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I get it. Starbucks is a big-box chain. There’s one on every corner. They aren’t ‘unique.’ Howard Shultz let the Sonics leave Seattle.

I understand all the arguments against Starbucks. And, I love me some mom-and-pop local shopping.

But here’s the deal — I also really like Starbucks. Sure, I’m not going get some ultra-inspiring experience at the green mermaid. But it offers a few things that make it invaluable in my world.

1. Free Internet
2. Consistency
3. Holiday Panini
4. Mobile Office
5. Free (or Cheap) Refills
6. Rewards Program
7. Dog-Friendly

Which Starbucks do I like the absolute best? The on Lake Union! Follow the link in my profile to find out why.

Are you a fellow Starbucks lover? What would you add to my list?

The Camano Island Chamber of Commerce is excited to host the 24th annual Chili & Chowder Cook-Off!

24 different local businesses will wow your taste buds with their chili and chowder and YOU get to decide who wins!

The booths will be creatively decorated, and there will be live music playing!

Enjoy HUGE raffle items, beer/wine for purchase and overall FUN for the whole family!

Cost is $10 for 10 tastings per person when you order your tickets HERE, otherwise tickets sold at the door for $15 for 10 tastings.

Come HUNGRY!!!

When: Saturday, November 9th, 2019 from 3:00 - 7:00 pm

Phone: 360-387-0222
Email: info@camanocenter.org

Address: 606 Arrowhead Rd, Camano Island, WA 98282

Come help celebrate the last 40 years of SICBA (Skagit/Island County Builders Association)!  

This is a celebration to just let loose, have fun, reminisce and reflect on the all of the fun from the last 40 years!  

EVERYONE is invited!  Past members, current members, future members, friends, family, EVERYONE!  

There will be appetizers, a dinner buffet, drinks & dessert.  A local band will be playing all of your favorite tunes from the last four decades. Try your hand at pac-man royal!  

Jump in the SICBA Photo Booth and don't forget to stroll in front of the "raise the roof" photo stop!  Grab your favorite drink and dance the night away!

The attire for this event is semi-formal/formal.

When: Thursday, October 27th, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Address: 2501 E College Way, Mount Vernon, Washington 98273

Phone: 360-416-7727

Relay For Life of Skagit County is Scarin' Up a Cure for Halloween! This event is a family friendly Halloween party! There will be food, games, a costume contest and so much more! Come out and enjoy a night of fun while also raising money for a great cause!

Tickets are $5 per person. GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!

When: Friday, October 18th, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Address: McFarland Rd, Mount Vernon, Washington 98273

Phone: 360-424-8483

CAT LOVERS! THIS ONE IS FOR YOU!!!

Come enjoy a weekend celebration of everything cats! With 80+ vendors from all over the world, you'll find high quality and one of a kind meowchandise for cats and humans!

There, you will find all the cat-related products imaginable: art, apparel, cat toys, accessories, paper goods, food brands, and MUCH MORE! Attend some of the art workshops, cat workshops or presentations from educational and entertaining speakers and advocates. There will also be cat yoga, cat cafe, and an adoption lounge, face painting, art making and much more!

When: Saturday and Sunday, October 26th and 27th, 2019 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Address: 301 Mercer Street, Seattle, Washington 98109

Phone: 206-684-7200 

Come check out this fall cooking and nutrition series! Learn some new slow cooker and instant pot recipes! 

This interactive cooking demonstration will be led by a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. In this series, participants will learn the practices for slow cookers and instant pots and how to cook healthy, delicious meals. Spread the word and bring a friend!

When: Thursday, October 24th, 2019 at 6:00 pm 
Address: 875 Wesley Street Suite 240, Arlington, WA 98223

Phone: 360-386-9918 

Come check out Beer on the Pier in Anacortes this fall!

This is a 21+ event only. 

Take the art of tasting beer to the next level with the 10th anniversary of Anacortes Beer on the Pier. With more than 40 breweries, cideries, food vendors and of course the views of the Guemes channel you’ll be immersed in this full sensory experience. 

Enjoy tastes ranging from spicy and peppery to the citrusy and piney hops of the Pacific Northwest while listening to live music from local bands Miller Campbell, Randy Weeks, and Gin Gypsy.

One day in Anacortes just isn’t enough - make it a weekend! Anacortes boasts many fine hotels, local inns, and bed and breakfast locations in all price ranges. Live music will be featured at multiple venues after the festival and beer and ciders from festival vendors can be found in restaurants throughout town.

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE! You won't want to miss this amazing weekend!


Phone: 360-293-7911.
When: Friday and Saturday, October 4th and 5th, 2019 from 5:00 - 9:00 pm.
Address: 100 Commercial Ave, Anacortes, Washington 98221

Rock out with one of the world’s most iconic music moguls! Bret Michaels is the epitome of a global multiplatinum artist! Here’s your chance to engage with the Poison front man as he showcases his chart-topping, record-shattering talents in a performance of a lifetime! Tickets are $55 per person. Get yours HERE!

When: Saturday, October 26th, 2019 at 8:00 pm

Address: 3438 Stoluckquamish Ln, Arlington, WA 98223

Phone: 360-474-9740

Get your costumes on and head out for an amazing family friendly vendor and craft event in Marysville!

This event is bringing local artisans and business together for shoppers, while supporting the community!

Come dressed up in your favorite character and do some trick or treating with the vendors. Find local, handmade and homegrown household items and foods. 

When: Sunday, October 27th, 2019 at 11:00 am
Address: 1010 Beach Ave, Marysville, Washington 98270

Phone: 360-659-2576 

You are cordially invited to join your favorite characters for the eighth annual enchanting fall ball!

Enter the grounds of Lord Hill Farms, in Snohomish, while you gaze upon the beautiful tree lit path to the grand entrance. Walk down the red carpet wearing your favorite formal/semi formal/ or Sunday's best attire and wander the ball, finding your favorite characters as you mingle, take photos and eat sweets fit for a queen! 

Dance the night away with the characters and your fall ball date and sing-a-long to your favorite songs!

When: Saturday, October 26th, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Address: 12525 Old Snohomish Monroe Rd, Snohomish, Washington 98290
Phone: 360-568-1780 

Fir-Conway Lutheran Church is planning the annual fall harvest bazaar! Grab your family and friends and head out the door to find some amazing things! They'll have everything from homemade blankets and quilts, jellies and marmalade to hand crafted home decor and more!

When: Saturday, October 26th, 2019 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Address: 18101 Fir Island Rd, Mt Vernon, WA 98273 

Phone: 360-445-5396

Don't miss out on this incredible evening in historic La Conner! Come taste some delicious beers and dance to live music by The Walrus! This is a 21+ only event. 

*The first 200 to pre-register will receive a souvenir tasting glass! 
GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!


When: Saturday, October 19th, 2019 at 7:00 pm 

Address: 613 N 2nd St, La Conner, WA 98257

Phone: 360-466-3118 

You are invited! All zombies and ghouls are encouraged to head to downtown Snohomish for a friendly (or not!) visit. Dress in your zombie or ghoul attire for a community walk! This event is a spooky fundraiser for the Snohomish Food Bank.

 In preparation for the impending Zombie-Apocalypse, we're asking all participants and spectators to bring "rations for the survivors". (Food donations to benefit the Snohomish Food Bank. Cash donations are also welcome.)

Zombie face painting will be available at 2:00 pm in front of Artisans Mercantile (117 Glen St.) with all proceeds benefiting the Snohomish Food Bank. 

Snohomish Food Bank truck and staff will be on site starting at 2:30 pm to accept food donations. Zombies gather between 3:00 - 3:30 pm at Artisans Mercantile. 

At 3:30 pm important instructions and guidelines will be given. The walk begins at 4:00 pm. 

When: Saturday, October 26th, 2019 at 4:00 pm. 

Address: 117 Glen Street Snohomish WA 98290

Phone: 360-568-7993 

Come enjoy this wonderful fall event that includes Kelley’s BBQ, Tulip Winery, silent and live auctions, raffles and lots of talk about one your favorite outdoor pastimes. The banquet supports chapter conservation activities and events. Come enjoy a great meal with your family and walk away with some prizes!

Address: 1717 S 13th St, Mount Vernon, Washington 98274

Phone: 360-631-4456 

Email: warden156@hotmail.com

Hey shoppers! This one is for you!

Come shop late in downtown Arlington on the second Friday on each month! 

 Each month the “Night Owl” stores offer a variety of promotions, refreshments, and possible door prizes as part of the special evening! This is fun for all ages, so come out and enjoy an evening out on the town in beautiful downtown Arlington!

An owl placed outside a downtown Arlington storefront is a symbol that the retail store is participating in “Night Owls Shop Late Till 8.”

When: Friday, October 11th, 2019 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm.

Address: N. Olympic Ave. Arlington, WA 98223

Phone: 360-659-5453

Join the Anacortes Farmers Market each Saturday from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm!

You'll find handmade items like soap and honey, fine arts & crafts, candles, clothes, jewelry and more!
Pick up some homegrown produce such as veggies, fruits, eggs, meat and fish while you relax to live music in the background!

Bring the kids along for kids activities that take place from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.

There will have hot food options available as well as an outdoor cafe. You can find the master gardeners plant clinic indoors or relax and enjoy the sculpture garden and madrone grove next door! 

It's truly fun for everyone  - see you there!

When: Saturday's until October 26th, 2019 at 9:00 am

Address: 611 R Ave, Anacortes, Washington 98221

Phone: 360-293-7922 
Email: info@anacortesfarmersmarket.org

Come enjoy local cider, food trucks, live music, field games, cornstalks, photo booths, raffles, outdoor living room and MORE at Bellingham's Sippin' on Cider event!

 Local non-profit, Shifting Gears, is about to bring a whole new meaning to "a bike ride a day keeps the doctor away”. 

Grab your friends or partner and ‘sip’ the night away at Lost Giants Cider Company, who will be featuring cideries from around the Pacific Northwest and tasty bites from local vendors.

Money raised by Sippin' on Cider will support Shifting Gears' recreation programs that empower women.

Tickets are $30 at the door. *21+ event only with a valid ID. 

When: Friday, October 4th, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Address: 1200 Meador Ave., Bellingham, Washington 98229

Phone: 360-778-2189

Come enjoy a wonderful four course dinner with all locally sourced ingredients and wine pairing! Hosted at Island Harvest Farm and presented by Chef Courtney Bourasaw of Rainbow Eats!
 Tour the farm, meet the farmer and learn about all your area has to offer! This is perfect for a date night or a lovely night with friends! Don't miss it!
When: Saturday, September 21st, 2019 at 5:00 pm
Address: 825 Arrowhead Rd, Camano Island, WA - Phone: 369-544-2229
Email: contact@rainbow.eats.con

Come join an incredible class making several varieties of truffles! You'll be able to take home a box filled to the brim with your truffle creations! All ages are welcome at this fun event, so be sure to tell your friends! 

When: Friday, October 11th, 2019 at 6:00 pm
Address: 1400 Riverside Dr Suite D, Mount Vernon, WA - Phone: 360-588-4859

Come enjoy TWO fall mosaic weekend class sessions coming up!

Now registering at A Guilded Gallery! There is tons of tables, shovels and other project "blanks" just waiting for you to create! All materials and even snacks/lunch are included! Grab your friends and head to the studio for an awesome day of creating and learning!
Address: 8700 271st St NW, Stanwood, WA - Phone: 360-629-2787

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