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Saturday August 2nd: Hootenanny! This month's family-friendly event is a Bubble Party at Causland Pk. It's the weekend of the Anacortes Arts Fest and Hootenanny organizers say this event is designed to allow people to stop by, relax, blow some bubbles, and go back to the festival. Sponsored by Transition Fidalgo & Friends. Drop by Causland Park any time between 2:00 and 4:00pm and set your inner child free.
Tuesday, Aug. 5: Trail Tales Lunch & Learn: "Sharing Samish Culture Along the Shores of Fidalgo Bay." Samish tribal communities have lived on the shores of the Salish Sea since time immemorial and have deep connections to this place. Bring a sack lunch to enjoy while Samish tribal members share traditions, practices and visions for coming generations. For more info visit www.skagitbeaches.org/trail-tales-home.html 11am - 12:30, Fidalgo Bay Resort, 701 Fidalgo Bay Rd.
Tuesday, Aug. 5: Red Cross Training. The Islands Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold 2 classes in partnership with Full-Circle Training NW: an Adult CPR/First Aid/AED class (10am to 3pm) and CPR/AED training (6-7:30 pm) (AED = automated external defibrillator) Both trainings qualify participants for Red Cross CPR certification. There is a fee for these classes and pre-registration is required. To register or learn more, contact Full-Circle Training NW at 360-385-9800 (FCTNW@yahoo.com), or the Red Cross at 360-293-2911. 10-3pm or 6-7:30pm, Red Cross office at 2900 T Ave., Ste. A.
Friday, August 8th: Trail Tales Walk: Samish Dept. of Natural Resources – "An Overview of Monitoring and Restoration in Fidalgo Bay." Todd Woodard and Erin Licata from the Samish Indian Nation’s Natural Resources Dept. will discuss the wide variety of monitoring and restoration projects in Fidalgo Bay. Topics include storm water monitoring, climate change analysis and beach restoration projects. They'll also highlight the numerous partnerships working together to preserve and enhance the Fidalgo Bay watershed. 10 am, Fidalgo Bay Resort, 701 Fidalgo Bay Rd.
Sunday, August 10th: Trail Tales March Point Bike Ride: "Camas Cultivation to Petroleum Production – How Things Have Changed." How did March Point get its name? Join this interpretive bike ride and you’ll learn that and much more. Docents will share stories about the history of the place and the people who lived there, including the peninsula’s original agricultural cultivation by Samish and Swinomish tribes, early pioneer homesteading, life in this community hub during the late 1800s, and the building of the refineries that now dominate the area. Includes a stop at the site of the old Whitmarsh Landfill to learn about environmental cleanup work planned for 2015. The ride will cover a 10-mile loop around March Point returning to Fidalgo Bay Resort in about 2 hours. For more info visit www.skagitbeaches.org/trail-tales-home.html 2 pm, Fidalgo Bay Resort, 701 Fidalgo Bay Rd
Wednesday, August 13: SEPA Training. The WA State Dept. of Ecology will hold a training on the State Environmental Protection Act (SEPA). SEPA is critical to both the proposed coal export terminals and is also applied to the Shell rail spur Shoreline Variance permit. Free; see website for registration and information: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/sepa/workshop.htm 9am-4pm, Padilla Bay Estuarine Reserve
Saturday, August 16: Skillshare Worship: "Safe Home Canning." Master Food Preserver Vivian Smallwood will help you preserve the riches from your garden (or Farmer's Market) via updated canning procedures for fruits and vegetables. Vivian 's info will keep your home canning results healthy and delicious! Co-sponsored by Transition Fidalgo & Friends in partnership with the Anacortes Farmers' Market. 10 am - noon, Anacortes Depot
Wednesday, August 20th: Trail Tales Walk: " Moving Water Shaping Shores". Every moment of every day the tides and currents around our shorelines are pulsing, pushing, carrying, dropping, feeding, building and destroying the edges of the land. Docents will share the inner workings of these dynamic processes and how they shape our shorelines. For more info visit www.skagitbeaches.org/trail-tales-home.html 10 am, 34th Street at the Tommy Thompson Trail
Saturday, August 23: Skillshare Workshop: "Canning Jams and Jellies." Do you have a surfeit of strawberries, an avalanche of apples, a bounty of blueberries? Master Food Preserver Vivian Smallwood will show you how to can your fruits and fill your larder for winter feasting. Co-sponsored by Transition Fidalgo & Friends in partnership with the Potluck Kitchen Studio. 10 am - noon,
Potluck Kitchen Studio, 910 11th St.
Saturday, August 23: Fix-It Day! Got a broken appliance you'd like to use again? A lamp that needs attention? Bring in your items for repair; cost is by donation to support Deception Pass State Park. Reduce, Reuse, REPAIR and then Reuse! Sponsored by Transition Fidalgo & Friends. 9 am-2 pm, Anacortes Farmers' Market
Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, Aug. 24: 3rd Annual Whatcom Skillshare Faire. Two full days of demos from beekeeping to yarn spinning, herbal knowledge to wine making, garden wisdom, livestock care, fermenting and storing food and more! Plus local musical talent featuring Hot Damn Scandal, tasty food, and a beer garden. Entry Fees: Sat: $15, Sunday: $12; kids under 9 and over 70 free; kids between 9-15 with their family $5 each. Weekend: $25 Learn more at http://whatcomskillsharefaire.org To sign up to share a skill, get tickets, vend or volunteer: http://whatcomskillsharefaire.org/registration/ 10am - 9pm Sat; 10am - 6pm Sun, Hovander Homestead Park in Ferndale.
Monday, August 25: Worm Your Way into Composting! The Skagit County Master Composter/Recycler Program will offer a free Home Vermicomposting workshop. Learn how easy it is to compost your food scraps by harnessing the work of worms. Class participants will learn the basics of worm bin design, care and feeding. Questions? Callie Martin, 360-424-7817 ex. 208; firstname.lastname@example.org To pre-register for class, please call the Co-op at (360) 336-5087, ext. 139. FREE; bring a pen and paper for taking notes. 6:30-8:30pm, third floor of the Skagit Valley Food Co-op, Room 309
Tuesday, August 26: Seventh Generation Supper. Join TF&F for our monthly supper meeting - everyone welcome! The evening's presentation will be "Feeding Our Community." How to build resilience into our local food system is a big part of TF&F's Vision 2030 document. Watch a short, inspirational film about what some very creative and energetic folks are doing to build food security and then learn what's happening locally and how you can get involved! 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.
Sunday, August 31: Trail Tales Walk: "What’s Under Our Feet? The Story of Plates, Glaciers and an Inland Sea." We stand on ground that used to be at the bottom of the sea floor, or from northern B.C., some from the coast of Mexico, and at times exposed mantle of the earth! If you've wondered about the hills, mountains, rocks and shoreline of Fidalgo Island, come learn how it came to be. For more info visit www.skagitbeaches.org/trail-tales-home.html 2 pm, Cap Sante Overlook (4th Street then right on V Ave).