December Events in Anacortes

Can you believe December is already here?

Jingles & Santa ! Happy Holidays from Anacortes Living!

December is my favorite month of the year because it is the best time to buy a new home and spread the holiday cheer! December comes with so many exciting local events! It’s a great time of year to bring the community together and meet new people.

That being said— you will not want to miss any of the lovely local events going on throughout December in Anacortes, WA.

December 4th we had our annual tree lighting ceremony officially kicking off this lovely holiday season. If you missed this, don’t worry many more events are soon to come!

December 6th, Anacortes school district is putting on a gingerbread house contest. Guests can join the festivities with crafts and snacks for sale and children are welcome to join in on the gingerbread house fun.

December 11th-12th, Wonderland Walk is being held at Washington Park. Take a walk through the festively lit park created and inspired by different local groups.

December 16th brings another must see.The 5th annual Celtic Christmas celebration! Watch the Seattle Irish Dance company along with several different live bands.

The Jingle Bell Dash will be held December 19th this year, make sure to bring your kids! Santa will be waiting at the finish line.

Finally, Habitat for Humanity is looking for Christmas volunteers to help with constructing houses during this holiday season.

Christmas is such a busy time of year! I know I have been rushing around decorating the house, preparing for visitors and finding the perfect presents for my loved ones!

With all the excitement sometimes safety and the idea that this time can pose any threats can be put off. Here are some tips to help keep your home happy and fire-safe this season. Don’t forget your pets! We have some great pet information for keeping your furry friends safe during the winter season.

From the farmers markets and boating activities in the summertime to the holiday festivals, Anacortes is an amazing place to live. These events help make a close community that is wonderfully inviting and friendly. Don’t miss out on your chance to live in a place you’ll love!

Never heard of Anacortes? Well, if you’ve ever considered Washington, Anacortes is a great place to start your search!

See what Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC. can do for you at how we can help.

Call us today for a free consultation. Let us show you how our 5 Star Real Estate Services can make a difference in buying or selling a home. or 360-941-3734

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Have You Thought about Your Garden Lately?

This house in Mt. Vernon is a great example of an amazing landscaping!

Winter is here and with it comes the cold planting season. We love Washington for the multitude of plants that can grow here, we have so many options! Plants are a great way to improve your home’s exterior and a well-done garden, such as the backyard of this gorgeous home in Mount Vernon, WA ,  can even help to boost the value of your home. While it isn’t a good time for flowers just yet, December is the perfect time to grow a vegetable garden! Many veggies do very well in the crisp winter air and are a great way to add something special to your front or backyard.

Winter is a great time to harvest veggies and plant new ones!

Don’t know what to plant? Consider a small herb garden or possibly some larger vegetables such as garlic or onions! November through April is also the best time to plant fruit and nut trees, the earlier you plant, the better. Winter is a great time to clean out an older garden too, weeds can peek through at anytime and keeping up with it over the wintertime is a must! Here is an non-toxic and easy way to protect your garden from unwanted plants.

It can be difficult to keep up a garden during the winter, if planting isn’t your forte then try some decorative seating and lawn ornaments. Decks are another wonderful way to keep your yard looking wonderful all year round. They are great for entertaining as well as a place for potted plants. Decks are easy to take care of and relatively inexpensive to furnish. Adding color to your backyard is great for all seasons.

Have you thought about your winter yard lately? Or maybe you’re wishing you had a garden! Anacortes, Washington is filled with gorgeous houses and phenomenal landscaped yards! If you’re looking to move and get a great new home or condo, contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC. or 360-941-3734

November Activities and Events in Anacortes

November is here in Anacortes, Washington!

Can you believe it’s already November here in Anacortes? This year has seemed to fly by and along with the holiday season comes plenty of things to do in Skagit County, Washington. The Anacortes Community Theater is concluding their 51st season with their final show of the year: “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” With tickets only costing $18, it makes a perfect outing for a fun night. The Anacortes Art Commission has their First Friday Art Walk on November 6th; don’t miss seeing the wonderful work of our local artist community! The “Salish Sea Art Exhibit: Life on the Saanich Peninsula B.C.” will also be featured on the weekend of the 6th at the Anacortes Depot Arts & Community Center.

The Anacortes Art Commission

The 12th annual Brewgrass! event, a mixture of local bluegrass and microbrew lands on the weekend of the 13th and 14th. That Saturday we also have a vintage market at the Port of Anacortes!

November holidays give us the Veteran’s Day ceremony on the 11th with several guest speakers and music from Skagit Swings band and finally, Thanksgiving, on November 26th, brings a plethora of good eats with our locally owned restaurants.

Anacortes is filled with wonderful outdoor activities and events that benefit the community happening throughout the year. Are you new to the area? Want to learn more about our great coastal community? Click Here

If you have an event that’s happening in November or December and would like to be featured in our next ‘Things to Do in Anacortes’, please contact Jean Groesbeck at or by phone at 360-941-3734 and visit our website at

11th Annual Bark in the Park

Gather your fury four pawed family members and join us at the 11th Annual Bark in the Park Saturday June, 13 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Storvik Park here in Anacortes! We are excited to see all the fun and silly costumes for the doggy costume contest! There will be local vendors and various dog demonstrations at this event!

Admission is $5 per dog (donations) proceeds will help benefit our local dog park on H Ave here in Anacortes!

From June 13th- June 22nd the Anacortes Animal Control’s Semi-Annual Pet Supply Drive will be at the event accepting donations to help benefit Anacortes Animal Relief Fund (AARF), The Cat’s Meow, and Saving Pets One at a Time (SPOT)

Wish List for the Pet Supply Drive:

  • Dry dog or cat food (Kirkland brand preferred..but will accept any brand!)
  • Canned dog and cat food (Kirkland and Friskies preferred)
  • Dog and Cat treats
  • Beds, blankets, towels (gently used condition is okay!)
  • Cat litter and litter pans
  • Dog and Cat toys
  • Cleaning supplies: liquid laundry detergent, dish soap, Clorox cleaning wipes, baby wipes, 33 gallon black garbage bags, 13 gallon kitchen garbage bags, and paper towels.
  • Monetary Donations: checks made out to the specific organization or cash will be accepted at the Bark in the Park event

We hope to see everyone down at the Park!

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Waterfront Festival 2015

The 26th Annual Waterfront Festival is back in the Anacortes! If you are new to the community, this event is a MUST and includes fun for all ages! The Waterfront Festival is a weekend of fun celebrating the city’s coastal culture and heritage.

The Festival will kick-off June 5, 2015 with a dinner celebrating the eve of the great festivities to come throughout the weekend. The Kick-Off dinner will include Hors d’oeuvres and drinks on the Pier, presentations from local talent that emphasis the communal gathering, Quick’n Dirty Building Judgeship Auction, and music by DJ Mike Jenkins. A wonderfully prepared dinner will be provided by Gere-a-Deli. The Kick-Off dinner will be $45 in advance and $50 at the door, you can purchase tickets online at Port of Anacortes or by phone 360-293-3134.


Both Saturday June 6 and Sunday June 7 there will be FREE boat rides provided by the Anacortes Yacht Club starting at 10 a.m. get there early and enjoy a ride in the waters around Anacortes! Sign-ups for boat rides start at 9:45 a.m. at the Marina Office.


Make sure to check out the Quick’n Dirty Boat Building Demonstration on Saturday June 6, there are many fun, quirky, and creative boats that are brought to us by members of the community! The proceeds of this event will help fund the future building and development plans for the Anacortes Small Boat Center.


There will be an All Corvette Car Show and a Custom Classic Car Show at the Festival as well, there are over 50 beautiful cars to enjoy on Saturday June 6.


Saturday June 6 at 5 p.m. there will be a spectacular formation flyover in honor of D-Day and the 26th Anniversary of the Waterfront Festival provided by the BlackJack Squadron!


From 6 p.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday June 6 at the Depot Plaza there will be a FREE Community Dance. An old tradition of the Anacortes community will include the Fishermen’s Dance, food, and music. Refreshments will be provided and thanks to the Anacortes Brewery you will be able to purchase wine and beer at this event.

Throughout the weekend you will find educational demonstrations and displays where you can learn about boats, the waterfront, and the heritage of our coastal community. The children’s area provides fun and entertainment to the youngsters including, boat building with the Fidalgo Island Rotary, games, and art projects with the Anacortes Arts Festival.

Anacortes is filled with wonderful outdoor activities and events that benefit the community happening throughout the year that are focused on family friendly events. Are you new to the area? We have information about our community of Anacortes!  CLICK HERE to learn about our great coastal community!

We hope to see you all down at the Waterfront Festival!

TrawlerFest 2015

Trawler Fest 2015

TrawlerFest 2015 is HERE in Anacortes! Get ready and geared up to check out the the impressive in-water selection of new and pre-owned cruising powerboats! If you are a cruising enthusiast, this event is not one to miss! TrawlerFest Anacortes is not just a boat show, it is where industry, education, and community come together in a relaxed, rendezvous-type atmosphere!

Join the fun and experience the world of powerboats at the Port of Anacortes and Cap Sante Marina!

Boat Show Hours:

Thursday May 14- Saturday May 16

10 am- 5 pm

Sunday May 17

10 am- 3 pm

Ticket Information:

General Admission- $15 in advance, $18 on site

Seminars (2 hours)- $50 in advance, $60 on site

Experience first-class education, demonstrations, and learn the latest in marine products and services; all while enjoying sharing cruising tales and adventures with fellow cruisers! There are many different seminars that you can sign up for that vary in topics to fit your personal interests, make sure to register for a $10 discount in advance! Each seminar is approximately 2 hours. CLICK HERE to register for seminars!

There is so much to do at this amazing annual event, make sure to check out the Welcome Breakfast, lunches, dinners, cocktail parties, and evening activities! Whether you are a novice or an experienced boater this event provides many opportunities for you to speak with professionals and enjoy the world of cruising!

There will be FREE demos that will be on going during the show. Make sure you don’t miss them!!

Are you in the market for purchasing waterfront property? We have several wonderful homes that might catch your eye, CLICK HERE to view our current listings! For more information on the great boating scene and marina living here in Anacortes, CLICK HERE!

Happy Mother’s Day!

We would like to wish all mothers a very Happy Mother’s Day! There are many different ways to celebrate with your mother this year in Skagit and Island County! There is something for everyone to do with your mom for this special day!

Saturday May 10, 2015

Take Mom Sailing! at The Center for Wooden Boats– Event Starts: 10 am Location: 1880 S West Camano Drive-Camano Island, WA

FREE boat rides, Live Music, toy boat building and MORE! This is a FREE event with limited parking, a discover pass is required.

Mother’s Day Tea at Skagit Valley Senior Village– Event Starts: 2 pm Location: 400 Gilkey Road-Burlington, WA
This event will feature a variety tea samplings and a photo booth with costumes, props, backgrounds, and a professional photographer. This event is open to the community!

Sunday May 11, 2015

Sunday Morning Jazz at North Cove CoffeeEvent Starts: 10:30 am Location: 1130 S. Burlington Blvd-Burlington, WA

Join in on a morning full of Classic American Jazz music from the 40’s and 50’s performed by John Savage with Duane Melcher on the drums. Music includes sounds of Benny Goodman, Cole Porter, and George Gershwin. A special breakfast item will be included! This is a FREE event!

Mother’s Day Concert at Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens Event Starts: 12 pm Location: 3531 Meerkerk Lane-Greenbank, WA

Harper Tasche will be performing his 22nd annual concert performing folk music using antique instruments and specializing in the harp. This event is $10 and FREE for ages 15 and under. Dogs are permitted on a leash!

Brunch and Musical at McIntyre Hall- Events Starts: 12:30 pm Location: 2501 E. College Way-Mt. Vernon, WA

The Mother’s Day brunch will kick off this event followed by a performance of “Shrek The Musical”. Brunch is $25 and the performance is $15-10

Take Mom on a Hike!

The State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering a FREE admission to all State Parks! The discover pass will not be required, but will be required to access lands managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources.

We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, especially all MOMS!

Do The Bloom! 5k Color Run 2015

Looking for a healthy community event in Anacortes? Anacortes Art Festival presents its 1st annual Do The Bloom Run on Saturday April 18, 2015! The location of the run will start at the Anacortes Depot Art Center located at 611 R Ave. Street parking is available as well as parking at the Cap Sante Marina.

Running 5k Individuals $30 (all ages)

Kids 1 mile Color Run $10 (ages 4-12)

Color stations will be at every half mile mark and by the end of the run each runner will be decorated in fun spring colors and will resemble walking art! This is a fun, healthy event that we encourage runners from beginners to intermediate to participate to join the community in raising money for public art. We are happy to see that this event is pet and child friendly, please feel free to bring along your strollers and dogs on their leashes!

If you would like to pre-register or find out more information for the 5k Color Run or the Kids Mile Run, you can do so online! Hope to see you there!

For more community events information, please send us an email at

Happy Easter Weekend!

We would like to wish everyone  a Happy Easter!

Here in Anacortes if you are looking for something to do for the Easter holiday, The annual Egg Dash is today at 6 pm! This event is located at Storvik Park this event is for ages 12 and under and is FREE! Kids will get the chance to collect plastic eggs filled with candy and other fun surprises! This event is rain or shine, please dress comfortably for rain!!

If you are looking for an indoor activity, you and your family can decorate eggs together Friday from 4pm-7pm and again on Saturday from 2pm to 5pm! This event is at the Sedro-Woolley Hometown Cafe located at 818 Metcalf Street. For only $9.99, you will be supplied with eggs, food coloring, stickers, crayons/markers and other decorations. The price includes a kid’s entrée and drink. $4.99 for each additional dozen Easter eggs. Parents will get 15% off menu items and specials. An R.S.V.P is requested but it is not required. There will have a coloring contest, pictures and prizes; come join the fun!

Not sure where the closest Easter Egg Hunt is to you? Here is a list of different FREE egg hunts in Skagit County!

April 3rd: Country Meadow Village Easter Egg Hunt – 2pm – We cordially invite all kids up to age 10 plus parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles to our Annual Country Meadow Village Easter Egg Hunt (rain or shine). We’ll have candy filled eggs placed by the Easter Bunny (and helpers) for the kids in our two courtyards. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy some of our famous homemade cookies and punch. FREE EVENT

April 4th:  Kids GIANT Garage Sale @ Burlington Parks & Rec (right next to the egg hunt at Maiben Park) – 9am-Noon – FREE ADMISSION 

April 4thBurlington Easter Egg Hunt – 10am – This event hosted by Burlington-Edison Kiwanis is open for children 1-8yrs of age. The hunts will be separated into age groups: 1-3yrs; 4-5yrs; 6-8yrs. The event kicks off at 10:00 AM and moves rapidly through the age groups. Don’t be late!  FREE EVENT

April 4th:  Annual Lyman Community Egg Hunt – 10am – Children 11 years and younger are welcome!  Treats and Prizes for all!  Bring your own basket to the Lyman Elementary School.  This is a community event completely funded by donations.  Your support is appreciated!!  FREE EVENT

April 4thNeighborhood Easter Egg Hunt – 10am – sponsored by Trinity Lutheran, Mount Vernon Presbyterian and First United Methodist Churches and held at the Mount Vernon First United Methodist Church: 1607 E Division, Mount Vernon. FREE EVENT

April 4th:  La Conner Easter Egg Hunt – 10am in Pioneer Park – FREE EVENT

April 4th:  Hillcrest Church Easter Egg Hunt – 10am – Join us for our Annual Egg Hunt! There will be Crafts, Face Painting, a Bouncy House, Pictures with the Bunny and of course Egg Hunts for kids toddler – 12 yrs. Across the street from Hillcrest Park. For more information call the church office at 424-3006. FREE EVENT

April 4thBay View United Methodist Church Easter Egg Hunt – 11am-Noon – Join us for an Easter Egg Hunt at Bay View State Park. There will be separate areas for younger children and older children. Meet near the Picnic Shelter at the Day Use Area (near the beach); Discover Passes will be required for parking. Sponsored by Bay View United Methodist Church. 0-11 years. FREE EVENT

April 4th:   Marblemount Easter Party – 11am – It’s that time of year again….so hop on over or even run. We’re having an Easter Party, that sure will be lots of fun! We’ll color some eggs and play with them too. NOW ALL OUR PARTY NEEDS IS YOU! FREE EVENT

April 4thSedro-Woolley Easter Egg Hunt – 1pm – The Annual Easter Egg Hunt takes place at Riverfront Park.  Children ages crawler to 12 years are welcome to come participate in this family fun event!  Candy filled easter eggs and candy are spread throughout the grass sectioned off by age group waiting for your little one to hunt.  The Wildcat Steelhead Club puts on this annual event with the Sedro-Woolley Chamber. FREE EVENT

April 4thOvenell’s Heritage Inn Easter Egg Hunt – 1:30pm – Prizes and fun for all ages!

April 4thAvon United Methodist Church Easter Egg Hunt – 2pm-3pm – Come, rain or shine! Lots of eggs will be hidden throughout the church building for the kids to find – with separate areas for the younger and older children. Coffee and cookies will be available, as well. Our main entrance is located along Avon-Allen Road at the northwest corner of the building. Parking is available along Avon-Allen Road, with additional parking behind the building. 0-12 years. FREE EVENT

April 4thTeen Egg Hunt – 3pm-5pm – For youth 13-17! We are accepting donations of pre-filled eggs and age appropriate grand prizes! 125 N. 5th, MV 419-9058 FREE EVENT

April 4thTeen Flaghlight Easter Egg Hunt – 8pm – The Burlington Healthy Community Coalition (BHCC) is organizing another H.U.B. Project event – Burlington Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt!  The event will be held at the Whitmarsh Fields with support from the City of Burlington and Kiwanis.  The event is intended to provide a safe and fun activity for Burlington teens.  The H.U.B. Project (Help Unify Burlington) has a mission of uniting the citizens of Burlington in creating a safe and healthy place for our youth to grow and develop.  FREE EVENT

We hope you all have a wonderful and safe weekend!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day !!

With the arrival of Spring comes St. Patrick’s Day! Remember to wear green to show your Irish pride here in Skagit County! If you are looking for something to do for St. Patrick’s Day the Skagit River Poetry Foundation is presenting “High Spirited St. Patrick’s” with the award-winning Oregon Author, Brian Doyle along with Ireland’s beloved Tony Curtis and the Seattle Area Celtic band “The Fire Inside” March 17, 2015.

The main event will begin at 7:30pm at the Lincoln Theater located at 712 S 1St Street in Mt. Vernon. There will be a reception event held at the Trumpeter Public House located at 416 Myrtle Street in Mt. Vernon from 5:30pm-7pm, this will include a pre-concert fundraiser and book signing.

Fees and Admission for the main event are:

$30 for general admission,

$17 for students

Fees and Admission for the reception are:

$50 for general admission (includes appetizers and drinks),

$75 for both the main event and reception

For more information about this event call 360-336-8955

Don’t forget to wear green!!