Virtual and online-based events have become a key part of the cultural and entertainment landscape in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please send event details, web sites and access instructions to www.goskagit.com/local-events.
n River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center: The center at Howard Miller Steelhead Park in Rockport is open for the season for the winter migration of bald eagles from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Guided hikes are held along the Skagit River at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday with an expert interpreter. skagiteagle.org, email@example.com.
n Acrylic paintings: Scott Milo Gallery, 420 Commercial Ave., Anacortes, is hosting black- line acrylic paintings by Jennifer Bowman in January. Also showing are still-life photographs by Randy Dana, soft pastels by Janice Wall, contemporary mixed media paintings by Pamela Beer, impressionistic watercolors by Eric Wiegardt, photo encaustic work by Kathy Hastings and fused glass pieces by Lin McJunkin. scottmilo.com.
n Anacortes Senior Activity Center: Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 360-293-7473. Events at the center:
— Linda Zielinski will teach a free intermediate-level ukulele class from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Thursdays through Jan. 28. The class is completely instrumental. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and include your phone number for information.
— Free computer clinic assistance is offered by appointment Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
— An acrylics class is held from 9:15 a.m. to noon Mondays, and a watercolor class from 9:15 a.m. to noon Fridays. Cost for each is $15. Drop-ins welcome.
— A free chair yoga class is held from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Tuesdays via Zoom. Email email@example.com for link.
— A sewing seniors group meets from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month.
n Arlington-Stillaguamish Eagle Festival: The event set for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 4-5, includes nature sites, art and photography show, a chain saw carving show and auction, live music, wagon rides, rafting on the Stillaguamish River, farm animals, and tractors on display, nature movie at Olympic Theater, downtown adventure quest for children, and other nature centered activities. arlingtonwa.gov/eaglefest.
n Semiahmoo Resort Winterfest: Winterfest at Semiahmoo Resort has numerous special events through Jan. 15 at the resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy, Blaine. Activities include beach bonfires, movie nights, scavenger hunts, Selfie station and more. See the full Winterfest Guide at semiahmoo.com/pdfs/2021-semi-winterfest-booklet.pdf. Information: 360-318-2000, semiahmoo.com.
n 2022 free parks days: Washington State Parks has designated the free days in 2022 when visitors will not need a Discover Pass to park at state parks and on recreation lands managed by Washington Department of Natural Resources and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. The Discover Pass free days are:
Monday, Jan. 17 – Martin Luther King Day.
Wednesday, March 9 — Billy Frank Jr. birthday.
Saturday, March 19 – Washington State Parks birthday.
Friday, April 22 – Earth Day.
Saturday, June 11 – National Get Outdoors Day.
Sunday, June 12 – Free Fishing Weekend.
Sunday, June 19 — Juneteenth.
Saturday, Sept. 24 – National Public Lands Day.
Monday, Oct. 10 – World Mental Health Day.
Friday, Nov. 11 – Veterans Day.
Friday, Nov. 25 – Native American Heritage Day.
n Museum temporary closure: The Skagit County Historical Museum, 501 S. Fourth St., La Conner, is closed to the public. It will re-open Feb. 11 with a new featured exhibit, “1968: The Year That Rocked Washington.”
n Gamblers Anonymous meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday night at the Mount Vernon Senior Center, 1401 Cleveland Ave. Information: Washington State Gamblers Anonymous (1-800-222-5542).
n Board Game Night: 5:30-10 p.m. Wednesdays: Journey’s End Café, 1992 S. Elger Bay Road, Camano Island.
n Loco Billy’s Wild Moon Saloon: 7-11 p.m. Thursday: Loco Billy’s, 27021 102 Ave. NW, Stanwood, hosts a free open mike/jam Thursday nights featuring Richard Williams and Chris Eger. Information: locobillys.com.
n Ford Giesbrecht at Tapped: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday: A mix of Brazilian classical, American and Latin jazz standards, old rock and original music at Tapped, 848 N. Sunrise Blvd., Camano Island.