HOW MENTAL HEALTH COMMITMENT COURT WORKS: Join NAMI Skagit for an evening with James Dolan, commissioner for the Mental health Commitment Court, along with one of the prosecutors and a defense attorney, to learn more about the laws that come into play when someone is having a mental health crisis and may pose a danger to themselves or others, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Ave.

FALL PREVENTION PRESENTATION: A presentation on the dangers seniors face when experiencing a fall, and how to prevent them and support family members, will take place at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Mountain Glen, 1810 E Division St., Mount Vernon. Free, RSVP: 360-424-7900 or

CHILD SEAT SAFETY CHECKS: Thursday, Sept. 19, 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.

HOSPICE MEETING: The Board of Operations of Hospice of the Northwest will meet at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23, in the main conference room at Hospice of the Northwest, 227 Freeway Drive, Mount Vernon. 360-814-5550.

BELLINGHAM PARKINSON’S DAY: Join an all-day event for the Parkinson’s community of the North Sound from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Squalicum Boathouse, 2600 N. Harbor Loop Drive, Bellingham. There will be a HOPE Conference in the morning and presentations throughout the day. $12-$15.

NAMI FAMILY TO FAMILY: NAMI Skagit will offer its Family to Family Course from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays from Sept. 30 through Nov. 7 in Mount Vernon. It is for family members and loved ones of an adult living with a mental illness. The course is free, but preregistration is required. Call Marti at 360-770-5666 or NAMI at 360-313-7080.

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, at 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, Sept. 18, 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


 Saturday, Sept. 21, Fred Meyer, 920 S. Burlington Blvd. 8 to 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Oak Harbor

 Thursday, Sept. 12, Oak Harbor Lions, 1050 SE Ireland St. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


 Friday, Sept. 13, Haggen Food & Pharmacy, 26603 72nd Ave. NW. 9 to 11 a.m. and noon to 3 p.m.

 Monday, Sept. 16, St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 26900 78th Ave. NW. 11 a.m. to 5 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:

 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:

 Neurological Integration System Therapy: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12.

 Planning Ahead for Natural Burial: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16.

 Essential Remedies: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17.

 Own Your Power ... Go Solar!: 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Sept. 19

 Digestion, Sleep & Stress: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23.

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:

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

 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.

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

 Tango: 8:30 p.m. Fridays.

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

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

 Soft Place to Land: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1. 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: 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 Express: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14-15. $95.

n Medicare 101: Get help comparing and choosing Medicare plans from 12 to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, 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 Stop The Bleed: 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25. 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, Sept. 28. 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 Infant Massage Class: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11. This class will demonstrate ways massage can be used to help manage colic, sinus issues, improve digestion and increase your baby’s positional awareness. Participants should plan to bring their baby, a blanket and massage oils. $10.

n Intermittent Fasting Class: 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18.

n Grand-parenting Class: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. Learn how to support and offer assistance to a new family. $25 per couple or individual.

n Stop The Bleed: 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20. Control life-threatening bleeding after injury with hands-on training. Free. Class limited to eight participants.

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 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 St., Mount Vernon. The screening will identify increased risk for stroke and vascular disease. $59. Appointments 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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