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Whidbey Weekly

Bits & Pieces Tales of a Veterinarian Dave Parent, DVM, presents stories and pictures about his practice at the Whidbey Audubon Society’s monthly meeting Thursday, January 11. Besides treating dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits and the occasional reptile, he has a license to treat wildlife, including marine mammals. Learn what his favorite animal is or which Whidbey wild bird has the worst bite. The meeting is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7:00pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 20103 State Route 525, two miles north of Freeland. [Submitted by Susan Prescott, Whidbey Audubon Publicity chair]

Kinobe Herbert Present An Intimate African Musical Journey This Saturday, January 13, Kinobe Herbert will present an intimate African Musical Journey at WICA, at 7:30pm. A multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, Kinobe leads his listeners into the soul of Africa through traditional instruments, songs and stories from his homeland. His performances are musically rich, informative, and deeply engaging. He talks about the philosophy of his compositions and the history of his traditional instruments, which are crafted and brought to life by his skilled hands, all while engaging the audience and helping them to understand and experience the music more deeply.

Castellano feels that sponsorship would be good publicity for local businesses. “Our visitors would likely be impressed by the kindness of the sponsors, for buying their admissions, and they might be tempted to visit the sponsor’s place of business. We still have ten months available, he said.” For more information on how to sponsor museum admissions, please contact Castellano at (360) 678-3310, of visit the museum, Monday-Friday, 10:00am to 4:00pm. [Submitted by Rick Castellano]

Basically Baroque with the Saratoga Orchestra Saratoga Orchestra of Whidbey Island presents Basically Baroque, a set of programs on January 27, 2:30pm at Island Church of Whidbey in Langley and January 28, 2:30pm in Coupeville’s Nordic Hall. Music Director, Anna Edwards, will lead the orchestra in musical works by G.F. Handel, Antonio Vivaldi and Jennifer Higdon. The program includes two of Baroque music’s finest and most popular composers, G.F. Handel and Antonio Vivaldi. George Frideric Handel, well known for his operas and oratorios, such as Messiah, will be represented on the program with his Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 7 in B-flat Major for string orchestra. Composer Antonio Vivaldi excelled in writing virtuosic works for the soloist. This is exemplified in his Concerto for Two Oboes and will showcase Saratoga Orchestra’s oboists, Ove Hanson and Frances Kenney. As a commitment to programming women composers, Saratoga Orchestra will offer the Northwest premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Dance Card, based on baroque form and style. In 2010, Higdon received the Pulitzer Prize and Grammy award and is considered one of the most prolific composers living.

Kinobe has performed throughout Uganda and in many other African and European countries, as well as in the U.S. and British Columbia. He has taught extended residencies at high schools and colleges around the U.S., and has produced numerous CD’s. 

As a special event, the concert on January 27 will also include members of the 18th century Genteel Society of the Pacific Northwest, dressed in their finery clothing and offering sweets and treats from the period during intermission.

You will also learn about Dance of Hope, the extraordinary dance and music performance troupe created by Kinobe and Bosco Segawa, founder of the life-changing M-Lisada Orphanage. Made up entirely of orphaned youth, the group will be touring the U.S. this year, including a performance on Whidbey Island in early March. This will be a very special evening that you will surely find joyful and inspiring! For more information about Dance of Hope, visit the website:

General Admission tickets are $25 Adult and $20 Senior/Military. The January 27 concert is a suggested donation. Students under 18 admitted free (under 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult). Tickets available at Blue Sound Music and Moonraker Books in Langley, bayleaf in Coupeville, and Click Music in Oak Harbor. Cash/Check/CC accepted at the door. For more detailed information and on-line tickets, please visit or call (360) 929-3045.

For more information about Kinobe Herbert, visit:

[Submitted by Larry Heidel]

For tickets, visit or call (800) 638-7631. [Submitted by Carolyn Tamler]

Free Admission to Island County Museum in January For the month of January, admission to the Island County Museum in Coupeville is FREE for all ages! Admissions fees are sponsored by the Island County Historical Society’s Board of Trustees. “Every month, except April, is up for adoption” said museum director, Rick Castellano. “Our hopes are that all twelve months will be sponsored, and that admission will always be free to all our visitors”. Castellano estimates that the museum greets some 10,000 visitors each year, but that many of those visitors choose not to explore the museum when they learn of the admission fees, which range from $2-$4. “It might not sound like much, but when you’re on a tight budget, even a few extra dollars counts”, he said. Castellano said it’s hard to see families with children walk away because of the fees. He said “If we didn’t have to charge admissions, we would likely see 20-40% more visitors. This impressive estimate is based on previous years’ experience, where months which have been sponsored showed dramatic increases in foot traffic.

Central Whidbey Hearts & Hammers Host Annual Dinner Central Whidbey Hearts & Hammers (CWH&H) will host its annual Community Dinner at Coupeville Recreation Hall from 5:30pm to 7:30pm on Friday, January 26. Everyone is welcome! Come enjoy a delicious meal with your neighbors. The cost of the dinner is $5, all proceeds go to support CWH&H. CWH&H is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization of “Neighbors helping Neighbors” helping homeowners stay safe and healthy in their homes. As neighbors they assist homeowners who are physically or financially unable to do needed work on their houses themselves. The work is done by volunteers during an annual Work Day the first Saturday in May. Typical projects include, but are not limited to: yard clean-up, painting, plumbing repairs, electrical repairs, roof or gutter cleaning and repairs, deck reconstruction, railings, and wheelchair ramps. If you or a neighbor are Central Whidbey homeowners, and need help with home repairs, please consider an application to be included as a project for this year’s Work Day, May 5, 2018. Homeowners from Greenbank to Coupeville, with limited resources and unable to do necessary work, can apply

directly to CWH&H for assistance by e-mail to or by phone at (360) 720-2114. The deadline for getting a house on the list for evaluation is February 15. “Hearts and Hammers is a truly local, community organization that lives up to its motto of ‘neighbors helping neighbors,’” said board president Wilson Binger. “Our mission is to build community by engaging neighbors with a wide variety of skills to assist neighbors who have challenges with their home repairs. As a nonprofit we don’t charge the homeowners we help, our volunteers do the work and we cover the costs for parts and materials from donations from the community to meet those expenses.” Call (360) 720-2114 or email for any questions you may have about getting help, becoming a volunteer or making a donation. [Submitted by Kathleen Jo Ryan]

New Fire Commissioner Joins the Team

South Whidbey Fire/EMS Fire Commission Chairman Kenyon Simmons swears in new Commissioner Adrienne Hawley. The former volunteer was elected in November and replaces retiring Commissioner Robert Elliot.

Adrienne Hawley began a six year term as a Fire Commissioner for South Whidbey Fire/EMS in January 2018. She replaces retiring Commissioner Robert Elliot whose term expired in 2017. Hawley is a past volunteer member of the South Whidbey Fire/EMS team. It was after graduating from Seattle University that she joined AmeriCorps on South Whidbey. During this time of volunteering in the schools and community, she decided to become a firefighter. While with the department, she also obtained the EMT certification, joined the ropes rescue team, marine rescue, and vehicle extrication team. The Freeland resident is a Washington State Park Ranger and has worked at Deception Pass and several other parks on the island. “I love being a Ranger since I get to work outdoors and interact with diverse people,” said Hawley. “I also get to help maintain such beautiful and historic structures and landscapes on Whidbey Island.” So what led her to run for Fire Commissioner in November 2017? “I have a desire to help my community. I was raised in Freeland and after every adventure on the mainland or further afield, I keep finding myself back here,” she said. “I had such a fantastic time as a firefighter and I thought being a Commissioner would provide a new opportunity to help the community.” Hawley has a background in education. At one point while living in Ireland, she lectured in two universities in Media and Politics, History, and International Relations. She holds a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication, and an MA in History. She also conducted PhD research in Media Studies. “With that in mind, I have a few ideas about building partnerships in the community with a focus on education and engagement,” she said. “While an AmeriCorps volunteer, I also worked with volunteer recruitment and retention, so I’m excited to use these experiences for South Whidbey.” LOCALLY OPERATED

How Can You Improve Your Financial Fitness This Year?

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get healthier, you may already be taking the necessary steps, such as improving your diet and increasing your exercise. Of course, physical fitness is important to your well-being – but, at the same time, don’t forget about your financial fitness. Specifically, what can you do to ensure your investment situation is in good shape? Here are a few “healthy living” suggestions that may also apply to your investment portfolio:

Build endurance – Just as exercise can help build your endurance for the demands of a long life, a vigorous investment strategy can help you work toward your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement. In practical terms, this means you will need to own some investments with the potential to provide long-term growth. These are the investments that, ideally, you can hold on to for decades and eventually reap the benefits of capital appreciation. Of course, growth-oriented investments, such as most types of stocks, will rise and fall in value over the short term, and there’s no guarantee of profits, or even preserving principal. But if you choose wisely, and you’ve got the patience and discipline to hold on to your investments through the market’s ups and downs, you may well be rewarded. Maintain an ideal “weight” – You can help yourself stay healthy by maintaining your ideal weight. This can be challenging – as you know from the recently finished holiday season, it’s easy to put on a few extra pounds. And, just as inadvertently, your portfolio can tack on some unneeded weight, too, in the form of redundant investments. Over time, you may have picked up too many similar investment vehicles, resulting in an overconcentration, or “flabbiness,” that can work against you, especially when a market downturn affects the asset class in which you’re overloaded. So, you might be better off liquidating some of your duplicate, or near-duplicate, investments, and using the proceeds to help broaden your investment mix.

Get proper rest – Many studies have shown that we need adequate rest to stay alert and healthy. In your life, you’ve probably already found that if you over-tax your body, you pay a price in your overall well-being. If you look at your investment portfolio as a living entity – which, in a way, it is, as it certainly provides life to your goals and aspirations – then you can see that it, too, can be weakened by stress. And one of the main stress factors is excessive trading. If you’re constantly buying and selling investments in an attempt to boost your returns, you may rack up hefty fees, commissions and taxes – and still not really get the results you wanted. Plus, if you’re frequently moving in and out of different investments, you’ll find it hard to follow a unified, long-term strategy. So, confine your trading to those moves that are really essential – and give your portfolio a rest.

To enjoy your life fully, you’ll want to take care of your physical and financial health – and, as it turns out, you can make similar types of moves to help yourself in both areas. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

Jeffery C. Pleet, CLU®, ChFC®

Financial Advisor 630 SE Midway Blvd. Oak Harbor, WA 98277 (360) 679-2558 Member SIPC

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Whidbey Weekly, January 11, 2018  
Whidbey Weekly, January 11, 2018