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Wed. Dec 1, 2021

Island Hospital offers Doc Talk on Healthy Sleep Habits 

Wed. Dec 1, 2021 1:00 am

Join Dr. Robert Reyna, Medical Director at Island Hospital Sleep Wellness Center, for a review of healthy sleep habits to help you obtain a good night’s sleep.  Join us on Wednesday, December 1, from 1-1:30 p.m. to see what might be impacting your ability to wake feeling refreshed in the morning.  This is a free, online event. Registration is required. Visit www.islandhospital.org/classes or call 360-299-4204.

@ Rockfish: Children of the Blues

Wed. Dec 1, 2021 6:00 pm

CHILDREN OF THE BLUES

Welcome to the Space Lounge! Children Of The Blues is a psychedelic fusion of blues and jazz influences, featuring a collective of northwest musicians led by Anacortes composer and keyboard player Don Bird. Children Of The Blues delivers classic jazz, funk, prog rock, swing, R&B and blues grooves with a unique style and a sound that pushes every groove into another dimension.

Their debut album, Space Lounge, is all about the search for human connection in this or any other universe. Children Of The Blues defy boundaries and stretch tonalities to deliver epic and intimate stories with a cosmic blend of music and lyrics. Join us for a CD release party tonight!

Featuring:
Don Bird, keyboards
Andrew Cloutier, Drums
Mark Mosholder, Bass
Bill MacDonald, Guitars
Special Appearance: Aria, Vocals

Thu. Dec 2, 2021

Island Hospital offers Advanced Care Planning class

Thu. Dec 2, 2021 10:00 am

Learn more about Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST), Advanced Directives, and Health Care Durable Power of Attorney (HCDPOA) with Käaren Flint, Community Outreach and Education Specialist with Hospice of the Northwest. Learn how to best use these documents, which are provided to you free of charge. This free, online class takes place on Thursday, December 2 at 10 a.m. Register online at www.islandhospital.org/classes or call 360-299-4204.

Fri. Dec 3, 2021

Anacortes Christmas Tree Lighting

Fri. Dec 3, 2021 6:00 pm

Jingle all the way down to the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce for the Coastal Christmas Tree Lighting, live music, hot cocoa, and Santa Claus! At the Chamber of Commerce on Commeercial Ave.

Sat. Dec 4, 2021

Breakfast with Santa

Sat. Dec 4, 2021 8:00 am

Come enjoy a hot breakfast with your family and friends. Santa will be on-site for visits and photos. There will be made and take crafts and festive holiday entertainment for you to enjoy while you eat your breakfast. $8 per ticket. The fee includes breakfast, a photo, and a take-home craft.

Pre-registration is required for this event and it will fill up quickly.

Register here: https://anacortesparksandrecreation.sportsites.com/player#Root10692fa40-2e87-45a1-a030-6d7fd84295d60

2 seatings: 8am-9:30am & 9:30am-11am

Location : Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St, Anacortes, WA 98221

Price: $8

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Friends of the Library Book Sale 

Sat. Dec 4, 2021 11:00 am

The Friends of the Anacortes Public Library will hold a book sale on Saturday, December 4th from 11 am to 3 pm in the lobby of the Anacortes Public Library. There will be two free drawings: one for a collection of used books about libraries and another for a basket of fresh greens. All proceeds fund the library’s book purchases as well as children’s programs and new books. Hope to see you there! 

Walk with Santa Parade

Sat. Dec 4, 2021 11:00 am

Join us for a parade featuring community groups and of course, Santa Claus! The parade begins at 3rd Street and Commercial and will journey throughout downtown ending on 10th Street.

ASF Celebrate the Season

Sat. Dec 4, 2021 6:00 pm

"Celebrate the Season" Gala Fundraiser Dinner

Saturday, December 4, 2021
6:00-9:00 PM
Port of Anacortes Transit Shed

Tickets are sold out for our in-person Gala Fundraiser Dinner. Virtual tickets are still available!

Tickets for the Gala are $125 per guest and include:

  • Gourmet dinner by Chef Andy Ferguson of Maribella (formerly Bella Isola)
  • Complimentary wine & beer
  • ASD entertainment, door prizes & more
  • Live Auction & Raise the Paddle
  • Access to Virtual Festivities Nov. 24 - Dec. 4

@ Rockfish: Harp Attack with Mark Dufresne

Sat. Dec 4, 2021 7:30 pm

HARP ATTACK WITH THE MARK DUFRESNE BAND PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS STACY JONES AND JEFF HERZOG

Harp Attack is back! And once again the great Mark DuFresne is at the helm. Our annual blues harmonica throwdown features some of the top players in the NW backed by Mark and his band. Dufresne is one of the most sought after Blues talents in the Northwest. The Washington Blues Society has awarded him for best vocalist, songwriter and harmonica more than any other artist. Joining Mark tonight will be Stacy Jones and Jeff Herzog.

Jeff Herzog has long been a respected member of the Seattle blues scene, who after almost 40 years in the local music scene, has put his own positive healing on the blues world. Almost two decades ago, Mr Herzog founded the popular, blues flavored, R & B band, Jeff Herzog and the Jet City Fliers. This unique band has certainly packed their share of joints and logged a lot of miles bringing their special sound to blues fans on both sides of the cascades. In 2007 the band won the Washington Blues Society’s BB Award, for Best Album of the Year. Besides Jeff’s songwriting skills and unique vocal stylings, Jeff is a great harmonica player as well, being recognized twice with BB Awards for Best Harmonica.

Stacy Jones is no stranger to success. She has been nominated, multiple times, for “Best of the Blues” awards in songwriting, performance, harmonica, and guitar. She and her band have won the “Best Band Award,” four consecutive years in 2021, 2020, 2019 and 2018 plus over a dozen other “Best of the Blues” awards, from the Washington Blues Society including Best Female Vocalist, Blues harmonica, Blues Songwriter, Blues Drummer and Blues Bass and the 2018 NW Recording of the Year for her album Love Is Everywhere. 2016 WBS Best of the Blues Awards winner for Best NW recording / Whiskey Wine and Water, The 2015 IMEA award winner: Best Blue Song “Can’t Do Nothin’ Right.” In 2017, she was accepted in the first round of Grammy Voting for “Best Contemporary Blues Album” and “Best Americana Song” and was chosen to represent the South Sound Blues Association as the entrant for the 2018 Best Self-produced CD Competition at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN. She has also charted on Roots Radio Report Top 40.

Wed. Dec 8, 2021

Island Hospital offers class on healthy eating habits for the holidays

Wed. Dec 8, 2021 2:30 pm

The holidays can be a difficult time of year to find healthy eating options.  Be proactive with your health by learning strategies to navigate holiday eating with an Island Hospital Registered Dietitian.  Healthy Eating Habits for the Holidays is a free, virtual class taking place on Wednesday, December 8 from 2:30–3:00 p.m.  Call 360-299-4204 or visit www.islandhospital.org/classes to register.

Thu. Dec 9, 2021

Island Hospital hosts car seat clinic

Thu. Dec 9, 2021 2:00 pm

Safe Kids Northwest is hosting a free car seat clinic on Thursday, December 9 from 2–4 p.m. Learn how to properly install and use your car or booster seat. Located in the 24th Street parking lot of Island Hospital, Anacortes. Due to COVID-19 face masks are required (children under two exempt). Vehicles limited to four family members.Appointments are required; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule.

Fri. Dec 10, 2021

Winter Wonderland: Sparkle the Elf

Fri. Dec 10, 2021 5:00 pm

Come take a Walk in the Woods at Washington Park. Join us for some magical stories and songs with special guests from the North Pole! Sparkle the Elf has scheduled Anacortes on his holiday tour for two nights only, and he’s excited to bring cheer and goodwill to brighten your winter evening. The Library will be hosting a campsite at this FREE community event that is all about the spirit of the holidays. We recommend you carpool to the park and that you bring a flashlight or a head lamp to help guide you. Friday & Saturday, December 10th & 11th 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Washington Park

Sat. Dec 11, 2021

Holiday Fair

Sat. Dec 11, 2021 11:00 am

ASF presents the annual Holiday Fair! Family friendly, FREE and once again featuring lots of fun activities! Free pictures with Santa, ornament and cookie decorating, the Student Marketplace and more! Follow ASF on Facebook or Instagram for the most current information. At the Transit Shed at the north end of Commercial Ave.

Winter Wonderland: Sparkle the Elf

Sat. Dec 11, 2021 5:00 pm

Come take a Walk in the Woods at Washington Park. Join us for some magical stories and songs with special guests from the North Pole! Sparkle the Elf has scheduled Anacortes on his holiday tour for two nights only, and he’s excited to bring cheer and goodwill to brighten your winter evening. The Library will be hosting a campsite at this FREE community event that is all about the spirit of the holidays. We recommend you carpool to the park and that you bring a flashlight or a head lamp to help guide you. Friday & Saturday, December 10th & 11th 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Washington Park

@ Rockfish: Midnight Hour

Sat. Dec 11, 2021 7:30 pm

MIDNIGHT HOUR

Join Midnight Hour for the first Rockfish performance. They are a classic Rock and R&B band driven by powerful lead vocalist Shirel Smith and featuring Nick Ostrye on guitar, Steve Marshall on bass, Dave Townsend on keys, Mark Rainey on drums and Steve Pearse on sax.

Mon. Dec 13, 2021

Anacortes Senior College Registration

Mon. Dec 13, 2021 10:00 am

Anacortes Senior College is resuming in-person clsses in January. Registration opens Monday, Dec. 13 at seniorcollege.org.

The Anacortes Senior College plans to resume in-person classes this Winter term starting January 11, after a long hiatus due to the pandemic. Classes will meet on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4 to 6pm at the Anacortes Middle School. CDC and Skagit County Health Department guidelines will be followed to provide a safe learning environment for our students, instructors and volunteers. All students must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and wear masks. Instructors will wear masks. 

Wed. Dec 15, 2021

@ Rockfish: Joan Penney

Wed. Dec 15, 2021 6:00 pm

JOAN PENNEY

Joan brings out the best in her jazz audience by selecting and playing charts that are diverse, generational and so full of love and swing that you just have to dance. Working with a broad variety of regional, A-list musicians, Joan’s musical selections range from Latin, classic jazz standards, blues, pop and even show tunes! Join her and her band tonight or a special holiday themed show!

@ Brown Lantern: Holiday Brew Fest

Wed. Dec 15, 2021 6:00 pm

Brown Lantern presents the Annual Holiday Brew Fest

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Thu. Dec 16, 2021

School Board meets

Thu. Dec 16, 2021 6:15 pm

Two meeting of the Anacortes School Board today. Both are available for live audience and on zoom. Check the agendas for more information.

Study Session - 3-5:15 p.m.

Evening Business Meeting - 6:15 p.m.

Sat. Dec 18, 2021

Rockin' Yule Bazaare

Sat. Dec 18, 2021 6:00 pm

A’town’s festive, musical showcase starring our local favorites! See short sets of holiday music or yule performance. Local Beer from Rockfish to keep you fueled for dancin’. Oh, come all ye fun lovin’ festive people! Derek Eisel & Bobbi Jo Blessings, Pearl Tottenham, The Enthusiasts, Savanna Woods, The Mosstones, Whiskey Fever, Gems & Genies, Tuscan Harper, Turn & Talk, and more!

This concert benefits Anacortes Music Project (501 c3), which presents this and many other local musical events!

All Ages! $10 Brown Paper Tickets, $15 at the door. Under 15 free.

@ Rockfish: Greta Matassa

Sat. Dec 18, 2021 7:30 pm

GRETA MATASSA

In the Pacific Northwest, where she built her career, Greta Matassa wins wide acclaim. Seven times, the readers of Earshot, the Seattle jazz magazine, have voted her the best jazz vocalist in the Northwest.

She was inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame in 2014. Jim Wilke, the Seattle jazz maven and host of the syndicated “Jazz After Hours” radio program, praises her versatility. “She has a fearlessness in approaching material,” Wilke says, “that makes her like an instrumentalist in a jam session.”

Bassist and producer John Clayton says “One of the best jazz singers we have to boast about these days.”

Her 40 year career has been a whirlwind of exciting opportunities and experiences. Over the last 20 years she has become established as one of the greatest jazz singers of her time. Working with top jazz musicians in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. In 2016 She was featured with bassist John Clayton’s group in a centennial tribute to Ella Fitzgerald.

She has recorded 11 CD’s. Her latest release “Portrait” on Origin Records is receiving rave reviews.

Her decision to start teaching was probably her greatest contribution to the future of the genre she loves so much. For the last 20 years Greta has become one of the most unique and respected educators in the field today. Offering individual lessons and mentorships as well as establishing loyal student bases from Seattle to Japan, From Alaska to Kauai, from Chicago to New York.

Wed. Dec 22, 2021

@ Rockfish: Janette West

Wed. Dec 22, 2021 6:00 pm

JANETTE WEST

Janette West is a jazz vocalist who has been working up and down the West Coast for over 5 decades fronting R&B, smooth-jazz and big band outfits. Never though, has West been better served than with the dynamic quartet she and husband drummer Marty Tuttle have developed. Using only top Seattle veteran pianists and bassists their group has become a Rockfish staple. They continue to perform throughout the NW region in restaurants, concert venues, jazz walks and private engagements.

Janette was nurtured in the fabric of Northwest music history. Her voice and style is a rich composite of dynamic jazz improvisation with the plush warmth of soulful R&B influences. Early career highlights include opening for Jimi Hendrix and Tina Turner, writing and performing radio jingles, and performing in hundreds of venues as an R&B and Jazz performer.

Janette earned a choice write up in Jazztimes magazine by national music critic Christopher Loudon who wrote; “West is a first-rate swinger, comparable in style and gusto to Ernestine Anderson, though the warmth of her ballads is more reminiscent of Natalie Cole. Carol Banks Weber of AXS writes; “All audiences notice is West’s easy way with the lyrics, the music and with them, the rich, lustrous undertones of an alto that can wrap around any song -Jazz standard, R&B, Latin- and make it swing.”

Wed. Dec 29, 2021

@ Rockfish: Doug Schmude

Wed. Dec 29, 2021 6:00 pm

DOUG SCHMUDE

Doug Schmude combines elements of country, folk, rock and blues and the result is a modern Americana sound that will appeal to fans of Jason Isbell, Tom Petty & Steve Earle. Doug was born in Baton Rouge Louisiana and grew up in Oklahoma and Texas. After stints in Colorado, Arizona & Tennessee he is now based out of Southern California and his music is littered with souvenirs of the places he has lived and seen. He has released 5 albums of original music.

His solo shows feature him on acoustic guitar and harmonica as well as blues slide guitar. In addition to originals he mixes in a few covers for an entertaining and original live music experience.

Fri. Dec 31, 2021

@ Rockfish: The Pension King

Fri. Dec 31, 2021 7:30 pm

THE PENSION KING

Celebrate the New Year with the most fun lovin’ band around! The Pension King is a brand new band made up of four Rockfish staff members: Steve Johnson, a veteran of the So. Cal music scene, on vocals and guitar, Kevin Seablom on vocals and bass, Gabi Marshall on vocals and Mark Fulton on harmonica and everything else. Pension King specializes in an eclectic mix of acoustic driven classic rock songs. Check ’em out!

@ Brown Lantern: Min Far

Fri. Dec 31, 2021 10:00 pm

New Year's Eve with Min Far @ 10pm

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