POWERFUL TOOLS FOR CAREGIVERS: Join a program that supports family caregivers with six lessons held weekly from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursdays from Sept. 5 to Oct. 10 at the Bradford House, 116 N. Skagit St., Burlington. $30 suggested donation. Register: 360-755-1235 or

HOSPICE MEETING: The Board of Operations of Hospice of the Northwest will meet at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26, in the main conference room at Hospice of the Northwest, 227 Freeway Drive, Mount Vernon. 360-814-5550.

CHILD SEAT SAFETY CHECKS: Thursday, Aug. 15, in the main entrance covered area at Skagit Valley Hospital, 300 Hospital Pkwy., Mount Vernon. Certified technicians will check your car’s child safety seat for safety and proper installation. Drop in.

SIX-WEEK GRIEF WORKSHOP: Skagit Widowed Support Services will host a free six-week grief workshop that meets from 1 to 3 p.m. every Tuesday from Sept. 6 to Oct. 8 at the Burlington Senior Center, 1011 Greenleaf Ave., Burlington. Register or learn more by contacting Robin: 360-333-9973 or

MAMMOGRAMS: Screening mammograms are recommended yearly beginning at age 40. Schedule a screening with the Breast Care Center, 1320 East 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, 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.

YOUR VOICE YOUR CHOICE: Join a free and interactive workshop on completing an Advance Directive from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at PeaceHealth United General Medical Center, 2000 Hospital Drive, Sedro-Woolley.

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 Tuesday, Aug. 20, Regence Blue Shield, 333 E. Gilkey Road. 8:30 to 11 a.m. and noon to 2:30 p.m.


n Thursday, Aug. 15, United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 608 N Main St., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mount Vernon

n Thursday, Aug. 15, Skagit County and Mount Vernon City Employees Blood Drive, Skagit Station, 105 E. Kincaid St. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

n Tuesday, Aug. 20, Salem Lutheran Church, 2529 N. LaVenture Road. Noon to 2:30 p.m. and 3:15 to 6 p.m.

Oak Harbor

n Saturday, Aug. 17, Safeway, 1450 SW Eris St. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

n Monday, Aug. 19, First Reformed Church, 250 SW Third Ave. Noon to 2 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.


n Wednesday, Aug. 14 PeaceHealth United General Medical Center, 2000 Hospital Drive. 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 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 Burlington Senior Center, 1011 Greenleaf Ave., Burlington: Two-day class from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Sept. 18-19. 360-755-0102.

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

n What’s in Your Mouth: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19.

n Essential Remedies: Summer Skincare: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20.

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, Sept. 3. 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 Childbirth Education: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays Aug. 7-Sept. 4: Five-week course for expectant parents covers emotional changes during pregnancy and other topics ranging from labor to breastfeeding. $110, medical coupons accepted.

n Birth Center Tours: 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. 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. Monday, Aug. 26. Control life threatening bleeding after injury with hands-on training. Free. Class limited to eight participants.

n Keeping Your Baby Healthy: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4. A local pediatric health care provider will provide information on newborn care. $25.

n Nutrition Class for Kidney Disease: 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10. Take charge of kidney health in an interactive learning environment.

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

n Weekend Childbirth Education Class: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-11. Designed to prepare parents-to-be for the arrival of their new baby. Participants will learn essential skills and develop confidence. $130. Registration required: 360-299-1309.

n Medicare 101: Understanding Your Medicare Choices: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12. Learn more about traditional Medicare coverage, Medicare Advantage Plans, prescription drug coverage, gaps, enrollment and fraud protection. Free.

n Meditation for Everyday Living: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 22-Sept. 5. $48.

n Six-Week Childbirth Education Class: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 3-Oct. 8. $95 per couple. Register: 360-299-1309.

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 Bone Density Screening: 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10. Get an estimate of your bone density with a non-intrusive heel scan. This screening is accurate for women only. $5. Appointment required. 360-299-4204.

n Colon Cancer Screening: 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17. Grab a take-home stool sample kit and return it to Anacortes Family Medicine, 2511 M Ave., Suite B, for detection of hidden blood and symptoms of colon cancer. $10.

n Memory screening: 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24. 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 Radiology offers a combined carotid and aorta vascular evaluation by ultrasound from 8 am to 5pm weekdays at 1320 E. Division Street, Mount Vernon. The screening will identify increased risk for stroke and vascular disease. $59. Appointments are required, call Skagit Regional Health at 360-428-8208.

n Submit low- or no-cost Health Notes activities to or call 360-416-2155 a week to 10 days prior to expected publication.

• Submit low- or no-cost Health Notes activities to or call 360-416-2155 a week to 10 days prior to expected publication.

• Submit low- or no-cost Health Notes activities to or call 360-416-2155 a week to 10 days prior to expected publication.

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