CALL TO ARTISTS: The City of Anacortes is looking for entries for the third annual eight-month outdoor sculpture exhibition. Sculptures must withstand outdoor conditions. Information:

LET’S MAKE ART DAY: Be inspired by the art on the walls at Museum of Northwest Art, 121 S First St., La Conner, and create art from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.


ART THERAPY: DRAW A LINE: Turn to ART for healing at the Museum of Northwest Art, 121 S First St., La Conner, and create meaningful drawings from 1:30-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. $30.50. Ages 13-plus.

MAKE YOUR MARK: CREATIVE MARK MAKING: A mark can be a dot, a dab, a line, a splash. Explore how marks convey information at this class from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Museum of Northwest Art, 121 S First St., La Conner. $45. RSVP: Ages 13-plus.

MY PARENTS AND ME PAINTING CLASS: Local artist Laura Parker works with parents and children (ages 3-9) side by side to explore color mixing, watercolor, tempera and acrylic paint at the Museum of Northwest Art, 121 S First St., La Conner. Classes are 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 and Nov. 16, and 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14. $25 per class.

INTRO TO FLATBED SCANNERS AS CAMERAS: Capture the finest of details of 3D objects that are too small for our eyes to see in this introductory class from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Museum of Northwest Art, 121 S First St., La Conner.

WATERCOLOR CLASS: Explore watercolors in this class taught by Naoj from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Museum of Northwest Art, 121 S First St., La Conner.

MONOTYPE WORKSHOP: Local artist Kris Ekstrand will teach basics of monotype, the “painterly print,” in her studio, 5718 Gilkey Ave., Edison, for adults new to printmaking and looking to explore the medium from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 18-20. $325, includes all supplies and materials.

THE GOOD STUFF ARTS GALLERY: 604 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. 360-755-3152.

n Drawing for the Uncertain Artist: 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 17 and 24. $75 for one day, $150 for both.

n Mixed Media: Birds & Flowers: Saturday, Oct. 26. $90, many supplies provided.

n Collage and Layering: Combine paper, found materials and paint on Nov. 16. Golden supplies provided in fee. $135.

A GUILDED GALLERY: Art classes on a variety of topics are available at A Guilded Gallery, 8700 271st St. NW, Stanwood. Prices include all classes in a series.

TRI DEE ARTS WORKSHOPS: Art classes on a variety of topics are available at Tri Dee Arts, 215 S. First St., Mount Vernon.

PACIFIC NORTHWEST QUILT AND FIBER ARTS MUSEUM: Varied exhibits and classes are available to the public at 703 S. Second St., La Conner. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission: $7, $5 students and military, free for members and children ages 11 and under. 360-466-4288 or

n Fiber Fridays: bring any type of fiber art project, quilting, knitting, embellishing, etc., to work on while visiting with other fiber artists from 9 a.m. to noon every Friday. Free and open to all.

GAIL HARKER CENTER: Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts offers a variety of art classes and workshops for artists of every level at 503 Morris St., La Conner. Online courses are also available. For information and a complete schedule: 360-466-0110 or

PACIFIC NW SCHOOL: Choose from painting, photography, fiber and 3D art workshops taught by professional artists at the Pacific NorthWest Art School, 15 NW Birch St., Coupeville. For information and a complete schedule: 360-678-3396 or

DAKOTA: Dakota Art Center offers a variety of art classes and workshops at 17873 Highway 536, Mount Vernon. 360-416-6556, ext. 5, or

STANWOOD CAMANO ARTS GUILD: A Guilded Gallery, 8700 271st St. NW, Stanwood, offers a variety of art classes and workshops. For information or to register: 360-629-2787 or


”THE CURIOUS SAVAGE”: ALTA Theatre will hold auditions for “The Curious Savage” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, and 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. Eleven actors, various ages. Performances will be Jan 3-19, 2020., or 360-424-5144.

”ELF JR. THE MUSICAL”: Children and adults are invited to audition for Whidbey Playhouse’s production of “Elf Jr. the Musical” with plenty of ensemble roles. Adults audition from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. by appointment only and children audition at 2:30, no appointment necessary. Email to schedule.


SILENT BOOK CLUB: Share a book you have read and silently read another at 4 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at Pelican Bay Books, 520 Commercial Ave., Anacortes.


DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE: Join an spiritual practice that draws inspiration from sacred traditions around the world at this guided dance class from 5:45-8 p.m. the first Sunday of each month at the Skagit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 500 W Section St., Mount Vernon. By donation.

BEGINNING LINE DANCING: 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Burlington Community Center, 1011 Greenleaf Ave., Burlington. $6 drop-in, $25 for five classes. Adults and teens 13 and older. Register: or 360-755-9649.

FOLK DANCING: Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers meet Tuesdays at Bay View Civic Hall, 12615 C St., Bay View. Learn to folk dance to a variety of international music. 7 to 9:30 p.m. First session free, $5 thereafter. No partners needed. Gary or Ginny, 360-766-6866.

SCOTTISH DANCING: Bellingham Scottish Country Dancers meet from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Fairhaven Library auditorium (upstairs), 1117 12th St., Bellingham. Wear comfortable clothes and soft-soled shoes without heels. $8 per class. For information, call Mary Anderson at 360-933-1779 or visit

BOATING CLASS: The new Boat Handling Course (BH) is being offered by Skagit Bay Sail and Power Squadron on Sept. 30, Oct. 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 7-9 p.m. in the Anacortes Senior Activity Center art classroom. The course is designed to teach basic boating skills in a classroom environment and is suitable for all people new to boating. $120 for individuals or $160 for two family members sharing reading materials. Information: Bob Miller (360-588-9950), Limited to 15 students. Registration closes Sept. 23.

SCOTTISH HIGHLAND AND IRISH STEP DANCE: The Clan Heather Dancers offer year-round Scottish Highland and Irish step dance classes in Bellingham, Everett and Mount Vernon.

MONDAY DANCING: Dance to The Skippers or Good Vibrations from 1-3:30 p.m. Mondays at the Mount Vernon Senior Center, 1401 Cleveland Ave., Mount Vernon. Public welcome. Information: Kenneth Kossman (360-336-3682) or the center (360-416-1585). $7 per person.

SWING DANCE CLASSES: Classes are 7 to 8 p.m. every Monday at the Anacortes Center for Happiness, 619 Commercial Ave. No experience or partner needed. $40 per person for the series or $12 per person at the door. and 360-464-2229.


SWEET ADELINES INTERNATIONAL: Harmony Northwest Chorus, a women’s a cappella group singing four-part harmony barbershop style, welcomes all voice parts ages 15 and up. Meet from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays at the Mount Vernon Senior Center, 1401 Cleveland Ave., Mount Vernon. Contact Carol Ward: 425-232-9171 or

OPEN MIC NITE: 6 to 8 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at Lil’Nut Cafe and Diner, 330 Cherry St., Sumas.

SCOTTISH MUSIC SESSIONS: Musicians from around the valley meet at 3 p.m. the first Sunday of each month at Littlefield Celtic Center, 1124 Cleveland Ave., Mount Vernon. The jam session generally focuses on Scottish music. MUSIC LESSONS: Three professional instructors at the Peterson Conservatory of Music & Arts, 314 S. Section St., Mount Vernon, are offering a variety of classes for music students from youth aged 6-10 ($10) to ages 11 to adult ($40-50).

UKULELE FUN & SONG CIRCLE: 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Mount Vernon Senior Center, 1401 Cleveland St. Free. Beginners welcome and loaner ukuleles available. Song sheets provided. 206-790-4862 or

BARBERSHOP HARMONY: Join the An-O-Chords, a four-part barbershop harmony group that meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Bethany Covenant Church, 1318 18th St., Mount Vernon. No experience necessary, no auditions required. Learn by rote, you don’t have to read music. All ages welcome. 360-679-7473.

TIME FOR FIDDLERS: The Washington Old Time Fiddlers play at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Friday of each month at the Mount Vernon Senior Center, 1401 Cleveland St. Free; donations accepted. 360-630-1156.

SHELTER BAY CHORUS: Rehearsals on Thursdays at the Shelter Bay Clubhouse, 1000 Shoshone Drive, La Conner. New members welcome. 360-223-3230.

ANACORTES OPEN MIC: 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, Brown Lantern Ale House, 412 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. 360-293-2544.

OPEN MIC: Jam Night, 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Thursdays, Conway Pub & Eatery, 18611 Main St., Conway. 360-445-4733.


SALMON SIGHTINGS: Join the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group to look for salmon and learn about the work it does to restore salmon habitats from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Oyster Creek, 2182 Chuckanut Drive, Bow.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY: Join the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group to make a difference in the environment of Make A Difference day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Riverfront Park, 901 River Road, Sedro-Woolley.

WATERSHED MASTERS TRAINING PROGRAM: People interested in meeting new friends, learning from local experts and participating in community projects are encouraged to apply for the Fall 2019 Watershed Masters Volunteer Training Program. The program is for those 17 and older who aspire to increase their knowledge about all elements of local watersheds. If accepted, must attend eight evening sessions and three Saturday excursions. Pre-register by Sept. 20 with Kristi: 360-428-4313.

FALL WORKOUT PROGRAMS: Encore Fitness offers a variety of classes held at Concrete Theatre, 45920 Main St., Concrete. $5 per class, pay as you go. First class is free. 360-466-8754.

n Cross Training: 5:30 p.m. Mondays.

n Pump Plus: 7 a.m. Tuesdays.

n PiYo with Melissa: 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

n A Walk in the Park: 11 a.m. Wednesdays.

n Zumba Gold: 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Free.

n Val’s InterVals: 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

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n Capture Awesome Images with your DSLR Camera- Beginners: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7. Learn the basics of using your DSLR camera. Ages 12 and older. $40 per class.

n Flag Football: Saturdays through Nov.2. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. for ages 5 to 7 and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 8 to 11. Join the Skyhawks Flag Football team and learn new skills.

n Tree Climbing for the Active Senior: noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Seniors ages 55 and older can learn how to climb a tree, or for an additional $80 have a tree elevator set up to pull them to the top of a 200 foot old growth tree. $90.

SUPPORT GROUP: The Skagit and Island Counties Council for the Blind meets 1-3 p.m. the second Saturday of the month at the Washington Federal Bank rear conference room, 300 E. Fairhaven Ave., Burlington. 425-218-0190 or The next meeting is Saturday, Oct. 12.

PARK PLANTING: Help restore native vegetation at Ann Wolford County Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, a Ann Wolford Rivers Edge Park in Sedro-Woolley.

TRAIL WORK: Skagit-Whatcom-Island Trail Maintenance Organization are looking for volunteers to join their trail maintenance work parties on the first and third Saturday of each month until October (Oct. 19). Meet at 8 a.m. at the Cook Road Park and Ride, 9501 Old Highway 99, Burlington. Information: 360-424-0407 or

GARRY OAK SEEDLING PLANTING: Join efforts to enhance Western bluebird habitats by planting Garry Oak seedlings on Phelps Preserve on San Juan Island from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17. Details will be emailed after registration:

TREE PLANTING: Join a three to four hour work party to plant trees on Ellis Family Preserve on Shaw Island on Saturday, Nov. 2. Register:

PLANTING PARTY: In partnership with the town of Hamilton, Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group invites the public to help restore native vegetation along the Skagit River from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23. Contact the group for location and directions: 360-336-0172.

MEN’S GARDEN CLUB: The Skagit Men’s Garden Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at WSU Mount Vernon Research Station, 16650 Memorial Highway 536.

GENEALOGY: Whidbey Island Genealogical Searchers meetings are held at 1 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Oak Harbor Lutheran Church, 1253 NW 2nd Ave., Oak Harbor. SPRING WALK PROGRAM: Friends of Camano Island Parks is hosting a series of winter-spring walks for the public on Camano Island trails. All walks are on Saturdays and start at 9:50 a.m., done by noon. No dogs.

LACROSSE: The Skagit Valley Flyers is a lacrosse club for boys and girls, grades 2-12. Participation is free and no experience is necessary. Questions? Email:

GRUMPY OLD MANS YOGA: Build strength and flexibility at this accessible yoga class 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Thursdays at Burlington Senior Center, 1011 Greenleaf Ave., Burlington. Despite the name, women are welcome. $5 donation.

NORTH PUGET SOUND DRAGON BOAT CLUB: The organization is looking for new members. Two teams practice in the Oak Harbor Marina.

n Team Stayin’ Alive practices from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays and 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; its season runs through October. Contact Norma Lisherness at

n Team Tsunami practices year-round from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Contact Cathie Harrison at First three paddles are free.

FRIENDS OF THE FOREST HIKES: Join the Friends of the Forest for scenic hikes in the forest lands around Anacortes. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. No pets. Free. 360-293-3725 or

CHRISTIAN MOTORCYCLISTS ASSOCIATION: Christian Motorcyclists Association Morning Star Chapter 39 meets the third Saturday of every month at Royal Star Buffet, 2300 Freeway Drive, Mount Vernon. Dinner at 6 p.m. (optional) with meeting at 7 p.m. First-time attendees get a free dinner. Contact President Dwight Kaestner at 425-770-6154 or

FLYSWATTER VOLLEYBALL: 9 a.m. Thursdays, Sedro-Woolley Senior Center, 715 Pacific St., Sedro-Woolley. All ages and levels of ability welcome. Free. 360-855-1531.

SCOUT MEETING: Cub Pack 4001 and Boy Scout Troop 4001 meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, at First United Methodist Church, 1607 E. Division, Mount Vernon. New members welcome.

TRAIL GUIDES, BIKE MAPS & MORE: Learn about opportunities to be physically active in Skagit County, including trail guides, an activity tracker and local resources at

BACK COUNTY HORSEMEN OF WASHINGTON: Join the Skagit chapter of the Horsemen at 7 p.m. every second Tuesday of the month at Sedro-Woolley Eagles No. 2069, 1000 Metcalf St., Sedro-Woolley.

AT CHRISTIANSON’S: Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road. RSVP: 360-466-3821, or at the nursery.


INTRO TO ACTING: Professional actress Sarah Lloyd will explore basics of acting through improv, storytelling and scenes based on artwork in this children’s acting class at the Museum of Northwest Art, 121 S First St., La Conner. Classes are 3:30-4:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 and Nov. 7 and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 and Nov. 19. $18 per class.

THE SYLVIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS: The Sylvia Center hosts a variety of classes relating to on and offstage performance and writing at the center, 205 Prospect St., Bellingham.

n Intro to Playwriting: 1 to 4 p.m. every other Sunday until Dec. 7. $195-240.

n Fall Youth Acting Classes: 4 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday until Dec. 3.

n Fall 2019 Acting Intensive: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 16. Physical conditioning studio available from 8 to 9 a.m. Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from Oct. 13 to Nov. 14. $395-460.

n Momentum Improv Lab: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 29 to Dec. 17. $128-160.

WAY NORTH COMEDY SHOWCASE: Skagit Valley’s monthly comedy showcase brings four top-tier Pacific Northwest touring comics to the stage before opening the stage to local talent. Shows are Sundays monthly, ages 18-plus and free at Farmstrong Brewing, 110 Stewart Road, Mount Vernon. Sign up at

ACTING CLASSES: The iDiOM Theater offers acting classes for all ages at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St., Bellingham. Prices vary. or

FREE ADULT ACTING CLASSES: Anacortes Community Theatre offers free acting classes for adults twice each month: 7 to 10:30 p.m. the first Tuesday, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Saturday, at 918 M Ave., Anacortes. Classes include monologue work, scripted scenes, improv games and more, with a different topic each month. Each class is independent, so you don’t have to commit to every session. 360-840-0089 or

FREE IMPROV CLASS: Join a free, hour-long improv class from noon to 1 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St., Bellingham.


SPANISH FOR ADULTS: Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation is offering an introductory Spanish for adults class from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 23. $50. Register: 360-336-6215.

MASTER GARDENER SPEAKER SERIES: Join the Master Gardeners of Skagit County for presentations on varieties of topics related to gardening at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Central Skagit Library, 802 Ball St., Sedro-Woolley.

DAYS FOR GIRLS: The Anacortes Chapter of Days for Girls Sew Day is held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the second Friday of each month at Anacortes Lutheran Church, 2100 O Ave. Come be a part of creating a personal hygiene solution for girls and women worldwide. Questions:

ASPIRE WELLNESS: Aspire Wellness holds a variety of workshops at their Burlington location, 1234 S Burlington Boulevard. Next up:

n Wellness Workshop: 6 p.m. every Wednesday.

CERT: Join a free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. Register at for exact dates and times.

WOOLLEY WRITERS GROUP: The Woolley Writers meet twice per month for workshops, exercises and breaking through blocks. Sessions are 5 p.m. first Tuesdays and third Wednesdays at the Central Skagit Library, 802 Ball St., Sedro-Woolley.

TOASTMASTERS: Early Risers Toastmasters 4617 meets at 6:45 a.m. Tuesdays at the Mount Vernon Senior Center, 1401 Cleveland Ave. 360-856-5669.

PLAY AND LEARN: Kids of all ages can attend a storytime with a focus on five early literacy skills at 10:15 a.m. Fridays at Burlington Public Library, 820 E Washington Ave, Burlington.

STEAM WEDNESDAYS: Kids can participate in STEAM activities at 3 p.m. Wednesdays at Burlington Public Library, 820 E Washington Ave, Brlington.

PRE-STEAM: Kids 3 to 5 can participate in STEAM activities at 11 a.m. Fridays at Burlington Public Library, 820 E Washington Ave, Burlington.

STEAM AT THE LIBRARY: Place art at the heart of science, technology, engineering and math this summer at four STEAM sessions for children ages 4 and older at the Central Library, 210 Central Ave., Bellingham. Sessions are from noon to 1 p.m. and free.

QUILT & FIBER ARTS MUSEUM: Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum, 703 South Second St., La Conner, offers a variety of hands-on workshops. To see the complete schedule and register, visit or call 360-466-4288.

EVERGREEN ARBORETUM: The arboretum hosts a variety of classes and workshops at 145 Alverson Boulevard, Everett. 425-257-8597. Classes are free for members. Membership cost: $25 individual, $40 families.

n Bulb-Fest: 1 to 3 p.m., Oct. 19. $10.

n Plants for Winter Pizazz: 1-2 p.m., Nov. 16. $10.

n Kids’ Holiday Workshop: 1-3 p.m., Dec. 7. $10.


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