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"Given that it serves as the brain’s built-in therapy mechanism regulating our negative moods, given that it acts as the brain’s janitor sweeping away toxins responsible for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, sleep may be the closest thing we have a superpower" ................. Read more

https://www.brainpickings.org

Astronomy for all! Come learn some basic astronomy principles on Monday evenings at the Oak Harbor Library!

These meetings are family friendly, and great educational fun. Meetings are presented by members of the Island County Astronomical Society. No experience necessary. 

Come learn about astronomy and ask any questions that you may have!

When: Monday, October 21st, 2019 at 6:00 pm
Address: 1000 SE Regatta Dr, Oak Harbor, Washington 98277

Phone: 360-722-7459

Come check out the 5th annual OH BABY Birth and Baby Fair! This event is PACKED full of vendors, birth professionals, health resources, local food and more. Meet the birth professionals, shop with local vendors, and enjoy some lunch while you're there. Educational classes will run throughout the day. There will be giveaways and swag bags as well as FREE ADMISSION! Spread the word!


When: Saturday, October 26th, 2019 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Address: 150 SW 6th Ave, Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Phone: 360-279-5300 

You are cordially invited to join your favorite characters for the eighth annual enchanting fall ball!

Enter the grounds of Lord Hill Farms, in Snohomish, while you gaze upon the beautiful tree lit path to the grand entrance. Walk down the red carpet wearing your favorite formal/semi formal/ or Sunday's best attire and wander the ball, finding your favorite characters as you mingle, take photos and eat sweets fit for a queen! 

Dance the night away with the characters and your fall ball date and sing-a-long to your favorite songs!

When: Saturday, October 26th, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Address: 12525 Old Snohomish Monroe Rd, Snohomish, Washington 98290
Phone: 360-568-1780 

"We spend our lives trying to discern where we end and the rest of the world begins. There is a strange and sorrowful loneliness to this, to being a creature that carries its fragile sense of self in a bag of skin on an endless pilgrimage to some promised land of belonging. We are willing to erect many defenses to hedge against that loneliness and fortress our fragility. But every once in a while, we encounter another such creature who reminds us with the sweetness of persistent yet undemanding affection that we need not walk alone".......Read more

Come watch the META Perfroming Arts production of Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical!

This is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

This is an INCREDIBLE show that you won't want to miss. Perfect for elementary aged children as well. Don't miss it!

When: October 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Address: 712 S 1st St, Mount Vernon, Washington 98273
Phone: 360-336-8955

Come check out Northwest Washington's premier comic book and pop culture convention! This event will be featuring the largest selection of comics, toys and related merchandise.

Enjoy many guest speakers and a costume contest, freebies, door prizes, and lots of fun! 

Kids 7 years old and under are FREE with a paying adult. Free parking included. 

Don't miss out on this very special family friendly event!


When: Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 10:00 am 
Address: 5715 Barrett Rd, Ferndale, Washington 98248

Phone: 360-734-7832

"Potoroos, birds of paradise, variegated lizards, and other wondrous creatures brought to vibrant life by a visionary woman in the golden age of scientific exploration"..........Click to read more

Kirk Cameron will be bringing the Cameron living room to churches across the country, and wants you to join him for a heartfelt conversation about what matters most to husbands, wives and parents. 

Think of it as a "home-run date night" with Kirk along with special music guest, Matt Hammitt. 

Come enjoy a time to get away with your spouse for 3 hours to laugh, pray, learn and worship together as everyone dives deep.

You'll walk away from this event with a new lens to see your family through and you'll definitely be inspired to give your family a "Living Room Reset". Don't miss it!

When: Monday, October 6th, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Address: 4326 148th St SE, Mill Creek, WA 98012

Review the science behind managing your symptoms such as dry hair/skin/nails, inability to lose weight, itchy skin, and feeling cold.

Why do I still have symptoms if my test results are all NORMAL? Do you have Hashimoto Auto-Immune issues? Your symptoms could be linked to thyroid issues that may not show up on conventional blood tests. 

Correct your symptoms even without prescription medications with tools you'll learn at this integrative wellness seminar!

This event is open to patients and providers. 

Presentation by Michelle Moser, RPh. Seating is limited, private group rates available. Refreshments will be provided!

When: Thursday, October 15th, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Address: 221 South 1st Street, Mount Vernon, Washington 98273

Phone: 360-757-6677 

Come celebrate the 30th anniversary season at Anacortes Farmers Market! 

The market offers everything from fresh fruits and veggies, baked goods and pasta, honey, cheese, eggs, meat and fish, preserved foods, soap and body care products, candles, clothes, jewelry, and accessories, fine arts and crafts and SO MUCH MORE!

There will be hot food options available with an outdoor cafe and live music every week from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.

Your children will enjoy the kids activities while you are enjoying the market.

 You can find the master gardeners plant clinic indoors or relax and enjoy the sculpture garden and madrone grove next door!

When: Every Saturday through October 26th, 2019 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Address: 611 R Ave, Anacortes, Washington 98221

Phone: 360-293-7922

info@anacortesfarmersmarket.org

Come share your love of reading with like-minded individuals. This month the group will be discussing "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman. 

Bring your covered drink, a snack and join the discussion in the library's Center for Lifelong Learning!

When: Fridays from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm!
Address: 1000 SE Regatta Dr, Oak Harbor, WA  - Phone: 360-722-7459

Curious about the mysteries of Orpheus? The Cornet Bay Retreat Center is holding a weekend to re-live this story!

Orpheus was the first musician, the first poet and the first story-teller – the first composer of myth, for mythos is story; and all nature crowded round to hear him.

At this exciting retreat, you will encounter many divine beings, mythical beasts, face challenges and choices, and maybe even get a glimpse into the mystery of your very own being. 

There will be live actors, displays, props, activities and much, MUCH more to see and do in this live-interactive weekend! 

When: Friday, September 27th at 3:00 pm through Sunday, September 29th, 2019 at 12:00 pm.

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!

Address: 400 Cornet Bay Rd, Oak Harbor, WA 98277 

Phone: 360-679-2482

Mothers or expectant mothers - THIS IS FOR YOU! 

Come learn all there is to know about breastfeeding! Learn different ways to hold your baby and different solutions to boost supply and ways to properly address a poor latch. This is a free event led by an IBCLC. Tell your friends! 

When: Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 at 5:30 pm. 

Address: 1000 SE Regatta Dr, Oak Harbor, Washington 98277

Phone: 360-675-5115

Come find lots of great treasures, live music, great food, and a car show at the Skagit County Fairgrounds! This awesome fall garage sale is LOADED with antiques and knick knacks for everyone. Enjoy some live music and food while you shop around! 

When: Friday, September 20th at 9:00 pm through Saturday, September 21st, 2019 at 4:00 pm. 

Address: 479 W Taylor St, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Phone: 360-416-1350
Email: aricg@co.skagit.wa.us

Join your host, Larry Korn, for a week long natural farming immersion at Ananda Farm on Camano Island. Vegetarian meals and camping space is provided for the week. Attune to the spirit of Masanobu Fukuoka and natural living as an integrated approach to life and agriculture. Participate in classes, discussion, philosophy, and the hands-on practice of natural farming. The farm currently has around 10 resident-stewards at the farm, alpacas, goats, dogs, cats, chickens, and a few acres of garden-orchards filled with thousands of plants, crawlers, and fliers. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends and learn a TON! Don't miss out on the fun! Cost is $375 – $675 (sliding scale).

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE!

When: Saturday, August 31st (2:00-5:00 pm arrival), through Saturday, September 7th, 2019 at 1:00 pm.
Address: 732 Haven Pl, Camano Island - Phone: 360-387-0575

 Show your veterans ID to your cashier and receive 15% off your entire purchase!
Thank you for your service!

Address: 1335 State Highway 532, Camano Island, WA - Phone: 360-629-6142
Email: facebook@2ndchancethriftshop.org

Wangari Maathai (1940 - 2011) Renowned Kenyan social, environmental and political activist and the first African woman to win the Nobel Prize. She founded The Green Belt Movement in 1977

French children’s book author Franck Prévot and illustrator Aurélia Fronty tell her remarkable story in Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees  - You can learn more at Brain Pickings in Maria Popovas's article "Planting trees as resistance and empowerment" 

Photo credit : The Green Belt Movement

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