Guemes Island Community Center Association

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Guemes Island, Skagit County, WA, USA

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Peace Pole and Peace Education/Advocacy Project Comes to Guemes Sept 21


Guemes Island artist Bob Anderson is bringing this inspirational project to the island. Bob hopes that over the coming months interested residents, local artists and island organizations will join him in creating their own unique "Peace Pole" to be placed around the island. This project is just one part of a year-long peace-education and advocacy project.

On Friday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Labyrinth near the Church, islanders will gather for an Equinox/Peace Celebration to inaugurate this project. The 21st is also the United Nations International Day of Peace. Bring short appropriate readings or poetry to share as well as lanterns, luminarias and candles. Information will be available regarding design and construction of your Peace Pole.

Contact Bob Anderson 360-293-3770 or earthspiritcircle@earth.ink.net for more information.

 

OWL: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls - Sept 22

Sept 22 at the Community Hall, by photographer Paul Bannick. See details in the article in Island News on this site.

Modified Burn Ban In Effect

The full burn ban has been lifted but a modified burn ban remains in effect. Click here to read more. Click here to view risk reduction steps that can make your home safer during a wildfire. For up-to-date information from the Guemes Island Fire Dept, go to www.guemesfire.org

Get Your Act Together Now!

 

Get your act together and share your talent with our Guemes community at the  "Homegrown Community Talent Show," October 20, 7 pm at the Community Hall.

 

Can you dance, play an instrument, sing, tell a story, share a poem, perform a magic trick, juggle, joke, etc? Young and old - you can be a star. Contact Karen Lamphere    karenlamphere@gmail.com or 425-297-3990 to reserve your spot on stage!

CERT Training Classes Begin

The first session of a 6-week CERT training program begins Sept 23rd from 12:15 – 3:15 pm at the Community Hall. This is a great opportunity to learn more about your own emergency preparedness as well as how the CERT program can benefit the community. There's still time to register! Click here to view class information. Register now

Fermenting Workshop

October 6

Learn how to extend your garden's bounty by creating delicious, healthy probiotic foods through fermentation. Fermented foods boost the immune system and nutrient absorption. You will make sauerkraut to take home and ferment, as well as watch demos and sample tastes of other recipes. Saturday, October 6, 1:30-3:30 pm at the Community Hall. $10 supply fee. RSVP to Karen at 425-297-3990 or karenlamphere@gmail.com.

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Meet Your (Backyard) Neighbors - Guemes Island owl photos by Ian Woofenden, Connie Snell, and Deb Strathman

Whoooo's your neighbor?

Does your neighbor have a quiet and wise demeanor? Does s/he exude an air of mystery and diffidence? Do you hear him/her calling out at night? Does s/he hang out on your back fence and stare at anything that moves? Strange behavior for a neighbor? Not if s/he's an owl! What a hoot! 

Learn more about these serene, wise observers of human society and their challenges to survive and thrive when Paul Bannick presents Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls,  September 22, 2 – 4 pm, at the Community Hall.
 

Paul, a graduate from the University of Washington, is an award-winning wildlife photographer and acclaimed author. He combines his love of the outdoors, his skill as a photographer, and his passion for wilderness conservation into his books as well as his multimedia presentations that emphasize the natural history of North America with a focus on birds and habitat. 

Paul has been featured numerous times in local and national press, including in the Seattle Times, King 5 News, Evening Magazine, NPR, NBC Nightly News, etc. He currently serves as the Director of Major Gifts for Conservation Northwest, an organization dedicated to protecting and connecting wild areas and recovering native species from the Pacific Coast to the Canadian Rockies. 

Join us! Don't miss Owl!
Read more
 
GICCA Board Openings -










This Fall, there may be openings on the Guemes Island Community Center Association Board.
 

Engaging in the community as a GICCA Board member is fun and rewarding. It’s an opportunity to learn more about our island community, participate in exciting projects (e.g. future Hall expansion), partner with other organizations, meet new people, and make a difference. 

If you’re new to the community, we welcome your new ideas, energy, and talents. Been around for a while? We value your island knowledge and experience. 

If you’re awesome (we think you are) and you want to make a difference (we know you do), please consider contacting us to learn more.
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Sound Defense Alliance -    Thanks to everyone who attended the August 19 film screenings about the Navy jets out of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station and their impact on our local communities and environment. 

If you'd like to learn more, we encourage you to visit   https://sounddefensealliance.org or contact Mark Lundsten, member of Indivisible Fidalgo, directly at mlundsten@gmail.com
A Gentle Reminder From The Guemes Library - Please be sure to return books and DVDs that you have checked out from our island library.
We have many overdue items and a few empty DVD cases.  Remember to check your bookshelves and DVD players.
Thank you from the Guemes Library staff.

Meet Your Neighbor

Meet Your (Backyard) Neighbors - Guemes Island owl photos by Ian Woofenden, Connie Snell, and Deb Strathman

Whoooo's your neighbor?

Does your neighbor have a quiet and wise demeanor? Does s/he exude an air of mystery and diffidence? Do you hear him/her calling out at night? Does s/he hang out on your back fence and stare at anything that moves? Strange behavior for a neighbor? Not if s/he's an owl! What a hoot! 

Learn more about these serene, wise observers of human society and their challenges to survive and thrive when Paul Bannick presents Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls,  September 22, 2 – 4 pm, at the Community Hall.
 

Paul, a graduate from the University of Washington, is an award-winning wildlife photographer and acclaimed author. He combines his love of the outdoors, his skill as a photographer, and his passion for wilderness conservation into his books as well as his multimedia presentations that emphasize the natural history of North America with a focus on birds and habitat. 

Paul has been featured numerous times in local and national press, including in the Seattle Times, King 5 News, Evening Magazine, NPR, NBC Nightly News, etc. He currently serves as the Director of Major Gifts for Conservation Northwest, an organization dedicated to protecting and connecting wild areas and recovering native species from the Pacific Coast to the Canadian Rockies. 

Join us! Don't miss Owl!
Read more
 

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