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SKAGIT VALLEY Recreation & Activity Guide FALL 2013

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http://Skagit.Kidinsider.com A Family Event Celebrating Our Skagit River Free Admission!

Great Music Local Artisans Kids Arts & Crafts Salmon BBQ Cultural Activities SALMON FESTIVAL

Info at SkagitRiverFest.org

Skagit River Salmon Festival

Saturday, September 7 • 10 am – 6 pm Edgewater Park in Mount Vernon

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Mayor’s Wellness Challenge 2013 Mayor Boudreau believes a healthy community results in a greater quality of life, satisfaction, and community engagement. Join the residents of Mount Vernon in the Mayor’s Wellness Challenge beginning August 2013. FREE activities for 32 days! Mayor’s Wellness Challenge

August 15 - September 15, 2013

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The 2nd annual Mayors Wellness Challenge will take place from August 15 - September 15, 2013, with a FREE event each of those 32 days! This year’s activities include hikes, bike rides, tai chi, yoga, a free gym day, music, art and more. Visit www. mountvernonwa.gov for the full calendar of events and sign up for the Mayor’s Wellness Challenge e-newsletter. For more information, contact the Mayor’s Office at (360) 336-6211.

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There’s Something for Everyone @ Mount Vernon City Library Children’s Storytime LEGOs™ After School Science & Art Programs Teen Events Volunteer Opportunites FREE eBooks and eAudiobooks Language Learning Fun and Informative Programs for Adults too! September is National Library Card Sign Up Month! Do you have yours?

Visit www.mountvernonwa.gov for a complete schedule of programs, as well as access to the library catalog and online resources 24 hours a day!


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Mount Vernon Parks, Recreation & City Works Program 1717 South 13th St., Mount Vernon • Parks, Programs & Reservations (360) 336-6215 • Information Line (360) 336-0631 fax (360) 336-6290 website: www.mountvernonwa.gov e-mail: mvparks@mountvernonwa.gov

RECREATION 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. YOUTH PROGRAMS Creative Rhythm and Movement This is a ballet based class with focus on coordination, skipping, leaping and jumping with continual changes of musical rhythms. The creative portion of class is matching movement to music!  There will be some dancing to show at the end of each session.  Please wear clothes that are easy to move in (example:  leggings, shorts, t-shirt and tennis shoes or bare feet). Days: Mondays Session 1: October 7, 14, 21, 28 (October 28th class location TBD) Session 2: November 4, 11, 18, 25 Session 3: December 9, 16, 23, 30 Times: 4pm to 4:50pm Cost: $40 Resident/$42 non-resident Ages: 3-6 years Minimum Participants: 5 Location:  Hillcrest Park Skylight Room Instructor:  Sylvia Trask, Experienced Dance Instructor Flag Football skills Camp Fall is the time to get out on the football field! This flag football camp is a 5 on 5 non-contact sport for boys and girls ready to learn the FUNdamentals of football. Coaches and parent volunteers will lead your team through prepared skill stations for 2 weeks of practices before 2 weeks of scrimmages with your coach as a quarterback! This football experience introduces basic football skills such as warm up routines, hiking the ball, catching, throwing, deflagging and

football basics with a focus on fun and safe play. Scorings and standings will not be kept during the scrimmages. Don’t miss this opportunity to give your little player a chance to show off their skills on the gridiron! Volunteer coaches and sponsors needed! Team t-shirts included! Registration deadline Friday, September 20th. DATES: Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26* TIME: Saturday afternoon Age: 4-5 years old Location: Bakerview Sportscenter *Oct 26 location TBA Fee: $40 Resident/$42 Non-resident Child and Babysitting Safety Class The Child and Babysitting Safety (CABS) program is a community education program that covers child safety and basic care techniques for infants and children. CABS stresses the priority to keep the babysitter and the children you care for safe. Some of the topics covered in the program: before the parents leave, playtime, telephone calls/stranger knocks, hand washing, meal times, bedtime, and providing emergency care (first aid and CPR). DATES: Saturday, October 5th OR Saturday, December 14th TIME: 9am-3:30pm Age: 10 years and older Location: Hillcrest Park Skylight Room Fee: Resident $40/Non-Resident $42 Minimum: 10 Instructor: Sheila Davis, Certified First Aid/CPR Instructor American Safety & Health Institute Note: Bring lunch and a drink Skagit Spikers Girls Volleyball Clinic For 3rd/4th Graders We will teach your aspiring young volleyball player to serve, pass, set, hit and block the

RIGHT way! Beginning players will have the chance to learn volleyball fundamentals with fun, competitive drills designed to introduce volleyball skills and emphasize teamwork. Remember to wear tennis shoes, knee pads and bring a water bottle. Pre-registration is required by Monday, December 2nd for the t-shirt. Date: Saturday, December 14th, 2013 Time: 9:00am -12:00noon Location: Mount Vernon Schools Gymnasium, TBD Age: 3rd and 4th Graders Fee: $38 Resident/$40 Non-resident of Mount Vernon Instructor: Chris Tesarik, head coach of Sedro-Woolley High School Volleyball Note: Remember to wear tennis shoes, knee pads and bring a water bottle.

Ralleyball Tennis Instructional League The Ralleyball format is designed to allow kids of all ages and levels to play the game of tennis in an easy and fun way. They will be on a team of six, learn the game and have a great time! Beginners in this easy format will be learning with age appropriate equipment. Players will learn the skills of tennis during a one hour practice and participate in a one hour game each week. Dates: Practices on Wednesdays: September 18, 25, October 2, 9th Match Days on Saturdays: September 28, October 5th, 12th Times: Practices: 5:30pm-6:30pm / Match Days: 10am-11am Location: Skagit Valley College Courts Age: 6-10 years Fee: $55 Resident/ $57 Non-Resident Note: Tennis racquets are provided for day of class only. Volunteer parent helpers are needed and appreciated on Wednesday game days.


Instructor: Kim Somerville, Current head coach for Skagit Valley College Men’s and Women’s tennis teams with 30 years of experience with youth. Fun Family Adventure at Eagle Rock Challenge Course Eagle Rock Challenge Course is offering your family and friends the chance to experience the 14+ exhilarating high course elements in a fun & safe environment. With this course you will be an active participant in a fun & explorative day of high course adventure! A Certified Northwest Teambuilding Facilitator will guide you through elements that will push your limits and test your courage. Bring the family out to Eagle Rock and enjoy each other’s company in our beautiful Little Mountain Park. All participants must be 13 years and older. Register by September 17th. Date: September 21st, 2013 Times: 12:45pm Check-in, 1-4pm Challenge Course Location: Meet at ERCC, 20483 James Street, Mount Vernon WA., unless otherwise notified. Age: 13 years and up Min: 8 Max: 18 Fee: $50 Resident/$52 Nonresident Instructors: High Course Certified Facilitators from Northwest Teambuilding Note: Participation is Challenge by Choice, you chose your level of challenge! Please wear closed toed shoes and dress for our Northwest weather.

ADULT & FAMILY TRIPS Recreation Without Borders trips include supervision, roundtrip transportation and admission fees but do not include food, beverages or other purchases unless specifically noted. Participants should bring additional money for those items. Trips depart from and return to Hillcrest Park, 1717 South 13th Street in Mount Vernon. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes.

5 Nifty and Thrifty Shops Galore Fall is in the air! It’s time to update your wardrobe! And get a jump start on the holidays. We’ve scoped out a variety of large and small stores, mainstream to off-thebeaten-path boutiques, all offering unique shopping experiences while at unbeatable prices. We’ll visit shops in Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland and the surrounding area that offer value, selection, imports and more. Lots of options for lunch and places to take in the sights and smells as well. Date: Wednesday, September 25 Time: 9:00 am-5:30 pm Fee: $55 resident/$57 non-resident Ages: 16 years & older (under 18 w/ adult) Register by: Wednesday, September 18 Trip Leader: Lauren Woodmansee Everything’s Turning Up Glassy… Chihuly Garden and Glass and Pilchuck on Display Join us as we head to Seattle and experience this unparalleled opportunity! Every year world-renowned glass artists donate some of their most treasured pieces to the annual Pilchuck Glass School Auction. And every year the public is invited for one night only to mingle with some of the artists and view this dazzling array of over 250 original artworks before they enter private collections. Prior to the event we will visit the awe-inspiring Chilhuly Garden and Glass. This new art experience showcases the most significant works of internationally acclaimed artist and pioneer Dale Chihuly and is one not to be missed! Participants will also have free time to explore area restaurants and shops in between the two stops. date: Thursday, October 17 Time: 1:30-8:30 pm Fee: $77 resident/$79 non-resident Ages: 16 years & older (under 18 w/ adult) Register by: Thursday, October 10 Trip Leader: Lauren Woodmansee

Reifel Bird Sanctuary and Historic Steveston Village One of the top bird-watching sites located in the heart of the Fraser River estuary, the George Reifel Bird Sanctuary is home to over 268 species of birds. It consists of nearly 850 acres of managed wetlands, natural marshes and low dikes and for the millions of birds seeking feeding and resting areas during their annual migrations along the Pacific Coast, the sanctuary is ideally located. After visiting the sanctuary we will then head over to historic Steveston. Once here we will explore the lovely turn of the century waterfront town including it’s cafes, shops and boardwalk. Please note: Proof of citizenship (current passport, DMV enhanced driver’s license or NEXUS card) is required to cross the border. date: Sunday, October 27 Time: 7:30 am-4:30 pm Fee: $67 resident/$69 non-resident Ages: 12 years & older (under 18 w/ adult) Register by: Monday, October 21 Trip Leader: Sue Cottrell Bakeries and Spices and Goodies… Oh My! Today’s trip would make Julia Child, Martha Stewart and James Beard proud! Join us as we take you to some of the best rated bakeries in the Northwest, out-of-the-way food and spice stores and a plethora of diverse and interesting shops including those specializing in imported delicacies, organic products and so much more! Perfectly timed to take advantage of the areas bountiful harvest offerings, you’ll be able to stock up for all your upcoming holiday cooking and baking. date: Saturday, November 16 Time: 9:00 am-5:00 pm Fee: $55 resident/$57 non-resident Ages: 12 years & older (under 18 w/ adult) Register by: Friday, November 8 Trip Leader: Cheryl Willis


6 A Victorian Country Christmas in Puyallup It’s time to start celebrating the holiday season! Today we head to the Western Washington Fairgrounds in Puyallup and step back in time at the 26th Annual Victorian Country Christmas Festival. Transformed into a Victorian village, the fairgrounds feature old-fashioned streets lined with over 530 Victorian stores, all tended by shopkeepers in Victorian attire. In addition holiday music fills the air as live musicians stroll through the festive selection of Christmas décor and animated displays. Lastly, an amazing array of outstanding holiday entertainment awaits you! Start making your lists and checking them twice ‘cause this is one event you won’t want to miss! date: Thursday, December 5 Time: 8:30 am-5:00 pm Fee: $67 resident/$69 non-resident Ages: 12 years & older (under 18 w/ adult) Register by: Friday, November 29 Trip Leader: Lauren Woodmansee

Best of Bellevue-Holiday Garden d’Lights and Snowflake Lane Time to get in the holiday spirit! Our first stop today will be Bellevue Square. Once here we’ll have plenty of time to explore the countless shops and wonderful surroundings as well as enjoy a late lunch/early dinner. Next we will head over to the Garden d’Lights. Inspired by Northwest gardens and gardens around the world, it is comprised of over half a million tiny lights which transform the Bellevue Botanical Garden into a blossoming winter wonderland. Last up, we’ll head back downtown to Snowflake Lane and take in the Northwest’s most enchanting holiday show!. date: Thursday, December 12 Time: 1:30-9:00 pm Fee: $57 resident/$59 non-resident Ages: 12 years & older (under 18 w/ adult) Register by: Thursday, December 5 Trip Leader: Lauren Woodmansee

ADULT PROGRAMS End of Summer Adult Play Day – Challenge Course & Wine Tasting Sign up for this exhilarating experience on the High Course at Eagle Rock Challenge Course, then unwind at the beautiful Carpenter Creek Winery just across the street! Participants will test their courage on the “Hub and Spoke”, experiencing 14+ interconnected activities more than 30 feet off the ground! Certified facilitators from Northwest Teambuilding provide as much guidance and support as needed for you to choose your level of challenge! Once all feet are planted firmly on the ground again, participants will cross the road to the Carpenter Creek Winery where they will experience more than 5 samples of local, delicious wines, relax and enjoy good company and beautiful surroundings. Sign up with friends, or meet new ones, and cross this memorable experience off the bucket list! Dates: Saturdays, September 28th or October 12th, 2013 Register by: September 24th (course Sept. 28th) or October 8th (course Oct. 12) Times: 12:45pm Check-in, 1-4pm Challenge Course, 4pm (or immediately following) Wine Tasting Location: Meet at ERCC, 20483 James Street, Mount Vernon, unless otherwise notified. Age: Adults over 21 yrs. Min: 8 Max:18 Fee: $55 Resident/$57 Nonresident Instructors: High Course Certified Facilitators from Northwest Teambuilding Note: Participation is Challenge by Choice, you chose your level of challenge! Please wear closed toed shoes and dress for the weather. Fun Family Adventure at Eagle Rock Challenge Course Eagle Rock Challenge Course is offering your family and friends the chance to experience the 14+ exhilarating high course elements in a fun & safe environment. With this course you will be an active participant in a fun &

explorative day of high course adventure! A Certified Northwest Teambuilding Facilitator will guide you through elements that will push your limits and test your courage. Bring the family out to Eagle Rock and enjoy each other’s company in our beautiful Little Mountain Park. All participants must be 13 years and older. Register by September 17th. Date: September 21st, 2013 Times: 12:45pm Check-in, 1-4pm Challenge Course Location: Meet at ERCC, 20483 James Street, Mount Vernon WA., unless otherwise notified. Age: 13 years and up Min: 8 Max: 18 Fee: $50 Resident/$52 Nonresident Instructors: High Course Certified Facilitators from Northwest Teambuilding Note: Participation is Challenge by Choice, you chose your level of challenge! Please wear closed toed shoes and dress for our Northwest weather. Intro to Geocaching – FREE! Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. This is a family oriented activity to explore the great outdoors. This course will provide an overview of how to get started, equipment needs, different types of caches, and how to log a find. We will also cover different tangents of the game, such as ‘Travel Bugs’, collectables, hiding your own caches, and geocoins, and geocaching events. At the core of Geocaching is being friendly to the environment, and how we as ‘Cachers’ can help. At the conclusion of the presentation, we will head into the park with our GPS devices and hunt for caches hidden there. *Bring your smartphone or GPS if you would like, but not necessary for the class. Please RSVP to (360)336-6215 or mvparks@mountvernonwa.gov if you plan on attending this fun free class. Dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 10 6pm-8pm,


Tuesday, October 15th 4:30pm-6pm Location: Hillcrest Park Skylight Room Age: All ages, 12 and under bring your parent! Instructor: Tom Wenzl, Geocaching Junkie! Note: Dress for weather, shoes for easy trail walking. Families welcome! 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”. Clicker training will be explained, but use is optional. Well-behaved children, 10 years and older may attend this class. Days/Dates:  Wednesdays for 6 weeks Session 1:  September 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23 and November 6th (no class on October 30th) Session 2:  November 13, 20, 27 and December 4, 11, 18 Time:  6:30pm to 7:20pm Age:  12 years and up Min: 6  Max: 10 Location:  Hillcrest Park, Skylight Room Fee:  $75/resident or $77/non-resident Instructor:  Carmen Williams, CPDT-ka, AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, Owner of Sunny Lane Dog Academy: www.sunnylanek9.com Note:  Please bring treats, collar, leash and mat or rug to class Basic Training FOR DOGS Doggies 8 months and older, with no prior obedience training, will be taught basic skills like sit, down, leave-it, stay, coming when

7 called, wait at door, loose-leash walking and heel. Hand signals and verbal commands are taught. We will also work on any existing behavioral problems like barking, digging and jumping. This is a good class for the adopted shelter dog or older dog who needs some stimulation or a refresher course. Clicker use is optional. NOTE: DOGS DO NOT COME THE FIRST NIGHT OF CLASS, FIRST CLASS IS DOG OWNERS ONLY.  Dogs will join on the second class. Well-behaved children, 10 years and older may attend this class. Days/Dates:  Wednesdays for 6 weeks Session 1: September 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23 and November 6th (no class on October 30th) Session 2:  November 13, 20, 27 and December 4, 11, 18 Time:  7:30pm to 8:20pm Age:  12 years and up Location:  Hillcrest Park, Skylight Room Fee:  $75/resident or $77/non-resident Min: 6  Max: 10 Instructor:  Carmen Williams, CPDT-ka, AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, Owner of Sunny Lane Dog Academy: www.sunnylanek9.com Note:  Please bring treats, collar, 6’ ft leash to class Stroller Strides Stroller Strides is a great way to get back in shape, have fun with your baby and meet other new moms. The stroller based workout addresses the new mom’s exercise needs in a fun and refreshing format. Any sturdy stroller is acceptable and exercise equipment for class in provided. See www.strollerstrides. com for more information. Days/Times: Tuesdays 9:30-10:30am Thursdays 9:30am-10:30am Saturdays 9:30am-10:30am Location: Meet at Hillcrest Park Skylight Room Ages: Adult Minimum: 5 10 class punch card: Fee: $110 resident / $112 non-resident

1 month unlimited: $60 resident / $62 non-resident Instructor: Natalie Gustafson, Certified Stroller Strides & Fit 4 Baby Instructor Note: Bring your child in a stroller, a water bottle and wear comfortable clothing/shoes for moving around! Warm up to Tai Chi -Free Class! As we begin our fall classes through Mt Vernon Parks and Recreation we invite you to come and experience of some of the movements offered in both the upcoming classes. Everybody is Welcome!  This is a free class. Date:  September 9th Time:  6:00 to 7:00pm Location:  Hillcrest Park Lodge Instructor:  Bob Shapiro, a Tai Chi/Qigong practitioner for over 40 years, has been teaching Tai Chi for the past 20 years. 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. Ongoing class 7 weekly sessions Dates: MondaysSession 1: September 16-October 28th (October 28th class location TBD) Session 2: November 4-December 16 (December 16th class location-Hillcrest Skylight Room) Location: Hillcrest Park Lodge Time: 6:00 to 7:15 PM Ages: Open to all ages Cost:  $75/resident or $77/non-resident Instructor:  Bob Shapiro, a Tai Chi/Qigong practitioner for over 40 years, has been teaching Tai Chi for the past 20 years


8 Tai Chi Foundations for Every Body Participants learn a simplified series of movements using Tai Chi principles. This class is an excellent introduction for those who are interested in Tai Chi but aren’t sure where to begin, or have physical issues that limit mobility but want to begin to gain strength and stability. This class is also excellent for experienced practitioners of any Tai Chi or Qigong system who wish to deepen their practice. Wear loose fitting clothes. Ongoing class, 7 weekly sessions. Dates: Thursdays Session 1: September 12-October 24th Session 2: October 31-December 18th Time: 4:00pm to 5:15pm Location: Hillcrest Park Skylight room Instructor:  Bob Shapiro, a Tai Chi/Qigong practitioner for over 40 years, has been teaching Tai Chi for the past 20 years. Fee: $75 resident/ $77 nonresident Beginning Adult Golf Instruction Start with the basics and learn from the best at Eaglemont Golf Course! Four instructional classes cover grip, stance, alignment, chipping, putting and golf etiquette. Balls are provided. This class will get you started and on the course in no time! Great instruction from the golf pros at Eaglemont Golf Course!! Dates: Tuesdays for 4 weeks: September 17, 24, October 1, 8 Time: 4:30-6:00pm Location: Eaglemont Golf Course Fee: $55 resident/ $57 nonresident Age: 18+ Instructor: Eaglemont PGA Golf Professionals

SPECIAL EVENTS

Starlight Cinema Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and family and friends! We will be showing family movies on our JUMBO Screen in a park near you! Admission is FREE. Concessions will be available. Movies will begin at dusk. Remember your flashlight for when it’s time to leave! Friday, Sept. 13th Oz the Great & Powerful (PG) Edgewater Park RAY REEP SALMON DERBY Join us for some serious fishing action at the Ray Reep Salmon Derby at Edgewater Park. Fish weigh in is located at Edgewater Park from 3pm to 5pm along with a festive raffle. Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation is coordinating this event for all those who love to fish on the Skagit River. Prizes are awarded along with opportunities to win the many raffle items. Derby tickets available at Mount Vernon Parks & Recreation for $15 per ticket. Don’t miss the Skagit River Salmon Festival happening on the same day at Edgewater Park! Call 336-6215 for more information. Derby Date: Saturday, September 7th Weigh In Time: 3pm to 5pm LOCATION: Edgewater Park, Mount Vernon

Haunted Forest Back by popular Demand! The Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation Department presents the Haunted Forest at Hillcrest Park!!! Join us October 25th-30th beginning at 7:30pm each night. Take a walking tour through the woods on a trail filled with frightening fiends, ghostly ghouls and glaring goblins that will frighten the visitors that dare to walk through! Admission is $10. Not recommended for children under 7 years of age. We are looking for event sponsors and volunteers for this event! For more information, please call (360) 336-6215. Become a fan of the Haunted Forest Facebook page to follow our updates! “Breakfast with Santa” Don’t miss this opportunity to visit with Santa and listen to holiday music in the warm atmosphere of the Hillcrest Lodge. Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast of pancakes and ham, and don’t forget to bring your camera for some great photo opportunities! Tickets can be purchased in advance at the administration office at Hillcrest Park and also at the door. DATE: Saturday, December 7th TIME: 8:00am – 11:00am COST: $5.00 for all ages LOCATION: Hillcrest Park Lodge, 1717 S. 13th Street, Mount Vernon Children’s Shopping Extravaganza Kids!! Don’t miss this great shopping opportunity geared just for your budget. All items are priced $5.00 and under. You will find something for everyone in your family from parents and grandparents to sisters and brothers and all of your friends. DATE: Saturday, December 7th TIME: 8:30am-2pm Location: Hillcrest Park Skylight Room


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October 25 - 30

7:30pm

- Ticket sales begin at 7pm -

Hillcrest Park 1717 South 13th Street Mount Vernon

Support upcoming EvEntS! Mayor’s Wellness Challenge: Little Mountain Hike –Sept. 6th, 2013 Ray Reep Salmon Derby at Edgewater Park –Sept. 7, 2013 Haunted Forest at Hillcrest Park –Oct. 25-30, 2013

Santa’s Breakfast at Hillcrest Park Lodge –Dec. 7, 2013

For MVPR program information, please call 336-6215!

MOUNT VERNON PARKS FOUNDATION

Mission stateMent the Mount Vernon Parks Foundation suPPorts: • Bike/Walk Mount Vernon • Friends of Little Mountain The mission of the Mount Vernon Parks Foundation • Mount Vernon Arts Commission is to encourage private or public donations of land or • Mount Vernon Dog Park money for the acquisition, development and • Mount Vernon Trail Builders enhancement of accessible parks and recreation • Recreation Scholarships for youth facilities in and around Mount Vernon and to support • Playground equipment mount vErnon trail BuildErS park related projects and administer charitable • Mount Vernon Parks & Recreation’s Haunted Forest contributions for local programs. Come help us build trails! We • Starlight Cinema • Mayor’s Wellness Challenge meet at Little Mountain at 10:00 am on the 2nd & 4th Saturday of Get Involved with Mount Vernon Parks Foundation • www.mountvernonparksfoundation.com! each month. It is a fun & family friendly activity! Please wear Mount Vernon Parks Foundation work appropriate clothing. Mary Alice Vivian, President • 360-336-5303 • mvparksfoundation@fidalgo.net For more info call MVPR P.O. Box 1572, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 (360) 336-6215.


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October 5 & 6, 2013 10 am - 4 pm Acres of Fun for Everyone!

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Check out our new website! burlingtonwa.gov

Parks & Recreation Department | 900 E Fairhaven Ave

Classes

360.755.9649 | Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm

Youth 4 weeks in Oct, Nov, Dec, Feb & March: Art Classes with Deirdre, $50 4 weeks in Nov & Feb: Drawing Classes with Max, $40 Nov 11: Camp Fire USA Babysitting Basics Class, $42 Sept 12 (8 wk), Nov 7 (6 wk): Tiny Tiger Karate 4-6yrs & Family Martial Arts 6+, $85-$65

Adult Excel Business Essentials in 4 hrs: October 23, $89 includes supplies Hatha Yoga: Every Thursday evening 5:30-6:45pm, $24/mo or $10 drop in FAmilY Sept 21: Self Defense Class for Adults & Kids 12+: 10-Noon, $30

Special Events Day Camps

Sept 28: Burlington Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Pitch Oct 12: Kids Giant Garage Sale Nov 2: Scrapbooking Super Swap Meet Nov 22: Holiday Vendor Market 10am-3pm, Skagit River Park

Oct 7: Halloween Trip & Treat Dec 23: Santa’s Workshop Dec 26-27: Winter Wonders Dec 30-31: Movin and Shakin Jan 2-3: Wet and Wild

Registration is open! For full details and descriptions visit us online at http://burlingtonwa.gov For more information or to register, email recreation@burlingtonwa.gov


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Wine Tours • Private Trips • Sporting Events • Canadian Adventures • Birthday Parties • Theater Outings • Hiking • Youth Trips Overnight Excursions • Museums • Family-Friendly Programs • Employee/Team Building • Snowshoeing • Cross Country Skiing Through Recreation Without Borders… Call 360-766-7109 to register or for more information go to www.recreationwithoutborders.com Thursdays in the Parks-Weekly Walking Adventures Thursdays, September 12-October 10: Fall Series #1 Thursdays, October 17-November 14: Fall Series #2 San Juan Island History and Hiking Sunday, September 15 Hell’s Gate Tram and Lovely Hope BC Sunday, September 22 Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at Benaroya Hall Thursday, September 26 Woodland Park Zoo and Rose Garden Tuesday, October 1 Southern Colorado & New Mexico… Sand Dunes to Hot Air Balloons and So Much More! Monday-Monday, October 7-14 Fantastic Fall Foliage-The Dunn Gardens, Swanson’s Nursery and More Friday, October 18 Fly Over Canada, Lonsdale Quay and Lynn Canyon Sunday, October 20 Hurricane Ridge/Olympic National Park Wednesday, October 23 Downton Abbey Tea at the Meeker Mansion and Downtown Sumner Exploration Saturday, October 26 Vienna Boys Choir at Benaroya Hall Sunday, November 3 North Cascades November Hike Sunday, November 17 Christmas at Thornewood Castle and Holiday Lights Extravaganza Saturday, November 30 (Tentative) Argosy Christmas Ship Cruise Wednesday, December 4 (Tentative) Wintering Birds of Skagit Valley Thursday, December 5 Geminids Meteor Shower Adventure Friday, December 13 Holiday Treasure Hunt Saturday, December 14 Granville Island and Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts Thursday, December 19 Magical, Mysterious Holiday Adventure Friday, December 20

Through Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation… Call 360-336-6215 to register or for more information turn to pages 5-6 Nifty and Thrifty Shops Galore Wednesday, September 25 Everything’s Turning Up Glassy… Chihuly Garden and Glass & Pilchuck on Display Thursday, October 17 Reifel Bird Sanctuary & Historic Steveston Village Sunday, October 27 Bakeries and Spices and Goodies…Oh My! Saturday, November 16 A Victorian Country Christmas in Puyallup Thursday, December 5 Best of Bellevue-Holiday Garden d’Lights and Snowflake Lane Thursday, December 12 Through Marysville Parks and Recreation… Call 360-363-8400 to register or for more information go to www.marysvillewa.gov (Pick up also available in Skagit County!) Wonderful Wenatchee-Pybus Public Market and Rocky Reach Dam Saturday, September 14 Olympia Capitol Tour and Exploration Wednesday, October 2 Lummi Island Artists’ Studio Tour and Holiday Show Saturday, November 9 Holiday Getaway to Victoria, BC Saturday-Sunday, December 7-8

Through Skagit County Senior Centers... Call 360-293-7473 to register or for more information. Flavors of Bellingham Culinary Tour Wednesday, September 11 Okanagan BC Wine Tour Friday-Sunday, September 27-29 Colorful and Fun Leavenworth Wednesday, October 16 Tulalip Trifecta Wednesday, October 30 LeMay-America’s Car Museum, Tacoma Waterfront and Brown and Haley Candies Wednesday, November 13 New Day Northwest and Seattle Times Tour Thursday, November 21 Historic Burnaby Village and Van Dusen Festival of Lights Wednesday, December 11 The Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show at Benaroya Hall Tuesday, December 17 Through Bothell Parks and Recreation… Call 425-486-7430 to register or for more information go to www.bothellparks.net (Pick up also available in Skagit County!) Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Saturday, October 12 Lummi Island Artists’ Studio Tour and Holiday Show Sunday, November 10 Let It Snow…Snowshoeing and Tree Lighting in Leavenworth Sunday, December 15

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13 10441 Bay View-Edison Rd Mount Vernon WA 98273 To register call 360-428-1558 Or Go online: www.padillabay.gov

Our programs are free and they fill up. To be among the first to be notified of new programs, sign up for our email service: http://padillabay.gov/newsletter.asp

ADULT PROGRAMS

ADULTS AND CHILDREN

Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest Patty Glick, Senior Climate Change Specialist at National Wildlife Federation, will share the latest science on impacts on our coast. She will present the latest assessment and ways we can help prepare. Registration is required.

Aquarium Tour and Fish Feeding Padilla Bay’s aquarist, Mark Olson provides a close-up look at the amazing critters in our fish tanks. Saturday, October 19, 11:00. No need to register. Just join us in the aquarium at 11:00.

Diking the Delta Padilla Bay’s Education Coordinator, Glen “Alex” Alexander will share stories and photos of the monumental diking projects by determined settlers starting in 1863. We welcome stories and pictures from the audience. Saturday, September 28, 1:00-2:00. Registration is required.

MINI EXPLORERS These programs are for families with children ages 3 to 5. Registration is required. How Estuary Animals Move–Swimming, flying, crawling, squirming. September 11 & 12, 10:00 & 1:00 Cider Pressing–Turn the crank and enjoy a fall day in the Breazeale family orchard. October 23 & 24, 10:00 & 1:00 Salmon–The river-to-sea adventure of the Salish Sea’s most famous fish. November 13 & 14, 10:00 & 1:00 JUNIOR ECOLOGISTS These programs are for families with children ages 3 to 5. Registration is required.

Wild Edible Plants Naturalist Marlee Osterbauer will lead this search for wild edible plants. She will share her extensive knowledge of plant uses and folklore. This class is offered twice and registration is required. Saturday, October 5 and Sunday October 6, 2:00-4:00.

Elegant Eelgrass–Dress for the beach and come explore the wonderful world of eelgrass. September 13 & 21, 10:30-12:00 Cider Pressing–Spend a fall morning out in the orchard, and learn about the Breazeale family farm. October 25 & 26, 10:3012:00

Birds of Fall Join naturalist, Libby Mills, listening and looking for fall birds around Padilla Bay. Bring warm clothing and a snack. Binoculars and field guides are available at the Interpretive Center. Meet in the Reserve parking lot. This program is offered twice November 16 & November 17, 8:00-12:00. Registration is required.

Camouflage–How to Hide in the Tide. November 15 & 16, 10:30-12:00

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

• Receive 40 hours of FREE training, which covers an introduction to local geology, historical and treasured places, marine life and biology, the values and functions of estuaries, the biology and habitat needs of local salmon, stream ecology, soils and wetlands, nonpoint source pollution, household hazardous chemicals, forestry practices, agriculture, water quality and MORE! • Hear from MANY LOCAL EXPERTS on a variety of topics and issues. • Become familiar with the complexity and dilemmas involved in managing our natural resources. • Participate in local field trips. • Receive a FREE comprehensive reference notebook. • Meet new friends and participate in meaningful community projects! • After completing the training, participants return 40 hours of volunteer service, undertaking projects designed to protect and/or enhance water quality, or to educate the public on these same issues (usually within 2 years of completing the course). The Watershed Masters Volunteer training program is now entering its 20th session and is supported by over twenty local natural resource agencies and organizations. The program is intended for community residents (age 17 & up) who are aspiring to increase their knowledge about local watersheds, water quality, and stream ecology (no previous experience required). Participants attend 8 FUN and INFORMATIVE evening sessions (held weekly), and 3 Saturday field excursions.

Fall 2013 Training Dates:

Classes will begin on Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 25th • 6 pm - 9 pm and continue every Wednesday evening thru NOVEMBER 13th Saturday field tours are tentatively scheduled for Sept 28th, Oct 12th, & Oct 19th Pre-register by September 20th (The class fills up rapidly and is limited to 25 - first come basis)

Location: Padilla Bay Research Reserve • 10441 Bayview Edison Road • Contact Kristi Carpenter - 360.428.4313 or kristi@skagitcd.org


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(360) 336-9414 www.skagitcounty.net/parks

“Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs”

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

Adult Sports Leagues & Tournaments Fall COED Volleyball Leagues Three divisions to choose from on either Wednesday or Friday night! COED teams in this league consist of 3 females and 3 males (6 on 6) aged 16 years or older. Divisions of play include A, B & C. The season will include an 8-match regular season at various sites in Skagit County and conclude with a single elimination league tournament. In all divisions it is a “call your own” officiating format. Register by: Wednesday, October 9 OR Friday, October 11 Ages: 16 years and older Days/dates: Wednesdays, beginning October 16 OR Fridays, beginning October 18 Time: 6:00 – 9:30 pm Location: Various area gyms Fee: $210.00 per team Men’s Fall OPEN Basketball League This league is open to men 16 years and older. Games will be played Monday, Tuesday or Thursday evenings at Skagit Valley College. This 8-game season will be followed by a single elimination league tournament. Same colored and numbered shirts are required. Register by: Monday, October 7 Ages: 16 years and older Day/dates: Mondays, beginning October 14

Having grown up in Skagit County, I can say without reservation that this past summer’s weather ranks as one of the nicest I can recall. “Nice” being a somewhat relative term, as my summers have lost the substance of adolescence, perhaps due to the drudgery of spending too may sunny days tethered to a desk in downtown Mount Vernon. As years pass, the freedom of yesteryear’s youth likely clouds the boyhood harking, skewing the way I remember summers of formative years, when daylight hours were spent under blue skies, framed at the horizon by a distant archipelago of stratus clouds, as we peddled two-to-a-bike to the old Skyline pool, or snared Dungeness crab from the Guemes Dock using retrofitted derelict bike tire rims, or hurled ourselves fearlessly from the cliff-side rocks of Whistle Lake. It’s hard to ever remember a rainy summer day when I think back to those years. Probably because we didn’t let a little drizzle get in the way of our plans—rain or shine, there were stones to turn over and a labyrinth of wildlands to roam. As the parks director of Skagit County, I know of the good fortune to manage and maintain some of the lands I once roamed as a kid, a job that couldn’t be done with the help Time: 6:30 – 9:30 pm Location: Skagit Valley College Gym Fee: $435.00 per team Women’s Fall 5-on-5 Basketball League This league is open to women 18 years and older. Games will be 5-on-5 and utilize two referees per game. Games will be played primarily on Thursday evenings at Skagit Valley College and consist of a 6-game regular season and a single elimination league tournament. Same color and numbered shirts are required. Register by: Tuesday, October 8 Ages: 18 years and older Days/dates: Thursdays beginning October 17 Time: 6:30 – 9:30 pm Locations: Skagit Valley College Gym Fee: $310.00 team fee Gobblers Classic COED Volleyball Tournament This is a competitive Adult COED Tournament in which teams will play several singlegame round robin matches and then are seeded into a double elimination championship bracket. The Championship team will receive commemorative shirts. Hurry and sign up quickly… this competition is limited to the first 12 teams! Register by: Monday, October 28 Ages: 16 years and older Day/date: Saturday, November 9 Time: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm Location: Mount Baker Middle School Fee: $110.00 per team

of an incredible staff and a cadre of dedicated volunteers. It takes a village to steward our parks and we have some great villagers attending to this mission, including our devoted group of nine Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Members, a group that deserves recognition. When you’re out and about and stumble across Ralph Rowland, Mike Elde, Mark Dobie, Lloyd Brown, John Semrau, Liz McNett Crowl, Kevin Loy, Chris Allen, or Elizabeth Detillion, make sure to thank them for all the time they spend deliberating parks and recreation issues. Parks Board Chair John Semrau has spent over 25 years on the advisory Board and Lloyd Brown has given over 20 years. Now that’s dedication! We also would thank our volunteers, many who have spent thousands of hours doing work for our parks and recreation departments. Rick Machin is a top volunteer, having spent almost ten years at Sharpe Park, removing dense groves of Scotch Broom. In the Broom’s absence a vast rock meadow display of diverse wildflowers has taken residence for park visitors to enjoy--his work has become your reward. Hats off to all of you who make our parks a better place to recreate. We couldn’t do it without you. Special Notice: Sports officials are needed for youth & adult basketball. Help your body and your wallet through exercise and additional income! Experience is desired, but training can be provided. Interested persons should contact the Recreation Division at 360-336-9414 or tonyt@co.skagit.wa.us

Youth Sports Leagues & Camps Shooting Stars Basketball Camp Learn How To Shoot The Right Way! This is a basketball shooting clinic for boys and girls in which they work on the proper mechanics of shooting a basketball in a fun environment. Ball handling skills will also be emphasized. Camp Director is Dennis Lind with special assistance from Skagit Valley College Women’s Asst. Coach Deb Castle. Camp will be held over a threeweek period and all campers receive a commemorative camp basketball. Register by: Thursday, October 3 Ages: 8 – 14 years old Day/Dates: Saturdays, October 5, 12, 19 Time: 9:00 – 11:00 am Location: Skagit Valley College Gym Fee: $50.00 ($5.00 discount for second child in same family) Camp Director: Dennis Lind MV Girls Basketball – PRE-SEASON Jamboree S.C.P.R. is co-hosting this PRE-SEASON JAMBOREE with Mount Vernon Girls AAU Basketball. This will be a ONE DAY only jamboree on Saturday, October 19th where teams can play

For more information or to register with a VISA or MasterCard call SCPR at 360-336-9414. Skagit County Parks and Recreation • (360) 336-9414 • www.skagitcounty.net/parks “Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs”


15 anywhere from 2-4 games. These are meant to be low cost, no stakes games to provide an additional, low stress outlet for your teams to prepare with LIVE GAME experience for the upcoming regular season. Register by: Friday, October 11 Ages: 5th – 8th Grade Teams Day/dates: Saturdays, October 19 Time: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm (times may vary depending upon game schedules) Location: SVC Fee: $140.00 per team (2 game min.), plus $70.00 per additional game (2 additional games max.). 2013 Girls S.W.I.S.H. Basketball League Skagit, Whatcom, Island and Snohomish Hoops (S.W.I.S.H.) is THE BEST girls basketball program in the area! It is open to all girls in the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Participants may either register as a team or individually (individuals are placed on a team by community or school affiliation). League runs for 9 weeks and includes a total of 11 games. Practices are determined by team coaches. Registration Requested by: Friday, October 4 (Late registrations will be accepted only if space is available) Ages: 5th – 8th graders Day/dates: Saturdays, beginning October 26 Time: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm (times may vary

depending upon game schedules) Location: Various area gyms Fee: $585.00 Team $80.00 Individual 2014 Youth Basketball Skills Camp Skagit County’s BEST hoops camp! Two age groups to choose from! This basketball skills camp is for boys and girls ages 5 - 13 years old. The camp focuses primarily on the development of proper basketball fundamentals. Participants are divided into small working groups for optimal skill improvement. TWO sessions at ONE location. Sessions are divided by 5 - 8 year olds and 9 - 13 year olds w/ both sessions at Mount Baker Middle School in Mount Vernon. Camp runs for six weeks and each camper receives a commemorative basketball! Register early… this camp fills up very quickly! Register by: Thursday, January 9 Ages: 5 - 13 years old Day/dates: Saturdays, beginning January 11 Time: 9:00 – 11:30 am Location: Mount Baker Middle School Fee: $68.00 ($5.00 discount for the second child from each family) 2014 Boys S.W.I.S.H. Basketball League Hands down….The LARGEST & BEST Boys Basketball program in the area! Skagit, Whatcom, Island and Snohomish Hoops (S.W.I.S.H.) is open to all boys in 4th, 5th,

6th, 7th and 8th grades. Participants may either register as a team or individually (individuals will be placed on a team by community or school affiliation). League runs for 10 weeks and includes a minimum of 11 games. Practices are determined by team coaches. Registration Requested by: Monday, December 9 (Late registrations will be accepted only if space is available) Ages: 4th – 8th graders Day/dates: Saturdays, beginning January 11 Time: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm (times will vary depending on game schedules) Location: Various area gyms Fee: $580.00 Team $80.00 Individual 2014 Boys Masters Basketball League Two Divisions to Choose From! This basketball league is for boys NOT on a high school basketball team. Separate divisions are offered for 9th/10th and 11th/12th grades, though divisions may play cross-over games as needed. The season consists of a minimum of 8 games. Same colored, numbered shirts are required and each team must have a coach/manager who is 21 years or older on the bench for each game. Register by: Monday, December 30 Ages: 9th – 12th grade boys Day/dates: Sundays, beginning January 12 Time: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Location: Skagit Valley College (SVC) Gym Fee: $415.00 per team

For more information or to register with a VISA or MasterCard call SCPR at 360-336-9414. Skagit County Parks and Recreation • (360) 336-9414 • www.skagitcounty.net/parks “Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs”

21st Semi-Annual World’s Largest Garage Sale FACILITY RENTALS

Either 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 Food, Fun & Pony Rides for the kids! Over 140 vendors and 6,000 visitors each year attend this event. Visit our website for vendor application forms. 36-9414 grounds Phone: 360-3 Skagit County Fair s rgrounds@co.skagit.wa.u

New this Year: A Car Show!!!

E-Mail: fai .net/fairgrounds Web: www.skagitcounty

pm 2013 9:00 am ~ 6:00 Friday, September 27th, pm 2013 9:00 am ~ 6:00 th, 28 er mb pte Se y, da Satur site parking: $2.00 Admission: $2.00 On n) Admissio Friday only 8am-9am ($5 *Early Buyer Special: ! lier ear sale one hour Your chance to enter the

Fall Car Showdown!!! Saturday 9a-3p

A One-of-a-Kind location. Large Event, Individual Building, and Multiple Day Rentals are all available. Contact us to check on availability for your next event.


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JOIN US! Kiwanis Club of Mount V ernon: Building a Better Community Have you been looking for a way to make YOUR COMMUNITY much safer, interesting and relevant while providing a brighter future for our youth through support and encouragement? If so, consider joining one of Skagit County’s largest, most active and growing service organizations! Look us up online today and discover the world of Kiwanis, where our motto is “Serving the Children of the World.”

www.facebook.com/kiwanisclubofmountvernonwa

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE!

www.kiwanismv .net

Check with your high school counseling office to find out how to apply for a $1,500 college or trade school scholarship from the Kiwanis Club of Mount Vernon.

Join us each April at Hillcrest Lodge for some fresh-grilled salmon and all the fixin’s during the annual Kiwanis Salmon Barbecue, a sanctioned event of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival! Kiwanis Club of Mount Vernon with local school groups for a clean up day at Hillcrest Park.


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1225 CIVIC FIELD WAY BELLINGHAM, WA 98229 (360) 676-1919

www.facebook.com/bellinghamsportsplex

www.bellinghamsportsplex.com

PUBLIC SKATING

A Sportsplex party includes party decorations, cake, Join the crowd. Come enjoy a day or night of ice- soda, and invitations. You also have the option to skating. Watch for special events during these add a pizza or sub sandwich package. You have skating times. Birthday packages are also available. three activity options for your party: Friday 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm ● Saturday & Sunday 1:00 pm to 3:15 pm Ice Skating ● Indoor Soccer ● The Sportsplex Castle Youth (17 and Under) $5.00 ●Adults (18 and Over) $6.00 ●Skate Rental $2.75 In(Ice parties include admission& skate rental for 12) cludes tax Have a worry-free birthday party for your child & their friends at the Please check our skating schedule to confirm times as Friday’s Sportsplex! may conflict with Bellingham Blazer games. Birthday Packages starting as low as $100.00 call for details! Community Skate -Our “Cheap Skate” will run throughout the school year. Come enjoy two hours of skating on Mon (2:454:45 PM) & Wed (1:30-4:45) with less skaters for $2.25 and Grab your hockey gear and join in the fun $2.75 skate rental. * Normal prices during Holidays and in our Hockey Leagues! School Closures. Leagues for youth and adults of all ages and abilities. Contact Sportsplex Hockey Director SPORTSPLEX SKATING ACADEMY Fall Semester: Sept 9 - Dec 7 Mark Collins 676-1919 ext. 108 Let our qualified staff of instructors teach you to skate! Sportsplex Skating Academy for details. beginning level classes are available for age 3 years to adult. Enrollment in a full 12LEARN TO PLAY HOCKEY: week semester includes a 30-min. group class each week, 24 practice sessions on SEPT. 10 - DEC. 5 our community/public ice, & 3 guest passes. Rental skates included in cost of full seTwelve week program. mester enrollment. Youth & Adult Classes: Cost is $150 for 12 week session. YouthParticipants also get 2 extra practices per week during the stick ages 6-12 years adults-ages 13+ Tot Classes: ages 3-5 and puck sessions on Tues. & Fri 2:45-4:45 PM. years for $120 Tuition will be pro-rated for late enrollment, LEVEL 1: AGES: 3-6 GO TUES& THURS 5-5:30 PM COST: $185.00 so join us now! Contact Katrina Stewart 676-1919 x106 With our youngest age group, the emphasis is on skating and balance. Beginner Level Class Schedule: Class Schedule: Sticks will be introduced once balance is mastered. Players will learn (times subject to change) the basics of hockey skating, stick handling, and shooting in a fun atMon 5:00 & 5:30 PM ●Wed at 5:00 PM ●Sat at 9:30 AM mosphere. (times subject to change) LEVEL 2: AGES: 5-6, 7-10 & 11-15 GO TUES & THURS 5-6 PM COST: $250.00 Our Learn To Play Hockey Program is designed to teach the fundamentals of hockey to beginning players. Power skating, balance, and edge control are the primary focus and practiced weekly. Additional skills taught include puck control, passing, shooting, and preliminary game sense. Program is for players with little or no hockey experience.


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Event calendar Mount Vernon Trail Builders 10am-4:30pm Volunteer Building Multi-use Trails on Little Mountain Mount Vernon Trail Builders is building a new multi-use trail called Bonnie & Clyde. It will loop around the south side of Little Mountain. This is a family friendly activity. We hope you’ll give us a hand. No experience necessary… Sessions: 9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 12/14 MVPR (360) 336-6215 http://mountvernontrailbuilders.com/

SEPTEMBER 7 Ray Reep Salmon Derby

Saturday, September 7th • 3-5pm Mount Vernon Parks & Recreation • Edgewater Park Join us for some serious fishing action at the Ray Reep Salmon Derby at Edgewater Park. Fish weigh in is located at Edgewater Park from 3pm to 5pm. Prizes are awarded along with opportunities to win the many raffle items. Derby tickets available at Mount Vernon Parks & Recreation for $15 per ticket. Don’t miss the Skagit River Salmon Festival happening on the same day at Edgewater Park! For more information, call our office (360) 336-6215 or online at www.mountvernonwa.gov.

7 Skagit River Salmon Festival

Saturday, September 7th • 10am-5pm Edgewater Park The Skagit River Salmon Festival will once again celebrate diverse partnerships between local, state and federal governments, Tribal Communities, local utilities, businesses and non-profit organizations to inspire conservation of the amazing Skagit River its rich cultural history and abundant natural resources. The event will be FREE, fun-filled experience for families featuring youth activities and crafts, recreational and educational booths, live music and cultural opportunities. Arts and crafts will be presented by local merchants along with food & beverage vendors. Through the day’s events and activities, participants will come away with a greater understanding and appreciation of our Skagit River, our salmon resources, and our many communities it sustains. For more information, visit www.skagitriverfest.org or call our office 360428-5972.

13 Starlight Cinema – Oz the Great & Powerful Friday, September 13th • Dusk Mount Vernon Parks & Recreation • Edgewater Park Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and family and friends! We will be showing Oz the Great and Powerful on our JUMBO Screen. Admission is FREE. Concessions will be available. Movies will begin at dusk. Remember your flashlight for when it’s time to leave!

21 VintageFest Mount Vernon

Saturday, September 21st • 10am-5pm Mount Vernon Downtown Association • Downtown on south 1st Street Classic cars, antiques dealers, repurposed vintage arts and crafts, food and entertainment take center stage in this community celebration of our heritage and history. For more information, visit www. mountvernondowntown.org or call our office 360-336-3801.  Downtown Mount Vernon, It’s Happening!

28 Burlington Harvest Festival & Pumpkin Pitch Saturday, September 28 • 10am-3pm City of Burlington and Burlington Chamber of Commerce Skagit River Park • 1100 South Skagit Street, Burlington FREE FUN FAMILY EVENT includes Food, Music, Shire of Midhaven, Festivities, Pumpkin Trebuchet Competition and Kids Activities. Rain or Shine. Parks & Admission is FREE. Call Burlington Parks & Recreation at (360) 755-9649 or the Burlington Chamber at (360) 757-0994 or online at: http://www.burlington-chamber.com/events/harvest-festival.

OCTOBER 5 & 6 Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms

October 5th & 6th • 10am-4pm This free event is a once a year opportunity where family farms across Skagit County open their barn door just for you! During the festival weekend you can participate in a very special time to celebrate and share in the bounty of local agriculture and connect with the farmers that provide a variety of locally grown foods and goods. You will learn how these farms maintain their generational heritage while participating in activities including farm tours, harvest markets, educational displays, demonstrations, kid’s activities, corn & hay mazes, animal exhibits, pumpkin patches, hayrides, food, music and lots of fun. The festival is your chance to talk to your farmers and follow your food from the field to the table. This one of a kind event offers a hands-on experience learning what it takes to run a farm; from growing crops to feeding animals and supplying products to the public. Our farmers look forward to sharing their knowledge and products with you and your family! Call (360) 421-4729 or check out our website at: www.farmtour.com.

7-14 Southern Colorado and New Mexico…

Sand Dunes to Hot Air Balloons and So Much More! Join Recreation Without Borders on this 8 day-7 night adventure. One of their most unique and popular offerings, the 3rd annual trip includes wonderful overnight stays in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Taos and a Southern Colorado natural hot springs and spa. Highlights include the International Hot Air Balloon Festival, private tours of Santa Fe and Taos galleries and museums, naturalist talks at the Great Sand Dunes National Park, back roads explorations, historic presentations and so much more. This is one adventure unlike any other! Space is limited and the deadline is approaching fast. Call RWB at 360-766-7109 for further details and fees. www.recreationwithoutborders.com

25-30 Haunted Forest “Back from the Dead”

October 25-30, 2013 • 7:30pm Mount Vernon Parks & Recreation • Hillcrest Park, Mount Vernon Take a walking tour through the woods on a trail filled with frightening fiends, ghostly ghouls and glaring goblins that will frighten the visitors that dare to walk through! (Not recommended for children under 7 years of age.) Become a fan of the Haunted Forest Facebook page to follow our updates! For more information, Call MVPR at (360) 3366215. Cost: $10 per person!

31 MVDA Trick or Treat Event

Thursday, October 31st • 3-5pm Trick or Treat • 4-5pm Costume Contest at the Lincoln Theater. Mount Vernon Downtown Business Association’s Downtown Trick or Treat. Come join in the “Spooktacular” fun! Bring the kids to a safe trick or treating event in Downtown Mount Vernon 1st street on October 31st.

For more information check our website at www.mountvernondowntown.org Downtown Mount Vernon, the Place to Be!

NOVEMBER 2 Fall Scrapbooking Swap Meet

Saturday, November 2nd • 9am-12pm Burlington Parks & Recreation Center – 900 East Fairhaven Ave. GREAT PRICES on scrapbooking supplies: paper, tools, albums, stickers, kits & everything in between. Hobbyists, home businesses, and online suppliers are offering amazing deals. Got stuff to sell? Booths rent for $25. Call Burlington Parks & Recreation at (360) 755-9649 or online at http:// burlingtonwa.gov.

14 MVDA Ladies’ Day Downtown!

Thursday, November 14 • Shopping 10am-8pm • Wine Walk 5pm-8pm Start early and stay late in Downtown Mount Vernon. Gather your friends and join us for Ladies’ Day Downtown. Pre-purchased “Goodie Bags” filled with discounts and gifts at participating merchants for $5. For more information check our website at www.mountvernondowntown.org Downtown Mount Vernon, It’s Happening!

22 Holiday Vendor Market

Friday, November 22nd • 4:30-8:30pm Burlington Parks & Recreation Center • 900 East Fairhaven Ave. All your favorite home party vendors in one place! Purchase onsite, book a party, or order your favorite jewlery, food, health/beauty, home décor, cleaning supply products. Make it a special “Girls Night Out” we’ll have raffles, appetizers & beverages. Call Burlington Parks & Recreation at (360) 755-9649 or online at http://burlingtonwa.gov.

DECEMBER 7 “Breakfast with Santa”

Saturday, December 7th • 8-11am • COST: $5.00 for all ages Mount Vernon Parks & Recreation • Hillcrest Park Lodge Enjoy breakfast of pancakes and ham, and don’t forget to bring your camera for some great photo opportunities with Santa! Tickets can be purchased in advance at the administration office at Hillcrest Park and also at the door. MVPR: 360-336-6215

7 Children’s Shopping Extravaganza

Saturday, December 7th • 8:30am–2:30pm Mount Vernon Parks & Recreation • Skylight Room at Hillcrest Park Kids!! Don’t miss this great shopping opportunity geared just for your budget. All items are priced $5.00 and under. MVPR: 360-336-6215

8 Mount Vernon Holiday Kick-Off

Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Sunday, December 8th • 5:00pm Mount Vernon Downtown Association • 1st Street, downtown Mount Vernon. Enjoy this festive annual event. Free fun for the whole family. The parade, the tree lighting and a visit from Santa will create memories to last a lifetime. Immediately following the Parade, a ceremonial Tree Lighting and visit by Santa will take place in Pine Square to officially welcome in the Christmas season. For more information please check our website at  www.mountvernondowntown.org or call our office at 360-336-3801 Downtown Mount Vernon, It’s Happening!

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