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Anacortes History

  1. James Albert Gray killed at Pearl Harbor (1941)

    December 7, 2019, All Day @ Pearl Harbor National Memorial

    On December 7, 1941, Americans were shaken by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, an attack so devastating that it sent us directly into World War II. President Franklin Roosevelt described it as "A date that will live in infamy," a description that has endured. Anacortes resident James Albert Gray was aboard the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor, and became the first of many from Anacortes to die in the worldwide conflict. A member of Anacortes High School’s class of 1941, Gray had dropped out to join the Navy in 1940. Local photographer and historian Wallie Funk ruminated on Gray's choice, "...his decision was that he would join the Navy and see the world, and now he is part of the eternal monument that they have at Pearl Harbor."

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  2. Virgil Johnson popcorn and candy stand removed (1963)

    December 12, 2019, All Day @ Virgil Johnson Popcorn and Candy Stand

    For 37 years, Virgil Johnson's popcorn and candy stand served eager residents of Anacortes with sweets and treats. Originally standing strategically outside the Empire Theater, the stand was up for demolition when the theater closed down. Due to popular outcry from the people though, the stand actually managed to exist longer than the theater did. It continued to operate near the old theater for over a decade until it was taken down in 1963.

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  3. Rotary of Anacortes chartered (1922)

    December 22, 2019, All Day @ Anacortes Rotary Club

    Although officers were elected and a club established with 17 members in November, the Rotary Club of Anacortes was officially chartered by the parent organization on this date in 1922. A chartering dinner the following February drew more than 250 Rotarians and guests from the Northwest and British Columbia. Since then, the group has generously donated untold hours and funds to community causes.

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  4. Carnegie Library debuts to the public (1910)

    December 26, 2019, All Day @ Anacortes Museum

    The Carnegie Library (now home to the Anacortes Museum) made its public debut on this date in 1910, when the community was invited for an open house. “The library board is more than pleased with the results of the informal opening of the public library on Monday,” reported the Anacortes American on Dec. 29. “Notwithstanding the fact that the day was a disagreeable one from a weather standpoint, and that it was a legal holiday, many visitors were in evidence during the hours that the building was open to the public. Mrs. George B. Smith, secretary-treasurer of the board, reports that there are nearly 800 volumes on hand at present, and only a few of the books ordered have arrived so far.” Construction of the building was funded by a $10,000 grant from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation.

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  5. Neil Carey and Betty Lowman are married (1943)

    December 26, 2019, All Day

    One of Anacortes' iconic couples, Neil Carey and Betty Lowman married on this day in 1941. Neil, a U.S. Navy man who hailed from Vermontville, Michigan was serving on the U.S.S. Colorado and managed to get just enough time off to jump down to Seattle and marry Betty. At this point Betty had already been on her famous one woman rowing trip from the San Juans to Alaska aboard her canoe "Bijaboji" (a loving combination of all her brother's names). He was serving the country while she was touring the country with tales of her adventures. The two would live out the rest of their lives together, later co-writing a book together on Betty's adventures in Alaska.

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  6. The Night Before State Prohibition (1915)

    December 31, 2019, All Day

    Although a predicted crowd of 700 thirsty 'Bellinghamsters' never materialized (only seven got off the boat), the Anacortes American reported that Anacortes saloonkeepers were kept busy on the last day before statewide liquor prohibition took effect: “Practically every saloon in the city sold off all its stock before closing time and all report a rushing business in filling supplies of wet goods for the dry year during the last week. Though no figures are available, Anacortes people spent several thousand dollars in putting away a bottle or two, ‘for medicinal purposes.’ The saloon receipts of the past two weeks broke all records.” – Anacortes American (1916)

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Arts & Culture

  1. Anacortes Arts Commission Regular Meetings

    December 11, 2019, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Anacortes Public Library

    Public is always welcome. MISSION STATEMENT: The Anacortes Arts Commission supports excellence, vitality, diversity, and accessibility of the arts as essential to the quality of life for all Fidalgo and Guemes Island residents by fostering a community cultural vision through the acquisition, placement and maintenance of public art and by promoting participation, innovation and partnership in all the performing, visual literary arts.

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City Council

  1. City Council Planning Committee Meeting

    December 9, 2019, 5:00 PM @ City Hall Main Conference Room

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  2. City Council Meeting

    December 9, 2019, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ City Hall

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  3. City Council Public Works Committee Meeting

    December 16, 2019, 5:00 PM @ City Hall Main Conference Room

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  4. City Council Meeting

    December 16, 2019, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ City Hall

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  5. City Council Planning Committee Meeting

    December 23, 2019, 5:00 PM @ City Hall Main Conference Room

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  6. City Council Meeting

    December 23, 2019, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ City Hall

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Finance

  1. City Council Finance Committee Meeting

    December 11, 2019, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ City Hall Main Conference Room

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  2. City Council Finance Committee Meeting - CANCELLED

    December 25, 2019, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ City Hall Main Conference Room

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Library

  1. 11am - Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale

    December 7, 2019, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Anacortes Public Library

    Friends of the Anacortes Public Library will hold a book sale on Dec 7 from 11 am to 3 pm in the Community Room at the Library. “Pay from the heart” for an assortment of gift books. Many books will be half off; others at the always low FriendShop price. All proceeds go toward purchasing books and periodicals for the library’s collection and supporting the many special programs for children, teens and adults.

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  2. 1pm - LEGO Fun

    December 8, 2019, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Anacortes Public Library

    Gather for some LEGO fun in the Activity Room. Children create masterpieces with materials we furnish! Please do not bring LEGOS from home.

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  3. 2pm - Second Sunday Jazz - Jamie and Tim: Acoustic Guitar Duo

    December 8, 2019, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM @ Anacortes Public Library

    Tim Lerch, one of the Pacific Northwest’s most respected guitarists and Jamie Findlay, master of contemporary acoustic guitar, form an “Acoustic Jazz Guitar Duo”. Together these two incredible guitarists join in an exciting musical conversation.

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  4. 11:15am - Preschool Storytime

    December 9, 2019, 11:15 AM @ Anacortes Public Library (Activity Room)

    Stories, songs and crafts. The theme changes each week and children always enjoy trying something new.

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  5. 6pm - Piano In The Library - Connor Cho

    December 10, 2019, 6:00 PM @ Anacortes Public Library

    Listen to soft background music on our baby grand piano. Experienced musicians interested in playing at the library may inquire at the Circulation Desk.

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  6. 10am - Baby Storytime

    December 11, 2019, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM @ Anacortes Public Libary (Community Meeting Room)

    Join us for stories, songs, rhymes and more! Caregivers will learn a variety of songs, fingerplays, bounces and more to help develop early literacy skills. Storytime is at 10:00am and families can stay for open play.

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  7. 10:30am - Music & Movements

    December 11, 2019, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM @ Anacortes Public Library (Community Meeting Room)

    We’ll sing songs, dance, share stories and have fun with props!

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  8. 2:30pm - Teen Advisory Group

    December 11, 2019, 2:30 PM @ Anacortes Public Library

    High school teens join us for games, pizza and brainstorming! Students can earn volunteer hours by attending. Share ideas for books, DVDs, and fun activities for our Teen Zone. Bring a friend, frenemy, complete stranger, or simply your awesome self!

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  9. 3pm - Librarian Coffee Hour

    December 11, 2019, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Anacortes Public Library

    Come chat with Library Director Ruth Barefoot about current library services, as well as plans for the future. Let us know about which library services and resources answer your needs and what you would like to see the library offer. Here’s your chance to ask the library experts!

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  10. 10:30am - Time For Tots Storytime

    December 13, 2019, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM @ Anacortes Public Library

    This program promotes early literacy through stories, play, movement, music, and rhymes. We begin with 30 minutes of open play.

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  11. 5pm - Winter Wonderland

    December 13, 2019, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Washington Park

    Enjoy the lights and celebrate the season with your librarians! This popular, annual Parks & Rec event provides a fun, free and unique holiday experience for all.

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  12. 5pm - Winter Wonderland

    December 14, 2019, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Washington Park

    Enjoy the lights and celebrate the season with your librarians! This popular, annual Parks & Rec event provides a fun, free and unique holiday experience for all.

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  13. 1pm - LEGO Fun

    December 15, 2019, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Anacortes Public Library

    Gather for some LEGO fun in the Activity Room. Children create masterpieces with materials we furnish! Please do not bring LEGOS from home.

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  14. 2pm - Piano in the Library - Gregory Oh

    December 15, 2019, 2:00 PM @ Anacortes Public Library

    Listen to soft background music on our baby grand piano. Experienced musicians interested in playing at the library may inquire at the Circulation Desk.

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  15. 11:15am - Preschool Storytime

    December 16, 2019, 11:15 AM @ Anacortes Public Library (Activity Room)

    Stories, songs and crafts. The theme changes each week and children always enjoy trying something new.

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  16. 3:30pm - Anime Club

    December 16, 2019, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM @ Anacortes Public Library

    Calling all fans of anime and manga! Watch anime with other fans, talk about manga series, create original artwork and stories, and more!

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  17. 10am - Baby Storytime

    December 18, 2019, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM @ Anacortes Public Libary (Community Meeting Room)

    Join us for stories, songs, rhymes and more! Caregivers will learn a variety of songs, fingerplays, bounces and more to help develop early literacy skills. Storytime is at 10:00am and families can stay for open play.

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  18. 10:30am - Music & Movements

    December 18, 2019, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM @ Anacortes Public Library (Community Meeting Room)

    We’ll sing songs, dance, share stories and have fun with props!

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  19. 3:30pm - Teen Writing Group

    December 18, 2019, 3:30 PM @ Anacortes Public Library

    Teen writing group for High School students. A professional writer leads this group of aspiring authors. Each session there is a new writing prompt and participants have the chance to share their creative writing with the group. Call the Children’s Department to get on the email list.

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  20. 10:30am - Time For Tots Storytime

    December 20, 2019, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM @ Anacortes Public Library

    This program promotes early literacy through stories, play, movement, music, and rhymes. We begin with 30 minutes of open play.

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  21. 1pm - LEGO Fun

    December 22, 2019, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Anacortes Public Library

    Gather for some LEGO fun in the Activity Room. Children create masterpieces with materials we furnish! Please do not bring LEGOS from home.

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  22. 11:15am - Family Storytime

    December 23, 2019, 11:15 AM @ Anacortes Public Library (Activity Room)

    Stories, songs and crafts. The theme changes each week and children always enjoy trying something new.

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  23. 10:30am - Time For Tots Storytime

    December 27, 2019, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM @ Anacortes Public Library

    This program promotes early literacy through stories, play, movement, music, and rhymes. We begin with 30 minutes of open play.

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  24. 1pm - LEGO Fun

    December 29, 2019, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Anacortes Public Library

    Gather for some LEGO fun in the Activity Room. Children create masterpieces with materials we furnish! Please do not bring LEGOS from home.

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  25. 11:15am - Family Storytime

    December 30, 2019, 11:15 AM @ Anacortes Public Library (Activity Room)

    Stories, songs and crafts. The theme changes each week and children always enjoy trying something new.

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Main Calendar

  1. Christmas Parade

    December 7, 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Commercial Ave from 3rd to 10th Streets and 10th Street between Commercial and N Avenue to Causland Memorial Park.

    Join us for the Anacortes Christmas Parade, on Saturday, December 7th, 2019, at 11 :00 A.M. sponsored by the Anacortes Lions Club. All are encouraged to participate in this family friendly event ! The parade participants will be lining up at 10:00 A.M. at the end of Commercial, near 3rd Street and 0 Avenue. Lining up on 3rd Street are: floats, vans with passengers, walkers and bicycles. Lining up on 2nd Street are: horses and horse carriages. Lining up on 3rd Street, between N and 0 avenues, are: fire department and emergency vehicles. Lining up on Commercial Avenue, next to the rope factory, are: cars and car club entries. The parade will Start at 11 :00 A. M. and go from Railroad Street, just south of the Transit Shed, up Commercial Avenue to 10th Street. We will then go West on 10th Street, take a right onto N Avenue, to Causland Park where the parade will end.

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  2. Anacortes Park and Recreation Advisory Commission Regular Meeting

    December 10, 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ City Hall

    Public welcome - meet in main floor conference room

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Museum Events

  1. Anacortes Historic Preservation Board Meeting

    December 11, 2019, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Anacortes Museum Research Library

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Planning Department

  1. Planning Commission - MEETING CANCELED

    December 11, 2019, 6:00 PM @ Council Chambers - City Hall

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  2. Planning Commission Public Hearing - Critical Areas Regulations Update

    December 18, 2019, 5:00 PM @ City Hall Council Chambers

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Public Safety

  1. Coffee With Karl

    December 10, 2019, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Anacortes Senior Activity Center

    Join CSO Karl Wolfswinkel with the Anacortes Police Department to discuss police matters affecting our community and nation. December's Coffee With Karl event will focus on holiday safety. Can't make it this month? The event takes place on the second Tuesday each month at the Anacortes Senior Activity Center.

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Special Events

  1. Anacortes Jingle Bell Dash

    December 14, 2019, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Seafarer’s Memorial Park through downtown city streets

    The Jingle Bell Dash is a fun community event to celebrate fitness and the holidays in the City of Anacortes. This is a 5k/10k run/walk to help raise money for American Association of University Women STEM programs for girls in the Anacortes Middle and High Schools. A Kids Dash to Santa is also held in the parking lot of the Seafarer’s Memorial Park shortly before the race begins.

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