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Holiday Gift Guide 2013

A supplement to the Skagit Valley Herald


Thursday, November 21, 2013

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7 Ways to Shop Local this Season

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A Gift To the Local Economy


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hile you’re making your list and checking it twice this holiday season, don’t forget to include your local independent business owners. They’re not asking for much this year, just a little support. And you’d be smart to give it. A substantially larger percentage of your hard-earned money stays in your community when you choose to shop locally for Christmas instead of leaving the area. Recent studies have shown that as much as $75 of every $100 you spend at a locally owned businesses remains in your area, versus $40 at non-locally owned establishments. This number, in most cases, drops to zero dollars when you buy online.


More money staying local means increased funding for the schools, hospitals, and roads that you and your friends, family and co-workers depend on. Since local business owners hire local workers – about half of all private sector workers are employed in small businesses, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics – money for taxes and wages stays in the community, too. With volatile unemployment statistics linked so closely to the success or failure of small businesses, shopping locally can actually make a positive impact on a national level.


Small business owners have a tendency to buy supplies locally and to use local services for their business needs. When an independent business owner requires accounting services or help with building repairs, they are more likely to spend their money on local accountants or contractors, respectively. When you shop local, your money helps catalyze the circulation of money through your area. It also strengthens your community’s economic foundation and helps enhance it for years to come.


Small business owners are also more likely to make social investments in the community by volunteering at their child’s school, donating to charities and hosting fund raiser events. Doing so allows these entrepreneurs to integrate themselves into their communities and make it known that they are receptive and sensitive to the needs of those around them. From little league teams to theater groups, small business owners are quick to offer their sponsorship and money to help support local groups.

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Decorate this holiday season with handmade glass candy canes by local artist Scott Darlington. Available in assorted sized and colors, these little works of art make unique gifts.

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e all know them. They are the people who own one of everything and write nothing in particular on their Christmas lists. They possess every movie, flaunt the newest jewelry and have read each book from the New York Times best sellers list. Finding a gift for them is nearly impossible – unless you integrate a little creativity into your gift-giving strategy. Local businesses are hotbeds for the unique and eclectic items that are sure to make a lasting impression on that hard-to-buy-for person in your life. Pottery, paintings, garden supplies and more can be found just a few blocks away at your downtown establishment.


Local artists make great sources for unique Christmas presents, and their work can often be found on display in storefront windows. Buying a painting, craft, or pottery piece from an artist near you not only helps validate his or her creative endeavor but also gives your recipient a one-of-a-kind gift. Put a little extra thought into the present by tracking down the artist for a signature and personalized message.


What if you could find a gift that will provide years of enjoyment, as well as a feeling of personal pride in a job well done? Well, browse the aisles of your local hardware store and you will be in luck. Unique tool sets and do-it-yourself birdhouse kits will have your handy friend or family member chomping at the bit for springtime. Practical gifts like snow shovels, warm hats, or cozy gloves are also viable options and will make an immediate impact during those snowy winter months.


If you’re thinking of opting for the trusty gift card, consider your options. Instead of buying one from an out-of-town establishment or online conglomerate, instead think outside of the box – and the box store. What better way to support your local business community then by purchasing a gift certificate from your regional golf course, barber, gym or car detail shop? Gift cards are always popular, but giving them a localized spin will make them a guaranteed hit even for the person who already has everything.

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hopping locally, you tend to buy just what you need. This helps cut down on the clutter – and the wrapping – once you get home, but also lessens the impact on your wallet. Keeping local owners in business also fosters a competitive entrepreneurial landscape that will in the long run improve quality while decreasing costs. As local businesses grow, so grows their ability to create more products and improve their service, all at a lower expense to the consumer.


Local shops are focused less on the mega deals and buy-one, get-one promotions that actually can cost you more in the long run. But this doesn’t mean they aren’t in the business of giving deals. Many local shops provide discounts to those who live nearby, helping you save money instead of paying more in tourist taxes that some out-of-town establishments may charge. Some local businesses boast price-matching programs, as well. Ask your local owners if they are willing to match deals you find at other businesses. Their answer may surprise you – and help you save money.


Spearheaded by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday has rapidly entrenched itself into the holiday shopping tradition landscape. The nationally recognized movement to celebrate and shop small businesses was created as a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday and has quickly gained progressive traction. Last year, more than 100 million shoppers supported the initiative, which features discounts, giveaways and promotions from some participating establishments. This year’s event is slated for Saturday, Nov. 30.


You aren’t likely to find quota-driven salespeople around every corner at your local independent business. Less dependent on the one-time sale, small business owners are more concerned about providing you with positive shopping experiences because they depend on your repeat business to keep their doors open. And unlike Christmas shopping at crowded out-of-town malls, you are more likely to receive one-on-one attention at local shops. So fill out that customer feedback card and complete that online questionnaire. Your opinions can make a long-term impact on local businesses.

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Give the Gift of Music! Gift certificates for Skagit Symphony concerts are available for the 2013-14 season. Upcoming concerts in December, January, March and April. Price range: $5-$25

Keep your loved ones safe with the gift of their choice of new tires, chains, winterization, and much more available at your trusted local Les Schwab.

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ocal business owners treat you with respect and kindness because they need your support. Your money keeps their dreams alive, their families fed and their lights on. It also helps fuel their innovation — an attribute that we depend on from small business owners to help our communities become better places to work, play and stay. Local owners are quick to converse with you and ask about your life because they are genuinely interested in learning about their customers. Gaining a better understating of their target audience helps owners improve their services, which in turn boosts their bottom line.


Since it is better to give than to receive, reciprocate the appreciation by getting to know your local owners by name and tell them that you appreciate what they’re doing for your community. A positive word of encouragement can go a long way toward boosting the confidence of small business owners, many of whom are nurturing their goals one day at a time. Friendly banter is a cornerstone of downtown America and is what helps set small businesses apart in the realm of quality customer service.


It’s always a good idea to cultivate and maintain positive relationships with those who need you most. Whether you’re enjoying a friendly chit-chat with your favorite barista at your local coffeehouse or catching up with your regular server at the downtown pizza establishment, you are unknowingly building and advancing relationships. These interactions will make future shopping visits more conversational and enjoyable and will add value to both the employer and customer experience.


Shopping locally can also help you and your career. Hand over your business card while discussing the weather with your local business owners. You never know what services they may need or who they may know that could spark new business opportunities for your enterprise. Small business owners can appreciate the benefits of networking, because they use it as a critical tool to promote their services and expand their reach. You can do the same.

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here is no place like home, so why would you choose to leave it for Christmas shopping? By spending your time and money shopping locally, you are more likely to run into friends, family, co-workers and past acquaintances, allowing you to enjoy the Christmas spirit around those you love. Both behind the counter and in the aisles, you will probably know more people within your local businesses in comparison to the stores 60 miles away. Familiar faces and friendly chats help enrich the already exciting experience of Christmas shopping.


Generally, local businesses hire people who are from the area, creating a strong connection of familiarity and trust between workers and customers. You are more than just another number in the customer count when you visit a local business. Your patronage matters to owners and employees because your dollars keep them employed. Workers at all organizational levels – owners, managers, full-time workers, and part-timers, alike – are depending on your business.


It’s never too early to pass on the values that drive you to shop local and support your neighbors. Your sons, daughters, nieces and nephews will earn money and shop for themselves one day, and they may even be future small business owners. Bringing them along for the shopping trip to your favorite downtown store will give them a great understanding of the benefits of spending money locally and may spark an entrepreneurial spirit within them.


The next time you are perusing through a downtown business, ask yourself if you know the history of the building you are in. No? Odds are the owner does. Independent business owners are often excellent sources for local history and interesting anecdotes. They can give you detailed information about their buildings or the services that used to be offered through it because they are privy to past records and business documentation. Shopping locally doesn’t just enhance the local economy. It can also increase your knowledge of your surroundings.

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is the season to be jolly, not stressed, frenzied, or road-raged. Trade in the hustle and bustle of long car rides and over-packed malls for a relaxing stroll through your favorite downtown business. The benefits of slowing things down over the holidays can improve your health, well-being, and overall mood, especially when schedules are at their fullest. The less time you spend traveling great distances and drudging through hoards of shoppers, the more time you will be able to enjoy with your family around the fireplace. So maybe it’s time to focus less on leaving the area and take advantage of the calming convenience of shopping local.


Do you really want to spend multiple hours of your weekend inside a car? How about standing in long lines waiting for a harried cashier to ring up your order? Local businesses won’t delay your service or make it seemingly impossible to find a parking spot. There won’t be any fights for shopping carts or that under-produced product, either. Instead, local businesses offer a more laid-back experience centered on quality customer service and friendly conversations. Local owners are invested in creating positive, memorable experiences for all customers, and this means fostering low-stress, no-hassle shopping environments.


Staying in the area for your Christmas shopping could be good for both your wallet and your waistline. If you live close enough to local businesses – and if you don’t mind the chilly weather – walk or ride your bike to the store. The central locations of downtown businesses helps provide a hub of shopping activity that requires only a short stroll down the sidewalk to shop door-to-door. Mixing in a little physical activity as opposed to spending hours in your car or extended periods of time on escalators, will aid in burning calories and improving your overall health. And better health is a gift we all deserve.

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‘Tis the Season- La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, thru 12/29 6th Annual La Conner Turkey Trot- LaConner Middle School, 7am Skagit Christmas- Skagit Co. Historical Museum. thru 12/31 Arrival of Father Christmas- Christianson’s Nursery,10am-3pm Hilltop Holiday Craft Sale- 11am-5pm, Historical Museum thru 12/1

DECEMBER 1: 7: 7: 7: 7: 7: 8: 8: 21

Season of Giving- Holiday Shopping, benefitting Hospice of Northwest WA Santa Pancake Breakfast- Maple Hall 8:30-11am Kiwanis Holiday Bazaar- LaConner Middle School, 9:30am-2pm Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony- Gilkey Square, 4pm Choir, 5pm Santa Skagit Valley Art Escape- La Conner Gallery Art Walk, 5-8pm FREE Lighted Boat Parade - Swinomish Channel 6pm Season of Giving- Holiday Shopping, benefitting La Conner Sunrise Food Bank Christmas is for Kids!- 11am-5pm, Historical Museum & 22 Shelter Bay Community Concert- Fri. 7:30pm, Sat. 3pm 360.466.4778 Dates and times may change. Check website for up to date information!

Skagit Christmas Nov. 29-Dec. 31 once again skagit county historical museum celebrates skagit christmas! the north wing gallery will be transformed into christmas circa 1896.

Special Activities

November 30 & December 1 11am-5pm: Hilltop Holiday Craft Sale December 8 11am-5pm: Christmas is for Kids (of all ages!) Month of December The East Wing Gallery is available for rent! Hold your holiday gathering ‘at the top of the hill.’ Bring your business, neighborhood, family or club party to the Museum. Contact Jo Wolfe at 360-466-3365 for info.

SKAGIT COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM 501 S. 4th Street, La Conner, at the top of the hill 360.466.3365, Tues - Sun 11a - 5p,

$5 Adults $10 Families $4 Srs & Kids 6-12 Members & Under 6 Yrs Free

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CHRISTMAS TREE GUIDE ALAN ACRES TREE FARM 27314 36th Ave. N.W., Stanwood. U-cut, open 8 a.m. to sunset daily, Nov. 23 through Dec. 23. 360-629-3877 or

ALPINE MEADOWS TREE FARM 3285 Valley Highway 9, Deming, WA

Peace on Earth 15806 Best Road • Mount Vernon • 360-466-3821 Open Open 9-5 9-5 Daily Daily

ANACORTES KIWANIS SUNRISERS at Sebo’s Do-It Center 1102 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. Pre-cut trees, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily starting Nov. 25 until sold out. 360-293-3191. BERRY BARN 14285 LaConner-Whitney Road, Mount Vernon

BIG LAKE TREES 19117 Highway 9, Mount Vernon U-cut, open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekends, Nov. 23 through Dec. 17. 360-422-5124 or

HOLIDAY FOREST 3125 280th St. N.W., Stanwood

SHOP MoNA Store + dozens of boutiques in La Conner

Museum of Northwest Art

JOHNSON’S CHRISTMAS TREES 9865 District Line Road, Burlington U-cut, open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekends, Nov. 17 through Dec. 23. 360-757-4294 MCLEAN ROAD CHRISTMAS TREE FARM Corner of McLean and Penn Road 15621 Penn Road, Mount Vernon U-cut, open from 9 a.m. to dusk daily, Nov. 23 until sold out. 360-424-3829

MCDOUGALL’S ENCHANTED FOREST 16387 Calhoun Road, Mount Vernon MOUNT VERNON LIONS CLUB 2111 Riverside Drive, Mount Vernon Pre-cut trees by donation all hours daily (drop box open all day/night), Dec. 1-22. 360-424-1888

PAPA’S U-CUT CHRISTMAS TREES 22989 Franklin Road, Mount Vernon U-cut, open from 9 a.m. to dusk daily, Nov. 24 through Dec. 24. 360-391-3582 PILCHUCK SECRET VALLEY TREE FARM 9533 Mose Road, Arlington SCHUH FARMS 15565 Highway 536, Mount Vernon and 9828 Highway 532, Stanwood Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Nov. 21 through Dec. 23. 360-4246982 or 360-629-6455.

TAZER VALLEY FARM 7314 300th St. N.W., Stanwood U-cut, open 10 a.m. to dusk Thursdays through Sundays, Nov. 23 through Dec. 22. 360-391-1923 or

MOUNT BAKER RANGER DISTRICT 810 Highway 20, Sedro-Woolley Open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, through Dec. 24, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekends after Thanksgiving (Nov. 23 - 24, Nov. 30 - Dec. 1, Dec. 7-8). 360-856-5700, or WELLS NURSERY

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

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Chai Spice Cookies with Pumpkin Hershey Kisses


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1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup chai concentrate 1 large egg 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/8 tsp salt 1/2 tsp chai spice mix 22-24 Pumpkin spice Hershey’s Kisses


[ THE VERY BEST OF SKAGIT PUBLISHING POLICE REPORTS We Don’t Make This Stuff Up is a compilation of some of the most interesting, and admittedly sometimes funny, calls police have answered in this community since the 1970s. Police work can be mundane, but also unpredictable – the same officer who chases a bank robber in the afternoon may have been at grandma’s house that morning helping to repair her eyeglasses. Those are the calls we focus on here – the ones that make you ask, “Really?” Taken from the actual police reports that have been published in Skagit Publishing’s weekly newspapers over four decades, We Don’t Make This Stuff Up is a must-read for anyone connected with the Skagit Valley. Get your copy today!

December: -Police received a report of a hysterical woman on Third Street. Officers sped to the scene and discovered a woman who was upset with her family due to a disagreement about her singing ability. Police left without giving a critique of their own. -Four Grinch’s, ages 15 and 16, went on a crime spree from Country Corner to Anacortes High School, stealing Christmas decorations and burning them in a bonfire. The four started by stealing a Santa Claus and a Marlboro sign. Then they took a 4-foot nutcracker and candy canes near St. Mary Catholic Church and another Santa near Mount Erie Elementary. A motorist got their license number before they took off toward the high school, where they found reindeer and returned to the campfire. They set up the decorations and admired them, then burned them one by one. Then they went home, where they found their parents waiting for them. A detective said the owners of the decorations may press charges and the parents of the young men would ensure them make restitution.

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Combine the butter and sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer and cream at medium speed until fluffy, or with a hand mixer, for about 2-3 minutes. Add the egg, chai concentrate, and the vanilla, mix until combined. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt, scraping down the sides of the mixing bowl as necessary. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

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Using your hands, roll the dough into 22 to 24 1 inch round balls. Place the dough balls on parchment paper lined baking sheets and sprinkle chai spice mix lightly over cookies. Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes. Meanwhile, unwrap kisses. Remove the cookies from the oven and immediately place pumpkin kisses in the center of each cookie. Don’t touch or the kisses will turn into puddles! Cool completely.


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Pendleton Blankets

Ladies Silvertips Hat

Thursday, November 21, 2013


Waterford Crystal Illuminating Candles


ewelers since 1930



We have an assortment of Carhartt men’s work wear for any situation. We also carry jeans, coats, t-shirts, hats and work vests. No matter what your size we can order it..

A name you can trust! Reliable quality for more than 100 years! Pendleton blankets make wonderful gifts that will last a lifetime!

The Silvertips Team Store is at the corner of Oakes Avenue and Hewitt Avenue inside the Comcast Arena in Everett. Or order online at Shop from dozens of great gift ideas.

Create instant ambiance around Wateford’s scented candles, featuring aromas that conjure a range of emotions. Distinct cuts render its vessel truly stunning, a piece to repurpose after it’s lit for the last time.





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Ride the Bus December 14th 4:30pm - 8:00pm Location: Viking Village at the corner of SR532 and 88 th

Oysters • Clams • Mussels Geoduck • Dungeness Crab

Starting November 29t h, each time you spend $10 at participating merchants you will receive a FREE bus ticket. Everyone who rides the shuttle will get a coupon for $2 OFF their entry to The Lights. Last ride to The Lights will leave at 8pm and all passengers must return on the last bus back to Stanwood by 10pm.

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For a list of participating merchants go to: Without a free ticket, bus rides are $10 per family or $5 per person.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

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Go Green While Saving Green

hopping locally not only saves you money in the long run, but it also helps lessen your carbon footprint by reducing the amount of gas and packaging required to complete the cycle of product development to purchase. The connection between smart shopping and sustainability is strong, especially over the holiday season when massive amounts of shoppers are visiting stores across the world. While you’re focusing on the perfect gift for that special someone, don’t forget the health of the environment and the shape you want to leave it for future generations.


Staying local obviously cuts down on travel for both you and delivery drivers, a twofold benefit that means less carbon, pollution and traffic congestion. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, trucks and locomotives are responsible for 25 percent of smog-causing pollution and the majority of the cancer threat posed by air pollution in some areas. Buying more locally produced products can help us refine our air and optimize our health.


Local businesses help the environment by stocking local produce and food and also by using less packaging than larger chain establishments. This helps make our local communities more sustainable and keeps hard-to-break-down plastics out of our landfills. Local businesses depend less on packaging because their food is fresh and their products are locally produced, lessening the distance and packaging required to maintain quality.


Local establishments, compared to large businesses and huge shopping centers, often set up shop in town or city centers instead of developing in the outer parts of town. Successful shops re-invest into their local downtowns, helping create walkable, revitalized areas for shoppers of all ages to enjoy. Centralized locations that require less travel to reach also help to decrease sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss and air and water pollution.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013


Skagit Memories

Moriah Engagement Ring

Sports Memorabilia

Gift Card

Stories of Skagit County’s settlement years as written by the pioneers themselves. Early days on the river, coal mining’s boom & bust, ghost house on Hwy 20, socialists in Edison, murders of 1889, the pirate’s island & more!

The Moriah style engagement set with 46 round brilliant cut diamonds totaling 0.50 carats.

Thousands of items to choose from.

Order your food to-go or have a seat in our spacious mezzanine dining room. Our deli features a rotating selection of fresh-made foods using locally-produced natural meats, free-range eggs, fresh veggies.

SKAGIT COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM 501 S. 4th St., La Conner, At the top of the hill (360)466-3365




401 S. First Street Downtown Mount Vernon 360-336-2843

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Lion’s Head Meat Balls Meatballs: 1 pound ground round or ground pork 1/3 cup chopped green onions 1/4 cup chopped water chestnuts 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger

1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil 1 tsp minced hot red chile pepper 1/4 tsp salt 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind

Sauce: 1/2 cup light coconut milk 1/2 cup soy milk 2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger 2 tsp minced hot red chile pepper 1 tablespoon chopped green onions 2 tablespoons Thai fish sauce

To prepare sauce, combine first 6 ingredients in a small bowl. To prepare meatballs, combine ground pork and next 9 ingredients (pork through salt) in a large bowl, and shape mixture into 8 meatballs. Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add meatballs; cook 7 minutes, browning on all sides. Drain well. Place sauce in a large saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add meatballs; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 8 minutes. Garnish with basil and rind.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

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Christmas Events 2013

GIVING TREE: Soroptimist International of Mount Vernon invites the community to take a tag from the Holiday Tree between Nov. 16 and Dec. 13 at Kmart, 1550 S. Burlington Blvd, Burlington, or Tri-Dee Arts, 215 S. First St., Mount Vernon. Tags contain wishes from area children and nursing home residents. Soroptimist members will wrap your gifts and deliver them in time for the holidays. For more information, call 360-722-0318. PHONE OPERATORS: The Skagit Valley Herald Christmas Fund needs English- and Spanish-speaking volunteers to answer phones and register families on the computer from Nov. 18 through Dec. 13. Shifts are available from 1 to 3 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. weekdays. To inquire or sign up, call 360-419-7263. TIS THE SEASON: Check out the historic 1891 Gaches Mansion decorated for the holidays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 27-Dec. 29, at the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, 703 S. Second St., La Conner. See a special display of red and green quilts from the museum’s permanent collection. $7 admission, $5 military and students, free for members and children ages 11 and younger. 360-4664288 or SKAGIT CHRISTMAS: Check out special exhibits showing how early Skagitonians celebrated the Yuletide season Nov. 29Dec. 31 at the Skagit County Historical Museum, 501 S. Fourth St., La Conner. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. $5, $4 seniors and children ages 6 to 12, $10 families, free for members and children ages 5 and younger. 360-466-3365 or skagitcounty. net/museum.

FESTIVAL OF TREES GALA: The Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation’s 25th annual Festival of Trees Gala Auction is set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at St. Joseph Center, 215 N. 15th St., Mount Vernon. The black-tie Gala and Auction includes hors doeuvres and beverages, live music and a live auction of 28 designer-decorated trees and other items. $85. Proceeds will benefit the Cardiac Care Special Observation Unit at Skagit Valley Hospital.

younger will receive a special snow bunny plush toy. $10. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

FAMILY FESTIVAL DAYS: The Festival of Trees will be open for public viewing from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at St. Joseph Center, 215 N. 15th St., Mount Vernon. View 28 designer-decorated trees and enjoy kid’s activities, live entertainment, raffles for a decorated tree and playhouse, designer wreath sales and more. $5 adults, $3 children ages 18 and younger, $2 seniors. 360-814-5747. ARRIVAL OF FATHER CHRISTMAS: Kids can visit with Father Christmas in his bright red sleigh from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Christiansons Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Bring your camera to take your own keepsake photos. Free. 360466-3821 or HOLIDAY TEA: The 18th annual Holiday Tea will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Christiansons Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Enjoy tea, cider and assorted delicacies in the nursery’s holiday-decorated 1888 schoolhouse, with live music by autoharpist Bob Harper and violinist Dennis Burkhardt. There will be four seatings. Donations will benefit Friendship House of Mount Vernon. Reservations required: 360-466-3821 or PICTURES WITH SANTA: noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at Skagit Valley Gardens, 18923 Peter Johnson Road, Mount Vernon. Bring the kids for photos with Santa. Enjoy hot cider, cookies and more. Free, but donations will be accepted to benefit The Friendship House in Mount Vernon. 360424-6760 or FAMILY READING NIGHT WITH SANTA: Santa will share some of his favorite holiday stories at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th St., Anacortes. Each child in attendance will get to choose a free book to take home. No registration is required; limited seating. 360-293-1910, ext. 27.

THE STANWOOD SENIOR CENTER offers a trip to view the annual Christmas Tree SNOW BUNNY BREAKFAST: Enjoy a Lighting in Leavenworth from 9 a.m. to 9 pancake breakfast, kid’s activities and more p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, departing from from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 29, at St. and returning to the Center, 7430 276th St. Joseph Center. First 100 guests ages 10 and NW, Stanwood. Witness the Bavarian village

transformed into a sparkling wonderland of lights. $45. Preregister by Dec. 1. For information or reservations, contact Sandy Kitchens at 360-629-7403.

SWING INTO THE HOLIDAYS: The Economic Development Association of Skagit (EDASC) will host a dinner, dance and auction at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Swinomish Casino & Lodge, 12885 Casino TREE LIGHTING, ARRIVAL OF SANTA: Drive, Anacortes. Dress in your festive Santa Claus will arrive to light the tree at holiday attire and enjoy a social hour with 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at Alpha Park on Fairhaven Avenue, Burlington. Coffee, cocoa special entertainment beginning at 6 p.m., followed by an elegant catered dinner, and treats will follow at the new Visitor lively auction bidding, entertainment and Information Center, 520 E. Fairhaven Ave. dancing. $75, $575 table of eight. 360360-757-0994. 336-6114 or HAPPY (& HEALTHY) HOLIDAY THE NUTCRACKER: Skagit Valley TRUFFLES: with Joan Miller: 7 to 9 p.m. Academy of Dance presents its 24th annual Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Anacortes Center performance of this classic Christmas for Happiness, 619 Commercial Ave., story Friday through Sunday, Dec. 6-8, at Anacortes. Miller, author of A Sweet Life McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way, Mount Without Sugar: Gluten-free & Sugar-free Vernon. $20-$37. 360-416-7727, ext. 2, or Artisan Recipes, will demonstrate how to make holiday confections filled with nutrition and healthy sugar substitutes. $18 advance, $20 at the door. 360-464-2229 or PANCAKES WITH SANTA: Enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Anacortes THE LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS: More than Senior Activity Center, 1701 22nd St., a million Christmas lights will be displayed Anacortes. Enjoy photos with Santa, crafts at the annual Lights of Christmas, from 5 to and live entertainment. $6. 360-293-1918 or 10 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, Dec. 5-8 and Dec. 12-15, and daily Dec. 18-23 BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: Enjoy pancakes and Dec. 26-29 at Warm Beach Camp, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood. The largest and ham from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Hillcrest Park Lodge, 1717 S. 13th holiday light display in the Northwest covers 15 acres and features family-oriented St., Mount Vernon. Bring your camera for photos with Santa. $5. 360-336-6215. entertainment, live music, theater, crafts, food, pony rides, a petting farm, Polar CHILDRENS SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA: Express Train rides and overnight getaway 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in options. General admission: $10-$15. the Skylight Room at Hillcrest Park Lodge, Pay-what-you-can nights are offered Dec. 1717 S. 13th St., Mount Vernon. Kids can 5, 12 and 29. Call 800-228-6724 or visit shop for holiday gifts for everyone in the family all priced at $5 or less. 360-336-6215. TREE LIGHTING: Celebrate the community BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: Rotary Club Christmas tree lighting from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the Anacortes Chamber of of La Conner will host the annual Breakfast Commerce, 819 Commercial Ave. The town with Santa from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Maple Hall, 104 Commercial crier and students from Anacortes High School, Fidalgo and Island View schools will Ave., La Conner. Join Santa for pancakes and photos. $6. perform. Free pictures with Santa and hot cocoa and cookies from the American Red CHRISTMAS PARADE: The Anacortes Cross. Free. 360-293-7911. Lions Club’s annual Christmas Parade will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, HOLIDAY ARTWALK: The Anacortes Chamber of Commerce Holiday Artwalk will along Commercial Avenue to Causland Memorial Park in Anacortes. Line-up begins take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. at 10 a.m. 6, in downtown Anacortes. Participating merchants will display the work of local AN OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS: The artists, including paintings, sculptures, 14th annual event will take place from 10 jewelry, photography, music, treats and a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Floyd more. 360-293-6938. Norgaard Cultural Center, 27130 102nd

Ave. NW, Stanwood. Kids are invited to get free photos with Santa, lots of goodies, crafts, music, museum tours and more. Free. 360-629-0562. HOLIDAY TRAIN RIDES: Join Santa Claus aboard the Lake Whatcom Railway’s Christmas train at 9:30 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 7, 14 and 21, leaving from Wickersham, 10 miles north of Sedro-Woolley on Highway 9. Meet Santa and his elf, sing Christmas carols and enjoy music by Ben the banjo player. $25 ages 18 and older, $12.50 ages 2 to 17, free for ages 1 and younger. Tickets must be purchased in advance by mail from Lake Whatcom Railway, P.O. Box 91, Acme, WA 98220. When ordering tickets, give a second and third choice of date and time, as the train rides often sell out. 360-5952218 or TREE LIGHTING, SANTA ARRIVES: Enoy holiday music, caroling and the arrival of Santa Claus by antique fire truck to light the tree beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Gilkey Square in La Conner. Hot cider and decorated cookies provided by the La Conner High School culinary class will follow the festivities. Free. 360-466-4778.

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trolley rides will be offered from 3 to 5 p.m. A Seuss-y fashion show with prizes for the Whoo-lliest Sedro-Whoollian of all will be held at 4 p.m. Kids can visit with Santa from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Eagles Hall. 360855-1841 or THE NUTCRACKER: Fidalgo DanceWorks will perform this beloved holiday tradition at 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7-8, at Anacortes High Schools Brodniak Hall, 1600 20th St., Anacortes. The production features haunting music, enchanting magic, glorious costumes and a host of characters straight from a dream, with more than 70 dancers of all ages, including dignitaries from the community. $12-$17. 360-299-8447 or JINGLE BELL RUN/WALK: 2:20 pm Sunday, Dec. 8, in downtown Mount Vernon. Join the annual run/walk to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation. There’s also a 1K Run with the Elves for kids ages 11 and younger. Dogs are welcome. For information or to register, visit

KID’S CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES: Kids of all ages can enjoy hands-on crafts, cookie LIGHTED BOAT PARADE: The Swinomish decorating, a visit from Mrs. Claus and Yacht Club’s annual Lighted Boat Parade more from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. will get under way around 6 p.m. Saturday, 8, at the Skagit County Historical Museum, Dec. 7, departing from the north basin 501 S. Fourth St., La Conner. Also on of the Port of Skagit marina in La Conner, display are special exhibits showing how turning south along the waterfront and early Skagitonians celebrated the Yuletide ending up in Shelter Bay. This year’s theme season. $5, $4 seniors and children ages 6 is The Lights of Christmas. 360-770-5640 or to 12, $10 families, free for members and children ages 5 and younger. 360-4663365 or CHRISTMAS IN CONCRETE: Donations of toys or cash will help make an oldGINGERBREAD HOUSE & COOKIE fashioned Christmas in Concrete bigger DECORATING PARTY: Ring in the holidays and better. The Concrete Christmas Parade with a cookie party from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, will start at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, down Dec. 8, at Gretchen’s Kitchen, 509 S. First Main Street. Afterward, Santa will talk to St., Mount Vernon. Use icing and sprinkles kids at the Concrete Center and pass out to create the perfect cookie creation or toys. A live Nativity scene, along with gingerbread house to take home and enjoy. music, singing, roasting chestnuts and other $5. 360-336-8747 or activities, will enhance the seasonal spirit that day and on successive Saturdays, Dec. PICTURES WITH SANTA: Noon to 4 p.m. 14 and 21. Contact Gladys, 360-826-4848 Sunday, Dec. 8, at Skagit Valley Gardens, or 18923 Peter Johnson Road, Mount Vernon. Bring the kids for photos with Santa, then SEDRO-WHOOLLEYVILLE’S MAGIC OF enjoy hot cider, cookies and more. Free, CHRISTMAS: The annual Sedro-Woolley but donations will be accepted to benefit Christmas Parade, followed by the tree Friendship House in Mount Vernon. lighting, will get under way at 5 p.m. 360-424-6760 or Saturday, Dec. 7, through downtown. Pony and train rides for kids, and horse-drawn

Thursday, November 21, 2013

A Store Full of Great Gift Ideas

Burton Holiday Open House Saturday December 7 - 9:30am to 6 pm We invite you to come in and discover our great selection of beautiful jewelry and interesting gifts. We custom design our own jewelry and work closely with some of the finest designers.

We are featuring special extended displays from some of our favorite sources with wonderful savings offered on each collection. New Burton Custom Designs By Doug and Philip.

Dozens of engagement ring styles from the Sholdt Design Collection presented by Kalee Stanger.

Natural fancy colored diamonds including yellow, chocolate colored, pink, and green.

Hundreds of blue sapphires from Sri Lanka presented by Shehan Stephen.

Shimmering Diamonds Collection, a new setting technique, makes the diamond come alive! Presented by Kim Standon.

Extensive gold chain & earring collection displayed by Loren Leong.

Sirius Star Canadian mined and cut diamonds with a new faceting pattern that maximizes brilliance.

$1000 Shopping Spree Raffle We’ll also be holding a raffle for a $1000 Burton Jewelers Shopping Spree to benefit the Anacortes 100 Food Bank. Tickets are $10 and on sale now at Burton Jewelers. The winner will be drawn at Noon on Saturday December 7.




Thursday, November 21, 2013

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Christmas Events 2013

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HOLIDAY CONCERT: The 18th annual Skagit Habitat for Humanity benefit concert will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Salem Lutheran Church, 2529 N. LaVenture Road, Mount Vernon. Free admission, donations will benefit Skagit Habitat for Humanity. 360-428-9402 or CHRISTMAS PARADE, TREE LIGHTING: Enjoy the holiday parade at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, down First Street in downtown Mount Vernon. Greet Santa afterward at the ceremonial tree lighting in Pine Square. Free. 360-336-3801 or AFTERNOON WITH SANTA: Spend an afternoon with Santa from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island. Kids can enjoy a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, the Balloon Man and a life-size Teddy Bear, and participate in a variety of holiday-themed activities and craft projects. Children can also select a toy from the Lost Toy Box. Free. 360-387-0222 or HERALDING CHRISTMAS: The Skagit Valley Chorale will present its annual holiday choral performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. $16-$25. Discounts available for seniors and students. 360-416-7727 or WONDERLAND WALK: Enjoy Christmas lights, caroling and smores from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13-14, at Washington Park, 6300 Sunset Ave., Anacortes. The park will be decorated in Christmas lights. Free. 360-293-1918 or SANTA BREAKFAST: Join Santa for breakfast Saturday morning, Dec. 14, at the Sedro-Woolley Community Center, 703 Pacific St. Children can come and eat a breakfast of waffles, sausage links, orange slices and choice of milk or apple juice for free (parents can eat by donation). After breakfast, they can visit with Santa and get their picture taken with him, also at no charge. (Pictures can be picked up later at the Chamber office.) For information, call 360-855-1841 or visit LUNCH WITH MRS. CLAUS: enjoy a festive holiday lunch with Mrs. Claus from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in the Coho Cafe at United General Hospital, 2000

Hospital Drive, Sedro-Woolley. $10 adults, $5 ages 12 and younger. 360-856-6021 or

HOLIDAY YOUTH CONCERT: Fidalgo Youth Symphony will present its Holiday Concert at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. Enjoy a variety of Christmas and holiday music performed by young musicians ages 5 to 21. $15 adults, $10 seniors, $1 for children and students. 360-416-7727, 866-624-6897 or HOLIDAY SYMPHONY CONCERT: The Skagit Symphony and Skagit Symphony Chorus will present its annual holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. The program will feature a variety of Christmas and holiday music, including a carol singalong. Advance tickets: $20-$40 from the McIntyre Hall box office, 360-4167727 or 866-624-6897. For information, visit MODEL RAILROAD OPEN HOUSE: The Whatcom-Skagit Model Railroad Club will host a special holiday open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at 1469 Silver Run Lane, Alger. See why model railroads are part of the Christmas tradition. Bring kids and grandkids to view large, permanent HO and N scale layouts. Admission is by donation. A GIFT OF DANCE: Fidalgo DanceWorks will present a contemporary holiday dance concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Anacortes High Schools Brodniak Hall, 1600 20th St., Anacortes. Dancers of all ages will perform a tribute to the season in a variety of dance forms, from modern and jazz to tap, hip hop and more. $8-$10. 360-2998447 or HOLIDAY HOME TOUR: The annual tour will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, starting from the Sedro-Woolley Museum, 725 Murdock St. Participating homes will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. Enjoy historic homes decorated for the holidays, Christmas music and more. Pick up a walking tour guidebook at the Museum. Bring a flashlight. $5. Advance tickets are available at Oliver-Hammer or at the Museum. 360-855-0203.

CELTIC YULETIDE: The 35th annual concert will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St., Mount Vernon. Join three generations of the Boulding family and friends for Celticflavored holiday music with singing, dancing, juggling, caroling, storytelling and more. $16-$22. $2 discount for Theatre members. 360-336-8955 or WINTER CONCERT: The Mount Vernon High School Choirs will present the Winter Concert at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. $15, $10 seniors, $1 students and children. 360-416-7727 or SISTER’S CHRISTMAS CATECHISM: The Mystery of the Magis Gold: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 19-20, at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. From the author of Late Nite Catechism comes this holiday mystery extravaganza. Employing her own scientific tools, assisted by a local choir as well as a gaggle of audience members, Sister creates a living nativity unlike any you’ve ever seen. $25, $15 ages 12 and younger. 360-4167727 or PANCAKES & SANTA: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at Stanwood Community and Senior Center, 7430 276th St. Includes pancake breakfast, kids crafts and a visit with Santa. Bring a camera, an appetite and your holiday spirit. $5 adults, $8 kids. Co-sponsored by the Community Center and the Stanwood Lions Club. 360-629-7403. COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION: The fourth annual Anacortes Community Christmas Celebration featuring violinist Geoffrey Castle will take place at 4 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Transit Shed Event Center, 100 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. The 4 p.m. matinee show will be geared toward families with children. Food and beverages available. Admission: suggested donation of a new unwrapped toy or nonperishable food item. Reserved seating: suggested $25 donation to the Anacortes Seafarer’s Memorial Foundation through Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006 or For information, to volunteer or learn about sponsorship opportunities, call 360-708-7770.

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LIGHTED BOAT FLOTILLA: Decorated boats will parade up and down the Guemes Channel beginning about 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, starting from Cap Sante Boat Haven in Anacortes. Subject to rough weather. 360-293-3134. THE NUTCRACKER: Northwest Ballet Theatre: 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21-22, at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. $24-$35. 360-416-7727 or HOLIDAY CONCERT: Bronn and Katherine Journey and friends will present their annual Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. Broadway, folk, classical and sacred music will be featured in addition to traditional Christmas classics. For ticket information, call 360-416-7727 or visit


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Friday and Saturday, December 6 and 7 Port of Anacortes Events Center Just $5 per person/$20 per family: Photos with Santa Crafts and Games Handmade Gifts and Poinsettia Sales Papa Murphy’s Pizza Trailer and more . . .

Gingerbread teams battle it out Friday, December 6

Doors open 10 am to 5:30 pm Adult Teams compete 11 to 3 Student Teams compete 3 to 5 Awards at Chamber Tree Lighting at 5:30

Saturday, December 7 Noon to 2 Decorate your own Gingerbread House

The “Dream It Dinner” Saturday, December 7, 5:30 pm $35/person Catered dinner, lively auction, plus entertainment by A-Town Big Band

Port of Anacortes, Fisher & Sons, The Home Depot, The Market at Anacortes, Skagit Island Orthopedics, Synergy Sports Technology, Trident Seafoods, Walgreens All Proceeds benefit STEM enrichment programs For Anacortes School District Tickets available at John L. Scott, Read Me a Story, Johnny Picasso

SVH Holiday Gift Guide | November 21, 2013  

This special section features local stories, events and gift ideas. With the guide as an inspiration, readers will be eager to begin their h...

SVH Holiday Gift Guide | November 21, 2013  

This special section features local stories, events and gift ideas. With the guide as an inspiration, readers will be eager to begin their h...