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MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE WHIDBEY WEEKLY


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While this paragraph was not written Christmas eve, I am pretending it is just in case you are reading this while enjoying hot cocoa and sugar cookies, waiting for St. Nick to land his sleigh on your Doug fir needle infested

roof. If you see Rudolph, ask him why his nose is red. I know what Gene Autry sings in the song about Rudolph's nose, but, I never trusted Gene as much as Roy, Hoppy, or Lash LaRue. Of course, most of all, I trusted Buck Jones, and still do. If cowboy star Buck were our next President, Truman's mantra, “The Buck Stops Here,” would have a double truth. Buck's VP could be Huckleberry Finn. Wouldn't you want a Buck n' Huck bumper sticker on your truck? Les is More After moving from LA to Bend, Oregon in the late 70s', I discovered every north-westerner's best friend, Les Schwab. In fact, Les cut his radio commercials at our station, KGRL. Schwab's nearby Prineville headquarters gave Les a nice road test for his tires when he and his announcer would come down to do his ads and tags. It was not too long for Les to be gone from the office, but time enough for him to get a road hazard. Given my travel pattern in those days was to drive from Bend to LA and back a couple of times a month, it made sense to get tires from Les. Schwab tires gripped the road, and were available in many areas on that frontage road we call I-5. Since I have shopped locally the last thirty plus years, my truck tires are from different places—right front from Dana and Larry at Whidbey Tire and Auto, on Howard Road, across from the Goose in Bayview; left rear from Wal-Mart in Oak Harbor; right rear from my neighbor, and left front from Les Schwab. If my tires were political parties, it would not be a quorum with my four 'em. Last Friday morn, I awoke to a flat front left tire. After finding my tire warranty, and after being rescued with fresh cold air from Chuck's emergency air tank, I headed to Clinton. Have I told you this already? It seems like only yesterday I was talking about last week. So, I headed down to Clinton, screw-less, because Chuck had removed the air-leak causing screw from the left front tire, replacing that causal screw with a smaller screw, thus assuring my safety to Schwab's. There is nothing quite like the combined olfactoriness of tires and popcorn. If you have never been to a Les Schwab show room, do not go when you are hungry. You will either eat popcorn to fill up, or your nose will go into “where the rubber meets the node” mode. Wow. No wonder those guys run everywhere. They want to get back to the fresh air of the work bays. The activity at Les Schwab, on a Friday, Saturday, or a Monday, is not unlike the emergency room at Swedish or Harborview on a Saturday night. Nonetheless, the pros who run passionately in nice white shirts and dark slacks are always smiling. Even though their thirty minutes may turn into your forty-five, the coffee is free, the popcorn is free, they have Wi-fi, and younger tire-buyers-to-be, like Mike and Amy Goodman's “cuter-than-a-bug's ear” dynamic duo of two and four year olds, can run around gleefully in a gluten-free zone. Thanks to all the fine folks at Les Schwab's in Clinton who made my most recent Flat Tire Friday experience one for the books, and for this page three.

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If our political candidates followed Dr. Bitzer's advice, the evening news would be shorter than Pinocchio's honest nose.

Support Habitat For Humanity With Your Gently Used Appliances & Furniture

Never having been one for New Year's resolutions (I would not be able to find the list anyway), I always decide to try to change my ways the week before the new year. Why wait on something I am not going to do anyway? Once I decided to quit buying impulsively on Amazon. In fact, I wrote Amazon an e-mail letter asking to be taken off their analysis list where they recommend this if I liked that. Just because I like Willie Nelson does not mean I want a discount on Burpee seeds for the farm I do not have.

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God bless Willie. In the late 80s', Willie may have unintentionally raised more money for the IRS than he raised for Farm Aid. In the end, Willie's angels were flying too close to the ground, and Willie came out smelling like a Honeysuckle Rose.

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Once I tried to quit complaining for the New Year. That lasted until I got so angry at myself that I yelled at the bunnies. Their ears didn't even blink. I felt so silly yelling at myself, I decided to call up the folks I normally yell at to tell them I was feeling better.

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The hardest thing I consistently try to quit is reading the newspaper. As sure as I stop my subscription from the Seattle Times for their 26 weeks for $52, I get solicited by the Everett Herald for 26 weeks for 26 bucks.

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Well, at that price, why not take the paper? Not only will I get upset earlier in the day, I will have kindling for the morning fire. In our time zone, we get to binge watch the network news with David Muir on ABC World News at 5:30pm, Lester Holt on NBC Nightly News at 6:00pm, and Scott Pelley at 6:30pm on CBS Evening News.

No need to go off-island. Whidbey General’s surgeons offer the only full-service orthopedic surgery practice on Whidbey.

Despite some similarities in coverage, CBS has the most depth on most stories, as well as fewer self-promos. When we were kids, Dad would not let us watch CBS because of Walter Cronkite. We were lucky to be able to watch Huntley-Brinkley on NBC as Chet most always wore sport coats. Dad ran a tight ship. No sport coats, just bourbon and suits.

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Holidaze For the next few days, most of us will experience more food, beverage, and fellowship than we have had since the last time we all got together. In the words of Irving Becker, let us remember: “If you don't like someone, the way he holds his spoon will make you furious; if you do like him, he can turn his plate over into your lap and you won't mind.” I once had a mayonnaise jar thrown at me, but not at Christmas. Those flying Christmas jars were Miracle Whip. Best Line Award After much musing, and little research, our committee of unknown readers has picked Langley City Councilman Bruce Allen as our 2015 Winner of the Best Line Uttered at a Public Meeting Award for his twelve word remark, “If we weren't sure what we were doing, why'd we do it?” A question many of us have asked and never answered, Bruce. Thanks for the reminder. May the remainder of your year be as fast as your heartbeat will be if Santa brings you a Maserati tomorrow morning. Have you finished your cocoa and cookies yet? One More Thing Don't tell anyone, but I just watched Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale, a rerun from 2013. I only cried three times, when they stopped for commercials.

To Say or not to Say One of my favorite teachers, Dr. Robert Bitzer, used to caution: “Never say the thing that is disruptive.”

What a voice! May your Christmas be as merry as Kelly's voice is joyous!

Not easy to do at a family reunion, or standing in a post office line waiting to mail a late package.

To read past columns of On Track in the Whidbey Weekly, see our Digital Library at www.whidbeyweekly.com.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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Bits & Pieces Please call (360) 321-4145 for further information. The Giving Tree will be on display through December 31 in the Bayview Cash Store and at the Island Athletic Club.

Jazzin’ with the Classics for Christmas

Dear Valued Readers, Very rarely do I write anything in these pages. I have always seen the Whidbey Weekly as a community publication where the content is supplied by you. As far as I’m concerned, my thoughts and opinions on subjects are irrelevant and do not need to take up space in our paper. This one time a year, however, I am willing to make an exception. I realize that our cover this week does not reflect the beliefs of everyone and that some may find it offensive. It is not my intent to offend, nor is it my intent to be intentionally exclusionary. 51 weeks out of the year I try to use our covers to support events and organizations within our community. This one time of year I use the cover to express my personal beliefs by wishing you all a Merry Christmas. I do not expect everyone to agree with this decision, we usually receive a couple of complaints each year, but that is OK. You are all free to believe whatever you like and I support you in your beliefs. I personally believe that Jesus is the reason for the season and I will continue to honor Him with our Christmas cover every year. Thank you for reading the Whidbey Weekly and supporting our advertisers. I hope you have a blessed holiday season and a prosperous New Year! Merry Christmas,

In this program, four renowned classical and jazz artists and friends meld their musical perspectives in an unusual collaboration and unique celebration of the Yuletide season that is guaranteed to generate an abundance of Christmas cheer. Tsatsanis, Lund, Cohan and Collier will team up to bridge contemporary improvisational jazz and the “art music” of baroque and renaissance times. Instrumental musicians have “jazzed up” melodies familiar to them in the style of their day for centuries, and this team’s virtuoso improvisations on Yuletide favorites, and their renditions of classical standards such as arias from Handel’s Messiah will bring together the best of jazz and classical worlds.

Kick off the New Year with a First Day Hike! The Friends of South Whidbey State Park welcome you to enjoy one of four hikes led by an interpretive guide:

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The Giving Tree Lights up South Whidbey Island as a Holiday Fundraiser for Local Charities In its twelfth year, The Giving Tree is decorated with handcrafted ornaments made by the staff and volunteers of non-profit organizations located on Whidbey Island. The Giving Tree is on display through December 31 at the Bayview Cash Store, located at 5603 Bayview Road. New this year is an added Giving Tree location at the Island Athletic Club (IAC), located at 5522 Freeland Avenue in Freeland. The Giving Tree is sponsored by Goosefoot, a non-profit organization that brings neighbors together to build a sense of place and community, to preserve rural traditions, to enhance local commerce and to help create a healthy, sustainable future for South Whidbey Island. Local groups representing all of Whidbey Island and working on issues ranging from family support services to resources for animals, food assistance to end-of-life care, are represented on the Giving Tree each year. A suggested minimum donation is set by each organization and all proceeds from the purchase of ornaments go back to the organization. Information on each charity is available to take away. After choosing their ornaments, Cash Store visitors may take them to either of three shops—Feather & Fox, Salon Bella or Bloom’s Taste for Wine—for purchase. At the IAC, the front desk will be handling ornament purchases. Please bring cash or checks as credit/debit cards won’t work for these sales. Prices range from $5 to $25 per ornament. The ornaments make wonderful gifts, stocking stuffers, and are perfect items for clients, employees, or gift exchanges events. This year, participants include Enso House Hospice, FETCH!, Friends of Friends, Good Cheer, Hearts and Hammers, Kids First—Island County, Oasis for Animals, Orca Network, Readiness to Learn, South Whidbey Senior Center, South Whidbey Children’s Center, South Whidbey Tilth, Whidbey Island Nourishes (WIN), and more.

Skull Island – AJ Diamond: “AJ Diamond is awesome! She is a self-motivated, hard worker who asks very thoughtful questions as well as responses to class discussions. AJ is also a leader by example, getting on-task as quickly as possible and because she is well-liked by her peers, others around her follow in suit. She’s a pleasure to have in class and always has a smile on her face, even during morning 1st period.”

Family-friendly: (.5 miles) Enjoy a forest experience using all your senses led by teaching artist Lauren Atkinson. Birding: (.8 miles) Learn about the winter avian inhabitants of the park with birding expert Linda Bainbridge. Preview: (.9 miles) Get an advance tour of State Park’s new interpretive signs along the Wilbert Trail with Sue Ellen White. Native Plants: (.9 miles) Learn about forest ecology with Steve Erickson and Marianne Edain.

Justice Island – Megan Flood: “This student is a delightful, cheery, young lady who inspires those around her to achieve. Megan Flood is dedicated, not afraid to ask for help or clarification, and turns in only her best work. She goes beyond what is expected in Math and English every day and is in school for all the right reasons. Megan definitely shows dedication, respect, and integrity on a daily basis. Her willingness to assist others extends beyond the classroom to other aspects of her day at Oak Harbor High School. Megan isn’t afraid to take chances or try something new; she’s knows that trying and making mistakes is a part of learning.”

This event is free and since New Year’s Day is also a Washington State Parks “Free Day,” you won’t need a Discover Pass. For more information, contact John Leaser at jdleaser@gmail.com or (360) 222-3991. [Submitted by Sue Ellen White]

Whidbey Educator Receives Teacher Excellence Award

“Most of us can point to a pivotal experience in our education when a teacher noticed, encouraged, or influenced us. Maybe that teacher bolstered our confidence; maybe she or he changed the course of our lives,” Dr. Zimmerman said. “Because Evergreen values the art and practice of high quality teaching, we ask incoming students to consider former instructors who made a profound positive impact. This award recognizes Ryan Lipstein as a Teacher of Excellence who inspires and makes a real difference in students’ lives.” In nominating Lipstein, former student Rocco Strain, now a freshman at Evergreen, wrote: “Ryan Lipstein is one of the most incredible educators I have had the pleasure to study with. She has had the most profound impact on my life thus far. The progressive methods and passionate efforts she incorporates in her teaching helped me to learn in a rewarding, positive manner, and I was able to better define myself and my ideas about what a liberal education can offer.”

[Submitted by Meryl Lipman, The Evergreen State College]

SnowRider Ski & Board Bus Rolls January 3rd All aboard! The season for snow play is coming and SnowRider ski bus is your ride to the mountains. Head up to Steven’s Pass for 8 Saturdays of skiing & boarding with new and old friends. Running January 9 through February 27, this long standing program (2016 will be the 19th year!) focuses on safety, providing chartered buses with drivers experienced in winter driving conditions, and fun chaperones. Adults & youth 10 years plus are welcome on the bus.

Leave the driving to someone else and get to Stevens pass the easy way. Just some of the benefits of riding the bus:

Fortress Island – Billy Titzkowski: “Billy’s smile and sense of humor engages other students in group activities and makes the activities more entertaining. He is a kind and caring student who wants everyone to be successful and helps other achieve success. Billy regularly helps teachers maintain classroom supplies and encourages others to care for the classroom supplies. He is a dedicated and passionate student.”

Oak Harbor High School Shipmates-of-the-Month Oak Harbor High School’s 9th grade transition program is called the Island Program. Each island is comprised of an English teacher, a math teacher and a science teacher. They share a total of 90 students who rotate together in classes of thirty for three periods each day. The vision of the Island Program is to have all 9th grade students ready for 10th grade and on track to a 4-year graduation. A student recognition program, called the Shipmates-of-the-Month, recognizes one student per month based on demonstrable gains in the areas of academic or behavioral growth, community contribution(s), and/or acts of altruism. The following students earned the recognition for October:

[Submitted by Jennifer DePrey, OHHS]

The season fee includes your seat on the bus, ferry fare & gas. Discounted lift tickets & lessons are additional.

Hot cider, tea and hot cocoa will be available as well as some seasonal treats and special gifts for the kids. Meet in front of the Ranger House at 10:00am. There will be a group photo at 10:15am and everyone will get home in time for the games. Easy / moderate-level hikes. Dress for our winter rains: warm clothes and layers. Bring binoculars, spotting scope, camera, hiking poles and water bottle if desired.

students, showing them how to actively engage in the learning process. Nice job Sarah!”

Evergreen has been recognizing Teachers of Excellence since 2011.

Admission will be by free will offering. Please call (360) 331-5191 for more information. [Submitted by Jeffrey Cohan]

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The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington recently honored Ryan Lipstein of Oak Harbor High School with a Teacher Excellence Award. Incoming Evergreen students were asked to nominate their former instructors for the award, presented by the college’s Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Dr. Michael Zimmerman.

[Submitted by Marian A. Myszkowski, Goosefoot]

Music at Trinity presents Jazzin’ with the Classics for Christmas, featuring soprano Linda Tsatsanis, jazz flutist, pianist and clarinetist Martin Lund, classical flutist Jeffrey Cohan and special guest virtuoso vibraphone player Tom Collier on Tuesday, December 29 at 7:00pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, located at SR 525 and Woodard Road in Freeland.

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Convenience! Turn a long drive into a long nap. Stress-free snow play, no worries of driving home. Save big with discount group lift tickets and lesson packages. Safe transportation on a luxury coach, restroom and video equipped. Meet new friends who also love snow sports. Send your kids, you can stay home. Share ferry fees & gas. A green alternative: carpooling. Convenient pickups in Clinton, Coupeville & Everett. Don’t miss the bus - come join the outdoor fun this winter! To reserve your spot on the bus, register at South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District www.swparks.org. For more information, call (360) 221-6788. [Submitted by Carrie Monforte, South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District]

Coastal Volunteer of the Year Award Nominations Now Being Accepted

Battleship Island – Sarah Ulam: “Sarah is one of those students that impresses teachers on a daily basis. She is always on-task, attentive to detail, and participates in all classroom discussions. She is an example for other

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Jan Holmes Island County Coastal Volunteer of the Year Award. The award is named to honor the memory of Jan Holmes, an Island County resident and WSU Island County Beach Watcher who was an exemplary marine scientist, educator and champion for stewardship of the marine environment. In recognition of the continuing need for

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www.whidbeyweekly.com LOCALLY OWNED. volunteers to carry on this important cause, the Jan Holmes Island County Coastal Volunteer of the Year Award is presented annually to one individual engaged in service, science or outreach relating to the health of Island County’s marine environment and whose work adds to knowledge about and/or protection of county marine waters and coastal resources. Nominations are open to anyone, regardless of organization or affiliation. The intent of the award is to encourage and recognize the achievements of volunteers who work to understand, protect and restore the marine waters and coastal resources of Island County. The award is sponsored by the Island County Marine Resources Committee (MRC), Sound Water Stewards (SWS) of Island County, and Washington State University (WSU) Island County Extension. A committee representing the three sponsoring organizations will select one winner.

Whidbey Weekly On one of the largest community work days, over 400 volunteers gather to bring whatever repairs and renovations are possible within the scope of a one-day work party. Last year, over 32 homes received help accomplishing tasks from carpentry, repairing floors and decks, replacing windows and doors to clean up and trash removal. It is a day of volunteering for plumbers and electricians, gardeners and just regular folks who come to lend a helping hand. Priority is given to health and safety concerns at no cost to the homeowner because of the generous support of the community. This is also possible because of donations of labor and materials from many local businesses and the efforts of hundreds of local volunteers. “As we enter our 23rd year it is good to see that so many volunteers, with help from community resources, keep home owners safe and healthy in their homes,” said Ross Godwin, President of Hearts & Hammers. “

The award will be presented on February 6, 2016 at South Whidbey High School during the opening ceremonies of Sound Waters University 2016.

It is not just the homeowners who appreciate the help, according to Godwin, volunteers gain a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction having an opportunity to help their community.

The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, January 5, 4:30pm. Details for submission are on the nomination form.

The volunteer kick-off will begin with a spaghetti dinner on Friday, February 12 at the Langley United Methodist Church, starting early this year from 4:30pm to 7:30pm. The gathering provides a delicious dinner for only $5, and an opportunity to sign-up for the work day and connect with old and new friends.

Nomination forms are available on the following websites: MRC site: www.islandcountymrc.org SWS site: www.soundwaterstewards.org/web WSU Extension site: ext100.wsu.edu/island For more information, contact Anna Toledo at (360) 678-2349 or a.toledo@co.island.wa.us [Submitted by Anna Toledo, Island County Department of Natural Resources]

Hunt for Glass Sea Floats at Seaside Langley Langley Main Street Association and Callahan’s Firehouse in Langley invite everyone, young and old to start off the New Year with a treasure hunt. The Sea Float Scramble will be held at 11:00am, Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Langley’s Seawall Park off First Street. Glass artist Callahan McVay has created oneof-a-kind blown glass sea floats that will be hidden near Langley’s waterfront. People are invited to scramble for one once the ribbon is dropped. It’s fun for all ages and the event is free. You may go home with your own glass treasure. A second location for the scramble has been added at the park at 2nd and Anthes Streets for youngsters five years old and under and those with disabilities who need easier access. All sea floats will be hidden in plain sight, no digging necessary, no beating the bushes. The floats are on display till the day of the event in front of Callahan’s Fire House on Second Street. After the scramble, participants are invited to enjoy Langley, have lunch at one of the award winning restaurants, visit the new bakery, or warm up with tea, coffee or cocoa and peruse the many small shops in town. Also, stop by Callahan’s Firehouse on Second Street and blow your own glass piece and see how the floats were created. New this year is an opportunity to visit the Langley Whale Center on Anthes or walk along the expanded marina and enjoy the water views. For more information, go to www.visitlangley. com or contact Langley Main Street Association at (360) 929-9333 or mainstreet@whidbey. com, or “like” Langley Main Street on Facebook. [Submitted by Lorinda Kay, Langley Main Street Association]

If you are a homeowner and would like to be considered for help, visit www.heartsandhammers.com or call (360) 221-6063. A Hearts and Hammers board member will be in touch. For emergency needs that can’t wait for the annual workday, call right away. Financial donations to help continue this work can be made through the web site or mailed to PO Box 694, Langley, WA 98260. [Submitted by Baz Stevens]

Alert for Annual Polar Bear Plunge The following road roads & locations may be affected by vehicles and pedestrians attending the Polar Bear Plunge, on January 1, 2016, between 10:30am and 12:30pm: Double Bluff County Park, Freeland S. Double Bluff Road, between E. Shore Ave and Millman Rd, Freeland No closures of roads are expected, but drivers should expect congestion and are asked to exercise caution along these routes. South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District apologizes in advance for any inconvenience the event may cause and appreciates the public’s patience during this annual event. In addition, the public is invited to attend this wonderful and fun event. Start the New Year off with a splash! Join a fun-loving crow of nearly 200 jumpers for a bone chilling dive into 2016. A popular local New Year’s tradition since 2004. Registration opens at 10:30am. The big splash is at noon. Swim at your own risk; no lifeguard on duty. $15 includes shirt, hot drinks and festive atmosphere. While supplies last. Register in advance online by December 30 to avoid lines on the day of the event. Benefits 4-H Teen Ambassadors. Visit www.swparks.org for information or contact South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District at (360) 221-5484. [Submitted by Carrie Monforte, South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District]

Slow Food Winter Workshop Stone Soup

Hearts & Hammers Looking for Homes to Repair for May 7, 2016 Workday

Join Slow Food Whidbey Island at their first Slow Food Workshop from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Thursday, January 14, 2016. The workshop will be held at Deer Lagoon Grange # 846, 5142 Bayview Road, Langley.

Now is the time to apply for help for your home. Hearts & Hammers is looking for homes to repair for their annual workday, this year on May 7, 2016. Since 1994 this volunteer organization has repaired hundreds of homes, helping homeowners who physically or financially are unable to do the work alone. The mission is ‘neighbors helping neighbors stay in their homes.’ The deadline to apply for help is January 31, 2016.

Warm-up with our very own “Whidbey Island Stone Soup” where you will view a demonstration, a talk, and have a meal from a chef and a farmer. Dan Saul, chef of the Tuesday soup kitchen, ‘Soup’s On’ in Langley, will be demonstrating how to make “Stone Soup” from the bounty of local winter vegetables from Kettle’s Edge Farm in Coupeville and The Organic Farm School in Greenbank. There will also be a bonus recipe for you to learn. You

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will also hear farmer John Burks of Kettle’s Edge talk about being a farmer and different ways you can support local farms year round, even winter, on Whidbey Island. Finally, stay and enjoy a warm bowl of soup with the Slow Food community after the demonstration and talk. The cost of the class is $15 if you RSVP but they are happy to offer ‘pay-what-you-can’. You MUST RSVP to this event. It is limited to 20 participants so sign up early in order to reserve a seat. Please RSVP to kathy46@whidbey.com. [Submitted by Kathy Floyd]

Washington Trust Announces a Call for Nominations to the 2016 Most Endangered Historic Properties List The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is seeking nominations to its 2016 Most Endangered Historic Properties List. Nomination forms may be obtained through the Trust’s website at www.preservewa.org. Washingtonians enjoy a diverse collection of historic and cultural resources found throughout the state. Historic buildings and sites significantly contribute to the heritage and vitality of Washington while enhancing the quality of life in small towns, large cities, and across rural areas. Yet each day, these resources face a variety of challenges, including lack of funding, deferred maintenance, neglect, incompatible development, and demolition. Inclusion in the Most Endangered List is an important initial step in highlighting these threats and bringing attention to those historic resources most in need. Historic properties selected for the Most Endangered list receive advocacy support and assistance from the Washington Trust. While the focus is to remove the immediate threat facing historic properties, raising awareness of preservation issues in general remains a programmatic goal. Through proactive partnering with local organizations and concerned citizens, the Washington Trust’s Most Endangered List program has resulted in many high profile success stories across Washington since its establishment in 1992. Past case studies demonstrate the effectiveness of inclusion in the Most Endangered List. The Old City Hall in Tacoma was listed in 2011 after development plans fell through due to the economic recession. In 2010, the building was determined to be “derelict” by a city inspector, with a leaking roof being chief among the concerns for its survival. With incredible foresight, the City of Tacoma declared it an irreplaceable piece of Tacoma’s history and stepped in to purchase the building earlier this year. The City recently issued a Request for Proposals for the building’s redevelopment, and have selected a project partner to rehabilitate both Old City Hall along with the nearby Elks Lodge (also a Most Endangered Property, listed in 2003). Due in large part to supporters of preservation in Tacoma and the good work of the City, these two historic heavyweights in the north end of downtown Tacoma are set to revitalize the area. Another Most Endangered listing that has recently made the news is the Seattle PostIntelligencer Globe. Originally installed at Sixth Avenue and Wall Street in downtown Seattle in 1948, the 30-foot diameter P-I Globe served as a Seattle icon for decades. When the P-I became an online-only news outlet in 2009 and moved out of their Elliott Avenue West building (to which the globe had also been relocated), concerned supporters nominated it to the Most Endangered List. With support from the Washington Trust, other preservation organizations, and interested stakeholders, the Globe was designated a City of Seattle Landmark in 2012, with the official ordinance being signed by the Seattle mayor last week. The Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) is presently engaged in a fundraising effort to relocate and restore the Globe, ensuring it will remain an icon of mid-century Seattle for many years to come! Communities are encouraged to take action when the historic fabric of their neighborhoods, main streets, rural landscapes, and beloved parks are threatened. Through the

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Most Endangered List, the Washington Trust offers support with preservation efforts aimed at resolving these preservation challenges. Nominations to the Trust’s 2016 Most Endangered Historic Properties List are due on Monday, January 18, 2016 by 5:00pm. The 2016 List will be announced at the annual RevitalizeWA Preservation and Main Street Conference to be held in April. Those interested in nominating a resource are strongly encouraged to contact Jennifer Mortensen, Preservation Services Coordinator for the Washington Trust, prior to submitting a nomination. For more information on the Most Endangered Historic Properties List, including a nomination form, please visit the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation website at www. preservewa.org/Nomination-Process.aspx. [Submitted by Jennifer Mortensen, Washington Trust for Historic Preservation]

Local Business News Best Western Plus Harbor Plaza and Conference Center Receives Director’s Award for Quality The Best Western Plus Harbor Plaza and Conference Center in Oak Harbor has received the Best Western Director’s Award for Outstanding Quality Standards. The Director’s Award recognizes Best Western hotels scoring in the Top 20 Percent of more than 2,100 North American properties in cleanliness and maintenance. Hotels must also meet Best Western’s requirements for design and high customer services scores to qualify for the distinction. “The Director’s Award is an important symbol of success,” says General Manager C. Marshall Smith. “This award confirms the Best Western Plus Harbor Plaza and Conference Center’s commitment to providing quality accommodations for our guests. Our housekeeping and maintenance departments have worked hard to achieve this level of excellence.” Located at 33175 State Route 20, the Best Western Plus Harbor Plaza and Conference Center features 80 nonsmoking rooms, a Pet Friendly hotel, free hot American Breakfast with Grab and Go Breakfast Bags for those in a rush, free WiFi, an outdoor heated pool/spa, a fitness center, meeting and banquet space is available. The Best Western Plus Harbor Plaza and Conference Center participates in the brand’s worldwide, toll-free reservations system, as well as centralized advertising, marketing, purchasing, quality assurance standards, training and interior design services. Reservations may be booked by calling Best Western International’s 24-hour, toll-free reservations number at (800) WESTERN. Reservations are also available from Best Western International’s Website at www.bestwestern.com

Tabitha’s Free Clothing Free clothing & more is available to everybody in the community including the homeless. All of the overflow goes to Arc, Seattle Gospel mission, Everett, & Bellingham missions. Tabitha’s accepts donations of clothes, shoes, coats, books, all pet items including carriers and cages, food, blankets, sleeping bags, tents, tarps, personal care items, puzzles, and crafts. They are currently working on their nonprofit status. Open Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:00am to 4:00pm, Friday 3:00pm to 7:00pm, Tabitha’s accepts donations during these days and times. To make other arrangements, please call (360) 969-5449 and ask for Helen. Tabitha’s is located at 390 NE Midway Blvd., Suite B102 in Oak Harbor (the log cabin building).

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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.

Upcoming Sno-Isle Library Events

Jazzin’ with the Classics for Christmas

No matter what the weather is like outside, create your own winter wonderland. We’ll supply what you need to make a snow globe of your own. Bring small pictures to laminate or other waterproof mementos to personalize your globe. Please preregister.

Tuesday, December 29, 7:00pm Trinity Lutheran Church, Freeland Featuring soprano Linda Tsatsanis, jazz flutist, pianist and clarinetist Martin Lund, classical flutist Jeffrey Cohan and special guest virtuoso vibraphone player Tom Collier. Admission will be by free will offering. Please call (360) 331-5191 for more information.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Thursday, December 31, 9:00pm Windjammer Park, Oak Harbor For more information, call the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce at (360) 675-3755 or visit OakHarborChamber.com

2016 Whidbey Island Polar Bear Dive Friday, January 1, 10:30am Double Bluff Beach, Freeland The “Coolest” way to start your 2016 year with a fun group of Islanders! Pre-register at www.swparks.org or call the South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District at (360) 221-5484. Participants can also register on the day of the event beginning at 10:30am in preparation for the 12:00pm noon jump. Registration fee of $15 includes an official event shirt and warm drinks. Save $5 by bringing a bag of food for the Good Cheer Food Bank! All proceeds benefit Island County 4-H Teen Leadership activities.

5k Resolution Run & Polar Bear Plunge Friday, January 1, 11:00am Windjammer Park, Oak Harbor Start 2016 happy and healthy with a free 5k fun run. Meet at the lagoon, arrive early to sign a waiver. Kids “Lap around the Lagoon” begins at 11:30am. Polar Bear Plunge begins at noon. The fun run benefits local charities, please bring a donation or canned food item. For more information, call (360) 929-2489.

Tingstad and Rumbel: Twelfth Night Tradition Saturday, January 2, 7:30pm Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley All Seats $22 For the past 29 years, Grammy Award-winning artist, Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel have been home for the holidays creating a longstanding tradition with Northwest families. Join them as their holiday presence illuminates the enduring spirit of the season with the gift of music. Zech Hall Piano Bar opens one hour before the performance. For tickets, visit www. wicaonline.org or call the Box Office at (800) 638-7631 or (360) 221-8268.

Cello and Piano with James Hinkley and Mark Findlay Friday, January 8, 7:30pm Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley All Seats $20 Ring in the New Year with a celebration of some of the most beautiful works written for cello and piano – including works by Schumann, Beethoven, Granados and Shostakovich, with introductions to each piece presented by the artists. Join James Hinkley, cello and Mark Findlay, piano, for a magical evening of music and discussion. Zech Hall Piano Bar opens one hour prior to the performance. For tickets, visit www.wicaonline.org or call the Box Office at (800) 638-7631 or (360) 221-8268.

See schedule below Cost: Free Made By Hand: Snow Globes Saturday, December 26, 11:00am-1:00pm Freeland Library

Winter Extravaganza: Jeff Evans Presents Science Magic Monday, December 28, 11:00am Oak Harbor Library Unleashing the power of science with magic! Learn about the way objects behave and the scientific reasons behind them. When science magician, Jeff Evans combines magic with science the result is fun. For ages 5 and up. Digital Downloads - OverDrive and 3M Cloud Library Monday, December 28, 2:00pm-4:00pm Oak Harbor Library Learn how to locate, borrow, and download books to your computer or mobile device. This class provides an overview of these popular services and the information needed to start enjoying them on your own. Bring your library card and device for hands-on help after the overview. Gansango Music and Dance Wednesday, December 30, 3:00pm-4:30pm Oak Harbor Library Families will learn about the dance and culture of West Africa as they interact with Etienne Cakpo, originally from Benin and now a teacher and choreographer. Funded by Friends of the Oak Harbor Library for children ages 5 and up, and preschoolers accompanied by an adult. Dear Diary: A Journaling Workshop for Caregivers Monday, January 4, 1:30pm-3:30pm Coupeville Library The simple act of putting thoughts to paper has psychological power. Join this fun, informal workshop to motivate you to write your feelings about caregiving. Arlene West House, author, facilitator and caregiver, will guide you through the process that re-calibrates your mindset and helps you through your challenges and losses. Please bring a notebook, journal or diary and let’s get writing! Opera Preview: Marriage of Figaro Tuesday, January 5, 12:00pm Freeland Library Join Nick Malinowski of for an hour-long introduction to the music, history and stagecraft of Seattle Opera’s upcoming production. Everyone is welcome. Whidbey Island Holistic Health Association Presents: T’ai Chi and Qigong for Fun Tuesday, January 5, 6:30pm-8:30pm Freeland Library Would you like to have fun while you build a bigger brain, stronger bones, better balance, more flexibility and overall improved health? T’ai chi and qigong have been proven to provide all these benefits--and more! Join Lynne Donnelly and see how these simple techniques can improve your life. Everyone is welcome. For more information about WIHHA visit: www.wihha.com Friends of the Freeland Library Used Book Sale Saturday, January 9, 10:00am-1:00pm Freeland Library Hundreds of great books available at bargain prices! Something for everyone. All proceeds benefit Friends of the Freeland Library.

Introduction to Yoga: Stretch, Strengthen, and Relax Monday, January 11, 1:30pm-3:00pm Coupeville Library Come “Stretch, Relax & Strengthen” with Dianna Deseck-Piazzon. She will instruct three different levels (seated; gentle/beginner; hatha/ vinyasa/flow) so you can find your perfect fit. For adults. Trivia Night @ the Library Monday, January 11, 5:30pm-6:30pm Coupeville Library Participate as a team or as an individual to answer questions from 5 categories related to the Mystery genre. Don’t miss out on your chance to win prizes, bragging rights, and have fun! For adults. T’ai Chi and Qigong for Fun Tuesday, January 12, 4:30pm-5:30pm Coupeville Library Would you like to have fun while you build a bigger brain, stronger bones, better balance, more flexibility, and overall improved health? T’ai chi and Qigong have been proven to provide all these benefits -- and more! Join Lynne Donnelly and see how these simple techniques can improve your life! For adults.

Religious Services Prayer Group Every Tuesday, 4:00pm-5:30pm St. Hubert Catholic Church, Langley Charismatic Prayer and Praise group. Everyone welcome. For more information, call Bill at (360) 221-8174.

Filipino Christian Fellowship Sunday School, 1:00pm; Worship Service, 2:00pm Church on the Rock, Oak Harbor Pastor Jansen Onggao

Healing Rooms Every Thursday, 6:30pm-8:30pm 5200 Honeymoon Bay Road, Freeland 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. For more information, contact Ann at (425)263-2704, email healingwhidbey.com, or visit the International Association of Healing Rooms at healingrooms.com.

Living Circle: Friends on the Path Every Sunday, 11:00am 917 E. Whidbey Ave., Oak Harbor Living Circle is a welcoming spiritual community of friends on the path sharing music, prayers, blessings, stories, and more. They invite you to share your spirit with them. Their building is located next to Big Brothers and Big Sisters. For more information, call (360)3202081, email alivingcircle@gmail.com, or visit livingcircle.us

Oneness Blessings Every Monday, 4:00pm-5:00pm Oak Harbor A hands-on process of awakening the human being to its natural state by sending energy to the physical brain via a Oneness Blessings Giver. Come experience peace, healing & joy for yourself. Contact Netsah at (360)675-3420 for more information.

Teaching Through God’s Word Sundays, 9:00am & 11:00am Calvary Chapel, 3821 French Road, Clinton For more information, visit ccwhidbey.com.

www.whidbeyweekly.com LOCALLY OPERATED. Unitarian Universalist Sunday Service 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.

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

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

First Church of Christ, Scientist Worship, 10:00am Sunday School to age 20, 10:00am Wednesday Testimony Meeting, 7:30pm Christian Science Reading Room Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 11:00am-3:00pm Wednesday 3:00pm-7:00pm The church and Reading Room are located at 721 SW 20th Court at Scenic Heights Street, Oak Harbor. Call (360)675-0621 or visit JSH-Online.com Services and Sunday School are also held at 10:30am on South Whidbey at 15910 Highway 525, just north of Bayview and across fromUseless Bay Road; testimony meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm

Galleries & Art Shows Fine Art in the Season of Light Show continues through January 3 Rob Schouten Gallery, Greenbank Featuring a wonderful array of exceptional original art by over 30 world-class Whidbey Island and Northwest artists. The gallery is chock-full of unique art in a variety of prices and forms, including glass, jewelry, paintings, sculptures, encaustics, ceramics, fiber arts, woodwork, handmade books, gicleé prints and cards.

Color and Lines Show continues through December UUCWI Gallery of Art, Freeland The calligraphy of Mary McLeod and the stained glass work of Mary Goolsby and Judi Nyerges will be on display in the foyer. UUCWI is located approximately one mile north of Freeland at 20103 State Route 525.

Meetings & Organizations Oak Harbor Garden Club Tuesday, January 12, 9:15am First Methodist Church, Oak Harbor The business meeting will begin at 9:15am and a special program will run from 11:00am to 1:00pm. This program will feature GregRobin Smith of Interactive History performing as Benjamin Franklin in “Taking Root – Founding Gardeners and Their Gardens”. All history, gardening and humor buffs are invited to attend and to help ‘Ben’ celebrate his 310th birthday. The event is free and open to the public.

Artists of South Whidbey Tuesday, January 12, 11:30am Trinity Lutheran Church, Freeland Guest Artist Phyllis Ray will be the demonstrator. A counselor who has painted for 30 years, Phyllis has a BA in Art Education from the University of Oregon. She is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, and past president of Women Painters of Washington. She belongs to the National Watercolor Society, the American Watercolor Society, and the East Side Association of Fine WHAT’S GOING ON

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CHRISTMASTIME CUISINE AROUND THE WORLD Christmas is around the corner and for many people it means Santa Claus, Rudolph and all the other reindeer (even if they did laugh and call him names). It’s about family, friends, dinners and togetherness. It also means something deeper for many Christians; the birth of Jesus and the very essence of the season. Every year, for countless years, the amazing story of the birth of Jesus Christ has been recounted annually, preserved in the memory of those who weren’t even alive for the momentous event and yet remembered as if it were their very own past. The story is narrated, sung in carols, depicted in pictures, acted out in plays, and captured in still life in the nativities adorning the outer walls of churches and in many homes. Yes, this is the true reason for the season and the depth of its meaning unquantifiable for many people. The best way to express the connection people have to Christmas is oftentimes through sharing traditions with loved ones and more often than not, this involves some sort of food or cooking experience. While ordinarily fruitcake is associated with Christmas, other seasonal fare is brought out onto shelves or baked in homes across the world too. Dependent on the region, the cuisine will differ at Christmastime. In South Africa, in our family at least, we always eat mutton or lamb, gammon, salads, sweet breads, and cake-like desserts. Yes, that’s right, salads at Christmas. The reason for this is our summer falls during the months of August/September to March/April, and let me assure you, it gets very, very hot, truly necessitating cooler foods. There really are so many food traditions observed or handed down throughout generations at Christmas, all varying between regions. I think many people initially link Christmas with frost, snow, sleet and weather that obligates people to eat food and drink that warms us from the tip of our nose down to our toes. But what about all those tropical places that, to be sure, are not going to feel any icy breezes sweeping across the beaches? What do places in the Caribbean for example, serve up on this Holy day? Well in Puerto Rico it seems to be a tradition to make, serve, share and enjoy coquito. Some people refer to it as “Puerto Rican Egg Nog” though I have a feeling it’s something entirely different. Seeing as how it’s made with coconut milk and the ‘spirit’ of the season in this drink is rum, the beverage itself can’t possibly be any more ‘Caribbean’ than that! In keeping with Christmas in island regions and moving across to Greece, I discovered a wonderful culinary religious tradition which occurs here. Christopsomo or literally “Christ’s Bread,” is one baked good found within the Christian faith, so wholly immersed in the religion, that the ingredients used have to be of the highest quality you could find. This bread is baked as a sort of “offering” to Jesus in the hope the family and home will be blessed for the year to come. It thus stands to reason that Orthodox Greeks would use nothing but the purest items to make it. It is rife with symbolism throughout the entire process from making to consuming. Even the actual rising of the bread during baking is emblematic of Jesus Christ Rising. Warm climates aren’t the only ones to bring about the preparation of exciting Christmas fare. Colder areas are well known for their interesting, dare I say unusual (to me at least), foods. I think one traditional food I may experience some reluctance to try would be Icelandic Fermented Skate. Eating this in the few days prior to Christmas has been a ritual practice for hundreds of years. In fact, I believe some

households will go out to a restaurant to eat the fermented fish, so pungent is the smell they would rather not have it in their homes. It would also be truly silly of me to leave out Santa Claus and not make mention of all the goodies left out on Christmas Eve for him and his reindeer. While the origins of this jolly, portly, bubbly old man in red can be traced back to about 280 AD in what is modern day Turkey, the premise of his nature remains the same – he was kind, charitable, and pious. St. Nick is also known as the protector of children and sailors, and therefore his value among kids even today is perhaps much greater than that of adults. My children put out cookies for him to enjoy and carrots for the reindeer (though personally I think the reindeer would like a cookie just as much as a carrot). Imagine how many different types of baked goods Father Christmas has tasted in his many, many years in this line of work. I used to wonder why he only took ‘a bite of each cookie I left out for him.’ Little did I know it was first and foremost for visual effect, helping the magic and wonder of Father Christmas’s legend come to life for me. It was also, I was informed, because he had millions upon millions of children to visit and he would be too full to eat a whole cookie at each house. When I was little (in my home), Santa liked a sip of brandy from a tumbler but now that I have my own kids, Santa prefers milk (or Pepsi, either will do).

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After all the celebrations, trappings and trimmings, what happens with all the left over Christmas food? It’s most likely used up in other recipes, on sandwiches, or put in the freezer to be enjoyed again at a later date. The day after Christmas, December 26, is called Boxing Day, and I always thought this was something involving the actual sport. Well it doesn't have anything to do with sport but rather with charity and generosity. It’s purported to have begun in the United Kingdom some 800 years ago, wherein the alms box in churches was opened and the contents distributed to poor people on the day after Christmas. Boxing Day is unique to the British Commonwealth and as such a mostly British menu would be in order. This means mince pies, baked ham, cheese boards, and buffets are extremely popular. It’s a more relaxed occasion than Christmas and the menu in homes every December 26 reflects that. However you celebrate Christmas and whether or not you observe Boxing Day traditionally, I hope they are both blessed and merry, filled with love and happiness! I am including a recipe for mince pie cookies and if you try them, let me know how they turn out! Please email any comments, information and recipes to me because as always, I love to hear from you, so Let’s Dish! Mince Pie Cookies 1 Cup of Shortening 1 Egg 2 Cups Mincemeat pie filling (store bought) 1 and ½ Cups Brown Sugar 3 and ¼ cup all-purpose flour 1 and ½ teaspoons baking soda ¼ teaspoon of salt Cream brown sugar and shortening. Add in egg and mincemeat and mix until well blended. Sift into this flour, salt and baking soda. Drop by spoonful onto cookie sheet and bake at 425 degrees for 7 to 10 minutes. Cool and enjoy! www.allrecipes.com www.history.com www.lemonandolives.com To read past columns of Let's Dish in the Whidbey Weekly, see our Digital Library at www. whidbeyweekly.com.

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NORAD tracks Santa: A 60-year tradition Story by Master Sgt. Mark Olsen In 1955, the Cold War was eight years old. Tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union were high. Joseph Stalin was dead, Nikita Khrushchev had taken his place, the Warsaw Pact had been created and the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) – NORAD’s (North American Aerospace Defense Command) forerunner – had been established with the mission of “defending the United States against air attack.” This was all part of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s New Look Policy toward containing the Soviet threat. At the CONAD operations center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, there was a direct line phone to the center’s director of operations. Its purpose: To inform CONAD that United States was at war with the Soviet Union. In December 1955, the phone rang. Fortunately for Col. Harry Shoup, the director of operations, the United States had not gone to war with Russia. Instead of the president, it was a little girl in Colorado Springs. The child, who was following the directions in a Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement printed in a local newspaper. The ad read: “Hey, Kiddies! Call me direct and be sure and dial the correct number.” The number in the advertisement was

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one digit off and instead of getting the local department store it went directly to CONAD. The child asked Shoup if he was Santa Claus. Shoup paused, but he recovered and replied, “Yes, I am.”

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More calls started coming in. Shoup eventually had his Airmen take over telling them to that they now had an additional duty: Whoever answered the phone was Santa Claus. (Courtesy photo)

Sixty years later, the tradition continues. Beginning Dec. 1, visitors can visit www. noradsanta.org. The website features a mobile version, a holiday countdown, new games, daily activities and is available in eight languages: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and Portuguese. Official NORAD Tracks Santa apps are available in the Windows, Apple and Google Play stores, so parents and children can countdown the days until Santa’s launch on their smart phones and tablets. Tracking opportunities are also offered on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google. Santa followers can go to any of these sites and search for “@noradsanta” to get started. On Dec. 24, the website will be on duty as Santa Claus makes his way around the world.

Col. Harry Shoup, the operations officer at NORAD on Dec. 24, 1955, answered a child's wrong-number call and began the tradition of NORAD tracking Santa. Shoup died March 14, 2009, yet the tradition he started decades ago continues to bring holiday cheer to millions of children around the world.

Starting at 12:01 a.m. MST on Dec. 24, website visitors can watch Santa make preparations for his flight. NORAD’s “Santa Cams” will stream videos as Santa makes his way around the world delivering presents. At 4 a.m. Mountain Standard Time – 6 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, trackers worldwide can speak with a live phone operator to inquire as to Santa’s whereabouts by dialing the toll-free number 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) or by sending an email to noradtrackssanta@outlook.com. Now the most important part is making sure you are on Santa’s “Nice” list.

VAQ-136 RETURNS FROM DEPLOYMENT IN TIME FOR HOLIDAYS (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington/Released) Lt. Cmdr. Sergio Armas, Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136, hugs his children after returning to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island from deployment. VAQ-136 deployed with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 aboard aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in support of Southern Seas 2015.

A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted two Medical Evacuations (MEDEVACs) during the early morning hours of Sunday, December 13, 2015, from the San Juan Islands. The SAR crew of five took off around 5 a.m, and transited to the Lopez Island Airport to pick up a 70-year-old male suffering from critical respiratory issues. They then flew to the helicopter pad at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, Wash. where he was transferred to higher care. Following drop-off of the first patient, the crew proceeded to the airport on Orcas Island where they picked up a 90-yearold female with a possible thoracic aortic aneurysm. Once on board, the crew went back to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center for transfer. The weather was challenging throughout both flights as winds gusted upwards of 30 mph in heavy rain. “It was a group effort today that allowed us to help two people from the local community who really needed it,” said SAR Rescue Swimmer Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class Cory Hedges. “It’s always a rewarding night when our training pays off in such a tangible way.” This year, NAS Whidbey Island SAR has launched on 35 SAR/MEDEVAC missions, resulting in 28 lives delivered to higher level care. The Navy SAR unit operates three MH-60S helicopters from NAS Whidbey Island as search and rescue platforms for the EA-18G aircraft as well as other squadrons and personnel assigned to the installation. The base also has an agreement to assist Washington State with medical evacuations and search and rescue activities.

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Arts. ASW welcomes painters of all levels and media to join their meetings, which begin with a sack lunch. The meeting will begin at noon. Please bring artwork to share or for gentle critique. For more information, please call Gaylen Whiteman at (360) 331-2603.

Suicide Grief Support Group Wednesday, January 13, 6:00pm-8:30pm Hospice of Whidbey General, Coupeville This is a time for individuals who have had a loved one die of suicide and would like to meet with others to learn some coping strategies ways to move forward through your grief and other feelings. Registration is requested by contacting Dave Bieniek, Bereavement Coordinator for Hospice of Whidbey General at (360) 321-1372 or bienid@whidbeygen.org There is no charge for this event.

Friends of the Freeland Library Meeting Tuesday, January 19, 1:00pm Freeland Library Find out what the Friends of the Library do to support the library and how you can get involved. Everyone welcome!

Adult Running Group Every Wednesday & Friday, 5:00pm-6:15pm Vanderzicht Memorial Pool, Oak Harbor

to hear your stories. Contact Chuck at (360) 579-1059 or Steve at (360) 678-2928.

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.

Coupeville Lions Every Wednesday, 6:30pm Coupeville Methodist Church, Coupeville

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.

Duplicate Bridge Club Every Tuesday, 10:30am Sierra Country Club Clubhouse, Coupeville

A running group for adults of all levels, beginner to advanced. Stretching and strengthening and drills as well. The cost is free to start. For more information, contact Brad Sandefur at bsandman50@gmail.com or (360) 675-7665.

The club is ACBL sanctioned and we encourage anyone interested to come with or without a partner. For more information, contact one of the directors: Mardi Dennis at (360) 675-5044, Sue Thomas at (360) 678-7047, or Peter Wolff at (360) 678-3019.

Al-Anon

Eating Addiction Support Group

Every Wednesday, 9:30am-10:30am 432 2nd St., Langley

Every Thursday, 11:30am Private residence, Langley

If a friend or relative has a problem with alcohol, you can find solutions for yourself at Alanon.

Meeting based on Becky Jackson’s book “Dieting, A Dry Drunk.” Meeting time subject to change based on groups needs. For more information and meeting address: DietingRecovery.com, or contact Christina (360) 730-1886; christinamjames@hotmail.com.

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

American Rhododendron Society Fourth Wednesday, 7:00pm Coupeville Firehouse, 1164 Race Rd., Coupeville For more information, call Stephanie at (360) 678-1896.

Breastfeeding Support Group Third Thursday, 10:30am-11:30am Pregnancy Aid, 816 Camano, Langley You can bring your own lunch if you’d like, tea and muffins are provided. Pregnant Moms welcome. Call Pregnancy Aid at (360) 2214767 for more information.

Bingo Every Monday, 7:00pm Elks Lodge, Oak Harbor Open to the public. For more information, call (360) 675-7111.

Blind Support Group Fourth Tuesday, 2:00pm Oak Harbor Senior Center

Friends of South Whidbey State Park First Fridays, 2:00pm-4:00pm St. Augustine’s in-the-Woods, Freeland The public is invited to attend the monthly meetings of the board of the Friends of South Whidbey State Park (FOSWSP). FOSWSP is a non-profit group that supports, cares for, and promotes South Whidbey State Park. To receive more information or membership information, email foswsp@gmail.com. St. Augustine’s in-the-Woods is located at 5217 S. Honeymoon Bay Road.

Gambler’s Anonymous Every Saturday, 9:00am Whidbey General Hospital, Coupeville Downstairs in conference room near Cafeteria. A new meeting will start in Oak Harbor at the First United Methodist Church Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm downstairs in classroom 3, 1050 SE Ireland Street. Open Meeting.

Gardening Meeting First Tuesday, 10:00am-12:00pm Hummingbird Farm Nursery and Gardens, Oak Harbor

Gastric Surgery Support Group Second Monday, 7:00pm Oak Harbor Lutheran Church

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Supporting anyone who’s a pre-, post-, or possible weight loss surgery patient through the process and the recovery. We are not affiliated with any specific surgical technique or insurance program. For more information, call Pat Baldridge at (360) 675-8871.

First and Third Thursdays, 12:00pm Tyee Restaurant, Coupeville

Genealogical Society of South Whidbey Island

Chess and Go

Second Monday, 1:00pm Trinity Lutheran Church, Community Bldg., Freeland

A support group for people with impaired vision. Learn and share techniques to be more mobile. For more information, call Paul Bovey at (360) 544-2561 or (360) 679-8293.

Every Monday, 6:00pm-10:00pm South Whidbey Senior Center, Langley All ages and abilities welcome. Go is a board game of Asian origin which, involves strategy and tactics and has no element of chance. For more information, call Roy at (360) 341-3230.

Conversations of War and Return First & Third Fridays, 7:00pm-8:30pm Trinity Lutheran Church, Old Building, Freeland Veterans Steve Durbin and Chuck McIntyre host a room of conversations for veterans, family members and caregivers. They need

Visitors always welcome. For more information, call Ann Wright at (360) 597-2352 or visit www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wagsswi

Habitat for Humanity of Island County Volunteer & Family Selection Informational Meeting

DECEMBER 24 - DECEMBER 30, 2015

This orientation is to help volunteers, families and individuals learn more about how Habitat for Humanity Island County works, how you can get involved, and why it is needed in Island County. We will provide vital information about our affordable housing programs and how individuals and families can apply.

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North Whidbey Coupon Club Every Friday, 9:00am-11:00am Second & Fourth Thursdays, 6:30pm-8:30pm SPIN Cafe, 32658 SE Bayshore Dr, Oak Harbor Cost: Free

International Order of the Rainbow for Girls

All are welcome. Coupon-clipping, moneysaving conversation and new friends. Our motto is “Eat Better, For Less”. Kids welcome. Money-saving classes are available. Find us on Facebook :”Whidbey Coupon Club” and via email: nwcouponclub@comcast. net. For further information, please call (360) 675-2338.

First & Third Mondays, 7:00pm-8:30pm Masonic Hall, Coupeville

North Whidbey Island Rotary Sunrise

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.

Every Wednesday, 7:00am Whidbey Golf Club, Oak Harbor

Jam Session

We are a national Navy Wives club that has been doing charity and volunteer work in this community for over 50 years. For more information, call (360) 679-5115.

First & Third Tuesdays, 2:00pm-4:30pm Discuss current topics and great ideas. For meeting place and more information, call (360) 331-4564.

Every Friday, 6:30pm Click Music, Oak Harbor All levels, all instruments, whatever you make music with. For more information please call (360) 675-5544.

Kiwanis Club of Oak Harbor Every Wednesday, 7:00am San Remo Restaurant, Oak Harbor The Kiwanis Club of Oak Harbor has been an active part of the community since 1967. We are a group of volunteers who try to make a difference through service to the children and others in our community. We are currently sponsoring three youth organizations – Key Club (a service program for high school students), Builders Club (a service program for middle school students), and K-Kids (a service program for elementary students). The proceeds of our fundraisers are used to support these youth clubs and other charitable organizations dedicated to the well being of the children in our community.

Kiwanis of South Whidbey First & Third Thursdays, 12:00pm Whidbey Telecom, Wi-Fire Cafe, Freeland Perspective members eat free. For more information, contact Ron Myers at (360) 331-1876.

La Leche League of Oak Harbor Second Tuesday, 6:45pm Oak Harbor Lutheran Church, Oak Harbor Interested mothers and mothers-to-be are encouraged to attend and babies are welcome. For more information, please call Julie at (360)679-3562, Lisa at (360) 679-0307, or Sue at (360) 240-8604.

Meet Feet Co-Ed Hiking Group Every Saturday, 10:00am-12:00pm Locations and terrain vary Occasionally the group goes to the mainland so times can change. The current schedule is available at http://maxxeon.com/meetfeet/. To join the email list for weekly detailed walk notices and car pool locations, send an email to meetfeetonwhidbey@gmail.com.

MOMS Club/2 The MOMS Club is an international support group for mothers who stay home with their children, including those who have homebased business and those who work part time are home with their children during the day. Open to mothers of all ages, the group’s activities include speakers, play-groups and special activities for mothers and/or their children. The MOMS Club also performs service projects benefiting needy children. Mothers may bring their children with them to all MOMS Club activities. For more information, call Nikki at (360) 682-5555 or (559) 707-3948 or email mikcharr@gmail.com.

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Second Thursday, 7:00pm-8:00pm First Reformed Church, Oak Harbor

Every Tuesday, 7:00pm-8:00pm St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Clinton

Third Thursday, 5:30pm-6:30pm Habitat Store, Freeland

NAR-ANON family groups are world-wide for those affected by someone else’s addiction.

Come join us anytime! We support local and international projects. Contact Janis Powell at (360) 679-2132 for more information.

NWCA Whidbey Island #150 First Tuesday, 6:00pm Building 22, Seaplane Base, Oak Harbor

Oak Harbor Emblem Club Second Tuesday, 7:00pm Elks Lodge, Oak Harbor For more information, call (360) 675-7111.

Oak Harbor Lions Club Every Wednesday, 7:00pm San Remo Grill, 421 NE Midway, Oak Harbor Dinner available from the menu at 6:00pm meeting starts at 7:00pm. Visitors and prospective members welcome. For information, call Jeanne Wilson at (360) 675-4976.

Oak Harbor Rotary Club Every Friday, 12:00pm Oak Harbor Yacht Club For more information: http://www.clubrunner. ca/CPrg/Home/homeE.asp?cid=806

Occupy Whidbey Island Every Monday, 4:30pm Bayview Community Hall, Langley Occupy Whidbey Island is a non-partisan, nonhierarchical, non-violent group of the 99% taking action in support of the Occupy Movement. For more information, you may email us at occupywhidbeyisland@gmail.com, or visit our facebook site, http://www.facebook.com/ pages/Occupy-Whidbey-Island/299820386727

Open Meditation Group Every Wednesday, 7:30pm-8:00pm Alexander Counseling, 221 2nd Street, #10, Langley Find refuge from the stress of a nervous world. Join for a weekly meditation and cultivate a deeper sense of tranquility and share the joys of peace.

Overeaters Anonymous Every Monday, 6:00pm-7:00pm Langley Fellowship Hall, Langley Is food a problem for you? Do you eat when you’re not hungry? Do you binge, purge or restrict? No dues and no fees! No weigh-ins, no diets, no judggments. Just caring support, hope and abstinence.

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Second Mondays, 6:30pm-8:00pm Unitarian Universalist Congregation Whidbey Island, Freeland For more information and support contact: WhidbeyPFLAG@gmail.com; Chapter President, Sharon Kabler at (360) 222-4028; or Chapter Secretary, Erick Westphal at (360) 331-3393.

Parent Support for Miscarriage and Stillbirth Last Wednesday, 7:00pm Freeland Library, Meeting Room, Freeland For details, call Jolene at (360)331-2113. WHAT’S GOING ON

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Life Tributes MARLENE GRASSER Marlene Grasser was surrounded by her loving family as she left this life December 6, 2015 after an inspirational two year battle with cancer. Marlene was born in Anacortes September 20, 1969, and grew up in Coupeville, a true prairie girl. At three years old she began her lifelong love of horseback riding. She was an incredible athlete, excelling at every sport she participated in and was a great role model for many girls. In high school she played volleyball, basketball, softball and track. A recipient of many awards, her proudest moments involved her teammates. She had a passion for learning and became her own mechanic, and a very skilled wood worker. She took everything on with an eagerness to learn and a stubborn streak that just didn’t quit. She loved to travel and Hawaii was a favorite place to go, making several trips with family these last few years, making many fond memories. After Marlene graduated from Coupeville High School in 1987, she attended Central Washington University where she continued to play volleyball. Initially intending to become a member of the state patrol, her direction changed and she became a Registered Nurse instead. Her nursing career began at Evergreen Healthcare in Kirkland, at the call center, where she thrived and became a very dedicated manager. Ultimately she found a career promoting the software she believed in. She continued her education and recently graduated from the UW with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. (BSN) Marlene was a believer in helping people. She volunteered for the Red Cross, accomplished the very difficult course for volunteer fire fighting, helped out at school auctions, and donated her time and money to many causes close to her heart. She would even take her suburban out in the snow to help neighbors stuck in ditches. It was just her way. She approached life with a smile and a silly sense of humor, always looking for the lighter side of things. Marlene is survived by her devoted husband Jim, her children, Erika, Lance and step-daughter Shelby. Also by her parents Bill and Sylvia Grasser of Coupeville, her siblings and their spouses; Marie and Ron Bagby, Michele Fournier, Dean and Sherra Grasser. Jim’s parents James and Barbara Everett and other loving family of Uvalde, TX. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews April, Ashley (Alex), Michael, Jason ,Craig, Crystal (Devin), Tyler, Emmy and her grand-niece and name sake, Mia Marlene. Also her many uncles, aunts, cousins, and every life she touched.

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Cemetery, Coupeville at 1pm, Saturday, January 2, 2016. A Celebration of Life will follow at the Coupeville High School Commons at 2pm with Gary Wallin, Certified Life Celebrant officiating. Flowers may be sent through Flowers Express in Coupeville. Donations may be made to Marlene Grasser Benevolent fund at any BECU (Boeing Employee Credit Union) Financial Institution, Routing 325081403, Account 3602350089, 13910 NE Mill Plaza, Woodinville, WA 98072. Please visit Marlene’s page in the Book of Memories at www.wallinfuneralhome.com to share memories and condolences. Arrangements are entrusted to Wallin Funeral Home & Cremation, LLC, Oak Harbor, WA.

WILLIAM LEE SWACKHAMER In Memory of William Lee Swackhamer this holiday season. “You will remain in our hearts always! We miss you dearly.”...your wife Elizabeth & family William, age 65, known to his friends as “Swack,” passed away at his home August 25, 2015 with family by his side. He had suffered a difficult two year battle with oral cancer. William was adopted at the age of four, along with his siblings, Nancy and MaryJane. His early years were spent in Miami, FL where he gained his abilities gardening at his parents home. He left home at 16 on a journey that would eventually find him living the past 30 years at his home on Penn Cove. He mentioned often how he was fortunate to have found such a beautiful place to call home. William was a humble man, honest to all and always there to lend a helping hand. William found enjoyment from the simplest things in life! His greatest memories were those of his two sons, Christopher and Kevin, and most recently his 3 beautiful grandchildren, Lilly, Henry and Alice. He would also say “his best time in the Navy were his years in VP-40 during the early 70’s”. Always a story to be told there. Our deepest thanks to those who showed kindness during this difficult time. Max and Julia, our guardian angels, Bob Moore, whom Bill showed the deepest respect, and Steve Sechrist for being a loyal friend all those years. “Rest in Peace Swack. We Love you”

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FRIDAY, December 11 10:22am, SR 20 Caller reporting someone who is staying at location handed over his wallet stating “I did it all wrong and I won’t be needing this.” 7:00pm, N Oak Harbor st. Caller advising she is being kept awake by children outside playing and screaming for hours. States her lease says no one is supposed to be outside after dark. 11:07pm, SR 20 Caller advising someone stole items from his wallet while he was sleeping. SATURDAY, December 12 9:37am, NW 5th Ave. Caller reporting son is “unsafe” and in her room naked. He can be heard screaming to talk to dispatch. 4:50pm, SR 20 Caller advising of food thrown all over vehicle. SUNDAY, December 13 1:45pm, SE O’Leary St. Caller advising neighbor is hacking into her computer. MONDAY, December 14 12:42pm, SE Bayshore Dr. Caller advising of unwanted person at his home asking to stay. 1:38pm, NW 2nd Ave. Caller advising mother picked up child from school and child has now locked mother out of vehicle. Child will not unlock the car for mother.

took his food. 9:05am, SR 20 Caller reporting a “sleeping” seagull on SR 20. 10:15am, Western Dr. Caller reporting a stray cat who foams at the mouth wandering in the neighborhood. 1:33pm, SE Barrington Dr. Caller advising subject in laundry area eating food from the garbage cans. WEDNESDAY, December 16 2:45am, SE O’Leary St. Caller advising she is hearing a female over the radio broadcast saying she is going to go to prison and is going to turn everything around on her. 6:37am, SE Midway Blvd. Caller advising ongoing problem with loose ferret at the bus barn. 7:24am, Western Dr. Caller reporting raccoon is in trap and ready for pickup.

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5:43pm, SW Swantown Ave. Caller reporting subject screaming and holding a stick. 7:36pm, NE Ernst St. Caller advising hearing a beeping noise near her location. Ongoing for hours. 8:45pm, SE O’Leary St. Caller reporting someone is hacking into her phone calls and her e-mail. 10:22pm, SW Barlow St. Caller advising of female asleep in restroom. Has been asked to leave multiple times. TUESDAY, December 15 8:57am, Wildcat Way Caller reporting subject yelled at him and

11:44pm, NE Izett St. Caller advising the TV or radio at this location is really loud. THURSDAY, December 17 12:29am, NE Goldie St. Caller reporting a couple having sex in the restroom and would like them to leave. 12:18pm, SR 20 Caller advising a driver removed seat belt and began hitting something.

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should be a mess, but is saved by the capable direction of Ryan Coogler (also responsible for the incredible and criminally underwatched "Fruitvale Station") and a fist-inthe-air formula that just won’t quit. Yo, Adrian!  (PG-13 • 1 hr. 35 min.) Daddy's Home: Will Ferrell is the stepdad who is a real square. Mark Wahlberg is the super-cool dad. Insert something about a plot where they compete with each other in ever more ridiculous ways that probably involves at least one toilet and two sexual gags, and you've about got it.  (PG-13 • 1 hr. 36 min.) The Good Dinosaur: Pixar’s second release of 2015 imagines a scenario in which dinosaurs are spared extinction and coexist with humans. Though the movie features Pixar’s trademark breathtaking animation and an abundance of heart, it’s not the groundbreaker that "Inside Out" was–but your dino-obsessed kiddies are not likely to care about that.  (PG • 1 hr. 40 min.) Alvin and the Chimpmunks: The Road Chip: The movie for everyone who can’t get a ticket to a showing of "Star Wars."  (PG • 1 hr. 26 min.) The Big Short: The story of a vital part of the financial meltdown as told in semi-comedic fashion by Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, and more. Economic tragedy has never had so much sex appeal.  (R • 2 hrs. 10 min.)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay–Part 2: It's Jennifer Lawrence's world, we're all just living in it and that's perfectly fine with me. J-Law for president 2016.  (PG-13 • 2 hrs. 16 min.)

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The Night Before: This is the same old story of man-babies gathering for one last night of debauchery before reluctantly being thrust into adulthood–except this time it comes with ugly Christmas sweaters and stars Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the man-babies in question.  (R • 1 hr. 41 min.) Point Break: Dear Hollywood, why are you doing this to me? Leave Keanu alone.  (PG-13 • 1 hr. 53 min.) Sisters: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are, together, the funniest, smartest, most utterly ridiculous comedic force on the planet. Besties in real life, they play sisters on the big screen in a two-hour free-for-all of fearless funny business. This is the R-rated comedy you are looking for.  R • 1 hr. 58 min.)

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Joy: Director David O. Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle") reunites with his trio of favorite actors–Robert DeNiro, Jennifer Lawrence, and Bradley Cooper–for another quirky tale of family living at the nexus of dysfunction junction.  (PG-13 • 2 hrs. 4 min.) Krampus: It was only a matter of time before Krampus got the Hollywood treatment. I don’t even care how bad this movie might be, it stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, and David Koechner, and involves “beloved holiday icons” taking on a “monstrous life of their own.” Sign me up.  (Unrated)

Concussion: A film about the doctor who discovered and proved what should be .common sense to anyone with common sense: that NFL players who take repeated blows to the head might suffer some permanent damage that would, in turn, have effects that reverberate beyond just what's happening inside their own skulls. Not-soshocking plot twist: the NFL is not a fan of the doctor, this movie or the notion that football might be harmful to one's health.  (PG-13 • 2 hrs. 3 min.)

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Star Wars: Episode VII–The Force Awakens: One million stars. Give it all of the Oscars and throw in some Grammys, a Nobel Peace Prize and a knighthood, while you're at it. I'm not picky. Suck it, haterzzzz, this movie rules.  (PG-13 • 2 hrs. 16 min.) Creed: As far as I can tell, in the seventh installment of this film franchise that has spanned four decades, Rocky is now Mickey, Adonis Johnson (son of Apollo Creed, #neverforget) is Rocky and the whole thing

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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.

Rotary Club Whidbey Westside Every Monday, 5:00pm-6:30pm China City, Freeland For more information, call President Jane Helten at (360) 631-0752.

Singles Bible Study Sunday Nights, 6:00pm-8:30pm Calvary Chapel, Clinton Join us for soup, bread, prayer, and study with other Christian singles. For more information, contact Kathie Warren at (425)319-2572. Babysitting services are provided. Children are welcome.

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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 Lions Club Second and Fourth Thursdays, 11:30am M Bar C Ranch, Freeland

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Every Tuesday, 6:00pm-11:00pm VFW Post 7392, Oak Harbor Bring your musical instrument; acoustic or electric, Flamenco or Country, drums, stand-up, karaoke or kazoos! All are welcome to perform or enjoy the performances. Musicians and audience guests are welcome! If you can’t play, come in and listen. For more information, call (360) 675-4048 or visit www.vfwpost7392.org

Whidbey Island A’s, Model A Ford Club

Lunch is offered ($8) and they enjoy interesting guest speakers. Public is invited. Please contact Herb Bacon at (360)730-3755 if you wish to attend.

Fourth Monday, 7:00pm Race Road Fire Station, Coupeville For more information, call (360) 579-5919.

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Second Tuesday, 7:00pm Oak Harbor Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall, Oak Harbor.

Every Tuesday, 7:30am Useless Bay Golf & Country Club, Langley For more information, call (360)321-5867.

“The Most Excellent Way” Support Meetings

For more information, call Carol at (360) 675-2306 or Peg at (360) 675-2821, Diana at (360) 675-4866 or Jann at (360) 679-0968.

Whidbey Island Fly Fishing Club

Whidbey Threshold Singers Gift of Song We honor the ancient tradition of women singing at the bedside of those who are ill or dying. We sing by invitation only, in groups of 2-3, bringing comfort and peace to those in need. Family members or caregivers are invited to participate by listening or sometimes singing with us. Our songs include rounds, chants and lullabies, many of which were composed particularly for bedside singing. We are not associated with any church or religious group, yet we feel that our songs can uplift people of many different spiritual orientations. Our singing is free of charge. If you or someone you know would like to receive our gift of song, please contact: Linda Edling (north end) (360) 678-1073 or Christa Straub (south end) (360) 331-7633. We always welcome new singers. If you can carry a tune, have the time to commit to regular rehearsals (Tuesdays ) and love singing in service, call us!

Soroptimist International of Oak Harbor

Every Wednesday, 7:00pm Church on the Rock, Oak Harbor

Every Friday, 7:30am Whidbey Golf Club, Oak Harbor Cost: $9.50

“The Most Excellent Way” is world-wide support group desiring to minister to alcoholics, drug addicts, and their families. “The Most Excellent Way” is a Christ based self-help group for people struggling with addictions of all kinds and-self centered behaviors. Childcare is provided. For more information, please call (360)675-3032.

Demonstration fly tying at 6:00pm, social hour at 6:30pm. For more information, visit www. whidbeyislandflyfishingclub.com. Enjoy meeting other fly fishing enthusiasts and venture to lakes and streams for education and fishing.

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The Whidbey Walkers have been happily walking for over 40 years as a group. They follow the wild flowers through the seasons and walk many trails and beaches. If you are interested in walking with them please call Marie Vallquisst at (360) 675-7744 for the next walk location. Please leave a message with your name and number. The group meets at the Oak Harbor Safeway at 9:20am and leaves at 9:30am and they share carpooling each week.

SIOH is part of the world’s largest service organization, made up of dedicated professionals who provide enhancement to the quality of life through friendship, education, service, advocacy and financial support. Members are committed to bettering humanity locally, nationally and globally for the purpose of making a difference for and advancing the status of women and girls. For questions, please call Wendy at (360) 279-8323 or email sioakharbor@soroptimist.net.

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

Second Wednesday, 6:00pm Race Road Firestation, Coupeville

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Every Thursday, 9:00am-11:00am VFW Post 7392, 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 Sherylann Woodward at (360) 682-5376.

Open for lunch

Friday through Sunday from Noon to 3p.m.

Dinner

Every Wednesday, 10:00am-12:00pm

Woodworkers Guild First Thursday, 7:00pm Location changes

Dining Guide

Wednesday-Sunday from 5 p.m. to close

Classes, Seminars and Workshops See website for schedules/fees www.dansclassicballroom.com (360)720-2727. Group & Private Lessons, Adults, Teens, Children, Wedding Dances, Special Events/Parties. Located just north of Oak Harbor (Dugualla Bay). Classes on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Thursday evenings. Offering classes in: Smooth Dances: Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango Latin & Rhythm: EC Swing, WC Swing, Cha Cha, Rumba, Mambo, Merengue, Bolero, Samba Club Dances: Salsa, Night Club 2-step, Hustle, Bachata

For Holiday celebrations large & small We carry a selection of Ciders – various flavors, Meads – dry to sweet, Seasonal brews – just for the holidays Over 500 beers from around the PacNW and around the word world 8 beers and 1 cider for growler fills

Gift Certificates Available www.whidbeybeerworks.com Mon-Sat 11am to 7pm • Closed Sun

710 SE Fidalgo Ave #103 Oak Harbor

901 Grace Street • Coupeville • 360-678-0683 www.oystercatcherwhidbey.com

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Lunch off the menu: buy one get the second Half Price Military members receive a 20% discount on breakfast with valid ID

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Oak Harbor CAFE & BAR

Celebrate New Years: $49 Baked Wild Salmon, Prime Rib & Champagne Dinner

FAMILY DINING

Reservations recommended

430 SE PIONEER WAY • 360-675-9100 A local food & drink establishment since 1932

Waterside Dining in our 107 year old lodge 2072 W. Captain Whidbey Inn Road • Coupeville 360-678-4097

New Winter Hours Open Wednesday & Thursday 4pm to 8pm Friday, Saturday & Sunday Noon to 8pm

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Holiday Hours: Christmas Eve 11-4 • Christmas Closed New Year’s Eve 11am-11pm New Year’s Day 11am-11pm Check out our daily specials on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cozys-Roadhouse

8872 SR 525 • Clinton • 360-341-2838 www.cozysroadhouse.com

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

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solutions to your many responsibilities. You have a knack for getting your way on the 30th, even while in service to others.

CHICKEN LITTLE & THE ASTROLOGER By Wesley Hallock

ARIES (March 21-April 19) Inclinations toward team work bring rewards on the 24th. Acting on your protocols proves emotionally satisfying on the 25th. All your abundant energies find their outlet in matters on the 26th. Events on the 27th highlight your spiritual qualities. Possible rough spots in a relationship can be worked through with some extra effort on the 29th. Obstacles on the 30th aren’t so great that you can’t whistle while you work. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Luck and the necessary resources are both there when you need them on the 24th. Diligence sees you through a challenging moment on the 25th. Team work and cooperation see you past any unexpected obstacles on the 26th. Let dignity and integrity be your bottom line on the 27th. Step back and look at the overview if you and another can’t connect on the 29th. Look carefully for weakness beneath the smooth flow on the 30th. GEMINI (May 21-June 21) Yours is a changing picture from moment to moment on the 24th. (Just the way you like it. Joy and generosity are your only constants.) Emotional satisfaction is windfall enough on the 25th. Shoring up your position more than keeps you busy on the 26th. The value of cooperation on the 27th is not the least of the day’s lessons. Work and play blur together on the 29th. One of you has to give in on the 30th. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Your aggressive approach to matters gets the job done on the 24th, but is costly in terms of unnecessary stress. Pause to reflect on the 25th and you’ll feel what brings you the most joy in life. The lively 26th keeps you on your toes. A straight forward, no nonsense approach is best on the 27th. The energy is there when your responsibilities demand it on the 29th. Ruffled feathers on the 30th aren’t productive. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Standing up for what’s right brings rewards on the 24th. Closure to a troubling matter is the blessing of the 25th. You may decide to let falling dominoes fall on the 26th. You bring more than the usual endurance to your affairs on the 27th. (Always a clue to ultimate success.) Home fix-it projects go especially well on the 29th. Little frustrations may become obstacles to getting ahead on the 30th. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Your timing is good for a going and doing mode on the 24th. Social affairs are their own reward on the 25th. Handle the busy 26th the way you handle stairs. (Don’t overanalyze, just keep moving.) Introspection is the order of the day on the 27th. The 29th is all about finagling

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Your actions may cause tension on the 24th if you don’t take time to explain yourself. The 25th casts you in a favorable light to act on your desires. The 26th is fast-paced and busy, any way you approach it. (Pace yourself.) The competitive edge is yours in domestic affairs on the 27th. Deferring to someone else’s big ego plays in your favor on the 29th. Over-estimating your skill on the 30th could prove costly. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Pleasantries alone on the 24th are not enough to prevent a backlash against your undercurrent intensity. Go with your emotions on the 25th; they won’t mislead you. Challenges are likely on many fronts on the 26th, but none without solutions. Be ingenious. Your best recourse on the 27th is to face your responsibilities with courage. Your efforts behind the scene get the best results on the 29th. Just work with what you have on the 30th. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Fussing over the details of someone’s efforts to help you is counter-productive on the 24th. Your frugal qualities meet challenges on the 25th. No course on the 26th is wholly satisfying. (The joy is in the juggling.) Honesty is your best asset on the 27th. Gains cancel losses for a break even on the 29th. It’s a matter of simple practicality on the 30th. (Grandiose plans lacking substance get quickly washed out.) CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Your energetic approach to obstacles on the 24th quickly dispatches them. The results of all your diligent work become apparent on the 25th. The 26th is task oriented, with action being the key word. Expenses accrued on the 27th may be regarded as investing in the future. Adapting to changing circumstance on the 29th ultimately pays off. The trick on the 30th is to hold your steady course while being true to yourself. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb 18) Returns outweigh the effort expended on the 24th. Take a deep breath and don’t be afraid to show your feelings on the 25th. The feeling that a lot is at stake on the 26th only sharpens your competitive edge. You gain by letting spouse or partner take the lead on the 27th. Acting on your inspiration pays unexpected dividends on the 29th. Optimism colliding with practicality produces possible problems on the 30th. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Your spirit of cooperation on the 24th works to minimize possible upsets. Payoffs to your efforts to better your situation are likely the 25th. It’s a volatile and quickly changing picture on the 26th, with luck on your side. The strength behind your problem solving efforts on the 27th is more than adequate. A philosophical approach to matters on the 29th is the key. Travel and partnership are highlighted on the 30th.   © 2015, Wesley Hallock, All Rights Reserved

Chicken Little looks at what is and fears the sky is falling. The astrologer looks at what is and sees what could be. Wesley Hallock is a professional astrologer and part-time Chicken Little who has been navigating the sea of consciousness since 1982. To read past columns of Chicken Little and the Astrologer in the Whidbey Weekly, see our Digital Library at www. whidbeyweekly.com.

ACROSS 1. Beer buy 5. Computer picture 9. Junk E-mail 13. Those who appeal a court decision 16. Goya’s “Duchess of ___” 17. Treacherous person (4 wds) 19. “Sesame Street” watcher 20. Chain letters? 21. Describes in vivid detail 22. Bad look 24. Brightly colored venomous snakes of SE Asia 27. Clavell’s “___-Pan” 28. Artist’s stand 30. Clinker 31. Annoyance 32. Kitten’s cry 34. Finger jewelry with a signet (2 wds) 37. Total destruction 39. Short postscript to a literary work 41. Big Apple attraction, with “the” 42. “Schindler’s ___” 43. “To ___ is human ...” 45. Dutch pottery city 49. Bank offering, for short

50. Declaration of intent to inflict harm 53. French Sudan, today 54. Medicinal shrub 56. “Flying Down to ___” 58. Big wine holder 59. Simultaneously (4 wds) 63. Quaker’s “you” 64. Affording gain 65. Reddish-brown gem 66. Poet Angelou 67. 1992 Robin Williams movie DOWN 1. Royal home 2. Temporary interruption in breathing 3. Floods 4. “A rat!” 5. Go furtively 6. Don’t believe it 7. Queen, maybe 8. ___ power 9. Delhi dress 10. Banana variety 11. Fast 12. Coming together to form a group 14. Certain digital watch face, for short 15. Aug. follower 18. Neon, e.g. 23. Change from solid to liquid again

25. Spartan 26. “I had no ___!” 29. Rotating to the left, shortened 31. For the time being 33. Card 35. Store convenience, for short 36. Emulated Pinocchio 37. Fiasco 38. Litigant 39. Evokes 40. Carnivorous freshwater fish 44. Make less dense 46. Ritual hand washing during Mass 47. Without showing any emotion or interest 48. Voluntary contributions to the church 50. 20-20, e.g. 51. Door fastener 52. Leg bone 55. Abandon 57. Crumb 60. Branch 61. Bygone bird 62. “Dig in!”

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MOTORCYCLES/ATVS ATV NO FEAR riding pants, like new, fancy with gold and black and white, $70 OBO cash only. Pictures available. (360) 632-6202

AUTO/PARTS FOR SALE Driver’s side window for Honda CRV, $20 OBO, cash only, pictures available. (360) 632-6202

ANNOUNCEMENTS 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. Families & Friends of Violent Crime Victims has Advocates ready to help. Please call (800) 346-7555. 24hr Crisis Line. Free Service.

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Senior Tax Preparer (seasonal position): This position is for seasonal employment -  Wages  DOE - must state wage requirement in resume. Job Qualifications: Prepare tax returns for corporations, partnerships, and estates, as well as for individuals; Collaborate with other staff to ensure timely and accurate filing of tax returns; Advise clients in tax planning strategies for current, short-term and long-term goals; Manage and assist with processing federal and state tax audits, in collaboration with certified staff; Minimum 5 years tax experience. Technical Skills Requirements: Quick Books (Preference to Quick Puzzle 1 (Easy, difficulty rating 0.39)

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HEALTH/FITNESS NordicTrack e5 si Elliptical exerciser, gently used, in great shape. Includes electrical adapter/power supply, and user manual. $175 OBO. (360) 672-5040 (1)

LESSONS Guitar lessons: Looking for students who want to learn how to play guitar. One-on-on, all ages, all styles. Beginners welcome. Gift certificates available for the holidays, includes 4 lessons (1 hr. each), 1 FREE with consultation, and guitar set-up all for $100. Call Scott (360) 675-5470

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LAWN AND GARDEN Patio Furniture: Patio Bar Table w/4 sling fabric bar chairs. Tempered glass top, powder coated frames & 2 shelves. Tan colored, never used, $335. (360) 682-6003 Perma Mulch rubber edging, 9 strips, each 10’ long, $7 each roll. Call (360) 678-1167

MISCELLANEOUS Three cords of seasoned fir firewood. 16-inch. $450, you haul. (360) 222-3095 (1) Prism kite bag, very good condition, $60 cash only. (360) 632-6202 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. Hand-crafted wood model logging truck. In excellent condition. 6.5” x 32” x 9” in size. Photos available, $50. Call (360) 678-1167

RECREATION Wood Shaft Golf Clubs: From the early 1900s. Hickory shafts, old leather grips, assortment of clubs. Great decor! $40 each or 3 for $90. (425) 238-7191 (0) OS Pro Fly Rod: Fiberglass, 9' long, 4 pieces. 5-6# line rated. Dark Green. Soft cloth case, $45. Call (425) 238-7191 (0)

Wooden Creeper: Vintage creeper with the fancy wheels that let you lie as close to the ground as possible. Schuck’s logo. Lots of patina, $25. (425) 238-71 91 (0) Road Bikes: 2 in excellent shape. Both have 700c wheels, chro-Molly frames, and are 21-speed. One has a stand-over height of 28" (for someone about 5'-6"). The second one has a stand-over height of 30.5" (for someone about 6'-0"). Must see! $250 each. (425) 238-7191 (0) Golf bag by MacGregor ProOnly. Heavy-duty vinyl and leather. Comes with carrying strap and hood. Two-tone green, very good condition. Photos available upon request, $30 or best offer; Leading Edge putter with brand new Golf Pride grip. Comes with cover, excellent condition. Photos available upon request, $20 or best offer. Call (360) 678-1167

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. Donations run low on cat food but are always welcomed to help our neighbors in need!

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