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Saturday, March 1: Registration opens for the 3rd Annual Fidalgo Shoreline Academy, which will be held Saturday, April 5, 8:30a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Fidalgo Bay Resort. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Deborah Kelley, professor at the UW School of Oceanography, who will present "Deep Ocean Vents." Sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches. For more about the Academy visit: http://skagitbeaches.org. Register at www.fidalgoacademy2014.eventbrite.com.
Saturdays, March 1-29: "Beekeeping Made Easy." Sixth-generation beekeepers Brian Bray and brothers cover all you need to know about beekeeping, from the basics to the harvest. 12:30-3:30 pm, Anacortes Library. Free.
Tuesday, March 4: Eat Your Yard's "Veggie U 2014" continues with "Growing Vegetables Year-Round in the Maritime Northwest." Learn how to prepare a garden site for year-round growing, maximize production with season extenders, select the hardiest varieties, and more. Instructor Binda Colebrook is a lifelong gardener whose book Winter Gardening in the Maritime Northwest is widely recognized as the authoritative reference on the subject. 6:45pm, at the Anacortes Library. EYY classes are a special project of Transition Fidalgo & Friends to grow local resilience. All EYY workshops are free and require no registration but donations are needed and appreciated.
Saturday, March 8: Winter Farmer's Market at the Depot, 9am - 2pm
Saturday, March 8: Crude Awakening: The Oil Train Tour. Singer-songwriter Dana Lyons, with Matt Krogh of Forest Ethics, presents music information about the push to receive crude oil by rail in Washington and Oregon, what it means for us locally, and what you can do about it. 7 to 9 pm at Mt. Vernon's Lincoln Theatre. Suggested donation $10.
Tuesday, March 11: Anna Torgersen will teach an Eat Your Yard class about "Keeping Good Garden Notes." Notes on each gardening season are valuable to track crop rotations and other info, such as what plants grew well, what amendments were used, what pests popped up, what the harvest was like, and more. Anna has written gardening columns for the Corvallis Gazette Times and The Oregonian, and also had a daily "Northwest Gardens" radio show. She now raises vegetables in Anacortes and enjoys trying out different varieties and gardening techniques. Free, no registration required but donations appreciated. 6:45 pm at the Anacortes Library.
Wednesday, March 12: Trail Tales Guided Walk. Join Trail Tales docents and Audubon birders to enjoy a last glimpse of the birds who winter in Fidalgo Bay before they leave for the breeding season. We'll also observe some of the year-round residents. Bring binoculars or scopes if you have them; extras available to share. Dress for the weather! For more info, visit http://www.skagitbeaches.org/trail-tales-home.html 8:30 - 10:00 am at the Fidalgo Bay RV Resort.
Wednesday, March 14: Salish Sea Oceanography and Marine Ecosystem Stressors: Partners in a Changing Marine
Landscape. Chemical, physical and geological processes in the Salish Sea create a biologically rich and productive ecosystem. These processes combine with environmental stressors such as ocean acidification and low oxygen levels to make the Salish Sea a bellwether for climate change. Presented by Dr. M. Brady Olson, Marine Scientist at WWU, Shannon Pt. Marine Center. 7-8:30 p.m. at the Northwest Educational Service District Building, 1601 R Ave. Free; sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches.
Saturday, March 15: Community Energy Challenge presentation. An energy-efficiency workshop that will help you learn how to improve your home's energy efficiency and lower your energy bills. Discover how a CEC home energy assessment can benefit you; discuss rebates, incentives and energy-saving tips with local utility companies; and explore the possibility of adding solar to your home. For more info, contact Sustainable Whidbey Coalition Coordinator, Melody Kuschnereit at firstname.lastname@example.org 1:00-2:00 at Padilla Bay Interpretive Center.
Tuesday, March 18: Veggie U 2014 winds up with "Increase Your Soil's Micro-Nutrients for Higher Yields and Nutrition." w Instructor Julianne Ash will take a new look at soil health. She'll discuss new methods to amend your soil, and how to change its pH to create healthy plants, discourage insects, eliminate disease and build nutrient-dense vegetables, fruit and herbs. Julianne is an RN with experience in clinicial practice and alternative and complementary health practices. She has a passion for growing healthy and whole food. Free, no registration required but donations appreciated. 6:45 pm at the Anacortes Library.
Tuesday, March 25: Seventh Generation Supper. Join TF&F for our monthly community supper meeting. Dr. Daniel Najera will present "Lessons Learned from the Honeybees," which encourages us to look at how bees model sustainability. Daniel has his PhD in entomology and currently teaches at Green River Community College. Suggested dinner donation: $5/adult, $3/children 10 and under. Please bring your own place settings! Doors open 5:45 pm at the Anacortes Senior Center; supper is at 6 pm.
Wednesday, March 26: Backyard Conservation Stewardship Short Course begins March 26th and will continue every Wednesday eve through April 30th (6 weeks). Two Saturday field days are also scheduled (April 12th and 26th). The program is free and provides a great opportunity for local residents to learn from local experts about a variety of sustainable gardening practices that can add beauty to yards while helping protect our precious natural resources...one backyard at a time. 6:00-8:30 pm at the Padilla Bay Research Reserve. Pre-registration is required (by March 20th).For more information or to register, contact Kristi Carpenter: (360) 428-4313 or email: email@example.com
Sunday, March 30: Pre-register by Mar. 30 for the 2014 Marine Biotoxin Volunteer Monitoring program, which is sponsored by the Skagit Conservation District and Skagit County Public Health. If you enjoy spending time at the beach, digging clams, learning new skills, and contributing your time to an important community project, then help monitor local recreational shellfish harvesting beaches for paralytic and diarrhetic shellfish poisoning for the 2014 season. Approx 4-6 hours/month during daytime low tides from mid-April through Sept. after completing the training. Training is Monday, April 7, 1-4 PM at the Padilla bay Reserve and Thursday, April 17, at the beach on March's Pt. Pre-registration required. Contact Kristi Carpenter: (360) 428-4313 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org