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.

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.

CHILD SEAT SAFETY CHECKS: Thursday, June 20, in the main entrance covered area at Skagit Valley Hospital, 300 Hospital Parkway, Mount Vernon. Certified technicians will check your car’s child safety seat for safety and proper installation. 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.

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 Monday, June 17, Edison Lutheran Church, 14201 Church Road. 1 to 3 p.m. and 3:45 to 7 p.m.

Mount Vernon

n Today, June 12, WSU Skagit County Extension, 16650 Highway 536. 9 to 11 a.m. and noon to 3 p.m.

n Thursday, June 13, Fir-Conway Lutheran CHurch, 18101 Fir Island Road. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m.

n Thursday, June 13, WSDOT Engineering, 1109 E. Hickox Road. 8:30 to 11 a.m.

n Wednesday, June 19, 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, June 18, PeaceHealth United General Medical Center, 2000 Hospital Drive. 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3 p.m.


n Monday, June 17, Skagit Regional Clinics, 9631 269th St. NW. 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 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.

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

n Trust Your Gut and Your Mind: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13.

n Childhood Airway Concerns: 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 17.

n Self-Lymphatic Massage for Vibrant health and Energy: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18.

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, July 2. 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 Meditation for Calming and Focusing Your Mind: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, June 12 and 19, in the Sahale Conference room. Explore ways to bring meditation into daily life. $39.

n Medicare 101: Get help comparing and choosing Medicare plans from 12 to 2 p.m. today, June 12, 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 Elder Care Options: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 18. This workshop helps participants learn about the many support options available for older adults. Free.

n Stop The Bleed: 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, June 24. Control life-threatening bleeding after injury with hands-on training. Free. Class limited to eight participants.

n Birth Center Tours: 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29. 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.

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

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.

n Stop Fighting: Start Talking: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 25. Develop the skills needed to have more productive and less repetitive arguments and facilitate communication. $25.

n Pelvic and Bladder Health: 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, June 27. Learn ways to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. $10.

n Weekend Childbirth Education Class: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 29-30. 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 Six-Week Childbirth Education Class: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, July 2-Aug. 6. $95 per couple. Register: 360-299-1309.

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

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.

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

n Cholesterol & glucose screening: 8 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 16. Fasting (12 hours) is required for total cholesterol and glucose screening; water and medications are OK. $15. No appointment necessary. 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 St., 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.

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