Thanksgiving Hours of Operation

In observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday, the Administrative & Accounting Offices will be Closed on Thursday, November 23rd as a regularly scheduled Holiday. Additionally, due to predictably low activity on the day after Thanksgiving, employees have been given the opportunity to take Friday, November 24th as a vacation day if they wish. The Golf Shop will be open regular hours, and management can always be reached by contacting security at 360-319-8200. Have a safe and happy Holiday!

Thanksgiving Community Food Drive


Thousands of men, women and children struggle with hunger. We are going to provide Thanksgiving meals to Sudden Valley families who may otherwise be unable to do so this holiday. We are accepting both food and monetary donations to ensure as many families as possible have something to be thankful this year.


ALL FOOD donations can be brought to the Sudden Valley Craft Fair from 10 AM to 3 PM on Saturday, November 18th. We are asking for specific items to create full meals and will also accept other non-perishable food items. Please see the “most needed items list”.

You can also take NON-PERISHABLE donations to the following locations:

  • Sudden Valley RE/MAX office from 9 AM to 5 PM Friday, November 17 and from 11 AM to 3 PM Saturday, November 18
  • Sudden Valley Salon from 12 PM to 8 PM Friday, November 17

MONETARY donations can be made in the following ways:

  • Online via GoFundMe at:
  • Bring a check* or cash to the Sudden Valley RE/MAX office through 3 PM Saturday, November 18th (if it’s closed, there’s a mail slot to the left of the front door)
  • Bring your check* or cash to the Sudden Valley Craft Fair from 10 AM to 3 PM on Saturday, November 18th

Your Sudden Valley RE/MAX office will match monetary donations dollar-for-dollar up to $500! *Please make checks out to Sommer Cronck.

10 full Thanksgiving meals
PLUS additional non-perishable items

Frozen Turkeys
Dinner Rolls
Stuffing/Dressing Mix
Canned Cranberry Sauce, Green Beans, Corn
Potatoes or Instant Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes or Yams
Pumpkin or Apple Pies
Milk & Butter

HOW IT WORKS: We will collect all items Saturday. Monetary donations will be used to shop and fill the gaps so we can provide one complete meal per family to take home and prepare on Thanksgiving. Additional non-perishable items collected will be made available to meet additional needs.

FAMILIES IN NEED: If you or someone you know is in need, please contact Sommer Cronck at 360-647-8049 or email so we can ensure enough meals are ready. Pick up will be Sunday, November 19 at the Dance Barn.

Verizon Tower Approved & Appeal Deadline

The proposal is to develop a 150’ tower Verizon Tower at 1740 Lake Whatcom Boulevard, Bellingham, WA was approved by the Hearing Examiner on October 31, 2017. The property at 1740 Lake Whatcom Boulevard is owned by The Firs Bible & Missionary Conference.

Per SVCA Counsel:

Appeals can only be made by “parties of record.”  A party of record is defined as the “applicant, the property owner, or anyone who testified at a required hearing.”  WCC 20.97.293.  Generally, this includes parties who submit written testimony on the record for a hearing.  As a practical matter, then, the only people who can appeal at this point are persons who participated (by written comment or in person) in the October 4, 2017 hearing.

An appeal to the County Council has to be filed within 10 business days of the “date of the decision.”  WCC 20.92.610.  The 10th business day, due to Veteran’s Day, falls on November 15, 2017. 

To view the Summary of Application and Decision, click HERE


The new season of Jazz at Sudden Valley has been booked and should be a great one. And once again, concertgoers at the final concert of this season on November 11th, will be able to buy the entire series, an $80 value, for only $60. This offer is for this concert only. The price then goes to $70 which is still a $10 savings.

Next season’s opener takes place on Saturday, April 14 and features New York reedman, Evan Arntzen, along with his brother, guitarist and banjo player, Arnt Arntzen, in a quintet that will be playing both swing and dixieland music for listening and dancing. Evan has just permanently joined the prestigious New York swing orchestra, Vince Giardano’s NightHawks, in the reed section. He is also a fine vocalist and last played the Dance Barn as part of the Salute to Louis Armstrong. The quintet will also include Jennifer Hodge, a fine bass player from Vancouver and Bellingham’s own, Julian MacDonough on drums.

The second concert follows on May 5th and features a wonderful Olympia based vocalist, La Von Hardison, with her quintet. Players include Eric Verlinde on piano, Osama Affifi on bass, Jeff Busch on drums and Jerome Smith on tuba and trombone.

After a break for the hot summer weather, we’ll be back in the fall with the final two concerts. On October 6th, drummer Jeff Busch is back with a group called Magic Circle that is devoted to jazz music from Cuba, Brazil and South Africa. It features Alex Dugdale who is both a wonderful sax player and tap dancer, Steve Mostovoy, Jerome Smith, Julio Jauregui, Dean Schmidt along with Jeff on drums. Once again, we’ll keep the dance floor open for those who like to dance to jazz.

The final concert of 2018 is on Nov. 10th and features a wonderful tribute to Miles Davis with Kevin Woods playing the Miles solos. The rest of the group is made of some wonderful local players who haven’t been heard on the Dance Barn stage before. Josh Cook will be taking the John Coltrane tenor solos, Blake Angelos is on piano and the rest of the rhythm section consists of Roger Yamashita on bass and Jazz Project head, Judd Sherwood on drums. Since Kevin is head of the jazz program at Western, the no. 1 Western Jazz Band will open the concert with a short set.

Pictures are of the Arntzen Brothers, La Von Hardison, Magic Circles and Kevin Woods.

Community Update on Hunting and Harming Wildlife

Good day, Sudden Valley.  There have been some concerns expressed about hunting and harming wildlife, so we thought we’d clear the air of any confusion.  We have declared our community a wildlife sanctuary. 

In the Sudden Valley Community Association, we do not allow for the hunting or trapping of animals – not on common or privately-owned property- except  by  proper  authorities  working  within an approved control  program. SVCA does not currently have any approved control programs.. 

Persons interested in hunting on SVCA property who may not be familiar with our governing documents can refer to hunting maps from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, where it’s clear that our property is not included as permissible hunting grounds, for example:|11483.

If you see an injured animal, please call the Wildlife Center at (360) 966-8845.  Note that animals may have been hunted elsewhere and wondered onto our property with visible injuries.  To learn more about wildlife rehabilitation, please follow this link:

We’re happy to have a discussion about these items and concerned members can contact our Compliance Manager at (360) 746-8437.

If you see a person with a weapon, please report it to Security.  Please don’t engage the person.  If you hear shots fired of any sort, please call 911 and then call Security at (360) 319-8200.  Please note as many details as possible about the person(s) as this will help with enforcement.

Traffic Update

When?                 11/13/17 through 11/15/17, from 8am-4pm

Where?               Honeycomb Ln (near # 80)

What?                 Roadway will be reduced to one lane of travel.  Please follow signs and instructions from flaggers.  Thank you for your patience while telecommunications equipment is installed for homeowners in the area.