2017 Christmas on the Docks in Anacortes

12/10/04 The APS Holiday Boat parade lights up the water at Tempe Town Lake Saturday, Dec. 11, 2004. About 40 boats were in the parade. (David Kadlubowski The Arizona Republic)

The 2017 Christmas on the Docks event at Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes will take place from 5 – 9 p.m. this weekend, Friday, Dec. 1 – Sunday, Dec. 3.

The Decorated Dinghy Parade will take place on Saturday beginning at 6 p.m.  Bring your own decorated power boat, dinghy, rowboat, sailboat or paddleboard and join in! Decorated boats will be on display each night on “C” dock and the marina will offer free moorage Nov. 30 – Dec. 4 for participating decorated boats.

The 2017 Christmas on the Docks is free for all ages and open to the public.  Walk the decorated docks, enjoy hot beverages and vote for your favorite decorated boat.

Additionally, unwrapped gifts will be accepted for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots and canned goods will also be collected for the local Anacortes food bank.

For more information, please contact Greg Mustari at (360) 507-9999 or Kelly Libby at (425) 359-7078.

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.

Dog Obedience Classes in Anacortes to Begin in April

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The City of Anacortes is offering a dog obedience class for beginners at Whitney Elementary.

Classes will begin April 12 and will run through May 24, from 6 to 7 p.m.  The fee is $84 and classes will be taught by Marie Padovan.  Attendance at the first class is mandatory and dogs are not permitted for the first day only. Space is limited, so be sure to register in advance!

For more information, visit the Parks and Recreation page at www.cityofanacortes.org.

Sharpes Corner/Hwy. 20 Roundabout to Begin Summer 2018

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More than 30,000 cars travel through the intersection at Sharpes Corner on Highway 20 in Anacortes every day, and there are about 14 accidents at the same intersection each year.  As the main route to and from Anacortes, the Washington State Ferries route to the San Juan Islands and Victoria, B.C. as well as the only land access point to Whidbey Island, traffic worsens during the summer and is often stalled, causing high-speed, rear-end collisions.

After a series of public forums, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) found that moving forward with a roundabout was the best option and will reduce all collisions by 40 percent.  Projected to begin summer 2018 for completion fall 2019, the roundabout will also allow for better traffic circulation and reduce travel time through the intersection by 80 percent.

For more information about the Sharpes Corner roundabout at Highway 20 in Anacortes, visit http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr20/sharpescornerinterchange/.