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 By Jean Markert    A & E    May 22, 2024 

Library Happenings

Instead of my regular La ­Conner Swinomish Library column, Jim Airy, who was board chair during much of the 2020-2022 state audit period and I would like to respond to the recent article about library audit findings in the May 15 La Conner Weekly New...

 
 By Chloe Peterson    A & E    May 22, 2024 

Anna Tivel releases new music

We’re splitting the difference between singles and the album drop for La Conner born and raised musician, Anna Tivel. I first discovered Tivel while covering the 2023 Christian Lee Hutson/Fenne Lily tour stop in Seattle for The Daily of the U...

 
 A & E    May 22, 2024 
Goldfinches perch in a tree

American Goldfinch

This is the time when the male American Goldfinch looks his best! You can't miss seeing them with their bright yellow feathers and they hope that the females will do the same. They come to seed...

 
 A & E    May 22, 2024 

A&E Briefs

Mark your calendars for some upcoming fun activities. Skagit Community Band free ensemble concert: “Postcards of Gratitude” at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Maple Hall. This concert features groups that represent all sections of the band, inc...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    A & E    May 15, 2024
Author and musician Lucky Diaz plays guitar for children

Kids get a Lucky day at La Conner Swinomish Library

Friday was a Lucky day in La Conner, and not just because of the Northern Lights. An upbeat, hour-long morning program at La Conner-­Swinomish Library by award-winning author and musician Lucky Diaz...

 

Plant clinics offer wealth of knowledge to gardeners

When you’re facing issues with your garden, from troubled roses to fungus on your fruit trees or even perplexing plant identification, you need not rely on uncertain advice from neighbors or online forums. Visit a WSU Extension Master Gardener P...

 

A&E Briefs

Mark your calendars for some upcoming fun activities. La Conner Guitar Festival 2024, May 17-19. Listen to, play and shop for the world’s finest handmade instruments with three days of events and exhibitions in Maple Hall and evening concerts at t...

 
 By Cora Thomas    A & E    May 8, 2024
Two auctioneers work with a crowd

Foundation auction proved 'The Force' of Skagit poetry

"The Force" was with the Skagit River Poetry Foundation on Saturday May 4th, Star Wars Day, as 125 community members gathered to support our nonprofit at our fourth annual auction at historic...

 

Library celebrates Vi Hilbert, legendary Lushootseed linguist

An overflow crowd was on the same page with author Janet Yoder at La Conner Swinomish Library last Friday. Nearly 50 people attended Yoder's one-hour presentation honoring the legacy of revered late...

 

Hear author talk about his prize-winning economist dad

Hear about a really smart man whose son has written a book about him: “Leonid Hurwicz: Intelligent Designer: How War and the Great Depression Inspired a Nobel Economist.” Michael Hurwicz will read at the Skagit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Sun...

 

A&E Briefs

Mark your calendars for some fun activities this coming week. Swinomish Yacht Club Opening Day Boat Parade, 3-4 p.m. Saturday, May 4. Grab a viewing spot along the La Conner boardwalk at the Swinomish...

 

'Genuine Skagit Cooking' book launch

Celebrate the farm-raised flavor of the Skagit Valley from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, with the release party of “Genuine Skagit Cooking.” Break bread in tribute to the farmers, food producers, and residents who have opened their recipe boxes sal...

 
 By Yvette Burdick    A & E    April 24, 2024
Musicians rehearse

Skagit Valley Chorale attracts local talents

The Skagit Valley Chorale celebrates in song May 4 and 5 in a cross-genre collaboration led by Artistic Director Yvette Burdick showcasing the talents of nearly 100 local musicians, including 11...

 

About Chorale's 'On the Air' show

The Skagit Valley Chorale and friends are bringing audiences a musical time capsule of life in mid-twentieth century America on May 4 and 5. Artistic Director Yvette Burdick has assembled a unique program of music originally performed by Fred Waring...

 
 By Ken Stern    A & E    April 24, 2024

Embrace 'Kiss Me Kate' in Anacortes

Cole Porter, Samuel and Bella Spewack were right: It pays to “Brush Up Your Shakespeare,” so you can follow all the ins and outs of a 1940s musical rendition of “A Taming of the Shrew,” at the center of their own “Kiss Me Kate,” which opened last...

 

Library Happenings

Lots of great things are happening at the library this month. First, we want to welcome Richard Vendiola, our new tribal liaison. Richard has a background in education and moved from Auburn to Swinomish in August with his wife, Jennifer, a special...

 
 By Jan Taylor    A & E    April 24, 2024

Adult Day Program raises funds

Skagit Adult Day Program held a very successful dinner/auction April 13, grossing over $66,000 at Bertelsen Winery. A highlight was Joy Post sharing her caregiving story with grace and humor. It was followed by “A Day in the Life of Bradford H...

 
 By Anne Basye    A & E    April 17, 2024

Museum sale at Skagit City School this weekend

The Skagit Historical Museum's annual Sale at the School runs 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday, April 19-21 at the Skagit City School, 17508 Moore Road on Fir Island. Museum Director Jo Wolfe is excited...

 
 By Bruce Lindsay    A & E    April 17, 2024

What's in your potting soil?

Local gardening stores offer a multitude of soil mix choices this time of year. This overview of the attributes of soil and how to amend commercially produced potting soils will increase the success of your container and raised bed plantings. This...

 
A northern flicker sits on a branch

Who's drumming up noise? It's a northern flicker

It's nesting time and the flicker male is searching for the perfect spot to raise his young. Once he has located it, he will attract a female by drumming with his beak on metal or hard wood. This...

 
 By Cora Thomas    A & E    April 10, 2024

Poets use the force for May 4 auction

The Skagit River Poetry Foundation invites our community to a galaxy far, far away and presents an evening fit for a Jedi at their annual auction, A New Hope: “May the 4th” (Force) Be With You from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 4 (Star Wars Day), at Hill...

 

'Kiss Me Kate' opens April 19

Anacortes Community Theater presents “Kiss Me Kate” with a run from April 19 through May 12. “Kiss Me Kate” is a timeless and elegant show with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The story involves the production of a musical version of William...

 

April poetry readings scheduled

Authors will read excerpts from the “Madrona Poetry Project Empty Bowl Cookbook” at Village Books in Bellingham, April 8, 6-7 p.m. Readers include Tele Aadsen, Luther Allen, Jane Alynn, Michael Daley, Jessica Gigot, Georgia Johnson, Charles Chu...

 
 By Judy Booth    A & E    April 3, 2024
A woman stands outside the Saratoga Inn

Saratoga Inn: Great service, great rooms, great views

A dreamy, bluesy Frank Sinatra crooned the air at the 5-star Saratoga Inn in Langley as I entered the dining area for the complimentary breakfast last week. And after that, an Amy Winehouse song....

 
 By Bill Reynolds    A & E    April 3, 2024

Library talk explores how we see reality

Keeping it real is a popular phrase that movie director Stuart Rosenberg coined in the 1980s. But these days, there’s a question as to whether general reality even exists. That uncertainty was explored by Everett Community College philosophy p...

 

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