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

Our TF&F Monthly Gathering Presentation:

 November 27, 6:30 pm
The Future of Fidalgo Forests
Jack Hartt, Former Park Manager, Deception Pass State Park
Denise Crow, Former Director of the Friends of the Forest
Jonn Lunsford, current Operations and Forest Lands Manager for the ACFL

Our Fidalgo forests are changing. Some of these changes are natural, such as forest succession, leading to old growth forests if left undisturbed. Some of the changes are sudden, such as being burned by the fires we have experienced the past few years. And some are subtle, with drier summers and wetter and warmer winters causing changes to the water table and soil. And some are intentional, when we cut swaths to create new housing developments, parking lots, roadways, and other ‘improvements’.

Former Deception Pass State Park manager Jack Hartt will join with Denise Crowe, former director of the Friends of the Forest, and Jonn Lunsford, current Operations and Forest Lands Manager for the ACFL, to present a program entitled “The Future of Fidalgo’s Forests, and what you can do to make a difference”

This illustrated discussion will look at the forests in the Anacortes Community Forest Lands and Deception Pass State Park as examples of much broader themes around our entire planet. What changes do we see? What do we want to see? What can we do to see the future we want?

If you are interested in the upcoming ACFL Forest Monitoring project, then this program will help you see the why’s and wherefore’s of how to help with some essential baseline studies.

Our monthly meetings include a sharing time and programs to help build local resilience and reduce carbon dependency. For more information, visit

November 27, Tuesday, 3 – 5 pm
EDASC, 204 W. Montgomery, Mt Vernon WA.

Bridging the Gap – Finding Funding as a Small Business


Small businesses support diversity in our community and ensure that Skagit Valley retains a special sense of place. But sometimes small businesses find accessing capital difficult.

Alternative lending is a broad term used to describe a range of loan options available to business owners outside of a traditional bank loan. These alternative options are most commonly used when an individual or business owner cannot obtain a traditional bank loan for any number of reasons.

The goal of this event is to connect small business owners and traditional banks to these alternative lending resources. Bridging the lending gap will improve access to capital for small businesses and can help knit community partners together, cultivating an ecosystem conducive to business growth.

This workshop will provide information about funding sources, alternative loan programs, and processes available for those who want to start or grow a small business.

Who should attend?

The Alternative Lenders Round Table is intended to bridge the gap between small businesses and traditional lenders. Individual businesses and lenders are encouraged to attend.

Who will present?

Presenters include representatives from a local lending group, Skagit Revolving Loan Fund, Craft3, Business Impact NW, NWBDA, Evergreen Capital, USDA, SBA District Office and other small business loan providers.

Topics Include:

  • Financing options: rates, terms, qualifications, and their application processes.
  • Expectations of business borrowers and what borrowers can expect from theses lenders will be thoroughly explored.
  • Q & A, and networking.

Cost: No cost, but registration is required

December 7th, Friday, 10:00 AM -12:00 PM
Whistle Lake Hike for Adults

The hush of Whistle near winter solstice couldn’t be farther from the madding crowd of summer. Enjoy our deep water jewel of the forest during the season of recharge, and feel the stored sunlight energy emanating from the green.

Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot at the end of Whistle Lake Road.

December 10, 2018 6:00 p.m.
Anacortes Public Library
Pinto Abalone Status Review
Despite a ban on harvest and the establishment of a captive breeding program, information available to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) suggests that remnant populations of pinto abalone are not reproducing in the wild and may be in peril of local extinction. WDFW is soliciting any available data on the species, and seeks public comment on a proposal to list the pinto abalone as a State Endangered Species.  Please consider attending. Or, submit comments and questions to:
WDFW, Fish Program, attention: Michael Ulrich
P.O. Box 43200
Olympia, WA 98504-3200
(360) 902-2737

Transition Fidalgo and Friends’
Monthly Gathering Presentation:

January 29, 2019, Tuesday, 6:30 pm
Earth’s Bipolar Disorder
Dr. Robert Bindschadler

“Dr. Bob”, returns, after his very popular
presentation about Ice Caps in September, to present the case for why
scientists are so certain human use of fossil fuels is a major
contributing factor to climate change.

He will explain the dire nature of the consequences in a
manner that is not only accessible, but in a form that leaves
people more confident in raising discussions with friends and
neighbors who have yet to accept the urgency of this issue.

Come listen and learn from one of the world’s experts.