CALL TO ARTISTS: The city of Anacortes is looking for entries for the third annual eight-month outdoor sculpture exhibition. Sculptures must withstand outdoor conditions.

PAINT AND LEARN: Kids aged 1-8 and their families are invited to this class all about learning to paint at 6 p.m. Friday, May 10, at Sedro-Woolley Community Center, 703 Pacific St., Sedro-Woolley. Free.

A GUILDED GALLERY: Art classes on a variety of topics are available at A Guilded Gallery, 8700 271st St. NW, Stanwood. Prices include all classes in a series.

TRI DEE ARTS WORKSHOPS: Art classes on a variety of topics are available at Tri Dee Arts, 215 S 1st St., Mount Vernon.

PACIFIC NORTHWEST QUILT AND FIBER ARTS MUSEUM: Varied exhibits and classes are available to the public at 703 S. Second St., La Conner. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission: $7, $5 students and military, free for members and children ages 11 and under. 360-466-4288 or

n Fiber Fridays: bring any type of fiber art project, quilting, knitting, embellishing, etc., to work on while visiting with other fiber artists from 9 a.m. to noon every Friday. Free and open to all.

GAIL HARKER CENTER: Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts offers a variety of art classes and workshops for artists of every level at 12636 Chilberg Road, Mount Vernon. Online courses are also available. For information and a complete schedule: 360-466-0110 or

PACIFIC NW SCHOOL: Choose from painting, photography, fiber and 3D art workshops taught by professional artists at the Pacific NorthWest Art School, 15 NW Birch St., Coupeville. For information and a complete schedule: 360-678-3396 or

DAKOTA: Dakota Art Center offers a variety of art classes and workshops at 17873 Highway 536, Mount Vernon. 360-416-6556, ext. 5, or

STANWOOD CAMANO ARTS GUILD: A Guilded Gallery, 8700 271st St. NW, Stanwood, offers a variety of art classes and workshops. For information or to register: 360-629-2787 or

LYNDEN PERFORMING ARTS GUILD: Audition for the first shows of the Claire vg Thomas Theatre’s season on Monday and Tuesday, July 29-30, with callbacks being Wednesday, July 31, performances are in September and October. Casting for two men for “Tuesdays with Morrie” and two men and two women for “On Approval.” Auditions are at the theatre, 655 Front St., Lynden.

CANTABILE CHAMBER CHOIR: Audition for a choir of adult vocalists performing around Skagit Valley and beyond. Rehearsals are 6:30-9 p.m. Mondays at Bethany Covenant Church, 1318 S 18th St., Mount Vernon. Auditions by appointment: and close Sept. 15. Singers pay $75 in dues per semester.

SILENT BOOK CLUB: Share a book you have read and silently read another at 4 p.m. on the first Monday of each Month at Pelican Bay Books, 520 Commercial Ave., Anacortes.

GREAT BOOKS READING GROUP MEETING: The Great Books Reading Group examines passages from important writings in history from 6-8 p.m. May 13 and June 10 at the Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Ave. 360-941-1437 and

POETRY OPEN MIC: The Anacortes Poetry Group meets the second Saturday of the month for poetry open mics at 7 p.m. in the Anacortes Public Library meeting room, 1220 10th St., Anacortes. Poets, songwriters, acoustic musicians, storytellers, a capella singers all welcome.

THE DOGS IN THE NIGHTTIME: The Anacortes Sherlock Holmes Society meets at 5 p.m. the first Monday of each month at Village Pizza, 807 Commercial, Anacortes.

BEGINNING LINE DANCING: 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Burlington Community Center, 1011 Greenleaf Ave., Burlington. $6 drop-in, $25 for five classes. Adults and teens 13 and older. Register: or 360-755-9649.

FOLK DANCING: Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers meet Tuesdays at Bay View Civic Hall, 12615 C St., Bay View. Learn to folk dance to a variety of international music. 7-9:30 p.m. First session free, $5 thereafter. No partners needed. Gary or Ginny, 360-766-6866.

SCOTTISH DANCING: Bellingham Scottish Country Dancers meet from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Fairhaven Library auditorium (upstairs), 1117 12th St., Bellingham. Wear comfortable clothes and soft-soled shoes without heels. $8 per class. For information, call Mary Anderson at 360-933-1779 or visit

SCOTTISH HIGHLAND AND IRISH STEP DANCE: The Clan Heather Dancers offer year-round Scottish Highland and Irish step dance classes in Bellingham, Everett and Mount Vernon. More info:

THURSDAY DANCING: Dance to the The Skippers or Good Vibrations from 1-3:30 p.m. Thursdays at Mount Vernon Elks Lodge, 2120 Market St., Mount Vernon. Information: Jim Reynolds, 360-466-4490.

SWING DANCE CLASSES: Classes are 7-8 p.m. every Monday at the Anacortes Center for Happiness, 619 Commercial Ave. No experience or partner needed. $40 per person for the series or $12 per person at the door. and 360-464-2229.

SWEET ADELINES INTERNATIONAL: Harmony Northwest Chorus, a women’s a cappella group singing four-part harmony barbershop style, welcomes all voice parts ages 15 and up. Meet from 6:30-9 p.m. Mondays at the Mount Vernon Senior Center, 1401 Cleveland Ave., Mount Vernon. Contact Carol Ward: 425-232-9171 or

OPEN MIC NITE: Join or watch an open mic from 6 to 8 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Lil’Nut Cafe and Diner, 330 Cherry St., Sumas.

SCOTTISH MUSIC SESSIONS: Musicians from around the valley meet at 3 p.m. the first Sunday of each month at Littlefield Celtic Center, 1124 Cleveland Ave., Mount Vernon. The jam session generally focuses on Scottish music.

MUSIC LESSONS: Three professional instructors at the Peterson Conservatory of Music & Arts, 314 S Section St., Mount Vernon, are offering a variety of classes for music students from youth aged 6-10 ($10) to ages 11 to adult ($40-50).

UKULELE FUN & SONG CIRCLE: 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays, Mount Vernon Senior Center, 1401 Cleveland St. Free. Beginners welcome and loaner ukuleles available. Song sheets provided. 206-790-4862 or

BARBERSHOP HARMONY: Join the An-O-Chords, a four-part barbershop harmony group that meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Bethany Covenant Church, 1318 18th St., Mount Vernon. No experience necessary, no auditions required. Learn by rote, you don’t have to read music. All ages welcome. 360-679-7473.

TIME FOR FIDDLERS: The Washington Old Time Fiddlers play at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays of each month at the Mount Vernon Senior Center, 1401 Cleveland. St. Free; donations accepted. 360-630-1156.

SHELTER BAY CHORUS: Practices are held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Shelter Bay Clubhouse, 1000 Shoshone Drive, La Conner. New members welcome. 360-223-3230.

SING IN HARMONY: Join the women of Harmony Northwest Chorus from 6:30 to 9 p.m. every Monday at the Mount Vernon Senior Center, 1401 Cleveland Ave. Seeking women who like to sing a cappella music. All skill levels welcome. 360-201-5861 or

ANACORTES OPEN MIC: 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, Brown Lantern Ale House, 412 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. 360-293-2544.

OPEN MIC: Jam Night, 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Thursdays, Conway Pub & Eatery, 18611 Main St., Conway. 360-445-4733.

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MVPR COACH PITCH: Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation is offering an instructional baseball league for kids ages 6-9 years old. Games will be played outdoors through May 18 on Saturdays. $55-60. Register: 360-336-6215.

ONE-DAY KIDS CAMPS: Burlington Parks and Recreation will host a variety of one-day camps from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for kids ages 6-12 from at Camp Kirby, 4734 Samish Point Road, Bow. Next up:

STANWOOD GARAGE SALE: Camanio Masonic Lodge holds a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, May 10-11, at Camano Masonic Center, 27205 102nd Ave. NW in Stanwood. Items include furniture, clothing, pet items, books and housewares. 425-263-6808 or email

SPRING GARDEN PARTY: Help the Central Skagit Library plant their community garden from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the library, 802 Ball St., Sedro-Woolley.

BEACH WATCHING: To become a WSU Snohomish County Extension Beach Watcher, receive 80 hours of training and then craft your own volunteer experience by giving back 80 hours in Puget Sound education, research or stewardship projects. The university-caliber training includes lectures on topics from marine wildlife to water quality to climate change. Training based out of Jennings Park in Marysville every Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through May 31, plus one half-day Saturday, May 18. Application at More information: Chrys Bertolotto at or 425-357-6020.

MEN’S GARDEN CLUB: Join the Skagit Men’s Garden Club at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at WSU Mount Vernon Research Station, 16650 SR 536, Memorial Highway.

GENEOLOGY: Whidbey Island Genealogical Searchers (WIGS) Monthly Meetings held at 1 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings are held at Heller Road Fire Station, 2720 Heller Road, Oak Harbor.

SKI TO SEA REGISTRATION: Registration for the 2019 Ski to Sea race, to be held Sunday, May 26, in Whatcom County, is open. Information: Anna Rankin, Race Director, Whatcom Events,, 360-920-0979.

WINTER PROGRAMS AT ROCKPORT STATE PARK: Join the deep forest experience between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in February. Hikes depart at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. from the Discovery Center in the park, 51905 State Route 20, Rockport. Staff and volunteers will lead half-mile, 45 minute walks under old growth.

GUIDED HIKES: The Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center will be hosting guided hikes along the Skagit River to view wildlife and bald eagles. Dress for the weather and muddy conditions. Hikes leave from the center in Howard Miller Steelhead Park, Rockport.

FLOW YOGA: Ages 13 and up can join this four-week yoga class 5:30 to 6:45 on Thursdays through Dec. 27 at the Burlington Parks and Recreation Center, 900 E Fairhaven Ave., Burlington. $24 for all or $10 to drop in.

SPRING WALK PROGRAM: The Friends of Camano Island Parks are hosting a series of winter-spring walks for the public on Camano Island trails. All walks are on Saturdays and start at 9:50 a.m., done by noon. No dogs.

LACROSSE: The Skagit Valley Flyers is a lacrosse club for boys and girls, grades 2-12. Participation is free and no experience is necessary. Questions? Email:

GRUMPY OLD MANS YOGA: Build strength and flexibility at this accessible yoga class 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Thursdays at Burlington Senior Center, 1011 Greenleaf Ave., Burlington. Despite the name, women are welcome. $5 donation.

NORTH PUGET SOUND DRAGON BOAT CLUB: The organization is looking for new members. Two teams practice in the Oak Harbor Marina:

n Team Stayin’ Alive practices from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays and 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; its season runs through October. Contact Norma Lisherness at

n Team Tsunami practices year-round from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Contact Cathie Harrison at First three paddles are free.

FRIENDS OF THE FOREST HIKES: Join the Friends of the Forest for scenic hikes in the forest lands around Anacortes. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. No pets. Free. 360-293-3725 or

CHRISTIAN MOTORCYCLISTS ASSOCIATION: Christian Motorcyclists Association Morning Star Chapter 39 meets the first Monday of every month at Royal Star Buffet, 2300 Freeway Drive, Mount Vernon. Dinner at 6 p.m. (optional) with meeting at 7 p.m. First-time attendees get a free dinner. Contact President Dwight Kaestner at 425-770-6154 or

FLYSWATTER VOLLEYBALL: 9 a.m. Thursdays, Sedro-Woolley Senior Center, 715 Pacific St., Sedro-Woolley. All ages and levels of ability welcome. Free. 360-855-1531.

SCOUT MEETING: Cub Pack 4001 and Boy Scout Troop 4001 meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, at the First United Methodist Church, 1607 E. Division, Mount Vernon. New members are welcome to join.

TRAIL GUIDES, BIKE MAPS & MORE: Learn about opportunities to be physically active in Skagit County, including trail guides, an activity tracker and local resources at

SUPPORT GROUP: The Skagit and Island Counties Council for the Blind meets 1-3 p.m. the second Saturday of the month at the Washington Federal Bank rear conference room, 300 E. Fairhaven Ave., Burlington. 425-218-0190 or

BACK COUNTY HORSEMEN OF WASHINGTON: Join the Skagit chapter of the Horsemen at 7 p.m. every second Tuesday of the month at Sedro-Woolley Eagles #2069, 1000 Metcalf St., Sedro-Woolley.

RECREATION WITHOUT BORDERS: Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation offers trips around the region throughout the summer. Register at 360-336-6215 or

AT CHRISTIANSON’S: Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road. RSVP: 360-466-3821, or at the nursery.

WAY NORTH COMEDY SHOWCASE: Skagit Valley’s monthly comedy showcase brings four Pacific Northwest touring comics to the stage before opening the stage to local talent. Shows are Sundays monthly, 18-plus and free at Farmstrong Brewing, 110 Stewart Road, Mount Vernon. Sign up at

ACTING CLASSES: The iDiOM Theater offers acting classes for all ages at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St., Bellingham. Prices vary. or

FREE ADULT ACTING CLASSES: Anacortes Community Theatre offers free acting classes for adults twice each month: from 7 to 10:30 p.m. the first Tuesday, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Saturday, at 918 M Ave., Anacortes. Classes include monologue work, scripted scenes, improv games and more, with a different topic each month. Each class is independent, so you don’t have to commit to every session. 360-840-0089 or

THE CRAFT OF ACTING: Ken Dalena, local actor, is teaching two acting workshops at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St., Lynden. Session One: Be Heard! The actor’s number one task, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, May 29. Session Two: Be Seen! Look professional on stage, 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 5. Both classes are $20, attend both sessions for $30 total. Register:

THEATER CAMP: Kids in grades 2-8 are invited to join the Claire vg Thomas’ theater camp this summer from 9 a.m. to noon from July 15-27. The show this year is Disney’s “Peter Pan Jr.” Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 26-27, at the theatre, 655 Front St., Lynden. Register:

YOUTH ACTING CAMP: Sylvia Center for the Arts, 207 Prospect St., Bellingham, is offering a four-week acting program for teens ages 13-17. Camp is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday from June 24-July 17, culminating in a two-weekend performance run of “The Birds” Thursday-Saturday, July 18-27, at the amphitheater in Maritime Heritage Park. Sliding scale tuition fee: $140-560.

SKAGIT THEATRE CAMP: Kids entering first through eighth grade are welcome to join Skagit Theatre Camp’s two week program at the Lincoln Theatre. Camp is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 22-Aug. 2, culminating in two performances of “School House Rock Live Jr.” on August 3. Tuition is $400. Registration is open now:

INTERPERSONAL ABUSE EDUCATION: Attend a free training and learn to recognize abuse and respond compassionately from 5 to 8 p.m. May 21 at the Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano. Must RSVP: 360-387-0222 or

EMERGENCY PREP: Be prepared in the event of a natural disaster at this free Safety and Emergency Preparedness Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, 525 E College Way, Suite H, Mount Vernon. Hot dogs will be for sale.

PUPPY BOOT CAMP: Puppies 12 weeks to 8 months will learn doggie social skills, good manners and basic commands at this five-week class through Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation. Classes are from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, June 5 to July 3, at Hillcrest Park. $99. Register: 360-336-6215.

SPANISH FOR ADULTS: Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation is offering an introductory Spanish for adults class from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays May 15-June 5. $50. Register: 360-336-6215.

DAYS FOR GIRLS: The Anacortes Chapter of Days for Girls Sew Day is held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the second Friday of each month at Anacortes Lutheran Church, 2100 O Avenue. Come be a part of creating a personal hygiene solution for girls and women worldwide. Send questions to

WSU FOOD PRESERVATION: Learn how to take advantage of seasonal produce and reduce waste by preserving extra food at WSU’s series of classes at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, May 15 through June 6, at WSU Skagit Extension,11768 Westar Lane Suite A, Burlington. Classes may be taken individually or as a series. $15 per class, $55 for all.

SOLARIZE FOR SMART BUSINESS: Learn about incentives, grants, financing and payback periods about switching your business to include solar power with the help from Sustainable Connections. Sessions are from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St., Lynden; and Wednesday, June 12, at Skagit Valley’s Farmhouse Restaurant, 13724 La Conner Whitney Road, Mount Vernon.

CERT: Join a free Community Emergency Responce Team (CERT) training. Register at for exact dates and times.

LEARN TO QUILT: Join an introductory quilting class from 5 to 8 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month until May at the Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Drive, Camano. Bring Two Fat Quarters, a sewing machine and a snack. Email:

WOOLLEY WRITERS GROUP: The Woolley Writers meet twice per month for workshops, exercises and breaking through blocks. Sessions are 5 p.m. first Tuesdays and third Wednesdays at the Central Skagit Library, 802 Ball St., Sedro-Woolley.

TOASTMASTERS: Early Risers Toastmasters 4617 meets at 6:45 a.m. Tuesdays at the Mount Vernon Senior Center, 1401 Cleveland Ave. 360-856-5669.

SUPPORT GROUP: North Sound Scleroderma Support Group meets 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Friday of each month, at Skagit Valley Hospital, 1415 E. Kincaid St., Mount Vernon. Information:, Joyce Harlan (360-927-5392) or Vicki Hollman (360-731-7563).

PLAY AND LEARN: Kids of all ages can attend a storytime with a focus on five early literacy skills at 10:15 a.m. Fridays at Burlington Public Library, 820 E Washington Ave., Burlington.

STEAM WEDNESDAYS: Kids can participate in STEAM activities at 3 p.m. Wednesdays at Burlington Public Library, 820 E Washington Ave, Burlington.

PRE-STEAM: Kids 3 to 5 can participate in STEAM activities at 11 a.m. Fridays at Burlington Public Library, 820 E Washington Ave, Burlington.

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STEAM AT THE LIBRARY: Place art at the heart of science, technology, engineering and math this summer at four STEAM sessions for children ages 4 and older at the Central Library, 210 Central Ave., Bellingham. Sessions are from noon to 1 p.m. and free.

QUILT & FIBER ARTS MUSEUM: Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum, 703 S. Second St., La Conner, offers a variety of hands-on workshops. To see the complete schedule and register, visit or call 360-466-4288.

EVERGREEN ARBORETUM: The arboretum hosts a variety of classes and workshops at 145 Alverson Boulevard, Everett. 425-257-8597. Classes are free for members. Membership cost $25 per individual, $40 for families.

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