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Community Newsletter | April 2024

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WIC Breastfeeding Class

Planning on breastfeeding or just getting started? Everyone can use some support as they begin that journey! United General WIC staff offer information to get feeding off to a good start and all the ways WIC can help your family.


  • Thursday, April 18 | 1 pm (In English)
  • Jueves, abril 18 | 4 pm (En Español)


WHERE: Online


Learn more & register here

American Red Cross CPR/First Aid/AED Training 

Learn lifesaving skills with our expert instructor! This course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing, and other first-aid emergencies. Upon completion, a certificate that satisfies most OSHA-mandated job requirements, workplace, and other regulatory requirements will be issued (good for two years).  


  • Friday, April 19 | 9 am – 1 pm 
  • Saturday, June 1 | 9 am – 1 pm

WHERE: Cedarwood Center | 2100 Hospital Dr., Sedro-Woolley

AUDIENCE: Community members age 12+ interested in learning, or updating their CPR, AED & First Aid training.

COST: $100 (a discounted price of $80 is available for income-eligible households) 

 Learn more and register here

Overdose Response

Learn how to recognize and effectively support someone experiencing an overdose in this brief online training for anyone age 16+. Ways to access free naloxone (AKA Narcan) will be provided.


  •  Monday, April 22 | 12:30 pm
  • Tuesday, May 7 | 11 am

WHERE: Online


Learn more & register here

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) 

The warning signs for suicide can show up in people’s language and behaviors, as well as in the types of situations they are facing. Know what to look for and how to apply the proven three-step QPR method to help save a life.


  • Tuesday, April 23 | 10am – 11:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 8 | 3pm – 4:30pm

WHERE: Online


Learn more and register here

The Incredible Years

A free program for parents of toddlers age 1-3! Learn how to encourage the language, social, and emotional skills that help children thrive while easing the stress of parenting through this eight-week online program.

WHEN: Tuesdays 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, starting April 30 through June 18

WHERE: Online, via Zoom

COST: Free

Register here before April 23!

Adult Mental Health First Aid

Learn how to support the people in your life though this evidence-based course for people age 18+. The hybrid format allows you to work independently for two hours and then learn from a certified instructor live online or in-person.


  • ONLINE: Tuesday, April 30 from 9am – 4pm | Zoom
  • IN-PERSON: Monday, May 20 | 10am – 5pm at Heartwood House

COST: Cost: $35* - includes materials and lunch for in-person course | *scholarships available

Learn more and register here

Introduction to CPR Training

If you care about your family and community and don’t need a CPR certification card for your work or school, this class is for you! Learn how to perform adult and infant CPR and first aid from an expert trainer in a low-pressure setting. This course is open to anyone age 12 and up and provides the knowledge needed to respond to an emergency and help save a life.

WHEN: Friday, June 7 | 9 am – 11:30 am 

WHERE: Cedarwood Center | 2100 Hospital Dr., Sedro-Woolley

COST: $30

Learn more & register here

Babysitter's Training Class

Young people interested in learning how to responsibly care for children and infants can take part in an American Red Cross course right here in Skagit! This engaging (and fun!) class is a mixture of learning and activities to boost knowledge and confidence while babysitting.

WHEN: Friday, June 28 | 9am - 4pm

WHERE: United General District 304 | 2031 A Hospital Dr, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284

AUDIENCE: This program is designed for, but not limited to, youth ages 11-15

COST:  $80 (a discounted price of $60 is available for income-eligible households) 

Learn more & register here

Launch into Summer with Trek for Treasure!

Trek for Treasure 2024 is here! Gather your team and register – discounted early-bird registration runs through May 15. This year’s theme includes pirate treasure, the mighty Kraken, and Neptura the Sea Goddess!

Join us on the trails this summer as teams solve puzzles and search for the lost Teardrop Pearls. The first hike launches May 31. Adventure awaits! To register, visit the Trek for Treasure website.

Nature as Medicine

The benefits of spending time in nature are waiting for you with Skagit Nature Rx! Join our Group Walks, which began April 11 and continue through the end of May, and enjoy the many benefits of getting outside. Walks are led by our knowledgeable staff and are free to attend with registration. Explore places like Padilla Bay, Stimpson Nature Preserve, and Little Mountain Park while practicing mindfulness, walking, and stretching. In April, each walk will focus on one of the senses, and in May each walk will highlights one of the elements. Click below to view walks and register:

Community Walks

Open to all community members

Family Treks

For families or caregivers with

kids 0-5 years old

Protect the Environment and Your Loved Ones

Springtime, and spring cleaning, is here! Removing unused, expired, or unnecessary medications from your home and safely disposing of them at a year-round site or a Take Back event is the best way to prevent misuse and overdose deaths and protect the health of our environment. So don’t flush or trash medications, bring them to a National Drug Take Back Day event happening Saturday, April 27 from 10 am – 2 pm at locations in Anacortes, La Conner, Mount Vernon, or Sedro-Woolley.

All prescription medications are accepted – no questions asked.

View the list of accepted and non-accepted items.

Shop For a Cause!

Shop at the Co-op on Friday, April 26th, and 4% of proceeds benefit our Sedro-Woolley Farm to School Program! Our staff will have a table at the Co-op during the day, so stop by to say hi and learn more about how Farm to School makes a difference in the lives of children and families!

Earth Day Celebration in Concrete

On Saturday, April 20 Concrete Farm to School will join other community organizations from 10 am to 3 pm at the Concrete Community Center to celebrate Earth Day with family activities, a seed swap, and the fender blender smoothie bike. This is also an opportunity to pick up some Farm to School-grown flower and vegetable seedlings for your own garden!

Mother’s Day Plant Fair

Join us at the Master Gardener Plant fair on May 11 at the Skagit County Fairgrounds from 8 am - 2 pm. This is THE place to get quality, locally grown plants for your garden, including starts from the Concrete Farm to School greenhouse! We’ll also have information about Basic Food, local farm vegetable shares, and our other programs available.

FVRx Vegetable Thai Curry

At the end of March, our Skagit Fruit and Vegetable Prescription (FVRx) program participants sampled Vegetable Thai Curry while picking up their quarterly resources, and it was a hit! This recipe is quick and versatile, making it a good weeknight option for using any vegetables you have on hand. A couple of pro tips to keep the cost low- purchase curry paste in bulk from The US Chef Store or on Amazon and look for coconut milk in the baking section of the grocery store (near the condensed milk). Happy eating!

FVRx participants watched a cooking demonstration, sampled the dish, and took the recipe home to prepare for their households!

Free Weekly Play & Grow Groups 

We are launching a new Play & Grow group on the hospital campus in the newly remodeled Heartwood House! Parents and caregivers of babies can drop in any Thursday at 11 am to connect with other parents and share the joys and challenges of parenting.

This group will include songs, playtime with babies, and discussions with Help Me Grow nurses and our Perinatal Support Resiliency Specialist. Play & Grow is free, and no registration is required! Groups begin Thursday, May 2, and will occur every week. Click on the flyer to download.

Results Are In – Parent Survey

To better serve our community, our Thriving Children & Families pillar and Help Me Grow Skagit surveyed local parents and caregivers about what types of classes and groups they want to see offered. Of the 65 respondents, a vast majority preferred play groups over structured classes. About half want in-person gatherings, while 61% would like hybrid options. Facebook groups are the primary source of information for 89% of the respondents.

As our team reflects on these important insights, we’ll continue to collaborate with community partners to develop and deliver programs that ensure that every parent and caregiver feels supported and equipped on their parenting journey.

WIC Celebrates Nutrition Month

Esthela and Jonathan stopped by to say hello to Amy M. at the Sedro-Woolley WIC office last month. All District 304 WIC families were invited to see the office space and meet WIC staff. Families picked out a Nutrition Month sticker and took home the newest WIC Recipe Book that highlights kid-friendly options. Kids got to choose from a lunch bag or MyPlate plate to take home to try out the yummy recipes. 

Like Esthela, many parents want to know how they can involve their preschooler in mealtime preparation. Jonathan and his family can look through the colorful pictures in the cookbook and make Fiesta Breakfast Quesadilla together. This cookbook is filled with ways to involve kids in the kitchen.

If you haven't already done so, please complete our quick 5-minute survey to help us understand how to best serve our community! Participate and be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card. Your voice matters!


Thank you!

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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