Runners in Saturday’s eighth annual Art Dash passed below murals above the Tommy Thompson Parkway just south of 30th Street. The annual runs — 5K, 10K and half marathon — raise money for public art such as the murals.
Three people with long-term associations with Wolf Hollow will celebrate the nonprofit’s 30 years by doing a 30-mile sponsored run/walk on Orcas, Lopez and San Juan islands on Sept. 5, 6 and 7.
Anacortes mural artist Bill Mitchell will receive the Pioneer Spirit Award at the annual Pioneer Picnic Thursday.
The picnic was founded in 1891. Each year, folks from across Skagit County are invited to the celebration of county history. A family is recognized as “Family of the Year,” and an individual gets the “Pioneer Spirit” award.
The Summers family is this year’s family, and Mitchell receives the spirit award for his contributions to recording history through his murals throughout Anacortes.
Daisy recently was taking a dust bath as she does almost everyday to rid herself of mites, condition her feathers — and just because it feels good.
The Silver Laced Wyandotte chicken shares her coop in an Anacortes backyard with Rosie, who looks just like her except she has fuzzy feathers sticking up near her comb. Both chickens belong to Linda Zielinski who hosts a workshop on raising chickens in urban backyards 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Depot during the Anacortes Farmers Market.
Zielinski’s workshop is the 10th in a series that continues through Oct. 5 with the final one on fermenting foods by Julianne Ash. All 16 skill share workshops this year are free and sponsored by Transition Fidalgo & Friends in partnership with the Farmers Market.
The workshops began last year as a way of helping build community resilience, said Transition President Evelyn Adams.
“One of the concerns of transition groups is that a lot of us no longer have many of the basic skills our grandparents took for granted,” Adams said. “Learning to do for ourselves … helps build a sense of can-do, which is psychologically important in challenging times.”
See stone work, juried exhibit, youth art at free event Saturday night — and all next week
The 2013 Anacortes Arts Festival kicks off this weekend with the free Arts at the Port opening 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the Port of Anacortes Transit Shed Event Center.
A variety of artwork, in three exhibits, the will showcase some of the best the region has to offer, and several Anacortes artists are front and center.
Island View Elementary School’s community garden group is looking for help to complete the garden by the time students get back to school so they can grow winter crops.
Donations can be made through the website at anacortescommunitygardens.org via PayPal or at the Parks & Recreation Department at City Hall.
Donations of supplies are also welcome, including spare lumber, nails and garden tools.
For more information call Sylvia Cooper at (360) 420-7774.