About 20 years ago, neurosurgeon Allen Wyler decided to turn his love for thriller novels into a hobby, sitting down to write one of his own.
“It’s something I had always wanted to do,” he said. “One day I just decided I would start.”
Now Wyler, who has lived in Anacortes since the mid-’90s, has published six thrillers of his own — in paperback, hardcover and online as e-books. This summer two of the books are finalists in the international 2013 Thriller Awards.
Joan Tezak, leaving after 22 years, oversaw event that’s now largest north of Seattle
The Anacortes Arts Festival is looking for a new leader.
Current executive director Joan Tezak announced late last month that she will retire in September, after this summer’s festival, and the board of directors has begun the search for someone to fill her shoes.
The new executive director will have a part-time, salaried position and be responsible for planning and managing the annual event, which is the largest arts festival north of Seattle, with more than 240 artisan vendors, 30 food vendors, a fine art show and a variety of musical entertainment. Other responsibilities include supervising a part-time staff, many volunteers and an annual budget of about $300,000.
Tezak has held the position for more than 22 years.
The Anacortes branch of the American Association of University Women announces that scholarships have been awarded to three students: Laura Smythe, Elizabeth McKeen and Emma Watson.
The scholarship committee was impressed with all applicants but felt the young women selected showed exceptional qualities. They showed exceptional poise, maturity and focus.
The ninth annual Bark in the Park dog festival is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Storvik Park.
The Anacortes School District presents Sizzlin’ Summer Art Classes, July 15-19. Kids can have fun drawing, painting, acting, singing, sculpting and more.
Registrations are due Tuesday, July 2. Mail them to Anacortes School District, 2200 M Avenue.
Classes will be held at Anacortes Middle School.
Anacortes Rocks, an all-ages concert, is 2 p.m. Saturday at the Port of Anacortes Transit Shed Event Center. The event is a fundraiser for the Anacortes Stadium Project, which is raising money to construct a stadium and field at War Memorial Field.