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 By Rosi Jansen    A & E    February 21, 2024
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Open your eyes to spy short-eared owls

The short-eared owls are migrating birds visiting this area from October through April. They are not nocturnal birds like other owls, but hunt during daytime hours. They look for voles and field mice...

 
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How to attract more garden pollinators

Gardening is a wonderful way to connect with nature, and it's even better when you can use it to help support the local pollinator populations. Bees, butterflies and other insects play a crucial role...

 

iDIOM Theatre satire a romp

“The Knight of the Burning Pestle” at Bellingham’s Idiom Theater is a “17th century satire full of equal parts chivalry and whimsy in a disorderly, theatrical romp,” promotions claim. written by Francis Beaumont and adapted for the iDIOM...

 

Poetry reading in Anacortes Feb. 24

The Madrona Poetry Series brings Claudia Castro Luna and J.I. Kleinberg to read Feb.24 at 7 p.m. at Pelican Bay Books in Anacortes, 520 Commercial Avenue. The Erik Christensen Band will play....

 
 By Adam Sowards    A & E    February 7, 2024
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Tony Angell blends art and science to explore birds' 'niches of time'

In the Seattle suburb of Lake Forest Park, where Tony Angell lives, crows gather in great numbers before flying off to Bothell to roost by the thousands. One reason they do this is for the social...

 
 By Cora Thomas    A & E    February 7, 2024

Anne Schreivogl creates 2024 Poetry Festival poster

Last week the Skagit River Poetry Foundation revealed its 2024 Poetry Festival poster art by Fidalgo Island artist Anne Schreivogl in a ceremony at the La Conner Rotary Club's weekly meeting (Weekly...

 

MoNA unveils 3 new exhibits by women, for kids and at the 'seam'

The Museum of Northwest Art on first Street is brimming with newly opened exhibits and they are free. “Silva Cascadia: Under the Spell of the Forest” features noteworthy Northwest women artists whose works center around the fecund dialogue with t...

 

WSU Skagit Ag Summit is set for Friday

The annual WSU Extension Skagit Ag Summit is, Feb. 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Washington State University’s Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center. No registration needed. Lunch included. This year’s themes are leadership, economic...

 

Brass Quintent to play at library

Take extra time at the La Conner Swinomish Library this Saturday and find a seat to see and listen to a concert from the Skagit Brass Quintet, an ensemble culled from the Skagit Community Band. The...

 

Hear early music Friday in Anacortes

Classical music on classical instruments dating to the 17th century, including works of Bach, Beethoven and Mozart, will be performed by Elizabeth Blumenstock on violin and Tamara Friedman on fortepiano at 7 p.m. Friday. The musicians are Duo...

 
 By Rosi Jansen    A & E    January 31, 2024
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A look at Anna's Hummingbirds

The Anna's Hummingbirds are year round residents in this region: They expanded from California and don't have the instinct to migrate south. Their habitat is influenced by humans; they enjoy parks and...

 
 By Judy Booth    A & E    January 31, 2024
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6th Annual Birds of Fiber exhibit

A quick stroll – if climbing three flights of stairs is a stroll – to take in the newly opened "Birds of a Fiber" and then a treat by spending time viewing the other two exhibits at the Pacific...

 
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La Conner Birding Festival landing in Maple Hall

There are two full days of all things Skagit Valley birding and beyond at the La Conner Birding Festival this weekend, Feb. 3-4 in Maple Hall. Doors open at 10 a.m. Saturday winds up with...

 
 By Adam Sowards    A & E    January 31, 2024

Skagit Ag Summit gathers experts and farmers

Just as regular as the harvest, the time has arrived for the annual Skagit Ag Summit. It will convene Friday, Feb. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Washington State University’s Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center. The meeting is an...

 

Skagit Band concert Feb. 2

The Skagit Community Band performs Friday at 7 p.m. in Maple Hall. Bring your dancing shoes for ‘Let’s dance,” with music from around the world. A second performance is in Anacortes’ Brodniak Hall at 3 p.m. Feb. 4 . Information:...

 
 By Judy Booth    A & E    January 24, 2024

66 birds/3 degrees lecture

Saturday's lecture at the Museum of Northwest Art capped off the three-month visual and sound exhibition, "Surge: Mapping Transition, Displacement and Agency in Times of Climate Change," with a...

 

Birding Festival at Maple Hall Feb. 3

The La Conner Birding Festival returns to Maple Hall Feb. 3-4 with art, education and family activities for the whole family. Wildlife artist Tony Angell speaks 6 p.m. Saturday on “For Ravens, Crows, and Other Birds, Timing Is Crucial.” The La...

 

'Let's dance' at Feb. 2 concert

Join the Skagit Community Band when it performs music inspired by dance 7 p.m. Feb. 2 in Maple Hall. Selections include: "Four Scottish Dances" by Arnold, "Russian Sailors' Dance" by Gliere, "The...

 

66 birds/3 degrees: Go see this exhibit

As a birder and wildlife photographer I am keenly aware of the impact climate change is having on our wild neighbors. Still, when I saw Natalie Niblack's extraordinary exhibit "66 Birds/3 degrees," a...

 

Help for the vegetable garden novice

Now that I live in the beautiful, abundant Skagit Valley after thirty-plus years in an Alaskan coastal rainforest, I have the climate and desire to learn how to grow a vegetable garden. I turned to fellow Master Gardener Cathy Markham and asked her...

 

"The Empty Bowl Cookbook" poetry reading Saturday

The celebration rollout of the “The Empty Bowl Cookbook,” a new anthology published by the Madrona Project, is 7 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Pelican Bay Bookstore, 520 Commercial Avenue in Anacortes. Twelve writers will read their work along with other...

 

Anacortes wine festival canceled

The Anacortes UNCORKED Wine & Food Experience has been canceled because the Port of Anacortes Transit Shed Event Center has been closed to rentals, the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce board of directors announced earlier in January. The Chamber...

 
 By Anne Basye    A & E    January 10, 2024

Bounty of poems, art, recipes in book

Poets are people. They get hungry, make shopping lists, cook. You can find their hankerings and appetites in "The Empty Bowl Cookbook," a new anthology published by the Madrona Project. The...

 
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It was a dark and stormy night . . .

Dec. 9 was a wretched, cold day with sideways rain and bone-chilling wind. The annual La Conner lighted boat parade, put on by the Swinomish Yacht Club, was scheduled for 6 p.m. and all day long peopl...

 

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