every one of you a lifetime of positive and diverse recreational experiences here in beautiful Mount Vernon. Please participate and let your voice be heard.


BIG HITTER’S TEE-BALL INSTRUCTIONAL LEAGUE The goal for our tee-ball program is to help our youngsters develop hand-eye coordination by teaching players to hit and catch correctly. The field and the rules are modified to play indoor at school gyms. Parents are encouraged to help at games and practices as needed. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, March 8th AGES: Boys & Girls Ages 3 – 5 years PRACTICE: Weekday evening outdoor practices begin the week of March 25th (1/week) GAMES: 6 weekly Saturday games at Elementary schools (indoors or outdoors) April 13-May 18 FEE: $55 T-shirt & Participation Trophy included COACHES: Volunteer coaches and assistant coaches needed! SPONSORS: Sponsors needed! $100 per team with your business name on team t-shirts

The goals of this instructional league are to learn the basics of baseball. Players will work on fielding the ball, hitting a ball thrown by a coach, and hand/eye coordination through catching and hitting the ball. Sportsmanship will be emphasized throughout. Coaches will call their own games. This league will focus on developmental play and readiness for more competitive leagues. This year there will be 2 age brackets of play. • CP 1: (6-7 years) Players can run through their batting order during innings, have the option to use a tee when batting, 60 minute game limit. • CP 2: (8-9 years) play full baseball rules, 3 outs, 3 strikes, 4 walks, 85 minute game limit Practices & games are played outdoors and may be cancelled due to weather. Parents are encouraged to help at games and practices as needed. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, March 8th AGES: Boys & Girls Ages 6-7 and 8-9 years. GAMES: Games April 13 through May 18th on Saturdays. Teams will play 6 games outdoors. PRACTICE: Practices will be outdoors. Coaches will call with practice days/time. EQUIPMENT: Participants should bring their own mitt. FEE: CP1: $55, T-shirt & Participation Award included CP2: $60 T-shirt & Participation Award included COACHES: Volunteer coaches and assistant coaches needed! SPONSORS: Sponsors needed! $100 per team with your business name on team t-shirts

PRESCHOOL, YOUTH & ADULT PROGRAMS 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.

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

4 knocks, hand washing, meal times, bedtime, and providing emergency care (first aid and CPR, no CPR Certification). DATES: January 28th (MV non-school day) or April 2nd TIME: 9am-3:00pm 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

ADULT PROGRAMS 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, 7:15-8:15pm Session 1: January 8, 15, 22, 29 weekly homework / online activities Fee: $50 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


Location: Hillcrest Park Recreation Building 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 Bow 52 form section 1. Wear loose fitting clothes. Ongoing classes, weekly sessions Session 1: Mondays: Jan 7 - February 25 Session 2: Mondays: March 4 - April 22 Time: 6pm to 7:15pm

· Dedicated Google Classroom providing online resources to practice independently all areas covered on the course

Dates: Mondays: Session 2: Mar. 11, 18, 25, Apr. 8, 15

Fee: $80



Session 1: Jan. 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14

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. New routines each series. Session 1: Fridays: January 4 –Feb 22 Session 2: Fridays: March 1-April 26, no class April 5th

Age: Open to all ages

· Spanish alphabet / numbers / telling the time / dates / talking about yourself / greetings and farewells / using the telephone / reading skills / listening skills and more

Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States and around the world. 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. Days/times are subject to change.

Ages: 15 years +

· Equipping you for independent use of the Spanish language

· Understanding of pronunciation / noun number and gender / adjectival position and agreement / verb formation / basic vocabulary / useful expressions


Session 1: Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11, 25, Mar. 4

Time: 9:00am-10:15am

· A framework on which to build foreign language knowledge and the confidence to use it

Instructor: Shelley Dorland E-RYT, Riverwalk Yoga Studio

Location: Hillcrest Park Lodge

A lively and practical 6-hour journey from zero to Spanish for the beginning adult learner to include:

· Appreciation of your existing language knowledge and ability to learn

Min: 6

Bring: A yoga mat and 2 yoga blocks. Wear comfortable clothing to move around in.

Location: Hillcrest Park Skylight room Fee: $80

YOGA BEGINNER SERIES Interested in Yoga but want to really understand what you’re supposed to be doing? Do you have an injury that you want to help heal? This series will help you get clear and detailed alignment cues. We’ll breakdown basic postures and transitions, as well as learn modifications. We’ll learn to build a strong foundation, activate musculature and protect joints, while getting a basic understanding of how the energy flows with mindful breathing and movement. Days/Dates: Wednesdays, 6 week session Session 1: January 16-February 20th

Days/Times: One split 6-hour session, Saturdays, 9:0012:00am / 12:30-3:30pm

Session 2: March 6 – April 10th

Dates: January 12 or March 16

Location: Hillcrest Lodge

Fee: $99 per adult including all materials

Fee: $72

Time: 9:00am-10:00am

Session 2: Feb. 21, 28, Mar. 7, 14, 21 Time: 5:30-7:30pm Ages: 14 years+ Location: Washington Elementary Gym Fee: $20 per session

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, take it, 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 explained, but use is optional. Well-behaved children, 10 years and older may attend this class. *Please provide a copy of current shot records, Bordetella required* Dates/Times: Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm Session 1: January 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6 Session 2: February 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13 Session 3: March 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17 Location: Hillcrest Park, Recreation Building Fee: $99 Min.: 6 Max.: 10 Instructor: Carmen Williams, CPDT-ka, AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator & Owner of Sunny Lane Canine Academy: Note: Please bring puppy on regular collar (no metal) and 6-ft leash. Please bring treats for classes.


COMMUNITY EVENTS Father / Daughter Valentine’s Ball All girls are invited with their fathers (or other father figure) to a Valentine’s Ball. This is an opportunity for dads and daughters to dress up and spend a night together creating lasting memories. Purchase tickets early to reserve your spot on the dance floor! All tickets must be pre-purchased.

DATE: Saturday, February 2nd TIME: 6:00-8:00pm LOCATION: Mount Vernon High School Cafeteria AGE: Girls (17 years and under) /guardian (over 18 years+) FEE: $26 per couple, $13 additional girl For more information on any program or event run through Mount Vernon Parks & Recreation call the administration office at (360) 336-6215.


(360) 416-1350

“Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs”

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

With our recent success in grant applications look for a lot of great projects in in 2019 and 2020, including long coveted improvements to Pressentin Park at the confluence of the Baker and Skagit Rivers. Within short order the park will be brimming with trails, footbridges, a primitive walk-in campground, and restored habitat for migrating salmon and roaming wildlife. Further down river at the old Northern State Farmstead we will be breaking ground on a park that will commemorate all of Skagit’s Veterans. The new Veterans Park will provide a mile of ADA trail, restroom facilities, veterans plaza, solar panels, parking improvements, legacy walk, solar panels, historical artifacts and a lot of other park features. In addition, we’ll be constructing a new building at the Fairgrounds and blazing the Guemes Schoolhouse Trail. All of these projects come with its share of challenges, some which are easily resolved and others requiring more effort. Proactive and strategic planning is a vital component in the planning phase, creating the foundation for successful project momentum by exposing and addressing potential challenges early on in the process. Establishing key partnerships is one of the

most vital components for project success. Partnerships should be built around organizations and people in the community who are well respected and have a high level of “trust equity” in bridging concerns of environmental harm, property rights, and loss of privacy. Creating situations where there is more than one winner is what we strive for at Skagit County Parks and Recreation. Our partners help us become more successful and with agencies such as the Skagit Land Trust, Skagit Valley College, School Districts, Trail Associations, Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation, Washington State Parks, Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group, Skagit Conservation, and so many other organizations that work hand in hand with us to make sure the needs of the people who live and visit Skagit County are met. We take a great deal of pride in the partnerships we’ve created and look forward to developing more as we move into 2019. When we work together to build recreational infrastructure, everybody is victorious. Now that’s a winning concept we can all embrace.


27th Annual Spring Garage Sale, Antiques & More Sign up to sell your incredible things at an affordable booth space or come find new treasures for yourself! Bring your family & friends and enjoy vendors galore, food, live music & much more! Over 150 vendors and 6,000 visitors each year attend this event. Visit our website for vendor application forms.

Skagit County Fairgrounds

Phone: 360-416-1350 E-Mail: Web:

Friday, April 12th, 2019 9:00 am ~ 4:00 pm Saturday, April 13th, 2019 9:00 am ~ 4:00 pm Admission: $3.00 On site parking: $3.00


SAVE THE DATE! Skagit County Fair • August 7-10, 2019

Adult Sports Leagues Men’s WInTeR BaskeTBall league This league is open to men 18 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 color and numbered shirts are required. Register by: Wednesday, January 2 Ages: 18 years and older Days/Dates: Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays beginning January 7 Time: 6:00 – 9:30 pm Locations: Skagit Valley College (SVC) Gym Fee: $460.00 per team

Women’S WinteR 5-on-5 BaskeTBall league This league is open to women 18 years and older. Games will be played Monday, Tuesday or Thursday evenings at Skagit Valley College. This 6-game season will be followed by a single elimination league tournament. Same color and numbered shirts are required. Register by: Wednesday, January 2 Ages: 18 years and older Days/Dates: Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays beginning January 7 Time: 6:00 – 9:30 pm Locations: Skagit Valley College (SVC) Gym Fee: $360.00 per team

WInTeR COeD VOlleyBall league Wednesday (OPEN & REC Divisions) & Friday REC Division teams in this league consist of 3 females and 3 males (6 on 6). Friday will also have a 4 on (Reverse 4’s) division. Season includes an 8 match regular season with a single elimination league tournament. In all divisions it is a “call your own” officiating format. Register by: Wednesday, January 9 OR Friday, January 11 Ages: 16 years and older Days/Dates: Wednesdays, beginning January 16 OR Fridays, beginning January 18


Time: 6:00 – 9:30 pm Location: Various gym sites Fee: $225.00 per team

play cross-over games or be combined 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. 2019 Adult SPRing SoftbAll leAgueS Register by: Friday, January 11th EARLY NOTICE!! Spring Softball League information will be Ages: 9th – 12th grade boys available February 1, 2019! Softball will begin with jamborees the Day/dates: Sunday, beginning January 27th week of April 1st-5th with regular season play beginning Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm April 12th. Keep tabs on the Spring Softball League information at Location: Skagit Valley College (SVC) Gym or e-mail with Fee: $440.00 per team any questions or to get on a mailing list!

Youth Sports Camps & Leagues 2019 Youth bASketbAll SkillS CAmP Skagit County’s BEST hoops camp! This basketball skills camp is for boys and girls ages 8 - 13 years old. The camp focuses primarily on the development of proper basketball fundamentals. Participants work individually and are also divided into small working groups for optimal skill improvement. Camp is held at Mount Baker Middle School in Mount Vernon and runs for four weeks. Each camper receives a commemorative basketball! Register early…this camp fills up very quickly! Register by: Thursday, January 10 Ages: 8 - 13 years old Day/dates: Saturdays, beginning January 12 Time: 9:00 – 11:00 am Location: Mount Baker Middle School Fee: $70.00 ($5.00 discount for the second child from each family)

2019 boYS S.W.i.S.h. (4th-8th gRAdeS) 4 BaskeTBall league The Boys Basketball Leagues is set to begin on Saturday, January 5th (Boys S.W.I.S.H.). Please contact Skagit County Parks & Recreation for any available space for an individual or team – 360-416-1350 or

2019 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

giRlS high SChool SPRing BaskeTBall league Two divisions to choose from! This competitive league is for teams wanting to get a “JUMP” on the 2019-2020 season. Junior Varsity and Varsity divisions are offered. Current 8th graders (2019 freshmen) are encouraged to participate. Varsity letter winners at “1A” schools and above are not eligible for JV play. Teams are required to have same color, numbered shirts. Register by: Monday, March 11 Ages: 14 – 17 years old Day/dates: Mondays beginning March 18 Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm Location: SVC and MVHS Fee: $475.00 per team

Special Events & Tournaments 27th AnnuAl boYS’ And giRlS’ TulIp BaskeTBall TOuRnaMenT This VERY POPULAR tournament is now in its twentieth year with 100+ teams participating annually. Eight divisions to choose from including those for 4th/5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade teams for both boys and girls. All teams are guaranteed four games using a multilevel tournament format. Individual awards to division champions with team awards to the top teams in each division. Get your entry fees in early… this tourney fills fast! Register by: Friday, March 8 Ages: 4th – 8th grade Boys & Girls Day/dates: Friday - Sunday, March 22-24 Time: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm Locations: various area gyms Fee: $285.00 per team

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”




Online Registration available! All Winter and Spring 2019 programs are open for online registration on Dec. 12, 1018. or in person by calling or stopping in! Burlington Parks & Recreation Center 900 E Fairhaven Avenue (360) 755-9649

Daddy Daughter Sweetheart Dance Friday, February 1 6:30pm-8:30pm Burlington Community Center, 1011 Greenleaf Ave $22 per couple, additional daughters $6 each Pre-registration required.

Kids Giant Garage Sale

Saturday, April 20 9am-Noon Burlington Community Center, 1011 Greenleaf Ave $15 per booth (open to 18 yrs & under) Pre-registration required

Scrapbooking & Crafts Supply Sale Saturday, April 27 9am-Noon Burlington Parks & Recreation Center $25 per booth Pre-registration required

B-E Kiwanis Kids Egg Hunt- FREE Saturday, April 20 10am @ Maiben Park Ages 8 & under hunt for candy filled eggs!

B- E Kiwanis Teens Egg Hunt-FREE Saturday, April 20 8:29pm @ Whitmarsh Shelter Fun prize eggs & surprises hidden at the park!

Puget Sound Open Decoy Carving Competition & Festival-FREE Saturday, May 18 @ 9am-3pm Maiben Park-1011 Greenleaf Ave FREE- Open to the public

Burlington Parks and Recreation Parks & Rec Center 900 E Fairhaven Ave. Phone: (360) 755-9649

Enrichment Learning SCIENCE FROM SCRATCH

Discover the world of science through recycling! Students explore hand on experiments while engaging in thought provoking fun! Some experiments include: making a rainbow in a jar, shooting rockets, and exploring potential and kinetic energy. Instructor: Camp Fire Samish 6-12 yrs 1172 1173

9am-4pm Monday Saturday

Maiben House January 28 March 23

Min 8/Max 15 $42 $42


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. Basic first aid is covered (no CPR) with a certificate of completion. Instructor: Camp Fire Samish 10-14 yrs 1176 1177

9am-4pm Friday Thursday

Parks & Rec Center February 15 April 4—Spring Break

Min 8/Max 15 $42 $42


This class teaches kids basic outdoor skills while enhancing their confidence. Students will learn about energy transferring from one plant or animal to another; how to construct a water filter; bird identification; and many other useful tips and activities about preserving the great outdoors. Instructor: Camp Fire Samish 6-12 yrs 1175

9am-4pm Saturday

Camp Kirby February 23

Min 8/Max 15 $42


Explore the wonders of the deep blue sea. Students will discover what it’s like to race a seal lion, run across the back of a blue whale, and sing to a penguin. Students will travel across the oceans. Instructor: Camp Fire Samish 6-12 yrs 1180

9am-4pm Saturday

Camp Kirby April 13

Min 8/Max 15 $42


Students can explore their creative sides through a mix of art, drama, and music. Students will get a chance to sing, dance and discover new and exciting ways to express themselves. Instructor: Camp Fire Samish 6-12 yrs 1174

9am-4pm Saturday

Maiben House May 18

Min 8/Max 15 $42


Missed out on the Hogwarts letter? Now’s your chance to discover all your favorite magic! Come and hit the quaffle in Quidditch, brew potions, and create the magic that lies within your very fingertips. Muggles welcome! Instructor: Camp Fire Samish 6-12 yrs 1181

9-4pm Saturday

Camp Kirby March 16

Min 8/Max 15 $42


Want to be a better leader? Teens will have the opportunity to learn new leadership skills like teamwork and communication and participate in camp activities like archery, outdoor skill building, crafts, etc. We will also “unplug”, giving them a chance to connect with other peers and the outdoors. All teens will be supervised by the trained Camp Fire staff throughout the day. Instructor: Camp Fire Samish 13-17 yrs 1182

9am-4pm Saturday

Camp Kirby May 25

Min 8/Max 30 $42


Parks & Recreation – Winter/Spring 2019 DUCK DECOY CARVING

Carve and paint your own Green Wing Teal Duck Decoy. Receive complete training on carving a cork body and wooden head and instruction on texture painting with oil paints. Just in time for the Puget Sound Open Decoy Carving Competition hosted in Burlington on May 18! Kids ages 13 & under must have an adult in attendance. Instructor: Kurt Benson, Washington Brandt Foundation 10yrs & up 1178 1179

5pm-7pm Wednesdays Wednesdays

Community Center Feb 6-March 27 Feb 6-March 27

Min 4/Max 10 $40 Youth (10-17 yrs) $60 Adult (18+ yrs)


Do you have a story to tell? Is it family history or pure imagination? Everyone has a story, but most of us need a nudge to start. WRITE NOW! can be your jump start. All levels of writers are invited to participate in a non-judgmental, positive atmosphere. Instructor: Rebecca Redshaw, award winning author and playwright. 16 & up 1185

6:30-8:30pm Wednesdays

Maiben House February 13-March 13

Min 8 /Max 16 $75 (5 classes)


Increase confidence, offer techniques to overcome roadblocks and help achieve new levels of emotional freedom, happiness, and success. Session fee includes the book: Success Principles by Jack Canfield. Instructor: Amy Cheadle 18 & up 1186 1187

7pm-9pm Tuesdays Tuesdays

Maiben House January 8, 15, 22 March 5, 12, 19

Min 10 /Max 16 $60 (includes book) $60 (includes book)


Take stunning photos plus editing tips and tricks. Instructor: Andy Porter, Andy Porter Images Capture Awesome Images with your DSLR Camera—Beginners Level 1 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). 12 yrs & up* 1188 1189 1190 12 yrs & up* 1191

6pm-8pm Thursday Tuesday Tuesday 10am-12pm Saturday

Parks & Rec Center January 17 February 5 April 16 Parks & Rec Center March 9

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

*15 yrs & under must have a parent in attendance

Capture MORE Awesome Images with your DSLR Camera—Intermediate Level 2 Learn advanced techniques, as well as use of a tripod and tips on how to capture images at night. Prerequisites: DSLR Beginners Level 1 OR be very comfortable shooting in the Manual Mode with your DSLR camera. 12 yrs & up* 1192 1193

6pm-8pm Thursday Tuesday

Parks & Rec Center February 21 March 19

Min 4/Max 16 $40 $40

Group Fitness & Dance

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


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 new people & have fun! Instructor: Kim Hargrove, Happy Valley Dance 13 yrs & up 1195 1196 1197 1198

7pm-8pm Tuesdays Tuesdays Tuesdays Tuesdays Tuesdays

Community Center January 8-29 February 5-26 March 5-26 April 1-30 Jan 8-May 29

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


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. Instructor: Sherry Thostenson, Yoga Fit Trained Instructor. 16 yrs & up 1204 1205 1206

5:30-6:45pm Thursdays Thursdays Thursdays

Parks & Rec Center January 10-March 28 January 10-March 28 Single Class

Min 5 /Max 25 $72 (12 weeks) $42 (6 classes) $10


This high intensity class will tone & build muscle! Kick up your metabolism by alternating strength and cardio intervals. Instructor: Amy Cheadle, Yoga Fit Level 1 and ACE Group Fitness Certified 13 yrs & up 1203

5:30-6:25pm Tuesdays

Parks & Rec Center January 22-March 12

Min 5 /Max 25 $60 (8 weeks)


The new moon is a time of New Beginnings, a time to reflect, renew and create space inside for a new cycle to begin. We will begin with some gentle yoga (beginner level) to open and prepare us for deep relaxation. This is followed by meditation and guided relaxation. Instructor: Kristine Allen, BS, LMP, Be Free Center 13 yrs & up 1207 1208 1209

6:30-8pm Friday Friday Friday

Parks & Rec Center January 4 April 5 May 31

Min 5/ Max 30 $15 $15 $15


*15 yrs & under must have a parent in attendance

Full moons are times of creative outpourings, completions, harvest and a beautiful opening to see and learn. Connect with intention, stretch our bodies, feel our wholeness and deeply relax to the sounds of the Sacred Gong and crystal bowl. Kristine Allen, BS, LMP, Be Free Center

Photography Composition and Basic Editing Calling ALL camera users! Want to learn how to compose a great shot and dabble in editing software. Bring your DSLR, point & shoot or smart phone. This class covers image composition techniques and photo editing for any camera.

13 yrs & up 1210 1211 1212

12 yrs & up* 1194

6pm-9pm Tuesday

Parks & Rec Center March 26

*15 yrs & under must have a parent in attendance

Min 4/Max 16 $40

6:30-8pm Sunday Friday Friday

Parks & Rec Center Jan 20 April 19 May 17

Min 5/ Max 30 $15 $15 $15

Minimum number of students MUST be met ONE week prior to start date.


The Skagit Conservation District Presents:

Backyard Conservation Stewardship Short Course Featuring Valuable Tips For:

Native Plant Landscaping • Environmentally Friendly Garden Practices Integrated Pest Management (IPM) • Attracting Birds to Your Backyard • Composting Bees as Pollinators • Building Healthy Soils • Managing Invasive Plants • Gardening for Wildlife Introduction to Low Impact Development/Rain Gardens • Permaculture Gardens And MORE!

Training provided by local experts!

Classes are free and will be held on Wednesday evenings, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, beginning Wednesday, March 20th and continuing through Wednesday, April 24th at the Padilla Bay Research Reserve facility. Two Saturday field days are scheduled for April 6th and April 13th . “Seeing wildlife in my garden takes me to my happy place” - Carole Sevilla Brown, Conservation Biologist

For more information or to register, contact Kristi Carpenter: (360) 428-4313 or email:


PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED Please pre-register by March 18th This program is being held in partnership with the City of Mount Vernon, City of Sedro-Woolley, City of Anacortes, City of Burlington, and Skagit County

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

December 12 & 13, 10:00AM & 1:00PM Wrack and Wreath–We’ll explore treasures that washed up on Padilla Bay’s beach and create holiday decorations.

February 8 & 9, 10:30AM-12:00 noon Fantastic Fish–Learn all about the fish of Padilla Bay and build a colorful tissue paper wind sock.

free to bring additional drawing supplies. The class is offered twice: Friday January 11 and Saturday January 12, 1:00-2:30pm. Register online or call the Interpretive Center.

March 29 & 30, 10:30AM-12:00 noon Plankton Aplenty–The tiniest critters in the estuary are also the most important. Dive into the microscopic water world of Padilla Bay.

Aquarium Tour and Fish Feeding Come and find out what’s new and exciting in our aquariums. 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, January 19, 11:00am. No need to register. Just join us in the aquarium room at 11:00.

For Adults

Upland to Bay to Skagit Flats: Winter Birds with Libby Mills Our hardy resident birds are busy with winter foraging, while migrants from the north are filling the fields and bays. Come explore the uplands, farmland, and waters around Padilla Bay with Libby Mills. Bring warm February 13 & 14, 10:00AM & 1:00PM How Animals Move–Swimming, flying, layers and a snack. Binoculars are available for those who need them. crawling squirming-only a few estuary animals walk on two legs like you! We’ll meet at the Interpretive Center parking lot. Saturday, November 24, 8:00AM-12:00 noon and Saturday, December 1, 8:00AM-12:00 March 13 & 14, 10:00AM & 1:00PM Habitat–Find out why Padilla Bay is noon. Please register online or call the Interpretive Center. the perfect home for so many things. Junior Ecologists are 6-9 year olds who have fun exploring the estuary. Excursions to the beach, science experiments, Introduction to Hawks of the Skagit Learn to recognize the most games, art projects, and studying life in the bay–this program is guaranteed common species in our area with raptor biologist and falcon aficionado, fun! Call the Interpretive Center or register online. Bud Anderson. A slide presentation from 10:00AM-11:00noon will December 8 & 14, 10:30AM-12:00 noon Wrack and Wreath–We’ll introduce you to raptor biology, field characteristics, and common explore treasures that washed up on Padilla Bay’s beach and create holiday behaviors. An afternoon field trip runs until around 2:00PM and is limited decorations. to 15 participants. Saturday, January 5, 10:00AM-12:00 noon. Register online or by phone. There is a separate registration for the field trip. Junior Ecologists are 6-9 year olds who have fun exploring the estuary. January 16 & 17, 10:00AM & 1:00PM Spiders versus Crabs–What makes a crab a crab and a spider a spider. Come explore the cool world of arthropods and meet some fun estuary critters.

Excursions to the beach, science experiments, games, art projects, and studying life in the bay–this program is guaranteed fun! Call the Interpretive Center or register online. January 11 & 12, 10:30AM-12:00 noon Science Journals–We’ll create science journals and use Padilla Bay’s aquariums to study and record our observations of estuary animals.

Drawing Plankton Come discover dazzling planktonic forms through observation and drawing. Join artist, Annie England for a microscopic look at our underwater world, and learn artistic techniques to capture their elegant designs. This class will include a brief history of planktonic art, time to observe plankton under a microscope, and drawing exploration. We will provide graphite pencils, erasers, and paper. Feel

Storming the Sound This environmental education conference connects teachers, college students, agency and non-profit educators, and community volunteers for a day of networking, learning, and sharing. We especially welcome classroom teachers to join us. Held at Maple Hall in LaConner on Thursday, January 24, 2018, 9:00-4:30. Meet with old and new friends and hear from the movers and shakers of Environmental Education in the Central Salish Sea. For registration information see our website at Swans, Geese and Dabbling Ducks Mild weather and available food make NW Washington an attractive place for waterfowl to overwinter. We will learn about migration routes, distribution, behavioral ecology and foraging habits of common species. Join us to discover what it takes to wear those waterproof feathers up and down the Northwest Coast. Instructor, David Drummond is a Wildlife biologist-Naturalist who has spent many winters surveying waterfowl from the Arctic to Antarctic. Saturday February 9, 1:00-2:30pm. Please register online or call the Interpretive Center. rAptor ClAss The Skagit Flats are nationally recognized for their hundreds of wintering birds of prey. This class will teach you about different kinds of raptors, emphasizing field identification and the particularly fascinating element of winter behavior. Instructor Bud Anderson has studied raptors for over 35 years, and has an incredible knowledge of local populations and peregrine falcons. This 5 week class meets Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00PM beginning January 8, with a Saturday field trip. The class fee is $175 per person. To register, send check to the Padilla Bay Foundation, 10441 Bay View-Edison Rd., Mount Vernon WA 98273.


For Kids 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. Call the Interpretive Center to register or register online.

11 Kiwanis Club of Mount Vernon: Building a Better Community Kiwanis Salmon BBQ April 6-28, 2019 • Daily 11 am-7 pm 28th Annual Community Wild Salmon Barbecue Each spring during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, the Kiwanis Club of Mount Vernon hosts a 23-day salmon barbeque at the historic Hillcrest Lodge. Locally caught salmon is grilled to perfection over the open flame fire pit and served with delicious sides. What makes this event even more special is that every cent of this effort is returned to youth and community programs.

Kiwanis Club of Mount Vernon

15 large plate $ 12 medium plate $

Alder grilled salmon Coleslaw Dessert

Baked Potato Garlic Bread Beverage

Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club Members

• Boys & Girls Club • META • Camp Orkila (Centennial School) • Skagit Valley Herald Christmas Baskets • Adopt a Family • Summer Mobile Playground Program • YouthNet • Friendship House

• Ghana Together AXIM Project • Mount Vernon High School Key Club • Safe Kids Car Seats • Prayer Breakfast • Little Mountain Skills Center • MVPR Summer Outdoor Movies • Skagit County Community Action: WIC, Headstart & Spark


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calendar League Nights - Silver Arrow Bowmen Mon, Tues & Wed January-March Silver Arrow Bowmen Silver Arrow Bowmen 20409 East Hickox Road, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 Mon, Tues & Wed, January-March Monday nights January 14th through April 15th, 7pm-9pm Flint Round. This is a different kind of indoor shoot where we shoot various distances from 20 feet to 20 yards. It’s handicapped so all compete at an equal level. Lots of fun. Free for members, $3 for non-members. Tuesday night 6:30-8:30 is our Traditional League night, going on now. Just recurves and longbows, nothing with cams or pulleys. It is a great chance to meet other stick-and-string shooters in the area, and possibly shoot some different bows. Wednesday night through March 27th is League night for all bows. This includes our club handicap league, the State Mail-in Tournament and open practice at any distance up to 20 yards. Free for members, $3 for non-members.

JANuAry 2019 5-6 Early Bird 3D Silver Arrow Bowmen 20409 East Hickox Rd, Mount Vernon 3D fun shoots are on the walk-through course from 8am to 2pm on Saturday and 8am to 1pm on Sunday, start any time either day. We typically have a minimum of 30 life-sized foam targets out on the course each day. Distances are 5-60 yards and will be marked at each stake. This is a fun shoot, no awards but great practice and a good time for all. Absolutely no broad heads are allowed. Fees are Adults (over 18) - $15 one-day, $25 two-day, Youth (12-16) - $7/$10, Cub (7-11) - $5/$7, Peewee (6 & under) – free with paid adult. Our website is and we are on Facebook! Silver Arrow Bowmen

25 Illuminight Winter Walk 3:30 PM - 5:15 PM Luminary Making at Tri Dee Arts 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM Live Music at Riverwalk Park Plaza 5:30 PM - Illuminight Winter Walk (start/end in the Riverwalk Park Plaza) The 5th Annual Illuminight Winter Walk celebrates art, light, health, and the community. Join us for in-the-moment luminary making, live music, a lighted procession, and festivities. This is a rain or shine event. For information call, (360) 336-6131.

FEBruAry 2019

APrIL 2019

2 Father/Daughter Valentine Ball Mount Vernon Parks & recreation

6-28 Kiwanis Salmon Barbecue Hillcrest Park Lodge: 1717 South 13th Street, Mount Vernon

Saturday, February 2nd 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Mount Vernon High School Cafeteria This is an opportunity for dads and daughters to dress up and spend a night together creating special memories, dancing and enjoying refreshments. Remember to bring your camera! $26 per couple. All Tickets must be pre-purchased. (360) 336-6215

The Kiwanis Club of Mount Vernon is hosting a salmon barbecue at the Hillcrest Lodge, featuring indoor and outdoor dining from 11 AM-7 PM daily. Locally caught salmon is grilled to perfection over the open flame fire pit then served with a smile! See page 11 for more details!

19-21 35th Annual Tulip Festival Street Fair

10 Birds of Winter Art Walk

Saturday, February 10th 2-5 PM In support of the Birds of Winter Festival, the Mount Vernon Downtown Association will present a Birds of Winter Art Walk on Saturday, February 10, from 2-5 PM. Participating businesses will feature artists with bird themed art. Visit, email, or call (360) 336-3801.

Mount Vernon Downtown, It’s Happening! Feb 9-10 Bucks Bulls & Boars Silver Arrow Bowmen 20409 East Hickox Road, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 On the walk-through course from 8am to 2pm Saturday, start any time, and on Sunday we start at 8:30 am for target assignments with a 9am shotgun start. This shoot contains only huntable animals such as deer, elk, bear, etc., and is great off-season practice for the hunter and fun for everyone else. Distances are 5-60 yards with unmarked yardages and no rangefinders allowed. Door prizes and Awards are typically around 1pm on Sunday. Absolutely no broad heads are allowed. Fees are Adults (over 18) - $15 one-day, $25 two-day, Youth (12-16) - $7/$10, Cub (7-11) - $5/$7, Peewee (6 & under) – free with paid adult. Our website is and we are on Facebook! Silver Arrow Bowmen

Mount Vernon Downtown Association Friday & Saturday, 10 AM- 6 PM, Sunday, 10 AM-5 PM South 1st Street, Downtown Mount Vernon Stroll among hundreds of new and returning Arts & Crafts Vendors for the best art, photography, jewelry, clothing, gourmet food stuffs, unique gifts, delicious food court offerings, live entertainment, and fun for the whole family. Make it a family tradition to meet at the Tulip Festival Street Fair! Visit, email, or call (360) 336-3801.

Mount Vernon Downtown It’s Happening! 20 Kids Giant Garage Sale Burlington Parks & recreation

Saturday, April 20, 9 AM-12 PM Burlington Parks & Recreation – 900 East Fairhaven Ave. Kids 17 & under are cleaning out closets, rooms, garages and selling all their good quality things at a great price! Bring shopping bags, cash or checks and lots of energy! Free admission and lots of fun! Phone: (360) 755-9649 Website: parksandrec

27 Scapbooking & Craft Supply Fair Burlington Parks & recreation

Saturday, April 27, 9 AM-12 PM Burlington Parks & Recreation – 900 East Fairhaven Ave. 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 best selection! Perks of being a vendor? Wheel and deal with each other 30 min before doors open to the public. Booths are $25 (w/table/chairs) Phone: (360) 755-9649 Website: 9984-001

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