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Enjoy a hometown holiday experience while supporting students with “Celebrate the Season,” a series of family-oriented holiday events including a dinner & auction the first weekend of December. Dinner tickets are now on sale.

The signature event of “Celebrate the Season” is the “Dream It” dinner/auction. This year it will lead off the “Celebrate” festivities on Friday, Dec. 2. Also at the Port’s Event Center. This will be a lively evening featuring dinner catered by Gere-a-Deli, a live auction followed by entertainment. Doors open for registration at 6:30 PM. Tickets are available for $50 per person at Brown Paper Tickets or Johnny Picasso’s downtown.

Funds generated by this event go towards programs supported by Anacortes Schools Foundation including STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) enrichment programs that enhance curriculum.

Meanwhile, kids events are set for Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3rd and 4th, noon to 5 PM daily at the Port of Anacortes Event Center at the north end of Commercial Ave.

“We decorate the Event Center in a winter wonderland theme as a gift to the community to explore and enjoy. Among the features is a marketplace for unique gifts by local crafters and non-profit organizations – many benefitting student groups. In addition, there are activities for kids, teams, adults and families,” noted Art Shotwell, Foundation President. “On Saturday, we hope that people will come down after the parade and enjoy this holiday experience and the entertainment we have lined up.”

During “Celebrate the Season’s” two public days, guests will enjoy a wide range of activities including photos with Santa, make craft projects, warm-up with hot chocolate and cookies, and a holiday shopping marketplace offering unique gifts and food items. There is a nominal admission charge of $5/person, $20/family per day.

Saturday, December 3rd will feature afternoon entertainment that includes the An-O-Chords, Fidalgo Dance Center groups, caroling and other plans that are in the works. On Sunday, December 4h, the focus will be on Gingerbread Houses. Student and adult teams will test their creativity as they compete in designing and decorating houses for prizes and bragging rights. Gingerbread entries will be judged by a panel of community leaders. In addition, younger children will be able to decorate a mini-house of their own to take home.

Dakota Creek Industries is the presenting sponsor for this event. Other generous local sponsors of the two-week celebration include: the Port of Anacortes, Trident Seafoods, Sierra Pacific Industries, Kiwanis Sunrisers, Conrardy Design Group, Synergy Sports Technology, T-Shirts by Design, Diamond Rentals, Quantum Construction, SRV Construction, Chandler Square and The Market.

Anacortes Schools Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization with 501(c)(3) status. ASF was established in 1984 and benefits students at all levels with college and vocational scholarships, early learning support and STEM enrichment opportunities. All proceeds from the “Celebrate the Season” event will support Anacortes Schools Foundation programs including comprehensive STEM enrichment initiatives for students of Anacortes School District.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,678 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

298 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
37,483 Fully Vaccinated
52,143 Initial Doses Given


362,276 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,632 Hospitalizations

5,422 Deaths Statewide
1,982,674 Fully Vaccinated
2,927,970 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, April 21, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times

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