News from the Skagit County Democrats

Posted on December 3rd, 2023

Skagit County Democrats Action Newsletter for December 4, 2023



1. UPDATEDThe Skagit County Democrats Central Committee will meet Saturday, Dec 9, 10:00am – 12:00pm, via Zoom OR in-person, C2C Community Center, 224 Stewart Road (turns into Hoad Road east of Riverside Drive), Mount Vernon
This Central Committee meeting will be a HYBRID meeting. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF IN-PERSON VENUE.
This will be a busy meeting, and we must start promptly at 10:00 a.m. If you choose the Zoom alternative, we ask that you log on no later than 9:45 a.m. Click Here for the Zoom link (Meeting ID: 231 460 3118 – Passcode: 98273).

We are thrilled that our Attorney General, Bob Ferguson, will be joining us at our meeting next week on December 9. If you would like to ask Attorney General Ferguson a question, please email by Wednesday, December 6 at 5:00pm. We want to make sure that we are able to have time to ask questions with the limited time we have and not have repetitive questions.

This is a meeting you won't want to miss! We have a line-up of speakers, including Shasti Conrad, Chair of Washington State Democrats, Bob Ferguson, our Gubernatorial candidate, and all our legislators from the 10th and 40th LD. We will have 2-minute speeches and 2 to 3 minutes of Q&A from all of you I'm attending. There will be no business items other than supporting our great democratic candidates.

2. Washington Democrats Holiday Party, Tuesday, Dec 12, 4:30pm – Sponsor Reception & 5:30pm – Main Event, 1932 1st Ave, Seattle
$30 – General Admission (and up). "We have so much to be proud of this November, but 2023 is just the beginning and we need to remain vigilant and energetic, with our eyes locked firmly on the prizes we must win in 2024. And so, we hope you will join us in kicking off the next year with a bang at our Holiday Party on December 12th!" Click Here to RSVP and purchase tickets.

3. The 10th Legislative District Democrats Holiday Party, Saturday, Dec 16, Noon – 3:00pm, Shawn O'Donnell's Irish Pub at The Farmhouse, 13724 La Conner-Whitney Road (off Highway 20), Mount Vernon
"We have one of the meeting rooms in the back and will have a buffet luncheon with an Antipasto Platter, various sliders, shrimp cocktail, and more. There will be a cash bar. We hope you will bring your +1. Looking forward to Happy Holidays."

4. NEWThe 39th Legislative District Democrats will have a Holiday Potluck & Membership Meeting Sunday, Dec 17, 1:00pm, Marysville Library, 6120 Grove Street, Marysville
Please Click Here to RSVP. Ugly Sweater Contest – the ugliest sweater wins a prize!

5. The Fidalgo Democrats will NOT be meeting in December

6. Skagit County Democrats Headquarters Holiday Schedule
We are closing on Friday, December 22nd and reopening on Tuesday, January 2nd.

7. NEWThe Skagit County Democrats now have a Threads account
Threads is the Meta (Facebook/Instagram) alternative to X (Twitter). Click Here to view our Threads feed.

8. NEWLinks of the Week
The Links of the Week provide in-depth pieces and resources the Editor has found to be relevant, insightful, and thorough on important issues of the day.


1. NEWPlease assist C2C (Community to Community) with their holiday toy drive for children of Farmworkers
They need toys for children ages 1 -10 years old. They have approximately 180 young children. Please take toys to C2C located at 224 Stewart Rd suite 230 before Friday, Dec 15.

2. NEWAnacortes Arts Festival’s 2nd Annual Holiday Fine Arts Show, Monday, Dec 4 – Sunday, Dec 10, 11:00am – 2:00pm, Buxton's, 1904 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes

3. NEWBurlington Tree Lighting at the Station, Thursday Dec 7, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, 520 East Fairhaven Avenue, Burlington
"The evening will be [include] a French Horn Quartet from the Skagit Symphony, delicious hot beverages to warm you up from Whidbey Coffee, a letter to Santa station with additional kid crafts with Burlington Healthy Community Coalition, cookies from Crumbl Cookies and most importantly: The arrival of Mr. & Mrs. Claus from the North Pole!"

4. NEWSanta's Breakfast (hosted by Beta Sigma Phi), 8:30am – 11:00am, Sedro-Woolley Community Center, 703 Pacific Street, Sedro-Woolley
"Kids enjoy a FREE breakfast of pancakes, sausage links, fruit, and milk or juice! (Parents by donation) The Cascade Middle School Choir will be there to sing holiday tunes. Santa will be on hand to talk with each child please feel free to bring your own camera for pictures."

4. NEWThe Concrete Town Tree Lighting (east end of Main Street) followed by Santa’s Party (Act One Ice Cream Parlor) takes place Saturday, Dec 9, 6:00pm

5. NEWHoliday Lighted Boat Parade along the Swinomish Channel, Saturday, Dec 9, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Swinomish Channel, La Conner

6. NEWEvergreen Goodwill242 E College Way, Mount Vernon, is offering employment preparation training
The training is for community members interested in Computer Basics, Microsoft Word, ESOL, Work-Readiness workshops, GED test preparation, and Citizenship test preparation classes at the Mount Vernon Goodwill's Job Training and Education Center. Walk-in registration for students starts on Monday, December 11th through Thursday, December 28th, Monday-Thursday, 9 am – 4 pm. The center will be closed on Monday, December 25th. Those interested are welcome to visit the center to learn more about registration. The center is located inside the Mount Vernon Goodwill, on the right-hand side. Click Here for the English language version of the Registration and Class schedules. Click Here for the Spanish language version of the Registration and Class schedules.


1. Anacortes Sunday Demonstrations
Progressive folks regularly demonstrate each Sunday, 12:00pm – 1:00pm at the corner of 12th Street and Commercial Avenue in Anacortes. While this is not an official Skagit County Democrats activity, turnout is encouraged.

2. Coffee & Cards, Wednesdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 2021 East College Way, Suite 104, Mount Vernon
Coffee and Cards meets on Wednesdays from 10:00am – 12:00pm. This is the group that was previously led by Carol Sullivan and is now led quite capably by Judy Farrar and Judith Chilcote. The group is a way for us to express ourselves about issues of importance to us all.  

We will write messages of encouragement and support to people who are making positive contributions as well as messages of concern and opposition to people who are negatively impacting our world. This includes legislators on the local, state, and federal level as well as CEOs of corporations and other people having a significant impact in our world. We will share ideas for people to write to and issues to address.  

Postcards and stamps will be provided, but we ask that people bring money to cover the cost of the postcard stamps which are currently $.51. Coffee will be provided or bring your own. As Carol always reminded us, “We are stronger together.” Our office is located at 2021 East College Way, Suite 104, Mount Vernon, 360-336-1555."
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