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THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO LIFE ON WHIDBEY 2018

A SUPPLEMENT OF THE WHIDBEY NEWS-TIMES & SOUTH WHIDBEY RECORD


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Pg. 4 ... Clinton Pg. 6 ... Climate & Weather Pg. 8 ... Government Pg. 11 ... Langley Pg. 14 ... Education Pg. 16 ... Libraries Pg. 18 ... Farmers Markets Pg. 21 ... Bayview Pg. 24 ... Freeland Pg. 27 ... Transportation Pg. 29 ... Utilities & Services Pg. 32 ... Business & Economy Pg. 34 ... Greenbank Pg. 36 ... Coupeville Pg. 38 ... Restaurant Map Pg. 40 ... Parks & Recreation Pg. 43 ... Pet Friendly Parks Pg. 44 ... Oak Harbor Pg. 48 ... NAS Whidbey Pg. 50 ... Marinas Pg. 51 ... Churches Pg. 54 ... Arts & Entertainment Pg. 56 ... Events Calendar Pg. 61 ... Clubs & Organizations Pg. 72-74 ... 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.

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Clinton serves as the southern portal to Whidbey Island. Residents and tourists alike use the Clintonto-Mukilteo ferry to get on and off the island. Stray off the beaten path of Highway 525 and you’ll find a largely rural area with mostly trees, homes and farms. The ferry terminal is one of three ways to get on and off the island, the others being the Coupeville-to-Port Townsend Ferry and the Deception Pass bridge. It is because of this that Clinton is known to be packed to the brim with traffic during the summer 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 inland and 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 Clinton Ferry provides the southern most exit off the island. the Port of South Whidbey and is 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. Just 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 is also a plethora of options at the Ken’s Korner shopping center. Groceries can be purchased at the Red Apple, while Pickle’s Deli offers sandwiches and Mexican food is served at Patron. Two private elementary/middle schools are also located in Clinton: Whidbey Island Waldorf School and Wellington Day School.


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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. However, Old Man Winter can stir up whipping winds in some locations, particularly on the west side with the harshest winds hitting from October through February. Oak Harbor and Coupeville receive an average rainfall of about 20 inches per year, compared to Seattle and Everett, which average about 36 inches per year. Greenbank, located in the center of the island, also has an average annual rainfall of about 20 inches. Precipitation fluctuates significantly as you reach the southern tip of Whidbey Island. Rainfall averages in Clinton and Langley are more in line with Seattle and Everett. ”There are many micro-climates," said

Clouds above and beyond Whidbey Island reflect the many moods of quickly changing weather. These skies appeared at sunset looking west from Admiral Cove. 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." Stacks of clouds make their mark year round on Whidbey, considered one of the least sunniest locales in the lower 48, according to a federal

study. December is usually the month with the most precipitation on Whidbey. Mild temperatures and few bugs 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 with occasional hotter days in July.

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

courts. Prosecutor: Prosecutes criminal cases and provides legal help to county government. Sheriff: Provides law enforcement to unincorporated areas within the county, runs the county jail, supervises a civil division and runs a juvenile detention facility. Treasurer: Processes tax bills and handles revenues for the county and many smaller agencies. The county campus in Coupeville is home to the public works department, which oversees the county’s road system, solid waste system and other engineering functions; planning and community development, which handles longterm land use planning and building permits; and public health, which monitors community health, water and septic systems. Those departments are housed in the Annex Building and offer a central desk to allow people one spot to conduct business with the three departments.

— Police — ISLAND COUNTY SHERIFF Island County Law and Justice Center 101 Northeast Sixth Street, Coupeville 98239 Business: 360-678-4422 (N. Whidbey) or

360-321-5113, x7310 (S. Whidbey) Emergency TTY & voice: 360-678-6116 Emergency: 911 South precinct office: 1618 East Main Street, Suite 4N, Freeland North precinct office: 3155 North Shay Road, Oak Harbor OAK HARBOR POLICE 860 Southeast Barrington Drive, Oak Harbor 98277 Emergency: 911 Business: 360-279-4600 COUPEVILLE MARSHAL 4 Northeast Seventh Street, Coupeville 98239 Emergency: 911 Business: 360-678-4461 LANGLEY POLICE 112 2nd Street Emergency: 911 Business: 360-221-4433 WASHINGTON STATE PATROL 840 Southeast Eighth Avenue, Suite 101 Oak Harbor 98277 Emergency (statewide): 911 Business/Oak Harbor: 360-675-0710 SEE PAGE 10


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— Judiciary — ISLAND COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT Island County Law and Justice Center 101 Northeast Sixth Street, Coupeville 98239 Island County Superior Court has exclusive original jurisdiction over all civil matters involving $50,000 or more, title or possession of real property, and cases involving legality of any tax, as well as probate and domestic cases. It also has original jurisdiction over all felony criminal cases and all juvenile cases. Judges: Alan R. Hancock and Vickie Churchill Clerk: Debra Van Pelt, 360-679-7359 Prosecutor: Gregory Banks, 360-679-7363

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ISLAND COUNTY DISTRICT COURT 800 SE Eighth Ave., Oak Harbor 98277 360-675-5988 This court generally handles traffic violations, misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors. It also handles civil actions involving $50,000 or less, small claims cases up to $4,000 and felony matters for preliminary hearings, and it serves as Oak Harbor’s municipal court. Judge: Bill Hawkins Administrator: Donna Rollag

— Fire — NORTH WHIDBEY Oak Harbor Fire Department serves areas within the city limits. The station is at 855 E. Whidbey Ave. 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 360-675-1131. The district includes seven fire stations. CENTRAL WHIDBEY Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue serves the central part of the island, including Coupeville and Greenbank. It can be reached at 911 or 360678-3602. The district includes three fire stations. SOUTH WHIDBEY South Whidbey Fire/EMS serves the south end of the island, including Clinton, Freeland and Langley. It can be reached at 911 or 360-3211533. The district includes six fire stations.


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South Whidbey’s only incorporated city is one of the most popular tourist destinations on Whidbey Island. Langley, known as the Village by the Sea, is a quaint town of just over 1,000 residents overlooking Saratoga Passage. One dubious claim to fame came in 2015 when the city was over run with rabbits. Despite being small in nature, the city has its own police department, city council and urban services. It is also host to Northwest favorites such as DjangoFest Northwest and the Whidbey Island Fair; the latter draws thousands of visitors over a week-long span. Langley also hosts Mystery Weekend, which gives participants a chance to solve a fictional murder. SEE PAGE 12

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Langley on Whidbey, it’s magic. 315 First St., Langley • 360.221.8202 • Open Every Day! 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 Mondays 11 A.M. to 5 P.M., 105 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 14 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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According to city and business leaders, 2016 was a record year in terms for visitors. Sales tax revenue and hotel-motel accommodation tax revenues 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

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 notoriety for its rather large bunny population, which can be spotted scurrying around the town’s neighborhoods, and near Langley Middle School and the Island County Fairgrounds. With a variety of gift shops, restaurants, and

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other attractions, the town is a popular destination for tourists looking for a taste of beauty on South Whidbey. The city is also host to the hottest and coolest box-car race on Whidbey Island, the Soup Box Derby. The post office, library and Star Store are each centrally located to provide visitors with quick access points for convenient basic needs. There are several community gatherings and celebrations held each year that include 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.


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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. The school district offers 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-rounded, small school experience for students and families. The district comprises two campuses with an elementary school and 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. In 2017, the school board voted to close Langley Middle School. South Whidbey Middle School - South Campus includes 5th and 6th graders, and grades 7 and 8 go to South Whidbey High School. The island also includes several private schools and higher education opportunities, including three colleges offered by the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

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Students at Crescent Harbor Elementary School learn about composting.

Public Schools OAK HARBOR SCHOOL DISTRICT 350 S. Oak Harbor St. 360-279-5000 Enrollment: 5,804 General fund: $73 million Certificated staff: 372 Classified staff: 233 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 Program 350 S. Oak Harbor St. 360-279-5575 Director: Ray Cone

Oak Harbor Elementary 151 SE Midway Blvd. 360-279-5100 Principal: Dorothy Day

North Whidbey Middle School 67 NE Izett St. 360-279-5500 Principal: Bill Weinsheimer

Olympic View Elementary 380 NE Regatta Drive 360-279-5150 Principal: Laura Aesoph

Oak Harbor Intermediate School 150 SW Sixth St. 360-279-5300 Principal: Raenette Wood

HomeConnection 600 Cherokee St. 360-279-5900 Principal: Shane Evans

Broad View Elementary 473 SW Fairhaven Dr. 360-279-5250 Principal: Jenny Mouw

Hand-in-Hand Early Learning Center 600 Cherokee St. 360-279-5930 Director: Janice Gaare

Crescent Harbor Elementary 330 E. Crescent Harbor Road 360-279-5650 Principal: Kate Valenzuela Hillcrest Elementary 1500 NW Second Ave. 360-279-5200 Principal: Paula Seaman

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South Whidbey Elementary 5380 S. Maxwelton Road, Langley 360-221-4600 Principal: Jeff Cravy

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

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

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

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Der Kinderhuis Montessori School 900 SE Dock St., Oak Harbor 360-675-4165

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

Island Christian Academy 5373 Maxwelton Road, Langley 360-221-0919 North Whidbey Christian High School 675 E. Whidbey Ave., Oak Harbor 360-675-5352 Oak Harbor Christian School 675 E. Whidbey Ave., Oak Harbor 360-675-2831 Wellington Day School 5719 Pioneer Park Place, Langley 360-341-1252

Columbia College 1045 W. Midway St. Building 2739, room 117 Naval Air Station Whidbey Island 360-279-9030 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 981 NE 21st Court, Oak Harbor 360-279-0959 Skagit Valley College Oak Harbor campus, 1900 SE Pioneer Way 360-675-6656 South Whidbey Campus, 723 Camano Avenue, Langley 360-341-2324

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The Sno-Isle Library System offers a variety of materials and services.

Five public libraries — in Clinton, Coupeville, Freeland, Langley and Oak Harbor respectively — provide more than books. Storytimes, computer classes, public forums, plus downloadable movies, music and eBooks are just some of the ways Sno-Isle Libraries responds to community needs, 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 April 2017, a series called Write Now for teens and adults was continued 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. Mental health will be the subject for the first part of 2018. Details, along with links to library and community resources, can be found at sno-isle.org/issues-that-matter. Among other featured events this year include the new Oak Harbor Poetry project happening at Oak Harbor library. Coupeville Library will host author Kaci Cronkhite, who will discuss her book “Finding PAX.” Freeland Library will continue its Work Source classes while Langley Library has talks planned on climate action and other issues. 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. Clinton Library 4781 Deer Lake Road Manager: Debby Colfer Phone: 360-341-4280 Coupeville Library 788 NW Alexander St. Manager: Leslie Franzen Phone: 360-678-4911 Freeland Library 5495 Harbor Ave. Manager: Betsy Arand Phone: 360-331-7323 Langley Library 104 2nd St. Manager: Vicky Welfare Phone: 360-221-4383 Oak Harbor Library 1000 SE Regatta Dr. Manager: Mary Campbell Phone: 360-675-5115


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The Coupeville Farmers Market kicks off the opening of market season every April, with other markets on the island following soon after. Farmers Markets are an excellent avenue to experience the taste of natural Whidbey Island products and discover the talents of local craftsmen. These markets take place on North, Central and South Whidbey throughout the spring and summer four different days of the week. OAK HARBOR FARMERS MARKET 4 p.m. - 7 p.m., Thursdays, May 30 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

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Despite not being an incorporated town, Bayview is a place of its own. Located 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 Whidbey Donuts, 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 meeting. 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 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

Bayview hosts many community events including street dances, markets and activities like The Mutt Strut. 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. There are also street dances that draw musicians and music lovers to the dance floor. Before 1900, boats were able to navigate Deer Lagoon, the end

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Highways State Highways 525 and 20 link to form the main passage the length of Whidbey Island. Highway 525 begins at the Clinton Ferry Terminal, the southernmost tip of the island, and runs all the way up to Race Road near Coupeville. It is there that 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.

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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 1-888-5221130. Cascade Natural Gas accepts online, mail and phone payment. Customers may also drop payments off at Saar's Market Place, 32199 Highway 20 in Oak Harbor and at Safeway, 1450 Southwest Erie Street in Oak Harbor. n Natural gas is unavailable to Central and South Whidbey residents, where propane is often used to fuel gas appliances and grills. Propane providers include AmeriGas Propane, 360-6755939; Corey Oil and Propane, 800-829-8541;

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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-

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n Oak Harbor provides water to customers who live within the city limits. Stop by City Hall, 865 Southeast Barrington Drive, or call 360-279-4530 to set up service. Oak Harbor residents living outside city limits are dependent on groundwater. n Coupeville provides water within town limits. Visit Town Hall, 4 Northeast Seventh Street, or call 360-678-4461 for service. n Freeland Water and Sewer District provides service to its residents. Contact the office at 5585 Lotto Avenue, or call 360-331-5566. n Langley provides water service to its residents. Go to City Hall, 112 Second Street, or call 360-221-4246 for service information. n Clinton Water District provides service to south-end residents. Visit its office at 6437 South Harding Avenue, or call 360-341-5487.

n The city of Oak Harbor collects garbage and provides sewer service. Stop by Oak Harbor City Hall at 865 Southeast Barrington Drive, or call 360-279-4530 for more information. n Island Disposal collects residential garbage from all areas outside Oak Harbor city limits. Call 360-678-5701 or 360-321-1331 for service. n Island County Solid Waste operates fullservice recycle parks in Bayview (360-321-4505), Coupeville (360-678-3328) and Oak Harbor (360-675-6161). n The town of Coupeville provides sewer service. Stop by Town Hall, 4 Northeast Seventh Street, or call 360-678-4461 to set up service. n The Holmes Harbor Sewer District services homes in the Holmes Harbor area near Freeland. Call 360-331-4636 for more information. n The city of Langley provides sewer service for residents. For more information, go to Langley City Hall at 112 Second Street, or call 360-221-4246.

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Telephone, Television and Internet n Whidbey Telecom is laying 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 866548-7760 to sign up for phone service, or visit the customer experience center in Freeland at 1651 Main Street. n Several providers offer some or all of those services to most of the island. Among them are AT&T, 800-288-2747; CenturyLink, 877787-3987; Comcast Xfinity, 1-800-934-6489; Direct TV (satellite TV only); Dish (satellite internet and TV only), 844-247-3037; Fidalgo Networking (internet only), (360) 544-9660; Frontier (copper-wire telephone), 855-325-9702; Isomedia (internet, including dial-up), 866-8384389; Verizon Fios, 855-885-3454; and Wave, 866-928-3123.

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Dean Lewis, owner of Dean's Sports Plus, has been repairing bicycles and tennis rackets for 30 years in Oak Harbor. Employment on Whidbey Island centers on the military, health care, manufacturing, retail outlets and the many businesses needed for the island’s tourism industry. Here are a few facts and figures about the labor force and where to seek help for job and business information. 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 Labor force status Population 16 and older: 67,597 In labor force: 39,840 Employed: 33,415 Unemployed: 2,148 Armed forces: 4,277

Source: Washington State Department of Commerce Class of worker Civilian employed population 16 years and older: 34,821 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% SEE PAGE 33


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2017 Quarter 2 Taxable sales Unicorporated Island County: $121,198,435 Oak Harbor: $110,604,098 Coupeville: $16,455,435 Langley: $10,484,967 Source: Island County Economic Development Council

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While Coupeville is one of the smaller towns on the island, and boasts a historic landscape reminiscent of slower times, it is actually a bustling hub for Whidbey Island. The second oldest town in the state 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. SEE PAGE 37

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parks & recreation Visitors to Whidbey Island can take in the beauty of region while recreating at one of its parks. Whidbey Island has five run-free parks for pets. For information about dog-friendly parks in Island County, visit fetchparks.org or call 360321-4049.

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

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Admiralty Inlet and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, 22 standard sites, 13 utility sites, hiking trails.

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 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, 25+ miles of hiking and biking trails, two log picnic shelters, picnic sites, 39 camp sites (campground closed Nov. 1-Feb. 28).

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

Joseph Whidbey State Park Crosby Road Oak Harbor, WA 98277 360-678-4519 Amenities: Day-use park with 3,100 feet of SEE PAGE 41


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Joseph Whidbey State Park is a day-use park that features a nice walking trail along the waterfront. It also offers a kitchen shelter and tables for that afternoon picnic. PARKS FROM PAGE 40

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saltwater shoreline on the Strait of Juan De Fuca in northern Puget Sound, two grass fields, mile hiking trail, kitchen shelter, picnic tables.

Ala Spit Beach Access 5050 Geck Road Oak Harbor, WA 98277 Amenities: Fishing, clamming, trails, passive use, beach access, limited parking area, vista.

South Whidbey State Park 128 S. Smugglers Cove Road Freeland, WA 98249 Phone: 360-331-4559 Amenities: Day-use park with old-growth forest and stunning views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains, shellfish harvesting. Hiking trails, amphitheater, fire circles. The campground is currently closed.

National Parks Ebey's Landing Historical Reserve Office: 162 Cemetery Road Coupeville, WA 98239 Phone: 360-678-6084 A partnership of the National Park Service, the Town of Coupeville, Island County and Washington State Parks. Comprised of 17,000 acres, mostly privately owned.

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. 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, new pavilion with picnic table and barbecue grill, flush SEE PAGE 42


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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. Hastie Lake West end of Hastie Lake Road Oak Harbor, WA 98277 This access has close neighbors; please respect private property. Amenities: Boat ramp, beach access, parking, vista. Kettles Trails Several access points off Highway 20 just north of Coupeville and from Fort Ebey State Park Amenities: Miles of hiking, bike and horse trails. Ledgewood Beach 1846 Driftwood Way Coupeville, WA 98277 This access has close neighbors; please respect private property. Amenities: Vista, beach access, very limited parking. Libbey Beach Park 2750 Libbey Road Oak Harbor, WA 98277 Amenities: Beach access, barbecues, picnic tables, vault restroom, parking, vista. 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).

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Lagoon Point South Directions: Turn west off Highway 525 onto Smugglers Cove Road. Proceed to West Cliff Drive and turn west. Turn south on Lagoon View, then west onto Salmon Street. Follow to end for access. Amenities: Limited beach access, extremely limited parking, vista. These sites have close neighbors. Please respect private property. Marguerite Brons Memorial Park 2837 Becker Road Clinton, WA 98236 Amenities: Fenced-off leash area for pets, trails, picnic shelter, water, lights, informational kiosk. 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.

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Monroe Landing 512 Scenic Heights Road Oak Harbor, WA 98277 Amenities: Boat ramp, interpretive signs, beach access, parking. Moran Beach 899 Powell Road Oak Harbor, WA 98277 Amenities: Beach and tideland access, hand-carry boat launching, walking, parking area, vista. 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. This access has close neighbors. Please respect private property Amenities: Shallow-water boat ramp, parking area for cars and trailers, portable bathroom (seasonal), vista. Patmore Pit 530 Patmore Road Coupeville, WA 98239 Amenities: Parking, information kiosk, picnic tables, enclosed pet agility area, large run-free 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. SEE PAGE 43


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Saratoga Woods 4228 Saratoga Road Langley, WA 98260 Amenities: Horse, bike and hiking trails, parking lot, picnic area, vista, porta-potty. 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.townofcoupeville.org 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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Oak Harbor hosts a variety of parades throughout the year.

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Whidbey's largest city has a distinctly different feel than the rest of the island. Oak Harbor is the commercial, retail and financial hub. Much of the economic activity is due to the presence of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, which injects millions of dollars into the local economy. Unlike other Whidbey communities, the city is 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. 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 the 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 SEE PAGE 46

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Oak Harbor has an active arts commission that is regularly introducing new ways to liven up the community. Walk down Pioneer Way and view a Nautical Kraken sculpture as well as a series of bronze pieces including these ducks and even a likeness of The Barringtons, a founding family.

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Oak Harbor Mayor Bob Severns greets veterans during the annual parade in November.

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oaks for which the city is named. The Chamber of Commerce puts on the popular “Holland Happenings” celebration in April in honor of the town’s Dutch heritage. Oak Harbor also boasts a tight-knit community that encourages and celebrates events that will bring them together. Each July, the chamber organizers a multi-day Fourth of July celebration, complete with carnival, food and a huge fireworks finale. Throughout the year, the city also hosts several parades including a homecoming, Veterans Day, Holland Happening and St. Patrick’s Day parades. Each summer people line the waterfront in downtown Oak Harbor to watch the annual Race Week sailing event and hydroplane races. They also party at the Oak Harbor Music Festival each Labor Day Weekend. The city is surrounded by nature and is a great place for visitors. Rolling farmland and the waters of Puget Sound encompass the community. Just 10 miles north is Deception Pass, one of the most popular and scenic parks in the Northwest.

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Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is located on North Whidbey by Oak Harbor. Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, located on the north end of the island, was chosen by Navy Installation Command two out of the last three years as the best large installation. The premier naval aviation installation in the Pacific Northwest is 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 and a 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 largest 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 living near the base is three times higher than the national average. n In 2011 veterans in Island County received $44 million in retirement and disability payments. n The base also contributes significantly to education with nearly 50 percent of the students in Oak Harbor School District being military dependents.

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air station, is critically important for Fleet Carrier Landing Practice training operations. It is also used as a training as a training area for search and rescue operations and has been used for parachute operations in the past.

GEOGRAPHY

n Located in the Puget Sound basin, NAS Whidbey Island’s primary areas, Ault Field and Seaplane base, border the city of Oak Harbor. n The base is approximately 1.5 hours drive time north of Seattle, and 2 hours south of Vancouver, British Columbia n The base's rural location is ideally situated due to low density aircraft traffic in the Pacific Northwest and proximity to global shipping routes between the U.S. and its East Asian trading partners. n Pilots assigned to NAS Whidbey Island squadrons are able to maximize their training and sharpen flight skills by taking advantage of the diverse geography in the region 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 counterdrug operations. n The Aviation Survival Training Center Whidbey Island provides initial and refresher aviation survival training. n The Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit provides specialized training for personnel in the maintenance and repair of aircraft. n Electronic Attack Weapons School trains EA-18G Growler aircrew, intelligence, ordnance and maintenance personnel.

n Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment 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 Aircraift Intermediate Maintenance Detachment, employs more than 1,000 sailors, marines, civilians and contractors to provide depot-level maintenance.

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n NAS Whidbey Island was named the best large Navy base in the world in 2015. The Navy recognizes the top bases in its annual Installation Excellence Awards, which compares how well bases are operated and maintained. n The air station is home to the Navy’s Bird Strike Hazards program and serves as proving ground for many of the initiatives to control collisions between birds and aircraft. n The base's integration with the local community and its numerous joint projects are seen as a model for other installations.

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The Port of South Whidbey operates an active marina in Langley. There are accommodations for boaters on all parts of the island Whidbey Island offers two public marinas for overnight accommodations for boaters on its north and south ends and the historic Coupeville Wharf for limited day use in between. On the north end is the spacious Oak Harbor Marina near the Navy Seaplane Base. South Whidbey Harbor is a smaller but charming place to tie up and explore Langley, “the village by the sea.�

Oak Harbor Marina 1401 SE Catalina Dr. Oak Harbor, WA 98277 360-279-4575 www.oakharbor.org VHF channel 16 Harbormaster: Chris Sublet csublet@oakharbor.org Built: 1974 Services: Fuel (diesel, 90 octane ethanol free gas) pump out, propane, electricity, water, ice, show-

ers, laundromat, boat launch, loaner bikes, and free Wi-Fi. Accommodations: 420-boat facility; 230 uncovered slips, 122 covered slips, 52 guest moorage for vessels 18 to 70 feet in length, limited side-tie moorage. Also, 96 dry storage garage-type sheds that can house boats up to 21 feet in length and 50 dry boat/RV storage spaces available for RVs up to 40 feet in length. A private boat yard, yacht club and park with picnic facilities are also nearby.

Port of South Whidbey Harbor 228 Wharf Street, Langley, WA 98260 360-221-1120 www.portofsouthwhidbey.com VHF channel 66A Harbormaster: Duncan McPhee harbormaster@portofsouthwhideby.com 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 6-12 Front Street Coupeville, WA 98239 360-678-6379 www.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 and limited to three-hour courtesy moorage, no mooring buoys.


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OAK HARBOR 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 Calvary Chapel Oak Harbor 1560 SE 9th Ave. 360-679-6959 www.calvarychapeloakharbor.org Christian Reformed Church 1411 N. Wieldraayer Road 360-675-2881 www.ohcrc.org Concordia Lutheran Church 590 N. Oak Harbor St. 360-675-2548 www.concordiaoakharbor.org

Christ the King Community Church 51 SE Jerome St. 360-679-1288 www.ctk.net Church of Christ 1000 NE Koetje Road 360-675-3441 www.churchofchrist.org The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 201 NE Oleary St. 360-675-3349 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

Whidbey is the home of many churches that support a variety of faiths. Faith Tabernacle of Praise 620 Erin Park Road 360-679-1003 Family Bible Church 2760 SW Heller Road 360-679-1585 www.oakharborfamilybible.org First Church of 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 Church 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

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Korean Presbyterian Church of Oak Harbor 250 SW 3rd Ave. 360-675-3744 Life Church 1767 NE Regatta Drive 360-679-3158 www.life-church.co Lighthouse Christian Center 1767 NE Regatta Drive 360-679-3158 www.lighthouseministries.net Living Faith Christian Center 551 NE Midway Blvd., Ste. 4 360-675-9221 www.lfccoh.org Living Word Foursquare 490 NW Crosby Ave. 360-675-5008 www.livingwordoakharbor.com New Life Missionary 656 SE Bayshore Dr. 360-675-0935

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE CHURCH SERVICES Sunday Service & Sunday School 10:30 am Wednesday Testimony Meeting 7:30 pm 1st Wednesday each month

Oak Harbor Christian Fellowship 1780 SE 4th Ave. 360-320-4954 www.ohcfellowship.com

Whidbey Presbyterian Church 1148 SE 8th Ave. 360-679-3579 www.whidbeypres.org

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

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Oak Harbor Lutheran Church 1253 NW Second Ave. 360-679-1561 www.oakharborlutheran.org Oak Harbor Southern Baptist Church 50 SW 6th Ave. 360-675-6686 www.ohsbc.org Oak Harbor United Pentecostal Church 210 SE Pioneer Way., Ste. 4 404-661-4653 www.oakharborupc.com 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 20 360-675-4412 www.oakharborchurch.org Sovereign Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church 31830 SR 20 360-679-8893 www.sgopc.org

Centerpoint Christian Fellowship 16604 SR 20 360-678-3713 Coupeville Community Bible Church 502 NE Otis St. 360-678-4778 www.coupevillechurch.com Coupeville United Methodist Church 608 N. Main St. 360-678-4256 www.coupevilleumc.com Jehovah’s Witnesses 331 W. Morris Road 360-678-7471 Living Hope Foursquare Church 105 NW Broadway Ave. 360-678-6692 www.livinghopeonwhidbey.org St. Mary Catholic Church 207 N Main St. 360-678-6536 www.staugustineoh.org/smcc/index_sm.php San De Fuca Community Chapel 724 Wall St. 360-678-6538

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FREELAND Christian Life Center 1832 Scott Road, Ste. A 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 Trinity Lutheran Church 18341 SR 525 360-331-5191 www.trinitylutheranfreeland.org Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island 20103 SR 525 360-321-8656 www.uucwi.org

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LANGLEY Christian Science Society 15910 SR 525 360-321-4080 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 5425 Maxwelton Road 360-221-3141 www.mormon.org First Baptist Church 2277 Newman Road 360-321-4457 www.firstbaptistsouthwhidbey.com The Island Church of Whidbey 503 Cascade Ave. 360-221-6980 www.islandchurchofwhidbey.org Langley United Methodist Church 301 Anthes Ave. 360-221-4233 www.langleyumc.org

Sunday Service Times 8:30 & 10:30 AM Nursery and Children’s Church available in both services 5373 Maxwelton Road, Langley, WA 98260 360.221.1656 swag@whidbey.com www.swagchurch.com

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

CLINTON Calvary Chapel-Whidbey Island 3821 French Road 360-579-2570 www.ccwhidbey.com St. Peter’s Lutheran Church 6309 S. Wilson Place 360-341-4715 www.whidbeynet.net/stpeters

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

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Oak Harbor Loving God/Loving People/Serving the World

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

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

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

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arts & entertainment Whidbey Island is chockful of creativity in fine arts, performing arts and visual arts, including, dancing, theater, classical music, photography, woodworking, weaving, ceramics, glassmaking and more. Numerous galleries, theaters, performing groups, arts festivals and artists’ groups 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 Artworks Gallery is one of several island cooperative enterprises owned and staffed by artists. It features an ever-evolving display of pieces 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 regularly scheduled live music and open mic performances. Brackenwood Gallery 302 First St., Langley 360-221-2978 www.brackenwoodgallery.com Brackenwood Gallery derives its name from a 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.

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Windwalker Taibi, an artist and owner of Ravenrocks Gallery in Greenbank, works on a tapestry. Cash Store at Bayview Corner 5603 Bayview Road, Langley 360-321-4145 www.goosefoot.org The Bayview Cash Store at historic Bayview Corner displays the works of many local artists in its common area. edit. 306 First St. No. 101, Langley 360-381-0045 www.editwhidbey.com edit. is one of Whidbey's newest galleries and mercantile with goods from 67 “small makers from Whidbey, the U.S. and beyond.” Garry Oak Gallery 830 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor 360-240-0222 www.garryoakgallery.com Established in 2008 as Oak Harbor’s first major co-operative gallery to showcase the work of local visual artists. Open daily, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Island Bohemians Formed in late 2017, this group of artists of all disciplines meets regularly to energize one another and “to offer social, inspirational and collaborative opportunities to creative professionals residing on Whidbey Island.” www.islandartscouncil.org/island-bohemians

MUSEO 215 First St. Langley 360-221-7737 www.museo.cc MUSEO contemporary fine art gallery features works from area artists. Pacific Northwest Art School 15 N.W. Birch St. Coupeville 360-678-3396 pacificnorthwestartschool.org The school offers workshops on mediums including fiber arts, mixed media, photography and painting. Penn Cove Gallery 9 N.W. Front St., Coupeville 360-678-1176 www.penncovegallery.com Penn Cove Gallery This cooperative gallery, located in the heart of Coupeville, offers pieces from more than 20 island artists. Raven Rocks Gallery 765 Wonn Road, Suite C-101, Greenbank 360-222-0102 www.ravenrocksgallery.com Owners and partners, painter Mary Jo Oxrieder and weaver Windwalker Taibi, feature their own art and many other emerging and established local artists.

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HISTORY ✤ PEOPLE ✤ FACTS ✤ FIGURES ✤ LIFE ARTS FROM PAGE 54 Rob Schouten Gallery 101 Anthes Ave., Langley 360-222-3070 robschoutengallery.com The Rob Schouten Gallery moved from its longtime Greenback Farm location in 2017 to a large corner building in Langley. It features works from 30 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 206-571-0442, 360-637-4690 www.whidbeyislandfas.com This studio offers private and group lessons for artists of every skill level. Whidbey Working Artists Art Studio Tours Oak Harbor 360-320-1927 www.whidbeyworkingartists.com The Whidbey Working Artists Art Studio Tours grant the public an opportunity to visit the studios of more than 50 resident artists from Clinton to Oak Harbor. Glass artists, weavers, painters, printmakers, potters, basketmakers and stone carvers are part of the eclectic mix. Its motto: “Come curious, leave inspired.”

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 14 through September 3. OutCast Productions 819 Camano Ave., Langley www.outcastproductions.net OutCast produces "theatre with a social conscience” with a goal of getting audiences to critically think about social issue and human rights.

Community theaters on the island offer a chance for everyone to be on stage. Whidbey Children's Theater 723 Camano Ave., Langley 360-221-8707 This theater provides kids and teens a chance to shine beneath the stage lights with several yearround performances and classes. Tickets can be purchased at www.whidbeychildrenstheater.org Whidbey Island Center for the Arts 565 Camano Ave., Langley 360-221-8268 wicaonline.org The Whidbey Island Center for the Arts presents a variety of events year-round including theatrical performances, comedy, poetry readings, musical performances and workshops. It is home to DjangoFest Northwest, a nationally renowned gypsy jazz festival. Tickets are available by calling the box office at 360-221-8268 or visiting the website at tickets. wicaonline.com Whidbey Island Dance Theatre 714 Camano Ave., Langley 360-341-2221 www.widtonline.org Whidbey Island Dance Theatre offers classes for experienced and aspiring dancers. It produces "The Nutcracker" each year, as well as other occasional celebrations of dance. 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, including a Christmas play.

Arts Festivals 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 18th 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 free end-of-summer music festival features 30 bands from local and regional performers to national headliners. Two stages and various musical genres make it an event for families and music fans of all kinds who pack historic downtown Oak Harbor on Labor Day Weekend. Saratoga Orchestra 360-929-3045 www.sowhidbey.com The Saratoga Orchestra is the island's resident chamber orchestra, which performs classical and contemporary classical music throughout the year. Whidbey Island Orchestras www.whidbeyorchestras.org The community orchestra strives to promote a positive experience for players and audience members. Musicians of all ability levels and backgrounds are invited to join.


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events calendar MARCH

March 1-4: The Producers, Whidbey Playhouse, Oak Harbor. www.whidbeyplayhouse.com March 3-4: Penn Cove MusselFest, Coupeville. Celebrate Penn Cove’s world famous mussels. www.thepenncovemusselsfestival.com March 3: Whidbey Gardening Workshop, premiere gardening education event open to the public, now in it’s 30th year. whidbeygardeningworkshop.org March 3: 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 3: First Saturday Art Walk, Langley. www.visitlangley.com

March 3-4: C.R.A.P. - Creative Recycled Art Projects, 1-5 p.m., Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. www.wicaonline.org March 9-11: C.R.A.P. - Creative Recycled Art Projects, 1-5 p.m., Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. www.wicaonline.org March 10: Miss Oak Harbor Scholarship Pageant, 6:30-9 p.m., Oak Harbor High School. http://pageantwyse.org March 10: Greenbank Farm Second Saturdays. Check out art galleries and shops. Light refreshments, music, periodic art demonstrations and fun for all ages.

March 17: Oak Harbor St. Patrick’s Day Parade, downtown Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber.com March 25: Bid for Kids Dinner & Auction, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Roller Barn, Oak Harbor. Fundraiser for Oak Harbor Boys & Girls Club. nbarone@bgcsc.org March 25-31: Langley Bunny Daze, www.visitlangley.com

APRIL

April 6-21: The Glass Menagerie, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. www.wicaonline.org April 7: First Saturday Art Walk, Langley. www.visitlangley.com April 13-29: Agatha Christie’s The Hollow, Whidbey Playhouse, Oak Harbor. www.whidbeyplayhouse.com April 14-15: Welcome the Whales Parade and Festival, Langley. www.visitlangley.com April 14: Greenbank Farm Second Saturdays. Check out art galleries and shops. Light refreshments, music, periodic art demonstrations and fun for all age April 26-29: Holland Happening, downtown Oak Harbor. www.oakharbor chamber.com April 28: Rotary Walk of Honor Car Show, 1-4 p.m., Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor.

MAY

May 4: Trudy J. Sundberg Lecture Series Presents Jill Tietjen, 7-9 p.m., co-author of the bestselling and awardwinning book, "Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America." SEE PAGE 57


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Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. www.wicaonline.org May 5: First Saturday Art Walk, Langley. www.visitlangley.com May 6: Anchor Bill Plante in "Conversation on the State of American Politics,” 7:30-9:30 p.m., Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. www.wicaonline.org May 12: Penn Cove Water Festival, downtown Coupeville. www.penncovewaterfestival.com May 12: Greenbank Farm Second Saturdays. Check out art galleries and shops. Light refreshments, music, periodic art demonstrations and fun for all age May 19-20: Savor Spring, www.whidbeyislandvintners.org May 26: Coupeville Memorial Day Parade, www.coupevillechamber.com May 28: PAWZ by the Sea 5k/10k Run/ Walk. Langley. www.visitlangley.com

JUNE

June: "Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka," Whidbey Playhouse, Oak Harbor. www.whidbeyplayhouse.com June 1: Whidbey Island Relay for Life, Oak Harbor. North Whidbey Middle School. June 2: South Whidbey High School Art Show, 5-7 p.m., Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. www.wicaonline.org June 2: First Saturday Art Walk, Langley. www.visitlangley.com June 8-23: When We Were Young and Unafraid, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. www.wicaonline.org

Penn Cove Water Festival

June 9: Spring Clean, www.oakharbor mainstreet.com June 9: Greenbank Farm Second Saturdays. Check out art galleries and shops. Light refreshments, music, periodic art demonstrations and fun for all ages.

July 3: Celebrate America, all day in Freeland Park, culminating with a fireworks show at dusk. 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. SEE PAGE 58

June 16: Whidbey Island Garden Tour, www.wigt.org June 29: Former Sen. Bill Bradley in "Conversation on the State of American Politics,” 7:30-9:30 p.m., Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. www.wicaonline.org June 29: Coupeville Lions Garage Sale Preview, Coupeville Middle School. www.coupevillelions.org

JULY

Island Shakespeare Festival starts 2018 season in July. www.islandshakespearefest.org June 30-July 1: Coupeville Lions Garage Sale, Coupeville Middle School. www.coupevillelions.org June 30-July 4: Oak Harbor 4th of July Carnival, Windjammer Park, www.oakharborchamber.com

11th Annual Block Party & Pig Roast

SUNDAY AUGUST 12, 2018 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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Race Week

July 7: First Saturday Art Walk, Langley. www.visitlangley.com July 14: Greenbank Farm Second Saturdays. Check out art galleries and shops. Light refreshments, music, periodic art demonstrations and fun for all ages. July 19-22: Whidbey Island Race Week, www.whidbeyislandraceweek.com July 19-22: Whidbey Island Fair, Langley. July 27: Crab Cakes and Cocktails, 4-7 p.m., Flinstone Park, Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber.com July 27-Aug. 5: Whidbey Island Music Festival, Oak Harbor. www.whidbeyislandmusicfestival.org

AUGUST

Aug. 4: First Saturday Art Walk, Langley. www.visitlangley.com

Aug. 10: Chamber Golf Tournament, Whidbey Golf Club, Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber.com Aug. 11-12: Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival. www.coupevillefestival.com

Aug. 11: Race the Reserve, event-day registration opens 5:30 a.m., Coupeville Middle School. Races include a marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, 10k and 5k. RaceTheReserve.com

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SAT & SUN, SEPTEMBER 15TH & 16TH, 2018 OAK HARBOR, WASHINGTON PRESENTED BY

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Musicians come from all over to perform each Labor Day Weekend for the Oak Harbor Music Festival.

CALENDAR FROM PAGE 58

SEPTEMBER

Aug. 11: Greenbank Farm Second Saturdays. Check out art galleries and shops. Light refreshments, music, periodic art demonstrations and fun for all ages.

Sept. 1-3: Woodpalooza, WICA, Langley.

Aug. 12: Oak Harbor Pigfest, www.oakharborpigfest.com

Sept. 1: First Saturday Art Walk, Langley. www.visitlangley.com

Aug. 17-19: DockStock, South Whidbey Harbor in Langley. www.visitlangley.com

Sept. 8: Greenbank Farm Second Saturdays. Check out art galleries and shops. Light refreshments, music, periodic art demonstrations and fun for all ages.

Aug. 18: Tour de Whidbey, www.whidbeybicycleclub.org Aug. 25-26: Whidbey Working Artists Studio Tour, various studios island-wide, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. www.whidbeyworkingartists.com Aug. 26: Soup Box Derby, First Street in Langley. www.visitlangley.com Aug. 31-Sept. 2: Oak Harbor Music Festival. www.oakharborfestival.com

Sept. 1: Military Appreciation Public Picnic. www.oakharbornavyleague.org

Sept. 15-16: Hydros for Heroes, Bayshore Drive, Oak Harbor. www.hydrosforheroes.com Sept. 19-23: DjangoFest, WICA and downtown Langley. www.visitlangley.com Sept. 22: Octoberfest, www.oakharbormainstreet.com Sept. 29: OH-Mazing Race, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., starts and ends at Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce. www.oakharborchamber.com

OCTOBER

Haunting of Coupeville, all month long. www.hauntingofcoupeville.com Oct. 6: First Saturday Art Walk, Langley. www.visitlangley.com Oct. 13: Greenbank Farm Second Saturdays, Check out art galleries and shops. Light refreshments, music, periodic art demonstrations and fun for all ages. Oct. 31: No Tricks, Safe Treats, www.oakharbormainstreet.com SEE PAGE 60

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Oct. 31: Spooktacular Langley, www.visitlangley.com

NOVEMBER

Nov. 3: First Saturday Art Walk, Langley. www.visitlangley.com Nov. 10-11: Autumn on Whidbey, www.whidbeyislandvintners.org Nov. 10: 19th Annual Nordic Fest, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., South Whidbey High School. Enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of Scandinavia. www.daughtersof norway.org Nov. 10: Greenbank Farm Second Saturdays. Check out art galleries and shops. Light refreshments, music, periodic art demonstrations and fun for all ages. Nov. 11: Veterans Day Parade, www.oakharbormainstreet.com 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. 24: Sip n’ Shop on the Cove, Coupeville. www.coupevillechamber.com Nov. 24: Lighting of Langley. www.visit langley.com Nov. 25: Gingerbread Workshop, www.coupevillehistoricwaterfront.com

DECEMBER

Dec. 1: Home for the Holidays, www.oakharbormainstreet.com Dec. 1: Greening of Coupeville, www.coupevillechamber.com Dec. 1: Lighted Boat Parade, Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber.com Dec. 1: Holly Jolly Holiday Parade and Shop & Stroll, Langley. www.visitlangley.com Dec. 1: First Saturday Art Walk, Langley. www.visitlangley.com

Dec. 8: Greenbank Farm Second Saturdays. Check out art galleries and shops. Light refreshments, music, periodic art demonstrations and fun for all ages. Dec. 22: Green Ticket Cash Giveaway, Oak Harbor. www.oakharbormain street.com Dec. 22: A Very Merry $1,000 Giveaway, Langley. www.visitlangley.com Dec. 23: Red Ticket Drawing, Coupeville. www.coupevillehistoricwaterfront.com Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Fireworks, Windjammer Park, Oak Harbor. www.oakharborchamber.com For other holiday events, check www.whidbeynewstimes.com and www.southwhidbeyrecord.com closer to the event season. Keep an eye out in 2019 for... January: Sea Float Scramble, Langley February: Langley Mystery Weekend, Coupeville Chocolate Walk March: Penn Cove Musselfest


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clubs & organizations

Hearts & Hammers

Arts

All-Island Community Band: Organized in 1966 and plays for local events, festivals, parades and more. Email allisland band@gmail.com An-O-Chords: Chapter of the Society for Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America. Sing in Valentine's Day performances, Christmas caroling and a show in July. A primary goal of the International Barbershop Harmony Society is to "lead the cause of encouraging vocal music in our schools and communities." www.anochords.org Artists of South Whidbey: Artists meet to share ideas, have paint-outs and see demonstrations by nationally known artists. 360-331-2603. 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. 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 you’ve been a life-long singer, or haven’t sung since second grade, there is a place for you! They sing songs from a wide range of traditions specially arranged for community choirs. Contact Peggy Taylor at peggy@whidbey.com

The Pacific NorthWest Art School: The school has been offering nearly 100 workshops a year in fiber arts, photography, painting and mixed media, youth art, art excursions and art expeditions for the past 25 years. Located at 15 NW Birch St., Coupeville. 360-678-3396 or www.pacificnorthwe startschool.org Saratoga Orchestra: Providing great concert music to the Whidbey Island community. This professional orchestra performs October through May with special events throughout the year. 360-929-3045 or www.sowhidbey.com South Whidbey International Folkdancers: Its purpose is to learn and enjoy dances from all over the world. Everyone is welcome, and no partners are necessary. vhauck@whidbey.net 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 Roon 306 on the Skagit Valley College Whidbey campus in Oak Harbor. 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 you are interested in playing, contact Jerry Jones at 360-679-2066. Whidbey Island Orchestra: Consists of strings, winds, brass and percussion of all abilities and backgrounds. To join, email membership@whidbeyorchestras.org or go to www. whidbeyorchestras.org Whidbey 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.

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

COMMUNITY MINDS

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

EDUCATION

Admiralty Head Lighthouse: Admiralty Head Lighthouse at Fort Casey State Park is open to the public through the partnership of Washington State Parks and Lighthouse Environmental Program. Lighthouse Interpretive Center explains the history of Fort Casey and the lighthouse and offers environmental exhibits and displays. 360-678-1186, 360-678-4519, admiraltyheadlighthouse@gmail.com Calyx Community Arts School: A largely outdoor, arts integrated, home-school 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

and 360-222-3211 for Greenbank. South Whidbey Schools Foundation: The South Whidbey Schools Foundation provides valuable funding for classroom projects outside the scope of the school district budget and which foster educational excellence. The foundation has been rewarded nearly $200,000 in innovative teaching grants in the areas of science, math, the arts, world cultures, technology and civic engagement. SWSF also serves as administering agency for state, federal and foundation grants to local school-related programs. Donations to SWSF are tax-deductible, as the foundation is a nonprofit organization. www.southwhidbeyschoolsfoundation.org Washington State Music Teachers Association: Promotes the value of music study and music making and supports the professionalism of music teachers. Dedicated to enriching the lives of student musicians, the local Whidbey Island Chapter offers ongoing support for music-teaching professionals and quality opportunities for music students. To learn more about the benefits of membership, visit www. wsmta.org or for information about the next chapter meeting, call or email Verna Morgan at 360-320-4605 or 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 deeply to the natural world and to each other, renew their life energy, and engage in deep conversation and learning to imagine and create an abundant, sustainable and life-affirming future. The Chinook trails are open to the public year-round. 360-341-1884 or email info@ whidbeyinstitute.org Whidbey Island Readiness To Learn: Supports students who are having difficulty in school and their families. 360-2216198 ext. 4602 or www.readinesstolearn.org

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 margo.grothe@skagit.edu

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

Excellence in Education: Recognizes outstanding students, teachers, volunteers and programs in the Oak Harbor School District. Call Mike Waller at 360-679-1240.

WSU Extension, Island County: Washington State University, in partnership with county government, other local entities, and organizations offers educational programs that provide useful, practical, and research-based information. Some of the areas we cover include environmental, agricultural, economic development, youth development and leadership, and economic development issues. WSU Extension programs are open to all and in Island County includes 4-H, Master Naturalist, Master Gardeners, Shore Stewards, Waste Wise, Small Farms and the Weather Network programming. For more information please call 360-2405558 or visit our website at http://ext100.wsu.edu/island

Mother Mentors of Whidbey Island: A nonprofit 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

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

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Got Whales?

Call 1-866-ORCANET

or email info@orcanetwork.org

to Report Whale Sightings

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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 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 the public shorelines of Island County. www.islandbeachaccess. org WSU Extension, Island County Shore Stewards: WSU Shore Stewards. Free shoreline educational program available to all residents of Island County. Members receive free booklet and DVD on shoreline living and occasional newsletters. No dues, meetings or volunteer hours required. To join or for more info, call 360-387-3443 ext. 258, visit extension. wsu.edu/island/nrs/shore-stewards or email schase@wsu.edu Sound Water Stewards of Island County: Volunteers help protect Island County's marine environment through public education, nearshore research and stewardship activities of many types. 360-678-4401 or www.soundwaterstewards.org Island County 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, timothy.lawrence@wsu.edu or extension.wsu. edu/island/gardening/mg Island County/WSU Waste Wise Program: Volunteers help county residents, schools and businesses in wastereduction techniques, donating 25 hours of service, teaching composting, recycling and sustainable living classes to adults and children. 360-678-7974, extension.wsu.edu/island/nrs/ waste-wise or email sarah.bergquist@wsu.edu 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 restoration projects large and small island wide. Mark Fessler or Barbara Kolar: 360-678-4281 or email grendl@frontier.com Orca Network: Dedicated to raising awareness about the whales of the Pacific Northwest. To join the Sighting Network or become a member of Orca Network, email info@orcanet work.org, visit www.orcanetwork.org or call 360-331-3543. Langley Whale Center: Orca Network's Langley Whale Center celebrates and share the lives of gray whales, orcas and other marine mammals of the Salish Sea. 117 Anthes Ave., Langley. 360-221-7505, www.orcanetwork.org or www. facebook.com/LangleyWhaleCenter/ Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship: Restoring prairie and educating students in Christian environmental stewardship. Volunteers needed. Come explore our trails. Visit us at 180 Parker Road, Coupeville. 360-678-5586 or www.pacificriminstitute.org Whidbey Audubon Society: Dedicated to protecting birds

Robert Pelant runs the Pacific Rim Institute south of Coupeville. and other wildlife and their habitat with field trips and classes, programs in the schools. www.whidbeyaudubon.org Whidbey Camano Land Trust: Established in 1984, the Land Trust works 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 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 Whidbey Island Conservation District: Serves residents of Whidbey Island in conserving natural resources on residential sites, farms and forest lands through educational outreach as well as technical and financial cost-share assistance to provide a healthy environment for present and future generations. 360-678-4708. www.whidbeycd.org The Whidbey Institute: The mission of the Institute is to be a home for the work of organizations and individuals dedicated to leadership, integral spirit, and a thriving human and more than human world. With over 100 acres of pristine woodlands and trails, the Institute hosts visitors annually from all over the world. 360-341-1884 email info@whidbeyinstitute. org or visit whidbeyinstitute.org Whidbey Watershed Stewards: Join with Whidbey Watershed Stewards and many other groups working to restore and protect Puget Sound. whidbeywatersheds.org or email info@whidbeywatersheds.org

FARM & AGRICULTURE

Island County Agricultural and Small Farms Program:

To encourage and support small farmers on the island, WSU Extension-Island County offers workshops and assistance to meet the needs of new and continuing farmers on Whidbey and Camano. Classes include research based information on livestock, produce, weed and pest management, water quality, agricultural safety and classes from the WSU Cultivating Success program that provide small farmers with planning and decision-making tools, production skills and support necessary to develop a sustainable small acreage farm. For more info email muencha@wsu.edu or call Anza at 678-2343. 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 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. whidbeyislandwa@slow foodsusa.org or www.slowfoodusa.org Whidbey Island Fair Association: Responsible for planning and coordinating the annual Whidbey Island Fair each August in Langley. 360-221-4677 or www.whidbeyislandfair. com Island County Farm Bureau: Voluntary, grassroots advocacy organization representing the social and economic interests of farm and ranch families at the local, state and national levels. Contact 360-678-4772, email ddsherm@frontier. com or visit wsfb.com/island-county-farm-bureau 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. Classes and workshops offered, bimonthly newsletter. www.southwhidbeytilth. org or email info@southwhidbeytilth.org Whidbey Island Conservation District: Serves residents of Whidbey Island in conserving natural resources on residential sites, farms, and forest lands through educational out-

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CLUBS FROM PAGE 63 reach 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

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American Rhododendron Society: Whidbey Island Chapter members share knowledge and enthusiasm for the rhododendron, the Washington state flower. Whidbey chapter meets at 7 p.m. every fourth Wednesday of the month, September through May, at the Race Road fire station south of Coupeville. Meetings intended for everyone from novice to seasoned hybridizers. arleendrsn40@gmail.com or www. rhododendron.org Coupeville Garden Club: Plants and maintains several park areas in Coupeville, as well as the barrels and the plantings at the Welcome to Coupeville signs. They also maintain a greenhouse for club activities and for Coupeville Middle and High School projects. Major fundraising plant sale (at Coupeville Recreation Center) during the last weekend in April to fund the projects that beautify the town of Coupeville. Meet first Thursday of the month (September to May) at Coupeville Recreation Hall, 9:30 a.m. Public welcome. www.coupevil legardenclub.org Greenbank Garden Club: Members participate in work parties and community events at Greenbank Farm and Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens, help maintain Greenbank Progressive Hall, hold spring and fall plant sales, contribute to local charities, clean roadsides. Monthly speakers. greenbankgardenclub@gmail.com or www.facebook.com/greenbankgar denclub Island County Master Gardeners: Provide public educa-

tion 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, timothy.lawrence@wsu.edu or extension.wsu. edu/island/gardening/mg Oak Harbor Garden Club: Performs public outreach projects. All are welcome. 360-240-0560, absullivan@comcast.net or www.oakharborgardenclub.org 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 habitat on the island. 360-321-4191.

HEALTH AND WELFARE

American Red Cross Serving Northwest Washington: Provides disaster relief, military emergency services, health and safety services and community disaster education. Representatives available for emergencies 24 hours a day. We welcome volunteers for all activities on Whidbey Island and donations to relief efforts. Whidbey Island contact info is 360-720-4467, swdisasterteam@whidbey.com or go to www. redcross.org Citizens Against Domestic & Sexual Abuse (CADA): Provides free, confidential assistance to victims of domestic violence, elder abuse, stalking, sexual abuse, child sexual abuse and sexual harassment. Services include a 24-hour crisis line, advocacy and supportive services, safety planning, information and referral, emergency shelter, legal advocacy, court support and prevention programs. Crisis line: 360-6752232 or 1-800-215-5669. Business line: 360-675-7057. Enso House: A nonprofit home providing physical, emotional and spiritual support at the end of life. Located on South Whidbey Island. 360-331-4699, email director@enso-

house.org or visit www.ensohouse.org Friends of Friends Medical Support Fund: A nonprofit group that provides help for people with medical expenses they are unable to pay. 360-221-4535, www.fofmedicalsup portfund.org or mail to P.O. Box 812, Langley, WA 98260. HOPE Therapeutic Riding Center: Its mission is to empower people facing special challenges to discover their abilities, independent skills and explore their potential through use of our nationally accredited safe and effective equine-assisted activities and therapy. 360-221-7656, www. hope-whidbey.org or email hope@whidbey.com Impaired Driving Impact Panel of Island County: Nonprofit community service corporation serving the community since 2000. Dedicated to deterring DUI and underage drinking via its prevention panels which are open to all and free to non-offenders. Held in Oak Harbor, Freeland and at NAS Whidbey. IDIPIC also provides free classroom and schoolwide prevention programs for third grade, middle and high school students. Speakers available for business and organization meetings. Call 360-672-8219 or visit www. idipic.org Mardi Unit: A nonprofit charity group on South Whidbey that raises funds for the Ryther Child Center, which works with children who have emotional problems as well as those with substance abuse concerns. 360-221-4519. Medical Safety Net of North Whidbey: A nonprofit charitable organization that provides temporary help with uncovered medical costs to people living in ZIP codes 98277 and 98278, 360-929-3328 or www.msnofnw.org New Leaf Inc.: A community vocational rehabilitation program for adults with disabilities. Provides training and employment in janitorial services, grounds maintenance and shelf stocking, community job development and independent living services. 360-675-1989, www.newleafinc.org Opportunity Council: A human service agency working primarily with low-income and homeless families in Island County. Emergency shelter, energy assistance, home weatherization and repair, child care resource and referral. Central source of information and referral. 360-679-6577 www.oppco.org Pregnancy Care Clinic: Provides pregnancy testing; limited

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HISTORY ✤ PEOPLE ✤ FACTS ✤ FIGURES ✤ LIFE CLUBS FROM PAGE 64 ultrasounds; baby clothing, diapers, formula upon completion of parenting classes; community referrals and more. All services are free and confidential; 360-675-2096 for Oak Harbor. 360-221-2909 for Langley. Small Miracles; Coupeville Medical Support Fund: 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 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 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. WhidbeyHealth Foundation: Nonprofit organization supports Whidbey General Hospital and community health endeavors. Solicits and encourages philanthropic sharing through tax-deductible contributions or gifts in memory of or in honor of individuals, families or groups. The annual Tour de Whidbey bicycling event in September is a fundraiser for the WGH foundation and includes challenging 100-and 50-mile rides, a 40-mile moderate ride as well as a new gentler family-friendly 10-mile ride. 360-678-7656, ext. 4020,

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360-321-7656, ext. 4020 or www.whidbeyhealth.org/giving 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 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. whidbeysounderstoastmastersclib.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 public-private partnership that encompasses 17,400 acres on Central Whidbey. Activities include hiking, beach walking, birding, historic site visists. 360-678-6084 or www.nps.gov/ EBLA/index.htm Genealogy Society of South Whidbey Island: Formed to promote pursuit of family histories through genealogi-

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Holland-American Koffie Klets: Group meets every fourth Thursday at San Remo Restaurant 4 p.m. for "gezelligheid" and conversation, January through October. Call Dwight Adema, 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 group, historical societies and others

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LIBRARY GROUPS

Friends of the Coupeville Library: The Friends of the Coupeville Library is a dynamic nonprofit organization. The mission is to support community enrichment by providing discretionary funding for programs and capital purchases outside of monies budgeted by Sno-Isle Libraries or the Town of Coupeville. Fundraising events include book sales and auctions. Support includes funding for enrichment programs for all ages, scholarships for History Day students, community participation in parades, Coupeville Festival and other events. Purchases have included furniture, art supplies and Summer Reading Program prizes. Donations of books and other media (excluding text books and condensed books), time and or cash are welcome. 360-678-4911 or www.sno-isle.org Friends of the Clinton Library: A group concerned about their library's active expansion and participation in community life. www.sno-isle.org Friends of the Freeland Library: Supports Freeland Library through fundraising for equipment, supplies and programs not otherwise funded through the existing SnoIsle Libraries budget. Monthly used book sale 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. first Saturdays. Board meets every other month at 1 p.m. on the third of the month. Open to the public. 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, 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, the book is “The 100 Year Miracle,” by Seattle-based author Ashley Ream. www.sno-isle.org/ whidbeyreads

MILITARY

The A-3 Skywarrior Whidbey Memorial Foundation: A nonprofit organization established to provide the means and funds to place the A-3 aircraft on display at NAS Whidbey Island, as a memorial to those who flew it. Quarterly meetings at Flyers Restaurant. www.a3skywarriorforwhidbey.org

American Legion: Provides services to local veterans and their families and to the community. Two posts on Whidbey: Post 129, Oak Harbor, 360-675-2411, and Post 141, Langley, 360-321-5696. Disabled American Veterans: Chapter 47 is a nonprofit organization that provides needed assistance to active duty, retired, disabled veterans, veterans and their families, spouses and widows; chapter services officers available five days of the week. Walk-ins are welcome, no appointments necessary, at the Seaplane Base. 360-257-4801. Ladies Auxiliary Fleet Reserve Association: Unit 97 open to the wives and widows, mothers, sisters, daughters and granddaughters of active or retired members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Assists needs of Fleet Reserve Association, its members and their families. 360-675-3414. 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 the 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 its members and the community. Meets the first Tuesday of every month in Building 22 on the Seaplane Base. 360320-1954. 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 Retired Officers' Wives: Strictly social organization. The group's purpose is to acquaint the wives of the retired officers in this area. 360-679-4527. VFW Auxiliary: Provides veteran and family support through community service, youth activities, and legislation while promoting patriotism and remembering our heroes. 360-675-4048. 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

Dockside tours on the Coupeville Wharf. Leisurely weekend sails. Private events by request. Reservations and information at www.schoonersuva.org or 360-320-4337

VA benefits. 360-675-4048. 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 Langley. Appointments are suggested but not necessary. Contact: whidbeyvrc@gmail.com or 360-331-8081. Brothers-In-Arms Motorcycle Club - Puget Sound: This all-veteran motorcycle club is dedicated to helping give back to the local community, and all those who have served past and present. For more information on the BIAMC log on to www.brothersinarmsmc-pugetsound.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: Nonprofit, nonpartisan group defends constitutional rights with regard to individual property rights, serves as an advocate for small property owners, offers public information and education, coalition building, member newsletter, problem prevention and assistance with legal action. www.capr.us/ISLAND Island County Republican Party: It is responsible for conducting party affairs. 360-279-1197 or www.islandcoun tygop.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 News-Times calendar for announcements of invited guest speakers. 631707-5980 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

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community support is vital to WIJC’s success. We welcome people who are willing to volunteer to host Shabbats, plan and organize events, work on fundraising and grant writing, and simply offer their presence to the community. 360-3212101 or www.wijc.wordpress.com 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. 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

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. Oak Harbor Adult Day Program: Respite for caregivers and activities for adults who have physical or memory impairments, such as stroke, Alzheimer's disease or related

dementia conditions, developmentally delayed, or other chronic conditions. Located at 917 E. Whidbey Ave., Oak Harbor. 360-240-0702. Oak Harbor Senior Center: A public facility at 51 SE Jerome St., where people 50 years or older can meet, travel, receive services and participate in activities that enhance their dignity and mental and physical health, support their independence and encourage involvement in the community. 360-279-4580. Retired Public Employees of Washington State: Our mission is to unite retired public employees for their mutual benefit and welfare. We do this by promoting legislation to improve financial and medical benefits, providing information to and otherwise supporting members, and working closely with other organizations. www.rpecwa.org Senior Services of Island County: A private, nonprofit Washington corporation serving Camano and Whidbey Island seniors and disabled persons. Services include nine senior nutrition meal sites and Meals-on-Wheels; senior information and assistance/case management; volunteer chore and medical transportation; a full service senior center in South Whidbey, including adult day care and health insurance assistance; countywide Senior News publication; and a 50-unit apartment for low-income seniors in Coupeville. 360-321-1600 for South Whidbey, 360-279-4580 for North Whidbey, and 360-678-4886 or 360-321-6661 for Coupeville Assisted Housing. South Whidbey at Home: An intergenerational nonprofit designed to help older residents stay in their own homes and active in their communities. Members are age 55 and older and for a reasonable annual fee have access to volunteer services, a roster of trusted businesses and social activities. 360-331-1971, www.swathome.clubexpress.com or email info@SWatHome.org

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South Whidbey Bayview Senior Center: Offers programs, lunch, Fun Band, dancing, socialization, Time Together program for caregivers, respite for caregivers and adults with physical or cognitive impairments also available. Call 360-321-1600. Time Together Adult Day Service: Respite for caregivers and activities for adults who have physical or memory impairments, such as stroke, Alzheimer's disease or related dementia conditions, developmentally delayed, or other chronic conditions. Located at 14594 SR 525, Langley. Island Transit provides door to center transportation for those participants who qualify. They may be contacted at 360-3216688. Sliding fee scale and other funding assistance available. 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, club meets the first and third Thursdays of the month at the Tyee Restaurant in Coupeville. Members serve the community in a number of ways, including speakers forum, specific projects for those in need, flag posting for patriotic holidays, roadside clean-up, and youth support programs. cwlions@ whidbey.net Citizens on Patrol: A volunteer patrol group ages 26 and older that assists Oak Harbor Police by patrolling streets and parks; COP voicemail 360-279-4669. Coupeville Lions Club: Chartered in 1937, the club meets 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday, except June, July and August, at the United Methodist Church. New members bring strength to the club with fresh ideas and renewed energy. The opportunities are vast as they are wide in ways to give time and energy. Annual projects include a giant garage sale in June, scholarship auction and other community projects. www. coupevillelions.org Fraternal Order of Eagles: One mile south of Freeland on Highway 525. Lounge is open only to members and guests but serves dinner several nights a week to the public. 360-321-5636. Gifts from the Heart Food Bank: Serving Central Whidbey Island 2-5 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 203 N. Main St. in Coupeville and the Progressive Hall on Bakken and Firehouse Road in Greenbank. Our mission is to respectfully provide food to those in need. 360-6788312 or www.giftsfromtheheartfoodbank.com

South Whidbey Island. 360-321-4145, www.goosefoot.org or email info@goosefoot.org

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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

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

Hearts & Hammers: Neighbors helping neighbors stay in their homes. A local nonprofit organization that brings together a community of local volunteers to help repair and rehabilitate homes of those who are physically or financially unable to do the work alone. Volunteers do whatever repairs and renovations are possible within the scope of a one-day work blitz. There is no charge to the homeowner for labor or materials thanks to the generous support of the community. Work day is the first Saturday in May. To receive help, volunteer or donate there are two Hearts & Hammers groups serving Central and South Whidbey. Central Whidbey: 360240-2964. South Whidbey: 360-221-6063. www.heartsand hammers.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 Route 525, Freeland; dinner at 6:30, meeting at 7:30. The Langley Masonic Lodge is part of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Washington. Freemasonry is one of the largest and oldest philanthropic organizations in the world. Mail to P.O. Box 743, Clinton, WA 98236. 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.

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

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 N.E. Ernst, Oak Harbor. www.oakharborlions.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.

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

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

North Whidbey Lions Club: Meets at noon, the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at San Remo Grill, 421

Soroptimist International of Coupeville: Service organization of women who focus on making a difference for women and children. sicoupeville@soroptimist.net Soroptimist International of Oak Harbor: Provides service to the community and works to advance the status of women. Projects include Women's Opportunity Awards, community college vo-tech awards and free mammograms for those in need. www.sioakharbor.com Soroptimist International of South Whidbey: Women business owners, managers and professionals provide service and financial support to advance the status of women. 360-331-4127. South Whidbey Lions Club: Committed to supporting the Lions' Sight & Hearing Program to assist those in need in the South Whidbey community with eye/hearing exams, glasses and hearing aids. Club grants scholarships to South Whidbey High School students, maintains the landscaping at Freeland Park and participates in the Highway Cleanup Project. Meets the second and fourth Thursdays at M-Bar-C Ranch. 360-331-3151. Venture Club of Oak Harbor: Under direction of Soroptimist International of Oak Harbor. Members are professional and business women age 18-40 who work or live in the Oak Harbor or Coupeville area. www.soroptimist.org United Way of Island County: 350 S.E. Pioneer Way, Suite 101, P.O. Box 798, Oak Harbor WA 98277. 360-675-1778 or cniiro@uwic.comcastbiz.net 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

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 other in the community 360-3214049 or www.fetchparks.org Fil-Am Association: The Filipino-American Association is dedicated to promoting cultural understanding and fellowship among the Filipino-American families in Oak Harbor. 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,

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HISTORY ✤ PEOPLE ✤ FACTS ✤ FIGURES ✤ LIFE CLUBS FROM PAGE 68 WA 98260, Fireside Room, back section of church. Follow the posters. 360-221-0383. sisoleil973@yahoo.com Greyhound Pets Inc.: Nonprofit group dedicated to finding homes for racing greyhounds once their careers have ended. Has rescued 3,500 greyhounds. Greyhounds available for adoption at Sunset Kennels and in foster homes. www. greyhoundpetsinc.org Island Classic Mustang Club: All owners of Mustangs or Fords are welcome. Annual Show and Shine Car Show in Oak Harbor. Meets 7 p.m. monthly the second Thursday, at 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 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 and Camano islands at www.whidbeycamanois lands.com Macintosh Appreciation Group of Island County (MAGIC): Serves people who use Macintosh/Apple computers, devices, software and peripherals; meets 4-6 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 20103 SR 525, Freeland; offers classes, workshops, online newsletter and mentoring services. www. whidbey.com/magicmug Majestic Glass Corvette Club: Nonprofit group with the purpose to develop friendship and pride among Corvette owners. Actively promotes, sponsors, organizes and super-

vises sports car outings, meetings, exhibitions, car shows and other Corvette-related activities. Meetings held the second and fourth Tuesdays. www.majesticglass.org North Whidbey Island Cribbage Club: Meets 6 p.m. every Thursday at Island Pizza. Everyone who enjoys cribbage and is over 18 years of age is invited to play. Ken Daugherty at 360679-2866 or email kedsinc@whidbey.net Oak Harbor Yacht Club: Promotes an interest in boating and boating-related activities. Membership is open to boaters and non-boaters alike. Social activities include regular potlucks and dinners. Cruise fleet sponsors events throughout the year and sail fleet has an active race program that supports the local youth sailing program as well as events such as Whidbey Island Race Week. 360-675-1314 or www.ohyc.org Oasis For Animals: Oasis is dedicated to ending pet overpopulation through spay/neuter surgeries, networking with other rescue groups and shelters to save animals from euthanasia, providing education, and assisting in any way that they are able, to help animals in need. www.oasisforanimals.org Quilters on the Rock Guild: This Whidbey Island quilting organization meets monthly at 6 p.m. the 3rd Monday or 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. 360-6788900 or www.waifanimals.org

Whidbey Cruzers Car Club: Nonprofit organization dedicated to designing, restoring and preserving all types of vehicles, classic or street rod. Events include cruises, civic and charitable events, car shows. Meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge. www.whidbeycruzers.com Whidbey Dragon Boat Club: The premiere Dragon Boat Club on Whidbey Island. Their mission is to promote the physical, social and emotional benefits of dragon boating. While this sport developed in this country because of its benefits for breast cancer survivors, the club welcomes paddlers of all ages, abilities and fitness levels. They have two teams, and during the season boats go out for practice five to six times per week from the Oak Harbor Marina. Come join for fun, fitness and friendship. www.npsdragonboat.org Whidbey Island Gem Club: A club for rockhounds, lapidary, knappers, wire-wrappers and silver smiths. Members (beginning and expert) have access to a fully equipped rock shop and a knapping facility where they are taught and practice with knowledgeable volunteers. General meetings the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Oak Harbor Senior Center. 360-675-1837. Whidbey Island Kite fliers: Members are from entire island and surrounding areas. Club fun flies are held the third Saturday of the month, generally at Fort Casey. Sponsors Whidbey Island Kite Fliers; Sponsor annual kite festival in September. info@whidbeykiteclub.org Whidbey Island Macaroni Kid: A free, community service available online to assist families and all others who want to connect to their community. A "Go-To" resource for "What's Going On, on Whidbey!" A once-weekly e-newsletter, online calendar and Facebook page. Provides information regarding family-oriented events, activities, programs and organizations. www.whidbeyisland.macaronikid.com or facebook.com/ whidbeyislandmackid

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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.whid beyislandnordiclodge.wordpress.com or email whidbeyisland nordiclodge@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 to 25. Whidbey club hosts annual WIPC Horse Trials in July with 300-plus competitors of all ages and skill levels. www.whidbeyisland.ponyclub.org Whidbey Island Radio Control Society: Dedicated to building and flying radio controlled model aircraft. Meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at the Family Bible Church, 2760 N. Heller Rd., Oak Harbor. 360-675-4455 or www. wircsrc.com Whidbey Island Stamp Club: An affiliate of the American Philatelic Society. Each month an informed presentation is presented for the enjoyment of members and guests. Meets 7 p.m. second and fourth Tuesday of the month at the Oak Harbor Senior Center, 51 SE Jerome St. Whidbey 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; bowling pin with four stations. Monthly black powder shoots. Complete clubhouse with kitchen facilities. Meetings at 7 p.m. the second Monday of the month. 360-678-6585 or www.cwsaonline.org Coupeville Booster Club: Parent group supporting afterschool athletics: raise school spirit, purchase equipment, fly game-day flags, Wolves merchandise and more. "Supporting our school, our athletes, and raising school spirit and community pride." Find us on Facebook. Go Wolves! Deception Pass Sail & Power Squadron: Part of the United States Power Squadrons, meets the second Tuesday of each month, September through May, at the Oak Harbor Yacht Club. 360-682-6104. The Fishin' Club: A club for all 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. We have a guest speaker each month covering topics such as fishing gear, rods, reels, line, lures and bait, fishing methods and where to fish, how to fish for Dungeness crab, clams, oysters and shrimp. Care and maintenance of angling and boating equipment, boating safety and first aid information are covered during the year. The club also supports college scholarships for marine and conservation majors and holiday food drive for less-fortunate families on South Whidbey Island. Contact: The Fishin' Club, P.O. Box 1292, Freeland, WA 98249. North Whidbey Little League: Volunteer organization providing playing opportunities in baseball and softball for boys and girls from 5 to 18 years. Registrations start in January,

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evaluations and team formation in February, practice in March. Regular season is April through June 15. All-Star tournaments generally begin in July. 417 SE Bayshore Drive, Oak Harbor. 360-679-1522 or info@northwhidbeylittleleague.org North Whidbey Sportsmen's Association: Club ranges, archery 50-75 yards, stationary targets, pistol 50 yards covered, rifle 100 and 200 yards covered, standard trap, complete clubhouse and kitchen facilities. Activities: pistol, IDPA, falling plate bain chi cup matches, weekly trap matches, Boy Scouts and hunter education. www.northwhidbeysportsmen.org North Whidbey Soccer Club: Nonprofit, volunteer-based organization providing spring and fall seasons of youth soccer for about 500 young people ages 5-14. wys-nwsc.affini tysoccer.com or email northwhidbeysoccerclub@gmail.com South Whidbey Parks & Recreation: The Community Center in Langley has ball and soccer fields, hiking trails, large wooden playground built by the community. Programs for infants to adults; triathlon, ski trips, golf tournaments, map and compass clinics, soccer camps, and summer tennis lessons. 360-221-5484 or www.swparks.org South Whidbey Parks and Aquatics Foundation: Their mission is to make parks and aquatics activities accessible to all residents of the South Whidbey community by raising money to fund capital expenses, operating endowments and scholarships as well as supporting new and existing parks and aquatics programs. www.swpaf.org The South Whidbey Yacht Club: Mission is to foster safe boating and the responsible enjoyment of our marine resources by our members and the community at large through educational programs, community outreach and boating-related activities afloat and ashore. Monthly meetings. Guests are always welcome. And you don't need to own a boat to join. SWYC P.O. Box 316, Greenbank, WA 98253. www.swyachtclub.org Oak Harbor Racket Club: All are welcome. Lessons and social play held year-round. Sundays noon to 3 p.m. dropin time at Oak Harbor High School tennis courts. Seasonal leagues are available. 360-675-3816. Whidbey Fly Fishing Club: Meets to discuss upcoming outings, listen to guest speakers and share techniques in fly fishing. It is a great opportunity for the experienced fly guy as well as the beginner wanting help with equipment, fly selection etc. This is an informal gathering meant to have fun. Meets in Greenbank. Clayton Wright at 360-969-5963 or cdwright9@aol.com

SUPPORT GROUPS

Abdominal Deep Breathing and Relaxation: Meets first Wednesday of each month (except April 20) by appointment only by 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 conference room and other locations throughout the island. Contact Tim M. at timmondk@hotmail.com or 360-320-8936 for more information. 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 fami-

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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 Overeaters Anonymous: This support group meets at 6 p.m. Mondays at 432 Park St. in Langley. Nar-Anon: meets 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Annex located at 6309 S. Wilson Place, Clinton. NarAnon supports the friends and families of people suffering with drug dependency issues. For more information contact Richard at 360-661-7370. Parkinson's Support Group: Offers various programs and activities to assist people with Parkinsons and caregivers in maximizing strengths, minimizing impediments and achieving and maintaining full potential. Meets every first Friday of each month at the Cherry Hill Club House, Oak Harbor and every second Tuesday at the Bayview Senior Center. Call Carolyn Hanson at 360-279-1785. Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous: meets 7 p.m., Sundays at Trinity Lutheran Church (Annex Chapel) in Freeland. The group offers relief from sexual and relationship-related compulsivity in an environment free from shame and judgment. Visit www.slaafws.org or call 360-989-4248 for details. 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.

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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 visit 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. The HUB After School: Serves middle and high school youth every school day from 2:30-5:30 p.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on early release days. Location at 301 Anthes Ave, Langley. Mailing address is P.O. Box 1324, Langley, WA. 98260. thehub@whidbey.com or 360-221-0969.

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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 from 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 travel 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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Just across Admiralty Inlet

port townsend Just a ferry ride away, on the other side of Admiralty Inlet, is another seaside community with a variety of businesses and activities for a quick day trip or more leisurely weekend away. Port Townsend is home to around 9,000 people and is located at the northeast tip of the Olympic Peninsula. Settled on April 24, 1851, Port Townsend is one only three registered U.S. Victorian seaports. Just on the outskirts, Port Townsend has the neighboring Olympic National Park, Fort Warden and Fort Townsend State Park. Fort Worden State Park, a 434-acre, 19th century military fort which is now a state park and lifelong learning center with over two miles of saltwater shoreline and a wide variety of conference-class services and facilities. Located at Fort Worden State Park, Centrum is a gathering place for artists and creative thinkers from around the world. It offers world-renowned

music and literary festivals in the summer, according to the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. Port Townsend is widely recognized as an international hub for wooden boats. The Northwest Maritime Center is a showcase for the community’s deep maritime heritage and offers

Port Townsend is home to a number of historic Victorian buildings.

educational programs and space for conferences, meetings and events. Held each September, The Wooden Boat Festival is the premier wooden boat gathering in North America. Featuring more than 200 wooden vessels, the festival attracts tens of thousands of boat owners, builders and enthusiasts.

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