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almanac Whidbey Island

HISTORY

PEOPLE

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2017

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


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Pg. 4 ... Clinton Pg. 6 ... Climate & Weather Pg. 8 ... Government Pg. 11 ... Langley Pg. 15 ... Education Pg. 18 ... Libraries Pg. 20 ... Bayview Pg. 21 ... Thrift stores Pg. 22 ... Farmers Markets Pg. 23 ... Freeland Pg. 26 ... Transportation Pg. 28 ... Utilities & Services Pg. 30 ... Greenbank Pg. 32 ... Business & Economy Pg. 35 ... Marinas Pg. 36 ... Coupeville Pg. 38 ... Whidbey Island Map Pg. 40 ... Parks & Pet Friendly Places Pg. 44 ... Oak Harbor Pg. 48 ... Arts & Entertainment Pg. 52 ... Churches Pg. 54 ... NAS Whidbey Pg. 56 ... Events Calendar Pg. 61 ... Clubs & Organizations Pg. 72 ... Anacortes & Beyond

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one whidbey Congratulations, you've made Whidbey Island your home. Or maybe you've lived here your entire life. Either way, you couldn't have picked a more beautiful and diverse place to live. On the north end of our island, you'll find Oak Harbor, a city largely supported by the presence of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. On Central and South Whidbey, the communities are largely tourism-based. Learning the ins and outs of living here isn't always easy, but the Whidbey Almanac is a great way to find information on just about everything you need to know. From Deception Pass Bridge to the Clinton ferry, read about what makes each of our communities unique and special. Within these pages you'll find helpful information, such as where to take your pet to run freely, marinas to moor your boat, how to get your utilities turned on and really great places to eat. This year's Whidbey Almanac is made possible by the advertisers, so be sure to thank them and patronize those businesses whenever possible. This year's Almanac is bigger than ever, and even more packed with useful information. Please use the Whidbey Almanac to help you make the most of island life. keven r. graves

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Whether your coming from or going to the ferry, discoveries in Clinton include great food.

Island gateway a bustling hub Clinton, a somewhat rural area and unincorporated segment of South Whidbey, is at the southernmost tip of the island. Other than a few concentrated areas of commerce along State Highway 525, the area consists mostly of trees, homes and farms. But there are great places to discover. The Mukilteo-Clinton ferry is one of three ways to get on and off the island, the others being the Coupeville-to-Port Townsend Ferry and Deception Pass Bridge. It is because of this that Clinton is bustling with cars during the summer. That's when events are rampant and vacationers are in town. There are several public beaches for visitors to enjoy upon arriving in Clinton. There is

Maxwelton Beach just a few miles north and is where the 100-plus-year-old Maxwelton Independence Day Parade is held every July 4. It also includes a baseball field and a sandy shore. Another nearby beach is Possession Point, a popular spot for boat launches and a small section of beach available to the public. The closest beach to the ferry is managed by the Port of South Whidbey and can be found right after exiting the vessel. Just up the road from the ferry, visitors will find a hub of businesses available to them. There is Make Whidbey, where desires for coffee, pastries, wood goods and children’s toys can be fulfilled. Next door is Cozy’s Roadhouse, a restaurant and bar that also includes pool tables and daily specials. A new restaurant with noodle-based dishes, Island Nosh, also recently opened. It is located next door to Make Whidbey and Cadee Distillery. There are also a plethora of options at the

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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,

Ken’s Korner shopping center. If you need a quick bite, visit Clinton Foodmart, or stock up on groceries can be purchased at the Red Apple. In the same complex as the grocery store, you'll also find a delicatessan, bagel shop Good Cheer Too thrift shop and Mexican food. Two private elementary/middle schools are also located in Clinton: Whidbey Island Waldorf School and Wellington Day School.

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whidbey weather Climate varies on island location 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 as 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." 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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Municipal services offered by multiple agencies throughout Whidbey 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 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.

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— JUDICIARY — Island County Superior Court Island County Law and Justice Center 101 NE Sixth St., 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. 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

— POLICE — Island County Sheriff's Office Island County Law and Justice Center 101 NE Sixth St., Coupeville 98239 Business: 360-678-4422 (N. Whidbey) or 360-321-5113, x7310 (S. Whidbey) Emergency TTY & voice: 360-678-6116 Emergency: 911 South precinct office: 1618 East Main St., Suite 4N, Freeland North precinct office: 3155 North Shay Road, Oak Harbor Oak Harbor Police 860 SE Barrington Dr., Oak Harbor 98277 Emergency: 911 Business: 360-279-4600 Coupeville Marshal 4 NE Seventh St., Coupeville 98239 Emergency: 911 Business: 360-678-4461 Langley Police 112 2nd Street Emergency: 911 Business: 360-221-4433 Washington State Patrol 840 SE Eighth Ave., Suite 101 Oak Harbor 98277 Emergency (statewide): 911 Business/Oak Harbor: 360-675-0710


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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 360-279-4700. 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 360-6751131. The district includes seven fire stations.

Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue serves the central part of the island, including Coupeville and Greenbank. It can be reached at 911 or 360-678-3602. 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 360-321-1533. The district includes six fire stations.

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Village by the Sea a haven for artists and rascally rabbits As South Whidbey’s only city, Langley has many claims to fame: it’s got its own police department and city council, offers urban services and has lots and lots of rabbits. It’s also the tourism destination of the South End. According to city and business leaders, 2016 was a record year in terms of visitors. Sales tax revenue and hotel-motel accommodations were at an all-time high and the Langley Visitor Center recorded a 21 percent increase in visits by tourists. Langley was founded by Jacob Anthes in 1891 and was incorporated in 1913. Roughly 1,035 residents call the city home. The town, also referred to as the Village by the Sea, 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 has an ever-growing population of rabbits thanks to a 4H prison break years ago at the Island County Fairgrounds.

Langley Middle School and the Island County Fairgrounds. The town is home to Northwest favorite events such as DjangoFest Northwest and the Whidbey Island Fair; the latter 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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HISTORY ✤ PEOPLE ✤ FACTS ✤ FIGURES ✤ LIFE Deck the Doors at Christmastime, the Sea Float Scramble after New Years, art walks, and parades, such as the Holly Jolly Parade and whale parade during the Welcome the Whales Festival during the spring. For moviegoers, The Clyde is both a relic and reliable theater. It has been open for more than 75 years and is known for its showings of both independent and critically-acclaimed movies. There is also a public beach that is accessible for pedestrians walking the streets of downtown. The recently expanded Langley Marina provides easy access to the water.

KEY FACTS Population (2014): 1,052 Male: 42.8 percent Female: 57.2 percent Median age: 59.6 Estimated median household income: $53,097 Estimated per capita income: $33,058 Estimated median house value: $430,437 Median gross rent: $1,113 Source: www.city-data.com (2015 data)

Logs are cut during the Whidbey Island Area Fair, which is held each August in Langley.

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Auction & Benefit for Burned Children Recovery Foundation Silent Auction/Raffle Benefit

Annual Blessing of the Bikes First Sunday in May Blessing at Noon with a Ride to follow & BBQ

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education Luke Turner, left, and Mark Manuel, 9th graders at Oak Harbor High School test voltage on a battery in auto shop.

Opportunities to learn available for islanders of all ages Whidbey Island encompasses three school districts, with a variety of schools, each with unique classes and extracurricular activities. Oak Harbor Public Schools, the largest school district on the island, covers the north end of the island. In the 2017-18 school year,

the school district will offer five elementary schools (K-4th grade), an intermediate school (5th-6th grade), a middle school (7th-8th grade), a high school (9th-12th grade), a parent-partnership program, an early learning center and an alternative high school. Awardwinning Oak Harbor High School provides the most advanced placement classes, career and technical education courses, arts and athletics on the island. The Coupeville School District serves Central Whidbey from San de Fuca to Greenbank. Located in beautiful, historic Coupeville, the district offers a well-

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rounded, small school experience for students and families. The district has two campuses with an elementary and a middle/high school. The South Whidbey School District, the second largest on the island, is committed to providing its students with the best educational experience, preparing them to become capable, creative, caring and responsible citizens. The district will be undergoing some changes for the 2017-18 school year. The school board voted in January to close Langley Middle School. How the students would be SEE PAGE 16


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distributed between the elementary and high school was still being decided at the time this publication was going to press. The island also includes several private schools and higher education opportunities, including three colleges offered by the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS OAK HARBOR SCHOOL DISTRICT 350 S. Oak Harbor St. 360-279-5000 Enrollment: 5,646 General fund: $60 million Certificated staff: 370 Classified staff: 231 Superintendent: Lance Gibbon www.ohsd.net/site/default.aspx 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 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 Oak Harbor Middle School 150 SW Sixth Ave. 360-279-5300 Principal: Raenette Wood Broad View Elementary 473 SW Fairhaven Dr. 360-279-5250 Principal: Jenny Mouw Crescent Harbor Elementary

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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 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. 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: Duane Baumann 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


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South Whidbey High School 5675 Maxwelton Road, Langley 360-221-4300 Principal: John Patton

Bible Baptist School 1701 Harns Road, Oak Harbor 360-679-6497

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

Der Kinderhuis Montessori School 900 SE Dock St., Oak Harbor 360-675-4165 Island Christian Academy 5373 Maxwelton Road, Langley 360-221-0919

Whidbey Island Waldorf School 6335 Old Pietlia Road, Clinton 360-341-5686

HIGHER EDUCATION Brandman University 1045 W. Midway St. Building 2739, room 116 Naval Air Station Whidbey Island 360-257-1277

North Whidbey Christian High School 675 E. Whidbey Ave., Oak Harbor 360-675-5352

Columbia College 1045 W. Midway St. Building 2739, room 117 Naval Air Station Whidbey Island 360-279-9030

Oak Harbor Christian School 675 E. Whidbey Ave., Oak Harbor 360-675-2831

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 981 NE 21st Court, Oak Harbor 360-279-0959

Wellington Day School 5719 Pioneer Park Place, Langley 360-341-1252

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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At Langley Library, Jay Bixby leads her weekly "Preschool Storytime" to a group of children.

Whidbey libraries offer much more than just books The five public libraries — in Clinton, Coupeville, Freeland, Langley and Oak Harbor — 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, issues 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. A program called “Book-a-Librarian” is offered at all locations. Getting help with digital downloads of books and basic guidance of computerized resources are just some of the topics covered by a librarian in one-on-one sessions. In 2016, the Sno-Isle Libraries launched a challenge called “16 in 2016.” Every 20 days, readers were encouraged to read books of a certain theme, such as a translated book, fantasy, a collection of short stories and books by local authors. Four Whidbey Island residents were

among the top 10 finishers who read the most books; the first-place winner read more than 400 books. This year in the spring, Sno-Isle Libraries plans to launch the “Prose Bowl” series to determine readers’ favorite book. In April 2017, a series called Write Now for teens and adults will continue at many Whidbey libraries. Topics include everything from finding inspiration to marketing to creating an author website. Whidbey Reads, a popular event designed to bring people together to read and talk about books, is also scheduled. The program culminates with the personal appearance of the featured author. Whidbey’s public libraries also sponsor gatherings called Issues That Matter. These are meant to encourage conversations on topics of community needs and interests. Homelessness, and how to help, is one subject being tackled in 2017. Details, along with links to library and community resources, can be found at snoisle.org/issues-that-matter. Among other featured events this year include Coupeville Library hosting the musical duo, The Harmonica Pocket, to help children celebrate the centennial birthday of children’s author Dr. Seuss in April. Freeland Library will continue its Work Source classes while Langley Library has talks planned on climate action and other issues.

WHIDBEY 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

Computer coding classes for teens is offered at Oak Harbor Library, which also challenges people to “Read the Classics.” 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.


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Bayview Community thriving in unincorporated historic center Although Bayview isn’t a designated town and doesn’t have its own postal code, it absolutely has its own identity. Nestled between Langley and Freeland, the unincorporated community’s character is directly tied to its history as an agrarian center and a place for business. Bayview’s historic buildings still stand today, and are well preserved by the nonprofit Goosefoot Community Fund. Bayview Corner, which still has the same old bones it did nearly a century ago, has transformed into a center for services. The old Bayview Cash Store is the pick of the lot. A collection of businesses occupy the building that offer a variety of activities, including good eats at the pan-Asian restaurant Basil Café, samples of local wines at Blooms Winery, brews and bites at Taproom@ Bayview Corner and retail at Side Market. Just south of the cash story stands the old Bayview Hall, the site of many community events, dances, weddings and meetings. Bayview Corner is also home to a gem of a garden store, Bayview Farm and Garden. The award-winning farm and garden store is a

The community gathers at Bayview Corner for music and fun.

great spot for one’s gardening needs, but is also a nice waltz through the greenhouse, garden and fragrant Laburnum arbor. Coffee and bites are on hand at Flower House Café, which is connected to the farm and garden store. During the summer and autumn months, the Bayview Farmers market gathers local artisans, crafters and farmers. The farmers market is on the corner of Highway 525 and Bayview

Road, and is visible from the highway. Before 1900, boats were able to navigate Deer Lagoon, the end of Useless Bay, up to the present Highway 525 at high tide. The lagoon was diked in 1918, and shortly after in 1924, Whidbey pioneer William Burke built a general store — The Bayview Cash Store. Bayview Corner developed around the cash store, and provided the foundation of what visitors see today.

KEY FACTS Population (2010): 696 Male: 49.7 percent Female: 50.3 percent Median age: 43.8 years Estimated median household income: $76,021 Estimated per capita income: $51,726 Estimated median house value: $323,180 Source: www.city-data.com (2015 data) and 2010 census


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thrift stores Shops help support island nonprofit organizations

Most of the thrift shops on Whidbey Island are run by nonprofit organizations to raise funds for benevolent causes such as local food banks and animal shelters. Many donations come from folks who are retiring to their summer homes and downsizing their households. This brings many high- quality items that are truly gently used. These stores also act as the general stores of the more rural areas of Island County. The other big draws to our thrift stores are antiques, jewelry, fine art and beautiful furniture. Much of the vintage clothing is complete with original labels.

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farmers markets Visitors examine the tasty treats available at the Bayview Farmers Market.

Whidbey-grown produce, artisan goods available seasonally Whidbey Island hosts a variety of farmers and street markets in the spring and summer. The markets feature agricultural and farming products 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.

OAK HARBOR FARMERS MARKET

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

LANGLEY SECOND STREET MARKET

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

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, behind the library.

BAYVIEW FARMERS MARKET

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

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11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sundays, May through mid-October at the corner of Highway 525 and Thompson Road. Family-friend 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


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South Whidbey's commercial hub offers many services of city

Although an unincorporated town, Freeland has it all: services, banks, retail shops, gyms, a library, a hardware store, beautiful scenery and Payless Foods. The town even has one of Whidbey’s largest employers in Nichols Brothers Boat Builders. In short, Freeland has become South Whidbey’s commercial hub. Located 10 miles from the Clinton ferry and nestled between scenic spots such as Holmes Harbor, Double Bluff County Park and Bush Point, Freeland has much to see. South Whidbey State Park is nearby on the western coast of the Freeland area, and gives visitors a chance to walk in old growth forest.

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Residents gather on the shores of Holmes Harbor for the Fourth of July fireworks.

Double Bluff Beach offers two miles of sandy beaches to walk and an off-leash dog area. The area is also known as a hot spot for clamming. The town is also home to South Whidbey’s celebration of America’s birthday, Celebrate

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n Freeland got its name from its origins as a commune in the early 1900s. In the eyes of its socialist founders, land in the town was to be free for all people. n Double Bluff County Park, which is just a few miles south of town, has a spectacular beach with glorious sunsets. The park also offers an off-leash dog area, considered by many to be the best spot on the island for man's best friend. n In 1899, Seattle visionaries Henry L. Stevens, George Washington Daniels and Henry A. White formed the Free Land Association to establish a utopian culture in which their communal socialistic ideals could be advanced. The association platted a town made up of five-acre lots.

KEY FACTS Population (2010): 2,045 Male: 50.2 percent Female: 49.8 percent Median age: 57.1 years Estimated median household income: $45,670 Estimated per capita income: $28,534 Estimated median house value: $332,447 Median gross rent: $1,070 Source: www.city-data.com (2015 data)

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New Fiber Network Benefits Life on Whidbey Cities with gigabit speeds see a per capita GDP increase of 1.1 % Gigabit access encourages business growth, attracting high-tech industry looking to telecommute and use efficient cloud-based communications.

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transportation Travel the island's ferry and bus systems

A group of people enjoy crabbing near the Clinton ferry dock in December 2016. The terminal is one of two on Whidbey Island.

State Highways 525 and 20 link to form the main passage along the length of Whidbey Island. Highway 525 begins at the Clinton Ferry Terminal, at the southern end of the island, and runs all the way up to Race Road near Coupeville. It is there where 525 links with Highway 20, which then runs to the northern tip of the island. There are three different ways to access Whidbey Island. Starting at North Whidbey, there is Deception Pass Bridge. The Coupeville-to-Port Townsend ferry is the access point to Central Whidbey, while the Mukilteo-to-Clinton ferry is the gateway to South Whidbey. To find information on the ferries, including sailing schedules, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/ ferries COUPEVILLE FERRY TERMINAL

1400 State Route 20 Coupeville-to-Port Townsend ferry departs from the western side of Central Whidbey Island and travels across Admiralty Inlet

to the Olympic Peninsula. Reservations are recommended for this route. The route is sometimes interrupted due to low tides. For updates and information, visit www.wsdot. wa.gov/ferries or call 1-888-808-7977.

CLINTON FERRY TERMINAL

64 South Ferrydock Road The Clinton-to-Mukilteo is the link from the southern end of Whidbey Island with the mainland and the I-5 corridor. It is one of the state’s most traveled routes. Sailings are typically every 30 minutes when two ferries are operating. Waits are expected during busy summer months, especially so on weekends. There is no reservation service offered for this route.

GROUND TRANSPORT

• Island Transit is a no-fee bus service that travels the length of Whidbey Island and goes as far as March Point (east of Anacortes) and Skagit Sation (Mount Vernon) to link with the Skagit Transit Bus Service. The transit also provides paratransit and vanpool services. Island Transit does not operate on Sundays.

For more information, visit www.islandtransit.org • Whidbey SeaTac Shuttle and Charter provides daily rides to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. It has pickup spots located throughout Whidbey Island. It also offers a seasonal service to downtown Seattle and the Seattle waterfront, as well as a personalized transportation service to other regional airports in Washington and British Columbia. For information, go to www.seatacshuttle.com • Several taxi services also operate on South Whidbey. For South Whidbey, there is South Whidbey Taxi (360-321-0203) and All Island Express (360-341-8294); Whidbey Taxi Enterprises (360-279-9330), Ault Field Taxi (360-682-6920) and Oak Harbor Van and Taxi (360-675-1244) operate on North Whidbey; the Coupeville Cab Company (360678-6666) is located on Central Whidbey; and All Island Express (360-341-8294) and the South Whidbey Taxi (360-321-0203) are located on South Whidbey.


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Nichapha Williams, right, and Somporn Schweer, guide cardboard into a baler at Island Recycling. Much of the island's recycling ends up being compacted and baled at the location on State Highway 525, north of Freeland.

Need the hookup? Call these island companies NATURAL GAS AND PROPANE

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 1-888-522-1130. 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, 360-675-5939; Corey Oil and Propane, 800-

829-8541; and Skagit Farmers Supply, 360331-1970.

ELECTRICITY

n Puget Sound Energy provides electricity to more than 34,000 customers island-wide. In case of power outages or for new hookups, including residential and business, or other inquiries, call 888-225-5773. Puget Sound Energy's customer-service offices are located in Oak Harbor at 360 N. Oak Harbor Street, 360-675-1365, and in Freeland at 1794 Main Street, 360-331-3060. Customers may pay their bill by mail, by phone, online at www. pse.com, or at either office location. A drop box is available at each office for payments made after hours.

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n Whidbey Telecom is laying down fiber optic cable for faster connections. It provides traditional (copper-wire) telephone, TV, Internet and alarm services to customers in South Whidbey, part of Central Whidbey and Point Roberts. Call 866-548-7760 to sign up for phone service, or visit the customer experience center in Freeland at 1651 Main Street.


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HISTORY ✤ PEOPLE ✤ FACTS ✤ FIGURES ✤ LIFE n Several providers offer some or all of those services to most of 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), 855-3259702; Isomedia (Internet, including dial-up), 866-838-4389; Verizon Fios, 855-885-3454; and Wave, 866-928-3123.

WATER

n Oak Harbor provides water to customers who live within the city limits. Stop by City Hall, 865 SE Barrington Drive, or call 360279-4530 to set up service. Oak Harbor residents living outside city limits are dependent on groundwater. n Coupeville provides water within town limits and nearby. Visit Town Hall, 4 NE Seventh St., or call 360-678-4461 for service. n Freeland Water and Sewer District provides service to its residents. Contact the office at 5585 Lotto Ave., or call 360-331-5566. n Langley provides water service to its residents. Go to City Hall, 112 Second St., 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 SE 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 (360-3214505), Coupeville (360-678-3328) and Oak Harbor (360-675-6161). n The Town of Coupeville provides sewer service. Stop by Town Hall, 4 NE Seventh St., 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 St. or call 360-221-4246.

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Central location offers unique places to meet, explore and connect Greenbank is a small, unincorporated community in central Whidbey Island. And while small, it boasts a vibrant community that supports a gathering place for events and a popular spot to hang out. Historic Greenbank Farm, owned by the Port of Coupeville, is a community center that provides an economic hub for a variety of small businesses, agricultural opportunities and a venue for private and public events. Just up the hill from Greenbank Farm is a small collection of businesses that also provides a bit of community for residents living in between Coupeville and Freeland.

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Jace and Jemma Kukuk compete in the children's pie eating contest during the Loganberry Festival at Greenbank Farm in September.

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 big red barn at Greenbank Farm was

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into the Greenbank Store & Grille. n Just down the road, 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.

KEY FACTS Population (98253): 1,413 Married households: 60.6 percent Median age male: 51.5 years Median age female: 51.7 years Median household income: $49,861

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Peggy Juve of Side Market in Bayview creates hats, gloves and many other hand-stitched items. The shop, which opened in 2016, is owned by Juve and three other artists who sell “inspired objects from the Isle of Whidbey.�

Island's workforce offers variety of creative and professional approaches Many resources are available for those seeking employment on the Whidbey Island, or becoming business 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: 2,089 Transportation, warehousing and utilities: 1,252 Information: 673 Finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing: 1,385 Professional, scientific, management, administrative 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 administration: 894 Source: U.S. Census

EMPLOYMENT STATUS

Population 16 and older: 65,374 In labor force: 39,127 Employed: 31,500 Unemployed: 3,346 Armed forces: 4,281 Source: U.S. Census

CLASS OF WORKER

Civilian employed population 16 years and older: 32,129 Private wage 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 from 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, van - carpooled: 2,899 Public transit (excluding cab): 669 Walked: 1,053 Other means: 874 Mean time to travel to work: 28.6 minutes Worked from home: 2,643 Source: U.S. Census SEE PAGE 34


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INCOME FOR FAMILIES Less than $10,000: 724 $10,000 to $14,999: 379 $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: $31,836 Source: U.S. Census

INCOME - NONFAMILY HOUSEHOLDS Median nonfamily income: $31,920 Mean nonfamily income: $39,982 Source: U.S. Census

WHIDBEY ALMANAC 2017 2016 QUARTER 2 TAXABLE SALES Unicorporated Island County: $121,198,435 Oak Harbor: $102,915,957 Coupeville: $16,455,435 Langley: $10,484,967 Source: Washington State Department of Revenue 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 360675-6656.

Sisters Yasmin (left) and Nancy Garcia joke around at their new Oak Harbor store and salon, Organic Bliss.

WorkSource Whidbey in Oak Harbor also offers assistance to job seekers and employers. Call 360-679-5319 for more information.

BUSINESS LICENSES 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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marinas

The Port of South Whidbey offers a marina in Langley with 600 linear feet of dock space.

Three places to tie up in south, central and north parts of the island People looking for a place to tie up their boats on Whidbey Island have their choice between three public locations: the Oak Harbor Marina on the Seaplane Base, the historic Coupeville Wharf and at South Whidbey Harbor in Langley.

OAK HARBOR MARINA 1401 SE Catalina Dr. Oak Harbor, WA 98277 360-279-4575 www.oakharbor.org 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, loaner bikes, 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.

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 360-678-6379 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. Kayak rentals are also available. Accommodations: 500 feet of uncovered dock space, all transient; no mooring buoys.


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coupeville Heart of Ebey's Reserve also serves as hub for county services

The Coupeville Wharf was built in 1905 and is one of the oldest wharf of its kind still standing in the United States. It is owned and operated by the Port of Coupeville and houses several businesses and operates marina services.

As Washington's second oldest, the town of Coupeville serves as a hub for Whidbey Island. The small town is the county seat and houses the main county campus, home to WhidbeyHealth Medical Center 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 still stand 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, Coupeville is home to a variety of festivals including the Penn

Coupeville and Central Whidbey have a rich farming community within Ebey's Prairie.

Cove Water Festival, MusselFest and the Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival. It is also home to one of the oldest running Memorial Day Parades in the Nation.

n Coupeville Town Hall is located 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. The office is manned by Marshal Chris Garden and deputy Leif Haugen. nMany buildings scattered throughout town listed on the National Historic Register. Owners of these buildings can get financial help maintaining them through grants from the Ebey's Forever Fund. The fund over the past several years has doled out tens of thousands of


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HISTORY ✤ PEOPLE ✤ FACTS ✤ FIGURES ✤ LIFE dollars for projects that helped preserve the historic integrity of Central Whidbey. n The Coupeville School District provides the education for roughly 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 County administrative offices are also located here. Residents can register to vote

at the Island County Auditor's Office on North Main Street; can 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, WhidbeyHealth, is also headquartered in Coupeville. The taxpayer-supported facility offers an emergency room along with an extensive list of medical services. A $55million facility expansion is scheduled for completion this year. For information, go to www.whidbeyhealth.org

KEY FACTS Population (2014): 1,860 Male: 49.1 percent Female: 50.9 percent Median age: 54.6 years Estimated median household income: $45,714 Estimated per capita income: $30,370 Estimated median house value: $295,027 Median gross rent: $822 source: www.city-data.com (2015 data) ©Don Bush Photography

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parks & recreation

Lighting strikes near historic houses at Camp Casey Conference Center.

Island offers municipal, county, state and national lands to enjoy the great outdoors Whidbey Island offers a variety of parks for those who love the outdoors. The parks offer a variety of activities all wrapped up in the beauty of Puget Sound. Whidbey Island has five run-free parks for pets. For information about dog-friendly parks in Island County, visit fetchparks.org or call 360-321-4049.

DISTRICTS North Whidbey Park & Recreation District 85 SE Jerome St. Oak Harbor, WA 98277 Phone: 360-675-7665 www.oakharborpool.com South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District 5475 Maxwelton Road Langley, WA 98260 Phone: 360-221-5484 www.swparks.org

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 saltwater and two freshwater boat ramps. Fort Casey State Park 1280 Engle Road 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. 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, two log picnic shelters, 25 picnic sites, camping park (campground closed Nov. 1-Feb. 28). 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 Road Freeland, WA 98249 Phone: 360-331-4559 Amenities: Old-growth forest, stunning views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains, shellfish harvesting, hiking trails, amphitheater, fire circles. Campground closed.


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NATIONAL Ebey's Landing Historical Reserve Office: 162 Cemetery Road Coupeville, WA 98239 Phone: 360-678-6084 A non-traditional partnership 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, 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, parking.

The beach at Deception Pass State Park offers a fun day in the sun and is also a popular spot for fishing.

Dan Porter Park 7490 S. Deer Lake Road Clinton, WA 98236 Amenities: Restrooms, ballfield, playground, nature trails, picnic shelter. Dave Mackie Park 7490 Maxwelton Road Clinton, WA 98236 Amenities: Playground, restrooms with shower and dog wash, beach access, two ballfields and grandstand, picnic shelter, group picnic shelter with brick stove barbecue, concession stand (water/electric available), vista. (Boat ramp currently closed.) Double Bluff 6325 Double Bluff Road Freeland, WA 98249 Amenities: Beach access, clamming, vault restrooms, interpretive signage, parking, vista, picnic area, off leash area for pets. Close neighbors; please respect private property.

Driftwood Park 399 Keystone Ave. Coupeville, WA 98239 Amenities: Beach access, parking area, vista, portable bathrooms (only during fishing season, June 1-Nov. 30). Freeland Park 1535 E. Shoreview Ave. Freeland, WA 98249 Amenities: Boat ramp and dock, picnic area with barbecues, covered picnic shelter, pavilion with picnic table and barbecue grill, flush restrooms, playground, walking trails, clamming (when in season), fresh water, parking, vista. 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. Dogs welcome. SEE PAGE 42

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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 Access points off State 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: Beach access, barbecues, picnic tables, vault restroom, parking, vista.

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Lagoon Point North Directions: Turn west off Highway 525 onto Smugglers Cove Road. Proceed to West Cliff Drive and turn West. Access at very bottom of hill by the shore. Signs marked Private Property to either side of the beach. Amenities: Fishing, limited beach access, limited parking, vista, portable bathrooms (only during fishing season, Aug. 1-Nov. 30). 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. Note: These sites have close neighbors. Please respect private property. 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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Mariners Cove 2200 Mariner Beach Dr. Oak Harbor, WA 98277 This access has close neighbors; please respect private property. Amenities: Boat ramp, parking area, vista. Monroe Landing 512 Scenic Heights Road Oak Harbor, WA 98277 Amenities: Boat ramp, interpretive signs, beach access, clamming, parking. Moran Beach 899 Powell Road Oak Harbor, WA 98277 Amenities: Beach access, hand-carry boat launching, walking, parking area, vista. Note: Close neighbors; please respect private property. 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. Amenities: Boat ramp, parking area for cars and trailers, portable bathroom (seasonal), vista. Note: This access has close neighbors. Please respect private property Patmore Pit 530 Patmore Road Coupeville, WA 98239 Amenities: Parking, information kiosk, picnic tables, enclosed pet agility area, large runfree pet area (partially enclosed). 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: Car and trailer parking, trails, hunting (in season). Rhododendron Park 502 W. Patmore Road Coupeville, WA 98277 Amenities: Parking lot, three ballfields, flush restroom, picnic area, playground, picnic shelter with barbecue, access to trail system.


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West Beach 2395 West Beach Road Oak Harbor, WA 98277 Amenities: Storm, sunset and Puget Sound island views, limited parking, beach access. For city parks, check out the following websites: City of Oak Harbor 865 SE Barrington Drive 360-279-4500 www.oakharbor.org Town of Coupeville 4 NE 7th Street 360-678-4461 www.town.coupeville.wa.us

Saratoga Woods 4228 Saratoga Road Langley, WA 98260 Amenities: Trails, parking, picnic area, vista, portable toilet.

City of Langley 112 2nd Street 360-221-4246 www.langleywa.org

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. GREENBANK FARM offers acres of off-leash dog walking trails and open space overlooking the historic farm. Access trails from the parking area at the farm or from a turnout just off State Highway 525. Parking is available along the road. 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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The Oak Harbor community celebrates its Dutch heritage each year in April with Holland Happening, a weekend of festivities including a parade and carnival held downtown.

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Oak Harbor is inextricably linked to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The city’s economy largely depends on the air station, which has two bases adjacent to the city. Everywhere you look in the city is a reminder of the Navy’s presence, from the “welcome home” signs to sailors in uniform to the aircraft overhead. Whidbey's largest city has a distinctly different feel from the rest of the island. It's the commercial, retail and financial hub. 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 and plenty of coffee shops.

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Population estimate (2014): 22,401 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) 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, state Department of Financial Management) OAK HARBOR FROM PAGE 44

The city’s historical downtown, free of chain stores, offers clothes, antiques, gifts and restaurants. It's just a quick walk to the waterfront and to city's marina. But even with all the commerce and convenience, Oak Harbor strives to remain true to its roots. Volunteers planted hundreds of the garry oaks for which the city is named. The Chamber of Commerce puts on the popular “Holland Happenings” celebration in April. The city is surrounded by nature and is a great place for visitors. Rolling farmland and the waters of Puget Sound encompass the community. Ten miles north is Deception Pass, one of the most popular and scenic parks in the Northwest.

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Oak Harbor Mayor Bob Severns and his wife Rhonda Severns walk along the boardwalk in Windjammer Park in Oak Harbor.

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arts & entertainment Gaye Litka, left, and Heather Good McCoy perform in the musical, 'Little Women,' at Whidbey Playhouse in Oak Harbor last fall.

Islanders' creativity found in galleries, theater and festivals 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

A co-operative enterprise featuring an everevolving display in a variety of media. 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.

THE BOOK OF LIZ.....................................March 17-Apr 1 THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (Abridged)[revised]......May 19-June 3 GHOSTDRIVERS: THE MUSICAL (New Works Project Staged Reading)...July 1&2 A KID LIKE JAKE........................................Sept 15-30 FOLLIES: IN CONCERT ............................Nov 3-18

Brackenwood Gallery 302 First St., Langley 360-221-2978

www.brackenwoodgallery.com Brackenwood Gallery derives its name from a 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.

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Penn Cove Gallery 9 NW Front St., Coupeville 360-678-1176 www.penncovegallery.com This cooperative gallery, located in the heart of Coupeville, offers pieces from more than 20 island artists.

Garry Oak Gallery 830 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor 360-240-0222 www.garryoakgallery.com Eestablished in 2008. Open daily 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., features local artists.

Raven Rocks Gallery 765 Wonn Road, Suite C-101, Greenbank 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.

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 NW Birch St. Coupeville 360-678-3396 pacificnorthwestartschool.org The school offers workshops on mediums including fiber arts, mixed media, photography and painting.

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 paintings. Whidbey Island Arts Council 360-320-0271 www.islandartscouncil.org The council ensures the island is never short on artistic community events. Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio 813 Edgecliff Drive, Langley 360-637-4690, 206-571-0442 www.whidbeyislandfas.com This studio offers private and group lessons for artists of every skill level. Whidbey Working Artists Art Studio Tours 360-320-1927 www.whidbeyworkingartists.com Whidbey Working Artists Art Studio Tours give the public an opportunity to visit the studios of resident artists from Clinton SEE PAGE 50

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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 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 360-221-8707 www.whidbeychildrenstheater.org This theater provides kids and teens a chance to shine beneath the stage lights with several year-round performances and classes.

Whidbey Playhouse 730 SE Midway Ave., Oak Harbor 360-679-2237 www.whidbeyplayhouse.com The Whidbey Playhouse is Oak Harbor's main performing arts venue, producing live theatre shows throughout the year.

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 online.

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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 holiday classic "The Nutcracker" each year.

Choochokam Arts Festival 360-322-4822 choochokamarts.org Live music, sketches, food and crafts vendors for a summer celebration at community park just outside Langley. 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. DjangoFest Northwest 360-221-8269 www.djangofest.com DjangoFest Northwest, now celebrating its 17th 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.

July 28-30 and August 4-6, 2017 Celebrating our 12th season of baroque and classical chamber music!

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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Living Word Fellowship 490 NW Crosby Ave. 360-675-5008 www.livingwordoakharbor.com New Life Missionary 656 SE Bayshore Dr. 360-675-0935 Oak Harbor Christian Fellowship 1780 SE 4th Ave. 360-320-4954 www.facebook.com/pg/oakharborchristianfellowship

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Assembly of God Church 319 SW 3rd Ave. 360-675-4852 www.oakharborag.org Bible Baptist Church 1701 Harns Road 360-675-8311 www.bbcoakharbor.org

Oak Harbor Church of Christ 1000 NE Koetje St. 360-675-3441 www.churchofchrist-oh.org

Calvary Chapel Oak Harbor 1560 SE 9th Ave. 360-679-6959 www.calvarychapeloakharbor.org

Oak Harbor Lutheran Church 1253 NW Second Ave. 360-679-1561 www.oakharborlutheran.com

Christian Reformed Church 1411 N. Wieldraayer Road 360-675-2881, www.ohcrc.org

Oak Harbor Southern Baptist Church 50 SW 6th Ave. 360-675-6686, www.ohsbc.org

Concordia Lutherhan Church - LCMS 590 N. Oak Harbor St. 360-675-2548 www.concordialutheranwhidbey.org Christ the King Community Church 51 SE Jerome St. 360-679-1288 www.ctkonline.com/oakharbor The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 201 NE Oleary St. 360-675-8188, www.lds.org Church of the Nazarene 1100 W. Whidbey Ave. 360-675-0705, www.ohnaz.com Church on the Rock 1780 SE 4th Ave. 360-675-3032, www.graceforall.com Faith Tabernacle of Praise 620 Erin Park Road 360-679-1003 Family Bible Church 2760 SW Heller Road 360-679-1585 www.oakharborfamilybible.org

Oak Harbor United Pentecostal Church 210 SE Pioneer Way #4 404-661-4653 www.oakharborupc.com St. Mary Catholic Church is located in Coupeville.

First Church-Christ Scientist 721 SW 20th Court 360-675-0621 First United Methodist Church 1050 SE Ireland St. 360-675-2441 www.oakharborfumc.org First Reformed Church 250 SW 3rd Ave. 360-675-4837, www.frcoh.org Grace by the Sea 540 SE Pioneer Way 360-679-3431, www.gracebythesea.org Grace Community 29470 SR 20 360-679-1678, www.whidbeygrace. org

Grace Evangelical Church 1411 Wieldraayer Road 360-679-2601 www.graceevangelical.org Island Vineyard Community Church 1080 Pioneer Way 360-720-1767 www.islandvineyard.org Korean Presbyterian Church of Oak Harbor 250 SW 3rd Ave. 360-682-5515 Life Church 1767 NE Regatta Drive 360-679-3158, www.life-church.co Living Faith Christian Center 551 NE Midway Blvd., Ste. 4 360-679-4345, www.lfccoh.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 Seventh-Day Adventist Church 31830 SR 20 360-672-0455 www.oakharborchurch.org Sovereign Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church 31830 SR 20 360-679-8893, www.sgopc.org Whidbey Presbyterian Church 1148 SE 8th Ave. 360-679-3579, www.whidbeypres.org SEE PAGE 74


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Bible Baptist Church Committed to the Next Generation

Meeting times: Sunday: 9:45am, 11am, & 6pm Wednesday: 7pm

Saturday Worship 11am Bible Study 10am Find Respect, Honor, Friendship

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on Whidbey Oak Harbor Lutheran Church

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

Sunday Morning Worship: 8:00 & 10:30 am Evening Worship: 6:30 pm (at St. Mary’s, Coupeville) Sunday School for all ages: 9:15 am Jeffrey R. Spencer, Lead Pastor Marc Stroud, Associate Pastor

679-1561 oakharborlutheran.org

Restoration Fellowship Where Yeshua is Lord Come Learn the Hebraic Roots of Your Faith

We welcome you to join us for worship and celebration Meeting at: The Oak Harbor Christian School Bldg A 675 E. Whidbey Ave. Oak Harbor, WA 360-675-7189 Saturdays at 10:30am

�t. �ubert �atholic �hurch 804 Third Street, Langley

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 Father Rick Spicer, Pastor 360-221-5383

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

Langley United Methodist Church Third & Anthes, Langley

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

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

360-221-4233

www.langleyumc.org • lumc@whidbey.com

1701 Harns Rd, Oak Harbor, WA 360-675-8311 • bbcoakharbor.org

First United Methodist Church

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

Children’s Sunday School during service Youth Ministries-Choirs-Bible Studies

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

Matthew 28: 18 - 20

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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

Christian Science Church

www.christiansciencesouthwhidbey.com www.christiansciencewhidbey.com

Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. Sunday School is available

Healings Shared: 7:30 p.m. First Wednesday each month

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Navy presence holds significant place in north island community NAS Whidbey Island is the premier naval aviation installation in the Pacific Northwest and home of all Navy tactical electronic attack squadrons flying the EA-18G Growler. Adding to the depth and capability of the air station are five P-3 Orion Maritime Patrol squadrons, another currently transitioning to the base from Hawaii, and one more scheduled to transition later this year. There is also one Fleet Reconnaissance squadrons flying the EP-3E Aries.

ECONOMIC IMPACT

n At approximately 10,200 employees (7,400 military and 2,400 civilians), the base is six times the size of the next nearest employer in Island, San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom counties. n Direct 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 P-3 squadrons and additional aircraft and personnel associated with growth in the Electronic Attack community. n The number of veterans liv-

ing 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 also contributes significantly to 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 planes 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 attack and one of two home bases for patrol and reconnaissance aircraft platforms. OLF Coupeville, an integral part of operations at the air station, is critically impor-

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HISTORY ✤ PEOPLE ✤ FACTS ✤ FIGURES ✤ LIFE mary areas, Ault Field and Seaplane base, border the city of Oak Harbor. n The base is approximately 1.5 hour's 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 and training in designated Military Operating Areas. 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 Currently, there are twelve Electronic Attack Squadrons, or VAQ, comprising the new EA-18G Growler, one of which is forward deployed to Japan and one reserve squadron. The VAQ’s mission is to suppress enemy electronic capabilities through tactical jamming. n Five Maritime Patrol Squadrons, or VP, and one Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron, or VQ, provides multi-mission operations including various types of warfare, reconnaissance, ground forces support, search and rescue and counter-drug 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 MU-11 Det Northwest 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 Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Detachment, employs more than 1,000 sailors, marines, civilians and contractors to provide depot-level maintenance.

CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY

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calendar of events FEBRUARY

Feb. 4: Sound Waters 2017 at South Whidbey High School in Langley. Keynote Address: “From Knowledge to Action — Responding to the Challenges of Ocean Acidification,” by Dr. Terrie Klinger from University of Washington. More than 600 people attend. Visit http://sound waterstewards.org/sw to register. Feb. 10: Hearts & Hammers Annual Spaghetti Dinner, 5-7 p.m., at Langley United Methodist Church. www.heart sandhammers.com Feb. 11: Coupeville Chamber of Commerce and The Whidbey Examiner will co-sponsor the Coupeville Chocolate Walk, noon to 3 p.m. For ticket prices and other information, call the chamber at 360-678-5434. Feb. 11-12: Red Wine & Chocolate tour weekend, Whidbey Island. $25 advance tickets or $30 onsite. 360-3210515. www.whidbeyislandvintners. org Feb. 13: 51st Annual Sweetheart of Gems Show, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oak Harbor Senior Center, 51 SE Jerome St. http:// www.whidbeylifemagazine.org Feb. 14: Valentines Dance, 6 p.m. at Pacific NW Arts Center, Coupeville. Event hosted by the Soroptimist groups or Whidbey Island. Feb. 18: Coupeville Lions 2017 Scholarship Auction & Dinner, 5-9 p.m. at the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge. 360-6784105. www.coupevillelions.org/ ScholarshipAuction.html

Feb. 18-19: Red Wine & Chocolate tour weekend, Whidbey Island. $25 advance tickets/$30 onsite. 360-3210515. www.whidbeyislandvintners. org Feb. 25: Whidbey Island Conservation District Native Plants Sale, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Fort Casey Conference Center, Auditorium A. www.whidbeycd. org Feb. 25: Weddings on Whidbey Island 2017 Bridal Show, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Best Western Plus Harbor Plaza and Conference Center, Oak Harbor. 360-679-4567. Feb. 25-26: 33rd Langley Mystery Weekend, downtown Langley. Help solve a “who-dunit” murder mystery, and you may win a prize in the 33rd season of this popular event. www. visitlangley.com/lp/mystery-weekend Feb. 28: Tuesday on the Town, 5-8 p.m., downtown Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber. com

MARCH March 4: Mussels in the Kettles Mountain Bike and Poker Ride, 9:30 a.m. Coupeville. There will be three routes through Fort Ebey and the Kettles trail system. www.musselsinthekettles.net March 4: Whidbey Gardening Workshop, premiere gardening education event open to the public, now in it’s 29th year. whidbey gardeningworkshop.org March 4-5: Penn Cove MusselFest, Coupeville. Celebrate Penn Cove’s world famous mussels.

Sailing enthusiasts come from all over for Whidbey Island Race Week. Racers compete between Oak Harbor and Penn Cove.

www.thepenncovemusselsfestival.com March 11: Native Plant Class, 10 a.m. to noon, Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. www. meerkerkgardens.org March 10-11: WOW! Stories 6, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Friday and 2-4:30 p.m., Saturday, at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. www.wicaonline.org March 17: St. Patrick’s Day Parade, 1-2 p.m., downtown Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber.com March 18-19: Spring Nursery

Sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. www. meerkerkgardens.org March 19: St. Patrick's Day "Luck of the Irish 5k Poker Run,” 1-3 p.m., Whidbey Golf Club, 2430 SW Fairway Ln. Oak Harbor. Contact Whidbey Running Events at 360-9292489. March 20: Dine Out 4 Kids, restaurant hours to 9 p.m., Front Street Grill: 10 percent of all food sales go to Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools.


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HISTORY ✤ PEOPLE ✤ FACTS ✤ FIGURES ✤ LIFE March 24: Trudy Sundberg Lecture Series Day 1, nationally known activist KC Golden of Climate Solutions speaks about climate change at Coupeville High School Performing Arts Center. sno-islefoundation.org March 25: Trudy Sundberg Lecture Series Day 2, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, the amazing 16-year-old that is suing the federal government for ignoring climate change, speaks on the toipic at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. sno-islefoundation.org March 28: Tuesday on the Town, 5-8 p.m., downtown Oak Harbor. www.oakharborcham ber.com

APRIL

April 8: Welcome to the Whales: Parade, educational displays and talks plus fun activities for kids of all ages in Langley. www. visitlangley.com April 9-15: Bunny Daze, downtown Langley. Celebrating the abundance of wild bunnies, shops joined in with all the perfect hare art, décor and novelties for Easter throughout downtown. Kids are invited to find stuffed bunnies hidden around town at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 15 in downtown Langley.

MAY

auction, 5:30 p.m., Oak Harbor Elks Club.

May 5: Dine Out 4 Kids, restaurant hours to 9 p.m., Knead & Feed: 10 percent of all food sales go to Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools.

May 20: WICA’s 21th Anniversary Concert, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. Features special anniversary guests. 360-221-8268. www.wicaonline.org

May 13: Island County Master Gardener Foundation Annual Plant Sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Greenbank Farm, 765 Wonn Road.

May 20: Wine & Rhodies Gala Benefit, 7-10 p.m., Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. Enjoy the spring splendor of the gardens with wine and appetizers. www.meerkerkgardens.org

May 13-14: Savor Spring with Whidbey Island Vintners Association. www.whidbeyis landvintners.org May 14: Mother’s Day concert, noon to 4 p.m., Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. www. meerkerkgardens.org May 20: 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 20: PBY Naval Air Museum’s “Celebration of Flight” fundraising dinner/

May 21: Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival, 3-4 p.m., at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. www.wicaonline.org May 23: Tuesday on the Town, 5-8 p.m., downtown Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber. com May 27-28: Rock On! 3v3 soccer tournament, Oak Harbor. This is a tournament designed for competitors ages 6 to adult at any ability level. www.oakharborchamber.com May 27-Sept.4: Jacob Ebey House open to public, Ebey's Reserve, Coupeville, 10 a.m. to SEE PAGE 58

April 13: Dine Out 4 Kids, restaurant hours to 9 p.m., Christopher’s: 10 percent of all food sales go to Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools. April 23: Whidbey Island Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K Run/Walk. Boston Qualifier. Register at www.whidbeyislandma rathon.com April 23: Poetry Month Celebration with Matt Gano, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. A special reading and interview with Gano, author of “Suits for the Swarm” and co-founder of the Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Program, to highlight National Poetry Month. www.wicaonline.com April 25: Tuesday on the Town, 5-8 p.m., downtown Oak Harbor. www.oakharborcham ber.com April 27-30: 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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4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Open on Labor Day. 360-678-6084. May 29: PAWZ by the Sea 5K Run/Walk, Langley. Bring your two or four legged friends for a beautiful run or stroll. www.pawzbythesea. com

JUNE

June 2-3: Relay for Life of Whidbey Island, 6 p.m. opening ceremony, North Whidbey Middle School, 67 N.E. Izett St., Oak Harbor. 425-404-2236. www.relay.acsevents.org June 3-4: Purple Passion Sale, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. www. meerkerkgardens.org June 15: Dine Out 4 Kids, restaurant hours to 9 p.m., Kapaw’s Iskreme: 10 percent of all food sales go to Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools. June 17: Whidbey Island Garden Tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., South Whidbey. Tour four or five of the island's finest gardens. 360-3214191. www.wigt.org

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June 27: Tuesday on the Town, 5-8 p.m., downtown Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber. com

JULY

July 1: Oak Harbor Garden Club Tour, Oak Harbor. Conast Gail Jaeger at 360-675-5723. July 3: Celebrate America, all day in Freeland Park, culminating with a fireworks show at dusk. July 4: Old Fashioned 4th of July; parade, carnival, food, fireworks show at dusk. Windjammer Park. www.oakharborchamber.com July 4: Fourth of July Festival, Oak Harbor, parade and fireworks. www.oakharborchamber. com 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.

SUNDAY AUGUST 12, 2017 NOON - 5PM PIONEER WAY & HWY 20 • Free Lunch Buffet • Professional BBQ Competitors • Live Music Stage • Arts & Crafts Vendors • Vaudeville Acts & Clowns • Kids Climbing Wall & Games • Hot Dog & Pie Eating Contest • Miss N Whidbey Scholarship Award PNWBA Sanctioned BBQ competition featuring teams from Canada, Washington, Oregon, Idaho & Montana.

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July 25: Tuesday on the Town, 5-8 p.m., downtown Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber. com

AUGUST

Aug. 12: Race the Reserve, event-day registration opens 5:30 a.m., Aug. 12, Coupeville Middle School. Friday packet pick-up is 3-6 p.m., Aug. 11, Coupeville Middle/High School gymnasium. Races include a marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, 10k and 5k. RaceTheReserve.com Aug. 12: Oak Harbor Pigfest, Fidalgo Avenue, Oak Harbor, free barbecue pork, kids’ games, music, fun for the whole family. www. oakharborpigfest.com Aug. 12-13: Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival, Coupeville. 360-678-5116. www. coupevillefestival.com

July 8: Rhodie Care Class, 10 a.m. to noon, Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. $10 a person. www.meerkerkgardens.org

Aug. 19: Tour de Whidbey, begins and ends at Greenbank Farm, benefits WhidbeyHealth Foundation. www.tourdewhid bey.com

July 14-Sept. 3: Island Shakespeare Festival, Langley, shows start at 5 p.m. ThursdaySaturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays. www.islandshakespearefest.org

Aug. 19: Bluegrass in the Gardens, noon to 4:30 p.m., Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank, bring your blanket, wine and cheese, and relax to the music of some of the area;s favorite artists. Bluegrass workshop and open mic. www. meerkerkgardens.org

July 10-14: Whidbey Island Race Week, Oak Harbor. www.whidbeyislandraceweek.com 9th Annual Block Party & Pig Roast

July 22: Friends of Meerkerk Annual Meeting, at Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. www.meerkerkgardens.org

July 15: Fairy Making Magic, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Meerkerk Gardens in Greenbank. Children of all ages bring their families, grandparents too, and create a fairy from natural materials. $10.00 per adult or $20.00 per family. www.meerkerkgardens.org. July 15-16: Whidbey Island’s Quilters on the Rock guild presents “Peace, Love, Quilt” quilt show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Coupeville High School. $5 suggested donation. www.quiltersontherock.com July 20-23: Whidbey Island Fair, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Langley fairgrounds, with musical, carnival, animals, games and other country fun. 360-221-4677. www.whidbeyislandfair.com July 22: Yogafest, Windjammer City Beach Park, Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber.com

Aug. 22: Tuesday on the Town, 5-8 p.m., downtown Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber. com Aug. 26-27: Whidbey Working Artists Studio Tour, various studios island-wide, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. www.whidbeyworkingartists.com

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 1-3: Oak Harbor Music Festival, Labor Day weekend, historic downtown Oak Harbor, live music on various stages. www. oakharborfestival.com Sept. 2: Military Appreciation Public Picnic. www.oakharbornavyleague.org Sept. 2-3: Fall Plant Sale, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. www. meerkerkgardens.org


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Sept. 2-4: Woodpalooza, hosted by Whidbey Island Woodworkers Guild, noon to 5 p.m., at WICA’s Zech Hall, 565 Camano Avenue, Langley. Sept. 9: The Megan McClung Memorial Run/Semper Fi Fund is a non-profit sponsoring its 9th annual run in Oak Harbor. In conjunction with Oak Harbor Military Appreciation Days and will include a 1k run for children, a 5k, 10k and a half-marathon. www.meganmcclungmemorialrun.com Sept. 16-17: 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.whidbeykites.org or 360-6785050. Sept. 20-24: DjangoFest Northwest, at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. DjangoFest Northwest is the premier showcase of gypsy jazz in North America. www. wicaonline.com Sept. 26: Tuesday on the Town, 5-8 p.m., downtown Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber. com

OCTOBER

Oct. 14: Propagation Class, 10 a.m. to noon, Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank. www.meerkerk gardens.org Oct. 24: Tuesday on the Town, 5-8 p.m., downtown Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber. com Oct. 28: Monster Mash. 5-8 p.m., Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor. Features live music, a jacko'-lantern decorating contest and a zombie crawl. www.oakharborchamber.com

NOVEMBER Nov. 3: Trust Board of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve and the Friends of Ebey's Annual Community Potluck. 360678-6633. Nov. 11: Veterans’s Day Program, 11 a.m., Oak Harbor High School Performing Arts Center. Sponsored by the Oak Harbor Area Council of the Navy League of the United States. www.oakharborchamber.com Nov. 11: 18th Annual Nordic Fest, 9:30

Santa waves to the crowd during the annual Greening of Coupeville parade. Many of communities on the island hold community holiday celebrations.

a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at South Whidbey High School. Sponsored by Daughters of Norway Ester Moe Lodge #39. Enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of Scandinavia. www.daughtersofnor way.org Nov. 11-12: Autumn on Whidbey with Whidbey Island Vinters Association. www. whidbeyislandvintners.org Nov. 22: Deck the Doors invites artists to go wild with imagination and creativity and decorate downtown shops in Langley for the holidays. Cash prizes are given for the best displays. www.langleymainstreet.org Nov. 25: Lighting of Langley, at Langley Park, with carols, Santa and Whidbey's own alpaca-reindeer. www.visitlangley.com/lp/decem ber-to-remember/ Nov. 28: Tuesday on the Town, 5-8 p.m., downtown Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber. com

DECEMBER

Dec. 2: Holly Jolly Holiday Parade, 11 a.m., downtown, featuring a float contest and many fun, festive entries. www.visitlangley.com/ lp/december-to-remember Dec. 2: Jingle Trail Run. 5K run/walk at Camp Casey. www.jingletrailrun.com Dec. 2: Greening of Coupeville. Day of

events and a parade in downtown Coupeville. www.coupevillechamber.com Dec. 2: Lighted Boat Parade, Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber.com Dec. 9-10: Thanks Given’er Cyclocross Race, noon, Fort Nugent City Park, Oak Harbor. Organized by Cascade Cross Series and Whidbey Island Bicycle Club. www.cas cadecross.com or www.whidbeybicycleclub.org Dec. 16: Whidbey Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count North — the count will occur north of the Greenbank Farm to Deception Pass, excepting Crockett Lake. Contact: Jay Adams at protectionisland8.9@ gmail.com or visit www.whidbeyaudubon.org Dec. 23: Langley Holiday Giveaway, “A Very Merry $1,000 Giveaway!” www.visitlang ley.com/lp/december-to-remember Dec. 26: Tuesday on the Town, 5-8 p.m., downtown Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber. com Dec. 26-31: Island Ice, 2-7 p.m., Windjammer Park. Hot beverages and ice skating in the park. $7. www.oakharborchamber.com Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Fireworks. www. oakharborchamber.com For other holiday events, check www.whid beynewstimes.com and www.southwhidbey record.com closer to the event season.


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Actors at Whidbey Playhouse in Oak Harbor perform 'Lost in Yonkers' during the 2016 play season. The nonprofit, volunteerbased organization has been running the theater for more than 40 years.

ARTS

in South Whidbey High School. Contact Peggy Taylor at peggy@whidbey.com

All-Island Community Band: Organized in 1966 and plays for local events, festivals, parades and more. Email allisland band@gmail.com

Pacific NorthWest Art School: The school has offered 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.pacificnorthwestartschool.org

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 or www.facebook.com/ Artistsofsouthwhidbey 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, 2017. There is no admittance fee and the Rec Hall is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call Rainy Lindell at 360-678-0960. Open Circle Community Choir: A choir for everyone regardless of experience. No auditions required. Whether a participant has been a life-long singer, or hasn't sung since second grade, there is a place for everyone. They sing songs from a wide range of traditions specially arranged for community choirs. Meets 7-9 p.m. Mondays at The Little Theatre

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 necessary. vhauck@whidbey.net 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 wct@whidbey.com 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 third Tuesday of each month at Oak Hall Room 306 on the Skagit Valley College Whidbey campus in Oak Harbor. Email tina31543@comcast.net

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 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 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 Island Threshold Singers: Women preparing for comforting bedside singing for the ill and dying. New singers welcome. 360-331-7633, 360-632-9071 or threshold choir.org/Whidbey_Island 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

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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.woodpalooza.com

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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.clintoncommunityhall.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, family parties, etc. Monthly potluck dinners are open to the public and include informational and entertaining programs. 360-678-5562. 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 and 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. 425-280-3876 or email maxweltonCC@outlook.com South Whidbey Commons: Community-driven, youthpowered nonprofit organization strengthening community by creating opportunities to gather, learn, and grow. The South Whidbey Commons Coffeehouse Bookstore on in Langley brings together people of all ages, provides workplace training for young people, and serves as a venue for events and activities. www.southwhidbeycommons.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 or email admiraltyheadlighthouse@gmail.com

The Admiralty Head Lighthouse is open to the public part of the year. 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.facebook.com/calyxschool 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/information sessions are held each Wednesday (except during holiday breaks) at 1:30 p.m. 360-416-7762 or email 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. 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 program for the children. Call 360-679-1585 for Oak Harbor and 360-222-3211 for Greenbank. South Whidbey Homeless Coalition: Nonprofit organization for the homeless, aiming to provide cold weather overnight shelters, emergency/transitional shelters for stabilization, work toward permanent affordable housing on the island and provide education/outreach in the community. 360-221-5847, 360-914-2953, www.southwhidbeyhomeless coalition.org or email swhomelesscoalition@gmail.com 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 whidbey islandmusic.wixsite.com/teachers Whidbey Institute: Nestled among 100 acres of pristine forest, the Whidbey Institute at Chinook is a place where people can connect 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.readinesstolearn.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, local entities and organizations offers educational programs that provide useful, practical, and research-based information. Some of the areas it covers 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. 360-240-5558 or http://extension.wsu.edu/island/

ENVIRONMENTAL

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. 360-678-3765, 1-866-ORCANET or www.orcanetwork.org/strandings.html

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ANNA EDWARDS Music Director/Conductor

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

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July 20-23

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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

Legacy. Spirit. Promise. www.4coupevilleschools.com

Your Community Food Bank Since 1977 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 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 8 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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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. 360-675-3767 or www.deceptionpassfoundation.org Island Citizens for Public Beach Access: Dedicated to identifying, mapping, signing and preserving access to public shorelines in Island County. www.islandbeachaccess.org Island County Master Gardeners: Provide public education in gardening and environmental stewardship based on research at Washington State University and other university systems. Volunteers are trained community educators about issues of importance to their local communities that enhance natural resources, sustain communities and improve the health and wellness of Washington residents. 360-678-2343, extension.wsu.edu/island/gardening/mg or email timothy.lawrence@wsu.edu Langley Whale Center: Orca Network's Langley Whale Center celebrates and shares the lives of gray whales, orcas and other marine mammals of the Salish Sea. 117 Anthes Ave., Langley. 360-221-7505, www.orcanetwork.org or www. facebook.com/LangleyWhaleCenter/ Marine Resources Committee: Identifies and protects nearshore and aquatic resources vital to the health of Whidbey and Camano islands. 360-678-2349 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 island-wide restoration projects, large and small. Contact Mark Fessler or Barbara Kolar at 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, call 360-331-3543, visit www.orcanetwork.org or email info@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 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.soundwa terstewards.org Whidbey Audubon Society: Dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and their habitat with field trips, classes and programs in the schools. www.whidbeyaudubon.org Whidbey Camano Land Trust: Established in 1984, the Land Trust works in partnership with landowners and the community to protect and care for the best of Whidbey and Camano Islands, including important natural habitats, scenic vistas, and working farms and forests. Office at 765 Wonn Road, C-201, Greenbank, WA 98253. 360-222-3310, www.wclt. org or email info@wclt.org 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 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, whidbeyinstitute.org or email

info@whidbeyinstitute.org 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 or www.whidbeycd.org Whidbey Watershed Stewards: Join the Whidbey Watershed Stewards and volunteer at one of our many habitat restoration sites. Help us protect and preserve our precious Puget Sound, or teach environmental science to K-5 students at our Outdoor Classroom. Check out: whidbeywa tersheds.org or email info@whidbeywatersheds.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 or bestfriends@im4pets.com 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. 360-387-3443 ext. 258, extension.wsu.edu/island/nrs/shore -stewards or email schase@wsu.edu WSU Waste Wise Program, Island County: 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, extension.wsu.edu/island/nrs/ waste-wise or email sarah.bergquist@wsu.edu

FARM & AGRICULTURE Agricultural and Small Farms Program, Island County: 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. Call Anza at 360-678-2343 or email muencha@wsu.edu 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 Island County Fair Association: Responsible for planning and coordinating the annual Whidbey Island Fair each August.. 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. 360-678-4772, wsfb.com/island-county-farmbureau or email ddsherm@frontier.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 or email whidbeyislandwa@slowfoodsusa.org South Whidbey Tilth: Practicing organic methods of agriculture on its Sustainability Campus at 2812 Thompson Road, off State Highway 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. www.southwhidbeyt ilth.org or email info@southwhidbeytilth.org 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 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 or montanya@whidbey.net

GARDEN American Rhododendron Society: Whidbey members share knowledge and enthusiasm for the rhododendron, the Washington state flower. Whidbey chapter meets 7 p.m. every fourth Wednesday of the month, September through May, at Race Road fire station south of Coupeville. Meetings intended for everyone from novice to seasoned hybridizers. arleendrsn40@gmail.com or www.rhododendron.org Coupeville Garden Club: Plants and maintains park areas in Coupeville, as well as in barrels and plantings at the Welcome to Coupeville signs. They 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.coupevillegardenclub.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 and clean roadsides. Monthly speakers. www. facebook.com/greenbankgardenclub or email greenbankgar denclub@gmail.com Island County Master Gardeners: Provide public education in gardening and environmental stewardship based on research at Washington State University and other university systems. Volunteers are trained community educators about issues of importance to their local communities that enhance natural resources, sustain communities and improve the health and wellness of Washington residents. 360-678-2343, extension.wsu.edu/island/gardening/mg or email timothy.lawrence@wsu.edu Oak Harbor Garden Club: Performs public outreach projects. All are welcome. 360-240-0560, www.oakharborgarden club.org or email absullivan@comcast.net 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 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 habitats on the island. 360-321-4191.


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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.. Welcome volunteers on Whidbey Island and donations to relief efforts. Whidbey Island contact info is 360-720-4467, www.redcross.org or email swdisasterteam@whidbey.com 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, www.ensohouse.org or email director@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 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 360672-8219 or visit www.idipic.org Mardi Unit: A nonprofit 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 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 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 or www.newleafinc.org

South Whidbey Sound-Off Toastmasters: meets 7-8 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeland. Guests are always welcome. 360-222-2092 or email Clyde4bingo@comcast.net 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. WhidbeyHealth Auxiliary: Nonprofit organization supports WhidbeyHealth 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.

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. 360-6796577 www.oppco.org

WhidbeyHealth Foundation: Nonprofit organization supports WhidbeyHealth Medical Center 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 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.whidbeyhealth.org/giving

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.

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

Small Miracles; Coupeville Medical Support Fund: 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, www.smallmiraclescpv. com or email smallmiraclescpv@gmail.com

Whidbey Island Nourishes: WIN prepares and delivers no-cost meals to children and families in need on South Whidbey. If you or someone you know is in need of supplemental nutrition for their children, we would like to help. 360-221-7787 or www.whidbeyislandnourishes.org

Non-profit Organizations

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350 SE Pioneer Way #101 Oak Harbor, WA 98277

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

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South Whidbey 360-321-1600

North Whidbey 360-675-0311

Central Whidbey 360-678-4886

Camano Island 360-387-0222

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Whidbey Sounders Toastmasters Club: Dedicated to public speaking and all its benefits. General meetings are held 6:30 p.m. the second, fourth and fifth Tuesdays of each month at the VFW in Oak Harbor. Develop communication and leadership skills in a supportive environment. whidbey sounderstoastmastersclib.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 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 and self-guided driving tour. 360-678-6084 or www. nps.gov/EBLA/index.htm Genealogy Society of South Whidbey Island: Formed to promote pursuit of family histories through genealogical research with monthly speakers and 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 Holland-American Koffie Klets: This group meets every fourth Thursday at San Remo Restaurant 4 p.m. for "gezelligheid" and conversation, January through October. Dwight Adema at 360-682-2638 or email dwight51@hotmail.com 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 or email 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 groups, 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. 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 Sno-Isle Libraries budget. Provides a monthly used book sale from 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. www. friendsofthefreelandlibrary.shutterfly.com or email friendsoffree landlibrary@yahoo.com 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 and special programs. www.sno-isle.org Whidbey Reads: The whole island gets in on the act with this giant book club that culminates with a presentation by the author. This year's book is “The 100 Year Miracle,�by Seattle author Ashley Ream. www.sno-isle.org/whidbeyreads

MILITARY-RELATED

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, as a memorial to those who flew it. Quarterly meetings at Flyers Restaurant. www.a3skywarriorforwhidbey.org American Legion: Provides services to veterans and their families and community. Two posts on Whidbey: Post 129, Oak Harbor, 360-675-2411, and Post 141, Langley, 360-321-5696. 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 are available five days of the week. Walk-ins are welcome, no appointments necessary, at the Seaplane Base. 360-257-4801. Ladies Auxiliary Fleet Reserve Association: Unit 97 open to wives, widows, mothers, sisters, daughters and granddaughters of active or retired members of the U.S. Navy, Marines and Coast Guard. Assists needs of Fleet Reserve Association, its members and their families. 360-675-3414. 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. 360-678-0983. 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 sea services. 360-720-8398 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 members and the community. Meets the first Tuesday of every month

in Building 22 on the Seaplane Base. 360-320-1954. 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 PBY Naval Air Museum: The museum is located in downtown Oak Harbor at 270 SE Pioneer Way. The museum is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays-Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Admission prices are $6 for active military and seniors; $7 for everyone else. Retired Officers' Wives: A strictly social organization. The group's purpose is to acquaint the wives of the retired officers in this area. 360-679-4527. VFW Auxiliary: Provides Veteran and family support through community service, youth activities, and legislation while promoting patriotism and remembering our heroes. 360-675-4048 or www.vfwpost7392.org VFW Post 7392: Promotes civic responsibility, patriotism, supports youth scholarships and local programs, educational opportunities, and accredited service officers that work with VA benefits. 360-675-4048 or www.vfwpost7392.org Whidbey Veterans Resource Center: Dedicated to serving veterans and their families. Programs include peer support groups, a summer sailing program and the annual Stand Down event. Services include assistance with benefit applications, on site and agency referrals and help accessing discharge documents, emergency and housing providers. The center is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays at the Bayview American Legion, 14096 Highway 525, in Bayview. Appointments are suggested but not necessary. 360-3318081 or email whidbeyvrc@gmail.com

POLITICAL GROUPS

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 Island County Property Rights Alliance: A nonprofit, nonpartisan group that defends constitutional rights with regard to individual property rights, serves as an advocate for small property owners, offering public information, education, coalition building, problem prevention, assistance with legal action and a member newsletter. www.capr.us/ISLAND Island County Republican Party: Responsible for conducting party affairs. 360-279-1197 or www.islandcountygop.com 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 Whidbey NewsTimes calendar for announcements of invited guest speakers. 631-707-5980 or email ritadrum777@gmail.com 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


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HISTORY ✤ PEOPLE ✤ FACTS ✤ FIGURES ✤ LIFE 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.

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

St. Peter's Women, ELCA: Women of the Clinton congregation meet for fellowship and Bible study, and to support activities for the church. Raises funds for missions locally and worldwide. 360-341-4715.

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, www.yd.org or email whidbey@yd.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 begins at 10:45, and snacks are offered. All women are welcome. 360-221-4233 or www.langleyumc.org Whidbey Island Friends Meeting (Quakers): Worships at 4 p.m. each Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 20103 State Highway 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 prayers and messages. Meeting also sponsors spirit-led social justice, peace and educational programs for the wider community. www.whidbeyquakers.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. The group welcomes people who are willing to volunteer to host Shabbats, plan and organize events, work on fundraising and grant writing and simply offer a presence in the community. 360321-2101 or www.wijc.wordpress.com

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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. 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.

Jerome St., where people 50 years or older can meet, travel, receive services and participate in activities that enhance dignity, mental and physical health as well as support independence and encourage involvement in the community. 360-279-4580. Senior Services of Island County: A private, nonprofit 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. 360-321-1600 for South Whidbey, 360279-4580 for North Whidbey, and 360-678-4886 or 360-3216661 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. 360-331-1971, www.swathome.clubexpress.com or email info@SWatHome.org 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. 360321-1600.

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.

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 State Highway 525, Langley. Island Transit provides door to center transportation

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for those participants who qualify. They may be contacted at 360-321-6688. A sliding fee scale and other funding available. 360-321-1600 or www.islandseniors.org/adult-day-services

SERVICE/VOLUNTEER

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 to advancing equity for women in education, employment and public service. www.aauw-whidbeyisland.org Central Whidbey Lions: Known as the "Hands On" Lions, the club meets at noon, 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. Email 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. 360-221-6454. 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, working appliances. Volunteer workers needed in all areas, from construction to committee work. 360-679-9444 or www.islandcountyhabitat.org

Hearts & Hammers: Neighbors helping neighbors stay in their homes. Local nonprofit organization that brings together 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 Central and South Whidbey. Central Whidbey: 360-240-2964. South Whidbey: 360-221-6063. www.heartsandhammers.com 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 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 Highway 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. 360-221-5253, www.langley218.com or email secretary@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 #450: Community service organization affiliated with the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge that raises funds for scholarships and community assistance. 360-675-7111. 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 Elks Lodge, 155 NE Ernst, Oak Harbor. 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. Mail to P.O. Box 958, Oak Harbor, WA 98277 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. 360-678-3072 or email doc98239@outlook.com Rotary Clubs: Four active clubs: Rotary Club of South Whidbey, Whidbey Westside Rotary, Oak Harbor Rotary and 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 at 10 a.m., the second and fourth Thursdays at M-Bar-C Ranch. 360-331-3151. 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 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 Whidbey Island Masonic Lodge 15: Meets every third Tuesday, 804 N. Main Street, Coupeville. 360-672-1999, www. whidbeyisland-15.org or email info@whidbeyisland-15.org Whidbey Island Nourishes: WIN is a volunteer powered organization dedicated to preparing and delivering no-cost meals to those in need on South Whidbey, focusing on nutrition and education for our young people. Our 90+ active volunteers prepare over 2000 meals per month for distribution and partner with the school garden for Farm to Table education. New volunteers are always welcome. 360221-7787 or www.whidbeislandnourishes.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. Collect coupon inserts for distribution to families, food banks and overseas military families. "Clip n' Chats" meet weekly. Open to anyone. Free. "Whidbey Coupon Club" on Facebook, 360-675-2338 or nwcouponclub@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 others in the community. 360321-4049 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. Find “Filipino-American Association of Oak Harbor” on Facebook www.facebook.com/Filipino-American-Associationof-Oak-Harbor-145724825490209 Flying Fingers: A pleasant monthly gathering for deaf, hardof-hearing and anybody who is interested in using sign language. Meets at 5:45-6:45 p.m., first Friday of month, Langley United Methodist Church at Third and Anthes Ave., Langley, WA 98260, Fireside Room, back section of church. Follow the posters. 360-221-0383 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

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Fords are welcome. Annual Show and Shine Car Show in Oak Harbor. Meets 7 p.m. monthly the second Thursday, at various locations in Oak Harbor. www.islandclassicmustang club.com Island County Amateur Radio Club: Testing monthly, field day exercise in June. 360-730-2250, www.w7avm.org or email k7na@w7avm.org Island County Astronomical Society: Anyone interested in astronomy or educational outreach is invited to attend. www.icas-wa.org Island County Tourism: Information about visiting Whidbey, Camano islands at www.whidbeycamanoislands.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 State Highway 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 are 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 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

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. Join for fun, fitness and friendship. www.npsdragonboat.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 are able, to help animals in need. www.oasisforanimals.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. 360-675-1837.

Quilters on the Rock Guild: This Whidbey Island quilting organization meets monthly at 6 p.m. the third Monday of each month at the United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 608 N. Main St., Coupeville. Quilters of all ages, interest and experience are welcome. Offer a range of programs, speakers, retreats and projects. www.quiltersontherock.com 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. 360-678-8900 or www.waifanimals.org Whidbey Cruzers Car Club: Nonprofit 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 Whidbey Dragon Boat Club: The premiere Dragon Boat Club on Whidbey Island. Its mission is to promote the physical, social and emotional benefits of dragon boating. While this sport developed in this country because of its benefits

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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; sponsors annual kite festival in September. Email 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. www. whidbeyislandnordiclodge.wordpress.com or email whidbeyis landnordiclodge@gmail.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 6-25. Whidbey club hosts annual WIPC Horse Trials in July with 300-plus competitors of all ages and skills. www.whidbeyisland.ponyclub.org Whidbey Island Radio Control Society: Dedicated to building and flying radio controlled model aircraft. Meets 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at Family Bible Church, 2760 N. Heller Road., Oak Harbor. 360-675-4455 or www. wircsrc.com

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HISTORY ✤ PEOPLE ✤ FACTS ✤ FIGURES ✤ LIFE 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 Weavers' Guild: A community of fiber artists. It is a dynamic organization dedicated to providing an environment instilling interest, stimulation and education in the fiber arts. www.whidbeyweaversguild.org

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; and 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 the group 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 salt water and fresh water 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. A guest speaker comes each month, covering different topics. 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 and practice in March. The regular season is April through June 15. All-Star tournaments generally begin in July. 417 SE Bayshore Drive, Oak Harbor. 360-679-1522 or email 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: 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

South Whidbey Yacht Club: Its 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 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

Lutheran Church. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of addiction in a relative or friend. 360-969-1609.

Oak Harbor Racquet Club: All are welcome. Lessons and social play held year-round. Sundays noon to 3 p.m. drop-in time at Oak Harbor High School tennis courts. Seasonal leagues are available. 360-675-3816.

Overeaters Anonymous: This support group meets at 6 p.m. Mondays at 432 Park St. in Langley.

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 email cdwright9@aol.com

SUPPORT GROUPS

Abdominal Deep Breathing and Relaxation: Meets first Wednesday of each month (except April 20) by appointment only by WhidbeyHealth Medical Center. 360-678-7656, ext. 2130 or 360-321-7656, ext. 2130 Adult Children of Alcoholics: Meets at 7 p.m.,Thursdays at Trinity Lutheran Church, the Annex Chapel, Freeland. This is a support group offering a 12-step program for adult children of alcoholics and dysfunctional families. www.adultchildren. org Alcoholics Anonymous: Support group for people addicted to alcohol meets in the WhidbeyHealth Medical Center conference room and other locations throughout the island. Contact Tim M. at 360-320-8936 or email timmondk@hotmail. com Alateen: Support for people with alcohol or drug-addicted friends or family. www.wa-al-anon.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 Alzheimer's Family Support Group Meeting: For families and others coping with memory loss and dementia. Meets 2:30-4:30 p.m. first Thursday of the month at Summer Hill Assisted Living, Oak Harbor. 360-679-1400. 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 at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center 360678-7656, ext. 2134 or 360-321-7656, ext. 2134. Diabetes Health Group: Sponsored by the WhidbeyHealth Diabetes Program. 360-678-7656 ext. 2650. Domestic Violence Support Group: A group for adult female survivors of domestic violence. Eight-week sessions scheduled throughout the year. 360-675-2232. Healing Circles: A safe place to find meaning in the challenge of cancer. Open to those newly diagnosed, living with or beyond treatment and caregivers. Drop-in hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 534 Camano Ave., Langley. For appointments or more information contact Diana Lindsay at 360-221-4101, www.healingcir cleslangley.org or email info@healingcircleslangley.org House of Hope Nar-Anon, 7 p.m., Thursdays, Oak Harbor

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 360-321-1372.

Parkinson's Support Group: Offers various programs and activities to assist people with Parkinson's 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 Wednesday of each month starting Jan. 13 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the WhidbeyHealth 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.

YOUTH

4-H Clubs: Kids from 5 to 19 focus on their own interests (animals, environment, computers, etc.) and members are supported as they learn by doing. 360-679-7328 or 360-3215111, ext. 7328 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 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.bgcsc.org/snohomish-clubs/oakharbor-club 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. Contact Island District Chair Trent Lay at 360-969-0134 or www.mountbakerbsa. org/districts/island Girl Scouts: Provides scouting programs for girls from kindergarten on up. Call 206-633-5600 for the local council, Girl Scouts of Western Washington. Ryan’s House for Youth: A nonprofit organization that aims to provide a safe living environment for at-risk teens where caring mentors can provide them with tools and opportunities for growth toward a better relationship and better futures. 360-331-4575, www.ryanshouseforyouth.org or email ryanshouseforyouth@gmail.com 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. 360-221-0969 or email thehub@whidbey.com


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HISTORY ✤ PEOPLE ✤ FACTS ✤ FIGURES ✤ LIFE As the home to an international ferry terminal, Anacortes is known as the "gateway" to the San Juan Islands and British Columbia. The city, which has three marinas, had a thriving fishing industry beginning during the 19th century. At one point, Anacortes had 11 canneries. Today the maritime industry is still alive and thriving. The specialized boat that won the Americas Cup 2010 was in Anacortes. The city has a bustling downtown. Shoppers may explore art galleries galore, as well as antique shops, books stores and yarn and candy shops. Many fine restaurants serve seafood dishes, Asian and Mexican cuisine, cafe and pub food and much more. At night the street may be hopping with people enjoying live music at busy taverns. In addition to public access to the waterfront, Anacortes has other opportunities for people who love the outdoors. The Community Forest Lands covers nearly 2,800 acres within the city and is crisscrossed with trails that travels through trees and past lakes. Washington Park is 220 acres of unspoiled beauty that offers camping, a boat launch, picnic areas and a paved loop trail. Other parks and trails offer access to the water, playground equipment and open space.

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COUPEVILLE

Coupeville Community Bible Church 502 NE Otis St. 360-678-4778 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. 360-678-6692 www.livinghopeonwhidbey.org St. Marys Catholic Church 207 N Main St. 360-678-6536 www.staugustineoh.org/smcc/index_ sm.php

SAN DE FUCA San De Fuca Community Chapel 724 Wall St. 360-678-6538

GREENBANK Hillside Evangelical Free Church 874 Plantation Dr. 360-222-3211, www.hillside-efc.com

FREELAND

Christian Life Center 1832 Scott Road 360-331-5778, www.clcwhidbey.com First Baptist Church of South Whidbey 2277 Newman Road 360-321-4457 firstbaptistsouthwhidbey.com St. Augustine’s-in-the-Woods Episcopal Church 5217 S. Honeymoon Bay Road 360-331-4887 www.staugstineepiscopalchurch.org

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Trinity Lutheran Church 18341 SR 525 360-331-5191 www.trinitylutheranfreeland.org

Langley United Methodist Church 301 Anthes Ave. 360-221-4233, www.langleyumc.org

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

St. Hubert Catholic Church 804 3rd St. 360-221-5383 www.sthubertchurch.org

LANGLEY

Christian Science Society 15910 SR 525 360-321-4080

South Whidbey Assembly 5373 Maxwelton Road 360-221-1656 www.swagchurch.com

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 5425 Maxwelton Road 360-221-3141, www.lds.org

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

First Baptist Church 2277 Newman Road 360-321-4457 www.firstbaptistsouthwhidbey.com

Calvary Chapel-Whidbey Island 3821 French Road 360-579-2570, www.ccwhidbey.com

The Island Church of Whidbey 503 Cascade Ave. 360-221-6980 www.islandchurchofwhidbey.org

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

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