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Guemes Island, Skagit County, WA, USA

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Pie Sale Prep in Progress

Time to return your Pie Plates or donate any you may have. More Pie Plates means more pies! Just drop them off at the Community Center, there is a bin at the door.  And as fruit comes ripe, it will be time for picking and freezing it for pie baking.


The Annual Pie Sale is Saturday, August 31, 11am at the Community Hall.


Green Guemes - Pollinator Diversity Workshop, July 24, 6:00-7:30, Community Hall

Pollinator Diversity and How Native Plants Fit In - learn about the importance of pollinator diversity in the PNW and beyond.  Former entomology professor, Bob Gillespie, will explain the roles that solitary and social wasps, solitary and social bees, sawflies, flies, beetles, moths, and butterflies all play in the pollination of plants, and the importance of conserving their seasonal nesting and overwintering habitats.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Hello All Islanders! Did you know kindness is contagious? Research shows that being kind to others increases our own levels of happiness as well as theirs. What's more it has a cumulative effect - kindness makes our communities nicer places to be. Please ask yourself: how are YOU supporting the island, and giving yourself more happiness when you do?
We understand many of you spend LOTS of time volunteering, helping out at school, at church, within your families. But if you want to find one thing (or more!) to do to build community on Guemes, we have so many ways that you can help! It’s peak season for projects and events, so here’s a quick list to see where you might find your joy. You can find more information HERE. Or just email us at to let us know what you’re interested in doing.
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GICCA Business Meetings

All regular business meetings are held at the Guemes Island Community Center and are also available on Zoom. All Guemes Islanders are invited to attend.  Meetings are generally held on the 4th Thursday of the month at 7:00PM.  The next business meeting will be July 25th, 7:00 PM at the Hall.  The agenda and Zoom link for the July business meeting will posted here before the meeting.  Click HERE to join the meeting via Zoom.

Artist of the Month: Sara Harlan

Sara Harlan is an artist with a plethora of techniques in her wheelhouse.  July's artist of the month has been an art teacher for the majority of her adult life and not only can she create outstanding pieces for all to appreciate, she can also teach you hot to produce your own little masterpieces, all while getting on your Zen.  Read on to learn more about Sara's life and what she can to to enhance yours.  Read more here.

Island News

Guemes Tai Chi
Wednesdays March - June, 4:00-5:00 at the Community Center
Learn/practice tai chi using videos made by Michael Gilman, with coaching ("cheerleading") by Elyse Lord. (Gilman has a long history teaching tai chi, and now teaches in Port Townsend).
Thursdays July 10 through the summer:  4:00-5:00 at the Community Center.
Classes taught by John Kuzel, Guemes resident and tai chi instructor.  John will be working in Japan until June.
Classes will be free - and donations to support the venue (GICCA) and/or the instructor are  welcome.

Thank You To Our Art Market and Studio Tour Artists and Volunteers!
Thank you to the community for the support given to island artists at the Art Market and Studio Tour.  This one day event was enjoyed by islanders and brought visitors to the island as well.  We look forward to a return to the Studio Tour format, scheduled for Saturday, December 7.
By the numbers...
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Island Explorers Summer Camp 2023 Photo Exhibit

See our Island - Gweng gwengila* - with a focus on Indigenous culture through the adventures of children and local artists, storytellers, and musicians as they explore Schoolhouse Park, Peach Preserve, Potlatch Village, and the West Shore Bluffs.  interviews, videos, and more.  Gallery open Sundays 10:30 - 11am and during the Summer Art Studio Tour June 8th, 10am - 4pm

* “many dogs”  commonly called “Dog Island” Wooly Dog History to catch up on  The Dog island Project


Guemes Island Pickleball Players are a loosely organized group of local players with support from Guemes Island Community Center (GICCA) and Skagit County Parks.  The tennis court at Schoolhouse Park is open for anyone with a net. It is striped to allow for two pickleball courts at one time.

  • Players are encouraged to join in casual play Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 9:00 am from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
  • To communicate availability; players may use the “TeamReach” App. Look for Guemes Pickleball and use the code8GuemesI (letter I like Island at the end). This is available year-round to build groups to play. (Reach out on TeamReach and someone will respond))
  • Anyone (residents and visitors) is welcome at the scheduled play time
  • Island visitors and Airbnb owners should plan to provide their own equipment to guests.
  • Island residents need to attend the weekend play session to learn about net handling and security, before getting the lock combination to use them at will. Locked storage for island residents has portable community nets, paddles, and a few balls.
  • Local players are encouraged to contribute $10 per year to the PICKLEBALL fund held at GICCA to buy/replace nets and gear.

Guemes Gold Scholarships

The GICCA Board is delighted that the Guemes Gold Betty Crookes “Silver Award”, presented to high school juniors, was awarded to our two Associate Board members, Klein Szerlong and Caden Stephens.  Congratulations, Klein and Caden!

Guemes Grub 

Guemes Grub provides Guemes Island residents with delicious vegetarian, seasonal, and environmentally sustainable prepared entrees. Our meals are crafted with a focus on convenience, health, community engagement, and strong social and environmental performance.  We are offering MEATLESS MONDAYS!

Our Offerings:

  • Small Entree: Serves 1-2 people for $15
  • Medium Entree: Serves 2-4 people for $25
  • Custom Sizes: Available upon request

Delivery or Pick-Up:

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Yoga/Movement/Exercise Classes Starting Soon!

Natalie Magnus is hoping to combine her passion for our Guemes community and holistic wellbeing by offering yoga, movement, and/or exercise courses beginning in late summer/early fall. She will spend the entire month of July in India in a yoga teacher training covering a wide variety of topics including: meditation, mantra chanting, hatha yoga, pranayama (breathing practices/breathwork), ashtanga yoga, yoga therapy, ayurveda medicine, alignment & adjustments, and aerial yoga.

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Thank You to Our Generous Donors!

Generosity runs deep in our community; we have come together over this past year to support each other in so many ways.  The GICCA Board of Directors thanks you for your generous support.

GICCA is a qualified 501(c)(3) charitable organization. We appreciate your financial support. You can find out about ways to donate here.


Thank you to all the donors who stepped up to GiveBig2024, a program of Washington Gives.  Your generosity raised over $750 for GICCA's ongoing support!  We couldn't keep doing what we do without your help.

GICCA Needs Stuff! Donations of Equipment Are Much Appreciated 

Are you cleaning out your garage?  About to get a new barbecue? Or maybe you prefer your annual donation to be something tangible?  We are happy to receive in-kind donations!  Here's the list of what we're in need of: 

  • Propane canisters that are in good shape
  • A steam cleaner (for the barbecues - it really helps!)
  • Clear Pie Plates
  • Electric Lawn Mower

We need a new refrigerator but our space is constricted - contact if you want to get the dimensions we need

Thank you!!


Guemes supports GET (Guemes Emergency Team)!  Thank you to those who supported Guemes Emergency Team (GET) with June fundraising efforts.  GET is benefiting from the support of individuals and organizations on the island!


40 new radios are headed our way along with a few emergency cots!  About $1,500 was raised in June that will help with the purchase of this essential equipment.  This support will enable GET to be ready to assist in any widespread island emergency.

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Guemes Connects

Neighbors Helping Neighbors – GUEMES CONNECTS Needs You

A "community" is defined as a group of people living in the same place. There is also a more internal definition. A community is a group of people that takes care of each other. As Guemes Islanders, we are geographically connected but when we feel we are part of something bigger than ourselves, we truly function as a community.

For many years, GUEMES CONNECTS has brought neighbors together to help neighbors. Their mission is to foster a network of support for the Guemes Island community. This group of dedicated volunteers is committed to meeting the needs of anyone requesting assistance, regardless of age, illness, disability, race, or religion. Now CONNECTS needs new volunteers as several of the founders are retiring.

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GICCA Facilities

 GICCA owns and manages the Community Hall (7549 Guemes Island Road) as well as the Murray Read Pavilion and the Community Stage in Schoolhouse Park.  The Community Hall can be rented for private events and is available for public events.  Please Click Here for information on private event rentals and contact about any reservations.  The Murray Read Pavilion is available for picnicking without a reservation or for private events by reservation (email  We are in the process of developing processes for reserving the Community Stage for private and public events, but it is available anytime for drop-in events (with no amplification) with 30 or fewer people during Schoolhouse Park hours.

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Update Your Directory Listing

We need your help NOW to update your directory listings on this website, Islanders can easily add, delete, or update their listings (both residential and business). GICCA is committed to producing a new printed directory this year, but we can't do it without you. Please take a moment to review your listing(s) and add or edit, if needed.

To add your listing(s):

Pull down the Guemes Directory & Map tab in the menu bar at the top of this home page.

Select Directory Signup, then Residential Signup or Business Signup.

Complete your information and click Send.

To edit or delete existing listings:

Pull down the Guemes Directory & Map tab in the menu bar at the top of this home page.

Select Link Request (listing edit/opt out), then Link Request Residential Listing or Link Request Business Listing.

Complete the information and click Send or Submit.

The Help You Want

The Resources You Need

If you or someone you know is struggling, there are resources for help – help with alcohol or drugs, thoughts of suicide or self-harm, feeling depressed or anxious, or having trouble affording basic needs. To find these resources, or if you could use someone to talk to who is caring, compassionate, and confidential, visit:
No judgment. No pressure. Just resources for help.

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