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Last update: July 17, 2019

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The Samish Island website is owned and operated by the Samish Island Community Center (SICC), a 501C3 non-profit organization, located in Skagit County, Washington, USA.

Art Festival - Saturday, July 27th

The 23rd Annual Samish Island Arts Festival will be held on Saturday, July 27th, from 10- 4 pm - Come to our relaxed island atmosphere for summer fun that includes over forty original artists at our Community Center, 11292 Blue Heron Rd. We will feature Kitty Bluhm's nature photography, raku pottery, soaps, textiles, jewelry, glass, woodwork and much more. Corner Pub chef, Colin cooks up locally sourced cuisine and their staff provides beer and wine at our outdoor sound stage. Live music this year includes "Mudflat Ramblers", a Dixie land band, Guemes Island's "7:20 String Band", old time mountain music and back by popular demand, Seattle's Blues-busker extraordinaire, P.K.Dwyer. A creative arts table is available free for children's activities. Read more... 7/17/19

Burn Ban begins July 12, at noon.

A modified burn ban happens soon. Check out the Fire Marshall web page for more information and details. 7/6/19

Samish Shore Lines Newsletter

The July Shore Lines is on the web page today. Check out the summer activities below, and view the Arts Festival 2019 Poster. 7/1/19

Upcoming Summer Island (and nearby) Activities

July Community Meeting - Sunday, July 14, 1:30-3pm

Join Skagit Land Trust staff at the Samish Island Community Center, to help inform development of the Samish Flower Farm Management Plan! This meeting will also serve as an opportunity for community members to learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities and to check in with the Trust about any items relevant to Trust properties on Samish Island. Light refreshments will be provided. 6/11/19

June Newsletter

The June Samish Shore Lines News is online today. Welcome, summer! Thanks to Linda Larson for editing this month's edition. 6/2/19

May Newsletter

The May Samish Shore Lines is on the e-groups and the web page. Thanks to Charlene Day for editing this month's edition. 5/1/19

Community Garden

If you love growing food for personal use and helping others, consider joining the Samish Island Community Garden, at the end of Blue Heron Road. Cost to join is $25 for individual, $50 family. Members harvest for themselves, and the garden contributes weekly to the Food Bank Distribution Center in Sedro Woolley, for those in need. Contact: Linda Larson 766-6600 for more information. Work days coming up:  Monday, April 29, Saturday, May 4, Thursday, May 16 (about (9:30 am start). Next meeting and potluck, Monday, May 20 at Community of Christ Church social room. 4/25/19

Camp Samish Work Week

Islanders sometimes like to help with projects during the Camp Samish "work week", which begins Monday, April 29 through Saturday, May 4. There are indoor and outdoor jobs. Lots of options for all abilities and interests. The lists of chores are in the camp dining hall. It is a nice way to show appreciation for the beautiful walking area they allow our community to use. 4/25/19

Upcoming Events:

Summer Art Festival

The Samish Island Arts Festival planning is well underway, so mark your calendars for July 27, 10am to 4pm. It's a GREAT island festival, so plan for a day of fun, art, and gifting. More.... 4/18/19

Burn Permits

Skagit County requires fires over 4' diameter to have a burn permit. Now there is a map of permitted burn locations at the Fire Marshal website. Small yard debris fires 4' and under need not be permitted in our area. 4/12/19

Shore Lines - April edition

The April Samish Island Shorelines Newsletter is posted today, and sent to your e-group. If you have trouble opening it, save it to your desktop, then try. 3/31/19

Complaint form for Tanker off-gassing odors (Northwest Clean Air Agency)

If you smell noxious gas odors from tankers in Samish Bay, during the spring and summer, fill out the online form below, to report it. Some days it goes beyond bad, to completely unhealthy and unbreathable air, putting residents and pets at risk. This summer, community meetings are being planned, exploring some form of action, whether county, legislative, or legal action. More info..

Complaint Form: http://nwcleanairwa.gov/forms/complaint-form/. You can also call the Northwest Clean Air Agency and leave a phone message: 360-428-1617. 3/31/19

Tanker Air Polluters

You can find out which tankers are in our bays on this real-time site, called Live Ships Map. Destinations for ships in Samish Bay, are destined for March or Cherry Points. It sometimes helps if you can pinpoint which ship is off-gassing when you make a report. 3/31/19

Walking on the island

Many islanders walk for pleasure, enjoying the "east loop walk." Camp Samish, owned by the Community of Christ Church, allows islanders to walk the far east side of the camp property (off the far end of Scott Rd), as long as no camp residents are disturbed, and dogs are leashed and cleaned up after. See the Camp Samish Walking Guidelines here. 3/29/19

Samish Shore Lines - March edition

The March Shore Lines is online today. Thanks to Charlene Day, this month's editor. 2/28/19

Samish Shore Lines - February edition

The February Shore Lines is posted on the web page and e-groups today. 2/1/19

Staying in Touch through e-Groups:

We have two groups sponsored by SICC: The first - and most popular - is for neighborly sharing, borrowing stuff, selling stuff, asking questions, reporting various problems, and emergency island information, called Samish Neighbors.

The second e-group is for people who don't want a lot of neighborly info, just essential and emergency information (like floods, road conditions, emergency weather conditions, and also The Shore Lines Newsletter). This Group is called Samish Info. You can join either group by clicking on Groups (on the site index above left), then click on E-Groups and read instructions. If you need help, contact our webmaster, samishisland@gmail.com. 1/4/19

Samish Island shoreline photos

You can see various years of Samish Island shoreline photos, taken by the State Department of Ecology, from 1976 to 2017 at this Shoreline Photo Viewer. 10/31/18

Hall Rentals

Have a gathering planned that's too large for the size of your home? Consider using the community center for your event. Islander/Member daily rate: $75. Off-Islanders with an island sponsor daily rate: $100. The Community center is open, spacious, has lots of tables, chairs and useable kitchen. It holds 100 people for meetings, less for sit-down dinners. There is no Wi-Fi to encourage real-life conversations. Call to reserve your event day, 766-8202 (please leave message). You can also rent the video projector or sound system for additional fees. More info.. 1/7/14.

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