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Tue. Jul 3, 2018

Swallow Screening at Island Hospital

Tue. Jul 3, 2018 1:30 pm

Determine if you might have a swallowing disorder at a free screening on July 3, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy at Island Hospital, 1015 25th St., Anacortes. Appointments are required, 360-299-4204.

Wed. Jul 4, 2018

Independence Day solid waste schedule

Wed. Jul 4, 2018 7:00 am

 Independence Day Solid Waste Schedule

2007 Garbage Truck

2018 Solid Waste Holiday Schedule - Independence Day 

There will be no garbage service on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. We will collect both Wednesday and Thursday customers on Thursday, July 5, 2018.

Please have your garbage totes out for pick up by 7:00 a.m. Extra garbage must be placed in city pre-paid bags. Waste Management will follow our schedule for recycling and yard waste pickup.

Town Photo and Parade

Wed. Jul 4, 2018 10:00 am

The annual Independence Day Parade will begin at 11 a.m., starting at the corner of Third Street and Commercial Avenue and ending at the Depot on R Avenue. Prior to the parade, a town photo will be taken at 10 a.m. at Fifth Street and Commercial Avenue. Anacortes residents are encouraged to participate. For information, call Jennifer at 360-588-1108.

Rock the Dock

Wed. Jul 4, 2018 5:00 pm

Free Rock the Dock community concert! July 4th at Seafarers' Memorial Park: Celebrate our country's independence with great music, family fun, and fireworks, July 4th from 5-10 p.m. at Seafarers' Memorial Park. 2018 bands will be Old Town Tonic & The Pop Offs. Visit the Kid Zone, Food Vendors, and Beer Garden. Fireworks over Fidalgo Bay at dusk are dedicated to supporting the families of those men and women who go down to the sea to work, those that are lost and the memorial they are remembered on.

Port of Anacortes website:

Location : Seafarers Memorial Park
Contact : Port of Anacortes (360) 293-3134
Wednesday 04 July 2018, 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Fri. Jul 6, 2018

Gallery Walk

Fri. Jul 6, 2018 6:00 pm

Many downtown Anacorters art galleries and other businesses are open on the first Friday of each month from 6-9pm. 

Summer Concert: Baby Cakes

Fri. Jul 6, 2018 6:00 pm

At Seafarers Memorial Park: Baby Cakes, American Soul, Funk and R&B.  *free*

Hailing from the Bellingham area, Baby Cakes first formed on New Year's Eve 2014. Since then they've wowed audiences with live performances throughout the Pacific Northwest at live music venues, festivals, weddings, and corporate events.

A 10-piece powerhouse of highly experienced and talented musicians, Baby Cakes takes their audiences on a luxurious joyride through the golden age of American Soul, funk, and R&B.

Featuring male and female lead vocals and full horn and rhythm sections, Baby Cakes brings to life the spirit, energy, and emotion of the most popular classic music in history. Playing everything from Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, and Earth, Wind, and Fire to Beyonce and Bruno Mars, Baby Cakes is a multi-generational experience that will make you want to dance the night away.

Baby Cakes is also writing, performing, and recording a suite of new original songs in the spirit of Muscle Shoals. With a combined total of more than 70 years of performance experience, Baby Cakes has earned the label, Supergroup.

Drummer and Manager, Kevin Chryst, known widely as Kreestoe, electrifies on the sticks, his brown dreadlocks flying in step with the music, the joy of the work emanating from his face. That energy is balanced well by Baby Cakes’ keyboardist, Richard Keene’s, unparalleled concentration. 

Including Chryst, Baby Cakes rhythm section, made up of bassist, Jeff Ballew, phenomenal guitarist and vocalist, Miles Harris solidly back Baby Cakes’ diminutive lead vocalist, Stephanie Walbon. Her continually impressive vocals reach incredible heights with steady power.

The Cakes' horn section impresses. Trumpet Jeremiah Austin’s intensity meshes well with Cakes’ solid trombone, Mars Lindgren. Saxophones Tyler Rogers and Tom Garcia help make Baby Cakes memorable sound that is rounded out nicely by the powerful supporting vocals of Ebony Harris.

Performers include:

Stephanie Walbon (Vocals)
Miles Harris (Guitar & Vocals)
Ebony Harris (Vocals)
Kevin Chryst (Drums)
Jeff Ballew (Bass)
Richard Keene (Keys)
Jeremiah Austin (Trumpet)
Mars Lindgren (Trombone)
Tyler Rogers (Saxophone)
Tom Garcia (Saxophone)

Sat. Jul 7, 2018

Summer Concert: The Sky Colony

Sat. Jul 7, 2018 6:00 pm

At the Heart of Anacortes: The Sky Colony. *free*

The Sky Colony are an atmospheric rock group wholeheartedly focused on what matters most to them: creating music, and more importantly, their intention behind it. Since their formation in 2012, the story behind their sound has organically grown into one of personal empowerment and discovery. Along with complex instrumental layering, intricate harmonies, catchy hooks, and classic guitar solos, you have a complete experience of Skagit Valley, Washington’s own, The Sky Colony.

The Pacific Northwest, namely Skagit Valley Washington, has always been home to this band. They have taken their show around Washington State, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, northern California, and Oregon. They have performed at festivals in Oregon and Washington, such as Britt Festival, Subdued Stringband Jamboree, and Summer Meltdown. They have also opened for bands such as The California Honeydrops, Shook Twins, Johanna Warren, Fruition, and Ha Ha Tonka.

The Sky Colony’s songs are a simple blend of melodies and complex harmonies. “It’s a mixture of the call of the Cascadian wilderness and an the 60’s psychedelia era” (Tom Franks, Folkwords UK). Time upon time it has been deemed unique. They create a sound of “luminous spirituality that sets a fire in the mind” (Scot Casey, What’s Up Magazine). Their first full­length album ” In A Dream ” was released in February, 2015, and featured Molly Hazel on banjo, vocals, and bass. This record was publicized by Sue DuMond, with independent radio play at stations worldwide. Music critics were astounded at the “a lack of special effects, just pure musicianship.” (John Apice, No Depression) The Sky Colony began in 2012 with singer­songwriter and guitarist Kyle Findley­Meier, and lead guitarist Ben Meyer. The two consistently wrote original music and began performing in small singer­songwriter venues. Eventually, Jeff Lacy was added on drums, and the trio began to perform slightly larger venues. The band continued to develop their style and write original music. They went on to collaborate with Andy Ingram on upright bass, and Molly Hazel on Banjo. Their style matured into a genuine sound that was termed dream folk. In Fall of 2014 they began recording their debut full length album “In A Dream” at Unknown Recording Studio in Anacortes, Washington.

In winter of 2017, The Sky Colony had some rearranging of band members. Molly Hazel and Andy Ingram moved on to other projects and life interests. Therefore, Kyle, Ben, and Jeff decided to rebuild by adding Marcus Nevitt on lap steel and keyboards, and Henry Smartt on bass. Throughout the following year they performed more than fifty shows all over Washington State, and continued to craft their sound into an atmospheric, layered, and lyrically meaningful sound. They performed with related artists such as Shook Twins, Polecat, and Kuinka, and used Jeff’s home studio to write, record, and enhance their music. In August of 2017, Henry went onto school at Berklee College of Music. Since then, the band has been looking for a consistent member to play bass.

Now, in 2018, they plan to release digital singles on Spotify; followed by summer concert appearances around the Pacific Northwest. In the fall of 2018, they plan to begin working on recording their follow up full length album.

Mon. Jul 9, 2018

Island Hospital hosts blood drive

Mon. Jul 9, 2018 10:00 am

Donate blood with Bloodworks Northwest on Monday, July 9 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (closed 12-12:45 p.m.) in the Fidalgo/Burrows Rooms at Island Hospital, 1211 24th St. Anacortes.

To schedule an appointment, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 360-299-1309.

Tue. Jul 10, 2018

Island Hospital offers osteoporosis screening

Tue. Jul 10, 2018 9:00 am

Get an estimate of your bone density with a non-intrusive heel scan on Tuesday, July 10 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Island Hospital, 1211 24th St., Anacortes. The cost is $5, payable at the door. Appointments are required and this screening is accurate for women only. Call 360-299-4204 for an appointment.

Wed. Jul 11, 2018

Northeast Heart Lake Extra Gentle Hike

Wed. Jul 11, 2018 9:00 am

Join the Friends of the Forest on  Wednesday, July 11 from 9am until 10am. This is a very easy route through beautiful forest. Meet at the Heart Lake parking lot.  These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to

Local Art Sale

Wed. Jul 11, 2018 1:00 pm

Throughout the summer, work by local artists will be on display in the Library Community Meeting Room. The art will be for sale from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on the Wednesday dates above. A percentage of sales will go to The Friends of the Library and proceeds will benefit the library through their generous support. Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00 May 16, June 6, July 11, August 1, September 5 at the library

Island Hospital offers essential oils class

Wed. Jul 11, 2018 6:00 pm

Learn to use essential oils for healing skin and haircare products at an interactive class on Wednesday, July 11 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Island Hospital, 1211 24th St., Anacortes. The cost is $35 (includes supplies). Visit to register or call 299-4204.

Summer Concert: Skagit Swings

Wed. Jul 11, 2018 6:00 pm

At Seafarers Memorial Park: Skagit Swings All Stars. *free*

Presenting Skagit Swings All Star Big Band. We are composed of talented musicians continuing our decades long mission to celebrate and revitalize Jazz and swing music — America's original musical art form. Our 18 piece band is composed of artistic and enthusiastic musicians. Along with Lynette McCormack, our amazing vocalist, we are dedicated primarily to the Skagit, Whatcom and Island county area. Skagit Swings has performed in many varied venues. We’re available for dances, concerts, weddings and celebrations of all varieties.

Thu. Jul 12, 2018

Observing, Drawing and Writing in Nature

Thu. Jul 12, 2018 10:00 am

Observing, Drawing and Writing in Nature on Fidalgo Island will be held Thursday, July 12 from 10am - 4 PM. All abilities are welcome as we combine observational drawing and writing in exploration of Fidalgo Island with local naturalist Denise Crowe and interdisciplinary artist Kate Clark. This workshop engages in observation as an interdisciplinary creative practice. We will learn to heighten our senses and ways of knowing through varied approaches to documenting what we see, hear, smell, and feel onto the page.

Must register by phone (360.293.3725) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) More information will be given upon registration.  More details will be given closer to the date

Fri. Jul 13, 2018

Beaver Ponds Hike for adults

Fri. Jul 13, 2018 10:00 am

Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, July 13th from 10am until noon. The Little Cranberry Lake area is filled with a network of beaver ponds created and maintained by local beaver families. We will explore trails that reveal their lodges, dams, mounds, and other daytime clues to their nighttime secret ways. Meet at the ACFL kiosk on A Ave. and 37th. 1.4 miles These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to

Summer Concert: The Naughty Blokes

Fri. Jul 13, 2018 6:00 pm

At Seafarers Memorial Park: The Naughty Blokes. *free*

Enjoy the sounds from The Naughty Blokes - Rock at its finest!

The Naughty Blokes formed in 2014 in Bellingham, Washington, and all members are veterans of the North West Coast music scene. The Blokes rock'n'roll mission was galvanized when they won KISM Radio's Road to Rockstar competition.

They have recorded a self-titled six song E.P. and their latest, full album release, “We Rise”. Both are available for sale and online streaming.

The Blokes are dedicated to living the rock'n'roll dream of writing and performing classic rock for the modern age.

Vocals, Guitar / WARREN MEIER
Bass, Vocals / DENNY SEGEL
Drums & Percussion / TIM MALOY
Lead Guitar & Vocals / Johnny Dennis

Sat. Jul 14, 2018

All Around Whistle Lake Hike for all ages

Sat. Jul 14, 2018 10:00 am

Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, July 14th from 10 am until after noon. We will fully explore the trails all the way around the Whistle Lake region of our woods. The route is just over 3 miles with some good hills. Meet at the Whistle Lake Parking Lot. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to

Summer Concert: Brian Lee & the Orbiters

Sat. Jul 14, 2018 6:00 pm

At the Heart of Anacortes: Brian Lee & the Orbiters. *free*

Get ready for a stellar ride through the traditional blues universe! Brian Lee & the Orbiters have earned an impressive reputation throughout the Northwest for their superb modern take on classic blues styles. Brian delivers dynamic and engaging performances with melodic vocals, exceptional song writing, and superb harmonica, slide guitar, and guitar. The accomplished Orbiters rhythm section features Brady Kish on bass and Russ Kammerer on drums and they really swing! Completing the Orbiters sound on guitar is the remarkably expressive Mahiko Fujita. With their distinctive repertoire of original tunes, gems from the broad blues tradition, and exceptional musicianship, the Orbiters will take you on a stratospheric blues journey that’s also perfect for dancing!

Brian & the Orbiters have been honored to receive many Washington Blues Society “Best of the Blues” awards, including Best Traditional Blues Act for 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, and 2013! The Orbiters have released multiple albums, which have received world wide radio play. Their Identity Theft album hit #15 on the Living Blues world wide radio charts.

With exceptional musicianship and energy, Brian Lee & the Orbiters will take you on a compelling trip through the universe of the blues!

Mon. Jul 16, 2018

Breastfeeding class at Island Hospital

Mon. Jul 16, 2018 5:00 pm

Learn about a variety of breastfeeding topics at a class on Monday, July 16 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Island Hospital, 1211 24th St., Anacortes. The cost is $25 (covered by Apple Health). Visit or call 360-299-4204 to register.

Tue. Jul 17, 2018

Island Hospital offers low-cost cholesterol and glucose screening

Tue. Jul 17, 2018 8:00 am

Island Hospital is holding a cholesterol and glucose screening Tuesday, July 17 from 8 to 11 a.m. in the Health Resource Center, 1211 24th Street, Anacortes.  Requires a 12-hour fast except for water and medications. The cost is $10. No appointment required. Please do not arrive before 7:30 a.m. If you have insurance and are not on Medicare or Medicaid, we can bill your insurance directly for this screening. Please bring your insurance card. For questions please call 360-299-1309.

Wed. Jul 18, 2018

Island Hospital offers memory class

Wed. Jul 18, 2018 1:00 pm

Learn strategies and activities to help improve your aging memory at a class on Wednesday, July 18 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Island Hospital, 1211 24th St., Anacortes.  Presented by Island Hospital Speech Language Pathologist, Libby Lewis, MA, MEd CCC-SLP. Cost is $10. Registration and prepayment are required, 360-299-4204

Summer Concert: Swing Connection

Wed. Jul 18, 2018 6:00 pm

At Seafarers Memorial Park: Swing Connection. *free*

Swing Connection performs popular dance music and concert music from the Big Band Swing Era. Dancing to swing music is widely popular, and our complete library of dance music and concert music will compliment your special occasion.

Fri. Jul 20, 2018

Summer Concert: Petty Differences

Fri. Jul 20, 2018 6:00 pm

At Seafarers Memorial Park: Petty Differences.  *free*  

Seven friends in 2016 decided to get together and play a few songs live from the timeless catalog of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. That night, Petty Differences was born. Combining live performance covers of the the more than 60 published credits from the prolific Petty, and benefiting  local and global social justice issues, the band creates a one-of-a-kind euphoric sing-along experience that actually makes the world a better place.

Petty Differences is:

Coleman Jennings:  Lead Vocals, acoustic guitar

Matt Woll:  Lead and background vocals, electric guitars, harmonica

Jay Powers: Keys and background vocals

Tommy McCracken: Bass, background vocals and tambourine

Noel Christmas: Lead and rhythm electric guitars

Peter Birkner: Drums and percussion

Brooke Frei:  Vocals

Sat. Jul 21, 2018

All around Heart Hike for all ages:  

Sat. Jul 21, 2018 10:00 am

Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, July 21st from 10am until after noon. There is no better place to be in the middle of summer than in the middle of our woods. Get to know the heart of the forest on this wonderful 2.7mile journey all the way around Heart Lake. Lush deciduous areas flow into an amazing old growth grove. Meet at the Heart Lake Parking lot. For more info. Go to

Summer Concert: The Fantasy Band

Sat. Jul 21, 2018 6:00 pm

At the Heart of Anacortes: The Fantasy Band *free*  

Fantasy Band was founded in 1975 by Steve Olszewski and Eric Thompson as a contemporary rock musical act playing night clubs, concerts and myriad other venues. During the 70’s and early 80’s, with Steve on guitar and lead vocals and Eric on keyboards along with Grant Springer on drums and Teresa Springer on vocals, Fantasy was a fulltime, respected, and professional outfit that toured extensively up and down the west coast of the US and beyond.

Today, the band is playing a more limited schedule, but with the same commitment to great music and an entertaining delivery. Some members have changed over the years with the current line up being Steve Olszewski, Eric Thompson, Dave Perkins (bass), Danny Hansen (drums), Jan Ellingson (vocals, flute, percussion, guitar and keyboards), and Carr Johnson (keyboards, guitar, harmonica and vocals).

Fantasy may be a band from the 70’s but our equipment is state-of-the-art, utilizing modern digital mixing, electronic drums, in-the-ear monitoring and a leading edge Bose™ PA System. This is a highly experienced band with well-honed skills and a great sound.

Tue. Jul 24, 2018

Primary Candidate Forum

Tue. Jul 24, 2018 5:00 pm

Learn more about the candidates running for State Representative in District 40, Position1, with an in-depth quation and answer session. Six candidates are vying for the position long-held by Rep. Kris Lytton. Candidates are Rud Browne, Debra Lekanoff, Daniel Miller, Tom Pasma, Michael Petrish, and Alex Ramel.

July 24 @ 5pm. City Council chambers. 

Wed. Jul 25, 2018

Summer Concert: A'Town Big Band

Wed. Jul 25, 2018 6:00 pm

At Seafarers' Park: A'Town Big Band - *free* - Founded in January of 2013 in Anacortes, Washington, the "A'Town Big Band" is Skagit County's newest big band. Providing energetic melodies and rhythms as versatile as its members, "A'Town Big Band" plays everything from swing to samba, and ballads to blues. A'Town Big Band performs the music of Stan Kenton, Count Basie, Maynard Ferguson, Sammy Nestico, Bob Curnow, Buddy Rich, and more.

Fri. Jul 27, 2018

Summer Concert: Miller Campbell

Fri. Jul 27, 2018 6:00 pm

At Seafarers Park - Miller Campbell - Billboard Country Artist *free*  

On Sweet Whiskey, Seattle, WA country artist (you read that right) Miller Campbell has boldly declared her intent to claim a prominent place in the canon of western music. It would serve us all well to take Ms. Campbell at her word. Armed with a voice at turns clear and bright as high mountain air and round, warm, and rough in all the right places, Campbell sings with a natural assuredness usually only found in artists with decades of experience. She gets it honest, but almost never got here at all.

Listen to her music.

Born into a musical family (Miller is Glen Campbell's cousin), she grew up a classically trained musician steeped in musical theater. A statuesque natural redhead, Campbell soon grew tired of being told she was too striking for the chorus line and started singing at open mic nights while in college. “At this point I didn't even know my history with Glen and that side of the family. I was drawn to country music as the songwriting style was so similar to musical theater.”

With a fake I.D. and big dreams, Campbell immersed in the Seattle music scene. At nineteen she formed a band called Twisted Dixie and things started to go their way in a big way. “We were HOT in the Seattle scene” laughs Campbell. They played huge venues, casinos, rodeos and were soon selling out in their home town. While writing their first LP Campbell got some unexpected news. “I learned that I had a fatal condition that demanded immediate double jaw surgery” she explains. Campbell was put on a liquid diet and wasn’t allowed to speak for eighteen months. Unsure if she’d ever be able to sing again, she focused on songwriting and her classes, graduating the University of Washington with two degrees and honors at 21.

After graduation Campbell was recruited by the C.I.A. Two weeks before she was scheduled to deploy to Ankara, Turkey she came to the realization she just couldn’t imagine a life not suffused with music and quit. She got a sales job, and, overachiever that she is, was soon made national director. Crisscrossing the country on business, Campbell dropped in on open mics whenever she could.

Trying to find more time for music, Campbell posted an online ad. Within a week she was called in for what she thought was a backup vocalist role. Upon arriving she discovered it was for a backup guitarist position. Knowing only one cover on guitar (Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart”), she gave it her best – and got the gig. She quit her job, got bought a new guitar, and spent 10 hours a day learning how to be a real player.

The tour fell through, yet the experience inspired Campbell. With the encouragement of her brother John she struck out on her own as a solo artist. A month after she made that choice John Campbell died unexpectedly from an irregular heartbeat. “He was autistic, and my absolute soulmate” relates Campbell. “He was the life and soul of the project, and the only reason I began work on this record. Without his encouragement, belief, and memory, I just can't imagine having the courage to do this. The song “One Step” is written in his memory.”

Written in Battleground, WA and Nashville, TN, Campbell rounded up a crew of star players to help bring her vision to life, including Tim Hanseroth (Brandi Carlile), Harrison Yount (Kacey Musgraves), blues artist Amber Sweeney, and Andrew Joslyn (Macklemore). The record was recorded with producer Geoff Ott (3 Doors Down, Ra Scion) at London Bridge Studio in Seattle, WA. “It was extremely important to me to record in WA” says Campbell. “I want to show the world what country music in the PNW is really all about!”

Campbell pulls no punches in the honesty of her art. “I hope that people get a genuine feel for who I am from this record” she says. “It truly follows the story of my last year and a half, which I think is something a lot of modern records lack. Above all, I hope I can make a name for country music in the Northwest. We have incredible talent, and our own unique story to tell.”

Campbell and her bands first show was in January 2017, and once again it looks like our heroine is on the way to achieving her vision. From festivals and rodeos, to country bars and honky-tonks, fans are giving themselves over to an artist that writes form the heart and sings from her very soul. Take a spin with some Sweet Whiskey and you just might get swept away as well.

Sat. Jul 28, 2018

Summer Concert: Cascadia Groove

Sat. Jul 28, 2018 6:00 pm

At the Heart of Anacortes: Cascadia Groove.  *free*  

Cascadia Groove is an inspiring, upbeat Danceable Groove Jazz ensemble whose members are: Gary Tobin (Guitar); Paul Sherman (Bass); Alex Sheldon (Drums); Dave White (Keys); Jeff Goodman (Keys); Keith Stone (Sax)(not in picture).

Get ready for energetic music throughout a tour of Blues, R&B, Jazz, World-beat, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and more with performances that get you to Move To The Music!

Cascadia Groove sets feature 50%+ outstanding original material from Gary Tobin in the style of The Yellowjackets, Jeff Lorber, The Rippingtons, Joe Sample, George Benson, Norman Brown, along with Jazz/Afro-Cuban/Latin interpretations of Pop and R&B covers by Michael Jackson, Chaka Kahn, Toto, Earth Wind & Fire, and many more. Add it all together, Cascadia Groove produces a show for lovers of music that is fun, infectious and memorable.