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  1. Calendar Overlay Anacortes History (7)
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  6. Calendar Overlay Housing Affordability & Community Services (1)
  7. Calendar Overlay Library (5)
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Anacortes History

  1. The Bennison Block burns (1929)

    March 4, 2021, All Day

    Today it’s recognizable as the location of the Heart of Anacortes and The Rockfish Grill. This Old Town block between 4th and 3rd streets has a deep history. Originally it was home to the Bennison Block, named after local real estate mogul, G.E. Bennison, who helped open many colorful early businesses on there. The Maryland Café, the Artistic Millinery Store and the McCallum and Taggert grocery store were some of the block’s early institutions. These early businesses were destroyed in 1929 when the block went up in flames. Some of the businesses moved across the street to the McCracken block, the location of Bennison’s real estate office. Interestingly enough though, Bennison did not just sell properties. He also sold insurance. Fire insurance.

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  2. Anacortes Kiwanis Club Established (1926)

    March 8, 2021, All Day

    The Anacortes Kiwanis club was organized Monday March 8, 1926. Bylaws were adopted, Henry Schmidt was elected the first president, buttons were distributed and Thursday was decided upon as the luncheon day. The first meeting was March 11. Since that day the club has has made many contributions to the community, including donating the top of Mt. Erie to the City and more than $3 million to scholarships and other worthy causes.

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  3. Anacortes Post Office established (1879)

    March 13, 2021, All Day

    Anacortes officially received its name on this date in 1879, when the community’s first post office was established in Amos Bowman’s store. Bowman, the first postmaster, famously derived the city’s Spanish-sounding name from the name of his wife, Anna (or Annie) Curtis Bowman. Anacortes replaced the community’s orginal name, Ship Harbor. In 1979, at a centennial celebration in Anacortes, a proclamation was read on behalf of the White House by Congressman Al Swift: “Congratulations on the hundredth anniversary of your community. In celebrating this important milestone in your history, you can take pride in the values and ideals that have made your community and your nation grow and prosper. May the vitality and spirt of your people continue to help build a better American and a better world.” It was signed by Jimmy Carter, President of the United States.

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  4. Anacortes becomes an All-America City (1962)

    March 14, 2021, All Day

    A telegram from President John F. Kennedy broke the news to Anacortes Mayor Eugene “Bud” Strom that Anacortes had won the coveted designation of “All-America City” from the National Municipal League. If you had asked Anacortes residents in 1951 whether their town was qualified to receive such a prestigious national award, they would have laughed. It was a town still recovering from the Depression and dealing with the reality of declining lumber and fishing industries. Something radical needed to change, and about 1,500 community members (especially young residents), were ready to be that change. Infused by new residents and funds generated by the arrival of refineries, the community developed a massive do-it-yourself improvement program. Anacortes built four new grade schools, a hospital and a storm drain system, and paved six miles of poor quality streets in a period of 8 years. The enthusiasm and results earned Anacortes its designation as an All-America City.

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  5. Socialists expand in Anacortes (1909)

    March 18, 2021, All Day

    A letter in the Anacortes American on this date in 1909 announced that local Socialists were invited to organize and help establish a facility in Anacortes. This effort was only two years after the final collapse of the Equality Colony, an experimental Socialist commune near Edison. “All class-conscious Socialists and sympathizers of Anacortes are hereby given the privilege to contribute their mite towards having a meeting house and reading room for working men by letting us have their donation, small or large, as early as possible. We bought a lot on Commercial Avenue and 15 Street and are rushed to meet the final payment therof.”

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  6. Scott Paper Co. shuts down (1978)

    March 24, 2021, All Day

    The Scott Paper Mill, once of the largest employers in the city, closed on this date in 1978. For more than 50 years, the pulp mill at the foot of 17th Street played a major role in the economy, community and environment (i.e. aroma) of Anacortes. Lumber mills operated on this shore of Fidalgo Bay as early as the 1890s, but the first pulp mill was opened by Fidalgo Pulp Manufacturing Co. in 1925. Scott Paper Co., which bought the mill in 1940, operated it as the Anacortes Pulp Company, and later under the name of its subsidiary, Coos Bay Pulp Corporation, through 1960. From 1961 until the plant closed in 1978 it was known as the Scott Paper Mill. Despite the name, no paper was made at the plant. It produced bales of pulp that went by rail, ship and truck to U.S. and international paper mills. The Eagle’s hall put on a farewell dinner for the mill attended by nearly 200 people. Many of the former workers were transferred to similar Scott Paper Mills in nearby Hamilton and Everett.

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  7. Ferry Guemes has shakedown cruise (1979)

    March 26, 2021, All Day

    On this date in 1979, officials conducted the shakedown cruise of the ferry Guemes (or the Guemes II). The new ferry had just made a 66,000-mile voyage through the Panama Canal from the shipyard in Somerset, Mass., where it was built. At the helm was Capt. Robert Hamstead of Massachusetts, who also skippered the ferry on the long trip. The 16-car Guemes replaced the 9-car Almar.

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Arts & Culture

  1. Anacortes Arts Commission Regular Meetings

    March 10, 2021, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Anacortes Public Library

    Public is always welcome. MISSION STATEMENT: The Anacortes Arts Commission supports excellence, vitality, diversity, and accessibility of the arts as essential to the quality of life for all Fidalgo and Guemes Island residents by fostering a community cultural vision through the acquisition, placement and maintenance of public art and by promoting participation, innovation and partnership in all the performing, visual literary arts.

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City Council

  1. City Council Planning Committee Meeting

    March 8, 2021, 5:00 PM @ City Hall Main Conference Room

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  2. City Council Meeting

    March 8, 2021, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Refer to each meeting's published agenda for meeting location; some meetings may be held only electronically pursuant to Governor's Proclamations.

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  3. City Council Public Works Committee Meeting

    March 15, 2021, 5:00 PM @ City Hall Main Conference Room

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  4. City Council Meeting

    March 15, 2021, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Refer to each meeting's published agenda for meeting location; some meetings may be held only electronically pursuant to Governor's Proclamations.

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  5. Housing Affordability and Community Services Committee Meeting

    March 17, 2021, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Planning Director's Office, City Hall

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  6. City Council Planning Committee Meeting

    March 22, 2021, 5:00 PM @ City Hall Main Conference Room

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  7. City Council Meeting

    March 22, 2021, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Refer to each meeting's published agenda for meeting location; some meetings may be held only electronically pursuant to Governor's Proclamations.

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Finance

  1. City Council Finance Committee Meeting

    March 10, 2021, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ City Hall Main Conference Room

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  2. City Council Finance Committee Meeting

    March 24, 2021, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ City Hall Main Conference Room

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Forest Advisory Board

  1. Anacortes Forest Advisory Board

    March 4, 2021, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Anacortes Senior Activity Center

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Housing Affordability & Community Services

  1. Housing Affordability & Community Services Committee Meeting

    March 3, 2021, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Don Measamer's office; City Hall

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Library

  1. Together We Discover: Sue Roberts

    March 10, 2021, 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ Online video on Facebook or YouTube

    Get a behind the scenes tour of sculptor and artist Sue Robert's Guemes Island studio. Learn about pottery and sculpture and find out how to take classes just a ferry ride way.

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  2. Virtual Storytimes - Every Weekday!

    March 12, 2021, All Day @ Online on our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/AnacortesPublicLibrary/

    Join our library staff every day of the week for online storytimes. We read books, sings songs, and teach fun activities that you can do from home. Visit our Facebook for all the details or view the archived versions on our YouTube channel the following day.

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  3. Introducing the Asian Giant Hornet - Friends of Skagit Beaches

    March 19, 2021, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Online Event

    Learn about these large invasive hornets from Asia, the threats they pose and how to prevent their expansion into our local communities. Present by Cassie Cihorz, outreach and education specialist from the WSDA.

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  4. Humanities WA Presents: The Country That Fiction Built

    March 24, 2021, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Virtual event via Zoom - link coming soon

    University of Washington professor Michelle Liu invites participants to think about how works of fiction still fundamentally shape, as well as limit, how we think about skin color, morality, and who counts as human. How can fiction help us imagine building more empathy and openness to those with experiences different from our own? Join us for this live presentation and conversation. Registration required.

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  5. Virtual Storytimes - Every Weekday!

    March 26, 2021, All Day @ Online on our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/AnacortesPublicLibrary/

    Join our library staff every day of the week for online storytimes. We read books, sings songs, and teach fun activities that you can do from home. Visit our Facebook for all the details or view the archived versions on our YouTube channel the following day.

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Museum Events

  1. Anacortes Historic Preservation Board Meeting

    March 10, 2021, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ These will be web-based meetings until further notice. For more information please contact the Anacortes Museum.

    Anacortes Historic Preservation Board Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month at 4 PM These will be web-based meetings until further notice. For more information please contact the Anacortes Museum.

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Planning Department

  1. HACS Meeting

    March 3, 2021, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Until further notice, all meetings held remotely without physical location

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  2. Planning Commission Meeting

    March 10, 2021, 6:00 PM @ City Hall Council Chambers

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  3. Housing Affordability & Community Services Committee (HACS)

    March 17, 2021, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Until further notice, all meetings held remotely without physical location

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Public Safety

  1. Coffee With Karl (virtual meeting)

    March 9, 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Join CSO Karl Wolfswinkel with the Anacortes Police Department to discuss police matters affecting our community and nation. The meeting will take place virtually at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 9. Email CSO Wolfswinkel at karlw@cityofanacortes.org or call (360) 293-4684 for a link to the meeting.

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