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Fat Tuesday, February 13 6–8:30 pm Bayview Community Hall 5642 Bayview Road, Langley


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ON TRACK with Jim Freeman

It occurred to me the other day at the bank that no ATM in my lifetime has ever made a mistake. The amount dispensed is always correct. The amount deposited is always correct.

Like it or not, my ATM balance always speaks the truth. Should Freeland ever become a government guided location, I'm voting my bank's ATM for mayor. ATMs unite! An entire city council of mistake free, transparent ATMs. Think about it, even if it doesn't make cents. Lady Dynamite Thanks to my big brother's curious mind, I am now the self-designated founder of the Dorothy Donegan Fan Club, Freeland Chapter and Verse. Ever hear of Dorothy Donegan? Me neither. Get ready to read about a piano playing dynamo once called by John Wilson of the New York Times “...the lustiest, most exciting, hard swinging and virtuosic jazz pianist in the world...one of the most brilliant pianists, male or female, jazz has ever known.” If Art Tatum is the Vladimir Horowitz of jazz, and Vladimir Horowitz is the Art Tatum of classical, then Dorothy Donegan is the greatest ivory interpreter of all of the above at the same time. Despite the known successes of entertainers like Mary Lou Williams, Lil Armstrong (Louis' ex), and Camille Howard, boogie woogie keyboardist for blues legend Roy Milton, founder of Miltone Records, Donegan's career, from age eighteen to almost eighty, was little known. A specialist in “swinging the classics, a novelty piano style utilizing popular classical pieces played to a boogie woogie beat,” Miss Dorothy is well worth a listen, all night long. According to Tony Burke's liner notes from the compilation CD, Brown Gal, “she got her first professional engagement at the Hi Jinx Club at the age of fourteen, eventually moving to Costello's Grill, a white bar, of which Dorothy remembers, 'It was unheard of then because there was segregation and you weren't supposed to work downtown.' However, her skill as a pianist got her hired and she continued to play Chicago's bars and clubs during the 40's.” Last week, I had more fun than a barrel of pickles searching the web for used copies of any Dorothy Donegan music. Thank goodness for free shipping. I saved enough money to buy more of her music. Many of you may know of Dorothy Donegan's skillfulness from your own worldly travels. She and her trio pla yed throughout Europe and the USA for decades. Music–the universal language that inspires and pleasures as it keeps my wallet tapping. Which brings to mind Friday, April 13, when the 19th Annual Whidbey Island Jazz Fest returns to the Oak Harbor High School Auditorium. Scholarship monies of over $80,000 have been distributed to college bound seniors through this event sponsored by Whidbey's hero-infested, Jerry Jones led Whidbey Jazz Society. Heart filled This weekend's Ryan's House for Youth Big Red Event in Coupeville and W.I.N.'s Heart to Heart event in Langley will pull a few heart strings in honor of our locals. Compassion and cooking come together this weekend to help both organizations clothe and feed those of the untold stories. The silent hungry. The cold teen. The embarrassed parent. We all live in blessed communities, but the benevolent activity from zip codes 98221 to 98277 boggles my goggles, day after day, month after month, year after year. Think the IRS keeps track of the zip-codes

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with the highest percentage of donations to 501(c)(3)'s? Free verse This morning my buddy Gerry and I journeyed to the 2nd oldest town in Washington to celebrate his birthday. I won't tell you how old Gerry is, but the Greenbank rumor has it Gerry once had recess with Methuselah.



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While enjoying orders of two perfectly plated, Hollandaise saturated Benedict of eggs, we shared stories. Ya sure, you betcha, good friends can talk with their mouths full. Gerry spoke of being nine years young, the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, being told by his mother to go see his dad at his gas station. After arriving at his dad's station, Gerry was told to go across the street to the house of their Japanese neighbors to tell them he would bring their family groceries so they could stay safe at home. Gerry told the story of giving a Butterfinger candy bar to a captured freezing Chinese soldier during a beyond chilling confrontation during the Korean War. Seventy plus years later, Gerry's son Brad is chief photographer for CBS news in Beijing. Gerry talked of his twin daughters Judy and Jodi, irritating one another with ga-ga's and goo-goo's during their adolescence, before they would become go-go-going teens, together enjoying fun-fun-fun in the southern California sun. Over a couple of plates of great chow, we were a couple of aging jarheads enjoying jawing. As we were about to leave, Randy of Penn Cove Architects got up from his adjacent Tyee booth to say, “You know, Freeman, I've never seen you in all these years without your baseball hat on. Without it, you look like a whooping crane.” Thanks for your support, Randy. Whoop, whoop. As we used to say in the Ozarks, “I'd whip on ya, but I'm too whooped.” Scan on After receiving much needed emotional support from Pay Less scanning tutor Nicole G, I stepped up to the silver machine and began to scan. It was difficult for my tutor to keep a straight face while seeing my non-nutritional items pass thru the red light zone. Not knowing where bar codes live, my machine went on pause while I paused to locate. Re-boot, re-activate, re-scan. After a frustrating first time scanner experience, I returned to the parking lot, head still down, in the scanning position.

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The next day at Pay Less, I saw Nikki was the scanning tutor. Why not give this one more try? Nikki has patience. I knew from watching her son play baseball, back in the day when my hair was not the color of Charmin. Seconds into my second scan, I began to hyperventilate. I had twelve report covers to scan, all at 39 cents, but I forgot how many times I had scanned. Seeing my facial color change, customer Kelli made an aisle intervention to help me. I had not seen her since Amanda and Josh's beach wedding. Officiating a wedding ceremony is much easier than scanning. Thank you Nicole G, Nikki, and Kelli for your scanning support. Even though the third time may be the charm, I'm done. Leave the scanning to the multi-taskers. Scan, beep, and sack. AYKM? I talk to myself all day, so I go to Pay Less when I am lonely. There is no one to talk to when you scan alone. Which reminds me of the great Tammy Wynette song, “Scan by your man” or the classic from Carousel, “You'll never scan alone.” “Scan on, scan on, with hope in your heart, and you'll never scan alone.” (Editor's note: Super Bowl Sunday, Freeman was seen successfully scanning, without assistance, a box of Philadelphia Cheese steak style Velveeta Skillets. Don't believe everything he writes, or eats.) To read past columns of On Track in the Whidbey Weekly, see our Digital Library at www.whidbeyweekly.com.

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Bits & Pieces system as well as other systems across Western Washington. The City immediately contacted the Department of Ecology and has implemented the proper response protocols.

Letters to the Editor Editor, On Monday, January 29, 2018, we were returning from a wonderful weekend event at Ocean Shores called the “Roanoke Conference.” We had a great time reuniting with friends from across the state as well as relatives that we don’t see that often. While it was rainy at the beach, we really weren’t prepared for the “soaker” we experienced on the way home on Monday. It was seriously one of the worst encounters of my life in a driving rain - pouring, pounding, and splashing on the highways! It was really concerning going through Seattle on Interstate 5, with several lanes of traffic all heading north and trying to “make time.” Our small sedan was not much of a match for the semi-trucks and vans that benefitted with better visibility because the drivers sit higher in their vehicles than folks in passenger cars. At one point, we were passed by a big truck in the left lane and a packet van on the right. The result was a total and complete deluge of muddy water covering our windshield rendering visibility virtually impossible for a minute or two! Yes, we tried the HOV lanes but hydroplaning was also a problem. Hubby kept his cool, observing the speed limit, the vehicles approaching from behind, and finally we reached our first goal: port of Mukilteo and the parking lot to wait for the next departing ferry. What a relief! According to our Garmin, we were now 25 minutes from home, sweet home! The real “magical part” of our trip, though, was when we boarded the Tokitai and began the 15 minute trip from Mukilteo to Clinton. Since the ride from Ocean Shores to Mukilteo had taken almost 6 hours – with no stops – I was eager to visit the ladies room. Imagine my surprise, a PLEASANT surprise, when I walked in the door of the ladies room to find fresh bouquets of lovely red and yellow flowers in vases adorned with red ribbons, evenly spaced between the wash basins! My mood instantly improved. This was a first in my … decades … of traveling back and forth on the ferries from Clinton to Mukilteo, and not a regular practice of the WSF. So I made an inquiry and found that the Captain of the Tokitai was the one who provided these beautiful flowers in a place where the women would surely enjoy them. He was right on target. Once in a while you meet up with, and are blessed by, a truly “Random Act of Kindness.” This was one of those times. I would like to recognize and thank Captain Curtis Larson of the Tokitai for this unsung act of kindness that brought a bright spot into the life of at least one of the old ladies who travel on the ferries, and one that he will probably never, ever know.

The City of Oak Harbor encourages citizens to reduce nonessential water usage to assist in slowing the amount of water entering the system, and to avoid contacting harbor waters in the vicinity of the park until the overflow risk has abated. Further information will be provided as available. [Submitted by Nicole Tesch, City of Oak Harbor]

Free Admission to Island County Museum in February For the month of February, 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. “Two of our historical society members offered to pay admission for all visitors in February” 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. So far, April and November are also sponsored – so we still have several months available.” Castellano estimates the museum greets some 10,000 visitors each year, but 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 admission, we would see 20-40% more visitors each month. This impressive estimate is based on previous years’ experience, where months which have been sponsored showed dramatic increases in foot traffic. Castellano feels 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 sponsors place of business,” he said. For more information about how to sponsor museum admissions, please contact Castellano at (360) 678-3310, of visit the museum, MondayFriday, 10:00am to 4:00pm. The Museum is open daily, 10:00am to 4:00pm; Sundays, 11:00am to 4:00pm. [Submitted by Rick Castellano, Island County Museum]

NAS Whidbey Island Personnel Wrap-up Participation in Annual Navy Force Protection Exercise

Solid Curtain Citadel Shield is a way to assess Navy Command and Control capabilities and evaluate Naval Security Forces ability to respond to current real world threats through a coordinated Navy-wide exercise. “The exercise scenarios are designed to stimulate command and tactical-level decision making at varying force protection conditions,” said Shawn Lightfritz, NAS Whidbey Island’s Exercise Program Manager.

Request to Reduce Nonessential Water Usage On Sunday, February 4, 2018, the City of Oak Harbor experienced a relatively minor sanitary sewer overflow at the City’s Windjammer Park. The unusually heavy rains of the last several days have inundated the City’s waste water

As noted in an earlier release January 24 regarding this exercise, military personnel and others who work on the base, as well as people in the local area may see increased travel times traveling to, from and around

Mary Jane Olson, Clinton

The exercise is scheduled to conclude Friday, February 9. For more information, contact the NAS Whidbey Island public affairs office at (360) 257-2286 or through email at WHDB_NASWI_ PAO@navy. [Submitted by Michael Welding, NAS Whidbey Island]

Let the Good Times Roll at Goosefoot’s 4th Annual Mardi Gras Party Goosefoot is proud to continue the good times at their 4th annual Mardi Gras Party at Bayview Community Hall on Fat Tuesday, February 13, from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. This event is family friendly and admission is absolutely free. Dance to Ken Pickard and Zydeco Explosion as they play new, old, and some very old authentic Zydeco and Cajun music. They promise to have you on your feet from the downbeat. Don’t forget to come decked out in your best Mardi Gras costume. The evening fun includes a costume contest with prizes for Most Original, Most Comical, Best in Show, Best Couple, Best Child, and Best Mask. Beads do not count as a costume, but you can grab some free at the door. Head next door to the Bayview Cash Store for some New Orleans favorites including gumbo, dirty rice, shrimp and grits, and more from the Taproom@Bayview Corner and muffulettas and beignets from Whidbey Doughnuts. Both restaurants will offer drink specials, and wine and beer will be available for sale at the Bayview Hall. Laissez les bons temps rouler! (the Mardi Gras party call of “let the good times roll”). Please call (360) 321-4246 for further information, or visit www.goosefoot.org. [Submitted by Sami Postma, Goosefoot]

Non-Profits Benefit from Holiday Market Sales St. Augustine’s in-the-Woods Episcopal Church presented each of the beneficiaries of 2017’s Holiday Market with a check for $1800. The Annual event was held November 11, 2017, at the church on Honeymoon Bay Road in Freeland. All profits from the sale were divided evenly between the 5 organizations.

NAS Whidbey Island personnel participated in several training activities last week as part of the Navy’s annual Solid Curtain Citadel Shield, a regularly-scheduled exercise intended to ensure the readiness of Navy security forces.

“Overall, Solid Curtain Citadel Shield tests our ability to respond to threats and validates our ability to communicate effectively during an emergency. The exercise also evaluates our overall anti-terrorism force protection (ATFP) performance while improving our capabilities by participating in simulated realistic exercises,” he added.

Thank you, Captain Curt, and God bless.

NAS Whidbey Island installations. Installation personnel, contractors, visitors and retirees should be flexible with their scheduling of meetings and appointments during the exercise. Local area residents may also see increased military activity and possible traffic and pedestrian congestion, associated with the exercise near the base.

L-R: Jason Miller for Garage of Blessings, Cary Peterson and Kathryn Ruesch for Grow Whidbey, Jean Favini for Oasis for Animals, Debbie Metz for Meals on Wheels, Lori Cavender for Ryan’s House for Youth, Rebecca Reid - 2017 Holiday Market Co-chair. [Submitted by Rebecca Reid, St. Augustine’s in-the-Woods Episcopal Church]

Equestrian Crossings Seeks Volunteers Equestrian Crossings is looking for volunteers who are passionate about horses or want to give back to the community. Equestrian Crossings is an all inclusive program which provides educational, recreational and therapeutic horsemanship activities for ages 8–88. They have both hands on, horse-related and behind the scenes opportunities. This is a great organization for middle and high school students who require community service credits. No prior horse experience required!

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Consider Financial Gifts for All Your Valentines

Valentine’s Day is almost here – and it’s a pretty big business. In fact, U.S. consumers spent about $18 billion on their valentines in 2017, according to the National Retail Federation. Of course, recipients certainly appreciate flowers, candy, jewelry and so on, but this year, consider going beyond the traditional favorites to give your loved ones something more long-lasting – a financial gift. And, while you’re doing so, why not also go beyond the traditional definition of a “valentine”? After all, not all that $18 billion went to spouses or significant others. A sizable amount also went to non-romantic connections, including children, parents, friends, teachers – even pets. So, in the spirit of ecumenical Valentine’s Day gift-giving, here are some suggestions for financial gifts for your loved ones: For spouse or signficant other – One valuable gift to your spouse or significant other might be an IRA contribution. While you can’t directly contribute to someone else’s IRA, you can certainly write a check to that person for that purpose. This gift is particularly valuable because many people have trouble coming up with the maximum annual IRA contribution, which, in 2018, is $5,500, or $6,500 for individuals 50 and older. As an alternative to an IRA contribution, you could give shares of a stock issued by a company whose products or services are enjoyed by your spouse or signfiicant other. For your children – It’s never too soon to start saving for college for your children. Fortunately, you have a few attractive college-funding vehicles available, one of which is the 529 Savings Plan. You can generally invest in the plan offered by any state, even if you don’t live there. If you do invest in your own state’s plan, you might receive a tax incentive, which could include a deduction, match or credit. Plus, all withdrawals from 529 Savings Plans will be free from federal income taxes and, in most cases, state income taxes as well, as long as the money is used for qualified college or graduate school expenses of the beneficiary you’ve named. (If a withdrawal is taken from a 529 Savings Plan but not used for a qualified expense, the portion of the withdrawal representing earnings is subject to ordinary income tax and a 10% federal penalty.) For your parents – You can probably find a number of thoughtful and valuable financial gifts for your parents. You could, for example, offer to pay a month’s worth of their premiums for their auto or health insurance. Even if they are on Medicare, they may still be paying for a supplemental policy, so your gift may well be appreciated. But you might want to go beyond helping them with just a single component of their financial situation and instead provide them with assistance for their “big picture.” To do so, you could arrange a visit with a trusted financial professional, assuming your parents aren’t already using one. This person could look at all issues, including investments, retirement accounts, long-term care and estate-related financial strategies, and then make appropriate recommendations and even referrals to other professionals. Everyone likes the hearts, flowers and sweets of Valentine’s Day. Nonetheless, give some thought to making financial gifts – they can make a difference in your loved ones’ lives long after the chocolates are eaten and the roses have faded. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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FEBRUARY 8 - FEBRUARY 14, 2018 www.whidbeyweekly.com LOCALL LOCALL Y OWNED Y OWNED Equestrian Crossings is holding volunteer training sessions from 9:00am to 2:00pm Thursday, February 22 at Rein Shadow Arena, 3893 Cantor Lane, Greenbank and from 1:00pm to 5:00pm Wednesday, February 28 at Whidbey Equestrian Center, 21306 SR 20, Coupeville. Please contact Equestrian Crossings at (360) 320-1573 or email info@equestriancrossings. org to register or for more information. Find them online at www.equestriancrossings.org. Retirees, they need you, too. [Submitted by Valerie Locke]

AAUW New Member Social The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Whidbey Island Branch would like to invite all women with a degree from an accredited institution (2-year, 4-year, RN, etc.) to join them Friday, March 2, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm for wine and appetizers by reservation only at the home of Barb Bland in Oak Harbor. Get to know the AAUW officers and board members, and AAUW will share their mission statement (to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research) and how they fulfill that mission on Whidbey Island as well as at the state and national levels. If you might be interested in becoming a member, please contact Christina Moats at christinas.island. real.estate@gmail.com by February 23. She will make your reservation and give you directions. [Submitted by Meg Eisenbraun, AAUW Publicity Chair]

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and fellow Sound Water Steward, Marty Crowley, who nominated Dubpernell to be Island County’s 2018 Coastal Volunteer of the Year. On Saturday, February 3, it was announced before a packed house of more than 600 attendees at Sound Waters University, held at South Whidbey High School, that Dubpernell was chosen for the award. “I’ve always been amazed at Sandy’s patience as she explains, again and again, why Orcas are endangered and what it means when she calls them an indicator species,” Crowley said. Dubpernell, a stained glass artist at Penn Cove Gallery, moved her studio and her life from New York to Coupeville in 1988 and began looking for ways to volunteer in the community. By 1993 she had graduated from the WSU Beach Watchers program, and she’s been volunteering and teaching about Island County’s marine life ever since. “She became involved in the Rosie the Gray Whale project and found her niche – responding to dead, smelly creatures on the beach,” said Susan Berta, co-founder of Orca Network and the Langley Whale Center. “She has a scientific mind, the imagination and creativity of an artist and photographer, toughness and stamina, curiosity and drive to learn and investigate everything about the marine world, and the ability to have a great time while accomplishing unpleasant tasks with a sense of humor!”

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“She’s also very organized, meticulous and takes pride in the work she accomplishes to help conserve marine mammal life around Whidbey Island,” adds Dr. Stephanie Norman, veterinarian for the local stranding network.

When a party of tourists asked Sandy Dubpernell when the next Orca capture event was scheduled in Penn Cove, anyone else might have thrown up their hands. The question came her way at Coupeville Wharf, site of a large marine education display describing the horrific Orca captures of the 1970s.

Among Dubpernell’s many volunteer roles, she is coordinator of the Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network in addition to serving on the board of Orca Network. She is also a regular docent, since 2014, at the Langley Whale Center where she curates the center’s extensive marine mammal specimens.

“Mustering every bit of composure, Sandy quietly explained that the capture of Orcas is illegal in the United States,” said her friend

A member of Sound Water Stewards, Dubpernell is the eighth county resident honored since 2011, when the Island County Marine

Island County’s 2018 Coastal Volunteer of the Year



have been surrounded by talented and creative people on a daily basis, and to have had the opportunity to champion community theatre at the grass roots level. And, in retirement, I look forward to enjoying WICA as a patron and watching its bright future unfold.

Resources Committee and WSU Extension – Island County created the Jan Holmes Coastal Volunteer of the Year award. Today, Sound Water Stewards also co-sponsors the award as a third partner. Holmes, for whom the award is named, joined the young Beach Watcher program in 1990 and, within a few years, earned her masters degree in marine biology. She led the effort in shoreline intertidal monitoring that resulted in Island County having more information about its shoreline than probably any other county in all of Puget Sound, according to Don Meehan, former director of WSU Extension – Island County. She was a leader of the all-volunteer eelgrass monitoring team, a very technical group. Like Dubpernell, Holmes loved teaching and loved helping others.

Perhaps WICA’s most notable achievement under Burgua’s leadership is its annual DjangoFest Northwest, featuring the distinctive sounds of “gypsy jazz” music, which has received international recognition. The autumn festival, which draws as many as 3,000 people to Langley, began in 2001 as a two-night event and now runs through five days packed with eight concerts featuring more than 60 musicians from around the world.

Preceding Dubpernell as winners of the Coastal Volunteer Award were Barbara Brock, Sammye Kempbell, Phyllis Kind, Jill Hein, Ken Urstad, Bob Gentz and Connie Clark.

WICA Seeking to Replace Retiring Executive Director Stacie Burgua Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA), the community arts center serving South Whidbey, is seeking a new Executive Director to succeed longtime ED Stacie Burgua, who intends to retire the end of August. Burgua has run WICA for 18 years, presiding over steady organizational growth and numerous artistic triumphs. WICA is known for its high-quality offerings in the realms of theater, music, dance, lectures and literature, and the visual arts. “Replacing Stacie constitutes a major institutional challenge for us,” said Jon Wilbert, WICA Board chairman. “It won’t be easy filling her shoes. Her historical knowledge of WICA productions and commitment to community engagement has been enormously beneficial to WICA.” Burgua said, “It has been my honor, joy, and challenge to be the Executive Director of WICA for the past 18 years. My life has been enriched by the myriad of experiences that this organization has offered. I feel fortunate to

WICA’s multiple offerings include five plays every season under its all-volunteer community Theater Series; a Local Artist Series designed to create opportunities for area artists to perform; a Family Series bringing culturally relevant programming from off-island to encourage families to come together in the enjoyment of high-quality entertainment; and a Lecture Series entitled “Conversations on the State of American Politics,” which has brought to Langley prominent figures from the national media in Washington, D.C. Wilbert said the WICA Board has solicited interest in the ED position through announcements and advertisements with numerous arts and nonprofit organizations, mostly in the Northwest. He added the organization decided to “cast a wide net” in seeking Burgua’s replacement. The search is being conducted by a committee of the WICA Board. The Board anticipates that it will select the new Executive Director by May 1. Whidbey Island Center for the Arts is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization serving the community of South Whidbey Island and beyond. WICA’s mission is to inspire, nourish, and enhance the artistic, social, and economic well-being of the community. For more information, call (360) 221-8262 or visit www.wicaonline.org [Submitted by Tristan A.B. Steel, WICA]



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What’s Going On All entries are listed chronologically, unless there are multiple entries for the same venue or are connected to a specific organization (such as Sno-Isle Libraries) in which case all entries for that venue or organization are listed collectively in chronological order under one heading.

Island Herb Vendor Day Thursday, February 8, 3:00pm-6:00pm Island Herb, Freeland Representatives from Sitka will be on site with product displays and information. Island Herb is located at 5565 Vanbarr Pl, Unit F. For more information, call (360) 331-0140 or visit whidbeyislandherb.com

Radium Girls Thursdays, February 8 & 15, 7:00pm Fridays, February 9 & 16, 7:00pm Saturdays, February 10 & 17, 7:00pm Oak Harbor High School Tickets: $12 adults, $8 children under 12 Presented by the OHHS Drama Club “Radium Girls” is a thrilling story about young factory workers during World War I who fall ill while working in a dial painting studio and their quest to get the justice they deserve. Specifically, the story examines a young girl named Grace. It covers Grace’s life before her illness, the grueling legal process she endures, and the chilling aftermath of it all. “Radium Girls” will make you laugh, cry, and feel every emotion in between! Produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, IL. To reserve tickets, email ohhsdramaclubreservations@gmail.com

Live Music: Skinny Tie Jazz Friday, February 9, 6:00pm-10:00pm Penn Cove Taproom, Coupeville P​ lays jazz standards and not so standards! A duo of Brad Thomas on Keyboards and Fran Einterz on Upright Bass. Their tunes come mainly from the Great American Song Book but they also offer a weird gemisch of rock and roll favorites and some strange oddities to tickle your fancy. No cover. For more information, call (360) 682-5747 or visit www. penncovebrewing.com

Sherlock Holmes and the American Problem Fridays, February 9, 16 & 23, 7:30pm Saturdays, February 10, 17 & 24, 7:30pm Sundays, February 11 & 18, 2:00pm Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley Adult $22 / Senior $18 / Youth $15 / Military $18 / Matinee $15 The American Wild West and Victorian England collide in this original adventure tale. The year is 1887, the occasion is Queen Victoria’s Jubilee, and the coincidences are suspiciously piling up. Seattle actor/director R. Hamilton Wright brings his Seattle Rep 2015 hit just in time for the Langley murder mystery weekend. For tickets or more information, visit www.wicaonline.org or call (360) 221-8262.

“The Producers” a Musical Fridays, February 9, 16 & 23, 7:30pm Saturdays, February 10, 17 & 24, 7:30pm Sundays, February 11, 18 & 25, Thursdays, February 15 & 22, 7:30pm Whidbey Playhouse, Oak Harbor All Seats $20 A hilarious story about a down-on-his luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant who come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history, only plans go awry as the show is a smash hit! At the core of this insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become close friends. Tickets are available online at www.whidbeyplayhouse.com, or by phone at (360) 679 -2237 or stop by the Playhouse office at 730 SE Midway Blvd. Guidance suggested.

Sons of the American Legion AllYou-Can-Eat Breakfast Saturday, February 10, 9:00am-12:00pm American Legion, Oak Harbor

mate performance venue while furthering the church’s outreach efforts by raising funds to support worthy local charities. The church is located at 555 S.E. Regatta Dr.

Hosted by the Sons of the American Legion. $9 all-you-can-eat breakfast supports veterans and their families.

African Strings Project

Red Wine & Chocolate Tour

The African Strings Project celebrates the astonishing beauty and diversity of Africa’s immense contribution to human expression, art, and culture. An African Music Lecture will be held at 6:00pm. High school and Skagit Valley College students free with ID. For tickets or more information, call (360) 416-7727 or visit mcintyrehall.org

Saturdays, February 10 & 17, 11:00am-5:00pm Sundays, February 11 & 18, 11:00am-5:00pm Venues include: Blooms Winery Tasting Room, Comforts Winery & Vineyard, Holes Harbor Cellars, Spoiled Dog Winery and Whidbey Island Distillery. Enjoy fine wines & spirits made on Whidbey, along with decadent chocolate treats & a souvenir glass to keep. Tickets available at the venues listed or online at www. brownpapertickets.com/event/3157029

Island Herb Vendor Day Saturday, February 10, 3:00pm-6:00pm Island Herb, Freeland Representatives from Verdelux will be on site with product displays and information. Island Herb is located at 5565 Vanbarr Pl, Unit F. For more information, call (360) 331-0140 or visit whidbeyislandherb.com

Roller Derby Action Saturday, February 10, 5:30pm Oak Harbor Roller Barn, 98 NE Barron Dr. Enjoy live roller derby action with the Whidbey Island Roller Girls! Doors open at 5:30pm. Action starts at 6:00pm. Admission is $10 for adults, children 12 and under are $5.

Live Music: Ike and the Old Man Saturday, February 10, 6:00pm-10:00pm Penn Cove Taproom, Coupeville Father and Son duo playing an amazing music from the 60’s to present. No cover. For more information, call (360) 682-5747 or visit www. penncovebrewing.com

Ryan’s House For Youth Big Red Event Saturday, February 10, 6:00pm Coupeville Rec Hall, 901 NW Alexander St. A dinner and auction to support Ryan’s House for Youth. Dinner served at 6:30pm Purchase tickets at ryanshouseforyouth.org or text BRE to 41444

Sweetheart Big Band Dance Saturday, February 10, 7:00pm-9:00pm South Whidbey High School, Langley Featuring the SWHS Jazz Band. Tickets by donation, includes fancy desserts and refreshments. A fundraiser for the SWHS Performing Arts Boosters.

Night of Comedy Improv Saturday, February 10, 7:00pm Oak Harbor Christian Reformed Church North Whidbey Christian High School presents Taproot Theatre Company in a night of comedy improv. Taproot actors create hilarious sketches based on audience suggestions. Content is appropriate for all ages. Cost is $7 per person or $20 per family. All proceeds and donations go to North Whidbey Christian High School. Tickets are available from students, faculty, board members, or at the door, 1411 Wieldraayer Road.

Jim Castaneda Performs at “Island Backstage”

Saturday, February 10, 7:30pm McIntyre Hall, Mount Vernon

Mardi Gras Party Tuesday, February 13, 6:00pm-8:30pm Bayview Hall, 5642 Bayview Rd, Langley Prizes for Best Costume (most original, most comical, best in show, child, couple) and Best Mask. Free admission. Charge for food, wine, beer, soft drinks. Southern favorites from the Taproom and Whidbey Doughnuts. Face painting by Fairy Magic. For more information, visit www.goosefoot.org or call (360) 321-4145.

Tokyo Guitar Quartet - Quattro Palos Wednesday, February 14, 7:00pm UUCWI, 20103 SR 20, Freeland Tickets: $20 adult, $10 student A concert featuring classical guitar quartet from Tokyo, Japan, Quattro Palos. For more information, email concerts@uucwi.org

Jose Gonzales Trio Valentine’s Day Party! Wednesday, February 14, 7:30pm Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley All Seats $22 The evening includes contemporary and classic love songs from Gershwin to Prince, featuring pianist and singer Jose Gonzales, bassist extraordinaire Michael Marcus, and Matt Jorgensen on drums. Zech Hall Piano Bar opens one hour prior to the performance. For tickets or more information, visit www.wicaonline.org or call (360) 221-8262.

Island Herb Vendor Day Thursday, February 15, 3:00pm-6:00pm Island Herb, Freeland Representatives from Craft Elixirs will be on site with product displays and information. Island Herb is located at 5565 Vanbarr Pl, Unit F. For more information, call (360) 331-0140 or visit whidbeyislandherb.com

2nd Annual Love Me Tender Dance Friday, February 16, 6:00pm-9:00pm Coupeville Rec Hall, 901 NW Alexander St. Cost: $10 per person (21 an older please) Join the Coupeville Maritime Heritage Foundation and Whidbey Island’s wildly popular rural swing band, Wild Man Cooley, for the 2nd Annual Love Me Tender Valentines Dance. Enjoy delicious chocolates and desserts, wine and beer is also available. Win a sail on Suva! This fun event supports Whidbey Island’s favorite historic Schooner, the Schooner Suva. For more information, visit www.schoonersuva.org

Star Party

Saturday, February 10, 7:00pm St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Oak Harbor

Friday, February 16, 6:30pm Fort Nugent Park, Oak Harbor

Jim Castaneda, Whidbey’s own “solo band” artist, will perform his unique blend of pops, jazz and blues in a special show with all proceeds to benefit Oak Harbor’s Spin Café. The suggested minimum donation is $10 per person. Pie, pastry, coffee and tea will be available in an informal cabaret setting. Castaneda’s performance will kick off St Stephen’s new Island Backstage cabaret series. Island Backstage intends to give local musicians an inti-

Explore the night sky and view distant galaxies, planets and nebulas at this free public Star Party hosted by the Island County Astronomical Society (ICAS). No telescope is needed and people of all ages are welcome to attend. Be sure and dress warmly and note that the event will be canceled if the weather is cloudy. For more information, contact Bob Scott at ICAS_ President@outlook.com, or visit www.icas-wa. org.

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Coupeville Lions Scholarship Auction & Dinner Saturday, February 17, 5:00pm-8:30pm Oak Harbor Elks Lodge Tickets: $40 A fast paced evening of live and silent auctions, cheese platters and wine choices by bayleaf, full family style dinner by the Elks, homemade dessert auction and more. Auction proceeds fund scholarships for this year’s qualified Coupeville High School senior applicants seeking higher education. For tickets and more information, call (360) 678-4105.

Upcoming Sno-Isle Library Events See schedule below Cost: Free Lit for Fun Book Discussion Group: “His Excellency: George Washington” Thursday, February 8, 9:00am-11:00am Freeland Library Join us for a discussion of Joseph Ellis’ “His Excellency: George Washington” the landmark biography of the general who lost more battles than he won. For adults. Chronic Pain Self-Management Workshop Thursdays, February 8, 15 & 22, 1:00pm-3:30pm Coupeville Library Meeting Room This workshop offers tools support and information for those with on-going pain to help manage their pain and live better. Classes are free. Preregistration is required. Please contact Debbie Metz (360) 321-1621 to register. 2nd Friday Nonfiction Book Group Friday, February 9, 10:30am-12:00pm Coupeville Library Meeting Room Enjoy reading nonfiction? Bring a friend and join the discussion of “The End of Your Life Book Club” by Will Schwalbe. Make Your Own Valentines! Saturday, February 10, 10:00am-3:00pm Clinton Library All ages are welcome to stop by to create handcrafted missives for those they love in time for Valentine’s Day. Valentine card making supplies will be available. Painting Roses with Carla Walsh Saturday, February 10, 11:00am Clinton Library Join artist Carla Walsh to learn how to paint watercolor roses in this fun, free class. All materials are supplied. Parents, grandparents and caregivers are welcome to participate. Carla is a local artist and art teacher who provides easy tips for beginning painters. Rock Knot Wraps - Let’s Create Together! Sunday, February 11, 1:00pm-3:00pm Coupeville Library Meeting Room Want to create a special, unusual Whidbey gift that you can make in a few hours? Come and learn the basic techniques of “wrapping” a rock with natural materials with weaver Jan Smith. Preregister. North Sound Writers Group Monday, February 12, 10:00am-1:00pm Freeland Library Join other writers to discuss problem solve share and receive feedback and work on the craft of writing. Everyone is welcome. For more information about this group visit northsoundwriters.com Discuss the Classics with Rita Drum Monday, February 12, 1:30pm Oak Harbor Library Join us as we discuss William Shakespeare’s “Othello” in preparation for the Island Shakespeare Festival’s upcoming summer production. We would so enjoy your insights as we explore this remarkable text.


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Saturday, March 3, 2018 Oak Harbor High School 9 am–4:30 pm WESTERN WASHINGTON CRAPPIE Crappie, along with pumpkin seed sunfish, brim, black bass, and other fishes with at least 30 spiny rays on their dorsal fin, belong to the sunfish family. Crappie are also known as strawberry bass, speckled bass, and papermouth. When we hear someone talk about crappie, two topics lead the list: first is how wonderful the fish taste, usually filleted and fried; and the other is how do you pronounce the name? What part of America you grew up in most likely influences how you say the name, generally most anglers sound it out like “craw-pea,” however the other way you may hear it is “crap-pea.” Regardless of how we may hear the name said, these feisty pansized fish are super table fare and a favorite fish to catch all across North America. The water temperatures of the western Washington lakes stay pretty cool, so the size and abundance of crappie tend to be a little bit less when compared to eastern Washington, but there are enough lakes that hold crappie to make a weekend fishing trip fun and worthwhile. The WDFW web site wdfw. wa.gov has a list of lakes broken down by county that have/had crappie. Crappie Facts There are two types of fish we will catch “white crappie,” which typically are lighter in color with noticeable black vertical stripes, and “black crappie,” which are much darker with predominate black spots. Both look identical other than color. Most crappie will weigh between ½ to 1 pound, and be 5-12 inches in length, although they can grow heavier and larger. The largest crappie caught weighed close to 5 pounds! Crappie Habitat Crappie occupy bodies of freshwater where there is plenty of underwater brush, rocks, and weeds to live in and around. During the summer they live in deeper water, while in the spring they will move to shallower water. What Do Crappie Eat? Crappie have diverse diets. They primarily feed on smaller species of fish, including the young of their predators (like the Walleye and Northern Pike). Crappie also eat insects, crustaceans, worms, and zooplankton. Crappie Fishing Tips Because these fish eat so many things, anglers have lots of options when it comes to catching crappie. Some of the best lures to use for crappie are small jigs made of soft rubber with swimming tails or hand tied with fur or feathers. If you go with live bait, make sure the hook is the correct size. If it is too small, the fish could spit the hook. If it is too large, the fish may have trouble biting it, regardless of size; sharp hooks are the key to putting fish in the cooler. One of the best baits to fish with is live minnows, if regulations allow it. To bait up, hook the minnow right at the base of the dorsal fin and cast it out. This is one of the crappie’s favorite things to feed on. Don’t forget to use a float/bobber if you are using live bait such as minnows; it makes it easy to see the bite and will keep the bait suspended in the strike zone.

Test different depths by sliding the float up or down your line until you get a bite. Generally, you will find crappie shallower in the spring and deeper in the summer.

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Crappie are active in the winter, which makes them fishable year around. The easiest time to hook a crappie is during spawning season, which is in the spring and early summer. The fish are in shallower water, which also increases the opportunity to target the fish by sight. In the spring, crappie are near the shorelines, most likely to spawn, and the warmer water is crucial for the eggs. Fish in areas close to underwater debris, such as limbs and brush piles. Build a crappie bed by throwing in old brush, logs, and limbs. Old Christmas trees that are submerged make for excellent hiding spots If you catch a crappie, stay put for awhile. You may have found a school of fish. If you find a populated crappie bed, keep casting! Choose the correct fishing reel you feel most comfortable using. The spin cast reel is the easiest to use for beginners. Spincast Ultralight reels are a popular rod and reel for crappie fishing; the light gear makes fighting the fish more enjoyable. There is typically no need for expensive gear to catch crappie.




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To hold a crappie, put its bottom lip between your thumb and a folded pointer finger, similar to holding a bass. Be sure to maintain a tight grip - they didn’t get the name spiny ray for nothing. Check the fishing regulations. It is important to know catch and size limits and any bait restrictions before heading to the lake. Remember to take the kids. Crappie are a perfect fish to introduce young anglers to the joys of fishing. Although fishing for crappie can be yearround, be sure to check the state regulations to see if the lake you plan to fish is open. Take only what you plan to eat, consider leaving some fish for next time. We don’t always have to take our limit; fish that are not properly protected can soon become freezer-burned and may not always be eaten. If you’re an avid crappie fishermen and have some pictures of crappie taken from some of the lakes here on the West side of the mountain, or anywhere in the state for that matter, I would love to see them and hear your fish tale. My e-mail is tlfishmonger@gmail.com Fishing Report The Roche Harbor Salmon derby (Jan. 19-20) was rewarding for a lot of the anglers: 179 Blackmouth were weighed in, 102 Friday and 77 Saturday, which is impressive considering how nasty the winds were that weekend. A beautiful 17.11-pound fish took the top prize of $10,000. There are salmon to be caught in marine area 7 and soon marine areas 8-1, 8-2, and 9 will be open. The days are getting longer so the prospect of heading out for the evening Blackmouth bite is looking better. Get your tackle ready now, spring is just around the corner. Pick up some new leader material and check your supply of new hooks. Brush off the panfish tackle box and hunt for some crappie for dinner. GOOD LUCK on the water and be safe!

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Every Thursday, 6:30pm-8:30pm 5200 Honeymoon Bay Road, Freeland

Positive Conversations about Identity and Race Monday, February 12, 1:30pm-3:00pm Coupeville Library Meeting Room

The Healing Rooms are open to anyone desiring personal prayer for physical, emotional, or spiritual needs. There is a team of Christians from several local churches that are dedicated to praying for healing the sick in our community. All ministry is private, confidential, and free. Teams are available to pray for individuals who drop by on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Join retired UW School of Social Work professor, James Barrett DeLong, for a discussion on how you can stay positively engaged in discussions about race and racism, and increase selfreflection. Connecting with the Spirit of Ireland A Celtic Pilgrimage Monday, February 12, 5:30pm-7:00pm Coupeville Library Meeting Room

For more information, contact Ann at (425) 263-2704, email healingwhidbey.com, or visit the International Association of Healing Rooms at healingrooms.com.

You are invited to a magical evening experiencing the beauty and ancient wisdom of Ireland, through photos, poetry, stories and music.

The Faces of Relay Brian Shelly Oak Harbor

How has cancer touched your life? A person most often doesn’t think much about cancer if they or their friends or relatives don’t have the disease. It wasn’t until my wife’s sister passed after a short bout with cancer that I realized this could happen to anyone at any time. My next realization came when my brother was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Then it was my turn with an esophageal tumor which was treated with chemo, radiation, and surgery. Later my father-in-law passed from cancer. Having family members and those close to you be diagnosed with this awful disease makes you think about what you can do to help with finding a cure for all cancers. How did you become involved in Relay for Life? About ten years ago my wife put together a Relay team from her workplace to help support a co-worker who had been diagnosed with cancer. It looked like fun and a good thing to do so I joined her team. I have been involved since then. Why do you Relay? I Relay to help support the fight against cancer. Being involved with Relay For Life has heightened my awareness of the need for a cure for this life-taking disease. How has your participation in Relay for Life impacted you? The most eye opening impact Relay has had on me was, and still is, seeing and talking to people I know that I had no idea were diagnosed with cancer. Sharing each others experience about how cancer affected them or how their treatment is progressing is very rewarding. What is your favorite part about being involved in Relay for Life? My favorite part of being involved with Relay is knowing the small contribution I am making as a committee member is making a difference. I appreciate the commitment the Relay leadership has for making the meetings and the Relay For Life event as fun and successful as possible. Why should others participate? Participation in the Relay event can be a very rewarding experience for everyone. This is a great family event with activities for all ages - games for the kids and adults, food vendors, arts and crafts and much more.

For more information, visit www.concordiaoakharbor.org or call (360) 675-2548.

This informative workshop will walk you through the basics of seed selection, seed starting, transplants, and tips for Spring garden planning.

Teaching Through God’s Word Sundays, 9:00am & 11:00am Calvary Chapel, 3821 French Road, Clinton

Website: RelayForLife.org/whidbeyislandwa Email: relaywhidbey@gmail.com • Facebook: www.facebook.com/whidbeyrelay

Sundays, 10:00am Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Freeland All are welcome. Values-based children’s religious exploration classes and childcare will be provided. Visit www.uucwi.org for more information. The Unitarian Universalist Congregation building is located at 20103 Highway 525, two miles north of Freeland.

AARP Tax Aide Wednesdays, February 14, 21 & 28, 10:00am-4:30pm Coupeville Library Meeting Room

Unity of Whidbey Sundays, 10:00am 5671 Crawford Road, Langley

Free tax return preparation and e-filing for taxpayers with low and moderate income. Call (360) 678-3000 to schedule an appointment. For ages 20-85+ years.

If you’re one of the “spiritual but not religious” people who questions your childhood faith or is looking for something more, Unity of Whidbey may feel like a homecoming. Visit our website: unityofwhidbey.org

Literature & Laughter Book Group Wednesday, February 14, 6:15pm-7:45pm Coupeville Library Meeting Room

Whidbey Quakers

Join us for a discussion of “In the Darkroom” by Susan Faludi. All are welcome!

Sundays, 4:00pm-5:00pm Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Freeland

South Whidbey at Home Book Discussion Group: “The Giver” Thursday, February 15, 2:00pm-3:15pm Freeland Library

Whidbey Islands Friends Meeting (also known as Quakers) meet in silent worship and community, with occasional spoken messages, every Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist building. For more information, contact Tom Ewell at tewell@whidbey.com or go to www. whidbeyquakers.org.

Join us for a discussion of “The Giver” by Lois Lowry. You don’t need to be a member of South Whidbey at Home to attend - everyone is welcome!

First Church of Christ, Scientist Worship, 10:00am Sunday School to age 20, 10:00am Wednesday Testimony Meeting, 2:30pm Christian Science Reading Room Tuesday & Friday, 11:00am-3:00pm Wednesday 3:30pm-5:30pm

Religious Services Prayer Group Every Tuesday, 4:00pm-5:30pm St. Hubert Catholic Church, Langley

Sundays, 2:00pm Meets at Church on the Rock, 1780 SE 4th Ave., Oak Harbor. www.ohcfellowship.com

Come join us and see for yourself what Relay For Life is all about!

Unitarian Universalist Sunday Service

Everyone is welcome to join our discussion “Jimmy Bluefeather” by Kim Heacox. Books are available to check out a month prior to the discussion at the Clinton Library. Next month’s selection is “The Dog Star” by Peter Heller.

We need teams and participants. The numbers have dropped over the past few years due to the increasing number of nonprofit organizations on Whidbey Island (500+). People are going with what they feel is important to them, but what can be more important than saving lives by supporting research for a cure for cancer?

Team Meeting: February 14, 7-8pm Oak Harbor Elks Lodge

For more information, visit ccwhidbey.com.

Clinton Book Group: “Jimmy Bluefeather” by Kim Heacox Wednesday, February 14, 10:00am-11:00am Clinton Library

Charismatic Prayer and Praise group. Everyone welcome. For more information, call Bill at (360) 222-4080 or email Sobico@comcast.net.


Sunday service, 9:30am Bible Study & Sunday School, 10:45am 590 N. Oak Harbor Street

Seed Starting and Garden Planning Tuesday, February 13, 1:00pm-3:00pm Coupeville Library Meeting Room

This is also an opportunity for those with cancer, those who have survived cancer and those who are care givers to just talk with other people who are going through the same things they are.

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Concordia Lutheran Church

The church and Reading Room are located at 721 SW 20th Court at Scenic Heights Street, Oak Harbor. Call (360) 675-0621 or visit christianscience.com

Filipino Christian Fellowship


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Playhouse “produces” lots of laughs with latest show By Kathy Reed Whidbey Weekly Anyone in need of a good laugh should check out “The Producers,” the latest production by the Whidbey Playhouse in Oak Harbor, which opens Friday and runs through March 4. This Mel Brooks’ musical, co-directed by Sue Riney and Andrew Huggins, is a fast-paced show filled with laughs, jokes, good music and a lot of political un-correctness. “I remember thinking this is one of the funniest, most entertaining musicals I’d ever seen,” said Riney of her first experience seeing the play. Based on the Brooks’ 1967 film of the same name, “The Producers” tells the story of Broadway producer Max Bialystock, whose career is fading quickly, and his accountant, Leo Bloom, who has always dreamed of being a Broadway producer. When Bloom suggests someone could make more money producing a flop than a hit, Bialystock convinces Bloom to join him in producing the worst show they can find and pocketing the money they’ve raised to produce it when the show closes as soon as it opens. The last thing they expect is a hit.

For those who appreciate Mel Brooks, they will not be disappointed. For those who aren’t as familiar with his work, it serves as a great introduction. “It’s got something for everyone,” said Huggins, who also served as musical director and appears on stage as well. “Characters you can relate to, singing and dancing, Mel Brooks’ style of comedy and timing and a chance to poke a little fun at everyone, including Hitler.” The large cast has been rehearsing since October and many of the cast play multiple roles. Despite having to work around holidays and most recently, the flu, the cast and crew have come together to create a fun show that is sure to bring smiles and laughs to audiences. “It was already a quick-change show, but having actors playing so many different roles made it even more so,” said Riney. Melanie Bacon plays eight different characters. “My favorite one is the rejected showgirl “Not You,” she said. “I’ve made her a little deranged; if the other showgirls come from Leo [Bloom’s] fantasies, Not You is from his nightmares.”

Kathy Reed/Whidbey Weekly Broadway musical producer Max Bialystock (Karl Borja) fears his time in the spotlight is beginning to fade in the Whidbey Playhouse production of “The Producers,” opening Friday in Oak Harbor.

Bacon, who is 62, said she decided to try out for “The Producers” because she saw it as a chance to really challenge herself physically. “I have eight different costume changes in this show, and most of them require running downstairs from the stage to the dressing room and back,” Bacon said. “But since we began rehearsals I’ve grown stronger. So if you see me smile while I’m tapping to 'Springtime for Hitler,' know I wear that smile gladly. This show has been a life saver for me.” For Karl Borja, who plays Max Bialystock, the opportunity to embrace the challenge of such an ambitious production appealed to him. “The comedic timing with the lines, the songs, the audience’s energy and playing true to the moment, not to the jokes, has been the most challenging,” he said. “I love [Max’s] love for life and the theater.” “Seeing the cast grow from a mish-mash of actors varying in experience…into a family of performers working together so beautifully has been the most rewarding thing for me,” said Huggins. Be forewarned the show does include some off-color language and situations, so parents may not want to bring young children. For those who want to see cast members who have committed to their characters with a reckless abandon and joy, this

Kathy Reed/Whidbey Weekly Swedish actress Ulla (Emily Hoyt) captivates Max and Leo (Karl Borja and Fernando Duran), in the Whidbey Playhouse production of the Mel Brooks’ musical “The Producers.”



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way 525, just north of Bayview and across from Useless Bay Road; testimony meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm.

Galleries & Art Shows Featured Artist: Shari Thompson Reception: Saturday, February 10, 2:00pm-5:00pm Artworks Gallery, Greenbank Farm There will be light snacks and beverages and live entertainment by guitarist Rick Azim. Other Artworks Gallery artists will be on hand to greet visitors during the reception.

Earth Spirit Show continues through February UUCWI Gallery, 20103 SR 525, Freeland The work of local artists, Debbie Zick and Clovy Tsuchiya will be featured. Debbie is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, and this selection of her recent oil paintings includes dreamlike portraits of horses imbued with a spiritual influence. Clovy, a full-time pottery artist, displays pieces from her functional tableware collection made to be as natural and welcoming to food and the hand as they are to the eye. The gallery is located in the building’s entrance foyer. Phone (360) 321-8656 for more information.

Meetings & Organizations North Whidbey Republican Women Thursday, February 8, 11:30am Oak Harbor Elk’s Lodge, 1655 NE Ernst St. Cost: $10 per person The North Whidbey Republican Women have invited Ambassador of Hope Rita Bartell Drum to discuss what we need to know about Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and how we can help! Please join us for a tasty lunch, fellowship and conversation with like minded women. For more information, contact Rita Bartell Drum at ritadrum777@gmail.com or call (631) 707-5980.

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how the Friends support the library and how you can help. Everyone is welcome.

Thursday, February 8, 6:00pm Greenbank Hall, Bakken & Firehouse Roads

Monday, February 12, 6:30pm-8:30pm Oak Hall, Room 306, SVC, Oak Harbor

Whidbey Island Camera Club

Meet and greet will begin at 6:00pm with dinner at 6:30pm. Everyone is invited and asked to bring a dish to share and their own table service. The program for the evening will be Chris Michalopolous, Exec. Director of the Port of Coupeville talking mainly about the Greenbank Farm. For more information, please call (360) 678-6630. For rental of the Greenbank Hall, please call (360) 678-4813.

Anyone interested in astronomy is invited to attend. There will be short presentations on current topics in astronomy and a good time is guaranteed for all! For more information about ICAS or club events, contact Bob Scott at ICAS_President@outlook.com, or visit www. icas-wa.org.

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Guest artist, Cynthia Gerdes, will be demonstrating and explaining the basics of encaustic paintings. Cynthia will be using beeswax, damar resin and pigment. Encaustic painting is recognized for its luminous layering capacity to build lustrous surfaces. ASW welcomes painters of all levels and media to join their meetings. At this time they are also accepting new members for the 2018 year. If you need more information regarding this group, please come to a meeting, which are held the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings begin with a sack lunch at 11:30am, the general meeting will begin at noon with the demonstration at 1:00pm. Please bring artwork to share or for gentle critique. For more information, please call Deon Matzen at (360) 341-1835.

Saturday, February 10, 9:30am St. Augustine’s In-The-Woods Episcopal Church, Freeland The meeting of the American Association of University Women will begin with social time, followed by the program at 10:00am. Jeanne Strong will speak on the topic Civility. Prospective members welcome. For more information, please contact Faye Lovvorn (flovvorn@ comcast.net) or Elree Harris (elree64@gmail. com).

The Genealogical Society of South Whidbey Monday, February 12, 1:00pm Trinity Lutheran Church Annex, Freeland We offer fellowship and support to anyone interested in genealogy. New members and guests are always welcome. Our February Program will be presented by Gary Zimmerman, in his second program for us this year, will present information on research in Western New York, a program which will complement his November program on Hudson Valley Research. Open forum at 11:45am. Bring Your Genealogy Questions and Brick Walls. Beginning Education class at 11:45am. ”City Directories and Local Histories”

Artists of South Whidbey Tuesday, February 13, 1:00pm Trinity Lutheran Church, Freeland

Whidbey Island Genealogical Searchers (W.I.G.S.) Tuesday, February 13, 1:00pm-3:00pm Heller Road, Fire Station #25, Oak Harbor Tom Trimbath - writer, teacher, aerospace and ocean engineer, entrepreneur, consultant, photographer will speak about sharing and publishing genealogical research. All are welcome to attend.

Friends of the Freeland Library Annual Meeting Tuesday, February 20, 1:00pm-3:00pm Freeland Library The Friends of the Library holds an in-person meeting just once a year! Join us to find out

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Tuesday, February 20, 6:30pm-8:00pm Oak Hall, Room 306, SVC, Oak Harbor The theme for February is “Rust.” You may submit up to 3 photographs for discussion during the meeting to absolutescience@ hotmail.com. Whidbey Island Camera Club, a community club, is open to the public. For more information, email tina31543@comcast. net

Whidbey Wranglers Saturday, February 24, 5:00pm El Cazador, Oak Harbor The inaugural meeting of the Whidbey Wranglers, an all Jeep vehicle organization. For more information, email spillerr@comcast.net

Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA or ACOA) Meeting Every Wednesday, 7:00pm-8:00pm Trinity Lutheran Church annex, Freeland A meeting dedicated to dealing with the problem and solution for recovering from the effects of growing up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional family. For more information, contact Clay at (360) 989-4248 or Dooleydolly@hotmail.com. Or visit www.adultchildren.org

Al-Anon Every Wednesday, 9:30am-10:30am 432 2nd St., Langley If a friend or relative has a problem with alcohol, you can find solutions for yourself at Alanon.

Al-Anon Group Oak Harbor Are you troubled by someone’s drinking? Al-Anon group can help. Call Laurie at (360) 675-4430 for meeting information.

Alcoholics Anonymous Every Day, 12:00pm & 8:00pm 432 2nd Street, Langley For more information, call (360) 221-2070

A Special Treat For Your Sweetheart Valentine heart boxes with yummy chocolates. Chocolate-covered strawberries A free rose with $25 purchase, while they last.

105 Anthes Ave, Langley, WA Open Thursdays through Mondays 11 am till 5 pm Learn about Orcas, Gray Whales and other Marine Mammals Check out our new Ocean Listening Booth!

221 2nd Street, Suite 16 • Langley 360-221-2728 • Open Daily 10-5

Free Admission and Lending Library Locally made gifts and cards Jewelry, books, mugs, Plush whales, T-shirts, hats and hoodies, Fun socks for kids, men and women Shop early as we are closed on February 14th All proceeds support the Langley Whale Center, a project of Orca Network, a local non-profit.

360-221-7505 www.orcanetwork.org

See Us For Sweet Balloons & Party Decor For Valentine’s Day! BALLOONS • PLATES • NAPKINS CUPS • CAKE PANS • TABLECLOTHS GIFT BAGS • TISSUE • CARDS STREAMERS • CONFETTI & MORE! Party Supplies For Every Celebration Great Customer Service

Follow us on Facebook Langley Whale Center and Orca Network

270 SE Cabot Dr #2 Oak Harbor • 360-544-3068

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Coupeville Chess Club Second and Fourth Fridays, 6:45pm-9:00pm Coupeville Library All skill levels welcomed. Please bring a board if possible. Spread the word and come down for some leisurely play. For information, call (631) 357-1941.

Debtors Anonymous Every Sunday, 6:00pm WGH Board Room, Coupeville If you are having problems with money and debt and think that you may be a compulsive debtor, the program of Debtors Anonymous can help you. No situation is hopeless. Find the solution that leads to solvency and serenity. Debtors Anonymous is a 12-step program based upon the 12-steps first developed and used by Alcoholics Anonymous. Call (515) 451-3749 for directions to location or for more information.

Divorce Care and DC4kids Every Sunday, 5:00pm Living Word Church, Oak Harbor A support group for people dealing with separation and divorce. For more information, call Larry at (360) 969-0552 or Lisa - DC4kids at (360) 672-4239. Living Word Church is located at 490 NW Crosby Ave.

Dugualla Bay Bridge Club Every Thursday, 11:30am Social Bridge Game. Bring your own brown bag lunch. RSVP required. Call (360) 720-2727 or email dcb601@comcast.net

Duplicate Bridge Club Every Tuesday, 10:30am Sierra Country Club Clubhouse, Coupeville
 The club is ACBL sanctioned and we encourage anyone interested to come with or without a partner. For more information, contact

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one of the directors: Mardi Dennis at (360) 675-5044, Sue Thomas at (360) 678-7047, or Peter Wolff at (360) 678-3019.

Gamblers Anonymous Every Friday, 7:00pm St Augustine Catholic Church, Oak Harbor The church is located at 185 N. Oak Harbor St., the meeting is held in the north end of the building. Enter through the double doors next to the parking lot. For more information, email OakHarborga@gmail.com Washington GA hotline: 855-222-5542

International Order of the Rainbow for Girls First & Third Mondays, 7:00pm-8:30pm Masonic Hall, Coupeville The Coupeville assembly of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls would like to invite all girls ages 11-20 to attend meetings. Rainbow Girls is a service organization that teaches girls leadership and life skills. For more information, contact Naomie Robinson at robinsonnaomie32@gmail.com or visit www. nwrainbow.org. The Mansonic Hall is located at 804 Main Street.


North Whidbey Coupon Club Every Friday, 10:00am-11:30am Christian Reformed Church, Oak Harbor Cost: Free All are welcome. Coupon-clipping, moneysaving conversation and new friends. Our motto is “Eat Better, For Less.” Kids welcome. Money-saving classes available. Find us on Facebook:”Whidbey Coupon Club” and via email: nwcouponclub@comcast.net. For more information, please call (360) 675-2338.

Parkinson’s Support Group First Friday, 1:00pm Cherry Hill Club House, Oak Harbor Second Tuesday, 10:00am Bayview Senior Center, Langley No one need struggle with Parkinson’s alone. Gain new friends, get the facts. Call (360) 279-1785.

PASS - Post Abortion Stress Syndrome Wednesday or Thursday, 10:00am-4:00pm Are you suffering from PASS--Post Abortion Stress Syndrome? Many women suffer from depression, flashbacks, suicidal thoughts, relational disfunction, and more after an abortion. We offer free lay counseling, help with healing and restoration. Call Wednesday or Thursday for an appointment, 10:00am to 4:00pm (360) 221-2909.

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) Every Wednesday, 7:00pm-8:00pm Every Sunday, 7:00pm-8:00pm Trinity Lutheran Church Annex, Freeland SLAA is a 12-step fellowship for those who wish to stop living out a pattern of sex and love addiction. We offer relief for both those who suffer from a compulsive need for sex, WHAT'S GOING ON

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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Whidbey Island Fourth Thursday, 7:00pm-8:30pm Trinity Lutheran Church, Freeland NAMI is the largest grassroots organization dedicated to making life better for people with a mental illness and their friends and loved ones. The group is nonreligious but meets at Trinity Lutheran Church, 18341 State Route 525. It isn’t necessary to preregister. Please contact Kathy Chiles, (206) 218-6449 or k.chiles22@live.com for more information.

Two Weekends! Feb. 10-11 & Feb. 17-18

NAR-ANON Every Tuesday, 7:00pm-8:00pm St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Clinton NAR-ANON family groups are world-wide for those affected by someone else’s addiction. St. Peter’s Lutheran Church is located at 6309 Wilson Place.

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Tasting Rooms Open from 11am - 5pm:

• Comforts of Whidbey • Spoiled Dog Winery • Whidbey Island Distillery • Blooms Winery • Holmes Harbor Cellars

Tickets $25 in advance $30 days of

Ticket includes a souvenir glass, wine tastes & chocolate treats! See the venues or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3157029 www.whidbeyislandvintners.org


Friday, Feb. 9 thru Sunday, Feb. 11

PETER RABBIT (PG) WONDER (PG) Valentine’s Package $40

• Admission for 2 • 2 Large Drinks • Large Heart Shaped 1 Topping Pizza • Tub of Popcorn • 1 Candy • 10 Arcade Tokens For $10 extra you can surprise your loved ones with a message on our screen! *Advance Purchase Only! Reservations must be made by Feb. 8, 2018

Popcorn, Ice Cream & Sweets

February 14 Need some coffee? (for a Valentine’s Gift?)

Open Daily: 11am-6pm 851 SE Pioneer Way, Suite 101 (360)240-8937


Box Office & Snack Bar Opens at 4pm, 1st Movie Starts At Dusk **Admission 11 & Over $6.50; Kids 5-10 $1.00; 4 & under Free (360) 675-5667 • www.bluefoxdrivein.com • Go Karts Are Closed For Season **Cash prices

We will give you a 12oz. Bag of Good Cheer’s Cup of Cheer Coffee when you (Roasted by Mukilteo Roasters)

Make a purchase of $100 or More in February at our Good Cheer Thrift Stores 2 Locations to Serve You

Langley Good Cheer We will give you a 12oz. bag of 144 Anthes, Langley OPEN Good Cheer’s Cup of Good Cheer Cheer Two EVERYDAY

to serve you!

Ken’s Korner Shopping Center Hwy 525 & Langley Rd

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Let’s Dish! with Kae Harris

THE HEART OF THE MIND – A MATTER OF FOOD We all know we require food for sustenance in order to live. How we prepare it, the ingredients we use and in what quantities and combinations are of course a matter of personal preference and it tells everyone a little about the individual preparing it as well as the culture from which they hail. Interesting, right? In fact, food is able to tell us more than just where we come from and who we might be as a person. It can tell us a whole lot about our mood and emotions. Have you noticed mood can drive the direction in which our cravings go? I find I’m more inclined to reach for “comfort foods” when I’m feeling a little down, even though food shouldn’t be the pacifier for a bad mood. When I’m happy, I’m more apt to go for foods I feel match the emotion I’m experiencing at the time, and I think a fair few other people do too. I wonder if we aren’t feeding our feelings as well as our bellies when we eat. There have been innumerable studies showing the connection between food and feelings. Often it is found a specific food is craved when experiencing certain emotions, alluding to a link between the nutrients contained within that food and our body’s need for that particular nutrient. So would it be surprising to you to know the most widely craved food is apparently chocolate? This complex morsel of yumminess is filled with polyphenols, which are protective antioxidants researchers say


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can help to reduce the oxidative effects of LDL (or “bad” cholesterol). This is but one of the many purported health benefits of cocoa. Now add to this the serotonin-boosting abilities chocolate has on our brain – serotonin being the ‘feel good’ hormone – and you get the big picture. Not only does chocolate taste delicious, but one of the components most likely to be a considerable driving force in the craving for it, is phenylethylamine (PEA) – and wouldn’t you know it, our brains pump out this exact chemical when we are feeling romantic. How appropriate is it then that Valentine’s Day is around the corner? Chocolates are blanketing the store shelves at the moment in a wealth of shapes, colors, flavors, sizes and kinds. After all, what couldn’t we do with chocolate? I’m always on the lookout for new things to make and try, new ways of preparing food and new ingredients to work with in any sort of combination, and when it comes to chocolate anything, let me just tell you the recipes are endless. From cakes and muffins, to soufflé, mousse, cookies, and bark (and those are the tame kinds of dishes) my recipe books are overflowing with all things chocolate. Do you have a chocolate lover in your life? Sure you do! We all know one, and if you’re like me, you ARE the chocolate lover, so for the aficionados out there, you might be pleased to know I happened across a recipe for black bean fudge.


Yes! It’s also gluten-free and vegan, so truly a win-win. The recipe comes from the fabulous site www.peachypalate.com and uses the best ingredients. With 1-¼ cups cooked black beans making up the backbone of this dish, you’ve started this recipe right. Add into it ½ a cup of unprocessed Dutch cocoa, ¼ cup of smooth almond butter, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, ½ cup of pitted Medjool dates and a little sea salt – blended together in a food processor and pressed into a parchment lined loaf tin, you set yourself and your loved ones up for some healthy, tasty treats this Valentine’s Day. These keep for a week in the fridge so you can treat yourself, smidgen by smidgen each day. And how about chocolate cake? Most people enjoy a nice thick slice of chocolate cake, so what if we turn it into something a little healthier? If you’ve never heard of an orange chocolate garbanzo bean cake before, you have now. Using chickpeas (garbanzo beans), eggs, cocoa powder, an orange, Cointreau (which is optional, of course), heavy cream, semi and bittersweet chocolate morsels, you can turn these simple ingredients into a melting pot of dark, delicious goodness in the form of a cake! In fact, for the full recipe, you can find it at www.yummly.co.uk/recipe/Chocolate-Orange-Garbanzo-Bean-Cake. While these recipes sound delicious, I can vouch for the fact chocolate does not go with everything or should not be included in every recipe. Hummus is one such dish. I know it might seem at first like a sweet dip, but personally, it just didn’t settle in my belly the way I had hoped it would. Perhaps I associated 'hummus' with something more savory and my brain wasn’t preparing my body for ingesting something sweet under a savory title. Which brings me back to my starting point – the very powerful influence our thoughts and feelings have about food choices and vice versa. Sometimes we mightn’t always make the best food choices when we’re not feeling tip top, and those choices can in turn affect how we feel. It’s a bit of a vicious cycle. I think the key to breaking a potentially unhealthy “food choice cycle” is to be mindful of what we consume. Take time to really think about what we’re preparing to eat and why. When we cook, just be present in the moment, savor the aromas, the sounds – every-

thing. And when we finally sit down to eat, chew each mouthful slowly and intentionally, because not only will this help with better digestion and absorption, it will also allow us to reflect on what we’re eating, why, and the feelings that go along with it. But, this is in no way meant as advice in any way, shape or form. As you know, the only one who can help you maintain your health and wellbeing is your primary care physician. Dear Readers, I hope your Valentine’s Day will be one filled with love, friends, family and fun! Also, if a little chocolate happens to make its way into your day, then all the better! I’m including a recipe for quick and easy chocolate breakfast muffins to start the day off sweetly! I hope you enjoy them thoroughly. If you have any comments, questions or recipes you would like to share, please send those to letsdish.whidbeyweekly@ gmail.com and lets do just that and Dish! Easy Chocolate Breakfast Muffins ½ cup butter, melted 2 teaspoons vinegar ¾ cup milk 2 eggs 1 cup chocolate chips 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 ½ cups light brown sugar 2 cups all-purpose flour 2/3 cup Dutch process cocoa (or any you can find) Line a regular muffin pan with paper cups. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients plus the chocolate chips and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla and vinegar. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until well blended. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups and bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 350°F or until cake tester comes out clean. Remove from heat, cool for a little before removing from the pan and cooling completely. Serve with a nice cup of coffee and enjoy! www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/chocolatebreakfast-muffins-recipe www.medicinehunter.com/chocolate_love_drug To read past columns of Let's Dish in the Whidbey Weekly, see our Digital Library at www.whidbeyweekly.com.

Dining Guide Special Treats on the Menu for Valentine’s Day!

Stop & Smell The Cookies

Breakfast & Lunch on the Water - Daily Fresh Baked Treats Homemade Soups & Sandwiches 360.678.5431 • 4 Front Street • Coupeville

Homemade Chocoflan

1191 SE Dock St, #2 • Oak Harbor 360-675-6500 chrisbakeryonwhidbey.weebly.com

Homemade Crepes Serving Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Daily 8am to 8pm 360-682-6119

830 SE Pioneer Way #106 Oak Harbor

Zanini’s Catering & Events

We create the event... ...You create the memories Catering by Design • 360-320-3168 www.zaniniscateringandevents.com

Big Train Chai • 70+ Flavors • Ice Cream Shakes Using Locally Roasted Honeymoon Bay Beans 960 NE Midway Blvd • Oak Harbor • 360-679-1065 (Located in Shell parking lot) Mon-Fri 6-5, Sat 7-5, Sun 8-4

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Problems cease to be obstacles on 10th to the degree that you enlist the help of others in tackling them.


ARIES (March 21-April 19) Routine interactions with friends and neighbors hold some unexpected benefits for you this week. Keeping an open mind will gain you insights that you can use for material gain. Siblings and teammates are another likely stimulus favorable for opening your eyes to information you might otherwise miss. The very people who seem to oppose you on the 10th are the ones from whom you stand to gain the most. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Scandals in the news this week hold financial implications that impact everyone and could affect you personally, as well. Prior commitments involving family members can work both for and against you. Keep the lines of communication open with those closest to you. Public response to events on the 10th has bearing on key decisions you must make, so don’t rush to judgement blindly. GEMINI (May 21-June 21) Over-anxious spouse and business partners can easily deliver major impact over the course of your week. It’s not the end of the world, but you may not know it judging by the reactions of some. Staying rational is your best recourse short term. Whatever version of the story you hear on the 10th, know that it will change more than once in the days to follow. Emotional ups and downs are normal and to be expected. CANCER (June 22-July 22) The spotlight is on creativity in and around the home as a way of keeping your spirits high this week. The burdens of the world become much less weighty as you indulge yourself in beautification and artistic projects that satisfy both the mind and the spirit. Body work with health and beauty as a goal is equally worthwhile. Keeping your head and hands busy is the key to emotional tranquility on the 10th. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Past professional achievements are no guarantee of current success, which means this week is no time to rest on your laurels. Lying back to bask in the comforting glow of previous recognition is to risk everything coming down around you. Make especially sure that in any area of co-achievement with others, you and they are on the same page with regard to goals and expectations. The 10th offers some relevant clues. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Joint activities with your spouse or family are useful to stave off feelings of stagnation at home this week. Feelings that the walls are closing in mean it’s no time to go it alone. Good company is your ticket to renewed optimism and heightened spirits. Outdoor activity is especially recommended.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Education and communication are central issues for you this week, either directly or indirectly. You are quite likely to face challenges that demand you grow your understanding of key topics, as well as the skill with which you apply what you know. In practical terms, you’ll be asked to, “walk your talk.” Prepare to scramble if you are unable to deliver on your promises. The 10th clarifies the picture for you. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) The need or desire to stretch your resources is likely to test your ingenuity this week. Your thinking will naturally trend toward ways to accomplish more while using less. Simplicity is a key word that will arise over and over in your search. The more simple your solutions, the more likely that they will succeed. Make a game of it and remain optimistic on the 10th, when multiple options are likely to be present. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Events this week should underscore your current high level of personal power to effect change. Interactions with others tend to go in your favor at present, a fact that gives you great negotiating strength. It lets you set goals and get others behind you to help you reach those goals. Strength in numbers is a principle that works much to your advantage on the 10th, a useful day for garnering support. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) The spotlight this week is on versatility and ingenuity in your work. Your capacity to handle several jobs at once is also featured. Enhance your management ability by looking at your coworkers as a fraternity of equals. Don’t be surprised if they respond with ideas that you can use. The strength of your ethics is tied to your level of achievement on the 10th. Cutting corners is not the way to long term success. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb 18) Harmony and beauty or lack of same are central influencers of your thinking this week. If they are lacking, you’ll want to enlist the help of others to fix the situation. If all is well in this regard, you’ll seek out the company of others to celebrate the fact. Like-minded company is your best reinforcer in situations where your optimism feels under attack. Enlist your friends on the 10th to do what you can’t do alone. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Your thoughts and opinions wield a surprising degree of power at present. Your religious and spiritual views in particular have much more clout than you probably suspect. Someone who knows and understands you better may try to convey to you just how powerful you are this week. Trust them and listen to what they tell you. You are a force for good on the 10th, more so to the degree that you believe in yourself. © 2018, Wesley Hallock, All Rights Reserved


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26. 007’s creator

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49. A cat is one

5. Abounding in rocks

52. Broken piece

27. Associated with esoteric doctrine

11. Increase in speed

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58. Artist’s workroom

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4. Communists (slang) 6. A major division of geological time 7. Hitting statistic (abbr.) 8. British thermal unit 9. Influential envoy to Woodrow Wilson

36. Position of leadership 37. Statement 38. Raccoons belong to this genus 40. One who diagnoses 43. True mosses 45. Blood type 48. Albanian 50. Emergency response notification system 51. College reservists 53. Away from wind

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58. The greatest of all time

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59. Georgia rockers

22. Execute or perform

61. Natural logarithm

39. Made of fermented honey and water 41. Exclamation of surprise

46. Ethnic group of SE Asia

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YOUR GUESS IS AS GOOD AS OURS WEATHER FORECAST Chicken Little looks at what is and fears the sky is falling. Wesley Hallock, as a professional astrologer, looks at what is and sees what could be. Read Wesley’s monthly forecast, with links to Facebook and Twitter, at www.chickenlittleandtheastrologer.com. To read past columns of Chicken Little and the Astrologer in the Whidbey Weekly, see our Digital Library at www.whidbeyweekly.com.

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Sharpes Corner roundabout project: WSDOT says short term pain will yield long-term satisfaction By Kathy Reed Whidbey Weekly According to officials with the Washington State Department of Transportation, the pain caused by a short, intense period of 24/7 construction of a roundabout at Sharpes Corner will be worth it in the end. This was the message shared with Whidbey Island residents and interested parties during a WSDOT event held last week at North Whidbey Middle School to help educate travelers about the upcoming project and what to expect during construction. Pre-construction utility work has already begun at Sharpes Corner in preparation for the improvement project, which begins April 9 and is expected to be complete before the July 4th holiday. WSDOT compares the condensed construction time to ripping a BandAid off a wound quickly - in other words, it will be painful, but only for a short time. “We’ve had great success with roundabouts and believe this will be of great benefit to those who use it,” WSDOT Assistant Area Traffic Engineer Mike Koidal said of the project. The intersection is the main link for Whidbey Island to State Route 20, which is the only land access to the island. Sharpes Corner also connects SR 20 to the SR 20 Spur, the

Kathy Reed/Whidbey Weekly Jason Koreski, left, WSDOT assistant project engineer for the Sharpes Corner roundabout construction project, explains details of the upcoming improvements to be made to the intersection at an informational event held last week at North Whidbey Middle School.

primary access route to Anacortes and ferry service to the San Juan Islands and Sidney, B.C.

light,” said WSP Trooper Heather Axtman, who said reducing speed through the roundabout will also help improve safety.

More than 30,000 vehicles travel through the intersection every day. Anyone familiar with the route knows how congested the intersection is, especially those waiting to make a left turn to head to Whidbey during peak driving times, or pretty much any time during the summer.

“This roundabout will not eliminate accidents, but it can reduce the seriousness of crashes,” she said.

According to WSDOT, the intersection has averaged 14 vehicle crashes a year for the past 10 years. The new roundabout is designed to help improve safety and traffic flow through the area. “When we analyzed the data, roundabouts outperform traffic signals,” said Jason Koreski, WSDOT assistant project engineer for the Sharpes Corner roundabout. “It improves the safety and mobility of traffic flow and it decreases the severity of collisions, reduces injuries and fatalities.” Kathy Reed/Whidbey Weekly A scale model of the proposed roundabout at Sharpes Corner helps drivers visualize the flow of traffic through the new intersection when construction is complete at the end of June. More than 30,000 vehicles move through the intersection every day.

Washington State Patrol agrees the new roundabout will improve the flow and safety of traffic at the intersection. “What people don’t like is sitting at that

Phase one of the project will begin in April with the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Miller and Gibralter Roads. Construction will then move north to Sharpes Corner. Officials say drivers can expect a varying degree of lane closures and traffic slowdowns during each phase of the project. “We encourage people to plan ahead, because there will be considerable delays,” said Koreski. “Try to avoid peak travel times if you can and we encourage people to try to use alternate routes if possible.” Koreski said the bulk of construction will be complete by the end of June, with just small finishing projects and landscaping work to be finished after that. “This project is going to be a short-term inconvenience for long-term convenience,” Axtman said. “Pack your patience.”

PRODUCERS continued from page 9 show is a perfect example of how good community theater can be. “You have to put aside political correctness for the evening,” said Riney. “This is pure Vaudeville schtick. I’ve loved seeing the cast have fun and allow themselves to relax.” “It’s a hilariously written show played by a talented cast, running during a time when we need to laugh a little,” said Borja. But for all the fun, the underlying story speaks to the importance of friendship. “'The Producers' lets you see the measures people are willing to take to succeed, and facing the consequences of those actions when things go wrong,” Huggins said. “Once those consequences have been faced, the true heart of friendship – despite selfish greed and betrayal – leads to a much more promising future.” Performances of “The Producers” are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays through March 4. Tickets can be purchased online at www.whidbeyplayhouse.com. Call 360-679-2237 for more information. “This is the biggest musical comedy spectacle since “Spam-alot,” said Riney. “Bring your older children and adult friends for a night of comedic delight,” urged Huggins.

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The 15:17 to Paris: In 2015, lifelong friends Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone successfully thwarted a terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train, searched the train for weapons and attackers, and then treated the injured. They’re real-life heroes–and now they are playing themselves in a movie directed by Clint Eastwood. What will they do next? (PG-13 • 1 hr. 34 min.) Coco: As a creative filmmaking force, Pixar is unmatched. The unstoppable animation juggernaut rolls out another instant classic, this time centering its story on budding musician Miguel, who takes a stunning journey of sight and sound in the Land of the Dead. ★★★★★ (PG • 1 hr. 45 min.) Den of Thieves: This bank-heist movie starring Gerard Butler and 50 Cent is two hours and 20 minutes long, which begs so many questions. How much exposition can this plot possibly need? Can Butler even handle that many lines? Was this movie made to be watched on airplanes where people have a surplus of time and are really bored? ★★ (R • 2 hrs. 20 min.) Fifty Shades Freed: Only true masochists need apply. ★★ (R • 1 hr. 41 min.)

Margot Robbie, but now that it exists, I realize what we’ve been missing. ★★★★★ (R • 1 hr. 59 min.) Maze Runner: The Death Cure: This was the film that almost didn’t happen when its star, Dylan O’Brien, was seriously injured in an on-set accident. After a long, arduous recovery, he returned to finish out the actionpacked YA film franchise that gave him his film career–and then almost took it away. An inspiring story. Shame the movie itself isn’t as good. ★★ (PG-13 • 2 hrs. 22 min.)

The Greatest Showman: I can think of few people more equipped to portray P.T. Barnum, i.e. the “showman” in question, than Hugh Jackman, who is a bit like a charismatic human circus himself. ★★ (PG • 1 hr. 45 min.) Hostiles: I love a good Western, though they can be hard to come by. This one–starring Christian Bale, Wes Studi, and Rosamund Pike, and directed by "Crazy Heart’s" Scott Cooper–is, by all accounts, a pretty good Western. ★★★★ (R • 2 hrs. 15 min.)

Winchester: I want to watch a movie about the Winchester Mystery House. I want that movie to star Helen Mirren. I do not, however, wish to watch a horror movie about the Winchester Mystery House. Even if it stars Helen Mirren. ★ (PG-13 • 1 hr. 39 min.)

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Paddington 2: This lovable bear and his penchant for marmalade and good-natured mischief are back with a mystery caper that suffers from nary a misstep, thanks to its endlessly endearing ursine star and a freewheeling supporting turn by Hugh Grant. ★★★★★ (PG • 1 hr. 45 min.)

The Post: When I watched Steven Spielberg’s star-studded (Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Alison Brie, Bob Odenkirk) recounting of the race to publish the Pentagon Papers by The Washington Post and the legal battle that ensued, the audience in the theater clapped and cheered at a couple of points along the way. See it, applaud if you are so inclined and be reminded of the power of the press in protecting America from itself. ★★★★★ (PG-13 • 1 hr. 55 min.)

Forever My Girl: I will probably watch this movie, dubbed “Nicholas Sparks lite” by critics, when it shows up on the Lifetime Movie Network, but I won’t promise to like it. ★ (PG • 1 hr. 44 min.)


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GUEST COLUMN By Carolyn O'Dell Oak Harbor Lions Club

Oak Harbor Lions Club Flag Project As you drive around town on any particular National Holiday, you cannot help but feel full of pride in patriotism to see our city streets lined with American flags. But do you know how all those flags came to be? The idea came to light by a woman named Evelyn Warnken. Mrs. Warnken moved to Oak Harbor from Boston in 1980. After just two years of living in Oak Harbor, she noticed only 4-5 Flags were displayed for Memorial Day throughout the city. She was disappointed, especially after seeing on the TV news the city of Puyallup had its streets lined with flags the very same day. She was convinced the City of Oak Harbor could do better, especially due to the fact we had a large military presence in our community. She spoke to her boss about the idea of displaying flags around town and the idea took flight. Her boss put her in contact with the Oak Harbor Lions Club to start the Flags Project with a goal in mind to have flags displayed by the United States Navy Birthday in October of 1982. She knocked on doors, shook many hands, talked to business owners to pitch her idea, and initially raised $1,000 to start. With the backing of 68 businesses and money in hand, she spoke to Lion Jim Trask of the then Trask Construction Company. He offered his company’s resources to make the initial flag curb side-drilled holes with the permission of the City of Oak Harbor. As flags went up for the holidays, people and businesses started to take notice. The Lions raised an additional $1,000 the same year. At the time, businesses or private residences could have a flag displayed 10 times a year by the volunteers of the Oak Harbor Lions Club for a nominal fee of $20 for one flag per year. Over 36 years later, the Flags Project has significantly grown in volume to 353 flags and is still going strong today with the help of the men and women of the Oak Harbor Lions Club. Today the flags are flown 12 times a year to commemorate national holidays and local community events. The flags are also unfurled and displayed to pay tribute to the men and women serving at the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and to all the veterans who came before them on patriotic holidays as well. Each holiday you can expect to see the flags displayed rain, wind, or shine and even in snow or ice, just like the mail carriers. Old Glory is displayed beginning with the first holiday of the year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and then on Presidents Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Holland Happening, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Patriots' Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day and Pearl Harbor Day. In addition to displaying flags for businesses and private residences, we have areas in which we display memorial Flags dedicated to past loved ones. In the 36 years since the inception of the Flags Project, the Oak Harbor Lions Club has had to raise its fees twice for sponsorship. The cost is now $35 for one flag annually, which is displayed 12 times per year. As the United States Flag is displayed around town any particular holiday, it not only provides a moving patriotic appearance but an opportunity for a time of reflection to honor the symbolic meaning of our American Flag. The Flags Project


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and those with relationship-related compulsivity. We provide an environment free from shame and abuse where all can feel safe to share what they think and feel. You are not alone. For more information call (360) 989-4248.

South Whidbey Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group First Tuesday, 10:00am-12:00pm South Whidbey Senior Center, Langley Expanded quarterly workshops TBA. The Caregiver Support Group, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, Western and Central Washington Chapter, provides emotional, educational, and social support for caregivers of those suffering from memory loss – in a confidential setting. For questions or additional information, contact co-facilitators: Mardell Xavier at (360) 477-5511 or Hestia Laitala at (360) 321-1600.

South Whidbey Coupon Club Every Wednesday, 12:00pm-4:00pm Good Cheer Thrift Store, 114 Anthes Ave, Langley At the South Whidbey Coupon Club, we also welcome those who would like to help clip coupons which will be used for Good Cheer’s shopping. Find us on Facebook :”Whidbey Coupon Club” and via email: nwcouponclub@ comcast.net. For further information, please call (360) 675-2338.

TOPS® (Take Off Pounds Sensibly®) Every Thursday, 9:00am-11:00am Family Bible Church, Oak Harbor TOPS® is the short name for TOPS Club,

Inc., the original, nonprofit, noncommercial network of weight-loss support groups. TOPS® offers tools and programs for healthy living and weight management, with exceptional group fellowship and recognition. Weigh-in from 9:00am-10:00am, meeting is 10:00am-11:00am. For more information, call Shelly Weeks at (360) 207-9039 or (360) 240-1770. For more Meetings and Organizations, visit www.whidbeyweekly.com

Classes, Seminars and Workshops Learn to Dance at Dan’s Classic Ballroom.Com! Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Club Dances Groups, Privates, Wedding Prep (360) 720-2727 - dcb601@comcast.net

Pruning for High Fruit Production Saturday, February 10, 10:00am-1:00pm South Whidbey Tilth, Langley Cost: $8 members, $15 non-members Gary Ingram’s popular class will demonstrate everything you need to know about pruning and caring your fruit trees to get quality fruit production. Learn the best time to prune, variety selection, organic fertilization, and pest and disease control. Hot beverages and snack available. If the weather is favorable, a work party will clean up the Tilth orchard after the workshop.

DUI/Underage Drinking Prevention Panel Sunday, February 11, 2:15pm Oak Harbor Library Meeting Room No pre-registration required, open to all. No late admittance allowed. Required by local

of the Oak Harbor Lions Club serves a dual purpose. One, to beautify the City of Oak Harbor and show our patriotic pride; and more importantly, two - it is a major fundraiser for the Oak Harbor Lions Club to help support the needs of our citizens in the community. The funds raised from the Flags Project are returned to the community by means of supporting funding for vision and hearing exams, eyeglasses and hearing aids, annual public health screenings and scholarships. We provide a wide variety of support to other community nonprofit programs, such as Help House and Habitat for Humanity. There are many more than this. As we, the men and women of the Oak Harbor Lions Club, begin our day at dawn to adorn the City of Oak Harbor with our ever-so-faithful Old Glory, we are consistently reminded of the great contribution by our loyal supporters to help make this community project a great success and a win-win situation for the people of the City of Oak Harbor. The Oak Harbor Lions Club would like to take this opportunity to thank the businesses and residents of Oak Harbor for their continued support and sponsorship. To find out more about this valuable community project, you may check out our website, www.oakharborlions.org or you may contact us directly and speak to the Oak Harbor Lions Club Flags Project Chairman, Robert O’Dell (360) 6799468.

driving schools for driver’s eduction students and parents. For more information, call (360) 672-8219 or visit www.idipic.org.

Getting Ready for Medicare Tuesday, February 13, 9:30am-11:00am Oak Harbor Senior Center, 51 SE Jerome St Turning 65? Did you miss your initial enrollment period for Medicare Part A and B? Did you enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan and now want to return to Original Medicare? Join the State-wide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) for a free “Welcome to Medicare” class. We’ll cover: Medicare Parts A and B; Medicare Supplements; Medicare Advantage Plans; Part D Prescription Plans; Enrollment Deadline; Low-income Assistance. For more information, call (360) 279-4580.

Women Only NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Course

For questions or to register, call NRA instructor Daphne Robert-Hamilton at (408) 857-2468 or email NWSA.Training@gmail.com Additional information can be found at www.northwhidbeysportsmen.org.

CPR/AED Adult, Child, Infant & First Aid Course Saturday, February 24, 10:00am-12:30pm Sunday, February 25, 10:00am-12:30pm John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool, Oak Harbor Sign-up at the pool, cash or check only. Must be at least 11 years of age before last day of course. $135 includes manuals and mask, $120 includes mask only (manuals most be downloaded from American Red Cross prior to class). For more information, call (360) 675-7665.

Friday, February 16, 6:00pm-9:00pm Saturday, February 17, 9:00am-5:00pm NWSA Range, Oak Harbor Cost: $35

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This course introduces women to the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for owning and using a pistol safely. The pistol handling and shooting portion is completed at the NWSA range, located at 886 Gun Club Road, where students will learn about safe gun handling, pistol shooting fundamentals, and pistol shooting activities. The Basics of Pistol Course will also help prepare the student for participation in other NRA courses. This class includes shooting on the NWSA Pistol Range. Students can register online at nrainstructors.org The lead instructor for this class is a woman.

Communities facing dramatic cultural challenges due to housing, economy, and gentrification are looking at the arts as a way of bringing people together as a force for positive change in their neighborhoods. As we gather, we ask ourselves, “how do we begin to listen to each other? To move to a level of trust that enables the exchange of energy and magic and that helps us shape a thriving and resilient community together?” Learn more: https:// whidbeyinstitute.org/event/thriving-communities-2018

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Seriously, we do not make this stuff up! THURSDAY, DEC. 14 11:14 am, Kramer Rd. Caller advising someone is sending pictures of “his private parts,” most recent one a few days ago. 12:50 pm, Ridgeview Dr. Party requesting cat trap for feral cat; states it is defecating in his yard, giving his dog fleas and tormenting his dog. 1:36 pm, NE Goldie St. Reporting party advising male is walking eastbound on right side of road, stumbling around and “flopped himself down.” 2:01 pm, SE Pioneer Way Party advising male threw something on roof. Says it looks like a computer. 2:21 pm, NE Harvest Dr. Caller states mother threatened to call police on her for music being too loud. 5:17 pm, SR 20 Advising she hit a sign in middle of road. 5:37 pm, Blacktail Ln. Caller reporting tenant is naked and walking around her property; when caller came home, subject was inside her home naked; subject should not be in house; subject has a history of DUI and pill use. 6:31 pm, Pioneer Park Pl. Party reporting subjects drive near his home and crank up music; advising one just did this, went “up in the neighborhood.” Advising this is “gang behavior” and he's been threatened before.

5:11 pm, NE Midway Blvd. Reporting party advising customer is texting nude photos to business line. 6:23 pm, West Beach Rd. Caller reporting power shut off again by landlord; not the first time. SATURDAY, DEC. 16 8:26 am, Dolphin St. Caller advising two suitcases full of clothing found in her backyard. Said law enforcement was at her neighbor's last night but not sure if that is where they came from; wants to know if she should dispose of them or what? 1:51 pm, Perry Dr. Reporting party advising phones are out; box outside house had been opened overnight with screw driver and flipped switch to turn phone off. 1:53 pm, Lagoon Point Rd. Female caller on 9-1-1 said “we have a problem with a neighbor who is new.” When asked for caller's address, caller said “well nevermind” and hung up. Upon recall, caller advising neighbor moved from city to Greenbank, multiple issues. SUNDAY, DEC. 17 12:51 am, SW Dillard Ln. Requesting welfare check for subject crying in bathroom because “her brain hurts.”

6:40 pm, Topaz Ct. Reporting party is in Lynnwood. States subject is calling her and “calling her names." States he is “drunk.”

4:13 am, West Beach Rd. Reporting red light in kitchen; put in new refrigerator. Reporting party thinks it might be a bomb, doesn't want it to blow up. Wants someone to look in back door to see what it is.

7:04 pm, SW London Ter. Caller reporting loose dog in front yard, very mean, biting at door and growling. Has chain around its neck. Caller is unable to go outside.

MONDAY, DEC. 18 8:26 am,Tyson Ct. Party wants to know if it's illegal to shoot neighbor's rooster who keeps coming into yard and roosting in tree; requesting call.

8:55 pm, SW Kingma Ct. Reporting party states pitbull, tan in color with silver chain on, got out of the back yard. States dog is friendly, got out approximately 45 minutes earlier.

9:23 am, Susan Ct. Caller reporting male hanging around address. Subject is being strange, pulled jacket over his face so caller could not see him as they drove by.

11:36 pm, Goldie Rd. Party reporting ex-girlfriend is “stalking” him. States subject followed him and then kept going when he pulled into location.

11:41 am, Harbor Ave. Advising someone in white car in main plot since 8 am, person is jerking around.

FRIDAY, DEC. 15 5:35 am, Tyson Ct. Caller advising rooster is crowing at location; more than five animal complaints from same caller this year, all those calls show a rooster at Tyson Ct. 10:46 am, SE Pioneer Way Caller requesting contact regarding business who took his jerseys to be embroidered six months ago. States company has since gone out of business. Caller needs assistance getting property back. 2:01 pm, Henning Dr. Reporting party advising tenant passed away. Father of tenant was at location changing locks, refusing to give keys to reporting party. 2:08 pm, N Oak Harbor St. Party reporting ongoing issues with drivers not using turn lane.

1:10 pm, Bakken Rd. Caller reporting pet mountain lion with abscess tooth; owned by landlord. Caller is concerned it needs medical attention. 1:21 pm, SR 20 Reporting party advising transient is jumping in and out of traffic. 2:00 pm, Evening Glory Ct. Caller advising someone is tearing up fence, states they own part of property. 2:46 pm, Wells Rd. Reporting party advising ongoing issue with dog chasing deer; white and liver Springer Spaniel; dog belongs to someone on Passage View. 5:46 pm, Bayview Rd. Party states they are in front of cemetery and a male is roller blading in middle of the roadway, nearly hit by vehicles. Report provided by OHPD & Island County Sheriff’s Dept.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS JEEPERS! Let’s start a new club! The inaugural meeting of the Whidbey Wranglers, an all Jeep vehicle organization, will be at the Oak Harbor El Cazador restaurant Saturday, February 24 at 5pm. Feel free to contact me at spillerr@ comcast.net for any questions or just show up! Pregnant? Need baby clothes? We have them and the price is right–FREE. Pregnancy Care Clinic, open most Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10am to 4pm. Call (360) 221-2909 or stop by 6th and Cascade in Langley. Be the difference in a child's life and become a foster parent today! Service Alternatives is looking for caring, loving, and supportive families to support foster children. (425) 923-0451 or mostermick@ servalt-cfs.com The Whidbey Island community is encouraged to try out the paddling sport of dragon boating with the Stayin' Alive team. Our team's mission is to promote the physical, social, and emotional benefits of dragon boating. It has been shown to be especially beneficial to cancer survivors. Practice with us for up to 3 times for free. Life-jackets and paddles provided. Saturdays at the Oak Harbor Marina, 8:45am. Contact njlish@ gmail.com. More info at our Facebook Page: https://www. facebook.com/NorthPugetSou ndDragonBoatClub?ref=hl Medical Marijuana patients unite; If you need assistance, advice, etc. please contact at 420patientnetworking@gmail. com. Local Whidbey Island help. If you or someone you know has been a victim of Homicide, Burglary, Robbery, Assault, Identity Theft, Fraud, Human Trafficking, Home Invasion and other crimes not listed. Victim Support Services has Advocates ready to help. Please call the 24-hr Crisis Line (888)


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JOB MARKET STOVE SALES POSITION: Retail-minded person wanted for the Freeland Ace stove and fireplace sales position. Must have inventory experience with large and small units, some construction background and a strong sales record. Prior knowledge of gas, pellet, and wood stoves and inserts is a plus. Must be able to work independently and coordinate with contractors and installers as needed. Must be able to lift 40-lbs. Full time with benefits. Must have reliable transportation as this position requires some local site visits. Wages and benefits are based on qualifications and will be reviewed during the interview. 36+ hours a week qualifies for full time benefits: Medical/401k/Discounts/Bonuses/Vacation, after passing a 90 day probationary period. Qualified candidates, please complete our online prescreen at www.acehardwarejobs.com before bringing in your resume (with references) and a cover letter that explains your qualifications and goals and what we can do to support them. Now hiring sales person, weekends 10-4 pm then moving to 20-30 hrs a week in the summer. Job description: Sales, gallery and display management. $15 an hr. Contact www.callahanglass@gmail. com (3) We are looking for a dynamic Account Executive. Applicant has to be able to work autonomously and be self-motivated; must possess exceptional customer service and organizational skills; marketing or advertising background desired. If you want to join a successful, growing organization and

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JEWELRY Wide silver cuff bracelet with a 1-1/4" square blue green dichroic glass and wire wrapped beads, $49 OBO; Multi-stone (moss agate, chalcedony etc.) stretch bracelet, $20 OBO; Chrysoprase pendant with interesting silver chain, $75 OBO; Beautiful sterling silver and sapphire earrings, $49 OBO; Glass tube bead (blue/ purple tones) bracelet, $25 OBO; Interesting glass pin in shades of blue, $5. Call (360) 331-1063 (1) Oval amethyst ring set in sterling silver, $45 OBO; White button pearl earrings 8mm, $29 OBO; Pale blue Baroque pearl earrings 9-10mm, $39 OBO. Call (360) 331-1063 (1)

ELECTRONICS Joining two households: Hitachi Ultravision, 42-inch TV on 20-inch base, great picture and stereo sound, $45. Available Feb 3. U-haul, Coupeville, (360) 678-7591. Leave number & I’ll call back. (0)

HOME FURNISHINGS Baby grand piano, Baldwin organ and Chromcraft dinette set. Oak Harbor, (360) 6798778 (0) Joining two households: Trundle bed, stylish curved wooden frame with two mattresses, one slides under, great for the guest room or as twin beds

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LAWN AND GARDEN 25 aluminum silver deck post caps, $3 each; 200 feet new 8” heavy waterline, $4 a foot, obo. Can be used for waterline or drain line. (360) 321-1624 Natural Barnyard Topsoil: Good for gardens, flower beds, etc. Unscreened, 10 yard loads, $225 delivered. South Whidbey (360) 321-1624

ANIMALS/SUPPLIES If you or someone you know needs help in feeding pet(s), WAIF Pet Food Banks may be able to help. Pet Food Banks are located at WAIF thrift stores in Oak Harbor (50 NE Midway Blvd) and Freeland (1660 Roberta Ave) and are generously stocked by donations from the community. If you need assistance, please stop by.

WANTED Looking to borrow or hire pickup to take wood as dona-

tion to Ryan's House on Hwy 20 near Coupeville opposite the Waste Recycle Center. Several blown down trees now converted to firewood at my home less than 1 mile away would serve as heat to this non profit center providing shelter for teens. If someone would loan me a pickup or assist in hauling the wood to Ryan's House in concert with my loading/unloading, I will be more than happy to pay for gasoline. Call (360) 229-0797, ask for Mikel (1)

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MISCELLANEOUS Over 50 LP (vinyl) albums for sale, various artists, pristine condition, $3 each. Call (360) 331-1063 (1) Fujinon binoculars, 10 x 70 fmt-sx with case, mint condition, $400. Call (360) 240-0921 (0) Looking for Xmas, Bday, Father's Day, or just Gifts in general? These are LOCAL made crafts, I have about 50-60 of these available. They are $16.00/ea, plus shipping if you want them mailed. CASH preferred. Dimensions are: 5-6"W X 17”L. Contact me at ljohn60@gmail.com. Puzzle 1 (Hard, difficulty rating 0.63)

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The Season for Service – Whidbey Cleaners ‘By

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Tis the season for promotions among our military members and with it comes the task of changing uniforms, sewing on patches and proudly wearing that which was earned while looking your best. From cleaning and pressing uniforms, to tailoring and adorning them exactly as they should be, Whidbey Cleaners does it all. With an on-site seamstress adding to the best dry cleaning establishment in town, you’re getting a super-fast turnaround with superior quality service every time. From Oak Harbor to Mount Vernon, Burlington and the surrounding towns, Whidbey Cleaners has been at the forefront of these communities' dry cleaning needs since 1981. Have a beautiful wedding dress you want to preserve? Whidbey Cleaners has the best solution: Heirlooming. After cleaning your much-loved garment, using unsurpassed industry technology, Whidbey Cleaners makes sure your dress is packaged, the oxygen displaced with nitrogen to prevent oxidation (the yellowing that can occur on white items) and then sealed to ensure it stays as beautiful as the day it was worn. This is truly one service that provides much-needed peace of mind to anyone who wants to maintain the integrity of a special article of clothing. For over 30 years, Whidbey Cleaners has dispensed superior quality customer and garment care innumerable times. Customer satisfaction is a top priority at this business and owners Dwight and Margaret make it their mission to ensure that along with garment care, customers are able to bring any and all questions to them regarding their fabrics. Customer education about how to care for their fabrics is something that comes as part and parcel of the Whidbey Cleaners experience. From alterations to dry cleaning and more, Whidbey Cleaners does it with practices that are as eco-friendly as possible; recycling what it can, wherever and whenever it can. A business with the customer and the environment in mind is one that’s hard to find and undoubtedly second to none. Whether its garments, bed linens, or rugs, the staff of Whidbey Cleaners has you covered. Their unparalleled expertise and staying ahead of the curve on the latest the industry has to offer ensures you never have to worry about the care of your dry cleaned items – they’re in the very best hands, for sure!


For more information about its invaluable services, visit Whidbey Cleaners website at www.whidbeycleaners.com, call them at (360) 675-7182 or stop in at 1025 NE 7th Ave, Oak Harbor, 98277. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. To 5:30 p.m.

WhidbeyHealth is proud to distribute donated knitted red hats for our babies during American Heart Month to raise awareness around congenital heart defects. Come in for a tour of our brand new birthplace today!

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