1. NEW – Memorial 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. NEW – Mountain 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. NEW – Anacortes 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. NEW – WSDOT has created an Active Transportation Plan Survey and they are asking for our input
Access it here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WSDOT-ATP-2019-Engl
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