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Eating Alabama

The film "Eating Alabama: A Story About Why Food Matters," on Sept. 30 leads off a series of five films about the environment scheduled for this fall by the Friends of Skagit Beaches.

The Friends is sponsoring their 3rd annual Films with Friends environmental film series. Films with Friends 2016 will include five environmentally-themed documentaries. Most films will be preceded by short films made by area students, filmmakers, and nonprofits.

The 2016 season will kick off with the documentary Eating Alabama, a shout-out to Skagit County farming families hosting the 2016 Festival of Family Farms the same weekend.

Eating Alabama tells the story of a young couple in search of a simpler life. They return home to Alabama where they set out to eat the way their grandparents did – locally and seasonally. But as they navigate the agro-industrial, gastronomical complex, they soon realize that nearly everything about the food system has changed since farmers once populated their family histories. A thoughtful and often funny essay on community, the South, and sustainability; “Eating Alabama” is a story about why food matters.

The Eating Alabama Trailer can be viewed at

On Friday, Sept. 30, doors open 6:30 p.m. for popcorn & drinks. Films begin at 7 p.m. (approximately 1 ½ hours) at the Northwest Educational Services District Building, 1601 R Ave. Films are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome to help continue this series in 2017. For more information visit the Friends website.

Following films – learn more about the 2016 films on the Friends website calendar for these dates:

  • October 14th – Salmon Confidential
  • October 28th – Double Feature: A Simple Question – The Story of Straw & Nature’s Orchestra - Sounds of Our Changing Planet
  • November 11th – Sonic Sea

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,586 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

288 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
35,476 Fully Vaccinated
50,348 Initial Doses Given


357,122 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,368 Hospitalizations

5,380 Deaths Statewide
1,830,811 Fully Vaccinated
2,748,811 Initial Doses Given

Updated 8 pm, April 16, 2021.

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