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Whidbey Xtra! WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2016 | Vol. 1, No. 40 | WWW.WHIDBEYNEWSTIMES.COM | FREE
Heart and Hammers looks to introduce neighbors By RON NEWBERRY
It might be an old circuit breaker that keeps popping everytime you run the dryer and vacuum cleaner. Or it could be an out-of-control wisteria bush that’s hugging the side of your house tighter each year. Chances are, there’s a lingering problem around your home that you’d like to see go away. If you’re a homeowner in Central Whidbey and have trouble maintaining your home due to limited resources, there’s a good chance that a group of skilled workers will come to your home and fix the problem at no charge. The group, Central Whidbey Hearts & Hammers, is looking for residential projects for its annual volunteer work day. This year, the date is Saturday, May 7. The group is compiling its home project list and is giving applicants until Jan. 31 to submit their requests. The effort is designed to help homeowners who need home repairs or yard cleanup but either have trouble doing the work themselves or can’t afford to hire the help. Central Whidbey Hearts & Hammers, a nonprofit, has been providing the free service in the
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A work party with Central Whidbey Hearts & Hammers is busy with repairs at a property in Coupeville last year. Projects this year will take place May 7. There is a Jan. 31 deadline for homeowners to submit applications. greater Coupeville area one day per year since it started its own group in 2009. It used to be part of the original South Whidbey Hearts & Hammers, which formed in 1994. The Central Whidbey group’s coverage area follows the
Coupeville School District boundaries, including Greenbank, and stretches as far north as Hastie Lake. Board members field the work requests then review each one to determine eligibility. “We’d like to stress that we
consider it sort of an honor that people are asking us to help,” said Wilson Binger, board president of Central Whidbey Hearts & Hammers. “Neighbors generally like to help other neighbors, but they’re always reluctant to ask. When they do ask, it’s really
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great for the people who want to give.” About 130 volunteers representing roughly 30 teams take part in the work day. That includes teams that prepare breakfast and dinner for the workers. The work requests typically range from yard cleanup to painting. The group, made up of general contractors, subcontractors and those who just want to help, also can do electrical or plumbing work, window and deck repair, and wheelchair ramps, among other tasks. “It’s a chance to do something for one day,” Binger said. “That’s part of where our job as board members comes into play. We have to make sure this is a oneday project and not a 10-day project. Sometimes we have to limit what we can do because of that.” There is no charge for labor or materials. Donations are accepted. Work requests may be made by calling 360-720-2114 or by sending an email to cwheartsand email@example.com Central Whidbey Hearts & Hammers also is holding a community dinner from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Jan. 29, at the Coupeville Recreational Hall. The dinner costs $5 with proceeds going to Central Whidbey Hearts & Hammers.
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Western Movie Series: “The Searchers,” 5:30-7:30 p.m., Jan. 27, Coupeville Library. Popcorn provided by Friends of the Coupeville Library. Free.
Thursday Jan. 28
Mystery Lovers Book Group: James Runcie, 3-4 p.m., Jan. 28, Oak Harbor Library. Share your love of mysteries. Choose any of the Sidney Chambers mysteries by James Runcie, and join the discussion. Books available for checkout at the library. 360-675-5115. Wine about Winter Bunco by Soroptimist International of Oak Harbor, 6-8:30 p.m., Jan. 28. Soroptimist International of Oak
Lutheran Church, 1253 NW 2nd St., Oak Harbor. The Nar-Anon Family Groups are a worldwide fellowship for those affected by someone else’s addiction. All that is required for membership is that there be a problem of addiction with a relative or friend. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Friday Oak Harbor Book Group: “The Bully Pulpit,” 11 a.m.-noon, Jan. 29, Oak Harbor Library meeting room. Share your love of reading. Check out a copy of “The Bully Pulpit” by Doris Kearns Goodwin and join the discussion in the library’s Center for Lifelong Learning. All are welcome. 360-675-5115. Central Whidbey Hearts and Hammers Community Dinner, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Jan. 29, Coupeville Rec Hall. The dinner costs $5, with proceeds going to CWH&H. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy a delicious dinner and get to know their neighbors, while supporting this nonprofit community organization’s mission of “Neighbors Helping Neighbors.” www. cwheartsandhammers.org
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Meet the artist, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Jan. 31, Penn Cove Gallery, Coupeville. Visit with photographer Kelly Kellogg. Kelly uses a variety of camera formats and photographic techniques to obtain
results ranging from realistic, impressionistic, and even surreal. His goal is to capture the essence of a scene as he sees it and share his image with others. After more than 20 years as a professional photographer, Kellogg continues to study photography by learning new methods. www. penncovegallery.com Lost in Yonkers auditions, 2 p.m., Jan. 31, at Whidbey Playhouse. Needed are 2 men, 2 teen boys, 3 women (1 older woman) A semiautobiographical play set in Yonkers in 1942. Eddie deposits his 2 young sons on the old lady’s doorstep. The boys are left to contend with Grandma and their mentally challenged Aunt and her brother Louie in a strange new world.
Monday Feb. 1
Lost in Yonkers auditions, 6:30 p.m., Feb. 1, at Whidbey Playhouse. Needed are 2 men, 2 teen boys, 3 women (1 older woman) A semiautobiographical play set in Yonkers in 1942. Eddie deposits his 2 young sons on the old lady’s doorstep. The boys are left to contend with Grandma and their mentally challenged Aunt and her brother Louie in a strange new world. AARP Tax Aide, 1-7:30 p.m., Feb. 1, at Oak Harbor Library. Free tax return preparation and e-filing for taxpayers with low to moderate income, especially those age 60 and older. Call 360-678-3000 to schedule an appointment. Supported by AARP
Foundation. 360-6783000. Douglas Fir: The Story of a Tree, Its Squirrel & the Irrepressible Steller’s Jay, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Feb. 1, at Coupeville Library. Join Steve and Martha Ellis from Whidbey Audubon Society for this engaging program. Funded by Friends of the Coupeville Library. email@example.com
Tuesday Feb. 2
Baby and Me Storytime, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Feb. 2 at Oak Harbor Library. Wiggle and giggle with your baby through silly stories, happy songs, rhymes, and activities that inspire a love of reading. Playtime follows. For newborns through 24 months. Caregiver required. 360675-5115. CLA Estate Planning Workshop, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Feb. 2 at Oak Harbor Elks Lodge, 155 NE Ernst St. FREE Workshop providing valuable information for seniors on securing one’s estate and retirement planning. firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday Feb. 3
Ready Readers: Baby and Me Storytime, 9:3010:15 a.m., Feb. 3 at Oak Harbor Library. Wiggle and giggle with your baby through silly stories, happy songs, rhymes, and activities that inspire a love of reading. Playtime follows. For newborns through 24 months. Caregiver required. 360675-5115.
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Wednesday Night with the Stars: “Leap Year,” 5:30-7:15 p.m., Feb. 3 at Coupeville Library. This romantic comedy follows one woman’s determined quest to get married to the perfect guy… despite what fate has in store for her. When the fourth-year passes without a marriage proposal, Anna decides to take matters into her own hands. Investing in an Irish tradition that allows women to propose to men on Feb.
29, Anna decides to follow her boyfriend, Jeremy, to Dublin and get down on one knee herself. Rated PG. Runtime 100 minutes. Popcorn provided by Friends of the Coupeville Library.
Thursday Feb. 4
House of Hope Nar Anon Meeting, 7-8 p.m., every Thursday begin-
ning Jan. 7 at Oak Harbor Lutheran Church, 1253 NW 2nd St., Oak Harbor. The Nar-Anon Family Groups are a worldwide fellowship for those affected by someone else’s addiction. All that is required for membership is that there be a problem of addiction in a relative or friend. karol@whidbey. com
Oak Harbor Library. Let imaginations run wild with fun books, singalong songs, and creative activities that prepare young minds for the adventures of reading. Playtime or craft may follow. 360-675-5115.
Ready Readers: Preschool Storytime, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Feb. 4 at
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Friday Feb. 5
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Playhouse in Oak Harbor. Charlotte and George Hay with a repertory consisting of Cyrano de Bergerac “revised, one nostril version” and Noel Coward’s Private Lives. Fate has given these thespians one more shot at starring roles in a Scarlet Pimpernel epic. Director Frank Capra himself is in route to Buffalo to catch their matinee performance. Will Charlotte appear or run off with their lawyer? Will George be sober
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