Marathon Runners in Concrete

Who would be crazy enough to run for 55 miles, especially when a lot of the route is on a glacier of a volcanic mountain? If you’re in Concrete this week, you can meet 35 people who are just that crazy! 🙂

On Sunday, June 3 at 12:00 a.m., the second annual  Mt. Baker Ultra Marathon will take off. It’s a 55 mile out and back foot race from our Town Center to Mount Baker’s Sherman peak at 10,160ft (3,097m).

The race draws its inspiration from the century-old Mount Baker Marathon that lasted for three years from 1911-1913. You can watch a film about that historical race at the Concrete Theatre on Saturday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. See more.

After the film the 2018 runners will meet in the theatre and you can sit in on their pre-race meeting, led by Race Director Dan Probst.

The Mountain Runners

For more information about the events at the theatre, please contact Valerie Stafford, (360) 466-8754.

Celebrate Earth Day with Seeds

In honor of Earth Day,  the Concrete Saturday Market Association will host a Seed Swap & Sale at the Concrete Community Center on Saturday, April 21.
President Bill Jenks
Treasurer Betty Seguin
Marketing/Advertising, Music
Chazlyn Lovely:

Are you listening?

Do you have your radio dial set to our local station? There are lots of new voices, programs and show on KSVU, 90.1 FM these days. Check it out:

The Local Yokel

The Local Yokel Show features music of local musicians from Skagit County and surrounding areas. **To be featured on this show, Email Christie

D.Rae Show

Donna Rae shares her favorite songs and stories. An eclectic mix including World Music


Inspirational Hour with Soul

Soul features Inspirational Music and information.

smoothjazzsundaybrunchksvuSmooth Jazz Sunday Brunch

Featuring the music of Smooth/Contemporary Jazz, old style big band like Frank, Ella, Sarah, Tony Bennett, Stan Kenton, Jonah Jones, Clark Terry, etc… and other jazz artists.

Rock-It Radio Show

Host Rodney takes you on a journey of rock n roll history through music.


The Lunchbox with Lee

Self described Tarheel plays Old Time Country Favorites and Classics.

Bluegrass Belle

Join the Bluegrass Belle as she shares the best of Bluegrass on the Friday Lunchbox.


Edgefield on Music

Edgefield shares her passion for Classical Music.

Skagit Talks

Locally produced news and information show regarding the issues and people in Skagit County.



Speak Up Speak Out

Speak Up! Speak Out! is a half hour weekly radio show produced at Skagit Valley College committed to community, peace, justice, and non-violence issues.

Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. Pioneering the largest public media collaboration in the U.S.


Sprouts is a 29-minute weekly program featuring radio content being produced by grassroots community radio stations, Indy Media Centers, and other independent production groups. We celebrate these many vital and diverse voices by bringing them to a national audience. Sprouts is produced collaboratively by radio producers across the country; sometimes even the world.


Host David Barsamian interviews humanitarian and progressive thinkers, such as Noam Chomsky, Bill Moyers, Amy Goodman, Howard Zinn and others.

Strange Currency brings you new releases, old favorites and forgotten classics. We spotlight local and regional acts, including guests on Currency Exchange, our live in-the-studio program recorded at the KMUW studios.

BackStory is a public radio program & podcast that brings historical perspective to the events happening around us today. On each show, renowned U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh tear a topic from the headlines and plumb its historical depths.


Moyers & Company, a weekly series of smart talk and new ideas aimed at helping viewers make sense of our tumultuous times through the insight of America’s strongest thinkers. The program also features Moyers’ hallmark essays on democracy.


As Duke Ellington famously said, there are two kinds of music. Global Village plays the good kind…from all over the world, with a fresh, inventive musical mix, and welcoming presentation.


Earth Eats is a weekly program delivering thefreshest news and recipes inspired by local food and sustainable agriculture. Each week host Annie Corrigan and Chef Daniel Orr present recipes you can make at home, interviews with farmers, and musings on food, history, and culture.

The Mimi Geerges Show is an independently produced talk radio program and features the country’s leading experts, authors, scientists and entertainers. Our program presents a diversity of views on a wide array of topics.

Art of the Song is an independently produced radio show with music and interviews exploring inspiration and creativity through songwriting and other art forms. Learn why songwriters and artists create, how they become inspired, and how you can tap into that creative source in every aspect of your life.

Help clean up the community

We need YOU for the Litter Pick-Up on April 21! If you have an hour or so and want to help make the community a little cleaner, please join us on Saturday, April 21 for our Highway Litter Pick-Up Party starting at 1:00 p.m. near the silos (look for us in the Park & Ride area).

You’ll be provided with a safety vest and helmet, along with litter bags. Please bring gloves and wear sturdy shoes. After reviewing a short safety checklist, we head out along Highway 20 to tidy up the roadside.

It’ll make you feel good — not only to be doing something rewarding for your community, but also because the fresh air and exercise will make you sleep better!

If you’re planning to join us, you’re encouraged to print this form, fill it out and bring it along.
Adopt-a-Highway Participant Registration Form

Need more details? Contact Valerie Stafford via text: (360) 466-8754.

Take a hike!

Rockport State Park, located just 8 miles east of Concrete’s Town Center, is an amazing and very accessible hiking area. The park’s ancient trees are an extraordinary example of old-growth forest not found in many other places, especially so close to a paved highway. A Discover Pass is required to park (look here for free days if you want to save money), but the trails are family-friendly and require very little hiking experience. We do recommend you wear sturdy shoes or boots, as the area can be muddy and slippery at times.
Contact info:
Rockport State Park
51905 State Route 20, Rockport, WA 98283
Ph: (360) 853-8461
Hours:  8 a.m. – dusk
Park is open for day use only.

Sarvey Wildlife Raptor Presentation

Rescue, Rehabilitate, Release.

This is the mission of the Sarvey Wildlife Care Center in Arlington, WA.  Dedicated to saving the lives of sick, orphaned, injured, displaced, and debilitated wild animals entrusted to their care, Sarvey always attempts to successfully return them to their native habitat.  Not every rehabilitated bird is suitable for release. Some, after careful consideration by Sarvey and the US Fish and Wildlife Service are allowed to remain at the Sarvey facility to be part of a glove-trained or static display in order to offer educational opportunities to encourage a greater appreciation of the uniqueness of each species, and the ecologic and conservation challenges they face.  Always in need of volunteers, financial contributions, and donations of supplies, please visit their website links for more information on how you can help. Your donations are tax-deductible as they are a registered 501(c)3 charity.

The Skagit Eagle Festival has been fortunate to be able to partner with Sarvey for the past several years, allowing Education Director Kestrel Skyhawk and her team of handlers to present different birds of prey and educate the public about the various species.  Not all of the birds are available for every educational presentation. All of the handlers are volunteers, so their availability and the temperament of each bird on the day of a presentation is a factor in the decision as to which birds will be shared.

This year’s presentations will be held on January 27 at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm at the Concrete High School Gymnasium – 7830 S. Superior Avenue, Concrete.  Admission is free; donations are appreciated.

Here is a preview of some of the birds you may see.

Hu Iyake Cropped Hu Iyake – a Golden Eagle has been at Sarvey since 1999. Malocclusion of her beak requires regular attention, and therefore she cannot be released. Although she can fly, if released to the wild, she would slowly starve to death. Hu Iyake is glove-trained and handled by our Education Director, Kestrel SkyHawk.

Freedom HanbliOkinyan cropped Freedom – a Bald Eagle arrived at Sarvey in 1998. Permanent wing damage left her unable to fly. Freedom is glove-trained and participates in educational presentations with her handler Robert.

Athena Cropped Athena –  a Great Horned owl has been at Sarvey since 1992. She was confiscated from the person imprinting her and has permanent wing damage. She is on static display in her habitat at the center.

Celi static cropped Celi – a Short Eared owl arrived at Sarvey in 1994. Eye damage has left her visually impaired and non-releasable. She is on static display at the center.

Cetan Cropped Cetan – a Red Tailed hawk has been at Sarvey since 1995. A permanently damaged wing was amputated and she cannot fly. Cetan is glove-trained and is regularly included in education presentations.

Ista 1 Cropped Ista – a Peregrine falcon was transferred to Sarvey in 2004 by a raptor center in California. Due to psychological damage she is unable to hunt and is imprinted. Ista is glove-trained and a regular participant in Sarvey’s educational programs.

Tadita cropped Tadita – a Barred owl is non-releasable due to injuries to her wing. She arrived at Sarvey in 2008 and is glove-trained. Visitors can see her in her enclosure at the center and she is regularly used in educational presentations.

Canowicakte 1 cropped Canowicakte – a Great Horned owl arrived at Sarvey in 1997. She has a damaged wing and is non-releasable. Cano is glove-trained and participates in educational presentations. Visitors to the center can see her in her enclosure in the educational area at the center.

TUVU 1 Aura – a Turkey vulture who came to Sarvey as a juvenile in 2011. She had a follicle condition that never improved and is unable to grow the feathers necessary to sustain flight. She is smart and curious and especially loves the morning sunrises that hit her enclosure. Aura is now gloved trained and often participates in presentations with the team.


Native American Celebration in Marblemount

It’s our annual Native American Celebration in Marblemount – enjoy storytelling, history, music and more!
Indian Fry Bread & Tacos available from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
All activities are at the Marblemount Community Hall, 60155 State Route 20, Marblemount, WA.
In honor of the 2018 Skagit Eagle Festival.

Featuring Special Guests:
Rosy Cayou, Historian of the Samish Indian Nation
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Rosy Cayou of Guemes Island, along with Indian Drummer Tsi;-Ton from the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe/ Samish Island Nation, will share history and legends through stories and song.

Peter Ali, Native American Flutist
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Peter is a self-taught flutist, creating music not from notes on a page but from the spirit within. Each performance is unique. Peter plays a variety of native flutes and shares their stories as well as those of his rich ethnic heritage.

A Walk on the Wild Side – with Leah Serna

Join wildlife photographer Leah Serna ( as she discusses her travels through Canada, Idaho, Montana and beyond to capture her amazing images of grizzlies, moose, eagles, owls and wolves. Find out what it takes to walk on the wild side — where to go, when to go — and why she goes! You’ll enjoy her stories and be inspired by her images on the big screen.
Free, no reservations required. Please don’t be late!

Free Photo Presentation & Discussion: “A Walk on the Wild Side”
Concrete Theatre, 45920 Main Street, Concrete
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Questions? Contact Valerie Stafford:  (360) 466-8754

Free Photography Workshop January 20











The Skagit Eagle Festival continues with some fun and fascinating activities in Marblemount, Rockport and Concrete, including this free photography workshop at the historic Concrete Theatre.  Don’t miss this opportunity to see Andy Porter’s amazing images on a huge screen — with Andy there to tell you how and where he captured them!

Mark your calendar!
Saturday, January 20
Starts at 11:00 a.m. – don’t be late!
Concrete Theatre, 45920 Main Street
No reservations required
Everyone welcome

Photographer Andy Porter ( will discuss subject placement, the Rule of Thirds, use of leading lines, framing, reflections and much more. Free admission; coffee available for purchase. Questions? Contact: or (360) 466-8754

Andy says…
“Photography for me has always been bound with outdoor adventure. I never had an interest in taking pictures until I started to go backpacking. Then it seemed like a necessity, you know, the packing list was: backpack, tent, camera, sleeping bag, stove, food…it never occurred to me that you could go out on a trip with a way to capture the images. Of course taking pictures, good ones, is harder than it looks! But once you start to get the hang of it, what a joy!

I have heard more than once that “You take nice pictures; you must have a nice camera.” (This still makes me smile) But I have always felt that a great part of taking beautiful pictures is going to cool places! And of course that’s what makes it so much fun! The planning, the trip itself, being there, in the outdoors, that’s the best part. Being able to capture some part of the look and feel of the place is an extra bonus. It helps to keep the memory alive and makes it possible to communicate some small part of what it was like to others. That’s what photography means to me!

Now that I am living in Skagit Valley every day is like a trip or excursion! There is always something beautiful to see.

So taking awesome photos is as simple as remembering to take the camera with me when I leave the house every day! Just knowing that possibility exists makes me smile!”

Have photos to share? Please use the hashtag#SkagitEagleFestival2018

Learn About Eagles with David Hancock

Free Presentation: “The Recovery of the Magnificent Bald Eagles of Washington & British Columbia”

Looking for something warmer? Come in out of the cold, and join us at the Concrete Theatre for a presentation by David Hancock.

Saturday, January 6 at 1:30 p.m.
Concrete Theatre
45920 Main Street, Concrete
Contact:, 360-466-8754

David Hancock is a biologist, conservationist, writer, publisher, and lecturer. He has spent most of his life studying west coast and arctic wildlife. David received worldwide acclaim given to the Live Bald Eagle Video Cam which he pioneered streaming on the Internet. He is an enthusiastic and dynamic lecturer and has a fine collection of slides to illustrate a number of themes. He has published scientific and popular papers on whales, seals, seabirds, grouse, and his specialty, the northern raptors. Prior to starting Hancock House Publishers, David was a pilot and wildlife film producer and produced films on these subjects as well as the Haida and other northern Native cultures. His books include The Bald Eagles of Alaska, BC and Washington, Rocky Mountain Wildlife, and The Tlingit:Their Art & Culture, Story of Eagle.



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