Halloween at the Hall: Oct. 28

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The Rick Epting Foundation for the Arts and Kennelly Keys are partnering to present a Halloween costume party and fundraiser for free music lessons for kids.

Performing at this event for the first time in Anacortes is the Bellingham band The Penny Stinkers and there will be a costume contest and beverages provided by Anacortes Brewery.

This is an all ages show and children under 12 are FREE.

All the money raised at this event will go to the newly established fund to pay for music lessons for music students who can not afford them.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com or at Kennelly Keys.

Kennelly Keys is located at 1904 Commerical Ave., Anacortes.

For more information: pugetsoundproductions@gmail.com.

Located in Old Town Anacortes, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, is proud to support Anacortes events.  For any of your real estate needs, please contact us daily at (360) 941-3734, (360) 899-5027 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Anacortes Senior Center Fundraiser Oct. 28

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The Anacortes Senior Center Foundation presents “Fun – Fabulous Forever Young” on Saturday, October 28, at 5:30 p.m.  This event is an unconventional runway show with clothing made primarily of office supplies.

This fundraiser will be held at The Depot in Old Town Anacortes, located at 611 R Ave.

Tickets are $50 and includes dinner and music, and are available at Watermark Book Company and the Anacortes Senior Center.

For additional information, contact the Anacortes Senior Center at (360) 293-7473.

Located in Old Town Anacortes, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, is proud to support Anacortes events.  For any of your real estate needs, please contact us daily at (360) 941-3734, (360) 899-5027 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Anacortes Artists Studio Tour Oct. 21-22

 

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Presented by the Anacortes Arts Commission, the 2017 Anacortes Artist’s Studio Tour will take place Friday, October 20, and Saturday, October 21.

This year’s tour will feature the artwork of more than 40 artists at more than 30 venues, and studios will be open throughout the 98221 zip code from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Maps for the free self-guided tour around Fidalgo Island will be available at all participating studios, local galleries, the Depot Art Center and the Croatian Cultural Center, the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, plus many other establishments throughout the area.

The brochure are additional information will also be on the Anacortes Arts Commission website: www.anacortesartscommission.com.

Located in Old Town Anacortes, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, is proud to support Anacortes events.  For any of your real estate needs, please contact us daily at (360) 941-3734, (360) 899-5027 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Fundraiser Oct. 28 Benefiting Animal Protection Society – Friday Harbor & S.P.O.T.

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The Animal Protection Society – Friday Harbor (APSFH) will host its first “The Howl: A Pawsatively Spooktacular Halloween Fundraiser on Saturday, October 28, from 6 to 11 p.m.
This is a 21+ event and will take place at the Swinomish Casino and Lodge in Anacortes, featuring a gourmet dinner, no-host bar, costume contest with cash prizes, dancing to Vancouver Premier DJ, onstage games, raffles, silent auction and our guest master of ceremonies, actor Neal McDonough. A portion of this fundraiser will also benefit S.P.O.T. (Saving Pets One at a Time), a sister shelter in the Burlington area, who shares APSFH’s mission as a no-kill rescue for adoptable homeless pets in need.
Tickets are $75 and all proceeds benefit the Animal Protection Society – Friday Harbor and S.P.O.T’s daily operational expenses.
For more information or to purchase tickets online, CLICK HERE.

City of Anacortes Residential Spring Clean Up May 13

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From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, the City of Anacortes will hold a Residential Spring Clean Up at its Operations Facility located at D Avenue and 37th Street.

Get your household cleaning done and bring your residential garbage and yard waste at no charge!

The gate to the facility will close promptly at 12 p.m. so it is advised to arrive early to ensure you can drop off your items and two forms of ID are required.

For more information about fees and items being accepted, click here.

Skagit Humane 2nd Chance Program

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Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC (JGA) is proud to assist with the launch of the Shelter Animal 2nd Chance program in conjunction with the Humane Society of Skagit Valley (HSSV). The Shelter Animal 2nd Chance program helps dogs and cats of the Humane Society of Skagit Valley who are in need of medical attention to be able to provide them with a second chance to become eligible for adoption.

“We are proud to partner with the Humane Society of Skagit Valley and Shelter Animal 2nd Chance to ensure each animal receives the necessary medical treatment to become adoptable,” said Jean Groesbeck, owner of Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, an Anacortes-based real estate firm licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain. “We are a pet-friendly office and we know the joy a pet brings to our daily lives. We encourage those seeking to adopt a dog or cat to visit the Humane Society of Skagit Valley.”

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“We are grateful for our partnership with Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC and its sponsorship of our special needs pets to assist with their adoption,” said Janine Ceja, Director, Humane Society of Skagit Valley. “Nearly 2,500 animals come through our doors annually. As a nonprofit, we rely on donations to provide our animals with the treatment they need and are so appreciative of those who donate or volunteer their time with us.”

Currently JGA and HSSV are working to raise money for Ruby, an adult female Australian Shepherd dog that was brought into the shelter needing orthopedic surgery, which is currently seeking financial assistance for her operation and rehabilitation. To make a donation in support of the Shelter Animal 2nd Chance fund for Ruby please do so through the go fund me page.

You can also make an in person or mail donation to Skagit Humane : 18841 Kelleher Road Burlington, WA 98233. Please make sure to write in the memo Ruby so that your donation goes directly to her. You can also stop by our office: 809 7th St in Anacortes to drop off your donations.

On behalf of the Skagit Humane Society and Jean Groesbeck & Associates, we would like to thank you for taking the time to read about this important cause.

Anacortes, WA Day Trips and Activities

Anacortes Day Trips

 

Anacortes, WA is home to many summer events. Surrounding the city, however, are several beautiful day trip destinations- many of which are perfect for the whole family!

Anacortes Kayak Tours
“The San Juan Islands and surrounding areas boast some of the most abundant wildlife viewing and scenic vistas in Washington State”. Sea kayaking is a unique way to truly experience the San Juan Islands. Tour lengths can be five hours, three hours, and one and a half hours- there really are options for almost every age!
For more info click here.

Whale Watching
If you prefer to view your surroundings from a vessel a bit larger than a kayak, hop on one of the whale watching tour. They typically last half of the day, giving everyone the opportunity to take in the San Juan Islands and learn about the history of the Puget Sound.

Old Town Anacortes
Summer is the perfect time to truly get to know Anacortes; visit the Farmer’s Market on a Saturday morning, then take the opportunity to walk through the Old Town district and browse the shops on Commercial Avenue. There is no shortage of boutiques, antique shops, book stores, and coffee shops to browse. You can even take a short walk to the marina and enjoy watching the boats coming in and going out.

Deception Pass State Park
If you’ve only driven across the bridge and haven’t actually gone into the park, you need to! Pack a lunch from the Farmer’s Market and go exploring around the park. There is a swimming and picnic area for the family, and miles of hiking and biking trails. You can even take advantage of clamming and crabbing during certain times of the year.
For information and directions click here.

Museums
Did you know that Anacortes is home to two unique museums? If you are looking for ways to teach the kids about local history (or become more familiar with it yourself), check out the Anacortes Maritime Heritage Center & W.T. Preston museum. Learn about Anacortes’ history of fishing, exploration, and overall establishment.
For more information click here.

Ferries
When was the last time you took a ferry for fun? If you are new to the area or have been cooped up all winter, take advantage of the summer months to explore one of the many surrounding islands. Guemes Island, Orcas, San Juan, Lopez, or Shaw Island are all home to beautiful scenery, delicious food, and endless outdoor activities. You can even take a ferry up to Vancouver Island- just be sure to bring passports!

Day Hikes
Spend time outside on one of the beautiful trails just minutes from town! Take a look at our Outdoors in Anacortes post to find the perfect activity for you.

Delicious Summer Recipes

Summer Recipes

 

With fresh food and outdoor cooking possibilities, this is the best time to start experimenting with those recipes you’ve been hanging onto all winter long.

So take advantage of the amazing Anacortes Farmer’s Market, and try one of our favorite summer recipes!

Lasagna Stuffed Peppers from Peace + Love + Low Carb
Try wrapping these in tinfoil and cooking them on the grill!

Hawaiian Chicken Skewers from Foodie Crush
Who doesn’t love a good kabob?

Grilled Cinnamon Peaches from Tasty
If you haven’t grilled peaches on a summer evening, you haven’t experienced summer. Check out this 37-second video to find what you’ve been missing!

Caramelized Brown Sugar Cinnamon Grilled Pineapple from The Recipe Critic
There are no words to adequately describe how good this really is.

Perfect Grilled Steak with Herb Butter from Iowa Girl Eats
Because perfectly cooked steak deserves to be eaten outdoors.

Marinated Grilled Summer Veggies + Sausage from Whole & Heavenly Oven
If you don’t have room to spread them out on the grill as the recipe instructs, create a tinfoil “bag” and just remember to rotate it so everything cooks evenly.

50 Pasta Salad Recipes from Country Living
No grilling involved, but definitely a crowd favorite.

Grilled Foil Ranch Potatoes from Favorite Family Recipes
Yum.
And a bonus: How to Grill a Pizza from Simply Recipes– because one has to give it a try.

June Events in Anacortes, WA

 

June Events
Anacortes and the Skagit Valley are home to some amazing events in the spring and summer months. Use our list of Anacortes area events to see how you can keep yourself and your family entertained over the coming months!

Tulip Country Bike Tours
These guided bike tours offer an up-close experience through the best areas in Skagit County! Country Cycling offers a variety of summer tours through areas otherwise likely unseen, however you can also request a custom tour that is tailored to your groups’ interests!
Visit www.CountryCycling.com for more info.

Anacortes Farmers Market
The Anacortes Farmers Market is “a Saturday tradition featuring locally grown food and locally produced products”. Visit the market any Saturday at The Depot (7th & R Avenue, Anacortes, WA) between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
Visit www.AnacortesFarmersMarket.org for more info.

Saturday June 4th – Kids Fishing Derby
Open to children 13 years of age and younger, the Kids Fishing Derby will be taking place at Heart Lake in Anacortes, WA from 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM. There is no cost; just bring your fishing gear and have fun! Registration will take place the morning of the event.
Visit www.GoAnacortes.com for more information.

Saturday June 4th & Sunday June 5th – Anacortes Waterfront Festival
“The Anacortes Waterfront Festival is all about letting your inner sailor embrace life on the water”.

Located at the beautiful Cap Sante Marina (1019 Q Avenue in Anacortes, WA), the Waterfront Festival is a chance to take advantage of what makes Anacortes special!

Some of the events at the Anacortes Waterfront Festival include:
• Free Boat Rides: The first boat heads out at 10:00 AM on both Saturday and Sunday, with sign-ups beginning at 9:45 AM. Drop by the gazebo by the Marina office for details!
• Quick and Dirty Boat Building Demonstration: teams work on Saturday to build boats out of limited materials then compete by demonstrating floatability. Registration details are on the festival website!
• Milk Carton Derby: Awards will be given for Most Creative Derby Vessel, First Crew Across the Finish Line, Most Creative, and It Floats!
• Trail Tales: self-guided walking tours of the waterfront.
• Model Boat Show
• All Corvette Car Show
Visit www.Anacortes.org for more details, registration information, and even more great events!

Bark in the Park
Bark in the Park is the best Anacortes event for dog lovers! Bring your dogs to Storvik Park on June 18th and give them a chance to walk in the parade with other dogs, participate in the peanut butter eating contest, watch the Agility Demonstration and more!
Visit www.CityOfAnacortes.com for details and event schedules!

Outdoors in Anacortes, WA

Outdoors in Anacortes

Fidalgo Island is a Pacific Northwest treasure possessing many outdoor opportunities that need to be experienced. Because of this, we’ve turned to Experience Anacortes to bring you the best trails and places to visit while spending time outdoors in Anacortes.

Cap Sante Park
Primarily a vista point, this 37 acre forested promontory affords an excellent view of the the marina, the City of Anacortes, March Point, Fidalgo Bay, Mt Baker and the Cascades.
Directions here.

Cranberry Lake Area
This site, found near the city center, is heavily forested and contains Cranberry Lake (approximately 27 acres) and several other small lakes and bogs. The site varies in terrain from flat to steep slopes. An extensive trail system is found in this area.
Directions here.

Heart Lake Area
(off Campbell Lake Road, onto Heart Lake Road)
Formerly a state park, Heart Lake was transferred to the City in 2002, and incorporated into the Anacortes Community Forestlands. The trails here welcome hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers, so be sure to share the trail and keep your eyes open (there are some specifically for hikers only).
Directions here.

Deception Pass State Park
A 4,134 acre marine and camping park with 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline and 33,900 feet of freshwater shoreline on three different lakes. Breathtaking views, old growth forests, and abundant wildlife can be seen all over the park.Click here to read the WTA’s hiking guide for Deception Pass State Park, and click here for the Rosario Headlands &Lighthouse Point hiking guide. Kukutali Preserve, also part of Deception Pass State Park, is jointly owned and managed by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, and Washington State Parks. Open for day use only.
Directions here.

Washington Park
This site is located at the very west end of the city on Rosario Strait and contains a wide variety of facilities. The site is divided into two basic parts: a day use area consisting of a boat launch, picnic shelters, restrooms, children’s play equipment and open play area. Overnight camping area consisting of 68 campsites for RVs and tents, with restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. Only about 41 of the 200 acres are developed but a 2.3 mile paved road runs through the entire park for use by cars, joggers, bicyclists and walkers.
Directions here.

Mount Erie Park
Mt. Erie is a 160 acre Park. At the top of Mt. Erie, elevation 1,270 ft, choose from four viewing areas and be rewarded with spectacular views in every direction. Mt. Erie is, the highest point of Fidalgo Island and is part of the former Anacortes watershed. There is a small parking area and a road to the top of Mt. Erie. Trails from this area lead into a portion of the 1400 plus acres of the Anacortes Forest Lands.
Directions here.