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almanac Whidbey Island

H I S TO RY

PEOPLE

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The complete guide to living on Whidbey Island A SUPPLEMENT TO THE WHIDBEY NEWS-TIMES, SOUTH WHIDBEY RECORD & THE WHIDBEY EXAMINER


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Pg. 3 ... Oak Harbor Pg. 11 ... Government Pg. 13 ... Education Pg. 16 ... NAS Whidbey Pg. 19 ... Libraries Pg. 20 ... Coupeville Pg. 22 ... Farmers Markets Pg. 23 ... Climate Pg. 24 ... Greenbank Pg. 26 ... Transportation Pg. 28 ... Utilities & Services Pg. 31 ... Freeland Pg. 33 ... Business & Economy Pg. 34 ... Whidbey Island Map Pg. 37 ... Bayview Pg. 38 ... Marinas Pg. 39 ... Parks Pg. 43 ... Langley Pg. 45 ... Arts & Entertainment Pg. 48 ... Clinton Pg. 49 ... Churches Pg. 51 ... Events Calendar Pg. 55 ... Clubs & Organizations

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Oak Harbor hosts a Fourth of July Parade every summer.

Oak Harbor is urban, yet rural Oak Harbor, Whidbey's largest city, has a distinctly different feel than the rest of the island. It's the commercial, retail and financial

hub and is home to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, the economic driver on the north end of the island and beyond. Yet it strives to remain true to its roots, recently planting hundreds of the Garry Oaks for which it's named. SEE PAGE 5

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The Navy helped to build up Oak Harbor. Unlike other Whidbey communities, it's filled with familiar chain stores, as well as homegrown businesses. It’s the only place to find a full line of fast-food, family and ethnic restaurants, as well as many large retailers —- Home Depot, Walmart, Walgreens, Big 5, Office

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Oak Harbor features several locations to walk along the water. CONTINUED FROM 5 The city is surrounded by nature. Rolling farmland and the waters of Puget Sound Max —- and plenty of coffee shops. encompass the community. Just a few miles The city’s historical downtown, free of chain north is Deception Pass, one of the most popustores, offers clothes, antiques, gifts, cafes and lar and scenic parks in the Northwest. restaurants. It's just a quick walk to the waterfront and to the city's large, popular marina. SEE PAGE 10

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Oak Harbor by the numbers Incorporated on May 14, 1915 City Hall: 865 Southeast Barrington Drive, 360-279-4500 Utilities: 360-279-4530 Pay utilities online: www.oakharbor.org/billpay/ index.cfm

Median value of homes, 2010-14: $221,100 (U.S.: $175,700) Median household income, 2010-14: $48,392 (U.S.: $53,482) (Source: U.S. Census Bureau)

Population estimate for 2014: 22,306 Persons under 18 in 2010: 28.3 percent (U.S.: 24 percent) Persons 65 and older in 2010: 10.3 percent (U.S.: 13 percent)

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Whidbey Island has four public fire departments that serve all areas of the island.

Agencies, entities serve all parts of the island On April 4, 1853, Island County’s first three commissioners held their first meeting in Coupeville, the newly designated county seat. In the years that followed, the county's population expanded to 80,000 in 2014, according to the state Office of Financial Management. Governance has become much more complicated over the years, but the basic function of county government remains the same. County affairs center around three elected commissioners who meet weekly. They govern jointly with a group of elected officials with the following jobs: Assessor: Determines property values for tax purposes and calculates property tax rates to collect the proper amount for schools, the county and other agencies. Auditor: Handles elections, voter registration and marriage licenses. Keeps tabs on county spending and is the repository for many government records. Coroner: Investigates unattended or suspicious deaths. Clerk: The repository for criminal and civil case files for the Island County Superior Court. Judges: The elected positions oversee criminal and civil cases in district and superior courts.

Prosecutor: Prosecutes criminal cases and provides legal help to county government. Sheriff: Provides law enforcement to unincorporated areas within the county, runs the county jail, supervises a civil division and runs a juvenile detention facility. Treasurer: Processes tax bills and handles revenues for the county and many smaller agencies. The county campus in Coupeville is home to the public works department, which oversees the county’s road system, solid waste system and other engineering functions; planning and community development, which handles longterm land use planning and building permits; and public health, which monitors community health, water and septic systems. Those departments are housed in the Annex Building and offer a central desk to allow people one spot to conduct business with the three departments. — Police — Island County Sheriff Island County Law and Justice Center 101 Northeast Sixth Street, Coupeville 98239 Business: 360-678-4422 (N. Whidbey) or 360321-5113, x7310 (S. Whidbey) Emergency TTY & voice: 360-678-6116 Emergency: 911 South precinct office: 1618 East Main Street, Suite 4N, Freeland North precinct office: 3155 North Shay Road, Oak Harbor

Oak Harbor Police 860 Southeast Barrington Drive, Oak Harbor 98277 Emergency: 911 Business: 360-279-4600 Coupeville Police 4 Northeast Seventh Street, Coupeville 98239 Emergency: 911 Business: 360-678-4461 Langley Police 112 2nd Street Emergency: 911 Business: 360-221-4433 Washington State Patrol 840 Southeast Eighth Avenue, Suite 101 Oak Harbor 98277 Emergency (statewide): 911 Business/Oak Harbor: 360-675-0710 — Judiciary — Island County Superior Court Island County Law and Justice Center 101 Northeast Sixth Street, Coupeville 98239 Island County Superior Court has exclusive original jurisdiction over all civil matters involving $50,000 or more, title or possession of real property, and cases involving legality of any tax, as well as probate and domestic cases. It also has original jurisdiction over all felony criminal cases and all juvenile cases. SEE PAGE 12


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Judges: Alan R. Hancock and Vickie Churchill Clerk: Debra Van Pelt, 360-679-7359 Prosecutor: Gregory Banks, 360-679-7363 Island County District Court 800 SE Eighth Ave., Oak Harbor 98277 360-675-5988 This court generally handles traffic violations, misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors. It also handles civil actions involving $50,000 or less, small claims cases up to $4,000 and felony matters for preliminary hearings, and it serves as Oak

Harbor’s municipal court. Judge: Bill Hawkins Administrator: Donna Rollag — Fire — North Whidbey Oak Harbor Fire Department serves areas within the city limits. The station is at 855 E. Whidbey Avenue. It can be reached at 911 or 360-2794700. North Whidbey Fire and Rescue serves the 55 square miles in the northern part of the county, excluding areas within Oak Harbor city limits. It can be reached at 360-675-1131. The district

includes seven fire stations. Central Whidbey Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue serves the central part of the island, including Coupeville and Greenbank. It can be reached at 911 or 360678-3602. The district includes three fire stations. South Whidbey South Whidbey Fire/EMS serves the south end of the island, including Clinton, Freeland and Langley. It can be reached at 911 or 360-3211533. The district includes six fire stations.

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Education

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Whidbey Island features three public school districts in addition to several private schools. The Coupeville School District covers Central Whidbey, including beautiful, historic Coupeville, and presents a well-rounded expeOAK HARBOR SCHOOL DISTRICT rience for students and families. 350 S. Oak Harbor St. The South Whidbey School District, the 360-279-5000 Enrollment: 5,646 Whidbey Island has three school districts, second largest on the island, is committed to General fund: $60 million with a variety of schools, each with unique providing its students with the best educaCertificated staff: 370 tional experience, preparing them to become classes and extracurricular activities. Classified staff: 231 The Oak Harbor School District, the larg- capable, creative, caring, and responsible citiSuperintendent: Lance Gibbon zens est on the island, covers the north end of the www.ohsd.net/site/default.aspx The island also has several private schools island. The Oak Harbor High School offers a great and higher education opportunities, including number of unique classes, including robotics, three colleges offered by the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. 3D modeling and a baking and pastry class. SEE PAGE 14

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WHIDBEY ALMANAC 2016 CONTINUED FROM 13 Oak Harbor High School No. 1 Wildcat Way 360-279-5800 Principal: Dwight Lundstrom Career and Technical Education Oak Harbor High School 360-279-5801 Director: Ray Cone iGrad Academy 360-279-5801 Director: Ray Cone www.ohsd.net/domain/210

Broad View Elementary 473 SW Fairhaven Dr. 360-279-5250 Principal: Jenny Mouw Crescent Harbor Elementary 330 E. Crescent Harbor Road 360-279-5650 Principal: Kate Valenzuela Hillcrest Elementary 1500 NW Second Ave. 360-279-5200 Principal: Paula Seaman Oak Harbor Elementary 151 SE Midway Blvd. 360-279-5100 Principal: Dorothy Day

Midway High School 200 SE Midway Blvd. 360-279-5575 Director: Ray Cone North Whidbey Middle School 67 NE Izett St. 360-279-5500 Principal: Bill Weinsheimer

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Olympic View Elementary 380 NE Regatta Drive 360-279-5150 Principal: Laura Aesoph HomeConnection 600 Cherokee St. 360-279-5900 Principal: Shane Evans Hand-in-Hand Early Learning Center 600 Cherokee St.

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360-279-5930 Director: Janice Gaare COUPEVILLE SCHOOL DISTRICT 501 S. Main St. 360-678-2400 Enrollment: 931 General fund: $10.5 million Certificated staff: 62 Classified staff: 40 Superintendent: Jim Shank www.coupeville.k12.wa.us Coupeville Middle and High School 501 S. Main St. 360-678-2410 Principal: Jim Shank Coupeville Elementary 6 S. Main St. 360-678-2470 Principal: David Ebersole SOUTH WHIDBEY SCHOOL DISTRICT 5520 Maxwelton Road, Langley 360-221-6100 Enrollment: 1,473 General fund: $15.2 million Certificated staff: 101 Classified staff: 85 Superintendent: Josephina Moccia www.sw.wednet.edu South Whidbey High School 5675 Maxwelton Road, Langley 360-221-4300 Principal: John Patton South Whidbey Career and Technical Education South Whidbey High School 360-221-4300 Director: John Patton South Whidbey Academy 5476 Maxwelton Road, Langley 360-221-7879 Director: David Pfeiffer Langley Middle School 723 Camano Ave. 360-221-5100 Principal: Jim McNally South Whidbey Elementary 5380 S. Maxwelton Road, Langley 360-221-4600 Principal: Jeff Cravy

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HISTORY ✤ PEOPLE ✤ FACTS ✤ FIGURES ✤ LIFE CONTINUED FROM 14 Der Kinderhuis Montessori School 900 SE Dock St., Oak Harbor 360-675-4165 Island Christian Academy 5373 Maxwelton Road, Langley 360-221-0919 North Whidbey Christian High School 675 E. Whidbey Ave., Oak Harbor 360-675-5352 Oak Harbor Christian School 675 E. Whidbey Ave., Oak Harbor 360-675-2831 Wellington Day School 5719 Pioneer Park Place, Langley 360-341-1252 Whidbey Christian Elementary School 675 E. Whidbey Ave., Oak Harbor 360-675-2831 Whidbey Island Waldorf School 6335 Old Pietlia Road, Clinton 360-341-5686

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Brandman University 1045 W. Midway St. Building 2739, room 116 Naval Air Station Whidbey Island 360-257-1277 Columbia College 1045 W. Midway St. Building 2739, room 117 Whidbey Naval Air Station 360-279-9030 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 981 NE 21st Court, Oak Harbor 369-279-0959 Skagit Valley College Oak Harbor campus 1900 SE Pioneer Way 360-675-6656 South Whidbey Campus 11042 Highway 525, Clinton 360-341-2324

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n With approximately 10,000 employees (7,200 military and 2,400 civilians), the base is four times the size of the next largest employer in Island, San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom counties. n Direct annual impact to the area is estimated at $1.085 billion. In payroll alone, the base contributed $833 million. n That impact is expected to grow in the near future as the base prepares for the arrival of additional squadrons. n The number of veterans living near the base is three times higher than the national average. n In 2011, veterans in Island County received $44 million in retirement and disability payments. n The base has a big impact on education with nearly 50 percent of the students in Oak Harbor School District being military dependents. HISTORY

n NAS Whidbey Island was commissioned in September 1942 as an ideal location for the rearming and refueling of Navy patrol seaplanes operating in defense of Puget Sound during World War II. n The original base started in the area where Seaplane Base sits today. n In 1943, the Outlying Landing Field near Coupeville became operational. n Since then, the base has evolved into the Navy’s premier training center for electronic SEE PAGE 17


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attack and patrol and reconnaissance aircraft platforms. OLF Coupeville, an integral part of operations at the air station, is critically important for Fleet Carrier Landing Practice training operations, as well as a training area for search and rescue and parachute operations. GEOGRAPHY

n Located in the Puget Sound basin, NAS Whidbey Island’s primary areas, Ault Field and Seaplane base, border the city of Oak Harbor. n The base is approximately 1.5 hours drive time north of Seattle, and 2 hours south of Vancouver, British Columbia n The base's rural location is ideally situated due to low density aircraft traffic in the Pacific Northwest and proximity to global shipping routes between the U.S. and its East Asian trading partners. n Pilots assigned to NAS Whidbey Island squadrons are able to maximize their training and sharpen flight skills by taking advantage of the diverse geography in the region. n Like the other facilities in the Pacific Northwest, NAS Whidbey Island’s location is

ideal in support of the U.S. strategic pivot toward East Asia, as well as critical Arctic operations. TENANT COMMANDS

n Twelve Electronic Attack Squadrons, or VAQs, ready with the new EA-18G Growler, suppress enemy electronic capabilities through tactical jamming. There is also one reserve VAQ squadron and one active duty forward deployed squadron in Japan. n Four Maritime Patrol Squadrons, or VP, and one Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron, or VQ, provide multi-mission operations including various types of warfare, reconnaissance, ground forces support, search and rescue and counterdrug operations. n The Aviation Survival Training Center Whidbey Island provides initial and refresher aviation survival training. n The Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit provides specialized training for personnel in the maintenance and repair of aircraft. n Electronic Attack Weapons School trains EA-18G Growler aircrew, intelligence, ordnance and maintenance personnel.

n Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment North responds to emergencies involving explosive hazards of all types. n Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 61 provides world wide passenger and cargo transport flying the C-40. n Fleet Readiness Center Northwest, established originally in 1959 at the Aircraift Intermediate Maintenance Detachment, employs more than 1,000 sailors, marines, civilians and contractors to provide depot-level maintenance. CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY

n NAS Whidbey Island was named No. 1 naval base in the world in 2015. The Navy recognizes the top bases in its annual Installation Excellence Awards, which compares how well bases are operated and maintained. n The air station is home to the Navy’s Bird Strike Hazards program and serves as proving ground for many of the initiatives to control collisions between birds and aircraft. n The base's integration with the local community and its numerous joint projects are seen as a model for other installations.


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Whidbey Island’s five libraries offer varied enrichment Five public libraries — in Clinton, Coupeville, Freeland, Langley and Oak Harbor, respectively — provide more than books. Storytimes, computer classes, public forums, plus downloadable movies, music and eBooks are just some of the ways Sno-Isle Libraries responds to community needs and evolving technology. Because the libraries are part of a network in both Snohomish and Island counties, the number of books available through electronic searches is far greater than those on the shelf at any one library. Some of the libraries are open seven days a week and into the evenings. Book groups and music programs keep Clinton

residents engaged. In 2015, the Coupevelle and Freeland libraries were among the community libraries to host live streamed Tedx Talk lectures. The Freeland library this year will bring in WorkSource Whidbey staff to teach classes for job-seekers. It will maintain a booth at the Bayview farmer's market on three Saturdays. Langley's library in 2016 will offer a threepart series on historical clothing and local-author visits nearly every month. Oak Harbor's library will sponsor lectures on literary topics. All five Whidbey libraries will embrace tradition with “Whidbey Reads,” the annual community reading event. The featured book for 2016 is “The Wind is Not a River," by Brian Payton. For details, visit sno-isle.org/whidbeyreads Sign up for a library card to take advantage of all the programs and resources Sno-Isle Libraries have to offer. Visit sno-isle.org for more information.

LOCATIONS Clinton Library 4781 Deer Lake Rd Manager: Debby Colfer Phone: 360-341-4280 Coupeville Library 788 NW Alexander St. Manager: Leslie Franzen Phone: 360-678-4911 Freeland Library 5495 Harbor Ave. Manager: Betsy Arand Phone: 360-331-7323 Langley Library 104 2nd St. Manager: Vicky Welfare Phone: 360-221-4383 Oak Harbor Library 1000 SE Regatta Dr. Manager: Mary Campbell Phone: 360-675-5115


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Coupeville

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Coupeville has a vibrant agricultural community, which intersects with its businesses and residents daily.

Small town still houses central services for all of the island community Washington's second oldest, the town of Coupeville is a hub of services for Whidbey Island. The small town is the county seat and houses the main county campus, is home to the island's only public hospital and the Coupeville School District that draws students from throughout Central Whidbey Island. Located in the heart of Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve, many 19th-century buildings are still standing and being used as homes, restaurants and other small businesses. At the heart of the reserve is a longstanding and thriving agricultural community, which provides produce to area farmers markets and restaurants. Being a central location on the island,

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Population: 1,849 Male: 47.3 percent Female: 52.7 percent Median age: 51.6 years Estimated median household income: $43,610 Estimated per capita income: $27,373 Estimated median house value: $256,969 Median gross rent: $976 Source: www.city-data.com (2013 data)

Coupeville is home to a variety of festivals including the Penn Cove Water Festival, MusselFest and the Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival. n Coupeville Town Hall is located at 4 NE Seventh Street across the street from the Island County campus. Town Hall is where to go to

apply for building permits and zoning changes. The town also operates a water system and wastewater treatment system that serves residents living within city limits. For information about the services provided by the town, go to www. townofcoupeville.org n Puget Sound Energy supplies power to Coupeville. n The Town of Coupeville contracts with the Island County Sheriff's Office to run its marshal's office that provides law enforcement service to residents. Town marshals can also provide vacation checks of residents homes. n Many buildings scattered throughout town are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Owners of these buildings can get financial help maintaining them through the Ebey's CONTINUED ON 21


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Forever Fund. The fund over the past several years has doled out tens of thousands of dollars for projects that helped preserve the historic integrity of Central Whidbey. n The Coupeville School District provides the education for about 900 students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Coupeville Elementary School is located at the corner of Highway 20 and South Main Street while Coupeville Middle

School and High School is located on South Main Street at the intersection with Terry Road. For information about the Coupeville School District, go to Coupeville.k12.wa.us n The historic town is also the county seat and thus home to the county administrative offices. Residents can register to vote at the Island County Auditor's Office on North Main Street, take care of vehicle licenses at the county administration building and hash out legal issues at the

Law and Justice Center. All of those buildings are located within blocks of each other. n The island's public hospital, Whidbey General, which is changing its name this year to WhidbeyHealth Medical Center, is also headquartered in Coupeville. The taxpayer supported facility offers an emergency room along with an extensive list of medical services. A $55 million facility expansion is currently in the works. For more information, go to www.whidbeygen.org

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Whidbey Island hosts a variety of farmer and street fair markets in the spring and summer. The markets feature agricultural and farming production grown on the island. Residents and tourists alike swarm markets up and down the island. During prime market season, one can attend a market four days a week on all parts of the island. BAYVIEW FARMERS MARKET

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturdays, April through early November off Highway 525. Fresh produce, plants, meat. Artisan and craft booths; jewelry, fountains, furniture, toys, fiber art, pottery, cards, photography, clothing, garden art, hand-knits and more. For more information, visit www.bayviewfarmersmarket.com/index.html SOUTH WHIDBEY TILTH FARMERS MARKET

11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sundays, May through

October at the corner of Highway 525 and Thompson Road. Family-friendly place on a lush meadow with picnic tables, live music, education features and children’s activities. Produce vendors can accept SNAP coupons as well as Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program coupons. For more information, visit www.southwhidbeytilth.org/market.html COUPEVILLE FARMERS MARKET

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturdays, April through October. Fresh local produce, artisans, crafts and foods. Located on the community green off Alexander Street. www.coupevillemarket.com LANGLEY SECOND STREET MARKET

2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Fridays, May through October on Second Street in Langley. Vendors will be selling everything from produce to art at this family-friendly event. OAK HARBOR FARMERS MARKET

4 p.m. - 7 p.m., Thursday, May through September on Highway 20 next to the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce.


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Climate makes island a comfortable place to live Not too hot nor excessively cold, Whidbey Island is, more often than not, an easy and comfortable place to call home. Blessed with the marine climate of Puget Sound, the norm is refreshing breezes, mild temperatures and modest precipitation. Oak Harbor and Coupeville receive an average rainfall of about 20 inches per year, compared to Seattle and Everett, which average about 36 inches per year. Greenbank, located in the center of the island, also has an average annual rainfall of about 20 inches. Precipitation fluctuates significantly as you reach the southern tip of Whidbey Island. Rainfall averages in Clinton and Langley are more in line with Seattle and Everett. "There are many micro-climates," said Tim Lawrence, director of Washington State University's Island County Extension. "In terms of the amount of precipitation, the amount of wind, the amount of fog, they change rather dramatically in a relatively short period."

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Whidbey has a relatively mild climate,making for comfortable island living. December is usually the month with the most precipitation on Whidbey. Wind also makes its presence felt on the island, particularly on the west side, with the harshest winds hitting from October through February.

Mild temperatures in the summer months make the island an exceptional place for outdoor recreation. Most communities on the island hover in the low-to-mid 70s as a high temperature in July.


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Greenbank

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Greenbank Farm features a cafe, cheese and wine shops, art galleries, an organic farm and other agricultural activities.

Greenbank is filled with agriculture and history in tightknit community Greenbank is a small, unincorporated community in Central Whidbey Island. However, it is a gathering place for events and a popular spot to hang out.

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n Greenbank Farm has 522 acres of rolling fields, forest and wetlands and is a popular and scenic destination for dog lovers. At its spacious dog park, visitors can walk up a trail and catch panoramic mountain and saltwater views of both sides of the island. n The Greenbank Store, which dates back more than a century, is a popular stop along State Highway 525 to buy convenient items and has become a popular eatery since Brian and Nancy Cedar purchased the business at the end of 2011 and turned it into the Greenbank Store & Grille. The building is still owned by Tom and Mary Coupe. n The big red barn at Greenbank Farm was

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of Coupeville took ownership of the 151-acre commercial core. The Green­bank Farm Man­age­ ment Group was created to man­age oper­a­tions of the farm under agree­ments with the Port of Coupeville until the agreement ended in 2015. On Jan. 1, 2016 the Port of Coupeville took over management of the farm and is exploring new directions for the farm with the tenants. n The Island County Washington State University Master Gardeners have taken root at Greenbank Farm, where they've constructed educational gardens and offered workshops. Greenbank Farm also offers an agriculture training program for new farmers. n Island Community Solar has been working with the Port of Coupeville, the Greenbank Farm Management Group and a group of investors to install solar arrays in front of the buildings of the farm. n Greenbank is also home to the Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens. The 53-acre garden includes 10 acres of display and educational gardens surrounded by a 43-acre woodland preserve complete with nature trails.

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Transportation

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Both ferries on Whidbey serve as part of the daily commute for some island residents. Others utilize the bus service.

Whether by land or by sea, Whidbey Island travelers have options Highways 20 and 525 link to form the main thoroughfare the length of Whidbey Island. Highway 20 runs from the northern tip of the island to Race Road, several miles south of Coupeville. From there, 525 takes over and travels south to the Clinton Ferry Terminal. Travelers can access Whidbey Island via the Deception Pass Bridge at the north and by two ferry routes. To find information on the ferries, including sailing schedules, visit www.wsdot. wa.gov/ferries COUPEVILLE FERRY TERMINAL

1400 State Highway 20 The Coupeville-to-Port Townsend ferry leaves

from the western side of Central Whidbey Island and sails across Admiralty Inlet to the Olympic Peninsula. Reservations are recommended for this route. It should be noted that this route is sometimes interrupted because of low tides. Check www. wsdot.wa.gov/ferries or call 1-888-808-7977 for information. CLINTON FERRY TERMINAL

64 South Ferrydock Road The Clinton-to-Mukilteo route links the southern end of Whidbey Island with the mainland and the I-5 corridor. This is one of the state’s most travelled routes and sailings generally occur every 30 minutes when two ferries are in operation. Waits can be expected during the busy summer months, particularly on weekends. No reservation service is offered for this route.

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n Island Transit offers free bus service the length of Whidbey, as well as routes that travel to March Point (east of Anacortes) and Skagit Station (Mount Vernon) to link with the Skagit Transit bus service. CONTINUED ON 29


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Island Transit also provides paratransit and vanpool services. Island Transit does not run on Saturdays or Sundays. For more information, go to www.islandtransit. org n Whidbey Island SeaTac Shuttle and

Charter offers daily rides to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with pickup spots located throughout Whidbey Island. It also offers seasonal service to downtown Seattle and the Seattle waterfront, as well as personalized service to other regional airports in Washington and British Columbia. For more information, visit www.seatacshuttle. com

n Whidbey Island is also home to several taxi services. Whidbey Taxi Enterprises (360-279-9330), Ault Field Taxi (360-682-6920) and Oak Harbor Van and Taxi (360-675-1244) are located on North Whidbey; the Coupeville Cab Company (360-678-6666) is located on Central Whidbey; and All Island Express (360-341-8294) and South Whidbey Taxi (360-321-0203) are located on South Whidbey.

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n Cascade Natural Gas provides service to thousands of Oak Harbor customers. The natural gas line crosses to Whidbey from Camano Island and serves city residents, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and unincorporated areas within a reasonable distance from transmission lines. For new hookups, or to check whether natural gas is available in your area, call 1-888-5221130. Cascade Natural Gas accepts online, mail

and phone payment. Customers may also drop payments off at Saar's Market Place, 32199 Highway 20 in Oak Harbor and at Safeway, 1450 Southwest Erie Street in Oak Harbor. n Natural gas is unavailable to Central and South Whidbey residents, where propane is often used to fuel gas appliances and grills. Propane providers include AmeriGas Propane, 360-6755939; Corey Oil and Propane, 800-829-8541; and Skagit Farmers Supply, 360-331-1970. ELECTRICITY

n Puget Sound Energy provides electricity to

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n Whidbey Telecom provides traditional (copper-wire) telephone, TV, Internet and alarm services to customers in South Whidbey, part of Central Whidbey and Point Roberts. Call 866548-7760 to sign up for phone service, or visit the customer experience center in Freeland at 1651 Main Street. n Several providers offer some or all of those services to most of the the island. Among them are AT&T, 800-288-2747; CenturyLink, 877787-3987; Comcast Xfinity, 1-800-934-6489; Direct TV (satellite TV only); Dish (satellite Internet and TV only), 844-247-3037; Fidalgo Networking (Internet only), (360) 544-9660; Frontier (copper-wire telephone), 855-325-9702; Isomedia (Internet, including dial-up), 866-8384389; Verizon Fios, 855-885-3454; and Wave, 847-857-4713. WATER

n Oak Harbor provides water to customers who live within the city limits. Stop by City Hall, 865 Southeast Barrington Drive, or call 360-279-4530 to set up service. Oak Harbor

residents living outside city limits are dependent on groundwater. n Coupeville provides water within town limits. Visit Town Hall, 4 Northeast Seventh Street, or call 360-678-4461 for service. n Freeland Water and Sewer District provides service to its residents. Contact the office at 5585 Lotto Avenue, or call 360-331-5566. n Langley provides water service to its residents. Go to City Hall, 112 Second Street, or call 360-221-4246 for service information. n Clinton Water District provides service to south-end residents. Visit its office at 6437 South Harding Avenue, or call 360-341-5487. GARBAGE AND SEWER

n The City of Oak Harbor collects garbage and provides sewer service. Stop by Oak Harbor City Hall at 865 Southeast Barrington Drive, or call 360-279-4530 for more information. n Island Disposal collects residential garbage from all areas outside Oak Harbor city limits. Call 360-678-5701 or 360-321-1331 for service. n Island County Solid Waste operates fullservice recycle parks in Bayview (360-321-4505), Coupeville (360-678-3328) and Oak Harbor (360-675-6161).

n The Town of Coupeville provides sewer service. Stop by Town Hall, 4 Northeast Seventh Street, or call 360-678-4461 to set up service. n The Holmes Harbor Sewer District services homes in the Holmes Harbor area near Freeland. Call 360-331-4636 for more information. n The City of Langley provides sewer service for residents. For more information, go to Langley City Hall at 112 Second Street, or call 360-221-4246.

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Population (98249): 3,690 Residents with a bachelor’s degree or higher: 32.7 percent Married: 63.4 percent Median age female: 47.1 Median age male: 46.1 Size: 16.4 square miles

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Business & Economy

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Sandra Daggett poses with some of her prize winning creations. The Oak Harbor baker opened her business in August 2015 and is already supplying island residents with specialty cakes and other sweet creations.

Island bursting with entrepreneurial spirit on all scales Many resources are available for those seeking employment on the Whidbey Island, or becoming owners. Here are a few facts and figures about the labor force and resources for businesses on the island. INDUSTRY JOBS Agriculture, forestry, fishing, mining: 329 Construction: 2,611 Manufacturing: 3,816 Wholesale trade: 623 Retail trade: 2,660 Transportation, warehousing and utilities: 1,252 Information: 673 Finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing: 1,385 Professional, scientific, management, adminis-

trative and waste management services: 3,708 Education, health care and social services: 6,360 Arts, entertainment, accommodation and food services: 3,466 Public administration: 4,352 Other services, except public admin.: 894 Source: U.S. Census EMPLOYMENT STATUS Population 16 and older: 65,374 In labor force: 39,265 Employed: 32,129 Unemployed: 2,906 Armed forces: 4,230 Source: U.S. Census CLASS OF WORKER Civilian employed population 16 years and older: 32,129 Private was and salary workers: 21,276 Government workers: 7,365 Self-employed in own not incorporated business: 3,347 Unpaid family workers: 141

Source: U.S. Census Wages and salaries of military members: 50% Island County veterans: 22% Oak Harbor veterans: 28% Coupeville veterans: 19% Langley veterans: 10% Source: Island County Economic Development Council COMMUTING TO WORK Car,truck, van - drove alone: 26,916 Car, truck, can - carpooled: 2,899 Public transit (excluding cab): 669 Walked: 1,053 Other means: 874 Mean time to travel to work: 30.7 minutes Worked from home: 2,643 Source: U.S. Census INCOME FOR FAMILIES Less than $10,000: 724 $10,000 to $14,999: 379 SEE PAGE 36


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VILLAGE PIZZERIA 106 First Street | Langley 360-221-3363 www.facebook.com/VillagePizzeriaLangley

TIPSY GOURMET 221 Second Street, # 9A | Langley 360-221-4520 www.facebook.com/thetipsygourmet

THE STAR STORE 201 First Street | Langley 360-221-5222 www.starstorewhidbey.com

LAVENDER WIND 15 NW Coveland Street | Coupeville 360-544-4132 www.lavenderwind.com

THE BBQ JOINT 601 NE Midway Blvd | Oak Harbor 360-679-3500 www.thebbqjoint.com

SWEET RICE THAI CUISINE & SPIRIT 885 SE Pioneer Way | Oak Harbor 360-679-8268 www.facebook.com/SweetRiceThaiCuisine

SEABOLT’S SMOKEHOUSE 31640 State Route 20, #3 | Oak Harbor 360-675-6485 www.seabolts.com

LOTUS TEA BAR 710 SE Fidalgo Avenue | Oak Harbor 360-240-8888 lotusteaandyoga.blogspot.com

FRASERS GOURMET HIDEAWAY 1191 SE Fidalgo Avenue | Oak Harbor 360- 279-1231 www.frasersgh.com

DOMINO’S PIZZA 270 SE Cabot Drive, Suite 1 | Oak Harbor 360-679-4141 www.dominos.com

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THE BRAEBURN 197 Second Street | Langley 360-221-3211 www.braeburnlangley.com

SWEET MONA’S 221 Second Street, Suite 16 | Langley 360-221-2728 www.sweetmonas.com

PRIMA BISTRO 201 ½ First Street | Langley 360-221-4060 www.primabistro.com

PATRON 11042 State Route 525, #102 | Clinton 360-341-4101 www.patronwhidbey.com

INN AT LANGLEY 400 First Street | Langley 360-221-3033 www.innatlangley.com

GREENBANK STORE & GRILL 25189 State Route 525 | Greenbank 360-679-8268 www.facebook.com/GreenbankGrille

DOUBLE BLUFF BREWING COMPANY 112 Anthes Avenue | Langley 360-333-9113 www.dblfbrewing.com

CAFE LANGLEY 113 First Street | Langley 360-221-3090 www.cafelangley.com

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VILLAGE PIZZERIA 106 First Street | Langley 360-221-3363 www.facebook.com/VillagePizzeriaLangley

TIPSY GOURMET 221 Second Street, # 9A | Langley 360-221-4520 www.facebook.com/thetipsygourmet

THE STAR STORE 201 First Street | Langley 360-221-5222 www.starstorewhidbey.com

LAVENDER WIND 15 NW Coveland Street | Coupeville 360-544-4132 www.lavenderwind.com

THE BBQ JOINT 601 NE Midway Blvd | Oak Harbor 360-679-3500 www.thebbqjoint.com

SWEET RICE THAI CUISINE & SPIRIT 885 SE Pioneer Way | Oak Harbor 360-679-8268 www.facebook.com/SweetRiceThaiCuisine

SEABOLT’S SMOKEHOUSE 31640 State Route 20, #3 | Oak Harbor 360-675-6485 www.seabolts.com

LOTUS TEA BAR 710 SE Fidalgo Avenue | Oak Harbor 360-240-8888 lotusteaandyoga.blogspot.com

FRASERS GOURMET HIDEAWAY 1191 SE Fidalgo Avenue | Oak Harbor 360- 279-1231 www.frasersgh.com

DOMINO’S PIZZA 270 SE Cabot Drive, Suite 1 | Oak Harbor 360-679-4141 www.dominos.com

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THE BRAEBURN 197 Second Street | Langley 360-221-3211 www.braeburnlangley.com

SWEET MONA’S 221 Second Street, Suite 16 | Langley 360-221-2728 www.sweetmonas.com

PRIMA BISTRO 201 ½ First Street | Langley 360-221-4060 www.primabistro.com

PATRON 11042 State Route 525, #102 | Clinton 360-341-4101 www.patronwhidbey.com

INN AT LANGLEY 400 First Street | Langley 360-221-3033 www.innatlangley.com

GREENBANK STORE & GRILL 25189 State Route 525 | Greenbank 360-679-8268 www.facebook.com/GreenbankGrille

DOUBLE BLUFF BREWING COMPANY 112 Anthes Avenue | Langley 360-333-9113 www.dblfbrewing.com

CAFE LANGLEY 113 First Street | Langley 360-221-3090 www.cafelangley.com

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BAYVIEW FARM & GARDEN FLOWER HOUSE CAFE 2780 Marshview Avenue | Langley 360-321-6789 www.bayviewfarmandgarden.com

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WHIDBEY ALMANAC 2016 CONTINUED FROM 33 $15,000 to $24,999: 1,562 $25,000 to $34,499: 1,481 $35,000 to $49,999: 3,653 $50,000 to $74,999: 4,945 $75,000 to $99,999: 3,930 $100,000 to $149,999: 4,221 $150,000 to $199,999: 1,176 $200,000 or more: 1,216 Median family income: $70,519 Mean family income: $87,322 Source: U.S. Census Per capita income: $31,428 Source: U.S. Census INCOME FOR NONFAMILY HOUSEHOLDS Median nonfamily income: $31,920 Mean nonfamily income: $39,982 Source: U.S. Census 2014 QUARTER 2 TAXABLE SALES Unicorporated Island County: $94,258,126 Oak Harbor: $80,930,904 Coupeville: $10,703,052 Langley: $9,187,886 Source: Department of Revenue File photo

Carole Dawes, of Coupeville, buys a pair of pants, a shirt and some pans at the WAIF Thrift Store in Oak Harbor. Cashier Angel O’Neal, of Oak Harbor, rings up the sale.

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The Island County Economic Development Council has counselors available to provide business owners with the tools and information they need to be successful. The counselors provide decades worth of experience for new business owners. They specialize in small business and finance issues. Call 360-678-6889 for more information. Skagit Valley College offers several workshops and services to help local businesses, as well as those looking for work. For more information about the Whidbey Campus, call 360-675-6656. WorkSource Whidbey in Oak Harbor also offers assistance to job seekers and employers. Call 360-675-5966 for more information. BUSINESS LICENSES

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City of Oak Harbor Finance Department 865 SE Barrington Drive Oak Harbor, WA 98277 360-279-4500 Coupeville Town Hall 4 NE Seventh St. Coupeville, WA 98239 360-678-4461 City of Langley 112 Second Street Langley, WA 98260 360-221-4246


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Bayview

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VISIT OUR BRAND-NEW GARDEN SHOP • Tropical plants • Gifts for home & garden • Bulbs, seeds, tools and fertilizers

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Patrons enjoy a sip at Taproom @ Bayview, popular for its rotating taps and recently added food menu and all-ages seating area at the Bayview Cash Store.

Don't blink or you may miss all unincorporated area has to offer Bayview is more an extended neighborhood than a designated postal area, but it indeed has its own identity. That identity is rooted in its history as an agrarian center and a place for local commerce. Largely preserved and supported by the nonprofit Goosefoot Community Fund, Bayview’s historical buildings still stand, specifically the old Bayview Cash Store. Across the street is the old Bayview School, now leased for several educational ventures by the South Whidbey School District. Just up Bayview Road is Bayview Hall, the site of many meetings, weddings, dances and exhibits. Bayview Corner has transformed into a pantheon of services. There is food aplenty at Basil Cafe, a pan-Asian restaurant, the hidden gem of Flower House Cafe inside Bayview Farm and Garden, Taproom @ Bayview for specialty brews and bites, El Corral for Mexican food, and Neil’s Clover Patch for all the classics. Bayview is a bit of a crossroads for South

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Population: 696 Married households: 67 percent Median male age: 50.8 Median female age: 52.4 Size: 2.6 square miles

Whidbey. The highway leads right through it, follow Bayview Road west toward Maxwelton, east toward Langley, south to Clinton, and north to Freeland, Coupeville and Oak Harbor. Before 1900, Deer Lagoon, at the end of Useless Bay, was navigable at high tide up to the present Highway 525, so boats and ships provided the easiest access to the outside world for settlers around the lagoon and Lone Lake. A small business center at Bayview — then called Bay View — developed. The lagoon was diked in 1918 and, in 1924, Whidbey pioneer William Burke built a new general store — the Bayview Cash Store. Though it's now closed, the shopper became a community landmark, along with the publicly owned Bayview Community Hall, only a stone's throw away.

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Marinas

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There are marinas in North, Central and South Whidbey, all with varying amenities.

Island marinas come in different shapes, sizes People looking for a place to tie up their boats on Whidbey Island have their choice between two public marinas: up north is the spacious Oak Harbor Marina on the Seaplane Base, while down south is South Whidbey Harbor, a smaller but charming marina. OAK HARBOR MARINA 1401 SE Catalina Dr. Oak Harbor, WA 98277 360-279-4575 www.whidbey.com/ohmarina

VHF channel 16 Harbormaster: Chris Sublet Built: 1974

Services: Fuel (diesel, 90 octane ethanol free gas) pump out, propane, electricity, water, ice, showers, laundromat, boat launch, hoist and free Wi-Fi. Accommodations: 420-boat facility; 227 uncovered slips, 125 covered slips, 52 guest moorage, limited side-tie moorage for vessels up to 80 feet, and 96 dry storage garage-type sheds that house boats up to 21 feet in length. A private boat yard, yacht club and park with picnic facilities are also nearby.

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Departs: Anacortes, WA

PORT OF SOUTH WHIDBEY HARBOR PO Box 872 Freeland, WA 98249 360-221-1120 www.portofsouthwhidbey.com VHF channels 66A Harbormaster: Duncan McPhee Built: Expanded in 2013.

Services: Pump out, electricity, water, showers and restrooms, boat ramp and park with picnic facilities. A limited shuttle service to town is also available on a seasonal basis. Accommodations: 38 uncovered slips, 32 transient, 600 linear feet of dock space that can accommodate vessels 100 feet or greater. COUPEVILLE WHARF 24 Front Street Coupeville, WA 98239 360-678-3625 http://portofcoupeville.org VHF channel 16 Harbormaster: Long Bechard Built: 1905, remodeled in 1997.

Services: Fuel (diesel and gasoline), pump out, bathrooms, showers; restaurant, coffee shop and retail store. Accommodations: 250 feet of uncovered dock space, all transient; four seasonal mooring buoys from May to October.


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Parks

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Many of the island's parks offer scenic views of the surrounding waters.

Many outdoor adventures to be had at island's many parks

Whidbey Island is a paradise for those who enjoy outdoor activities. One of the best ways to explore what the island has to offer is to visit its many parks, most of which are accented by the majestic beauty of Puget Sound. Whidbey Island has five runfree parks for pets. For information about dog-friendly parks in Island County, visit fetchparks.org or call 360-321-4049. DISTRICTS South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District 5475 Maxwelton Road Langley, WA 98260 Phone: 360-221-5484

www.swparks.org North Whidbey Park & Recreation District 85 SE Jerome St. Oak Harbor, WA 98277 Phone: 360-675-7665

www.oakharborpool.com STATE PARKS Deception Pass State Park 41020 State Route 20 Oak Harbor, WA 98277 Phone: 360-675-3767 Amenities: 4,134 acres, 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline, 33,900 feet of freshwater shoreline on three lakes, old-growth forests and abundant wildlife. The park has 167 tent sites, 143 utility spaces, five hiker/ biker sites, two dump stations, 20 restrooms, 10 showers, hiking trails and five boat ramps. Joseph Whidbey State Park Crosby Road Oak Harbor, WA 98277 360-678-4519 Amenities: Day-use park with 3,100 feet of saltwater shoreline on the Strait of Juan De Fuca in northern Puget Sound, two grass fields, .5-mile hiking trail, one kitchen shelter, 13 picnic tables.

South Whidbey State Park 4128 S. Smugglers Cove Rd Freeland, WA 98249 Phone: 360-331-4559 Amenities: Old-growth forest and stunning views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains, shellfish harvesting. Hiking trails, amphitheater, 15 fire circles. The campground is currently closed. Fort Ebey State Park 400 Hill Valley Dr. Coupeville, WA 98239 Phone: 360-678-4636 Amenities: Originally built as a coastal defense fort in World War II, 28 miles of hiking trails, 25 miles of bike trails, camping park (campground closed Nov. 1-Feb. 28). Fort Casey State Park 1280 Engle Rd Coupeville, WA 98239 Phone: 360-678-4519 Amenities: Old army fort, marine camping park with a lighthouse and sweeping views of Admiralty Inlet and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, 21 standard sites, 14 utility sites. NATIONAL PARKS Ebey's Landing Historic Reserve

Office: 162 Cemetery Road Coupeville, WA 98239 Phone: 360-678-6084 A non-traditional unit of the National Park Service, which comprises partnerships between the Town of Coupeville, Island County, Washington State Parks and the National Park Service. Also has public and private land holdings. ISLAND COUNTY PARKS Ala Spit Beach Access 5050 Geck Road Oak Harbor, WA 98277 Amenities: Fishing, clamming, trails, passive use, beach access, limited parking area, vista. Clover Valley 799 Ault Field Road Oak Harbor, WA 98277 Amenities: Informational Kiosk, picnic shelter, portable bathroom, enclosed run-free area for pets. Cornet Bay Dock 296 Cornet Bay Road Oak Harbor, WA 98277 This access has close neighbors; please respect private property. Amenities: Moorage, beach walking, SEE PAGE 40


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clamming Moorage information: Contact Peter Sykas, 360-675-7760 or Parks Administration Office, 360-679-7331 Crockett Blockhouse 530 Patmore Road Coupeville, WA 98239 Amenities: Historical blockhouse.

cues, picnic tables, vault restroom, parking, vista.

trails, part-time camp host. Closed from Nov. 1-April 1.

Mariners Cove 2200 Mariner Beach Dr. Oak Harbor, WA 98277 This access has close neighbors; please respect private property. Amenities: Boat ramp, parking area.

Dan Porter Park 7490 S. Deer Lake Road Clinton, WA 98236 Amenities: Restrooms, two ballfields, playground, nature trails, tennis court, picnic shelter, barbeques.

Monroe Landing 512 Scenic Heights Road Oak Harbor, WA 98277 Amenities: Boat ramp, interpretive signs, beach access, clamming, parking.

Dave Mackie Park 7490 Maxwelton Road Clinton, WA 98236 Amenities: Playground, restrooms, beach access, ballfield and grandstand, picnic shelters, barbecues, group picnic shelter with brick stove barbecue, concession stand (water/ electric available).

Driftwood Park 399 Keystone Ave. Coupeville, WA 98239 Amenities: Picnic area with barbecue, beach access, parking area, vista, portable bathrooms (only during fishing season, Aug. 1-Nov. 30). Hastie Lake West end of Hastie Lake Road Oak Harbor, WA 98277 This access has close neighbors; please respect private property. Amenities: Boat ramp, beach access, parking, vista. Kettles Trails Several access points off Highway 20 just north of Coupeville and from Fort Ebey State Park Amenities: Miles of hiking, bike and horse trails. Ledgewood Beach 1846 Driftwood Way Coupeville, WA 98277 This access has close neighbors; please respect private property. Amenities: Vista, beach access, very limited parking. Libbey Beach Park 2750 Libbey Road Oak Harbor, WA 98277 Amenities: No beach (access-hazardous area), picnic shelter with barbe-

Moran Beach 899 Powell Road Oak Harbor, WA 98277 Amenities: Beach access, hand-carry boat launching, walking, parking area, vista. Close neighbors; please respect private property. Patmore Pit 530 Patmore Road Coupeville, WA 98239 Amenities: Parking, information kiosk, picnic tables, enclosed agility area, large run-free pet area (partially enclosed). Rhododendren park 502 W. Patmore Road Coupeville, WA 98277 Amenities: Parking lot, three ballfields, flush restroom, picnic area, playground, picnic shelter with barbecue. Rhododendren Campground 20265 Highway 20 Coupeville, WA 98277 Campsites are available on a firstcome, first-serve basis. Amenities: 10 campsites, vault toilets, barbecues, picnic tables, fireplace rings, fresh water,

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Double Bluff 6325 Double Bluff Road Freeland, WA 98249 Amenities: Beach access, clamming, vault restrooms, interpretive kiosks, parking, vista, picnic area, off leash area for pets. Close neighbors; please respect private property. Freeland Park 1535 E. Shoreview Ave. Freeland, WA 98249 Amenities: Boat ramp and dock, picnic area with barbecues, covered picnic shelter, pavillion with picnic table and barbecue grill, flush restrooms, playground, walking trails, clamming, shellfish wash station, fresh water, parking. Greenbank Trails From Highway 525 turn east on Wonn Road. Park at the Greenbank Farm. Trails are also accessible from the turnout just north of the Greenbank Farm. Amenities: Hiking trails.

Dog-Friendly Dog owners may want to visit one of Whidbey Island's free dog-friendly areas. The OAK HARBOR DOG PARK, just north of town, is at the end of Technical Drive off Goldie Road. The CLOVER VALLEY DOG PARK, also north of Oak Harbor, is on the corner of Oak Harbor and Ault Field roads. This fenced park includes a covered picnic area and fresh water. PATMORE PIT, south of Coupeville, has the island’s largest fenced pet area. It also includes a fenced agility area and a fenced area for small dogs. From Highway 20, turn on Patmore Road, go past Keystone Hill Road and turn left on the drive leading to the parks maintenance facility. DOUBLE BLUFF BEACH on Useless Bay offers two miles of shoreline for dogs and humans to explore. From Highway 525, go south to the end of Double Bluff Road. MARGUERITE BRONS PARK, a completely fenced, 13-acre park on South Whidbey, is a half mile south on Bayview Road. It offers three areas, one for small dogs, one for large dogs and one that is wooded trails. For more information, visit www.fetchparks.org

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Mutiny Bay Directions: From Highway 525 at Freeland, turn south on Fish Road for one mile, and turn Southeast on Mutiny Bay Road. After 1/3 mile, turn west on Robinson Road and follow to beach access. This access has close neighbors. Please respect private property Amenities: Boat ramp, parking area for cars and trailers, portable bathroom, vista.

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Marguerite Brons Memorial Park 2837 Becker Road Clinton, WA 98236 Amenities: Fenced-off leash area for pets, trails, picnic shelter, informational kiosk.

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Lagoon Point South Directions: Turn west off Highway 525 onto Smugglers Cove Road. Proceed to West Cliff Drive and turn west. Turn south on Lagoon View, then west onto Salmon Street. Follow to end for access. Amenities: Limited beach access, extremely limited parking, vista. These sites have close neighbors. Please respect private property.

Putney Woods Directions: North on Highway 525 to light, right on Bayview Road, follow Bayview Road for approximately one mile to Andreason Road, left on Andreason to stop sign, right on Lone Lake Road for ½ mile. The Putney Woods web site is maintained by a private volunteer organization and is not in any way affiliated with or a part of Island County government. Amenities: Nature walks; hiking, bike, horse trails; maintained by private group for public use.

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Langley thrives with business and devotion to the arts and entertainment Langley, affectionately known as The Village by the Sea, is the only municipality on South Whidbey. It is also the smallest of three incorporated areas on Whidbey Island. But where it lacks in size, it makes up for it in beauty and activities. Langley was founded by Jacob Anthes in 1891 and was incorporated in 1913. Roughly 1,035 residents call Langley home. The town is well known for its arts community and has a knack for hosting art galleries as well as shows at a performing arts center, children’s theater, dance theater, Island Shakespeare Festival and various public art spaces. It has most recently gained national acclaim for its rather large bunny population, which can be spotted scurrying around the town’s neighborhoods, and near Langley Middle School and the Island County Fairgrounds. The town is home to Northwest favorite events

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Each year Langley hosts a Welcome the Whales parade. such as Choochokam and DjangoFest Northwest. In the summertime, it hosts the Whidbey Island Area Fair, which draws thousands of visitors over a week-long span. With a variety of gift shops, restaurants, and other attractions, the town is a popular destination for tourists looking for a taste of beauty on

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Key facts Population: 1,035 Married households: 39.1 percent Median male age: 48 Median female age: 50 Size: 1.08 square miles

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the Doors at Christmastime, Halloween trickor-treating, Art Walks, and parades, such as the Holly Jolly Parade held in early December. For moviegoers, The Clyde is both a relic and reliable movie theater. It has been open for more

Learn about the endangered Southern Resident Orcas, and the Gray Whales who feed off the waters of Saratoga Passage and Possession Sound. Learn about the Transient Orcas and other marine mammals who live in the Salish Sea Educational Displays and Videos Fun Gift Shop with unique gifts, books, DVD’s, jewelry, hats, t-shirts, toys For rainy days, check out our free lending library for books and DVD’s

Free Admission & Gift Shop Open Thursdays through Sundays 11 A.M. to 5 P.M., 115 Anthes Ave, Langley, WA • (360) 221-7505 langleywhalecenter@whidbey.com • Follow Langley Whale Center on Facebook

Great place for winter weekends, “Welcome the Whales” family event & parade, Saturday, April 16 in Langley bring your family and guests for Langley Whale Center is a project of Orca Network a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization www.orcanetwork.org a fun and educational outing.

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Arts & Entertainment

Live theatre, festivals, music provide rich culture for island

Whidbey Island's vibrant arts community offers an abundance of aesthetic treasures from the performing arts to painting, glassblowing, woodworking and more. The island's numerous galleries, theaters, performing groups and arts festivals afford visitors and residents plenty of opportunity to express themselves or to admire and enjoy the creativity of others.

Galleries ARTWORKS GALLERY 765 Wonn Road, Suite C-102, Greenbank 360-222-3010 www.artworkswhidbey.com The Artworks Gallery is another of the island's cooperative enterprises. It features an ever-evolving display of pieces in a variety of media.

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Oak Harbor Music Festival runs over Labor Day Weekend. BLOOMS TASTE FOR WINE AND ART 5603 Bayview Road, Langley 360-321-0515 www.bloomswinery.com The gallery and wine-tasting room offers those with an art affinity the opportunity to admire fine artwork while enjoying occasional live music and open mic performances.

BRACKENWOOD GALLERY 302 First St., Langley 360-221-2978 www.brackenwoodgallery.com Brackenwood Gallery derives its name from a SEE PAGE 46

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360-222-0102 www.ravenrocksgallery.com Artists Mary Jo Oxrieder and Windwalker Taibi are featured at Raven Rocks as are emerging and revered local artists.

small Whidbey artist colony created by Margaret and Peter Camfferman in the 1920s. The gallery is home to many works by South Whidbey and Pacific Northwest artists. CASH STORE AT BAYVIEW CORNER 5603 Bayview Road, Langley 360-321-4145 www.goosefoot.org The Bayview Cash Store at historic Bayview Corner displays the works of many local artists in its common area. EDIT 306 First St. No. 101, Langley 360-381-0045 www.editwhidbey.com edit is one of Whidbey's newest galleries and mercantile, offering contemporary works from paintings and sculptures. GARRY OAK GALLERY 830 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor 360-240-0222 www.garryoakgallery.com Gallery was established in 2008. Open daily 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.,

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Whidbey Playhouse produces about six shows each year. features local artists. MUSEO 215 First St. Langley 360-221-7737 www.museo.cc MUSEO contemporary fine art gallery features works from area artists. PACIFIC NORTHWEST ART SCHOOL 15 N.W. Birch St. Coupeville 360-678-3396 pacificnorthwestartschool.org The school offers workshops on

mediums including fiber arts, mixed media, photography and painting. PENN COVE GALLERY 9 N.W. Front St., Coupeville 360-678-1176 www.penncovegallery.com Penn Cove Gallery This cooperative gallery, located in the heart of Coupeville, offers pieces from more than 20 island artists. RAVEN ROCKS GALLERY 765 Wonn Road, Suite C-101, Greenbank

ROB SCHOUTEN GALLERY 765 Wonn Road, Suite C-103, Greenbank 360-222-3070 robschoutengallery.com The Rob Schouten Gallery, operated by Victory and Rob Schouten, has been voted the best art gallery in Western Washington in a King 5 contest. It features works from area artists, including co-owners Rob Schouten and wife, poet Victory Schouten. WHIDBEY ART GALLERY 220 Second St., Suite 102, Langley 360-221-7675 www.whidbeyartists.com Whidbey Art Gallery is one of Whidbey's oldest, established in 1992. It is an artists' cooperative which is owned and operated by resident artists. Works range from encaustics to jewelry, sculpture and CONTINUED ON 47

Whidbey Playhouse

JULY 29 ~ AUGUST 7, 2016 Celebrating our 11th season of baroque and classical chamber music!

Community Theatre Season Shows Summer Youth Program Productions, Workshops New Members Welcome www.whidbeyplayhouse.com

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holiday classic "The Nutcracker" each year. WHIDBEY PLAYHOUSE

paintings.

730 SE Midway Ave., Oak Harbor 360-679-2237

WHIDBEY ISLAND ARTS COUNCIL 360-678-3396 www.islandartscouncil.org The council ensures the island is never short on artistic community events.

www.whidbeyplayhouse.com The Whidbey Playhouse is Oak Harbor's main performing arts venue, producing live theatre shows throughout the year.

WHIDBEY ISLAND FINE ART STUDIO 813 Edgecliff Drive, Langley 360-637-4690, 206-571-0442 This studio offers private and group lessons for artists of every skill level. WHIDBEY WORKING ARTISTS ART STUDIO TOURS Oak Harbor 360-320-1927 www.whidbeyworkingartists.com The Whidbey Working Artists Art Studio Tours grant the public an opportunity to visit the studios of resident artists from Clinton to Oak Harbor. During its debut tour in summer 2014, studios from glass-blowing to painting and sculpture to jewelry making were featured.

Performing Arts ISLAND SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL 5476 Maxwelton Road, Langley 360-331-2939 www.islandshakespearefest.org The Island Shakespeare Festival takes place outdoors under "Henry," a beloved vintage theater tent. Picnicking is encouraged; the festival is free. Shows run at 5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday July through September. OUTCAST PRODUCTIONS 819 Camano Ave., Langley www.outcastproductions.net OutCast was formed from its founders' desire to fill the niche of "theatre on the edge." Many OutCast productions deal with social issues or current events. WHIDBEY CHILDREN'S THEATER 723 Camano Ave., Langley

Arts Festivals CHOOCHOKAM ARTS FESTIVAL

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Choochokam is held each year. 360-221-8707 This theater provides kids and teens a chance to shine beneath the stage lights with several yearround performances and classes. Tickets can be purchased at www.whidbeychildrenstheater.org WHIDBEY ISLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS

565 Camano Ave., Langley 360-221-8268 wicaonline.org The Whidbey Island Center for the Arts presents a variety of events year-round including theatrical performances, comedy, poetry readings, musical performances and workshops. It is home to DjangoFest Northwest, a nationally renowned gypsy jazz festival. Tickets are available by calling the box office at 360-221-8268 or visiting the website at tickets. wicaonline.com WHIDBEY ISLAND DANCE THEATRE

714 Camano Ave., Langley 360-341-2221 www.widtonline.org Whidbey Island Dance Theatre offers classes for experienced and aspiring dancers and produces

choochokamarts.org Each summer, downtown Langley is overtaken with the creative celebration that is Choochokam. Live music, sketches, food and crafts vendors line the streets. COUPEVILLE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL 360-678-5116 www.coupevillefestival.com One of Washington State's oldest arts festivals, the Coupeville festival features 16 arts and crafts categories in mid August. CONCERTS ON THE COVE

360-678-6821 www.concertsonthecove.org Concerts on the Cove states its mission to enrich the community by presenting affordable and accessible performing arts. The concerts take place in Coupeville each summer. DJANGOFEST NORTHWEST

360-221-8269 www.djangofest.com DjangoFest Northwest, now celebrating its 16th year of bringing Gypsy Jazz performers to Whidbey Island, has proven to be the premier showcase of Gypsy Jazz in North America, presenting some of the biggest names and brightest stars in the genre to thousands of enthusiastic fans. OAK HARBOR MUSIC FESTIVAL www.oakharborfestival.com The music festival features several bands and musical genres, filling historic downtown Oak Harbor with the sound of music on Labor Day Weekend. SARATOGA ORCHESTRA 360-929-3045 www.sowhidbey.com The Saratoga Orchestra is the island's resident chamber orchestra, which performs classical and contemporary classical music throughout the year. WHIDBEY ISLAND ORCHESTRAS www.whidbeyorchestras.org The community orchestra strives to promote a positive experience for players and audience members. Musicians of all ability levels and backgrounds are invited to join.


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A largely rural area, Clinton is a vast, unincorporated segment of South Whidbey that is mostly trees, homes and farms, with a couple of concentrated areas for commerce along the highway. Clinton sees some of the island’s densest traffic, particularly during the summer months as ferry ridership jumps for events and vacations. It is one of only three “highways” to get on and off the island, with the others in Coupeville by ferry and Deception Pass by bridge. Clinton has a lot of low-key recreation available, with a few beaches available to visitors. Right off the ferry is a beach managed by the Port of South Whidbey. South of the ferry is Glendale Beach, managed by the Whidbey Camano Land

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Trust for non-motorized uses only. Northwest of the ferry is Maxwelton Beach, which also has a ball field and is home to the hundred-year-old Maxwelton Independence Day Parade every July 4. Possession Point is more popular for boat launches, but a small strip of beach is available with nearby free parking. Dining and shopping is mostly within eyeshot of Highway 525. Some new additions to Clinton are Make Whidbey, a place for coffee, pastries, wood goods, and creative children’s toys. Also just off the ferry nearby is the stalwart Cozy’s Roadhouse, a full service restaurant and bar that has a couple of pool tables and daily specials. North along the highway, visitors can pop into

Key facts Population: ~ 2,500 Median age: 55.2 years old Married households: 61.6 percent Percent of population 25 years and older with college degree or higher: 29.6 percent Size: 25.5 square miles Sources: www.city-data.com, 2010 U.S. Census Demographic Profile

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OAK HARBOR Assembly of God Church 319 SW Third Ave. 360675-4852 www.oakharborag.org

— Churches —

www.christiansciencewhidbey. com/oak-harbor-church First Reformed Church 250 SW Third Ave. 360-675-4837 www.frcoh.org

Bible Baptist Church 1701 Harns Road 360-675-8311 www.bboakharbor.org

First Tabernacle of Praise 620 W. Erin Park Road 360-679-1003

Calvary Chapel Oak Harbor 1560 SE Ninth Ave. 360-679-6959

First United Methodist Church 1050 SE Ireland St. 360-675-2441 www.oakharborfumc.org

www.calvarychapeloakharbor.org

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 201 NE O'Leary St. 360-675-8188 www.lds.org Christ the King Community Church 51 SE Jerome St. 360-679-1288 www.ctkonline.comoakharbor Christian Reformed Church 1411 N. 1570 West 360-675-2881 www.oakharborcrc.org Church of the Nazarene 1100 W. Whidbey Ave. 360-675-0705 www.ohnaz.com Church on the Rock 1780 SE Fourth Ave. 360-675-3032 www.graceforall.com Concordia Lutheran Church - LCMS 590 N. Oak Harbor St. 360-675-2548 www.concordialuterhanwhid bey.org

Family Bible Church 2760 SW Heller Road 360-679-1585 www.oakharborfamilybible.org First Church-Christ Scientist 721 SW 20th Court 360-675-0621

Grace Community Church 29470 Highway 20 360-679-1678 www.whidbeygrace.org Grace By the Sea 540 SE Pioneer Way 360-679-3431 wwwgracebythesea.org Grace Evangelical Church 1411 Wieldraayer Road 360-279-9713 www.graceevangelical.org House of Prayer 620 Erin Park Road 360-679-1003 hopministries.weebly.com Life Church 767 NE Regatta Drive 360-679-3158 www.life-church.co Living Faith Christian 551 Northeast Midway Blvd. 360-679-4345 Living Word Fellowship 490 NW Crosby Ave. 360-675-5008 www.livingwordoakharbor.com Mission Ministry Outreach 1751 Goldie Road 360-679-9246 www.fanniedean.com New Life Missionary 656 SE Pioneer Way 360-675-0935

Oak Harbor Lutheran Church 1253 NW Second Ave. 360-679-1561 www.oakharborlutheran.com Oak Harbor United Pentecostal Church 210 SE Pioneer Way #4 404-661-4653 www.oakharborupc.com Seventh-day Adventist Church 31830 Highway 20 360-675-4412 www.oakharborchurch.org Southern Baptist Church 50 SW Sixth Ave. 360-675-6686 Sovereign Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church 1902 Zylstra Road 360-679-8893 www.sgopc.org St. Augustine Catholic Church 185 N Oak Harbor St. 360-675-2303 www.staugustineoh.org St. Stephen's Episcopal Church 555 SE Regatta Drive 360-279-0715 www.ststephensofoakharbor.org Whidbey Presbyterian Church 1148 SE Eighth Ave. 360-679-3579 www.whidbeypres.org

Coupeville United Methodist Church 608 N. Main St. 360-678-4256 www.coupevilleumc.com Jehovah’s Witnesses 331 E Morris Road 360-678-7471

Living Hope Foursquare Church 105 NW Broadway Ave. 360-687-6692 www.livinghopeonwhidbey.org St. Mary’s Catholic Church 207 N Main St. 360-678-6536 www.staugustineoh.org/smcc/ index_sm.php

GREENBANK Whidbey Evangelical Free Church 874 Plantation Drive 360-2221-3211 www.whidbey-efc.com

FREELAND Christian Life Ministry Center 1832 Scott Road 360-331-5778 www.clcwhidbey.com St. Augstine’s Episcopal Church 5217 Honeymoon Bay Road 360-331-4887 www.staugstineepiscopalchurch.org

Trinity Lutheran Church 18341 Highway 525 360-331-5191

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 5425 Maxwelton Road 360-221-3141 www.lds.org First Baptist Church 2277 Newman Road 360-321-44577 www.firstbaptistsouthwhidbey.com

Langley United Methodist Church 301 Anthes Ave. 360-221-4233 www.langleyumc.org South Whidbey Assembly of God 5373 Maxwelton Road 360-221-1656 www.swag-online.org South Whidbey Community Church 5142 Bayview Road 360-221-1220 southwhidbeycommunitychurch.org

St. Hubert Catholic Church 804 Third St. 360-221-5383 www.sthubertchurch.org The Island Church of Whidbey 503 Cascade Ave. 360-221-6980 www.islandchurchofwhidbey.org

Unity of Whidbey 5671 Crawford Road 360-321-5030 www.unityofwhidbeyisland.org

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www.trinitylutheranfreeland.org

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Christ the King Community Church 180 Parker Road 360-678-0235 www.ctkcoupeville.com

Unitarian Universalist Congregation 20103 Highway 525 360-321-8656 www.uucwi.org

Calvary ChapelWhidbey Island 3821 French Road 360-579-2570 www.ccwhidbey.com

Coupeville Community Bible Church 502 NE Otis St. 360-678-4778

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St. Peter’s Lutheran Church 6309 S. Wilson Place 360-341-4715 www.whidbeynet.net/stpeters

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NW 2nd Avenue & Heller Road Across the street from OHHS Stadium

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Jeffrey R. Spencer, Lead Pastor Marc Stroud, Associate Pastor

679-1561 oakharborlutheran.org

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

555 SE Regatta Dr. • Oak Harbor The Episcopal Church on North Whidbey Island

Sunday Service · 10:30AM Children’s Sunday School · 10:30AM Adult Sunday School · See website

ALL ARE WELCOME!

A Member of the Anglican Communion

360-279-0715 StStephensOfOakHarbor.org

Restoration Fellowship Come Learn the Hebraic Roots of Your Faith

Father Rick Spicer, Pastor 360-221-5383

Youth Ministries-Choirs-Bible Studies

675-2441 • www.oakharborfumc.org 1050 SE Ireland St • Oak Harbor

Matthew 28: 18 - 20

Meets Here!

Worship Services

Sunday: 8:30, 9:50 and 11:20 AM Sunday School classes for all ages

679-1585 • 2760 N Heller Rd, Oak Harbor www.oakharborfamilybible.org

Sunday Worship 9:30 A.M. (with Sunday School and Nursery) Followed by Adult Study Forum and Fellowship Time

Meeting at: The Oak Harbor Christian School Bldg A 675 E. Whidbey Ave. Oak Harbor, WA 360-675-7189 Saturdays at 10:30am

Weekend Masses Saturday Vigil 5:00 PM Sunday 8 AM & 10:30 AM Daily Masses Mon, Tue, Thr, Fri 8:15 AM Wednesday 10:30 AM Holy Days... call for times

Children’s Sunday School during service

Third & Anthes, Langley

We welcome you to join us for worship and celebration

804 Third Street, Langley

Sunday Worship .................10:00am Adult Sunday School ..........8:45 am

Langley United Methodist Church

Where Yeshua is Lord

�t. �ubert �atholic �hurch

First United Methodist Church

A Greening, Advocating & Reconciling Congregation Rev. Mary Boyd, Pastor

360-221-4233

www.langleyumc.org • lumc@whidbey.com

5671 Crawford Rd, Langley (360) 321-5030

Are you looking to:

Christian Science Church Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. Sunday School is available

? Expand your spiritual knowledge? ? Be inspired to lead the life God intended for you? ? Strengthen your relationship to the Divine?

Everyone is Welcome

Sunday service 10am • Everyone welcome www.unityofwhidbey.org

(just north of Bayview and across from Useless Bay Road)

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FEBRUARY Feb. 6-7: Red Wine and Chocolate. www. whidbeyislandvintners.org Feb. 6: 5th Annual Heart of a Woman Red Dress Ball Event — Cocktail Party, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Dancing Fish Farm in Freeland. Hosted by Soroptimist International of South Whidbey Island in cooperation with the Soroptimist International of Coupeville and Soroptimist International Oak Harbor clubs. http://portal.clubrunner.ca/100733/Event/5thannual-red-dress-event Feb. 6: Sound Waters 2015, workshops presented by WSU Beach Watchers all day, at South Whidbey High School. More than 500 people attend. This is the 20th South Waters event. Visit beachwatchers.net to register. Feb. 12: Hearts & Hammers Annual Spaghetti Dinner, 4:30-7:30 p.m., at Langley United Methodist Church. www.heartsandham mers.com Feb. 13-14: Red Wine and Chocolate. www. whidbeyislandvintners.org Feb. 13: Coupeville Chamber of Commerce

and The Whidbey Examiner will co-sponsor the first-ever Coupeville Chocolate Walk, noon to 3 p.m. For ticket prices and other information, call the chamber at 360-678-5434. Feb. 13-14: 50th Annual Sweetheart of Gems Show, Oak Harbor Senior Center, 51 SE Jerome St., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Feb. 20: Coupeville Lions Scholarship Auction and Super Supper, 5 p.m. at the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge. 360-678-4105. Feb. 20: Whidbey Wedding Inspirations Bridal Show, at the Best Western Plus Harbor Plaza and Conference Center, Oak Harbor. Meet with local vendors; prize drawings throughout the day. Free. 360-679-4567. Feb. 23: Tuesdays on the Town, 5-9 p.m., downtown Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber. com Feb. 26-27: 32nd Langley Mystery Weekend, downtown Langley. Help solve a murder mystery and you may win a prize in the 31st season of this popular event. Visit www.visitlangley.com

Feb. 27: Whidbey Island Conservation District Native Plants Sale, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Fort Casey barrack F. www.whidbeycd. org

MARCH March 11-12: WOW! Stories 5, 7-10:30 p.m., Friday and 2-4:30 p.m., Saturday, at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. wicaonline.org March 12-13: Penn Cove MusselFest, Coupeville. Celebrate Penn Cove’s world famous mussels. www.thepenncovemusselsfestival. com March 12: Mussels in the Kettles Bike Ride, Coupeville. www.musselsinthekettles.net March 12: Native Plant Class, at Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. www.meerkerkgardens.org March 17: St. Patrick’s Day Parade, downtown Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber.com March 19-20: Spring Nursery Sale, at Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. www.meerkerk gardens.org CONTINUED ON 52


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March 22: Tuesdays on the Town, 5-9 p.m., downtown Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber.com

APRIL April 2-3: 45th Annual Whidbey Weavers Guild Spin-In, at Oak Harbor High School. www. whidbeyweaversguild.org April 16: Welcome to the Whales: Parade, educational displays and talks plus fun activities for kids of all ages in Langley. www.visitlangley.com April 16: Whidbey Island Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K Run/Walk. Register at www.whidbeyislandmarathon.com April 23: Meerkerk Magic at Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. Children dress up and create their own fairies out of natural materials. www.meerkerkgardens.org April 26: Tuesdays on the Town, 5-9 p.m., downtown Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber.com April 28: PianoFest Northwest, at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley, bringing worldclass artists to the island in a celebration of piano music. www. wicaonline.com April 28-May 1: Holland Happening weekend, Oak Harbor’s Dutch Celebration, downtown Oak Harbor. Parade, Dutch food, rides, street fair and more. 360-675-3755.

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Both Freeland and Oak Harbor host Independence Day fireworks shows. May 14: Penn Cove Water Festival, Historic Front Street, Coupeville, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., celebrating Coupeville and its native American heritage, this festival designed for families features tribal canoe races, native arts and crafts, storytelling, music, dance and educational displays. www. penncovewaterfestival.com May 15: Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival, 3-5 p.m., at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. wicaonline.org May 14-15: Savor Spring with Whidbey Island Vinters Association. www.whidbeyisland vintners.org

360-678-6084. May 30: PAWZ by the Sea 5K Run/Walk, Langley. visitlangley. com

JUNE June 3: Relay for Life of Whidbey Island, 6 p.m. opening ceremony, at North Whidbey Middle School, 67 NE Izett St., Oak Harbor. www.relay.acsevents. org June 4-5: Purple Passion Sale, at Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. www.meerkerkgardens.org June 11: WAIF Spring Fling, 5 p.m., Useless Bay Golf and Country Club. waifanimals.org

May 21: Wine and Rhodies at Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. Enjoy the spring splendor of the gardens with wine and appetizers. www.meerkerkgardens.org

June 18: Whidbey Island Garden Tour. Tour four or five of the island's finest gardens. www. wigt.org

May 8: Mother’s Day concert, at Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. www.meerkerkgardens.org

May 24: Tuesdays on the Town, 5-9 p.m., downtown Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber.com

June 28: Tuesdays on the Town, 5-9 p.m., downtown Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber.com

May 13-14: WICA’s 20th Anniversary Celebration featuring special anniversary guests. wicaonline.org

May 28-Sept.5: Jacob Ebey House open to public, Ebey's Reserve, Coupeville, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

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day in Freeland Park, culminating with a fireworks show at dusk. July 4: Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration; parade, carnival, food, fireworks show at dusk. Downtown Oak Harbor. July 4: Maxwelton 4th of July Parade starts at 1 p.m. featuring an eclectic mix of participants followed by kids' games afterwords, with ice cream and pie. July 9: Fairy House Festival, at Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. Children of all ages bring their imaginations and build fairy houses from natural materials. www.meerkerkgardens.org July 9-10: 41st Langley Choochokam Arts Festival, combining juried art exhibitors, musical entertainment and food providers. www.visitlangley.com July-September: Island Shakespeare Festival, Langley, shows start at 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. www.island shakespearefest.org July 11-15: Whidbey Island CONTINUED ON 53


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Aug. 14: Oak Harbor Pigfest, Fidalgo Avenue, Oak Harbor, free barbecue pork, kids’ games, music, fun for the whole family. www.oakharborpigfest.com

Race Week, Oak Harbor. www. whidbeyislandraceweek.com July 16: Rhodie Care Class, at Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. www.meerkerkgardens.org

Aug. 13-14: Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival, Coupeville. 360-678-5116. www.coupevillefes tival.com

July 23: Friends of Meerkerk Annual Meeting, at Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. www. meerkerkgardens.org July 23: Yogafest, Windjammer City Beach Park, Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber.com File photo

July 23: Forest Music Festival at South Whidbey State Park will be an all-day event featuring local groups representing a wide range of styles, instruments, and vocals. Free. Visit www.FOSWSP.org for more information. July 26: Tuesdays on the Town, 5-9 p.m., downtown Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber.com

The Highland Games are held at Greenbank Farm. Highland Games, at Greenbank Farm, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. www. wihg.org Aug. 4-7: Whidbey Island Fair, Langley, with musical, carnival, Aug. 13: Race the Reserve, animals, games and other country half marathon begins 8:30 fun. 360-221-4677. www.whidbey a.m., 10K/5K begins 9 a.m. islandfair.com at Coupeville Middle School.

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Useless Bay Golf and Country Club, 2-7 p.m. 360-331-1980. Aug. 23: Tuesdays on the Town, 5-9 p.m., downtown Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber.com Aug. 27: Tour de Whidbey, begins and ends at Greenbank Farm, annual ride benefits Whidbey General Hospital Foundation. www.tourdewhidbey. com Aug. 27-28: Whidbey Working Artists Studio Tour, various studios island-wide, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. lookingglass cottage@gmail.com

SEPTEMBER Sept. 2-4: Oak Harbor Music Festival, historic downtown Oak Harbor, live music on various stages. www.oakharborfestival.com Sept. 3-4: Labor Day Sale, at Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. www.meerkerkgardens.org Sept. 5-7: Woodpalooza, hosted by Whidbey Island Woodworkers Guild, noon to 5 p.m., at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. Sept. 10: Military Appreciation Public Picnic. www.oakharbor chamber.com Sept. 17: Whidbey Island Raptor Day, at the Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship. pacificriminstitute.org Sept. 17-18: Whidbey Island Kite Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy color kites flying, competitions, kids kitemaking, teddy bear drop, kite lessons. Saturday evening 7:30 at Coupeville High School free indoor kite flying competition. www.whidbeykiteclub. org or 360-678-5434. Sept.

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The Greening of Coupeville includes a parade and tree lighting. Northwest, at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. DjangoFest Northwest is the premier showcase of Gypsy Jazz in North America. visitlangley.com Sept. 27: Tuesdays on the Town, 5-9 p.m., downtown Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber.com

OCTOBER Oct. 1-2: Fall Garden Fest, at Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. Other nurseries and local artist join to present special items for your garden. www.meerkerkgardens. org Oct. 15: Propagation Class, at Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. www.meerkerkgardens.org Oct. 25: Tuesdays on the Town, 5-9 p.m., downtown Oak Harbor www.oakharborchamber.com

NOVEMBER Nov. 4: Trust Board of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve and the Friends of Ebey's Annual Community Potluck.

360-678-6633. Nov. 4-5: Whidbey Weavers Guild Uncommon Threads Sale, Greenbank Farm. whidbeyweavers guild.org Nov. 12-13: Autumn on Whidbey with Whidbey Island Vinters Association. www.whidbey islandvintners.org Nov. 12: 17th Annual Nordic Fest, sponsored by Daughters of Norway Ester Moe Lodge 39, at South Whidbey High School, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Enjoy the sights, tastes and sounds of Scandinavia. www.daughtersofnor way.org Nov. 26: Lighting of Langley, at Langley Park, with carols, Santa and Whidbey's own alpaca-reindeer. www.visitlangley.com Nov. 27: Tuesdays on the Town, 5-9 p.m., downtown Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber.com

DECEMBER Dec. 3: Greening of Coupeville,

all day in Coupeville. Jingle Trail Run, parade, tree lighting. www. coupevillehistoricwaterfront.com Dec. 3: Langley Holiday Parade, 11 a.m., downtown, featuring a float contest and many fun, festive entries. www.visitlang ley.com Dec. 3: Lighted Boat Parade. www.oakharborchamber.com Dec. 17: Langley Holiday Giveaway, wwww.visitlangley.com Dec. 17: Christmas Bird Count, North Whidbey. www. whidbeyaudubon.org Dec. 27: Tuesdays on the Town, 5-9 p.m., downtown Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber.com Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Fireworks. www.oakharborchamber. com For other holiday events, check www.whidbeynewstimes.com, www. southwhidbeyrecord.com or www. whidbeyexaminer.com closer to the event season.


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All-Island Community Band: Organized in 1966 and plays for local events, festivals, parades and more. Email allislandband@gmail.com An-O-Chords: Chapter of the Society for Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America. Sing in Valentine's Day performances, Christmas caroling and a show in July. A primary goal of the International Barbershop Harmony Society is to "lead the cause of encouraging vocal music in our schools and communities." www.anochords.org Artists of South Whidbey: Artists meet to share ideas, have paint-outs and see demonstrations by nationally known artists. 360-331-2603. Coupeville Festival Association: Annual festival features more than 200 artisan booths, demonstrating artists, food booths, children's activities and live entertainment. Proceeds benefit community through grants. 360-678-5116 or www. coupevillefestival.com Island Artists: Meet 10 a.m. each Tuesday at the Race Road Fire Station to paint and enjoy the company of fellow artists. The group offers a mix of mediums including collage, painted fabric as well as acrylics, oils and watercolor. They will have an annual show at the Coupeville Rec Hall July, 8,9 and 10, 2016. There is no admittance fee and the Rec Hall is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call Rainy Lindell at 360-678-0960. The Northwest Institute of Literary Arts: NILA writers supporting writers, is home to the annual Whidbey Island Writers Conference, the Whidbey Island Writers Association and the Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA program. 360-3310307 or www.nila.edu Open Circle Community Choir: A choir for everyone regardless of experience. No auditions required. Whether you’ve been a life-long singer, or haven’t sung since second grade, there is a place for you! They sing songs from a wide range of traditions specially arranged for community choirs. Meets 7-9 p.m. Mondays at The Little Theatre in South Whidbey High School in Langley. Contact Peggy Taylor at peggy@whidbey.com The Pacific NorthWest Art School: The school has been offering nearly 100 workshops a year in fiber arts, photography, painting and mixed media, youth art, art excursions and art expeditions for the past 25 years. Located at 15 NW Birch St., Coupeville. 360-678-3396 or www.pacificnorthwe startschool.org Saratoga Orchestra: Providing great concert music to the Whidbey Island community. This professional orchestra performs October through May with special events throughout the year. 360-929-3045 or www.sowhidbey.com South Whidbey International Folkdancers: Its purpose is to learn and enjoy dances from all over the world. Everyone is welcome, and no partners are necessary. vhauck@whidbey. net Threshold Choir: Women preparing for comforting bedside singing for the ill and dying. New singers welcome. 360331-7633, 360-632-9071 or www.thresholdchoir.org Whidbey Allied Artists: Purpose is to promote the arts locally and support each other's creative endeavors. Email whidbeyartists@gmail.com Whidbey Children's Theater: For more than 20 years, Whidbey Children's Theater has introduced children to the performing arts. The nonprofit theater company offers classes, workshops and productions year-round. 360-221-8707 or

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Coupeville Festival Association member Carol Moliter unveils artist Mike Wise's original artwork for a past Coupeville Arts Festival poster. wct@whidbey.com Whidbey Hand-Knitters: Meet first Wednesday of the month in Coupeville. Members share experiences with knitting projects and learn from each other. Knitters of all experience levels are welcome. Periodically, members donate knit hats, gloves and scarves to local organizations in need. 360-678-4271. Whidbey Island Arts Council: Assists Whidbey Island artists by providing advice, publicity, financial assistance and sponsorship of cultural events. 360-320-0271 or www. islandartscouncil.org Whidbey Island Camera Club: Welcomes amateur and professional photographers alike to exchange tips and experiences in a constructive and supportive group and take inspiration from each other’s work. Club meets 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Oak Hall on the Skagit Valley College Whidbey campus in Oak Harbor. www.whidbeyislandcameraclub.com Whidbey Island Center for the Arts: Communitysupported theater space in Langley offers professional productions in arts, theater, music and dance, as well as workshops and other arts events. 360-221-8268 or www. wicaonline.com Whidbey Island Clarinet Choir: Open to clarinetists of all ages and levels. It's an ensemble that offers friendly, noncompetitive rehearsals and performance opportunities. 360-675-5544. Whidbey Island Dixieland Jazz Society: Volunteer band that plays only for charitable purposes. Awards three college scholarships each year to Whidbey graduates, sponsors annual Whidbey Island Schools Jazz Concert that benefits the scholarship fund. If you are interested in playing, contact Jerry Jones at 360-679-2066. Whidbey Island Orchestra: Consists of strings, winds, brass and percussion of all abilities and backgrounds. To join, email membership@whidbeyorchestras.org or go to www. whidbeyorchestras.org Whidbey Playhouse: Has presented live theater in Oak Harbor for more than 40 years. Season runs September through June with a children's program and production in early August. Promotes and nourishes community spirit, providing mutual support and encouragement to individuals and other cultural arts groups. A nonprofit, volunteer-based organization that relies on memberships and volunteers.

Located at 730 SE Midway Blvd. 360-679-2237 or www. whidbeyplayhouse.com Whidbey Weavers Guild: Community of fiber artists, hosts workshops, a spin-in, fair exhibits and other educational opportunities. Yearly sale in November. All are welcome. www.whidbeyweaversguild.org Whidbey Island Woodworkers Guild: Comprised of many artisans from across Whidbey Island. From custom furnishings to cabinetry, carvings and fine turnings, find the work of these talented artisans at www.whidbeywoodwork ers.com

COMMUNITY MINDS

Baby Island-Saratoga Club: Nonprofit organization committed to helping the community. Monthly potluck dinner meetings and speakers are held on the second Friday of each month, September through May. All islanders are welcome. Clubhouse is available for rental. www.babyislandsaratoga club.org Clinton Progressive Association: Maintains Clinton Community Hall to fill the need for a community meeting place. Addresses problems in the community and cooperates to solve them. 360-341-3747 or www.clintoncommu nityhall.org Daughters of Norway Ester Moe Lodge 39, Whidbey Island: The organization was started by women in order to provide a social safety net in the harsh reality of the late 1890s and early 1900s. The purpose was to assist members in times of illness or need and to uphold Norwegian traditions. Ester Moe Lodge 39 was instituted in 1996 at the Island County Fairgrounds in Langley. The lodge's namesake, Ester Moe, was appointed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt as Postmaster of the Clinton Post Office, where she served for 29 years. Ester Moe Lodge is one of the largest Daughters of Norway lodges in the United States. The lodge meets every second Saturday of the month at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Clinton, except for July and August. www.daughtersofnorway.org Greenbank Progressive Club: Maintains and manages the Community Clubhouse. It is available for rentals and is ideal for small or large groups for meetings, weddings,

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Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network: Responds to strandings in Island, Skagit and north Snohomish counties; acts as liaison between government agencies and the general public. Collects data, provides public education and safety information to avoid adverse reactions between people and marine mammals. 360-6783765 or 1-866-ORCANET.

Holmes Harbor Activity Club: Its purpose is the preservation of Freeland Hall, built prior to 1914 at the head of Holmes Harbor and now part of the county parks system. Monthly meetings include home-cooked meal, door prizes, entertainment by local talent. 360-331-6341. Langley Community Club: A small friendly club formed in 1967 to work toward betterment of the community, deriving income from earned interest on mutual funds and providing scholarships, donations and funds for beautification projects around town. Open to all residents of Langley and vicinity. 360-321-4148. Maxwelton Community Club: The Maxwelton Community Club helps care for Dave Mackie Park at Maxwelton Beach, addresses issues in the community and puts on the annual Maxwelton July 4th parade and games. 360-579-2030 or maxweltonclub@whidbey.com South Whidbey Commons: A community-driven, youthpowered nonprofit organization strengthening our community by creating opportunities to gather, learn, and grow. The South Whidbey Commons Coffeehouse Bookstore on the Second Street Plaza in Langley brings together people of all ages, provides workplace training for young people, and serves as a venue for events and activities. www.southwhid beycommons.org

EDUCATION

Admiralty Head Lighthouse: Admiralty Head Lighthouse at Fort Casey State Park is open to the public through the partnership of Washington State Park and Lighthouse Environmental Program. Lighthouse Interpretive Center explains the history of Fort Casey and the lighthouse and offers environmental exhibits and displays. 360-678-1186, 360-678-4519, admiraltyheadlighthouse@gmail.com Calyx Community Arts School: A largely outdoor, arts integrated, homeschool cooperative for ages 5 to 8. Calyx works in partnership with South Whidbey State Park and South Whidbey Tilth and splits its time between these two sites. www.calyxcommunityartsschool.wordpress.com Displaced Homemaker Center: A Life Transitions Program offered by the Northwest Displaced Homemaker Center at Skagit Valley College, helps those who have lost their primary source of income through divorce, separation, death or disability of a spouse. Orientation/imformation sessions are held each Wednesday (except during holiday breaks) at 1:30 p.m. 360-416-7044 or margo.grothe@skagit.edu Excellence in Education: Recognizes outstanding students, teachers, volunteers and programs in the Oak Harbor School District. Call Mike Waller at 360-679-1240. Homeschoolers on Whidbey (HOW): An inclusive organization offering support and information pertaining to Home-based Instruction, commonly known as homeschooling. Seeks to provide a means by which members assist one another in the adventure of educating their children at home. HOW is not associated in any way with the public school system or any alternative programs under public or private school systems. www.homeschool-life.com Mother Mentors of Whidbey Island: A non-profit corporation, nurtures mothers and other caregivers of young children by providing practical and emotional support. www. mothermentors.org Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS): Provides encouragement, creative activities, guest speakers and friendships to nurture every mother of preschoolers with children in infancy through kindergarten. Meetings include a childcare

Deception Pass Park Foundation: The foundation's mission is to provide support for education and resource protection at Deception Pass State Park. All interested parties welcome. 360-720-2756 or www.deceptionpassfoundation.org File photo

Robert Pelant has big plans for Pacific Rim Institute in Coupeville. program for the children. Call 360-679-1585 for Oak Harbor and 360-222-3211 for Greenbank. South Whidbey Schools Foundation: The South Whidbey Schools Foundation provides valuable funding for classroom projects outside the scope of the school district budget and which foster educational excellence. The foundation has been rewarded nearly $200,000 in innovative teaching grants in the areas of science, math, the arts, world cultures, technology and civic engagement. SWSF also serves as administering agency for state, federal and foundation grants to local school-related programs. Donations to SWSF are tax-deductible, as the foundation is a nonprofit organization. www.southwhidbeyschoolsfoundation.org Washington State Music Teachers Association: Promotes the value of music study and music making and supports the professionalism of music teachers. Dedicated to enriching the lives of student musicians, the local Whidbey Island Chapter offers ongoing support for music-teaching professionals and quality opportunities for music students. To learn more about the benefits of membership, visit www. wsmta.org or for information about the next chapter meeting, call or email Verna Morgan at 360-320-4605 or islandmu sicworks@cablespeed.com Guests are welcome. Whidbey Institute: Nestled among 100 acres of pristine forest, the Whidbey Institute at Chinook is a place where people can connect deeply to the natural world and to each other, renew their life energy, and engage in deep conversation and learning to imagine and create an abundant, sustainable and life-affirming future. The Chinook trails are open to the public year-round. 360-341-1884 or email info@ whidbeyinstitute.org Whidbey Island Readiness To Learn: Supports students who are having difficulty in school and their families. 360-2216198, ext. 4602 or www.rtl-foundation.org WorkSource Whidbey: Provides valuable assistance to those seeking work and employers looking for workers. Come in for job search preparation, use of computers for job search, browse job listings, veteran services and occupational training programs. WorkSource is located at 265 NE Kettle St., Suite 102, Oak Harbor. Call 360-675-5966 or visit www. go2worksource.com WSU Extension, Island County: Washington State University, in partnership with county government, other local entities, and organizations offers educational programs that provide useful, practical, and research-based information. Some of the areas we cover include environmental, agricultural, economic development, youth development and leadership, and economic development issues. WSU Extension programs are open to all and in Island County includes 4-H, Master Naturalist, Master Gardeners, Shore Stewards, Waste Wise, Small Farms and the Weather Network programming. For more information please call 360-2405558 or visit our website at http://ext100.wsu.edu/island/

Island Citizens for Public Beach Access: Dedicated to identifying, mapping, signing and preserving access to the public shorelines of Island County. www.islandbeachaccess. org WSU Extension, Island County Shore Stewards: WSU Shore Stewards. Free shoreline educational program available to all residents of Island County. Members receive free booklet and DVD on shoreline living and occasional newsletters. No dues, meetings or volunteer hours required. To join or for more info, call (360) 387-3443, ext. 258, or email shorestewards@wsu.edu. Sound Water Stewards of Island County: Volunteers help protect Island County's marine environment through public education, nearshore research and stewardship activities of many types. 360-678-4401 or www.soundwaterstewards.org Island County/WSU Waste Wise Program: Volunteers help county residents, schools and businesses in wastereduction techniques, donating 25 hours of service, teaching composting, recycling and sustainable living classes to adults and children. 360-678-7974, ext100.wsu.edu or email halljn@ wsu.edu Marine Resources Committee: Identifies and protects nearshore and aquatic resources vital to the health of Whidbey and Camano islands. 360-679-7327 or www.island countymrc.org Native Plant Stewards: Works toward preserving the native plant communities on Whidbey Island by salvaging plants prior to construction, propagating plants from local seeds and providing these plants for restoration projects large and small island wide. Mark Fessler or Barbara Kolar: 360-678-4281 or email grendl@frontier.com Orca Network: Dedicated to raising awareness about the whales of the Pacific Northwest. To join the Sighting Network or become a member of Orca Network, email info@orcanet work.org, visit www.orcanetwork.org or call 360-331-3543. Langley Whale Center: Orca Network's Langley Whale Center celebrates and share the lives of gray whales, orcas and other marine mammals of the Salish Sea. 117 Anthes St., Langley. 360-331-3543 or www.orcanetwork.org Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship: Restoring prairie and educating students in Christian environmental stewardship. Volunteers needed. Come explore our trails. Visit us at 180 Parker Road, Coupeville. 360-678-5586 or www.pacificriminstitute.org Whidbey Audubon Society: Dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and their habitat with field trips and classes, programs in the schools. www.whidbeyaudubon.org Whidbey Camano Land Trust: Established in 1984, the Land Trust works to protect the Islands’ most important natural habitats, scenic vistas and working farms and forests in partnership with landowners and our island communities. Office at 765 Wonn Road, C-201, Greenbank, WA 98253. 360222-3310, www.wclt.org or email info@wclt.org

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Whidbey Environmental Action Network (WEAN): Dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the native biological diversity of Whidbey Island and the Pacific Northwest. Members and volunteers provide technical restoration advice, hands-on habitat restoration and enhancement projects, education and outreach activities. 360-5794202 or www.whidbeyenvironment.org Wildlife Care Clinic: A nonprofit organization to help rehabilitate wildlife for release back into the wild. A resource and referral center for rescue, rehabilitation and medical services for diseased, orphan and abandoned wildlife. 360-679-6796. Whidbey Island Conservation District: Serves residents of Whidbey Island in conserving natural resources on residential sites, farms and forest lands through educational outreach as well as technical and financial cost-share assistance to provide a healthy environment for present and future generations. 360-678-4708 www.whidbeycd.org

dential sites, farms, and forest lands through educational outreach as well as technical and financial cost-share assistance to provide a healthy environment for present and future generations. 360-678-4708 or www.whidbeycd.org Whidbey Island Grown: The brand was established by local farmers and residents to increase awareness and consumption of agricultural products grown on the Island. Agricultural areas are an important part of what makes Whidbey Island such a special place to visit and live. www. whidbeyislandgrown.com Whidbey Island Rescue for Equines (WIRE): Licensed and registered organization that provides rescue, rehabilitation and adoption for horses and other members of the equine family that have been abused, abandoned and neglected. 360-675-9252 email montany@whidbey.com

Slow Food Whidbey Island: Connect to local food and food traditions through SFWI events, quarterly potlucks, the Whidbey Nibbles newsletter, lectures, field trips and support of other educational organizations. www.slowfoodusa.org Island County Fair Association: Responsible for planning and coordinating the annual Island County Fair each August in Langley. 360-221-4677 or www.whidbeyislandfair.com Island County Farm Bureau: Voluntary, grassroots advocacy organization representing the social and economic interests of farm and ranch families at the local, state and national levels. Contact icfarmbureau@gmail.com or write P.O. Box 580, Coupeville, WA 98239. South Whidbey Tilth: Practicing organic methods of agriculture on its Sustainability Campus at 2812 Thompson Road, off Hwy. 525 near Bayview. Providing access to and education about local organic produce through community gardens, children’s garden, farmer incubator program and farmers market May through October. Classes and workshops offered, bimonthly newsletter. www.southwhidbeytilth. org or email info@southwhidbeytilth.org Whidbey Island Conservation District: Serves residents of Whidbey Island in conserving natural resources on resi-

Whidbey Island Garden Tour: Nonprofit organization presents annual tour of private gardens to benefit groups that work toward the improvement, restoration and maintenance of common habitat on the island. 360-321-4191, www.wigt.org or email wigt@whidbey.net

American Red Cross Serving Northwest Washington: Provides disaster relief, military emergency services, health and safety services and community disaster education. Representatives available for emergencies 24 hours a day. We welcome volunteers for all activities on Whidbey Island and donations to relief efforts. Whidbey Island contact info is 360-720-4467, swdisasterteam@whidbey.com or go to www. redcross.org

FARM & AGRICULTURE

Deer Lagoon Grange 846: Provides for family activity and fun through Grange events and fellowship. Participates in the community and serves community needs by supporting youth, providing education and providing a premium place for community activities. Promotes grass-roots nonpartisan legislative needs of the membership by authoring resolutions for action at the annual Washington State Grange Convention. www.deerlagoongrange.com

South Whidbey Garden Club: Goal is to create an interest in gardening and to inspire an appreciation in others for flowers and birds, so that South Whidbey will be an even more beautiful place to live. Meets 9 a.m. the third Friday of the month at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Clinton, September through June. www.southwhidbeygardenclub.com

HEALTH AND WELFARE

The Whidbey Institute: The mission of the Institute is to be a home for the work of organizations and individuals dedicated to leadership, integral spirit, and a thriving human and more than human world. With over 100 acres of pristine woodlands and trails, the Institute hosts visitors annually from all over the world. 360-341-1884 or email info@whidbeyinstitute.org

Island County Agricultural and Small Farms Program: To encourage and support small farmers on the island, WSU Extension Island Co. offers workshops and assistance to meet the needs of new and continuing farmers on Whidbey and Camano. Classes include research based information on livestock, produce, weed and pest management, water quality, agricultural safety and classes from the WSU Cultivating Success program that provide small farmers with planning and decision-making tools, production skills and support necessary to develop a sustainable small acreage farm. For more info email muencha@wsu.edu or call Anza at 678-2343.

at Hal Ramaley Park as well as a number of beautification projects around town. Performs public outreach projects. Meets the second Tuesday of each month at Oak Harbor First United Methodist Church. All are welcome. www.oakharbor gardenclub.org

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Garden clubs serve most communities on Whidbey.

GARDEN

American Rhododendron Society: Whidbey Island Chapter members share knowledge and enthusiasm for the rhododendron, the Washington state flower. Whidbey chapter meets at 7 p.m. every fourth Wednesday of the month, September through May, at the Race Road fire station south of Coupeville. Meetings intended for everyone from novice to seasoned hybridizers. www.rhododendron.org Coupeville Garden Club: Plants and maintains several park areas in Coupeville, as well as the barrels and the plantings at the Welcome to Coupeville signs. They also maintain a greenhouse for club activities and for Coupeville Middle and High School projects. Major fundraising plant sale (at Coupeville Recreation Center) during the last weekend in April to fund the projects that beautify the town of Coupeville. Meet first Thursday of the month (September to May) at Coupeville Recreation Hall, 9:30 a.m. Public welcome. www.coupevil legardenclub.org Greenbank Garden Club: Members participate in work parties and community events at Greenbank Farm and Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens, help maintain Greenbank Progressive Hall, hold spring and fall plant sales, contribute to local charities, clean roadsides. Monthly speakers. greenbank gardenclub@gmail.com WSU Extension, Island County Master Gardeners: Sponsored by WSU Extension, Master Gardeners offer educational programs at the Whidbey Gardening Workshop in March and throughout the year in community classes on horticultural topics for the general public. Becoming a Master Gardener requires a 3-month training beginning in late winter through April and includes at least 160 hours of hands on classes and on line instruction. For more information and for applications to become an MG call 678-2343 or email muencha@wsu.edu Oak Harbor Garden Club: Plants and maintains gardens

Citizens Against Domestic & Sexual Abuse (CADA): Provides free, confidential assistance to victims of domestic violence, elder abuse, stalking, sexual abuse, child sexual abuse and sexual harassment. Services include a 24-hour crisis line, advocacy and supportive services, safety planning, information and referral, emergency shelter, legal advocacy, court support and prevention programs. Crisis line: 360-6752232 or 1-800-215-5669. Business line: 360-675-7057. Enso House: A nonprofit home providing physical, emotional and spiritual support at the end of life. Located on South Whidbey Island. 360-331-4699, email director@enso house.org or visit www.ensohouse.org Friends of Friends Medical Support Fund: A nonprofit group that provides help for people with medical expenses they are unable to pay. 360-221-4535, www.fofmedicalsup portfund.org or mail to P.O. Box 812, Langley, WA 98260. HOPE Therapeutic Riding Center: Its mission is to empower people facing special challenges to discover their abilities, independent skills and explore their potential through use of our nationally accredited safe and effective equine-assisted activities and therapy. 360-221-7656, www. hope-whidbey.org or email hope@whidbey.com Impaired Driving Impact Panel of Island County: Nonprofit community service corporation serving the community since 2000. Dedicated to deterring DUI and underage drinking via its prevention panels which are open to all and free to non-offenders. Held in Oak Harbor, Freeland and at NAS Whidbey. IDIPIC also provides free classroom and schoolwide prevention programs for third grade, middle and high school students. Speakers available for business and organization meetings. Call 360-672-8219 or visit www. idipic.org Mardi Unit: A nonprofit charity group on South Whidbey that raises funds for the Ryther Child Center, which works with children who have emotional problems as well as those with substance abuse concerns. 360-221-4519. Medical Safety Net of North Whidbey: A nonprofit charitable organization that provides temporary help with uncovered medical costs to people living in ZIP codes 98277 and 98278, 360-929-3328 or www.msnofnw.org

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Non-profit Organizations Legacy. Spirit. Promise. www.4coupevilleschools.com

Whidbey Island Fair 2016

Save the date

August 4, 5, 6 + 7

360-221-4677 www.whidbeyislandfair.com 13th Annual

WOODPALOOZA

Ecological Restoration Environmental Education Community Workshops Walking Trails and Prairie Tours

www.PacificRimInstitute.org 360.678.5586

Penn Cove Water Festival Saturday, May 14, 2016 11am - 5pm

25th Anniversary

Tribal Canoe Races

September 3 thru 5, 2016

WICA

Zech Hall, 565 Camano Avenue, Langley, WA

evening reception, Friday, September 2 info@woodpalooza.com 360.678.1347

www.WOODPALOOZA.com

Native Arts & Crafts , Music, Dancing Food, Storytelling & Youth Activities

A Free Family Festival in Historic Coupeville

See you there!

SOUND WATER STEWARDS OF ISLAND COUNTY (formerly known as Island County Beach Watchers)

PO Box 1620, Freeland, WA 98249

www.soundwaterstewards.org

360.678.4401

“Trained volunteers working in and around Island County for a healthy, sustainable Puget Sound environment through education, community outreach, stewardship, and citizen science”

ANNA EDWARDS Music Director/Conductor

Great Music without the Ferry Ride! www.sowhidbey.com 360-929-3045

Your Community Food Bank Serving Northern Whidbey Island M W Th & Fri 8:00a-12:00p, 1:00p-4:00p Tues 8:00a-12:00p, 1:00p-5:00p 1091 SE Hathaway St. · Oak Harbor (360) 675-0681


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held 6:30 p.m. the second, fourth and fifth Tuesdays of each month at the VFW in Oak Harbor. whidbeysounders.toastmas tersclubs.org

New Leaf, Inc.: A community vocational rehabilitation program for adults with disabilities. Provides training and employment in janitorial services, grounds maintenance and shelf stocking, community job development and independent living services. 360-675-1989, www.newleafinc.org

HISTORIC

Daughters of the American Revolution: DAR is a nonprofit, non-political volunteer women's service organization based on documented lineage to someone who fought or gave aid in the American Revolution. We are dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America's future through better education for children. www.gisdar.org

Opportunity Council: A human service agency working primarily with low-income and homeless families in Island County. Emergency shelter, energy assistance, home weatherization and repair, child care resource and referral. Central source of information and referral. 360-679-6577 www.oppco.org Pregnancy Care Clinic: Provides pregnancy testing; limited ultrasounds; baby clothing, diapers, formula upon completion of parenting classes; community referrals and more. All services are free and confidential; 360-675-2096 for Oak Harbor. 360-221-2909 for Langley. Small Miracles: Coupeville Medical Support Fund is a community safety net composed of doctors, nurses, counselors and teachers that raises money to help people pay for significant medical expenses such has hospital bills, prescription costs and dental bills. 360-672-5651 or write Small Miracles at P.O. Box 912, Coupeville, WA 98239. Statewide Health Insurance Benefit Advisors (SHIBA): Provides health insurance information by volunteers who are not professionals in the field but are trained monthly by the state Insurance Commissioner's office. Volunteers always welcome. 360-321-1600. Whidbey General Hospital Auxiliary: Nonprofit organization supports Whidbey General through fundraising, operating the hospital's gift shop and recruiting hospital volunteers. Volunteers can call Nancy Bailey at 360-678-7656, ext. 3246 or 360-321-7656 ext. 3246.

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Lynn Hyde with Historic Whidbey is trying to save the Haller House. Whidbey General Hospital Foundation: Nonprofit organization supports Whidbey General Hospital and community health endeavors. Solicits and encourages philanthropic sharing through tax-deductible contributions or gifts in memory of or in honor of individuals, families or groups. The annual Tour de Whidbey bicycling event in September is a fundraiser for the WGH foundation and includes challenging 100-and 50-mile rides, a 40-mile moderate ride as well as a new gentler family friendly 10-mile ride. 360-678-7656, ext. 4020, 360-321-7656, ext. 4020 or www.whidbeygen.org Whidbey Island Holistic Health Association: A nonprofit association of holistic health practitioners on the island with the purpose of educating the public about the value and variety of holistic practices. www.wihha.com or email wih hamail@gmail.com

The Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington: Invites women whose ancestors or husband's ancestors settled in Washington State/Oregon Territory prior to 1871 to become members. It is an active group interested in the preservation of our pioneer history. wapioneerdaughters.org or email dpw chapter6@yahoo.com Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve: A unit of the National Park System that encompasses 17,400 acres on Central Whidbey. Activities include hiking, beach walking, birding, self-guided driving tour. 360-678-6084 or www.nps. gov/ebla Genealogy Society of South Whidbey Island: Formed to promote pursuit of family histories through genealogical research with monthly speakers, field trips to study and preserve family history. www.gsswi.org Historic Whidbey: Committed to the protection, preservation and promotion of historic sites on Whidbey Island through education and advocacy. www.historicwhidbey.org

Whidbey Sounders Toastmasters Club: Dedicated to public speaking and all its benefits. Regular meetings are

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Therapy, Education,

The doorway to resources, information & services that matter to you!

WHIDBEY VETERANS RESOURCE CENTER Mission: Connect, Educate, and Serve Veterans, Their Families, and Communities Information and Referral Support Groups Benefits Assistance Community Events WVRC Welcomes, Honors, Supports Veterans Please Call for Hours, Appts, Directions

and Parent Support for Children

0-36 months with developmental delays

360.331.8081 14096 Hwy. 525 Bayview

www.whidbeyvrc.org PO Box 85, Freeland, WA 98249 Donations to WVRC, a 501c3 organization, are tax deductible

www.tlcwhidbey.org North/Central Whidbey 360-679-1039 South Whidbey 360-221-6808 ext 4420

South Whidbey 360-321-1600

North Whidbey 360-675-0311

Central Whidbey 360-678-4886

Camano Island 360-387-0222

Community Thrift 360-331-5701

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Social Services Organization

350 SE Pioneer Way #101 Oak Harbor, WA 98277

360-675-1778 Mobilize community resources to measurably improve people’s lives.

The Store with a Big Heart PROCEEDS GO TO COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

To provide a safe atmosphere where homeless students grow in a loving environment.

(360) 675-1133 600 SE Barrington Dr • Oak Harbor Mon-Sat 9am-5:30pm

(360) 331-4575 www.ryanshouseforyouth.org

“Our mission is to provide independence and quality of life through employment.”

670 SE Midway • Oak Harbor Mon–Fri: 10 – 4 • Sat: 10 – 2

360-675-2096

islandspcc.org 6th & Cascade • Langley Wed & Thur: 10 – 4

360-221-2909

Giving Hiring Preferences to Wounded Warriors and People with Disabilities 660 SE Fidalgo Ave · PO Box 943 Oak Harbor WA 98277 phone: (360) 675-1989 · fax: (360) 675-8811

www.newleafinc.org

Come For Education... Stay For Friendship!

10 Acres of Display Gardens Specialty Nursery • Dog Friendly 4 Miles of Hiking Trails

REFRESH • RELAX • RENEW Open Daily 9AM – 4PM

3531 Resort Road, Greenbank, WA 360.678.1912

www.meerkerkgardens.org Music Theatre Education Dance Festivals VisualArts Literature

Courses offered on Basic and Advanced Boating, Navigation, Marine Systems, Weather and Vessel Safety Checks.

Helping you reduce waste & save money!

Deception Pass Sail & Power Squadron

Janet Hall, Program Coordinator halljn@wsu.edu 678-7974 or 321-5111 ext. 7974 www.wastewise.wsu.edu Like

www.dpsps.org

Recipe for a Mother Mentor One extra set of hands A child’s special playmate Part-time cook Toy picker-upper A daytime nap A few good laughs Gently stir and garnish with a smile!

Volunteer today: 360-321-1484

or email: wamothermentors@gmail.com

Visit WICAonline.org for details on these and other events:

PIANOFEST NW Apr. 28–May 1, 2016 DJANGOFEST NW Sept. 21–25, 2016 Whidbey Island Center for the Arts Ticket info: (360) 221-8268 or (800) 638-7631 565 Camano Ave., Langley, WA 98260

LET’S PLAY BALL!

98 NE Barron Dr

PO Box 2577 • Oak Harbor 360-240-9273 •

North Whidbey Little League PO Box 473 Oak Harbor Phone: 360.679.1522

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WHIDBEY ALMANAC 2016 VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Oak Harbor: Provides military care packages, support for veterans‚ hospitals, community service, cancer aid and research assistance, senior Christmas luncheon and Easter egg hunt. 360-675-4048 or www. vfwpost7392.org

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Holland-American Koffie Klets: Group meets every fourth Thursday at San Remo Restaurant 4 p.m. for "gezelligheid" and conversation, except November and December, January through October. Call Jan Ellis 360-675-2552 or email beppejan7@comcast.net

VFW Post 7392, Oak Harbor: Provides scholarships, essay contests, funeral services on request for military veterans, job placement assistance, promotes patriotism, VA benefit assistance, distributes holiday baskets and provides phone cards to deployed service members. 360-675-4048 or www. vfw7392.org

Island County Historical Society and Museum: Dedicated to collecting, documenting and preserving the county's history. The nonprofit society in Coupeville offers research services and extensive collection, holds numerous events including home and walking tours and lecture series. Located at 908 NW Alexander St., Coupeville; 360-678-3310 or www.islandhistory.org South Whidbey Historical Society: Operates museum at 312 Second St., Langley, open 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 360-221-2101 or www.southwhidbeyhistory.com Whidbey Island Genealogical Searchers: Assists people who are researching their family histories by sharing ideas and research tactics. Meetings include speakers who are experts in the areas of genealogical research. WIGS meets 1 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month, except July and August, at the Heller Road fire station in Oak Harbor. Visitors always welcome. wigs.webplus.net Whidbey Partners in Preservation: A community group that cares about the past for the future. Their goal is to initiate, stimulate, enable, facilitate and support preservation of heritage buildings on Whidbey Island. Particular interest is in supporting and matching partners: owners, stewards, agencies, community service group, historical societies and others as they work to preserve our precious island treasures. www. whidbeypartnersinpreservation.org

LIBRARY GROUPS

Friends of the Coupeville Library: The Friends of the Coupeville Library is a dynamic nonprofit organization. The mission is to support community enrichment by providing discretionary funding for programs and capital purchases outside of monies budgeted by Sno-Isle Libraries or the Town of Coupeville. Fundraising events include book sales and auctions. Support includes funding for enrichment programs for all ages, scholarships for History Day students, community participation in parades, Coupeville Festival and other events. Purchases have included furniture, art supplies and Summer Reading Program prizes. Donations of books and other media (excluding text books and condensed books), time and or cash are welcome. 360-678-4911 or www.sno-isle.org Friends of the Clinton Library: A group concerned about their library's active expansion and participation in community life. www.sno-isle.org Friends of the Freeland Library: Supports Freeland Library through fundraising for equipment, supplies and programs not otherwise funded through the existing SnoIsle Libraries budget. Monthly used book sale 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. first Saturdays. Board meets every other month at 1 p.m. on the third of the month. Open to the public. 360-6788014, www.friendsofthefreelandlibrary.shutterfly.com or email dianacarew+FFL@whidbey.net Friends of Oak Harbor Library: Supports Oak Harbor library through fundraising for equipment and supplies not otherwise available through the existing budget; book sales, special events and programs. Meets the third Thursday of March, May, October and December at 3 p.m. at the Oak Harbor Library. www.sno-isle.org Langley Friends of the Library: Helps support Langley library through fundraising for supplies not otherwise funded through existing budgets; annual book sale, special programs. www.sno-isle.org

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Friends of the library groups fund additional library programs.

MILITARY-RELATED

The A-3 Skywarrior Whidbey Memorial Foundation: A nonprofit organization established to provide the means and funds to place the A-3 aircraft on display at NAS Whidbey Island. Quarterly meetings at Flyers Restaurant. www.a3sky warriorforwhidbey.org

Whidbey Veterans Resource Center: Services include peer support groups, benefit application assistance, veterans swim free program, annual Stand Down event coordination, help accessing discharge documents, emergency and housing providers on site and agency referrals. The center is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays at the Bayview American Legion, 14096 Highway 525 in Langley. Appointments are suggested but not necessary. Contact: whidbeyvrc@gmail. com or 360-331-8081.

POLITICAL GROUPS

American Legion: Provides services to local veterans and their families and to the community. Two posts on Whidbey: Post 129, Oak Harbor, 360-675-2411, and Post 141, Langley, 360-321-5696.

Island County Democratic Central Committee: Its purpose is to elect Democratic candidates to office. ICD supports excellent public K-12 education, tax fairness, protecting the island environment, strong national defense, economic development and public safety/safety net services. ICD is organized as part of Washington State Democrats. www. islandcountydemocrats.wordpress.com

Disabled American Veterans: Chapter 47 is a nonprofit organization that provides needed assistance to active duty, retired, disabled veterans, veterans and their families, spouses and widows; chapter services officers available five days of the week. Walk-ins are welcome, no appointments necessary; 360-257-4805.

Island County Property Rights Alliance: Nonprofit, nonpartisan group defends constitutional rights with regard to individual property rights, serves as an advocate for small property owners, offers public information and education, coalition building, member newsletter, problem prevention and assistance with legal action. www.capr.us/ISLAND/

Ladies Auxiliary Fleet Reserve Association: Branch 97 open to the wives and widows, mothers, sisters, daughters and granddaughters of active or retired members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Assists needs of Fleet Reserve Association, its members and their families. 360-675-3414.

Island County Republican Party: It is responsible for conducting party affairs. 360-279-1197 or www.islandcoun tygop.com

The Whidbey Island Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (WICMOAA): The local affiliate of MOAA, which is open to all officers of the Uniformed Services of the United States. Chapter meetings are the second Thursday of the month at the Whidbey Island NAS Officers' Club. 360-321-5420 Navy League: Oak Harbor Area Navy League, chartered in 1956, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the American people and their government that the U.S. is a maritime nation and that our economy and defense depends upon the sea services. 360-929-3928 or www. oakharbornavyleague.org Navy Wives Club Whidbey Island No. 150: Chapter of the national organization that works to promote friendly, sympathetic relationships among spouses of enlisted personnel of the United Sea Services. Fosters fellowship among its members and the community. Meets the first Tuesday of every month in Building 22 on the Seaplane Base. 360679-5115. PBY Memorial Foundation: Seeks to preserve the history of the PBY Catalina, which flew from the Seaplane Base in the 1940s, as well as other sea and land aircraft operating out of Whidbey Island. Displays Oak Harbor, Navy and other services memorabilia from World War II up to the present. Displays a PBY aircraft that actually flew from NAS Whidbey Island. 360240-9500 or www.pbymf.org Retired Officers' Wives: Strictly social organization. The group's purpose is to acquaint the wives of the retired officers in this area. 360-679-4527.

League of Women Voters: A nonpartisan organization to promote political responsibility though informed and active participation of citizens in government. Membership is open to men and women of voting age. www.lwvwhidbey.org Republican Women's Club of North Whidbey: Meets 11:30 a.m., the second Thursday of the month, except July and August, at San Remo Restaurant, Oak Harbor. Guest speakers are invited monthly. Check the local News-Times calendar for announcements of invited guest speakers. 360320-1323. Whidbey Island Tea Party: The movement is concerned about excessive government spending and taxation. Everyone is welcome. whidbeyteaparty@gmail.com

RELIGIOUS GROUPS

Awana Clubs International: A Christian club for children ages 3 through high school, meets at Family Bible Church. www.oakharborfamilybible.org Spiritually Independent Group: Meets Tuesdays at 10 a.m. near Oak Harbor. Originally “A Course in Miracles” group, the group is not limited to one ism or ideology. They are wisdom seekers who dare to know! Their discussions and multi-media cross religious, scientific and artistic boundaries. They aim to be a blessing to all families of the earth. Call Bob Schoenecker at 360-675-9704. St. Peter's Women, ELCA: Women of the Clinton congregation meet for fellowship and Bible study, and to support

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prayers and messages. The Meeting also sponsors spirit-led social justice, peace and educational programs for the wider community. A warm welcome is extended to all. www. whidbeyquakers.org

United Methodist Women, Langley: A community of women whose purpose is to know God, to develop a creative, supportive fellowship and to participate in local and global mission projects. Our LUMC unit meets the third Thursday of the every month, except July and August. The business meeting starts at 10 a.m. in the Fireside room; the program is at 10:45, and snacks are offered. We welcome all women. 360-221-4233 or www.langleyumc.org

Whidbey Island Jewish Community: WIJC is a grassroots, nonprofit organization aimed at celebrating and promoting Jewish community and culture on Whidbey Island. As such, community support is vital to WIJC’s success. We welcome people who are willing to volunteer to host Shabbats, plan and organize events, work on fundraising and grant writing, and simply offer their presence to the community. www.wijc. wordpress.com

Whidbey Island Friends Meeting (Quakers): Worships at 4 p.m. each Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 20103 State Route 525, two miles north of Freeland. Friends worship in a circle in a traditional hour-long period of silence and meditation that often includes spoken

Whidbey Island Young Life: Young Life is a world-class organization for adolescents. Staff and volunteers enter the world of kids, focusing on what matters to them — fun, adventure, friendship and a sense of significance. In doing so, we earn the privilege of talking to them about something

Growing, Teaching, Sharing Organic Food — Join Us!

RETIRED/SENIORS

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP): Brings legislation and community services information to its members. Sponsors the Safe Driving 55 Alive program, income tax service for all ages at no cost and much more.

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Inspiring K-8 Students Habitat Stewardship

Open Sundays May through October

www.southwhidbeytilth.org

Youth Dynamics: An active Christian outreach ministry for high school-aged students with weekly group meetings, Bible studies, seasonal retreats and wilderness adventures. Staff available to meet with students to help with everyday issues. Located at 830 SE Pioneer Way, Suite 201, Oak Harbor. 360-679-1844 or www.yd.org

Outdoor Classroom

Tilth Farmers’ Market 2812 Thompson Road, off SR 525

that we think matters most of all — the truth about God and His love for them. 360-341-1213

Field Trips • Classes • Public & School Programs

www.whidbeyaudubon.org

Got Whales?

www.whidbeywatersheds.org (360) 579-1272 info@whidbeywatersheds.org

The South Whidbey Children’s Center

Preschool & Childcare

Call 1-866-ORCANET

or email info@orcanetwork.org

• Low teacher to child ratios

to Report Whale Sightings

• Safe, nurturing, family supportive environment • Hands on learning • The only licensed and NAEYC accredited center on South Whidbey • Rated Level 4 by Early Achievers for excellence in high quality care • Full day and morning programs for children ages 1 to 5 years • Before, After School and Holiday programs for children 5 to 12 years

Join our Whale Sighting Network & learn more at: www.OrcaNetwork.org or on Facebook & Twitter

120 6th St., Langley • 360-221-4499

www.swchildrenscenter.com

Serving Whidbey Island for over 30 years

Friends of South Whidbey State Park Bringing neighbors together to build a sense of place and community, preserve rural traditions, enhance local commerce, and help create a healthy, sustainable future for South Whidbey Island.

Visit our projects at Bayview Corner & Bayview Center!

www.goosefoot.org

Over 20 Years of Neighbors Helping Neighbors stay in their homes An organization to benefit, support, care for and promote South Whidbey State Park www.foswsp.org foswsp@gmail.com

ANNUAL WORKDAY: 1st Saturday in May 360.221.6063 www.heartsandhammers.com


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working appliances. Volunteer workers needed in all areas, from construction to committee work. 360-679-9444 or www.islandcountyhabitat.org

Members must be 50 or older; call 211 or visit www.aarp.org Coupeville HUB for Seniors: The HUB offers a Wednesday meal along with regular programs and services on Wednesdays and some Fridays. Activities include bingo, a Sit & Stay Fit program, pumpkin painting, live music, crafts and educational programs. All meals and programs are held at the Methodist church on North Main Street. The meal begins at noon and all programming begins at 1 p.m. Oak Harbor Adult Day Program: Respite for caregivers and activities for adults who have physical or memory impairments, such as stroke, Alzheimer's disease or related dementia conditions, developmentally delayed, or other chronic conditions. Located at 917 E. Whidbey Ave., Oak Harbor. 360-240-0702. Oak Harbor Senior Center: A public facility at 51 SE Jerome St., where people 50 years or older can meet, travel, receive services and participate in activities that enhance their dignity and mental and physical health, support their independence and encourage involvement in the community. 360-279-4580. Retired Public Employees of Washington State: Our mission is to unite retired public employees for their mutual benefit and welfare. We do this by promoting legislation to improve financial and medical benefits, providing information to and otherwise supporting members, and working closely with other organizations. www.rpecwa.org Senior Services of Island County: A private, nonprofit Washington corporation serving Camano and Whidbey Island seniors and disabled persons. Services include nine senior nutrition meal sites and Meals-on-Wheels; senior information and assistance/case management; volunteer chore and medical transportation; a full service senior center in South Whidbey, including adult day care and health insurance assistance; countywide Senior News publication; and a 50-unit apartment for low-income seniors in Coupeville. 360-331-1600 for South Whidbey, 360-279-4580 for North Whidbey, and 360-678-4886 or 360-321-6661 for Coupeville Assisted Housing. South Whidbey at Home: An intergenerational nonprofit designed to help older residents stay in their own homes and active in their communities. Members are age 55 and older and for a reasonable annual fee have access to volunteer services, a roster of trusted businesses and social activities. southwhidbeyathome@whidbey.com South Whidbey Bayview Senior Center: Offers programs, lunch, Fun Band, dancing, socialization, Time Together program for caregivers, respite for caregivers and adults with physical or cognitive impairments also available. Call 360-331-1600. Time Together Adult Day Service: Respite for caregivers and activities for adults who have physical or memory impairments, such as stroke, Alzheimer's disease or related dementia conditions, developmentally delayed, or other chronic conditions. Located at 14594 SR 525, Langley. Island Transit provides door to center transportation for those participants who qualify. They may be contacted at 360-3216688. Sliding fee scale and other funding assistance available. Call 360-321-1600.

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The American Association of University Women: AAUW meets on the second Saturday of every month at 9:30 a.m. at various venues around the island. AAUW has more than 90 active and involved women living on Whidbey Island who are committed to making a significant impact on education and equity for women and girls on the island. AAUW is the oldest and largest national organization for women, founded in Boston in 1881 to link women college graduates

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Help House serves North Whidbey. to advancing equity for women in education, employment and public service. www.aauw-whidbeyisland.org Central Whidbey Lions: Known as the "Hands On" Lions, club meets the first and third Thursdays of the month at the Tyee Restaurant in Coupeville. Members serve the community in a number of ways, including speakers forum, specific projects for those in need, flag posting for patriotic holidays, roadside clean-up, and youth support programs. cwlions@ whidbey.net Citizens on Patrol: A volunteer patrol group ages 26 and older that assists Oak Harbor Police by patrolling streets and parks; COP voicemail 360-279-4669. Coupeville Lions Club: Chartered in 1937, the club meets 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday, except June, July and August, at the United Methodist Church. New members bring strength to the club with fresh ideas and renewed energy. The opportunities are vast as they are wide in ways to give time and energy. Annual projects include a giant garage sale in June, scholarship auction and other community projects. www. coupevillelions.org Fraternal Order of Eagles: One mile south of Freeland on Highway 525. Lounge is open only to members and guests but serves dinner several nights a week to the public. 360-321-5636. Gifts from the Heart Food Bank: Serving Central Whidbey Island 2-5 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 203 N. Main St. in Coupeville and the Progressive Hall on Bakken and Firehouse Road in Greenbank. Our mission is to respectfully provide food to those in need. 360-6788312 or www.giftsfromtheheartfoodbank.com Giraffe Project: International nonprofit organization based in Langley that finds and honors people nationwide who "stick their neck out for the common good." Giraffe Heroes Program is a K-12 curriculum that gets kids involved in service in their communities. 360-221-7989 or www.giraffe.org Good Cheer Food Bank: Supported by the Good Cheer Thrift Shop at 114 Anthes St., Langley, and Good Cheer Two, 4777 Commercial St., Clinton. Distributes food to families in need, with special holiday baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas. 360-221-6494. Goosefoot: Goosefoot's mission is to build a sense of place and community, to preserve rural traditions, to enhance local commerce and help create a healthy, sustainable future for South Whidbey Island. 360-321-4145, www.goosefoot.org or email info@goosefoot.org Habitat for Humanity of Island County: Nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry serving low and very low income families; builds houses on North and South Whidbey in partnership with qualified families; home preservation program for exterior repairs of existing homeowners. Efforts are supported through individual and corporate donations, fundraising activities, and retail Stores in Freeland and Oak Harbor. Stores take donations of furniture, building supplies,

Hearts & Hammers: Neighbors helping neighbors stay in their homes. A local nonprofit organization that brings together a community of local volunteers to help repair and rehabilitate homes of those who are physically or financially unable to do the work alone. Volunteers do whatever repairs and renovations are possible within the scope of a one-day work blitz. There is no charge to the homeowner for labor or materials thanks to the generous support of the community. Work day is the first Saturday in May. To receive help, volunteer or donate there are two Hearts & Hammers groups serving from South Whidbey to Central Whidbey. If you live in the Coupeville School District, visit www.centralwhidbeyheart sandhammers.com or call 360-720-2114. For South Whidbey, visit www.heartsandhammers.com or call 360-221-6063. Help House: North Whidbey's nonprofit emergency food bank. Open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed for lunch. 1091 SE Hathaway St., Oak Harbor. 360-675-0681. H.E.A.R.T. (Home Emergency Action Repair Team): A part of the Hearts and Hammers organization with volunteers offering emergency home repair work year-round for homeowners who cannot physically or financially do the work alone. This service answers immediate needs for home repair that cannot wait for the annual work day in May. Labor and materials are offered free to the homeowners. Priority is given to health and safety issues. South Whidbey 360-2216063 or www.heartsandhammers.com IOOF Oak Lodge Lodge 291: A chapter of a worldwide fraternal organization dedicated to protecting widows, educating orphans and burying the dead. 360-279-1412. Kiwanis Club of Oak Harbor: Community service organization with emphasis on youth programs and local charities. Sponsors of the Oak Harbor High School Key Club and Crescent Harbor Elementary K-Kids. P.O. Box 714, Oak Harbor. 360-682-5315. Langley Masonic Lodge 218: Meets every fourth Tuesday, Grigware Hall at Trinity Lutheran Church, 18341 State Route 525, Freeland; dinner at 6:30, meeting at 7:30. The Langley Masonic Lodge is part of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Washington. Freemasonry is one of the largest and oldest philanthropic organizations in the world. Mail to P.O. Box 743, Clinton, WA 98236. www.langley218.com or email info@langley218.com Oak Harbor Elks Lodge No. 2362: Fraternal, charitable, patriotic, social order dedicated to the principles of charity, justice, brotherly love and fidelity. 360-675-1321. Oak Harbor Emblem Club: Community service organization affiliated with the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge that raises funds for scholarships and community assistance. 360-6757111. Oak Harbor Lions Club: Raises funds for community projects which include Oak Harbor's flag display and scholarships. Provides eyeglasses and hearing aids for those unable to afford them. Meets Wednesday evenings at CPO Club on Ault Field Road. www.oakharborlions.org Oak Leaf Rebekah Lodge No. 254: Part of the International Order of Odd Fellows, supports education through scholarships to high school students, visual research work and charitable work on community projects. Theta Rho is the girls club affiliated with Rebekah, Odd Fellow Lodge. 360-675-0128. North Whidbey Lions Club: Meets at noon, the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at San Remo Grill, 421 NE Midway Boulevard, Oak Harbor. 360-675-5588 or esfak kema@cablespeed.com Rotary Clubs: Four active clubs: Rotary Club of South Whidbey, Whidbey Westside Rotary, Oak Harbor Rotary and

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are able, to help animals in need. www.oasisforanimals.org

Whidbey Animals' Improvement Foundation (WAIF): Nonprofit organization dedicated to providing aid, comfort and humane treatment to homeless domesticated animals on Whidbey Island. Outreach programs to educate to prevent overpopulation. Manages the minimal-kill animal shelters in Oak Harbor and Coupeville, providing veterinary care and vaccines, high quality food, comfort for shelter residents and active facilitation of their adoptions. Visit WAIF Thrift Shops and cat adoption centers in Oak Harbor and Freeland. 360-678-5816, 360-331-2818 or www.waifanimals.org

North Whidbey Island Sunrise. All stand by principles of the international organization and encourage service as a basis of worthy enterprise. Provide service on local, national and international projects, scholarships for local students. Reach Oak Harbor Rotary Club at www.ohrotary.org, North Whidbey Sunrise Rotary at 360-679-2527, Rotary Club of South Whidbey at rotary@whidbey.com and Whidbey Westside Rotary at www.rotarywestside.com Soroptimist International of Coupeville: Service organization of women who focus on making a difference for women and children. sicoupeville@soroptimist.net Soroptimist International of Oak Harbor: Provides service to the community and works to advance the status of women. Projects include Women's Opportunity Awards, community college vo-tech awards and free mammograms for those in need. www.sioakharbor.com Soroptimist International of South Whidbey: Women business owners, managers and professionals provide service and financial support to advance the status of women. 360-331-4127. South Whidbey Lions Club: Committed to supporting the Lions' Sight & Hearing Program to assist those in need in the South Whidbey community with eye/hearing exams, glasses and hearing aids. Club grants scholarships to South Whidbey High School students, maintains the landscaping at Freeland Park and participates in the Highway Cleanup Project. Meets the second and fourth Thursdays at M-Bar-C Ranch. 360-331-3151. Venture Club of Oak Harbor: Under direction of Soroptimist International of Oak Harbor. Members are professional and business women age 18-40 who work or live in the Oak Harbor or Coupeville area. www.soroptimist.org United Way of Island County: 350 SE Pioneer Way, Suite 101, P.O. Box 798, Oak Harbor WA 98277. 360-675-1778 or cniiro@uwic.comcastbiz.net Whidby Island Masonic Lodge 15: Meets every third Tuesday, 804 N. Main Street, Coupeville. 360-678-4891, or www.whidbeyisland-15.org

SPECIAL INTEREST

North Whidbey Coupon Club: Provides tools and assistance in the saving of money on everyday items. It mentors guests in comparison shopping, connection to moneysaving tools, "good deal alerts," meal/shopping planning tips and more. We collect coupon inserts for distribution to local families, food banks and overseas military families. Coupon "Clip n' Chats" meet weekly, and are open to anyone, free of charge. We can help you "Eat Better, For Less." nwcoupon club@comcast.net FETCH!: Off-leash support group dedicated to working with Island County officials to establish and maintain off-leash dog parks in Island County. Provides a forum for education about responsible dog ownership and promotes understanding between dog owners and other in the community 360-3214049 or www.fetchparks.org Fil-Am Association: The Filipino-American Association is dedicated to promoting cultural understanding and fellowship among the Filipino-American families in Oak Harbor. email mariela.fletcher@naffaa.org Flying Fingers: A pleasant monthly gathering for deaf, hard-of-hearing and anybody who is interested in using sign language. Meeting at Langley United Methodist Church at Third and Anthes Ave., Langley, WA 98260, Fireside Room, back section of church. Follow the posters. 5:45-6:45 p.m. first Friday of month (exception will be in July; meets on July 8 due to holiday). On a donation basis for room usage. Share goodies with the group of usually eight individuals. Informal

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Whidbey Quilters work on various projects. gathering of people who enjoy celebrating their birthdays and holidays. Signing is fun! Call Susan Ishikawa at 360-2210383 or email sisoleil973@yahoo.com Greyhound Pets Inc.: Nonprofit group dedicated to finding homes for racing greyhounds once their careers have ended. Has rescued 3,500 greyhounds. Greyhounds available for adoption at Sunset Kennels and in foster homes. www. greyhoundpetsinc.org Island Classic Mustang Club: All owners of Mustangs or Fords are welcome. Annual Show and Shine Car Show in Oak Harbor. Meets 7 p.m. monthly the second Thursday at Island Pizza, 947 Ault Field Road, Oak Harbor. www.islandclassicmustangclub.com Island County Amateur Radio Club: Testing monthly, field day exercise in June. 360-730-2250, www.w7avm.org email k7na@w7avm.org Island County Astronomical Society: Anyone interested in astronomy or educational outreach is invited to attend. icas-wa.webs.com Island County Tourism: Information about visiting Whidbey and Camano islands at www.whidbeycamanois lands.com Macintosh Appreciation Group of Island County (MAGIC): Serves people who use Macintosh/Apple computers, devices, software and peripherals; meets 4-6 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 20103 SR 525, Freeland; offers classes, workshops, online newsletter and mentoring services. www. whidbey.com/magicmug Majestic Glass Corvette Club: Nonprofit group with the purpose to develop friendship and pride among Corvette owners. Actively promotes, sponsors, organizes and supervises sports car outings, meetings, exhibitions, car shows and other Corvette-related activities. Meetings held the second and fourth Tuesdays. www.majesticglass.org North Whidbey Island Cribbage Club: Meets 6 p.m. every Thursday at Island Pizza. Everyone who enjoys cribbage and is over 18 years of age is invited to play. Ken Daugherty at 360-679-2866 or email kedsinc@whidbey.net Oak Harbor Yacht Club: Promotes an interest in boating and boating-related activities. Membership is open to boaters and non-boaters alike. Social activities include regular potlucks and dinners. Cruise fleet sponsors events throughout the year and sail fleet has an active race program that supports the local youth sailing program as well as events such as Whidbey Island Race Week. 360-675-1314 or www. ohyc.org Oasis For Animals: Oasis is dedicated to ending pet overpopulation through spay/neuter surgeries, networking with other rescue groups and shelters to save animals from euthanasia, providing education, and assisting in any way that they

Whidbey Cruzers Car Club: Nonprofit organization dedicated to designing, restoring and preserving all types of vehicles, classic or street rod. Events include cruises, civic and charitable events, car shows. Meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge. www.whidbeycruzers. com North Puget Sound Dragon Boat Club: The premiere dragon boat club on Whidbey Island. Their mission is to promote the physical, social and emotional benefits of dragon boating. While this sport developed in this country because of its benefits for breast cancer survivors, the club welcomes paddlers of all ages, abilities and fitness levels. They have two teams, and during the season boats go out for practice five to six times per week from the Oak Harbor Marina. Come join for fun, fitness and friendship. www.npsdragonboat.org Whidbey Island Gem Club: A club for rockhounds, lapidary, knappers, wire-wrappers and silver smiths. Members (beginning and expert) have access to a fully equipped rock shop and a knapping facility where they are taught and practice with knowledgeable volunteers. General meetings the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Oak Harbor Senior Center. Call Keith at 360-675-1837. Whidbey Island Kite fliers: Members are from entire island and surrounding areas. Club fun flies are held the third Saturday of the month, generally at Fort Casey. Sponsors Whidbey Island Kite Fliers; Sponsor annual kite festival in September. info@whidbeykiteclub.org Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge: Local organization celebrating the culture and traditions of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Monthly meetings on third Saturday of the month from September to May at Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge, 63 Jacobs Road, Coupeville, WA 98239. Mailing Address is P.O. Box 1525, Coupeville. www.whidbeyis landnordiclodge.wordpress.com Whidbey Island Pony Club: Chapter of United States Pony Clubs, the leading junior equestrian organization in the world, providing English riding instruction, horse management, competition and camps for ages 6 to 25. Whidbey club hosts annual WIPC Horse Trials in July with 300-plus competitors of all ages and skill levels. www.whidbeyisland. ponyclub.org Whidbey Island Radio Control Society: Dedicated to building and flying radio controlled model aircraft. Meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at the Family Bible Church, 2760 N. Heller Rd., Oak Harbor. 360-675-4455 or www.wircsrc.com Whidbey Island Stamp Club: An affiliate of the American Philatelic Society. Each month an informed presentation is presented for the enjoyment of members and guests. Meets 7 p.m. second and fourth Tuesday of the month at the Oak Harbor Senior Center, 51 SE Jerome St. Whidbey Quilters: Work on individual projects, share ideas, techniques and simply enjoy each other's love of quilting. Annual community service project and fall sale. 360-6757216 or www.whidbeyquilters.com

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7656, ext. 2134 or 360-321-7656, ext. 2134. Diabetes Health Group: Sponsored by the Whidbey General Diabetes Program. 360-678-7656 ext. 2650.

SPORTS

Back Country Horsemen: Island County chapter is part of a statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping trails open for all users and educating horse and mule-users in Leave No Trace practices. Members help maintain, build and clean up trails and horse camps. 360-929-3408, www. bchw.org or email longearsb@frontier.com Central Whidbey Sportsmen's Association: Activities include shooting sports on club's ranges: 75-yard covered pistol; 100- and 200-meter rifle; trap; bowling pin with four stations. Monthly black powder shoots. Complete clubhouse with kitchen facilities. Meetings at 7 p.m. the second Monday of the month. 360-678-6585 or www.cwsaonline.org Coupeville Booster Club: Parent group supporting afterschool athletics: raise school spirit, purchase equipment, fly game-day flags, Wolves merchandise and more. "Supporting our school, our athletes, and raising school spirit and community pride." Find us on Facebook. Go Wolves! Deception Pass Sail & Power Squadron: Part of the United States Power Squadrons, meets the second Tuesday of each month, September through May, at the Oak Harbor Yacht Club. 360-682-6104. The Fishin' Club: A club for all saltwater and freshwater anglers. The club meets at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the M-Bar-C Ranch, Shore Meadow Ave., Freeland. Bring a friend and be our guest for an interesting and fun evening. We have a guest speaker each month covering topics such as fishing gear, rods, reels, line, lures and bait, fishing methods and where to fish, how to fish for Dungeness crab, clams, oysters and shrimp. Care and maintenance of angling and boating equipment, boating safety and first aid information are covered during the year. The club also supports college scholarships for marine and conservation majors and holiday food drive for less-fortunate families on South Whidbey Island. Contact: The Fishin' Club, P.O. Box 1292, Freeland, WA 98249. North Whidbey Little League: Volunteer organization providing playing opportunities in baseball and softball for boys and girls from 5 to 18 years. Registrations start in January, evaluations and team formation in February, practice in March. Regular season is April through June 15. All-Star tournaments generally begin in July. 417 SE Bayshore Drive, Oak Harbor. 360-679-1522 or info@northwhidbeylittleleague.org North Whidbey Sportsmen's Association: Club ranges, archery 50-75 yards, stationary targets, pistol 50 yards covered, rifle 100 and 200 yards covered, standard trap, complete clubhouse and kitchen facilities. Activities: pistol, IDPA, falling plate bain chi cup matches, weekly trap matches, Boy Scouts and hunter education. www.northwhidbeysportsmen.org North Whidbey Soccer Club: Nonprofit, volunteer-based organization providing spring and fall seasons of youth soccer for about 500 young people ages 5-14. wys-nwsc.affini tysoccer.com or email northwhidbeysoccerclub@gmail.com South Whidbey Parks & Recreation: The Community Center in Langley has ball and soccer fields, hiking trails, large wooden playground built by the community. Programs for infants to adults; triathlon, ski trips, golf tournaments, map and compass clinics, soccer camps, and summer tennis lessons. 360-221-5484 or www.swparks.org South Whidbey Parks and Aquatics Foundation: Their mission is to make parks and aquatics activities accessible to all residents of the South Whidbey community by raising money to fund capital expenses, operating endowments and scholarships as well as supporting new and existing parks and aquatics programs. www.swpaf.org The South Whidbey Yacht Club: Mission is to foster safe boating and the responsible enjoyment of our marine resources by our members and the community at large through educational programs, community outreach and

Domestic Violence Support Group: A group for adult female survivors of domestic violence. Eight-week sessions scheduled throughout the year. Call CADA at 360-675-2232. Healing Circle: A safe place to find meaning in the challenge of cancer. Open to those newly diagnosed, living with or beyond treatment and caregivers. Meets 7-9 p.m. every other Wednesday at 534 Camano Ave., Langley. Please RSVP. Contact Diana Lindsay at 360-221-4101. File photo

The Coupeville Booster Club sells mussels each year at Musselfest. boating-related activities afloat and ashore. Monthly meetings. Guests are always welcome. And you don't need to own a boat to join. SWYC P.O. Box 316, Greenbank, WA 98253. www.swyachtclub.org Oak Harbor Racket Club: All are welcome. Lessons and social play held year-round. Seasonal leagues are available. 360-675-3816. Whidbey Fly Fishing Club: Meets to discuss upcoming outings, listen to guest speakers and share techniques in fly fishing. It is a great opportunity for the experienced fly guy as well as the beginner wanting help with equipment, fly selection etc. This is an informal gathering meant to have fun. Meets in Greenbank. Clayton Wright at 360-969-5963 or cdwright9@aol.com

SUPPORT GROUPS

Abdominal Deep Breathing and Relaxation: Meets first Wednesday of each month (except April 20) by appointment only by Whidbey General Hospital. 360-678-7656, ext. 2130 or 360-321-7656, ext. 2130 Alcoholics Anonymous: Support group for people addicted to alcohol meets in the Whidbey General Hospital conference room and other locations throughout the island. Contact Tim M. at timmondk@hotmail.com or 360-320-8936 for more information.

Living with Loss: Designed to help people work through the normal and needed process of grief. Four-week seminars scheduled throughout the year in Coupeville. Registration required. Call Rev. Dave Bienick at 360-678-7656 ext. 8245. MS Support Group: Support, encouragement, friendship and education for people living with Multiple Sclerosis. Meets 2-4 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at the Bayview Senior Center. Call Hestia Laitala at 360-321-1600 ext. 29. Parkinson's Support Group: Offers various programs and activities to assist people with Parkinsons and caregivers in maximizing strengths, minimizing impediments and achieving and maintaining full potential. Meets every first Friday of each month at the Cherry Hill Club House, Oak Harbor and every second Tuesday at the Bayview Senior Center. Call Carolyn Hanson at 360-279-1785. Suicide Grief Support Group: Meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month starting Jan. 13 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Whidbey General Hospice Care Conference Room 202 N. Main St. 360-321-1372. Vision Impaired Support Group: Meets 2-3:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. Call Phil Holdsworth at 360-239-5164 or Phil Blehl at 360-969-2364. Women’s Caregiver Support Group: For women caring for their spouses. Meets 1:30-3 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at the South Whidbey Commons, Langley. Contact Donna Selig at 360-221-8895.

YOUTH

Al-Anon/Alateen: Support for people with alcohol or drugaddicted friends or family. www.wa-al-anon.org

4-H Clubs: Kids ages 5-19 focus on interests (animals, environment, computers, etc.) and members are supported as they learn by doing. 360-679-7328 or 360-321-5111, ext. 7328

Alzheimer’s Cafe: Social gathering for people living with dementia and their family or caregivers. Meets 3-4:40 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at Zorba’s Restaurant, Oak Harbor. Contact Sharon Morris at 360-392-3934 or Karen Cowgill at 360-279-2555.

Boys & Girls Club of Coupeville: The Positive Place for Kids meets at 203 N. Main St. (in the old firehouse). All kids ages 6 to 18 are welcome to join for fun activities, healthy snacks, homework support and summer camp programs. 360-6785640 or www.coupevilleboysandgirlsclub.org

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group: Meets the first Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Bayview Senior Center. 360-321-1600 or www.alzwa.org

Boys & Girls Club of Oak Harbor: Provides kids ages 6 to 18 with a positive place to go and an environment in which to interact with other kids and have a positive learning experience. The Roller Barn in Oak Harbor is the headquarters. Tutoring, activities and teen night held weekly. Special events for middle school/high schooler held monthly. Summer/ spring/winter day camps and enrichment programs available. 360-240-9273 or www.bgcoh.org

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregiver Support Group: Meets 2:30-4:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at Summer Hill Assisted Living, Oak Harbor. Heidi Kuzina 360679-1400. Breast Cancer Support Group: For women, men, family members and friends who have breast cancer or have gone through breast cancer treatment, to talk, share experiences and for support. Led by a breast cancer survivor and medical social worker. www.cancer.org Cancer Support Groups: Those interested in a cancer support group are encouraged to visit the American Cancer Society. www.cancer.org Chronic Heart Failure Class: Offered year-round by appointment only by Whidbey General Hospital. 360-678-

Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Explorers: Boy Scouts of America, Mount Baker Council, serves boys age 6 to 20 and girls 14 to 20. Join and enjoy camping, family fun, adventure, leadership and learning self-reliance. Provides programs and camps for boys and girls and provides training for adults and volunteer leaders. 425-338-0380 or www.mountbakerbsa.org The HUB After School: Serves middle and high school youth every school day from 2:30-5:30 p.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on early release days. Location at 301 Anthes Ave, Langley. Mailing address is P.O. Box 1324, Langley, WA. 98260. thehub@whidbey.com or 360-221-0969.


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