Skagit County Saturday Events

AnnieAre you pursuing something melodic to entertain your Saturday evening? Do you fancy musicals and just can’t get enough? This local Skagit Valley event may be just the activity that you desire! The musical Annie will be presented on Saturday, December 14th at 7:30pm at the Lincoln Theater located at 712 S 1st St in charming downtown riverside Mount Vernon, WA. Tickets for this local theatrical event start at $15.

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NutcrackerDo you admire a classic, traditional holiday season? Do you appreciate dance and ballet? This local Mount Vernon soiree may just suit your definitive taste. The Nutcracker will be performed on Saturday, December 15th beginning at 2pm in McIntyre Hall located at 2501 E College Way in the splendid Skagit Valley town of Mount Vernon, WA. Tickets to this beloved and treasured local event start at $15.

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NoelAre you craving a unique twist for the holidays? Do you enjoy something offbeat this time of year? This local Fidalgo Island performance may be just the unconventional happening to appease your desire. Noel Noir is a Christmas hilarity intertwined with winter charisma and edgy conversation, abounding in enigmatic bewilderment. This program will keep you hypothesizing and entertained with messages of giving and compassion. Noel Noir will be held on Saturday, December 15th from 7:30 to 9:30pm at the Anacortes Community Theatre located at 918 M Ave in Anacortes, WA. All seats are $20 each. Additional date and time for this event is Thursday, December 20th from 7:30 to 9:30pm.

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SantaBkfstHave you experienced your official annual appointment with the cheerful man in red? Do you have a hankering for a satisfying and scrumptious breakfast? At this local Mount Vernon, WA even you can immerse yourself in both! Breakfast with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be held on Saturday, December 15th from 9am to 1pm at the Fireweed Terrace, part of the Eaglemont Golf Course located at 4800 Eaglemont Drive in the scenic farmland town of Mount Vernon, WA. Cost for this local Skagit County breakfast event is $10 for 12 years and under, $12 per adult. Delight in a mouthwatering meal, compose your letter to the North Pole, craft an ornament to take home, decorate some cookies, and don’t forget to get your picture taken with Santa!

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FrozenDo you feel like you can’t hold it back anymore? Are you ready to just let it go? At this local Skagit Valley function, you can! Saturday, December 15th from 11am to 12pm is your chance to meet Anna and Elsa from the hit movie Frozen. The cold doesn’t bother them anyways, so they will be visiting the La Conner Christmas Tree that is displayed in Gilkey Square located at 103 Morris St in the alluring waterfront town of La Conner, WA.

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Are you positively enamored with where you live? Do you have a passion for indulging in all things local? At this local Fidalgo Island evening gathering you can commemorate the holiday season in the community that you love!¬†RockinYuleThe Rockin’ Yule Bizarre will be on Saturday, December 15th from 7 to 11pm at the Anacortes Arts Depot located at the corner of 7th & R Ave in the lovely island town of Anacortes, WA.¬†Everything is local at this winter celebration including music, food, treats, crafts, plus beer and wine. Admission to this all ages event is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and kids 12 and under are free.

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CascadiacsDo you enjoy flaunting your dance moves? Are you ready to rock around the Christmas tree? This local Skagit County show may be just the thing you’re looking for! The Cascadiacs will be rocking in Big Lake on Saturday, December 15th from 8:30 to 11:30pm at the Big Lake Bar and Grill located at 18247 State Route 9 in the delightful riverfront town of Mount Vernon, WA. Have a good time boogying to classic radio dance music from the 1950s to 2018. Unwind, enjoy fun and entertainment at this free event!

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BowmanBayDo you take pleasure in indulging with a delightful cup of hot chocolate? Do you find it near impossible to resist enticing holiday time baked goods? This local Deception Pass experience will be difficult to avoid! Bowman Bay Holiday will be held at Deception Pass State Park, located off Bowman Bay Rd, just north of Deception Pass bridge on Saturday, December 15th from 4 to 8pm.

During this 4th annual family friendly holiday event you will be able to savor the hot chocolate and baked goods that you crave. There will also be opportunities to take photographs with Santa Claus, make fun crafts, sing along with carolers, and write encouraging letters to our service members who are overseas during this time. The Bowman Bay cabins will be festively decorated with sparkling lights. Suggested donation for this event is $5 per car.

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Fall Gardening Tips

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Fall garden planning is key to a fabulous garden come the spring season. this is the perfect the time to clean up beds, manage soils and plant spring-blooming bulbs. Here are some tips for prepping your garden during the fall:

Water all your plants thoroughly, in particular, your trees. Their roots need an abundance of precipitation to endure the approaching months.

Shop for Bulbs
Browse catalogs or frequent garden shops early for the perfect assortment.

BONUS TIP: If deer, rabbits, or other wildlife are a nuisance to your garden, you can choose pest-resistant bulbs like Siberian squill, fritillaria, and daffodils.

Clear Debris Away from Roses
Decaying rose foliage provides disease a haven over winter and can cause complications in your garden next year.

Plant Evergreens and Shrubs
Prompt planting in fall provides young plants ample time to establish their roots by winter.

Amend Your Soil
Prepare the ground so it is primed for next year’s beds and fall bulbs by tilling the soil and adding compost.

Plant Fall Annuals
Flower Bulbs
Increase color in your garden by planting fall annuals, for example pansies, mums, and ornamental kale.

Lower Your Lawn Mower Height
Grass grows slower in fall, but it will still need to be trimmed to make ready for winter. A shorter cut assists the soil in drying out more briskly in spring.

Feed the Birds
Keep in mind your feathered friends; their food supply becomes meager in fall.

Cut Back and Separate Perennials
At the same time that you’re digging them up to separate them, rearrange plants that haven’t been doing well in their existing location.

BONUS TIP: Delay separating chrysanthemums, asters, and other fall-blooming perennials. It’s better to separate them in spring.

Forced BulbsDig Up Summer Bulbs
Do you love how your esteemed summer bulbs bloomed this year? Put them aside for a repeat next year! Dig up and store cannas, callas, dahlias, caladiums, and other delicate bulbs in peat moss or sand. Put them in a cool, frost-free spot for the winter.

BONUS TIP: If you reside in a region where your bulbs are hardy, you can go ahead and leave them alone. Digging up and storing summer bulbs is only crucial if they can’t handle the winter cold that your region encounters.

Rake and Mulch
If left neglected, fallen leaves may smother your yard. Shred them and utilize them as mulch.

Get Bulbs in the Ground
Now is the time to plant your best-loved bulbs.

BONUS TIP: You can pull off procrastinating on planting bulbs until the soil freezes hard enough that you can’t get a shovel into it.

Force Bulbs for Winter Color
Get a head start on spring by planting bulbs indoors in January or February. Bulbs such as hyacinth and narcissus will do exceptionally well if you plant them in fall and keep them cool until you’re set to delight in the colored blooms.

Feed Your Yard
Don’t allow your grass to start winter without the essential nutrients it needs to combat the winter weather.

Bring Sensitive Container Plants Inside
Remove any deceased foliage and break apart any hard soil before transporting your treasured tropical plants inside for the winter.

BONUS TIP: Be on the lookout for pests. Before escorting plants indoors, spray them to keep harmful insects out of your home.

Garden HoseEmpty Hoses, Fountains, and Drip-Irrigation Systems
Confirm that all standing water is drained from your watering apparatuses and store these items in a dry place.

Clean Up the Vegetable Garden
Pull any weeds
and remove any debris so pests are discouraged from making your vegetable garden their winter home.

Dig Up Annuals
Exhausted and deceased, your summer annuals can now cultivate and nourish your compost pile.

Protect Cold-Sensitive Plants
Roses, perennials, and shrubs that might capitulate to cold weather should be sheltered with mulch or another cladding.

Contact us for more tips on how to¬†optimize your garden and enhance your home’s curb appeal for the real estate market! If you are looking to buy in Anacortes or elsewhere in Skagit County, we can guide you to finding a great home in this beautiful part of the Pacific Northwest.

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Open House June 24

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Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor will host a public open house on Saturday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The following events and activities will take place throughout the day:

  • 5K Run along the flight line
  • Displays and demonstrations of NAS Whidbey Island Aircraft, which may include the EA-18G Growler, P3-C Orion, P-8A Poseidon, MH-60S Knighthawk, and the C-40A Clipper
  • Navy Band performance
  • Guided bus tours
  • Search and Rescue/K-9 Working Dog Demonstration
  • Fire Department Static Displays and Rescue Demonstrations
  • Explosive Ordinance Demonstration
  • Climbing wall
  • Children’s Bounce House
  • Aviation memorabilia

 

Oak Harbor Makes List of Wealthiest Small Towns in America

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Did you know that Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. proudly serves clients in Oak Harbor and also throughout Whidbey Island? Bloomberg recently reported that Oak Harbor ranks number 17 of 20 on its “Wealthiest Small Towns in America” list, based upon information from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Click here to view the complete article.

Oak Harbor is Whidbey Island’s largest incorporated city and home to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.¬†Deception Pass Bridge, a National Historic Monument since 1982 (pictured above), is actually two spans that link Whidbey Island to Fidalgo Island (Anacortes) over Canoe Pass and Deception Pass. The bridge is one of the scenic wonders and destinations of the Pacific Northwest!

For additional information about the services Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. provides, or if you are considering buying or selling a property, please contact us today! Our team of full-time brokers is available daily for all of your real estate needs at (360) 941-3734 and Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com, or stop by our Anacortes office located in Old Town at 809 7th St. We look forward to working for you!

Community Profile: Whidbey Island

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Deception Pass Bridge, a National Historic Monument since 1982, is actually two spans that link Whidbey Island to Fidalgo Island (Anacortes) over Canoe Pass and Deception Pass. The bridge is one of the scenic wonders and destinations of the Pacific Northwest.

With a population of nearly 72,000 people, Whidbey Island is the largest island in Washington State, sitting between Seattle and the Olympic Peninsula. Whidbey is home to the cities and towns of Oak Harbor, Coupeville, Langley, Freeland, Greenbank, Clinton, and Bayview; all of which fit snugly into Island County.

Oak Harbor is Whidbey Island’s largest incorporated city and home to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Named for the Garry Oak trees which grace its skyline, the city’s growth coincided with two major events: the building of Deception Pass Bridge on July 31, 1935, and the completion of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island on September 21, 1942.

Whidbey Island’s popularity stems from the amazing views of Puget Sound and the plethora of tourist activities available. Explore the waters of Puget Sound on a scuba diving adventure, glide across the sea in silence on a kayak trip to visit the orca and gray whales, sea lions and seals, starfish and crab, and eagles and the porpoises!

For thousands of years, the only people who occupied Whidbey Island were the four Pacific Northwest Indian Tribes. In the spring of 1792, Captain George Vancouver explored the area and named every mountain, island, and waterway he could find. Whidbey Island was named on June 10, 1792 after Joseph Whidbey who proved it was an island when he discovered Deception Pass.

Aside from the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, the island has a strong military history. In 1890, the construction of Fort Casey began. The three-fort defense system was built by the US Army to protect the entrance to Puget Sound. Along with this fort, Fort Flagler and Fort Worden, which are located on the Olympic Peninsula, make up the “Triangle of Fire.” Twenty years after Fort Casey was built, it became the fourth largest military post and was no doubt the most beautiful. Fort Casey is open to the public, allowing visitors to climb on the ladders to inspect the guns, walk along bluff-side bunkers, and through the dark tunnels of the past.

Whidbey Island Marathon – Sunday April 15th!

Want to run a gorgeous scenic course on country back roads and along waterfront coastline? See snow-capped mountains, Deception Pass Bridge, and beaches & wildlife? You can this weekend on Sunday, April 15th!

Whidbey Island is the perfect island weekend getaway where you can leave the city behind.¬† Just north of Seattle, nestled up in Washington State’s Puget Sound is Whidbey Island.¬† As a destination vacation playground for many, the island provides a vehicle accessible getaway from the busier mainland; providing picturesque ocean views and tranquil farmland, the full marathon and half marathon courses of the Whidbey Island Marathon & Half Marathon promise to be as scenic and challenging as ever.

As a participant of the event, on top of a well-needed vacation, you will receive plenty of goods and services to help celebrate your accomplishments.¬† Both the full marathon and half marathon courses will have plenty of on-course water and aid stations and finishers of both events will receive a custom designed technical fabric shirt, and a unique one-of-a-kind finisher’s medal. Sign up now and start planning your 2012 spring getaway! Find out more information at¬†http://www.whidbeyislandmarathon.com/

If you are interested in learning more about Whidbey Island or homes for sale on Whidbey Island, contact Jean Groesbeck at (360) 941-3734 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

Take a hike!

If you like to hike, Fidalgo and Whidbey Islands have enough trails and hikes to fill every weekend of the year!  Here is one that was suggested.

South Fidalgo trails and rural roads to Whidbey (click on link)

The Deception Pass Bridge Joins Anacortes on Fidalgo Island with Whidbey Island

The Deception Pass Bridge Joins Anacortes on Fidalgo Island with Whidbey Island

The beautiful parks in Skagit and Island County contribute to making Anacortes, La Conner, Samish Island, and Oak Harbor great communities!

Dean Piper Speaks About Your Chimney!

CHIMNEY SWEEPS & STOVE TECHNICIANS ‚Äď
NOT ALL ARE CREATED EQUAL
Every month we receive several calls from folks who are shopping for service for their gas or wood stoves and fireplaces. The truth is they are price shopping.
While it certainly makes great sense to save money whenever possible, choosing your medical specialist by how much they charge is probably not in the best interest of your long term health. So, think of the Chimney Sweep or Gas Service Technician as your doctor for your fireplace or stove. The more education and training we receive, the better we are to ensure the safety of your equipment and your home.
Becoming Chimney Safety Institute of America and National Fire Institute certified and maintaining those certifications requires classroom training, testing on a National level and continuing education. It allows us to belong to organizations that ensure we are kept up to date with all current code and safety regulations both at the National and State levels. We adhere to standards of what must be included in each level of inspection and parameters for what level of inspection must be completed in each situation.
A proper cleaning and inspection is a lot more than pushing a brush (hopefully one that is the proper shape and size for your chimney) up and down the chimney. The Certified Sweep will clean and inspect the fireplace or stove and venting system inside and out to ensure it is mechanically sound and safe to operate. They will discuss all findings with the homeowner and leave a written report, which will delineate any further inspection or work that must be completed immediately or in the future. They provide consumer education on proper burning and home maintenance. For the Certified Sweep, this is more than a job; it is his or her PROFESSION.

Dean Piper-YOHS LLC, Your Stove Shop

Dean Piper, CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep, CSIA-C-DET Certified Dryer Vent Technician, NFI Certified Master Hearth Specialist in Gas, Wood and Pellet products.
YHOS, LLC – Your Stove Shop
438 NE O’Leary Street
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
(360) 682-5317
Please take the time to protect your Skagit County real estate!
If you are interested in homes for sale in the area, please contact Jean Groesbeck at (360) 941-3734 or email Jean@ColdwellBanker.com

Lock Closure- Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

There will be an 8 hour lock closure on Wednesday, July 13th 2011, and a possible 2 hour lock closure on Thursday, July 14th, 2011.

Both the large lock and small lock will be closed from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM, for an inspection of the Adult Salmon Exclusion Structure. There will be divers in the water during this time period, preventing lock operations. The only exception will be for emergency vessels on an emergency call.

After 1:00 PM on July 13th, only the large lock will be closed to do a repair near the middle gates.  If the repair  is not completed by 4:00 PM, the large lock will re-open,  and repairs will be finished early on the morning of July 14th.

The Small Lock will be operating as normal by 1:00 PM, on the 13th and throughout the 14th.

Any questions should be referred to David Carpenter, Navigation Supervisor 206-789-2622 ext.202/ Cell 206-399-0159, or the Lockmaster on duty, 206-783-7000.

To learn more about the Anacortes marinas and boating facilities, or perhaps, a home with a dock, contact one of the experienced REALTORS at Coldwell Banker Island Living  in Anacortes.

Pending Home Sales Exceed Expectations!

Pending homes sales are up according to the National Association of REALTORS as home buyers take advantage of great home values. May statistics for home sales were up higher than anticipated.

You can view home sales statistics on our website for Skagit County, La Conner, Oak Harbor, Guemes Island, Samish Island, and even Seattle on our website.http://www.cbislandliving.com/index.cfm/page/57494/Real_Estate_Market_Trends.html