1. UPDATEDThe Skagit County Democrats Gala is Saturday, Jun 1, 4:00pm, Swinomish Casino and Lodge, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes – Just 6 days away!Meet and Greet Candidates and Elected Officials is scheduled for 4:30pm – 5:30pm.

Gala tickets are available for purchase at the Skagit County Democrats Headquarters. $60 per ticket. There are only 4 tickets left so please call or email the Skagit County Democrats’ staff for availability of tickets at 360-336-1555 or email Calling hours are Monday to Friday, Noon to 4:00pm. Email anytime.

To donate an item for the auction, please contact or call 360-336-1555 during office hours (Monday – Friday, Noon to 4:00pm). All proceeds benefit the work of the Skagit County Democrats.

The next General Membership Meeting of the 40th Legislative District Democrats will be Sunday, Jun 2, Alger Community Hall, 18735 Parkview Lane, Burlington – Doors open at 11:15am, Social at 11:30am, Meeting starts at Noon
This will be our endorsement meeting, too. Candidates: Our 2019 endorsement application and a full list of endorsement rules are posted and available for download on our website (Click Here). NOTE: On Friday, May 10, the 40th Executive Board voted to limit the 2019 Primary endorsements to candidates running for the 40th District State Senate because of time capacity, and volunteer constraints.

REQUIREMENTS: Deadline for endorsement applications for candidates is by 5:00pm Thursday, May 23. The 40th Senate candidates must not only live in the 40th Legislative District but also must be members of the 40th Legislative District Democrats. Their membership fees are due no later than 5:00pm, Thursday, May 23 and may be sent along with their endorsement application.

  • Coffee to be provided by the 40th Legislative District Democrats.
  • Full agenda TBA.
  • For more information email

3. Action Alert: Tuesday, Jun 4, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local 21 (UFCW 21) grocery workers are organizing a Community Leaflet and Canvass action in a neighborhood grocery store at Safeway, 1275 East Sunset Drive, Bellingham

  • 4:30pm to 5:30pm: leaflet in front of store
  • 5:30pm to 7:30pm: canvass the surrounding neighborhood in teams

RSVP: Kristen Beifus, 206.992.7913 (cell) or

4. NEWThe next Young Democrats of Skagit County meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Jun 5, 7:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

5. NEWSkagit Central Committee Endorsements Meeting, Saturday, Jun 8, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

6. Labor-Dem Work Group Meeting, Wednesday, Jun 12, 5:30pm, United Steel Workers Hall, 47 Alder Lane, Mount Vernon
We will discuss our plans for the Skagit Fair, organize for a showing of the new documentary “Labor Wars of the Northwest,” and next steps for the Grocery Workers and the proposed new refinery safety regulation.

7. The Skagit County Democrats are recruiting
The Skagit County Democrats need a cleaning person. Time involved is one or two hours a month. Job includes cleaning the bathroom, vacuuming the space and wiping down the food area and other counters. A salary is offered subject to negotiation. Please email for more information, if interested.

8. NEWLinks of the Week
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1. NEWMemorial Day Events

  • Anacortes/Guemes Island – A ceremony will be held around 9:00am at Edens Cemetery on Guemes Island, followed at 11:00am by a memorial service at the Grandview Municipal Cemetery, 411 Hillcrest Drive, and a ceremony at noon at Fern Hill Cemetery, 7427 Highway 20
  • Bay View – Burlington American Legion Memorial Post 91 members will conduct a memorial service at 9:00am at Bayview Cemetery, on Cemetery Road.
  • Bow – Burlington American Legion Memorial Post 91 members will conduct a memorial service at 10:00am at Bow Cemetery, 15778 Bow Cemetery Road
  • Burlington – Burlington American Legion Memorial Post 91 members will conduct a memorial service at 11:00am at Burlington Green Hills Cemetery, 11157 North Gardner Road. Lunch will be served at noon at the Legion Hall, 721 E. Fairhaven Ave. Ceremonies will conclude with a 21-gun salute.
  • Concrete – Concrete American Legion Post 132 and Auxiliary will hold a Memorial Day Service at 1:00pm at Forest Park Cemetery on Compton Lane in Concrete. A potluck lunch will follow at the Post.
  • Conway – Mason-McConkey American Legion Post 147 of Conway will conduct a Memorial Day service at 11:00am at Fir-Conway Lutheran Cemetery, 19084 Milltown Road, south of Conway.
  • La Conner – Pleasant Ridge Cemetery will host a Memorial Day celebration at 9:00am at the cemetery, 17616 Valentine Road, La Conner. The Marine Corp League and La Conner Cub Scout Pack 4083 will conduct flag ceremonies; Hailey Azure and Nolan Duckworth will provide music and historian Janna Gage will share local history. The Rev. Don Robinson will preside over the service. Limited seating available for those unable to stand.
  • Mount Vernon – Hawthorne Memorial Park will hold a Memorial Day service at 11:00am at 1825 East College Way. The event will include representatives from the military and a complimentary hot dog lunch.
  • Mount Vernon – The Mount Vernon Cemetery, 1200 East Fir Street, will hold a Memorial Day service at 1:00pm. The Rev. Ron Deegan will lead the service, which will include music by Pastor Frank Michl and Judy Pearson, a presentation by Susan Gregg of VFW Post 5056 Ladies Auxiliary, and a narrated flag-folding ceremony by Master Sgt. Shane I. Inman. Additional music will be provided by Hugo’s Accordion Band. The Marine Corps League will present military honors, and light refreshments will be served.
  • Sedro-Woolley – Skagit County residents can receive free roses to be used at ceremonies and placed on graves of fallen heroes from 10:00am to 2:00pm at Flowers on Woodworth, 102 Woodworth Street. Recipients will receive one rose for their loved one or fallen hero and one rose to keep in remembrance. This is part of a nationwide floral tribute spearheaded by The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation. Each rose taken also allows the Foundation to place additional roses on the graves at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, D.C. American Legion George Baldridge Post 43 will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at 11:00am at Union Cemetery, 2261 Wicker Road. A potluck luncheon will be held at 1 p.m. at the Post, 701 Murdock Street. Starting at 9:00am Saturday, May 28, Post members will put memorial flags on veterans’ graves at Union Cemetery, and the cemeteries at Hamilton and Lyman. Anyone who knows of unmarked veterans’ graves can come by on Saturday so Post members can put a flag on them.

2. Mount Vernon High School Civic Action Night, Thursday, May 30, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Mount Vernon High School Library, 314 North 9th Street, Mount Vernon
The Civics classes at MVHS would like to extend an invitation to everyone to come to our Civic Action Night. Civics students have been researching an issue that affects our community and developing a plan for how they could create change. All are welcome! Real change starts with local action!

3. NEWMountain Runners: Then & Now! – Two events at Concrete Saturday, Jun 1 and Sunday, Jun 2

  • Film – The Mountain Runners – Saturday, Jun 1 at 5:00pm – From 1911 to 1913, a legitimately “amazing race” was run. Envious of the tourists flocking to Seattle, the civic leaders of fledgling Bellingham devised an elaborate PR stunt: America’s first mountain adventure race. Offering up $100 in gold coins to the first runner who could clamber up and down nearby Mount Baker, a 10,781 foot volcanic, glacial peak! Click Here for more information.
  • Race – The Mt. Baker Ultra Marathon, Sunday, Jun 2 at 12:00am – 6:00pm – The Mount Baker Ultra is a 56 mile out and back foot race from the town of Concrete, Washington to Mount Baker’s Sherman peak at 10,160ft (3,097m). The race draws its inspiration from the century old Mount Baker Marathon that lasted for three years from 1911-1913. Click Here for more information.

4. NEWAnacortes Waterfront Festival 2019, Saturday, Jun 1, 10:00am – 6:00pm and Sunday, Jun 2, 10:00am – 5:00pm, Cap Sante Marina, 1019 Q Avenue, Anacortes
Let your inner sailor out and embrace a life on the water at the Anacortes Waterfront Festival! With an open-air car show; food vendors; arts and crafts booths; children’s activities including giant slides and water balls; live music, and entertainment – this annual Anacortes event has something for all ages.

5. NEWWSDOT has created an Active Transportation Plan Survey and they are asking for our input
Access it here:

This is why it matters:

  • Because decisions about how our streets and roads can work well for everyone start with your involvement.
  • Because nothing gets funded, designed, and built without being in some plan, somewhere. (This means you need to get involved in your local and regional plans, too—we start with those.)
  • Because our state plan shapes how we work with our partners in the towns and regions where you live and move around every day.
  • Because good connections for people walking, biking, and rolling make the system work better for everyone, including people who drive.

Surveys aren’t super exciting to participate in, but they are important! Please take 10 minutes for the future of walking, biking and rolling in our state. WSDOT is also asking us to share the survey widely with our co-workers, friends and family.

6. Ramadan 2019 in United States will begin in the evening of Sunday, May 5 and ends in the evening of Tuesday, Jun 4
For more information on Ramadan, Click Here for an article from USA Today or Click Here for an article from Al Jazeera. Teachers – Click Here for 9 Ways to Support Students During Ramadan.

7. Farmers Markets

  • Anacortes – open – Saturdays, 9:00am – 2:00pm, The Depot: 7th Street & R Avenue
  • Bow – opens Jun 13, Thursdays, 1:00pm – 6:00pm, Samish Bay Cheese, 15115 Bow Hill Road
  • Concrete – open, Saturdays, 9:00am – 3:00pm, Concrete Center, 45821 Railroad Avenue
  • Edison – closed
  • Mount Vernon, open, Saturdays, 9:00am – 2:00pm, Riverwalk Park, 501 Main Street
  • Mount Vernon, opens Jun 5, Wednesdays, 2:00pm – 7:00pm, Kincaid Entrance lawn at the Skagit Valley Hospital
  • Sedro-Woolley, open, Wednesdays, 3:00pm – 7:00pm, Hammer Heritage Square, Ferry and Metcalf Streets


1. Listen to We Do the Work, Tuesdays, 5:00pm, and Sundays, 5:30pm at KSVR, 91.7 FM or KSVU, 90.1 FM
A weekly local worker radio program that features news, interviews, music, and comments, “We Do the Work” believes American workers are at the heart of our economy and culture, deserving dignity, respect, and a decent family wage. To hear our other shows, go to We Do The Work Archives. Questions about interviews? Email –

NEW – We Do The Work’s program for Tuesday, May 28, 5:00pm and Sunday, June 2 – Dave Paul, 10th Legislative District Representative
Interview by Gary Kanter: Dave describes his first experience in the Washington State Legislature and what bills he is most proud of.2. Listen to Speak Up! Speak Out! Radio
Listen to Speak Up! Speak Out! – a half hour weekly radio show committed to community, peace, justice, and non-violence issues – on KSVR, 91.7 FM in Mt. Vernon; KSVU, 90.1 FM in Hamilton. Airs Wednesday at 5:00pm on both, Thursday at 8:00am on KSVU and Sunday at 5:00pm for both. Our shows are available online. Stream or download a show at anytime. Interested in getting SUSO e-News? Contact

NEW – Speak Up! Speak out! for the week of May 29 – Callie Martin, Community Outreach Coordinator, Solid Waste Division, Skagit County Department of Public Works, talks about how the county deals with the ton and a half of waste each of us generates each year.
She offers suggestions for composting and lays out the currant guidelines for recycling.

3. Coffee ‘n Cards (now Mondays only)
All are invited to drop in (for any length of time). Coffee ‘n Cards is now operating from 10:00am – 12:00pm each Monday at the Skagit Democrats Headquarters. Sending postcards to give a PoB (Pat on the Back), oppose/support a specific issue, or occasional SOY (Shame On You) to deserving individuals or groups is a positive way to react to the negative news from Trump administration. Colorful postcards, pens and topic cards with addresses are provided, stamps sold 3/$1, and you bring your own coffee! Return address labels for your cards are timesavers. We have sent out an average of 50 cards per week, since the first of the year to local, state, and national lawmakers, government officials, individuals and groups.

Card writers needed from the 39th Legislative District! Your 3 legislators consistently vote against any environmental legislation (just one example). They need to know their CONSTITUENTS are watching and are wanting to see a greener Washington. Your voice needs to be heard in Olympia.

Tally: 2019 – 1161, grand total – 5,673.