HOSPICE MEETING: The Board of Operations of Hospice of the Northwest will meet at 9:30 a.m. Monday, July 22, in the main conference room, at Hospice of the Northwest, 227 Freeway Drive, Mount Vernon. 360-814-5550.

CHILD SEAT SAFETY CHECKS: Thursday, July 18, 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.

FREE ACUPUNCTURE CLINIC: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, at Middle Way Acupuncture Institute, 321 W. Washington St., Suite 334, Mount Vernon.  360-982-2841.

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. Contact 800-398-7888 or


n Monday, July 1, Anacortes Christian Church, 1211 M Ave. noon to 2 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.

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

Mount Vernon

n Wednesday, July 3, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 415 S. 18th St. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m.

Oak Harbor

n Saturday, July 6, WalMart, 1250 SW Erie St. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.


DRIVER SAFETY: People age 50 and older who complete the AARP Smart Driver Course may qualify for a reduction in automobile insurance. $20, $15 AARP members. Registration is required. Visit Next up:

n Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St., Anacortes: Two-day class from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, July 3 and 10. 360-424-2424.

n Mount Vernon Senior Center, 1401 Cleveland St., Mount Vernon: Two-day class from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 25-26. 360-336-5757.

n Skagit Valley Hospital, 300 Hospital Parkway, Mount Vernon: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 27. 360-814-2424.

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 Forgiveness and Reiki, a Powerful Path of Liberation: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9.

n Neurological Integration System Therapy: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 10.

n Chi Nei Tsang and Digestieve Care: 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 15.

n Essential Remedies: Wellness with Aromatherapy: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 16.

ANACORTES CENTER FOR HAPPINESS: 619 Commercial Ave., Anacortes, offers workshops and classes that promote happiness and well-being. Registration: 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.

HEALTH & WELLNESS: The Center of Holistic Wellness, 609 Murdock St., Sedro-Woolley, offers classes and workshops. Registration: 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. Registration required: or 360-814-2424.

n Childbirth Education: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays July 8-Aug.5: Five-week course for expectant parents covers emotional changes during pregnancy, labor, breastfeeding and more. $110, medical coupons accepted.

n Birth Center Tours: 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 9. Free tours of the Skagit Valley Hospital Family Birth Center are offered twice a month.

n Childbirth Express: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14. $95.

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

n Medicare 101: Understanding Your Medicare Choices: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9. Learn more about traditional Medicare coverage, Medicare Advantage Plans, prescription drug coverage, gaps, enrollment and fraud protection. Free.

Health screenings

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

n Blood pressure checks offered 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays. Free. 360-299-1309.

n Bone Density Screening: 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 9. Woman can get an estimate of bone density with a non-intrusive heel scan. $5. Appointment required. 360-299-4204.

n Cholesterol & glucose screening: 8 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 16. Fasting 12 hours is required for cholesterol and glucose screening; water and medications OK. $15. First come-first served. 360-299-1309.

n Vitamin D screening: 8 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 16. $40. No appointment required. 360-299-4204.

STROKE, ANEURYSM SCREENING: Skagit Radiology offers a combined carotid and aorta vascular evaluation by ultrasound from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 1320 E. Division Street, Mount Vernon. The screening identifies increased risk for stroke and vascular disease. $59. For appointment, call Skagit Regional Health at 360-428-8208.

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