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WINTER 2021 JANUARY-APRIL

ACTIVITY GUIDE

Outdoor Activities • Sports & Fitness • Sports for Dogs


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2 GENERAL INFORMATION

Programs may be cancelled or re-scheduled due to uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic. Your registration fee may be held until we are more certain that a particular program will run. Updates to the activity guide will be made periodically in our digital copy at www.swparks.org. Each program will have COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Please review the listing and COVID-19 Safety Plan for each program on our website prior to registering.

MISSION STATEMENT Parks, facilities and recreation programs for the citizens of South Whidbey Island. CONTACT INFO SWPRD Recreation Center & Offices Location/Mail

5475 Maxwelton Road, Langley, WA 98260

Office Phone

360-221-5484

Fax 360-221-7323 E-mail swparks@whidbey.com Website www.swparks.org Office Hours Mon-Thu, 8:30am–5pm Fri, 8:30am–4:30pm Closed to public at time of printing. Call for hours and to schedule an appointment. Office Closed

January 1, 18 February 15

STAFF Executive Director Doug Coutts, 360-221-6488 dirswprd@whidbey.com Recreation Supervisor Carrie Monforte, 360-221-6788 programs@whidbey.com Business Manager Peggy Nelson, 360-221-5484 swparks@whidbey.com Facilities Superintendent Tom Fallon, 360-221-7181 parkmaint@whidbey.com

NOTICE Recreation programs will be added periodically. Updates will be on our website and in the digital copy of the activity guide. Programs may be modified, rescheduled or canceled due to uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic. All programs will be offered with COVID-19 Safety Plans in place. Details and protocols will be on the website for each activity.

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

DISCLAIMERS

The SWPRD Board of Commissioners meets the third Wednesday of each month at 6pm at the South Whidbey Parks & Recreation Center, 5475 Maxwelton Road, Langley, Room 111. Commissioners are:

This schedule of classes is published for information purposes only. We strive to produce the most accurate brochure possible. However, some program information may have changed after this brochure has gone to print. We will make every effort to notify participants of the changes. Please check your email regularly for updates.

Josh Coleman • Jennifer Cox • Erik Jokinen Krista Loercher • Matt Simms

RECREATION TRENDS Do you have ideas or suggestions for new program directions? Is there something you’d like to see us try? Email us your ideas at programs@whidbey.com. We want to hear from you!

INCLEMENT WEATHER & POWER OUTAGES Programs may be canceled or postponed in the event of inclement weather or power outages. We encourage you to call our voice messaging system at 360-221-5484 or check our Facebook page before leaving home to determine program status.

OH NO, YOU CANCELLED IT! Sometimes programs are canceled because people delay signing up. All programs have minimum attendance. By registering at least 2 weeks in advance of a program, you ensure we meet our program minimum, and give us adequate time to prepare for you. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Updates & Errors

School Disclaimer

Participants in South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District (SWPRD) programs agree to hold harmless SWPRD, and South Whidbey School District, and their officials, employees and agents for any and all claims for personal injury and damage in which damage and injury is or appears to be proximately caused by their participation or the participation of the child for whom they are responsible in SWPRD’s recreation programs. Furthermore, they consent that images (photographs, video recordings, etc.) of them or their child engaged in above activities may be used for promotional purposes. South Whidbey Parks and Recreation programs are NOT sponsored by the South Whidbey School District, the Oak Harbor School District or the Coupeville School District, and the South Whidbey School District, Oak Harbor School District and Coupeville School District assume no responsibility for the conduct or safety of the activity. In consideration for the privilege to distribute these materials, the South Whidbey School District, the Oak Harbor School District and the Coupeville School District shall be held harmless from any cause of action, claim or petition filed in any court or administrative tribunal arising out of the distribution of these materials, including all costs, attorney’s fees and judgments or awards.

ADVERTISING Whidbey Weekly & Printing prints and distributes three activity guides a year. We welcome you to advertise your program or business along with us. For details, email advertise@ whidbeyweekly.com.


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Programs may be cancelled or re-scheduled due to uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic. Your registration fee may be held until we are more certain that a particular program will run. Updates to the activity guide will be made periodically in our digital copy at www.swparks.org. Each program will have COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Please review the listing and COVID-19 Safety Plan for each program on our website prior to registering.

REFUNDS & CREDITS

REGISTRATION INFO

1. Full refunds will be given for all classes canceled by SWPRD.

1. Advance registration is required for all programs unless otherwise stated. It is best if you register at least two weeks in advance of any program start date.

2. Refunds requested and submitted in writing using the Refund Request Form before the registration deadline date (or at least 5 business days before start of program if no registration deadline) will be subject to a 10% service fee, with a minimum service fee of $10. 3. SWPRD account credits requested and submitted in writing using the Refund Request Form before the registration deadline date (or at least 5 business days before start of program if no registration deadline) will be good for one calendar year from issue date, for the full fee paid and will not be subject to service fee. 4. Refunds or credits will not be issued if cancelled after registration deadline or within 5 business days of program start. 5. To request a refund, a Refund Request Form must be submitted to the SWPRD office in writing. Verbal requests will not be honored. Forms are available at the SWPRD office or online at swparks.org/ recreation/registration. Please be aware that refund requests may take up to 45 days to process. 6. Refunds will not be issued from an account credit. 7. Refunds will not be issued for programs costing $10 or less (unless canceled by SWPRD). 8. One day classes, trips, or special events are not covered under this policy (no refunds or credits available). 9. Certain contract programs, indicated with this symbol: §, have their own refund policies. Contact the contractor directly to inquire about their specific policy. 10. Exceptions in certain instances may apply. See refund request form.

2. All fees are due at the time of registration. We cannot “hold” a space for you without full payment and registration. 3. All programs have a minimum and maximum enrollment. We request that you register early to ensure class minimums are met. We reserve the right to cancel a program if minimums are not met. 4. There is a $25 service charge on all returned checks and declined credit cards. Registration forms are available online at www.swparks.org. 5. During the COVID-19 pandemic, your registration fee may be held until we are more certain that a particular program will run. When registering online, you would still receive a receipt, but the processing of your fee may be delayed.

HOW TO REGISTER Online

For your convenience, you may register online for many of our programs, with no additional fees. Check out this service at www.swparks.org.

By Mail

Send completed registration form and full payment to: SWPRD, 5475 Maxwelton Road, Langley, WA 98260

By Fax or Email

Fax or email completed registration form with credit card authorization. Fax to 360221-7323 or scan and email to swparks@ whidbey.com. Call the office at 360-2215484 to confirm receipt.

In Person

STAY INFORMED Subscribe to our e-newsletter and receive regular updates. Visit www.swparks.org to sign up for the e-newsletter. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Walk in to our SWPRD office at 5475 Maxwelton Road, Langley, during our regular business hours. We take cash, check or credit cards at the office.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR PROGRAMS There are needs-based resources available to enable youth and seniors ages 60+ to participate in programs with SWPRD. Call 360-221-6788 for info.

HEALTHY ISLAND YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP FUND The Healthy Island Youth Initiative (HIYI) Committee solicits donations to support ongoing efforts to keep organized healthy activities affordable for all local youth in Island County. The HIYI Scholarship Fund addresses these needs by helping cover the cost of registration fees, equipment and/or other expenses so youth in Island County can participate in organized physical activities, regardless of their family’s economic status. The South Whidbey Parks & Aquatics Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, is the fiscal agent for HIYI, and receives, holds and distributes funds upon direction from the HIYI committee. Donations to this fund may be tax deductible. Donations to the scholarship fund should be made payable to South Whidbey Parks & Aquatics Foundation, and should be mailed to 5475 Maxwelton Rd, Langley WA 98260, with a note on the memo line directing it to the “HIYI Scholarship Fund”. Any Whidbey Island youth may apply for assistance to participate in any organized sport or physical activity. Needs-based scholarships are awarded based on financial criteria and commitment to the activity. Those interested in receiving financial assistance should call Carrie at 360221-6788 or visit www.islandcountywa.gov/ Health/AHC/Pages/HIYI-Scholarship.aspx.

ACCESSIBILITY & ACCOMODATION Individuals with or without disabilities may register for all programs offered by South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District provided program safety can be met. The District provides reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities. Contact the SWPRD office three weeks in advance of the program start date to discuss accommodations. Reasonable accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis.


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COMMUNITY PARK

5495 Maxwelton Rd, Langley

DEER LAKE PUBLIC ACCESS*

4330 Bucktail Lane, Clinton

GOSS LAKE PUBLIC ACCESS*

5235 Lakeside Dr, Freeland

LONE LAKE PUBLIC ACCESS*

5075 Lone Lake Rd, Langley

RECREATION CENTER & OFFICES

5475 Maxwelton Rd, Langley

SPORTS COMPLEX

5598 Langley Rd, Langley

TRUSTLAND TRAILS

Craw Rd & Hwy 525, Langley

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Reservation Options ($)

Meeting space

Toilets/Restrooms

BBQ Grill

Picnic Shelter

Skate Park & Pump Track

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Pickleball Court**

Baseball & Softball Fields

Soccer Fields

Basketball Court

Horse Trail

Play Structure

Fishing

Boat Ramp or Launch

Trails

*Always check for posted closures before swimming

Waterfront

SOUTH WHIDBEY PARKS & RECREATION PARKS & FACILITIES

Lake Swimming*

Programs may be cancelled or re-scheduled due to uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic. Your registration fee may be held until we are more certain that a particular program will run. Updates to the activity guide will be made periodically in our digital copy at www.swparks.org. Each program will have COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Please review the listing and COVID-19 Safety Plan for each program on our website prior to registering.

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*Island County collects water quality samples May through August for freshwater lakes. For info on water quality call (360) 679-7350. Always check for posted closures before swimming. No lifeguards on duty. **A primitive court painted on the parking lot. A net, paddles and balls may be checked out from the Office during regular business hours.

RESERVATIONS We request all groups planning to use our facilities or fields notify us in advance by submitting a Reservation Request Form, which is available on our website and at our park office. Requests are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, depending on availability. Rental fees may apply. Advance reservations are required for groups of 20+. For additional information about availability and rates, call 360-221-5484 or visit www. swparks.org.

Sports Fields

We have softball, baseball, soccer, and open fields available. Scheduling information for leagues, tournaments and teams is available by calling the Director at 360-221-6488.

Picnic Shelters

Our picnic shelters are available for reservation for your party or event. Picnic shelters can accommodate 45-75 people.

Facilities

You can rent space for parties, meetings, classes, and events at our recreation headquarters or The Crow’s Nest (located on the 2nd floor of the Concession Stand) at Community Park.

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Programs may be cancelled or re-scheduled due to uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic. Your registration fee may be held until we are more certain that a particular program will run. Updates to the activity guide will be made periodically in our digital copy at www.swparks.org. Each program will have COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Please review the listing and COVID-19 Safety Plan for each program on our website prior to registering.

WAIT AND SEE We are delaying registration for several programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are awaiting either permit approval, gym access, or for the activity to be permitted according to guidance from the CDC and the governor’s office. Among those: Polar Bear Dive Youth Basketball League Family Ball Whidbey Island Triathlon Ultimate Frisbee Indoor Pickleball Indoor Youth Tennis

CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE WITH FRIENDS For Quaranteams, Pods and Families Set up your own class with friends and family you have been hanging with during the COVID-19 experience. Many of the programs in this guide can be scheduled and provide specialized instruction just for a group you put together. The class must consist of four or more enrolled participants. Email the recreation supervisor at programs@ whidbey.com for information, and include possible dates/times. Fee will vary by program.

Optional: Binoculars and/or bird identification guide if you have one. Binoculars are very helpful but not necessary. Birds are everywhere!

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

BEGINNING BIRDWATCHING

Instructor: Brian Kenney has a B.A. in Biology from Earlham College where he served as a T.A. in Ornithology. He has been an amateur birdwatcher throughout his adult life. kenneybri@gmail.com

Bird Identification and Behavior

ADULTS (YOUTH AGES 7+ WELCOME WITH A PARTICIPATING ADULT) Learn about the birds in your neighborhood and watch how they interact with the world around them (including you). We will talk, take a walk, and look for birds of all kinds while we learn the basics of identification by sight and sound. Learn how to properly use binoculars and how to utilize guide books and apps in the field. Instructor will provide a handout and a bird checklist. Bring: Please dress for the weather (layers) and for walking on trails, including closedtoed walking shoes. Bring water bottle, cloth face covering, hand sanitizer.

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Rain-Out Plan: Check email approximately 1 hour before if weather is uncertain. We will attempt to reschedule to the following Saturday if weather is very poor.

Sat | Jan 23 | 9-10:30am | $25 | Deer Lagoon Sat | Mar 13 | 9-10:30am | $25* | Driftwood Park (Coupeville) Sat | Apr 17 | 9-10:30am | $25** | Earth Sanctuary *Discover Pass required for parking. **There is an additional fee of $7 per person to visit Earth Sanctuary, paid at site by cash, check or PayPal.

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WINTER BUCKET LIST We’ve compiled a Winter Bucket List of fun and safe projects, crafts, traditions, and small local activities to share with the community. Things we can do close to home, on this amazing island. Activities will be geared toward kids, older youth and adults. Visit here for our list! swparks.org/event/winterbucket-list

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Programs may be cancelled or re-scheduled due to uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic. Your registration fee may be held until we are more certain that a particular program will run. Updates to the activity guide will be made periodically in our digital copy at www.swparks.org. Each program will have COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Please review the listing and COVID-19 Safety Plan for each program on our website prior to registering.

Sat | Mar 6 | 9am-1pm | $119* Sat | Apr 10 | 9am-1pm | $119*

OLD-GROWTH TREE CLIMBING

*Discover Pass required for parking.

ADULTS & YOUTH AGES 7+ Family, kids, friends or visitors have the chance to learn and experience climbing up giant old-growth trees at Deception Pass State Park to amazing views of mountains and wildlife, no experience required. This unique activity will offer a powerful new perspective of nature rarely seen and an unforgettable bonding experience.

Tree Climbing Adventures with AdventureTerra Specializing in rock and canopy tree climbing activities, our AdventureTerra courses go beyond the norm and leave people with lifelong experiences they will never forget. Our experiences are fun activities designed to teach people how to climb and more. They are also designed to help participants explore and build upon important character skills and traits like: confidence, inspiration, tenacity, passion, discipline, selflessness, courage and principles. We look forward to climbing and sharing these powerful unique experiences with you. www.adventureterra.com Tree climbing with the regular foot/ hand ascenders can be physically challenging or impossible for some. As an alternative option, we have Battery Power Ascenders so almost anyone can tree climb no matter age, physical strength, abilities, or disabilities, and it is even accessible for people in wheel chairs. Typically people who are considered overweight or obese might want to use a battery ascender, there is a 375 pound weight limit for the battery ascenders. This is a free service, no additional charge. Essential information like physical requirements, cancellations, what to bring, and more online. Please register at least two weeks in advance. If minimums are not met, we may combine with another session.

Location: Deception Pass State Park

Sat | Mar 6 | 1-5pm | $119* Sat | Apr 10 | 1-5pm | $119* * Discover Pass required for parking.

CLAM DIGGING 101 Diggin’ for Dinner

ADULTS* Get out of your shell at this informational and hands-on workshop on clamming in our area. Learn about gear, harvesting regulations, where to go, and practical instructions. You’ll take home your clam harvest (health conditions permitting), a clam measuring tool, and yummy recipes for serving up your finds. Each person will need to bring shoes that can get wet and sandy, a 2+ gallon watertight container, and a small shovel or hand cultivator for each person harvesting clams. Those traveling greater distances will want to bring ice packs.

TREE CLIMBING FOR THE ACTIVE SENIOR AGES 55+ Climbing old-growth trees at Deception Pass State Park is fun for everyone; our oldest climber to climb on their own strength was 89 and the oldest for an assisted climb was 98! This unique activity will offer a powerful new perspective of nature rarely seen and an unforgettable experience that will be cherished for life. As an option, we have Battery Power Ascenders so almost anyone can tree climb no matter age, physical strength, abilities, or disabilities, and it is even accessible for people in wheel chairs, at no extra charge!

Instructor: Carrie Monforte, programs@ whidbey.com, 360-221-6788 Location: A South Whidbey Beach, TBA upon registration.

Sat | May 1 | 1:30-3:30pm | $20* *Youth with a participating adult are welcome. No charge for children under the age of 5 years, max 2 per adult, but they must also be registered separately. We will apply for a free one-day group fishing license. In the event we are not awarded this license, you will need to purchase a clam license.

Location: Deception Pass State Park

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Programs may be cancelled or re-scheduled due to uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic. Your registration fee may be held until we are more certain that a particular program will run. Updates to the activity guide will be made periodically in our digital copy at www.swparks.org. Each program will have COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Please review the listing and COVID-19 Safety Plan for each program on our website prior to registering.

SPORTS & FITNESS

resistance training to maximize caloric output, cardiovascular benefits, and total body toning. Zumba is an effective, innovative, and exciting workout designed for everyone. Easy and fun! Bring: Check-in wearing a cloth face covering, bring hand sanitizer, water bottle, sweat towel, supportive shoes (ones that can get grassy and wet) and clothes you can move around in freely.

RUNNING UNDER THE LIGHTS Running Under the High School Track Lights

ADULTS Bundle up and fight the winter slump by embracing the cold and running or walking with us on a well-lit track as the evenings grow darker. Invite a friend to chat your way around the track, or plug in with headphones and focus on your own rhythm. Limited space, reserve your 1-hour slot in advance. 6’ distancing required. Bring: Weather-appropriate attire (layers), water bottle, hand sanitizer, and arrive wearing a cloth face covering. Cloth face coverings may be required Coordinator: Carrie Monforte, programs@ whidbey.com Location: SWHS track, 5674 Maxwelton Road, Langley

Thursdays | Jan 7–Mar 11* | 5-7pm* | Free *1-hr slots. Schedule may change, visit www. swparks.org for details. BY RESERVATION ONLY

POP-UP ZUMBA IN THE PARK ADULTS Come join us for Zumba in the Park! Due to its popularity this fall and requests we continue into the winter, we’ll offer Zumba in the Park on a pop-up basis, as weather permits. Zumba incorporates Latin and International music and dance movements for a workout that is equal parts party and exercise. Zumba integrates some of the basic principles of aerobic, interval, and

Rain-Outs: If the weather is looking iffy, please check your email for updates. Location: Outdoors at South Whidbey Community Park, Outfield of Field #3, 5495 Maxwelton Road, Langley. Instructors: Zumba is offered in partnership with Island Athletic Club (IAC) and their fantastic group fitness instructors, Chizue Rudd and/or Shannon Lind.

Youth Schedule: February and March, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-2pm; Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, 1-4pm; April 5-9, 1:30-3pm. Call 360-221-6788 or email programs@ whidbey.com to schedule, then we’ll send you a registration link. Fees: Private Lesson: $35/half hour, or $65/ hour. Buddy Lesson (2 people): $40/per hour per person.

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Advance registration required, class size is limited.

Sundays, as weather allows* | 2-3:15pm* | $5/day - IAC Members or $10/day - public *Check website for updates: swparks.org/ event/zumba-in-the-park. Time to be adjusted as necessary.

PRIVATE AND ‘BUDDY’ BASEBALL & SOFTBALL LESSONS SESSIONS FOR ADULTS & YOUTH AGES 8–13 Want to improve your game? Under the direction of former professional baseball player and Atlanta Braves scout, Steve Goucher, these lessons provide private oneon-one and ‘buddy’ instruction. Instructor: Steve Goucher has over 20 years’ experience instructing baseball at all levels. Many of his students have gone on to play college baseball with a few playing now in the big leagues. Email goucher15@gmail. com or visit his website at www.jetbaseball. com.

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Programs may be cancelled or re-scheduled due to uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic. Your registration fee may be held until we are more certain that a particular program will run. Updates to the activity guide will be made periodically in our digital copy at www.swparks.org. Each program will have COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Please review the listing and COVID-19 Safety Plan for each program on our website prior to registering.

Location: South Whidbey Community Park Fields. Bring: Glove, water bottle, check-in wearing a cloth face covering.

YOUTH Wed | Feb 10–Mar 17 | 2:30-3:30pm | $69 ADULTS Sat | Feb 13–Mar 20 | 9-10am | $69

BASEBALL/SOFTBALL 101 AGES 8-13

OVER THE LINE A baseball & softball game

SESSSIONS FOR ADULTS AND YOUTH AGES 8-13 Over-the-line is a baseball variant popular on the beaches of southern California. The game is designed for two teams of three or four players each, allowing smaller groups to play, and requiring only a single plastic bat and tennis ball. Because the offensive team does not run bases, over-the-line is a more relaxed and social game. Google it! Instructor: Steve Goucher has over 20 years’ experience instructing baseball at all levels. Many of his students have gone on to play college baseball with a few playing now in the big leagues. To contact Steve Goucher, email him at goucher15@gmail.com or visit his website at www.jetbaseball.com.

This baseball/softball class gives players an introduction to the game. Players work on technique and form, throwing mechanics, batting stance, bat positioning and speed, using both live pitching and hitting off the tee. Players learn various positions in the field through game play and basic in-game strategy. Players should bring a glove. Instructor: Former professional baseball player and Atlanta Braves scout, Steve Goucher has over 20 years’ experience instructing baseball at all levels. Many of his students have gone on to play college baseball with a few playing now in the big leagues. Email goucher15@gmail.com or visit his website at www.jetbaseball.com.

SPRING BREAK BASEBALL CAMP                             AGES: 9 -13                              Warm up for spring baseball! Under the direction of former professional baseball player and Atlanta Braves scout, Steve Goucher, this camp provides quality instruction in throwing, hitting, and fielding and will include game situations and scrimmaging. Camp is well suited for all players, from aspiring to elite. Want more personal instruction? Private baseball lessons after the camp are also available. Bring: Baseball glove, snack/lunch, water bottle and a sports drink. Instructor: Coach Steve Goucher has over 20 years’ experience instructing baseball at all levels. Many of his students have gone on to play college baseball with a few playing now in the big leagues. Info: goucher15@gmail.com, www. jetbaseball.com Location: South Whidbey Community Park.   

Mon-Fri | Apr 5-9 | 10am-1pm | $149

Bring: Baseball glove, water bottle and check-in wearing a cloth face covering.

INTRO TO PICKLEBALL

Location: Community Park Fields

Beginner Player Course

Wed | Feb 10–Mar 17 | 1:30-2:30pm | $69

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ADULTS, BEGINNERS Learn as you play and become a Pickler in no time! If you are new to the game or would like to brush up on your skills, this is the course for you! You will learn the basics of pickleball rules, terminology, primary skills, coordination, introduction to the court, and more. Come catch Picklemania! After completing the class, we hope you’ll join us for our regular Pickleball program! Bring: paddle (if you have one), water bottle, cloth face covering, hand sanitizer, seating for sidelines, gloves (optional). It is recommended players also bring sanitizing wipes. We will provide nets and balls. Loaner paddles are available by request at registration. Location: TBD Instructor: Barry Haworth, cbhaworth@


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Programs may be cancelled or re-scheduled due to uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic. Your registration fee may be held until we are more certain that a particular program will run. Updates to the activity guide will be made periodically in our digital copy at www.swparks.org. Each program will have COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Please review the listing and COVID-19 Safety Plan for each program on our website prior to registering.

verizon.net, with assistance from other avid picklers including his pickle partner in crime, Cathy Haworth, and Paul and Carol Stokke. Rain-Out Plan: Class may be postponed due to inclement weather. Check your email one hour prior to class if conditions are uncertain. We will attempt to re-schedule Tuesday classes to Wednesday, and Thursday classes to the following Tuesday. Schedule: 4-hour class spread over 2 days. Check website for upcoming dates: swparks. org/event/intro-to-pickleball.

Fee: $3/day for Outdoor Pickleball, $6 for Indoor Pickleball, exact change paid at check-in. Those who have the old punch cards may use them: 2 outdoor visits = 1 punch on old card. Limited Space – Advanced Reservation Required Schedule*: Tuesdays, 11am-1pm and Thursdays, 10am-noon *Schedule varies. Updates will be posted at swparks.org/event/pickleball.

PICKLEBALL NET CHECK-OUT You may check out a portable pickleball net to use at the primitive outdoor courts at the South Whidbey Sports Complex (soccer fields) at 5598 Langley Rd, Langley. The courts are painted in the SW parking lot.

PICKLEBALL ADULTS, ALL LEVELS WELCOME Join us for one of the fastest growing sports in the nation, Pickleball. This fun and social game is described as a combination of ping pong, tennis, and badminton. Played on a small court with a low net, it uses whiffle balls and paddles. It is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fastpaced, competitive game for experienced players. Pickleball is FUN. Stay active with us, it is a great work out. We typically play doubles, 6 players to a court, splitting and rotating after wins. Play is by online advance reservation only – your reservation is for a slot to play, not for a court. Bring: Paddle (no loaners), water bottle, cloth face covering, hand sanitizer, seating for sidelines (optional), first aid supplies, and gloves (optional). It is recommended players also bring sanitizing wipes. Location: The South Whidbey Sports Complex (soccer fields) at 5598 Langley Rd, Langley. The courts are painted in the SW parking lot. We hope to return indoors to the South Whidbey Community Center as soon as possible.

You’ll provide your own paddles and balls. The net may be checked out during our normal business hours. Net check-out is free of charge. Ask us for info on typical court usage.

GET A DISCOUNT ON PICKLEBALL GEAR! Our Picklers can use a discount to receive 5 percent off everything at www. PickleballCentral.com. An additional 5 percent of your purchase will go to us in the form of an end-of-year gift certificate.

Club Name: South Whidbey Parks & Rec Discount Code: CRSWhidbey

YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUE We hope to be able to offer a youth basketball league in winter. It will look different than our usual program. It may be run 3-on-3 and without spectators. Safety precautions will be in place. We’re going to need help re-envisioning and implementing this program. If you’d like to assist with getting this program off the ground, contact Carrie at 360-221-6788 or programs@ whidbey.com. Updates will be posted at swparks.org/ event/youth-basketball.

INDOOR YOUTH TENNIS GRADES 2-4 Kids will learn and practice the basic strokes of tennis. The focus is developing good technique and having lots of fun – sportsmanship is always taught and modeled. Players of all abilities are welcome. Loaner racquets and equipment will be provided. Location: SWSD Gym Schedule: Day/Times TBD. Visit www.swparks.org for details in the new year.

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Programs may be cancelled or re-scheduled due to uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic. Your registration fee may be held until we are more certain that a particular program will run. Updates to the activity guide will be made periodically in our digital copy at www.swparks.org. Each program will have COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Please review the listing and COVID-19 Safety Plan for each program on our website prior to registering.

YOUTH ULTIMATE FRISBEE

WHIDBEY ISLAND TRIATHLON

Ultimate combines the continuous movement and endurance of soccer with the aerial passing skills of football, and the goal of completing a pass to a player in the end zone. Teamwork, spirit and safety are ingrained in the sport and are emphasized here. Ultimate Frisbee is a player defined and controlled non-contact team sport played with a flying disc on a playing surface with end zones in which all actions are governed by the ‘Spirit of the Game’. Ultimate is genuinely fun and exciting! Check the website in February for schedule (possibly starting in March) and details: swparks.org/event/south-whidbey-youthultimate.

ADULTS & YOUTH 16+ Join us for the 25th annual Whidbey Island Triathlon! Beloved by locals and visitors alike for its scenic course and friendly volunteers, the Whidbey Island Triathlon is a great first triathlon for beginners, and still a fun and challenging event for experienced triathletes. The scenic course starts with a half mile swim in beautiful Goss Lake on Whidbey Island. Leaving the lake on your bike, you’ll begin the 19 mile ride on tree-lined paved country roads. The bike course is hilly with views of Saratoga Passage and the North Cascades. Finish with a 3.8 mile run through forest trails at Community Park and soccer fields.

Registration typically opens Feb. 1, but may be delayed this year. We do plan to hold the event, though with likely modifications! Awards: Top male and female overall in the triathlon will receive trophies. Top three in five-year divisions will receive neck medals. Top three males and females in King Salmon division will receive neck medals. First place in relay team divisions of male, female, mixed, under 99 years, over 99 years, over 149 years and over 200 years combined age will receive neck medals. Registration & Info: www.whidbeytriathlon.com

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Chip timing. Extensive support provided by friendly volunteers. This event has limited space and sells out, so register early!

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Programs may be cancelled or re-scheduled due to uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic. Your registration fee may be held until we are more certain that a particular program will run. Updates to the activity guide will be made periodically in our digital copy at www.swparks.org. Each program will have COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Please review the listing and COVID-19 Safety Plan for each program on our website prior to registering.

other animals. The first meeting of each session is a humans-only orientation.

SPORTS FOR DOGS

Pre-requisite: Participants must be able to keep physical control of their dog. We reserve the right to restrict any dog’s participation for any reason, for the safety of other dogs and participants. Evidence of current vaccinations required.

REACTIVE DOG CLINIC Work with your dog to gain confidence in social interactions.

ADULTS* Join us for this opportunity to work with others who also own reactive dogs, to gain confidence, calm, and capability. Teach your dog (and yourself ) the self-confidence and the skills needed to relax, focus, and enjoy being around others – people, dogs, and

Bring: Collar, harness with chest-pull D-ring, treat bag, treats your dog loves, stout leash (recommend waist belt), and water. Participants will need to bring proof of current vaccinations, a signed waiver, and a completed Fight History form (available online). Instructor: Mark Helpenstell has been training animals for 50+years, working with hunting/retrieving dogs, stock dogs, horses, donkeys, goats, and pets. An advocate of Positive Reinforcement Training, Mark is largely self-taught, and has completed Animal Behavior Certification and other

courses. Mark got involved in donkey and mule rescue, and has been Click’r Training to rescue/recover frightened, confused and difficult animals. Visit the Facebook page: “Come on, Let’s Train.” markhelpenstell@ gmail.com Orientation location: May be conducted online or SWPRD, Room 111, 5475 Maxwelton Rd, Langley Working sessions location: South Whidbey Sports Complex at 5598 Langley Road. Please park and meet up at the smaller, southwest part of the parking lot. Other possible nearby “field trips.”

Sun | Mar 7–Apr 11 | 11am-noon | $150** *Teens welcome with a parent/guardian. **Fee is per dog.

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Programs may be cancelled or re-scheduled due to uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic. Your registration fee may be held until we are more certain that a particular program will run. Updates to the activity guide will be made periodically in our digital copy at www.swparks.org. Each program will have COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Please review the listing and COVID-19 Safety Plan for each program on our website prior to registering.

READING WITH ROVER: THERAPY DOGS Is My Dog a Therapy Dog?

HANDLERS 12+ (YOUTH MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT/ GUARDIAN); DOGS 4+ MONTHS (MUST PROVIDE EVIDENCE OF VACCINATIONS) Reading with Rover is a therapy dog program which started out as a communitybased literacy program volunteering in schools and libraries. They now offer the comfort of therapy dogs at hospitals, assisted living homes, rehabilitation facilities and are very popular college stress relievers! Visit www.readingwithrover.org for more info. Instructors: LouAnn Hepp, la@vistadx.net, had a 25 year+ career in the public schools as a teacher, behavior specialist, and trainer. She left her school career to follow her entrepreneur calling, starting a business to help village women and children in SE Asia. She currently co-owns a business focusing on malaria and other tropical diseases. She and her therapy dog, Ruby, have been volunteering in schools since 2015. For the past 18 years, instructor Diana Trupiano has been an active member of Reading with Rover children’s literacy charity, where she currently holds the positions of volunteer, event coordinator, team evaluator, team protocol mentor, therapy team evaluator and therapy prep instructor.

THERAPY TEAM MINI EVALUATIONS

This evaluation will determine you and your

dog’s readiness to enter the Animal Therapy Team Prep Class (below). This evaluation is required before taking the Prep Class. Dogs must have basic obedience skills. No aggressive dogs allowed. Bring to class: Dogs must be on a 6-foot leash. No retractable or “flexi” leashes allowed. Bring a cloth face covering and hand sanitizer. Location: M-Bar-C Ranch, 5264 Shore Meadow Road, Freeland

K9 NOSEWORK®

Sat | Mar 27 | 10am-3pm*| Free

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*Participants will register for a 20-minute solo time slot and should arrive 5 minutes prior to their start time.

HANDLERS 16+; DOGS 4+ MONTHS (ALL VACCINATIONS COMPLETED)

ANIMAL THERAPY TEAM PREP

This class will help prepare you and your dog to successfully take the Reading with Rover therapy test (additional fee). Once you have passed the test, you will become a registered therapy team. Our teams volunteer in schools, nursing homes, hospitals and hospice (hospital and hospice visits require additional training). Dogs must have basic obedience skills. No aggressive dogs allowed. In the class we will practice each test exercise using role play. Teams will receive coaching, as needed, to help pass the test, and to use in future visit situations. Bring to class: Blanket, treat pouch, treats. Bring a cloth face covering and hand sanitizer. Location: M-Bar-C Ranch, 5264 Shore Meadow Road, Freeland

Thu | Apr 8-22 | 6-9pm | $150 per dog-handler team

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This fast-growing dog sport teaches you how to encourage and develop your dog’s amazing natural scenting ability by using its desire to hunt and its love of food, toys, and exercise. Each dog works separately, one at a time, so this is a class for dogs unsuited for a group setting. Classes are offered at all levels, from beginning to advanced doghandler teams. Instructor: Georgia Edwards is a nationally certified K9 Nosework® Instructor, AKC scent work judge, NACSW ORT judge and certifying official, and USCSS judge and trial search designer, and the national scent work chair for the American Bouvier des Flandres Club. A retired cancer physician, she first became interested in canine scent discrimination 25 years ago, when her hospital therapy dog was able to identify patients with metastatic breast cancer. k9nosework@whidbey.net Location: Outdoors at Community Park, “The Doghouse” at Community Park, and off-site field trips. Schedule: Ongoing weekly offerings for beginning to advanced levels. Times vary by level. See swparks.org/event/dog-nosework for detailed schedule and fees.

DOG SPORTS SAMPLER HUMANS AGES 16+; DOGS OF ALL AGES Dog sports provide mental and physical stimulation for both dogs and their handlers, build relationships and have practical value. You’ll get a taste of parkour, agility, rally, scent games, trick training and barn hunt with safe foundation behaviors suitable for


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Programs may be cancelled or re-scheduled due to uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic. Your registration fee may be held until we are more certain that a particular program will run. Updates to the activity guide will be made periodically in our digital copy at www.swparks.org. Each program will have COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Please review the listing and COVID-19 Safety Plan for each program on our website prior to registering.

dogs and people of all ages and abilities. Along with tips, treat recipes and examples, you’ll be given information about how to continue with your new interests whether you intend to compete or just play in the living room on a rainy day. You can even earn your AKC Novice Trick dog title in class! Mixed breeds, rescues and puppies are welcome. No previous obedience training required but dogs will sometimes be working within 5-10 feet of each other. You must be able to control your dog on leash and get its attention with food. By arrangement, this class can be configured to include dogs who don’t do well around others. Class size is limited, so you have plenty of time to play and learn.

cute tricks along the way. This class is for dogs who are rude or uneducated, not for those who are aggressive or fearful. Dogs will sometimes be working near each other, so you must be able to physically control your dog on leash and get its attention with food. By arrangement, this class can be configured to include dogs who don’t do well around others.

Optional: You may bring unusual hardy greens or your favorite ornaments to embellish your wreath.

Bring to Class: Treats, a buckle collar, and a 6’ leash required. A harness and portable crate or mat are recommended and will be discussed in class. Toys will be used. Must provide evidence of basic vaccinations.

Mon | Dec 16 | 3-5pm | $29

Bring: Treats, a buckle collar, and a 6’ leash required. A harness and portable crate or mat are recommended and will be discussed in class. Must provide evidence of basic vaccinations.

Location: Outdoors at Community Park and nearby locations.

Instructor: Victoria Farrington, howsofdogs@gmail.com Location: Outdoors at Community Park and nearby locations. Schedule: Expected to resume in March. See swparks.org/event/canine-sportssampler/ for updated schedule and info.

Instructor: Victoria Farrington, howsofdogs@gmail.com

Schedule: Expected to resume in March. See swparks.org/event/canine-good-citizen/ for updated schedule and info.

CREATIVE OUTLETS

VIRTUAL WREATHMAKING WORKSHOP ADULTS

CANINE GOOD CITIZEN Charm school for your dog!

HUMANS 16+; DOGS 6+ MONTHS Do you wish your dog were more courteous or better behaved in public? Learn how to teach your dog good manners using the power of positive reinforcement and games you’ll both enjoy. We’ll work on polite greetings, loose leash walking, being handled, and meeting strangers, with an emphasis on self-control, patience and cooperation. Prepare your dog to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen test, learn how to address problem behaviors and teach a few

Kick off the holiday season in this workshop where you will create a fresh and natural wreath to adorn your home. We’ll provide basic instruction and all the necessary supplies to create an 18” mixed green wreath, and you’ll choose from the available greenery to make a wreath that’s uniquely you. Not only will you create a wreath to enjoy this season, but you’ll leave with the knowledge and components to create a new wreath the next time a Whidbey windstorm graces you with an abundance of greenery, and this wreath becomes a free annual craft tradition. Fee includes metal wreath form, wire, fresh evergreens and berries. Recommended: gloves to work with prickly greens, and wear long sleeves. You’ll need to provide your own clippers. This workshop will be organized as an online conference. Solid internet access needed and ability to connected via computer/ phone/tablet and engage with video and audio. Links to be provided. Ability to pick up supplies, 12/14-16.

Instructor: Carrie Monforte, recreation supervisor, programs@whidbey.com Location: Online Limited space. Please register by Dec. 13.

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Programs may be cancelled or re-scheduled due to uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic. Your registration fee may be held until we are more certain that a particular program will run. Updates to the activity guide will be made periodically in our digital copy at www.swparks.org. Each program will have COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Please review the listing and COVID-19 Safety Plan for each program on our website prior to registering.

BOTANICAL JEWELRY Celebrate Spring!

ADULTS Create your own miniature piece of wearable botanical art! Design a unique cocktail ring, bracelet, barrette or pin using succulents, bits of plants, flowers and other

organic “jewels.” After your jewelry fades, the bases can be re-used again and again to create unique and beautiful jewelry. Treat yourself or a loved one for a creative afternoon! Fee includes all necessary supplies, including a cocktail ring base and one other piece of your choosing (if registered 2+ weeks in advance). The jewelry bases and floral adhesive will be yours to take home and recreate future botanical jewelry.

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Grab & Go Options are available for most workshops if you’d prefer to work at home. Give us at least one week notice.

Create a lovely gift for someone you love, or sign them up for the class!

Coordinator: Recreation Supervisor, Carrie Monforte, 360-221-6788, programs@ whidbey.com

Bring: Cloth face coverings, hand sanitizer. You may want to bring a drink and snack to enjoy while working. Dress for the weather, we’ll hopefully be outdoors.

Bring: Cloth face coverings to be worn for duration of program, hand sanitizer, dress warmly and for messes. Something for warming hands would be helpful.

Instructor: Carrie Monforte, recreation supervisor and amateur floral aficionado, programs@whidbey.com

Class sizes will vary according to current guidance from Public Health and the Governor’s Office. Additional sessions may be added as classes fill up – check the website.

Location: SWPRD, program will be outdoors on the patio, weather permitting. If necessary, indoors with distancing.

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ventilation. Temperature will be chilly either way! Class sizes will be small to allow distancing between households. Since we’ll be located next to Castle Park Playground, I recommend saving time to enjoy the playground before or after the workshop. It will be on their minds when they get near it!

Sat | Feb 13 | 11:30am-1:30pm | $40 Sat | May 8 | 11:30am-1:30pm | $40 Other dates may be added or scheduled with instructor. www.swparks.org/event/ botanicaljewelry/

THE KIDS WORKSHOP Join us for these fun kid-oriented explorations into handicraft. Advance registration required. NOTE: Classes will be moved online as necessary AGES VARY: Age ranges listed are suggestions. Kids up to age 11 must have an adult present in order to facilitate COVID safety. As parents/guardians must be on hand, younger kids may fit in too, and older kids are welcome if interested. Small groups may schedule separate dates/times. If a parent/guardian would like to have the supplies to craft along with their child, just register separately and leave a note about which child they will be with. In-Person Location: If conditions and COVID guidelines permit, The Workshop will be held in the picnic shelter near the playground at Community Park. If weather is poor, we’ll meet in an empty maintenance building, with the door rolled open for

WREATH-MAKING AGES 6-12 Kids can create a fresh and natural wreath. We’ll provide basic instruction and all the necessary supplies for a 6-8” mixed green wreath, and you’ll choose from the provided greenery to create a wreath that’s uniquely you. Younger kids will weave pre-cut greenery twigs into a grapevine wreath form. Older kids may choose a more challenging wire-wrapped wreath. Fee includes grapevine wreath form, wire (optional), and a fun variety of fresh evergreens. Older kids and adults will be able to borrow sanitized clippers. Optional: You may bring unusual hardy greens or your favorite ornaments to embellish your wreath.

Sat | Dec 21 | 10:30-11:30am | $20 Grab ‘n Go Option: Pick up supplies (except clippers), and do it yourself at home. Supplies may be picked up at the Park Office 9am-noon Dec. 14 or Dec. 15 or by arrangement. Advance notice required.


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Programs may be cancelled or re-scheduled due to uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic. Your registration fee may be held until we are more certain that a particular program will run. Updates to the activity guide will be made periodically in our digital copy at www.swparks.org. Each program will have COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Please review the listing and COVID-19 Safety Plan for each program on our website prior to registering.

KITE-MAKING AGES 6-12 Make and decorate a kite! Easy to make and fly, the Frustration-less Flyer 22” sled kite has a large sail for decorating. Each kit includes pre-cut white Tyvek, durable fiberglass rods, tape and bridle line. Die-cut holes in the Tyvek make correct assembly a snap. Wind range: 3-16 mph. Includes a handle with 100’ of line. Those with younger kids may request a mostly pre-assembled kite to decorate (give us a few days to plan for this). Kites will be decorated with permanent markers – dress for stains. Kids who like more time for designing may request a template to plan their design before coming to class.

Sat | Jan 2 | 9:30-10:30am| $20 Grab ‘n Go Option: Pick up your supplies by arrangement, and do it yourself at home at any time. You’ll need to provide your own permanent markers to decorate the kite.

EXCAVATION: GEMSTONES & FOSSILS! AGES 4-8 Attention rock hounds and budding paleontologists! Join us for a mini excavation, working with hammer, chisel and brush to reveal real gemstones and a dinosaur fossil toy. All supplies will be provided and sanitized. The gems, dino, chisel, mallet and brush will be yours to take home. Note: Choking hazard for young children.

Sat | Jan 23 | 10-10:30am | $20 Grab ‘n Go Option: Pick up your supplies by arrangement, and do it yourself at home at any time. One week advance notice required.

HEART STRING ART AGES 5-14 Create a simple heart home décor piece. This Heart String Art decoration is a great addition to your Valentine’s Day decorations this year! Wind and wrap the red string around the pegs to make the heart take shape.

Wed | Feb 10 | 2:30-3pm | $15 Grab ‘n Go Option: Pick up your supplies by arrangement, and do it yourself at home at any time. One week advance notice required.

WEAVING AGES 5-15 Learn basic weaving on a mini cardboard loom you can take home with you. Using thick, bright yarn and roving, create a miniature wall hanging. Optional: Bring a small stick to hang your creation. You will leave with extra string, the mini loom, and needle. Class length will vary by individual child’s age and attention span. Instructions will be available to send home to complete your craft later if needed.

YOUNGER KIDS Sat | Mar 13 | 9-10am | $20 OLDER KIDS Sat | Mar 13 | 10:45-11:45am | $20 Grab ‘n Go Option: Pick up your supplies by arrangement, and do it yourself at home at any time. One week advance notice required.

LEATHER CRAFT AGES 6-12 In this beginner leather crafting course, we use very basic leather techniques to stamp, decorate and dye a leather wristband. Students will get to create a leather wristband using their choices of stamps, shape punches and dye colors. A fun and creative way to learn about leather! Wristband fits 7.25-8.25” circumference. Some shared equipment will be required. Plan to wash/sanitize hands frequently. We will pause for about 30 minutes to allow the project to dry out a bit before dying the leather. Kids may choose to play on the playground during that time (with their parent/guardian supervision).

YOUNGER KIDS Wed | Apr 7 | 9-10am | $20 OLDER KIDS Wed | Apr 7 | 11-noon | $20 There is no Grab ‘n Go option for this class.


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