Meet some creepy characters at the Concrete Ghost Walk

Who knew there we so many ghastly characters in Concrete’s past? Over these last 13 years, we’ve learned all about some of our most unusual residents, including Fred Cole, the lawman with a very sketchy past, Mrs. Henry Thompson, who refuses to accept the fact that her husband is gone (never mind the fact that she, too, is dead), and assorted “Ladies of the Night” who continue to party in our buildings late at night.

If you like creepy tales based on actual facts, if you’re looking for a fun (but slightly twisted) way to spend an October evening, join us on Saturday the 6th, 13th, 20th or 27th.

The Concrete Ghost Walk regularly sells out — and we’re limited in the number of bodies (👻 live ones, that is) we can squeeze into our haunted sites and alleys. We hate turning people away.

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW, so please get yours so you won’t be left out in the cold, dark, scary night, all alone 👻, wondering what went wrong…. And what’s that noise over there in the shadows??

Trust us, you don’t want to be that person.

Check out our Facebook page for more details:

Cascade Days Poker Walk

You’re invited to join us for the first annual Cascade Days Poker Walk on Saturday, August 18, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the historic Concrete Theatre in Town Center. It’s FREE but registration is required so at least sign up soon, as we may have to limit the number of participants. ♠️

♥️A chance to get some outdoor exercise while you take in the natural beauty of our community and get ready for the Cascade Days Parade!
The Poker Walk starts at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 18 at the Concrete Theatre, 45920 Main Street. ♠️♣️♥️♦️
You have 75 minutes to walk or run to each of the stations to pick up a playing card.

You walk the route, collecting a poker hand of 5 cards. To be eligible to win a PRIZE, you must return your poker hand to the Concrete Theatre at 10:45 a.m., right before the parade begins on Main Street.
In the case of one or more ties, we’ll draw for high card to determine the winner. Please see the Route & Rules elsewhere on this page. (You’ll receive a copy at the event.)

♠️♣️♥️♦️ NOTE: The Concrete Poker Walk is FREE!

It’s not a race. The route will take you about 30-45 minutes if you’re an average walker. At the 4th of July Poker Walk, most people completed the walk once, but some walked the route twice, and one runner went around 3 times! (no pressure, do what you want!)

It’s a way to join with friends and family and celebrate our health and fitness, while competing with one another for the best poker hand in an easy, friendly manner.

♠️♥️ The event is sponsored by the Concrete Chamber of Commerce, Concrete Theatre, and Encore Fitness. PRIZES are donated from local businesses.

Make sure you sign up here:

You don’t need to print anything, your name will be on our registration list.

Questions? Please contact Valerie Stafford, Chamber President, at (360) 466-8754, or via email:

Escape from Diablo – Free Community Event

A sold-out crowd at The Concrete Theatre in Concrete on July 20 will watch the premiere showing of “Escape from Diablo,” a safety video designed to help people understand evacuation procedures at Seattle City Light’s Skagit Hydroelectric Project and its company towns of Newhalem and Diablo.

The 12-minute video uses humor to engage viewers in a serious safety message that is already catching on. Strong community response to a trailer for the video led to the development of a Baker Street Safety Block Party that will take place around the premiere. And community members who started a viral video challenge to spread the safety message using “Escape from Diablo’s” signature tilt of the sunglasses and “safely” catch phrase.

The block party will include safety exhibits, family activities, emergency responders, demonstrations and emergency vehicles. The event is sponsored by City Light, the Concrete Theatre , the Concrete Chamber of Commerce, and the Town of Concrete, with support from Puget Sound Energy, the Upper Skagit Library District, Annie’s Pizza Station, Cascade Burgers, Cascade Supply, Concrete Herald,  5b’s Bakery, Double O Ranch, Heritage Inn, Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center, and Glacier Peak Resort.

Exhibitors include the Skagit County Department of Emergency Management, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Aero Skagit Emergency Services, Darrington Fire District 24, Skagit County Fire District 10, East County Water Rescue, Skagit County Fire District 14, the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office and the Lions Club, and others.

In August 2015, the Goodell Creek Fire burned about 7,100 acres of forest, damaged transmission lines at the Skagit Hydroelectric Project and threatened the Diablo Powerhouse. City Light evacuated Diablo, voluntary evacuations were announced for Newhalem and the utility assisted with evacuations at the North Cascades Institute’s Environmental Learning Center.

Admission to the event and the video showings is free. The theater is located at 45920 Main St., Concrete, WA 98237. The block party begins at 5 p.m. across the street from the theater. The first showing of the video begins at 6 p.m. followed by a safety discussion. Seats are available for the second showing, which starts at 8 p.m.

Reporters and photographers are invited to cover either showing.

For more details, visit

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.

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