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Blood drive in Stanwood

Bloodworks Northwest and Skagit Regional Health have announced a mobile blood drive Thursday, Aug. 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to Skagit Regional Clinics, 9631 269th St. NW, Stanwood. Blood donors must register in advance at 800-398-7888.

Help to change eating habits

UnitedHealthcare is helping people make positive changes in their eating habits with the Small Steps Program. Check it out Saturday, Aug. 26, Sept. 9 or 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Arlington Farmers Market, 200 N. Olympic Ave., Arlington. Individuals who meet with a participating provider will receive a voucher for a local farmers market where they can pick up a bag of fresh produce with recipes and food preparation information.

BraBedazzle for The Cause

Community members can decorate bras for display in local businesses for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October during an open house Aug. 31, noon to 7 p.m. at Citrine Health, 2940 W. Marine View Drive, Everett. Citrine will provide lots of art and craft supplies and snacks.

Citrine Health is a nonprofit organization that promotes womens health and offers specialized services to breast cancer survivors. Each bra will have a corresponding wellness message that matches the unique design to help local businesses promote awareness. Participation is free. To inquire, email or call 425-259-9899, Ext 113.

Weight loss group meets

A Tops Club weight loss group, emphasizing support, accountability, inspiration and fellowship, meets at 9 a.m. every Thursday at Camano Lutheran Church, 850 N. Heichel Road, Camano Island. Weigh-in begins at 8 a.m. First meeting is free. To inquire, contact Janet Vasen, 425-260-0487, or visit

Trauma impact and care workshop

Barbara Bennett, Ph.D. and national workshop leader, will speak on the impact of trauma and providing trauma-informed care to clients, family, friends, Sept. 9, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Best Western Plus Skagit Valley in Mount Vernon.

NAMI Skagit sponsors this intermediate-level workshop suitable for teachers, counselors, parents, mental health providers, substance abuse counselors, healthcare workers, law enforcement. Admission and breakfast are free; donations will be appreciated. Register by Aug. 25 with Dayna at 360-708-8452 or

Master aging in senior center program

The Stillaguamish Senior Center is offering the five-week health and wellness Aging Mastery Program (AMP) to residents age 55 and older, beginning Sept. 14. Classes will be held on five consecutive Thurs-days, Sept. 14-Oct. 12, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Stillaguamish Senior Center, 18218 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington, with lunch provided.

AMP was developed by the National Council on Aging and has successfully helped older adults build their own playbook for aging well. Older adults participating in this educational program can develop sustainable behaviors that lead to improved health, stronger economic security, enhanced wellbeing and increased societal participation.

To sign up, leave your name and phone number at 360-653-4551, or call Dana Carney at 360-653-4551, ext. 270, with questions.

Nominate your physician for award

Staff Care Inc., a national healthcare staffing firm, is taking nominations for the Country Doctor of the Year Award to honor Americas rural medical practitioners. As part of the award, Staff Care will provide a temporary physician for two weeks at no charge, a service valued at $10,000. According to Staff Care President Jeff Decker, rural doctors often cannot find physicians to cover their practices, making it difficul to take a vacation.

Anyone can nominate physicians who practice in rural communities and who are engaged in such primary care areas as general practice, family practice, internal medicine and pediatrics. All stories or anecdotes about the physician are welcomed. Nomination forms are available at, click on Country Doctor of the Year Award at the bottom of page, or by calling 800-685-2272. Nominations must be received by Oct. 31.

Teams form for Walk to End Alzheimers

Alzheimers Associations Walk to End Alzheimers is happening Saturday, Sept. 30, at Boxcar Park, 615 13th St. in Everett. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m., the opening ceremony is at 9:30 and the walk begins at 10 a.m.

The walk is the nations largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimers Association care, sup-port and research programs. Walk participants also honor those affected by Alzheimers disease in the Promise Garden ceremony.

The 2016 Everett Walk raised $140,155, contributing to some $82.5 million raised nationwide for care, support and research efforts for those impacted by Alzheimers. To sign up, join a team or learn more, visit

Holistic health and wellness on Camano

The third annual NW Mind Body Spirit Connection will be held Oct. 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Camano Center. The Connection offers a fun and interactive way for the public to learn about holistic health and wellness and meet local experts in traditional and alternative approaches to health and wellbeing. Exhibi-tors, speakers and demonstrations will be featured throughout the day. Admission is free. For exhibitor and sponsorship information, visit or call Gayle Picken at 425-359-7974.

Learn how to react to disasters

Camano Preparedness Group help residents learn how to react in and prepare for emergency or disaster situations. The group meets Thursday, Sept. 14, 7-9 p.m. at the Vista Madrona Fire Station, 237 N. West Camano Drive, Camano Island, or inquire at or 360-572-4230.

Skagit health services

Skagit Regional Health offers workshops, health screenings and activities as a public service and generally at no cost. Most classes are held in Mount Vernon, with some in Stanwood, Arlington or Smokey Point.

Call 360-629-6481 or 360-814-2424 to inquire or preregister, or visit


Aug. 17: Car Seat Safety Checks noon-2 p.m.

Aug. 19: Family Birth Center Tour at 1 p.m. and Sept. 5 at 6 p.m.

Aug. 24, Sept. 5: Pulmonary Rehab, 11:30 a.m.

Aug. 28: Look Good, Feel Better, 5-7 p.m. RSVP: 425-404-2193.

Aug. 31: Blood drive, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to Skagit Regional Clinics, 9631 269th St. NW, Stanwood. Register in advance at 800-398-7888.

Sept. 6-Oct. 11: Childbirth Education, Wednesdays, 6:30-9 p.m.

Sept. 7 and Oct. 5: Moms Group, Thursdays, 11 a.m. to noon.

Sept. 9-10: Childbirth Express, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Sept. 18 and Oct. 11: Breastfeeding, Newborn Care, 6:30-9 p.m.

Sept. 27: Medicare Compare 101, 2 p.m. or Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. Drop in.

Aneurysm and stroke screenings: Weekdays at Skagit Radiology, $59. Call for appointment, 360-428-8208.

Sept. 27: Screenings for cholesterol, diabetes, vitamin D and bone density, 8-9 a.m. in Stanwood. To ask about fees, call 360-629-6481.

Senior center programs

Fitness and health programs are offered for little or no cost at the Stanwood Community and Senior Center, 7430 276th St. NW, behind the high school in Stanwood.

Tai Chi meets Mondays, 10 a.m.

Yoga Kripalu-style meets Tuesdays, 9 a.m., $10-$13; chair yoga at 10:50 a.m., by donation.

Foot Clinic is offered the third Wednesday monthly by appointment.

Nutrition Program: Public lunch served at 11:30 a.m. weekdays and dinner at 5 p.m. M-T-W in the center caf. View menus online or call the center.

Social Services: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ask about Social Security, DSHS, legal is-sues, transportation, housing, mental health and other services or resources.

Medical Equipment: Canes, wheelchairs, walkers and other medical equipment are available to borrow.

Medical Transportation goes to Arlington, Everett and Mount Vernon: Call 800-246-1646 for scheduling.

Several support groups also meet at the center:

Parkinsons group meets the second Monday monthly, 10 a.m.-noon with facilitator Tori Kelly, 425-422-1067. Caregivers can meet with Gail Barrett in the library, 360-387-3417.

Al-Anon Family meets Wednesdays, 5 p.m. in the Social Room. To inquire, call 360-618-0464.

Brain Injury Support meets the third Monday monthly, 6:30 p.m. in the Social Room.

Visit or call 360-629-7403 to inquire.

Adult daycare builds skills

Anyone experiencing cognitive challenges and families caring for them can find support every Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., through the Camano Adult Day Program, 606 Arrowhead Drive, Camano Island. The program focuses on socialization, reminiscing and maintaining or improving physical and cognitive abili-ties. Caregivers are offered respite from caregiving responsibilities. Call Ginny Berube at 360-387-6201 to inquire or register.

Everett Clinic

The Everett Clinic, with a walk-in clinic in Stanwood, offers public community education and fitness clas-ses and support groups, primarily in Arlington, Marysville and Everett. Some classes require a provider referral; all require registration. Visit to review classes or call 425-259-0966 to inquire.

Skagit Regional Clinics

Local clinics are open weekdays at 9631 269th St. NW, Stanwood, 360-629-6481, or 127 N. East Camano Drive, Camano Island, 360-387-5398. Call for appointments or visit

Safe Harbor Free Clinic

The clinic at 7209 265th NW, Suite 203, Stanwood, is open 5:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays and 6-9 p.m. Fridays to offer quality, respectful and free health care. Patients begin to line up around 4 p.m. to get numbers to be seen that evening.

Safe Harbor also operates a Womens Health Clinic the fourth Monday each month, by appointment only, runs a podiatry clinic the second Wednesday each month and a referral service for underinsured clients.

To learn more, visit or call 425-870-7384.


Memory loss: If memory loss is affecting your life, a support group may help. It meets Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2-3:30 p.m. in the Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Drive. Support group meetings are open to anyone ex-periencing memory loss and their caregiver, partner, family member or friend. Call Ginny Berube at 360-387-6201 for more information.

Alzheimers care: An Alzheimers caregiver meeting will be held Saturday, Aug. 26, 10:30 a.m.-noon at Smokey Point Community Church, 17721 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington. Alzheimers Association helps people to learn, share and gain emotional support from others who are caring for someone with memory loss. For information, call Lou Ann Carter at 360-722-1471.

Mental health: National Alliance on Mental Illness support groups can help family and friends of those with mental health challenges.

NAMI Camano Island: Share hope and resources Mondays, Aug. 21 and Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. at 66 N. Ca-mano Drive. Call Julie D. at 714-746-6785 or Julie M. at 360-941-0996 to inquire.

NAMI Skagit: Discuss concerns and find resources Tuesday, Aug. 22, 7-9 p.m. in the Shuksan Confer-ence Room at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon. To inquire, call Marti at 360-770-5666 or Al at 360-424-5802.

Cancer services: Learn to deal with the life-changing challenges of cancer. Free for cancer patients and survivors. To inquire, call Skagit Regional Health, 360-814-8255.

Grief services: For anyone coping with grief and loss after the death of a loved one. Hospice of the North-west counselors are available weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drop-in sessions are offered twice a month. To inquire, call Skagit Regional Health, 360-814-5570 or 360-814-5550.

Heart Healthy Fitness: Work on strength training, balance and cardiovascular fitness. For questions, cost and class times, call Skagit Regional Health, 360-814-8368.

Parkinsons Exercise: Appropriate for all stages of the disease, teaches the effort needed to produce nor-mal movements through intensive practice in one-hour sessions, four days a week for four weeks. A physi-cians referral is required. For more information, visit or call 360-814-2184.

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