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Polar bear plunge a refreshing way to start new year By RON NEWBERRY

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The experience isn’t as frigid as one might expect. At least, that’s how Melissa Riker describes the Polar Bear Plunge that is taking place in Oak Harbor on New Year’s Day. The dip into the lagoon at Windjammer Park will start around noon. “It isn’t as cold as you’d think,” said Riker, organizer of the event. “It’s quite refreshing. It’s a lot of fun. It’s fun to do with a group of people and family and friends.” The plunge is part of a bigger event titled the 5K Resolution Run and Polar Bear Plunge. About 70 people participated in the free run last year with many also taking the plunge afterward. The run is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. at the lagoon. The course stretches from the Oak Harbor Marina and back. A kids “Lap Around the Lagoon” will begin at 11:30 a.m. There is no registration or fee for the event, only a waiver that needs to be

signed. Riker participated in the first Oak Harbor plunge two years ago but got sick last year and had to skip the event. She was inspired to start the Oak Harbor plunge after participating in a similar New Year’s Day dip in Bellingham. “It was so much fun. Everyone had a great time,” she said. “It seemed like such a long drive up to Bellingham.” Freeland also hosts a polar bear plunge at Double Bluff Beach, but Riker said she felt that also was too far away. She likes the lagoon’s setting. “The first time we did it, we held hands and ran into the lagoon,” Riker said, referring to her son. “Some friends jump off the dock. It’s a lot of fun. People think it’s freezing cold. It’s not bad.” The event is a fundraiser for local charities. Cash or canned food may be donated, Riker said. “I wanted something fun for the community to do,” Riker said. “It’s a fun, healthy way to start the new year.”

Photo by Ron Newberry

Participants head for the chilly waters of the lagoon at Windjammer Park on New Year’s Day during Oak Harbor’s 2015 polar bear plunge. The 2016 event includes a 5K run at 11 a.m. followed by the plunge around noon. Both events are free.

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New Year’s Eve party, 9 p.m., Dec. 31, VFW, 3037 Goldie Road, Oak Harbor. Games and prizes, music by Paul’s entertainment, and a champagne toast at midnight. $5 cover charge. 360-720-9415.

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Run and Polar Bear Plunge, 11 a.m., Jan. 1, Windjammer Park, Oak Harbor. 5K fun run benefitting local charities starts at 11 a.m. at the lagoon; kids lap around the lagoon starts at 11:30 a.m. Polar bear plunge begins at noon in lagoon. No registration or entry fee, however, arrive early to sign a waiver. Donations of canned food or cash for local charities accepted. 360-929-2489. Polar Bear Plunge, noon, Jan. 1, Double Bluff County Park, Freeland. Start the New Year off with a splash and join a fun-loving crowd of nearly 200 jumpers for a bone-chilling dive into 2016. Or join the crowd of hundreds of spectators and cheer on the crazies. A New Year’s tradition since 2004. Proceeds support Island County’s 4-H Teen Leadership activities.

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Digital Downloads – Zinio, Freegal, and Hoopla, 10 a.m., Jan. 4, at the Oak Harbor Library meeting room. Learn how to access free movies, music and magazines on your computer or mobile device. Find out how to stream movies, download music legally and more. Bring your own library card and device. 360-6755115. Journaling Workshop for Caregivers, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Jan. 4, Coupeville Library. The simple act of putting thoughts to paper has psychological power. Join this fun, informal workshop to motivate you to write your feelings about caregiving. Arlene

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Seattle Opera Preview: “The Marriage of Figaro,” 2-3 p.m., Jan. 5, Coupeville Library. Join Seattle Opera’s Nick Malinowski for an hourlong introduction to the music, history and stagecraft of Seattle Opera’s upcoming production “The Marriage of Figaro.” Supported by Friends of the Coupeville Library. Free. 360-678-4911.

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Introduction to Therapeutic Touch, 1 p.m., Jan. 7, Coupeville Library. Therapeutic Touch (TT) is a holistic care practice directing universal energy with intention and compassion to provide an environment for healing. Anyone with the intention of heart and openness of mind to help another and the desire to learn can benefit from and learn Therapeutic Touch.

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Introduction to Yoga: Stretch, Strengthen, and Relax, 1:30 p.m., Jan. 11, at the Coupeville Library. Stretch, relax and strengthen with Dianna Deseck-Piazzon. She will instruct three levels: seated, gentle/beginner and hatha/vinyasa/flow. Also learn about breathing,

Trivia Night at the Library, 5:30 p.m., Jan. 11, at the Coupeville Library. Participate as a team or as an individual to answer questions from five categories related to the mystery genre. Win prizes and bragging rights. This event is for adults.

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