Coming Up

So many good things are happening around Fidalgo — walks, talks, educational opportunities and rewarding experiences!

Below are some highlights of events coming up that we believe may be of interest to Transition folk. Our TF&F Events and shared sponsorship events are highlighted in green.

Ongoing through the harvest season. Gleaning. If you have fruit trees or other garden produce that you can share with others, let us know, and we can have volunteers harvest the food and share it with those in need. To date, gleaners have shared 4200 pounds of food from 29 homes to area neighbors. Contact us.  Fidalgo Island – Guemes Gleaners

September 1 – 30,
Anacortes Library Water Weeks Display
at the Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th St., Anacortes
Celebrate Skagit Water Weeks by visiting the Anacortes Library, which will feature a display of subject related books.  You can also pick up your brochure of Skagit Water Weeks activities here.

September 24, Monday, Noon to 1:30
Salish Sea Stewards Gathering
March Point
Education on plastics and recycling. RSVP to

September 25, Tuesday, 6:30 to 8 p.m.:
TF&F Monthly Gathering: What Ice Sheets Hate, and why you should care,
a talk by Dr. Robert Bindschadler; Anacortes Senior Center, free, open to all.
Thawing permafrost, thinning sea ice and retreating glaciers all signal changes that have become the “new normal” for the colder parts of our planet. These changes continue to affect the daily lives of arctic residents but now that the large ice sheets have also begun to lose ice rapidly, billions more people are being impacted along coasts throughout the world as sea level rises faster and faster. Observations of this accelerating ice loss have surprised the experts and confounded the predictive models that decision makers might rely on to take action.  The distant future is easy to forecast—less ice on Earth—one million years of paleoclimate data say so, but more detail is needed.  Direct field studies have identified a number of causes for the sudden awakening of the ice sheets.  Yet all have a common element, which will be explained in the lecture, and demonstrated by the audience.  It’ll be fun, educational and the facts will affect your life—whether you attend the lecture or not!

Dr. Robert Bindschadler’s career spanned over 30 years at NASA where he retired in 2010 as the Chief Scientist of NASA’s Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory and a Senior Fellow of the Goddard Space Flight Center.  A Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, he remains active in public lecturing and in developing more effective means of communicating scientific understanding.  He has led major multi-institutional and international research projects, most recently a major ice-sheet modeling study for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. During his distinguished NASA career, he developed numerous unique applications of remote sensing data for glaciological research.  His extensive field experience includes leading 18 Antarctic field expeditions to study dynamics of the West Antarctic ice sheet and has both a major West Antarctic ice stream and East Antarctic glacier named to honor his scientific accomplishments.  He has testified before Congress, briefed the U.S. Vice President, and published over 160 scientific papers, including numerous review articles.

September 29, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.:
Fix-it Days;
at the Depot, 7th Street and R Avenue.
This is the last Fix-It Day of 2018. During the summer Anacortes Farmer’s Market season, TF&F volunteers staff a booth. They donate their labor to help re-use by repairing objects that still have life in them – lamps, small appliances, whatever a handy person can fix. Donations benefit the Anacortes Family Center.

October 1, Monday, 6 pm
Local Investment Opportunities Network – First Meet-up
Village Pizza, 807 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes

You are invited to come Transition Fidalgo & Friends’  (TF&F) first local investment network meet up.   The Local Investment Opportunities Network (LION) concept was presented at TF&F’s recent FutureFest event and was very well received.  The basic concept is to create a network of potential investors, who are interested in promoting the startup of local businesses.  The network creates opportunities for investors and startups or young businesses to meet up face to face and perhaps work out arrangements for private loans.  This is a vitally needed service, since commercial banking is extremely restrictive to non-existent for start ups and young businesses.
This meet up, sponsored by TF&F and the Small Business Administration, will give you the opportunity to hear about and meet with energetic startups and young businesses, to learn about successful local investing networks in our region, and to talk about establishing our own local investing network.  A local investing network will help us to bring the types of businesses we would like to see in our community.  This is also a big step towards making our community more sustainable.
To help us plan for the meet up, please send an email to to let us know your coming.  See you on Oct. 1.

October 6, and October 20 , 11 a.m.
Grassroots Training for Initiative-1631
Village Pizza, Anacortes (upstairs)
There are 3 more training sessions for door-belling in Anacortes. Sign up at

October 7, Sunday, 4 p.m.
The Soul of an Octopus: An author’s presentation
Maple Hall, Laconner.
By turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, The Soul of an Octopus reveals what octopuses can teach us about the meeting of two very different minds.

October 20, Saturday
7th annual Shoreline Academy
sponsored by the Friends of Skagit Beaches. Registration opens in September. There are a variety of classes throughout the day. Jude Apple will be the keynote speaker. Go to for more information.