FAMILY EDUCATION & SUPPORT: Join the conversation about the disease model of addiction and how to best provide support for loved ones in recovery from 5 to 6 p.m. today, or noon to 1 p.m. Friday, May 17 and 31, at didgʷálič Wellness Center, 8212 S. March Point Road, Anacortes.

NAMI EDUCATIONAL NIGHT: NAMI-Skagit, an affiliate of National Alliance on Mental Illness, will host an educational night about mental illness with input from PFLAG-Skagit — a group for Parents, Families, Friends and members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Trans Community — at 6:30 p.m. today, May 8, at the Rees Room in the First United Methodist Church,1607 E Division St., Mount Vernon.

HOSPICE MEETING: The Board of Operations of Hospice of the Northwest will meet at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 20, 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.

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 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, May 9, 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 Thursday, May 9, Anacortes Community Blood Drive, 1300 Ninth St. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2:15 to 5:30 p.m.


n Friday, May 17, Skagit Farmers Supply, 1833 Park Lane. 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.

Mount Vernon

n Monday, May 13, Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1515 E. College Way. Noon to 2:15 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.

n Monday, May 13, Skagit Regional Clinics-Riverbend, 2320 Freeway Drive. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

n Monday, May 13, Mount Vernon Education Association, 1514 S. LaVenture Road. 2 to 5:30 p.m.

n Thursday, May 16, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1700 E. Hazel St. Noon to 2 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.

Oak Harbor

n Thursday, May 9, Oak Harbor Lions, 1050 SE Ireland St. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


n Thursday, May 16, Sedro-Woolley Senior Center, 715 Pacific St. 8 to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 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 Sedro-Woolley Senior Center, 724 State St., Sedro-Woolley: Two-day class from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 16-17. 360-855-1531.

n Skagit Valley Hospital, 300 Hospital Parkway, Mount Vernon: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18. 360-814-2424.

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 at Co-op room 309, 202 S. First St., Mount Vernon. Preregistration appreciated: 360-336-5087, ext. 136, or Next up:

n Trust Your Gut: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9.

n MELT Hand and Foot Self Care: 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 13.

n Anti-Aging Protocols for Young and Old: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14.

n How to Kick the Sugar Habit: 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 20.

n Skincare for Summer with Essential Oils: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21.

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.

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 Keeping Your Baby Healthy: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 15. A local pediatric health care provider will provide information on newborn care. $25.

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

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. Monday, May 13. Learn more about traditional Medicare coverage, Medicare Advantage Plans, prescription drug coverage, gaps, enrollment and fraud protection. Free.

n Stop The Bleed: 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, May 17. Control life threatening bleeding after injury with hands-on training. Free. Class limited to eight participants.

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 Essential Oils for the Mind, Body & Should: 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. Wednesday, June 5, 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.

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.

• 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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