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Community Newsletter | March 2023

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Mental Health First Aid

Let’s make mental health support training as common as CPR. The proven Mental Health First Aid curriculum is designed for adult learners and includes important strategies for self-care when supporting someone in crisis. Sign up by March 30 for our upcoming hybrid class which features two hours of independent online learning along with in-person instruction from an experienced facilitator. Lunch is included.

WHEN: Monday, April 3, 10am–4:30pm | lunch provided

LOCATION: Cedarwood Center | 2100 Hospital Dr, Sedro-Woolley

COST: $35

Learn more and register here

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Help build a community of care for our young people. Practice the five-step method for supporting youth experiencing mental health or substance use challenges in Youth Mental Health First Aid. Designed for adults who spend time with youth aged 12-18, this course gives you the tools and confidence to be there when it matters most. If cost is a barrier, we may be able to waive your course fee. Contact the instructor for more information. Upcoming classes:

Saturday, April 22, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm at Burlington Public Library (lunch provided)


Thursday, May 25, 9 am – 3 pm online

COST: $35

AUDIENCE: Those age 18+ who work or live with young people

Learn more and register here

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) - Suicide Prevention

Did you know rates of suicide are highest in the spring months, not in winter as people often assume? Learn the signs that someone may be at risk for suicide and how to apply the evidence-based QPR method to help save a life in our free, online training. Appropriate for ages 16+.

Monday, April 17 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Wednesday, May 5 | 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Thursday, May 25 | 10:00 - 11:30 am



AUDIENCE: Ages 16+

Learn more and register here

CPR/AED/First Aid

If CPR is performed in the first few minutes of a cardiac arrest emergency, it can double or triple a person's chance of survival. Our American Red Cross certified instructors offer community classes at reasonable rates so more people can learn these lifesaving techniques. A discounted course fee is available for people receiving benefits such as Basic Food, WIC, or Apple Health.

English Language Classes:

  • Friday, March 31 | 9-11:30 am OR 12-2:30 pm | blended learning (with online and in-person components) | Cost: $80 

Clases en Español:

  • Sábado, marzo 25 | 9 am – 1:30 pm | Costo: $100 (un precio con descuento de $80 está disponible para los hogares que reciben beneficios como Basic Food, WIC, o Apple Health)

See course options and sign up here

Overdose Response

While the Food & Drug Administration will soon be deciding about whether naloxone, the medication that temporarily reverses an opioid overdose, can be sold over the counter, the medicine can currently be carried and used by anyone in Washington State. We offer free naloxone (aka Narcan®) and training on how to effectively respond in an overdose situation to anyone age 16+. Sign up for a community class below or contact Elizabeth Ruth to schedule a free training for your organization or group.

Wednesday, April 5 | 10 am

Thursday, April 20 | 2 pm

Monday, May 8 | 3 pm




Learn more and register here

Breastfeeding Class

One hour with our caring educators can help make feeding time easier for parents and babies alike. Available in English and Spanish, sign up for a free course today.

Classes in English:

  • April 20 @ 1 pm
  • May 18 @ 1 pm

Classes in Spanish:

  • Abril 20 @ 2:15 pm
  • Mayo 18 @ 2:15 pm

COST: FREE / Sin Costo

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Bringing Baby Home Workshop - A Parenting and Relationship Program

Designed for both expecting and new parents, the Bringing Baby Home Program will give you skills and information to recognize and cope successfully with the normal stressors of becoming a family.

WHEN: This is a four-evening workshop on Tuesdays, May 9, 16, 23 & 30 | 5 - 8 pm

COST: $50 per couple (reduced fees for those receiving benefits such as Apple Health, WIC, or TANF)

LOCATION: Children's Museum of Skagit County | 432 Fashion Way, Burlington

AUDIENCE: Couples who are new or expecting parents.

Learn more and register here

Brighten Your Child's Day!

Take advantage of increasing sunlight and warmer weather to celebrate spring with your kiddos! Our Local Strategies for Physical Activity and Nutrition (LSPAN) e-newsletter shares easy recipes, suggestions for active play, craft ideas, and family resources. Delivered to more than 80 childcare sites across Skagit, this newsletter is available to anyone in our community at no cost! The latest issue highlights National Color Therapy Month where you can learn how to make a rainbow salad in a jar or build a sensory garden. Check out current and past newsletters on our website!

Free Coloring Book and Activities

Download a free coloring book packed with brain-building tips and activities for young children, powered by Vroom®.

Available in English or Spanish

Full STEAM Ahead & Familypalooza 

This Earth Day, you’re invited to a special day of learning, fun, and resources at the Children’s Museum of Skagit County. Bring kids of all ages to participate in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math (STEAM) activities that spark curiosity and expand horizons. Enjoy a free round of family mini-golf! Organizations that support parents and kids to live their happiest and healthiest lives (including our staff!) will also be on hand, making Saturday, April 22, an experience for the whole family. Click to learn more.

Fuel for the Future

National Nutrition Month® has been celebrated each March for more than 50 years! The theme for 2023 is "Fuel for the Future." Eating with sustainability in mind is a tasty way to nourish ourselves during every phase of life and protect the environment. Check out Smart Tips for Successful Meals, and visit the website for more Nutrition Month tip sheets.

Helping Families Eat Well on a Budget

United General WIC encourages parents and young kids to eat a variety of foods that power bodies and minds. With a Registered Dietician on staff, we help families with practical meal and snack ideas that work on a budget and with their lives. For example, when fresh fruits and veggies are not in season they cost more, which means frozen, dried, and canned options can help keep costs down without sacrificing flavor or nutrition! We love Chop-Chop Family for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and snack ideas using frozen food including this broccoli soup with cheddar cheese.

Spotlight Film Festival Coming to the Lincoln Theatre

The Children's Council will present a series of four compelling documentaries that shine a light on important topics in our community. Join us at the historic Lincoln Theatre in Mount Vernon on May 1, 8, 15, & 22 for films covering a range of issues, including bullying, the struggles of parents caring for children who are disabled or medically complex, early childhood education, and challenges to the civil rights of transgender youth. All showings are followed by a facilitated discussion and offer K-12 education clock credits. Some offer Early Childhood Education STARS credits.

Entrance is free with a suggested donation of $5. Visit the Skagit Spotlight Film Festival website for details.

Students as Teachers

Nine high school students from Mount Baker and Oak Harbor High Schools attended a Peer 2 Peer training in February to become certified peer educators. Peer 2 Peer training equips students with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to discuss topics surrounding substance use prevention and overall resilience with their younger peers. On March 21, middle school students from around the five-county North Sound region participated in a similar training! 

Why we use a Peer-based Approach  

Peer-based programs are increasingly used throughout the world as a health promotion strategy to reach young people on health and social related issues. These initiatives are based on the idea that young people tend to discuss personal issues with their peers rather than with parents or adults and on the basis that peers are often regarded as a more credible and non-judgmental source of information. By formalizing and centering conversations among peers around health-promoting and risk-reducing actions, programs help to empower youth to attain healthy lifestyles.

Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Mark your calendar! Prescription Drug Take Back Day is coming up on Saturday, April 22. Don’t want to wait? Check out year-round locations for safe disposal of medications throughout Skagit at the all-new Med Takeback Washington website. 

Love Trails? Help Build Them!

The mission of Skagit Trail Builders is to design, build, and advocate for multi-use community trails in Skagit County Parks. Skagit Trail Builders is currently building a new trail at Northern State Recreation Area in Sedro-Woolley and is looking for volunteers.

Find out how you can support the project and become a trail volunteer at Follow them on Facebook for regular updates and great trail photos!

Trek for Treasure 2023 Theme Announced

Every Trek for Treasure year is different -- new hikes, new t-shirts, and a new theme to fuel the adventure. This year’s theme centers around the true story of the infamous D.B. Cooper, a hijacker who evaded authorities with a ransom of $200,000 after jumping out of a plane in 1971. Help us by hiking local trails in search of clues to reveal the mysteries of D.B. Cooper, and the fate that befell him.*

Check out the Trek for Treasure website for the full story and calendar of events.

*Note: Although the story of D.B. Cooper is true, the clues and evidence provided are fictional and meant for entertainment purposes only.

Registration opens April 3rd!

Reawaken Your Body & Mind

Want to build strength, increase flexibility, reduce stress, and improve your energy levels? Our Yoga for Every Body classes are designed to do just that.

Experienced instructors offer safe, attentive, and effective instruction. Beginner, Gentle, Active, and Mixed level classes begin in March! See our spring yoga schedule. 

Did you know you can use your Fred Meyer card to help make our programs possible? Through Fred Meyer Community Rewards, you can link your card to Foundation of District 304. Link your card in person on your next visit, or click here to do it online. Funds support classes, trainings, and programs for Foundation of District 304 at no cost to you!

Thank You!

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