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Are You Ready? A Guide to Citizen Preparedness


with Rick Wallace

Calendar Oct 13, 2022 at 4 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Over the six weeks Rick and other instructors will present, discuss and have activities related to helping you be aware of, prepare for, and respond to disasters and other hazards that could impact you and your family.

Subject areas will include:

1. Preparing for Disaster: Not if but when

2. Know your Risks: Actions to Protect Yourself and Others

3. Make a Plan for Home, Away and Communications

4. Take Action: Protect Yourself, Your Property and Manage Risks

5. Recovering from Disaster: Building Individual and Community Resilience

6. Additional areas that will be discussed are digital security, financial first aid, insurance, and community action.

At each session you will be given tasks for the upcoming week that will help you take those initial steps toward a broader awareness and state of preparedness.

Instructor: Rick Wallace and others

Rick worked as a firefighter/paramedic for 35 years. The last 28 were with the City of Everett Fire Department. He was one of the first Community Emergency Response Team instructors when Everett Fire began teaching the CERT program in 1999 and taught CERT there until his retirement in 2010. Since then he has been teaching and coordinating CERT courses throughout Skagit County. Rick’s passion is helping to create a mindset of community resilience in Skagit County.

Beyond the Far Side!


with Karen Eichler M.Ed., NBPTS

Calendar Oct 13, 2022 at 4 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Take a jaunt to the world of cartooning from a bit of history, doodling developments, giggles, to purposeful messaging. The Italian word caricare, meaning to exaggerate, gives us the word “caricature”. By exaggerating the most striking features of a subject, the artist can convey irony or a certain message in everyday life, advertising, current social and political topics, caricature, and of course, make us laugh at the absurd. Cartoonists create the story boards for graphic novels, animated films and video games, but we all grew up with comic books and the Sunday comics. This course will focus on the creator of the murals we enjoy in downtown Anacortes-Bill Mitchell, the artist from Orcas Island, Gary Larson, and a range of examples from history to graphic art.

Instructor: Karen Eichler MEd., NBPTS

Karen’s teaching career ranges from elementary and middle school classrooms, to university work developing and teaching courses for pre-and in-service teachers. Karen has served on the Anacortes Senior College Board for six years. She’s quick to admit she cannot draw, but has worked as a free-lance journalist, and enjoys sharing stories from history, the arts and literature, and glimpses of life beyond the Far Side.

Dances of Political Economy


with Michael Newbrough, Ph.D.

Calendar Oct 13, 2022 at 4 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Policy-making games and how they affect our quasi-market economy. We will examine the structural basics of the U.S. government, various economic systems & policies, relative virtues & weaknesses of a free-market economy, and the different roles of government in our economy. Emphasis will be given to the incentives and actions of interest groups and their “dances” with politicians and bureaucrats, a co-dependence that results from human nature and expansive governmental powers. Lots of current events mixed in, also, as usual….

Instructor: Michael Newbrough, Ph.D.

Michael holds a BA in French and an MA in Political Science from the Univ. of Nevada, and a PhD in Political Science from the Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, and was a Fulbright Scholar (graduate study in International Relations) at l’Université de Paris. He was a professor in the Department of Economics, History, and Political Science at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA for 30 years. He has found refuge in Anacortes for the last 20 years.

Homelessness in America


with Ann Hutchinson Meyers, Ph.D.

Calendar Nov 3, 2022 at 4 pm, runs for 3 weeks

This three week class will explore one of the greatest challenges of our society today - homelessness. We will look at the history of the challenge and then will talk about solutions for change. The class will break into groups to come up with ideas (on a macro or micro level) that would help with the many challenges related to homelessness and present them to the class. This class will be very discussion-oriented.

Instructor: Ann Hutchinson Meyers, Ph.D.

Ann is a national homeless consultant and has worked with the homeless for the last 30 years. She was part of the team that constructed the nation’s largest homeless transformation campus,, that houses over 1600 people the night. Ann is currently an emeritus board member of the Anacortes Family Center and a board member for Lunous (, a nonprofit that works to identify and promote successful strategies, solutions, and policies for reliable housing in the Pacific Northwest. She lives in Anacortes with her husband Reid.

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