18th Annual Community Awards Celebration
Feb. 6, 2016, Sultan High School
Potluck Dinner and Music 5 pm | Awards Celebration 6 pm
The 18th Annual Sky Valley Community Awards Celebration will be held on February 6, 2016 5 pm at Sultan High School. Once a year all the civic groups get together to celebrate the people in their organizations who have made a big difference to them and to the community. The Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce sponsors this inspirational event every year with the help of volunteers from each group.
Enjoy the music, potluck dinner and social time that begins at 5:00pm with the awards celebration at 6 pm. This wonderful event is free and open to everyone who wants to be inspired by all the amazing people who make the Sky Valley such a great place to live. Please call 360-793-0983 if you have any questions.
Random Acts of Kindness: If you’ve experienced a random act of kindness that you’d like to share please submit your story to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to Sky Valley Chamber PO Box 46, Sultan WA 98294. The winning story will be featured at the Sky Valley Community Awards Celebration.
The Cascade Loop promotion is getting a whole lot of traction online (we had nearly 10,000 views in less than the first week live!) but we want to be sure as many prospective travelers as possible are seeing it this winter, to help motivate their wintertime planning. Please consider linking to/embedding the video in your website and sharing it on your social media channels. Here is a link—thanks for helping! https://vimeo.com/146707469
Sky Valley Arts Council to Restore Startup Gym
The Sky Valley Arts Council is pleased to announce their intention to restore the historic Startup Gym and put it back into community service as an event center. The Startup Gym has a colorful, story filled history beginning with its construction in 1937. George Startup, owner of a local saw mill, donated all of the wood used in the construction and community volunteers built this very sturdy building. According to locals the only thing that was hired out during the construction was a company to set the roof beams. Arts Council President Mary Ritzman said “The Sky Valley Arts Council plans to continue this proud Sky Valley tradition by using local volunteer talent to restore the building to its former glory. We are currently raising money to buy the materials we will need to restore the building.”
The Sultan School District owns the property but due to budget constraints and the fact that the property doesn’t work programmatically for them the building has been neglected for many years. The Arts Council and the School District worked together to come up with a plan to save this important historic asset for future generations to enjoy.
According to project manager, Debbie Copple, the number one priority is a new roof and gutter system. Followed closely by repairing/replacing siding, painting, plumbing, repairing the rain damage in the kitchen area, renovating the kitchen, kitchen flooring, etc.
The Arts Council website has more information, including how to donate money or supplies. You may also stop by the Sky Valley Visitor Center in Sultan or mail to Sky Valley Arts Council, PO Box 18, Sultan, WA 98294 All donations are tax deductible! www.skyvalleyartscouncil.com or call Debbie Copple for more information or to volunteer at 425-238-2651.
Sky Valley Chamber Member of the Year 2015: Werner Paddles
Check out the latest Sky Valley Arts Council Road Trip
by photographer Kristin Kosiewicz
Did you know that kindness has side effects? Research has shown that kindness makes us happier, gives us healthier hearts, slows aging, makes for better relationships, and that kindness is contagious. Read “5 Beneficial Side Effects of Kindness,” by David Hamilton with the Huffington Post for the full story. We have provided you with a Random Acts of Kindness Toolkit to help spread kindness here at Snohomish County as well as our home and community.
Touring Washington by Electric Car
Check out the article and slideshow that recently ran in the Bend Bulletin, featuring the Cascade Loop!