Happenings, Peacemakers

Fronted by Andy Shofner, Colt & the Peacemakers will play the Saturday Stomp at Local Billy’s this Saturday, Oct. 14, at 27021 102nd Ave. NW, Stanwood. The cover charge of $8 includes free dance lessons taught by Kim Hargrove at 8 p.m., and the band starts at 9 p.m. For information, see locobillys.com or call 425-737-5144.

Peacemakers play

Fronted by Andy Shofner, Colt & the Peacemakers will play the Saturday Stomp at Local Billy’s this Saturday, Oct. 14, at 27021 102nd Ave. NW, Stanwood. The cover charge of $8 includes free dance lessons taught by Kim Hargrove at 8 p.m., and the band starts at 9 p.m. For information, see locobillys.com or call 425-737-5144.

Library programs

Camano Island Library, 848 N. Sunrise Blvd., Camano Island, offers programs for all ages. For more information, call 360-387-5150.

• Lego Quest, for school-age kids, Oct. 10, 4-6 p.m., is a noncompetitive, creative building challenge. A snack is provided.

• Kid’s Krafternoons, for school-age kids, Oct. 17, 4-6 p.m. Drop by and make a crafty fall/Halloween item or two. Materials are provided; bring an imagination. Snacks are provided.

• Story times for babies ages 3 to 18 months start at 11 a.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 9 and for all ages at 11 a.m. Thursdays.

SVC Powwow

Skagit Valley College (SVC) will host the annual SVC Powwow Oct. 13-15 at the Mount Vernon campus. The three-day event will include drummers and dancers in full regalia with performers from across the U.S. and Canada. Free, all-ages event, where vendors sell Native arts and crafts in the Dave DuVall Pavilion. Grand entry begins at 7 p.m. Friday, at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Veterans are welcome to participate in the grand entry procession each day.

Genealogy fair

Camano Island Genealogy Workshop presents its second annual Genealogy Fair: Fantastic Ancestors and Where To Find Them on Saturday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 795 Ell Road, Camano Island. Four drop-in classes will be offered: Beginning Genealogy at 10 a.m.; Fun Family Reunions at 11:30; Writing Your Family Story at noon; and Using DNA In Your Research at 1 p.m.

All ages can get help and watch presentations on computer- and smartphone-based genealogy apps for teens and adults, see displays about individual ancestors, participate in old-time activities and contests (with prizes). Kids ages 3-11 can do crafts or play games in the children’s room. Everything at the fair is free. For more information, visit the workshop’s Facebook page or email camanoislandgen@gmail.com.

Turkey dinner

Utsalady Ladies Aid will serve Turkey Dinner with all the fixings and homemade pie on Saturday, Oct. 15, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 78 Utsalady Road, Camano Island. Dinner costs $15, kids to age 7 eat for free. For questions, contact Ginny, 360-387-7616.

Cemetery tour

Skagit County Historical Museum presents its fourth annual Historic Cemetery Tour on Sunday, Oct. 15, noon to 4 p.m. in the Mount Vernon Cemetery, 1200 E. Fir St. in Mount Vernon. First known as the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, some of Skagit County’s most interesting characters will come to life as portrayed by actors. The last wagon leaves at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $12, or $10 for Skagit County Historical Society members, at the event or in advance at the museum, 501 S. Fourth St., La Conner. For information, call 360-466-3365.

Protestant Reformation

Celebrate 500 years of the Protestant Reformation with music by the church choir, and a special appearance by Father William Treacy, 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 27201 99th Ave. NW, Stanwood; 360-629-3767.

Celebrate Cory

History and Hors d’oeuvres at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, will feature the story of prolific illustrator Fanny Cory who died in Stanwood in 1972. The bluegrass band, Days Brothers, will perform a musical tribute. A social gathering will follow. 

Free, but donations will be accepted. To inquire, call 360-629-6110. 

Matassa concert

Music at the Camano Center continues with a live performance by the Greta Matassa Group with Susan Pascal on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 5:30-9:15 p.m. at 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island. Adin Collver and Camano Center Catering will serve dinner. Admission is $35; $15 students. Call 360-387-0222 for more information.

Food bank ham, turkey drive

Stanwood Camano Food Bank is conducting a Ham & Turkey Drive this fall to help complete Thanksgiving and Christmas Baskets for hungry families in the area. The drive kicks off Saturday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at grocery stores — in Stanwood at Grocery Outlet, QFC and Haggen and on Camano at the IGA store. Food bank staff at the stores will immediately place donated ham and turkeys — of any size— into coolers that will be picked up hourly and transferred to food bank freezers.

Monetary donations are also welcome and food bank volunteers will do the shopping. On other days, take donations to the food bank, 27030 102nd Ave. NW (PO Box 1285), Stanwood, or call 360-629-6646 for information.

Christmas at 2nd Chance

Everything Christmas Sale to benefit the 2nd Chance Thrift Shop is happening Oct. 20-21, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 Saturday, at the Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road Camano Island. The thrift store has saved the best holiday-themed donations all year for this grand event. Find home décor, decorations and other gift ideas — all gently used and ready to join new holiday traditions. Call 360-387-0222 to inquire.

Nordic Fair

Nordic crafts and traditional Scandinavian baked goods, lunch and a nisse will be featured at the Nordic Fair, happening Saturday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Stillaguamish Grange Hall at Stanwood Camano Fairgrounds, 6521 Pioneer Highway, Stanwood. Free admission. For more information, call Teresa, 360-387-9146, Ingeborg Lodge 43, Daughters of Norway.

Harvest festival

October Harvest Festival is happening Oct. 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cama Beach State Park, 1880 S. West Camano Drive, Camano Island, and promises fun activities:

• Robot Garage, presented 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. by Museum of Flight, uses robot parts and imagination to design and build moving robotic creations.

• Create a tiny candy house or in Mysteries of the Sea, use a microscope to discover mysteries of tiny animals that live in the ocean.

• Learn about bugs with Holli Watne or decorate pumpkins, build ghost ships and make fabric crafts with the Cama Beach Quilters.

Admission is free; Discover or day pass required for parking. Call 360-913-0253 to inquire.

• Face painting, bean bag toss and other games will be offered along with a Cama Beach Foundation raffle quilt drawing at 2 p.m.

Admission is free; Discover or day pass required for parking. Call 360-913-0253 to inquire.

Legion dinner

Prime Rib Dinner, with all the fixings, will be served Saturday, Oct. 21, 4 p.m. until the food is gone at American Legion Post 92, 26921 88th Ave. NW, Stanwood. Proceeds support Legion programs and building renovations. Stop by and note the new roof, courtesy of community donations to the renovation fund. Cost is $7 to age 12, $18 adults, at the door. 360-629-2851.

British Bazaar

British Bazaar and a classic British-style lunch will be held Saturday, Oct. 21, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave., Edmonds. British-style crafts will be featured – such as tea cozies, holiday décor, notecards, collectables and other gift items – goodies and baked goods handmade by members of the Daughters of the British Empire (DBE) in Washington state. Lunch of bangers and mash, mushy peas, dessert and beverage will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., by suggested donation of $12. Tickets for British treat raffle baskets cost $1 each. Winners will be notified if not present.

DBE is a national nonprofit, charitable organization connecting women of common heritage in philanthropy, friendship and support of local and national causes. To inquire, contact Margaret Clark, nobbyclark@intelistep.com or 206-762-8247, or visit dbeinwa.org.

Fall into Art

Arlington Arts Council presents its one annual fundraiser, Fall into Art Auction, Saturday evening, Oct. 21, to raise funds for public art and other art activities for kids and adults. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at Gleneagle Country Club, 7619 E. Country Club Drive, Arlington, and those who arrive before 6 p.m. receive a free glass of bubbly, courtesy Arlington Pharmacy.

With funds from last year’s auction, AAC commissioned a granite sculpture of a frog by George Pratt of British Columbia, especially for Haller Park near the Stillaguamish River. AAC members painted owls and other birds on buildings in Terrace Park, and quilt blocks were painted on a downtown building.

Public suggestions are needed on future works of public art for auction attendees to vote on. Email suggestions to slopez@arlingtonwa.gov.

AAC will honor Public Works Director Jim Kelly as Arlington’s Art Advocate of the Year for his assistance in public art projects.

“It is testimony to the city’s support for the arts in Arlington,” said Sarah Lopez, recreation manager for the city.

Tickets cost $40 for the buffet dinner, two silent auctions, a live auction, a no-host bar, a dessert dash and live music by Jeff Nicely and Randy Norris. Purchase tickets at Flowers by George, 335 N. Olympic Ave., Arlington, or call Jean Olson at 360-435-5866. For more information: visit arlingtonartscouncil.net or call 360-403-1011.

Protestant Reformation lectures

Camano Island Library will host a four-week public lecture series on Martin Luther and the Reformation to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The lectures will be presented Mondays, Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 7-8:30 p.m. in the library meeting room, 848 N. Sunrise Blvd., Camano Island. Lecture facilitator Jan Fekkes, Ph.D., has taught biblical studies and theology at Seattle Pacific University and Trinity Lutheran College and is an adjunct for Northwest University and Fuller Theological Seminary.

At the library

Stanwood Library, 9701 271st St. NW, offers programming for all ages, many supported by the Stanwood Friends of the Library. A caregiver for children is required. Call 360-629-3132 to inquire.

• Family Science Night is Tuesday, Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m. This evening of exploration and discovery offers hands-on science activities for the whole family, a short film and ideas for experiments to try at home.

• Tween STEAM Thursday: Cardboard Automata, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2:30 p.m. Explore cams, levers, and linkages and create a mechanical sculpture to crank up some Halloween spookiness.

• Tween STEAM Wednesday: Halloween Hats, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2:30 p.m. Engineer a chic or crazy chapeau from recycled materials.

• Genealogy Workshops, Saturday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m. in the Stanwood Library, 9701 271st St. NW, Stanwood. Research your family roots using Ancestry Library Edition in this self-directed workshop. Assistance available. Registration is required.

• Kids Explore: Halloween Machines, ages 8 and older, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2:30 p.m. Build a simple action toy.

Native plant sale

The Salal Chapter Fall Native Plant Sale is coming Saturday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-noon at the WSU Research Center on Memorial Highway, 16650 SR 536, west of Mount Vernon. Choose from lots of shrubs and trees to plant in the fall while they are dormant or nearly so. Perennial flowers, such as Helenium autumnal, will be available. Sales are cash or check only. Sale proceeds help Washington Native Plant Society with funding education and research. For a list of plants, visit wnps.org.

Pumpkin night

Night of 100 Pumpkins is happening Saturday, Oct. 28, 6-8 p.m. at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 1318 SR 532 on Camano Island. All kids (young and not so young) are invited to carve pumpkins, bob for donuts and make s’mores. And walking tacos will be served. Schuh Farms will donate 100 pumpkins.

Halloween Dance

Camano Junction performs for the Halloween Dance on Sunday, Oct. 29, 7-10 p.m. at the Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island. Tickets cost $10, $8 students, at the door. 360-387-0222.

Costume swap

In preparation for the upcoming Halloween celebration, the Stanwood Spartan Moms have announced a Costume Swap continuing through Oct. 31 at Mission Motors in Stanwood. Families are invited to bring in last year’s costumes and choose something new. The Moms are accepting Halloween accessories and decorations, along with clothing, textiles and household items to benefit Stanwood youth sports through Oct. 31. No furniture.

Donations can be delivered to Mission Motors from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Donors are asked to bag soft items and box hard items. Stanwood Spartan Moms is a nonprofit that raises funds for youth scholarships and sports equipment for sports organizations SCJAA, SCLL, SYF and ball sports in Stanwood Camano School District. For information see StanwoodSpartanMoms.org.

At the library

STANWOOD LIBRARY, 9701 271st St. NW, offers programming for all ages, many supported by the Stanwood Friends of the Library. A caregiver for children is required. Call 360-629-3132 to inquire.

• Family Science Night is Tuesday, Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m. This evening of exploration and discovery offers hands-on science activities for the whole family, a short film and ideas for experiments to try at home.

• Tween STEAM Thursday: Cardboard Automata, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2:30 p.m. Explore cams, levers, and linkages and create a mechanical sculpture to crank up some Halloween spookiness.

• Tween STEAM Wednesday: Halloween Hats, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2:30 p.m. Engineer a chic or crazy chapeau from recycled materials.

• Genealogy Workshops, Saturday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m. in the Stanwood Library, 9701 271st St. NW, Stanwood. Research your family roots using Ancestry Library Edition in this self-directed workshop. Assistance available. Registration is required.

• Kids Explore: Halloween Machines, ages 8 and older, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2:30 p.m. Build a simple action toy.

• Preschool story times boost imaginations with fun books, sing-along songs and creative activities for ages 3-5, Wednesdays through October, 10:30 a.m..

• Family STEAM story times for all ages starts at 11 a.m. every Thursday. Learn through exploring science, technology, engineering, art and math.

• Teen Thursdays, 2:30 p.m. Head over to the library on Thursdays after school for snacks, movies and crafts.

• Ready Readers: Baby & Me Storytime, to 18 months, every Friday at 11 a.m. Wiggle and giggle through silly stories, happy songs, rhymes and activities. Playtime follows.

Family Bingo

Kids, age 10 and older, with an adult can stop in for games, food and fun Sunday, Nov. 5, in the Stanwood Community and Senior Center, 7430 276th St. NW, Stanwood. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. 360-629-7403.

Lost Lake Bazaar

Lost Lake Community Holiday Bazaar is slated for Saturday, Nov. 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1469 Lake Drive, Camano Island.  Table rentals cost $25, available to all vendors. Call 360-387-0466 or email llpoa@frontier.com for more information.

Holiday crafters

Skagit Regional Health Craft Fair seeks holiday crafters to offer a variety of arts, crafts, collectibles and food treats.

The craft fair will be held Thursday and Friday, Nov. 9-10, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. near the north entrance of the hospital, down the main hallway. Application and fees are due by Nov. 2. Tables cost $50 per day. Contact Bev, 360-428-2189 or bcarter@skagitvalleyhospital.org.

Flag retirement

Boy Scout Troop 46 of Camano Island will retire worn out American flags on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Freedom Park at Terry’s Corner on Camano Island. Each flag will be honored prior to its proper ceremonial burning, providing a positive experience for scouts, veterans and the community. Bring a worn out flag or drop one off in a flag retirement collection box, located at several participating Stanwood and Camano Island retailers.

Holiday bazaar

Camano Center’s Holiday Craft and Gift Bazaar is slated for Saturday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free to browse locally handmade crafts and gifts. Lunch is available at the Holiday Café or choose tasty treats at the bake sale. Vendor registration forms are available at camanocenter.org or in person at 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island, or call 360-387-0222 for more information. 

Holiday crafts

Stanwood Middle School PTO will present its annual Holiday Craft & Gift Fair on Saturday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Stanwood Middle School, 9405 271st St. NW, Stanwood. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Stanwood Middle School. Admission is free for attendees. Vendors need to sign up by Oct. 27. For more information, contact the PTO, stanwoodmiddleschoolpto@yahoo.com or 206-795-4432.

Dinner theatre

Back Home on the Tumblin’ D by Victoria Richey in a comedy dinner theatre and dessert matinee will be held during the Lights of Christmas at Warm Beach Christian Camp and Conference Center, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood. Dates for the five-course dinner theatre are Nov. 30-Dec. 2, Dec. 7-9, 14-16. The dessert matinee is Dec. 3, 10, 17.

Dinner theatre costs $59, dessert matinee $38. RSVP to 800-228-6724 or thelightsofchristmas.com/holiday-theatre.

Old Fashioned Christmas

Old Fashioned Christmas in Stanwood happens Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center in Stanwood. The 18th annual event will feature free photos with Santa, courtesy of the Village Photographer, gift bags for hundreds of kids, along with goodies, crafts, music and museum tours for all.

Sponsors and donors are needed for toys, stickers, candy and other small gifts and to help with other costs. Bring items or monetary donations to the Stanwood Visitor Center in ReMax, south of QFC, 10101 270th St. NW, Ste. 220. Pledge $100 or more and see your name on flyers and other promotional materials. Sponsors can sign up at stanwoodchamber.org or call 360-629-0562.

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