HOSPICE MEETING: The Board of Operations of Hospice of the Northwest will meet at 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 24, in the main conference room at Hospice of the Northwest, 227 Freeway Drive, Mount Vernon. 360-814-5550.

CHILD SEAT SAFETY CHECKS: 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at Island Hospital, 1211 24th St., Anacortes. Certified technicians will check your car’s child safety seat for safety and proper installation. Free. Drop in.

DOC TALK: Skagit Regional Health presents “Eating and Body Image Disorders in the U.S.” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at the Skagit Valley Hospital, Sahale Conference Room. Free. Preregistration required: or 360-814-2424.

MAMMOGRAMS: Screening mammograms are recommended yearly beginning at age 40. Schedule a screening with the Breast Care Center, 1320 E. Division St., Mount Vernon, at 360-428-7270 or the Cascade Valley Hospital, 330 S Stillaguamish Ave., Arlington, 360-435-0515.

FREE ACUPUNCTURE CLINIC: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Middle Way Acupuncture Institute, 321 W. Washington St., Suite 334, Mount Vernon. Experience the benefits of acupuncture to treat pain, PTSD, stress-related issues or enhance general health. 360-982-2841 or 360-336-6129.

NSBHO MEETING: The North Sound Behavioral Health Organization County Authorities Executive Committee will meet from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 13, in the NSBHO Conference Room, 301 Valley Mall Way, Suite 110, Mount Vernon. 360-416-7013.

BLOOD DRIVES: Donors of all blood types are needed for these upcoming public blood drives. Photo ID or your donor card is required to donate. Preregistration requested: 800-398-7888 or


n Wednesday, May 29, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 3720 H Ave. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and noon to 3 p.m.


n Saturday, May 25, Fred Meyer, 920 S. Burlington Blvd. 8 to 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Thursday, May 23, United Methodist Church Fireside Room, 608 N Main St., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


n Friday, May 24, Sedro-Woolley Blood Drive, 719 Ferry St. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3:15 to 5:30 p.m.


n Friday, May 24, Haggen Food & Pharmacy, 26603 72nd Ave. NW. 9 to 11 a.m. and noon to 3 p.m.


DRIVER SAFETY: People ages 50 and older who complete the AARP Smart Driver Course may qualify for a modest reduction in their automobile insurance. $20, $15 AARP members. Preregistration is required at the phone numbers indicated. Next up:

n Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 19. 360-387-0222.

HEALTHY LIVING: The Skagit Valley Food Co-Op offers a variety of classes and workshops in room 309, 202 S. First St., Mount Vernon. Preregistration appreciated: 360-336-5087, ext. 136, or Next up:

n Cascara and the Art of Letting Go: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23.

n Neurological Integration System Therapy: 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 3.

n Old People Have Sex: Everything You Want to Know About Sex and Aging: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6.

n Stress Reduction with Hypnosis: 1 p.m. Saturday, June 8.

n First Aid Kits with Essential Oils: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12.

ANACORTES CENTER FOR HAPPINESS: 619 Commercial Ave., Anacortes, offers a variety of workshops and classes that promote happiness and well-being. For more information or to register: 360-464-2229 or Next up:

n All Levels Hatha Yoga: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. $15 drop in, $60 for five classes.

n Yoga with Liz: 9 to 10 a.m. Mondays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Fridays. $60 for five classes, $25 couples, $15 drop in.

n Gentle Flow Yoga: 10:30 a.m. Mondays. All levels. $140 for 10 classes, $16 drop in.

n Tango: 8:30 p.m. Fridays.

n Meditation Monday: 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays. $3.

n Anausara Yoga Back to Basics: 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Beginner level. $15.

n Soft Place to Land: 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 4. A monthly women’s group to listen, share, support, laugh and cry. $10, or chocolate.

HEALTH & WELLNESS: The Center of Holistic Wellness, 609 Murdock St., Sedro-Woolley offers a variety of classes and workshops each month. Register: 360-420-2630 or Next up:

n Yoga Classes: 9 a.m. Mondays and 8:30 a.m. Thursdays. $10.

n Qigong: 11 a.m. Mondays, 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. $5.

SKAGIT REGIONAL HEALTH: 1415 E. Kincaid St., Mount Vernon, offers a variety of workshops and classes. Preregistration required: or 360-814-2424.

n Medicare 101: Get help comparing and choosing Medicare plans from 12 to 2 p.m. today, May 22, in the Sahale Conference room. Drop-in, no registration required. Agents are also available to help by phone and personal appointment. 1-866-389-0445.

n Birth Center Tours: 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25. Free tours of the Skagit Valley Hospital Family Birth Center are offered twice a month. To schedule a tour, call 360-814-2424 or 360-629-6481.

n Stop The Bleed: 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 29. Control life threatening bleeding after injury with hands-on training. Free. Class limited to eight participants.

n Elder Care Options: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 30. This workshop helps participants learn about the many support options available for older adults. Free.

n Childbirth Education: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays June 5-July 3: Five-week course for expectant parents covers emotional changes during pregnancy and other topics ranging from labor to breastfeeding. $110, medical coupons accepted.

n Meditation for Calming and Focusing Your Mind: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, June 5, 12 and 19, in the Sahale Conference room. Explore ways to bring meditation into daily life. $39.

ISLAND HOSPITAL: 1211 24th St., Anacortes, offers a variety of workshops and classes. Registration required: 360-299-4204 or

n Improving Your Aging Memory: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 5. Learn strategies and activities to help improve your aging memory. $10.

n Medicare 101: Understanding Your Medicare Choices: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, June 10. Learn more about traditional Medicare coverage, Medicare Advantage Plans, prescription drug coverage, gaps, enrollment and fraud protection. Free.

n Essential Oils for the Mind, Body & Soul: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 19. Learn how to blend essential oils to help meet your wellness needs. $30.

Health screenings

AT ISLAND HOSPITAL: 1211 24th St., Anacortes.

n Blood pressure checks are offered from 9 a.m. to noon every Wednesday. Free. Call 360-299-1309 for information.

n Swallow screening: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, at Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy at Island Hospital, 1015 25th St., Anacortes. This screening is for people who experience difficulty chewing, frequent throat clearing or the need to swallow multiple times for each bite or sip. Free. Appointment required: 360-299-4204.

n Balance screening: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy at Island Hospital, 1015 25th St., Anacortes. Free. Appointment required: 360-299-4204.

n Memory screening: 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 25. A series of questions and tasks will help determine if you are suffering from memory loss. Free. Appointment required: 360-299-4204.

STROKE, ANEURYSM SCREENING: Skagit Digital Imaging offers a combined carotid and aorta vascular evaluation by ultrasound from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at Skagit Radiology, 1320 E. Division St., Mount Vernon. The screening will identify increased risk for stroke and vascular disease. $59. Appointment required: 360-428-8208.

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