New Ferry Survey
How can we make your ferry experience better?
Vote for your favorite improvement options at www.publicinput.com/4955 by Sept 15.
Dog Show, Aug 24
Canine Fun & Games!
Saturday, August 24
10 am - 2 pm
Islanders of all ages have enjoyed this friendly, furry competition in years past, which is why the Historical Society has brought this event back for the 6th year in a row - it's a howl!
Annual Fall Festival, Aug. 31
Come one, come all to the Annual Fall Festival held Saturday, August 31, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m at the Community Hall. Don't miss your opportunity to purchase local artist creations, local crafts, secondhand treasures, antiques, garden-grown produce, famous Guemes hot dogs and lemonade (provided by GICCA), as well as homemade baked goods provided by Guemes bakers.
If you're donating a baked item for the sale, please bring before 9:00 a.m. No pies with cream, milk or eggs can be donated. All proceeds from the bake sale and the space rentals go to the Betty Crookes Guemes Gold Scholarship Fund. If you want to participate as a vendor, contact Howard Pellett, 360-293-8128 or email@example.com.
Adventure to Vendovi, Sept 7
The Guemes Island Historical Society, in conjunction with Rising Tide Charters, is pleased to announce a fundraising adventure to Vendovi Island. Vendovi has rich history, beautiful scenery and great walking trails which allow for island exploration. On the ride out, you'll hear a brief account of Vendovi history and what you might experience on your visit. On the return trip to Guemes you'll hear some of the history of Eliza Island, Vendovi's neighbor to the north.
Space is limited. Make your reservations now!
NeedLESS Plastic, by John Strathman
Photo: John collecting beach debris on an Ocean Legacy expedition
In a 2016 survey, The Pew Research Center reported that 74% of Americans said: “the country should do whatever it takes to protect the environment." But only 20% said that they make an effort to live in ways that help protect the environment “all the time.”
It’s really tough to be environmentally conscious when it comes to plastic. Plastic is a ubiquitous workhorse and a seemingly essential component of our way of life. It’s everywhere, in almost everything we use, for many good reasons. Plastic is light, strong, durable, and cheap. Try to get everything on your grocery list and avoid plastic. Good luck. Try to go a day without using anything plastic. Not gonna happen. But, there ARE many opportunities to reduce our use.
Help Fund New Stove at the Church
The Guemes Church commercial kitchen has hosted many meals and food-related events over the years. The Gathering Lunches feed up to 60 people on Thursdays during the offseason. Soup Suppers, the Holiday Bazaar, the Holiday Dinner feast, and the Strawberry Sunday Social all use the facility for food prep. The kitchen stands ready to serve our community during an emergency, working in coordination with the Community Hall as an emergency shelter. The kitchen's commercial stove has been a real workhorse but now needs to be replaced.
If you or your organization has enjoyed events made possible because of this community kitchen or your private event has cooked there, please make a donation to help purchase the new kitchen stove/oven.
Checks can be made payable to the Guemes Island Community Church with a notation "for kitchen stove." Donations can be mailed to 7611 Guemes Island Road, Anacortes, WA 98221.
Phone Directories Now Available
Get yours now — while they last!
The new Guemes Island Phone Directory is now available for purchase at the Guemes Library during business hours. Listings are printed from the Guemes Directory on this website (see menu at top of page). Directories are $5.00 each. Cash or checks made payable to GICCA.
Black & White Dinner Tickets
On sale now!
Don't miss the Black and White Dinner, an island-style gala at the Community Hall on October 19. Enjoy appetizers, salad, your choice of entrée, desserts and first glass of wine. Tickets $35 each. A limited number of tickets are available. Advance sales only - get yours now, while they last! Proceeds benefit the G.I. Community Center Association (GICCA).
This year's event includes a silent auction of works by talented, but lesser-known, Guemes Island artists. Chef Mickey McEachern lends her culinary talents. Michael Brown curates the wine selections. Music by Karen Lamphere on piano. Spend a festive evening in the company of your island neighbors.
For more information, call Emma Schroder 360-588-1639 or Julie Pingree 360-293-2269.
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Plastic bottle manufacturers use 17 million barrels of crude oil annually in order to make the 29 billion plastic bottles that Americans alone consume yearly. Each single-use plastic bottle not used will save enough energy to power a 60-watt lightbulb for more than six hours. By refusing plastic drinking bottles in favor of reusable bottles, we can save energy, reduce greenhouse gases, and help minimize plastic waste. —earthday.org
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How does it work?
- Click on the AmazonSmile box (right) which brings you to the AmazonSmile GICCA page
(you might want to bookmark that page to easily find it again).
- Sign in to Amazon as usual.
- Then, just shop as you normally would!
Click here to see how much you have made GICCA smile. Thank you!